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  1. Yeah thought that but personally it looks pretty awful. Even then when the electricity is up though, its still an issue.
  2. Had a great time with this over the weekend. Cleared the first island 100% and its a great mix of Crackdown, GTA:IV and Assassins Creed. Graphically its a mixed bag, some good and bad, the bad being the awful blur, which is more prevelant when the lights go out. I love the style though, especially the city. It very well realised and captures anarchy and gritty post apocolypse. It's interesting to explore and there is always something to see whether its a landmark, some graffitti, posters, shop signs etc. There are some jaggies but it doesn't seem at all bad to me, not to the extent I've read about anyway. If you are sensitive to it though you'll probably be an unhappy bunny. The parkour side of the game is almost as good as AC but not quite imo, it makes up for it with the more interesting city to travel around in. It has the same frustrations because of the sheer amount of things that can be climbed, but it wasn't as much of a problem as I thought it was going to be when I first started. Grinding over cables and the railway is an inspired way of getting around, and playing chicken with the trains is minutes of fun. Cole feels lighter than Altair but it doesn't seem to detract from the gameplay. Characters are so so. Cole is nicely done and I quite like Zeke but most of the others are drab and forgettable. The comic sketch cutscenes are brilliant but feel at odds with the drabness of whats going on around you. I'm finding the reapers a bit meh and not sinister enough. I've found the powers good fun to use although they are mostly just electrical versions of standard weapons. As they upgrade they do become a bit more unique, the headshot chaining to other foes is good fun. Finding the grenade a bit overpowered at the moment although its great combo potential. Sticking a grenade on a reaper and then repelling them off of a roof to watch them float away slowly and explode was my favourite kill. Combat is fast and furious at first although as you power up I've found that you can manage a fight like an RPG lite, which felt a bit like playing City of Heroes funnily. It has more depth to combat than the big three. Quests seem pretty interesting so far. This is only the first island though. If they just repeat the same quests throughout the whole game it could be a problem. Overall its the only game for some time other than Fallout 3 to keep me playing late into the night and after the first island the only real criticisms I have are some of the visuals and the fear of repetitive quests. PS3 must have for me.
  3. You'll find this changes a bit as you play more.
  4. I think Great Tiger will be the first wall for a lot of players, especially those new to the games. His special attack can be tricky to dodge at first, he has some fast jabs and he hits pretty hard. I imagine Aran Ryan will be a tricky proposition as well first time around and then you have Soda to contend with.
  5. Its purely down to the presentation of the games. I've only played UFC for a short time but didn't find the gameplay any deeper or more adult than Punch-out. For me personally, I find Punch-out to require more skill and my brain and reflexes get more of a workout. The fact that I wasn't beating red blood out of a life like man in lycra didn't make me feel any less a proper or hardcore gamer. Maybe I'm stereotyping but the presentation of Punch-out will probably put it into the good for a laugh after some beers with mates area for a lot of people interested in something like UFC. This seems to be the way for a lot of Wii games amongst the laddish late teen to twenty something gamers.
  6. Risk and reward is perfect on some of the challenges. Some of the boxers have one where you have to find 5-6 different ways of earning a star. On someone like Disco Kid its not so bad but on some of the harder fighters you can easily lose the fight with too much experimentation.
  7. I can't put this down. The "just one more go" factor is irresistable and its gameplay is a rare thing these days. Like the other games in the series its so damn rewarding. When you suss a fighter you've been struggling with it feels so good and I've had more air punching whoops of delight in this one weekend than I have for months playing current gen games. Initially it felt too easy and the only real trouble I had was with Mr Sandman but the Title Defence mode is tough and each fight is a rollercoaster of high's and low's. The sense of achievement when you win is huge. I even have a seperate profile for one credit playthroughs. Loving exhibition mode as well. Some of the challenges are real head scratchers and I can quite happily spend hours just on those. The only downside here is that you don't seem to be able to restart a fight if a KO in six punches challenge is the only one you have left and you blow it. Mind you I haven't tried to restart a fight as I seem to recall the manual saying you couldn't. I'd be suprised if most gamers, no matter what bracket they fall into, didn't get something out of this. It can be unforgiving and requires skills that we don't use anywhere near as much as we used to but its such a rewarding game. I'm unamazed at Nintendo's complete arse up at trying to sell this game though. The boxart is awful and the advert likewise. The game itself has such charm and personality that a 2 year old could have probably come up with a half decent ad campaign. The current Marketing for it clearly need shooting.
  8. Have taken a day off work partly for this tomorrow. One of my fav arcade games of all time and also love the NES version. I really hope it still has the same intro jingle to the fights.
  9. Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko. I've been meaning to read it for a while but the "Russian Harry Potter" tag put me off. I'm about half way through and its a pretty interesting vampire/supernatural flavoured book. It brings some fresh ideas to old theme's and the characters are all pretty likeable. It has a tendancy to drop you in at the deep end regarding powers and past events but overall its fairly easy to follow faire. I personally find the writing much better (and more adult) than Potter and there is really only a very slight link between them regarding some of the subject matter. So far so good.
  10. Yes!! Oblivion has its issues and in some ways it is a bit more fiddly. Some areas may also feel a step backward. The leveing system comes to mind and combat can be frustrating without VATS. If you get the PC version you can upgrade and change the game to your hearts content. Its a very absorbing experience though like Fallout 3. If you are partial to a fantasy setting so much the better.
  11. CandyBob

    Arsenal

    In most games he has played, he has appeared a bit out of his depth. He gets a lot of hype and in the odd game he has looked the part. Mostly he has struggled though, especially against a solid Premiership defence.
  12. CandyBob

    Arsenal

    Bendtner could play a big part next season. I thought he was our most improved player along with Song as the season progressed. He lost some momentum after picking up a small injury in an International. He has the touch of a bulldozer but he does make the effort (much like Ade last season). Be suprised to see a striker come in though tbh.
  13. CandyBob

    Arsenal

    Thats the one. The press hype it up but maybe if he ran about on the pitch a bit it might help.
  14. CandyBob

    Arsenal

    Fab should never have been made captain when he was imo. I think it was a poor decision made more out of desperation than anything else. I don't think he has the temperament at the moment and would rather he concentrated on his game. The only captain in the side appears to be Toure. Even when his form is off he's always commited and has a great temperament.
  15. CandyBob

    Arsenal

    It was a pretty good performance all things considered. ManU got to a point where they knew we were going to struggle to score and sat back. Even so, not many teams go to OT and have the sort of possesion we did. We even created a couple of chances. I was intrigued by the BBC's Adebayor interview. Apart from the fact that it was done by that little snake Crooks, my immediate reaction was a kneejerk one. After watching it again though its clear that after Crooks asks some of his questions, the answers had been edited and I got the feeling that we heard what the BBC wanted us to hear. Not defending him at all as he spoke some real shite but I'd like to see the unedited version.
  16. CandyBob

    Arsenal

    He's not that far off about the situation at the Emirates though is he. We all must have seen it, even when we've been winning and playing well. For a 60,000 seater stadium its hardly pushing the decibel counter. Whether he should say it or not is another matter but I guess when the floor is open for fans to ask what they like, we have to accept the same in return.
  17. CandyBob

    Arsenal

    Some good, some bad from reading whats come out so far. I think he is absolutely right about the condition of the club from an infrastructure point of view. We are in a great position. I find it sad as well that fans feel the need to put things in the way that they do. This one man has probably had the biggest impact on the club in its long history and almost all for the positive. This witchhunt, which is what it appears to be turning into, just doesn't feel right. Saying that, if in a couple of seasons time things haven't moved on then you would have to expect him to either have a plan in place for radical change, or step down. If he does step down though who knows who could replace him. Maybe the likes of Adams and Bergkamp by then will be big enough for the job. The one issue for me is the way he appears to fail to deal with one or two of the players and how they are performing. When you look at a player like Nasri or Gibbs, who even when they aren't having a great game put in 100%, and someone like Adebayor, I feel its a bit of an insult to their effort. I agree with him regarding how difficult it must be for Ade to walk out in front of 60,000 people knowing that they are feeling negative towards you, but then really in that situation you'd expect the player to at least put in the effort, even if its not happening from a footballing aspect. I think fans appreciate this. I feel that off the field, this isn't dealt with properly. In public sure, defend him, but away from the camera's sometimes a player needs to be told how it is, and I'm not sure if Arsene does this. Adams or Vieira, which is maybe where the real problem is, wouldn't have stood for it. I also agree with him about the fans to a certain extent. Often myself and my brother have, in the recent past, been surrounded by people not even watching the game. I remember us taking apart Charlton a couple of seasons back, Henry had a great game that night, but all around us people were talking to each other about work, dinner, whatever but barely watching the game. No singing, nothing. Looking up and clapping when we scored. This has been quite common. I also remember giving Sheff Utd a right drubbing, about 5-1, and their fans singing their lungs out right up until the final whistle. While Arsene has to take the responsibility for how we perform on the pitch, I think the fans have not been doing their bit. What happened to the support after ManU's first goal went in last week? Sure it was a shock, but we gave the team nothing to work with for the rest of the game. The second goal came shortly after but pretty much as soon as the first goal went in, the fans gave up. Still, plenty to talk about over the summer again.
  18. Which is great for the wallet I'm finding. Most games, unless I think its a must have, I'm picking up later more and more.
  19. Thats the thing I miss the most, those late nights. I just can hack it anymore.
  20. CandyBob

    Arsenal

    Blimey. His form did seem to leave him almost overnight.
  21. CandyBob

    Arsenal

    Surely it has to be club policy then as well by default? It was good enough for Bergkamp.
  22. CandyBob

    Arsenal

    I guess we are coming from opposite ends then. I spent the money because I loved the club and football. I don't feel Arsene owes me anything as I feel I got what I wanted from it. On your second point. Again we can only assume what the boards expectations are. Is it that we should be winning something every year (completely unrealistic and reserved for clubs like ManU, Barca, etc). We expect periods with no silverware but do expect some success (probably this and pretty reasonable but just imo again). We expect nothing and are willing to let Arsene get on with it (highly unlikely). Or any level inbetween? We just have different expectations I guess. I don't think the current situation with silverware is alarming. Its frustrating sure, but not desperate. I think Arsene has earned the right to carry on as is. If things are seen to stand still for the next two seasons then I may feel a bit more like yourself.
  23. CandyBob

    Arsenal

    As said above yes I would. I would have especially liked to have seen Bobby and Gilberto (who is one of my fav Arse players ever) stay. I just don't hold with the feeling that its all Arsene's fault as we don't know everything that was involved with the transfers.
  24. CandyBob

    Arsenal

    Its not that I disagree with them. Its just that Arsene is the manager, and ultimately the board either trusts him in what he is doing or they don't. I'd like to know why we took Sylvestre on a two year contract and let Bobby go or what exactly is happening to Rosicky but ultimately I have no right to know. I support the club because I love it and not what I think I should get out of it or that the manager or anyone else should be accountable to me (even when I payed for a season ticket). You are also assuming that the board doesn't support what he is doing. How do any of us really know how accountable he is.
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