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Posted by patrickklepek (3069 posts) -

Okay, so I was wrong about the Bears beating the Packers. Really wrong. Shut up. Just shut up.

Flip side, I’m pleased at a Dragon’s Dogma expansion for next year, and hope it spurs at least a few people to give that game another shot. So many focused on me giving that game three stars and ignored the amount of praise that was heaped upon the parts of the game that did work. Dragon’s Dogma’s combat is unbelievably good, and kept me playing dozens of hours until it was over, even if the world and the story didn’t do much for me until the very end.

That brings me to a suggestion, though. If you’ll never play Dragon’s Dogma, at least look up what happens in the endgame. It’s totally insane, and I wish Capcom had pulled that trigger way earlier.

Dragon's Dogma is a franchise that can and should be huge for Capcom here in the West. Whether the company is able to capitalize on the opportunity in front of them, however, I'm not really sure. Outside of Monster Hunter, Capcom seems awfuly confused.

Hey, You Should Play This

  • SHEXAGON by Casey Griggs (Browser, Free)

Look, Super Hexagon is a super hard game. Like, super hard. There’s a reason super is in the title, and you shouldn’t feel bad for not being any good at it. I’m certainly not, unless you count surviving just over 30 seconds to be braggable. Actually, I do. I totally think that being able to survive 30 seconds in Super Hexagon is something worth bragging about, even if it’s nothing compared to what freaks like Jason Killingworth are able to pull off. Thankfully, designer Casey Griggs has come up with a reasonable solution: turn Super Hexagon into a text adventure.

And You Should Read This, Too

So much of how Electronic Arts has handled Medal of Honor: Warfighter has been perplexing, and will prove tragic if the game, ultimately, turns out to be pretty good. I’m not expecting much more than a competent riff on Call of Duty with a tiny nod towards authenticity, but this is coming from someone who genuinely enjoyed the last Medal of Honor, flaws ‘n all. With the last one, at least there was a genuine attempt to try something different. Anyway, this LA Times report about how a former Navy SEAL may have consulted on the game without approval from the government is just the latest in a series of PR snafus painting a dark picture for a game that probably doesn’t deserve such scorn.

If You Click It, This Will Play

(Thanks to Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton for pointing that Final Fantasy VII gem out, by the way.)

I Don’t Know About This Kickstarter Thing, But These Projects Seem Pretty Cool

Valve Just Launched Greenlight, So Here’s Some Games That Don’t Look Terrible

  • Haunted Investigations is one of the scary games from the live show, and it has serious promise.
  • I'm digging the selection of atmospheric first-person games on Greenlight, such as The Light.
  • Ever since trying out the demo for The Asylum, I've had this one my "please come out soon" list.

Oh, And This Other Stuff

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (3069 posts) -

Okay, so I was wrong about the Bears beating the Packers. Really wrong. Shut up. Just shut up.

Flip side, I’m pleased at a Dragon’s Dogma expansion for next year, and hope it spurs at least a few people to give that game another shot. So many focused on me giving that game three stars and ignored the amount of praise that was heaped upon the parts of the game that did work. Dragon’s Dogma’s combat is unbelievably good, and kept me playing dozens of hours until it was over, even if the world and the story didn’t do much for me until the very end.

That brings me to a suggestion, though. If you’ll never play Dragon’s Dogma, at least look up what happens in the endgame. It’s totally insane, and I wish Capcom had pulled that trigger way earlier.

Dragon's Dogma is a franchise that can and should be huge for Capcom here in the West. Whether the company is able to capitalize on the opportunity in front of them, however, I'm not really sure. Outside of Monster Hunter, Capcom seems awfuly confused.

Hey, You Should Play This

  • SHEXAGON by Casey Griggs (Browser, Free)

Look, Super Hexagon is a super hard game. Like, super hard. There’s a reason super is in the title, and you shouldn’t feel bad for not being any good at it. I’m certainly not, unless you count surviving just over 30 seconds to be braggable. Actually, I do. I totally think that being able to survive 30 seconds in Super Hexagon is something worth bragging about, even if it’s nothing compared to what freaks like Jason Killingworth are able to pull off. Thankfully, designer Casey Griggs has come up with a reasonable solution: turn Super Hexagon into a text adventure.

And You Should Read This, Too

So much of how Electronic Arts has handled Medal of Honor: Warfighter has been perplexing, and will prove tragic if the game, ultimately, turns out to be pretty good. I’m not expecting much more than a competent riff on Call of Duty with a tiny nod towards authenticity, but this is coming from someone who genuinely enjoyed the last Medal of Honor, flaws ‘n all. With the last one, at least there was a genuine attempt to try something different. Anyway, this LA Times report about how a former Navy SEAL may have consulted on the game without approval from the government is just the latest in a series of PR snafus painting a dark picture for a game that probably doesn’t deserve such scorn.

If You Click It, This Will Play

(Thanks to Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton for pointing that Final Fantasy VII gem out, by the way.)

I Don’t Know About This Kickstarter Thing, But These Projects Seem Pretty Cool

Valve Just Launched Greenlight, So Here’s Some Games That Don’t Look Terrible

  • Haunted Investigations is one of the scary games from the live show, and it has serious promise.
  • I'm digging the selection of atmospheric first-person games on Greenlight, such as The Light.
  • Ever since trying out the demo for The Asylum, I've had this one my "please come out soon" list.

Oh, And This Other Stuff

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#2 Posted by ConstantineL (79 posts) -

Lunacus Moonbase

#3 Posted by Sgtpierceface (589 posts) -

Always cool to see more about Fez.

#4 Posted by Brodehouse (9370 posts) -

Don't get anything tattooed anywhere. The chances of you liking anything you liked ten years ago are slim to none.

When I was 16 I listened to Metallica, played JRPGs and thought Pulp Fiction was the greatest movie ever. I could've fucked up bad.

#5 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

The link to the Medal of Honor article by LA Times is broken. Just wanted to give you a heads up!

#6 Posted by Paindamnation (758 posts) -

The new Rayman game for the ipad is great

#7 Posted by CosmicBatman (317 posts) -

#8 Posted by jasondesante (586 posts) -

#16 to beat hexagonest mode right here! :D

#9 Posted by ultra2extreme (102 posts) -

Capcom isnt confused. JAPAN is confused, i think everything Japan has ever done right in the west is completely by accident. They just do weird things and when they work they go "ohhhhhhh good times big Americans like XXXXXXXX" then they iterate on this and completely miss the damn point.

Time will tell but i believe the WII U will exemplify this weird mentality, they made the WII with one agenda, it worked for a completely different reason that the east will never comprehend, and with the WII U they have taken the next logical step in all the wrong directions. I honestly believe Japan is a child with its dads shotgun thinking it knows the west but its so naiive and so trusting of its heritage that it will always fall foul of the natives.

Just my 2p

#10 Posted by libidinous (38 posts) -

I'm really proud of my 86 seconds.

#11 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2049 posts) -

Ooh, that Sealark game does seem like it could turn out pretty neat.

#12 Posted by Video_Game_King (34618 posts) -
#13 Edited by mrsamurai (5 posts) -

I'm the guy who made the Super Hexagon text adventure, but I have to give credit to David Brackeen who mocked up the original idea

#14 Posted by beepmachine (614 posts) -

That reminds me. At PAX East this year the Far Cry 3 booth was tattooing people. I never got close enough to see if they were tattooing the game logo or Ubisoft logo or something on them, but I just always wanted to run up and scream "Stop, you don't know what you're doing!"

#15 Posted by CottonWolf (87 posts) -

Glad to see Sealark getting some love. It doesn't need the money at this point, but it looks really awesome.

#16 Edited by CornBREDX (4457 posts) -

tsk tsk

HP Lovecraft is not the same as Kafka Patrick =P

Edit: oh nevermind interpreted through Lovecraft. Sorry. Misread the comic.

Anywho, fun read like always.

#17 Posted by Neonie (336 posts) -

Anyone else disapointed when they clicked "The Room" video and found it was in fact, not, an Ipod replication of Tommy Wiseau's "The Room" movie?

#18 Posted by SgtSphynx (943 posts) -
@patrickklepek said:

This has less to do with games, but it seems like we're making progress on our terrible patent system.

That's a step in the right direction, but patent law still needs a fucking overhaul.
#19 Posted by RPGee (759 posts) -

Is it wrong of me to say that Justin McElroy is the most entertaining games journalist outside of the Giant Bomb team?

#20 Posted by Hailinel (22720 posts) -

It was hard to take Inafune's original comments seriously. His supposed change of heart seems awfully convenient.

#21 Posted by AngriGhandi (683 posts) -

My rule is, "anything that makes old people think you might be in the Yakuza is probably a good tattoo."

#22 Posted by Ghostface318 (94 posts) -

@Neonie said:

Anyone else disapointed when they clicked "The Room" video and found it was in fact, not, an Ipod replication of Tommy Wiseau's "The Room" movie?

Yes. Yes.

However, it's likely for the best. A game based on "The Room" would melt all of our brains.

#23 Posted by golguin (3657 posts) -

I've heard about the end of Dragon's Dogma being something to see. I'll youtube it later since I don't see myself playing that game since I have Dark Souls.

#24 Posted by Skanker (254 posts) -

I feel like Super Hexagon is only difficult because the controls just aren't very good.

#25 Posted by Dunchad (460 posts) -

@RPGee said:

Is it wrong of me to say that Justin McElroy is the most entertaining games journalist outside of the Giant Bomb team?

Nope - I'd say that is pretty accurate. I especially enjoy his interactions with the other McElroys - MBMBAM and The Besties are right up there with Bombcast and Idle Thumbs.

#26 Posted by Animasta (14460 posts) -

@ultra2extreme: next time be less racist

protips

#27 Posted by el_stork (62 posts) -
#28 Posted by buckybit (1460 posts) -

So, AERIS DIES?! huh ...

#29 Posted by UricTheOddball (70 posts) -

Bought and played The Room last night, hightly recommended. Short, but makes good use of the tech in the iPad.

#30 Posted by Praise_the_sun (67 posts) -

I was so excited about Dragon's Dogma before it was released.

Then I played it and was completely disappointed. Definitely the biggest gaming letdown for me this year.

#31 Posted by ANK (1 posts) -

@Neonie:

There is a The Room flash game. It's kind of awesome. http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/547307

#32 Posted by Sen0r_Awes0me (74 posts) -

Solid reads Patrick, thanks :)

#33 Edited by aceofspudz (877 posts) -

That Oozengard game looked neat, but I thought it would be like $5. When I saw that supporting it was just a dollar, though...

Also in for Sealark and Project Eternity. God damn, as a pc gamer kickstarter know how to push my buttons.

@RPGee said:

Is it wrong of me to say that Justin McElroy is the most entertaining games journalist outside of the Giant Bomb team?

No. And his fake advice podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me is hilarious, even if the premise wore thin for me ultimately.

@Skanker said:

I feel like Super Hexagon is only difficult because the controls just aren't very good.

Yes. The game controls poorly and a lot of the difficulty comes from that.

#34 Posted by Hilts (248 posts) -

WIRED IN!!!!! Bill Murry introducing the future yesterday! Jay Fenton is a geeks freak. I would love to meet "her" and ask what happened to that Gorf sequel "Ms. Gorf". Designers had a lot of energy back than.

#35 Posted by tourgen (4242 posts) -

war fighter, what a dumb name. At least it gets a laugh every time I hear it.

#36 Posted by Blackout62 (1303 posts) -

Wait there are awful Sherlock Holmes FMV games? Get me Benedict Cumberbatch, I have a brilliant idea.

#37 Posted by Jackal888 (97 posts) -

Oozengard gives you the dilemma. Shoot the golden bullet or sell it?

#38 Posted by fisk0 (3294 posts) -

@tourgen said:

war fighter, what a dumb name. At least it gets a laugh every time I hear it.

I wonder if they had to license it from Ubisoft and the Tom Clancy brand. They had Advanced Warfighter after all.

#39 Posted by matti00 (663 posts) -

That FF7 video is amazing. I haven't had a good opportunity in a long while to say lolwut.

Also, I can't wait for the new Slender, even if it sits on my hard drive for a month before I play it.

#40 Posted by dropabombonit (1474 posts) -

Man that Seinfeld FFVII video was just too perfect

#41 Posted by Example1013 (4749 posts) -

WAIT AERIS DIES!? WHAT THE FUCK PATRICK, SPOILER TAG

#42 Posted by RisenPhoenix (2 posts) -

They say don't ever get a tattoo that you'll regret in your old age. What story would you tell your kids about the 'EA' on your shoulderblade, I wonder?

#43 Posted by Klei (1768 posts) -

This wasn't worth reading.

#44 Posted by Fobwashed (1626 posts) -

Picked up and played through that Room game on iPad.

I would love for there to be more games that are just puzzle games without the adventure game fluff that's added which is what prevented me from playing through the Puzzle Agent and Layton games. That being said, this game sorta implies that there's story so I couldn't help but be disappointed with the ending. Anyway, lookin forward to seeing what else they come up with.

#45 Posted by OneManX (1664 posts) -

I feel like the Greenlight section, was the just the same idea 3 times. Along with another Slender game mention.

#46 Posted by ReaganStein (85 posts) -

These worth readings have really gone down hill.

The patent inclusion in particular stinks of jumping on a bandwagon patrick obviously knows nothing about.

#47 Posted by umdesch4 (770 posts) -

@Brodehouse said:

When I was 16 I listened to Metallica, played JRPGs and thought Pulp Fiction was the greatest movie ever. I could've fucked up bad.

I dunno man, when I was 16, I just *might* have gotten a Roland TR-808 logo tattooed somewhere. I'd probably find that amusing now (in my 40s), but definitely wouldn't be ashamed of it.

#48 Posted by xbob42 (426 posts) -

@Brodehouse said:

Don't get anything tattooed anywhere. The chances of you liking anything you liked ten years ago are slim to none.

When I was 16 I listened to Metallica, played JRPGs and thought Pulp Fiction was the greatest movie ever. I could've fucked up bad.

I still like everything I liked 10 years ago. I just had good taste to begin with.

#49 Edited by YukoAsho (1948 posts) -

Medal of Honor is a sad example of a game getting overshadowed by the sheer incompetence of its publisher. It's pretty clear, and has been for a while now, that EA is doing this shit on purpose to stoke the flames of controversy in a bone-headed attempt to boost sales. Between this, Dante's Inferno, Dead Space 2 and their "rot from the core," spiel about Call of Duty, they come off as the worst kinds of attention whores. I've got no sympahy at all for them.

#50 Edited by vinsanityv22 (1064 posts) -

@Patrick Klepek said:

who genuinely enjoyed the last Medal of Honor, flaws ‘n all. With the last one, at least there was a genuine attempt to try something different.

Anyone else have as huge a problem with statements like this as I do? Patrick's such a punk sometimes - you can tell that, as a gamer, he grew up on the Xbox1 and has no concept of innovation. I mean, shit, the FPS' of the late 90's were genuinely creative. There was an arms race between studios like Monolith, id, Epic, 3D Realms and Lucasarts seeing who could outdo each other. Both in terms of technology (3D engines, AI) and game design; it was never going to be enough to merely rip off the Lightning Gun from Quake, Epic needed to make something way better (the Redeemer in Unreal).

Not ONE of these military innovates AT ALL. There is NOTHING different - they're all following the template from the first Call of Duty. The level designs are not identical, but besides that, what exactly is "something different" to you? Because they're all covering the same territory. They all take place in the same settings - generic bombed out city 1, generic bombed out city 2, generic dusty middle eastern country, etc. They all feature the same western soldiers. They all feature the exact same guns AND enemies (do you like you generic terrorists in Afghani or Russian flavors?), AND vehicles. And the same stage designs (hooray! A turret sequence AND a sniper stage! INNOVATIVE!).

So do you think it tried something different because you have a very narrow idea of what first person shooters are, Patrick? Or because Gamestop or someone did a PR-approved interview with EA and the tools working on Medal of Honor TOLD YOU they're making something different? Either way, you're wrong.