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#1 Posted by PandaBear (1379 posts) -

The bugs in BF4 were half the problem... poor map design was the rest. Even if the game runs perfect nothing can hide how lame the core maps were. Seriously, the quickest example I can think of is the map with the big tower in the middle that can be blown up and.... yay another flat urban map! My other favourites are flat urban map, rainy boring urban map, open map near a dam with poor control point placement and flat design... I mean did the same guys who made Operation Metro, Caspian Border, Operation Firestorm and Damavand Peak make this game?

tl;dr -- Wolfenstein New Order is the game you want. It's brilliant... not flawless, but a lot of fun.

#2 Posted by PandaBear (1379 posts) -

99% of it. I just listen to the Bombcast and check the forums. My subscription is basically a tip jar to keep doing the Bombcast. Maybe a Quick Look now and then... but really, not a lot.

#4 Posted by PandaBear (1379 posts) -

You know, Half-Life 2 is probably it.

The first time I played it back in 2004, I was blown away by all of it, but having replayed it several times since then I can't help but wonder why why why why all of those vehicle sections exist. I think, with no hyperbole, a third of Half-Life 2 is vehicle driving. It's not particularly fun, it's not particularly engaging, and the levels themselves are nowhere near open enough to provide some kind of dynamic, emergent gameplay like you would see in a Halo game. They're just kinda there.

And all of the physics stuff blows. It blew then and it blows now. I don't care how realistic it is. I should not have to create a see-saw in order to jump over a chain link fence in a videogame about shooting dudes.

Still waiting for Half-Life 3.

I think part of the issue is the game hasn't aged well in some areas. The physics puzzles were mind-blowing to me at the time (I didn't even care about the total lack of friction). The open vehicle areas looked amazing and always felt dangerous... but I do see your point.

That game is greater than the sum of it's parts and areas like the prison with the ants and Nova Prospekt more than make up for it... oh and those final moments with the gravity gun... but yeah, that game needed someone to come in halve the vehicles sections... at least the hovercraft section!

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I struggled with Final Fantasy XIII, but then again who didn't? Dead Space 2's last hour where it became a straight up action game was fucking awful (great game overall).

BUT my the worst case of filler in my mind is Twilight Princess. I wanted to love that game ... I got my Wii on day one and knew this game would be awesome. Then, 40 hours in, I was told to go on a huge fetch quest and by that point I was fucking out. The world was ugly, I can't think of a memorable area, the characters were mostly dull (save for that bird near the lake and Midna was ok), overworld had zero personality.... I dunno that whole game felt like filler to me. After YEARS of not playing I went back before the release of Skyward Sword and tried again, but four hours later I was out. I love nearly all the Zelda games, but fuck Twilight Princess feels like the most by-the-numbers action-adventure game I have ever played. Uninspired filler from start to end (well where I gave up).

#5 Posted by PandaBear (1379 posts) -

Christmas 2014 -- Typical mum -- I bought my kids a 3DS! They'll love it.

Mid-2015 -- I'll buy buy them some Amiibos or some shit, that'll keep them quiet. Fuck what they work only on a New 3DS?

Christmas 2015 -- Fuck the big games only work on the fucking "NEW" 3DS?! This is worse than the time I bought them a fucking Wii game that needed that special Wii U controller but I couldn't buy just the controller. I told the dickhead at the store I had a Wii!!

Mid-2016 -- Fucking hell the new Pokemon game only works on the NEW 3DS!?! Well fuck me. Stupid Nintendo... here kids have an iPad. It has games, they're cheap as shit and you can do more than games with it. I don't care if weekend daddy said you can stay up past 8pm. Did he tell you about how his whore of a girlfriend hates you? I'm sorry, mummy's been drinking.

Mid-2036 -- I can't believe I have to visit my moron son in jail. This is all Nintendo's fault.

Branding is important. I don't know why Nintendo suck so much at it.

#6 Posted by PandaBear (1379 posts) -

Dark Souls.

Then dump her.

#7 Posted by PandaBear (1379 posts) -

I still don't like Leigh Alexander and it has nothing to do with her being a woman.

Also, Twitter is alright.

#8 Posted by PandaBear (1379 posts) -

Sliming? Like the gunk on Nickelodeon?

#9 Posted by PandaBear (1379 posts) -

@juno500 said:
@pandabear said:

@juno500 said:

@pandabear: Who's accusing the Rolling Stone critic? Is that person credible? Does that person have a reason to make the critic look bad? Any evidence at all to support those claims? All these things have to factored in when deciding whether to report that story. If I have every reason to believe this claim is a crock of shit, I'd ignore the accusation entirely.

Dude... the Rolling Stone thing was a hypothetical.

Dude... I completely understood that 100%, and I was simply making the point that your hypothetical being presented is too vague by asking other questions that I feel need to be considered. Seriously buddy, you think I'm that fucking stupid?

It's a hypotheical... of course it's vague. There has to a be slight leap of logic. You totally ignored everything else I said. The media is at it's best when it investigates stories and that's not happening in the games media. The real world example was people finally listening to abused children and investigating powerful organisations like the Catholic church. Some journalists had to risk their careers but knew the truth was worth it... game's journalists seem more content with sitting on their ass, ranting on Twitter and then proclaiming they're not going to get involved.

I told why recent events are worth investigating and why they matter... I just think there should be one mainstream media outlet who looks into this sort of stuff. Dude's on Reddit are doing more investigating than staff writers.

#10 Posted by PandaBear (1379 posts) -

@juno500 said:

@pandabear: Who's accusing the Rolling Stone critic? Is that person credible? Does that person have a reason to make the critic look bad? Any evidence at all to support those claims? All these things have to factored in when deciding whether to report that story. If I have every reason to believe this claim is a crock of shit, I'd ignore the accusation entirely.

Dude... the Rolling Stone thing was a hypothetical.

You're saying that no accusation is worth investigating unless the source is 100% air-tight? You know that the guys who exposed Nixon at Watergate used the information provided by an anonymous dude in a carpark, Monica Lewinksy was just some young intern, hundreds of kids that nobody would listen to decades ago are now adults and suing the Catholic church over sexual abuse allegations.

The Zoe Quinn has become a figure-head of a feminist movement in games, a group of small-time venture capitalists started up a game jam for women. She accused them of sexism, they were hacked and their personal details exposed, they fought back and said they were trying to help indie devs. Look seriously, it's not a cut and dry issue... there's two sides to this story... and none of the big video game news sites bothered to chase up these stories. Why?

The source has to be reliable I get that, again I work at a newspaper - you think we don't have to weed through the crazies? But sometimes an unlikely source can break a huge story.

The point is the media is supposed to pick up the stories others ignore and find the truth. That's the whole fucking point in the fourth estate. This post was asking "What do you want from games journalism" and my answer is games journalists who do more than offer commentary and instead pick up the phone and call people. Find out the truth of the big stories and present it to their readers for judgement.