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Eurogamer says farewell to Chris Bratt

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1 week ago

Awwww!

You'll be missed, Chris. I loved "Here's a thing", though having done a similar series for a TV production once, I realized the "weekly" thing would be hard to keep up. Hope you'll have the time now!
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Can you discover games for yourself in the algorithmic age?

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1 month ago

Didn't PC Gamer do a pretty big article on this game...? And I sure do recognise those screenshots... Maybe it hasn't been reviewed a lot because it was just released?
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Why the games media has a diversity problem - this website especially

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2 months ago

I had actual fights trying to convince my bosses in TV 13 years ago that a girl could be a valid choice to lead a gaming show, (without doing it in a bikini). I prevailed in the end.

I was really surprised when the statistic about different sites came out, mostly because Eurogamer has, throughout the years, been more "woke" in my perception than many other sites; also because the shame I felt when I realised I had assumed my favourite reviewer (Keza) was a guy for no reason (a half japanese guy, in my mind. No idea.) had a huge part in me reassessing my own preconceptions. But also because people like the eminent Ellie Gibson were always front-and-centre, and today, there's the always awesome Aoife, I just never noticed there weren't any women on the writing staff. Anyway, good on EG for adressing and owning the problem.
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Is Far Cry 2's tech really more advanced than Far Cry 5's?

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2 months ago

It bears mention that the original Far Cry is what gave CryTek their name, and that obviously it was important for UbiSoft to show that they hadn't dropped the ball, especially after CryTek released Crysis. Before Crysis, Far Cry was the game that all others were measured against, and the reason Crysiswas so hotly anticipated.
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PlayStation Plus members get money off Spotify subscriptions

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2 months ago

Oh my god Aoife DOES look like a blonde Mia Sara. Never realised before. That's crazy.
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Procedurally generated, Metroidvania-style platformer Chasm finally launches this summer

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2 months ago

@Maleta Same here. I'm continually surprised at how much I use my Vita. I've probably played it more than anything bar PS4, but sometimes I play the PS4 through the Vita, so...
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Rainbow Six Siege re-review - an exceptional tactical multiplayer experience

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2 months ago

@TheGreenYamo Yeah, and Ubisoft in particular has been very, very good at supporting their games beyond the point where lesser companies would have dropped them completely. One game which is finally living up to all its promise is The Division, which was great fun at launch, but quickly lost players to bugs and lack of content. Today, it's a completely different game, and possibly a masterpiece.
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Why I don't understand YouTube: A middle-aged woman writes

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2 months ago

Back when I made a TV show about video-games, one of the caveats we lived by was "watching people play video games is boring". This was before YouTube LetsPlay got huge, of course. How incredibly wrong we were.
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Far Cry 2's single-minded vision deserves to be remembered

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2 months ago

I love Far Cry 2, but I never finished it, because of its obvious problems - once I got killed after having defeated an entire outpost except for one guy, who I chased down and killed with a machete. Sadly I managed to go just far enough that the entire outpost respawned behind me, including the guy I just stabbed. I did persevere with the game, but eventually a bug during one of the story missions made it near impossible to complete (a mercenary who was dead, and had been dead for ages, was for some reason making an appearance and expected to trip a flag to make the quest continue, if I remember correctly).

Still, despite its problems, some of my favorite gaming memories.
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Bravo Team review - an astonishingly bad VR shooter from a team that should know better

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2 months ago

Ian - you're speaking too slowly mate. Someone's been giving you bad direction or feedback. Measured is good, glacial is bad.
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PlayStation VR is getting a huge price drop

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2 months ago

@Rpt81 Or you can buy an HDMI-switcher for £15. It eats two HDMI slots on your TV, but that way you can just click a button and change HDMI-channel whenever you want HDR gaming.
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2 months ago

I paid full price for mine, and don't regret it one bit - it's worth it for Superhot VR alone. That, along with Psychonauts, Statik, and just watching my dad screaming "HOW DID THEY FILM THIS!!??" while staring at a clearly animated shark, and many, many awesome experiences (including getting trounced at Driveclub by a 3-year-old) means I can heartily recommend this.
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Here's April's PlayStation Plus games line-up

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2 months ago

That's a fantastic month for me. Mad Max has been on my "I'll buy it on sale" radar since a friend played it and declared it awesome. Trackmania looks brill. And Q'bert is one of my favorite arcade games (I actually have it on an arcade machine in my garage)
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The history of violence buried deep in Far Cry 5's landscape

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2 months ago

@VotesForCows I'd argue that the Far Cry series is not only aware of, but actively subverting, the cliché of the outsider with a gun. Not always successfully, mind, but it's definitely playing with the tropes and commenting on them, rather than just letting them play out.
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2 months ago

Interesting, really good analysis - but sadly it falls into the sort of trap that a lot of academic analysis of violent entertainment falls into, that of assuming that the creators of said entertainment aren't aware of what they're doing or depicting. You see this all the time in TV and novels where critics attack a writers for their character's views, as if they're on and the same. Especially with the Far Cry series from part 2 and onwards, the creators are clearly perfectly aware of their hyper-americanized protagonists and their place in the world. It may not be as successful as, say, Spec Ops: The Line, but the series is clearly perfectly aware of, and commenting on, the violence in the games.
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Welcome to the new Eurogamer

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2 months ago

@JamieW About bloody time
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Ghost of a Tale review - a creature castle fantasy with plenty of Soul

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2 months ago

Ah, I sponsored this what now seems like many, many years ago - glad to see it lived up to its promise!
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Best PlayStation VR games: The 15 best PSVR games you really have to play

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2 months ago

You forgot Superhot VR. It's by FAR the best VR game I've played - I felt like Neo after only 5 minutes.
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Kirby Star Allies review - a delightfully detailed throwback

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2 months ago

Excellent - I feel that Nintendo is the only company now that allows games too be actually family-friendly, rather than just easy. With a 4-player game, it's much more likely to be two parents and two kids playing than four students in a flat somewhere, and with that kind of setup, both young children and inexperienced adults can sometimes need a helping hand, without being led by the nose.

Super Mario 3D World was probably the best example of this I've seen: if you failed a level enough times, you'd get a suit that made you invincible, ensuring completion of the basic-game levels, and that every experienced gamer could still play with their family without howling in frustration at their sibling/parent/grandparents ineptitude. But then, on the bonus levels, even invincibility couldn't help you, as far more often it was the environment or the time constraints that killed you, and getting those final green stars was all but impossible, meaning you could still grow with the game and get a proper rock-hard old-school challenge.

If Kirby is anything like SM3DW, me and the family will be there with bells on.
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is "climatic finale of Lara Croft's origin story"

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2 months ago

@man.the.king I waited as well, but bought it on sale - best buy in ages, it is a truly great game. And I mean game, not story - the story is just ok, though the acting is fine. It's like the inverse of the Uncharted-games: Ho-hum storytelling, but lots more to do, and feels more like you're playing the game rather than it playing you.
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The Division 2 details leak online ahead of announcement

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3 months ago

I stopped playing after about 3 months due to a lack of stuff to do and bugs, but that is still wxcellent value for money. Checked it out again recently, and oh my god did they fix some shit! If they can release Division 2 in the state Division 1 is in now, they'll be the best game of its kind bar none.

I'll even say it: I'm pre-ordering it. I'm gonna play it from day 1 anyway, so why not?
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Ubisoft just snapped up the Smash Bros-like Brawlhalla

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3 months ago

Is it just me or is Ubisoft basically doing everything right lately? From "fixing" Assassins creed, to making Rainbow Six one of the hottest shooters around years after most publishers would have throw it too the dogs, to making The Division the best MMO around, to even invigorating For Honor... I mean, I'm impressed. And I haven't even mentioned stuff like Mario + Rabbids and South Park (which I enjoyed a lot, despite it being weak-ish as a game).

That's it, I'm going to go buy shares in Ubisoft...
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Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank make for one of PlayStation Plus' biggest months yet

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3 months ago

For those with a Vita, I reckon there'll still be a fair bit of content seeing as many titles are Cross-buy. Quite often the PS4 gets three or four games because of this, and I've received three Vita games plenty of months.

I love my Vita, but it was primarily for Indies these last few years, and they seemed to have moved to the Switch now. I'm ok with this, it had a good run - and it'll still be an excellent Remote-Play-and-Binding-of-Isaac-machine.
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3 months ago

Ah, for once I have both of the games - but yeah, this is an incredible month. Both those games are not just AAA, but actual classics in their genre.
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Horizon Zero Dawn shifts a whopping 7.6m copies

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3 months ago

It started slow, but once the combat clicked for me, it became one of the best games in a loooong time. I was also absolutely gobsmacked when the story turned out not only to make sense, but was actually good, and even better told - it wasn't totally original, but it told the story better than any of its inspirations. Well deserved. One of the few games I've bothered to Platinum.
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Moss review - PlayStation VR's finest game to date

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3 months ago

@dumpil At least two; Superhot VR is one of the best games I played last year, on any system, and "Psychonauts and the Rhombus of Ruin" was great fun (if not essential).
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Rainbow Six Siege "will be here for the next 10 years"

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3 months ago

Ubisoft really is doing an absolutely wonderful job of supporting their games beyond the initial cash-grab - Rainbow Six went from an also-ran to one of the best squad-based shooters out there, and The Division is now what it promised to be all along, one of the few on-line MMOs I've given up to and been lured back to (and for my money it's now not only vastly improved, but a vastly superior game to Destiny 2). Heck, even For Honor is now getting love.
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I owe everything I am to Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday

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3 months ago

I had it - I was obsessed with 'Pool of Radiance', 'Curse of the Azure Bonds' and the other AD&D games from SSI back in the day, and I had fond memories of the Buck Rogers TV-series from when I was very young, so I nagged my parents for months until they caved and got it for me...
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System Shock reboot put on "hiatus", 18 months after it raised $1.3 million on Kickstarter

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3 months ago

I don't understand these idiots who let feature creep affect their Kickstarters - I mean, they didn't get $1.35million to do a reboot - the got it to make a remake. They didn't have to do a reboot. Once they got their $900k, all they needed to do was bring the remake home. The extra $450k was literally theirs for the taking, basically pre-launch purchases of the game. Whyoh why would you riks everything on a reboot? Make the remake, and if that sells well beyond the Kickstarter, make a rebooted sequel.
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For Honor's Season Five launches next month, introduces long-awaited dedicated servers

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4 months ago

@VeganViking - Well, it was at the very least a noble failure - I enjoyed it immensely, and only stopped playing due to server issues. I might very well jump back in, it's the closest thing to Bushido Blade this generation, and the Bushido Blade of my dreams at that.

Also, you kind of have to give credit to Ubisoft.

When their games either underperform or lose players due to bugs, they don't just shrug, abandon it and move on to the next thing; they keep plugging away at improvements, hoping quality will bring the players back. And it works! Rainbow Six went from an also-ran to one of the most exciting squad-based shooters online, years after release; and The Division is now completely turned around and is adding players every week (a lot from Destiny 2) - it is now the game it always should have been.
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Failbetter Games delays Sunless Skies following lay-offs, low sales

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4 months ago

I loved Sunless Sea, and backed this; I just have no interest in Early Access, at all; I will pay for a very nearly finished game, and I will pay years in advance in order to support a developer I like, but I won't pay to play a beta. I'm not about to pay to playtest.
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FTL team's Into the Breach will be released this month

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4 months ago

Lest we forget, FTL was one of the early Kickstarter success stories, and one of the first I supported, along with 'The Banner Saga' and "'Wasteland 2'. It sometimes feels like amongst all the 'Another Kickstarter failure'-articles that were so beloved on this site and others, that fact should sometimes be remembered.
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Why the founder of Traveller's Tales released a director's cut of an old Sonic game 25 years later

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4 months ago

I mean, interesting and all, but a bit rich saying he was "one of the first wave of people making videogames" or that TT somehow invented the "launch the game at the same time as the movie" business model; first off, that's the very same business model that sunk ET and later Atari, but even so, Ocean perfected the model in the late 80's and early 90's, a good half-decade before Travellers Tales released its first games.
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Here's February's PlayStation Plus games line-up

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4 months ago

@Leben He said "essentially" free, not "literally" free. We all know they're not "literally" free, whingeing know-it-alls have been pointing it out since PS Plus launched. They're as good as though, and you pointing out it's not deserves downvotes; you're the digital age's equivalent of the kid pointing out the "true meaning of literally". Shut up, you're boring us, and no-one thinks you're clever.
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Sega teams up with Heavy Rain lead designer's new studio to publish "narrative-driven" game

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4 months ago

The long-awaited Freddy vs. JASON!
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Monster Hunter World review

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4 months ago

As someone who's never played a Monster Hunter game before, which I think will be a fair few of even us old hands, this was not the greatest of reviews. Yes, I understand that the reviewer loved the game, that comes across, but the why is all couched and veiled in references to past iterations and their systems. This is, like the article acknowledges, an attempt to bring in a new audience; perhaps a review from a Monster Hunter Noob would be more apt than simply circle-jerking with the converted.
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Lego Pixar's Incredibles, DC Comics villains games in development

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4 months ago

The Portal-levels in Lego Dimensions were incredible. I'm really annoyed Dimensions got cancelled, it's a brilliant game. I reckon they were actually too generous with content - buy one Power Puff girl and you get access to their entire level with lots of missions to do. No need to buy them all.
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Nintendo Switch is getting Dark Souls Remastered

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5 months ago

I just want Demon's Souls remastered... Keza's import review made me grey-import for the first time in my life, and I've never been so happy with a game experience. Dark Souls was great, but... it wasn't fresh. I realize Xboxers and PC-ists may have had different experiences. That said, it'd be nice to see that giant dragon near the end at more than 5fps.
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The new trailer for Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding is sci-fi craziness at its best

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6 months ago

Thaaaaaat was more intriguing than I expected. I usually can't stand Kojima's storytelling technique.
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Rise of the Tomb Raider's mansion-exploration episode Blood Ties finally has VR support on PC

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6 months ago

I really enjoyed this in PSVR - I figured out that if I "buttwalked" while sitting, it tricked my brain that I was really walking, and mitigated the nausea.
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After nine years, Demon's Souls' servers are going offline for good

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6 months ago

As much as I loved Dark Souls, it was a mere continuation of the love I had for this game, after grey importing it following Keza's review on this very site. This is where it started; this was where I got infatuated. I would buy a remake in a heartbeat (I mean, what would the dragon near the end be like when it's not running at 5fps? I've always wondered.)
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Apple iPhone X review

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6 months ago

I've had one for a few weeks now, and I can honestly say that I love Face ID. It's awesome, and works waaaaay better and faster than Touch ID. It also gets better at recognizing you with time, something I'd expect Digital Foundry to know - I now only have to glance at it in the right way, rather than "holding it up" to my face. Yes, it's expensive, but at the end of the day, most of us are getting a phone as part of a two-year contract, heavily subsidized and paid-by-the month it's adding a few measly pounds to my bill compared with my last phone, the iPhone 6S. All in all, it's not really a consideration for most people already in the eco-system.
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Star Citizen shows off cities the size of planets

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7 months ago

Still worried about actual gameplay, still perfectly happy being an early backer. I feel like I've got my money's worth just from the drama surrounding it, and even if this crashes and burns (I actually don't think it will), the tools and ideas developed for this game will enrich our gaming experiences for years to come.
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PlayStation is touring the UK to promote PSVR in the run-up to Christmas

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7 months ago

I'm so happy Sony is putting some muscles behind the PSVR, rather than almost dropping it like they did with Eye and Move. PSVR really is a marvellous piece of kit, and Superhot VR is a killer app (well, it is for any VR-setup), but it's far from the only one.

...I'd love a slightly better camera though...
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How I ruined Sega's financial results

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8 months ago

Great article. This is why most of the arcade machine-collectors I know go from MAME to actual cabinets with actual PCBs, and then to just getting the huge one-off contraptions that can never be played at home in emulation, not properly - your House of the Deads, your Pinball-machines, and of course, Jambo! Safari.

That said Ellie, the Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg, Sweden has a three-storey Arcade with not one but TWO Jambo Safari machines in perfect working order. It's also one of the best amusement parks in Europe, especially with kids (a whole area of the park is dedicated to rides for 1-7-year-olds).
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The space goths won Destiny 2's first Faction Rally

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8 months ago

While I like fellow Swede Peter Stormare well enough, once I heard Shoreh Aghdashloo speak I knew I was joining Future War. I don't really care what they stand for or what gun they give, as long as I get to keep hearing her speak to me. That woman is the living embodiment of ASMR.
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Now there's a C64 mini

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8 months ago

No Wizball or Garfields Big Fat Hairy Deal? No Action Biker or Karateka? No Skate or Die? No IK+? No Last Ninja or Paradroid?

Then...No. I'll stick to my actual C64 with Flash Drive support...
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PlayStation Plus October games lineup includes Metal Gear Solid 5

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8 months ago

I don't own a single game this month, not counting Amnesia 1 on PC. Great month, might finally give Metal Gear a try again (I haven't enjoyed the series since the NES one).
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True 4K isn't the best way to play Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One X

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8 months ago

I played this on the Pro, and after trying the high-framerate setting rather than the lovely 4K setting, there was just no way to go back. Yes, it's pretty, but at 1080p and above, playing at a higher frame-rate will always beat resolution for me as the improvement is impossible to see unless you're sitting Nintendo-controller close to your giant 4K TV. HDR s a far greater bump in loveliness, and you get that whether you're at 1080p or 4K; and playing at a higher frame-rate just feels soooooo much better.
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Jelly Deals: Psychonauts is free from Humble right now

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8 months ago

Can't believe this is 12 years old. Like most "develop your powers game" it has a weak first few hours, but the humour and story carries it. Then it starts to shine, and it's a bloody supernova. A must play.
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