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For the first time since 1996, Nintendo has made me somewhat hype for a console. Though, I guess that's more of a testament to my love for Bayonetta than any loyalty to Nintendo. Fortunately, I doubt Bayonetta 2 is going to come out anytime soon, so I'll probably be able to catch it at the first price drop.
On a slightly unrelated note, I would probably be more upset if not for the fact that the game that's supposed to be copied has shown no signs of ever actually coming out, which makes me want to support Papa Quash if it can actually get the supposedly amazing experience of Johann Sebastian Joust into the real hands of real consumers before the Mayans detonate the Large Hadron Collider this December.
I haven't really had any problems in Skyrim where I felt completely shut down in a fight. I'm lvl 30, have 1H, Destruction, and Light Armor all in the high 60s, high level enchants, and smithed all my armor to Legendary. I have the best set I could get at my point in the game too. Anyway, I started the Silenced Tongues quest in Volunruud, which is full of Draugr. I had no problems killing them until I got to a room where one particular Draugr Wight was one-shotting me with Unrelenting Force.
I reloaded and baiting the shout so I could get close during his cooldown and he killed me with two arrows, each doing over half my health. I actually thought this was the boss, but after cheesing him to death with Mjoll + Impact Lightning + Magicka potion spam, I discovered he wasn't the boss at all. Just some random-ass Draugr Wight. The actual boss was incredibly easy, but what the hell was with the Draugr Wight? A random "Screw You, Buddy" from Bethesda?
It was great. Not as good as Uncharted 2 but that's fine.
and I'm still not sure where in the story 'Drakes Deception' occurred....
Drake deceived a whole bunch of people throughout the entire game actually. The game opens with a great deceptions, it's revealed that his name isn't even Nathan Drake and no one else knows except Marlowe who investigated him, so he probably isn't even related to Sir Francis at all. Because of that, no one actually understands why he was so obsessed with Drake's findings, the ring, or any of that stuff. That was the best part about the story for me.
What I'm more interested in is what the hell that stuff with Talbot was about? They keep alluding that he's immortal and can teleport. Everyone I've asked so far has said either "Yeah, that's weird" or "It's the drugs. You're drugged when he does that stuff", but that isn't even true. When Talbot appeared before Charlie, took the book, then vanished, only Charlie was drugged. Same for when Charlie shot him and he went down. Is the camera supposed to be some kind of omniscient entity that shows everyone's vision at once?
Also, combat suffered the same problem that Uncharted 1 had and Uncharted 2 FIXED: too many dudes. Why are there so many dudes? I kill like 12 dudes, wait a few seconds, get from behind cover, MORE DUDES. I got the "Kill 100 people with the ________" trophies for weapons I barely even used just because I ran out of ammo for the weapons I actually liked and had to kill more dudes.
I used to run my life by review scores. I would never buy a game until the review came out, and depending on the score it got, I would buy it or skip it. Then Tenchu: Fatal Shadows came out, and I figured the Tenchu series could do no wrong, so I played it and loved it. Then the reviews started tearing it apart. I had already decided I loved the game though, and that pretty much killed any power reviews had on me.
Now I take pride in having enjoyed (and still enjoy) many games that have received mediocre or even abysmal review scores. I like knowing that I have enough individuality to put hours and hours into Ninety-Nine Nights despite the average score being around 5.0. I also think Onechanbara is more fun to play than God of War 3.
The thing that upsets me most about people who attack/swear by reviews is that it pretty much means they'll never experience a potentially amazing experience because they have these weird thresholds like "I won't buy a game that gets below a 9.0". Those people probably never played No More Heroes or any other hidden gem out there. And shame on other "professionals" like Cliff Bleszinski for attacking what are decidedly positive reviews praising the games they love and/or created.
I actually thought it was because of slick, artistic choice that Ninja Theory didn't go around cranking out sequels to all of their games. A nice way of saying "All originality, all the time." Well nevermind then.
@MEATBALL: Not to rush to Sony's rescue, but the Welcome Back Program was virtually painless. It only have three steps, I think?
1. Click the huge "Welcome Back Program" box on the front page.
2. Download the Welcome Back unlock code.
3. Download your games, which were all in the Welcome Back category. You could just add them to the cart and download them all.
What they COULD have done is have you track down everything on your own (Nintendo style), making you hunt down the Welcome Back download through the normal PSN Store interface, then make you track down every single game on the list manually.
I don't think any DRM is uncrackable. Are there any games that haven't been cracked by pirates? Every once in a while you'll hear a funny story about "wacky" anti-pirating measures like phsyics-breaking Batman in Arkham Asylum, but even those don't stop people for long. I'd like to say "if games were cheaper, people wouldn't pirate them", but I know that's not the case. Even cheap $5 games get pirated. I think publishers are aiming for an unattainable goal.