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  • Transformers retrospective

  • Daryoon 13/04/2014

    What I loved most about this game? The time I climbed atop a temple to fight the level boss, only to get thrown off and back into the jungle: normally, in these sorts of games, that would bring an awkward halt to the battle, as the boss struts around waiting for you to climb back into his designated arena, but in this case the boss chased after me. Suddenly, I was ducking and diving through the jungle. and along a canyon riverbed, trying to make best use of the environment to defeat him. Far more engrossing than yet another scripted arena battle. Reply +8
  • Super Smash Bros. 3DS due this summer, Wii U winter 2014

  • Daryoon 09/04/2014

    Seems pretty obvious the WiiU version will contain more modes/content than the 3DS version, perhaps even a fully fledged single player mode. Reply +5
  • Goat Simulator to receive splitscreen multiplayer

  • Daryoon 07/04/2014

    Goat Simulator is the new Katamari Damacy Reply +7
  • Goat Simulator review

  • Daryoon 31/03/2014

    Most fun I've had so far is by completely, and accidentally, breaking it...

    Reply +4
  • Oculus recruits Valve's Michael Abrash as chief scientist

  • Daryoon 28/03/2014

    "We're on the cusp of what I think is not The Next Big Platform, but rather simply The Final Platform - the platform to end all platforms."
    Reply +37
  • Telltale's Game of Thrones to be concurrent with the series

  • Daryoon 25/03/2014

    Are they going to age up all the characters like the TV show? I can never get my head around Jon Snow looking like he's in his twenties Reply 0
  • Wii U Virtual Console gets first GBA game next week

  • Daryoon 25/03/2014

    @Kami

    It does seem like they're trying to work on getting a basic foundation for the Wii U VC going, though (especially since they appear to be basing their next handheld on the U).

    What should probably be asked before all this, though, is how wellmdo VC games sell? Is there even a market for them? Would getting a fully functional GBA emulator running on the 3DS justify the development/licensing costs? I've no idea, myself, but in gaming there seems to be a pattern of a lot of people demanding stuff, and then that stuff bombing at retail.
    Reply 0
  • Daryoon 25/03/2014

    @photoboy

    I might have got the lack of functions confused with bugginess then. I know the 3DS only has 128mb of RAM. Unless I'm wrong, in which case, I don't know. And most emulators require that at the very least.
    Reply 0
  • Daryoon 25/03/2014

    Okay that's great. Now how about putting all these SNES and GBA games onto the 3DS store? I don't understand why Nintendo still haven't got these kinds of easy money-spinning exercises sorted out. I mean, Advance Wars is brilliant, so why not capitalise on it as much as possible?
    Can the 3DS actually run them? Iirc, the GBA Ambassador games were buggy and lacked any OS integration, and the group that worked on the Sega 3D Classics range stated that the 3DS had trouble emulating Mega Drive games, meaning they had to remake everything from the ground up.

    Everyone needs to stop assuming you can just stick a ROM on a device and it will work flawlessly.
    Reply +2
  • Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

  • Daryoon 25/03/2014

    This is clearly Loki's work. Reply +8
  • Dragon Fin Soup: a SNES-style RPG for PS4, PS3, Vita and PC

  • Daryoon 19/03/2014

    @randisalbion

    Hey! I didn't mean lazy as in "not doing any work", hence the 'lazy'. I know it takes a heck of a lot of work whichever way you do things (I tried it myself for a time, and eventually had to pack it in because of the sheer hours required). I meant it more as a criticism of design, where, rather than cohesive world, we have all these randomly (re)generated elements thrown together.

    I admit I'm finding hard to explain what I'm trying to get at. It's like the difference between Symphony of the Night and Rogue Legacy. SotN's castle is a carefully crafted whole, balanced to reflect your progression/skills, while Rogue Legacy (as much as I enjoyed it) ends up becoming a repeating series of rooms, each one very much detached from the last. There's no real sense of procession outside of "you get more powerful, and so do the enemies". Ultimately, it takes a hell of a lot of work to produce a game, but to produce one with a carefully crafted environment (such as SotN or Super Matroid) takes even more (and it's therefore quite understandable when people choose the roguelike style instead).

    So, please, don't take it as a criticism of your work, rather my own feelings towards roguelikes, in comparison to, eh, not-roguelikes XD
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  • Daryoon 19/03/2014

    Roguelike elements
    Can we get over these now? They're starting to feel like a 'lazy' way of not having to design a full, consistent world.
    Reply +17
  • Sony announces Project Morpheus virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4

  • Daryoon 19/03/2014

    I can imagine it now.
    *swings sword*
    *sword clashes with enemy shield*
    *brain thinks WTF?! as hand keeps moving IRL*

    IMMERSION!

    *doesn't get all this VR hype of late*
    Reply -13
  • As Monster Hunter turns 10, can Capcom finally make the west listen?

  • Daryoon 11/03/2014

    It's funny how people moan about Nintendo not having any third party exclusives/support, but when they actually do have third party exclusives/support, they want those games for other consoles instead.

    You should all just be honest as say "I want Nintendo to fail and go third party, so I can still play their games without the social stigma of owning a children's toy".
    Reply +24
  • Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem retrospective

  • Daryoon 09/03/2014

    Eternal Darkness launched to critical success and commercial apathy, selling less than half a million copies worldwide.
    Which just goes to show that even if Nintendo release a console on par/exceeding the competition, and release 'hardcore' games based on new IP, it still wouldn't make a blind bit of difference.
    Reply +4
  • Thousands of people play Pokémon at once via Twitch

  • Daryoon 17/02/2014

    PRAISE THE HELIX Reply +1
  • Dungeon Keeper Android's rating system filters out "1-4 star" reviews

  • Daryoon 06/02/2014

    And by the time EA do anything about it, the score will already be heavily weighted to five stars, and the game will have been downloaded by (tens of) thousands of clueless people, many of whom will happily (or unintentionally) carry out all the marketing they need.

    Just as planned.
    Reply +26
  • Alistair not a party member in Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • Daryoon 04/02/2014

    Let me guess, they've given Alistair a gravity-defying ginger quiff, and he now likes to hang around tropical beaches playing underwater football. Reply +5
  • Long Live the Queen review

  • Daryoon 31/01/2014

    @jihon83
    There appear to be a lot of moving parts, but they tend to have just a few (or even one, which may be the case with Long Live the Queen) setting that's "actually" worth using.
    Actually, in this case, the game offers up a variety of different solutions for each of its scenarios. There's not really any preferred method of solution, and quite a few branching paths.

    For example, halfway through the game there might be a civil war, depending on the choices you've made so far. You can win it by force, or by diplomacy. You can even hold another noble hostage, if you've been through the previous events that bring her to your castle - events you may completely miss out on, or might pass through without anything interesting happening.

    Of course, if you've kept the nobility happy, there won't even *be* a war. How do you keep them happy? Well, you can be nice to them, or you can study local politics and intrigue, or you can study royal etiquette and keep them pacified through your charisma alone.

    So far, I've not come across a single game over that didn't have at least a handful of possible escape clauses.
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  • Daryoon 31/01/2014

    It's not *that* difficult, and you can speed through text you've read before, so most playthroughs can be done within half an hour once you've got the basics down.

    You've just got to remember what options lead to which events/deaths, no more than a Choose Your Own Adventure book really. The fun part is learning how to deal with these events rather than avoiding them, and then seeing how they alter the plot (which they do, some of them massively).
    Reply 0
  • Iwata: Nintendo must harness smart devices, no restrictions for dev team

  • Daryoon 30/01/2014

    Inevitable: Pokemon mini games that link up to the 3DS games. Naturally, everyone will report on this as something new and a "sign of Nintendo's changing attitude" ... despite that they've been doing this since DS Pokemon through browser-based games... Reply 0
  • Iwata isn't Nintendo's problem. It's Miyamoto

  • Daryoon 25/01/2014

    The problem with 'Nintendo' (I think you mean 'the Wii U') is the 3DS. Handhelds are no longer held back by their power. The 3DS especially is, what, almost on par with the Gamecube? Anyone who wants Nintendo games doesn't *need* a WiiU, because there's already an alternative system in the 3DS that gives them what they want, and more.

    Which is why Nintendo need to consolidate their business into a single machine.
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  • The Android version of Final Fantasy 6 is out now and costs £11

  • Daryoon 16/01/2014

    Let's just hope they haven't modernised Kefka's laugh as badly as they have the graphics...

    Reply 0
  • "The God of War comparisons really pissed us off"

  • Daryoon 09/01/2014

    "It's more akin to a Zelda game in terms of its structure."

    So a Metroidvania then? Is there some sort of rule where they can't draw comparissions to, you know, the rest of the series?
    Reply +10
  • Letter from America: The highs and lows of 2013

  • Daryoon 04/01/2014

    I think my first experience of video games came from the edutainment games on the BBC micro. And Repton.



    Not that I ever got to play it much, because I was a poor kid from a council estate, and didn't own my own copy. I taught myself how to program text adventures instead. After that, I ended up with a Commodore because of that. A Commodore 16. Like I said, we were poor!

    The other early gaming memory was finding this magazine on sale in the newsagents opposite the Cambridge bus station, as my mother and I waited for an early morning bus to take us to stay with her cousins in Cornwall (our equivalent to a holiday). It had a Ninja Turtle on the front cover, who were my fad-of-choice at the time, and through that magazine I learned all about these 'console' things - specifically the NES, which went straight to the top of my Christmas list (at the expense of everything else - I really, *really* wanted that Turtles game!). And so my console gaming began. On a black-and-white TV from the Seventies.

    Think the magazine in question was called Lean Machines or something? Dunno if anyone's ever heard of it...
    Reply +2
  • Star Wars goes F2P with space combat game Attack Squadrons

  • Daryoon 17/12/2013

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  • Yet another Nintendo Direct tomorrow

  • Daryoon 17/12/2013

    Always amusing how people keep going "why Donkey Kong and not Metroid?! No one wants Donkey Kong!!", when the last DK game sold more than all the Metroid Prime games combined... Reply +30
  • What Middle-earth: Shadows of Mordor looks like

  • Daryoon 16/12/2013

    @Timmy_Toldrum

    Actually, according to Tolkien himself, it's Smowg, as pronounced in the films. Same with Sauron/Saruman. They at least got that right, unlike the Harry Potter films messing up Voldemort XD
    Reply +7
  • Daryoon 16/12/2013

    If they're going to shit all over Tolkien's work, can we at least get a Tom Bombadil rhythm-action game? I'd like to suggest it be called 'Dance Dance Bombadillo'. Hey ho, merry ho! Bust those moves-a-dillo! Reply +38
  • Happy birthday to Doom, happy birthday to Doom

  • Daryoon 10/12/2013



    So depressing...
    (turns out I posted the exact same image in the Doom retrospective all those years ago. The more things change...)
    Reply +11
  • Nintendo confirms Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze character

  • Daryoon 08/12/2013

    Gotta love how everyone's raging because they were expecting a Zelda/Metroid announcement.

    That would be like Ridley Scott popping up at the TV Quick Awards to announce he's developing an Aliens mini-series.
    Reply +16
  • Letter from America: I love Gran Turismo 6

  • Daryoon 07/12/2013

    The 3DS is the best gaming investment I've made in years. My only problem with it is that the virtual console is hideously underused. Someone needs to get the SNES back catalogue on there. Reply +17
  • Bravely Default review

  • Daryoon 03/12/2013

    @Cinaclov I'm not sure about @DreadedWalrus, but there's not a hotspot within thirty miles of me. And that one is hardly active. Not everyone lives in walking distance of a McDonalds XD Reply +1
  • Daryoon 03/12/2013

    It's funny - and telling - that, after they spent the 90s and early 2000s sticking the Final Fantasy title on everything they could, Square now release the most Final Fantasy game since FF9 ... under a completely different name, while the main series has deviated into action-based territory previously reserved for aforementioned spin-offs. Reply +3
  • TimeSplitters 2 retrospective

  • Daryoon 01/12/2013

    Timesplitters 2 sums up why I despise modern shooters. WHY SO SERIOUS?

    My personal favourite gametypes were setting everyone to play as the monkey, and equipping them all with remote mines; ducks with shotguns; and snowmen with flamethrowers.
    Reply +1
  • Sony explains PS4 digital game pricing

  • Daryoon 28/11/2013

    When was the last time you brought a physical PC game in a store, rather than Steam? Case closed. Reply +27
  • Xbox One is launching with a YouTube App

  • Daryoon 21/11/2013

    So now you can watch footage of games in the resolution they were meant to be played in! Reply +19
  • Letter from America: Do you need a PS4 right now?

  • Daryoon 16/11/2013

    I've not been excited by a console launch since maybe the PS2? The current and next gen just never impressed me. Here are some games, basically the same stuff you played in the 90s, but with HIGH DEFINITION GRAPHIX!!! Oh, and they cost so much to make, we've homogenized them for mass appeal. Enjoy wandering around identical corridors, yeah? WELCOME TO THE NEXT GENERATION!!

    Where are the Dooms? The Mario 64s? The Final Fantasy 7s? The GTA3s? Everything has degraded into generic pap. Even the biggest games of the day are just refinements of what we played ten years ago. Until stuff comes along that changes that, there's not much to get excited over.
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  • Shadow of Mordor sounds like Arkham Batman games

  • Daryoon 13/11/2013

    I think I've realised the reason this really grates me.

    In Lord of the Rings, the heroes failed. Frodo fell to the One Ring's allure and couldn't destroy it. The only reason Sauron was defeated, was because of Gollum's intervention. Because Bilbo, and later Frodo, showed mercy.

    And here we have a game all about VENGEANCE!! and letting enemies escape so you can kill them later for more loot. They've reduced Tolkien's work to an adolescent male power fantasy.

    And I'm saying this as someone who doesn't much like the guy's writing style.
    Reply +2
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor announced

  • Daryoon 12/11/2013

    Also
    in collaboration with Middle-earth Enterprises, Peter Jackson and the artists at Weta Workshop "to ensure that the settings, characters and story align authentically within canon".

    Because clearly Peter Jackson's interpretation is THE DEFINITIVE CANON. Hnng.
    Reply +29
  • Daryoon 12/11/2013

    I wish there was a gif of Tolkien spinning in his grave. It would be appropriate. Reply +26
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts sells $1bn into retail worldwide for launch

  • Daryoon 06/11/2013

    There's more spin here than the average session of Parliament. Reply +1
  • Nintendo axes SpotPass feature of 3DS Letter Box

  • Daryoon 01/11/2013

    Coincidence this happens around the same time Pokemon encourages the mass exchanging of friend codes with people you don't know? Reply +2
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts 720p on Xbox One, 1080p on PS4

  • Daryoon 30/10/2013

    Christ, even my four year old, £300 PC can run shit at 1080p! Reply +16
  • Sonic, Ecco, Shinobi getting new 3D Classics re-makes

  • Daryoon 30/10/2013

    I'd happily throw money at them even without the 3D. The limited number of retro games on the 3DS is a tragedy. Where are the SNES and GBA games ffs?! Reply +5
  • Nintendo sells more Wii Us, but admits it's still hurting profits

  • Daryoon 30/10/2013

    Nintendo could have release a system on par with the PS4/Xbone, complete with FIFA/COD/GTA, and it still wouldn't have sold. The Nintendo brand just doesn't sit well with gaming's core (male, 14-30) demographic.

    I'm saying this from experience. Aside from a handful of people, most of those I know who play Nintendo games do so in secret. It's not something they'd ever want to be made public. It's immature, but that's society for you.
    Reply +2
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze delayed to 2014

  • Daryoon 01/10/2013

    The lack of a NEW Zelda (because we're ignoring aLBW I guess?) might have something to do with Skyward Sword only releasing a couple of years ago, and console Zeldas tend to take a goid few years to develop?

    And we have a new Mario. "It's just an upscaled 3DS game" is a bollocks excuse. You may as well say "Mario World wasn't a proper Mario because it was just an upscaled Mario 3"...
    Reply +4
  • Daryoon 01/10/2013

    I can never quite g et my head around people moaning at Nintendo's 'sparse' release schedule. Are they supposed to be releasing two-three gamrs a month, per system, or something? Where on earth are they supposed to get the resources to achieve something like that?

    In the next few months they've a Mario, a Zelda, a Pokemon, the Wii-Fit/Party/Kareoke, a Mario/Sonic Olypmics title, as well as the various third party names (Sonic, Phoenix Wright, Bravely Default), on top of recently released stuff.

    What, exactly, do people want?!
    Reply +6
  • Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is £50 on eShop this week

  • Daryoon 30/09/2013

    But all of those are all-new releases, rather than an - admittedly fantastic - HD remaster.
    Yeah, and Disney's HD remarster of the Litte Mermaid, released a few weeks back, is also full price. Your point?
    Reply +1
  • Letter from America

  • Daryoon 29/09/2013

    There's something about modern 'social' gaming (from the CoDs to the Candy Crushes) I find inherently anti-social. Maybe I've just walked into too many student households to see people monged out with headsets on, or utterly focused on some near-impossible-unless-you-pay puzzle challenge, but they don't seem to inspire any form of real interaction with people around them.

    On the other hand, the original Super Mario Brothers, or Sonic the Hedgehog, have proven great for people to pick up and (drunkenly) play during parties. You just set a get-through-the-level-as-fast-you-can challenge and let the alcohol handle the rest...

    That should be the barometer, really: can a person who has never played the game before, pick it and have a go, after a few noxious cocktails, and still come away laughing?
    Reply +4