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Played through the first third of Injustice on the weekend.

Surprised to find the hype was true--the idea of a cinematic comic book game based around a Mortal Kombat 1 vs 1 mod sounded like a mess, but this game is really, really good. Good story, good presentation, very effective integration of cinematics and quick time events to change up the gameplay, and the combat is better and more entertaining than Mortal Kombat in a lot of ways, and transitions within the story surprisingly well. They also did a very good job at creating an adult DC storyline that is still very true to the comic roots--and also Aquaman is badass for the first time in history. The writing and acting and directing are all top notch, though once in a while the cut scene graphics look a bit weak in the facial features, and to be honest the plot is a bit hard to follow (I know, I know, I must be an idiot, but when you do parallel universe storylines you have to keep the audience in the loop about who is who and why things are happening, which I feel sometimes got muddied in the portion I played).

I still haven't played as Superman though, but in some ways I don't want to try the 1 on 1 modes until I've played through the storyline. Part of the fun is discovering what a character can do when you are given control of them, it adds to some of the drama/unexpectedness of it all.

This is well worth the money, for those interested in it. You don't have to be a fighting game fan to enjoy this as well.

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darth_ender said:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/holy-grail-video-games-valued-38-000-bought-002435770.html

I had no idea this game was so valuable! I remember playing it as a kid at my friend's house! We cheated and used our hands to run faster on the pad! Too bad I didn't have the foresight to steal it!














That last part's a joke, by the way.

Same game, different title. Stadium Events is a World Class Track Meet under its original name. Nintendo bought the rights for Stadium Events and most of the games were recalled and destroyed.

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I used to have a Power Pad when I was a kid. It was a ton of fun when you had a bunch of friends over. I remember it would always slide along the carpet, and sneak its way over the bricks in front of the fireplace without anyone noticing until someone would stomp their foot down on the corner of the bricks and cry out in pain, then we'd all get off and reposition it. Anytime I think of the Power Pad, I always associate it with the pain of stomping on the corner of the damn brick.

I only ever played two games on it, World Class Track Meet (exact same game as the above Stadium Events, only rebranded after Nintendo purchased it from Bandai, which is why an actual copy of Stadium Events is so rare and valuable now), and Super Team Games. Super Team Games was my favorite, mostly for quirky things like the crab walk, the bubble bounce thing, tug-o-war, and especially skate boarding.

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And now, if a Goodwill ever gets another copy of Stadium Events, they're gonna charge $10,000 for it.

Thanks internet. :P

 

I have a couple of Power Pads....and a couple of R.O.B.'s, and a bunch of other crap I picked up over the years. Maybe I should give it all away, and wait to see if something valuable is found.

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I want a R.O.B.!

I gave my Power Pad away a few years ago. Too hard to store the thing and tote it around. Before I open my console museum, I'll need to get my hands on another.

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I bought my first Xbox360 game today.

Brutal Legend was selling for $9 at EB and I doubt I will be able to find it cheaper than that. It's a good one to have to just have, in case I want to play it again ten years down the road. I can technically play it on my brother's Xbox in the meantime. Would have got the PS3 version but the store I was at wasn't carrying it.

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Played through most of Star Trek: The Game yesterday with Mrs. O'Five. It's not bad at all. Plays fast and loose with the canon, and sure it apes other game genres, but for us who honestly have never played those other games, it fits together pretty well. We both really like the Tricorder element, allowing you to scan ahead to see through walls and where you're headed.

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doubleofive said:

Played through most of Star Trek: The Game yesterday with Mrs. O'Five. It's not bad at all...

Wait. Really? This game? - 

star trek the game on metacritic

There seems to be a discrepancy here..

 

 

 

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I've played through it too. It's really not that bad... if you play as Kirk. If you play as Spock, Kirk goes wildly careening all over the place constantly getting himself hurt or in the way of your objective.

:-/

 

The music is fantastic though, I want an album of it.

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Thank you greenie. I agree, the music is incredible.

As for the poor reviews, these reviewers are people who play games for a living. They've played the Gears of Wars and Uncharted that Star Trek takes most of the gameplay from, and I'm sure those games do it better. My wife and I haven't. We only play one or two games a year, and you know what, we enjoyed this a heck of a lot more than Halo 4. Running around shooting Gorn, scanning doors with tricorders, trying to find the best path to the next area, all of it much more fun then when Halo 4 devolved to "SHOOT YOUR WAY OVER HERE. NOW SHOOT YOUR WAY OVER HERE. NOW BACK OVER HERE AGAIN."

Yes, there are some bugs, none of them game-breaking (except that splitscreen on the Xbox is seriously messed up for the bottom screen when the character is underwater). The character animations are hilariously bad, but the voice acting is great (except for another bug we noticed, that whenever Kirk knelt to give Spock a boost, Kirk would say "give me a boost" and Spock would do the same if he knelt). The AI isn't very good, I can't imagine playing without a human partner. Maybe that's the moral of the story, friends are better than computers.

I'll get into plot details in the Star Trek thread, but game wise, it was a lot of fun. Will we ever play it again? No, but I don't think we'll be playing through Halo 4 again either. At least we only rented Star Trek.

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Johnny Ringo said:

doubleofive said:

Played through most of Star Trek: The Game yesterday with Mrs. O'Five. It's not bad at all...

Wait. Really? This game? - 

star trek the game on metacritic

There seems to be a discrepancy here..

 

 

 

What if I told you even badly reviewed games can be enjoyable?

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Davnes007 said:

It's tiny symbiotic lifeforms that live inside our cells. 

What is nanomachines?

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sean wookie said:

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I'm getting a Wii U before the end of April and I'm pretty excited for that. I'm going to have to get a copy of Metroid Prime Trilogy. Any suggestions for Wii games?

Lego City Undercover!!

Haven't seen much on this one, but I've definitely enjoyed the other Lego games, so I'm probably considering it.

My lad was playing LEGO City Undercover solidly when it was first released. From the bits I've seen, it looks like a lot of fun, and the city is a big place to explore. The story has a lot of humour as well, I've spotted the odd parody of Dirty Harry and Shawshank Redemption in there.

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Moth3r said:

My lad was playing LEGO City Undercover solidly when it was first released. From the bits I've seen, it looks like a lot of fun, and the city is a big place to explore. The story has a lot of humour as well, I've spotted the odd parody of Dirty Harry and Shawshank Redemption in there.
I watched the Zero Punctuation on that last night. He thought it was odd that a kids game would include references to movies they haven't/shouldn't have seen at their age. I agree somewhat. I love the LEGO games, it's just hard to tell who they're aimed at. The licensed games are aimed at fans of those movies/comics, but what about this one?

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I'm not a Harry Potter fan at all. I haven't even seen all the movies, and don't care much about any of it. But LEGO Harry Potter was my first LEGO game and I enjoyed ever second of playing it (probably had a lot to do with my co-op partner, but the game was really enjoyable). They make for a great two player experience, they are casual enough that someone who doesn't play video games can get into them, and fun enough that someone who plays a lot of games can enjoy them.

Plenty of parents play these games with their kids. References to films kids wouldn't/shouldn't get seems perfectly reasonable, these games may have originally been made as fun and easy kids games, but since then it has been well established adults play and love them too. Several years ago, before LEGO Star Wars and the following the series of themed LEGO games, I couldn't imagine too many adults having much interest in playing a game called LEGO: City Undercover, but I'm sure they anticipated it would ride on the reputation of the other LEGO games as fun for all ages.

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EB GAMES [GAMESTOP] were having a big sale so I picked up a few things recently. 

Playing through the latest Tomb Raider lately and having a lot of fun. The controls are great and it's nowhere near as frustrating as some of the older games.

Pretty good all round [acting / story] but Damn Lara takes a beating - I wince and cringe during almost every cutscene.

 

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Over the last few weeks I've had to look up the original Xbox a great deal and it's been really frustrating because even when "original Xbox" is in quotations I still have swim through tonnes of 360 material to get to what I'm after so imagine my amusement at Microsoft's jape of calling it's new 3rd Xbox console Xbox One.

Xbox One, a console where you have to be online constantly and pay Microsoft to use second hand games.

The greedy, self foot shooting bastards.

I skipped the current generation (or is it the last generation now that Wii U is out?) because I had too many games to justify buying another system.

It looks like I'm going to skip the one after it too because the people running the show are clearly insane and have no respect for cheapskates like me.

 

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You don't have to be online constantly. You DO have to have the Kinect on constantly.

You know, we can complain all we want about neither system being backwards compatible, but that just means that we are free to jump ship this generation. If I still have to pay for Gold just to watch Netflix, I'll probably jump ship, or just get a Roku.

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