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  • Allison Road looks like the fan-made spiritual successor to P.T.

  • Bauul 02/07/2015

    Looks amazing! I'm almost sad none of this will be in the final game, but I like that we've got a taste of what they're doing without seeing any spoilers.

    And I for one LOVED how British the house felt. It was about 1 second in when I went "That house looks like it's in London".
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  • A Cities: Skylines expansion will be unveiled at Gamescom

  • Bauul 01/07/2015

    Excellent little game, and the first time I've truly had fun with a city builder since Sim City 3000.

    If there's one area they could definitely improve, it's that by providing unlimited scope for your imagination they've removed any real sense of challenge. If you don't have much of an imagination or set yourself personal goals, you can find yourself running out of motivation (although really this is just me being sad realizing my aged brain just isn't as creative as it was when I was 10 playing the first Sim City).
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  • Dark Souls series sales surpass 8.5 million

  • Bauul 01/07/2015

    @Dave797 I'd start with Dark Souls if you can. Dark Souls 2 is great, but it's kind of like a bigger, diluted version of Dark Souls. Make no mistake, it's absolutely enormous (if you play the SOTFS edition it's by far the largest of the four games), but it lacks the intimacy and careful design of the other three. Definitely don't miss out on it though, it's just a 9/10 where the others are 10/10s. Reply +2
  • Never Alone Wii U release date set for Europe

  • Bauul 28/06/2015

    I played it in co-op with my wife, and we had a good time. She absolutely adored the setting and look (instantly went and got a load of books on Native American myths out from the library), so if it set out to enlighten people about Alaskan Native stories, then job well done.

    From an actual game point of view I agree it was rather basic. Good fun in co-op (although everything is), but I think if I had played it just by myself I would have been a bit disappointed by the end.
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  • Dying Light dev takes the piss out of Destiny's Red Bull promo

  • Bauul 27/06/2015

    @muro Major Nelson's job is to promote Xbox - if he didn't include some kind of reference to Xbox then he isn't doing his job right. Remember he's not a developer who just has a public presence, he's the mouthpiece for Xbox's PR department. Reply 0
  • Shuhei Yoshida on saving The Last Guardian and PS4 in Japan

  • Bauul 26/06/2015

    @StooMonster From a practical sense, it depends, but from a technical sense, there's quite a bit of difference. The phrase "remaster" has links back to the music industry, where the last stage of an album production is the mastering. A remaster is taking the original instrument/vocal tracks and re-editing/producing them. It's the same performance by the musicians, it's just mixed better. Same with games: a remaster is taking the original assets and doing a cleaned up version using more powerful hardware.

    A "remake" is literally recreating everything from scratch. In the Master Chief collection for example, Halo 1 and 2 are remakes, Halo 3 and 4 are remasters. This is contrast to a straight port, where a game is released on a new platform with new tangible improvements.

    To use movies as another example, the Star Wars Special Editions were remasters, the recent Robocop remake was a remake.
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  • Games With Gold now offers two Xbox One games per month

  • Bauul 26/06/2015

    @yodizzle What do you think of the new UI they're rolling out in a few months? Reply 0
  • Blindfolded man conquers Super Mario World in 23 minutes

  • Bauul 24/06/2015

    @penhalion According to the article... about a week. :) Reply 0
  • Xbox One back compatibility supports Xbox 360 DLC

  • Bauul 23/06/2015

    If this takes off, I can see MS adding their on-demand 360 titles into the Xbox One store. Personally I think this would be excellent: the One suddenly gets hundreds of new games to play, and plenty of old titles get a new lease of life. And that's on top of being able to play all the games you already own.

    It all depends on whether MS can smooth out the wrinkles in the tech and publishers get on board, but I can't see this being anything other than a good thing (and I don't even own a One).
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  • Fallout 4 lead male and female voice actors revealed

  • Bauul 23/06/2015

    @ansionnach All the replies were fully voiced in Fallout 3 though, right? So I don't think it's down to budget.

    I think they're simply trying a more cinematic approach, and that's fine by me. It might work, it might not, but it'll be interesting to see what it's like in a full open-world Bethesda game.
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  • 25 minutes of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided gameplay

  • Bauul 19/06/2015

    Looks actually quite impressive! Getting a real Blade Runner vibe from it, which is great.

    I suspect that many of the abilities shown here will require slowly unlocking over time, which is a good thing I think.
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  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst won't let you use guns, ever

  • Bauul 18/06/2015

    I enjoyed the occasional use of guns in the first, but I understand why they're dropping them. Having guns was what sank the first game: loads of people (including many reviewers) thought it was an FPS and then got unhappy the shooting was so clunky (as it should be).

    I suspect this time they don't want any confusion, and the easiest thing to do is just not have guns at all. It's a shame for us who enjoyed the options, but from a publisher point of view it's understandable they don't want a repeat of last time.
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  • Shenmue 3 returns, but has it already been left behind?

  • Bauul 18/06/2015

    I played the first and really enjoyed it (although I don't think I ever finished it), but never the second. Was it as good as the first?

    Edit: EG's review seemed to say it was a good game, but lost a little of the magic of the first. I think that's kind of what I had in the back of my head. It's not really talked about with the same awe as the first after all.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/r_shenmue2_dc
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  • Video: Xbox One Backward Compatibility - How does it work?

  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    @HE1NZ Actually so far I've not come across any reports that the games don't run pretty perfectly. Save game imports are currently a bit buggy, but I guess that's why we're still in the preview stage. Reply +3
  • PC Gaming Show E3 2015 live report

  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    @Barrel_Trollz, aww, that's far too polite. Some proper bitching would have livened up the evening! Reply 0
  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    What was that her mic picked up just as she was leaving? "God I'm glad that's done"? Reply 0
  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    @KanePaws I've muted it. This is all a bit shopping-channel for my tastes. Reply 0
  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    "Advanced Micro Devices" - that's what AMD stands for? I have learned something tonight! Reply 0
  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    @Mazzle Someone see if there's a barcode on the back of his neck. Reply 0
  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    Has anyone ever seen a more engaged crowd? Reply 0
  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    You can decorate the arena whilst others are fighting? "Geoff, Geoff, I need help, I'm dying!" "Not now, I'm painting this column pink!" Reply 0
  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    DLC for Elite where you land on a planet to find it entirely populated with theme parks? Reply 0
  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    Oh I feel so bad for him! Poor David! Reply 0
  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    @DrStranelove or perhaps Half-Life 2 Episode 2 Part 2. Any way to keep lower than 3. Reply 0
  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    Was that chanting on the Pillars of Eternity trailer, or just another mic accidentally left on? Reply 0
  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    @Mazzle they do have an Xbox controller under the monitor though. Clearly a console spy. Reply 0
  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    I just flipped on to the stream, and for a couple of minutes was confused as to how we were already onto the after-show discussions. Reply 0
  • Dark Souls 3 isn't the last in the series - but it is a turning point

  • Bauul 17/06/2015

    If they could keep up the creativity and stop it becoming stale, I'd be happy for more Dark Souls games. Hugely long-running series don't have to be repetitive - look at Mario. But if Miyazaki doesn't think he can keep it fresh without mixing things up, then I'm all for DS3 being the last 'classic' DS game. Reply +3
  • Sony E3 2015 conference live report

  • Bauul 16/06/2015

    I'm just settling in, all you tired folks are wimps!

    ... but it does help I'm currently on the west coast of the US.
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  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole

  • Bauul 15/06/2015

    The Stick of Truth was great - it might have taken them a long time to get right but the end result was excellent. I'd be happy if they basically kept the same gameplay system (albeit perhaps without the quick-time style special movies) but just had a new story to play through. Reply +3
  • Watch five minutes of Star Wars Battlefront

  • Bauul 15/06/2015

    I rather enjoyed that! It looks like it has a pleasantly more stripped back aesthetic (dear I say, almost cartoony?) compared to Battlefield. The big chunky UI and effects worked rather well with the well-defined Star Wars visuals.

    It also didn't look too much like you can die in a microsecond from an enemy you didn't notice, which is a big plus to me and my inaccurate thumbs.
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  • Xbox 360 saves carry over via Xbox One's back compatibility service

  • Bauul 15/06/2015

    @TrevHead In theory, yes. The way Microsoft have positioned it is that from the perspective of Xbox Live and the servers, you're still just playing it on 360. So everything that was true of the 360 game from an account/online perspective remains true if you play it on Xbox One. Reply +1
  • Dishonored 2 lets you play as Corvo or Emily Kaldwin

  • Bauul 15/06/2015

    @mrjingles75 If the game isn't ready to show, would you rather no trailer at all? I'd prefer a CGI trailer over a guy standing on a stage saying "yeah, we're making Dishonored 2, here are some plot details" Reply 0
  • Man behind never produced $123K Kickstarter board game brought to justice

  • Bauul 13/06/2015

    @MasterNameless I had the same argument with my wife once, and we looked it up. Turns out myriad can be used both as a verb (as you described) or as a noun (as used in the article). Both are correct, and have been for a long time (this isn't a recent change). Reply +1
  • Oh, Deer! It's the last PlayStation Mobile game

  • Bauul 13/06/2015

    Very heartwarming story! I'll be honest, as someone who's late to the PlayStation party (bought my first ever Sony console two months ago) I'd never even heard of PlayStation Mobile. But now I have, I'm glad it's at least getting a genuine little send off. :) Reply 0
  • Bloodstained is the most funded video game ever on Kickstarter

  • Bauul 11/06/2015

    @DreadedWalrus I think we'll continue to see big Kickstarter projects as long as there are old developers out there offering to create spiritual successors to long dormant fan favorites. Reply +13
  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst real-life time trial is a rooftop tour of... Croydon

  • Bauul 11/06/2015

    I thought that was rather well done! Do we think the enemies were actors or just locals caught in the filming? Reply 0
  • Microsoft's difficult choice at E3 2015

  • Bauul 11/06/2015

    As a PS4 owner, I'm disappointed I won't get to play RotTR when it comes out. But I am getting pretty sick of people claiming Tomb Raider was "always" a multi-platform and has never been used as a killer app.

    As a Dreamcast owner, I remember all too well Sony buying the console exclusivity to Tomb Raider 2, despite the fact Tomb Raider 1 ran far better on the Sega console. Hopefully Microsoft won't hang on to the exclusive rights as long as Sony did!
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  • Team17 remastering Worms World Party for summer

  • Bauul 11/06/2015

    Hopefully they bring this to modern consoles. I'm trying to flush my PS4 out with couch co-op/competitive games me and my wife can enjoy (all part of demonstrating to her the value of a console I actually just bought for Bloodborne). We both loved Worms back in the day, so it would have been a perfect addition.

    Come on Team 17, it's not like you do anything else!
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  • Video: Games that do mental health right

  • Bauul 10/06/2015

    The best advice I ever received about mental health (from the point of view of someone who doesn't have depression, but did look after someone who did) was to treat it like a pulled muscle.

    What causes a muscle to be pulled? Using it too much, not resting it when you should. Same with someone's brain: depression is often caused by people simply caring too hard for too long and burning themselves out. 'Powering through it' often doesn't work for much the same reason powering through a pulled muscle doesn't work - it just makes it worse.

    The best way to fix it is rest and relaxation, with or without painkillers (i.e. anti-depressants) depending on what works for you. The problem is "rest and relaxation" when it comes to emotions is actually the hard bit: it effectively means "stop caring about things". Doing this is the exact opposite of what often causes depression in the first place - people feel guilty about being depressed and this makes it worse.

    The person who I knew who had depression struggled for years with it, but in the end what cured it was us upping-sticks and moving to a new continent. Start again fresh. For the first time in years they were able to truly let go of all the social pressures. And thanks for visa restrictions, they weren't able to work for six months. So for six months they just chilled: relaxed, didn't stress themselves, just let their brain heal.

    Then one day, after five and half months, they said to me "I'm bored". And it was at that moment we knew that they were ok, and have been for the last 12 months.

    Obviously not everyone can do this and it's an extreme example, but the theory is sound: the key is to remove the pressure to "be ok" and just accept that you need to chill for a few months to let your brain heal.

    If anyone is struggling with depression, my recommendation would be this book It's by the psychologist who developed the above analogy and I've a lot of time for him.
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  • Dark Souls 3 is real, aiming for an "early 2016" release

  • Bauul 10/06/2015

    @dkeppens Demon's Souls came out in early 2009. If DS3 is released in 2016, that's seven years, not five.

    Perhaps From are planning to turn DS into a long-running franchise like Armored Core, and occasionally they'll do spin-offs like Bloodborne? I'd be up for that.
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  • Bauul 10/06/2015

    @Drunk-Si It is worth persevering with, I promise you. Some things that might help though: always lock-on to enemies (R3), then the camera isn't an issue during fights. Be glad that the game allows some no-clipping as otherwise weapons would be bouncing off the walls left right and center! The combat is clunky but it's kind of the point: it's slow enough to allow you to properly think about each attack. And if in doubt (unless it's a huge enemy) put up your shield and always let them attack first. Counter-attacking is the safest route. Reply 0
  • Bauul 10/06/2015

    @riceNpea I can't help it, I just can't agree with you. I played DeS after DS and (while it was great) it was evidently improved on in DS in basically every way. DS had a better healing system, an interconnected world, better pacing, harder and more memorable bosses, the removal of the world tendency system, carry weight removal, a deeper story, and on top of all that was about three times bigger.

    I'm sure we can both agree DS2 is the worst though! :)
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  • Bauul 10/06/2015

    Great news! Hopefully this will have some of that Miyazaki magic DS2 was lacking (albeit still a great game in its own right). Reply 0
  • Introducing Eco: An ecosystem sim where everyone must nurture a shared planet

  • Bauul 10/06/2015

    Sounds interesting! There's a chance it won't attract too many griefers as the effect of any said griefing is weeks down the line, so it's not exactly satisfying.

    Maybe worth checking out 3 months after it's out so only the people who take it seriously are still there?
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  • Chris Avellone leaves Obsidian Entertainment

  • Bauul 09/06/2015

    @Devox If I was Disney/EA, I might be tempted to see if he's willing to work on KOTOR 3. Unfortunately I'm not Disney/EA. :( Reply +3
  • Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice announced for 3DS

  • Bauul 09/06/2015

    Man I hate what they've done to Knuckles. Reply +4
  • Bauul 09/06/2015

    @kesouk Aww man those old Amiga games had such a strong presence about them. I've never even heard of that game, but it instantly took me right back to those old nerve-shredding platformers. Brrrrr. Reply +1
  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst title spotted ahead of E3

  • Bauul 09/06/2015

    The 'addition' of gameplay features actually worries me a little. The problem with the first game was that it included things like guns and a melee combat system, things that arguably shouldn't really have been there in the first place and (especially the guns) led to all the early confusion about what kind of game it was and ultimately the poor sales.

    What I'd quite like to see is streamlined gameplay, but bigger and more complex maps, perhaps with multiple routes, that kind of thing. Mirror's Edge was it its best when you were simply running across the top of skyscrapers as fast as you could. More of that and I'd be a happy man.
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  • Brutal Doom mod dials up the original game's gore

  • Bauul 08/06/2015

    @m0thr4 Wait, what? As in the game they put a teaser trailer out for just a couple of weeks ago? That makes zero sense!

    Wait, hang on, Doom 4 WAS scrapped about three years back, and replaced with the current version (which is simply called "Doom"). Aren't they just getting their ancient news mixed up with the new news?
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