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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 0
  • 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
  • Face-Off: The Evil Within

  • Zyklonbzombie 17/10/2014

    Runs pretty well on my ancient rig with all the settings at their highest. That said, adjusting the settings seems to make zero difference to either the graphics (except maybe shadow quality) or the performance to me. I'd say if you're a PC gamer who won't blow an aneurism at having to play a game at 30fps, it's a pretty solid port. Reply +4
  • The Evil Within review

  • Zyklonbzombie 17/10/2014

    I'm enjoying this a lot. It's not groundbreaking, but it's a nice modernisation of the resident evil formula, and an 8/10 seems spot on. If you think RE4 still holds up (and I do) then you will probably love it. Reply +3
  • Civilian massacring game Hatred courts controversy, gets it

  • Zyklonbzombie 17/10/2014

    Lot's of people conflating thinking a game looks dreadful with moral outrage. Eurogamer's tone implies that the game looks very attention whoreish. That's all. Reply +4
  • Zyklonbzombie 17/10/2014

    It's like the tantrum induced ragefarts of GamerGate have magicked into reality in the form of a game.

    I'm guessing "liberals" are supposed to be outraged, when I think most of us are just cringing inside out with embarassment at a game that appears to be written by the worlds angriest 13 year old boy after being told to go to bed before he could finish his 20th The Crow 3 rewatch.
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  • Resident Evil TV series to debut following final movie

  • Zyklonbzombie 13/10/2014

    Soon everything will have a TV series and a Telltale game. Everything. Reply +1
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

  • Zyklonbzombie 11/10/2014

    @drip I believed they announced a long time ago that it would have controller support. Just as DA2 did.

    Which is good news for me. I intend on getting this on PC, but I'm also one of the minority who actually much prefers to play PC games with the comfort and simplicity of sitting in front of my big tv with a controller. I got on better with the console version of DA:O as a result.
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  • Battlefield 4 Premium Edition out later this month

  • Zyklonbzombie 09/10/2014

    Where was all this outrage 3 years ago when queue priority first appeared?

    It reminds me of how people got furious when BF4 got shortcut packs, and how it would 'ruin' the franchise.... Despite such things existing since the beloved bad company 2.

    The fact is, neither thing has, in practice, a noticeable or particularly negative effect on the game or the community. But it's amazing what people will home in on when it's so in vogue to hate a particular franchise/game/developer/publisher.
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  • Dragon Age: Origins is free on Origin

  • Zyklonbzombie 08/10/2014

    @Esppiral EA are no more evil than any other large company. In fact, I'd say they're pretty damned great, relatively speaking.

    I can't speak for their sports or mobile library, but their output is pretty consistently high quality, Origin is perfectly fine, my experiences with customer support have been good, they have a surprisingly forward thinking stance on social issues for a massive corporation, and their last Humble Bundle was simultaneously both one of the most generous and humanitarian things to come out of the gaming industry in years. Not to mention all the free PC games.

    Even the "controversies" like a couple of buggy launches or Mass Effect 3's ending were ridiculously overblown by gamers and the media, simply because EA is a convenient pantomime villain to boo and hiss at.

    I hate that I'm constantly sticking up for a giagantic faceless money making corporation - but I'd rather do that than feed an increasingly hysterical, petulant and nuance-free gamer culture.

    EA are not out to kill your granny, people. Get over it.
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  • Mapping the interior in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

  • Zyklonbzombie 07/10/2014

    I found the story disappointing, the voice acting cringeworthy and the puzzles utterly tedious.

    And yet I don't regret buying this game one bit. Simply being able to drink in the environment alone is well worth the asking price.
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  • Crytek updates Warface with new maps and gameplay changes

  • Zyklonbzombie 01/10/2014

    This is one of those games that's just a magnet for snootyness, but despite the unoriginal premise, it's actually quite a nice balance between the pace of games like CoD and the weighty feel of Crysis. Can't really go wrong for the price. Reply 0
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter review

  • Zyklonbzombie 30/09/2014

    This was a solid 7/10 for me. The story is eye roll inducing, and is conveyed through some thoroughly dreadful voice acting... and the repetitive puzzles feel out of place. It's like the game wants to be a fully narrative based Gone Home/Dear Esther like experience, but the developers felt they had to chuck in "gameplay" to make it more palatable for the masses.

    That said, the graphics and sense of place are fantastic. It's worth the price alone just to experience walking around such a well realised piece of game geography.
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  • Lichdom: Battlemage review

  • Zyklonbzombie 30/09/2014

    @mikethemental Games are often more (or in this case, less) than the sum of their parts Trying to quantify and compare review scores like that is absurd.

    Dead Space got a 9/10 because its lineaity made sense and felt natural within both the narrative and the actual setting. Evidently, this is not the case here.
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  • Battlefield Hardline launches with nine maps and seven modes

  • Zyklonbzombie 30/09/2014

    I'm guessing the (relatively) small multiplayer offering is due to the fact that there's much more focus on the campaign this time around - it being developed by Visceral and all. That will be what determines whether or not the game is glorified DLC - not the number of maps. Reply 0
  • The Witcher 3's Geralt: "The truth is, he was a relatively handsome man"

  • Zyklonbzombie 26/09/2014

    @drhickman1983 this should be in bold at the top of every article about sexism in games. Reply +2
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 stars Claire Redfield

  • Zyklonbzombie 08/09/2014

    @n0signal This 100% It always confuses me when people complain about Resident Evil and Dead Space "abandoning" the horror side of things, as if either franchise were particularly effective at it.

    We've only had one real dud of a numbered Resident Evil game - 6 - and even that had its moments (Leon's bit) and some ambition - and Revelations was great. I'd say I'm about as optimistic about the franchise as I ever was.
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  • Google refunding $19m to those whose kids bought in-app purchases

  • Zyklonbzombie 06/09/2014

    @Kiliko People make mistakes. And if a kid racks up hundreds in microtransactions, that's an incredibly expensive consequence for something that isn't even physically consumed/broken/whatever - so the maker isn't exactly experiencing a loss.

    It doesn't hurt to have some basic empathy, you know.
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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer detailed in new video

  • Zyklonbzombie 03/09/2014

    @DizzyCriminal That's actually why I'm keeping an eye on this. I reckon the Crysis titles have some of the most underappreciated multiplayers in recent memory.

    Switching between powersuit abilities was a blast. It's a pretty interesting direction for CoD to take after the snoozefest that was Ghosts.
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  • Dinosaur adventure The Stomping Land removed from sale on Steam Early Access

  • Zyklonbzombie 03/09/2014

    @Canyarion I thought the Turok reboot was a pretty damned goot dinosaur game... but unfortunately one mixed up with pretty mediocre baddies-with-guns parts. Sadly, the cancelled sequel looked pretty awesome, and much more in line with the older titles :(

    I expect we'll see a lot of dinosaur games in the run up to the new Jurassic Park.
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  • Why we need more developers like Zoe Quinn

  • Zyklonbzombie 30/08/2014

    I love how any article that goes against whatever gamer outrage is currently in vogue is always deemed 'click bait'.

    I'm not particularly a fan of Depression Quest, but it's part of an exciting wider trend of games branching out into uncharted territory, and developers like Zoe are important voices in that. Unfortunately, traditional "gamers" are a volatile bunch when it comes to developers, especially if said developer is a woman (and doubly so if identified as a feminist) - and here we have an interesting game swamped by an absurd overreaction to some unsubstantiated claims about this woman's private life.
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  • Nintendo announces new 3DS and 3DS XL designs with extra buttons, improved CPU

  • Zyklonbzombie 29/08/2014

    Both the nub and the new Z buttons look super awkward to use. I also think "New 3DS" exclusive games will confuse a lot of more casual consumers and come too late for "gamers", who are aware that Nintendo's next proper new handheld is probably only a year or two away from announcement. Reply +5
  • GaymerX convention will return following developer donations

  • Zyklonbzombie 26/08/2014

    @Hitomii
    because sexuality has nothing to do with games.
    I keep hearing this, and it's such an arbitrary, meaningless statement.

    Firstly, sexuality doesn't have to have anything to do with games directly. The fact is, homophobia is rife in gaming culture, and sometimes it's nice for gamers to have a designated space/event where they can feel safe and open and where participants and panelists can address said homophobia without being accused of dragging an "agenda" to a non LGBT focused event.

    Secondly, LGBT rights (and equality/diversity generally) is a good cause, and one many industries are keen to recognise. GaymerX provides an avenue for devlopers and publishers to talk about how they're tackling LGBT issues or simply to show that they're supportive by turning up.

    Thirdly, LGBT characters and themes are rare in mainstream games. But games and gamers are maturing and diversifying. Sexuality, adversity and identity are hugely important facets of the human condition, and ones which games are starting to - and will continue to - explore. To say "sexuality has nothing to do with games" is simply factually incorrect, as many recent indies and even a few AAA titles have touched on LGBT topics.Maybe it's not a topic that interests you personally - but don't conflate that with meaninglessness.

    Here's the thing that all the "but sexuality doesn't matter, stop making a big deal about it!" brigade fail to realise: Most gay people will in some parts experience gaming culture and the gaming community very differently (and life, generally) than their straight counterparts do, on the basis of being LGBT. Creating a welcoming environment that acknowledges this fact isn't 'being exclusive' or 'attention seeking' or 'sectioning off' or 'standing out', or anything like that. It's just healthy human behaviour, and something minorities - or indeed any shared-experience group of people - do all the time without the majority getting their panties in a twist.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 26/08/2014

    @Noxia You realise it has always been open for everyone? But I suspect you knew that.

    No one thinks that you need to prove yourself a "gamer" to get into, say, Gamescom. But for some reason, the moment someone creates a convention aimed at LGBT issues in gaming, you get all these people claiming that they fear being barred entry upon their inability to produce a fully paid up gay-card at the door. Despite the idea being completely absurd and debunked with about 30 seconds of googling the event.

    Funny that. It's almost as if they're looking for an excuse to play victim to some imaginary evil PC-gorn-mad agenda. Almost.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 26/08/2014

    I accidentally walked into a Star Trek Convention the other day, and it made me LIVID. Why do they need a seperate convention? Why can't all TV fans go to the same one? Trekkies just think they're so damn special. They just want all the attention.

    Come to think of it, why can't everyone just attend one big non-specific convention? Wanting to be around people who share niche common interests, life experience and concerns is just sheer reverse bigotry, and I won't stand for it!
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  • EA offers a free 48-hour trial of Titanfall on Origin... again

  • Zyklonbzombie 23/08/2014

    @Bruh In what world is 15 fairly large maps considered an unreasonably small amount of content? Reply +5
  • Zyklonbzombie 23/08/2014

    I had a good few hours of fun with titanfall, but my lasting impression was just "I can't wait for titanfall 2". It feels great to play, and some of the mechanics are very forward thinking, but in terms of aesthetic and story it lacks an identity, and it feels bare bones content wise as a result (despite having a pretty generous amount of game modes and maps). Reply +2
  • Play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam until Sunday

  • Zyklonbzombie 21/08/2014

    first-person shooter spin-off The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
    Third person shooter, surely. And a slightly underrated one at that, if you can get past the idea of a non strategy xcom without blowing an anurism.
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  • Routine ditches Oculus Rift support due to motion sickness

  • Zyklonbzombie 20/08/2014

    @Bander That was my thought. And the fact it's yet another indie first person horror avoid-em-up (albeit a slightly more interesting looking one than usual) makes it about as contemporary as a game can get. Reply +4
  • Watch six minutes of Bloodborne gameplay

  • Zyklonbzombie 19/08/2014

    @sidspacewalker probably for the same reason the original Dark Souls isn't called Demon's Souls 2. Different publishers. That said, I think the game is aesthetically and gameplay wise different enough to sit comfortably on its own. I also think that if they're making a more accessible, story focused game, shoehorning the Souls title in there would backfire by pissing off fans of the franchise and by scaring off potential newcomers. Reply +3
  • Here's a 35 minute The Witcher 3 gameplay video

  • Zyklonbzombie 19/08/2014

    What on earth have they done to geralt's face? Reply +2
  • Frontier returns to rollercoasters with ScreamRide for Xbox One

  • Zyklonbzombie 12/08/2014

    So far it looks like the sort of novelty game that pops up on Steam Early Access and is forgotten about in a week. I guess it all hinges on how they extend what's shown in the trailer into an actual game that's entertaining for more than 20 minutes. Reply 0
  • Does Advanced Warfare's exoskeleton really change Call of Duty multiplayer?

  • Zyklonbzombie 11/08/2014

    It sounds a little like Crysis' powersuit - which isn't a bad thing, considering all three games have criminally overlooked multiplayer modes. Reply 0
  • Metro Redux video compares original Metros to next-gen remasters

  • Zyklonbzombie 08/08/2014

    Will probably pick up the 2033 redux on PC, though I'm still stunned at them asking for 17 for Last Light on the platform, considering the upgrades appear to be about comparible to a patch. Reply +1
  • Battlefield 4's next big update cleans up HUD, tweaks soldier movement

  • Zyklonbzombie 08/08/2014

    @ramshot The unfortunate reality of online games becoming more complex, widespread (in terms of playerbase and hardware it's running on) and technically advanced is that no amount of QA and beta testing is 100% fullproof.

    I don't disagree that the launch had its problems (though I also think they've been blown out of proportion because the name EA is attatched) but I seriously doubt anyone let it "happen on purpose".

    I'm going to go ahead and state the unpopular view that BF4 is fantastic and that DICE should be commended for working pretty much nonstop on it since release.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 08/08/2014

    @Vanmunt Aside from the fact that recoil is more of a balancing mechanic than an attempt at realism in these games, there is a huge difference between standing braced, firing at a static object in a firing range and running around outside when it comes to the body's ability to compensate for recoil. Reply +6
  • PS4 Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition release date announced

  • Zyklonbzombie 07/08/2014

    @decider-VT In fairness, surgery simulator is more than just a joke title. It's a brilliant special puzzle game that just happens to be funny. Reply 0
  • Twitch clamps down on unlicensed music ahead of rumoured $1bn Google buyout

  • Zyklonbzombie 07/08/2014

    @SarcasticJoe I think both are at naive. I find it difficult to believe that many youtubers are so ignorant of basic copyright law that they think they can broadcast (and even profit from) popular music to millions of people worldwide - regardless of whether it's accompanying original content - without running into issues.

    It's a complicated issue. I think the music industry is somewhat draconian, but I'm also aware that many artists rely almost entirely on broadcast royalties. In an age where audiences are flocking from more traditional types of media to online, user created content. It's inevitable that the industry (including all from starving artists to money hungry publishers) will object.

    I think both sides need to meet in the middle. The music industry needs to acknowledge that the internet does not operate like TV/Radio/traditional live venues, but content makers online need to realise that copyright law exists for a reason, and not just to inconvenience us.
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  • Zyklonbzombie 07/08/2014

    I'm frankly amazed Twitch's lax attitude has lasted this long, Google or no Google. It makes sense to protect themselves and their users from an increasingly litigious, internet-aware music industry. It's unfortunate, but I don't blame twitch/google at all for the decision to crack down. They're not the ones in power in regards to this.

    Automated audio scanning, however, is never good news. As usual, it sounds like it's being implemented in an dreadful, mistake prone and unnecessarily heavyhanded way.
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  • Sony is being sued for Killzone failing to deliver "native 1080p" multiplayer

  • Zyklonbzombie 07/08/2014

    If there's one convincing argument that games will never be "real" art, it's the fact that a loud subset of gamers will always reduce them to quantifiable products that must live up 100% to their individual criterea and absoloutely revel in taking on the role of the poor consumer oppressed by an evil industry conspiring to annoy them personally. Maybe we'll start seeing more creativity and risk taking in the industry when developers/publishers don't feel like they're walking on all these nerdy human eggshells.

    Similarly, I genuinely believe that a not-insignificant number of people enjoy preordering games simply because they get off on being outraged when they inevitably find some disappointing aspect of it that fails their impossible expectations, that they can milk for attention/gamer 'cred'/victimisation fantasies.

    I remember when people were genuinely excited when a new, critically acclaimed, well made game was released, instead of being desperate to be first one to find a reason to demand a refund (or in this case a fucking lawsuit)
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  • Steam and Early Access: To curate or not curate?

  • Zyklonbzombie 06/08/2014

    Xbox Live got it right with having two seperate store fronts - one for more traditional retail titles, and the other being pretty much anything goes. Steam would be wise to simply compartmentalise the shop front into a curated steam store, an indies store, and a "classics" store for all the old unaltered rereleases. Reply -8
  • Wing Commander 3 is free right now on Origin

  • Zyklonbzombie 06/08/2014

    @TheChieftian Didn't it turn out that the ban was an accident (it should have been a forum ban), a single incident, and not some evil conspiracy to lock players out of their games? This sort of thing happens with other services all the time and no one kicks up near as much fuss.

    Most criticisms that can be aimed at Origin can be aimed at any other digital distribution service. In fact, in some ways, Origin is one of the more consumer friendly ones.

    Fair enough if some people just don't like the smell of EA - as is very much in vogue right now - but all the ridiculous hyperbole over Origin needs to go away. It's a perfectly fine piece of software for a perfectly fine service.
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  • Gone Home dev is making another first-person exploration game

  • Zyklonbzombie 05/08/2014

    I wanted to like Gone Home, but I just couldn't. I disliked the over reliance on 90s nostalgia in place of a real, lasting sense of atmosphere, and the decision to cast you an obscenely wealthy white girl in a game trying to explicitly deal with adversity felt like a huge missed opportunity and was probably slightly alienating to much of the game's target demographic.

    However, it did really sell me on the exploration-only genre as a viable means of storytelling - much more so than similar games like Dear Esther did. So colour me intrigued about what they do next.
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  • Bitmap Brothers' Z: Steel Soldiers relaunches on PC today

  • Zyklonbzombie 01/08/2014

    @melnificent That's generally the case with any re-released game. I think it's mostly just to do with the fact that they can only realistically offer support for more recent hardware/OSes, even if the game itself is largely unchanged. Reply +2
  • Sacred 3 review

  • Zyklonbzombie 01/08/2014

    A quick glance at the steam forums/reviews and my heart sank. Sacred isn't a particularly sacred (badum-tsh) franchise in my eyes, but the decision to strip it down to basically nothing is mindboggling. Reply +6
  • Another Ultima game bites the dust

  • Zyklonbzombie 01/08/2014

    @marmaduke I couldn't agree more. Ultima has been vastly bettered in terms of mechanics, setting and writing since the 90s, by many other RPG franchises (including several of EAs). I'd be perfectly happy for Ultima to just resign itself to gaming history and the nostalgia of PC gamers of a certain age. It's just not something that screams "we need a modern iteration!". Reply -1
  • Codemasters brings Colin McRae Rally to Steam

  • Zyklonbzombie 31/07/2014

    Tempted to pick this up, even if it is just a straight port of the mobile version. I poured so many hours into the original. Reply +3