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  • Footage released of canned Alan Wake 2 prototype

  • grassyknoll 21/04/2015

    @cw- That was the actually cost of the port (that could have been done by about 4 people, like VC), not the development / asset creation / marketing of the game itself. That's a rather big difference. Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 21/04/2015

    @richarddavies So many of those units were for a few pound though (regularly seen it for 2.37) & the Humble Bundle (with no average) is probably a significant chunk too. Selling millions of units is meaningless if you can't recoup your investment until 6 years later, if at all. Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 21/04/2015

    I absolutely adore Alan Wake, I can see a lot of this stuff making it's way to Quantum Break. Loved the environment interaction & A.I in the video. Sam Lake posted an article about a possible sequel in his Twitter, so I'm hopeful (4 or 5 years away at least though). Reply +6
  • Mortal Kombat X enjoys biggest ever launch for a Mortal Kombat game in UK

  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    @Bauul Thanks for the information (I always say the chart isn't for us). I know someone who collected data on the music charts (seems much the same). Valve really needs a number of competitors in the PC space, I think it's damaging to the games industry for one company to have so much power. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    @jamyskis1981 Obviously some publishers don't want to reveal their figures but Valve could definitely talk about success stories. For me, PC sales through Steam are an annuity for publishers, a constant source of revenue but not a means to create big budget or even midteir games. No investor is going to recoup an investment from PC primarily. Reply -4
  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    @landlock It should be, Bloodborne was 1 million by the 5th April. It's still doing incredible well in mainland Europe (especially Germany, Italy & Spain), that the easily offset 150k loss in Japan. At this point in its life, Dark Soul's 2 wasn't even in the top 30 in the UK. Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    @melnificent Sorry but that chart is a joke. GTA V was most likely the biggest seller this week but It's compiled by "sources" & GfK's chart (the one you're criticising). It's like doing a PhD statistical analysis & concluding with "my mate thinks" at the end. You either include all digital downloads or none at all. Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    @UncleLou They track the point of sale when a transaction is made. I imagine they track a few thousand stores & then extrapolate from that (the way TV ratings are done).

    Publishers are not open about their numbers, but they are about their revenue breakdowns. Bar someone like Sega (who's mobile / PC) most publishers still make a majority of money from physical sales.
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  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    @melnificent GFK Chart Track "monitor and report on sales of music, video and software via retailers' EPOS systems". It really clear what they do & don't measure. Do you think Activision would make a game like Cities if it was in the chart? Perhaps EA would get Visceral to make a Hotline Miami clone? This chart just measures physical copies sold in the shops in the UK, no more no less. The real issue you should ask is why Valve isn't transparent about their figures. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    The chart doesn't include digital data because publishers & Valve don't want to share it. If digital games are not represented then your issue is with them, not Chart Track who make this chart. Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    @arcam Or you could just see it for what it is, a chart for games sold physically in shops. This constant sneering from PC only players is getting old. Stuff like Helldivers, Hotline Miami 2, Bastion etc would be here too. Reply -5
  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    Bloodborne has had a really small drop, it's easily going to surpass Dark Soul's 2 on PS3 / 360 (it will by next month) & possibly PC combined. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    @melnificent Well Valve should share their data then. This is a chart of physical copies. Do we really need this mentioned week after week? Reply -2
  • You now have to spend at least $5 to access some Steam features

  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    @IronSoldier It's not a very small (edit!) minority, many of those accounts are for DOTA 2 alone, a title where you don't spend a penny. A large part of Steam's growth is from that title (the largest part I would say). Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    @Dantonir Lots of them, we're talking 10s of millions. Valve also changed their definition of "active account" to actually include these spam accounts last year. They are the least transparent companies in gaming & forum goers fall for it hook, line & sinker. Reply -3
  • grassyknoll 20/04/2015

    @Napo2k Valve will be paid by publishers to use their DRM on physical copies of games. Reply 0
  • The best PC games

  • grassyknoll 19/04/2015

    There is no such thing as a comprehensive top 20 list that everyone will agree on. Liking a game is subjective, hence any list created is subjective. I'm always find it astounding that quite a lot of EG posters can't comprehended this*

    * The only real point of discussion is every game listed is on Steam & Amazon.
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  • Face-Off: Mortal Kombat X

  • grassyknoll 18/04/2015

    @HerrDirector On suicide watch. Reply +4
  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 gets PS4 release date

  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @Malesoun Negged for answering a question accurately. What a joke this site is. Reply +8
  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player cap, no campaign

  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    "In engine footage" means the game will not look or play like that at all. Remember the Ignite Engine demo?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS6IlceFF9g
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  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @dogmanstaruk We'll see soon enough. There's nothing better than seeing everyone excited about an EA game & the bitter disappointment after. People never learn. Reply +9
  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @dogmanstaruk No one should disprove of multiplayer only games, but if it's sold as a single player & multiplayer game then it's open to any criticism. They know they'll lose half the sales if they go multi only though. Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @rubberducko It's pretty obvious it's just a Battlefield reskin. No space battles in a game called Star Wars equals no sale no matter who is making it. EA on the box means no sale full stop. The battle for biggest car crash between this & The Division is going to be glorious. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    Battlefield multiplayer with a Star Wars skin. As expected. Reply +24
  • Star Wars: Battlefront release date leaked

  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    Most definitely going to be the most disappointing game this year (and barely functional knowing DICE). The launch of this is going to be glorious. If you put any stock in EA, you deserve everything you get. Reply 0
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood physical editions out the week after download versions

  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @CliffPromise I honestly don't get it, the way people who buy digitally feel superior in some way is just bizarre. It's just a medium to play games, but incredibly expensive & you're left with no recourse with broken products. It makes absolutely no sense. (These people also want to eliminated physical media as well, even more bizarrely). Reply +1
  • Battlefield: Hardline trumps Bloodborne in March US retail sales

  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @mega-gazz Why would you take anything said on a games forum as representative of the population as a whole? Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @redcrayon I'm in not way saying Bloodborne is easier, but I don't think it's impenetrable either. Bloodborne requires more thought, focus & pattern recognition than the average big budget game, but the difficulty aspect is overblown. It's just a stupid false narrative to spread (shops are swamped with copies of preowned Bloodbornes, which is obviously not the case). Reply -2
  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @redcrayon Very well, 35%+ (of those who upload trophy data) beat R:TVS, that's past the half way point for most players. (obviously it's non-linear to a degree). Reply -2
  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @dogmanstaruk Trophy data. Reply -2
  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @Olemak Bloodborne doesn't demand super human reflexes or an incredible memory, just a bit of planning & strategy. I didn't know reading & observing had become such difficult things. Anyway the point is moot, looking at the trophies over 35% beat R:TVS, that's pass the half way point, that's far better ratio than almost every modern game. A game being shit is a far bigger barrier to continue playing than supposed difficulty. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @Syrette More people (percentage wise anyway) beat the first boss on Bloodborne than Mass Effect or Dragon Age Inquisition. No one talks about those games been traded in. Nothing bores me more than people on forums that pretend games are impenetrable. It's just elitist bullshit. If I can finish it, anyone with some understanding of how games work can too. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @Olemak If you look at the trophy stats it reveals a far higher playing average than most games. This "Bloodborne is too hard / complex for the general public" thing needs to end. It's patronising. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @dogmanstaruk I honestly ignore the top 10 lists. They'll disappear if no one reads or comments on them. Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    @McGooch Eurogamer not doing online game reviews until after launch is great. Have we forgotten the 9 and 10's for broken games like Halo Collection, Diablo 3 & Sim City already? Reply +9
  • grassyknoll 17/04/2015

    Battlefield is one of the biggest gaming franchises in the world. I wouldn't be shocked of it sold a million copies alone launch month. Battlefield 3 shipped over 17 million copies lifetime. Comparing a obtuse RPG like Bloodborne to that game is insane. The decrease in sales by 29% for consoles maybe revenue as all the Nintendo consoles are up year on year.

    Final Fantasy Type O sold 4 times more on PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One. That's a 90+ / -10 split worldwide. I don't think anyone even needs to question why Japanese home console games are PS3 / PS4 only this generation.
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  • Xbox One The Witcher 3 bundle revealed for 309.99

  • grassyknoll 16/04/2015

    @MattEvansC3 The average wage in the Ukraine is 150 a month after tax. Pricing poorer people out of gaming would be very sad indeed. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 16/04/2015

    @dogmanstaruk I'm not against used games, people can buy & sell what they please (I just want new things personally & support the companies who make games). However patrons on this site know how tight margins can be for games like this, if everyone did what IronSoldier did, CD Projekt RED would never be able to release a game like this again (if at all honestly). We have to support the companies that treat us well or we're going to lose them. Not many people outside gaming websites will. Paying 30 for a game that he's been bigging up just seems fair & appropriate. Throwing 9 at CD Projekt in this way is insulting & mocks the only company doing digital right. They'll have to have DRM on their products because of the bad faith of individuals like him. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 16/04/2015

    @theone2014 I don't mind people paying low prices for games! (We don't all buy are games at launch) But I have a real issue with someone manipulating the system when a company is as customer focused & fair as CD Projekt. It's going to make it harder for CD Projekt to maintain DRM free products in the future. He's actively making the platform he supposedly loves worst by doing so (all for about an extra tenner). No doubt Ukrainian store prices will increase too. Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 16/04/2015

    @IronSoldier I don't buy used games. You're pathetic. I'm talking about you, do you think you paid a fair price for The Witcher 3? Reply +6
  • grassyknoll 16/04/2015

    @theone2014 I'm honestly furious. The only company I buy digitally from is CD Projekt RED. They're actively one of the few companies making PC a better place. Anyone who scams them (& is proud of it) is not a PC gamer. Reply +4
  • grassyknoll 15/04/2015

    @IronSoldier So you think buying a DRM free version of a brand new game for 9 is fair? CD Projekt are trying to create a digital ecosystem that actually values customers (unlike fucking Valve with Steam) & you proudly mock them. You really should be ashamed of yourself. Stop talking about used games, Game etc, I'm talking about your actions, no one else's, do you think you're making PC a platform better by doing what you're doing? Because all you're doing is making it harder for them to support a DRM free approach and you know that. Reply +6
  • grassyknoll 15/04/2015

    @IronSoldier Taking advantage of CD Projekt who offer DRM free versions of games & buying from the Ukrainian store is absolutely shameful. Bragging here about your fucking rig & then not supporting the companies that actually makes your platform great makes you a total scumbag in my book. You're not a PC gamer, you're actively destroying your platform. Reply +7
  • Invisible, Inc spies May release date

  • grassyknoll 15/04/2015

    @ChuckNorris Some Eurogamer patrons seem to hate everything. :( Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 15/04/2015

    I absolutely love Klei, Mark of the Ninja is one my favourite games in recent years (if you've never played it, it's Super Metroid meets Metal Gear, it's brilliant from start to finish). Them making an XCOM game combined with a stealth game is a day one buy for me. Reply +8
  • EA Humble Bundle offers Dragon Age and Dead Space 2

  • grassyknoll 14/04/2015

    I'm not a fan of EA's business practices but their charity work is outstanding for a large games company. Very well done. Reply +18
  • Star Ocean 5 in development for PlayStation 4, PS3

  • grassyknoll 14/04/2015

    @geoffmackey Sony Computer Entertainment are investing in the game, they're not making games for Xbox. They're also made a contract for Bloodborne, a contract for Level 5, provided hardware for Final Fantasy Dissidia, paid for ports of Dragon Quest Heroes, Persona V, Y's 8, SF V, Dragon's Dogma Online. They're also doing engine development for Deep Down*. If Microsoft wants games like these, they can invest in them just like Sony & Nintendo are.

    * Edit: I've missed stuff with Cyber Connect2, Gung Ho, Gundam & loads of other games
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  • Bloodborne sales pass 1m in under two weeks

  • grassyknoll 14/04/2015

    @LordViru What you mean by anti consumer is not on PC (if just not on Steam, because that what it really means). Nintendo & Sony pump billions into the Japanese games industry, without them it would be dead. From Software wouldn't even be making this game without Sony involvement years ago, Takeshi Kajii of SCE asked them to make a game like King's Field, which ended up being Demon Soul's.

    People need to go where the games they want to play are, not complain about barriers of entry (for products that go down in price) when they spend hundreds of pounds on graphics cards. If you want to play Sony & Nintendo games, buy their consoles. No one is entitled to play everything, especially if they don't want to support the companies that are making these games happen (games are products after all).
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  • grassyknoll 14/04/2015

    @yukushi The game isn't difficult at all. Be observant, prepared & never reckless and you'll easily finish the game. It's more a test of patience than reflexes. Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 14/04/2015

    @RetroJB I don't think Bloodborne is perfection (more weapons & a couple of minor design changes are needed), but a Bloodborne sequel has such an incredible base to build off. Reply +1