DreadedWalrus

Hearthstone's new single-player Monster Hunt mode revealed

DreadedWalrus

23 hours ago

@cowell I still play Dungeon Run every day, having downloaded the game specifically due to reading about the mode on here. I completed it with all classes months ago, but it is just that good, so I have been counting the days until this is released.
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"You got clobbered"

DreadedWalrus

2 days ago

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Dark Souls Remastered: how much of an upgrade is it?

DreadedWalrus

2 weeks ago

@freddones Dark Souls has almost 3 million owners on Steam: http://steamspy.com/app/211420
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Jurassic World Evolution finds a way to be refreshingly different

DreadedWalrus

3 weeks ago

Just a heads up, the first of the three videos embedded in this article is not working.

Edit: Never mind, it's working now. That was quick!
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The Darkness 2 is currently free on PC

DreadedWalrus

4 weeks ago

It's just a shame that the original Darkness game never came to PC, and that the teased third game will probably never happen.

Still, I said this the last time The Darkness 2 came up on here, but what a special game it is. It's got such a heart and soul to it that you don't often see in FPS games - you can tell the developers really cared about the project. I can't recommend the game enough, and for free there's really no reason not to pick it up.
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Sonic the Hedgehog was almost designed to look like arch nemesis Eggman

DreadedWalrus

1 month ago

Another example was Sonic's colour choice. Why blue? Because it would match Sega's logo.

That's so simple it's almost ludicrous, but it actually makes all the sense in the world.

That logic probably also explains Mario and Master Chief, come to think of it.
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Welcome to the new Eurogamer

DreadedWalrus

1 month ago

@minky-kong I've got the same ad. I wonder what algorithm chooses which articles to display, considering EG wrote that years and years ago.
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Outer Wilds is a game about exploring a solar system stuck in an endless 20-minute time loop

DreadedWalrus

1 month ago

Outer Wilds is being developed by Mobius Digital, and was first unveiled back in 2015.
That's when it went into full-time development, but the game was talked about and available to download and play (in an early version, of course) as far back as 2013:

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/06/24/outer-wilds-will-sate-your-inner-adventurer/

Still, that initial look at the game 5 years ago filled me with so much excitement, I genuinely can't wait for it to finally come out all these years later.
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Skyrim VR is heading to Steam in April

DreadedWalrus

1 month ago

@cappko Oh wow. Yeah, I don't have Fallout 4 (yet), and I'm nowhere near ready to spend on a VR kit, so I had no idea about this.

Still, it looks like they've learned the lesson, if they're including controller support for Skyrim VR when F4VR didn't. Take it they have no plans to patch it into F4VR?
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DreadedWalrus

1 month ago

@cappko Fallout 4 doesn't have controller support on PC?
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The biggest game installs: can anything top Final Fantasy 15's 148GB on PC?

DreadedWalrus

1 month ago

I still remember my retail copy of Darwinia back in the day weighing in at about 40MB or so if I remember correctly. Struck me as astonishingly low even back then. Even now, my Steam copy with all the patches and stuff takes up less than 90MB.
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"Hooray! Valve is going to start shipping games again"

DreadedWalrus

1 month ago

@_TheDarkSide_ Don't get your hopes up. He said they're building three full games, not three half games. :(
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Nintendo Switch gets South Park: The Fractured But Whole

DreadedWalrus

1 month ago

@not_themilkybarkid It took me about 10 minutes of working it out after reading some of the early comments here, but....

jellied eels

Edit: I see FilthyAnimal already got there first. Oh well!
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PlayStation blocks launch of creepy "pick-up artist" game Super Seducer

DreadedWalrus

1 month ago

Live-action sequences show the author "grabbing" parts of a date's body and attempting to kiss a woman he has just met to illustrate actions the player should avoid.

His suggested techniques involve discussing immigration and trying to change a woman's beliefs.


From the BBC News article linked. I don't know about you, but I find there is no more successful strategy on a date than to moan about immigrants for a bit, and tell her that she's wrong about everything and why my beliefs are better than hers.

Guaranteed second date!
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Brilliant XBLIG stickman brawler One Finger Death Punch getting a sequel

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

@drunken.baker Thanks for that! I never had the hatred for them that others seemed to at the time. I was simply apathetic until One Finger Death Punch came out and proved they had a bunch of talent. That interview was really enlightening though, because it shows they were really passionate about their games.

It looks like OFDP did well on Steam eventually (over 700k owners!), and the mobile version he talks about wanting to do in that interview eventually came out as a f2p game with ads and gigantic IAPs, and got millions of downloads. So hopefully with all that the sequel will build on the successes of the original. :)
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DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

Also known as Silver Dollar Games' only good game.

I like to imagine in my head that the only reason Silver Dollar Games made all those other XBLIG games, which were all terrible, was simply to fund development of of their dream game, One Finger Death Punch.
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Grand Theft Auto 5 sold another 1m copies in the UK in 2017

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

Here's the real question: why is Now That's What I Call Music 96 on there twice?
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Capcom's cult classic Killer7 is making a return, courtesy of Suda51's Let It Die

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

@kabalzerO They wouldn't even need to do much with the existing assets. The Gamecube game running on an emulator looks absolutely astonishing in 4K:

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Peter Molyneux's The Trail out on Nintendo Switch

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

@deez As mentioned in the article, this is a port of the PC game, which is not free. The game was redesigned from the F2P mobile version as all microtransactions were removed.
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DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

@logicub It's actually managed to get 80% positive reviews on Steam in this form, even after the Godus debacle. It's easily 22cans' best game (which isn't exactly a high bar to beat, but still).
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Hearthstone announces Year of the Raven

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

@Pro_Olaf They're returning it to 20-cost at the same time.
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DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

@UKRaver1980 I finished it, and I still play it every day. I was intrigued by the Dungeon Runs after reading about them in this article (thanks to everyone who responded to my question in the comments).

I completed the Dungeon Runs very shortly after doing that, but even now I still play that mode more than anything else. I do a bit of casual to do my daily quests, play Tavern Brawls when they're available, and outside of that I just play Dungeon Runs, even now there's literally zero reward for doing so.

I can't wait to see what the single-player modes are going to be like with these expansions too!
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ESRB will add warning labels to games with microtransactions

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

This is clearly their attempt to pre-empt any attempt at regulating microtransactions in games, and their "To most parents money is money" response doesn't hold water when you consider that (like Peew971 says) this one-size-fits-all label doesn't account for the fact that one game with the label might be an indie game with a single expansion, while another might be a full-priced retail release with loot boxes, premium currencies, and whatever else they care to throw in there.

This is just going to confuse parents further, I feel.

I imagine most "money is money" parents would rather their kid spend however much is required to buy a game's expansion packs than spend hundreds of pounds on FIFA card packs or whatever. "Money is money" is irrelevant as an argument when one game allows you to spend 10 on an expansion pack, and another allows (and often encourages) a theoretically infinite amount of spending.
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Our best look yet at the charming Yoku's Island Express

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

@Plumbus It reminds me a bit of Sonic Spinball, only (from the looks of things) infinitely better.
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Eurogamer's parent company Gamer Network has been bought by PAX operator ReedPOP

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

Does the redesign fix the bug that occurs if you put more than one link in a single paragraph in a comment/forum post?
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Harvest Moon creator's latest game combines dragon rearing and restaurant management

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

@Schmove Why hire a mob when you've got a dragon to do it? :D
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Superhot headlines Xbox's free Games with Gold for March

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

This is good for those who have an Xbox One. SUPERHOT is the most innovative shooter I've played in years!
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de Blob owner THQ Nordic buys Saints Row and Dead Island owner Koch Media for 121m euro

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

@Xeall THQ Nordic isn't the same as the old THQ. It's what Nordic Games changed their name to when they acquired a bunch of former THQ licences.
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Home Alone, Harry Potter director Chris Columbus is helming the Five Nights at Freddy's movie

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

As stated in the article, not only is he directing this, but he's writing and producing it too. I looked up his films on Wikipedia earlier, and he's only done that (directed, written and produced a film) once before, with 1995's Hugh Grant romcom Nine Months.

What I found interesting, from a gaming perspective, about that film, is that it features a rare film appearance for Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, before Super Mario 64 had given him his first major game in the role. But not only that, one of the "unruly daughters" in the film was a very young Ashley Johnson, who went on to become a famous video game voice actor in her own right as Ellie in The Last of Us!

Not really anything more than a bit of trivia, but I was still pretty surprised when I came across this from browsing his filmography earlier today!
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Cult genital-swinging hit Mount Your Friends gets 3D sequel this month

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

Mount Your Friends was great fun in local multiplayer. And the control system, which initially seems to be going for the QWOP/Octodad/Surgeon Simulator-style "deliberately awkward control system leading to emergent fun" thing, actually leads to some high-risk, high-reward movement options, as you can "fling" yourself up the tower of flesh rather than climbing slowly and carefully up limb by limb.

It seems a bit of a risk to me to go 3D (I can't help but think back to Worms and Lemmings...), but hopefully it works out well enough.
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Failbetter Games delays Sunless Skies following lay-offs, low sales

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

@Eraysor The Kickstarter was in February last year, and was successful, reaching 377,952 from a 100,000 goal.

The problem was not a lack of Kickstarter success, but a lack of sales on Steam after the success of the Kickstarter. As of right now, it's estimated by SteamSpy as having only ~10,750 owners on Steam, despite having been available on the platform since August.
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Middle-earth: Shadow of War gets new story expansion and big free features update

DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

@darrendawson Wont be purchased until its a goth edition and 75% off in a sale

I know it's a typo (phone autocorrect?) from "GOTY edition", but I can't stop grinning at "goth edition".
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DreadedWalrus

2 months ago

There's also a new player stat page, making it easier to keep track of your progress, and new Field of View options.

Are the FOV options on console as well? The article makes it sound like it is, but it's not something you tend to see on consoles. Very welcome if it is though!
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Total War: Thrones of Britannia gets April release date

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

@Return-of-Jafar And I suppose the good thing about Steam sales is that if you think it's not worth more than 25 (rather than the 27 it's currently available for), just wait a few months and you'll almost certainly get it - with some post-launch patches - for that or cheaper.
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Microsoft will pull Logan Paul-themed game published on Xbox store

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

The sad thing is, that suicide video isn't the only horrible thing he did in Japan. Look at this compilation of clips from his videos from Japan:

https://twitter.com/wetheunicorns/status/949297972986163200

And now this morning it's in the news that as a result of this controversy he's overtaken Zoella as the most popular Youtuber among children in the UK:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42872606

"Zoella losing her top YouTuber slot to Logan Paul shows that we could be moving into a new era with a change in the kind of vloggers that are popular with children," said Simon Leggett, research director.

"Children used to mainly follow wholesome, big-sister/brother types who offered chatty advice and company. However, children's favourite new vloggers are more edgy, with a style more akin to negative playground behaviour where the most popular vloggers are the ones that do the worst possible things they can get away with on YouTube."
[...]
"Prior to this year, Logan had not been chosen by children at all," said Mr Leggett.

"His growing audience, which starts as young as age nine, were potentially exposed to shocking content over new year after Logan's ill-considered decision to upload a widely criticised video of his visit to Aokigahara, Japan's 'suicide forest.'"
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What EA is and isn't saying about microtransactions returning to Star Wars Battlefront 2

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

@Simatron3000 I'd be shocked if they didn't make more money from microtransactions than they lose in sales, like you suspect. There's a reason almost every AAA publisher is trying their hardest to shoehorn them into every game they release. Yes, they're going to lose some sales, but at the same time they've got a guaranteed continued revenue stream for months, maybe years to come.

I think the reason the people in the comments section here and elsewhere were criticising EA were not necessarily because they think it's a bad business move (like you say, they almost certainly know more about business than we do), but because it's bad for us, the players, in the long run, if this kind of "pay-to-win"-style economy becomes the norm.
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DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

@Simatron3000 Love how despite all the backlash the game still sold 9m against a target of 10m

It didn't. Read the article.
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DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

at the very core we must always build on a foundation of player choice. That might be the choice of whether a player engages in a particular mode or not; that might be whether a player decides to grind for something or not. In all things it's around providing a fair playing field where players feel they have choice.

I know publishers are always pushing the "player choice" idea of microtransactions, but I can't help but imagine this is the first time that we've had the ludicrous situation of pay-to-win microtransactions being pushed as "providing a fair playing field". Surely by its very nature, it's the exact opposite of that?!?
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Spec Ops: The Line and The Darkness 2 are now backward-compatible on Xbox One

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

Oh man, what a pairing! The Darkness 2 is probably my favourite "underrated FPS". No-one really talks about it all that much, but it did so many things well, and succeeded with experimenting with quite a few more things that it has stuck with me far more than almost any other FPS has. I still think about it regularly to this day. It's also a very different game to the original The Darkness, which is also worth playing in my opinion, though it suffers a bit by being consigned solely to last-gen consoles (PC ports were unfashionable at the time).

As for Spec Ops: The Line, as kabalzerO says, the gameplay wasn't really anything all that special, but the story, the characterisation, the art style, the music, and the sensational voice acting (especially by Nolan bloody North) meant that over repeated playthroughs it's gradually grown over the years to become one of my favourite games of all time. All this despite the fact that when I first played it I got so angry at the game and the developers (If you know about the game, you probably know the scene, and if not, I don't want to spoil it) that I actually stopped playing for a fortnight, for what I perceived at the time as the developers railroading you into a "moral choice" where there actually was no such choice, then trying to make me feel like a bad person for choosing to do something which I was literally forced to do. When I eventually went back to the game though, having got over that initial anger, I approached it in a different light (I stopped seeing the "moral choices" as being about me, the player, and saw them as being about Walker, the character), and the game grabbed hold of me and took me along for the ride.

Two genuinely unforgettable games in my opinion, released months apart, and I hope a few more people get to experience them. Especially The Darkness 2, which (unlike SO:TL) continues to fly under the radar.
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You'll soon have to spend twice as much for the same number of reward points at GAME

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

Buy one hundred, get one free. What a marvelous idea! BOHGOF! Catchy!
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Brilliantly spooky puzzle box series The Room is back with Old Sins, out now on iOS

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

Do we still know if The Room 3 is coming to PC? My tablet and phone are both too old and/or small to get a reasonable experience with these games, but I very much enjoyed playing through the first two games on PC.

Edit: Just looked, and found this update from November, at least:

http://www.fireproofgames.com/2017/11/the-room-three-pc-update

We get a lot of requests to make The Room Three for PC and really appreciate the enthusiasm for getting it out on Steam. We put a lot of work into getting the first two games up to PC-quality, so its great to see that people enjoyed them and are keen for more!

As such we feel obliged to update you that a PC version of The Room Three is not in active development at the moment, however we do hope to get started on this in 2018. Were very busy putting the final touches to The Room: Old Sins right now, as we entirely rebuild & remake our games to be fit for PC, this requires a lot more time & effort than typical ports. So were not likely to have anything until the middle of next year at the earliest.

We know its not the most exciting news to pass on, but be sure Room Three PC is not forgotten. When we get the project moving, well update you all with more information.

Thanks again for all the messages (we do read them all, eventually!) & support.

Best wishes,
Everyone at Fireproof Games.
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs are currently free on PC

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

@kabalzerO Calling A Machine for Pigs an "awful piece of shit made by the worst studio ever" sounds like ridiculous hyperbole on both counts, smiley face or not. How are The Chinese Room, a celebrated developer whose games have both reviewed and sold well, even comparable to the likes of, say, Digital Homicide?

And while A Machine for Pigs was certainly divisive, it's in no way an "awful piece of shit".
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Jelly Deals: 10 off a 50 spend at Amazon for one day only

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

If you were so inclined, you could also grab a SNES Classic Edition for its cheapest ever price - 59.99 - by using the code.

It looks like they've already sold out via that link. The only offers shown (for me, at least) are marketplace sellers priced at 94 and up.
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Leeds United's new badge is so bad it looks like it's from PES

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

There's already a petition to stop Leeds from using the new badge. At the time of publicaton, it had 33,396 signatures.

They've now announced they're re-opening the consultation. That was quick!
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Ubisoft unveils Sam, a personal gaming assistant

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

@Tiel SAM probably stands for something like Social Advertising Medium

It's probably also a subtle reference to Sam Fisher? I mean, if Microsoft can release an assistant named after one of their famous game's characters (Cortana), so can Ubisoft, I guess.

Next up, Sony to release one called Knack?
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RollerCoaster Tycoon fans hit out at Atari over controversial Switch port crowdfunder

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

Hmmm. The screenshot in the article seems to suggest microtransactions (look at the plus symbol next to money), and possibly an XP system (common to F2P mobile games).

In fact, I just watched the video, which featured footage of (what I since found out) is RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, which is a free to play game, and which looks almost identical to the game in the screenshot above, albeit with some of the on-screen elements removed. It wouldn't surprise me if, in the time between now and launch, the screenshot above ended up looking more like this monstrous screenshot I took from their pitch video:



I'm staying well clear.
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Where do downloadable games go when they die?

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

I'd like to add Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King to the list of recommended WiiWare games.

A lot of FF spinoff games are renowned for their experimentation, but My Life as a King remains my favourite. It was somewhat ahead of its time (I could easily see a game with its structure being revived as a rebalanced free-to-play game loaded with timers and premium currencies, unfortunately), and to this day there's nothing that quite scratches the same itch for me.

The one down side is that it feels like they really wanted to release it as a full-price retail game, but instead released it as a reduced-price digital-only title, so to make up the difference they put some of the planned content up as DLC.

But honestly, even with the high outlay for the game plus the (IMO) required DLC, I recommend it wholeheartedly. Here's Dan Whitehead's EG review from back in the day. He gave it an "8 out of 10", whatever that means:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/final-fantasy-crystal-chronicles-my-life-as-a-king-review
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PlayStation announces official shoe

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

@IHaveNipplesGreg Who cares about the NBA outside the USA? Quite a lot of people these days:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/12/26/how-the-nba-went-global/
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No Man's Sky's Waking Titan ARG is back, and fans are trying to figure it all out again

DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

@scuffpuppies Yeah, me too. I actually haven't played it since any of the updates, but as someone who bought the game with no expectations, I really enjoyed it as a sort of procedurally-generated "nice place to explore".
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DreadedWalrus

3 months ago

#WhatIs1.5

Worst hashtag ever. It would be cut off at #Whatis1!

Edit: Example of exactly that happening: https://twitter.com/NoMansSmile/status/953906043603492864
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