Open Forum #044
posted on 05.17.13 at 07:00 PM EST by (@salromano)
Open, off-topic discussion.

Our forty-fourth Open Forum is ready for discussion.

The Open Forum is your domain for anything and everything. Whatever you feel is inappropriate to discuss in other threads, you can discuss here. Want to talk about sports? You’re in the right place. Have a random question? Ask it here. Want to poll the community? Do it here. The Open Forum is what you make it.

Discuss away.

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  • Guest

    Tomatoe asfsadffhj.

  • SystemLimbic

    last of us in june is a must. remember me. anyone getting that game?

    • Micheal Scott

      <– this guy :D

  • Azuardo

    Wow, haven’t had much desire to play games this week. Still a bunch of games to finish but no urge to play any of them :/ I’ve got Terraria on PS3, though, so will definitely give that a play very soon.

    Recorded a Luigi’s Mansion 2 podcast review and finishing up a Mass Effect podcast, so if anyone’s interested in when they are going up, feel free to ask!

    Oh hey, I’ve just had a random idea. Would anyone be interested in taking part in a sort of Gematsu community online tournament for particular games? Obviously this would be hard to do because we all would need the same games and consoles, but I just wanna gauge some interest.

    Personally, I play on PS3, and the main online competitive games I’d be interested in playing are Dead or Alive 5 and SSF2 Turbo HD Remix. It’s a real long shot but what are people’s thoughts and what games/consoles would you want to use? Again, I’m just gauging interest, so no guarantees from me if anything can go ahead but it would be pretty cool if we could do something, even if it’s only a small group of us!

  • adhesive

    Why do some people here seem to take downvotes personally? Honestly, someone else doesn’t share your thoughts, get over it.

    • bloodiOS

      Because people who left down-votes without providing their reasons for doing so brings nothing to the discussion and is an absolutely frustrating sight to behold. Shouldn’t even be a part of the conversation if one is too afraid to even express one’s own opinions on the matter. Someone doesn’t agree with me, I want to know why, maybe he/she can point out my flaws and convince me otherwise, so at least I’ll learn something.

      • GetOffMy_Lawn

        This is a tricky topic. You’re saying that downvotes should be eliminated because no one is required to say WHY they disagree with you, but by that logic we should also eliminate upvotes, because people are not required to state WHY they agree with you.

        I definitely see your point, but sometimes someone is so blatantly wrong/ignorant/stupid, it’s not even worth the time to post why you disagree with them; it’s better to just downvote them and move on.

        For example, I always downvote someone who comments something like “lol nintendo has no good games they just milking lol nintendo sux lol sony rulez” or “lol no one has a vita because vita sux and it hav no gamez lol”

        Idk, I don’t put much stock in the system altogether, because it really is just not that important. I comment because I want my voice heard, or I want to add something to the discussion, not because I’m seeking the approval/disapproval of the community. I think that should be the motivation for all commenters, IMHO.

        • $18114340

          The wider issue with upvotes/downvotes is that in some way they discourage discussion. As you’ve mentioned, sometimes it’s just not worth it to argue with someone, so you just upvote or downvote to show your agreement/dissent. However, this also means that you are not willing to have a conversation about this comment (for whatever reasons, good or bad), and it also means that you’ve essentially discouraged anybody else from having that conversation either. People will glance at a comment and see upvotes as general consensus that the comment is already valid, or downvotes that it is not. Either way, the subconscious message is, “don’t reply to this, because others have already decided whether or not it’s worth your time.” If it is, that’s great, but you can’t guarantee that people will actually read an upvoted comment that they’ve been suggested to agree with already.

          • Budgiecat

            Who the hell downvoted you??

        • bloodiOS

          You’re right about the up-vote issue. It should also be taken away too, given that one is not even required to login to up-vote someone. Sometimes it’s just plain creepy to see numbers changing below my posts even though there isn’t even a single reply. I have said this before and I’ll say it again, I simply hate Disqus’ voting system. It’s simply flawed and only served to encourage unwanted childish behaviors. It also reminds me of this one time in kinder garden where my class had this substitute teacher. I can’t recall the whole thing but we basically spent the whole time in silent, while she went on with her monologue. She would occasionally asked some polar questions where we were immediately instructed to either reply by nodding or shaking our heads in unison… Thinking about it still creep me out.

          As for someone being blatantly stupid, it’s best to ignore those kinds of people completely, as chances are that they were just craving for some attentions. If things get out of hands, we can always count of Sal for the perma-ban.

          • LordKaiser

            I agree with you because random people can up-vote without registration.

            • Budgiecat

              I up-voted you because I agree

    • DichaTesoro

      I get down votes all the time on this site. Oh, well, opinions vary. I guess some just feel the need to defend themselves more than others, probably just to argue or say that they are right.

    • Elvick

      I don’t take them personally, but will certainly edit a comment of mine to address how silly I think they are or add in my bewilderment as to why I got some.

      Since I’m genuinely curious why I get a negative thumb (or more) at times. Other times, I know for certain why I get them. ;3

    • LordKaiser

      I partially agree with you but there’s questionable down-votes also and with things that are extremely hard to disagree.

      Now the system as it is don’t work because unregistered randoms are unable to down-vote but they can up-vote so in many cases it gives a false impression of agreement on a theme.

  • bloodiOS

    Just finished Sleeping Dog and man, I have to say I’m glad to be a PlayStation Plus member. The PS3 version of Sleeping Dogs a lot of screen-tears and the frame-rate tends to fluctuate a lot so I didn’t want to buy it, but at its core, the game is very enjoyable, so I was really glad to know that it is now free for Plus members.

    Video games aside, I’m currently reading Minamoto-kun Monogatari and man, it is such an unbelievable tease. Its comment section is probably one of (if not) the most active on Batoto.

    *Sigh* I want to watch the third movie of Madoka Magica so badly. You know, I kept thinking that if there is game based on the show (through Homura’s perspective) but replacing all the moe factors with realistic counterparts, it can be such an awesomely gruesome creation. Damn, it makes me feel so delighted, just imagining the realistic counterparts of the show’s Witches.

    • Azuardo

      Oh, man, I absolutely loved Sleeping Dogs! Got it free on PS+ as well :) Wei Shen is one of the most likeable characters I’ve met in a long time.

    • Elvick

      I wish I could play Sleeping Dogs, but it takes up so much damn room. And for whatever reason the PS3 is an idiot and needs twice the space to install games. I will never understand that.

      If I end up with a second PS3, then I’ll probably install all those large games from PS+ that I had to not play because they wouldn’t fit.

    • PrinceHeir

      ohh Minamoto-kun Monogatari looks interesting :D

      will have to take a look of this :)

  • Tac-Mex

    Square has been teasing an event, what if that event is the next xbox event and they announce that Versus XIII is exclusive for Xbox?

    • Sae-Won Yoon

      At this point any ruse they pull lost its novelty.

      I just want my Type-0 and Godfather/Romeo&Juliet-esque FF dammit. ;_; why is that so much to ask?

      • Tac-Mex

        >Type 0

        I have bad news for you

        • Sae-Won Yoon


          Don’t say it man. I know…..

          • TetsuyaHikari

            Should have just played it a few years ago when I did =3=

    • GetOffMy_Lawn

      They’re probably just hyping another showing of Agni’s Philosophy.

    • adhesive

      Final Fantasy XV exclusively for iOS.

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    I *still* can’t believe half the stuff that transpired this week.

    Microsoft and EA actually doing something good for once, Metal Gear Rising on PC of all things (Never expected a Platinum game, much less a Kojima game for PC,)

    Apart from that, I kind of flopped on school work (Moral of the story here kids.) and been watching Lupin III.
    Seriously, that Miyazaki film was awesome.

    Though “The Woman Named Mine Fujiko” was…….interesting, it’s probably the only thing that I like from Mari Okada that i’ll actually tolerate given her other “works”. (Think Lupin III on…..well, drugs, oh and mindfuckery, Lots of mindfuckery.)

  • Gaara D.Dragon

    So why is MGR on PC desperate ?

    Of course lots of people eagerly awaiting to play the game on their PCs think I am talking crap but the truth is, there’s little reason behind this port other than a quick cash in.

    Dark Souls being ported on the PC made sense, because it is distantly reminiscent of the Elder Scrolls rpgs and that’s one of the extremely few PC franchises that sell a lot. Knights, Castles, Dragons, there is a market on the PC for this type of thing.

    Alan Wake also made sense. It is a game from the developers of Max Payne which was really strong on the PC and it’s not the typical shooter. It has a slower pace, it has narration, a feeling of horror and adventure. Once again there is a market on the PC for this type of thing.

    MGR has little merit on the PC. Classic Japanese slashers DMC 3 and 4 never sold noteworthy numbers on the PC either. If anything MGR did worse than Bayonetta in sales, which they expected to surpass.

    • adhesive

      No. Just no. Dark Souls doesn’t resemble The Elder Scrolls in any way. There’s a market because there was a petition and PC players asked for it.

      Devil May Cry may not have sold gangbusters, but it’s clear that there is an established playerbase for that. Why should Platinum care if there’s a big base for that though? It was already made for the 360 version, and porting to the PC is just a hop, skip, and a jump away, not that it should be any problem in the first place since every single game is developed on the PC first.

      • Gaara D.Dragon

        In the broad sense it resembles Elders Scrolls. It is an RPG with knights, dragons and castles. What’s more From Software just said they were going for the Skyrim crowd with Dark Souls 2.

        And no it is by no means clear that there is an established player base for Japanese slashers on the PC. There is for narrative triller shooters, there is for RPGs with knights and dragons, BUT NOT for stylish hack and slasha games.

        • $18114340

          Why isn’t there an established player base for stylish hack and slash games on PC? Well, look at the games, and it’s easy to see why. Most, if not all of the prominent games in the genre on PC are console ports. It’s often the case that these aren’t properly optimized to fit a variety of hardware configurations. It’s also the case that most of these ports are released asynchronously from the original versions. Furthermore, the market isn’t established because the selection of games in this genre aren’t diverse. If you want to play this kind of game on PC, your choices are basically console ports of Devil May Cry, or console ports of some other, second-rate console game.

          If Platinum plays their cards right they could open up the platform to this genre. Not because they would be developing specifically for PC, but because any chance is another chance to get it right and get everybody’s attention. Maybe the chances of that happening are slim, but they exist nonetheless.

          • Gaara D.Dragon

            Platinum have absolutely nothing to do with this port.

            • $18114340

              Alright, replace “Platinum” with whatever parties are responsible for the PC port. My points still stand, unless you just felt like nitpicking.

    • $18114340

      I think you are greatly underestimating the PC market. Common perception of the market from those who might not typically consider themselves part of the demographic (that is to say, a lot of primarily-console developers) seems to lean towards the view that the platform is weak specifically because of issues such as accessible piracy and perceived smaller, more genre-focused and platform-loyal demographics.

      But where some see weakness, instead I think there is strength. Digital distribution platforms, notably Steam, work well on PCs because the hardware is inherently more oriented towards it — for example, constant internet connections are ubiquitous and physical game sales are somewhat less important to the platform, while hard drive space is relatively cheap and available in larger amounts through a wider variety of channels. In some cases, this means that getting a game out on PC and reaching an audience might be less work than if you tried to do it on consoles. And where there’s little to no market, there’s also probably no competition.

      I think there *is* a market for this type of game on the PC. The reasons why many developers and publishers seem to not think so are varied but I feel many are unjustified or not completely correct. For example, many prominent independent developers make better sales on PC despite high reported piracy rates. The problem is that publishers/developers try to sell the PC versions of their games like the console versions (which often are released long after the console versions, after most people have already played them). Considering that you’re dealing with a very different distribution culture and a different audience with different budgets and consumer philosophies, it’s obvious that things aren’t always going to work out. You can’t always sell a PC game like a console game and vice versa.

      You could argue that the market for independent games and the market for “hardcore Japanese slashers” like MGR are different and isolate, but I don’t really think so. Contrary to popular belief, I think that platforms such as, Desura, and the success of larger platforms such as Steam are a testament to how diverse the PC market is. Many of the customers for different distribution services overlap, as do the demographics and their tastes.

      I think that whether or not MGR coming to PC is “desperate” doesn’t matter so much as whether or not Platinum is expecting the right things from the platform. I hope everything works out for them. I know that without this announcement, I would probably not have a chance to ever play MGR at all. Being a Platinum fan, missing out on the majority of their games (that is, pretty much all of them) really sucks.

      • Gaara D.Dragon

        Again: Platinum have nothing to do with the port.

        And with all due respect you didn’t say anything relevant to my points. Certain genres are strong on the PC. This is not one of them, digital distribution dosn’t work wonders.

        Platinum did said they expected this game to do better than the troubled bayonetta. It didn’t. The fact that it didn’t flop like DmC is irrelevant.

        • $18114340

          And with all due respect, I think that whether certain genres are “strong” or not on a platform has little to do with whether they *can* become strong. That was the point I was trying to make. At one point, first-person shooters weren’t “strong” on consoles. A lot of traditionally PC-oriented game genres weren’t popular on consoles before. Now they’re on consoles, and even on mobile platforms, because a few studios did what was necessary to make the genres and their appeal work with console audiences.

          Genre really has little to do with anything. If there isn’t a market, there is the potential to create one. The thing about PC gaming is that anybody with a PC has the potential to play video games on it. Which video games they can play will ultimately be decided by the hardware, of course, but they’re still able to play video games nonetheless. There is not one market with one set of unchangeable tastes, but multiple markets that overlap and constantly adapt. This is true not only of PC gaming, but gaming on any platform.

          I also don’t appreciate how you’re painting “PC gamers” with such a specific brush by saying that there’s a market for high-fantasy role-playing games because they sell a lot on PC, but there’s no market for Japanese slashers because they don’t currently exist on PC. Causation does not imply correlation. If a game sells, you make more of its type; if not, you don’t. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t or can’t be a market for this type of thing. Whether or not a game does well depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of the game itself, how it is marketed, and a number of circumstances that are dynamic, not static.

          You oversimplify the problem and do your position no favors when you assert that there is no market for MGR on PC simply because *you* don’t think it makes sense from an incredibly generalized and biased sales perspective. There is a market; it’s just different than the console market for this type of game because it has been developed (or underdeveloped) differently.

          My intention wasn’t to imply that digital distribution solves everything, but that it has a significant impact on the marketing and production of PC games. This could be both a blessing and a curse; on the one hand you have the potential to reach a wider audience because of the greater variety of distribution channels and access, and on the other hand you risk alienating those audiences if you approach digital distribution exactly as you would approach retail distribution of physical console games.

    • Budgiecat

      Alan Wake is a shooter? Is it open world like Deadly Premonition?

  • Tac-Mex




    • Claude

      Please be excited!

    • Elvick

      It’s showing Agni’s Philosophy trailer again ‘on’ Nextbox.

      Then they’ll say they have an announcement for TGS. “Please be excited!”.

      • Budgiecat

        They’re going to alter the hit sparks on that Agnis trailer to match the green colors of XBox! Please be excited!

  • Tac-Mex
  • GetOffMy_Lawn

    Ugh. Another brilliant PR move by EA. Take a look at Bob Summerwill’s (Senior software engineer and architect for EA) tirade against Nintendo on Twitter. Next Adam Orth right here. I don’t know why these people think it’s a good idea to get on Twitter and completely bash a potential partner. That last one is especially absurd.
    Totally unprofessional. What an idiot.

    • $18114340

      I’d heard about this. At first I couldn’t believe it but then I remembered that we’re talking about EA here. Chris Hecker made similar comments about the Wii, at a time when I believe he was still working at EA himself.

      Of course, in this business, it’s probably that any publicity is good publicity. If he’s a senior software engineer/architect any reprimanding action against him would probably not be very serious, and he could always hide behind an excuse of, “my comments in public do not reflect the views of my employers” or something.

      EDIT: I stand corrected; apparently those tweets have been flushed. Possible action by EA? Controversy!

    • Claude

      Who knew EA hired people from the deepest cesspools of GameFAQs’ forums? The trolls are probably proud of that little display.

    • PrinceHeir

      lol he should take his own advice and look at the mirror to see what truly crap is

    • Awnye

      I guess Nintendo should just #dealwithit

    • Elvick

      To be fair, this has nothing to do with EA itself.

      Personal opinion =/= company opinion.

      And by “company opinion”, I mean what the company would admit to in public. ;D Since, I’m sure many companies feel certain things which would be disastrous to admit openly.

      Dude’s an idiot though.

  • Raiyu

    So who is ready for the BlazBlue anime?

    • Eclipse

      I’ve never been more ready! XD

      I really hope that they get a good studio to handle the adaptation.

      • Budgiecat

        Most modern anime these days are half assed so I can’t be that excited

        • Eclipse

          Nah, there’s plenty of great shows every season, you just have to look for them.

          Heck, I’m juggling around 10 shows right now.

          • Budgiecat

            Attack on Titan. That’s pretty much it for me at the moment while waiting for the next Berserk & Gundam UC OVA. Too much moe crap these days. The rest I’m watching is really really old school stuff:

            Gatchaman II
            SPT Layzner
            Galactic Cyclone Brygar
            Legend of Galactic Heroes
            Kotetsu Jeeg

    • Sae-Won Yoon

      I couldn’t be more ready.

      Sugita as Ragna will be fun.

      • PrinceHeir


        wrong anime XD

    • SystemLimbic

      when is coming out?

    • Elvick

      Born ready.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      It makes me frustrated that they are willing to make an anime for BlazBlue, but the closest anime we ever got for Guilty Gear was a short promo for Guilty Gear X ;w;

      • Budgiecat

        Plus we never got a proper Power Instinct Anime with Range Murata artwork

        So moe

        • Tetsu

          Oooo Range Murata fan. I love Range Murata’s work.
          I have artbooks, figures and anime, good stuff :)

        • TetsuyaHikari

          And this has to do with Daisuke Ishiwatari HOW exactly…? Guilty Gear not getting an anime is actually related to BlazBlue, but this… I don’t even.

          • Budgiecat

            Calm your Godmars ass down and eat a pickle

            • TetsuyaHikari

              I was perfectly calm ._.

              I just didn’t understand the correlation between your post and BlazBlue getting an anime, whereas mine actually made sense :/

    • Micheal Scott

      Sounds good cant wait

  • Tetsu

    Anyone playing any old games?

    I’m playing Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete.

    It’s my first time playing it since it came out, such a great game :D
    I wasn’t sure how well it would hold up, but all the sprite work is still great.

    • DichaTesoro

      Currently playing Golden Sun on the GBA…sort of old, I guess. I like it so far. I’m mostly playing it on the bus rise to and from work.

    • Fainaru Luna

      Playing Persona 3 and it’s also my first time playing since it was released,I’m really enjoying it!

    • Micheal Scott

      KH2 and SoC just killing time till E3 and The Last of Us

  • Revorse

    So… I just beat the Mass Effect Trilogy for the first time. About the ending…. I wasn’t really disappointed. Sure I would have like them to elaborate a bit more on certain things, but it was fine.

    • Azuardo

      Interesting. I’ll try to refrain from going into spoilers for other people’s sake, but I think it was a let-down because, for a series all about choice and your own decisions affecting the outcome of the story, and BioWare stating that it wouldn’t be a simple red, blue or green option, then it felt like a slap in the face. We didn’t seem to have the choice of ending the story in the way *we* would have wanted. And I really wanted them to elaborate on so much more. They tried to brush the secrets of the Reapers off under a rug with hardly any elaboration, and then when you do try to uncover the truth, it’s like “You wouldn’t understand,” etc. I’d have been able to accept it better if I got all the answers I wanted and had the choice of ending the series how I wanted to end it.

      • Revorse

        I can definitely understand that. I think the reason I wasn’t as upset was mainly because I got into the series just about a month ago. I wasn’t invested in the series when BioWare was making promises that they couldn’t keep, according to the fans that is. I’m gonna try the DLC extended cut now. See if they’re any differences.

        • Azuardo

          Ah, well, you see, I certainly didn’t start right at the very beginning of the series, either. I never owned a 360 or gaming PC so I actually played ME2 on PS3 first. THEN I waited for ME1 to come out on PS3 when it was announced and played them in the proper order. So I ran through the whole trilogy properly during Dec ’12 to Jan ’13. So it’s kinda recent for me, too. And I suppose I never felt the full disappointment that many other hardcore fans that started playing many years ago would have felt, as well. But I could definitely see why they would have been disappointed, and I certainly was anyway, with the ME trilogy becoming one of my all-time favourite series, and it ending the way it did. It’s certainly not enough to change my opinion of the series as a whole, but it really wasn’t the best way to end it. Still love it so much, though, and need to do a FemShep run soon!

      • PrinceHeir

        yeah i agree,

        i even read back then that the writer of ME2 was let go and was not involved in ME3.

        i think it was mistake to introduce Cerberus a little too late.

        they should have done like this.

        ME1 introduction of reapers as well as Cerberus.

        ME2. to reunite your team and build the crucible or whatever thing that can destroy the reapers.

        ME3. final battle and choices, do you destroy humanity or reapers? do you want them to live togethe or join them.

        what about if you want to exterminate half of species versus the other half.

        they could do a lot of things for this!!

    • PrinceHeir

      i agree, but the original ending was definitely disappointing.

      it’s like after more than 5 years “that’s it?”

      the extended DLC is good, but it was really not enough :(

      oh well i already drop the series since i already spend around $150 or more in games, DLC, comics and even the artbook.

      i do plan on buying the Omnibus Comic book, such a shame i should have waited for it :(

      all the other half comic as well as more length and bigger than the standard comic style.

  • Kurisu Makise

    So anyone else feel like time slows down a bit around this time (no thanks to anticipation of E3)? This is probably the first year where it wasn’t unbearable since news has been coming out (Nintendo Direct) and Xbox has their event on the 21st.

    • DichaTesoro

      It’s the heat…in my opinion. It should be nearing 100 degrees soon where I am.

      Waiting for ToX’s release in August seems to be slowing things down too.

      • Micheal Scott

        Im in the same boat

      • PrinceHeir

        pre ordered the special editions :)

        can’t wait!!!

        gamestop says it’s out of stock!

        phew managed to preorder the day it was announced!!!

      • Kurisu Makise

        Yes, the heat is definitely a factor and this weekend, had it not been for the flash rain/thunder storm, would have just been unbearable. Thankfully that’s over with now and the Xbox event is later today =3

    • Elvick

      It’s really annoying.

      We’ve also had some Sony news like GT6 and that other game which we don’t know the systems of and I can’t remember (or spell) the name of.

      Still, it’s like walking through life in slow motion. E3 needs to hurry it up.

      • Kurisu Makise

        We’re still in for the worse of the crawl too, since E3 press shows are on the 10th. So it’s the rest of this week and next week to endure.

  • almostautumn

    zero relation to gaming, but I feel like sharing;

    James Joyce is an incredible writer. I was put off by “Portrait of an Artist” (and “Ulysses”) because of his style of writing, but man; reading his short-story collection, “Dubliners”— I mean, my mind is blown. I literally feel sad that I haven’t given him a thorough chance up until now.

    …read James Joyce, homies!

    • adhesive

      I plan on reading James Joyce eventually(Finnegans Wake is my ultimate goal), but I haven’t read books in a long time and I need to catch up on Science Fiction first and foremost. Hopefully the original Dust hexalogy is as good as people make it out to be.

    • DrForbidden

      I know Joyce is a fantastic writer, but I cannot for the life of me read through anything of his. Dubliners puts me to sleep. Ulysses is too tiring for me to read at the moment as I have to use a lot of references to understand it fully. Maybe in the future when I have more free time…

  • z_merquise
  • PrinceHeir

    i haven’t played FPS games since Team Fortress 2(back in 2011)

    i’ve been meaning to get back to the genre after being burnt out by 3rd person shooters(i still play them with games like horror, free roaming etc)

    i already quit TF2 and will probably never go back again(glocked in 1000 hours, which is too much since i spend all that time in my highschool senior year) Counter Strike i quit playing, and only watch my brother play a session or two.

    played a bit of Blacklight Retribution, it’s fun as hell and the art style is amazing!

    despite being F2P, i don’t like the Pay to win items :(

    im very excited for the PS4 version though!!!

    it seems Blacklight Retribution and Destiny(Bungie) are the only FPS games i’ve been meaning to get back to.

    Destiny looks ace, the armor looks cool as hell!

    never played Halo(always thought it was a overrated series back then), but i can see why people enjoyed the game.

    so any FPS you guys are excited about? :D

    • z_merquise

      I read that Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is good. I tried the demo and I did laugh from all of the ridiculous 80s action-movie machismo and humor. Gotta love that Predator (the 1st film with Arnie Schwarzenegger) reference in the beginning. I’m thinking of getting it when I buy a new PSN prepaid card.

      Also planning to get Bioshock: Infinite but not now.

      If you got a Vita, you may also check Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath.

      • PrinceHeir

        that’s great :D

        yeah as i said above, im waiting for the complete or GOTY edition ^^

        oh yeah i always wanted to play that!!!!!

        btw do you plan on getting the MGS Legacy Collection??

        i just pre ordered the japanese version(Akio Otsuka FTW) yesterday, i might get the US one as well but will see.

        • z_merquise

          MGS Legacy? No plan for now.

          After Metal Gear Rising, I haven’t bought any games other than the Jetstream Sam DLC weeks ago and Bladewolf DLC just now.

          As of this time, my “must buy” list is Muramasa Rebirth (Vita), Project X Zone (3DS) and Dragon’s Crown (PS3). And if the reviews are positive, I might also get the Deadpool game.

          • PrinceHeir

            there is an asian version and saw it on play-asia, but the voices are in english.

            yeah preordered Muramasa Special Edition, Dragon’s Crown, and Killer is Dead.

            i may have to cancel Killer is Dead if they don’t include dual audio and just pre order the asian one(this fall) or europe.

            Deadpool games looks nice, but i kinda wish they added more polish and more gameplay moves like un UMVC3.

            the jokes and dialogue are amazing though!!

    • Elvick

      Killzone: Mercenary
      Killzone: Shadow Fall
      Bioshock: Infinite DLC… if that counts.

      That’s about it really. I don’t know much about Destiny, but I love me some Bungie so… I have interest.

      edit: I was excited to get Borderlands 2 (GOTY type edition) but after all the fishy stuff about the studio, I’ll just stick with the first game.

      • PrinceHeir

        yeah Bioshock Infinite looks nice, but i’ll probably wait for the GOTY or complte edition of the game.

        ehh not a fan of Borderlands, too boring IMO

    • DesmaX

      Why not go back to TF2? Try to play some matches and stuff?

      I have 500 hours in it (Same thing as you), and I still like to play it from time to time

      • PrinceHeir

        man i think 1000 hours is already enough, and i haven’t put any game like that ever.

        i didn’t treat TF2 as a game back then, it’s more like a “work” thing.

        after school, go home and play session for about 3-4 hours till it’s 6PM then eat.

        i even skip lunches just to play this.

        though Uncharted 3 im probably around 1000 hours or more, if only Naughty Dog would fix the damn multiplayer time(it’s broken, it says i only played 4 hours, despite playing this since Nov 2011)

        i actually came back to it, and didn’t like how it became Hot Fortress 2.

        everyone has those stupid pay to pay items.

        i do like the Sniper Gun from Deus Ex HR, but that’s about it.

        the game is more about looks now, rather than actually Team Work.

        even then when i join a public server and is freestyle(endless score and faster respawn, but not instant respawn) i can get to top 1 after 2-3 hours of play.

        i still remember getting kills from people as a spy using that technique i use when you turn a corner. i lure the enemy by exposing myself thinking i don’t know them, then as soon as they turn a cornr(either left or right), i immediately go back then backstab them at the back.

        since if you turn around you unconsciously turns without thinking about it, and that’s why alot of people fall for that trick.

        oh well i had my fill with TF2, and it’s probably why i quit playing FPS multiplayer.

        still i need to play Metroid Prime!!!!!

        my Trilogy game is sitting there collecting dust XD

    • $18114340





      Yes, I’m going to continue to spam this video until everybody pays attention. If multiplayer isn’t your thing, there’s a dedicated single-player mode as well. Look up the Quakecon video for some footage.

      Unreal Engine 3, modkit, dedicated servers, this summer, fifteen dollars, LUDICROUS GIBS.

      No stupid bullshit, just rocket jumping.

      • PrinceHeir

        this looks amazing!!!!!!

        i don’t play twitch shooters that much, but i can see the depth and fast paced of the game!!

        rocket jumps, bunny hops, memorize the maps for power ups man those were the times!!

    • Budgiecat

      Breakdown was the best FPS. You ate hamburgers, candy bars and soda to survive.

  • PrinceHeir

    Exams are next week, then finally summer!!!

    im still thinking if i should go to graduation or not, i might not come since i don’t really see the value of coming.

    hopefully i pass my CPR class, i need a 21/25 to pass the course and that’s huge O_______O

    plus more games!!!!!!!!

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Good luck~!

      • PrinceHeir


  • Tetsu

    Anyone here going to Fanime?

    ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D is playing!

    It’s their first time playing outside Japan, I’m so stoked!

    • xMCXx

      Oh man, that’s awesome!
      Song for~ and Complication are two great songs! ^^

      • Tetsu

        Don’t forget In My World and Zero Satisfaction! XD

  • LordKaiser

    Are you all ready for E3?

    • adhesive

      YOU BET

  • futuristic_imagination

    Finally got the time to play Borderlands and all the dlc and all I could say that I was not disappointed. Good thing that the save data doesn’t tell you your total game time, prob spent at least more than 70 hours or more in that game. Almost platinum the game, except I can’t get the “And They’ll Tell Two Friends” trophy. :(

    If anybody else wants to add me. (just mention who you are in a message)

    my PSN: futuristic_joni

    • Elvick

      I think I have that one. If you want we can play together so you can get it.

      Add me if you want (mention who you are in a message :P)
      PSN: Elvick_

      • futuristic_imagination

        Sure I’ll add u, whenever my brothers are done playing the ps3.

  • Elvick

    Soo, I started Metal Gear Rising annnd… I suck. Is there really no way to dodge? D: I’m awful at parry systems.

    Think I’ll have to switch to easy, getting owned already. What are good upgrade investments for someone awful?

    • z_merquise

      You can purchase a skill named Defensive-Offense. It is very useful and effective because it’s a dodge/counter-attack move. Though the game really encourages parrying, you can use it as your alternative.

      You can also try Easy if you wanted to familiarize yourself with the combat then go back to Normal anytime if you wanted to practice your parrying but combining it with the dodge skill I mentioned above makes everything better.

      Hope that helps.

      • Elvick

        Thanks, I’ll definitely have to switch to easy to get used to it.

        Glad there’s a dodge/counter move. Do you know when that unlocks? I don’t remember seeing that move in the initial upgrades available.

        • z_merquise

          You can upgrade Raiden through the Customize menu. It’s available in the Main Menu, during clearing a chapter or in the Codec menu.

    • DrForbidden

      Like z_merquise, I definitely recommend getting Defensive-Offensive. It was the only way I survived the battle with Jetstream Sam late game.

      Other than that, I can say that this game, unlike many others, is absolutely unforgiving of poor timing and mistakes on Normal. You really need to know the enemies and their attacks well, and have excellent spatial and timing judgements to do well at it.

      • Elvick

        The only time I did well was the first boss battle, with that big mech thingy. xP I didn’t get hit at all in that battle. Probably the only ‘S’ I’ll ever get.

        • DrForbidden

          Well, I think I only got one ‘S’ out of the entire game as well…

          No need to worry about ranks, IMO. Play games for the fun and the challenge…

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Yep, you can dodge by pushing Square+X and a direction of your choice, but you need to purchase the skill first, I believe. It may also help you to know that you can cancel a lot of combos with parrying or dodging. You can even cancel a dodge with a parry should you choose to do so.

      Dodging cannot be performed in the air, but you may be happy to know you can, however, parry in the air as well. If you can perform a parry at the perfect moment, you will get something known as a ‘perfect parry’ which will usually kill whatever it is you’re fighting (unless it’s a boss, of course).

      • Elvick

        I’m just so bad at parrying. Took me forever just to finish that tutorial. xP

        I do it on accident sometimes while hacking away mindless. :P

        I much prefer dodging, like in Bayonetta. But it’s a different game, so I’ll have to get used to it. Even with the dodge, parrying is definitely something I’ll need to know how to do. ):

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Yes… You can’t get through this game by simply dodging alone, lol. You will need to learn how to parry. I never had an issue with parrying in any game, really, but for some odd reason… I have heard of PLENTY of people having issues with parrying in this game.

          I can’t tell you how many topics about this have been created over at Gamefaqs.

          • PrinceHeir

            the parry system is amazing, but sometimes it really frustrates me in boss fights.

            i could have gotten perfect runs if it weren’t for the camera.

            for example *SPOILERS

            Moonoon boss fight once you perfect dodge and he uses the Red phosphorus grenade, the lock on can’t be used during smoke.

            so not only he can go to you on your blindside(which happens a lot), the camera also changes if you try to move it to see your bline side.

            so not only you have to worry about which direction your using the parry, but the camera can mess up your timing.

            there were instances where my parry is perfect, but since the camera is tilted a little, the parry won’t count(especially at harder difficulties)

            • TetsuyaHikari

              When he’s doing that, simply dodge back and slash each time he comes in. Problem solved, lol.

              • PrinceHeir

                he i used that, but when the smoke is about to ends the last attack he will try to fence you till you parry everything, and that’s where you get screwed up.

                even though i did managed toget a perfect on him, the camera is still pain in the ass to work with.

                also in tight rooms the camera is the worst, especially a secret room you can go to near the end of the chapter before Sam’s boss fight.

                the room with watermelons, the 4 gorilla enemy is a pain in the ass also, especially their stupid grabs and when the jump in the air and pound you

                still love the game though

                • TetsuyaHikari

                  I was just saying dodge and slash when the smoke is around you. Of course you have to parry afterwards :P

                  EDIT: Mastiffs aren’t so bad though. Perfect parry, instakill, easy modo.

                  • PrinceHeir

                    still the mastiffs are definitely getting on my nerves,

                    after perfect parrying one mastiffs there are two already waiting in front of me to grab me while my camera desperately tries to fix itself

                    • TetsuyaHikari

                      I’ve heard of others having problems with the camera before, but I never really saw it as a problem o.o

                    • PrinceHeir

                      oh well you seem to be better than me XD

    • Kobracon

      Its a game that requires practice. I sucked like hell when i started, but once you go from normal to hard to Very hard, you’ll see you have improved. Thats why I love it, it forces you to imrpove without you even realizing.

  • Azuardo

    D’ohh, had a few up-votes on my post about suggesting a Gematsu gaming tournament, but no replies xD Is anyone interested in taking part in something, maybe on PS3 with a competitive game like a fighter? Like I said before, it is a long shot, but reposting higher up in the forum to see if other people are interested :)

    • adhesive

      I’m not really into competitive fighters(more of a semi-competitive shooter guy, as much as it’s hated around here), but it does sound like a great idea. You’d have to take a poll first just to check, since making game nights is much harder with strangers than friends.

      Edit: Actually, I think Team Fortress 2 would be the best choice for a litmus test, to see how well this works out. It’s not only free but it’s readily available on even low tier computers.

      • Azuardo

        Ha, yeah, I know. You’re the first replier so I’m not sure it can really take off! I’d be up for any type of game really, provided I own it of course lol. It’s just a bit of fun, after all. But yeah, just trying to gauge some interest and see what people would want to play.

        • Zero

          I’m away from home currently, this is my first opportunity to reply. I think the idea is interesting. It’s something I think is worth discussing with other core gematsu members, I’ll try to find time to discuss it when I’m back home.

    • PrinceHeir

      hey hey im ready!!

      though im busy next week with finals ;___;

      maybe this friday XD

  • Elvick

    New Guilty Gear! Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- (what’s with Arc System Works and weird ass names?)

  • 武神水樹

    Lots of negative people at Gematsu, not a great place to visit

    • Azuardo

      :/ Why do you say that? I’ve found it to be a really nice little community so far.

      • 武神水樹

        Posters here don’t respect one another unlike other sites I’ve seen. It also doesn’t help when you have people who think their opinion is the only one and aren’t open to others

        • Azuardo

          I guess it varies on who replies to your posts. If those that do agree don’t reply, but disagreeable people do reply, then it feels like the whole world’s against you. I think it happens at every site you go to, but I’d be interested to know which other sites you prefer, since I am looking for other sites to go to as well!

          • PrinceHeir

            the other sites i go to are allgamesbeta and ncloudblogspot



            the good thing about allgames beta is you get the right amount content, but there is no community just posts and videos.

            the best thing about that site is how the owner get’s his fanart as well as official wallpapers.

            love the fan art his showing!!

            ncloud is amazing as well!! problem is no one is commentating there.

            if worst comes to worst and gematsu is no longer(Sal don’t let me down!!) then i might go to ncloud.

            funny thing is Ncloud used to visit this site, i wonder where he is now here :

            • Azuardo

              Ooo, haven’t heard of those two sites before, and they look really clean and organised with lots of good images. But yeah, community doesn’t seem to be a thing for either of them, really.

              • PrinceHeir

                i think Ncloud has a potential to build a community.

                but it all depends if people are willing to come to the site or him promoting it or something

        • DrForbidden

          Uhh… you’re kidding, right? Try hanging out at Gamefaqs, GameTrailers, and Kotaku sometime…

          Even sites like Joystiq and Destructoid have their share of self-aggrandizing douches, rascists, fanboys, and homophobes.

          I hang out at Gematsu most of the time instead of those other sites because, by and large, Gematsu’s ‘forums’ are generally filled with respectable posters and the mods actually do a very good job of removing questionable trash.

          • $18114340

            Just my two cents here. Gematsu is far from the worst place I’ve posted. All those sites you’ve mentioned are far worse imo. If you think your opinions aren’t welcome here at Gematsu, then you should probably stay as far away from Kotaku as you possibly can.

            Maybe you won’t always be able to agree with everybody here but at least most posters seem to want to have a conversation in the first place.

        • Elvick

          I’ve never seen a single site where people respect each other all the time.

          Also, feel the need to point out the irony of this all. You’re complaint is that this community is too negative. Which is in itself negative.

          You are the change you want to see. Or be the change you want to see… or however that goes.

      • PrinceHeir

        agree, the only negativity i’ve seen here is people complaining about downvotes and such.

        at least it’s better than that “dictator” site ~__~

    • Locksus

      I kinda agree with you. This can be a very pleasant site to visit, but at its worst, I HATE coming here because of some shitposters. This is a very Sony-centered site.

      • $18114340

        The community does feel a bit Sony-centric at times. Hang in there.

        • Locksus

          You’ve just got to learn to avoid the right articles, lol :p
          I love discussing w/e in Open Forums. I love those.

        • AdamBoy64

          That’s interesting. I haven’t really noticed that much since Malcolm has left.

          It might be a reflection of the industry and general opinion at the moment. Not saying that to try and start a war, either.

          • Locksus

            Malcolm didn’t really ever leave, he just has a few other accounts on this site. I believe no he goes by the name of Skeletor.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Yes, I feel like this sometimes.

      *sigh* I miss Andriasang ;w;

      No offense, Gematsu!

    • Sal Romano

      I’m open to hearing about how you think we can improve. =)

      • 武神水樹

        It’s not something the staff can fix I think, it’ll have to be up to each person to want to improve how they act really

        • Zero

          Sorry this comment got so long. I’m really hoping lots of people read this comment. It’s not just like a direct reply to you only. It’s meant to be something positive for everyone. =) I only hope it gives everyone a decent idea of how I view our community. I also hope it gives insight into how I would like to approach my goal – Which is – Making our community here even better.

          Comment follows –

          Hi there! I’m currently not home, so this is my first chance to reply. I’d like to try and dive deeper into what exactly has you upset. If you could email me some examples that would be great for feedback.

          (This applies to everyone reading this. My email is feel free to contact me with ideas, feedback, anything.)

          I understand what you meant by the reply you gave Sal. The thing is, we aren’t looking to enforce anything, but I think we can look at “troublesome” comments and discuss things. I can discuss them with Sal, you, and the entire community.

          One of the things to remember about some comments – Disqus allows people to use one account to post across various websites. Some of them aren’t regulars around here, or part of the “core members” group.

          For example – I think most of our regulars post here in the open forum. I think we tend to have great discussions in our open forums.

          Sure, I would love that to apply to every thing Sal and Co post on Gematsu. Easier said than done.

          There is an easy way – Lots of websites do this. They take the tools they have and use them to kind rule over the community. Some would call it “power abuse.”

          Sounds pretty lame? I think so. That’s not something I consider a reasonable option or “path.”

          Besides, that path doesn’t really work. I’ve seen it, experienced it, I’ve been part of it from both sides. One or two things start to happen – The first is usually small, but then it grows into common place. Lots of banning, lots of comments being deleted, The problem is, these small things discourage new folks from taking part in the community.

          Okay then? What if that is the goal? Well, the first problem is simple. You need new people to join in, it’s crucial to the community. Even if the new members join very slow in small batches, that’s still something.

          The next things you start to see are angry mods/admins who start to pick fights with the community, or even respond only to criticize or put down what someone typed. It doesn’t really matter what the discussion is about. This applies to the entire community, even regulars, or long time members.

          It typically just gets even worse after that. It’s like a quick fix type of thing. You can’t do that, not with an internet community. Something that is always “flowing” – “evolving” – changing from one thing to another and more, and this process is entirely random.

          What we can try to do is influence that “flow” of the community in a positive manner. We aren’t looking to silence anyone, or make anyone feel like they can’t express themselves. We also don’t want trolls to feel like they can troll without consequence, we don’t want flame wars always starting, but we don’t want to banish posts with criticism or differing opinions. That goes back to silencing some folks because they don’t necessarily agree.

          I know this sounds incredibly difficult, right? Perhaps it’s even impossible? is it foolish? This belief? I don’t think so. I never have.

          I asked Sal to create the open forum for Gematsu with this belief in mind. You can read the comments in this open forum #44. You can go back and read comments from the other 43 too. I think you will find almost all of them to be interesting, free flowing, with a nice combination of positive and negative topics. Sure, we have lots of criticism – but no one “attacks” each other for this, I think everyone feels relaxed posting in the open forum. I think new users can easily jump in.

          Is the open forum perfect? Absolutely not. Some say its impossible for anything to be perfect. I like to think everyone has a different idea of what “perfect” is. That’s something we all decide for ourselves.

          One day some of you may decide to leave. This really makes me sad, it really does. I understand that it’s part of the process, but, I still hope those who leave might return after some time away.

          I only want to see the community improve here. I also understand that this process is not something that happens over night. If we all work together at this, we can work to make the community better together. I’d very much enjoy that. Which is why I ask for feedback, and patience.

          Everyone – Thanks for reading this. I tried my best to place my feelings into words. Feel free to reply.

          • Locksus

            Thanks for taking the time to write the post, Zero. I agree with you that “power abuse” is not the way to make this site pleasant for everyone, because it could as well make this less so.

            I think the change has to come from the users themselves. No one should strive to instigate flamewars here and call other people names, because what it does, is that it makes some users go away to look for more pleasant communities.
            I know that Gematsu can be one of the most pleasant and cozy sites there is, because I’ve visited this website for a few years now, and it’s still one of my most favorite places to visit to discuss video games and pretty much everything else.

            I don’t know how many people will read Zero’s post, but I really do hope the mods and other users can make this site a great place for everyone.

            • Zero

              First, thanks for reading my long comment and this lengthy reply. xD

              I agree with what you said –

              “I think the change has to come from the users themselves. No one should strive to instigate flamewars here and call other people names, because what it does, is that it makes some users go away to look for more pleasant communities.”

              I want to dive into this a bit here –

              This is my question – Where do users pick up this behavior to being with? Sure, some people just love drama, they want to pick fights and such, regardless if its online or offline. That doesn’t apply to everyone, so why is it so common?

              I think the answer is kinda part of the process you described.

              Lots of people consider that type of stuff normal. Some aren’t bothered by it, and others even think it’s the proper way to discuss things. This come from other communities online, where that stuff happens all the time, in fact, most of the discussions are flame wars etc. I know you have seen some of these communities. Where, if you aren’t insulting someone you are doing it wrong or whatever. It makes you just want to shake your head, sometimes in disbelief.

              It’s tough to try and point out things to someone, things that are very negative, trollish, flameish, etc. It’s tough to point those out when so many users see these things as common, or even acceptable.

              This ties into what I said above – Influencing our community here in a positive manner. Finding ways to show other users, this type of comment is not cool, or this type of comment is trying to start a flame war. It’s not something that one person does. I find that if you try to apply something positive to an otherwise negative comment, you can often times turn the discussion into something good. Sure, that isn’t always easy. The thing to remember is two wrongs don’t make a right.

              I think you understand what I’m getting at here, cooler heads prevail and such. If even a small group of folks who post comments here can try to slowly start applying that to what they post, you know what? I think it will slowly influence others in a good way, a positive way.

              Some would say this – Why should I try to be the better person? Why should I not get upset when someone flames me etc.? That’s a great point. Yes, it requires biting the bullet of sorts. I suppose my response would be – why not? It’s just a comment on the internet. In fact, often times if you reply without trying to attack someone back, they look very foolish for trying to start someone. It even leads to an apology sometimes, which is pretty cool. I’d also point this out – It’s not good to approach things with negativity all the time. Don’t let a comment get you all upset. If you want to reply, if you want to debate, prove a point, that’s great. Do it in a way that you will enjoy it, not rage while typing it up.

              I think some of the better communities do this. It’s not easy, and it isn’t something that just happens over night, or changes forever. This is just one idea of how to positively influence the community. When it works – you change users in an almost indirect way. That’s what you hope for. You hope that someone who thinks they have to start a flame war to prove a point, figures out they can prove the point without the drama, without the negativity. That’s whats though, they won’t always figure it out by themselves. If good examples are set around them to see often though? It might help?

              • Locksus

                I really agree with you there.
                I’ve to admit that I don’t always think clearly before I reply to a post that greatly annoys me, even though I should, because I’m preaching about a nice, friendly community and such.
                I’ve truly seen some really weird communities, which I visit on a daily basis. Acting rude is just the way to go in some forums, whereas if you try to be nice, you’ll come out as a weirdo.
                But my bottom line is the same as yours; We have to set good examples for other users, not rely solely on banning people who act rude and disrespectful.

                • Zero

                  I’m glad we agree. I didn’t mean to single you out by the way, it was meant to be in general.

          • DrForbidden

            Thank you, Zero, for putting your heart into what you do. We need more people like you around.

            • Zero

              Thanks for reading and replying. If you have any thoughts or idea, feel free to contact me. =)

          • Charlottes Guardian

            Thanks for the awesome and informative read zero! I’m kinda a newbie around here, but I just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work you and sal do!

            • Zero

              Hello! Welcome to Gematsu. =)

              Thanks for reading and the reply! Like my post above says – I’m always trying to make our community better, in some way, even if only a little bit.

              I hope you stick around and have fun discussing a wide variety of topics with us.

              For the record – We have a new open forum every Friday.

              Bit of bonus information that we haven’t really talked about much.

              – We plan to do some new cool stuff with e3 coverage. It’s community focused. More details soon. =)

  • bloodiOS

    Just spotted the intro movie of XBLAZE CODE: EMBRYO over at Famitsu:

    Looks pretty nice :)By the way, not sure why, but it took me a long time to access the official website.

  • Zero

    Sorry about my awayness – I’ve been away from home. I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Please read my comment about community if you get the chance. It’s kinda long, sorry!

    • Locksus

      Thanks! I hope you did, too :)

  • PrinceHeir

    anyone here played Hitman Absolution?

    this game looks fun as hell, plus the Adam Jensen DLC is tempting to get it!!

    may i ask should i get the professional edition or just normal edition?

    plus when does the code expired?

  • Elvick

    FREE GAME (on Steam): Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slicked Precipice of Darkness 3

    For those interested. Today only. So, hurry up.

    Edit; The site is having some problems, so, try later if it doesn’t work the first time.

    • Zero

      Thanks! =)