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  • The SD card and the vintage video game revolution

  • ROMhack 07/03/2018

    I love reading about retro games even though I don't really play them. If I may offer my take, there's just something pleasant about systems that don't require being online to get the most out of the console. I was amazed when I first connected to Xbox Live on the 360 but at the time of writing it feels that the monetisation and constant updates of gaming has taken away a lot of the simple joys of playing them. Modern games are great but it always feels like there's a shiny advertisement just behind the background insisting you buy even more products. It can be a big distraction - like the PSN store which I find myself compulsively checking just because I can. Retro games tend to remove that possibility and make for some sweet, sweet nostalgia. I don't think it matters what era they're from as long as it's something you grew up playing. Reply +13
  • In Nintendo, Bayonetta has found the most unlikely saviour

  • ROMhack 05/03/2018

    I actually think Nintendo is the perfect company for Bayonetta. Bayonetta at its core is a supremely well-designed action game. It has a remarkable purity and as such can be compared to an old-school game like Super Metroid. It puts the player experience - the thrill; the action - at the very forefront of the game. I also thought the first one had an air of the sublime about it.

    That said, if we're discussing Platinum's best games then I easily prefer Nier: Automata. That game left me thinking and feeling. Bayonetta mostly left me excited.

    Different strokes for different folks. Different games for different days.
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  • Hundreds of FUT 18 players get ratings boost

  • ROMhack 26/02/2018

    Remember in the olden days when players didn't have overall ratings and you had to inspect their individual stats instead? Bloody hell I miss those days. I think they were called Pro Evo 5. Reply +1
  • FIFA players react to EA's dramatic Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions U-turn

  • ROMhack 17/11/2017

    To be fair, I imagine there are plenty of people who pay money for this type of thing who only buy about two games. For them, it's not going to be as much of a big deal as it is to those who readily feel they spend enough money on games. I get the feeling EA misjudged the situation with Battlefront 2. Reply +2
  • The Evil Within 2 officially revealed

  • ROMhack 12/06/2017


    Wasn't it a psychological horror? Big difference between something like this + Silent Hill and the likes of Alien: Isolation + Amnesia.
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  • Eurogamer's picks from the GOG Summer Sale

  • ROMhack 06/06/2017

    Fez is showing up as only 25% off for me?

    Also, apparently I own D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die already. Completely forgot about that. Interesting game, albeit probably not as good as Deadly Premonition.
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  • Steam Direct fee will be $100 per title

  • ROMhack 03/06/2017

    It's a bit of a personal point but I don't feel much inclination to use Steam anymore. It used to feel like a genuine alternative which prioritised the social experience (i.e. groups) but it's become very convoluted lately. They also seemingly let any old tat through, which irks me a little. I understand it's good for small, independent developers but I think they ought to split the homepage up a bit. I certainly don't think they promote indie games well, unless they happen to catch your eye in the new releases or popular game section - which don't last long.

    I'd liken the experience of using Steam these days to Facebook insofar as it was once a streamlined service that let you use it the way you wanted to. Now, it feels more like Steam wants too much control. They also appear to both value the use of algorithms over humans which gets my back up a bit, especially as it would be a simple way of sorting out the issue with buggy, broken titles.
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  • Fallout 4 offers free weekend trial on Xbox One and Steam

  • ROMhack 24/05/2017

    @DreadedWalrus Or if there was, they removed it and nobody was any the wiser. Reply 0
  • Xbox Game Pass launches 1st June

  • ROMhack 24/05/2017

    Interesting. I subscribed to PS Now for a while but ended up cancelling as it doesn't include anything remotely new and all the games featured are cheap as chips anyway. I assume we might now be entering a point in time where both Sony and Microsoft realise they're going to have to include current gen games. Good move by Microsoft to get the ball rolling first.

    Of course, I'd absolutely love to see Nintendo do something similar but I reckon there's a greater chance of pigs flying in the sky.
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  • Gone Home is free this weekend on PC, Mac and Linux

  • ROMhack 12/11/2016

    It's a game in which you re-live the 90s by way of artefacts inside a middle-class American home by playing as a college girl who finds out about her sister's love life by rummaging around her knick-knacks. Also some other elements about her family too.

    How appealing that concept sounds to you is precisely how much you'll enjoy Gone Home.

    For what it's worth, I liked it when it came out. I didn't connect emotionally with it as a lot of others did, but liked the way it pivoted around indirectly finding things out about other people rather than having them tell you directly. I thought it was pretty relevant for a world who usually learn about each other through Facebook likes (and probably still is).

    I don't think I'll replay it but it's a nice gesture to see it being given away for free.
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  • Why I love video game credits

  • ROMhack 02/07/2016


    "Its a fucking disgrace to have such little respect for the art and people hours that go into media. Cant you just do another job for 5 fucking minutes instead of cutting into my movie watching and credits time?"

    I used to work in a cinema and though I agree that it's ridiculous practice, I think you're blaming the wrong people. The lowly cleaning staff who want to get on with the cleaning aren't even fit to wipe the boots of the managers pulling all the programming shots (or so the managers would like to think).

    From experience, you wouldn't believe how little turn around time you get sometimes. And I used to work at an independent so I bet it's even worse at the chains!
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  • ROMhack 02/07/2016


    Me too. Those type of games offer a strong sense of personality, which is usually part of the fun.
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  • ROMhack 02/07/2016

    Yeah, I remember thinking that at least half of the Uncharted IV credits were people from their various global marketing teams. Reply 0
  • The UK's only video game TV show canned

  • ROMhack 06/06/2016


    "Looking to the future, Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit, which stars ex-Eurogamer lovely Ellie Gibson, is set to air on Dave later this year."
    I read in last month's copy of Edge that it was set to have whacky challenges so it could be in line with a Top Gear-esque spirit.
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  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst review

  • ROMhack 06/06/2016


    Sometimes I think the rating system for games may as well be:

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  • ROMhack 06/06/2016

    I wanted it to be good but once I read the story was something about a technocratic villain I realised it'd be rubbish. Simply put, it didn't sound coherent to the futuristic, corporate-driven world to have a clear, out-in-the-open type of villain. A Deus Exian band of shadow puppets pulling invisible strings would have made more sense.

    Surprised to hear the gameplay is lacking (also heard the same thing on The Guardan). Usually it's the one thing that AAA pubs get right.
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  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 is a slower, more considered spin on Konami's series

  • ROMhack 01/06/2016


    But it was never a simulation. It used to be a really solid arcade game in the vein of something like a football-version of Street Fighter.

    Nothing about PES 1/2/3/4/5/6 was particularly realistic but everything was so well balanced in tandem with the other parts that it felt bloody great.
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  • ROMhack 01/06/2016

    PES was my series of choice up to 2013 but the last two (three?) have been incomplete. And it's published by Konami after all so on Earth why would I expect this next one to be good now?

    I don't love EA or FIFA either but at least they tend to finish their games without any glaring omissions. Personally, I think PES gets an easy time given how games get slaughtered these days if they're released unfinished.
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  • Watch: The game endings that made us go wait, what

  • ROMhack 29/05/2016

    Speaking about bad endings, System Shock 2 always springs to mind.

    The last cut-scene where the protagonist (who we see in third-person despite being in first-person for the entire game) goes 'nah' is mind-bogglingly lame.
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  • Here's our first look at PES 2017

  • ROMhack 28/05/2016

    I'm looking forward to Peschinko 2017. Reply +1
  • Watch: TimeSplitters 2's first level in Homefront: The Revolution

  • ROMhack 17/05/2016

    Uncharted IV's Crash Bandicoot section
    The whole DOOM thing

    Any other recent attempts to harken back to glory days of a time that wasn't today?
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  • Could Suda 51's Let it Die set a new standard for F2P action games on console?

  • ROMhack 02/05/2016

    Isn't it wrong to keep saying this is a Suda51 game? He's the CEO of Grasshopper and hasn't been solely in charge of directing his own game since 2008.

    His role on Let It Die is listed as producer on Wiki.
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  • Alicia Vikander will play Lara Croft in next Tomb Raider film

  • ROMhack 29/04/2016

    You know, I think Keith Stuart's recent article against videogame lore is a great indictment against videogame movies. Reply 0
  • Nintendo's NX console launches March 2017 globally

  • ROMhack 27/04/2016

    Personally going to need some pretty big reassurances over this thing. The Wii U has some excellent first-party games but it had less variety than any Nintendo consoles that came before it and that was simply not cool.

    More to the point, I don't know how Nintendo can sustain another console like the Wii U. At least half of dedicated Ninty buyers I know have been turned off by the company.

    Even though it matters not a jot to those who didn't, it does raise questions about the audience Nintendo intend to capture next time around.
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  • Why is video game lore so awful?

  • ROMhack 23/04/2016

    Oh yes, Keith. Somebody brought up Bastion to me recently as an example of a great game story before proceeding to forget why the backstory even matters that much in the first place. Clearly, they appreciated the rival factions (or whatever is was) but they inadvertently highlighted the way people often mistake 'amount' of likeable narrative backstory for genuine depth. In that case, I thought it was telling because Bastion does actually invoke some other themes that matter way more than whatever things happened in the world before you got there. Reply 0
  • Gearbox confirms that Borderlands 3 will be its next game

  • ROMhack 23/04/2016

    "It's no secret, obviously there's going to be another Borderlands. It's like printing money, we'd be mad not to!" Gearbox CEO and president Randy Pitchford said while throwing a stack of notes up in the air to amuse himself. Reply +43
  • Star Fox Zero review

  • ROMhack 22/04/2016

    In Starfox Adventures there was a section where you had to press some buttons really fast to turn a wheel or something. Being 11, I just couldn't do it so instead I found a hot tip online that said to grind your whole knuckle on the controller really fast. I did it, it worked but I was left with some pretty painful shredding.

    And that's the day I learnt not to trust people on the net.
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  • Here's a new trailer for Let it Die

  • ROMhack 21/04/2016


    Long - for the comment section - but well worth a read.

    Is that from your blog? I googled it.
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  • ROMhack 19/04/2016


    I came here to say that too.

    It's quite irritating to see all of the games GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE make called 'Suda 51 games' when his personal input on them differs quite tremendously dependent on whether he's writing, directing, designing or simply producing. The latter in this case.

    I'm sure he plays a role in dictating some of the design elements of the game but his main role these days is CEO these days.
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  • Guitar Hero Live failed to do the business, too

  • ROMhack 14/02/2016


    1. High barrier of entry in regards to cost.

    80 is a lot of cash to ask people to spend on a single game. RB4 was even worse at around 200. What can you do with all of those plastic instruments once you are bored with the game as well. They all end up collecting dust in a cupboard or in a skip.'
    Good point. It's probably a lesson learnt from the Wii in many ways.

    Plus millenials (a core market you'd think) are pretty notorious for downsizing everything these days. I was only reading on the FT the other day about how the interest in owning things has been completely shot.

    Speaking as somebody who moves around every 6 months or so... yeah I'm not lumbering myself with anything bigger than a laptop.
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  • ROMhack 14/02/2016

    Doesn't surprise me. I said before the games came out that I didn't think they'd do well.

    Music and culture have moved on: rock music has too little sway in the public consciousness for the appeal of these games to mirror 2007.
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  • Keith Stuart on: horror, madness and control

  • ROMhack 30/01/2016

    Good write-up KS.

    There's something about a lack of control - but not too much of it - that compels us into madness. It's like knowledge; we desperately claw at it but only find ourselves getting further away from it. Good designers do understand that and play on our compulsions.

    The writing analogy at the start is great. Writers (novelists) typically write as a way of making sense of the world - as do readers - but they frequently get into mental anguish doing so. Just like we do, playing the game (albeit to a much lesser extent).
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  • Resident Evil Zero review

  • ROMhack 18/01/2016

    I'm usually as self-serious a gamer as you can find, and just as self-deprecating, but I've always found a major joy in Resi (and Dino Crisis) for the thrill of their nonsensical z-movie plots. I found that completely missing in REmake, and that's why I've never got on board with it, but I'm, like, well chuffed they've decided to randomly remake this one. Reply +1
  • Sonic Twitter account taken over by Dr. Eggman

  • ROMhack 14/11/2015

    I love that Twitter account. Reply +4
  • Faster hard drives boost Xbox One Fallout 4 performance

  • ROMhack 10/11/2015

    Haha! Just one more thing to show off at my next speed supermodel dating session while I speed off into the sunset with my millions of dollars.

    Take that Sonyboys! That'll teach you!
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider review

  • ROMhack 10/11/2015

    Wouldn't having a comment section with more structure cease the kind of negatives we see here?

    Maybe I'm being too optimistic, but sites which use Disqus feel don't feel anywhere near as vitriolic as EG does these days. Plus, at least you can respond easier to specific comments, which is fucking great because it invites conversation, not just individuals spouting their mouths off (like I'm doing here).

    Nothing about the game here of course; just thinking.
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  • Steam told off by ASA for Grand Theft Auto 5 Summer Sale kerfuffle

  • ROMhack 06/11/2015

    Considering that Steam quart-annual sales are matched everywhere else these days it's about high time EG stopped giving them buzz every time summer/winter rolled around.

    I don't hate Steam (frequent user), but the point is they're not unique in today's online world.
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  • UK tabloids point the finger at Call of Duty, GTA in coverage of 15-year-old TalkTalk hacker

  • ROMhack 28/10/2015

    Is this the same news story where the London Evening Standard wrote a headline saying he was a 'cyber jihadi'?

    I couldn't take it seriously then either.
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  • Rocket League match mutators to arrive in free November update

  • ROMhack 28/10/2015

    Sounds good. I do still wish they'd add custom tournaments though.

    I really like the game as a bit of fun, but after about 5 matches I start to wonder what to do. Ranked points are one thing but I feel like I should have something more to aim for. What they did in something like Euro 2008 with ongoing random 16 player tournaments would be perfect for Rocket League.
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  • Quantic Dream reveals sci-fi game Detroit

  • ROMhack 28/10/2015

    I can't stand Cage's stuff, but I know a lot of people who do.

    And they all have terrible taste in games and tend to browse Buzzfeed.

    I can't be certain but I think it's related.
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  • For better or worse, From Russia With Love was vintage Bond

  • ROMhack 25/10/2015

    I remember the game being okay, not great. Still, it's always nice to remember AAA developers doing different things.

    More of that I say to the man in the suit using marketing gibberish for everyday parlance.
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  • ROMhack 25/10/2015


    Wasn't that Goldeneye game basically a COD reskin? Or was the Wii version different to the port that hit the PS3/Xbox 360 version?
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  • Assassin's Creed: the story so far

  • ROMhack 21/10/2015

    Assassin's Creed is essentially history porn. Reply +1
  • Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water removes skimpy costumes

  • ROMhack 21/10/2015

    Is it fair to say that both sets of alternative costumes look extremely silly? Reply 0
  • The quest for Shadow of the Colossus' last big secret

  • ROMhack 19/10/2015


    Oh well, this is what we get in the new child-gamer age. Game makers are striving to appeal to the love it this month, trash it next month gamers. I feel for them though because while the adult gamer can still quietly enjoy the rich gaming experience of a grotesquely poor graphics game from before the MS-DOS days even still find awe and mystery today, the games of today demonstrate magnificent graphics, wondrous views, and an utterly gorgeous virtual experience, and they often lack the same depth in game play, mysteries, and discovery.

    To be fair, I think it's also down to the proliferation of releases. Numbers-wise, the amount of games released every week is so vast that we're put into a situation of extreme where we have to divide our attention between so many or question our status as a 'gamer'.

    Couple this with video-game writers coming out with a 'play them all' type of mentality and it's obvious why nobody finds hidden joys in anything these days. They simply aren't looking for it and/or are being taught not to.

    I struggle myself but I think the last thing of note I did was to buy a copy of Moby Dick to try and figure out its similarities to MGSV. I mean, I had to try and figure out if it's ridiculous length was an homage or not. As well, as the blatant intertextual reference during the opening. So, some people still care; most don't.
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  • ROMhack 19/10/2015


    [From Wiki] The story of Shadow of the Colossus begins as Wander enters the forbidden land, travelling across the long bridge at its entrance on his horse, Agro. According to Lord Emon later in the game, prior to entering the forbidden land Wander had stolen an ancient sword, which is the only weapon capable of slaying the colossi of the forbidden land. Led to the massive Shrine of Worship at the center of the region, Wander carries with him the body of a maiden named Mono. A moment later, several man-like shadowy creatures appear and prepare to attack Wander before he easily dismisses them with a wave of the ancient sword in his possession. After vanquishing the shadow creatures, the voice of the disembodied entity known as "Dormin" echoes from above, expressing surprise that Wander possesses the weapon. Wander requests that Dormin return Mono's soul to her body, which it states may be possible on the condition that Wander can destroy the sixteen idols lining the temple's hall by using the ancient sword to kill the sixteen colossi located throughout the land. Despite being warned by Dormin that he may have to pay a great price to revive Mono, Wander sets out to search the land for the colossi and destroy them

    He's being manipulated because he wants to save Mono.
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  • Where can Metal Gear go from here?

  • ROMhack 17/10/2015

    I thought MG:R was really boring to be honest. Different, yes; fun, yes; but it was like Metal Gear Solid without the part that holds all the craziness together and makes it all worthwhile -- the story. Sure, it had it but the scope was minimal, at best.

    I generally really like Platinum Games but they're schlocky type of insane stylised action didn't sit well for me in the Metal Gear universe. It just lacked the essence of politics and history that holds the series together. If that's not something you care about then I guess it was great, though.

    Also, why is Kojima credited with everything? There's like 5 people who wrote the last game and it says that in every introductory cutscene. Why are we not discussing their impact (or loss of it)?
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  • Looks like Nintendo's developing Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

  • ROMhack 15/10/2015

    To be honest, I don't think it's necessary, but I'm sure a lot of Nintendo fans would disagree, and I know better than to get on the wrong side of them. Reply +1
  • BBC Three to livestream League of Legends World Championships

  • ROMhack 08/10/2015


    My favourite thing is Click on BBC News, which waxes lyrically about the virtus of a future laden technology with only a whiff of dystopic vision.
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  • ROMhack 08/10/2015

    BBC3 branching into something that'll appeal to middle-class kids, not just kids who, like, grew up in urban areas, yeah.

    You can thank my trip into Mile End yesterday for my excellent impression of a ghetto youth.
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