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  • Anger over lack of local co-op in Resident Evil Revelations 2 on PC

  • Pasco_ 25/02/2015

    Wait, hold on: They never plan to implement local co-op, yet the Steam store page still, as of this comment, includes in its list of features:

    Assistive co-op play – Players will need to switch between the two characters (Claire/Moira, Barry/Natalia) to overcome the nightmares in either single player mode with an AI partner or offline co-op.
    What the? Who the? How the fuck do Capcom even begin to explain themselves?

    And what sort of shitty non-response was that marketing bullshit you got from the "Capcom UK spokesperson"? It didn't even attempt to address the point that they are wilfully mis-selling this game in a way that even the worst Early Access douchebags would never do.

    This is so totally beyond the pale, it beggars belief.
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  • Platinum explains Metal Gear Rising 2 teaser image

  • Pasco_ 25/02/2015

    Oh come the fuck on.

    It's obvious this was a teaser for a sequel, and that these fake denials are just a way to keep the story running.

    Edit: Just to make it even more clear this is a tease for a sequel, Kamiya tweeted: 2…!?
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  • What it's like playing as Hitler in Hearts of Iron 4

  • Pasco_ 23/02/2015

    @null Isn't it a bit, ah, insensitive to not include the The Holocaust, or analogies to The Blitz or the Bombing of Dresden?

    Denial of history is not usually a good look. The sterilisation of warfare, and especially of the kind of horrors committed in World War 2 is not a good thing.

    Considering the pedigree of the developer/publisher, I would expect the more criminal aspects of warfare to be fully reflected in a game like this. That they aren't is disheartening and casts somewhat of a shadow over the game.
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  • Gameplay of cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun leaks

  • Pasco_ 23/02/2015

    Mad props to Mama Robotnik for chasing this through for so many years, truly the LoK superfan #1

    I can't help but feel that, after the massive critical and commercial success of Shadow of Mordor, Square Enix really fucked up by pulling the rug on this.

    The lack of a new Legacy of Kain / Soul Reaver game is a constant pain, because that series is fucking amazing. Let's hope that shit-pile Nosgoth isn't the only hope for the series future.
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  • Troll deletes 11-year-old's Destiny characters

  • Pasco_ 23/02/2015

    Cheaters never prosper.

    Kid was trying to take advantage of exploits in the second stupidest way imaginable (just short of just telling this random dude his login details) and got screwed over for it. Tough noogies.
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  • Video: The Order 1886 - debating the issue of value

  • Pasco_ 20/02/2015

    It's impossible to assign "value" (where value is understood to mean time/price) for the population at large. What does a Billionaire at leisure with a few hours to spare care about £50 for a 5 hour game? Can you say the same about a school kid in poverty who's single parent relies on food banks to be able to eat? Obviously not.

    That's not to say that game length and game cost should not be considered, or should not form part of a critical view. But it is not as simple as "less than 5 hours bad, more than £40 bad".

    A 5 hour game could be too long, if it's mechanics or plot outstay their welcome. Consider the stretching of the The Hobbit trilogy and the panning it received.

    A 40 hour game could be too short, if it's expected to be an evergreen game with no defined end. Imagine if the next Football Manager or Crusader Kings was set-up to encourage extremely limited play sessions and short campaigns?

    A £5 game could be too expensive, A £20 game could be too cheap, etc.

    EDIT: Also, I have no idea if any of this is covered in the video, because who the fuck has got time to be watching videos?
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  • Project Cars release moved back to April

  • Pasco_ 18/02/2015

    Considering things, I think even this date might be optimistic.

    For a game like this, without prior entries or a large established fanbase, it really needs to be rock-solid at launch to have any chance.
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  • Fallout owner Zenimax forces Fortress Fallout name change

  • Pasco_ 17/02/2015

    @Ashby678 I agree with your point, but this isn't a court ruling.

    Things like this almost never go to court, because the bigger fish (Zenimax) knows the little fish (Maron) can't afford it.
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  • Pasco_ 17/02/2015

    Single instances of existing words should not be Trademarkable.

    The entire system of IP is, as it currently stands, an utter farce.
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  • Video: Inside the bonkers brain of David Cage

  • Pasco_ 16/02/2015

    Omikron is interesting and genuinely ambitious, and the only thing Cage has been involved in that is worth half a damn. Reply +3
  • Ready at Dawn responds to concern over The Order: 1886 campaign length

  • Pasco_ 16/02/2015

    There's nothing wrong with short games, but there's plenty wrong with The Order. Reply -3
  • Law & Order airs episode dedicated to harassment of women in gaming

  • Pasco_ 12/02/2015

    I guess we can add "Set back the public perception of gamers by 10-20 years" to the list of failures from those Gamergate shits. What's a real shame is how minor a note that is in the grand scheme of their utter horridness. Reply 0
  • Bethesda announces first ever E3 conference

  • Pasco_ 10/02/2015

    If it is Fallout 4, I hope they've taken a good hard look at New Vegas.

    Something on par with Fallout 3 would be such a massive step down, but I'm not sure Bethesda have the writing talent to match (never mind exceed) the amazing work of Obsidian.
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  • Live from 4pm: Q&A with Eurogamer's editor

  • Pasco_ 10/02/2015

    I think the move to reviewing games based on retail code, and waiting until after launch to review online focussed games, is arguably a bigger one that doing away with scores (though perhaps a less 'visible' one.

    Will staff still be attending pre-release review events and getting non-final review code to work on (but simply waiting to 'confirm' things with retail code), or are you cutting yourselves off from that potentially opinion-skewing scene altogether?
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  • Eurogamer has dropped review scores

  • Pasco_ 10/02/2015

    The Recommended / Essential games index could become a really good tool, but I think this article is the only place on the site that links to it.

    That thing should be front-and-centred somewhere on the main page.
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  • Pasco_ 10/02/2015

    This is absolutely fantastic news, kudos to all at EG for making this brave move!

    I also think that the venerable 8/10 should be properly mourned and remembered, it's long service will never be forgotten.
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  • Evolve thrills, but for how long?

  • Pasco_ 09/02/2015

    Look, I think Evolve sucks just as much as the next man, but comparing it negatively to Destiny is a bit much. Reply +3
  • Sunless Sea review

  • Pasco_ 06/02/2015

    Looks like this is really something special, definitely added to my wishlist for the next Steam sale (or the one after, reckon it'll get to a fiver sooner or later). Reply +1
  • Editor's blog: Introducing Eurogamer's new video team

  • Pasco_ 05/02/2015

    @spamdangled

    Except video content is *literally* coming at the expense of written content.

    Eurogamer is not operating off of some limitless money pile, there are finite resources that have to be allocated to projects. If money is allocated to creating video content, then that's money that can't be allocated to written content. That's not a value judgement, that's just accounting.

    Now for the value judgement: Eurogamer has been home to some of the best writing in the industry for ~15 years, it's why I come here. I place immense value on the continuation of this high quality writing, and I place absolutely zero value on any video content that has been or will be produced.

    I understand the financial realities of the situation, I just don't appreciate the attempted sugar coating.
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  • Pasco_ 05/02/2015

    The fact that we're investing a lot in video doesn't mean we're taking anything away from our written work on this website.
    Sorry, but let's cut the bullshit.

    Any video content being produced is explicitly and literally at the cost of written content, as any money being put towards video is money not being put towards written content. Even if this is 'extra' money on-top of what was already being spent, there is still the opportunity cost.

    This, for me, is a significant negative, as I can't stand the current shift away from quality writing and towards low-brow Youtube bollocks. However, I understand this is where the money is nowadays, and as a commercial enterprise Eurogamer has to follow the money.

    It's a shame, but that's life.
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  • The next Sonic game is Sonic Runners

  • Pasco_ 04/02/2015

    So, no footage of the new (and likely shit) F2P endless runner bullshit, but plenty of footage of the old actually good games.

    That might just be the most dishonest trailer I've ever seen.
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  • Ubisoft reinstates deactivated keys bought with stolen credit cards

  • Pasco_ 03/02/2015

    Sooooo, buying from 'unauthorised' 3rd party retailers continues to be the better deal, and Ubisoft make themselves look like even bigger schmucks than usual.

    Well played Ubisoft, well played.
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  • Battlefield Hardline is more than just a palette swap

  • Pasco_ 02/02/2015

    Battlefield Hardline is more than just a palette swap
    Despite trading its army stripes in for the police badge, the cadence of the shootouts is a familiar one ... Hardline appears on course to retain much of DICE's groundwork ... series veterans will likely gel with the moment-to-moment action right away ... there's also a reprisal of the Battlefield 4's big bullet-point, levels that evolve.
    Uh-huh.
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  • The Digital Foundry 2015 graphics card upgrade guide

  • Pasco_ 01/02/2015

    My 3 year old GTX 680 is still rocking along plenty well at 1080p, as long as I'm sensible with the settings.

    Wake me up when they release something based on Pascal.
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  • Sega to offer 300 staff voluntary retirement as it focuses on smartphone and PC online games

  • Pasco_ 30/01/2015

    Those who think, just because the PS4 and Xbone are setting sales records, that the future of console gaming is bright and happy: Pay attention.

    Games do not magically appear on hardware, and no-one but Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have any stake in their platforms success. Look at the financials of any of the major publishers, and see where their bread is really being buttered theses days.

    SEGA have been a behemoth in the PC space for a long time now, and an also-ran in the console space. It makes total sense for them to retreat from an area in decline, and to double down on the growth markets that they are strongest in.
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  • Ubisoft deactivating keys it says were "fraudulently" obtained and resold

  • Pasco_ 26/01/2015

    Even if what Ubisoft's doing is technically legal (and until we know more about exactly why they are deactivating some of these keys, that might not be the case) that doesn't make it right.

    If Ubisoft should be going after anyone, it's the key resellers and distributors that they have a problem with, not innocent customers who purchased their products in good faith.
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  • Elder Scrolls Online gets console release date, drops subscription

  • Pasco_ 21/01/2015

    So glad I bought the Imperial Edition at launch.

    Just kidding, it was bobbins.
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  • Rich Stanton on: Cheesing Destiny

  • Pasco_ 17/01/2015

    To be absolutely clear: Destiny is like a shit cover-band version of a WoW / PSO mashup.

    It does nothing new, even the ways in which it is total bullshit are not new, and the ways players are finding to skip said bullshit are certainly not new.

    Destiny is only interesting if you live in a world utterly devoid of context or history. This article could have been written about any number of shitty MMOs, but why would you bother when there are so many good ones worth writing about instead?
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  • Pasco_ 17/01/2015

    Surely we're all guilty of cheesing it up, whether for laughs or more mercenary reasons, but one game has finally managed to... well, make a game out of it.
    Yes! Of course! Destiny is the first and only game to have taken 'cheesing' to this level! No other game has ever had a playerbase dedicated to finding exploits and ways to get the best loot faster! This has never, ever, happened before! Isn't Destiny so unique and interesting! We should keep writing articles about it!

    It's like when Halo came out all over again. Bungie games must emit some kind of PC-gaming-forgetfulness field, whereby anyone exposed to them forgets PC games exist, and so make themselves appear revolutionary.

    There is nothing special about Destiny, when looked at with the appropriate historical perspective, just as Halo was nothing mindblowing if your knowledge of FPS went further than Goldeneye.
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  • GTA 5 PC pre-orders include a free Rockstar game

  • Pasco_ 16/01/2015

    Never pre-order, never ever, unless you're getting something good out of the deal, and especially when dealing with companies who have spotty records.

    I would not class any of this as particularly good, and Rockstar's PC ports sure as hell count as spotty.

    Fake Edit: olol, not even a Steam key. No chance in hell.
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  • Hotline Miami 2 banned in Australia

  • Pasco_ 15/01/2015

    It is entirely possible for media (books, films, videogames) to deal with difficult subjects such as rape, and to depict them (even extremely graphically) in a context that is warranted.

    However, having played the first Hotline Miami, and from what I know about the sequel, it strikes me that the inclusion of rape is due to a sense of one-upmanship ("how can we make the sequel even more fucked up?") rather than a true desire to explore the issue in a meaningful way. I am therefore extremely uncomfortable with it's inclusion, and probably wont buy the game, as well as attempting to steer others away from purchasing it.

    Having said all of that, governmental censorship of this kind is wrong. Hotline Miami 2 is clearly not hate speech, not is it attempting to incite people to rape women. It is problematic, it is gross, it is not something I wish to experience, but that does not mean it should be censored.

    If stores don't want to sell it, as with GTA V, that is their prerogative. If people want to boycott it, or protest it, then that is also within the rights of people in a free society.

    But governmental censorship is the line that should not be crossed, short of the banning of hate speech, incitement to violence, "FIRE!" in a crowded theatre, etc.
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  • Total War: Warhammer revealed

  • Pasco_ 14/01/2015

    Should have been Total WAAAGH! Reply +6
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 PC release date delayed until March

  • Pasco_ 13/01/2015

    Delay sucks, but those specs are ridiculously achievable, so glad I'll get to see this with all the bells and whistles. Reply +1
  • Microsoft announces Forza Motorsport 6 for Xbox One

  • Pasco_ 13/01/2015

    What a shock!

    Although, this is exactly the sort of thing that would traditionally have been a big E3 press conference reveal, and now it gets a tweet and a Youtube video, which will probably have a thousand times the reach for much less time and effort.

    We live in interesting times.
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  • Did you know Gaming? runs through the Sega Dreamcast

  • Pasco_ 12/01/2015

    The Dreamcast didn't fail SEGA, SEGA failed the Dreamcast.

    Godspeed you wonderful machine.
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  • In Theory: Nintendo's next-gen hardware - and the strategy behind it

  • Pasco_ 10/01/2015

    ...actual next-gen gameplay concepts...
    Drink!
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  • Ultra-rare recalled NES game being sold for $40k on eBay

  • Pasco_ 10/01/2015

    It's worth remembering on stories like this that The Highest Bidder on This Super-Rare Videogame Probably Won’t Pay. Reply 0
  • Cara Ellison on: The Poetics of Space

  • Pasco_ 04/01/2015

    Bachelard's "Poetics of Space" is probably the most important book that most game designers have never read
    One of the true limiting factors currently constraining games is the utter wallowing illiteracy of many of it's finest artists.

    So much potential (not to mention money) is squandered by those who could be great, but settle for the excesses of success.

    The same is true of every other popular art-form to an extent, but games have barrelled past music and even film in their high-speed sprint towards vapidity.
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  • Eurogamer's Game of the Year 2014

  • Pasco_ 01/01/2015

    Looking at that top 10, you'd think 2014 had been a really shit year for videogames.

    I mean look at that top 3. The latest incarnation of an archaic and staid kart racing series, a tremendously flawed and generally loathed MMOFPS, and a CCG that relies on it's license and flashy whizzbang effects.

    I think EG's New Year's Resolution needs to be to play some better games.
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  • Games of 2014: Destiny

  • Pasco_ 26/12/2014

    You've got to be fucking kidding me. Reply +7
  • Games of 2014: Threes

  • Pasco_ 25/12/2014

    2048 is better.

    Doge2048 is best.
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  • Destiny has had just shy of 13 million players

  • Pasco_ 23/12/2014

    @Folant No, it's been repeatedly clarified that it was the budget for just the first game, including marketing.

    It is unclear whether it also included the planned DLC, patches and ongoing infrastructure costs.
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  • Pasco_ 23/12/2014

    If you give out bullshit stats like "number of people who have ever played our game at any point ever" instead of sales numbers, that sort of speaks for itself.

    Bungie and Activision clearly took a bath on Destiny. Based on the reported sell in ($500 million) vs the reported sell through ($325 million) during launch, they're still probably ~$100 million in the hole (video game sales are notoriously front-loaded).

    Bungie better hope that 10 year multi-game franchise contract is pretty water tight, or I can see Activision kicking their asses to the curb over this half-baked flop.
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  • Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: Year One

  • Pasco_ 21/12/2014

    Yep, just keep banging that "900p/1080p is a minimal difference" drum.

    Utterly ridiculous for DF to continually attempt to dismiss such an obvious and purely technical positive for one console over the other.

    Given the choice, and with all else remaining equal, no-one would ever choose 900p over 1080p. There is no possible argument, no aesthetic or artistic merit to be questioned, it is a simple case of 1080p being superior to 900p.

    As a PC gamer not intending to buy either of the new platforms, it still boggles my mind that something as in your face and unquestionable as the rendering resolution of a title can be brushed off as some minor factor, in an article on DF which claims to be explicitly technically focussed.
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  • Controversial mass murdering game Hatred appears on Steam Greenlight

  • Pasco_ 16/12/2014

    When a title goes through the Greenlight process and is accepted, it's publisher on Steam becomes Valve.

    This isn't a case of Valve not allowing Hatred to be sold on Steam, it is that Valve does not want to be the publisher of a title like Hatred.

    Of course, the Neo-Nazi links to this developer are enough to make me hope no-one sells it, buys it, plays it, or has anything to do with these fucks.
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  • Windows 10 leak reveals new Xbox app for PC

  • Pasco_ 15/12/2014

    PC gamers will be keen to see what Spencer has up his sleeve following the winding down of the divisive Games for Windows Live platform.
    No we fucking won't.

    Microsoft can do one.
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  • Rich Stanton on: GTA's growing pains

  • Pasco_ 13/12/2014

    Spot on Rich.

    If GTA has ever thought to look up from the gutter, you wouldn't be able to tell from it's content. All too happy to punch down with it's comedy for however often it decides to punch up.

    And that would be fine, sort of, I suppose. If it wasn't for a bunch of semi-intellectuals who want to treat it as some brilliant satire, or approach it as though it has Something to Say About Society.

    It doesn't. Or rather it does, but what it has to say is so banal that it might as well not bother.

    I've enjoyed every GTA I've played (right from the first, though 2 wasn't so good) and enjoyed them for exactly what they are. That doesn't mean I can't see and condemn their spiteful, hateful, misogynistic, racist and homophobic elements.
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  • Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2014 voting

  • Pasco_ 12/12/2014

    Not sure on the policy for Early Access stuff, but if it can be, Next Car Game: Wreckfest deserves to be on the list.

    Also Dreamfall Chapters and Massive Chalice, not my cup of tea, but definitely list-worthy.

    EDIT: Oh, and Xenonauts.
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  • The Crew review

  • Pasco_ 10/12/2014

    "The AI rubber banding in particular is outrageous, ensuring that if the game has decided that you're only worthy of battling for third in a race, then barring a massive accident on the final stretch that's exactly where you'll finish."

    If that's true, then this game is trash.

    Looks like ass too, especially stuff in the distance and a lot of the texture work, Oblivion had better graphics and that was a 360 launch game.
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  • Destiny alert: this week's Nightfall and Heroic strikes are locked behind The Dark Below DLC

  • Pasco_ 09/12/2014

    Huh.

    They've actually managed to make this worse than the normal MMO style of expansion purchasing 'encouragement', that's kind of impressive really.

    Fuckers.
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