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  • Chris Donlan on: Closed doors

  • Bauul 25/04/2015

    Great article, totally agree. Games need more of this kind of thing. In another Miyazaki example, Demon Souls has six worlds where the game is set. It's just the portal to one is broken. You never get to visit it, but it's right there, taunting you, every time you use the hub world. Reply +1
  • Xbox sales decreased 20 per cent year-over-year in Q1

  • Bauul 24/04/2015

    @BoredGame Calling it a flop is a bit of an overstatement. Onlive was a flop, this just hasn't been as big a success as it's nearest competitor (or indeed Microsoft wanted).

    I do believe that the original idea that this generation will last 10 years just isn't going to be true any more though. Microsoft will do something for the Xbox One sooner rather than later. Possibilities include:

    - Launch of a whole new, dedicated Gen 9 console.
    - Redesign the Xbox One to make it even cheaper and push the lower end market
    - Integrate Xbox gaming into Win 10 and its successors, and pull out of the dedicated console market altogether

    Whatever happens, I don't think we'll see it for another year or two at the least though.
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  • Bloodborne's mysterious closed door solved

  • Bauul 23/04/2015

    @Octavian5 Really? I specifically remember standing at the balcony near that door and thinking "hey, that's the great bridge!". Do you mean the open cliff area to the left of this? You can see the great bridge, but it's tucked around to the right.

    One slight downer is the distant levels you can see are often a much, much less detailed version, almost to the extent they're unrecognizable. E.g when you make your way around the top of the grand cathedral, the lower levels looks almost nothing like it when you were there earlier in the game.
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  • Bauul 23/04/2015

    @Ares42 Arguably it's the big gate at the end of the Great Bridge that makes more sense as the "main" route from Yarnham to the Cathedral Ward. But that gate appears to lead under the cathedral. I wonder what that would lead to? Reply +1
  • Xbox One update will let you turn on the console with your phone

  • Bauul 22/04/2015

    @Malek86 I'd like to know this too. My gut instinct is it basically works like it does on the current consoles: if you have the Win 10 Xbox app open, it just constantly records the last 30 seconds of whatever is on screen until you press Save.

    On the other hand running FRAPS totally kills the frame rate in games, so maybe they've had to do something clever to implement it without tanking the GPU/CPU load, and that might require some specific coding in particular games (so would only work with Win 10 apps).
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  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and the particular joy of the British apocalypse

  • Bauul 22/04/2015

    @Nikanoru When you explore a ruined castle or temple in real life, do you complain that's also boring because it isn't interactive?

    The gameplay element to games like this is in the discovery and exploration. Walk, look, think, try to understand what's happening. Think of it like a riddle - the gameplay is sorting through the evidence and working out a conclusion. Why is this here? What does this mean? How does it all tie together?

    Many fantastic games have used this gameplay mechanic in addition to their 'core' mechanic over the years. Fallout, Dark Souls, Stalker etc. The process is simply trying to make sense of the world you find yourself in. In many respects its what makes these games particularly special. This simply makes that its core mechanic, and if it's anything like Dear Esther, it'll be utterly brilliant for it too.
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  • Party Hard lets you slay everyone at an obnoxious shindig

  • Bauul 21/04/2015

    I had to watch that trailer twice to work out what was going on. Still not sure how the player summoned a bear to the party. A bear that then went and slept in a barn, which you you then stabbed? Seemed all a bit strange to be honest! Reply +2
  • Windows 10 release in July, AMD spills

  • Bauul 21/04/2015

    I don't think even many people at Microsoft know it's coming in July. I was talking to two execs there yesterday and they didn't know when it was coming either.

    My guess is that July is a kind of soft-target, but if come mid-June it isn't ready yet, they've got scope to push it back.
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  • Mortal Kombat X enjoys biggest ever launch for a Mortal Kombat game in UK

  • Bauul 20/04/2015

    @UncleLou @grassyknoll I actually used to work for GfK and knew the Chart-Track guys well, so can tell you exactly how they get their numbers.

    Basically it started as a retail tracker: each week retailers send their total EPOS data (so what they sold, when and for how much) to Chart-Track. They compile it into a big single database and sell that back to the retailers. The business model is so retailers (and publishers to a lesser extent) knows what's selling and what isn't. You're correct that it's not really for the consumer.

    As for digital sales: they have wanted to include them for years and years. They're painfully aware of the growing irrelevance of that data, but the sticking point is Valve. They steadfastly refuse to share sales data. And it makes sense: unlike retailers who share the space, Valve is a near monopoly so have no need or interest in knowing what other people sell. It's a shame, but until GMG or GOG give Valve a proper run for their money, it won't change.
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  • Mortal Kombat X review

  • Bauul 20/04/2015

    This and MK9 should get all the praise they deserve for a proper single player story mode. It hasn't been since Soul Calibur 2's adventure mode thingy that I felt a fighting game could be an actual legitimate solo experience.

    Plus I've always been a fan of the lore. As a 13 year old it was about the coolest thing I'd ever come across. :)
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  • HTC One M9 review

  • Bauul 19/04/2015

    The article is entirely wrong about the power button move. The M8 had it on the top, and for a 5" phone that's almost the worse place you could put it. Having it the side where your thumb or forefinger naturally lie is far more sensible than putting it on to where you have to stretch to reach each time.

    I also have grown to really dislike the aluminum finish. It looks lovely, but is far too slippery. You have to grip it a good degree tighter than other phones to stop it falling. It's the first phone I've had where I actually prefer it with a case on.
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  • Bauul 19/04/2015

    @sebsal Coming from a Lumia device, the camera on the M8 is frankly laughable. Low res, poor at night shots and the lack of a dedicated shutter button feels like such a huge step back. It's making me rather regret the move to HTC. Reply +2
  • The best PC games

  • Bauul 19/04/2015

    It's interesting to see so many of these comments complain about missed games, but then go on to list an entirely different set of games to everyone else.

    If there's one thing this list does through its sheer lack of scope, it's a reminder of just how vast and varied the PC catalogue is.
    Reply +11
  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player cap, no campaign

  • Bauul 17/04/2015

    @Vorlan No, you paid the equivalent of about 40 Euros, which is about 60 Euros in today's money. Ah the wonders of inflation. :)

    I'm not quite sure I follow your logic though. No single player now is bad because they encourage us to spend more on a multiplayer perk? But no single player back then was good because we got lots of multiplayer maps and mods? 0_o
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  • Bauul 17/04/2015

    Is no campaign really that bad? Every Battlefield/COD campaign has been crap since Bad Company 2.

    Maybe I'm just getting old, but I have no memory of people complaining that Quake 3, Counter-Strike or Unreal Tournament didn't have a campaign.

    You never know, maybe EA is secretly working on a new Jedi Knight game for all our single player needs? (please please please)
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  • Hearthstone is now on iPhone and Android phones

  • Bauul 15/04/2015

    Just tried it on my HTC M8. Then remembered my HTC M8 runs Windows Phone. And then I cried a solitary tear. Reply +5
  • Mortal Kombat X's dumbly enjoyable story puts other fighting games to shame

  • Bauul 14/04/2015

    @bad09 Plots (or at least premises) are important to add context to the gameplay. It's the same reason a championship sports game between two old rivals is more enjoyable than a friendly. Good games can use the plot to enhance the gameplay. I agree some games have too much story, but I think we're just going to have to agree to disagree about whether MK is one of those.

    But if you do get MKX, and once you've had your fill of the arcade mode, can I suggest you at least try the story mode? You might be surprised.
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  • Bauul 13/04/2015

    @bad09 Perhaps MKX should be the first time then? The story mode from MK9 was great fun (actually made the game a legitimate solo experience) and I can't wait to get stuck into MKX's too. Reply +5
  • New Fortnite video debuts upcoming weapons, enemies and traps

  • Bauul 13/04/2015

    @danieldeitermann My reaction too. It looks pretty janky still!

    Could be fun though if the building mechanics aren't too limiting.
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  • Titan Souls review

  • Bauul 13/04/2015

    @penhalion I have literally never come across a single fan of any of the Souls games who was anything other than stoked about a follow-up. What makes you think people hate challenging games so much? Reply +14
  • "We tell Sega what our release dates are"

  • Bauul 11/04/2015

    @Yourchosenusername You realize he's reading these comments? If you have some criticism, you might have more success with making it a bit more constructive. Reply +5
  • Microsoft testing Xbox 360 update that adds 2TB USB support

  • Bauul 10/04/2015

    @Kasjer As a PS4 owner, I think it's a huge shame they don't support external hard drives like the X1. And no the X1 doesn't use anything propriety, just basic external hard drives.

    I'm no where near filling my PS4 hard drive, but when I do, I'd far rather just plug in a new drive than faff about with replacing the internal one and having to transfer/re-download everything.
    Reply +4
  • Daniel Radcliffe in talks to play GTA producer Sam Houser

  • Bauul 09/04/2015

    @Murton I'm with the other guys I'm afraid, definitely more android than clone. It isn't even remotely flesh based, remember it uses bump-mapping to make itself look more real? If it had real flesh it wouldn't need to do that. And when it first arrives it's basically a plastic mannequin. Not to mention the 'brain' is decisively digital.

    Clone implies it's organic, but I don't think there was anything organic about it at all. Totally on board with it being a synthetic though.
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  • Bauul 09/04/2015

    Hopefully this will be good. Apart from anything, it's nice to see the mainstream media take a constructive interest in the video game industry.

    Well, as long as they don't side with Thompson!
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  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided gets a debut trailer

  • Bauul 08/04/2015

    @WorldScaper You misunderstand me. HR doesn't let you change anything about Adam Jenson, not just his sex. You can't change his race, height, facial hair, anything. That's not because Deus Ex is sexist (or racist, or hightist or anything) it's because Adam Jenson is a singularly defined character. You might as well complain that you couldn't change Cloud Strife's sex in FF7.

    I completely agree that in a game where the main character begins as more of a blank slate then gender choice is important (indeed, I usually play as a woman in these cases). But DE:HR isn't one of those games.
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  • Bauul 08/04/2015

    @WorldScaper I can't really agree with you I'm afraid. Many RPGs work well with gender-choices for the characters, but I'm not sure it would work very well here. Adam Jenson is a very well defined character, he just happens to be in an RPG. :)

    Particularly puzzled by your "it wasn't as good as it could have been because it was on consoles". What about it being on consoles did you feel limited the game?

    Please don't make a comment about it somehow being dumbed down for an apparently less-minded console audience.
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  • Diablo 3 patch 2.2 out, turns Legendary items up to 11

  • Bauul 08/04/2015

    @AceGrace What difficulty are you playing on? You should have zero trouble with the first run through - if you're struggling, turn it down.

    The appeal of the game is that it's basically a casual game - a wonderfully relaxing way to waste away the hours slaughtering stuff without having to think too deeply about it. Once you're really good you can try pushing the difficulty up for a real challenge (or even play Hardcore mode), but that's not really what the game is about.

    It is a little slow at the beginning before you've unlocked all your special attacks and can equip some of the more insane items, which is why it's meant to be easy to begin with.
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  • How Slender gave gaming its Blair Witch moment

  • Bauul 06/04/2015

    I'd argue that the article is missing a key part of the story. Before Slender was released, reaction-clips of people playing Amnesia were making the rounds (an early montage features a then-unknown Pewdiepie). More and more people flocked to watch people be scared of this strange game.

    Then Slender came out, and was essentially a cut-down, more accessible and importantly free version of Amnesia. Anyone could play it, and keen to experience an Amnesia moment for themselves, thousands did.

    It also helped that Slender's topic was a very contemporary one, compared to Amnesia's rather classic gothic horror. Slenderman was a horror of the time. For many younger gamers, Amnesia was something other people got scared of, but Slender was something they could get scared of. It felt personal, in the way Amnesia is a little distant.

    The whole rise of the modern horror genre is a fascinating topic I'm sure we'll see many more articles on in the future.
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  • Chris Donlan on: Bloodborne, Montauk, and travels beyond genre

  • Bauul 04/04/2015

    Very good point about Bloodborne not fitting into genres. There was a poster on one of the Bloodborne articles who was asking if he'd enjoy it, because he usually didn't like JRPGs.

    It's like, while Bloodborne is technically an RPG and is technically made in Japan, literally every image calling it a JRPG produces is wrong. Perhaps "an action game with themes of horror and mystery" works be better? It seems there really isn't a genre it (our any of the Souls games) fall into.
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  • Video: The Eurogamer Show - Nintendo Direct, Bloodborne and PlayStation Home

  • Bauul 03/04/2015

    @ShayenRoyen Don't forget the sit gesture. :) Reply +1
  • Work-in-progress Cities: Skylines mod brings first-person multiplayer

  • Bauul 31/03/2015

    @MasterNameless Correct. The phonetic pronunciation of the capital letter "F", as in FPS, is "eff". This begins with a vowel sound ("e") so would be proceeded by an "an", not an "a". Reply +1
  • Video: Introducing The Eurogamer Show, weekly on Fridays

  • Bauul 27/03/2015

    Rather enjoyed that! I feel some competition between this and Outside Xbox coming on... :) Reply +5
  • Valve-approved Half-Life 2: Update headed to Steam

  • Bauul 26/03/2015

    @WorldScaper The levels on Unreal 2 were pretty tiny if I recall correctly. I mean, I quite liked Unreal 2 (unlike most people), but I have no memory of it having anything anywhere near the level sizes of something like Route Kanal on HL2. Reply +2
  • Watch Hearthstone's longest ever turn clock in at over 40 hours

  • Bauul 23/03/2015

    @oliverlittle He's probably playing himself to be honest, there's going to have needed to be a massive amount of organisation from both players to manipulate the cards on the field to set this up just right. Absolutely no chance it could ever happen in real life. Reply +1
  • Life after death: The joy of returning to Dark Souls

  • Bauul 22/03/2015

    @Pasco The difference is Dark Souls is amongst the pinnacle of gaming, one of the greatest games ever made and a benchmark for the industry. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw actual religions spring from it (Praise the Sun!). It is worth being written about at every opportunity. Reply 0
  • Video: Project CARS Xbox One gameplay breaks cover, at last

  • Bauul 22/03/2015

    @Guy.J. Well if it's of any interest, I started using Steam Big Picture Mode a few months ago along with my 360 controller and have been very impressed: it works a lot better than I thought it would actually. Zero problems, intuitive and smooth to navigate. I sounds like it's come on a long way from when you tried it, thankfully! Reply +1
  • See which retro game consoles can survive a 15 foot drop

  • Bauul 21/03/2015

    @UKPlay The Snes and Megadrive are 4th generation. 2nd generation is stuff like the Atari 2600.

    Have a read:
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  • God of War 3 Remastered announced for PS4

  • Bauul 20/03/2015

    @Frybird I wouldn't fret too much, GOW3 is one of the weaker ones, but it hardly plays bad on the PS3 (it's not like the PS3 was creaking at the seems for it or anything). Reply +1
  • Hearthstone's smartphone versions will feature cross-platform play

  • Bauul 19/03/2015

    *Looks down at sad Windows Phone left out again* Sniff. Reply +4
  • Microsoft will allow pirates free upgrades to Windows 10

  • Bauul 18/03/2015

    @Dantonir It's an interesting question. I suspect once you upgrade you'll be assigned a license key that you can use for subsequent installs after the year is up.

    It's a wholly new OS, so I'd be surprised if old license keys still worked after you upgrade, if you know what I mean?
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  • With the announcement of the NX, Nintendo admits defeat with the Wii U

  • Bauul 18/03/2015

    @SupremeAC Well, that's presuming anyone other than just Nintendo develops anything for the new console. :P Reply +4
  • Goat Simulator lead could be coming to Dota 2

  • Bauul 16/03/2015

    When I read the title, I thought you were saying the lead developer of Goat Simulator had taken a job with Valve on DOTA2. I'm not sure whether I like or dislike the actual news more... Reply +4
  • Laid-off SimCity dev launches Patreon for creation of Cities: Skylines buildings

  • Bauul 16/03/2015

    @Twisted_Firestarter Someone's working on a mod for that already I believe, there was a thread about it on reddit.

    I'm very impressed with the game. I slightly startled myself when I noticed Steam says I've played this 20 hours in the last six days!
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  • Cities: Skylines sells 250K copies in a day

  • Bauul 12/03/2015

    I'd say they did the marketing for this in all the right ways - being open and honest with development, giving people lots of early looks, and letting YouTubers have the game a week before hand to whet everyone else's appetite was a stroke of genius.

    I've played it for a few hours and have been very impressed. Some of the stats are crazy: the game can simulate and keep track of up to 1,000,000 individual people in a city.

    Each has an actual home, an actual commute and an actual place of work/school. They are born, grow up, go to school, have a family, grow old and eventually die (and get carted off to the cemetery in an actual hearse). All properly simulated on an individual level. It's slightly mind-blowing.
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  • Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage confirmed for Mortal Kombat X

  • Bauul 12/03/2015

    @Rayza Yep, actually laughed out loud. But then it went straight to "Goro DLC!" and I got sad again. :( Reply +15
  • Ellen Raskin: The children's writer as game designer

  • Bauul 06/03/2015

    Interesting read, thanks! I'll be sure to look her up as and when I have children so have a good excuse to read children's books again. :D

    I replayed Dear Esther recently, so this rather struck a chord: that too is a game in the sense you try to work out what's happening through narrative clues, even if there isn't any actual 'gameplay'.
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  • Valve's missing Link

  • Bauul 06/03/2015

    @marilena It's worth remembering it's more than just a touch pad. As described in the article, the haptic feedback gives it far more physicality than just a touch pad. The example above is that you can almost roll it like a ball.

    Will it be as good as a kb+m? No of course not, but it looks like it might still be actually viable, and viable is all that's needed. Up until now there are zero practical options for playing kb+m games on the sofa, but this might just change that.
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  • Bauul 05/03/2015

    @PrimalxConvoy I think you've rather missed the point of the Steam Controller. It's designed to let you play keyboard+mouse games from your sofa, not be a replacement for a standard console pad. The 360 is a great pad for playing traditional gamepad games, but it's not going to be much use playing Total War! Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with SteamVR and HTC Vive

  • Bauul 05/03/2015

    @lacerz As others have said, it's up to 15x15, not 15x15 minimum. There probably is a minimum, but for all we know it could be tiny. Reply +5
  • All the Windows 10 and Xbox One cross-play or cross-buy games revealed so far

  • Bauul 05/03/2015

    I'm actually impressed at the number of titles, I was convinced this would be a thing in theory but never actually come to proper fruition.

    Remember though: This is not about getting normal PC games onto the Xbox, this is far more about getting Xbox games onto the PC. So they'll only be through the Xbox game store and may well only be playable with a controller. I think it's a good move by Microsoft - a larger audience for their Xbox games - but we're not suddenly going to be seeing Steam Early Access games or anything on Xbox.
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