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  • How Zelda and Horizon fix open worlds in very different ways

  • frazzl 22/03/2017

    @ivanbasov Get it on the system you enjoy the most - online, controller, achievos etc. Reply +3
  • Daytona USA is coming to Xbox One today

  • frazzl 22/03/2017

    My favourite game of all time. It's simply incredible and still holds up today! Reply +4
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda review

  • frazzl 21/03/2017

    @Creamysmooth Exactly. Very well said. Reply +2
  • frazzl 21/03/2017

    @Creamysmooth Thanks mate. I have never understood the whole "I was looking forward to the game and this negative review means I will no longer get it" mindset. Oh well. To each their own :) Reply +4
  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @spamdangled If you scroll down you will see the whole discussion started with someone claiming that the critical reception to Mass Andromeda was "pants". I was simply pointing out that this was in fact not true, whether you look at Metacritic (where it is listed as good - >= 75) or Open Critic (where it is listed as "Strong").

    I personally put very little value into reviews. I get what I think I will like and avoid what I think I will not like. I have been gaming long enough not to need someone else to tell me what game to get. So I am not advocating Metacritic, Open Critic or any individual review as an indicator of game quality.

    As for the owner of Metacritic being a dick, where's the goss? :)
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  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @UncleLou I think what's happening is the review sites are catering, consciously or subconsciously, to what their readers determine as poor, average, and good. I honestly don't think the overall quality of games is better now than it was back in the mid-90's for example. All we are seeing are reviewers not using the entire scoring scale artificially inflating the review average. Naturally this is just my opinion. Reply -1
  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @kraenk12
    It's your thing if you don't have standards. And no, if ME2 had a 95 on Metacritic 75 is NOT good, whatever strange apologist agenda you seem to have. Have fun with the game you bought but stay reasonable.
    These are not my standards. Metacritic classifies review scores (and averages) of 75% and above as good. Go to the website and check it yourself. Don't shoot the messenger.
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  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @Some_Goats That's the way it should be. I am going to guess that you've been a gamer for a while now. What makes you any less of an expert than Edwin or any other reviewer here. Get what tickles your fancy and skip what doesn't :) Reply -2
  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @UncleLou So I was not wrong saying that 75-78% is above average ;) Reply 0
  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @Some_Goats
    You claim to know how 'a' scoring system works, but you don't know how 'the' scoring system works.
    So by "the" scoring system, you mean "your" scoring system. It's obviously not the one Metacritic uses.

    Again it doesn't really matter to me. I don't need a review to tell me what to buy or what not to buy. I have been playing games long enough to know what's for me.

    Also, I have never claimed ME: Andromeda is good. Or bad. I haven't played it yet. I do know I'll be getting it and finding out. Just like review scores, I place zero value on arbitrary Internet scales ;)
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  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @sizu
    Your enjoyment/purchasing decision doesn't need to be validated by a random write on a games site.
    Amen! It's ridiculous how much weight people give a stranger's opinion. Especially when it's quite likely that they have as much expertise playing games as the person in question.
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  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    The average game review score on Metacritic looks to be 74%. Therefore ME: Andromeda has received above-average scores on all platforms.

    In terms of how Metacritic classifies games using these review scores: 0-49 is poor (colour coded red), 50-74 = average (colour coded yellow), >=75 is good (colour coded green). In other words according to Metacritic, ME: Andromeda is good.

    I read reviews out of interest. I usually know what I'll be getting or not getting long before the reviews come out. I know what I like and don't like so I don't see the use for an Internet random's value judgement. Major tech flaws though, being objective, are useful and that is the extent of a review's utility for me.

    Ok, back to Zelda :D
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  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @UncleLou
    Anyway, if you insist on using a review aggregator to judge the quality of a game, you should learn how to read scores. In gaming, 7x isn't great.
    It's you who needs to read scores. Go over to Metacritic. Read the summary they have provided. Have a look at the color coding they use - green for good (75% and above), yellow for average (50 - 74%) and red for below average (everything less than 50%). So based on the most popular review aggregator, 75% is good which is exactly where ME: Andromeda is sitting on all platforms.

    It is not silly if you know what "median" and "average" means. Do you think "5" means average? Hint: It does not.
    And you have access to the overall average or median review score?

    Again, not even the top 40 in 2017.
    Top 40 out of how many games? Top 40 out of 1000 is pretty damn good. Top 40 out of 50 not so much. Nice try though.

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  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @UncleLou An average is a measure of central tendency, as is the median. So saying it "does mean average, but not "median or scientifically average" is rather silly.

    So if we're are going to start using subjective colloquialisms masquerading as statistical terms, then review scores/badges etc. lose all value.

    FYI according to Metacritic ME: Andromeda has received "generally favorable reviews". So if a game needs to get good reviews in general merely to be considered average, well I'd love to see what you consider good or great.

    Edit:

    We all know how the scoring system works.
    Yes I know how a scoring system works - 0% up to and including 100% with 50% indicating an average score. Now if some gamers want to shift goalposts and make 75% the new average, well that's their prerogative. They'll be missing out on potentially good games, not me.
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  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @MagiusMagnus Says the guy who is slating a game they haven't played by lying about its critical reception. Sadly your lack of awareness is par for the course when it comes to Internet idiots. :lol: Reply -12
  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @monsieur-Yor Sounds interesting. Might have to check that out. Reply -4
  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @MagiusMagnus What credibility do you have? You are lying about the reviews the game has received. People here don't have to take my word for it - they can visit Metacritic.com for themselves. The fact that you would lie about something so easily verified speaks to your lack of intellect. I am going to bet that you haven't even played the game :lol:

    Edit: If you think 75-78% is average, you should rethink how you spend your time. A lot less game and a lot more academic scholarship methinks. :cool:
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  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @MagiusMagnus The general feeling across the board based on the reviews listed on Metacritic is that ME: Andromeda is quite good. 75% - 77% is not "pants" no matter how hard you try and spin it.

    Edit: I am not saying the game is good or bad. I haven't played it. I am simply talking about the reviews the game has received, a topic you brought up. And it's a fact that the game is reviewing well on Metacritic.
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  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @MagiusMagnus 75% on PS4, 77% on X1 and 78% on PC. That's pretty good actually. Are you one of those "special" gamers whose review scale goes 10, 9, 8,...shit? If so you deserve every neg you get for being an idiot. Reply -3
  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    Here's a suggestion. Read Edwin's other reviews. Then ask yourself - "do I share his point of view?" If you answer yes, don't get ME:Andromeda. If you answer no, check it out - join EA Access for a month and play 10 hours of the game. Cheapest way to test the waters so to speak. Simply taking Edwin's word for it is silly imo. Reply +3
  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_ :D Reply -2
  • frazzl 20/03/2017

    Edwin doesn't like it. That's about as strong an endorsement as you can get :lol: Reply 0
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands biggest launch of the year so far

  • frazzl 13/03/2017

    @MagiusMagnus Sure. Times are lean on the X1 currently. Just like they were lean on the PS4 last year (I only bought UC4 and R&C). This is why it's great to be a multi-platform owner. You can pick up and enjoy virtually any title you like. Reply -2
  • frazzl 13/03/2017

    @Simatron3000 It's an assumption. Not a fact. Assumptions are very easy to make. I just demonstrated that. Need I also remind you that the biggest selling titles on the PS3 and PS4 are the usual suspects - GTA, COD, BF and the like. Just like they are on the X1. Let's also not forget games like Fallout 4 and the Witcher 3, hardly games you would call "dudebro", did really well on both systems. Says a lot to me about how similar the demographics of both consoles are.

    Like you I am a multi-platform owner. I do however do most of my gaming on my X1 (as I did on the 360 the generation before). I'll be buying Nier Automata (enjoyed the original Nier on my 360). Will also be getting Persona 5. I don't see myself getting GR - it doesn't have much of a single player campaign. I clearly don't fit in your imagined Xbox demographic now do I.
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  • frazzl 13/03/2017

    @MagiusMagnus Hush! How dare you think for yourself! Reply +1
  • frazzl 13/03/2017

    @Simatron3000 I am going to assume you are a rabid Sony pony. I won't check your post history. I don't know what consoles you own or like. I am just going to make a baseless assumption. Much like you have too. Reply 0
  • frazzl 13/03/2017

    @sizu Didn't you get the memo? Only "dude bros" enjoy "toxic" games like GR ;) Reply +5
  • frazzl 13/03/2017

    @Dizzy Find a NZ retailer that ships overseas. Plenty of stock here to be had. Reply 0
  • Nintendo investigating Switch Joy-Con issues

  • frazzl 13/03/2017

    Reggie: Please understand, but I really don't give a shit about you. Reply +6
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands review

  • frazzl 11/03/2017

    @ToWhomItMayConcern Yup :lol: Reply 0
  • frazzl 11/03/2017

    @sizu Agreed. Maybe he thinks he can use them to pad his journalistic portfolio ;) Reply 0
  • frazzl 11/03/2017

    @sizu He is definitely one of the worst reviewers here. Reply +1
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild players have worked out how to beat enemies with a chicken

  • frazzl 10/03/2017

    Gotta try this tomorrow :D Reply 0
  • Rime comes out in May, costs £10 more on Nintendo Switch.

  • frazzl 09/03/2017

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  • Switch has redesigned portable gaming forever

  • frazzl 09/03/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_ Exactly. By the time Mario comes out, Nintendo will have hopefully addressed some of the glaring issues being glossed over here, and we might even have a price drop to boot :) Reply 0
  • frazzl 08/03/2017

    This is a disgusting advertorial. Yeah let's forget the expensive launch price and the lack of titles (the best one simultaneously being available on older hardware). Let's forget the hidden costs - pro controller and SD cards. Let's forget the hardware issues - JoyCon connections, a dock that scratches your screen, a lousy battery life and most recently Nintendo giving you the big fuck you if you have dead pixels.

    I mean really have you no shame?

    Meanwhile if you want something a bit more grounded in reality you can read this article here about why the left JoyCon doesn't work the way it should. Spoiler alert, it's a Nintendo fuck-up.

    I guess when it comes to getting advice about gaming and hairstyles, Oli will not be my go-to person.
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  • Is Zelda on Switch worth the upgrade from Wii U?

  • frazzl 06/03/2017

    Zelda is a fantastic game. The Wii U version has its framerate issues, usually during combat, but they're infrequent enough not to spoil the gaming experience. Definitely a far more stable game than any of the Souls titles on the Xbox 360 and PS3 or for that matter Bloodborne on the PS4 with its horrific frame-pacing issues.

    The only problem with the Wii U version of Zelda being so good is that there is no reason to get a Switch. Nintendo have put so much effort into making an immense and beautiful world - playing it on a tiny screen while squinting against glare (a real issue in NZ) would be doing the game an injustice. I'll wait for Mario before getting the Switch and use it as a home console, which is what Nintendo is marketing it anyway.
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  • frazzl 06/03/2017

    @aldo_14 That could be the case. I guess we will find out eventually. Reply -1
  • frazzl 05/03/2017

    @UKRaver1980
    "Nintendo Switch is a home gaming system first and foremost,” the company told Polygon when asked if the system was going to impact the sale of the 3DS portable systems. “We have made no announcement regarding the future of Nintendo 3DS."
    You can read the rest of the interview here. They have gone on record saying this to other news sites as well. Google it.
    Reply +2
  • frazzl 04/03/2017

    @Nutzogamer You do realize Nintendo are marketing the Switch as primarily a home console. Reply +1
  • frazzl 04/03/2017

    @elfergos The load times on the Wii U (disc) have been quite reasonable so far. Nothing more than 10 seconds I reckon. Reply +3
  • frazzl 04/03/2017

    Got the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild today and it looks like that was the right decision. Will get the Switch when Mario is released. By then the price will have dropped. As it stands, all of the game shops I checked yesterday and today have plenty of Switch stock left, so it doesn't look to have set tills on fire. Reply +17
  • Nintendo gives Switch Joy-Con wireless connectivity advice, warns of nearby fish tanks

  • frazzl 04/03/2017

    Can you ask Nintendo how the fuck they expect us to keep the Switch 3 - 4 feet away from the entertainment center where my other consoles (wireless) are, which also happens to be in between my front speakers. Seriously Eurogamer, when are you going to get "tough" with Nintendo? How much more do they need to fuck up before we can see your trademark indignant editorials? Reply +66
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review

  • frazzl 03/03/2017

    @Yautja_Warrior I guarantee you there will be people who don't like Breath of the Wild and Horizon. In which case what percentage of people need to love a game before a game is considered to be factually good? Is there any accepted metric in this regard? Reply -1
  • frazzl 03/03/2017

    @VanillaLake In total agreement there. If you have a PS4 get Horizon. Looks great. Plays well. And is pretty damn stable too. Reply 0
  • frazzl 03/03/2017

    @Yautja_Warrior
    It's clear that anyone who says that now hasn't played Horizon. I have stuck a good number of hours into Horizon now and not once has it felt like Far Cry, Shadow of Mordor or any other Ubisoft game, it might use the same kind of idea's but it's definitely it's own game.
    I disagree. I own Horizon. Have played it for around 5 hours and have had a blast with it. And yes it is very similar to Far Cry. In my opinion it's a third person Far Cry with Zoids. That's my opinion. You have yours. Neither of them are facts.

    I mean Zelda borrows those things too, it has the towers, resource gathering and crafting but it feels like it's own game, not a copy of something else and Horizon is exactly the same. I find it funny that Horzon gets all the shit for that, yet Zelda does it too and gets a free pass.
    I agree that most games borrow ideas from other titles. That's just the nature of the beast. I also agree that it can be frustrating when a reviewer takes issue with this in one review and not the other. The reason for this is quite simple - personal preference. If a title doesn't resonate with a reviewer they are more likely to pick up on things like this. There's no grand conspiracy here.

    Simple fact is, both are great games for different reasons but both of them make those elements their own and don't feel like a copy of anything.
    Not a fact. Here are some facts:
    - Both you and I like Horizon.
    - Both Breath of the Wild and Horizon have garnered critical acclaim.
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  • frazzl 03/03/2017

    @fabio78
    @RisingJaguar
    Ah, if only Sony/MS could make their exclusive games anywhere near as good as Nintendo IPs
    Like Naughty Dog? Okay...
    LOL! Naughty Dog is not in the same league as Nintendo. Or any other Sony dev for that matter. Or any MS dev. And no I am not a Nintendo fanboy.
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  • frazzl 03/03/2017

    @VanillaLake I suggest you try just about any SNK port on the Mega Drive. Or for that matter Sonic 2 split-screen multi-player. If I really wanted to think hard about my gaming experiences in the early 90's I am sure I could come up with more examples. Reply +1
  • Finally, we have answers to Nintendo Switch's digital game sharing questions

  • frazzl 03/03/2017

    Nintendo:
    We don't know what the fuck we are doing. Please understand.
    Reply +13
  • Switch Joy-Cons tested: are there really de-sync issues?

  • frazzl 03/03/2017

    @YenRug We could spend more time arguing about whether or not smaller hands are better for signal strength of the left JoyCon. The fact that this topic even came up is an indication of just how badly Nintendo fucked up either with their QA or their design. Reply +3