The ILG Coint & Plick Awards

Coint & Plick 2010 #66e: The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom

Posted in 2010 by trdn89 on May 23, 2011

15 points, 2 votes

Official Game Site

Salsa Shark: Great soundtrack, great concept, great mix of difficult and easy puzzles.

if: Ok so it is pretty much a less divisive, less ambitious Braid, but that game actually did comparatively little to explore some of the fantastic time reversing mechanics that it had come up with, and there was definitely space for someone to do this good a job of doing so.

abanana: hey guys don’t buy p.b. winterbottom it is a bad game

1up review

Coint & Plick 2010 #66d: Shatter

Posted in 2010 by trdn89 on May 23, 2011

15 points, 2 votes

Official Game Site

Nhex: Hadn’t heard of this game at all until it went on sale during the Steam summer sale. Yeah, it’s another indie PC Arkanoid clone among millions to come over the last twenty years – but it’s just really fun. Sometimes the presentation can just win you over in games like this, which should be another generic clone, but the graphics were pleasing and the music just completely put it in another tier. I’ll say it again: the soundtrack rules.

Will M: I love brick-breakers and since I got rid of my Blackberry this is what I’ve got. And the music!

Hamildan: Shatter is quite an addictive game….With trophies and a cosmic soundtrack you cant go wrong


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Coint & Plick 2010 #66c: Gran Turismo 5

Posted in 2010 by trdn89 on May 23, 2011

15 points, 2 votes

Official Game Site

Adam: the oddness of GT is a large part of its charm. completely bonkers menu design, the downtempo smooth jazz aesthetic, the baroque installation mechanics–at this point, like 12 years or whatever after the first GT, this shit is soothing.

Jeff LeVine: For me, the variety of content is the best thing about the game, but sometimes it’s a weakness as certain areas seem to lack focus (rally in particular feels like shit to me). Online is undercooked and a mess… and that you don’t get credits or experiences for online races is absurd (they claim it will be patched in at some point, I guess). Also the cars I’d most like to drive are too fucking expensive – I mean 14,000,000 credits expensive – THE GRIND. I don’t want to lecture from the mountain tops, but if you’re only going to turn off one assist, PLEASE turn off the racing line… you will find the driving much more fun the less crutches you use, but that one is the worst & totally ruins immersion in racing games, imo. Even with all the assists off, the fact that you can’t turn off the HUD is also still a HUGE assist as you don’t have to really learn the tracks or even braking points as there is no way to stop the game from telling you when to brake or downshift with a giant red flashing number. Also always having the map on screen should more than make up for no driving line even if you don’t take any time to learn the track.

if: Having not played a Gran Turismo since Gran Turismo 2 on the PS1, this certainly benefitted from a massive hit of nostalgia as the realisation hit of how much the familiar old tracks were still imprinted on my mind. The driving and range of features are more awesome than ever too though and eventually you even start to filter out the loading times and Byzantine menu structure. Racing around a virtual central London getting distracted by spotting familiar Chinese restaurants is also a great experience.

Tracer Hand: can i just say again how much i love this game?? like, ❤ ❤

Overall, Gran Turismo 5 took more than five years to complete, with a total cost estimated at approximately $80 million, making it the second most expensive game in history to developed, just behind Grand Theft Auto IV.


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Coint & Plick 2010 #66b: Digital: A Love Story

Posted in 2010 by trdn89 on May 23, 2011

15 points, 2 votes

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Mordy: Digital is superficially a love story. It’s really about that feeling you get at 2 in the morning when insomnia has you surfing the internet checking out forums and pages you haven’t been to in years. I can’t remember the last time I connected to a BBS, but when I played Digital all those memories came flooding back. Downloading warez with my 56 kpbs (and less!) modem, listening to that satisfying dialing noise, playing MajorMOO and chatting strangers on bulletin boards. More interactive fiction than game, but one of the most moving things I’ve played (or interacted with) all year.

Nhex: The gameplay is bad and gets worse the further you get into it – fortunately it’s only about an hour long, and well worth it if you have any memories of dialing into BBSs. I think RPS’s take on it was pretty OTM:

RPS review

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Coint & Plick 2010 #66a: Call of Duty: Black Ops

Posted in 2010 by trdn89 on April 14, 2011

15 points, 2 votes

Official Game Site

jim in glasgow: (May 19, 2010) Once bitten thrice shy; not even going to consider playing this.
(November 7, 2010) Think i might be poop socking it.

The public library has a moral authority; it should be about learning, not learning to kill.


Chrisv2010: Black Ops has toned down the sniping to the point that there are no more of those quick scoping shitheads. A sniper rifle needs to be used like a sniper rifle.

Guardian Review

Polyphonic: I was blown away by how incomprehensible the cutscenes are.


Antexit: I feel like I get more or less the same sort of concentrated pleasure from the new pac-man game as from this game. the amount of playtime it would take to get up to 15x prestige you could probably work at mcdonald’s and save enough to buy gold-plated guns irl…

The inherent social media dangers of courting deranged teenagers

jjjusten: oh my god the single player on this (yeah yeah i know) is the dumbest shit i have ever seen… and i played just cause 2!

$1 BILLION in sales plus the year’s most pirated game

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Coint & Plick #66: Guitar Hero: World Tour

Posted in 2008 by trdn89 on February 22, 2010

9 points, 2 votes

Official game site

CraigG: Simply put, I’m just really good at Guitar Hero! Ironically, it also improved my speed and given me a renewed vigor for playing the “real” guitar.

Forksclovetofu: Man, I gotta say I don’t know if I can buy another fucking C-Note plastic Fisher Price instrument for another system without beginning to feel badly about myself as a person but I do kinda want this for my 360. Online play that works would make this a whole new game.

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