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The Uncharted games are almost literally Resident Evil 4 reskins just with even shittier plots.
Without the resource + health management systems like that game has I'm not sure you could even say they're that much. They're incredibly shallow games driven entirely by spectacle with next to no engaging interactive elements.
 
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Alekto

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What did they do? I haven't heard about this so I'm curious.
I was hyperbolic with the prison comment, but that company's culture promotes mandatory crunch for years. There are good articles on (gasp) Kotaku and other sites documenting this. Just search "rockstar crunch":

https://kotaku.com/inside-rockstar-games-culture-of-crunch-1829936466
https://www.vg247.com/2018/10/23/rockstar-games-crunch-overtime-game-credits-work/
https://venturebeat.com/2018/10/25/rockstar-red-dead-redemption-crunch/

There are dozens of other articles about this.

It's peer pressure, bonus dangling, credits blackmail, and other BS. Very unethical. You'd probably make more money and spend more time with your family as an Uber driver than a Rockstar QA test slave or junior dev.
 

Zaragoza

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I was hyperbolic with the prison comment, but that company's culture promotes mandatory crunch for years. There are good articles on (gasp) Kotaku and other sites documenting this. Just search "rockstar crunch":

https://kotaku.com/inside-rockstar-games-culture-of-crunch-1829936466
https://www.vg247.com/2018/10/23/rockstar-games-crunch-overtime-game-credits-work/
https://venturebeat.com/2018/10/25/rockstar-red-dead-redemption-crunch/

There are dozens of other articles about this.

It's peer pressure, bonus dangling, credits blackmail, and other BS. Very unethical. You'd probably make more money and spend more time with your family as an Uber driver than a Rockstar QA test slave or junior dev.
Is this like something you've never heard of before? This happens every time with every major AAA release.
 

Zaragoza

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Rockstar culture is bad even for vidya jobs. They are notorious for using Hollywood tactics ("Be glad you have a job slaving away for Pixar 100 hours a week"). They are total assholes.

Show us how this is normal for "every major AAA release."
Like you said about unethical practices, Konami had reviewers go through boot camp to make sure they made positive reviews for MGS5. And this is stuff that they've been doing even before the infamous Kojima split.

Edit: Also in regards to horrible crunch time like you said, during the development of Halo 2, it was infamous among the Bungie staff that they had to work a shit load of hours even to the point of leaving till 11 at night for months on end to finish the demanding deadline MS set in.
 
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Alto

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Soma is a really overlooked and underappreciated game and has some really poignant fucked up shit in it. There are parts of it that slog a little but it deserves some solid recognition in the sci fi genre of gaming.
 

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Is anyone else annoyed at that one hold-down-X-to-do-the-thing function that every fucking modern game has? You know, the one where you hold down a button, wait for a circle to fill up, and then you open the door, take the item, kill the guy etc etc etc?

It feels lazy and I don't understand the purpose. If it's to make the process longer and heighten tension, why not just make it a simple button press and make the animation slightly longer?
It might be an artifact of multiplayer games: "hold left mouse for 20 seconds to open the exit" works in Dead by Daylight because the rest of the game is still running while you're doing that, meaning that there's a good (better than good, in some cases) chance that the killer will stroll up and murder your happy ass while the bar is filling.
 

Mammal Pod

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For me, a lot of that is the completely haphazard nature of the story and the inconsistent pacing. The first two didn't have the greatest stories I'll admit, but the third one felt phoned in and was packed with inconsistent characterizations and completely pointless scenes (the ship graveyard being a big one). 3 feels a lot less coherent in general; Cutter is just suddenly introduced and he's built up as an important character but he does next to nothing and leaves the story never to be heard from again. Then there's Drake and Elena's relationship, which was started right back to where they were at the beginning of 2 for no real reason, and at that point it was starting to feel extremely repetitive. Naughty Dog admitted that for 3 they wrote the setpieces first and then cobbled a story around that, and it really shows.

Uncharted 3 isn't a bad game per se, personally I think 4 is the worst in the series because that one is straight up dull and monotonous. 3 at least as some of the most stunning high-octane sequences in the series, like the sinking boat at the end of the ship graveyard and the burning building in France. I guess that 3 didn't make me care as much for the characters like the first 2 did and relied way more on spectacle than actual pacing.
From a gameplay standpoint 3 is also incredibly frustrating since all enemies rushed your position because Naughty Dog wanted to show off their NEW and IMPROVED melee combat system, so then random fucks with assault rifles would saunter up to you and lock you into a fistfight while shotgunners got close and instakilled you.
 
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Alekto

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Rockstar is incredibly abusive. They mandate crunch, they exploit interns and first-year grads, they are shit. What they do is illegal under US and Canadian law. These lame game journalism articles only scratch the surface of a culture of abuse and exploitation so a couple fakes get rich. Wait for the articles about Chinese and Filipino render shops, outsourced hell.
 

Tron: Deadly Dicks

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Alan Wake has one of the most unlikable protagonists I've ever had to deal with.

Max Payne 3 is an insult of a game and the worst of Rockstar's "attitude".

I couldn't finish Far Cry 2 because it's a chore to play and I didn't care about a single person in the campaign, not even my own.

I think Phantasy Star III was rushed out before it was really finished but is a legitimately good game and if Mega Man 3 got a pass despite being even more unfinished then I don't see why PSIII gets so much crap.

Mega Man 2 is an uneven game with far too many parts that are somehow more difficult than in the first game, and Mega Man 3 is an unfinished boring chore to go through and the only good piece of music in the entire game is the credits theme.
 

Idiotron

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Every time I hear people talking about Alan Wake, they're trashing it.
To me, aside from the few very short driving sections, it might be the best horror game I've ever played.
The game looks and sounds beautiful, the idea of combat system where you fight the creatures of darkness with light is neat, it also has the best story in any horror game ever (the game is clearly an homage to horror books and the script is so good that it could have very well been a solid horror book instead of a game).

Every Sonic game except the Sonic Racing games is trash.

Skyrim is the ugliest thing I've seen since Caitlyn Jenner.
 

purpleboy

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Rockstar is incredibly abusive. They mandate crunch, they exploit interns and first-year grads, they are shit. What they do is illegal under US and Canadian law. These lame game journalism articles only scratch the surface of a culture of abuse and exploitation so a couple fakes get rich. Wait for the articles about Chinese and Filipino render shops, outsourced hell.
Because sperging about on the internet is gonna make it all better, right? Nothing says "cares about the working man" like a pampered bitch autistically screeching in front of a keyboard. Go back to ResetEra, I'm sure the "capitalism is killing gaming" thread misses you dearly.

P.S.: While the Housers are probably assholes and do deserve much of the blame, you can't forget that Take-Two's "neckbreathing" is probably the biggest reason as to why it happened. The Housers may be douchebags, but Take-Two is legitimately evil.

On to my unpopular opinion: I actually kind of enjoy Jaws Unleashed. It's a stupid ass game that spits in the face of Ecco the Dolphin's legacy, but it's also stupidly fun. It's difficult to not be amused by the fact that this big fucking shark that was killed by a fucking spear in the original movie is now a criminal mastermind capable of navigating minefields, using keycards, battling killer whales and using old torpedos to blow up ships, helicopters, and oil derricks. It's by no means well made, but goddamn does it entertain me
 
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purpleboy

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Concept art is almost always cooler than the crap we actually end up with.
Well yeah, it's been that way since NES. The whole point is just to show the artist's vision/dev's interpretation. That's why the whole "MN9 LOOKS NOTHING LIKE THE CONCEPT ART" shit is stupid, but the game itself was still smelly dogshit
 

Watcher

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Concept art is almost always cooler than the crap we actually end up with.
Concept art tends to be somewhat abstract and loose. Like the artist didn't really think about "how is this going to be in the game?" If you've ever tried to make 3D art it's challenging to translate a floating castle into a polygon.
 

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