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  • Anthem coincidentally the start of "a 10-year journey" for EA and BioWare

  • Laythe_AD 20/06/2017

    It all feels a bit hollow to me. Visually arresting but thematically uninspired, yet more space marines looting guns to shoot at generic bipedal aliens to loot more guns. Did anyone want or need another destiny, even with Jet Packs? The whole concept wore out on me pretty quickly. I know it's not really Bioware anymore, but it still feels a shame to see a studio with that name abandon attempts at interesting narrative or characterisation for jumping on the latest (EA hopes) big money bandwagon. Reply +9
  • First trailer for BioWare's new IP Anthem

  • Laythe_AD 10/06/2017

    Have Bioware ever released something so un-bioware? Everything about the trailer screams of the most generic of generics. I mean I know they've been downhill from everything after Origins, but still. This feels like the ultimate culmination of EA ownership. "Yeah, could you do something with space marines? We can market space marines." Reply +3
  • Darksiders 3 leaked with screenshots and details

  • Laythe_AD 02/05/2017

    Isn't that the Mistress from Dungeon Keeper? That said, I'm happy for more Darksiders. Reply +9
  • Watch: 7 games to play now Dark Souls is done (for now)

  • Laythe_AD 30/04/2017

    If they're dropping souls for now, I'd happily just take another attempt at turning Armoured Core into something more playable that still keeps all it's wonderful customisation and systems. Reply 0
  • StarCraft Remastered out this summer

  • Laythe_AD 27/03/2017

    But will they remaster the old (but bloody excellent) cut scenes? Reply +2
  • Pillars of Eternity 2 has now raised more than Pillars of Eternity 1

  • Laythe_AD 24/02/2017

    Backed for more than I should, much like the last game, which I adored. Some people found the story lacking to the obvious Baldurs gate-esque comparisons, but I actually preferred the more subtle tones to it's writing. That said, the younger me that played the old infinity engine games likely wouldn't have agreed I suspect, so maybe it's an age thing.

    Edit: Also Durance was wonderful, the miserable bugger.
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  • Watch: 15 things you didn't know about Mass Effect Andromeda

  • Laythe_AD 24/02/2017

    The last two DA's have certainly soured my old love affair with Bioware a little, as has simply seeing writing done better by Obsidian and CD Projekt Red. This looks promising though, and it's worth noting the whole original Mass Effect trilogy was excellent. The third was only really soured by that ending. I'm cautiously hopeful, all in all.

    All that said, I expect I'll be late to the party anyways, as I'll be knee deep in Torment: Tides of Numenera when this comes out.
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  • European Commission to investigate Valve and five publishers over suspected geo-blocking

  • Laythe_AD 02/02/2017

    Hell yes! Reply +23
  • Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire announced

  • Laythe_AD 27/01/2017

    I'm in. I've seen complaints from a few people saying they found Pillars boring, but I enjoyed both the setting and story. I felt the former was well realized and consistent and the latter well written. My only grumble was cities, despite being a fair size, not having too many nooks and crannies to explore, and maybe the combat to roleplaying ratio favouring combat a little too highly. Reply +9
  • Jelly Deals: Amazon offering Ł10 off a Ł50 purchase today only

  • Laythe_AD 20/01/2017

    Thanks for the heads up! Pre-ordered Breath of the Wild on Wii U and the next collected issue of Saga. Good times. Reply 0
  • PokéManiacs: the grownups who love Pokémon

  • Laythe_AD 08/01/2017

    31 and still playing on-off since picking up Blue on my original grey brick gameboy. I like the combination of child-friendly innocence with huge depth, as well as the systems just adding up to a good rpg every time. And there's always a few new designs with every game that I love, Noivern and Lurantis being my latest favorites of the last few years. Got my girlfriend a New 3DS with Sun, and she's hooked now too. Reply +2
  • New Pokémon were just added to Pokémon GO

  • Laythe_AD 12/12/2016

    Egg hatching, so I'm assuming Magby, Elekid, and so on. Reply 0
  • 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


    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