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  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 review

  • Zerobob 22/09/2017

    By far the weakest element of the first game was the character creator, with very limited choices in appearance, which (bizzarely) wasn't even mirrored in your character's thumbnail image.

    I'd have appreciated a word on the character creation in Divinity 2 because it's so fundamentally important to an RPG.

    Admittedly I may have skipped over mention of it in the review, but I was trying to avoid the many plot spoilers the reviewer felt it necessary to include.
    Reply +6
  • Super Mario Odyssey footage leak shows off Frog Mario and more

  • Zerobob 20/09/2017

    Oh a footage leak. Oh Frog Mario. Oh spoilers in the article headline again for an unreleased game.

    Quick question EG. When my copy arrives in October will there be anything left to discover in the game, or are you going to put any information that trickles out directly into unavoidable article headlines?

    I just need to know whether to avoid the site entirely for a couple of months or not. Thanks.
    Reply +12
  • Skyrim's Switch release date slated for November

  • Zerobob 14/09/2017

    9 weeks from release and we still don't know vital details such as if this version is based on the "Remastered" version, or if it supports mods.

    The only solid information I ever hear about Skyrim in Switch is Nintendo droning on about the Zelda-related in-game items. They don't even seem to bother promoting the fact this version comes with all the DLC, which has been confirmed... I think. Who knows.
    Reply -2
  • Nintendo announces NES mini back in production

  • Zerobob 12/09/2017

    This will not please the people who already paid inflated prices for the NES mini last year.
    An open letter to everyone who paid over the odds for one of these:

    LOL!

    Yours faithfully,
    Wayne.
    Maybe some people just wanted a NES Mini to play on now, rather than waiting until Nintendo potentially manufactured more, and didn't mind paying a high price to do so. Next summer is still a long way off.
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  • Nintendo "strongly urges" you don't overpay for SNES mini on eBay

  • Zerobob 11/09/2017

    If there are still stock issues with the Switch, Nintendo's primary focus, over 6 months on from launch, then I can't see them resolving SNES Mini stock issues between now and the end of the year.

    It's no good Nintendo quoting ideals when it comes to the price of the SNES Mini, especially when retailers themselves have been selling it above the 69.99 RRP. People will simply pay what they have to if they really want one.
    Reply +1
  • Last Day of June review

  • Zerobob 31/08/2017

    Seems to me like it should have simply been an animated story, rather than a game. Still, if the puzzles are good enough and the way you manipulate events has depth, then there's likely a decent game here too. Reply -1
  • Oh my god Secret of Mana is being 3D remastered for PS4, PC and Vita

  • Zerobob 25/08/2017

    Looking forward to playing the original on SNES Mini, but why oh why is this not being released on Switch? I don't want to buy it on PS4. Reply 0
  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen review

  • Zerobob 24/08/2017

    I don't think I can handle the stress of any more XCOM after the XCOM 2 campaign. Bloody great game though. Reply +4
  • Jelly Deals: Up to 20 off games and tech bits from Tesco

  • Zerobob 23/08/2017

    @waggy79 Regardless of who the supplier is, 7.95 is a disgusting amount for a standard delivery charge on a small item.

    Also, why should I care who the supplier is? Tesco should absorb this cost. As far as I'm concerned I'm buying a game directly from Tesco... There is nothing to suggest otherwise on Tesco's website as far as I can see.
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  • Zerobob 23/08/2017

    I bought my Switch and Zelda from Tesco Direct using these vouchers last time. Delivery was free.

    Now Tesco want 7.95 for standard delivery of a single game?!

    This was highlighted on HotUKDeals a few days ago as potentially an error on the Tesco site, but now I'm not so sure.
    Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Skyrim on Switch

  • Zerobob 23/08/2017

    It's a shame this preview was no more in depth than the video from Chris, or indeed the videos which have been on YouTube for about a month showing people playing Skyrim on Switch, but I'm sure Digital Foundry will be doing a proper analysis as soon as they can.

    I'd really like some official details about Skyrim on Switch now. We've known about the game since the Switch was announced, yet we still don't know vital details like will it have any mod support? Is it based on the "Remastered" version? Does it run at 1080p when docked?
    Reply -2
  • Watch: We fought Shadow of War's Balrog

  • Zerobob 22/08/2017

    @Sheetbike I take your point that the Balrog was heavily promoted by the publisher, so fair enough in this case, but I had actually managed to avoid mention of its inclusion, until now. I even watched the Jimquisition concerning the loot boxes!

    I appreciate articles like this exist to offer insight, but really that's what reviews are for. Reviews also have the advantage of offering a rounded opinion, whereas articles like this offer a knee-jerk reaction to a single game feature in isolation.

    The main issue for me is that the article title gives away the detail, so it's unavoidable for anybody browsing the website or RSS feed. I don't see it as mean-spirited, I just see it as inconsiderate towards readers for the sake of generating a few article clicks.
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  • Zerobob 22/08/2017

    Oh... There's a Balrog in Shadow of War. Spoile... oh forget it. I think it's time that I accepted games journalists are the only people allowed to enjoy surprises in games anymore.

    Why do articles / videos like this even exist? Can't this information wait for the review, so I have the option to read it or not?
    Reply -8
  • Shenmue 3 reveals new in-engine footage in Gamescom trailer

  • Zerobob 22/08/2017

    In all seriousness, I really really hope the gameplay focuses on Ryo carrying out menial day to day tasks, detective work, sessions in the arcade, and getting a repetitive job.

    Unfortunately the game seems to be focused around fighting, with no video arcade in sight.
    Reply +3
  • New PlayStation VR experience lets you explore Chernobyl

  • Zerobob 17/08/2017

    This is exactly the sort of thing I've always thought VR should be used for, allowing people to visit places they they normally couldn't go. The bottom of the ocean, the international space station, eventually the surface of another planet. Hours of entertainment. Reply +12
  • Sonic Mania is the sequel we've waited 23 years for

  • Zerobob 15/08/2017

    Thoroughly enjoying this so far on Switch and it looks and plays fantastic. Some of the later levels are getting a little tricky though!

    I can confirm I have the unresponsive home button issue. It sometimes takes about 10 seconds to get back to the home screen while the game is running, and when I attempt to put the Switch in sleep mode it takes about 10 to 30 seconds to comply.
    Reply +13
  • Sonic Mania review

  • Zerobob 14/08/2017

    I'd have appreciated a word on how you progress through the game. Can you save your game, for example, or do you have to play all 12 zones through in one go? Does it record your best runs, or just your best times in time trial mode?

    Still, I can't wait to download this on Switch tonight or tomorrow. I knew it looked good from the first gameplay footage I saw and I've been looking forward to it ever since. So glad it's good \o/
    Reply +7
  • Let kids play video games to "save the country", UK spy chief says

  • Zerobob 10/08/2017

    I'm a web developer and I'd say to work in any branch of computer science you really have to put in the time to learn coding concepts, different languages, system architecture, etc, in what can be a very obtuse and frustrating learning environment at times.

    Even then, standards change, languages evolve, so you're constantly having to learn new things just to keep your head above water.

    I don't think sitting around playing games and playing with user-friendly touchscreen devices would really cut it as "experience" if you're serious about working in computer science.
    Reply +13
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War has loot boxes

  • Zerobob 07/08/2017

    @MadJack1812
    if character progression was as fun as it should be then why buy a loot box?
    And you sir have hit upon the crux of the issue. Rewards should be earned, not bought, via fun gameplay.
    Reply +16
  • Check out Sonic Mania's bonus stages and time attack mode in action

  • Zerobob 03/08/2017

    It all looks great, and I'll definitely be getting this day one, but I wish the chase the UFO bonus stage didn't use quite so many polygons and used sprites instead, keeping the overall look of the game more consistent. Reply +1
  • Stardew Valley multiplayer plan includes option to marry your friends

  • Zerobob 01/08/2017

    @imagonnawin I know, I hope the Switch version gets released soon. I passed up buying it in the recent Steam sale because I know the game will suit the Switch perfectly. I also hope the price isn't ludicrous, which it easily could be.

    At least Sonic Mania is out this month, but then that might not be the sort of game you can chip away at, depending how similar it is to the original Sonic games.
    Reply +2
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 review

  • Zerobob 30/07/2017

    I really wish Samsung used the thin bezels on the S8 to its advantage and made the device smaller giving it a smaller footprint, but instead they used the space to make the screen even bigger! A 5.5" screen with the footprint of a standard 5" phone would have been ideal. Of course the Infinity Edge display is trivial once you've put the obligatory protective case on your expensive new phone.

    This phone has bigger issues though. A ludicrous price tag, an unusable/annoying curved-edge display, an unnecessary 4K screen resolution which impacts battery life, and an unforgivable fingerprint sensor location. It's a silly silly phone and there are better buying options for hundreds of pounds less.

    Also, a very bizarre time for a review. This phone was released months ago.
    Reply +1
  • PlayStation Plus price hike announced for Europe

  • Zerobob 28/07/2017

    Sony said it will automatically alter the price of a Plus membership from 31st August, so if you're an existing member, all recurring subscription fees payable by you on or after 31st August will be charged at the new price.
    No Sony, not quite. Now that you've changed the terms of the PS+ contract people's subscriptions should automatically cancel until they've had chance to manually agree to the new terms of the contract.

    This is what bothers me the most, putting the ball firmly on the customer's side of the court meaning it's suddenly their responsibility to react, or get charged at the new higher rate, and with only a month's warning.

    Ultimately, the practice of setting auto payments to 'on' by default on any account should be banned.
    Reply +6
  • Jelly Deals roundup: PlayStation Plus, Oculus Rift, Crash Bandicoot and more

  • Zerobob 15/07/2017

    I can't even find that LG 29" ultrawide monitor on the Currys site. Reply 0
  • Nintendo Switch is getting its first video app

  • Zerobob 12/07/2017

    @LittleBigDave
    Er...because I haven't got a tablet and I want one. Given that I'd only be using the tablet to browse the web on a decent sized screen from the comfort of my sofa - ya know, as most people do nowadays - adding a browser to the Switch means I can buy the switch instead.
    I see your point, but you have to understand that the Switch doesn't run a common OS environment, such as Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, or Linux, so it can't offer a quality native web browser that has been developed over the course of years and years, such as Chrome and Safari. The browsing experience on Switch is unlikely to come anywhere close to a smartphone, tablet, or PC.

    If you want to browse the web on your sofa I'd recommend using a smartphone, using a tablet, or using a laptop. If you have any interest in playing the latest Nintendo games I'd buy a Switch. I wouldn't ever expect the Switch to act as a tablet replacement however.
    Reply -1
  • Zerobob 12/07/2017

    @electrolite

    I didn't assume people would have a tablet. I assumed somebody who posts on Eurogamer would have either a smartphone, tablet, or a PC. I think that's a fair assumption to make.

    My comment only referred to a web browser. Traditionally games consoles have never offered a good web browser, so I was simply puzzled by LittleBigDave's expectation that the Switch should offer one, and that his buying decision is based on the inclusion of a web browser.

    Maybe the tablet form factor of the Switch leads to the expectation that it should offer everything an Android tablet offers. Sure, a web browser is a 'nice to have' but not essential.

    I think they inclusion of a YouTube app, Netflix app, etc would be great though.
    Reply -4
  • Zerobob 12/07/2017

    @LittleBigDave
    If Switch had a full functioning web browser I'd buy one tomorrow.
    Really? Why? How often do you use the terrible web browsers on PS4 / Xbox One, when you can simply use the one on your phone, tablet, or PC?

    I wouldn't let the lack of a web browser stop you from buying a Switch.
    Reply +3
  • Thimbleweed Park coming to Nintendo Switch

  • Zerobob 08/07/2017

    @eddiehitler
    Am I the only one who's getting a bit tired of the lack of release dates for all these games that are 'coming soon'
    Yes I really feel like they could have had ports of some of these games ready for the Switch release, or at least by this point in the summer.

    For this reason I'm completely torn whether to pick up Stardew Valley now, dirt cheap in the Steam sale and play it on my laptop, or wait X months and probably pay over the odds for it on Switch, which may or may not be as good as the PC version.
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  • Uncharted 4's Crash Bandicoot cameo made me nostalgic for a game I'd never played

  • Zerobob 07/07/2017

    Spoile... oh too late. Reply +2
  • Jelly Deals roundup: 20 off Amazon Prime, 4K TVs, Nintendo Famicom Mini and more

  • Zerobob 01/07/2017

    Erm no, you definitely shouldn't pick up a 200GB micro SD card from eBay for 54 because it isn't going to be a real one. Reply +7
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501VI with Nvidia Max-Q GTX 1080 review

  • Zerobob 01/07/2017

    I still don't think it's a good idea putting such high performance components in such a small form factor.

    There are surely still heat and noise issues, making it uncomfortable to use anywhere but on a desk, and batteries still aren't up to the task of making devices like this portable for extended periods of time. Plus the fact that you're stuck with the screen attached to the laptop, unless you fork out even more cash for an external monitor, but this defeats the portability aspect of the laptop completely.

    I still just see gaming laptops as a big compromise, unless you have to frequently move your gaming rig between locations.
    Reply +4
  • Micro Machines World Series review

  • Zerobob 30/06/2017

    I knew something looked "off" about this game after watching the Let's Play last month. The vehicle handling just didn't seem right.

    It's inexcusable not to include a single player career mode though. My favourite part of Micro Machines 2 Turbo Tournament was working my way through and mastering the many many different vehicle types.
    Reply +2
  • Nintendo Switch leak reveals potential guest logins, save data transfers

  • Zerobob 29/06/2017

    @Timbercottage True, I suppose what I'm proposing is a form of DRM, so I could understand Nintendo wanting to avoid that shitstorm. I see it more as an additional feature for the convenience of the users who own all their games on cartridge, rather than a stick to beat users with though... users would still have the option to simply use their cartridges as normal. Reply 0
  • Zerobob 29/06/2017

    I'm surprised the Switch doesn't have cloud save data backup, but I really hope the feature is coming. The longer I invest in Zelda the more I become aware that all my progress is saved in one place which could possibly become corrupted.

    I'd also like to see a feature which allows a cartridge copy of a game to be "installed" to the device or micro SD card, so the cartridge no longer needs to be inserted to play, just for convenience.

    I know this isn't currently a feature in order to prevent a single copy of a game being shared between multiple devices, but Nintendo could track the serial number of the game when it is "installed" and disable that particular copy of the game on any other Switches it may be installed on. This feature would require a WiFi connection however, so maybe that would defeat the portability aspect of the Switch.
    Reply -1
  • Nintendo confirms SNES mini, including never-released Starfox 2

  • Zerobob 26/06/2017

    That's actually a decent selection of games, even including Street Fighter 2 Turbo.

    Mario All-Stars and Chrono Trigger would have been nice.

    Why am I even talking about this? It's not like I'll be able to buy one.
    Reply +3
  • Super Mario Odyssey's capture mechanic modded into Mario 64

  • Zerobob 26/06/2017

    Bit late reporting this news EG. I suppose it is only Monday. Reply 0
  • Spider-Man reaches new heights on PS4 Pro

  • Zerobob 26/06/2017

    This game looks phenomenal in motion judging by the recent Digital Foundry coverage. My only worry is that the gameplay will mainly consist of linear set pieces. Reply 0
  • Hearthstone's next expansion will make acquiring new cards a lot easier

  • Zerobob 23/06/2017

    I have to admit I'm completely confused by Hearthstone now and all the different decks, expansions, and game modes. I think I'm too much of a filthy casual to gain anything from the game anymore. Shame because I've built up some fairly competitive decks from just the standard cards and others I've won / crafted. Reply +4
  • Detroit: Become Human tweet swiftly removed after poking fun at Xbox

  • Zerobob 23/06/2017

    @Sabreman64
    How did we become a society in which people take offence and become outraged at such trivial things?
    It was a series of subtle changes that happened right under our noses, but Twitter is almost certainly the culprit.

    Initially the Internet was a place where people could post their opinion, whatever that might be, with complete anonymity on message boards, forums and chat rooms, and that was good enough for everybody.

    Then Twitter arrived. Initially people created accounts that still provided a degree of anonymity, but then people started creating accounts in their own name, posting tweets daily, hourly, so that their constant opinions can be validated by others.

    Then celebrities waded in, realising Twitter was the perfect marketing tool. Then verified accounts became a thing. Then it became possible to actually prosecute / reprimand people for what they say on Twitter, for a throwaway comment on what is essentially still just an Internet forum. It's all quite Orwellian if you ask me, so I stay clear of Twitter.
    Reply +4
  • Super Mario Odyssey: Switch's next big technical showcase?

  • Zerobob 20/06/2017

    As long as it runs at 60fps I don't care about the resolution. Reply +6
  • Xbox One X is $500 - so how much will next-gen consoles cost?

  • Zerobob 18/06/2017

    I think we've had the "golden age" now when it comes to how technological advancements benefit gaming.

    For example, when 3D environments became possible it enabled games to be set in large sandbox environments for the first time, rather than more limited environments with a side-on or isometric view. This was a big step.

    Today, I'm just not sure what 4K graphics really bring to the table, and how they truly advance gaming in any meaningful way, so I suppose I'm not surprised that technological advancements have slowed down, as they offer little benefit to anyone but a small section of gamers with 4K TVs.
    Reply +7
  • Nintendo consolidates an already special year

  • Zerobob 14/06/2017

    After I'm done with Breath of the Wild I'll be picking up Mario Kart 8, then Mario Odyssey, then Skyrim for something to play over Xmas.

    Not sure about the Mario Rabbids game to be honest. I love X-COM, but I just don't think I can get into the whole Mario theme... I prefer the marines / aliens thing.

    What I'm really hoping is Mario Odyssey is stuffed full of little secret worlds to find and explore.
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  • Shadow of the Colossus is getting a proper remake

  • Zerobob 13/06/2017

    Looks absolutely stunning. Great for new players. Not sure I want to play it all through yet another time though. Reply +3
  • Minecraft is getting cross-platform play

  • Zerobob 12/06/2017

    @rotmm
    60m and growing in PS4 sales means they don't have to play nice. Their gamers literally don't care.
    I'm a PS4 owner and I care.

    Also, a company's personal profits don't excuse them from poor customer support.
    Reply +6
  • Zerobob 12/06/2017

    Limited mod support for Skyrim and Fallout. Blocking cross-platform play. What have Sony got against progress? Reply +4
  • Skyrim on Switch will have Legend of Zelda items

  • Zerobob 12/06/2017

    I think the release date was announced as Nov 11th 2011.

    I'd really like to play a game like this on the Switch, but couldn't this have been a launch title? It's also going to cost 50, isn't it? Not 30 which would be entirely reasonable.

    The only way I'm buying it for anywhere near 50 is if it offers some serious incentives for me to return to the game again, something better than a throwaway, Amiibo-enabled Link outfit.
    Reply +1
  • Bethesda unveils Creation Club, a kind of paid-for mods initiative for Skyrim and Fallout 4

  • Zerobob 12/06/2017

    I'd have bought Skyrim Special Edition on PS4 by now if it had full mod support, as initially promised.

    That said, I've played Skyrim through 3 times already. Why aren't we talking about The Elder Scrolls VI at this point Bethesda?

    It's as if developers have realised it's much easier and cheaper to artificially extend the life of their games with paid DLC, rather than go to the effort of making sequels, and we should all accept this as a good thing to get excited about. My worry is this will lead to entire franchises like Skyrim and Fallout stagnating for years.
    Reply +1
  • Project Scorpio reportedly set to cost $499

  • Zerobob 11/06/2017

    I think this has 499 written all over it. Microsoft are marketing it as "The most powerful console" which they will undoubtedly view as the perfect justification for a premium price tag.

    Of course, in the process of developing Scorpio, Microsoft seem to have all but forgotten to make some compelling new games to convince people to buy this new hardware.
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  • FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch is the best portable FIFA ever

  • Zerobob 11/06/2017

    @Rack
    Switch is an odd duck, not quite powerful enough to compete with PS4 but crazy expensive and bulky as a handheld.
    By "compete" I assume you mean graphically? You could also look at it another way: Which other portable console offers graphics and power comparable to the Switch, and allows you to enjoy this power away from your main TV?

    In reality, the only competition between consoles is between the available games. I think most people would agree Breath of the Wild "competes" with any offering from Sony or Microsoft, as does Mario Kart 8.

    I agree the Switch needs more games designed around the console though. I think Nintendo should poise the console to be a retro gaming machine personally, opening up their back-catalogue for purchase. NES/SNES/N64/GameCube games could be emulated on the Switch and offered alongside Nintendo's new offerings. I know this won't happen because... Nintendo... but I feel this would be the ultimate direction for Nintendo and the Switch.

    On the Switch price, there's no denying that the accessories are massively, grossly overpriced. The console itself, given it's only a few months old, I'm not so sure. I spent 350 on a premium Android tablet before Xmas and that doesn't have the gaming capabilities of a Tegra X1 inside, or detachable Joy-Con controllers. I recently paid 260 for a Switch from Tesco, so it depends how you perceive value.
    Reply +6
  • A resurgent Nintendo still has questions to answer at E3

  • Zerobob 09/06/2017

    I can't wait to take delivery of my Switch in a few weeks and finally get stuck into Zelda to see if it's really as good as everyone says it is.

    Then by the time I'm done with Zelda hopefully MK8 will be on sale somewhere.

    But then I honestly don't know what I'll play in the Switch. I guess I'll pick up Mario Odyssey, even though it bothers me that one of the worlds has "real" people in a "real" NYC-looking location, which ruins the art style for me. I'm not interested in throwaway games like Arms. Splatoon and team shooters aren't my thing.

    I just hope Nintendo have something interesting up their sleeve for the future. Maybe something strategy based.
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