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  • The Need for Speed movie trailer takes itself very, very seriously

  • ChthonicEcho 25/09/2013

    Huh, the music in the trailer is not original, it's actually composed by Max Richter. Considering that music was used in a BBC documentary about Auschwitz, to say this film is taking itself seriously is an understatement. Reply +7
  • This is what Nosgoth, the F2P multiplayer Legacy of Kain game, looks like

  • ChthonicEcho 25/09/2013

    @ImpericalLegion Swords and shields are dull relics of the past, though. Fire and explosions are the pinnacle of entertainment, everyone knows that. Reply 0
  • Sean Bean narrates a Train Simulator advert

  • ChthonicEcho 25/09/2013

    Jokes aside, I thought that was a genuinely good trailer. It certainly beats most modern game trailers with slogans like 'we all have a soldier in us'. Reply +8
  • Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs review

  • ChthonicEcho 09/09/2013

    I loved the Penumbra games, although Amnesia did not manage to get under my skin at all, oddly enough. I was genuinely surprised when I've started hearing of people who couldn't even bear to proceed.

    I love horror in any medium, so hopefully the sequel will tickle my fear receptors better. I really liked how it looks, at least.
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  • Outlast review

  • ChthonicEcho 05/09/2013

    @rosshuts For me it was Resident Evil 3, namely every time Nemesis would appear. That and the one time zombies just tossed themselves through windows of a derelict building and into the narrow alleyway I was taking.

    Good times.
    Reply +1
  • ChthonicEcho 05/09/2013

    It's a shame the premise is so unattractively trite - a journalist trying to expose a conspiracy. The game itself is actually pretty well made; a little too reliant on the shock factor to create the eerie atmosphere perhaps, rather than unsettling ambience like Amnesia, and that fundamentally divides the two. Reply +1
  • BioWare asks fans to help brainstorm Dragon Age's future

  • ChthonicEcho 16/05/2012

    And then out of a massive wave of enthusiastic feedback, they'll pick out things such as "being able to command party members" and "more romances". Reply +32
  • Join the Guild Wars 2 stress test on Monday

  • ChthonicEcho 10/05/2012

    @Vergis69 Err, these tests are also available to a gradually increasing number of people who signed up for the beta. So, it's a mixture of sign-up/selection and availability for pre-purchasers. Hell, there's even a limit of how many people can pre-purchase it, so it's not a guaranteed pass if you're willing to pay, either.

    Just wait for the 'huge open stress test at the end' to get in. There's hardly anything wrong with the way they handle this, no matter how sore you are about being left out.
    Reply +1
  • ChthonicEcho 10/05/2012

    @Vergis69 I know you're upset you can't play the game, but this incentive allows ArenaNet to more or less control the number of people participating, making it easier to test the stress on their servers.

    Besides, you'd have to pay to play the game eventually. Wanting to try it out for free is far sillier. If you're desperate to have a free taste, there may be an open beta shortly before release, if ArenaNet hold to their promise. These weekend events are not open beta.
    Reply +2
  • GOG.com: Steam sales send wrong message to gamers

  • ChthonicEcho 12/04/2012

    So, giving away Fallout 1 on GOG.com - does that mean the game is so shit, it has to be given away for free?

    Works both ways, guys.
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  • Guild Wars 2 beta this year - NCsoft

  • ChthonicEcho 18/05/2011

    You can't be serious.



    Yes, she actually confirms that this speculation, which you erroneously reported as fact, is incorrect: "Our release date remains "When it's done". Funny, that doesn't read "Our release date is 2012". Financial activities in 2012 can mean anything, it doesn't necessitate the release of Guild Wars 2. You're posting your own speculation as a news article.



    At the very least, the article needs to clarify that the beta in question is closed, and that the date of the public beta is still very much up in the air. The words 'NCSoft announced' are no less incorrect, because closed alpha/beta testing coming this year was confirmed by ArenaNet months ago, and reconfirmed a few weeks ago. This is basically a reassurance aimed specifically investors.



    Posting errors is one thing, defending them is simply ridiculous.
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  • ChthonicEcho 18/05/2011

    Wrong, Eurogamer. The release date remains uncertain, and the same can be said of the public beta. Reply +2
  • Valve: "Jerks" should pay extra for games

  • ChthonicEcho 16/05/2011

    In theory, that is an absolutely stellar concept. In practice, that is a nightmare and should never happen. Reply +11
  • New Xbox forums get off to rocky start

  • ChthonicEcho 13/05/2011

    @GAmbrose



    So... a typographical error offends your sense of... what, grammar? I'd say this mistake is laughable or embarrassing, but offending? You'd have to be a pretty sensitive (read: neurotic) individual to let a typo get to your head.
    Reply +4
  • ChthonicEcho 13/05/2011

    Err, 'converation' is offending? How? Reply 0
  • PS3: "great momentum" despite PSN hack

  • ChthonicEcho 13/05/2011

    This is a wild guess, but I take it Robert is a wee bit fucked off by PSN's downtime. Reply +26
  • Duke Nukem had "gay robot" sidekick

  • ChthonicEcho 12/05/2011

    Duke Nukem was humorous because he parodied other games and overly masculine, one-liner-spewing protagonists. Even sexuality in itself was always satirical.



    I don't think Gearbox quite understands that, what with interactive shit flinging and gay robots. The more I hear from Randy, the less this sounds like Duke Nukem and more like Bulletstorm.
    Reply +4
  • Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection confirmed

  • ChthonicEcho 12/05/2011

    Why not Arkade? Tsk, tsk, tsk. Reply +4
  • Guild Wars 2 video shows central hub

  • ChthonicEcho 12/05/2011

    @wayn3h^!

    There are two types of PvP this time around. Competitive PvP will have in-game tourney ladder, and everyone gets maximum level and uniform gear, so it will all depend on skill, rather than the gear.

    The so-called World versus World will have three servers battling one another. It is here that gear starts to matter a little, and a level 20 could potentially encounter a level 80. You can find more info on this here.
    Reply +2
  • New Mass Effect 3 details

  • ChthonicEcho 11/05/2011

    Cerberus working with the Reapers? 50 feet tall mech going against an intergalactic horror that existed since the dawn of time?



    There goes any semblance of interest I had in the game. Down the drain, duly following ME's plot.
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  • PS3 Brink release unaffected by PSN hack

  • ChthonicEcho 09/05/2011

    @foreal



    This is why.



    Edit: Ah, that is new information you linked to. Several websites reported the May 31st. You can hardly blame Eurogamer for that. There's been a lot of misinformation surrounding this ordeal.
    Reply +1
  • Team Fortress 2 gets replay system

  • ChthonicEcho 07/05/2011

    @Boristhepie



    You purchased it for a console, I take it. Team Fortress 2 was swarming with players on the PC, and its community is fairly active to this day.
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  • Star Wars: The Old Republic

  • ChthonicEcho 05/05/2011

    @Ged42



    If you want a more story-oriented MMO, you may want to look into The Secret World or Guild Wars 2.
    Reply +1
  • ChthonicEcho 05/05/2011

    That is a bit of a lukewarm preview. Definitely more positive than the bit-tech.net one, at least.



    From what I've seen, the game looks absolutely dreadful. I never quite 'understood' Star Wars, but I don't think the overly cartoon appearance does the franchise justice. The combat looks laughably clunky, the visuals overall are lacklustre, and I'm yet to hear anything positive on the quests front.



    It just looks like a refuge for Star Wars fans, who will brave through shoddy design to immerse themselves into the lore, instead.
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  • Metro 2034 becomes Metro: Last Light

  • ChthonicEcho 04/05/2011

    @TheGuvernor



    This is your definition of 'massively underappreciated'? It's anything but that. Overrated? Arguable. Underrated? Hardly, if at all.
    Reply -1
  • Free Portal 2 DLC detailed

  • ChthonicEcho 03/05/2011

    @TeaFiend



    Never said it was. There first has been a flash game based on Portal, but it was so well-received, We Create Stuff turned it into a map pack for Portal 1, and called it The Flash Version. It later became a part of Still Alive.
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  • ChthonicEcho 02/05/2011

    @32768Colours



    Valve has made a deliberate attempt to reduce such ill effects on the player, although I don't know how successful they have been, if at all. One thing's for sure, there's definitely less of vaulting and flinging yourself all the while trying to place portals in mid-air. I suggest watching some videos. If it's really a FOV issue, though, you can change that via the console.



    @metalangel



    Then let's talk about the weather. Or perhaps food? Or we can discuss politics and the news. While I don't decide what's discussed in each comments section, the news article does; comments may stem to the side, but it'll always be a seamless spiral, rather than disconnected topics. That's what I said in my previous post. Do you have reading problems?



    "I just can't understand how quickly folks will change back and forth."



    Tell you what, quote the post(s) in here that gave you that impression, and we'll call it a day.
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  • ChthonicEcho 02/05/2011

    It's a bit too late to play victim, don't you think? Considering it was you who waltzed into what was a celebration of comparatively content-heavy free DLC and then started going on about "fanboy logic", even though no one was saluting Gabe, rather the fact this content will be free across all platforms. And why wouldn't they? It's not nearly common enough.



    This news post has nothing to do with Valve's missteps, and this comments section doesn't have a single case of "Valve being unassailable". Again, strawman arguments. I am not defending Valve - I'll be the first to discuss their faults - but neither this news article nor these comments necessitate that.



    You're no less rabid in assailing Valve than fanboys are in defending it.
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  • ChthonicEcho 02/05/2011

    @metalangel



    You added the word 'one' before 'free DLC', therefore if either of us have a short memory, it'd be you.



    Short memory is the least of your concerns, though. "Pay to maybe unlock Portal 2 earlier"? Not only was it clear from the very start (to anyone capable of rational thought) that it wouldn't unlock drastically earlier, playing games accelerated progress, not buying them. If you didn't have any of the games already, you had the choice to purchase the pack, or any one game from the pack for 50% off.



    I can't argue for Left 4 Dead 2, because I myself was (and still am) a firm supporter of the idea that it could have easily been drip-fed DLC, without the need for devising new survivors that are shallow as a mud pool, or rushing campaigns to create a sense of abundance. That said, only childish, sore consumers turn their backs on a company because of one wrong move. I enjoyed Portal 2. According to your stance, I shouldn't, because I hated another game from the same devs? Mmm'kay, then.



    I take it the example of a rabid fanbase is somewhere within your imagination, to help with the delusion of Evil MegaCorp? Really, the only rabid morons in this scenario are people like you, who fail to provide any sound argument, save for the strawman sort.
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  • ChthonicEcho 02/05/2011

    @metalangel



    You're an idiot. Valve have been offering free DLC since the day... well, since the day they started releasing it. The hats and whatnot are microtransactions. If you wish to argue that, you're welcome. Not sure how a wrong move of a company can prevent me from appreciating a good move, or in what way that is "fanboy logic".



    @charliechan



    Well, the fact that I have to scour thirty pages sort of doesn't help your case. I'm also amused that you flung the word 'nerd', after arduously defending a video game console in a comments section on the Internet. Either way, I'll concede. Do those map packs and whatnot have achievements? I vaguely remember Valve saying that Microsoft charges for DLC with achievements attached, although I don't know how true that is.
    Reply +1
  • ChthonicEcho 30/04/2011

    @uknortherner2000



    Neither are the microtransactions in TF2 and Portal 2, but people also call that DLC, regardless. The term 'downloadable content' has become muddled and murky over the years.
    Reply +3
  • ChthonicEcho 30/04/2011

    @charliechan



    You can't be serious. All I can see in that list are patches, skins and models. Yes, good ol' Microsoft has the heart not to charge for that!



    @TheTingler



    Yes, it did. The community-made The Flash Version, which PC users could simply download, was named Still Alive on the X360, and it had a price tag.
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  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

  • ChthonicEcho 02/05/2011

    @Inmediasress



    Seconded. The premise itself seems stale, and the Gears of War clones are becoming tiresome. Warhammer 40K orks are my favourite kind of orcs, but they had too much exposure in the games based on the universe.



    Some of the guns might be fun, some of the vistas might be appealing, but it'll all end up being one big soup of deja vu.
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  • SW: TOR vid shows Bounty Hunter

  • ChthonicEcho 28/04/2011

    The only thing that makes me cringe is that BioWare actually perceives this as acceptable quality. Reply +5
  • Driver: San Francisco

  • ChthonicEcho 28/04/2011

    The hell? I thought the second paragraph was a joke, at first.



    What the hell have they been smoking?
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  • The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings

  • ChthonicEcho 28/04/2011

    A marginally better preview that touches upon the nature of combat and stealth can be found here. Reply 0
  • ChthonicEcho 27/04/2011

    I haven't read the Amazon review copied here (I blame the inconvenient format in the comments section here), but I did read the post before that. Issues with saving and loading are entirely resolved in the Enhanced Edition. Actually, it resolves nearly all technical shortcomings which frankly made the game unplayable for myself, too.



    Playing Witcher unpatched is almost as bad as playing vanilla S.T.A.L.K.E.R. unpatched, but it's not quite in Vampires: The Masquerade - Bloodlines territory. Technically, it doesn't break the game, but it sure as hell gets in the way of enjoyment.



    The broadness (ambiguous murkiness as you described it) of progression in Witcher simply works on the assumption that the player approaches the title with his mind set to a blank slate. You don't approach it expecting stringent level up screens from, say, Baldur's Gate. Again, this could be more blamed on the lack of a proper tutorial/manual.



    Valid complaints otherwise, though. I thought the schizophrenic pacing hurt the game, as well, but whenever the game picked up, I figured I'd wade through the swamps of monotonous tasks and travel to get to the great quests. Speaking of, the game is notorious for the swamps chapter. It's a prime case of 'it gets better after that'.



    Witcher 2 had production values cranked up to 11 (as is apparent from every single trailer and dev diary), so I wouldn't be nearly as harsh to it and pin failures of the first (unpatched) game to it.
    Reply +3
  • ChthonicEcho 27/04/2011

    @darc



    The skill tree(s) in Witcher is probably one of the best examples of balancing simplicity and depth in an RPG's progression system. It was sensibly structured and organised, while at the same time allowing for wildly varied combinations. Each point would succinctly describe a simple yet crucial advantage it gives you.



    Of course, all that clever complexity is wasted on the painfully simple QTE-based combat. If anywhere, the flaw of the first lies in miscommunication between your build and Geralt in action. Once you get to the key mechanics - stuns and the like - most upgrades happen out of sight, hidden within the game's mechanics.



    Out of curiosity, in what areas do you feel the first Witcher was critically flawed?
    Reply +1
  • ChthonicEcho 27/04/2011

    Four paragraphs relating to sex scenes, two paragraphs relating to combat. Good to know where the writer's priorities lie.



    Would have much preferred to hear how stances evolved (or were streamlined), what the typical composition of enemies is at that part of the game, the overall difficulty of combat, and so on and so forth.
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  • Portal 2 DLC out this summer

  • ChthonicEcho 28/04/2011

    @andywilkie



    Unless Valve changes their philosophy of free additional content that stayed true for years, this DLC will be free. L4D1 had received a new game mode, whereas L4D2 has had two campaigns added, both free of charge.
    Reply +6
  • ChthonicEcho 28/04/2011

    This happened sooner than expected.



    Cheers, Valve.
    Reply +5
  • First PSN class action lawsuit filed

  • ChthonicEcho 27/04/2011

    @DVR



    Again, unless Sony has no hierarchy, there are different departments. The person in charge of repairs and whatnot will not be rounding up lawyers and PR representatives and discussing legality issues.



    This lawsuit will have a greater psychological effect on consumers, rather than Sony. Imagine if a plane faced a chance to crash, and someone started running back and forth and yelling that they are all going to die.



    That's what this lawsuit is, in a nutshell.
    Reply +4
  • ChthonicEcho 27/04/2011

    @DVR



    Because technicians working to resolve the issue are the same people appearing at court and handling lawsuits, right?
    Reply +23
  • World of Warcraft patch 4.1 trailer

  • ChthonicEcho 27/04/2011

    Looking at this now, no wonder I could barely stand a few months of it.

    Well, that, and Blizzard are a bit mental expecting people to pay ridiculous amounts of money just to buy the expansions, none of which come with an additional month of playtime. It's a wonder how many new people keep coming to the game.
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  • Redundancies reported at Obsidian

  • ChthonicEcho 26/04/2011

    Of all companies, didn't expect Obsidian to be affected by 'redundancies'. Their titles may not be AAA hits, but they are all above average.



    I'm not a big fan of them, but this is still a shame. Under Bethesda's wing, I sort of figured they would instead prosper.
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  • Portal 2: "Let's make Caddyshack"

  • ChthonicEcho 26/04/2011

    @litote



    GLaDOS killing the entire Aperture staff is part of the first Portal, the events of which are neatly summarised by paintings on the wall panels surrounding the first portal device you acquire. Rattman was the sole survivor, and, according to the official comic that bridged the gap between the two games, is directly responsible for events in the first game.



    Chell's past is deliberately muddled, so that you could better fit her shoes (or long fall boots, rather) and not feel detached. However, in the Bring Your Daughter to Work Day science fair, there are all sorts of hints (including a Back to the Future reference), among which is a work done by Chell.
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  • ChthonicEcho 25/04/2011

    @StooMonster



    Yes, like I've said - HL1 is set in New Mexico. Black Mesa Research Facility is situated-- err, was situated in New Mexico.



    @MattyD



    There is no definite proof for or against that theory, but it's extremely plausible. Chell's project was related to potatoes, and Cave had won a trophy for some potato-related achievements I can't quite recall right now. It also gives weight to the adopted jokes, in that if Chell really is Cave's/Caroline's daughter, she'd be adopted. Either way, Chell would be re-adopted by a scientist at Aperture, what with Cave's death and Caroline becoming GLaDOS.



    If she had been adopted in the 70s as an infant (perhaps even as a child of one of the hobo test subjects that failed!), it is very plausible for her to be the age she was in Portal 1, which presumably took place in the 90s.
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  • ChthonicEcho 25/04/2011

    @StooMonster



    Half-Life 2 takes place in Eastern Europe, whereas the first Half-Life takes place in New Mexico. Between the two games, North America became a nigh uninhabitable wasteland, ravaged by a multitude of portal storms (mentioned in Raising the Bar and hinted at by Alyx in Episode Two).



    So, it's not just the time period of Portal 2 that obfuscates the consequences of HLs, it's also the location. For all we know, the rest of the world burned. Also, it's a wheat field by the way, not a cornfield.
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  • David Jaffe vs. Eurogamer readers

  • ChthonicEcho 26/04/2011

    Haha, he's far more hilarious live. Jaffe, start a vlog. Reply +9
  • Game of the Week: Portal 2

  • ChthonicEcho 22/04/2011

    Don't see how that is pretentious. The word is tossed about far too readily nowadays. Anything that doesn't revolve around a myriad of lethal weapons and military abbreviations is labelled 'pretentious'. Seems a touch insecure.



    I liked the game. I don't think it was a masterpiece, but I really liked it, as opposed to hating 99% of other games the industry churns out these days.
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