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  • 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 PS3...it's broken, doesn't even load the title screen.

    AVOID!!!
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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

    @vert1go

    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
  • kimchibaka 18/02/2016

    @funkstar It's not at all clear from the article. The original one was correct, if they'd said something as simple as (along the lines of) 'the redeem process has changed, you now need to click this link and give an email address for the code' in the update it would have been again.

    Anyway...the 'redeem' tab still doesn't work here in the UK on Firefox for me. I'll try again tomorrow.
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  • kimchibaka 18/02/2016

    @OneClassyBloke Great call, thanks! Just had a blast with the first level :D Reply 0
  • Yakuza Kiwami is the next best thing to a Shenmue remake

  • kimchibaka 07/02/2016

    If they released it worldwide and PROMOTED it properly in the West I reckon it'd be a good success. Reply +1
  • The Fallout fan made to destroy his records for a refund

  • kimchibaka 05/02/2016

    If they can't replace one record they should issue a full refund and let him enjoy the rest of his incomplete set if he wishes to. Basic customer service imo. Reply +1
  • Everything that's changed in Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

  • kimchibaka 05/02/2016

    @rock27gr Fair enough! I've only played OoT and Windwaker as well as TP. I suppose I meant it wasn't the 'usual' type of story - my memories are hazy but iirc TP was all about Midna and she used you as a puppet, and I didn't like that. May be wrong, perhaps it was just the character! Reply 0
  • kimchibaka 05/02/2016

    @Smokemeakipper Midna I think she was called and it's what ruined the game for me - it was her story and not Link's. Reply +1
  • 30 years in space: Meet the man who's kept space sims flying

  • kimchibaka 31/01/2016

    I had Rescue on Fractulus. It was bloody hard to work out wtf was happening. I could get as far as picking up one stranded pilot, not sure I ever managed to get him off the planet though...lots of memories of simply crashing into planets and not much else :( Reply +1
  • Remembering Dragon Age: Origins

  • kimchibaka 31/01/2016

    Played through it all and really enjoyed most of it, suffered the shade, built my whole play style and team around having Morrigan, and then in the big meeting before the final boss...she didn't like one of my choices and left :( Faced dragon, insta-death. Poor Wynne, brought in just to be slaughtered with the rest of us. Reply 0
  • People are already modding Street Fighter 5

  • kimchibaka 25/01/2016

    That's not Birdie vs Laura, it's Pete Burns :O Reply +1
  • I was patched out of Eve Online

  • kimchibaka 17/01/2016

    Interesting piece, as always with Eve on EG.

    It looks amazing, but sounds absolutely nuts to be a part of!
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  • Watch: Death Star avenged in Star Wars Battlefront

  • kimchibaka 20/12/2015

    @jabberwocky I would kick the royals out of the most expensive property in Britain, and let them retire to their hundreds of other massive estates (with accompanying stately homes, and thousands of acres of grounds). Instead let the starving freezing homeless have somewhere warm to sleep for once ffs. The chef there would have an easier time too just serving them some edible grub, without worrying his way to an early grave if her 'maj' will find her 1000 truffle slightly overdone.

    Walk down The Strand and see the homeless sleeping in doorways if you have time, because in two or three days they'll be either kicked off to they-know-not-where (else to go), or locked up for some petty 'misdemeanor' simply because it's an unpleasant truth that most of us can't deal with in the state-sanctioned orgy of greed and waste season.

    One source - a chap there (towards the St Paul's end) who served in Afghanistan and when he found out the US soldiers had been told to protect the opium poppy fields, and shoot anyone on sight who tried to mess with them, broke down utterly :(
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  • kimchibaka 20/12/2015

    @dfernand Hey go easy on us, it's the one day of the year unrelated to the royal bloodsuckers our fascist overlords allow us to enjoy ourselves (the rest of the year we have to stay miserable) - it's no surprise so many (literally) buy into it! Oh and there's New Year's Eve too, when those inconvenient freezing starving homeless are cleared off the streets of central London so a fireworks party costing millions, and Bacchanalian excess, aren't rudely interrupted... Reply +1
  • Preserving the past: why emulation matters

  • kimchibaka 26/11/2015

    @tinyspark
    google Despecialised Star Wars. It's a fan made HD project to remove the special edition "enchancements" and restore the films to as close to the originals as possible. Technically it's piracy but hey, George ain't selling em.
    Yes it's the closest we'll ever get to the original cinema experience. It's even more ambitious than you suggest, with all the small incremental changes made after the original release (but before the SEs) and colour matched with frames from a very, very rare original print from an 'unknown source' iirc. (The masters and original prints have either been destroyed or kept by Lucas, and he would never let anyone touch them - even the DVD you could get was a shoddy remaster of a much later version).

    I'm sure the deal with Disney won't have included Lucas' personal archive - just the crap later cuts of the films.

    I believe that technically it's not illegal to download if you own all of the source material it's been composited back from frame by frame, that's commercially available (i.e. several different shoddy versions over the years including the horrible SEs).
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  • Discovering Hearthstone's League of Explorers

  • kimchibaka 19/11/2015

    @Bedders Is the separate Heartstone site you started still going? Unless I've missed the link, there should be one if it is, or you should make it more prominent. Reply 0
  • kimchibaka 19/11/2015

    Enjoyed it but once again it's very short. I think there should be a third skill option between 'normal' and 'heroic' as 'normal' is too easy and 'heroic' often too frustrating/impossible without RNG luck. I'd actually like to replay these again at a challenging but not hair-pulling level. Reply 0
  • Hearthstone adds co-op battle option

  • kimchibaka 04/11/2015

    Love the co-op but it's shite if you get a bad partner (did they add 'add last player met' back in?)

    It's a great arena, I've loved most of them but co-op is a great addition.

    I too though am getting somewhat tired of the game, apart from Arena :/ I'm totally casual (not like that rank 12 guy who thinks he's not that good!) and am wondering if it's worth selling my account at this point. I've been two years into this, never looked up the meta decks, just worked things out on my own...but for me TGT felt like a weird mix up too far when the cards aren't in 'standard' packs, and not used much.

    Meh, I'll keep eking the fun out of Arena I guess till/if they have a rethink.
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  • Uncharted: Remastered, revisited, reassessed

  • kimchibaka 09/10/2015

    I can't believe they left the multiplayer out of this, I didn't bother with 3 (because of the single player experience) but 2 was absolutely spectacular; the co-op in particular was a huge favourite here.

    I feel the piece is harsh on 1 for what it was at the time, fair on 2, and goes very easy on 3, probably because sites (including this one) overrated it at the time. Whilst 2 is a great (almost perfect imo) mix of set piece and game, 3 is just set pieces masquerading as a game. The first two even now are among my favourites ever (there may be nostalgia there of course) and I played through multiple times until, and beyond, I could master Crushing difficulty (alright, alright, I had to use the 'run back to the jeep so you don't have to jump down into the flooding chamber section' exploit in 1, because that was just too brutal). I still enjoy them just as much today. But 3 I couldn't get past a single playthrough.

    That's not because either games or my tastes had moved on. It's because, however hard in places the first two are on harder difficulties, success (or failure) is mostly in your hands (as much as it can be most of the time). In 3 to pass many of the shoot-outs you have to follow the script of where to stand, where to move to, and exactly when, or just fail. I.e. they took the scripted succeed or fail set piece bits from 2 and applied them to 3 for the shooting sections as well. I was gutted.
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  • Video: Introducing Low Batteries, a series about mental health and gaming

  • kimchibaka 26/08/2015

    @Fragtaster I'm so sorry to hear about your father and glad that you made it through that awful, awful time.

    You say that video games were the only thing that got you through, did you try things like bereavement counselling, general counselling, or any of the other options? I mean no criticism whatsoever if you didn't, we all do what we need to to survive at such times and the easiest thing to turn to is what we have closest at hand. I just think it'd add to the insight we can share together, but only if you don't mind sharing more on what I totally understand is the most sensitive and personal of topics. Anyway, all the best buddy :)

    Johnny - this is a very brave piece indeed, and not something I ever thought I'd read on a gaming website - bravo. I'll follow the series with great interest. I have insight as a fellow sufferer of both, as well as OCD and many years now of family tragedy.

    The only thing I'd say is unlike in the video you must say that certain statements are your opinion or musings from your own experience, because it's not a 'one size fits all' theory (I know you didn't mean that but it's how it sometimes came across).

    Otherwise - again bravo, and well done Eurogamer!
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  • Is it too late to start playing Hearthstone?

  • kimchibaka 26/08/2015

    Just to add - I think the one really cynical cashgrab by Blizzard imo (not sure how true it is but I read they earn an astonishing $40m a month from the game) is the recent introduction of the new hero avatars (animated etc) - the only thing so far that can only be bought for cash and not gold.

    While it's not part of the core experience I feel this may set a precedent. It's not right to me that after so long (with everything available until that for gold as well as money) there's suddenly something that bucks the trend, and once so many people have become so invested in the game.
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  • kimchibaka 26/08/2015

    @loinnird Although not as common, there are quests for killing minions, damage to enemy heroes, playing certain values minions, and a free card pack one for spectating a friend winning, and you can swap one quest per day so if you wait three days swapping the ones you don't want, then clearing a space for the next day's quest, you should get more of these (though the card pack is once a month I think).

    The last one's a new addition and in this and other ways I think Blizzard are moving in the right direction (guaranteed card pack for an arena run however you do, a free pack for your first weekly Tavern Brawl win and the other changes) but not enough (yet?) for a casual useless player like myself to start now perhaps!

    Forgot to add in the last comment - Naxxramas is worth playing through for all the cards but the common consensus is if you're not that interested in one class (forget which - Paladin perhaps?) you only need to play the first wing of Black Rock Mountain.

    To sum up everything I've said, really - if you're new you may well enjoy it if the matchmaking's decent, but if you're casual like me you might hit a wall at some point where to get much further you need more cards imho, which will require either time or money. If you go for time and just enjoy messing around in the game it shouldn't be a problem (though you'll tear your hair out at times!).
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  • kimchibaka 26/08/2015

    @mrcheesyelf I started soon after the full release and haven't spent a penny. Before the new expansion I had probably around 80% of all the cards, bought all the adventures with gold, and if I dusted all the cards I'll never use can craft anything I like.

    One thing I learned when the first expansion dropped was to save up all your gold as soon as it's announced. Now I try to have 1000 'in the bank'.

    I was lucky to start when I did. It's my first CCG and it took me months to 'get' it. Luckily the card pool was quite small back then compared to now and plenty of folks were in the same boat as me. Also the matchmaking is quite fair at times, in a sense. If I use my main (Mage) which is quite a competitive deck and has won loads I get tough opponents, if I use Hunter who I only recently started with I seem to get other 'newbies'. I say it's fair 'in a sense' because my Mage gets matched to some ridiculously good decks, far better than mine by people who obviously really know what they're doing and have spent ages researching netdecks/combos, and 9/10 I'll face four or five Priests in a row. I'm far too casual/don't have the time so I don't bother and can only marvel when someone buffs a card to one hit kill in one turn.

    In general I'd say for someone like me who's new to these games, doesn't put much time into deck creation or researching everything, isn't particularly skilled, and just likes a good skirmish and the 'puzzle solving' aspect of a game unfolding now's too late to start. I have the feeling though that new players get a generally easy ride being matched with similar, as they should.


    I absolutely disagree with the comments that say certain expensive cards don't win matches - you have to learn and plan for them coming from your opponent at certain turns otherwise they can - and do - in my frequent experience. They can turn the whole tide of a game.That said, yes some of the best cards are also easily got and common.

    Looking at Gamefaqs when the last expansion dropped I was staggered by how much people are spending on this - one guy bought 581 decks!!! He was moaning because he got a handful of legendaries. Luckily I bought ten packs with my gold and got two (one golden which I can exchange for any other 'regular' legendary so that was cool).

    One thing I've noticed in ranked play, as I bounce between the lower ranks (20-17, always been the same since I started) is that netdecks etc are much more common in the last month or two, and it's regular to see ridiculous combos, sets of cards, and legendaries, (and even golden heroes - which means 500 wins under their belt) at level 20.

    I basically do the dailies, rise up when they involve the Mage, then sink again when I have to use something else.
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  • A great explanation for how oldschool graphics worked

  • kimchibaka 19/08/2015

    @Tyronne I sold my Amstrad 6128 (full working order) on Ebay 9 years ago...I got a quid for it :( Regretted that minimum price as a cheapskate listing expecting it to get far more, but now more than ever I wish I'd just kept it whatever the offer. Ah, the memories.

    Really shoddy ports at times (well most of the time) but when the games were done decently it had some of the best versions around for the 8 bit (Gryzor I am looking particularly at you with loving, nostalgic eyes).

    Happy gaming :)
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  • 129 Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller nearly half price at Amazon

  • kimchibaka 12/08/2015

    @null Thank you too sir (as per my previous post) :)

    I'm so surprised at this and am thinking of all sorts of ramifications such as restaurants where the menu gives a price but you don't pay until the end.

    (I know the consumer can send uneaten food back at anytime and can't be charged if not satisfied, so perhaps food is separate and a bad example. Unfortunately I did naively try 'UK law' in a Chinatown in Japan once over a really fucking dodgy Peking Duck, and my gonads ended up being a couple of sword strokes away from the next day's menu so I paid up - lesson learned there!).
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  • kimchibaka 12/08/2015

    @trisclark Thank you kindly, I'm really surprised at that given my experiences, which is why I asked. I think my largest discount over the years was 50 a year or two ago off a Satnav at Currys and they didn't blink before selling it to me at that price(before dashing off to correct the mistake in a panic). I didn't even ask for the discount - if they'd said 'sorry, no' I wouldn't have wanted it, would have questioned it, put it back on the shelf, and then come home to look into it a bit more. So I guess it's just company policy, but funnily I've never come across a bricks and mortar store in 25+ years who don't honour the display price.

    I don't care about negs (been round here long enough) - just wanted to ask why people were doing it for me asking an honest question. I see not one has bothered to respond in writing. Hey ho.
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  • kimchibaka 12/08/2015

    @BobbyDeNiro Has that changed recently? I've always had retailers honour marked prices in store where they've made an error (before money changed hands) over decades and as late as last year - ?

    Edited to add - How can I get negged for a genuine question? I've had it happen so often (over very many years, being an old 'un) and without quibbling or usually even asking got the item at the advertised priced. Usually the shop staff have immediately dashed over to the offending item to remove/change the prices, so I'd assumed it was trading standards legislation???
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  • Humble Bandai Namco Bundle includes Dark Souls and Enslaved

  • kimchibaka 05/08/2015

    @Sousuke_Sagara Yes the graphical tweaks are essential for Enslaved 'out the box' on PC - the motion blur, AA....urgh it was a mess. Bit of tweaking and runs a beaut :) Reply 0
  • Now it's got Steam Workshop support, is Knights of the Old Republic 2 worth returning to?

  • kimchibaka 29/07/2015

    @bad09 Many thanks my friend I will jump into 1 first then :) Reply +1
  • kimchibaka 29/07/2015

    I got one and 2 in that ridiculously cheap humble bundle, is it worth playing 1 first or just jumping into 2? Reply 0