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Two level demo up in the usual places. Ran through the 360 version earlier.

It's not supposed to be this good, is it? Solid shooting, loads of thoughtful little details on the part of the developer. I'd utterly dismissed this, now I'm weighing it up against Syndicate.

By contrast, I deleted the ME3 demo halfway through. Bored the piss out of me. That'll get picked up in a sale down the line.
#1 at 03:26:11 - 16/02/2012
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I was fairly interested in this game since I first heard about it, with Nagoshi's name behind it I don't see why it wasn't expected to be good. Nice to hear the demo is fun, will look for it at the first price drop possible (lol releasing games in the same week as new hardware).
#2 at 03:33:24 - 16/02/2012
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I was surprised at how good it was too, a very good blend of Gears and Vanquish and I pre-ordered it almost immediately after playing the demo.

Apparently the PS3 demo isn't as lovely as the 360 one if the grumbles on GAF are to be believed, it worked very nicely on my 360 though.

Shame there won't be a PC version though, it'd be even nicer at higher res with 60FPS I'm sure.

Anyhow, it has a French robot and an obviously boozy British bloke who doesn't think much of Yanks so that's nice.
#3 at 09:58:17 - 16/02/2012
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Liked the sound of the scavenger gang of kids looting for weapons.

Might have to have a look at this.
#4 at 10:06:45 - 16/02/2012
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sounds surprisingly good, any co-op stuff in the game?
#5 at 10:16:59 - 16/02/2012
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Whizzo said:Shame there won't be a PC version though

:(

This should be illegal at this late stage of the console cycle.
#6 at 10:45:02 - 16/02/2012
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Espad said:sounds surprisingly good, any co-op stuff in the game?
4 player hoard mode basically.

There's the regular MP standards of DM/TDM/capture stuff as well.

http://youtu.be/A_ekH3csnH4
#7 at 11:03:27 - 16/02/2012
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ooooh, tempting....
#8 at 11:11:09 - 16/02/2012
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Very good demo.

This has gone from a 2 to an 8 on the interestometer.
#9 at 14:12:56 - 16/02/2012
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Pre-ordered with Shopto for 30. Really good price, and I like the style.

I'll be buying considerably less games from Easter onwards as my girlfriend is moving in with me. (The German lass who is a dead ringer for January Jones - yeah, I can't believe my luck either.) Plus, I'm going part-time with the teaching until september, as the agency want me to get as far into my second book as possible this year.

Game time is soon to become a thing of the past, I fear. At least the girlfriend has no issues with my "childish" hobby.
#10 at 19:01:26 - 17/02/2012
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I never realised that this was a Toshihiro Nagoshi game, who also did the Yakuza games. Yup, the guy who brought us Super Monkey Ball made Yakuza and this.
#11 at 10:55:06 - 18/02/2012
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fuck it, pre-ordered this at shopto for just under 30, now do i cancel syndicate....
#12 at 15:19:20 - 20/02/2012
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Do Shopto have a pre-order price guarantee? I ordered it when it was two quid more expensive!

edit: ah yes it's dropped in my orders list!
#13 at 16:11:35 - 20/02/2012
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Espad said:fuck it, pre-ordered this at shopto for just under 30, now do i cancel syndicate....
It's your turn to recommend something to me next time. :-)
#14 at 16:17:40 - 20/02/2012
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Deal!
#15 at 16:48:47 - 20/02/2012
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looks like this is going to be a shopto wednesday release, sent already!
#16 at 11:19:48 - 21/02/2012
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Looks that way, I had a payment failure (I pre-ordered using PayPal and wondered when I'd get prompted to actually pay it), it's paid now so I should imagine it'll be in the post soon too.
#17 at 11:29:50 - 21/02/2012
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Limited edition version is here from shopto. :)
#18 at 17:14:51 - 22/02/2012
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As is mine, just about to install it! :-)
#19 at 17:42:29 - 22/02/2012
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Niiiice :)
/at work, games at home :(
#20 at 17:43:08 - 22/02/2012
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Not too far in, only got to chapter 2 which is the first demo mission and stopped as I'm out this evening. It's been mostly tutorial and scene setting so far, just before the chapter 2 comes up the title card finally makes an appearance!

I'm enjoying it, the speech can be a bit hit and miss at times and having turned off subtitles I'm beginning to think I'll have to turn them back on otherwise you don't see what the game thinks what you've said. Also you don't get any subs for the Japanese but perhaps you're not supposed to as you're a dumb Yank squaddie? If anyone has left the subs on let me know.

It is Gears and Vanquish and it's fun, the dialogue between Dan and Bo is rather funny at times too, although them discussing Bo's film habits right in front of someone shows neither of them have much in the way of tact! :-D
#21 at 20:12:39 - 22/02/2012
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This game has a habit of hearing "fuck you" as "love you". Which is causing me some issues. :) Some amusing banter is developing, depending on team choices.
#22 at 23:21:47 - 22/02/2012
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What was in the LE?
#23 at 01:40:06 - 23/02/2012
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A couple of download codes for some MP maps and some SP gear.

It's probably one of those "fake" LEs where all of them are, the MP maps pack will probably be the equivalent of an online pass but it sounds much nicer being "free" DLC.
#24 at 09:32:38 - 23/02/2012
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This is very good indeed, feels pleasantly eastern (depsite the international cast), like RMJ loving the voice commands, was playing this on the headphones and my wife asked who the hell I was saying 'love you' to!
#25 at 10:29:56 - 23/02/2012
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Decent review at Videogamer that sums up how I feel about it too:

Even so, these clashes between East and West cause more than enough sparks to make Binary Domain one of the most interesting culture shocks in a long time. It's redolent of the late Dreamcast/early PS2 era, when games were edgier and more interesting, before they were focus-tested into oblivion. While there's evidence that some of the sharper edges have been sanded off here, it's the unusual blend of western polish and Japanese creativity that makes Binary Domain so fascinating.
#26 at 14:23:41 - 23/02/2012
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Bit of a bizarre implication that Japan is incapable of producing polished games without superior white man Tom Cruise coming along to be The Last Programmer, but sounds good though!

Whizzo said:A couple of download codes for some MP maps and some SP gear.

It's probably one of those "fake" LEs where all of them are, the MP maps pack will probably be the equivalent of an online pass but it sounds much nicer being "free" DLC.

Ah right, certainly no rush to get it while it lasts, then.
#27 at 19:59:24 - 23/02/2012
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Up to chapter 4 and really enjoying it, what I didn't expect was the quiet bits where you talk to civvies and aren't just shooting robots all the time. It's quite nice to have the "enemy" being shown as being human with the two cops, even if one is obviously comic relief.

Cain (the French robot) is entertaining as well and I do like the banter between team members. I'm being extremely shallow and always having Faye in my team I have to admit though...

Not spoilers but purely speculation in that I am wondering when the inevitable reveal that a member of the team or even Dan himself is a Hollow Child though, it has to happen I'm sure.

#28 at 01:28:17 - 24/02/2012
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any tips for the giant spider mech?
or is it just keeping shooting and try not to die?
#29 at 10:14:46 - 24/02/2012
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Hit the legs with rockets to knock the armour off exposing the blue parts, shoot the blue parts, leg falls off. Stun it with your assault rifle's blast effect to stop it moving around so you can hit.

There's a fair amount of rocket ammo near the cargo containers in the corners of the area and the flying things are conveniently carrying some as well so scoop that up when you get a chance too.
#30 at 11:04:08 - 24/02/2012

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