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  • The World Ends With You is back on iOS

  • darc 29/06/2015

    This game is in my "I just don't get it" file. One of those cult classics I tried really hard to enjoy, and walked away scratching my head. (To be fair, that file is pretty extensive.) Reply +3
  • Batman: Arkham Knight review

  • darc 23/06/2015

    This isn't a game to play if you haven't played the previous two in the series.
    Can you elaborate on this, please? I finished Arkham Asylum, but got bored with City. Now I'm curious about Knight, why is it so important I invest the time in Asylum first?
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  • Hands-on with Microsoft's ridiculous $149 Elite Xbox controller

  • darc 17/06/2015

    One difference between these controllers and e.g. SCUF and other specialty "pro" accessories is that MS will manufacture these in large quantities and distribute them to mainstream retail channels, and sooner or later, inevitably they will drop in price. Maybe a little, maybe a lot. If a lot, then I'll be paying attention. Reply +3
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam announced for 2016

  • darc 17/06/2015

    @Mister-Wario Sounds like I'll have to get ahold of a copy of Bowser's Inside Story, then. TYD is probably in my top 10 all time faves, maybe even top 5. Reply 0
  • darc 16/06/2015

    @Mister-Wario Fair enough. I guess it's truer to say that it wasn't what I was expecting (i.e. I heard Paper Mario and assumed "RPG" should follow.) Reply 0
  • darc 16/06/2015

    @Noxia Yes, Sticker Star was awful, and so was Super Paper Mario for Wii. Hopefully this will have a little more of the Paper Mario RPG/ Thousand Year Door DNA. Those were amazing games! Reply +4
  • Microsoft announces native Xbox One-360 back compatibility

  • darc 15/06/2015

    Wow. XBone is on a serious roll. I'm scrolling down EG and I just see tons of games, the Tomb Raider exclusive, Fallout 4 mods shareable from PC to Xbone, and now this.

    PS4 was a sealed deal for me because of Bloodborne (which, truth told, wasn't as epic as I'd hoped or expected). 360 compatibility will actually help justify adding an XBone to the pile. (I've got two 360's to trade in - that'll help, too.)
    Reply +1
  • Gears of War 4 announced, gameplay footage revealed

  • darc 15/06/2015

    Officially the darkest video game I've ever (not quite) seen. Reply +34
  • Could this be the last year 'For the Players' is enough for PlayStation?

  • darc 12/06/2015

    Looking at the tale of the tape, when it comes to those big exclusives that used to be oh so important in console dust-ups, Microsoft must be wondering what it's doing wrong, and how it's still getting a bloody nose.
    Not really all that mysterious - it went something like this:

    They came out of the gates with a package that was more expensive and quantifiably less powerful than Sony's. By the time they shored that up, a lot of gamers had already a) bought a PS4, or b) noticed that this generation didn't offer much improvement over the last, or c) noticed that there weren't a whole lot of new games of interest, or d) all of the above. None of this is going to compel anyone to run out and drop another $400 on another current-gen system.

    Frankly, I think both Sony and MS should be amazed and grateful that they sold as many consoles as they did - they're both winners here. The consumer on the other hand... Well, it's not like we got fleeced or anything, but it does often seem like we would have done just as well keeping our old systems and waiting on something a little more substantial.
    Reply +1
  • Chip's Challenge 2 review

  • darc 09/06/2015

    Awesome. Reminds me of a forgotten gem of the same era called "XOR".

    This is exactly the sort of game I'd like to see on iOS, by the way. I hope the developer scares up enough revenue to consider a port.
    Reply +1
  • Kholat review

  • darc 08/06/2015

    And then this one time a pale, dim glow filled it.
    One time at band camp, presumably.
    Reply +1
  • Uwe Boll quits crowdfunding with expletive-laden tirade after third project fails

  • darc 08/06/2015

    I wanted to do Rampage 3 because it is an important movie...
    Are you not entertained? :D
    Reply +1
  • Final Fantasy 15 demo to be updated early June

  • darc 05/06/2015

    @Aenima_pt Ah, thanks for the clarification. Reply 0
  • darc 04/06/2015

    Last I checked the PS Store, this demo was nowhere to be found. Did Sony pull it temporarily pending release of this update? Reply 0
  • Hatred review

  • darc 04/06/2015

    It's not even worth branding with the Avoid badge, not least because you suspect the developers would take that as a vindication of their supposedly confrontational ideas and not a condemnation of their sluggish mechanics.
    You seem to have forgotten that this is a video game review.

    Avoid.
    Reply -1
  • The Bard's Tale 4 in-engine graphics demo impresses

  • darc 04/06/2015

    :O Reply 0
  • PlanetSide 2 gets a June release date on PS4

  • darc 03/06/2015

    @PSfourskin F2P games suck as a rule, but F2P isn't the reason in itself.

    Anyway, props to ANY game that calls to light the fact that PS Plus needn't be a requirement for multiplayer. I was quite disappointed with Sony jumping on that bandwagon this generation.
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  • darc 03/06/2015

    PS4 PS2. This isn't going to get confusing at all. :P Reply +3
  • Steam now offers game refunds "for any reason" within 14 days

  • darc 02/06/2015

    This is awesome. And it makes a lot of sense since they know exactly how much use you got out of the product. Reply 0
  • Magicka 2 review

  • darc 02/06/2015

    Review is hard to make heads or tails of, but I'm interested in anything w/ couch co-op. Is there a playable demo? It seems like demos have become extremely rare with the PS4/XBone generation. It's made it a lot harder for this hobby to hold my interest, frankly. Reply 0
  • Massive Chalice review

  • darc 02/06/2015

    So much of what you're given to work with is random...
    This is somewhat troubling.
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  • Lego Dimensions is probably the only place you'll see Gandalf and a DeLorean together

  • darc 02/06/2015

    This is like the millionth Lego game now, and I'm still waiting for the option to invert the Y-axis. Reply 0
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions now available for iPhone, iPad

  • darc 29/05/2015

    @Alan_M Cool - thank you, Alan. Do you happen to know whether a PS4 controller would be supported? Reply +2
  • darc 29/05/2015

    Do you need to jailbreak your iPhone/iPad in order to use a gamepad, or is there some kind of native support? Reply 0
  • New Witcher 3 CGI trailer tops the lot

  • darc 14/05/2015

    @ShayenRoyen Yes, I understand what he's saying, but I still think it's a major stretch. The video absolutely is "glitz and glamour" relative to what gameplay will be delivered, as promotional cutscenes always are and as perhaps they should be. Almost all of them are representative of the skills/ events in the game in the broader sense, and I'm not seeing where this is exceptional in that regard. Combat, check; magic, check; item use, check...

    It just seems an odd way to describe an entirely pre-rendered video devoid of gameplay footage.
    Reply +1
  • darc 14/05/2015

    What it does better than any Witcher video before is give an idea of what you'll be playing, not lose itself in glitz and glamour and have no real bearing on the actual game.
    The video is absolutely awesome, but it's still a pre-rendered cutscene. It absolutely does not do what you're claiming it does here. In-game footage would do that.
    Reply +3
  • Telltale's The Walking Dead Season Three won't launch this year

  • darc 14/05/2015

    Good riddance. Walking Dead should have died a graceful death after Season 1 (which was excellent.) By Season 2 it felt so formulaic, and I was completely fed up with the wonky server/installation issues. Got well into the final chapter only to have the game start crashing on me, and finally couldn't be bothered to keep replaying the boring stretch required to (maybe) finish.

    Telltale needs to step up their game. So much artistic talent but the technical hiccups and overly familiar design tropes do not engender goodwill.
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  • Eye-tracking tech shows where pro Street Fighter players look during a match

  • darc 01/05/2015

    So they look at the space between the two characters. Fascinating. Reply +2
  • Bloodborne glitch creates top-down camera

  • darc 29/04/2015

    Diabloodborne! Reply +10
  • Goodbye, P.T.: Inventive, brilliant, and troubled

  • darc 28/04/2015

    The only game that truly felt like "next gen" when I saw it, and it's cancelled. :(

    (I downloaded P.T. with absolutely no idea what it was, because it had a pretty icon on the PS Store. It's awesome experiencing something with zero expectations like that.)

    P.S. Excellent article.
    Reply +2
  • Broken Age Act 2 review

  • darc 27/04/2015

    I hate to be "that guy", but the review pages are looking a little stark lately. As has been beaten to death, no review score, and if the game isn't recommended or better, or suck outright, no badge of any kind. And in this case - at the time of my commenting - no indication of platform or version tested, either. It's getting hard to distinguish reviews from previews from opinion pieces. Reply +9
  • Silent Hills is dead, actor Norman Reedus confirms

  • darc 27/04/2015

    There's always the possibility that *this too* is viral marketing. :) Reply -1
  • P.T. is being pulled from PSN on Wednesday

  • darc 27/04/2015

    Bummer. P.T. was literally the only horror game I've ever liked, and I LOVED it. A lot of potential wasted here. Ah well, at least I have the brilliant demo on my drive - I assume that won't be deactivated somehow? Reply 0
  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 released

  • darc 23/04/2015

    Does it fix the "bug" where the game eats insight even if you don't manage to summon anyone (and even if you don't manage to summon anyone because the wonky servers drop your connection)? Reply +1
  • Jon Blyth on: Bloodborne

  • darc 15/04/2015

    @ChuckNorris :) Have I been going too easy on myself, bashing my way through all these ghosts at L60+? Reply 0
  • darc 15/04/2015

    @ChuckNorris Thanks - will try to go it alone for a while, but good to know help is available.

    Currently trying and failing to defeat the boss at the end of Cainhurst. I don't know why co-op partners are so rare. I can ring the Beckoning Bell or the Small Beckoning Bell for an hour, and nothing. I would figure if there were no one to help me, there'd be someone who needed my help, but it feels more like there's no one out there playing the game at all. That just cannot be right.
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  • darc 14/04/2015

    @Sicho That's awesome - congrats! Reply 0
  • darc 14/04/2015

    @Sicho Yarnham Shadows (I'm guessing) would be a very difficult battle to solo unless you were really over-leveled. I had to resort to using the Beckoning Bell. After waiting forever to find a co-op partner, it was pretty easy.

    As for Byrgenwerth, I think I just arrived a little too soon to deal with that pesky Hunter.
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  • darc 14/04/2015

    @ChuckNorris Missing that proverbial left turn at Albuquerque did turn out to be a pretty big deal. Opened up (as you know) shortcut back to Iosefka's Clinic, and then on to Cainhurst Castle. (Scared myself senseless by getting curious and taking a swipe at the horses on the carriage; they and the carriage disappeared and I thought I'd dead-ended the game or at least a lot of side-quest content. Heading back to Hunter's Dream reset, thank god.) Much to do now besides grinding, so thanks again! Reply 0
  • darc 13/04/2015

    @ChuckNorris :) great stuff, thanks! Reply +2
  • darc 13/04/2015

    @ChuckNorris Actually, never mind re: Crow Hunter - the name and Google will get me there. But if you happen to think of an underground lake at the end of a tunnel... :) Reply 0
  • darc 13/04/2015

    @ChuckNorris

    Thanks for the reply and the good advice re: Byrgenwerth. Pretty much as expected, but that must be a l-o-n-g battle. Where is the Crow Hunter side-quest? I feel like I must have missed a turn somewhere and left some content unexplored, even vaguely remember seeing a place (an underground lake at the end of a tunnel?) and turning back, but can't find it now.)

    The vials go automatically into storage when you pick up vials when you're fully stocked
    They do??? Oops... never mind LOL. Is this also true of bullets? Man I feel like an idiot. (But, this is good news. I'm wielding a leveled up cannon and will be sure to make more use of it now.)
    Reply +2
  • Video: What's happened to Silent Hills?

  • darc 15/04/2015

    If P.T. is any indication, this will be the first survival/horror game to hold my interest. Ever. That "demo" is the 2nd best reason to own a PS4 (right behind Bloodborne, of course.) Reply +2
  • Bloodborne sales pass 1m in under two weeks

  • darc 15/04/2015

    @RetroJB Well, I'm picky about pretty much everything, so... :) Reply 0
  • darc 14/04/2015

    @OnlyJoeKing Ah, I hear ya. More a question of streamlining than polish, then? Yes, Bloodborne certainly is a focused game. In my opinion it's just that little bit too focused. It almost collapses in on itself, becoming a mere action game. What saves it from this, for me, is the fact that level design and exploration are so compelling.

    But I really miss the variety in character builds and equipment selection. One upshot of all the simplification in BB is that even leveling up is a bit boring, in so far as it really just boils down to damage I can do vs. damage I can take. In previous games, weighing weapon restrictions against endurance for shield stability against benefits of spells/miracles... it felt much more tactical. (This was pitched perfectly in Demon's Souls and Dark Souls 1; I do remember it feeling a bit less directed in DS2 as well.)
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  • darc 14/04/2015

    @RetroJB LOL You aren't instilling much hope that I'll enjoy DAI. It's no help that the Souls games have made traditional CRPGs (previously my favorite genre) difficult to tolerate on account of all the time spent not playing. I used to love reading through pages of text (or listening to bad actors, depending) but now, in what short time I have to play a game, I want to be playing a game. That's where Souls/ Bloodborne really deliver. Reply +4
  • darc 14/04/2015

    @OnlyJoeKing I don't really think the polish of Bloodborne and the breadth of the Souls games are mutually exclusive. Much of the polish of Bloodborne was simply made possible by the additional horsepower of the PS4. Reply +4
  • darc 14/04/2015

    @RetroJB Oh no, despite my better judgement, I let the recent sale get the better of me and purchased DAI. Really hope there's something worthwhile there. (Loved DAO, HATED HATED DA2.) Reply 0
  • darc 14/04/2015

    @Underseven I bought a PS3 to play Demon's Souls (then Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2) and I just bought a PS4 to play Bloodborne. But anyone who down-voted you for encouraging a multi-plat Dark Souls 3 release is a moron.

    More Dark Souls for everyone!
    Reply +10
  • Guitar Hero Live skips backwards compatibility as it reboots series

  • darc 14/04/2015

    @Iain815
    my little finger is naturally bent

    Weird coincidence, mine is too (both of them actually), but I've been playing guitar for 30-odd years. Played more than my share of the old 5-button Guitar Hero, too. :)
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