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  • HTC Vive down to £599 after big price drop

  • Atropos 21/08/2017

    It's about the games at the end of the day. So far, only Super Hot has made me go all "can't wait to get home and play" rather than "this is cool tech, I look forward to showing this off to someone at some point". Reply 0
  • Black Mirror reboot in the works

  • Atropos 17/08/2017

    @CalamityJames Yup, sure did. Reply 0
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review

  • Atropos 17/08/2017

    Thank God for shorter running times, is all I can say. Even "The Last of Us" suffered from bloat, with what felt like (and should've been) the end of a chapter too often turning out to be the half-way check-point. Towards the end I was playing just because of the excellent story, not because I was enjoying myself.

    The best complete gaming experience I've had in many a year was actually "TLoU: Left Behind". Short, sweet, excellently told, it never overstayed its welcome. More like that - and this - please!
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  • Peter Molyneux's The Trail out on Steam today

  • Atropos 16/08/2017

    I did actually hear really good things about this... Reply 0
  • Translation requests hold up European PS4 release of Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition

  • Atropos 16/08/2017

    Ugh. Who the hell needs a translation in this day and age? And if so, couldn't they just release an English release, and then patch in the translation later? Reply 0
  • Sonic Mania review

  • Atropos 16/08/2017

    Great review, except for the incredibly wrongheaded definition of "flow" (which I know is sadly present amongst certain game designers as well). Flow is what happens when you've failed a million times at a level, and then for one glorious re-try everything... flows. You act instinctively, pressing the buttons and twisting the controller at just the right microseconds, in a way that would be impossible to do consciously. That's FLOW. It can happen in Sonic or Counterstrike or Project Cars or a million other games (though certain genres are flow-less of course, like RPGs), but the classic example (and the one scientists have used to study the phenomenon) is Tetris.

    The definition in the review is describing certain game designers' attempts at artifically inducing a flow-like feeling amongst lesser player. It's more like flaux.
    Reply -1
  • Undertale is coming to PS4 and Vita this summer

  • Atropos 16/08/2017

    Yeah, I keep buying these indie-games on Steam for a few dollars... but then I don't have time to play them until they're out on the Vita anyway, which is a perfect. indie-game machine and lets me play on my commute.

    I love my Vita, unironically and completely, and I'm not kidding when I say it's my most-played console.
    Reply +1
  • Sundered review

  • Atropos 10/08/2017

    I can has Vita version? Reply 0
  • PlayStation Plus price hike announced for Europe

  • Atropos 28/07/2017

    Meh, bunch of entitled whiners, the lot of you. This is still fantastically good value. If you don't like it, vote with your wallet instead of drossing up the forums with complaints about how Sony is literally worse than Hitler. And if you seriously think the price of two London pints extra A YEAR is a lrage price increase for something that gives you this much utility, you must be the skintest person alive, and if so, why the hell are you on a PS4??? Reply -4
  • Rogue Trooper Redux comes out in October

  • Atropos 20/07/2017

    @Uberheertje It is? That's actually a massive plus in my book, as I have kids. I'd much rather developers charged less and made the games shorter and sweeter. Even "The Last of Us" dragged in parts. Give me 4 hours of really good gameplay any day. Reply +1
  • Until Dawn and Tokyo Jungle are free for PS Plus members in July

  • Atropos 28/06/2017

    That's a reaaaally good month. I have both Until Dawn and Game of Thrones, sadly, but they were both excellent games. Until Dawn especially is way better than it has any right to be, despite doing the old "everything-but-the-kitchen-sink"-approach to storytelling that is usually the ruin of games like Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain. Can't it just ever be one thing? Does it have to be monsters AND serial Killers AND ghosts?

    ...anyway. It's really good. Also, they are never made out to be high-schoolers.
    Reply -1
  • Sony defends decision to block PS4 cross-play with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

  • Atropos 14/06/2017

    Weird 180, since Sony was ahead of the curve on Portal 2, and at the time was making the exact same disappointed-but-secretly-smug noises regarding the ball being in Microsoft's court. Reply -2
  • PlayStation to sponsor London Pride 2017

  • Atropos 05/06/2017

    A few years back I read a heart-wrenching account on Reddit of how it felt to play online as a young gay man, and it made me think about some of the stuff I'd say while gaming, not even meaning it as insults (I also ended up giving to a kickstarter something called GaymerX, a con for LGBTQ gamers).

    So this is cool. Yes, it's just marketing, but Playstation is an important brand, and them acknowledging their LGBTQ fans can have an actual, real-world positive effect; and it's not without risk for the company, so good on ya Sony!
    Reply +46
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 announced

  • Atropos 15/05/2017

    Excellent, day 1 purchase for me - I think these are the only games me, the wife and my kids all enjoy equally. They're the Pixar-films of gaming. Reply +2
  • Vanquish confirmed for PC

  • Atropos 10/05/2017

    Really enjoyed this back on the 360, but lost it during a move... If I didn't have a queue of 9/10 and 10/10 games that could keep me busy until judgement day (so, 29th of August) I'd give this a whirl... Reply +2
  • Play The Division for free this weekend on PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • Atropos 03/05/2017

    Eh. I had lots of fun with it when it launched despite its many flaws, quit eventually when I ran out of content, tried it again a few months ago and found it immensely improved, to an almost silly degree. But I just don't have the time for an MMO in my life.

    I guess what I'm saying is, give it another (or first chance). It's a lot of fun.
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  • Prey was a flawed FPS with ideas worth remembering

  • Atropos 30/04/2017

    @Rogueywon Haha, I remember that article, almost sure it was PC Format! I remember Prey's USP were the portal-doors that were there in order to let the computer load just the room you were in and any adjacent rooms - to the player they were just supposed to be doors. This would let the team do unimaginably cool things with the graphics...

    I also remember a "top 100 games we're looking forward to next year." Sierra's little-hyped Half-Life was way down on that list, in the 60s-70s...Fairly sure Prey was in the top ten.
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  • We punch stuff with a real life Dawn of War 3 Power Fist

  • Atropos 26/04/2017

    @-Gemini44- Damnit, I literally sold my Ubisoft shares last week (still made a pretty penny). Reply 0
  • PlayStation Plus free games for May detailed

  • Atropos 26/04/2017

    Excellent! I was this close to buying Tales From the Borderlands just last week! Reply +1
  • Dark Souls the Board Game is smarter than it is hard

  • Atropos 21/04/2017

    Awesome! I spent so much money on this sight unseen, just on hope. Reply +1
  • The Sexy Brutale review

  • Atropos 14/04/2017

    This sounds like so much fun! Reminds me of the old Sierra adventure "The Colonel's Bequest" in tone, but probably more forgiving... Will buy! Reply +1
  • Older iPhone, iPad games now warn they'll soon become obsolete

  • Atropos 11/04/2017

    RIP Flappy Bird Reply +46
  • Watch: Thimbleweed Park and the best games for Twin Peaks fans

  • Atropos 27/03/2017

    I remember there was an actual, honest-to-God Twin Peaks game in the works way back when. It used FMV if I remember correctly, and you were a ghost that could listen in on peoples' thoughts, in order to solve your own murder. I think.

    It died in development, sadly, but it'd be fun to see the raw footage (especially if it was actual on-the-set FMV).
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  • 20 years on, Bushido Blade remains a fighting game masterpiece

  • Atropos 19/03/2017

    I created a Japanese account just to buy this game on PSN. It's a masterpiece, and it's a crime that the closest thing to it is For Honor, which still has a *shudder* health bar. Reply +3
  • In praise of the Wii U, my son's first console

  • Atropos 05/03/2017

    With you on this article. Especially Super Mario 3D World feels like it was made with kids in mind - it has a brilliant handicap-system, where if you fail too many times on the same level you get a special costume that renders you invincible to enemies. The genius of it is that you can still fall off the edge and die, so kids don't feel patronized... just helped. And it's still harder than Bioshock. Reply +2
  • PlayStation Plus March games announced

  • Atropos 01/03/2017

    Excellent month for me. I swear, if it wasn't for For Honor right now, my Vita would be my most-played console. Reply +3
  • For Honor, online disconnects and the problem with peer-to-peer

  • Atropos 21/02/2017

    Huh. i must have been extremely lucky so far, I haven't noticed a thing. Is this the same on all systems? Reply +1
  • Watch: Seven strange things to attempt in Prey

  • Atropos 18/02/2017

    I remember when a game by the name of "Prey" was considered the next evolution in shooters; this was in the 90s sometime, post-wuake but pre-Half Life. It was supposed to handle the limitations of the computers of yesteryear by only ever loading the room you were in and any adjacent ones (allowing you to "see" into them), and loading them as you went. This was supposed to represent a giant breakthrough at the time. That game never came out - because I'm guessing this isn't it? Reply 0
  • For Honor review

  • Atropos 17/02/2017

    I was never going to buy this. I'm going to Gamestop tomorrow. Reply -1
  • How the Yakuza helped sell Nintendo's first game

  • Atropos 17/02/2017

    I love this series. Love it. Reply +1
  • For Honor is the best fighting game I've played in ages

  • Atropos 14/02/2017

    I really enjoyed it, both in closed and open beta. Will probably buy it once I've completed all the other stuff in my queue. Bushido Blade for a new generation. Reply +3
  • Watch: Five things to try in For Honor's open beta

  • Atropos 12/02/2017

    @ulikmegee It may look like a souped-up version of Mount & Blade by way of Dark Souls, but For Honor is in fact a fighting game - it has way more in common with Tekken.

    In fact, playing it I couldn't stop thinking "BUSHIDO BLADE!". If you know what I mean by that, you'll jump in right now. If not, do so anyway, as it also has some whiffs of the aforementioned Dark Souls, and the 4x4 battles feel a little bit "Counterstrike-meets-Dynasty Warriors, but again, with much deeper combat.

    For Honor is my most pleasant surprise of the year so far!
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  • The Secret of Monkey Island's swordfighting

  • Atropos 09/02/2017

    Excellent as usual - I had no idea about the Orson Scott Card connection, and I once did almost the same story for Swedish TV.

    Quick tip though - maybe don't use a lens which such a small depth of field - that tiny movement forward takes Chris completely out of focus (could be the back-focus as well, but I'm guessing you're using a 5D or something similar).
    Reply +1
  • The English sailor who inspired Nioh's samurai star

  • Atropos 08/02/2017

    ...for anyone interested, James Clavell´s Shogun tells a great fictionalized version of this story (changing the names of Adams to John Blackthorne, or Anjin-san as the Japanese call him). The mini-series from the 80s still holds up as well. Reply +27
  • Latest footage of crowd-funded Psychonauts 2, as it picks up publisher

  • Atropos 06/02/2017

    @Wayne Definitely worth it, but get it on console - it feels wrong somehow, on PC.

    Oh, and it took me a while to get into it first time I played it - the humour carried it for me through the start, and the platforming was a bit annoying. It's a bit like the start of Arkham Knight, before you get any doodads. Once you start getting a few powers though, the game itself starts to shine, not to mention the level design. At that point, it's not just one of the funniest, but also the best, games of its time.
    Reply -3
  • EA community chief tweets #Skate4, internet loses its mind

  • Atropos 31/01/2017

    Skate 3 was a mess, but 1 and 2 are my favorite games of the genre, as the way they controlled actually started to convince me I could do the tricks for real - just had to do with my feet what I did with my thumb. Broke my coccyx. Worth it. Reply +1
  • Watch: Chris plays FTL for the first time, aids intergalactic slave trade

  • Atropos 28/01/2017

    Wow, completely forgot how awesome FTL is (despite completing it multiple times - Engi ship, ion cannons and drones are the way to go, never missiles). It's even exciting to watch others play, who knew?

    Might have to buy it on iOS so I can play it on the bus...
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  • Digital Foundry: Every PS4 Pro native 4K game tested

  • Atropos 22/01/2017

    I've tried a fair few titles on my PSPro now, and every single time, I'll go for a sub-4K resolution if it means I can get 60fps, or even just a locked 30fps; "Rise of the Tomb Raider" is a much more fluid experience playing it on 1080p/60fps with HDR enabled, than 4K/30fps (also with HDR), and "The Last Guardian" is vastly superior in the 1080p mode.

    At the end of the day, I'm happy that companies are managing to get to 60fps, or at least very stable 30fps, as well as, or rather than, "native 4k" - it actually makes my PSPro more worth it to me than if it had just been a 4k-enabling machine with no FPS gain. When it comes to gaming on my 4K telly, it has mostly delivered due to HDR and low input lag, rather than the 4K mode, (although actually watching telly is a different story - Netflix looks frickin' awesome!).
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  • Google Pixel review

  • Atropos 21/01/2017

    Good lord there's a lot of technophobic whingy old gits on this site considering it's a bloody gaming site: "In MY day phones could only send out morse signals, and that's all I really want in a phone today, not this cutting-edge-of-tech-stuff!" Reply +5
  • Did Nintendo download a Mario ROM and sell it back to us?

  • Atropos 19/01/2017

    Excellent video, again, Chris. Again, I can't believe how watchable Eurogamer's video's have become. Good job gang. Reply +4
  • Watch: Here's how Far Cry's Primal and Blood Dragon might connect to the rest of the series

  • Atropos 16/01/2017

    Oh, and also, "Trials..." is clearly a fevered fantasy proceeding from Rex's brain to protect him from the horrors of what he'd done. It's not canon. Reply +1
  • Atropos 16/01/2017

    This is brilliant. I'm so glad Ian and Aiofe started working at EG. In fact the whole team is impressive; I never thought I'd look forward to videos on a gaming site (I'm almost 40 and a former gaming journo, usually it's the written word or naught for me. Even though I work in TV).

    Well done you guys.
    Reply +6
  • Sunless Sea is coming to iPad this spring

  • Atropos 12/01/2017

    @rosshuts I agree with monty_79, get both. FTL is a short-form rogue-like that is all about management of your spaceship's crew, while Sunless Sea is a rogue-like about exploration (by people who've read not too much, but just the right amount, of China Miéville's Bas-Lag novels). Both games are also examples, along with The Banner Saga, of how Kickstarter (despite the lazy journalistic focus on its failures) has given us some fantastic games. Reply 0
  • Super Mario Run has earned $30m in two weeks

  • Atropos 04/01/2017

    I bought it on the 15th and still play it for at least half-an-hour a day. That probably makes it most-bang-for-my-buck in many years (not including free games, that I usually stop playing once I hit a paywall). It's just...a proper, fun Mario game. And I mean... £8? That's less than an average lunch where I live. Reply +2
  • Watch: The best and worst PSVR games of 2016

  • Atropos 19/12/2016

    Dude. Just put an effin' phone against something at an angle and press record while doing your videos, so you've got something to cut to when you want to do a hard edit; whoever's editing this is really good at the sound, so it's a crime that the video jumpcuts just because you couldn't be bothered to press record on a second camera. Seriously, you could use a gameboy camera. Anything. Reply 0
  • Super Mario Run review

  • Atropos 16/12/2016

    @SonicUk I believe you taking offense at people "judging" you by your avatar is the culprit behind the comments accusing you of lacking a sense of irony and/or humour.

    Basically, those comments are havin' a laugh. Lighten up, buddy.
    Reply +4
  • Sony's £130 Platinum Wireless PS4 headset comes out in January

  • Atropos 15/12/2016

    @rudedudejude I've had my Gold headset since they were released and they're doing fantastic, despite two kids playing with them. But yeah, build quality isn't the greatest, though getting that level of sound at that price it's way beyond worth it - they were even voted Gizmodo readers' favorite headphones for gaming, even on PC. Reply +3
  • Dead Rising 4 outsold The Last Guardian

  • Atropos 12/12/2016

    Well... I'll certainly be buying The Last Guardian, but right now I'm trying to finish Rise of the Tomb Raider (it was on sale, and is really rather excellent), so I can get onto Dishonored 2, and after that it was supposed to be either Dark Souls 3 or FFXV, though I may sneak Guardian in there, with a bit of Far Cry Primal. That's without even counting timesinks The Division (which is awesome now) and Overwatch, or the fact that I have to children and an actual job (it was years since my job consisted of gaming). Reply 0
  • Royal blood

  • Atropos 10/12/2016

    The Swedish Vikings near Uppsala most definitely sacrificed their kings at the julblot if the harvest had been bad for a few years running. Happened many times.
    Also, it's kind of debatable if women had it better in 8th century Europe than 8th century Middle East; it wasn't actually until the 19th century that western views on women out-liberalled Mohammed.
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  • Pewdiepie hits 50m subscribers, claims he'll delete channel today

  • Atropos 09/12/2016

    I feel for PewDiePie when it comes to the whole "he's a white nationalist conspiracy nut"-thing; as a fellow Swede, I can confirm that Swedish sarcasm doesn't quite translate for Brits; ours is a lot drier and less obvious - we feel about British sarcasm the way you feel about the American variety. I found this out at Uni, after a complete arsehole went "Birds, can't trust 'em wif anyfing", after his girlfriend spilt some tea, and I replied "Yes, personally I don't think they should be allowed to vote. You're undoubtedly their superior in every way - that butter-stain on your shirt is clearly intentional". I thought I was cutting, and gallant in my defense of the lady in question . It wasn't until later that year I found a whole room full of people actually believed I was against women voting... Reply +24