Open Discussion – Thanksgiving 2012

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 2nd, 2015 at 1:08 pm,

Game Rant Open Discussion

Here it is, the weekly Open Discussion for November 22, 2012 — or Thanksgiving for those in the States. 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.

Of course the biggest release during the past week was Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U, which hit store shelves early Sunday morning. Though pre-orders had been selling like hot cakes, many were still able to find both the Deluxe and Basic version of the console no problem, while others have had no such luck.

Along with the release of the Wii U came many of the launch window games that Nintendo has been hyping since the console’s coming out party at E3 2012. Among those titles that have caught our eye are Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU, and Black Ops 2. As of right now there isn’t a definite killer app for the console, but some of those aforementioned games show off the new tablet controller well.

Were you able to get your hands on a Wii U console? If so, which games did you pick up alongside it? Which have you found to be surprisingly entertaining or extremely disappointing?

The big console release for this week was Hitman: Absolution (read our review). IO Interactive has brought Agent 47 back, but they’re providing a rather unique spin on the character, one that might turn off many of the hardcore fans of the franchise. Nonetheless it’s still a pretty outstanding game, and our Rob Keyes thinks it is worth playing.

As you might expect, the news this week was mostly focused on the Wii U’s many launchday hitches and problems, including a gamer who inadvertently hacked his console on day 1. Nothing too substantial has been impacting gamers’ play time, but there are a few areas — like the handling of the Nintendo Network ID — that could have used some finer tuning.

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.


  • Kyle

    Happy slapsgiving everyone. So two things. Sounds like the wii u is an average piece if hardware. Looks like ill be pacing on that purchase. Secondly, I’m in the process of playing ac3 and the voice acting by Connor is pissing me off. It’s so terrible. I hope it improves with the rest of the game.

    • Rob Keyes

      For me the Wii U doesn’t have any exclusive games that do groundbreaking things with the online features Nintendo finally has.

      It was a bit of a wasted opportunity when it comes to Mario and Nintendo Land and the other fan-fave franchises are nowhere to be seen.

      • Anthony Mole

        I’m just waiting for Lego City: Undercover. Then I will buy a Wii U.

  • boogoo

    So I finally finished AC3 and I am not happy about the ending. Very sloppy.

    • Rob Keyes

      Ugh, that’s disappointing. I have it but haven’t even started it (or the Halo 4 campaign) due to the other games/reviews, etc. that I’m on.

    • Riley Little

      I know a lot of my friends that have finished it have been incredibly unimpressed with the ending. It certainly isn’t receiving significant backlash like ME3, but overall it sounds like many weren’t content with it.

    • Brian Sipple

      I think the reason the ending isn’t receiving the level of backlash we saw with ME 3 is because the outcomes do still seem plausible within the series lore. Don’t get me wrong — it was a bit of a letdown for me, too. But only because the events either felt too contrived (Connor) or poorly fleshed out (Desmond). Could the writers, like the bug testers, have benefited from more time? Who knows?

  • HelghastUser

    I would usually play some games during the holidays but this time unfortunately.. .I have nothing. Just the internets. So happy Thanksgiving to everyone…

  • Bradley Davis

    I only have one question. Why is there not an article this year detailing Black Friday sales at different retailers? The one last year was super helpful and I actually used it to figure exactly which places I needed to go for which games instead of going to all of them to find the deals. I was really looking forward to seeing one this year!

    • Rob Keyes

      Hi Bradly,

      We wanted to but didn’t have the time this year, unfortunately. 3 of us have been doing nothing but playing Wii U games for review and a few team members have exams and such for university.

      • Bradley Davis

        It’s all good Rob! I understand y’all being busy with the new console. I did luckily find one good deal! Best Buy had Assassins Creed III for $34!

        • Rob Keyes

          Bradley, just for you friend:

          I put that together quick from looking at all the deals available on Amazon, EB, Best Buy and Steam.

          • Ken J

            Just to prove that you cannot make everyone happy, I don’t like that article because it barely has any PC deals. *sticks out tongue*

  • The mighty avenger

    So guys with Black Friday tomorrow whoa buying some games?

    I’m finally picking up ac3 from bestbuy and probably te amazing spiderman game. Want black ops but its not on sale anywhere I know of. I’ll also probably be bring in a BLU ray haul. I love Black Friday great deals on thing yku want. :)

    Also has anyone ever camped out for a sale? I was driving by my local best buy on Monday and people were tenting out. Too crazy. I usually show up around 230 in te morning.

    • Matt

      I want to buy some games, but I don’t have the time to play them, especially since I still have to beat Most Wanted and play some more BO2. However, I did buy an urban camo PS3 controller for $35, which is $20 off the normal price. 😀

      • The mighty avenger

        Yeah I ended up getting ac3 for thirty and instead of spidey game I picked up some movies.

  • jack

    I was on the waiting list at Gamestop, but managed to pick up a Wii-U at Walmart yesterday: albeit no games though. (basic version of Wii-U) I won’t have time to buy games this week, seeing as I have to work. I work for a security company and they don’t allow their workers to be off on any holidays or weekends and no vacation time either.

  • Ken J

    Playing through Hitman Absolution, and just saw that they have my FAL in it! I mean, same stock, same flat-top rail, quad rail, and even the same camo pattern and color… It’s like they modeled my own FAL into the game. I’m not sure if it always looked like that, or if it was unlocked when you locate that shed with the Charlie the Chipmunk outfit in it, but when I noticed the camo pattern on it, that was pretty awesome. :-)

    • Rob Keyes

      That was my fave disguise!

      • Ken J

        Yah, the combination of the disguise and my real-world weapon in the game was pretty awesome… :-)

  • Matt

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Good luck getting sweet deals on Black Friday!