I enjoyed the first 3 gears games a lot (though I never played judgement) but I'm not particularly excited for this, I mean I'm sure when Gears four or whatever they are calling it comes out I'll be eager to see what they do next with the story and the world but in a way I guess I was kind of hoping this new generation would bring with it it's own franchises. Honestly I think in general that's my problem with the releases of these consoles so far, it seems like both platforms are delivering more of the same in a slightly prettier package. I mean sure there will be some older franchises carried over, but I was kind of hoping this would be the fresh start that the previous generations had in a way, a chance for new series and ideas to emerge. That may well happen in time but still, at the moment this new generation hasn't brought that new feeling with it yet.
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I'll be honest, as much as I still enjoyed the content this year overall I do miss the video top tens from the staff this year that we got previously, I know they kind of did that in their daily videos anyway but they weren't as polished as those other videos (I'm talking specifically about when they say their top ten games, the different eras of giant bomb parts were fantastic) I guess the written lists were basically that anyway and they would have probably pretty much read those out but it's still kind of a shame in my opinion, though I can understand that this year has been a more difficult one (to say the least) than usual and they've done a remarkable job in terms of the guest tops tens and the production quality in the daily videos they did put out.
I really enjoy the game of the year week though, the podcasts especially are a lot of fun and remind me of games I may have forgotten during the year (considering all the festive sales it's pretty good timing for that too)
I'm looking forward to giving it a go, I've always had a interest in it (mostly due to the various Quick Looks on the site) but I never got around to picking it up so I can't wait to give it a go.
Microsoft's service may be a little slow but well I can't usually afford every game that comes out in a year most of the time so there are a lot of older ones that I end up just missing, it's kind of cool that some of them are getting a new lease of life through this service (I broke my leg recently and spent a surprising amount of time playing crackdown due to it being on games on gold, when you can't walk it's quite satisfying being able to kick cars at crowds of people)
More games is always a good thing and I'm looking forward to seeing what Double Fine can create for this new generation, honestly I'm tending to enjoy the smaller, more sort of condensed experiences that I find on steam than the billion hour epics nowadays so if that means more Bastions and Stanley Parables on the one then I look forward to seeing what comes out of this.
@jeust: Honestly I've had my doubts about the game but that review seems awfully vague to be trusted, it seems like it's a review based on other people's impression and the information that has come out so far rather than the actual game. I could have written that review and included all the same information, which is a little weird considering I haven't played it. I've heard of a few new mechanics and things that have been shuffled up that I think a reviewer would at least touch on especially for a game apparently this generic.
Honestly I think there will be quite a few reviews that reflect the sentiment of this one in a way (more of the same, kind of like the treyarch/infinity ward situation used to be) but I think it's best to wait until tomorrow than trust this rather suspect source.
@zevvion: Though I can see where you are coming from in a way I don't really agree, though it became pretty obvious that what he was doing was as much for himself as his family, their love and respect was always important to him, the lengths he went to to keep it hidden and lie at every turn showed as much. Ultimately he lost them, his son had no respect for him and even went as far as to want him dead, his daughter will probably growing up knowing him only as the criminal who brought so much trouble to her family, Hank is dead, Marie is broken and though Skyler may still feel something for him in the smallest way it's far from the loving relationship he once had (she seems to equally fear and pity him) Perhaps the business became more important to him towards the end, but you could see how their perception of him as a monster was tearing him apart inside in these last episodes.
Putting aside the family aspect and looking at him purely as Heisenberg he lost everything in that respect too, it was all about the power and respect to him but look what he was reduced to in his final days a man disrespected by the media at large, stranded in the middle of nowhere where his only company is a man who he must pay thousands of dollars just to sit with him. Even in the criminal underworld he was reduced to nothing, the man who defeated the great Gus' meth empire allowed to live just because the nazis pitied him, 'allowing' him to take a small percentage of his money that he lost so much to get.
I do agree that the ending was very clean in a way, in that he managed to wrap up all the loose ends without too much trouble (I thought the final episode was really good before anyone takes that as an insult) but he didn't come out of it a hero or a badass like some people seem to think (I agree that's kind of a weird point of view, I enjoy the character but he's not a good person) All he really did was solve the handful of problems he could manage before taking the easy way out and getting himself killed, which I thought was quite fitting.