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Hitman: Absolution Returns

terminalterror

7 years ago

"It's very clear to you what choices you have, then it's up to you what approach you take for that challenge and how you solve it."

I'm really hoping that they mean they make a few choices clear (for casual players or those new to the franchise) whilst also having built in loads of obscurer or more inventive choices for more experienced players to discover.
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Retrospective: RollerCoaster Tycoon

terminalterror

7 years ago

Utterly fantastic game. RCT2 was just more of the same, but the extra coaster types made it such a joy to play.

My finest achievement was managing to create a rollercoaster than went above 10.0 on the excitement rating (I think I managed just over 11). It was a steel hypercoaster, and I just made a really really big one and was careful to keep it from getting too intense.

Wrapping a rollercoaster around awkward terrain is satisfying, even more so when it ends up with a high excitement rating.
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Alpha Protocol

terminalterror

8 years ago

Nice review!

Whilst I agree that Alpha Protocol has plenty of faults, for me the originality and stellar execution of the branching choices mechanic made the game my favourite of 2010.

Whereas in Bioware games you can often see the "insert line of dialogue referencing choice 27 here", in Alpha Protocol it is really hard to notice. Despite the enormous breadth of choice you have (you'll need more than 2 playthroughs to see it all as many of the decisions stack, e.g. you can't take up Character Xs offer, because this time he's dead), the script feels as though it was written only with your decisions in mind. It really is a superb script.

The time limited conversation mechanic is also genius, as it keeps conversations flowing to a natural rhythm, and also forces you to make difficult, unclear and far reaching decisions under severe time pressure. The game really is best when you don't second guess yourself and reload saves to take different choices. Live with your consequences.

The other touch of genius in the dialogue is the fact that most of it happens in cutscene type scenarios, i.e. you can't just walk up to characters and chat away with them. This means you never get the "sorry, come back later and we'll talk more" or "I'm repeating the last dialogue I said to you" things that you get in Bioware games that tarnish the immersion a little.

I'd really view the stealth/shooty/punchy gameplay as just the filler in between all the dialogue and decisions.
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Music To Play Games By

terminalterror

8 years ago

An excellent article.

I've discovered all sorts of wonderful soundtracks to games I've never played, thanks to listening to Streaming Soundtracks (mostly film, but also TV and game soundtracks). Most notably, Ace Combat. It really has some wonderful music, particularly Ace Combat Zero, which has an epic mix of orchestra, massive choir and flamenco guitar/castonets.

My favourite Richard Jacques soundtrack is the one for Headhunter (again, a game I've never played and found the soundtrack through SST).
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Did Kinect's Times Square launch go well?

terminalterror

8 years ago

I'm genuinely curious how much it costs to hire nearly all the advertising screens in Times Square for a night. Can't be cheap!
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Rock Band 3

terminalterror

8 years ago

@kangarootoo

Thank rockbandaide.com, not me :)
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terminalterror

8 years ago

kangarootoo wrote:
"So having read the review, its all about the pro-mode by the looks of it. There was only cursory mention of the other game mechanics, which probably means that if you don't have pro-mode controllers, you should just consider the tracklist as an extension of your song collection (if you like the tunes). I believe RB2 disc import is an option for a few quid, so it might make sense."

The review is all about the pro mode, but the game has plenty of improvements for regular players too. The core guitar/vocals/drumming mechanic of non-pro mode seems to be pretty much the same (there was nothing at all wrong with it though), all the improvements are in the structure around it.

You get a massively improved way of sorting your song library (needed now there are over 2000 songs available!) by all sorts of filters (genre, instrument, difficulty, decade, rating etc.). You can also rate songs, so highly rated songs appear more often in random setlists (likewise lower rated songs appear less often).

As mentioned in some posts above, the overshell lets players change difficulty on the fly without interrupting other band members, which is a really really useful addition.
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Guess what percentage finished ACII

terminalterror

8 years ago

muscleblade: "If only 40% complete games how come so many complain that gams are too short, expensive and whatnot."

I suspect that the 5-10% who complete most games make up a higher proportion of people who complain about games being too short than the 90-95% that don't complete games.
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Mobile Games Roundup

terminalterror

8 years ago

I shall also take a bow; Slitherlink on the DS is utterly fantastic.

I didn't realise there was Slitherlink on Android. Downloaded the demo of the one reviewed, and I'm really liking the way they colour different line segments in different colours. Very helpful. Only complaint is that I can't whizz around filling in puzzles nearly as fast as I could on the DS using the buttons.

The hexagonal ones are a great variation.
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Exporting confirmed for Rock Band 3

terminalterror

8 years ago

andywilkie35: I hope they do it like Rock Band 1 rather than Lego Rock Band. On RB1 it imports each track as an individual file so you can delete the ones that you don't like, whilst with Lego Rock Band I wanted songs like Song 2 by Blur but then also got stuck with KT fucking Tunstall on Rock Band 2 as they were in one bulk file!

My theory is I suffered through certain songs on RB2 to get it pretty much completed (only missed two achievements), so if there are certain songs I don't want to come up on a "random" setlist from that game, I should be able to choose.


Even if it does it as a bulk file, you'll be sorted because Rock Band 3 has proper track filtering and rating. You can rate the songs you don't want to come up on random playlists as 1 star, then they'll never show up. 2 stars and they'll very occasionally show up, 5 stars and they'll show up loads etc. Handy stuff!
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Red Dead Redemption sells loads

terminalterror

8 years ago

'Am I the only one unimpressed by a 3.5% margin? $12.4m doesn't seem like a whole lot of net profit from $400m of revenue... '

depends. if they have had any big one of costs like acquisitions or debt repayment then its pretty good.

Similarly, if they are investing loads in future titles (i.e. GTA5, Bioshock Infinite etc.) then that'll sap the profits now, but pay off later.
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Rock Band designer quits Harmonix

terminalterror

8 years ago

I'm another one who is looking forward to Rock Band 3 more than any other game this year.
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Sony ties up DLC/pack-in exclusives

terminalterror

8 years ago

I suppose exclusive DLC isn't as bad as exclusive titles, at least owners of one console get to play the core games and some DLC, instead of not being able to play the other consoles 3rd party games at all.
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The EGTV Show: The Videogames Election - Episode 2

terminalterror

8 years ago

Surely all this should have come out before the election?
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MTV: Green Day should outsell Beatles

terminalterror

8 years ago

Unsurprising, but still a shame that they didn't manage to break out of their normal demographic with Beatles: Rock Band
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Trion/Syfy MMO to link to TV series

terminalterror

9 years ago

What is the bet that some players of the MMO game the system to produce the stupidest effect on the TV series?
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New Phoenix, Monkey Island on WiiWare

terminalterror

9 years ago

@andywilkie35:

http://www.cex.co.uk/search/index.php?ra...
Second hand, but available and not stupidly priced.
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Invizimals

terminalterror

9 years ago

Bundled with the camera for Ł30 doesn't seem too bad. Never heard of this before, and it isn't aimed at me, but nice to see Sony experimenting!
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EA: NFS series has sold more than 100m

terminalterror

9 years ago

"Unfortunately we've misplaced those, but we think we can remember some of them off the top of our heads:"

:D

One of the reasons I love EG!
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Harmonix releases Rock Band 2 update

terminalterror

9 years ago

The sort by stars is better than nothing, but fundamentally broken as it doesn't take difficulty into account, so you have no idea whether a song has 5 stars because you have aced it on expert or because you aced it on easy.
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Lennon would've been "excited" about RB

terminalterror

9 years ago

I have to say that this article was actually worth waiting for.
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Eurogamer Editors' Games of the Decade

terminalterror

9 years ago

This was a very entertaining read. Thanks!
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Editor's blog: Grand Slam Tennis to be re-reviewed

terminalterror

9 years ago

Kudos for admitting your mistake and acting to remedy it.
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Editor's blog: Top 50 Post-Mortem

terminalterror

10 years ago

I have an idea that retains the essence of the whole top 50 thingy, but clarifies the format for the benefit of retards who don't read the explanation at the top.

You already assign each game a level of interest based on ranking within each contributer's list, and the number of lists it appears on.

Instead of then ordering those into a list, why not present them in ascending "buzz" or "heat" or "EG lovedness" or something?

The games would be listed in the same order, but instead of going 50, 49, ... 2, 1 - they would go:

Game A - 12 EG superendorsements
Game N - 17 EG superendorsements
Game D - 32 EG superendorsements

etc.

That way you retain everything about the current format, but you also gain an idea of how close the different games were, i.e. whether the most loved game was in a league of its own, or there were 3 games all loved to very similar degrees at the top.


Obviously you'll need to come up with a better name for the "EG superendorsement" I used in my example.
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Lich King launch event was UK's biggest

terminalterror

10 years ago

"Why do Blizzard sell these expansions in boxes, by the way? It seems really odd to me, given that they already have your credit card details, that they still make you go out to buy a box in order to essentially just get a bit of paper with a code on. Why not do it all online?"

Public service. They've got to make sure their truly customers make it outside at least twice a year. Doesn't quite work for those who forgo the midnight launch thing and just have it delivered to their door though.

:)
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New details of Cube remakes for Wii

terminalterror

10 years ago

As has been previously stated, the bongo control was the best bit of Jungle Beat. It would still be fun without, but not nearly to the same extent. At least they aren't trying to replicate the bongo control with wiimote and nunchuck shaking.
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Lips

terminalterror

10 years ago

" it was a serious let-down when SingStar's PS3 edition turned out to be doing nothing more advanced in the scoring department than its PS3 ancestors."

typo ahoy!
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Afrika dated for Japan

terminalterror

10 years ago

"Rhino you are but what am I?"

:D
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Rock Band gets someone evicted

terminalterror

11 years ago

"loud noise disturbances before and after the hours of 10:00pm"

eh? That makes no sense at all.
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No news updates on Monday!

terminalterror

12 years ago

That article raised a small chuckle from me. Congratulations.
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What's New? (16th Feb, 2007)

terminalterror

12 years ago

"Surely it's only harder to get re-elected if they were going to vote for you? If they weren't would you not be better killing them off?"

I'm sure it is quite hard to get reelected if you get found killing people that weren't going to vote for you.
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History Channel game revealed

terminalterror

12 years ago

"There will be over 100 historically accurate battles to play"

Will there be giant enemy crabs?
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Man chooses WoW over childbirth

terminalterror

12 years ago

Interesting how if this article was entitled "Woman chooses WoW over childbirth" it would take on a vastly different meaning.
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Super Columbine Massacre RPG - Part 2

terminalterror

12 years ago

Great article Simon!
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Kororinpa Wii dated

terminalterror

12 years ago

Why do I think of Tingle when I see Kororinpa?
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Sam & Max Episodes named

terminalterror

12 years ago

"Each instalment will cost you just GBP 4.55, EUR 6.93, or you can purchase the entire set for 18 quid, or 27 Euro-bob."

No you can't, you have to pay tax as well. I wasn't sure whether it was a US sales tax or UK VAT though. Technically any website selling anything digital to European customers has to charge them tax.
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Early Wii figures from Japan

terminalterror

12 years ago

"That put it just a few thousand ahead of Wii Play, which comes bundled with a Wii remote and Nunchuk controller, which managed 171,888 copies."

Is that a typo or does the Japanese Wii Play come with a nunchuck as well?
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Mercury 2 PSP demo

terminalterror

12 years ago

"2.71 was hacked weeks ago."

I thought that was 2.5 and 2.6?
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terminalterror

12 years ago

Does this imply that 2.71 is close to being hacked?

Anyway, I'm quite tempted by this as I want to play that Mercury 2 demo. Best way of getting people to upgrade the moment the new firmware is out.

I want more demos!
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Star Fox DS rumbles

terminalterror

12 years ago

"Taking bets on it being called something completely different in the UK because some ancient Amstrad game got there first with the 'Starfox' name...

Please, powers-that-be, not Lylat Wars DS. Just....don't."

That must have been resolved now that we have "Starfox Adventures" and "Starfox Assault".
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terminalterror

12 years ago

It isn't compatable at all with Warioware Twisted. Where the hell would you plug it in given that Twisted is a GBA game? It has its own rumble built into the cart alongside a tilt sensor.
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GOA gets Warhammer MMO

terminalterror

12 years ago

There is no way you can get away with a story about Warhammer Online without mentioning possibly the best sales pitch ever

I didn't really care about the game until I saw that!
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Play music and movies on DS

terminalterror

12 years ago

They aren't all bad. They were the people that made the Freeloader for the GameCube, which is in fact totally and utterly awesome. No faffing about, you just shove in the Freeloader, then a Jap/US game and it all works just fine. Lovely.
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Star Fox DS renamed

terminalterror

13 years ago

I loved Star Fox Adventures as well.

Never got around to playing Star Fox Assault though as it was one of the later cube releases which means it is still full price everywhere.
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Miyamoto talks Wii plans

terminalterror

13 years ago

"It's all about connectivity.

hey, thats a Sony thing"

I thought it was a Nintendo thing. They kept going on about the connectivity between Cube and GBA, but nobody used it.
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Rare doing Diddy Kong DS

terminalterror

13 years ago

I loved DKR. The hovercraft were the best.
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Warcraft movie on the way

terminalterror

13 years ago

As long as they keep Jason Hayes doing the soundtrack then I should be happy :)

I'm assuming they are going more for an adaptation of the CG intro movie than an adaptation of a whole load of tards spamming 'LFG' all the time.
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EG.net's E3 Coverage Schedule and details

terminalterror

13 years ago

The site isn't going to die under all the EGTV traffic then?
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