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316  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 13, 2012, 03:41:03 PM
I know people have beaten it in as little as 25, it took me 40. I put most hours in on days off. 50 sounds like a lot to me, but I did miss some sidequests.

Yeah, I think most people cleared the past weekend to play it. That's what I'm doing with this upcoming weekend, since its the start of my spring break, and I only work part-time.
Man, I wish I was able to "clear a weekend" just to play a game. You mean people actually do this? Even if I had the time, I still couldn't play for more than AT MOST 3 hours or so. I would just feel so guilty about it. I suppose that's what comes with a house, a wife, a kid, etc. etc. Guilt about not doing something "productive". Plus, there's no way I can hide indoors with this nice weather.
Forgive me the usual rant about crazy gamers and play times. I know it doesn't come just from a place of confusion, but also a smidge of jealousy. Just a smidge, though.
I'll be quiet about this now. Hopefully, I'll be hopping on the ME3 train this weekend. Stupid Zelda won't end.

I've got a house, wife, your standard 40 hour a week job, etc. I imagine the kid makes a huge difference though. My wife and I don't have kids and don't plan to.

Actually last weekend was the first one in about a month and a half where we had no weekend plans, so I was able to wrap up a first playthrough of Amalur and get started on Mass Effect 3. I probably won't be able to even touch it again now though until next week - dodgeball playoffs start tonight, going to a wedding in Miami this weekend, etc. Next weekend we'll be in NYC for a weekend trip to the opera and also hopefully visiting my sister. But I still hope to find time to play some games in there after work and, dare I say, get some work in for the website, AND take care of other obligations - but it can admittedly be tough to fit all that stuff in.

But it seems very disingenuous to me to make this argument. Those things - the house, the kid, the wife, the "etc" - those are all choices that were consciously made. Some folks consciously choose to clear time for games and have made sure they have the freedom and ability to do that. You and I might have a little less free time than some on the boards and we made choices that put us in that position.

It's rare that my wife and I have a whole weekend where we don't have any obligations and I'm sure you sympathize with that, but when we do I sometimes like to spend mine playing a video game. Spending the occasional Saturday or Sunday enjoying a nice long video game session in between obligations is a good way to unwind.

And if you were going to clear a video game weekend before the nice weather began in earnest, this last weekend was definitely the one to do it. Things are really getting nice now and baseball season is right around the corner! :-)
317  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 13, 2012, 11:03:49 AM
Short op-ed on Forbes about ME3 and "gamer entitlement". Spoiler free: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/03/13/mass-effect-3-and-the-pernicious-myth-of-gamer-entitlement/

I haven't finished the game yet but I can't help but chuckle at the notion of alternate ending DLC. You sometimes get alternate endings on DVDs or Blu Rays I guess so why not - people may complain about it, but they're clearly willing to pay for it and in the end money talks.
318  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: March 12, 2012, 11:48:17 AM
There are a ton of them and I thought they were super fun. Sometimes they boil down to fetch this thing or kill that thing, but they tend to do a decent job of giving things context IMO. Really I think the actual gameplay is so fun that it is the overall driver here - excuses to kill or fetch things are fun because fetching and killing things is actually fun in this game.

Hopefully that helps - Amalur has a demo for all platforms so I'd definitely try that first.
319  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Kara - Quantic Dream's (Heavy Rain) newest tech demo on: March 12, 2012, 11:45:00 AM
While some of the individual scenes had inevitable conclusions regardless of what you did, there were a ton of different endings in that game and consequences for what you did. In the backward driving scene if you fail, you don't get the clue. There are other ways around missing clues but it was still a consequence.

The overall ending of the game differed wildly based on all those things. I do see what you are saying - you are kind of on rails for some of the individual sequences in Heavy Rain - but everything does eventually add up. Not necessarily in a coherent way. :-)

The only point I was making with Heavy Rain vs Mass Effect is that both I believe are guilty of some serious narrative problems, but for some reason Heavy Rain tends to get crushed for its narrative more often than Mass Effect. The salient point has been made that Heavy Rain relies more... uh... heavily on its narrative as the reason to play than Mass Effect, and that's a fair point, but it doesn't change the existence of plot holes and narrative wackiness in both stories. Mass Effect does have more replayability IMO since it has more compelling gameplay overall, but I'm just talking about narrative by itself here - Mass Effect always seems to get a pass for some reason for the same type of narrative mistakes that other games get crushed for.
320  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: March 12, 2012, 10:51:51 AM
i am not a big fan of single character action rpgs, I like party based rpgs with defined characters.............

If I gave this a chance would I like it say............more than skyrim or deus ex?

Well now that I can't say since I don't really know your tastes beyond not liking single character action rpgs - but I personally liked it better than both of those games. I'm sure you'd find some disagreement on that assessment though. Amalur is very much a single player action rpg, so if you don't like those games I can't see you liking this.
321  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: March 12, 2012, 09:01:25 AM
Finished this on Saturday morning. Holy hell what a game, just awesome. I wanted to start it all over again right away, but figured I'd better see what all the fuss is about ME3. :-)
322  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Kara - Quantic Dream's (Heavy Rain) newest tech demo on: March 11, 2012, 12:00:14 AM
I for one will never understand the hating on Heavy Rain's narrative versus the fawning over Mass Effect's narrative. Then again I haven't finished ME3 - maybe it ties up some of the laughably absurd plot holes in ME2. Heavy Rain certainly had its share but for some reason one gets crushed regularly while the other one gets completely off the hook.
323  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Kara - Quantic Dream's (Heavy Rain) newest tech demo on: March 10, 2012, 09:47:37 AM
Heavy Rain is the only game my wife ever asked me to play so she could see what happens next.
324  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: March 07, 2012, 10:13:56 AM
Right now I'm 60 hours into it and don't want it to ever end. Absolutely loving it still, to the detriment of getting other new titles that need love and attention the time they deserve.
325  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 29, 2012, 10:24:20 AM
I didn't get to play Amalur last night and am experiencing some symptoms of withdrawal. I looked under a stack of newspapers in the lobby at work this morning and was dismayed when there wasn't any loot to be found. :-(
326  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 27, 2012, 04:40:17 PM
I'd never ask someone to go in my place to a midnight release unless I couldn't go/gave them a huge incentive. :P

If you do .... can you pick me up a copy of MLB the Show 12 while you are there? Pleeeease? :-)
327  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 27, 2012, 04:26:58 PM
Game definitely kept me up last night - only got 5 hours of sleep which is brutal for an old man like me!

Looking forward to getting out of here in a bit and firing it back up!
328  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: BioWare writer - I have a vagooo, your argument is invalid on: February 22, 2012, 12:42:39 PM
I thought DA2 sucked, but good grief this is ridiculous.
329  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 21, 2012, 03:25:05 PM
That does remain to be seen. However the game I find this reminds me of most is Torchlight insofar as I just love playing it and look forward to playing. I guess to some Torchlight was forgettable in that it had no story and the gameplay by some is considered derivative. What some call "derivative" I call perfected and I still find myself playing Torchlight regularly just for how much FUN it is. I'm getting that same vibe with Amalur, although there are actually some really interesting narrative elements to Amalur that Torchlight does not have.

But it is a possibility - will be difficult to judge the staying power until time has passed.
330  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 21, 2012, 02:10:14 PM
I'll just weigh in briefly and say this is easily the most FUN I've had with a game since Torchlight. I'm absolutely loving it and would probably have rated it even higher than Stephen did in his review.

I don't think there is anything average about the gameplay in this one at all - the level of customization, the beautiful loot system, the way you can make the game harder or easier for yourself not just with difficulty settings but respeccing to unfamiliar styles - I'm just absolutely loving it.
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