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1121  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) - Finally being sold by Amazon on: September 20, 2012, 03:16:26 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 19, 2012, 05:35:44 AM

So what are the 'system seller' games for this thing? I've got a non-3D XL and thought about trading up to the 3D version but didn't really see a game that would have made it worth while. Are there any such games currently out or in the pipeline?  icon_neutral

I have a pretty big collection of 3DS games.

Here are favorites for the system

Super Mario 3D Land 9/10
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars 8/10
New Super Mario Bros.s 2 8/10
Resident Evil: Revelations  8/10
Pushmo 8/10 (Anyone who owns a 3DS and doesn't pick this up from the eShop should feel bad)

Good games that are either flawed or only going to appeal to certain people

Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance 7/10
Final Fantasy: Theatre Rhythm 7/10
Mario Kart 7 7/10
Cave Story 3D 7/10
Mighty Switch Force 7/10
Zelda: Ocarina of Time 7/10 (I know most people love this one)

Games that I love but have one fatal flaw

Kid Icarus: Uprising 6/10 ( I want to love this game; it does everything I like in a game but the controls are complete rubbish)
Starfox 64 3D 6/10 (I love the game but it’s just too short to pay full price)

Games to pick up for $10 or less

Pilot Wings Resort 5/10
Steel Diver 5/10

As for upcoming games

Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Animal Crossing 3DS
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
1122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Mark of the Ninja on: September 17, 2012, 06:00:26 AM
Finished this tonight. An excellent game that I enjoyed from start to finish. I really dont have anything negative to say about the game; it's just an all around great experience. Maybe a slightly longer ending would have been nice but I thought it was clever and appropriate.

New game plus mode also makes you feel like a complete badass. Even though enemies will pretty-much one shot you in new game+ you get to keep all your upgrades from the game so you can do things that were impossible in your first play-though. I ended up replaying the first three levels after finishing the game just because it was so fun being able to stealth run past enemies while paragliding between buildings with the end game upgrades.
1123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Obsidian Countdown on: September 14, 2012, 06:21:50 PM
Pledged before the video was even finished.
1124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: September 14, 2012, 05:37:08 PM
Preorders on this are already selling out.  Supposedly tomorrow is the last day to preorder at Gamestop and Amazon is telling people that they wonít carry the console, only the games. 
1125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: September 13, 2012, 05:38:54 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 13, 2012, 03:06:37 PM

So what does Launch Window mean?...because Aliens Colonial Marines is due for 360/PS3 in February,so how big is this window,or is the Wii U getting the title earlier?

The publisher also revealed a few dozen other titles that will be available in the Wii U's "launch window," which spans from November 18 to the end of March 2013.

Also, there are now over 50 games announced for the launch window.

As for the price, while I don't think it's that unreasonable if they had priced each version $50 less they could have dominated the Christmas rush market.  The $300+ price range is a whole different (mental) price bracket and is going to change a lot of impulse buys to wait and see buyers.
1126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 09, 2012, 03:53:33 AM
1127  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: PS3 Slim 120GB + 4 controllers $150 on: September 09, 2012, 02:19:18 AM
I'm not Turtle but he posted this on OO.

Edit: Someone on craigslist snagged it, sorry guys.
1128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Mark of the Ninja on: September 08, 2012, 09:25:38 PM
I'm about 5 levels in now and it has already become one of my favorite titles of the year.  I think the thing I love most is that it rewards stealthy play heavily but it never punishes you if you screw up and have to kill a couple people; you just get less rewards in the end.  Nothing aggravates me more in a stealth game then when setting off an alarm results in instant failure.
1129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] To the Moon - Steam release and new episode in the works! on: September 08, 2012, 01:43:55 AM
This is out today! 
1130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Mark of the Ninja on: September 07, 2012, 05:06:39 PM
Total Biscuit ran a gameplay video of this a couple days ago.  Looks great.  I may have to boot up my Xbox for the first time in over 6 months.
1131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Dark Souls on: September 06, 2012, 11:34:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 04, 2012, 08:37:59 PM

easy mode is being pondered.  I hope they do add it, just to watch all the hardcore difficulty die-hards fall over twitching at their keyboards  icon_twisted
And people mocked me when I suggested an option to make the game easier!  Muahahaha!  icon_twisted
1132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the Steam is a changing: Greenlight live! on: September 06, 2012, 07:55:43 PM
I think anyone serious about putting their game on Steam can muster $100 to do so.  However, if their goal was to just weed out bad submissions a $10 fee would have done just as well.

They need to rethink the thumbs down button though.  If 10,000 people say they will buy a game on steam does it really matter if 5,000 say they wonít?  I will never buy a sports game but that doesnít mean I think they shouldnít be sold on Steam.  Itís just a way for people to show spite to a game they donít like.
1133  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 on: September 06, 2012, 07:41:11 PM
Well, Iíve unlocked every level in the game.  I figure about 10-12 hours to unlock everything except the silly 1 million coin goal.  There are six main worlds, two special worlds you have to unlock by finding secret exits plus star world that you unlock once you beat the main game and collect the right number of star coins.

And if anyone is curious what the reward for 1 million coins is well here you go!
Spoiler for Hiden:
1134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: September 04, 2012, 06:33:55 PM
A price may have been leaked.
Here are the Wii U listings from VDP's website:

WIIU SYSTEM – GM – 11/11/12 $249.99
WIIU SYSTEM W/ – GM – 11/11/12 $299.99
WIIU SYSTEM 349 W/ – GM – 11/11/12 $349.99

Seems pretty realistic.  The official announcement is supposed to be made next week so it’s also reasonable that some retailers might have gotten the word early.  If they do release at $250.00 I wouldn’t be too hesitant about picking one up on release day.
1135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 04, 2012, 06:23:34 PM
Titan AE had some pretty mixed reviews (51% Rotten Tomatoes) but I enjoyed it as well. 

I'll add Everything Is Illuminated to the recently added and worth a look list.
1136  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bastion out for the iPad on: September 01, 2012, 01:39:58 AM
This was my favorite PC game of last year.  Definitely give it a look if you havenít tried it yet.
1137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whore of the Orient on: August 31, 2012, 01:21:42 AM
If they manage to keep that name for release I will be amazed.
1138  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Amazon] Prototype 2 50% off + Labor Day Sale on: August 30, 2012, 05:25:10 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 30, 2012, 04:29:05 AM

Quote from: Crawley on August 30, 2012, 02:26:00 AM

If Amalur is for Steam then I'll probably pick that up for that price. Steam hasn't had it on sale yet.

As I understand it, any version of Amalur that isn't sold by Steam is Origin-only.

-Autistic Angel
Sadly true.  I really donít know if it will ever be on sale on Steam.  I donít think EA owns the rights to the Steam version since they self-published and since the company imploded I donít think there is anyone to authorize a sale.
1139  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 on: August 29, 2012, 03:30:14 PM
I recently finished world 3 and the game has grown on me a bit more than when I started.  The first world really doesn’t sell the game very well and is just a complete retread of past games.  While not a revolution in the series the later levels do actually offer some interesting new mechanics and also look considerably better than the early areas. 

A growing problem I do see is the game seems pretty short.  If I had to guess based on my own playtime I would estimate that the whole thing could be unlocked and finished in about 6 hours (probably a lot less if you knew where all the secrets were).  This sadly puts it on par with the length of Super Mario Land 3DS.
1140  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 on: August 25, 2012, 11:40:48 PM
Played it about an hour.  It’s exactly what you would expect from the title, more of the same.  That’s not a bad thing but it would be nice to see some innovation. 

A disappointment is that the supposed hitch of the game, collecting coins, appears to be completely pointless.  A shame since Nintendo has already shown that they can make a meta game like that interesting.  In the Wario games on the original Gameboy they actually had a mechanic where the ending you got was based on the wealth you stole throughout the game (Wario could end up with everything from a birdhouse to a palace).  As far as I can tell there is nothing like that here.

I also find it amusing that this is the worst showing of 3D on the system I’ve seen.  It’s like they didn’t even try, instead of the typical layered look turning on the 3D slider just blurs the background.  I don’t really care about 3D but a strange choice from a first party title.
1141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tim Burton Animated-Frankenweenie on: August 23, 2012, 04:43:53 PM
Iím one of about two people who hated Nightmare.  Iíve seen it three times because it perplexes me how everyone seems to enjoy it except me.  The first was as a kid in theaters where I hated it.  Again in college when I figured it had to be better than I remembered but ended up finding it horridly unpleasant.  And finally a few months ago when I fell asleep halfway through out of boredom. 

There were a couple scenes I liked in Corpse Bride but that one is very far down on my list of movies Iíll ever watch again.

I saw the trailer for Frankenweenie in front of the Dark Night Rises and got horrible flashbacks to Nightmare so I think I will sit this one out and let the rest of you enjoy your weird unpleasant movies.   icon_razz
1142  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Iwata: Gamers Still Need Dedicated Gaming Handheld on: August 22, 2012, 04:10:07 AM
While I agree with the point of the article, I would be overjoyed if Nintendo went the way of Sega and started producing games for Sony.
1143  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Walking Dead PC 40% off on: August 20, 2012, 08:38:15 PM
Highly recommended.  I havenít enjoyed an adventure game as much since Grim Fandango.
1144  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) Announced on: August 20, 2012, 07:39:56 PM
How bad are the jaggies on 3D games?  I could never stand to play 3D games on the original DS because it was just too hideous. I assume itís nowhere near that bad but the thought of going back to worst graphics is not overly appealing.
1145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman:Arkham City on: August 18, 2012, 02:46:16 PM
Electrified gloves aside I wish they had gone with that costume for the main release.  The one in the main game just looked silly and impractical.
1146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/Vita] PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale on: August 14, 2012, 11:07:27 PM
I find it hilarious that in gameplay footage featuring a space nazi, demonic evil clown and a GOD that a Disney style fat princess was dominating the match up.   icon_biggrin
1147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Puppeteer on: August 14, 2012, 09:54:03 PM
A creepy marionette based and more scripted version of Little Big Planet?
1148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars:1313 on: August 14, 2012, 06:37:22 PM
If I had watched that not knowing what it was I never would have guessed that it was set in the Starwars universe.  A couple ship designs aside that could be any scifi setting.

I actually enjoyed Force Unleashed a lot aside from one or two awful level, so if itís at least as good as that I will be content.
1149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Time to download some stuff! on: August 10, 2012, 08:50:21 PM
I recently bought a condo here about three weeks ago.

That is shockingly better than my old place!
1150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bring forth thine desktop wallpapers! on: August 10, 2012, 01:27:10 AM
1151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Dark Knight Rises - Impressions start page 12 on: August 09, 2012, 05:41:47 PM
You may want to put that in spoilers before the angry peoples arrive.

Spoiler for Hiden:
And given the plot of the movie where thousands of people would have died I don't think there would be much to connect Bruce with Batman anymore than there already was.
1152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Kung Fu Panda 3: The Inevitable Sequel of Fisty Doom on: August 09, 2012, 05:31:56 PM
I actually liked the second better than the first but still wasnít overly impressed.  I have a big problem with the protagonist whose only purpose in the movies seem to be (poor) comic relief while all the other characters have more interesting personalities and better capabilities.
1153  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance on: August 02, 2012, 05:36:04 PM
I've never played a Kingdom Hearts games before so I cant say how it compares to previous entries but as a stand a lone title I'm enjoying it quite a lot.  I haven't gotten to a point where the switching thing has really bothered me yet so maybe that will be an issue later on.
1154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet on: July 30, 2012, 03:42:17 PM

Quote from: Ridah on July 30, 2012, 06:13:42 AM

I bought the PC version of this on Steam while it was on sale last week. It's the darnedest thing but... I hate this game. And not in a traditional way either, where the gameplay is so bad I can't stand to play it. I enjoyed the first hour, I thought the ship was cool and fun to fly, and the environments were sorta neat. But after another hour or so I realized I hate the "feeling" the game gives me, it reminds me of an Atari game and something about being reminded of that makes me hate the game.

I know it's short so I might plow my way through the rest, I'm in the icy/lasery portion of the map at the moment.

This makes me sound like a crazy man, doesn't it?
I can relate somewhat.  I didnít hate the game but having beaten it I enjoyed it far less at the end than when I started.  The graphics were attractive yet at the same time I found them a bit too alien which made me feel off while exploring.  I also found the mouse controls for guiding the rockets really annoying and there were a couple sections (including a couple boss battles) that were just pure frustration.
1155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 22, 2012, 06:26:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 20, 2012, 09:07:22 AM

For some reason that actually creeps me out.
1156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Dark Knight Rises - Impressions start page 12 on: July 22, 2012, 02:45:23 AM
Overall I think itís a very good movie and a satisfying ending but itís actually my least favorite of the trilogy.  My problem is Bane really doesnít work as a villain, at least not the way he was portrayed in the movie.  There wasnít enough build up to him as a character and aside from his one big scene he never didnít anything that any old thug couldnít do.  As such I never felt like he was particularly threatening.

The rest of the cast did a great job and I think Hathaway gave the surprising standout performance in the movie.
1157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hey, you know what show I miss? Whose Line Is It Anyway. on: July 18, 2012, 05:32:04 AM
They did a reunion show of sorts in Vegas.  It was called Drew Careys Improv A Ganza.  There was about 8 episodes.  Seemed strange to see everyone so much older after all the years and Drew became pretty thin.
1158  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: SUMMER SALE! - 30% Trade Bonus at GameStop for Steam Funds on: July 15, 2012, 05:42:44 AM
Picked up the Arkham City: Harley Quins Revenge DLC for $3.39.  A lot of people complained about the length but at that price it works out to be about $1/hour. 
1159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Defense Grid 2 on: July 14, 2012, 04:08:37 PM
Doesn't surprise me.  Their credits state that they had a pretty large team to make the game(about 20 people).  I'm sure that some of them weren't full time but if you keep that many people employed for a year on a typical salary ($40,000+) and you end up with a very large number.  Figure in that a large chunk of their sales came about when they sold if for $2 on Steam and it starts to make sense.  Now factor in that they have continued to support the game for the last four years.

Further info from the developers. 

Hidden Path Entertainment, AMD & Razer about 14 hours ago wrote:
Hi Adam, understand your skepticism based on things I read as well, but we're being completely up-front with you. First of all, Resurgence cost about $200,000 to develop and You Monster cost about $300,000 to develop, so DG:Containment at $250,000 is a pretty accurate estimation of what it will cost. AMD and Razer, remember aren't contributing any money, they're promoting the kickstarter, providing pledge rewards, and working with us on the new engine to make sure we support some of their existing and upcoming technologies Ė theyíre providing technical support on technology integration, but they arenít paying for any development of the game. We're being extremely efficient this time around not only building Containment in the first $250,000 but also making progress on the DG2 engine during that time.

As for your second question about "could we honestly not get funding" it pains me to hear that, not because I don't agree with you, that it should be "obvious" that someone would pick it up, but honestly over 20 publishers have expressed interest over the last 3 years and we did literally a hundred or more presentations and meetings, and term sheets, and everything, and in the end, not one publisher went forward. They were always excited at first, they were always eager and liked the idea of working with us, and they always decided not to move forward when they did their market analysis saying "it wouldn't be profitable enough, for them to choose to work on it" - they needed higher profits than they could forecast based on what we would earn for the game for them to decide to do it.

I'm sorry you think we have another choice - we don't. We really want to make DG2, but I'm pretty sure we have exhausted every other possibility over the last 3 years in trying to get this game made.
1160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Defense Grid 2 on: July 13, 2012, 10:39:57 PM
From the developers themselves.

We put everything we had into Defense Grid; we wanted the game to be able to reach a lot of people, and looking back we probably sold the game at too low a price.  It paid for itís cost, but not enough for us to make DG2 on our own.  It takes a lot of money to make games (especially ones with 3d art instead of 2d sprites). We've been pitching it for several years but it's not f2p social (where the money is now in small games), or AAA (where the money is in big games). We still think there's enough interest to be successful, but that's what we're finding out by doing a Kickstarter.

Copies of DG1: On Steam there are about 500,000 players, there are about 50,000 other PC copies not on Steam, and there are about 200,000 Xbox 360 players.
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