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  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole finally has a new release date

  • Skirlasvoud 17/05/2017

    Delays be damned, I feel confident about this one. Trey and Matt won't allow this to release without their stamp of quality, just like with Stick of Truth.

    I'd rather they take as long as they need. This is one product that can only get better for it.
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  • Promising PvP MMO Crowfall reveals new look

  • Skirlasvoud 16/05/2017

    I don't care how it looks. MMOs come and go and fancy graphics aren't going to save it from the market crunch.

    In Crowfall, you see, there are two main components. There are campaign worlds where players fight for months for domination and the resources that come with it. Then those worlds are destroyed and people take their spoils back to their Eternal Kingdoms - their own literal kingdoms. It's here the politicking and throne war aspect of the game comes into play as people position for power.
    This reads moderately interesting and impressive however!
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  • Russian YouTuber slapped with three-and-a-half year suspended sentence for playing Pokémon Go in a church

  • Skirlasvoud 11/05/2017


    I'm going to respect and defend your right to chase a group of imaginary beings anywhere in public, as much as the right of a group of people wishing to worship their imaginary being in unified ceremony on their own grounds.
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  • Skirlasvoud 11/05/2017

    Dunno, I'll probably be the only person in this comment sections with the opinion that if someone is warned not to do something, and he does it anyway to see if he can get away with it, he probably shouldn't be surprised if there's consequences. And yes, I think it's a fair request not to take your gaming device with you into a place of worship.

    Wouldn't want the kid to get a prison sentence, but getting forced to make an apology is no less than fair IMO.

    The whole trumped up charges list and 3 year prison sentence... yeah, no. Let's not be serious about that other than spooking him.
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  • Vanquish confirmed for PC

  • Skirlasvoud 10/05/2017


    Cheers! That's very useful info! :D
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  • Skirlasvoud 10/05/2017

    Never really heard of Vanquish. What's so great about it? Reply +9
  • How to save Mass Effect Andromeda

  • Skirlasvoud 10/05/2017


    I won't insist there's obviously no fun to be had in Andromeda. There definitely is in some of its mechanics and I'm happy for you.

    If you look back on the series as a whole however, and pair up ME1, to ME2, ME3 and ME:A, with the goal of figuring out where its artistic consistency and cohesion lie in tone and presentation, the series is more akin to a swerving car, than it is games like Witcher and Elder Scrolls that stay a solid course.

    It's great the swerving car has moved over to your lane to enjoy. Hell, maybe you're the type of gamer capable of finding something enjoyable in all the 4 lanes it has barreled into with tipping wheels by now, but it does jeapordize the identity and creative merits it has.

    Even Witcher has gone through several iterations, from the unbearably clunky first game (which I outright did not enjoy), over to the slick third, but you could tell from the start where it always intended to be and how the series was an evolution towards it.
    Mass Effect is somewhat more confused.

    A fan of the series like me, or like I would have liked to be, would've been better served by more consistency in the ME series. For me, that consistency would've been a very important part towards enjoying the greater whole of it. Right now, I've gotten off. Andromeda is enjoyable, but I don't know what to think of the series any more and I want to know what's happening before I invest.
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  • Skirlasvoud 10/05/2017

    Good article. Channels my current feelings on the series well. There's things to love and I won't deprive proponents of Andromeda their enjoyment of them, but as a series, Mass Effect has become such an anwieldly behemoth that it's body of work swerves wildly at times and I think most of us have to admit; swerves out of bounds frequently. There's some glaring flaws that make it not quite the flagship RPG that most of its more focussed competitors are in feel and execution. Put it like that and I can start forgiving the series somewhat for the peeves I had with it and start looking forward to what's next.

    Article needs to de-guff its first few paragraphs as well and fetch a thesaurus. :-p
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  • Fan gets free trip to BlizzCon after finding long-lost StarCraft gold master

  • Skirlasvoud 04/05/2017

    As Reddit user Hedgehogius_The_God put it, "You are selfish for keeping this out of the hands of programmers - who can bring joy to hundreds of thousands of people - and instead put it in the hands of a crummy company that relies on rehashing other ideas, never to use that code again. Shame on you."
    Oh for fuck sake.

    Yeah, keep it out of the hands of the crummy company whose hard work allowed those hundreds of thousands of people their genre and joy in the first place.

    These people do realize that the disc is only valuable, because of Blizzard in the first place, right? Credits and rights where its bloody due.

    Anarchist edge lords.

    EDIT: basically what user "Number1Laing" said.
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  • Anita Sarkeesian brings Tropes vs. Women in Video Games to a close

  • Skirlasvoud 28/04/2017

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  • Dark Souls the Board Game is smarter than it is hard

  • Skirlasvoud 22/04/2017

    Dark Souls the Board Game is smarter than it is hard
    I'd say that this applies to the game too. The hardness of the series has been overstated as a matter of hype. As long as you're smart and patient, Dark Souls is fine.
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Fire Keese has an interesting reaction to rain

  • Skirlasvoud 22/04/2017

    Everyone else seems to shower praise upon the game, but I just prefer to save the game for a rainy day.

    Hope I won't get burned over this comment.
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  • The Sexy Brutale's first retail run has an amusing misstep in its manual

  • Skirlasvoud 21/04/2017

    It has a manual? What is this? The noughties?

    Other than that, I cannot recommend the Sexy Brutale enough. It's not quite a murder mystery and has a twist ending that changes the genre, but anyone into Bastion or Silent Hill will be pleasantly surprised.
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  • The Sexy Brutale review

  • Skirlasvoud 14/04/2017


    Sexy as in: A really glamorous and luxurious car.

    Unless you're into leather upholstry as soft like gently molten butter, I'd say not very fappable.
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  • Skirlasvoud 14/04/2017


    To be fair, I think the game is justified in its title when you consider the ending. The Sexy Brutale is set up as a place that is too interesting and appealing to ever quit, no matter how brutal it is.

    It had a similar murder-averting Groundhog Day theme, but was about saving your own ass rather than other people's, IIRC.

    Not as different as you might think then, but at the same time, still completely different. Sexy Brutale really does a shoddy job of explaining its actual genre and theme to unsuspecting players.
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  • British terror hoaxer charged after US gamer shot by cops

  • Skirlasvoud 12/04/2017


    Beautiful. Seems like I've gotten to you enough to affect your reading comprehension, grammar and wit to the level of a "no you!" reply. My work needling the retard troll is done. It was never a fair fight to begin with.

    My opinion might be unpopular, but at least I put thought behind it. You just shitpost. Next time, bring your twat-fu "A" game.
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  • Skirlasvoud 12/04/2017


    To be dragged down cruelly to the level of a simpleton? Yeah, fair enough. It is just the internet after all.
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  • Skirlasvoud 12/04/2017


    Yeah, Holliwoodised by fictional events like Sandy Hooks, the Paris Attacks and the London Shoot-outs more recently.

    If it's not a dangerous hostage situation, like 99% of the time, you send in the police to quell the situation with tea and biscuits. THEN they can surround the house and get eyes on the situation at a leisurely pace.

    For the other 1%, we need Police Special Tactics. They're a thing. The problem here is that these prankers make it seem like it's the other 1% of the time. That's not SWAT's fault, it's that of the prankers.

    Next time there's breaking news on, with pillars of smoke rising out of London, you'll thank your lucky stars there's an organization out there who'll act with supreme efficiency, rather than feel it out. There'll be an equal amount of outrage that not more people were safed, because SWAT played it cool.

    You can't expect government agencies to be less responsible, simply because private individuals have no responsibility. It'll turn into a crap sack world if you allow that to happen.
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  • Skirlasvoud 12/04/2017


    What a load of crap.
    Why gheez, with eloquent and insightful commentary like that, I guess I stand corrected.
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  • Skirlasvoud 11/04/2017


    If the police knock on the door wearing silk gloves, what's to prevent real terrorists from abusing that gentleness?

    What if a terrorist has a family trying to convince the SWAT that the culprit is just laying in bed and innocent, while the fucker is climbing out the window, fetching a knife to hold to his actual hostage's throat, or arming a grenade? Parents do a LOT to shield their criminally insane son from the fallout.
    What if there's a dangerous hostage situation without a second to lose, but the police now take a minute longer to figure out if it's actually prank? American High School Massacre X2?
    And you can route a mobile number to appear American you know?

    SWAT did EXACTLY what they're supposed to do. No need to disassemble their organization, just because society is full of sick fucks thinking they can do whatever they want.

    I feel bad for the victim, but it's the person making the call who's at fault.

    Surely some of those in the police should be facing charges too?
    Absolutely not. You don't hold the guns police officers are carrying responsible, or take them away, just because things could go wrong. Same as you don't hold SWAT responsible, or take it away as an effective tool.
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  • Bayonetta now available on Steam

  • Skirlasvoud 11/04/2017


    If there's ANY game that I felt console-jealous for as a PC player, Bayonetta was it. Tried emulating the bugger, results were crap, I can now finally purchase it for realsies. Thank you Platinum!
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  • PewDiePie launches weekly Twitch show, as advertisers back away from YouTube

  • Skirlasvoud 10/04/2017

    Congratulations Pewds. You are now literally a cancer, or a virus.

    You spout your garbage until the platform dies for lack of sponsor interest, then you leap over into your new host body until you go too far there.
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  • CD Projekt explains Cyberpunk trademark

  • Skirlasvoud 07/04/2017


    I think Trademark is a greyer area than that.

    I'm following this guy:

    He's a copyright and trademark attorney. That video of his, makes an EXCELLENT example of how Trademark works.

    Basically, if you want to weaponize trademark law, you need to show that your product is unique and that the other party is trying to emulate the spirit and feel of your trademark. You need to show an intent to confuse.

    "Cyberpunk" is a trademark that is ALMOST indefensible by it's very nature. Anything with a dystopian future is already Cyberpunk. CDProject Red isn't doing anything new, or unique. Anyone else using the name "Cyberpunk", actually writing about the actual genre, would be safe, as long as they're not copying what IS unique about CDPR's own game, which should be very little since the genre is so derivative.

    The only thing gained by CDPR, is that they've shielded themselves from copyright trolls doing the same. The attacks of these copyright trolls against CDPR would be just as rubbish, but more harmful than vise versa since the copyright trolls can actually hamper the development and release of Cyberpunk 2077, with nothing but spite and oodles of free time lost on their side.
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  • Skirlasvoud 07/04/2017

    I trust CD Project Red. For anyone else this would have raised alarms, but not for a company known not balk at DRM, practically give update and game content away to customers and treats its playerbase well.

    I struggle to imagine a circumstance where it's in CDP's nature to abuse it.

    This really does look like CDPR is simply protecting the name from OTHERS abusing the system. Besides, I think it's nearly impossible to weaponize the trademark with ill-intent, should CDPR ever lose it's mind. Anyone making a dystopian future city, can claim it's a play on the genre, not CDPR's work. It's too derivative.
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  • The naked bum cheeks that almost cost Overcooked its age rating

  • Skirlasvoud 03/04/2017


    Sergeant Butts' father was an army man too. They offered to make him a general, but he declined. General Butts didn't sound nowhere near as dashing as MAJOR butts.
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  • Yooka-Laylee includes its own DK Rap

  • Skirlasvoud 02/04/2017

    This is even better than that time I saw Darth Vader and Palpetine throw down on the dance floor.

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  • Skirlasvoud 01/04/2017

    Huh. Always thought the Lizard was female.

    The entire rap is such a gloriously unabashed stupid that it's actually kinda adorable.
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  • Peripherals maker Mad Catz files for bankruptcy

  • Skirlasvoud 31/03/2017

    Should have cornered the market on people speedrunning Dark Souls on hilariously inappropriate peripherals. Reply +2
  • Watch: Johnny makes the Sandvich from Team Fortress 2

  • Skirlasvoud 29/03/2017

    Wrong recipe Johnny!

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  • Fake news! Did Final Fantasy 15's reworked Chapter 13 just get political?

  • Skirlasvoud 27/03/2017

    Oh my god! That Sephiroth/Trump hybrid monster as the front picture!

    Burn it! Burn it with fire!

    *Curls up into a little ball and starts crying* The day Final Fantasy lost all innocence.
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  • Meeting Andrzej Sapkowski, the writer who created The Witcher

  • Skirlasvoud 24/03/2017


    I wouldn't. I'm too fond of my arms.
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  • Skirlasvoud 24/03/2017

    So that's where the term "Crotchety" came from. :P Reply +16
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda review

  • Skirlasvoud 20/03/2017


    I don't understand this, Mass Effect 3: Citadel was excellent, humorous, emotional and oozed Mass Effectness
    It was also incredibly camp, chock-full of fan-service and had none of the character or story progression, or depth of the main games.
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  • Skirlasvoud 20/03/2017

    @AgentDaleCooper The last hour does NOTHING to respect itself and the two preceeding games in a frenzy to wrap things up.

    For instance, Geth suddenly decide that having Reaper AI is neccesary for plot reasons, completely negating ME2. Without the DLC, none of the choices or effects you've had on the universe matter and with DLC, you get a slideshow that feels separate from the rest of the games.
    The reapers and plot force you into an uncomfortable choice that hasn't been set up by anything before, and has far reaching consequences.
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  • Skirlasvoud 20/03/2017

    Where the original Mass Effect games kept you moving through the story, Andromeda relegates its critical path to second place, offering up a spread of loosely associated scenarios that just happens to include a fairly uninspired tussle with a genocidal tyrant. It's a game that is more interested in keeping you busy than keeping you in suspense about what happens next, or making you feel the consequences of your actions.
    Pretty much exactly what I was expecting from a game confessing to take inspiration from Dragon Age:Inquisition. Add on top of that the weird dialogue and animation, and even the fun combat can't make up for a deserved verdict.

    Can't shrug the feeling that this review was especially harsh though.

    Along for the ride are the original trilogy's salarians (frog scientists), krogans (fatter Klingons), turians (military crabs) and asari (pansexual elves)
    Harsh, but not inaccurate. :-P Don't fat shame Wrex! He was perfectly cuddly dammit!
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  • Wii emulator so accurate you can buy games from the Wii Shop Channel

  • Skirlasvoud 18/03/2017

    Only question is: Will I lose my games should Nintendo ever put the boot in? Reply +2
  • Mass Effect's best mission

  • Skirlasvoud 17/03/2017

    As much as I deride and slag off Mass Effect 3 for EVERYTHING else, ranging from its ending, new characters, the geth resolution and Cerberus...

    Yeah. The Genophage mission was a slice of heaven that went halfway making up for everything else, which is an amazing feat.

    EDIT: Just watching the videos makes me mad. The whole genophage thing is such a wonderful, amazing plotline. How on Earth Bioware thought tying it all up with a choice between red, green, or blue and a few throw-away still-slides in the DLC was fitting, is beyond me. After all the effort they put in, the conclusion deserved more dammit!
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  • New Reservoir Dogs game doesn't have much in common with Reservoir Dogs

  • Skirlasvoud 14/03/2017

    Look, as long as it has either a dog, or a reservoir in it, consider my requirements fulfilled. Reply +9
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild already up and running on PC

  • Skirlasvoud 07/03/2017


    My budget isn't vast right now, so it'll take a while, but if you're still around by then, I'll show you a photograph of my purchase.
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  • Skirlasvoud 07/03/2017

    Fair's fair. I'm not going to invest in a Switch, but if CEMU manages to run Breath of the Wild and Bayonetta, I will definitely run out and buy a copy, then just emulate it on PC. Reply +9
  • 80 Days developer Inkle's console debut is a beautiful and very different adventure game

  • Skirlasvoud 01/03/2017

    LOVE inkle. Not just for their games, but for giving me their engine to create my own stories. Keep looking at these guys for inspiration in all. Reply +2
  • The unspoken rules of For Honor

  • Skirlasvoud 24/02/2017

    Reminds me of my days playing World of Warcraft.

    I'd go out and adventure with my Orc in Ganklethorn vale, and one time I happened upon a human 5 levels higher than me. Much to my relief, the guy didn't butcher me instantly.
    A minute later, just as the both of us figure out we can be civil towards each other, a fellow member of the Horde jumps out of the bushes and starts stabbing the human.
    I refuse to jump in, feeling that the human spared my life.
    The human butchers the other hordeling and shoots a few arrows at me too, before realizing I didn't participate, and the both of us bow to each other.
    My fellow Horde "ally" contacts me over whispers and wishes cancer upon me for not helping out since we could've taken him had we cooperated.

    Honour is confusing to people. Even I'm not sure whether I did the right thing.

    Best case scenario: you're so good at the game that you can live by your rules without dying. I think that's the essence of Honour; giving yourself an extra set of handicaps and thrive despite them, shows people what a bad-ass you are.
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  • Jim Sterling comes out on top as lawsuit with Digital Homicide dismissed

  • Skirlasvoud 22/02/2017


    Right! I almost forgot that this all started with Jim reacting to rumours they were censoring their own storepage and forums.
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  • Skirlasvoud 22/02/2017


    Plug said BEFORE they turned out to be mental cases. Steam removing them came afterwards.

    It is true that Jim can/could be very harsh on greenlight. Perhaps this is justified as he railed against the institution, but that does forget the fact that he is also indirectly harsh on the individual while doing so. Perhaps harsher than warranted if all the individual does is put a game up.

    Still, I'd like to think that the moment you put you're game out there in the public space, you're supposed to take a hit of criticism. That DigiHom responded the way it did, just shows how rotten the wall is if you give it a tap.
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  • Skirlasvoud 22/02/2017


    That is indeed true. I too, have to stop myself from buying too much into liking him and blinding myself to his shortcomings by scratching those up to just an act.

    It's an important reason why I also need to carefully consider his detractor's opinions and not just waive them.

    To that, there may very well be an element of dishonesty that needs to be considered.
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  • Skirlasvoud 22/02/2017


    I'd say that the petty vindictiveness toxifying the games scene, is exactly what necessitates Jim switching between serious commentator and comedic heckler to diminish tension and do his job.
    It's incredibly hard, if not impossible to have an honest critical opinion nowadays, without an army of detractors thinking that any sort of criticism is a sign of arrogance on the part of the critic. Just look what happens during the release of most hyped games. Jim simply owns it ahead of time.

    You are right though. In a better world, these things wouldn't have been done.
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  • Skirlasvoud 22/02/2017


    No, Jim WON the lawsuit. Not lost it. We're quite happy with ourselves.
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  • Skirlasvoud 22/02/2017

    The thing to understand about Sterling, is that he's a persona. He admitted to it himself, right in the beginning:

    Instead it should be more ironic... I don't know, just pulling this at random, some fat blogger with a whiny English accent, dressed up in a trenchcoat with glasses like he's some sort of rock star, with a background that makes it look like he's in a bad production of V for Vendetta. You know, something so blindingly, obviously ironic that only a fucking idiot would take it as a genuine persona.
    So whomever blames him for riding a high horse, kinda falls into the trap with eyes wide open.
    Follow him and you'll discover him to be a deeply self deprecating, self conscious and self critical individual, about anything ranging from his weight, kitschy taste, love of toys and sexuality.

    What's more, I actually think a degree of perceived arrogance is necessary to fill out the industry spectrum. We're living in a world where mere expert opinion is dismissed as an indulgence. Take it easy on your audience, and you face an army of trolls ready to make fun of you. This is sadly true in politics nowadays, but also in gaming. Just look at what happens during the release of any product carrying a lot of hype. Espouse any sort of criticism and you're immediately suspected of conceit and duplicity by detractors. Being part of the old way of doing things - "part of the establishment" - is scoffed at and looked down on as insincere.

    Jim to me, is a perfect example of how to counter this trend. The way he puts on airs deliberately, is rather brilliant. Because he presents a persona, he comes across as sincere, but at the same time the persona is fake enough to be immune against disingenuous attack. Those who want to look past what I think is a ruse, are capable of liking what we think is the man underneath and the message Jim espouses. I might be wrong and just seeing things admittedly, but that's how I choose to look at it.

    He reminds me a lot of what John Steward is doing to make a mockery of himself:

    And Jim isn't JUST ripping on things for subscribers. He has genuine tastes and will fawn over the things he likes to an almost geekish degree. He's created a Greenlight GoodStuff series to help great games get through Greenlight.
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  • Skirlasvoud 22/02/2017


    The long-running saga between YouTuber

    ...And that last word was as far as I needed to read, knowing nothing of even trivial importance would follow.
    Nope, nothing important at all. Merely the right to fair use, the ability to quash criticism by weaponizing the law and one of the best examples of Steam Greenlight excesses. Nothing important at all.

    "Youtuber" is a bit of a misnomer. Jim is a bona fide, small scale game critic, with his own website for reviews:
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  • Nier: Automata's Japanese launch tomorrow has English subtitles

  • Skirlasvoud 21/02/2017

    Should've saved that subheading for when the game itself reviews well.

    "Nier-er than we thought" is an awesome come-back to the subheading you gave the original review of Nier: "yet so far".

    Title practically writes its own punchlines.
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