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@frylock1987 it is absolutely not a diablo II clone. that's like saying all action rpg's are diablo II clones. Kevin van Ord did an excellent job explaining how the game departs mechanically and narratively. You are not saving the world, you are surviving in a forgotten land. You are not picking skills from your tree, you are finding skill gems and picking passive abilities that modify behaviors. If you have spent any time playing either of these games, you would know these differences easily. But, obviously you haven't, and don't understand what is going on in this game. Seacrest, out.

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"The instant we start reviewing games based on what we think people will want to read rather than the merits of the actual game, is the same moment we should probably just pack it in altogether."

This is an excellent insight. Unfortunately, I believe this already occurs. A score of 8 for this underwhelming triple A game is a safe score. It is one that would not overly praise a game that was undeserving, but also not overly punish it.

This trend has been growing on gamespot. You need only look at the review section for the most popular games, and their scores are averaging at around 8 to 8.5. So if we want to talk about reviewing for the readers, I think gamespot already reviews in a way to piss off the fewest amount of people. While some might see this as positive, I see it as journalistic dishonesty. You STILL have not presented a clear rubric that determines your scores, and the lofty, sweeping language in the reviews whitewashes over mechanics and other issues that most gamers REALLY care about. Please take these ideas into consideration. I'm tired of getting generic reviews for the last few years.

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I love how unclear your reviewing logic is now at gamespot. 4 pros, 1 con, -2 to the overall score. It tells me that you guys are afraid to give real reviews and even praise games as large and hyped up such as this one. you say the single player was uninspired? so was this canned review

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it's amazingly ironic that i've been forced to watch ads because adblock no longer works on the new 'innovative' gamespot website, and that ad i was forced to watch was for battlefield 4. of course, the ad tries to sell me on vehicles and diversity of gameplay in multiplayer. then of course johnny has a go at the game as a generic fps where all you do is shoot guns at each other mindlessly. lovely analysis johnny, keep up the hours of work and research you must be doing before you have a team thoroughly edit your videos to meet the highest standards of journalism. seacrest out

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@gu_kris it's no surprise this is happening. it's basic convergence. but, also keep in mind that the squad systems in these two games only are similar in name, not at all in content. knife animations have constantly been improving in gaming, ever since CS:S days. making an actual knifing animation as opposed to a swipe is much more visceral and interesting to watch and perform. the same goes for destruction. i would still contend that these games and franchises are very different, and that's okay. but it's also not inherently a bad thing that they piggy back off of each other to improve

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i totally understand this score, even though a lot of people may think it is low. think of it this way: mechanically, the game is very similar to MMO's that have been coming out since 2004. Even if these mechanics are solid, there is an every increasing standard to achieve in gaming. Because it doesn't revolutionize online play, it doesn't stand out. Games that generally earn very high scores are ones that push the envelope. I'm sure this game is loads of fun and has beautiful graphics, but it has a lot of the grinding faults that older games of its kind have, and mostly plays it mechanically safe.

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@aidsta im more surprised there is no mention of EA. danny talks about how activision is largely responsible for turning cod into a moneygrab, as he says. but EA is just as bad from a publisher perspective in doing similar things, and EA is publishing both titanfall and battlefield this year

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i get this bad feeling in my gut that titanfall will either be a hit with newer gamers who can handle a more nuanced and complicated game, or it will go the way of crysis multiplayer, and only hold a niche audience that appreciates the semi-superpowers that the technology gives you

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damn is it refreshing to see good, reasoned oped journalism again (even if it is just in the gaming world)

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@DoomZaW text and small graphics like that are literally the last thing that developers care about. it's much more important to get the gameplay, physics, mechanics, and entire ui structure correct and fluid before little things like that can be edited and patched in the last few weeks

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