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#1 Feb 07 2012 at 5:19 PM Rating: Good
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Came out today. I played the demo, which felt a lot like a mix between Fable and Skyrim. It wasn't quite as open-world as Skyrim, but still pretty open, and with a cartoon-ish art style reminiscent of WoW/Fable.

The largest appeal is the class system, however. You have a talent tree system, with the three trees being, essentially, Warrior/Rogue/Mage. You can be a pure one of any of the three, and you get a class assigned based on that. But if you start putting points into other trees as a hybrid, then you unlock a new class based on how you've spent them. It's pretty cool. And you can switch between any of your unlocked classes, which is handy since a lot of them have unique bonuses.

The big bonus to playing the demo is that if you decide you like it, then all the stuff you earned carries over to the main game if you buy it. So you don't have to do the tutorial section again.

Haven't bought it yet, but I think I might, and I was seeing if anyone else was going to.
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#2 Feb 07 2012 at 5:20 PM Rating: Good
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Oh, and playing through the demo also unlocks some items for Mass Effect 3.
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#3 Feb 07 2012 at 5:29 PM Rating: Excellent
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I saw a 25% off deal and was thinking about it but the deal was only for UK customers so I didn't. I suppose by the time I'm tired of Skyrim, it'll be on sale for the poor Americans.
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#4 Feb 07 2012 at 6:23 PM Rating: Decent
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I played the demo. I'll probably pick it up once it's under thirty bucks. The same goes for FFXIII-2.
#5 Feb 07 2012 at 8:36 PM Rating: Good
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IGN has their review up, for those wanting a little more information.
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1216517p1.html
#6 Feb 07 2012 at 9:32 PM Rating: Good
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I picked it up. It's pretty fun; art direction was done by Todd McFarlane, and RA Salvatore had a hand in creating the world it takes place in. Ken Rolston was part of it too.

Anyway, the plot is nothing innovative. In fact, there isn't really any facet of the game that really feels original. That said, it does what it aims to do, and does it very well. Combat is fun, and I know I'll play through it at least a couple times to play with different combat styles. The side-quests are pretty standard filler, and the main story isn't terribly engaging, but it holds itself together well enough to keep you playing.

If heavily story-driven games are what you're into, you might not care for it, but if you are looking for some fun button smashing dungeon grinds with lots of loot upgrades, I'd pick it up. I'll get enough enjoyment out of it to justify the full purchase price, but I can see waiting for it to be < $40.

My biggest disappointment is with the game booklet. Getting a new game and reading the booklet cover-to-cover has always been one of my favorite rituals, and this booklet is literally just a tri-folded sheet. Also kind of bummed there was no pre-order edition with a Todd McFarlane artbook. That would have been cool.

Destructoid's Review
Giant Bomb's Review

Edited, Feb 7th 2012 10:33pm by Spoonless
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#7 Feb 07 2012 at 11:35 PM Rating: Good
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that guy is a ******* idiot. he's ten times a better writer than gamer. don't believe anything he says about game balance or combat. if he says it's perfect, it's too easy. if he says it's impossible, all it really means is it takes practice, forethought, and skill.
#8 Feb 08 2012 at 2:06 PM Rating: Good
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So, I got the game.

and Chakrams look really cool to use.
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#9 Feb 08 2012 at 2:24 PM Rating: Good
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I like the Faeblades.
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#10 Feb 08 2012 at 2:26 PM Rating: Good
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I'm playing as a sneakystabby character with some magic. Stealthing around is cool and all but a good portion of the time, you can't sneak behind targets and just have to engage them in open combat. Not a huge deal because the combat is fun, but it makes the stealth talents feel a little underutilized.

In the process of joining the equivalent to a Thieves Guild.
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#11 Feb 09 2012 at 12:09 AM Rating: Good
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This looks like my kind of game! Too bad it's 60 dollars.
#12 Feb 09 2012 at 12:29 AM Rating: Good
So tempted to buy this game... Urge will probably overcome my good sense to wait for a Steam sale by this weekend I imagine.
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#13 Feb 09 2012 at 12:45 AM Rating: Decent
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and Chakrams look really cool to use

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I like the Faeblades.


Faeblades and chakrams are awesome. They're even better when you use both at the same time!

I'm really having a blast so far. The combat is fantastic.
#14 Feb 09 2012 at 6:19 AM Rating: Excellent
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If you're able to use the .uk store, Greenmangaming is offering 20% off with code RECKN-GMGLO-VESYA

Not available to people outside the UK region.
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#15 Feb 09 2012 at 9:52 AM Rating: Decent
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It's nice if you can get it at a discount but even at 60$ it's well worth the price.

#16 Feb 09 2012 at 10:56 AM Rating: Good
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I used to have no issue dropping 60 bucks on a game, but Steam has spoiled me.
#17 Feb 09 2012 at 12:19 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm on PS3 so no Steam deal for me Smiley: glare
#18 Feb 09 2012 at 1:12 PM Rating: Good
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might be moot if i try out the demo tonight and my computer cant run it. then id be stuck getting it on console and would have no reason to wait for a sale. Smiley: grin

eta: might just get it on console anyway since i have a fancy new TV (thanks uncle Sam!) to play on.

Edited, Feb 9th 2012 11:13am by KTurner
#19 Feb 09 2012 at 2:08 PM Rating: Decent
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I don't have a problem with dropping $60 for a game I want, but the problem is that doing so is far too often outside my capabilities now. :(

Yeah, I COULD drop that 60$. Of course, I could also end up unable to pay my rent in May. ;)
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#20 Feb 09 2012 at 2:12 PM Rating: Good
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lol wrong forum.

Edited, Feb 9th 2012 3:12pm by idiggory
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#21 Feb 09 2012 at 2:16 PM Rating: Excellent
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I just keep a large enough backlog that I can afford to wait for a good sale 'cause I've enough other stuff to do.
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#22 Feb 09 2012 at 2:57 PM Rating: Good
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Playing the demo has been enjoyable though. I really like the art styles. Camera was ridiculously sensitive (at least with my Razer Naga). Turned it all the way down, lol.
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#23 Feb 09 2012 at 3:04 PM Rating: Good
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bought it at lunch. if my wife gets mad im throwing you guys under the bus.
#24 Feb 09 2012 at 4:28 PM Rating: Good
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Playing the demo has been enjoyable though. I really like the art styles. Camera was ridiculously sensitive (at least with my Razer Naga). Turned it all the way down, lol.


I use a Naga too, and I didn't have a problem with it. Weird.

But yeah, the art style is cool. With the game they really went for an over the top feel, which I feel like translated pretty well.
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#25 Feb 09 2012 at 5:19 PM Rating: Good
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I really liked the gear art.

And my character's fine ***.
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#26 Feb 10 2012 at 9:31 AM Rating: Good
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Glad I picked it up. I really enjoy seeing my robe wearing wizard with grey hair and a beard casting lightning bolts from a distance, and then when the monsters get close - HUGE ******* HAMMER TO THE FACE.

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