April 10, 2005, 5:18 a.m. CST
It's not Doom 3. I played God of War for five days for two to three hours a night. I got probably 9/10ths through the game, then Doom 3 came out and I traded the motherfucker. If you really love mashing the square and triangle buttons on your Dual Shock, then you're in for a treat. This game is pretty much new school Prince of Persia without the time control gimmick. There are only three bosses. And they're really fucking easy. You can block 90% of the second boss' attacks. Lame. The puzzles are for retards. Why couldn't the producers of this game take a page from Dead or Alive and at least try to animate a boob that doesn't look like a badly rendered video game boob? Nipples in a video game? Sure, I'm all for it, but in God of War they're identical and creepy. There's an off-screen sex mini-game with moaning. The graphics ARE tight, but not amazing, nothing like Resident Evil 4 or Doom 3, REAL artistic achievements. The "story" flashbacks that take place on a battlefield in the middle of a war? The designers decided to use static images, a la the spectators in old sports games. Lazy. Cinematic? Sure, kinda. Not as much as Halo 1 or 2, or the aforementioned Resident Evil series, or KOTOR 1 or 2, or Doom 3. Or most RPGs. And the combat system is seriously fucking repetitive. You'd think using Medusa's severed head to turn enemies into stone would be more satisfying. I used the magic lightning attack (given to me by Poseidon, why he has a lightning attack to give out is beyond me. No water/ocean attack?) more than any of the other magic attacks. I thought it was only okay, just alright.
April 10, 2005, 5:32 a.m. CST
You want to talk cinematic? These are Star Wars stories done right... even though you can really tell that 2 was rushed out when they were finishing up the game, it's still good.
April 10, 2005, 7:17 a.m. CST
Really nothing to do with this site. Nothing wrong with that if you were paid to sell a game but if this then why not cars or toothpaste or hamburgers?
April 10, 2005, 10:49 a.m. CST
I am shocked.
April 10, 2005, 11:45 a.m. CST
Who has the time to invest their entire lives into these epic length games that take months to complete? Any adult who does needs to get a real fucking job and a girlfriend.
April 10, 2005, 12:13 p.m. CST
April 10, 2005, 12:23 p.m. CST
Cause you know, you have SO much more credibility than someone who isn't a child playing videogames by posting in an internet messageboard/talkback. Oh and if it takes you a month to finish these "epic length games" it's because you are shit at games. Get off the Space Invaders and try something that taxes your brain just a teenie-weenie bit more, you schmuk.
April 10, 2005, 1:43 p.m. CST
Of bad execution, not because it was a bad idea. FIRST, he changed the look of the site to be "QUASI-SLICK", and it turned out looking just DUMB. Many people find THIS site ugly, but I think that is it's charm. He should have kept the EXACT look of this site. FAMILIARITY. Look at slashdot, they have like 10 websites and they are all successful. SECONDLY, he had NO SCOOPS!, NO SPIES!. This site BLEW UP when Harry had his first early Star Wars review of Ep.1. The GAMES site was just review the same 'ol stuff that every other game site reviews. It was afraid to have SPIES come in and say, "i played the closed-doors beta of so-and-so, here is my illegal review which violates my Non-disclosure-agreement that I signed!" How about LEAKED SCRIPTS?! Yeah games have them too, who wouldn't have loved to read the Starwars KOTOR2 story before it shipped? Or a leaked design document for GTA4? AICG had no passion, no danger, no originality, everything that makes THIS SITE cool. So it was NOT a bad idea, it just plain SUCKED.
April 10, 2005, 2:22 p.m. CST
Well, I'm 28, I go to college full time, I work full time and I have a fiance. Who has the "time to invest their entire lives" on "epic length games?" How about the millions of people who produce and help produce the games themselves? See, it's all about time management and not having kids. You don't know shite, Batutta. Are you honestly asserting that you have NO hobbies that you spend hours a week on? You sound very boring and dull.
April 10, 2005, 6 p.m. CST
Got God of War and Doom 3 from Gamefly this week. I'm playing Doom 3, and yes, the graphics are cool as shit, it's action packed and scary as hell, but the plot? meh. There isn't much of one at all. Give it all to me: great action and a great story, too. I'm looking forward to God of War, I've heard nothing but good things about it. And for the record, KOTOR 1 was THE best game for XBOX, EVER! Even better than Halo, which I felt was highly over-rated. (same as Doom 3, great action, very tense but the story? BORING!) As to GTA:SA, it's very, very good, but it's almost too big. It's like the whole state of CA plus Las Vegas in the game. It takes about an hour just to drive around the whole place...
April 10, 2005, 7:23 p.m. CST
But did anybody else piss their pants navigating the high girders in the challenge of hades stage?? No?! Well I'm juss a pussy then
April 11, 2005, 1:05 a.m. CST
It's on my top ten now. But I'm a certain type, I grew up with old-school story-based adventure games, and this one has a story that really gets you. That and the gameplay is just phenomenal. Do yourself a favor and rent it. You don't have to buy it because it's pretty short. Just rent it, finish it (about 10 hours), take it back to the rental place, and tell your friends about the experience. Everything in this game is completely breathtakingly over the top, and Jaffe and Sony Santa Monica did an amazing job. I would kill to work under him.
April 11, 2005, 1:13 a.m. CST
A great interview for a greater game. God of War is fantastic.
April 11, 2005, 1:34 a.m. CST
by George Newman
But, if everyone's giving it good reviews... I'll play this for free somehow
April 11, 2005, 2:05 a.m. CST
Vin Diesel as Kratos, hahaha
April 11, 2005, 2:21 a.m. CST
I played Doom 3 ages ago on the PC. Bad level design, repetitive style, cheap scares, boring game. Half Life 2 was *much* better. I'll go so far as to say that God Of War is better than both. Ninja Gaiden is probably the only game with a better fighting system, but even then it didn't keep me as involved or interested from start to finish as God Of War did. As good as Ninja Gaiden was, there were parts that were a grind. I never once felt like I was wasting my time with God Of War. Congrats to Jaffe and his team for executing such a tightly paced, bulletproof game.
April 11, 2005, 3:03 a.m. CST
Deep down its the same boring shit Doom was nearly 15 years ago. Run around and shoot. Serpico is right Halflife2 ownz!
April 11, 2005, 3:15 a.m. CST
I'm sure HL2 is great. What's so "bad" about the level design in Doom 3? I'll also note that nobody has anything to say about Resident Evil 4, which deserved way more recognition than it received. Fucking RE even has a movie tie in. Like 99.9% of video games aren't "run around and shoot?" It's all in how it is executed. Unfortunate name aside, yeah, Snake Eater was pretty fucking great, if a little too un-scifi when compared to the other games. Jade Empire is THE game Moriarty should try to get paid to hype next time...
April 11, 2005, 3:31 a.m. CST
Most gamers have PS2 or Xbox and GC seems like a kiddie system, plus they don't see enough support for it, let alone good games, but it's a shame that's happening. GC has some good games and RE4 is a testament to just how powerful the GC is and how GC can have good games, but this has been happening for the last 12 years with Nintendo. Then they release a new state of the art Mario or Zelda game and they return in droves.
April 11, 2005, 3:48 a.m. CST
And it looks akin to RE4. The Gamecube, much like the PS2, is a system that I own only because sometimes games come out ONLY for one system or another. I was an Xbox naysayer for a long, long time... but then I played Halo and the original KOTOR. KOTOR, and the sequel, is easily the best Star Wars videogame ever. Nintendo tends to be dumb and obstinate about its games systems, always having to be unique for the sake of being unique, i.e. cartridges, tiny discs, purple, etc. This has hurt Nintendo, and I think they realize it, and we'll probably see them use the standard-sized DVD as a storage medium for software in the future. There's no reason to piss off developers. I wonder if Nintendo knows how lucky they are to have RE4, if not exclusively but temporarily.
April 11, 2005, 4:07 a.m. CST
Or he's exaggerating, just to sound enthusiastic (ie: a good little product-whore). For $50 to $60, a game damn well better take more than 2 nights to finish.
April 11, 2005, 4:26 a.m. CST
I wait for games to go down in price, now a game like Grand theft auto SA. I bought that the day it came out. The replay value is amazing. Its the game that keeps on giving. You can always find something to do in the world, either a side mission, find hidden goodies or just amuse yourself, nothing in a GTA game ever happens twice. I still haven't finished SA. I have a huge backlog. GT4 is another game worth the money. Very few finish an entire GT game. Especially with annoying endurance races that are gonna give us all arthritis before we're 40, lol. Yeah I hope the next Nintendo system has regular size disc. I heard they did that to avoid piracy, ha! I hope it's not a flip top either. I hate that, that's old school.
April 11, 2005, 7:54 a.m. CST
I just haven't broken down and bought a playstation 2 yet. I know, I know, by the time I'm ready to get one Sony will have it's new system out, but I have a daughter so I can't buy everything I want. By the way I have to say that Resident Evil 4 is the best game I have ever played period. I'm actually about to finish it for the second time and I have almost never finished a game. Infinite rocket launcher here I come!
April 11, 2005, 9:20 a.m. CST
I am glad there are people out there playing and loving that game as much as me! To all Nintendo haters: play through RE4 and get back to me. That game is worth buying a cube for definitely. Shows the amount of potential the Gamecube has (had?). I want that game to get more media coverage.
April 11, 2005, 10:43 a.m. CST
For me anyway.Resident Evil 4=Armshouse business,a real step up.Metal Gear Solid 3= made me happy that I rinse out games rarely,so I enjoy the great ones :).Devil May Cry 3=Good Arcade game.Killer 7=I'll keep a open mind on that one,It looks different.AARONIUS=I didnt get a PS2 till December(always wait for the slimline+sub
April 11, 2005, 1:08 p.m. CST
by Spike Fett
'cause Sony can suck it.
April 11, 2005, 8:20 p.m. CST
Yeah, I would LOVE to play RE4, but it's the ONLY game that I want to play on the "Lamecube". (That and the other "new" RE games for the system) Capcom shot themselves in the foot by making it exclusive to Nintendo; they had such a huge success with Sony over the years, I don't know why they didn't go to the PS2. (RE2 for the PS1 was, and still is, a seminal gaming experience) And as far as MGS:SE is concerned: BORING!! Sure the graphics were cool and the action was pretty good, but the cut-scenes were waa-aay too long and over-wrought. I was SO bored by those re-caps of the Cold War, I hit "x" just to move the action along. (let's face it, Hideo thinks he's f'ing Francis Ford Coppola now, but he's NOT!) When it's a half an hour or more of cut-scene dialogue between actual gaming action, it's time to make some cuts, please. And I finished Doom3 last night and while I loved the action/horror of the game, the payoff was hardly worth the effort; a rental only, unless you have XBOX Live, which I don't; between Netflix and Gamefly I'm spending $400 a year on home entertainment already...
April 12, 2005, 9:28 a.m. CST
Get a Gamecube,they are cheap and so are the res evil games(saw remake for a tenner!!).I rebought the whole series for it.Rinsed out the remake(if you played the PS1 version you will appreciate it even more,awesome game),2 got rinsed out(one of the best games ever) until I got the Tofu mission(never got it on PS1 always bugged me),3 sat on the shelf(didn't do it for me on PS1,though it got battered),Code Veronica got a playthrough,good game,Zero isn't all that (I can see why they went for a total revamp).MGS3=I agree that guy needs an editor,more gameplay(which was excellent),less cutscenes).I found the story more bearable than MGS2 so I dunno.Doom3 ending not good?,I hate crappy endings too.
April 13, 2005, 5:54 a.m. CST
Okay, I haven't finished the game yet, but it's one of those games that is brilliant and highly frustrating at the same time. The brilliant: the story and the graphics. I can't wait to find out what happens next, and I know whatever does happen, it'll look FANTASTIC! The frustrating: for the most part, it's a real easy game to beat, but every once in a while there's a big BITCH of a headache trap or puzzle, usually involving lots of repitition until you get it just right. (or die bloody trying) There were two specific areas where I've nearly smashed my controller from the shear rage of being denied success yet again. So, it's a very Yin/Yang game: you love it and you wanna break it at the same time...and as to Doom 3's ending, it wasn't crappy, it was just...brief. After all of my hard effort I was expecting something more, I dunno, exciting. (and talk about frustrating, that last boss was insane!)
April 14, 2005, 7:15 a.m. CST
it sucks ASS! It goes down as the most FRUSTRATING game I've ever played. There's a level in the game, Hades, which is utter maddening, insane, fuck-you bullshit. And that's as far as I got. I will not be party to inflicting mental pain and misery on myself with that crap. Seriously, to the makers of this shit, did you really want to make it IMPOSSIBLE for the average gamer to finish? I would love to get the time back that I wasted on this dungheap. My closing thoughts: EAT MY ASS, COCKSUCKERS!!!
April 14, 2005, 9:01 a.m. CST
I hung around anyway mate,I felt the same way after playing a combo of Phantasy Star online,Wind Waker and Enter the Matrix(I'm still bitter :>)they all had to go,didn't play another game for 18 months.I don't mind hard games as long as they are fair and you can only blame yourself but when mental pain(TM Zardoz)kicks in,it's got to go to the exchange one time...as least you had a bash.Fair play.
April 16, 2005, 2:58 a.m. CST
Of course, there's KOTOR II, and Fable. Also, Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction. (I don't know about you, but to me, that title has a nice ring to it!) Also, Brothers In Arms (The Road to Hill 30) Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and loads more. So, Proper, you finished GOW? How long did it take you to get out of Hades? I quit after dying for the hundredth time on the spinning, vertical-column of blades. (And there was another one after that? Fuck that!) Was the story ending good/ worth it? Maybe I'll finish in a decade or so...
April 16, 2005, 5:53 a.m. CST
I haven't played the game,I just recognized the frustration of playing a game to the point of potential anger and realizing that I must stop because it is no longer fun and has to go to game valhalla(the computer exchange).I use consoles to play latest games(My PC is for retro games and roms).I tend to play about 4 or so games a year and watch friends clock the others when I go round and check them(cheaper,good way of seeing whats about,what I may buy and most importantly less time consuming) :).
April 16, 2005, 9:29 p.m. CST
That's cool. I've been reading on-line about how "easy" GOW is to beat, and I just wonder if I'm the only geek who's so frustrated by the Hades level...