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In shocking news, Shenmue 3 won't release this year

Zerobob

4 days ago

From what I've seen of Shenmue 3, it doesn't seem to maintain the ambition or philosophy of the original games.

The original Shenmue games seem misunderstood to me. Seemingly the developers think they're about finding Lan Di, or concluding the quest for the mirrors, or fighting, but really the original Shenmue games were an exercise in realism, simulation, and immersion.

You open a draw and you're able to sift through the contents. You go to the arcade and you can play on perfect recreations of the games. It's past your bedtime? You have to return home, apologising if you've been out late. The games were an exercise by Sega to demonstrate the level of immersion possible in games, to demonstrate a different type of game.

Shenmue 3 simply doesn't seem to capture any of this and, if it's to be successful, it would need to set the next clear milestone in gameworld fidelity and interaction, whilst also pushing the boundaries of what a game can be.

This extra development time will hopefully mean they're adding extra depth to the world and overhauling the graphics, but I'm not holding my breath for anything revolutionary.

At this point I'd rather just play the remastered versions of the original games and bask in the nostalgia.
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'Going up against Fortnite and PUBG is just incredibly hard'

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1 week ago

Going up against Fortnite and PUBG is only hard if you're also releasing a battle royale game...

If I wanted to play a collectable card game online, for example, I wouldn't choose Fornite or PUBG... I'd choose an online collectable card game.

It surely just depends what type of multiplayer game people want to play, but maybe I'm giving gamers too much credit. Maybe people would rather just play anything that's popular, purely because it's popular.
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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery forces you to pay - or wait - to save a kid from being strangled

Zerobob

3 weeks ago

@witchdrash It's cheaper than real tuition fees I suppose.
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Zerobob

3 weeks ago

"I've been waiting years for a new Harry Potter video game"

R... really?

Anyway, J.K Rowling has full control of her IP, so if you want to complain about the game's disgustingly heavy-handed monetisation structure I'd message her on Twitter. I wonder what she has to say about this. Probably some witty retort about the nature of capitalism, pulled from her wizard's sleeve.

You'd have thought she'd have made enough money already, what with all the books, all the films, all the merchandise, the play, the theme park, etc.
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Super Mario Odyssey passes 10m sales milestone

Zerobob

4 weeks ago

@irve77 Quantity of sales don't necessarily show how good something is. Common misconception.
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Zerobob

4 weeks ago

@mostro Didn't Nintendo sell more copies of Zelda Breath of the Wild than Switch consoles?
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South Park: The Fractured But Whole review

Zerobob

4 weeks ago

@UncleLou Yes, just figured this out after consulting Wikipedia because I could have sworn this had been out for months.

Would be nice if EG could somehow make it clear on the homepage why they're suddenly promoting this review again, without having to click into the article and notice the "Editor's note".

That said, I think it's the least of EG's problems. After the site redesign I'm finding it an absolute faff to consume the content, to the point I'm using the site half as frequently.

For example, "Show more articles" takes you right to the start of a list of articles you've already sifted through. Why not load in more news articles to the same content area at this point?
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Disgraced Donkey Kong champ Billy Mitchell releases statement

Zerobob

1 month ago

I watched The King of Kong last night and Billy's record seemed massively dodgy at the time, the fact that literally hours after Steve Wiebe took the trouble to set a new record in public, a VHS tape was delivered to the very same arcade showing an even higher scoring run from Billy Mitchell. How convenient.

Then there's the fact Billy Mitchell was a huge financial backer for Twin Galaxies, who keep track of the scores, which is an obvious conflict of interest and should never have been allowed.

I mean, come on, it doesn't take a detective to read between the lines here. I'm surprised it's taken this long for any of this to be proven.

...Unless this entire saga was orchestrated in order to make The King of Kong film, and sales money for all people involved.
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Samsung Galaxy S9 review

Zerobob

2 months ago

The only thing that would encourage me to swap phones is vastly superior battery life on a phone that still runs stock (or near stock) Android.

Dash charge has changed the battery life game a fair bit for me already on the OnePlus 3T, but a battery with twice the charge would be a revelation.

Or, and here's a thought... Maybe a phone that is simply more efficient and uses its battery less. No huge 4K screen. No unnecessary SoC and GPU. No bloatware constantly running in the background. Just something simple and usable. Not the S9, basically.
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Far Cry 5 impresses on all consoles - but it's extra special on Xbox One X

Zerobob

2 months ago

I get the sneaking suspicion I'm the only person left on EG who can still be bothered to post on the front page comments that I'd still prefer to play this @1080p/60.

Enjoy your 4K TVs.

/runs back to forum
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A Twitch streamer is poised to become Sea of Thieves' very first Pirate Legend today

Zerobob

2 months ago

He may as well have just hacked the game and set

isPirateLegend = true;
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Here's April's PlayStation Plus gamesline-up

Zerobob

2 months ago

The thing I don't understand about PlayStation Plus is why you can't download the free games from any previous month that you had an active subscription for. Sony will have this historical data for your account.

You may be away on holiday for a month, or have no HDD space on your console, or you may simply forget, god forbid.

Even being able to manually flag free PS Plus games you're interested in playing in the future would help a lot. As it is, it's just not easy to manage, probably by design. It's one of the reasons I don't subscribe anymore.
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Microsoft to clamp down on offensive language across Xbox Live, Skype, Office, everything

Zerobob

2 months ago

Swearing is a fundamental part of language. I suppose I just won't use Microsoft Word to write my next novel.
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Fortnite Twitch streamer Ninja is making $500,000 a month

Zerobob

2 months ago

I wouldn't like a job where people are watching me all day, but good for him. Seems like a good kid.

Still doesn't mean I understand why people pay $4.99 to subscribe to a video stream of somebody playing a game though. I mean, pitching that business model to a room of potential investors, you'd surely be laughed out of the meeting. What a mad reality we live in.
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Nintendo Switch system update 5.0 doesn't live up to its big new version number

Zerobob

2 months ago

I'm starting to wonder if we'll ever see a YouTube app... or any apps.
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Square's classic Super Nintendo RPG Chrono Trigger is now available on PC

Zerobob

3 months ago

This probably explains why Chrono Trigger wasn't on the SNES Mini.

Welcome improvements for iOS and Android users, but to avoid the amateurish interface you can easily emulate the DS version on Android using DraStic. It actually works really well on a touchscreen.
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Into the Breach review - tactical greatness in glorious miniature

Zerobob

3 months ago

Going to have to wait for the Mac version, but I'll definitely pick this up this given how much I love FTL. Glad it got a good review.

A Switch or Android tablet version would also be nice, but as FTL was iPad only (in terms of portable devices) I'm not getting my hopes up that Subset will bother porting the game to that many platforms.
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New Shenmue 3 screenshots show more dead-eyed faces

Zerobob

3 months ago

I don't think the faces are an issue. What Shenmue 3 appears to be missing are the tediously-detailed levels of immersion found in the first game.

The main quest is almost irrelevant when you can collect toys, sift through drawers, play 1980s arcade games, take part in forklift truck races, and interview sailors.
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Sea of Thieves and the Rare revival

Zerobob

3 months ago

@_TheDarkSide_ I see, my bad. I thought it had the same business model as World of Warcraft. I'm not sure I like the idea of essentially renting games for an 8 monthly fee and never owning them, but it could be a decent service, depending on the quality of the other games on offer of course...

...and after a quick look at the Game Pass service as it currently stands, the game selection looks fairly poor and that 8/mth would quickly rack up. Certainly not worth it currently, but the 14 day free trial will certainly help to popularise Sea of Thieves, and earn money for Microsoft when people fail to cancel their subscription in time.
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Zerobob

3 months ago

If they like it after the two-week trial expires, they can pay eight quid to play it for a month. Then if they still like it, another eight quid for another month. And so on.
Wait, what?

Game Pass costs 8 a month, and this is on top of the price of the game and your Xbox Live subscription?... and any pets you wish to own in the game? This is starting to sound like pretty atrocious value for money.
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Here's how PUBG on mobile phones compares to the original game

Zerobob

3 months ago

So... where's the PS4 or Switch version?
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It's 2018 and people are still blaming Grand Theft Auto for speeding

Zerobob

3 months ago

I'm so glad people actually get caught flooring it in 30 zones like this, full of pedestrians.

The amount of times I've seen it recently while waiting at my local bus stop, I just assumed the police had given up pulling people up for it, because nobody seems deterred.
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Super Nt review: a SNES for the 21st century

Zerobob

3 months ago

The best way to play Super Nintendo on a flat panel TV.
The most technically accomplished, yes, but I'd say the SNES Mini is probably the best way, all things considered.
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FTL team's Into the Breach will be released this month

Zerobob

3 months ago

At last! I've been periodically checking their site and the Steam page for a release date, but gave up hope. Shame it's Windows only though.
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DF Retro: PowerSlave/ Exhumed - the brilliant legacy of Lobotomy Software

Zerobob

3 months ago

It's a shame PowerSlave EX isn't based on the superior Saturn version. I wonder why he chose to base it on the PSX version.

Great video analysis anyway, even though I've never played PowerSlave and know little about it.
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Shadow of the Colossus is one of the best remakes of all time

Zerobob

4 months ago

I think the 60fps "performance mode" looks stunning and gives the game enough of an overhaul to make it worth playing again for Pro owners.

Otherwise, as harsh as it sounds, I don't feel there's much here that makes the game worth revisiting for standard PS4 owners. The updated visuals are very nice, and the controls might make it easier to play, but at 30fps the experience looks largely the same.

Also, the filters... I want the game's art director to tell me how each scene should look in the game. This shouldn't be down to the player to decide.
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Here's what Monster Hunter World's Day One microtransaction prices look like

Zerobob

4 months ago

Charging for cosmetics still doesn't wash with me. Jim Sterling has dissected the "just cosmetic" argument on many occasions.

Full DLC expansions are one thing, but in this case I can't help but feel they are such small, unsubstantial cosmetic flourishes that they should have simply been free unlockable rewards for, you know... playing the game.
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Monster Hunter World review

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4 months ago

@curtlikesmeat
I've never played these games before; do you mash the same button until something dies?
Unfortunately yes. This is why I won't be playing this game or many others like it. The mechanics in games seem to have stopped evolving altogether.

I'm starting to suspect certain games, such as this, gain positive reviews purely so the industry can hide this lack of innovation and continue to justify its own existence.
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Third series of Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit TV show begins February

Zerobob

4 months ago

I actually prefer the "DLC" show after the main programme. It's fairly funny and they sometimes have interesting gaming-related discussions with guests.

The main programme is atrocious though. They need to structure the challenges differently. They always fall completely flat and sometimes the way the scoring works on the challenges is flat out unfair and poorly thought through. Some of the guest's game choices are appalling too. They need to reincarnate the GamesMaster to choose the games, or something.
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Nintendo fans spent all of last night waiting on a Direct announcement

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4 months ago

I don't think it's really Nintendo's place to toy with fans when Switch owners are still waiting for basic functionality to be added to the console, such as cloud saves and video streaming.

I suspect people are just excited that the features shown in the recent video might be real and want final confirmation either way.
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Burnout Paradise HD reports gather pace

Zerobob

5 months ago

Burnout 3 Takedown or nothing.
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Eurogamer's games of 2017: The big debate

Zerobob

5 months ago

After reading the entire conversation I'm slightly more convinced of your reasons for including Destiny 2 in the top 10, but I'm much less convinced about your inclusion of Arms.

If there's one thing I've learned this year, with regards to gaming, it's that the entire industry is now over-saturated with hyperbole to generate artificial interest (no great surprise) but this hype massively spills over into the collective consciousness of gamers and people's perception of games. Subsequently, reviews and overwhelming collective praise for games are something I can no longer respect. I think this conversation perfectly demonstrates how polarised different opinions can be and how futile they really are.

To state a specific example, Persona 5... Eurogamer gave it a glowing review and an "Essential" rating yet it only managed to scrape into the top 50 at number 47 and was dismissed in this conversation as "just not that good" by Oli. I know... opinions. I'm just glad I'm of an age where I simply know if I'm going to enjoy a game or not. Thankfully the only game this year that I bought based partly on hype that I didn't enjoy that much was Super Mario Odyssey.

On the interesting / good debate... The Third Reich and their actions could be considered interesting, proven by the amount of documentaries on the subject, but most wouldn't consider them "good".
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Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2017: 10-1

Zerobob

5 months ago

Just noticed a quick typo in the article, the bit that says
7. Destiny 2
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Gang Beasts review

Zerobob

5 months ago

I could have sworn this was already out on Xbox, probably because I watched a Let's Play by Outside Xbox and simply assumed it was an Xbox exclusive. I'm sure they covered it in other videos of theirs too.

Yet strangely, in the end, it's available on Windows, Mac, Linux and PS4. Good for me anyway, as I don't own an Xbox but I do own a PS4 and I've been wanting to play this for ages!
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PUBG on Xbox One lets you view the PC settings screen

Zerobob

5 months ago

@DSRusty
People need to forget about the technical aspects once in a while and just enjoy gaming.
That comment would've been appropriate for practically any other game Digital Foundry had analysed over the last year, yet you choose to say this about the only game where the awful graphics and performance hugely impact the experience?
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PUBG performs badly on Xbox One - and X

Zerobob

5 months ago

I suppose when your game relies on pulling 100 players together on a single map, this happens.
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PlayerUnknown apologises for Battlegrounds' inappropriate female character model

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5 months ago

Others demanded PlayerUnknown himself - the game's creator, Brendan Greene - offer an explanation.
Well, when tight clothing is worn sometimes certain detail underneath is visible...
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Is this our next great dystopia?

Zerobob

5 months ago

'Players won't be forced to wage wars...by they will undoubtedly happen.'

*but
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Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess to launch on Android in 1080p

Zerobob

6 months ago

@pelican_
How gracious of you paying 70 for a SNES Mini.

I revoke my earlier post - feel free to pirate to your hearts content.
I will, I will, but the heart is such a fickle thing, and my heart only wants for one game... Mario Galaxy in 1080p.

I'd sooner buy it of course, but it doesn't seem like Nintendo are going to provide me a way to do so, other than buying a second hand Wii specifically to play Mario Galaxy at 480p, which doesn't benefit anyone.
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Zerobob

6 months ago

@abeeken
The Switch isn't running Android, though, so surely there are less OS overheads on that device
Precisely. The one saving grace of the Switch is the extremely lightweight OS it runs seamlessly in background, so practically all its power is available to games. If Skyrim is possible, and Mario Kart 8 is possible at 720p/1080p @60fps, then it should be possible to emulate Mario Galaxy at at least 720p @ 60fps in my mind, emulate being the key word.
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Zerobob

6 months ago

@pelican_
Pauper. There is no justification for piracy. It is a scum move - no ways about it.
Well Nintendo aren't giving me any other way of playing a modern version of Mario Galaxy outside of China! I even gave Nintendo 70 for a SNES Mini so I don't have to pirate those 20 SNES games, which many people do.

Why don't you direct your morality towards the endless people who've advocated the use of RetroPie in recent months?
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Zerobob

6 months ago

You know what, given the amount of money I've spent on my Switch so far, and the complete lack of faith shown by Nintendo towards their Switch users (no cloud saves, no virtual console, ludicrous game pricing, no video apps such as YouTube) I've absolutely no problem downloading a dodgy APK of Mario Galaxy and playing it on my Android tablet.
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GoldenEye speedrunner breaks 15-year-old Dam record

Zerobob

6 months ago

Is it me, or did the only difficult bit look like the quick padlock shot, which would be easily achievable after a few practice runs and a bit of muscle memory. If only I still had my N64 I'd give it a go.
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Fallout 4 on Xbox One X delivers a detail-rich 4K experience

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6 months ago

The most interesting thing mentioned was that the standard Xbox One has better mid-range level of detail than the PS4 Pro... so does that mean, therefore, that the Xbox One has better mid-range detail than the standard PS4 version also?

I seem to remember the PS4 version ran at 1080p and the Xbox One 900p (a common situation) but I don't remember it ever being mentioned the Xbox One LoD settings were higher than on PS4, in which case no wonder the PS4 version ran at 1080p with better performance.
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Apple iPhone X review

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6 months ago

"During our review period, Face ID sometimes failed to work or would take a few seconds to register. If you wear glasses, you can expect even more problems, as reflections on the lenses often mean that the camera can't get a clear look at your eyes."

At last, a bit of honesty regarding Face ID.
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Gran Turismo Sport's first big update introduces a more traditional single player campaign

Zerobob

6 months ago

Playing this at a friend's house a few weeks ago, we were all shocked there was no real single player content in the game to progress through.

None of us had a PS Plus subscription we could use to play online, so we sat and did the licences all evening, living in hope this may unlock some interesting race modes, which was about as thrilling as it sounds.

I sincerely hope this isn't the direction all games are heading, but at least a single player campaign is on the way, to Sony's credit.
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On the secret smallness of Skyrim

Zerobob

6 months ago

I've played Skyrim through 3 times, and I can't say that about a lot of games I own, especially considering the time investment Skyrim requires. I'm now considering making that a fourth time on Switch.

The thing that makes Skyrim special to me is and always will be the musical score though. It's so beautiful with so many memorable themes that set the mood of the game perfectly. I was even listening to it yesterday on Spotify!
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Jelly Deals: PlayStation VR bundle for 249.99 includes Skyrim VR or GT Sport

Zerobob

6 months ago

So so tempted by this after Ian's positive reaction to Skyrim VR today, but it seems sensible for the newer version 2 of PSVR to come down in price, and preferably a package including the PS Move controllers.
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How well does Skyrim on Switch compare to PS4?

Zerobob

6 months ago

I thought I wanted the Switch version of Skyrim but, after watching Ian's stream for an hour, I think I've been converted to VR!
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Zerobob

6 months ago

@Samael_Blackwing You don't own a Switch do you? The Switch fan can activate at any time, whether docked or in handheld. It frequently spins up during handheld play for me, not because I can hear it, but because I can feel the hot air coming out of the vent at the top.
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