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Stellaris' next expansion is the "discovery-themed" Distant Stars story pack

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2 days ago

A bunch of pleasingly impactful changes I think. I've greatly enjoyed the game since Apocalypse myself.
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Toys R Us falls into administration

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2 months ago

@Achtung_Englander The problem with this free market idea is that it's supposed to be a fair playing field, but Amazon were allowed to get away with making nil profits for a decade in order to keep expanding their business to a size where it could cripple everyone else, which is supposed to be illegal, but the US authorities were as weak as usual (not only the US, but it's where their biggest growth inevitably came from initially and gave them the vast starting point in other countries.).
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Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2017

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4 months ago

While it's far from perfect, Torment not making the readers top 50 at all disappoints me. If nothing else it's the best written game this year.
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In defence of Oblivion

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5 months ago

For all it's many qualities, the moment Sean Bean starts talking about the apocalypse in the same bored tones as a man asking if you'd like some toast was the first straw. Clearing the first hell tower and then being told "Now do all these other hell towers" was the last. It had some wonderful side stories but goodness, it might just have the worst main one I've ever played, or one of.
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Beamdog is enhancing BioWare's Neverwinter Nights next

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5 months ago

As said, the base game had a dull campaign but I poured hundreds if not thousands of hours into some of the best persistent world servers out there. The toolkit was incredible and led to some wonderful creations.
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Super Lucky's Tale review

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6 months ago

@christinekuni

Why do people always read reviews as being by and decided by THE SITE rather than the genuine opinion of the one person actually playing and reviewing the game?
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Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw leaves BioWare after 14 years

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7 months ago

One more nail among many in the coffin. Thanks for all the memories though.
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Noodle stands and acid rain: four decades of gaming's urban dystopias

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7 months ago

No mention of The Longest Journey? It's earth setting was pretty much Blade Runner before it had hit full on Blade Runner and was (in my opinion) by far the better, more atmospheric half of the game to explore, though the actual split between that and high fantasy was of course part of it's charm.
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EGX 2017: Ten of the best games from the show floor

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7 months ago

Eagerly awaiting No Truce With The Furies, but Forgotten Anne is new to me. Thanks for the heads up!
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Here's your first look at Square Enix's Left Alive

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7 months ago

With Toshifumi Nabeshima on board (Armoured Core), I'm a bit gutted at the lack of real Mech stuff. Still, interesting.
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Tooth and Tail review

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7 months ago

@BobbyDeNiro If you're after a good singleplayer rts campaign, give the first Homeworld a go. Genuinely the best RTS campaign I've played, and one I much prefer to SC2's.
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7 months ago

Redwall does the industrialised age?
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Bungie removes "hate symbol" from Destiny 2

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7 months ago

I for one am glad to see that an obvious Horde bias is being stamped out. For the Alliance and what not. Bloody Hordies.

Meanwhile, the people appropriating this for hate rallies (and indeed, to a lesser extent, your average 4chan lowlife troll) are plainly scummy human beings, but are we really just going to ban every symbol and phrase they appropriate? There's always something new.
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Share your favourite moments from Obsidian games and win consoles!

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8 months ago

I played Pillars of Eternity to death across two play-throughs of the game, and loved every moment of it, especially the excellent standard of writing. Loved Durance, loved Grieving Mother. But nothing in the game made me smile like Edér trying to pet Itumaak and promptly regretting it. It was a small thing but wonderfully voice acted.

The other moment would be playing through NWN2 and suddenly realising that I'm talking to a rainbow bear spirit, and that he's actually going to join my party. That was just wonderful.

Finally, anything to do with Kreia in Kotor 2. The kind of character the films have always sorely lacked.
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What's going on with our Destiny 2 review?

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8 months ago

@Bertie Real biggest release of the year, obviously
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8 months ago

@Mr_Understanding If we're basing this purely on player numbers, then PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds is the bigger release off the bat, and almost certainly a bigger financial success to boot.
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Star Wars Battlefront 2's space battles could do with a little George Lucas

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8 months ago

@Chris_N The prequel trilogy was neither creative, nor original. The whole thing was a set of two hour toy commercials, without even speaking about the quality of the writing and acting involved.
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Destiny 2 reveals promo with "renowned lifestyle partners" Rockstar Energy and Pop-Tarts

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9 months ago

@benfostã© Not sure why you've been negged for actually following through on a stance over two shitty companies.

Not brought an EA game in years myself, but alas, can't say the same for Activision. Still have a WoW account for playing with my girlfriend alas.
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Konami announces exclusive global partnership with…

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9 months ago

Hey now, that Fulham run to the Uefa Cup final where they beat Juventus en route was one of the most exciting cup runs I've ever watched. Great memories!
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Yasumi Matsuno's RPG Unsung Story is now being finished by a different studio

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9 months ago

The tragedy of this is that they used Matsuno's name to sell this, and worse, to assure people of the game's viability in coming to market at all, in the sense of "Oh, this won't be a scam, or grossly incompetent mismanagement, look at who's involved and all that experience" etc. As it happened I didn't back it, mostly because this was during the initial kickstarter phase and I'd already taken punts on Pillars, Torment, Dreamfall Chapters and Sattelite Reign (Also The Mandate, which is stuck in development hell and very much my own failed risk on Kickstarter, luckily a cheap one.).
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10 years later, The Lord of the Rings Online finally makes it to Mordor

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10 months ago

The shame about this is that Mordor has been ripped off in so many games, that I can watch that video and it could be any one of a hundred different fantasy titles, and what should feel like an epic culmination instead feels rather bland and uninspired through no fault of its own.
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Final Fantasy 12 The Zodiac Age review

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10 months ago

While the story definately weakens in the later stages, I still feel it's the only Final Fantasy game where the writing grew up a little bit as I had been myself (Vaan aside. Bloody Vaan.). That opening speech alone in Rabanastre is a wonderful play on Ceasar. It's probably become my favourite Final Fantasy that isn't Tactics, though that switches with 6 and 7 depending on mood.

I also always thought of Basch and Ashe as joint main characters in this. They always felt the most tied into the story to me.
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Anthem coincidentally the start of "a 10-year journey" for EA and BioWare

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10 months ago

It all feels a bit hollow to me. Visually arresting but thematically uninspired, yet more space marines looting guns to shoot at generic bipedal aliens to loot more guns. Did anyone want or need another destiny, even with Jet Packs? The whole concept wore out on me pretty quickly. I know it's not really Bioware anymore, but it still feels a shame to see a studio with that name abandon attempts at interesting narrative or characterisation for jumping on the latest (EA hopes) big money bandwagon.
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First trailer for BioWare's new IP Anthem

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11 months ago

Have Bioware ever released something so un-bioware? Everything about the trailer screams of the most generic of generics. I mean I know they've been downhill from everything after Origins, but still. This feels like the ultimate culmination of EA ownership. "Yeah, could you do something with space marines? We can market space marines."
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Darksiders 3 leaked with screenshots and details

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12 months ago

Isn't that the Mistress from Dungeon Keeper? That said, I'm happy for more Darksiders.
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Watch: 7 games to play now Dark Souls is done (for now)

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1 year ago

If they're dropping souls for now, I'd happily just take another attempt at turning Armoured Core into something more playable that still keeps all it's wonderful customisation and systems.
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StarCraft Remastered out this summer

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1 year ago

But will they remaster the old (but bloody excellent) cut scenes?
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Pillars of Eternity 2 has now raised more than Pillars of Eternity 1

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1 year ago

Backed for more than I should, much like the last game, which I adored. Some people found the story lacking to the obvious Baldurs gate-esque comparisons, but I actually preferred the more subtle tones to it's writing. That said, the younger me that played the old infinity engine games likely wouldn't have agreed I suspect, so maybe it's an age thing.

Edit: Also Durance was wonderful, the miserable bugger.
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Watch: 15 things you didn't know about Mass Effect Andromeda

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1 year ago

The last two DA's have certainly soured my old love affair with Bioware a little, as has simply seeing writing done better by Obsidian and CD Projekt Red. This looks promising though, and it's worth noting the whole original Mass Effect trilogy was excellent. The third was only really soured by that ending. I'm cautiously hopeful, all in all.

All that said, I expect I'll be late to the party anyways, as I'll be knee deep in Torment: Tides of Numenera when this comes out.
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European Commission to investigate Valve and five publishers over suspected geo-blocking

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1 year ago

Hell yes!
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Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire announced

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1 year ago

I'm in. I've seen complaints from a few people saying they found Pillars boring, but I enjoyed both the setting and story. I felt the former was well realized and consistent and the latter well written. My only grumble was cities, despite being a fair size, not having too many nooks and crannies to explore, and maybe the combat to roleplaying ratio favouring combat a little too highly.
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Jelly Deals: Amazon offering Ł10 off a Ł50 purchase today only

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1 year ago

Thanks for the heads up! Pre-ordered Breath of the Wild on Wii U and the next collected issue of Saga. Good times.
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PokéManiacs: the grownups who love Pokémon

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1 year ago

31 and still playing on-off since picking up Blue on my original grey brick gameboy. I like the combination of child-friendly innocence with huge depth, as well as the systems just adding up to a good rpg every time. And there's always a few new designs with every game that I love, Noivern and Lurantis being my latest favorites of the last few years. Got my girlfriend a New 3DS with Sun, and she's hooked now too.
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New Pokémon were just added to Pokémon GO

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1 year ago

Egg hatching, so I'm assuming Magby, Elekid, and so on.
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That Dragon, Cancer dev delivers heartfelt acceptance speech at The Game Awards

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1 year ago

@JosephB It's so unflinchingly awkward, the way they toothy grin and showbiz smile their way through awarding something for someones therapeutic work over the loss of their son. It's very badly done.

That said, to give the benefit of the doubt, there's every chance they don't know what game is receiving the award or even have much of a clue as to the games real content, so the painfully forced reaction in that context is maybe more understandable.

My bigger gripe with these awards is that we're given no context for why games were nominated for their respective award or why they won. I look at some of the other nominated games in that category with interest, for example, but nothing in that presentation tells me what qualities they brought to the table, what they set out to achieve, or even what their vague premise was. I'm as left in the dark about them as I was before the presentation, bar a five second video clip. What is supposed to be a celebration of the industries finer points doesn't give much indication of actually caring much about the industry, though I would like to note some of the acceptance speeches themselves were very well spoken with heartfelt and genuinely interesting points made.
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The promising-looking Space Hulk: Deathwing just got a 17 minute gameplay video

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1 year ago

@F.Rod. Define flop? I don't think they've budgeted for huge sales. It'll be fine.
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Watch: Seven minigames that (nearly) eclipsed the main game

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1 year ago

Where is Tekken Bowl you monsters?
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Pokémon Sun and Moon will let you fight some very familiar faces

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2 years ago

I was so certain I was going all in with the rowlet, but that final form and typing for that otherwise hateful sealion and Litten ending up as Incineroar make it a bit trickier to choose.
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Nintendo Switch has a 6.2" 720p multi-touch screen

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2 years ago

Given that the 3DS is also being done away with, the touch screen would be pretty important for any successor games from that system, like Pokemon, et al.
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Sun and Moon refresh the Pokémon ritual

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2 years ago

@LordDemigod The games arguably cater to too diverse a fanbase to up the difficulty too much. I did like that the last two installments altered the XP share to work for the whole party, a neat little encouragement to experiment and try new pokemon without being punished too badly with a fresh leveling grind each time you want to make a change to your team. So the games difficulty is in many ways a choice.
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What happened to Japan's once bountiful vintage game stores?

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2 years ago

@-Eklmejlazy- The funny thing about Japan is that while it can be hugely pricey, it tends to be the day trips that get you. Food can be eaten incredibly cheaply and still good, with some incredibly good value restaurants (seven elevens there are also a godsend), and Hostels are excellent value, and a better form of accommodation there for me, as they prove an excellent way of meeting like-minded travelers. Depending on time there, and your destinations, it's worth forking out for Japan Rail card for tourists as well, as it massively cuts what you'd otherwise pay for the hugely expensive Shinkansen.

Drinking is very pricy, mind, if that's your thing.
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Legion finds World of Warcraft in the rudest possible health

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2 years ago

There's a lot to praise in Legion for me so far. It feels like the game going beyond the usual expansion gimmicks that are replaced in the next one (Though those are there too), and really trying to reshape the meat of some of the games systems to make it work better at it's core.

Some of the ways it does this are mentioned in this article, but it's also worth noting the Mythic+ Dungeon system, that opens up hardcore, endgame pve for people who don't have the considerable free schedule time to raid at a high standard, and in a way that scales up and up so even less hardcore players can find a level that works for their limits. I'm looking forward to this unlocking with the first raid.
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Rime resurfaces with new publisher, now due next year

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2 years ago

I'm so glad this isn't dead. This was always the trailer from that PS4 E3 that most excited me.
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Sonic boom: Ellie Gibson on nostalgia, novelty, and that 9/10

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2 years ago

Always loved Ellies articles. Glad to see her back for another. Good read.
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Richard Garriott selling vials of his blood on eBay

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2 years ago

Well that's... creepy.
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Sega doubles down on PC strategy, snaps up Endless Space creator

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2 years ago

Nooo! Please don't ruin Amplitude for me. Endless legend is one of my favourite games of the last few years.
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Adventures of Mana is now on Vita

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2 years ago

My main gripe is that I just hate the art style for all these phone remakes Squeenix have been putting out for their older FF games. Sad that this shares the same art style, more or less. It's just so lacking in character.
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Hawken mechs its way to PS4 and Xbox One in July

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2 years ago

I rather enjoyed Hawken a lot during it's beta. It was a really solid team shooter and the mechs felt wonderfully weighty. That said, some game or another pulled me away at some point, and I've heard it since went heavily pay-to-win, though I can't verify this. If it's not a pay-to-win mess on PS4, I recommend giving it a go. It's a fun little diversion for a while, assuming the experience hasn't changed.
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Watch: Seven games made better by DLC

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2 years ago

Needs more Dishonoured DLC!
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The new Zelda is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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2 years ago

I don't understand how so many can be so cynical about a gorgeous open world game that... unlike pretty much every other single player open world, offers real interaction with it's environments. This looks magical to me. Graphical fidelity isn't everything.
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