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Black Ops 4 battle royale could be great - but Call of Duty is no longer the trendsetter

ROMhack

1 day ago

@gillgrissom They were always pretty speedy but they became way too fast-paced starting with MW2. I feel like I need some form of ADHD to actually enjoy them. Same with Halo. Same with FIFA.
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Eurogamer readership survey 2018

ROMhack

1 week ago

@Paul136 Cool. Thanks. I'll check it out.

Edit: I'd already subscribed to it. Little did I know.
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ROMhack

1 week ago

@Paul136 I get the thinking on this and I'd love to see more content relating to older games. I hadn't thought about it until now but as much as I enjoy this website - mainly due to the quality of articles - my interest in new games is practical zero so it's fairly useless aiming advertising my way. I'm happiest right now emulating old stuff on my PSP and would love to see more articles about good old games that the team loved/recently discovered.
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild mod aims to make Zelda the star

ROMhack

2 weeks ago

@Artemus To be fair, Nintendo fans were okay paying £10 more for Tropical Freeze last month than they were four years ago. I wouldn't trust them to help me tie my shoelace if I was missing two arms, one eye, and was being forced to bounce up and down on a pogo stick while a rather jolly, but ultimately sadistic, pirate held a blunderbuss to my head.

They're lovely in all other ways though.
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Switch sales show why these ports of Wii U games exist

ROMhack

2 weeks ago

@Fur1ousApollo You're right but I don't think many had an issue with that, just like nobody had an issue with the releasing of classic virtual console games. The only problem I've heard people talk about here is the price - the game is MORE expensive than it was when it was originally released.
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The death of an indie store

ROMhack

2 weeks ago

@FortysixterUK "When a format is released that is "digital only", it'll be a format that never gets bought by me."

Same and it's why I haven't bought Hellblade yet (although EG ran a great editorial explaining why they decided not to release it digitally).

Weirdly, I woke up in a daze this morning and started thinking about the problem of photorealistic games. I mean what's the point? You don't need games to be photorealistic to be good. A concept game like Hellblade didn't need to have such good graphics at all. I think that's one of the main driving factors behind why retro games are on the rise.
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ROMhack

2 weeks ago

@Xeall Wow is that place still open? I went back last year and noticed it moved so assumed it closed down. The guy in there once thought I was taking pictures of his prices for a rival company. We had a nice chat when after he chased me out of the store to ask what the fuck I was doing (checking the light on my camera).
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ROMhack

2 weeks ago

@Caldwell Your comment misses the point that were part of the local community. As the article points out, there is inherent value in giving people the space to talk, browse, and find a way to relate or engage to one another through hobbies such as gaming. They offered something online stores cannot (or more likely, will not). Fine if you don't see the value in it because they aren't helping people with disabilities but think of all the people they were giving something to, even if they as a business needed to profit after it.

Edit: I agree with you if you're talking about the chains. It's boring to mention as everybody says it but GAME and CEX don't put any value in the above. They're next to worthless these days.
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FIFA 18 gets free World Cup mode in May

ROMhack

3 weeks ago

Hmmm. I guess they know they'll pick up more money from UT packs than they would releasing it as paid DLC so I don't really see it as a goodwill gesture. It's basically their business model at this point.

That said, it benefits ordinary people who don't pay for ultimate team packs.
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Can you discover games for yourself in the algorithmic age?

ROMhack

1 month ago

Great article. There's a lot of academic writing done on the field of online persuasion and it's fairly well-established that people base their decision-making on the extent to which others feel about something. It usually comes down to having a sense of shared-interest and is mitigated by the way people argue either in favour or against it. It also comes down to how much the individual themselves chooses to think (low-thinking/high-thinking) but we're typically either affected by a central route of persuasion (claims made in reference to a game itself), or the peripheral route (claims based on emotion). What happened in those NME articles has now opened up to a global audience through Steam, Metacritic, etc.

The thing is, I have to remind myself that other views aren't always relevant. Games can get incredible reviews but there's a lot that simply won't appeal because of personal taste. Reading about things in magazines, I never really cared if it got good reviews or not. If thought I wouldn't like it then I just ignored it and vice versa. However, when it's plastered all over the Internet then it becomes harder to ignore: it feels like everybody's trying to persuade you and people usually have strong reactions one way or the other.

I think I've gotten away from it to a decent extent, mostly by choosing not to read reviews with scores. I recently picked up The Evil Within II on the back of just popping into GAME and wanting a cheap game to play that evening. It turned out to be a great choice - more fulfilling than making an 'informed' decision.
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Playing Not Tonight, a post-Brexit thriller

ROMhack

1 month ago

@AdamNovice Because right wing media is just a myth created by left wing media?
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Don't gush: why the vision of Mirror's Edge Catalyst makes it a modern great

ROMhack

2 months ago

@MrTomFTW

This but also when we say 'feminists' do we just mean women? It feels increasingly strange to put a label on something that seems like a natural thing (i.e. giving a shit about how your gender is represented in media).

I know a lot of 'feminists' but they're not part of some ideological conflict as they're commonly portrayed. They just care about their gender - which I'd argue men do too but without the label.
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ROMhack

2 months ago

@jabberwocky

I mean it's a different writer and Eurogamer is not one person. Imagine if you're parents called you Eurogamer. You'd be teased every lunchtime.

I don't agree that it's a modern classic at all but let's not forget that.
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ROMhack

2 months ago

I liked the game a lot more than I thought I would but I can't agree that it's a game with much soul or depth. It was very early into it that I produced a very hearty chortle when I realised that Faith was nothing but yet another fearless superhero. She runs like the wind; her limbs move without limitations. There was no fear or tension that she might have weakness. I certainly didn't feel as if she felt human outside of cut-scenes.

Yet as a character, I found her weak. There's nothing remotely interesting about her. She moves like a vehicle and plays like one too; secondary to what the developers know are the main enjoyment of the game, which is simply running very fast, jumping, and then producing another moan when you're forced into one of those awkward combat segments. All the characters are like that though: flat, one-dimensional, and forgotten very quickly. I couldn't pick them out of a line-up. One is called Noah. One is called Faith. I know that much.

The city was also lamented as a missed opportunity in many reviews at the time and I agreed. The original game's felt clean and sterile with an underlying feeling that there was something at the underworld of it. Hinted but never explored. The sequel's felt like it removed that subtlety - it's still the same old wall of glass, only the writers want to make you damn well sure you know there's a whole lot of surveillance and malfeasance going on. Again, I liked the subtle approach more.

Overall, opinions are opinions. I liked it a lot - it was moreish - but it didn't impact me much. However, if you ever stroll into GAME and see it for £10 like I did then you should definitely give it a go.
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Video game romance is broken

ROMhack

2 months ago

I was playing Dreamfall Chapters last night and while there's only smidgens of relationship elements between Zoe and Reza it's probably one of the best example of a video game relationship I've seen in terms of dialogue. A lover's tiff over risotto and politics. We've all been there.

It's helped immensely by a very smart approach to game design where you're able to ascertain internal thought and then see the implications of that when put into speech. For me it's highlighted how most games lack nuance and have no interest in the messiness of language, choosing to design characters around perfect forms of speech rather than believing they might struggle to say what they mean in a non-perfect way.

What's weird is that it's not a new thing either. Even in a game like Monkey Island you might see an egregious dialogue choice-option and then choose it with the main character deciding not to say it. In that instance it's done for comedy effect but it's certainly an option to be explored for game developers.

I suppose games like Mass Effect do it too but there's no tension to those games. You always feel like a superhero, which is perhaps the main issue -- games don't want to de-power you. The article addresses that.

Another game I'd like to mention is Cibele: a very good testament to the naivety of young love. It's not much of a game though.

Good piece overall.
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How Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was made as an 'indie triple-A' game on a tight budget

ROMhack

2 months ago

@Nolenthar Well maybe but I'm okay sticking to my guns. Plenty of older games I still haven't played if it ever gets to that point.
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ROMhack

2 months ago

Hellblade's been on my to-play list for a while. I expect the digital-only model benefits them but it's somewhat off-putting to me because of a straight-up refusal to spend more than £15 on anything I can't hold, feel and stroke (depends how I'm feeling). I'm a penny pincher though. Not everyone is.

Overall, Ninja Theory are good guys. Not all their games have been great (COUGH Heavenly Sword COUGH) but they're always trying something different and I appreciate that.
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PlayStation VR is beginning to feel a bit like the Vita

ROMhack

2 months ago

Guys please don't do the whole [TITLE] And Here's Why That's A Good Thing thing. It's a really annoying practice of online journalism and mostly associated with websites who want to be blogs, not actual factual journalistic entities.

Minor point.
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Sea of Thieves review - a Rare treasure

ROMhack

2 months ago

Unrelated to the piece but I'm doing a study on user-interaction of websites at the moment. Usually it's a good idea to ignore negative comments because they're often full of spite but the ones here are quite thoughtful, even funny. It's a much under-appreciated feature of websites to have comment sections where people can apply their own critiques and provide feedback about reviews so long as the community remains mature enough to handle opposing views.

Overall, it doesn't sound like many commentators have enjoyed the game as much. Doesn't mean it's bad. Doesn't mean Christian didn't like the game but it's food for thought. And that's why I love the Eurogamer community. You bunch of scallywags.
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Far Cry 5 review - a competent yet conflicted open worlder

ROMhack

2 months ago

@peejamm I'd be well in favour of a split review system where the team simply posts a short selection of their honest opinions. It might make the site a little blog-like but it'd make for interesting reading. Obviously it'd be better in a few weeks after release.
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ROMhack

2 months ago

@smelltheglove Yeah this. There's no end of websites that review things under the metric of 'was it enjoyable? Yes okay let's give it a high score'. It forgoes the obvious point that most games are enjoyable aside from a selection of very few completely broken ones. And then almost none of those exist at AAA level because they're made by people who are at least competent on the technical side of things.

Eurogamer writers tend to err on the side of critical and that's a great thing.
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ROMhack

2 months ago

@TheMilkman Bit weird to compare it to The Thin Red Line: a movie that eschews everyday politics in favour of deliberating about the human experience. Far Cry 5's marketing hands down puts emphasis on the political aspect of things. If you haven't seen any of it then fair enough.

A minor point. Brilliant movie though.
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ROMhack

2 months ago

@JoelStinty Good comment. It seems to be that Ubisoft is making a lot of tonally awkward games lately. Like them wanting to have their cake and eat it too. They're trying to throw in a lot of ideas and not understanding whether they should be making serious games that delve into deeper themes, or fun games that eschew all that in favour of the spectacular. Parody can be lost when you're not even sure what and why it is you're parodying something, and this review (along with others) makes it sound like they've struggled to define what they're doing.

I'm sure there's an audience for this game and I might pick it up eventually but I'm still unsure whether I should be taking it seriously or not.
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Trouble brewing for independent UK shop chain Grainger Games

ROMhack

2 months ago

@Elderlygoose There used to be another game shop in Nottingham in the old shopping centre. Did it close down? It was about a decade ago when I last went past.
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ROMhack

2 months ago

@riceNpea Midlands but close enough. A quick look says Nottingham is the closest.
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ROMhack

2 months ago

@samharper Yeah I try to be conscientious too. It often works quite well because if I spend more money on a game, I tend to put more effort into playing it. Obviously it's usually only an extra £5/10. However, I also buy less games overall so perhaps I'm a scourge on the industry. This all happened because I used to buy shit tons of cheap games on Steam and then never bothered to play them.
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ROMhack

2 months ago

Seems weird but I've never seen a Grainger Games store in the UK. I thought they were an entirely online business until now.
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Welcome to the new Eurogamer

ROMhack

2 months ago

@alsoatempaccount Interesting.
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ROMhack

2 months ago

Hey look it's USGamer :)
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The SD card and the vintage video game revolution

ROMhack

3 months ago

I love reading about retro games even though I don't really play them. If I may offer my take, there's just something pleasant about systems that don't require being online to get the most out of the console. I was amazed when I first connected to Xbox Live on the 360 but at the time of writing it feels that the monetisation and constant updates of gaming has taken away a lot of the simple joys of playing them. Modern games are great but it always feels like there's a shiny advertisement just behind the background insisting you buy even more products. It can be a big distraction - like the PSN store which I find myself compulsively checking just because I can. Retro games tend to remove that possibility and make for some sweet, sweet nostalgia. I don't think it matters what era they're from as long as it's something you grew up playing.
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In Nintendo, Bayonetta has found the most unlikely saviour

ROMhack

3 months ago

I actually think Nintendo is the perfect company for Bayonetta. Bayonetta at its core is a supremely well-designed action game. It has a remarkable purity and as such can be compared to an old-school game like Super Metroid. It puts the player experience - the thrill; the action - at the very forefront of the game. I also thought the first one had an air of the sublime about it.

That said, if we're discussing Platinum's best games then I easily prefer Nier: Automata. That game left me thinking and feeling. Bayonetta mostly left me excited.

Different strokes for different folks. Different games for different days.
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Hundreds of FUT 18 players get ratings boost

ROMhack

3 months ago

Remember in the olden days when players didn't have overall ratings and you had to inspect their individual stats instead? Bloody hell I miss those days. I think they were called Pro Evo 5.
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FIFA players react to EA's dramatic Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions U-turn

ROMhack

6 months ago

To be fair, I imagine there are plenty of people who pay money for this type of thing who only buy about two games. For them, it's not going to be as much of a big deal as it is to those who readily feel they spend enough money on games. I get the feeling EA misjudged the situation with Battlefront 2.
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The Evil Within 2 officially revealed

ROMhack

11 months ago

@NintendoGBR

Wasn't it a psychological horror? Big difference between something like this + Silent Hill and the likes of Alien: Isolation + Amnesia.
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Eurogamer's picks from the GOG Summer Sale

ROMhack

12 months ago

Fez is showing up as only 25% off for me?

Also, apparently I own D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die already. Completely forgot about that. Interesting game, albeit probably not as good as Deadly Premonition.
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Steam Direct fee will be $100 per title

ROMhack

12 months ago

It's a bit of a personal point but I don't feel much inclination to use Steam anymore. It used to feel like a genuine alternative which prioritised the social experience (i.e. groups) but it's become very convoluted lately. They also seemingly let any old tat through, which irks me a little. I understand it's good for small, independent developers but I think they ought to split the homepage up a bit. I certainly don't think they promote indie games well, unless they happen to catch your eye in the new releases or popular game section - which don't last long.

I'd liken the experience of using Steam these days to Facebook insofar as it was once a streamlined service that let you use it the way you wanted to. Now, it feels more like Steam wants too much control. They also appear to both value the use of algorithms over humans which gets my back up a bit, especially as it would be a simple way of sorting out the issue with buggy, broken titles.
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Fallout 4 offers free weekend trial on Xbox One and Steam

ROMhack

1 year ago

@DreadedWalrus Or if there was, they removed it and nobody was any the wiser.
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Xbox Game Pass launches 1st June

ROMhack

1 year ago

Interesting. I subscribed to PS Now for a while but ended up cancelling as it doesn't include anything remotely new and all the games featured are cheap as chips anyway. I assume we might now be entering a point in time where both Sony and Microsoft realise they're going to have to include current gen games. Good move by Microsoft to get the ball rolling first.

Of course, I'd absolutely love to see Nintendo do something similar but I reckon there's a greater chance of pigs flying in the sky.
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Gone Home is free this weekend on PC, Mac and Linux

ROMhack

2 years ago

It's a game in which you re-live the 90s by way of artefacts inside a middle-class American home by playing as a college girl who finds out about her sister's love life by rummaging around her knick-knacks. Also some other elements about her family too.

How appealing that concept sounds to you is precisely how much you'll enjoy Gone Home.

For what it's worth, I liked it when it came out. I didn't connect emotionally with it as a lot of others did, but liked the way it pivoted around indirectly finding things out about other people rather than having them tell you directly. I thought it was pretty relevant for a world who usually learn about each other through Facebook likes (and probably still is).

I don't think I'll replay it but it's a nice gesture to see it being given away for free.
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Why I love video game credits

ROMhack

2 years ago

@ChocNut

"Its a fucking disgrace to have such little respect for the art and people hours that go into media. Cant you just do another job for 5 fucking minutes instead of cutting into my movie watching and credits time?"

I used to work in a cinema and though I agree that it's ridiculous practice, I think you're blaming the wrong people. The lowly cleaning staff who want to get on with the cleaning aren't even fit to wipe the boots of the managers pulling all the programming shots (or so the managers would like to think).

From experience, you wouldn't believe how little turn around time you get sometimes. And I used to work at an independent so I bet it's even worse at the chains!
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ROMhack

2 years ago

@Alestes

Me too. Those type of games offer a strong sense of personality, which is usually part of the fun.
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ROMhack

2 years ago

Yeah, I remember thinking that at least half of the Uncharted IV credits were people from their various global marketing teams.
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The UK's only video game TV show canned

ROMhack

2 years ago

@The-Bodybuilder


"Looking to the future, Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit, which stars ex-Eurogamer lovely Ellie Gibson, is set to air on Dave later this year."
I read in last month's copy of Edge that it was set to have whacky challenges so it could be in line with a Top Gear-esque spirit.
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Mirror's Edge Catalyst review

ROMhack

2 years ago

@dogmanstaruk

Sometimes I think the rating system for games may as well be:

Amazing
7/10
Shit
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ROMhack

2 years ago

I wanted it to be good but once I read the story was something about a technocratic villain I realised it'd be rubbish. Simply put, it didn't sound coherent to the futuristic, corporate-driven world to have a clear, out-in-the-open type of villain. A Deus Exian band of shadow puppets pulling invisible strings would have made more sense.

Surprised to hear the gameplay is lacking (also heard the same thing on The Guardan). Usually it's the one thing that AAA pubs get right.
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 is a slower, more considered spin on Konami's series

ROMhack

2 years ago

@TheHammerite

But it was never a simulation. It used to be a really solid arcade game in the vein of something like a football-version of Street Fighter.

Nothing about PES 1/2/3/4/5/6 was particularly realistic but everything was so well balanced in tandem with the other parts that it felt bloody great.
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ROMhack

2 years ago

PES was my series of choice up to 2013 but the last two (three?) have been incomplete. And it's published by Konami after all so on Earth why would I expect this next one to be good now?

I don't love EA or FIFA either but at least they tend to finish their games without any glaring omissions. Personally, I think PES gets an easy time given how games get slaughtered these days if they're released unfinished.
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Watch: The game endings that made us go wait, what

ROMhack

2 years ago

Speaking about bad endings, System Shock 2 always springs to mind.

The last cut-scene where the protagonist (who we see in third-person despite being in first-person for the entire game) goes 'nah' is mind-bogglingly lame.
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Here's our first look at PES 2017

ROMhack

2 years ago

I'm looking forward to Peschinko 2017.
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Watch: TimeSplitters 2's first level in Homefront: The Revolution

ROMhack

2 years ago

This
Uncharted IV's Crash Bandicoot section
The whole DOOM thing

Any other recent attempts to harken back to glory days of a time that wasn't today?
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