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  • Transistor free via PlayStation Plus in February

  • kangarootoo 30/01/2015

    @ghostgate2001

    For free it is tolerable. I had to think now to remember whether I finished it (I did).

    The stealth is problematic (you can't hide fully in complete darkness for start). Take downs are not silent. The way the levels are divided up to allow them to load in various sections is nonsensical, and really obviously driven by development restrictions rather than gameplay. The character writing is just terrible, loaded with cliche ridden, unlikable characters. The story makes no sense (falling back on, "because, evil" character motivations). The audio is just broken.

    It looks nice, and has extremely lovely animations (ignoring pedantic continuity issues like the psychic drawer hand and the screws that work in the wrong direction - they seem petty complaints, but they show the lack of attention to detail).

    As a Thief game, it fails badly, but failing expectation is not its only problem. At times it can be very atmospheric, but it is frequently let down by poor mechanics. Put it next to something like Dishonored, and it just falls apart.
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  • kangarootoo 29/01/2015

    Shame that Thief was bloody awful. Transistor though, hurrah! I've heard good things about Yakuza 4. Not heard of the others. Reply +3
  • Microsoft sold 6.6m Xbox consoles in Q4 2014

  • kangarootoo 27/01/2015

    "The console manufacturer did not note how many of these were Xbox Ones and how many were Xbox 360s."

    Well how incredibly telling.
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  • Ubisoft deactivating keys it says were "fraudulently" obtained and resold

  • kangarootoo 27/01/2015

    @Physically_Insane

    The bike analogy works just fine. If the bike you bought was stolen, it wouldn't matter whether the shop stayed in business or not, the bike would be taken from you and returned to the owner, because it was stolen from the owner.

    I am starting to think the bike analogy doesn't apply to what has occurred in this case, but as a description of how stolen goods are treated by the law, it works just fine.
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  • kangarootoo 27/01/2015

    @TigerX81

    "What facts?"

    I didn't state any facts numbskull. I pointed out that someone was making unfounded supposition, as if it were fact. The absence of fact was entirely my point! Try reading slowly if the words are proving tricky to follow.
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  • kangarootoo 26/01/2015

    @melnificent

    Link?
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  • kangarootoo 26/01/2015

    @Physically_Insane

    Because unfortunately, that is the only way the law can work. Absolutely punish the seller, but you can't punish the original owner.

    If you had a bike, and I pinched it and sold it to someone, it would be very unfortunate for the buyer to have the stolen bike taken from them.... but you would still expect to get your bike back as the original owner.


    Part of the reason that I am being picky with people who talk about what Ubi does and doesn't know without any actual facts, is that what we don't know is whether Ubi had to return the money paid to them from stolen credit cards. I rather suspect they did, because the exact same law applies to THEM. The money was stolen, so Ubi don't get to keep it. The codes were by proxy stolen, so the buyer doesn't get to keep them.
    Reply -3
  • kangarootoo 26/01/2015

    @TigerX81

    "Source link for 'Appear not to have'? Shouldn't you be asking for the source material to confirm they have done so?"

    Errr, no.

    Somebody in the thread said Ubi appear to not have investigated the source of the fraudulently obtained codes. Unless the person that said that can support it, it is complete unfounded speculation.

    I am not talking about the law here, I am talking about a discussion of the facts at hand. We don't know what Ubi know, and until we do, our assumptions are nothing more than biased speculation.


    TLDR version - "innocent until proven guilty" does not apply to facts (unless you are a creationist). In fact the reverse applies - unreliable until proven true.
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  • kangarootoo 26/01/2015

    @TigerX81

    "the Police would actually investigate if it was stolen. Ubi appear not to have done so"

    Source link? I see absolutely nothing in this article that tells me anything about what Ubi know in this case.
    Reply -4
  • kangarootoo 26/01/2015

    @Physically_Insane

    "I would be pissed off to find the game that I legally bought from a third party website missing"

    But if you buy something that is stolen, it is not a legal sale. That is what this hinges on really.

    I don't quite know what Ubi mean by "fraudulently" in this case, but if they mean an illegal act was committed when the keys were initially obtained by the seller, the law is being applied when the item is withdrawn from the end user.

    It is unfortunate for the end user, no doubt, but it is also the way the law works. If you innocently buy stolen goods from someone, and the sale is discovered, you don't get to keep the goods. The law couldn't really work any other way.
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  • Dying Light gets new UK physical launch date, a month late

  • kangarootoo 23/01/2015

    @richielaa

    "A complete disgrace and it would be good if Eurogamer would have an opinion"

    Unless their opinion differed from your own, I suspect?

    I rather suspect that if EG looked into it, they would find there was no conspiracy whatsoever, and some perfectly reasonable delay has occurred.
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  • Watch the Dead Rising film's debut trailer

  • kangarootoo 23/01/2015

    @XMaiMaiX

    "Instead of looking into the story or the actual feel of the game"

    We're talking about Dead Rising here. The story was cobblers, and the feel of the game was people running about, chopping up zombies, and clichéd cackling psychopaths.


    "Play the games again and it shows some tragic human accidents"

    I guess I will have to play it again, as I don't remember any of those. I remember some ham fisted attempts at "serious", but maybe we're talking about different parts of the game.


    Silent Hill had a far superior story treatment, and whilst not at all perfect, the first Silent Hill film was (arguably as a result) one of the best game-to-film adaptations.


    "Why does nobody try to actually make a game adaptation like a book adaptation?"

    Because most games are not really fit for purpose in that regard. Simply writing a screenplay from scratch rather than shackling yourself to a sub-par story is simply more likely top bear fruit. There are of course exceptions (TLoU, Bioshock, to name 2), but most of the time adapting a game to a film gives you nothing but marketing push.
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  • kangarootoo 23/01/2015

    There are considerably worse zombie films out there, believe me. Reply +3
  • HoloLens is a surreal experience - and full of possibilities

  • kangarootoo 22/01/2015

    @Sqoony

    LOL


    ....sheesh.

    And I'm not comparing this to any of those things. You see that bit in my post where I said I wasn't talking about Hololens. You see that bit? It means, that I wasn't talking about Hololens. LOL
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  • kangarootoo 22/01/2015

    Good grief, this thread is a mire of over specific examples and narrow mindedness.

    Here is a thought for a few people on there. And I should be clear, I'm not talking about Hololens here, just making a general point.

    Just because you personally can't imagine the potential in something, does not mean that nobody else on the planet can, and that potential does not exist. The steam engine, the walkman, the aeroplane, the civilian GPS unit, more recently the tablet device.....

    The tablet device. Remember when we all first saw the iPad, and a legion of people commented on these very pages how it would fail, and the reason they said it would fail is because it did not compare favourably against a laptop PC, when doing the sorts of jobs that laptop PCs did at the time. And here we are, with iPad being hugely successful, with a raft of Android tablets existing off the back of it, being used by people for all sorts of tasks that most of us couldn't imagine at the time.


    There will always be people who dismiss new technology because they personally can't imagine the potential, but more importantly because they CAN'T ACCEPT that if they can't imagine something it might still exist.

    I can't personally imagine all of the potential in every new device that I see, but I don't blindly dismiss its future. I simply imagine that I can't imagine everything.


    God damn, if reading dense thinking doesn't rile me up.
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  • kangarootoo 22/01/2015

    @Bagpuss

    "Apples and oranges comparison...try harder"

    Ludicrous. Your lack of lateral thinking is so far present in everything you've written. I rather suspect however, you're in no mood to take your own advice.
    Reply +6
  • kangarootoo 22/01/2015

    @_LarZen_
    @Bagpuss

    I'm pretty sure they said the same thing about the telephone, and the combustion engine.

    Some people look at the first iteration, can't imagine where it might go, and judge it based only on what they can see in front of them.
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  • The Witcher: Battle Arena MOBA available tomorrow

  • kangarootoo 22/01/2015

    @tadeuszzielinski

    Well first off, kudos for the personal response. And the reassurance that the game is not balanced to drive the player towards spending (though as I said, I didn't really expect CDP to approach things in that way). I shall indeed check it out for myself. Cheers.
    Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 21/01/2015

    I'm sure CDP have done a decent job of this, but paying to speed stuff up rather than paying for content is the absolute bane of many FTP games. Almost no ftp games base their revenue on actually giving you stuff for cash; almost all of them sell you currency or energy that speeds your progress through the game.

    I personally quite like ftp games that sell you actual solid content, and steer well away from games that sell me the ability to skip the grind, because the risk as ever is that they balance the game to drive you towards that purchase, leaving with nothing tangible for your money.

    I'm a big fan of CDP, but there is a little bit of spin going on here.
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  • Elder Scrolls Online gets console release date, drops subscription

  • kangarootoo 22/01/2015

    @Kremlik

    Ahh, didn't realise that. I thought all online required PS+. Thanks for the info.
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  • kangarootoo 22/01/2015

    @Malek86

    I'm talking about the update, not the whole article. Though it turns out I was wrong about that anyway :)
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  • kangarootoo 21/01/2015

    That story update is barely an update. I don't think there is a single online game that doesn't require XBL Gold or PS+, so it was hardly for the ESO FAQ to clarify that. Reply 0
  • Remember Me dev also making Vampyr role-playing game

  • kangarootoo 21/01/2015

    @VibratingDonkey

    Awww maaaaan, that's ages away.

    I don't mind waiting, but it seems to be really hard for anyone to get a game made these days, so the longer we wait the more chance there is for the wheels to falls off. Fingers crossed.


    On an unrelated note, I just read the Focus Interactive tweet under the image. "...the blood will drip!" Drip? Drip is not a word I normally associate with an exclamation mark.
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  • kangarootoo 21/01/2015

    More info, if anyone cares.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampir#Etymology
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  • kangarootoo 21/01/2015

    Certainly sounds like my kind of things. I hope it turns out well.

    Regards the spelling, Vampyr was a the name of a German film made in 1932. Vampyre is an old english way of spelling vampire. In Brasil and Portugal, the original word was vampiro, and in Slovenia,Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Croatia it was vampir. So this way of spelling the word has been used before, and it isn't the only variant. I suspect the main reason they chose it, is because it is stylish :)
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  • Special World of Warcraft gift for 10-year subscribers

  • kangarootoo 20/01/2015

    @dirtysteve

    We're all crossing our fingers for you ;)
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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare dev hands out "reverse boosting" bans

  • kangarootoo 20/01/2015

    @ShiftyGeezer

    "That's a lot fairer than the laws of England for which you don't need to be told what they are for you to be accountable!"

    That is the only way laws can work, otherwise "I didn't know" becomes a defense almost impossible to disprove. Every country's laws work that way.
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  • kangarootoo 20/01/2015

    @mega-gazz

    Ahh, I didn't think where the server was hosted would affect that kind of thing.

    I guess they could just off the "balanced" matchmaking and just make it random, and the result would be as you describe?
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  • kangarootoo 19/01/2015

    @Pandy

    I take your point. I presumed that they have some kind of practical solution planned, but you're right, the press release makes no mention of their side of the solution.

    I add shades of grey to my previous, quite binary statements :)
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  • kangarootoo 19/01/2015

    @mega-gazz

    They were, but the reason that they wanted to game the matchmaking system is so they could level up quicker by chaining kills against weaker players, etc.

    Dedicated servers wouldn't remove that motivation, unless I've misunderstood something?
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  • kangarootoo 19/01/2015

    Seems like everyone agrees that levelling in a skill based game is part of the issue here. I don't play this kind of game, but even as someone throwing a cursory look at them, it struck me as odd that I'd be toe to toe with someone who could kick my ass on stats.

    I did for a while play Battlefield 1943 on the XB360, always with a couple of buddies (using the squad system made it feel like our own little coop game in a war, rather than team deathmatch). Every game you started fresh, level stats with everyone else present, and it worked really well.

    In my days of table top gaming, I played a fair bit of Warhammer and the like. The standard approach for that kind of game is that you get a certain amount of points, and build your army with those points. So everybody can make tactical decisions as to what they think works best, and also what works best for them, but nobody gets more "currency" than anybody else. Interesting subject.
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  • kangarootoo 19/01/2015

    @mega-gazz

    "Maybe if they had proper dedicated servers instead of shite matchmaking then this would be less of an issue."

    I'm struggling to see how that would make any difference at all. The two issues seem completely unrelated.
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  • kangarootoo 19/01/2015

    @nooneinparticular

    "I wonder how this would stand up legally."

    It would stand up extremely well. When you play the game, you agree to some terms of use. If you cheat, you break the terms of use, forfeiting your ability to take part, as dictated by the terms of use.

    It is almost as if these game makers have legal people that they talk to, before drawing up the T&Cs... ;)
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  • kangarootoo 19/01/2015

    @Pandy

    Bad balancing is one thing, an exploit is another. And nobody is being to "pay for it", they are simply stopping people from taking advantage of an exploit.

    I'd be amazed that anyone was bothered by this, except those taking advantage of the exploit, who now have to...... stop taking advantage of the exploit and play the game normally.

    Fake Outrage™
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  • kangarootoo 19/01/2015

    @Lunatic-Pandora

    "Failing to see the problem here. It's just a game......."

    In one sentence, you dismiss the very fundamentals of good game design. Go you!
    Reply +10
  • Watch Dogs 2 must "appeal to fans in a new way", creative director says

  • kangarootoo 16/01/2015

    "Both elements have encouraged Morin to consider leaving more story moments open to players in the future, rather than having writers fill in too much of the narrative."

    I don't think that there is a problem so long as the narrative is good. Other games are very linear and very much narratively driven, yet still immensely enjoyable.
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  • kangarootoo 16/01/2015

    Replacing the player character with a character that wasn't a selfish imbecile would be a good place to start. I can't remember when I last played a game that created such a strong sense of "None of this would be happening if you weren't such a dick."

    I played the game to completion, and there was lots of fun to be had, but it should have been a lot better. I think as I get older, I have less tolerance for the awful writing that is all too frequent in video games.
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  • Dying Light dev reveals 3D-printable zombie bikini figurine

  • kangarootoo 16/01/2015

    @dogmanstaruk

    "The hypocrisy of the sensationalist video game press."

    Errr, no.

    It is only hypocritical if you believe that all is equal in the world, and it is clearly is not.

    Your accusation assumes that male and female bodies are viewed the same, that men and women are treated the same, that men and women experience all the same benefits and set backs as each other. You know that isn't true, so the accusation is disingenuous.
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  • kangarootoo 15/01/2015

    @DizzyCriminal

    I think the most likely reason for it being printable, is that it does not rely on the sale of physical objects. This is an incredibly cheap promotional tool, whereas the production of figurines is a considerably more expensive one.

    Big companies almost never do anything just to take the piss out of anyone, they tend to be more concerned with... business.
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  • kangarootoo 15/01/2015

    @danielphillipson

    It may have been fine if it were a man's torso, but that doesn't make it ok when it is a woman's torso. All things are not equal in this world.
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  • kangarootoo 15/01/2015

    @BabyBabyBabyOh

    "If it weren't for the prior promotional item that did have an exaggerated physique, and impractically sexy clothing"

    This is true. It is the trend that led up to it that makes it noteworthy.
    Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 15/01/2015

    @perydwyn

    "There is a good implication that those who get so vocally offended at particular things often do so to cover up their own feelings"

    Whilst that may be true in a small number of cases, it i,

    a) likely a huge generalisation that cannot be verified.

    b) considerably broader than the initial suggestion I was responding to.

    c) a bit of strawman seeing as how (I say again) nobody has actually complained directly about attempts to sexualise a zombie.

    Your example about homophobes occasionally turning out to be gay rests on a foundation of homophobes being identifiably homophobic. The people that are fine with the zombie model have as yet completely failed to correctly identify what the objection of others is / might be (instead jumping to declare that all objectors are doing so because they are necrophiliac perverts).
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  • kangarootoo 15/01/2015

    @perydwyn

    "All these Mary Whitehouse wannabes complaining that this is 'sexual' are basically revealing some strange necrophilic predilection"

    There is not a single post in this thread that actually suggests that. I just looked. Not a one.

    There are however, a few such as yourself telling these imaginary people that they have a problem.
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  • kangarootoo 15/01/2015

    Why do some people seem to think that the issue is related to finding a female zombie attractive? Way to cloud the issue.


    "They should have released the set"

    THIS, whilst not necessarily an actual solution, describes the perceived problem, especially if the light cast by the previous bikini torso model (and the "feminism whore" code comment story, which I hesitate to even raise again given its tenuous relevance).


    I like Techland's games, no doubt... but whenever they sit down to think of a promotional item.... something odd happens.
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  • Total War: Warhammer revealed

  • kangarootoo 14/01/2015

    @lone_wolf_uk

    Fair enough, thanks for being gracious after I jumped all over your post. I have an allergy to the term "ripped off" :)
    Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 14/01/2015

    @bastiansoijer

    Simplification is not always a bad thing. If console gamers get to enjoy a good, fun strategy battle game set in the WH universe, does it empirically matter that it has less features or functional complexity than its PC counterpart.

    We often assume that simplification = worse, but it is rarely that straight forward.
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  • kangarootoo 14/01/2015

    @lone_wolf_uk

    "you do realise they ripped of Tolkien right"

    1. Oh so what. Seriously, just so what. Are we saying that Warhammer shouldn't exist? That they should pay a license fee to Tolkien's great grand kids? Of course Warhammer was originaly influenced by Tolkien, and it is all the better for it... which is a good thing, isn't it?

    2. GW and the other companies involved over the years have developed the Warhammer world far beyond whatever initial influences got it going. There are huge dissimilarities between the two these days, so much so that they have far more differences than common ground (not that it matters anyway, see point 1).


    It may shock you to realise that almost everything is "ripped off" from something else. You think Tolkien didn't have influences?
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  • kangarootoo 14/01/2015

    @Frosty840

    "I can't imagine trying to control a Total War game using a joypad would be anything other than an utterly horrifying experience"

    Perhaps because you aren't a "user-interface super-genius"?


    You're exaggerating the challenge. Good designers could make this work well on console, and CA have plenty of those.
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  • Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings review

  • kangarootoo 14/01/2015

    "A few sections require you to use a rather fiddly lantern item to ward off bats and bugs that block your path"

    WT, and might I venture, F?!
    Reply +2
  • Apple raises price of 69p apps

  • kangarootoo 09/01/2015

    Oh man, those people that in the past paid 60p for an app and then raged that they didn't get new levels for free for the rest of their sorry lives.... will be super angry today. Reply +10