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With the announcement of the NX, Nintendo admits defeat with the Wii U

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3 years ago

Possibly the worst piece of 'journalism' I've ever read on this site.

I went and watched the entire announcement video incase something had been missed by other websites I frequent, but no. At no point is the NX reffered to as a home console (it's far more likely to be a new handheld launched as a 'third pillar' just as the DS was). This entire article is based on nothing, yet attacks Nintendo in such a way that anyone on-the-fence about whether to get a WiiU is likely not to bother.

If this is the quality of article we can expect from EG, then I have no alternative but to take my clicks elsewhere. Good day, sir.
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3 years ago

Possibly the worst EG article ever.
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Nintendo NX is "new hardware with a brand new concept"

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3 years ago

Love the people saying the WiiU is dead now when we have literally no idea what NX is beyond a dedicated gaming device.
It's far more likely to be the next handheld, launched as a 'third-pillar' just as the DS was.
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PlayStation Now closed beta begins this spring in UK

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3 years ago

@Irien
Excellent comment.
It's not really 'for' PS4 users, they're just a convenient vessel for the beta.
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Mario Party 10 review

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3 years ago

Maybe next time.
Doesn't seem worth it when I already have Wii Party U, although if they brought back the Decathalon mode my friends and I would have been there Day one.
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Face-Off: Assassin's Creed Rogue

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3 years ago

Any good reason why this is running without a 30fps cap on consoles?
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Valve's astounding SteamVR solves big problems - and poses bigger questions

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3 years ago

@Guy.J.
So who's vision of VR are you 'stoked' for?
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Here's the first image of Halo 3: ODST on Xbox One

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3 years ago

@azun
I've read lots of complaints about single-player too. Mainly save/checkpoint bugs where people lost progress, but various other things too. It obviously it wasn't as big a deal as the multiplayer stuff, but don't pretend any part of the game was perfect at launch.

The game either didn't get tested properly, or if it was, the developers weren't given time to implement the results of the testing before launch. This is not something that couldn't be forseen, this was a management decision to put launch dates and marketing ahead of the end product.
(In fairness, it's not like MS are alone in behaving this way.)

P.S. - Not really on topic, but can we please stop believing that a public beta test is a significant factor. I've played many online multiplayer games that had minimal issues without public beta testing, and several games that had beta tests still launched with issues. Most recent console betas have been little more than time limited demos to build hype before release.
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3 years ago

@cloudskipa
No, what matters is that MS cared so little for their customer's time that they pushed a broken product out of the door to hit a release date. That they're limiting ODST to such a small time window only shows their unwillingness to fully admit the scale of the problem. Cutting off the time just before Christmas is nothing to do with the quality of the game at that point, and everything to do with giving away as few copies of ODST as possible while still generating some positive PR.

MCC could have been an incredible PR victory for MS if they'd delayed it until it was ready, as it is, they're still doing damage control.
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Revisited

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3 years ago

@Suarez07
There's plenty they could do without being libelous. Frankly, this article would have been fine if it focussed on the technical side, but by regurgitating the NVIDIA PR without any examination it effectively becomes an apology piece.

DF must have been sent mountains of press releases from NVIDIA before the card launched. Where are the comparisons between the original PR and what is being said now?
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3 years ago

The second issue is about trust in the company - and more specifically how a firm with as many smart people as Nvidia could have miscommunicated the GTX 970 specs. Addressing the issue, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang (pictured above) posted this message on the company blog.
A shame to see Eurogamer's talent for regurgitating PR bullshit, particularly NVIDIA's, hasn't diminished.

EDIT: Changed from 'swallowing' to 'regurgitating', as I didn't mean to insult the author's intelligence, only his professionalism.
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Keiji Inafune's 3DS game has been cancelled

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3 years ago

Was there ever any gameplay footage? Looked like it was going to be sea combat musou, or something.

Would be interesting to know if this was cancelled because the game wasn't any good, or because they couldn't interest anyone in the cartoon/franchising rights and without that the sums didn't add up.
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Watch The Last of Us star Ashley Johnson's emotional BAFTA speech

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3 years ago

One of the few winners/nominees that actually made sense. Hooray for her! :)
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Majora's Mask 3D bests Evolve in February US retail sales

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3 years ago

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate barely cracks the top 10.
Wording is weird given that this was a really good result for the game.

From Nintendo's PR:
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate sold more than 290,000 combined physical and digital units and is now the fastest-selling Monster Hunter title – across all platforms – in U.S. history. In addition, the game has the highest Metascore of any Monster Hunter title and is also Capcom’s fastest-selling title on the Nintendo 3DS platform in U.S. history.
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Star Citizen's client expected to be around 100GB

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3 years ago

@IronSoldier
@MrDurandPierre
It's the most successful crowdfunding project of all time.

It has a very long way to go before it becomes a successful crowdfunded project.
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Sony signals end of PlayStation Mobile

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3 years ago

Don't worry. They'll be replacing this limited digital ownership with PS Now streaming, where you have no ownership whatsoever.
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Before Pillars of Eternity, Obsidian nearly met its end

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3 years ago

I'd love Obsidian to take the good work they did with Alpha Protocol and make a new IP for themselves out of it.

Better than many AAA releases in 2014.
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Uncharted 4 delayed to spring 2016

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3 years ago

@samharper
Great minds think alike. ;)
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3 years ago

As long as MGSV is still out in September this is pretty much a non-issue, and gives U4 half a chance at a GOTY title.
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Pokémon developer Game Freak announces PC, PS4 and Xbox One game

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3 years ago

Looks a little like a DKC clone, which would be no bad thing given the lack of decent platformers on XBO/PS4. Hard to tell from a trailer whether it would live up to that comparison, but it's not a bad place to start.
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Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number review

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3 years ago

Makes a couple of reasonable points, but ultimately falls into the category of 'Doesn't actually review the game'.
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Kinect and HoloLens developer Kudo Tsunoda expands role at Microsoft

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3 years ago

Kudo further clarified in the following video that he'll be leading "a bunch of new Xbox teams" that include Rare...
I see those rumours of an upcoming Rare resurgence were greatly exaggerated. :(
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Editor's blog: We've revised our editorial policy

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3 years ago

@blarty
Unfortunately it's advertising, not a buyer's guide.
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PlayStation Plus March update adds Oddworld, Valiant Hearts and OlliOlli 2

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3 years ago

Valiant Hearts was still the best game on the PS4 the last time I checked, so I hope more people take the chance to play it now.
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Prey developer Human Head announces survival horror Lost Within

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3 years ago

Sigh.
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The best Wii U games

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3 years ago

No Lego City: Undercover?
For shame.
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Steam now shows Steam Machines and their prices

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3 years ago

Well, it's a start.
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Star Trek's Wil Wheaton joins 3DS exclusive Code Name: STEAM

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3 years ago

@vert1go
The reaction on Nintendo's Twitter feed was borderline hilarious. It makes me feel much better about liking and buying the game just knowing that it pisses off morons like them! :D
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3 years ago

While not perfect, the demo completely sold me on this. Preparing for many hours of my life to disappear, especially if the multi-player works well.

Also, I do hope Wheaton's Abe isn't just in the cutscenes. Given the way IS pack out their games, you have to think that he'll be an unlockable character too.
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Bullfrog classic Syndicate free on EA Origin now

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3 years ago

@PlugMonkey
EA made those studios.
Quite.
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3 years ago

@PlugMonkey
My 'For example', was an example of EA doing something to change into brand I actually have positive mental associations with.

Your info is sadly out of date.
This is a list from a recent Kotaku article, showing six studio 'shutterings' in the last two years:
http://kotaku.com/an-updated-list-of-studios-ea-has-bought-and-then-shut-1689498614

Maxis (SimCity) - Purchased by EA in 1997; shut down in 2015. [Though EA says the "Maxis" brand will live on, the main studio is officially no more.]
Mythic (Dark Age of Camelot) - Purchased by EA in 2006; shut down in 2014.
Bullfrog (Syndicate, Dungeon Keeper) - Purchased by EA in 1995; shut down in 2001.
Origin (Ultima, Wing Commander) - Purchased by EA in 1992; shut down in 2004.
Westwood (Command & Conquer) - Purchased by EA in 1998; shut down in 2003.
DreamWorks Interactive/Danger Close/EA Los Angeles (Medal of Honor) - Purchased by EA in 2000; shut down in 2013.
Phenomic (SpellForce, BattleForge) - Purchased by EA in 2006; shut down in 2013.
Black Box Games (Need for Speed, Skate) - Purchased by EA in 2002; shut down in 2013.
Pandemic (The Saboteur) - Purchased by EA in 2008; shut down in 2009.
PlayFish (The Sims Social) - Purchased by EA in 2009; shut down in 2013.
NuFX (NBA Street) - Purchased by EA in 2004; shut down in 2007.
Not included the gutting of Criterion, whose fate rests rather heavily on that single project the remaining staff are working on.
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3 years ago

@Antaios
I hadn't realised Origin-loving was de rigeur nowadays.

As far as I remember it's still unnecessarily obtrusive software, EA just changed the ToS after they were found out so that no one could take them to court over it.
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3 years ago

@jetsetwillie
Erm... not buying existing studios due to the strength of their games, then shutting down said studio after their games fail to reach sales expectations due to EA management interfering in the development of said games.

For example.
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3 years ago

Brilliant game, although I won't dirty my PC with Origin until EA change their ways (aka. Never). I still have the Amiga version though, so I'm not missing out.

I backed Satellite Reign too. Looking forward to the finished product.
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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with SteamVR and HTC Vive

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3 years ago

Definitely the one I'm most interested in at the moment.
I hope there are moves to define a VR 'standard' (like HDTV) sooner rather than later, and which won't exclude additional features such as this nifty defined play space idea.
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Don't Starve, Never Alone headed to Wii U eShop

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3 years ago

Lots of nice games there. Great to finally have a release date for Affordable Space Adventures, hopefully the EU one will be the same. That's been on my watch list for a while.

My other half is really looking forward to Don't Starve. She already plays it on PC, but if they've made good use of the gamepad for inventory management she'll be switching platforms.
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EA shuts down Spore and SimCity developer Maxis

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3 years ago

@ghostgate2001
Yup. It's all too prophetic now. :(
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3 years ago

Obligatory, unfortunately:
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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date revealed

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3 years ago

@Big-Boss
It's hardly as if I'm insisting everybody completes it 100% before they are 'finished', that's a different thing and I'd agree not for everyone. Your 'bonus content' analogy might apply to stuff like the cassette tapes, and perhaps the higher difficulty level, beyond that it doesn't fly at all. I was specific about the side-ops.

You're advocating ignoring entire levels of a single-player game based on, what exactly?
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3 years ago

@Big-Boss
If they didn't even play through the side ops, then your friends and family would seem to be a rather ignorant bunch. Perhaps you should elucidate them.
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Mad Max release date set for September on PC, PS4, Xbox One

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3 years ago

Same week as MGSV? That is some bad timing.

I wonder if it'll get a delay/push forward now. There's no way the marketing dept. are going to be happy with that one.

Also,
Pre-order the game now and you'll get a Magnum Opus car body named The Ripper - it comes with a beefy V8 engine, off-road tires and ramming grill.
While hardly unexpected in a Warner Bros. game, this can piss right off.
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Ł40 Battlefield Hardline Premium program detailed

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3 years ago

Entirely expected.

If EA/DICE carry this rubbish through to Star Wars: Battlefront I'll be very disappointed. I'm hoping that there's something in their deal with Disney that will prevent them doing anything beyond a 'normal' season pass, instead of this two-tier bullshit.
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Does resolution really matter?

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3 years ago

@JAK620
Are you talking about the XBO crushed blacks? Given the number of dark areas in Destiny I can see how that might be noticeable.
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3 years ago

@Smudger90
they'll justify their choice in any way by saying they've purchased it for what they see as their biggest strength when nine times out of ten it's just brand loyalty.
Given that 'Brand' sadly appears as the No. 1 reason for XBO owners, I think we can safely say that nothing about the survey discouraged people from picking that option.
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3 years ago

In the meantime, perhaps the biggest takeaway from the survey data is that it's the Wii U owners that are having the most fun from their gaming hardware...
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Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One in March

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3 years ago

@kaisersoser
He's not wrong, though.
The XBO has sold a lot recently, but mainly on the back of price-reductions on systems which don't include a Kinect. Microsoft's quick u-turn makes it much harder for devs to invest in Kinect beyond low budget projects such as this one.
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Leonard Nimoy passes away at 83

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3 years ago

I commend you on writing a really nice obituary, Jeff.

Never to be forgotten, for so many reasons.
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Pokémon Shuffle review

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3 years ago

@Sharzam
I quite agree.

Most of my negative opinions on F2P games would go away if there was, say, a Ł10-Ł20 cap and beyond that point everything was accessible without further charge.
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3 years ago

It's a shame there's no 'Avoid' here, to be honest.

But then EG would have to label a lot of games with that, so I can see why they didn't.
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Video: Why Telltale's new IP might be its best game yet

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3 years ago

@chubster2010
Travellers Tales are those nice people who make all those Lego games.

They have similar issues of recycling formulas with a new theme on top, but generally speaking confusing them with Telltale is something of an insult to Travellers Tales.
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