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CBlogs o' 7/15/13 + MacMangasms

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Taking a leap of faith here fellas. Those who read my recaps know I tend to do so with some games. This time I preordered Batman: Arkham Origins. I admit, I am nervous about the fact that Rocksteady isn't at the helm of this outing. I am confident though that the game has promise. Especially with Black Mask as the (or one of) the primary villain(s). Especially since Arkham City had that charming little easter egg in the beginning where Black Mask is seen being pummeled by guards. I'd love to know more about what lead him to that point.



To me, Arkham City was the best game to come out that year. I still play the challenge rooms as well as questing to get all of the trophies. If only I could remember the the holidays for the Calendar Man. My old roommate managed to get everyone and I'm rather jealous.

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My problem with sequels is when all sorts of gadgets and abilities are added that weren't present in the original games. Call it a writing pet-peave. However I do not actually know if these things will be included, nor do I plan to learn so until I actually play the game. I do kind of wish however, that it was a sequel. Mostly because of the Scarecrow easter egg you can find at the end of Arkham City. Rocksteady had the foresight to include  reveal of Arkham City within Asylum that in my opinion might be the greatest video game easter egg ever. Especially since it took so long for people to find it. I'd love to hear some thoughts from people who plan to get this game. Are you excited? Taking the same approach as I or are you making a more informed decision?

* - Absolutely heartbreaking what's happening to PhilKenSebben. He's stepping down as a recapper due to troubles I couldn't possibly hope to understand the gravity of. I think I speak for everyone when I say we wish nothing but the best. We're hear for you, my friend.

M - Amlabellay tells us tales of a first go with EVO. Really kicking myself for not watching.

A - Pixielatedy remises about Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. Makes me wanna check it out.











D - Scary-ee and Granules-ee give us a rousing interview and look into Beatbuddy

R - Zerocrossingy gives us his thoughts on Persona 4? You guys agree?

T - Wrenchy gives us a well done guide to Rogue Legacy

P - Some impression of the alpha build of Cube world by Shuuda-ee looks blocky and fun

T - Panzadolphin56-ee gives us a look into King of the Wood. Definitely gonna check it out.


C - I completely support what Scotty does but I'd like a little more a blog than a link.






Phil you've been an invaluable member of this community. I sincerely hope you continue to be and that everything works out for you.

~MacManus

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Overstuffed

Is there a holiday or time of the year more indulgent than Thanksgiving? I mean, we cook a turkey that weighs as much as three newborn babies, whip up about a billion sides consisting mostly of carbs and butter, and top the whole thing off with nine different pies, all featuring the main ingredient of "excess." It's equal parts disgusting and awesome, and is definitely my second favorite holiday behind our dearly departed Halloween.

But we were so occupied with whether we could eat six pounds of food in one sitting, that we didn't stop to think if we should. That brings us to November's Bloggers Wanted prompt: Overstuffed.

Playing through Horizon Zero Dawn really got me thinking on this topic. Don't get me wrong, the game has a really cool and fairly unique sci-fi story, the combat is fun and engaging, and the art direction uses vibrant color - a concept that largely died out near the end of the PS2 era, but man, is it long. The map is huge and stuffed with nooks, crannies and collectibles, and boy, by the time I wrapped the story and collected my Platinum trophy the game had really worn out its welcome. It's a shame really, as I truly enjoyed the game for its main components; but by the time I had picked off my ten-thousandth evil villager and performed my ten-billionth stealth kill on a Ravager, I found myself wishing the game would end soon.

I got this feeling about 3/4 of the way into the game. That is not good.

Modern gaming is great in that developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. Modern gaming is also horrible because developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. This tendency to overstuff their games with content is often overwhelming and can cause an otherwise excellent experience to drag. It was less of a problem when I was 18 and had all the time in the world; at 30 with a day job and a family, it's a complete game-changer.

So, beloved Destructoid Community, tell of us a time you felt overstuffed from gaming! It can be from a game you enjoyed that just felt too long like above, a time you binged on all thirty-two Kingdom Hearts titles, a particularly meaty haul of games you got at a yard sale - anything at all that celebrates or at least discusses your Thanksgiving-like excesses in gaming!

Write a blog with "Overstuffed:" and then your subject in the title, and let the world know of your girthy gaming experiences! We love promoting blogs to the front page here at Dtoid, and Bloggers Wanted is a great way to get noticed *wink wink nudge nudge hip thrust*

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