The thing about video games is that there are a lot of them. “Define ‘a lot of them’, Ricky”. Ok, weird sentence dropped into my opening paragraph, I will: There are too many video games to count. It’s probably not worth spending your time trying, but instead, you’re better off playing some games. 

I’ve decided that I’m not great at playing games any more. I rarely make time for playing, and when I have time to play, I’ll jump into old games with friends or play new stuff instead of the old stuff I’ve already started. I’m actually considering picking up The Last of Us PS4 remastered edition and restarting my playthrough because I’ve heard the controls are better at the new high-fidelity framerate. This is not optimal, because it means abandoning the save game I currently have on PS3 and starting from scratch.

Friday, 11:22 am – matt

Holy crap I totally passed on the multiplayer as to not “ruin” anything for Ricky, but fuck it. The multiplayer in Last of Us was my online game of the year, I thought Naughty Dog did a tremendous job continuing the story into your own survival quest, trying to collect resources and fight off “bandits”. I cant believe I didn’t mention it.


forgiveness pleeeease…

Thursday, 7:20 pm – Albert

Continuing on – let’s not forget that TLOU’s multiplayer was pretty awesome and unique in its own way. You collect resources to upgrade your weapons scattered around the map and you only have a finite amount of lives. The best part is when its 1v3 and you molotov cocktail 2 guys and sneak around to stab another in the back… good family fun.

I have a sneaky feeling that Ricky just does not finish games at all. I’m already at 60 hours with BlackFlag and Ricky was at like 30-40? This game rocks. Just uncanny how much time you can spend in this world and still have so much to go through.

I’m looking to get into Divinity or even something older… any suggestions out there?

Tuesday, 11:05 am – matt

while I applaud ricky for trying (at this point humouring Albert and I) to finish TLOU, I see it even less likely occurring on the PS4 when Destiny, and The Crew come out later in the year as well. I remember discussing some of the gameplay mechanics Naughty Dog introduced for the “buddy protector” elements of the game with Albert, and despite it being a great game I honestly don’t think I could play through it again, despite how great it looks – I am halfway through Watch_Dogs and recently purchased infamous: Second Son which is still shrink wrapped waiting to go. I refuse to leak any spoilers in case ricky does decide to get off his ass but I felt there were elements of the story and backstory leading into the game that were missing, or not fully realized.

Once a game registers on my radar I abandon looking at previews, or gameplay tips to preserve as much as possible for ME to explore when I play the game, and Last of Us was a game I felt that Naughty Dog assumed people would be discussing every element of the game leading up so they didn’t have to address certain things, which was a bit of a downer for me. this isn’t to say the LAst of Us was not a great game – the narrative was fantastic and they did a fantastic job of creating an ambiance of isolation. that said I don’t consider it the greatest game ever made – Im hoping more of us can play AND finish it so we discuss it more, it’s a game I’ve wanted to delve into but no one else has played it but Albert…

(also I noticed a trade in promotion at EB for the PS3 copy of Last of Us and receive the PS4 for only $25. Since my copy was digital I am a little bitter over not having a similar promotion F-U SONY!… another downside to digital only titles!)

Monday, 3:11 pm – Albert

My hats off to you Gavin! I don’t know how you manage to start-finish games. You’re like a man on a mission! I started Arkham City and probably last a couple of hours before abandoning it. I definitely agree with your feelings about what I have seen of the game. For me, it was more of the same really. Then I went to AC: Black Flag and am still chugging along. There are so many collectibles I don’t know how i’ll ever finish that game but as long as the campaign story is complete i’ll consider it a job well done.

So as someone who has only a PS3 and TLOU. I’ll definitely be getting a PS4 and TLOU edition together. Although i’ve already played the game I really want to play through it again and this time show my significant other why I love games so much. This game really has everything that defines gaming as entertainment which is equal to a movie. Great great game. It’s one of the most engrossing games i’ve come across that I could not stop playing it and had to finish it. I’ve already shamed Ricky many times for not even finishing it… but here i’ll do it again: Shame Ricky! Shammeeeee. Y’all need Jesus.

Paging matt for backup on how great TLOU is.

Monday, 9:55 am – Gavin

Just how many video games are there?  Well, do you remember back in April, the fellow who attempted to catalogue every single game every made?  It appears to have disappeared from the Internet, but at last check, it was at around 44,000.  Readers were free to submit their own entries as well – I submitted the steaming POS that was Mastertronic’s Shogun from 1986 that I have discussed previously on the site.

While Ricky stinks at playing games, I continue to be awesome at playing them.  Just this weekend, I crossed off Batman: Arkham City from the backlog list, leaving my backlog now officially at one game (Mass Effect 3).  Arkham Asylum was a very well-received game, but the general complaint I heard was that it wasn’t open enough – there were lots of barriers, even to simple overworld mobility.  Arkham City is, by and large, completely open-world, with individual stages closed off until you reach the right point in the story, as you would expect.  I’m inclined to say that Arkham City is a better game than Arkham Asylum on the whole, but Asylum did do a few things better than City: the audio logs provided a richer back-story for Asylum, and both the sewer level with Killer Croc and the Scarecrow nightmare sequences provided environmental variations that aren’t desperately present in City.  However, I’m willing to trade those off in favour of easier mobility and a full open world, and a better map system.

The downside?  Arkham City is clearly designed by someone who has never actually spoken with a real live woman.  Catwoman is already fairly sexualized as a character, but they really ramped it up for this one, almost uncomfortably so.  I found the same thing with Poison Ivy as well.  Plus, there’s an awful lot of heavily gendered language in this game.  Batman is “the bat!” or “Bats!” or other fairly benign terms, but Catwoman is always “BITCH”.  The game got a fair amount of criticism for this when it came out – I’m realizing how correct those critics were.  It gets pretty uncomfortable for me.

Anyway, if you liked Asylum, then you’ll like this.  If you never played Asylum, you can jump straight into this.

It’s intensely gratifying to chip away at my gaming backlog.  I have so many titles that I’d love to go back to for another go, like Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the Metroid Prime trilogy, even Half-Life 2, but it’s been mentally impossible for me while there’s still this enormous barrier hanging over me.  One more waits for me in Mass Effect 3 (which I know is a big one), but afterward, it will be remarkably freeing.

As for remastered games for the current generation, I’m all for it, provided there’s an acceptable delay, or new developments in technology allow for greater realization of the artist’s original intent.  I’m not sure I can abide by the remastered edition of The Last of Us, simply because it’s barely a year old as it is.  I know it was super popular, but still, something doesn’t sit right with me that they’re re-releasing it this soon.  It sold a bit over 7 million copies, making it the third-best-selling PS3 game.  I guess I expected higher consider the rave reviews it got, but that’s obviously nothing to sneeze at.  Even with the technical improvements, I don’t quite care for this re-release.  I’ll be vindicated if it sells poorly, but I’m hardly a good prognosticator for these things.

The difference between Fable and Fable: Anniversary is night and day.  Obviously, it’s the difference between two-year-old original Xbox development, and 8.5 year old Xbox 360 development.  It’s just a face-lift, so the fundamentals of the game haven’t changed, but it’s remarkably different.  The problem for me was price though (that, and I bought the original for PC) – why would I pay $40 for a ten-year-old game with a face-lift?  Sure, it’s a great face-lift, but I’ve already got the original, and Fable was backwards compatible on the 360 anyway, so most people who liked the game already had it.

I suppose that’s my point – I need a purpose for buying a new version of a game beyond “it looks prettier”.  That may be the case, but nonetheless, it’s never going to be the sole driver.  I bought The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the 3DS for one main reason: everyone loves this game and I hadn’t played it yet, and this was the only (legal) way that I could play it.  Sure, it’s graphically enhanced (very much so, compared to the original), but that wasn’t my reason.  I simply didn’t have a way to play it anymore.  Same thing for the King’s Quest series for PC that I bought a few years back – I no longer had legal ways to play the originals.  The same reasoning will go for The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, if I pick that one up.

I wouldn’t have it in me to buy TLOU Remastered if I already owned the original, unless the improvements fixed on something that was fundamentally broken in the first place, and not just “not as good as the new shiny thing”.  Same goes for any other remastered version, I suppose, unless it’s something to which I have a deep personal and emotional affinity – something that cracks my all-time best list.

Monday, 7:50 am – Ricky

Man, we need some new topics.

What do you folks think of remastered games for the current generation?