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  • EGX developer sessions line-up announced

  • Zaiz 18/09/2014

    " EGX developer sessions line-up announced

    The Witcher 3, Dragon Age, The Division live on stage and on Twitch. "

    Look deeper and you'll see something...else.

    "4pm - The Next Total War
    Creative Assembly reveals the next title in the award-winning Total War strategy series."

    Probably the biggest news in the whole damn thing(sort of, its probably the Warhammer Total War) aaaand doesn't even make the subtitle.
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  • What next for Minecraft on PlayStation?

  • Zaiz 18/09/2014

    I missed Pachter's analysis. Only in videogames journalism can you be wrong, obvious, or reading press reports verbatim and still have a job as an "analyst" Reply +4
  • Final Fantasy 15 demo confirmed, Nomura leaves director's chair

  • Zaiz 18/09/2014

    Shame that FF13's awfulness probably killed female leads in Final Fantasy. Reply +7
  • Gearbox's Battleborn throws the FPS and MOBA genres together

  • Zaiz 17/09/2014

    I am legitimately surprised. This looks interesting.

    But.

    Gearbox.

    You have Homeworld. Shove HD Homeworld 1+2 in our meaty, sweaty paws and charge us for it already. Or you can drop the HD part, Homeworld 2 still looks impressive.
    Reply +10
  • Shovel Knight sales surpass dev's lifetime estimate in one month

  • Zaiz 07/08/2014

    So, 15 USD with 40% stripped off the top from Steam, so about 9 dollars per unit. And then they sold 67k copies on steam. So about 600,000 dollars from Steam alone? Hm, I guess they have enough to go on for about a year and a half until their next game from just the first month?

    Indie games development really isn't super profitable if you aren't careful. They aren't flourishing as much as they are going to have to build a new game very very quickly if they want to have a growing nest egg between games.
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  • Video: Expendabros live stream

  • Zaiz 06/08/2014

    Buy Broforce. It is worth the price. Reply +2
  • GameStop is drastically simplifying its trade-in values

  • Zaiz 06/08/2014

    @samharper
    Well, it was from EG's US-based overnight worker.

    Although, Jeffrey they have Gamestops where you live? I have to drive forty minutes to get to one, and they don't sell PC games anyways.
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  • Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein review

  • Zaiz 05/08/2014

    @foxdie_01

    Broskie, the Italians were put out of the war in North Africa. This meant that Italy was no longer Axis but had to be defended heavily, leading to heavy German losses in Italy when the Allies invaded the peninsula.

    It was an exceedingly costly loss for the Axis powers - particularly when you consider they lost a lot of territory that could have supplied them with war-winning munitions.

    Losing Africa was not at all "under certain definitions of lose". It was an utter strategic failure.

    edit: Mind you, I've overstepped with "war-winning munitions". The Axis could have never, ever won the war. You need to do serious alt history nonsense to come up with a way for the Axis to overcome the massive manpower, material and technology(yes, technology) advantages of the Allied forces.
    Reply +3
  • Deep Silver parent company buys Homefront from Crytek

  • Zaiz 30/07/2014

    @lucassmith
    Because Deep Silver is owned by a big group who's taking risks on studios moving from AA houses to AAA houses and making popular games.

    Basically the same as the Zenimax behind Bethesda.
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  • Submissions open for indie Unreal Engine projects at EGX London 2014

  • Zaiz 30/07/2014

    A gore fighting game...? hm, I guess a horror game with a poltergeist set in a slaughterhouse. Reply +1
  • Devolver Digital and indie devs help finance failing GaymerX convention

  • Zaiz 29/07/2014

    @ItsLatch

    I think the argument is pretty much that 99% of the time things are oriented at heterosexuals so having an event catered to non-heterosexuals is just fine. It isn't so much that gays are actively excluded but they also aren't actively included.

    Anyways, I just say this because I live near the US's biggest gay vacation spot, I might have more gay friends than straight ones because of that and I can understand the underlying need for "gay places" as much as I understand the need for gunshows and wine fan whatevers events.
    Reply +3
  • Where literature and gaming collide

  • Zaiz 27/07/2014

    I think games can have truly great narratives, but no gaming studio is willing to pony up the cash to buy a real writer, or a real editor to oversee them. They've got what appear to be fans without much proper discipline. A lot of bad, idealized/mary sueish characters sneak in that reek of being the pet of an unprofessional writer. Bad characters spoil the writing.

    But will we see games that will have a challenging narrative? Not out of a large studio. Marketing is making things too safe. So, I guess I'm asking for the impossible: Spend money on something that isn't shiny graphics and instead hire writers willing to make people discuss the ideas instead of discuss how shitty you've made your ending.
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  • When too much is not enough

  • Zaiz 27/07/2014

    I've only really backed The Mandate and that's because I have a soft spot in my heart for proper space ship RTS combat like what we had in Homeworld. Three dimensional, focused on maneuver and lots and lots of fireworks.

    Star Citizen? I thought about it and then considered that I'd just be able to buy the game if it was ever released and worth buying, given how much money it made.
    Reply +3
  • Valve adds thumbstick to latest Steam controller prototype

  • Zaiz 24/07/2014

    this thing is still awful. Haptic feedback just isn't as good as an analogue stick. Reply -2
  • You've got male

  • Zaiz 21/07/2014

    The better news is of course if they make a new Avengers and decide to use New Thor, they'll have a female fighter who isn't cringeworthy.

    If you don't know what I'm talking about, go watch The Avengers again and watch Black Widow punch with her guns to make the bullets go faster.
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  • Cliff Bleszinski starts studio with Guerrilla Games co-founder

  • Zaiz 05/07/2014

    This...doesn't look like a dream team, honestly. Killzone has always been not that great, and Gears of War at least had solid mechanics but even then it was firmly on the side of "okay". They were games held up by their pretty graphics and huge budgets.

    And, well, uh, is Boss Key games secretly holding onto hundreds of millions and four hundred man teams? This seems a bit of a recipe for disaster.
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  • These are your Dragon Age: Inquisition party members

  • Zaiz 03/07/2014

    Vivienne looks pretty great, character design wise. The rest? Not so much. The Iron Bull isn't bad either. Reply 0
  • Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies review

  • Zaiz 24/06/2014

    @danielstarkey

    Tiger B is a Tiger 2 variant, specifically the command one. The Tiger 1 was never given a proper armor upgrade, because the weight of the tank was already pushing it a bit for the suspension used.

    The Tiger also only had 85mm side armor, it was vulnerable to every allied medium tank of the time from the side and rear.
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  • Zaiz 24/06/2014

    "light" sherman tanks? From the front, the Sherman was just as well armored as the T-34. When it was introduced, the Nazis didn't have many tanks that could match it, much like how the Nazis couldn't match the T-34. It lost its luster later as the Nazis introduced more powerful vehicles and the ordinance board fought with itself over whether or not a bigger tank(or just a bigger gun) was actually necessary. It was, of course, but the US did see the practical problem of getting really heavy tanks across an ocean.

    Sorry, it just always drives me nuts when the poor little M4 Sherman is trashed that way. It just doesn't deserve to be called a "light" tank. It was a medium tank in armor and gun. Relic probably only popped open the nearest pop history book and just assumed everything in it was true.

    ...Then again, the IS-2 is outclassed by the Tiger in tank battles in this game. Which is ridiculous, considering the IS-2 was a better armored, bigger gunned, quicker and more mechanically reliable tank.
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  • DICE ponders: what did people really like about Battlefield: Bad Company?

  • Zaiz 24/06/2014

    @Benno

    As a PC player I also liked it. The maps were very well balanced, the silly campaign was actually quite a lot of fun, the gunplay was great and the destruction actually added quite a bit.

    Plus, one of my best shooter moments came from BFBC2. It was a rush map, I was on defense and we'd formed an impromptu defensive line in a chokepoint and went guns blazing into the enemy team. On my minimap I could see a whole pile of little arrows all pointing one direction, all working together and holding back the enemy team. And then one by one, they disappeared as enemy team members finally managed to get past our suppressing barrages of fire and knock people out.

    I was personally killed by a very unhappy(and on its third respawn) IFV.
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  • Crysis developer Crytek denies "verge of bankruptcy" claim

  • Zaiz 24/06/2014

    hm, I was wondering if they'd collapse under the weight of all the studios they bought. It was like they went "Hey, we have a pile of money! Let's use all that money right now!" Shame anyways, Crysis 1 was one of the better shooters made in it's day, particularly if you (hint hint) went into the program files and adjusted the difficulty settings. Which also let you adjust the resource drain your speed, stealth and armor powers gave you. Strength was untouchable.

    I also doubt Wargaming.net will buy Crytek. They have only recently bought Bigworld, who produces the engine for their own game, and Wargaming.net have a pile of studios to their name already, many of which are a year or more from launching a title and WG's only real money making title is World of Tanks.
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  • Don't call Crackdown on Xbox One Crackdown 3

  • Zaiz 17/06/2014

    It'd be quite nice if launching buildings into buildings became a mechanic again. Red Faction: Guerrilla was a mediocre game suspended by a fantastic demolition system, and I still play it through regularly. Driving a truck loaded to the brim with explosives into a building is like saying "Hello!" in that game. Reply +3
  • Why the Batman: Arkham Knight delay was a good thing

  • Zaiz 17/06/2014

    60mm cannon vs 820mm of RHA and it penetrates? Has Wayne Enterprises become the world's foremost munitions company while we weren't looking? Tony Stark will be out of a job at this rate. Reply +1
  • Far Cry 4 "almost" had female co-op characters

  • Zaiz 12/06/2014

    I enjoy hearing people whine about how stifling it is to add female characters.

    Developer creativity can only go up if they'd bother to make characters with a different perspective than western, white and christian male, or more commonly the WASP.

    Oh and they wouldn't get accused of sexism if female characters didn't go into battle dressed in approximately a quarter of the body armor male characters did. Just put the lady characters in the same clothing you put the men in and it'll be cool.
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  • Female character option cut from Assassin's Creed: Unity co-op

  • Zaiz 11/06/2014

    Heh, what? This never stopped you from having women, even scantily clad ones, in your multiplayer. Reply 0
  • It's time for your latest update on The Last Guardian

  • Zaiz 11/06/2014

    @xYOSSARIANx

    Pretty simple, I think everyone now has very realistic expectations of a game stuck deep in development hell. People are now hoping it'll be good, or at the very least it will come out and the critter will be able to vaguely path through the level and it'll only fall through the floor sometimes.

    I'm not saying this is going to be a terrible game, but I don't think anyone is expecting anything of it anymore. It coming out will be a pleasant enough surprise that people will get it.

    The only truly shocking thing about this game is that somehow, someway the development for this monster is still getting paid. I can't see it making back its money unless Team Ico is very small, because you just know the game has been thrown out and redone at least three times by now.
    Reply +19
  • Detecting Dead Space in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

  • Zaiz 10/06/2014

    For trivia seekers, the exosuits in the game are actually based on a real prototype powered armor, the sort that the soviets experimented with. Or, well, they look eerily similar to that type at least. Unfortunately I can't find pictures except from the STALKER games.

    Which makes me kinda excited for this game, other than the drone swarm. Wouldn't it be easier to make half as many drones but put machineguns on them? Guns are pretty good at shooting. Oh, and the space marine drop pod that is tougher than skyscrapers.
    Reply -6
  • Does The Division live up to its promise?

  • Zaiz 10/06/2014

    I hope there's an option to turn off the XP popups. The UI itself is nice and engaging(...sort of), so reducing the pointless number bursts would be lovely. The map, for example, is inspired and I'm really impressed.

    Now, will the game be any good? I dunno. I wish we never supplanted "Really tough enemy that has to be attacked from multiple angles to be defeated" sort of difficulty for "intelligent AI understands how to flank and flush players" for difficulty.
    Reply +2
  • Nintendo reveals online paintball shooter Splatoon

  • Zaiz 10/06/2014

    Huh. I think Nintendo has been enjoying taking a pickax to the people who kept whining that they can't make new games. Reply +6
  • Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin joins Oculus VR

  • Zaiz 10/06/2014

    It'll be quite a shock, I think, when Oculus realizes not everyone can use their peripheral because of vision issues. Reply -1
  • Layoffs hit Eve Online studio CCP

  • Zaiz 05/06/2014

    Publishing arm? Oh poor, poor Whitewolf. A successful(...ish) company ripped to shreds by a company that cannot get its act together. Reply +1
  • Watch Dogs PS3: has last-gen hardware had its day?

  • Zaiz 31/05/2014

    @Dantonir

    The US Airforce ditched the PS3 supercomputer not too long after Sony got rid of the Linux option. I think they disconnected the PS3s from the internet before it happened but they also knew the PS3s would get all the newest updates if any of them had to be sent in for a repair.

    Also, I suspect it was a Sony subsidized gimmick.
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  • Rise of Nations: Extended Edition due next month on Steam

  • Zaiz 31/05/2014

    I really hope this means they can do a new Rise of Legends. That game was a lot of fun. Reply +3
  • Relic's five-year plan for Company of Heroes 2

  • Zaiz 29/05/2014

    Games Workshop, terrified of actual profits continues to hide from big budget Relic games that bring in loads of royalties and is instead focusing on mobile games that are well-hated and worthless.

    I imagine they are hoping to cash in on some mobile games boom and think a new Relic game would just distract from whatever awful mobile game with microtransactions they are cooking up.
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  • State of Decay's Lifeline DLC is due this week

  • Zaiz 28/05/2014

    I'm not actually sure why 6.99 is seen as particularly expensive, because in the US that's...lunch. In the UK that's what, two gallons of gas(assuming typical 1:1 "exchange" rate)? It'll certainly entertain you for longer than two gallons of gas. Reply +1
  • You can now buy Battlefield 4 Battlepacks

  • Zaiz 28/05/2014

    This is more insidious than micro transactions it is gambling where you always win something worthless. Reminds me very strongly with my endless rage at ME3's system of random unlocks. Reply 0
  • Hands-on with BattleCry, Bethesda's new multiplayer F2P action game

  • Zaiz 28/05/2014

    @EricJohn004

    Too bad WG is terrified of actually balancing their damn game. As a long time player as well, dear god the shitty balance set me off that game after a while. Slogging through mediocre to infamously awful tanks while each tier had a few monstrously overpowered monsters who overshadowed everything else available.
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  • Maia Early Access review

  • Zaiz 23/05/2014

    Considering the most cutting edge nuclear reactor designs are pretty much foolproof and less of a threat to your health than the safest fossil fuels plant...

    Nuclear power paranoia ho!
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  • Video: Wolfenstein: The New Order censored version comparison

  • Zaiz 22/05/2014

    @Malek86

    Japan kinda whitewashes the hell out of WW2 in what little of their media I've seen that deals with it.
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  • Total War: Rome 2 Pirates and Raiders DLC announced

  • Zaiz 22/05/2014

    @OneManAndHisDroid

    It has been fixed.

    Btw, anyone going "Oh noes DLC all the content is locked away!" The DLC is all extra factions to play as, or alternate campaigns. You already start with some of the biggest, brightest stars, the rest are all less major nations.

    No, the british faction is not DLC. Yes, they are a recommended starter race.
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  • Wolfenstein: The New Order review

  • Zaiz 20/05/2014

    It's been a while since we've seen an EG review that obsesses over a detail, never discusses the game and then marks a game down because of a low score.

    If this had been a sequel to a popular game, it would have been a solid 8-9/10.
    Reply +4
  • The end of gimmicks?

  • Zaiz 17/05/2014

    The steam controller's haptic feedback system is unfortunately a giant gimmick, given that it probably isn't particularly precise and never seemed particularly fast, given that it is just a dolled up touchscreen.

    And I'll never buy into any of the new VR devices simply because I cannot perceive 3d effects of any sort because of one of my eyes. So, if VR becomes super popular and devours gaming, I won't be able to game anymore. I'll be stuck with 2d indie platformers/shootemups for the rest of eternity.
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  • Ubisoft makes Far Cry 4 official, due this November

  • Zaiz 15/05/2014

    Far Cry 2 was my favorite simply because the gameplay was at it's best. Enemy encampments were more fun to deal with, many of which allowing several different approaches and there were way less gimmicks, like shield guys and such. Oh and it had no crafting, because I really wanted to go out of my way and shoot tigers because Brody is too much of a douche to expand his bags without incorporating a bit of Ed Hardy. Reply +1
  • CD Projekt Red promises "no more delays" for The Witcher 3

  • Zaiz 15/05/2014

    @Silverflash

    Fallout 4 is coming before TES6 possibly. Considering members of the Bethesda team were allegedly spotted in Boston, armed with cameras...
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  • How the developers of Endless Legend see the end in sight

  • Zaiz 15/05/2014

    Before you think about taking the plunge, this game has 4 of 8 races(several of which are incomplete), there's no tutorials worth using and no multiplayer. It's feature light but polished.

    It is however gorgeous, runs very well and is probably going to become a fantastic 4x title. The factions are distinct, the world looks great, and I can support it more than most early access titles.
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  • 3D Realms reveals PC and PS4 action-RPG Bombshell

  • Zaiz 15/05/2014

    @dcangel

    Well, she...is surrounded by people in armor. Maybe she should also be wearing armor, because obviously an intelligent, rational person would choose to wear armor if it's available?

    I dunno, you can whine all you want about dressing herself, but people don't tend to think fashion when it comes to fighting some...demon horde thing.
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  • Age of Mythology: Extended Edition review

  • Zaiz 09/05/2014

    @prudislav
    Modern standards is Starcra-oh, wait...

    Well, your other options are Relic RTS(skirmish), Wargame(massive), and total war, which is a 4x.
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  • Bridging World of Darkness gap "frankly too much" for CCP

  • Zaiz 07/05/2014

    @Kanjin
    I hope they give the license to Onyx Path Entertainment(the remains of White Wolf), given the sort of damage they did to what was formerly one of the most successful pen and paper RPG companies.
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  • Star Citizen dev overturns forum ban on user who called for female-only group

  • Zaiz 06/05/2014

    Whatever happened to the days when EG an article on sex/gender wasn't full of people flipping out?

    A very simple fact for everyone: Dudes on the internet can get creepy. In a hurry. It might not be you. It might not be your friends. It might, however, be that guy over there who is going to stalk a female player after learning their gender until they try to get the stalking to stop, at which point the female player will get rape threats spewed at them.

    There's a difference between generic trolling and threats of sexual violence, guys. Men very rarely have to deal with threats like that. In fact, as most of you have pointed out, nearly never. Female players? all the freaking time. Female players online also have to deal with pet names like "honey" and "dear". It's creepy as hell.

    The point behind a female only group, like groups that exclude players younger than 18(which are extraordinarily common, but no one seems to complain) is to filter out the noise and the nonsense. If you guys don't want women to try and form female-only groups, then police the assholes. It's that simple. Without assholes, people do not try to exclude assholes.
    Reply +3
  • Evolve community manager fired after Twitter racism controversy

  • Zaiz 02/05/2014

    @Milky1875

    This goes for everyone really, but ...this was the straw that broke the camel's back. Mr. Sterling has been a terrible, awful racist for a long time. He's one of the very few people to ever get nailed to the wall by laws protecting tenants from racial discrimination.

    Or in short: He wouldn't let black people live in his apartment buildings. And said a ton of other racist nonsense about pretty much every other minority.
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