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Ben Barrett has recently been playing Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™ and Total War: WARHAMMER

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*sigh* responded to Ben Barrett's comment in
4 Days ago
Riot founders hint at new game as they return to developmentRiot founders hint at new game as they return to development
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I wonder if this is on top of the fighting game they bought that studio to make.

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Probably a battle royal thing. That seems to be the flavour of the month.

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EA's EVP thinks Mass Effect: Andromeda "got criticised a little bit more than it deserved"EA's EVP thinks Mass Effect: Andromeda "got criticised a little bit more than it deserved"
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Opinions are 100% split on this. Look at the reviews. Look at the Andromeda subreddit. Look at the response when we tweeted this article out. Lol.

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I think he means the general consensus is that the game was underwhelming. Many people did like the game, but that fact that the planned DLC was canceled speaks volumes.


Also, this is just me, but the writing wasn't nearly as engaging as its predecessor. Came off as kind of fan fictiony imo.

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NihlusGreen responded to Ben Barrett's comment in
6 Days ago
You don’t need to buy loot chests to enjoy Shadow of War’s endgameYou don’t need to buy loot chests to enjoy Shadow of War’s endgame
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The article you're commenting on and the 12 minute video at the top of it are almost solidly comment on that.


From someone who has actually played the game, no less.

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I'm an idiot for not reading the article and making a comment. I have now done so, and watched the vid. It's concise and well explained.

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Ben Barrett responded to Jnx comment in
1 Week ago
Here's when you can play Middle-earth: Shadow of WarHere's when you can play Middle-earth: Shadow of War
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Steam clock always points to the standard release time. Unless the info is from the studio I wouldn't rely on it.
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That's not the case. We've seen the Steam clock point to all sorts of times, most often 11pm UK time.

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Ben Barrett responded to Jnx comment in
2 Weeks ago
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developers now officially PUBG Corp, a new subsidiaryPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developers now officially PUBG Corp, a new subsidiary
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"PUBG Corp (as we’ll now be calling them)"

I'd just go with Porp.
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Genius

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Ben Barrett responded to Atypicalgamergirl comment in
2 Weeks ago
This artist’s Dishonored-inspired transformation is incredibleThis artist’s Dishonored-inspired transformation is incredible
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Thank you so much for the mention!
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Thank YOU for the great art.

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Ben Barrett responded to BreakLegosaurus comment in
2 Weeks ago
Why a voice actor panel tells us the plot of the next WoW expansion, due at BlizzConWhy a voice actor panel tells us the plot of the next WoW expansion, due at BlizzCon
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Would be cool if they could actually do a graphical update to at least the standard of a mobile game.
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idk if you've played it recently but it's pretty incredible at vistas and large dioramas, and the in-game cinematics are stylised but good


individual and models not so much though, idk if it's possible to do a full engine upgrade at this point

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Ben Barrett responded to Jenks comment in
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Palmer Luckey talked about VR hentai in a bikini ahead of an HTC Vive stage appearancePalmer Luckey talked about VR hentai in a bikini ahead of an HTC Vive stage appearance
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What do you mean "damaging?" Damaging to Hillary Clinton?
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Did some pretty bad damage to his being-a-CEO

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Shadowized responded to Ben Barrett's comment in
3 Weeks ago
Videogames’ portrayal of the Holocaust does a disservice to both players and victimsVideogames’ portrayal of the Holocaust does a disservice to both players and victims
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I don't see many 3,500 word, well-researched, multiple-POV articles on Twitter dot com but I'd love to have your follow list if you do. Seems like they're beating the character limit somehow.


Jokes aside, if you don't like the subject of an article, nothing is making you read it. If their mere presence on the website makes you stop reading, there's not a lot we can do about that. Reception (and every other metric we measure) to this article has been very good, and I expect you will see more of them. Alongside all the news, reviews, previews, celebratory pieces, history, patch notes and anything else we can come up with in the meantime.

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you just don't understand, this sites purpose is literally in the title and you're trying to diverge into other things that have absolutely nothing at all to do with it. look, we get it, you want to be real journalists and talk about pressing issues, including politics, but you should ask yourselves is this really the platform for it...? please don't strive to become Kotatu or RPS, you're better than that.

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Rasenka responded to Ben Barrett's comment in
1 Month ago
Is Destiny 2 good? After 40 hours, here's what we thinkIs Destiny 2 good? After 40 hours, here's what we think
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I am in the same boat as you. I'm gonna play it and think it looks alright, but it doesn't excite me.

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Now I feel a little better, to be honest I was worried expressing my unexcitement, I though I would get eaten alive.


I feel almost guilty at how "meh" I felt, cause I kept on eye on the first chapter for a long time, thinking "oh man, if only I could play it", and now that I got the arguably superior chapter 2 I didn't really love it.

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Ben Barrett replied to 10 questions on the Heroes of the Storm Review
7 Months ago
Heroes of the Storm review snippet Why would you pick Heroes of the Storm over League of Legends or Dota 2?
Mainly the speed. Individual games are much shorter and more action-focused - you can play two or three games in an hour, and even short sessions feel more fulfilling than other MOBAs.
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1 Year ago
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void review snippet Are the aliens in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void scary?
Depends how you feel about faceless psychics and gribbly beasts. It never goes into straight-up horror, and Blizzard's style is so over the top that it defies becoming disturbing.
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Ben Barrett replied to 11 questions on the Undertale Review
1 Year ago
Undertale review snippet Is Undertale nauseatingly cute?
No, it subverts itself a lot and switches it up from just plain cute rather quickly.
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Ben Barrett replied to 5 questions on the You Must Build A Boat Review
1 Year ago
You Must Build A Boat review snippet Have you come up with any clever strategies in You Must Build A Boat?
Beyond matching non-combat tiles outside of combat as much as possible and avoiding wasting big damage combos without anything to hit, no, it's mostly luck with a bit of pattern recognition in there.
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1 Year ago
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth review snippet How gory is The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth?
Nothing spectacular, and the low-fi graphics mean it's far less in your face than you get from today's various big-budget offerings. It is gross, though, and if you stop and think about what's going on it's basically disgusting.
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Ben Barrett replied to 11 questions on the Grand Theft Auto V Review
2 Years ago
Grand Theft Auto V review snippet How open is Grand Theft Auto V to explore?
It's a massive city that's basically completely unrestricted, especially with some mods to open up more of the buildings. The tools you have to get around make it even easier, but there isn't a lot to do out there.
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2 Years ago
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive review snippet How does Global Offensive compare to Source or 1.6?
Source was my game and even the tiniest changes in GO put me off initially. It has some additional weapons and a large rebalance pass, plus various changes to the cash system, menus, level layouts etc. It's also patched more regularly than its previous counterpart. It is as much a brand new game in the details as it is broadly the same. However, if you're a Source or 1.6 hardcore player, you likely already know which you prefer.
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2 Years ago
METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN review snippet How realistic are the horses in METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN?
As realistic as it's possible to be while being an armoured, immortal horse that gets air-lifted by a balloon regularly.
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