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Confirmed: The Witcher's Geralt is a fighter in Soulcalibur 6

parkboyer

1 month ago

But is the rest of the cast going to be a bunch of "similar but not actually" fighters like it was in SC5? Can we have proper guard impacting back?
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The biggest game installs: can anything top Final Fantasy 15's 148GB on PC?

parkboyer

1 month ago

I feel like Battlefield 4 with all its expansions was pretty huge but I'm not going to go install it and check, anyone?
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Here's what's coming with PS4's big 5.50 update

parkboyer

2 months ago

It's a nice feature to have and definitely adds a little extra polish to visuals; but Sony seems intent on taking a step back with every step forward. Since this option can definitely have detrimental effects on some games, I'm rather at a loss for why it is only available as a global tick box and not as a per-title option. Surely such wouldn't be all that hard to pull off?
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Metal Gear Survive flops at UK retail

parkboyer

2 months ago

It's kinda sad because I was actually all into the idea of this game but it just ends up looking reeeeally boring in practice. Add to that all the secondary nonsense and drama behind the scenes and... yeah. I'll be waiting till it shows up in a bargain bin for
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Dynasty Warriors 9 review - long-awaited reboot falls flat

parkboyer

2 months ago

@grassyknoll It works well for some things and you can't fault the "open world" for the overall lazy design ethic put into many games of that stripe. Some do it better than others.
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parkboyer

2 months ago

I think what bothers me more about DW9 than just the horrible open world aspect is that it looks like they totally destroyed the combat system? I want my button-mashy combos! That's like... the essence of "Warriors" games on the whole -- you smash lots of buttons, you kill lots of dudes. On screen prompts for attacks... wot mate?

I agree that the series could use some fresh ideas but this really seems like a poorly-implemented rework on almost every conceivable level. They've always tried some different things across the various iterations of each game but this? It's almost as if they looked at all the things their games do right and tried to get rid of every one of them. It's rather perplexing!

It's a niche game, just let it be that. I'm so tired of seeing good games sell themselves off as cheap imitations trying to tick feature check boxes for better mass market appeal. 90% of the time it just winds up leaving you with a crap product that neither existing fans nor the mass market cares about. I hope they don't do this with Samurai Warriors as well.
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parkboyer

2 months ago

@Kili102 The earlier two KUF games were brilliant! I was a little lukewarm on the last (Circle of Doom... something?) but I'd still love to try another entry in the series. It had a really nice aesthetic to it even without the more elaborate gameplay mechanics. As I recall I think they were making it into an MMO or something like that?
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Sources: This year's COD is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

parkboyer

3 months ago

Only thing I really disliked about the last few games is loot boxes. Sadly their continued inclusion means I won't be buying any more CoD games. After the nonsense that was AW's drop system, I thought BO3 was back on track. Then Treyarch pulled a bait and switch by, at first, keeping their boxes more or less cosmetic only; Then melee weapons, then... whaaat? Oh -- guns!

"Boots on the ground", futuristic, I LIKE playing CoD but BO3 is the last one I bought (someone GAVE me a copy of IW) and will continue to ignore the series until they stop putting so much focus on their blind box BS.
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Gawp at PlayStation 4's new Steel Black and Midnight Blue controllers

parkboyer

3 months ago

"Meeeh."

Much as I love my PS4, I wish the controllers were half as sexy as some of the ones you can get for XBone.
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John Cena in talks to star in a Duke Nukem movie

parkboyer

3 months ago

No.
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Bungie apologises again after another bad week for Destiny 2

parkboyer

3 months ago

There's a problem with constantly apologizing yet never actually changing your ways to remedy long term behavior or practices.
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Forza Horizon 3's Xbox One X update is a true showcase for console 4K

parkboyer

3 months ago

I'll always prioritize framerate over a little extra fidelity. Having a scene run smoothly fools my eyes much better than just making it look nicer.
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Code Vein is anime Bloodborne with added buddy bonding

parkboyer

3 months ago

Also the people of Yhanarm are going to be pretty pissed that someone came and stole all their ladders and put them in another game. Although at least that makes something in Code Vein that actually looks remotely like Bloodborne... I guess?

I do love the vaguely annoyed, "Damn it." the player mumbles on death.
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parkboyer

3 months ago

@grassyknoll pretty much, and after defending his right to have "opinions" -- anyone who disagrees is just a "slavering fanboy". And further resorts to derogatory remarks in the face of any given explanation for why someone likes something he doesn't.

Hypocrite and troll, and not even a good one.
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parkboyer

3 months ago

@grassyknoll you're still trying to talk sense to him? He clearly just does this to amuse himself.
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parkboyer

3 months ago

@frazzl problem is that "lazy" is a quantifiable idea which implies a lack of effort or attention to execution on the part of the subject being criticized. You can say you don't like Fromsoft games all you want, that's an opinion. Calling them lazy because you don't like they way they present their story and lore is not an opinion, as it serves to directly indict something which is not, objectively, lazy in any way.

Your analogy IS better, but that's not what you said. However to pull a line from you, that sentiment is very much obvious from the way you post here and elsewhere on the subject of Fromsoft games.

Only thing worse than "fankids" is trolls with nothing better to do.

Peace :)
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parkboyer

3 months ago

@frazzl I'm hardly a Souls fankid but you're allowed to be wrong on that as well and you're the only one really exercising any sort of snobbery here; asserting that every game has to conform to your own preconceived notion of how narrative should be presented.

If a game like Bloodborne was heavily narrated and in-your-face with its lore and story, half the appeal would go down the bloody toilet -- it would outright RUIN what is a huge part of the game. If you don't like it then cool on you but it's not "lazy" at all in any respect.

I also never said or implied that Fromsoft's games were unassailable bastions of design so there you are putting words in my mouth again. I said, yet again, that calling their method of storytelling lazy is really missing the context in which it is used entirely. You can dislike it all you want, I don't care a bit but you called it "lazy", because you don't like it. That's like saying Jaco Pastorius couldn't play bass just because you don't like jazz music.
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parkboyer

3 months ago

@frazzl there is a lot more than "basic lore" tucked away in From's various games. It's subtle and clearly not for everyone but it's obvious to me both from and observational standpoint and from personal experience that it does its job swimmingly once you come to understand it.

I've played Fromsoft games going back to Demon's Souls and didn't actually start to "get it" until playing Bloodborne a solid year after that game came out, so I hardly count myself as an OG Fromsoft fanboy but I've come to vastly appreciate the way they put games together in retrospect.

The greater point being: calling something which is very intentionally and thoughtfully crafted in a certain way "lazy" just because you don't get it is asinine.
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parkboyer

3 months ago

@frazzl No, I mean exactly what I said. The lore is there already, no one is "creating" it but Fromsoft. Sure some people wax speculation on it more than others but that happens with pretty much any lore. And don't put words in my mouth: as I said nothing about comparisons towards a competent narrative, I said that failing to throw the story directly in a player's face doesn't equate laziness.
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parkboyer

3 months ago

@frazzl you're entitled to be wrong. Failing to dump exposition on a player isn't lazy, if anything the opposite applies. The lore was not "made" by the players, it was DISCOVERED and pieced together -- which anyone can do, mind you -- like actual lore should be. Not presented as a gormless info dump.
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parkboyer

3 months ago

"Anime Bloodborne"

I'm sure it will be a fine and interesting game but... no.
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Paladins is getting a Battlegrounds-inspired mode and it is named Paladins: Battlegrounds

parkboyer

3 months ago

I think it's more funny that the makers of PUBG think they came up with something wholly original and have any grounds to call others copycats. Although it's definitely a trend that has already gotten old.
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Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered sets sail in March

parkboyer

3 months ago

@Olelassen in fairness, the PC version already looks better than the 360/PS3 versions. I don't imagine they're going to be putting THAT much effort into overhauling it (this is Ubisoft here), likely just what PC gamers already have available. Same with all the other games.

Only real boon for PC gamers in remasters like this is getting the DLCs tossed in as well cause you were already playing the graphically superior versions of the games :)
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Nintendo Switch is getting Dark Souls Remastered

parkboyer

3 months ago

@Wyrm there's a troll under the bridge, pay no mind.

I definitely wouldn't mind seeing a bit of reworking done but I hope they don't pull a Scholar of the First Sin with it. I actually kind of hated most of the things they changed from vanilla DS2 to SotfS in terms of re-imagining the gameflow, especially in the early areas.
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Soulcalibur 6 is a blast from the past with an accessible twist

parkboyer

4 months ago

Might be interested if they bring back proper Guard Impacting.
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PlayerUnknown apologises for Battlegrounds' inappropriate female character model

parkboyer

4 months ago

"Boys have a penis and girls have a vagina." --Ancient Chinese Proverb.
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Old Diablo-alike Titan Quest coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One

parkboyer

4 months ago

Huh... now that's one I didn't see coming. Kudos to THQNordic for keeping this stuff alive! I was always a big fan of the Balder's Gate games on console (as well as Champions of Norath, etc) but these days there just isn't anything like that out there. I have an old disc copy of TQ Gold as well as a copy on Steam but I'd probably still pick this up on sale to try it on console. Playing top down ARPGs on a controller is just so much more engaging than sitting back and clicking a mouse at things -- I miss games like this on console!
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In defence of Oblivion

parkboyer

5 months ago

I don't dislike Oblivion at all but I'd much rather see a remaster of Morrowind, the TES Expansion does NOT count at all.
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Mother defends 14-year-old son sued by Epic over Fortnite cheat video

parkboyer

5 months ago

@Gigaflop Let's not kid ourselves into thinking that Youtube's *automated* claim system cares anything about proper Fair Use laws, eh?
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parkboyer

5 months ago

For the record, I think this part is pretty important:

"This particular lawsuit arose as a result of the defendant filing a DMCA counterclaim to a takedown notice on a YouTube video that exposed and promoted Fortnite Battle Royale cheats and exploits," said an Epic Games spokesperson in a statement to Eurogamer. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim.

They're not just going around suing people, the dumb kid tried to fight their take down notice and, well... this is what happened.
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DICE fails to quell Star Wars Battlefront 2 controversy in reddit AMA

parkboyer

5 months ago

DICE has been doing stuff like this for a long time, they have had unlock kits for Battlefield games as far back as BF3. Allowing players who spend money to have instant access to things other players would have to grind many, many hours for. You can't say your progression system has value when you offer ways to circumvent it out of hand with real money.

I'm pleased that all this crap is finally getting drawn out into light and that a fuss is being made over the fact that games these days are being offered in terms of how much money they can make publishers and not how much enjoyment they can offer players.
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Call of Duty: WW2 devs accidentally gave everyone double XP from launch

parkboyer

5 months ago

Don't CoD games generally have double XP at launch?
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Jelly Deals: Razer discounting its gaming hardware this weekend

parkboyer

6 months ago

Razer stuff isn't awful and it certainly looks nice, but it's way overpriced compared to some of the other stuff that's out there these days. Most of the Razer peripherals I've had over the years just felt kind of cheap and I never ended up sticking with any of them.
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Diablo 3: Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro dynamic res showdown

parkboyer

6 months ago

It's all well and good but XBOX is more or less dead to me this console generation; I've already invested too much in my PS4 to even think about making a switch for the promise of slightly more flashy graphics. Way better exclusives (unless you only care about Halo and Gears) and just a better console out of the gate. I wouldn't even have bothered with upgrading to a Pro if certain circumstances hadn't enabled it, I was quite happy with my stock PS4. MS dropped the ball from day 1 on this go. If I'm that worried about graphics on something, I'll just play it on PC.
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"I've seen people literally spend $15,000 on Mass Effect multiplayer cards"

parkboyer

6 months ago

@Olelassen It's pretty much an actual industry term at this point, among other endearing ways these companies refer to the customers who spend money on their products.
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parkboyer

6 months ago

@Zeppelino Literally all people need to do? Don't pre-order the next big EA game. Don't buy it on launch week. Buy i later if you want to play it, whatever. It doesn't take a petition or a "movement" just one simple vote where it counts -- the wallet.

You show them poor early sales performance and they might actually take notice.
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parkboyer

6 months ago

So many points being missed here. The $15,000 figure was quoted just to give an idea of how much money gets spent on monetization systems; to outline why they are being put in EVERYTHING and why so many games are being built AROUND them now, rather than simply to include them as an afterthought. Same thing happened with Activision and CoD.

Also a lot of people who apparently don't understand how addictive disorders work! Even if you want to disregard psychology and say that the onus to avoid microtransations falls ENTIRELY upon the user, I can only ask again what I have in other similar threads.

Do you really want video games which are made as little more than soulless products to bilk you of more money after the fact? Because that's what they are becoming. These companies aren't doing this because they HAVE to. They're doing it because they CAN.
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DICE offers clarification on Star Wars: Battlefront 2's controversial crate system

parkboyer

6 months ago

DICE have always been about offering people a money-based way to circumvent the progression system in their game. I think since BF3? What's ludicrous about it is that the "full" unlock pack costs almost as much as the full-priced game itself.

If you're basically admitting to yourself that your progression mechanics are a waste of time, why put them in the damn game in the first place? Besides the hope that people will spend extra money to bypass them.

They did alright with the Loot Crates in BF1 but I can't say I'm surprised that they've upped the ante from cosmetic to "everything else".

IN FAIRNESS... at least if you spend 50 bucks on an unlock pack for a Battlefield game... you actually GET all of the unlocks. You spend 50 bucks on loot crates and you might not get half of what you're actually looking for.
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Are loot boxes gambling?

parkboyer

6 months ago

Even if one might buy any of the misplaced justifications for it, I still can't fathom why anyone would actually want to accept getting less content for the same money, and enjoy seeing games turned into storefronts for micro transactions and reward boxes.

I only recently finally got into From Software's Souls series and one of the most refreshing things about it? Everything in the game is IN THE GAME. Every single outfit, weapon and area can be accessed through effort. Not mindless grinding, not spending money or time on RNG loot boxes. You get a few articles of legitimate expansion pack DLC and the rest is just THERE. No nag banners advertising great new loot packs, no nonsense, just A GAME. A game you play.

I found that one single aspect of the game so bloody refreshing it's downright sad, because it has become such a rare notion in games these days. You can bet if a publisher like EA or Activision put out From Soft's games, you'd have "Sun Bro Armor Set", "Knight of Thorns Armor Set", "Black Knight Weapons" and "Humanity Booster" packs riddled all over the DLC page.

Imagine watching a movie and seeing mini-commercials popping up in the corner of the screen or scrolling across the top/bottom of the theater screen. The only experience AAA games are offering people these days is that of a market bazaar, dumping all over any notion of artistic integrity to sell you product, not a complete experience.

I guess I'm just too "old school" for that not to bother me.
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parkboyer

6 months ago

Also? Comparing loot boxes to trading card games is utter nonsense. Although who knows? In the future maybe we won't buy games at all. You'll spend money for packs of random game elements and peace meal portions of the game which, if you spend enough money, might given you a semblance of a complete experience. Whilst inevitably leaving you always lacking something and looking to buy more.
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parkboyer

6 months ago

They are indeed a lottery, which is a form a gambling and appeals just as much towards addictive personalities and the notion of "just one more and I might get what I actually want/need". It is blatantly predatory and a shift away from how such things were offered in video games previously; ergo, paying a few dollars for whatever given skin someone might want, et cetera. Or even better, by actually earning them in game.

Game-altering items should never be included in a paid, RNG lottery system. Ever. Especially if its something which is present in a FULL PRICED MAJOR RELEASE. If you're working from a F2P angle, you can at least pull that card to make SOME kind of justification for it. Not only is it unfair, its also a bloody mess in general. I really don't even want to sift through boxes full of useless crap looking for something I want... even if there were no payment at all attached to it.

Gaming should include systems which offer logical, straightforward, effort-reward mechanics. Loot boxes, reward packs and other similar ilk are a carry over from mobile and other F2P games which more or less exist to try and bilk a dollar here and there for when players don't want to grind the treadmill the game has setup for them. Again, somewhat excusable if a game is FREE.

Lootboxes and random rewards which are purely cosmetic are fine, if still somewhat of a chagrin overall. I always much preferred having a logical path laid out to unlock whatever given thing I might want via ingame progress/achievements. Because it lends a sense of actually working towards something and an actual feeling of satisfaction when you get there. Rather than just "oh god, finally!"

AAA games these days are becoming a cancer that feeds on money and apathy. Constantly making the same mistakes and finding new ways to casually rob people of money while being held nigh unaccountable for their practices by a community which, largely, simply contents to accept them.

It's a sad era to be a gamer in.

Consumers have the power. Use it. If you accept the nonsense the industry pedals without functional objection, you're as much at fault as it is for the state of gaming today.
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Firewatch review-bombed following PewDiePie racism incident

parkboyer

7 months ago

I'm pretty sure I don't agree with a publisher/developer's ability to cherry-pick who can and cannot use their content on Youtube. For any reason. Let alone after a manufactured crap storm where everyone pretends to be mortally offended because some white guy uttered a racial slur.

Get over it, grow up.

The case in point though: petty and not something I'm low-brow enough to do, but I'm going to sit over here and snicker about it anyhow.
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And that's that for Battleborn

parkboyer

7 months ago

It's sad that Battleborn was actually a really fun game yet has fallen so far. Gearbox, in their infinite vanity, chose to market it up against Blizzard and, well... you see what happened with that. The funny thing being that the main game modes in BB are literally nothing like that which is in Overwatch, but no one sees past the superficial similarity and failed marketing hype.

Another one bites the dust.
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Digital Foundry's guide to PS4 Pro game upgrades

parkboyer

1 year ago

@sizu_sizu I own a Pro.
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parkboyer

1 year ago

@Krychek That's a bit of a cop-out, isn't it? The developers already made their games and had their own concerns. Sony decided to put out a new system on their and now everyone has to rush to find some way to fix what doesn't work right on it because the new hardware is at odds with some bit of coding?

Seems to me Sony should have done better testing and gotten this stuff out of the way before launch day so no one was any the wiser of it ever being a problem. You want to sell premium hardware, make it premium hardware not, "Well it'll be great once we patch this..."
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parkboyer

1 year ago

@Krychek "Almost all" isn't really good enough when you're paying an extra hundred bucks for the console compared to the base model. There are obviously still issues aside from otherwise being "rather positive". I can accept certain games not benefiting from the new system, that's fine, but for stuff to actually run WORSE is not acceptable at all.
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parkboyer

1 year ago

Kind of disappointing to hear all these problems. I was hoping the PS4 Pro would just be a matter of: better hardware, better performance but it seems like that's not the case at all? I guess I should have just replaced my lost PS4 with another PS4 by the looks of things. Unless some further patching smooths out the issues.

I knew mid-gen consoles were a bad idea.
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Xbox 360 games are getting Xbox One boxes

parkboyer

1 year ago

Not sure I like that, seems like shady marketing. Making people think they're looking at something new when it's just a re-boxed version of the same old game.
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Evolve goes free-to-play, devs discuss "DLC s***storm"

parkboyer

2 years ago

Problem is, the game mostly failed cause it wasn't that great. I shitty F2P game is still a shitty game. And if anything, going F2P just means MORE cheaters -- yay?
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It sounds like Gears of War 4 will come to PC

parkboyer

2 years ago

I was a late comer to this series and really failed to see what all the hype was about. Awkward-ass cover shooter. Soundly disappointed.
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