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Writer Drew Karpyshyn leaves BioWare for a second time

madjim

1 month ago

@DanWhitehead "Predator Dies Hard on the Planet of the Apes?"

They can have my annual income.
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PlayStation 4 exclusive Detroit: Become Human has a release date

madjim

2 months ago

Great news. Flawed as Cage's games may be, I was always excited to play them, they have a certain feel that makes me to not want to put the controller down. Heavy Rain is still my favorite of the bunch, I am hopeful that Detroit may change that.
Have you noticed (I am sure you have) that in every Cage's game (Nomad Soul aside but I never finished it so I can't say for sure) a main character is always on the run and with at least one police chase?
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Metal Gear Survive flops at UK retail

madjim

2 months ago

GTAV is like The Dark Side Of The Moon of gaming. It will be on the charts for a long long time.
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Moss review - PlayStation VR's finest game to date

madjim

2 months ago

I don't believe there is such an argument. I was neutral about VR, sceptical even, months after it was released. I hadn't tried it until I had the chance to, with the demo of Rush of Blood and then RE7 demo. And especially in the case of the second one, which is a game that can be played with both a monitor and VR, there is simply no argument at all that VR is more immersive than anything I've tried. Playing RE7 on monitor, is tense, scary. Excellent horror. Playing it on VR borders on dangerous, even if the graphics can't match the "normal" mode (not VR's fault). This thing feels alive and even though it's one of those games that give me motion sickness at some point, the feeling of immersion is incredible to describe and in our time, games are not just about playing them but equally about immersion (at least for me). And this really comes from someone who doesn't care about religiously supporting stuff. It just is like that.

And no, 3DTV can't even come close to the feeling. 3D cinema with big screen either.
I haven't met one person that tried it and didn't feel it was something that felt new and ground-breaking (and stomach-destroying for some, but still...).
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance review - history is a double-edged sword

madjim

2 months ago

So, it looks to me right now that two possible things happen: Based on the reaction at the comments section, we can assume that either

1) Eurogamer's readers are racism supporters (and racists as a result)
2) This review was all the way wrong

I find it hard to think of something else, but since one reason I stayed with Eurogamer was the (mainly) civilized conversations between members, I vote for number 2.
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madjim

2 months ago

It was going to be an insightful review until the last part when it went off the rails and ended up as one of the most insane things I've ever read in this site (a site I always appreciated for many reasons). Your historian's conclusions are totally ridiculous, even by amateur hobbyist historian standards and the worst thing is that you insist at the comments that there may be valid basis to all the madness.

I also read about connections with fascism and certain heavy metal music categories. Well, this is another example of "if you do this, then you are that". Once in a big metal fest, when one guy accidentally showed his fascist tatoo while in the crowd, everybody around tried and successfully managed to kick his ass. Not exactly civilized but this is the relationship heavy metal audiences have with -real- fascists (note: Fascism is a very specific term, not to be used when someone loves to eat meat. Just saying).

Many others here supported very nicely their reasons why there is nothing valid to the political part of the review but still I want to ask something (and it is a real question, not rhetorical). I play Assassin's Creed Syndicate right now, and actually I just started with it. I haven't yet gone to depths but I read somewhere that AC's London does not have any black people, the conversations are out there. Of course you will say that AC is fantasy/sci-fi but developers always said proudly that their settings are extremely realistic (virtual tourism and such). So, if this is the case and there are not black people in game's London as many claim (I will soon find out), why I haven't read of an article about it?

Other than that, I bought the game, only because nothing makes sense.
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Can Kingdom Come Deliverance's tech deliver its ambitious vision?

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2 months ago

Eurogamer, let me express a personal opinion here. I am all against fascism, sexual predators and everything else that moves on such paths. Letting us know about such things happening in the gaming world is useful information, I really want to know about such stuff.
But. Writing that Vavra's opinions on certain things will be a part of the review, makes no sense at all, it's clearly bad journalism. Regardless of the fact that the historical context of the game (if this is one thing that you intend to mention) seems pretty accurate and well-researched, even if Vavra has racist tendencies, I want to hear about them and form an opinion on a seperate article and then I will decide if those facts are valid enough to justify me considering buying the game. Mixing the opinion on this with the review of the game is terrible journalism, for real. I really have a huge backlog to play and was thinking that I'd buy the game later, when its turn to play will come, but you (and other gaming sites) really make me think of pressing the purchase button, because I want to support the developer in the middle of -what seems to me to be- a paranoid witch hunt.
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Nintendo Switch outsold Wii U in less than a year

madjim

3 months ago

Having a single-player game sell so much so soon and outgunning the big "lootboxes as a service" productions that some publishers want to shove down our throats as the future of gaming, is the best news I've read on gaming for a long, long time.
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Jelly Deals: Discounts on PS Plus and Xbox Live this week

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3 months ago

@chrismikehunt
If you are into adventure games, good storytelling and not searching for something action-packed, then it's worth much more than the current price. Personally I thought it was great!
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World Health Organisation now lists "hazardous gaming" as health disorder

madjim

4 months ago

So... What about Netflix addiction? Any reports on that?
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Well, the good news is, Death Stranding is playable

madjim

4 months ago

@Mr_Writer85 What makes sense is that they should keep the current VR headsets compatible with the next-gen PS. VR is still a niche market and they don't want to destabilize the current userbase, which will certainly do if they make the headeset not compatible. After all, there is no reason. PSVR may be lacking in screen quality compared to the others but a new PS with the ability to run VR games without so many graphical sacrifices will really make the current VR headset shine.
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Detroit: Become Human under fire for controversial domestic abuse scene

madjim

5 months ago

Many many things can be said about the topic. As I see it, the game looks like it's rated 18, and "kids won't have to relive those nightmares" since they shouldn't be allowed to play it. Or they should as they do when watching Game Of Thrones without anyone mention it.
And since this sensitive issue has a real reason to be in the game and doesn't llok like it's going to glorify anything (on the contrary), believe me when I say that if that part gets removed I will not buy the game (and yes, I admit, I am a big fan of Cage games). Maybe Sony won't give a shit about me but I am tired of opinions by people who do not have a fucking clue what they're talking about.
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PlayStation 12 Deals of Christmas and two-for-€30 deals go live

madjim

5 months ago

Being a good deal or not, is something that also depends on things like area of living. Living in Greece for example and in a small town away from the big cities, means that I can buy, say, Far Cry 4 and Last Guardian for 41 Euros both at best, and that is without the delivery costs. So, sometimes yes, the digital offers like those ones are a good deal.
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Watch: Ian plays the first four hours of Skyrim VR

madjim

5 months ago

Actually this is the one game I was waiting to buy the PSVR. But why Sony doesn't give us the US offer with all the goods and the game bundled?
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Here's five miserable minutes of The Last of Us Part 2

madjim

6 months ago

Did anyone notice that the whole video is camera-wise, a single continuus take? Of course one could say that it's easier to achieve with actors motion-captured in green-screens but it's still very hard and anyway, it looks phenomenal.
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Gran Turismo Sport fixes the series' racing - but at what cost?

madjim

6 months ago

@obidanshinobi The slow PSN thing happens to me too when i download a game of that size (last time happened with RE7). Others have that issue too and the common solution according to the Internet was to just restart the PS4 and the download would resume at proper speeds. I found it hard to believe when I read about it, but for some reason, there lied the problem.
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DICE offers clarification on Star Wars: Battlefront 2's controversial crate system

madjim

6 months ago

I don't get that excuse after all these years. "We are offering fast progression for those who do not have time". Ok, I love games but due to life, I can't devote the time I'd like too. But when I do, I want to enjoy games. So I either play the "big ones" until I finish or get bored or choose games that are realistic to finish soon in terms of duration and difficulty. And I do both. But cheating by paying extra is not the way I see gaming. And of course they don't do it for those who do not have time. They just "train" gamers to get rid of patience and commitment so that they get used to the idea of paying to proceed.
As for EA, the new Andromeda did it for me. Not because it's a bad game (it certainly isn't that bad but it's not "original trilogy") but because they abandoned the game's future support, one of my favorite series ever, just like that. This is proof enough that they just don't give a shit. And as I see, there will be consequences as decided by my wallet, and hopefully others' wallets as well.
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Destiny 2 physical sales down by half from Destiny 1

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7 months ago

I am sure that when Destiny 4 launches, GTAV will still be at the top-ten.
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No Man's Sky fans excited by leak promising "joint exploration"

madjim

8 months ago

I want to share my view about why I like HG. Yes, I was pretty hyped (but not too much) pre-release. I like the game but I felt more could be added, especially story-wise. Obviously people were much more vocal than I am regarding missing features etc. Definitely there were expectations by many, and not one side is to be blamed for.
Still, I am really really impressed about how dedicated they are to their game. A small team, working for a whole year to improve on it.
Now, take EA and ME:A. Now, there I was REALLY hyped. ME trilogy is an all-time favorite. I am really a fanboy of this trilogy. And then, Andromeda comes out, with a big budget from big teams, and it fails in very similiar ways to No Man's Sky. And what EA does? They put ME on ice despite having massive budgets to fix it sooner or later.
You can blame HG for things, but lack of dedication to make things right is not one of them.
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Tales From the Borderlands' sales "weren't great"

madjim

9 months ago

It was the only Telltale game since TWD that I didn't buy. I never played Borderlands and I was under (the false) impression that knowledge of the two main games was needed in order to enjoy it. I couldn't be more wrong. I played it when it went free on PS+ and I can safely say that this is the best Telltale game ever. And God, that "finger shooting" was the funniest thing ever in a videogame. Season 2 seems like a dream but I'd buy the season pass in an instant.
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This Witcher fan film looks surprisingly good

madjim

10 months ago

For a fan-made film it looks watchable, definitely not surprisingly good. Because I am kind of into this line of work, I find it a bit difficult for the film to achieve successful shooting of the remaining 3/4 with just 15.000 especially when there is a battle involved. It's all a matter of resource management of course, but still...
It's an extremely competitive market right now, the one of online independent short films. Aiming bigger than you can manage does not always go down well. I wish the best to the creators though and hope they will make it happen.
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Nothing will ever compare with the first level of a new game

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11 months ago

Although as a gereral rule the point of the article may be true, I still remember the time I bought FFVII. I had never played JRPGs since I was a computer gamer back then, I didn't know what FF was all about. I bought it based on the crazy hype and the amazing graphics knowing nothing at all.
And after playing several hours that left me very impressed, I suddenly saw the game going open world (kind of). It was a revelation. Still my favorite game of all time.
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Bungie addresses Destiny 2 dedicated servers concern

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11 months ago

@muro
I agree. Eurogamer is my main source for video games news for many reasons. I don't mind having Destiny articles all over (I am not a fan of MP games, but I like learning about everything in the industry) but definitely some things are missing. For example, I'd like to see coverage for games like Dreamfall Chapters, especially now that it's out for PS4. Personal opinion here, but I consider it one of the great narrative moments of video games, and it definitely deserves that coverage. A bad review won't change my mind since I already have it and think it's fantastic but games like this (and not only this), deserve better exposure. I know that Destiny sells ads, it's a business after all, but can't we have both those and the other ones?
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Resident Evil films to receive a reboot

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11 months ago

I haven't watched beyond the third movie. The first one was watchable but it went downhill from there for the reasons every gamer knows (I believe so). I don't intend to watch the reboot unless they go for a true horror experience. Unlikely but one can hope.
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Life is Strange 2 finally confirmed

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11 months ago

For some time now, I have stopped buying episodic releases until every episode is out. But with this one I really can't wait and I will go for the season pass, day one. The original game is one of the best games I've ever played and I play games since the 80s.
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Russian YouTuber slapped with three-and-a-half year suspended sentence for playing Pokémon Go in a church

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12 months ago

In Greece three years ago, there was this guy having a blog and doing satire (of the strong kind) about church, saints and religion. He was sued by a member of the nazist party Golden Dawn and convicted to over a year jailtime (not doing the time though). This year he appealed and won. Actually he didn't win, it's just that the "crimes" got discarded after a certain amount of time. Greek people's opinion was split and although we have a "left" government, they don't act as one and eliminate the laws about blasphemy. It makes sense (not to me), since the church in Greece has massive influence. They survived 400 years of Ottoman occupation being buddies with the Sultan. They just won't go away anytime soon.
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Outlast 2 review

madjim

12 months ago

A personal opinion. I consider misogynistic, a game or movie or book etc where misogynistic actions are seen as fair and good to happen.It's like saying that the movie "12 Years a slave" was racist because it showed black people in chains and had the "n" word all over the place.
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No Man's Sky patch 1.23 resolves PS4 Pro 4K frame-rate issues

madjim

1 year ago

Although I understand the controversy, I really liked NMS. Although lacking in content, to me, being a 70s-80's sci-fi novel fan, it felt like a revelation. Due to too much work though, I didn't really go far but this will change. Two things I'd like added is a more interesting storyline to give a real sense of purpose besides exploring (maybe possible) and also alien civilizations in the form of towns or even megacities. Don't care about interactivity there but the vistas alone would be a marvel. I don't think it will ever happen though.

The update makes me think that with some further modifications (dropping quality) it would be easily converted to PSVR mode. If that happens, it will be a VR seller for me. Controversy aside, a VR addition would be a dream come true.
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PS4 just had its best three months ever

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1 year ago

@Nodka
Everybody seems to forget that Sony has massive success and obviously profits from another division too, the one with the mirrorless cameras and indie-level camcorders (like the FS5). I think they've lost Hollywood to Alexa and RED but still in the aforementioned categories, they simply rule and sell.
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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard review

madjim

1 year ago

This looks like it can boost PSVR sales. I want to have one now. I have a question though. Every reviewer seems to have played the VR version using the PSPro console and as expected, graphics take a hit, atlhough it's still hugely immersive stuff. If this happens on the Pro, can somebody let us know what happens with the original PS4 and VR combined?
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Final Fantasy 15 is a decent attempt at an impossible job

madjim

1 year ago

I will admit I never played FFI-VI being a home computer gamer until PS1, but in terms of story, setting and characters, I think that the 7th game remains unmatched with IX coming pretty close. I hugely enjoyed every entry in the series, even the controversial XIII and sequels, but VII is for me hands-down the best game I've ever played. So the "every three" theory doesn't work too much for me.
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The Last Guardian review

madjim

1 year ago

Damn... Now I have to buy this one too. But seriously, really happy that such a controversial game (in terms of development time) turns out to be another classic for Team Ico.
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The Last of Us: Part 2 announced, Ellie and Joel to return

madjim

1 year ago

I really believe that Naughty Dog will do their best to make a sequel worthy of the original. For the moment I can safely say that this was one of the best video game trailers I've ever seen.
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Dreamfall Chapters gets PS4, Xbox One release date

madjim

1 year ago

I have a monster PC but I never play games on it, I use it excusively for work, but being a huge fan of the previous two games, I was ready to Steam it and make an exception. But now that there is a release date for the PS4, it's day one for me.
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The ultimate Final Fantasy 15 collector's item will cost you almost Ł375,000

madjim

1 year ago

The Audi R8 Star of Lucis looks a little bit classier than that, though, even if it doesn't come bundled with a copy of Final Fantasy 15.

Pre-order cancelled.
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Digital Foundry vs Shadow of the Beast on PS4

madjim

2 years ago

Everyone talks about the difficulty of the original, yet those were times when most games were hard, especially compared to today's standards. SOTB was just a bit more difficult than most of the games back then. I recall completing it after investing a lot of time to it, but it was more like learning the very specific enemy patterns. The second one though, was really really tough.
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Someone's trying to fund Life is Strange 2 via Kickstarter

madjim

2 years ago

When I am thinking that there are people who believe that can make such a game or buy the IP for 20K, I really lose all hope for the species.
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Final Fantasy 7 remake is episodic

madjim

2 years ago

I am one of those persons who gave one month of their lives back then when the original was released, just to play it. I got literally lost for society. Although I never repeated such a massive dedication to any other FF, I still played all the games of the series frantically until completion (yes, even XIII). By giving me a FF (and especially THAT FF) in the form of episodes, totally breaks what FF means to me. I simply can't and won't play that game until it's out in its entirety. Which is a shame, because I have a feeling that it will take far more than a year from Episode One release for this to happen.
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Former Valve economist Yanis Varoufakis quits as finance minister of Greece

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3 years ago

@pariskaplanis
You're right. The propaganda by TV last week, led by businessmen with ties to the previous governments, would make Nazi Germany or Stalin regime proud. I believe that most Greeks, regardless of political views would love to see them all behind bars for extreme use of false propaganda and made-up news.
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madjim

3 years ago

Here we go again... Dear fellow Europeans... The money your countries gave for all this mess, they didn't go to Greeks. I know that because we didn't receive any. On the contrary, because EU decided that they should save the Greek banks (which banks were economically tied to the French and German ones), they gave a serious number of billions (almost 100) and transferred the banks' debts to the Greek state. It's not a theory, international press nowadays is writing about those facts.

As for Varoufakis, say what you want. If it wasn't for him, IMF and the ECB would still hide the fact that the Greek debt is not viable. Instead, he managed to make them admit that this is indeed the case and that the whole thing was from the beginning a serious mismanagement on their side.
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Apple is removing games with the Confederate flag from the App Store

madjim

3 years ago

How about banning the Cross? I hear that during the middle ages, serious shit happened because of it.
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Final Fantasy 7 Remake is real

madjim

3 years ago

Still my favorite game ever. It was the reason for disappearing from proper real-life activities for weeks. I thought I didn't want to play it again, that I'd prefer to keep the memory, but after I saw the video, I can't resist anymore. Please Square Enix, don't fuck this up!
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P.T. no longer available for re-download in the US

madjim

3 years ago

If I was a company that had released a playable teaser that has reached legendary status (even more than some really great games), and watched the fan response to the takedown, I'd do anything to get it back on track for a full release. Why Konami lets this one go instead of doing everything possible to release it (I believe Kojima wouldn't mind working on it as external associate if the money and creative freedom were dealt with) is beyond me, really.
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Dark Souls 2 patch will fix weapon degradation bug

madjim

3 years ago

How the coders managed to link weapon degradation with frame rate is really beyond my thinking abilities.
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The new Shadow of the Beast is one man's dream come true

madjim

3 years ago

Psygnosis was famous at that time for doing two things properly: Amazing graphics on the Amiga and high difficulty levels. Although it was told that the games lacked in gameplay (until Lemmings arrived), I always loved their games regarding gameplay.
First time I saw SOTB, it was connected to a hi-end stereo system. The first notes of the flute were hair-raising. After that, the graphics were incredible. But I never thought that the game was extremely difficult. Yes, it was hard but it was based on learning enemy patterns.
Being a gamer at times when everything was harder than all games today (except From Software stuff), it just seemed like "just above medium difficult". The sequel, that was really hard.
Anyway, I will get this, no matter what. And like many others, I want to see more Psygnosis remakes. Does anyone remember Infestation? With the astronaut on the moon trying to eliminate alien eggs? That was hard too!
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9 minutes of gorgeous Trine 3 gameplay footage

madjim

3 years ago

Going into full 3d movement was the next logical step. I loved Trine 2 and will surely go for this one.
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Silent Hills/P.T. page removes Kojima Productions' logo

Hideo Kojima's name removed from Metal Gear Solid 5 branding

madjim

3 years ago

It would be really bad for the franchise if Konami continues developing new MGS games without Kojima. Love it or hate it, this series' concepts and ideas are tied so strongly to Kojima that it will take a miracle for someone to continue making those games properly without him.

At least Phantom Pain is almost ready, this will not harm its release (I suppose). But what concerns me is the Silent Hills game. After the incredible P.T. it was definitely my most "wanted" PS4 game.
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Square Enix teases an unannounced console JRPG for fiscal 2015

madjim

3 years ago

If it is FFXII, count me in. It's the only FF since VII (MMO versions not included) that I never played for technical reasons (namely no PS2 when it was released), and I'd buy it first-day, especially if it is of the quality of FFX remaster.
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Eurogamer has dropped review scores

madjim

3 years ago

Bold decision and also the right one. I am really impressed!
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