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  • Splatoon is a multiplayer shooter for introverts and I love it

  • abeeken 14/09/2017

    @spekkeh My first rule of Splatoon - INK YO DAMN BASE! The amount of times I've been on a team who have just rushed off without inking round the spawn point! Reply +4
  • abeeken 14/09/2017

    @King_Kendorjia I think Bridge Crew is an interesting game as it seems much more of a roleplay experience.

    I used to play online heavily on Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament on PC with voice chat, mainly with friends but also with rando's - you're right, very different times.

    The way modern games work with emote's though, I find the experience to be just as fun as with voice chat. Certainly Splatoon is all about reading the map, looking at where support is needed most and zeroing in there. And PvP in Dark Souls is all about emotes. Changing times.
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  • abeeken 14/09/2017

    @WhiteUmbrella Honestly, I don't think there is a right or wrong answer to all of this.

    My views are purely personal - I'm not introverted but I don't play games to "meet" people. I barely played online at all until Battlefront came out without forced voice chat and the plain and simple reason is that most people I've "met" online via voice chat in the past have been, frankly, dicks. I don't need that when all I want to do is have fun, but conversely I agree with you that it should be a choice.

    But as Rainbird said, some people don't want the stress of that choice - blocking people or having to turn off voice chat could be seen as an extra step that people may not want to have to deal with.

    There's no right or wrong - gaming needs to be about choosing how you want to experience this wonderfully varied hobby and just because a certain person believes things should be done a certain way doesn't mean they are right. We're all here to have fun, after all. Right?
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  • abeeken 14/09/2017

    @WhiteUmbrella Lack of voice chat never hurt games like Dark Souls or Battlefront. IMO voice chat isn't an essential part of online gaming so long as there are sufficient ways to communicate to your teammates. You want to talk to your friends, there are plenty of options from Discord to plain old Skype or Hangouts. Reply +7
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has a final release date

  • abeeken 14/09/2017

    @Rogueywon Agree with you on both fronts. The first was incredible, the second had some of the best visuals on the Wii U but early on I got stuck in a side mission where you had to mine specific resources - took me hours because I found out I was mining in the wrong place with the wrong probe. I kind of left it after that but still came back to it just to be in the world.

    Also, the music was awful - please... no more lyrics on my background tracks...
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  • abeeken 14/09/2017

    @SBandy It looks to me that they've moved the move icons to the face buttons so that you don't have to scroll through them with the DPad like the last two games. I get the impression that you can switch between move sets on the fly so you're not limited to a smaller set of moves.

    This and Odyssey cannot get in my Switch quicker - you're right; it's been a hell of a 10 months for this machine! Feels like it's been around forever with the library it's got!
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  • Switch to revive Nintendo arcade classics, starting with the original Mario Bros.

  • abeeken 14/09/2017

    @matttomm1983 Bomb Jack on the Spectrum was my family's jam in the 1980's - still a great game to play and pretty much most of the conversions seem to be consistent aside from visuals. Reply +1
  • Knack 2 review

  • abeeken 05/09/2017

    @Ffordesoon That's fair enough - I must have misconstrued your comment.

    Kids are complex gits, really, but a lot of what they're into is what they're exposed to and I think the issue is a lot of parents are primarily into soul destroying mobile games which is likely where the assumption comes from.
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  • abeeken 05/09/2017

    @freethinker101 Having kids has changed my outlook on gaming a bit, namely that I can't play what I want, when I want. Our consoles are mostly in the family room so during the day, unless the kids are out playing, I have to restrict myself to games that are suitable for them - things like Knack and ReCore are perfect mid-price options. I've also found I've dropped off certain franchises - I've still not played the latest Tomb Raider, I found Dishonored 2 to be a bit disappointing personally and I'm yet to pick up Horizon (although I think I'll need to sooner rather than later!)

    I think it's also fine to expect that studios can sometimes produce lower key, story driven experiences so long as the price is right. For example, I thought The Order was great but really should have been a 25 game - it didn't have the replayabiilty of Quantic Dream games with their branching stories, but it was fun, had a great aesthetic and an engaging story.

    I think we set our expectations too high because of the price of gaming - crowds still flock to see the latest Transformers and Fast & Furious films at the cinema, yet there doesn't seem to be room for "popcorn gaming" on our consoles...
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  • abeeken 05/09/2017

    @Ffordesoon I don't know how old you are, or even if you have kids, but my 8y/o loves games like Knack, frequently wants to get on my N64 to play Mario and Banjo and is currently working his way through my Wii and Wii U library. He's also mad about Minecraft and, yes, watches "the YouTubes". Neither of my kids are interested in CoD or any shooters (although my youngest has a soft spot for Battlefront) and my eldest is more into war games and strategy sims.

    Yes, gaming is different for kids these days but that does not mean that companies like Sony need to stop producing games aimed at kids as an audience.
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  • abeeken 05/09/2017

    @freethinker101 I kind of agree - I was expecting to see the first one hitting Plus by now. Honestly, the sequel isn't that bad and the price is fair. Reply +3
  • abeeken 05/09/2017

    @Fourfoldroot Yes, in that respect it's very much like the Lego games, perhaps without the longevity of all the unlockables and open world hub. I liked it - my kids liked it! I gave it a 7.5/10 on NextGenGamingBlog. Not going to set the world on fire but a fun throwback diversion, a bit like ReCore. Reply +4
  • abeeken 05/09/2017

    @brokedownsystem They didn't screw it up. It's a fun game. If you liked PS2 era games I suggest you give this a whirl and make your own decisions. Reply +4
  • abeeken 05/09/2017

    Eh, I thought it was okay. Nice little AA priced jaunt with some family friendly ideals. It's not going to win any awards, but then not every game has to be Breath of the Wild. It's the sort of game I'd have been all over on the PS2 and it's nice to see Sony at least trying to bring that kind of thing back - mid-priced games that aren't all grimdark shooters.

    Shame there's so many "cool dudes" in here ready to downvote people who don't share that bandwagon opinion, though.
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  • Lovefilm by Post to be closed forever on Halloween

  • abeeken 15/08/2017

    While I'm not surprised, I'm also a bit disappointed as it's a great way for me to watch some very obscure world cinema and Eurohorror. I've been writing my way through 88 Films lovely remasters of old films and watched some stuff I'd never even heard of.

    Thankfully it looks like a lot of that is on Cinema Paradiso which is a couple of quid more a month but should still keep the ball rolling. Although I am on the fence about getting a subscription to Shudder for my horror needs instead...
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  • Now PlatinumGames has teased The Wonderful 101 for Nintendo Switch

  • abeeken 06/07/2017

    @MarkMarkYepMark Portable Dark Souls take my money now... Reply +5
  • abeeken 06/07/2017

    W101 was a fantastic game on Wii U and I'm all for Switch owners getting enjoyment out of it (I'd probably pick it up myself for the portability factor) but there really is only so many times I can hold off saying "Told you so!" to all those who were adamant the Wii U didn't have any games! Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch eShop will finally link purchases to accounts, not consoles

  • abeeken 17/02/2017

    Just to point out, the old NNID did track purchase history even though the licenses were tied to a specific system (although that could be transferred if your wanted/needed to - I still have all my Wii digital purchases moved from there to my Wii U) and if you linked your Club Nintendo account that also included Wii titles. They've used this to do cross buy promotions and discounts on the past - buy x on Wii U or 3DS and get it for free or at a discount on the other system and the like.

    So IN THEORY they could use this to allow redownoad of old purchases that were available on Wii U or at least offer a discount (as they do for virtual console)

    The whole account thing never really bothered me but then I gather I'm in the minority on that one, so \_(ツ)_/ it's certainly never made me not want to buy a Wii or Wii U. I think boycotting something for that reason is a bit petty, personally.
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  • 1-2 Switch is Nintendo's attempt to recapture Wii's golden era

  • abeeken 24/01/2017

    I really want to play this; I think it should be a firm family favourite for us, but not including it as a Wii sports like pack in was a foolish decision from Nintendo. Reply +6
  • I Am Setsuna now a Nintendo Switch launch title

  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @Sand_man Totally! I can see me propping the Switch up on my office desk and getting some crafty time in on Zelda, maybe whittle away at some side quests or collectables and leave the dungeons for TV play. And when I head off on work conferences I can just take the Switch and a generic USB C charge cable with me for the train/hotel.

    A lot of people said how VR was their gaming utopia - well this is my VR, this is what I always wanted from gaming! :D
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  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @mr_moti I actually think I'd play more long games (like JRPG's) if I could have that portability. With a family I can't always be tethered to the TV but being able to pick up a console and play it anywhere in the house, put in 10 mins here and there or even take it to work with me for play on lunch/while on the bus would be phenomenal. Reply +2
  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @JoelStinty Well there's no Vita version of it available - something that's burned me in the past when I've been looking forward to some Salt and Sanctuary on the go. This is where I'm hoping the Switch can excel - no need for cross buy/save as the purpose of the console is to be both portable and TV based. Reply +3
  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @trobby Let's get Rayman Legumes on there as well and we could have a proper fruit and veg themed launch! :D Reply +4
  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @bad09 After the Wii U I take any support from EA for Nintendo with a fistful of salt "Oh noes, no one wanted our shonky port of FIFA? Clearly this system is doomed to failure and we'll be having no part of it!" The only reason Wii U got the fantastic port of NFS: Most Wanted was because Criterion pushed for it, not EA - and it got such a limited release that it was nigh on impossible to find a copy! Reply +2
  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @danielhorvath Give me Fast RMX as a launch game and I'll be over the moon. Genuinely looking forward to that - Neo was a real treat on Wii U. Reply +4
  • The story behind the worst game ever made

  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @xakmad Oh it's entirely possible to do that - if you don't value your sanity, that is: https://youtu.be/Xc3D5GEwWY8 Reply +1
  • Did Nintendo download a Mario ROM and sell it back to us?

  • abeeken 19/01/2017

    Another possibility here is that the ROM dump from Nintendo's files IS the one that's doing the rounds online, possibly leaked by an employee.

    There was always a suggestion that the cracked copies of Adobe Creative Suite that used to do the rounds actually originated from Adobe themselves as a way to get people using the software.
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  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ will be a Switch launch title in North America

  • abeeken 19/01/2017

    @Duffking Interested, as I played BoI to death on Vita - what's been badly received about it? Reply 0
  • abeeken 19/01/2017

    @Dizzy Read the article. Reply +8
  • abeeken 19/01/2017

    @Dislecksier You're not going to get anywhere, that's too logical - they'll read the headline and the tag and head straight to the comments without readig the fact that it's the complete collection with all dlc and is only $3 more than the Steam copy, which is pretty much par for the course. Yes, there are some not so good things about the Switch but they're nothing new in the realms of console gaming (paid online, high launch prices) and frankly common sense seems to have taken a nosedive around here over the last few days. Reply +15
  • 60 Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch now 50 on Amazon UK

  • abeeken 19/01/2017

    @jacobean_blender Thank you! I'm glad it's not just me. I think I managed to convince my parents to sub me the difference because I was determined to have my own copy of it - I was rather jealous of my SNES owning cousin at the time, I think! It wasn't a very good port, but I did play it to death. The Amiga version of Super Street Fighter 2 was far better, though. Reply 0
  • abeeken 18/01/2017

    @bad09 I could swear it was 30; it was from Electronic Boutique so that's likely ;P Also I was 12 at the time so my memory might be failing be, but I'm sure it was more than I was used to at the time. Reply 0
  • abeeken 18/01/2017

    @hairy_yan I remember paying 30 for a sub-par port of Street Fighter 2 on Amiga back in the days. That was a pretty penny for a game on that platform. A large reason I didn't move over to consoles until the PS2 era was due to the huge markup on games compared to Amiga/PC. It's nothing new - it's just that we've got a whole new generation of whelps to complain about it. Reply +2
  • abeeken 18/01/2017

    @iRuleHyrule I almost always pay a cheaper price on delivery for Blu-Ray, Music and Games after pre-ordering. The company sets the RRP but it's up to the retailer to undercut that in the interests of competition. This isn't anything new and it's certainly not the portent of doom and gloom that some seem to think it is. Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch's bundled Joy-Con grip doesn't charge controllers

  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @Elba You know you can use the joy cons as a full controller without them on the shell, just hold one half in each hand? Let's not let facts get in the way of a good rant, though...

    Or buy the pro controller?
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  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @ooStevo Thanks! There's a re brand in the horizon and we're planning a bunch of video content over the next few months. :) Reply +1
  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @JoelStinty If the Switch doesn't succeed I literally think it's because the community won't LET it succeed, regardless of what they say "Oh, I loooove Nintendo, I sooooo want them to succeed!!! (Actually don't want them to succeed because I'm a whiney millenial who was suckled on the sweet teat of Microsoft/Sony)"

    They just can't win - the gaming press twist everything they do to be negative, the gamers go along with that. Yes, they do some dumb stuff, but their software and hardware is solid.
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  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @jacobean_blender I quit Kotaku, I quit Polygon and I'm currently on the fence as to whether I'm going to quit here. There needs to be somewhere online that isn't in it for the clicks and can provide less sensationalised coverage of videogames.

    Now, I'm not one for self promotion but maybe check out the site I write for at nextgengamingblog.com. We're trying to push ahead with just that. We may be small but we're starting to get a lot of traction and we're trying to be far less clickbaity than other outlets. :D
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  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @mostro Still one of the finest controllers to use. If they made the USB GameCube adaptor compatible with Switch I'd be all over it. Reply -1
  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @grassyknoll If you want removable batteries, reasonable prices and no online fees I'm surprised you play any videogames! (Unless you're a PC gamer in which case, fair play!) Reply +2
  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @Robot_37 Options are great! Knowing that I can put whatever batteries I want into my XBox One controller is fine and, out of the box it works great. I think I've changed the AA's about three times since I got it (One S bought at launch which would be... October?) My Wii U pad has never really been out of charge as I keep it constantly docked when not in use. If anything it's my PS4 controller that's a liability - I feel like I'm having to have that on charge constantly. Reply +1
  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    Why not call out Microsoft for not supplying rechargable battery packs in the XBox controllers? Or Sony for forcing you to tether the controller to your PS4 out of the box if you want to charge it? You play your game, you reattach the Con's and they charge off the Switch while it's docked, OR you redock the Switch after you've played it OR you plug the Switch in to keep the charge flowing as you play, or after you've finished playing. In a way this is more than you get from XBox and Playstation as it's a more convenient way of getting juice into the essential part of the console.

    Come on, this is such a nontroversy and another example of Eurogamer's increasingly inflamatory approach to journalism. Your comments sections are a cess pool as it is - no surprise really when everything you post is written in such a way as to incite the playground squabbling that is so prevalent.

    Ridiculous.
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  • Yooka-Laylee cancelled for Wii U due to "unforeseen technical issues"

  • abeeken 13/12/2016

    Yeah... played YL at EGX and found it a lot of fun - cannot in any way see how it wouldn't be possible on Wii U considering that console is home to such technical marvels as Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade X... etc.

    So "unforseen technical issues" here means "We don't want to put it on a console that no one's buying and is being discontinued". If they say they can't bring it to Switch because of "technical issues" I'm calling utter bulls**t on that one too.
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  • Steep review

  • abeeken 09/12/2016

    @Zerobob I could never get into 1080 but I think that was because I came to it with the GameCube version. I would love Microsoft to give Amped another crack, though - the first one was excellent! Reply +1
  • abeeken 09/12/2016

    @Der_tolle_Emil I played the Beta on XBox One and it performed really well. Quite a looker. Reply +2
  • abeeken 09/12/2016

    @captain-T-dawg I don't recall there being much of a UI - there are some floating overlays and such, showing you where drop points and checkpoints are but other than that I think it was relatively clean. Reply +3
  • abeeken 09/12/2016

    When I got over the fact it wasn't SSX I really enjoyed the beta. There are definitely some frustrations, but it is great to just explore the peaks in solitude. It's like The Crew without the crappy story. And on snow. And without cars.

    A new SSX would be great but it's also nice to see someone trying something different. I've still got my SSX games; I can play them on my PS2 any time I want (and frequently do)
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  • So, about that Assassin's Creed Ezio Collection glitch video

  • abeeken 23/11/2016

    This guy gets my two thumbs up for actually DOING RESEARCH instead of simply getting all up in arms and sharing things in an indignant rage. Seriously folks. Let's stop doing that. We've seen where blindly getting into a rage and sharing opinionated or even plain false stuff on the internet has gotten us this year. Reply +7
  • Lego City Undercover is getting a Nintendo Switch port

  • abeeken 22/11/2016

    @smallblueslime Oh yeah, I do remote play on my PS4 and XBox One, but it's not the same as having the functionality baked into the device, having one single point of play that converts from portable to fixed. It's been my gaming holy grail for a while now, even moreso than VR. Reply +1
  • abeeken 22/11/2016

    I can see open world/sandbox games being a big benefit on Switch. I often steer away from them as they sink too much of my "sat in front of the TV" time, but being able to pick up the console and tool away on a bit of a game between jobs, bring them to work on the bus, play them on my lunch hour - sign me up with Switch please! Reply +3