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  • Final Fantasy 15's story is being patched

  • Skirlasvoud 07/12/2016


    Yeah, that's because public criticism - I dare say negative opinion - of a creative product didn't exist before the internet. Shakespeare, Tolkien, Dr.Seuss, Citizen Kane, Mozart and Hitchcock were universally loved and had ABSOLUTELY NO DETRACTORS whatsoever.

    Along comes the internet, allowing just anyone to speak up suddenly criticism was born. It's a worrying development to be sure. We should burn down the internet so eliminate criticism and go back to the good old days where everyone liked everything. Remember those days, where nobody complained?
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  • Skirlasvoud 07/12/2016

    Oh, this bodes well. The story has so much confidence, is so integral to the game, that it can be patched in or up at whim. Aoife was right.

    I know I'm bitching here. Developer makes mistake, developer admits mistake, developer patches mistake and I use that as an excuse to moan. Still, isn't story line integral to the entire FF experience?
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  • "She can't understand how someone she's never met would be so kind"

  • Skirlasvoud 07/12/2016

    Y'think Eurogamer would have done the same if the dad posted in our neck of the woods? Reply 0
  • Death Stranding will use Guerrilla Games' Horizon: Zero Dawn engine

  • Skirlasvoud 03/12/2016

    @Binba442 Actually, us Dutch folk were the only ones allowed to trade with Japan because we weren't so hot on Jesus.
    The whole falling out with the Catholic Hapsburg and the iconoclast meant that we knew a thing or two about Religious Freedom... like shutting our piehole when there's profit to be made instead of throwing bibles at people.

    We have a saying in Dutch: "The merchant comes before the reverent."
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda developers reassure fans after trailer sparks animation concerns

  • Skirlasvoud 02/12/2016

    We'll be polishing the game until they take it from our cold, dead hands.
    Oh good, just like they did Mass Effect 3 to rush the ending. I'm relieved.
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  • Watch this Dishonored 2 villain meet his end in 80 ways

  • Skirlasvoud 29/11/2016

    Welcome to the final mystery Jindosh!

    It takes a very special person to take that much pleasure out of killing a single person that many times. Bless him. Good to see Sir Isaac Newton being as prolific as ever too.
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  • Final Fantasy 15 review

  • Skirlasvoud 28/11/2016


    I hear ya. Still - and I might be completely mistaken here - knowing that the preferences of your reviewer are similar to yours, helps a great deal in knowing whether you'll like the product or not, even though it might be biased because of it.

    Well noted though.
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  • Skirlasvoud 28/11/2016

    @AoifeLockhart Thanks for the the heartfelt review Aoife. I'm a major fan of the previous instalments and whenever the series was discussed on Eurogamer, you were as perhaps one of the biggest Final Fantasy fans on this sites alongside it, right down to the last name.

    Halfway through the text I scrolled down and was happy to find none other than you doing the review. It's fitting and I'm happy you did it. Don't think the staff here had anyone more suitable, if not flat out the industry in general.

    This review feels like something of a punch to the gut, but I'm sure you were none to happy dishing it out either.

    What up YouTube it's your boy Prompto, here in Hammerhead with some jam!
    :D Cheers love, needed that.

    Let's hope the remake and further instalments turn out for the better...
    /Keeps hugging old FF 5-9 collection
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  • No Man's Sky studio breaks silence, announces base building and more in huge Foundation update

  • Skirlasvoud 27/11/2016

    @djarcas Seeing other people's bases and work would actually be a really cool addition, I agree, but seeing as how you wouldn't even see each other in the base game, I'd hold my breath. Reply +1
  • Skirlasvoud 25/11/2016

    Is base building actually one of the things that people wanted? Can't remember that being in the PR materials.

    ... And what use is it? If there is like a quadrillion planets and a fresh batch for every time you reach the centre, then a "foundation" in a game about mobile travel is about as useful as ankle chaining a kitchen sink to a desert nomad.
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  • Watch: 7 game characters who should definitely avoid being in a stealth game, thanks

  • Skirlasvoud 26/11/2016

    Come on Ian, main characters only.

    Serious Sam? Sure. The Beheaded Kamikaze and other secondary characters? We'd be making lists to the end of time!

    And then you move on to Mike. You're neither being serious, nor funny. :confused:
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  • Steam now has its own audience-voted GOTY awards

  • Skirlasvoud 24/11/2016

    @enigma I'm a huge Thief fan. I've kept track of the whereabouts and projects of the Looking Glass studio people ever since that developer went defunct. It was a toss up between Ion Storm and after a while, only Arkane for my continued Thief hopes.

    I knew, had hoped for and had anticipated dishonored with the very project announcement, first artwork and screenshots they put up and was a major fan even before the game was released, or given exposure by gaming media, by projecting my fondness for thief upon it. That was even back when they were still deciding between Japan and London.

    I'm usually pretty late with this stuff, mostly hopping on the train with the rest of the crowd. With dishonored however, I was one of the first in line, sleeping bag and all.
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  • Skirlasvoud 24/11/2016

    Get ready for pages of reviews that say nothing more than "I wrote this to get the badge
    Heh.. guilty as charged.


    Test of Time: Final Fantasy 7
    I'm not crying: Brothers, tale of two sons
    Just 5 more minutes: Civ 5
    Wooaaa! Dude!: Undertale
    Villain needs a hug: Super Meatboy
    Game within Game: Witcher 3
    Hipster Award: Dishonored
    Best use of Farm Animal: Guacamelee!
    Most committed developer: Renowned Explorers

    I'm a sucker for these kinds of things and Valve reads me like an open book. Not badges, lists!
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  • Black Friday deals for Wednesday 23rd November

  • Skirlasvoud 23/11/2016


    It's a running gag on this site. We've misspelled it once and by god we're sticking with it!
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  • Watch Dogs 2 launch sales nowhere near Watch Dogs 1

  • Skirlasvoud 21/11/2016

    Like the wagging appendage of a real-life canine, Watch Dogs 2 publisher Ubisoft is hoping its game's sales will have a long tail.
    My dog's wagging appendage has different concerns, like food, chasing squirrels, getting belly rubs and the Dangling Participle in the article, but NOT Watch Dog 2's sales.
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  • Overwatch: First Strike graphic novel cancelled

  • Skirlasvoud 19/11/2016

    Eventually, it's my theory that all story driven gaming companies get a major fetish for their own lore since they spend so much time drawing so much inspiration out of it to continue development with passion.

    While doing so however, they get so intimate with the lore that they develop a relationship with it that makes sense to only themselves and their fans. It REALLY prevents their ability to create a spin-off product that can stand on its own and have value for anyone on the outside.

    Blizzard does it. Squaresoft did it.

    Whenever a gaming company wants to tap into anything other than short movies or perhaps a few comics and they want creative control? Run for the hills unless you're a passionate fan.

    Doesn't explain why they'd cancel the comic though. Those can work.
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  • Skirlasvoud 19/11/2016


    Blizz already made a movie. It sucked.
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  • Assassin's Creed will resolve one of its biggest plotlines in a comic

  • Skirlasvoud 17/11/2016

    I tune out whenever I need to fall back on spin-off products to explain me what the hell is happening in the game. Sloppy storywriting... Reply +4
  • Jelly Deals roundup: Win a free copy of Football Manager 2017, cheap consoles, Overwatch and more

  • Skirlasvoud 13/11/2016

    That mouse simply has TOO many buttons. Shame too. I'm in the market for a good gaming mouse with two side buttons. Reply -1
  • See Overwatch maps like never before courtesy of Sombra skydiving

  • Skirlasvoud 12/11/2016

    ALMOST enough to lure me back. :P

    I enjoy making more tangible progress since I switched back to the dozens of single-player games in my library. I'm just not good enough to get any better in multiplayer games like Overwatch. The soothing music stands in stark contrast to the frustrations I felt before quitting.
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  • The importance of games in difficult times

  • Skirlasvoud 12/11/2016

    Shout out to Beholder if you liked Papers Please:

    Otherwise, good article. I needed that. I'm still in the process of soul searching.
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  • Dishonored is a game that improves with every play

  • Skirlasvoud 06/11/2016

    @Paul_Denton Cheers! Reply 0
  • Skirlasvoud 06/11/2016

    My most memorable memory of the game was the difference of an orderly one and a high chaos one upon a drawing the child Emily makes for you halfway through the game.

    I did orderly first and the drawing is what you'd expect from a 12 year old girl. Green gras, butterflies, a quaint little house and the semblance of me and her, holding hands, all in colorful crayon. Lovely!

    For my high chaos play through, I expected little else. I mean, how bad can a 12 year old's drawings be (ignoring the fact that this little girl has begun to speak of nothing but vengeance and murder)?
    What I saw, haunts me to this day: With bold, aggressive black lines, a monstrous, skeletal representation of my mask, hovering above a sea of red blood and corpses.

    Aside from the 12 year old needing urgent therapy, that really struck me as the effects my chaos play was having, presented by a child's drawing.

    Otherwise, preaching to the choir! Loved dishonoured and its storyline of bumbling conspiracies, amateur betrayal and ultimately the entire city (almost) devouring Itself on human hubris and foibles.

    Haven't played the DLC yet, and about time while the rest of you enjoy the sequel.
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  • Watch: Hands-on with Overwatch's Sombra

  • Skirlasvoud 05/11/2016

    Sombra who? Why didn't Blizz advertise her?! Reply +5
  • Steam to ban non-screenshots from store pages

  • Skirlasvoud 02/11/2016

    As much as I like Witcher 3 and have butted heads with you on the subject...


    You're right.
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  • Titanfall 2's best moment made me not want to shoot anybody

  • Skirlasvoud 01/11/2016


    Haven't played it, but seen enough reviews to know this: Titanfall 2 is multiplayer first and foremost and you won't be getting 50 pounds of value without it. It's only good compared to other multiplayer shooters. The thing is a bit too short.
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  • Skirlasvoud 01/11/2016

    Maybe you're the one who destroyed the facility and set it on fire in the past, making it end up the way it does in the present Johnny. Think about it. If you don't kill those soldiers, you'll create a tear in the space time continuum and kill us all! You monster! Reply +13
  • Official Battlefield account pulls insensitive tweets after outcry over #justWWIthings

  • Skirlasvoud 31/10/2016

    @WezH Again, depends on the humor. Charlie Chaplin can make fun of Hitler if he mocks him. Creating a scetch where Hitler farts and kills all the Jews standing behind him is not.

    A lot of people defending EA don't know the first thing about comedy.
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  • Skirlasvoud 31/10/2016

    Comparing BlackAdder to EA's tweets, it also depends quite a bit on the kind of humor and how it is directed.
    The Flamethrower tweet, literally and figuratively makes light of WW1 and goes AGAINST the sentiment that it was horrible.
    Blackadder, points out the foolishness of WW1 and goes WITH the general sentiment it was a foolish thing.

    It's an important distinction.
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  • Skirlasvoud 31/10/2016

    I don't get you, people. Is that a psychological disorder of some sort?
    If you're not the one getting people, as in, the majority around you seem to act in a way you're not, the psychological disorder might be on your side.

    It's called empathy. When something breaks the cultural norm, you have cultural sympathy and empathy for others Sagara.
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  • Skirlasvoud 31/10/2016

    This is when modern marketing seeps in after the original team tried to pay the game as much much respect that they could.

    PR people are too focussed on demographics and the charts to have an original thought of their own, or consider sentiment.
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  • Slayer Shock review

  • Skirlasvoud 31/10/2016


    Agreed, despite me raising my nose at Slayer Shock. Christian gave me "Sang-Froid: Tale of Wherewolves", for which I'm still grateful. Pretty much the definition of a hidden gem. Chris can give me a dozen more duds for every gem, especially with Steam Refunds.
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  • Skirlasvoud 31/10/2016


    I'd say, leave it. Like I've said in my updated post:

    I wouldn't recommend it. It's VERY clear that the game has its heart in the right place. Love and effort went into it to turn it into a respectable product. There are gameplay mechanics such as infestation, location based missions, different goals and objectives, a currency system and RPG upgrade mechanics. However, that won't make up for the fact that ALL of it is incredibly rudimentary and has low production values. Controls on keyboard and mouse are clunky and banal. There's just 5 locations/missions on repeat. If not for the 3D art and the likable artstyle and music, it's the kind of game you could find on Newgrounds or as a Minecraft mod. It's a plucky little Indy title and it deserves SOME consideration for the amount of spunk it has, but not above the 4-6 bucks priceline.

    I can sorta see why Eurogamer recommends for the merits the title has, but as a steam game, it can't be considered as more than a lovable goof that doesn't deserve hate, but doesn't do enough to be worth recommending either.
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  • Skirlasvoud 31/10/2016

    That trailer looked like every 1st person steam monster shooter out there, of which there are literal thousands, often of the very worst quality imaginable when it comes to games on steam. Digital Homocide's Slaughtering Grounds pops to mind.

    Like others have said, the trailer looks awefull merely by that association: stiff character models walking towards you in a straight line, even though with animations that seem to react to the player.

    But you know what? The review read EXACTLY like the kind of game I could go for right now.

    Fuck it, I'm risking it and buying. You had better be right though EG! Normally wouldn't have touched with a ten foot pool and you'd better not have tricked me!

    Updating this comment if it's actually good or bad...

    EDIT: I can't recommend it. It's VERY clear that the game has its heart in the right place. Love and effort went into it to turn it into a respectable product. There are gameplay mechanics such as infestation, location based missions, different goals and objectives, a currency system and RPG upgrade mechanics. However, that won't make up for the fact that ALL of it is incredibly rudimentary and has low production values. Controls on keyboard and mouse are clunky and banal. If not for the 3D art and the likeable art style and music, it's the kind of game you could find on Newgrounds or as a Minecraft mod. It's a plucky little Indy title and it deserves SOME consideration for the amount of spunk it has, but not above the 4-6 bucks price line.

    I can sorta see why Eurogamer recommends for the merits the title has, but as a steam game, it can't be considered as more than a lovable goof that doesn't deserve hate, but doesn't do enough to be worth recommending either.
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  • Titanfall 2 review

  • Skirlasvoud 28/10/2016

    Amazed this one had such a resurgence then. The original Titanfall I bought, played for about 2 weeks and then promptly forgot it. I'm not at all convinced of this one yes but this definitely has my interest peaked. Reply -2
  • People are hurting their thumbs playing Thumper

  • Skirlasvoud 28/10/2016

    Cthulhu Cthumb
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  • Street Fighter 5 sales grind to a halt as community calls for revamp

  • Skirlasvoud 28/10/2016

    Call me a gigantic cynic, by nowadays I don't even think it matters how a game launches. There's just so friggin many, I don't have the energy to follow the state of their launch. I'm either interested regardless of state, or I'm not interested at all. There's VERY few who fall in the middle to whom I adopt a wait and see attitude, which is less than 1% of the market. If that's any indication, SF will not ship noticeably more, regardless of effort.

    Street fighter had a disastrous launch you say? Don't matter, I wouldn't have bothered since I'm not into it.

    Those poor bastards of current players who want a revamp, are asking for it, entirely for themselves. It won't shift noticeably more copies I expect.
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  • Infamous video game movie director Uwe Boll retires from filmmaking

  • Skirlasvoud 27/10/2016

    Aaahhhwww! His bad movies always produced hillarious reviews all over the internet.

    And now how will we know how low the bar has sunk!

    He didn't seem to care for our former deputy editor Ellie Gibson
    To be fair, pitting Ellie against Uwe Bol is like what I imagine would happen when holding Donald Trump up to a Latino Feminist Journalist fresh out of winning a Mexican beauty pageant: Equal parts hilarity and awkwardness.
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  • Bethesda's anti-consumer review policy comes as no surprise

  • Skirlasvoud 26/10/2016

    Yeah, you can do with your money what you want. Still, organised gambling at elevated prices, where the house ALWAYS wins, for a possible trophy that everyone else can get at a later date, at lower price and with less risk of a dud thanks to being better informed?

    Pre-ordering is like throwing yourself down a flight of stairs for lack of patience, yelling you can do what you want to your body to people taking it a step at a time, then acting like it's not a big deal because you sometimes you don't break any bones doing it. It's still stupid and bratty.
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  • Skirlasvoud 26/10/2016

    Would have gone day 1 on dishonoured (not even pre-ordered) but I guess I can delay for a week or two. I want to give other gamers a chance to be well informed in future by not giving Bethesda the illusion this is the acceptable norm.

    Just release the damn thing to the press. This isn't like spoiling a movie, I have all faith that sites like eurogamer won't and a game is in high enough price range that people deserve to know.
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  • The Tomorrow Children goes free-to-play tomorrow

  • Skirlasvoud 25/10/2016

    Jim Sterling did a vid on it.

    Sadly, it can be best described as minecraft/No man's sky with multiplayer. It's a constant gathering game, unlocking reward.

    Art style is awesome, but I'm not sure at all about gameplay...
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  • Can Star Wars: The Old Republic ever live up to the promise of its incredible trailers?

  • Skirlasvoud 21/10/2016


    As far as I can tell, the expansion content is added at the end of managing the vanilla stuff. In other words, get to lvl 60 and only then Fallen Empire and Ethernal Empire content applies. So, don't worry about the expansions.

    If you're interested, I'd reccomend just getting the original for free and on a free account and putter about the main storylines to see how you like it.

    Only the advanced MMO stuff like customization, raids and crafting are stuck behind the paywall. Just enjoying the story is perfectly viable without a dime spend.
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  • Skirlasvoud 21/10/2016

    Haven't we been over this? The original Old Republic had some of most drop dead gorgeous trailers ever seen as well. Got me to play the original for quite some time.

    Look at how that turned out though. Gross overestimation of the amount of players, server compression and me losing my damn character names. :evil: For that last fact alone, I refuse to go back in again. I'm only setting myself up for putting too much time in MMO characters, starring in a game with limited life expectancy and vapid prospects. I'm better off focussing on single player games that really can give me a proper story experience, without compromising it due to MMO limits.
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  • Red Dead Redemption will finally be playable on PC, via PlayStation Now

  • Skirlasvoud 20/10/2016

    So I'd basically be renting the game on my PC... with the possibility of a 7 day trial...

    I'm okay with that if that means I have access to Playstation titles! Heard really good things about RDD1. Can't wait to try it.

    EDIT: Oh my god the service has Journey! For PC? Can it be true? What's the angle? Gimme gimme gimme!
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  • Samsung pulls YouTube video of GTA5's exploding Note 7 phone mod

  • Skirlasvoud 20/10/2016

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  • Stars align for Diablo 4 reveal at BlizzCon

  • Skirlasvoud 17/10/2016

    With Chris Metzen gone, I really hope Diablo 4 returns to some of its Diablo 1, maybe even Diablo 2 Gothic roots when it comes to storytelling and atmosphere.

    Diablo 1 had some of that lovely "Darkest Dungeon" or "Dark Soul" feeling to it before those games even existed. Then Vivendi's Blizzard stepped in and went "Those Blizzard North guys? They don't write good story." and we ended up with B-Movie grade villain taunts, bad guy exposition, cults of corruption and typical good vs evil cliches.
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  • You can play as a pigeon in Battlefield 1

  • Skirlasvoud 14/10/2016

    Wonder if, during this serene moment of top down perspective over the carnage, I can strafe bomb the Boshe and leave them with a solid white splat of yesterday's lunch on their jacket. Reply +3
  • FIFA 17 is injuring the hell out of players

  • Skirlasvoud 14/10/2016


    Yup. Was just about to mention this being a perfect example of a publisher tweaking gameplay mechanics towards the in-game microtransaction shop to hustle a few more pennies out of their fan's pockets. Wes clearly set up the article with the "card" mention to imply just that, rather than accusing directly. Disgusting behaviour that really shows the danger of in game purchases.
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  • Battleborn's first story DLC is out now

  • Skirlasvoud 14/10/2016

    If only they had put this much dedication into Colonial Marines. Reply +3
  • PlayStation VR hasn't tamed VR's strangeness

  • Skirlasvoud 13/10/2016


    Agreed that gaming is a privilege. It's not the point though. The point is that the barrier to entry into privileged bog standard gaming is low enough that that many people can enter it, be profitable and can evolve through that. The barrier for entry into VR is high enough that it - within a privileged hobby - becomes a privilege into itself and probably will deter enough people into never really becoming as much as a thing as people would like to believe.
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