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Old 01-02-2010   #71
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Re: Video Games

http://masseffect.bioware.com/

The price for Part 1 at Steam has been lowered.

Part 2 will be out in a few days, which can use what you gained from Part 1 plus various bonuses.

Also,

http://dragonage.bioware.com/
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I am still drooling over the PS3, but briefly considered a 360 as an interim measure.
We took the plunge and gifted the family with a PS3 for Christmas, combined with a Mitsubishi 65-Inch DLP Home Theater. I purchased both from Amazon. The PS3 was snagged as a special bundle for $349 which included the 250GB PS3, one free game and two free Blu-Ray movies. The television was $1,199 (delivered) and the picture size and quality more than makes up for what I consider to be minor concessions of physical depth dimensions (non-wall mount) and viewing angle limitations. It looks like we may have just have overspent our tax return, but we could not be happier with both purchases. Since we were upgrading from a 27" conventional set, the experience is both overwhelming and surreal. Blu-Ray on the combo is flawless and the games are spectacular! Isolation from reality is nearly complete.

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Re: Video Games

The games they make nowadays now resemble movies. Here's one mentioned earlier:

http://www.gametrailers.com/game/mass-effect-2/10875

The dialogue, voice acting, graphics, soundtrack, and other features are all well-done, and the same goes for Part 1.

And this company is on a roll, because their fantasy game is also fantastic:

http://www.gametrailers.com/game/dra...e-origins/9022

Check out the video reviews for both games.
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Thanks for sharing that! I wish I had more time to read up on game studies (I first acted as reader for a senior thesis on the Fallout series and artificial intelligence around a decade ago and am currently waiting for a grad paper about an archetypal analysis of a Japanese CRPG) but I've not been enthusiastic lately regarding critical or cultural theories because of the current economic crisis.

However, ever since I purchased what my nephew calls a "gaming rig" around two years ago I've been going hog wild over a few of these new games. I can't say that I noticed anything profound in them but I did get lost playing them and was attracted to the stunning graphics and sound for several. In a way, they remind me of movies, but by that I mean recent blockbuster Hollywood movies.
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Re: Video Games

Here is the trailer of Outcry - a surreal horror point-and-click adventure game from Dreamcatcher:


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Re: Video Games

Thanks! It was mentioned at RPG Codex, together with Void.

Website:

http://www.pathologic-game.com/eng_index.htm

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Anyone looking for a Ligottian-like game should try "Pathologic", by a Russian studio called Icepick Lodge.

It has its small issues, but the game is worth it. You can find some videos on youtube. There's also some information and reviews to be found. One of these reviews called this game "as dark as a Nick Cave murder ballad", so that should be an indicator.
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Re: Video Games

Fallout: Las Vegas

http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Fallout:_New_Vegas

(including trailer)

The project leader worked on Van Buren and several members worked on Fallout 2.
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back in the days, I was very much into this game on the Amiga; the artwork was by Roger Dean and the music score was plainly brilliant.....they dont do this kind of game anymore, sigh




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Re: Video Games

This preview is intriguing at least, perhaps they'll finally make another decent Castlevania game.

http://ps3.ign.com/dor/objects/14275...0.html?show=hi
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back in the days, I was very much into this game on the Amiga; the artwork was by Roger Dean and the music score was plainly brilliant.....they dont do this kind of game anymore, sigh


I second that! When Psygnosis (later of Lemmings and Armour-Geddon fame) released SOTB for the Amiga in 1989 it was the most killer run-and-jump horizontal scroller on any personal computer system. At the time of its first appearance nearly everything about this game was top notch: An impressive animated lead-in sequence; sinsiter, imaginative in-game graphics to die for; soundtrack by David Whittaker that complemented the spirit and imagery of the game beautifully, even the box art (by Roger Dean, but don't think the in-game graphics were by him...) was superb.

The problem was, as was true for many of the pc games spawned in the primordial 1980s, SOTB had a very high difficulty level. Often your timing had to be precise or your beastman would be struck by one of the myriad enemies or traps. You didn't get alot of health to begin with and there were precious few restorative items, so you where obligued to memorize the different behaviors of all the game's peculiar denizens along with the correct moves, attacks, and dodges required to deal with them, if you wanted to make any progess at all (I never got past the castle level). Everyone agreed SOTB was a visual and audio masterpiece, while many lesser playes, myself included, whined that it was too hard.

In the wake of SOTB came SOTB 2 & 3. SOTB 2 was another paragon of artistry with even more polished visuals and sound (though slightly less imaginative, imo), but where the skill level of SOTB 1 was very demanding, SOTB 2's difficulty was insane - good luck getting anywhere with that one unless you are a video game genius. SOTB 3 is the most playable of the trilogy but did not sustain the stellar visual and audio standard of its predecesors; not that it had poor graphics or sound by any means, just not up to 1 & 2's exceptional level.

If you do not have access to working Amiga system (becoming rarer and rarer with each passing year...) you can still play the SOTB trilogy via the excellent WinUAE emulator (free for download here: WINUAE). After installing WinUAE all you need is an ADF file (ADF = Amiga Disk Format, a file format that is a functionally exact reproducition of an Amiga disk designed to work with the emulator, if you are not familiar) of any of the 3 SOTB games to run on the emulator.

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