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  • Nintendo issues takedown notice for Super Mario 64 HD project

  • Widge 31/03/2015

    Quite odd how many people take umbrage with Nintendo wishing to protect their product. The game, the identity, everything about it belongs to them. It does not belong to you and your whims. Reply +10
  • Headteachers threaten to report parents who let their children play 18-rated games

  • Widge 30/03/2015

    I'd like to think this will actually highlight that games are not just toys for children and a majority are specifically targeted at adults. Games come in for a huge bunch of shit because they are seen as boys toys, creating outrage that such titles exist on a medium that is seen for adolescent boys. Reply +1
  • Face-Off: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

  • Widge 25/03/2015

    @orangpelupa I was just wondering about the supersampled variant of this. Crisis Core (apart from the cinematics) looks amazing! Reply 0
  • Ori and the Blind Forest review

  • Widge 12/03/2015

    @cloudskipa I tried Insanely Twisted... didn't really gel with me. I'll be grabbing this though. Reply 0
  • Widge 12/03/2015

    @el_pollo_diablo I don't think that is necessarily true but I think a lot of the mainstream releases were effectively drawing consistent 7 & 8's. Games that you can recommend without necessarily blowing your world to pieces. More of a testament to quality that the days of truly budget turd being an exception. Reply 0
  • Dawn of Titans in good-looking Zynga iPhone game shock

  • Widge 06/03/2015

    Anyway, I'd check it, but anything IAP that is either management or RTS flags warnings to me. I was stunningly surprised by VainGlory, but I treat those as exceptions. Reply 0
  • Widge 06/03/2015

    @riceNpea Well, the AppStore's new "full games" category would be up your street. Full games, no additional purchases.

    I think Apple have wised up to the stream of turds that are usually resource management games and have rightfully chosen to also highlight the awesome full games you can buy.
    Reply +1
  • Top factor driving PS4 purchases is "better resolution" - survey

  • Widge 26/02/2015

    @MrTomFTW I'm not quite down with that. As the gen goes on, games are going to get more and more demanding. Being able to handle a higher resolution at least presents a level to step down to when things get hot. Reply -1
  • How Xenoblade Chronicles scales down to the 3DS

  • Widge 25/02/2015

    @berelain I've stuck Crisis Core through a massive amount of superscaling onto a 1080p screen. Looks bloody marvellous apart from the sections of video, which are horrible in comparison.

    My only bugbear about emulation is that it just doesn't feel as nice playing on native hardware. Often there are quirks you have to just accept. I won't go anywhere near Wii emulation until I have a Wii Pro controller.

    It's why I'm rather keen on this port.
    Reply 0
  • Troll deletes 11-year-old's Destiny characters

  • Widge 23/02/2015

    @FrozenMetalHead I remember Halo 2 being plagued by hacking kids. That was worse than exploiters. Reply 0
  • Widge 23/02/2015

    The crime of using exploits to level. On a game.


    The impact of a needless public online humiliation to a child.


    Just weigh that up before you decide to pin your colours to "he got what he deserved".
    Reply +25
  • Alto's Adventure and Solipskier: The loneliness of the endless runner

  • Widge 20/02/2015

    Oh yes, I added this to my wishlist the other day. Reply -2
  • The Order: 1886 review

  • Widge 19/02/2015

    @dirtysteve Yeah,I don't quite see it as Meh. This is for things like Nier and whatever. You can't recommend it but it sure will find its fans. Reply 0
  • Widge 19/02/2015

    That summary at the end, that's EXACTLY how I pinned the game. It wants to be the glory years of the third person cinematic shooter, which is to aim its sights as being as good as the games of a few years ago, wilfully ignoring the evolution since those times. Reply +36
  • Evolve review

  • Widge 16/02/2015

    @fragjam It's not clear at all. There have been some titles that fall into your Recommended criteria that have not got the silver badge of commendation.

    What is clear is that if the game says Essential, it is that, if it says Recommended, it is that, if it says Avoid, you do that, and everything else falls within your judgement.

    NO MORE arguing over Motorstorm or Dead Space getting a 7 where you think it is a 9. You get the last say. Who else can recommend a game more than yourself?
    Reply +1
  • Widge 16/02/2015

    @g4r37h Nope, not a 5, but one of those many games that come out, full of AAA polish that you'd neither instabuy or put on your for serious consideration list BUT would also not dismiss and may consider if you feel the weaknesses are not relevant to your tastes.

    Games are so much more than a number.
    Reply +1
  • Widge 16/02/2015

    @Badoink Not recommended by team. Not avoid, but just one of those middle ground games. Reply +59
  • Ready at Dawn responds to concern over The Order: 1886 campaign length

  • Widge 16/02/2015

    I agree length is meaningless, it's what you do with it that is important. Portal 1 & 2 were sublime, everything I've seen about The Order errs towards "we got the cinematic to gameplay balance wrong".

    We're all fairly clued up. The actual gunplay grunt of the game looks so... well, early last gen bland lets say.
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  • Widge 16/02/2015

    The entire thing has screamed BEWARE since moment one and every showing since.

    [this comment from TEH SONY BIAS mod Widge]
    Reply +2
  • How is the other new shooter from the creators of Halo?

  • Widge 13/02/2015

    Seriously. It is free. Go play, get yourself up to Level 7 or something and then ask yourself if you're being hampered by an earnings model.

    Certainly not anywhere near a resource management "game" or a nimblebit time vampire.

    And then get Vainglory too.
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  • Widge 13/02/2015

    As someone who has actually played this, you really don't need to fork out for the premium currency.

    You get more than enough tech points and such gubbins as you play to do the various unlocks. The progression is no different to any mainstream title with RPG lite mechanics.

    I'd not get hung up on that point and actually look at the game itself.

    As it stands, it is a decent little shooter. Not an FPS but on-rails+. The key part of it is the challenges - being able to challenge mates or randoms to score trials is going to keep drawing you back. Three jaunts through a challenge to hit a high score and it'll have you really pitching your wits to clinch it.

    And that is the test for any F2P IAP game really. Take the money mechanic away and see if there is an actual game left. In this instance, there certainly is.

    Also in the case of the mentioned VainGlory too. That has a deliciously balanced game where the IAP doesn't intrude whatsoever. Yeah, it takes forever to buy a new character to use but they keep up the rotation of free ones constantly, so there is always a breadth to get stuck into.

    Really though, if you blanket ignore games on the premise of being free or having IAP, then you should probably re-evaluate the way you look at titles.
    Reply -1
  • Eurogamer has dropped review scores

  • Widge 10/02/2015

    Baffled how Gamergate are trying to spin this add one sort of reform win they have pushed for.

    EG were one of the first to introduce disclosure a good few years ago and have always strived to reform and evolve. The no score thing here has been a topic for a good long while.
    Reply +4
  • Towerfall is adding an Anita Sarkeesian skin

  • Widge 10/02/2015

    I'll have to search out the a man in black storifies which highlight thunderf00t's rather terrible opinion of women. Reply +14
  • Halo creators release ambitious iOS sci-fi FPS Midnight Star

  • Widge 06/02/2015

    @spamdangled I've been terrified to jump into them until now, this has been the perfect intro. The devs are fanatical about balance and the Iap is purely to unlock characters (handy if your fave ends up outside the free rotation).

    This game, it is really well made from what I have played. The currency has now revealed itself, I'll see if that hampers as I play.
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  • Widge 05/02/2015

    Anyone against ftp iOS gaming should check vainglory, cannot stress that enough. Reply -3
  • Widge 05/02/2015

    Ah, it's more of a light gun game. Seems ok so far. Reply +1
  • Widge 05/02/2015

    Ok, I'll give it a go. I'm wary of anything marked GET and is an FPS, but taking a punt.

    FYI - be nice to see EG get into Vainglory. I can't think of the last time I saw a free game on iOS that wasn't hampered by an earnings model. It is actually a truly fantastic single lane MOBA.
    Reply +1
  • PS4 PlanetSide 2 closed US beta this month

  • Widge 08/01/2015

    @CaptainTrips I wonder if it would use the existing PS2 servers? They were shaky at start but are fine now.

    I can't play PS2 anymore being totally big picture mode unfriendly.
    Reply 0
  • Cara Ellison on: The Poetics of Space

  • Widge 04/01/2015

    I love that games can motivate us to want to write. I've seen loving threads dedicated to much loved franchises hitting an anniversary landmark, long form between the lines analysis that goes off at a tangent. All sorts of things. I find it all as enthralling as a speed run or feats of skill (see: Dark Souls, esp the Kay plays blind series). What a wonderful medium that it can inspire such things.

    What is sad when we put on our snark hat to declare people are enjoying games the wrong way, writing the wrong way. Hey you! Games are like this, so step in line!
    Reply +4
  • Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: Year One

  • Widge 22/12/2014

    From our perspective, looking at the long-term view, the extent to which PlayStation 4's larger GPU makes it more 'future-proof' is more of a concern than the often minimal differences seen between titles rendering at 900p and 1080p.
    That was always the big thing from the reveal of the specs. How well the Xb1 holds up now is all very well, how well it does in 5 years time is another thing entirely.
    Reply +7
  • iOS space combat and trading game Rogue Star out early 2015

  • Widge 18/12/2014

    @distantlurker Flight/space things are surprisingly forgiving on the old touch screen input.

    My main concern is the game being solid. Galaxy On Fire 2 always gets held up as a shining example of this genre on the pad but I found it remarkably unsophisticated.
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  • Life is Strange Episode 1 release date

  • Widge 17/12/2014

    No real gameplay mechanics? Don't let freakin Gamergate's Objective Review Manifesto Brigade get wind of this. Reply -3
  • Controversial mass murdering game Hatred appears on Steam Greenlight

  • Widge 16/12/2014

    Any way of filtering out the reams of "OMG but you kill people in other games" comments, I like to see what the people who have a deeper grasp of context have to say. Reply +5
  • Xbox boss points to Killer Instinct in response to Sony's Street Fighter 5 deal

  • Widge 08/12/2014

    Technically, isn't Killer Instinct a Microsoft owned IP and SF is not? Reply +5
  • Performance Analysis: The Crew

  • Widge 04/12/2014

    I just get the feeling with Ubisoft & studios is that they're over-reaching. Too many titles and too strict deadlines seem to be creating "that'll do" releases. Reply +75
  • Target pulls Grand Theft Auto 5 from sale in Australia

  • Widge 04/12/2014

    I do feel that GTA is slightly being taken to task for being GTA, the poster child of must ban now (why nobody has decided to rip into Saints Row, I don't know - obviously not selling enough). Expanding on my throwaway comment from earlier, it's that creepy first person mode that is the big issue here. Go pick up a prostitute and get a nice first person show from within your car. Why on earth make that? Why? Hello world, here is one of the gaming scenes biggest titles, look what we've put in it! Cringeworthy and the exact thing that makes the gamer identity look like it is just a bunch of adolescents. I expect better.

    In this instance, Rockstar should be taken to task, but I don't think banning would be the answer. Just like any other medium which would decide to put something so ill judged into it, the media should give it the roasting it deserves.
    Reply +3
  • Widge 04/12/2014

    It's that first person prostitute pick up that is the creepiest thing. Reply +2
  • Editor's blog: Aoife Wilson joins Eurogamer

  • Widge 01/12/2014

    That picture is familiar but I cannot for the life of me remember why. Reply -1
  • The Steam Exploration Sale is live

  • Widge 27/11/2014

    You can grab a Sinners Sandwich for 1.99, a pair of Brothers for 2.19. Reply 0
  • Brianna Wu's next game aims to "replace Twine"

  • Widge 26/11/2014

    @mdeneuve Flip the coin, they covered prominent GG mouth piece Daniel Vavra's game recently. Look for conspiracy hard enough and you will find it. Reply +4
  • Widge 26/11/2014

    @Bickle2 Ok I spoke about Erik Kain? Again, surely he is far better placed than a YouTube ranter like f00t? It's the equivalent of getting someone like Sargon, kop, mundane Matt to weigh in. Or, to paint it generally, asking the NRA to host a gun control discussion. Kain is very respected for not getting involved in the entire "fight the SJW" nonsense and carries a lot of credibility as such. Reply +1
  • Widge 26/11/2014

    @Bickle2 Erik Kain is a bit more balanced than those two who, to be fair, err on the conspiracy blinkers side, which is reflected in the lack of adoption from mainstream media. Being on Forbes, he has a viable platform to delve into the more hopeful side of GG, which he does. Reply +2
  • Widge 26/11/2014

    @Eregol I think I spent two days indulging in the tomb raider Wah over on Neogaf. I look at that now and it's no wonder gaming has trouble shedding its image. It's still seen as an immature teenage boy's hobby for those wanting to play wargames. While we know it isn't, online representation doesn't do it any favours. Reply +4
  • Widge 26/11/2014


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  • Widge 26/11/2014

    @Eregol I'm not quite there yet, lapses are frustrating, nothing worthwhile is ever easy though. No hacks. Reply +2
  • Widge 26/11/2014

    Personal note: we're all aware of Gamergate. What it has done for me is make me incredibly aware of myself and behaviour as a gamer. You all know me from the threads, fighting the good Sony fight. For fucks sake, I own a PC, what am I doing with my life! On the whole, I've calmed down, pulled back (wearing my X days since fanboy war badge) and am making strides to be more positive. I'm playing unplayed stuff on Steam, failing badly at modding GTA4, giving the Vita some love - all with a lost innocence that was seemingly caused by embracing the worst stereotype of gamer identity. I slip back sometimes - although my reduced presence is a symptom of behavioural change - but the sentiment stands, I need to retain that positivity. Looking at myself, displaying that oh so typical behaviour, that identity needed to die, and hopefully I can say it is dead. Kudos to all who approach games with positivity and don't get lost in online battles, you're a silent majority and it's a shame the negative gamer identity stereotype brings it all down for you. Fingers crossed, we're on the cusp of a golden age of gaming once again and we can swat aside the negative image of old through our behaviour online. Reply +7
  • Widge 26/11/2014

    Where on earth did Caribou go? I didn't say anything bad. Reply +1
  • Widge 26/11/2014

    @Caribou My POV is for people to step back, be calm and perhaps not approach the subject with the same vitriol of the Microsoft tomb raider announcement. Reply +3
  • Widge 26/11/2014

    There is a huge amount of unnecessary negativity in this thread, it would be nice for it to stop. I know as gamers we can be a bit pre-disposed towards internet raging and petulance but try to be better people. No need to live up to the foot stamping stereotype, it's much better for that behaviour to be consigned to the past. Someone should write a piece on that.

    Naturally, the pleasant majority and the silent decent can carry on in happiness.
    Reply +7
  • Performance Analysis: Grand Theft Auto 5

  • Widge 18/11/2014

    Most impressionsive. Reply +5