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@SingletreeAve If the last few months have taught us anything, it's that review scores need to go away. They add nothing of value to the substance of the review; create the most constant source of conflict and fanboyism in the comments sections of most major sites; and are basically only used in compiling metacritic scores, which are not only a terrible metric, but also used by unscrupulous publishers to withhold payments and bonuses to the dev teams who actually made the game.


How many times have you heard "6? That read like an 8". You're spot on that people value different aspects of the experience differently. They may even value the same aspect differently in different sorts of gameplay experiences. I personally don't care about a dumb story in FarCry (in part because I just want to run around and have stupid fun, and in part because I really don't expect much from Ubisoft's writing teams at this point), but I'd definitely care if I was playing a jrpg. Other people have different expectations and standards according to what they're looking for in a game. Assigning a number to that evaluation is an exercise in futility.


Add into that the fact that not only readers / players have varying standards, but individual reviews as well, and the whole score system just devolves into a gigantic mess. If reviews are subjective opinions (which has to be pointed out every time people have an argument over the 'final number' - but almost never the substance of the review itself), then why are we bothering to provide a numeric scale which is objectively comparable?

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@Dragon_Nexus @Neo_Sarevok iirc enemies in might and magic could affect your characters differently (or vice versa) depending on their sex (or other attributes, like alignment). Certain events or access to particular areas were also governed by the same mechanics. I think that's what neo was referring to. Given that this is a homage to those sorts of games, it might have been neat to include something like that.

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@hotkoolaid @BrunoBRS So they're using the same tech as Assassin's Creed Unity?

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@gazza_gamerNZ Is this basically a sci-fi shooter version of dynasty warriors? If so, where do I sign up?

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"We were going to develop some basic mod-like tools for players to expand and share their experience with the game, and then we realized we'd rather just charge them for DLC instead. HA!"

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@lee1823 If you're only looking for a single evening though, don't try to get into tabletop rpgs, as they can run months and take many, many hours of play (not to mention a steep learning curve). It's a lot to ask of a group who isn't really into the time commitment. The vid was a bit confusing actually, because it seemed to mix up tabletop rpgs with board and card games that are actually playable in a single evening session. If you want something along those lines, there's a bunch of good ones.

Talisman is a pretty straightforward rpg-ish classic; Pandemic is a great (also straightforward) co-op strategy game; Battlestar Galactica is a mostly co-op affair with subterfuge and a blast to play if you have the right group (you have to fend off cylon attacks and manage ship resources as a group while some of your team are secret cylons who try to sabotage your efforts without being obvious about it); Order of the Stick is a tongue-in-cheek dungeon crawler parody that can get pretty hilarious over a few beers; and the Starcraft board game is probably the most amazing (though most insanely complex) board game ever invented. Arkham Horror seems popular right now, but to be honest I felt it was a bit of a mess of mechanics without any sense of cohesion.

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@lee1823 Try Pathfinder. It's a modified version of D&D 3.5 that's superior to it in pretty much every way (many argue it's better than D&D 4). I'm pretty sure you can find basic rules and such online too, so you can get a feel for the game before you dive in

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So it's an expo pack on PC, and a standalone on consoles? Anyone know if the console version has the option to play the original Enemy Unknown, or does it default to the new content?

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@gamefreak215jd Because it's the only way to make the Americans the 'heroes'. It'd be slightly less sympathetic if you were deposing democratically elected governments so that your nation could keep reaping the rewards of bananas and cheap labour. Oh wait...

Looks like CoD is trying to compete with Homefront for most laughably implausible and historically illiterate plot.