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Game: Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark
Platforms: Played on Xbox One, available on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS,
Price:
59.99
Did I Pay For It:
No

"Can I play a game?"
 

"Is it violent?" Said mom, aware that the majority of modern day Xbox One content was pretty gross.
"Nah, it's a new Transformers game, 'Rise of The Dark Spark'"

"They're still around?"


"Yup - but since there's a video game about them I don't need my imagination to have fun with them like I did as a kid!" I made a motion like I was cradling my precious Optimus Primal and Dinosaur Megatron toys in my hands and smashing them together Psshshhh Boososshhh Chishhhhh.
You never remember the day you stop playing with your favorite toys. Everyone put away their Hot Rod, Starscream, Soundwave, and that giant Godzilla toy with the removable tail for the last time at some point, but the specifics are always murky. But the (un)fortunate reality of the situation is Transformers: Rise of The Dark Spark does it better than your imagination ever could.

Situated as a tie-in game with Transformers: Age of Extinction, Rise of The Dark Spark is actually another game in the War For Cybertron series developed by High Noon Studios, even though it was technically developed by Edge of Reality- the guys who did the ports of the Tony Hawk games for the n64. Regardless, the game feels right at home right away.


This is a high-octane third person shooter without cover mechanics or regenerating health, with a strong focus on weapon upgrades, tech modifications, special abilities, blowing enemies into circuit boards, or melting them via corrosive poison like a 50 foot tall Wicked Witch of The West. It's a blast.

Initial impressions are positive, and the first robot you control is Drift, a samurai robot voiced in the movie by Ken Watanabe. The game gets the tutorial stuff out of the way early, and by the 20 minute mark you can transform, boost jump, melee, and you're also introduced to the endless number of meta objectives.


For example, while Drift is given a photon cannon, he says he'd prefer to use his sword. If you beat the level without firing a shot, you're rewarded with a 'gear box' which holds all kinds of upgrades, like weapons, character skins, and more. The fan service in this game is insane.

The action is equally as insane and pretty tricky, and you'll die a lot as success requires a fair amount of strategy. You'll need to strafe, flank, conserve high-payload ammo for when you need it, and generally avoid running directly into the oncoming fire of multiple enemies. You may find yourself wanting to play Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark as a brainless action game, but it's...I'm sorry...more than meets the eye in that regard.

Speaking of your eyes, and what's pleasing to them, on the Xbox One everything has a shiny gloss, and the metal reflections go a long way to making your favorite characters look better than ever. There's very little texture pop-in, and while the graphics won't blow you away, there are plenty of great explosions and neat touches that will get your pulse pounding, and watching certain characters transform is almost as cool as it was when you were a kid.
If you were a kid with a bevy of Transformers toys, Rise of The Dark Spark also serves as one final trip to the toy store. You'll see the Insecticons and remember which of them you had and which of them you wanted. You'll see Starscream in all his blue and red and gray glory and immediately remember how jealous you were of your friend Dave across the street who owned two of him. You'll play as Soundwave and instantly flash back to that time your Dad stepped on poor Razorbeak and cut his foot.

You may also remember the stories you told while smashing these robots together on your bed which doubled as a battlefield, or kitchen table whose edge was a perfectly fine place-holder for an active volcano.

When it comes to the story in this game, well...meh. The last two games in the series - War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, told a pretty creative origin story about how Optimus Prime and the Autobots fled Cybertron for earth, and the last one ended on a cliff-hanger that would hopefully result in the next game in the series re-telling a good chunk of the Generation 1 mythos in its own special way.
So it's unfortunate that this game is actually kind of a mid-quel, taking place between those two games, while also slamming in the Autobots and Decepticons from Michael Bay's Transformers games and very direct references to the *actual* 80s cartoon. This is all thanks to a macguffin known as the "Dark Spark" which allows the person who controls it to jump between dimensions and alter the very fabric of reality. 

Which remains odd, even though Transformers has always been a pretty theological property. Depending on your favorite 'generation' you're dealing with ancient guardians, various matrices of leadership, sparks of power and / or darkness, Energon, something to do with being enlightened as a 'Prime' and lonely monkeys in the desert which is surely a metaphor for something.


It's all pretty strange and hard to really dive into, and once you toss in alternate dimensions and more than one version of some of our favorite heroes and villains, the whole thing becomes a mess. An entertaining and really fun mess, sure, but eventually you just go with the flow and enjoy the cool moments without actively trying to make sense of anything.

It's sort of like how X-men is supposedly a metaphor for inequality and homosexuality and racism, but all the popular stories seem to involve aliens and space travel. Transformers doesn't need all this extra stuff to tell an entertaining yarn about giant robots punching each-other. 

Anyway, if the worst thing you can say about a game released as a tie-in to a movie where the plot isn't important, it that the story kind of sucks, you can't really complain. This game is quality. It's exciting, it's challenging, there's a ton of supplemental content, including multiple multiplayer modes with a bunch of customization, a horde mode, and more.

Most importantly, it's old-school in that if your 12 year old brain pictured the perfect Transformers game, it'd look quite a lot like this, and you'd never pick up your toys again.

And yes. Stan Bush is present and accounted for. 
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Comments

  1. YankeesHoganTripleHFanJune 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Hey Paul, two things I want reviewed. 1. The Shawshank Redemption. 2. Based Loaded. (I'm not even trolling here I really want those reviewed)

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  2. The only thing I know about Bases Loaded is that in the early 90s there was a gameshow where kids ran around in a maze filled with videogames, and some idiot grabbed like 6 copies of Bases Loaded three instead of Super Mario Brothers 3.

    I hate him to this day.

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  3. YankeesHoganTripleHFanJune 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    I wasn't talking about bases loaded 3 I was talking about Original Bases loaded you idiot....no wonder everyone hates you.

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  4. The comments should be interesting.

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  5. Paul, serious question, when you put down did you pay for it and then answer it with no, do you mean as in the game in full was just given to you for the sake of reviewing, or does it mean that you didn't regret playing it when you were finished?

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  6. As someone who has no issue with you or really know any of the background to the issues between you and the blog, I can objectively say that the font is terrible to look at and I had to force myself to read this, even though I was interested in the subject.

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  7. Do you think if either Warrior or Nash caught fire as champion that Hogan or Hart would have gotten the belt back?

    Again, the point I'm making is it's time for Cena to step aside and let others shine, to take his place as Undertaker or Andre as a guy who's perpetually over as a face in the midcard and they can fall back on as world champ if needed but who's not going to be the focus of the show.

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  8. I generally do that just to let folks know my 'headspace' going in. Naturally a person should be indifferent and accept a piece of media indifferently, but there are ways getting something for free changes a person's attitude.

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  9. By that logic, Hogan was on top for 9 years and Cena has been on top for 22 years.

    Sounds a little low, actually.....

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  10. Perfect.

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  11. This font is brutal. Save it for your type writer. It does you no favors here.

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  12. I was saying the only thing I knew about it, other than the obvious face it's a popular NES baseball game was that specific moment about its sequel that sticks out in my memory.

    If someone said "Hey have you seen The Godfather?" and someone responded with "No, but I remember catching a bit of The Godfather Part II" or he heard a story about someone who hated the Godfather Part II, would that be so insane.

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  13. The shot of laserbeak alone makes me want to play this.
    But yeah, the font's gotta go.


    Pumpkin Kitten.

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  14. Gave up the ghost on the font.

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  15. Well done!

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  16. YankeesHoganTripleHFanJune 29, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    So you haven't seen The Godfather? What the hell are you doing reviewing movies then?

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  17. And I'm saying Cena is still too good to be relegated to the midcard and only in the main event as an emergency. I agree he shouldn't be THE main draw, but he also shouldn't be shunted down the card. The main event should be an ensemble of which Cena is a part of.

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  18. It would be more like asking someone, "Hey, you ever see The Godfather?" And they responded, "No, but a kid I knew growing up liked the jerk off to the incestusl themes of Godfather III."

    It doesn't answer the question or take into account what the person asked at all instead it takes the persons questions and turns the answer around to be all about the person who is answering the question. You know, like an egomaniac would.

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  19. I hope the Demon Kane sports entertains the other guys to hell...creating separation to the delight of the WWE Universe. You can join in on the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #DemonKaneMightWinAtMitBAsHeIsTheClearFavoriteDemonKane

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  20. It's so minimal, but WWE's little tag on the bottom of the shirt bothers me for some reason.

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  21. If Lesnar and Goldberg weren't leaving, does the match still get the same reaction?


    I can't imagine it would be a quality 3 star match even if they actually tried.

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  22. Yep, it's even been a part of Cena's promos in the past 6 months, how if someone wants to take the torch from him, they'll have to earn it. So even his character knows that he's near the end of the line.

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  23. Pretty sure Cena hasn't said a poop joke in over a year now. Then again, this is the same crowd that still obsessed about HHH winning a match 11 years ago.

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  24. The key is that Cena is awesome at thinking on his feet, and his reactions to those hostile crowd are always awesome. He embraces it and it makes for very special matches.

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  25. I've already compared it to Wayne Gretzky in his prime scoring 40 goals. For anyone else, it's a strong season, but for him and his standards, it's a horrible season.

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  26. Buyrates don't matter (unless it applies to my argument, then it's the one and only measuring stick!!)

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  27. Didn't even realize it was changed until you said that.

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  28. He does what Orton and Sheamus couldn't do, improvise.

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  29. Cena's push is fine. The problem is that everybody else in the company is being sabotaged.

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  30. Yep, even with the Rumble disaster against Orton, he put on a Walls of Jericho during a random "Y2J" chant, and by the end of the match, the crowd actually did get into it. He's a pro.

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  31. It only took one meltdown before you started listening to your audience. Hopefully the otters are gone too.

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  32. See I keep forgetting then people keep reminding me.

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  33. Yeah, and even during that disaster, they still managed to put on a pretty good match.

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  34. To be fair, some things are timelessly awful. JBL IS POOPY is one of them.

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  35. "I really couldn't care about ratings, I loved watching diesel dismantle guys"

    Your entitled to your opinion on this. However it would seem most fans want a faster past more athletic contest these days. There is still a place for bigger guys clearly.
    But it's not 1985 anymore, you can't just get a roided or fat guy shove them in the ring and expect them to get over with no ability or personality.

    "And I total felt that Bret hart and HBK were exposing the business."

    How? is it so unbelievable that two guys with a ton more ability, and knees not held together by gum could beat Diesel?


    "Just saying that's the kind of
    wrestling I like. Big guys, larger than life. "



    You can like that. But it doesn't seem to be what the wwe presents any longer. You can be Larger than life without being 6'6 ask Daniel Byran, Cm Punk, HBK, Bret Hart, Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero and so on. Returning to the original point. Seth Rollins can easily be champion so long as he can connect with the audience and put on good matches. His size is irrelevant to most. You may not like it. Others will.

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  36. You could say the same thing with just about every main eventer of the past. Hogan/Bret/Shawn/Austin/Rock didn't exactly put a ton of people over, unless it was their retirement match. (I mean as faces. Top heels can lose, top faces seldom lose clean)

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  37. http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa58/DXSSI/Ron%20Simmons/8.jpg

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  38. I hope they put on the briefcase match second to last, just so I can skip the first two hours completely. This PPV is the definition of a two match show.

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  39. Mister_E_SeesTheLineInTheSandJune 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Yes, that should be disclosed.

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  40. Now that year is half over what would you say our MOTYC are?


    Bryan/Wyatt - Rumble


    Shield/Wyatt's - EC


    HHH/Bryan - Wrestlemania


    Bryan/Orton/Batista - Wrestlemania


    Shield/Evolution - Extreme Rules


    Shield/Evolution - Payback


    Any I missed? And man how much would WWE have sucked this year without Bryan/Shield?

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  41. Why would Cena spout shit like "Rise Above Hate", "Hustle Loyalty Respect", and "Never Give Up" if he's going to get rattled after losing. He's a character geared towards the 5-17 year old demo, getting rattled would go against the grain of what his character is about.

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  42. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 29, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    That sucks. I loved his voice. Would have made a way hotter woman than Delta Burke too.

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  43. Yeah I mean it's probably common knowledge on places like IGN and such, but on smaller outlets a lot of people are just trying to get started, and they're go excited to get a free game they feel bad bashing it because...they want more free games.

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  44. For years I never watched TNA and just read about it in news/recaps and i was CONVINCED that Dixie Carter was the woman from Designing Women

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  45. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Were talking specifically WWE correct? I'm expecting several posters to go crazy naming off New Japan matches.

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  46. Yep, I guess the people here want him to throw an Alicia Fox'esque childish tantrum every time he loses. I don't know, maybe he's mature enough to know it's not the end of the world, and confident enough in his abilities to know that he can reach the top again?

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  47. THIS IS AMERICA DAMN IT!


    As for TNA/ROH/Other indies I haven't seen enough to have an opinion.

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  48. Glad to see I'm not the only one.

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  49. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I'd go with the Extreme Rules six man.

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  50. Fall of Cybertron, while tons of fun, was ridiculously short. Just as I was getting into the groove of things and really digging playing as Grimlock, the game pretty much ended.


    I may pick this one up for the PS3 sometime this summer, but I still have a bunch of games to finish playing. Plus, charging the same price on PS3 as PS4 feels wrong.

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  51. why the fuck do so many games have to be FPS? That is one of the biggest things that turned me away from video games. I would kill to have a Transformers game in JRPG style.

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  52. The network seems to be motivating them to just mail some of these things in.

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  53. Just tried to go out for lunch, but ever restaurant in walking distance of my immediate area is PACKED watching Greece play Costa Rica. I'm a little afraid of what will happen if Greece loses today.

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  54. You live in a Greek neighborhood? Must be some good eating establishments in the vicinity.

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  55. My apologies, good sir.

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  56. Its fine. I am going to go cut myself, listen to My Chemical Romance, smoke cloves and make the pain go away.

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  57. This really hasn't been the conversation starter I had hoped for.

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  58. It's a majority Greek neighborhood, and while there are AMAZE-BALLS restaurants around, they cover all nationalities/food types. I'm amazed I haven't put on a couple dozen pounds this past year.

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  59. And Cena even ends up winning WWE's wrestler of the year award for that year.

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  60. I have only been to NYC as an adult once. I only have 2 positive memories really... the Wrestlemania XX main event... and the food.

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  61. I think you've got the main ones down. I can't think of anything else that was really mind-blowing. At least one of the MitB matches should be right up there after tonight, probably the briefcase match, but otherwise, that's a good list.

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  62. I think that's a good way to turn him heel, is by having him slowly turn crazy looking for the "right" person to pass the torch to, always claiming that the next up-and-comer isn't worthy. Hell, have him lose a few to the new blood, but he just keeps coming back as he clings to his last bit of glory. A crazy old man Cena.

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  63. So what is your pick for the top?

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  64. We've gone back in time? I thought Obama outlawed Clove cigarettes...

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  65. Stranger in the AlpsJune 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I'm not much of a gamer. I never was really. Back in the day, on my NES and Sega Genesis and N64, all I played were wrestling games and baseball games, with the odd Mario thrown in. I could not wrap my head around first person shooters and RPG's.


    That being said, I have nothing else to contribute to this comments section.

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  66. Well, if you ever make it back, I'll make sure you get some damned fine food (and cheaper, too, since it'll be in Queens and not Manhattan...).

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  67. I'd say Shield-Evolution from Extreme Rules, with HHH-Bryan a close second.

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  68. I could use a vacation and that is a cheap flight maybe I will plan one this fall/winter

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  69. Yeah, like, early in his first term, I thought. I was in my first apartment in Illinois when it happened, so 2009-2010? I can't remember the last time I saw a clove.

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  70. I think Byan/HHH gets my vote... great work rate great story and everyone (including Steph) bringing their A game. I wish HHH has somehow made himself champion before 'Mania and it would have closed the show.

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  71. Mitch, The GodfatherJune 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    How many times did guys like Austin, Rock, and Hogan seem rattled after big losses?

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  72. What do goth/hipsters do to numb the pain then?

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  73. Mitch, The GodfatherJune 29, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Cena for IC Champion.

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  74. Yeah, they should have made Triple H go power hungry. KIck the show off with the triple threat title match, and then Triple H decides he fights the winner in the main event.


    That place would have gone crazy-go-nuts if Triple H tapped in the main event.

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  75. Cena is wrong. He has a case if he's getting booed (in that it shows people are reacting in some way to him, even if he's not trying to be booed). He doesn't have a case in the Rumble situation. That was the opposite of people being invested in his match.

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  76. Yup. just like when he did it in the main event of Wrestlemania XX... my allergies happened to act up at that exact moment I also bro hugged the total stranger next to me who I had been talking to throughout the show.

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  77. The hipsters go to record stores while wearing ironic T-shirts, then they go to "dive" bars and drink PBR.


    Goth folks? No idea. I extricated myself from that scene when I broke up with my college girlfriend.

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  78. Keep me in the loop. Tons of great places around here.

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  79. My biggest expectation for the night: Jack Swagger will injure another internet favorite.

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  80. Weird, I always go out of my way to avoid talking to people when I go to live events.

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  81. Thank you. That font should be saved for terminals and typewriters only.

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  82. Will do. Oddly enough i was telling the GF today that I was looking forward to the time off I am taking at the end of July because I needed a break needed to recharge etc... she failed to see why I would need a break or why I had any stress in my life... at least she is pretty.

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  83. Same here, this just kind of happened organically... plus there were a nice set of tits in front of us that were a conversation starter.

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  84. The pretty ones are never good with conversation or paying attention to others...

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  85. He should legit turn that into a gimmick/angle. I bet it would draw mad heat.

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  86. Something else I never see when I go to a live event, unless my gf comes with me...

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  87. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 29, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    I thought it would have added about 100 comments.

    In terms of your pick I went back and forth between the HHH-Bryan match and my pick. I think Scott went way short because I think he did ****

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  88. She has been a nightmare in that regard since she started working. Literally no one on Earth has it worse than her because she works 35 hours a week at Best Buy.

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  89. Yeah... i generally think star ratings are kind of pointless... but no way is Bryan/HHH anything but 5 stars

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  90. The DS version is exactly that I believe.

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  91. She may have a point. An attractive girl working at Best Buy is like a good looking chick at a comic shop. They tend to attract the dregs of humanity.

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  92. Really? That sucks, I have never owned a portable system so I have no idea what they offer.


    What do you use to get your screen caps btw?

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  93. I'm still partial to Shield/Wyatts.

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  94. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 29, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    It was pretty perfect and the lack of interference helped the match.

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  95. The nWo t-shirt only cost me $25 shipped.

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  96. Ah so you don't capture them? I was wondering because they always look so crisp.

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  97. Meh she just thinks she works super hard and no one else has ever been this tired etc...

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  98. It depends, PC games I do, iOS games I do, but for a game like this if they send me screen shots I tend to use those

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  99. Biggest surprise to result in an entertaining match? El Torito vs. Hornswaggle in a WeeLC match.

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  100. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 29, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    A hot girl at a wrestling event is like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster.

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  101. Can she get me a discount on stuff? I need some new electronics...

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  102. Without a doubt... everyone wanted to shit on that and most everyone enjoyed it... probably the best 3MB match ever... and they got future endeavored for their trouble.

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  103. Apparently the discount is sizeable.

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  104. Shit. Costa Rica scored on a goal I could have stopped. There may be riots in Astoria tonight.

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  105. MITB is generally the better shows of the year, which is probably attributed to the fact they're working with ladders.

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  106. Depends on what you are into... there are some nice white trash ones at the local indy that I can no longer go to

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  107. Damn it. I should have pushed my gf to work there while she was studying...

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  108. TM CooltrainerBretJune 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    *ignores article, needlessly insults Meekin anyway*

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  109. I think they get everything at cost

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  110. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Good story on why you can't?

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  111. The problem with Cena isn't just that he's pushed so hard, that he wins so much, that he's rarely vulnerable, doesn't get rattled, etc....it's that he's really lame. Cena was on Raw for about a month before the crowd turned on him and I'm willing to bet it had something to do with him wearing visors and t-shirts down to his knees. The booing wasn't to be cool or hijack the show, the booing was the fans trying to tell Vince "nope, we just don't want this guy". But WWE's the only game in town, so if you like wrestling and don't like John Cena, what are you going to do? The reason he's so popular with kids is because kids love wrestling and pretty much love whatever they're told to love. Cena might think that a negative reaction is still a reaction but if this was the Monday Night Wars people would be watching Nitro.

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  112. Well PC and iOS games make a screen shot a lot easier than a console I suppose.

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  113. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    DEMONkane DEMONkane DEMONkane

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  114. At the same time, all those guys had not only credible challengers, but also a guy who could keep the belt warm if the champ got injured or whatever.

    The WWE goes into a tailspin every time Cena gets hurt and rushes him back to the ring and credible challengers? They're so bereft at the position that in recent memory, they've had to pretend Mark Henry was a viable main event heel, pretend Bray Wyatt was anywhere near established enough to be squaring off with Mr. WWE and, of course, Cena vs. Orton Part MCMVXIII.

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  115. It makes me feel old that Optimus Primal and dinosaur Megatron were around when you were a kid.

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  116. I personally can't stand Cena as a character. He's done nothing new since 2005, he often buries his opponents on the mic (yes, so have many other top guys, this isn't a comparison). His character is a hypocrite (he preaches respect, then screams about how fat Vickie Guerrero is after she actually lost weight, he preaches being fair to people, then convinces Rey Mysterio to defend the title the night he won it against a fresh Cena...yes, obviously this was a way to get the Punk/Cena thing going quicker and it's not Cena the person's fault, but in character he looked like a hypocrite). Yes, I hate that he doesn't care when he loses. There is a world of difference between throwing a tantrum and actually acting like you give a shit. He acted like he cared when Rock beat him at WM, but he usually doesn't seem to care.



    I also generally am not a fan of Cena in the ring. He's obviously had some awesome matches and they aren't all due to his opponent...he does some things really right in the ring. He also, for me personally, does some things really, really wrong. His offense looks absolutely awful and weak to me. It's just not the STF, which he won't tighten up even when Steve Austin ripped him for it. The AA is a fine finisher but a weaker DVD. The flying shoulderblocks look weak to me. The whole sequence leading up to the five knuckle shuffle (which itself is fine for what it is) looks like he's barely hitting anyone and instead is placing them on the mat. The legdrop to the back of the head looks silly to set up and barely looks like it grazes his opponents. His selling is rarely subtle at all. He either sells like he's been shot or no sells completely most of the time. He has very goofy selling in some situations (see: Cena gets hit with a move on the outside, ref starts counting him out, Cena is an absolute corpse not even flinching for 9.5 seconds before suddenly leaping to his feet and charging to the ring...no slowly dragging himself closer, no stirring and slowly getting to his feet, nothing). He completely no sells the effects of the match nearly every single time. Watch most wrestlers in non squash matches after...they'll pose, they'll act excited to win or whatever, but they also tend to sell something. If their leg was worked, they'll limp. Maybe they'll lean on the ropes, or use them to pull themselves up, or do anything to get across the point that their opponent gave them a good match. Cena sells nearly every match like he's Ryback and he just beat Stan Stansky.



    When was the last time a heel entered a feud with Cena and exited it better than he entered? Win or lose? I've seen lots of guys lose to top faces but come out looking better, because the babyface makes them look like a million bucks. Cena's non face opponents (i.e., not Punk or Bryan, who he did put over and make look strong) almost always leave the feud worse off. Even when the heel wins, it's usually in such an insanely chickenshit way with so many outs they still look worse. Sometimes that's their own fault, but it sure doesn't help when Cena doesn't even act like he was in trouble.


    I think Cena definitely has his purpose in the company, I don't want him fired or permanently gone or anything silly like that, and there are some things in the ring he really, really does right (and you get amazing matches out of it). But the current version of Cena is not someone I like, at all, and hopefully you can see from this post, even if you disagree, that it's not because "I want him to throw a tantrum" or "he told a poopy joke 4 years ago".

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  117. Not really. The owner is my friend for 10+ years (went to Wrestlemania 19)... started going to shows with my most recent Ex wife... who got herself all involved in it because that is what she does and started being their photographer which by itself makes it awkward... I have also come to find out that rather than be a loyal friend my friend has basically become her butt buddy babysitting her kid and stuff... he has a history of choosing people who do shit for his business for free over his friends... and I know for a fact that my ex is fucking one of them, and has probably fucked others so it is just not a good situation to be around.

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  118. As long as Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins come out of the PPV strong, everything else is icing on the cake.

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  119. My prediction? Pain.

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  120. VadersBuffetShitJune 29, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Best Transformers game ever was that one Atari released on PS2 in about 2004??

    Did anyone else play it? It was ridiculously hard but compellingly addictive and extremely rewarding.

    The huge sprawling levels really accentuated the need to transform into your vehicle and gave a great sense of freedom.

    These recent TF games are ok, but the corridor esque level design makes them a bit restrictive.

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  121. I haven't watched it since it happened, but I did read a post somewhere about how, when watched with the audio off, the match isn't that badly worked after the first few minutes. It is the anti-Hogan-Rock.

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  122. I LOVED the Armada Transformers game. Because you could speed around and transform while strafing with your weapon. I barely tried to advance the plot, I just ran around, transforming and shooting.


    Someone needs to make an open-world TF game like that again.

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  123. TM CooltrainerBretJune 29, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Favorite NES baseball title.

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  124. Mitch, The GodfatherJune 29, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Who are these "lots of guys" who have lost to top faces and came out looking better?

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  125. I alter my fears. If Costa Rica wins, everyone kind of waddles away upset. If Greece manages to come back (Costa RIca is down a man), I think the celebrating may end up overturning cars.


    And my gf keeps cheering on Costa RIca. I've had to close the windows. I'm a little scared for my life.

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  126. They should based on the booking.

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  127. He could be the next Billy Kidman.

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  128. Nobody wants Greece to win.


    I think you might be ok.

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  129. Except for the Greeks here in Astoria. Seriously, walking down 30th Avenue before, it was a sea of blue and white.

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  130. If the Greeks in your area riot, it would be the most pointless riot I've ever heard of.


    They should be lucky they've made it this far.

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  131. That doesn't give me any kind of relief.

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  132. I was a big fan of Bases Loaded. Always went with New Jersey because Paste was such a fucking beast in that game.

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  133. When Greece made it into the second round, this place was wrecked the next morning. I'm not sure what would happen if they lose, but a win could spell trouble.

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  134. 20 more minutes and you might be finding out.....1-0 Costa Rica.

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  135. He could be afraid to compete for fear of taking his opponents out permanently, then he realizes he can use it to his advantage in order to advance his career.

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  136. Costa Rica is a man down against Greece, but it still always looks like the Greeks are surrounded. I think the Greeks are about to be knocked out.

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  137. exactly.

    he is right about most of his other matches, though: if there is any reaction to the match (and to him in particular), it is fine.

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  138. Austin wasn't "rattled" after big losses, but he was pissed off and going to take it out on somebody. Austin and Rock wanted payback. As for Hogan.. his big losses as a face were Warrior and.. uh.. the Hebner screwjob for Andre? He got super pissed about the Andre thing obviously, but he had the "respect" thing with Warrior so that didn't really call for much.

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  139. Stranger in the AlpsJune 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    The World Series line for Sega Genesis.

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  140. I haven't used Chrome in a while until today and found this saved as a favorite...

    http://i.imgur.com/DMr7UHL.gif

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  141. I hope so. They're such a dull team.

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  142. Stranger in the AlpsJune 29, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    18 year old me didn't even play many video games.

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  143. "Well, Hogan's getting up there, so I expect he and Brutus will kick off a nice tag title run at WM9 and they'll give the ball to Bret."

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  144. BECAUSE THEY HADN'T BEEN INVENTED YET!

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  145. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Over/under 350 posts from Abey tonight in the live thread!

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  146. I'll take the over. He is closing in on Jef

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  147. How could any soccer team not be dull?

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  148. 9 Innings Pro baseball on iOS is literally those games in phone form. They're insane - all the players, great mechanics, the team names are all jumbled but it's fun to play along with your favorite team's season anyway.

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  149. Tangentially, that pre-TLC raw had the Slammys, including the Best Double-Cross award, presented by the Shield, during which Rollins proclaimed "you'll never see the Shield nominated in this category."

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  150. Stranger in the AlpsJune 29, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    You're right. It was all marbles and tiddly-winks for me.

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  151. You seem like a well balanced individual. Who gets that angry with a response? I hope youre over 16

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  152. I had the best troll war with Gregory Iron, that indie wrestler with CP, this morning. Anyone interested in the story? Here or later in the live thread? Idk how you guys do stuff around here anymore.

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  153. Under. But not by much. Like 347 or so.

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  154. I'll go with under.

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  155. It's not minimal. They are large, ugly, and unnecessary.

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  156. I predict Dolph will fall off a ladder.

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  157. How's your Facebook profile looking these days?

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  158. Baseball simulator 3000!!

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  159. I played an awful one on commodore 64 back in 87

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  160. If that's the robot one, I'm fairly certain that's the first time I ever saw baseball as a kid in a way I understood it. I was...4

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  161. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 29, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    I was going to say that. When he's about to pass someone he will kick it up a gear.

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  162. You...trolled...and independent wrestler with Cerebral Palsy?

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  163. Didn't God do that for you?

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  164. I think there are rugby teams that still do that dance. It's a real-life cultural heritage thing that exists to this day, and it's probably not that unusual for Samoans, especially those who have grown up with a connection to their heritage, to learn and exhibit that type of thing. Biting heads off chickens = savagery, but simply exhibiting island culture is not. Every culture dances.

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  165. Off the top of my head, CM Punk beat Bryan every time they fought in 2012, but Bryan was elevated with each loss. When Bryan lost to Sheamus as well at Extreme Rules (not Wrestlemania, that was a different situation obviously), he looked better than he had in months, because he actually got a fall on Sheamus and looked really strong in the match, and Sheamus (and later Punk) actually acted like he hurt them and gave them a tough match, as opposed to "The little guy got some spirited offense but really didn't hurt me at all". As much shit as I gave it when it initially happened, Orton made Christian look great during their feud (particularly in the beginning of the feud) because they had these crazy back and forth matches where Christian looked like he was on Orton's level. Back in 2001 I thought Rock and Austin made Angle look amazing despite him losing to both guys, and I know I bought him as more of a top guy losing to both of them than I did when Angle was beating Undertaker with fake brothers and crazy shenanigans.

    This isn't a top face obviously, but for an example of an upper midcard type losing to a main eventer and coming out looking better, Jericho lost to HHH in the Last Man Standing match in 2000, and that made him look better than he had in his entire WWE career to that point. On the same PPV, I felt Benoit, despite losing to the Rock, came out looking strong because he had a great back and forth match and even had a visual win (which got reversed by Foley).

    Just a few examples off the top of my head. I'm sure there are plenty of others, but I'm not terribly interested in going PPV to PPV and spending the rest of my day researching all of wrestling history. There aren't as many I can think of in recent memory, since Cena has been THE guy and it's very rare a top heel looks better or even on the same level they entered the feud at, after feuding with him. It's tough when they pull out all kinds of shenanigans and he beats them up anyway before taking laps around the ring like he just beat a jobber in 30 seconds.

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  166. He started itt. well i started it but he made it trolly.

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  167. The crowd got into the match at the end because they wanted it to be OVER. I guess that is "getting into it."

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  168. TM CooltrainerBretJune 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Fine, I will GTFO (leaves with Baseball Stars cart)

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  169. You understand that, by making this post, you now have to keep track of ABeyAnce's posts for the night, yes?

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  170. With great ideas come great responsibilities.

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  171. What's the purpose of noting you don't pay for these games in the opening.

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  172. I still don't see how anyone could put Shield/Evolution at ER over Shield/Wyatts at EC. Shield/Evolution was an average match and had the Rollins balcony dive...whoopie. Shield/Wyatts was flat out chaos and awesome.

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  173. Baseball Stars hands down best NES baseball game. A NES game that keeps stats? GTFO indeed.

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  174. Mostly to give you an idea of where I am in terms of knowledge about a title, hype level, and so on, before going in.

    This game is pretty great and fun and had I paid for it I would not be upset, but if a game is mediocre and I enjoyed it because it didn't cost me 60 bones, I like to point that out while saying if you pony up the money for it, don't expect all sunshine and roses.

    Similarly if I pay for a game like Madden Football like I do every year, the expectations of what I put on that game are different because it's something I put down cold hard cash for.

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  175. Thank goodness for the Find function.

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  176. World Cup TJ: what a crazy match day so far. last minute goal by the Netherlands and Greece - who now seem to be on the way to advance to the quarterfinals!

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  177. Greece has a man advantage on Costa Rica and they can't seem to buy a second goal. If CR was at full strength, this game would be over.

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  178. but they aren't. and if they keep shooting at Costa Rica's goal they will score eventually.

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  179. They would have to get some more shots off. Costa Rica seems to be foiling them at every turn.

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  180. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I'll see where he's at now compared to the end of the thread tomorrow.

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  181. YankeesHoganTripleHFanJune 29, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Who...in the Blue Hell..are you?

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  182. Magoonie NOT Teddy BelmontJune 29, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    I'm not really into gaming news and I don't play games like I used to (I pick up the big titles like GTA, Halo, Arkham, etc) and usually play through them once and toss them aside like a used condom. I honestly use my 360 more for Netflix and the WWE network. So, when would be the best time to get an X Box One? Black Friday? After X-Mas? Or in about a year?

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  183. Unless they give a Ziggler or Barrett the Sandow treatment on a random Raw, I don't see a cash in for quite a while.

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  184. And we go to penalties. Winner likely gets curbstomped by the Netherlands, but if it's Costa Rica, I would not bet a single dollar against them, just in case.

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  185. daaamn. this is a real thriller.

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