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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 I don't plan to buy a 4K TV any time soon, but nor do I want to buy a console that's going to be outdated in a year.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
  • Stranded87 22/01/2016

    @Rogueywon Depends what you count as the good bits. I haven't finished either, but I'm near the end of both and so far the story in this is better, as is the conversation system. But then, other than nice but basic graphics that's about all it's got. Reply 0
  • Watch: Ian play 2D paranormal thriller Oxenfree

  • Stranded87 18/01/2016

    So far I like this more than Until Dawn, though less than LiS. Definitely worth a play. Reply +1
  • winter sale deals now live

  • Stranded87 02/12/2015

    @SeeNoWeevil It's really not and it was a free update for anyone who had the original release, which itself sold pretty well afaik. Reply +1
  • Jade Empire is free on Origin

  • Stranded87 02/12/2015

    @cowell But the implication is that the new releases are more worthy of time than old games. Which for some they are, but I'd wager some would rather play Jade Empire (especially for free) than any recent game. Reply +2
  • Stranded87 02/12/2015

    @cowell If someone missed it what's the age matter? It's still better than a lot of new games and it's free. Reply +6
  • Performance Analysis: Fallout 4

  • Stranded87 09/11/2015

    @Kalgon13 As a PS4, Xbox and PC gamer I'm gonna go out on a limb and say a lot of people are voting you down not because they're PS4 fans as such but because you're unreasonably antagonistic. If anything you come across as a PC fanboy and no-one likes a fanboy for any format. I didn't vote you down, but I was tempted. Reply +2
  • Life is Strange review

  • Stranded87 24/10/2015

    So many people complain about the dialogue but if you've actually talked to a teenager (especially an American one) lately you should see that it's pretty damn accurate. Its awkwardness and clunkiness is almost true to life. Not quite, but closer than a lot of games that don't get criticised for their dialogue.

    There are a few clunky lines, but they're mostly spouted by the handful of adult characters rather than the teens.
    Reply +3
  • Sunless Sea spiritual successor A House of Many Doors doubles Kickstarter goal

  • Stranded87 30/09/2015

    I adored the writing in Sunless Sea. The gameplay felt a bit clunky and dull to me though. I think I preferred Fallen London, since there less between you and the writing, though could have lived without the freemium aspects. Reply 0
  • Armello review

  • Stranded87 04/09/2015

    @MerryLoony Grow Home got a similarly positive review, so in fact it says little to nothing. Reply +4
  • What if Fallout 4 were an oldschool isometric RPG?

  • Stranded87 02/09/2015

    "they bring to mind inXile's superb Wasteland 2, a spiritual successor to Interplay's Fallout games."

    Not sure how true that is, given that the original Fallout games were spiritual successors to Wasteland.
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  • The Witcher 3 sells 6m copies in six weeks

  • Stranded87 26/08/2015

    @varsas That figure is almost 2 months old. Presumably it's made a lot more since then. Plus they probably have money in the bank, GOG bringing in cash and Cyberpunk 2077 in production, so I wouldn't worry. Reply 0
  • UK charts accused of "snobbery" over Everybody's Gone to the Rapture soundtrack snub

  • Stranded87 26/08/2015

    @mannyYearsAgo Not really the point though is it? It's not about whether it's good or not. I'm assuming you've heard it too to say that? I haven't, so you're probably right, but if you're just saying that based on it being from a game or indeed a soundtrack in general then your opinion is laughable. Reply 0
  • Stranded87 26/08/2015

    @lucky_jim Yeah just re-read it myself. It certainly warrants further investigation. It could just be that Harry Potter being there was a mistake too, in which case I'm back to saying it's a non-issue, but it doesn't seem all that clear one way or the other. Reply 0