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  • Wolfenstein, The Evil Within reduced in GMG's Black Friday sale

  • Der_tolle_Emil 27/11/2014

    Wolfenstein was a great game, much better than I expected. I am also currently playing through The Evil Within and even though I still constantly confuse the inventory/crouch button I am quite enjoying it. Finally one of those survival horror games where running away is the best course of action and anything else, even using firearms, is the last resort. I am also quite digging the setting, I still have no clue what's real and what not.

    I'd definitely recommend getting both games.
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  • WWE 2K15 review

  • Der_tolle_Emil 27/11/2014

    I have never really been interested in Wrestling, I knew about the big names in the early 90s but that's it. One day shopping with a friend I picked up WWF No Mercy on the N64 though because we were really bored and wanted something to waste the evening on. It still ranks as one of the best impulse purchases ever, what a great game that was - even for us who weren't really into wrestling.

    Guess I'm not the only one with fond memories of the title - this is yet another comment thread about a wrestling game where someone brings up the No Mercy title.
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  • "I don't want to be a part of piracy"

  • Der_tolle_Emil 21/11/2014

    "Cubic Ninja has a level editor, which is the vulnerable part of the game," Rabet explains. "And it has a way of sharing levels, which is through QR codes"

    So Nintendo's archaic online is what led to their own downfall. Awesome.
    Had they went with a proper system of hosting content online, they wouldn't be in this mess.
    Where the content is hosted is irrelevant. It's not difficult to redirect traffic from a game to your own server to get it to download bogus data, Nintendo's online infrastructure has nothing to do with this exploit.
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 21/11/2014

    Am I missing something? There's already R4 flash cartridges available for the 3DS. Why would this hack make Nintendo sweat more than the R4?
    The R4 only works in DS mode, ie. the code has no way to access any of the 3DS' hardware used by real 3DS games.

    Until now there was no way to run code targeting the 3DS' hardware because you could not get any unsigned code to run. That's why this is big news.
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  • How Smash Bros. owners can redeem Mewtwo DLC, soundtrack

  • Der_tolle_Emil 20/11/2014

    Also, I can't wait for the soundtrack. Brawl was one of the biggest and best executed fan services in the entire history of gaming and in-game music has always been the most important thing for me (besides gameplay obviously) in games. Brawl had an absolutely fantastic soundtrack and I can't wait to hear what they came up with this time around. Reply +1
  • Der_tolle_Emil 20/11/2014

    @.Wolfie-kun. No, you're not. You will get the download code if you register both version before the 20th January but the download code itself can only be redeemed between November and January, after that it will expire (and before that it won't work yet). Reply 0
  • The Crew open beta goes live next week

  • Der_tolle_Emil 20/11/2014

    I also played the closed beta and I'm not sure what to think of it. I ignored the story for now because I knew I wouldn't spend enough time with it to make any sense of it anyway and just did a few races. Since I only played Forza Horizon 2 the last few weeks the handling felt, well, odd - but I knew this was going to happen, I just can't wrap my head around playing two racing games at the same time. The handling wasn't bad, just different. (Admittedly I didn't realize the handling could be adjusted as well)

    It sure looked nice though and the map looks massive. That's about as much as I can say about the game. I have to wait for reviews because I think the story, setting etc. just won't appeal to me. I love racing games but I can't stand if they try to be cool or gritty.

    At any rate, not really sure why so many people think this will fail, it might not have what I am looking for in a racing game but it still felt quite solid overall.
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  • Nintendo isn't working on any paid DLC for Super Smash Bros.

  • Der_tolle_Emil 20/11/2014

    @ol (or however I have to quote your name with that fancy sql escaping going on): You are completely right about amiibos. I came here to say the same thing; The principle is pretty much exactly the same. Not that I am saying it's a stupid idea, far from it. DLC isn't a bad idea either if you ask me but the concept has been poorly executed most of the time and has been downright exploited in recent years (see some F2P games).

    However, amiibos kind of re-invent the whole DLC idea. They address a lot of issues that "traditional" DLC has. DLC doesn't feel like anything valuable or worthy of possession since it's all just digital. It's why people still buy physical media (regardless of whether it's games, movies, music, books etc.). Even though it's just a small, inexpensive figurine it automatically feels valuable. Then there's the obvious advantage of being able to use them with more than just a single game; And unlocking something in another game by owning the right amiibo feels far more like an "achievement" than entering your credit card details.

    Basically, it makes DLC (and in a wider sense all digital content) far more personal than it has ever been.

    As much as I love to be cynical I just can't find anything bad to say about amiibos.
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  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Director's Cut is heading to PS4 and Xbox One

  • Der_tolle_Emil 19/11/2014

    I enjoyed it but didn't finish it. You really need to be someone who likes to hunt for highscores to get the most out of the title which is something that does appeal to me but I simply don't have enough time for right now (only started playing recently, bought the WiiU version but the no-audio/music-on-gamepad-bug meant I never started to play it when it came out).

    Still nice to see this come to other platforms as it is definitely one of the best platformers that were released in recent years.
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  • Far Cry 4 PC users accidentally reveal they pirated the game

  • Der_tolle_Emil 19/11/2014

    Time to offer all the games in full but require unlocking the full version once gameplay time exceeds a certain amount. Reply +1
  • Maniac Mansion creators launch Kickstarter for spiritual successor Thimbleweed Park

  • Der_tolle_Emil 18/11/2014

    Happy to see this - but wasn't Day of the Tentacle the successor to Maniac Mansion?
    Well, if we are being pedantic then I'd say Day of the Tentacle was the sequel, not the successor :P

    On topic though: I kind of wished they would have gone for a DOTT style look instead of the original Maniac Mansion - or any other LucasArts game. Maniac Mansion was great but I never found the art style appealing. Compared to other LucasArts games it just had no charme to it.
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  • Shelter and Pid dev releases stop-motion shmup The Blue Flamingo

  • Der_tolle_Emil 18/11/2014

    Looks interesting, pretty sure I'll get it - even though once you are accustomed to bullet hell shmups it's hard to go back. It probably won't glue to me to the screen for weeks but then again I didn't think Shelter would either. They are definitely talented guys. Reply +1
  • Get Witcher 2 free in the GOG autumn sale

  • Der_tolle_Emil 13/11/2014

    Ooooh, another sale. Will check this one out, I always get giddy when there's a Steam sale but the last ones have been quite disappointing because they always have the exact same games discounted and I already own all the ones I really want. There's a ton on GOG though that I don't yet own so that should make for a nice distraction for once.

    Edit: Speaking of GOG, is the Galaxy Beta live already? I think I signed up ages ago but I don't have the client yet. Maybe I missed an email. I'd love to have a proper GOG client, I admit I am incredibly lazy and the luxury of having a central library is the reason I still mostly buy on Steam instead from other platforms.
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  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth review

  • Der_tolle_Emil 13/11/2014

    I need to try this again at some point. The first time around it really didn't appeal to me at all but I don't know why. Then again I found Spelunky massively overrated as well. Maybe it's because I grew up with Nintendo games and miss the tight controls. I remember both this and Spelunky having quite floaty controls for a lack of better words and I guess I just can't wrap my head around them.

    However, I also feel like I gave up on this way too soon and haven't given it a proper chance. I guess now is the time to do so.
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  • GTA: San Andreas Steam update removes songs, breaks some save files

  • Der_tolle_Emil 10/11/2014

    apprently they did this with Vice City. If you were to buy that game now, you'd have a stripped soundtrack, but exisiting users weren't affected when they removed tracks.
    I didn't know that, thanks! Maybe I blamed Steam a bit too early :)
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 10/11/2014

    I was just thinking about this, am I right in thinking if we start up Steam with no connection and flip SA not to update we should be good, it will still play won't it?
    You can't skip updates anymore. If you are online and you start the game it will get patched. However, if you set the game not to update automatically and then always launch Steam in offline mode before launching San Andreas you should be fine.

    Also some games can be launched without having Steam running - although beware that a lot of games also start the Steam service once you launch the executable, but if my memory serves correctly having a game start the Steam service will skip the patching process. I haven't tried this in quite a while though so I'd say launching Steam in offline mode is the safest way to go.
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 10/11/2014

    Steam should really come up with some sort of system to allow different revisions of the same game like they do with country-specific releases.

    It's one thing to remove a game from the store because it cannot be sold (in its current state) due to expired licenses; It's not pretty but I understand that this is something that needs to be done and will always happen with licensed content (after all, this isn't something that's specific to digital media, newer prints of certain DVDs have missing soundtracks etc. as well, unfortunately).

    However, it's something else to "backport" the cuts to games already sold. Personally I'd blame Steam more than I blame Rockstar in this case. I guess releasing a new, "cut" version wasn't possible so the only thing they were able to do was patch the original release.
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  • The games that have defined PS4 and Xbox One

  • Der_tolle_Emil 09/11/2014

    While I do enjoy my XBO I really can't help but feel like my WiiU is still the only console that feels next-gen to me. The XBO is just... shinier. Great games nonetheless but definitely the most "unimpressive" generational leap ever. Reply +23
  • Which PS4 games block Share Play?

  • Der_tolle_Emil 07/11/2014

    @Frybird I wouldn't be surprised if some games have had this feature disabled rather early in development because they couldn't be bothered to put their game through Q&A while also testing Share Play. It's not unreasonable to disable the feature instead of keeping it enabled only to find out that once the patch goes live your game stops working or acts up when using Share Play.

    There's probably less pressure to create a patch to re-enable Share Play than having to patch a game because Share Play doesn't work. Even if the system takes care of all the Share Play features there are bound to be some edge cases where it just doesn't work.

    Completely disabling it just in case isn't an elegant solution but I can understand that devs/publishers are more comfortable with that compared to having their game break.
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  • Der_tolle_Emil 07/11/2014

    Anyone here with some knowledge about the PS4 SDK? Reading recent articles about games supplying their own drivers for older controllers/wheels it seems like devs are able to implement their own ways of polling controller input? That could be one of the reasons why some games don't work at the moment, although I somehow doubt any dev would come up with their own controller interface for the official controller (if that is even allowed). Reply +1
  • Majora's Mask is getting remade on 3DS... finally

  • Der_tolle_Emil 05/11/2014

    At this point I would have been far more surprised if they hadn't announced it... and also far more disappointed. Absolutely brilliant game, day 1 purchase for sure. Reply 0
  • After Burner 2, Fantasy Zone, OutRun and more remastered for Nintendo 3DS

  • Der_tolle_Emil 04/11/2014

    Wait, OutRun still isn't out? Hasn't it been released in Japan on April or something like that? Oh well, I am really looking forward to it. Reply +2
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 gets 55-track CD and vinyl soundtrack

  • Der_tolle_Emil 04/11/2014

    Nothing beats KGBH in fantastic medium wave anyway. If you'd ask me what the GTA V soundtrack was like I don't think I'd be able to even name a single song.

    GTA IV had nice music though, I especially liked the new music added to the Rock and Hardcore stations from the Lost and Damned.
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  • Twitch cracks down on "sexually suggestive clothing"

  • Der_tolle_Emil 28/10/2014

    This is a tricky subject. On one hand I don't like censorship but on the other hand some channels were clearly crossing the line of what twitch is supposed to be. A girl sitting in front of her PC with in a bikini asking for donations to do push-ups... well, it's kind of awkward if such a channel is on the front page because it has 10k+ active viewers. Obviously no one gets forced to watch it but I'd still rather have a 'clean' platform. People interested in watching people in bikinis have more than enough alternatives. Reply +7
  • Star Wars: X-Wing and Tie Fighter re-releasing on PC

  • Der_tolle_Emil 28/10/2014

    Absolutely loved X-Wing back then but never played it with a proper joystick. A friend of mine and me both got one when X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter was released... we wasted several weeks on this playing multiplayer. It will be interesting to revisit X-Wing and also play Tie Fighter, which I missed when it came out. Reply +4
  • Codemasters making a Micro Machines-style racer called Toybox Turbos

  • Der_tolle_Emil 24/10/2014

    This is one of the few series of games that I never really got into. Well, they were fun playing alone but multiplayer never worked for us. Short three second bursts of gameplay at the most until the game placed the missing players back on the track again. Reply 0
  • Animal survival game Shelter 2 reveals first gameplay

  • Der_tolle_Emil 24/10/2014

    The first one was brilliant. I got it to waste a quick half hour on it because as much as I enjoy indie games I get bored with a lot of them rather quickly. I thought it didn't have much to offer besides unique looks. Eventually I played through it twice without taking a single break. The level design and the way everything is presented (visuals and audio) really work incredibly well together and I have to admit that losing my first offspring had more of an emotional impact than I would have imagined.

    Will definitely check this one out as well.
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  • 3D Realms returns, releases anthology

  • Der_tolle_Emil 24/10/2014

    @ansionnach Some games are still listed as free on that page. I think all of the ones you named are available, except for Wolfenstein 3D, although I'm not sure if that was ever released as freeware in its original form. The source code has been released but with the game being pretty much on every paid platform (even consoles) forever now I don't think it was available elsewhere; Could be wrong though (the page you linked to also only shows a browser version, not the original DOS version) Reply +1
  • Der_tolle_Emil 23/10/2014

    Alien Carnage! I thought it looked familiar in the trailer but the name didn't ring a bell... I only remember it as Halloween Harry, played the shareware version quite a lot back then. Might get it just for this title alone, pretty much already own all of the other titles that I remember. Reply 0
  • Microsoft to end free Xbox Music streaming

  • Der_tolle_Emil 23/10/2014

    I don't even know if it was available where I live. Although I doubt I would have used it. It's really unfortunate that's radio service has been discontinued, I enjoyed that quite a lot. At least I was able to listen to music that isn't to be found on any other streaming service.

    Hopefully there will be a useful bandcamp app for Windows Phone one day, that's where I get most of my music at the moment. (Although the lack of an app is not too bad, the mobile browser website works just fine to stream music as well).
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  • Spec Analysis: Alienware Alpha

  • Der_tolle_Emil 22/10/2014

    thanks to the inclusion of an HDMI input, presumably for set-top box passthrough.
    Are there more details on the HDMI input? If there's a way to actually process the input in the OS I could be interested. I am missing a DVR right now but I could use one for F1 races in Asia when I am too lazy to get up but I don't want yet another device under my TV. I could replace my current XBMC setup with this though and add a bit of DVR functionality which would also somewhat justify the processing power (I doubt I'd use it to play games).
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  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas getting Xbox 360 re-release, leaked Achievements suggest

  • Der_tolle_Emil 22/10/2014

    Meh. I know I'm in the minority but I really didn't enjoy San Andreas at all. To be fair though GTA4 is the only 3D GTA that I managed to complete before getting bored. Vice City was more of my thing but then again I've been mentally stuck in the 80s for quite a while now :) Reply +5
  • Defense Grid 2 review

  • Der_tolle_Emil 22/10/2014

    @Rogueywon This pretty much sums up how I feel about the game. The first one was simply more charming. In terms of gameplay the second one easily beats it though. For me that's more than acceptable because if it was just more of the same I'm not sure if I would have kept playing it because I played the first one quite extensively. Since the new one is much more balanced (in every single way possible) I got hooked yet again; And I haven't even tried co-op yet!

    It is disappointing though that the dialogue cannot keep up with the first one. In fact, I found out I already started to skip most of it after a handful of levels. It's too convoluted and the pacing is quite bad as well. Almost nothing during a mission and then after the last wave you get 5 minutes of rather boring dialogue with nothing to do.

    Overall though I am quite impressed that the team managed to pull off a sequel that doesn't get boring by just properly balancing towers. As you said, three or four towers were more than enough to beat the game in the first one. In the second one a single tower can decide if you get a perfect score or not. Even for DG experts the sequel can offer quite a challenge.
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  • Dev behind Paranautical Activity Steam storm resigns, apologises

  • Der_tolle_Emil 22/10/2014

    Pro-tip: If you try to sound sincere when apologizing don't use yet another curse word in your statement.

    That remark about 'shitty company' was totally unnecessary; Grow up already.
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  • PSN ad uses the font from Xbox One-exclusive Sunset Overdrive

  • Der_tolle_Emil 22/10/2014

    Nothing more than slightly ironic given the unfortunate timing, but other than that it's not a big deal at all. To be honest if it wasn't mentioned that this was Sunset Overdrive's font I would not have noticed. Reply +1
  • Xbox One November update adds custom backgrounds, Twitter integration

  • Der_tolle_Emil 21/10/2014

    It really is quite impressive how much effort Microsoft puts into improving the console's OS. To be honest I didn't miss any of the features that the new update will introduce but at least we are getting closer (hopefully) to getting custom soundtracks back. I don't think they have ever been officially announced but if MS keeps putting out updates at a pace like this they are bound to happen at some point. Reply +4
  • Valve pulls game from Steam following dev's tweet threatening Gabe Newell

  • Der_tolle_Emil 21/10/2014

    On the positive side there will now be a lot more people who have heard about this game compared to last week. I never heard of this before (I think).

    Seriously though, I can understand how frustrating it must be to pour your heart and soul into a game for months/years and then get your release 'screwed' up. While he clearly overreacted with his words I understand the frustration that got him to tweet what he did (although there are worse things than having your game labeled early access for a day or so).
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  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection has 20GB day one patch to unlock multiplayer

  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/10/2014

    They really should have put this on two discs. It's unlikely that they only just now realized that there isn't enough space to fit all the content on a single disc. Of course one could argue that if you are interested in the multiplayer aspect you probably have an internet connection but 20gb is still quite a lot of data to download even these days. Reply +5
  • Civilian massacring game Hatred courts controversy, gets it

  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/10/2014

    This reminds me of what I thought of when I first saw Hotline Miami. I didn't really know what the game was about and the clip was just full of senseless violence and blood everywhere. I thought it was the game's only selling point. (When I got it later I obviously realized that that's far from true)

    What I am trying to get at is: I think we all tend to judge way too much by looks. This isn't the first game where killing civilians racks up the score counter. This also certainly isn't the first game where you kill people that are begging for mercy. I think if the game looked different it would have been judged differently. It would either be labeled satire (or god forbid art) or nobody would take it seriously at all - because everyone knows it's just a game.

    I don't want to defend this game in any way, it doesn't appeal to my tastes in games at all, I just thought we'd be at a point where we are all well aware that tasteless games exist and that we can live on without stirring up some huge controversy about violence in games again - especially because I think that (for now) the game is mostly judged because of the way it looks.

    Oh well, I hope this isn't too confusing :)
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  • The Evil Within review

  • Der_tolle_Emil 17/10/2014

    I haven't preordered yet because I'm still having way too much fun with Forza Horizon 2 but it sure sounds like I have to move this game to the top of my 'what to buy next' list.

    A slightly unrelated question though:
    (recommendation: move the resource management menu away from the analogue stick button)
    Is that really an issue? When I read this sentence I was immediately reminded of a Gran Turismo clip here on EG where the driver was constantly using the horn at pretty much every single turn. I never had any issues with accidentally pressing the stick, is that something that happens all the time for some people?
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  • Shovel Knight heads to 3DS and Wii U in Europe next month

  • Der_tolle_Emil 15/10/2014

    @jayolad The 3D effect seems to work incredibly well for this game but I'm still opting for the WiiU version, I just like the gamepad too much. Reply +4
  • Nintendo announces month of Donkey Kong eShop deals

  • Der_tolle_Emil 13/10/2014

    Oh that's nice, I still haven't bought Tropical Freeze but I always wanted to. Now I don't have any excuses anymore. Reply +7
  • Digital Foundry vs DriveClub

  • Der_tolle_Emil 08/10/2014

    I really need to find some high bitrate HD footage of this and play it on my TV. The game looks absolutely stunning even in shots where inaccuracies and lack of detail are usually far, far more apparent than when actually playing the game (or just seeing everything in motion). Highly impressive stuff. Reply +1
  • DriveClub review

  • Der_tolle_Emil 07/10/2014

    That's unfortunate. On a positive note owners of both platforms won't have such a hard time deciding whether they should get Forza or this (first). Reply +7
  • Zelda fans re-making Ocarina of Time in 2D

  • Der_tolle_Emil 30/09/2014

    An enviable effort but I don't think it will work, unfortunately. It looks really, really nice but I don't see how they are going to convert the dungeons without changing them completely and ultimately those are the biggest strength of the series. Even the very first dungeon (Deku Tree) is an almost completely vertical affair... and I don't want to even think about how they are going to tackle the water temple.

    I would love to see this work but I don't think it will - unless the end result has very little to do with OOT but that probably defeats the whole point.
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  • Project Cars shooting for 1080p 60fps on both Xbox One and PS4

  • Der_tolle_Emil 29/09/2014

    I chuckled a bit at the irony of a studio trying to get a 600 updates per second engine rendering at 1080/60 on the WiiU using the name "Slightly Mad".

    And no, I'm not dissing the WiiU in any way; I'm just glad the devs aren't ignoring the platform even though it clearly isn't the favored platform when it comes to simulations. I just hope they can keep the 60fps which I guess are the most important part when it comes to this game's look and feel.
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  • How Left4Dead changed my life for the better

  • Der_tolle_Emil 28/09/2014

    Absolutely fantastic series, although I did prefer the first one. The thing is, the first one also worked fairly well when played with strangers. In L4D2 there was almost always this one guy who thought using a melee weapon was appropriate because it was cool. Thing is, when played on a higher difficulty they are pretty much useless. A pistol will always be superior, there is almost no situation where the risk of taking 20 damage is worth sticking with a melee weapon. The fact that this is a co-op affair that worked so well even with complete strangers (and without using a microphone) is what made this game quite special for me. I just never imagined something like this would work. Reply +5
  • Forza Horizon 2 review

  • Der_tolle_Emil 25/09/2014

    Absolutely loved the first one. I was skeptical at first, the whole festival thingy felt incredibly out of place at first. Fortunately it never messed with your driving and even though I really, really didn't like it, I still didn't feel like it felt forced. Reading about it being even less of a thing this time around sounds brilliant though.

    Personally I feel like there's only one downside to this: I'm currently playing Forza 5 and I think I can't go back to it after playing this. F5 was kind of a disappointment, driving is still great but there are just soooo few tracks... and I never understood why all the Forza games take what feels like several minutes until a track is fully loaded.

    Anyway, this is really excited about Horizon 2. Great times to be a racing fan.
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  • The New 3DS XL unlocks the potential of Nintendo's handheld

  • Der_tolle_Emil 19/09/2014

    @Nikanoru Finally someone who understands that a resistive/stylus based touch display is sooooo much better for gaming than capacitive. Yes, if you only want to use your fingers you have to get used to using your fingernails but that's about it. Yes, resistive is almost ancient compared to today's touch screens but they are just so much better suited to gaming that it really doesn't matter in the slightest. Reply +2
  • Der_tolle_Emil 19/09/2014

    Ah yes, the charger debate. I am glad that the charger isn't included, it makes zero sense these days. Worst case scenario is you don't have one already and need to carry home two boxes instead of one. Looking at the big picture and this way being cheaper and more environment-friendly I guess that's more than acceptable. Reply -1