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  • EA details UFC 2, cover star revealed as Ronda Rousey

  • LudusSolers 16/11/2015

    Having watched her fight on Saturday, it will be difficult to see how Ronda could win a rematch with Holly Holm. She was completely outclassed and outfought from the opening bell. In fact I thought she had lost before they even got into the octagon, due to her antics at the pre-fight face off. Short of completely overhauling her game, she has no chance of regaining her title. She's still the most marketable fighter UFC have on their roster, other than Jon Jones, though. Reply +1
  • Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5 review

  • LudusSolers 02/10/2015

    @riceNpea Agreed. I really think Activision have thrown Robomodo under a bus here. I suspect we'll be hearing noises about them being shuttered before long. Honestly, did anyone not see this coming? Reply +1
  • League of Legends team owner embroiled in drug price hike controversy

  • LudusSolers 22/09/2015

    Big Pharma company engages in shitty behaviour driven by amoral greed and complete lack of humanity.

    Plus ça change.
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  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain review

  • LudusSolers 01/09/2015

    Very, very excited to play this - it sounds like a fitting send off for Kojima Productions. I just might have to take a couple of days off to really enjoy it. Reply 0
  • Video: Introducing Low Batteries, a series about mental health and gaming

  • LudusSolers 27/08/2015

    @SuperShinobi That's a grossly inaccurate assumption; I'm writing from the position of someone who has depression, not as someone who has felt 'depressed' or down. You're still not getting it. I live with this - like many others in this thread - and it isn't something to be taken lightly. I ask you again, please think about what you are writing - your increasingly OT posts have been at best misguided and at worst, dismissive and dangerous. Reply +2
  • LudusSolers 27/08/2015

    @SuperShinobi I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt, but your comment about "stupid anti-depressant pills" is not only misinformed, but dangerous. Depression and other mental health issues are not just some sort of malaise or "funk" but can mostly be attributed to chemical imbalances in the brain. That's what the root cause can be, and it's important to get properly diagnosed, so proper treatment - inclusive of medication to address those chemical imbalances, and other means of therapy - can be prescribed safely.

    Your comments are, in my view, unhelpful. I really think you're missing the point, which is, videogames can be useful as part of an approach towards managing and allieviating what can actually be pretty damned unmanageable episodes affecting someone's mental health.

    Please think very carefully about what you are writing before you post again.
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  • LudusSolers 27/08/2015

    A great article and I'm looking forward to seeing more videos in the future. I have a couple of Sadgames; Super Metroid and Arkham City. I still have struggles with depression and am coping with a low swing at the moment. Both of those games - and several others, actually! - have helped me manage to cope when stress or loneliness act as a trigger. It's great that EG takes this subject seriously, and I'd just like to thank Johnny and the team for capturing so eloquently what, for a long time, I could not express myself. Reply +1
  • Pixels: the Eurogamer review

  • LudusSolers 10/08/2015

    I actually saw this a couple of weeks ago as Cineworld had an Unlimited early preview. I didn't think it was awful (although my expectations were pretty low to begin with) but I certainly wouldn't have paid money to buy a ticket to go see it.

    What struck me the most (asides from the seriously creepy implications of Q-Bert's "ending" with Josh Gad) was that it seemed like such a wasted opportunity. With a (much) better script and a decent director, this could have been a great comedy - something which evoked memories of Ghostbusters. As it turned out, it was frustratingly puerile, not particularly funny and generally disappointing overall.

    That being said, it still was nowhere near as bad as Fantastic Four.
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  • Dynasty Warriors dev is making an Attack on Titan game

  • LudusSolers 06/08/2015

    @LSi01 Thanks for the correction - I'm looking forward to the 2nd season too!! Reply +1
  • LudusSolers 06/08/2015

    @LSi01 Try Crunchyroll - although you have to deal with the ridiculously intrusive adverts unless you subscribe. Reply +1
  • Rare Replay review

  • LudusSolers 04/08/2015

    I'd have bought this for Blast Corps and RC Pro Am alone, but I'm gutted Jet Force Gemini has control issues.

    An essential purchase indeed.
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  • Football Manager player sims English Premier League for a thousand years

  • LudusSolers 03/08/2015

    All hail that footballing powerhouse - Metropolitan Police??? Reply +2
  • Watch Everybody's Gone To The Rapture's mysterious launch trailer

  • LudusSolers 03/08/2015

    @Kostabi They're clearly making their money on fuel - £1.75 for diesel!! Reply +3
  • Arnie as Terminator is a WWE 2K16 pre-order bonus

  • LudusSolers 27/07/2015

    Hmm... needs more Shockmaster. Reply 0
  • Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passes away at 55

  • LudusSolers 14/07/2015

    I find it sad that even in light of someone who has died tragically early from an awful disease - which undoubtedly meant a lot of physical pain and discomfort - there are people here who have either a complete lack of social awareness / emotional intelligence, or who aim to be as offensive as possible for reasons I cannot possibly imagine.

    I believe in freedom of expression but there are times where common decency outweighs that. For the first time ever, I genuinely hope that the EG mods wield the banhammer as I am absolutely fed up of reading some of the bile and filth that passes for opinion in this thread.

    As others have pointed out, this thread is as close to a book of condolences that we members of the Eurogamer community have to express our loss at Mr Iwata's passing. If you don't have the decency not to turn this comments thread into a soapbox for your own personal agenda, you really shouldn't be here.
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  • LudusSolers 13/07/2015

    I am utterly shocked to hear of this - I've been trying to write a comment for the last 15 minutes but I honestly don't have the words. Devastating news - condolences to Mr Iwata's family and friends, as well as to all at Nintendo. RIP. Reply +2
  • Kickstarter campaign launches for Shenmue 3

  • LudusSolers 16/06/2015

    I don't usually get overly emotional about games but... wow. I obviously have pledged! This is honestly the best news out of E3 so far. Unless Nintendo announce SMG 3, a new F Zero and Metroid later, I don't think anything is going to make me feel quite as giddy!! Reply +6
  • Video: Games that do mental health right

  • LudusSolers 10/06/2015

    @MattEvansC3 @ShayenRoyen thank you both. I'm still getting there and I still have "the fear" it will hit me again, but friends and family have been a massive support, and a new job away from a toxic work environment has made day to day life much more stable. Each day as it comes. Reply +4
  • LudusSolers 10/06/2015

    A tough subject and one that means a lot more to me now, having been through a devastating bout of depression at the start of this year. For me, it cost me my fiancée and our daughter, my house, and my job and at one point, very nearly my life. Mental health is a difficult enough subject that many other media channels like TV, books and cinema make a complete hash of it. That's why I find it encouraging that video games seem to be getting it right in recent times. Looking forward to seeing what Ninja Theory and Hellblade have to offer. Reply +4
  • Game Freak trades Pokémon for Tembo the Badass Elephant

  • LudusSolers 10/06/2015

    This thread is full of win! Reply 0
  • Chip's Challenge 2 review

  • LudusSolers 09/06/2015

    I really do miss my Lynx... Nostalgia asides, I'm looking forward to playing this as I was a big fan of the original. Now who can I pester for a sequel to Todd's Adventures in Slimeworld... Reply +2
  • Nintendo dates E3 Digital Event

  • LudusSolers 14/05/2015

    For what it's worth, Nintendo never fail to make me smile and it's their event I'm most looking forward to at E3. It's great to see videogames being treated as fun again - especially after all the crap we've seen recently with Gamergate, broken promises, unfair pricing and DLC, etc. I think Nintendo needs to keep being Nintendo if only as a touchstone to keep the games industry from taking itself too seriously! I'm so glad to hear that the World Championships are back again, too - where's Fred Savage when you need him? Reply +1
  • Gunstar Heroes, Streets of Rage 2 and Sonic 2 heading to 3DS

  • LudusSolers 15/04/2015

    Another thumbs up from me for this news! I'm still deeply enamoured with the OutRun and AfterBurner conversions and am finally getting around to Shinobi III.

    Really excited for Gunstar Heroes and Streets of Rage- it's going to be a great summer!!
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  • "He suddenly became incredibly sullen, angry and frustrated. He was 10"

  • LudusSolers 02/04/2015

    I honestly fail to see why this approach has caused so much offence. Most *responsible* parents wouldn't think twice about not allowing their children - especially those at KS1 and 2 - to watch movies or TV shows with explicit or gratuitous sex or violence.

    "Gamers" can't have it both ways; bleating about how unfair it is that their favoured pastime isn't treated as seriously as other media on the one hand, while demanding dispensation from any sort of responsibility towards wider social issues on the other.

    My now sadly ex-fiancee is a deputy headteacher at a large primary school. Some of the stories about neglect towards children she would regularly come home and disclose to me were in turns sickening and heartbreaking. In a lot of these cases, there is a common occurrence of parents either not knowing or not caring what their children are exposed to, yet having a completely unrealistic expectation that teachers should wave a magic wand and fix whatever is wrong.

    In short, teachers need all the help they can get to help develop and support the children in their care. Parents also need to realise that videogames are not surrogate parents. If writing a letter strongly encouraging parents to take ownership of protecting their child from inappropriate content in games or any other medium can contribute towards that, then I applaud their proactivity.
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  • Axelay saw Konami at its 90s peak

  • LudusSolers 19/01/2015

    @ronorra you could also add Zombies ate my Neighbours to that list! Reply +1
  • 2D skate-'em-up OlliOlli headed to 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One

  • LudusSolers 03/12/2014

    Yay! Although I already have a version on Vita, I think the more people who get to experience how bloody frustra... brilliant it is, the better.

    Also: two thumbs up for OlliOlli 2!!
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  • Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 2015 concert tour dates announced

  • LudusSolers 03/12/2014

    I really want to go but I'm getting married the week before! I wonder if she'll mind moving the date... Reply +4
  • The bonkers ads of PlayStation

  • LudusSolers 03/12/2014

    @Chordian that, along with Double Life, was one of my favourite adverts ever. I remember prank calling my local Electronic Boutique and asking if they had Stick available - bless them, they went to have a look for it and sounded ever so disappointed that it wasn't in stock. Reply +1
  • Never Alone review

  • LudusSolers 20/11/2014

    Every so often, Eurogamer produces a piece of work - an investigative article, a retrospective, a review - that reminds me that reminds me why I visit this site every day without fail. This is one such piece.

    Simply staggering stuff from Daniel Starkey, and possibly the best review I've read in any medium this year.

    I'll be buying Never Alone too.
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  • Half-Life 2 remembered

  • LudusSolers 18/11/2014

    Lost afternoons and weekends playing this. The thing I remember most is the opening sequence - it set the scene perfectly and I remember thinking that along with the original Half-Life, Valve sure do know how to tell a story.

    It makes me sad that we still haven't seen or heard anything of HL3. I'm much older now, and have different responsibilities and priorities in life (career, upcoming wedding, mortgage, children, etc.) than I did 10 years ago. As time goes on, it's increasingly less likely I'd be able to immerse myself in HL3 than I did with HL2 and the subsequent episodes. Maybe I'll see a sequel in my gaming lifetime, but all the same - thank you for the memories, Half-Life 2.
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  • The games that have defined PS4 and Xbox One

  • LudusSolers 09/11/2014

    It's probably a couple of months too early, with some promising titles moving down the pipeline in the run up to Christmas.

    Would have liked to have seen links to reviews of those games in each section. Otherwise, a good article with plenty of content to provide a rebuttal for each platform's naysayers.
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  • The man who made a game to change the world

  • LudusSolers 30/10/2014

    A brilliant article and a great tribute to one of gaming and computer science's unsung heroes. Well done, EG. Reply +15
  • DriveClub review

  • LudusSolers 07/10/2014

    Yes, it's a 6, but at least the rain effects are really pretty... Reply +2
  • Nintendo to focus on Nintendo Direct and social media following Official Nintendo Magazine closure

  • LudusSolers 07/10/2014

    @bad09 I know you're right to an extent, but even cinema has a place for print media... Reply +4
  • LudusSolers 07/10/2014

    Honestly, there are times when this generation of gaming makes me really sad. Witnessing the steady decline of games magazines on shelves is one of them. Reply +7
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Amiibo release dates announced

  • LudusSolers 07/10/2014

    Thinking about it - if Nintendo ever offered a service to gamers that allowed them to have an Amiibo version of their Mii avatar custom created, they'd be on to a potential money spinning idea...

    I wonder if they'll release a full Pokémon Amiibo line backed up by an online version of Pokémon Stadium for the Wii U / 3DS?

    EDIT: Spelling.
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  • EGX 2015 headed to Birmingham NEC next September

  • LudusSolers 02/10/2014

    @asphaltcowboy You can fly direct from Edinburgh to Brum in around 1 hour. Depending on who you fly with, it isn't too expensive either. Hotels wise, there's a number nearby ranging from your Ibis to your Hiltons and Crowne Plazas depending on budget.

    Central Birmingham is 10 mins away on the train to New Street from Birmingham International, and there's plenty more hotels, bars and restaurants (and theatres for the chap who likes to take in a stage show too).

    Despite the fact it isn't London (or Manchester for that matter), Birmingham is a good city and the NEC is a fantastic venue with great transport links. I reckon people should give it a chance before rejecting it outright.
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  • How a passion for Zelda is driving Dynasty Warriors to fresh audiences

  • LudusSolers 25/09/2014

    Not sure how anyone else feels about this, but I'm intrigued by the idea of a Metroid Musou title... Reply 0
  • Super Castlevania 4 proved the best Dracula games don't have to be scary

  • LudusSolers 21/07/2014

    I love this game and I have no shame in admitting it. This, rather than Super Mario World, LttP or F-Zero, was the game that made me buy a SNES, and it was the first purchase I made after I got my first pay cheque from my first job!

    I loved everything about it, from the controls to the level design to the graphics. However, like many others, it was the soundtrack that had the biggest impact on me - it really is perfect, and I genuinely think that very few scores in gaming since then could claim to be on a par with Super Castlevania IV.

    A seminal work and one of my favourite games ever.
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  • The real story behind The Sun's "Gaming as addictive as heroin" headline

  • LudusSolers 08/07/2014

    I make a point of not reading the Scum, but I'm totally unsurprised at their peddling of yet more tenuous, unsubstantiated bollocks. What an absolute waste of trees, ink and time. Reply +1
  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • LudusSolers 19/06/2014

    Interesting article, and a number of relevant points raised which are worth a reasoned discussion. I'm pretty sure if I don't completely agree 100% with all of Tom's assertions and I think that it's over simplistic in the article's view of what seems like the majority of males.

    Yes, there are a number of titles that are dismissive, sexist or misogynistic in portraying women, and it's right it should be addressed. I don't think it is right to wholly castigate a developer's artistic vision for its apparent or perceived lack of inclusiveness or equality. At the end of the day, it's their right to choose how a story and its characters develop, just as it's the consumer's right to critique it.

    Humanity is not homogeneous, and there are clearly differences in the way men and women approach things from a physiological and emotional perspective. Diversity between genders in games is something that needs to be addressed sensibly, and will require a change in attitudes on a number of sides. I don't think it will be achieved by trying to shame or castigate specific demographics who hold entrenched views, but by having positive, open discussions where all sides are heard respectfully. I'm hoping that this article becomes a starting point for this.
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  • EA Sports UFC review

  • LudusSolers 17/06/2014

    @dan_de_la_peche You're absolutely right - Jon was referring to a no hands sweep from ground / guard position rather than a standing takedown. I fail on reading comprehension today! Reply 0
  • LudusSolers 17/06/2014

    Not sure if this tops UFC Undisputed 3, but it sure looks pretty. I've yet to buy a next gen console and I was hoping that this might be my tipping point. Somehow, I don't think it is, which is disappointing. I guess as this is their first effort, future revisions will address some of the issues raised - especially relating to ground game.

    Also, scissor takedowns DO work on trained UFC competitors - just ask Anderson Silva.
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  • Mercenary retrospective

  • LudusSolers 16/06/2014

    @Luke_Martin_VA Agree 100% and also, happy birthday! Reply 0
  • Nintendo reveals Zelda Wii U gameplay footage

  • LudusSolers 10/06/2014

    @Dantonir Those Neogaf screens are insane - it's astonishingly beautiful without the YouTube decompression. I wonder if that's Death Mountain in the far distance... Reply +2
  • Final Fight retrospective

  • LudusSolers 25/05/2014

    One of my favourite games and I spent a huge amount of time and money on this (some of which was when I should have actually been in school). I never managed to finish this on a one credit run but that awesome continue screen was almost worth dying for! Reply +1
  • Ridge Racer retrospective

  • LudusSolers 19/05/2014

    I loved Ridge Racer and spent a ridiculous amount of money on the arcade cab (£1 a go was a lot back then!) and it was one of the first games I bought on PSX. Articles like this retrospective and the StunFest piece make me sad: firstly, because the arcade experience is almost lost to an entire generation; secondly because it reminds me that I am getting old... Reply 0
  • Block rockin' beeps: What's behind gaming's greatest soundtracks

  • LudusSolers 30/04/2014

    As complete coincidence, I thought I'd break up the monotony of the drive from Coventry to Manchester this morning by listening to the JSR soundtrack. The M6 is considerably less dull with Sneakman blasting out of the speakers. In any case, I loved this article but as others have mentioned, it didn't scratch the surface of this subject! So many games have absolutely outstanding soundtracks - Rez, F Zero X, OutRun, Super Castlevania IV, AfterBurner, Soul Calibur 2, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Strider and Lords of Thunder on PC Engine, or any number of Neo Geo titles.

    Finally, IMHO a special mention ought to go to Module for his sterling work on the Shatter soundtrack. Much like Hotline Miami, the game and the music are intrinsic to the overall experience the player has - bizzarely, it's one of the only times I've bought a game on the strength of the soundtrack alone.

    EDIT: Spelling DERP
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  • Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

  • LudusSolers 26/03/2014

    "Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face - just by putting on goggles in your home."

    This concerns me greatly - I got rid of my Facebook account years ago because of concerns over data privacy and their unrelenting desire to harvest every bit of information about you. Medical data is as personal as it gets; there's no way I'd want Facebook and their marketing buddies anywhere near mine or my family's. Disappointing.
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  • Dark Souls 2 review

  • LudusSolers 13/03/2014

    @JonFE thanks for the pointers - I'll man up and head back in there!! Reply 0