CaptPlatypus

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    • Holy Shit Jeremy

      4 years ago

      CaptPlatypus

      That was FUCKING INCREDIBLE... or should I say TOP smiley13.gif

    • Video Games vs Real Life

      4 years ago

      CaptPlatypus

      GTA heists have made me realize that, for all their differences, my video game friends and real life friends have one thing in common: None of them want to break into a prison with me.

      They also don't exist.

      I'm so alone. Please help. smiley2.gif

    • Is The Order: 1886 worth $60, or the trouble with review culture.

      4 years ago

      CaptPlatypus

      In the spendthrift world we live in, we all try to get the best bang for our buck when it comes to entertainment. The simplest way for many is to look at numbers. A big game with a 90 on Metacritic is obviously going to sell well. A Rotten Tomatoes score below 50% will doom a film to Razzie-flavored oblivion. Still, are these numbers the best way to determine what is worth our hard-earned money? Consider The Order: 1886. Sure, it's bad reviews go into great detail rather than cold stats, but I feel like the lackluster reception is due to a perfect storm of issues most gamers are willing to overlook given the right circumstances.

      The main gripe against Ready At Dawn's long-anticipated exclusive is that it isn't, well... long. Clocking in at around 7 hours for most reviewers, some believe this isn't befitting a $60 Triple-A release. In this respect, video games are criticized somewhat unfairly in ways other forms of media aren't. When it comes to books and films, there is more or less a standard price established. However, length is usually not a factor for consumers here. Is "The Return of the King" better than "The Last Airbender" because it was longer? No. It's better because the latter film sucked. Quantity should never trump quality in decision-making. Personally, one of my favorite games on PS3 was Dishonored. It did a fantastic job of world-building and fleshing out the characters so that you would care about them. It was also incredibly short. I mean, speed-run in 2-3 hours short. However, the replay value came in playing around with the environment and learning the multiple ways to assassinate a target dependent on one's play style.

      Speaking of "replayability," most look to first-person shooters like CoD and Battlefield to get the most of their money. However, both have suffered from a string of just atrocious single-player campaigns. Many choose to forego the story altogether and just play multiplayer. Don't even get me started on the ridiculous Grimoire cards Destiny tries to thrust on us. The Order, unlike other big third-person franchises like The Last of Us and Assassin's Creed, doesn't lend well to multiplayer, and adding it would have been seen as a cop-out for a disappointing story. However, some of the biggest video-game of all time thrive on just that.

      Many reviewers have railed against the combat being heavy on quick-time events. While I do feel this was a missed opportunity in many ways, the developers chose to focus on a "cinematic" experience for the player. Sure, in a game full of shoot-bangs, one doesn't want to see a boss battle against a Lycan come down to a QTE. That being said, why do we love Telltale games so much? When Clementine has to mash buttons to take down an enemy, we're still engaged in the story. So why do we love The Walking Dead or The Wolf Among us, but hate The Order? Is it the lack of dialogue trees and decisions? Is it the art style? Is it the hypnotic stuttering of the frame-rate?

      No, it's the fact that The Order is $60, while Telltale season passes are $20. So, I pose to you this question: If they were priced like full releases, would Telltale games automatically be considered BAD?

      Also, I don't feign to know about the internal business workings at SCEA, but consider this: The Order would have been a far better game had it been delayed and added to. However, after the massive DriveClub debacle and the consumer backlash that still hasn't ended, Evolution Studios poisoned the well for any first-party Sony developers who need that extra time.

      I don't mean to sound like an apologist for a game I've never played, but we tend to let the negatives outweigh the positives in these situations. For all its flaws, The Order: 1886 is a gorgeous game with a fantastic concept. With so many broken games having millions thrown at them in spite of the fact they don't even function, The Order should be a breath of fresh air. On top of that, it's an ambitious new IP at a time when the console market is saturated with remakes, HD collections, and tired sequels (seriously, Sonic needs to die). On top of that, this game will inevitably have DLC and inspire at least one sequel , and they'll most likely surpass the first base game's quality. For better or worse, the original article will be integral to that canon.

      Obviously, what you do with your money is up to you, but I for one think this game deserves a chance. Whether that means you buy on day one, rent it, or wait for a priced-down version like I will, I ask my fellow PlayStation gamers to take a gamble, or at the very least start re-evaluating what reviews mean to you.

    • Why I love the winter

      4 years ago

      CaptPlatypus

      People often ask me, "Why don't you go outside?" I simply respond by shrugging and pointing out the window. In the winter, that's actually a good reason.

    • I miss being a kid.

      4 years ago

      CaptPlatypus

      When snow was whimsical and fun and staying home during a weekday meant you were on a vacation from school instead of being a "burden to society," whatever THAT means.

    • It's my birthday!

      4 years ago

      CaptPlatypus

      However, because no one who is not immediately related to me loves me, I don't anticipate any gifts coming my way. That being said, my plan (as a grown-ass adult with no job and student loans to pay off) is to splurge irresponsibly and buy a metric fuckton of video game-related apparel. Any suggestions for sites that sell awesome merch?

    • Rarest trophy?

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      CaptPlatypus

      Just got the PS4 and it is probably the most incredible machine I've ever owned. A HUGE upgrade over my PS3 One of the great things about the UI update from last to current-gen is the fact your trophies are statistically categorized based on rarity compared to the PlayStation community as a whole.

      So, what's the most "ultra rare" trophy in your virtual cabinet? Mine's the platinum for AC III at 0.6% From what I hear, not many people felt the game was worth perfecting. Oops.

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    • "Whatcha thinkin' 'bout?" "Oh I dunno.. RTX stuff, I gu

      5 years ago

      CaptPlatypus

      So, I just flew back from Austin last night and I've gotta say I was VERY impressed. I sing praises for New York all the time but wow, what a town! I found it wonderful that such an eclectic group of people (the intelligent, creative, just plain weird, and everyone in between) could come together to make up something incredibly special.
      As a matter of fact, that's exactly how I felt about you fine folks in the community down at RTX. It's like Burnie said in a recent podcast; it's one thing to see people come together in internet forums and videos, but seeing that enthusiasm and raw energy crammed into a room is truly breathtaking. I only went to the convention on Friday because my sister wanted to do some touristy stuff in the area, but those brief 6 hours before the fire alarm were awesome. smiley12.gif
      As a small contributor to the community, I felt like this year was more of a test run for me to gauge my surroundings. As a late-blooming gamer on PS3 who only learned about Rooster Teeth a couple years ago, I feel like somewhat of a loner here, so even though I ran into many of you, I never really got a chance to embrace the moment. I'm naturally very shy but trying every day to break out of that shell more. That being said, I'll definitely buy a weekend pass next year and hit the convention floor... hard. So watch out Austin, because you're gonna get absolutely mullered.

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