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E. Randy Dupre

Member Since 16 May 2005
Offline Last Active Nov 29 2017 03:21 PM

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In Topic: Lawbreakers

29 November 2017 - 03:21 PM

Update on this: I've given up. The day after my previous post, the servers went offline for an update. When they came back, there was a new mode included, which is basically ranked multiplayer.

Yep, they didn't include a ranked mode at release.

Anyway, decided I'd try it out. Couldn't find a game. In fact, I've still not been able to find a single ranked match since the mode was introduced. Not only that, but after the update I couldn't find *any* games.

Next thing Boss Key do is issue another update. This time, we've got the shitty team deathmatch mode rolled into the quick match option. So now you have no choice over objective play or deathmatch, they're all stuck together and you'll get what you're given. IF you can find a match. At this point, I still can't. Something else that I discover the latest update has done is remove the option to search for games on servers other than those in Europe. Now, if your ping is low enough, failure to find a game on home servers will mean that the game tries to get you into a match on NA servers. Only, I still couldn't find a game.

Next update! This time, they've changed things so that EU players are now automatically rolled into both EU *and* NA servers! Now I can find matches again. Still not ranked matches, though.

So, yeah, I've given up. Boss Key show a complete misunderstanding as to what's made their game fail so badly and even if they suddenly woke up and gave it the visual overhaul and character that it so desperately requires, it's way too late now. The narrative since release has been that this game was DOA and that reputation has only become worse since. It's even more notorious than Battleborn at this stage.

In Topic: Death of board?

20 November 2017 - 01:11 PM

Wrt time limits, I'm afraid I don't know. Reading between the lines, I think Singho's final payment covered six months, in which case it'll be six months from the point at which the board reappeared earlier in the year.

uiruki> I think it's fair to say that your impressions threads have always been very much appreciated. Your gaming likes tie in with those of a lot of the people who have been here over the years and have formed a kind of heads-up for stuff that's either on its way to the UK at some point in the future or that we should investigate importing. I'll miss that advance warning.

Does anybody here have contact with shadowman off the board? I think he's the only relatively regular GHZ member who hasn't posted to this thread and I wouldn't like for the board to disappear without everybody being made aware of it in advance.

In Topic: Lawbreakers

18 October 2017 - 08:11 PM

I really can't stress enough just how much the game's failure to launch is the fault of Boss Key themselves. Overwatch initially sold on the strength of its characters and the fact that Blizzard could focus its advertising push on them. Lawbreakers has no characters, just some bland skins and vaguely irritating catchphrases. I have absolutely no idea why anybody at the company thought that there was any sort of appeal in this game's visuals. When you're going up against what's probably the biggest multiplayer FPS since Counter Strike, you've got to have more to sell your product on than just "no, we're definitely not the same kind of thing, we're hardcore".

In Topic: Life Status

10 October 2017 - 12:10 PM

Sounds very similar to how I feel about my prospects, dude. Enough knowledge of lots of different things to be able to come up with solutions to most problems in ways that most others wouldn't think of, but completely lacking any one area of focus that you can point to as being your area of expertise, or identify as your USP when trying to sell yourself to other companies.

In Topic: Completed 2017

10 October 2017 - 12:06 PM

JAN - Severed (Vita) (story complete)

FEB - Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (360) (all achievements)

FEB - Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS) (story complete, Luigi found)

FEB - Four Last Things (PC) (all achievements)

MAR - Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U) (story complete)

MAR/APR - Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U) (story complete)

APR - The Sexy Brutale (PC) (story complete)

MAY - Calendula (PC)

JUN - Virginia (PC) (story complete)

JUL - Lego Batman 3 (Vita) (platinum trophy)

AUG - Diablo III (PS3) (story complete - expert difficulty)
AUG - DOOM (PC) (can't remember what difficulty, think it was a mixture of Ultra-Violence and Hurt Me Plenty)
AUG - Ico (PS3)


SEP - Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PS4)


Better than I thought it was going to be. Definitely better than Dear Esther - this feels less of a piece that's only interested in atmosphere and more of a story with an actual point to make. Yes, the characters are all irritating idiots and yes, the world is clearly just a fixed stage that's been designed for you and you alone (seriously, putting a football on the ground in the game and making it a completely non-interactive, static object is one of the stupidest things you can do when designing a game), but the story was interesting and hunting down as many of the bits of dialogue as I could kept me entertained for a few hours.

I've lived in Shropshire all my life, though, and I've not got a fucking clue what Dan Pinchbeck used for reference material, because his version of Shropshire is almost completely alien to me.

OCT - Lego Ninjago Nindroids (Vita) (platinum trophy)


Ah, okay, now I see why people used to kick off about the Lego games on Vita. It was addictive enough to keep me going for the plat (mainly when when partner was playing something on the TV), but it's a pretty fucking dull game, all told. I guess it at least isn't as buggy as some of the others, but that'd have been inexcusable, considering how basic the game is and how little of the Vita's power it bothers to use.

The one thing I do want to say about this game is that the story makes absolutely no fucking sense whatsoever. Cutscenes bear no relation to the levels that preceed or follow them, and vice versa. I still have absolutely no idea what was supposed to be happening.