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Why Sunset Overdrive Can Go Suck A Lemon
By Kakulukia
Posted on 07/14/14
Yesterday, while cleaning up my media center, I found my copy of Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus, which I bought sometime before Christmas last year. I had been pretty excited about this game pre-release, what with it being the first "traditional", albeit shorter than usual,...


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What happens when one man has the power to steal everything from everyone and hack... like... all the things? Chaos! Disorder! Chicago hot dog stands exploding and all the hot dog buns flying everywhere! It's The People Speak!

Watch Dogs Review

I'm not "stealing" the game by torrenting it, Ubisoft.
I'm playing in character for the sake of immersion.


Nice, seems like the game is up to expectations! The review reads more like a 4 rather than a 4.5 to me, since most of the gripes seem to be with the core single player story. Anyway, off to pick up my copy after work (just a couple more hours), and taking the day off tomorrow for sleep and Watch Dogs... haven't had a proper session in months.


I played a little and have found car handling badly done. First of all, you are forced to drive like a maniac. Even a little bit of gas sends the car into a wild tyre burn making it hard to maintain control. I got into a street racer to escape cops and i was drifting from the get go hitting everything that was in 20 meter radius from the car. And the handling, even small cars turn like Cadillac. Trying to make a 90 degree turn into parking lot is ridiculously difficult because the turn radius is big and also, the acceleration making slow and steady drive nigh impossible.

Also, bugs and glitches, as usual from Ubisoft, are frequent. In the first 5 minutes of the game I was treated with Blue Screen of Death. In my first firefight I saw a guy sprint into a barrel, then make a 30 meter long leap through the air in a split second a la Matrix and land fine. But there's also visual glitches but then again, my video driver is old, I really need to patch that.

But, these haven't ruined the game for me, as little as I have played, the game is quite nice so far. EDIT: So, apparently, driving with controller is a lot better experience but the shooting becomes comparatively lousy...​

Wii U Has Become a Damn Fine Console

I'd have a Wii U and a Vita by now if I wasn't so poor.


As soon as they release a newer SKU of the Wii U with a bigger internal HDD and hopefully no gamepad (which I only don't want because it'd occupy too much space in my already cramped cave) I'm going to start bidding my time for a new Zelda (I didn't like Wind Waker) or a new Metroid. Then Nintendo can have my money.


Just bought a wii U last week. Had more fun with it than my ps4 as of yet. Mario kart still coming ...


I went to a store and stood there researching and browsing and trying to decide between an Xbox One and a PS4. I considered all of the tech specs and all of the network features. I thought about my phone and my computer and my TV, and how many things I wanted to have to turn on in order to do this or that. I thought of the tweens bickering over specs between this version of Call of Battlefield over that version of Call of Battlefield. Most of all I thought about how I was being taxed by Sony and Microsoft's not completely misguided way of fighting their horrible 21st Century console war, not just as a consumer spending $500 for a system every single launch title of which looks like "Whacked!" to me, but also as someone who was quite certain that he, as well as everyone else, had completely lost sight of what makes a good gaming machine.

So thanks for this article, I'm glad people agree, because I wound up walking out with a Wii U. My fiancee and I have fun playing video games together, and with kids possibly on the way soon it's really nice to know they might get to play a really good Donkey Kong Country game instead of playing Exception Man in Open World 17, taking turns seeing how far into the distance the crispness of the textures extends while the other person plays, telling yourself it was worth the money.

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Half-Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3 Reportedly in Development

I just get to the point now where I try to ignore any hype for Half Life 3 because it's always just hearsay, rumours and wishful thinking.
If everyone took all the time they've wasted speculating about Half Life 3 they probably could have programmed their own version of it by now.


At this rate this is what the concept art looked like


honestly with all the zombie survival games coming out i'm not sure Left 4 Dead 3 will make much impact unless it's drastically changed from the others

From the forums: X-Men: Days of Future Past - so many spoilers...

Man that was a great film. I enjoyed seeing my future wife Ellen Page onscreen. (She will be mind. Oh yes, she will be mine). I was surprised by the Quicksilver scenes. By that, I mean I loved them. I was afraid Singer was shoehorning the character in just to get his version onscreen before Whedon, but it worked with a good (and enjoyable) reason for him to be there. I was also afraid that with so many characters appearing in the film, it would feel like a two hour cameo reel, but it also worked and everyone had something to do.

For more X-Men: Days of Future Past discussion, check out Paradox's thread by clicking the link above.

From the forums: Still she rose...

Maya Angelou passed away this morning

She was a streetcar conductor (the first black person to have this position, really!), dancer, cook, sex worker, singer, composer, Tony Award nominated actress, journalist, college administrator, professor, market researcher, television producer, and film director... Oh yeah and she was a world renown poet and one of the biggest civil rights activist against segregation, apartheid, sexism and LGBT issues since the 1960s. So yeah, she was a big thing... Thank you for telling us why the caged bird sang, Maya!

Marguerite Ann Johnson A.k.A Maya Angelou
April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014

From the forums: Nerd Collection

Hey guys. I saw the recent revival of the PC thread so I thought I'd do a thread like this (forgive my ignorance if such a thread already exists). Who here has, or has had a bit of a nerd collection? You know, models, figurines, posters etc? If you've still got one or at least got photos of your past one, show 'em off!

I'll start with mine. In all honesty, most of them are gifts - but I'm pretty happy with that.

For more pictures of our GR Strips artist Craig's nerd stuff, hit the link above.

From the forums: Favorite Game Composer

I thought maybe we could discuss musical scores in video games that we find really interesting. After all, the score can often make bad/mediocre games tolerable. If you'd like, also include a sample of a score you find particularly interesting.
My favorite (at the moment) is Jesper Kyd. He has an impressive body of work; mainly in video games, but also fiilm.

Here is a list of his works:
And here is a particular piece that I really enjoy:

These moments often compel me to halt progress and turn up the volume. I can give many other examples, but I thought I would let someone else name names.
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