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  • I never want to play Shenmue 3, Half-Life 3 or The Last Guardian

  • AnsemsApprentice 12/04/2014

    Can't say 'til I see more of the games. No one can. The hype will die down before they're released, and all the better for it -- I want to have no expectations and be pleased.

    It sounds like, in a way, the article is leaning toward the opinion that these games are too old to matter on a certain level; that it's not just the unreachably-high expectations put upon them that's the issue, but how other games have innovated far beyond what HL3 or whatever could possibly manage at this point . . . and I say bollocks.

    If ICO came out tomorrow, it would become an instant classic. Same goes for Half Life 2. It's not just what they did for games as a whole, it's how damn well made they are. GTA V had a bunch of cool tweaks, but that's not the reason it's good: it's exceptionally well made, that's why. It's not a crowning achievement in terms of gameplay, but it unified the elements those games are known for in the most elegant way yet, and who's to say HL3 or The Last Guardian won't do the same in their own way? It's not even close to impossible.

    I'm with you about long development time; it never ends well, really, and I do worry a little about it -- we know The Last Guardian was in a right state according to reports and stuff -- but I still have confidence in talented people. Writing them off at this point, if that is what you're doing, is dumb. Still, fills an article, I get that. It's not an uninteresting topic.
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  • Video: Creative Assembly on creating a faithful Alien game

  • AnsemsApprentice 07/04/2014

    @havoc33 I saw it a long time after it was released. I'm 22, I had my first experience with it on the Alien Quadrilogy boxset. My first thought when it finished was, "Why do people hate this movie?"

    I'm not religious, but that aspect of the film was immensely interesting. I already commended the acting. I thought Pete Postlethwaite was fantastic as ever, and Weaver played a totally different kind of Ripley -- like a hardened, seen-too-much-death-to-give-a-shit version, but still retaining that motherly side all the while.

    It's not a very good sequel, but it's a great film. I was pleased with the more understated tone after Cameron's, "Woo hoo, space fight!"
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  • AnsemsApprentice 07/04/2014

    @havoc33 I liked Alien 3 a lot, as long as I disregarded what I liked about the first two movies. It's quite different, but I loved the atmosphere, setting, and acting. Get a Pitch Black vibe from it.

    Could make a cool game, yeah. This looks rad as ever to me.
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  • Face-Off: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

  • AnsemsApprentice 05/04/2014

    @thegofp You're right, I just meant I think they highlight the improvements better than the video does. Reply +1
  • AnsemsApprentice 05/04/2014

    I think the screenshots tell the true story, here. I shouldn't have judged the game by that video at all. My bad, looks alright. I am disappointed with the subtle differences, but that's my inner purist being a dick. Will pick this up methinks!

    Apologies for my previous knee-jerk comment if anyone saw. Typing before I think again...
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  • Telltale releases The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3's "launch trailer"

  • AnsemsApprentice 01/04/2014

    Hopefully the long gaps are the result of some technical improvements, because the performance on 360 is kind of shocking, but I doubt it.

    Still, really enjoying it from a story point of view, and the art style is lovely.
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  • Alien Isolation: "I didn't expect smiling and laughing"

  • AnsemsApprentice 28/03/2014

    As far as I can tell, this has nothing to do with Colonial Marines outside of the publisher, so don't fret too much; that game had a long and troubled development if I remember right, and that's what's important, not the name, "Sega."

    This seems much more focused and tight with less reliance on action, so the chance of the Xenomorphs losing their fear factor is greatly reduced -- a big problem with you-know-what game -- so tick that box.

    Atmosphere has been well and truly nailed from footage I've seen, graphics look nice, story sounds very interesting, main character seems to have great appeal. I'd rather a relative of Ripley than a voiceless nobody.

    I dunno, I think it looks like a classic in the making.
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  • Hotline Miami 1 heading to PS4 as Cross-Buy

  • AnsemsApprentice 24/03/2014

    Saves carry over, right? I still have three levels to A+, would be nice to do it on PS4.

    I think Hotline Miami is one of the coolest videogames of all time. Am I crazy? I found myself grooving out at the results screen every single time. Feel so badass when that score tots up.
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  • The Last of Us' film adaptation will follow the game's storyline

  • AnsemsApprentice 14/03/2014

    @metalmike25 As soon as Ellie came into Joel's life, I knew she would end up being his lifeline. I'm not saying its intentions weren't interesting, or that killing to survive isn't a story in itself, I just think they went about telling it in a very obvious and bland way.

    Adding zombie-like enemies for the hell of it seemed bizarre, too. I don't get what they add to the game from a story perspective. That whole arc is thrown out the window at one point anyway.

    I guess I think it suffers from an identity crisis most of the time. It tries to be I Am Legend, Children of Men and The Road rolled into one package, and I felt that it never quite threaded those themes into each other seamlessly.

    Maybe I'm highlighting its flaws a little harshly, but for something people have called one of the best games of all time and the apex of storytelling in the medium, I expected something more.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 14/03/2014

    @frunk I'm not sure how that relates to what I said. I never mentioned the quality of writing in most Hollywood films, I mentioned the quality of writing in The Last of Us and the films it's inspired by that, in my view, it's not as good as. Reply +1
  • AnsemsApprentice 14/03/2014

    @Ybob1234 Yeah, I liked Ellie's vibe. I won't say a fourteen-year-old badass who swears is a revolution in writing or anything, but she was pure and loving beneath that hard shell. Again, to me, it just wasn't fully realized. I think it's half game and half movie, and that really jarred me. It's harder to like people between bricking hobos in the head. I never really felt like I got to know anyone in that world, and the odd note on the ground or mini-conversation with Ellie while looking for the yellow-coloured thing to get me to the next section felt really clumsy and intentional.

    I dunno. It's definitely not bad, but it merely does its thing almost as well as the works that inspired it, to me. Anyway, I'm not going to slag it off, it's a well made game.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 13/03/2014

    I don't want to take away from the obvious effort they put into the game, but the story is nowhere near good enough to make a competent film out of in my opinion. If I'm honest, I found it quite amateurish, even cringe-worthy at times with its in-your-face exposition and half-baked ideas. That's only my interpretation, mind.

    I'll give it the benefit of the doubt, nothing's certain, but I have to come out and say I don't think the writing is anywhere close to the quality a lot of people have described. Good game, but damn.

    Will keep an eye on it though. Good luck on the project.
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  • Xbox Achievement hunter finally hits a million Gamerscore

  • AnsemsApprentice 13/03/2014

    I just reached 100K last night with Stick of Truth, and I reached it almost exclusively on games I enjoyed. This guy is on another level, and I mean that in a good way. He's obviously just a different kind of gamer who, possibly, doesn't give a shit about his health, mentally or otherwise. I'm not proud of my three-days-straight Demon's Souls run. . .

    Assuming he's payed for a lot of those games, he's put money into the industry and evidently enjoyed himself. I won't demean someone's idea of fun, no matter how pointless it may seem. We all love games, some just more intently than others.
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  • Costume Quest 2 is real, coming this Halloween

  • AnsemsApprentice 10/03/2014


    Sorry. . . If you couldn't tell, I'm quite, quite pleased.
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  • Payday 2, Brothers help Starbreeze to historic profit

  • AnsemsApprentice 27/02/2014

    @BigDannyH I played through Butcher Bay again just the other week -- the HD remaster of it that came with Dark Athena. The atmosphere and storytelling are pretty killer, so that holds up. The graphics are still solid (lighting is very nice). A little above DOOM 3 I'd say. Gameplay-wise, it's nothing spectacular. Very old fashioned, but the sections in the dark are just so damn cool. I'd recommend it to anyone to be honest. I've always been a huge Pitch Black fan, though, so keep that in mind.

    Edit: Forgot, the melee combat was ahead of its time. Satisfying as hell.

    The Darkness is a must-own. Mike Patton, black holes and darklings; nothing more to say.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 27/02/2014

    Brothers is stunning; The Darkness is one of my favourite games of all time; and Escape from Butcher Bay is one of the best licensed games ever. Love these guys. I certainly hope they never stop making games, and am really pleased to hear of some success.

    Haven't played Syndicate yet. Seems like a good romp for a fiver.
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  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare review

  • AnsemsApprentice 27/02/2014

    I'm totally jealous of the X1 for this game. It's so charming I just want to squeeze a kitten like a toy; love PVZ.

    Oh wait, I've got a 360. Oh yeah! Been so swept up with the amazing deals on PSN I forgot about my little white tank.
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  • Wii U has finally overtaken Xbox 360 in Japan

  • AnsemsApprentice 26/02/2014

    If the WiiU had a great new character and beginnings of a franchise to latch onto, to justify it more than alternating Mario and Zelda games, I'd snap it up. With an exclusive like Bayonetta 2 along with that, it could begin to carve itself a unique place in the market that would encourage people like me to get it. By people like me I mean those who aren't wowed by non-standard control methods and the focus on characters I fell out of love with ten years ago.

    Gameplay is still of a high quality in those games, but I'm frankly sick of the sight of Mario and Link, as iconic and important as they are to our culture.
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  • South Park: The Stick of Truth censored in Europe

  • AnsemsApprentice 25/02/2014

    Can I purchase the PS3 version from the US, then? Region free 'n' that. Reply 0
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 review

  • AnsemsApprentice 25/02/2014

    Was Kojima involved at all? I'm not saying that's why it's getting average scores, if he wasn't, but . . . I think he would have picked up on a lot of the flaws this review highlights. Reply 0
  • There's a new Tony Hawk game in development

  • AnsemsApprentice 21/02/2014

    SKATE-style mechanics in a THUG-like world with THPS-style challenges would be cool. A new, perhaps risky art style would give it that edge of something different to offer. A crazy cel-shaded look, or inky, colourful brushstrokes. I'd go mad if I was in charge, ha. There'd be a crib you'd go back to with all your decks on the wall, and a full-fledged fake RPG game you could play. I'd have a trophy for doing 500 tricks in one combo. I'd have different art style modes to unlock: goth mode, TRON mode, Tim Burton mode, Marvel mode. Yeah, thank your lucky stars I don't make games.

    To be fair though, Project 8 had that nail-the-trick thing, which was basically a watered down version of what SKATE would become. They just didn't have the bravery to revamp it totally in that style, or didn't think to.
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  • Current-gen and next-gen Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes compared in new video

  • AnsemsApprentice 19/02/2014

    Oh, is that why the sky looks so different on the PS4 version? Exclusive dynamic weather? This just gets stranger.

    The difference is obvious, visually -- one's blurry and washed out, one isn't -- but performance seems solid on X1. The odd torn frame, maybe (am I imagining it?) Performance is king, but cleanliness is godliness. PS4 wins this round.
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  • Rock Band dev announces music-based FPS Chroma

  • AnsemsApprentice 18/02/2014

    Could be amazing. Hopefully the soundtrack is varied -- I have nothing against this music, but it grates on the senses after a while. Reply +1
  • Indie platformer Stick it to the Man headed to Wii U

  • AnsemsApprentice 13/02/2014

    Just finished this game yesterday. Fantastical, funny, and full of detail. It's short but sweet.

    Sequel please.
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  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 console demos out today

  • AnsemsApprentice 13/02/2014

    I thought the demo didn't show you what the game was all about very well at all, but I at least know that it plays really nicely. Loved the first one, so.

    I'm hoping combat isn't so prominent. I like a decent balance between exploring the packed-with-detail environments and quenching my thirst on a knight's neck.
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  • Myst gets remade, again, in realMyst: Masterpiece Edition

  • AnsemsApprentice 08/02/2014

    PS4? Yeah . . . PS4 please. Seriously, I would buy that without thinking on PS4.

    PS: PS4.
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  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch review

  • AnsemsApprentice 04/02/2014

    I think this would make an amazing TV show, perhaps as a replacement to Family Guy. Game looks like a breath of fresh air to me. I was sold as soon as I heard the theme tune. Reply +3
  • PS4 vs Xbox One: which is the better media player?

  • AnsemsApprentice 02/02/2014

    All of my blu-rays stutter badly on the PS4; I have over fifty, so I'm guessing something's wrong with the unit. Should I contact Sony?

    My PS3 Super Slim can't play blu-rays without stuttering now, either. Happened this morning. Pretty annoyed, but games work fine.

    Don't want to get a BR player. I already have six boxes in front of my TV.
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  • Remember Me developer files for bankruptcy - reports

  • AnsemsApprentice 31/01/2014

    Remember Me was an unpolished Gem. Filled with great ideas; they deserve better. All the best to them. Reply +3
  • Dead Island is tomorrow's free Games With Gold offering

  • AnsemsApprentice 31/01/2014

    It's not awful at all, just seriously unpolished. It's a grind, but not too frustrating when you learn to handle its flaws. You have to search for the positives, but they're there. It reminded me of House of the Dead: Overkill, in the sense that I had to play a certain way to enjoy it.

    I'd turn analogue controls on in the menu. Much more satisfying, and removes the weird feeling you're controlling a Barbie doll. I had a lot of fun upgrading my character; it's Borderlands style, which is good. It's not very cinematic, which is a shame. It's predominantly pure gameplay, but depending on how much you can handle doing the same thing over and over, that might be a huge caveat.

    About PS Plus: Sony only lets games with a Metacritic rating above 69 go onto the service. Not perfect, but that's why we get so many great games.
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  • Sony: UK PS4 to Xbox One sales ratio is 1.5:1

  • AnsemsApprentice 30/01/2014

    @bigleadballoon Oh is that right? Thanks. Still better than I expected, but that is a significant difference... Reply 0
  • AnsemsApprentice 30/01/2014

    @spinoir I think that's the same method top industry analysts use to estimate a company's success. Reply +2
  • AnsemsApprentice 30/01/2014

    3.9 vs 4.2

    Is this not as big of a deal as people are making out, or have I missed a crucial piece of info? Japan will change things a bit, but not much going by PS3 and 360 sales. Weren't they almost dead equal? If anything, I'm surprised they're so close at this point. I thought it obvious the X1 was worth nowhere near the asking price, but clearly not.

    Maths is my worst subject, mind.

    Edit: Understood now. Over a million more PS4s sold overall. Big deal, yup.
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  • Dark Souls 2, now with more Peter Serafinowicz

  • AnsemsApprentice 30/01/2014

    @poobob I find him very pleasant. Seems like a lovely person.

    When he's in character he can rate high on the creep-o-meter, though, yeah. He'll probably go for that in DSII.

    Man, the Souls games have always had amazing voice acting. Whoever's in charge of that seriously knows their shit. It's exquisite most of the time, on production and performance.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 30/01/2014

    He's a fantastic voice artist; I'm surprised he hasn't done a tonne of games.

    Acting ain't bad, either. Was awesome in Spaced and Shaun of the Dead.
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  • Microsoft ad asks you to "ditch your PS3"

  • AnsemsApprentice 30/01/2014

    Woah, woah, wooooah. Is this actually real? This is a genuine advertisement greenlit by Microsoft? Holy shit cakes. Reply +32
  • Alien: Isolation playable at EGX Rezzed in March

  • AnsemsApprentice 28/01/2014

    I might regret this later, but . . . man, this game looks like a classic in the making. I have a feeling I'll like it more than Aliens (the film).

    Pacing will be key, of course. As long as we don't see too much of the Xeno -- directly, anyway -- the tension from the authenticity of the design alone should keep the heart fluttering. Nostalgic and yet terrifying all at once. Mmm, spicy!
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  • Rain World gameplay video shows off stealth

  • AnsemsApprentice 23/01/2014

    Very interesting aesthetic. Grim looking backgrounds, but lively characters. Animations have a nice bounce to them. Really unique mixture.

    Sadly, my crappy laptop would never be able to play this. It struggles running Bookworm. . .
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  • Letter from America: Our fave PS1 and PS2 games

  • AnsemsApprentice 18/01/2014

    Silent Hill
    Resident Evil 2
    Final Fantasy VIII
    Tekken 2
    Tekken 3
    Symphony of the Night
    Ridge Racer
    Soul Blade
    Mickey's Wild Adventure
    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2/3

    PoP: Sands of Time
    Shadow of the Colossus
    Devil May Cry 3
    Resident Evil 4
    Kingdom Hearts
    Final Fantasy X
    God of War I/II
    San Andreas
    Killer 7
    MGS3: Subsistence
    Silent Hill 3
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  • Don't Starve review

  • AnsemsApprentice 15/01/2014

    I love the design. It's like a Tim Burton pop-up book. Reply +3
  • AnsemsApprentice 15/01/2014

    It's like Dark Souls without the hand-holding. How hilarious of a sentence is that? Reply +4
  • Editor's blog: Festive greetings from the Eurogamer team

  • AnsemsApprentice 20/12/2013

    Happy Saturnalia, fellas. Thanks for making the days seem shorter this year. I can count on you for interesting content, and twists on the usual stories, and the fascinating Digital Foundry, and the funny community.

    Anyway, have a good one. Looking forward to the readers' top 50.
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  • Live: VGX 2013

  • AnsemsApprentice 07/12/2013

    Oh, I missed the beginning of the article. Ignore me. Reply 0
  • AnsemsApprentice 07/12/2013

    Was this the event which the Fallout 4 rumours are connected to?

    There'll be a mushroom cloud in my trousers if there's any truth to them.
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  • Final Fantasy 14 out on PS4 April 2014

  • AnsemsApprentice 03/12/2013

    One of the only MMOs that's ever piqued my interest. Looks charming, pretty, and fun. I will definitely pick this up.

    With the great value of PS plus, I really will start playing online games regularly again. It's prime time for us gamers.
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  • Various US airlines now let you play games during takeoff

  • AnsemsApprentice 22/11/2013

    Can I play a flight simulator really loudly, and scare the shit out of everyone? Reply +8
  • A Telltale Game of Thrones title is coming - rumour

  • AnsemsApprentice 22/11/2013

    Tits and dragons the game, by Telltale? Yes pleeeeeeease. Reply +8
  • 30 minute Dragon Age Inquisition gameplay video leaks online

  • AnsemsApprentice 12/11/2013

    I'm getting major Fable vibes from this. The artstyle is way more cartoony than previous installments, isn't it? That just me?

    Looks interesting though. Combat seems slow but, pre-alpha 'n' all that. Positive reactions from me.
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  • Jane Austen MMO Ever, Jane seeks $100K on Kickstarter

  • AnsemsApprentice 06/11/2013

    I asked for a Downton Abbey game by Rockstar . . . but this'll do for now. Reply +19
  • Games of the Generation: Dark Souls

  • AnsemsApprentice 31/10/2013

    @myms1ps3 Me too, actually. The grinding, demanding boss fights, limited move-set, fearing what's around the next corner, limited resources, the connected map, etc. If you don't master the controls, you can't beat it, just like DS. I think that's why people like them so much, because they're unashamedly old-school in every way. Reply 0