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Old 07-02-2008, 05:24 PM   #1381
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I finished a couple last night: Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (PSP), and Hitman: Blood Money (X360). Actually, to be honest, I finished FFT while watching my wife rampage through the final chapter of Hitman - killing every last character on the map with reckless abandon. Still, I felt rather accomplished!

The FFT remake was quite good, if I do say so myself. It was almost like playing one of my favorite games of all time for the first time all over again. The translation was much better this time around, and the added cutscenes were a nice touch (really, I would've liked to have seen more of these... but I'll take what I can get)! While there were some immediately noticeable slowdown issues, they were forgivable after awhile. Other than that, I'd have a hard time finding fault with this one. Easily one of the most solid, consistent, and polished SRPG's I've ever played! And now I own an updated copy on my new favorite handheld! *grin*

Now, I know I'm late to the party on this next one, but I have to say that the latest installment in the Hitman series has completely sold me on the game's concept. I've always been an admirer of the concept, but in execution it just never did what I wanted it to... then I played Blood Money. WOW! Not only did I have a killer time - literally - while playing the game, but also in-between session while I was thinking about how I was going to tackle a particularly difficult hit. I'm definitely going to try and go back through this one on a higher difficulty setting - something I haven't done since MGS way back in the day - and I have a feeling I'll be able to get quite a few more miles out of this one in spite of the fact that I just finished it. Great game!

Now that I'm done with those, I'm headed smack into a four day weekend with nothing to play. Time to go shopping! HA!

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Old 07-09-2008, 02:28 AM   #1382
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Just finished Toki Tori on WiiWare.

Along with FF: MLAAK and LostWinds, this is another must-download IMO.

Allegedly it's a port from the GBC, but it looks really sharp and retouched, and the platformy puzzle-ness is pretty great regardless of what system it was originally on.

out of the forty-ish/fifty-ish (?) levels in the main game, i only got really stuck in about 5 or 6 and since i'm not the world's best puzzle-head, i'm calling that pretty good.

there were definitely plenty of head-scratching moments and the game's a little peevish in being SO precise at times, but it was cute, solid, and a lot of fun.

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Old 07-10-2008, 03:04 PM   #1383
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Conan and GTA 4.

Both were good, one was a little better than the other.

Take a guess which one was the better one.
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Old 07-10-2008, 06:11 PM   #1384
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I'm thinking Conan.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:13 AM   #1385
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Just beat MGS4. I watched my brother beat it first and hated the ending as much as anyone, but upon beating it myself I really warmed up to it.

Though I became less fond of a lot of other things about the game.

I think Brad being an old fan of the series while complaining about the frequency and length of the cutscenes in MGS4 is very telling. The amount of cool features MGS4 has is amazing, but you get so few chances to experiment with any of it. The first two chapters are the only opportunities to really play the game. For the rest your basically on a rail hitting checkpoints.

And chapter 4 was such a disappointment. There were so many ways to have made that chapter a lot more entertaining.

I liked the game overall, and I liked all the zaniness, but I feel like this is the first MGS where the complaint of too many cutscenes and not enough gameplay is valid.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:08 PM   #1386
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Brad, glad you liked Blood Money.

It really is the best realization of the Hitman concept. I wish they would remake some of the earlier games, minus a few of the bad levels (Middle East, Japan) and with the Blood Money engine.

Blood Money is probably the one game I've returned to time and time again in this generation. I bought it for the Xbox first, but then I also got the 360 version and I still play it to this day.

It's definitely one of my top 10 favorite games of all time.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:44 AM   #1387
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I'm thinking Conan.
I'll leave it hanging.

Blood Money is fantastic btw, but I also loved the other Hitman games, so I'm not to be trusted.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:40 AM   #1388
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Brad, glad you liked Blood Money.

It really is the best realization of the Hitman concept. I wish they would remake some of the earlier games, minus a few of the bad levels (Middle East, Japan) and with the Blood Money engine.

Blood Money is probably the one game I've returned to time and time again in this generation. I bought it for the Xbox first, but then I also got the 360 version and I still play it to this day.

It's definitely one of my top 10 favorite games of all time.
Blood Money is great, but I can't really decide which Hitman is best. BM adds lots of new things, but the scope feels smaller than Hitman 2 or Contracts. Actually, as I look back on playing all of them I find myself having the warmest feeling for Contracts. I enjoyed its surreal dream logic, and its connection with Hitman 1 (a game no one seems to remember) gave the story an extra subtle layer.


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Old 07-12-2008, 06:02 PM   #1389
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Blood Money is great, but I can't really decide which Hitman is best. BM adds lots of new things, but the scope feels smaller than Hitman 2 or Contracts. Actually, as I look back on playing all of them I find myself having the warmest feeling for Contracts. I enjoyed its surreal dream logic, and its connection with Hitman 1 (a game no one seems to remember) gave the story an extra subtle layer.


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I agree with you there.

Besides the White House level, BM definitely lacked in scope. There were a lot of levels that focused more on the micro side of things (Porn king's penthouse, suburb home).

Even BM's hotel level seemed smaller than Hitman 1 and Contract's hotel level.

I just enjoy the mechanics of BM so much more, which is why I wish they would just remake Hitman 2 and Contracts with the BM engine.

Part of the reason why I enjoyed BM more, also, is what you mentioned before. It's how the game focused more on what the Hitman series have always done best, placing assassination mission in everyday modern settings. It sets a mood that can't be found in any other game, let alone within the stealth genre.
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:32 AM   #1390
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Tomb Raider Legend

Not as good as Anniversary, too much shooting, but less will do.
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Old 07-18-2008, 06:25 AM   #1391
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Stranglehold

Started out weak, but got better and I ended up enjoying it a lot.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:58 AM   #1392
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Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer

I hate RPGs, in general. There was something about this, an air of melancholy, death and sadness, and a storyline (somewhat) untravelled in videogames. It had atmosphere and, gasp!, a tone it consistently kept throughout. Somehow, despite this being what should be standard, this is unique. I applaud the game for that much. Gameplay was still weak as a whole, but it had highlights(the battle against the Bear God and his spirit army is probably one of the best RPG battles I've seen in years).

I enjoyed much of it, and reccomend it to anyone who picked up NWN2 but was upset with that main game, which sucked. It's not the greatest game ever made, and hardly the greatest story you'll ever see. Still, I think it's worthy of mention as titles like this(expansions) are often overlooked.
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Old 07-19-2008, 01:24 PM   #1393
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Just finished Tomb Raider: Anniversary on PS2.

It needed a little polish in places (camera, some wonky rope and boss mechanics) but it was *infinitely* better than the original while keeping the same spirit and tone.

one of the best do-overs i've ever seen... it almost makes up for the wretchedness that the other early TR games corrupted the franchise with.

Between Anniversary and Legend, Lara is back and she's literally never been better.
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Old 07-19-2008, 01:58 PM   #1394
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I just beat Max Payne again. I think this was the 13th time I've beaten it. I was pressured into it by the Max Payne movie trailer reminding me that I haven't played it in awhile.

Verdict? Still awesome, especially with the Kung Fu mod. That might be the greatest single-player mod ever created for a PC game.

Now to reinstall Max Payne 2...
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What's your final verdict on NG2 Doug?

I loved it to hacked pieces.
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