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  • After nine years, Demon's Souls' servers are going offline for good

  • darc 07/12/2017

    Wish they would remaster this one for current gen, cross-platform, and use the revenue to re-purpose those servers.

    Not the end of the world, though. I actually solo'd most of this game offline because there were so many messages and ghosts in its day that it became a distraction.
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  • Outcast - Second Contact review

  • darc 20/11/2017

    Giants: Citizen Kabuto! Wow, I'd forgotten all about this game (even though I still quote it whenever I get "hoongray!") So much to love, e.g. the first moment you throw yourself off the cliffside with your jetpack on...

    Lots of video game nostalgia here.
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  • Sony's Shadow of the Colossus remake is out next February

  • darc 31/10/2017

    Graphics are great, but then the graphics were always great. Do something about the quirky controls - i.e. make them remappable and add an invert Y option - if you want me to buy this game for the 4th or 5th time. Reply 0
  • Metroid: Samus Returns review

  • darc 12/09/2017

    Sometimes explicit, sometimes implicit references to "original" Metroid *2* are turning my brains inside out.:O Reply 0
  • The Lost Legacy is Uncharted meets MGS5 - and it works

  • darc 19/08/2017

    Tagline for this article is about 180 degrees removed from the gist of this week's review. Hmm. Reply +5
  • Shadow of the Colossus on PS4 is a remake, not a remaster, says Shuhei Yoshida

  • darc 16/06/2017

    Oh man. How many times am I going to buy this game??

    Buying the PS3 version was kind of a waste. Not much improved over the PS2 experience, and I just couldn't get with the controls by that point. But this looks absolutely amazing!
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  • Snooker star says he's a recovering video game addict

  • darc 21/04/2017

    ...all of a sudden that became more important than the snooker which is absolutely crazy.
    The wildest sentence I expect to read today. :D
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  • Persona 5 review

  • darc 30/03/2017

    Fearless use of fonts! I do not expect to read that again for a while. :D Reply +2
  • Ken Levine's next game will be "more challenging" than BioShock

  • darc 30/03/2017

    @ChrisOTR Agree 100%. I haven't been impressed since System Shock 2. Reply -4
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera review

  • darc 02/03/2017

    @Plankton1975 "I guess some people don't understand things like text size can make games inaccessible for some people"

    I'm still amazed at how few *games designers* understand this point.
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  • Watch the worst video game trailer ever to appear on the official PlayStation YouTube channel

  • darc 13/01/2017

    Actually, there are no animations.
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  • Face-Off: The Last Guardian

  • darc 07/12/2016

    To be absolutely clear, you must boot the game with this option selected to see any frame-rate gains like this - to force it to run in native 1080p. Switching it midway through will simply not work.
    Hardware upgrade options, patch downloads, and now this. I feel like a PC gamer again!
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  • Sources: Nintendo Switch will have GameCube Virtual Console support

  • darc 07/12/2016

    Every other console ditches backwards compatibility in favor of remasters; everyone complains and calls it a cynical money grab. Nintendo announces GameCube compatibility (yay, Thousand Year Door!) and three comments on the first page say remasters would be preferable. (As if the two were mutually exclusive?)

    You've gotta love the internet. :)

    EDIT: I've now read further, and I see cooler heads do prevail. :D
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  • PS4 Pro gives Battlefield 1 gamers a multiplayer advantage

  • darc 15/11/2016

    Devs are going to have to start providing Pro-only/ vanilla-only server hosting options, the same way some driving games host wheel-only races for instance.

    It's not so much that Sony's done anything wrong here, as it is that they never framed the mid-cycle upgrade realistically in the first place. "By way of magic, this product will be sufficiently differentiated for those who buy it, but by way of the same magic, the very same games won't suffer on the old hardware." Right, tell that to my 6 year old PC...
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  • Dark Souls 3 patch will adjust the game's "poise" stat

  • darc 18/10/2016

    Only one way to avoid confusion: never get hit. :D Reply 0
  • Watch: We attempt to survive the wilderness in Rise of the Tomb Raider

  • darc 04/10/2016

    NEXT WEEK! Between this and Dark Souls 3 DLC - oh, October is kind.

    Just in time, too. I was starting to get the itch to buy an XBox One.
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  • Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel paints a world worth revisiting

  • darc 22/09/2016

    @GreyBeard I agree with you 100% regarding all of the weaknesses of DS3. And yet I found I enjoyed it *more* on subsequent playthroughs, when I had no specific expectations relating to Demons/Dark 1. DS3 is very linear and really disappoints in terms of exploration/surprises, but once you've been through it once and know what to expect, the mechanics and visuals remain a treat.

    I think of a video game as having strengths as a game (strategy, content, etc.) and as a toy (mechanics, look and feel, etc.) and in it's in terms of the latter that DS3 really excels.

    As for the DLC, it's too soon for anything other than speculation. I personally found DS2 disappointing, and Bloodborne moreso, but enjoyed the DLC for both of them. With DS2 in particular, I thought the DLC was much stronger than the content that shipped with the original game.

    Now please, for the love of all things holy, release a multi-platform remaster of Demons/Dark 1 on a single disc, Ico/Shadows of the Collosus-style. (A man can dream...)
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  • darc 21/09/2016

    @VideoGameAddict25 Who needs an excuse? I just play it over and over again, like taking laps in Forza. :D Reply +3
  • darc 21/09/2016

    All I want to know is how far in you need to play Dark Souls 3 before you can access the DLC. Trying to decide whether to spin up a yet another character or forge on with my current NG+. :) Reply 0
  • Microsoft on Project Scorpio, PS4 Pro marketing and Xbox tweets

  • darc 21/09/2016

    I own an original PS4; never got around to buying an XBox One. With Bloodborne now out of the way (and my having been pretty disappointed with it), there are actually more exclusives for XBone than PS4 that interest me. And MS has really stepped up their game with backwards compatibility etc... to make no mention of the fact that their UI/shopping experience was always heads and shoulders above Sony's.

    The most obvious strategy for me at this point would be to limp along with my old PS4 and spring for Scorpio when its available, to round things out. The only fly in the ointment is PSVR: it looks awesome, and it's very reasonably priced, I want it... and I have a sneaking suspicion that it will serve PS4 Pro owners best.

    That and the fact that the wait for Scorpio is kind of brutal. I want to play Forza Horizon 3 etc. etc. etc. NOW. :)
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  • Zachtronics' new game Shenzen I/O promises the joys and frustrations of engineering

  • darc 14/09/2016

    Brought this out of the depths of ancient memory:

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  • PlayStation Move is back, and now in a PSVR double pack

  • darc 01/09/2016

    I already have a couple of Move controllers, and I'm pretty sure I will continue to never use them, even after PSVR arrives. Reply 0
  • There's a new report about those NX detachable controllers

  • darc 26/08/2016

    I'm getting the vague sense that I have no idea what "mooted" means. Reply +2
  • The other World War 1 shooter is out on PS4 next week

  • darc 25/08/2016

    Looks great, but might possibly be the first game ever to give me motion sickness!

    EDIT: cowell beat me to it, and with a sense of humour! :D
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  • Watch: Why I'm not sticking with No Man's Sky

  • darc 25/08/2016

    Watching the world spend $60 and countless hours to reach the conclusion I thought was obvious when I read the first preview...

    "Procedurally generated" is shorthand for "no one had to bother thinking about this content, and neither should you."
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  • Here's the first trailer for Dark Souls 3's Ashes of Ariandel DLC

  • darc 24/08/2016

    I'm on my third playthrough and I'd never even heard of the Nameless King. It's so easy to miss tons of content in these games, unless you're pouring over wikis/ forums/ etc. Reply +1
  • Dark Souls 3 DLC Ashes of Ariandel announced for October

  • darc 23/08/2016

    @Binba442 Agree 100% on all points, but somehow grew to love it anyway. It's certainly no Demon's or Dark 1; all in all it's more like a fun toy.

    But it is extremely weird how often you can get away with mashing the dodge button to safety regardless of your remaining stamina...
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  • darc 23/08/2016

    Awesome news. And releasing on my daughter's birthday! :D

    I had a weird thing with DS3. Through the whole first playthrough I found it kind of disappointing (too linear, among other complaints) but as soon as I completed it I started over and have been addicted since. It's not as deep in terms of game design as some of the earlier titles in the series, but the mechanics are just so perfect. If you take it solely on its own terms, it's hard to put down.

    I'm into my 3rd playthrough now. As I was nearing the second completion I considered stopping in case DLC required a high-level character well into the game, but couldn't resist going for a second ending. I guess I'll have to keep chipping away at NG+ now...
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  • Microsoft announces official Xbox Onesie

  • darc 23/08/2016

    Nope, not April. Reply 0
  • 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 +31
  • 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!
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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!
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  • 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*??
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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