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Fri 28th October, 2011

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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.



DRL commented on Don't Forget to Vote for the Xbox 360 Games Yo...:

I voted for Red Dead Redemption, Double Dragon Neon, Trials Evolution, Sonic Racing Transformed, and Mortal Kombat. Since my Xbox 360 is slowly working its way into the grave, I NEED those games on Xbox One STAT!



DRL commented on Talking Point: How Can Microsoft Ensure Its E3...:

Lots of good comments in here, everyone. I particularly like the backwards compatibility/Virtual Console stuff. I'm not sure how likely it is that any of that will happen, but I'd be the happiest customer ever if I could play my OG Xbox games on my Xbox One.



DRL commented on Review: Spy Chameleon (Xbox One):

@sinalefa That's good to hear! I mean, it's definitely a bummer that they aren't going to address it in the game that's out now, the one you've already spent money on; but at least you know it's something they're aware of for the future. That's something, at least!



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

When I wrote this, I didn't know that I was only a couple hours out from the conclusion of The Witcher. So, if I finish that, I'll probably spend some time with Adventures of Pip. Just thought everyone should know. It's important you know.



DRL commented on Review: Spy Chameleon (Xbox One):

@sinalefa Dang – that stinks. Being that I'm not color blind, nor do I know anyone in daily life who is, I would've never thought of that being a concern. You should email the developer. If they have any sort of patch/update in the works, maybe it's something they'd address. Worst case scenario, they keep it in mind if they ever decide to make a sequel.



DRL commented on Battleborn Trailer Drops Prior to E3:

This game has my attention. I'm not into the Team-Fortress-meets-Pixar character designs all that much, but I do like just about everything else about the visual presentation. Gameplay also looks very interesting. My greatest hope is that the attitude isn't quite as in-your-face as Borderlands. If it's not, I'll be there on day one.



DRL commented on Out Today: SteamWorld Dig (Xbox One):

I've dug my way through SteamWorld Dig three times already, and I'm totally planning to do it again on Xbox One. While I do think it's a hair shy of being all that it could've been, it's still a great little game. Definitely check it out if you're into sidescrollers/Metroidvanias/platformers.



DRL commented on Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One):

@Falco1863 I haven't yet, but I also haven't experienced any of the glitches or frame-rate problems that other people have. There have been a few areas where NPCs loaded in slowly, but that's only happened around Novigrad when I'm traveling very quickly.



DRL commented on Review: The Swapper (Xbox One):

I really, really loved this game. Totally immsersive with an intriguing plot and atmosphere. There were a couple puzzles toward the end of the game that were too obtuse and convoluted, but other than that, it's a real winner.



DRL commented on Super Tough Platformer Electronic Super Joy Co...:

Played and reviewed the Wii U version for Nintendo Life. It was good, but I didn't find it particularly special. Nice little filler game for an afternoon if you're desperate for some challenging platforming. I'm hoping this one ends up exploring more ideas and feels more substantial.



DRL commented on Killer Instinct's New Character, Aria, Availab...:

I very much like the character designs that Iron Galaxy has been coming up with since taking over from Double Helix, but I also think they're starting to clash with the original lot. Some have a much more fantasy or cartoony look, while the originals are a bit more grounded and realistic. Not a big deal, really, just something that I think about with each new character release.

As much as I dig this reboot, I wish Iron Galaxy would add a much more ambitious story mode, something like what Mortal Kombat did in 9 and 10. That would truly be killer.



DRL commented on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Shows Bruce...:

Sledgehammer seems to have done a bang-up job with DLC support for Advanced Warfare. Good for them. If I wasn't so busy keeping up with new releases, I likely would've made time for all this stuff. Looks like a blast.



DRL commented on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 30FPS Lock Patch Co...:

I've had a few Twitter friends complaining about frame rate issues, but I've not really experienced any in the 50 hours I've put into the game.

Has anyone had to deal with any sluggish loading in Novigrad? I often arrive at an objective and have to wait 10-30 seconds for NPCs to load into place before I can chat and activate the quest. It seems to get worse the further I progress into the game.