Kiigan

Quarrel

Kiigan

7 years ago

The XBLA version actually never came out. I'm sure it will eventually though.

Nice review Mr Donlon.
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Splinter Cell HD Trilogy release date

Kiigan

7 years ago

@TFM_Excalibur

That is incorrect.
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Konami wants to "re-imagine" MGS in HD

Kiigan

7 years ago

It should not take much effort to fix up Twin Snakes and make it a more authentic remake of the way MGS played, if that's what you want. The point is that most of this work with respect to visual fidelity etc has been tackled already with Twin Snakes. Why start over?
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Retrospective: The Acorn Archimedes

Kiigan

7 years ago

Don't forget Saloon Cars Deluxe
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Rock Band 3

Kiigan

8 years ago

Looking forward to seeing mums bringing their kids' guitar controllers into GAME to get the truss rod adjust / action set up nicely / neck refretted!

As for RB3, the omission of a free jam mode for guitar & keys seems like deal breaker to me.
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Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Kiigan

8 years ago

"frat-buddy chat"

I really don't think any of the cast of Bad Company went to university.
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Splinter Cell: Conviction - Personality

Kiigan

9 years ago

Is Sam using Just For Men? Looks like he's lost the bit of grey.
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EA's Jack the Ripper will be a hero

Kiigan

9 years ago

What. The. Fuck.
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Halo 3: ODST

Kiigan

9 years ago

FWIW I have no complaint about Tom's review, which was excellent as always. Well, perhaps it was a little spoilerific...
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Kiigan

9 years ago

In fairness, the inclusion of the Halo 3 multiplayer diisk with all the post-release maps represents quite a bit of added value... after all, some of those maps are still paid-for downloadable content on Xbox Live. Considering ODST is abuot 2/3rds the price of Halo 3, this seems like a bargain to me overall.
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Activison predicts console-free future

Kiigan

9 years ago

Many excellent, well-considered points guys.

If I worked at Activision, like most of you here I'd be disgusted to think that the execs at the top who make the financial decisions for the company (let's call them "money men") are so concerned with things like profitability, keeping the company in the black, ensuring salaries get paid and future games get funded. What a bastard! What does he think the games business is, a business or something?

Personally I'd like to see game devs granted charitable status. My idea is that Lenny Henry, Jonathan Ross, and a token games guy (Peter Molyneux?) could host "Games Aid", an event that sees people all over the country raise funds for our ailing game devs. Perhaps occasionally they could cut to some clips of Billy Connolly welling up on camera as he travels the country and sees for himself the tragic state of various games studio's balance sheets.
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Kiigan

9 years ago

In fairness, there are some importants parts of the Gamespot piece that are omitted here, and it changes the meaning somewhat:

Gamespot said:
"The executive said that he has tried to instill into the company culture "skepticism, pessimism, and fear" of the global economic downturn, adding, "We are very good at keeping people focused on the deep depression."

Makes a bit more sense with the bit in bold, doesn't it? It's hard to tell from a sentence taken out of context like that by a gaming site, but he's speaking at a Deutsche Bank tech conference about how his company is focused on the bottom line and being mindful of the global economic climate.

As for "taking the fun out of making games" my interpretation is that he's talking about being thrifty as a company - ie they aren't like fucking Google with a bunch of child-men zooming around on segways and pissing about with nerf guns or whatever. He's trying to make his company sound like a serious business that focuses on the bottom line. Sounds about the right tone to adopt when speaking at a Deutsche Bank event, no?. If only he'd known that mouth-breathing gametards would be poring over his every word, perhaps he'd have mentioned a new rifle for Modern Warfare 2 or something. Speaking as a mouth-breathing gametard, it seems clear we weren't the intended audience.

But carry on with your righteous indignation by all means chaps :)
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Saviour Machine

Kiigan

9 years ago

I don't understand why this article seems to suggest that game developers should be researching AI. Fundamentally, "AI" is a very different field to what is sometimes termed "videogame AI" , with very different goals. For any company who wants to create entertainment, there isn't always a lot of overlap between the two areas.

Of course there HAVE been plenty of advances in "videogame AI" over the years, but when it is done well you won't really notice, because that's the point of it. You'll just enjoy the game.

In my opinion, to date there have been very few examples of "proper AI" actually yielding fun results in a game. If someone wants to piss about with learning systems and neural networks that's great, but such effort isn't always aligned (or even vaguely compatible) with creating a game that is entertaining and fun to play. In truth, often the crudest smoke-n-mirrors / finite state machine approach to "videogame AI" can produce the most fun results. There are always exceptions of course, but until such AI research is proven to yield entertaining game experiences, there's little to compel game devs to piss away money on it.
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Live Brutal Legend Q&A today!

Kiigan

9 years ago

Could someone punch him for that "Meat Circus" level in Psychonauts please?

Then hug him for Grim Fandango.
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Another Code R: A Journey Into Lost Memories

Kiigan

9 years ago

About 6 hours into it and really enjoying it. I liked Another Code and Hotel Dusk on DS as well.
For fans of the genre, it is definitely worth playing IMO.
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A tale of Monkey Island

Kiigan

9 years ago

I think perhaps my greatest concern based on the screenshots is that it really does look like a Monkey Island reskin of the standard Telltale formula, which is getting a little stale by now to be honest. To the best of my knowledge, they've never made anything approaching the quality of the original Escape From Monkey Island in terms of writing, puzzles or scale.

Brave of them to have a go though, I await the results with interest.
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EyePet

Kiigan

9 years ago

It's a bit ugly and creepy looking isn't it?
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Uncharted 2 Multiplayer Beta: First Impressions and Video

Kiigan

9 years ago

Couldn't find a game.
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E3: Trico finally shown, renamed

Kiigan

9 years ago

Still no release date :( Surely it's been in development for years now...
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E3: Bungie working on Halo: Reach?

Kiigan

9 years ago

@JIGSAW

To date, there have been three Halo titles releases over an 8 year period.
Yeah, it's a fucking avalanche isn't it!
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Rhythm Paradise

Kiigan

9 years ago

The first Rhythm Tengoku game for GBA is much better IMO.
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Prince turned down Guitar Hero deal

Kiigan

9 years ago

@BlackKraken

Quite lot of people actually. The man still makes interesting music, and he's still one of the best performers around. He filled 21 nights in the O2 in 2007, and his current album Lotusflow3r got to #2 in the US despite a very limited release.

Don't worry, he didnt say anything disparaging about Guitar Hero, so you geeks can relax.
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Kiigan

9 years ago

Prince is an incredible guitarist, one of the best around.

And I bought my first electric when I was 12, purely so I could learn to play Prince stuff. So he has a point :)
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Still Life 2 demo available

Kiigan

9 years ago

As long as there is no baking this time around...
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Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust

Kiigan

9 years ago

"it's not fun to play and it's less erotic than psoriasis"

Oh yeah, let's have a go at psoriasis sufferers now, coz they haven't suffered enough!

Bastards.
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GDC: iPhone graphics eclipsing DS and PSP

Kiigan

9 years ago

That's great news about the graphics! How's the battery life?
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Three brand new demos on Xbox Live

Kiigan

9 years ago

GRIN aren't "behind" games like GRAW and GRAW2. They handled the PC ports.
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2K boss hits out at "crappy" Wii titles

Kiigan

9 years ago

Well said Stu Campbell.
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Kiigan

9 years ago

When we're all finished being terribly clever... Carnival Games is actually pretty decent.
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Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2008: 10-1

Kiigan

9 years ago

Hey idiots, these lists represent Eurogamer's opinions, not yours. Make your own list if you want to.

Personally I probably wouldn't put Braid in my own top 10, but hey. The main titles are all there - Fallout 3, Gears of War 2, World of Goo, GTA IV. Happy days. 2008 was fucking awesome for games.
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Kiigan

9 years ago

All good stuff, a well-considered top 10 for 2008 if you ask me.

What's this Trials 2 thing Tom mentions, is it basically Elastomania?
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Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2008: 20-11

Kiigan

9 years ago

Quite fun seeing how different the EG staffers' top 50 for 2008 is compared to the readers' top 50.

I think the readers did a better job of it :)
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Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2008: 30-21

Kiigan

9 years ago

Simon Parkin said:

"That so many readers were unable to parse his thoughts, to appreciate the nuance and contradictions in the experience suggests that Kojima's series primarily appeals to immature gamers."

Oh please. You seem like a nice chap Simon, so I'll just gently suggest you read your comment again give yourself the time to "appreciate the nuance" of just how obnoxious it sounds.

Certainly, if you could somehow magically assess the audience for a game based on its Eurogamer reader comments, you'd have to conclude that every game reviewed here is primarily geared towards the educationally subnormal.
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POP dev expected "pats on the back"

Kiigan

9 years ago

Yup, love those new ideas such as:

- reducing all the platforming and combat to moronic impossible-to-fail QTEs
- making a game that more or less plays itself
- lots of other stuff lovingly "borrowed" from Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and Okami

Well done on all that risk-taking Ubisoft!
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Prototype

Kiigan

10 years ago

I don't think "openworld" is a word. Is it?
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One Life Left makes a music CD

Kiigan

10 years ago

Speaking of which, is there an archive somewhere of all of Craig "The Rage" 's OLL bits?
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Over 1m GeoWars scores registered

Kiigan

10 years ago

Excellent taste muscleblade. Those are my two favourite picks on XBLA too.
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Wii Music

Kiigan

10 years ago

To the tune of Beethoven's 5th:

Lol lol lol LOOOL

Lol lol lol LOOOL
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Mirror's Edge

Kiigan

10 years ago

I loved the demo, and none of the negatives pointed out by this review are things that upset me. So that's good :)
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Rare: Banjo display glitch here to stay

Kiigan

10 years ago

Well I found that even in HD, on a 32" television in 720p, the text was hard to read.
If they can't be bothered fixing their game, I can't be bothered buying it.
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Pic Pic

Kiigan

10 years ago

Well it depends on how narrowly you define "puzzle game" really doesn't it?

I'd consider Lemmings a puzzle game. Or World of Goo. Or Portal. Or Denki Blocks :) Certainly they aren't the same types of puzzles as Slitherlink or Picross but western developers are clearly fundamentally capable of creating puzzles. The bigger issue is the fact that the market is less open to puzzle games here, with the DS software lineup being a prime example.

If puzzle games sold better here, perhaps western developers would be making more of them.
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Kiigan

10 years ago

Also - there have been plenty of great puzzle games created outside of Japan. Let's not get silly in our enthusiasm.
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Kiigan

10 years ago

It's out of stock everywhere. So, fuck it.
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Prince of Persia

Kiigan

10 years ago

The combat sounds horrible. And the presence of QTEs all but guarantees I won't want to play it.

A bloody shame :(
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