Since November I played and completed Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, which was good, but it wasn’t the amazing experience I remember the original game being. I feel it side loaded a linear game into an open world style that it never needed.
I also played and beat Call of Duty: Black Ops. Oh what a mess that single player campaign was. I didn’t feel like I needed any skill to get through the levels. They were just a cavalcade of spectacle and little else. I never felt like my actions ever had an impact on anything that was going on. The game was setup in a way that with or without the player the levels were going to play out the same.
The last game I played was Borderland 2. If you played the first, as I did, then you were in for more of the same. I was hoping for more of a change in the game’s structure, but that was not to be. Any changes or additions made were minor and meaningless. I played it long enough to realize that doing everything was having it overstay its welcome. Eventually, I only did the story missions and skipped all optional ones (which were a ton). Even then it was too long when what I thought was going to be the final battle turned out to be a fake out. I was done at that point and that’s no fake out.
I’m not sure what I’ll be playing next, but I’m sure it’ll take longer than it otherwise would because that’s how I roll. :)
In this grand episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we talk about Capcom’s idea to essentially do the free-to-play model with their DLC for Street Fighter V. Matt talks about his history with the Twisted Metal series. Also listen for the rage on Randy Pitchford and former ESPN “personality,” Crunch Buttsteak.
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Remastering of last generation games — are they worth it? Free-to-play or Free-to-start — which is it? Also, we chat about Gamestop’s horrible recycling program, Nintendo going mobile, and Usagi704 purchases a Bloodborne PS4 faceplate…live! All this plus your feedback and more on episode 61 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast.
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Welcome back to another episode of the Hart and Usagi Podcast. We spend a lengthy amount of time off the top talking about my recent gaming roots sabbatical and then we dive into the news talking about our radical arms dealer and dear, close friend Leland Yee.
A recent sale on used games at eStarland where you get $10 off of $40 or more gave me an incentive to tackle my wish list and get some games off of it. I did so with the Nintendo DS titles Power Rangers: Super Legends and Space Invaders Extreme 2 along with Castle Shikigami III for Wii.
Locally I also bought Power Rangers Samurai on DS and a new copy of Borderlands 2. I wouldn’t have bought Borderlands 2 already, but I had a lame Sprint rebate card to use up. Next time send a check.
Over on the movie front I bought Blu-ray copies of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Dances with Wolves (20th Anniversary), and Tomb Raider. I really liked Dances with Wolves more than I thought I would after the 3-hour version and then I saw the 4-hour version and I was still captivated. This is what lead me to seek out this edition on BD.
Move over BD because here comes DVD and it brings a third helping of Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. I also picked up Jackie Chan: 3 Film Collection for the purpose of wanting to see Project A. It was quite the entertaining film and as a bonus I also get Project A2 and Dragon Lord. All three movies have Jackie Chan playing the character of Dragon and were all directed by him.
After all of the reviews saying to stay away from Aliens: Colonial Marines, the United Kingdom purchased it in droves. You’d think nobody living there read up on the game and I’d find myself wondering the same thing. It’s quite disheartening.
More upsetting than that is how Randy Pitchford of Gearbox Software continues to act innocent after all of the negative reviews came out. Usually the gaming community is split on games based on beloved IPs, but not this time. All were in agreeance that this kind of fuck up was not by accident.
In ProJared’s extended thoughts video he mentioned how everytime he saw the game previewed at an event (about four times) they’d never allow for any press to play the single player and in multiplayer it was only as the marines. As we found out it’s because those things sucked.
When it comes down to it this is a problem with Gearbox and less so of the game itself. Randy Pitchford is always out there in public being the main person showing off their games. When you see how excited he is you, in turn, are more interested in the game. I saw it with Duke Nukem Forever and since it wasn’t their game until the end of development I’ll give him a pass.
However, Aliens: Colonial Marines is all on him. Randy can’t be out there showing off the game and not be knowingly lying about what’s being promised for the final product. If he wasn’t involved with the preview events then he’s ignorant to what’s going on in his own company and should fire himself, at the very least.
But that’s not the case since he’s there showing the game off himself. I’d categorize Randy as a habitual liar and he should still fire himself, but we all know nothing will happen.
No longer will I see his smile as excitement. It’ll always look as it is: a con-artist who’s looking for any way to ripoff his customers.
Don’t worry, though. I’ll definitely be buying Borderlands 2 in the future, but I shall buy it used so I can legally hit ’em where it really hurts!