a purple future

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  1. Essential PS3 exclusives

    I'm with you. That game had a lot going for it, but it ultimately lost me on the most important facet, the combat.
  2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

    Beat it last night, and am super happy with the whole thing. Easily the best Zelda game since Wind Waker (and despite last week's Thumbs podcast, I've been a defender of that game since it came out), and possibly the best one since OoT or even ALttP
  3. PL4YST4TION 4

    that "open world" level in Killzone was so awful I shut the game off and never went back. I don't even feel bad about it because it was my free game from an Amazon promotion. If it gets linear later though, I might go back, because apparently Killzone sucks at doing other things. Resogun is fantastic.
  4. PL4YST4TION 4

    I had some money to spend and some non-PC playing friends who wanted to play Battlefield. I figured I was going to buy a PS4 eventually anyway, so I went ahead and got one. I'm not really worried about not having much to play on it; I've got plenty of PC and PS3 and Vita backlog to keep me occupied. Assassin's Creed 4 is great on PS4. Battlefield is a ton of fun. I'm pretty happy with the purchase. Having a second blu-ray player is a nice side benefit as well.
  5. I need a little help regarding my buttocks

    I'm glad you went with a footrest too. Not being able to prop my feet up gets me uncomfortable really quickly.
  6. PSN ID exchange

    did I ever post in this thread? I'm anvil_will_fall. I have ps3/4/vita.
  7. Have I finally found the corner of the internet that agrees that Majora's Mask is a better game than OoT? You guys are the best. what the hell does this bbcode do? edit: oh. ew.
  8. GTA V

    I think it's perfectly reasonable to criticize games for unsavory content. People who knocked Dragon's Crown for just being gross, as it turns out, were kind of right. It's not that you shouldn't be able to have repulsive content in your games, but you have to earn it on some level. Look at the movie Straw Dogs (the original)- this is a movie that manipulates the viewer into hating a woman for being raped. It's blatant audience manipulation, it's orchestrated to provoke feelings in people that hopefully they feel bad about. it's awful and it's masterful and it earns the right to be what it is. To be a little more clear about where I'm going with this, I think it's perfectly reasonable to allow misogyny and "having an opinion" in a game affect your score IF the game doesn't earn the right to make those statements. You don't just get to say "it's offensive for offensiveness' sake" or "it's satire" and expect to be exempt from criticism up to and including reducing someone's opinion or rating of your game. If something makes you feel gross or uncomfortable or offended and you can't find any justification for why it even had to be that way, I'd say it's as valid a point for criticism as "the mission structure sucks." I'm getting real fucking sick of people writing off people's reviews like that Gamespot review saying "the misogyny has nothing to do with the game," because, fuck you, it obviously did to the person whose review you just read. I'm getting really bummed out about a game I've never played because of everything on the internet today.
  9. Gone Home from The Fullbright Company

    To be fair, their scores are done by committee (no, really) so there's a built-in bias reducer. In theory.
  10. Gone Home from The Fullbright Company

    Well that tears it. NO SALE.
  11. Far Cry 3

    Yeah I kind of had my nose upturned at the suggestion that this one would hold a candle to 2 but that Eurogamer review (who, along with RPS, are just about the only people I implicitly trust with reviews. or WITs) has my finger hovering over the preorder button. Hell, the RPS WIT that starts off with "There's crafting in Far Cry 3" was almost enough to push me over that edge.
  12. I think the important part of this, and one that should probably be looked at by other developers, is that losing the escortee is only a mission failstate, not a game failstate. It's strange that it seems like overall the stakes are lower (because the game continues), but you feel dramatically more responsible for the person's welfare because you know you won't just pop back to your last checkpoint. I guess to that extent, the escort parts in the Dead Rising games were similarly effective, except that the games themselves didn't really make me care about what happened.
  13. Unnecessary Comical Picture Thread

    slow lorises have to be the friggin cutest animals. this is killing me.
  14. The Walking Dead

    goddammit Vanaman. I didn't cry but I feel sick to my stomach. In a good way I guess? But yeah, I mean, shit, strangely, that didn't bother me, but I also had one moment that kind of bugged me.
  15. Ugly pretty textures

    it's odd because the art direction was one of my least favorite things about that game, but I really appreciated playing a game that didn't have every single surface covered in shiny fucking bumpmapping.