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  • Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud is coming to Switch… in Japan

  • Ghibli 14/09/2017

    I'd have to assume if they really are streaming the game via the "cloud" then even downloading off the Japanese eShop will be pointless as the lag would be horrendous?

    /hopes dashed
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  • Absolver review

  • Ghibli 30/08/2017

    @Galactic_Inquisitor totally agree. I often get frustrated at what the clones try to copy.

    For me, it's about atmosphere, world building, and underlying (non combat ) systems. Rolling and turtling ( much as I enjoy them in DS) do not a souls like make.

    I played a fair bit of this yesterday and by that criteria, *for me* this is far more a souls game than many of the clones. Although I feel the term is overused now and is starting to become restrictive.
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  • Microsoft and PlayerUnknown dance around the thorny issue of Battlegrounds console exclusivity

  • Ghibli 25/08/2017

    That Mike Ybarra interview was one of the most infuriating double talk interviews I've ever seen. They need a Shu in their squad. I thought Phil Spencer was that guy. Clearly I was wrong. Reply 0
  • Slime Rancher is the poop-farming sim you didn't know you needed

  • Ghibli 25/08/2017

    My 11 year old is mad for this. I've played a bit and was fairly impressed although the harvest moon / stardew games aren't my bag.

    Definitely highly recommend it for parents to try with their kids though.
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  • F1 2017 review

  • Ghibli 24/08/2017

    A touring car game by codies... Ohhhh baby what a wonderful dream. Reply +3
  • Shenmue 3 reveals new in-engine footage in Gamescom trailer

  • Ghibli 22/08/2017

    The trolls will be all over this at launch anyway because of its Sony console exclusivity. That's what this is really about isn't it? Reply -7
  • Ghibli 22/08/2017

    Jeffrey, while I enjoy your reviews etc, the sneering attempts at agenda setting about visual styles which don't fit your personal aesthetic is a bit much at times. C.f. This and your nidhogg 2 review; neither of which are offensive to look at and work brilliantly in their own contexts.

    I'd rather have visually interesting games like this and nidhogg than bland homogenised beige games that seem to be your requirement. The character design here works perfectly in the context of Shenmue. It would probably be very weird to see them looking photo realistic.
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  • Titanfall's smartphone game offers a possible insight into why the series is struggling

  • Ghibli 14/08/2017

    There was a clear agenda to the way TF2 was released and it has everything to do with them doing the right thing re: DLC. Reply 0
  • Sundered review

  • Ghibli 10/08/2017

    I've been gripped by this since launch day. It's great for just dipping into but I often find myself playing for a couple of hours if I find myself making progress.

    I really like the way the procedural map works. You still know where key areas are but the route to them or between them always changes. Also, the animation is sublime. In some ways it reminds me of the first time I played Prince of Persia.

    Currently on the first main boss. I've nearly taken it down twice but by the end of that fight is nearly impossible to see your own character because so much is going on, on the screen.

    I think if you like Dead Cells, you might like this. Although personally, It's made me want to go and play Jotun, a game I nearly pulled the trigger on a number of times.
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  • Sit comfortably, there's an official adult Witcher colouring book

  • Ghibli 02/08/2017

    Top subheading. Although I had to read it in something close to cockney before I realised it wasn't a typo ;) Reply +1
  • Playing Civilization as Trump

  • Ghibli 22/07/2017

    @DarthZA after so many months of precious EG readers getting their noses out of joint because of (I'm guessing here ): women writing funny articles/ putting some of the real world in to games writing/ putting your right wing nose out of joint, quite frankly I couldn't give a fuck what you or your broflake brethren consider "winning". Reply +24
  • Ghibli 22/07/2017

    Wow. So many broflakes. Reply +60
  • The End Is Nigh game you never knew existed

  • Ghibli 14/07/2017

    @BabyBabyBabyOh always surprises me and pleases me just how many people still get that reference.

    Stoneybridge toon coonsil!
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  • Ghibli 14/07/2017

    I WILL PERUSE IT Reply +1
  • The Tomorrow Children shuts down in November

  • Ghibli 06/07/2017

    That actually makes me sad, if not surprised. I enjoyed it. The whole Soviet era ethic was (very) weirdly comforting for an old git like me. Reply +8
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe patch makes it easier for players to catch up

  • Ghibli 29/06/2017

    @Whitster totally agree. I honestly think folk who get so angry about these things in Mario kart of all games need to think about whether the game is really for them.

    Hint: I suspect it isn't. It's a family racer where the joy is in the screams of anguish as you blue shell your friends.

    It's like getting in a huff because a three year old gets a strike at the bowling alley with the bumpers up.
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  • Ellie Gibson on E3

  • Ghibli 17/06/2017

  • Tokyo 42 review

  • Ghibli 01/06/2017

    @ihnm_aims I think possibly it used some difficult words and now his fragile ego is blistered. Reply +2
  • Arms Global Testpunch will refuel with more modes for this weekend

  • Ghibli 30/05/2017

    I enjoyed the last testpunch immensely. Personally preferred the mummy fella, but like them all, even the blob. Reply 0
  • Farpoint review

  • Ghibli 16/05/2017

    @m0thr4 I think most of those stats are more to do with how chicken most of us are. I love that game, but haven't finished it due to a severe case of the nopes. And I happen to know the storyboard artist so feel obligated to get past my fears :) Reply +1
  • Ghibli 16/05/2017

    Still looking forward to it. Never expected it to be anything but b movie schlock. Iirc there's another aim compatible shooter pretty damn soon which admittedly looks a lot better.

    As for price, I got it from shopto for 67.

    Ah. Here it is:
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  • The next game from the people behind Tropico is Surviving Mars

  • Ghibli 12/05/2017

    To be fair, if you want to capitalise on Mars news, now's the time. I can understand a rushed trailer :) Reply +6
  • PS4 WipEout's classic sleeve is PSX nostalgia supreme

  • Ghibli 10/05/2017

    @jabberwocky I had actually forgotten about the manta ray. Used to stick that on to chill out after an night on the town.

    The dinosaur was like our pet though. We called her Tulip. ;)
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  • Ghibli 10/05/2017

    God that takes me back.

    First PS game I ever played. I remember the console arriving at the house on launch day but God knows who I ordered from. There weren't any online shops then. Ripped the box open, hurriedly set everything up and jacked in for... Oh... The next 20 odd years. Student loan well spent even if it did mean baked beans for the rest of the year ;)

    I also remember slashing my thumb open that day, because I couldn't keep my eyes away from Wipeout as my then housemate had a shot. Cutting a big doorstep off a loaf, plus a little bit of thumb.

    I have loved wipeout ever since.

    I wish Sony would bring back the Dinosaur demo though. And Battle Arena Toshinden.
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  • Birthdays the Beginning review

  • Ghibli 05/05/2017

    My 11 year old is desperate to play this. I'll dl the demo and have a look see. I love the idea, and the presentation. Like bonsai ecosystem building. Reply +2
  • All Walls Must Fall is an isometric tech-noir tactics game set in Berlin 2089

  • Ghibli 28/03/2017

    Chuffed to bits it got funded. I was backer number 40 or something, at that point it wasn't looking likely. Reply 0
  • Ghibli 22/03/2017

    Just backed it. Looks right up my street. Reply +5
  • Mass Effect Andromeda players want a mute button for its chatty AI

  • Ghibli 27/03/2017

    I really wish the trend of reporting on reddit and GAF threads would die a quick and painless death. It simply amplifies the whining and exinguishes any chance of balance.

    It's just negativity bias in it's most basic form and EG constantly putting a megaphone to it is getting tiresome. Formulate your own thoughts EG, that's when you're at your best.
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  • Nintendo investigating Switch Joy-Con issues

  • Ghibli 13/03/2017

    @RawShark in my experience, handheld mode is fine; it's just in TV mode.

    Edit: wow, interesting. Negged for not experiencing issues in handheld mode. Obviously I'm wrong. I must have actually experienced issues.

    Fanboys everywhere, do the rest of us a favour and lag yourselves off a cliff.
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  • Ghibli 13/03/2017

    I love my Switch, but all i have to do is put my feet up, and the left joycon will start to lag out. Full disconnections are rare, but being unresponsive is very common. I'm a serious amount of hours through Zelda though, and there's no way I'm losing that progress so i either play in handheld mode (which is glorious) or bring out my xrocker chair and sit very close to the switch with a joycon in each hand (even then, if my knee gets in the way it'll lag out).

    I suspect there's a lot of under reporting here. It's a fly in an otherwise fantastic ointment imo. I'm happy to put up with it for now, because the experience is otherwise everything i hoped for, but i can see Ninty's support system getting flooded as more people complete Zelda.
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  • Outlast 2 comes out in April

  • Ghibli 07/03/2017

    I thought the first one was magnificent; I bought the dlc and still can't bring myself to play it, because outlast shat me up good and proper. I'm not sure I can cope with more but I'm very happy they're building some buzz about it.

    If you've not played it, then I urge you to try it. ;)
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  • GAME is having trouble with launch day Nintendo Switch deliveries

  • Ghibli 03/03/2017

    I preordered mine from Amazon 1 minute after preorders went live; we ordered one for my daughter from Argos last week. Guess which one hasn't arrived yet, and has in fact been sent to the wrong side of Scotland. I am fucking furious with Amazon. This is the third expensive item to go walkies with them since xmas. The first being a surface pro 4. Thankfully they refunded me sharpish with that one.

    Amazon logistics are complete and utter shite, to the point where I'm starting to think they have a security problem.

    Ah well. At least my little un is having fun with snipperclips. It's a lovely machine.
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  • The Nintendo 64 turns 20 in Europe

  • Ghibli 01/03/2017

    Didn't even need a byline there. I knew the author just from the subheading. Reply 0
  • Jelly Deals: Steam Link and Steam Controller discounted by up to 60%

  • Ghibli 23/02/2017

    I'll just echo the praise for the Link. I've got it streaming across the house to my bedroom telly via Powerline adaptors and it's flawless. It was decent on 5g WiFi but a set of Powerline adaptors sees nigh on perfect streaming, at least in my case.

    I really like the controller too, but YMMV. You have to be prepared to really dig in to its customisable settings and profiles to get the best out of it. Initially I found that very off-putting as it doesn't ease you in to that process at all.

    I think it's actually best for people who might have grip issues with traditional pads. I have problems with my right hand, and being able to set certain buttons to the paddles; and not only that, but being able to set the paddles to toggle on rather than have to hold them down, when that function isn't available in game? That was a godsend to me.
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  • For Honor is the best fighting game I've played in ages

  • Ghibli 14/02/2017

    I had started to run cold on this one @wyp100 but you may just have sold me on it. Soul Calibur is pretty much my holy grail. Is the 6v6 too chaotic? I like to divide responsibility for my losses with as many people as possible ;) Reply 0
  • Controversial PC game key reseller fights fires in Reddit AMA

  • Ghibli 03/02/2017

    Finally. Gaming community outrage as a force for good. Reply +13
  • The Eurogamer Podcast 27: Donlan's off on sabbatical

  • Ghibli 31/01/2017

    @dadrester Ha! Yeah, glad to hear it Daft of me to jump to conclusions ;) Reply +1
  • Ghibli 31/01/2017

    @Bratterz Well that's good. I suffer from a similar condition to Christian and I know the necessity of taking a rest (assuming I'm on the right track here).

    That the podcast remains is important. I do a couple of small, infrequent, gaming ones myself and they're a great way to feed the brain and the soul. But even that can be a massive effort at times. Pass on my regards to him. ;)

    Edit: ah excellent! Just started listening. Glad I was on the wrong track. Book sounds excellent :)
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  • Ghibli 31/01/2017

    Haven't listened yet, but come back soon Christian. Hope everything's ok. The place won't be the same without your enthusiasm for the medium. :( Reply +7
  • Dirt 4 is more evidence that Codemasters is back on track

  • Ghibli 30/01/2017


    Just trawled through that thread all morning. There's a metric shit-ton of info there! Kickup is a trooper :)

    Again, thanks for posting. It's turned me around. Looking forward to it now.
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  • Ghibli 30/01/2017

    @VirtuaIceMan thanks for the link. That's going to be my reading for the morning ;) Reply 0
  • Ghibli 30/01/2017

    @porkface that's all great to hear Martin! I'm quite surprised at how protective I feel about DR ;) I guess it signalled a return of my favourite subgenre from the wilderness.

    I did read that one of the codriver options was Nicky Grist who is obviously hero material. So that did please me a lot.

    Fully cross platform boards?! That's huge! And saves me a lot of money ;)

    Cheers for the quick reply!
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  • Ghibli 30/01/2017

    Can you expand a bit on the cross platform leaderboards Martin? Are we talking all platforms here? That would mean I might not have to triple dip in order to compete with my diaspora of gaming mates strewn across all versions of the game.

    I'm still a bit concerned. Disappointed that there's no real stages. Although it's good that they have the rallycross license, I'm still wary of the handling. Right now I'm looking forward much more to the psvr version of Dirt Rally than this.

    What is the codriver like? Again Dirt Rally does this amazingly well precisely because of the existing stages. It's surely going to sound less natural wth the new system?

    I really want to be proved wrong but I think your advice about not getting rid of Dirt Rally might be very good advice indeed.

    Doubtless I'll get this, but I really hope there's a true sequel to DR. WRC isn't the only licence. There's the ERC for one thing among other options. And that's got some spectacular rally locations too.
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  • Why VR might be the next weapon in the war on dementia

  • Ghibli 29/01/2017

    Thanks EG for taking note of the complaints re: reporting VR. It's appreciated. :)

    On topic. I love pieces like this. I've got a specific interest in the therapeutic uses for gaming and gaming tech as I have neurological disorder which has left me in constant pain. That I was a gamer before it happened was a massive stroke of luck, as it was games that kept the pain away while I was fighting to get treatment.

    It has so much potential to help people, and VR is a really key part of that imo
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  • Ace Combat 7 now coming to PC and Xbox One as well as PS4

  • Ghibli 27/01/2017

    @captain-T-dawg absolutely!

    Still looking forward to it. This will be my first AC game in over a decade. As the Upload (look EG! Somebody is pointing people away from your site to get news you could easily cover!) article mentions, it's the desire for a cinematic story that's really been the problem in terms of their VR implementation. Although Resi says hello I guess.

    I'm just in the beginnings of experimenting with VR photography and video as an added extra for my tiny photo business and it becomes apparent very quickly that directing the viewer's eye is ridiculously hard. So I can kind if see where they're coming from.
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  • Ghibli 27/01/2017

    @bemani sadly not. I thought so too until yesterday.

    If EG would actually cover VR news after months and years of hyping it up pre psvr, maybe less people would hold that belief.

    I recommend UploadVR as a decent source of VR news seeing as it's not available here.
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  • Dirt 4 announced, and it's out this year

  • Ghibli 26/01/2017

    @Some_Goats I think you're right, and would love a return of Blur for instance. But my god, am I glad Dirt Rally ditched all those trappings. I really hope they keep at it.

    Edit: if you want arcade rally then the latest WRC game is a decent stab in that direction btw.
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  • GAME cancels Resident Evil 7 Collector's Edition orders due to broken Baker Mansion statues

  • Ghibli 24/01/2017

    It was Yodel wasn't it? Did they throw them over GAME's back garden fence when nobody was in? Reply +33
  • Sources: Microsoft and Platinum part ways on Scalebound, development ceased

  • Ghibli 10/01/2017

    @C-Gar while I understand your PoV. I think you misunderstand the situation a little.

    While Wes was (as I said under his article) depressingly cynical about the ps4 going forward. I don't think that would have changed at all, had he written about anything else. Be that MS, Nintendo or VR.

    The issue with that ps4 article imo wasn't that it was deliberately biased per se. It was that in the face of all of that great stuff incoming, Wes, part of the /enthusiast/ press, can't muster any enthusiasm.

    I just don't think Wes seems that excited about gaming (Street fighter aside) anymore, regardless of platform. And if I'm honest, I think that's just a sign of a larger problem with a jaded gaming press.

    I still think we need Wes'cynicism. His journalistic skills have really come on leaps and bounds, over the last couple of years and that's something sorely needed in gaming.
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  • Sony's 2017: steady as she goes as PS4 goes big on games

  • Ghibli 05/01/2017

    @captain-T-dawg honestly, while I admire Wes' journalistic chops (his investigative stuff is sometimes brilliant), I find his stuff depressingly cynical almost all of the rest of the time.

    I'm sure he's genuine but it absolutely doesn't mesh with my take on this year, or even last year. To the point where you start to wonder if games is really Wes' true calling. =|

    Sorry Wes. Probably seems a bit harsh.
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