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  • Alone in the Dark: Illumination beta begins this week

  • Zyklonbzombie 28/01/2015

    @bad09 I wouldn't say the game was brilliant, but it certainly deserved some credit at least for trying to shake things up. I appreciate an experiment, even if it's a failed one. Reply +4
  • Ubisoft reveals experimental PC platformer Grow Home

  • Zyklonbzombie 23/01/2015

    @Kill_Crazy In think the constant outages alone are pretty bad, especially considering the fact that many games will yank you out of gameplay if there is a connection problem. There's a reason it's nicknamed Udon'tplay.

    I've had several issues with it crashing, or just refusing to run, on multiple machines, and that seems to be a pretty common experience ...as opposed to the loathing Origin and to an extent Steam often receive, which is mainly just down to something something "evil corporation" and not widespread technical issues.

    I actually think Uplay would be pretty cool if it was reliable. It looks nice, it's snappy when it works, and the points system is great.
    Reply +7
  • Zyklonbzombie 23/01/2015

    @OmegaNemesis28 Ubisoft have succeeded Activision and EA as the gaming industry pantomime villain. Their good releases will be forgotten along with any hope of nuance, and every thing they do wrong, however minor, will be hysterically blown out of proportion by both the gaming press and that part of the gaming community that revels in playing the outraged consumer more than they actually enjoy games.

    That said U-play is diabolical, but it has been for years :-P
    Reply +21
  • Alien: Isolation passes 1m sales mark after three months

  • Zyklonbzombie 21/01/2015

    @eightbitboy You're definitely in a minority there.

    I can understand how Alien Isolation isn't for everyone, but I can't understand how anyone can think it's anything other than a remarkable feat of game design.
    Reply +8
  • Zyklonbzombie 21/01/2015

    A combination of post-A:CM shyness and the fact that some very high profile review sites really disliked it helped doom this game to poor sales (for an AAA game in a massive franchise).

    I also think the novice difficulty mode would have helped the game out if it was there from the start. A game that promises to be faithful to a beloved movie is the sort of thing that appeals to non hardcore gamers. I can't help but feel that the game immediately gaining a reputation for being brutally difficult - even on its easiest setting - turned off a good chunk of potential buyers.

    I really hope word of mouth turns this into a big sleeper hit for SEGA. I need me a sequel.
    Reply +4
  • Hatred gets the dreaded AO rating in the US

  • Zyklonbzombie 17/01/2015

    I imagine the audience primarily attracted to this game is well under 18 years old. Reply 0
  • Nosgoth enters open beta next week

  • Zyklonbzombie 14/01/2015

    For a game that, on paper, seems to be designed purely to troll angry gamers of a certain age, it's actually not half bad. It has a striking aesthetic, a genuinely interesting asymmetry to it, and funness that isn't undermined by the f2p model. Reply +2
  • Survarium could be a worthy Stalker successor - if it gets the balance right

  • Zyklonbzombie 12/01/2015

    I'm under no allusion that this is going to fill the void left by STALKER, but so far I'm enjoying it a lot on its own merits, and I have high hopes for the open-world mode.

    I recommend anyone interested actually gives it a try before judgement. Don't believe all the people screeching "Call of Duty!" (not that there's anything wrong with CoD) - I'd describe the combat as a nice balance between the accessibility of, say, Battlefield and the brutal physicality of Red Orchestra.
    Reply +3
  • How Duke Nukem 3D managed to be ahead of its time while trapped in the past

  • Zyklonbzombie 12/01/2015

    Ever notice how views are dismissed as 'political correctness' only if they're a political stance you disagree with? Utterly meaningless term and a dog whistle for idiots.

    Duke Nukem doesn't get more scrutiny today because of political correctness. It gets it because standards of game writing, character design and humour have improved drastically since 1997. Elements like level design and weapons remain creative and interesting to this day, however. One can acknowledge both, as this article does.
    Reply +11
  • Indie platformer Rogue Legacy confirmed for Xbox One

  • Zyklonbzombie 08/01/2015

    Generally dislike 2D platformers, roguelikes, or colourful "retro" indie artstyles.

    Absolutely adore this game and have played it to death on both PC and Vita.
    Reply +13
  • Former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. team delivers Survarium into open beta

  • Zyklonbzombie 06/01/2015

    It's nothing groundbreaking, but I've been enjoying it a lot for a while now. I don't get the need to describe all PvP shooters as "Call of Duty" (not that there's anything wrong with CoD) - it looks, plays and is structured very different.

    Obviously we'll need to wait for the PvE mode to see if it in anyway delivers on being a kind of successor to STALKER, but even as it is, I think it's worth being judged on its own merits.
    Reply +2
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is 2014's Christmas number one

  • Zyklonbzombie 22/12/2014

    People like games I don't like? They must be idiots. Reply +7
  • Back from the Brink: the new Splash Damage

  • Zyklonbzombie 22/12/2014

    I thought Brink was great fun, and consider the vitriol it (and the eurogamer review) gets regularly to this day slightly hysterical. Enjoy. Reply -2
  • GTA5 PC in "final stages" and how about a new Red Dead?

  • Zyklonbzombie 18/12/2014

    I'm not really a gigantic Rockstar fan, but a Bully sequel would be amazing. Reply +5
  • Natural Selection 2 dev's Subnautica is out now on Steam Early Access

  • Zyklonbzombie 17/12/2014

    @Hiei193 Been quite a lot of underwater PC games recently. I just hope it's not going to be one of those indie trends where in 5 months time every indie devloper and their dog will have shat out a deep sea exploration game on Steam. Reply +2
  • Rich Stanton on: GTA's growing pains

  • Zyklonbzombie 13/12/2014

    I also just don't click with the tone of GTA. Compared to the wackiness and diversity of the last couple of Saints Row games especially, GTA's writing and characters just feels a bit bleh. The deliberately juvenile, self aware tone sits much more comfortably than the wildly inconsistent attempts at black comedy and satire. Ironically, GTA comes across as much more immature.

    Trevor especially is a disappointment for me. He's a paper thin take on the "lovable psycho" trope we've seen a thousand times in the movies, and I can't help feel that he is so lauded simply because (sadly) standards and expectations for video game writing are still set so low. The sort of stuff that would induce serious eye-rolling in any other medium gets a free pass, or even critical acclaim in videogames. (see also: the last couple of Far Cry villains)

    That's not to say GTAV isn't a triumph in many other areas. I just can't wait for the day we see a virtual world that detailed, with a story and set of characters that aren't just a bunch of recycled 1990's movie cliches.
    Reply +3
  • Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar is Ultima Online 2 in so many ways

  • Zyklonbzombie 11/12/2014

    @Zealuu2 There's a certain kind of person who will invariably dismiss any progress, change or evolution in a medium as "dumbing down" - and this is especially common in gaming, where hardcore cred is scored on the basis of how firmly surgically attatched ones rose tinted glasses are. They'll flock to this game.

    ...Until it gets a minor patch, is accused of turning into Call of Duty, and then is promptly abandoned.
    Reply +4
  • Tripwire defends Killing Floor 2 PS4 port

  • Zyklonbzombie 10/12/2014

    @George-Roper Um, Dragon Age has always been on console... and Dragon Age Inquisition is easily as systemically complex and deep as the first one.

    And most people would disagree with you on Deus Ex - Human Revolution was brilliant (boss fights excluded).

    The term "dumbed down" is thrown around too much. Game mechanics will always become more efficient, streamlined and less bloated. That's not "dumbing down", that's just what happens when any medium evolves and content creators get better at what they do.
    Reply +7
  • Zyklonbzombie 10/12/2014

    It's an absurd state of affairs when a developer has to defend bringing their games to a wider audience. Reply +94
  • Alien: Isolation's latest update adds new difficulty modes

  • Zyklonbzombie 09/12/2014

    @AgentDaleCooper I could list dozens of problems with Alien Isolation - some of which are quite major.

    And yet it's one of those games that just completely transcends the sum of its parts. Especially if you are a big fan of the franchise.
    Reply +18
  • King's Quest reboot debuts first footage

  • Zyklonbzombie 06/12/2014

    It looks lovely, but I have a sinking feeling that it's going to be a QTE fest. I really really hope I'm wrong. Reply +1
  • Tomb Raider 2 is out now on iOS

  • Zyklonbzombie 04/12/2014

    @samharper Pretty sure all the classic Tomb Raiders are already available and playable on Vita. Reply +17
  • Moving targets: the scattergun politics of Far Cry 4

  • Zyklonbzombie 02/12/2014

    I just want to blow up red-shirted guys with a grenade launcher while riding an elephant and not an essay about the suffering of Tibet.
    Then why on earth did you read this? You realise articles on the internet are completely optional, right?
    Reply +3
  • It Came From the Desert is getting an Extended Cut... on Sega Mega Drive

  • Zyklonbzombie 02/12/2014

    @Arsecake_Baker the phrase has been used for decades in the context of sales to refer to a period extending from thanksgiving until January sales. Christmas is only part of that, and Hanukkah is not exactly totally economically insignificant, even here in the UK.

    In other news, Santa hasn't been banned by Muslims, and Winterval isn't actually a thing.
    Reply -1
  • Zyklonbzombie 02/12/2014

    @mouseymouse how else was Gandalf to raise enough money to save the local youth centre from closing and win back Stephanie's affections? Reply +1
  • Zyklonbzombie 02/12/2014

    @unclemonkey It's about as controversial as if I used "joy division" as a username. I doubt the word alone recalls 'sickening fear' in anyone, certainly no more than the word 'nuclear bomb'.

    You are the first person to take issue with it, in a fairly diverse website. I myself have even been victim of violent bigotry at the hands of literal, card carrying neo nazis. However, if you are telling me that you are sincerely offended by it, I'll consider asking to have it changed.
    Reply +1
  • Zyklonbzombie 02/12/2014

    @unclemonkey yes, an antifascist song by a queer/Jewish band. The horror. Reply +6
  • Zyklonbzombie 02/12/2014

    @unclemonkey maybe they're aware of what it's actually referencing, or have google? Reply -2
  • Zyklonbzombie 02/12/2014

    @IronSoldier The fedora is strong with you. Reply +4
  • Zyklonbzombie 02/12/2014

    @IronSoldier you can call everyone childish as much as you like. You are the one who is coming across like a 14 year old who has just discovered the concept of 'debating on the internet', by your uncomfortable attempt at debate rhetoric, erroneously parroted checklist "arguments" and angry overdefensiveness. Reply +15
  • Zyklonbzombie 02/12/2014

    @IronSoldier Because the only possible reason I can think of for demanding a perfectly clear, articulate term translated into what you percieve to be "non American English" is kneejerk antiamericanism (which is, in my opinion, a type of snootiness).

    Especially a term that isn't even American English in the first place, as it is perfectly universal in terms of grammar, spelling and meaning...

    ...and is, besides, a direct quote from a (presumably) American source...

    ...and is, doubly besides, written by Eurogamer's US editor.

    You claim the term is "even more relevant" on the basis of the recent 'Black Friday' here in the UK. Again, you're seeking to press your personal opinion as though it were an established truth when it is not.
    Well, it is demonstrably factual that Black Friday is an increasingly present phenomenon in the UK and Europe, and that the term "Holiday Season" is encompassing of that. That's not exactly a controversial position.
    Reply +7
  • Zyklonbzombie 01/12/2014

    @IronSoldier I don't get the snootiness over "holiday season" (which isn't even technically "American English") - it's a perfectly accurate term that covers the November-December period of heavy sales stemming from the number of holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year). Even Black Friday has made its way over here, making it even more relevant, in a commercial context at least.

    Not everything is bad simply because it's American in origin.
    Reply +6
  • I am Bread rises on Steam Early Access this week

  • Zyklonbzombie 01/12/2014

    Looks like a corss between Toy Commander and Surgeon Simulator. Sign me up! Reply +2
  • Battlefield 4: Final Stand review

  • Zyklonbzombie 24/11/2014

    @JensWeissflog It was't docked points "because it doesn't have parkour".

    Games are generally judged in the context of their time. Since BF4 has come out, other major shooters have demonstrated that innovation (even if only slight) is still possible, and is something that can freshen up the genre.

    In a time where we have the acrobatics of CoD and Titanfall, the meta persistence of Planetside and Destiny, and the complexity and freedom of something like ArmA, I can understand that Battlefield is starting to lose its impact. And I say that as a pretty big BF fan. All it takes is more creative use of their destructability tech, or their vehicular combat.

    People have been bitching at reviewers for not being hard enough on CoD for its failure to evolve. I don't see why Battlefield shouldn't have the same scrutiny.
    Reply -11
  • BioWare's brilliant Dragon Age: Inquisition sex scene

  • Zyklonbzombie 21/11/2014

    @ImpericalLegion I'm gay and don't cringe at a man and a woman kissing. Does that make me a closet straight? Reply +5
  • Zyklonbzombie 21/11/2014

    @sam90 There are significantly more gay people (5-10% of the population) in the world than redheads (1-2% of the population). Is that a disorder too?

    Infertility isn't especially "abnormal". Children can't concieve, and most women over late middle age can't either. Also, gay people are physically perfectly capable of having babies, and do so regularly.
    Reply +3
  • Zyklonbzombie 21/11/2014

    @masseffectman Zero percent of gamers could be gay and it would still make sense to include gay characters, because having a diversity of characters and sexualities is simply good, basic, realistic worldbuilding. Not "pandering". Reply +6
  • Zyklonbzombie 21/11/2014

    @vladimirdolapcev Straight white males are so uncool, I'm so glad you don't see them in games, movies, TV or books anymore...

    oh wait....
    Reply +7
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor gets free DLC today

  • Zyklonbzombie 21/11/2014

    @FMV-GAMER I'm a gay gamer, and I'd really love to see more representation in games. It's an issue that matters to me a lot, because I love gaming, but I also feel that it's an art form and an industry that is reluctant to welcome me because they are held hostage by people like you who will accuse them of 'political correctness' if they do.

    I also have many gay gamer friends (I'd say about half of my friends fit this category) who feel similarly. I know zero gay people who "don't care" about the lack of realistic representation of us in media, though straight people are constantly telling me this is the norm.
    Reply +10
  • Zyklonbzombie 21/11/2014

    @null Why do people who say dumb things accuse everyone else of being "politically correct" if they dare do anything but shower you in approval?

    Your comment was unfunny and reeks of "PC gorne madddd!" paranoia. I doubt anyone was actually offended by it in any moral sense.
    Reply +6
  • Zyklonbzombie 21/11/2014

    @IronSoldier I imagine getting the greenlight to do vital patching is easier than getting the greenlight to make free of charge extra content. I suspect Origins being left in the state it is has to do with more than just the old 'evil publisher' conclusion people love to leap to.

    I find the idea of WB simply saying "no" to a much needed patch, for a triple A game, in a franchise WB really are riding on, so near after launch... for no good reason... a little unlikely. Something clearly went on there that we're not privy to.

    Maybe WB Montreal were irresponsible/incompetent, and WBIE simply didn't think they were capable of fixing it within a reasonable amount of time and resources. Maybe they moved on to their next project and no one was particularly enthusiastic about greenlighting a patch. Maybe there was a change in personell that meant a comprehensive patch wasn't feasible from remaining staff. Who knows?
    Reply +1
  • Zyklonbzombie 21/11/2014

    @Hiei193 I'd say that it's you who doesn't understand creativity or freedom, if you think the motive for something as unremarkable as a female character is just "socially correct" boxticking and "pushing feminism". Reply +13
  • Zyklonbzombie 21/11/2014

    @IronSoldier This stuff is on the developer, how they spend their time/resources, and what they fight for just as much as it is the publisher. Monolith have a reputation for being pretty fantastic, and this reinforces that. Reply +2
  • EA announces new Need for Speed game

  • Zyklonbzombie 21/11/2014

    The mobile version of Need for Speed Most Wanted was pretty great, so I'm not going to write it off without knowing more. Reply 0
  • Far Cry 4 PC users accidentally reveal they pirated the game

  • Zyklonbzombie 19/11/2014

    I bought it, but I may end up grabbing an "alternative" copy of the game, because Uplay does NOT want to run it at least 50% of the times (or any other game since Uplay existed for that matter). No FOV slider is a small price to pay for actually getting to play the damned thing.

    Edit: Bizarre that I'm being negged for wanting to play a game I paid 40 for.
    Reply +26
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 review

  • Zyklonbzombie 19/11/2014

    @George-Roper Most people have some tolerance for bugs. If you don't then read the review and adjust your personal score accordingly. The information is there for you to do with what you like.

    This idea that reviews are this magical objective thing somehow "corrupted" by bad reviewers' opinions needs to stop. They are a combination of their opinion and a reflection of how they think most people (not individual people) will experience it.

    Bugs a dealbreaker for you? Adjust your expectations accordingly. FIFA got 10/10 but you hate football? Adjust your expectations accordingly. Review mentions sexism/racism/whatever but it doesn't bother you? Adjust your expectations accordingly.
    Reply +10
  • Dev who threatened Gabe Newell has returned to Code Avarice

  • Zyklonbzombie 15/11/2014

    Is there an age limit for developers dealing with Steam? Everything I have read and seen from them suggests that both devs are in their early or mid teens - in which case, I have some limited sympathy for someone ruining their potential career before having the chance to actually grow up.

    If they're not as young as I suspect/hope, then good riddance to bad trash.
    Reply +3
  • Five Nights at Freddy's 2 sneaks out on Steam

  • Zyklonbzombie 11/11/2014

    Amnesia felt fresh for its time, but I simply can't fathom how these cheap, dreadful YouTube fodder horror games being shat out almost daily in the hopes that PewDiePie might play it, are still in vogue - and especially something like this which is barely a game.

    If this scares you, god forbid you stumble upon an episode of Goosebumps, or play the sublime Alien Isolation.
    Reply +6
  • Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition Vita and PS3 release date announced

  • Zyklonbzombie 06/11/2014

    @Sicho I'd say DN3D is a brilliant example of creative level design within fairly limited technology. Beyond that, though, I don't think it can really be appreciated without the benefit of a heavy dose of nostalgia. The humour espcially is cringeworthy, and is definitely symptomatic of a time when games were entirely made by "coders", and not neccessarily with any input from people with real artistic skill in terms of aesthetic, writing, narrative - or in this case comedy. DNF trying to ape all that, and without the benefit of clever intricate level design, just made it feel out of place. It wasn't really interesting or funny enough to stand on its own, nor was it authentic enough to really cash in on the 90s nostalgia factor. Reply -1
  • Zyklonbzombie 06/11/2014

    I bought it and have it on my vita. It's great, but the load times are excruciating, and the difficulty settings are broken, which perhaps explains why it disappeared. Reply -1