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  • Big changes are coming to The Division

  • Atropos 22/09/2016

    @Achtung_Englander It's more than a decent shooter, though I'd say 20-30 hours at least for the campaign. You also really should play with other people (even if you just do random match-making) with voice-chat, even though the campaign can be solo:d - that's whe the games shines, during the big set-piece missions with a full squad. Reply +1
  • Atropos 22/09/2016

    I am tempted - playing with friends up to level 30 and for about a month beyond that in the DZ and high-level missions was some of the most fun I've had in any MMO. Then it got grindy as all hell, and the DZ became a death-trap, so I quit because I haven't really got time to start min-maxing to stay competitive.. So yeah. Tempted. Reply +1
  • Star Citizen's first-person shooting changes coming along nicely

  • Atropos 18/09/2016

    I remember when Wing Commander made me upgrade the RAM on my 286 to a whopping 2MB.
    I remember when Strike Commander made me first use DRDOS to expand my 40MB HD into an 80MB one, using on-the-fly compression/decompression, and later say "sod it" and just get a new hard drive.
    I remember when Wing Commander 3 made me get a new graphics card.
    I remember when Privateer made me get a flight stick, and when Privateer 2 made me like that young Clive Owen fella (he'll go far, mark my words!).

    I've been a backer from the start, and the money was worth it just for a taste of that type of hopeful anticipation I haven't really felt since I was a kid, waiting to play those Wing Commander Secret Missions on my 286. I hoped for success, but was prepared for noble failure...

    But yeah, looks like I'll be getting back into PC gaming next year, when I buy an entire rig just to play Star Citizen. Here's hopin'!
    Reply +9
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: the first PS4 Pro vs PC graphics comparison

  • Atropos 14/09/2016

    Wow, at some point graphic fidelity-geekery just becomes the same kind of wank for obsessed resolutionphiles as audio has become to audiophiles. "These speakers makes you feeeel the bass". Yeah, but they cost more than my car, and ones for a 100th of that makes me "feeel the bass" with three e's instead of four, and trying to convince the world that fourth e matters one iota is just dumb wanky-wank.

    Seriously, of course I can tell the difference when the two pictures are put side-by-side - but any time you need to draw a red circle and pause the picture n order for the difference to stand out, it's not a difference that matters to anyone with a life.

    60fps would be nice, but 30fps is fine by me. Just make it stay there.
    Reply +11
  • Watch: Seven games we'd love to see remastered

  • Atropos 11/09/2016

    Uh. Dark Souls, like you point out, looks fine. You know what would benefit from a remaster though? Demon's Souls. Not only did it make the PS3 practically shudder from stress (one of the sections with the huge dragon near the end was like watching a slide-show), it also has the added advantage of being a PS3 exclusive that was -relatively speaking - ignored by western audiences. Yes, it was eventually 'a surprise hit' when they saw how many people were importing it and decided to belatedly release it in the west at all, but it still sold a fraction of Dark Souls. Now, it's the first in the hallowed Souls-series, and one that most of its adherents haven't played. So yeah, a Demon's Souls re-make ftw. Reply +1
  • Peter Molyneux's new game The Trail gets stealth release in the Philippines

  • Atropos 07/09/2016

    I've met Molyneux (and played one of the first builds of Fable around). Lovely man, who tends to oversell his projects. But, he's still the man behind Syndicate, Populous and Black & White, and there was a time when he would deliver on exactly what he had promised. Don't get me wrong, he definitely started getting lost around the time of the first Fable (which was fine, but nowhere near what he promised me), and the whole Godus thing was handled horribly. This could still be good though. It looks nice. Reply +8
  • The state of video game TV

  • Atropos 05/09/2016

    Used to work for a TV show about video games many years ago (in Sweden), and it was the same back then - I'd have to explain to the producer why it was important that the host NOT call Samus Aran "him", or say stuff like "Zelda, the green guy trying to save the princess". It was slow going, but by the third season we had a new host (a proper gamer), and things were finally getting better - then we got cancelled. Sigh. Reply +3
  • Pokémon Go, mid-life crisis and me, by Ellie Gibson

  • Atropos 03/09/2016

    Go Ellie! Reply +1
  • Virgin Media wants you to buy its "boss-mode level" broadband for gamers

  • Atropos 01/09/2016

    Jesus, that's about twice what I pay for my 200 line here in Sweden - and I get 100MB/s up. You Britishers have been stiffed on broadband for as long as I can remember. Reply 0
  • Sierra's greatest hits are super cheap in the latest Humble Bundle

  • Atropos 31/08/2016

    Ah, Sierra is pretty much the reason I got into PC gaming way back in... in...1988. Crap. I'm old.

    Some cracking games here, well worth playing today - though bring a guide unless you have nothing but spare time...

    Kinda disappointed Gold Rush and Half-Life aren't in here though!
    Reply +6
  • Watch: Our favourite local multiplayer games

  • Atropos 28/08/2016

    You missed out Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Fantastic co-op game. Reply 0
  • Dead Rising 4 is a good zombie game, but maybe not a good Dead Rising

  • Atropos 26/08/2016

    I started out hating the timer, but much like dying in Dark Souls, it's also what made the game for me, once I got my head around it (that and managing my health). Dead Rising 1 & 2 might be the only games of the last few generations that I replayed - I have two kids and a full-time jobs, that does NOT happen often. Reply +3
  • Performance Analysis: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

  • Atropos 25/08/2016

    Glad to hear the tearing mostly affected the opening train station-scene; it was almost ruined for me by aggressive tearing - so much so that I started wondering if my HDMI-cable was loose - on my PS4 running an SSD. Reply 0
  • Sunless Sea's first expansion to release in October

  • Atropos 16/08/2016

    I spent three days under my duvet with a fever playing Sunless Sea. Truly fantastic game, though I eventually started saving my progress through an easy hack every 6 hrs - I have kids, and cannot abide having any more go to waste. Might give this a look, though. Reply 0
  • Florence + the Machine made some Final Fantasy 15 songs

  • Atropos 12/08/2016

    I quite like Florence & The Machine. I like Aoife's writing even more. Reply +1
  • We visit 50 No Man's Sky planets in seven minutes

  • Atropos 10/08/2016

    @Mellissa (Warning! Humorlessness alert!) Actually, both are correct, but if the Word Nazi had to give the nod, the correct one is aluminum, as that's what its discoverer Humphry Davy called it when he published his findings. It was changed by a reviewer of his book Chemical Philosophy, who just liked the sound of 'aluminium' better... Reply 0
  • Heavy Rain developer's Fahrenheit headed to PS4 next week

  • Atropos 04/08/2016

    Probably one of the most engrossing games I have ever played... and then that last 20% ruined it.

    Seriously, it was a very cool detective story with cult-y undertones, like a supercharged Rise of the Dragon. Then Cage had to go and try to Twin Peaksify it, throwing every idea he'd ever had (Mayan propheacies, sentiend internet, yaddyaddayadda) into the mix...

    He did the same with the (more consistently excellent) Heavy Rain; I mean what were those dreams about, huh? Huh?

    Ah well. It's still a fun game, and I'd still recommend it if you haven't played it.
    Reply +1
  • Watch: Chris teaches a reluctant Aoife how to play Hearthstone

  • Atropos 01/08/2016

    I'm really enjoying this video series way more than I expected. I just wish all video game journalists were as good at being relaxed in front of a camera as the Eurogamer lot. Aoife was an excellent recruitment, everyone else seems to have upped their game as well since she joined. Reply +3
  • Nintendo shares dive as investors realise it doesn't own Pokémon Go

  • Atropos 25/07/2016

    This article is complete bollocks. Of course investors knew the relationship between Nintendo and Pokemon Go; the thing is, the main companies (Niantic and the Pokemon Company) set to profit from the game are not on the stock market; Nintendo is, and also owns parts of both the Pokemon Company AND Niantic; as such Nintendo was the only option open to investors - and a very tempting one, as the company was already undervalued according to many, after having seen it's stock price plummet recently.

    Stocks fell today because Nintendo revealed that income from Pokemon Go was already priced into their earnings forecast; investors had been hoping the unexpected success would mean Nintendo would beat expectations. Every investor on the planet, seriously, knew full well what they were doing, and Nintendo is still set to make an absolute killing off Pokemon Go (so is Google, which started and still owns part of Niantic too, btw).

    Seriously. Research, people. At least the bare minimum.
    Reply +8
  • PlayStation Plus' July Instant Game Collection revealed

  • Atropos 29/06/2016

    Saint's Row seems like one of those series I might really enjoy (I'm not a fan of post-San Andreas GTA), but never tried, Furi seems awesome, and Call of Juarez is great! Happy bunny! Reply +3
  • Watch: Here's the best theory we have on Kojima's new game Death Stranding

  • Atropos 27/06/2016

    Those "dogtags" sure look like USB-drives to me... Reply +3
  • Sony announces God of War reboot

  • Atropos 14/06/2016

    Last Dark God of Us WarSouls, methinks. Which sounds awesome, so there's that.

    Oh, and @chessboxer - Tolkien pretty much stole his entire bestiary from Norse Mythology, and the Norse mythos was heavily influenced by the Greeks - though the Gods were in all likelihood based on actual, proper people. There's a theory The Aesir were travellers/refugees from modern-day Azerbaijan, who first warred with, and then merged with the indigenous Swedish tribe the Vaenir, thus giving rise to the two tribes of Gods. The stories told about them were often lifted wholesale from the Greeks, since the Vikings would hear the tales in Constantinople or wherever and think "this Zeus/Ares/Mars guy is clearly just another name for Odin/Thor/Heimdall". That said, nowhere in the Greek Pantheon is there any God as cool as Loki.
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  • The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim remaster announced

  • Atropos 13/06/2016

    This is fine, especially seeing as the upgraded PS4 and XBone will be able to run the modded version at full tilt... BUT - haven's we all (the ones who care about games such as this) already played SkyRim to death? Wouldn't it have made more sense to upgrade Morrowind, or even Oblivion, games that are just as epic, but only a relatively small percentage of gamers have played? Or hell, gimme Arena! I still chafe at being killed in the sewer by an effing rat... Reply +3
  • The Division will now permanently ban cheaters on a first offense

  • Atropos 10/06/2016

    To be fair, I've almost stopped playing due to a wealth of other games, but I definitely see myself going back once I've completed a few of my summer offerings. Patch 1.2 improved the game no end in terms of stuff to do, and most of the bugs have been quashed (though the medic-lag is annoying), and the game is just, well, fun. Reply 0
  • Sony reveals three new PlayStation VR titles

  • Atropos 10/06/2016

    "Dr. Ingen" means "Dr. Nobody" in Swedish, home of Tarsier Studios. In case anyone was wondering. No? Nobody? Ingen? Reply +1
  • The best Final Fantasy game is finally getting a remaster

  • Atropos 06/06/2016

    The very best Final Fantasy game ever made
    Hmph. You're one of these young people I keep reading about, aren't you? Sure, I'll fight you - you bring your Gradius and I'll bring my Slap Fight. PCBs at dawn!
    Reply -1
  • I came to Dark Souls so late that it's basically like going to Disneyland

  • Atropos 06/06/2016

    And to think the Souls-series rise from obscurity started on these very pages, with an import-review by Keza MacDonald. Reading that review was like hearing about a game that couldn't possibly exist and be completely unknown; it was the only game I imported on the PS3, and the start of something incredibly special. Reply 0
  • There's a new Metal Gear Solid game coming this autumn

  • Atropos 02/06/2016

    Man, I'm gonna play SOOOO much Pachinko when I go to Tokyo... Reply 0
  • The Division is being made into a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal - report

  • Atropos 02/06/2016

    @Dorlingus There's loads of story. Scratch the surface, and there's actually a quite deep philosophical underpinning about whether the ends justify the means - a lot of the collectibles paint the Division itself as the main bad guy, which is strengthened even more by the fact that "the First Wave" is essentially Rogue division agents who consider the Division worse than what they're fighting. Reply 0
  • The Division fixes a major bug in today's big Conflict update

  • Atropos 24/05/2016

    People are a right bunch of whiners aren't they? All these people saying this is crap and Destiny is great are the same people who said Destiny was the worst pile of crap ever. It's just ludicrous when people with 304 hours played complain that they haven't got their money's worth... That said, the PC version of this game is riddled with cheaters - but on the PS4 and XBone, it's fine, and will be even better now they fixed one of the few remaining God-mode bugs. At least, I'm having lots of fun with it still, and the High-Value Targets are going to make the PvE worthwhile again. Reply +6
  • Face-Off: Valkyria Chronicles on PS4

  • Atropos 23/05/2016

    Oh, this was my "parental-leave"-game - RTS is out and turn-based is in when there's a toddler in the room. Charming game. I even bought the sequel for my Vita! Reply 0
  • Project Spark is dead - Long live Project Spark

  • Atropos 14/05/2016

    @smelly Me too! This was on my "Reasons I might get an XBone once they're released"-list... Reply +1
  • Watch: Aoife plays Max Payne for the first time

  • Atropos 13/05/2016

    @DacoitOne Ick. I produced a TV show about games about 10 years ago, and for the third season, I finally got my way and we swapped the meat-head pretty-boy presenter for a cool chick who actually knew what the fuck she was on about. I had a sly, subtle and succinct argument for the people who accused me of "selling out to the PC (hah!) crowd" or "pushing the Pixie Dream Girl-trope"back then, and I'll use it on you now: F**k off. Reply +4
  • John Romero and Adrian Carmack pause Blackroom Kickstarter to create a gameplay demo

  • Atropos 29/04/2016

    Hey, I'll back if they have a good demo. But not before. Reply 0
  • Alicia Vikander will play Lara Croft in next Tomb Raider film

  • Atropos 29/04/2016

    Great casting - and about her not being British, it's not like Swedes have a problem doing Queen's English... Most do it better than the Brits. Reply +1
  • Ubisoft fixes big The Division exploit

  • Atropos 22/04/2016

    To be fair to Massive, the game is still good fun to play up until the current level cap of 30, (incredible fun if you play it with a group of mates). That's what, at least 30-50 hrs of gameplay, so the game isn't exactly "broken" as in it's not value for money.

    The glitches only really matter once you start doing the Dark Zone for real, and end up fighting cheaters who already have a gear-score of 240. Even then, it's still a fun game that I play every day, and as a filthy casual I was always going to meet and get shot by over-powered hard-core PvP:ers, so I doubt I'm really missing out...
    Reply +16
  • The strange joy of useless machines

  • Atropos 16/04/2016

    Hey, there's an entire subculture surrounding useless machines - a lot of them make their homes over at the subReddit Shitty Robots... They even have a Queen:

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/17/youtube-queen-robots-simone-giertz-inventor
    Reply 0
  • Rust now assigns gender permanently based on SteamID

  • Atropos 12/04/2016

    @Jacan ....aaaaand we found the person who was assigned the micro-penis ;p Reply -1
  • Atropos 12/04/2016

    I like it!!! Reply 0
  • There's a Vita-exclusive game from the Guacamelee dev arriving this month

  • Atropos 11/04/2016

    A Vita game from the Guacamelee guys? Day 1 for me. Reply +11
  • Enter the Gungeon review

  • Atropos 08/04/2016

    I'll get this the second it's out on my indie gaming machine, er, I mean Vita. Reply 0
  • Massive God of War 4 leak points to Norse mythology setting

  • Atropos 05/04/2016

    So will Kratos be going up against Oden, who is the Norse god of War? Or will he be Oden? Reply +1
  • Salt and Sanctuary review

  • Atropos 22/03/2016

    I have loved the Souls games to death, but with Dark Souls 2, they became overly large and unwieldy - to my great shame I've never finished it, since after playing it for two straight months (two hours a night, the curse of having toddlers), I was only halfway through. At that point I was under no illusions that the rest of the game would be too hard for me - it just felt like work.

    (Bloodborne was a step in the right direction, though)

    I for one welcome our new 2D overlords - especially on the Vita, so I can play it on my commute. This will be a day-one purchase once it's out on Vita.
    Reply +6
  • Hitman's episodic approach could be a neat solution to big budget bloat

  • Atropos 12/03/2016

    I have kids now. I love expansive RPGs. I also don't have time for them. Fallout 4 started to feel like a duty rather than fun way earlier than those types of games usually do, as I struggled to make any kind of leeway in my 2-3 hours a night, half of which would be spent fiddling with my inventory. I ended up massacring a bunch of people I had been friends with, completely at odds with the character I had played, just to move the story along.

    I want to play The Division. It's just not going to happen.

    So give me episodic - or at least give me short-and-good. Even a corker like The Last of Us had periods of bloat, but had it been split into Left Behind-sized chunks of lean game, it would have been perfect.

    I'll still make room for games like that, even if they're full releases, of course. I'll be on Uncharted 4 like white on rice, having taken a day off just for that (weekends are even worse for gaming than weekdays). And I'll still play turn-based games one go at a time on my laptop or Vita in the sofa while Netflixing "Orange..." with the wife.

    But, I for one love stuff like Firewatch, or the Telltale-games, and never having ever played a Hitman game in my life, I do believe I'll pick up at least the first episode of this.
    Reply +4
  • Bezier review

  • Atropos 07/03/2016

    Port to Vita, or no love from me. Sorry. Reply 0
  • Finding the fun in Star Citizen

  • Atropos 04/03/2016

    I backed this game from the very start (Yay, lifetime insurance!) as I'm a giant Wing Commander nerd, but I will simply not play anything but the finished game. I'm the same with all the crowdfunded stuff I've given money too - the "become an alpha tester!"-tier is simply not worth it to me (though a cute plushy might). If I wanted to be a play-tester I would've gone to game design college, like some of my unfortunate friends did.

    I am still very, very positive about Star Citizen. I love watching the videos. But I'll wait until it's done before I play, thanks.
    Reply +6
  • Face-Off: Heavy Rain on PS4

  • Atropos 01/03/2016

    Am I the only one who looks at these comparison-shots, and half the time I wouldn't know which one was which if it didn't say in the bottom corner? Reply +3
  • Dino Dini's new Kick Off looks like Kick Off should

  • Atropos 24/02/2016

    @El_MUERkO Dust the Vita off? It's my most played machine, by a long shot, since I play most of my PS4 games through it as well... Reply +1
  • Alexis Kennedy on: Redemption

  • Atropos 13/02/2016

    Thank you for finally writing a somewhat nuanced story on Kickstarter, and especially one that gets that part of the allure is the dream of being part of something that wouldn't happen otherwise. If I read ONE more lazy "lookanotherkickstarterfailedwhenwillpeoplelearn"-article, I'll... well, I'll stop reading it. Then write a snarky comment. Reply +3
  • Development halted on troubled $660k Kickstarter success Unsung Story

  • Atropos 08/02/2016

    I've backed plenty of Kickstarters, and quite honestly, I'm more than happy with my returns. I still have hopes for this - Playdek was hit with some hard delays, but they are a serious company and their conversion of the Twilight Struggle boardgame is shaping up nicely and should provide some funds once it goes gold. If you want to help them out, their conversions of Agricola and Lords of Waterdeep are top notch on iOS. Reply +1