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  1. Managed to squeeze in a few hours last night on PC despite the (surprisingly short) hour-long server issues that were affecting both the PC and PS4 during the official launch time (the game was actually playable a couple hours before then). Anyway, it might be a bit too early to say this, but I'm a bit worried about the game's replay value. This is a loot-based RPG/shooter, but I don't know if the loot alone is enough to carry the game, for the gameplay itself feels very bland. The shooting part plays just like Gears of War without the relatively more interesting weapons and the more diverse enemy types to shoot. The RPG part also seems to lack room for experimentation. Since there are no classes in the game, eventually everyone will be running the same character configuration once they have figured out the most optimal setup. Loot-based games like Diablo often offer special items with stats that encourage the players to experiment different class/character builds...and so do The Division, but the gear is affecting only 3 primary stats: DPS (aka damage), Health (HP) and Skill Power (skills stat multiplier), which really have very little impact on the character's play style. To quote Elena from another Third-Person Shooter, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, "you just point and shoot." On the bright side, the game has great atmosphere and it's awesome to play with friends...as long as they don't try to crack a lame joke during an important cut scene over the mic. Having said that, I'll keep on grinding a little later tonight....
  2. Apparently, SEGA want our email addresses. http://www.makewarnotlove.com/ It kinda sucks that Alpha Protocol isn't free...and I have yet to receive my keys they promised. Oh, and I'll get back to your earlier reply once I have the time, g_bassi13
  3. They are going to invite more people when the closed beta comes back next week or so (mid Feb), so check your inbox. The beta weekend was probably my best FPS experience in years (Battlefield 3 came close). When one of your best moments made it in the Play of the Game, that feeling is just awesome.
  4. The trilogy was for $3.79 US on Indie Gala (a bundle retailer like Humble Bundle) a few months back. Might happen again.
  5. I bought a grand total of one game this past Winter Sale. It's a CDN$7 management simulation called Empire TV Tycoon. The game seems a bit overpriced after playing through it though, but that says a lot about my overall attitude toward this sale. I think the online market has become a lot more saturated and there are fewer and fewer quality games, yet the consumer base is still expanding with their ever growing library. There are simply fewer options when it comes to picking something that really catches your eye. And did I mention we have been spoiled for way too long and way too much? As an example, I have more games on Steam than I want to admit and I will probably never finish all of them in my lifetime (50% will be a lifetime achievement on its own), even without any further purchase. There is simply no immediate incentive for me to buy ANY game (unless its name is Overwatch), even for a big discount. However, I do buy games, but only out of habit, not out of hedonistic necessity. Nevertheless, here are a few indie games I recommend on Steam, in case you guys are wondering what to buy in the next sale. Sang-Froid - Tales of Werewolves [Third Person Tower-defense] (g_bassi13 recommended it a while ago, was not disappointed) http://steamcommunity.com/app/227220 Legend of Grimrock I/II [First Person Tile-based RPG] (unique/retro gameplay; great puzzles; sequel has best menu music only second to Civ 4's) http://store.steampowered.com/sub/49358/ Door Kickers [Real-time Tactic] (Rainbow Six 1 and 2 from Top-down) http://steamcommunity.com/app/248610 Qvadriga [Tactical Chariot Racing] (self-explanatory) http://store.steampowered.com/app/297760
  6. I was finally accepted into the closed beta this past weekend, and was somewhat disappointed by the lack of content in the beta, which has many features locked away, albeit understandably. The graphics and the environment are great (PC, high settings), reminded me of Crysis 2 with a tad less aberration effect. However, I'm really not a fan of the HUD/user interface. Graphical indicators are everyfrackingwhere, it's way worse than Battlefield 3/4. As for the gameplay, the PvE part of the beta is downright boring. You spend 80% of your time traveling between missions/side quests, all of which involve you killing N enemies and more of the same. I would suggest getting into a squad if you don't want to play a walking simulator (in a ghost town), but that wouldn't help much I imagine. I did not get to spend much time in the Dark Zone though (the supposed PvP section that has a level requirement), having to spend 20 minutes or so to find some guy I can shoot at, just some 10 minutes before the beta ended. There's definitely some potential here, if you can find a group of friends to play with, well, two friends. I have been looking forward to the game the moment they put up the very first teaser, but the lack of media exposure prior to the beta has really killed the hype for me. It didn't help that the beta lasted like 3 days. Having said that, I may still end up buying the game later, since there are just not many quality open world multiplayer shooters out there.
  7. Thank you for the heads-up, I'm downloading it now! I've heard about the reboot, but I didn't realize they could release the game this quick in any form. I hope it retains what has made the original game such a classic. For me, UT has forever spoiled my expectations for the FPS genre. IMO, Epic's "jump" from UT to Gears is a total devolution of shooters, playing the Gears multiplayer feels like driving a tank, although the single player campaigns were great fun.
  8. For PC? I thought non-Xbox Betas wouldn't be up till next year. Now I'm jelly.
  9. The game is now 33% off on Steam for the next 24 hours. http://store.steampowered.com/app/301120/ CDN$ 11.38
  10. "The item you've requested is not currently available in the Canadian Store."
  11. My exact sentiment after finishing it some weeks ago. The game plays like an old-school RPG, with a lot of really unimaginative fetch quests, where you basically go from point A to point B to point C with little variations in between (not to mention it is not an open-world setting). The overall gameplay feels like something from the PS2 era. The only thing that keeps the game going is the story and the complexity of the plot.
  12. I've had this game on my radar (wishlist) for sometime now, but I'm still not swayed by the price tag just yet. For me, story-driven adventure games are always a risk to buy. They're either an exceptional experience or a huge letdown.
  13. Excited for the Elder Scrolls card game.
  14. Saw g_bassi13 last replied, and came expecting an essay. Was not disappointed. And yeah, no way I'm getting any multiplayer-centric games at launch nowadays.