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#2971 even13flow   Founder of GamerNation CAGiversary!   681 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 03:23 PM

Ok so I promised I would fire up the Narotu Ninja 4 since I bought the whole bundle pack.

So this game basically reminds me of Dynasty Warriors type control schemes with anime craziness cranked up to 1000. They have normal fighting where you're striking and dodging attacks but also during over the top cinematic attacks they ask you to press buttons at certain times to keep you engaged. There wasn't even a basic tutorial to go over the controls which are actually more complex than Dynasty Warriors I compared it to.

I also liked that if you die in battle that it will allow you to resume the fight with full health while the enemy you are battling keeps whatever their health bar was when you died.

Those are my initial impressions after about 30 mins with the game. Fans of anime / manja or this series in particular would probably really enjoy it. For the casual it's harder to get into but I think they do a fair job telling the story even if it makes little sense to me.

#2972 Pheran   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1466 Posts   Joined 15.6 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 03:29 PM

If you do everything, you're looking at about 40-50 hours.

 

I basically just played God of War and Spider-Man back to back. Makes me lament the lack of quality exclusive single player games on the Xbone.

I played through Quantum Break recently and really enjoyed it, but it's a few years old now and Sony definitely has more/better exclusives.

 

Unrelated, it seems odd to me that Hitman 2 Prologue is included in the countdown.  It's already free.



#2973 Renzler   Dude CAGiversary!   1885 Posts   Joined 2.1 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 03:30 PM

I saw on Slickdeals where you can save 15% off on Xbox Live credit with LoadUp Gifts via Rakuten after you apply the code SAVE15 at checkout.

https://slickdeals.n...5?src=frontpage

I've never used Rakuten myself, but I figured this might help you or someone else.


Rakuten is great for Xbox currency deals. They have had 15% fairly regularly and 20% off deals every 3-6 months (at least). They also have points systems, including a more frequent 20% back in points. I recently got a 30% in points deal that required using MasterCard ($30 in points for buying a $100 card), then used those points on a 20% deal ($10 off a $50 card), effectively paying $110 for $150 in currency.

#2974 Sielanas  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 03:37 PM

To quote the Destructoid review scale for what they gave Crackdown: Slightly above average or simply inoffensive. Fans of the genre should enjoy it a bit, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled.

I used half my trial of Anthem, going to use the other half after the launch patch to see how better it actually gets.

#2975 kdiddy1989   I make average CAGs look rich. CAGiversary!   2184 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 04:01 PM

I enjoy what I've played of Crackdown 3, but I'm really having a blast with Skyrim (finally) on my 360 right now!  I started the two around the same time and I'm more drawn to Skyrim. Once I hit the 2-3 hour mark, the Elder Scrolls addiction kicked in.  I am a fan of the Kinect voice commands.  It's awesome to just say 'New Save' and it be done, especially in a Bethesda game.  Saying "Wait" or "Attack" for companions is cool too. 

 

Was this the pinnacle for Kinect?  Skyrim seems to have implemented it correctly, but I didn't use Kinect much in its prime.



#2976 Tebunker   Shrugs at Clouds CAGiversary!   696 Posts   Joined 16.6 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 04:07 PM

Ok so I promised I would fire up the Narotu Ninja 4 since I bought the whole bundle pack.

So this game basically reminds me of Dynasty Warriors type control schemes with anime craziness cranked up to 1000. They have normal fighting where you're striking and dodging attacks but also during over the top cinematic attacks they ask you to press buttons at certain times to keep you engaged. There wasn't even a basic tutorial to go over the controls which are actually more complex than Dynasty Warriors I compared it to.

I also liked that if you die in battle that it will allow you to resume the fight with full health while the enemy you are battling keeps whatever their health bar was when you died.

Those are my initial impressions after about 30 mins with the game. Fans of anime / manja or this series in particular would probably really enjoy it. For the casual it's harder to get into but I think they do a fair job telling the story even if it makes little sense to me.


Thanks!

I bought the bundle too and downloaded the first two games but my wife was playing red dead all weekend so i will try to get some time in. I am a casual fan of the series so i expect to enjoy it for what it is.

#2977 aledromo   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   157 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 04:35 PM

When I stated my intent to buy Moonlighter, someone asked me to report on it. Let me say that it’s a little vague about it’s systems but it’s exactly what I’d hoped it would be as an exercise in repetitive light grind stress relief. It pushes you to do one more turn, doesn’t punish you too hard for screwing up, and is generally quite pleasant. If this description appeals to you then it’s a definite recommend for me.

#2978 Super Strider TurbulenceEX   Son of the Old Gods CAGiversary!   767 Posts   Joined 2.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 18 February 2019 - 04:39 PM

The $5 anf $10 Xbox gift cards are gone from the Microsoft Rewards site. I think that Hot Deal is happening!!



#2979 even13flow   Founder of GamerNation CAGiversary!   681 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 04:41 PM

The $5 anf $10 Xbox gift cards are gone from the Microsoft Rewards site. I think that Hot Deal is happening!!


Hope you're right points burning a hole in my pocket

#2980 Dustinator   Why hello....... CAGiversary!   1479 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

Dustinator

Posted 18 February 2019 - 04:43 PM

Was this the pinnacle for Kinect? Skyrim seems to have implemented it correctly, but I didn't use Kinect much in its prime.

2012 was indeed, the peak of Kinect. Skyrim, Dance Central 3 and the greatest gem of all time, Star Wars Kinectwp_ss_20190218_0003.png

#2981 captbrannigan  

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Posted 18 February 2019 - 04:47 PM

I enjoy what I've played of Crackdown 3, but I'm really having a blast with Skyrim (finally) on my 360 right now! I started the two around the same time and I'm more drawn to Skyrim. Once I hit the 2-3 hour mark, the Elder Scrolls addiction kicked in. I am a fan of the Kinect voice commands. It's awesome to just say 'New Save' and it be done, especially in a Bethesda game. Saying "Wait" or "Attack" for companions is cool too.

Was this the pinnacle for Kinect? Skyrim seems to have implemented it correctly, but I didn't use Kinect much in its prime.

Pretty much. ME3 had voice commands to save and maybe other similar stuff, I'm not sure because I never used it.

I liked the occasional motion control game for some silly fun but it was the x1 kinect that got the most use from me. My preowned from gamestop kinect died last year and the only things I miss are "xbox on/off" and "xbox volume up/down." I hated Cortana because you had to add "Cortana..." to all your commands, which just confused it half the time.

Kinect hall of fame:
Carnival Games
Kung Fu Kinect
Air Guitar Warrior
Fantasia

*edit* I forgot Star Wars Dancin! Top 5 contender easy.

#2982 WNYX585AM   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3670 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 05:05 PM

Pretty much. ME3 had voice commands to save and maybe other similar stuff, I'm not sure because I never used it.

I liked the occasional motion control game for some silly fun but it was the x1 kinect that got the most use from me. My preowned from gamestop kinect died last year and the only things I miss are "xbox on/off" and "xbox volume up/down." I hated Cortana because you had to add "Cortana..." to all your commands, which just confused it half the time.

Kinect hall of fame:
Carnival Games
Kung Fu Kinect
Air Guitar Warrior
Fantasia

*edit* I forgot Star Wars Dancin! Top 5 contender easy.

I'm not sure which generation of Kinect we're talking about, but the absolute best Kinect game was Happy Action Theatre by Double Fine.  I think it got renamed at some point.  It's a shame that didn't come to Xbox One since that was probably the best showcase for Kinect and also perfect for demonstrating simple Kinect uses for in a family setting (a shame since they were forcing everyone to purchase Kinect and not showing people good reasons why).  My kids loved messing with all the stuff and you never had to pick up a controller, pick who was player 1, 2, etc., keep score, etc.  It was the digital equivalent of going to a playground.



#2983 SIX min WHISTLE   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4407 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

SIX min WHISTLE

Posted 18 February 2019 - 05:08 PM

I gave this some thought and I know what would have fixed this movie. Spoilers for the actual ending of Alita ahead:

 

If anyone from Hollywood is reading this, please feel free to contact me so I can tidy up your crappy scripts.

The dog scene is straight out of the source material, they actually toned it down a LOT compared to the anime. The fact that they kept stuff like that is part of what sets this apart from the many bad anime adaptions that feel the need to change much of the weird or dark stuff for "American tastes" or whatever.

 

Minor manga spoilers:

Spoiler

 

Movie thought spoilers:

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#2984 ilovexboxone   video game master CAGiversary!   945 Posts   Joined 2.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 18 February 2019 - 05:16 PM

is Anthem worth downloading now or should i wait to use my 10hr trial?



#2985 awp   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9810 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 05:24 PM

Child of Eden was also great with Kinect.

#2986 SIX min WHISTLE   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4407 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

SIX min WHISTLE

Posted 18 February 2019 - 05:43 PM

More Soul Calibur stuff.

 

The new update is up. Adds some quality of life changes, and 8 free CaS pieces for everyone, school uniform stuff. The paid CaS stuff is tomorrow but it will likely be available early  through a NZ region change like 2B was.

 

The update has be datamined. The DLC tags have been cleaned up a bit and this is what is there now.

 

DLC01 = 2B
DLC04 = Amy
DLC06 = Cassandra
DLC07 = Yell and Stone
DLC08 = Reptile and Yellow
DLC09 = Star and Snow
 
DLC's 3 and 5 aren't in the same folders because they aren't characters, these are the announced CaS packs. This seems to imply a second season pass, featuring 6 characters much like Tekken 7 season 2, possibly switching to two released at time which is also like Tekken. This could also mean that CaS packs will dry up and we'll only get the associated parts for these characters. I could also see Bamco selling this as a Character Pass, and selling parts separately. I assume making parts is less work than characters, and they sold a lot of packs for SCV. Some are speculating that we'll just change to getting a few free parts with each update because of the school stuff I mentioned earlier, but I'm not sure about this. Those parts were actually a pre-order bonus in Japan, so they already existed.
 
Character speculation:
  • Yell = ?
  • Stone = Rock
  • Reptile = Aeon/Lizardman (Lizardman already had some unique animations in game when a basic story version of the character was made playable with mods)
  • Yellow = ?
  • Star = Viola (She's a fortune teller/mystic. This would be a bit weird since she is presumably an older Amy that lost her memories. Same voice actress)
  • Snow = Setsuka (Her name means Snow Flower in Japanese)

While many fans are calling for the missing older characters like Setsuka, Yun-seong, and Hilde, it is possible at least one of these slots is another guest. My GoT speculation is back on the table to get someone, presumably Jon Snow based on that list, in much like Tekken did with Walking Dead. I don't know SC lore that well so I'm not sure on some of these guess, and I hope rock isn't in unless he's changed a lot.

 
Other takeaways in general:
-Amy is coming a Soul Chronicle (story mode), but no stage.
-2B is still listed as DLC 1, with Tira's files actually stored in the base game files. All signs point to here having been finished then ripped out to have an incentive to get the season pass early.
-Amy has had some new moves added and has a mechanic to build up a special kind of attack throughout the fight. It seems like they're at least trying to make her more unique to quell people bitching about another rapier user who has shared moves with Raphael in the past.
-Bamco did come out and say they considered SCVI to be successful so a second season is at least realistic.
 
Source of datamine:


#2987 SIX min WHISTLE   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4407 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

SIX min WHISTLE

Posted 18 February 2019 - 05:46 PM

is Anthem worth downloading now or should i wait to use my 10hr trial?

Of what I've watched I'd personally wait until they at least try and fix some of the annoying stuff. Right now people are saying loading times are at least 20% of the play time.



#2988 mrclutch   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4432 Posts   Joined 9.0 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 05:48 PM

Of what I've watched I'd personally wait until they at least try and fix some of the annoying stuff. Right now people are saying loading times are at least 20% of the play time.

in my experience that is a little exaggerated. They are on the longer side not that extreme.

#2989 snipermike   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   300 Posts   Joined 16.8 Years Ago  

snipermike

Posted 18 February 2019 - 05:54 PM

Of what I've watched I'd personally wait until they at least try and fix some of the annoying stuff. Right now people are saying loading times are at least 20% of the play time.


I played a few hours and I can confirm you will spend a ton of your 10 hour trial in loading screens . I’m not really liking it and I’m pissed Mass Effect died for a Destiny clone. Review score - 5 Yikes out of 10 Yikes

#2990 Pheran   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1466 Posts   Joined 15.6 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 06:13 PM

I'm not sure which generation of Kinect we're talking about, but the absolute best Kinect game was Happy Action Theatre by Double Fine.  I think it got renamed at some point.  It's a shame that didn't come to Xbox One since that was probably the best showcase for Kinect and also perfect for demonstrating simple Kinect uses for in a family setting (a shame since they were forcing everyone to purchase Kinect and not showing people good reasons why).  My kids loved messing with all the stuff and you never had to pick up a controller, pick who was player 1, 2, etc., keep score, etc.  It was the digital equivalent of going to a playground.

So much this.  My kid LOVED this thing - heck I still fire it up sometimes when my daughter has friends over.  Happy Action Theater was the original, but the improved sequel is called Kinect Party - it has a lot of the same minigames as well as additional ones.  This was really the first thing I ever saw that showcased the potential of AR (augmented reality).  I mean, what kid doesn't want to stomp a city as a movie monster, or have a fire-breathing dragon head, or do a weird photo that clones them several times?  It would also fill the room with lava, make birds land all over you, put you in a bathtub, etc.

 

Not having this game available on the Xbox One Kinect was yet another facet of the XB1 launch disaster.



#2991 w00dm4n   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   324 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 06:17 PM

I played Crackdown 3 from 11pm til around 5am. I think I'm almost done but i played on Easy so maxing out the skills is going to take some time. Terry Crews is gold, He makes the game. The checpoints on the 12 towers took the challenge out of it, I would fall to collect agilty orbs and reset back up higher. The final 12th Tower was skill level 5 unless you climbed the building next to it and just skipped over to the last check point lol.

 

I would have paid $40 ($32 with GCU lol) for it, by looking at the achievements i think this CAG forum might be 90% of the player base.



#2992 evful   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   716 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 06:39 PM

Crackdown 3 has the second highest amount of players on True Achievement of the games released this year. Apex legends being the only 2019 release with more players. Obviously TA players are more likely to have gamepass and the year is still young but I thought it was kinda interesting none the less. 

 

If you add in games released last year it would end up around 15th.



#2993 awp   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9810 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 06:50 PM

Damn I had Kyle Busch in the Daytona 500 contest and he came in ...second.

#2994 RubMySweatyThighsPls  

RubMySweatyThighsPls

Posted 18 February 2019 - 06:52 PM

Am I suggesting that review sites are "on the take" or trying to gain Sony's favor by inflating review scores? No. However, I do believe that many game review sites are guilty of pandering. They know most of their base is made up of fanboys. These fanboys want to feel good about their purchases and want to feel like they aren't missing out by not having the "other guy's" system. Because of this, reviewers inflate the scores of the dominant system's titles while docking the lesser competitor just a hair. This keeps their core audience coming back, leaving comments, and giving them ad views. From early on, it was clear that the PS4 was going to dominate this cycle due to Microsoft's woeful launch. Thusly, I honestly believe that if Crackdown 3 had been a PS4 title, it would have garnered in the 7.5-8.5 range. It would have been hailed as a "throwback to a the PS3/Xbox 360 era" and touted for its addictive collecting and gunplay, but it would have been docked for its thin story and it would be noted how many titles on the PS4 had much more impressive narratives.

Granted, this is somewhat conspiracy theorist. Yet, at the end of the day, these sites want to make money and they will use every trick to drive traffic.  

 

 

As I said above, Spiderman would be mentioned for sure, but a 7.5-8.5 isn't out of the question. No one in their right mind thought Crackdown was going to be a 9+ game no matter where it was released. But a lower end "good" rating would have been more likely for the reasons I stated. 

Maybe I'm the strange one, but I go into everything I do with an open mind. I don't care if I'm paying nothing or if I'm paying hundreds of dollars. I give everything the same fair chance no matter what I paid. A good example of this is Assassin's Creed Unity. I had taken a break from gaming before it was released so I didn't get around to it until you could get a digital code for the title for under $2. I enjoyed the game thoroughly (I'm crazy about the Assassin's Creed series, but that was a given), but even after all the patches and improvements, I still felt like it was the lesser of all the mainline entries in the series. I didn't lift it above other titles because I bought it at a very steep discount. Crackdown 3 was the same. Had I paid $60 for it, I would be slightly disappointed but I think I would still have fun with it and say it was a solid 7 or 7.5 (on a personal scale).

 

Lastly, I don't think anyone is claiming that Crackdown 3 is a better title than God of War. However, I do believe it is possible to have more fun with CD3 than GOW. To use an analogy I used before, it is like watching movies. Sometimes you don't want to watch a deep movie that is going to make you think about your place in the world or something of the sort. Instead, you want to watch something like Armageddon. Sure, the movie is ludicrous and cheesy. However, it is fun to watch Bruce Willis lead a team of oil drillers onto an asteroid while people throw out one liners. It is good, mindless fun. Almost no one is going to suggest it is better than a cinematic masterpiece, but it can be more enjoyable at a given moment. 

All I have to say is yikes if you genuinely believe outlets play like that  



#2995 Ryuukishi   My ambitionz az a Ryder CAGiversary!   11383 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 06:56 PM

I played a few hours and I can confirm you will spend a ton of your 10 hour trial in loading screens . I’m not really liking it and I’m pissed Mass Effect died for a Destiny clone. Review score - 5 Yikes out of 10 Yikes


The thing they really need to fix is the hyper-aggressive catch up mechanic when someone in the party flies too far ahead. They want you joined at the hip with the other players. You can be so close that you can still SEE them in front of you, and you still get the "You've fallen too far behind" message and a loading screen when the game warps you.

#2996 Inriri   Kung Fu Skeleton CAGiversary!   522 Posts   Joined 6.8 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 06:58 PM

Crackdown 3 is a pretty easy and short game, but I hope I'm not alone in saying Fuck the flying drones.



#2997 2ndopp   CAG Assassin CAGiversary!   443 Posts   Joined 7.2 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 07:05 PM

So how are all of you feeling about the Walking Dead/Tekken 7 crossover? Tekken was never my style of fighting game, but seeing Negan in action seems completely bonkers. Skip to 1:28 if my link doesn't do it for you:

 

https://youtu.be/akw7TlwH0U8?t=88



#2998 mrclutch   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4432 Posts   Joined 9.0 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 07:07 PM

Damn I had Kyle Busch in the Daytona 500 contest and he came in ...second.

I know the feeling of second place.

#2999 bee01   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   675 Posts   Joined 15.8 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 07:10 PM

Played Crackdown 3 a bit.   The controls are so bad that it makes the races (foot and vehicle) terrible.  I was near the end of a race and hit something invisible in the middle of the road that made my car comically spaz out.  The shooting mechanics are super simplistic, but not bad.  Collecting hidden objects has become too prevalent in every open world game to be a selling point now.  The framerate on an X feels sluggish.

 

I enjoyed Crackdown back in the day.  Crackdown 3 does almost nothing to improve upon a 12 year old game.  I can enjoy it since it's "free" on game pass, but paying $40+ would've been tough.



#3000 jazzman   Carpe diem CAGiversary!   1361 Posts   Joined 16.3 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2019 - 07:17 PM

I saw Alita tonight, and I am kind of surprised that everyone here that mentioned seeing it liked it and thought it was good (at least as far as I saw). I don't mind if a movie doesn't wrap everything up at the end, but that cliffhanger was unsatisfying in a Halo 2 kind of way. And I also felt like it could have delved a bit more into the lore of the world and its backstory.

Compare it with something like The Matrix, which also doesn't end with the enemy completely defeated. But at least The Matrix was satisfying. When the movie starts you're in the dark as to what's going on, but the movie nearly fully explains what's going on in its world. The only thing that they don't answer (and don't really need to) is who fired first, man or machine. Smith is also built up quite well as an antagonist, so it's great when Neo explodes him into little bits at the end and the other agents hightail it out of there. You don't really need to watch the sequels to enjoy The Matrix.

Alita doesn't really do any of that. You get a tiny fraction of what must be a huge backstory that you will have to see the sequels to understand, and it just kind of fizzles out at the end without a satisfying conclusion. Lots of it was predictable, and I didn't feel like anything in the final battles of the movie was any threat to her. I walked out feeling like I just watched half a movie.

The only positives I have are that the fights looked cool and it had nice visuals. I also didn't completely hate it or anything, so if it ever becomes a fully fleshed out trilogy I could see myself getting back into it to see the full story. But viewing this as a standalone movie, it felt incomplete and just kind of average. Imagine if instead of the way Infinity War ended, they had the credits roll as soon as Thanos showed up on earth, and you saw his journey cut short right before getting the final stone. That's how Alita felt to me. And at least with Infinity War ending with more story to tell, you KNOW another movie will be on its way. I can't see myself ever buying or rewatching Alita if it doesn't perform well enough to merit one or two sequels to finish the story.


I was unimpressed by the film and have the same criticisms. It felt like Robert Rodriquez was trying to blend Spy Kids and Avatar into one. Though I haven’t read any of the manga, I doubt he followed the storyline or they wanted to fill those plot holes in other films. After seeing all those RR cameos, I was disappointed to not see Danny Trejo.