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  • FIFA 17 review

  • specialgamer 23/09/2016

    PES 2017 has just been ordered. Reply +3
  • PES 2017 review

  • specialgamer 19/09/2016

    Great news. It's always amazed me how FIFA sells so much better, when PES plays so much better as a video game. With FIFA the controls just aren't that tight, it never feels like you're directly in control of your players. PES responds much more directly and quickly to your input. The difference between something tight like Super Mario or VVVVVV and something baggy like Little Big Planet. Reply +14
  • What if Uncharted 4 on PS4 Pro ran at 60fps?

  • specialgamer 13/09/2016

    "When it comes to taking the PS4 Pro, really what we’re doing here is nothing more than just removing the smudge from your glasses, we’re changing your prescription so you get to see everything more clearly. That’s the direction we’re going. We’re not comparing with a PC version or something else. I mean, yes, we’re keeping an eye on what other people in the industry are doing, but we feel that we’re always pushing the envelope, we’re always trying to improve." - Naughty Dog Reply -9
  • specialgamer 13/09/2016

    How will they stop the PS4 Pro from rendering higher frame-rates if you plug it into a 1080p screen? Are they up-scaling output (internally) to 4K, thus causing the frame-rate hit to happen regardless of what TV you plug it into? Reply -13
  • Time crisis: Is this the end of the light gun?

  • specialgamer 10/09/2016

    Let's hope CRT comes back like Vinyl. Anyone care to start a Kickstarter to produce a modern 50-inch 1080p 60Hz Widescreen CRT? I'd buy one if the price was right. Reply +2
  • Bayonetta joins Xbox One backwards compatibility

  • specialgamer 09/09/2016

    Truly great game and amazingly Bayonetta 2 is even better! Wonder if there'll be a port of that on the NX? Reply +1
  • Nintendo is giving away an NX

  • specialgamer 07/09/2016

    Splatoon 2 as NX release title confirmed! :-) Reply 0
  • Catch up with today's 3DS Nintendo Direct here

  • specialgamer 01/09/2016

    Drop the NX bomb, you know you want to! 🎮🇯🇵🕒 Reply 0
  • Watch: Why I'm not sticking with No Man's Sky

  • specialgamer 25/08/2016

    @spamdangled This way saves a click. And a click through to Reddit at that. Reply +7
  • specialgamer 25/08/2016

    It sounds terrible based on this list of issues put together by user 'rationalcomment' over on Reddit:

    It doesn't actually feel like a real universe, there are no planetary physics and gravity is the same on all planets. There are no actual solar systems. The planets don't rotate around a sun but are stationary, sitting together in a blob. The moons don't even go around the planets.

    All of the various wonders of the universe (neutron stars, supernovas, pulsars...etc) are entirely absent. There are no systems with a dozen planets, or gas giants, or even ringed planets.

    There are no stars, they're just part of the skybox but you can't fly to them.

    The 18 quintillion planets that was so heavily marketed isn't impressive when you realize what that actually means: if you took 11 things and come up with 50 variations for each, that is close to 18 quintillion combinations. Most planets are entirely the same but with different bumps and colors, they have the same objects on them and largely the same resources. Once you've seen the first dozen planets, you've seen them all.

    There is no actual differences between the ships, except the number of inventory slots. There are no ships specializing for say speed or combat.

    You can't actually fly between these systems or go into say the dark space or outer asteroid belt. The only way to travel between them is to open up the map and click warp, which initiates a loading screen animation and loads up the new planets. There is no deep space. You feel like you're in an instance with 3 or 4 planets that are mostly the same, then you load up a new skybox with a new set of similar planets. It's nothing like say Space Engine, where you actually do get a true sense that you're in a real universe.

    You can't even fly your ship. You can't fly low across a planet as there is an invisible boundary and you can't crash your ship. The controls are terrible, it has none of the complexity of other space flight sims.

    You can't manually land your ship, you simply press a button for it to autoland. Tons of other maneuvers (like entering a space station) are entirely autopilot.

    The asteroids which are everywhere have insane pop-in issues, they only show up like 50 meters in front of you. Same while you're on land, the pop-in can get absurd at times.

    The freight ships don't move, they just sit there passively forever. They add zero gameplay depth.

    The space stations are all basically the same.

    The planets are littered with outposts, all identical and with a single NPC alien standing still and staring into the wall.

    The NPCs are entirely shallow, there is literally no point to even talking to them since they never say anything interesting and simply give you something random you likely don't need. Even the automated quest giving NPCs in Bethesda games that hand out those Radiant AI quests would be a massive improvement.

    All of the monoliths are the same, it's nothing but a chore to chase them down. The words you learn don't add any depth to your interactions with the aliens, since they never have anything interesting to say anyway.

    There are no actual biomes on each planet. Each planet is the same no matter where you land.

    The animals are build on 14 different skeleton designs, with a bunch of random animal parts scrapped on top of each section to maximize the number of permutations and there is no attempt to make the animal make any sense in it's environment or have anything unique in it's behavior. The animals have no evolutionary history and animal AI is practically non-existent.

    There are no tall trees like were shows in E3, they're all saplings. There are no large forests, no large creatures. There are no large valleys, huge mountain peaks, no giant volcanos, all terrain is uniformly similar across planets.

    The grinding which makes up most of the game is not only boring, but frustrating due to the completely messed up inventory management.

    You don't have a sense of scope / scale to your journey. In the galactic map you can see other stars but there's no sense of where you are in relation to the center of the universe. Likewise you don't have a way to track where you were. No mapping or history, waypoints or other ways of tracking your progress. There needs to be a way to see how you're progressing and also give some meaning to how far you've gone.

    The interface is absolutely atrocious. It's amazing that it can be messed up this bad, the fact that we need a mod just to remove the requirement that you have to hold each click for a second speaks volumes. You need to load up a menu to do anything, and the menus are terribly designed and completely unintuitative.

    The game is a technical mess. It looks like ass yet runs with all sorts of framerate issues.

    The traveling on foot is insanely slow and tedious. There should have been a buggy or car, or at least some sort of fast jet pack like in Tribes.

    It fails as a survival game since nothing in the game leaves you threatened. Each planet is seeded with abundant resources, and the few things that do attack you are easily defeated. Compare to minecraft where there's a very definite risk / reward system to exploring a deep cave system. Nothing really threatens you in a meaningful way.

    It fails as a chillout game as the interface and warnings are constantly annoying you. Every 3 minutes you get a "Life Support Systems Low" warning when its at 75%. You are constantly pushed to mine more in order to fill out your life support system, it's nothing like Journey or Abzu where you chill out. And the "Milestones" interrupt you almost non-stop, taking away control to play a pointless milestone cutscene.

    The different minerals and resources don't really matter. Since most of the upgrades to explore the universe are yours within the first hour / two hours all the rest are kind of nice add ons.

    There's no challenge to exploring. There's very little combat and what combat there is is very boring.

    You never actually feel you are discovering any planet, every single planet and moon has been colonized. They all have outposts everywhere. Every system has a space station. You never truly go where no one hasn't already settled.

    Inside a solar system there's no way to decide if a planet is interesting or not without actually visiting it. There should be some 'classification' of the planets e.g. class M, class X, etc that allows you to say a certain type of planet might be safe vs unsafe.

    All planets are accessible right from the start of the game. I was excited about the idea of acid planets, radioactive planets, cold planets ... I was thinking that in order to explore a radioactive planet you'd need to craft some special gear. There was a pretty obviously gameplay loop where the dangerous planets had better minerals / ruins / whatever but were very hard to explore. Instead every planet is basically just a copy of the others.

    The constant need to recharge things, which don't really serve a purpose. It makes the game very grindy without any positive feedback. Instead of feeling free to explore the world around me I feel annoyed that if I see something cool it means 30 seconds of tedium while I mine the abundant plutonium. I end up not landing and exploring because of how annoying it is that to take off again I have to enter a menu and recharge my ship.

    None of the aliens interact with each other or have any sort of AI other than 'walk around a bit'. There's nothing to sit and watch. An occasional ship will fly overhead but they don't do anything. You never really see a battle take place or the ships acting in any sort of interesting manner.

    The ending is straight up insulting. It's the worst ending in any game I have ever played.

    This is a textbook case of why hype culture is cancerous to gaming, it leads to companies looking to hype as many people into preordering then sitting back and releasing a shallow, broken game. This game is completely empty and lifeless, with nothing to do but go around looking at things you've already seen copy pasted for the millionth time.
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  • Here's the first trailer for Dark Souls 3's Ashes of Ariandel DLC

  • specialgamer 24/08/2016

    Let's hope this DLC is brutally hard and makes us swear and rage-quit and throw controllers at the wall. Reply +3
  • The PS4 Slim is real - confirmed

  • specialgamer 22/08/2016

    The position of the power and eject buttons on the left looks awkward! Quite fugly overall as well. Reply +12
  • Surprise Fez update adds speedrun mode

  • specialgamer 19/08/2016

    For anyone who hasn't tried it, it's one of these rare, perfectly crafted games. Pure magic from beginning to end. 10/10 Reply +6
  • 3DS sales nearly doubled last month in US retail following Pokémon Go craze

  • specialgamer 19/08/2016

    Sounds like it's done exactly what the makers of Pokémon Go wanted: to give people the itch to go and buy the full-fat version of their game. Nicely played. Reply +2
  • specialgamer 19/08/2016

    @Bergeton Agreed that the 3DS is host to a brilliant, rich library of games!

    This is why the prospect of the NX is so exciting to us! You just know Nintendo is going to play to the strengths of the 3DS, but with many of its hardware limitations blown away!
    Reply +7
  • Nvidia unveils cut-down GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

  • specialgamer 18/08/2016

    Price, not price-point. Reply -1
  • Classic Spectrum game Skool Daze gets official remake

  • specialgamer 17/08/2016

    "You have over 10000 lines to write Eric. Don't come back to school till you have done them all.... Press a key to play again." Reply +5
  • Nvidia's Pascal-powered laptop chips are a true generational leap

  • specialgamer 17/08/2016

    Hold my beer, while I fry my gonads Reply 0
  • You can max out your ship and equipment on the first planet in No Man's Sky

  • specialgamer 16/08/2016

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  • There's a sneaky Half-Life 3 poster at Gamescom

  • specialgamer 16/08/2016

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  • Frozenbyte announces co-op twin-stick wizardry game Nine Parchments

  • specialgamer 15/08/2016

    Gauntlet Outdoors Reply +1
  • PS4's next big update adds folders

  • specialgamer 15/08/2016

    Finally... Reply 0
  • Nintendo NX - games, specs, release date and everything we know about the new portable system

  • specialgamer 30/07/2016

    @Bagpuss So, if true, the most powerful handheld console by a looooong way is underpowered?

    It depends which way you look at it. Most powerful handheld ever that also lets you fire up your games on the big screen if you want to. Or underpowered console that also lets you take your games on the go.
    Reply +5
  • specialgamer 30/07/2016

    Still don't believe this. Or at the very least, it's not the full picture. Reply -1
  • Nintendo NX is a portable console with detachable controllers

  • specialgamer 26/07/2016

    Sorry, I don't believe this at all! Detachable controllers on a screen? The screen slots into a base-station when not using it as a portable?

    That sounds horribly cumbersome and WTF is a screen poking out of a base station going to look like. Is the screen actually going to do anything when docked? Doesn't sound kid friendly at all, which would sink a huge part of the 3DS market.

    This may well prove to be a legendary EuroGamer article for all the wrong reasons.
    Reply +2
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 announced for September

  • specialgamer 20/07/2016

    Great news! Hope it's good!

    The original Pac-Man Championship Edition is a straight 10/10 game. Probably the most intense gaming experience I've ever had as far as getting your heart pounding once you get up to speed on it. Go grab it from Steam if you haven't already got it. Fantastic game! :D
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  • Nintendo announces palm-sized mini NES console

  • specialgamer 14/07/2016

    But can it do 60FPS? Reply +18
  • You can vote for who ends up on the cover of FIFA 17

  • specialgamer 06/07/2016

    Can we vote for Sepp Blatter?

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  • You can play as JJ Abrams in Lego Star Wars: Force Awakens

  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Where's your review, Eurogamer? Games been out a couple of days already. :/ Reply +1
  • What's your #BestBrexitGame?

  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    El Chavo (2012)

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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Crash Boom Bang! (2006)

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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    You Don't Know Jack (1995)

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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Wrecking Crew (1985)

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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Dangerous Dave (1990)

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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Turning Point: Fall of Liberty
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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Redneck Rampage

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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Pariah (2005)
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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Outcast (1999)
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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Chasm: The Rift (1997)
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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Boiling Point: Road to Hell (2005)
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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Saboteur! (1985)
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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Megolomania (1991)
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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Pitfall (1982)
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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Brain Age. Or lack there of.
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  • specialgamer 29/06/2016

    Total Annihilation (1997)

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  • Bespin DLC and big patch released for Star Wars: Battlefront

  • specialgamer 21/06/2016

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  • Watch: Mighty No. 9 doesn't look like we'd hoped

  • specialgamer 20/06/2016

    "Mighty Number 2". For our non-British readers, that means it looks like a big turd, a pile of poo, a heap of excrement. Reply +5
  • Hideki Kamiya wants to make Bayonetta 3 after Scalebound

  • specialgamer 18/06/2016

    Bayonetta 2 was probably the best 3rd party game on the Wii U. Absolutely fucking GREAT game and seriously intense, fun, edge-of-your-seat gameplay!

    And we're talking about 10/10 "all serious gamers must play this" level game, up there with Dark Souls, Uncharted, Braid, Space Invaders, etc. A Bayonetta 3 of a similar standard would be most welcome, regardless of platform!
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  • Severed is coming to Wii U, 3DS and iOS this summer

  • specialgamer 18/06/2016

    "Coming to Wii U, 3DS and iOS." - interesting choice of platforms to announce all at once!

    iOS is an obvious choice for the chance of mass-market sales, but it would be interesting to hear from Drinkbox Studios as to why they chose to port their game to Wii U & 3DS as well.

    Oh shit, my dig just farted and it's an absolute room filler.
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