Stranded87

The brilliant Inside is now on iPhones and iPads

Stranded87

5 months ago

The touchscreen controls work brilliantly well too. Not quite as well as a controller, but close imo.
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Soulcalibur 6 is a blast from the past with an accessible twist

Stranded87

5 months ago

@MistaLarge not a fan of loot boxes but luck has its place in games. As this article says, it makes it more accessible, and accessibility is important, particularly in a genre that's often very unforgiving. If you're skilled at fighters then maybe this one isn't for you. There are plenty of others. For me, the addition of luck makes it more appealing.
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Will Take-Two push loot boxes or microtransactions into Obsidian's new RPG?

Stranded87

5 months ago

@Velocikitty I don't think it's 'enough reason for most'. I agree, they're seriously milking the multiplayer. And it's inexplicable that people keep playing and paying for it since even taking the microtransactions out of the equation it's shonky and generally not very good. I'd also like to have seen more single player stuff... which is why I'm very up for RDR 2, because, you know, it will come with more single player stuff.

Generally with very few exceptions I feel a 'wait and see' approach is always wiser than just writing something off miles in advance anyway. I know you can change your mind later, but it just seems odd to me.
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Stranded87

5 months ago

@giorgoskatsas couldn't you wait and see how RDR 2 turns out before writing it off? My guess is any of this stuff will have little to no effect on the single player (unless I've missed some confirmation that it will) and will mostly be centred on the multiplayer.
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Oxenfree developer Night School Studio's next game is about getting drunk in Hell

Stranded87

5 months ago

Looking forward to this. If you like Night School Studio's writing it's worth checking out the stuff they've made for mobile as well. They did a Mr Robot game that's actually one of my favourite games from last year (better than Oxenfree imo) as well as a game around the recent Mummy movie, which didn't grab me as much, but is full of dialogue and decisions.
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Obsidian's new RPG is being published by Take-Two's new label Private Division

Stranded87

5 months ago

@Jimjamyaha AA has been a thing for years. Basically mid-budget games.
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The wait was worth it for Yooka-Laylee on Switch

Stranded87

5 months ago

@VanillaLake Fair enough. I guess we like very different things, I thought most of the boss battles were among the weakest parts of Mario Odyssey. Yooka-Laylee I'd rate well below not just Mario though but also A Hat In Time. From the little I played of Snake Pass I also preferred that.
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Stranded87

5 months ago

Don't play this after Mario is all I'll say. Nice to see Switch getting lots of games but this is below average, and its flaws will be even more obvious after platforming perfection.
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InXile teases Wasteland 2 on Nintendo Switch

Stranded87

5 months ago

@Baban_Iesu I guess maybe the original Fallout games? But Wasteland 2 is a bit more linear and not as good. Can't think of anything recent that's especially similar.
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Firewatch developer reveals next game In The Valley of the Gods

Stranded87

5 months ago

Well this is instantly right up there with my most wanted games.
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Odd war of words erupts in the messy world of Star Control

Stranded87

6 months ago

@frightlever you say you can't find evidence of it, but Wardell seems to think he has all the relevant documents, something which (based on this article anyway) Ford and Reiche don't seem to.

And Stardock have publicly stated they're not using the original alien designs - which will be easy to ultimately call them on if they are.

Wardell sounds like a massive asshole, but in this case his arguments sound far more convincing. Though maybe that's because he's consulted with a lawyer, which, as he points out, Ford and Reiche really probably should as well.
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Square Enix speaks out on the future of Deus Ex

Stranded87

6 months ago

@dharushan411 there was zero need to buy any of the microtransactions in the last game, I certainly didn't, and they weren't pushed on you in the way they are in a lot of games either. Also, while the game ended slightly abruptly that's not exactly uncommon when a company is planning a trilogy. It was still a long game with a generous amount of content.
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In defence of Oblivion

Stranded87

6 months ago

It had some nice moments, but the level scaling was so extreme and poorly handled that it just felt pointless. Add in a dull - even by Bethesda standards - main quest and I struggle to see it as more than a 7/10.

I would love to play a version that's not just remastered but also rebalanced though.
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Beamdog is enhancing BioWare's Neverwinter Nights next

Stranded87

6 months ago

Hordes of the Underdark was superb, probably one of my favourite RPGs to this day. But yeah, the core Neverwinter Nights game wasn't brilliant.
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How well does Skyrim on Switch compare to PS4?

Stranded87

6 months ago

@GADG3Tx87 Docked maybe (I still don't think so), but portable?! Everything in the distance is just a blurry mess. I'm actually more disappointed by the Switch handheld shots than I expected to be.

Still, worth it for handheld Skyrim if I hadn't already played it to death. I'd snap up Fallout 4 on the Switch since I bailed on that quite quickly.
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New Pillars of Eternity 2 trailer suggests activity afoot at Obsidian

Stranded87

6 months ago

@MahtiK Disagree. I mean, it's not a great trailer, but it showed off environments, graphical improvements, a little bit of voice acting and story. More a teaser than a proper trailer I guess, but it got me slightly more hyped for the game. Then again, I don't think I've seen much of anything before this (I know I'm buying it so didn't feel the need for trailers) so that might make a difference.
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Dataminers unearth an updated version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' desert map

Stranded87

6 months ago

@xecksx you might just have won the award for most hilariously pathetic post I've ever seen on EG. Good job.
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Beamdog may be making a new Planescape: Torment RPG

Stranded87

6 months ago

If it exists the actual title had better not be Planescape: Unraveled. While I'd happily have Ravel as a major character that play on words is so bad.
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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 review

Stranded87

6 months ago

Unless the lack of a recommended badge is an accident this review is a good argument for there not being any badges at all. It reads like a recommended but given that it doesn't have that badge might be dismissed by some.
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Super Lucky's Tale review

Stranded87

6 months ago

@SonicUk well, again, I think in making the comment they're essentially saying they aren't really comparing it to Mario, so I guess we just disagree on where they were coming from with that. I agree though that they're often quite pro-Nintendo, certainly more so than I am (I have a Switch and it's great, but it's the first great Nintendo hardware in many years and I still play on my PS4 more) but when it comes to Mario I don't think their Nintendo 'bias' is unjustified.
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Stranded87

6 months ago

@SonicUk It's not a bias. Few conventional platformers have competed with Mario since the 64-bit days and arguably no 3D ones have. That's an opinion, but a mainstream one backed up by reviews. And with so few companies making platformers it doesn't look like there will be much challenge to Mario again, other than the occasional 2D Sonic or Rayman.

Also, given the recommended badge I think you're mis-reading their comment in a way. I take it as saying that's it's not fair or helpful to overly compare it to Mario and that if you don't it's a decent game in its own right. Whereas a lot of the reviews hating on it may well be doing so because they are comparing it to Mario.
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Stranded87

6 months ago

@LittleBigDave I'm fairly sure it would make little to no difference.

Personally I have no real attachment to Mario and rarely love his games (though I can see the appeal) but I thought Odyssey was superb.

That said, the assets are a factor anyway. Not in the sense of 'oh it's Mario it must be good' which I assume is what you mean? But just in the general art design and graphical quality etc, so swapping them could make a difference in that sense.
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Stranded87

6 months ago

Might pick this up at some point. Almost done with Mario Odyssey and quite fancy another platformer, but I'm leaning more towards A Hat In Time first. It's great that there's suddenly a few to choose from.
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Grand Theft Auto 5 is best-selling game of all time in US

Stranded87

6 months ago

@adamantium honestly it's baffling. Heists are kind of fun, but the online as a whole is a slow, clunky, repetitive mmo wannabe.
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Skate 3 to be enhanced for Xbox One X

Stranded87

7 months ago

Do these upgrades offer more than just 4K support? And if so is there any technical reason the Xbox One S or original Xbox One couldn't get them as well? If not it seems a bit cheeky of Microsoft to make them exclusive to the One X.
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Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds review

Stranded87

7 months ago

@Pokkai 'Oh and how much did Microsoft line your pockets with for the Xbox One X coverage?'

Probably nothing. It's of interest to a lot of readers so worth their time, and I'm pretty sure they give most new console launches a lot of attention (even when they're barely new like the One X and PS4 Pro).
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David Cage on Detroit and its depiction of domestic violence

Stranded87

7 months ago

I have to agree with others here that a film director probably wouldn't be asked that question, but I wonder (though doubt they'd admit this) if it's as much that it's because it's David Cage than because it's a game. I think it's justifiable that they should be worried that he won't do the best job of tackling this subject.

I'm almost certain he won't, but I'm intrigued enough that I'll play the game to find out first hand.
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Night in the Woods is getting a free Director's Cut update in December

Stranded87

7 months ago

Switch feels like the perfect home for this. I really need to finish it, but it's not a game I ever feel like sitting down at my PC to play.
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The Assassin's Creed series, ranked

Stranded87

7 months ago

I got bored halfway through Assassins Creed 2, ditched it and never went back to the series after that. Guess I'm not missing anything if that's the best of them.
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Jelly Deals: Nintendo Switch reduced to 260 today

Stranded87

7 months ago

@jasonkane I have zero extras and have been enjoying mine just fine. Sure, you need stuff to get the most out of couch multiplayer or store a lot of games on the Switch, but neither of those things apply for the two games you want. All I can think is you mean the Pro controller? But that's far from essential, most things control well with the Joycons.
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Elex review

Stranded87

7 months ago

@Paul_Denton it reads like a 6 or 7. A 6 wouldn't get a recommended and a 7 would be borderline.
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How Valve released five of its greatest games in a single day

Stranded87

7 months ago

@kipper Three new games (I think) and 2 old (but not particularly old) games in the Orange Box, vs 4 old games (some of which were older than anything in the Orange Box) in the Master Chief Collection. Plus there's a greater variety of content in Orange Box since it's not all sequels. So yeah, Orange Box was better value. Also Halo has still never come close to HL2, but I guess that's slightly subjective.
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Surprise! Flower is on the App Store

Stranded87

8 months ago

@andoarias may well have just been marketing nonsense, but this isn't evidence of that. It might only have been possible on the PS3 all those years ago.
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Jelly Deals: Amazon introduces six new Alexa-enabled devices

Stranded87

8 months ago

@drxym they're all about smart home control though really. If you don't have smart home devices or have no interest in controlling them with your voice then fine, but it's genuinely useful if you do. And no, pulling your phone out, pressing a button and then giving the same voice command isn't just as good.
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Yooka-Laylee's Nintendo Switch edition held back by Unity issues

Stranded87

8 months ago

Yeah at this point they should really wait until at least early next year to get out of Mario's way. It's an underwhelming game though in any case.
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Divinity: Original Sin 2 review

Stranded87

8 months ago

@Samael_Blackwing I assume you've checked but if yours was a reasonably high-end PC when you got it this will probably run fine. Mine is about four years old, was upper mid-range at the time and can run this maxed out.
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You can now play Super Mario 64 online with others

Stranded87

8 months ago

@Dan234 that's not the only paragraph of text on the subject. It was just one I found quickly which seemed relevant (because Nintendo). It's common knowledge that ROMs are illegal in most countries and easy to find your own evidence if you're not satisfied with mine. As for the rest of it, I acknowledged that it was a guess, but one I'm fairly confident of.
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Stranded87

8 months ago

@josephupton Also, and this is another guess so could be wildly wrong, but I'm not sure you have to defend your copyright when the distributed content is clearly illegal, such at torrents etc. It's not a case of something using assets or ideas from your game, they're just taking your game. No defence should - logically though perhaps not legally - be needed.
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Stranded87

8 months ago

@josephupton it was a guess, but a quick Google tells you ROMs are illegal and Nintendo is not happy about them. https://www.nintendo.com/corp/legal.jsp#roms when it comes to projects like this I'm not sure where I'd look, but it seems very logical that it would be under the same legal grounds. See also: torrents
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Stranded87

8 months ago

@josephupton if indeed they haven't I imagine it's because it's not worth their time (the games are usually old and more will pop up as soon as they block some). But ROMs of commercial games are illegal.
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Stranded87

8 months ago

@josephupton it really isn't fair use though. The torrent reply you got highlighted that excellently. Since it's the entire of Mario 64 (albeit altered slightly) that they are giving away for free there's nothing fair about that for Nintendo. From their perspective it's no different to someone making Mario 64 available as a torrent. I actually have no issue with it, it's an ancient game and this mod looks fun, but Nintendo would absolutely be legally in the right if they got it taken down.
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Divinity: Original Sin 2 roars out of the gates to nearly 500K sold

Stranded87

8 months ago

So glad to see this selling well, it's absolutely brilliant.
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Inside Obsidian: How RPG's greatest survivors kept the lights on

Stranded87

8 months ago

@DrinkingWithSkeleton No. You're also getting the weeks of interesting coverage. I know the messaging was a bit misleading but I don't feel like there needs to be a big revelation.
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Divinity: Original Sin 2 is shaping up to be every bit as good as its predecessor

Stranded87

8 months ago

@UncleLou this is a true thing that's true. I've read that if you play as one of them you get more of their quests and/or story content than if you just have them in your party. But that was based on the Early Access build, so might not be the case any more.
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Stranded87

8 months ago

For anyone who's not started yet, a quick tip - use one of the 'Origin' characters rather than creating one from scratch. You can still customise most aspects of them, but you get a character with a past and seemingly additional in-game goals.
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Stranded87

8 months ago

@SegaBlueSky I doubt it. From the little I've played it seems very separate. Though I can hardly remember the story of the first game.
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ThatGameCompany reveals "social adventure game" Sky for iOS

Stranded87

8 months ago

@Carroceiro there are some very deep 'proper' RPGs and strategy games on mobile, plus point and clicks and various console and PC ports of games that would never be accused of not being proper on their original platforms.

There's also a lot of crap, and not all games control brilliantly. But equally some great games are more at home on a phone or tablet than anywhere else. I find this whole attitude bizarre. It's like an extension of the PC elitists.
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Stranded87

8 months ago

@tcnitsni out of curiosity, why? Seems quite closed minded but I'm open to the possibility that you might have a good reason. There are loads of great mobile games (originals and ports) and many control very well on mobile too. I'm a bit sceptical about this from a control perspective due to the style of game it looks to be, but since it's presumably been built for mobile I'm hopeful they won't have messed it up.
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Destiny 2 physical sales down by half from Destiny 1

Stranded87

8 months ago

@Bauul thanks, that's useful insight. I should have clarified that I meant pointless to consumers, and almost pointless for sites like EG to report on, since digital sales are likely (I would think) to have a truly enormous impact. But that's interesting to know anyway.
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Firewatch dev threatens Pewdiepie video takedown, following YouTube star's use of N-word

Stranded87

8 months ago

@SpaceMonkey77 it's up to the individual in the same way it's up to the individual to decide whether to stab someone. You can do it, but it's never ok. If you say that word you will be offending almost every black person and a high percentage of white people too.
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