pooKy1979

Remembering the original God of War trilogy's biggest hooks

pooKy1979

6 days ago

' In this way, rage against the gameworld is transformed into rage against the player, the unseen god yanking Kratos' chains.'

I thought the Poseidon moment in GoWIII was a tool to make the player feel the uncomfortable intimacy of the violence they were inflicting, but were traditionally kept at arms length from.
And sorry to be a pedant but its Ares, not Aries.
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Retro beat-em-up Raging Justice coming out very soon

pooKy1979

2 weeks ago

@CheekyRobo
Yeah, but most Yakuza have a free roam when you've done the campaign. You can then paste thugs in bomber jackets to your hearts content.
I wouldn't want Yakuza to just be a scrolling fighter though. It's the idiosyncratic blend of styles that make it distinctive.
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PlayStation 4 exclusive Spider-Man launches September

pooKy1979

3 weeks ago

Aww man. Was hoping for early summer. Oh well.
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Yakuza Kiwami 2 launches in August

pooKy1979

1 month ago

Woot! Just finishing up Kiwami 1 (my first Yakuza game) and have absolutely loved it, so really glad this is getting localised. Still might go and do 0 before Kiwami 2. Majima-san is my favourite thing about Kiwami and I want to try out his breaker-style. Will take a break from Yakuza before any of this though, give my poor thumbs a rest.
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Yakuza 6 review - a new beginning and a fitting end for Sega's great series

pooKy1979

1 month ago

@grandiajet
I'd suggest maybe getting Yakuza Kiwami then. It only came out last year, you can already get it discounted and it's the start of the narrative. Yakuza games can be pretty idiosyncratic and an acquired taste. Better to spend 20 than 60 on something you might not take to?
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Here's our best look yet at Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

pooKy1979

1 month ago

Bit disappointed it isn't a full-fat No More Heroes. Reminds me a little of Furi though, which ain't no bad thing.
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Bravo Team review - an astonishingly bad VR shooter from a team that should know better

pooKy1979

2 months ago

@FromTheHalfWayLine
I don't understand what normie bollocks means.
System seller? Essential game? F**king pick one. Jeez.
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pooKy1979

2 months ago

@Mashum
I think my main beef is that after well over a year PSVR still doesn't have a killer app. The tech is there but developers don't seem to know what to do with it.
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pooKy1979

2 months ago

@1rafayal
I just found the whole thing to be a massive faff to be honest. The Switch is ergonomic in every way that PSVR is cumbersome. I was after something fresh and novel and the Switch scratched that itch way better than PSVR. Do miss Polybius though...
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pooKy1979

2 months ago

I thought I was taking a risk last November, selling my PSVR to get a Switch when there were 'promising' VR games on the horizon. They've all turned out to be short, shit or short AND shit.
So glad I still don't have to convince myself that the PSVR was a worthwhile purchase. It just isn't.
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The Surge 2 announced

pooKy1979

2 months ago

'I was born.... in a sprawling, devastated cityyyyy!'
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Jelly Deals: There's a 'best of 2017' sale at Humble this week

pooKy1979

2 months ago

Featuring none of 2017's best games :|
EDIT: best 'bundles of 2017'. That was not clear from the headline.
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As Resident Evil 2 turns 20, Hideki Kamiya remembers its turbulent development

pooKy1979

3 months ago

I remember selling my PSOne to a mate at Uni at the end of '97 because I was getting no work done. Saw RE2 running in Virgin Megastore. Bought it back of her the week I got back to Uni ;)
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Life is Strange: Before the Storm's final episode has a release date

pooKy1979

5 months ago

@Tiel
Firewatch ticks all those boxes. Lovely little game.
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There's a Hitman TV series in the works at Hulu

pooKy1979

5 months ago

@bad09
Having recently watched the debacle of Hitman: Agent 47 (where Diane is a Chinese American!?) I was thinking the only way Hitman could possibly work as a film or series is if Agent 47 is the antagonist/villain in the mold of Chigurh in No Country For Old Men.
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Housemarque brings "longstanding commitment to the arcade genre to an end"

pooKy1979

6 months ago

'Lackluster sales of Nex Machina'

What's wrong with people. That game was fucking ace! :(
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What does the Metal Gear Solid 5 PS4 Pro patch actually do?

pooKy1979

6 months ago

I'm guessing they released the patch as Phantom Sutherland is this month's PS+ game. Pleased about this. Got a UHD back in April and a few Part II missions to mop up. Time to take D-Dog for a walk.
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Hitman: Game of the Year Edition reactivates Elusive Targets

pooKy1979

6 months ago

Any excuse to revisit Sapienza and Hokkaido. I'm in.
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"I've seen people literally spend $15,000 on Mass Effect multiplayer cards"

pooKy1979

6 months ago

'It means is that the linear single-player triple-A game at EA is dead for the time being.'

Good.
Seeing as single-player is my jam I won't have to buy anymore of EA's money-grubbing shit.
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The Invisible Hours review

pooKy1979

6 months ago

@Bertie
Nae danger chap.
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pooKy1979

6 months ago

I believe Outlast was made by Red Barrels. Tequila Works' first game was Deadlight and I think they collaborated on The Sexy Brutale.

*yurkles beat me to it*
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Ruiner review

pooKy1979

7 months ago

@drhickman1983
Don't recall saying the review was 'meaningless' at any point. The quote from PC Gamer expressed that RUINER makes you feel like Hiro from Neale's Stephenson's Snow Crash, one of my favourite books. More meaning to me than Edwin's musings on gender and culture.
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pooKy1979

7 months ago

@overground
I'm not afraid of intellectualism in reviews. I love Donlan's reviews even though I don't always agree with them and I thought Edwin's review of Little Nightmares was insightful and a great read.
I just feel that Edwin is often given games to review that don't play to his personal tastes or journalistic strengths. New strategy game? Bratt review. Driving sim? Martin review. Survival horror? Ian review. Fighting game? Has to be Wes. They understand what fans of the particular genre want to know, being fans themselves.
RE7 and RUINER weren't Edwin's cup of tea and that's fine but I think there needs to be a second-opinion sidebar from another reviewer, like Mean Machines used to do. Just my ten cents.
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pooKy1979

7 months ago

@UncleLou
Don't let Edwin put you off chap. He seems to conduct every review like it's his doctorate thesis. His lack of a recommend for Resident Evil 7 demonstrated that our tastes aren't aligned.
From the PC Gamer review:
'When I charged squads of gunmen with a crackling chrome sword in my hands, I was Hiro Protagonist from Snow Crash.'
TAKE MY MONEY!
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Oh my god Secret of Mana is being 3D remastered for PS4, PC and Vita

pooKy1979

8 months ago

@spamdangled
Stop trying to start a flame war. You know what he means.
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Tempest 4000 is real, Jeff Minter is developing it and Atari is publishing it

pooKy1979

9 months ago

@SiroccoJetProp
What's your beef dude? Jeff's a lovely bloke, an industry veteran that embraces new technology, makes affordable games, pretty much on his own with the sole purpose of making people feel happy. What's wrong with variations on a theme? Kojima does it, Jarvis does it; classical music and jazz are founded on it....
and then there's Polybius.
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After three years on Early Access, horror roguelike Darkwood is finally getting an official launch

pooKy1979

9 months ago

@golem09
Same same. Supported back in the day then it festered on the pile o'shame. Time to have a go. Cool.
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Tequila Works opens up about turbulent development of Rime

pooKy1979

10 months ago

I've seen a tiny handful of stuttering in the PS4 version (weirdly in nondescript stairwells rather than in ornate or large open areas weirdly)
I've been playing on the Pro and the stuttering and frame drops are horrendous. The engine seems to have trouble processing the simple geometry of a tunnel and the underwater sections dropped to about 15 fps. It's not good enough and I'm shocked this wasn't mentioned in Donlan's review. I've returned my copy.
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Arizona Sunshine PSVR plays best with the Aim controller

pooKy1979

10 months ago

@Majorjaws69
I know right!
It came out yesterday. Ian has a copy. This just seems to reinforce the (false) notion that PSVR doesn't have 'real' games because they're not worth a 'real' review.
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Nex Machina review

pooKy1979

10 months ago

@pleshy
Hey bud. 'Twitch' as a genre description relates to games that require, split-second, twitchy reactions to beat. Think anything 80's and arcadey, graphics kept relatively simple so speed can be kept to the maximum.
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Crash Bandicoot is 3D gaming's underrated pioneer

pooKy1979

10 months ago

Crash and Nathan Drake seem a universe apart, but the former's enormous toothy grin is discernible beneath the latter's trademark smirk.
Not really a universe apart. Naughty Dog make the comparison overt themselves in Uncharted 4; playing the boulder chase with Elena at the beginning foreshadows the later truck chases.
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Sony's flat E3 conference shows signs of a mid-generation lull

pooKy1979

10 months ago

From Software. Where were you? :(
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Polybius review

pooKy1979

11 months ago

Wow! Should be Essential on VR. I love this game. Addictive, hypnotic, absurd and mildly subversive. How can something so frenetic be so oddly calming? Adoring the lo-fi subsonic effects. Instantly puts me back in an 80's arcade.
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GNOG is the kind of marvel PSVR was built for

pooKy1979

12 months ago

@jetsetwillie Which I didn't get over Little Nightmares, INSIDE etc.
There just seems to be a trend in VR of, 'Well you paid a mint for the goggles, so you won't mind paying through the nose for what are essentially demos'.
12 for 45 minutes is shit value for money.
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pooKy1979

12 months ago

'What a way to spend a morning' says Donlan. He must have slept in because 13 for 45 minutes gameplay does not constitute value to me and I got serious buyer's remorse from this game. Getting pretty tired of these placeholder 'experiences' on VR. Actual 'games' soon please or I'm trading for a Switch.

(Frame-pacing on GNOG is off too. Stutters on my Pro)
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Nintendo Switch to host an arcade full of Namco classics

pooKy1979

1 year ago

Remember paying 70 for a 'Genesis' import of Rolling Thunder 2 back in the day. Worth every penny, the music was especially cool.
Be interested to see how it holds up.
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Bayonetta PC runs beautifully - even on old hardware

pooKy1979

1 year ago

@gnosis
I don't think the original was 60fps. Low-latency is what you need for exacting, Platinum fighters.

Also the price is newsworthy. Especially considering what is being asked for bare-bones ports for Switch.
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Resident Evil 7's strangest scrapped feature

pooKy1979

1 year ago

@Kain1
Or even some tar monster variations as the Molded are, you guessed it, made from mold.
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How Zelda and Horizon fix open worlds in very different ways

pooKy1979

1 year ago

@UncleLou Agreed. You can't filter icons which is a bit of an oversight.
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pooKy1979

1 year ago

@SBandy
It really is grand. Nothing particularly new but just so well made it's a joy to play. Not good to have reviewers so jaded that they can't recognise craft when they see it :(
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pooKy1979

1 year ago

I haven't used the Tallnecks in Horizon. Much more fulfilling uncovering the map piecemeal. It's easier to track where you have been, it keeps you focused, you don't get icon overload and there's that constant discovery of the new as you strike out toward a mission deep in the fog of war. Will hoover them up at the end for skill points ;)
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Nolan North is Rocket in Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy game

pooKy1979

1 year ago

@DreadedWalrus
I was about to say 'North wasn't in LoU' then remembered David! Totally forgot that creepy cannibal pederast was everyone's favourite wisecracker.
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pooKy1979

1 year ago

@Hirouakan
I think North and Baker bring a respect for the medium as well as talent and that's why they're hired. 'Proper' actors seem to have thinly -disguised contempt for v.o. in a videogame and just phone it in (I'm not including Keith David in this). North and Baker both got their break with Naughty Dog and understand the imagination and visualisation required to make a mo-cap performance pop. Uncharted let us see a videogame performance, not just avatar, 'mature' over the course of a decade. This is rare in TV and film, let alone gaming.
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Switch has redesigned portable gaming forever

pooKy1979

1 year ago

@ungust
I didn't.
Seems a cheap shot to try and knock VR just to make the Switch look good. I know what I'm glad I bought.
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PlayStation VR nears 1m sold

pooKy1979

1 year ago

@captain-T-dawg
Sweet. I shall try the demo.
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pooKy1979

1 year ago

@crazy-Tetsuo
Surely this expectation was based on PSVR actually being available in 2016. It sold out in October, mainly fulfilling pre-orders, and wasn't available again until late January.
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pooKy1979

1 year ago

@captain-T-dawg
A million times this!
Played Thumper yet? Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
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PSVR launch title Here They Lie now has non-VR support

pooKy1979

1 year ago

@Eaton_Corvinus
I went back to Outlast just before RE7 to play Whistleblower. Yeesh, that was a buttock clencher. Hear you on the 'spooky' part of 7. Left me almost immobile, back to the wall, jumping at every creak and giggle :) Did you try Evil Within? Despite being technically wonky it got under my skin. Lisa is a chilling creation. Thanks for the response.
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pooKy1979

1 year ago

@Eaton_Corvinus
Out of interest, what has scared you game wise?
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pooKy1979

1 year ago

@Eaton_Corvinus
Tough guy eh?
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