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  • Ghost of a Tale review - a creature castle fantasy with plenty of Soul

  • Atropos 15/03/2018

    Ah, I sponsored this what now seems like many, many years ago - glad to see it lived up to its promise! Reply +1
  • Best PlayStation VR games: The 15 best PSVR games you really have to play

  • Atropos 15/03/2018

    You forgot Superhot VR. It's by FAR the best VR game I've played - I felt like Neo after only 5 minutes. Reply +3
  • Kirby Star Allies review - a delightfully detailed throwback

  • Atropos 15/03/2018

    Excellent - I feel that Nintendo is the only company now that allows games too be actually family-friendly, rather than just easy. With a 4-player game, it's much more likely to be two parents and two kids playing than four students in a flat somewhere, and with that kind of setup, both young children and inexperienced adults can sometimes need a helping hand, without being led by the nose.

    Super Mario 3D World was probably the best example of this I've seen: if you failed a level enough times, you'd get a suit that made you invincible, ensuring completion of the basic-game levels, and that every experienced gamer could still play with their family without howling in frustration at their sibling/parent/grandparents ineptitude. But then, on the bonus levels, even invincibility couldn't help you, as far more often it was the environment or the time constraints that killed you, and getting those final green stars was all but impossible, meaning you could still grow with the game and get a proper rock-hard old-school challenge.

    If Kirby is anything like SM3DW, me and the family will be there with bells on.
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  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider is "climatic finale of Lara Croft's origin story"

  • Atropos 15/03/2018

    @man.the.king I waited as well, but bought it on sale - best buy in ages, it is a truly great game. And I mean game, not story - the story is just ok, though the acting is fine. It's like the inverse of the Uncharted-games: Ho-hum storytelling, but lots more to do, and feels more like you're playing the game rather than it playing you. Reply +4
  • The Division 2 details leak online ahead of announcement

  • Atropos 09/03/2018

    I stopped playing after about 3 months due to a lack of stuff to do and bugs, but that is still wxcellent value for money. Checked it out again recently, and oh my god did they fix some shit! If they can release Division 2 in the state Division 1 is in now, they'll be the best game of its kind bar none.

    I'll even say it: I'm pre-ordering it. I'm gonna play it from day 1 anyway, so why not?
    Reply +1
  • Ubisoft just snapped up the Smash Bros-like Brawlhalla

  • Atropos 03/03/2018

    Is it just me or is Ubisoft basically doing everything right lately? From "fixing" Assassins creed, to making Rainbow Six one of the hottest shooters around years after most publishers would have throw it too the dogs, to making The Division the best MMO around, to even invigorating For Honor... I mean, I'm impressed. And I haven't even mentioned stuff like Mario + Rabbids and South Park (which I enjoyed a lot, despite it being weak-ish as a game).

    That's it, I'm going to go buy shares in Ubisoft...
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  • Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank make for one of PlayStation Plus' biggest months yet

  • Atropos 02/03/2018

    For those with a Vita, I reckon there'll still be a fair bit of content seeing as many titles are Cross-buy. Quite often the PS4 gets three or four games because of this, and I've received three Vita games plenty of months.

    I love my Vita, but it was primarily for Indies these last few years, and they seemed to have moved to the Switch now. I'm ok with this, it had a good run - and it'll still be an excellent Remote-Play-and-Binding-of-Isaac-machine.
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  • Atropos 28/02/2018

    Ah, for once I have both of the games - but yeah, this is an incredible month. Both those games are not just AAA, but actual classics in their genre. Reply +2
  • Horizon Zero Dawn shifts a whopping 7.6m copies

  • Atropos 28/02/2018

    It started slow, but once the combat clicked for me, it became one of the best games in a loooong time. I was also absolutely gobsmacked when the story turned out not only to make sense, but was actually good, and even better told - it wasn't totally original, but it told the story better than any of its inspirations. Well deserved. One of the few games I've bothered to Platinum. Reply +3
  • Moss review - PlayStation VR's finest game to date

  • Atropos 27/02/2018

    @dumpil At least two; Superhot VR is one of the best games I played last year, on any system, and "Psychonauts and the Rhombus of Ruin" was great fun (if not essential). Reply +3
  • Rainbow Six Siege "will be here for the next 10 years"

  • Atropos 19/02/2018

    Ubisoft really is doing an absolutely wonderful job of supporting their games beyond the initial cash-grab - Rainbow Six went from an also-ran to one of the best squad-based shooters out there, and The Division is now what it promised to be all along, one of the few on-line MMOs I've given up to and been lured back to (and for my money it's now not only vastly improved, but a vastly superior game to Destiny 2). Heck, even For Honor is now getting love. Reply +1
  • I owe everything I am to Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday

  • Atropos 17/02/2018

    I had it - I was obsessed with 'Pool of Radiance', 'Curse of the Azure Bonds' and the other AD&D games from SSI back in the day, and I had fond memories of the Buck Rogers TV-series from when I was very young, so I nagged my parents for months until they caved and got it for me... Reply 0
  • System Shock reboot put on "hiatus", 18 months after it raised $1.3 million on Kickstarter

  • Atropos 17/02/2018

    I don't understand these idiots who let feature creep affect their Kickstarters - I mean, they didn't get $1.35million to do a reboot - the got it to make a remake. They didn't have to do a reboot. Once they got their $900k, all they needed to do was bring the remake home. The extra $450k was literally theirs for the taking, basically pre-launch purchases of the game. Whyoh why would you riks everything on a reboot? Make the remake, and if that sells well beyond the Kickstarter, make a rebooted sequel. Reply +3
  • For Honor's Season Five launches next month, introduces long-awaited dedicated servers

  • Atropos 09/02/2018

    @VeganViking - Well, it was at the very least a noble failure - I enjoyed it immensely, and only stopped playing due to server issues. I might very well jump back in, it's the closest thing to Bushido Blade this generation, and the Bushido Blade of my dreams at that.

    Also, you kind of have to give credit to Ubisoft.

    When their games either underperform or lose players due to bugs, they don't just shrug, abandon it and move on to the next thing; they keep plugging away at improvements, hoping quality will bring the players back. And it works! Rainbow Six went from an also-ran to one of the most exciting squad-based shooters online, years after release; and The Division is now completely turned around and is adding players every week (a lot from Destiny 2) - it is now the game it always should have been.
    Reply +2
  • Failbetter Games delays Sunless Skies following lay-offs, low sales

  • Atropos 07/02/2018

    I loved Sunless Sea, and backed this; I just have no interest in Early Access, at all; I will pay for a very nearly finished game, and I will pay years in advance in order to support a developer I like, but I won't pay to play a beta. I'm not about to pay to playtest. Reply +13
  • FTL team's Into the Breach will be released this month

  • Atropos 07/02/2018

    Lest we forget, FTL was one of the early Kickstarter success stories, and one of the first I supported, along with 'The Banner Saga' and "'Wasteland 2'. It sometimes feels like amongst all the 'Another Kickstarter failure'-articles that were so beloved on this site and others, that fact should sometimes be remembered. Reply +11
  • Why the founder of Traveller's Tales released a director's cut of an old Sonic game 25 years later

  • Atropos 05/02/2018

    I mean, interesting and all, but a bit rich saying he was "one of the first wave of people making videogames" or that TT somehow invented the "launch the game at the same time as the movie" business model; first off, that's the very same business model that sunk ET and later Atari, but even so, Ocean perfected the model in the late 80's and early 90's, a good half-decade before Travellers Tales released its first games. Reply +17
  • Here's February's PlayStation Plus games line-up

  • Atropos 01/02/2018

    @Leben He said "essentially" free, not "literally" free. We all know they're not "literally" free, whingeing know-it-alls have been pointing it out since PS Plus launched. They're as good as though, and you pointing out it's not deserves downvotes; you're the digital age's equivalent of the kid pointing out the "true meaning of literally". Shut up, you're boring us, and no-one thinks you're clever. Reply +1
  • Sega teams up with Heavy Rain lead designer's new studio to publish "narrative-driven" game

  • Atropos 30/01/2018

    The long-awaited Freddy vs. JASON! Reply +1
  • Monster Hunter World review

  • Atropos 25/01/2018

    As someone who's never played a Monster Hunter game before, which I think will be a fair few of even us old hands, this was not the greatest of reviews. Yes, I understand that the reviewer loved the game, that comes across, but the why is all couched and veiled in references to past iterations and their systems. This is, like the article acknowledges, an attempt to bring in a new audience; perhaps a review from a Monster Hunter Noob would be more apt than simply circle-jerking with the converted. Reply +6
  • Lego Pixar's Incredibles, DC Comics villains games in development

  • Atropos 16/01/2018

    The Portal-levels in Lego Dimensions were incredible. I'm really annoyed Dimensions got cancelled, it's a brilliant game. I reckon they were actually too generous with content - buy one Power Puff girl and you get access to their entire level with lots of missions to do. No need to buy them all. Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch is getting Dark Souls Remastered

  • Atropos 11/01/2018

    I just want Demon's Souls remastered... Keza's import review made me grey-import for the first time in my life, and I've never been so happy with a game experience. Dark Souls was great, but... it wasn't fresh. I realize Xboxers and PC-ists may have had different experiences. That said, it'd be nice to see that giant dragon near the end at more than 5fps. Reply +5
  • The new trailer for Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding is sci-fi craziness at its best

  • Atropos 08/12/2017

    Thaaaaaat was more intriguing than I expected. I usually can't stand Kojima's storytelling technique. Reply +2
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider's mansion-exploration episode Blood Ties finally has VR support on PC

  • Atropos 06/12/2017

    I really enjoyed this in PSVR - I figured out that if I "buttwalked" while sitting, it tricked my brain that I was really walking, and mitigated the nausea. Reply +7
  • After nine years, Demon's Souls' servers are going offline for good

  • Atropos 27/11/2017

    As much as I loved Dark Souls, it was a mere continuation of the love I had for this game, after grey importing it following Keza's review on this very site. This is where it started; this was where I got infatuated. I would buy a remake in a heartbeat (I mean, what would the dragon near the end be like when it's not running at 5fps? I've always wondered.) Reply +38
  • Apple iPhone X review

  • Atropos 26/11/2017

    I've had one for a few weeks now, and I can honestly say that I love Face ID. It's awesome, and works waaaaay better and faster than Touch ID. It also gets better at recognizing you with time, something I'd expect Digital Foundry to know - I now only have to glance at it in the right way, rather than "holding it up" to my face. Yes, it's expensive, but at the end of the day, most of us are getting a phone as part of a two-year contract, heavily subsidized and paid-by-the month it's adding a few measly pounds to my bill compared with my last phone, the iPhone 6S. All in all, it's not really a consideration for most people already in the eco-system. Reply -2
  • Star Citizen shows off cities the size of planets

  • Atropos 31/10/2017

    Still worried about actual gameplay, still perfectly happy being an early backer. I feel like I've got my money's worth just from the drama surrounding it, and even if this crashes and burns (I actually don't think it will), the tools and ideas developed for this game will enrich our gaming experiences for years to come. Reply 0
  • PlayStation is touring the UK to promote PSVR in the run-up to Christmas

  • Atropos 20/10/2017

    I'm so happy Sony is putting some muscles behind the PSVR, rather than almost dropping it like they did with Eye and Move. PSVR really is a marvellous piece of kit, and Superhot VR is a killer app (well, it is for any VR-setup), but it's far from the only one.

    ...I'd love a slightly better camera though...
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  • How I ruined Sega's financial results

  • Atropos 14/10/2017

    Great article. This is why most of the arcade machine-collectors I know go from MAME to actual cabinets with actual PCBs, and then to just getting the huge one-off contraptions that can never be played at home in emulation, not properly - your House of the Deads, your Pinball-machines, and of course, Jambo! Safari.

    That said Ellie, the Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg, Sweden has a three-storey Arcade with not one but TWO Jambo Safari machines in perfect working order. It's also one of the best amusement parks in Europe, especially with kids (a whole area of the park is dedicated to rides for 1-7-year-olds).
    Reply +17
  • The space goths won Destiny 2's first Faction Rally

  • Atropos 04/10/2017

    While I like fellow Swede Peter Stormare well enough, once I heard Shoreh Aghdashloo speak I knew I was joining Future War. I don't really care what they stand for or what gun they give, as long as I get to keep hearing her speak to me. That woman is the living embodiment of ASMR. Reply 0
  • Now there's a C64 mini

  • Atropos 29/09/2017

    No Wizball or Garfields Big Fat Hairy Deal? No Action Biker or Karateka? No Skate or Die? No IK+? No Last Ninja or Paradroid?

    Then...No. I'll stick to my actual C64 with Flash Drive support...
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  • PlayStation Plus October games lineup includes Metal Gear Solid 5

  • Atropos 27/09/2017

    I don't own a single game this month, not counting Amnesia 1 on PC. Great month, might finally give Metal Gear a try again (I haven't enjoyed the series since the NES one). Reply 0
  • True 4K isn't the best way to play Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One X

  • Atropos 27/09/2017

    I played this on the Pro, and after trying the high-framerate setting rather than the lovely 4K setting, there was just no way to go back. Yes, it's pretty, but at 1080p and above, playing at a higher frame-rate will always beat resolution for me as the improvement is impossible to see unless you're sitting Nintendo-controller close to your giant 4K TV. HDR s a far greater bump in loveliness, and you get that whether you're at 1080p or 4K; and playing at a higher frame-rate just feels soooooo much better. Reply +11
  • Jelly Deals: Psychonauts is free from Humble right now

  • Atropos 15/09/2017

    Can't believe this is 12 years old. Like most "develop your powers game" it has a weak first few hours, but the humour and story carries it. Then it starts to shine, and it's a bloody supernova. A must play. Reply +1
  • Destiny 2 is a lot less annoying, but a lot more of the same

  • Atropos 08/09/2017

    I never played the first Destiny except for a brief toe-dip last year when it was on sale - and by that time if was all just a confusing mess to a newbie like me. This launch coincided pretty perfectly with some time off work though, so I decided to try, and I got to say, I AM enjoying myself - the gunplay really is great, and it feels like what my head wanted from Anarchy Online all those years ago.

    That said, whoever writes the scripts over at Bungie needs to be fudging shot. I mean, seriously, it's atrocious.

    Also, while I'm enjoying myself immensely, I still can't get quite the deep satisfaction The Division gave me, warts and all, last year. Once I hit the level cap and raid for a bit, I think I might actually try to hit the streets of New York again, as I hear it's a pretty smooth ride these days. Or... The Division 2? Please?
    Reply +1
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes can be played entirely on one Joy-Con

  • Atropos 05/09/2017

    The original Nintendo game didn't use "the left analogue-stick" for movement. It used the Nunchuck. Then you had A,B,1 and 2 on the Wiimote. That was it. Reply +5
  • Translation requests hold up European PS4 release of Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition

  • Atropos 31/08/2017

    @jabberwocky 99% of all Scandinavians speak English, so do most Germans. It's time the French learnt, the Spanish need to learn, and the Russians can wait. Last time I looked, the Middle East isn't part of the EU... Reply 0
  • 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
  • PS Plus members to get PS VR game Rigs as a bonus

  • Atropos 31/08/2017

    Excellent month for me with Child of Eden and RIGS, even though I have already completed Second Son and Hatoful Boyfriend. For people that haven't played either, this is a stupendous month, they're both very good (though in very different ways...)! Reply +7
  • Nintendo reveals several Switch indie games and release dates

  • Atropos 31/08/2017

    Hmm. I'm not even kidding when I say I'll buy a Switch just for No More Heroes 3. Reply +11
  • 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
  • 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 +1
  • 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 -3
  • 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.
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