Rogueywon

Four months after launch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gets loot boxes - and they're awful

Rogueywon

2 days ago

Ordered a new PC from Novatech at the weekend. Apparently it comes with a free copy of CodBlops4. I'm now wondering it this is actually a throwback to the days when Dell used to install bloatware by default and charge you more if you wanted a PC without it.
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Norwich's Fortnite Live festival was a complete disaster

Rogueywon

4 days ago

Presumably put on by the same people who, every year, end up in the press for those "shit Christmas village" thingies. The thingies that people keep buying tickets for year after year, despite them all turning out to be shit borderline-scams.
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Far Cry New Dawn physical sales just a quarter of Far Cry Primal's

Rogueywon

4 days ago

Might just be me, but I've just not seen that much marketing for New Dawn. When Primal launched, there were adverts everywhere - not just online, but on billboards and the sides of buses. New Dawn feels very much like it was pushed out as an afterthought. Plus Primal was very much marketed as a full game in its own right (even if it did pinch the FC4 map), while New Dawn has been more in that twilight stand-alone sort-of expansion territory.

Kind of like Blood Dragon, but without the eye-catching concept.
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Final Fantasy 9 remaster now on Switch and Xbox One

Rogueywon

1 week ago

@Scottoest Moving very slowly through development as a disappointing-looking action RPG.
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Rogueywon

1 week ago

@Solegor I've never clicked with FFIX either, despite doing two full playthroughs of it over the years (the second one completionist). Always found the gameplay pace very slow compared to the other games in the series (and oh my word those framerates on Playstation hardware), plus the story spends a lot of time spinning its wheels, then rushes all the character development for Zidane through in the final arc.

There's a barebones but workable version of FFVIII on Steam, if you want to be able to play it on a "current" platform.
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Console modding can now land you a prison sentence in Japan

Rogueywon

2 months ago

@FortysixterUK Japan's always had some weird rules around gaming and intellectual property. Did you know that game rentals are illegal in Japan?

This is just the latest in a series of bizarre rules forced through by their powerful media conglomerates. Not that the US's DMCA is really all that much better.
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Rogueywon

2 months ago

I've also seen reports that this clamps down on game modding as well. This raises the prospect of prison time for making - for instance - Skyrim mods (though I find it hard to believe that would ever actually happen).
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20th Century Fox teases new Amanda Ripley Alien game

Rogueywon

2 months ago

Oh blimey, a sequel to Isolation would make me very happy. Utterly terrified, if it's done well. But also very happy. Probably the best game to come out of an otherwise awkward transition period between console generations.

I'd written off any hopes of a sequel due to the original's mediocre sales and poor reception from some US-based media outlets. But maybe there's hope after all...
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Valve writer Erik Wolpaw rejoins company

Rogueywon

2 months ago

@Malek86 I don't even particularly want HL3. I know that it's become a bit of a meme, but I'm really not sure that a new HL would set the world on fire.

The original HL was a brilliant game by the standards of its time. It pushed boundaries for narrative in the fps genre and for the quality of enemy AI. The mod scene it inspired was of genuine significance to the history of competitive gaming (via Counter-Strike). But it didn't do anything that dozens of other games haven't done since. Hell, you can see the seeds of a lot of HL (albeit in a less polished manner) in Quake 2's campaign.

HL2, with hindsight, looks even less groundbreaking. It's a competent mid-'00s fps, but no more so than other products of the time, like Doom 3 and the original Far Cry. It had a fair few weaknesses, particularly in the way its vehicle sections managed to outstay their welcome.

I'm just not sure a HL3 would be all that big a deal in a market where expectations around fpses have moved on so much.
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Lego Lord of the Rings games removed from Steam, Xbox and PS4 stores

Rogueywon

2 months ago

@spacedmonkeys I'm more bitter that I sat through the third Hobbit movie. Three hours of my life I won't get back.
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Rogueywon

2 months ago

@Wayne Can only think of one case of a title not being available for redownload after being removed from digital stores and that was PT, which looks like a pretty distinctive one-off. I suspect Valve's contracts with publishers include some kind of "once it's sold, it's sold" clause.

These aren't the only games yanked from Steam recently, though. I'm a bit surprised EG hasn't covered Star Control Origins, which has been pulled from Steam and GoG following a DCMA claim by the creators of the original Star Control as part of a long-running and complex dispute over the rights to the property. That was only released a couple of months ago.
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The Eurogamer team's favourite games of 2018

Rogueywon

2 months ago

That confirms what I'd already suspected - my taste in games is wildly different from that of the majority of EG writers. Most of the above didn't have a single cross-over with my own top 5. Will Jud had the highest degree of alignment, with 2 games shared between our lists. My top 5 as submitted to the reader poll was:

BattleTech
Dark Souls Remastered
Forza Horizon 4
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
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Blizzard customer service concern as staff accept cash to exit Irish hub

Rogueywon

2 months ago

@imagonnawin THey're apparently struggling with player retention across a number of their titles. Heathstone seems to be ok and still bringing in the whales, but the rest aren't looking so happy. There have been a few panicked noises coming out of the Overwatch side over recent months about players jumping ship.
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With Fortune Island, Forza Horizon 4 remains generous to a fault

Rogueywon

2 months ago

Fortune Island was lovely while it lasted, but I was a bit surprised to be completely done with it (all events, publicity stunts, treasure hunts, achievements and influence boards) after a quick session on Friday evening and a more substantial play on Saturday. The publicity stunts in particular are far, far easier than those in the main game.

To me, the generous cash rewards from the treasure hunts felt like a compensation for some of the faults in the base-game's economy. As the article says, the game can shower you with rewards from wheelspins. However, these are highly RNG-based. If you are actually trying to save up cash towards one of the castles or the really expensive cars, the economy can feel miserly. Even with the VIP bonus, cash rewards from races are sparse. A few good wheelspins can send your bank balance soaring. Conversely, hit a run of bad wheelspins and your balance can go weeks where it feels like it barely budges.
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Germany will take Nintendo and its no-cancel eShop pre-order policy to court

Rogueywon

2 months ago

@SupremeAC Don't buy much on Nintendo platforms, so don't know how things specifically work there, but other digital platforms often offer incentives for pre-ordering. Steam titles often offer a couple of quid off the default price if you pre-order. Another common trick I've seen on multiple platforms is to offer some day-one DLC free to pre-orders, but then charge for it post-launch.
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Rogueywon

2 months ago

Not a lawyer, but work with plenty. First thought...

Nintendo will seriously struggle make an argument that a pre-load constitutes the point at which a "performance has begun". A court is much, much more likely to decide that the performance begins at the point at which the game unlocks and becomes playable.

If that's the thrust of Nintendo's argument, I'm surprised they're even bothering to fight it in court. They've as good as lost already and I'd have thought they'd rather just change their policy now and save themselves a load of legal fees.
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Battlefield 5 physical sales down more than half on Battlefield 1

Rogueywon

3 months ago

Nice to see Forza Horizon 4 still doing well. That's a lovely game.
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Alien: Blackout looks set for The Game Awards

Rogueywon

3 months ago

@curtlikesmeat I thought the first third or so of the Marine campaign in AvP2 was really good. The first level did a good job of playing the suspense card - there weren't actually any xenomorphs in it, but it did get in a good few jump scares. When they finally come bursting out of the goddam walls in the middle of the second mission, it feels earned. The failed "rescue" mission you do for your commanding officer early on is also really good.

It all breaks down, though, once you meet the human adversaries. All the tension just evaporates and it turns into a third-rate Half Life knock-off. Despite a few moments of promise, the campaign's final third (after you escape the human facility) never really matches the heights of level design that they managed earlier on, with the last mission in particular feeling rushed.

But I'd still consider it the best game to come out of the Alien/Aliens franchise in the long run between the C64 Aliens in 1986 and Alien: Isolation in 2014.
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Rogueywon

3 months ago

@DEV_NULL In fairness, it's only really in the final few minutes of Aliens that the xenomorphs get turned into cannon fodder. For most of the movie's run-time, they remain utterly deadly. Despite all the big guns, the human characters spend most of the film on the receiving end of a one-sided arse-kicking.

It's only Ripley's power-fantasy rampage in the nest at the end that really flips that around. I'll grant you, though, that said rampage is probably the weakest part of the film.
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Rogueywon

3 months ago

The big test will be whether or not it's actually scary. Alien: Isolation was scary. Not many other games based on the franchise have managed this. Colonial Marines turned the xenomorphs from "terrifying killing machines" into "at best cannon fodder, at worst comic relief". The recent-ish AvP game was no better. Back in the 2000s, AvP2's marine campaign managed a few moments of fear in its earlier sections, but going back further than that, you're looking back to the late '80s C64 game to find an actually-scary Aliens title.

An Aliens shooter (as opposed to stealth/survival game like Isolation) absolutely could be scary, but it needs to follow a few rules. The xenomorphs have to remain individually threatening, rather than being "trash mobs" which only pose any risk when they attack in a large group. That would mean fewer, but more powerful xenomorphs than seen in previous games (and possibly some nasty choices about whether to open fire and risk attracting further attention, rather than relying on stealth). It also requires some basic design choices. For god's sake, have the xenomorphs run upright (like Isolation does). For some reason, almost every Aliens game since the early 90s has had the default xenomorph movement be crouched. It makes them harder to hit (probably good for shooter mechanics), but turns them from "eight foot tall armour plated nightmares" into "big dogs".
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Starbreeze struggles after Overkill's The Walking Dead fails to set tills alight

Rogueywon

3 months ago

@Malek86 Underworld Ascendant turned into a bit of a mess, didn't it? Some ropey design decisions and a release several months before it was ready, from what I've seen.

Vaguely surprised EG haven't reviewed it. Though perhaps not that surprised, after thesixthaxis declared it "unreviewable" in its current form.
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Nintendo shuts down Zelda: Skyward Sword Switch port reports

Rogueywon

3 months ago

This wasn't too bad. I preferred it to both Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. The motion controls, however, needed to bugger off and die in a ditch. Would be nice if they could be ditched for any remake, but seeing that Nintendo is still forcing them in Pokemon Let's Go, I wouldn't get your hopes up.
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Fallout 76 review - a bizarre, boring, broken mess

Rogueywon

3 months ago

@UncleLou It's been pretty extensively covered from what I've seen. Signs of a train-wreck have been present for a few months, at least.
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Vermintide 2 finally arrives on PlayStation 4 next month

Rogueywon

3 months ago

@jonathanharding-rath More or less, yes. They're not terrible, by any means. They'll stick with the player, will be reasonably competent attackers and will "play their role" (important in Vermintide 2). But they're not great at avoiding damage, which means that on Champion and Legend difficulties (the top two), they tend not to have the staying power needed to get through a mission.

That said, they've been gradually improved via patches over time.
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Rogueywon

3 months ago

@jonathanharding-rath You can play with bots if you want, but I wouldn't recommend it. The bots are only really viable on the first two (out of four) difficulty settings.

That said, the bots do at least stick close to you, which makes them better than some of the players you will see on those lower settings.
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Overkill's The Walking Dead review - a limp Left 4 Dead-a-like

Rogueywon

3 months ago

Gave it a (very) quick look, but no way I'm paying the asking price for that. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 offers another recent installment in the same genre, with far more polish, for a fraction of the price.
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Fallout 76 is live early

Rogueywon

3 months ago

Blimey! It's like access to anal warts has unexpectedly been made quicker and easier!
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Get up to 90% off Warhammer games with Humble this week

Rogueywon

4 months ago

Vermintide 2 is a great little game and an absolute steal at the price. Servers remain very well populated today, months after release.
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Welsh horror game sparks legal threat for featuring private home in advertising

Rogueywon

4 months ago

@TheTingler Complex. In the UK, the answer is generally "yes", but you need a whole shedload of exemptions and footnotes to go alongside that. Which side of the line this particular case falls on, I do not know...
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Forza Horizon 4's latest weekly challenge is a reminder of everything the first game did right

Rogueywon

4 months ago

@Perjoss Really. Out of that entire outfit, it's the crown you alight on?

I was more enraptured by the subtle interplay between the hotpants, the wooly mittens and the Wellington boots.

Though in fairness, you see stranger things in London these days. My creation lacks the facial hair, though.
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Rogueywon

4 months ago

@Perjoss I decided that, as a form of soft-protest against all the cosmetics, I was going to make the dumbest-looking avatar I possibly could.

Problem is, after I created this dapper gent...



I came to the conclusion he was actually kind-of awesome.
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Rogueywon

4 months ago

@MrTomFTW They fixed this in the patch that hit Tuesday/Wednesday (depending on your platform).

2 million shouldn't take that long. Find a good spot for chain farming. I like the long stretch of winding road at the North West edge of the map, which is great for drift and wreckage chains with very few chances to crash and lose your chain. Go wild for 20 minutes or so. That should be enough for 2 million. The only real gripe with this weekly is that the car itself has a poor skill-tree, with few multipliers you can unlock to speed things up.

The previous week's 7 million challenge was absurd, particularly as the reset-bug was active and present for the whole of that week.
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Counter-Strike pro who was caught cheating mid-tournament given five-year ban

Rogueywon

4 months ago

Using cheats - especially easily identified ones like an aimbot - at a LAN has got to be the height of stupidity.

It's not a new thing, though. I still remember somebody get caught (and loudly mocked for it) at one of the old i-series events in Reading racecourse back in the very early 00s.
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Steam popularity skyrockets in China as government's freeze on new game approvals continues

Rogueywon

4 months ago

@Lalaland Given the current direction of travel in Chinese politics (swinging back to hardcore-authoritarian), it's looking more likely that they'll just crack down on gaming wholesale. Where gaming continues in China, it may well just be on the basis of people working through the cracks in the Great Firewall.
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Fallout 76 may have some "spectacular" bugs, Bethesda warns

Rogueywon

4 months ago

In other news:

- water confirmed to be wet.
- bears confirmed to shit in the woods.
- rumours that Pope may be Catholic appear to be on the money.
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Soulcalibur 6 latest to see physical sales plummet compared to predecessor

Rogueywon

4 months ago

What the hell? Grand Theft Auto V falls out of the charts?

A commercial flop, clearly. :)
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Being openly political in games is "bad for business", The Division developer says

Rogueywon

4 months ago

There's an old quote often attributed to Michael Jordan, which has a lot of resonance here: "Republicans buy sneakers too".

It may or may not be coincidence, but several AAA games which have either gone heavily political, or whose devs have gone heavily political, have not done well in sales terms over the last year or two. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus would be the poster-child for this.
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Where have all the World War 1 and 2 flight sims gone?

Rogueywon

4 months ago

Flight sims in general got kinda killed by segmentation. At one end of the market, you had the arcade flight-sims (Blazing Angels, Ace Combat, Crimson Skies etc) which were fun but ultimately quite shallow. At the other end, you got ever more sophisticated uber-hardcore sims for people who thought nothing of dropping 10 grand on a fancy cockpit setup in their gaming room. The old middle-ground, where '90s sims like Wings of Glory, Red Baron, Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe and so on got lost in the mix.

The same's happening to driving games at the moment, with only the Forza series now remaining as the valiant defenders of the happy-middle.
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Cat interferes with Elite Dangerous rescue operation, ruins everything

Rogueywon

4 months ago

A Kilrathi-in-training there...
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Toys R Us comeback tease infuriates former unpaid staff

Rogueywon

5 months ago

@Fivefinger_Delta I was going to say... the two things I remember about Toys R Us are that their stock was inevitably over-priced and frequently broken.
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Valkyria Chronicles 4 review - a robust, romantic sequel with a few ropey elements

Rogueywon

5 months ago

@Cappy Hmm... I think my reply to you just got eaten by the system. Apologies if two very similar posts now appear.

Agree the review is fairly useless. It's criticisms are only relevant for people with certain fringe political views.

In gameplay terms, the main thing to note is that this is very, very similar to the first game in the series. Much less so to the PSP sequels (their melee class gets ditched, for instance). Some of the battles are slightly larger, but you are still limited to two armoured vehicles (though one can be an APC, which opens up new tactical options).

The big addition is the grenadier, which works well. On the offensive, it gives you an indirect fire option (at the expense of low speed and a long setup time before it can fire (during which time it's exposed to reaction fire). On the defensive, its reaction fire can disrupt units and throw them around, which makes it an effective counter for the AI to use against scout-rush tactics, meaning they're slightly less overpowered than they used to be (though still highly effective).

Mission design is good - the first few missions are quite hand-holdy (more so than in the first game), but by Chapter 4 things have opened up a bit and you get some more taxing tactical challenges. Again, mission design tends to de-emphasise scenarios in which you can do a pure scout-run, with more varied objectives and heavier deployment of static turrets.

As for the storyline - the review is flat-out wrong. This occurs in parallel to the events of the first game and the stories of the two intersect in a few places. Playing as the Federation rather than Galia isn't a huge change (the main characters are runaway Galians who signed up with the Federation military), but it does put you front and square in the war, rather than being a sideshow.

Edit: Two criticisms I would also level at the game:

1) Some AI flaws that were in the first game in the series are still present. In particular, the AI is too quick to give up when faced with reaction fire (when the correct decision would be to just run through it) and it is a bit too prone to only moving units once per turn. These really should have been fixed.

2) Missions (and rewards) remain graded by a system that only takes into account the number of turns it takes to finish. This encourages rush-tactics a bit too much. I'd have loved to see them move to a broader ranking system that grades based on a range of factors. On the plus side, you can now repeat main-plot missions as well as skirmishes, so a poor rank on a main plot mission doesn't have to be a permanent blot on your record.
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How BioWare revolutionised the RPG

Rogueywon

5 months ago

Baldur's Gate was certainly a revolutionary game and deserves a lot of credit for having revived the Western RPG at a time when it was in really dire straits. Traditional PC RPG franchises like Eye of the Beholder and even Ultima had bogged down or run out of ideas. Baldur's Gate was a breath of fresh air.

But, as the article alludes to in a few places, it was also a flawed game and one with a number of frustrations and missed opportunities. The world was, in some ways, too large, with a lot of large, open wilderness spaces with not much happening. Characters were thinly written, many with just a handful of lines. A number of excessive hold-overs from pen-and-paper gameplay didn't work out well on a computer. The game which fixed these issues, and the game which truly deserves the legendary status, was Baldur's Gate 2 (probably my personal pick for the best game of all time).
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EA reportedly under criminal investigation in Belgium due to FIFA's loot boxes

Rogueywon

5 months ago

From what I've seen reported elsewhere (which admittedly may be inaccurate), there's more to this story than shown above. EA has allegedly not just refused to comply with the instructions from the Gaming Commission, but is actively picking a fight, betting that the Commission's ruling won't stand up in court.

High stakes strategy, if true!
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Fortnite will soon get input-based matchmaking

Rogueywon

6 months ago

@Zeus97 Something really needs to be done? They could make M+K standard console peripherals. That would help.

Also, if said player was really good, he's unlikely to be using max mouse sensitivity. While that allows for large direction changes with only small hand movements, it screws up your fine aim.
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Despite millions of PlayStation Plus downloads, the Velocity 2X developer can't convince a publisher to fund a sequel

Rogueywon

6 months ago

You can generally spot the commercial flops on PC (where only very limited sales data is otherwise available) by the length of time it takes a title to start showing up in Humble Bundles and the like. Inclusion in those bundles can be a last shot in the arm for games which have cratered via normal sales, but once the genie is out of the sold-for-pennies bottle, there's no putting it back in.
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Sumo buys Everybody's Gone to the Rapture studio The Chinese Room

Rogueywon

6 months ago

Suspect they might end up regretting this one. Unless, of course, they want to move towards a business model based on picking pointless twitter fights with more respected studios...
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Valkyria Chronicles 4 shows that to move forward sometimes you've got to take a step back

Rogueywon

6 months ago

I've seen reported elsewhere that the melee classes from the PSP sequels have been removed from this one. If true, I think that's a positive step. They never really felt in-keeping with the pseudo-WW2 setting.
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The difference between the Definitive Edition of Divinity: Original Sin 2 and the original is striking

Rogueywon

7 months ago

Some wider fixes to the UI and inventory management on the PC version would be appreciated. I played this through in co-op with a friend and it is a great game, but the inventory UI (including crafting and trading) can really, really frustrate at times.
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Gran Turismo Sport's big new update is the best and the worst of the series rolled into one

Rogueywon

7 months ago

@Dark_knightmare2 Forza 7's loot boxes were never, ever available for real money.

If you had half a brain, you quickly worked out it was only ever worth buying the mods ones. What that translated into was giving the player an choice of options for each race to either make them a bit easier, or else make them harder for additional reward.
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Rogueywon

7 months ago

Having done approximately 7 trillion laps of Spa-Francorchamps in Forza Motorsport 7, I officially never want to see the damned track again. It can go alongside Silverstone and Sebring on my list of "real world tracks I never, ever want to see in a game again".
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