Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Mar 2009 03:13 UTC
Games I had prepared myself to experience the world's best game. Judging by other people's reviews, Grand Theft Auto 4 was crafted in a special gaming studio in heaven, authored by Jesus Christ himself, and it descended upon us from the heavens on a golden chariot made out of chocolate covered in fairy dust. Imagine my surprise when I experienced the world's biggest turd in gaming since Davilex' A2 Racer (Dutch people will understand).
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Middle Age
by sbergman27 on Sat 28th Mar 2009 13:48 UTC
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authored by Jesus Christ himself

Could it be that the figurehead of what is historically one of the world's most violent religions is losing his edge? :-)

Edited 2009-03-28 13:51 UTC

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RE: Middle Age
by darknexus on Sat 28th Mar 2009 13:59 UTC in reply to "Middle Age"
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Nice one. ;)

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v RE: Middle Age
by bnolsen on Sat 28th Mar 2009 14:27 UTC in reply to "Middle Age"
RE[2]: Middle Age
by StephenBeDoper on Sat 28th Mar 2009 18:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Middle Age"
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Interesting the atheistic view is THE most violent in history. They made their muderous splash in less than 100 years.


Hey, it's not our fault - all-powerful Atheismo works in mysterious ways.

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RE[2]: Middle Age
by sbergman27 on Sat 28th Mar 2009 19:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Middle Age"
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Dont start an idiotic flame war.

Right. Wouldn't want to upset the Jesux zealots. :-P

http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Node/4081/

Edited 2009-03-28 19:30 UTC

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RE[2]: Middle Age
by David on Sun 29th Mar 2009 16:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Middle Age"
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I can't help but comment on this off-topic comments. Actually, I wouldn't count Stalinism as atheism, as it drew its power from a religious-like devotion to an "inevitable" victory of "the working class" over their "oppressors." The reason that people didn't wake up en masse and revolt against their "worker's revolution" becoming the oppressor and the party leadership having set themselves up as a new aristocracy is because of all the religious indoctrination they were subject to and the faith that they had in their eventual liberation as the invisible hand of class struggle took them into a glorious future wherein no government would be necessary.

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RE: Middle Age
by OMRebel on Mon 30th Mar 2009 14:23 UTC in reply to "Middle Age"
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"authored by Jesus Christ himself

Could it be that the figurehead of what is historically one of the world's most violent religions is losing his edge? :-)
"

What purpose, other than to try to start a flame war, does your post serve?

For the record, Christianity doesn't teach its followers to be violent. It's human stupidity and greed that perverted teachings of a religion that permeate violence. Try reading the Bible some time so you'll actually know what you're talking about.

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RE[2]: Middle Age
by DrillSgt on Mon 30th Mar 2009 14:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Middle Age"
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For the record, Christianity doesn't teach its followers to be violent. It's human stupidity and greed that perverted teachings of a religion that permeate violence. Try reading the Bible some time so you'll actually know what you're talking about.


For the record, ever hear of some small historical events such as the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition? I would say regardless of what a book says, the actions of the religions followers are what determine it's teachings.

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RE[3]: Middle Age
by OMRebel on Mon 30th Mar 2009 15:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Middle Age"
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"For the record, Christianity doesn't teach its followers to be violent. It's human stupidity and greed that perverted teachings of a religion that permeate violence. Try reading the Bible some time so you'll actually know what you're talking about.


For the record, ever hear of some small historical events such as the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition? I would say regardless of what a book says, the actions of the religions followers are what determine it's teachings.
"

Quick, look up really fast....ah, too late. The point clearly went over your head.

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RE[4]: Middle Age
by DrillSgt on Mon 30th Mar 2009 16:31 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Middle Age"
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Quick, look up really fast....ah, too late. The point clearly went over your head.



You had no point except to attempt to spread your beliefs, and force them onto others. Thanks for playing ;)

As to another post, the New Testament does not over ride the Old Testament. They are part of the same book, one before the birth of JC, the second part after. It is a history book that has been (mis)-interpreted too many times in being translated from the original work.

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RE[5]: Middle Age
by OMRebel on Mon 30th Mar 2009 17:10 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Middle Age"
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"Quick, look up really fast....ah, too late. The point clearly went over your head.



You had no point except to attempt to spread your beliefs, and force them onto others. Thanks for playing ;)

As to another post, the New Testament does not over ride the Old Testament. They are part of the same book, one before the birth of JC, the second part after. It is a history book that has been (mis)-interpreted too many times in being translated from the original work.
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My point was simple, you just refused to acknowledge it. Humans can pervert any teachings to mean whatever they want it to mean. That point was made very clearly in my post, which you either ignored, or was outside your ability to understand. I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and say that you just ignored it, because it went against your beliefs. However, you're being intellectual dishonest with yourself to cite the Crusades (something that was against the teachings of the Bible).

To illustrate your point in a different context, let's say you're studying up on C#, you write an application, and it fails to compile due to errors in your code. Your stance is that is the errors in your code is what you were taught to do, although the textbook that you were studying from clearly says otherwise.

The Bible is a collection of books, not just one book. I agree that there are parts that are mistranslated, which is why you must interpret the teachings in it's entirety, not just by one singular verse from a book in the Bible.

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RE[6]: Middle Age
by sbergman27 on Mon 30th Mar 2009 17:53 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Middle Age"
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Humans can pervert any teachings to mean whatever they want it to mean.

Once society has said that it's OK to believe irrational things... no evidence required, then there is no limit to the severity of the ensuing abuse. That is the ultimate problem with the insanity that is religion. And that is why it ends up doing so much more harm than good in the world. And that is why its best to discourage it, in favor of rational thought.

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RE[7]: Middle Age
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 30th Mar 2009 18:05 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Middle Age"
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in favor of rational thought.


Yeah, because rational thought has never killed anyone.

The problem is not religion or science or whatever. The problem is us.

Edited 2009-03-30 18:06 UTC

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RE[7]: Middle Age
by OMRebel on Mon 30th Mar 2009 18:10 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Middle Age"
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"Humans can pervert any teachings to mean whatever they want it to mean.

Once society has said that it's OK to believe irrational things... no evidence required, then there is no limit to the severity of the ensuing abuse. That is the ultimate problem with the insanity that is religion. And that is why it ends up doing so much more harm than good in the world. And that is why its best to discourage it, in favor of rational thought.
"

Using your argument and viewpoint - is it insane to believe all of life occurred naturally (abiogensis)? Abiogensis has not been proven, yet, you may have "faith" in science that it must be how it occurred without irrefutable evidence.

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RE[2]: Middle Age
by sbergman27 on Mon 30th Mar 2009 14:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Middle Age"
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What purpose, other than to try to start a flame war, does your post serve?

Humor, for those who are not overly-sensitive?

For the record, Christianity doesn't teach its followers to be violent.

For the record, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Actions... and history... speak louder than words.

Try reading the Bible some time so you'll actually know what you're talking about.

Been there. Done that. The Old Testament is grisly reading, indeed. Stephen King's most horrifying passages seem like Doctor Seuss, by comparison. But Stephen King's followers make no claims as to the events he describes being true.

Edited 2009-03-30 14:48 UTC

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RE[3]: Middle Age
by OMRebel on Mon 30th Mar 2009 15:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Middle Age"
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"What purpose, other than to try to start a flame war, does your post serve?

Humor, for those who are not overly-sensitive?

For the record, Christianity doesn't teach its followers to be violent.

For the record, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Actions... and history... speak louder than words.

Try reading the Bible some time so you'll actually know what you're talking about.

Been there. Done that. The Old Testament is grisly reading, indeed. Stephen King's most horrifying passages seem like Doctor Seuss, by comparison. But Stephen King's followers make no claims as to the events he describes being true.
"

If you read the Bible, then you'd know that the teachings of the New Testament override those of the Old Testament. Spread your FUD elsewhere.

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RE[4]: Middle Age
by sbergman27 on Mon 30th Mar 2009 15:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Middle Age"
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2005-07-24

If you read the Bible, then you'd know that the teachings of the New Testament override those of the Old Testament.

Apparently some of you guys don't keep your Bibles properly patched. :-P

Edited 2009-03-30 16:07 UTC

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RE[2]: Middle Age
by Soulbender on Mon 30th Mar 2009 15:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Middle Age"
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He sure hit a raw nerve though.

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yes, but
by stooovie on Sat 28th Mar 2009 14:26 UTC
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But while annoying, it`s still a fun game. Thom, you can`t be serious thinking this is the worst game you ever played. You got your expectations too high, but GTA IV is still one of the most finely crafted labour of love games around. Just the sheer amount of thought and work put into it by devs deserves some praise. I couldn`t care less about the character, that is right.

Edited 2009-03-28 14:27 UTC

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RE: yes, but
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 28th Mar 2009 14:50 UTC in reply to "yes, but"
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...it's just that the thought and work have gone into the wrong aspects of the game - realism and graphics, while completely ignoring everything else.

Games like Saints Row 2 and Left 4 Dead are a lot cruder and less realistic, but they shine where matters: gameplay. I want my gaming experience to be a fun one. That's why I play games: to have fun.

As such an overly hyped and praised game, I expected GTA4 to be fun, while it simply wasn't. It's dreadful.

Edited 2009-03-28 14:52 UTC

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RE[2]: yes, but
by Narishma on Sat 28th Mar 2009 17:20 UTC in reply to "RE: yes, but"
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...it's just that the thought and work have gone into the wrong aspects of the game - realism and graphics, while completely ignoring everything else.

Games like Saints Row 2 and Left 4 Dead are a lot cruder and less realistic, but they shine where matters: gameplay. I want my gaming experience to be a fun one. That's why I play games: to have fun.

As such an overly hyped and praised game, I expected GTA4 to be fun, while it simply wasn't. It's dreadful.


The problem with this argument is that it can be used against you and be just as valid. People gave the game great reviews because they had a lot of fun playing it. And you can't argue against that because fun is subjective.

Edited 2009-03-28 17:21 UTC

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RE: yes, but
by kwanbis on Sat 28th Mar 2009 15:43 UTC in reply to "yes, but"
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i have to agree with him, GTA4 is the most overrated game i have ever seen.

I tried it on PS3 and 360.

You just go around kicking and running.

I don't think it is the worst game ever, there are much worst, but it is on the top half of my list.

If you want to play one of the best game ever, buy a PS3 and play Metal Gear Solid 4.

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Right on
by leos on Sat 28th Mar 2009 14:28 UTC
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And here's the mini-review of the PC version, which is every bit as bad as the XBox version, but made infinitely worse by a port seems to have been done by an intern after a particularly bad night of drinking.

When I purchased this game on my new computer (Quad core, 4 gigs ram, Radeon 4850), it essentially didn't run at all. First I had to sign up for two extra accounts (rockstar has their own network, and then windows live) and then it takes about 3 minutes to load.

Not that loading was actually a good thing, because after about 2 minutes of playing the game, textures started randomly disappearing and flickering, getting worse and worse until I was walking in mid air along with a couple cars. I did actually play through this for a while because I have such good memories of playing previous GTA games. The issues was eventually sort of fixed in a patch, although the game still stutters and sometimes loses textures. I don't think it looks that great to justify the staggering system requirements.

Then the half-assed port is really obvious in the fact that you can't actually look up controls. In the control configuration, all you get is an option to set up an XBox controller. On a PC???? WTF.

I'm surprised that you didn't spend more time complaining about the cars. They're actually my biggest issue with the game. You spend so much time having to get to places, but the cars are completely broken. And they're not even realistic! Realism would be a blessing here because real cars handle much better than cars in GTA.

Driving an SUV in GTA is completely impossible because the body roll at speeds higher than 30km/h will cause you to flip over. Any regular car can roll down a hill at about 30-50km/h, and when you hit the e-brake will actually do a 180. Turning a corner without hitting a building at high speed is completely impossible. Normal cars have artificially low top speeds. Real cars can all top 150km/h now, but in GTA some of them top out at what feels like 80 or less.

All the fun with hitting jumps is gone. You can't drive up stairs, and hitting them with a motorbike, will cause you to go flying off the bike. I could go on, but it just sucks so badly.

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Disagree
by amacdonald on Sat 28th Mar 2009 15:07 UTC
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Actually I would say the story is more about someone hell bent on revenge due to the experience of a traitor during the war.

The graphics are great. I experienced NONE of the darkness problems that you describe though I played / am playing on the PS3.

The physics for the vehicles is great.

The attention to detail is astounding, like getting in certain makes of car and the there is SAT NAV. The radio chatter. The textures used to give a really diverse looking city with many differnt shop fronts etc. The fact you can hear people on mobile phones in conversation as you walk past.

I agree the constant phone calls for meeting up with people is really annoying, but I would say the game is great despite it.

I personally think the story is great though I haven't completed it yet.

The game is vast with the usual sub-games, a huge city with plenty to explore and do. There is so many missions it's just great value for money and will keep you going for a long time.

I can understand someone finding it over-hyped and not delivering on expectations but describing it as one of the worst games you have ever played is laughable, unless you really haven't tried many games.

Edited 2009-03-28 15:14 UTC

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The hell...
by phanboy_iv on Sat 28th Mar 2009 15:36 UTC
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"I guess the people handing out the praise (basically every game reviewer) have never played Mass Effect, which sports the best dialogue and story of any game ever made."

I stopped paying attention to the review at this point. Seriously, that's one of the most baldly idiotic statements I've read in quite a while. Even if you do like Mass Effect, saying that its cliched plot and flatline dialogue are the "best of any game ever made" are a sure indication that the reviewer hasn't played very many games at all.

GTA 4 does leave a lot to be desired, but then so does this review.

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RE: The hell...
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 28th Mar 2009 15:45 UTC in reply to "The hell..."
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2005-06-29

Yeah, why don't you just quote the entire paragraph, making it clear that it's more than just the dialogue and the story that make Mass Effect stand out so much here:

GTA4 was lauded for its cutscenes, dialogue, and voice acting. I guess the people handing out the praise (basically every game reviewer) have never played Mass Effect, which sports the best dialogue and story of any game ever made. Yes, I'm very decisive in this case: Mass Effect's epic story, combined with the innovative dialogue controls, film-like camera work during dialogues, and the near-perfect trademark BioWare voice acting make it stand out above any other game in this department.


Edited 2009-03-28 15:45 UTC

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RE[2]: The hell...
by Michael on Mon 30th Mar 2009 01:20 UTC in reply to "RE: The hell..."
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2005-07-01

Mass Effect's plot may be epic but I'm more impressed by a small story, set in the real world than all that derivative, Star Trek stuff.

There are very few real world stories in video games. R* may make a nonsense of them with their lovable psychopath dichotomy and their body count but at least they're trying.

I thought the relationship between Nico and his cousin was actually pretty well realised - one of the most convincing relationships I've encountered in a game and that is something that seriously needs commending.

You're complaints were mostly pretty valid but it's unfair to ignore the game's qualities. The recreation of a contemporary American city has to be the best in video game history. Oh yeah, and multiplayer deathmatch rules. Seriously. Having both guns and cars as weapons and not having to aim makes for a surprisingly strategic shooter.

I think many of the game's failings derive from the fact the GTA games sell very well, so they don't like to change much (this game is nothing like as different from previous games as people make out). But, hopefully, the law of diminishing may finally be kicking in, even if the gaming world hasn't got the message from this and The Sims that people would like some games set in a real world that they can relate to.

BTW, you forgot to mention that the over-the-shoulder camera used in combat is complete rubbish.

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Chinatown Wars id way more fun
by gan17 on Sat 28th Mar 2009 15:39 UTC
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I've been playing GTA: Chinatown Wars on the Nintendo DS for the past week, and even at this early stage, I feel it's the best GTA game I've ever played.

I returned GTA IV (PS3) after a week... if was an inferior game to San Andreas in many respects.

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kill everyone for nothing
by GODhack on Sat 28th Mar 2009 16:50 UTC
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kill everyone for nothing <= reason why always GTA(ratings)=100%.

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Hint
by werpu on Sat 28th Mar 2009 20:42 UTC
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Dont go for overhyped games, they usually stink at gameplay...
I nowadays buy 90% independend games...

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overlooked
by sagum on Sat 28th Mar 2009 22:02 UTC
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I really enjoyed the first GTA, it was more of a pick up and play game back when we couldn't have 'good' graphics and effort was put into the fun aspect of game play. Something that is lacking in most modern games these days unfortunately.

I've given up on the GTA games now, its the same-old game repeated with less game play and seemingly better graphics/world engine, but thats about it.

Fans of GTA may find they prefer something along the same lines, with a bit more 'crazy' aspect to it. They should consider looking to give 'Just Cause' a try.
In saying that, remember its not GTA and you will find faults with Just Cause if you look at it as a clone. However, even on its own merits you'll find problems with that game but it sure is a nice alternative to GTA that provides a nice pick up and play game with some fun injected into it.

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/13670.html - review that some may find interesting.

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Come on, there are loads of games worse…
by Beta on Sat 28th Mar 2009 22:21 UTC
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:/
I rather liked Davilex’ M25 Racer, I even still have the CD preview copy (pressed but unlabelled)
It never crashed, it wasn’t insanely hard, you could even see real mapped buildings (it was like a poor mans MSR) in London!

As for GTA4, the only downside I found playing it were the pestering friends, much more tolerable in comparison to GTA: San Andreas’ eat/sleep/training regimen.

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Imagine my surprise
by Bit_Rapist on Sun 29th Mar 2009 02:47 UTC
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You are surprised the game did not live up to your expectations?

I'm surprised to read a review of the game almost a year after release. Its like so yesterday Thom. Get with it man. ;)

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Hmmm
by Soulbender on Sun 29th Mar 2009 08:00 UTC
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I hope it's better than GTA San Andreas. Jesus was that ever an over-rated game. I'm not easily offended and generally think all the hoopla about video game violence is nonsense (I can remember Commando Libya and the outrage it caused) but playing GTA San Andreas was the first time I considered a game morally reprehensible.
Your friends are morons, the main character lacks spine to tell them this and that their plans are moronic and you HAVE to accomplish them on these stupid, violent missions. I dunno, I just don't think willingly participating in drive-by shootings and murdering people for nothing endears myself to the character I'm supposed to root for. Too bad they squandered the angle to seek revenge for your dead mother but maybe that returned later. I never got that far before getting bored with the missions.
Only funny thing was to steal a Harley and drive around randomly. If avoiding the plot is the most fun thing something is really wrong with your game. Oh yeah, and you can get the creepiest lap-dance ever.

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Come on..
by t3RRa on Sun 29th Mar 2009 10:30 UTC
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A game review just with subjective comments on the FRONT PAGE at OSNEWS?? Come on.. this article is much *overrated*. I think if many people say that it is a fun game, that's not overrated. Rather, the person who say its overrated has a different (minor) taste. Period.

I have tried not to post a comment about a thing for a dozen times. However, I can tell which articles are written/posted by Thom only by reading a sentence or two from the article (or sometimes just by reading the title of the article!), and sadly imo most of them were quite depressing including this one. Please.. Thom.. Please.

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RE: Come on..
by Soulbender on Mon 30th Mar 2009 08:03 UTC in reply to "Come on.."
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A game review just with subjective comments


What else than subjective comments would one expect from a game review?

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RE[2]: Come on..
by t3RRa on Mon 30th Mar 2009 10:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Come on.."
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something more useful information than "I didn't like it, so it was overrated" thing.

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RE[3]: Come on..
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 30th Mar 2009 11:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Come on.."
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Then you didn't read the review.

I said I didn't like it, and provided a long list of faults with the game to explain why I didn't like it.

I'm sorry that I'm not a sheep.

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Agree with the author
by WorknMan on Sun 29th Mar 2009 19:59 UTC
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In a nutshell, this game is ass. Even one of the guys at Giantbomb said, "I love everything about this game, except actually playing it" and they STILL gave it game of the year. WTF?

I remember after playing it for an hour or two, I took this chick out on a date, and was playing this horrifically craptastic bowling mini-game, and then something happened on the way out to the car (think I ran into her or something)... she got spooked and ran away, then I had to do the whole f**king thing all over again.

And it didn't get any better after that. The controls for fighting are sloppy and rather unresponsive, and when you fail a mission because of the shoddy controls, you have to DRIVE to the mission all all over again. I swear, driving to the missions take longer than actually PLAYING them.

I have been told that eventually, you can call a taxi so you don't have to drive anymore, but I never made it that far. I'd rather watch flies f**k than play this game terrible any longer than I did. It was all I could endure. I'd rather play Combat on the Atari 2600. Seriously.

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RE: Agree with the author
by sbergman27 on Sun 29th Mar 2009 20:16 UTC in reply to "Agree with the author"
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I remember after playing it for an hour or two, I took this chick out on a date, and was playing this horrifically craptastic bowling mini-game, and then something happened on the way out to the car (think I ran into her or something)... she got spooked and ran away, then I had to do the whole f**king thing all over again.

Pardon me, as I haven't played this game. But are you talking about something that happened to you in real life, or something that happened in the game?

Edited 2009-03-29 20:16 UTC

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RE[2]: Agree with the author
by sbenitezb on Sun 29th Mar 2009 20:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Agree with the author"
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If he got a date, must be in game ;P

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I strongly disagree with the review
by rramalho on Mon 30th Mar 2009 10:47 UTC
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The game isn't bad. Far from it!

It has its flaws, but nothing like you described - I wonder how you could just play it to the end. When I don't like a game like you didn't like this one, I just give up. And feel sorry for spending 60-70€ on it...

You're a brave guy Thom. ;)

But I love GTA IV. Sorry. ;)

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Jeez...
by lindkvis on Mon 30th Mar 2009 11:56 UTC
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The game has plenty of annoyances, but it is actually FUN. Which is the most important for a game.

Mass effect, which the author gives so much praise to, consisted of 50% procedural content that repeated itself over and over again. The same dungeon, the same space ship, the same base, over and over again with slightly different game text and dialog associated with it. I quite quickly found out that side quests were a complete waste of time in Mass Effect.

Then the dialogue. The acting was solid, but the dialogue content was uninspiring and incredibly tedious. Very little humour or interest was involved.

Anyone that claims that Mass effect has the best story ever made has clearly never played either Baldur's gate or Planescape Torment. So Holwerda goes into the same trap as he claims the GTA reviewers go into. Besides, just because there is a better story around, doesn't mean praise can't be given. This is not a 'winners take all'. Mass effect has a decent story, but you are really drinking the cool aid if you think it is the best ever.

I have absolutely no idea why Holwerda can find Mass Effect fun, while slating GTA IV, when at least GTA IV's side missions has some variety in them and does not reuse the same tiny maps over and over again, with randomised crates to try to fool us into thinking it is somehow different.

I can only think that he wants to slate GTA IV because it is 'the cool thing to do'. Ludicrous review.

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RE: Jeez...
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 30th Mar 2009 12:04 UTC in reply to "Jeez... "
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2005-06-29

And here we have another one who refused to read properly.

I never said anything in this review about Mass Effect as a whole - I only specifically referred to the story/dialogue element of that game. The rest of Mass Effect is pretty damn terrible.

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RE[2]: Jeez...
by lindkvis on Mon 30th Mar 2009 15:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Jeez... "
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I never said anything in this review about Mass Effect as a whole - I only specifically referred to the story/dialogue element of that game. The rest of Mass Effect is pretty damn terrible.


Ah.. and so you attack the convenient parts of my post and ignore the part that actually addresses the story/dialogue part of Mass effect.

Your original argument is basically "GTA IV was given praise for story/dialogue, yet it isn't as good as Mass effect's story/dialog (which is the best ever), therefore it is terrible". This is a lousy line of argument.

Your whole review is pointless from a 'public education' point of view, and you even admit to it yourself. The only reason for this review is thus to make yourself appear superior by slating GTA IV. "I am so much better than everyone else, because I have seen through this product."

I fully respect your opinion, but I wasted a fair bit of time reading this drivel, and will try to remember this before reading another review of yours.

Of course, this post is also pointless from a public education point of view, since people will already have suffered through your review before reading this post.

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cars in the game
by aperh on Mon 30th Mar 2009 14:13 UTC
aperh
Member since:
2007-01-03

aren't really that difficult to control, you just have to get used to the in-game physics and then you can pull off shit you never could with realistic physics.

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