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A free Sanic T-shirt DLC is now available for Sonic Forces

Fox89

5 months ago

@finchy64 Sanic Memeia 2 plz
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Call of Duty: WW2 dataminers discover mention of weapon supply drops

Fox89

5 months ago

@kosigan All it's missing is a 'BEST VALUE' sticker.
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Valkyria Chronicles 4 announced for Nintendo Switch

Fox89

5 months ago

@Uberheertje I expect it'll come to PC eventually. They probably learned from VC1 that if they wait a while to release a PC version they can pick up a lot of additional sales from people who already own it on console.
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Fox89

5 months ago

@Samael_Blackwing Yes, it's confirmed coming West. Japanese release date is in March, English release date TBA
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StarCraft 2 Twitter account has a pop at Star Wars: Battlefront 2

Fox89

5 months ago

Hearthstone account stays conspicuously silent
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EA's response to Star Wars: Battlefront 2 hero unlock fury isn't going down well

Fox89

5 months ago

@tnzk I think my point is still valid though. Let's do some quick napkin maths:
- assume a dev spend of 50 million
- assume it sells as much as the first result I found when I googled "Battlefront 1 sales" (12 million).
- assume 40% of revenue is lost due to taxes etc.

With those assumptions, EA would make a profit by selling the game for... 7. So, OK, my 50p comment was a touch hyperbolic. But the point that they are already making a hell of a lot of money on this stuff without gouging the customer for every penny stays very true.
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Fox89

5 months ago

@Return-of-Jafar Lol, this reminds me of when I got told, re Overwatch, that "$1 billion SOUNDS like a lot but bear in mind they have to pay for maps and servers".

EA could sell Battlefront II for 50p with no microtransactions and it'd probably still make them a profit. Let's not pretend that these guys are struggling to keep the lights on on a AAA *Star Wars* property of all things.
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Fox89

5 months ago

It's a fair statement
It's bollocks
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PlayStation Paris Games Week 2017 conference live report

Fox89

6 months ago

That's the thing, it's not gratuitous violence that pisses me off per se; that can be used in a valid artistic (or just fun gameplay way) like anything else.

It's the fact that that's what they're trying to sell the game on. "We have the most sickening torture! We're the best!"
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Fox89

6 months ago

Are games just competing to see how much shock value they can get away with? I don't care that it's The Last Of Us, I just feel sick
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Fox89

6 months ago

@sid-6581 - Don't agree with that at all. Movie trailers tend not to be so gratuitous. The Schindler's List trailer barely gets that dark.
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F1 2017 review

Fox89

8 months ago

@bf I think probably because he retired so you can't race him in game
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Fox89

8 months ago

@Vedfolner Not in Career, but you can in Championships mode. There are 20 Championships with different rulesets like double points, reverse grids etc.
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Why did 3D Sonic struggle?

Fox89

8 months ago

Modern Sonic annoys me just because there's no reason he shouldn't work in 3D. They just can't seem to find a formula that works and stick to it. If they want Sonic to be about 'running around at the speed of sound,' then that's OK. It doesn't need to be a momentum based precision platformer like it was on the Mega Drive.

But they don't seem to have confidence in that. There's always got to be some kind of gimmick. Modern Sonic has been at his best when he's just running through tightly designed stages. Do that, keep the plot light, keep the combat minimal, and you'll have some really good games. There is a game out that is basically Modern Sonic done right, and it's an indie game called 'Action Henk'.

Anyone who wants to try a different (and in my view, better) style of 3D Sonic... go play the fan game Sonic Utopia. It's only a demo of Green Hill Zone at the moment but it's wonderful. To me, Sonic Utopia successfully translates the 2D style of Sonic's gameplay into a 3D world.
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Video: Remember the little ways games used to be worse

Fox89

8 months ago

Non-standardized control systems! 'WASD' in vanilla DOOM was: Up arrow, comma, down arrow, period. In Tomb Raider 1 your side-step was on Delete & Page Down, jump with alt, shoot with Ctrl. The less said about System Shock 1 the better.

This wasn't too bad on consoles of course, but on PC it was a nightmare.
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Hellblade deletes your save file if you die too many times

Fox89

9 months ago

Interesting thematically, but is your post-death playthrough going to be the same story as your pre-death playthrough? If so, then it doesn't sound like particularly compelling design. Games like Undertale and Nier: Automata like to do meta stuff like this, but they do something with it. They'll subvert your expectations and then change your next playthrough in some way to add more context to the story.

If literally all that's happening is your save file is being deleted then it's probably not for me. I hate to admit but I'm actually kinda bad at video games. Will I be good enough at this one to experience the whole story without having to restart multiple times? Probably, but I can't be sure. And I don't know if I have the patience to risk it.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds fans feel ripped off by new key and crate system

Fox89

9 months ago

Incidentally, "they're cosmetics so don't affect the game" may ring a little hollow for anyone who has fallen foul of someone with a ghillie suit. Spotting players is an important part of the game; if any of these optional outfits blend in better with the environment, there's a genuine competitive advantage to be found there.
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Sega's just announced a new arcade racing game, and it looks amazing

Fox89

9 months ago

I have one question, and one question alone:

Can I drive the Hatsune Miku car? Which, I should point out, is a race winner this year. I think we all deserve to drive it.
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Final Fantasy 15 survey hints at possible future updates

Fox89

11 months ago

What, are we doing X-Factor for RPG story now?

"The votes are in and the winner is... [dramatic pause] ...LUNAFREYA! We'll now write her an actual back story and develop her character, which will be available for you to purchase in a mere 5 months!

Tune in next week for our Gameplay Final, where we'll be pitching 'Playable party members' against 'a magic system that's actually worth a damn' in our most exciting match up yet!"
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G2A responds to Gearbox's withdrawal and TotalBiscuit's demands

Fox89

1 year ago

Oh, so they're compliant with everything Gearbox demanded!

Good for them, I guess that means the deal is still on then? After all, there's no way a legitimate, entirely compliant partner would wait until they've already lost the business of a major publisher before explaining themselves, right?
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Mass Effect Andromeda is another failure for trans representation

Fox89

1 year ago

@steve1979 I'm always just astonished that anyone who says "I play games for fun, not politics" would play MASS EFFECT of all things.

Ah yes, Bioware, that company whose games are well known for being completely apolitical in every way. It's not like you literally decide the fates of entire species or anything.
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Fox89

1 year ago

I am definitely willing to commend Bioware for attempting inclusivity, although your criticism is completely fair as well. I think trying to write from the perspective of someone different than you is important, even if you screw it up.

Having said that, this isn't a main character. I don't imagine a whole lot of time was spent by the writer imagining themselves in this character's shoes. If you're going to try and write someone from a perspective you don't understand I think it would be smarter to give them a more prominent role, as that forces the creator to spend more time trying to understand your character.

And yes, getting some feedback from living, breathing trans people probably wouldn't have been a bad idea either.
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Fox89

1 year ago

@Samplethief "Oh, there's an article I'm not interested in. I think I won't read it" = an easy thing to do.

There were 4 articles I noticed on the front page today that I wasn't interested in, so I didn't read them, comment them or moan about them. Grow up.
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Sumo Digital's Snake Pass is coming to Switch

Fox89

1 year ago

'Snake Pass' is also the name given to the A57 - the road connecting Sheffield (where Sumo Digital is based) and Glossop on the way to Manchester.
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Dirt 4 is more evidence that Codemasters is back on track

Fox89

1 year ago

@Beano The devs have confirmed they'll be 60fps on all platforms
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Dirt 4 announced, and it's out this year

Fox89

1 year ago

@Some_Goats According to an interview the lead designer did with Red Bull, Dirt 4 features 2 handling modes, one of which is the 'Simulation Handling' for all the DiRT Rally fans.

Presumably the other mode will be more akin to DiRT 3
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Fox89

1 year ago

@CrashOkami The career tracks are purpose built, 'Your Stage' is very much separate from that.
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Surgeon Simulator dev's latest looks like Splatoon meets Tony Hawk

Fox89

1 year ago

I'm kinda digging it, but it looks weird without people on the boards. Also a skateboarding game without horrendous bone-crunching bails lacks a certain something.
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Why Let it Die's microtransactions are great for the game

Fox89

1 year ago

It's finally happened, we're getting Stockholm Syndrome from microtransactions
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Finally, you can add 2-Step Verification to your PlayStation account

Fox89

2 years ago

Given I got hacked about a month ago and they refuse to refund me... this is both really good news and unbelievably frustrating.
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Disgruntled No Man's Sky players thrust Sony's PS4 refund policy back into the spotlight

Fox89

2 years ago

@SiroccoJetProp Can confirm! Currently down 120 because someone bought a bunch of unauthorised FIFA points on my account.

The customer service rep I spoke to said I seemed entitled for a refund but then their investigation team said they didn't count it as fraudulent so nothing doing.

They're absolutely appalling when it comes to this sort of thing.
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Sega announces two new Sonic games

Fox89

2 years ago

Two great pieces of news. The 'two Sonics' is clearly modern sonic and retro sonic, suggesting a game in the same style of Generations - a mix of 2D and 3D levels. As Generations is the best Sonic game since at least Adventure, this is a good news!

And proper 2D Sonic? What can I say - it's the way it's meant to be ^^
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Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness review

Fox89

2 years ago

@SpaceMonkey77 The Witcher is full of tropes as well, it's just very well executed. As are the games I mentioned.
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Fox89

2 years ago

A painfully undercooked Japanese RPG that shows how far the genre has fallen behind its western rivals.
Very unfair to lump the entire genre in with Star Ocean like that. Xenoblade is excellent. Tales of Xillia is excellent. Persona 5 looks incredible, and I haven't even touched on FFXV yet.

Oh, and let's not forget that Dark Souls is a JRPG as well.
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Watch: Aoife plays Max Payne for the first time

Fox89

2 years ago

I went through Max Payne in its entirety twice before I realised there was a non-shootdodge version of Bullet Time. So whenever I needed any slow motion for anything I would always have some form of dramatic leap.

The ones going up stairs were the worst.
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Digging into the exciting and unlikely fan-made KOTOR reboot Apeiron

Fox89

2 years ago

@vojtas It says right there in the article that they probably haven't spoken to anyone at Disney about this.

Most of these projects are fine until big gaming sites start posting articles about them. Then a few days later we see the "Fan remake of [GAME] cancelled after cease and desist notice".
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Fox89

2 years ago

The only reason Disney hasn't shut this down is because it wasn't on their radar. I don't expect that to last long, unfortunately.
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How bad exactly is Atari's Rollercoaster Tycoon World?

Fox89

2 years ago

The circus has always broken down in RCT games xD
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Uncovered: Final Fantasy 15 live report

Fox89

2 years ago

Hey Aoife, remember an hour or so ago when it all seemed really boring? xD Hope you had fun out there! Looking forward to some nice articles ^^
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Fox89

2 years ago

Aaah. These will transfer nicely to mobile devices xD
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Fox89

2 years ago

Ignis obeying the rules of the road like a boss
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Fox89

2 years ago

"CHERKERBERS"

That's it. That's what they're called now. It's been decided.
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Dirt Rally console review

Fox89

2 years ago

You can specify which repairs your mechanics make, but the combined time 'cost' of those repairs cannot exceed 30 seconds
*30 minutes. Any engineer that can fix a radiator leak in 30 seconds is no longer just good at his job, he's a wizard ^^
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Blizzard to remove Overwatch pose accused of reducing Tracer to “another bland female sex symbol”

Fox89

2 years ago

I will never understand why this kind of thing inspires such an impassioned response. "Game developer changes something based on feedback/criticism" is not an unusual thing. Yet for some reason when that change involves a characters butt it's front page news and hundreds of comments worth of anger.

If the headline was "Blizzard changes character's shoe colour" we'd all be wondering why the hell it was on the front page of Eurogamer. Surely the sensible thing when you see that headline is to just say "OK, fair enough, whatever," and not worry about it.
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Fallout 4 Season Pass currently free on UK PlayStation Store

Fox89

2 years ago

Not sure you should really be saying "grab it while you can" on this clear mistake.

"Hey, someone left their wallet on the table. Grab it while you can!"
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Development halted on troubled $660k Kickstarter success Unsung Story

Fox89

2 years ago

I backed this, and assuming they can't get it back on track then... well, that's very disappointing of course.

That's the danger of Kickstarter though. You gotta take the bad with the good. I'm not going to let a burn or two like this stop me from backing games in the future. If I ever feel bad about a Kickstarter pledge gone bad I'll just go back and play Divinity: Original Sin or Distance.

If you only gamble when you can afford to lose, it doesn't hurt too badly when you do.
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Here's the first Final Fantasy 7 gameplay footage

Fox89

2 years ago

Would I rather have just a shiny version of the original battle system? Yes.

However... I'd be lying if I said what I saw there didn't look really freaking cool! Also - Biggs and Jessie! And...Wedge I guess! Great to see those guys in their new HD glory

Yeah, the hype is still real.
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Payday 2 developer apologises after paid-for boosts blowup

Fox89

2 years ago

An apology is great and all, but the sincere apology costs 99p so I have mixed feelings about it.
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Halo 5's campaign goes back to basics - and it's all the better for it

Fox89

3 years ago

which, by the way, you watch thinking, 'I wish I was playing this
I never find that with flashy cutscenes. I'm nowhere near skillful enough to pull off the cool tricks and things they do in such things. Plus, if I'm focussing on shooting and blowing stuff up, I'm not really appreciating the flashiness of the sequence.

So I like a nice fancy cutscene from time to time as long as the gameplay between them is fun as well.
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Rollercoaster Tycoon World on track for December

Fox89

3 years ago

I'm optimistic that this'll be pretty good... but not at launch. From the progress we've seen the latest devs have turned it around well, but I'm not sure they've had enough time to get the breadth of content in that it really needs.

Still, a couple of good free content updates before they start asking for DLC, along with some mod support, gives me some real hope.
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