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  • Let's compare and contrast the US and European Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild box art

  • UncleLou 13/01/2017

    US cover looks too Mordor. Reply +3
  • Yakuza 0 is a great way to get into Sega's outstanding series

  • UncleLou 12/01/2017

    I played one Yakuza game on the PS3 (don't know how it was called anymore) - loved the setting/atmosphere/activities, but found the cartoony melee combat, rubber limbs and all, not too thrilling.

    Hmmm. One to keep on the list for now, I guess.
    Reply +1
  • Where can the finest driving sim in years go next?

  • UncleLou 11/01/2017

    @adamantium " Project cars at least has a very fun single player campaign. "

    Hm, has this been added later? One of my problems with PC was that there was no "gamey" campaign or anything, just the ultra-dry "set up your own championship". I found Assetto Corsa's challenges/scenarios actually a lot more entertaining.
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  • UncleLou 11/01/2017

    @crazy-n00dle I love Gran Turismo, but you don't even need to be much of a racing fan to want a little more than sequels in the same franchise every 5 years or so.

    Never quite understand how people can limit themselves quite so much if they like a genre.

    "Love first-person shooters, but I am happy with Half-Life".

    Doesn't make sense to me, I am sorry.
    Reply +2
  • UncleLou 11/01/2017

    With all the challenges or "scenarios" etc., I don't think there's less "game" content here than in, say, Project: Cars.

    I'd love an upgrade/career mode like on console simcades, though, don't get me wrong.
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  • Sources: Microsoft and Platinum part ways on Scalebound, development ceased

  • UncleLou 10/01/2017

    The biggest problem I see here is that it is one of the very few games Microsoft has (had) that didn't have a number at the end. Sequels are all good and well for the existing fanbase, but the number of new customers you can convince with "GAME 5 OF EXISTING FRANCHISE" is limited. What's left now when it comes to new IP, Sea of Thieves?

    Doesn't matter so much for, say, racing games (I love FH3 on the PC), but I'd not pick up, let alone buy a console for, Gears of War 4 when I never played the others.
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  • GTA 5's endless tapestry

  • UncleLou 09/01/2017

    @bluntforcetrauma The 80s were shit. I was there, believe me. :D Reply +1
  • UncleLou 09/01/2017

    @Bauul ". The last GTA I enjoyed was Vice City"

    But VC was terrible. The worst of the lot by some margin. Terribly boring map, too.

    (Oooooh, that's going to get negged. But I never liked VC. And don't get me started on the soundtrack, it was terrible. I grew up when that music was new, and I had and have no desire to ever hear it again). ;)
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  • UncleLou 09/01/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_ "GTA's world is a thing of beauty. Not just how well realised it is"

    Yeah. I don't get how they did it. I mean, the world is smaller than, say, The Witcher 3, but in the latter, as awesome as it is, I can somehow imagine a world designer sitting there, "planting" trees, drawing a river, etc.

    In GTA V, every fucked up corner hidden behind a dumpster still looks unique and handcrafted.

    It's absolutely insane.
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  • In Theory: Can AMD Ryzen break the Intel CPU monopoly?

  • UncleLou 09/01/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_ "If that happens, it'll save me a bloomin' fortune. "

    If that happens, the Scorpio will be so prohibitively expensive that you will save absolutely nothing. ;)
    Reply +7
  • Platinum's Turtles game delisted from Steam, PSN and Xbox

  • UncleLou 06/01/2017

    @ChocNut Witout digital distribution, an estimated 99% of the games you can find on Steam wouldn't be available anymore in physical form. Or wouldn't have been released in the first place.

    You couldn't buy, say, Planescape: Toment for ages, second hand copies were not available or grossly overpriced second hand. Now everybody can buy it for a few quid on GoG.

    Both systems have advantages and disadvantages.
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  • Nintendo's 2017: two seismic shifts, and the conundrum that will decide its future

  • UncleLou 04/01/2017

    @SuperShinobi For reasons I can't quite understand myself, the Vita's "console games" like Uncharted, Killzone etc. never quite worked for me. They felt uninspired to me, and like I was playing lesser versions.

    Nintendo managed to make (or let others make) huge, complex games like Fire Emblem or Monster Hunter that felt like they were right at home on the 3DS.
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  • UncleLou 04/01/2017

    @SuperShinobi "I already own one of those and it didn't light up the sales charts. "

    No it didn't, but then the first-party support for this thing has been absolutely abysmal. Of course the question is what is cause and what is effect, but it's a shame how Sony killed that device.
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  • UncleLou 04/01/2017

    @OneManAndHisDroid " but as a higher-powered DS - it works for me!"

    Exactly. This is what some people don't seem to understand - the 3DS is far and away the most succesful thing they have going at the moment, so obviously they cannot give up on handhelds. Which gives them the choice of releasing two different consoles again, one 3DS successor and one WiiU succesor, or entirely give up on stationary consoles, or do what they do now.

    I think it's blindingly obvious why they're doing what they're doing.
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  • UncleLou 04/01/2017

    @Spetzomancer That is true, but those people who have neither an Xbox One yet nor a PS4 *aren't* those waiting for a 400 quid Nintendo console so they can finally play all those multiplatform games, don't you think? Reply +16
  • UncleLou 04/01/2017

    @Spetzomancer Noone needs yet another platform to play the games on which you can already play on three other platforms. And a Nintendo console that could compete with the PS4/One, let alone the Pro/Scorpio, would be financial suicide.

    What they will offer instead is something different. With all their efforts concentrated on.

    Best thing they could do, really.

    edit:
    Doesn't mean it will be automatically succesful, mind. Who knows. But to me it looks like an extremely clever move.
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  • Eurogamer's game of the year 2016

  • UncleLou 31/12/2016

    @The_Lopper Boobs as an anti-mainstream media statement?

    You haven't watched Game of Thrones, obviously. Nor played The Witcher.
    Reply +1
  • VR may not have made much money, but it's already revitalising games

  • UncleLou 31/12/2016

    @richardhalpern So the mass market are the "true gamers"?

    I think you're confused. Or maybe I am, because I have zero idea what your point is.

    Also, of all the games to cause motion sickness, Batman is a very strange ... choice. There's no movement whatsoever.
    Reply +3
  • UncleLou 29/12/2016

    @pazongo "The fact remains, it gives you a headache and strains your eyes beyond anything experienced before"

    Uh, it never gave me a headache or strained my eyes particularly. Nor have I heard that these are common problems. Not quite sure what you're on about, tbh.

    Motion sickness, yes, but "headaches and eye strain beyond anything"? "numerous other as-yet unresearched health risks"? Come off it.

    "The people who have invested so much in VR"

    It's not an "investment". It's a bloody entertainment product. You can just ignore it. Noone's life depends on it.
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  • UncleLou 29/12/2016

    @Malek86 " I did try PSVR eventually, a store actually had a demo unit with Battlezone."

    I do find that stylised/abstract games like Battlezone work a lot worse for me in VR than ones that look more realistic, even with their low resolution etc. The BZ demo is ok-ish, but not particularly immersive. Nothing in the world can convince me I am not standing on that balcony though on the title screen of Batman.
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  • UncleLou 29/12/2016

    @_LarZen_ "VR is amazing. But we need more content. Personally I can't wait to play Resident Evil 7 next month with the PSVR."

    Yeah, let's just hope there's more to come. I do find it typical that the first "real" game we get is not a Sony one, though. I am still afraid they might pull a Vita here.

    That aside, RE7 might be a game-changer though. If the demo is anything to go by (and why wouldn't it), it might just be impossible to go back to "flatscreen" horror games afterwards. Which will it make all the worse if it's a one-off.
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  • UncleLou 29/12/2016

    @madvalrockatansky "R = Piece of shit boring demo tech."

    Oh yeah, it's a bit "tech demo" at the moment.

    Far from boring though. Pretty much the most exciting thing happening to gaming since I first laid my eyes on an Atari VCS in the early 1980s.
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  • Civilization 6 gets premium Poland DLC

  • UncleLou 21/12/2016

    @INSOMANiAC "So now we get piecemeal DLC AND presumably big add ons, where does the money grabbing end with these companies"

    Yeah, but on the other hand: Civ III, for example, shipped with 13 civs. Civ VI with 19.

    edit:
    (vanilla Civ IV had 18, just for comparison's sake, I just checked)

    So, it's not like we somehow get less because of DLC (in Civ, I mean, not generally).
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  • Nintendo Switch CPU and GPU clock speeds revealed

  • UncleLou 20/12/2016

    @morikaweb There is absolutely no way this could ever have been powerful enough to be a third-party competitor to the two others.

    What it will be is a masively improved 3DS successor with the added bonus of being able to run WiiU-or-better quality games.

    Don't see why this shouldn't be enough, a lot less was enough for the 3DS.

    Whether the mobile market will kill it is another question.
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  • UncleLou 20/12/2016

    @septimus Who doesn't hope so, but the comparison to phones isn't getting us anywhere. It has other stuff. Detachable controllers. A dock. Completely different R&D costs. Etc.

    And obviously it will be a lot cheaper than the iPhone 7 etc. which you mentioned.
    Reply +1
  • UncleLou 20/12/2016

    @Mikumatt I don't see how the WiiU is a particularly gimmicky console, to the extent that it would have kept millions of people from buying it, while they would buy a "vanilla" new console?

    Sorry, I just don't see it. Neither does Nintendo, quite obviously.
    Reply -1
  • UncleLou 19/12/2016

    @PlugMonkey "It's not the cheap, underpowered 'POS' consoles that only appeal to the 'Fanboy nutters'. In fact, the exact opposite is true"

    Yeah, I am with you. I'd most likely not buy a "full" Nintendo console (never bought a WiiU), but a much more powerful 3DS successor that has the benefit of getting *all* Nintendo games is almost a no-brainer for me.
    Reply +7
  • UncleLou 19/12/2016

    @Mikumatt "All Nintendo had to do was release a vanilla home console with the usual Nintendo quality games and they'd be home and dry.
    "

    Because the WiiU was such a *smashing* success?
    Reply -1
  • UncleLou 19/12/2016

    @Sandman83 "Another pulled form thin air article"

    Like the one they did months ago, how it would be a portable/home console hybrid with a docking station and detachable controllers?
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  • UncleLou 19/12/2016

    Don't mind/care/whatever. The 3DS is a ridiculously underpowered piece of hardware, and yet I've spent hundreds of hours on it, and with just a few games. The Switch can only be better.

    And who needs yet another alternative to play multiplatform games on? We already have 3 of those.
    Reply +33
  • That's one hell of a Witcher cosplay calendar

  • UncleLou 20/12/2016

    " You expected naked ladies but instead you can have naked Geralt. The literal cheek."

    Minute 2:04

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  • Media Molecule's Dreams is still alive

  • UncleLou 19/12/2016

    Really looking forward to this. Noone made better use of all of the Vita's special functions than MM in Tearaway, so I am extra excited to see what they can do with VR. Reply +5
  • Super Mario Runs past Pokémon GO's download record

  • UncleLou 17/12/2016

    @gizmo2501 Only a total bore pushing his nerd agenda would do such a thing in this thread, to be fair. Reply -2
  • Super Mario Run review

  • UncleLou 16/12/2016

    @SonicUk Well, I am not reading most of the comments like this.

    Anyway, my comment earlier that was called "sarcastic" was completely serious. There will be people who care about this kind of DRM, and for those, only a score of 0 is basically apt. Now if we have a 10/10 game, a 5/10 score (scored down because of DRM) helps noone. Not those who are against DRM, and not those who don't care about it. Neither will get anything useful out of such a score.

    That's all I am saying.
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  • UncleLou 16/12/2016

    @SonicUk Not many people defending it in this thread, are there? I am just saying it shouldn't be reflected in the score. Reply +3
  • UncleLou 16/12/2016

    @SonicUk You're expecting your console will work in 30 years, and PSN will be online, and you can download all the massive patches and your digital library.

    Yeah, good luck with that.

    And this is exactly why these circumstances have nothing and should not have anything to do with the score a game gets.

    And it wasn't me who used the "you will/won't play it in a decade" argument, which is completely ridiculous when we're talking about a mobile game for a few quid, anyway.

    Want to play this on the sub and can't (I can where I live, actually)? That's shit, yeah. And you have all the right to mention it. But it shouldn't be reflected in the score.
    Reply +4
  • UncleLou 16/12/2016

    @IslandMonkey It wasn't sarcastic. I'd find such a review utterly useless.

    "but thanks to the DRM, "you won't be PLAYING it in a decade".

    Why not? It's a lot more likely that I will still be able to play this in a decade (not that I'd want to) than, say, my PS4 games. Maybe all console games should now be getting lower scores becasue they're tied to a single hardware generation, which is the most crippling and consumer-unfriendly form of protection I can personally think of. And what about digital only, on consoles especially? Who knows if PSN will still be around in 5 years?

    These things should be mentioned, like always-online DRM, but not influence the score.

    "highlights the point of your ignorance"

    You first should try to understand what people say before talking about "ignorance".
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  • UncleLou 16/12/2016

    @SonicUk What "shafts" customers and what does not is entirely subjective though. I don't mind always online, and certainly not in a mobile game. I want a review of the *game*, not an ideological colouring based on the circumstances.

    Not quite sure how that's supposed to work, anyway. "It's an essential game and the best you'll play the last decade, but it's always online so: AVOID". Useless.
    Reply +4
  • UncleLou 16/12/2016

    @SonicUk I don't want DRM or anything like that have an influence on the score, unless it means that the game does not work. They should mention it, but it should have absolutely nothing to do with whether a game is recommended or not. Otherwise, what's next - lower scores because a game is digital only? Because it's an exclusive? Because the disc has copy protection? Reply +17
  • The amazing story of how Lionhead silenced a troll who threatened the studio

  • UncleLou 15/12/2016

    @TelexStar I am *really* a lawyer though. :-/

    And I don't even have an armchair. :-(
    Reply +6
  • UncleLou 15/12/2016

    Sounds ok to me.

    Also, I have difficulties with the term "blackmailing". You can't blackmail someone by "threatening" him with something that is not illegal, and to which you are perfectly entitled, anyhow, like, in this case, telling his parents, especially as the purpose in this case wasn't objectionable.

    If someone steals something from me, it's not "blackmail" when I tell him I will go to the police unless he apologizes and gives it back to me.

    edit:
    (Obviously, we don't know much about how they got his ID. That's a different question.)
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  • For Honor feels bold, even if its single-player doesn't

  • UncleLou 15/12/2016

    @-pelican- God forbid people "moan" about a disappointing single-player part in a game that is marketed heavily as having such a thing.

    If I may quote: "Playable as single-player and two-player co-op. The For Honor campaign is an immersive tale of larger-than-life warriors plunged into one of the bloodiest wars between Knights, Vikings, and Samurai in recent history. Hundreds of years after a cataclysm reshaped the world, Knights, Vikings, and Samurai have adapted and thrive once more. Each now has the power to defy the other factions, tipping a fragile equilibrium into all-out war."

    It basically sounds like Mount & Blade. Now I never expected *quite* so much, but certainly more than the article suggests.

    Now when people complain that The Witcher 3 has no multiplayer, that's one thing. But this here is a different situation.
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  • UncleLou 15/12/2016

    Ah, shame, that looked quite interesting, but if the single player is just a multiplayer tutorial of sorts, I am out Reply +1
  • Third Age of Empires 2 expansion announced

  • UncleLou 14/12/2016

    @Number1Laing Heh, wow. A few months ago someone pointed out that more time has passed between Doom 3 and this year's Doom than between Doom 3 and the original Doom... Reply +1
  • UncleLou 14/12/2016

    @pomi Yeah, not bad for a game from 1999, huh (even if that shot is "new").

    (And what a year that was. Age of Empires 2, System Shock 2, Thief, Commandos, Unreal Tournament...)
    Reply +5
  • Super Mario Run sees Nintendo's mascot leap confidently onto iPhone

  • UncleLou 08/12/2016

    @LLJaf "Also, your first post pretty much declared button controlled gaming a dying platform."

    No. Of course people will continue playing their home console games and their PCs with physical buttons.

    I was replying to someone who sits in his bubble and doesn't understand why not everyone is as unimpressed as he is because it's "not a proper game". That's his opinion, and that's totally fine, but frankly, he's out of touch (no pun intended) with reality if he thinks this is a prevalent point of view, which he seems to think, because he "doesn't get the hype".

    I am not hyped one bit myself, mind. I might try it out, of course. But I do understand that I am not the target audience.
    Reply +3
  • UncleLou 08/12/2016

    @LLJaf Yeah, they play Fifa at home. But they don't really differentiate between gaming on a mobile, a 3DS, or a console. A lack of physical buttons isn't something that will keep them from playing a game on their mobiles, especially not when they're free (to play) and they can instanly play with all of their mates.

    Again, I am not saying physical buttons or gaming consoles will die, but touch controls simply aren't an obstacle for most younger people.
    Reply +5
  • UncleLou 08/12/2016

    @bwort teenagers today grew up with touch screens. This will sell by the millions, and you're simply someone who has been left behind, and your clamouring for "physical buttons" and the like will sound to the average 14 year old like grandpa telling stories about the war. Whether we like it or not, that's simply how it is.

    Well, you did ask where the hype comes from.
    Reply +2
  • Criterion's Star Wars Battlefront experience is the best demo for VR yet

  • UncleLou 08/12/2016

    @Foxtrot-Oscar "There's no point me trying VR, I'm not even curious about how it looks. I can imagine very clearly what it would be like"

    I am pretty sure you can't. Nobody who I have demoed it to since I got the PSVR, nor me myself before I tried it just a few months ago, could. But it's your decision, obviously.

    Personally, I don't really mind the restrictions. On the contrary, I find one of the most exciting aspects of VR at the moment is that many concpets we're used to *don't* work in VR, and developers are experimenting and trying stuff out, and I am sure we'll see some truly unique, surprsing ideas sooner rather than later.

    As for your other points, the fact that first-person walking makes people sick has been mentioned everywhere since the first OR development kits shipped. It's easy to mentally ignore it though if you have no first-hand experience (I know I never took it seriously). It is my impression VR "old-timers" got a bit tired of explaining it over and over again. The craving for classic FPS gaming quickly fades away once you try it yourself. :p
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  • UncleLou 08/12/2016

    @Heimkineast I only have a non-pro, but I find it was one of the best looking VR games I've played yet. Much, much better looking than EVE, for example. The cockpit is super-detailed, and ships further away are still easy to identify. Reply +1