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  • Devolver Digital brings Norse mythology to PS4 and PC in Eitr

  • Olemak 19/06/2015

    Very cool.

    I like the name too, although it does not really mean "a substance that corrupts everything it comes into contact with". Rather, it means poison, or even more specifically a fluid with irritating or corrosive properties, such as ant urine :)

    But metaphorically, I guess that translates well into a corrupting substance. Creative licence and all; I don't have a problem with it, just being pedantic.

    The best example of the word is in the Lokesenna (Loki's Quarrel), a norse variant on the prometheus myth. After revealing all the other gods secrets and generally giving them an good roasting, Loki is punished by being tied down with an "eitrorm" ("acid snake", I guess) suspended above him. Eitr from the snake drips into his face, burning and disfiguring him. He is dependent on his wife - who he despises, if I recall correctly - holding a bowl over his face to collect the eitr. When the bowl is full and must be empied, the eitr drips on Loki's face, and he trashes about in great pain, causing earthquakes.
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  • Hands-on with Microsoft's ridiculous $149 Elite Xbox controller

  • Olemak 18/06/2015

    Know who else is a big user of game pads?

    Military Drone Operators, that's who.
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  • The IMAX of VR headsets announced by Starbreeze

  • Olemak 15/06/2015

    That's impressive and all, and I like starbreeze, but I'm a bit far-sighted, something I use glasses to correct. But even with my glasses on, there's no way I can focus on anything 4 inches from my face. It's just a blur. I'd assume that this tech would have the same problem for me, unless there's some advanced optics stuff going in there as well. Reply 0
  • Could this be the last year 'For the Players' is enough for PlayStation?

  • Olemak 12/06/2015

    @captain-b I don't think it's a technical issue. The processors are good, and the ram is plentyful, and that's what really matters I believe.

    I do think we'll get more stuff that takes notes from the nemesis system and other innovations, but it takes time - games used to be made in two weeks back in the olden days, now it takes four years, maybe more.

    I don't think it's technical limitations holding developers back. That's why I think Battlefront will be very interesting; that game should have a lot of bots - almost like a shooter MOBA, sorta, that's how I remember the old games - and that could we really cool if the mobs get a bit of personality and persistance, like the nemesis system provided. Add wildlife, environmental destruction, traps and vehicles, and that could be a real next-gen blast. And Dice has the resources to pull it of. Let's hope. All is not lost :)
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  • Olemak 12/06/2015

    I don't think anybody's really figured out what a "next gen game" really is. Most of what we've seen so far this generation is last-gen gameplay with next-gen resamalutions and the "remove jaggies" box checked (they have not found the "Increase Framerate" checkbox yet).

    For me, the only game that's really done anything new so far is Shadow of Mordor, with the nemesis system and all the emergent play hilarity. Yeah, I want more of that, and hell - if I could get that in, say, Bloodborne, or Witcher III: bliss! I love me some Bloodborne, but the gameplay difference between Bloodborne and Demon's Souls lies in subtle nuance. They are very similar beasts. Praise the sun and all, but we are living in the age of remasters, re-releases, re-imaginings and reboots. Regurgitation might be refreshing sometimes, but it is never very filling.

    Uncharted 4 is going to be a great game, no doubt, but it is most likely just going to be even more uncharted than the previous games. Yet another helping, and a generous one, no doubts. But I doubt it will mix things up too much (I'd like very much to be proven wrong here). Halo 5 actually could do great things with the added processing power available on tap; it's always been a very procedural game - but will it push the envelope and evolve combat further? Would be awesome if they do, and that would really be a reason to get an Xbox One. But I sorta doubt it; the presence of the number "5" in the title indicates that is will mostly be more of the same, just like all the other games with a number in the title.

    I think both 2015 and 2016 will be years of more of the same. I don't think the problem is that Sony - or Microsoft - are not putting out enough exclusives (Sony don't have to, they are killing it on the multiplatform triple-A circuit), it is that after all the launch hubbub, this generation is not very filling. I was all pumped up for the next gen, who-ho launch hype - third place for the players etc, but what I got was just more of the same old game. Gameplay that was good on the last-gen, and still is, but just don't meet my expectations.

    Shadow of Mordor was the only exeption. Maybe Battlefront will blow me away; that's absolutely possible. Apart from that, there's just not a lot to be genuinely exited about so far this generation - is there? Don't get me wrong, Witcher III is a fine game, but from what I hear it is mostly a more polished, more content-rich and better looking RPG in the proud tradition of great RPG. There's nothing wrong with that! But - where are the games that do new stuff, the way the first Halo blew minds back in the day, or the first Uncharted reinvented the action adventure, or XCOM reinvented turn-based, or Batman: Arkham Asylum making melee fun again and - well, the list goes on. I just have a feeling that the next gen is not yet currently started despite the hardware being here. The issue is not "not enough exclusives", it's "not enough interesting".
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  • Don't expect to see Crackdown, Quantum Break or Scalebound at E3

  • Olemak 12/06/2015

    @iceytoa1
    But... But...

    I WANT TO CRACK DOWN!
    Well, you can always get a c64 emulator and Crack Down old skool style:
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  • Sir Christopher Lee dies aged 93

  • Olemak 11/06/2015

    Well played, sir Christopher. Well played. Reply +2
  • D&D adventure Sword Coast Legends gets release date, console versions

  • Olemak 09/06/2015

    Throw in turn-based mode and I'm in. For me, one of the best parts about DnD is to collaborate on tactics at leisure - "you charge that guy, I'll buff you and you sneak and backstab" et cetera, and then set the plan into glorious or unglorious motion when everyone agrees. Yes, initiative rolls, initiative reorders, lists of prepared spells, all that, yes please.

    But turn-based. You know, just like Dungeons and Dragons has always been.
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  • PlayStation Store reveals Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

  • Olemak 04/06/2015

    @thomascai Oh, you cannot begin to grasp my outrage at this debacle! "The Nathan Drake Collection" contains only three out of five games starring Nathan Drake!
    That's like issuing a "cutlery collection" that only contains forks and spoons!

    Well, not quite, but almost. But it is definitely almost worse than the time I bought a Jamie Oliver frying pan, and later found out that it did not contain any parts of Jamie Oliver what so ever, just his scrawly little signature, and I doubt he even engraved that personally!

    Oh the outrage! My congressman will hear of this! Well, I don't actually have a congresssman of course, but I did briefly consider moving to the united states and get a citizenship there just so I could get a congressman, so I could send him or her angry letters about this. Maybe I can send letters to congressmen and -women even without citizenship? etc etc.
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  • Olemak 04/06/2015

    Shouldn't it really have Uncharted 4 in it too, given the name? And doesn't that indicate that there are more Uncharted games coming up, just not starring Nathan? Like the Assassins Creed series, sorta?

    Already bought and played the two first Uncharteds, but could never be bothered with Unchartered 3 even though it was free on PSplus (I think), so I am a bit meh about this. A remastered version of the first one might warrant a playthrough a few years down the line tho.

    When they get this out of the way I hope they focus on more new IP, like they did with Last of Us. Fantastic studio, Naughty Dog, and they are best when they are making new stuff rather than rehashing former glories. All their "firsts" are astounding. Looking forward to whatever they do next.
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  • Bloodborne patch 1.04 adds co-op with anyone, regardless of level

  • Olemak 27/05/2015

    30 insight for a blood chunk? That's pretty steep, to be honest. Still a welcome option though. Reply 0
  • PS4 exclusive Until Dawn finally has a release date

  • Olemak 26/05/2015

    Wait, Stormare is in Arrow? I should probably watch the second season then, to ease my Daredevil withdrawal symptoms. Reply -1
  • The Witcher 3 dev battles leaked footage, spoilers

  • Olemak 11/05/2015

    @Bickle2 No, dude, you clearly don't know the difference, but I won't bicker more with you - goodbye, little troll, goodbye. Reply +1
  • Olemak 11/05/2015

    @Bickle2 Do you even know what the difference between a game and a movie is?

    If people were content to watch the game instead of playing it, they never would buy it anyway. Why should they? A leak would only mean that they get to watch it on Twitch a week earlier. CD RED would not loose any money over that.
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  • Olemak 11/05/2015

    Leaks and pre-launch hysteria like this is the best possible promotion a game can get, provided that is a good or great game. If it's trash, then it is of course the worst kind of launch ramp-up.

    Anyway, I think the Witcher 3 should be pretty safe :)
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  • Minecraft: Xbox One gets three free birthday skin packs

  • Olemak 07/05/2015

    That's the kind of exclusive digital marketing swag 2.5 billion dollars will buy these days. Reply -3
  • No aim-down-ironsights for Star Wars Battlefront

  • Olemak 07/05/2015

    (...) it features "crafted missions" that are played solo, with a friend via split-screen
    Sold!

    Actually, I was already sold on this game, but I'm even more sold now.
    Reply +3
  • Kerbal Space Program review

  • Olemak 07/05/2015

    @SuperShinobi What's wrong with that? Do you think there should be some aliens you can chainsawbayonette in the face when you get there?

    If you'd rather play a space marine, not a space kerbal, then play another game; don't hold it against Kerbal that it's not exactly like all the other games out there.
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  • Playtonic launches 175k Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter campaign

  • Olemak 02/05/2015

    It just went past the one million mark! Reply +2
  • Olemak 01/05/2015

    Pop! goes the half million mark! Reply 0
  • Ouya seeks quick sale as debts mount

  • Olemak 29/04/2015

    Hey, at least they made good on their promise and got the boxes made and shipped. OK, so it was a bad idea to begin with, but they did follow through. They did deliver.

    I've got to respect that. I never expected them to get this far.
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  • Ultima 8: Pagan currently free via Origin

  • Olemak 29/04/2015

    Got to say it has aged really well! Reply 0
  • Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown is out now on Steam

  • Olemak 29/04/2015

    Please review this. It markets itself as "cyberpunk Xcom with magic", or something to that effect, and I am game for any kind of Xcom with anything, really. I'd even be interested in an explicit comedy Xcom with fish pies.

    Question is if they can live up to their claims; does it indeed bear the comparison to Xcom, one of my favourite games of all time?
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  • Infinite Crisis review

  • Olemak 23/04/2015

    But, judging from the main image, they have a Wonder Woman as Adam Ant tribute thing stuck in there, and I can't argue with that. Reply +9
  • Bloodborne's mysterious closed door solved

  • Olemak 23/04/2015

    They could sell a DLC called "The Bridge Gate" that exclusivly unlocks the bridge gate. That would be a good prank :) Reply +5
  • Windows 10 release in July, AMD spills

  • Olemak 21/04/2015

    Wait, was that a secret? Reply +8
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 leak names characters - report

  • Olemak 20/04/2015

    For a game with the word "Infinity" in the title, they sure are burning through a lot of iterations. I initially thought they would just make one game, and then update that with characters and maps etc infinitely. Apparently not. Reply +14
  • The best PC games

  • Olemak 20/04/2015

    @jamyskis1981 I'm jumping in on this one, because I love the new Xcom and the old one too.

    I think they're quite different games, and if you like any kind of turn-based strategy you're doing yourself a huge disservice if you skip this game. Xcom is kind of a game from an alternative reality, where shooters never got really big because turn-based games were the dominant genre. Xcom is a game from that alternate dimension.

    Mind you though: it can get a bit repetitive... so the XCOM: Enemy Within expansion/stand alone is probably a better option - it has more weapons, more missions, more maps, more soldier types and progression options, more enemy variation etc etc, just more of everything - so it stays fresh and fun for the entire campaign. I higly reccomend it.
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  • Olemak 20/04/2015

    @Dantonir I don't know if Space Marine deserves a spot on any best game list - but I absolutely loved it. Guilty pleasure overload, a brilliant game.

    Let's form a Space Marine Appreciation Society!
    Reply +2
  • Battlefield: Hardline trumps Bloodborne in March US retail sales

  • Olemak 17/04/2015

    @grassyknoll "If I can finish it, anyone with some understanding of how games work can too."

    That sounds really elitist to me, but okay, have it your way: Bloodborne is an easy game, in fact it's easier than Mass Effect and Dragon Age. No-one, or very few, will trade in Bloodborne in frustration; that is a highly unlikely scenario. Gamers who are used to Skyrim, GTAV and Call of Duty will feel right at home in Yharnam, it's safe to reccommend this game to anyone, without reservation - pointing out that it is a demanding game with a steep learning curve and no difficulty setting would be elitists, so lets not do that.
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  • Olemak 17/04/2015

    @Playstationman I think the term is "cult blockbuster".

    Amazing achievement to sell that well. I love Bloodborne, but I would not be surprised to hear a lot of copies are traded in - it is not for everyone.
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  • Australian 2K Borderlands Pre-Sequel dev to close

  • Olemak 16/04/2015

    That's rough. Must be hard and frustrating to be that remote studio that always gets tasked with making inbetweener games that are only made because someone in a boardroom thought it was a good idea, the games the series creators are not interested in doing. They've never really been allowed to show their creativity and come up with ideas all of their own.

    Must be bad, always following orders loyally but ultimately being shut down because those orders were not all that clever to begin with.
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  • Xbox One UK price now 299.99

  • Olemak 13/04/2015

    @cloudskipa I don't doubt that Black Tusk have very experienced developers on the payroll. I'm just saying that they're a new studio, this will be their first game as a team, and they've taken over the reins from the series creator. Reply +3
  • Olemak 13/04/2015

    @Gamblix Gears of War: Judgement was the fourth game in the franchise, although it was a prequel and not called "Gears of War 4".

    Came out two years ago.
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  • Olemak 13/04/2015

    @en3sge Being the best selling AND the most expensive console might be worth something too. Consumers will always assume that the pricier alternative is better, and 50 savings is perhaps not enough to have to settle for "second best"... which is the brand position Xbox One seems to settle into. Reply +16
  • Olemak 13/04/2015

    @Sicho The next Gears of Wars is developed by a new studio, though. GoW5 will be their first game ever... just saying. Reply +4
  • Bound by Flame dev announces cyberpunk RPG The Technomancer

  • Olemak 11/04/2015

    @WskOsc oh, I get it :)
    The first CP setting was in 2017, incidentally :)

    Edit: no it wasn't. It was set in 2013!
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  • Olemak 10/04/2015

    @gr8effect last I heard it got delayed because they had to divert resources into getting Witcher 3 finished. And then there's probably DLC et cetera... so it may be a while until they're back up to speed and ready to announce a date (which, again, will be delayed...)

    We're probably looking at 2017 at the earliest, but that is just a random guess.
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  • Olemak 10/04/2015

    They'd better get it out the door before CD Projekt's Cyberpunk 2077 then. I have a feeling that anyone trying to follow that act will be seen as "cute", at best. Reply +14
  • Code Name: STEAM update speeds up enemy turn times

  • Olemak 09/04/2015

    Developed by Fire Emblem and Advance Wars studio Intelligent Systems, Code Name: STEVE launched in North America earlier this year.
    Auto correct, eh? Code Name: STEVE is actually not a bad name for a comedy about a bumbling idiot mistaken for a spy - which is possibly the most over-used movie premise ever.
    Reply +10
  • Bloodborne soundtrack goes on sale later this month

  • Olemak 08/04/2015

    @Simatron3000 Damn shame that... nice selection of Iron Maiden though :D Going to give them a spin this evening, could be absolutely brilliant :) Reply 0
  • Olemak 08/04/2015

    Oh, bet I'd get massively negged if I let it slip that I've muted the music on Bloodborne, in favour of the moody, synthy tunes of Lykke Li, courtesy of the Spotify integration. No, I'd better keep mum about that. Reply -1
  • Anita Sarkeesian debuts her Positive Female Characters series

  • Olemak 07/04/2015

    @williamarthurfenton wrote

    @Olemak Well, that was a useful response. Spell-checking? indeed a word I know how to spell, but must've missed as I was tired and less attentive than usual.
    Fine, dude, be that way, but I'd like to point out that you were on a quest to find an alternative to the word "hero/heroine":

    It just makes me long for a sex-neutral word for 'hero/heroine'.

    heroic figure perhaps?
    I simply meant to point out that "Protagonist" is the gender neutral word you were looking for. You took that to imply a spelling correction, not really what I am into.
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  • Olemak 01/04/2015

    @williamarthurfenton "protagonist". Reply +1
  • It's over: PlayStation Home has closed

  • Olemak 01/04/2015

    Never really got the point of Home. Logged in to look around one or two times, but just did not get it.

    I like the screenie of the guy holding the "End is Nigh" sign, though. Quite apt.
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  • Watch someone complete Bloodborne in 40 minutes

  • Olemak 31/03/2015

    @scuffpuppies ran out of molotov, stocked up and went back but found a shortcut to a positively huge area hidden behind some crates. While exploring that area, I sort of stopped sucking so bad at playing. Cleric Beast is in for some schooling next time we meet :)

    Amazing game. GotY came early this year.
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  • Olemak 31/03/2015

    This guy is the extreme opposite of me, then. I've been playing for a LOT more than 40 minutes, and I'm still not past the Cleric Beast. Reply +3
  • Spotify app launches today, exclusive to PlayStation "for the foreseeable"

  • Olemak 30/03/2015

    Switched on my PS4 just now to check, could not find it anywhere. Maybe because I am in Norway? Anybody been able to start it up yet?

    EDIT: I checked again, it's there now. Working very well, it seems. Especially the "operate from Phone" is pretty awesome.

    Oh, and adding custom playlists to games awesome. Not so much for Bloodborne and The Last of Us, perhaps, but playing Shadow of Mordor with Laiback playing in the background - yeah, I'll give that a shot!

    Should we form a Eurogamers Suitable Playlist for Specific Games Syndicate? Over on the forum?
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  • Battlefield Hardline fends off challenge of Bloodborne in UK chart

  • Olemak 30/03/2015

    Still, very healthy sales for a platform exclusive that clearly is an acquired taste.

    Did anyone else notice that A Plain Doll is voiced by Evetta Muradasilova, who also voiced the Maiden in Black back in Demon's Souls?
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  • Destiny item comparison sacrificed for expanded vaults on last-gen

  • Olemak 27/03/2015

    There it is. Today's Destiny patch note.

    Why is Eurogamer still covering this game in such minute detail? I mean - is this news? Is it at all interesting? I would think that anyone interested in Destiny receives patch notes in newsletters and as notifications when they log in - so who is this kind of "news" really written for?

    It is becoming hard to disagree with the tinfoil hat crew regarding a possible agreement between Eurogamer and Activision...
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