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I find it a bit saddening that people even talk much about Doom any more. The first is not necessarily the best (and anyway Wolfenstein came out slightly before it).

Quake and Quake 2 were far superior. Quake 3 was multiplayer only and great. It was only with Quake 4 that I lost interest- it just looked like Doom.

Quake was absolutely revolutionary. The first game was all about huge gothic castles with lava pits set in space. It was the very first series I pl... #25
4d ago by Picnic | View comment
For Dishonored 2, it might be interesting if, occasionally, you the game changes from the main story to showing a different assassin in another time period. Then you see the effects of what they have done on the future. So you could tie in something as removed as a Japanese sorcerer and a steampunk Victorian Britain by the consequences of their actions on the world. #2
5d ago by Picnic | View comment
Well the first Uncharted to The Last Of Us would of course been a greater leap.

But the leap from Uncharted 2 or Uncharted 3 to The Last of Us was not quite as big as that from Uncharted Drake's Fortune to Uncharted 2 in mine, and I think Naughty Dog's own, opinion. #3.1.2
5d ago by Picnic | View comment
For its mix of gameplay, atmosphere, level design, Dishonored is arguably my game of last generation. Probably because wherereas Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us wanted to threaten me with overwhelming odds and scares, Dishonored allowed me to be in control, to choose from on high on ledges and rooftops or underground, how to navigate the levels without even necessarily needing to kill anyone. The art design was beautiful and they seemed to realise that a huge, brilliantly thought out, le... #5
5d ago by Picnic | View comment
Beyond Two Souls on PS3 achieved CGI visuals LAST generation.

What he surely means is in games that have lots of controllable action all happening at the same time. #40
5d ago by Picnic | View comment
The PS3 had the Cell. The PS2 before it had the 'Emotion Engine'. If you look at Silent Hill 3 on PS2 you will see that the PS2 occasionally lived up to the term.

The PS4 has no exotic architecture so later games are more likely to look not so much better than earlier games compared to what the PS3 managed. #15.1.1
9d ago by Picnic | View comment
I like Super Mario World, Outrun 2 and Super Monkey Ball being there.

However the first Super Monkey Ball game requires so much 'perfect' precision from its players in some levels that it also requires the perfect player. It's a curiousity of the Gamecube that, whilst Nintendo made some series easier than what was on the N64 (e.g. Zelda, Mario- and making Luigi's Mansion for the Gamecube), with the exclusive games created by third parties there were some very... #2
9d ago by Picnic | View comment
The big leap seemed to be Uncharted to Uncharted 2.

There's no Cell this time. So you get slick, (slightly soulless?) PC-like graphics. Also the capabilities of the PS4 mean that you can probably fool the eye in to thinking that you're seeing something more dynamic than it really is, hence all the smudgy rocks on Uncharted 4 videos.

If anyone can get the best out of the PS4 it's Naughty Dog. But, to me, the PS3 was as exciting as when the N64 or... #3
10d ago by Picnic | View comment
Sony might reasonably conclude that they pulled off a bit of an Emperors New Clothes trick though. Their line up of new exclusive franchises for the PS3 was bigger.

All they had to do was unambiguously this time have the best (on paper) easily accessible tech rather than tied up in a Cell- so that everyone interested in multiformat games always looked at the PS4- and then pay for it by starting to charge for online and having fewer exclusives than the PS3 had.

11d ago by Picnic | View comment
Given that I'm someone who felt that Banjo Tooie was a step too much towards an adventure game rather than a platform game, I see Donkey Kong 64 as being midway between the style of Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie.

But what might seem a shame is that the silky smooth platforming of Donkey Kong Country was so difficult to try to get close to on the blocky textures of the N64. So DK64 is a more awkward game and it seems to revel in this, making you backtrack time and time aga... #7
11d ago by Picnic | View comment
'According to data from an April Nielsen study provided to Re/code, 31 percent of PS4 owners did not own the PlayStation 3, but did have an Xbox 360 or Wii. Seventeen percent of PS4 owners did not own any console of the last generation, according to the data.26 Aug 2014'

So 48 percent of PS4 owners didn't own a PS3.

And I would bet that it's mainly that 48 percent, who'd got by on the, over time, less generous waters of the Xbox360 and Wii... #19
16d ago by Picnic | View comment
I wonder how many people played Papo and Yo and The Cave?
The first has a visual style which is pleasingly Dreamcast - like sharp edges and bright blue skies, is challenging in places and yet also refreshingly underuses what it gives you- so it creates a giant area for what is quite a small puzzle in the end which gives it a distinct feeling from many other games.

The second is a beautifully made Ron Gilbert platformer with a touch of the point and click age to it. <... #16
17d ago by Picnic | View comment
craveonline says 'no one thought much of it'.

No - no-one WROTE much about it online.

Unless you're privy to the thoughts of 6 billion people, how can you know that no one THOUGHT much about it?

Typical patronising journalism- that if a well known 'journalist' didn't say it, then it was never thought by anyone in the world. #41
22d ago by Picnic | View comment
When they said that the playable teaser wasn't going to be featured in the actual game, that alone rang some alarm bells with me.

Not that the game wouldn't be finished but that the actual released game wouldn't try to have the persistent, condensed, dread of the demo.

Surely it must be in someone's interests to finish the game. If they leave it too long it will be stale, just another mismanagement in old school survival horror that reminds us... #18
25d ago by Picnic | View comment
When they said that the playable teaser wasn't going to be featured in the actual game, that alone rang some alarm bells with me.

Not that the game wouldn't be finished but that the actual released game wouldn't try to have the persistent, condensed, dread of the demo.

Surely it must be in someone's interests to finish the game. If they leave it too long it will be stale, just another mismanagement in old school survival horror that reminds us... #18
25d ago by Picnic | View comment
When they said that the playable teaser wasn't going to be featured in the actual game, that alone rang some alarm bells with me.

Not that the game wouldn't be finished but that the actual released game wouldn't try to have the persistent, condensed, dread of the demo.

Surely it must be in someone's interests to finish the game. If they leave it too long it will be stale, just another mismanagement in old school survival horror that reminds us... #69
25d ago by Picnic | View comment
The Unfinished Swan which is on the list is a great game. The problem is that I had no desire to play it a second time- all the mystery, the blind uncertainty, was gone. It's really a play once experience.

Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls are great experiences.
Beyond is not such a great 'game' (you're rarely in true danger, the game often controls itself) but it is quite a surreal journey with some beautiful animation and acting from Ellen Page.
30d ago by Picnic | View comment
When you watch videos of Sunset Overdrive it just looks like being on one giant bouncy castle, the same 5 minutes of fun repeated over and over again in slightly different ways.
No matter how polished and refreshing the visual style is, I'm a little surprised it got quite such good reviews. Is it the Insomniac guns that have swayed people as it doesn't quite look as laid back cool as Jet Set Radio Future to me? Instead it looks too sugar rushed to be enjoyable for long periods... #18
31d ago by Picnic | View comment
I'd love to see Alan Wake 2 on PS4.

I've never played the original because I don't have an Xbox360.

It looks very atmospheric, if repetitive in mechanics over time. At the end of the day, I couldn't miss out on Uncharted, Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls so I opted for a PS3 and have never regretted it.

If the Xbox360 didn't have Alan Wake it would have been an even easier choice.

But I think Quantum Break... #44
31d ago by Picnic | View comment
I don't think that it'd be fair to say that the last generation killed stealth when it had the great Dishonored in it.

And where some older franchises like Resident Evil and Silent Hill stumbled, there were many new entrants that made the last generation if not the most innovative then offering the most variety of new and old styles of games in a genuinely confident, up to date, way.

Quantic Dream - Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls. The latter might ha... #1
37d ago by Picnic | View comment
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