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  • Man spends Ł40k making gigantic "Megaprocessor", plays Tetris on it

  • darc 06/07/2016

    @camo_kill Thank you, kind sir. Reply +1
  • darc 05/07/2016

    Judges would also have accepted "macroprocessor". :) Reply +30
  • Xbox One S won't give games a performance boost, Microsoft insists

  • darc 15/06/2016

    :D Headline and tagline read like something The Onion would publish. Love it. Reply 0
  • We don't know why Sony's making PS4K, but there are plenty of reasons it shouldn't

  • darc 10/06/2016

    I agree whole-heartedly with the article. (Though, as I recall, people who posted similar sentiments in the last EG article about PS4K were negged to death.) Reply +6
  • I came to Dark Souls so late that it's basically like going to Disneyland

  • darc 03/06/2016

    Great article. Alas, I don't think the series has quite achieved the wonderful qualities the author so clearly appreciates since Dark Souls 1. Dark Souls 2 was much more arbitrary in its designs, and Dark Souls 3 is linear to a fault (when it isn't arbitrary as well.)

    Ah but, Demons' and Dark 1... magic!
    Reply +3
  • Shadow Warrior 2 is a surprising sequel

  • darc 17/05/2016

    Who wants some more Wang? Reply 0
  • A few hours with final Witcher 3 expansion Blood and Wine

  • darc 11/05/2016

    The new character screen. The old fonts. Or possibly worse. When are developers of multiplatform games going to hip to the fact that console players DON'T ALL HAVE 9000 inch televisions??

    Sorry, pet peeve.
    Reply 0
  • Dark Souls dev begins work on new IP - report

  • darc 27/04/2016

    "For example, if a From Software developer come to me five years from now and beg 'please let me make another Dark Souls' then I will not rule out the possibility to let my subordinates start a new project."
    What if they come to you one year from now? :D
    Reply +4
  • Nintendo stock stolen at A14 services

  • darc 22/04/2016

    Whose idea was it to build the truck out of cling wrap? Reply +8
  • One machine to rule them all: the triumph of Xbox 360

  • darc 21/04/2016

    any left surviving today are probably too rare to risk turning on
    I still have two launch 360's in regular use!
    Reply +1
  • Revealed: Sony's plan for PlayStation 4K - codename Neo

  • darc 19/04/2016

    @dogmanstaruk "This news is apparently making some gamers very insecure about their PS4."

    The point isn't whether the existing PS4 is adequate. The point is that console gaming excels in spite of compromised (versus state of the art) hardware *because of* standardization. When a developer can target a known quantity and optimize, the results are best. Once a developer has the option to target something more powerful, (some) games will be compromised on the base system.

    I remember (not fondly) the days of reading a new PC game review, and wondering whether I should run out and buy a new graphics card, and often being disappointed even if I did. There is a lot to be said for loading a game and knowing that your experience is what can and should be expected, what the developer intended for better or for worse. If I were a developer, or even a games reviewer, I'd be shaking my head right now.

    As a consumer, I'm just shaking my head and thinking 50G, *again*??
    Reply +2
  • darc 19/04/2016

    Long load times, check. Frequent updates, check. Confusing UI, check. Loud fan noise, check. And now, with tiered hardware baiting you to drop $$$ for best performance in games, the transformation is complete: this generation of console gaming has officially adopted everything that made me abandon PC gaming in the first place.

    And the one and only thing I really thought needed changing - a paltry HDD on a system that insists on installing every game whether I bought it on disc or not - remains the same.

    And now s/w devs can excuse their crappy frame rates on the basis that the "Neo" is recommended. Ugh, Sony, just ugh.
    Reply -5
  • The secrets of Dark Souls lore explained and explored

  • darc 18/04/2016

    @Uberheertje You are not the only one. Demon's/ Dark Souls are my favorite games of all time (and for me that's over 35 years of gaming - I was there from the beginning, just about!) but I can scarcely fathom how anyone would divine all of this without resorting to a wiki. Even in reading this article, it's hard to sort out what was really intended by From vs. what's speculation/philosophy on the part of the author.

    I guess my eyes glaze over when I read names I can barely pronounce - especially when they're only presented in item descriptions once every 5 hours or so - and then I'm on to the action and exploration.

    So for me, none of this really lent much to the games themselves, but it certainly is interesting. I wonder if there's sufficient backstory to do a similar piece on Demon's Souls? That game just oozes gravitas. I'm curious as to whether there are underlying reasons to explain it.
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  • Dark Souls 3 guide

  • darc 13/04/2016

    @Matroska_ Sleeping dragons: enjoy that while it lasts. ;) Reply +1
  • darc 12/04/2016

    Is there something uniquely wrong with my EG account, or does everyone get these lame phishing replies every time they post? Reply 0
  • darc 12/04/2016

    @Kiss_my_arcelona Holy shnikeys, you were dancing on your HANDS? I just subscribed to your YouTube channel. ;) Reply 0
  • Finding the humanity in Dark Souls 2

  • darc 12/04/2016

    @d2_s As regards Demon's Souls, I couldn't agree more. It's absolutely poetic.

    I can see the love for Bloodborne, especially where the characters and storyline are concerned. The story arc(s) are actually more coherent and engaging than those of the Souls games IMO, in that the latter span across several games (and further) and as such are inevitably more vague. I'm the biggest Souls fan you'll find, but I never really understood the fascination with its lore. It seems to me that if you played these games strictly *in-game*, i.e. without ever hitting the internet for additional information, you'd never have the slightest idea what they were about from a literal perspective. But in terms of gameplay, there was just too much absent in Bloodborne that I'd grown to love in Souls. As you say, its not properly a Souls game, but it is a great game taken on its own terms.
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  • darc 11/04/2016

    Dark Souls 2 lacked coherency, from art direction to level design to inventory content - it just looked and felt like a dog's breakfast. Not to say it wasn't great fun to play at times, and I agree that the DLC was exceptional, but it simply didn't have the integrity of Dark 1 or (even moreso) Demon's Souls. (Dark 1 gets props, rightly, for being a single integrated world, but "coherency" is a stretch by the time you're fighting walking mushrooms, etc. LOL.) Right from the off, between the witches (whose theme is never revisited, and who look vastly different between cut-scenes and in-game rendering) to that inexplicable hippo-thing talking to a wall... I got the sense that I was playing a game made by a team who didn't really "get" the franchise.

    I've been replaying all of these games in the run-up to Dark III (TONIGHT for us Americans, huzzah!) and from my very subjective point of view Demons and Dark 1 are still completely engaging masterworks; Dark 2 and Bloodborne are still pretty lame by comparison, but good fun on their own terms. If I had to choose one over the other, I'd take Dark 2 over Bloodborne in an instant. The latter is just too much of a one-trick pony, in absence of magic, proper armor, shields, bows, and on and on. For a game that lasts dozens of hours, it was simply streamlined to death IMO.

    Demon's Souls OMG. Turned it on for the hell of it yesterday, and I'm honestly wondering how I'll tear myself away from it to play Dark III tomorrow. What a game.
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  • There's a Vita-exclusive game from the Guacamelee dev arriving this month

  • darc 11/04/2016

    This is either going to be completely awesome, or a very expensive copy of Fruit Ninja. Or both. :) Reply +17
  • Bloodborne: The Old Hunters review

  • darc 23/11/2015

    So who's going in with their NG+ character or are most going to re-roll a new hunter?
    I guess it's a blessing that I was getting bored by the time I approached the endgame and never actually killed Gehrman. I have that character leveled up and sitting outside the gate, ready to backtrack and run this DLC. Maybe by the time I'm done it will have rekindled my interest to complete the game proper.

    Bloodborne had some great moments, but it never got its hooks in me like the Souls games. Too much was lost in the streamlining IMO - magic, armor, etc.

    Re: GOTY, it's Fallout 4 for me. Best game since the first Dark Souls IMO. I'm as surprised as anyone that I didn't like Bloodborne more than I did.
    Reply +1
  • How Rise of the Tomb Raider's microtransactions work

  • darc 08/10/2015

    I've had nothing but good things to say about this game, and the last one. Until now. Benefit of the doubt: maybe this can be completely ignored without impacting on gameplay. But it's still ugly and unnecessary. Reply +1
  • Witcher 3 patch 1.10 is a monster, full notes revealed

  • darc 08/10/2015

    Honestly, the only fix I would like to see is a font size option. When did every games developer in the world start assuming we all had 65" TV's and/or sat 5" away from said TV's.

    Wonderful for PC gamers, but for the console guy in his living room: absurd.
    Reply +5
  • Here's what the Angry Birds movie looks like

  • darc 23/09/2015

    Blech. Obviousness. Reply +3
  • Forza Motorsport 6 review

  • darc 23/09/2015

    Once more with fuelling.
    Good stuff. :)
    Reply +6
  • Single-screen two-player platformer Penarium is due next week

  • darc 18/09/2015

    Can someone explain what's meant by "single screen" in this context? I see lots of scrolling so... single screen vs. what? Multiple TV's? Reply 0
  • Dark Souls 3 is a surprisingly different beast

  • darc 17/09/2015

    Can't wait. The completist in me will insist I play the Bloodborne DLC, but honestly I found the game relatively (i.e. relative to Souls) boring by the end. Just seeing proper armor and magic again makes me a very, very happy boy. Reply +1
  • Bloodborne: The Old Hunters expansion revealed, coming November

  • darc 15/09/2015

    My least favorite Souls game... but that still makes it, what, the 4th greatest game of all time? I'm in. Reply +1
  • Surprise! Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen headed to PC next year

  • darc 09/09/2015

    @ImpericalLegion You were making some strong points re: different classes; I actually suspected as much. But you end on something of a low note with the "edgy" dig. Sometimes I'll play a game to completion because I'm already invested and I want to see what the game really has to offer, i.e. so I can be sure my opinion is valid. (Emphasis on opinion.) If that's what you call "edgy", whatever. Reply 0
  • darc 08/09/2015

    I played the original to completion, and still don't understand the love. IMO it was sluggish, repetitive, and never got around to making much of a point. Looked good, ticked a lot of boxes, but somehow not much fun. IMO. Maybe I was in a bad mood... for the three or four months I played it LOL. Reply -1
  • Video: Video game vehicles that are so rubbish we'd rather walk

  • darc 08/09/2015

    Vehicles so bad you'd rather walk... Am I the only way who feels this way about horses in Witcher 3? They're beautiful to look at, but actually riding them doesn't seem to help much. Reply 0
  • Forza Motorsport 6 takes us back to the series' heyday

  • darc 08/09/2015

    I'll never tire of being able to peek under the bonnet of a 1989 Toyota MR2, or to discover the wholesome clunk its doors make as they're gently pulled to.
    My first car. I'll never forget it. :)
    Reply 0
  • PS4 gets its own preview program

  • darc 20/08/2015

    Sony is letting people test PlayStation 4 firmware updates before they come out.
    How about letting people test games before they shell out. Anyone remember the ubiquitous AAA demos of last gen? Innocent times...
    Reply +3
  • The Witcher 3 patch 1.08 boosts console performance

  • darc 12/08/2015

    @SheatheThyBlade Agreed. In fact, I played both Witcher 1 and Witcher 2 and, despite all the critical praise, I HATED both of them. Still, couldn't resist and took a chance on Witcher 3. Third time's a charm, as they say. This one is amazing. Reply 0
  • Submerged review

  • darc 06/08/2015

    Beautiful in screenshots...
    Good lord, seriously? I'm looking at the screenshots right now. You're telling me this is the game in a good light?

    Graphics aside, this is one of those times when I miss the old numbered review score system, as this looks like one of those rare 7's I might personally love.
    Reply +5
  • Dark Souls 3 debuts gameplay in new trailer

  • darc 05/08/2015

    @ghostgate2001 Thanks! I thought maybe there'd be a couple of kids playing checkers next to the tele. ;) Reply +1
  • darc 05/08/2015

    @kraajkase Agreed. I am beginning to worry this will be more Bloodborne 2 than Dark Souls 3. Seeing a lot of reused Bloodborne art assets, too. Reply +1
  • darc 05/08/2015

    Sat through un-skippable adverts just to see what "off-screen gameplay" might possibly mean. I still have no idea. :P Reply 0
  • darc 04/08/2015

    @myms1ps3 Agree 100% (with both of your posts.) Reply 0
  • darc 04/08/2015

    @HELLOFELLOWGAMERS Someone must have assumed you preferred or were otherwise endorsing the faster combat - which is neither here nor there, really - and disagreed. (Just as an aside, I'm in the camp that thinks a slower pace fits better with the heavy weapons, armor, and overall vibe of the Souls games.) But either way, you start to get used to the completely random downvotes here. I figure if someone can't be bothered to follow up with a comment explaining their point of view, you ignore them. Reply +1
  • darc 04/08/2015

    @JensWeissflog "I feel like they are releasing a new game before the fans even ask for one."

    Let's be clear on two points: 1. It's not like they're releasing it NOW. 2. I am asking for it NOW. :)
    Reply +43
  • Angry Birds 2 review

  • darc 04/08/2015

    I remember about 5 years ago, buying my first smartphone and assuming that - someday - mobile gaming would amount to something. Sigh. Reply +2
  • Nvidia Shield tablet recall due to "fire hazard"

  • darc 31/07/2015

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  • PlayStation 4's stunning sales success continues

  • darc 30/07/2015

    @TheDarkSide Good advice, thanks. It just stings that much more when a dry spell comes right after the release of a next gen console, and you feel like you spent that money for nothing.

    But you're right - this will pass.

    Meanwhile, all the 12-year old PS4 owners on EG can proceed with assuming this was all a dig on Sony, and somehow personal, and downvote generously. ;)
    Reply -3
  • darc 30/07/2015

    @XbDf Thanks for the upvote (I expect plenty of negs to counter shortly LOL) but I don't really mean what I wrote as a PS vs. XBox thing. (Though I will concede that Microsoft has seriously stepped up their game in the last month or two.) Honestly, it may just be me - starting to wonder if I haven't finally gotten bored with video games. Obsessed with Souls games almost exclusively for what, 5 years now - and then Bloodborne actually managed to bore me. Now THAT is cause for despair.

    Perhaps Fallout 4 will save the day, then of course Dark Souls 3, but that leaves me with some time on my hands. I do wish they hadn't pulled this timed exclusive s*** with Tomb Raider; have been very much looking forward to that one. Not sure it's quite enough to justify a 2nd $400 console, though.
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  • darc 30/07/2015

    And yet I still sit in front of mine at a complete loss as to what to play, and think about plugging my PS3 back in. Reply -5
  • August PlayStation Plus games revealed

  • darc 29/07/2015

    @OnlyJoeKing Unfortunately we played through the whole thing (Diablo 3) on PC the week it was released. It was - at the time - a very mediocre game. I understand it's improved considerably and I'm told the PS4 version is great, but I just can't see us playing it again now (much less paying for it LOL.)

    We had a lot of fun with Guardian of Light, though, so Osiris should be perfect. And you can't beat the price! :)
    Reply +1
  • darc 29/07/2015

    Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PS4)
    Awesome! Finally a decent co-op title to play with my wife (and to justify the purchase of that 2nd controller.)
    Reply +1
  • Dark Souls 3 is familiar, and that's fine

  • darc 24/07/2015

    @Kili102 That is a really weird way to judge which games are best and which are worst. Reply 0
  • darc 23/07/2015

    Also troubling: I got all the way to the final boss, realized that I'd accidentally cornered myself into one of the "lesser" endings, realized he was going to be a right PITA, and never got around to defeating him. In absence of more exploration to do after the fact, the boss battle just didn't seem worth the RSI risk. :) Imagine: me not finishing a Miyazaki game! Something must be amiss... Reply +1
  • darc 23/07/2015

    @mdeneuve Ultimately Bloodborne's just a different game that suits a different niche, I suppose. Different strokes and all that. I personally found it worrying that I put half as many hours into it as any of the Souls games, and yet was bored. Much of this came down to the weapon diversity thing, which I'll stand by if only on account of the absence of shields and bows - entire play styles gone with a stroke of the designer's pen! Then magic...

    Ultimately it just felt like hour upon hour of the *same* game, not unlike playing an FPS or whatever, where the mechanics don't evolve much. (Contrast with your example of the Tomb of Giants where an entirely new challenge is suddenly introduced: I'm blind!) The first indication that this was becoming a problem was when I would level and find that attributing the points wasn't very interesting: strength and dex had much the same effect, hit points are nice, ho-hum. No holding out for that helpful miracle, no building up for that shiny new weapon... in short not much in the way of tactics.
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