Do you agree with Jeff's view on Limbo?

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#1 Posted by wumbo3000 (1007 posts) -
#2 Posted by A_Cute_Squirtle (714 posts) -

I haven't played it. But if the rumors are true and it goes on sale, I'll definitely come back to this thread after completing it. It definitely looks interesting. 

#3 Posted by Skytylz (4039 posts) -

I haven't played it because $15 is way to much for a 3 hour game.

#4 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

 Oh. My. God.   
  
 I am really starting to hate all these threads about their OPINIONS on games and how they are wrong/right/unfair/forgotten/personal/rude/bitchy/whiny 

#5 Posted by Jasta (2217 posts) -

Nah, I didn't get bored at all and as Brad said the puzzles are constantly changing right up to the end. Plus it looks fantastic.

Personal preference I guess, you cant win them all.

#6 Posted by TooWalrus (13257 posts) -

I haven't played it, but I understand the criticism. $15 is a lot to pay for 3 hours of silhouette art style. I'll probably pick it up if it goes on sale, or if I get super bored with the hundred other games I should be playing.

#7 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (3116 posts) -

My opinion on Limbo is that it was okay, and nothing special in the slightest.  I've played better puzzle platformers on flash game websites for free, and most of them had more interesting stories and more shocking, "Gruesome" death sequences, as though that's some kind of selling point for these things now.

#8 Posted by kingzetta (4307 posts) -

yes and I hate all indie games

#9 Posted by Vinny_Says (5721 posts) -
@Dany said:
"  Oh. My. God.      I am really starting to hate all these threads about their OPINIONS on games and how they are wrong/right/unfair/forgotten/personal/rude/bitchy/whiny  "
Ignore the threads then.
 
nothing about it interests me, but if everyone says it's great, maybe Jeff should ease off. Look at Ryan, he hasn't played a minute of SC2 yet he's completely fine with choosing it over Civ5.
#10 Posted by KaosAngel (13764 posts) -

15 bucks, I can watch the entire game on YouTube in less than an hour.

#11 Posted by EpicSteve (6499 posts) -

I thought it was "meh".

#12 Posted by BraveToaster (12588 posts) -

It's his opinion and he's entitled to it. 

#13 Posted by Gizmo (5389 posts) -

I made a silhouette 'noir' style platforming level on LittleBigPlanet years ago, needless to say, I FUCKING HATE LIMBO.

#14 Posted by A_Cute_Squirtle (714 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" 15 bucks, I can watch the entire game on YouTube in less than an hour. "
@Skytylz said:
" I haven't played it because $15 is way to much for a 3 hour game. "
These are the main reasons I haven't picked it up yet, and I guess that does affect my opinion on in t pre-playthrough. I'm too fucking cheap (see: thrifty) to spend that much money on a game I'd spend only a few hours on. 
#15 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -
@EpicSteve said:
" I thought it was "meh". "
#16 Posted by Ghost407 (162 posts) -

I loved Limbo. I too think he's entitled to his opinion, but I do find it interesting that he loves vvvvvv and hates Limbo.

#17 Posted by Hourai (2795 posts) -
@Skytylz said:
" I haven't played it because $15 is way to much for a 3 hour game. "
This. I also wouldn't buy it if it were cheaper. Doesn't look very exciting. 
#18 Posted by MEATBALL (3490 posts) -

Love the game.

#19 Posted by Pinworm45 (4088 posts) -

Pretentious, but decent.

#20 Posted by RobotHamster (4177 posts) -
@Hourai said:
" @Skytylz said:
" I haven't played it because $15 is way to much for a 3 hour game. "
This. I also wouldn't buy it if it were cheaper. Doesn't look very exciting.  "
I wouldn't pay $15 but I'd try it out for $5.
#21 Posted by KaosAngel (13764 posts) -
@Ghost407: VVVVVV was 99 cents often, or much cheaper than $15.  :|
#22 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

If you like disappointment and the color black, then Limbo might just be right up your alley.

#23 Posted by Bloodgraiv3 (2690 posts) -

I like the style, but, idk it didn't grab me like it did with everyone else. 
#24 Posted by Ghost407 (162 posts) -

@KaosAngel and everyone else talking about the price: I'm sorry but the price doesn't play into how good the game is. It can definitely have to do with why you haven't played it yet, but a price doesn't make ad game good or bad.

#25 Posted by yinstarrunner (1243 posts) -

I kinda agree with him.
 
It was a decent little puzzle platformer, but I think the art style made people overrate it.  I also hate the "games as art" crowd that tends to converge around titles like this.
 
I don't hate the game, but I hate everyone that calls it "this year's Braid", basically.

#26 Posted by supercubedude (459 posts) -

It's pretty good.

#27 Posted by triple07 (1198 posts) -
@yinstarrunner said:
" I kinda agree with him.  It was a decent little puzzle platformer, but I think the art style made people overrate it.  I also hate the "games as art" crowd that tends to converge around titles like this.  I don't hate the game, but I hate everyone that calls it "this year's Braid", basically. "
Pretty much this. Limbo was too pretentious for my tastes and didn't have enough interesting gameplay to justify it. I didn't play the whole game though, just the demo and some of the middle on a friend's Xbox. 
#28 Posted by McGhee (6075 posts) -

I had a similar experience as Jeff. It started off entertaining then the fun fell off quickly. 
The trial and error aspect of this game kind of sucks. Very often things happen to you that you have no way of predicting. It's just a lame sucker punch, and when you run into a long string of these it turns shitty quickly. 
I tried to pick this game back up again today and it was an effort to move forward. The whole time I'm telling myself "try to have fun", but it was just drab and tedious. 
 
Jeff is right. This game aint so great.

#29 Posted by Lavapotamus (199 posts) -

I haven't played it because the $15 price tag is far too high for me to justify. If I'm not willing to pay $15 for Banjo Tooie, I'm not paying that for Limbo.
 
I've been watching for a sale though and I'm sure that I'll pick it up once that finally happens. Any game that inspires a love/hate reaction from the gaming community is instantly more interesting to me, just because I want to be able to draw my own conclusion.

#30 Posted by Linkin10362 (591 posts) -

Just for everyone that is saying they didn't pick up Limbo due to the $15 price tag, it will be the final New Year Deal for XBL and most likely will be dropped to $10 or maybe even $5 (Hydro Thunder was and it's $15 as well).
 

#31 Edited by radix (40 posts) -

As a consumable item, I felt like 15 dollars was not worth the price of admission for a three hour game. However, as something that I almost dare say comes close to being art, Limbo was fantastic. I feel like the game had something interesting to say about how humans have evolved over time and now our dependence on obsolete creations is starting to limit our advancement into the post-human. Or something.

#32 Edited by bybeach (5000 posts) -

I dropped Limbo, but I dropped RDR and fallout new vegas, also. I just havn't been feeling very inspired. Halo reach and Black ops caught my attention, though again I failed to finish reach. Also call of prypiat went by the board for me. I do not blame the games, my attention span seems real picky lately, though I do wonder about ever getting back to RDR or Prypiat. Oh yeah, and SC 2, but that is more forgivable in my book. 
 
Wow, all those games! Other ppl. liked them..
#33 Posted by GanglyMonster (41 posts) -

yes

#34 Posted by LiquidPrince (16181 posts) -

I'd play it for $10, and it seems alright. Not bad, not good.

#35 Edited by Korolev (1727 posts) -

I'm pretty sure Jeff didn't hate it or think it "lame" - he just said it wasn't "game of the year" stuff, and I agree - look, the first, oh say, third of Limbo was GREAT. FANTASTIC. MARVELLOUS. Giant creepy spiders, brain bugs and weird murderous kids? AWESOME. 
 
The sad thing is, it doesn't hold. The creepy, scary atmosphere, which haunted the first quarter or third of the game, dies away to be replaced with just.... physics puzzles. Nothing in the last two thirds of the game top what you see in the first third of the game - it's like they ran out of ideas. The highlight of Limbo was the unsettling atmosphere, not the puzzles, which were well made, but come on - a puzzle's a puzzle. Yes, they were GORY puzzles, but still just puzzles.  
 
A GOTY must MAINTAIN it's quality all the way through. Limbo doesn't - it starts off extremely strong, but then fades away to be a decent game, but no longer a special one. Where as bayonetta, super meat boy and the others nominated for "Best Debut" never really dip in quality. 
 
Don't get me wrong - Limbo is a good game. It is worth the money. It is a type of game I wish to see more of and I wish the designers all the best. But definitely towards the end of the game, I started treating it as a physics puzzle platform game. The sense of dread had evaporated from me entirely. As nasty as spinning saw blades are, and as tricky as gravity changing switches can be, and as much fun as I had solving the challenging puzzles, none of that is SCARY. And without the dread, the sense of oppression, Limbo ceases to be a GOTY candidate. 
 
......... but even I thought Limbo was better than VVVVVV

#36 Posted by Alphonzo (756 posts) -

Limbo was cool as hell and I loved everything about it, but I do wish it was longer.  

#37 Edited by cordialsnail (178 posts) -

I haven't played it yet but I heard it was going on sale on the 30th
 
I'll pick it up then!

#38 Posted by StillVictor (150 posts) -

It's worth playing. But it doesn't belong in GOTY discussions.

#39 Posted by Enigma777 (6059 posts) -

Haven't played it. Waiting for a sale...

#40 Posted by papercut (3556 posts) -

I can agree with Jeff on most things this year, but his views on Red Dead and Limbo couldn't be further from mine. 

#41 Posted by TheGreatGuero (9130 posts) -

High five, Jeff. I'm happy to know you also thought Limbo was pretty freaking lame.

#42 Posted by _Horde (839 posts) -
@Jasta said:
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Personal preference I guess, you cant win them all.

"

I wish everyone thought like that. Would make the world a better place.
#43 Posted by Suicidal_SNiper (949 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" 15 bucks, I can watch the entire game on YouTube in less than an hour. "
You could make that debate for about every game.
#44 Posted by animathias (1194 posts) -

Yes and no. I loved the game, but it doesn't deserve any award besides having a cool art style, and some might call that lazy. It's a competent 2D puzzler with some alright puzzles that oozes atmosphere. It's also like.. 3 hours long and $15 effing bucks. I'm not cheap at all, but I play WoW. $15 usually goes a long way for me. I could get some more time out of it to try and get that insane achievement, but.. no. Not going to do that.

LIMBO was a great game to test out my new monitor though, mainly since it was right there on the HDD. Then I did the right thing and loaded up Mass Effect 2.

#45 Posted by Driadon (3029 posts) -

I really liked a lot of the puzzles, and, of course, ate up the atmosphere. That said, I had a very similar experience with Jeff in that I hit that area with the gear puzzles, set it down and said "I'm done". I kind of want to pick it up again just to finish it, but I really don't know if I ever will.

#46 Posted by beej (1674 posts) -

I liked limbo, the art style was cool, and while all the puzzles weren't amazing they were all serviceable.  More importantly I feel like everyones concerns over 15 dollars may be a tad overblown since this game tends to leave a decent amount of food for thought after its completion. Maybe that's because it's vague in its story. The only thing I'm sure about is that the game is sticking with me, which isn't something I can say about games I spent 60 dollars on. 

#47 Posted by Levio (1786 posts) -

 
Braid is $5 right now on steam, and it is easily twice the length of Limbo while having (OPINION) more interesting puzzles, a better story, and awesome music (Limbo has no music).  Though that's a pretty freaking high bar, so maybe it's kinda unfair to expect other games to match it.

#48 Posted by WEGGLES (739 posts) -

I found the game boring and annoying and got bored of it and never finished it. 

#49 Posted by jkz (4061 posts) -

I thought Limbo received praise, as I've said before, because it was a game people thought they could point to and say "ART!" just because it was vague. There's more to it than that, but I've had this argument so many times that I'll leave it at that.

#50 Posted by Lukeweizer (2770 posts) -

Yeah. I bought it, played through to the area with the gears and kinda lost steam. Haven't really been motivated to go back and finish. But hear Brad gush about it makes me want to. And hearing Alex talk about the ending intrigues me.

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