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  • Star Wars: Galaxy in Turmoil in turmoil

  • Zyklonbzombie 01/08/2016

    I never understand how people can be knowledgeable/skilled enough in game development that they can lead whole teams of other (presumably) talented and knowledgeable people, sometimes with elaborate PR/Crowdfunding campaigns to boot... and yet they don't understand that you just. don't. do. this!

    How does this happen? HOW?
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  • Resident Evil 4 finally has a PlayStation 4, Xbox One release date

  • Zyklonbzombie 07/07/2016

    Console-ers are in for a treat if this is anything near as smooth and gorgeous as the PC version of the HD re-release. Reply +4
  • CS:GO gambling sites can be "rigged" for YouTuber promotion, streamer reveals

  • Zyklonbzombie 05/07/2016

    Any appreciation for whistleblowing is kind of cancelled out by the fact that about 90% of that video's content is the guy boasting about how ballsy and selfless he is for coming clean. I hope it all backfires on him as much as anyone else involved in this shit. Reply +22
  • What's your #BestBrexitGame?

  • Zyklonbzombie 29/06/2016

    Ultimate Doom Reply +29
  • You can play the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered campaign early on PS4

  • Zyklonbzombie 14/06/2016

    I'd love a MW remaster, and I was incredibly surprised at how good Infinite Warfare gameplay actually looked in the Sony conference segment.

    Then I remembered that to get the former you have to buy a dumb deluxe edition of the latter and now I'm back to not wanting either.
    Reply +10
  • John Romero and Adrian Carmack pause Blackroom Kickstarter to create a gameplay demo

  • Zyklonbzombie 29/04/2016

    I'm pretty skeptical about the whole "old school" shooter revival. It's one of those things that gamers are super vocal about wanting, but in practice the long term audience is relatively small (and busy playing Quake Live) and for everyone else the novelty dies fast.

    Steam is a graveyard for authentic 90s throwback shooters - some of which are really well made.
    Reply +2
  • Smite streamer leaves Hi-Rez after controversial comments about suicide

  • Zyklonbzombie 20/04/2016

    It never fails to amaze me the amount of people who, when encountering someone suffering from severe mental illness or suffering to the point of suicide, their immediate thought is "actually I'M the hard-done-by victim here".... before having the nerve to call the other person "selfish". Reply +47
  • Why fans are excited about this leaked Red Dead Redemption 2 map

  • Zyklonbzombie 18/04/2016

    I'm not the hugest Red Dead fan, but a Civil War era prequel, with paddle steamers and ironclads to captain down all those rivers, would be exciting. Reply +19
  • Legacy of Kain spin-off Nosgoth cancelled

  • Zyklonbzombie 08/04/2016

    I gave it a shot a while back and thought it was about 1000 times better than it had any right to be. It also probably attracted more angry-fan-baggage than it was worth by branding it a Legacy of Kain game. Reply +13
  • Far Cry Primal is getting a free Survivor Mode

  • Zyklonbzombie 30/03/2016

    @Furtin Honestly, if you come at it without any "I hate Ubisoft/ANOTHER Far Cry???" baggage, you really won't regret it.

    The most fun I've had with an open world game in a very long time.
    Reply +3
  • Star Wars fan project aims to remake Free Radical's Battlefront

  • Zyklonbzombie 18/03/2016

    Hot take: Battlefront III looked a bit rubbish/clunky and was probably cancelled because it was barely functional on a technical level - not because they "hate gamers" or want to annoy you personally. And for all its faults, I'm glad we got new Battlefront instead, minimal content and all. Reply +1
  • Far Cry Primal's latest patch lets you disable the HUD

  • Zyklonbzombie 15/03/2016

    @Lunatic4ever The world is a joy to explore, the combat is challenging and dynamic, the animal taming mechanic is wonderful, the overall sense of place and time is pure magic and I care more about these delightfully gross cromagnons than I've ever cared about douchey Far Cry characters.

    I seem to be in the minority with this opinion, but it's one of the most refreshing and original experiences I've played in the last couple of years. On a very superficial/structural level, it's Far Cry - but atmospherically, and in the minute to minute experience it's like nothing else I have played, and I get to feel like an excited 8 year old who loves cavemen and mammoths again.

    And I say this as someone who has played every other Far Cry (excluding the weird xbox and wii spinoffs), and thinks they're usually pretty great for a few hours before getting a bit tedious and exhausting. I've played Primal to death and I'm still not bored of it.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 15/03/2016

    Absolutely head over heels in love with this game. The most captivating thing I've played in ages and the lukewarm consensus makes me feel like I'm either playing a different game from everyone else or have gone completely mad. And I played it "obtrusive HUD" enabled and all. Reply +11
  • Vote on Doom's alternate box art

  • Zyklonbzombie 03/03/2016

    Why on earth aren't these the actual retail covers? Are they scared that DOOM of all things doesn't have name recognition? Reply +63
  • Shadwen's launch price will decrease if more people play the demo

  • Zyklonbzombie 25/02/2016

    @spamdangled The price of a tin of baked beans can be "artificially inflated", because there is an average market rate for a tin of baked beans, because it's a generic product sold everywhere.

    This is a videogame, which is already priced lower than your average videogame and is being sold by the artists/creators.

    If, say, Steam started selling it at a hiked up price compared to GoG/Humble, and were implementing this, you would have a point. But they're not, and you don't.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 25/02/2016

    @spamdangled Yes, it's marketing. You sound like you've literally never hear of marketing or profit before. You definitely don't know what a 'pyramid scheme' is. And I don't know what "artificially inflated" price means here. It's a new game, already sub-average game price, that had no set monetary worth in the first place.

    Of course it's all incentivisation. That's what marketing is. That's what capitalism is. The fact they made a game in the first place is incentive for you to give them money and encourage others to do so. They're not giving it away from the goodness of their hearts, and they're not expecting people to give them money out of the goodness of theirs.

    And it's self evidently different from "preorder this and we'll release early", because they're demonstrating an ability to survivably lower the price based on projected sales (and to generate more), which is basic economics.

    If they're not holding the product/parts of the product hostage, and they're not lying to consumers, I just don't get the problem.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 25/02/2016

    @spamdangled I don't think that's necessarily true at all.

    More people playing the demo = more interest = ability to confidently make revenue at a lower price point = even further interest.

    You can follow the score/launch price live on their site, so unless that's being faked (and they'll be in tremendous trouble if it is), it's not an illusion. You could argue that the original price is "artificially inflated" I suppose, but that's kind of a meaningless accusation, when you could level the same accusation at literally any game (or indeed any product) priced to make a profit.

    I honestly think it's clever. It's an interesting way of both generating interest and letting the crowd generate a practical, survivable price point. Of course, there's always the chance it will backfire if lots of people play the demo and think it's rubbish, so using it as a business model implies they're confident in the product. Honestly, I can't really see it as anything other than a win win.
    Reply +19
  • The lights go out on Darkspore next month

  • Zyklonbzombie 24/02/2016

    @TeaFiend I hear Ubisoft's next wave of games will require the player to wear business casual. Reply +24
  • Zyklonbzombie 24/02/2016

    Darkspore requires a persistent interview connection to play after installation
    DRM sinks to new lows!
    Reply +31
  • The Ship: Remasted launches on Steam

  • Zyklonbzombie 23/02/2016

    I always find it odd when remasters are called "HD" even for games that were never not "HD" in the first place.

    Might pick this up. The original was something I always thought sounded interesting but I just never got round to actually playing it.
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  • Kanye West is making a game about his mom going to heaven

  • Zyklonbzombie 12/02/2016

    That Dragon, Complications From Plastic Surgery Reply +47
  • Unravel review

  • Zyklonbzombie 08/02/2016

    Disappointed but not terribly surprised. As charming as the E3 reveal was, the actual game looks and sounds like it was designed by a 'heartwarming indie platformer' algorithm. Reply +40
  • What's different about Dirt Rally on console? Thankfully, not much

  • Zyklonbzombie 02/02/2016

    This was already comfortably the best driving game of this gen (so far) half way through Early Access. Reply +9
  • Homefront: The Revolution is surprisingly nutty

  • Zyklonbzombie 26/01/2016

    The original Homefront was a fun, if a bit short and cheesey/jingoistic single player campaign, shipped with possibly the most underrated FPS multiplayer of last generation. The only reason it flopped and is so loathed is because it had the bad luck of turning up when it was peak fashionable to sneer at anything vaguely resembling Call of Duty.

    Fight me.
    Reply +9
  • Assassin's Creed prequel set in ancient Egypt, due 2017- report

  • Zyklonbzombie 04/01/2016

    One of the main appeals of Assassin's Creed's settings is how unexplored most of them are in gaming. Which is why I don't understand everyone clamouring for feudal Japan. Reply +10
  • DayZ in 2016: aerial vehicles, predators, animal companions, more

  • Zyklonbzombie 15/12/2015

    I just don't understand how it has taken so much time and work to make something so bare, wonky, dated and poorly optimized.

    Am I missing something? Is there some technical/backend reason why DayZ is so much more complicated to develop than the countless other similar games? Is the ArmA engine just a nightmare to work with?
    Reply +16
  • The agony and ecstasy behind the first Rainbow Six

  • Zyklonbzombie 04/12/2015

    Really loving Siege - and contrary to what a lot of people think, I consider it an excellent distillation of Rainbow 6's appeal into a focused multiplayer shooter.

    Would kill for a lengthy, single player/co-op campaign with Siege's graphics/mechanics, though. A remake of the original and/or Rogue Spear would do.
    Reply +1
  • Here's your first look at Star Wars Battlefront's Battle of Jakku add-on

  • Zyklonbzombie 30/11/2015

    Battlefront is objectively terrible and people just like it because it's Star Wars, and incredibly pretty and has really simple accessible shooting.

    Also I fucking hate The Witcher 3. It relies too heavily on being a big story based RPG. And everyone would see Gran Turismo for the garbage it really is if they ignored the car bits.

    I only play games that can be reduced down to a pure, flawless base code element that transcends all opinion and human emotion. This is why I don't play games, and instead spend my time moaning about them on the internet.
    Reply +7
  • Dead or Alive Facebook page says Xtreme 3 won't head west

  • Zyklonbzombie 25/11/2015

    Cue legion of morons unable to differentiate between a game simply having little western appeal/criticism of the franchise and censorship/outrage/"offence".

    It's a fantastic scapegoat though. Companies can now announce they're not bringing games to the west with minimum PR backlash, because they can just blame "SJW"s. Play-Asia are already pulling that line to drum up sales.

    People foaming at the mouth over this can screech "ethics" all they want. They're the ones quite transparently being manipulated by big videogame companies.
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  • Star Wars: Battlefront's Battle of Jakku DLC introduces Turning Point mode

  • Zyklonbzombie 24/11/2015

    @zegerman1942 You realize this is free DLC, right? Reply +14
  • Zyklonbzombie 24/11/2015

    Hot take: I'm immensely enjoying Star Wars Battlefront, and if DICE support it with anything like as much decent content as they have with BF4, I'll have no gripes picking up the season pass and directly contributing to the death of gaming forever. Reply +20
  • Democracy 3: Africa announced as a standalone "re-imagining"

  • Zyklonbzombie 03/11/2015

    I love how everyone is honing in on "When do you ever see Africa in a video game?", failing to read the very next sentence, and then listing games that prove it 100% correct. Reply +9
  • SXSW considers harassment conference after pulling game panels over threats of violence

  • Zyklonbzombie 28/10/2015

    But if there are two ideological sides in opposition, they must both be equally extreme, equally wrong and equally responsible. It makes sense to punish everyone involved in the discussion. Balance, you see.

    Why yes, I do get all my opinions from YouTube and episodes of South Park. Why do you ask?
    Reply +4
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered debuts in-game screenshots

  • Zyklonbzombie 24/10/2015

    @TheChieftian It looks like they just turned the original art into vector graphics (if they weren't already) and tidied them a little.

    I don't doubt that there will be hand drawn original bits added too (details, like the grass in that screen, for instance), though. And I'm certainly not complaining. But it's probably not the trickiest undertaking in the world. At least, not compared to actually remaking the game to run natively on modern consoles/OS's. Which is testament to the original art style.

    Edit: It's always weird being heavily negged for simply pointing out reality. You can get almost identical results in literally seconds (or maybe a few minutes to tidy up), using a screenshot of the original game and an automatic vector graphics tracer like Inkscape. Once again, this is not a complaint. It looks great. And it still has to be re animated and re-coded.
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  • Gameplay of canned Star Wars Battlefront 3 shows impressive ground-to-space tech

  • Zyklonbzombie 23/10/2015

    @grassyknoll
    You don't know if it was bad or not
    I can take an educated guess as to whether or not an expensive "nearly complete" game, in a big-selling franchise, cancelled by a publisher that's not afraid to milk said franchise, was bad. Or at least, unlikely to ever reach a releasable state.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 23/10/2015

    Companies - even perceived evil pantomime villains like EA and Lucasarts - don't cancel games for no reason. They certainly don't cancel nearly finished games for no reason. And they definitely don't cancel nearly finished games, that will sell bucketloads on name alone, for no reason.

    They exist to make money And part of that is ensuring some degree of quality control. Sometimes that definition of "quality" doesn't match up with certain gamers' (and often their corporate culture is responsible for poor quality), but I doubt they would have pulled the plug on Battlefront if there weren't concerns that it was bad enough to potentially damage sales of future titles.

    This game wasn't cancelled just to annoy you personally. I suspect it was cancelled, because despite being superficially impressive, it also looks quite clunky, and difficult to run. I also suspect the online/backend side of it was a nightmare. I Imagine it was simply never going to reach a releasable state within a reasonable amount of time or money.

    See also: That cancelled Obsidian Aliens RPG that everyone drools over when bits are leaked... despite looking truly, absolutely dreadful.
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  • Watch: Doom multiplayer gameplay rekindles memories of id Software's best

  • Zyklonbzombie 22/10/2015

    Looks like Quake 3, but with graphics from 6 years ago instead of 16.

    I really want this game to be great. But it doesn't look particularly new, pretty or innovative. Nor does it look like it retains much in terms of design, tone or atmosphere from the original games. It just looks like one of a million brown shooters that came out in the mid 00s. I also rather suspect the oft claimed desire vs. actual/real life demand for "old school" multiplayer shooting of this type doesn't really line up. The gameplay had better feel pretty damned special, otherwise once the pro/niche gamers go back to CS/Quake Live, and everyone else runs out of rose tinted glasses, it's going to be pretty dead. See: every other "old school" multiplayer shooter released in the last 10 years. Steam is a graveyard of them.
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  • Watch: Star Wars Battlefront is a bit shallow (and that's alright)

  • Zyklonbzombie 14/10/2015

    I thought the Beta was fun. Even the people banging on about how terrible it is couldn't seem to stop actually playing it.

    But it's Star Wars, it's EA, and it's a big, heavily marketed multiplayer only shooter - so the immediate scramble to be most cynical person in all the land towards it has been almost comical.
    Reply +20
  • Watch: Is Wild Run the reason to return to The Crew?

  • Zyklonbzombie 12/10/2015

    This is so much more appealing than the base game.

    Is there anything tackier than a storyline crammed into a racing game? It turned me right off The Crew back when I tried the beta.
    Reply +3
  • Shattered Horizon: the FPS that got lost in space

  • Zyklonbzombie 11/10/2015

    @Malek86 Trespasser is one of my all time favourite games. And not in an ironic "so bad it's good" way. Sincerely.

    At the time I thought it had a great sense of atmosphere and hostility that transcended the wonkiness. And the story/technology behind it is fascinating and forward thinking even to this day. I'm waiting for another game to come along and try some of the things Trespasser tried in a modern engine.
    Reply +2
  • Free DLC pack hits Battlefield 4 this autumn

  • Zyklonbzombie 02/10/2015

    @aphex187
    Even better than BF2 though?
    In my opinion, absolutely yes. BF2 is a landmark game and deserves all the respect in the world. But in terms of actual gameplay and design it ended up dated really quickly, probably because it's from that weird transitional phase between generations. It's the GoldenEye of big, open first person shooters with vehicles.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 02/10/2015

    As much as people scoff at it, BF4 will go down in history as one of the all time great multiplayer shooters. And well above the beloved sacred cow Bad Company 2. Reply +8
  • Criterion founders tease Burnout spiritual successor

  • Zyklonbzombie 02/10/2015

    EA, now you have the license, please get Critereon working on a sequel to Star Wars Episode I: Racer. Thank you so much.

    I couldn't get into Paradise. Juggling the whole open world aspect just undermined the whole semi-hallucinogenic zoned-out experience of the series. Burnout Revenge is my favourite Burnout. Deal with it, society.
    Reply +17
  • Trackmania Turbo delayed until early 2016

  • Zyklonbzombie 01/10/2015

    I love the game play of Trackmania, but I simply can't keep up with the series. I feel like they are constantly pelting out ever so slightly different iterations, with undescriptive names. Should I buy this, or wait a few months for Trackmania Turbo 2 United Forever: Canyon?

    For something to competitive, leaderboard heavy and community focused - I don't know how the series survives being so fragmented and confusing.
    Reply +7
  • The Neverhood spiritual successor Armikrog is out now

  • Zyklonbzombie 01/10/2015

    @OneClassyBloke Assuming what I wanted was "for TenNapel to be unable to produce his work", that still wouldn't make me a "censor". Not wanting him to make more games isn't censorship any more than you not wanting me to criticise him is. I'd be a "censor" if I was, you know, censoring him (i.e. erasing or altering his works or speech), or supporting it. Which I'm not, nor do I have the power to.

    For the record: I don't want anything even close to this. I don't even want him hounded out the industry (though I wouldn't cry myself to sleep over it). I just don't think he should have his unapologetic, shitty, harmful views and past ignored when it's convenient for his career/sales, while he preaches them publicly and regularly elsewhere.

    In short: If you're a hateful bigot, you don't get to pick and choose when that is "relevant" information.

    Things you say and do have consequences. It still utterly amazes me how controversial this simple reality is for some people.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 01/10/2015

    @OneClassyBloke Criticism does not equal censorship. It does not equal "basically censorship". It is not censorship. In any way, in any form. People not purchasing your product does not equal censorship. Someone deciding to not employ you does not equal censorship. Having a shitty reputation does not equal censorship. Someone repeating the views you publicly espouse regularly does not equal censorship.

    These things may suck if you are on the receiving end, or if it is happening to someone you support or admire. They are not, however, censorship.

    Consequences are not censorship. Inconveniences are not censorship. You may disagree with them. But they are not censorship.

    Thanks.

    Then again, it ain't a problem for me because I don't wear my homosexual tendencies on my sleeve
    Good for you. Personally, I'm sick of pretending that people publicly condemning and demonizing my own "homosexual tendencies" and opposing equality is just a petty difference of opinion, equivalent to having different tastes in music. But that's just me.
    Reply +3
  • Zyklonbzombie 01/10/2015

    @tnzk
    But I dunno, the whole 'let's not support someone whose not with us' is neo-tribalism
    Oh for goodness sake, no, it isn't "neo tribalism". I don't dislike Doug TenNapel because he supports a different football team or because he comes from a rival town.

    I dislike him because he thinks me and my gay, trans and female friends and family should have basic equal rights taken away. I can't enjoy his work with that knowledge, and I wouldn't feel comfortable financially supporting him if I could. The games industry becomes a more hostile place for LGBT people and women if it's somewhere that props up people with this sort of history, and where simply pointing it out as a disclaimer is shouted down as PC-gone-mad nonsense. Where no one gets to take issue with financially supporting, or working with, or covering him without being deemed hysterical or petty.

    No one is trying to censor Doug TenNapel. No one is trying to erase his contribution to the industry. Some people are, however, trying to bring up pertinent information to consumers who may not want their money going into the hands of someone who thinks they're a pervert who should have their equality stripped, or a silly woman who shouldn't have control of her body.

    Anti "SJW" types are all about consumer choice and advocacy. Unless consumers want to be informed about or make choices based on information they don't preapprove as 'relevant'.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 01/10/2015

    @frightlever
    Logically you shouldn't be buying games from a developer that hasn't 100% certified that their staff are not homophobic then.
    This old chestnut.

    1) That is not how the world works - people form opinions and make decisions based on the information provided to them. I don't doubt we all buy products made in part by homophobes, racists, rapists, fraudsters, paedophiles at some point in our lives. It's impossible to find out about everyone - but that doesn't mean I can't have a reaction if and when it comes to light. I'm not boycotting games made by all homophobes here. I'm simply unable to enjoy his games now I have that knowledge.

    2) There is a big difference in terms of reach and impact between a vocal, preachy bigot who is a prominent member of a project, and whose presence is used as selling point - and some junior programmer who privately holds similar beliefs. But you know that.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 30/09/2015

    @Whitster As a gay man, I don't have the luxury of being able to "separate the art from the artist". I don't want my money going to someone who thinks I'm not an equal human being. I can't not take it personally. I can't play his games without that knowledge hanging there like a cloud ruining any potential enjoyment. Earthworm Jim was a childhood favourite - I didn't choose to have that ruined.

    If it's not an issue for you - good for you!! Great! No one is preventing him from making games, or you from buying them. No one is holding that against you. But it's exhausting being constantly told to just ignore someone's social views and actions, as if it's just a petty disagreement I have. It's a question of whether or not I am able to look past someone who actively wants my rights (and the rights of my gay and female friends and family) curtailed, and who preaches that from a public platform. Personally, I can't. If that makes me a thin skinned SJW ninny, so be it.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 30/09/2015

    Gaming needs more claymation. Preferably not from someone as loathsome as Doug Tennapel, though. Reply +5