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  • XCOM 2 guide

  • Bedders 05/02/2016

    @plysovej_kaktus By its nature it is less of a spoiler minefield than our walkthroughs but it depends very much on your personal threshold for things being spoiled.

    It takes a fairly broad view of how systems work rather than, say, how to deal with specific story challenges or anything like that.
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  • GCHQ releases Picross-like puzzle to the public

  • Bedders 10/12/2015

    @peterfletcher Oh God... Reply 0
  • Watch Fallout 4 pit 30k Deathclaws against 300 Brotherhood of Steel soldiers

  • Bedders 02/12/2015

    The surprise C&C soundtrack part of this made my day and it's not even 8am yet. Reply +1
  • Xbox 360 at 10: Geometry Wars and the doors of perception

  • Bedders 23/11/2015

    @SuperShinobi The graphics of the second one have actually stood the test of time remarkably well too. I would do anything for a remake of it:



    I was watching another video earlier with that white Porsche in it (can't remember the exact name). Trying to control the back-end of that thing was one of my favourite things about the game, and you could dominate the leaderboards if you mastered it.
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  • Bedders 23/11/2015

    @benptooey I never really took to the sequels and the new game modes they introduced, but Dimensions really won me over after a long time of putting my prejudice aside.

    The sheer variety of modes and board shapes makes the leaderboard aspect much more enjoyable to me - you want to beat your friends on every level of every type. You can't just be good at one and claim you're the best player :-)
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  • Bedders 23/11/2015

    @pyper777 In my first version of this I wrote December and then doubted myself because I knew I had scuttled to the shops for my release day pre-order, but couldn't marry that up with the global November release. I'd forgotten that MS broadened the window a little in the UK - thanks for the clarification. Reply +1
  • Bedders 23/11/2015

    @LSi01 I once played this on a friend's 360 to rattle off the Achievements for them, and ended up setting what came to be a new high score for a while. This same leaderboard result was used down the line as proof that they were better than me at the game. Reply +2
  • Discovering Hearthstone's League of Explorers

  • Bedders 19/11/2015

    @kimchibaka We normally do - and should have here - I'll pop it in now. Please do visit us (metabomb.net) and get stuck in.

    We've got some really interesting new stuff coming in the next month or so, and the more people get stuck into it, the better it'll do! I'll put a post in the forums when it's live I expect.
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  • Bedders 19/11/2015

    You're both quite right and I've tweaked the explanation to make sure that's clear. Thank you for letting me know. Reply +2
  • Microsoft is chucking snow at people strung up on a billboard to promote Tomb Raider

  • Bedders 12/11/2015

    I hope the Tomb Raider-themed travel prize for this is a weekend pass for Wookey Hole. Reply +3
  • Titan's soul: a day with Overwatch

  • Bedders 02/11/2015

    @bigbadbeasty It's funny, Overwatch has bitten me far more than Heroes of the Storm managed to and I think it's going to be a big hit. I haven't played huge amounts of TF2 though, which probably helps.

    As usual with Blizzard I think it'll come down to how much of the wider untapped audience they can ease into the game.

    Edit - yep, that was meant to be at you!
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  • Overwatch closed beta begins this month (in the Americas)

  • Bedders 14/10/2015

    @KanePaws Bravo! Reply +4
  • How a single tweak takes down Hearthstone's most powerful deck

  • Bedders 14/10/2015

    @monkeighy I've only played a little of MTG, but I think I know what you're talking about. In Hearthstone though, a player's turn is theirs and theirs alone.

    It's more a question of taking it in turns to present the other player with a puzzle to solve, which they then expand upon and hand back to you.
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  • Bedders 14/10/2015

    @Duffking My first reaction to Secrets Paladin was that it was an absolute monstrosity. I still don't like playing either with the deck or against it, but I've sort of grudgingly learned to neutralise the threats as efficiently as possible.

    I still think it's anti-fun - and unimaginably unfriendly for new players to encounter - but I don't find it as self-evidently overpowered as it seemed at first. I do think Mysterious Challenger represents too much value though, and could use some kind of reworking.
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  • Bedders 14/10/2015

    @tennocyte It's the biggest change made to a game played by millions of people - just not you - for perhaps the entire year. There are plenty of huge franchises out there, played by countless other millions, and which leave me entirely cold and totally unable to fathom their appeal.

    Like most people though, I recognise that they are played and loved by that massive audience regardless, and it would be narcissistic in the extreme for me to expect those people to be denied coverage because of my own foibles and biases.
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  • The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone walkthrough and guide

  • Bedders 13/10/2015

    @geeza2020 I think it only seems a bit weird because reviews are such a defining part of our history and guides are a) a relatively new addition to the site and b) comparatively infrequent, and so harder to establish as a part of our identity. DLC's one thing but typically these guides are massive undertakings and so you don't see them as much.

    In an ideal world we prefer to run reviews and guides at the same time, but sometimes the best laid plans and all that don't quite work out - as in this case. While we don't believe in reviews-in-progress, I see no harm in a guide-in-progress because people are gradually playing through the game themselves, and don't necessarily need the entire thing from day one.

    This leads on to another unavoidable aspect of guides which is that by definition they are most relevant and useful when the majority of people are most engaged with a game - and that's right at launch, followed by a decline in interest which only differs in degrees between individual games.

    We sometimes see comments from readers who can't understand why we would publish a guide on the day of release. Well, from the perspective of our wider audience, that's the most logical time to publish a guide! Different people get stuck in different places, for different reasons and have different demands on their time and abilities.

    It's from here that the discussion tends to evolve towards unpleasant undertones of worthy and unworthy gamers which I think speaks rather badly of us all, but I'm going to stop here because this is me wildly extrapolating from your original point! I'm not attaching that line of thinking to you, I'm just speculating on a wider part of the general discussion around these things.

    My general philosophy is that our guides content needs to be of the highest possible quality, just as we want our reviews to be the best critical insight out there. Sometimes guides get delayed, and sometimes reviews get delayed, but there's no real reason to hold one back over the other.

    Hope that explains my thoughts on the whys and hows of what we want to achieve with guides.
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  • Armikrog review

  • Bedders 06/10/2015

    Hello. If there's a typo in the article it's because of me not Richard so apologies for that - it's been corrected.

    In the grander scheme of the, ah, debate taking place though I think most of us would call this clutching at straws in the extreme. I don't believe there's a writer more qualified than Richard to write this review and I'm very glad he did it for us.
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  • Death Ray Manta SE review

  • Bedders 30/09/2015

    @Genius Thanks for stopping by to share those keys, that's a really nice gesture. Reply +6
  • Bedders 30/09/2015

    @riceNpea My fault this one, adding now. You should see it pop up in a mo.

    PC and Mac
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  • Watch: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is a bit of a glitchy mess

  • Bedders 29/09/2015

    GOTY Reply +38
  • League of Legends team owner embroiled in drug price hike controversy

  • Bedders 22/09/2015

    @TheRealBadabing It's a very complex problem that if you genuinely want to resolve requires a complete overhaul of how new medicines are researched and developed, and how that work is funded.

    It requires a huge amount of motivation and if you hand that quest for motivation over to private companies, it's pretty obvious where they're going to get it from.
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  • Destiny: The Taken King guide

  • Bedders 18/09/2015

    @avoidconfusion Go to the postmaster and it'll be added to your inventory. Reply +2
  • Bedders 18/09/2015

    @Bludsh0t The raid's only just come out. We didn't think it would make sense to review the game until we'd sampled such a significant element. Reply +8
  • Bedders 18/09/2015

    @Dizzy Pretty useless under the circumstances I'd say. Reply +8
  • Bedders 18/09/2015

    Also, we're hoping to have the PVP part of the guide live very early on Monday with the raid content coming soon too. Our man on the ground Paul is gamely doing battle night and day to get this guide put together and deserves a special nod of appreciation. Reply +4
  • Bedders 18/09/2015

    @jabberwocky It's taken me that long to do about four of them to be honest, but I'm pretty terrible at the game. Reply +2
  • Borderlands fans get married during Gearbox PAX panel

  • Bedders 29/08/2015

    I've added the comma :-)

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  • EA Gamescom 2015 conference

  • Bedders 05/08/2015

    Tom Phillips is actually weeping right now. Reply 0
  • Bedders 05/08/2015

    Real time....composting? Reply 0
  • New World of Warcraft expansion to be revealed next week

  • Bedders 30/07/2015

    @crestedzulu I've given myself a final written warning. Reply 0
  • Bedders 30/07/2015

    @butcher8 I think we're going to jump back in when Timewalking unlocks again. Reply 0
  • Bedders 30/07/2015

    @TheMasterJeef That video was certainly one of the most fun things I've done in my five years on the site. Reply +2
  • The gamer's guide to the Windows 10 launch

  • Bedders 29/07/2015

    @JamesSwiftDay I've heard nothing along those lines. My understanding is that those who upgrade for free before July 29th next year won't need to pay for it at any point. I guess there'll be a paid release after that date.

    It's possible I guess that they could charge for non-critical services in the future but that's pure speculation on my part.
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  • The Amiga 500 in pictures and videos

  • Bedders 23/07/2015

    @jihon83 It's a nice idea, but I suspect that by the time we got a watertight agreement to do anything like this, the moment would have passed I'm afraid. Reply 0
  • Bedders 23/07/2015

    @TheDarkSide "EG seems to be the site of choice for old codgers."

    This is entirely correct. Welcome all.
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  • Bedders 23/07/2015

    @jihon83 You know he actually fired up his old machine this morning but his games are located elsewhere, sadly. Reply +3
  • Video: Five old WoW hands try to remember how to dungeon

  • Bedders 21/07/2015

    @PancakeWizard There are only two clusters of Timewalking dungeons at the moment - five from Wrath, and another five from TBC. Each Timewalking weekend alternates between the two sets. Reply 0
  • Batman: Arkham Knight walkthrough and guide

  • Bedders 26/06/2015

    @Boomerang Generally speaking, the longer a game's been out the less useful it becomes. When else to publish a guide if not when most people are playing it?

    As for pointless, it's a case of horses for courses I'm afraid. Lots of people like them, some people don't. Such is life.
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  • Bedders 26/06/2015

    @XbDf We are fortunate enough to be sent copies on other platforms so we can start the work, but that's the key thing: start the work.

    The review copy typically comes in further ahead of release/embargo, giving us and every other outlet time for their reviewer to play and write up ahead of publication. The other platforms - often but not always - come later, so you sometimes see other kinds of analysis after the game's come out. Again, it's not always the case, but often enough.

    As for the Face Off in this particular instance, it's coming very soon. I can't say exactly when, but soon.
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  • Bedders 26/06/2015

    @XbDf We only list our reviews for the platform we played the game on for the purpose of the review. It's been that way for as long as I can remember and is effectively whatever platform the publishers choose to send out to reviewers. We could list every platform, but that feels a little shyly dishonest, and problematic when issues like this happen.

    For performance analysis and comparisons between platforms, you have the ongoing Digital Foundry work.

    As for why there's a walkthrough up now, we all work on different types of content for different parts of the site. Batman's the game of the hour, so it shouldn't really be a surprise that this is the content coming from the guides section this week.
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  • Bedders 26/06/2015

    @Snail_of_the_century Zing! Reply +2
  • Diablo 3's Skeleton King and Monk announced for Heroes of the Storm

  • Bedders 17/06/2015

    @Water1111 This is some of the more interesting news that came out of last night's E3 PC show. I would probably still cover it even if it wasn't E3-related though, because I'm playing the game quite a lot and we've found some success covering things we know about.

    I'm afraid reality is a lot duller than conspiracy theories, which is of course why they're so appealing to some.
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  • Square Enix E3 2015 conference live report

  • Bedders 16/06/2015

    Amazing, it's like a Super Furry Animals gig. Reply 0
  • Bedders 16/06/2015

    I might book him to do my funeral. Reply 0
  • Nintendo Direct E3 2015 live report

  • Bedders 16/06/2015

    Here we go again Ninetndo, making games out to be fun or something. Reply 0
  • EA E3 2015 conference live report

  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    This is a bit like Kensington council pulling the plug on Bruce Springsteen early except the punters want an out. Reply 0
  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    It's so good, you'll only find it in one sports game. Reply 0
  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    To be fair I'm actually quite excited about the extreme golf stuff. Reminds me of my granddad's "Impossible Golf!" Christmas calendars. Simpler and impressive pre-Photoshop times. Reply 0
  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    I don't know how we'd keep up with coverage if it wasn't for the hockey-bomb. Reply 0
  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    If this was any crazier, I'd have to put my trousers on my head and call it a day. Reply 0