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  • Hearthstone's next expansion is all about the Hero Power

  • BigDannyH 23/07/2015

    Also, just to clarify, I'm not disagreeing with you that HS and CC have similar pricing models (as I have no experience with CC). In fact, I've not played any other free to play game.

    I have thought many times that I could have played HS forever and never spend any money on it. I ended up spending money as I wanted to give some money to the devs, not because I needed to. That's why I'm left feeling it's generous.
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  • BigDannyH 23/07/2015

    I've not played Candy Crush, so can't compare. But I still think HS is generous.

    Recently I was comparing it to stuff like Evolve. Both need a large userbase to stay relevant but Evolve doesn't appear to have achieved that. I think one of the reasons (but far from the only reason) HS succeeded where Evolve failed is its more generous pricing model.

    The 35 thing is misleading, as no one needs to buy that (and I won't be).
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  • BigDannyH 23/07/2015

    I feel like Hearthstone is pretty generous, in fact I'd say the secret to its success is that it's extremely generous and therefore has a really strong userbase.

    The 35 bundle is a little expensive, but completely optional. I think it's only there for the serious players who play everyday and want to get the new cards as soon as possible. That's not the majority of people and, to be fair, if you play a game every day then dropping 35 once a year isn't too crazy.

    I reckon most people never pay anything to play HS. Probably then a large group of people that have paid 5-20 over a couple of years and then a smaller group of hardcore guys that will have paid 100 over the same timeframe. I'm not sure why you'd need to spend more than that, although I'm sure there are a few nutters out there who've spent a fortune on HS.
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  • BigDannyH 23/07/2015

    Ahh, set to one not reduced by one, that makes sense. Would still be an ace combo but would need to survive until your next turn to get full value.
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  • BigDannyH 23/07/2015

    If these are going to be the new Arena reward decks, suits me.

    I don't quite understand how the legendary that grants multiple hero power use will interact with the card that reduces the cost of hero power? I must be misunderstanding it as, otherwise, that's potential for infinite zero cost hero power? Maybe multiple use means twice?

    I hope they try and address the powerful low cost cards. At the moment it feels like lots of the interesting high-cost cards can never be used as games are often over by turn 7 or 8.
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  • A dramatic controller disconnect, shirtless shenanigans and one hell of an epic fail

  • BigDannyH 21/07/2015

    The controller disconnect was brutal. I thought, as it made it 1-1, they'd just start the game over. The one round shoot out killed the excitement.

    Awesome tournament though.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight's first major DLC falls short

  • BigDannyH 15/07/2015

    I'm not against DLC at all, happy to give a little bit extra to developers of games I like in exchange for more of that game. People need to get paid for their work.

    But why would I ever buy a season pass before the content is known? Or, even worse, at the same time I buy the game (so I'm not even sure if I like it). That's crazy?

    I'm surprised they're still even a thing, as it implies people are buying them.
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  • Lizard Squad attacks PlanetSide 2, H1Z1, more

  • BigDannyH 10/07/2015

    How dare this Smedley guy express his anger at being continually harassed by a Finnish teenager with too much time on his hands!

    Let's get him!

    I wonder if any members of Lizard Squad ever think "you know what, he may be part of our squad, but that was out of order". The impression they give is "if you say anything bad about one of us, we'll get you". Pathetic.
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  • Canadian teen who harassed female League of Legend players jailed

  • BigDannyH 10/07/2015

    Like most people, I look back at my teenage years and cringe at how much of a penis I was. Cocky as you like when I really knew very little about society and my place in it.

    Even so, I feel like it takes a special kind of arrogant teenage arsehole to do this kind of shit.
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  • Lizard Squad hacker who helped bring down PSN and Xbox Live at Christmas avoids jail

  • BigDannyH 09/07/2015

    Do we know why he targeted Smedley? He might have done something deserving of continued personal harassment like, I dunno, work for a company that charged a fiver for some DLC. Reply -13
  • A year on the Throne

  • BigDannyH 05/07/2015

    Nice article.

    Tell me that I wasn't the only one worried that, when A. declared she was done with the game, she was also done with the relationship? That seemed like the subtext.
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  • Destiny: The Taken King director apologises, Collector's Edition content will now be sold separately

  • BigDannyH 25/06/2015

    Destiny's really annoying. They've created a very good looking game and the mechanics are great, but the business model has killed it for loads of us (especially due to the lack of exchange rate).

    The seem to have undervalued the need for a userbase. People will only stick with a MP game of their friends continue to play it (see League of Legends etc.). Bungie appear to want people to play every day, but the variety of content dried up pretty quickly.

    I agree that the original game did feel quite light for a game they want you playing for hours every week. I'm sure it's a little better now but they've asked for about 100 for all the content so far. It's just too much.
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  • BigDannyH 25/06/2015

    Can people who didn't but the MCC (me) buy ODST for a fiver?

    If so, it seems rude not to.
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  • Bungie: extra Destiny content for all platforms when Sony timed-exclusives launch on Xbox

  • BigDannyH 24/06/2015

    When it's all laid out, is a reasonable chunk of content us Xbox players have been locked out of. Especially in a game where you're supposed to repeat missions over and over again.

    And, let's be honest, the way most MP online shooters work, locking people out for a year is pretty close to never giving it to them.
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  • Destiny: The Taken King director defends 40 expansion price tag

  • BigDannyH 23/06/2015

    I like his comment about not understanding the UK's weird foreign currency. Now things are starting to make sense.

    While I'm no FX expert, I'm aware that 1$ does not equal 1.

    If they'd priced the original DLC or this in the UK at the equivalent price to the U.S., me and my mates would've bought it. Just saying the word value over and over isn't what the phrase "giving your customers value" means.

    Also, just give the dances to the people who originally bought the game. Simple solution.
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  • Evolve is getting a second Season Pass next week

  • BigDannyH 18/06/2015

    I was just commenting to my mate today about how smart the Hearthstone business model is, which is pretty much the opposite of Evolve.

    They must've understood early on that the most important part of the game is to have a constant stream of opponents to play online and built their model on rewarding you for playing. The incentive to me is always to get enough gold to do another arena run.

    Evolve just looked like a chore to play, 5 mins of running for every minute of manic combat.
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  • Nintendo's painful metamorphosis leaves fans reeling

  • BigDannyH 17/06/2015

    Wait, 5,000 people decided they didn't like the look of a game so signed a petition for it not to be made? Wow.

    I've long since realised Nintendo aren't really after my custom anymore, no need for a petition though, I just stopped buying their consoles.
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  • Minecraft to receive HoloLens support

  • BigDannyH 15/06/2015

    A cool idea, but it didn't look like you could use it to play a game. Looked as laggy and unresponsive as Kinect.

    MS seem intent on creating something cool. Good luck to 'em, I'm just not sure gaming is the place to do it. Games tend to need far more precise control. This looks more suitable to something part way between watching a movie and playing a game.
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  • Could this be the last year 'For the Players' is enough for PlayStation?

  • BigDannyH 12/06/2015

    What were the exclusives this year?

    PS had Bloodborne (awesome) and The Order (not played but sounded average).

    XB had Sunset Overdrive (reviewed quite well but looked horrible to me) and what else?

    I own an XB1 and think the difference between the two consoles is minimal. I've never played a game on it and thought it looked or ran poorly. But I also don't know what exclusives have come out recently? Are we counting Tomb Raider already?
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  • PS Now UK beta rental prices are pretty high

  • BigDannyH 11/06/2015

    Ha, that'll teach you to make a rational comment. Neg'd to oblivion!

    I don't think the month long prices are that mental (it's only a tenner, and I'm sure they'll do sales), it's just that they're currently for old games. Although I also imagine, even with a really solid connection, the quality will be inferior to a proper download / disc version, which isn't the case when streaming films.

    The two day rental is an odd one. Why don't they just make it a week? If you buy a two hour movie they usually give you two days to watch it, surely most people take longer than two days to play a 15-20 hour game like Uncharted 2?
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  • The Witcher 3 sells 4m copies in two weeks

  • BigDannyH 09/06/2015

    Great game.

    I was thinking last night that the use of Witcher Sense was getting a little old, but I can't think how else they can get around it. It also helps with the pacing.

    I made the mistake of deciding to see what this Gwent thing was all about, now I'm back in Velen asking anyone and everyone for a quick match. Getting my arse handed to me by anyone half decent though, I still have loads of rubbish 1 minions in my deck.
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  • The first Video Game Hall of Fame selects its inaugural class

  • BigDannyH 05/06/2015

    I was a little surprised Angry Birds made it as high as the runners up list.

    I was hoping it was just a fad that had died out.
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  • Looks like Microsoft will launch a new Xbox One controller in June

  • BigDannyH 28/05/2015

    Funnily enough, I do use the swipe up thing in the Witcher, but surely you're pulling my leg about this typing thing!

    BTW - I do actually really like the DS4, especially as I found the PS3 pad way too small. Massive improvement in most departments and the headphone jack is ace.
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  • BigDannyH 28/05/2015

    Wait, are you saying you don't love the giant touchpad that cheapens the controller and is used to do something interesting by precise zero developers?
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  • Evolve now has a free Arena Mode update

  • BigDannyH 27/05/2015

    I thought Evolve sounded great on paper and, when I first logged on to Twitch to see what it looked like, my immediate impression was it looked fantastic.

    Then I continued to watch for another 20 mins.

    Seemed like an awful lot of chasing after the monster. Even watching was frustrating. Then, when they eventually caught the monster, it was a manic battle against the ultimate bullet sponge until it either ended or the chase started all over again.

    For me, the main issue seemed to be that the chase portions didn't seem enjoyable and weren't the change in pace they were perhaps supposed to be. Chasing seemed active and stressful rather than a bit of respite before the fight kicked off again. Also, the fighting parts didn't seem to have enough feedback.

    I guess this arena mode is an attempt to curtail the chasing portions. I hope it's not too late to work.
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  • Destiny: House of Wolves review

  • BigDannyH 26/05/2015

    I'm not too bothered about DLC in general, just gives players the opportunity to reward the makers of the games they enjoy with a bit of extra cash and they get a bit more of their game in return. Season passes are a joke though.

    Firstly, they're usually cost almost as much as the main game. Also, there's often very little information available about what they will contain, and the quality of the content, at the point you're encouraged to buy the pass (at launch).

    I understand the desire to have people keep hold of the game while waiting for the DLC to drop, but if they were that concerned about trade ins they'd make the digital download prices a bit more reasonable. I'd gladly pay 30 for the digital version instead of 40 for the retail version, would guarantee no trade in and mean I keep the game. Regardless of DLC sales, surely people owning their game is good for developers and producers?
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  • Lizard Squad teen pleads guilty to 23 charges of harassment

  • BigDannyH 22/05/2015

    Being young and doing something wrong or stupid is one thing, deliberately harassing people is completely indefensible.

    Also, the stupidity to use the police to perform the harassment ... and put it out on YouTube ... it's just unbelievable.
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  • Bloodborne again: Expansion confirmed

  • BigDannyH 21/05/2015

    On my way to the Griffin but already I've found a pack of Wolves way tougher than I should have and almost got destroyed by this crazy blue dude fucking around by a bridge. Had to proper leg it.

    I'm sure I'll get used to it. And, to be fair, I'd often die when outnumbered by new, strong enemies in Bloodborne. But usually when one on one I'd fancy my chances against most enemies. But this blue dude was not messing about, just started battering me.
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  • BigDannyH 21/05/2015

    I also loved the weapons but, by the time you've levelled a few up, getting a new weapon late on is pointless.

    I guess the new weapons are meant for NG+, but even when I started that I fell back on my levelled up weapons as it made things more manageable.

    Having said that, if I do another play through at some point, I'll defo be picking different weapons. Just a shame it gives you toys you can't really use by the end of the game.

    Another complaint, it's ruined the combat in the Witcher! While, after a couple of hours, the Witcher's combat already feels much more polished and streamlined than the 2nd game, it's just nowhere near as responsive as Bloodborne.
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  • CD Projekt tackles The Witcher 3 downgrade issue head on

  • BigDannyH 21/05/2015

    Do people complain that a McDonalds downgraded their BigMac because it doesn't look like the one they saw in the advert?

    Ok, that's a pretty flippant argument, but it's not like this is their current "in game" marketing. I can't believe people can claim to have been influenced in their recent purchase by 2 year old footage? Anyone watching footage of The Witcher 3 two years ago is a video game enthusiast and should know better.
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  • M.Bison revealed for Street Fighter 5

  • BigDannyH 19/05/2015

    Couple of Qs about the PS4 version of Street Fighter 4 that people may or may not know.

    Any news of the price?

    Has anyone noticed if the PC version of Ultra loads quicker in between fights? I think I saw a stream once where the games were loading in a few seconds and I guessed this was the PC version. Hopefully PS4 follows suit.

    Also, does anyone think they may use this version to get s feel for the netcode for SF5? I'm not entirely sure how the netcode works but I assume it's basically trying to translate inputs on a controller from across the net as quickly as possible, so not sure if they're able to test net code using a different (but similar) game?
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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review

  • BigDannyH 19/05/2015

    Thanks Oli, great review.

    Covered areas I was concerned about, particularly the pointless padding so many open world games feel the need to include. That The Witcher's side missions feel relevant is a relief, and reminds me of Mass Effect 2. I enjoyed the optional missions that developed the character of my crew as much as any of the story missions, and it added to the tension of that horrific final mission.

    I understand the desire created by checklist style icons on a huge map, but I can't say it's always enjoyable clearing the board.
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  • Minecraft most popular game on YouTube of all time

  • BigDannyH 14/05/2015

    I'm a little surprised as not in line with the likes of Twitch. Obviously streaming is a different kettle of fish.
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  • Nintendo records first annual profit in four years

  • BigDannyH 07/05/2015

    I'm was surprised they expected to sell the same amount of Wii U's again this year, then I remembered Zelda was coming out.

    That looks like being the one game I'll be gutted to miss out on. Although I never finished Skyward Sword and never got in to Twilght Princess, so maybe I'll be ok having only really played A Link Between Worlds of the recent ones.
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  • The best 3DS games

  • BigDannyH 04/05/2015


    That Vita picture would be more convincing if they'd bothered to clean the dust off the table.
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  • Video: The doors in Bloodborne are horrible and brilliant

  • BigDannyH 29/04/2015

    About the decreased loading times ... The patch seems to have worked wonders for me, made the game far more enjoyable.

    But it raises the question of why they were so long in the first place? If they knew how to fix them, how were they still in the release build?

    Ok, the game was perfectly playable on release and I had no issues with the rest of the game. I assumed the load times were just something they couldn't avoid. Now they've reduced them to a point it's not really an issue?

    Not really meant as a complaint, I'm just confused.
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  • Ouya seeks quick sale as debts mount

  • BigDannyH 29/04/2015

    I've forgotten what the Ouya was supposed to do. Was it as simple as allowing you to play android games on your TV with a (sub par) controller?

    Sounds like it's another victim of the "Mobile games are the future" movement.
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  • Bethesda removes paid mods in Skyrim

  • BigDannyH 28/04/2015

    Why not let the modder decide the price, with "free" being one of the options?

    Would please the enthusiasts who just want to share their work but also give people the option to make a few quid if they want.

    I'm clearly missing something.
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  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 released

  • BigDannyH 23/04/2015

    I guarantee I'll now only be half way through reading a description only to be cut off and returned to the game.

    1st world problems.
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  • Microsoft apologises for using PC footage in Xbox One Witcher 3 trailer

  • BigDannyH 23/04/2015

    While I'm not particularly bothered about resolution comparisons, I think it'd be naive to believe this was a simple, honest mistake. They knew what they were doing. Reply +11
  • Nintendo nerfs Diddy Kong in Smash Bros. Wii U patch

  • BigDannyH 16/04/2015

    When it's usually statements like "shotguns are nerfed" or at least man-mountain kickboxers like Sagat, I love the absurdity of "Nintendo nerfs Diddy Kong".

    Just a fun sentence.
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  • Yoshi's Woolly World Amiibo now available to pre-order

  • BigDannyH 14/04/2015

    Cheers, sounds in line with what I was thinking. I think I'll pick one up (if possible!).
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  • BigDannyH 14/04/2015

    Yeah, I figure they'll be tough to buy but the wooly ones do look good.
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  • BigDannyH 14/04/2015

    I wonder if these are fine as a regular stuffed toy?

    I'm tempted to get one for my 18 month old niece but not if the amibo disc makes it more of a model than a cuddly toy.
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  • Destiny's House of Wolves expansion has no new raid, Bungie confirms

  • BigDannyH 14/04/2015

    Ok, maybe this new mode will be amazing and will prove worth the money, but considering the price of the DLC was almost as much as the game on these shores it's a bold move to now announce no raid.

    I was a little disappointed to go from regular Destiny sessions to going cold turkey once the DLC came out, but feel happier with my decision now I know it would've been 35 for a single raid and a handful of levels.
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  • Xbox One UK price now 299.99

  • BigDannyH 13/04/2015

    Damn, I paid 400+ for mine near launch.

    Well, that's the risk I took. My only disappointment was that I was on my own for over a year. Had to boot up my 360 for Destiny (the cross buy was useful there).

    I'm sure it's easier said than done, but had MS been able to allow XB1 and 360 owners to play each other (or at least join party chat), it would've been a big selling point. As it stands, joining the the next gen early often left you out in the cold.

    Separate online services is like absence backwards compatibility. Feels like an achievable fix though (some games can be played online between Vita and PS4, and they plan to allow PC owners to play against XB1 for Fable, right?)
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  • Jon Blyth on: Bloodborne

  • BigDannyH 11/04/2015

    The blood vial farming issue is a weird one.

    I can see why someone might think it's a poor piece of game design and actually considered it myself at one point. But what I think it taught me was that these things were a reasonably precious resource to be used conservatively. It also encouraged me to spend a little more time exploring the areas around the bosses, unearthing little secrets and short cuts. I didn't even know short cuts were a thing in the game, but they're awesome!

    I think it's a frustrating but ultimately clever bit of design.
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  • Destiny patch will let you lock up your gear

  • BigDannyH 10/04/2015

    Man, I loved this game before the DLC came out. Killed it for me as the asking price was a bit of a piss-take.

    Interesting to see they're finally doing something about the heavy ammo. I liked it at first, but eventually seemed to ruin the flow of the game. Would be a decent battle followed by a couple of minutes of intstakill mayhem, then back to the battle.

    Although maybe the change of pace will be missed.
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  • Bloodborne bug makes game easier if left running too long

  • BigDannyH 07/04/2015

    Thanks, that's exactly how I got passed Cleric beast.

    It makes it tough to connect your attacks but I also feel that, even with regular enemies, if I'm not locked on to them they miss with their attacks, too.

    I really like the game and Dark Souls 2 is now on the wishlist. The most fun I've had so far was playing turn-about (pass the pad) with a mate early on. It's one of the better games to watch someone else play, as you can still learn enemy moves sets, but it's weird how much you forget the controls after 20 mins not playing.
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  • BigDannyH 07/04/2015

    I was initially surprised people even noticed this, but Bloodborne really does make you pay attention to the enemies attack patterns, boss or not.

    I've had the patch ready to install for a few days, but kept finding reasons to play on rather than stop and let it update. Once updated, I swear those guys carrying the sacks who take you to jail learnt about 5 new moves. One was about 6 hits long! And those things hit hard. Started kicking my arse all over again.

    I'd never fancied the souls games as they looked like they controlled terribly, put me off. I guess it's different when your in control. But got caught up in the Bloodborne hype and enjoyed it almost immediately. The regular enemies are manageable once you understand them, but the bosses ... oh my days! I'm really struggling. Gazza wasn't too bad, and Cleric beast was mainly a fight with the camera angle, but I must've gone through about 100 blood vials on each of the next two. They just hit so hard.
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