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  • Early Access games done right

  • Atropos 27/02/2015

    Kudos to Eurogamer for finally getting over the "backlash-to-Kickstarter"-bug that seemed to affect every gaming journo out there. Reply 0
  • Square Enix's new Humble Bundle includes Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs

  • Atropos 26/02/2015

    Worth it for Guardians of Light alone. Seriously. Best offline since forever. Reply 0
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera is still worth getting excited for

  • Atropos 18/02/2015

    Your publishing this positive look at a Kickstarted game just to mess with me, right?

    No, seriously, glad it's not all "look at this Kickstarted failure!"
    Reply +2
  • The sorry state of The Stomping Land, another abandoned Kickstarter video game

  • Atropos 18/02/2015

    @jimboton I have no idea why you're getting downvoted, I feel like EG has had some personal beef with Kickstarter for ages now, with pieces slamming everything from Wasteland 2 to Broken Age and Star Citizen.

    Meanwhile, some of the best games of recent years have been Kickstarted (Wasteland 2, Divinity, FTL, Banner Saga, Sunless Sea, etc etc), but EG seems to forget this when writing their glowing reviews - it only ever comes up when the game is bad or fails.

    Sure, there have been some bad apples too, but that's the nature of crowdfunding. You're not an investor, and you're not a customer. You're a backer. You're gambling money in order to help a product you want see the light of day that might not be made otherwise, and in return you get special recognition/perks within that game/community. People who don't understand this really shouldn't be allowed credit cards.

    (I want to add that I don't actually have a problem with this article in particular - a game still on early access sale that has had production stop is newsworthy, and this didn't slam Kickstarter in particular, though the quotes from that guy who thought he'd get money back from Kickstarter - despite it being very clear when you sign up this is not an option was unnecessary)
    Reply +6
  • Ready at Dawn responds to concern over The Order: 1886 campaign length

  • Atropos 16/02/2015

    For everyone shouting about it "clearly being possible to complete in 5 hours because look youtube!", I'm not saying this is what happened here, but you realise that there's a huge amount of cheating in speed-runs, right? Just record it and speed up the footage 15% during the gameplay, 7-10% during cut-scenes - no-one will notice, and your speed-run is suddenly two hours shorter. Hell, they even do this with actual network TV - an american network sped up Seinfeld by 7,5% which gave them two-and-a-half more minutes of ads per episode... and it might not even be on purpose, sometimes people screw up their video framerates when uploading.

    This might not be the case here, but stop holding up the existence of a YouTube video as unassailable proof.
    Reply +3
  • Atropos 16/02/2015

    To be honest, as I get older I value shorter games more and more. It's been a long time since I played a game that didn't overstay its welcome - and that includes the Uncharted series and The Last of Us. It's like the games want to be 6 hours long, and then the team HAS to pad it to 10 hours, or people will whine about value.
    As an example, I think the only way The Last of Us could have been a better game was if it had been episodic instead - the Left Behind DLC was some of the most powerful gaming moments I've had, partly BECAUSE its short length allowed it to say what it wanted and then quit. Imagine if the game had been five episodes like that, instead of one awesome, but padded, 10-14 hour game?
    Reply +11
  • Rich Stanton on: Requiem for a dreamer

  • Atropos 14/02/2015

    Good piece. I first interviewed Mr Molyneux for Swedish TV back in late 2002 or early 2003, during the development of the first Fable. Let's just say he promised things that hadn't even arrived by the third Fable...

    That said, my impression of the man then and later was that he never lied-lied - he's basically a guy who has really good ideas, and then tells his team to implement them, with no regard for what is actually doable on-time and under budget. I think that back in the days, when the technology was simpler and the fixes easier, it worked out - hence Populous, Magic Carpet, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, frackin' Syndicate, Theme Park... - the man really did hit some remarkable home runs back in the days. However, as projects have grown in scope, chaos theory rears its ugly head, and his small ideas or mid-production reversals add hundreds or thousands of man-hours (and millions of pounds) to the projects, rather than just meaning Ernest and Sean at Bullfrog had to work the weekend.
    Reply +9
  • Eurogamer has dropped review scores

  • Atropos 10/02/2015

    Great news. Reply 0
  • Sony ending PlayStation Vita Maps, near features

  • Atropos 30/01/2015

    After hardly playing it for the first year I had it, the Vita is now pretty much my most beloved and most played console. Uncharted was really quite seriously good on it, there're tons of retro-gaming to be had, and it is by far the best platform for Spelunky, Hotline Miami and Rogue Legacy, three games that will keep you busy for years. Reply +1
  • Transistor free via PlayStation Plus in February

  • Atropos 30/01/2015

    Well, bought Rogue Legacy a while back, but still a good month - it's not like I have time to play everything they've given me anyway... Also, people complaining about this month's PS4 line-up (seeing as you get Transistor, Apotheon AND Rogue Legacy) should really just get an XBone and an EA subscription, and spend the rest of their life CoD:ing and FIFA:ing. Don't get me wrong, those are good games, but broaden your horizons, people, or get off my PS Plus discussion lawn. Reply 0
  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered is coming to Steam

  • Atropos 26/01/2015

    GREAT game... for 2/3 of its running time. Then it threw every half-cocked conspiracy theory or sci-fi concept David Cage had ever encountered into the ring at once. I say this as someone who was very impressed by the man when I interviewed him before this came out. If I ever meet him again I'm going to whisper "Less is more" in his ear and then disappear like a ghost. Reply +7
  • Microsoft HoloLens is a new AR headset computer

  • Atropos 22/01/2015

    Whoa. That's like one of those things that seems totally far-fetched, but is slowly becoming a reality. It made me think that my kids are going to be annoyed with me when, in 15 years, I don't "get it" and refuse to live anywhere but in meatspace. Reply +1
  • PlayStation 4 has sold 18.5m worldwide

  • Atropos 06/01/2015

    @Swooper_D
    What is the unique selling point? What is the end of this sentence: "You really need a PS4 because..."
    I see your point, but for me there are a couple of USP's at the moment, and many to come. Right now, there are enough great games to tide me over until the exclusives - though Sportfriends is pretty darn good.
    Besides these, for me Remote Play to the Vita is a system seller - last night I had to lie next to my baby daughter from 8pm onwards, as she is teething and couldn't sleep without me there. I spent that time completing three missions and flying around getting collectibles in Far Cry 4, and then played some Binding of Isaac.


    As for future USPs? Morpheus. I know everyone and his uncle are doing VR now, but the two main contenders are clearly Oculus followed by Morpheus. Oculus is for the PC, and Morpheus for the PS4. I'd love an Oculus, but I'm not a student at Uni with time to burn - I want to plug in and go.
    The PS4 is the next best thing to a PC in many ways, but in my situation, clearly THE best - and any great indie's I miss on the PC tend to turn up on the Vita or iPad anyway (where they're usually better, anyway). Even the Banner Saga and FTL went iPad - and the PC doesn't really have any AAA exclusives worth talking about, except for the 4X greats and the MOBAs, and those I can get for my Macbook.
    Reply 0
  • Cara Ellison on: The Poetics of Space

  • Atropos 04/01/2015

    Ah, just got KRZ - thank you, hated Steam Holiday-sale. On a side-note, your mother's reaction to Proteus is exactly like my mother's reaction to Gattaca: "But that's not real science-fiction - I don't like science-fiction..." Reply +6
  • Games of 2014: Spintires

  • Atropos 27/12/2014

    Good lord, you really don't know driving. The fourth makes your car go faster eventually, true - but in a softlysoftly type way... for acceleration, say when passing, you'd actually downshift from four to three. Reply +3
  • Games of 2014: TxK

  • Atropos 24/12/2014

    This really was the year of the Vita for me, despite getting a PS4 at launch.

    When I think about it, it might even be because of the PS4 - so many of the indies handed out for the PS4 via PSPlus were cross-buy with the Vita; I think the most free (yeahyeah, "rented" whatever - they are free to me for all intents and purposes) Vita-games I got in one single month was five. Then there was Remote Play, which is actually a killer app - at least if you have a toddler who is scared of the dark and won't let you leave the room.
    Reply +11
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number out early 2015

  • Atropos 18/12/2014

    @fortymilliondaggers @billmurray May I suggest getting an account with a remailer like myus.com? That way it's always $40 to ship anywhere in Europe from the US. Totally worth it if you buy a lot of stuff from the US. Reply 0
  • Media-streaming app Plex now available on PS4 and PS3 in Europe

  • Atropos 18/12/2014

    People here seem to have no actual idea what Plex is, or what it does (except for Achtung_Englander). Wait for the free version, there will be a free one eventually for same-network content. The paid version is either
    a) to access the beta versions (which is what the PS4 and XBOne is in now),
    and
    b) to access loads of cool features, including cloud features, as well as streaming outside your own network over the internet to anyone you like.

    I've just started using Plex on my QNap NAS, and I pick it up either on my phone or iPad, or on my Samsung TV, which also has the Plex app (don't use the DNLA option, use the app). It is brilliant, and reminds me of XMBC but much better - and it's consistently voted the best media player in the world. I am seriously considering paying the lifetime subscription fee, and probably will if there is ever a sale.
    Reply +4
  • Borderlands: Remastered Edition spotted on Australian Classification Board

  • Atropos 12/12/2014

    I'd maybe buy a remastered Borderlands 2... or I'll just go back and finish it on the PS3, that version was fine I thought... Reply 0
  • Tomb Raider mini-series is in the works

  • Atropos 11/12/2014

    If only the guy in those adverts didn't insist on calling her "Laura"... Reply +3
  • Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition announced for PC, tablets

  • Atropos 10/12/2014

    That... is awesome news. I still play this. Reply 0
  • Wasteland developer inXile trademarks Van Buren and Meantime

  • Atropos 10/12/2014

    Weeeeeeeee!

    Both the exclamation, and a little in my pants.
    Reply +8
  • Suikoden and Suikoden 2 re-release on PS3 January 2015

  • Atropos 08/12/2014

    Oh, Suikoden II, that was one hell of a game.

    Also, heading to PS3? Surely it's more apt to say "heading to PSN" these days, as the Vita or PSP is where most of us play these oldies. It's not like I'm going to sit down in front of the TV and play a 15-year-old game, this'll be commute only.
    Reply +1
  • EA announces free game giveaway for all PlayStation owners

  • Atropos 07/12/2014

    @pomi Yes, it's working very well nowadays - a few months late, but definitely worth getting. Reply 0
  • Atropos 06/12/2014

    OK, all three games are free as of just now! Confirmed! Garden Warfare took longer than the others to unlock, but I've now "bought and paid" all three for absolutely nothing, using my EU account, in Chrome on a MacBook. Reply +9
  • PlayStation Experience conference live report

  • Atropos 06/12/2014

    Just an update on the free EA games - they are now all free on the EU servers, as of minutes ago! Reply 0
  • SingStar Ultimate Party review

  • Atropos 13/11/2014

    I interviewed Paulina Bozek twice back when I was a gaming journo (I beat her on most songs, she kicked my ass at Vanilla Ice), and she was obviously the driving force behind SingStar. Please do what the meme says and bring her back, Sony? Reply +4
  • Xbox One has sold in almost 10m units to retailers

  • Atropos 13/11/2014

    So... retailers are ordering lots of stock just before Christmas. What a shocker. Reply +1
  • That Dragon, Cancer has taken to Kickstarter

  • Atropos 12/11/2014

    Great, watched the video and now I'm crying. Fuck. Reply +2
  • Atropos 12/11/2014

    I'm not sure I'll be able to play this, as the father of two small girls; just thinking about it makes me recoil, like thinking about being hit in the nuts but worse.

    I am however heading to Kickstarter to help fund it anyway.
    Reply +6
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth review

  • Atropos 12/11/2014

    I love my Vita. I've had this on PC for ages, but never had the time to get into it. This'll be my commutes for the next few weeks sorted. Reply +2
  • The Swindle: Dan Marshall's brilliant new cat-burgling platform game

  • Atropos 06/11/2014

    @Shufty Oh, upvoted for that reference. Well played, in both senses. Reply +5
  • PS Plus is getting Injustice: Gods Among Us and Secret Ponchos in December

  • Atropos 05/11/2014

    I actually held off on buying Injustice specifically since I thought it would be on PS Plus sooner or later... This is later, but at least its on the PS4 :-) Reply +2
  • Exploring the economics of suffering in This War of Mine

  • Atropos 30/10/2014

    Looks very cool Reply +2
  • YouTube unlocks 60fps playback

  • Atropos 30/10/2014

    Sooo...I think I need a side-by-side, as I have real difficulties noticing a difference between 30fps and 60fps. Anything below 30, and yeah, that looks poor, but I'm hard pressed to see any difference here.

    Though to be fair, I once played through and completed Ultima IX at about 6-8 fps, so maybe my brain just runs naturally at a lower FPS.
    Reply -3
  • Dragon Age Keep enters open beta

  • Atropos 30/10/2014

    OK, that confused the hell out of me. Does that mean I can't import my old Dragon Age save-games into inquisition? I have to use this Keep thingy? Reply +2
  • Crusader: No Remorse is free right now on Origin

  • Atropos 28/10/2014

    Oh, man, I remember this game. If I remember correctly, it was built using the engine for Ultima VII, or possibly VIII (screenshot actually looks more like the latter). I remember enjoying it... Reply +2
  • Dreamfall Chapters: Book One review

  • Atropos 24/10/2014

    Wasn't there supposed to be a graphic novel retelling the stories of the first two games, for those put off by the back-story? Reply +1
  • Atropos 24/10/2014

    @Lurker86 The very first game, 'The Longest Journey' really holds up very well as one of the best adventure games ever made. The sequel, 'Dreamfall', has its charms, but... no, it doesn't hold up. Reply +1
  • Microsoft shipped 2.4m Xbox consoles last quarter

  • Atropos 23/10/2014

    I may need to invest in Microsoft, as I'm sensing a turnaround - the Xbone is selling well (never mind that it's number 2, it's still selling really well), but the number one thing is the Surface 3. I'm hearing some really impressed noises about that one, way beyond what you'd expect. Ipad-level noise. Reply +1
  • UK gov changing law to get tough on internet trolling

  • Atropos 20/10/2014

    @Drakos I think the reason they're increasing the max sentence to two years is simply because the way the law is written, for crimes that carry a lower sentence, there are huuuuuge restrictions on what the police can do to investigate. This way, they'll be able to throw resources they didn't have before at a couple of high-profile trolls, and thus deter your average idiot 15-year-old from threatenting to rape someone for the lulz. Reply +1
  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • Atropos 17/10/2014

    @Frosty840 I doubt very very much it's fake to Sarkeesian or the other people getting death threats. If you rob a bank with a toy gun, it's still armed robbery, because the crime is in the eye of the beholder; the fear the teller feels is still the same, since they don't know the gun is a toy. Reply +9
  • Civilian massacring game Hatred courts controversy, gets it

  • Atropos 17/10/2014

    @FMV-GAMER I propose that we start a conspiracy theory that this game is, in fact, a false-flag game funded entirely by the NRA, Mothers Against Video-games, and Jack Thompson. Reply +1
  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

  • Atropos 15/10/2014

    @Caribou No, not when the article is NOT about the person, but about DEATH THREATS to the person, you unbelievable tosser. Reply +15
  • DriveClub dev "had confidence" servers would work

  • Atropos 13/10/2014

    @alabtrosMyster Which is insane, but that's why I used the incredibly conservative figure of 10% of all Plus-owners trying the game on launch - and remember, Driveclub is the game that for many was the reason they got Playstation Plus. Reply -1
  • Atropos 13/10/2014

    Tens of thousands of concurrent users sounds like a huge underestimation for a game that is going out free to all PSPlus-subscribers. The attach rate of PSPlus-accounts for the PS4 has been reported as "better than 50%", so that means they should have planned for a worst-case scenario of somewhere in the region of 5 million people (that's rounded down) to at least give it a spin the weekend it released...

    Even if only 10% of PS4-owners with PS+ decided to try the free, AAA driving-game they were just given, that's still at least 570 000 people (11.4 million PS4s sold) playing. That's a lot more than "tens of thousands concurrent players".

    So the fact that they're having these problems before the PS+-version has even been released, tells me they are either incompetent or lying.
    Reply +10
  • Chris Roberts unveils Star Citizen planetside gameplay

  • Atropos 13/10/2014

    @oldjoe Mmmm...unlikely, as the standard for graphics on the PC right now will inevitably be set by the capacities of the Xbox1 and the PS4, and that will be true for at least 5 years - probably more. During that time, most PC games will be ports of console games, but with higher resolutions, and sometimes, higher textures. Star Citizen is one of very few games outside the strategy genre that is completely ignoring the console market and optimizing for PC from the start. Reply +9
  • Chinese mobile game uploaded nude videos of players without telling them

  • Atropos 09/10/2014

    @SSnakez Basically, people played "Naughty Charades", not realizing they weren't sharing 1-on-1. Reply +1
  • Telltale's The Walking Dead gets PS4 and Xbox One release date

  • Atropos 02/10/2014

    Telltale needs to update their engine, hopefully this is the excuse they need. Also, they'd better implement savegame-transfers - no way I'm buying season 3 on anything but the PS3 unless it gets transferred. Reply 0
  • Portal 2 improves brain training more than software designed for that, says science

  • Atropos 02/10/2014

    I'm sure I'm not the only who misread that headline as "Postal 2 is better at brain training", and did a spit-take. Reply 0