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#766 Willei

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:10 PM

QUOTE(Jakeway @ Apr 15 2012, 01:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well I glance Edge mag and look on Kataku and Here almost daily.

So its not like I am too much of a lost lamb. If the information inst getting to someone with that level of interest (all be it less than it used to be) then its hardly my fault.

The vast majority of western sources barely cover Japanese games any more unless it's a big budget current gen game, or it's one of those "Look at these crazy japs with their porno games" stories. As mentioned above, a lot of that is to do with Japan being so focussed on portable games. The corollary of that is that the English language media is laser focussed on gaming as being what you do on your current gen console, probably the 360, but certainly not the Wii.

If you read Andriasang or Siliconera you'll see that Japanese games are alive and well. Sure, you'll see a lot of moe shit. You might also see some games that look interesting. Unfortunately you might then find that they don't get translated. Either way, at this point I can name a lot more upcoming or recent Japanese titles that I want to play than western ones.

#767 E. Randy Dupre

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:01 PM

After how mad everybody went for Trials HD as soon as it came out, I can't believe that only two people on my friends list have bought Trials Evolution. I don't know if that suggests that we take XBLA for granted or if it's just an example of how fragmented the gaming audience has become over the last few years.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:07 PM

After being lured in by the early stages all I really got out of Trials HD was anger and frustration. I don't really want to pay 1200 points for more.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:27 PM

QUOTE(E. Randy Dupre @ Apr 19 2012, 06:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
After how mad everybody went for Trials HD as soon as it came out, I can't believe that only two people on my friends list have bought Trials Evolution. I don't know if that suggests that we take XBLA for granted or if it's just an example of how fragmented the gaming audience has become over the last few years.


More of an example of how fragmented the Dashboard is after the Metro UI rollout than either of those two suggestions, to be frank.

#770 hankwang

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:35 PM

Gotta be said, I had no idea that game was out until I saw the ads all over xbox360achievements.org today.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:52 PM

And there was me thinking you where hip with the kids.

#772 E. Randy Dupre

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:46 PM

Yeah, the only reason I knew about it was because of the review in Edge this month.

It's a good point, Siri - I avoid all the other shit on the dash and only ever use the Games tab, and then only for downloading, but if I wasn't already so into that mode of behaviour, I'd not have a clue.

OT, has anybody else encountered the hilarity of trying to find out if there's any new DLC for games that *aren't* Rock Band? Fucking impossible.

#773 Electric Boogaloo

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 05:26 PM

Trials Evolution is awesome. I enjoy beating Randy on the leaderboards so much. Worth it for that alone!

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#774 E. Randy Dupre

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:15 PM

Fighting words!

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:01 PM

Just to say, Trials Evolution is superb. It's got a smoother difficulty curve than Trials HD and a lot more variety in terms of the types of tracks and challenges it offers. Also, multiplayer is surprisingly entertaining (when it works - it takes a loooong time to find a game).

Also, I gave in and bought Fez, as I had a bunch of MS points sitting in my account. The overwhelming praise can only be because of the game's presentation, I'm sure. Playing the thing is a curious mixture of boredom and frustration. It looks fantastic, but it's seriously lacking elsewhere and, right now, I'm struggling to see what's supposed to lift it out of the realms of other middling XBLA releases.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:11 PM

Interesting comments. I find this happening so much now, where people jump on this bandwagon of hyperbolic praise for games that really aren't that good. I was going to get it this weekend because I don't care if the dev is a dick, but if the game is shite... fuck it...

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:51 PM

Totally agree Randy. I recommend Fez to people purely for that intro, which is totally inspired and brilliant.

The rest of the game though, I'm finding to be pretty empty. There are nuggets of awesome in there, but I'm getting lost way too easily, and end up aimlessly wandering a lot. Which is a shame, because it has a great amount of charm. But get it for that intro alone!

#778 E. Randy Dupre

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:37 PM

The other thing that I found very noticable in Fez, in the bit of time that I spent with it, is that it doesn't appear to be doing a single interesting or new thing. Changing perspective in puzzle games was explored more effectively in games like Crush and Echochrome, and puzzles in Fez don't amount to much at all - if you can't get up to a platform, you simply keep flipping the perspective around until you can. It doesn't require any thought, just the ability to press the bumpers on the pad.

Maybe it expands later on, but the opening couple of hours become stale quickly. If it wasn't for the visuals - which owe a large debt to Cave Story anyway - I don't think I'd be likely to return to it.

#779 E. Randy Dupre

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:21 PM

For the record: it does get a lot better once you've spent more time with it.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:29 AM

Just a quick post to say that Guwange is 400 MS Points, as part of this week's Deal of the Week bargains.

Go buy it. Now.




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