Ghibli

Why it's time for a PS4 Demon's Souls remake

Ghibli

22 hours ago

@CoffeeJezus I'll give it a whirl. DD has almost the same place in my heart as DS, probably because of the Harryhausen connotations you mention. Hell, we have a squirrel in our garden that I've named after him because she moves like she was animated by him.

/not obssessed :)
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Ghibli

22 hours ago

@CoffeeJezus If you still have that love for Harryhausen ( and haven't already done this) I implore you to get Dragon's Dogma now and do nothing else until you've finished. The game is an absolute love letter to the man.
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Ghibli

23 hours ago

I imported this when I got whipped up in the excitement on EG forums about some livestreams coming from Japan at the time. It looked absolutely like nothing else I'd ever played. As soon as I could order the Asian version from HK, I did. It arrived the day I came down with adult-onset chickenpox ( truly awful thing) and kept me sane throughout. I can't imagine any other game transporting me away from that in the way Demon's Souls did. They should have it in hospitals.

I've been a Soulsbore ever since. I'd lap up a remake in a heartbeat.
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Can you discover games for yourself in the algorithmic age?

Ghibli

6 days ago

@Galactic_Inquisitor totally agree. I feel like Demon's Souls was "mine" because I imported the Asian version on launch and I was totally blind.

To this day it's one of my defining games. I go in blind with all Souls games these days but nothing matches the first one when nobody (looking at you EG) was making guides and imo removing half the fun as a result.
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Hitchcock, God of War and the long take

Ghibli

2 weeks ago

@Ivattthestanier couldn't agree more. ('tog here too). I'm in two minds about the level of craft on display here. It's impressive, certainly from a user experience point of view, but when I saw the fluff piece about the cinematographer who worked on it all I could think about really was the fact that every time the user takes over, that's a cut. The cinematographer gets to set up a new scene etc so I'm still not sold on it as a major technical achievement. I get what's involved but I don't think it stands up to scrutiny at the same level as film does.

I ended up having a discussion with a friend a few weeks ago about that documentary and actually used Rope as an example. His argument is that the user experience is the thing, and I guess that's true, but when you understand the smoke and mirrors its not quite as magical imo.
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The new bloom of Q-Games

Ghibli

2 weeks ago

Dylan, if you read this, thank you so much for TTC. As a child of the Cold War, it did a weirdly comforting thing to my brain and enabled me to describe that era to my own child in a way that eluded me previously. I adored that weird, weird chimaera of a game and still can't bring myself to delete it even if all I have is the title screen. If there was some way for you to do a spiritual sequel I'd be all over it.

It was a sad day when it was shut down, even if most folk didn't get it, and Sony didn't understand how to sell it. Doesn't come as a surprise that it was a bad decision from the corporate overlords that sent it on its wobbly path to doom though.

All that said, I'm all over PJM2 on switch. Day one for me. It looks as gloriously odd as every PixelJunk game should. They're always worth it. Hell, my daughter and I still play Nom Nom Galaxy on occasion, and we bought that on launch too.
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How one enterprising fan brought Demon's Souls back to life

Ghibli

2 weeks ago

Well done ymgve. Thanks for taking the action. I've never done the alternative server thing before but I might now for DeS. First game I ever imported.

" it was more important to have the world filled with messages and bloodstains, feeling like it did when the official servers were up. Those elements are part of what makes the Soulsborne games so unique to me"

I couldn't agree more. For me it's those connecting elements and systems that make a Souls game, at least as much as the combat and dread. It's why I found LotF and its successor just a tad empty and almost literally soulless. Souls-less? Although I do appreciate what they're trying to do.

I think the genre needs to embrace those elements to really shine.

Anyway. Great stuff. Good to hear there's folk out there trying to preserve it. As others have said, here's hoping this is what Bluepoint are working on.
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Below re-emerges with the promise of a 2018 release - and it looks like it'll be worth the wait

Ghibli

3 weeks ago

I've been waiting patiently for this for so long. So happy to see it's finally breaking free of dev hell. You've made it sound mouth-watering, Wes. Lovely piece of writing.
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PlayStation VR is beginning to feel a bit like the Vita

Ghibli

3 weeks ago

@Gizmopop totally agree. I did say it was the prevailing notion rather than any actual reality. My time on the vita was with games like Freedom Wars etc so I know that was where its strengths lay.

But my memory of its coverage by the media and subsequent conversations with gamer friends is all about that notion that it needed more bite sized games.

As you know, it really didn't. The fact that it was kept alive by jrpgs speaks to that quite clearly :)

My point is more that there's been a similar conversation around VR and imo that notion is similarly wrong. =)
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Ghibli

3 weeks ago

I loved my vita but it always seemed to me that it was doomed by the then prevailing notion that it needed bite sized gaming that could easily be picked up and left off while traveling etc.

What saved it but also completely hemmed it in was its surprise adoption as a jrpg and indie machine. As you say, thankfully Switch has proved the bite sized gaming idea wrong.

I feel much the same way about VR. While there are games that will only really work in VR; for me by far the most successful games are the ones just drop me into a world that I could play on a TV as well. Example: Skyrim resi and wipeout, oh my god, Wipeout.

There are obviously psvr exclusive games that are amazing but for it to truly succeed I really believe more developers need to embrace it as a mode in their mainstream games.

And that includes Sony themselves. Wipeout should have been a launch title imo, the developers were clearly of the opinion that gamers wouldn't take to it. GT Sport's support until last week was lacklustre, and still needs more imo.

Who knows. Maybe this is all a taster for a more fully fledged ps5 or psvr 2 outing. All of that said, at this point psvr is well worth it imo. There's so much good stuff out there for it that the purchase would be justified anyway.

All it needs now really, I guess, is for journalists to stop the trite jokes about buckets and be a bit less curmudgeonly about it all. It's nice to finally see EG giving the format a little bit of attention.

Edit: autocarrot
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WipEout Omega Collection's PSVR upgrade arrives today

Ghibli

1 month ago

Yeeeeeeeessssssss! \o/
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PlayStation Plus, Nier Automata, 4K TVs and more

Ghibli

1 month ago

"Harman Kardon"

What, no spoonerisms? I'm disappointed.
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V-Rally returns later this year

Ghibli

1 month ago

@VirtuaIceMan I'd be torn if that were the case. DR is still by far the best rally game out there and it would be awesome to see them get the full licence and model the real stages. I felt Dirt 4 was a disappointment because of the Your Stage stuff tbh, so actual stages would be a win for me.

But... I honestly think WRC7 is a bloody good rally game. Compared to their dire previous attempts, especially. It certainly outclasses Milestone. It would be a shame to see that progress halted.
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Ghibli

1 month ago

Cannot wait. I basically had the series on a drip feed from the late 90s until they stopped.

Had they announced this a couple of years ago I'd have been concerned about the involvement of kylotonn, but wrc 7 is a brilliant rally game. They're closing in on a handing sweet spot that I'm really happy with. This, from someone who feels Dirt Rally is the pinnacle of rally games.

WRC7 is well worth looking at while you wait for v rally 4 imo.
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Nintendo Switch is getting Dark Souls Remastered

Ghibli

4 months ago

Get in! #LifeWellSpent
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Sting to star in American folklore game Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

Ghibli

4 months ago

Love the developer name. Fellow fans of Long Earth perhaps?
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Jelly Deals: Indie Mega Week Sale on at Humble

Ghibli

4 months ago

@VideoGameAddict25 Bummer if so. Although it does have the windows store logo next to the steam one. I'll give it punt anyway. It's only a tenner-ish. :)
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Ghibli

4 months ago

Is Cuphead play anywhere? I might get that if so.
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Fortnite 50v50 may be bringing the game's original dream back to life

Ghibli

5 months ago

orgy of construction
***Insert erection joke here***
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Is Xenoblade Chronicles 2 too ambitious for Switch's mobile mode?

Ghibli

5 months ago

It's a weird one. In photography terms it's like they've turned the clarity slider to 100%. I'm almost never bothered by the usual things DF turns up, but this does seem quite a bit too aggressive in HH mode. Docked seems decent to me though. .
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Free-to-play PS4 hack-and-slasher Let It Die is holding a World of Tanks collaboration event

Ghibli

5 months ago

I actually got very into this when it launched. Must give it another go. It was one of the more interesting souls like games in terms of the underlying systems.

I'm not a massive Suda 51 fan ( too scatological for me) but I really liked the madness he injected into this.
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After nine years, Demon's Souls' servers are going offline for good

Ghibli

5 months ago

@Merdalor it's not like the kiddie version is it? Awful awful experience.
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Ghibli

5 months ago

This makes me sad. Demon's souls seemed like a magical exotic thing to me when it first emerged in Japan. It was the first game I ever imported because I HAD to have it as soon as I saw it. I just happened to get adult onset chicken pox ( something you really don't want) when it arrived, and it was Demon's Souls that kept me from going completely mental for the three weeks I was laid up. It just felt so unlike anything I'd ever seen before.

While other Souls games have arguably surpassed it, I don't think any of them can match the impact of the first time people fired up Demon's Souls. The whole interconnectedness of it all was quite mind-blowing at the time. I cannot believe it's been 9 years. Oddly enough, I'm just starting my 3rd playthrough of Bloodborne and was literally just thinking about how much it felt to me like a successor to Demon's Souls in some ways, over the Dark series.

Thanks From and the other parties involved, for keeping it alive for this long. I realise it's still playable offline, but it's those messages, those ghosts, those phantoms that were the thing for me really. Hopefully some day we'll see a remake.
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After Star Wars Battlefront 2, EA changes Need for Speed Payback loot crates, progression

Ghibli

5 months ago

It does sound like the actual developers are starting to win the arguments over the suit/suits who are insisting on all this crap in the first place.

Hopefully it's not the usual approach of temporary U-turn until it's forgotten about followed by a much slower reintroduction of near identical crap with a different name.
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How to fix Star Wars Battlefront 2

Ghibli

5 months ago

Stop farting about, EA, and let DICE rip it out.
Very very well said Bertie. And the above point is an important one. I feel sorry for DICE here. Their years of hard work has been shat on from a great height by EA and its corporate psychopathy. I don't expect the incompetent higher ups to understand why they can't do this anymore, but understanding simply that they can't is a big step forward.

Hopefully they'll let DICE get on with the job.
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Arms 4.0 releases tomorrow, and will introduce a new character

Ghibli

5 months ago

@porkface It really is a gem of a game. The art direction is indeed spectacular, you're right. The real key though is how simple it is to ( literally ) grasp.

I hadn't played it for a couple of months, but we fired it up last weekend as we had visitors round. None had played it before, but immediately got the basics, and started to get into the deeper mechanics pretty quickly too.

Those that didn't play, had a hoot watching. Superb fighter, and the perfect antidote to the combo heavy dexterity fighters I was beginning to grow tired of.
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Making our own adventures in Dragon's Dogma

Ghibli

5 months ago

@FASELI agreed. I love the fact that we're fighting "there be monsters here" creatures straight from the maps of old.

It's actually so rarely done in games.

Edit: had to repost. EG had some kind of fit
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Ghibli

5 months ago

Have to say, I disagree about the world and creatures being unremarkable. You even hint at it in your argument. The whole game is a love letter to Harryhausen. It's in every frame of creature animation and every sentence of the hokey dialogue.

It's one of the reasons I love the game so much. It brings Harryhausen to life in the same way he brought clay to life.
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Hob and Torchlight developer Runic Games has been closed

Ghibli

6 months ago

That's terrible news. Hob is fantastic.
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Housemarque brings "longstanding commitment to the arcade genre to an end"

Ghibli

6 months ago

What a downer. Resogun was perfection.

Still, Housemarque in other genres could be exciting. Keep it neon Housemarque!
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David Cage on Detroit and its depiction of domestic violence

Ghibli

6 months ago

I do think there seems to be a weirdly large proportion of the games media reacting badly to being challenged in this way by certain games. I'm not sure I understand why that is tbh. There was a mixed reaction to the TLOU trailer as well. Sightly reactionary imo.
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Nintendo has quietly added GameCube controller support to Switch

Ghibli

6 months ago

I loved my cube controller. Couldn't persuade the majority of my mates of its excellence though. Largely I think because they tried to hold it like a PlayStation controller, but imo it was designed to sit in your hand not be gripped.

I might have to try and dig mine out. Hopefully it's survived my last house move. Anyone know if there are good replicas around?
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Nintendo Switch system update 4.0 adds video capture - for four games

Ghibli

6 months ago

So the article in the switch news section says "List as of 19/10/2017. Many more titles will be adding support in the future."

But yeah the clickbaity subheading was probably preferable I guess.
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Activision patents matchmaking system designed to encourage microtransactions

Ghibli

6 months ago

@bad09 agreed. I actually bought skins to show my appreciation for not splitting the community. Is it still easy to find a match? Not played in months.
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Ghibli

6 months ago

@bad09 I'm pretty convinced EA sent TF2 out to die between cod and bf precisely to prove that the "decent" model didn't work.

Might fire it up again tonight.
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Ghibli

6 months ago

Wouldn't surprise me if the blue ghost rider head from destiny 1 was a test run. There needs to be transparency here, a proper run down of what your chances are of getting what you want from loot boxes and a warning that this is gambling before you click buy.

In the meantime, I'll be mostly avoiding EA and Activision.
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EA has shut down Visceral Games

Ghibli

6 months ago

FFS EA, just let the talent do their job and stop letting focus groups dictate game design. Design by committee, the worst, most creatively bankrupt form of design in existence.


This will stem directly from whatever corporate psychopath is at the head of this particular tree, guaranteed. Poor old visceral will have been pulled by the nose from pillar to post because some twat in a suit was shit at his job, but had slippery shoulders.

Fuck you EA.
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Sony to release indie game on Nintendo Switch

Ghibli

6 months ago

I was one of the few that tried to back the failed Tiny Metal KS. So so glad they got an Unreal grant to get it finished after that because it looks bloody brilliant, and a true update to Advance Wars imo. Can't wait.
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Nintendo's half-arsed online cripples FIFA 18 on Switch

Ghibli

7 months ago

Clearly there is the capability for playing with friends or (as you have already mentioned ) Splatoon 2, Arms and MK8 ( iirc even Fast RMX had a friend's feature edit: yes it does after update 1.2) would be bereft of such features. Unless you categorically know this is down to Nintendo rather than EA, who have a history of poor support for both Nintendo and handhelds in general, then this just comes off as a petulant rant sans any research at all.

Nintendo's online service is definitely below par right now, but this article is seriously on the same level as regards journalism.

Edit: clarity
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Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud is coming to Switch… in Japan

Ghibli

7 months ago

I'd have to assume if they really are streaming the game via the "cloud" then even downloading off the Japanese eShop will be pointless as the lag would be horrendous?

/hopes dashed
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Absolver review

Ghibli

8 months ago

@Galactic_Inquisitor totally agree. I often get frustrated at what the clones try to copy.

For me, it's about atmosphere, world building, and underlying (non combat ) systems. Rolling and turtling ( much as I enjoy them in DS) do not a souls like make.

I played a fair bit of this yesterday and by that criteria, *for me* this is far more a souls game than many of the clones. Although I feel the term is overused now and is starting to become restrictive.
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Microsoft and PlayerUnknown dance around the thorny issue of Battlegrounds console exclusivity

Ghibli

8 months ago

That Mike Ybarra interview was one of the most infuriating double talk interviews I've ever seen. They need a Shu in their squad. I thought Phil Spencer was that guy. Clearly I was wrong.
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Slime Rancher is the poop-farming sim you didn't know you needed

Ghibli

8 months ago

My 11 year old is mad for this. I've played a bit and was fairly impressed although the harvest moon / stardew games aren't my bag.

Definitely highly recommend it for parents to try with their kids though.
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F1 2017 review

Ghibli

8 months ago

A touring car game by codies... Ohhhh baby what a wonderful dream.
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Shenmue 3 reveals new in-engine footage in Gamescom trailer

Ghibli

8 months ago

The trolls will be all over this at launch anyway because of its Sony console exclusivity. That's what this is really about isn't it?
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Ghibli

8 months ago

Jeffrey, while I enjoy your reviews etc, the sneering attempts at agenda setting about visual styles which don't fit your personal aesthetic is a bit much at times. C.f. This and your nidhogg 2 review; neither of which are offensive to look at and work brilliantly in their own contexts.

I'd rather have visually interesting games like this and nidhogg than bland homogenised beige games that seem to be your requirement. The character design here works perfectly in the context of Shenmue. It would probably be very weird to see them looking photo realistic.
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Titanfall's smartphone game offers a possible insight into why the series is struggling

Ghibli

9 months ago

There was a clear agenda to the way TF2 was released and it has everything to do with them doing the right thing re: DLC.
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Sundered review

Ghibli

9 months ago

I've been gripped by this since launch day. It's great for just dipping into but I often find myself playing for a couple of hours if I find myself making progress.

I really like the way the procedural map works. You still know where key areas are but the route to them or between them always changes. Also, the animation is sublime. In some ways it reminds me of the first time I played Prince of Persia.

Currently on the first main boss. I've nearly taken it down twice but by the end of that fight is nearly impossible to see your own character because so much is going on, on the screen.

I think if you like Dead Cells, you might like this. Although personally, It's made me want to go and play Jotun, a game I nearly pulled the trigger on a number of times.
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Sit comfortably, there's an official adult Witcher colouring book

Ghibli

9 months ago

Top subheading. Although I had to read it in something close to cockney before I realised it wasn't a typo ;)
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Playing Civilization as Trump

Ghibli

9 months ago

@DarthZA after so many months of precious EG readers getting their noses out of joint because of (I'm guessing here ): women writing funny articles/ putting some of the real world in to games writing/ putting your right wing nose out of joint, quite frankly I couldn't give a fuck what you or your broflake brethren consider "winning".
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