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Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« on: February 10, 2009, 07:03:33 PM »
A preview at Gamespot:

http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/mountandblade/news.html?sid=6204434&mode=previews&om_act=convert&om_clk=previews&tag=previews;title;2

LOL, stupid review :??

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In terms of gameplay, there'll now be mounted archery for the first time, which looked intuitive from the video we were shown.
Guy Cocker , please play a bloody version beyond 0.632!

« Last Edit: February 10, 2009, 07:30:09 PM by Coenraad »

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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009, 07:17:09 PM »
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the developers have incorporated test systems to replicate online latency across their own local area network
Oh dear, I bet they're spending more time playing than developing  :)

Seriously, everything seemed fine up until the "mounted archery for the first time"   :?

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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2009, 08:02:50 PM »
It's OK, we have gamers who are more effective than Gamespot reviews.

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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2009, 08:18:59 PM »
He's one lucky guy. I've yet to play M&B and not be annoyed when playing with a non- Khergit faction against those purple steppe devils.
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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2009, 09:13:38 PM »
rofl :D this is just..well, at least something funny this friggin evening..

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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2009, 09:57:30 PM »
He's one lucky guy. I've yet to play M&B and not be annoyed when playing with a non- Khergit faction against those purple steppe devils.
That's why I use the war and peace quests to get every other faction to gang up on them and eliminte them for me. :wink:

But yeah, that preview is really stupid. It's basically a rewording of the press release plus this inane observation about horse archery. And isn't there already bump mapping on armors? I thought M&B already supports that, only there aren't actually any.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2009, 09:59:31 PM by Ringwraith #5 »
I don't see you complaining about Mount and Blade.
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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009, 10:03:53 PM »
i used bump in some armors i've made...

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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009, 10:08:26 PM »
Lol Gamespot. I called them out in another thread for being retarded, and here they go and prove my point for me yet again.
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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2009, 10:40:23 PM »
At least he didn't say "There will be mounted blades for the first time".

I always wondered why excellent indy games got terrible reviews while factory-produced corporate crap games got excellent reviews.  Now, I know - they don't even bother to play the indy games; just write reviews based on the box art and press release, and (if you're lucky) a couple screenshots.  And let me be frank - most indy games, Mount and Blade included, have a few godawful screenshots associated with them...  even if they look good while playing or also have some good screenshots.  I can see myself giving it a D if I had to write a review based on a single poorly-chosen screenshot. 

Or, preferably, if I was being paid $1M/year by EA to give good grades to EA games and bad grades to all other games.  I'd still PLAY the games I gave D's rather than the games I gave A's, of course.  Living as the scum of society would probably be rather fun - just like in ponds and politics, the scum may stink, but it still floats to the top.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2009, 10:51:05 PM by Saber Cherry »
Looking for another indy game like Mount & Blade?  There aren't any.  But if you take M&B, remove the action, add strategy, keep the pillaging and bloodshed, swap Kings for Gods and camp followers for Valkyries, add dark priests that raise zombie cavalry and sacrifice abducted virgins, rename Nords to Vanheim and Swadia to Marignon, and add hundreds of other mythological beings, you get a very different game.

It's called Dominions 3

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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009, 11:03:54 PM »
As one person said, it makes you wonder how long the reviewer actually played before giving the game a six. Horse archery for the first time? I'd say he played for five minutes.
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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2009, 11:26:58 PM »
As one person said, it makes you wonder how long the reviewer actually played before giving the game a six. Horse archery for the first time? I'd say he played for five minutes.

Pretty much. Besides, there's a WHOLE FACTION based on horse archery, so once you see the AI doing it you wonder if you can do it yourself (if you haven't tried yet). However methinks you might have to play for more than 1 minute to see the Khergits or be attacked by a ******** Steppe Bandits, something that this guy didn't do before writting his review.

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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2009, 11:39:50 PM »
To put this in perspective:

1) The reviewer has reviewed 90% soccer games and 10% assorted garbage; to him, horse archery is probably just something that merits a red card.
2) The score was not really all the bad.  Slightly higher than Pro Evolution Soccer Management, which he notes was extremely bad compared to other modern soccer-management simulators - but not quite as good as Lips, which he marked down because you can't upload your performance onto the internet and you can't adjust the difficulty (I'm not sure what that means with regards to karaoke).


M&B 2 will have to be much better than the original to beat this level of competition.
Looking for another indy game like Mount & Blade?  There aren't any.  But if you take M&B, remove the action, add strategy, keep the pillaging and bloodshed, swap Kings for Gods and camp followers for Valkyries, add dark priests that raise zombie cavalry and sacrifice abducted virgins, rename Nords to Vanheim and Swadia to Marignon, and add hundreds of other mythological beings, you get a very different game.

It's called Dominions 3

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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2009, 12:07:21 AM »
Why would anybody pay to kick balls around? I could run outside right now and crack some guy's nuts for free - best of all, bloody Gamespot wouldn't be there to review it.

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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2009, 12:11:28 AM »
Good to see you back at work, Saber Cherry. :)
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Re: Gamespot's New Epic Fail
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2009, 12:49:14 AM »
"In terms of upgrades, the graphics have been given a major technical overhaul. They'll now feature high dynamic range lighting and bloom effects, as well as dynamic contrast and bump-mapping on the soldiers' armour."

That's not a major overhaul it's a couple of shaders worth difference. Between that and the "mounted archery for the first time" I weep for the future of gaming journalism.