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  • Snake Pass on Switch holds up nicely against PS4

  • UncleLou 29/03/2017

    @Dizzy Wrong. I am absolutely interested. Reply +8
  • Mass Effect Andromeda and the quest for great facial animation

  • UncleLou 29/03/2017

    @williamarthurfenton No, I am sorry, it does look significantly better to me. No dead eyes that seem to float in the skull, no ridiculous looking lips. Again, it's not top of the class, but what I've seen of ME:A looks downright amateurish in comparison. It might be more the absence of obvious flaws in TW3 rather than anything else, but it just looks much better to me.

    (Bbt., I am not the one negging you, FWIW.)
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  • UncleLou 29/03/2017

    @williamarthurfenton I don't really mean the modeling of the faces as such, but the lip syncing, facial animations, etc. I think The Witcher 3 really is in a totally different league here. It's not even like TW3 is top of class, it's just a fair comparison because it also is such a huge game. It's probably a lot of little things that do it for me in The Witcher 3, small body movements, camera movement and persepctive in cutscenes, etc.

    But as I said, I've only played the trial of ME:A, and it might have clouded my judgment that didn't really find the dialogues very convincing, either.

    I kind of agree about Horizon. A few main characters aside, the faces and animations aren't that great.
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  • UncleLou 29/03/2017

    @williamarthurfenton Well, I've played the trial for several a hours and thought the animations were decidedly below average most of the time, and laughably bad at other times.

    Can't say I've seen anything that is close to even average scenes from The Witcher 3, but then the writing didn't help ME:A's case, either, admittedly.
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  • UncleLou 29/03/2017

    It's nice of Jonathan Cooper to say what he did and he surely has a point that there are always tradeoffs, but as others have said, this is EA, and there have been games like The Witcher 3. ME:A (I've only played the trial, mind) simply is clearly subpar in this respect.

    This is marketed as a AAA game, the PC version costs 60 EUR, and the gameplay seems to be pretty bog standard stuff, so it's the kind of game where I expect a much higher level of polish and technical quality.
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  • Watch Link glide over Hyrule, for 22 minutes, without touching the ground

  • UncleLou 29/03/2017

    @Bernkastel "Why would anyone criticize Souls for having a smaller world than Skyrim? It's not the same approach."

    But that's exactly my point. It's the same thing here. Breaking weapons wouldn't make sense in The Witcher, but they do here.

    While you gain hearts/stamina, you don't get stronger, you don't learn any extra skills/moves/combos, etc., so the weapons breaking (together with the number of slots) is one of the ways to structure the game, and to make more difficult areas harder to access in the beginning.

    "I don't see how weapons breaking every ten seconds helps balancing the game"

    Well, they don't. Not sure if you base that on the video, but weapons don't break every 10 seconds unless you use a twig against a mini-boss. I also haven't used a twig since, I don't know, the first half hour of the game.

    Could they have balanced it a little differently? Maybe. But to suggest the game should have been "destroyed" by the media and only didn't because it is a Zelda game? No.
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  • UncleLou 28/03/2017

    @Bernkastel It's an integtral part of a game that is built like a huge open-world RPG, but does away with most aspects of traditional leveling. It's a form of structuring and balancing the game.

    It doesn't get a "free pass", in the same way that, say, the Souls games don't get a free pass although they have such small worlds compared to Skyrim. Different design ideas created for games that do things differently, nothing wrong with that.

    That doesn't mean one has to like it, but it's important to understand why it's there, which the vast majority of reviewers obviously did.
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  • UncleLou 28/03/2017

    @Matthew_Hornet General issue these days, isn't it. I bought Hitman at one point when it was still in episodic format because I thought if I wait any longer, I will know every level before I've even bought the game.

    That's what made, say, Demon's Souls so special a few years ago. Imported the Hong Kong version after I saw just a few early impressions, and it felt so refreshing to dive into a new game without knowing anything.

    That said, in this particular case here, I don't think the title gives much away.
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  • A Switch is for life, not just for Zelda

  • UncleLou 24/03/2017

    @leeroye "I dont see any games there that are worth paying 280 for."

    That is true. But if we all only bought our consoles when there are games out that are worth the asking price of the hardware, console gaming would have died 20 years ago.

    I haven't bought a Switch to (only) play Zelda and RMX. I strongly susepct it will still be functional next year.
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  • How Zelda and Horizon fix open worlds in very different ways

  • UncleLou 22/03/2017

    @pooKy1979 I think that's a good idea, I shall do the same. Climbed the first one, and I feel the game has gone a bit too Ubi for my personal liking with the icons on the map. Reply +2
  • Watch: We play around with a very expensive Mass Effect toy

  • UncleLou 21/03/2017

    @leeroye Seems to be the norm these days, see RE7. I think someone had the pretty logical sounding explanation that they do not want to make special editions for the different versions (PS4, Xbox, PC, etc.), so there is just one special edition, and you buy the game seperately. Reply +2
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda review

  • UncleLou 20/03/2017

    @MrIGM Bit unfair maybe to speak of a "B" team, but anyway, Mass Effect isn't their biggest series. Dragon Age is. Reply -4
  • UncleLou 20/03/2017

    @Seafort "This is one person's opinion. I prefer to go with my own opinion when I buy games to play."

    Of course. And I seriously hope you have fun.

    In most cases, though, we all cannot afford to form our own opinions, can we. Way too many games, not enough time (and money), so we have to rely on the opinions of others (and our gut feeling) all the time.

    I am a huge fan of ME 1+2 (3 not so much), but found the trial pretty poor. I might buy it on a whim once it's cheaper though, but with the current stream of excellent games so early in the year, my priorites are elsewhere at the moment.
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  • UncleLou 20/03/2017

    @frazzl Well I was actually surprised the mathematical average is as high as this, but then even I underestimated the non-use of the lower end of the scale by a vast majority of the gaming press. :p

    FWIW, Opencritic has 48 games in its 2017 database, ME:A isn't in there yet, but will comfortably share the last place together with Atelier Firis and Sublevel Zero: redux if the current score stays like it is. I don't know what their criteria are for taking games into consideration at all, mind, there are fewer than on Metacritic (and no mobile games and whatnot).
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  • UncleLou 20/03/2017

    @frazzl "The average game review score on Metacritic looks to be 74%. "

    Heh, well. I rest my case.
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  • UncleLou 20/03/2017

    @frazzl It is not silly if you know what "median" and "average" means. Do you think "5" means average? Hint: It does not.

    Anyway, if you insist on using a review aggregator to judge the quality of a game, you should learn how to read scores. In gaming, 7x isn't great.

    Does that mean it's a bad game? Not at all. Some of my best friends are 7s. But the general tendency is: deeply average. Again, not even the top 40 in 2017.
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  • UncleLou 20/03/2017

    @frazzl "If you think 75-78% is average"

    A Metacritic score of 7x pretty much does mean *average*, yes. It does not mean "median", and it is not scientifically "average", but it pretty much means it is, by and large, a game that one would colloquially call "average". Not terrible, not great, not even "very good".

    We all know how the scoring system works.

    With an average score of 75, it does not even make the top 40 (!) of games released in 2017 on opencritic.com.
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  • UncleLou 20/03/2017

    I played a few hours (Origin Access), and it felt like one of those Focus Home Interactive mid-budget games. Competent enough, but not what I expect to appear under the Bioware label.

    Bought Horizon Zero Dawn instead, finally.
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  • Horizon: Zero Dawn sells 2.6m copies in two weeks

  • UncleLou 17/03/2017

    @Bush_Killa-73 Just for clarification because you say "you", I am not in any way, shape or form connected with EG.

    "it just looks like EG/the reviewer was unfair, trying too hard to be different & missed the point in the process."

    But that's what people always say. You'll find exactly this comment under John Walker's Mass Effect impressions from a couple of days back, or Jimquisition's Zelda review.

    I am not attacking you personally or anything, I am just genuinely curious. I am always happy if I can read different opinions, especially if I am unsure. Regarding Horizon, I've read quite a few reviews that weren't nearly as positive as the majority and more akin to EG's review, but in the German press rather than the English/American.

    edit:
    Comment above mine is a prime example of what I mean.
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  • UncleLou 17/03/2017

    @Bush_Killa-73

    I do not get why so many gamers insist on uniformity of the press instead of a plurality of opinions. I honestly do not get it, at all.
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  • UncleLou 17/03/2017

    @Poseidon_ That's a very, very strange comment. Now maybe the gaming public doesn't always buy the games that deserve it most, but there's no particular obligation to "support the effort from first party studios".

    Really don't get what you're saying, at all. Especially as it *does* sell extremely well.

    "who spent 4-5 years creating this new game and IP."

    Yeah, lots of studios do this, whether it's a first-party game and exclusive or not.

    I could also say it's a shame that 2.6 million people bought yet another AAA open-world blockbuster instead of supporting the fine, independent folks of Ludeon Studios and their (pretty much) unique game Rimworld.
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  • Breath of the Wild shows Nintendo is learning from PC games

  • UncleLou 16/03/2017

    @CuttlefishJones No, it's pretty damn awesome, and they haven't just "caught up", but raised the bar.

    I think I can safely say that I am firmly outside of the "Nintendo bubble", let alone do I have any nostalgia for Zelda, but BotW is so damn good that I am actually afraid it will ruin RDR2 a bit for me, and I am *really* looking forward to that one.

    I've said it before, it's one of those extremely rare games where, if you try 10 things, the game responds in some manner in 9 cases. Last time I experienced something similar was, at least to a degree, MGSV.
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  • The reward for collecting all 900 Zelda: Breath of the Wild Korok seeds is a bit poo

  • UncleLou 15/03/2017

    @VideoGameAddict25 You don't need all, or are supposed to find them all. As others have pointed out, it's just a little thing to reward exploration and observation. :) Reply +2
  • UncleLou 15/03/2017

    @SuperSoupy Idk, but as someone who generally doesn't give a rat's arse about Zelda, I still find the scores it got fully deserved.

    Anyway, I thought I was super clever and witty because I found so many (50 or so) of the seeds. That was before I knew how many there are...
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  • Jelly Deals: There are lots of PC download discounts this week

  • UncleLou 15/03/2017

    @BartsBlue "what do jellied eels have in common with deals?

    When have those British types ever needed a reason to make a pun! ;)
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  • Why Nintendo Switch games are ending up more expensive

  • UncleLou 13/03/2017

    @beanchance Hard to compare it to the Vita these days, but I remember Sony's "AAA" Vita games weren't ecactly cheap. Uncharted, for example. I say "for example", but I mean Uncharted because it was the only one. Reply -1
  • UncleLou 13/03/2017

    @losaa Going digital only would have have been commercial suicide for Nintendo (or any of the others). They need the exposure in shops. Reply 0
  • UncleLou 13/03/2017

    @leebyron "Why is anyone going to pay more for digital when physical gives you an actual physical thing to own,"

    I don't want/need a physical thing to own. I much prefer the ease of digital, especially on a handheld. (edit: What's more, I've bought games since, I don't know, the 1980s. I've binned dozens, no, hundreds of them. Give me Steam over hundreds of old PC game boxes any day of the week.)

    That said, the "price parity" is obviously absurd because due to the competition at retail, physical is *much* cheaper. I am not willing to pay that difference.

    If prices were actually equal, I'd be digital only all the way.

    edit 2:

    Not that I bought it, but 1-2 Switch is 50 EUR on the store. It's 30(!) on amazon for the physical release.
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  • UncleLou 13/03/2017

    @NullDev The games aren't more expensive in retail stores than those on other platforms though. You can buy Zelda everywhere here for well under 60 EUR (I paid 55), while the RRP is 70. That's not really different to Sony or MS (neither when it comes to the RRP, nor when it comes to the price it's actually sold for on the high street).

    Will be interesting to see if the same goes for the retail prices of third party games like Rime.
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  • UncleLou 13/03/2017

    Not good.

    Only silver lining is that, if the 3DS is anything to go by, these cards will hold their value pretty well. I checked the other day what I would get for a few of my old 3DS games, and it often was more than 50% of what I paid new, years later.
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  • Fast RMX showcases Switch's technological leap over Wii U

  • UncleLou 11/03/2017

    @WhiteUmbrella "I don't play indies,"

    Weird statement, you've probably played more than you realize.

    And this is an article about an indie game, not quite sure why you're interested in the laoding times, seeing how you don't play indies.
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  • I played five indie games on Switch and they were all good

  • UncleLou 10/03/2017

    @INSOMANiAC Yeah, I did double-dip in a few cases, Spelunky being one of them (or was it on PSN+ once? I am not entirely sure).

    And Hotline Miami, of course. The Vita is basically my dedicated Hotline Miami device. :)
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  • UncleLou 10/03/2017

    I hope indie games get simultaneous releases. The Vita is in theory excellent for indie games, but most of the time I had already bought the PC version months earlier.

    Really looking forward to Steamworld Dig 2, loved the first one.
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  • Breath of the Wild is a Zelda game for the Minecraft generation

  • UncleLou 10/03/2017

    @JamesSwiftDay " far too much empty space"

    Other things aside, I couldn't disagree more with that statement. I hate how most-open world games feel like a bloody theme park instead of real places, packed full of samey activities. Far Cry is a prime example, it#s ridiculous.

    I love it when games give you (and their landscapes) room to breathe, like RDR did (even that was often too busy though), or Stalker.
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  • UncleLou 10/03/2017

    @Master09 "It's sounds awesome but after seeing many playthroughs I don't see what else new it does other open world games haven't don't"

    It's more interactive than most other open-world games. MGS V was a bit similar in that respect, occasionally, and Dragon's Dogma was as well.

    When you try 10 things in BotW, 9 will give you a result, the game will respond to you in one way or the other. In most other games 2/10 is a good value.

    It's also surprisingly complex without getting overwhelming. Things like temperature (for example, if you're cold, you can buff yourself with food, carry a torch, wear warmer clothes) or horses (they have different stats) add a ton of authenticity to the gameworld.

    I also think you're doing yourself a disservice if you watch playthroughs if you ever want to play it yourself, simply becasue a huge part of the fun is exploring and trying things out.
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild speedrunner finds surprising new way to travel

  • UncleLou 10/03/2017

    @JamesSwiftDay I am using both. Spend another couple of hours last night without making any real "progress", just doing some horse and horse archery challenges.

    I am usually not a particularly slow player, but I am not playing this to finish it. It's not like I am just collecting mushrooms, but there's always something to do and find here.

    Surely, you must have missed basically all side content at your pace?
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  • UncleLou 09/03/2017

    @Eternal_Lee It really is quite special. I never expected something with the scope of The Witcher 3, but there it is, and with actually a lot more things to do. Reply +2
  • UncleLou 09/03/2017

    @JamesSwiftDay I am maybe 30 hours in, have climbed 3 towers, and haven't seen or done half of what you can do on these 3 maps. I've not even met, let alone beat, any of the four youknowwhat. Reply +5
  • Switch has redesigned portable gaming forever

  • UncleLou 08/03/2017

    @ontoff At this point, a new Ford Edsel in 2019 is significantly more likely than a Vita 2 in the next decade. Reply -1
  • UncleLou 08/03/2017

    It's a really neat device, and I've been using it in both docked and handheld mode since Friday. I see it more as a significantly more powerful Vita/3DS successor, but I've been surprised how well it holds up on the big screen, and been using it in that mode much more than I anticipated. Not just for Zelda, but also Fast RMX, which looks great and runs at 60 fps.

    It wakes up quicker than the PS4, it's quiet, and the joycon grip works so well that I don't think I'll buy a Pro anytime soon.

    Releases look a bit sparse over the coming months, mind. I expect when I finish Zelda (which will take ages though, this game is a Witcher 3 competitor in scope), I won't use it for a while.
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  • Is Zelda on Switch worth the upgrade from Wii U?

  • UncleLou 08/03/2017

    @phixional_bear "Nice humble brag about 300 euros not being a big deal for you as well."


    The vast majority of people posting here are adults. With a job. And at least some disposable income, otherwise gaming is a dubious hobby, anyway. That's my point. Not that *I* am rich. I wish I was. It costs roughly what most new gaming devices cost (a little less actually). Yes, it's less powerful, but it does a few other things, etc. It's not some horrendously expensive device within the framework of our hobby here. That doesn't mean you're or anyone else isn't allowed to find it too expensive or discuss that point. It's the "I think it's too expensive and that means you're all deluded simpletons" angle I always find unnecessary.
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  • UncleLou 08/03/2017

    @phixional_bear "Value" is so subjective, and to hear this over and over again, everywhere, is tiresome. Camera forums, car sites, wherever, there's always someone who feels extra-smart because his priorities or threshold is a little different.

    The thing is, the Switch simply isn't extraordinarily expensive when it comes to, by and large, superfluous entertainment gadgets. I don't need to "convince myself of the value" of a gadget that costs 300,00 EUR, sorry. Besides, any gaming site is basically a place for enthusiasts. "Desparation" posts like yours seem desperately hyperbolic.
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild already up and running on PC

  • UncleLou 07/03/2017

    @the_ewan Unless the emulator allows you to plug the Switch game card into your PC, it is not legal. Wouldn't find it particularly bad if someone who owned the game used an emulator though. Reply -4
  • Stories Untold review

  • UncleLou 07/03/2017

    @JAK620 Are you implying that this is somehow a "lesser" game because it's no AAA open world blockbuster? Reply +5
  • Nier: Automata review

  • UncleLou 07/03/2017

    As someone who knows absolutely nothing about the game and hasn't played the first one, I found it a bit confusing that the demo is focused on the combat and shows nothing of the storytelling or RPG mechanics. Good thing that there is a demo at all, mind, but it really didn't tell me much.

    Interested after this review though.
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  • Finding the voice of The Witcher's Geralt in Horizon: Zero Dawn

  • UncleLou 07/03/2017

    @riceNpea He is? One more reason to buy the game! His voice or, as you so aptly put it, delivery, is brilliant. I just love to hear the guy talk. Reply 0
  • Nintendo Switch review

  • UncleLou 01/03/2017

    @Wally-G They're not any worse than, say, Sony. Proprietary memory cards for the Vita roughly 700% over the market price for standardised cards, anyone? Reply +10
  • UncleLou 01/03/2017

    @Chromanin It sounds to me like this is a good reason for most 3rd party publishers to ignore the Switch entirely for most cross platform console games.

    Definitely. But the alternative would be a much more powerful, more expensive, non-handheld console, with the argument that people can now use their new Nintendo console instead of the PS4 or Xbox One they already have to play the latest Assassin's Creed. Who would buy such a thing? And they'd have to do a new handheld, too, since that's a bigger market for them.

    The Switch is a risk, no doubt. But the alternative would be certain downfall.
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  • UncleLou 01/03/2017

    "The fact that Switch is a self-contained handheld makes it feel more like a successor to the 3DS in this respect"

    That's pretty much how I see it, and why I look forward to it. I am not a huge Nintendo fan, don't even have a WiiU, but the 3DS - much to my surprise - has given me countless hours of entertainment.

    Now it's much more powerful, has *all* of Nintendo's attention, offers out-of-the-box local multiplayer on one device, and can be used with a TV. That's more than I ever hoped for.
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  • Starbound developer's Advance Wars-like Wargroove headed to Nintendo Switch

  • UncleLou 28/02/2017

    A ton of local multiplayer games, they're really pushing this. Neat. Reply +4