Open Discussion – December 6 2012

Dec 6, 2012 by  

Game Rant Open Discussion

Here it is, the weekly Open Discussion for October 25, 2012. Now’s your chance to choose the topics, whether they be in relation to what game’s you’re playing or news items that have caught your interest.

As far as new releases are concerned we are once again entering no man’s land with the last bastion of Holiday entertainment releasing this past Tuesday in the form of Far Cry 3. Ubisoft’s open world FPS/adventure title instantly grabbed our attention after its E3 2011 debut and hasn’t let go since.

A delay into the less-than-ideal month of December suggested things might not be looking so good for the game, but as our own Rob Keyes can attest (read his review), Far Cry 3 should be counted among this year’s best games. And if you can play it on the PC, we highly recommend going that route.

The downloadable, Guardians of Middle-Earth also hit this week to bring the unique MOBA genre to the consoles. It might not be for everybody, but Lord of the Rings fans might want to check this game out.

From here it’s now time to decide which games that you might not have picked up over the past 12 months might be worth putting on Christmas lists, or splurging for yourself and marathoning through over that much-needed vacation time.

It was pretty slow on the news front these past 7 days with most enjoying the quiet before the Spike Video Game Awards storm. Earlier this week Irrational Games teased their BioShock Infinite trailer with a 7-second preview, which thankfully offset a lot of the deflated enthusiasm from the game’s generic box art. And don’t forget that South Park, The Last of Us, and Gears of War: Judgment are all set for the VGA trailer reveal treatment, along with hopefully a few surprises.

But those are only just some of the topics worth discussing; feel free to share your thoughts or gripes about any recent news or game that has caught your fancy. Or maybe, in the spirit of the holiday, tell us what game franchises/games you are thankful for.

Also, respect should be paid towards every commenter, and that no disparaging remarks will be tolerated. This is a place for gamers to get together and discuss the things they love, so have at it.

And if you want to talk about Movies or TV, head on over to Screen Rant’s Open Discussion post.

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  1. So…

    Was Far Cry 3 any good? I played Far Cry 2, and it was super repetitive.

    • Far Cry 3 is a blast. I haven’t had time to play too much of it, but what I have played has been a blast. I’ve yet to play any of the previous games, but judging by the review scores alone, it’s a much better game. :P

      • See, I started it last year, but the flash drive that I stored my progress on…erased itself? So I didn’t feel any obligation to start again.

        And is it just me, or did they talk *really* quickly and *really* quietly?

        I think Far Cry 3 would be perfect for me if it was co-op in the sandbox mode.

        • Oh I agree, I wish so much the co-op was in the main campaign open-world. Instead it’s separate but it’s still fun. The most fun is solo play.

    • YES!

      Read my review: http://gamerant.com/far-cry-3-reviews/

      One of the best games of the year and easily the best shooter experience.

  2. All right, I really enjoyed Riley’s review of Halo 4.

    But I was wondering if I could get Rob and Riley’s opinions on Halo 4′s plot?

    See, I was satisfied with Halo 4. Not impressed, but satisfied. I’m not so sure they should have continued Master Chief’s story, certainly not into an entirely new trilogy. I liked Halo 3′s end because it left speculation to the players.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Reach because the story was centered around an entire group of Spartans, and I enjoyed ODST for the same reason. I’ve always preferred canon stories to the mainstream/stereotypical protagonist-versus-the-world plot.

    What I’m asking is: What are your general thoughts about the new direction the Halo universe is moving toward? Did you like games like Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST because the plot revolved around new characters? Or do you believe the Halo series is best when Master Chief is our protagonist?

    • I felt that it was definitely the most engaging Halo story, including Master Chief anyway, but it’s hard to fill the gameplay portions with emotional depth when you’re murdering hundreds of aliens and repeatedly crouching on their corpses.

      The reason Microsoft wanted to bring back MC was because he’s the face of the franchise. His presence alone will sell copies, because he’s the character that made the franchise so popular to begin with. Was it the right move? That’s up for debate. His return, however, was inevitable, and Microsoft knew it had to happen sooner rather than later.

      The darker direction the franchise is taking now is nice though, and I’m excited to see where it goes.The cool thing about ODST and Reach was that the characters were expendable. Since MC is locked in for another two games, there’s no real sense of vulnerability or potential for loss.

      If there are any grammatical errors in this response, I apologize. I’m sending it from my iPhone. :)

      • Your response has a lot of valid points. I’m just bored with MC is all. I like him a lot as a character, I’m just hoping they make a few games in between their trilogy installments.

        And I didn’t read a single grammatical error, Mister Riley! Very impressive from an iPhone.

        Besides, you’re only human!

  3. is there a way to watch VGA for UK? we dont have spike on tv here.

    • I’m not sure if Spike will be streaming the show online, but we’ll be following along and posting the big news and trailers during the broadcast.

      • Awesome :)

    • Supposedly, “In addition to live broadcast on Spike and Xbox Live, the 10th annual Spike VGAs, dubbed “VGA Ten,” will also be simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com.”.

      That being said, it starts at 9:00pm EST, which I think would be 2:00am GMT. I also know some people have problems streaming live US content in different countries. I remember people complaining about not being able to watch E3 press conferences in certain places.

  4. Everybody should check out the Humble THQ Bundle: http://www.humblebundle.com/

    I only payed $1. :D

    • @Matt

      You cheap bastard, lol. I would have paid $6 to get the extra stuff. :-P

      But no time for that now, gotta do some more racing in Forza 4… Can’t believe the Aventador and all of the Porsche cars you have to pay extra for… I already paid for the Boss Mustang and the Raptor…

      • I’m a frugal gamer. ;)

        • @Matt

          So am I actually, I was just joking around. Not really planning on getting the bundle at all. It is a great deal though… Metro 2033 is worth it by itself.

  5. So, I took my friend’s broken Xbox 360, fixed it, bought Forza 4 for $40, and now can’t stop playing that game, lol. I am pissed they don’t have it on PC so I can play that game in a higher resolution and with my wheel… But the joysticks on the gamepad are pretty nice for driving.

  6. I’m trying to get into the ‘Fallout’ franchise, but I don’t know where to start…
    Can I start playing the newest one (New Vegas) straight off the bat, or is there some sort of overarching story connecting all the previous games?

    • @TheAvenger

      Honestly, from what I’ve read, New Vegas is kind of the crappy one out of the bunch. I would say Start with Fallout 3. That one was pretty awesome.

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