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  • That Dragon, Cancer dev delivers heartfelt acceptance speech at The Game Awards

  • Laythe_AD 02/12/2016

    @JosephB It's so unflinchingly awkward, the way they toothy grin and showbiz smile their way through awarding something for someones therapeutic work over the loss of their son. It's very badly done.

    That said, to give the benefit of the doubt, there's every chance they don't know what game is receiving the award or even have much of a clue as to the games real content, so the painfully forced reaction in that context is maybe more understandable.

    My bigger gripe with these awards is that we're given no context for why games were nominated for their respective award or why they won. I look at some of the other nominated games in that category with interest, for example, but nothing in that presentation tells me what qualities they brought to the table, what they set out to achieve, or even what their vague premise was. I'm as left in the dark about them as I was before the presentation, bar a five second video clip. What is supposed to be a celebration of the industries finer points doesn't give much indication of actually caring much about the industry, though I would like to note some of the acceptance speeches themselves were very well spoken with heartfelt and genuinely interesting points made.
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  • The promising-looking Space Hulk: Deathwing just got a 17 minute gameplay video

  • Laythe_AD 18/11/2016

    @F.Rod. Define flop? I don't think they've budgeted for huge sales. It'll be fine. Reply 0
  • Watch: Seven minigames that (nearly) eclipsed the main game

  • Laythe_AD 12/11/2016

    Where is Tekken Bowl you monsters? Reply +3
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon will let you fight some very familiar faces

  • Laythe_AD 27/10/2016

    I was so certain I was going all in with the rowlet, but that final form and typing for that otherwise hateful sealion and Litten ending up as Incineroar make it a bit trickier to choose. Reply 0
  • Nintendo Switch has a 6.2" 720p multi-touch screen

  • Laythe_AD 27/10/2016

    Given that the 3DS is also being done away with, the touch screen would be pretty important for any successor games from that system, like Pokemon, et al. Reply 0
  • Sun and Moon refresh the Pokémon ritual

  • Laythe_AD 12/10/2016

    @LordDemigod The games arguably cater to too diverse a fanbase to up the difficulty too much. I did like that the last two installments altered the XP share to work for the whole party, a neat little encouragement to experiment and try new pokemon without being punished too badly with a fresh leveling grind each time you want to make a change to your team. So the games difficulty is in many ways a choice. Reply 0
  • What happened to Japan's once bountiful vintage game stores?

  • Laythe_AD 09/10/2016

    @-Eklmejlazy- The funny thing about Japan is that while it can be hugely pricey, it tends to be the day trips that get you. Food can be eaten incredibly cheaply and still good, with some incredibly good value restaurants (seven elevens there are also a godsend), and Hostels are excellent value, and a better form of accommodation there for me, as they prove an excellent way of meeting like-minded travelers. Depending on time there, and your destinations, it's worth forking out for Japan Rail card for tourists as well, as it massively cuts what you'd otherwise pay for the hugely expensive Shinkansen.

    Drinking is very pricy, mind, if that's your thing.
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  • Legion finds World of Warcraft in the rudest possible health

  • Laythe_AD 16/09/2016

    There's a lot to praise in Legion for me so far. It feels like the game going beyond the usual expansion gimmicks that are replaced in the next one (Though those are there too), and really trying to reshape the meat of some of the games systems to make it work better at it's core.

    Some of the ways it does this are mentioned in this article, but it's also worth noting the Mythic+ Dungeon system, that opens up hardcore, endgame pve for people who don't have the considerable free schedule time to raid at a high standard, and in a way that scales up and up so even less hardcore players can find a level that works for their limits. I'm looking forward to this unlocking with the first raid.
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  • Rime resurfaces with new publisher, now due next year

  • Laythe_AD 11/08/2016

    I'm so glad this isn't dead. This was always the trailer from that PS4 E3 that most excited me. Reply +2
  • Sonic boom: Ellie Gibson on nostalgia, novelty, and that 9/10

  • Laythe_AD 06/08/2016

    Always loved Ellies articles. Glad to see her back for another. Good read. Reply +1
  • Richard Garriott selling vials of his blood on eBay

  • Laythe_AD 08/07/2016

    Well that's... creepy. Reply +2
  • Sega doubles down on PC strategy, snaps up Endless Space creator

  • Laythe_AD 05/07/2016

    Nooo! Please don't ruin Amplitude for me. Endless legend is one of my favourite games of the last few years. Reply 0
  • Adventures of Mana is now on Vita

  • Laythe_AD 29/06/2016

    My main gripe is that I just hate the art style for all these phone remakes Squeenix have been putting out for their older FF games. Sad that this shares the same art style, more or less. It's just so lacking in character. Reply 0
  • Hawken mechs its way to PS4 and Xbox One in July

  • Laythe_AD 29/06/2016

    I rather enjoyed Hawken a lot during it's beta. It was a really solid team shooter and the mechs felt wonderfully weighty. That said, some game or another pulled me away at some point, and I've heard it since went heavily pay-to-win, though I can't verify this. If it's not a pay-to-win mess on PS4, I recommend giving it a go. It's a fun little diversion for a while, assuming the experience hasn't changed. Reply +1
  • Watch: Seven games made better by DLC

  • Laythe_AD 25/06/2016

    Needs more Dishonoured DLC! Reply +13
  • The new Zelda is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • Laythe_AD 15/06/2016

    I don't understand how so many can be so cynical about a gorgeous open world game that... unlike pretty much every other single player open world, offers real interaction with it's environments. This looks magical to me. Graphical fidelity isn't everything. Reply +1
  • Sony announces Spider-Man game

  • Laythe_AD 14/06/2016

    That voice is just so... un-spidermanny. Which is a shame given the potential otherwise. Reply +3
  • The best Final Fantasy game is finally getting a remaster

  • Laythe_AD 06/06/2016

    I'm in the minority that agrees. Absolutely my favourite FF, up there with seven for me, because it has the best writing in the series by a mile, along with the original Tactics. Reply +2
  • Don't expect The Witcher 4 any time soon - or maybe ever

  • Laythe_AD 20/05/2016

    I feel like another sequel could almost risk diminishing what's already done and feels a complete story. I'm much more for something new, so long as it has that same wonderful standard of writing. Bring it on! Reply +1
  • Can Battlefield 1 help us see The Great War with fresh eyes?

  • Laythe_AD 11/05/2016

    I'm split on it. I don't think subjects should necessarily be off limit. Viewpoints and our sense of history can get warped like that, and I think any subject should be open to discourse in some way. On the other hand, I can't shake the feeling that using this for a Battlefield game is a little bit of a concern, because I struggle to see the final depiction being at all respectful. And yes, all wars are tragedies, but goodness, the first world war happened in such a manner and on such a scale that the word war hardly feels appropriate. Soldiers ordered to march slowly en masse into machine gun fire on such a scale that much of the war was more a mass execution. So while I'm not doing a Daily Mail-esque ban this filth here, I do think there's a good reason to be uncomfortable with this,for me and others who feel this way. Wait and see of course, but I don't think it's fair to dismiss such feelings out of hand. Reply +22
  • Here's the first trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

  • Laythe_AD 03/05/2016

    @Gemini42_ Now now, this is CoD. It will somehow contrive a way to make space into a corridor. Reply 0
  • Laythe_AD 02/05/2016

    Well that looked dumb as a box of rocks, being honest. And that's before that awful insult to David Bowie. Reply +2
  • The PC version of Forza 6 goes into open beta next week

  • Laythe_AD 28/04/2016

    @Simatron3000 The whole windows store is best avoided. We're all best off boycotting it until it's gone the way of Games for Windows Live. Reply +4
  • Gears of War 4 trailer channels daddy Fenix

  • Laythe_AD 11/04/2016

    Well that trailer certainly couldn't have left me much colder or uninterested. Reply -20
  • Baldur's Gate: SoD head of studio addresses political backlash

  • Laythe_AD 07/04/2016

    Mistake or otherwise, and to be clear, as has already been much repeated, BG has always included contemporary humour, I'd still rather see the studio stick to the artistic decisions of it's staff, rather than back down because of a lot of entitled internet frothing at the mouth, whatever the quality of the writing in question (And for what it's worth, I've always felt Beamdogs writing stood out in these games because it wasn't up to the original games. There are however, far worse culprits out there for bad writing. The vast majority of the industry if we're being honest, which still doesn't seem to think writing is particularly important.). Still, glad they're backing her otherwise.

    I'd planned to wait for debugging and maybe reviews, but I went and brought the thing just because I'm tired of these people trying to bully games development into the narrow spectrum they feel it should entail, and the endless harassment of women in the industry. That's what this is always about, despite the fig leaf arguments put in place to attempt to look more reasonable.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight gave us the hero we deserve

  • Laythe_AD 25/03/2016

    I didn't think the game did much wrong, and I enjoyed it, but I felt it's major shortcoming was being an open world game with what was for me an entirely forgettable city. Reply 0
  • Tyranny brings out Obsidian's dark side

  • Laythe_AD 23/03/2016

    @astewart42

    Uses the same engine built with Unity for Pillars of Eternity, so yes, 2.5d isometric, which suits me fine.

    There's plenty of 3D RPGs around these days. At that sort of zoom level, I actually prefer the Infinity Engine style. I think the hand drawn backgrounds give a better sense of detail and place than you'd get in an equivalently styled fully modeled game.
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  • Laythe_AD 22/03/2016

    Sounds entirely up my street, though that's unsurprising as a long time Infinity Engine / Obsidian fan. Reply +20
  • Surprise! XCOM out now for PlayStation Vita

  • Laythe_AD 22/03/2016

    Tempting, if it's not overly compromised! It's certainly a game that suits handhelds. Reply +1
  • EverQuest Next has been cancelled, Landmark still on track

  • Laythe_AD 12/03/2016

    Well bugger! This was my great hope for the genre, with all the emergent gameplay planned. Reply +1
  • BioWare senior editor Cameron Harris is leaving the video game industry

  • Laythe_AD 08/03/2016

    While talk of Bioware hemorrhaging staff is ludicrous (And it really is ludicrous), they do seem to have steadily lost all links to the studio that was, which happens to most studios over time I suppose.

    It had already ceased to be remotely related to the studio that gave us the Infinity Engine games and Neverwinter Nights, and it now seems incredibly distant in it's philosophy's that gave us the games that followed, Kotor, Jade Empire and the first Dragon Age. Times change. It happens, but I can understand the dismay of people who feel they lose a studio they loved. I felt it some time ago, having been a die-hard fan of their earliest games, and I can understand a later wave of gamers feeling the same. I don't think that really requires anyone to be particularly snarky, even if it is the way of the world.
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  • Ubisoft fights hostile takeover bid from Vivendi

  • Laythe_AD 26/02/2016

    You may not be a fan of Ubisofts games, but competition is good for all of us. Dropping from one super publisher to two would seriously hurt the big budget development environment, never mind what a horrible record Vivendi have in general (See Activision). I hope Ubisoft can fight this of. Besides despite their barrage of games about filling in maps and climbing radio towers, Ubisoft still make more of an effort at original IP's than the other two big guns, both at indie scale and otherwise (See the Division this year). Reply +7
  • No, Quantum Break won't launch on Steam

  • Laythe_AD 15/02/2016

    @cloudskipa While I'm sure some may disagree, I don't think it looks all that exciting at all. Mechanically very solid, certainly, and having grown up playing Max Payne on PC, I can see the DNA, but it's also rather bland and lacking in any kind of distinctive character that might make me want to care about it. Reply +5
  • Not everyone's thrilled with Microsoft's Quantum Break PC announcement

  • Laythe_AD 12/02/2016

    You have to be a really blinkered fan boy to be complaining that other people are getting to play that game you want. I mean Jesus. It's not like it's being released on a competing console. PC gaming exists a completely different, hobbyist focused price point. Reply +1
  • A brief history of one of gaming's greatest studios

  • Laythe_AD 07/02/2016

    I still think Beyonetta is outright perfect, and Vanquish is outstanding. I picked up Wonderful 101 the other day and still haven't played it yet! Reply +15
  • New Final Fantasy 15 gameplay reminds us of Metal Gear Solid

  • Laythe_AD 01/02/2016

    Plainly this isn't reflective of the whole game, given what we saw in the demo. I've cautious hopes and optimism about the finished product. If nothing else it looks a damned sight better than the disaster that was XIII and its sequels. The question is how it stands up against proper Final Fantasy games. Reply +3
  • Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak review

  • Laythe_AD 01/02/2016

    There's also a severe shortage of Multiplayer / skirmish maps by the way. I'd not currently purchase if Skirmish is your thing, though that could change with a single patch of course.

    That said, the campaign is good enough to warrant a purchase at a decent price (And I mean around Ł25 not Steam Sale prices. This isn't a shameless cash grab, it's just a bit bare bones in places), though I'm speaking with the inherent bias of a long time Homeworld fan. This does 'feel' like Homeworld. It nails the atmosphere and deserves credit for that. Even the controls are instantly familiar despite the loss of a movement plane. It does push the RTS genre forward in one area too, and that's sound. It's not just the fantastically atmospheric music and sounds of vehicles and gunfire that are all excellent, but unit chatter really is context sensitive, to the point that you hear your units having conversations between each other, and in a manner that doesn't feel repetitive. The end result, aside from the second-to-none atmosphere, is that coupled with the persistent units in campaign mode and the veterancy system, all this chatter helps you grow very attached to units.

    I just feel like there should be two or three more units per faction and a great deal more in terms of maps. And the AI certainly needs some severe patching in Skirmish mode. Despite all this I greatly enjoyed it though.
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  • Remembering Dragon Age: Origins

  • Laythe_AD 31/01/2016

    While it wasn't the Baldurs Gate 2 successor I wanted at the time, I still adore DA:Origins, despite it's flaws. It does a fantastic job of both illustrating and writing it's world and immersing you and investing you in that setting, and as the article says, it's characters are much better than it's given credit for, some more than others of course. Poor old Wynne never gets enough love, for one thing, and while it's popular to grumble about Alaister in some circles, I think he's very well rounded. Sten was lovely. And the magic felt very tactile in a way the series hasn't really managed since. Spells feel physical, and blasts feel like they have a real impact, certainly in the PC version at least, which is the only version to play thanks to the tactical top down switch option. Reply +2
  • Bungie president out less than a week after Destiny 2's reported delay

  • Laythe_AD 28/01/2016

    Not a fan of Destiny it must be said, but I hope that someone hasn't lost their job purely because some self entitled kids demand moar content now!!1! etc. Yes it may have MMO stylings but it's not a subscription game we're talking about here. If you're lacking things to do, play something else. Reply +1
  • Sunless Sea's Zubmariner expansion surfaces

  • Laythe_AD 27/01/2016

    Absolutely adore Sunless Sea, and looking forward to more! More great ideas like the post sorting office please! Reply +1
  • Fire Emblem: Fates controversial scene changed for Western launch

  • Laythe_AD 21/01/2016

    @UncleLou

    Let's be clear here, this isn't about censoring a storyline because it has themes involving spiked drinks and the like. Or to put it another way, if it was a storyline that simply contained characters with rather dubious, prejudiced views on homosexuals, that would not make the story itself, or the writer itself, a carrier of those views. We would all just accept it as a storyline, however cruel or harsh it ends up.

    It's like with Game of Thrones. Depicting a world that is incredibly harsh to women does not make the show sexist. It's how the characters themselves deal and react to that setting, and the show/books is crammed with fantastic, strong,believable female characters dealing with those circumstances in a believable fashion.

    The difference here is that the character actually simply conforms to the iffy fantasy of the male drugging her. The writer themselves is actually projecting the message that you can cure a bit of lesbianism with a bit of rohypnol. -That- is what is disgusting.

    Edit, sorry, reply was meant at UncleLou.

    Second Edit: I just read through the linked article below, and I'm a touch more torn. If that article is accurate, I could certainly sympathise with suggestions that the storyline in question is actually just horribly written as opposed to outright bigoted. If so it's removal seems a bit much, if I'm being fair. When the facts change, one should reevaluate their opinion etc etc.
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  • Eurogamer's top 50 games of 2015

  • Laythe_AD 01/01/2016

    Something something fanboyish comment about Xenoblade Chronicles X, why is Pillars of Eternity so low, rant snarl, more fanboyism, happy new year all, lets hope it's a good one! Reply +15
  • Games of 2015 no 5: The Witcher 3

  • Laythe_AD 28/12/2015

    I -think- this is game of the year for me. It's tough, but my Top 5 were Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Life is Strange and Sunless Sea. I couldn't tell you what order I'd have them in though. What I can say is I feel Witcher 3 is a definitively better game than Fallout 4, despite the odd loading screen, because of the way it handles characterisation and narrative, and because it's open world just felt so much more natural and believable to me. I've no doubt plenty will disagree with me mind.

    As for the remaining four games, I'm certainly curious even if I don't take such lists too seriously. We all like to have the things we like validated after all, don't we? Even if we might pretend otherwise. I suspect Fallout 4 and MGS5 will pop up in there, which means at least one of my five will miss out, if not more, but I could be pleasantly surprised. For what it's worth Fallout 4 left me rather cold. But it's all opinion and perspective eh.

    All objectivity aside, I feel like this would have been higher in the list, perhaps no.1 if it had come out later in the year. No other open world game has managed to marry a great story to so much content so effectively.
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  • Games of 2015 no. 6: Her Story

  • Laythe_AD 27/12/2015

    @markytonline83 Rather depends what you define as Gameplay. Does puzzling things out in your head not also count as gameplay? I don't think it's really exclusive to lining up shots and hitting button combos. Reply +12
  • Keith Stuart on violence in crime fiction and video games

  • Laythe_AD 19/12/2015

    Not only a good article but I'm pleased at the lack of jerking knees in the comments. Enjoying reading all of this discussion so far. Reply +6
  • Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2015 voting

  • Laythe_AD 11/12/2015

    Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity, Life is Strange, Xenoblade X, Sunless Sea Reply 0
  • Eight PS2 games coming to PS4 tomorrow

  • Laythe_AD 04/12/2015

    Rogue Galaxy! Wonderful :) Reply +2
  • Dead or Alive Facebook page says Xtreme 3 won't head west

  • Laythe_AD 25/11/2015

    People outside japan paid actual, real money for this series? I... don't really understand. The spin off series I mean, not DoA itself which at least had some solid fighting systems. Reply -5
  • Eurogamer's PS2 emulation wishlist

  • Laythe_AD 22/11/2015

    For what it's worth I still feel that FF12 is the best since the PS1 days, and much better than 10. Not just all the forward thinking systems that Xenoblade borrowed, but wonderfully established setting, and the fact that the writing outside of the lead character (who was never meant to be lead, hello again tortured development) was actually pretty outstanding, and felt like a series growing up to me. Vayne Solidor's speech at the beginning is a wonderful twist on Caesar for example. Reply 0
  • Pillars of Eternity sells 500k copies

  • Laythe_AD 23/10/2015

    Wonderful game with some outstanding writing, especially on Durance and Grieving Mother. Glad it's doing well, though I'd like to see more try it! Reply +2