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Posted by kmv_007

Gearbox had the easiest job in the world.  
 
When they bought the rights to DNF from 3DRealms and said they'd put it out within a year, everyone knew what they were doing: bug-test what 3DRealms had put together, and release it.  No new content unless it was absolutely necessary.   Just get what was done out the door to close the book and the longest-running joke in video game history. 
 
If the game ended up being good, Gearbox can take all the credit.  If it's bad, blame it on 3DR.  Gearbox WILL come out with a new Duke game in a few years, and they will be judged on that game's quality.  But Duke Nukem Forever will not be seen as Gearbox's game, and it's not their fault that it sucks. 

Posted by kmv_007

I've made 3 recent game purchases, all on PC.  Unlike most of my purchases in the past couple years, 2 of these were very recent releases, and the other one I had sworn off purchasing at it's ridiculously high price.  The games, in order of purchase, were:

-Homefront (Steam, $50)
-Crysis 2 (Steam, $60)
-CoD: Black Ops (D2D, $35)

Of these 3, Homefront was by far the worst choice.  It's tougher to think of good things about the game than all the issues I have with it.  I don't want to get too into it here - that's what a review is for, and most of my issues have been brought up elsewhere - but I would rather have spent that $50 on getting my teeth pulled.  I KNEW I shouldn't have gotten it, but it's story & possibilities seduced me. 

Crysis 2 was a much better decision.  A much more fun game, and one of the best shooters I've played in a while.  My two big complaints of buying it now are the fact that it doesn't have achievements on PC (come on, Crytek; you modified your engine for consoles and can't squeeze Steam achievements on there?  Steamworks is FREE!) and the fact that it's $60, even on PC.  I am a strong proponent of keeping new PC games at $50, and feel very guilty at caving on any game.  The reason I gave myself, in this case, is the fact that Crysis 2 was leaked about a month before release, so by buying it at the higher price I'm supporting the developer.  A sad excuse, I know. 

The final game was one I told myself I didn't need, didn't want, and certainly wouldn't buy for more than $30.  However, Direct2Drive had an insane deal on it a few weeks ago.  I know, $45 was only 25% off, but any discount on a CoD game within 9 months of release is insane.  On top of that, D2D had a coupon code available, knocking another 20% off the price.  That made the final price a shade over $35!  I had to jump on it.  And it was definitely worth it.  Maybe it was the fact that it was a semi-original story, or the fact I was playing it on PC (as opposed to MW2 on 360), but I was much more entertained and had more fun with Black Ops than with any CoD game since CoD4. 

In all, I think this binge was a screw-up.  I still have a lot of games in my library I haven't touched (Alpha Protocol, just started Dead Rising 2) and I could've gotten several games over the next year instead of these 3 for ~$150.  Lesson re-learned: wait for reviews.  No need to be first on the block, especially when I don't play much multiplayer. 

Posted by kmv_007

Ahh, a nice morning laugh.

Posted by kmv_007

I think the first Kane & Lynch was shit on unfairly - I enjoyed it, and the demo of K&L 2 was enjoyable.  However, I'd prefer IO make another Freedom Fighters game.

Posted by kmv_007

Awesome trailer.  
 
I'm not a big RTS player, and I despise Activision's business model of milking shit into the ground, but that movie does it's job very well.  It makes me very torn - taking a moral stand vs. OH MY GAWD THAT GAME LOOKS AWESOME I NEED IT AHHHHHHHH!!!
 
Must be strong...

Posted by kmv_007

PLEASE let me create my own save points, at least after the first complete playthrough!

Posted by kmv_007

KAOS Studios comes up with good, original ideas for games, but their execution so far has been subpar.  I really wanted to like Frontlines, but it ran so horribly on my computer - it's by far the worst implementation of Unreal Engine 3 I've seen on my computer.  I'm looking forward to seeing more on Homefront.
 
Good luck to you, KAOS.

Posted by kmv_007
@This_Dude:  I'll agree that I wrote a crappy review - I definitely need some practice.   There should be more about the game itself, as opposed to comparing it to a previous Rockstar game. 
 
However, it's completely fair to compare Red Dead Redemption to GTA 4 not only because they are in the same genre, but they are built on the same engine, by the same publisher.  Their on-screen displays, their mission structure... the two games have more in common than their genre.   
 
Also, I wouldn't waste my time writing a review for a game I haven't played.  I've written so few reviews, and played so many more games, I won't waste my time writing reviews for games I haven't played.