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Video Game Post 2014.10

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1. Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes Review

GROUND ZEROES FEELS MORE LIKE A CASH GRAB THAN A REAL FOLLOW-UP

It's admirable that developer Kojima Productions was willing to toss long-held franchise tenets out the window in favor of re-imagined Metal Gear Solid gameplay. And it's possible that in a more complete game, these additions might shine more brightly. But Ground Zeroes is hardly the right venue to demonstrate the future of the franchise. It's staggeringly short and unsatisfying, feeling more like a cash grab than an honest-to-goodness installment in a beloved franchise.

5.5 out of 10

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. RENT IT. DO NOT BUY IT. IT IS LESS THAN AN HOUR LONG. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BUY THIS GAME.

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2. Batman: Arkham Knight to have new Villain and Huge City

In a hands-off demonstration of Batman: Arkham Knight at last week's Game Developers Conference, Rocksteady gave us a tour of Batman's new playground and some of his new toys, including the all-new Batmobile.

One of the biggest, most obvious changes in this year's game is the scope and size of Gotham City. Dax Ginn, brand marketing producer at Rocksteady, boasted that the city of Arkham Knight is some 20 times larger than that of Arkham Asylum's playable area. What that really means is a Gotham stuffed with taller skyscrapers ("epic verticality," Rocksteady says), greater visual detail and more diverse areas. Gotham will have visually distinct districts, like a neon-lit Chinatown, that will help players better identify what part of town they're in.

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3. Last of Us Coming to PS4

"There is no information about a new The Last of Us game but I can share this knowledge; as of this summer, The Last of Us will be on the PS4. Both on PSN and physically."

"The PS4 version will also include the DLC so you will be able to play 'Left Behind' as well."

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4. Eight GBA Games coming to Wii-U

The full release schedule for April includes:

April 3: Advance Wars, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Metroid Fusion — $7.99 each
April 10: Kirby and The Amazing Mirror, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! — $6.99 each
April 17: Super Mario Bros. 3 for Wii U and 3DS — $4.99; F-Zero: Maximum Velocity — $6.99; Golden Sun — $7.99
April 24: Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 — $7.99

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5. Zelda Based Sonic and the Lost World Level Coming Soon

Playground arguments over the quality of Nintendo versus Sega games happened all the time in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. But did hardcore fans ever expect to drop the old rivalry and watch these two Japanese game companies create games together? Probably not, but it eventually happened. Friendly faire like Mario & Sonic at the Olympics poke fun at that relationship, but Sega has taken the next step and inserted another important Nintendo franchise into its latest update for Sonic Lost World. In it, players can take the blue hero for a spin through The Legend of Zelda Zone -- a free stage that will be available for download through the Wii U eShop on March 27, 2014.

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6. Infamous: Second Son Review

SECOND SON IS MORE OF THE INFAMOUS YOU ALREADY KNOW

I struggled with feeling let down that Second Son isn't a brilliant shift for action games. My small disappointments come mostly as a result of undeveloped potential. It had a chance to be a superhero game about more serious issues as well as a showcase for the power of the new generation of consoles. Instead, Second Son is more of the Infamous I already loved last generation, prettier, with more powers and better writing. But Second Son still kept me excited to discover each new power set and happy to shoot fireballs at fascist thugs long into the night. Maybe it's not so bad to just let go of responsibility and blow stuff up once in a while.

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7. Bioshock Infinite: Buriel at Sea Episode 2 Review

BioShock Infinite's conclusion left my mouth agape, but its narrative puzzles weren't impenetrable. Burial at Sea's finale, however, isn't so up front about its meaning. And so I have begun another playthrough, seeking clarity while muddling through on a difficulty setting that allows me access only to nonlethal weapons. My glee in doing so says a lot about the new episode's quality, especially in relation to the opening episode. Some strained metaphors and connections aside, the cities of Rapture and Columbia make for strange but comfortable bedfellows in BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 2. More importantly, Elizabeth's journey is tense and rewarding on its own terms, and is one that makes Rapture as mysterious as it was the first time you ventured inside.

8 out of 10

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8. Over 100 Games coming to PS4 in 2014

Today Sony published a master list of the 100+ PlayStation 4 games that will be available on the platform by the end of the year. The list includes previously released titles like Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Thief, as well as much-anticipated upcoming games like Destiny and Assassin's Creed Unity.

Full list at source

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9. Abe's Exodus Review



10. More Terrible Creepypasta



11. SimAnt Review



12. Turrican Retrospective



13. Besaid Island Recipe

Ingredients:
30 ml white rum (Bacardi Superior used)
30 ml watermelon liqueur (Marie Brizard Watermelon used)
1 lime (for lime juice and garnish)

Directions: Mix the rum and watermelon liqueur in a lowball glass over ice. Squeeze in lime juice and add a lime wedge to the side as a garnish. While this isn’t a drink you would order at a Blitzball match, it seems absolutely perfect for watching the Spira sunset on the beach.

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bnlmaroonvwbug 27th-Mar-2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
I've been playing lightning returns but idg the clock/time system. it makes me anxious that I dont have time to beat the game :/
punishermax 27th-Mar-2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
Lightning Returns is legit garbage just return it
bnlmaroonvwbug 27th-Mar-2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
shit, I knew I should have gotten south park. :/ why is it garbage?
leomonade 27th-Mar-2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
The first few days use the clock system VERY strictly, but later, it's just like "be here at night time or day"... well, and some kind of timed door shit. It's REALLY easy to manage. I've played a lot timed RPGs, and this one was very forgiving. Just use Chronostasis a lot, and watch out for Outerworld NPCs with Turbo Ethers.

I beat mostly everything that was possible in my first playthrough, but chose to skip a few things.

I took it back tho because it was not worth the money. The story was garbage, and I LOVED XIII and XIII-2.
gazel 27th-Mar-2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm in the minority and I love it.
And gurl keep spamming overclock. It will never make your time go by too fast. And do as many quests as you can and spam overclock and it will all work out. :>
missingalphabet 27th-Mar-2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
Use the Chronostasis spell. I don't know why Hope acts like you can only use it sparingly. I spammed it to hell and back. I was only pressed for time the first day when I didn't realize this. This becomes easier as you do the main quests and gain more EP.

I finished all by 10 of the side quests and approximately 15 of the canvas quests and was still fast forwarded the last 4 days by sleeping in the hotel.

But yes, the game is complete garbage and does not deserve to be finished. I didn't even realize I'd come so close to doing so many of the available quests (it was not really intentional) until I got to the limit of what I could stand and looked up how far I'd progress. I only finished it because I'd started it and wanted to see if it ever got better (spoiler: it got worse every day that passed).
alterector 27th-Mar-2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
I just started playing Skyrim jew guise! I'm excited, looking it so far.
gazel 27th-Mar-2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yay!
bnlmaroonvwbug 27th-Mar-2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
aww have fun! i put so much time into that game when i first got it and it's one of the few games where it's fun to start a new game because there's different paths to take character and story wise.
magnetic_rose92 27th-Mar-2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
I've been obsessed with Skyrim rn. I created a female Nord assassin the other day and she's very cool.
saintssin 27th-Mar-2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
I want Arkham Knight, but nope. No current gen system for me.
somnus_angel 27th-Mar-2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm currently playing Bravely Default, I am currently wrapping up Chapter 3 and my Tiz is a Ranger that is really OP with his bow and I am afraid of changing him to another job because I know his attack hit points will drop, I don't know what do haha.

Also if anyone else play Bravely Default here, I would love to get some friend codes for abilinks!
0344-9314-9225
mirandastan 27th-Mar-2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
Stick with Ranger lol, its easily the best job for demolishing enemies

And 1907-8766-2524, I barely have any friends on 3ds oop
taecish 27th-Mar-2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
i think pirate/swordmaster is

free lunch + amped strike x 4 = 40k in 1 turn
somnus_angel 27th-Mar-2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
Added you!
splatney 27th-Mar-2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
You could change him into whatever job you want, just use the bow lore ability.
bodyline 27th-Mar-2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm so addicted to this game, it's kind of a problem lmfao. I just started chapter 4.
bodyline 27th-Mar-2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
BURIAL AT SEA 2 WAS FUCKING AWFUL I AM SO MAD ABOUT IT I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN
creative_candy 27th-Mar-2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
spoil me please
bodyline 27th-Mar-2014 04:46 pm (UTC)
Elizabeth dies and everything is stupid.
somnus_angel 27th-Mar-2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
Ugh, really? I can't play it until a couple weeks from now but I have been hearing a lot mix stuff about it with good reviews from critics while a lot of people hated it. I bought the season pass so I am going to get it either way, what exactly did you not like about it?
missingalphabet 27th-Mar-2014 06:06 pm (UTC)
Damn, it seemed to get good reviews. I was tempted to buy Part 1 because it's on sale right now on PSN, but I don't want to start it if it ends badly.
kristinkat 27th-Mar-2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
noooo i just beat the main game and was looking forward to playing it
wineva 27th-Mar-2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
Oh noo I'm literally watching the gameplay on youtube right now (can't buy the game/don't have the system)
ani_di_franco 27th-Mar-2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping my boyfriend was listening to all my hints and he got me South Park Stick of Truth for my birthday.

mammary_glands 27th-Mar-2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
when is gta v coming to ps4 is the real question on everyone's mind

that said, i'll be getting and beating the last of us on ps4 and abandoning my ps3 playthrough as of right now lol
x_piemaker_x 27th-Mar-2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
if gta 5 comes to ps4, after they said it wasn't going to, so i bought it for ps3 already, imma cut a bitch.
mammary_glands 27th-Mar-2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
the graphics on ps3 are soo fugly compared to the first reveal trailer (and my expectations). i thought it was a no brainer they'd be working on a next gen version to see all that potential met :(

they said definitively it won't be on ps4?
yeezus_christ 27th-Mar-2014 06:01 pm (UTC)
i've been saying since day one, if the game is successful enough--which we all knew it would be--it would be ported to the ps4 in some kind of expanded edition--because it just makes sense, financially.

also, when the game was hacked there was unfinished orbis (the code name for the ps4 before it's release) code in the game.
lucky_wombat 27th-Mar-2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
3DS owners! Shin Megami Tensei or Etrian Odyssey? Which do I get?!
gazel 27th-Mar-2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
Shin Megami Tensei fo' sure! I gotta finish that actually.
splatney 27th-Mar-2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
SMT4 is more about the story, your own choices to develop the story (at least the ending) and a very dark and bizarre world (I haven't played it because Atlus hates Europe but I'm guessing it's similar to SMT3) and collecting demons ala pokemon to build up your team. EO is an almost pure dungeon crawler with little story (it's there but you'll do a lot of fighting and stuff between each significant story sequence) and levelling up your team and customizing their skills and equipment.

In case you were wondering how the games were like lol, tl;dr SMT is dark and gritty EO is lighthearted and focused on adventure
lucky_wombat 27th-Mar-2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah I've played the first two SMT games and love how the story develops but I like drawing maps in EO lol.
thesuperpope 27th-Mar-2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'm probably too late....

Anyways, I'm guessing you're talking about IV and Millennium Girl. Both are really disappointing. IV's difficulty curve is a goddamn black hole where nothing makes sense. There's no defense stat. At all. You literally pump your attack and health. So, common enemies have just a high enough chance as killing you as bosses. The first few missions are a giant pain in the ass and the last fourth of the game is pathetically easy. The story is a joke. What little story there. It's lacking even by SMT standards. Especially the endings! Holy shit the endings are bad. The plot doesn't even reveal itself in an intellectual way like Nocturne. It simply flops around like a dying fish. The characters are cute but pretty dull. The world map is atrocious and makes little sense. The game is stingy about telling you where to go too. Battles are fun, but can get pretty boring towards the end. IV has half the charm and intellect of Nocturne and double the frustration. If you have Nocturne, just play that. (The game isn't the worst, but it's messy to the point where I almost didn't finish.)

Millennium Maiden is practically the same as EO4. Same look, same feel. The classes are fun, but the game pretty much hints you should do story mode first. Which locks you out of half of the classes until halfway or so. Still, I had fun. More so than SMT IV.
punishermax 27th-Mar-2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
So I wanna start posting some video game thought pieces here anyone got any suggestions for topics you wanna see
greenfairy_87 27th-Mar-2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
Women and WoC's depictions in games, the hero with 1,000 faces, (all of them white with stubble) and how many mini-games and side quests can a game include without becoming distracting over the main quest.
x_piemaker_x 27th-Mar-2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
i always get distracted by the side quests in assassins creed.
bnlmaroonvwbug 27th-Mar-2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
omg distracting side quests in skyrim was the worst lol. of course i was playing from dec 2011 to april 2012 on a tv screen too small to barely read anything so i couldn't tell when i was doing the main or when i was doing to side quests anyway.
devourlove 27th-Mar-2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
seconding all of this. also i fucking hate when there's like 30 side quests and like 10 main quest missions
missingalphabet 27th-Mar-2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
Yes at the side quests. It was so disconcerting in ACIV when you have collection icons for shit you have no reason why you're collecting them right at the start of the game.

I also hate them because it adds artificial longevity. Like, I'm not sailing the ocean blue for hours on end trying to get every last stupid animus piece especially when it doesn't give you shit or reveal anything more about this story because ya'll don't even know shit about this story and are making it up in 10 different studios as you go alongl
jeskimo 28th-Mar-2014 12:19 am (UTC)
Maybe this will interest you:
http://programslikeus.tumblr.com/
gazel 27th-Mar-2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles is garbage. Actually just ToS in general. It's like the FF7 of Tales games. It's so boring and the characters are a snore. Also, Raine is overpowered lmao.
beemo 27th-Mar-2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
good to know

ff7 bores the snot outta me
greenfairy_87 27th-Mar-2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
Hated Burial at Sea's ending. Not in the usual tumblr sense of "UGH STOP MAKING ME FEEL THINGS" but as in it once again screwed over Daisy in the guise of "fixing" the problems it did to her in BI, it didn't answer any important questions like do we still know ANYTHING about Elizabeth's mother; why Sally and not another Little Sister, (and lbr she's not a character she's a plot device) and it's almost like Ken thought "You know what? We clearly haven't put Elizabeth through enough pain and torture, let's make her story even more depressing! And let's take inspiration from Sucker Punch!'

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bodyline 27th-Mar-2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
IA IA and the mechanics of it all made zero sense. Like, the Luteces had been popping back to the world they died in and it didn't make them human, so why did it do that to Elizabeth? Why did the Big Daddy kill her in the first place? And if she knew that Jack was going to show up and save the day, why did she need to come back?!?! DID BOOKER SEE ANNA IN THAT CRIB IN THE END? And wasn't the end of Infinite basically saying that Combstock was gone, collectively, and so was Columbia, hence the other Elizabeths disappearing, so shouldn't this all have been irrelevant to begin with??

AND WHAT WAS THAT ROSALIND LUTECE VOXOPHONE
greenfairy_87 27th-Mar-2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
Not to mention was Lady Comstock an AU of Booker's wife/Elizabeth's mom, you have Elizabeth as a Time and Space Goddess and you don't fully explore that potential, why do we never see who went into making Songbird (imagine the potential if it was an AU Booker who wanted to protect his daughter no matter what no THAT would be all kinds of heart-wrenching--ooh! And a tie-in with Bioshock 2! And wouldn't it make more sense for that matter for Elizabeth to meet/connect to Eleanor)
That said, I do know some answers, like why no one at Irrational has acknowledged that Daisy was right about everything and why the only 2 Chinese characters meet grisly deaths
giantbutts 27th-Mar-2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
currently playing the saints row series, the fourth one is kinda idk...i feel like it became so outlandish that it's a tad boring, if that makes sense. the third one was a perfect mix of sandbox game and crazy fuckery.
that said, i realllly like being able to make a female boss. it's kinda what bothered me immensely with the GTA stuff, on top of the the way female characters are treated (not great in saints row either, but still not as bad)
punishermax 27th-Mar-2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
how far are you in 4
giantbutts 27th-Mar-2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
ummm i just saved shaundi so far and did like one quest when "old" and "fun" shaundi have to team up o: i kinda like the way they handled her characterization shift for some reason, it's clumsy but it makes sense
prettywitch 27th-Mar-2014 05:25 pm (UTC)
You have to love SRIV for the redic pos it is. You will love it after that
alfendi 27th-Mar-2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
Ground Zeroes is definitely something to be rented. As a stand alone game it's way too fucking short. As a tiny prologue for Phantom Pain, it's fucking amazing and I'm so excited for that (I mostly just want to see Ocelot again).

I'm pretty okay with Kiefer as Big Boss (although I do prefer Hayter's voice) but hearing him from Solid Snake (in the Deja Vu mission) is really jarring and weird to me. I don't like it.

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lord 27th-Mar-2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way. I like playing around with it and seeing what the new Fox engine is like.

alfendi 27th-Mar-2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
It's so gorgeous. Big Boss' shiny ass looks so good in the rain.
x_piemaker_x 27th-Mar-2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
i'm downloading burial at sea as we speak.

now i'm gonna gonna have to buy the ps4 version of last of us, even though i have it on ps3, coz that game is hella worth it.

alos infamous 2nd son is so short...

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