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This week sees another surprise departure of one of gaming's most public figures. We discuss Cliff Bleszinski's exit from Epic Games, plus the RE6 review controversy, and NBA 2K13.
In the first segment, host Matt Helgeson is joined by editor in chief Andy McNamara, Tim Turi, Matt Miller, and Ben Hanson to ponder the fallout from Cliff Bleszinski's announcement that he has left Epic Games. We discuss the possible reasons, what it means for Epic and the industry, and Cliff's legacy in video games. Next up is Resident Evil 6. Tim Turi, who reviewed the game, Joe Juba, and Ben Reeves stop by to weigh in on the latest in Capcom's blockbuster series, which has generated some of the most contradictory reviews in recent memory. We also have a larger conversation about review scores and how they are perceived. Finally, Matt Bertz checks in with his impressions of NBA 2K13, the latest in the excellent basketball series.
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Very sad to hear Cliff leave. I wonder if his departure is related to his recent marriage? Dunno. Either way, hope he finds his respite.
Tim, I got RE6 day one, played through Leons campaign and just started Chris. I played about half of it Co-op. I want to let you know that I am really enjoying this game so. The only complaints I have and none of it is fundemental. The 1st) the L1 R1 rope climb, I could not get the rythm for some reason and it became frustrating when I kept falling. 2nd) The final boss fight was confusing. I was alpmost out of ammo when I finally figired it out, beat it with like bullets left it seemed. But Im am really enjoying it so far, I actually would liek to compare it to something more akin to Uncharted as far as the actual rythm of game goes. And thats not a bad thing. Hell, your partners name is Helena, take the H away and you got Elena!
I was more than shocked about Cliff leaving. It's probably the best for himself right now. Epic has lost a number of key people lately I wonder how they intend to fill the void. I doubt they'll be in any major trouble.
About Resident Evil 6, its a gray area because resident evil is straying away from the lone survival horror experience, period. Don't get me wrong, 6 is a great action game but some people just want a return to being a little more vulnerable.
When I first heard that Cliff was leaving Epic I was a bit shocked and worried about the current games they are working on, but he definitely deserves a break to focus on his personal life (if that's the real reason why he left).
I think the reason why RE6 is getting such low scores is that people are reviewing it as a Resident Evil game and not as it's own separate game. Just because it is not like the original RE, doesn't make it a bad game. If nothing changed from the first game over all these years people would be bored of it and not buy it. This is just an example of a game trying to adapt and improve itself over the years which is not a bad thing.