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  • Inside Eve Online's game of thrones

  • Pasco_ 29/03/2015

    If you enjoyed this article (and you should have, because it's more bloody good writing from Bertie), you might wan't to check out A History of the Great Empires of Eve Online, which is a book that is shaping up to be the best Kickstarter I've ever backed. Reply +2
  • Bloodborne dev working on a patch to improve load times

  • Pasco_ 24/03/2015

    @IronSoldier It is almost never a matter of QA not catching obvious issues like these, but instead that management decides they can be considered a "Known Shippable" and either fixed after release or simply ignored forever.

    If users can find it in the first week, you better believe the QA department has known about it for a long time and has been complaining about it for just as long. But QA is the very bottom rung, with all the power of a wet paper bag.

    The issue is, was, and always will be decisions made by the publisher's / developer's management to compromise on quality in the pursuit of profit.
    Reply +16
  • Is Bloodborne the best game ever, or just the second best?

  • Pasco_ 24/03/2015

    I really wish I could enjoy these games as much as Rich obviously does, even just watching the man play through bits of Dark Souls was enough to show how genuine the joy is.

    But for me, they're just no fun to play, like a slower but no less annoying DmC or Ninja Gaiden. I love the worlds and the lore that are weaved, but grinding my way through them is an utter chore.
    Reply +1
  • See which retro game consoles can survive a 15 foot drop

  • Pasco_ 21/03/2015

    Man, fuck the internet. Reply +7
  • Face-Off: Battlefield Hardline

  • Pasco_ 19/03/2015

    What a garbage release in terms of IQ. Just utter, utter trash being sprayed at your eyeballs at sub-HD non panel-native resolution.

    A year and change in and this generation of consoles are already feeling old and tired.
    Reply +1
  • Cities: Skylines review

  • Pasco_ 19/03/2015

    Opinions!

    I couldn't disagree more with the findings of this review, but that's OK, because the idea of everybody agreeing about their own individual subjective experiences is ridiculous.

    The problem with most game reviews is their homogeneity. An entire creative medium agreeing with itself isn't healthy, as it stifles growth and change.
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  • Watch Valve's HTC Vive VR Rezzed developer session

  • Pasco_ 14/03/2015

    @DrBeardface presuming you want to drive games at the resolution and framerate given for the Vive, that machine is going to struggle to play all but the most graphically simple and well optimised tech demos.

    Never trust a system that won't specify what processor it's using (what they list is so broad a category to be meaningless), never trust a GPU with an 'M' in the name (Mobile/Laptop graphics chips are getting better, but they're still trash).
    Reply +1
  • Editor's blog: We've revised our editorial policy

  • Pasco_ 09/03/2015

    Actually, it's about crowdfunded collector's editions of cult video games. Reply +3
  • Editor's blog: So, we do best games lists now

  • Pasco_ 08/03/2015

    Oh good. Listicles. What a brave and exciting new direction for EG.

    There are a couple of important guiding principles, however. The first is that these are the best games to play today. They are not academic compilations of the most important games in history; they're lists of games we'd recommend anyone to play now, games that are still fresh and vital experiences. So you'll notice that, for example, our PC games list will skew fairly heavily (though not exclusively) towards games from the last few years, rather than that platform's huge library of available classics.
    So the PC list will be safely ignorable then?

    The idea that older games are inherently inferior is utterly ridiculous, and hamstringing the PC with console-like 'generations' is discounting one of the platform's biggest strengths

    Many of "the best games to play today" on PC were released 5, 10, 15 years ago. They are still "fresh and vital", in ways that the sort of bland AAA schlock that seeps out of the industry today never will be.
    Reply +5
  • Mad Max release date set for September on PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • Pasco_ 03/03/2015

    Sent to die against MGS:V Reply -1
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date revealed

  • Pasco_ 03/03/2015

    Ground Zeroes was, for me, the best game in the MGS franchise, and certainly the only one I've come anywhere close to completing.

    The Phantom Pain is the first MGS game I've ever been excited for, so bring on September!
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  • Eurogamer readership survey 2015

  • Pasco_ 02/03/2015

    Surveys like this always bum me out with the reality that all we are, when it comes down to brass tacks, are eyeballs to justify ad spend on adverts to convince us to part with as much money as possible.

    I know it's how the sausage is made, but when it stares you in the face it's just bloody grim.
    Reply +18
  • Does resolution really matter?

  • Pasco_ 28/02/2015

    You can't have your cake and eat it.

    If resolution doesn't matter then EG should shut down the sham that Digital Foundry has become. A site that is meant to specialise in technical analysis, but constantly ignores and belittles the technical advantages of one platform and now seems to utterly disregard the concept of technical advantages at all, is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

    While Eurogamer continues to champion the gameplay experience, Digital Foundry is more concerned about pure performance and technical analysis.
    This quote, from the article announcing Digital Foundry was becoming a part of EG, is demonstrably no longer true. DF's core mission statement lies in tatters at the feet of "next gen gameplay" and a constant downplaying of the purely technical.

    If this article isn't DF's suicide note then I don't know what could be. It is a direct attack on it's own existence, it is a massive neon sign saying "We don't think what we do means anything or has any value", and more than that, it carries the implicit suggestion that "Even if our audience thinks what we do is useful, they're wrong".

    I love EG, but that they continue to allow DF's once stellar reputation to be dragged through the mud is a terrible stain on their record. Shame, shame, shame.
    Reply +16
  • 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…!?
    Reply +7
  • 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.
    Reply +2
  • 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.
    Reply -7
  • 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?
    Reply +13
  • 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.
    Reply +3
  • 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.
    Reply +5
  • 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.
    Reply +8
  • 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.
    Reply -3
  • 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.
    Reply +1
  • 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.
    Reply -2
  • 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.
    Reply -7
  • 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.
    Reply -1
  • 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.
    Reply +2
  • 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.
    Reply +1
  • 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.
    Reply +9
  • 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.
    Reply +2
  • 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.
    Reply +26
  • 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?
    Reply +5
  • 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.
    Reply +3
  • 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.
    Reply +15
  • 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.
    Reply +2
  • 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.
    Reply +26
  • In Theory: Nintendo's next-gen hardware - and the strategy behind it

  • Pasco_ 10/01/2015

    ...actual next-gen gameplay concepts...
    Drink!
    Reply +9
  • 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