BaconHound's forum posts

#1 Posted by BaconHound (66 posts) -

From my perspective, I think Bungie has done this game a disservice by releasing a beta. On paper, I should love this – finding guns, shooting bad guys, upgrading gear and/or skills, and visiting other planets. It sounds awesome.

The game they've created, unfortunately, is boring me to tears. I’m at level 5 and I just don’t want to play anymore. I know I should play longer to give the game a fair shake, but I’d rather spend my time revisiting Borderlands or cutting the grass or something. I had my doubts when I saw earlier coverage of the game, but now that I've actually had a chance to play it, I'm bummed that it's just not clicking with me.

  • Right off the bat, I’m being revived by a slightly annoying robot. Comparisons to the Borderlands franchise are inevitable with a loot-driven FPS/RPG, but seconds after the game starts, I’m already having flashbacks to Claptrap waking me up at the beginning of Borderlands 2. I’m starting the game weaponless, and the robot is spouting exposition as it leads me to my first gun.
  • Is this even a “loot-driven” game? Where are the other guns? Loot chests? I've seen one (tutorial) chest. Enemies? I don’t think they've dropped anything but green and white ammo boxes. From what I can tell, I get one or two weapons or pieces of gear at the end of each mission. The shooting is fun, but it’s getting old quick without more new weapons to try out.
  • What the hell is going on anyway? I got a (nice looking) cut-scene of some dudes exploring Mars, and then a whole shitload of nonsense. Are the Hive and the Fallen the Darkness? What are Guardians?
  • Speaking of Guardians, sure, it’s clichéd to make the player “the last hope of humanity” or something, but I don’t feel terribly important to the story when there are hundreds of other Guardians dancing and waving to each other in the Tower.

I dunno. I had high hopes for this game, and the beta has been a pretty big disappointment.

#2 Posted by BaconHound (66 posts) -

I think there's a distinction to be made between CBSi posting a job opening publicly for legal reasons and the site's community manager creating a thread inviting people to apply.

Honestly, it would not surprise me to hear that when the job was posted on the CBS jobs site, the guys already had somebody in mind or had even already begun the hiring process. That's fine - I totally understand. That's business, and HR requirements, and legal mandates, and probably any number of other things.

If that's the case, however, I don't see any reason for this thread to exist. Rorie posting about the openings got a lot of people excited about the idea that Giant Bomb would be looking for new blood, fresh faces, whatever. If it turns out that they've hired an industry regular and/or friend of the site, and that they already had an expectation that they were going to hire that person, then this thread comes across as a big tease, or even mean-spirited. Why bother asking for applications?

As some have said, we'll probably never know how the timing played out, so I'll just go on thinking that they asked for applications because they had NO IDEA who they were going to hire.

#3 Edited by BaconHound (66 posts) -
#4 Posted by BaconHound (66 posts) -

@truthtellah: Hmmm... I read "in terms of events" as something like Forza - where the "events" are things like "Asian Championship, "American Muscle Showdown," or "AWD Tournament." I understood that to mean that every "event" in the single player mode would be available. It sounds like you (and maybe others) interpreted "events" as "circuit race," "point to point," "elimination," etc - which I hadn't even considered. In that case, yes, the PS+ version would be closer to a demo.

I still can't help but feel that the original announcement was misleading at best. As the OP has said a couple of times, "slight" and "few" generally do not imply 80%. Oh well. As I said initially, I never really cared about this game anyway - I was more surprised by the lack of outrage. It seems like most folks are willing to get up in arms about almost anything these days. :)

#5 Edited by BaconHound (66 posts) -

@spaceinsomniac: I don't have a PS4 or PS+, and I never had any interest in this game, but I agree with you that this is a pretty shady move. I'm kind of scratching my head at all these replies that say this is no big deal.

Assuming the quotes in your original post are accurate, I think "you're going to have all of the single player content in terms of events" is anything but vague. To turn around and change that to 10 cars and 5 tracks (fuck variants) is pretty shitty. The idea that it's not a demo because "you get access to all of the game’s features online and offline" is laughable. Any well-made demo will give access to all the features. Similarly, most demos would only let you select from 10 cars. I'll admit that 5 tracks would be generous for a demo.

I have no stake in this and I normally wouldn't even reply to this thread, but like you, I'm a little surprised at the response you received.

#6 Edited by BaconHound (66 posts) -

Depends. The Infamous screenshot doesn't do much for me, but I thought the lighting/atmosphere in GTA V, for example, was incredible.

Edit: Regarding the "dirty camera lens" effect mentioned above - I HATE it. I think it's probably the most annoying "modern" effect that I can think of, and it really takes me out of the moment when I notice it in a game.

#7 Posted by BaconHound (66 posts) -

@napstar said:

Like the developers mentioned Threes has kinda created a genre in puzzle games. Take sudoku, you wouldn't blame someone making a sudoku clone its either sudoku or it isn't. Also I don't see how Samig was aggressively hostile in his FAQ.

I tend to agree with this sentiment. Additionally, the FAQ response also says that Threes wasn't available on a compatible platform. Seeing an opportunity and/or an area where there's unmet demand isn't ripping anybody off - it's good business sense. When I first heard of Threes, it wasn't available on Android. I found 2048 in the meantime, and I've enjoyed it. I don't see any reason to spend money on Threes now that it is - from my perspective - late to the party.

Patrick mentioned that Ridiculous Fishing was cloned before it was released. As I recall, the same thing happened with Johan Sebastian Joust (which, as far as I know, STILL isn't out?). Beating somebody to market with a similar product isn't a crime. Again, it's good business sense.

Doom had countless clones, but it was still by far and away the best and most popular game. As others have said above, if the "clones" of Threes are more popular than the "original," the argument could be made that they are, in fact, superior games.

#8 Posted by BaconHound (66 posts) -

I don't want OR to be social. The whole reason I want it is so I can escape this world without having to kill myself. This is terrible news.

Yeah, this. I'm so sick of hearing about "social experiences" and "connecting people." What a shame.

#9 Edited by BaconHound (66 posts) -

This is how I was always taught to do it. I think the reasoning is that it gives you a chance to give your references a heads up that somebody might be contacting them, instead of the person getting one or more surprise calls. It's also possible that one of the references is a current manager, and you'd rather that person not know just yet that you're looking for a new job.

-References available on request? many people just include this on the resume, I'm not sure why you'd hide it away.

#10 Edited by BaconHound (66 posts) -

@pop said:

@icemo: BFG, of course, it's the BIG FUCKING GUN! Why is this answer only the 37th post? You shoot that thing and the entire room just gets disintegrated.

I was thinking the same thing. Sadly I think the reason is because we are "old" enough to remember the BFG.

Add me to the list of old folks, I guess - I saw the thread title and my immediate thought was "BFG, duh!" I like @icemo, I just kept scrolling, amazed that nobody had mentioned it.