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Summer Games Done Quick reveals full speedrun schedule for 2018

Kami

2 days ago

@thisismatt - Not a problem. I'm just shocked to see it mentioned like, at all. :)
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Kami

2 days ago

Old faithfuls like Super Metroid and Ghost 'N Goblins are joined by more recent titles, including Cuphead, Enter the Dungeon, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Getting Over it with Bennett Foddy, and Redneck Rampage.
Uhh... do you mean Immortal Redneck? Because I remember Redneck Rampage from the 90's...

edit; Seems it is Redneck Rampage. Jeez. Haven't heard that game getting any focus in years!
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Dark Souls on Switch just got delayed

Kami

1 week ago

@Duffking - Would be interesting to know.

Something tells me that the Amiibo thing might have something to do with it; why delay the Amiibo otherwise? It's been next-to-impossible to find a Solaire Amiibo anywhere other than scummy soulless scalpers on eBay (though I did eventually get mine in with Amazon). You'd think they'd have increased production, or had a second wave but there's been nothing. The Solaire Amiibo is like a Unicorn right now; tons of people want it but it's no-where to be found. (Unless you want to check that tomb out in North Korea...)

But then, if it's the Amiibo causing issues... why delay the game? Yes, the "Praise the Sun" thing is cute but it's not like we can't and don't get it in-game naturally...

edit; Just realised... there's been no promised Network Test yet either. Which might be a problem as well.
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Arcade classic Toki is getting a gorgeous Switch remake later this year

Kami

3 weeks ago

@importvita - I'm still not-very-secretly pining for Plok! HD.
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Square Enix will start fixing its disappointing Chrono Trigger PC port soon

Kami

3 weeks ago

"an option to switch between the current high-resolution graphics, and the original graphical style of Chrono Trigger"
I'm amazed anyone could write that with a straight face. Best Joke of 2018 so far!

But no seriously Square Enix... where's my Secret of Evermore?
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Middle-earth: Shadow of War ripping out microtransactions and loot boxes

Kami

3 weeks ago

@ISeeEverything - I love that they have the gall to say now "it undermines the Nemesis System" - no shit, guys! It's only what we said would happen before the game was released. And what people said when the game was released. And have been saying for months.

Still... not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, if WB Interactive are running away from Loot Crates I'd say that little trend is pretty much dead. Would anyone like to say anything before we pour in the concrete?
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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch playable at E3

Kami

1 month ago

@imagonnawin - I sort of hope for Sakurai's sake it's Smash 5 proper; that way he can just leave some guys to add characters and take a nice long holiday away from this franchise to somewhere warm and sunny. Though I suppose Smash 4.5 is more likely; take the base Wii U version, gut out some characters, add new ones, add new stages and maybe some new modes. Job done, right?

Still, for those who think it couldn't be Smash 5 because "too soon"; Smash Bros. 4 was released October 2014. Bayonetta, the last DLC character, dropped February 2016. And the Wii U's lifespan was very short to boot.

Some developers/publishers push out stuff a LOT faster than that...
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Fortnite: iPhone X takes on Xbox One X

Kami

1 month ago

@riceNpea - Indeed and as they said, surely at this point a Switch port is just a matter of course.

Unlike this redesign... I mean, I get it... but just because we've had a lot of snow lately doesn't mean we all like this much white... :P
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Sega unleashes new Sonic Racing teaser

Kami

1 month ago

@VideoGameAddict25 - 90's had some good game music. I recently discovered an admittedly battered copy of my old Killer Cuts CD in a box.

Controlling Transmission is still awesome.
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Kami

1 month ago

*sings* Can you feel the sunshine? Does it brighten up your day? Don't you feel that sometimes you just need to run away? Reach out for the sunshine and forget about the rain, just think about the good times and they will come back again

What? Sonic R kinda blew but at least it had catchy music!
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Nintendo's holding a Direct-style showcase for indies on Switch next week

Kami

1 month ago

@kosmic2561 - Yup, latest is Blossom Tales sold 20x on Switch than it got on Steam, which has kept the studio that made it alive.

edit; weird link formatting issue. Fixed it!
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V-Rally returns later this year

Kami

1 month ago

Goodness, I remember this. I didn't even realise it got a PS2 version!

Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
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Cancelled Star Wars Battlefront 4 art shows dark side Luke, Jedi Maul

Kami

1 month ago

@doplerradar - I agree. Whilst I appreciate the necessities of sticking to canon, there's certainly a catharsis in a "What If?" side-story, an alternate universe and/or timeline. Games and comics do this a lot anyway so... what's the problem here?

The "Pink Vader" thing was stupid anyway; it's not as if SW Battlefront has any canonical merit to it at all, with characters from varying times all able to participate in events from other periods and all. Using "Canon" in that context is like trying to say Santa Claus and his reindeer ran over that dog in the street... in the middle of summer... in the middle of Plymouth.

If it had anything to do with "canon", they'd have a point... but it doesn't. So they don't.
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Super Smash Bros. announced for Nintendo Switch

Kami

2 months ago

Solaire for Smash?

... pweeeeease Mr. Nintendo?!
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Kami

2 months ago

... man, I could have sworn this was gonna be an E3 announcement.

Still, great to see Smash on Switch. Inklings are a good call. GIMME BACK MY ICE CLIMBERS THOUGH!
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There's going to be a Dark Souls amiibo

Kami

2 months ago

*Praising the Sun intensifies*
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Nintendo Direct scheduled for tomorrow

Kami

2 months ago

@clapiotis - Not a problem. Though admittedly, if Sony and Microsoft were to copy anything Nintendo does right now... I kinda wish it'd be the Direct idea. :)
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Kami

2 months ago

@clapiotis - Directs as they are right now are a Nintendo-only thing.

Sony has a couple expos a year, and Microsoft tends to turn up to stuff like Gamescom for some announcements.
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Bloodborne community rallying together for Return to Yharnam fan event

Kami

2 months ago

I love that this is a thing people do. :)
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Monster Hunter World is now Capcom's best-selling game of all time

Kami

2 months ago

@Slipstream - It's a lovely thing to see.

The thing is, I'm aware a lot of players moved onto MHW because... well... Destiny 2 and Star Wars: Battlefront II just turned them off. And that's not to diss those players (because they were right to be pissy) - only me noting that perhaps maybe possibly part of the success of MHW is the absolute cratering of support these other games have seen. After all... can we really assume these people would have bought MHW if their usual poison of choice was... you know... not insulting them?

But hey, never underestimate the power of blind freakin' luck at critical junctures. Seems to have worked for Nintendo lately... ;)
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It looks like Diablo is coming to Nintendo Switch

Kami

2 months ago

Blizzard knew exactly what it was doing, I don't buy this "random engagement" thing for a second.

After all the calculated moves it's made with Overwatch reveals and the rollout of Battle for Azeroth stuff, I'm sorry, I don't buy the "lol just SO random" nonsense. That's never Blizzard's style.

And if it somehow was just that and they didn't see this as a possible Switch tease exactly as the Switch turns a year old... well, someone is going to have a rough day at work on Monday...
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Nintendo Switch, one year on

Kami

2 months ago

@MrTomFTW - Yeah, but welcome to The Internet. Where some people think eating laundry detergent is a "challenge"...
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Kami

2 months ago

@gabloammar - It's the rush to capitalise on the success of the platform more than "an issue of shovelware"; there are good ports on the Switch, like DOOM, Skyrim (yes it has bugs but so does the PC version; I think expecting Bethesda to fix those for Nintendo was a tad optimistic) and I hear Outlast is a decent port too, as are the likes of Bayonetta 2.

The problem is some companies just want to -be there-, and they're not so much interested in quality as just being present and accounted for, like turning up to a drill in polka-dot y-fronts and wondering why everyone is looking at you with disgust, outrage and a little confusion. I mean, yes, you're there. But certain steps were skipped from the "getting out of bed" and the "I'm here sir yes sir" bit.

It's fine to say "Nintendo shouldn't allow it", but Sony hasn't been any better. Assassin's Creed: Unity anyone? Life of Black Tiger? There's plenty of 'shovelware' on the PS4 and PS Store. It's just part and parcel of the gaming market. The eShop is at the same risk as any other online store front; the need to be seen with volume, quantity over quality tends to be a thing because bigger is better or something like that.

I think the Switch just has quite a few exceptional stand-out games that it distracts from that, and to have essentially a killer app there from launch - and then a good few more during the first year - was enough to draw attention away from things like Vroom! In The Night Sky.

But as it gets a little slower and the games spot out more, eyeballs turn to the eShop and people go... wow... there -is- a fair chunk of crap here, isn't there?

note; I love my Switch though. Just being realistic. :)
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A duck, a boar and a human walk into Funcom's new mutant strategy game

Kami

2 months ago

@Malazan - I remember loving it. I still remember the bloody first level music. It never stops IT WILL NEVER STOP!

... though that said, I still remember Quartet's first-level music all these years later.
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Kami

2 months ago

Hence Dux, the crossbow-wielding duck...
... and am I the only person who just got flashbacks to Dynamite Dux on the Sega Master System?

Not that I'm complaining, I remember liking it, but still... I need a little warning before the wibbly-wobbly flashback filters kick in dammit!
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Civilization 6's sexist leaders are getting tweaked

Kami

2 months ago

@disusedgenius - I can understand that, perhaps make "Nuclear Overlord Ghandi" a checkable option in a menu somewhere...

edit; Or level it a bit and make more Alternate Leader variations with varying silly results...
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Kami

2 months ago

@disusedgenius - Nuclear Ghandi is a running joke and I'm sure they're doing it on purpose now. Which I'm kind of okay with but I'd at least like some visual changes as he goes from "I harm no-one" to "Here's my nukes, now bring me my wenches!"

And yes, it's all a little clumsy but that's the Civ series for you, it's always been a tad rough around the edges and it's very often needed a lot of tinkering under the hood. I love its charms and everything but it is often a pound of good ideas in a half-pound bag...
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Dynasty Warriors 9 review - long-awaited reboot falls flat

Kami

2 months ago

@porkface - Hey, you can't ignore the original game. I can't anyway because it's bloody hilarious that this series sprouted from what was a pretty rudimentary Soul Edge-alike.

But no, this series doesn't really work as an open-world game. I'm more surprised they haven't taken more key lessons from their crossovers, the Nintendo ones in particular, as adding in interesting new mechanisms like the Item Wheel and the Grid System and Unit Orders and stuff like that seems to help haul up, lift and support what's already there.

I think this is the strange moment where I recommend everything BUT the mainline series...
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Kami

2 months ago

Uhh, sorry to be "that guy" but...

Dynasty Warriors, the vanguard of the musou genre having helped start it all some 18 years ago, has born the brunt of the criticisms in recent years...
I think you'll find that was Dynasty Warriors 2. The original Dynasty Warriors was a 1997 PS1 fighting game with a mere 16 characters *gasp*.
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PlayStation's official Nike shoe launch laced with problems

Kami

2 months ago

@WalnutSoap - Shoes are awesome, we all need them, right?

I mean, as long as you don't have a thousand pairs with most of them languishing in a cupboard having never been worn and all...
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It's 2018 and people are still blaming Grand Theft Auto for speeding

Kami

2 months ago

@Zero_g - Some people say that's not art but I say they're wrong!

But seriously, I don't believe movies, music or games make anyone do anything they wouldn't otherwise be inclined to do.

The guy is supposedly a nervous wreck anyway from the report, surely that would be a better first line of defence than "GTA made me do it guv! Honest!"?
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Kami

2 months ago

@the_dudefather - Sadly I don't think I can do that on a mobility scooter.

*ponders*

No, no Kami. That's a stupid thought and you should absolutely not test this out...
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New Fear Effect sequel comes out in March

Kami

2 months ago

@jabberwocky - Really? Awesome, will probably have a better reason to play the remake then!

Still, I do recall Retro Helix being the prequel, since the characters had only just met at that point.
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Kami

2 months ago

I'm figuring this takes place between Fear Effect 2 and the original Fear Effect. Since there's a fairly good reason why this can't really take place AFTER the first Fear Effect...

Still, glad to see this series getting a revival, even if I am more excited for the remake.
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Splatoon 2's main stars are getting their own amiibo

Kami

2 months ago

I am still amazed Splatoon took off the way it did, and enough that both Off the Hook and Callie and Marie actually have something resembling an actual real musical career.

Full credit to the team behind Splatoon, wasn't this one of Nintendo's "Garage" projects at one stage? Now it's turning into one of their bigger IP's.

... hmm, there's a lesson in there somewhere. Anyone got a canary?
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Fire Emblem Warriors' second chunk of character DLC arrives next week

Kami

2 months ago

@Mr.Spo : The History Mode maps are where I had a lot of fun. Plenty to be doing and more of those maps is fine by me. As people have said, if you're enjoying it - see where you're at once you start tying up some of the History maps.

If I have a personal gripe - and I do - it's that Fire Emblem: Warriors is nowhere near as challenging as Hyrule Warriors was/is. It shouldn't take most people very long to clear the History Mode; I got it for Christmas and because I had that kind of time (and have spent more time waiting around whilst we sort out paperwork for a new wheelchair), in a couple weeks I had pretty much cleared everything. I was having a ball so I got the Season Pass and got more stuff to do.

That said, the DLC adds in character specific weapons and upgrades, as well as new skills to inherit and switch up the play style a bit. There's arguably very good reason to buy the DLC in that sense - it amazes me this DLC pack is what introduces Anna's Bow, for example, when I've already had the craziest of good times with her (I never understood "waifu" before but Anna would TOTALLY be my waifu of choice!).

It's complicated. I was having a good enough time that I spent the cash - perhaps also helped along by the fact it was a present so y'know.

But seriously, Xenoblade 2 is awesome and you should look at finishing that. :P
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Kami

3 months ago

Excellent. Can't wait for more of this. Must admit I'd prefer some more actual weapon types but I understand this is the Fire Emblem way and so it must remain as-is...

Really surprised no-one commented here yet. This game is great!
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The Surge 2 announced

Kami

3 months ago

Echoing the love for The Surge here. It's not perfect, but I liked it and it had some really interesting ideas going on. Good to see it get a sequel.

... even though I'd much rather more Lords of the Fallen get more love... I'd have loved LOTF more without all the sound issues and crashing...
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Nintendo Switch outsold Wii U in less than a year

Kami

3 months ago

@sarcasticjones - I said before years ago, if I had been paid for Nintendo marketing stuff I'd have insisted it took on the much more successful DS branding and called it the Home DS, or HDS. By the time the Wii U landed, the Wii brand was on its way out, so staying with the DS branding would have been a much better idea. It would also have encouraged 3DS games getting ports to the home unit.

But that's hindsight. It's always 20-20. And without the Wii U, the Switch as it stands probably wouldn't even exist. So the Wii U was just a necessary blip on the road to better things.

It deserves to do this well. Fire Emblem Warriors is eating the hours for me. Nooooo... don't give me Hyrule Warriors as well it'll destroy me...
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You'll soon have to spend twice as much for the same number of reward points at GAME

Kami

3 months ago

Jeez, can't remember the last time I went into a GAME store. Pretty sure I have a loyalty card somewhere around here, in one of the drawers.

But after making my niece cry and trying to shunt her with download codes, I will go literally anywhere else than GAME.
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Nintendo is shutting down Miitomo, its first smartphone game

Kami

3 months ago

@Gmessad - I don't know if I want the Mii thing to stay, see an upgrade or y'know, go away entirely. #itscomplicated.

But I do know that I enjoyed Tomodachi Life a fair bit, and the music scene sharing thing gave us some wonderfully ludicrous moments.

It also sold 5+ million units. So it's not like it was some weird thing that got overlooked...
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Kami

3 months ago

I'm kind of hoping this means a new Tomodachi Life game for the Switch is in the works.
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John Cena in talks to star in a Duke Nukem movie

Kami

3 months ago

@MadJack1812 - My first thought was, "Oh god, Uwe Boll is back."

Then I saw Michael Bay's supposed involvement and thought, "You know, now I'd prefer Uwe Boll on the project."

...

And now I'm going to take a wirebrush to my body to scrub the disgust off.
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Bungie apologises again after another bad week for Destiny 2

Kami

3 months ago

Sad to see Bungie reduced to this.

They keep insisting they'll "do better" and they keep cocking things up. Surely fans of this game deserve better?
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Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition review

Kami

3 months ago

@[STARS]TyranT - I am a little bit hard on RE7. I didn't like it in the end, but I appreciate I am a minority on that front.

It's not just Capcom though - there are many games out there where the business is undermining the content, hence why I said that isolating the game away from the at times ludicrous business practices is an increasingly difficult task.

I can't envy reviewers right now in that regard.
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Kami

3 months ago

@spamdangled - You say that, but it must also be pointed out (I don't have a dog in this fight, btw, I tried SF5 - too slow for me, sorry) that with current trends and backlashes that it is also becoming increasingly hard to isolate the actual game underneath. Particularly when the business surrounding game releases has become such a cavalcade of crap lately (and this does get harder on a re-release).

I don't envy people reviewing games right now; it's a thankless task and there's no right answers in most cases.

... I do think a two-year wait for this is a bit daft though. Capcom is kind of pushing this whole "Early Access" thing; RE7 was just as guilty of that, with a chunk of content delayed almost the entire year... I'm not sure I'm okay with that, even if the end results are decent...
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Nintendo has announced Nintendo Labo, a bizarre new interactive cardboard toy line

Kami

3 months ago

@beanchance - I've been thinking about that;

1 x Labo Software (Which is probably a full-price 45 Switch game)

The Pop-Out-Cut Cardboard; this has to be specifically and carefully designed, manufactured and packaged to avoid damage and/or defects, otherwise it's entirely useless as a product. On Amazon, these range from 5 to 25, depending on the complexity of the design/model - the more parts, the more complex production is and the more expensive the model set is.

(Labo is quite complex so let's say it's the full 25, meaning we're already up to 70!)

Then there's all the boring stuff - shipping, packaging, handling, taxes and overheads, material costs...

I don't see Nintendo making much on this.
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Kami

3 months ago

@Mr.Spo - Nintendo got outside the box, gazed upon the box and thought, "Hmm. What if we just cut it up and rebuilt it?"
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Kami

3 months ago

@Cringles88 - I think that also includes the game software as well, which by the looks of it is required to make this stuff come to life.

It's a really nice idea. I remember this sort of stuff when I was a kid but not like this.

I'm guessing most of the "cardboard packs" will be sold separately at a much lower cost.
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Nintendo Switch announcement tonight to reveal "new interactive experience"

Kami

3 months ago

I suspect this is probably their Online Network thing, at least it would make sense to be.

Can't see it being a game or a peripheral, seeing as (a) we just had a Direct last week and Scribblenauts was revealed on its own and (b) I can't see this being a new controller or 3DS at this point, when Switch hype is at fever-pitch.

The sensible conclusion with the whole "for kids and kids at heart" is the new online network.

I'm probably wrong, but it just seems like the most obvious and logical conclusion.
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