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  • NX is now Nintendo Switch, a portable console with detachable controllers

  • Stranded87 20/10/2016

    I was expecting this to be shit, because frankly Nintendo haven't made a great home console in years, and even the 3DS isn't as good as the Vita, despite selling better. But Switch actually looks amazing. It's also got a clear USP and a proper name, so there's even a chance people will understand what it is/Nintendo will be able to sell it. I'm impressed. Reply +3
  • Sounds like Sleeping Dogs developer United Front Games has shut down

  • Stranded87 18/10/2016

    @sizu_sizu I suspect it's automatically included. They probably could have removed it, but it may not even have crossed their minds, which isn't unreasonable either, depending on how their CMS is laid out there's every chance that they don't see it when putting the article in. Reply 0
  • Rez Infinite review

  • Stranded87 14/10/2016

    @JackBauer2007 "Back when it was released, there were some complaints that the 60 minutes it takes to see through Rez constituted poor value for money. 15 years on, I think they're enough to justify investing in a VR headset." Admittedly your other question isn't answered. Reply +15
  • Sony PlayStation VR review

  • Stranded87 05/10/2016

    @Gigaflop But it wasn't really a statement, it was a question, albeit one where I noted what I'd believed to be the case. And I'd think anyone who knew the answer (particularly if my assumption was wrong) would jump to say so. Anyway, thanks for the answer. That's troubling if true, I haven't used PSVR but Gear VR is far from sharp, whether gaming or watching videos, which is partly why I assumed it couldn't be using all the pixels. Reply +1
  • Stranded87 05/10/2016

    "Indeed, even Samsung's smartphone-based Gear VR outstrips PSVR in terms of the core pixel count."

    This isn't true is it? Or the very least is a misleading statement, if I understand Gear VR correctly. I know the phone screens used are higher resolution, but do you actually get the benefit of that full resolution when viewed through the VR goggles? I assumed (perhaps wrongly) that PSVR, Vive and Rift packed the pixels into a smaller, sharper display, with no wasted space.

    Edit: I wish I could understand the psyche of neggers. I'm not even criticising someone's favourite toy here. There's literally nothing to be offended by.
    Reply +31
  • Three days with Nintendo's Ł35 Pokémon Go Plus accessory

  • Stranded87 16/09/2016

    @Aj64 You might be right, but @the9000 still has a solid point. By even pointing out that a competition is (possibly) sponsored sizu_sizu is implying that's in some way a bad thing, but it's no more so than reviewing a game you've been given - in fact it's less so, as with a review you're required to pass judgement. Reply +1
  • PlayStation Vita isn't dead, in Japan anyway

  • Stranded87 13/09/2016

    @SpaceMonkey77 Quite a few of the Japanese things do make it outside of Japan. In fact, if you have an interest in weird/obscure Japanese games it's still a great console. It just lacks the mainstream western releases that might make it a big seller here, though with smartphone and tablet competition I'm not sure it would do well even with more support. Reply +2
  • Apple iPhone 7 more expensive in UK - blame Brexit

  • Stranded87 08/09/2016

    @Crazy-MadBob While arguably no one has directly refuted your claims they have pointed out some of the ways in which our government is even less democratic (and that's before we get to the fptp system) all of which you seem to have conveniently ignored, instead focusing on the people who insult you. Reply +7
  • Imminent thriller Virginia gets first proper trailer

  • Stranded87 07/09/2016

    @Whitster Because they played it and liked it? I doubt there's any conspiracy here if that's what you're hinting at - being an indie game there's probably not enough money being spent on it for that (not that I think Eurogamer do such things anyway). Reply +7
  • Firewatch spreading to Xbox One later this month

  • Stranded87 03/09/2016

    My GOTY so far. Buy it peeps. Brilliant ending too, don't listen to Parallax. Reply +4
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided tops UK chart but Human Revolution sales were "much stronger"

  • Stranded87 30/08/2016

    @Alestes If it's just a matter of principle then fair enough I guess, I'm not a fan of microtransactions either, but I have the game and the campaign (which is all I've played) doesn't feel unbalanced or grindy without them, in fact I suspect buying them would make it unbalanced. They're also not at all pushed on you, I wouldn't even know they existed if not for articles about them online.

    So on the off chance you're actually waiting because you fear it's an inferior game for them you needn't.
    Reply -2
  • No Man's Sky Sony's 2nd biggest ever PS4 launch in UK

  • Stranded87 15/08/2016

    @Calib4n Still better than the Xbox One's library and I get the sense console exclusives are a dying breed, which is no bad thing imo since it means there's less need to own every system. Obviously PC slaughters it for content, that's always been the case, but if you just look at games rather than exclusives the PS4 has a good library. Reply -1
  • Outcast remake heading to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in March

  • Stranded87 12/08/2016

    "one of the first truly open-world video games"

    This isn't even slightly true unless you have a very narrow view of what makes something "truly" open world.
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  • No Man's Sky finishers have advice about Atlas Stones

  • Stranded87 11/08/2016

    @scottjamesholland To be fair I don't think that's the sort of thing that Eurogamer normally does report on. No conspiracy here and almost certainly no advertising. A big game is always going to lead to a lot of articles and it's not as if they're all positive. Reply 0
  • Microsoft Xbox One S review

  • Stranded87 02/08/2016

    I would buy this, but afaik Microsoft still hasn't made it clear enough what if any difference Scorpio will make to people who don't have 4K TVs. I don't plan to buy a 4K TV any time soon, but nor do I want to buy a console that's going to be outdated in a year. Reply +9
  • After a flood of negative feedback, Pokémon Go's developer is finally ready to talk

  • Stranded87 02/08/2016

    Pokemon Go has had one of the most shambolic launches I've ever encountered and the way things have been handled haven't improved much in the weeks since. I get the sense Niantic are really in over their heads. Reply +1
  • Abzu review

  • Stranded87 02/08/2016

    @IronSoldier The length shouldn't come as any surprise (nor really be a bad thing for the type of game/experience it appears to be). It always looked a bit like an underwater Journey and stretching it out probably wouldn't be to its benefit. Reply +6
  • HTC Vive price hike for UK - blame Brexit

  • Stranded87 01/08/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro We'll have to agree to disagree then. Much of it (again, on both sides - I voted remain but take issue with how the campaign was handled) was fear mongering and speculation and some things were outright misleading, if not quite lies.

    I also read up extensively on likely effects to various industries etc before the vote and still wouldn't say I felt as confident in making a decision as I would like, yet I'm fairly sure most people didn't go far beyond the headlines.
    Reply +7
  • Stranded87 01/08/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro "It is correct that in such matters of fundamental importance the decision is put to the country. Suggesting otherwise displays a worrying lack of respect for the democratic process."

    Trouble is I'm pretty sure the majority of people on both sides of the debate didn't know enough about it to make an educated vote. That's partly on them for not doing the research, partly on campaigners for not making it all clearer and partly because the effects are/were going to be complicated and to some extent unpredictable.

    It's very different to voting for an MP or government that seems broadly in line with your politics. Also unlike a general election you can't essentially change your mind a few years later.

    Part of the reason we have a government is to make the decisions that the people don't have the time or inclination to become educated on.
    Reply +6
  • Stranded87 01/08/2016

    @rob When has anything ever been a direct conversion? You've got to add VAT and even then UK stuff is usually priced higher - no idea if there's a good reason for it, but that's the reality. A massive drop in the value of the pound relative to the dollar is obviously going to start pushing prices even higher.

    Edit: Having said that, the rise here does seem questionably steep, but to think things weren't going to start getting more expensive is just ignorant.
    Reply +7
  • Stranded87 01/08/2016

    @Bagpuss Not being happy with the result or its impact on the country doesn't mean we don't believe in democracy just as disagreeing/disliking any given government (which almost everyone does at one point or another) has never meant not wanting there to be elections. If and when there are positive impacts of the result I'll happily read about them, but not reporting on the negatives would be ridiculous. Reply +90
  • Gravity Rush 2 drops in December

  • Stranded87 19/07/2016

    Really hope this is good. I wanted to love the original but it was ultimately a (still solid) 7/10 for me. I loved the art and the ideas though, if they can just tighten it up and add a bit more variety here it will be great. Fingers crossed. Reply +1
  • Pokémon Go is a phenomenon that's pushing people together

  • Stranded87 10/07/2016

    It's very cool, but I feel like it could have been a lot better. They've captured the magic of hunting down Pokemon if anything better than the normal games do. But the battle system is awful and I don't see why they couldn't have used the tried and tested one, or something closer to it.

    I'd also like to see ways to battle other players directly and ideally more of a built in social aspect. Hopefully some of this will be added over time, but I doubt the battle system will change now, which is a shame.
    Reply +5
  • UK release of Pokémon Go "paused until we're comfortable"

  • Stranded87 09/07/2016

    Wanted to wait for the official release, but also wanted to play this weekend, so APK it is. All the good trainer names are already gone, thanks Niantic. A free Pokemon game on a platform that everyone has is popular? Who'd have thought it? Reply +1
  • YouTuber presents a copy of Undertale to the Pope

  • Stranded87 06/07/2016

    @garyfaceman Plenty of games don't have violence, though I guess having the 'option' of whether to use it or not is a fair point. There are still lots of points against it though and people might have watched the video if his delivery wasn't unbearably irritating. I tried, I really did, but I can't remember the last time someone annoyed me as much as him. Reply +1
  • Stranded87 06/07/2016

    @smelltheglove Oh absolutely. There's no chance he'd play it or appreciate it whatever game was chosen. But it makes some sense for a game-focused YouTuber to gift a game, just not this one. Reply -1
  • Stranded87 06/07/2016

    From what little I've played of Undertale it seems built around subverting gamers expectations, which makes it a truly terrible choice to give to someone who doesn't play games. Reply +3
  • 65daysofstatic are touring the No Man's Sky soundtrack

  • Stranded87 27/06/2016

    @dmanning We understand democracy. We also understand that a referendum that never should have happened (and only did as a now backfiring tactical move from the Conservatives) is going to have caused more damage to this country than any vote perhaps ever, not to mention its impact on Europe and the wider world.

    We also understand that many of those who voted leave already regret it and that even if they didn't they just barely had a majority (and probably wouldn't have done if everyone had come out to vote - but that's more a criticism of the relatively apathetic remain side).
    Reply +8
  • The UK's two biggest video game magazine companies are now one

  • Stranded87 23/06/2016

    @vert1go That's....not how that works. It was maybe a 7, but 6 doesn't seem that unreasonable and lots of not great things are very popular. Reply 0
  • Eurogamer's best of E3 2016

  • Stranded87 17/06/2016

    Steep and Zelda for me. Except Steep will be shit, I just want it to not be, and I don't love Zelda games, I just appreciate the ambition in this one. All in all a pretty bleh E3 for me. Reply -2
  • Final Dreamfall Chapters episode gets a release date

  • Stranded87 10/06/2016

    I really need to give this another try. Never even got through the first episode as it just didn't grab me, but I love The Longest Journey and Dreamfall. Reply 0
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt patch 1.2 adds enemy level-scaling and a lot more

  • Stranded87 31/05/2016

    Thank god you can turn the level scaling off. Yeah, The Witcher 3 gets too easy in late game, but level scaling isn't the answer, it basically renders the RPG mechanics redundant. Still, good for those who want it I guess. Reply +3
  • Hitman - Episode Three: Marrakesh is due next week

  • Stranded87 25/05/2016

    @phill6284 I would agree except only one comment so far has been like that. It was the first one, but still, almost everyone is in favour of the model. Reply +3
  • Stranded87 25/05/2016

    @dsmx You don't have to buy it based on promised future content though, since you can pay one episode at a time. I know you know that, I'm just in a pedantic mood. For the amount you have to pay for each episode though it's not content deprived imo. Reply +6
  • More powerful Xbox One planned for 2017 - report

  • Stranded87 25/05/2016

    I don't approve of this being a thing that both Microsoft and Sony are doing. But I might actually buy this more powerful one, especially if it does support Oculus. Only because I don't have a normal Xbox One though. I'd be pissed if I did, just like I'm pissed that Sony is releasing a more powerful version of my console so soon. Reply +47
  • It looks like this year's COD is named Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

  • Stranded87 26/04/2016

    I bought whatever the latest one is called about a week ago, played it a bit and had already completely forgotten I owned it prior to this story. So thanks, I guess, doesn't say much for the game though. Reply 0
  • Baldur's Gate: SoD head of studio addresses political backlash

  • Stranded87 07/04/2016

    These few lines aside I really don't get the complaints about the writing. Is it amazing? No. Was the writing in the original Baldur's Gate amazing? No. BG 2 was a step up, but even then mostly just for bothering to flesh out the characters more than a lot of games were doing at the time. The actual quality of the writing still wasn't great.

    If Torment: Tides of Numenera isn't brilliantly written that will be a problem. But a Baldur's Gate expansion? Have any of these people even played Baldur's Gate? It's pretty basic fantasy.
    Reply +5
  • New Baldur's Gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear off to a rough start

  • Stranded87 05/04/2016

    @Stan546 They're both set in the same universe, so to that extent they do. But then that universe is the standard D&D Forgotten Realms one, so loads of games do. And don't get me wrong, I really liked it and it reviewed well, it's just a far less 'hardcore' game than the proper series and very different. Reply 0
  • Stranded87 05/04/2016

    @Stan546 BG on the PS2 was a completely different style of game. It was a spin-off that's not considered proper BG (or as good), which is probably why you're getting negged. Fun game, but really all it shares with the PC games is a name. Reply +10
  • Stranded87 05/04/2016

    I'm playing it and really enjoying it. The controversy is ridiculous. The writing is mostly good too. Not the best game writing I've come across but then BG's never was. Aside from being a bit too linear it feels like a proper new BG game. It is full of bugs though sadly. Reply 0
  • Black Desert Online expands for free, future content plans revealed

  • Stranded87 04/04/2016

    @CosmicGypsy The problem is it's already a retail game in the west. P2W is always rubbish. Pay to customise is ok in f2p, but when you already pay a full boxed game price for it and then have to pay potentially as much again just to make your character look different, when in most mmo's that's a standard feature, it's not really ok. The game looks great otherwise and if you don't care that your character wears the same outfit as everyone else then more power to you, but it's a valid complaint. Still not as bad as P2W though. Reply +2
  • Stranded87 04/04/2016

    If only they'd add more visual character customisation (and not charge a small fortune for it). That's the main thing putting me off. Reply +8
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 review

  • Stranded87 03/04/2016

    @handsonhips101 You must have known those were issues with the S6 before buying it though. Most reviews mentioned the weak battery and lack of SD card and few phones outside of Sony land are waterproof, though the S7 and S5 are.

    And the Z3+ is a solid phone, it's just a depressingly minor update on the Z3.
    Reply 0
  • Stranded87 03/04/2016

    @INSOMANiAC Might be something odd going on with your battery. I have the S7 Edge too and it's almost up there with the best life of any smartphone I've owned or used (and I review phones as part of my job, so I've used a lot). I get more out of it than I did the 6 Plus. Reply 0
  • Stranded87 03/04/2016

    @CaptainKid You get far closer to a phone screen than a TV or even a monitor so the extra pixels are useful to a point. But you don't really need to go above 1080p unless you have something over 5.5 inches or are using it for VR. Reply 0
  • Stranded87 03/04/2016

    @lordirongut The power future proofs it. 1080p on a screen that size is well worth it imo. QHD is excessive...until you look at VR, which Samsung seems to be making quite a big push for now and for that more power and sharper screens are essential. If you don't care about any of those things then you don't buy it, there are plenty of other options, it's all about choice. Also the S7 doesn't curve really, it's the S7 Edge that does that. Reply +4
  • Soma has sold over 250k copies

  • Stranded87 25/03/2016

    @Bladderfish That's just factually wrong. Firewatch is a lot of things, but it sure as hell doesn't appeal to the lowest common denominator and I'd argue it's actually got quite a narrow appeal. Reply +1
  • Gravity Rush Remastered review

  • Stranded87 05/02/2016

    @IronGiant The 'unimpeachable' line is referring to the quality of the port, not the game. A game that's perhaps not aged that well, was previously reviewed by someone else with different opinions and imo never deserved a 9/10 in any case. Reply -5
  • Stranded87 05/02/2016

    @IronSoldier I only skimmed the review, but it looked to be more criticising the quality of the core game, not the job they did porting it- hence the port could be seen as unimpeachable, even if the game isn't. Unless he did criticise the port, in which case yeah, odd word choice. Reply +6
  • Oxenfree review

  • Stranded87 22/01/2016

    @ChiefGB Yep there is almost zero gameplay and the characters never do shut up. I like this, but it's definitely not for everyone. Reply +3