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PostSubject: Hanukkah games impressions   Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:18 am

25 Dec 2011:
Today I played two games. I started with L.A. Noire, but I have a lot more to say about it, so first I'll do...

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: WAR IN THE NORTH [(112) 100]
Two of the first characters you hear are Gandalf and Aragorn, neither of whom have their film actors doing their voices.
You get to choose one of three characters: HUMAN RANGER, DWARF FIGHTY GUY, ELF MAGE I chose the human because why not.
Basically, this game is like The Third Age in that it rips off a great game and does a very good job of it. While The Third Age ripped off Final Fantasy X, War in the North rips off Dragon Age II, even down to the dialogue wheel and dwarf that uses a crossbow. Not much else to say; if you liked Dragon Age II and like The Lord of the Rings, this is a pretty good game, especially if you can find it for $40.
Note: You cannot save the game manually for some retarded reason.

L.A. NOIRE [(342) 310]
This is the third Rockstar game I've played for the 360, and we know how mixed their library was before this. Well, L.A. Noire is amazing.
The meat of the game is investigating crime scenes and homes, and interrogating suspects. You have three options: take what they say at face value, question their statement or give them evidence that proves they're lying. It's simple, but works well for the most part. You can tell people are lying by their facial expressions most of the time, but this causes some characters (mostly women) to be thrust into the uncanny valley.
So far, I've gone from beat cop to traffic detective to homicide detective. The homicide cases feature extremely naked women, fair warning.
Since I have the complete edition, I get all additional cases and suits; suits are given automatically when you put the first disc in. Cases I'd assume are on disc four.
Yes, disc four.
There are achievements for doing certain things during certain cases, i.e. getting someone to admit a certain thing or finding a piece of hard-to-find evidence. I'll go after the ones I missed after I finish the game, since you can replay any case from the main menu.
There are also street crimes, which happen periodically. If you don't get all of the crimes for a certain part of the game, you can select "free-roam" under the chapter's file to get the ones you missed, which is a fucking godsend.
It's obvious this game was made with care, and I absolutely love it so far. The characters are great and have actual personalities, and the cases are engaging and challenging, but never unfair. I heartily recommend this game to anyone.
Note: You cannot save the game manually, most likely because it would be far too easy to get a perfect rating on a case.
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PostSubject: Re: Hanukkah games impressions   Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:59 am

26 Dec 2011:
Today, I played two games (what a surprise!!!).

ASSASSIN'S CREED: REVELATIONS [(20) 20]
I played DNA sequence one. It felt exactly the same as II and Brotherhood.My mind quickly wandered back to L.A. Noire, so I decided I'm going to finish that before I continue/start anything else.
One note, though: the actual Desmond plot is interesting as fuck, but the gameplay is too samey to keep my attention when in the presence of L.A. Noire.

L.A. NOIRE [662 (590)]
I loved it when this game was just cases, which may or may not connect. But now we're into this whole "conspiracy"/"corruption" thing, and I'm not too big on it.
ALSO you get to play as JACK
I was wrong about cases being on disc four; the cases are on the disc corresponding to the department you're in. One for traffic, two for narcotics, one for arson. None for homicide, in case you were wondering.
After I "finish" the game, instead of rounding up achievements right away, I'll try to finish my other new games first. This seems super-fair, and will allow me to not get bored of the cases.
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PostSubject: Re: Hanukkah games impressions   Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:18 pm

27 Dec 2011:
THREE GAMES TODAY

L.A. NOIRE [796 (700)]
I finished it. The ending was... bad. Bad bad. The first half of the game was much better than the second.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: WAR IN THE NORTH [136 (120)]
I just, it's so generic. No one has any emotion whatso-fucking-ever.
I finished the first dungeon, and couldn't bring myself to do another.

SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF TIME [888 (595)]
This game is short. I started and finished it today.
The plot is great, the characters are great, but it can get EXTREMELY frustrating. I'd say Shattered Dimensions was better overall.
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PostSubject: Re: Hanukkah games impressions   Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:24 am

blah blah

The past two days have been all Revelations. The game is pretty much to Brotherhood what Brotherhood was to II. I don't know about the ending yet. I hope it isn't shit.
My favourite parts were the five Desmond sequences where you solve the shit out of puzzles as Desmond tells you about his past, from birth to the first game.
Ezio's parts are cool, too, but Desmond is so much more interesting, since Ezio's pretty much an open book. Seeing what happened to Altair after the original was cool, too. Plus, we get to meet that woman he fucked in II.
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