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  • Resident Evil 7's Beginning Hour demo has just been updated

  • AnsemsApprentice 03/12/2016

    Well this is shaping up. It's brave of them to take such a drastic departure of style with such a popular series (even the weaker games sold well). I'm more into it than I was from the first demo, and I'm digging the more Outlast-esque drabness and perspective.

    It's on my 'intrigued' list for now. Great atmosphere. Good luck to them.
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  • Death Stranding's second trailer is even stranger than its first

  • AnsemsApprentice 02/12/2016

    Early Cronenberg is a better comparison here, with its depiction of technology and biology becoming unified in some way, especially with humans, and the mental scarring/general fuckery that ensues from it (Videodrome and eXistenZ specifically).

    @ocelotr, I see what you mean. These strands are everywhere in the trailer, connected to almost everything, seemingly able to control and re-animate the dead. So I wonder if humans' energy is being used to fuel all this messed up technology, and mentally control it, Psycho Mantis-style.

    Is the child Norman Reedus you think? I only say that 'cos of the slightly unusual left eye.

    Death-stranding seems the more correct way of reading the title, if so. That starts to make a lot more sense, and could be a genuinely interesting story, and not just the wacky Kojima thing it appeared to be at first. More of a fantastical, surrealistic stylization of society's deeper and darker involvement with technology.

    I'm a lot more excited than I thought I would be!
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  • AnsemsApprentice 02/12/2016

    The way he's clutching the child makes me get a Children of Men vibe. Like offspring are dying in a dying world, and the ones who survive are cherished, and this military group have other motives for the living ones. Just a hunch. Those soldiers looked to be skeletons though, so . . . shit's fucked is the only solid theory. Reply +34
  • No Man's Sky studio breaks silence, announces base building and more in huge Foundation update

  • AnsemsApprentice 27/11/2016

    @ShiftyGeezer I like the game, so I'm not speaking as someone who agrees with the outpouring of despair at what No Man's Sky turned out to be -- it's overblown and silly -- but what so many people criticized, based on all the videos from popular YouTubers, the user reviews (not just the horrible ones), and so on, is the lack of actual goals to make you feel connected to the universe; it has contextual quests of a kind which are interesting when you manage to find one, but they tended to feel a bit cold, like the random-feeling environmental storytelling of Mass Effect 1's side-planet content.

    Another big criticism was how quickly the randomly generated flora and fauna start to feel re-used, though a couple of sources say that seemed to improve after the previous patch.

    Of course, many of the things shown in trailers that didn't show or live up to expectations was the big internet explosion, like satisfying dogfighting on various scales, which turned out to be a less engaging affair.

    All I was saying was that this patch adds something which arguably extends that feeling of, "Why am I playing this?" with the base-building, and improves the way we interact with the systems significantly, but I think that was the lesser issue certain people had problems with.

    I see my initial comment was interpreted as some kind of damning brushing off, but I'm very positive about these fixes, and was expressing surprise that, if the game does indeed become what those trailers showed at some point, it would be in 2017. Anyway, long story short -- but still long 'cos I just told it all -- this patch won't do much to appease those specific people who cried 'liars!' for a month. When I said all hope is gone, I meant the slim chance of the game becoming that holy grail of experiences that changes everything; the 2001: A Space Odyssey of the medium, unrealistic as that was. Same thing happened with Destiny.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 27/11/2016

    It seems the first update has focused entirely on the mechanical issues people had with the game. That is great -- the systems and their tedious ways dragged the pacing down even more than the aimless exploring (though I appreciate that on some level in the latter.)

    What is clear is that zero changes to the actual creative output of the game have taken place yet, which is what the majority of potential fans had the biggest problems with. If, after three months of work, this patch is the first on show, and addresses none of those issues, it's clear that it's either impossible to amend on a small studio's budget, or that the genuinely significant improvements people want are coming in 2017 . . . and that is insane, on top of sad, and adds to the feeling of oily, salesman bull shit of those trailers and interviews, true or not.

    Still, it's too easy to write it off forever. I will always keep on eye on the updates and hope for the best, but all hope is gone for sure. That's not pessimism, it's just a realistic expectation. I will say good luck to them, either way.
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  • Steam's autumn sale is now live

  • AnsemsApprentice 24/11/2016

    Painkiller: Black Edition is 2.24. Great gothic fps with frenetic combat, demonic style for days, and thumping armageddon metal. Reply 0
  • AnsemsApprentice 24/11/2016

    Sine Mora for 1.99. Great little twin-stick shooter with Porco Rosso stylings, ecclesiastical music, and developed by Grasshopper. Short, sweet, and very stylish. Grab it.

    Kero Blaster for 3.49. Quirky little side-scrolling shooter from the Cave Story guys.
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda's new kett race were clothed to avoid "really odd disconnect" of talking with naked aliens

  • AnsemsApprentice 15/11/2016

    The first game had several aliens that weren't humanoids -- the Rachni, and that big plant thing on Feros that invaded minds (I think there was one more other than the reapers); I do miss those ones. The humanoid stuff does get boring.

    The collector leader was cool, but you hardly saw him.

    Edit: the Hanar, that was it. There were also those ones that talked super slow, but I can't remember how alien they were.

    Edit 2: The Elcor. Yeah, they're cool; fighting a rogue one of them on the battlefield could be cool, if humans had trained or did something to one so it's constantly in charge mode.
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  • People are selling the out of stock NES Mini with a huge markup

  • AnsemsApprentice 11/11/2016

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  • Digital Foundry vs Skyrim Special Edition

  • AnsemsApprentice 31/10/2016

    @slimcrowder I was in bed actually, bed you're still correct. I'm more disappointed than high and mighty, but it's easy to criticize games. I just expected more for some reason. Reply 0
  • AnsemsApprentice 31/10/2016

    @kirankara I thought GTAV was 60 on PS4, my bad. Maybe Metro Redux is a better example. Reply 0
  • AnsemsApprentice 31/10/2016

    As a console remaster, I think this is a success in most areas; high frame-rates are not essential. The game is still the game, and it's been improved. Great; I get it. What I am not seeing is forty quid's worth of upgrade, however. I don't think light shafts and more realistic shadows and more foliage in the distance seems all that noteworthy -- 1080/60 with some of those upgrades reigned in a little does, though. But I'm not a programmer. If it really was impossible to do that cheaply, fair enough. In my little head, sometimes I'm knee-jerk and think "Well if GTAV can be way faster and prettier on PS4 over PS3, why can't this?"

    My instincts still say they could've done it.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 31/10/2016

    @Euphiletos I understand they've implemented a more modern lighting engine and a lot of other things here and there, but if what comes out of that is a less sharp-looking, sub-60fps version of a game that ran okay on six-year-old 360 tech in 2011 and wasn't pretty to begin with, I wonder whether it would have been better all 'round to focus on improving the textures and hitting 60 at 1080p. Reply +2
  • AnsemsApprentice 30/10/2016

    @Antropie That statement I made was before I knew it wasn't 60fps. I have zero optimism now; I think this is a shockingly lazy port -- 'remaster' is a big stretch -- and a complete rip-off.

    If there is a legitimate reason why a five-year-old game that sold millions can't hit 60fps on a PS4 in 2016 -- which is essentially a decent mid-range PC from 2011 -- then I would love to hear it. If not, then seriously, fuck that. Even at the time it was considered average looking at best, even for an open-world game.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 30/10/2016

    I was baffled how a five-year-old game didn't look as good on a PS4 as it did on a PC in 2011, but then I remembered the PS4 only came out two years after, so my expectations were unreasonably high. With all that in mind, it looks pretty good. Does look blurry though, to my eyes.

    Edit: Ignore everything I said. 30fps? Shocking. I'm no armchair programmer, but 60fps seems so attainable for this game on modern consoles.
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  • Sony announces two third-party pro controllers for PS4

  • AnsemsApprentice 26/10/2016

    I'm liking the Raiju's specs. D-pad and share/options buttons seem like genuine improvements, and the Xbox One style shape is interesting. It's not a looker, but let's hope it's a performer. If it's fairly cheap, that's also pretty exciting. Comfort is the only other variable for me. Reply +1
  • Sega's brilliant Sonic Mania Collector's Edition is coming to Europe after all

  • AnsemsApprentice 17/10/2016

    I would have paid 10-15 for the game, 40-45 for the statue, and 10-15 for the rest. The rest of the cost comes from the fact it's a collector's item and has a lot of nostalgic pull. I paid £50 for my LEGO ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters. Are the pieces worth that individually? Probably not, I'm not sure, but it's my fondness that gives it that invisible value. I don't think it's such a bad deal really -- I'd say it's about a tenner off of perfectly reasonable. I get why people just see 'plastic' and rage, but that's a little reductive for my liking. A physical copy in a Genesis-style case would absolutely seal the deal for £79.99, though, no doubt. That is a shame.

    (Shh, I'm just justifying my purchase to myself! Leave me be.)
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  • AnsemsApprentice 17/10/2016

    Okay, you hit me in the nostalgia, Sega. You win this round. Pre-ordered. I wish there was one that had just the game and the statue for, say, £59.99, but I will save up a little here and there for spring so it doesn't make a big dent.

    Now, I just hope I don't forget I pre-ordered it...
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  • Watch: Final Fantasy 15 is making great strides

  • AnsemsApprentice 10/10/2016

    They really quelled my fears and cleaned up that frame-rate significantly. So the improved E3 demo wasn't BS; that's something! My only nitpick now is that it's mayhem with four people in combat, all dressed in black and slashing all over the place. Very distracting and busy. I was starting to get a headache from all the frantic movement.

    I have little fears now. It's back on my purchase list; I can't wait to see more fantastical environments and magical beasts. Bring on November!
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  • World War Z author writing Minecraft novel

  • AnsemsApprentice 26/09/2016

    @spamdangled I always thought a more humorous, Douglas Adams style would be a great foundation for a Minecraft story. So if Brooks' take is a more serious one, I'll be doubly impressed if it's good. But if there's already good unofficial stuff out there, maybe I shouldn't be so surprised. Reply +1
  • AnsemsApprentice 26/09/2016

    As beloved and brilliant as Minecraft is, its overall style and gameplay systems are what make up the bulk of that brilliance. If he can make a good novel out of the very loose fiction tied to that world, I'll be amazed. Best of luck to him -- I can't wait to see what he comes up with. Reply 0
  • Seraph, the balletic shooter with no aiming, leaves Early Access

  • AnsemsApprentice 21/09/2016

    Just bought it thanks to this article. This game looks like it will perfectly scratch my Vanquish/Bayonetta itch I've got quite nicely. Loving the visuals as well. Angelic yet hellish; great combo.

    It's discounted on PC right now. £6.49 -- a bargain. I was shocked. Oo, it's downloaded. I'm off!
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  • US PlayStation VR demo disc has 18 games, 10 more than Europe's

  • AnsemsApprentice 13/09/2016

    VRexit. SCANDAL, I cry. SCANDAL.

    They'll crop up soon I'm sure.
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  • The Forza Horizon 3 demo is out now on Xbox One

  • AnsemsApprentice 13/09/2016

    This looks fun as hell. I just finished up Dirt 3 on PC -- the first racing game I've gotten obsessed with and deep into since Burnout 3 -- and loved it. This seems very much in the same vein of, "fun, but with stuff to please carheads too."

    Looks gorgeous. Hope it'll run nice at 1440p. That should look stunning.

    3 seems to be the magic number with me and racing games.
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  • Sony Tokyo Game Show 2016 conference live report

  • AnsemsApprentice 12/09/2016

    I'd love a decent chunk of new Persona 5, KH3, and Nioh gameplay. The new Nier, also.

    Long shots: Some new Deep Down footage; FF7 remake footage; an announcement for Yakuza games coming to PC, perhaps.

    Extra long shot: Mickey's Wild Adventure remake with the original included in remastered form!
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  • Firewatch spreading to Xbox One later this month

  • AnsemsApprentice 03/09/2016

    The snarky, unnatural dialogue did completely alienate me at first, as it felt polished in a hollow way, and lacked any sense of spontaneity -- these two characters having a seemingly endless supply of witty quips to perfectly drop in every single conversation, but I grew to enjoy what it was despite that, and changed my responses in the game to make it less jarring (to me). It gets better and better, and I should finish it one day. I transitioned to PC before finishing it, so I'll buy it again when it's sub £10.

    It was just getting really interesting, too. Damn my capriciousness.
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  • Jelly Deals roundup: Metal Gear, Skyrim: Special Edition, Fallout Anthology, and more

  • AnsemsApprentice 20/08/2016

    Some great PC deals on Origin right now, too. Syndicate for 1.99, Mirror's Edge for 2.12, The Saboteur for 1.09, Dead Space for 3.99, Bad Company 2 for £1.99, etc.

    I nabbed Syndicate. Only Starbreeze game I've never played.
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  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided review

  • AnsemsApprentice 19/08/2016

    @ubergine I had to check, just in case you were teasing, but yeah . . . there it is in black and white. I don't know whether I should be glad or slightly offended that I'm on pun-level with Eurogamer.

    Oo, oo! If it was a bad review, the subheader could've been, "Hanzer drag on."

    Forget it.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 19/08/2016

    I'm disappointed the subheading wasn't, "Praxis makes perfect," but I'll let it slide!

    Looking forward to this a great deal. Seems like it shines in many ways, albeit fewer than the brilliant original, but that is saying something. Definitely on my playlist.
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  • Deus Ex Go sneaks onto iOS and Android today

  • AnsemsApprentice 18/08/2016

    Yes exactly. That's why it would've been funny and cool if there was, and it was Pritchard. Reply +2
  • AnsemsApprentice 18/08/2016

    It would be funny if Pritchard was the narrator for this or something; that he programmed this game for Adam's training, and guided him through each puzzle. That would've been cool!

    Will get this soon. Looks great. Loved the other two.
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  • Tekken 7's Harada on the thorny subject of sexy swimsuits and Western sensibilities

  • AnsemsApprentice 17/08/2016

    @HappyGator I think a much wider discussion about what is acceptable and what is not, and why, can be important, and educate people on the differences between the mildly sexual, and the sordid. Not necessarily from a moral perspective, but more to question the thought process of that niche market, to put it in perspective with more harmless sexual material in games like this. I don't care how much they sell, particularly, that is beside the point (to me), but I know it isn't a popular genre, and hope it fades naturally with social awareness being as high as it is.

    Still, they disturb me, and articles about them and their type of objectification seems far more valuable and worth discussing, in my opinion. That's what I mean by focus. Not a witch hunt, but an intelligent and unbiased discussion. That is progress.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 17/08/2016

    There's nothing wrong with enjoying sexual imagery; we, some men especially, are hard-wired to enjoy it. To have that in games can be really funny, and definitely can provide some mild sexual satisfaction. That's actually okay -- it's not even seedy. I'd say it even healthily scratches that itch some of us get sometimes. It's not hardcore porn, it's just sexy. Sexy is harmless.

    If someone doesn't like that, that's fine too -- those Dead or Alive volleyball games are way too much for me, for instance -- but for some reason, those people often tend to believe they have the right to say you don't have the right to enjoy that, or it means you're sexist, or any other number of bizarre, self-righteous claims. It's much more complicated than that. Trying to suppress harmless acts of gratification is tyrannical, and a deep misunderstanding of what some think freedom of speech is.

    I also agree that to say it's for any reason other than you designed these costumes for the sake of eye-candy is silly. That is so what it is; it isn't artistic vision. And no one should give a shit. We should be focusing on those insanely disgusting Japanese rape-y games you see popping up, not this mild shit.
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  • Humble Bundle offers cheap Nuclear Throne, The Beginner's Guide and more

  • AnsemsApprentice 17/08/2016

    @kimchibaka When you go on the page the bundle is on, it shows all the games you'll get, plus a grey mystery box with a question mark on it. Click that one, and it tells you when the new game will unlock on the page!

    The way they do it is email you saying "Your order is ready." When you click that, you'll come to a page with all your games on. There are two buttons beneath each game: leftmost is your redeem button, which reveals the key for you to activate via Steam or whatever client. The other (gift to a friend) gives you a link that you paste to a buddy, and they get your key through that link.

    You don't need to sign up I don't think, but I would, because they email you new bundle days and stuff.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 17/08/2016

    Octodad Key

    Already had this one. :0)
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  • Yooka-Laylee's ice level lets you transform into a snowplough

  • AnsemsApprentice 17/08/2016

    There's some snowplough action here, 'round the 33 second mark.

    Mr. Plough, that's ma naaaame, that naaame agaaaain is Mr. Plough.
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  • In Theory: Can Sony upgrade PlayStation Neo's specs?

  • AnsemsApprentice 14/08/2016

    So is Scorpio a new Xbox, or a new version of an Xbox One?

    The PS4k sounds like an overclocked version of the PS4, but the Scorpio seems way different to a One, so it doesn't even sound like they can be compared that much. Unless Neo and PS4k are secretly two different things.
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  • No Man's Sky isn't going over well on Steam

  • AnsemsApprentice 12/08/2016

    Just an update, the game has been running at a rock solid 60fps for me for the last couple hours, all settings maxed at 1440p (1070 OC, 6700k, 16GB ram), post-update.

    Vsync on, frame-rate set to MAX setting. Textures look poor, and jaggies are all over the shop and look ugly, but the game is still pleasing overall, visually.

    I feel bad for anyone who's having terrible performance issues still. That does suck, but this explosion of hate is edging on embarrassing. Not saying being angry is wrong, that's justified; I'm referring more to some of the childish, knee-jerk comments (not here that much, but some of the Steam and Metacritic ones are so horrible I dunno whether to laugh or weep, ha).
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  • AnsemsApprentice 12/08/2016

    I can confirm, for me, that updating and restarting has solved my performance and crashing issues. The game runs perfectly for me now. Reply +22
  • No Man's Sky's PC settings revealed

  • AnsemsApprentice 12/08/2016

    I have a 1070 paired with a 6700k, and this game is running fairly poorly for me. Chugging like a mofo, actually. It's crashed twice, also. Once at the beginning, then again when I repaired my starship and launched it. I lost all that progress, too.

    Not sure what to do. What's weird is it runs better at 1440p -- I bumped it down to 1080 to see if that would help, and it was notably worse.

    Edit: I restarted my PC to no avail before, but I restarted again and it seems fine now. Weird.

    Hopefully it doesn't CTD when I fly this time!

    Loving the game so far, regardless.
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  • Florence + the Machine made some Final Fantasy 15 songs

  • AnsemsApprentice 12/08/2016

    As long as the majority of music is still by Earth angel Yoko Shimomura, I don't mind a couple F+TM tracks here and there.

    Do we know if you can play songs from the car radio, GTA style?
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  • Jelly Deals roundup: PSVR pre-orders, PC summer sales, Xbox One bundles and more

  • AnsemsApprentice 06/08/2016

    Is Green Man Gaming legit, or edging on shady like G2A and such? That Abzu deal is tempting but, hmm... Reply 0
  • Pokémon Go banned in Iran due to "security concerns"

  • AnsemsApprentice 06/08/2016

    Regarding the actual trading game, and that whole booster pack rip-off, I definitely see the value in restricting that type of content in more conservative countries, for fear of engaging that "just one more!" sensation in children. That would be a fair argument, and more than just another religious state flexing their muscle.

    Pokemon Go isn't quite that, but whatever. If it's a security fear then that also is fine, and their prerogative, but with so little info about their reasoning, it makes them look bad and encourages comments like . . . well, like you'd expect.

    I'd like to know how this 'ban' would take effect, though. I doubt it means everyone would be reprimanded for playing the game, right? Not every place in Iran is uniformly strict in this way, surely? Will it just be impossible to download now?
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  • AnsemsApprentice 06/08/2016

    If Pokemon is gambling, then is Top Trumps? Where does that end? I buy that argument even less. I agree gambling is dumb and wrong and a waste, but Pokemon is the last thing I would think of to tar with that brush. Reply 0
  • AnsemsApprentice 06/08/2016

    Why so Krabby? Just because a lot of data is gathered with Pokemon Go stats doesn't automatically mean spies are trying to get a Pikachu.

    But seriously, if there was a flaming goat Pokemon called Lucifur or something, I'd understand some aspect of hesitance, but if a six-pointed star in such a mild, child-friendly context can be deemed as cause for concern and result in cries for subsequent censorship from sensitive religious officials, maybe their followers should start to question this kind of rash judgement more intelligently. I'm not sure Japanese video game artists are the most likely spreaders of Christian propaganda. Just sayin...

    I doubt all of Iran is up in arms. Just another minority kicking up a fuss to sound like the majority. I don't buy it.
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  • Watch: 6 gaming dishes we'd really like to try

  • AnsemsApprentice 06/08/2016

    Iguana bits! Sugar Bombs!

    I also would love to try sea-salt ice-cream from Kingdom Hearts II.

    And I'd love to taste a Soul of a Hero from Dark Souls. Mmmmm...
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  • Prey For the Gods Kickstarter nears end with confirmed PS4 and Xbox One versions

  • AnsemsApprentice 05/08/2016

    Definite Team Ico vibes in terms of movement, pacing and such, but with a very unique bestiary of its own design it seems. Skull-faced, leathery leviathans and malicious revenants. Very cool. Impressive animations, atmospheric winter setting... Seems to have a similarly minimalist storytelling method applied by other smaller teams that works so well, based on the lack of narration most trailers/teasers show.

    I'm excited. This and Horizon: Zero Dawn look to scratch my 'take down vast mythical beasts' itch that hasn't been satisfied since Dragon's Dogma. This is particularly impressive due to the sheer ambition and quality of what's on show when paralleled with such a small team. Good show!

    My eye will be trained on it with Sauron-esque precision.
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  • Abzu review

  • AnsemsApprentice 02/08/2016

    The trailer for this was on before a YouTube video I was about to watch, and I didn't skip it! I was mouth agape at the beautiful visuals.

    Will definitely check it out based on that alone.
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  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance: the last great licensed video game?

  • AnsemsApprentice 31/07/2016

    I think Arkham Asylum, Walking Dead Season One, LEGO Harry Potter, and Shadow of Mordor aren't just good licensed games, but classics in their own right. Even Transformers: Devastation was pretty damn good. Alien: Isolation blew me away and lived up to every expectation.
    I loved Ultimate Alliance plenty, but it's not as interesting as the Legends games.

    It sounds like another headline designed to turn some heads to a fair degree. There have been a lot of those recently, I must say.

    Edit: And How could I forgot my favourite of ALL licensed games? THE DARKNESS.
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  • Little King's Story HD remaster is coming to PC next week

  • AnsemsApprentice 30/07/2016

    Great news! Put it on my Steam wishlist. I hope more and more Wii games get PC ports. I struggled with that control scheme for physical reasons, and missed out on finishing a bunch of gems because of fatigue -- MadWorld, No More Heroes, the Mario Galaxy series, etc.

    The more the merrier.
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