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#9031 SonicXtreme

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:55 PM

Does anyone own Perfect Dark? If so, does anyone still play online?

online is pretty dead, might have a boost this week with the sale but generally a ghosttown



#9032 dcm1602

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:04 PM

Any of the crap on sale this week worth it ?



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:14 PM

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#9034 Blade

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:22 PM

Any of the crap on sale this week worth it ?

 

Not really. There are only two games I'd really consider at these prices, if I didn't already have them.

 

Limbo is decent for 600 MSP; lots of platform/puzzling that you have to think about and time just right. The only problem is that it's very short. Once you beat the extremely hard end puzzle, it just cuts out. No explanations. And one of the achievements is making it through the whole game while only dying a handful of times, and I think I died more on the last puzzle alone than it allowed. So it's very hard to 100%.

 

Fruit Ninja Kinect is obviously only for Kinect owners. It's somewhat fun to play with a friend, otherwise you'll only be playing to get better powerup drops and outrank someone on the leaderboards. The novelty wears off rather quickly, although it does give you a good arm workout each time.



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:20 PM

For those who care about achievements, Fire Pro Wrestling has one glitched unobtainable achievement. The developer refuses to acknowledge that it's glitches so they will never fix it.

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#9036 Polerand

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:25 PM

Any feedback on the Fire Pro Wrestling game that's discounted this week? I would love to get some CAG feedback on this. 

 

Very dull. I got it for free and played a fair bit of offline but continued trudging through solely for achievements. Well, that and the entertainment factor from literally spanking opponents. The move unlock system is very bland, and a little frustrating. The upgradeable stats are lackluster and seem to matter little outside of equipping moves and a few differences here and there. Also, it has an unobtainable achievement.

 

I recommend everyone pass.



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:30 PM

I've never bought anything on Happy Wars, but I think that is quite a fine game and a good example of how you can make micro-tranasaction games as best as possible, without the need to actually pay to enjoy.

 

I still play the crap out of Happy Wars offline (Training).  Very good game but has abysmal matchmaking online.  I got to around Lvl 30 before giving up on online play mostly.  I've never bought anything either, but I can play online and see plenty that do spend, given their outfits and equipment.

 

I've also gotten a lot of local multiplayer fun out of Harm's Way, honestly.

 

I bet Spartacus makes a lot of money on micros, though that may be the first free game I pass on.


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#9038 JStryke

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:48 PM

Have most of the stuff already on sale this week. May have to check out Bloodforge though.

 

As for Toy Soldiers: Cold War, I already have the first game which I've barely played thanks to all those free promo codes not too long ago. For the sequel, is it just more of the same or does it improve on the first in any way?


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#9039 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:50 PM

Have most of the stuff already on sale this week. May have to check out Bloodforge though.

 

As for Toy Soldiers: Cold War, I already have the first game which I've barely played thanks to all those free promo codes not too long ago. For the sequel, is it just more of the same or does it improve on the first in any way?

I haven't played it, but remember hearing it was a huge improvement over the first.


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#9040 tylerh1701

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:11 PM

Have most of the stuff already on sale this week. May have to check out Bloodforge though.

 

As for Toy Soldiers: Cold War, I already have the first game which I've barely played thanks to all those free promo codes not too long ago. For the sequel, is it just more of the same or does it improve on the first in any way?

 

I haven't played it, but remember hearing it was a huge improvement over the first.

 

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The original Toy Soldiers is probably my 3rd favorite game on XBLA, after Braid and Super Meat Boy.  The original features a full campaign of about 12 campaign levels and 4 difficulty settings.  After beating the main Allied Campaign, you actually unlock a full German campaign which features the same 12 levels played from the German side of the battle.  Because the field layouts are entirely different, it is essentially a whole new campaign.

 

Toy Soldiers 1 can be rather challenging at times if you want to play it on normal difficulty or higher, but it was so satisfying when you finally beat the level.

 

Toy Soldiers: Cold War is the same game but added many many new features.  And while most of the added features are really cool, they really brought down the challenge level of the game a lot.  A couple of the cool features they added we're co-op (I think, I acutally didn't play any coop) and the ability to zoom with the weapons on your towers.

 

Another feature added is what basically amounts to a "save-state" feature, where if you failed you could go back to a previous wave and replay the game.  Definitely a useful feature, but a lot of the fun of the original TS was replaying and perfecting the early waves as best you can so that you're better prepared for the final waves and bosses.  This "save-state" feature made the game much much much easier.

 

They also added killstreak rewards (such as air strikes and a Rambo-style character who was able to take out whole waves) which, while cool, also nerfed a lot of the challenge out of the game.  

 

They also added some minigames that are mostly irrelevant but good 5-15 minute time wasters.  Unfortunately there is only one 13 level campaign in Toy Soldiers:Cold War, so compared to the original's 24 levels, it was almost half as long.  I probably spent 25+ hours with Toy Soldiers (loving every minute of it) and maybe 10-12 with TS: Cold War due to its neutered campaign and relative easiness.

 

The gameplay of both Toy Soldiers games is absolutely phenomenal.  It's not a super deep tower defense game, but there's enough variety that strategy is still needed (especially in the first game).  Mixing that with the ability to take over the towers and attack your enemies and it gives tower defense a new flavor.  You don't have to just set up your towers and watch the results; your aiming and shooting abilities will affect the outcome of the game.

 

I easily recommend both Toy Soldiers at this price.  I enjoyed the original WAY more than the sequel, but Cold War still bring enough to the table to be worth $7.50.  If you just want to get your toes wet in the genre, I'd probably recommend checking out Cold War first.  Don't get me wrong, the original is hard but it's not tough as nails.  But for the original, prepare more of a time investment because there is way more focus on learning the waves, figuring out which towers work best against which types of enemies, and no save-states.  


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#9041 maesto_bungle

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:14 PM

Have most of the stuff already on sale this week. May have to check out Bloodforge though.

 

As for Toy Soldiers: Cold War, I already have the first game which I've barely played thanks to all those free promo codes not too long ago. For the sequel, is it just more of the same or does it improve on the first in any way?

 

 

I haven't played it, but remember hearing it was a huge improvement over the first.

I just played the trial, which cut me off when boss tank was moving to phase 3. Not sure if that was intentional or just out of time. Also not sure why I heard Cold War wasn't as good as the first. The trial was great. I really like the original, and there are some nice improvements in Cold War - such as co-op, better aiming with turrets, better descriptions of the trade offs w/ upgrading, and because of the later setting the guided missles have better maneuverability, you get night vision modes, you can run around as Rambo w/ a rocket laucher and m60 instead of just as tanks (assuming you do get remote control tanks in full version aswell tho), and helicopters. I thought it was a neat touch that in the r/c heli, there were battery pickups to prolong your flight time. Not sure if tanks and jets will have that limitation; in the orginal those types survived as long as they could. With tanks you also had a 30 sec or so window to pop out and mess w/ turrets before it would reset.

 

If you didn't get in on the free original, some nice person might still have a few codes (not me, gave away extras long ago). Otherwise, you should try out the demos and buy them. Totally worth 600 pts each, it's only a shame the dlc isn't on sale as well as I like these games a lot and would jump on more levels and turret types. 



#9042 Juice el Savior

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:35 PM

have the penny arcade games EVER been on sale before? With both episodes 3 & 4 being widely accepted as the better duo in the quadrilogy and the fact that the first duo is near ancient status on the market place im extremely surprised that they are still 800 msp... i do realize that they were alot more before, but that was like 3-4 years ago and i dont recall them ever being on sale.


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#9043 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:00 PM

have the penny arcade games EVER been on sale before? With both episodes 3 & 4 being widely accepted as the better duo in the quadrilogy and the fact that the first duo is near ancient status on the market place im extremely surprised that they are still 800 msp... i do realize that they were alot more before, but that was like 3-4 years ago and i dont recall them ever being on sale.

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They've been on sale and had permanent price drops, though the XBLA versions have gone on sale far less than the PC and PSN versions have.



#9044 Juice el Savior

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:47 PM

XBLDB el Savior:

 

http://xbldb.com/offers/002-52f

http://xbldb.com/offers/001-e7f

 

They've been on sale and had permanent price drops, though the XBLA versions have gone on sale far less than the PC and PSN versions have.

 

dont you honestly feel like its time for another drop by now though? If we can get amazing quality for these titles' sequels for less i kinda feel miffed that these havnt dropped to 400 msp since they came out. I knew they were 800...


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:54 PM

Picked up Limbo and Spelunky. 



#9046 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:55 PM

I already have the first two games, so I don't need them to go on sale. I'd say they're better than at least the third episode, as I still haven't finished that while I went right through the first two episodes.



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:51 PM

I can't recommend Spelunky enough. It is one of my favorite games of all time, anyone that likes platformers should definitely own it. It might be difficult and frustrating at first but, like with any other game, the more you play it the easier it'll get. And since the levels are randomly generated it has a ton of replay value.

 

And I have agree with everything Tyler said about Toy Soldiers. It's a great game.


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#9048 tylerh1701

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:56 PM

Well it looks like about half the deals from last week's DotW as well as about half of the Sega sale are still live, which is rare for this late in the afternoon.  Good for stragglers that want to get in on some last second sales, bad for me because I'd like to remove them from the OP and be done with it...


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#9049 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:59 PM

Just a heads up, the prototype for Spelunky is free to download on PC. Its very basic graphically, so anyone interested should have no problem running it, and should give you an idea of what to expect in the XBLA game. Not sure how expansive the demo is, so just thought I'd throw it out there ;)


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:10 PM

Damn, I just bought the GoW Judgement season pass last week.  Oh well, at least it was only a small markdown.


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#9051 tylerh1701

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:15 PM

Just a heads up, the prototype for Spelunky is free to download on PC. Its very basic graphically, so anyone interested should have no problem running it, and should give you an idea of what to expect in the XBLA game. Not sure how expansive the demo is, so just thought I'd throw it out there ;)

 

Isn't the full Spelunky game free on PC?  Is that what you're talking about?


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:55 PM

Marvel Avengers™: Battle for Earth from $50 to $30

 

Silent Hill: Downpour from $40 to $30

 

keep those late deals coming!

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker $20 -> $15

Saints Row: The Third $50 -> $30

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier $30 -> $20


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#9053 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:40 PM

Isn't the full Spelunky game free on PC?  Is that what you're talking about?

the free version is missing a lot of the features, as well as the improved graphics of the XBLA version. Its mostly the same core gameplay, but feels less polished (to me at least), but still worth a try if you want more of a taste (or just something free to play). Here is the link if anyone is interested:

 

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#9054 Juice el Savior

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:57 PM

I already have the first two games, so I don't need them to go on sale. I'd say they're better than at least the third episode, as I still haven't finished that while I went right through the first two episodes.

 

No way... you didnt like the 3rd episode? Do you think its because it was different from the first two?

 

I just cant fathom a reason for them being as much as they are with the other two being half that price and being reviewed better. I think the 3rd one even outsold the first two combined didnt it? I might have just made that up...

 

I dunno... im dying to play them all the way through now that i have finished the third one, i hate playing things out of order but i gained a new found respect for penny arcade through the 3rd title.

 

I should probably add that im a huge fan of zeboyd games and have participated in all of their kickstarters they have done, gladly at that.


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#9055 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 01:02 AM

No way... you didnt like the 3rd episode? Do you think its because it was different from the first two?

 

I just cant fathom a reason for them being as much as they are with the other two being half that price and being reviewed better. I think the 3rd one even outsold the first two combined didnt it? I might have just made that up...

 

I dunno... im dying to play them all the way through now that i have finished the third one, i hate playing things out of order but i gained a new found respect for penny arcade through the 3rd title.

 

I should probably add that im a huge fan of zeboyd games and have participated in all of their kickstarters they have done, gladly at that.

I didn't say that I didn't like the third episode, just that I liked the first two episodes more than it. The first two episodes have a better pace to them than the third, which is probably mostly due to them having an adventure game aspect to them with puzzles mixed in.

 

I would be surprised if the third episode outsold the first two since the first episode had the best-selling launch on XBLA at the time of its release and being on PC and PSN with more frequent sales just adds to that.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:10 AM

Hope no one minds me posting this - as I think it's rather relevant with the current XBL Gold sale - but the Game Deal Daily website is showing the Gunstringer DLC code with (not 100% sure) a possible Fruit Ninja Kinect code for $5 on their website.

 

http://www.gamedeald...hp?product=1857

 

Does anyone know if the Gunstringer on Game Deal Daily website comes with a Fruit Ninja Kinect code or not? The picture on their website seems to show that it does. If that is the case it would be way cheaper to grab them both for $5 off of there if you are interested in Fruit Ninja Kinect. But once again I have no clue if it just shows the standard XBOX 360 retail cover (mistakenly or not). I know that I did buy a physical DLC code card from K-Mart of the Gunstringer and it did come with Fruit Ninja Kinect so it might be that that's what they're selling and for $5 it's a steal IMHO.

 

EDIT: As someone mentioned below it's just Gunstringer - still not bad for $5. Probably one of the best Kinect games.



#9057 ooga

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:17 AM

It's a pretty lean week when the game I'm even remotely considering is Sonic free riders.


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#9058 tylerh1701

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:21 AM

It's a pretty lean week when the game I'm even remotely considering is Sonic free riders.

 

Haha that's what I was thinking earlier today as well.  The games in this week's DotW are actually pretty damn good, it's just that they've all been on sale many many times already.

 

And Sonic Free Riders is still a pass for me at 800.  I'd debate it harder if it was 400.


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:27 AM

I've heard nothing, but awful things about Sonic Free Riders on Kinect. I Mean Sonic Riders was already a terrible Sonic series as it was on Gamecube/PS2/XBox, but on Kinect the thing is unresponsive to the point of being comparable to Totemball. I Wouldn't take that game even for free.


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#9060 skonson

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:20 AM

And Sonic Free Riders is still a pass for me at 800.  I'd debate it harder if it was 400.

 

I bought Sonic Free Riders brand new retail for $3. I sorely wish I could invent a time machine, head back to that moment and punch myself in the nards prior to parting with those $3 if that settles the debate for you. It's fairly unfun to the point at which it's almost broken. I'm sure if I spent time with it I could figure out the right motions to properly control this but to just jump in and play it's terrible at telling you what to do. And don't get me started on the menu interface, it has to be the worst worst menu out of any Kinect game I've played. Don't even bother doing anything but voice commands, the problem is that you have to know the voice command for certain options as it doesn't actually give them to you until they're actually selected - which is pointless. Basically expect something along the lines of one of those Burger King give-away games. It's a game you have to invest a fair bit of time to actually figure out how to properly use and there's much better games out there for you to invest that time with. And don't get me started on the theme song - it drives me crazy. Worst J-Pop song ever!

 

EDIT: I just finished watching the 3rd season of Game of Thrones and I utterly regret not buying the game on sale last week. Huge mistake. I know it's not a great game but I so want to be transported into that world again right now and at least it is known for having a good story if not average to poor gameplay. Plus at 2.5 gb it would have been a small fit for a GoD game. Sigh. More reasons to invent time machines and punch myself in the nards I suppose.