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(Spike)   You're a small downloadable game with an African-American anti-hero that's made by a team of just under 40 people. Do you: c) Beat out franchises like Assassin's Creed III for Game of the Year at the industry's only televised award show?   (spike.com) divider line 115
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2012-12-10 12:30:40 PM

thecpt: Picked up dishonored and can't wait to play it. Saw the commercial for Far Cry 3 and debating whether I should get it now, or later next year when I buy a desktop.


As far as I'm concerned, Dishonored is the best first-person game since Bioshock. Spectacular...
 
2012-12-10 12:44:50 PM

Prospero424: thecpt: Picked up dishonored and can't wait to play it. Saw the commercial for Far Cry 3 and debating whether I should get it now, or later next year when I buy a desktop.

As far as I'm concerned, Dishonored is the best first-person game since Bioshock. Spectacular...


Dishonored is fantastic. The art style is great but it's so similar to half life 2 that it's somewhat eerie. Yeah sure it's the same guy who directed the HL2 art but come on man learn some new tricks too.
 
2012-12-10 12:49:06 PM

Egoy3k: The art style is great but it's so similar to half life 2 that it's somewhat eerie. Yeah sure it's the same guy who directed the HL2 art but come on man learn some new tricks too.


I had the same impression. But really, it was all about the barriers. If the barriers hadn't looked so similar, I may never have made the connection.
 
2012-12-10 01:05:52 PM

Prospero424: Egoy3k: The art style is great but it's so similar to half life 2 that it's somewhat eerie. Yeah sure it's the same guy who directed the HL2 art but come on man learn some new tricks too.

I had the same impression. But really, it was all about the barriers. If the barriers hadn't looked so similar, I may never have made the connection.


Barriers and the walker things looked identical.

I agree about Dishonored though. I rented it expecting to play it myself. My wife wanted to try it after watching me play for 15 minutes...

Next thing I know she's beaten the game and I haven't been able to play it past the first assassination. Not many games compel my wife to play them start to finish. The Walking Dead(which she cried like a child at the end of) and Dishonored are the only 2 this year.
 
2012-12-10 01:46:04 PM
Borderlands 2 - Pretty fun for a while, then it gets ridiculously easy. Progression gets pretty stagnant. Content does not change. Gets boring pretty quickly, but really fun until you hit 50 or close to it.
AC3 - Fun game, "tutorial" takes entirely too long. Almost as long as ME1 running around The Citadel. Glaring bugs. Overall very easy game, but fun to play. It feels pretty bloated and lot of extraneous features that could use polishing. The main character has no personality so it is hard to get attached to Connor and the story. With DLC, the game could thrive.
Torchlight 2 - Better than Torchlight 1, but gets old pretty quickly. Not enough progression.
Hitman
XCOM - Although Classic Hardcore is hard, the game is a lot of RNG annoyance or the polar opposite - really easy. Get Plasma weapons, laugh. Gets pretty old before the game ends.
Hitman: Absolution - Fun game to kill time with.
Farcry 3 - Not technically out yet, but really fun. Game gets really easy when you take over an area and gain ally patrols.
Dishonored - Typical FPS done pretty well. Not a lot of replay value, but engaging.
Halo 4 - It's Halo. Cinematics much? Good game, but seriously. How long can this money train last?

There really aren't any games that I would continue to invest in and want to play all the time or take off the shelf and play a couple years later. Games just aren't made that way anymore. They are fun but once you beat them or get close to beating them, they lose their magic.
 
2012-12-10 02:10:06 PM

the money is in the banana stand: Borderlands 2 - Pretty fun for a while, then it gets ridiculously easy. Progression gets pretty stagnant. Content does not change. Gets boring pretty quickly, but really fun until you hit 50 or close to it.


While I agree about how easy it gets, I felt compelled to finish the story. Something I had almost no desire to do in the first. I think they're getting close to perfecting the formula. If they keep the trend they started with BL2(changing the game just enough to improve it) I think BL3 will be fantastic.

the money is in the banana stand: AC3 - Fun game, "tutorial" takes entirely too long. Almost as long as ME1 running around The Citadel. Glaring bugs. Overall very easy game, but fun to play. It feels pretty bloated and lot of extraneous features that could use polishing. The main character has no personality so it is hard to get attached to Connor and the story. With DLC, the game could thrive.


Beat it over the course of a rental and wondered what the big deal was. It's better, in my opinion, than AC1 and 2(plus it's "expansions") but I still don't get the undying love everyone seems to have for this series. 1 and 2 were an exercise in monotony and forcing you to think overly difficult travel was enjoyable(seriously the cities in the first 2 were not fun to navigate.. at all. Needless climbing for the sake of making things take longer). I thought the way the cities were laid out in AC3 made them more enjoyable to travel around, and the forest sections were a blast to me. But the story fell flat, Connor was not compelling to me in anyway shape or form, and the ending was a big "wtf? that's it?" kind of moment. AC2's story was best, but AC3 got the gameplay right for a change.

the money is in the banana stand: XCOM - Although Classic Hardcore is hard, the game is a lot of RNG annoyance or the polar opposite - really easy. Get Plasma weapons, laugh. Gets pretty old before the game ends.


Favorite game of 2012 thus far. I disagree about the RNG annoyances. Its basically a tactical RPG, which are all based on stats and RNG's essentially(you do mean Random Number Generator right?). On normal or lower the game is excessively easy, but above normal it punishes you for even the most trivial mistakes. Include the fact that the game has an immense level of replay-ability and I think it's honestly the shocker of 2012. Rarely do you see a remake of such a hallowed franchise be met with so much adoration and love.

the money is in the banana stand: Hitman: Absolution - Fun game to kill time with.


Hitman 2 is still my favorite, but this one was better than I anticipated. I thought a lot of the hate it got on the reviews was unjustified. Things they held against Hitman they used as positives for AC3/Dishonored/Splinter Cell. Just seemed like bias towards the franchise. It's not the series best though by any means. Still a blast.

the money is in the banana stand: Farcry 3 - Not technically out yet, but really fun. Game gets really easy when you take over an area and gain ally patrols


I want it.. Like REALLY WANT IT. I've heard nothing but "omg this game is incredible" talk.

the money is in the banana stand: Dishonored - Typical FPS done pretty well. Not a lot of replay value, but engaging.


See above. I thought it was anything but typical though. It's only typical if you take a guns blazing approach. Try to be stealthy and it gives you a few unique toys and elevates itself beyond stereotypical shooter quite handily. Lots of room for improvement though.

the money is in the banana stand: Halo 4 - It's Halo. Cinematics much? Good game, but seriously. How long can this money train last?


If 343 can keep the quality up to par with Halo 4, introduce new story elements, and change the game to keep up with the times. I think it can last quite awhile. The story on Halo 4 was much better than I anticipated. The multiplayer changed just enough to not feel like a rehash(something BLOPS2 failed on HARD). And they left plenty of room to improve while still putting out a stellar product. I loved it. Nice to have a shooter that isn't "Modern military shooter #54283"
 
2012-12-10 02:32:14 PM
You know what's disappointing? The best-selling game right now is JUST DANCE 4.

At least, as far as I've seen it is. Stores have been wiped out of JD4, but have tons of Black Ops 2 and AC3 sitting around.

Gaming is mainstream. It is not just a "geek" thing (and hasn't been for over 30 years). The mainstream gamers buy more games than the hardcore gamers. JD4 will be in most homes this Christmas, while AC3 and BO2 are already sold to the hardcore who wanted them.

Yes, TWD is an awesome game. But it wasn't sold at retail, so when sales figures come down after Xmas it will be JD4 in the lead. Just watch.
 
2012-12-10 02:40:42 PM

ZeroCorpse: You know what's disappointing? The best-selling game right now is JUST DANCE 4.

At least, as far as I've seen it is. Stores have been wiped out of JD4, but have tons of Black Ops 2 and AC3 sitting around.

Gaming is mainstream. It is not just a "geek" thing (and hasn't been for over 30 years). The mainstream gamers buy more games than the hardcore gamers. JD4 will be in most homes this Christmas, while AC3 and BO2 are already sold to the hardcore who wanted them.

Yes, TWD is an awesome game. But it wasn't sold at retail, so when sales figures come down after Xmas it will be JD4 in the lead. Just watch.


Retail release of TWD comes out very soon. Curious if it will retain the $5 per episode price point.

It's crazy sad that something as pathetic as JD4 is selling gangbusters. The move to mainstream games like that will destroy the medium as an art. Companies are already abandoning the idea of original creations, and amazing experiences in favor of cheaply produced mobile games, and crap like JD4 that they rehash endlessly and people will still buy.

Thank god for indie games like Journey holding the torch for games are art. TWD was a fantastic example of emotional investment in a game. I just hesitate to classify it as a game in the same way I do Journey.
 
2012-12-10 04:16:06 PM

Imperious Rex!: Is AC3 really that bad? I finally got around to finishing AC2 the other day...guess I won't bother.


You either like AC or you hate it. If you liked 2, you'll like 3. But play Brotherhood and Revelations first.
 
2012-12-10 04:29:38 PM

ZeroCorpse: At least, as far as I've seen it is. Stores have been wiped out of JD4, but have tons of Black Ops 2 and AC3 sitting around.


That's a great measurement tool. NPD report for November came out recently, so at least in North America you can with certainty say that Just Dance 4 is not the best selling game at the moment. It's 4th. Though you could potentially make the same point by noting that all of the top ten NPD selling games are sequels.

Of course digital sales, such as Steam, aren't accounted for in the NPD. So we'll never know if JD4 sold more or less than TWD. Regardless, they're marketting to two completely different demographics.
 
2012-12-10 04:30:51 PM

Lumbar Puncture: That's not a great measurement tool


FTFM.
 
2012-12-10 07:10:48 PM

Theaetetus: You're a small downloadable game with an African-American anti-hero that's made by a team of just under 40 people.

I don't think you can really count this one as an indie game, Subs, since it's based on a tv show with a budget of several million.


In all fairness, cable television revenue is absolutely dwarfed by video game revenue. Assassin's Creed 1 and 2 each made hundreds of millions of dollars.....
 
2012-12-10 07:41:50 PM
I just haven't been able to get into Dishonored. I don't know why.
 
2012-12-10 08:39:09 PM

t3knomanser: I just haven't been able to get into Dishonored. I don't know why.


The gameplay is unique, if a bit flawed. I had problems starting it, and then I realized it was because the storyline was godawful. I saw the "twist" coming after the second chapter.
 
2012-12-11 10:34:29 AM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: t3knomanser: I just haven't been able to get into Dishonored. I don't know why.

The gameplay is unique, if a bit flawed. I had problems starting it, and then I realized it was because the storyline was godawful. I saw the "twist" coming after the second chapter.


Yea the plot isn't going to win any awards. The game is all about atmosphere, which it's oozing with.
 
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