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  • Xbox 360 at 10: The touching dreams of Lost Odyssey

  • Aretak 24/11/2015

    The last "epic" traditional turn-based JRPG really. Final Fantasy became an action game, Tales always was an action game, Dragon Quest became a handheld franchise and then an MMO, Suikoden is dead and everything else is on the lower end of the budget scale (and mostly horrific trash like Hyperdimension Neptunia).

    I had incredibly high hopes for Ni no Kuni, but that genuinely has the worst battle system of any JRPG ever made IMO, and it ruined the whole game for me.
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  • No flash or daily deals during Steam autumn, winter sales

  • Aretak 20/11/2015

    I'm on board with removing the flash sales, but the daily aspect of it was one of the things that made Steam sales exciting. Now you can just buy everything you want on the first day and forget about it, which makes it rather less of an "event". Reply +27
  • World of Warcraft: Legion release date leaked - report

  • Aretak 06/11/2015

    @Kremlik I'm sorry, but you may be slightly delusional if you think that Legion is coming before mid-2016. It definetly won't be "early" next year. They haven't even announced plans for the beta yet, which will last 4-6 months. It's likely that the launch will be timed to coincide with the film, which is hitting in June. It won't be as late as September of course, but you're still in for a long slog.

    WoD's PvP season 3 hasn't even started yet. I believe the current season is ending in a couple of weeks, then there'll be a few weeks of downtime, then the new season. For the record, the shortest ever PvP season was 17 weeks, back in TBC. Generally they're 20+, with the longest being 38 weeks. And they end well before the new expansion launches.

    A year or more of no new content is hardly new in WoW either, despite Blizzard constantly promising that this time, things will be different! It was 14 months between Siege of Orgrimmar going live and WoD's launch. It's going to be a similar wait this time.
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  • Blizzard will no longer report World of Warcraft subscriber numbers

  • Aretak 04/11/2015

    @dogmanstaruk Whilst it's true that a decline in subscribers for such an old game is natural, this really has little to do with that and more to do with the fact that Warlords of Draenor has been the worst expansion in WoW's history.

    Even putting the subjective aside, it's objectively had by far the least content added in patches after launch. There's basically nothing to do at endgame unless you raid, which covers only a small percentage of the game's playerbase. PvPers have been massively shafted this expansion as well, with no new battlegrounds for the first time ever, as well as massive faction and class imbalance.

    People flocked back to the game for WoD's launch, suggesting that the interest is still there. It promised to be an expansion that returned to the glory days of WoW, after many people were turned away by pandas and a similar dearth of endgame content in Cataclysm. What they found was basically half an expansion, desperately short on content and ideas.

    The "natural decline" argument doesn't really hold much water in this scenario when they bled out almost a third of their playerbase in three months (from 10m at WoD's launch to 7.1m in March) and have lost another 1.6m in six months since then. People are just massively disappointed in WoD. And rightly so.
    Reply +12
  • Warner Bros. offers full refund for still-broken Batman: Arkham Knight PC

  • Aretak 02/11/2015

    @SwissTony1994 It may not be "unfixable", but it certainly seems like it's just not economically viable to do so. I mean, if Warner Bros are offering unconditional refunds for everybody who bought the game rather than doing the work to fix it, that'd suggest that just refunding everybody who bought the game and pretending the PC version never existed is cheaper than doing the work to bring it up to par. Which suggests to me that Iron Galaxy's work is completely unsalvagable and that they'd have to literally port the game again from scratch, which they're obviously not going to do.

    Just offering refunds to anybody who wants one isn't a perfect solution by any means, but it's more than companies like Activision have done after releasing complete train wreck PC ports.
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  • Steam Halloween Sale is a monster, has Slender for 1.50

  • Aretak 30/10/2015

    Hopefully at least one of them will be worth playing.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC still broken, players say

  • Aretak 29/10/2015

    @JensWeissflog I mean, one thing you have to consider here is that this is with a 60fps target. The game runs perfectly fine at 30fps on a wide range of hardware on PC, providing a console-equivalent experience. If you look on Youtube, even an i3 and a 750 Ti will deliver pretty much a 30fps lock at 1080p. Of course, a lot of PC gamers don't consider that acceptable.

    The problems arise when you try for higher framerates. It's the exact same issue that The Evil Within had on PC, which ran at 30fps on fairly modest hardware, yet struggled to hit 60fps on the most powerful cards available.
    Reply +7
  • Face-Off: Assassin's Creed Syndicate

  • Aretak 27/10/2015

    It's a shame that this does seem to be somewhat less ambitious than Unity was. I had the good fortune to play that after a slew of patches and on a powerful PC (running a GTX 980) and it's by far the most visually impressive game I've ever played. Genuinely the first thing in this new generation that's seemed like a massive leap from what came before it. Reply +6
  • Intel Skylake: Core i3 6100 review

  • Aretak 25/10/2015

    @addman The G3258 doesn't even measure up against the i3 4130, let alone this one, even overclocked past 4GHz. Digital Foundry have done tests involving both in the past and clearly demonstrated that it struggles massively in more CPU-heavy titles. Framerates hit single digits in Ryse.

    It's a solid ultra-budget option for older games, but a dual core, dual thread chip just isn't enough for a lot of newer titles, no matter how much you overclock it.
    Reply +5
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate review

  • Aretak 22/10/2015

    @McGeeza It was all-but gone in Unity, save for a few voiceovers. You never actually left the Animus, which was great. The first-person modern day stuff in Black Flag was absolutely excruciating.

    Incidentally, Unity is my favourite game in the whole series. I thought it was fantastic.
    Reply +1
  • Remaining Batman Arkham Knight Season Pass content revealed

  • Aretak 16/10/2015

    @exit35 The sad thing is that you're probably right. People never seem to learn, no matter how many of these disappointing batches of DLC companies serve up. I particularly enjoyed the defence/justification of this one that went along the lines of "oh, well it must be good, or they wouldn't be charging so much for it!"

    Just how gullible are you people?
    Reply +24
  • Amazon reveals spruced up Fire TV model

  • Aretak 17/09/2015

    @Mayernator87 I bought a Fire TV Stick when they were selling them for 19 a while back. Pretty much all it gets used for is Kodi, and it does that pretty well. I imagine one of these more powerful ones would make a nice little emulation box too. Reply +2
  • Surprise! Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen headed to PC next year

  • Aretak 08/09/2015

    Fantastic news. The letterboxing and general performance issues completely put me off what was otherwise a great game on PS3. Always wanted a PC version, although I'd long-since given up hope. Reply +9
  • Rainbow Mika is in Street Fighter 5

  • Aretak 27/08/2015

    I see the Cuck Squad aren't too pleased at a virtual women expressing her sexuality. Stop oppressing her you beasts! Reply -2
  • EA removes player accused of sexual assault from NHL 16 cover

  • Aretak 13/08/2015

    @escalinci So do you have evidence that this man, who hasn't even been charged with a crime, is guilty then? Should you not be on the phone to the NYPD right now instead of browsing Eurogamer? Or are you just running with the "no smoke without fire" theory that usually proves so reliable? Reply +3
  • AMD's cut-down, air-cooled R9 Fury is a 4K contender

  • Aretak 10/07/2015

    @masseffectman Wow, you managed to cram all the Nvidia fanboy meme favourites in there! "Worse driver support", even though there's literally no difference when using a single card. "Game support", which I suppose means GameWorks features that cripple performance even on Nvidia's cards. "Hotter" even though the 980 Ti runs just as hot as Fiji. "Significantly more wattage" despite the 980 Ti and Fury X being within 20W of each other (meaning this card is probably less than both). Plus other nebulous garbage like "more frame-dropping issues".

    Nvidia's army of rabid fanboys make me embarrassed to own an Nvidia card.
    Reply +13
  • Radeon R9 390X 8GB review

  • Aretak 22/06/2015

    @meanspirit Sorry, but that's just an absurd usage scenario. Who games for 8 hours a day, 365 days a year with their card in a fully-stressed state throughout? It's not even remotely realistic. Most people aren't even going to come close to using the savings up front in electricity over the life of the card. Christ, even if you were gaming for FOUR hours a day, every single day for two years with your card running flat out the whole time, you'd only be breaking even then. Reply 0
  • MGS5's seedy Quiet figure has squeezable boobs

  • Aretak 11/05/2015

    I'm so faux outraged about this. Reply +53
  • Mortal Kombat X PC patch pulled after it deleted saves

  • Aretak 06/05/2015

    @trampstar The best part is that this is actually the second update of this size. They patched it not long after launch and it was around 15GB. People thought they might be replacing the terrible, black-crushed FMVs from the story mode, but they didn't. In fact, it didn't seem to do anything of note. Reply 0
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 revealed

  • Aretak 05/05/2015

    @VideoGameAddict25 They were also behind Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, and even managed to fuck that up. The rest of their output isn't even notable enough to have a Wikipedia page. I guess they must work cheap or something... Reply +14
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition gets free multiplayer DLC next week

  • Aretak 01/05/2015

    @super_monty They were really good about supporting Mass Effect 3's multiplayer with free content actually. Tons of it in fact, including 7 new maps (plus 6 variations on the original ones), 40 new character kits, 19 new weapons and a lot more. Reply +8
  • A paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has already been pulled

  • Aretak 24/04/2015

    @SuperSoupy The thing is, mods for Bethesda games technically belong to Bethesda. I wouldn't be surprised if people like the FNIS developers find that they don't have a leg to stand on legally if somebody chooses to use their work in a paid mod, with Bethesda being complicit in this program.

    I fear it's going to lead to either an exodus of people from the community, because they don't want their work being used in such a way and can't stop it, or a grudging universal acceptance of paid modding for the same reason. Neither scenario represents a bright future for the communities that have sprung up around games such as Skyrim.
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  • Xbox sales decreased 20 per cent year-over-year in Q1

  • Aretak 24/04/2015

    @frazzl Are you implying that people weren't calling the PS3 a massive failure around 07/08? Because as I recall things, that's basically all people did back then. Whether it's "the same people" or not doesn't really matter. There are always going to be people laughing at struggling consoles, and always certain people getting slightly too defensive and upset about them doing so. Reply +53
  • Mortal Kombat X review

  • Aretak 20/04/2015

    Slightly depressing to see the review of such a good game farmed out to somebody who doesn't really seem to care about it, and spends more time using the review as a platform to let everybody know their ever-so-important opinions on social justice issues than talking about gameplay mechanics or the online experience. Whether I agree with Eurogamer's reviews or not, at least they're usually fairly well-written. This is probably the most amateurish and incomplete thing I've ever read on here. Reply +14
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 played on omni-directional treadmill and Oculus Rift

  • Aretak 17/04/2015

    GTA is a "murder simulator"? Have I stumbled into the Daily Mail comments section by accident? Reply +26
  • Blizzard announces Timewalking feature for World of Warcraft

  • Aretak 16/04/2015

    The implementation of this is rather disappointing to be honest. It was datamined back during MoP (indeed, actually playable through a glitch in the PTR client) and looked like something that'd allow people on max level characters to either run every old dungeon for fun, or to help friends on new characters. Instead it's a small selection of dungeons that award sub-LFR loot and are only available at the weekend every now and then. Reply +5
  • $20 WOW Token gold value drops nearly a third in a day

  • Aretak 09/04/2015

    @drhickman1983 Honestly, you should be looking at 1-2k a day, even with minimal garrison management. I've easily been making that from follower missions alone, before you even consider stuff like the jewelcrafting daily (easy 200-300g a day, don't need to be a jewelcrafter), selling stuff from the herb garden/mine, etc.

    I started the expansion with around 160k across all my characters, and am now at over 700k. I've bought a lot of stuff too.
    Reply +3
  • Halo Online modders working to strip micro-transactions, release worldwide

  • Aretak 07/04/2015

    @heliumballoon It's Clickbait Tuesday to make up for the Easter weekend lull. Please look forward to more stories about sexy video game characters (and how wrong they are), illegal activities (which we'll publicise but don't endorse) and games that might be coming out at some point (Dave down the pub heard for definite that Fallout 4 could be announced within the next five years maybe). Reply +8
  • Square Enix tones down Mobius Final Fantasy's "too sexy" leading man

  • Aretak 07/04/2015

    The campaign for all video game characters, male or female (or transethnic genderfluid otherkin), to wear burqas starts here. Reply -6
  • Bloodborne review

  • Aretak 27/03/2015

    @cloudskipa I don't know about that. I certainly wasn't in Demon's Souls "demographic" back in the day. I bought it, imported it even, pretty much on hype alone, as somebody who really doesn't enjoy "hard" games and plays everything on its default difficulty settings and nothing else. Demon's Souls is comfortably in my top five games ever made.

    I genuinely hope that people who haven't touched the Souls series because they didn't think they'd enjoy it are washed by a wave of hype into buying Bloodborne. Sure, not everybody's going to fall in love like I did, but I bet many will.
    Reply +14
  • Pillars of Eternity review

  • Aretak 26/03/2015

    @Dismiss It should be a fair bit less demanding than Divinity, as that was full 3D for both the world and characters. PoE is 3D characters on top of 2D backgrounds. Reply +6
  • Cities: Skylines review

  • Aretak 19/03/2015

    @jamyskis1981 "Anybody who disagrees with me must be a delusional fanboy! I'm the only one who sees things for what they really are!"

    And you have the cheek to accuse other people of being self-obsessed.
    Reply +10
  • BioWare releases Dragon Age: Inquisition's party storage patch

  • Aretak 03/03/2015

    @Renato84 I agree. I thought it was incredibly bland throughout. The race to create bigger and bigger environments seems pointless when you then fill them with nothing but tedious fetch quests. I'd rather have a more focused experience and skip the epic journey to collect 10 boar asses from the other side of the map.

    The original Dragon Age is still a peak that Bioware are yet to come anywhere near reaching again IMO.
    Reply +1
  • Star Ocean developer tri-Ace acquired by Japanese mobile company

  • Aretak 20/02/2015

    @Kremlik They developed Phantasy Star Nova, which came out on the Vita in Japan just a few months ago and is apparently really good (and gave the Vita a nice sales bump), so the talent is still there. Shame there's zero chance of seeing a Western release of what may be their last "real" game. Reply +1
  • Quake-inspired retro shooter Strafe gets playable pre-alpha

  • Aretak 17/02/2015

    @mo0trix Well, I mean, you could make that argument for any style of game though. Why would I want to play the latest RPG when Baldur's Gate II perfected the genre and I could go play that instead? Why buy a new platformer when I could just play Super Mario World again? Even great games get boring eventually when you play them over and over and over again. Reply +21
  • Bloodborne will have shields after all

  • Aretak 06/02/2015

    @IronSoldier Or maybe it's that "gamers" aren't one big hive mind, and different people have different preferences? Mind-blowing concept, I know! Reply +17
  • The Digital Foundry 2015 graphics card upgrade guide

  • Aretak 01/02/2015

    @Dynasty2021 But that's not taking into account that you can overclock the 980 too and restore its dominance. It still might not be worth an extra 200 (although I've seen 980s as low as 380), but let's not pretend that you're getting a 980 when you buy a 970. There's a clear performance gap between them. Reply +19
  • Club Nintendo to close later this year

  • Aretak 20/01/2015

    I got a free copy of the GBA Kingdom Hearts game from it back in the day. Never played it as I was putting it off until I finished the PS2 original. Still haven't done that. I do still have the GBA game though, so the dream lives on. One day... Reply +2
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines and AvP (2010) have vanished from Steam

  • Aretak 03/01/2015

    Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is another one that was removed from Steam over Christmas. Another Activision licence that expired I'd imagine. Reply 0
  • CVG to close

  • Aretak 19/12/2014

    Hard to believe that it's been ten years since the last issue of the magazine. Hope everybody lands on their feet. Reply +20
  • Windows 10 leak reveals new Xbox app for PC

  • Aretak 15/12/2014

    @melnificent GfWL hasn't been shut down though. Whether it was once planned or not, the rumours about its demise earlier this year turned out to be false. It's still up and running right now. Reply +3
  • Yes, Sony Santa Monica is working on a new God of War

  • Aretak 08/12/2014

    @Esppiral I don't see why. It's already been more than 18 months since the last one, and this probably won't be ready until late 2016 based on what Barlog said. That seems like plenty of time between entries for a major franchise. Reply +20
  • Humble Sega Bundle offers Company of Heroes 2 and the Dreamcast Collection

  • Aretak 27/11/2014

    @dirtysteve Both of the Power Stone games were ported to the PSP in 2006. Not really the best environment for a game that really shines in multiplayer. Capcom also put out a survey a couple of years back which asked fans about the type of games they want to see. Power Stone was one of the franchises mentioned, but nothing ever came of it. :( Reply +3
  • Learning to raid: in praise of WOW's finest dungeon

  • Aretak 24/11/2014

    Ulduar was better. Reply -5
  • Telltale's Game of Thrones gets a debut trailer

  • Aretak 20/11/2014

    @doswillrule The point about good actors not making good voice actors was driven home by the previous Game of Thrones game, which featured a truly dreadful effort from James Cosmo. Although the voice acting behind the original characters in that game was every bit as bad. I'm pretty sure most of the cast must have been made up from people who walked by the office and were asked to pop in for an hour to do some lines. Reply +2
  • Final Fantasy 13-2 Steam release date announced

  • Aretak 11/11/2014

    The fact that it's being shoved out so quickly after XIII doesn't instill much confidence in me that they've taken on board the feedback from that release and made significant improvements for XIII-2. Reply +3
  • Far Cry 4's PC system requirements revealed

  • Aretak 07/11/2014

    @Xyion Because Nvidia have a much larger marketing budget. Reply +4
  • Double Fine gives Hack 'n' Slash free to Spacebase DF-9 owners

  • Aretak 28/10/2014

    @internisus I don't agree with that at all. They promised features which will now never be added when people purchased the game, so I'd certainly say they do have an obligation to people who forked over money in the expectation that development wouldn't just be abandoned with the game half-finished. It's not the fault of the people who bought the game that Double Fine are incapable of managing a project properly, or that they've decided to spread themselves too thin.

    The idea that this is some benevolent act of generosity on their part is insulting, frankly.
    Reply +4
  • Microsoft announces Xbox One Christmas price cut in US

  • Aretak 27/10/2014

    Quite the contrast between Microsoft and Nintendo when it comes to cutting the price of a struggling console. One is desperately hacking away at it on a monthly basis, whilst the other reckons that doing so only cements the idea in the mind of the consumer that the machine's a lemon and not worth buying.

    Be interesting to see who's right.
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  • Five talking points from World of Warcraft's 6.0.2 patch

  • Aretak 17/10/2014

    I don't think the Pandaria mobs have been undertuned on purpose. Blizzard just seem to have made an almighty mess of tuning everything post-squish. Relatively tough mobs (and even current raid bosses) have been nerfed to the point where they can barely scratch you, whilst lower level mobs and dungeon bosses are one-shotting tanks.

    It's just all a bit of a mess right now, sadly.
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