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Cblogs Recaps of 05/01 and HARLEY QUINNISMS

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So it's been a week of Injustice and I've got an opinion on the strengths of characters and a vague tier list to judge. Still, I haven't seen all the characters in action yet but...

+ Hawkgirl is bad. Her midscreen and neutral is horrible. Good luck landing a clean hit with small, predictable attacks. She needs the corner for real damage and everyone knows how easy that is.

+ Green Lantern has amazing spacing options. Spacing tools are hard to come by in Injustice and Green Lantern's multitude of options makes things easy for him. Lantern's Might plus one meter gives you a free 30% easily.

+ Certain characters simply have the options of easy damage. Batman, Superman, and more have useful tools and meter burns to get 30% easy. If you can't do a 30% combo, you'll be struggling. Characters like Green Arrow and Hawkgirl lack options to use meter meaningfully for more combos.

+ Speaking of Green Arrow, he's ok in several other aspects. But his neutral game is also bad. His only useful option is a jumping 3 and since it causes a juggle state, your options after that are limited. His 113 combo is his best combo starter but it whiffs on crouching!

+ Black Adam's dive attack is mostly safe on block plus he can do easy meter burn combos. The same can be said of Superman's meter burning frost breath.

Basically, the makings of a good character in Injustice has good space control, good meter burning options for extended combos, and decent normals to rely on in any combination. I can forgive Green Arrow's horrendous normals if his meter burn options gave him more options. But no, his meter burn options only tack on more damage and nothing else. I could forgive Hawkgirl's poor reach if she at least had one good normal but no, she doesn't. All of her attacks suck except for crouching 1, which can't cancel into anything meaningful. Meanwhile, Green Lantern can walk all over most close-range fighters due to his obscenely good midrange control. Heck, Lantern's Might, his ring catching move, makes jumping impossible so long as you're mildly near his catch range. SuperMonk4Ever can attest to just how incredibly powerful that option is. You can't even jump backwards when GL has this option handy.

A lot of characters have rich histories or interesting designs but simply can't compete against the current metagame. Maybe stuff can be discovered further down the line that'll make Hawkgirl or Shazam or something better but as it stands, certain characters do have an overwhelming advantage, especially when they have options towards zoning.



Mainly, what I'm trying to say is that I'm dissappointed in Green Arrow and Hawkgirl. Still, there's hope yet for Harley Quinn as I've discovered in recent days, and just in time to witness the hinting at the introduction of the Classic Harley skin. I will buy that faster than light.

I've also been watching and re-watching those character introduction trailers for GTAV a lot. Rockstar sure knows what music goes well with their stuff. I just had to Google Radio Gaga and Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way (from Micheal and Trevor's trailer respectively). It sure gets me hype to see their lifestyles and the music that best matches them. I left out Franklin but honestly I'm more intrigued to see if he's apart of the OG Grove Street Family, everyone's favorite gang from San Andreas. I can't think of a GTA I've never hated and really, when was the last time GTA oversaturated itself. For an example of careful development cycles, look no further than GTA. It seems like a GTA comes out once every monumentous ocassion and GTAV looks to be another return of something that will totally dominate lives. I loved San Andreas and the quirky world CJ was forced to gallop through in order to make ends meet and I'm excited at the idea of an even larger, more intimidating world to travel through, complete with design choices that help circumvent all the obvious problems that come along huge open-world games like travel and dead space.



And yes, Trevor is my favorite, but don't discount Micheal and his mid-life crisis.

* - OpiumHerz comes to the realization that just because we use certain terms, we aren't automatically sexist

* - Adam waxes on the true life experience needed and present in the creation of the game Silent Enemy

* - Taterchimp devices a spectrum of zones to define how game fit in terms of gameplay versus storytelling

A - Coffeewithgames reveals data almost no one cares for on a game almost no one cares about

A - Everyone in the comments has a rebuttal to Ryne's argument to Nintendo needing more 3rd Party Support

A - Gamestop is gearing up to stop taking PS2 trade ins and I'm not sure who really cares

S - The NPR: Nintendo Power Retrospective number 15

A - High brow discussion on psychology in reviews. VIDEO GAMES.

A - Neshoba jumps right in on the legal jargon against Gearbox and their Aliens game

M - Pixie goes over the wonders of the pacifist routes in games

A - Crackers has made an adventure of exploring Kickstarter




Monk, I'm holding you to that promise to grind out the Batman Beyond skin for Injustice. The top of 90s animation!

I - Agent 9 is back after grades and wings

T - Segastardust ironically solves Nintendo's problem

R - Kodu apparently reviews Straco from the XBLIG

P - 99ron is excited for Kamen Rider Battrider War

R - Buddy Acker did us a favor and played Star Trek the game for us

V - Scott plays bad games. Scott is hammered.

R - A spaceless series of letters which is someone's name reviewed Shadows of the Damned

T - Goodbye Lucasarts. Lance will remember you well.

R - Basically, get Farcry 3 Blood Dragon

A - The art attack: Everyone is dumb addition

C - Support Shadowrun though Jerry gets his formatting wrong and there are no pictures or spaces and in general I can't read this

F - Heavy ad punch fail. I bet you're not even coming back to the Cblogs to check on it


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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.

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