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The episodic approach is a delivery method which looks and sounds great on paper -- similar to Communism -- but in reality and implementation, fails nearly every time. It's true that Teltale Games has found success in this type of model, but I believe they might be the only exception. The fact remains that very few people actually enjoy consuming their entertainment in smaller segments because it inevitably means the majority of time is spent idly waiting, which I don't think anyone e... #13
20d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Annnnd... point proven from my earlier comment. #22.2
28d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Hmm... if I'm not their target audience, I don't know who would be. I've played practically every Doom game since my childhood and still I don't feel the excitement... perhaps I've just grown up and my tastes/expectations have evolved. So I do admit that but, frankly, I'm surprised more people haven't felt the same considering more people like myself are calling for substance in their games nowadays, as opposed to the generic, gun-toting, shoot-everything approach... #20.2
28d ago by maelstromb | View comment
I must be the only one, but the graphics don't look all that special in those screenshots... The texture maps are blurry and pixelated in some of the shots. Lighting and DOF are nice. I wasn't very impressed by what was shown at E3 though. It kind of looks like just... another generic shooter.

Besides, the id we know is a shell of its former self after the company's relevance seemingly crumbled beneath the shattered expectations of the multi-million dollar, commer... #20
30d ago by maelstromb | View comment
This article is laughably absurd, as is the trolling website by which it is published. The logical answer here is a resounding NO. As others have stated, there are a litany of AAA games released in MUCH, MUCH worse states than that of TW3... In fact, I experienced nearly no bugs during my 237hr playthrough! And by the author's measure, what about Skyrim? Oh, that's right! It was GOTY, despite being a nearly non-playable bug-fest for many 6+ months after release (to this day many bugs... #31
40d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Zombies At My Neighbors meets Gauntlet? Looks promising! #1
47d ago by maelstromb | View comment
I've been keeping this game in my periphery for the better part of two years or so, patiently waiting to see the end result. Now that it's out and on sale, I'm SO freaking tempted to purchase it, but... with so many other games in my backlog (Wasteland 2 & Pillars of Eternity -- I"m looking at you!) and on the horizon, I'm not sure it'd be worth it right now. In other words, I'm asking if someone would be kind enough to offer a little convincing! The original... #4
48d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Those who missed out on this might want to check out another game available on Steam called Layers of Fear. Creepy as hell and very similar in style. #19
51d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Bethesda has managed to strip the very soul from Fallout by removing the most important aspects which made it stand out -- such as the deep RPG elements like the traits and skills system, quality writing, decisions that matter, etc. I'm all for adapting a franchise to make it more relevant to the times, but instead in its place, Bethesda has created a game centered around garbage-collecting, settlement design (implemented in the clunkiest way possible), and only the most simplistic of RPG... #15
60d ago by maelstromb | View comment
This is excellent news considering how badly he fumbled up BioShock: Infinite. Some may consider it to have been a great game, but I liken it to Star Wars: Episode 1 in that it's the game that I'd like to forget ever happened. And it could even be inferred that his team, under his direction, in fact acknowledged they had crafted a world inferior to Rapture which is why the best part about the game was the DLC which returned to Rapture. #6
60d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Still remains one of my most beloved games of all time, and only superseded by its fine-tuned successor, Fallout 2. I will admit that upon first play in '97, I was less than impressed by the slow-pacing of the combat and the stiff difficulty. I revisited the game a year later after having gained massive interest in turn-based RPGs following an incredible experience I found in another legendary game called Final Fantasy VII. This time, there was an immediate attraction and fascination in F... #1
74d ago by maelstromb | View comment
This comes as absolutely no surprise. I found the beta to be a shallow, unbalanced and repetitious exercise in tedium. Were it not for the huge Star Wars fan in me, I would have never given this a second look. Unfortunately, the lack of meaty content and the aforementioned issues, caused my interest to fade very quickly. Sadly, the long-term end goal here was always to appeal to the masses, and that approach has unequivocally been this game's undoing since the beginning -- as it included... #3
82d ago by maelstromb | View comment
lol... fanboy much?? Either that, or your comment is a joke. #27.3
90d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Ohhh, I see! Definitely an oddly disjointed release on CDPR's part... not sure what happened there. #2.2.2
101d ago by maelstromb | View comment
What are you talking about? It's been for sale on Gamestop's site for a couple of weeks now.

http://www.gamestop.com/xbo...

The really perplexing part about it is that I never saw it once listed for PC despite what others have said. Only PS4 and Xbone. Even still, the physical Gwent bundle is a standalone package. Meaning... #2.2
101d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Why does Microsoft continually do this? They parade forth with the "We love PC gamers!" and "We're committed to PC gaming!" and then we get this tired, disingenuous backwards BS about how one of their published games will never make it into the hands of PC gamers... Instead, it's new focus is said to be on the metrics of Xbox Live! usership as opposed to hardware sales, yet something stinks here when combined with the argument above. If Xbox Live! usership was impo... #39
106d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Tried it for the first time last night. The good: game looks beautiful and it felt incredible (at first) to be back in a star wars fps (missing the Jedi Knight series immensely!).

The bad: frustrating, imbalanced, and overtly-chaotic gameplay creates an environment where aggravating insta-kills on spawn are frequent and far too common... this because the incredibly basic objectives aside, there's not much to do but run around the entire map like a maniac shooting at any... #9
118d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Can't wait for this, but it's a week away and still can't find the physical edition with the Gwent cards for retail purchase/preorder... Kind of strange. Anyone know where this can be preordered (other than importing a UK copy from Game)?? #6
123d ago by maelstromb | View comment
I think this has become a perpetual problem throughout the industry, but it's not specific to the games industry either... it happens in nearly every other entertainment market. We consumers hold out (for the best or worst), but we often give in to the hype because of marketing or opinions or gullibility or blind curiosity or all of the above. The blame also lies on entitled gamers though, too, because they have come to equate value with excess length/excess content over a well written st... #8
129d ago by maelstromb | View comment
Oddly enough, I managed to beat these guys on my first try. Took me a while and it was an incredibly tense battle, but alas, I survived. Took out Ornstein first which made things much, much easier. I think the most difficult boss battle throughout the entire game for me was actually Knight Artorias (even though he was part of the DLC content). Holy hell... took me probably a solid hour to put him down. #8.1
147d ago by maelstromb | View comment
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