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#1 Posted by TheSquarePear (224 posts) -

I still fire up the 360 arcade remake OutRun Online Arcade every once in a while. It has a charm that really appeals to my boyhood dreams and I don't care if the game offends anyone. Unfortunately I think Ferrari pulled the license after it lapsed so it isn't for sale anymore.

Arcade racing games

I well try to mention some games that have not already been listed. Thanks to the other posters for highlighting some games I didn't know.

Open world

I love Test Drive Unlimited because you could buy cars and garages on a life size (I guess) replica of Hawaii. It was a ground breaking open world driving game (before Burnout Paradise I might add). The sequel Test Drive Unlimited 2 was slightly disappointing because the first one was so great but I enjoyed it anyways (truly unique exotic cars that you can test drive, buy and customize). Unfortunately it probably didn't sell well because the studio closed.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is Criterion Games first take on Need for Speed and it's a great refresh of cops and robbers with modern super cars.

Forza Horizon has a great 'campaign' with unique events. The tuning from Forza Motorsport is removed but you can still customize the components.

Lap racers

Codemasters make driver career 'emulations' where you compete in different class/spec tournaments with their TOCA franchise

Slightly Mad Studios make car collecting games (that I could never grasp the handling of) like:

#2 Posted by TheSquarePear (224 posts) -
#3 Edited by TheSquarePear (224 posts) -

I hope I might some day get a similar setup to this:

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The investment in a rig and learning the game seems almost insurmountable.

#4 Edited by TheSquarePear (224 posts) -

I checked it out but it seemed to just be the same games that Giant Bomb quick looked.

I wish Steam (or Giant Bomb) would give more stats.

I get that it's easy for the press to endorse Steam because you get free press accounts but I much prefer the interface of a site like

#6 Edited by TheSquarePear (224 posts) -

@alkusanagi said:

Just the humor and Douchie McBrotag main character make me want to stay far from this game. Got a feeling that this will tank, regardless of reviews.

You do know that you can play as a female protagonist as well?

I don't have an Xbox One (or PS4) but this game looks like a breath of fresh air for those of us who don't find pleasure in melodramatic melancholic shooters like Gears of War or Metro. The more good games to choose from the better IMO.

#7 Edited by TheSquarePear (224 posts) -

Does Gamespot have any archives of Extra-Life?

I want to see Jess from Gamespot play KOTOR 2 and The Longest Journey.

Also, Dave Snider is more awesome than ever.

@lashe Thanks a lot!

#8 Edited by TheSquarePear (224 posts) -

Once the enemies became bullet sponge soldiers I stopped playing.

The trend to make shooters more difficult by either making enemies

  • really agile to the point where they have no weight (Crysis 2+, Rage)
  • unrealistic bullet sponges (Borderlands, Metro)

has almost turned me off FPS as a genre. I hope the new generation will find some revolutionary mechanic that might kill off cover-based shooters (haven't tried Wolfenstein).

#9 Edited by TheSquarePear (224 posts) -

@jimipeppr said:

I don't understand what is so bad about gfwl... I played through [most of] Dark Souls on PC and hardly noticed anything. Plus you get gamerscore? What am I missing here?

In order to protect the gamerscore from being cheated easily by sharing savegames, it tied your (encrypted) savegame to your GFWL application data profile.This made it a huge PITA to switch savegames between PCs (in the beginning at least). Batman Arkham games switched to Steam some time ago and there was this long convoluted process to get the save games decrypted.

I wonder if Dark Souls is offering some support for this in November. Luckily I started my game with xliveless or whatever so I guess I can just copy my savegame.

The service wasn't that bad once all the rough spots had been ironed out but it was still a walled garden introduced to a system that has traditionally been very open and customizable.

Capcom you're next!

#10 Edited by TheSquarePear (224 posts) -

Fallout New Vegas is the best RPG of the last generation. The story might be more linear than Fallout 3 but most factions and communities are interesting and different compared to the stereotypical tropes of Fallout 3 that seem like conscious fan service. Deathclaws are an actual threat as well.

There was a game breaking bug on Xbox 360 that was patched (something about a Sheriff's hat in your inventory in New Vegas). I guess I've played over 200 hours on PC with mods and the only major issue I had was a consistent crash at a spot inside the airport. It was nothing game breaking because it wasn't an important environment. I can't remember if I found a workaround.

You might not be able to run around the most densely populated areas with the highest settings because that was weirdly demanding.

If you save your game frequently you should be alright.