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  • Jelly Deals roundup: Attack on Titan, Virginia, Shadow of Mordor, and more

  • kimchibaka 03/10/2016

    Mordor GOTY sounds very good for sick squid odd.

    Don't know any of the Humble games this time, worth it anyone?
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  • These Shenmue fans got to tour Japan with Yu Suzuki

  • kimchibaka 30/09/2016

    @fabio78 Well there's only so much you can fit in in one trip, I wouldn't worry! And blimey, climbing Fuji san isn't bad for a first visit! Tell me you saw Himeji castle though?!!

    I think most visitors see Tokyo and Kyoto as essentials, and probably rightfully so. In Kyoto there is the the geisha district and the sheer number of temples and shrines so close together is fantastic, but only a few are essential for me outside of festival (cherry blossom etc) time. For a gamer Tokyo's essential (and the Ghibli museum looks incredible) but put it this way; my parents came for two weeks and I didn't even take them. I guarantee they had a better time with the other stuff we did!

    Some of their highlights were the 'smallest' of things. Visiting my Japanese 'aunty' for lunch in a typical Japanese home. The fish stall chap near my home warmly greeting them everytime they passed. An evening stroll through Chinatown in Kobe. We did big things too, lots of them, but I think the beauty of a visit to Japan is that the smallest
    things can often bring such unexpected pleasure :)

    You need a couple of days at Hakone. There's lots to do and see, but it's incredibly chill so not for everyone perhaps (Nara is the same, an untouched marvel compared to Kyoto's slap-a-concrete eyesore next to an ancient wonder madness).

    Enjoy your next trip :D

    P.S. Not sure who negged your comment, just bizarre on here sometimes!!!
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  • kimchibaka 29/09/2016

    @fabio78 Having lived in both Osaka and near Tokyo I much prefered Osaka, but agree its charms are harder to find unless you research very well in advance or have Japanese contacts there. Its cuisine, people and culture (e.g. Kabuki) are quite unique in Japan. Plus it's the perfect place to stay to get to Himeji (for the castle), Kyoto and - imo - the far more charming and enjoyable Nara, which ranks with Hakone as my favourite places in Japan I ever visited. Reply +2
  • UK shops are selling original PS4 bundles for £150

  • kimchibaka 29/09/2016

    Well the PS4, FIFA, Ratchet and an extra controller for £180 Argos deal seems to have not only funked that one deal, it's crashing the whole site!

    I don't even know if I should, since moving to PC gaming on a 3 year old gaming laptop I haven't touched my PS3 Slim, and I've still a lot of games there I haven't even touched (Okami HD! Ico Collection! FFS!).

    There's a chance my order just to reserve at store went through, probably not due to the weird message I got after, but that'll be the gift of the gods probably when I drop by tomorrow. It's a no brainer to break that pack up and sell, but I'm no Ebay merchant.

    It's got me thinking though...a slim PS4 revision may hopefully not be as shite as the last PS3. I think Pro is the way to go to play my long-awaited (few) titles like Uncharted and Ratchet...but then how long until that's revised and more reliable (possibly)? I certainly won't be buying in at launch price, which makes it a long time to wait.

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  • Game Genie declassified: That summer I played 230 Game Boy games

  • kimchibaka 24/09/2016

    Fantastic article, fascinating stuff!

    I spent hours myself messing with with my Multitap on my Amstrad, scrolling through the machine code (?) looking for the lives value which if memory serves was somthing like '3D' which you changed to '00' ( = don't lose lives?) or vice versa.

    Oh the joys as a young teen finding the in-game text for Rockstar Ate My Hamster was in text form in the code and you could change it to all obscenities. You don't have high spirited malarky like that with games these days!

    I also remember corrupting my former best friend - turned bully's Combat School disc so it froze on the first level before I returned it to him. Sweet revenge!
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  • 10 things you must do at EGX 2016

  • kimchibaka 22/09/2016

    @rauper You had two choices:

    1) Take a moral stand, explain the reasons why he was no longer appearing, and offer refunds to anyone who bought tickets to see him (dozens? Hundreds?).

    2) Appear to be implicitly condone his actions.

    You chose 2) and a precedent has indeed been set.

    EG have hardly covered themselves in glory over this by largely avoiding the issue. You say they have freedom of editorial, but they're not touching this so that looks like empty words to me.
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  • Yooka-Laylee playable for the first time anywhere at EGX

  • kimchibaka 02/09/2016

    @tomphillipsEG Thanks a lot for the detailed reply Tom. I've now finished the thread and on page 7 in particular I feel some posters really hit the nail on the head.

    The last time I was at the Expo I couldn't get near the one game I was really excited about trying (God of War 3, which tells you something!) so haven't been bothered to go again or followed the changes.

    For me the slight name change still sounds like a Eurogamer event, even if it only ever was in name (slight technicality there though imo) so it reflects on your site to folk like me, rightly or wrongly, particularly when you're promoting it in videos and articles like this one.

    Name aside (which is a biggie for me personally, but moving on from that) I completely agree with your second paragraph. However your choice of the word 'review' is interesting.

    Has there been, for example, any article that mentions (ideally questions) or addresses Syndicate's appearance at EGX? I found one article by Wes about the original scandal but there was no mention of it, to much disappointment in the comments section, and seemingly at odds with the independence GN say they allow you.

    It leaves a very bad taste in my mouth if you publish articles about cheating in esports, e.g. drug enhancement. And here your parent company is employing what at best seems a Youtube personality e-sports conman with lots of young fans, and at worst potentially a criminal whose same fans may well have been deliberately encouraged into an e-sports betting scam.
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  • kimchibaka 01/09/2016

    @tomphillipsEG Isn't EGX what when I went years ago was called Eurogamer Expo?

    If so then, run by your parent company or not, you need to have a bit more say in something that has your name and you promote so heavily. I thought there was a scandal a couple of years ago about the booth girls and a huge fuss which was directly addressed on here?

    Was it at that point Gamer Network took over so when scumbags like Syndicate are invited you can throw your hands up and say 'nothing to do with us'?

    That's what it looks like, so some clarification would be good.

    I came here looking at the game (which does look absolutely wonderful, beyond what I had expected) only to be shocked at what @Binba442's link took me to.
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  • PlayStation Plus' free September offerings include Journey, Lords of the Fallen

  • kimchibaka 01/09/2016

    @gabloammar Cheers buddy, maybe not so bad after all :) I missed out on it in the recent sale by a few hours so couldn't bring myself to pay 3x the price. This way I can just get Plus for a month and that'll be cheaper and enough for a few playthroughs I'm sure, and they'll be lots of fellow newbies like me to explore with right now without showing me everything at once! :) Reply +2
  • kimchibaka 01/09/2016

    @gabloammar Ah I see, thanks! No I thought it meant the PS4 version was on Plus but the PS3 version was free to all (as it was always cross buy anyway I thought). My bad on a Plus article, but it could have been worded a bit clearer I think, so thanks for confirming :) Thought it was too good to be true :( Reply +1
  • kimchibaka 31/08/2016

    thatgamecompany's wistful mood piece Journey (which will also be available for no additional charge on PS3).
    I don't understand this sentence. I have a PS3 with no PS+ anymore, does that mean it's totally free for folk like me? (As with PS+ it'd obviously be 'free' while you kept up the service.)
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  • Castle of Illusion remake will be removed from sale on Friday

  • kimchibaka 31/08/2016

    @Nintendo64 Was that Sega Rally on the PS3 by any chance? (Sorry I don't know anything about the series.) I have a physical copy so perhaps it was a different game and I've got my wires crossed, cheers! Reply 0
  • PES 2017's unlicensed club team names are as brilliant as ever

  • kimchibaka 19/08/2016

    I remember not so long ago when London FC's staff car park was directly behind one of the goals :lol: Reply +5
  • Grow Up review

  • kimchibaka 17/08/2016

    @Carpetfluff Ah that's a shame, as I found struggling against the controls mostly (certainly not always!) part of the charm, and reaching the really hard spots really rewarding. Though I can imagine the kiddies (especially the 5 year-old) getting pretty frustrated by that point. This might be the one for them instead then(?) Reply 0
  • kimchibaka 17/08/2016

    I stumbled across the original in my Steam list when some young relatives were over one weekend. They (and I) instantly fell in love with BUD and the game style and were fighting over the controller, and that was before we'd even worked out how to pick up a flower! Just messing around with BUD's physics and taking in the simple but magical world was enough.

    After they went home I got to grips (no pun intended) with things and discovering the simple mechanics and aim was a childlike joy I have very rarely experienced for years.

    Halfway through I checked out the original review on here, which I'd remembered enjoying at the time. I always enjoy Christian's writings. But this time he spoiled just about all of the basic (and few) aspects of the game like the ending, I couldn't believe it! So, thanks for both a good review Martin and few if any spoilers, cannot wait to play this (once I've finished the original - I'm taking my time with its charming, simple world, making the most of every minute)!
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  • Humble Bundle offers cheap Nuclear Throne, The Beginner's Guide and more

  • kimchibaka 17/08/2016

    @AnsemsApprentice Thanks so much for the detailed and super clear reply my friend, much appreciated :)

    I've signed up and found there's a list of my previously unredeemed games which is so handy, I really must get around to installing Uplay so I can enjoy Rayman: Origins for the first time!

    This bundle is phenomenal value (as they all have been in fact) - wow. I paid a fair bit more than they were asking because I can and because it's for good causes, I could even choose the Stroke Association charity who help my dad so much :)
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  • kimchibaka 17/08/2016

    @Binba442 I'm fairly new to these bundles, could you or anyone else please tell me how you know when more games unlock and how to redeem them? Do you just sign in to humble? Thanks :) Reply 0
  • A quick look at the beginning of BioShock, original compared to remastered

  • kimchibaka 17/08/2016

    I bought the Bioshock bundle which included everything except Minerva's Den (I think) in the Christmas sale, and adding that the total came to something ridiculously cheap like £13, if that. Oh I think the Colombia's Finest also wasn't in it (whatever that is) and Protector Trials.

    I hope it fixes the broken bit I encountered in 2, where I had to drop graphical settings to continue. That (and FPS probably)'s the only reason to upgrade for me because this doesn't look like that huge a leap given the time since release for someone like me who doesn't have a very big screen.

    I do hope it is a separate download/inventory item because I'll lose 2's multiplayer which I'll try one day. Even if it's not great it tells an interesting story of 'the fall' I hear.
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  • Over a million UK players have spent money on Pokémon Go

  • kimchibaka 13/08/2016

    Merkins. Reply -1
  • Pokémon Go removed from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Holocaust Museum

  • kimchibaka 10/08/2016

    @vert1go Having been to Hiroshima and lived in Japan for many years I felt there is enough there to properly honour the victims and remember the horror. The - largely unnoticed by tourists - Ground Zero Marker is an understated sign in a way of the importance of life going on for me.

    That Nagasaki memorial creeps the hell out of me.
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  • The making of Head Over Heels

  • kimchibaka 07/08/2016

    A very long overdue article on one of the best games ever! Reply +2
  • Watch: Chris teaches a reluctant Aoife how to play Hearthstone

  • kimchibaka 02/08/2016

    Oh me, oh my...I suppose 'Chris teaches a reluctant Aoife how to play Hearthstone, learns a few basics such as what Windfury is along the way, and then Aoife teaches him - among other things - how to spot the rarer cards you get from packs ('plus it glowed blue')' wasn't quite as snappy a title?!!

    Most amusing :D
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  • Someone finished Doom's insane permadeath mode without any upgrades

  • kimchibaka 12/07/2016

    Ah, but can he do it on Donkey Kong Bongo controllers, eh?! ;) Reply +3
  • Get Grow Home, Rayman Origins and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger for $1

  • kimchibaka 27/05/2016

    @ghuk @PluMonkey thanks guys! Reply 0
  • kimchibaka 26/05/2016

    Is Uplay as bad as some folk say it is? I bought the last similar bundle and enjoyed Juarez a lot on Steam and dipped into Grow Home (but need to spend some proper time with it). The Uplay stuff like Rayman and Far Cry 3 though I never unlocked, am I being overly cautious? Reply 0
  • Apple: Palestinian game highlighting Gaza child welfare is not a game

  • kimchibaka 19/05/2016

    I can only guess from this that Apple are going to reject my 'Tony Blair Faces War Crimes Court Despite Being Mates With the Pope' text experience, but my 'Let's Bomb The Whole Corrupt Middle East (But Only The Countries We Don't Like)' - based on R-Type - will fly through?

    EG - this is (or should be) a big story, until it's confirmed by Apple as a mistake of consistency or whatnot, keep on it please.
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  • Why I hope it's the end for Uncharted

  • kimchibaka 07/05/2016

    I've read some rubbish on this site from Ellie over many years (and equally as many brilliant, inspired and unique articles she's done. She is - or perhaps was - that kind of writer) but this really is taking the piss for me.

    EG: Ellie's a comedy writer now, don't let her confuse the two areas, or how about some editorial guidance??? Her bodily function gag schtick was tired post-femism ten years or so ago , and quite a lot of it is regarded by some as sexist (and it's not the only stuff on here in the last few years).

    Just saying.
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  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End review

  • kimchibaka 05/05/2016

    Eh? If one of the 'usual' teams comes first in the Premier League next season does that mean they won't be champions because they haven't made 'the same impact' as Leicester this season??? Reply +4
  • NX won't be sold at a loss

  • kimchibaka 03/05/2016

    As someone who's skipped this console gen so far in favour of PC gaming, but has cast many an admiring glance at Nintendo exclusive games, if it's fully WiiU back-compat but can play multiplats too it'll be very hard not to jump on board immediately and not worry about upgrading the PC for a while. Otherwise the Neo will be getting my money I should think. Reply +2
  • Sony: Uncharted 4 copies stolen while in transit - and now police are involved

  • kimchibaka 27/04/2016

    Trigger had a problem with the copy Dave sold him, said it was the worst CD he'd ever heard. Reply +2
  • Uncharted 4 pops up on eBay as shops break street date

  • kimchibaka 26/04/2016

    Grabbed it and stuck it in my's broken, doesn't even load the title screen.

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  • PS4 exclusive Ratchet & Clank tops UK chart

  • kimchibaka 25/04/2016

    I don't have a PS4 but really glad to hear this as some of the later PS3 titles didn't sell that well I believe (not sure about Tools) and these games deserve to be enjoyed by as many as possible imo :) Reply +2
  • Ratchet & Clank review

  • kimchibaka 15/04/2016

    @FMV-GAMER I just happened to get upgraded to a gaming PC around a year or two before the last gen fizzled out, and I've been (so far) happy to stick with it (tempted though I have been by the WiiU exclusives, and now this, from my favourite game series, on the PS4).

    I played Halo and HL2 and a few others when they first came out on PC, but since the Megadrive hit these shores I was really just a console gamer until I got the upgrade around about the time my friends started families etc and there was no-one online I wanted to play with particularly on the PS3, and I haven't turned it on since.

    A fraction of the cost of a couple of new console discs later and I have a reasonable PC library I've hardly even touched. Makes me very sad I can't play super looking titles like this...or can I persuade myself to part with the dosh to buy into 'this gen'...I might try :P
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  • kimchibaka 15/04/2016

    @Gitsmith Grab a PS3 cheap if you can and enjoy the original trilogy remastered and then the very good Tools of Destruction and the superb A Crack in Time (Quest for Booty was just filler/experimenting with ideas really, and I missed Into the Nexus, but my interest in the latter is extremely rekindled by this review!). I don't think you'll be disappointed, and then it sounds like you have this wonderful remake to drool over - win win! Reply 0
  • kimchibaka 15/04/2016

    After happily moving to PC gaming this 'gen', this is one title that makes me VERY tempted to pick up a PS4 at some point soon. If UC4 is a return to form after the - imo! - very disappointing 3 it's going to be very hard to resist indeed...but all that cash for two games (course I realise there are loads more, it's just that I have more than I can play lined up on PC already - these two are the potential system sellers for me - and so pleased this one's already proven :D)

    Mind you, Into the Nexus came after the PS3 went into storage, so maybe I should dig that out first and find a copy. Scratch that, I definitely should!
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  • Nintendo fires marketer after sustained online hate campaign

  • kimchibaka 02/04/2016

    @manapause Great stuff! How's life out there treating you? I have Japanese 'family' who have begged me back for years, but alas the family situation here doesn't let me. I was mainly around Osaka and Kobe (beautiful city - and you certainly can't say that about all of them in Japan!). I spent a year near Tokyo at the end which was an experience, but I'll always be a Kansai jin at heart (and big Tigers fan!!!) :D Reply +1
  • kimchibaka 31/03/2016

    @gravearchitecture Cheers, appreciated. I have an awful lot more I could say on this from first hand experience but after reading some of what's been deleted I'm honestly not sure what I can say and can't, so forgive me for staying schtum on a couple of very interesting points you raise :( Reply +1
  • kimchibaka 31/03/2016

    I hope Oli and other staff are reading these posts (including the deleted ones) very carefully indeed. I won't say more than that as I have seemingly been 'warned' by MrTomFTW that my informed opinion is not welcome here, regardless of the fact I lived in Japan for six years, first arrived when as a foreigner you were quite likely to pick up child porn by accident in the equivalent of WH Smiths if you were just browsing through indiscriminately out of curiosity, and would suggest (if I'm allowed to - ?) that - as awful as this hate campaign against Ms Rapp has been - those very young children are (yes, continue to be!) the real victims here...

    I have read the first few paragraphs of her thesis and am staggered by what she wrote. From deleted comments I can see I am not 'allowed' to quote or paraphrase or point out how very wrong she is or how little she understands Japanese culture. OK that was five years ago, but she still stands by it, and says he's continued to research. IMHO she hasn't got any further.

    I can only imagine she's only been to Japan on holiday, have no idea how she presumably passed her degree with that thesis (though academia is not a safe haven from mad or bad people - far from it - and/or perhaps her professor didn't know much about Japan either).

    I am absolutely staggered that Nintendo hired her if they were aware of her thesis - that does seem like absolute madness to me.
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  • Nintendo's first mobile app Miitomo launches in UK on Thursday

  • kimchibaka 30/03/2016

    @KanePaws Having lived for a number of years in Japan I don't find it that strange really! I've got my own thoughts on it plus read, or glanced through, a few academic papers on the very subject, quite interesting! I could sum it all up but not sure from your smiley (blimey this internet 'communication'! :D) if you haven't already figured it out - if not just ask :)

    I find Japanese women of all ages (NOT 'all Japanese women' - but really quite a lot!) having Hello Kitty, Doraemon etc toilet mats and frilly loo roll holders quite a lot stranger (and even that is pretty easily explained). Quite intrusive hair inspections on schoolkids are slightly harder to fathom - surely teachers can tell if a pupil doesn't have jet black hair or suddenly comes in one day blond?!! But that's about preventative measures and cast-iron school discipline etc I guess (not that I saw much discipline in the high school I taught in!).

    Mind you, can you imagine untended ciggie and alcohol vending machines in the UK? I can't - every school in the country would have daily riots! But in six years there I never saw an underage kid use either kind of machine, not once, quite staggering really. Fascinating country and culture :)
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  • kimchibaka 29/03/2016

    @KanePaws Until Japanese high school students are allowed to (and aren't policed regularly for it!) I don't think so. Reply +1
  • BioShock: The Collection spotted for PC, PS4 and Xbox One

  • kimchibaka 17/03/2016

    @PSfourskin Yes Minerva's Den came to PC :) Reply 0
  • Sniper Elite 4 brings a little more polish and a lot more scale to the series

  • kimchibaka 16/03/2016

    Enjoyed V2 a lot after it was free on Steam, so definitely interested in this.

    Good to hear positive things about the Zombies games, both are still on sale (hopefully!) - just to decide whether to pick both up or only the second - any advice?
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  • Watch Hitman recreated in extravagant real-life game

  • kimchibaka 13/03/2016

    Amazing idea, terribly edited video. Reply 0
  • Hitman review

  • kimchibaka 11/03/2016

    Did HL Episode 3 get a review score?!! Reply 0
  • Face-Off: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

  • kimchibaka 02/03/2016


    Which sock are you? Eurogamer have published articles about how they were too close to publishers before, and accepted jollies off them (as most of the press do) and had grown uncomfortable with that (good stuff in my book), and would no longer do that (well they do - to a lesser extent, but they put a disclaimer at the end of the article and/or mention it within, which is something).

    Do you follow the thinking here at all when they suddenly drop the Dolphin comparisons with no explanation, before shouting 'conspiracy nonsense'?

    Please, surprise me.
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  • kimchibaka 02/03/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler Some clarification on why they don't compare with Dolphin any longer would be nice eh? I can understand if they feel/have been told that they shouldn't, but if there isn't any reason given I can only presume the cozy behind-the-scenes shenanigans continue on EG, whatever moral highground (declaring expenses paid by publishers, etc) they've appeared to stand on before. Reply 0
  • How to upgrade your Dual Shock 4 - with Xbox One controller parts

  • kimchibaka 27/02/2016

    @Fourfoldroot I had the same experience on the PS3 with DS3. Any problems moan to Sony and they sent out a new pad (ended up with more than I ever needed!). Reply +2
  • Binary Domain, Condemned, and Streets of Rage 2 are free on Steam

  • kimchibaka 20/02/2016

    So a few more hours for another three free games - Gunstar Heroes, Renegade Ops, and Vikings: Battle for Asgard - ???

    If so, are any of them good?
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  • kimchibaka 19/02/2016

    @PsychoticPillow I just got mine 9 hours after registering with one Steam key that unlocked both Binary Domain and Condemned...Streets of Rage 2 seems AWOL, perhaps it'll come separately - ? {edit} Ah it's under Sega Megadrive Classics as I already had Golden Axe from the first day :) Reply 0
  • kimchibaka 19/02/2016

    @jammers101 Thanks buddy. I had Adblock on Firefox and whitelisting the page didn't work (probably something within my Firefox settings, then), so I tried IE (which isn't set up for anything as I don't use it) and...success :D Reply +1