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Borderlands 2 is actively punishing solo players

Borderlands 2

This post is spoiler free:

I’ve been playing far more Borderlands in the last few weeks than I ought, it’s a fantastic game that has taken the good aspects from the previous game and polished them into a mirror shine. There are also many welcome new features like Badass rank and Steamworks, but there is only major element of the game that hasn’t improved in quite the way I’d have liked. It’s called ‘Fight for Your Life’.

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Deus Ex

Deus Ex

Disclaimer: the first part of this was written months and months ago in a fit of rage:

Disclaimer 2: Spoilers follow:

So due to Eidos’ frankly terrible game design, I have a choice between continuing (and failing) to attempt to kill this third boss and eventually gouging out my eyes and recreating a scene from Event Horizon, or restarting the game and playing the last 15+ hours from the start because my save pair only extends back an hour (a length of time that in most games, is enough to save from any fatal mistake)

Little did I know there’d be a choice four hours before the consequences that screw you over. Four hours… Really Eidos? You really want to separate a choice with it’s consequences by four hours of gameplay so that any chance of reloading a save to make the other choice is gone? » Continue reading “Deus Ex”

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How to lose my respect and put me off buying

Two games recently have taken hold of my attention, and both of them have squandered it. I could have been one of those guys who gets excited at the very mention of it and preorders a copy at the first opportunity possible, but instead they push me away into that area no developer wants to put its potential customers in.

What are these games, and what have they done so wrong? » Continue reading “How to lose my respect and put me off buying”

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