Yossarian

The hunt for Overwatch's next hero gets even more ridiculous

Yossarian

2 years ago

@Bratterz They're being DDoS'd. Yet again.
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Ana goes live in Overwatch on PC, consoles TBC

Yossarian

2 years ago

@UKRaver1980 Correct. At worst, you're seeing one player on each team grab Ana when it's not situationally optimal, which is relatively rare given how flexible her kit is.
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Overwatch: Blizzard answers the big questions

Yossarian

2 years ago

@Apostate Matchmaking is not broken, I have yet to observe a cheater in the wild in dozens of hours, latency is standard for online shooters (and almost entirely beyond Blizzard's control), and the hitboxes are by design; the only thing I'd complain about is Hanzo's arrows, but Hanzo isn't a particularly powerful hero anyway.
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Yossarian

2 years ago

@Peew971 It rewards people who are good at winning matches of Overwatch. Not sure where you got the idea it's based on kills.
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Yossarian

2 years ago

The game is almost as far from "utterly broken" as you can get before you hit "perfect." Of course there are things that need tuning and tweaking, but it launched in an incredible state.
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Overwatch Review

Yossarian

2 years ago

The most fun I've had with a multiplayer shooter since the original Left 4 Dead. It's bonkers good.
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Overwatch Competitive mode to return roughly end of June

Yossarian

2 years ago

Don't let them grind you down, Bertie.
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Overwatch guide

Yossarian

2 years ago

@Bernkastel Boost before hitting self-destruct. Turns the mech into a missile and leaves you clear of the blast.
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Batman: Arkham Knight gave us the hero we deserve

Yossarian

2 years ago

Anyway, Origins is still the best in the series.

Apart from the too-aggressive combat.
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Yossarian

2 years ago

Arkham Knight finally lets Batman go mad. And what a spectacle that is.
You mean "finally" within this series of games, right? Because he's gone "mad" quite a few times in the comics.
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XCOM 2 review

Yossarian

2 years ago

@PlugMonkey The enemies were there prior to your moving there, and there were also patrols of enemies that moved around the map. Now, the spawns were predictable and the patrols "cheated" (in that they could move farther than they should be able to and through walls), but you could frequently predict and account for where enemies would appear. They did not pop into existence based on your movement, although they were "triggered" into action by your LOS.

It's worth noting that Long War made the spawns far more variable, mostly improved patrol behaviours, and gave you more tools for setting up ambushes.

But even in the base game, triggering additional pods with an attempted flank usually speaks to bad situational awareness more than anything else. There were plenty of cues and tricks to triggering one pod at a time; setting up on a pod correctly and managing line of sight were essential skills at higher difficulty levels. (Admittedly, it could be very tedious to do well, especially in the early turns of a mission.)

To answer your question: provided none of your squad are in concealment, XCOM 2 plays identically to XCOM 1 in this regard. Maybe with better patrol behaviours, I don't know.
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Yossarian

2 years ago

@PlugMonkey Aliens have never spawned in as you move. That's simply not how the 2012 game worked.
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Does The Witness make you feel sick?

Yossarian

2 years ago

The Witness made me feel queasy yesterday, and I think it's the first time it's ever happened with a videogame.
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The XCOM 2 mods you can play from day one

Yossarian

2 years ago

This is awesome. Turning on all three from the start.
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The Witness review

Yossarian

2 years ago

@Uncompetative

You are a posturing maniac, and The Witness is superb.
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Watch: Almost everything that we played during the XCOM 2 demo

Yossarian

2 years ago

@AdmiralFoxx Maybe it's because I've spent too much time in the depths of Long War, but I would describe Chris's play as "cavalier." :D
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Yossarian

2 years ago

By the way, this isn't a "unique map." The story segments and objectives are the same, but it still uses the "procedural" plot and parcel system.
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XCOM 2 is a faster, more urgent sequel

Yossarian

2 years ago

Also, it's incredibly refreshing to hear a journalist who knows and loves the previous game in the series talking to a producer who clearly knew and loved it too. The video has a lot of depth and fan-friendly insight.
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Yossarian

2 years ago

@Der_tolle_Emil Technically enemies do move around the map in XCOM, and you can get ambushed, although they sort of cheat in their movement. Long War addresses this (and makes bluemove/overwatch less viable overall).

@Bratterz XCOM did not sell well on consoles. At all. For all their talk about modding and the PC environment, that's the chief reason this is a PC exclusive. They've realized where the bulk of their audience is and they're playing to that.
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Yossarian

2 years ago

60 MINUTES.

I really hope someone takes up the Long War mantle for this one. The community modding for this one should be excellent.
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Watch: Chris teaches Aoife how to play XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Yossarian

2 years ago

Bratterz has the best taste of all extant Eurogamer contributors. Put him in charge.
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The new characters steal the show in Invisible, Inc: Contingency Plan

Yossarian

2 years ago

Just the best game. Woefully underplayed.
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Football Manager 2016 review

Yossarian

2 years ago

SI have been in a rut for several years now, and what's sad is how hostile they are to anyone telling them so.
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Invisible, Inc. is brilliant, and free on Steam this weekend

Yossarian

2 years ago

If you don't play Invisible, Inc. while it's free, you should just quit videogames. You don't know what you're doing.
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Day of the Tentacle Remastered debuts in-game screenshots

Yossarian

3 years ago

This looks terrible. They've destroyed the art.
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The obscure baseball game that went on to be the PC's second highest ranked game

Yossarian

3 years ago

@twmac This isn't true. Like everything else in OOTP, your level of involvement is up to you. You can autoplay games (or whole weeks or months) in a single click, make lineup and substitution decisions only, or call each pitch of every at bat. Or any mixture of whichever whenever you want. I tend to autoplay most games, leaving it all to my manager unless there's an exciting reason not to (prospect debut, playoffs...).

It doesn't have 3D graphics for games, though. Just a 3D representation of the different ballparks with text and a 2D ball overlaid.
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Yossarian

3 years ago

As a long-term Football Manager fan from Ireland who later moved to the U.S., fell in love with baseball, and then later fell in love with Out of the Park, I think this is something I actually have insight into.

OOTP is great. Really great. It's a genuine indie darling that captures a lot of what is dramatic and interesting about baseball, and it gives you near-complete charge over a relatively small range of decisions that have weight and meaning. In many ways, it's a stripped-down Football Manager, but also an infinitely more customizable one. SI could learn an awful, awful lot from how OOTP lets its players do whatever the hell they want to the game, the world of baseball and the rules of both. In many ways, OOTP trumps FM for a pure simulation experience with a much smaller team and a much smaller development budget. That team is also much, much friendlier and more available than SI's, who are at times downright hostile to fan feedback.

On the other hand, OOTP only started to look "professional" this year, with a much-needed UI overhaul and MLB licensees for the first time (although the fan community is fantastic and makes adding unofficial licensing the work of a few clicks). It's rough around the edges, it's tough to learn even if you understand baseball and impenetrable if you don't. It's even more of a glorified spreadsheet than FM is. And the number-one reason for its inflated (and they are inflated) Metacritic scores is its many reviews by people who play no games except this one, or only play sports simulators, or are simply dazzled to be playing a good baseball simulator at all.

So it's probably not "96" good unless you're deeply invested in the sport or the genre. But it is much, much better than people who don't understand and love baseball will give it credit for. As sports sims go, only FM is "better," and OOTP is a much fresher breath of air than that series.
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Video: The Swindle, Invisible, Inc. and the Need for Greed

Yossarian

3 years ago

Two of the best games of the year.
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Fallout Anthology brings five classic RPGs to Europe in October

Yossarian

3 years ago

So... one classic RPG, one flawed jokey classic RPG, one pretty decent tactics game, a travesty, and a slightly more coherent travesty.
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Her Story review

Yossarian

3 years ago

The problem with this game, as I feared, is you can figure everything out in 15 minutes and then spend another hour hammering in different combinations of things to try and unlock the remaining squares.

Lots of clever, elegant stuff in there, but you can blaze past it with a few smart early searches.
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It gets worse - Batman: Arkham Knight on PC lacks console visual features

Yossarian

3 years ago

It's a shambles, but GMG are saying they'll offer a refund if a forthcoming patch doesn't fix the game, so I may soon be rid of it.

Won't buy a Warner Bros game at launch again.
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Video: It's not a bad time to check out XCOM Long War

Yossarian

3 years ago

Long War is one of the greatest tactics games ever made, and one of the best mods of all time.

It's also (one of the reasons) why I have spent hundreds of hours of my life swearing at a screen, so I can't advise anyone to download it.
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Fallout 4 is real and it's being revealed tomorrow

Yossarian

3 years ago

There is not a single iconic thing in this trailer that wasn't in the original Fallout, 18 years ago. Bethesda are such unrepentant, unoriginal hacks.
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Yossarian

3 years ago

@obidanshinobi Both of those games are bad. Like, really, really bad.
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Yossarian

3 years ago

Is it being made be Bethesda? Then I don't care. They don't have a clue what Fallout is or should be.
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XCOM 2 announced for PC this November

Yossarian

3 years ago

@jonbwfc It's not a third-person shooter.
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Yossarian

3 years ago

All credit to the Long War guys for pushing 2K/Firaxis in this direction. One of the best mods ever made.
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Perception is a new horror game from some of the people behind BioShock

Yossarian

3 years ago

"cites"
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Invisible, Inc review

Yossarian

3 years ago

@TarickStonefire Maybe it's just not for you.
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Yossarian

3 years ago

Apart from being turn-based and isometric, no, although thematically they're not worlds apart.
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Yossarian

3 years ago

@docrob I'm guessing with The Witcher 3 dropping next week, the EG guys are trying to parcel out their acclaim (and ad revenue).
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Yossarian

3 years ago

"Recommended" is underselling it. It's essential.
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Video: The final mission of Invisible, Inc.

Yossarian

3 years ago

Got my hands on the release version last night, and there are more than enough customizable difficulty options to satisfy anyone.
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Yossarian

3 years ago

You must be a savant, then, as it is generally agreed that the game is somewhere between challenging and fiendishly difficult, to the point that Klei started introducing easier difficulty settings to ease people's concerns.

(They have also added harder difficulty settings in the full game, though, so there will be something there for you.)
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Yossarian

3 years ago

Please, please, please buy this if you care even slightly about stealth, strategy or turn-based games. It's criminally underlooked to date, and promises to be one of the very best games of the year.
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The best PC games

Yossarian

3 years ago

Would have been more interesting to go with PC exclusives. You also would have got better games on there.
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Discworld author Terry Pratchett dies aged 66

Yossarian

3 years ago

I hadn't thought about Terry Pratchett in a long time, but he was a big part of my adolescence. RIP.
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Video: Keep the faith in Kickstarter

Yossarian

3 years ago

So far, Kickstarter has brought me nothing but joy. Every game I've backed has at least met my expectations, and the Shadowrun games have been immense.

Looking forward to Pillars this month.
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The IGF 2015 winners and indies to look out for are...

Yossarian

3 years ago

Invisible, Inc. was robbed.

This War of Mine is just a depressing 2D Sims game. It's so mechanically clunky (and mechanically transparent), that it takes away from anything else interesting going on.
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Early Access games done right

Yossarian

3 years ago

Invisible, Inc. was my favorite game of last year, even in Early Access. It's truly superb.
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