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  • 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 +4
  • 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.
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  • 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
  • Train Simulator dev releases fishing sim on Steam Early Access

  • Zyklonbzombie 05/11/2014

    @frightlever I'm always uncomfortable with simulator expansions being lumped in with "DLC". Simulator games are generally extremely niche titles, with absurd amounts of time and research poured into them, for relatively small returns. The same goes for expansions, which generally aren't meant to "complete" the title, so much as appeal to enthusiasts for that particular train/plane/bus/woodcutter/whatever. And this has been the case since the early 90s. Reply +6
  • Performance Analysis: Multiplayer on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

  • Zyklonbzombie 04/11/2014

    Also seems well optimized on PC. I'm running pretty smoothly with everything bumped up on a pretty old rig (AMD 6950, X6 1090T 3.2ghz, 8gb ram). Reply +4
  • Steam Halloween Sale is now live

  • Zyklonbzombie 30/10/2014

    I'm not one of those "how dare you put what I just bought on sale!" people, but reducing a season pass to half price before the content is even out is kind of a dick move to anyone who has already bought it. Reply +27
  • Far Cry 4's Battles of Kyrat PVP mode revealed, gameplay shown

  • Zyklonbzombie 30/10/2014

    It's the first time that a Far Cry game has included PVP multiplayer since the series' classic Predator mode
    Far Cry 3 has (dreadful) PvP.
    Reply +7
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity features World War 2 section

  • Zyklonbzombie 30/10/2014

    And I was hoping this would be a purely historical game :(

    These games have an amazing setting and atmosphere... until you walk into a giant glitching wall, or you have to use the menu system, or the UI becomes so bloated all you see is a blur of quest markers and icons... and that atmosphere is killed dead. Asassin's Creed is always like being served a massive delicious pudding covered in dead flies.
    Reply +1
  • Video: Dirty Bomb sees Splash Damage return to its roots

  • Zyklonbzombie 29/10/2014

    Aside from a few launch issues, I thought Brink was great. Enjoy. Reply +4
  • Microsoft announces Xbox One Kinect adapter for Windows 8

  • Zyklonbzombie 22/10/2014

    As always, when Kinect for Windows is brought up, there are lots of people poo pooing it and missing the point. It's a pretty good piece of kit for anyone interested in things like budget motion capture projects, cgi, installations, software development, midi control, etc. I don't think even Microsoft intend on marketing it to "gamers" on PC. Reply +10
  • Lords of the Fallen concerns addressed in video

  • Zyklonbzombie 22/10/2014

    I'm glad more and more games are borrowing from the Souls games, but it's a shame the best thing about the series hasn't caught on - the atmosphere and the aesthetic.

    I don't know what to make of Lords of the Fallen overall, but if that isn't the most generic post-Warcraft fantasy artstyle I've seen since Kingdoms of Amalur...
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  • Valve pulls game from Steam following dev's tweet threatening Gabe Newell

  • Zyklonbzombie 21/10/2014

    I'm normally against people being 'made an example of', but in this case, not taking action, however obviously hyperbolic he was being, would have sent an incredibly poor message out to a community that is increasingly plagued by manchildren who think threats and harassment are perfectly acceptable. Reply +1
  • Yet more footage of the canned Star Wars: Battlefront 3

  • Zyklonbzombie 20/10/2014

    @iceytoa1 It looked basically the same with slightly less wonky graphics. Reply 0
  • Zyklonbzombie 20/10/2014

    @iceytoa1 An incredibly flawed and clunky looking, at its core, pre-alpha. The amount of redesign to make what's in that footage into something special would have been so much that they may as well have pulled the plug and started from scratch. Which is exactly what happened.

    I get that people are desperate to clamour for excuses to rage at Lucasarts/Disney, but the fact is that if a game is cancelled late in development, it's usually for a pretty good reason - not just to troll gamers at any cost. It's easy to screech about how evil Lucasarts/Disney have been in cancelling games, but they simply can't win.

    Had they released this, they would have been accused of rushing out a clunky, franchise ruining game. Had they released 1313 or First Assault, they would have been torn to shreds for reducing Star Wars to generic brown shooters. But because that's the call that was made, everyone's mysteriously lamenting what could have been.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 20/10/2014

    @rhyfel I understand why they cancelled it, even though it was claimed to be "nearly finished". Battlefront as a franchise is potentially a pretty big moneymaker, but I don't think it's a big enough name to survive a really big dud main release.

    And this footage looks pretty dreadful when you take off the rose tinted glasses of anti-Lucasarts/Disney-rage. If someone told me it was just an HD version of one of the dreadful PSP iterations, I would have believed it.
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  • UK gov changing law to get tough on internet trolling

  • Zyklonbzombie 20/10/2014

    @Drakos I don;t think it's just "a few words". It applies to the sort of threats and harassment that would be prosecuted as such in a heartbeat if it was done through letters/phonecalls/in-person. Reply +2