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The Witness review

klassobanieras

2 years ago

"But I think I could count the puzzles that I thought unfair on the fingers of one hand, and the puzzles that stumped me so I had to go away and do something else on the fingers of two."

Wait, when you're frustrated you go away and do something else "on the fingers of two hands"? As they said in the nineties, too much information.
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Is Uncharted 4 the generational leap we were hoping for?

klassobanieras

3 years ago

Gameplay reveals don't get much more exciting than this
Yeeeeeah... Gonna have to respectfully disagree with that one.
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Modder makes console GTA 5 a first-person game

klassobanieras

4 years ago

How come the car interior has a functioning rear-view mirror? You'd never see that in normal play, right?
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Mythic Entertainment is no more

klassobanieras

4 years ago

Dungeon Keeper was its swan song.
More like a fuck-youlogy.
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A fantastic voyage: The making of Microcosm

klassobanieras

4 years ago

I really don't see what more could have been done to make a playable arcade game out of chunks of video.
If they didn't know how to make it fun then it was pretty cynical to make it at all.

And seriously, they never played a better fixed-camera rail-shooter than Microcosm?
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Rambo The Video Game's new trailer looks slightly less terrible

klassobanieras

4 years ago

ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE F**KING 1ST-PERSON NECKSTABBING.
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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag ending analysis

klassobanieras

4 years ago

I liked the part where you are a pirate and sing pirate songs and sail a big ship and shoot the bad men.
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17 minutes of Batman: Arkham Origins gameplay

klassobanieras

5 years ago

The dramatic narration really made this difficult to get through.
Every!
Single!
Line!
EMPHASISED!
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Uplay confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One

klassobanieras

5 years ago

@TheDynamicDc Came here to say exactly that, word for word.
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Ex-Valve hardware chief offers an alternative view on life inside the Half-Life maker

klassobanieras

5 years ago

...life inside the Half-Life maker
I think you meant to say "life inside the maker of virtual hats".
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Poland and Portugal not supported at Xbox One launch, importing near ruled out

klassobanieras

5 years ago

As a resident of Greece I feel like I should complain, but really I couldn't give a toss; they lost me at 'used games'.
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Metro: Last Light review

klassobanieras

5 years ago

Dammit, I really wanted this to be good.
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Dishonored - The Knife of Dunwall: A comedy of errors

klassobanieras

5 years ago

Single-player DLC that isn't a fight-room or a reskin of existing content? Produced to the quality-level of the original game?
What the f**k is going on?
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EA cans Dead Space series following poor sales of Dead Space 3 - report

klassobanieras

5 years ago

Feckin' incompetents. If they can't make a success of Dead Space then they've got no business trying to sell games.
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Dead Space 3 Awakened DLC out next month, has franchise's "darkest chapters"

klassobanieras

5 years ago

EA: The George Lucas of video-games.
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This is what Activision's The Walking Dead FPS looks like

klassobanieras

5 years ago

Jeez, if you're going to make a sucky cash-in turd then at least polish it up a little.
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GLaDOS voice in new Guillermo del Toro film

klassobanieras

5 years ago

The movie looks like stupid fun but GlaDOS's voice was weirdly jarring. Sort of like if KITT had showed up in Prometheus.
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Eurogamer Reader Survey 2012

klassobanieras

6 years ago

Well that was *immensely* annoying.
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Avid WoW player wins state Senate election after hilarious anti-gaming smear campaign

klassobanieras

6 years ago

Following the "her Facebook page" link takes me to the smear site instead of her actual page
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Digital Foundry vs. Halo 4

klassobanieras

6 years ago

With the greatest respect, could I suggest that the relentless focus on lighting models and image-quality is a bit besides the point nowadays?

This stuff was interesting in the glory days of iD when they were inventing stuff and pushing boundaries. Nowadays, counting pixels and investigating the tedious minutiae of anti-aliasing is IMHO missing the point - all the really juicy stuff has moved elsewhere.

How about an article on the systems supporting AC3's open-world? Or on how Minecraft manages a a huge yet perfectly malleable world? Or on just what the f**k is going on in Fez?

Pleeeease?

And not for nothing, but IMHO this laserlike focus on the Doom3 / Unreal Engine model is limiting game designer horribly. It's like designers take it completely for granted that they can't have >30 characters onscreen, can't do large-scale dynamic environments. So instead of a Syndicate sequel that let you trash skyscrapers and lead immense brainwashed mobs like the originals, we got a stupid bloody tunnel-shooter with really great light bloom effects.
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Dishonored Diary: Playing through in four different ways

klassobanieras

6 years ago

@CaptainQuint On my first run through I left tons of corpses behind but still got the light ending. You *are* an assassin after all, and the game clearly expects you to kill folks - it delights in giving you lethal tools and skills after all, and even if you ignore them and play non-lethally the dialogue is still written as if you're a killer. So don't worry about it: Play however you like and trust the game to treat you fairly.
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klassobanieras

6 years ago

I'm halfway through a no kills, no alerts play through and it is fricking great fun.
No-kill protip: One time, a short while after choking a guards, I heard a munching sound but like an idiot paid it no mind. Two hours later with the mission done and on my way back to the boatman, I found that the snoozing guard had been reduced to a bloody mess by rats, completely ruining my nice pristine stats.
From then onwards, every single unconscious guy gets propped up on a table, or on top of a bookcase, or shut in a bin, but never left on the ground.
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Spec Analysis: iPhone 5

klassobanieras

6 years ago

the firm had it all to prove at this presentation after a less than stellar response to last year's 4S
Lol, really? They didn't sell a bazillion 4Ss? Figures please.

Or did you mean that the tech press's response was less than stellar and therefore Apple is desperate to prove themselves to the tech press?
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18-year-old dies after playing Diablo 3 for 40 hours straight

klassobanieras

6 years ago

Did he drop any good loot?
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Saturday Soapbox: The Trouble with Ouya

klassobanieras

6 years ago

@arcam It is a cheap box with an app-store where they sell DRM'd games and take a 30% cut. I dot know how you look at that and see something revolutionary.

It's less powerful than an xbox, less open than a PC, has tepid support from the indies it's supposed to be rescuing from mediocrity, and it's being made on in insane schedule by folks with little or no track record.

Vision and open-mindedness is good but let's not completely suspend critical thought, innit?
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klassobanieras

6 years ago

So it's cheap console with tablet-level guts running Android...

If this came out of China from a no-name knockoff tablet maker, would anyone give it the slightest bit of attention? In fact I'm surprised there isn't already one that fits the bill.
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Neal Stephenson's Clang sword fighting game reaches Kickstarter goal

klassobanieras

6 years ago

i'm also gladius they made it, it katana've been easy.
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Game of the Week: Spec Ops

klassobanieras

6 years ago

I'm maybe 70% through, and I found the game interesting enough, if sometimes a little iffy in the gameplay department. What I really appreciated was that it inspired me to (a) watch the Apocalypse Now documentary and (b) start re-reading Heart of Darkness for the first time since school. And god-damn that book is mind-blowing.
For a time I would feel I belonged still to a world of straightforward facts; but the feeling would not last long. Something would turn up to scare it away.
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Activision vs. Vince Zampella and Jason West: Inside the game industry trial of the decade

klassobanieras

6 years ago

@JohnnyHeaven I'd watch it. They should cast the actor who played Brad Pitt's boss from 'Moneyball' as Bobby Kotick, he really captured that slimy dead-eyed arsehole vibe quite perfectly. Almost as if he wasn't acting at all...
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Anarchy Reigns gameplay footage

klassobanieras

6 years ago

Buh?
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Activision attempted to hack Zampella/West email - report

klassobanieras

6 years ago

Activision also discussed staging a fire drill or mock fumigation at Infinity Ward's HQ
Farday would then rappel down the side of the building in full biohazard gear, crash in through the window, upload the virus and wait the requisite 5 minutes for the download to complete all the while fending off the waves of IW goons who pile in through the various entrances, before finally jumping out the window to the escape chopper. But he barely grabs the skid with one hand then his grip fails and he's about to fall to certain doom when Bobby Kotick's meaty paw reaches down from inside the chopper, grabs his hand and swings him up to safety. Kotick says "Took your sweet time, mate", lights a cigar and the chopper flies away from the building. Which explodes.
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Batman: Arkham City Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC trailer

klassobanieras

6 years ago

Oh hell yes.
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Free Radical vs. the Monsters

klassobanieras

6 years ago

@deded Yes, the industry has changed shape and the niche that Timesplitters inhabited is gone. I'm saying that what we got in exchange was worth it.

Take FPSes: This supposedly ailing, creatively bankrupt industry made Half Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Portal, Metro 2033, Rage, Killzone, Borderlands, Resistance 3, Mirror's Edge, Brink, Bioshock, STALKER, Fallout 3, Metroid Prime, Mirror's Edge, Far Cry 2, Crysis. And yes, CoD. I *like* CoD.

Comparing that with the best last-gen FPSes, I'll take this gen any day. Not even close.

(edit) As for the middle the industry atrophying, it looks to me like the indie segment is rapidly growing upwards to fill the gap with games like Fez, Trials, Limbo, Sword & Sworcery, Angry Birds, World of Goo and Stacking (to pick a representative handful). Indies taking over an segment once dominated by big publishers is a net win in my book.
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klassobanieras

6 years ago

@Snowsprite
Publishers and braindead suits fucking ruined the medium
It truly sucks for FRD that their business-model dried up and blew away, but if you think the medium is in bad shape then you're nuts. The diversity of games, platforms and business-models out there right now beats the living f--k out of anything we ever had in the past. In particular, there are more alternatives to big publishers than ever before for gamers and developers both.

Seriously, is anyone here really stuck for something fun or interesting or different to play?
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klassobanieras

6 years ago

How come no publisher wanted to save Free Radical? Well we weren't well-behaved compliant boys. We were passionate about what we did and wanted to protect ourselves and be rewarded for our work. Perhaps if we'd been a bit more submissive that would have saved us.
Is that really your estimation of how successful developers survive - by lacking passion, acting submissive, not protecting themselves, not seeking fair reward?

Seriously, I would love to hear his assessment of what successful developers do that Free Radical didn't or couldn't.
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Free Radical founder: "Pretty much every FPS loses money"

klassobanieras

6 years ago

@SteveEllis
Regarding Halo, yes, I don't doubt it's profitability. I gave Battlefield 3 as another example. But there aren't many more.
C'mon mate, be serious...

Borderlands, Bioshock, Deus Ex 3, Resistance 3, HL2 + eps 1&2, L4D 1&2, TF2, Killzone 2&3, Far Cry 2. All good games with heaps of variety and creatively interesting stuff in there, all found the funding they needed, and I'm pretty sure that most of them paid off. Add genre-stretchers like Portal, Metroid, Fallout 3 and Mirror's Edge to that list, and personally I feel very well-served by the FPS industry.

It'd be frickin' great to add TS4 to the list, but seriously, it's not like there's a gaping hole there that needs to be filled.

the economics are different when the dev *is* the publisher
If you're talking about independent developers then why give CoD and BF as your main examples?

It sounds like maybe your complaint is with the funding structure of the industry in general, not the FPS market in particular.
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klassobanieras

6 years ago

There just isn't the interest there in doing anything that tries to step away from the rules of the genre - no one wants to do something that's quirky and different, because it's too much of a risk.
Why yes, it's a miracle that companies like Valve, Bungie, Irrational and Gearbox are still around at all.
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Rock Band iOS "no longer playable" after 31st May

klassobanieras

6 years ago

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klassobanieras

6 years ago

@Lunatic4ever It's a mostly offline game; I'm guessing this is about expiring licensing deals, not maintenance costs.
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klassobanieras

6 years ago

@kangarootoo There is indeed a case for a refund, and if you ask for one you'll almost certainly get it. I've asked for a refund twice and both times Apple bent over backwards to make me happy, and from what I gather this is standard procedure for the iTunes store. Apple just charges the refund back to the developer, and they don't run the app-store as a major profit-center anyway.

I'll definitely be adding my 3 to the bill Apple will be sending EA come June.
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Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut adds player "personalisation" to endings

klassobanieras

6 years ago

I really didn't expect to be saying this, but hats off to Bioware - this looks like a good-faith effort to make their customers happy (and at no small cost to them, presumably).

Consider me back in the market for future DLC :)
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Silicon Knights: "used games are cannibalising the industry"

klassobanieras

6 years ago

Reality check:
The main thing damaging the industry is bad games.
The main thing cannibalising Silicon Knights' sales are the sales of good games.
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The Secret World screenshots uncovered

klassobanieras

6 years ago

@Innes I am full of shame and/or keys.
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klassobanieras

6 years ago

(checks dictionary)
Hmm, whaddaya know, "illusive" is a word after all; I always assumed it was just some creative misspelling from Mass Effect's writers.
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Saturday Soapbox: What's In A Box?

klassobanieras

6 years ago

What I miss most that used to be included in the box is the game. That is, a complete game, requiring no one-time non-transferrable unlock code to function fully. Something I could lend or sell in it's entirety. Y'know, own.
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BioWare responds to Mass Effect 3 ending furore

klassobanieras

6 years ago

For **** sake its a game with a pulp sci-fi story. what were you expecting?
@whatfruit The 100+ hours leading up to the ending were well-written, fun and consistent. Why wouldn't I expect that from the ending too?

What's the genre got to do with anything?
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klassobanieras

6 years ago

If they can fix the crappy book, I don't see why they can't fix the crappy ending too.

Not that I'm *that* bothered; the lazy writing and cheesy dialogue slowly leached away my engagement in the game world until there was basically none left. Without that, the game is reduced to "shoot baddies, run forwards, shoot baddies, run forwards, press switch, skim dialog, run forwards, press switch". I'd rather play 20 minute bursts of CoD, interspersed with 5 minute snippets of Avatar.
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Retro City Rampage will cost $15, and it's worth it

klassobanieras

6 years ago

I don't see the need to justify the game's price, nor to criticise anyone else's pricing strategy.
App-store pricing is pretty simple economics; pick a price point to maximise (sales x price), same as everyone else, and spare us the "terrible terrible".
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Jet Set Radio HD out this summer on PC, PSN and XBLA

klassobanieras

6 years ago

Can't wait to see the Banyan tree in HD!
@the_dudefather Lol, you're thinking of Jetpack Joyride, different game entirely.
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Newell: Valve wants its games "more baked" before revealing them

klassobanieras

6 years ago

"And there are very good reasons why we're not talking about Episode 3, which I can't talk about yet, but I will"
Woo, I can't wait for him to be able to talk about why he can't talk about it.

But couldn't he at least talk about he can't talk about why he can't talk about it?
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