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  • The Escapists review

  • ROMhack 12/02/2015

    @Monstro

    '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

    @Nikanoru

    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
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  • 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

    @mo0trix

    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.
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  • 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.
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  • Dying Light review

  • ROMhack 30/01/2015

    @JoelStinty

    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).
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  • 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.

    Ubisoft.
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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

    @X23

    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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  • Face-Off: PES 2015

  • ROMhack 05/12/2014

    @mjlimpreza

    The AI is my biggest gripe with PES 2015. It shows very little awareness and rarely tracks runs of computer players (you simply can't play as 10 outfield players all at once) and on the flip-side the opponent AI rarely, if ever, looks to cross the ball choosing instead to play 99% of their play through the middle. As well as that it's just really easy all-round to tackle the AI as they don't release the ball quick enough in the midfield (or try very hard to shield it).

    It's not really 'amazing' but it's passable sure.
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  • For the first time, Metal Gear Solid 4 will be available as a download

  • ROMhack 04/12/2014

    For what it's worth, MGS4 is a game that's worth playing if you've played the previous titles but it really did need to figure out a more engaging way to balance the gameplay with the exposition. It's easy to criticise it for being unable to do so to be honest given that the 3 previous games managed it and probably all had more interesting stories contained within. My feeling is that Kojima was working with too few limitations and the result would have been better if he'd had somebody to work alongside him and point out that the intentions he had for the game weren't always going to work given the medium he was working with.

    The cut-scenes themselves weren't always the problem, just the lack of awareness about how to tell the story in a way that didn't bore anybody not enamoured by the Metal Gear Solid lore (the fan-service criticism is apt, I feel).
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  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 review

  • ROMhack 10/11/2014

    @iamexclusive I don't know why you're getting negative responses because that's a very good point. Tom reviewed last year's game and he, like me, probably ended up being too biased to give it a decent review. My experience of 2014 was that it was exceptional for the first 2 hours and then gradually became utter shit for the rest of it once the wow factor wore off and it became clear that the flaws you considered exceptions, were in fact the rules. Reply +2
  • Advanced Warfare is the finest Call of Duty in years

  • ROMhack 03/11/2014

    I remember a time when it seemed really hard to take a stance on Call of Duty without either loving or hating it. Thankfully those days must be over because I really can't find it in me to care about COD these days.

    It was never awful, even when people hated it, but it, along with every game that comes out with a new game every year, just ain't interesting.
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  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas getting Xbox 360 re-release, leaked Achievements suggest

  • ROMhack 22/10/2014

    @Rhaegyr I didn't like it either, but I don't like Urban Culture which I presume played a massive part in its success. Wigidy-woo wigidy whack fuck mofuck bitches nigyo.

    A personal thing of course because GTA 3's satire of Italian Mobs and Vice-City's satire of 80s hedonism were great.
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  • The Very Organised Thief is a first-person burglary sim

  • ROMhack 22/10/2014

    I played this ages ago. It was alright (for a free game). Reply 0
  • The pre-patch Evil Within we hope you'll never play

  • ROMhack 21/10/2014

    I don't even have the internet. Reply 0
  • Konami takes aim at Ultimate Team with PES 2015

  • ROMhack 21/10/2014

    @leeroye The commentary isn't bad because it's repetitive, but rather because the voices rise and fall in volume as and when the game feels like it making the commentators sound utterly mad. Reply 0
  • ROMhack 21/10/2014

    This might be a move in the right direction if it weren't for all the payment nonsense. It sounds like what Master League should be. Reply +1
  • Halo review

  • ROMhack 07/09/2014

    Was Halo the first modern-video game that supported the trend of marketing the product to high-hell? I don't deny that it's a fun game but it must have been the case that Microsoft threw everything at getting it out into the public conscious - a concept seen in every single AAA game these days. Reply 0
  • Evidence mounts for Beyond: Two Souls PlayStation 4 release

  • ROMhack 01/09/2014

    Dreadful story. Dreadful writer. Reply +3
  • 1TB Xbox One with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare exclusive to GAME in UK

  • ROMhack 18/08/2014

    @KORNdoggy I doubt many here shop at GAME. I'll attest to the stupidity of people who are too lazy to shop elsewhere (or simply don't trust online retailers) because my dad recently bought Mario Kart 8 at launch from GAME for the princely sum of 49.99 in-store. So while it's even hard for me to believe that GAME is a shop that still manages to stay open, I've seen it with my own eyes (or ears; he told me about it) how they make their dough. Reply +2
  • ROMhack 18/08/2014

    Looks nice if you're a COD-fan but I still want to ridicule the idea of playing early and earning double XP. The joy should just be playing the game early, no? Reply +1
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 release date announced, demo due in September

  • ROMhack 13/08/2014

    @riz23 Why not base your decision on the demo instead of thinking about it as if you were a jilted lover? Reply 0
  • Steam and Early Access: To curate or not curate?

  • ROMhack 06/08/2014

    The home-screen is lacklustre and has been for a while. They need a better way to organise the games that the store has which promotes their catalogue as a whole not merely the top sellers, daily deals, and the most recent games which have been released.

    Throwing ideas out there: how about an algorithm which, based on the types of games you own and have been playing over your Steam life-time, will alert you to similar kinds of games.
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  • GAME now selling Vita game download codes

  • ROMhack 24/07/2014

    @captainrentboy Oh is that what you're supposed to do? I usually bow down in front of them presenting both my wallet and trousers (if they're into that kind of thing).

    I'm in a facetious mood today so let it be. Unsurprisingly and irrelevant to this news article, I just don't like GAME. Their aggressive strategies stop me wanting to shop there full stop. It's not a friendly place. It reminds me of what arguing on the internet about games is like and I want to stop doing that when I leave my house.
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  • ROMhack 24/07/2014

    How many people are going to be asked if they want to pre-order the next AAA game when they go to do this. My guess is about 80%. Reply -1
  • The Uncharted movie gets a June 2016 release date

  • ROMhack 24/07/2014

    Blockbuster video-game movies have an even lower opinion of their demographic than blockbuster video-games Reply 0
  • Destiny beta now available to download on Xbox One

  • ROMhack 23/07/2014

    With all the marketing money they've pumped into this you guys had better be hyped Reply 0
  • UK changing approach to illegal torrents

  • ROMhack 22/07/2014

    Some of the things that I download have no UK distributor though (specifically foreign-films, some anime and on very rare occasions, music).

    But other than that people tend to pirate because they can't afford to pay for the things they consume and really have to put that money elsewhere (like rent or loans). I mean it's pretty obvious that these problems lead to pirating. Mubi, Netflix and Lovefilm don't provide everything after all and it's bloody expensive to import Criterion DVDs (which are still limited though very good). This is a personal take on things of course but I think distributors should be more aware of the individual reasons why people do feel the need to pirate.

    Of course, in these examples I'm clearly not talking about games. It's rare to stumble across a difficult-to-buy game now (though they still exist) and I think games-services are probably better than other mediums for distribution at this point (more forward-thinking and accepting of the internet as a mode of distribution at least). It's still the case that publishers and developers don't help themselves with their refusal to put demos out on the open-market so of course people will always want to know whether they will be wasting their money or not. I'd probably think less of people if they didn't maintain a sensible, albeit illegal, approach to their relationship with games. It's rational-thinking versus regard for arbitrary-rules in a manner of thinking. Big companies just want you to accept their products with open-arms at all times and it's not going to happen.
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  • Codemasters unveils Grid Autosport DLC plan

  • ROMhack 15/07/2014

    Excellent news. Very excite about prospect of the pay to win. Reply +4
  • BioWare surveys fans for Mass Effect 4 input

  • ROMhack 15/07/2014

    I liked the first two Mass Effect games (didn't play three) but this pandering doesn't surprise me at all because they aren't really helmed by people who have a significant vision or desire for expression of anything uniquely worthy of describing as 'art'.

    Conflating artistic design with art is something you shouldn't really do but it's what some commentators (and games critics generally speaking) have done with Mass Effect. Nothing about Mass Effect is the work of somebody(people) with a clear vision and desire to express something unique or particularly interesting. It's a fun soap-opera in space which puts either a man or woman in charge of the whole saving of the universe-business.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm all for their ideas surrounding gender-equality because that's great in-itself but in this instance it doesn't hurt their game because...(I think I've expressed myself already as not finding them to desire to want to express anything more than both men and women can save the universe).

    EDIT: Oh and the LGBT stuff as well.
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  • Serious Sam dev Croteam details PS4 puzzler The Talos Principle

  • ROMhack 09/07/2014

    The devs/writers messaged me back over Steam recently after I asked them a few questions. It seems that the themes of the game are intending to incorporate Metaphys, Theology, and Science. Spinoza, Feuerbach, Hegel, Russell, Kant, Asimov, Sagan, Milton, K Dick were mentioned in passing. I'm assuming the idea of paradoxes is where everything relates together. Philosophy of Mind.

    I'm intrigued about what the end result will be.
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  • Does Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U feel new enough?

  • ROMhack 01/07/2014

    I feel this criticism. I'm sure that the game will be pretty good but I can't help but feel wary about the amazing-ness of games which are very similar to something that's already in existence.

    I think the shift from the original to Melee was quite large and did expand the series into something new altogether but the movement from Brawl and then from that to this game don't appear as if they'll be making any comparative significant changes.

    But then again, what fighting games aren't highly similar and derivative of their previous versions? It's just how it is.
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  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • ROMhack 21/06/2014

    Interesting topic.

    A little personal criticism, I tend to consider Cultural Marxist views to be a problem when it develops a little too deeply into the logical paradigms of who, what, when, why and how rather than considering whether the problem is truly big or actually quite small - the thing here being sexism as it is considered in the present day. There are real problems with sexism (and other 'isms') but we can get so caught up in either a) agenda-pushing, or b) logical deconstruction, that we can miss the bigger picture. Society and its values will always be a balancing-act and we should consider that as we assess what is a big problem and what is a small one. By all means, fight your corner but don't just say things. Have a real desire to get somewhere by doing so (that's consequently my own criticism of many of the thinkers from the Frankfurt School).

    I guess that I tend to side on the philosophy of difference, that is namely to say that there are natural differences between two genders which result in different approaches to the world. To be on one side shouldn't be considered to be negative (ie sexist) but to represent that difference in its existence. It can be sexist, but not always.

    More to the point though, video-games aren't a great medium to promote social-messages AT THIS POINT IN TIME and though I enjoy them (sometimes) I still don't know how people consider them to be that way simply because they are popular. If you have half a brain you'll know that popular things aren't always the best elements to make your judgements about the world from. I feel that we'd do better to subscribe to some form of personal responsibility whereby you take an active interest in that which you are indulging in, looking at it from a critical and personal perspective rather than zoning-out.

    This gets me onto one of my major problems with liberal-thought in 2k14 (and I say this as a liberal) which is that it regards people as passive entities all too often and I'm not sure that's true.

    On this topic, I think that, as it stands, video-games are a really easy target because, compared to film, literature and theatre, it is a medium in its infancy and doesn't have a large historical basis giving a critic an easy path towards attacking it. It's true though, a lot of video-games are dumb as hell and promote all kinds of stupid messages. Unfortunately, it's not true that they are only negative in their indifference to females and one should keep that in mind so while I do find feminist thinkers a very important part of the puzzle, they are still only one part (despite many of them attempting you to believe they are the only important part).

    But really, you're talking about a multi-million dollar industry run by people who make games that they think will appeal most of the time. Games reflect what appeals to their culture (or demographics). How much they reinforce that culture is the real debate of course and it's probably true that, to a point, they do reinforce ill-values. I'm not contesting my own point here, merely speculating that regardless of everything I've written we should, as feminist writers like to do, consider that.

    But I'm not as irresponsible as The Frankfurt Schoolers and I've already drawn back to my idea of personal responsibility as one possible solution to the on-going dilemma. Just think about what things mean. Don't say, 'oh it's only a game; it doesn't matter'. Think of a video-game as representing you!
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  • Hands-on with PlayStation TV Remote Play

  • ROMhack 20/06/2014

    Agreed on the whole marketing problem as other commentators are pointing out.

    They could have called it PSMini and driven home the idea that it's a cheaper alternative to the home console. I'm guessing they didn't because then it'd be seen competition with the PS4 (although it wouldn't be really). Do you want to spend 300 bones on a new console? No. Well then here's an alternative which plays an array of great games you might not have played before and some new ones too!

    Personally, I like the look of it to be honest and see Vita games as having a digital-future if interest in the device pushes for demand, but I must confess that I hold very little interest in new consoles in general. I think games cost too much money to make and risks are so low resulting in banal crap like Killzone.
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