My Mind...Has Been Blown

I've just recently started reading Karen Travis' "Republic Commando" series, which started as an adaptation of the game from last generation. This got me, slightly, in the mood to reinstall the game on Steam and play some of it again. Other than having to set bump mapping to low, the game ran perfectly fine (outside of the fact the game doesn't hold up well). I remembered the game had MP so I jumped in, surprised to see what I did. People actually playing the online? Mind blown. Seriously. I tried to ask several players why they still played to get a sense of if it was a community thing over a game thing, but I never really got an answer. I did get accused of being a hacker, so there was that.

What Games Am I Currently Enjoying?

1. Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection

2. Sleeping Dogs

3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

4. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

5. Guild Wars 2

6. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Also had the pleasure of attending DragonCon 2012 in Atlanta, Ga for the first time. Definitely going back next year as it was incredibly fun. I had the honor of meeting James Callis three separate times over the weekend, which was amazing. I may include the story in the next blog post as it is really cool.

I'd still like to play Darksiders 2 but I feel like I can wait for a $35 sale on it as I know for sure I want to get the Ratchet and Clank HD collection...seriously love those games.

CS:GO has been an interesting transition for me. I've played CS since the early betas (around 3 or 4) so it has a special place in my heart. Some guns feel great while others (see: AK-47 and the M4) feel stilted and worse than even their older versions in something like Counter-Strike: Source. I've put maybe 10-12 hours in so far. If possible I'd like to get into playing CS:GO at least 8 hours a week, if possible. Then again, at one point I said the same about Team Fortress 2.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron's multiplayer seems worse than the original, in my opinion. The locomotion of the vehicles forms is far less satisfying and fun, some weapons and classes are incredibly overpowered, level progression is broken and used mostly as a way to dominate other lower leveled characters, and they removed the vehicle specific abilities like the leader class (who has been renamed) had an ability to, in vehicle form, ram into others...I miss that...or the infiltrator class being able to do barrel rolls after high jumps...I miss that too. Did I mention the game feel broken and unbalanced to me? One word, at least: Scrapmaker. Also, why does the tank class move faster in robot form than in tank form? I have noticed my fair share of lag in almost every server as well, so I'm not sure what's going on with that.

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Posted by Sammo21

I've just recently started reading Karen Travis' "Republic Commando" series, which started as an adaptation of the game from last generation. This got me, slightly, in the mood to reinstall the game on Steam and play some of it again. Other than having to set bump mapping to low, the game ran perfectly fine (outside of the fact the game doesn't hold up well). I remembered the game had MP so I jumped in, surprised to see what I did. People actually playing the online? Mind blown. Seriously. I tried to ask several players why they still played to get a sense of if it was a community thing over a game thing, but I never really got an answer. I did get accused of being a hacker, so there was that.

What Games Am I Currently Enjoying?

1. Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection

2. Sleeping Dogs

3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

4. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

5. Guild Wars 2

6. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Also had the pleasure of attending DragonCon 2012 in Atlanta, Ga for the first time. Definitely going back next year as it was incredibly fun. I had the honor of meeting James Callis three separate times over the weekend, which was amazing. I may include the story in the next blog post as it is really cool.

I'd still like to play Darksiders 2 but I feel like I can wait for a $35 sale on it as I know for sure I want to get the Ratchet and Clank HD collection...seriously love those games.

CS:GO has been an interesting transition for me. I've played CS since the early betas (around 3 or 4) so it has a special place in my heart. Some guns feel great while others (see: AK-47 and the M4) feel stilted and worse than even their older versions in something like Counter-Strike: Source. I've put maybe 10-12 hours in so far. If possible I'd like to get into playing CS:GO at least 8 hours a week, if possible. Then again, at one point I said the same about Team Fortress 2.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron's multiplayer seems worse than the original, in my opinion. The locomotion of the vehicles forms is far less satisfying and fun, some weapons and classes are incredibly overpowered, level progression is broken and used mostly as a way to dominate other lower leveled characters, and they removed the vehicle specific abilities like the leader class (who has been renamed) had an ability to, in vehicle form, ram into others...I miss that...or the infiltrator class being able to do barrel rolls after high jumps...I miss that too. Did I mention the game feel broken and unbalanced to me? One word, at least: Scrapmaker. Also, why does the tank class move faster in robot form than in tank form? I have noticed my fair share of lag in almost every server as well, so I'm not sure what's going on with that.

Posted by believer258

I want to hold off on Darksiders 2 as well. I was hoping it would be one of those fantastic games that people remember for years to come - it had that kind of potential - but sadly a lot of people seem to picking up significant problems with it.

Anyway, I also heard that the R+C HD Collection had some slowdown issues, so you may want to wait for some reviews and stuff before jumping on that bandwagon. I can tell you that I loved those first four games but haven't been able to make myself go back since because they were driven into the ground.

Posted by EuanDewar

Isn't the owner of Dragoncon a child molester

Think he is

Posted by Sammo21

There is no "owner", but yeah the founder was caught with like a 14 or 15 year old boy while also waiting for his trial for child molestation. Way to bring the mood down, lol. Anyway, that really has nothing to do with the convention itself. People still listen to Michael Jackson music, don't they? People still watch Roman Polanski movies, and they still watch his new ones.

Posted by EuanDewar
@Sammo21 Yep, and they probably shouldn't. Giving money to a fucked up child molester aint exactly cool.
Posted by Ravenlight

Crosses fingers for Republic Commando 2 for next-gen hardware.

Edited by Sammo21

@EuanDewar:

You may want to do some research on exactly who is getting funds and for what. The man hasn't even been involved with the convention for a long time now and that included getting any sort of money out of it.

Posted by Phatmac

Darksiders 2 is great so far. I'd highly recommend it.

Posted by Sammo21

@Ravenlight:

That would be great. I don't need multiplayer, just give me a great story and maybe some cool co-op stuff. There are some awesome things in the books I'd love to see in a game.

Posted by EuanDewar

Yeah he still owns 34% of the business and has collected money for his involvement in it as recently as last year.

Posted by Zaccheus

It's pretty crazy that there are people still playing Republic Commando. I was surprised when I played through the singleplayer of Battlefield: Bad Company and as a joke loaded up the multiplayer on my rental PS3 copy and was instantly in a full match... Who are these people?

Posted by Sammo21

@Zaccheus: I can understand some instances of that, like those people who love COD4 but hate the changes in MW2 and 3 so they just keep playing that...but Republic Commando? Wow. Almost makes me wish the original Rainbow Six on PC still had an active community as I was kind of awesome at that online.