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  • 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.
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  • 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

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • How to triple your Switch battery life for under Ł20

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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?
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  • 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


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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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 isn’t just good, it’s the best launch title I’ve ever played.
    Game Revolution

    This sense of wonder is something that I haven’t 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 there’s 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 gaming’s best-loved – and greatest – 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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

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  • spekkeh 01/03/2017

    The fact that NoA started tweeting about what's essentially just a developer's talk at a developer's conference, makes me think this is a (not so) subtle hint Zelda Maker is coming in hot. Reply +9
  • Watch: Johnny cooks spicy simmered fruit from Breath of the Wild

  • spekkeh 01/03/2017

    This seems to be missing some alcohol, or is this all ages? Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch has its first portable-only game you can't play on TV

  • spekkeh 27/02/2017

    I'm not a particularly big fan of mobile gaming, but now that Unity has built in exporting functions to Switch, it could potentially be very simple for mobile devs to export to Switch too (depending on eShop tooling maturity I guess). That's a pretty large amount of games that you could bring over. May also be interesting for parents, that they can get a couple of F2P games to placate the kids in between bigger releases.

    Would be interesting to see what Nintendo does with the more criminal gatcha rackets though. Ride the moneymaking wave like Apple, or try to create a more player friendly ecosystem?
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  • Watch: Breath of the Wild is the bravest Zelda ever

  • spekkeh 25/02/2017


    That's from the review that came out today. So final retail product build.
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  • spekkeh 25/02/2017

    According to Edge the frame rate is uneven, occasionally dropping to the tens, but never where it's a big problem. I guess it's obvious it's pushing the system to its limit, but you're going to have a great time regardless.
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  • spekkeh 24/02/2017



    "Everything is interesting and different"

    GameSpot man, such Nintendo fanboys.

    Did you consider that maybe, just maybe, I'm not the one who's acting like a 12 year old here? Like somebody calls the actual progenitor of open world games to go open world years after the rest did, and I say he's trolling, suddenly I don't know my stuff? Well I guess you're right, I'm better than this.
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  • spekkeh 24/02/2017

    @spekkeh To be fair to The_shlaaaag_returns, if the only evidence that the world is full is from Giant Beastcast, there's still room for doubt.
    Yes if it is. But it isn't.
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  • spekkeh 24/02/2017


    Sorry I didn't mean to come off as coming down your throat, I just thought it was weird that

    And just because Zelda is now open world
    Okay you are trolling never mind.

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  • spekkeh 24/02/2017


    There's nothing wrong with being skeptic. There's something wrong with talking shit based on an uninformed position of naked fanboyism.

    Really now, you listened to the Giant Beastcast where they showered nothing but praise for twenty minutes on how dense and fresh and exciting the game is, and you came out of that with the honest opinion that it is a lolworthy barren game that is twenty years behind the competition.
    Excuse me for not believing you.
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  • spekkeh 24/02/2017


    Why are you getting so defensive? Attack my points, not me. Ad hominems never work.
    Alright then.

    Everything you said is wrong. And you only needed to read one or two previews to realise this.

    Game design is 20 years behind? Wrong. Just look at the article you're commenting on.

    Barren? Wrong. GiantBomb reviewer said that he was playing for 25 hours before encountering the first dungeon and only then realized it had already been 25 hours, as he was stumbling on something interesting every two minutes.

    Fans pretending it's something it's not? I didn't know all of the journalists were Nintendo fanboys

    Stupid fanboys trying to pretend the game is brave loll.

    Better to put my hands over my ears and go lalalalala so I don't have to deal with not being able to play this game. Everyone else is defensive when they point out I'm full of shit.

    Sure thing.
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  • spekkeh 24/02/2017


    Oh look someone who hasn't read the previews and doesn't know what he's talking about.
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  • spekkeh 24/02/2017

    [Having just completed it, we couldn’t help but think of Horizon Zero Dawn while playing Breath Of The Wild, and how simplistic it now seems compared to Zelda

    At this stage we’d shocked if this didn’t turn out to be the best Zelda since Ocarina Of Time. It may even surpass it, and since many still regard that as the best video game ever made it becomes almost impossible to overstate just how good Breath Of The Wild is.


    This is going to be the longest seven days ever.

    Luckily it's carnival, so I might just drink myself unconscious.

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  • Snipperclips now a Nintendo Switch launch title

  • spekkeh 24/02/2017

    This set is €85, so it gives you a 10 euro discount.

    Seeing as I want another set of joycons and Snipperclips anyway, that's extremely inviting. But I don't want to buy an extra set of joycons if there's potentially a problem with the left joycon, ugh. I hope Nintendo comes through with a statement quickly.
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  • To understand 1-2 Switch, look back at Nintendo's crazy pre-history

  • spekkeh 17/02/2017

    I decided to stop reading the comments because yall are majorly depressing.

    Really agree with the article, Martin. Obviously I have a strong professional bias here, but high price for a partygame be damned, this is what I want out of new consoles. Not more pixels, but cooky reinvention. And 1-2 Switch seems to be all kinds of crazy. In a good way. A videogame without the video, brilliant. Maybe Nintendo has a future where they just develop for journalists and scientists. Well, suits me just fine.
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  • This week, Pokémon Go gets its biggest update since launch

  • spekkeh 15/02/2017

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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild hard mode, Cave of Trials part of Ł17.99 season pass

  • spekkeh 14/02/2017


    Some simply don't seem to understand how counter to a mainline Zelda game this is.
    Zelda games are a complete, epic adventure experience. You are sold a whole game. A beginning, middle, and end. All in the box. The entire experience.
    So OoT was not a complete game because of Master Quest?

    What I'm not getting is your outrage over something Zelda already did before eighteen years ago. Doesn't necessarily make it right, but it's certainly not some break from the past.
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  • spekkeh 14/02/2017

    I don't have a problem with extra story content DLC long after the release of a finished story game.

    We used to call these expansion packs. No biggie. In fact, if it's anywhere near the quality of MK8 DLC, we should be really lucky. I'm a bit more iffy on the hard difficulty behind DLC, then again, if it's like Master Quest I can see why they would do that. Not being able to buy the packs individually sucks a big one though.
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  • Johnny and Ian had a fight about Switch - in video form

  • spekkeh 04/02/2017

    It includes a wall charger, but it's the same one that goes into the dock. So depending on where you put the dock it might be easy to unconnect and take with you or a bit of a hassle. Both the dock and the Switch itself charge via standard USB-C, so you can also use your phone charger (provided it has enough power) or another cheap charger. Or you can get the official one.
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