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#1 Edited by wumbo3000 (960 posts) -

If Crusader Kings II is still available, I would like that one!

#2 Posted by wumbo3000 (960 posts) -

So I'm thinking of buying a new laptop, but I've heard so many horror stories about Windows 8 that I'm hesitant to go through with the purchase. I know Windows 8.1 improved some things, but I was just curious to see the state of Windows 8 and the overall opinion of those who have it. I'm currently using Windows 7 right now and I think it's great.

#3 Posted by wumbo3000 (960 posts) -

Wait a minute, Justin Calvert and Ryan Mac were laid off too? That's insane. They were basically the cornerstones of GameSpot since the beginning of time. Shit, from the way people were talking I thought only Carolyn and Tom McShea were laid off.

#4 Edited by wumbo3000 (960 posts) -

The "heads" of the coin just says 100 won in Korean. The word on the left side of the face is "Bek" or hundred, and the word on the right side says "won."

The "tails" side of the coin translates to "Korean Bank." (Han Gook Eun Heng)

#5 Posted by wumbo3000 (960 posts) -

I know this is ridiculously late, but I managed to finally write descriptions of all the games I've beaten in 2012 and 2013. I usually do those at the end of each corresponding year but.... Better late than never right?

2012 list

2013 list

#6 Posted by wumbo3000 (960 posts) -

Thanks guys for all the variety of responses. Really interesting to see how the game holds up for everyone else.

For me, the story and the atmosphere aren't engaging enough to counter act the jankiness of the gameplay. Maybe it's because I haven't finished the game yet (I eventually will) but I don't think the story/characters are as "artistic" as people have said. I'm not seeing any sort of relationship between the boy and the girl when all the boy is doing is basically finding blocks for the girl to climb on. I feel like their relationship isn't changing in any meaningful way. Maybe it's just too abstract and "artsy" for my simple brain to understand.

The environments are pretty bland too. There's a lot of brown and gray, and you're basically going around in the same huge building. There's no variety in the level design.

And comparing it to Jak and Ratchet was probably a little bit unfair. The comparison to Brothers and Journey is more apt, but I absolutely love those games because they nailed both the atmosphere and the gameplay. Then again, it's probably more unfair to compare Ico to Brothers/Journey.

And to @monkeyking1969, I understand that the game is trying to convey that the boy is clumsy and awkward, but don't translate that into clumsy and awkward gameplay. Show it through some other means. That only frustrates the player and takes the player out of the game. It doesn't make me say, "I feel the boy's awkwardness and struggle," it makes me say, "Why does this game have bad controls?"

#7 Posted by wumbo3000 (960 posts) -

I'm playing through Ico for the first time right now with the HD collection, and I think Ico is a bad game. The platforming is awkward, the jumping is clumsy, and the combat is downright terrible. The lack of music makes me fall asleep (I actually did doze off the first time I played), and I think the environments are bland and uninspiring.

Has the game aged that poorly? I'm curious because there were some fantastic PS2 platformers like Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank, and Sly. I played all of them when I was a kid and I love those games dearly. I don't remember them being this clunky or awkward, but maybe I'm just looking through my nostalgia glasses.

Now I'm just curious to see the opinions of the people who played Ico when it first came out and enjoyed it, and what they think of it now if they've played the HD collection.

By the way, what pushed me over the edge to make this topic was that FUCKING water wheel jump. My god the jumping makes me want to bite my controller in half.

#8 Posted by wumbo3000 (960 posts) -

Oh man, the story behind on why he uses a PS1 controller is pretty great. And it's awesome to hear that an 09'er won EVO. As an 09'er myself, that gives me hope!

#9 Posted by wumbo3000 (960 posts) -

Does anyone have a PS3 beta code they'd be willing to share? I would be eternally grateful. :)

#10 Posted by wumbo3000 (960 posts) -

Just finished it. Can't believe this was a fan translation. There's just a staggering amount of text in this game, and I can't believe the translation ended up being this good. Even the name puns and the few pop culture references were spot on.

But in regards to the actual gameplay, the Edgeworth games are less compelling from a gameplay perspective than the Phoenix Wright games. I feel like I have a bit more agency in the Phoenix Wright games, and I feel more engaged while I'm going through the story. In the Investigations games, it feels as though I'm mostly just clicking through text. Regardless, I still think the stories in both Investigations 1 and 2 were fantastic.