Open Discussion — November 29 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 29, 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.

The week’s only major release was Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault, an arena-based version of Insomniac’s popular lombax-centric franchise. While die-hard Ratchet and Clank fans have been anticipating Assault for a while, the game has received surprisingly little marketing. At one point the franchise used to be a major selling point for the Sony console, but apparently the times have changed. 

News this week has been surprisingly light with a lot of focus being trained on early sales numbers for the Wii U, and some skewed comparisons to the Xbox 360. While Nintendo’s hot new console has been selling out nearly everywhere, some are still finding store shelves stocked with both the Deluxe and Basic sets.

The other major news of the week involved a fairly substantial story detail and concept art leak for Bungie’s forthcoming project, Destiny. A huge ad document for the project somehow ended up in the wrong hands, as these things are wont to do, and now many of the details contained therein have ended up on the net.

Images of the game suggest Bungie is still going sci-fi but is leaning more towards a Star Wars approach than reverting to their old Halo tropes. Nonetheless the game looks pretty interesting.

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.

  • Rickkk

    Why does Microsoft and Sony always copy Nintendo???

    • Dante

      Why does Nintendo call it’s Wii U “next-gen” when all of its’ specs clearly place it side by side with the PS3 & XBox360?

    • Rob Keyes

      The answer is people love Froot Loops.

      Let me explain:

      Your question/argument can be applied to everything if you’re using it in this way.

      For instance, why are there so many different companies making cars, similar breakfast cereals, tablets, websites, cartons of orange juice, pens and paper? Everyone copies everyone by that logic. But they’re all offering their own take on something people want.

      If your name is Rick, for example, your parents totally copied someone. Why do people always copy people?

      Because people love Froot Loops. It’s the answer to everything.

      • Dante

        I like it. I also like Froot Loops.

        • Dante

          But danged if I’ll ever eat Fruity O’s out of a bag.

  • Gabeler

    Care to elaborate?

  • Riley Little

    Who’s enjoying their Wii U? I’m really appreciating the difference it provides in contrast to the Xbox 360 and PS3.

    • Jacob Siegal

      I’ve been wrestling over whether I should pick one up or not. Right now I see no need for one and none of the original games strike me as worth the price of admission.

      • Riley Little

        It’s true, there aren’t too many must-have games yet. Mario, Nintendo Land, and Zombi U are the only exclusives right now, but even those games make me excited for what the hardware will be able to accomplish. Pikmin 3, Rayman Legends, and Monster Hunter will all be arriving before March, though.

        The coolest thing about the Wii U, aside from the GamePad controller, is that it finally looks like third-party support will be steady on the platform. As long as sales don’t take a serious nosedive, there are going to be some really solid exclusives arriving in the next year.

        Right now, I’d hold off on picking it up — even though it really is a breath of fresh air from the standard console experience. At least until we get a glimpse of Smash Bros, Zelda, or a new 3D Mario.

      • Rob Keyes

        That’s definitely the kicker. They’re holding back the big exclusives until the competition comes out with their new consoles.

        There isn’t that much lasting appeal from the Wii U launch library so wait for price cuts and more (exclusive) games.

        • Dante

          Rumoured 2014 Zelda & Metroid – also rumoured my actually having interest in Wii U in 2014.

          • Rob Keyes


            Zelda I’m psyched for, and things like Smash Bros., a 3D (Nintendo 64 style) Mario game, and Star Fox.

  • boogoo

    So what games have people been playing? I got Max Payne 3 over the black Friday weekend and so far it’s pretty great. :)

    • Andrew Dyce

      I’m still trying to find time for Halo 4 multiplayer, trying to figure out when a group of friends can hop on for co-op Legendary. I actually found the last few missions not very challenging so hoping on Legendary it’s truly a test 😀

      But to be honest, if I’ve got a half hour or hour to spend on games, I cannot resist XCOM. That thing has got its hooks in me!

    • Rob Keyes

      I loved Max Payne 3 – one of my faves of the year!

      I JUST finished Far Cry 3 finally, and am all caught up on the Wii U stuff, so now I can play Halo 4, AC3, and Black Ops 2.

      But first, more MechWarrior Online for the PC, alongside Battlefield 3 when the Aftermath DLC hits PC next week.

    • Rabbit93

      I have been playing XCOM nonstop lately. I don’t know why I am so addicted to it. I usually hate strategy games. I finished AC3 last week, and I still need to finish Dishonored, if I ever take XCOM out of my 360 I would finish it. Does anybody know of any other strategy games that are like XCOM that are for 360?

  • Matt

    I’ve been playing Aftermath for the last couple days. I think it’s a pretty good map pack, it’s just that it’s not totally fresh. All the full-sized maps are pretty good, but for the most part they’re nothing we haven’t seen before. However, they are littered with rubble and destruction due to massive earthquakes, so this shakes things up. The small versions of the maps are okay, but are usually too chaotic and you’re always getting killed from random directions. The new Scavenger mode is a bit of a letdown, as it’s unnecessarily an objective mode. I think having to run around to find good guns is enough for a new mode–no need for objectives. I have mixed feelings about the new crossbow, called the xbow. It’s very satisfying when you kill someone with it, but usually you get hit markers, and it’s slow to reload. Those 2 things really hinder its usefulness. The only thing the xbow really has going for it is that its fun to use.

    Overall I’d give Aftermath 7/10. It’s not a refreshing change from the standard BF3 experience, but there’s still fun to be had.

  • Rabbit93

    I’ve been wanting to pick up a Playstation Vita. Thinking about asking my family to get one for me as a Christmas gift. I am just worried that its not good. Or that there aren’t many good games for it. Can you gibe me a link or something to a reveiw of the Vita if you guys have done one. And some personal experiences with it. It would help a lot.

    • Anthony Mole

      You sound like just the person my “Vita Holiday Shopping Guide” was written for :D. Here’s a link.

      Personally, I love the system. I think I’ve had more fun with it this year than with my consoles.

      • Anthony Mole
      • Rabbit93

        Thanks that actually helped a lot. I remember seeing that article posted and just scrolled right by it. I will definitely lookbinto it more.

      • Rabbit93

        Thanks that actually helped a lot. I remember seeing that article posted and just scrolled right by it. I will definitely look into it more.

        And to say that it has been for fun than the consoles, that has me even more intrigued.

        • Anthony Mole

          Hey Rabbit, Sony just announced that a new Vita bundle coming this week. It includes a Vita, 4GB mem card, a copy of Unit 13 and a year subscription to PS Plus for $299.99. If you’re in the market for a Vita I highly suggest that bundle.