NotaEuroGamer

PlayStation 5: when can Sony truly deliver a generational leap in power?

NotaEuroGamer

6 days ago

Very interesting stuff, thanks. It'll certainly be exciting to see how the big jump in CPU capability will affect how complex games get at a deeper and more interesting level than just better effects and higher resolutions.
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Introducing Digital Foundry's new PC benchmarking system

NotaEuroGamer

2 weeks ago

Beautiful. I really appreciate DF and the people behind it. Nothing much else to say.
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Sea of Thieves lands UK chart number one

NotaEuroGamer

4 weeks ago

I bought Ni No Kuni 2 and played about 7 or 8 hours so far. I've never played the first one, but I'm so glad I've picked this up, it's magical.
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Monster Hunter World is now Capcom's best-selling game of all time

NotaEuroGamer

2 months ago

@Dysisa According to that list, it's not even the best selling Monster Hunter entry yet, since MH4 as a whole did 8.3 million. I think it'll easily surpass that eventually though.
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NotaEuroGamer

2 months ago

@Cyber6 Not really. For instance, even if you subtract the Steam version and the PS4/One re-release of RE5, you're still left with 9.6 million for PS3/360 versions of RE5/RE5 Gold Edition. Obviously though MHW isn't done selling.
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Nintendo Switch, one year on

NotaEuroGamer

2 months ago

I'm very happy with how much I've gotten out of the Switch already, and it has only been one year. Looking at the play log, hundreds of hours, and all pure enjoyment that's very memorable.
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Film animator's gorgeous mouse RPG is finished five years later

NotaEuroGamer

2 months ago

Nice! I completely forgot I bought this so long ago.
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Metal Gear Survive review - surprisingly enjoyable horror spin-off

NotaEuroGamer

2 months ago

I was planning to buy it, but those microtransactions that resemble what you'd find in free to play mobile games are garbage.
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Bayonetta 2 physical Switch launch down on Wii U

NotaEuroGamer

2 months ago

Love Bayonetta 2, but skipping the Switch version since, on a TV, enhancement over Wii U is minimal. Basically equivalent to running a standard PS4 game on Pro with boost mode on.

It's a great port for someone who wants to play portable though, and it's obviously worth it for anyone who've never played it.
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Dragon Ball FighterZ is the fighting game for everyone

NotaEuroGamer

3 months ago

@Simatron3000 I'm not confusing accessibility with lack of depth, but I do think that high accessibility and over simplification can lead to a relative lack of depth. I wasn't implying that people are going to mash one button in a tournament.
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NotaEuroGamer

3 months ago

Having played the beta for some hours, I can definitely see the game being appealing to the casual crowd. You only need to learn very little in order to do a lot, the presentation is pretty good, and the IP is popular. However, as a competitive/tournament game, this isn't something that I'd want to follow or watch at all.
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Nintendo Switch is fastest-selling home console ever in US

NotaEuroGamer

4 months ago

@SuperShinobi The 10 million was from a month ago. It's probably a few million above that by the time this was announced.
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The year in loot boxes

NotaEuroGamer

4 months ago

Funny how the worst offenders are also the ones who would make the most money even if they weren't pushing bullshit.
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Nintendo on giving Splatoon 2 another fresh lick of paint

NotaEuroGamer

4 months ago

@SupaNinjaRoboBoy What are you talking about? The game has ranked modes, leagues, and player skill tiers. Those get fiercely competitive, and people keep getting better. Don't let the cheerful aesthetic fool you. Having said that, I think the other guy is exaggerating the issue, the game can be played competitively as is, but obviously it would be better if they improve that aspect, much like any other competitive multiplayer game would.
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PUBG performs badly on Xbox One - and X

NotaEuroGamer

4 months ago

@jonbwfc And you'd be right, because it isn't close to being the biggest. It's up there though.
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NotaEuroGamer

4 months ago

Sure, it runs terribly, but if people are still having enough fun despite how it's running I suspect it'll still do well, especially with the hype surrounding it. I mean look at Ark, that game ran like trash and still runs pretty badly, but still did extremely well. Although the quality of gameplay is more dependent on performance in this game than it is in ARK, so how knows. With this level of performance, the only way to go is up, just not clear by how much. Personally, I wouldn't go anywhere near it, I got tired of the game after about a few days of play on PC.
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NotaEuroGamer

4 months ago

"PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is - without question - the biggest game in the world right now".

That's not right. Steam isn't the world. League of Legends is still way bigger, with its 28 million daily players, 7.5 million peak concurrent players, and 1.6 billion dollars a year revenue. Also the mobile game Honour of Kings (Which is based on League of Legends and owned by the same company), is even bigger than LoL, with its 55+ million daily players.

Edit: Not sure why anyone would downvote this. The numbers I've mentioned are easily verifiable. Unless some people think 7.5 million concurrent is not in fact a bigger number than 2.9 million.
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Splatoon 2 gets new hairstyles, plus new music, modes and maps

NotaEuroGamer

5 months ago

Including this, it's amazing the amount of post launch content this game has gotten in just 4 months since release. Free as well without any loot boxes or even "honest" microtransactions for a recurring revenue. Just content with keeping people playing and maybe attracting new people. They could have done half of what they're offering in this update and it still would've been pretty impressive. I mean 140 pieces of new gear, really? It was getting depressing seeing loot boxes and manipulative practices make their way into a lot more games and only getting worse, so the timing for this is great.
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EA has switched off Star Wars Battlefront 2's microtransactions

NotaEuroGamer

5 months ago

It's temporary, so who knows how bad it'll still be when they bring it back. Also, obviously paid loot boxes is the bigger problem, but also a progression system based on loot boxes (luck) is in itself stupid and a terrible design even if you couldn't buy them. I felt stupid opening a loot box (I don't think I've ever opened a loot box other than in the beta for this game).

Anyway this decision is more than likely just based on a financial aspect, it's nice to see consumers care enough to collectively make a dent. I honestly didn't think enough people cared or were even aware. It's impossible to trust EA on anything, so I hope not too many people get tricked by this move. It could just be a way to mitigate damage around launch.
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Unpatched, the disc version of The Witcher 3 runs at 60fps on Xbox One X

NotaEuroGamer

5 months ago

I don't know if I'd call this 60fps: https://youtu.be/yQsmAIEtsrQ
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Should you buy an Xbox One X?

NotaEuroGamer

6 months ago

I'm not buying it, I already have an Xbox that I rarely use. For those who are buying it though, enjoy! Seems like a lot of thought and effort went into it.
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Sony's Paris press conference suggests we need a new way to show difficult games

NotaEuroGamer

6 months ago

All I saw was an impactful and interesting scenario from Detroit with enough context, and a powerful and bold scene from the Last of Us that was also an amazing technical showcase which also ended the conference, both of which made me more interested in both of these games. This article is just being overly dramatic from where I'm standing. I don't feel like seeing Spider-Man before Detroit made much of a difference. It's not like it was Detroit then Knack, or one continuous video with no pauses and build up between games to set the mood. I think the format works just fine.
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Here's five miserable minutes of The Last of Us Part 2

NotaEuroGamer

6 months ago

The technical level on display here is insane.
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Gears of War 4 campaign runs at 60fps on Xbox One X

NotaEuroGamer

6 months ago

@Nynja Multiplayer vs is already 60fps on the standard Xbox.
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NotaEuroGamer

6 months ago

It's great that they're giving an option to prioritize frame rate. Especially if they do it with upcoming games. Although I'm not sure how consistent the performance mode for this game is going to be, given that Microsoft is describing it as "up to 60fps".

Edit: A couple of people down voted, but obviously my doubt was valid as confirmed by the Digital Foundry test of the performance mode for Gears 4
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EA has shut down Visceral Games

NotaEuroGamer

6 months ago

"How would loot boxes fit into this?"
"They wouldn't."
"You're fired".
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Gran Turismo Sport review

NotaEuroGamer

6 months ago

Had a fantastic time playing the demo, so will probably buy this. Can't remember the last time I tried a racing game and had any desire to buy it.
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Online petition forces government response to loot boxes

NotaEuroGamer

6 months ago

I'm just happy someone is trying to do something about it.
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Gran Turismo Sport is HDR's killer app

NotaEuroGamer

6 months ago

It does look pretty amazing. This game has a lot of great things going for it. It's also refreshing to see that it doesn't chase the bullshit loot box trend.
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Gran Turismo Sport fixes the series' racing - but at what cost?

NotaEuroGamer

6 months ago

Very impressed with the demo. As someone who isn't much of a racing game fan, it takes something special to convince me to buy, and it did. Can't remember the last time I tried a racing game and had any desire to buy it.
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Star Wars Battlefront 2 has a loot crate problem

NotaEuroGamer

6 months ago

Yeah, I noticed this shit right when I started playing the beta. It's a real shame honestly, because I like the game otherwise. This does indeed ruin the entire game for me, especially since I'm not actually interested in the offline content.
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Star Wars Battlefront 2 looks like a case of being careful what you wish for

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Well, you can't please everyone. Probably made the right choice considering how much the first game was criticized for its simplicity among other things. There isn't much to this article really. It basically just says: it was simple and now it's not, I don't like that.

I did like the first one for the record, still haven't tried this one.
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Here's what The Witcher 3 looks like at 4K on PS4 Pro

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Seems like a good patch. I expected less. I'm not going to play it or anything, but nice job regardless.
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We asked EA to explain why you can't play FIFA 18 online against friends on Nintendo Switch

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Given that every Switch game I have that contains an online component I can play with friends, I don't see why it's not included in this game. The friends list is there for EA to tap into, why haven't they? Unless they just haven't bothered.
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Capcom's hard play for the west has resulted in a very different Monster Hunter

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

@Firepistol95 I think it certainly can be done with clues, logic, background if it was designed around that. Turning something off that the game was designed around is obviously not going to be the same as if the game was designed to not rely on that idea. It would probably just make things worse.

I just think it seems mundane, other than for presentation purposes the first time you hunt a monster, might as well just tell me where it is right from the start.

When I saw gameplay of the idea what I thought was "How exciting, mindlessly following flies while also ignoring the environment".

In any case, I obviously haven't played the game yet, and this is just an impression that could change. Hopefully there's more to the flies system, but judging from gameplay there doesn't seem to be more to it as far as tracking is concerned, which I find unfortunate. Hey, at least it's contextualized which is more than I can say for a lot of other games, and tracking isn't the main thing about Monster Hunter.
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NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

@Firepistol95 Personally I wish the tracking was done in a more organic way where you have to actually observe the environment as well as possibly reading about the habits of the monster before embarking, instead of basically an arrow guide in the form of flies. As a fan of the series, or just in general, that's pretty much the only thing I've seen that I don't like. Also, I definitely agree that following flies to a couple of clues then to the monster is nothing that requires skill, I can see it being very mundane. It also takes away that aha moment when you find the monster, or being on your toes to not lose track of it if it retreats.
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NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Monster Hunter has always been one of my favorite franchises. It's unique in a lot of ways that make it special. I hope this game brings a lot more improvement and refinement than dumbing down, and from what I've seen so far it seems to be doing just that.

When it was first announced and showed at a western stage I was very skeptical of it, thinking that it would attempt to become something it isn't in order to chase a mainstream audience, similar to what happened with the Dead Rising franchise, but the more I saw afterwards the more that concern went away for the most part. It turned into one of my most anticipated games. I hope it more than delivers, and it certainly has the potential to.
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Cuphead fans are making a mockery of its difficulty

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Bosses in this game go about their routine for the most part regardless of where you are or what you're doing. There isn't much of an unpredictability factor once you've played it. It's more trial and error than difficulty. I wouldn't be surprised if someone does this with their eyes closed next.
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"We understand many Persona fans would love to see a PC version"

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Yep, Persona 5 did end up stealing my heart.
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PlayStation Plus October games lineup includes Metal Gear Solid 5

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Oh wow, great month. I've already got MGSV on PC and PS4 (Physical), a digital copy on PS4 is still very welcome. The other 3 games on PS4 are a great addition too. They're all something I would want to play, or at least try out.
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SNES mini teardown confirms recycled NES mini tech

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Nice little piece of info. No surprise though, if it does the job then why change it. Personally I'm buying this because of the way the console and controllers look, and the 21 games on it, how everything is presented. Just the overall package is very appealing to someone who had this console back in the day. Easily worth the asking price.
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True 4K isn't the best way to play Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One X

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

It looks like it might be better to keep improving these resolution techniques to the point where they're extremely hard to distinguish from native. Those resources would then most definitely be better spent on more detailed worlds and higher frame rate.
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Shadow of War developer discusses the game's controversial loot boxes

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Hey, don't blame this dev, don't even just blame the publisher. Blame the consumers who have so far voted with their wallets for these practices to not just exist, but to become so widely popular.

If this ever stops, it won't be because the chumps wised up.
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NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Man, just say it's a way to make more money that is proven to work, or don't do the interview. No one is going to buy this justification. Frankly, it actually makes the situation worse in some ways. If it's about player choice, what's the justification for that player choice having to cost money.
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Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is Switch's best-selling non-Nintendo game

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Great seeing it do well. It is a great game. Hopefully it also does well in the other markets they plan to release in.
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NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

@Malek86 It's very possible that Minecraft is a higher seller than this, since they're talking about games with physical releases here.
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Apple reveals iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

The thing is, Apple could have skipped releasing any new phones this year and zero lives would have been affected at all, except maybe in a positive way where people saved loads of money.
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Nintendo "strongly urges" you don't overpay for SNES mini on eBay

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Hopefully they do meet demand or come close. We'll have to wait and see. I'd love to see scalpers luck out.
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Mario + Rabbids is Switch's unlikeliest tech showcase

NotaEuroGamer

7 months ago

Yeah, I was definitely surprised by how good it looks, as well as how well it plays. I find myself taking screenshots often. How is this possible on a device as big as my hand? Quite a few Switch games actually surprised me with visuals, scale, and/or performance. Also, seems we have an idiot in the comments.
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Destiny 2 has a microtransaction problem

NotaEuroGamer

8 months ago

Doubt they'll change anything unless they're making less money, but since plenty of people are stupid chumps, they'll probably make more money. That's why the random Loot box disease is spreading rapidly to begin with. Personally I do the most I can and avoid any game that has Loot boxes, but I can't win the war by myself.
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