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Skyrim. Mass Effect 3. Rage, possibly.

After the StarCraft 2 expansions, the 'games I'm looking forward to (and are coming)' list is empty.

OutrageousEmu:

ZZoMBiE13:

Yahtzee Croshaw:
Extra Punctuation: Upcoming Games Won't Suck, Hopefully

Yahtzee runs down the games from E3 for which he has an inkling of hope.

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You can crow about Halo if you like, but no one EVER said Halo was ending. Bungie never said it, Microsoft never said it, no one ever said that Reach was the LAST HALO. They said it was BUNGIE'S LAST HALO. Note the difference. The studio taking over was established and running long before Reach's release.

Right now you're the loudest rooster who's crowing shit that EVERYONE ALREADY KNEW-A-DOODLE-DOO. Might want to dial back the cockey a notch. Wait... forgot who I was talking to.

Never mind. :P

Three words dude. Finish the Fight. Reach didn't say it was the last Halo, Halo 3 did - they only got by it by making prequels and interquels.

Halo 3 did finish the fight... the war against the Covenant. If Halo 4's tagline isn't "Start Another Fight" I'll be really disappointed.

Jonluw:
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Where is this image from?
It doesn't seem to be from any of the games mentioned in the article...

See the red text in the lower right corner? It says Serious Sam 3.

internetzealot1:
"what I've always liked about it is the way it encourages sneaky stealthy thoughtful approaches to quick surgical strikes before slipping off into the crowd. So when the trailer depicts Ezio having a big old crazy scrap with like a hundred guys, my fingers grope for my temples."

AC was only about stealth in the first one. The other two are about Rambo with a sword, and the dev team seems to think its a good direction.

All the devs did was improve combat so it was possible to actually defend yourself. You can hack guards up with a sword if you like, but that's the player's choice. AC gives you a lot of freedom in that respect.

DoanDavid:

Jonluw:
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Where is this image from?
It doesn't seem to be from any of the games mentioned in the article...

See the red text in the lower right corner? It says Serious Sam 3.

Ooooh, I see.

And here I was hoping that it was a monster for Skyrim I hadn't yet heard of.

No mention of the Far Cry 3 trailer?

I am saddened.

This was surprisingly positive and realistic (I know Yahtzee turns up the snark for his reviews, but still after reading David Wong's fifth "THE INDUSTRY IS DOOOOOOOMED" article, you kinda get used to the doomsayers), but I think we're kind of ignoring one of the main issues: this sequel hunger is our fault as consumers. I'm not placing myself above this, but how many people reading this REALLY take chances and buy something new and different when the safe and known is also staring them in the face. There's a reason games like Call of Duty or even Legend of Zelda games sell so well: they're familiar to us. We as consumers don't make it worth the developers' time to take chances on new IPs with new gameplay hooks. Building an all-new engine from the ground up is not only time consuming, it costs tons of money and the results are often not very high-quality in their first few outings. There aren't any simple solutions, and this isn't JUST a videogame industry problem (basically every single entertainment industry is being swamped by remakes and sequels (yes, even literature). There's no escaping it: safe sells.

Wait a minute... You prefer a silent protagonist?? What about Issac from Dead Space... I thought I recall you detesting having a mute character player.

I mean Serious Sam isn't mute... Well he expresses his badassery at particular times in the game, mostly during the first level in the first encounter and in those "so called" hidden telephone booths.

Me personally. I prefer a talkative MC, who is willing to show us he has a character and emotions. The best example I can give is The Darkness (on of my all time favs). You had first person combat and third person communication with other characters. Also really loved his narration and explanation during the cutscenes and loading screens.

GamerLuck:

Sucal:

Yahtzee Croshaw:
The Silent Hill HD Collection

OH GOD IS THIS THE EMOTION YOU CALL JOY????

Wait Yahtzee is feeling a positive emotion! Quick, see if Ludo and the Anti-Yahtzee have finally gotten married. Oh and get your ice skates and all that.

I literally bust out laughing when i read this part.

Always good to make obscure references.

Surprised he hasn't mentioned DMC yet...but maybe he'll get to that eventually.

Yahtzee:
Besides, this coming from David Jaffe, David "Twisted Metal, Twisted Metal 2, Twisted Metal Black, Twisted Metal Head On: Extra Twisted Edition and Twisted Metal Again" Jaffe, smacks a little of a five-year-old faecal artist trying to blame his older sister for not tattling on him fast enough.

Jaffe has released all of those games over the course of what, 15 years?
That's to say nothing of the fact that the genre of his titles is pretty damn niche'. It'd be like blaming From Software for releasing all of their Armored Core games; they only do it because they are the only ones in their business who care at all, and if they didn't that genre wouldn't even exist.

Apart from that, there wasn't really anything at E3 that kept my attention besides the WiiU (and not for good reasons either) including anything on Yahtzee's little list there.
Well, ok, except for Skyrim. I haven't seen this much undeserved hype and praise for a title we know fuck-all about besides "It has dragons." and "It's mainly for consoles".

But Yahtzee, SS3 is just trying to 'appeal to a wider audience'.

Tin Man:
lol, when its other peoples favourite games its 'They can't let go of the past' and when its yours you piss your pants.

You're just another one of the unwashed Croshaw, admit it!

I have to agree here. Yahtzee needs to stop shitting on games simply because he didnt like them, or in this case, shitting on games that haven't even been released yet because he doesn't like the series. I felt like he was just basing his paragraphs on the series as a whole, rather than just the trailers, yeah okay, compare, that's fine, but don't base your entire opinion on related influences.

Hyperactiveman:
Wait a minute... You prefer a silent protagonist?? What about Issac from Dead Space... I thought I recall you detesting having a mute character player.

I mean Serious Sam isn't mute... Well he expresses his badassery at particular times in the game, mostly during the first level in the first encounter and in those "so called" hidden telephone booths.

Me personally. I prefer a talkative MC, who is willing to show us he has a character and emotions. The best example I can give is The Darkness (on of my all time favs). You had first person combat and third person communication with other characters. Also really loved his narration and explanation during the cutscenes and loading screens.

Nice, you caught him.

Seriously though, it works differently in different games, like DN wouldn't be the same without his bad ass voice acting, hell the only reason I sat and watched my friend play that game was to hear more funny one-liners.

I think he meant, if it's not a loveable or particularly cool player character, make them silent.

I'm excited for Sonic Generations! Not only is there going to be close to classic physics like Sonic 1, 2 and 3&K unlike 4 where Dimps were lazy fucks and used Sonic Rush physics AND Dimps is doing the same thing for the 3DS version of Generations. There is new renditions of classic levels, updated music, and a bunch of cool stuff. There is no way this game can be bad. It's basically going to be the second good Sonic game in a row following Sonic Colors.

I agree with yhatzee's view on serious sam 3, however he seem to have forgotten a important game: the new sly cooper game, which is probably going to be awesome.

A silent protagonist is a bit annoying, but its also annoying when they speak nonsensical crap.
A Protag with a decent passive dialogue and active dialogue would be the best in my opinion.

To answer this question before it is asked, Passive Dialogue is the things your character says when just moving about or in response to something in the environment(like in point and click adventure games where the character says this is x or x looks funny or what have you verbal flavor text basically). Look at bastion for the best example of what I mean, granted that's external narration and not the character speaking but the idea is the same.

I for one would love to hear the thoughts of these game characters as they encounter obstacles, enemies or just weird crap strew about the scenery, for example the bloody handwriting on the walls and floors in the medical wing of Rapture; the first time I saw that stuff it was very disconcerting all the violent imagery and the sense that the person who wrote/did this is truly insane and is lurking about in the shadows and crannies of this slowly self destructing tin can under the ocean and I need to find this nutjob before I can GTFO.

If the Character expressed similar concerns it would have been a more immersive experience

CardinalPiggles:
But Yahtzee, SS3 is just trying to 'appeal to a wider audience'.

Tin Man:
lol, when its other peoples favourite games its 'They can't let go of the past' and when its yours you piss your pants.

You're just another one of the unwashed Croshaw, admit it!

I have to agree here. Yahtzee needs to stop shitting on games simply because he didnt like them, or in this case, shitting on games that haven't even been released yet because he doesn't like the series. I felt like he was just basing his paragraphs on the series as a whole, rather than just the trailers, yeah okay, compare, that's fine, but don't base your entire opinion on related influences.

I am pretty shure he will shit over ss3 if it sucks when it comes out. Thing is, he nealy pissed his pants because yhatze really enjoys oldschool shooters where you don't have to hide like a panzy, and can carry a ton of guns, the experience which duke nukem failed to deliver, and whit that tagline it just seems like the people making the serious sam game really gets what the target audience wants.

CyricZ:

BlueKite1675:
I'm surprised that he didn't mention Cathrine it seems like everything he wants in a game.
(new ideas, horror, karma meter that actually means something)

Probably for the unfortunate reason that the majority of Atlus games don't make it to down under. :(

I was wondering if he'd say something on Hitman: Absolution. No David Bateson (voice of 47), no Jesper Kyd, it appears that Diana Burnwood is now a sexpot (when she was originally a stuffy matron type), and from what I'm understanding, you get bonuses for killing all enemies in an area.

Hey, IO. You don't have to race Metroid to franchise suicide. There's no prize for winning except for the ire of the fanbase you've built up.

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT? Hitman is one of my fave series of all time, but everything i learn about this game makes me want to play it less...
Killing everyone shouldn't be rewarded, it should be the other way around! And no map? I used to sit for 10 mins studying the map and peoples walking paths before making a move.

I wonder why David Bateson bailed? Probably because he thought it was shit.

im definitely looking forward to mass effect 3. looks good and sounds good too. yes, i am a ME fan.
also tomb raider seams to go in a interesting direction. just hope they will not make fighting like hell as a survival skill.
at least in some news i read that you have to look for food and water. go hunting etc. i really hope this will be true.

Yahtzee's comment on Skyrim makes me doubt if he's qualified to comment on the other stuff. He basically admitted to seeing the one trailer they released months ago. Either it's lazy writing or he just hasn't bothered to see the G4 game play demonstration, or the 7 minute long game play video posted a while ago.

I'm willing to bet $100 that Halo 4-6 is gonna suck. (What it means to "suck" is completely subjective) Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim have my preorder.

The actual footage at E3 was pretty fucking cool, actually. Just walking amongst the herd of mammoths and giants was enough to bring the world to life for me, and the game's not out for months.

I could be wrong, but the new footage looks pretty fucking incredible, and a good deal better than Oblivion was.

I'm quite surprised, as are other, that he did not mention Saints Row the Third. I recall he married the second game...

"Twisted Metal, Twisted Metal 2, Twisted Metal Black, Twisted Metal Head On: Extra Twisted Edition and Twisted Metal Again"

He also made God of War (and only the first one).

Tin Man:
lol, when its other peoples favourite games its 'They can't let go of the past' and when its yours you piss your pants.

You're just another one of the unwashed Croshaw, admit it!

I'll bet you anything that was deliberate either as a joke or to just say that he's no different than everyone else.

Jyggalag:
I'm willing to bet $100 that Halo 4-6 is gonna suck. (What it means to "suck" is completely subjective) Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim have my preorder.

Do you mean suck on their own merits or suck when compared to the Halos Bungie made?

Turbobutts:
Yahtzee, you might wanna disregard Skyrim and instead keep an eye on Saints Row The Third. Just saying.

i was about to say... where's saints row the third?

but at least no mention of cash-in of duty

Father Time:

Tin Man:
lol, when its other peoples favourite games its 'They can't let go of the past' and when its yours you piss your pants.

You're just another one of the unwashed Croshaw, admit it!

I'll bet you anything that was deliberate either as a joke or to just say that he's no different than everyone else.

In this case I completely agree, and he positioned it so in his writing to highlight that fact, but this isn't a new thing for him, and its still absurd that the moment some other franchise gets a remake he's the first person to throw shit about the place ranting about a lack of creativity and re-selling old licenses and so on, but then a franchise he likes does it and he becomes one of the sheep he is so quick lo lambast.

We all do it, but what we all don't all do is go on about the importance of true critique and wax lyrical about integrity.

Tin Man:

Father Time:

Tin Man:
lol, when its other peoples favourite games its 'They can't let go of the past' and when its yours you piss your pants.

You're just another one of the unwashed Croshaw, admit it!

I'll bet you anything that was deliberate either as a joke or to just say that he's no different than everyone else.

In this case I completely agree, and he positioned it so in his writing to highlight that fact, but this isn't a new thing for him, and its still absurd that the moment some other franchise gets a remake he's the first person to throw shit about the place ranting about a lack of creativity and re-selling old licenses and so on, but then a franchise he likes does it and he becomes one of the sheep he is so quick lo lambast.

We all do it, but what we all don't all do is go on about the importance of true critique and wax lyrical about integrity.

This isn't a remake though it's old games in HD. He complained about remakes being made for Silent Hill.

Hm, I thought there would be a comment about Asura's Wrath.
Seems like the perfect game for a review :)

No mention of the new Hitman? I thought that was one of your favorite games, Yahtzee. I also think that Skyrim will be epic, the gameplay footage I've seen looked amazing. And I agree with the comments about Mass Effect 3, I was really hoping they would ditch Shepard for ME2 and they ended up keeping him/her for the third installment! Bioware has built up a whole galaxy of races, cultures, cities, and characters and we are still seeing just this one dude the whole time.

Let's see...
Sequel
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Another zombie game
Sequel
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Sequel
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Sequel(s)
HD Remake

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Sorry this is pretty late and somewhat off-topic, but:

I've often thought there needs to be a really decent survival-based game, like you have to cross a procedurally-generated desert while watching your food and water intake and finding shelter for each night.

You may want to check out these two indie games: Pathologic and The Void. Both have very heavy survival elements and good storylines (though Pathologic's English translation is a train wreck). I'd recommend taking a look at them when you have time, they sound like things you'd like.

What about Uncharted 3?
Meh, I guess he'll spend 5 minutes talking about how Nathan Drake is a dickhead anyway.

The Silent Hill HD Collection? What's exciting about that? I thought Yathzee disliked the concept of remaking already existing products. Though I'd guess he's sarcastic.

...I still wonder what's happening with the Last Guardian.

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