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    Posted: 18/October/2008 at 17:44
This thread is a means to talk about any recent games you have played. Discussions are welcome on any game you find of interest.
 
Myself, I just recently finished Silent Hill Homecoming.
 
While not as stunning as the original 3, this game really holds true to what SH stands for...survival horror.
 
You play as Alex Shepard, a young man who had was recently discharged from the military and spent awhile in the hospital. He begins having horrible nightmares about his younger brother, Joshua. When he returns home to his town of Shepard's Glen, all but a handful of residents remain. Grotesque creatures lurk the streets, an eerie fog permanantly looms over the ghost town. Once the siren goes off, the world is plunged into a hellish nightmare. So what is happening to the town? What about Josh?
 
The atmosphere really keeps you on end with the its grainy and stunning visuals. The combat system has improved much since the last game. You have the ability to dodge and counterattack which is incredibly helpful against the enemies. The story is just about as eerie as one can get. It borrows heavily from the horror classic "Jacob's Ladder" and the SH live action movie.
 
My biggest problem was how incredibly glitchy the PS3 was. I would be walking through the clouds, characters would disappear, and the game could freeze. The game should've been a little bit more polished before releasing
 
Bottomline, I would give this game a 7/10. Thoughts?
 
 
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Silent Hill Homecoming has not yet been released around here, but after your review, I have even stronger doubts that I would buy it. Apart from not being such a great fan of the Silent Hill franchise in the first place, A glitchy, freezing game always annoys the heck out of me and is one of the main reasons I don´t play them.

Thread Idea is great by the way, I´ll post some thoughts on my gaming experience soon!
 
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Since I´ve got nothing better to do than sit around here and kill.. time, I just might post a nice little review now:
 
Recent Game I´ve been playing a lot is the latest installment of the Dynasty Warriors Franchise, Dynasty Warriors 6, the first one on the PS3. As I´m totally into this kind of game, and have played almost any part of the series before that, the game was a must buy for me, however I felt a bit let down upon playing it.
 
For all of you who don´t know what dynasty warriors is all about, basically it´s a hack´n slash style game where you assume the role of a historically real officer of the three kingdoms era in ancient China and slash your way through hordes of enemies on ancient battlefields to lead your army to glorious victory. (Killcounts can way exceed 1000 enemies slain, although the game is directed at a younger target group, so you don´t get kills you get ko´s and there´s no blood or sthn seen whatsoever.) Victory can either be achieved by senseless slayin´ until no enemy is left or by completing certain objectives which give your army a tactical advantage and a boost in morale.
 
Positive aspects of the latest Game of the series is the really advanced AI they included, the opposing army leaders now make actually intellingent tactical decisions and it´s got harder than ever to protect your surpreme commander from getting his ass whipped (because if that happens or your main base is taken by the enemy, you lose, regardless of how many soldiers you have killed).
 
Also positive is the modified battle system. In the earlier parts of the series, you unlocked new combos for your character by getting more advanced and stronger weapons, this time around though, your character "knows" the combos from the start, yet he can only execute them after a certain amount of action time has passed, in other words, the longer your are in the thick of the action, the better your combos will get. If you run around the battlefield, doing nothing really though, the so called "renbu" level will drop again and you will have to stick up with the basic combos again. Although, even the basic combos can be flawlessly repeated until oblivion come. Also positive is the increased realistic approach, since the game features motion capture for the character movements and combos for the first time.
 
The main advantage you have over your opponents is the ability to use a devastating special attack once you have slain a certain amount of opponents, called the musou attack. With this move, you be unattackable during the duration of the attack (which can be extended by using experience points) and most likely gather a huge amount of kills. It´s also very useful against enemy officers, who, though still weaker than you, are more prone to hurting you than the regular cannon fodder foot soldier.
 
On the negative side, the game still sports the weakest spot of it´s predecessors and that´s the limited range of sight. You only see a certain distance, everything that is beyond that distance does simple not appear on screen. That way you have whole enemy armies suddenly pop into existence once your approach. That should lead to no big trouble since you a.) have a radar like map on your screen showing your the enemy armies as well as your allies and b.) normally are waaay stronger than any lackey trying to kick your ass.
 
Also on the negative side, the character strenght, normally relatively balanced has been drastically tipped in the odds of one character named Lu Bu. He already had the highest stats in the earlier versions of the franchise but now he´s pretty much unbeatable. If you still manage to defeat him though, this will give your allies a MASSIVE boost in morale as well as a massive drop in morale for your enemies and a shitload of experience poinsts and usually a seldom item or a really strong weapon for your character.
 
Speaking of experience points, those can be used to raise your characters stats or give him certain abilities (such as the ability to start the level on a horse, which gives you more speed and the ability to simply dash through enemy forces)
 
On the whole, the game is loads of fun, especially if you play together with a friend and slash down entire armies with basically just the two of you. (you do have an army too, but the soldiers and officers there are strenghtwise evenly matched to the opponents, therefore much likely to kill as get killed - one exception: Lu Bu. He would ram through your army like a Truck through cardboard, but he only goes after you or your supreme commander - in which case you will have to either defeat the opposing supreme commander before he kills yours or face him and try to defeat him.)
 
On a finishing note, it can be said that the game is a definite raise of the bar considering the games before but still feels unfinished and could´ve been done better. Especially the sight issue could´ve been solved, as this is the one problem that annoys me personally the most.
 
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Hell yes, my friend. Dynasty/Samurai Warriors really rocks my socks. LOL
 
Wonderful review on DW6.
 
My love for DW started way back in the 3rd installment. It hasn't gotten stale for me since, despite Koei rehashing the basic formula. I mean, if it ain't broke, don't fix it? However, I do appreciate them putting forth the effort to create the game more similar to the book.
 
I love how they improved the combat with the intergration of the Renbu system. It's especially helpful when being swarmed by those pesky soldiers and Lu Bu in particular. Man, I hate fighting against that guy. You practically have to max out your character to even scratch the man.
 
What I do enjoy is the new way to build up your character. Each person has their own unique abilites such as a mount specialist or Lady Luck for gaining special weapons and horses. I also love the fact you can build up the stats of the horses.
 
My biggest complaint is that a large majority of the officers are left to strictly Free Mode. I know it would be boring to play the same stages over, but a few more in each Kingdom might've been nice to have. Myself, I love playing for Wei, particularly Sima Yi and Xiahou Dun.
 
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I used to have a total love for Zheng He and his Claws, but since they gave him another weapon, I more switched to Zhao Yun. I also totally think Ling Tong rocks... although I haven´t unlocked him yet in DW6, I just hope he still sports these nastily fast nunchuks...
 
I have to agree with your complaint though... that´s one of the reasons why I totally fell for the SW/DW merger Warriors Orochi, you get all of those cool characters, and ALL of them are playable in story mode!
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Yeah, I was ticked they got rid of the more unique weapons and sticking the characters with rehashed movesets.
 
I love Ling Tong too, but you'll be sadly disappointed about his weapon. I don't want to spoil it for you unless you want to know.
 
I've never played Warriors Orochi before. I might have to check into that.
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Yeah, hit me with the hurting truth about one of my fac chars...
 
any yeah, you might really want to check out Warriors Orochi... although it´s still a PS2 game, its veeery good. (There´s also a Warriors Orochi 2 for the PS2, but I haven´t played that one)
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No problem. Here's a link to his photo. He wields an axe-like weapon. He's still pretty badass though.
 
 
If you want to know what the rest of the cast looks like. Check out this website.
 
 
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cool, thanks a bunch!
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i just got the new pro evo for my birthday and i am determined to learn all aspects of off ball tactics.
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Originally posted by D.T.A D.T.A wrote:

i just got the new pro evo for my birthday and i am determined to learn all aspects of off ball tactics.
 
I´m more the Fifa player myself, but I´d be looking forward to a review of Pro Evo by you. After all, imo, both games have their advantages and weaknesses and it would be neat to have an objective comparison.
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