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  • Sony sells all its Square Enix shares for Ł28m

  • Skirlasvoud 16/04/2014


    Sounds like an erectile dysfunction help group.
    Reply +19
  • Age of Wonders 3 review

  • Skirlasvoud 12/04/2014


    Pretty much Doppel's recommendation if you're looking for solid gaming mechanics.

    That said, try AOW1 if you're looking for a proper fantasy storyline.
    Reply 0
  • The Wolf Among Us, Episode 3: A Crooked Mile review

  • Skirlasvoud 09/04/2014

    I want to feel like I made a real difference during the time I spent in Wolf's clothing.
    Careful there Dan. You're only setting yourself up to disappointment.

    It's called the Mass Effect... Effect. Its where you start playing an episodic game, invest dozens of hours expecting consequences to your actions and create several different characters for different throughways to experiment with possible different outcomes.

    Before you know it, the story works itself into a narrow corner, the writing staff goes full retard, you only get a single ending that completely ignores all the little "he/she'll remember that" details and your expectations come crashing down like a house of brick cards, all because it takes WAY too much effort to really to make all that detail count into several different endings and there's the comic books after that to consider. Alluding to it was just a clever cocktease leading nowehere.

    Me? I'm enjoying the atmosphere and story, without worrying about the future. I learned my lesson. That's why I'm not THAT excited anymore and if I'm proven wrong, I can always be pleasantly surprised.
    What hope I have for what you described done right, is reserved for CDProject Red's work and maybe Ken Levine's future project.
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  • Telltale releases The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3's "launch trailer"

  • Skirlasvoud 03/04/2014

    Was it just me, or was that the dullest trailer yet?

    I'm trying really hard to build up excitement here - harder than I should - which is odd since by all accounts I positively love the story thusfar.

    Like others said... must be the delays.
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  • Narrative vs narration

  • Skirlasvoud 29/03/2014

    I'm not so sure a references to Gravity's Rainbow is a proper way to start a video gaming article. I never read it and I'm not too sure everyone has.
    I just skipped the book report and started reading past the first two paragraphs where things made sense again.

    ... and now I'm left with a desire to go read a book instead of game. :( Damn you eurogamer!
    Reply -12
  • Titanfall matchmaking tweaks now available to try

  • Skirlasvoud 28/03/2014

    So far this appears to be backfiring. Nobody hangs around for long enough as the game goes through its 5 minute search in my experience. Reply +2
  • Remember Desert Strike? Meet Killstorm

  • Skirlasvoud 28/03/2014

    I can recall this game being surprisingly deep for its time. You could fly specific missions, rescue and unlock co-pilots and customize your chopper in that way. Reply 0
  • Total War: Rome 2 Hannibal at the Gates DLC arrives alongside free update

  • Skirlasvoud 27/03/2014

    Has the game improved enough that people can buy it again? Reply +2
  • Respawn locks Titanfall cheaters into "the Wimbledon of aimbot contests"

  • Skirlasvoud 27/03/2014

    I love how they're using more and more informal ironic punishment within gaming communities. Reply +6
  • Seasons and ladders coming to Diablo 3

  • Skirlasvoud 25/03/2014


    True. I'm one of those die-hard abstainers and I bought the game a few days ago when they finally met both of my criteria: removing the auction house and cutting the price of the original down. I was not about to pay 20 euros on top of its actual 30 euro worth, just to pay for the blizzard brand.

    With my memories unblemished by a disastrous D3 launch, I can safely say that the game in its current state feels a lot like D2 and D1. I even like what they did with the skill trees.
    Only negative is that you can tell that Metzen had a hand in it. Some of the cutscenes and villains are painfully Americana cheesy and cliche'd, right down to the evil laugh and taunting you'll never defeat them.

    I second the desire for a Reaper of Souls review. That way, I can buy that too once blizzard stops being stubborn and slashes the prices down to reasonable again.
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  • Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' launch "will be fine"

  • Skirlasvoud 24/03/2014

    Whow, a lot of spelling mistakes in this piece. I fixed that for you Eurogamer!

    Is there a chance that the influx of players brought by the expansion will cause history to repeat?

    "I think it'll be fine," lead producer Alex Mayberry told me in a London hotel today, sounding confident. The reason for his confidence? "We've lost a lot of credibility through the Error 37, low drop rate and auction house debacle. This means that while there might be a spike in player bandwidth during the launch of the expansion, we will by no means see the sheer number of players we had in the beginning.

    "We planned it out this way," said Mayberry. "We can sit back, scratch our rear ends, pay past mistakes the minimum amount of heed until its too late and then congratulate ourselves on a problem free launch, report to our shareholders how we've sold an expansion of nearly the same price with barely 20% the content of the original, all while having put in absolutely no additional effort into our network".

    Last week SimCity, another always online game that suffered a troubled launch, was given an offline mode; the console version of Diablo 3, released last year, allowed offline play; and the removal of the auction house also removes part of Blizzard's reasoning for making the game always online: ensuring the security of its real-money auction house.

    Mayberry, though, was adamant that an offline mode would mean rebuilding the game from scratch and couldn't realistically be done even if Blizzard wanted to - and he gave no indication of wanting to. "Naw... you're ignorant. You're just being ignorant. This is a completely different situation. To do so would require us to completely rip apart the game and recreate it. What? That's what the people at Maxis said too?

    "Well, then there are still many many good reasons to continue having an online mode - the most important of which is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about it; that does not make sense! Why would a Wookiee, an 8-foot-tall Wookiee, want to live on Endor, with a bunch of 2-foot-tall Ewoks? That does not make sense! But more important, you have to ask yourself: What does this have to do with an online mode? Nothing. It does not make sense! And then if I combine that with the fact that technology's evolving, broadband's everywhere now - it doesn't make sense for us to go back and change it for something that in a few years may not even be relevant.
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  • Heroes of the Storm: Blizzard's long road to reinventing the wheel

  • Skirlasvoud 24/03/2014

    @Matt Lees

    Huh... This article actually explained what a MOBA is and has given me a good sense of what it is about, instead of assuming we're already well imbedded enthousiasts for clicking on it, skipping the basics, lacing it with acronyms and only focussing what has changed compared to the old models.

    You get a gold star Matt Lees. Thank you for the article and job well done sir.
    Reply +9
  • Misogyny, racism and homophobia: where do video games stand?

  • Skirlasvoud 22/03/2014

    A good article and I agree, but can we please stop hailing Femshep as the ultimate in female lead characters? She's the female variant of a male hero, ergo a good hero, but not a very good heroine. The game completely ignores the question of her gender.

    I for one, think Nariko from Heavenly Sword is not only a much better heroine, dealing with such themes as being a daughter and sister, but she directly attacks gender stereotypes with her backstory. She was prophesized to be a male hero and because she was born female, everyone treats her like a walking failure and the reason all is lost. In spite of this adversity and the sexism against her, she rises up and sacrifices herself to fulfill the prophecy exactly as foretold.

    Seriously! Doesn't that make a much, much better story against mysogyny then "Insert female character model" Femshep?
    Reply +1
  • Ken Levine's next won't be a linear narrative

  • Skirlasvoud 22/03/2014

    While we're sure there will be differences, Levine's upcoming project sounded an awful lot like the sort of thing BioWare and Bethesda have been doing for ages.
    an awful lot like the sort of thing Bioware and Bethesda DID in the past and have been TRYING to do recently.

    I for one welcome a third party trying to do his honest best to give us meaningful consequences in a coherent story. The market has been parched of that for years.
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  • Far Cry 4 set in the Himalayas, has ridable elephants

  • Skirlasvoud 21/03/2014

    Seriously curious who the villains are going to be... Reply 0
  • Halfbrick's upcoming game is a puzzler called Bears vs Art

  • Skirlasvoud 11/03/2014


    The game itself doesn't look like anything to write home about though.
    It has the bear minimum to keep me interested.
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  • The Witcher 3 delayed to February 2015

  • Skirlasvoud 11/03/2014

    They can take as long as they need.

    I wasn't even aware of the earlier deadline, on purpose I might add.
    Reply +5
  • Frog Fractions 2 brings absurdist humour, wonder to Kickstarter

  • Skirlasvoud 10/03/2014

    I just played the original...


    All I can say: Its about everything but Fractions. Something about a frog, riding a dragon, being sued by bugs, riding a spaceship, attacking mars, and going deepsea diving while Jacques Cousteau tells you about the alternate history of world boxing.

    Not too sure its money well spend.
    Reply -4
  • Microsoft bosses still "extremely committed" to Xbox

  • Skirlasvoud 10/03/2014

    Ready for "competitive battle" with PlayStation.

    There's certainly a battle. It will take some effort before it starts to be competitive however.
    Reply +31
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition video shows off next-gen world

  • Skirlasvoud 06/03/2014


    Of course there were enjoyable things in DA2! However, in today's market, you're going to have to do quite a bit better then "you can find things that are enjoyable in this game."
    Reply +2
  • Skirlasvoud 06/03/2014

    Yeah... there's basically nothing they can show me that will distract me from the even better looking Witcher 3.

    The world's population is based on an emergent system that adjusts what you'll encounter based on how your actions tip the balance in the area. You'll see towns attacked by bandits, deer fleeing from wolves, giant's feeding on bears, and countless other scenarios."
    Yeah, somewhere out in their world, there will be a girl on a hill commenting on how well you did and her hair color shifts between blonde, brunette and red, depending on wether you chose to destroy the Blight, control it or create a race of human-blight hybrids. And don't worry about the aforementioned bandits, wolves or giants. That's just a cutscene before a giant meteor wipes out the area and the gameplay stays exactly the same.

    I'll only buy the game at least a month after its been released, just like I managed to completely pass on DA2. I want to know if Bioware manages to live up to its promises and actually manages to write a decent story.
    Reply +1
  • Tomb Raider's reboot "exceeded profit expectations" after all

  • Skirlasvoud 06/03/2014

    Somehow I think Darrell Gallagher, as a child, misunderstood the part in his upbringing where his parents gave him a little bit of soil with a seed in it.

    He just threw the dirt away the next morning, disappointed and never realizing a little water and time was needed for the sapling to sprout.
    Reply +8
  • Hideo Kojima explains why Metal Gear's protagonist is called Solid Snake

  • Skirlasvoud 06/03/2014

    As silly as the things they sometimes come up with, I love the Japanese way of coming up with names. Especially when they westernize it. The way they categorize their characters with names, lends them a sort of theme or personality.

    Dragonball Z heroes are foods. (Kakarot, Vegeta, Raditz, Bardock) The villains are cold-based. (Freeza, King Cold, Chill.)

    The majority of the Gundam Wing cast are numerical. (Lady Une, Duo, Quatre, the Sanc Kingdom, General Septimus, Treize, Milliardo Peacecraft)

    The Final fantasy names are sort of a giveaway to what the character is about. (Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockhart, Rinoa Heartily)

    So Solid snake huh? Sure! I see nothing wrong with that. Guy must have a protagonist called liquid mongoose? Snake you say? Sure, whatever you say. They must be related. Let's go see how that works out.

    Maybe I've grown a certain amount of acceptance because I grew up during the Anime bubble, but it shows a certain amount of focus and intent in the storytelling.
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  • Guacamelee is coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U

  • Skirlasvoud 05/03/2014

    I'm so happy for you guys!

    Wonderful game. Coincidentally I just completed it again for the second time on hard-mode with 100% completion to unlock the good ending not five minutes ago.
    Though I don't usually like it; the platforming's pretty good. What really makes it a gem however, is the atmosphere and style. Guacamelee is a wonderfully colorful, vibrant and quirky game. With giant chickens, bandito cacti, the world's largest enchilada and a Grim Fandango dimension, it will stand out in my mind for quite some time to come. There being two endings alone is remarkable dedication.

    I got this off humble bundle for a nickle and a dime, so I would personally be more than happy to pay up to 10 euros for any sort of DLC. This indie deserves it.
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  • BioWare "discussed" Mass Effect PS4/Xbox One remasters

  • Skirlasvoud 04/03/2014

    Won't remakes undermine the artistic integrity of the originals? Reply +1
  • Hi, fantasy: Exploring the world of Age of Wonders 3

  • Skirlasvoud 03/03/2014

    I've very much enjoyed myself, but I must make it clear to you that it's a little bit silly.
    There's a particularly peculiar opulence to its excess, something that feels closer to Liberace than Tolkien.

    :( Too bad. The original had giant killer penguins too, but the setting and storyline of the first AOW had such a serious depth and atmosphere to it that they could have put the teletubbies in there and I'd still be in solemn awe of how tangible and rich everything was.

    AOW 1 was definitly more Tolkien then Liberace, with its themes of genocide, despair, revenge and racial tension. In fact, I liked the first game better than Tolkien's Middle Earth.

    If you're the type looking for racious, flashy and funny fantasy strategy game that doesn't take itself serious, it sounds like AOW3 is your game.
    If you're looking for a fantasy strategy game that handles its lore with care and tries to pull you in however, I'd still recommend AOW1 over this.
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  • GLaDOS teaches fission and fusion for NASA

  • Skirlasvoud 27/02/2014

    I personally think GLADOS's a tad over-hyped and has nothing on the much more menacing original: SHODAN, but GLADOS's more goofball attitude is makes her a perfect fit for this scene. :D That was hillarious. Reply +4
  • Wii U has finally overtaken Xbox 360 in Japan

  • Skirlasvoud 26/02/2014

    These figures are shocking!

    I had never expected Microsoft to sell that many consoles in Japan...
    Reply +4
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth censored in Europe

  • Skirlasvoud 25/02/2014

    Abortion is censored in Europe but NOT censored in the US release?

    Something does not compute. Who are they doing the Censoring for? The Vatican? The Pope?
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  • Thief review

  • Skirlasvoud 25/02/2014

    It may have been a while, but I'm not sure if most of the negatively presented remarks in this review are that much different from the original.

    Often a mission builds to a crescendo
    Not like the original...

    You learn guards' patrol patterns and dart from shadow to shadow, ensuring you're downwind of any guard dog's twitching nose
    Just like 10 years ago.

    crouch in the shadows or throw breakables to distract guards. Other than that, there's little to do but cower and collect.
    That sounds like the classic. Exactly like the classic in fact.

    The sheer number of valuables to harvest soon wearies - only finding the secret items offers a true challenge.
    Would have to judge for myself, but its true that things in the classic were usually found in specific places, rather than been strewn.

    He's startled by the door's ghoulish flinging but, after a few seconds of staring into the dark room, mutters to himself: "Strange, but nothing to worry about."
    As much as it grates me, also exactly like the original.

    I suspect its not so much about the mechanics, as it is about the atmosphere of the original, but I don't think Eurogamer focused on that at all.

    I have the sneaking suspicion that if Simon Parker had been given Thief:Metal Age or Deadly shadows, all perked up to look like a 2014 release, he'd had given that too a 6 or 7/10.
    Reply +6
  • Square Enix "definitely interested" in bringing future Final Fantasy games to PC

  • Skirlasvoud 19/02/2014

    bringing future Final Fantasy games to the PC

    Bringing past Final Fantasy games to the PC
    Fixed that for you Enix. I'm not interested in your latest and least. Give me Final Fantasy 9 and we'll take it from there.
    Reply +2
  • Podcast S2E8: Titanfall, great DLC and the impossible sell

  • Skirlasvoud 18/02/2014

    This Titanfall coverage is getting to be a bit too much. I'm usually very hype immune, getting most AAA titles on 50% off several months later.

    Just recently however, I can't get enough of Titanfall. I do blame Eurogamer/TB for that...
    Reply +3
  • Tiny vs Big: In praise of Titanfall's smart pistol

  • Skirlasvoud 17/02/2014


    Titanfall is a tactical positioning game. Fine by me.
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  • Thousands of people play Pokémon at once via Twitch

  • Skirlasvoud 17/02/2014

    This is the ultimate battle of humanity right here!

    Will the stupid cancel out the well meaning? Are we all lost in the end?
    Reply +3
  • The director of Final Fantasy 7 on the remake everyone wants

  • Skirlasvoud 17/02/2014

    the remake everyone wants
    You sure?
    Reply +5
  • Tech Analysis: Titanfall beta on Xbox One and PC

  • Skirlasvoud 16/02/2014

    Shading is also largely missing, outside of baked-in shadows and ambient occlusion that fades in we near objects.

    That sentence can't be right...

    Shading is also largely missing, outside of baked-in shadows and ambient occlusion that fades in when we near objects.
    Reply +3
  • PS4 sold nearly double Xbox One in US last month

  • Skirlasvoud 14/02/2014

    Whow. I wouldn't have thought the PS4 would manage to break Microsoft's home turf advantage. Reply +10
  • Prison Architect alpha review

  • Skirlasvoud 14/02/2014

    I don't like Alpha early access titles, which is the reason I don't have any on my steam list... but one. I rolled my eyes at Prison Architect at first, but when it was on 50% off, I checked out their Trailer and it actually managed to convince me to buy.

    Brilliant pitch. You can tell they take their work serious, but they're mocking their game and the bugs in a really honest way that warns you well enough about the business of alpha.

    I still need to get around to sinking enough time in it, but thusfar it was worth the purchase.
    Reply +1
  • Departed Witcher 3 devs: "There is no bad blood"

  • Skirlasvoud 14/02/2014

    Took a while for me to let it sink in that stuff like this happens to CDProject too. Reply 0
  • The Heavenly Sword movie is out soon - and here's a new trailer

  • Skirlasvoud 11/02/2014

    Wh... what happened to the tragic heroine that I came to like in the game? The haunted, hurt woman who was capable of incredible strength and self-sacrifice when the time came? The serious amazon of few words?

    "You'll want to be on her good side"?


    Sony gave her all the gumption of Arnold Schwarzenegger in this iteration.
    Reply +1
  • Flappy Bird clones flood App Store, now with in-app purchases

  • Skirlasvoud 11/02/2014


    Such crazy talk about .apk or even the term "file", eludes most Mobile Gamers I think.
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  • Skirlasvoud 10/02/2014

    Sometimes I feel guilty for being holed up in my room, playing games. There's so many other things I could do, like volunteer work, calling my mother, petting a kitten.

    Then articles like this come around and I feel like playing Witcher, Blackflag or Total War is a downright classy and acceptable way to waste my time.

    You know... compared to this.
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  • Jazzpunk review

  • Skirlasvoud 10/02/2014

    The first two paragraphs of this review do nothing but confuse unaware readers!

    Perfect introduction to what Jazzpunk is about then.
    Reply +17
  • Work on The Banner Saga 2 will commence

  • Skirlasvoud 08/02/2014


    People accusing small time developers who risk it all on the foundation of a creative dream, never gets old.

    You've got them mixed up with Activision and EA john. Look Stoic up.
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  • Video: Could Far Cry 4 be set in the Himalayas?

  • Skirlasvoud 06/02/2014

    And help Himalayan Buddhist monks take down People's Republic outposts and free the area from Chinese Control.

    Sounds like a good idea!
    Reply +4
  • Sid Meier's Civilization 5: Complete Edition available tomorrow

  • Skirlasvoud 06/02/2014

    These kind of packs just remind me its better to wait for Complete Editions, than be an early adopter. :( Now I have to puzzle what I'm still missing and pick. Reply 0
  • The Wolf Among Us Xbox 360 Season Passes aren't working

  • Skirlasvoud 06/02/2014

    Whow, and here I was complaining that the Steam version was slightly unpolished...

    Sorry to hear its completely unplayable for Xbox 360 people. They're getting Xboned without even going next gen.
    Reply +2
  • Starbound developer firing up second game project

  • Skirlasvoud 05/02/2014


    We have five times the input options. The mouse is about ten times more accurate. We can use it for writing.

    The Controller is to Mouse and Key as a tablefork is to a swiss army knife.
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  • Skirlasvoud 05/02/2014


    Sounds like sid miers pirates of old
    ... I'd buy a rehash of that if the UI and interface is improved. The modern 2004 version does that and is pretty decent, but somehow doesn't manage the depth or tension of the original.

    Not as a multiplayer though. Only when its optional and doesn't detract from single player.

    Edit: A space setting wouldn't be shabby either and set it apart at the same time. Throw in some likeness to Elite.
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  • Final Fantasy 14 helps Square Enix swing back to profit

  • Skirlasvoud 05/02/2014

    I'm real conflicted on Square Enix, but their MMO deserves to do well and I'm happy for them right now.

    They stuck to their guns like no other Western Publisher would despite the losses on FF 14 and they really tore hard at the wheel to steer it around without going soulless F2P. At least you can see they cared.

    That goodwill will go a while, at least until they release Thief...
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