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God of War review: astonishing technological craft in the service of simple pleasures

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1 week ago

Some decent prose there, Christian. Been a while since I enjoyed reading an EG review so much. Given the recent trend in this site against formulaic blockbusters (a kind of game that I still enjoy very much), this looks like something very special indeed.
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Clear your weekend, Crusader Kings 2 is free

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1 week ago

@mcmaha1 Thanks!
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2 weeks ago

A mini guide to the best expansions would be much appreciated, while they're 50% off.
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Hitman: Definitive Edition targets a boxed release next month

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2 weeks ago

Now this is one edition too many. Good to see it again on the shelves, but surely people who got the second collection with the GOTY version have spent enough? Unless they're adding considerable new content.
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Far Cry 5 tops UK chart with biggest launch in series' history

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2 weeks ago

Well, gameplay-wise it is the best one since the original, and the release timing is pretty great, so yeah, not surprised.
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Here's April's PlayStation Plus games line-up

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3 weeks ago

Welp, definitely worth 5 euros
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Xbox has a great list of Games with Gold for April

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3 weeks ago

Sadly, Syndicate isn't X-enhanced so I'll have to keep my PS4 disc. It's a very good month, though, even if there's nothing for me.
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Sea of Thieves review - a Rare treasure

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3 weeks ago

It's better as a multiplayer time-waster so far, completely out of mind once you shut down the console or your shipmates drop out. Sure, it can be lots of fun, but one has to wonder what has Rare been doing all these years. Perhaps there's lots of content tucked away somewhere, ready to snag those dropping out of Game Pass? Wouldn't recommend it to everyone in its current state, I think. On the other hand, No Man's Sky got a recommendation here, so fair enough, I suppose. It IS a great sandbox.
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Far Cry 5 review - a competent yet conflicted open worlder

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3 weeks ago

Well, they did play up their political agenda this time, so this kind of critique is definitely justified, as opposed to another game I could mention, which seemed to suffer by association. Really disappointed that they didn't go all-out with the story in FC5. Haven't played that much yet, perhaps there's some kind of Preacher-like twist later on. After all, the whole narrative thing feels very much like a graphic novel. However, given that they're trying to riff on modern-day totalitarian movements, they should have done more. They should have shown the real face of oppression, not dance around uncomfortable situations that would definitely arise if this came to pass in reality.

That said, the villains are a cut above previous FC games and the gameplay feels rather more solid and varied than previous games, at least on console. And that's without even trying the co-op. It seems to me that political discussion has once again overshadowed the actual experience of playing the game in an EG review. However, this time I think it's justified. After all, it's not that different from previous games so far. And I do appreciate a different point of view, provided it's well-argued.
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The history of violence buried deep in Far Cry 5's landscape

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4 weeks ago

Ever since Far Cry 3, I've stopped treating the series as a shooter. It feels more like a variation on the action RPG trope, an Elder Scrolls Shotgun, if you will. And yes, the landscape is always the main protagonist. Loving FC5 so far, I have to say. It just seems to pack in more memorable, emergent moments per hour of play than any other game in the series, so far.
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How Sea of Thieves' tech creates a unique gaming experience

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4 weeks ago

It's a fun time waster so far on X1X, but tearing and performance drops are very noticeable. On the other hand, combat is terribly boring so far. Forget leveling up and progression, what this game needs is more objectives and more skill-based mechanics, especially in battles. It's a great sandbox, but not a great playground, IMO. Or is it the other way round?
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Sea of Thieves is secretly a pen-and-paper RPG

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4 weeks ago

What's really bothering me from what I've been reading about it is the lack of an easy mechanic to team up with other players. One would think that this would be the cornerstone for this kind of experience. In Destiny, for example, parties are formed so easily and organically, you always feel welcome to a fight. Dunno.
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4 weeks ago

Except pen and paper can be as simple or as complex as you want. And you can choose to play in another world when you're tired of the current campaign.
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Welcome to the new Eurogamer

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1 month ago

The comments section (which pretty much has taken over from the forum in most modern websites) was in dire need of an overhaul, well done! Love the new, open layout, especially on a 4K monitor. However, I like to run a browser window squished on the right side of my display and the new layout is not as easily manipulated. Perhaps I'll have to try the portable version when I do this. The focus on text is great. Definitely the right decision.
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Yakuza 6 review - a new beginning and a fitting end for Sega's great series

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1 month ago

@porkface So I can start with this one? That's intriguing.
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1 month ago

I'm afraid this has passed me by. I'd love to get into this, but I don't have my PS3 anymore, so there's no way to follow the whole story.
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Burnout Paradise Remastered review - driving perfection

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1 month ago

@UncleLou Yeah, this was how I felt about it at the time, but now that pure arcade racers are all but extinct, this is an oasis filled with sweet, clean water.
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Final Fantasy 15's PC port unlocks the game's full visual potential

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1 month ago

Yeah, it's a bloody shame that high-end PC gaming is once again becoming so bloody expensive. Oh well, I haven't played on my PC for about a year now (well, apart from stuff like Gems of War when taking a break from work), so I don't really mind that much. I just hope they design next-gen consoles with some sort of scalability and, of course, backwards-compatibility in mind. There's no reason why they wouldn't, anyway. Remakes are nice, but I don't think that people would put up with them for another iteration of x86 hardware.
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Bluepoint's next game is another remake

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1 month ago

Are we certain that this is going to be a Sony remake? 'Cause it seems to me that the next big smash-hit remake is going to be RDR.
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In Nintendo, Bayonetta has found the most unlikely saviour

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1 month ago

I really don't get the fuss. The franchise was about to be discarded, Nintendo swooped in and moneyhatted it (isn't this the term du jour people used for Microsoft?). Wish they would do so with more games that need some capital in order to take off, and not only Japanese ones. God knows they have enough money.
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Why can't we forget Lovecraft?

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2 months ago

Nice article, terrible title and tagline. Why would you want to "forget" a writer whose work has stood the test of time? Sure, you can criticise his lack of social empathy or his absolute views on certain matters (or even his sometimes heavy-handed prose), but how could you forget a writer whose body of work is so immersive and affects you at a deeper level?
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Nintendo Switch, one year on

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2 months ago

Well, it's both a yes and a no for me. I mean, I'm definitely happy with my purchase. It's a cracking little system, it has all the games I need to play on it... but I only ever play it in bed (not very often) and when I'm away from home for extended periods of time. My 3,5 y.o. daughter loves it, but she can't really play the games I have (and she's too young to play any videogame, tbh). In short, despite some great games and good support, it just hasn't managed to rise above the status of a portable, secondary (or even tertiary) system for me. I thought I'd be playing more on it, but I just don't, due to a huge backlog on the big screen. Still, it's amazing to have with you on vacation.
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Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank make for one of PlayStation Plus' biggest months yet

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2 months ago

So nice that I won't have to reach for the disc for both of them
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Moss review - PlayStation VR's finest game to date

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2 months ago

This is the only VR platform I really consider buying at the moment. It's not just the cost (though that is a big part of it) but also the games. Sony seems to be the only VR platform holder to actually invest in games.
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance review - history is a double-edged sword

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2 months ago

@Stornatus Wouldn't mind a game in that setting, though. Still have the fondest memories of Mark of Kri.
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@ududy22 This was in response to a comment made by EG staff, that Witcher 3 can fall back on its fantastical theme in order to justify lack of ethnic diversity, so the same rules as KCD do not apply. Which I totally disagree with. And no, I don't think that every game "SHOULD include representations of all real-earth skin colours". It's just that they can do so, if they want, (and I do think it would a nice gesture if they did, provided they don't compromise their artistic vision) while historically accurate games have to take into account the actual demographics of the time.

I definitely wouldn't mind a medieval hero or heroine of Asian, Arabic or African descent in a fictional context (or even in a justifiably realistic one), would you?
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@Matchstick Ι don't know enough to decide whether I agree or disagree with it, that's the whole point, mate. It's not substantiated enough. It goes against everything I know about this particular place and time, but I'm open to evidence to the contrary, provided it's logical and convincing enough. You find it convincing, good for you. No need to get your panties in a twist. I've only ever been polite to you. Oh, and I really, really, really don't care if you believe me or not. I believe every word you say, why wouldn't I? It's the basis of any meaningful conversation.
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@JoelStinty Oh, of course it is natural to examine the creator's motives, but you have to do it in a convincing and fair manner, and I'm not certain that this is what happened here, especially the "convincing" part. I'd love to read more in a separate article rather than a throwaway argument that essentially says "well, yeah, they could have justified doing something differently".

Personally speaking, I think that there IS a problem with representation AND realism in this game, as there are no prominent religious figures and no Jews, which did hold important positions at the time. And I've already stated in an earlier comment that I find the reviewer's argument about rewading sexism/rape culture totally justified. It's the part about steamrolling everything with the same social agenda, without taking into account any historically pertinent criteria that makes me object. At the end of the day, I don't know enough to formulate an opinion whether this is a good game or not. I know that it might have some objectionable content. As such, the review is interesting enough, but not very useful.
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@Matchstick This is why I wrote about "critique" and not an actual "review". I'm not referring to the article as a whole, which is definitely an expression of a person's opinion, and as such can never be absolutely impartial, but the actual (or even factual) points that the assesment of a product is based on and are supposed to inform a decision to purchase or not.

Don't know much about that "GG shit" and who was pushing it, sorry. Never pay any attention to Internet trolls. From what I've read about it, it was definitely abhorrent.
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2 months ago

Some points that I think are worth making after skimming through the most recent posts in this discussion:

1. Politics do have a place in videogame journalism. Politics, social or otherwise, are everywhere, they constantly affect all of us and they should be discussed when there's a genuine reason to do so.

2. Representation and inclusivity are important issues. Especially for people of colour in the West, that have been enslaved and discriminated against since time immemorial.

3. Critique should be impartial and relatively consistent in its values. Sure, a creator's political leanings might influence their work, but that's a matter of subjective interpretation. I feel that this kind of judgement on the part of a reviewer compromises the impartiality of the piece and makes it less useful to base a purchase on. Especially when other similar offerings don't get the same treatment.

4. I'd be very interested in reading the reviewer's fully explained and substantiated opinions regarding the content and the political context of the game, with respect to the creator's political leanings in a SEPARATE article, or a companion piece, if you will. It's evident that the reviewer has a lot to say on this matter, so squeezing a couple of rough arguments at the end of a review compromises both the review itself, as well as the reviewer's opinion.
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2 months ago

@tomtetref Now this is very interesting indeed. Neglecting the influence of religion is definitely a misrepresentation of actual European history and the lack of Jewish characters sounds like a much more glaring omission, statistically speaking.
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Well, yeah, it's one thing depicting (historically accurate) medieval sexism, and quite another rewarding it. It's definitely a point worth making in a review. Forced diversity, on the other hand, is another matter. I mean, sure, there's a chance that groups of people of colour made their way to that particular area at a certain time, but that would be a very rare and noteworthy occurence. Sure, there might have been a pregnancy, which probably wouldn't have reached a conclusion (even if there had been a birth, so to speak), given the social circumstances and the ruthless disregard for human rights of the time. This is a bit like accusing developers for not depicting earthquakes.

And I'm not really sure that fantasy is an appropriate excuse for non-inclusivity. Historical accuracy (even on a purely statistical level) carries a lot more weight as an argument.
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I owe everything I am to Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday

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2 months ago

Actually, there was another one, Matrix Cubed, I think it was called, which came out only on PC. Played both to death, the first one on the Amiga. Absolutely fantastic games. It's very hard for me to choose between this one and Battletech: The Crescent Hawks Inception. Both were so bloddy addictive and rewarding tactical RPGs.
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Blimey, Pillars of Eternity 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch

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2 months ago

Considering how disproportionately demanding the first game was, I'm really curious how this will turn out.
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Failbetter Games delays Sunless Skies following lay-offs, low sales

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2 months ago

It's called market saturation. The original was rather special as a concept, so it wasn't that hard to stand out. Nowadays, it's not so easy. Plus, it's bound to end up in a bundle at some point. Devs should start factoring in these circumstances, this whole early access thing might be the next bubble to burst.
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DF Retro: PowerSlave/ Exhumed - the brilliant legacy of Lobotomy Software

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2 months ago

Good stuff. How about also covering Gloom (Amiga) and Insomniac's Disruptor (PS1) in an early FPS mini-series. Flawed releases, but so interesting from a technical standpoint.
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Here's February's PlayStation Plus games line-up

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3 months ago

Would I buy Rime and Grand Kingdom if they were 5 euros on the PS Store? Yeah, I probably would. So it's a good month for me.
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Nintendo Switch outsold Wii U in less than a year

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3 months ago

Well, yeah, one of them's great, the other was a clumsy beta. Neg away, but the WiiU was an exercise in corporate cynicism.
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Shadow of the Colossus PS4 review

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3 months ago

Looks like the stamp machine is broken
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Shadow of the Colossus is one of the best remakes of all time

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3 months ago

@Vampiszon Yes, it's still good. It just feels smaller and less ambitious now. The core is still good, and the atmosphere is still every bit as enchanting. Yeah, you do have to kill a series of bosses in an empty world, but this melancholy is kind of the whole point. The review should be up by tomorrow or the day after, anyway.
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3 months ago

I literally couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that forest in the introduction. I could have sworn it was higher than 1440p
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Dragon Ball FighterZ review

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3 months ago

It's pretty great, but I'm not in love with it yet. I'd much rather play SFVAE at the moment. Dunno, feels much more varied.
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Monster Hunter World review

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3 months ago

Binary scaling sounds like a very bad idea. If I understand this correctly, every monster comes with only two power settings, single and multiplayer? That would kill 2-player forays pretty much dead, unless both are already OP.
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Xbox Game Pass just got a lot better

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3 months ago

Well, that's a nice, competitive move, especially if you are a new Xbox One X owner. Once they start releasing 2-3 exclusives per year that are attractive to me, I might bite. For the time being, Sea of Thieves is too much of a dark horse and Crackdown 3 seems to be in deep trouble. Not a huge racing fan, either. But the recent rumours show they might be getting there. For the time being, my One X is the go-to third-party machine.
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Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition review

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3 months ago

@1Million_Tons_of_TNT The free version is donwloaded automatically, just like any other update (actually, then it updates itself once more through the UI, you don't need to do anything, though). If your screen is all golden-like and the arcade mode is available, then you're good to go.

The store is selling the standalone version (the one that is also being sold physically, in stores, and includes the 2 character passes as well)
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3 months ago

@grassyknoll Indeed, the model itself is much friendlier and more honest, IMO. It is an ongoing fighting platform, no more getting the latest release or being left out. The original release was a bit of a shambles, though. Too few modes, lots of staple characters missing and problematic online (which is par for thw course in any new online game, but considering it was supposed to be the main event, it didn't go down very well).
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3 months ago

Α whole paragraph about Sakura's story and character development (which is like 5 lines and literally a couple of fights)? My, someone's invested in the SF universe. :)

The game is top-notch, though. Finally.
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Looks like Microsoft's pricey Xbox Elite controller is getting an upgrade

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3 months ago

To anyone who's tried it: is the dpad on the Elite controller any better than the vanilla one for fighting games? Or is the whole thing too heavy to even consider using it for this kind of game? I really don't want to buy another arcade stick. At least this can be used for all kinds of games. Oh, and yeah, please include play and charge functionality with all new controllers from now on, this was getting ridiculous.
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Sources: Microsoft plots Fable return

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3 months ago

@GreyBeard Well, at this point, they don't really need to win back anything. The series was about to go f2p and then it was shut down altogether. Existing fans will be happy that the franchise will be coming back from the dead. Just making a good game will suffice for points 1 and 2. New directions is not a strict requirement for adding successful games to existing franchises, but it's not hard to think of a few possibilities, such as a character-based story, or an Amalur-like approach to loot and modularity.

In theory, your points would also be valid for Zelda and AC, but do you really think they would be more successful if they went for a new IP instead of making BOTW or Origins? I'm not so sure. I'd love to see them making a new IP, but using an existing one makes sense if you already have one that fits your idea thematically.
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@GreyBeard Because it's easier. They already have a more or less respected fantasy RPG IP, and they can probably reuse some of the assets they've already created for Fable Legends so that they don't start completely from scratch.

And anyway, it's not like Fable is tied to any sort of hero or character, it's mainly about the world. They could change that if they wanted and do a character-based thing, Witcher-style. They don't really need a new IP to make it feel like a new IP, that's all I'm saying. Not that I'm too optimistic about it.
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