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what videogame do you like better halo or gears of war

Posted: Tue, 14th Jul 2009, 9:25pm

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not of what game is better but what game do you like better
gears of war or halo and worlds you would want to be in and fighting
that fits you best
Posted: Wed, 15th Jul 2009, 3:12am

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They both suck.
Posted: Wed, 15th Jul 2009, 5:44am

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They're both loads of fun, but pale in comparison to real games like Portal, Half-Life, Mass Effect or Call of Duty 4...
Posted: Wed, 15th Jul 2009, 8:13am

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I prefer games in which I don't play Generic Testosterone-Fuelled Space Marine. So neither Halo nor Gears of War really appeal much to me...

Give me Psychonauts, Beyond Good & Evil, Half Life 2, Deus Ex, Morrowind or Mafia and I'm happy, though. Or, even better, stuff like World of Goo, Darwinia, The Path...you know, stuff that makes you think. wink
Posted: Wed, 15th Jul 2009, 8:36am

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It baffles me that you left out Left 4 Dead, Tarn. Stunned.
Posted: Wed, 15th Jul 2009, 9:00am

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Heh, good point. It did occur to me, but for some reason I was fixated on my favourite single player experiences.

But, yes, Left 4 Dead is astoundingly awesome. I'm enjoying it as much now as I did when it first came out. I'm frequently perplexed by people that complain about it not having much content, because I've never known a game hold my attention for so long and feel so varied. It's no so much about the levels but what happens in them.
Posted: Wed, 15th Jul 2009, 1:48pm

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LEGO Indiana Jones. neutral
Posted: Wed, 15th Jul 2009, 1:51pm

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Hm, I also seemed to forget to mention The Secret of Monkey Island, which happens to be coming out today in a special HD re-release on Steam PC and Xbox! For those that are interested, (shameless plug ahoy!) I've written a little piece on the return of the LucasArts classics:

http://potentialgamer.com/2009/07/12/lucasarts-returns-a-win-for-gaming-history/
Posted: Wed, 15th Jul 2009, 7:00pm

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Tarn wrote:

Hm, I also seemed to forget to mention The Secret of Monkey Island, which happens to be coming out today in a special HD re-release on Steam PC and Xbox! For those that are interested, (shameless plug ahoy!) I've written a little piece on the return of the LucasArts classics:

http://potentialgamer.com/2009/07/12/lucasarts-returns-a-win-for-gaming-history/
Them were some awesome games, now to find out what steam is...
Posted: Wed, 15th Jul 2009, 7:23pm

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I've never played Halo 3. I've played 20 minutes of Gears of War and found it to be interesting, but I could tell it would get boring within hours.


Give me GTA4 or Burnout Paradise and I'll be happy.
Posted: Wed, 15th Jul 2009, 9:14pm

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Nutbar wrote:

Tarn wrote:

Hm, I also seemed to forget to mention The Secret of Monkey Island, which happens to be coming out today in a special HD re-release on Steam PC and Xbox! For those that are interested, (shameless plug ahoy!) I've written a little piece on the return of the LucasArts classics:

http://potentialgamer.com/2009/07/12/lucasarts-returns-a-win-for-gaming-history/
Them were some awesome games, now to find out what steam is...
http://steampowered.com/ smile

Currently playing the remake...it's awesome!
Posted: Wed, 15th Jul 2009, 9:25pm

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Halo's cool. So is Gears of War, but not as much fun as others (some notable mentions will follow) and I could see myself getting rather board with it too after a while.

Some of my favorites are: Left for Dead, Call of Duty (I like 4 better than 5- guess it is the modern twist (can't wait for Modern Warfare 2. That's going to be intense), Half Life, Assasins Creed, Grand Theft Auto, End War, etc. I know I left a few out, but whatever.

What's your guy's fabvorite platform? PC, Xbox, Wii (gosh), PS3, etc? I know a bunch of people prefer first person shoting on PCs (thinking Tarn... wink ) Mine are either 360 or PC
Posted: Thu, 16th Jul 2009, 12:37am

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I'm starting to get tired of competitive multiplayer games because they require so much time and effort to get into. I'm still really excited for Modern Warfare 2 though. I prefer epic single player games. I'll also play any true Mario/Zelda/Metroid games.

I can't wait for Batman Arkham Asylum, Splinter Cell Conviction, Mass Effect 2, Shadow Complex, and Alan Wake.

Oh, and has anyone heard of this game?
Posted: Thu, 16th Jul 2009, 12:49am

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Oh, and has anyone heard of this game?
Yeah, never played the first one, but Just Cause 2 looks awesome.
Posted: Thu, 16th Jul 2009, 1:04am

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Yeah, never played the first one, but Just Cause 2 looks awesome.
I'm on the same boat as you. It looks like a third-person Far Cry with a grappling hook.
Posted: Thu, 16th Jul 2009, 4:10am

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Battlefield anyone!? Although I find myself going back to Delta Force Black Hawk Down... haha! LOL
Posted: Thu, 16th Jul 2009, 4:23am

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Tarn wrote:

Nutbar wrote:

Tarn wrote:

Hm, I also seemed to forget to mention The Secret of Monkey Island, which happens to be coming out today in a special HD re-release on Steam PC and Xbox! For those that are interested, (shameless plug ahoy!) I've written a little piece on the return of the LucasArts classics:

http://potentialgamer.com/2009/07/12/lucasarts-returns-a-win-for-gaming-history/
Them were some awesome games, now to find out what steam is...
http://steampowered.com/ smile

Currently playing the remake...it's awesome!
Have you played the new 3D one, Launch of the Screaming Narwhal? I hadn't played point-and-click adventures since I was 6, but DAMN that was one fine game!

Aculag wrote:

Yeah, never played the first one, but Just Cause 2 looks awesome.
That game is ridiculously badass. Infinite grappling hooks, parachutes, and ropes to tie stuff together, along with car/helicopter surfing, a lush, open-world environment and dizzying heights? Hot damn.
Posted: Thu, 16th Jul 2009, 8:05am

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No, I've not played the new Telltale ones yet. I played season 1 of Sam & Max which was entertaining in a gentle kinda way, but it really wasn't a patch on the original Monkey Island. I'm not overkeen on Telltale's art style, alas.

DVStudio - I don't really have a favourite platform. I'd rather there weren't platforms - games are games, it's largely irrelevant what they're played on, same way it doesn't matter what make of TV you use to play DVDs.

However, I'm almost entirely a PC gamer, simply because I have a really good PC. 90% of the console games I'm interested in also come out on PC, so there's no need to get into the console thing this generation (yet, at least).

Just Cause 2 looks hilarious but I imagine would get a bit pointless and old pretty quick. The new Batman looks great, though.
Posted: Mon, 20th Jul 2009, 8:59am

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Tarn wrote:


http://steampowered.com/

Currently playing the remake...it's awesome!
Thanks.


Tarn wrote:

No, I've not played the new Telltale ones yet. I played season 1 of Sam & Max which was entertaining in a gentle kinda way, but it really wasn't a patch on the original Monkey Island. I'm not overkeen on Telltale's art style, alas.
Did you play Sam and Max hit the road? Was a lot better than the more recent ones. Day of the tentacle was awesome too.
Posted: Mon, 20th Jul 2009, 7:57pm

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The new Batman looks great, though.
I honestly wasn't too keen on the new Batman game, mostly because the art style is just a little too edgy for my taste. However, once I learned that they have pretty much the entire voice cast of Batman: The Animated Series (Except Gordon, I guess) reprising their roles, my excitement level skyrocketed. Could end up being a pretty awesome game, as long as it plays well.
Posted: Mon, 20th Jul 2009, 9:00pm

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Heh, good point. It did occur to me, but for some reason I was fixated on my favourite single player experiences.

But, yes, Left 4 Dead is astoundingly awesome. I'm enjoying it as much now as I did when it first came out. I'm frequently perplexed by people that complain about it not having much content, because I've never known a game hold my attention for so long and feel so varied. It's no so much about the levels but what happens in them.
Everyone goes on and on about how Left 4 Dead is a crazy amazing game, but it just felt like the same old first person shooter to me. Maybe I am crazy but there wasn't anything in that game that 'called' to me. Then again I don't really enjoy FPS games in the first place so maybe i'm a bit bias.

Boom Blocks for Wii held my attention for hours and hours and hours though smile
Posted: Mon, 20th Jul 2009, 9:36pm

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Just Cause is a good fun underrated game, I recommend getting your hands on it cheaply. Most of the gameplay you see in that trailer are there!

Talking of point and click games, The Longest Journey is one of my favourite games ever...worth checking out. You won't regret it.
Posted: Mon, 20th Jul 2009, 10:53pm

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So one question to anyone posting on this thread. Do you think the harder the game the better it is?
Posted: Tue, 21st Jul 2009, 8:05am

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Aculag wrote:

I honestly wasn't too keen on the new Batman game, mostly because the art style is just a little too edgy for my taste. However, once I learned that they have pretty much the entire voice cast of Batman: The Animated Series (Except Gordon, I guess) reprising their roles, my excitement level skyrocketed. Could end up being a pretty awesome game, as long as it plays well.
Got the same writer as the Animated Series, I believe.

I like the art style, although it does have that 'unreal engine 3' look with the plasticky skin, which is a shame.

The FE wrote:

Everyone goes on and on about how Left 4 Dead is a crazy amazing game, but it just felt like the same old first person shooter to me. Maybe I am crazy but there wasn't anything in that game that 'called' to me. Then again I don't really enjoy FPS games in the first place so maybe i'm a bit bias.
Did you play L4D with 3 friends? If you play it single player or with randoms you probably won't get the right experience.

RodyPolis wrote:

So one question to anyone posting on this thread. Do you think the harder the game the better it is?
Depends. In the case of a narrative-based game, definitely not. The harder the game is the more annoying it is, because progressing the story is my main point of interest.

In arcadey games, then a real challenge can be great fun, though.
Posted: Thu, 23rd Jul 2009, 10:10am

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Oh my. Secret of Monkey Island is out for iPhone/touch

/buys
Posted: Thu, 23rd Jul 2009, 7:10pm

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Mellifluous wrote:

Oh my. Secret of Monkey Island is out for iPhone/touch

/buys
No way. That's awesome. Gotta get on that.
Posted: Fri, 24th Jul 2009, 3:37am

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Love Gears
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Dear god the controls on the iPhone Monkey Island are HORRIBLE!
Posted: Fri, 24th Jul 2009, 6:51am

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Dear god the controls on the iPhone Monkey Island are HORRIBLE!
Yeah, that's what I've heard. I'm glad I didn't buy it. A point-and-click game where you have to drag a sluggish cursor around? No thanks. The iPhone interface is PERFECT for point-and-clickers, how could they not get that right? rolleyes
Posted: Sun, 26th Jul 2009, 12:13am

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Aculag wrote:

Pooky wrote:

Dear god the controls on the iPhone Monkey Island are HORRIBLE!
Yeah, that's what I've heard. I'm glad I didn't buy it. A point-and-click game where you have to drag a sluggish cursor around? No thanks. The iPhone interface is PERFECT for point-and-clickers, how could they not get that right? rolleyes
They're not that bad. I'm not sure what an alternative would be that enables pointing and clicking, but at the same time allowing you to see whether you can click on something. Maybe touching the screen could show green/red ring round finger to indicate this, or a bubble above where you're touching?
Posted: Mon, 27th Jul 2009, 10:13am

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Mellifluous wrote:

Aculag wrote:

Pooky wrote:

Dear god the controls on the iPhone Monkey Island are HORRIBLE!
Yeah, that's what I've heard. I'm glad I didn't buy it. A point-and-click game where you have to drag a sluggish cursor around? No thanks. The iPhone interface is PERFECT for point-and-clickers, how could they not get that right? rolleyes
They're not that bad. I'm not sure what an alternative would be that enables pointing and clicking, but at the same time allowing you to see whether you can click on something. Maybe touching the screen could show green/red ring round finger to indicate this, or a bubble above where you're touching?
It does take a bit of getting used to. The cursor is a bit slow maybe and it can be a bit fiddly trying to get the cursor to something that is on the edge of the screen, but its not so bad.
Posted: Mon, 27th Jul 2009, 9:21pm

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Guys, last night I discovered the greatest iPhone app of all time.

Enviro-Bear 2010

You are a bear gearing up for hibernation, and of course that means you have to eat a bunch of food. And of course, THAT means... you have to drive around the forest in your car, eating whatever falls through the sunroof. Since you're a bear, and don't know how to drive, you can only use one paw to control the car. It's got a bit of a learning curve, but it's the most hilarious thing I've ever played, and that makes it a great time-waster.

Watch this video for proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A24tSPNz2so (This is PC gameplay, but it's the same on iPhone)
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OK, stupid question; How do you actually get the car to move?
Posted: Tue, 28th Jul 2009, 8:36pm

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Push down on the gas pedal, duh. smile See, it's perfect because if you were really a bear who was trying to drive a car, you'd be having the same issue. Genius!
Posted: Wed, 29th Jul 2009, 8:02am

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Hehe. Well, I ate a lot of fish, then managed to Austin Powers my car between two trees that made it almost impossible to move, then I had to hibernate but got a whole bunch of fish bones stuck on the brake pedal, then I got stuck in reverse, then the game crashed out.

Amusing.
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You can toss stuff out the window as well if you do a tap and swipe. It took me a while to get the controls down, but now I can cruise around no problem. It really is quite a fun game (as far as iPhone games go.)

Watching the bear get pissed off when stuff's flying around in the car (badgers, rocks, fish, bees, etc) never gets old.
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Cocaine is a helluva drug.
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What's it like?
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Tarn wrote:

I prefer games in which I don't play Generic Testosterone-Fuelled Space Marines. So neither Halo nor Gears of War really appeal much to me...
The problem with that comment, at least in regard to Gears of War - is that's it's similar to people who criticize Watchmen for having lame imitations of other well known super heroes.

What I mean to say is that you completely missed the point. Gears of War is as intentionally over-macho as Duke Nukem or Serious Sam. Playing it for 5 minutes is plenty of time to work this out.

Plus it's definitely one of the better co-operative experiences I've played. Not just 2 people playing a single-player experience, the gameplay dynamic requires you rely on each other and work together. Something which another game we all get evangelical about does. wink

I love Enviro Bear 2010. It's available as a windows game too, somewhere. Genius.

To Address game difficulty relating to how good a game is - I don't feel that harder games make for better games. Though it really depends on your definition of a difficult game. It's okay for a game to be difficult provided that it's relatively fair. For example, Arma 2 is a pretty hardcore realism sim. I would expect it to be difficult. Examples of uncool game difficulty normally involve dodgy or inept game mechanics.

I do feel it's important to be constantly challenged as a player. And I would prefer a game to be slightly too difficult than slightly too easy. Sin : Episode 1 had an interesting idea with the game evaluating your skill level and adjusting amounts of enemies and the like on the fly. And Left 4 Dead's director does a similar (better) job of it.

And I don't really feel narrative affects this. If at no point you feel in genuine danger or at severe risk of failure, then there's a likelihood that counts as a failure of narrative as danger can be emulated to a degree, without some sort of punch it is impotent.

-Matt
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Aculag wrote:

Guys, last night I discovered the greatest iPhone app of all time.

Enviro-Bear 2010
Just watching videos of the game in action is absolutely hilarious. I wish I had an Iphone to check it out.
Posted: Fri, 31st Jul 2009, 11:24pm

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There's a windows download Here.