KingFunkIII

Middle-earth: Shadow of War ripping out microtransactions and loot boxes

KingFunkIII

2 weeks ago

I kind of read this as a bittersweet vindication for the guys at Monolith who probably argued with Warner about their initial inclusion in the game. Crying Dawsons all round...

Of course, I don't know for a fact that Monolith weren't onboard from the start.
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Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom review - majestic if not magical

KingFunkIII

1 month ago

I never got around to playing the first one since I didn't own a PS3. Was kind of hoping for more of the same, but improved in the areas generally criticised. However, I'm not really into the city-building idea and the combat sounds a bit like Tales of Berseria which I enjoyed, but stopped playing because the combat was tedious and overly regular... Can anyone convince me I should think again?

EDIT: not sure if it's just me but my post is not appearing in the correct place based on the time I posted it. Viewing on mobile.
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Trump administration increasingly bringing video games into school safety debate

KingFunkIII

2 months ago

Always confuses me how you can be 'Pro-Life' and 'Pro-Guns' at the same time - it's almost like the man is a fawning sycophant to anyone with money and/or influence..
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Grand Theft Auto 5 sold another 1m copies in the UK in 2017

KingFunkIII

2 months ago

Surprised no one's complained about H:ZD yet...
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Why are turn-based games so good at creating stories?

KingFunkIII

2 months ago

Already bought AWMF but need to finish Prey first. Something which is hinted at in this article occurred to me when playing Prey - as an immersive sim and one in which I prefer stealth, I reload and/or die with reasonable frequency. The whole nature of the alternate reality backstory made me think about how the quick save system can be seen as a method of creating divergent universes - each time I die or fluff something badly enough, I splinter off a new shard of time space where those events never occurred and in which I consistently handle things with some degree of panache, unlike all of those other bungling Morgans in now defunct universes...
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KingFunkIII

2 months ago

@VotesForCows You just made me realise that snooker is the ultimate turn-based game! Obvious, I know, but I'd never thought about it that way before.

I would also say that if anyone watched Williams vs Mehta in the Welsh Open last night that snooker can occasionally descend into the sort of ludicrous farce that even Hideo Kojima would be proud of...
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Yes, you really do have to pay for an extra character slot in Metal Gear Survive

KingFunkIII

2 months ago

I don't think I own any games with MTs, but having read plenty, one of the things that often seems to be the case is that you can't even buy things straight up - you have to pay for piles of digital currency which generally don't seem to come in piles the same size as the cost of any transactions. I find this even grubbier than the whole subject - they're mandating that people have spare BS coins lying around with the aim of encouraging further spending.

Imagine if every time you took a tenner out of the cash point and bought a snack, the change could only be spent in the same shop!
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KingFunkIII

2 months ago

I'll say it again - I'm pretty sure on consoles you'll be able to circumvent this with new user profiles. I don't know for a fact, but I imagine TRC/TCR requirements state that user profiles aren't interdependent. If this is the case, it makes the whole thing even more bizarre...
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All Walls Must Fall review - the tactics genre gets a quirky new treat

KingFunkIII

2 months ago

Sounds totally boss!

EDIT: In fact, I just bought it on Steam for 5.03. Yay.
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Metal Gear Survive review - surprisingly enjoyable horror spin-off

KingFunkIII

2 months ago

Presumably there's nothing stopping you from creating another user account on your PS4 if you want a new save slot? I would've thought something like that would be in breach of Sony's TRCs...
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Kingdom Come Deliverance on PC offers huge upgrades over console

KingFunkIII

2 months ago

Any reports on how it fares on more modest hardware? I have an old Q9450 processor clocked to run as a Q9650, 8gb RAM and a 1050Ti. With this setup I was able to play Witcher 3 GOTY at pretty high settings 30fps. I appreciate that this probably wouldn't have been the case on release, so maybe I should wait for several KCD patches...

Also, before anyone points it out, I know my CPU is a bottleneck, but just doubling up on RAM and spending 145 on my 1050Ti breathed new life into my PC. I don't have the money/skills/inclination to fiddle with a CPU upgrade, plus my mobo from 2007 probably doesn't even support most modern CPUs...
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Warhammer 40,000's Adeptus Mechanicus finally get a video game of their own

KingFunkIII

2 months ago

When will we finally get a quality single player RPG based on a GW licence? I don't even care which one - don't they want my money?!
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance review - history is a double-edged sword

KingFunkIII

2 months ago

@Zigarabigara The review doesn't complain about the depiction of women's rights but rather how the role of women is accounted for in certain mechanics.

Is there historical precedent for Charisma buffs as a result of sex that would support such a mechanic? Collecting cards of ladies you've bedded in The Witcher 1 wasn't acceptable and this seems dubious too...
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KingFunkIII

2 months ago

Hey everyone! I've got some reasonably-phrased comments for both sides of the argument to use as they wish.

Pro-Bertie view: I do/do not like the sound of this game and I think, given the questionable choices and statements made by Vavra in the past, that the discussion about the possibility of other ethnicities in 15th century Bohemia is valid, even if Bertie's research does come across a little under-cooked. Thanks for the discussion points.

Anti-Bertie view: I do/do not like the sound of this game and I personally don't feel that an artist's personal beliefs need to be taken into account when judging their artistic output unless they are unquestionably an aspect of that output. I also don't think that all art has to be fully-representative all of the time, especially when there are potentially valid reasons why it doesn't need to be. Thanks for the discussion points.

C'mon folk - let's not descend into needless angry slanging on either side :-)
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What EA is and isn't saying about microtransactions returning to Star Wars Battlefront 2

KingFunkIII

3 months ago

I wonder if they will publish the probabilities involved at any point...?
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Penis-based party game Genital Jousting leaves Early Access, gains a story mode

KingFunkIII

3 months ago

They should really include a 2 player co-op mode called Your Cock-up, My Arse.
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KingFunkIII

3 months ago

I suppose this could be a good vehicle for me to introduce IRL cockslapping to the guys at work...
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Me, myself and UI

KingFunkIII

3 months ago

'tis a 'radio button', not a 'radial button'. My boss made the same mistake recently and we roundly mocked him. Because we work in QA and we're all pedantic wankers.
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Jelly Deals: Up to 30% off a range of games this week

KingFunkIII

3 months ago

Boom - finally bit on Prey. Not sure my PC woulda run it nicely anyhow...
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An attempt to analyse a board game we just got in a Christmas cracker

KingFunkIII

4 months ago

- Multiple playable characters
- Realistic weather simulation
- Innovative time-travel mechanic

the list goes on...
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Atlus is remaking bizarre block-climbing puzzler Catherine for PS4 and Vita

KingFunkIII

4 months ago

Finally a reason to dispose of my 360, which has sat under the telly for over a year on the off-chance I wanted to play Catherine again...
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Detroit: Become Human under fire for controversial domestic abuse scene

KingFunkIII

5 months ago

One thing that's worth remembering is that all papers play to their audience - it's a safe bet that a lot of the readers (particularly Mail ones) will already be convinced that video games are contributing to the weight of the handcart in which this country is going to hell. As such, the papers would never consider printing a story that considered the possibility that the depiction is meaningful rather than exploitative and very few people on either side of the argument are going to be swayed from their existing standpoints.

Don't get me wrong - I dislike the Mail as much as anybody, but it's better to come to terms with the fact that it exists and it is what it is, just as it's better to come to terms with the fact that people buy it, probably including some people you know.

Ultimately, creators like Cage will and should continue to push the boundaries and the actual critics should discuss whether he achieved his aims or not and certainly condemn him if and only if he really has done something tasteless.
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Surgeon Simulator studio's Decksplash needs 100k people to play this week or it's canned

KingFunkIII

6 months ago

Welp, we only got 99,998 guys...
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Your fondest Obsidian game memories

KingFunkIII

6 months ago

@Bertie Hey Bertie, I got your mail - what happens next? How are the keys issued?

And thanks for helping us all share the Obsidian love!
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Persona 5's new Ultimate Edition bundle includes all currently available DLC

KingFunkIII

6 months ago

@Merdalor Let alone for all those hours spent 'grinding' in Mementos...?
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KingFunkIII

6 months ago

Takamaki sideboob DLC is a free one anyway...
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Interview with the video game whale

KingFunkIII

6 months ago

I think I might be a whale for the craft beer industry...
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"I've seen people literally spend $15,000 on Mass Effect multiplayer cards"

KingFunkIII

6 months ago

Well at least we still have CDPR!
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Elex review

KingFunkIII

6 months ago

Nice to see some love for Risen 2 in the comments here - I always wished for something that was a smooshing of Risen 2 and Black Flag - the slickness and execution of an Ubi game but with the ambition and heart of PB... By the way, Alec Meer's Risen 2 diaries on RPS are a great read if anyone hasn't seen them.
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The Invisible Hours review

KingFunkIII

6 months ago

@goldbug I don't recall seeing your article at the time, but I did see the 'show'. I found it very interesting in a number of ways. There were direct comparisons with gaming - the way a blood smear would guide you upstairs rather than down, for example. I also enjoyed the way you could 'frame' your own shots, as if you were the camerman. The only thing that bothered me was that quite a few people seemed to be obsessed with chasing the story, as if the entire premise would be rendered meaningless if you missed something. I rather preferred fragmentary glimpses of a whole that I could never quite grasp, but then each to their own...
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KingFunkIII

6 months ago

@Bertie If 30/$30 is too much by half, then shurely you'd be happy with a price of 20/$20...?
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Rummaging through Obsidian's drawer of game ideas

KingFunkIII

7 months ago

@spamdangled "Currently, however, Obsidian's hands are full, the 175-person studio occupied across four and a half projects: the Tyranny expansion, Pillars of Eternity 2, a small Pathfinder card game, a small idea the studio is "spinning up" and a considerable something else. And I'll tell you a bit more about that next week as well."

From Bertie's article about Stormlands. Just sayin'...
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Stormlands and the million-man raid: Obsidian's cancelled Xbox One exclusive

KingFunkIII

7 months ago

@Paul_Denton hopefully Paradox have finally done the sort of thing you suggest - guess we'll find out this week...
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KingFunkIII

7 months ago

"A considerable something else" - that's what we've all been waiting for, huh?
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Share your favourite moments from Obsidian games and win consoles!

KingFunkIII

8 months ago

In Stick of Truth there's a point where Jimmy is talking and starts to stutter. You're 'supposed' to be able to skip the stuttering but it doesn't work and you have to sit there listening to the poor chap struggle on for what feels like an eternity, wondering whether the game is bugged and if you'll be stuck and there's no way past. Eventually he manages to finish and the game carries on.

To me this was the best joke of all - incredibly South Park but something that's only possible in the medium of video games and (in my mind at least) it also worked as a nod to the perceived bugginess of some previous Obsidian releases. Comedy genius.
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How video games win back time

KingFunkIII

8 months ago

But time is not the fourth dimension...
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Switch battery case with HDMI port doubles its Kickstarter goal in two days

KingFunkIII

8 months ago

If Nintendo's previous same-gen iteration form is anything to go by, presumably they'll release an improved Switch with similar features in the future (and also hopefully by the time I can afford one...)
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The Witcher 3 trailer Killing Monsters remade in MS Paint

KingFunkIII

8 months ago

Just had to Google Leeroy Jenkins. Now I know...
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Zlatan Ibrahimović apes Iron Man in his own video game, which is set in space

KingFunkIII

9 months ago

I, er, well, I, um...?
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It's time to settle the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds blue zone debate once and for all

KingFunkIII

9 months ago

@SpeckledJim And anchovies - yeah!
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KingFunkIII

9 months ago

@jaguarwong Pineapple on its own is just fine. It's even better when you've hunted and caught it in the wild via your own manliness.
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Jelly Deals: Green Man Gaming offering a range of last chance Summer Sale discounts

KingFunkIII

9 months ago

Is it just me or is the EUROGAMER20 code not working? The Jelly Deals website quotes a code JELLY20 which also doesn't work...

EDIT: Oh it's only games in the 'Last Chance' section of the sale, not any other ones. D'oh. Actually I find the way GMG does categories a bit annoying. Why can't we just have a list and filters? (Other than the fact that they can then do single category sales...)
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Persona Q2 announced for Nintendo 3DS

KingFunkIII

9 months ago

@Sand_man Hell yeah! I've never been a rhythm-gamer but I loved P4D. I hope the P5 remixes are as good as the Best Friends electro version or Specialist reimagined as a pumping 80s/Hall & Oates sax/house cheese extravaganza!

Oh Chie!
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PlayStation Plus price hike announced for Europe

KingFunkIII

9 months ago

@Piers_Morgan Go away you odious little man. Especially if you really are HIM...

EDIT: Just to be clear, I have no objections to the content of the post itself...
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Here's how Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Remastered looks

KingFunkIII

9 months ago

@MizarMizar I see what you did there...
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City of Brass looks like Prince of Persia meets BioShock

KingFunkIII

10 months ago

Include the ability to kick!
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How does the new Morrowind measure up to the classic version?

KingFunkIII

10 months ago

Morroblivion is somewhat more complete than Skywind and I've had a blast with it. Still has the obvious Oblivion limitations, but a darn sight more playable than Morrowind on its own - RNG combat just doesn't sit well in an action RPG now (although I believe there are mods to address that to some degree)
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KingFunkIII

10 months ago

@Gazz I still have mine - and I would never sell it...
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PayPal's 5 off Steam sale offer reminds us to always read the small print

KingFunkIII

10 months ago

The irony being that if the offer hadn't run out, then I'd have probably spent more money on Steam and used PayPal to pay for what I did buy. As it turned out, neither of these things happened, so both companies lost out. Seems a little silly to me...
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Persona 5's translation is a black mark on a brilliant game

KingFunkIII

11 months ago

@goraemon Perfectly true and if I implied that, I didn't mean to.

What I meant was that the amount of effort the author has put into denouncing the localisation means it's safe to assume that it irks him when he plays it.

Personally speaking, I have not been irked and therefore I would imagine that I'm more chilled and in a greater state of suspension of disbelief and escapism during my time playing the game.

I'm not referring to a relative quantity of enjoyment - it's more akin to the difference between watching a great film at the cinema with someone rustling sweets, chatting or using their phone next to you, as opposed to that not happening.
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