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  • Lords of the Fallen release date 31st October

  • Bertie 09/07/2014

    @muro There's a lot of positive talk about Mordor. It's better than I expected it would be, to be blunt Reply 0
  • Bertie 09/07/2014

    @grassyknoll Yeah it's a busy old month! Butts heads with Dragon Age and Shadow of Mordor and Assassin's Creed (and some other games but they're the closest kind of competition).

    They're not the same kind of game - Mordor and Creed are closest - but people only have so much money after all. All the same, I think Lords has a good shot
    Reply +9
  • Video: Playing Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4

  • Bertie 08/07/2014

    @repeater Here's the face-off Digital Foundry did at the time.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-diablo-3-face-off

    Ran in native 1120x584 on both PS3 and 360. May do the same again? Not sure.

    Both versions targeted 60fps but in reality had dips to 40fps on PS3 and 50fps on 360.

    Mentions "prolific" screen tearing.

    I didn't notice any in the D3 PS4 demo. Should right all the performance wrongs of those versions.
    Reply +4
  • Bertie 08/07/2014

    @Darren Oh, yes, it does! You press the touchpad to bring up the inventory. I didn't swipe around it though to navigate - I'm pretty sure that's still a shoulder-button and thumbstick/d-pad thing. Reply 0
  • Bertie 08/07/2014

    @Darren Didn't notice any slowdown when there were three characters playing, either. Reply +1
  • Bertie 08/07/2014

    @Darren Gets a bit confusing but it's great when everyone's bashing away. You can press down the right thumbstick on DualShock 4 to have a beam of light - corresponding to the colour on your pad's lightbar - appear (so you can find yourself a bit easier) Reply +3
  • Bertie 08/07/2014

    @butler` So it's patched up to 2.0.5, which means no, it won't get ladders - that's coming in PC patch 2.1: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-06-18-diablo-3-reaper-of-souls-patch-2-1-0-revealed

    However, Blizzard has pledged to support the Ultimate Evil Edition post launch, but with what exactly remains to be seen.
    Reply +1
  • Bertie 08/07/2014

    @Darren It's great, fluid fun. And those new features should make it even better. I can't wait either.

    I've played Diablo 3 far longer on PC but I have lag issues fairly regularly - something to do with the office connection, weirdly. So when I play the game on console - particularly on PS4 - the responsiveness really smacks my face. It's great.

    Incidentally, all versions - old-gen and new - will run at 60fps. Slight resolution decrease on Xbox One to 900p. Imagine PS3 and 360 are 720p.
    Reply +7
  • Bertie 08/07/2014

    @SeeNoWeevil It's still the case for the moment although it will be changing fairly soon - it's in preview at the moment. Will be nice when it does! Reply +4
  • Areal adds key S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Survarium designer

  • Bertie 08/07/2014

    @Baban_Iesu Reply +3
  • Bertie 08/07/2014

    @Negotiator Fantastic work Reply 0
  • Bertie 08/07/2014

    @Soviet666 True. It was also odd that he was connected to the project from the start but only now has put his name full-time on it. Reply +6
  • These are your Dragon Age: Inquisition party members

  • Bertie 03/07/2014

    I like the sound of Solas and Cole. Like a bit of chaos. Iron Bull is a sturdy old bloke, though! Reply 0
  • Bertie 03/07/2014

    @bigfriendlygamer I hear that (about his hair that is, not about you becoming your mother) Reply +14
  • From Russia with Obsidian: What's going on with Skyforge?

  • Bertie 02/07/2014

    @C2B Oh, yeah, and that. Isn't high school more important than working at Interplay on celebrated titles? Can't be, can it? Reply +3
  • Bertie 02/07/2014

    @Paul_cz Thank you! Reply 0
  • Bertie 02/07/2014

    @Jimjamyaha I've added a hyphen in the second sentence. Maybe I'm being blind but I can't see what else to do. Do you have a suggestion? Reply +1
  • BioWare's first "fully gay" male party member in DAI

  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @Darksjeik by "that politically correct shit" do you mean acknowledging that gay people exist? What's wrong with having a gay romance option if you have other romance options? If you like a character and want to explore that option with them then that will be your choice. You won't wake one morning to find butch Dorian thumbing his way in, so to speak. Reply +9
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @UkHardcore23 How does gay people coming out having anything to do with whether or not this is news? Surely if they didn't come out then this wouldn't be news because people wouldn't be including gay characters in games because no one would accept homosexuality as normal? Reply +1
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @tiny-Bazookalad That picture is fantastic!

    Incidentally, I'm not sure David Gaider or BioWare is making a big deal out of this. I reported it because it happened to be the first exclusively gay male companion BioWare had included in a game, not because there was a gay male in a game.

    It seems like it's everyone here making a big thing about it, which probably says a thing or two.

    I'm not pointing the finger at you incidentally
    Reply 0
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @riz23 Again I disagree that it's the "headline feature" but I do agree it's become something synonymous with BioWare's games. I kinda like it, but I can appreciate there are a great many who don't Reply 0
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @FelixH I suppose so. Still, if all the characters lined up and you had to pick 'the gay one' - a sentiment in itself which is all kinds of wrong - then you'd probably err towards that moustache Reply +1
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @midnight_walker Good point. Sorry! Reply +1
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @LadyDownton "Fully gay" is not our wording Reply +4
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    Official Xbox's Aoife Wilson has written a nice piece on the poor phrasing of the news, even though it's welcome news in general.

    There's a bit more in there about Gaider reacting to the "fully gay" wording criticism.
    Reply +1
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @Crea "It's like watching stop-motioned Barbie and Ken dolls humping to some elevator music."

    I wish someone would make a stop-motioned RPG with toys. Not necessarily with the Barbie and Ken sex scene.
    Reply +4
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @Lemming81 It'll be interesting to see if BioWare plays with people's preconceptions about relationships in DAI, although I expect it won't. I do hope what we get isn't as black and white as I expect, though. Reply +4
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @L0YD Haha. One for the whole party! Careful not to mistype "whole" in that sentence. Reply +1
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @Bergeton Oh! Nicely paper trailed. Reply 0
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @lone_wolf_uk Good point. You know, I was fascinated in Mass Effect 3 how BioWare would handle the inevitable sex scene between my character and Garrus. I wanted to see his, err, alien body! And I was curious how it would all, err, work. But it faded to black after a kiss, which was probably best. Reply +7
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @Inmediasress Its "main selling point"? I don't think anyone's saying that at all. Reply +2
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @craigm Are there games with romances you've enjoyed? Or is it a kind of content you're not interested in altogether? Reply 0
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @L0YD That's pre-order bonus armour for Dorian, obviously Reply +2
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    Out of interest: does anyone choose gay romance options who isn't gay? I'm not sure being a man and playing as a woman, and having a lesbian relationship, necessarily counts. If you're male, and play as a male character, have you romanced a man in BioWare's games?

    I've played as a woman and romanced a man (Garrus) but not as as a man and then romanced a man.
    Reply +8
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    Incidentally, I know the use of "fully gay" has humorous value, but he's only using the term here because BioWare's games have numerous bisexual gay options and he wants to be clear. Reply +8
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @Kaonazhie I'm not so sure Gaider is making it as overt as you suggest. He talks about Dorian's rebellion against Tevinter perfection before revealing that he's gay - he's not broadcasting the character's sexuality as his defining trait. Maybe it will come out more subtly in the writing.

    It would be nice if BioWare said nothing about romances before the game. I dislike starting the game knowing who I can and can't bed. And I say bed because - in all likelihood - that's an inevitable outcome.
    Reply +14
  • Bertie 01/07/2014

    @penhalion Perhaps he sings! He could create his own pyrotechnics Reply +5
  • Cow Simulator 2014 built for Divinity: Original Sin

  • Bertie 27/06/2014

    @Phinor Thank you! You're my new favourite person Reply 0
  • That S.T.A.L.K.E.R.y Areal Kickstarter: What's going on?

  • Bertie 27/06/2014

    I wonder why the updates are taking so long. Why did it take so long to do a video update? It's terrible quality as it is, and they're simply sitting in front of the camera.

    Why are the text updates taking so long - a language barrier? Ievgeniia doesn't seem to have any problem with spoken English in the video. That's not to say she can write it as confidently, but I'd rather see more updates written in broken English than fewer but in better English.

    It's not clear how quickly Eugene Kim can write English, although that's how we've communicated so far and he uses the language confidently.

    There's a harsh glare of scrutiny on this project - and with good reason - but there may also be people seeing evil where there is none.

    Nevertheless, answers need to be had.
    Reply +5
  • Bertie 27/06/2014

    @Dantonir It is! Sorry, it's been changed. Reply +2
  • Bertie 27/06/2014

    @Twisted_Firestarter Ha! Reply 0
  • Bertie 27/06/2014

    @Skyrant Good find! It does appear to be him in the video though, unless these are hired actors standing in for these people and their pasts have been fabricated.

    That would be great! But I'm not sure that's what's going on here.
    Reply +2
  • Bertie 27/06/2014

    @Daeltaja Ha yes! They all look thrilled to be there. Reply +2
  • Bertie 27/06/2014

    @Tricky_Rich Hey,

    Sorry I haven't replied here yet. That Forbes article mentions Leonid Kovtun but doesn't appear to have any new information beyond what's in that Reddit post.

    Like I said to you, Rich, it's dodgy but nowhere conclusive that these guys are scammers. Nevertheless, I've asked West-Games to explain who Leonid Kovtun is and when I hear anything back I'll update.

    The team putting their faces on video suggests to me this isn't a scam. Why would they want to be identifiable in this way if it was?

    Even if it isn't a scam, it's a badly thought out Kickstarter.

    Anyway, I'm still digging. You can reply to me here and I'll see whatever concerns you have, or you can contact me direct bert at eurogamer dot net and I'll respond that way.

    Thanks guys!
    Reply +5
  • "Definitive spiritual successor" to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. hits Kickstarter

  • Bertie 25/06/2014

    @Milkman1 That's a good point; this could be money to make a solid prototype to sell to a publisher, which would be... awkward. Reply +4
  • Bertie 25/06/2014

    On the money topic: West-Games obviously hopes it can attract hundreds of thousands of dollars in crowd-funding rather than $50,000. That low figure is vindication for investors to see that people want a game like this, it sounds like. Also, development is a lot cheaper in the Ukraine. A project like this could probably be realised for a fraction of what it would cost in the UK/US.

    Still, it sounds like it needs a big investor on board. My worry is that with an investor comes shifting goal posts, and that the Kickstarter community are only half of the solution - so will they only be half-involved?

    Sceptical. But the game sounds like one I'd like to see made.
    Reply +5
  • Bertie 25/06/2014

    @magicfinbow Yeah, that falls under "PC" for me. I don't really see the need to spell it out these days. I can go back to doing that though if there's a need to. Reply -1
  • Bertie 25/06/2014

    I forgot to mention Survarium, by the way - the game and studio that literally rose from GSC Game World and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s ashes. It's in beta now and is due out later this year.

    Reply +5
  • Bertie 25/06/2014

    @x5115x I expect they will. I'd treat it as a PC game only for now. It may never arrive on console. It could even be something added to the pitch to drum up interest. Reply +2
  • WOW: player reaches level 90 as neither Horde nor Alliance

  • Bertie 24/06/2014

    @Eldritch Thanks! I did have it as "nor" to begin with but it was edited by the mean people who work here :) Reply +18