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  • Sony ending PlayStation Vita Maps, near features

  • lucky_jim 28/01/2015

    Is this related to Google's recent decision to have YouTube vids play using HTML5 by default instead of Flash? If so, that'd make this an unfortunate side-effect of otherwise good news. Reply +2
  • Face-Off: Saints Row 4: Re-Elected

  • lucky_jim 25/01/2015

    Hmm. Think I'll wait til this hits bargain bins, it'll hopefully have had a few tweaks and patches by then. Reply +4
  • Driveclub's free Japan DLC available now via 3.33GB update

  • lucky_jim 19/01/2015


    They've re-reviewed quite a lot of MMOs, but I think the same arguments that used to only apply to those games now apply to many others.
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  • lucky_jim 19/01/2015

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  • lucky_jim 19/01/2015

    EG don't re-review games
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  • lucky_jim 19/01/2015

    Burnout 2 was the best Burnout ever, with 3 close behind!

    Seriously though, there was a lot I liked about Paradise, the handling and the raw gameplay was spot on -- but the open-world structure killed it for me. I usually play these things single-player, and I lost count of the number of times I was leading a race, only to fall to the back because I missed a corner that I didn't realise was part of that particular "track" -- while all the CPU cars, of course, knew exactly where they were going. I had the same problem with NFS Rivals on PS4, and Most Wanted on 360 and Vita. I ended up essentially playing the tiny 2D minimap rather than the beautifully-rendered game.

    I can see how that might all be fun and hijinks in multiplayer, but for someone who plays these games the way I do, open world = broken.

    I guess what I'm getting at is that I want to race, preferably in a ludicrously overblown physics-defying way that involves taking corners sideways -- I don't play these games to navigate.
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  • lucky_jim 19/01/2015

    Grabbed this for twenty quid in the PSN sale on Friday, absolutely loving it so far. So nice to have an arcade racer that isn't open-world, the open-world structure has killed at least two arcade racer franchises (Burnout and NFS) stone dead for me. Reply +103
  • What happens when Ikaruga's director remixes one of Sega's all-time greats?

  • lucky_jim 19/01/2015


    What's wrong with Ecco? Is it a case of the original game not being as good as we remember (i.e., aging badly), or is there a problem with the conversion?
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  • lucky_jim 19/01/2015

    I have just under a fiver on my e-shop account, and was wondering whether to get this game (which I already know from childhood) or Galaxy Force II, which I've never played (so it won't have that nostalgia factor) but I really like the look of. Which gets your vote? Reply 0
  • New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL UK release date

  • lucky_jim 14/01/2015

    Being able to play Xenoblade Chronicles on a handheld is "junk"?
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  • That was quick: people selling New 3DS Ambassador Edition for up to 400 on eBay

  • lucky_jim 07/01/2015

    A "Covercraft" fan perchance? ;)
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  • Surprise! New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition goes on sale

  • lucky_jim 07/01/2015

    Didn't get an email, despite being one of the mugs who bought a 3DS at launch.

    Screw you, Nintendo.
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  • Games of 2014: TxK

  • lucky_jim 24/12/2014

    If you think Space Giraffe was "bad", this probably isn't for you.
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  • lucky_jim 24/12/2014

    So much deeper than it initially seems. Wonderful game, Minter doing what he does best. Reply +15
  • Origin System's unmade games and rejected ideas

  • lucky_jim 22/12/2014

    But Lara Croft's just a female Indiana Jones, so we've gone full circle.
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  • Media-streaming app Plex now available on PS4 and PS3 in Europe

  • lucky_jim 17/12/2014

    I think maybe I've misunderstood what Plex is. Are they expecting me to pay a subscription to a third party to view content that's already stored on my media server? Why on earth would I do that instead of using something like PS3 Media Server?

    Is this why the PS4 doesn't support DLNA?
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  • PES 2015 data pack two adds four new teams and 73 new player faces

  • lucky_jim 15/12/2014

    Though I should add, to echo the first post in this thread, that it's a VERY good football game. Playing it again felt like "coming home", I'd tried various versions during the PS360 era and they all felt wrong. Reply +9
  • lucky_jim 15/12/2014

    IIRC they had fake names when I played it before, too. In the PS2 days, I used to painstakingly rename the players and teams that me and my friends used. I'd have no problem with doing that again, I just really miss classic Holland (Cruyff and Van Basten up front together were unstoppable!)
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  • lucky_jim 15/12/2014

    Got this for my PS4 the other day in the PSN sale, after spending last gen buying FIFA and putting it aside after 2 weeks because it doesn't play a good game of footie. So, I'm kind of a newcomer, kind of a convert, having not really played PES since the PS2.

    Pretty good, isn't it? But, unless I'm mistaken, they no longer have the Classic Holland, Classic Brazil, Classic England (etc.) teams, do they? I completed a one-player tournament with England, hoping it'd unlock a Classic England with Gazza and Tom Finney et. al., but I appear to have got nothing.

    Am I mistaken, or have they taken out one of my favourite things about the game? :(
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  • Editor's blog: Introducing the columnists

  • lucky_jim 13/12/2014

    Great stuff. Sounds like exactly the sort of thing I like to waste time reading when I'm supposed to be working. :) Reply +10
  • Dodgy crowdfunding project Areal returns as Stalker Apocalypse

  • lucky_jim 12/12/2014

    Seems legit. Reply +11
  • Suikoden and Suikoden 2 re-release on PS3 January 2015

  • lucky_jim 08/12/2014


    Actually, they're not. Almost all are, but it's no means guaranteed, and even some stuff that ostensibly works doesn't work that well (e.g., Kula World, which is such an ideal Vita game that the PSN version's choppiness on the Vita makes me want to cry).

    I'm fairly sure that everything added to the catalogue since the Vita's release works, but I wouldn't want to put money on it.
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  • Face-Off: PES 2015

  • lucky_jim 05/12/2014

    Blimey, those comparison shots are really something. The X1 version looks like a Spectrum game. Reply +29
  • Blood Bowl 2 set for PS4, Xbox One and PC

  • lucky_jim 04/12/2014

    Anyone else remember this on the Amiga? In fact, I think I still have it on both my Amiga CD32 and my Atari Jaguar (yeah, I wasn't very good at picking winning consoles back then). It wasn't officially linked with Blood Bowl, but I always thought it should have been.

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  • Sir Clive Sinclair crowdfunding new ZX Spectrum computer

  • lucky_jim 02/12/2014


    There are certain formats of ripped speccy games that actually load the old-fashioned way, complete with weird noises. I think the .tzx format does this :)
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  • Editor's blog: Aoife Wilson joins Eurogamer

  • lucky_jim 01/12/2014

    I hope this focus on video doesn't come at the expense of good ol' fashioned text. I'm one of those old-fashioned types who prefers to read (on the basis that I can usually read something quicker than an on-screen talking head can read it to me, which is what 99% of online video journalism consists of). Reply +44
  • Chaos Reborn launches on Steam Early Access next week

  • lucky_jim 01/12/2014

    I've never bought an early access game before, I prefer to wait until the thing is finished. Not sure if I'll be able to resist this, what with it being a follow-up to possibly the single greatest game of all time. Reply +3
  • WWE 2K15 review

  • lucky_jim 27/11/2014

    Blimey. Between this, Escape Dead Island, and Sonic Boom, there've been some real stinkers lately.

    Maybe EG should resurrect Your Sinclair's Crap Game Corner.
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  • Oddworld Stranger's Wrath out now for iOS

  • lucky_jim 27/11/2014


    It supports iOS-compatible gamepads, but very few people have those. I certainly wouldn't want to play it with touch-screen controls, it'd be gaming equivalent of watching Interstellar or Gravity on a 14" black-and-white telly.
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  • Dark Souls 2 heading to PS4 and Xbox One

  • lucky_jim 25/11/2014

    Far more interested in Bloodborne, and I really don't feel I need more than one game of this type. Great news for some though, I'm sure. Reply +2
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions has pre-order DLC and platform-exclusive levels

  • lucky_jim 20/11/2014

    Puzzle game threequel Geometry Wars 3:
    Wait, what? What have they done to Geometry Wars? It's supposed to be a twin-stick shooter, not a puzzle game!

    /hasn't been paying attention
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  • Assassin's Creed Unity walkthrough and game guide

  • lucky_jim 14/11/2014

    Here's my walkthrough:

    Walk. Fall through floor.
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  • Far Cry 4 map editor doesn't support competitive multiplayer

  • lucky_jim 14/11/2014

    It's almost as if Ubi WANTS to be hated. Reply +13
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth review

  • lucky_jim 12/11/2014

    Yet there were people on the comments thread and in the forum saying they'd rather have fucking Knack when this was announced as a PS+ title. :rolleyes: Reply +58
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition review

  • lucky_jim 11/11/2014

    While I agree with you, there are so many people that consider 7 a bad score that I don't know what the solution is. I mean, there are already people in this thread talking like 8 is a bad score! I guess people have been ruined by certain US sites that never give any game less than 7.
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  • lucky_jim 11/11/2014

    Enjoyed the first, got bored with the second about two-thirds of the way through. Flaws be damned, I can't wait for this. I've been wanting a meaty RPG for my PS4 since launch, this should see me through the xmas break nicely. Reply +10
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 review

  • lucky_jim 10/11/2014

    The review hasn't covered THE most important question for me, someone who gave up on PES early last gen and never warmed to FIFA, despite a few concerted attempts.

    Are the classic teams (Classic Holland, Classic Brazil, et. al.) still in it? And are they still unlockable rewards for winning tournaments in the game?
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  • Majora's Mask is getting remade on 3DS... finally

  • lucky_jim 05/11/2014

    I know this isn't really the point, but a themed New 3DS might be just the thing to make me upgrade from my launch model. Nintendo's Zelda-themed hardware usually looks good. Reply +3
  • PS Plus is getting Injustice: Gods Among Us and Secret Ponchos in December

  • lucky_jim 05/11/2014

    Why do you want Knack? I find this absolutely baffling, we get awesome games like Resogun, Don't Starve, Outlast and The Swapper, and people want turgid shite like Knack instead. Is it just because the RRP is higher? Or because it's also available in a box? Or because it's not technically "indie"? Surely a good game is better than a shit one, regardless of whether it's self-published or not?

    Is it me who is mad, or everyone else?
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  • lucky_jim 05/11/2014

    No, I absolutely 100% don't think that. I think that Sony is announcing the next two month's games this far in advance to placate the whiners, but this was always coming.

    Anyone with more than a couple of brain cells to rub together knew that the issue was the relatively small PS4 catalogue. It's therefore completely logical that, as the busy November and December release schedule approaches, thus making it less likely that people will be buying games released in the PS4's launch window, some of the latter games would end up on PS+.

    Your argument is a bit like saying "I was praying for nice weather all through December, January, and February, and then in March the sun started shining, so my prayers worked!"

    And while I agree there's "nothing wrong with pushing for a better quality service", that's not how I'd characterise the petulant, embarrassing tantrums that have blighted every games site every month when the line-up has been announced.
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  • lucky_jim 04/11/2014

    This will hopefully shut the whiners up, but I hope they spend enough time on The Swapper to realise it's actually the best game of the two months. Reply +2
  • PS4 software update v2.01 to tackle Rest Mode problem

  • lucky_jim 05/11/2014


    It's not as straightforward as that, mine intermittently hangs when going into rest mode despite having made the same change to the settings as you have.
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  • lucky_jim 05/11/2014

    It was changed to "Rest Mode" with the 2.0 update. As far as I can tell, the main difference is that with Rest Mode, the console turns itself off after three hours, unless you tell it not to (in the settings)

    Edit: Or "what everyone else said" :)
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  • Football Manager 2015 review

  • lucky_jim 04/11/2014

    Ouch. Given that I've barely touched 14 still, I think I can afford to skip this. It seems to have lost some of its magic for me. Reply +3
  • PlayStation Plus' free November offerings revealed

  • lucky_jim 31/10/2014

    As for "OUYA-quality", can you list the games on the OUYA that are comparable in terms of budget, RRP, and glossiness* to Alien Isolation, AC4, Diablo III, Killzone, MGS Ground Zeroes, FIFA/PES/NFS etc., Wolfenstein New Order, and The Last of Us? And the forthcoming games that will be a match for the likes of Bloodborne? I seem to have missed those.

    (*Definitely not my criteria for a good game, but they seem to be yours)
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  • lucky_jim 31/10/2014


    How old are you, roughly? I don't mean that in the internet-insult way: I'm genuinely curious, because the only way I can understand this attitude is if you're under, say, 23-25; with the PS360 gen being so long, that could mean that this is the first time you've bought a launch console, rather than relied on a parent/guardian to do so.

    The PS4's software catalogue is actually pretty good, compared with the same point in the lives of past consoles. With older consoles, there was ALWAYS a huge drought after the launch window; all we had then to bridge the gap was magazine demo discs, because there were no indies on console.

    What I think you're failing to grasp is that Sony's choice wasn't/isn't "shall we give them indies, or shall we give them Bloodborne" -- those AAA games don't exist yet. Their choice is "shall we give them indie games, or nothing", and your petulant toy-throwing is like saying "if I can't have Bloodborne or The Order, then nothing! I hate you!" like some stroppy teenager.

    Personally, I love the indie games, I can't imaging anything worse than being served insipid rubbish like Knack and the never-ending chain of supposedly "AAA" COD-wannabees. Maybe that's all you want; maybe you only watch films by Michael Bay and read books by Dan Brown, too. But those gaming equivalents of Michael Bay films and Dan Brown books don't exist on PS4 yet, so the alternative retail games that Sony could give us are actually considerably WORSE than the indies we're getting, as my post above with the metacritic scores show.

    To be honest, I find your attitude quite astonishingly childish.
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  • lucky_jim 30/10/2014


    Agreed, 100%. Unfortunately I think we're outnumbered by morons who'd rather have Knack than Resogun, just because it has a higher RRP.

    And I have a horrible feeling that Sony is going to listen to them. :(
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  • lucky_jim 30/10/2014


    Meh, again.

    With the exception of Trine, Contrast, Outlast and Rezogun I've felt very underwhelmed with the PS+ offerings on the PS4.
    I'm pretty sure that those four would have cost you in the region of forty quid without a PS+ sub, probably more. So, even if there isn't anything else at all that you like until your sub runs out, you've at worst broken even.
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  • lucky_jim 30/10/2014

    Metacritic scores --
    Binding of Isaac: 84 (PC version; PS4 version is supposedly improved)
    Steamworld Dig: 82
    Frozen Synapse Prime: 84 (Vita version, PS3 version not scored yet but I expect the game will be identical
    Luftrausers: 83 (Vita)/ 80 (PS3/PC)
    Escape Plan: 71
    Hungry Horde: Not yet reviewed

    Yet people are complaining, and saying they want Knack (currently sitting on a rather generous score of 54) instead?! Wtf is wrong with you people? Just because a game hasn't been trailed with 18 months of paid-for hype on IGN and Gamespot, it doesn't make it "bad", you effing imbeciles: it just means you're not paying attention to where the good, original games are coming from.
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  • Costume Quest 2 review

  • lucky_jim 16/10/2014

    I really liked the first one, but I was mostly stoned when I played it. I can see me giving this a whirl. Reply 0