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  • Will there ever be a good stand-up comedy game?

  • spekkeh 12/08/2017

    There's probably a joke to be made on how dreadful comedy games lead to the funniest of articles. Alas I'm not a great enough comedian to make that joke. In fact I'm so small I'm positively punny. Reply +3
  • Splatoon 2 has beach-based summer costumes, too

  • spekkeh 10/08/2017

    OK, they're not quite as cool as Overwatch's Summer Games skins, but these are free - no loot boxes required.
    That makes them infinitely cooler imo.
    Reply +17
  • Hellblade deletes your save file if you die too many times

  • spekkeh 08/08/2017

    I'll have to wait until I play it to really understand how forgiving the game is before permadeath is reached.

    But initial reaction is that a game that is about mental disabilities, but introduces a mechanic with pretty much the purpose of making it less accessible to poor and disabled players, is pretty bad form.

    So, cool concept but wrong game imo.
    Reply +6
  • Beating Super Smash Bros. at its own game

  • spekkeh 07/08/2017

    But there's the thing: "make it better" is not precisely easy, Nintendo tried it a couple of times themselves. What's the production budget of Smash 4? And them grognards refuse to play it (though obviously it sold very well).
    It's not impossible to do a fighting game on a tight budget, see for instance SkullGirls. But they did do something appreciably different. That's, I think, a much better way to stand out then strive for a professional studio sheen as a few person outfit. Then again, I don't know. I wish them all the best.
    Reply +2
  • spekkeh 07/08/2017

    Sorry but just judging by the trailer it does look like a straight to dvd knockoff. Sometimes these work, but not because they are a love letter (more because people get confused or just want something similar to what they know). It's the first thing I tell my students: don't try to imitate an existing big budget property because you will always come out short.

    "When we were first doing market research we were asking people if they would play it [Icons] and the feedback we got was 'yes, but a lot of people are trying to do this'. We knew the point of value we could bring was the sheen of a professional studio. We felt that could be our edge."
    I mean sorry this is just a terrible idea for a startup.

    Then again, maybe these guys do have a solid business plan. I'm happy to be proven wrong. Being F2P at least sets some (lower) expectations.
    Reply +7
  • Splatoon 2's online is inexplicable, yet it's one of the best online experiences of the year

  • spekkeh 07/08/2017

    Eggsellent. The right condiment won mayorly. Sorry.

    It's amazing how...fresh Splatoon 2 still feels even after having played quite a bit of it on the Wii U. Most of that is of course because there's still absolutely nothing like it in the game space, but also because of the clever way of how the community is fostered. Good of Robinson to point it out. I was sad to see Miiverse go, but happy that they retained at least the most important element in Splatoon 2, that of community contribution (now here's hoping other games like Mario Odyssey get their own implementation, because it was also the highlight of 3D World for me, which outside of that was a bit disappointing coming off Mario Galaxy). I guess I'm lucky that I really don't care for voice chat in the first place, or play more than a few games per night, because the way parts of the game are temporarily cordoned off actually makes every time you fire up a Turf War feel like a special occurrence for a casual like me. Which is then amplified by the Splatfests. And that makes it all the more addictive. So yes I agree, there's value that arises from the limitations.

    (even though I would like to have more maps in the rotation)
    Reply +2
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 review

  • spekkeh 30/07/2017

    Yeah after years of boring iteration, this feels like the first proper generational leap again since the HTC M7. The tiny bezels and the way the black pebble pulses into life are pure sex. The fingerprint scanner is a bother though coming from the S6, even when I find it it seems hit and miss for how small the window of detection is. I've been using face unlock instead. That works fine, so no real complaining. Really premium feel all around. The only thing I worry about is that they changed the gorilla glass and now apparently it's much more crack proof, but as a tradeoff it's been collecting tiny hair scratches all over the surface. Nothing you notice when it's turned on, but still. Reply +5
  • Ultra Street Fighter 2 on Nintendo Switch does the business for Capcom

  • spekkeh 28/07/2017

    Not really surprised frankly. Although the review and avoid badge were fair as reviewed in the historical context and price, that appraisal glosses over the new value space that is provided by the Switch, i.e. 2 player multiplayer on the go. The Switch in tabletop detached controllers mode is effectively like an arcade experience, so players are clamoring for simple competitive games that they can play with co-workers and other noobs. Much like the arcades, lambasting the lack of mechanical depth for the money is missing the context of how people interact with it. Reply -2
  • Playing Civilization as Trump

  • spekkeh 22/07/2017

    @DarthZA You're getting triggered by an article lambasting Trump and are calling it an attack on right wing people. Surely you identify with Trumpets for some reason, because I got no such reaction. Reply +23
  • spekkeh 22/07/2017


    And the response from the writers and many other site fans will, I am sure, be one of 'good riddance'. Who needs a bunch of right wing pigs with flaccid penises anyway, right?

    Obviously that is not what is happening here though is it? There's nothing wrong with being right wing. I consider myself right wing as well (by European standards). There's something wrong with being a cronyist anti-science chauvinistic populist. You may sympathize with that, but conflating your ostensible love for bigotry with my decent right wing perspective is not appreciated.
    Reply +18
  • Nintendo's new online service looks like it could be every bit as bad as you feared

  • spekkeh 19/07/2017

    As said in the other comments section, I'm not against the idea of having the social features of the Switch on an app on your smartphone, that can also integrate with all of the other social networks. In fact, in theory it might be a smart move.

    In practice though.

    You'll also need your phone screen on for that voice chat to remain connected
    I mean, it's just, well, I mean, SURELY THIS CAME UP IN PLAYTESTING
    Reply +42
  • Nintendo Switch Online app launches for iPhone, Android

  • spekkeh 19/07/2017


    Why Nintendo feel the need to force people to use a phone for voip in 2017 (which most children don't have - instantly alienating 50% of your userbase)

    Also most kids 10+ have a smartdevice.
    Reply +4
  • spekkeh 19/07/2017


    I agree. Well they can make it that you set it up via your phone (as that will have all your contacts and lobby systems etc), and then continue the voice chat through your switch. We'll have to see if such a thing gets developed. If not, then we can start blaming Nintendo.
    Reply -1
  • spekkeh 19/07/2017

    Let's see how it goes.

    From a design standpoint I think it's good that Nintendo analyzed the different touchpoints of the user. In that light it makes sense to put the social service in the preeminent social device. It creates a lot of possibilities for integration. Of course it could also lead to problems with game music and chat sound, so let's hope that HORI wired solution is just a stopgap until something more mature gets developed.
    Reply -2
  • SFANS portable dock for Nintendo Switch review

  • spekkeh 18/07/2017

    It's not really cheaper. The $59 doesn't get you an HDMI cable and AC adapter. You'll have to get the $79 version for that.

    So all in all it's $10 cheaper than Nintendo's version, but for an unofficial version without an integrated docking mechanism and probably less support. (and I bet you can find the official one cheaper in stores at some point)

    I'll be waiting for something else then.
    Reply +10
  • Splatoon 2 neon green and pink Joy-Con release date moved forward

  • spekkeh 04/07/2017

    @flooff You get two joycons though. Pay £70 and you're set for four player games. This costs you at least £120 on other consoles. It's admittedly pricey but it's nice I only had to do it once.

    Unless they bring out special editions like these though, must... control... urge....
    Reply +6
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501VI with Nvidia Max-Q GTX 1080 review

  • spekkeh 02/07/2017

    I'm in the market for a light and thin gaming laptop actually. Being able to take it with me and showcase my (VR) games, do some gaming, but also simply and primarily for office work. I once made the mistake of buying an actual desktop replaceable laptop with dual 8800s though. Fucking awful, needed a trolley to lug it around. Another problem with gaming laptops is that they're all decked out in eyestraining garish bullshit. Like you are a gamer you must have no taste here's something that would make a tween edgelord flinch.

    So this laptop actually looks pretty good. But it seems like the Razer Blade is still a much better choice? Less bulk and better battery life, that you get for trading in the 1070 for a 1060?

    (If only Razer sold in my country)
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  • Nintendo's Japanese SNES mini has a different selection of games

  • spekkeh 27/06/2017

    Meh, prefer the European box for nostalgia sake. Also prefer our selection of games. No problem. Getting one on the other hand.. Reply +3
  • Watch: Chris and Aoife play Super Mario Odyssey

  • spekkeh 15/06/2017

    So I take it they liked it huh.

    But yes after the somewhat iterative SM3DW, you can't help but think almost everything has been done in platforming games by now, and even Tokyo EPD started running out of ideas. NOPE.

    Can't wait.
    Reply +5
  • Ubisoft storms E3 with a vital reminder that video games are human and fun

  • spekkeh 13/06/2017

    Yeah this was the best third party publisher conference... ever? Lots of crazy ideas that coalesced well and well together. I was ready to hate on Rabbids x Mario but it actually looks amazing, Elijah Wood is doing VR, Far Cry is going ham on the US, and they topped it off with Beyond Good and Evil that, swearing aside, went full French scifi. And I don't care if that Rabbids developer sprayed lemon juice in his eyes before the camera focused on him or if it was really genuine, but that was just beautiful. It's nice to have a big publisher show an almost unfiltered side of themselves.

    There's some other franchise stuff that I don't care for, but I'm assuming it's necessary to pay for the bills.
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  • Sony's flat E3 conference shows signs of a mid-generation lull

  • spekkeh 13/06/2017

    The future is coming! The future is now.

    Can no longer unsee

    Reply +2
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds a console launch exclusive on Xbox One

  • spekkeh 11/06/2017

    Pretty sure it said console exclusive launch. So it's also coming to that other console. Reply +10
  • FIFA 18 on Switch won't have the Journey, but does get FUT and co-op Seasons

  • spekkeh 11/06/2017

    EA makes 4.5B$ in revenue Eurogamer, no need to make excuses for them. If they wanted to port Frostbite for this game, they could easily. The main reasons are probably that this is the only (big) game they have currently in development for Switch, so porting over without knowing if it would do well seems like a waste, and anyway DICE probably has nobody left to work on it as EA already stretched them entirely too thin (look at the mess of ME:A because they couldn't support it).

    Anyway this half hearted effort looks surprisingly decent (PBR is a big improvement here) and the multiplayer on the go nature makes it that, as long as PES is not announced, I might actually get this version of the game.

    As for the Journey missing, I'm also inclined to think it's because of the cart size. Apparently it's no big loss, but would've been nice to play on my commute.
    Reply +1
  • Xbox is close to being a brilliant games platform, but it needs games to get it there

  • spekkeh 08/06/2017

    It's interesting to see what Scorpio will do, but I can't help but think Microsoft is reading the market wrong (assuming Scorpio is their play to revitalize the Xbox brand and not just an upgrade for their fans).

    Of course PS4 coming in stronger and cheaper when both consoles were introduced played a part in it selling faster. But for people like me it was never really about power. Rather, the anemic game lineup of Xbox 360 in the last few years was what made me switch to PlayStation. Sony was hitting it out of the park with interesting artistic games, while MS started getting into a rut with their same iterative franchises.

    It's a similar situation to the Wii U (of course that also had very different problems). The last two and a half years of the Wii saw very little support in terms of games and when it launched with just more of the same phoned in 2D platformers, a lot of gamers concluded it was not interesting to them. Nintendo, like Sony with PS3, worked really hard in creating interesting exclusives for the remainder of the Wii U, and is now reaping the benefits with the Switch.

    Of course my tag will tell you I'm biased for well designed games over pixel fill rates. I'm also entirely too old for console warriorism, so maybe just having more TFLOPs is in fact what is more important these days.
    Reply +6
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice sets release date and price

  • spekkeh 06/06/2017

    Sorry NT I don't do preorders, but I'm all I'm favor of shorter risk taking AA projects making a return, so if you don't balls this up you'll have my support (and money). Reply +2
  • Nintendo Switch's premium online service will remain free until 2018

  • spekkeh 02/06/2017

    People who say online gaming on PC is free must have missed the aggressive monetization schemes. Of course the problem with Xbox Live and PS Plus is that now increasingly you're getting fleeced on both sides, with platform holders as well as publishers wanting money. I have some (vain?) hope that Nintendo charging for online will make it so they are not going to resort to gacha schemes at least for the games they're publishing. Reply +3
  • spekkeh 02/06/2017

    @flooff I don't really. Toxic communities, progression systems and lootbox gambling monetization make those games unfun for me. Outside of Rocket League I probably already played more MK8DX online than three years of AAA games on PS+. I bought that more for the games service, which so far has been mostly meh. Reply +1
  • spekkeh 02/06/2017

    Good price, in. Will ditch PS+, so it saves me some $40 per year too. I don't like paying for online but at least now it's in impulse buy territory.

    edit: I knew that would draw minuses, be happy that there's some competition so your Sony has to get off its cheap ass.
    Reply -7
  • Spaceplan is the 2001 of clicker games

  • spekkeh 12/05/2017

    Ugh I hate clicker games. But.

    My willpower is going. I can feel it. I can feel it.
    Reply +1
  • Meet the man with 1200 Platinum trophies

  • spekkeh 04/05/2017

    I find that I do not always give enough attention that my kids deserve.

    I have zero platinum trophies.

    Reply +22
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Nintendo's first UK chart topper in six years

  • spekkeh 02/05/2017

    What a turnaround this console has made, on this site, and now suddenly a Nintendo is becoming successful in the UK too.
    Truly the end times.

    I double dipped. I didn't want to initially, but this was the rightful GOTY 2014 winner on Eurogamer, and now I can play it on my commute and during down time at work with colleagues as well. And it just pops off the Switch screen. Two brilliant games in a row, let's hope ARMS is something special too.
    Reply +2
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review

  • spekkeh 22/04/2017


    Arms, Splatoon 2 and Xenoblade 2 are not ports. Arguably Zelda isn't either, it's a cross gen release, but I'll humor you there.
    Reply +4
  • spekkeh 21/04/2017

    Great review. Even if the rating was entirely predictable after the game rightfully got GOTY 2014 and this version has all the extra tracks, a battle mode and will be the definitive quick-local-multiplayer-on-the-go game for years to come. The effort put into the flowery prose is appreciated. I already put 100+ hours and lots of money in the Wii U version, so I wasn't intending on getting this, but the Switch has been so great and the idea of quick bouts in the train and ready to go multiplayer everywhere is too enticing for me not to double dip.

    Sadly the comment section also turned out to be entirely predictable. Eurogamer's clickbaity titles of the last year and the way they trolled the Switch launch really seems to have done a number on the commenters. It's a shame, I hope they can rebuild the community.
    Reply +11
  • How to triple your Switch battery life for under £20

  • spekkeh 25/03/2017

    @JAK620 shit I could've sworn the purpose of a handheld was to play it handheld. I dunno what I was thinking. I should probably stop playing on my commute so that you feel better about yourself. Reply +35
  • How Zelda and Horizon fix open worlds in very different ways

  • spekkeh 22/03/2017


    That doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Any mechanic or rule places restrictions, and a game without rules is not a game. It's within the confines of the (implied) rules that play arises. I mean if you don't like the restrictions then that's fair, but it's not restrictions a priori that are wrong. In this case it seems obvious that they introduced the weapon break mechanic to make sure you use the complete arsenal of weapons they give to you, and not just stick to the one with the highest number. It's a mechanic made to force you to understand the nuances of the fighting system. I doubt it was really made for challenge purposes though, because there are a lot of weapons scattered around.

    (I'm not a fan of weapon breaking mind, but I see why they did it)
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  • spekkeh 22/03/2017


    Developers need to realise these mechanics aren't adding a challenge to your game, they are forcing us to play a particular way.
    I would hazard a guess they are well aware of this.
    Reply +5
  • spekkeh 22/03/2017

    @Zeppelino initially EG went away from scores because they no longer wanted to give high scores for extremely competent but derivative games, which was consuming the industry. (Their adherence to this ideal is a bit spotty at times though.) A recommended in theory should not be translatable into a score. A bad mess of a game can still get a recommended if it does something interesting, a very good game can not receive a recommended if it doesn't do something interesting. If you read the Horizon review, you would've noticed the reviewer saying it was a great game (so definitely higher than a 6/10), but that it didn't do anything particularly new or interesting, so it wasn't recommended for people outside of genre fans. I do agree that seems a bit at odds with the current t article though. Reply +32
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda review

  • spekkeh 20/03/2017

    So "totally not like Dragon Age Inquisition" turns out to be totally like Dragon Age Inquisition, but with apparently worse writing and characters.

    Well, that sure is a way to kill off my favorite new franchise of last gen.
    Reply +19
  • Gambling Commission warns parents about gambling websites

  • spekkeh 15/03/2017

    The Gambling Commission has warned parents about gambling websites, calling them "parasites feeding off popular video games".
    They mean in-game stores where you can buy card packs and loot boxes, right?
    Reply -3
  • Two years later, Destiny player glitches all the way into Atheon's throne room in the Vault of Glass

  • spekkeh 14/03/2017

    That's impressive. I myself appear to be glitching in between the possible reaction worlds of


    Reply +3
  • Why Nintendo Switch games are ending up more expensive

  • spekkeh 13/03/2017

    @ILoveHorses Nintendo, as any console manufacturer, needs the brick and mortar shops as advertisement space. This will be for many regular consumers the primary touchpoint of the device. As the name becomes known and household then generally the importance of the physical shops becomes less important, and they can divert focus to their own online stores. You saw this with Playstation too, where everything digital was crazy expensive for the first two years and only now becomes interesting from a price standpoint every now and then. Reply +2
  • spekkeh 13/03/2017

    I can definitely see the 32GB carts going for $10 (if it has that Nintendo licensing markup), though I doubt Rime is that big, and the price should be offset a bit by smaller case sizes in shipping. As for the physical = digital price, this is standard across the industry. Digital is simply much more profitable, and it's the reason why we have had an indie boom in the first place. You'll find not many small publishers bother with physical releases anymore anyway, also for the other consoles, for exactly this reason.

    For Nintendo, it's not a good look. Here we have a new console from a company already accused of ripping off its customers with higher-than expected pricing.
    Oh yaaawwn.
    Reply -2
  • Mass Effect Andromeda's EA Access trial gives gated access to campaign

  • spekkeh 06/03/2017

    loot boxes

    Keep your effing gambling out of my games.
    Reply +19
  • 1-2-Switch review

  • spekkeh 02/03/2017

    @Blackmarsh63 All right, now read the actual review and then comment again. Reply +8
  • spekkeh 02/03/2017

    getting this day 1, THIS is why I love Nintendo, crazy bastards!
    I agree. Of course I'm looking at it more out of professional curiosity, but yeah

    Technology is not the blank, identikit canvas onto which games are painted. It is the topography that defines what kinds of play are possible.
    Nailed it, Parkin.
    Reply +3
  • Friend codes return for Nintendo Switch

  • spekkeh 02/03/2017

    oh god...

    What's the point of Facebook integration if you can't...

    aw jeez

    edit: oh wait there are other ways too, so maybe it's just some legacy stuff. I'm in the bartering stage here, throw me a bone someone.

    edit2: Appears that you do actually get friend suggestions based on social media accounts, so it's not completely awful.

    Reply +8
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review

  • spekkeh 02/03/2017

    What this all adds up to is superb sandbox game design, free of fiddle or bloat, unencumbered with preconceptions, and executed with the rock-solid reliability, tactile feedback and arcade brio for which Nintendo is justly celebrated. In other words: a total marvel.

    Nintendo has created, for me, the greatest game of all time.

    I am convinced that it is one of the very finest video games ever made

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isnít just good, itís the best launch title Iíve ever played.
    Game Revolution

    This sense of wonder is something that I havenít felt so strongly since I played A Link to the Past when I was seven years old.
    Giant Bomb

    Breath of the Wild is a defining moment for The Legend of Zelda series, and the most impressive game Nintendo has ever delivered.

    The best Zelda thereís ever been, and very possibly the best video game ever made.

    It's like nothing else Nintendo has made, an experience so simultaneously prodigious and accomplished that it feels like a mind-blowing mic drop to the sort of "open world" games (Grand Theft Auto V, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, The Witcher 3) the industry seems bent on proliferating.

    Plenty of games promise to let us go anywhere and do anything; few, if any, ever deliver on it so irresistibly. Nineteen years on, Ocarina is still held up as the high-water mark of one of gamingís best-loved Ė and greatest Ė series. Now it may have to settle for second place.

    Metascore 98

    Universal acclaim based on 52 Critics

    Counting down till tomorrow eight o clock.
    Reply +18
  • Super Bomberman R shows a side of the Switch that's a little unloved at launch

  • spekkeh 02/03/2017

    Depends on the pub I'd say. On a quiet afternoon, sure why not. Just waiting on the official Ziploc accessory to make it beer spill proof. I'll definitely drag it along to study association drinks.
    Reply +1
  • Oculus Rift price cut

  • spekkeh 02/03/2017

    Sweeney told Glixel that out of the approximately half a million PC VR headsets sold to date, rival VR headset HTC Vive had outsold Oculus two-to-one. That pegged Rift as having sold just a couple thousand units at best
    Er.. at least 150,000.

    That's still shockingly little after a year that's true.

    I guess we'll have to wait until AR in some ten years time for it to take off. At least that has productivity implications.

    Until then it's still really cool to play around with, but for me it will probably stay professional, not for home leisure. The Oculus Rift set now costing a bit less than Vive doesn't really change that.
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild's first prototype looked like a NES game

  • spekkeh 01/03/2017

    It's also actually 3D

    Reply +2