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  • The Evil Within: The Assignment DLC release date

  • kirinnokoshin 25/02/2015

    I really enjoyed The Evil Within despite it's shortcomings, I'd rank the middle to latter third portion of the game up there with the very best in the survival horror genre, especially chapters 8-10. Play with headphones! Reply +3
  • The Order: 1886 review

  • kirinnokoshin 19/02/2015

    I can't wait for the day that this new rating system doesn't need to be explained yet again the comments. Reply +23
  • Evolve review

  • kirinnokoshin 16/02/2015

    What people need to accept is that with all forms of written media, there are different outlets for different markets. Eurogamers' change of rating policy has clearly been influenced by the staffs' opinions on how a game should be judged, to satiate a particular market and perhaps (or probably) encourage a trend away from numbered scores.

    If you simply can't reconcile review copy without a numbered score then don't visit the site, at least not for the review articles. If this system does prove so unpopular that it seriously affects traffic then the planets will re-align so to speak. But for now lets give it a go.
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  • Ready at Dawn responds to concern over The Order: 1886 campaign length

  • kirinnokoshin 16/02/2015


    It isn't, but that's not the concern here is it? The game looks very 'ordered', like the player doesn't have much room for expression, QTE's etc. I'm sure it's got a great story though and dem graphix will make up for it..... enjoy it while it's hot :-)
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  • kirinnokoshin 16/02/2015

    Captain Toad is about the same length on a first playthrough and was well worth it. However it didn't cost £50.

    A bigger concern is the gameplay, which looks very, ahem 'ordered'.
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  • New Nintendo 3DS review

  • kirinnokoshin 13/02/2015


    What games from outside the EU should be available to me that make this console a no buy?
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  • 3D Classics Streets of Rage 2 headed to 3DS eShop

  • kirinnokoshin 12/02/2015

    I nominate SOR2 and Double Dragon for the best punch sound effects. Reply +6
  • kirinnokoshin 12/02/2015


    Would love a lot of things on the Vita, some full fat exclusives for starters!
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  • Live from 4pm: Q&A with Eurogamer's editor

  • kirinnokoshin 10/02/2015

    Oli, Thanks for the answering my question! Reply 0
  • kirinnokoshin 10/02/2015

    Has this change been influenced by a need to not ruffle publisher feathers while maintaining critical standards?
    Using this new system, a disappointing AAA title can no longer receive a perceived bad or middling rating which is what I was led to believe publishers are concerned about over say, highly critical prose (i.e. the masses just look for the score).
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  • Prestigious AIAS Game of the Year award goes to Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • kirinnokoshin 06/02/2015


    "But how in the hell did it win Best Story and Best Character?"

    Exactly, which is why it's so hard to take most of these 'official' awards seriously. I find awards handed out by reputable websites and magazines far more useful.

    Couldn't get on with Shadow of Mordor at all, found it bland and repetitive but you know what they say, one mans Destiny is another mans...
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  • The next Sonic game is Sonic Runners

  • kirinnokoshin 03/02/2015

    Can't be worse than Sonic Boom. Reply +7
  • Beneath Code Name: STEAM's crazy art lurk those famous intelligent systems

  • kirinnokoshin 03/02/2015

    Played it all over the weekend and was thoroughly entertained. It took a little time to click and to get used to the lack of a map (especially at the beginning when you don't have a full team of 4) but then it all fell into place.

    I love the overwatch mechanic, so satisfying when you plug an aggressor mid-zealous charge. Shame EU has to wait so bloody long for the release (a returning and unwelcome trend Nintendo).
    Reply +3
  • Evolve has a free-to-play match-3 mobile game

  • kirinnokoshin 30/01/2015

    Where's that PR guy from the earlier pre-order/DLC thread to tell us all why this app is a great idea? Reply +1
  • Sony ending PlayStation Vita Maps, near features

  • kirinnokoshin 28/01/2015

    Iíve had my Vita for about 10 months and while itís a lovely piece of kit I doubt Iíve played the thing for much more than 15-20 hours max. As others have noted, you can have a global library of nearly 1000 games but it means squat for a dedicated handheld device in this day and age if most of them are throwaway quality and/or can be had on mobile for cheaper or free.

    I think AAA gaming on the go was a flawed strategy if it was intended to deliver games that are structurally and systemically identical to home console releases. Dedicated handhelds need tentpole releases that are easily accessible while also possessing depth and extensive replay value. The typical AAA game design model of recent years is focused on the first (and often only) playthrough which doesnít best fit the nature of portable play, often leaving any handheld variant looking like the emaciated cousin. Sony needed to embrace the systems proprietary nature by offering something a bit different that gets the most out of the Vitasí hardware spec. Tearaway is a good example (and arguably the systems best game) but even then it lacks the replay value and flexibility of a Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Mario Kart, Fire Emblem, Kid Icarus etc. I also feel the system isnít portable enough, too big to place in an inside pocket and requiring a case to travel. It might seem a small thing but it always factors into my decision making when taking a handheld with me for a trip into town on the bus/train etc.

    Itís all anecdotal by now regardless but had Sony led from the front and actually invested in some substantial platform defining titles with extensive replay value (either in-house or through 3rd party partnerships) then the situation could have been lot better. The PS Plus releases are nice and Iíll never sell my Vita because itís a beautiful piece of kit (got the original OLED model just in time), but when wishing for a couple of quality Vita specific titles that arenít JRPGS feels like wishful thinking I canít look at the thing and feel anything other than a sharp twinge of disappointment.
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  • Destiny: Crota's End guide

  • kirinnokoshin 24/01/2015

    These frequent Destiny articles form an addictive core loop, but are ultimately unsatisfying. Reply +11
  • Dying Light gets new UK physical launch date, a month late

  • kirinnokoshin 23/01/2015


    That's interesting, if so then it's rather curious that no reviews have dropped for an apparently non-review embargoed game that releases on Tuesday.
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  • kirinnokoshin 23/01/2015


    ďReviews are becoming less and less important these days. Promotion via twitch and you tube is becoming the priority.Ē

    But reliable review coverage (yes there is some out there) is not Ďpromotioní by design (unlike early Twitch videos that are generally sponsored by the publisher). I want an opinion on a game, not to sit through some playthrough for hours, spoiling the content and with no idea how the thing actually feels to play.

    ďI am perfectly able to decide whether or not a game might appeal to me via gameplay videos. I don't need some random bloke, who just happens to work on a videogame site, to tell me what I should buy. I place faith in my judgement.Ē

    Good for you. However, I like to think that I value reviews through exercising intelligence and scrutiny by selecting reviewers and outlets carefully based on experience (for me itís EG, Edge, Metro and GamesTM). Having preferred reviewers is all about trusting your own judgement, placing faith in their opinion has to be earned by a general trend of consistently deriving value from their conclusions over time. Itís not about being 'told what to buy' or trusting the opinion of Ďsome random blokeí like a poorly articulated diatribe on Amazon, donít simplify it. Iím not advocating that anyone bases their purchase decisions entirely on reviews (thatís plain patronising), but in my experience they have considerable value and communicate a games overall qualities with far greater nuance (when well written) than for example watching a video with no useful commentary.

    ďForming your own opinion rather than relying on others is more worthwhile Sometimes you will make a bad call and buy a poor game - who cares.Ē

    I care because Iím paying for it with my own money, and prefer to avoid wasting my time with games that are anywhere on the scale from mediocre to garbage (which there are plenty). Reviews help considerably in that respect in my experience, which when playing video games is pretty extensive.

    A launch day review embargo or even worse no review copies sent out is rarely ever a sign of confidence from a publisher. If they donít want the press to tell me anything about their game, whatís the problem? Are they worried it might review badly? Why should they care if reviews really arenít that important anymore?

    I think Iíll wait for a few reviews if you donít mind :-)
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  • kirinnokoshin 23/01/2015

    Despite there being no official review embargo on this game, apparently review codes haven't been sent out yet. I guess they forgot... Reply +34
  • Man's basic invention levels Destiny character while he sleeps

  • kirinnokoshin 21/01/2015

    Become Leg End at the Gaylords eye. Reply -1
  • Dying Light physical release suffers delay in Europe, elsewhere

  • kirinnokoshin 19/01/2015

    Might as well test the market, gamers after all say one thing and do......... Reply 0
  • Rich Stanton on: Cheesing Destiny

  • kirinnokoshin 17/01/2015

    If Destiny has proven anything it's that the mindless repetitive loop that underpins the much derided F2P smartphone game has a very comfortable place in the full fat AAA market too.

    Just make it look right, release it on the right platforms, price it appropriately and watch legions of F2P naysayers lap it up.
    Reply +7
  • Untangling Evolve's convoluted DLC plan

  • kirinnokoshin 15/01/2015


    I'm not disappointed, just a little surprised that a brand new account appeared out of thin air to support a pricing and DLC policy that seems to be generally disagreeable. You surely must appreciate that it's a little odd.
    Reply +6
  • kirinnokoshin 15/01/2015


    I have neither of those games on the PC or an Xbox Gold membership I'm afraid.

    Come on admit it, you're a shill right?
    Reply +6
  • kirinnokoshin 15/01/2015

    Is this another one of those "can't be properly assessed on test servers as the experience is not accurate therefore all reviews that hit less than a week after launch are not valid" games and all that horseshit? Reply +2
  • kirinnokoshin 15/01/2015

    Me not understand, does that mean this game costs £174.56? Reply +28
  • Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid Prime Trilogy headed to Wii U eShop

  • kirinnokoshin 14/01/2015

    I'll pick up Metroid Prime Trilogy at that price and date (my Birthday woohoo), always wanted to play the original (and best) Prime with the Wii Motion controls.

    What is not looking promising is the Wii U release slate for PAL territories over the coming months. Are they seriously not releasing a single major exclusive until Splatoon in May? I thought Yoshis' Wooly World was near completion and the US get Kirby next month so why the radio silence in the EU/AUS? They never learn.....
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  • Xbox One Evolve pre-purchase unlocks characters you'd otherwise have to grind for

  • kirinnokoshin 12/01/2015

    To Evolve is our Destiny Reply +5
  • When the new becomes old - why 2015 should be a stellar year

  • kirinnokoshin 07/01/2015

    I think 2015 on paper (assuming the slated releases actually make it out this year) looks excellent. There's bound to be some disappointments coupled with some that surpass expectations, the key is not to let hype foster unrealistic expectations and to remember about that launch day review embargo thing.

    My picks are Splatoon (Best thing I played at the EG Expo), MGS Phantom Pain (I think this may finally be the moment when a flexible open world action game has the focus of a linear one - GZ definitely felt that way) and Starfox (by committing to a two screen set up I can't quite envisage how it'll work which immediately gets me excited - plus Nintendo have the track record with unique control set ups).

    I'm still not entirely convinced about Bloodbornes' combat, dodging instead of parrying in a 30fps game didn't feel anywhere near as satisfying when I tried it out at EG Expo. It also feels very, if not too similar to the Souls games and might not offer enough of a generational 'leap' for some, but we'll see.

    As far as No Mans' Sky goes, some guy on here said that it would 'change humanity' the other day. I'm sure some were saying the same about Destiny too :-)

    Anyway exciting times ahead!
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  • The most exciting games of 2015

  • kirinnokoshin 06/01/2015


    No Man's Sky is going to be a colossal disappointment if everyone thinks like you.
    Reply +1
  • Eurogamer's Game of the Year 2014

  • kirinnokoshin 01/01/2015

    My game of the year. The controls are perfect, the track design peerless and it runs like a dream.
    I've been into MK since the genius original and it wasn't until number 7 that the fully 3D Mario Karts felt like great racers again. This one is the pinnacle (for the foreseeable future).

    It's also hugely refreshing to have pre-paid for future DLC safe in the knowledge that there's no need to worry about content, quality and most importantly value. In many ways MK8 is the antithesis of the AAA publishers disappointment fiasco of 2014.
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  • Games of 2014: Alien: Isolation

  • kirinnokoshin 27/12/2014

    Best game I played on PS4 this year, probably have to go back to Arkam Asylum for the last time another entertainment IP was used so well in a full priced game. If it had a bit more variety and they'd cut out a sizeable chunk of the latter half it would be a personal GOTY candidate. Reply 0
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker review

  • kirinnokoshin 26/12/2014

    About two thirds through and this game is a delight. It looks absolutely stunning and is brimming with charm, the quality of the animation and lighting is something else.

    I haven't experienced any issues with the gyro controls or any disconnect with gamepad and tv that some reviews have noted (including this one), at least not yet. The two camera views also work together very well to maintain just the right level of tension in what is a pretty relaxed game. A mid view would make things even easier and wouldn't encourage the player to fully flex the camera options which is central to the gameplay.
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  • kirinnokoshin 23/12/2014

    Have a proper Toad Crimbo Reply +3
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is 2014's Christmas number one

  • kirinnokoshin 22/12/2014

    The UK top 10 brought to you by EA, Activision and Ubisoft. Reply +28
  • Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: Year One

  • kirinnokoshin 21/12/2014

    The only game on my PS4 I've been impressed with from a technical viewpoint is the latest Call of Duty, largely down to it running in 60fps while also providing a noticeable graphical boost over 360/PS3. Alien Isolation and DriveClub are pretty but still feel decidedly like last gen games with some fancier effects.

    Developers need to start balancing a solid frame rate with art and fidelity far more convincingly for PS4/XboxOne games (particularly action games) to start feeling properly 'next gen'. Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 are technically way more impressive to me than anything I've played on the PS4 because Nintendo get this balance right.
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  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker goes on sale two weeks before official release date

  • kirinnokoshin 19/12/2014

    Shopto are dispatching today too. Reply +6
  • Ubisoft delays Assassin's Creed: Unity's next major patch

  • kirinnokoshin 17/12/2014

    Fuck me what a shambles. Sounds like trying to get PC games to run properly in the early 90's. Reply +8
  • Ninja Theory's Devil May Cry hits PS4 and Xbox One next year in 60fps and 1080p

  • kirinnokoshin 15/12/2014

    I expect a remake of that classic Resident Evil 6 next. Reply +7
  • Digital Foundry vs Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

  • kirinnokoshin 13/12/2014

    Read like a 9.

    This is what console gaming used to be, and what made me truly fall in love with video games. Dedicated software married to dedicated hardware to produce something so polished and seamless that technology disappears and you're left with magic.
    Reply +33
  • Video: Why you might not want to pre-order The Order

  • kirinnokoshin 12/12/2014

    My thoughts on the pre order topic: launch day review embargo.

    Go ahead and pre order if you want to, but if it transpires that the game has a launch day review embargo, cancel and wait for reviews and impressions.

    Launch day review embargos never exist for the benefit of the consumer and should always be treated with suspicion, 'social' game or not.
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  • kirinnokoshin 12/12/2014

    For me, the problem with the majority of these expensively produced graphics over gameplay titles (assuming The Order is one - what's been shown so far suggests so) is that they simply aren't worth the £40-50 quid they retail for at launch. The mechanics are usually so shallow that they almost never warrant a second playthrough unless the running time is brief (like a download title - which the Order is not).

    Regardless, it might surprise but early previews are not great.
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  • DriveClub revisited: is dynamic weather a game-changer?

  • kirinnokoshin 11/12/2014

    Well I gave this one a wide berth when it released but Christmas is coming and DAT RAIN EFFECT.

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  • The Crew review

  • kirinnokoshin 10/12/2014


    They'll be irreverent because the score is irrelevant.

    I'll stop now :-)
    Reply +1
  • kirinnokoshin 10/12/2014


    Because they are irreverant toward review scores? Or they think score is irrelevant?
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  • kirinnokoshin 10/12/2014


    So you're saying the reviewer has no respect for review scores?
    Reply +2
  • Destiny alert: this week's Nightfall and Heroic strikes are locked behind The Dark Below DLC

  • kirinnokoshin 09/12/2014


    "What of this 10 year plan then?"

    They want you to pay for the gam.. sorry play the game for ten years.
    Reply +1
  • kirinnokoshin 09/12/2014

    Games as a service. Your sub is running out suckas. Reply +22
  • 1.4GB DriveClub update adds dynamic weather

  • kirinnokoshin 08/12/2014

    So now it's finally working. Could have just delayed release until last Friday and saved all the fallout, but my guess is the sell through wouldn't have been as good. Money talks. Reply +16
  • PlayStation Experience conference live report

  • kirinnokoshin 06/12/2014

    Day of the Testicle, I never thought I'd buy it again. Reply 0