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  • The best and worst of April Fools' Day 2015 in gaming

  • BigDannyH 01/04/2015

    You missed Daigo's retirement to become a fightstick wielding accountant.

    http://shoryuken.com/2015/03/31/mad-catz-daigo-umehara-to-retire-from-competitive-fighting-games/
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  • Battlefield Hardline fends off challenge of Bloodborne in UK chart

  • BigDannyH 30/03/2015

    @Killerbee
    I agree with your Friday release theory. I was busy on Friday so went to my local Game to see if I could nab a copy on Sat afternoon and they were sold out, as were HMV. Maybe the stores also underestimated its popularity.

    I had a £35 Game voucher from trading in FIFA or COD or some other naff game I got in a bundle when I bought my PS4, so decided to get a PS Store voucher and buy the digital version of Bloodborne. Bit of a risk as I've not played a Souls game but, about 8 hours of game time later, I'm happy with my decision.

    To be honest, charts don't matter anyway. Still, I'd like to see a good game get the sales it deserves.
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  • Bloodborne can be purchased with your actual blood in Denmark

  • BigDannyH 19/03/2015

    Damn, I only gave blood the other week. All I got was a packet of prawn cocktail crisps. Reply +61
  • World Bank exec discovers son spent $4500 on FIFA packs

  • BigDannyH 18/03/2015

    I know it's easy to say "pay more attention, use parental controls, the kid knew what he was doing", all valid points, but we all know in-game purchases are an extremely shady practice.

    I'm not sure MS are neccessarily to blame, at least not in full (EA deserve a chunk of blame). I'm quite happy that MS make the purchasing process through their store as simple as possible, but maybe some extra barriers need to be put in place.

    Maybe if you need to re-enter your password or card number every time you spend over £100 in a month? Something automatic rather than an optional parental control. Should limit people's losses or at least help shift the blame towards the users (careless parents or light-fingered kids).
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  • GAME Marketplace lets third-parties sell their products

  • BigDannyH 16/03/2015

    @Spectral
    I can't believe Game would bite off their nose to spite their face and refuse to try and sell consoles. Gotta move with the digital times.

    Apple laid the ground with digital music and film. Valve have already proven its possible for games to go digital and publishers appear to be on board. Why are Sony & MS so scared to give it a shot?
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  • BigDannyH 16/03/2015

    @Plankton1975
    Yeah, I agree the cycle supports new games, but if the games were cheaper in the first place because people were unable to trade them, surely you get the same result? And, let's not forget, it's better for the consumer to continue to own a game than to trade it in.

    Plus, if someone wants a physical copy to save a little by trading in or wants to loan it to a mate, they just pay the normal (more expensive) price for the retail version.

    I feel the publishers are so scared of upsetting retail that they end up overpricing their digital versions. They hurt themselves and then get screwed by retail anyway.

    Retail have made their bed, they need to live with the consequences.
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  • BigDannyH 16/03/2015

    Another Destiny article ...

    Only joking Wes! On a side-note, are Game really still selling Destiny for £50? Sounds like they still prioritise second hand sales.

    I'm not sure why publishers are still desperate not to upset retail, when retail fuck over the publishers in favour of short-term profit as soon as they get a chance. I'd start introducing cheaper digital versions from day 1. Surely they're better off selling a digital version for £30 with no sell-on value than getting £40 once but each copy going through 3 users and basically means new versions of the game barely sell 2 weeks after launch. Also, if someone buys it digitally, they still own the game when the DLC launches in a month.

    I must be missing something. I'm not locked into the cycle, so maybe the trade in value is a lot closer to the amount you pay in the first few weeks than it used to be.
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  • Sony signals end of PlayStation Mobile

  • BigDannyH 11/03/2015

    I'm not even sure what the difference between PS Mobile and other downloadable games is?

    I do know that Super Crate Box got a hell of a lot of use on my Vita.
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  • Titanfall DLC made free on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC

  • BigDannyH 11/03/2015

    @ammobox
    Ha, "idiot" comment was a bit harsh.

    Although I guess I generalised due to personal experience, that of my friends and comments I've heard on various podcasts and read on message boards. Mostly it seemed to me that people thought it was ok, put it down and then never came back.

    I'm surprised to hear it's still massively popular, as I was under the impression it didn't have the staying power of Modern Warfare or, more recently, Destiny.
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  • BigDannyH 11/03/2015

    Still trying to work out why the MP scene died so quickly?

    I didn't stick with it as the pacing just seemed off. Could never really get a feel for how a match was progressing and then all the mechs turn up and the match just seemed to fall into not-that-much-fun chaos.

    Also, everyone getting a mech meant they never felt special. I know lots of people just made it follow them like a guard dog. Not sure how they can fix that with it being such a big part of the game. Seems to late to make it a score streak reward.

    I'm definitely interested in what they do with a sequel but, if it's just more of the same, O can't see myself getting into it.
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  • Apple Watch prices range from £299 to £13,500

  • BigDannyH 10/03/2015

    The appeal of the iPhone was immediate to me, as I imagine it was for anyone who'd not yet used a smartphone. And the Ipad was also appealing, as the speed and ease of use of my iPhone had made turning on the laptop to look at the internet on a larger scheme seem like too much of a chore.

    Struggling to see the appeal of the iWatch.

    I do wear a watch, partly as it's ever so slightly more convenient to check the time but mainly because I like the look of it and it's socially acceptable male jewellery. I paid £85 for my current watch and use it every day.

    I also use my phone every day and cannot for the life of me see what a smart watch brings to the table.
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  • Video: Games that remember when you die

  • BigDannyH 09/03/2015

    @GreyBeard
    You're right, such a brilliant temptation into "just one more game".
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  • BigDannyH 06/03/2015

    Rogue Legacy really is a great game.

    I'm not sure if they knew from the word go that the inheritance mechanic would be a great tool for getting people to master a quite difficult game through repetition, or whether they stumbled across it and ran with it. Either way, an excellent design choice.

    It simultaneously gets easier through upgrades and harder the further you delve into the castle. And you can choose to stay in an easier zone and do a gold run or blast straight to the next boss.

    I've just completed it and been hit by new game plus. I thought I was good at the game but it's battering me again.

    Fantastic stuff.
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  • Battletoads in Xbox One version of Shovel Knight sets tongues wagging

  • BigDannyH 05/03/2015

    It's hard to see the risk in them asking Rare to make a 2D side-scroller like Battletoads. I'm not saying there's no risk, but I feel there's enough of a cult following to think that a decent game would sell quite a bit.

    As long as they don't try and make a £40 disc release game and try and turn it into a MS cornerstone franchise, not sure there's that much of a following. A pretty 2D game for around a tenner will suffice.
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  • White Xbox One and Sunset Overdrive bundle cut to £279.99

  • BigDannyH 03/03/2015

    @Uncle_Fishboy
    I haven't formed an opinion yet, other than I was surprised people liked a game that, for all the reviews I read and videos I watched, seemed totally unappealing.

    I loved Resistance 3 and own an XB1, so I was paying attention, but have never had an urge to pick Sunset up.
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  • BigDannyH 02/03/2015

    I'm surprised to hear so many people liked Sunset Overdrive, everything I saw (collect-a-thon missions, combat that appeared fun on paper but annoying in practice, triple-hipster characters) put me off.

    I think the characters were the most upsetting. Was it them who did a great trailer for Fuse, then removed all the characters and replaced them with dullards? Maybe I'm getting this twisted but, if it was them, they appeared to me to have gone overboard in the opposite direction with Sunset O.
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  • Apotheon review

  • BigDannyH 02/03/2015

    @zzkj
    The same boss hit me through the door. I was gutted as I really wanted to fight him.

    I have to admit, I wasn't completely sold on it anyway. I may revisit in the future but there appear to be a few decent downloadable games coming out over the next couple of months that'll push it down the list.
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  • Titan Souls gets an April release date

  • BigDannyH 27/02/2015

    @Anrkist
    Well said.

    To be honest, this was a list of Vita games to me, and I'm fine with that. Happy days.
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  • Looks like Destiny is getting a new social space in the Reef

  • BigDannyH 26/02/2015

    Man, I've not played Destiny in ages. Expensive DLC killed it for me.

    Might jump on at the weekend for a quick hand cannon spree.
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  • Renegade Kid's metroidvania Xeodrifter is coming to PS4 and Vita

  • BigDannyH 26/02/2015

    @fabio78
    Wait a second, what are these other recent Vita Metroidvanias? Because I loved Guacamelee, easily my favourite Vita game.
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  • Sony's big new three-year strategy bets on PS4

  • BigDannyH 18/02/2015

    @Obli
    Cool, good to know. My good experience with the tablet already had me considering Sony for my next upgrade.

    It's strange how bad Sony seem to be at selling what always feel like great products? Samsung's are all over the place, they don't have the same issue?
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  • BigDannyH 18/02/2015

    I don't think anyone here doubts Sony's ability to build a games console (PS4 is in top spot and I'm still baffled by the 3DS's dominance over the Vita) but I generally like all my Sony products. While I've never owned one of their TVs, their headphones are good and I recently traded in my old iPad mini and got myself a Z2 tablet, which is ace!

    I can't speak for their phones though. Anyone had any good (or bad) experienced since they split from the Swedes?
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  • Evolve review

  • BigDannyH 16/02/2015

    i wonder how long it'll take for us to stop commenting on EG's review score system? 90% of the comments are back and forth about the lack of number at the moment.

    While people will always think the games they like deserve to be bumped up to Recommended or Essential, at least we don't have to deal with idiots moaning over something "only getting an 8".

    Also, removing themselves from the nonsense metacritic / collusion accusations was a great call.

    Right, gonna try not to comment on the system again. I expect this to be difficult.
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  • BigDannyH 16/02/2015

    Watched a bit of the Beta on Twitch. At first it looked so good I thought there was no way I wouldn't buy it. Then, the more I watched, the more I thought I wouldn't like it.

    It seems to do so much right. A first person shooter that's co-op heavy with a new concept that looks great and really polished. But when I was watching people play, it seemed like a constant slog of a chase followed by spamming a bullet sponge and seeing who died first.

    I know it's more than that, but the pacing just seemed off. The chase-part could represent a slower pace, but it didn't seem like you could relax, you still had to be on point constantly running after something just out of reach. Then the fight looked too hectic.

    I think I'll definitely play this at some point, as they've tried something different, but I can't see myself enjoying it enough to drop £50 on it.
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  • The Escapists review

  • BigDannyH 12/02/2015

    @frunk
    I dunno. I had a scroll down the Reviews section and there's quite a few "nothings". Dying Light for example.

    Hopefully it's just been a good month so far.
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  • BigDannyH 12/02/2015

    This new rating system really makes sense to me.

    I'll see a review up and the Essential, Recommended or non-existent tag immediately tells me something interesting. Could be a game I know little about that is recommended, so I'll then have a read of what it's about. Or maybe it's a better known game that isn't recommended, in which case I'll have a read to find out what the reviewer doesn't like. Either way, the system works.

    Feels like a good call EG.
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  • Destiny: House of Wolves release date narrowed, major expansion this autumn

  • BigDannyH 06/02/2015

    I welcome the changes, but sounds like I'm going to have to learn the game again.

    Pulse rifles were pretty shit previously, the impact is just so low.

    I found dying to fusion rifles more annoying than the shotgun, as if you end up right next to someone with a shotty, what do you think's going to happen? Fusion rifles would intstakill from quite far away. Although if they get nerfed, they may become unusable.

    Personally I just love rocking a hand cannon, too much fun.
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  • Stylish Persona 5 trailer shows off gameplay, cut-scenes, cats

  • BigDannyH 05/02/2015

    Persona with added cats.

    Yes please.
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  • Nintendo clarifies YouTube revenue share program, asks users to delete non-Nintendo videos

  • BigDannyH 05/02/2015

    This whole thing is bit weird.

    It sounds mental that they'll ask for 40% of someone's ad revenue for a video they worked on. But, at the same time, the maker of the video is benefitting hugely from the use Nintendo's art (including the visuals, music and game mechanics).

    It's definitely a symbiotic relationship with the obvious benefit to the game publisher being free exposure / advertising. I think that makes sense and is about fair, but I can also see Nintendo's point of view.

    I'm surprised they're moving from a 0% cut to a 40% cut, but I guess they feel they hold all the cards. I think they're over-valuing their games' appeal to the YouTube audience.

    Slippery slope for those Youtubers signing up, does set a precedent.
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  • Editor's blog: Introducing Eurogamer's new video team

  • BigDannyH 05/02/2015

    Ahh, so that's where Bratt's gone. Good lad, enjoy his work. Good on a podcast, too. Reply +3
  • Sony ending PlayStation Vita Maps, near features

  • BigDannyH 28/01/2015

    Never used Maps / Near, but youtube looked lovely on the Vita.

    Having said that, youtube crashed occasionally when searching subs / watch later lists.

    The Vita never quite felt right when used like a tablet. It just felt weird with the sticks and buttons on the front and the web browser isn't the best. In hindsight the tablet functionality is wasted as everyone already has a smartphone that does it all way better.

    The Vita is a great bit of kit. In fact, the only thing I'd change would be to replace the back touchpad with some kind of L2 / R2 buttons and it'd be ideal.
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  • Pokémon, Smash Bros. sales help Nintendo back to profit

  • BigDannyH 28/01/2015

    Nintendo are so frustrating. They decided not to compete directly with Sony and MS, which is fine. I'll abuts have to ccept that our paths have separated. But had they released a powerful machine with modern network connectivity that could handle current 3rd party games but with the added bonus of Zelda, I'd probably punt my PS4 out the window to make room for it.

    As it stands, I still feel too burned by the Wii to even think about buying a Wii U. They did brilliantly selling the Wii (100m units) but they're lack of support seems to have hurt them this gen.
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  • Man's basic invention levels Destiny character while he sleeps

  • BigDannyH 20/01/2015

    Destiny is a funny old game. They created a lovely looking world but didn't tell much of a story within that world? The characters were poor, un-memorable and massively lacking in wit or charm. Criminal for any story.

    However, the minute to minute shooting was so good it was still fun to play the missions, although they wore thin pretty fast. But I'm still enjoying the multiplayer a lot.

    The guns have the most character in Destiny. I Was never one for getting too excited for CoDs guns, they're all so bland. But the Destiny guns are pretty distinct with their own little quirks. Combined with the loot mechanics it made me really enjoy trying out and levelling up new legendary and exotic weapons.

    Then there's the raid.

    The first time I played through the raid was my most fun gaming in years. I found it fascinating. Felt like a genuine adventure where I had no idea what would happen next.

    So yeah, funny old game.
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  • Xbox One top-selling US console for second month running

  • BigDannyH 16/01/2015

    I went against the grain, purchasing my XB1 last year and PS4 this year. Ending up costing me a few bob but I have a Kinect, which is something I guess.

    Got a decent deal on the PS4 though. Swings and roundabouts.
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  • Untangling Evolve's convoluted DLC plan

  • BigDannyH 15/01/2015

    I'm all for Devs making money off their work, but they really do make it hard for consumers to get on board when we know our £50 only gets us part of the game.

    I think, if the base game is £45-50, any DLC should only be about £5 and should be a little extra for the hardcore fans.

    Bigger expansions for £10-15 are ok, but are annoying when they come out a few weeks after launch and split the community in two.
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  • Xbox One gets tile transparency with new update

  • BigDannyH 14/01/2015

    My favourite of all the updates to the UI is being able to use the snap function without having to shout "Xbox snap friends" into the ether, which was always followed by a moment of anxiety while I waited to see if my machine was listening to me. Reply +7
  • The evolution of Xbox One - as told by the SDK leak

  • BigDannyH 11/01/2015

    I got my Xbox One at launch and I've never had an issue with how it runs games. They all seem to run smoothly and look lovely. I guess ignorance is bliss.

    I have recently purchased a PS4. Again, the games run well and look great, and the controller is so much better than the PS3 one. Can't say I notice the difference in how the games run vs. the XB1 but I doubt anyone could without running the same game side-by-side with analysis software.

    However, I have no idea what MS were thinking about by putting so many of their eggs in the Kinect basket? It's a decent mic, which means you don't have to wear a headset, and I do use the voice recognition capabilities more often than I thought I would when watching Netflix. But there's no need for the camera for gaming or UI controls. Even having Skype in snap mode, which could be good, only let's you Skype one person at a time so it's pointless for party chat.

    I can't believe they dedicated a decent chunk of processing power towards Kinect, a device no-one really wanted, and asked people to pay £100 for the privilege.
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  • Xbox avatars to get improved graphics, new features

  • BigDannyH 05/01/2015

    I thought they'd completely ditched avatars, and I can't say I miss them. Reply +5
  • Going Rogue: Christmas break in Nuclear Throne

  • BigDannyH 05/01/2015

    Superb game, tough as hell though.

    I hope it's selling well enough to support their constant development of it, Vlambeer are excellent.
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  • Destiny image reportedly reveals major Plague of Darkness expansion

  • BigDannyH 02/01/2015

    The DLC broke my Destiny addiction. I've still popped on for a few MP sessions but being locked out of daily and weekly missions helped me break free.

    I still feel it's a great game but, considering it asks you to constantly repeat missions, the DLC needed to be a lot bigger. I think each one needs to add about 4 strikes, not 1 (if you're an Xboxer).

    I'll still read the articles though, Wes. Keep up the good work.
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  • Games of 2014: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • BigDannyH 29/12/2014

    Just finished this at 1.30am last night / this morning. Fantastic game.

    I think I must've stuck 20 hours into it because I just got caught up in wanting kill or brand all the captains. I can't imagine how much time they spent recording dialog and creating all the unusual looking Uruks, but the result is fantastic! It feels like unlimited bad guys all who have character and are therefore interesting. Most games struggle to make one interesting bad guy who you genuinely want to stop, they're 10 a penny in Mordor.

    Also, while the combat is clearly copied from Batman, some credit should be given to how well they pulled it off (I can't think of any other game that's done this well). In fact, I'd say that it trumps Batman due to there actually being some consequence to you dying. Watching those bastards celebrating while they levelled up and got promoted left me cursing. Especially when it was some little grunt with a spear who literally makes a name for himself by getting the final blow on you.

    I sunk more hours into Destiny, and I do really like that game, but I think Shadow of Mordor might be my personal GOTY.
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  • Games of 2014: Destiny

  • BigDannyH 26/12/2014

    @Some_Goats
    I agree the Tower has a lot of potential. You need to go there regularly and are often stuck waiting there for 5 mins while your team are getting bounties etc. The area is ripe for pissing about in.

    Kicking the ball about and jumping on the fan is fun, but only the first couple of times. Not sure what the solution is though?
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  • BigDannyH 26/12/2014

    I really enjoyed Destiny, until the Internet told me I shouldn't. Reply +2
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets Halo 4's Spartan Ops

  • BigDannyH 23/12/2014

    So, is MCC working now?

    Seemed like such a good deal that really went wrong.
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  • Last-gen revisited: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • BigDannyH 17/12/2014

    I can confirm that Destiny is excellent on the 360, only falling short of its XB1 brethren in clarity of image. There's no doubt the XB1 looks prettier, but the 360 version is still a looker and plays exactly the same. The lobbies feel more populated, too. I'm often the only guy on XB1 in a PvE area which makes the public events either very hard or impossible.

    It's a shame Mordor doesn't follow suit but I guess Bungie have got a lot more resources available. Credit where it's due, though.
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  • Trine: Enchanted Edition is due this week on PS4

  • BigDannyH 16/12/2014

    @madjim
    I've got Trine 2 through PS+. I've played the intro a couple of times but not for long, worth sticking with?

    Does it need to be played in MP?
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  • First Street Fighter 5 match reveals new mechanics

  • BigDannyH 15/12/2014

    @Rivuzu
    I hadn't thought about the fact it needs to be local. Lag is a reasonable issue at all levels.

    I think the speed of the game is one of its strengths at all levels, and the Japanese play a lot of 1st to 5 or 7 games which may satisfy the sponsors. Just a game brimming with potential.

    I love the character specialist who pop up and dominate for a period. Wolfkrone, Poonko, and more recently Smug & Pepeday.

    Also, talking of comebacks and character specialists, Snake Eyez' reverse OCD for team WNF earlier this year was one of my sporting highlights. Fantastic!
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  • BigDannyH 15/12/2014

    @Rivuzu
    Sorry, didn't quite communicate what I meant. I'm a regular viewer of all the tournaments, I'd say it's the "sport" I watch most of outside of football. I just don't understand why it's viewing figures aren't anywhere near that of League, Dota, Starcraft and Hearthstone.

    To be fair, the only one of the above I've ever played is Hearthstone, which is a good game. Doesn't come close to Street Fighter as a sport/game to watch for me though.

    I feel I t's far easier for an uneducated viewer to understand on a base level who's winning and shifts in momentum than most competitive games, too. You won't understand the insane skill the top players have until you know the game better, but you can at least follow the general action.

    I can't really explain, but I just feel it should be even more popular than it is.
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  • BigDannyH 15/12/2014

    While Street Fighter V is a very exciting prospect to me, I didn't think the demo looked like a huge graphical improvement. Early days I guess.

    I have no idea why Street Fighter isn't more popular in the competitive gaming scene, it's fantastic. I feel it's one of the best 1-on-1 competitive games about, but doesn't have anywhere near the following of the big PC powerhouses (League etc.). Still seems to be a niche within a niche. I think it doesn't do a good enough job explaining it's systems to new players and there ends up being quite a big barrier to entry.
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  • Destiny: The Dark Below review

  • BigDannyH 15/12/2014

    @Carn82
    Thanks for confirming. Although I didn't like the answer!

    Some of the decisions Bungie have made with this DLC release seems to be to the detriment of those who've played it the most? Making older gear out-of-date is annoying. You'd be better off not having levelled up exotics as, when you re-base them, it makes no difference to the new start point. And, had I not played the game the way I was supposed to and levelled all the factions up, it'd be easier to get commendations.

    The annoying thing is, all the changes they made in the months before the DLC dropped were great. They had improved the game.
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