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  • Square Enix confirms Microsoft will publish Rise of the Tomb Raider

  • Bauul 09/12/2014

    When the news broke it struck me as a deal done for marketing cost reasons (almost all retailer exclusivity deals are done for the same reason). Squenix couldn't afford to market the game to the extent they wanted to, but get MS on board and suddenly they have all the marketing budget they need.

    Squenix clearly feels that multiplatform with little marketing will sell less than Xbox exclusive and all of MS' marketing. Whether they're right remains to be seen.
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  • The Talos Principle review

  • Bauul 09/12/2014

    Wow, hadn't heard of this, but it's now firmly on my radar. The Serious Sam games always did have some fiendish puzzle elements, so I'm glad Croteam have allowed themselves to spread their wings.

    I'll definitely be checking this out now, thanks EG!
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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt delayed again, now due May 2015

  • Bauul 09/12/2014

    @azun If you really did beat the game in 13 hours I just feel sorry for you: that isn't remotely enough time to experience everything the game has the offer. I suppose you could skim-read War And Peace in a few hours too, but likewise I suspect you'd miss most of the finer details. Reply +1
  • Bauul 08/12/2014

    @azun "well, I did the same with dark souls 2, just over 13 hours"

    Do you honestly think anyone will believe you completed a 50 hour game in 13 hours on your first run through?

    I can only presume you hold the record for speedrunning the game you're clearly so good.
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  • The Game Awards 2014 live report

  • Bauul 05/12/2014

    @feistycheese I totally agree. I watched it last year for the first time and it was an embarrassment to the industry. But the BAFTAs are nothing but class. Reply 0
  • Dark Souls 2 heading to PS4 and Xbox One

  • Bauul 25/11/2014

    @ghostgate2001 I'd be interested to know if there are any other Xbox games that have this kind of light-touch multiplayer and worked without Xbox Live Gold?

    I certainly haven't heard of any, and if there aren't, I'm still confused as to why you thought it would be different for DS.
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  • Bauul 25/11/2014

    @ghostgate2001 If you hate having to pay for multiplayer, you're going to be disappointed with the Gen 8 consoles from both Sony and Microsoft.

    Although I'm not taking you too seriously, as the Xbox's multiplayer elements have been behind a pay wall for over a decade. What on earth made you think DS would be any different?
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  • Sunset Overdrive free for all Xbox Live subscribers tomorrow

  • Bauul 21/11/2014

    Given the original Xbox One plan was to mimic Steam, it should be no surprise that Microsoft are quite keen on replicating other good ideas like Free Weekends. I think it can only be a good thing: We get to try the game and Microsoft get to build up interest. Win win really! Reply +15
  • 2.44GB Destiny update goes live

  • Bauul 17/11/2014

    @Bennyjj81 No it's perfectly acceptable in multiplayer games where players can either a) carry items out of the DLC into the wider world or b) through co-op allow non-DLC players to still play the DLC.

    Dark Souls did exactly this with it's expansion pack (I feel wrong calling it a DLC) and it was absolutely the correct thing to do. Would you rather your game was suddenly bereft of players because they were all running around with DLC items you didn't have?
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  • Battlefield 4 gets week long free trial on Origin

  • Bauul 07/11/2014

    @HandsomeCrab And as a result EG completely changed the entire way it reviews online games (hence no COD:AW review yet).

    What more do you want?
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  • Blizzard reveals Overwatch, a team-based competitive first-person shooter

  • Bauul 07/11/2014

    Well I think that looked pretty special actually. Absolutely adored the CGI trailer and as a lapsed TF2 fan I'm down for some funky class-based FPS any day.

    It does very much look like the remnants of Titan, but I think that's a good thing: we get to play the good bits and Blizzard don't altogether lose out on their hard work.

    Plus, I'm always happy when big companies try new IPs. Yes it might not turn out great, but right now I'm just happy to be reading about something new!
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  • Dragon Age Inquisition: the first five hours

  • Bauul 04/11/2014

    It actually sounds quite promising. I never got on with the way some RPGs have you be "the chosen one" and end up in some position of extreme authority when all you've actually done is thwack a few ogres (Elder Scrolls I'm so looking at you!).

    But this makes it sound like you actually build up your importance in a far more organic and real way, so hopefully we won't have the same kind of jarring idiocy as promoting a player to the head of the Mages Guild despite them knowing no magic (Elder Scrolls, still looking at you!)
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  • Sunset Overdrive debuts second in UK chart

  • Bauul 03/11/2014

    @Malek86 Correct. Chart-track can record a bundle sale because the retailer tells them what's in the bundle. Direct digital sales (e.g. through Live) aren't only because Microsoft won't tell Chart-track what they've sold (same for Sony too).

    It's not that Chart-track don't have the capacity to track digital sales, just that they don't have access to the data (a trend started by Steam).
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  • First-person horror game Grave now coming to PS4

  • Bauul 30/10/2014

    @ghostgate2001 Very much depends on the game. Spelunky would be a shadow of itself if it didn't use procedurally generated levels, but then again its a very clever level builder.

    This looks... I dunno, not bad necessarily but weirdly I'd probably enjoy watching someone play it more than I would playing it myself. Doesn't seem to have much variety to it so far.
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  • Halo 2 Anniversary launch trailer shows off fancy pants new cinematics

  • Bauul 29/10/2014

    Credit where credit is due, those looked excellent. I don't even have an Xbox One and that got me all excited. :D Reply +3
  • Ex-dictator's lawsuit against Call of Duty maker Activision dismissed

  • Bauul 29/10/2014

    @Stornatus I'd hypothesize there's a tacit difference between using a character from history in a work of historical-fiction (which obviously happens all the time), and using currently active 'famous' people who can't yet be considered historically relevant.

    In the case of footballers, I'd wager that there are pre-existing contracts their clubs have that basically state they own the rights to use the player in promotional material. I highly doubt the Panama dude had anything like that.
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  • Lords of the Fallen review

  • Bauul 28/10/2014

    @penhalion The paragraphs are ill laid out, but the deviation the reviewer speaks of is the decaying XP and the checkpoint banking system (talked about in the paragraph after the one you quoted). I agree though, first time I read through it I was about to get miffed about that paragraph too before I carried on reading.

    Overall this looks ok: lacking the certain je ne sais quoi of Demons and Dark, but then so did Dark Souls 2 and that was still fun enough to play through.
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  • Video: Let's Play Kingdom Come: Deliverance

  • Bauul 24/10/2014

    @csber3 In fairness, it is a bloody good looking puddle. Reply +8
  • Video: How to play Evolve like a pro

  • Bauul 24/10/2014

    It's looking promising. I think the initial few weeks will be a bit troublesome as people work out how to play the game, but I can see this being good fun as everyone gets a bit better at it. Reply 0
  • Video: Watch us play through Codemasters' all-new Toybox Turbos

  • Bauul 24/10/2014

    @Cloud9 Very true! The ultimate test was the drag-racer bathtub in Micro Machines 2. A true champion what start drifting sideways even before the taps came into view. Reply +2
  • Microsoft shipped 2.4m Xbox consoles last quarter

  • Bauul 24/10/2014

    As many have already stated, sold-in is all Microsoft should ever report on a financial statement, because sold-through is irrelevant to their figures for that quarter. If the X1 then sold-through nothing at all, this would be reflected in the following quarter's sold-in, as retailers wouldn't restock. I know the people here who care want to know sold-through, but for the purpose of this report, nobody else does.

    Overall though its an impressive performance. Devices is rather the unloved problem child of Microsoft compared to OS, Server and Office. To see it do well and not just be an endless money pit (looking at you Surface) is to be applauded.
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  • Dark Souls 2 mod adds first-person option

  • Bauul 23/10/2014

    @Barrel_Trollz I'm sure Chivalry does work well, but a lot of melee in Dark Souls doesn't take place in-front of the player: often it's to the side, or, in some greatsword occasions, even behind you.

    Coupled with the large amount of rolling, dodging and enemies that are typically much larger than the player, I just can't see it ever working quite right.

    Not saying that no melee combat could ever work in first person, just that Dark Souls' probably can't.
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  • Bauul 23/10/2014

    Always fun to see interesting mods like this, credit to the developer.

    I always thought with a bit of tweaking and only ranged weapons, DS could actually make a pretty interesting first-person shooter, but the intricacies of the mle combat probably wont ever work in first-person.
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  • Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth review

  • Bauul 23/10/2014

    @Megalodon Speak for yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed the review - as a simulation Civ is what you make of it, so Christian's subjective experiences are pretty important. I have a far better understanding of how the game feels to play this way, far better than if Christian had just written technically what was different to Civ V. Reply +3
  • Xbox One November update adds custom backgrounds, Twitter integration

  • Bauul 21/10/2014

    @TheEnforcer000 Perhaps decoding Blu Rays is currently too processor intensive to do at the same time as playing games? Just a thought. Reply 0
  • You can move Dark Souls from Games for Windows Live to Steam next month

  • Bauul 21/10/2014

    Happiness ahead!

    I don't even have Dark Souls on PC, but just reading this makes me want to play it again. *sigh*
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  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner available today in the UK

  • Bauul 21/10/2014

    I'm amazed how many people can't understand what this is for. I also only watch TV through my TV's built in Freeview tuner, so this will be a day-one purchase when I get around to buying a One. DVR functionality would be nice, but I'd definitely appreciate using a guide with some actual responsiveness to it. Reply +5
  • E3 organiser and trade group ESA speaks out against GamerGate

  • Bauul 16/10/2014

    There are valid criticisms somewhere deep within GamerGate, but I can't help shake the feeling that for every valid point of view there's ten sexually frustrated man-children who want women and their opinions to stay out of their safe refuse.

    It's a genuine shame that these valid criticisms may fail to be properly addressed because the movement has become so toxic now.
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  • Alien: Isolation enters UK chart in second place

  • Bauul 13/10/2014

    @Rogueywon It's not really oddly selective. It includes everything sold through a retailer (online or physical). It excludes digital sales because they simply can't get the numbers from the major players, namely consoles stores and Steam. Trust me, they've been trying for years, it's not for lack of wanting! Reply 0
  • What the hell is Gamechurch?

  • Bauul 10/10/2014

    It's a very tricky ground to cover. On the one hand, when done right, religion is an empowering force for good. My mother-in-law is a deacon (like, properly religious), but she's nothing like what you'd expect (pro-gay, pro-diversity, etc. etc.). She's a psychiatrist and will use religion as a way to help people who have had unbelievably horrible experiences. Genuinely, she's saved people from suicide by introducing them to God, and her brand of religion genuinely doesn't hurt anyone.

    On the other hand, most people are not like her, and at the end of the stay it's still all a pack of lies, no matter how much good it does. I guess that's the question though: is it ok to have your life enriched by a lie, as long as the lie doesn't hurt anyone else? If it does hurt someone else then obviously the answer is no, but if it doesn't it's not quite as clear cut.
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  • Xbox One to get themes, background pics, screenshot feature

  • Bauul 09/10/2014

    @SpaceMonkey77 The problem with the old Blades design was it was designed around having a finite number of things to select. With the expansion of features, and the introduction of apps, there was just no room on the Blades design to add things or allow any customization of location/ease of access.

    Whilst Tiles aren't perfect, it is very flexible, and that's the point. Hopefully with the Win 10 launch on Xbox they'll offer proper full tile customization (I.e. Remove, move and resize literally everything on the front page), which I think would be the best of both worlds.
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  • The many styles of Mortal Kombat X

  • Bauul 08/10/2014

    @jihon83 I don't really understand the issue with the Goro pre-order bonus. Playing as boss characters was always a gimmick that didn't exactly add much to the few games that allowed you to do it.

    It's not like MK9 allowed you to play as Goro (outside of the occasion challenge) so I don't think we're missing much by not having him playable in MKX.
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  • Aliens versus Predator retrospective

  • Bauul 05/10/2014

    @Rogueywon My memory was the number of saves you got depended on the difficulty setting: easiest you got like five, hardest like one, but that may have been post patch.

    Anyway, I adored this game. Played the Alien campaign dozens of times. Elements of the graphics we're way ahead of their time too. The game had actual liquid physics, and explosions would mould themselves to the level. Still not seen another game that can do that in real time.
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  • PlayStation Plus' October offerings include DriveClub, Spelunky and Dust: An Elysian Tail

  • Bauul 01/10/2014

    Spelunky coming to PS4 first genuinely seals which next-gen console I get. Literally, that game is the beating heart of our household. My wife alone has wracked up over 5,000 deaths in it.

    Dust is awesome too, I'd totally recommend it to anyone fancying a bit of escapism.
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  • Video: Shaking it off with Taylor Swift at EGX 2014

  • Bauul 29/09/2014

    @bad09 I don't think not knowing who Taylor Swift is is simply a function of age, that's almost a skillful avoidance of music! :)

    I'm not partial to her music, but to be honest, not knowing who Taylor Swift is is the rough equivalent of living in the 1980s and not knowing who Dolly Parton was.
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  • Ex-Nintendo indie game chief Dan Adelman is backing PlayStation-exclusive Axiom Verge

  • Bauul 29/09/2014

    @spongebob So you know for a fact they have the resources to go full colour whilst still maintaining the quality and quantity of the rest of the graphics?

    I'm all for good graphics over bad, but if choosing a simple design means we get more games by fewer people, I'm happy.

    Although if Sony decided to do an "HD" version (ala Meat Boy or Spelunky) I'm sure no-one would object... :)
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  • Bethesda warns: you should have 4GB of VRAM to play The Evil Within PC

  • Bauul 26/09/2014

    I suspect it's to head off complaints about idTech 5's texture pop. At 4Gb of VRAM they can probably load the entire game in one go, so voila no texture pop.

    Anyone less than that then can't legitimately complain about texture pop as Bethesda will just say "well we did say you should have 4Gb!"
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  • Video: The journey of a cosplayer

  • Bauul 18/09/2014

    Good video, thanks. Bertie, you would be a natural on Blue Peter. :)

    Regarding cosplaying generally, it's always seemed to be something that would require such balls to do. To so visually put yourself, your interests and your craftsmanship ability on display for all to see. I'm no introvert, but there's just no way I'd have the guts to do it.
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  • After Lemmings was a hit, DMA Design declared war with Walker

  • Bauul 14/09/2014

    @Sockatume same here, had a demo and never completed it. I recall there were some big ass bomber planes I could never shoot down in time.

    Amazing vibe to the game though, I think it may have been the first video game I distinctly remember having a dream about. No idea it was DMA!

    Thanks for the blast from the past EG. :)
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  • Destiny thrills, but the big picture rings hollow

  • Bauul 10/09/2014

    It shouldn't be surprising that if you replace a player-focused narrative-centric single player with a series of arbitrary MMO tasks that it's going to feel hollow. Reply +4
  • Halo review

  • Bauul 07/09/2014

    @menelfirimaner 2 weapons is still a limitation that spoils FPS games!

    It limits creativity by forcing you to only choose from two weapons in a given situation. If you want to try something different you have to run around looking for weapon pickups on the floor, which is hardly a fun way to spend your time.

    Someone above said it's good as it forces you to plan for battles, but that's nonsense as you never know what's coming around the corner. I'd you want to properly plan the only option is to have a look, reload, hunt around for what you want and then have another go.

    Plus, it completely removes the strategy of deciding when to bring out the big guns or whether to wait in case something bigger is around the corner.

    To confound issues, because you can't carry very much, the designers have to flood the level with weapon pickups. The effect is the cumbersome weapon design if offset by practically unlimited ammo, just only for certain weapons at certain times.

    It's just another symptom of the decline of modern FPS games into little more than a single cinematic corridor.

    Imagine an RPG where you could only carry two weapons. It would stuck there for every reason it sucks in FPS games.
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  • Sega claims Gearbox led the marketing for Aliens: Colonial Marines

  • Bauul 04/09/2014

    @Triggerhappytel Sega definitely are also to blame, that's why they've agreed to pay $1.25m in compensation.

    What this is about is Gearbox claiming they had nothing to do with it and should be let off, which Sega rightly are contesting. Sega aren't saying it's all Gearbox's fault, just that they are at least partly at fault. Which I think everyone here would agree with!
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  • Minecraft Xbox One release date confirmed

  • Bauul 04/09/2014

    I'm sure the X1 version will be fixed as soon as Microsoft wake up. Remember it's not even 5am yet in Microsoft land! :) Reply +3
  • Hands-on with Oculus Rift DK2

  • Bauul 31/08/2014

    @cen4pgb Took the words right out of my mouth, I was going to correct him too. I'm guessing he's never seen a 3D camera and their dual lenses. Reply +2
  • Capcom still Deep Down in development

  • Bauul 29/08/2014

    I just can't get over the music in that video. It's like someone googled "generic JRPG boss battle music" and just stuck in the first thing that came up.

    Doesn't do much for the atmosphere when you expect an anime girl with green hair to pop out at any moment. :)
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  • BioWare's Shadow Realms is a pleasant surprise

  • Bauul 29/08/2014

    Am I the only one who's quite excited by this? I enjoy Diablo and I enjoy asymmetrical multiplayer (always loved being the Tank in L4D), so this sounds right up my ally.

    I think some people read "Bioware" and immediately presume anything other than a branching story-heavy RPG will be bad. I think that's unfair: just because it isn't Bioware's usual type of game doesn't mean it's immediately awful.

    Also, the Shadowlord concept evokes memories of Dungeon Keeper (especially possessing enemies) and ANYTHING that evokes memories of Dungeon Keeper is worthy of interest IMO. :)
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  • PS4 version of Dust: An Elysian Tail announced

  • Bauul 29/08/2014

    I also played this for free on the 360 a few months back and really, really enjoyed it. I actually really liked the characters in it and the story kept me interested all the way through, although it does kind of peter out at the end.

    If they ever made a sequel I'd snap it up in an instant. If only for Fidget and more of her 4th wall breaking jokes ("A laundry quest? We're going on a LAUNDRY QUEST?" Lol.)
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  • Madden NFL 15 review

  • Bauul 29/08/2014

    @deesmith I agree that talking smack about other sports is utterly pointless, however you're being just an immature as the people you're objecting to.

    Let's stick to debating the game instead of getting worked up about how other people choose to spend their free time, mm'kay?
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  • Bauul 29/08/2014

    @Physically_Insane I agree with some other comments. Since moving to the US I've come to appreciate American football. I think it makes for a better spectator sport as there's no chance of you looking away for a second and missing something.

    But I guess it also helps I live in Seattle, so was here to see the Seahawks win the super bowl. Go Hawks! :)

    Hah, brilliant, I wrote "go hawks" and my phone suggested a trophy icon. Even my phone agrees! :)
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  • Playing Hearthstone to lose

  • Bauul 26/08/2014

    I genuinely laughed out loud at Ogre to Sheep moment. :)

    Truth is Suicide variants of games (where both players race to lose first) can be very enjoyable and come with all their own strategies. I always enjoyed Suicide Chess far more than normal Chess. Obviously both players have to take part and some extra rules are needed (e.g. If you can attack you have to) but they can be great fun.
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