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There's certainly a hell of a lot of games right now that really need to take themselves less seriously. I remember when tomb raider had dinosaurs and wolves that, when shot from the right angle lay on their backs with their feet pointing up in the air. Now all tomb raider has is a hackneyed attempt to make us emotionally connect with Lara as she mows her way through several hundred human beings as though that makes her a more relate-able character. Games attempting to be serious either need the maturity of writing and execution to back it up or they need to think about returning a little silliness. Sometimes even serious games need a little silliness, take fallout: new vegas that game manages to tackle war, religion, sexuality, extremism and a tonne more huge and difficult topics yet it also has a robot in a cowboy hat and shooting a cult of ghouls into orbit to cite just two of the hundred or more examples. I love that games designers feel they can tackle bigger topics now but they need to remember that a grey palette and depressing characters do not make a mature story anymore than comedy automatically renders a story meaningless.

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Although these days I mostly play PC, I have pretty much always been a lifelong Nintendo fan from the N64 to the Wii so I want to make clear that I'm not just ripping on them when I say Nintendo's major problem is the lack of forward planning they seem to be doing for these consoles, in fact its a serious problem for the whole console industry when you look at the launch line-ups for the PS4 and Xbone. Where are the heavy hitters, for the Wii U its taken over a year to bring out a decent mario game and their best effort with Zelda is a HD remake. meanwhile the console is belittled in performance terms by its nextgen brothers and sisters leaving it yet again in the position where third party devs have to create stuff specifically for that console rather than able to do cross platform development. When I say performance I'm not really talking about graphics, though they do contribute the main problem is that even at low graphics the scale of data that can processed is tiny compared to nextgen. Nintendo should have waited a couple of years and released a console that could at least stand a step behind next gen and more importantly their games devs could have produced impressive offerings for Mario, Zelda, ect. that would actually make people want the console at launch.

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Kind of funny that the key feature of the cyberpunk city architecture they're ripping off with this expansion is that of gigantic mega cities that stretch across whole landmasses yet Sim city's "cities" are hardly big enough for a small town.

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@radikel @Ladiesman17 agreed, nothing in the next-gen consoles gives you that "gaming revolution" feel but watching this gives you that feeling pretty much instantly.

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@xr791 How about just accepting that the review numbers mean nothing anyway, over the past few years anywhere between 7 and 10 from gamespot is high praise whilst from IGN you can't even trust that a 90 will actually be a decent game. The best way is to read the review since that gives you the ups and downs but also lets you in on the reviewers mindset so you can quickly decide how close their opinions are likely to be to your own. All opinions are subjective and gamespot has numerous reviewers this instantly renders any scoring system useless. If anything they should remove scores altogether so people have to read the review if they want to find a reason to complain about it.

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@xr791 How about just accepting that the review numbers mean nothing anyway, over the past few years anywhere between 7 and 10 from gamespot is high praise whilst from IGN you can't even trust that a 90 will actually be a decent game. The best way is to read the review since that gives you the ups and downs but also lets you in on the reviewers mindset so you can quickly decide how close their opinions are likely to be to your own. All opinions are subjective and gamespot has numerous reviewers this instantly renders any scoring system useless. If anything they should remove scores altogether so people have to read the review if they want to find a reason to complain about it.

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So the historical tourism part is basically dead now but having checked out the game at eurogamer I've got to say the pirate simulator stuff is actually great fun and lets face it how many really good games about pirates have we got these days. I'mgoing to ignore the story and the ACIV stamp on the box and play this as a pirate simulator that way I can enjoy it.

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Low score to provoke debate tactic, fine by me I like debate. To be honest I found the combat pretty damn fun. Jumping between skylines using the right powers at the right moment. it wasn't always perfect but there was a lot of fun to be had dance through the hail of bullets jumping down onto an opponent then dashing away, on 1999 difficulty mastering the combat style really made you feel great. I do get the points about the story to some extent, Booker and Elizabeth's story doesn't interweave with the world enough and for the most part Levine presents religion in the same one note fashion of most atheists who don't really get religion, which fails to either offend or challenge most sane religious people because they simply don't recognize these crazed fanatics as having anything in common with them. Still Booker and Elizabeth's story in and of itself is pretty damn good and the game's writing is excellent even when compared to supposedly story focused games (sorry David Cage) or a lot of Hollywood's output. Booker's main excuse for the constant slaughter is that these people in almost all circumstances within the game attack first, a little weak I'll admit but then survival instinct is something being explored by the game I think. Don't really care about numbers but on the basis of general video game output 8 or 9 seems fair.

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@Praisedasun @SurfaceNerd Did not invent communism just followed it (very badly) Communism was created by Marx who was german. little basic world history for the americans here.

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@Praisedasun @SurfaceNerd Did not invent communism just followed it (very badly) Communism was created by Marx who was german. little basic world history for the americans here.