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  • A guide to gaming's most valuable treasures

  • redcrayon 25/01/2015

    Suikoden II was just released on the US PSN (and is out on the EU PSN in two weeks), so I'll finally get to play it!

    I was surprised at the increasing value of Minish Cap GBA: I sold off my complete copy for around 45-50 only last year.
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  • Video: Hatred, and why it wanted that 'Adults Only' rating

  • redcrayon 22/01/2015

    @kaiserboom
    Fair points :-)
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  • redcrayon 22/01/2015

    @kaiserboom
    This is an industry that has made a fuckton of cash out of encouraging teenagers to revel in being western soldiers and shooting at foreigners, or gangsters and killing police/civilians, while claiming it's entertainment.

    Personally I think this game looks awful, but it's the crass way it treats the subject matter that bothers me. I don't think violent or tragic subject matter should be off-limits, it's a matter of how it's handled.

    Plus the whole leather trenchcoat thing has a different meaning in western Europe, where we associate it with US schoolkids going postal, than eastern Europe, where it's still commonly associated with metal, anti-authority pop culture, that kind of thing (although I'll happily concede the devs have gone out of their way to be as offensive as possible so you might well be right). Not everything needs to revolve around the US though.
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  • Club Nintendo to close later this year

  • redcrayon 20/01/2015

    I got two of the nice Mario Kart trophies from club nintendo, they are pretty cool. Good riddance to filling in that blasted lengthy survey every time I just want to register a product though. Reply +1
  • Axelay saw Konami at its 90s peak

  • redcrayon 18/01/2015

    @Alestes
    I can't believe it's been six years since Castlevania OOE already. That was both the last Konami and the last Castlevania game I enjoyed too. LoS2 and Mirror of Fate were bloody awful, and the less said about that 2D online multiplayer one the better.
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  • redcrayon 18/01/2015

    @ronorra
    Legend of the Mystical Ninja was awesome. Really funny too, and a great mix of gameplay ideas. Shame it's password system was so long though! I suppose you can just use the VCs save states instead. The N64 one that released here was great too.
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  • redcrayon 18/01/2015

    @reggy72
    Yeah, back then seeing a Konami/Capcom/Squaresoft logo on the box was always a good sign for me.
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  • redcrayon 18/01/2015

    @BobbyDeNiro
    Weren't Sega responsible for Valkyria Chronicles though? That was probably my favourite PS3 game. I liked what Capcom did with Dragon's Dogma too. I agree that they are shadows of their former selves though.
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  • redcrayon 18/01/2015

    @Riprock
    Super Aleste was my SNES shooter of choice too, and Super Probotector was great for playing co-op with my brother :-)

    The SNES selection on the WiiU VC is still rather meagre, but I'm pleased to see it's had a few good entries recently with this, Demon's Crest, Earthbound, Megaman 7 and Megaman X3.
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  • Sony offering refunds on H1Z1's alpha following complaints about "P2W" micro-transactions

  • redcrayon 17/01/2015

    Why are people paying to play a) a game that isn't finished yet and b) one that will eventually be FTP? It's not even a demo, you're essentially paying to test the game for them. Are players that keen to play another open-world, post-apocalyptic game? Reply +14
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the series at its approachable best

  • redcrayon 15/01/2015

    @meepmeep
    The last one gave you a virtual camera control button on the touchscreen, plus a 'lock on large monster' touch icon as well.
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  • redcrayon 15/01/2015

    @Pandy
    I'm the same, I love Tri and Tri U, but struggled to get into it on handhelds despite doing 90% of my gaming on them. The WiiU one is just beautiful, sometimes I do the harvest quests just to wander around and enjoy the atmosphere :D

    I've got the demo downloaded though, I'm interested to see whether the camera holds up on my old 3DS xL model. I quite liked the modular menu on 3G with it's 'lock camera on large enemy' function.
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  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 gets pushed back one week

  • redcrayon 15/01/2015

    Each episode will cost 4.99 / $5.99, while the whole season can be purchased for 19.99 / $24.99.
    So buying each of the four episodes individually will cost you 19.96, compared to buying the whole series in advance for the, er, mildly more expensive price of 19.99. Not much of an incentive to go for the whole season in advance then!
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  • Nintendo announces new Smash Bros. and Mario-themed Amiibo waves

  • redcrayon 15/01/2015

    @IronSoldier

    Searching through the exact same levels of Captain Toad for some pixel art images placed by by the Amiibo isn't exactly the same as 'substantial' DLC content though, I certainly won't feel like I'm missing out on some major new game mode without it. If they start gating full-on expansions behind Amiibo then sure, I'd agree with you.
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  • Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid Prime Trilogy headed to Wii U eShop

  • redcrayon 14/01/2015

    @naffgeek
    One of my most-played Wii games, but what with it being a sequel with several dozen characters from the previous game, it might be better if they do something like a HD Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn collection, with lots of the subscreen info moved to the pad.
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  • How Duke Nukem 3D managed to be ahead of its time while trapped in the past

  • redcrayon 12/01/2015

    I've lost track of how many times I've played through the opening chapters of Duke Nukem 3D. It's a game that still delights me today, over 20 years since its original release,
    @Dan

    Duke Nukem 3D isn't over 20 years old. You say it yourself later on, it came out in January 1996.
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  • Raiders of the lost art: Meet the illustrator behind your favourite childhood game covers

  • redcrayon 09/01/2015

    @IronSoldier
    I imagine this article was pitched as 'I am in touch with this illustrator, could be a good interview' rather than briefed out as 'go and write about game cover artists'. It's more that the headline is misleading.
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  • Ultra-rare recalled NES game being sold for $40k on eBay

  • redcrayon 09/01/2015

    @el_pollo_diablo
    Probably what most people do with their games after a steam sale... :D
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  • Nintendo licenses Mario version of free-to-play mobile money-spinner Puzzle & Dragons

  • redcrayon 08/01/2015

    Might have been worth mentioning the previous 3DS game, Puzzle and Dragons Z. It also wasn't FTP, has sold well over a million copies in Japan, and presumably was the catalyst for this. Reply +14
  • When the new becomes old - why 2015 should be a stellar year

  • redcrayon 07/01/2015

    @zzkj
    Of course there are broken games everywhere. My point is they only make up a small fraction of the total number of games released but gain a lot of media coverage when it's a big title. I don't think I played a single one of the games that garnered the most complaints last year, there were hundreds of other titles released across all gaming platforms combined.

    Sometimes it feels like the size of the marketing budget and the dubious promises made compared to the size of the backlash when the hype dies down and people are wondering what they spent 50+ on are two sides of the same coin. Still, here's hoping the usual suspects learn their lessons. If I can't be optimistic on the 7th of January, it would be a long, dark winter! :D
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  • redcrayon 07/01/2015

    @zzkj
    Maybe there's a hell of a lot of people who think the games industry isn't just comprised of the AAA market. I played loads of great new IP last year by smaller developers (The Banner Saga springs to mind) and I think this year will continue the trend.
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  • redcrayon 07/01/2015

    I know we're not supposed to be excited about sequels, but I still love Japanese rpgs/action games, and a new Ys, Xenoblade and Zelda all being released later this year makes me happy. Even if I suspect the localisations won't all make it. Bloodborne will scratch that itch too, certainly the game with the best chance of making me spring for a Ps4.

    There's loads of great-looking indie games in the pipeline too. Darkest Dungeon, Hyper Light Drifter and Cosmic Star Heroine all look like they'll keep me occupied for hours.

    A new turn-based strategy game from Intelligent Systems as well? Grand stuff.
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  • Surprise! New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition goes on sale

  • redcrayon 06/01/2015

    I didn't get an email despite buying my 3DS on launch day and having registered a couple of dozen games. I'm not that fussed though, I think I'll prefer the XL for Monster Hunter 4. Reply 0
  • The most exciting games of 2015

  • redcrayon 06/01/2015

    So many great looking games no matter whether you're after large scale AAA ones or smaller digital titles. I think it's going to be a great year. Reply +1
  • Reader's top 50 games of 2014

  • redcrayon 03/01/2015

    @Drygore
    Not strictly true, maybe some of the Shovel Knight votes were for the 3DS version, mine certainly was.

    Hardly surprising though. My favourite other 3DS game this year was Fantasy Life and it seems like barely anyone bought it.
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  • redcrayon 03/01/2015

    @BonzoBanana
    With regard to the smaller amount of games splitting the vote on WiiU, plenty of people have multiple consoles, gave decent reasons why they picked their choices, and noone was obliged to only vote for one game from each of the consoles they own. I imagine the more popular consoles had plenty more no.2 and no.3 picks as well. Not only that, but the smaller number of WiiU owners already counted against MK8, even as the smaller number of WiiU games probably counted in it's favour. Swings and roundabouts, really.

    Besides, it's a bit of fun really, isn't it? Does it really matter if a reader's vote picks a popular game on an unpopular format? It's not like MK8 isn't a great game in it's own right.

    I like the readers vote, it's always good for going back and seeing what I missed.
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  • redcrayon 03/01/2015

    @Dirt3
    A) because I've enjoyed reading the site for a long time? For the same reason as I subscribe to various magazines, there is a reasonable correlation between my views and theirs but I don't just want my views reflected at me- otherwise I'd never try anything new. I don't need a writer to reflect my viewpoint to find their writing enjoyable.
    B) not very long. But that's incredibly unlikely, isn't it.

    We perhaps agree that neither of us would read EG if it disagreed with us completely, but all I'm saying is that an average of reader opinion isn't reflective of every reader's opinion, and so reflecting that average only reflects popular trends. EG regularly prints articles I disagree with or on subject matter I don't give a toss about, but I still read the site as they cater to a wide variety of readers (I like the stuff about the games I grew up on in the 80s). I suppose what I'm saying is that a site that tries to directly reflect the popular opinion of readers would only stick to a very middle-of-the-road brief and not occasionally cover the outlying peculiarities I find more interesting. That's why I prefer EG to the US sites.
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  • redcrayon 03/01/2015

    @Dirt3
    Considering the numbers of games released and the numbers of people voting, a rough show of hands of EG contributors matching the readers poll is quite unlikely.

    I also don't expect a publication to reflect it's readership- I read EG because I want to know what the writers think, if I want to see an opinion of the readership (many of whom I regularly and respectfully disagree with) that's what the comments are for. The readers disagree with each other on an awful lot of stuff, an average of opinion, as in this list, shouldn't be taken as meaning there's a specific EG reader mindset that the EG staff could reflect with any degree of accuracy.
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  • redcrayon 02/01/2015

    @UncleLou
    Fair point, I think that's probably true for Smash as well.
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  • redcrayon 02/01/2015

    @MrTomFTW
    The respective sales of consoles might well account for Driveclub over Forza, but does nothing to account for MK8, Bayonetta and Smash Bros being so high up the list. Plenty of people have multiple consoles, or maybe the EG crowd just likes good games and are capable of not just voting along 'party lines', as it were. It's certainly the best list I've seen to sum up 2014 so far. And not just 'cos they quoted me on Shovel Knight :D
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  • Eurogamer's Game of the Year 2014

  • redcrayon 01/01/2015

    @Guy.J.
    Eight installments across eight different consoles and over 20 years of hardware development. Amazing how suddenly the older portable entries count when people are desperate to make something sound overused.

    The difference between the SNES/GBA games compared to Mario Kart today is like night and day. By all means compare to the Wii/3DS ones but it's not exactly like pumping out half a dozen games in the same franchise, built in the same engine and on the same console is it.
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  • Games of 2014: Alien: Isolation

  • redcrayon 28/12/2014

    @WorldScaper
    @AoifeLockhart Yes, 'cos you are big and fierce! ROWR! :rolleyes:
    Such affectations, like being a spaceman or a ninja, are supposed to depart from us once we hit the age of 8 or so...
    Did you really manage to write this on a videogames site with a straight face? Wish fulfillment in being spacemen is big business.
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  • Editor's blog: Merry Christmas!

  • redcrayon 23/12/2014

    Come on EG, we all know the readers top 50 is the main event! :D

    Have a grand holiday Oli and chums.
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  • Controversial mass murdering game Hatred appears on Steam Greenlight

  • redcrayon 16/12/2014

    @el-pollo-diablo
    It's hardly censorship if a shop refuses to stock an item, there are plenty of other ways you'll be able to buy it, just not from Steam. In the same way, Tescos and WhSmiths don't carry an awful lot of magazines, Waterstones don't stock books they don't want either, and Amazon doesn't carry plenty of items- it doesn't mean they are censoring those items.

    If there was a national outright ban on the sale of the game here (or anywhere else), I'd agree with you, but shops have to be able to decide for themselves what they want to carry.
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  • Digital Foundry vs Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

  • redcrayon 13/12/2014

    @seeyoshirun
    I'm 36 and still just as likely to enjoy Zelda and Mario Kart as am to enjoy Dragon Age and X-com. There's nothing wrong with a game being shameless fun that's also suitable for kids, plenty of board games are the same, it's nice to have stuff a whole family can play. In the case of Zelda, I like having an adventure game my young family will be able to watch that doesn't have cut scenes where everyone is swearing like a trooper and lopping each other's limbs off in showers of blood. Doesn't mean I don't like decapitating orcs when they've gone to bed!
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  • Xbox One overtakes PS4 sales for November in UK and US

  • redcrayon 12/12/2014

    @Goffee
    I do wonder how much the total digital intake of PSN, XBL and the eshop accounts for though. I'd be surprised if it wasn't more than the previous year, it's hardly surprising that retail full-price boxed software would go down year-on-year when a far greater range and back catalogue is consistently growing online at a variety of prices.
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  • Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2014 voting

  • redcrayon 12/12/2014

    Can we have the option of Ys: Memories of Celceta and Persona Q please EG! Reply +2
  • Tekken 7's chief developer doesn't take kindly to mixed Lucky Chloe reaction

  • redcrayon 09/12/2014

    @TheHammerite
    Yeah, western devs never have female characters wandering around in their underwear, do they.
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  • The Banner Saga 2 headed to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2015

  • redcrayon 08/12/2014

    @RandomTerrain
    Probably Watch_Dogs on WiiU too :D

    I take your point though, Vita ports of indie titles seem to get developed alongside the PS4 ports on a fairly regular basis now.
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  • redcrayon 08/12/2014

    @RandomTerrain
    Isn't it just the first one heading to Vita so far?
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  • redcrayon 08/12/2014

    You've been waiting to use that subheading on a viking-themed game for a while, haven't you? :D Reply +5
  • Xbox Japan boss resigns amid dismal Xbox One sales

  • redcrayon 28/11/2014

    CoD, TLOU, GTA and various other western AAA games sell much better in Japan now than five or so years ago. There is a growing market for such western games there that can be exploited even as the home console sales decline, but there just doesn't seem to be any interest in Xbox consoles.

    Viewing it as 'they don't like US or western products' is blatantly false, a better question is 'why do they particularly dislike Xbox machines?'
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  • Eurogamer vs Tom Bramwell

  • redcrayon 28/11/2014

    Have a great break, Tom, you deserve it. Best of luck with whatever you try next year, and best of luck finding whatever random bit of metal you spend the next month looking for in Destiny! :D Reply -1
  • Etrian Odyssey 5 announced in teaser trailer

  • redcrayon 25/11/2014

    Weird this doesn't mention the mystery dungeon crossover also announced at the same time.

    Also, we didn't see EO2 or EO3 released here, although thankfully the DS was region free and Atlus eventually reprinted both when they both inevitably became hard to find. At one point original copies of EO2 were going for upwards of 60!

    Both EOIV and EO: Untold were released here on 3DS, but followed a considerable delay after their NA release. It always seems to depend on which publisher picks it up for EU release, although I had hoped that Sega buying Atlus would make it easier.
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  • Don't call it a comeback: Xbox One's first year

  • redcrayon 22/11/2014

    @clouskipa
    Based on the comments threads I'm not sure I'd want to see the scattershot thoughts of the EG community enshrined in two long articles, and I'm not sure they would either! We're a diverse bunch. :D

    What exactly is wrong with the articles being about how Oli sees the situation? You're basically calling a writer stating his own opinion pointless. He's gone through both machines at length, using two articles to give him the space to set out his thoughts, before summarising. I find that fairly reasonable rather than the usual tiny pieces that read like press releases, even if I don't agree with all of it.
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  • redcrayon 22/11/2014

    @Murton
    Interesting stuff. PSN prices are ridiculous for new games.
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  • redcrayon 22/11/2014

    @markandrewroberts1

    Did you read the Sony article last week, and the last paragraph of this one? They've been pretty even-handed in laying into what they perceive as the failings of both, as evidenced by the accusations of bias from both sides.
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  • BioWare's brilliant Dragon Age: Inquisition sex scene

  • redcrayon 21/11/2014

    @games4me2
    Sorry, you're quite right, I added a bn rather than an m, not sure what I was thinking. Edited to stop a derail.
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  • redcrayon 21/11/2014

    @sam90
    I don't think you understand science or traits vs population spread very well. Even if we lowball it and say 2% of humanity, that's still almost 150m people. Such a stable trait as to cover 2% of a population isn't an abnormality, it's just a rare attribute. Oh, and your use of 'mental disorder' also displays that you don't really understand what that is either. Mental disorders are definable conditions, the only people who think homosexuality counts as one are counted as total outcasts amongst mental health professionals.

    Edited for maths fail, thanks games4metwo
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  • redcrayon 21/11/2014

    @masseffectman
    How on earth is it pandering to include options for everyone? Players choosing the straight romances (or no romances at all) won't ever see them, I just don't understand how you can be upset at something you won't even see in your own playthrough, you just seem bothered that the option even exists for others.

    Sure, a healthy portion of the party are romancable, and in far greater sexual diversity than you might see in a typical very small group of people in the real world, but what's fair and reasonable for a diverse customer base of millions looking to play a fantasy rpg isn't a slavish adherence to the statistical reality in our world. I'd rather everyone had two or three potential choices if they choose to have their Inquisitor romance someone as part of their story, than straight inquisitors having four or five and gay ones stuck with the token. All they've done is provide the options for people to tell the story they want in a fantasy world of adventure and wish fulfilment, rather than reflect a reality that isn't quite so mathematically friendly to everyone's persuasion.

    In terms of 'pandering', If I was running a fantasy tabletop rpg and one of the players wanted to play a gay character, I also wouldn't have the space elves or whatever all adhere to human statistics either, as they are one of the protagonists. If everything else in the game worlds we play in is so unrealistic as to revolve almost entirely around the main characters, I don't see why romance shouldn't either. If it isn't pandering to have a story revolve around violence inflicted by the PC on the antagonist's forces, it isn't pandering to have unlikely romance options fall into their lap either. Most straight protagonists in action games can't move without hot, sexy action girls falling in love with them! Either all players are pandered to, or we accept it's part of tailoring a game to appeal to players.
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