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fatpantz 7/5/2013 1:34:09 AM

This is almost the perfect game if it had only perfected the AI of your teammates and some of the simplicity of the enemies movements...I cant wait to see what Naughty Dog does with the sequel on next gen console.  My buddy who rips through games did 16 hrs on single player, I explored a lot more and hit 18 hrs first time through.

This game is the closest thing there is to controlling a movie imo.  It is so story and character driven that you really invest in the characters well being and survival.  There are a few moments in the game that will threaten to bring a tear to your eye.  The best in game acting to date and the devs used some subliminal imagery to play off your emotions.

 

SPOILERS ** SPOILERS ** SPOILERS **

There is an emotional scene where Ellie and Joel come across some giraffes.  It is really the first bonding moment that the two of them share.  Later in the game after she is being operated on, you are passing through a children's section of a hospital and murals on the walls lightly depict giraffes.  As Joel is already emotional and moving at a panicked pace looking for her, the subliminal image of the giraffes comes back in a heavy emotional way.

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Despite the minor bugs with AI, I can honestly say this is the best console game ever released to date and is the only one I have ever picked up to play again on the next difficulty setting.

jedibanner 7/5/2013 5:24:26 AM

fatpantz...I didn't read your full comment but it is appreciated that you put spoilers alert...I'm getting the game this weekend, can't wait to play it, looks awsome.

ActionMovieGod 7/5/2013 5:27:15 AM

Played threw it beat it in a little over 15 hours and yes Very good...

mjc519 7/5/2013 1:21:26 PM

Awesome game period!

Daybreak0100 7/5/2013 2:37:05 PM

@FATPANTZ I caught that aswell! very emotional.. sad music and all during the scene *chills*

Best game I've played so far this year. Bioshock Infinite had a great story aswell, so this was a great continuation of what is to come within the future of gaming! Naughty Dog for the WIN

hanso 7/5/2013 2:50:19 PM

 Question, this game a movie or a game?  I don't like playing stuff like Hard Rain or games with a lot of cutscenes like Metal Gear Solid 4, so if its like that I'll have to pass.  

I played the demo and I liked it but it was way short so I'm not really short how the game plays.  If its something like Bioshock Infinite where you learn the story as you play along but are constantly playing as opposed to watching then I can pick it up.

hanso 7/5/2013 2:51:09 PM

 My comment above should ready *not really sure how the game plays*

acidsquall73 7/5/2013 4:21:54 PM

Hanso - the balance of gameplay/cutscenes tips heavily towards the cutscenes side. It's an excellent game with a super strong story, but the above being your preference, I don't think you'll get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I know exactly what you are talking about with Heavy Rain. And truth be told, as far as the cutscenes are concerned, I actually compared it to Heavy Rain to myself at one point.

hanso 7/5/2013 4:39:24 PM

 Acidsquall, thanks man.  I'll hold off on the game then, maybe give it a try on redbox or something instead of dropping $60 on it.  I have nothing against character driven/ story heavy games but they are just not my cup of tea.  They are too passive imo and I rather be more active when gaming.

Daybreak0100 7/6/2013 12:10:19 AM

I personally thought the Cutscene/Gameplay ratio was well balanced. But yeah, if you are already holding off, might as well until it is cheaper. There are a lot of "interactive" (button mashing) cutscenes.

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