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Thu 17th January, 2013

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RaymanFan2 commented on E3 2015: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain'...:

Is it possible that there was another subject of Les Enfant Terrible called V, who was botched and never meant to see life, but has 'come to'?

It'd be just like Kojima to call a character V just because there's a V in the title of the game.



RaymanFan2 commented on Feature: What Do You Mean You've Never Played....:

Fall is even better, especially for fanservice.
But Joey might want to have a look at PushSquare's review for Dark Spark, done by Ben.
It's pretty much on par with War and got a 3/10. The critical panning of that game is pretty much the only time I've ever gotten annoyed by the general consensus.
Movie tie-in games aren't going to get better if critics don't recognize the good ones, because then what's the point in putting the effort in?



RaymanFan2 commented on Review: Bloodborne (PlayStation 4):

My main problem with 'the From Software game' (for there is only one) is that checkpoints (or whatever you want to call them) are so few and far between. If I've proven I can beat enemies x, y and z, I shouldn't need to fight them again get to get another chance at big boss x. That's punishing, not difficult. The difficulty factor in that equation is only in the fact that the boss is clearly hard because it couldn't be beaten the first time.



RaymanFan2 commented on The Last of Us' Ellie Is Poised to Become One ...:

@BLPs True, but I think GLAAD are vastly over-exaggerating how much Ellie's sexuality is going to play into her becoming more popular with a possible sequel.
I mean, they'll never manage to please everybody because there's so many varying opinions on the subject, but Naughty Dog will definitely try their utmost to treat the subject with care.

If it ends up riling some people up, we can at least take comfort knowing that, unlike some developers who just pander to whichever group is easiest to defend, Naughty Dog only have the best intentions, even if they aren't executed to everyone's ideals simultaneously.



RaymanFan2 commented on The Last of Us' Ellie Is Poised to Become One ...:

@BLPs While I do agree with you to an extent, I do think you should play TLoU to truly make a judgement.

That said, I agree with you that, while it was probably done with the best intentions of being inclusive of gay gamers by Naughty Dog, it came off as a bit OH LOOK AT US WE'RE SO PORGERSIVE.

There's myriad opinions and even some gay people (these GLAAD people, obviously) may have preferred the more blatant approach ND took (I mean, a straight couple kissing wouldn't raise any eyebrows, so a lesbian couple shouldn't etc), but the way the scene was played out seemed a far-cry from the "Oh look she's gay whatever" approach BLPs is after (which is more Bill's thing).
It was set up in a way that makes it a spoiler to talk about it - it was inarguably the biggest shock moment of that DLC. ND had already made their statement on gay people with Bill, so it came across as 'oh we don't have any big story moment in this DLC, what do we do?'
Would it be a spoiler to say that Joel is straight? No? Then there shouldn't be a big palaver about Ellie being gay.

The fact that I've contradicted myself shows that there are too many opinions on the matter to encompass them all and just be accepting of everyone without having to add some apologetic postscript at the end.

sigh I should probably stop haha



RaymanFan2 commented on The Last of Us' Ellie Is Poised to Become One ...:

@BLPs Right. Okay.
But there's another gay character in TLoU who you literally don't know is gay until he's left the game's cast for good. He is basically what you're looking for - he's gay, but no attention is drawn to it whatsoever and he acts like a normal human being.



RaymanFan2 commented on Review: Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings (Pl...:

@ShogunRok The problem with the combat for me was that you could just cheese smoke bombs.
Yes, you could stealth, but it was almost always faster to just cheese smoke bombs to either fight everyone without taking damage or escape really easily.
I mean, obviously it's not quite what Ubi intended, but it's bad game design, not bad player discipline that I never stealthed. It's all about balance, and the smart player will always take the unintended path of least resistance over the intended path of greater resistance if a developer makes an oversight in the balance.



RaymanFan2 commented on Review: Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings (Pl...:

@get2sammyb I'd be more hard-pressed to give it a rating, but I'd say:
"Know what you're getting into. You're getting what amounts to about another sixth of Unity's running time, with little differentiation. If that sounds like something you'd find enjoyment in given the [$x] price tag, go ahead, but if you didn't like Unity's base gameplay, there's absolutely nothing here for you."

Were I paying for it I'd expect it to be another hour longer, though. I suspect when they decided it would be free they just said "screw it, finish what's 90% done and scrap the rest, get it out the door in a month or we won't be paying you with that money we aren't making"



RaymanFan2 commented on This Is What a Remake of the Worst Jak & Daxte...:

@BLPs I'm not so much concerned about the opinion of the whole thing, more about how the opinion was stated in the report.
There should have just been a link to the interview where ND allegedly says they don't care for Jak 2 much anymore and left it at that.

I mean, I'd pretty much write exactly what Sammy has if it were an opinion piece, but it's a news report, even if PushSquare has the luxury of being more lax about professionalism than most.



RaymanFan2 commented on Feature: Did PlayStation Plus Represent Value ...:

The only three on there that really interested me were BioShock Infinite, DmC, and Tomb Raider.

More because I have enough games to play already without 'burdening' my backlog with stuff that could be good but could be not good.



RaymanFan2 commented on PS4 Exclusive Uncharted 4 Dazzles in Glorious ...:

That combat looks like exactly what I wanted. More Last of Us and less cover-based shooting from a single location until everybody is dead, but still bombastic where TLoU wasn't.
And you guys have no idea how happy I was when I saw hitmarkers. With bullet-sponge enemies like Uncharted's, they make combat immensely more satisfying.



RaymanFan2 commented on Review: Crash Bandicoot (PSone):

Every 'basic' Crash game that followed this was better.
So yes, that's up to and including Wrath of Cortex.
Not to say this wasn't great, but that goshdarn Slippery Climb level...



RaymanFan2 commented on Review: Metal Gear Solid (PSone):

I actually don't think it's aged well. In fact, MGS games are very much products of their time. MGS1 introduced the concept of a game being a movie, but we have things like emergent storytelling now where poor dialog doesn't have to be rattled off for 15 minutes to tell us that "we can buy weapons now" (that example was from MGS4, but whatever).

In fact, the only games that even hold up gameplay-wise are MGS4 and Ground Zeroes. The rest have middling-to-poor stealth gameplay the further back you go.