FogHeart

Layers of Fear taught me how to be scared again

FogHeart

2 weeks ago

“We may hide from horror only in the heart of horror.”
― Thomas Ligotti
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Far Cry 2's single-minded vision deserves to be remembered

FogHeart

3 weeks ago

@itsadinosaur Thanks, I think you've persuaded me to give it a shot.
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FogHeart

3 weeks ago

I'm halfway through another playthrough, the latest of probably a dozen. I don't think I've seen every buddy mission yet (damn game keeps handing me the Charlie Sheen lookalike). I wonder if FC5 buddies have this same 'road to hell paved with good intentions' thing going on. First you're helping them liberate food for the oppressed villagers, eventually you're assassinating a doctor because he couldn't cure your buddy's STD that a local hooker gave him.

The game looks utterly glorious in 4k 60fps on a PC with a 1070 card. The graphics have aged well. I don't know if the gameplay has - it's too simplistic for today's crowd, but I don't like a great deal of the 'improvements' the series has enjoyed since. Outpost capture, yes, making pouches from animal skins, tower climbing, skill trees, Christ no.

I'm almost wary of any sort of remake as they might put these into it. Let it be spartan in the gameplay. Just do something with the outposts, make the missions more nuanced, the general improvements to AI and graphics (but be frugal, I don't want the blizzard of particles in the air that the latest games have just because) and that'll do me.

Maybe they can slow down the dialogue too...I still need those subtitles even now.
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Dispelling the myths of Bloodborne

FogHeart

2 months ago

There's a boss that will charge at you and wipe out half your health bar when he hits, if you stand still. If you try to dodge, he will wipe off more.
When you've got his health halfway down, he will enter a second phase where he is surrounded by a frenzy field. When you are close enough to him a meter will begin to fill up, and if it tops out your head will explode. During this phase bolts will shoot down at you from the sky periodically, if they hit you, you're pretty much dead.

Another boss will rise high into the air, and then dive into you like a missile. If you are anywhere close when that starts, he is off your screen and you can't tell when he starts his dive, so you just have to dodge about and hope that your 'invincible' frame coincides with his landing.

And there are at least two bosses that are so damned shaggy that when you're close enough to hit your character is obscured by the folds of their fur, and no amount of camera gymnastics will make him or her materialise. As is so often the case in Souls games, your worst enemy is the camera control.

Yeah, I must have sunk hundreds of hours into the Souls games, and Bloodborne is indeed the best, especially, from my perspective, in the story, but it's not flawless, and occasionally it can be too hard, because even when you know how to fight a boss, in places the game resorts to 'dick moves' like those above.
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Eurogamer's parent company Gamer Network has been bought by PAX operator ReedPOP

FogHeart

2 months ago

For Heaven's sake don't type RedPOOP by accident, or your new HR department might want a transatlantic videoconference with you...
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Sprint Vector review - intensely physical VR racer

FogHeart

2 months ago

Version Tested: We don't have a PC headset anymore.
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PlayStation's official Nike shoe launch laced with problems

FogHeart

2 months ago

"They dropped them only in the US, despite the PS blog mentioning 'worldwide launch' on that day," he told me.

Nike has now confirmed the shoe was never due to launch outside the US, after all.
Sneaky.
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Far Cry 5 season pass will take you to Vietnam and Mars

FogHeart

3 months ago

Maybe it's more 80's B Movie inspired stuff along the same lines as Blood Dragon. Which would be nice.
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Shadow of the Colossus PS4 review

FogHeart

3 months ago

architectural crenellations
I wish we could still do googlewhacks. Superb juxtaposition.
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Can you come up with a Sea of Thieves Achievement?

FogHeart

3 months ago

Pieces of Hate: Kill a man with a cannon at point blank range.
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PlayStation announces official shoe

FogHeart

3 months ago

Apparently they come with a third lace.
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No Man's Sky's Waking Titan ARG is back, and fans are trying to figure it all out again

FogHeart

3 months ago

I have mixed feelings about No Man's Sky. I still play it all the time, having started from scratch for the Atlas update, but the 'peripheral' stuff they put in was, well, the kind of things people want and nothing unexpected. We take fetch quests missions, kill 5 rats missions, collect 10 plant missions. In fact the text that precedes talking to the mission giver has that air of resignation about it, like Hello are saying, 'OK, here's your opportunity to play this game like any other game you play.' During the Atlas mission, when using a portal for the first time, it implies in the conversation: "There are 18 gazillion planets here. The chances of anyone meeting anyone else are like two specific grains of sand in the Sahara happening to bounce off each other in a sandstorm. The point about this game is the isolation of inhabiting a practically infinite universe. But here, have your co-op.'

It's as if they caved in and re-engineered the game to give you the usual stuff found in any space sim. I wanted an exploration of the algorithms used to generate the universe, interpreted through game missions. The ships, the space stations, the flora and fauna, are all generated through feeding a number into an algorithm and out pops the design. So the flora and fauna could have been folded into a mission about analysing DNA and chasing down a massive panspermia project to its source. The ships could be traced to a designer who, when found, would give you a one-off chance to create a ship of your own design (like a reverse-engineer of the algorithm). We could even create our own planet with exactly the biome we want. But..instead we're climbing ranks by doing chores for aliens. Been there, done that.
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They Are Billions is an unputdownable RTS revelation

FogHeart

3 months ago

Is there any way I can build a wall and have the zombies pay for it?
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Driver San Francisco, Far Cry 2 now playable on Xbox One via backwards compatibility

FogHeart

3 months ago

Don't treat Far Cry 2 like an FPS. Treat it like a survival game. Plan ahead, treat everything like it will do far more damage to you than you might expect, don't take any unnecessary risks (driving through a checkpoint is an unnecessary risk). Do the good things that make life easier nice and early (assassination missions, weapon shop missions). Don't miss an opportunity to save, don't pass by when your diamond detector flashes. Don't go looking for grand spectacles of big booms and car pileups. Rocket launchers aren't your solutions, they're your 'Hail-Mary-don't-let-me-die's.

There are poor design decisions, but a lot of the bitterness around this game is because it hates you. Maybe more than a Souls game does. You deserve the hate, because you play as someone exploiting a warzone.
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A new House of the Dead is heading to arcades

FogHeart

3 months ago

@Dan234 For the last goddamn time, they're mutants, not zombies!

Ah, nostalgia.
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Third series of Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit TV show begins February

FogHeart

3 months ago

The captains, and Ellie and Dara provide enough comedy, it's not strictly necessary to have guests who are comedians, they just need not be dumb or dull. Would prefer to have guests with a bit more gaming skill even at the expense of joke skill.
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Meltdown and Spectre: does patching your PC impact game performance?

FogHeart

3 months ago

What's really pissing me off is that here at work this kind of update will result in a 'bitlocker sanity check' on all our encrypted hard drives - ie they won't just accept your PIN on startup, they'll need the long verification code to authenticate this kind of change. I'm going to be very very busy typing many many numbers.
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Spielberg's Halo TV show "still in very active development", network claims

FogHeart

3 months ago

Starring Tom Hanks as Master Chief and Meryl Streep as Cortana.
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New mass shooting simulator aims to help teachers respond more effectively in a crisis

FogHeart

4 months ago

Who knows, they might one day be able to stop worrying about their children being shot. That just leaves the opioid addiction, the droughts, the forest fires, the hurricanes, the snow bombs, the white supremacists, paying for healthcare, and two crazy people waving their nuclear capabilities at each other.
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Destiny 2 gets first downtime of the year today

FogHeart

4 months ago

Apparently we can use this downtime as a golden opportunity to get together to complain about the weather.
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Fumito Ueda's studio shows a picture of what could be its new game

FogHeart

4 months ago

The young manicurist found herself facing the hardest task ever undertaken at a nail bar.
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Eurogamer's games of 2017: The big debate

FogHeart

4 months ago

@ChrisTapsellEG That doesn't excuse the way it was transcribed. It should have had SPOILER FOR HELLBLADE at the start of the sentence so we stop reading. When you start to read a sentence, you don't come to a screeching halt as soon as you see the word 'spoiler'. You're going to read at least the next couple of words after it before engaging the forebrain and stopping.

You've ruined that for me, I bought it in the Steam sale and just started it,so thanks a lot, you SPOILER.
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Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2017: 10-1

FogHeart

4 months ago

I wish EG would admit that they just won't review games for Oculus or Vive. We've seen them play with the Vive in their offices when it was first released, pretty much bugger all since then. Of course they do the majority of game playing from home and don't have the room for a Vive there, but really that's a shit reason for ignoring the platform. They have to find a way - employ someone who does have the room and the unit - because right now it's as if they're pretending some of the best gaming experiences to be had simply don't exist.
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An attempt to analyse a board game we just got in a Christmas cracker

FogHeart

4 months ago

I'm guessing those 'Emergency' squares mean 'your piece can go no further on this turn'. The frog means jump one step forward. 17/18/19 remain a mystery though.

And don't call me foggy.
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Hidden Agenda review

FogHeart

5 months ago

I felt that Until Dawn was written quite well - starts by masquerading as a cheesy slasher story, reveals that it's actually not, and then when the wendigo appear it grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. I'm a bit surprised to find that this game has the same writers. A swing and a miss.
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PlayStation Paris Games Week 2017 conference live report

FogHeart

6 months ago

I don't really want my games trying to out-HBO HBO.
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FogHeart

6 months ago

"I think their focus on Western games, multiplayer and online suits them well. If you want Japanese games, get a PlayStation."

Next up: trailer for Destiny 2.
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A decade on, Team Fortress 2 gets big new update

FogHeart

6 months ago

@Guntzm0ng Well in that case you were on my server many a time - I gave the 'keys' to your clean leader to host matches and hold practices.

GlagNut was our baby member :D

Yours, [FuS]OblivionSeeker
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FogHeart

6 months ago

@Guntzm0ng It was FUS. An upper-mid table clan. The likes of SHS and DW could cane us, but not quite humiliate us :D
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FogHeart

6 months ago

I used to play Team Fortress Classic, and then TF 1.5, every night. Literally. I was in a clan, and in a league, at a time when you needed IP addresses to join specific servers to play a league match. I built a machine for my clan: a Linux box with the game server running on it, I used the T1 connection at work at a time when that was the best internet connection you could reasonably get, in the evenings it did nothing so it wasn't a bad thing to use it :D When Valve released new maps I'd load them on before the commercial outfits like Wireplay got around to it, open the server to the public and our community played all weekend...

I was a bloody good engineer. "Elevation, elevation, elevation is the key to good sentry positioning" I told my trainees. "Pick a fight with an attacker before he reaches sentry range, then kite them into said sentry range." I said, or words to that effect, no one used 'kite' back then. "You have the best grenade in the game,the EMP" I said, "because the more firepower your enemy has, the harder it hits them."

And then TF2 came out and there were no grenades anymore and I was suddenly crap and played about three times before I gave up. :(
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EA has shut down Visceral Games

FogHeart

6 months ago

Well, this is as welcome as feeling a spider in an oven glove while taking something hot out of the oven.
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Fans don't like Tomb Raider's awkward film poster

FogHeart

7 months ago

I call it the "By the way I'm leaving you" pose.
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The making of System Shock 2's best level

FogHeart

8 months ago

I've started playing through Prey, and I'm not far through it, but far enough to state that after eighteen years a game that stands up to SS2 is finally here. In those intervening years I've come back to SS2 many times - most recently with a steam controller, rebirth mod and resolution upgrade - but finally now I have different game to revisit for that kick. But so far no game has so thoroughly influenced the sort of playstyle and atmosphere I am most content to experience.
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Crackdown 3 delayed until spring 2018

FogHeart

8 months ago

I guess we'll see it released around the time we see Below released.
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Desperately seeking Destiny's Lighthouse before it switches off forever

FogHeart

8 months ago

Why a lighthouse on Mercury? Because
The Sun's gonna shine on everything you do.

Maybe one person will get that...
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No Man's Sky screenshot teases Stargate-style portals

FogHeart

9 months ago

Can I show off my screenshots? Oh, pleeeeaaase....

You don't have to click if you don't want to
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Say hello to Eurogamer's new Reporter Intern

FogHeart

10 months ago

I have created your Windows and Email accounts and sent the credentials to your line manager. You are required to change your password after you use it for the first time. A Welcome email contains a link to a form online - the Acceptable Use Policy - which you need to sign before we allow your account to have access to the internet. I'm afraid I can't give you the password for accessing the HR online systems, you should receive credentials seperately from HR themselves.

Please ask your line manager to log a request if anything is amiss.

Welcome to the rat race!
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Wolfenstein 2's brilliant opening level sets the perfect tone

FogHeart

10 months ago

I recommend Wolfenstein fans watch RockPaperShotguns brilliant look at how the game 'fails forward' (actually sounds like they don't rate it, opposite it true)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrpkcQcX8gM


(PS I'm also 46)
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Atari "back in the hardware business" with mysterious new Ataribox

FogHeart

10 months ago

This wood panelling will go very well with my wainscoting!

Sherry, anyone?
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Call of Cthulhu looks suitably creepy in its E3 trailer

FogHeart

10 months ago

'Prometheus' is pretty much the same plot as 'At The Mountains of Madness'.

I broadly agree that Lovecraft's stories aren't as effective for the modern reader, but The Colour Out of Space is still scary, imaginative and harrowing - but not actually a part of the Mythos.
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Shadow of the Colossus on PS4 is a remake, not a remaster, says Shuhei Yoshida

FogHeart

10 months ago

They should totally troll us by making the garden roof use PS2 assets only.
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Psychedelic rock opera The Artful Escape confirmed for Xbox One

FogHeart

10 months ago

It's like an animation segment from The Mighty Boosh.
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Microsoft E3 2017 live report

FogHeart

10 months ago

It's a bit Lost Planet, actually.
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FogHeart

10 months ago

Wow, Below really is indefinitely delayed, isn't it?
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FogHeart

10 months ago

Suspicious lack of falling buildings in the Crackdown 3 trailer!
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FogHeart

10 months ago

Funny, isn't it? When a single shot of a perfectly ordinary rural house is enough to make you think "This is a zombie game, innit?"
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FogHeart

10 months ago

I simply can't wait to play this!


...on PC.
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Xbox One Scorpio revealed as Xbox One X

FogHeart

10 months ago

They should have gone full palindrone
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Project Scorpio reportedly set to cost $499

FogHeart

10 months ago

@pelican_ Rubbish. So if you don't buy a monitor you haven't really gone down the PC route? In that case, I've not gone down the PC route for years now. Which is baffling, considering I play using my I7/1070/16Gb rig on my TV pretty much every night. A monitor is not a necessity, it's an optional extra. I don't even own a desk to put one on.
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Are we all living in a video game?

FogHeart

11 months ago

If reality is a simulation, I just read this article while creating a save.

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