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  • Allison Road looks like the fan-made spiritual successor to P.T.

  • ROMhack 02/07/2015

    To be fair, all these jump-scare games are great but they aren't a patch on horror-games with actual substance like Silent Hill, and that Amnesia sequel nobody liked because it wasn't like the first game. Reply 0
  • Her Story review

  • ROMhack 26/06/2015

    I've been playing Device 6 for the past few days -- so I wouldn't mind on somebody giving me a comparison between the two games if they've played them both.

    On the basis of things, they seem similar, except here the medium they're playing around with is video, whereas in Device 6 its literature.

    Also, this seems a tad similar to games like Analogue and Digital (hate and love stories, respectively).
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  • How to make great vapourware

  • ROMhack 20/06/2015


    You're getting negged (and I don't agree with you exactly) but for a while I've thought about how Half-Life's pretty typical man-versus-the-world plot is probably quite restrictive to them as a company now.

    Valve's last major success was Portal, a wildly interesting game that did show up Half-Life for its lack of charm, story, and important themes.

    The best thing about Half-Life 1 and 2 was the pacing, how it played, and how it looked. Arguably none of those are really that in-vogue and I'm sure Valve know it.

    They started something they should finish but having their ideas being build on the back on what was fashionable in '98 must be a problem given how much things have changed.

    They'd have to pull something so far out of the rug that'd be outrageous to make Half-Life 3 on par with the first two in the context of its time.
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  • 3am eternal: The glorious return of Rock Band 4

  • ROMhack 19/06/2015

    I think there's a massive debate about the mainstream appeal of rock music just waiting to be made. Of course rock has its fans, but is it popular enough to sustain itself in today's marketplace, especially owing to the high-price of the game + peripherals?

    Nobody mentions it but I think that's another potential reason why Rockband saw its previous demise.
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  • Don't hold your breath for PS4 backwards compatibility

  • ROMhack 19/06/2015

    Backwards compatability certainly is helpful, but I've always figured people seem to care about it much more than they actually care about it.

    The only use I get out of is with certain games that have increased ridiculously in price over the years. Very rarely is a digital copy better but I mean, I'm the kind of person who likes to be able to hold things I own (and caress them too on the right occasion).
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  • Nintendo's painful metamorphosis leaves fans reeling

  • ROMhack 17/06/2015


    'Enjoy what you've got because you could walk out of your house tomorrow and get hit by a bus. If the hobby makes you that physically angry, think about selling your console and getting out because you've got some problems, son.'

    I'm sorry but haven't you shot yourself in the foot with...

    GROW UP! These are goddamn VIDEO GAMES! It's a fun past time, not the absolute of your existence and if it IS the absolute of your existence, SORT YOUR F*****G LIFE OUT!
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  • Metal Gear Solid 5's new E3 trailer is so Kojima

  • ROMhack 16/06/2015 Reply 0
  • Watch five minutes of Star Wars Battlefront

  • ROMhack 15/06/2015

    It looks too much like Battlefield with a Star Wars skin to me.

    I mean, it doesn't look bad at all but it hardly looks like they've really gone out and out with many new ideas there.
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  • Telltale's Jurassic Park would have been a great film, but it was a poor game.

  • ROMhack 14/06/2015

    It's a shame that Telltale struggled to find the balance with Jurassic Park, but I still wonder why they refuse to come up with original ideas.

    If Life is Strange (or even Dreamfall) has taught us anything then it's that there's room for original narratives in these types of games.
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  • Triple-A is back at E3 2015

  • ROMhack 13/06/2015

    It's easy to riff on AAA games but they aren't all boring. Just most of them. Reply +3
  • PS Now UK beta rental prices are pretty high

  • ROMhack 11/06/2015

    Here's 10. Please let me borrow your code for 30 days. Reply +1
  • PlayStation Store reveals Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

  • ROMhack 10/06/2015


    'It appeals to the childhood Indiana Jones fan in me.'

    I can dig that.
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  • ROMhack 04/06/2015

    I simply never understood the mass-appeal of Uncharted. The characters are bland and archetypal, the plot simply sees fit to flirt with themes more interesting than the story (ie hermeticism), the dialogue is often cringe-worthy, Nathan Drake has no outstanding personality, and there's nothing lasting about it because one of the major reasons for its success was its graphics, which aren't quite as wonderful right now.

    It's been years since the PS3-Movie meme was fashionable but I really do think Uncharted fashions itself like a modern-day Blockbuster -- the series is pretty much set around set-pieces designed to wow the player like buildings collapsing in on themselves or fires enraging all around or... a combination of the two. Granted, there's no series that does as good a job of that as Uncharted does but there's no substance to it and it seems like there's no point in going back to it if you've experienced it once already.

    Plus the combat is just fucking awful. Really weirdly awful, actually.
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  • We need to talk about emulation

  • ROMhack 31/05/2015


    There definitely is a market for films from throughout history. Have you ever heard of the Criterion Collection? It's a North American distributor who release DVDs/Blu-rays of films regarded as cult or exceptional-quality from throughout the 20th and 21st century. They add a series of extras like rare-footage, interviews, and featurettes in to sweeten the deal, giving great respect to classic films. They're hard to obtain in Europe but in the UK we've had/got Artificial Eye, BFI, and Masters of Cinema doing a similar thing.

    I haven't really thought about it before but re-released games (classic collections or digital-downloads) get very little love. If you can even get the game then it's just the game and that's it -- the exception being what GoG does but the quality definitely varies.
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  • The next Need for Speed is a reboot

  • ROMhack 21/05/2015

    The real issue is not the ideas here but instead that it's an EA game and that means that the story will simply be trash but it'll probably still sell a bzillion copies regardless. Then they'll have no idea what went wrong and probably just reboot it again.

    The answer to why this will happen is because they won't actually have any fresh or new ideas. They'll simply riff on something that exists already -- something like Fast & Furious.
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  • Video: Playing Black Mesa, the Half-Life for today

  • ROMhack 08/05/2015

    Nostalgia is the zeigeist of our time Reply 0
  • Mirror's Edge 2 due in Q1 2016

  • ROMhack 06/05/2015


    It depends.

    If they remove all the shitty fighting parts this time then... yeah they're going to make it some kind of shooty mcaction monstrosity aren't they.
    Reply +3
  • Garbage Day offers an open world with no locked doors

  • ROMhack 04/05/2015

    Even though it implies as much, there isn't anything in this write-up about what the game is about beyond the open-world mechanics (ie the depth of its interactions/story/plot/purpose).

    So yeah, colour me neutral right now.
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  • Playtonic launches 175k Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter campaign

  • ROMhack 03/05/2015

    I'll reserve judgement but I generally think the 3D-Platformer died a death because it was done-to-death and ran out of new ideas. Certain games still hold sway to this day (ie Banjo) but looking back I can't help but think that they represent a more simple style-of-gaming that doesn't exist/sell in the modern-day age.

    Personally, I can't stand games like Banjo Kazooie/Donkey Kong/Conker's Bad Fur Day these days, finding them over-long and over-repetitive but I understand how they were a big part of people's lives at one point and have a nostalgic-vibe to them.

    If this project is to do anything but appeal to nostalgia though then it really needs to find that something extra gameplay-wise in addition to a good story/characters/charm. 2D platformers have been revitalised of late (ie Rayman + a hoard of decent indie throwbacks) so I wonder if 3D can do the same.
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  • PlayStation 4 lifetime sales pass 22.3m worldwide

  • ROMhack 30/04/2015

    Both Microsoft and Sony's babies still lack that certain sex appeal.

    Destiny and/or Bloodborne seem to the major players for Sony's offspring at this point but neither really appeal and that makes me sad.

    Still, business news and statistics. Woo! Maybe I'll invest in some stocks.
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  • The best PC games

  • ROMhack 20/04/2015

    Weird list and you're getting hounded for it but it's obviously intended to be personal which means it's hardly wrong as such, but I'd figure that most PC people here have at least tried these games if they have any intention of playing them whatsoever.

    If I were your head honcho then I'd probably commission individual 'best of' pieces highlighting each writer's selected favourite games. It'd spark more personal debate and feel a little less pushy. Hell, maybe we'd get some cool wild throws of the dice in there too!
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  • Amazon listing points to PS4 release for Broken Sword 5

  • ROMhack 14/04/2015

    They'd do better to release the original/director's cut. It's simply a better game for anybody new to the series.

    5's most redeeming feature is as a nostalgia-trip for fans -- but that's obvious to anybody who saw the Kickstarter campaign.
    Reply +1
  • The best Xbox One games

  • ROMhack 05/04/2015

    Buy it now, and let Microsoft know there's an audience for this kind of wonderful, off-beat experimentation.

    Yeah, D4 did always strike me as going completely against Microsoft's ethos of big, loud, brash games that you simply can't ignore because they're so big, loud, and brash.

    Sunset Overdrive though...

    There's a game that goes hand in glove
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  • "He suddenly became incredibly sullen, angry and frustrated. He was 10"

  • ROMhack 02/04/2015

    Smart kids should be allowed. Dumb kids should not.

    But that's the same with most things, no?
    Reply +1
  • The best Wii U games

  • ROMhack 08/03/2015


    That's unfair.

    It's fairer to say that the Wii U doesn't have a diverse selection of games, however if you fit into their demographic then you'll probably bloody love them (as people I know do)
    Reply +3
  • ROMhack 08/03/2015

    Nah, I played Zombi U at my dad's

    It's shit.
    Reply -4
  • The Escapists review

  • ROMhack 12/02/2015


    'A number is so arbitrary and meaningless a way to judge a game. '

    It's not if you actually use the whole scale rather than group everything around the same scores. You give meaning to the numbers you use, and the comparisons become more obvious when you stop fearing giving anything below a 6.

    Plus, I don't see why it's less arbitrary and meaningless than this new system - judging it as it's been used so far, suggesting every game they've reviewed is recommended or essential, which is definitely just as meaningless unless I'm to believe that most games that come out are unmissable - which they honestly are not.

    I think they just changed their review scores to be different, but they only really made a surface-level change. The roots of the same system that had everything around about 8/10 is still there.

    I've said it before, they need strong personal opinions, freedom to actually criticise (for or against), and a lack of fear about backlash their reviews might receive but they just feel like they're trying to please any minority who might like any given game, just like they did before. It's not actually helpful to a neutral.
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  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D review

  • ROMhack 10/02/2015

    Majora's Mask was the last good Zelda game as far as I'm concerned. Reply -3
  • ROMhack 10/02/2015


    You mean like Monster Hunter 4?
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  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate review

  • ROMhack 10/02/2015

    Is it essential? I don't mean to diss you here but I doubt it's essential to anybody who isn't already sold on the Monster Hunter idea. It's certainly not an important game, is it? Reply -3
  • Eurogamer has dropped review scores

  • ROMhack 10/02/2015

    Essentially, review scores work when strong subjective opinions coupled with a strong personal and knowledgeable voices come together, but a writer needs to not fear being scrutinised for feeling the way they do about something. Only then do they have the freedom to use the scale in all its glory.

    Do Eurogamer writers do that? I'm not sure anybody but Tom does.
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  • Watch Super Mario Sunshine running in 60fps, thanks to Dolphin emulator

  • ROMhack 09/02/2015

    You know I've come to the conclusion the amount of frames per second a game can offer directly correlates to the amount of fucks I give per second about frames per second. Both move in an upward trajectory towards absolute oblivion - a hell where we no longer actually give a crap about how good games are but instead measure our enjoyment in factors of frames per hour

    And I have a nice PC

    'av a bit of that then cowboys
    Reply +1
  • Stylish Persona 5 trailer shows off gameplay, cut-scenes, cats

  • ROMhack 08/02/2015

    Purrsona 5

    Seriously, did nobody say this yet?
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  • A live-action Zelda series is in development for Netflix - report

  • ROMhack 07/02/2015

    Doesn't Link deliberately eschew personality in order to be a stand-in for the player? He is, by nature, a cliche character but it which works according to the necessities of a video-game; the same necessities which won't exist in a more passive story-telling medium.

    Like, I think the problem starts there and then there's more but I have to go to work now.
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  • Grand Theft Auto 5 has sold 45m units to retailers

  • ROMhack 04/02/2015

    I had a dream last week that it was on sale for 9.99

    Still waiting for that day
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider details emerge

  • ROMhack 04/02/2015

    Any word on how fucking radical killing loads of shit over and over again is going to be this time around?

    I very much enjoyed how ridiculously OTT the last game got, especially considering the realisation that some people were actually taking the game quite seriously for some reason.
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  • Battlefield Hardline is more than just a palette swap

  • ROMhack 02/02/2015

    Are you trying to tell me this isn't going to be a balls to the wall and back to the balls action-game? Reply 0
  • Resident Evil 2 fan remake shown off from start to finish

  • ROMhack 02/02/2015


    You're right about the coding thing. That's something I've been thinking for ages now. If you take a look at how designers like Shinji Mikami (or Kamiya, or Suda51, or Kojima) got started then it seems that they weren't anything more than ideas-men. Perhaps I'm wrong but their biographies hardly suggest they were computer whizz-kids prior to getting involved in the industry*

    *except maybe Kamiya, but he sounds more like he was more of a graphic designer than a programmer.
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  • ROMhack 02/02/2015

    @mo0trix That requires talented people in the games industry and freedom and for whatever reason, we have few of either in the world of big-bucks gaming. Plus, developers seem to be very wary of making games that don't have instantly-rewarding features these days. The action road was the only road Capcom could go.

    And it's a bad road.
    Reply +1
  • Life is Strange: Episode 1 review

  • ROMhack 30/01/2015

    It feels too "video game", basically, and calls to mind the work of David Cage - another clear influence - in its inability to tell a simple human story without slapping a layer of genre pulp on top.

    That's subtle, but a huge negative.
    Reply +1
  • Dying Light review

  • ROMhack 30/01/2015


    Right, but why can't a video-game be seen as 'fun' while getting a low score? I mean the truth is that 99% of games out there are pretty fun so why is that phenomena not completely obvious to everyone? We've hit a point where (big) developers show they know how to make games that make our dopamine levels bounce all over the place, but doing that hardly classes as making a game worth praising above others by default.

    It seems to me that games in general are too good these days to keep up with this trend of letting 'fun' have the only say in how games like this are judged using the relative-score meters that they are - the purpose of which is to give the reader a good impression about the game, but the reality of which being that readers don't know shit because all games are rated in and around 8 (as the old joke goes).
    Reply +1
  • ROMhack 30/01/2015

    I watched a friend play it for a bit recently.

    It looks like one of those pointless games whose only audience should be those who (somehow) manage to get cheap thrills from fighting zombies (like they haven't done it several dozens of times before by now), or you know those damned fools who seem to buy up any open-world game going.

    Oh and maybe those guys I saw attempting parkour outside the bus-station the other week. Seems like it might be their kind of thing.
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  • Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Havoc review

  • ROMhack 29/01/2015

    There's a lot of shitty games out there. CoD is just one of them so give it a break, yeah.

    Edit: Alright, it's not 'shitty'. Bland is a better word for it.
    Reply -2
  • Grim Fandango Remastered review

  • ROMhack 27/01/2015

    I look forward to buying it on sale because I'm one poor SOB

    And it does peak early. That port-place is buzzing with energy, and not that the other parts aren't good, but they just don't quite match up to it. One of the best settings in any game.
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  • Ubisoft deactivating keys it says were "fraudulently" obtained and resold

  • ROMhack 26/01/2015

    Well-polished, high-quality, modern action games with excellent voice-acting.

    Absolutely inspired, forgettable products.

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  • 'Sorry about Christmas' PSN discount rolls out Friday

  • ROMhack 23/01/2015

    I'd sooner give money to a bum on the road than waste my hard-earned money on thin-air. Reply +1
  • Resident Evil HD Remaster review

  • ROMhack 20/01/2015


    I was really only talking about the main games. The less-heralded spin-offs revel in their silliness, alongside the puzzles, action, etc.

    It's why I like them more.
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  • ROMhack 20/01/2015

    I played the version on the Gamecube and I was lost about what was so great about the game. I can see how it would appeal but for all the fantastic elements of horror-design that are in the game, these great pieces of setplay are ultimately lost on what amounts to a very uninteresting story and a rather forgettable assortment of characters. I guess the main appeal is in the idea of the game as a 'puzzle' and it's pretty ingenious how it leaves you stranded in the mansion searching for answers while constantly battling merciless enemies but that only lasts for a few hours before the game goes full b-movie without any of the endearing b-movie aesthetics that silly horrors always make sure to use (Filmwise - Dawn of The Dead; Gameswise - Dead Rising).

    Sometimes I think that Resident Evil's greatest problem is that it wants to be serious and schlocky at the same time. REmake exemplifies this the most but it's also clearly there in RE4, which is another game that people tend to take as something far more sincere than it is but which soon gets into the real territory that it wants to head into - over-the-top action.

    Edit: On the subject of b-movie aesthetics, I've just realised that it's something they removed from the original game when they did the remaster. The Playstation one definitely had them in it (notably the voice-acting).
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  • Borderlands 2 creative director joins Orcs Must Die team

  • ROMhack 09/01/2015

    That reminds me, I have this creative new idea:

    What about if we take one really popular genre and merge it with another really popular genre and make it really repetitive for the kind of people who don't tire of leveling-up because on-screen feedback never ceases to gratify.

    Awesome, right?
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  • Paul McCartney is a hologram in the music video for Destiny's Hope for the Future

  • ROMhack 09/12/2014

    Doesn't surprise me. Bungie have always been pretentious as fuck.

    Remember those slow-motion videos when one (or more) of the Halo games came out acting as if it was Saving Private Ryan, only you know based on a war that didn't actually happen?

    Maybe someday a reviewer could point out that by their very nature the games they make are a bit silly and not to be taken seriously. Hopefully they'll get the message.
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