Bauul

Sea of Thieves adds a Pirate Legend ship design

Bauul

20 hours ago

I really like Sea of Thieves, but the prices of cosmetic items are something of a joke. It just makes me not even bother to try to save up because they're so expensive there's no point.

Personally I find the basic gameplay loop fun enough, but the game really needs more stuff to do. Maybe in a year it'll start to feel like a full game!
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Doom original game soundtrack blasts its way onto vinyl and CD

Bauul

20 hours ago

When I read "original game' in the heading I presumed the 1993 soundtrack!

Great soundtrack though, although I think I'd have to be in a very angry mood to listen to the whole thing.
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Rare outlines next few months of content updates for Sea of Thieves

Bauul

4 days ago

@makeamazing I'm torn on this. Specifics are good and all, but I also want the fun of learning about the details as they go live. As these updates are free and automatic for everyone, we don't actually need any information in advance. The surprise might be worth the wait (and I'm giving Rare the benefit of the doubt on this one for now).
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Hellblade wins big at the Baftas

Bauul

6 days ago

@BobbyDeNiro Honestly I thought the story was brilliant, a classic Asimovian sci-fi tale of the end of the world. When it's finally revealed what Zero Dawn actually was, what Elisabet Sobek's plan was, it's quite the reveal.

But I've always been a sucker for plots that are "Find out what the hell happened".
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Bauul

6 days ago

@Killerbee Edith Finch is substantiall better than Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, so if you enjoyed that you'll definitely enjoy this. It's divided into a series of chapters (vingettes) and each has its own game mechanic. None are complex, and each exists to forward the narrative, but there's a tangibly more actual playing than most walking simulators.

It's the story that the game is worth it for though. It takes maybe a couple of hours to play through, but I thought it was brilliant. I played it with my wife watching and we were both pretty emotionally drained by the end.
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God of War review: astonishing technological craft in the service of simple pleasures

Bauul

7 days ago

@Ivattthestanier Big online games always get more articles (see Destiny, Fortnite, PUBG etc.) because they're games you come back to again and again and with patches things change over time. They also have things like open betas and complex economies that all can be written about.

Games like God of War are more like a single perfect 10 hour experience, which is brilliant but there's less you can write about them on-going, because aside from big gameplay patches (which I suspect God of War won't have because it seems so we'll made from the start) nothing about the game changes after launch. So it's not any reflection of the quality of the titles, just the nature of the games themselves.
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The new game by LawBreakers studio Boss Key is a 1980s battle royale

Bauul

1 week ago

@saxxonde Very well explained! There's also the element of resource scavenging that evolved from games like Day-Z, which is where something like PUBG has its roots.
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Loads of footballers are doing Fortnite emotes after scoring goals

Bauul

2 weeks ago

@Uncle_Fishboy I found this quite funny, but I hold professional footballers in similar regard to people who play Fortnite enough to recognize emotes.
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Sea of Thieves will let you set your crew to private

Bauul

2 weeks ago

@Sildur Well said. I've had an absolute blast with the game. I know there's no content, but I kind of like that ironically: I don't have much time to play games any more, and being able to just jump in and not have to worry about chasing upgrades or having underpowered equipment is brilliant. Reminds me of gaming in the 1990s when the concept of players having more powerful equipment just because they played longer was heretical.
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Arcade classic Toki is getting a gorgeous Switch remake later this year

Bauul

2 weeks ago

I've been following this on Facebook since it was announced. I'm glad to see it making some very, very slow progress, but damn 9 years is a long time waiting. I remember thinking it was something I could get for my then-new Xbox 360.
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Sea of Thieves review - a Rare treasure

Bauul

3 weeks ago

@Dismiss Horses for courses I guess. I can't stop thinking about it and count down the hours to play it again. It *is* a very simplistic game, but somehow that really appeals to me. It's like a when I first played Left 4 Dead.
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Bauul

3 weeks ago

@Valt7786 It's because Far Cry 5 is more of the same, and Sea of Thieves is something new. Journalists always rate the new thing over the rehashed thing. You see it everywhere.
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Far Cry 5 review - a competent yet conflicted open worlder

Bauul

3 weeks ago

@AlbertX Presumably the music simply wasn't noticable enough to comment on. There's lots of stuff they didn't talk about. Perhaps a bullet point list at the end that includes all the things they didn't mention with "fine" written next to them.

Graphical performance (e.g. choppiness) is definitely DF's remit though. Again though, if it isn't mentioned, it'll be because there's nothing of note to write about.
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Bauul

3 weeks ago

@X-Alucard It's not up to the consumer to innovate for the developer. By your argument, it'd be like a band's second album being just re-recordings of the songs on the first, and after the fans complain, them replying "Give me an example of what could be improved!"
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Bauul

3 weeks ago

@AlbertX EG reviews tend to avoid details on technology, as that's Digital Foundry's area. The reviews focus more on gameplay and story, only mentioning tech when it has major implications for the game.
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Sea of Thieves lands UK chart number one

Bauul

3 weeks ago

@B0b When it probably got more players on PC it feels weird as well as immature to make your post out to "Boners"
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Sea of Thieves is sandbox gaming at its purest

Bauul

4 weeks ago

@EvilWaterman It's PvPvE. Basically you and your crew (if you have one) versus the world and other players at the same time.
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Bauul

4 weeks ago

As a general rule I've never gotten on with MMOs, but I tried the open beta and absolutely fell in love with it. It's far more a first person shooter than I realized: in some strange way it's almost tickling the same itch something like Left 4 Dead did.

In fact, it encouraged me to ask about at work if anyone else was playing it, and I've now discovered some colleagues I had no idea were gamers. We're all going to set sail soon together, and I am embarrassingly excited.

I guess I should thank Sea of Thieves for making me new friends at work!
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Tomb Raider film review - a new kind of game-to-film failure

Bauul

1 month ago

It does seem like video game adaptations are progressing from "awful" to merely "eh, alright".

Netflix's adaptation of Castlevania was absolutely brilliant though.
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Rare shows Sea of Thieves' mighty kraken in action, details new launch and post-launch features

Bauul

1 month ago

@NekkiBB You know, if only there was an entire Internet of information out there about it you could look up!

But given we're here instead: it's a first person, co-op focused, PvPvE, Pirate themed MMO.

It's not an RPG at all. Mechanically it plays almost like a first person shooter, except one where the main aim is to sail boats around, hunt for treasure, and steal it from other players.
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Sea of Thieves human cannonball breaks world record

Bauul

1 month ago

@NeoVDR Oh come on. "Video game publisher breaks world record in attempt to publicize new game" is news worthy unto itself, let alone when that record attempt was a human cannonball. Smile at the world a little.
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Sea of Thieves tips and tricks

Bauul

1 month ago

@seasidebaz Once you're out of ammo? There's a special Ammo Box in every ship, underneath the Weapons cupboard. Just walk up to it and press the button prompt.
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Bauul

1 month ago

@Stollenspiders I had the opposite experience: me and my three man crew went onto an island, and a guy in a sloop snuck up and stole our galleon. He literally laughed and waved as he sailed away!
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Bloodborne community rallying together for Return to Yharnam fan event

Bauul

1 month ago

@Brainflowers The trick to Bloodborne is to understand that you are a glass cannon. Avoiding damage is everything. Your number one priority should be to avoid getting hit. Enemies attack with specific, repeated animations, and learning those animations and how to dodge the damage is the first order of business from the opening enemy to the final boss.

Only when you are confident that you know their patterns should you worry about doing enough damage to kill them.

The only person I ever knew who truly couldn't get into the game couldn't understand this. He'd run up to the enemy and wail on them and would quickly die. Don't be like him and you'll be fine!
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Why can't we forget Lovecraft?

Bauul

2 months ago

I'd add to the chorus that while Lovecraft clearly was racist, I do believe his stories can be enjoyed without needing to imagine the same mindset or anything like that.

I read a couple of books worth of his short stories before learning about his beliefs, and not once did any of them make less sense as a result.

Point is: his stories themselves aren't racist, by and large. Which is why they can still be enjoyed today.
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3D Realms' new but old-school FPS Ion Maiden on Steam Early Access now

Bauul

2 months ago

@Psyk Rallowed Be Thy Name?

I don't think you got the game.
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Ryzen 3 2200G/ Ryzen 5 2400G review: triple-A gaming without a graphics card?

Bauul

2 months ago

@togan No, but $99 plus 20% VAT plus import costs plus fees of converting the money back into USD isn't that far off.
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Max Payne 3 and the conflict at the heart of Rockstar's game design

Bauul

2 months ago

Every character is either a twisted caricature or loses our sympathies later on.
This is definitely a recurring issue with Rockstar games. Despite it's brilliant world I couldn't finish Red Dead Redemption because I found the characters so cliched it became a farce. GTA5 wasn't much different.

The article is also spot on about the contradiction between gameplay Max Payne (greatest gunman the world has ever seen) and cutscene Max Payne (useless grump).

There's literally a level where you effortlessly gun down 300 people armed with fully automatic rifles, then a cutscene kicks in and Max promptly surrenders to three guys with pistols. It's eye-rolling.
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PUBG, Fortnite Battle Royale and the question of how new genres form

Bauul

3 months ago

@Krychek Unreal was more or less a Quake clone (if we're being harsh) but Unreal Tournament most definitely introduced all kinds of ideas that would become staples of the genre.

I might be wrong, but I believe "capture points" (standing at a certain spot to capture it for your team, ala Overwatch and Battlefield) was invented in UT, it was called Domination mode.

I think it also invented the asymmetrical "one team attack an objective while the other team defends, and then swap" mode, called Assault back in UT.
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How Dark Souls, Bloodborne and more imagine the cosmos

Bauul

3 months ago

Great article! Genuinely very interesting read.

You're spot on that From Software put a lot of work into their cosmologies. Bloodborne in particular has a fascinating belief in it's world (albeit borrowed from Lovecraft a fair bit). The discovery that the Nightmare Realm isn't disparate, but layered, was quite the revelation.
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Xbox Games with Gold's February line-up has been revealed

Bauul

3 months ago

A Crazy Taxi Arcade at uni was my first introduction to Bad Religion. Great times.

The game is legitimately not right unless you have them and The Offspring playing in the background.
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A new House of the Dead is heading to arcades

Bauul

3 months ago

Suffer like G did?
I loved how it was genuinely phrased as a question. The most unsure boss in gaming.
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The pitch that convinced Miyamoto to back Mario Rabbids

Bauul

3 months ago

Great article Chris, and I really liked the illustrations by Anni too, they helped bring the whole thing to life. Great story too, it's a game you can feel is dripping passion. Doesn't surprise me it was made by a small team too.
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Overwatch League launches with a bang and dominates Twitch viewing figures

Bauul

3 months ago

@yohangol I agree, it's so fast that unless you really know what's going on it can be hard to follow from a first person view.

But I understand the casting tools allow for much more flexibility in replays and commentary views and stuff like that, so hopefully we'll start to see more casual friendly viewpoints.
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Capcom sheds some light on Monster Hunter World's PC delay

Bauul

3 months ago

@TheRealBadabing Tell that to FROM Software and their PC port of Dark Souls. They too thought it would be an easy process. They were wrong.

Don't underestimate how unfamiliar with PCs many of these Japanese developers are. I for one think it's extremely wise of Capcom to treat the PC port seriously and give it the time it deserves.
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Impressive fan-made Overwatch map gets the Blizzard nod of approval

Bauul

3 months ago

@Nikanoru They're not going to just stick it in the game obviously, but as a starting point it looks perhaps a good 75% of the way there. If anything, they perhaps see him as a talent worth cultivating.

Damn good work for a single guy. I miss the days when you could identify maps by individual authors and their particular mapping styles.
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Gang Beasts review

Bauul

4 months ago

I have one of those folders on my PS4 too! It's for staggering in from the pub after a few. It has:

Nidhogg
Nidhogg 2
Towerfall Ascension
Starwhal
Sportsfriends
Worms WMD
Peggle 2

I think Gang Beasts can earn a place there. Yeah it'll get old fast, but I'm only going to be playing it for 20 minutes at a time, and probably won't remember much about it the next day anyway!
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Sea of Thieves just got a release date

Bauul

4 months ago

I'm really excited for this. I can't put my finger on why exactly, I usually don't like MMO type games, but somehow this really appeals.

Has it been confirmed that it's PC/Xbox crossplay?
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Here's what the new Bloodborne comic looks like

Bauul

4 months ago

That's done it, looking at those pages makes me want to play through Bloodborne again. Be back in 60 hours!

The sky and the cosmos are one!
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The slow disappearing act of Demon's Souls

Bauul

5 months ago

@Simbosan The online component was a pretty fundamental part of the Soulsbourne experience though.

The game is still perfectly playable without it of course, but the online component offers both the slim ray of hope (messages of encouragement, the ghosts of others so you know you're not entirely alone) and, if you choose to play as human, the ever present threat of invasion.

Some levels in Dark Souls and particularly Bloodborne that are designed around being invaded. In Bloodborne for example, you have to run and kill certain enemies to stop the invasions. It makes for a very memorable level, and one that would be lost if played offline.
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Jelly Deals: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds gets a pre-launch discount on Xbox One

Bauul

5 months ago

@andrewtucker You know "overrated" is not the same as "I don't like it"? Take pride in your personal opinion, don't try and pass it off as general consensus.
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Square Enix speaks out on the future of Deus Ex

Bauul

5 months ago

I really tried to like MD, but it seemed to sag under the weight of too many systems and not enough actual gameplay. Some parts of it I really enjoyed, but I never got around to finishing it.

The biggest problem with sales was that it seemed to have no real marketing push. It just... was suddenly out, with no real warning. There was no real buzz or excitement about it. It's no surprise it didn't sell well.

@binba442 There were microtransactions? I didn't notice any, which confuses me as I played the game for 20 hours! Am I that unobservant?
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After nine years, Demon's Souls' servers are going offline for good

Bauul

5 months ago

@imi87 Like all Soulsborne games, the first stage is always the hardest, just because you don't know how to play the game. If you've played the other titles though, you'll find it much easier now.

Well, not *much* easier. Boletaria Castle is still a genuinely tricky level in its own right, especially given how long it is until you open shortcuts.
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Apple iPhone X review

Bauul

5 months ago

I just can't understand that value worth of this.

With the current set of East Asian Android phones like the Honor 8, One plus 5 and the Axon 7 posting nearly as good specs for a third of the price, I just couldn't bring myself to buy a $1000 phone.

Some specs are even worse of the iPhone X: lower resolution screen, lower megapixel on the camera, no fingerprint scanner...
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UK Gambling Commission weighs in on how it can - and can't - regulate in-game loot boxes

Bauul

5 months ago

I can't judge the Gambling Commission on this one, the UK definition of gambling has always had to include an ability to generate cash from the activity.

The problem is we've had "loot boxes" in every day life for years: from Yu-Gi-Oh card packs to fruit and veg delivery companies that send you random selections of food each month. Paying for a random selection of products is nothing new.

Somehow, someone needs to codify the difference between those and the aggressive nature of their inclusion in video games.

Or, if they can't be done, then we're just going to have to change publishers' behavior the old fashioned way: with our wallets.
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Black Friday 2017: Steam Link discounted to $4.99 in the US at GameStop

Bauul

5 months ago

@Subquest True, being a host for your wireless controllers is a genuine benefit of the Steam Link.

I'm not sure I quite agree with your second point. If your PC is a good 20m away from your TV through a wall and a floor, WiFi won't remotely cut it, so you're looking at cables. At that point, an Ethernet cable is little different to an HDMI cable.

Although if you already have an Ethernet cable plumbed through your house, or use your electricity system for Ethernet, then it is a passable alternative if you really don't want to run more cables.
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Bauul

5 months ago

@AgentDaleCooper It's basically a low quality, super expensive version of an HDMI cable. It just pipes the image of your PC, plus a mass of lag and artifacts, to your TV.

I bought one on a whim a few months back. Total waste of a money. A $5 HDMI cable does exactly the same thing.
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Hitman on Xbox One X piles on the upgrades

Bauul

5 months ago

@Hellotherenow Of all the things to compliment God of War on, specifically calling out the textures is an unusual choice.

Textures themselves (being flat pictures) haven't really progressed in technology for a fair few years. They've gotten bigger, and associated post-processing effects make them look nicer, but textures in God of War aren't going to be technically any more developed than any other modern AAA title. There isn't really much more you can do with them.
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Brütal Legend is currently free on Humble Bundle

Bauul

5 months ago

I agree with everyone else. The world, music, script, acting and story were all absolutely world class.

But the clunky RPG mechanics spoiled what was otherwise a pretty perfect experience.
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Clicker Heroes studio abandons upcoming sequel's free-to-play model for "ethical reasons"

Bauul

5 months ago

It's an interesting experiment. $30 is a lot for a mobile game, but the offer of a full refund is pretty tempting. I wonder if that will override people's expectations on how much a mobile game "should" cost?

Either way, good move for them. I think I'll check it out.
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