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  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 gets first update of 2018

  • Cobalt_Jackal 16/01/2018

    @Mwulf Have you tried Rebel Galaxy?.. that sounds like the game to stratch your itch. Rebel Galaxy is a good lil game. Its better than No Man's Sky imo, and it sounds like you'd enjoy it. Reply +2
  • Star Citizen, I am disappointed

  • Cobalt_Jackal 10/01/2018

    Chris Roberts has never made a good game, fact. His last project.. FreeLancer on the original Xbox very much followed the same path as Star Citizen does now. Back then he promised all sorts of features, and yet the final game we got(and that was after Microsoft had to step in to force the release of the game, as it was waaaaay overbudget, had been delayed many times etc) was a huge letdown, nothing like what he promised or made it out to be with all the promised features etc.. None of it matieralised. The game was a jumbled mess. He didnt deliver. The guy is full of shit, always has been. And now we're seeing history repeat itself with Star Citizen, when will ppl learn and stop falling for his bullshit. Reply +7
  • Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2017: 10-1

  • Cobalt_Jackal 30/12/2017

    Zelda BOTW is not the best game of the year. Its very apperent that with regards to Breath of the Wild getting such crazy high ott praise and GOAT talk etc... You have to remember that Zelda receives the same treatment from most gaming sites... ie. A total lack of objectivity due to just being Zelda/Nintendo. Whereas other rpg games(like say Horizon Zero Dawn) get criticised for being "unoriginal" and "not innovate enough" while being compared to every other rpg out there while the latest Zelda, which is the most generic Zelda yet and borrows ideas from every rpg game out there gets an "Greatest game ever, masterpiece" talk just for being Zelda. Gotta love those double standards. Essentially every Zelda game that is released is the greatest of all time, till the next one comes out.

    PS. Also at the same time i remember all the same gaming critics and journos gushed over Dragon Age:Inquisition in a similiar fashion with glowing reviews as well... So yeeeaah im a gonna take these overly positive editor statements/reviews of Zelda BOTW with a large grain of salt. From what ive read and seen its not doing anything that other games havent done better before it, but because its Zelda im meant to think its the best thing since sliced bred. No thank you. I give it six months to a year later when everyone will be saying it wasn't that awesome after all, and there will be redactions and a dialing down of the ott hyperbolic praise and a more honest appraisal can be had. Thats what usually happens with Zelda games.
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  • Your Amiga games are likely dying

  • Cobalt_Jackal 10/12/2017

    What's an Amiga? Reply -12
  • PlayStation Experience 2017 live report

  • Cobalt_Jackal 09/12/2017

    Kojima understands english Reply 0
  • Cobalt_Jackal 09/12/2017

    Killzone 2 is one the greatest FPS's ever made imho. Such underrated gem. Thanks Herman!, You dropped the ball hard will Killzone 3... But Killzone 2 will always be up there. Reply 0
  • Cobalt_Jackal 09/12/2017

    Jeez how much makeup is the guy with the jacket on wearing!?... He's caked in it. Reply 0
  • Jedi Academy shows Battlefront 2 how to do lightsabers right

  • Cobalt_Jackal 05/12/2017

    Shame its all no longer official canon anymore :(, fuck Disney. But yeah Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast was fantastic for saber combat. I loved how you had various stances & styles, force powers, limb decapitation and actual realistic collision detection and weight, real meaty melee combat etc. It made for a heady mix. It puts DICE's rubbish efforts to shame. Reply +1
  • Star Citizen is selling virtual plots of land for up to Ł96 a pop

  • Cobalt_Jackal 30/11/2017

    Chris Roberts has never actually made a good game Reply +2
  • Revisiting Crysis, the last great bastion of PC elitism

  • Cobalt_Jackal 27/11/2017

    Crysis was a very poorly optimised game, that's not something to be praised. But if you dress up that very poor optimisation as some kind of cutting edge, graphics showcase elitist wank fest where you'll need a monster PC and the latest & greatest tech etc etc to play it... Well just watch as said PC master race types eat it up. Their massive yet very fragile egos desperate to justify all the large expenditure and make up for their non-gaming related personnel inadequacies driving them always. Pathetic. Reply -17
  • In defence of Oblivion

  • Cobalt_Jackal 26/11/2017

    For me i think Oblivion is better than Skyrim primarily because of the writing and side quests/side quest stories. The writing and side quests are simply waaaay better in Oblivion, there's so much more creativity as well. The magika system was better(i say that mostly because you could actually create your own spells!. I'll never know why they removed that awesome feature in Skyrim. Makes no sense). Not too mention how the cities are much bigger, the cities all feel unique in design and their individual cultures also etc... All that mentioned above was either absent or severely lacking in Skyrim. The soundtrack and the more fairytale/classic high-fantasy is better(better in the sense of the world being more fully realised) in Oblivion too.

    I just think Ohlivion was the last truly great actual RPG Bethesda made before they became obsessed with 'streamlining' and dumbing-down their games, which has continued with Skyrim(and Fallout 4). If only instead of porting Skyrim to every system under the sun Bethesda would properly remake & remaster Oblivion with modern graphics and sound. But alas one can only dream.
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  • "This game is a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money"

  • Cobalt_Jackal 22/11/2017

    We're coming for you next 2K! Reply +4
  • Lucasfilm reacts to Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crate controversy

  • Cobalt_Jackal 20/11/2017

    If Star Wars is 'about the fans/they come first' etc... then why did you cancel Free Radical's pretty much finished Battlefront 3 game LucasFilm? :/.. why did you bin it when it was only 2 or so weeks away from being ready to be released?.. Cunts!. About the fans... My foot its about the fans :/. What a bullshit bare-faced lie.

    Free Radical's Star Wars Battlefront 3:



    Why LucasFilm?, WHY!!??.. its pretty clear they've never cared about the fans. We fans are merely a means to an end for them.
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  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 physical sales down 60% on Battlefront 1

  • Cobalt_Jackal 20/11/2017

    It needs to be 100%, 60% means there's still a sizable portion of gamers buying this piece of shit. Still one has to start somewhere i guess.

    And whilst im here i'd like to say a few words...

    To all gamers on this site and beyond... I say..

    Hold your ground against EA! Hold your ground!..

    Sons of Playstation, PC, sons of Xbox, my brothers, I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me..

    A day may come when the courage of gamers fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship...

    BUT NOT THIS DAY!!!.

    An hour of bugs & glitches and shattered discs, when the age of gamers comes crashing down..

    BUT NOT THIS DAY!.. This day we fight!!

    By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, GAMERS OF EUROGAMER!!!
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  • How to fix Star Wars Battlefront 2

  • Cobalt_Jackal 18/11/2017

    https://arstechnica.co.uk/gaming/2017/11/star-wars-battlefront-ii-review-nope-nope-nope-nope-nope-nope-nope/

    The ARSTechnica review is absolutely damming(of every aspect of the game, not just the microtransactions). The most harsh, aggressively critical(rightfully so) & best review for the game ive read yet... In short there's no saving Battlefront 2.
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  • Cobalt_Jackal 17/11/2017

    How to fix Battlefront 2?... Well make it like Free Radical's canned Battlefront 3. Anything else and quite frankly im not interested at this point, as anything else is quite clearly lacking. Tbh EA/DICE's Battlefront 2 is beyond saving at this point any way. Its middling, not very good game even if you removed the microtransactions. I mean away from the multiplayer for moment i find the campaign to be utter shit. As well as not having an actual ending, it all just feels like a series of seperate, individual cliche set pieces/and or arcade scenarios etc. Not to mention most of the missions follow the same tired, repetitive, stale & simplistic gameplay formula(basically amounting to nothing more than horde mode where 3 waves of enemies must be defeated or a cutscene trigger waypoint has to be reached otherwise you'll face a never ending respawn of enemies etc exactly like COD). Then to top it all off the campaign is only 4 HOURS!!! long. The overly forced cameos, the misleading and ultimately very predictable cookie cutter story is not up too much either. The only good thing about the campaign is the amazing visuals & sound and the character of Schriv(the best character in the campaign. I'd rather follow him around tbh). But on the whole the campaign is just garbage. There's no fixing that im afraid.


    But here's Free Radical's Battlefront 3




    It wipes the floor with EA/DICE's poor efforts. Oh what couldve been :/ :(.
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  • FIFA players react to EA's dramatic Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions U-turn

  • Cobalt_Jackal 17/11/2017

    Ive always said it was EA with their Fifa "Ultimate Team" game mode(and the unthinking, dumb casual masses who lap this shit up) which started it all, laid the foundations several years ago for P2W micro-transactions in full priced games. EA saw how sucessfull from $$$$$ perspective Ultimate team was(it brings them something like $600+ million on top of the actual sales of the game) and they have now transitioned that model from their sports games into first the likes of Dead Space 3 & Mass Effect 3 as test runs, then they've now implemented it fully with Battlefront 2 etc. Other publishers seeing the success of Ultimate team and other games have now jumped on the bandwagon. It just means there's quite a few games i wont be buying, as if rip off DLC wasnt enough we now have this BS to deal with. Fuck the greedy corporates! :/.

    PS. Regarding Battlefront 2... EA ARE NOT GETTING RID OF MICROTRANSACTIONS!!.. This is EA once again moving the goal posts in an effort to outdate the controversy and the complaints and to save their bottomline. Dont fall for it. If you actually read their very vague statement EA have said they have every intention of bringing back loot boxes & microtransactions etc. EA will wait till Xmas time or shortly after the release of The Last Jedi film then they'll bring back microtransactions, long after the heat has all died down and long after the refund window has closed and people have got emotionally invested in the game(and thus be more suceptable to microtransactions) etc. Right now this is EA being deceptive as hell and hoping people dont notice their bait and switch... DONT FALL FOR IT. AVOID THIS GAME STILL!!!
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  • On the secret smallness of Skyrim

  • Cobalt_Jackal 17/11/2017

    Thie 'cities' in Skyrim are waaaaay too small and empty. It really takes one outta the game imo. Reply +4
  • EA has switched off Star Wars Battlefront 2's microtransactions

  • Cobalt_Jackal 17/11/2017

    This is EA once again moving the goal posts in an effort to outdate the controversy and the complaints and to save their bottomline. Dont fall for it. If you actually read their very vague statement EA have every intention of bringing back loot boxes & microtransactions etc. EA will wait till Xmas time or shortly after the release of The Last Jedi film then they'll bring back microtransactions, long after the heat has all died down and long after the refund window has closed and people have got emotionally invested in the game(and thus be more suceptable to microtransactions) etc. Right now this is EA being deceptive as hell and hoping people dont notice their bait and switch... DONT FALL FOR IT. AVOID THIS GAME STILL!!! Reply +10
  • DICE fails to quell Star Wars Battlefront 2 controversy in reddit AMA

  • Cobalt_Jackal 16/11/2017

    I took part in this AMA yesterday. The three questions(you were allowed 3. Though the AMA was very heavily modded, lotsa pre-requirments your comment had to meet(entirely on EA's terms btw) otherwise the mods would delete it) i asked were...

    1. Why do you charge for loot boxes if(as you've said on many occaisons) if it's all about 'engaging the player'?. Surely there are better ways to 'engage the player'?. Like if these micro-transactions are so acceptable then why all the massive amounts of damage control?..

    2. Why does a game from 2005(the original Pandemic's Battlefront 2) offer more gamplay features & have far more content than a game from 2017?..

    3. How do you justify charging full price for what is essentially a straight up mobile game in its core mechanics & design philosphy?. An mobile game in a pretty AAA dress?. Is it that you simply dont care about gamers and games intrinsically?. Are we just a means to an end for you?, Do you not care about your craft?..
    etc etc..


    They were not answered. Infact hardly anyones questions were answered. They answered a few easy questions, a few non-answers, pro-corporate etc, then they just vanished. It was a waste of time :/.



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  • EA's response to Star Wars: Battlefront 2 hero unlock fury isn't going down well

  • Cobalt_Jackal 13/11/2017

    The post is now -240,000 downvotes and has been locked by the sub's mods stopping anyone replying too it. Reply +4
  • Cobalt_Jackal 13/11/2017

    The comment has at the moment 181,000 downvotes!!! on reddit. Officially making it not one of, BUT indeed the most downvoted comment ever in the history of the site! Reply +8
  • Unpatched, the disc version of The Witcher 3 runs at 60fps on Xbox One X

  • Cobalt_Jackal 09/11/2017

    The Witcher 3 does not even push the base PS4 to its limits. Its obvious CD Projekt Red are not very good, not very accomplished technically. They are clearly use to a brute force approach being primarily PC devs, lacking in any kind of tech wizardry and true skill. On base PS4 Gurilla Games and Horizon Zero Dawn absolutely destroy CDPR and Witcher 3 when it comes to graphics. Theyve shown what can really be done etc. Its a shame the Witcher 3 couldnt of had graphics on that level. Its so underwhelming and graphically poor to look at. CDPR need better programmers, coders and optimisers. Hopefully their game will be better. Reply -16
  • What the UK can learn from the Far East's battle with loot boxes

  • Cobalt_Jackal 21/10/2017

    one player was still able to spend $6065 in one night on Cygames' Granblue Fantasy last year.
    On that note... Well known(and very marmite) Youtube personality TotalBiscuit spent over a $1000 on the free-to-play game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes!!! :o... Like WTF is wrong with some of these people!?. Absolutely nuts.
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  • EA has shut down Visceral Games

  • Cobalt_Jackal 18/10/2017

    Eurogamer im surprised you didnt post your own, very revealing video in the article regarding EA and Visceral Games. The writing was on the wall a long time ago, your video says alot really..



    FUCK EA!! :/.
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  • Noodle stands and acid rain: four decades of gaming's urban dystopias

  • Cobalt_Jackal 09/10/2017

    Mass Effect 2's Omega captured that Blade Runner like urban dystopia really well imo. One of the best atmospheres and vibes in a game. Visually it looked the part as well. Reply +3
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 looks like a case of being careful what you wish for

  • Cobalt_Jackal 06/10/2017

    This game is gonna be a pile of pretty looking shite.. mark my words.

    For one thing the 20v20 limit is just not enough players. I mean that Naboo city map is sooooo empty. 20v20 is way too small.

    Secondly the offline, singleplayer offerings look to be pathetic and paultry once again. Nothing really there for the single player. And the singleplayer campaign from what ive seen looks another one and done, 4-6 hour lazy, linear piece of trash type campaigns we see in these EA games. A very limited choice of heros. Limited choice of maps. Space battles with no boarding of enemy ships. No galactic conquest. The LAAT is on rails, micro-transactions etc etc... This game is gonna be a huge dissappoiintment to many. Its just more the underwhelming same. EA and DICE simply dont give a shit as they know plenty of suckers will buy it regardless. So why bother putting in the effort when the bare minimum will do.
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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War review

  • Cobalt_Jackal 05/10/2017

    Now watch Eurogamer give the upcoming DICE/EA's Star Wars Battlefront 2 a "Recommended"... Lol you guys havent got a fucking a clue im afraid. Reply -7
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn is getting a Complete Collection this December

  • Cobalt_Jackal 05/10/2017

    This is why i never buy games on day 1 of their release now. Your a fool to do that nowadays. I mean with all the nickel and diming, the microtransactions, delibrate cut content/and the resultant rip-off DLC(on that note ive never actually bought any DLC, i refuse too on principle) etc... As a gamer and as a consumer one is much better off waiting for the GOTY editions or the complete collection versions, much better value for money for one thing + i like to have a complete game. Im naturally a patient person, i can wait. Its a shame many people cannot though :/, hence these greed driven, anti-gamer/consumer practices are allowed to florish and continue unabated :/. Reply +2
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2 plays to DICE's multiplayer strengths

  • Cobalt_Jackal 04/10/2017

    Multiplayer this, multiplayer that... Im not remotely interested in fucking multiplayer!. Like where is the offline/singleplayer content?.. Just where is it exactly?. Where is Galactic Conquest mode?, Where is Instant Action?, Where is the Film Scenario mode?, Not to mention other issues... Why can't i board my own ship and board enemy capital ships in the space battles?, Where is the seemless planet surface-to space playable transitions?, Where are the Droidekas and Dark Troopers? etc etc... But apart from a shitty, 4 hour, linear campaign mode.. EA's/DICE Battlefront 2 seemingly does not offer much for the single player. I remember the original Battlefront 2 and this new one still has faaaaar less content :/. Im boycotting it. People need to stop buying this shite. Your being taken for idiots. Reply -2
  • Red Dead Redemption 2's state-of-the-art technology analysed

  • Cobalt_Jackal 04/10/2017

    Witcher 3 had a massive downgrade from the 1st trailer(remember how amazing that looked) to the actual release on console(imo graphically its not a great looking game) so i expect Red Dead Redemption 2 to follow suit. Reply -2
  • FIFA 18 review

  • Cobalt_Jackal 25/09/2017

    Just played an hour of FIFA 18 and this is what we got:

    New features:
    1) New layouts
    2) Updated teams, kits, badges, face scans, etc.
    3) Cut scenes for contracts and transfers activity
    4) Tweaks to graphics and gameplay
    5) 3rd division for the German Bundesliga system

    What still in the game:
    1) Bug, when you change stadium name, and its won't save because EA
    2) No new manager faces or customizations
    3) Same growth mechanics as FIFA 17. All your wonderkids with 90+ rating are gonna have a shitty mental stats, with 33 composure rating. Old players decline regardless of how great their season was.
    4) Searching for "defensive minded" players will NOT GONNA BRING YOU CENTRE BACKS. Same story with "Attacking" players...FFS EA!!!
    5) Training is untouched
    6) Fixtures problems are untouched
    7) Name pool for youth academy is untouched
    8) No traits for Youth Players
    9) It seems...Youth Academy on the whole is untouched. Copied and pasted from FIFA 17..

    How is this game "Recommended" again? :/...
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  • Cobalt_Jackal 25/09/2017

    I disagree with this article. Fifa 18 is not "recommended" worthy. Now Fifa hasnt been good for a very, very long time. I say because of mostly one thing... Career mode. Career mode is still barebones, underdevelped rubbish. NBA 2K18 and its MyGM mode just destroys Fifa 18. Im sorry but EA are just serving up shit with career mode. Its just shit. Its a shame PES 18s master league mode is crap too(i mean its better than fifa 18s career mode, but thats not saying much). God how i wish 2K would make a football game. Because Fifa is five to ten years behind where it should be in 2017. Them NBA2K games are the gold standard for sports games imo. Its what all other sports games should be compared to and strive to match at least.

    I mean how can games like Fifa 06 or Fifa 07/08 on the ps2 etc have more career mode features and depth than the fifa game released in 2017?(just look at this: https://m.imgur.com/a/Rzw4f ). They've removed so much depth that career mode is pretty much unplayable. Its dull, shallow and not good enough. Its so lacking when there's so much potential. But EA dont give a shit, and as a result as a purely career mode player this game and Fifa generally offers me nothing. Im no longer buying these games. It doesnt help that the gameplay isnt that great either. Then there's the lack of stadiums for the non EPL leagues etc. EA really need to go back to the drawing board and start again.
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  • PlayStation Plus price hike announced for Europe

  • Cobalt_Jackal 28/07/2017

    Im not bothered by this as a year or two ago i stopped bothering with PSN and PS+ as i realised i mostly play singleplayer games and above all i was annoyed and turned off of PS+ by all the shite 2D indie games. Just complete rubbish. The service wasnt worth the prevuous asking price... And at Ł50 it definitly isnt worth the money now. RIP OFF!. Sony can fuck quite frankly. Reply +2
  • Nearly four years later, GTA5 once again tops chart

  • Cobalt_Jackal 26/06/2017

    And nearly four years later, GTA5's driving mechanics are still unsatisfying, mario-kart esque, dumbed down arcadey rubbish. It was the main reason i stopped playing the game, and havent played it since 2013. Really not upto the standard i'd expected :/. Reply -12
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 takes Frostbite tech to the next level

  • Cobalt_Jackal 12/06/2017

    @bad09 "visually they were awesome"...

    Whilst i agree with you to an extent, i mean all three prequels had their standout moments visually(that in some cases still holds up today)... But for the most part the ridiculous over-use of CGI too often just looked plain bad and fake af. Even at the time it wasnt good CGI and it wasnt visually awesome either. Quite the opposite imo. Though i do think the individual worlds & world building was great. Really captured that whole universe feel.

    But onto the game. Well im skeptical, fancy graphics a game does not make. We shall see.
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  • PlayStation 3 production finally shut down

  • Cobalt_Jackal 01/06/2017

    I've still got my 2008 80GB Fat PS3. It still works, and yes i still play it. Still so much better than the PS4 imo. Reply +1
  • Far Cry 5 introduces airplanes, muscle cars and far-right fanatics

  • Cobalt_Jackal 26/05/2017

    This better not be some liberal, leftist "right on" propaganda BS being shoved down our throats. Because if it is im not playing FC5, and my interest will have gone. Im sick and tired of the lefty narrative. They have already ruined the world, ruined the UK, ruined some many forms of media, and now they want to shove said narrative into this and ruin it too. Reply -126
  • PC Vanquish is every bit as good as you would hope

  • Cobalt_Jackal 25/05/2017

    Rich Evans will be very, veeeeery happy. Reply 0
  • Leaked Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer reveals prequel and sequel trilogy characters

  • Cobalt_Jackal 12/04/2017

    Meh, not interested. Reply +3
  • WipEout Omega Collection speeds onto PS4 in June

  • Cobalt_Jackal 30/03/2017

    I hope this tune is in there. Best track from any of the Wipeout soundtracks imo. The best track in the entire Wipeout series, they have to include it...

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  • BioWare issues statement on Mass Effect Andromeda future

  • Cobalt_Jackal 30/03/2017

    @DrStrangelove i stand corrected then. I always thought it much later that EA got fully involved with Bioware, i was wrong. I still think despite the binning of the inventory(and the mako, though i think the inventory shouldve been retained. Just reworked. It wouldve made the game even better with that added depth & customisation) and EA's meddling, i still think ME2 is the best of the series & greatest games ever made(shows the talent of the devs to achieve what they did despite EA involvement). Infact i'd go as far to say that the Mass Effect franchise wouldnt have the popularity or have had the legs it has if it was not for ME2. ME2 is the pillar that keeps the entire series up, fuels it to this day imo. Reply +3
  • Cobalt_Jackal 30/03/2017

    Too little, too late im afraid Bioware/EA. Reply -1
  • Cobalt_Jackal 30/03/2017

    @DrStrangelove No they didnt. EA bought Bioware(bought them via buying Bioware's parent company) shortly before ME2's release, most of the game thankfully was finished before EA came along. ME2 really wasnt an EA game, it was still Bioware. Alas not for much longer though :(. Reply -1
  • Mass Effect Andromeda and the quest for great facial animation

  • Cobalt_Jackal 29/03/2017

    @Rodimus-Prime Actually i reworked it a little, so its not exactly the same. But my comment is still very relevant & on point imo, considering all the faults with the game. Still that was nice burn there, touche~. Reply 0
  • Cobalt_Jackal 29/03/2017

    @Scimarad


    I could not agree more. Finially others are noticing and pointing this shit out. I feel the animation situation has been so overblown its kinda masked & diverted peoples attention from other, even more important and bad aspects of the game(just like what happened with ME3s ending controversy).

    But i digress... I mean dodgy animations and character models I can deal with (and let's face it, the game clearly was rushed out before the end of EA's financial year, so Bioware Montreal arent the only ones at fault), but what irks me are the comparisons to Dragon Age: Inquisition and the crappy, MMO style sub-quests that completely killed my enthusiasm for that game and made it a real chore to finish.

    Mass Effect has always been about the story, the political intrigue, the universe, and the characters/races that inhabit it, with some decent combat acting as the glue between them. To now give it this faux open-world style, and to fill it with random mobs and uninteresting busy work to pad out the experience in between the proper story mission is a really bad call, and has put me off wanting to bother with it altogether. A real shame, as they had an opportunity here to bring that old formula bang up to date (graphically and sonically) and tell another ripping yarn in a completely different setting.

    I mean the thing is whilst the most talked about aspect, the animations, although they are indeed awful and immersion breaking, as you noted are actually hardly the worst of the game's problems. To me this game is a mess in many more aspects, apsects that greatly effect ones enjoyment and matter far more than the facial animations. You've got to contend with...

    * Fan fiction level, cringe af, tween, inane, Z-list hack writing

    * Badly delivered, stilted dialogue.

    * Rehashed, reused, nonsensical, self contradicting and very contrived plot that lacks any new, interesting or refreshing takes on meaty political and cultral intrigue n exploration and richness one would expect of being set in such a epic, far off new setting with this large a scope. (Personal Thoughts: It all feels just feels a bit old hat imo. I was thinking whilst watching and now having played it myself.. Why even bother going to Andromeda to begin with then if its just the same shit we've been there and done that and got the t-shirt etc?. The same shit but only not as interesting because the characters are nowhere near as compelling. Of course we know why we're going there, but it all just feels a bit pointless to me. There's no good reason for the game to even be set here, and then they fail to actually take advantage of this new setting any way).

    * Lore pretty much retconned/ignored and too much of what should be important info and questions just hand waved away

    * Asking for way too much suspension of disbelief

    * Poor world building

    * MMO style fetch quests(with automated game mechanics etc)

    * Shit teir side quests

    * Too much asset reuse and even using assets found on image search, instead of creating their own

    * Broken AI

    * Tons of content but with no depth to it(wide as an ocean deep as a puddle syndrome) etc

    * The most damning thing for me though is that Mass Effect Andromeda it continues DA:I's singleplayer MMO structure, and that to me is a complete no go, as I feel like an MMO structure is just admitting defeat of single-player game design, showing that the player is just there for a streamlined grind. Its a design by committee feel to things. And it's a wrong formula to follow, especially so for Mass Effect. Honestly i cant believe how anybody at Bioware, all the interns and writers who cant write who made this game could be happy with the finished product they're putting out here for us. It decidedly does not cut the musturd in 2017, in a post Mass Effect 2, Fallout: New Vegas and post Witcher 3 world. Its just not good enough.


    I feel like when it comes to Mass Effect people's prioritys shouldnt be with animations in so much that when it comes to Mass Effect things like side quests and world building, writing and atmosphere is where peoples main focus should be. So its great to see sombody who is like that(plus all them upvotes). People are starting to realise the true issues with this game.
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  • Cobalt_Jackal 29/03/2017

    For me its not so much the facial animation itself, its the eyes. Its how dead the eyes look. Cuz its the eyes which really draw you in and sell the character as being alive, sell the emotion trying to be conveyed etc. Make you feel like they have soul for lack of a better word. If the eyes look real and lively i think subpar facial animation can be excused somewhat. You certainly dont notice it as much, but when the eyes look as terribad as they do(that combined with a realistic graphics/art style)... well it just makes all the facial shortcomings all the more apparent. And for me personally it makes me feel like the characters arent real. As if there's nothing going on between their ears, its just a collection of polygons and 1 & 0s im interacting with not a real virtual person. In an allegedly story focused game with a lot of close ups that's a big deal. The face matters 10x more. I dont think one can just merely say that face animation doesnt matter, it really does in a game like this.

    Though having said at the sametime its not my main priority in so much that when it comes to Mass Effect things like side quests and world building, writing and atmosphere is where my main focus is. Though granted its the little details like a really well done realistically animated face, the little details can add so much to game. You might not notice, but your brain does.
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda physical launch sales down on ME3

  • Cobalt_Jackal 27/03/2017

    Maybe people have been put off by the...

    * Fan fiction level, cringe af, tween, inane, Z-list hack writing

    * Badly delivered, stilted dialogue.

    * Rehashed, reused, nonsensical, self contradicting and very contrived plot that lacks any new, interesting or refreshing takes on meaty political and cultral intrigue n exploration and richness one would expect of being set in such a epic, far off new setting with this large a scope. (Personal Thoughts: It all feels just feels a bit old hat imo. I was thinking whilst watching and now having played it myself.. Why even bother going to Andromeda to begin with then if its just the same shit we've been there and done that and got the t-shirt etc?. The same shit but only not as interesting because the characters are nowhere near as compelling. Of course we know why we're going there, but it all just feels a bit pointless to me. There's no good reason for the game to even be set here, and then they fail to actually take advantage of this new setting any way).

    * Lore pretty much retconned/ignored and too much of what should be important info and questions just hand waved away

    * Asking for way too much suspension of disbelief

    * Poor world building

    * MMO style fetch quests(with automated game mechanics etc)

    * Too much asset reuse and even using assets found on image search, instead of creating their own

    * Broken AI

    * Tons of content but with no depth to it(wide as an ocean deep as a puddle syndrome) etc


    Then most damning thing no doubt for many people(myself included) though, which likely put ppl off.. Is that Mass Effect Andromeda it continues DA:I's singleplayer MMO structure, and that to me is a complete no go, as I feel like an MMO structure is just admitting defeat of single-player game design, showing that the player is just there for a streamlined grind. Its a design by committee feel to things. And it's a wrong formula to follow, especially so for Mass Effect. Honestly i cant believe how anybody at Bioware, all the interns and writers who cant write who made this game could be happy with the finished product they're putting out here for us. It decidedly does not cut the musturd in 2017, in a post Mass Effect 2, Fallout: New Vegas and post Witcher 3 world. Its just not good enough.

    And tbh this is no longer Mass Effect to many, its something else entirely at this point. And its no longer something many folk find themselves liking either. Personally this will be a wait till its cheap buy for me. Im still gonna play at somepoint though, as large scale science fiction rpgs are not exactly in abundance but i wont be rushing out to buy it. I just have to admit(no doubt many other gamers will also) that these games are not for me/us or our tastes anymore. Im not the audience Bioware/EA are aiming for and want with Mass Effect Andromeda. All the reviews and bad word of mouth just go to confirm what ive always suspected. It makes so disappointed. Again it pains me to see so much poorly executed, half baked & squandered potential from Mass Effect was once more. After 5 years, millions of $$$ things should not have been this way. All i wanted was for Andromeda to be like Mass Effect 2 or New Vegas on steriods, but you done gone screwed it up EA/Bioware.

    PS. And its no wonder Bioware closed down their forums, they knew the game was gonna suck and it was a form of damage control, even back then.
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  • Mass Effect 2 and the importance of character

  • Cobalt_Jackal 26/03/2017

    All i wanted from Andromeda was for it to be like Mass Effect 2 on steroids. Though tbh the Bioware of old, of ME2 etc no longer exists anyway, i dont think this current iteration of Bioware are anywhere near capable of actually making a game like Mass Effect 2 or even KOTOR. That Bioware died along, long time ago. EA would never allow it either. Clearly what fans like us thought Mass Effect was, and where we wanted the series to go and what Bioware/EA think Mass Effect is, and where the direction they're taking the series in... is completely different. We're no longer on the same wavelength. We've become diametrically opposed. Its apparent, and sadly we might just have to accept that these games arent meant for us. We're clearly not the audience Bioware/EA are aiming for and want with Mass Effect Andromeda. A series i fell in love with, no longer loves the fan like me, it offers me nothing any longer, it pains to come to such a realization... But there it is. I wish EA and Bioware would just come out and say it, be honest to the real long running fanbase that made your franchise the jewel in the crown that is was. But to EA, in EA land money talks and BS walks. This shit served up is Mass Effect from here on out, this is the new Bioware im afraid *sigh*... how the mighty have fallen eh :/ :(. Reply +1
  • Cobalt_Jackal 26/03/2017

    ME2 was the pinnacle of the series imo(It was good for the same reasons DS9 was good. It was the deep characters & their relationships, galactic ethics, the smaller scale yet really compelling stories etc). Simply incredible & up there as one of the greatest games of all time. I loved every minute.
    I stand by comment from 3 years ago, infact even more so today. ME2 is truly a masterpiece. Now if only theyd do a HD remake.

    And after playing again recently i have to mention just how much i love the world building, its second to none imo. I love how lived in the universe feels. The individual worlds also... ME2 maps for example, they were extremely atmospheric, you really feel in some of those unknown planets and places in the far reaches of the galaxy, or inside an alien ship or even a normal outpost. The universe feels much more large and alive, lived in.

    Illium, Omega, ME2's Citedel, the collector ship, the quarian floatilla, the geth dreadnought, Kasumi's Stolen Memory, The Layer of the Shadowbroker etc... not open worlds, but lot of ambience, depth, context, meaningful details and still big enough to fight there, run, cover, use powers, and decisions, recruitng Garrus/Archangel in ME2 for example, you can decide how to protect and attack.

    The suicide mission also for example, filled with content, not so big map, but big enough, you choose who attacks, who preotects, who escapes, etc,
    every detail matters, meaninguful decisions and the perfect ambience and environment, or the streets of omega with sick people, the batarian preacher, no open worlds but small-normal maps dripping in atmosphere, compact with lotsa detail. You dont need the game to be open world for it to be great. Mass Effect 2 is testament to that. Bioware and one of gamings greatest achievments!.
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