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  • The silent composer

  • Alestes 19/04/2014

    I'm a huge fan of video game soundtracks, and been listening to it lots for the past 3 decades (started by recording C64 music on a tape with a mic). That said, the trend of the last decade haven't been too exciting I think, as more and more games aim for a more cinematic feel and go for, in my opinion, boring underscore soundtracks without any strong melodies. Fortunately with the the exception of japanese composers who usually don't do underscore, as such, most of my favorite soundtracks are these days from japanese games or smaller indie games.

    Deus Ex and Deus Ex: Invisible War is a pretty strong example here, only a few years apart and the same composer worked on both games, and yet the Invisible War soundtrack isn't nearly as memorable as it mostly just consist of underscore-ish music.

    Because of this, one of the worst things a game developer can do with the music as far as I'm concerned, is when they announce the composer and say s/he is having a successful history within TV-series and movies. Because movie soundtracks and game soundtracks are very very different, and many movie composers don't seem to realise that. Fortunately, there are some nice exceptions though, like the TV/movie composer Garry Schyman who did very well with the first Bioshock and Cohen's Masterpiece and so on.
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  • Prey 2 studio has taken over development on TimeGate's Minimum

  • Alestes 18/04/2014

    @VibratingDonkey The Prey IP rights were never taken from Human Head Studios, they never owned it to begin with. Bethesda bought it from 3D Realms. Reply 0
  • Alestes 18/04/2014

    I know Atari have some financial difficulties, but still, a proper publisher using early access seem a bit off to me. Reply +1
  • XCOM creator Julian Gollop's Chaos Reborn succeeds its Kickstarter goal

  • Alestes 17/04/2014

    @Bleemo Ken Levine might have helped, yeah. All the kickstarters really depend on getting the word out within a relatively small timeframe. Some do extremely well, and some others unfortunately not.

    Also, the kickstarter needs to look really good and offer some good insight on how the game will be to get the word spread around, which is IMO where Cult County fails cause there's nothing interesting happening in the gameplay video of theirs at all.

    In any case, I'm very pleased the Chaos Reborn kickstarter made it :)
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  • Sony sells all its Square Enix shares for £28m

  • Alestes 16/04/2014

    I will just pretend Sony did this because they realised how bad Square-Enix been in Europe lately, with the FF Lightning CE mess, the non-physical release of Drakengard 3 and all the PS1 classics that are available on NA PSN but not EU PSN, like Chrono Cross, Threads of Fate and Xenogears.

    Yeah yeah, not very likely, but meh :p
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  • Veteran Halo composer fired from Bungie "without cause"

  • Alestes 16/04/2014

    I'm surprised they had an in-house composer at all. This was pretty common for game studios back in the 90s, but today very few western development studios have an in-house composer, it's very much a freelance industry.

    Although it is kinda funny that the update from Obsidian Entertainment regarding Pillars of Eternity last night is from Justin Bell, their in-house audio director who also works as a composer for that particular game. That said, how many other western studios do have an in-house composer today?
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  • CCP cancels vampire MMO World of Darkness

  • Alestes 14/04/2014

    They should make a singleplayer Bloodlines-ish game anyway. Reply +25
  • See how Road Redemption is shaping up in new video

  • Alestes 14/04/2014

    @L0YD Yeah, it's all a "friendly" game, and then you sit together by the campfire after the race and laugh. Reply -2
  • Alestes 11/04/2014

    I'm a huge fan of the very first Road Rash for Amiga and Mega Drive and still enjoy that game when I play it, but one big reason for that is that the game is "simple". It's only a normal road and only a single weapon and then a bunch of hills and great music. But here there are plenty of lanes, plenty of weapons and no big hills that makes you jump or offer surprising cars or whatever in this video. It doesn't feel as tight as the original Road Rash and for me it doesn't look as much fun either. Reply +4
  • Tech Interview: Titanfall on Xbox 360

  • Alestes 13/04/2014

    Really digging the song in the "Titanfall Xbox 360 vs. Xbox One Comparison" video, is it from the game? (haven't played it yet). If not, from where? Reply 0
  • I never want to play Shenmue 3, Half-Life 3 or The Last Guardian

  • Alestes 12/04/2014

    @scuffpuppies Morrowind wasn't really developed in 7 years. They did some minor design and planning in late 1996 and early 1997, but quickly killed it in favor of developing Battlespire and Redguard. They then started over from scratch in 1999 (only focusing on Vvardenfell instead of all of Morrowind like the initial plan) and released the game in 2002, after 3 years of development. Reply +1
  • Sega lays off a "limited number" of employees in London

  • Alestes 10/04/2014

    Who cares about the Sonic Boom development? How will it affect games like Yakuza 1&2 HD, Yakuza 5 and other japanese SEGA games that haven't found their way to the west yet? Reply +1
  • Strider retrospective

  • Alestes 06/04/2014

    I really wish the original Strider was available on EU PSN.

    When the new Strider was released on PSN in Japan earlier this year, you got the PS1 version of the original Strider with it. But not here, of course, sigh.
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  • Stealth vs stealth

  • Alestes 04/04/2014

    @DacoitOne Good game, I'm especially a fan of Wrath of Heaven to the PS2. But just like MGS there are several parts where you can't sneak, like the boss battles, which is unfortunate. It makes it a somewhat flawed stealth experience. Reply +1
  • Alestes 04/04/2014

    It's so wierd that the very first game that was pure stealth, Thief (and Thief II), are still the best stealth games out there and they are ~15 years old now!

    In any case, despite enjoying MGS1 greatly my interest in the series quickly died down with the IMO awful MGS2, but this interview did make me more interested in MGS5.
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  • Looks like Persona 4 is coming to PS3

  • Alestes 02/04/2014

    @7M7 Yeah, still a lot of PS1/PS2 games I want to see on EU PSN, like Chrono Cross, Threads of Fate, Xenogears and the Suikoden series. Reply 0
  • Square Enix announces Drakengard 3 Collector's Edition

  • Alestes 02/04/2014

    £69.99 is way too much for a digital only game, despite being a CE. I want the book, but I refuse to become Square-Enix's bitch :p

    Wonder how much the standard digital version will be? £59.99?
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  • Remember Desert Strike? Meet Killstorm

  • Alestes 28/03/2014

    The Desert Strike title song on the Amiga was pretty ace too, great game.


    That said, I did enjoy Seek And Destroy to the Amiga more.
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  • The Last of Us headed to PS4 this summer, Sony employee says

  • Alestes 27/03/2014

    Wouldn't mind PS4 HD ports of Nier and Valkyria Chronicles too.

    Well, the Yakuza series would be nice too, but since Sega is failing to make a western release of Yakuza 1&2 HD and Yakuza 5 I wouldn't put my hopes up.
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  • Koji Igarashi says Castlevania: SotN was inspired by Zelda, not Metroid

  • Alestes 23/03/2014

    Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap is often forgotten early gem in this genre too, being from 1989. I wish it was available on PSN. Reply 0
  • Alestes 22/03/2014

    With Koji Igarashi leaving Konami, Konami is kinda dead to me now, unfortunately. But the big blow was when they killed their JRPG development a number of years ago, as I adore the main Suikoden games for PS1 and PS2. So sad, Konami was arguably my favorite publisher/developer during the PS1 days, but now all they have left are Metal Gear and PES, and I have no interest in either.

    Sure would be nice if they surprised me with a Suikoden VI announcement for the PS4, but it's simply not gonna happen. So the best thing I can hope for as far as Konami is concerned, is that they re-release the older Suikoden games on PSN.

    Anyway, I wish Koji Igarashi the best of luck and that his next game is a great deal of fun to play!
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  • Shenmue once featured cats that walk on two legs

  • Alestes 20/03/2014

    Shenmue 1&2 HD and Shenmue 3 would be so extremely nice. Oh, an english release of Yakuza 5 too. Get to work SEGA! Reply +9
  • Why the PC version of Titanfall is a 48GB install

  • Alestes 11/03/2014

    Audio decoding is really not an issue today with all the multicore CPUs. It might take up like 5% on a single core, and that's it. Reply +2
  • Ex-F.E.A.R. devs' FPS Betrayer set to spook in two weeks

  • Alestes 10/03/2014

    @mcreddie I wouldn't know, I'm waiting for the full release :p

    Don't really see the point in playing an unfinished game, I just wanted to support them.
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  • Alestes 10/03/2014

    @dogmanstaruk Żeah, same. Actually, it's the only Early Access game I bought :p

    These guys were the masterminds behind the Monolith classics like Shogo, No One LIves Forever and the first FEAR, so I pretty much felt like I had to support them.
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  • Games are squandering their potential to truly immerse us

  • Alestes 08/03/2014

    I really dislike collectible junk in sandbox games, it's so stupid, and a very lazy way for game designers to add game hours to their game. Reply +2
  • Ni No Kuni has now shipped 1.1m copies

  • Alestes 07/03/2014

    Nice news :) It's my 4th favorite JRPG for the 7th generation (and I'm eagerly awaiting Drakengard 3 for the PS3 in may and Tales of Zestiria & Persona 5 on later dates), and I actually took the platinum trophy as late as last week after a break on almost a whole year. Reply +1
  • Vagrant Story creator pitches a new tactical RPG on Kickstarter

  • Alestes 14/02/2014

    Unfortunately, I think they created this kickstarter too early. I'm sure they would have recieved noticeably more money if they had something to show first instead of just saying "this will be great", even if I belive them cause Yasumi Matsuno is my favorite japanese game developer.

    I mean, first yesterday with update #19 we got a concept on how the gameplay will look. That should have been available on the main page from the start.
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  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 review

  • Alestes 11/02/2014

    @Rajin
    I pray FFXV is better because otherwise they will lose a long time fan.
    It already happened here. Didn't like FF10 (first FF I didn't finish), didn't care much for FF11 and only played it 2 months, FF12 was a nice surprise but suffered from a very poor main character (Vaan) and a story that never really became that interesting, ignored both FF13 and FF14 as they looked very dull to me and FF15 looks like it gonna have a very poor cast yet again be rather meh.

    So yeah, guess I'm not a FF fan anymore, despite the fact I thought it was the game series back in the SNES/PS1 days and still adore those games a lot.
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  • Myst gets remade, again, in realMyst: Masterpiece Edition

  • Alestes 09/02/2014

    @RawShark Hehe :)

    I remember playing Taz-Mania on the Mega Drive and rather enjoyed it, but I didn't know about the Game Gear version. A friend of mine had a Game Gear but the only game I remember him having is Sonic 2.
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  • Alestes 07/02/2014

    Myst is unfortunately among my very worst game purchases I ever made. Not only was the Amiga version more expensive than many other games released back then, possibly being my most expensive non-CE game ever, but it's also a game I played for not many minutes. Just didn't get into it.

    Another really bad game purchase I've made is the DOS game Wetlands, but fortunately it was a very cheap one.
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  • Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide review

  • Alestes 06/02/2014

    This subject is left completely unexplored by this Sony-funded film, which is only interested in portraying Yamauchi as a visionary existing in total harmony with his corporate masters. We know that can't be the whole story, but the film is either uninterested in telling it or unable to, so it ends up an incomplete portrait of Yamauchi as an artist.
    This seem to be fairly common in these backstage documentaries, especially japanese ones judging from the "behind the scenes" stuff on DVDs I've seen, where the director is pretty much hailed as a visionary god that can do no wrong. It gets a bit tiresome after a while :p
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  • PS4 vs Xbox One: which is the better media player?

  • Alestes 02/02/2014

    I really wish I could use SVTPlay (swedish television) on my PS3 and PS4. Reply +2
  • Remember Me developer files for bankruptcy - reports

  • Alestes 31/01/2014

    Shame Remember Me didn't do better, as it's a very enjoyable game. Reply +1
  • DS games will be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console

  • Alestes 30/01/2014

    This would be very cool if Radiant Historia was released on it, since it never got a proper European release. Which is extremely unfortunate as it's one of the very best JRPGs of recent years. Reply 0
  • This new Elder Scrolls Online cinematic is outstanding

  • Alestes 29/01/2014

    Mammoth MMO projects sure know how to do one thing: cinematic trailers.
    Both Zenimax and Bioware hired the same Blur Studio to make the trailers for them. Blur studio make a LOT of game trailers.
    http://www.blur.com/
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  • The Elder Scrolls Online PS4 won't require PS Plus

  • Alestes 28/01/2014

    @bigtechno While I don't have a PS4 yet, I doubt I will get a plus account when I do as I don't really play online multiplayer games.

    The only multiplayer I do is splitscreen and other couch friendly forms of multiplayer.
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  • PS1/PS2 games heading to PlayStation 4

  • Alestes 28/01/2014

    PS1 & PS2 games I want to see on EU PSN (that aren't there yet). The Suikoden games are especially important to me, adore that series.

    PS1
    Brave Fencer Musashi
    Chrono Cross
    Chrono Trigger
    Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (I want it to be fixed, the current version is a US 60Hz import version running at 50Hz)
    Final Fantasy Tactics
    Legend of Dragoon
    Star Ocean: The Second Story
    Suikoden
    Suikoden II
    Threads of Fate
    Valkyrie Profile
    Xenogears

    PS2
    Dragon Quest VIII: The Journey of the Cursed King
    Final Fantasy XII
    Klonoa 2: Lunetea's Veil
    Musashi: Samurai Legend
    Odin Sphere
    Primal
    Suikoden III (US import version since it didn't get any euro retail release)
    Suikoden IV
    Suikoden V
    Suikoden Tactics
    Tenchu: Fatal Shadows
    Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
    Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
    Way of the Samurai
    Way of the Samurai 2
    We Love Katamari
    Yakuza
    Yakuza 2
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  • Epic sells Gears of War to Microsoft

  • Alestes 27/01/2014

    Good, now maybe future Epic games become multiplatform games. I was rather annoyed that Shadow Complex was (and still is) a 360 exclusive. Reply +2
  • Sega petitioned to release more games on PC

  • Alestes 27/01/2014

    I rather see a western release of Yakuza 1&2 HD and especially Yakuza 5. Reply +4
  • XCOM creator Julian Gollop announces Chaos Reborn

  • Alestes 22/01/2014

    The original XCOM is still the most fun strategy game I've played, and when I got my GBA and 3DS I was quick to find copies of Rebelstar: Tactical Command and Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars.

    That said, I never played Chaos: Battle of Wizards and not that fond of fantasy strategy games either (with the exception of Master of Magic for DOS), but hopefully I will be swayed by the Kickstarter :p
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  • Indie devs troll King's "Candy" trademark as Banner Saga targeted

  • Alestes 22/01/2014

    Damn crazy, games with "Saga" in their names been released for many years, like Saga Frontier 2 for the PS1 or Panzer Dragoon Saga for the SEGA Saturn. Reply +8
  • Alienware: our Steam Machines can't be upgraded

  • Alestes 21/01/2014

    So they will be like most laptops, how "nice". Reply 0
  • Thief PC minimum and recommended specs revealed

  • Alestes 20/01/2014

    @Faramis This was never a game that would raise the game requirements a lot as it's released for PS3/360 too. Reply +1
  • Letter from America: Our fave PS1 and PS2 games

  • Alestes 19/01/2014

    @mooseti Yeah, very nice game, bought the PC version. It's unfortunate that the PSP version never was released here in Europe.

    Konami really suck at bringing games to Europe, we are very slow to get games on EU PSN (if ever) and multiple times the games never got here to begin with, like the above mentioned game or Suikoden III.

    Really really like the Suikoden series, and was rather disappointed when Konami announced 3 HD Collections a few years ago and none of them was a Suikoden HD Collection.
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  • Alestes 18/01/2014

    PS1 & PS2 Favorites (which unfortunately are only barely available on EU PSN)

    PS1
    Brave Fencer Musashi
    Chrono Cross
    Chrono Trigger
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
    Final Fantasy VI
    Final Fantasy VII
    Final Fantasy Tactics
    Metal Gear Solid
    Suikoden
    Suikoden II
    Threads of Fate
    Vagrant Story
    Valkyrie Profile
    Xenogears

    PS2
    Dragon Quest VIII: The Journey of the Cursed King
    Final Fantasy XII
    Ico
    Klonoa 2: Lunetea's Veil
    Musashi: Samurai Legend
    Odin Sphere
    Okami
    Primal
    Shadow of the Colossus
    Suikoden III
    Suikoden IV
    Suikoden V
    Suikoden Tactics
    Tenchu: Fatal Shadows
    Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
    Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
    Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution
    Way of the Samurai
    Way of the Samurai 2
    We Love Katamari
    Yakuza
    Yakuza 2
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  • Silent Hill retrospective

  • Alestes 19/01/2014

    The original Silent Hill is the only game I stopped playing because I felt it freaked me out too much. Reply 0
  • Stories with dice: the thrill of old-school D&D

  • Alestes 18/01/2014

    In Pen & Paper RPGs you have infinite amount of possible choices but in CRPGs you're very limited to what the game designers given you. You can't have a fullfledged RPG experience in a CRPG due those limitations, unless you roleplay one of the stereotype character templates they designed the game for. Reply 0
  • Sony creates custom PS3 hardware for PlayStation Now

  • Alestes 18/01/2014

    Sounds like they could release a more energy efficient PS3 model on the market if they wanted then. Still have ways to go until there's a PS3 the same size as PS2 slim! Reply -1
  • First next-gen Hitman details revealed

  • Alestes 16/01/2014

    I hope Jesper Kyd makes the soundtrack for this game. Reply +4