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CBlogs o' 10/28/13 + MacMannanananananana nananananananana BATMAN!

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It's been no secret that my most anticipated game of this year has been Arkham Origins. The previous entry in the series could very well be my favourite game of this generation. I can't adequately explain why that is. Just that when I have an itch to scratch when it comes to video games, that one does the trick unlike any other.

There's a bit of a debate when it comes to the game. It's tough to wrap my head around how exactly I feel about it. Yes, there isn't quite as much here, despite the increased map size. Getting around the map isn't quite the joy that it was before, making me give in to the temptation of the fast travel feature. That being said, thank Christ they included it.



So here's the question, do I think it's a superior entry? In short: no. In long: No, but it's okay.

The fact that it's a prequel makes me feel differently about it. The lack of depth to riddler trophies feels explained since Enigma hasn't fully realized his persona yet. The Origins story isn't perfect but that's fine, how many different origins of a super hero have we all observed? I haven't even tried the multiplayer and I may never do so, so its half-assed inclusion doesn't particularly bother me. Including previous villains is fine, the Mad Hatter level was awesome just as it has been before and I'm always down to deck The Penguin. These aren't giving the negative features of the game a pass because they are present and have already been discussed ad nauseam.



I do enjoy the new enemy types, the differences in boss battles, new gadgets, Dark Knight system, etc. I REALLY like the graded fights. I love it actually. I was a huge Devil May Cry fan and always enjoyed that element.

Here's what really bothers me (other than the fact that nobody lives in Gotham, apparently). They changed the rhythm. The Arkham games have a rhythm to them and I got very good at it. Very, very good at it in the previous games. The changes in the fight rhythm are very slight but very noticeable to me. It throws off the way I play and has caused me to be very frustrated with fighting. Maybe I'll get used to it, but the way it was before was pure perfection and the slight changes in timing have thrown me for a loop.



Arkham Origins may very well be the worst entry in the franchise but I went into it with that expectation. I enjoy the game though. If anything it makes me excited to experience all the game has to offer and then go back and play the last two. The game is pretty good but nowhere near the standard of the previous titles. But it's still pretty good to me, and that makes it okay.



* - The first in what I hope to be a long and fruitful comic series on Dtoid.

* - DARK SOULS!



A - Advice on balancing games and women I might not take.

A - Would like to see this fleshed out a little bit, but an interesting article on tropes of jews in games.

A - The Top 10 Signs you might be a hardcore social Gamer. I don't fit this bill :c

A - Really dug this tutorial for tutorials.

A - Shuudy's top 10 list of Pokemon that doesn't give Trubish his dues.

A - A cool article about growing up and enjoying the 7th generation of games.







I - Not too sure here, what's going on with this intro blog, but keep it coming! Always room for improvement.



$ - 4 free games. The first one is the stuff of nightmares

T - A Goodbye to Magic The Gathering Tactics

D - With each post about Sprout's Tale I grow more excited.

T - A COD multiplayer comparison. Good lord, do I hope ghosts changes it up because I'll buy the fucking thing because, because.

P - FIGHT GIANT ROBOT TEDDY BEARS?!  I'm in.

R - Cool review of of one of this generation's first games toward the end of the generation. I actually really liked Condemned.



A - BUY ME THIS







F - Honestly, music spam is a welcome change at this point.

Fuck that bridge, though.

~MacManus

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It feels like it's been a decade since we've seen the rise of the crowdfunded game. I'm always surprised when I remind myself that crowdfunding has been a thing long before the first crowdfunded video game, but nowadays a crowdfunded game seems like a dime a dozen.

Of course such a phrase is an incredible disservice to some of the great games that have come out thanks to websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Games like FTL, Shovel Knight, and even Undertale are around thanks to crowdfunding; thanks to people gathering around and literally putting their money where their mouth is, a game they want gets funded and inevitably the greater landscape of gaming benefits from it. Most of the time the landscape gets to benefit from it anyways.

Don't worry though, this month's bloggers wanted prompt isn't an exploratory thesis on the effects of crowdfunding on video game development. We just want you to talk about your favorite games, as long as they were crowdfunded. This topic can be simultaneously broad and narrow, because you can talk about whatever game you want, however you want, as long as it was crowdfunded.
For me, FTL is the original crowdfunded game, and it was great. It was somehow minimalist and incredibly detailed at the same time, and it was all done because a man wanted to do it, but needed the money, and thousands of other people wanted to see where his idea would go. Shovel Knight to me feels like this natural evolution of the classic 8-bit gaming of yore without also throwing myself back to a time when gaming was honestly comparatively archaic. And everyone's talked to death about Undertale, so we all know where I'd go with that.

To participate in this month's bloggers wanted, just start a blog! Oh, and title it "Crowdfunded: [your blog title here]." I bet this month is going to be pretty diverse, since it's basically writing about your favorite crowdfunded game. So I hope to hear about some good games revisited or amazing games no one has heard about.

Remember: Persona 5 was not crowdfunded, but excuse me as I plow through it.

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