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  • Telling Tales: Skyrim and Dark Souls

  • Bauul 20/04/2014

    @MrWonderstuff Each to their own. But please don't tell me that a part of the gameplay experience I genuinely enjoyed is me "excusing the shortcomings". In all honestly I loved the process of uncovering the story through exploring the world.

    I'm playing through the sequel at the moment, and what is most motivating me to carry on playing is to try to piece together what has happened to the world I'm in. And as soon as I finish it, I'm going to start it all over again to try to spot the things I missed first time around knowing what I'll know from finishing it.

    Dark Souls is great for many reasons, but I would genuinely say the method of storytelling it uses is one of the main ones.
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  • Bauul 20/04/2014

    @MrWonderstuff uncovering the story in Dark Souls is arguably part of the gameplay. Piecing together the pieces of story you discover to try to work out what the meaning behind everything is was one of the things I enjoyed most about the game.

    The result is a story so rich it could be straight out of Norse mythology. But if you don't actively try to discover it you won't.

    One of the earlier comments described Dark Souls as like an archeological dig, and I think that's accurate. The story is there, but the game requires you to dig for it first.
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  • What does the Xbox One April update actually add?

  • Bauul 20/04/2014

    @George-Roper Don't ever move to America then! I moved here a few months ago and they don't even have "off" buttons at the socket. To turn something off completely you have to unplug it. Madness! Reply +5
  • Bauul 19/04/2014

    @TarickStonefire But Outside Xbox make videos, that's what they do. If you want the info in a list, why not just look it up on Eurogamer our any other that writes words instead of making videos? Reply +11
  • War of the Vikings review

  • Bauul 18/04/2014

    @smackeroo Shieldmaidens are hardly an unusual concept, even with relatively less historical evidence than their male counterparts. Reply 0
  • Rapture leaked: The true story behind the making of BioShock

  • Bauul 18/04/2014

    @BobbyDeNiro My point was Bioshock isn't considered a masterpiece because of the gameplay. You're not wrong: it doesn't offer loads of freedom and it is, at it's core, a basic shooter. All the things you critisize it of are true, but they're not the reasons people liked it so much.

    They liked it because of where it was set, and the design of the world. The atmosphere, premise, and the setting above everything else it what makes it stand out. The way the story operates on both a fictional and meta level (it's all a commentary on player-agency after all). The mother of all plot twists in the middle.

    I spent hours not even shooting anything as I was too busy exploring Rapture. If you "blasted through it" with a shotty and tommy-gun, I worry if you missed much of what made it great.

    I agree the original promise of System Shock 2 style gameplay would have been better, but that doesn't take away from what made Bioshock great.
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  • Bauul 17/04/2014

    @BobbyDeNiro But arguably it was the fancy clothes that made it a masterpiece... :) Reply 0
  • Half-Life speed run world record set at 20:41

  • Bauul 14/04/2014

    There are lots of different kinds of speedrun. Just because this was done is segments using scripts doesn't mean it's invalid, just like tool assisted ones are still valid.

    I actually prefer watching the tool assisted ones - simply watching a person play it really fast is fun, but I get more fascination from watching what happens when you push a game to its absolute limit.
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  • UK chart: Titanfall back top thanks to Xbox 360 version

  • Bauul 14/04/2014

    @WillyTheAntelope The thousands of kids who either a) are just getting involved or b) are just getting old enough to be involved. It's not likely to be hardcore gamers.

    As an aside, more info from Chart-Track:

    "EA remain at No1 this week with ‘Titanfall’ (+220%) reclaiming top spot from ‘FIFA 14’ (-1%), boosted by the launch of the Xbox 360 version.

    Lego The Hobbit’ has to settle for a debut at No2 with FIFA 14 dropping to No3. ‘South Park: The Stick of Truth’ (+52%) jumps 4 places to No4 thanks to retailer promotions, ahead of ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ (+28%) which slips one place to No5. Easter holidays and retailer promotions will have helped kid’s titles ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’ (+35%), up from No9 to No6 and ‘Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare’ (+20%), back in the Top 10 at No8. ‘The Lego Movie Videogame’ (+7%) is the second of 4 Lego games in the Top 40 this week and a non-mover at No7. ‘Assassin’s Creed IV’ (+27%) and ‘Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes’ (-36%) complete the Top 10 at No’s 9 and 10 respectively.

    There are new entries at No14 for Microsoft/Rare’s Xbox One ‘Kinect Sports: Rivals’ and No34 for Alternative’s ‘Don Bradman Cricket 14’, while ‘Football Manager 2014’ (+280%) is back in the chart this week at No18 thanks to the new Vita version."
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  • Lifeless Planet: Encounters at the end of the world

  • Bauul 13/04/2014

    Wandering around a well designed game world and trying to make sense of what you find is a hugely underappreciated side of gaming, so this excites me enormously. Perhaps it's the inner archeologist in me, but too few games in my opinion concern themselves with the unwritten history of their levels. Reply +14
  • The Behemoth is making an Xbox One game

  • Bauul 12/04/2014

    @BonzoBanana In which case I demand you immediately go and play Castle Crashers (360 or Steam) with a mate or three. It's hugely entertaining (and has one of the best sound tracks in any game ever). Orange knight for the win! Reply +1
  • Unfinished symphony: Castlevania's keeper speaks

  • Bauul 09/04/2014

    @myms1ps3 I agree entirely. The Dark Souls world is one of the best examples of 3D Metoridvania design I've come across.

    It's a real shame they opted to move in a different direction for the sequel (as good as it is).
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  • GameSpy servers to shut down next month

  • Bauul 04/04/2014

    @Achtung_Englander I always loved the voice when you started a game.

    "let's get on with the killing!"

    So stupidly try-hard, but I loved it at the time.

    Remember when Gamespy had their whole network of Planet websites? Planetquake was destination one for my early internet days. :) I was very sad when IGN bought it all and shut it all down.
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  • Doom beta for PC, PS4 and Xbox One only

  • Bauul 04/04/2014

    @penhalion I think you'll find many people thought the Duct Tape mod ruined the game. Personally I loved the fact you had to choose between light and a gun, made it far more tense.

    Aside from Doom 3 though, I agree the genre has taken a massive backwards step from Doom 2. Where's the obligatory Doom vs. modern-FSP image? Ah yes, here it is:

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  • Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition sales hit 12m

  • Bauul 04/04/2014

    Many congratulations to them. I have a feeling in 20 years time that half the gaming industry will site Minecraft as what fueled they're interest in making games. Reply +9
  • Microsoft's Siri rival really is based on Cortana

  • Bauul 03/04/2014

    @Mun I agree with Rev. Apps are Windows' weak point, but if you don't really use them it's easily the best OS for standard smartphone functions. Email, messaging, contacts list, even the basic "make a phone call" UI is all much better than the competition IMO.

    There are currently still a few niggles missing, but come the 8.1 update they basically all get fixed. And of course if you go Nokia you get the best built-in camera in the market (for photo quality, not speed mind you).
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  • Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls shifts 2.7m in a week

  • Bauul 03/04/2014

    @stonecrowe Eurogamer likely lifted that sentence verbatim from Blizzard's press note about the sales. I suspect it's Blizzard's PR team who called him Death. Reply +1
  • Phil Spencer named new boss of Xbox

  • Bauul 31/03/2014

    @George-Roper Could I at least point out the price drop was purely exchange rate related?

    Although it's true if the X1 was selling like hot cakes I suspect they would have just kept the price the same and enjoyed the extra dollars!
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  • Narrative vs narration

  • Bauul 29/03/2014

    @Liuwil My thoughts exactly. I've always found the best stories in games are the ones that you experience by accident. You don't go to Y and do X because a character told you to, you do it because you want to. Hopefully the game writers have anticipated that and are ready with the next bit of the story.

    Dark Souls is an obvious example of it (how is it Dark Souls pops up in nearly every article on "things games could do better"?). I'd also cite Left 4 Dead as. game that got it right. There's actually quite a lot of story, especially in the sequel, but no-one has to tell you what to do. If you play the game without knowing the story, you still do what the characters would have done without the story. On top of that, the purely player created drama just feeds into the wider narrative, it never breaks it.

    It's not to say games shouldn't have very prescriptive stories. Mass Effect was pretty linear, but it was still a very good story that I enjoyed a lot. However I think the strength of gaming is to allow a player to experience a story organically, to go through the narrative because they feel driven to make the next event take place, not simply learn about it after the fact.

    My personal favorite example of this is Braid. The revelation at the end is made a 1,000 times more effecting because the actions of the player throughout the game were purely player based.
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  • UK video game tax breaks approved

  • Bauul 27/03/2014

    @georgetm1 That's all very well, but it still has nothing to do with this new law, which has absolutely none of the regional bias you're so enraged about.

    It's clear you're a Very Angry Person, but this is not the time, place or audience. And before you accuse me of English bias: I live in America.
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  • Bauul 27/03/2014

    These rules are actually much more lenient than they let on. For example, the "cultural value" is simply used to exclude games of serious questionable moral content (the government can't be seen to indirectly fund Baby Raper Simulator 2014 for example).

    If you are making a game in the UK with majority UK staff and the content isn't too controversial, you're in. The rest is up to you, no limit in setting, characters or dialogue. That's where this will apply most if the time.

    The other things are like second chances if you fail one of the above. E.g. If most of your team are not from the UK, you can still qualify for the breaks if you set the game in the UK and employ UK actors.
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  • Respawn locks Titanfall cheaters into "the Wimbledon of aimbot contests"

  • Bauul 27/03/2014

    @nickthegun If they did this on the quiet, all you'd have were people popping up saying "OMG I was on a server last night and EVERYONE was cheating. Titanfall sucks ass!" and everyone just presumes it's a problem with Titanfall.

    It's always sensible to announce measures like this, so people don't get the wrong end of the stick and blame the game.

    Reminds me of the first Operation Flashpoint's anti-piracy measures. If you pirated the game, it (deliberately) slowly corrupted over time so by 2/3rds into the game it was unplayable. But they didn't announce this, so all you had were people complaining the game was broken.
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  • Yes, Obsidian really is making a MMO tank game

  • Bauul 25/03/2014

    @Arsecake_Baker World of Tanks (which is also F2P) is actually very good. Not all free-to-play is bad. Look at TF2 and DOTA2 as examples. Reply -1
  • Creative Assembly to announce Alien: Isolation date at EGX Rezzed

  • Bauul 25/03/2014

    @arty In fairness, the RPS article's main criticism was the AI was inconsistent. Personally reading it I'm not too worried, it sounds some minor tweaks should sort it out.

    The other criticism was that the Alien wasn't scary because the author had played too many Alien games already, but I think that just comes down to taste.
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  • Video: Let's Replay Diablo 2

  • Bauul 24/03/2014

    For a Diablo noob like myself whose only Diablo experience was Diablo 3 on the console, I'm thinking actually going in reverse order might be the most enjoyable. Diablo 2 looks most fun for those with a bit of action-RPG hardcoreness to them, whereas Diablo 3 was a nice introduction to the series.

    However, having completed Diablo 3 on Inferno on the console, using a mouse might seem rather alien to me!
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  • Phil Spencer on bringing VR, paid alphas to Xbox One

  • Bauul 22/03/2014

    @Murton Are you sure? I was under the impression the "parity clause" stated that if you applied for cheap X1 dev kits through MS' indie development service, one of the clauses was you released your game on X1 at the same time as other platforms. Microsoft's logic being that if they're going to provide you cheap dev kits (and the other things the service provides), the least you can do is make the X1 a launch platform.

    I'd never heard anything about requiring quality parity. Do you have a source for that?
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  • No plans for a new Unreal Tournament, says Epic

  • Bauul 20/03/2014

    The issue with twitch shooters is playing them on a controller (i.e. where the money is) just isn't as fun as playing with a mouse. You try circle strafe bunny hopping with a controller...

    So I understand why they aren't, although it is a shame. That said, I (along with about six other people world wide) always though Q3:Team Arena was the best of all the multiplayer shooters that came out at that time.
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  • Two new Assassin's Creed games this year, one set in 18th century Paris

  • Bauul 19/03/2014

    @Chickenzilla I would thoroughly recommend at least trying Assassins Creed 2. It's pretty much the sweet spot of what the game was originally meant to be. It was the first one I played and I loved it!

    However, it seems I'm not at all alone in burning out on AC3. I know AC4 is supposed to be very good, I just can't get enthused about picking it up!
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  • GDC live report: Sony's "Future of Innovation" is VR

  • Bauul 18/03/2014

    Usually PDT feels like the back end of the world, but today I'm quite happy living in it! :) Reply 0
  • Diablo 3's controversial Auction House finally goes offline

  • Bauul 18/03/2014

    I think Blizzard realised quite quickly what they had done wrong. The console version had all the things the PC players were asking for (offline play, no auction house, greatly improved drop rate, difficulty that can be changed on the fly etc. etc.) and that must have been in the works for some time.

    I genuinely can't think of another situation where buying the console port of a classic PC title turned out to be absolutely right thing to do. :)
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  • Gaming's middle-aged crisis

  • Bauul 15/03/2014

    @simulant I entirely agree. I started playing the 360 version of World of Tanks recently, and despite really enjoying it I found myself staring at the unlock screen working out how much more XP I needed for the next tier and getting frustrated at how slowly I was progressing.

    I had to remind myself I was playing the game because it was fun, not to chase unlocks. I now don't look at the unlock screen and am having much more fun with the game.
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  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft review

  • Bauul 14/03/2014

    10 might seem high if you're not interested in a trading card game.

    But it seems to me that as trading card games go, this is by far the best there ever has been, and I anticipate will be the start of a huge upswing in games setting out to copy it.

    It's not my cup of tea so I probably won't try it, but that doesn't mean it isn't worthy of the 10.
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  • Reclusive Rockstar accepts BAFTA Fellowship with speech

  • Bauul 13/03/2014

    I thought Dara O'Briain was on particularly good form. It's so refreshing to have a host who genuinely knows what he's talking about.

    And roasting Hideo Kojima on stage about whether he thought a cardboard box was really a legitimate hiding place was a personal highlight!

    If you missed it, it's here:
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  • Korean League of Legends scandal exposed after attempted suicide

  • Bauul 13/03/2014

    @gandhimasterfly I have to disagree that you can't "get" depression. A friend of mine "got" depression (and I mean proper diagnosed clinical depression) as a result of years of trying to deal her difficult family. One day things got too much and she had a major depressive episode. Two years later she's on the way to recovery, but it's taking time.

    Genetics does play a part, but it's incorrect to say life events cannot cause clinical depression.

    On the subject of naming it: yes, totally agree though. My friend's therapist suggested (only half jokingly) instead of saying she has depression, to say she has Cantopher's Disease (that's her therapists name). When people ask what that is, she says it's a disease of the limbic system that results in uncontrollable self-destructive emotions. Works much better than saying "I have depression"
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  • Bauul 13/03/2014

    @sloth09 This times ten. Lack of understanding of the difference between Depression and being depressed is one of the great ignorances of the modern age.

    Whilst it's tempting to presume this guy's suicide attempt was solely down to the things we've read, the reality is it's likely to be far more complex.
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  • Video: In Alien: Isolation "you'll never feel safe"

  • Bauul 13/03/2014

    @Nikanoru In one of the commentaries on YouTube from the journalists who played it a couple of months back, I seem to recall one saying they died when the Alien hid itself in a gap in the ceiling, and then dropped on the player as he walked under. As it wasn't moving, it didn't appear on the motion scanner either.

    Apparently the guy actually screamed out loud.
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  • Bauul 13/03/2014

    Colonial Marines looked terrible to me even from the early videos, so I don't feel the level of betrayal some do around it.

    For that reason, I'm allowing myself to be excited about this, because from the early videos (and hands-on reports, which CM didn't have), it looks EXCELLENT.

    I'd be very interested to know what people make of it at Rezzed, but I fear really the first time you play it should be in a darkened room with headphones. It's very easy to make a scary game not scary without the right environment to play it in.
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  • Could you survive in a besieged city?

  • Bauul 12/03/2014

    The issue with making games based on current events is the tendency to glorify things that in reality were anything but the sort.

    Thankfully this looks like it's avoiding that, and treating the subject matter with intelligence and respect.

    It's a difficult balance to make a game that's good whilst also not glamourising anything. Good luck to them!
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  • Godus 2.0 launches with "virtually no clicking"

  • Bauul 12/03/2014

    Next update: the game will solely be controlled by the shivers up your spine as you bathe its everlasting glory*

    *unless it's nothing like that because Molyneux over promised again. In which case they'll change it to be controlled with your tears of emotion.
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  • South Park: It all started with a suspected prank call

  • Bauul 12/03/2014

    Always appreciate this kind of investigative journalism, thumbs up Eurogamer! Retrospectives are always fascinating to read, keep them coming! Reply +11
  • Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag GOTY Edition announced

  • Bauul 10/03/2014

    @Daeltaja They've actually had Game of the Year Editions for a very long time.

    I remember buying Unreal Tournament Game of the Year Edition back in 1999. Turns out the only difference was it was bundled with mods you could download off the Internet for free anyway.

    Compared to that, this is pretty good value!
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  • Gone Home is console-bound

  • Bauul 10/03/2014

    @andrewedwardross Evidently you've never played it as then you'd know:

    a) It's more like two to three hours
    b) It's anything but a movie. It'd be TERRIBLE as a movie!
    c) In fact, I can think of no medium better than a game at telling its story.

    Gone Home is a prime example of how gaming can offer story telling in a unique way which no other medium can.

    From a simple literary point of view, Gone Home isn't just good, it's actually important.
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  • Titanfall review

  • Bauul 10/03/2014

    I'm not surprised at the lack of content: when you're implementing a new basic game style it makes sense to get that perfect before branching out with additions. Valve did the same with Left 4 Dead - the first one was bare bones but got the basics right, and the sequel expanded it into the fully fledged game. I anticipate Titantall 2 will be much bigger, bolder and expansive if the first is a success. Reply +1
  • See how classic Nintendo games look with the Oculus Rift

  • Bauul 07/03/2014

    @Kami Are they actually sponsored by Oculus Rift though? I couldn't tell. If this is just a YouTuber having fun then how is it any different from the gazzilions of other hacked and emulated games people have posted videos of online?

    I've only watched some of the videos, but I don't Occulus Rift themselves saying "buy our product and you too can play Mario Kart in first person!"
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  • The many adventures of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls

  • Bauul 28/02/2014

    Genuinely disappointing this isn't coming to any other consoles: I've been enjoying Diablo 3 on my 360 quite a lot (it's surprisingly good).

    Is there an official word on it being a PS4 exclusive, as in did they publicly sign something? Or is it just happening to come out for PS4 only?
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  • Long-awaited Diablo 3 patch 2.0.1 goes live

  • Bauul 27/02/2014

    @Deionarra Or play it on console where, bizarrely, it's really quite good. Reply -1
  • And the new boss of Xbox is...

  • Bauul 25/02/2014

    As many have said before, this is about Nokia, not Xbox. From what I understand, Elop was quite well liked in Nokia, so keeping him in charge is a shrewd move by Microsoft to help steady things during the integration. Reply 0
  • Double Fine's Broken Age: Act 2 now fully funded

  • Bauul 25/02/2014

    @krayzkrok Exactly. If we're being pedantic, the original Kickstarter didn't even promise a finished game. All they said they'd deliver was a documentary about attempting to create a new point-and-click. Which they have, and it's been a really interesting documentary.

    Getting a game out of it is just a nice bonus. Obviously that's what most people were really interested in, but you really can't accuse Double Fine of being misleading or anything based on their original pitch.
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  • Thief review

  • Bauul 24/02/2014

    Seems to me that if you leave on all the guidance markers and hints, it's pretty linear and dull. But take them off (and it sounds like you can remove almost everything) and it gets a lot better. Reply 0
  • Microsoft announces first Xbox One price cut - and throws in Titanfall for free

  • Bauul 24/02/2014

    All this says to me is exchange rate changes. The dollar has dropped a fair bit against the pound in the last few months, so realistically Microsoft are happy to do this here because it won't reduce their margins. That's why it's only happening in the UK and not Europe or the US. Good for us, but probably not a grand global plan. Reply +2