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411 Games Fact or Fiction 11.08.12: Halo 4, Crysis 3, Mechwarrior Online, More

November 8, 2012 | Posted by Daniel Anderson

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of Fact or Fiction. As always, I am Daniel Anderson and I hope everyone has had a good week. By the time this is posted Halo 4 will have been released, and I will have been enjoying the game and I hope everyone else has been as well. Anyway, this week we have 411’s Adam Larck going up against Todd Vote. Let’s see what they have to say before I get back to Halo 4, shall we?

1.) You will (or already have) check out the Mechwarrior Online open beta.


Todd VoteFiction: I’ve yet to play a mech game that I enjoyed. I don’t expect Mechwarrior Online to be the one that changes that, so I think I’ll probably skip over this one, I’ve got so many games still on the backburner, the chances of me checking out anything new in the near future is pretty slim. I even skipped WWE 13 this year because i am so backed up.

Adam LarckFact: I’ll never be able to check it out on my computer, but I did play it at E3 and had a fun time with it. I’m a hit and miss fan of giant mech games like this, with my favorites being MechWarrior and Armored Core (the original games). I may eventually check this out again when I get a new computer, but by then it’ll probably be out of beta and a regular title.

Score: 0 for 1 – I have been playing this in the closed beta for a while and I enjoyed the game. Then again I played the previous Mechwarrior games on the PC and enjoyed them too. This game feels much better than the third person shooters that came out on the Xbox a while back.

2.) You like the Crysis 3 preorder bonus (preorder Crysis 3 and get Crysis for free).


Todd Vote Fact: I certainly like it a lot better than some other preorder bonuses. A full game is better than any one DLC map or weapon any day of the week. Plus it would be a great way for folks who are just now getting to the series to get caught up by just playing the first game. Though I suppose you would still have to buy the second game to be completely caught up, I’ll never argue with a free game. Never.
Adam LarckFact: It’s a good bonus to give fans. Sure, little items in game can entertain for a bit, but eventually you’ll find better or use something else. This gives players that may have never checked out the original title a reason to explore it and see how it played. Some gamers may have it, but a lot may not have checked it out when it was first released.

Score: 1 for 2 – I think this is much better than giving away a few in game items. This will get more people to preorder the game and also drum up interest in the series. It seems like a win win to me.

3.) You are buying (or have bought) Halo 4 in the first week it is out.


Todd VoteFiction: My only interest with Halo 4 lies within the campaign. I will get to it eventually, but as I stated in question one, I am so backed up on games right now, I just don’t see the point in adding anything new at the moment. I will get to it eventually, for sure, but it won’t be a first week purchase for me.

Adam LarckFact: Between talking to other writers and reading stories, I gave in and purchased this the day it came out. I’m not sure how it plays yet, as I wrote these answers on Monday, but I’ll probably be occupying myself with this game for a while in between reviews. This is actually one of the few series that I’ve never minded hopping onto online matchmaking, so you may see me on there as well.

Score: 1 for 3 – I admit I broke down and bought the game on Tuesday. I have always enjoyed the Halo series of games, and I expect to enjoy this one as well based on all the reviews I have read. This is actually the first Halo game I bought on the release date though.

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4.) Grand Theft Auto 5 will make its Spring 2013 release window.


Adam LarckFact: It makes perfect sense to me. Rockstar normally releases around April and May each year if you look at its recent track record. I can see this in mid-May, which should work nicely for me. I should be done with BioShock Infinite by then and South Park may not yet be out, so it’ll be a good change of pace to play.

Todd VoteFact: I don’t see any reason to think that they would not. They’ve started marketing the game for a Spring release, so I think they have every intention of doing so. Spring 2013 itself is sort of vague as far as release dates go, so I am sure they set it that way to give them some leeway in case a problem arises. But I see no reason not to expect the game on time.

Score: 2 for 4 – I wonder how much bad press the game will get next year just because it has the name Grand Theft Auto. Guess we will find out in the Spring of 2013.

5.) You believe that Silicon Knights working on an Eternal Darkness 2 pitch is why X-Man Destiny was a terrible game.


Adam LarckFiction: I’d like to believe this, but their recent track record has me doubting. Sure, the first Eternal Darkness was good, but Too Human took way too long to develop and was average at best. I’m sure trying to work on a demo to Eternal Darkness may have taken a bit away, but I think Destiny was destined to be a bad game. Hopefully, the new demo, if it’s ever released, can change the outlook of the company around.

Todd VoteFiction: At first I was all set to go fact on this one, but then I remembered Too Human. What was their reason for that being far from awesome? So far Silicon Knights have developed two games for the current generation of systems. Neither one of them games were good, so to think that the latter of the two was only bad because the company was looking forward to the next project is letting them off easy, I think.

Score: 3 for 5 – This just sounded like a cop out when I first read it, and nothing I have seen has changed my mind.

6.) Bauldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition will hit its Nov 28th release date.

Adam LarckFact: From what it sounds like, the game was almost set to release on its original date. I don’t see this having any problems hitting its upcoming release date, so I see no reason it should be delayed again.

Todd VoteFact: Are the games notorious for not making the release date? Hell, I don’t know. I’ll just say fact, because I am flying blind here.

Score: 4 for 6 – I can’t wait to pick this up. I hope it works well on a tablet and that we get Icewind Dale next.

Bonus Question: What is your opinion on Disney buying Lucasfilm? Feel free to rant if needed.

Adam Larck I have hopeful optimism right now. I look at what they’ve done with Marvel as an example. They’ve let the teams make their individual movies without a problem; they just want the profit. I can see them having the same management style with LucasArts: let them make what they want and just keep the profit. Disney has no reason to interfere if it’s good. They just need to sit back and let the profit come in.

Todd Vote I see this as a good thing. Disney has been on fire recently, John Carter aside, so I think this is a good thing. Think of all the things that fall under the Disney umbrella, think of all that potential, not even counting a new series of movies, cross over comics, Star Wars themed rides at the Disney theme parks. This has a lot of potential.

That wraps up this week’s edition of Fact or Fiction. Adam and Todd went 4 for 6 agreeing more than disagreeing, and both having the same outlook via Disney/Star Wars (which I happen to share). I hope everyone enjoys the busy release schedule in the next few weeks, and until next week, happy gaming.

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