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  • Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag review

  • Mugwum 29/10/2013

    @Max_Powers There are present day sections, as mentioned, but Desmond is more or less absent. Reply +9
  • Mugwum 29/10/2013

    @Starmick Answers!

    1) There are trees sprinkled around the towns and islands to support the free-running but nothing like the frontier section of AC3.

    2) I would say it's much tighter.

    3) You can do hunting on the islands as well to support the crafting, but it's pretty much optional. You can buy hunting supplies (e.g. animal skins) in shops if you prefer, although they're a bit pricey.
    Reply +8
  • Mugwum 29/10/2013

    @Golgo You can change outfits, some of which you unlock through the crafting system. I didn't look too closely at this part of the game though, so cannot confirm the presence or otherwise of parrots or Brian Blessed as an alternative dialogue option. Reply +3
  • Mugwum 29/10/2013

    @verynaughtyboy I played the whole thing on PS3 and it was generally solid, but there will be a Digital Foundry face-off later this week with the hard numbers and comparison videos. Reply +6
  • Batman: Arkham Origins review

  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @SuperSoupy Hopefully those thousands of people will decide to start with Arkham Asylum, which is what they should do. Context is king - we can't review games in a vacuum. Reply +2
  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @vert1go No, sorry. It's hyper busy at the moment for various reasons, so that one has been slightly delayed. It's coming though! Reply +1
  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @JeremyNSL Ah, that's not what I said. I said that it might be nice to have more ranged options given the way the game is designed, but it's obvious why they don't do that because it wouldn't be true to the character. Sorry it wasn't clear. Reply +9
  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @7M7 I would have given this game 7/10 anyway. As I said clearly at the end of the review, it lacks the spark of previous instalments. I couldn't give a toss whose name is on it. Reply +15
  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @JeremyNSL I've finished both previous Arkham games, love the films, have never been a comic book reader. I felt qualified. Sorry you disagree! Reply +9
  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @Triggerhappytel We're aiming to review Blackgate separately but didn't get code for it this week so it wasn't possible in time for launch. Sounds like a good way to do a handheld spin-off though, whether or not it delivers on that promise. Reply +1
  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @figaro7 I'm afraid they didn't send me the Wii U version, but Digital Foundry will try to put together a face-off soon. Reply +3
  • What are your most anticipated games of Q4?

  • Mugwum 21/08/2013

    Apologies for the absences! I've added Zelda 3DS and Rain.

    GTA isn't on there because it's out before the Expo, sorry!
    Reply +7
  • Crush review

  • Mugwum 11/07/2013

    Hello! This wasn't a social experiment - I forgot to add the score in the CMS and then I had meetings after lunch and went straight into an interview with a developer until the end of the day, so I only realised this had gone up without a score when Dan Whitehead emailed me about it just now. Whoops! I am an idiot. Hopefully you all guessed it was an 8/10 anyway :-) Reply +6
  • UK chart: BioShock Infinite soars to its third week on top

  • Mugwum 15/04/2013

    @null Hey Deionarra,

    Sorry you got an inappropriate link. We've flagged it up so it can be added to the blacklist.

    For those wondering, the "You may also like..." section is powered by Outbrain, which we're trialling as a way of handling related content (the first row of internal links) and paid links (the second row of external suggestions). We have the ability to block domains and topics if we're not happy with the content being displayed (for example, we've blocked all the UK tabloids to avoid sexist/hate-mongering rubbish) but some slip through and we have to deal with them once we see them or they're pointed out.

    Why have them at all, you might ask? For now it's an experiment. If we ultimately decide the balance is too hard to strike, or we just plain hate them, we'll get rid of them. But as our sales guys often have to turn down advert deals because I won't accept stuff like interstitials, advertorials or things that cover the whole frontpage content area by default (all pretty common on other gaming sites), when they find a passive and relatively benign way of bringing in extra cash I don't mind trying it. I still veto far more than I allow.

    Anyway, we appreciate your patience while we find the balance and we'll do our best to reduce the number of inappropriate or irrelevant links to as close to zero as possible.


    Reply +19
  • Hideo Kojima announces Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • Mugwum 27/03/2013

    Added some screenshots from the trailer. Reply +1
  • Mugwum 27/03/2013

    @Cjail Didn't see the spurs. Thanks! I knew someone would shout at me and you have delivered. Reply +9
  • Mugwum 27/03/2013

    @metallicorphan I was sure it was Ishmael who sounded like Kiefer Sutherland. Chris Donlan and I are both watching in the office and thought the same thing. Reply +1
  • The Hall of Heroes: BioShock Infinite's Fort Frolic?

  • Mugwum 27/03/2013

    @kinky_mong Maybe! My Twitter and Facebook feeds are full of people who have blasted through the game in a day, though, and I've been aching to talk about other aspects of the game. Plus, this will still be here for anyone who comes along later. Reply +22
  • So long, John Riccitiello

  • Mugwum 19/03/2013

    @Markitron Doh! Yep, sorry, good point. Corrected it. Reply +2
  • Sony sounds uncertain about European PS4 launch timing

  • Mugwum 21/02/2013

    @SaintDaveUK To be fair, I'm engaged to be married, but I think your sentiment describes my emotions and state of mind otherwise. Reply +26
  • Mugwum 21/02/2013

    @Spong Sorry, it's fucking 2am where I am. I resign. Reply +69
  • Sony tells Eurogamer: PlayStation 4 will not block used games

  • Mugwum 21/02/2013

    @KanePaws I think you are right in that he is only applying the point to physical media here and now, but I can understand that. The physical media covenant between consumer and publisher is what I meant when I talked about the moral obligation in my interview question - I think when the terms are different and understood, as they are with digital content, that is a different decision for both parties. There are still issues to navigate there, but they are not as clear cut as they are with boxed games. Reply +8
  • The War Z dev apologises to gamers who "misread" Steam page, hits out at "extreme DayZ fanboys"

  • Mugwum 19/12/2012

    Hey guys,

    I've been tied up with other things this week so only got a proper sense of the WarZ situation this morning. As soon as I did I spoke to our company sales director and he agreed to remove the ad campaign that's been running on the homepage.

    Reply +117
  • Eurogamer Readers' Top 50 Games of 2012 voting

  • Mugwum 11/12/2012

    I've added Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (almost wrote "Super Amazon Wagon Adventure" there - that would be a frustrating game) and War of the Roses, so if those are things you want to represent you can now do so. Thanks again for patience! Reply 0
  • Mugwum 06/12/2012

    Just added a few more that people spotted since this morning (Slender, etc). Thanks! Reply 0
  • Mugwum 06/12/2012


    Thanks to everyone who has voted so far and thanks if you've pointed out any lingering omissions/errors in the dropdown lists. Here's some amendments I just made:

    - Added Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
    - Removed KillerFreaks From Outer Space
    - Removed Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
    - Added The Testament of Sherlock Holmes
    - Added Punch Quest
    - Added Machinarium PS3
    - Added Thomas Was Alone
    - Added Colors! 3D
    - Added Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
    - Added Borderlands 2 DLC
    - Added Vessel
    - Added La-Mulana Remake
    - Added Resonance
    - Removed Double Fine Adventure lul

    Phew! Sorry about those. Basically, we produce this list by sucking all the games with 2012 dates attached to them from our database, which gives us hundreds of lines to go over. I trawl through and make sure all the stuff I can think of is there, but it's hard to spot everything at a glance, and sometimes our db is a bit behind real life.

    Anyway, if the changes made make you want to revise your submission, go ahead! We will pay attention to your final submission and ignore any others. And sorry for the inconvenience.

    P.S. I just glanced at the voting so far and it's pretty interesting! You have good taste :-)
    Reply +6
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @Marrrfooo Haha! Don't worry - amending the voting list every year is a Christmas tradition I expect and budget time for :-) Reply +5
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @Spong I've just tweaked the code so that if you only want to vote for one game it won't demand you vote for four others. Reply +2
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @goldbug Added Black Mesa. Reply +1
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @Tekkirai I think our database is a GameCube fan. Fixing :-) Reply +1
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @Freelancepolice Added both. Thanks. Reply +1
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @superfurry Yes! I've updated the listing to say LittleBigPlanet Vita. Reply +2
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @nakedlunch Added! Reply +2
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @Tekkirai Last Guardian removed :-) Reply +1
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @-cerberus- Added! Reply 0
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @The-Builder Ta! Removed. Reply 0
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @CORIANA_SIX Each of the drop-down boxes on the voting form above should have a complete list of this year's releases. Reply +10
  • Happy Action Theater used in school for special needs students

  • Mugwum 10/11/2012

    The account posing as Emily Ford and posting abuse has been banned. Reply +2
  • UK dating site Shag a Gamer gives YouTube tips to virgin gamers

  • Mugwum 20/09/2012

    Hey guys,

    We've been talking about this story and the reaction to it on our internal mailing list overnight. I'm sorry it's taken until now to post something in response to everyone's complaints.

    Sometimes when we encounter something as self-evidently ridiculous, awful and depressing as Shag-A-Gamer, we look at it and think that it's sufficiently absurd to illustrate its own absurdity without needing any additional comment, so we just report it straight up and expect you guys to share the joke.

    We certainly don't endorse this "service". Nothing could be further from the truth. If I could pour all the people involved in this pathetic, exploitative nonsense into a volcano and then throw in a bunch of angry flame-resistant sharks to feast on whatever atoms are left over once they melt into nothing, then I would do that.

    However, the fact I'm having to come on here and point that out just goes to show that whatever original intent we had didn't translate into the published article. So I'm very sorry for anyone who was offended or disappointed by it. We won't be writing about this lot again unless there's a powerful reason to do so.

    I also just want to add that we do read lengthy comments threads like this and we aren't blind to negative feedback. The reason it sometimes takes us a while to sort ourselves our and respond is that we like to discuss things as a team and make sure we agree on a course of action before jumping in.

    Anyway, point very much taken.

    Reply +19
  • App of the Day: The Room

  • Mugwum 19/09/2012

    @darkmorgado The bits mentioned are in the tutorial, which the game basically tells you how to complete. Reply +10
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer ditches kill streaks, embraces e-sports, first screenshots

  • Mugwum 14/08/2012

    @Triggerhappytel To me it sounds like you now get points for lots of different things (e.g. captures) and it feeds into a score streak, whereas before only kills contributed to a kill streak. Not hugely different but I guess it will change the dynamic a bit. Reply +4
  • Hideo Kojima to speak at Eurogamer Expo 2012

  • Mugwum 07/08/2012

    @JoeGBallad Don't worry, we've got loads of cool stuff to announce for the weekend too! More soon... Reply +2
  • Always Online: What Diablo 3's Does Wrong

  • Mugwum 17/05/2012

    @Rufus We were going to do that anyway once people had had a chance to play it.

    We will also make sure the podcast has an offline mode.
    Reply +70
  • Mugwum 17/05/2012

    @Inmediasress Or maybe it makes us look like a place with more than one writer and viewpoint. Reply +138
  • Always Online: What Diablo 3's Does Right

  • Mugwum 17/05/2012

    We were originally going to run the counterpoint to this article tomorrow, but in the interests of illustrating that we don't believe some of the evil things we're being accused of believing, we've popped it up now: Always Online: What Diablo 3's Battlenet Does Wrong.

    Right, I'm off home to play Diablo 3. (Too soon?)
    Reply +15
  • Mugwum 17/05/2012

    @MattEvansC3 "Blizzard and Eurogamer can try to sugar coat it as much as they want, a compulsory always online requirement is a slap in the face for paying customers, especially those with capped data usage packages."

    Yes, and the article doesn't say that it isn't or encourage always-online games.
    Reply -14
  • Mugwum 17/05/2012

    @Timotei That's not the point we made and you would know that if you actually read the article. Reply -12
  • Mugwum 17/05/2012

    @GamesProgrammer Totally agree. We just wanted to point out what you get out of it when you are in a position to use it as intended, because those things are valuable and make a brilliant game better.

    With that said, there's no question that the always-online requirement is a heavy price to pay, as Oli points out. The justifications don't add up for me.
    Reply +18
  • Max Payne 3 Review

  • Mugwum 15/05/2012

    @ambar_hitman We'll have a Digital Foundry comparison of the PS3 and 360 versions soon, but the PC version isn't out for a while so will need to wait. Reply +35
  • Videoed London riots PSP robbers found guilty

  • Mugwum 02/03/2012

    Hey guys. We like a healthy discussion, but racism, xenophobia or other stuff that contravenes our comment policy will at the very least get your post deleted and may result in your account being banned. If you don't like the rules, you don't have to read EG, but we're happy to have you as long as you behave. Reply +19