PREVIEWSPillars of Eternity Preview
For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
We've all been there. Everyone remembers that mission. You and your partner are climbing up the mountains in the snow, striving to pull some slick clandestine operation about getting some intel on a bad guy, or something similar (because let's face...
First of all, i just want to sya that i totally love
your site. But I was just thinking, you guys have the best
job on the f***ing world. I mean, you get to play video
games all day, drink mountain dew and screw around. Not
that im saying that your lazy bastards. I'm sure you all
have fathers. well, anyway, I think being a video game
reviewer might just be the job for me. I was wondering,
do you need any special skills for this job? If not,
then I'll be at work on monday.
Dear Unfortunate AOL Subscriber,
Of course you need special
skills to be part of the
infamous GR super-squad! Razor-sharp wit, uncanny literary ability and
rugged good-looks just aren't enough to earn you that coveted Game Revolution
decoder ring. You also need your own unique super-power. For instance:
- Community Editor Brian
Gee has had the abilty to turn his eyelids inside-out - altering his
appearance to cast fear in the hearts of any would-be attacker under
the age of 5.
- Ben Silverman is an accomplished
mutant with the paranormal skill to project powerful force blasts. All
it takes is one visit to Taco Bell after midnight, an order of Gorditos,
and (like Superman in his phone booth) the man is tranformed.
- Shawn was blessed with
a cast iron gut. He can eat anything; chitterlings,
and even 3DO
games. Oddly enough though, he won't even touch our most recent
- And the the grand exalted
Zombie Duke, aside from his obvious zombie abilities, also has the immense
power to fire any one of us in a heart-beat.
Fun Vs. No Fun!
From: "Karsten B."
I appreciate that your site does not handle games with
kid gloves, despite the fact that I have seen some of
my favorite games maligned at your hands. However, I
can't help but notice your ratings are often
inconsistent at best. Recently, the latest Wave Race
games was given a B-, and chastised for being a simple
rehash of the 64 rendition, and to simple an arcade
game. Though I found this somewhat surprising given
that most other web pages I respected described the
control as incredibly deep, I thought little of it.
I became irritated, however, upon reading your
review of ssx tricky. Let's see: same game engine,
many of the same courses, same racers, tweaked
controls. The reviewer even went to refer to it as
a nice "patch." Why did this game warrant an A-,
whereas Wave Race, undeniably more drastically
different from its predecessor, only B-?
Bonchochos, Man of Fire.
Hi Karsten.. errr... Bonchochos,
Different doesn't mean 'better.'
Race Blue Storm came out a full 5 years after the original Wave
Race, yet the differences between the two are largely graphical.
We expected more from a sequel being released so much later.
We're also talking about
two very different games. The original SSX
received an A-; it shouldn't come as a shock that its sequel,
which is an improvement in every sense (although not as big of one as
we would have liked), got the same grade.
When you boil it all down,
the bottom lime is that one game was more fun than the other one, and
that's the most important thing, isn't it?
To Put or Not to Put?
From: "luis sotelo"
Subject: (no subject)
you will put gta3 to free download? if you are not going
to put it you will put it
No, we will not to
be putting GTA3 on our download section, so you should be able to find
it there now. Did you check back tomorrow?
And the Winner is...
From: "cornflake kelloggs"
Subject: GAME CUBE BEATS ALL
why cant you guys accept that the microsoft trash box and the
gay station 2 have lost in every way?
What's up Cornflake,
We're just stubborn that
way. Besides, the Gay Station is always very popular with ten percent
of the population, and the Trash Box is far too useful for getting rid
of old pizza boxes.
Unfortunately, we all can't
be as obviously unbiased as you are. Oh, and your uncle Mario says to
pick up some eggs on the way home.
More Treats From The East
Good work on the reviews. Since I found your site a
couple years ago, I have rarely found exception with
anything I've read here. Game Revolution has become
my sanity check for buying games - if it didn't manage
a B or better from you guys, then there's a 99% chance
I'm not going to like it all that much.
That said, I have a review request. I've heard a lot
of hype about Lineage, the MMRPG that originated in
Korea and has an immense user base (3 million+
worldwide). It's available for the US now and is freely
downloadable and playable for thirty days before monthly
charges kick in.
I want to know if it's worth my bandwidth to download.
On another note, what do you think about that business
strategy for an online game? It's the first one I've
noticed that did not require upfront purchase of a stand
alone copy. IMHO the free download and trial is more
attractive and at the same time might help them build a
user base more easily than something that you have to
sink $50 into just to get started.
Thank for the Letter Stripe.
It's nice to hear that you
like our reviews. We like to think they're helpful. Not that they are.
We just like to think that they are. As for Lineage
we'll be reviewing it as soon as we can. Revolutionary writer Duke recently
met with Richard Garriot to try out the US version.
As a business strategy, we
think it's great too. It's
like a regular video game demo, taken one step further because you never
actually have to go to the store and get the game. Plus it's a great
way to get new gamers hooked.
We've always felt it was
a bit of a ripoff to have to buy a game, and then keep paying for it.
Or even worse, to force you into buying the expansions if you want to
play them, like Everquest: Shadows of Luclin.
However, it's a strategy
that can only really be used right now by massively multiplayer games
that have big central servers to track your account. Games like Max
Payne will probably always require you to buy a game disc.