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Fri 28th Oct 2011

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DRL commented on New Platinum-Developed Teenage Mutant Ninja Tu...:

I'm surprised achievements are already in the wild. I was expecting this to launch a few weeks before the upcoming TMNT film. Who knows – maybe the game's just been finished but Activision is holding off the release for the movie. Hopefully we'll know more soon. Fingers crossed this is the TMNT game fans have wanted since the 16-bit days.



DRL commented on Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility on Xbox ...:

This would be the best thing ever, but I don't think it'll happen. Not unless Microsoft finds a way to make the games available to purchase digitally on the Xbox One Marketplace. If that happened, the program would probably bring in enough $ to justify the work - especially if the games are priced reasonably.



DRL commented on Metal Gear Solid V, PES 2016, Mirror's Edge Al...:

I'd buy Bulletstorm, Skate 3, and Hot Pursuit if they were back compat. Guess I'll just stick with Mirror's Edge for now. I'm sure we're going to get a bunch of killer sales leading up to Christmas anyway, so it can't hurt to save a little cash.



DRL commented on December's Xbox One and Xbox 360 Games With Go...:

I didn't really like the Thief demo, but I'll definitely give it another go since it's free. Also interested in Operation Flashpoint. I don't know much about it, but I can't say no to a shooter.



DRL commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

Just finished Rise of the Tomb Raider. Guess this weekend will be all about Black Ops III and Battlefront. I'm tempted to start Fallout 4, but I think I may wait until closer to Thanksgiving so I have more time to focus on it. I hear it's not very welcoming to people that haven't played a prior game in the series (which I haven't), so expect to see me in the forums asking for help and tips.



DRL commented on Poll: Which Halo Campaign Is Your Favourite?:

@Gamer83 I don't disagree with Reach having a well-executed campaign. I remember thinking that it felt like the most refined version of Halo when it released. But even though Reach tightened up the Halo formula, I couldn't shake a "been there, done that" sensation upon completing it. Honestly, I can't even recall any gameplay scenarios outside of the first level (which I've played many times) and the final boss battle. I'm hoping to revisit it when it comes to back compat so I can have a fresher perspective on how it stacks up to the rest of the series.



DRL commented on Poll: Which Halo Campaign Is Your Favourite?:

Surprised to see Reach on top! I honestly expected it to be a close race between Halo 2, 3, and 4.

By the way, I voted for 4. The only thing I don't like about it is the reliance on vehicle-based missions in the game's second half. Everything else I love. Halo 3 would probably be a very close runner-up.



DRL commented on First 104 Xbox 360 Titles to Support Backwards...:

There's a bunch of good stuff here, but surprisingly not one of the games I voted for is on this list. (If I recall correctly, I voted for Red Dead, Trials Evolution, Sonic Racing Transformed, Sonic Generations, and Double Dragon Neon.) I really, really hope Microsoft keeps up with this commitment and adds a large number of games every month. I'd like to retire my Xbox 360 soon since it runs like hell.



DRL commented on Review: Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One):

@Splatburst Thanks for the compliment! I really appreciate that.

As far as which console you should go with, well... It's hard to say. Personally, I use my Xbox One FAR more than my PS4.

There are four reasons for this:

1.) It's where I do my multiplatform gaming.

2.) I prefer the Xbox Live features much more than PSN. This also factors into why I play multiplatform games on Xbox One despite PS4 versions typically performing better from a visual standpoint.

3.) I think the Xbox One exclusive lineup greatly outshines PS4 right now. Sunset Overdrive, Ori and the Blind Forest, Halo 5, Forza 6, Forza Horizon 2, Gears of War, Master Chief Collection, Rare Replay, and Tomb Raider. Even games like Dead Rising 3, Ryse, ScreamRide, Killer Instinct, and Zoo Tycoon are worth checking out between big releases.

4.) I have a Surface Pro 3, and it's really convenient to stream Xbox One gameplay to it when I'm relaxing in other rooms of my house. It works wonderfully for me, with almost no signs of latency.

In your case, I think it depends how much you plan to play online. If you regularly play online with friends, then you'll probably want to go with a PS4 (unless your friends plan to get Xbox Ones soon). If you don't play online and the Xbox One exclusives interest you more, I'd say go with Xbox. You can always invest in a PS4 later, when the price drops a bit more.



DRL commented on Review: Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One):

@JaxonH Nope. Not many games do that anymore, unfortunately.

@Gamer83 Thanks for reading! I struggled to settle on a score for a while, but in the end I came to the realization that, even with the campaign missteps, I wouldn't talk a shooter fan out of buying this game.

@Souldin Your brothers probably disliked the final boss battle in Halo 4 because you don't really participate in it. In Halo 5, however, the boss battle is more conventional, but it kind of overstays its welcome (I think you battle him something like three times in a row). That said, I don't think this is the game for your brothers if they want to play together – not unless they have access to two consoles. They'll likely be frustrated that they cannot play together in the same room.

@crippyd Thanks, man! Nice to hear you're enjoying the game!

@A_BabyRed_Yoshi Glad you brought up those missions. Honestly, they kind of feel like a missed opportunity, but I wasn't bothered by them; I think I appreciated the respite from shooting. But I can definitely see how they'd become annoying on repeated playthroughs.

@Lrapsody I'm happy to see that someone's entirely enthusiastic about the campaign! How would you rank it compared to the others?



DRL commented on Friday The 13th Steps Out of the Woods and on ...:

I'm not massively into the horror genre, nor do I prefer to spend my free time focused on online multiplayer, but the concept of this game certainly has my attention. I'm really attracted to the idea of being defenseless and sneaking around to avoid a single enemy. If the dev team finds interesting ways for the counselors to work together and screw each other over, while ensuring every match doesn't feel like the exact same scenario on repeat, this could surely make for a compelling game. Can't wait to see some pure gameplay footage.



DRL commented on Review: Mad Max (Xbox One):

@jongred Thanks! The world is surprisingly scenic despite being a desert. There are only a few areas with a clear shift in theme, but I never felt disinterested in the landscape. Avalanche did a great job working camps and enemy hang-outs into the environment in an organic manner, and that went a long way for me. I couldn't resist investigating any suspicious structures, which often resulted in a worthwhile discovery – scrap, relics, stronghold upgrade parts, secret underground bases, and so on. I've noticed a few people on Twitter complaining that the world is boring, but I'm wondering if they even made it beyond the first two areas. Things really come to life after that.

@DesignateTurian @JaxonH @sorethumbed Thanks for the compliments!



DRL commented on Review: Mad Max (Xbox One):

@TwilightAngel I'm not sure there's an open-world game in existence that doesn't rely on repetitious activities to some extent, and Mad Max is no different. I'd say it comes down to HOW you play, more than anything. If you manage your pace and bounce between the various types of challenges, the game stays pretty fresh. That's the way I played for most of my review session. I'd do a story mission, grab some scrap, take down a camp, grab more scrap, destroy a convoy, grab some scrap, etc. Being entirely honest, I don't think I ever got bored. Some of the long drives can be uneventful once you've cleaned out a particular area of its enemy presence, but it's easy enough to fast-travel if you don't want to drive in these situations.



DRL commented on Review: Mad Max (Xbox One):

Hey all,

There's much more to Mad Max than I was able to address in this review. Let me know if you have any specific questions you want answered and I'll do my best to respond. I know this is a somewhat polarizing game, so I'm sure many of you may be on the fence about a purchase.



DRL commented on Deadpool Repackage Set to Hit Xbox One in Nove...:

The sad thing is, this game could be a lot better with a little time dedicated to refining the mechanics. If that were to happen, at least you'd have a competent action game with great Deadpool fan service. But it's Activision and it's not Call of Duty or Skylanders, so I don't anticipate any extra effort. Minimal investment = maximum profits, you know!!



DRL commented on Review: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One):

@A_BabyRed_Yoshi Yeah, it's ruthless, isn't it? I died nonstop for the first couple hours, but I gradually got better at it. I started to make notes of how the elite players approach level navigation and combat, and then I find ways to mess with their expectations and surprise them. I was doing much, MUCH better by the end of the review session.

As far as the rest of the series goes, I read on the Gears or Coalition site that they'll go live when back compat does this holiday. Maybe it'll happen sooner for those of us in the Preview Program, but I'm not sure. I've also stumbled on people saying they'll be available next week, as @Gamer83 said. I'll drop a line to Microsoft for clarification.



DRL commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

@A_BabyRed_Yoshi Good luck with Slender! I certainly don't have the courage for that game. Alien Isolation nearly wrecked me last year. As soon as the alien began lurking around and pursuing me, I was out. That kind of tension gets my blood pressure up so high! I'm a total wimp.



DRL commented on Review: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One):

@jongred @Gamer83 Thanks to the both of you!

@A_BabyRed_Yoshi No bots that I noticed. And I totally get what you mean about the spamming, but it's hard to consider it unfair when you start with the same two weapons as everyone else, with the shotgun being one of them. Both weapons compliment each other very well, because you have a tool for both close-range and med/long-range combat right from the start. If you're playing against people that typically rely on the shotgun, be sure to hang back and take them out with the Lancer, or vice versa. Learn which tight hallways/pathways to avoid so you don't get surprise attacked by a shotgun to the chest. There's a ton of strategy based on just the two starting weapons, and that's why I like multiplayer so much. There's a nice sense of outsmarting your opponent as much as there is having quicker reflexes than them.

@Sir_JBizzle Funny this is, I'm not really a fan of Fall Out Boy these days – the last album of theirs that I enjoyed was Folie à deux, I believe. I just couldn't resist the tagline. Popped into my head randomly and I thought, "Yep! That'll work just fine!" Haha.



DRL commented on Review: Rare Replay (Xbox One):

@jongred @WINGNUT @Gamer83 Thanks for the kind words, you guys! What are your highlights of the package thus far? I'd probably have to go with Battletoads Arcade. I've completed it four times now, and I'm nowhere near tired of it – even my wife is really diggin' it. When it comes to my overall favorite, however, that honor goes to Banjo-Kazooie. What a splendid game that is.



DRL commented on New Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Screenshots Show ...:

What a weird move. I actually think the game looks a little bit better with the cel-shaded effect, but a slight visual improvement can't cover up the fact that this one looks criminally undercooked. Who knows - maybe it'll feel great mechanically, and that's really the most important thing. Guess we'll know soon enough!



DRL commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating birthdays lately! I turned 31 last week and it hit me a bit harder than 30 did. But I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter how old I am; I'm always going to be young at heart - which seems to be the case with majority of our readers. It's incredible to me that people are gaming well into their '70s these days. I used to play NES with my Grandma years ago, but she couldn't handle 3D gaming whatsoever. Well, I take that back; I used to play Monopoly 64 with her. That was the extent of what she could manage, though, so it's awesome to see that people are now aging and evolving with the industry.

Anyway, I'm on my way to rambling. Again, Happy Birthday to anyone celebrating!



DRL commented on pX Draws: We Celebrate the Release of Arkham K...:

@Utena-mobile MGSV and Rise of the Tomb Raider could make for an entertaining pX Draws. I'll definitely keep those in mind!

@DabaTheDoom Happy to hear you're a fan!

@jongred I'm not sure it'll work well as a wallpaper given the size and resolution, but sure, feel free to give it a shot!

@Gamer83 No, not at all. I have no formal art training, which has limited my abilities in a big way. I'm at my best when I'm drawing something unique from my head instead of attempting to replicate a character, even one that I've created. Plus, I'm limited to a cartoony art-style; I can't draw anything realistic.



DRL commented on E3 2015: New Wulverblade Trailer Cuts In:

This is shaping up well. If I have one criticism, though, it's that the health bars and information at the top of the screen sure do take up quite a bit of space when multiple enemies are around – seems like it might be beneficial to shrink 'em. But, eh, I wouldn't let that stop me from giving this one a download. Good stuff.