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  • Now Nvidia is making an Android TV console

  • Cyclone 04/03/2015

    I'm quite disappointed that this seems to be Nvidia's big "game-changing" announcement that they've been hinting at for the past week or two. I'd hoped it might be something to do with Valve's Steam Machines; Valve had announced they'd be showing off some models this week, and Intel and Nvidia seemed to be working more closely with Valve than AMD (partially due to their greater need to assert themselves with AMD tech powering all three current gen consoles + AMD's creation of the Mantle API, and partially due to their Linux drivers being more developed than AMD's, at least when Valve started work on SteamOS).

    It's a shame really. I'd have loved to see Valve and Nvidia announce further initiatives to make the Steam Machine concept more competitive, especially in terms of price. More competition, and more competitive players, is always a good thing for the end user (i.e. us), regardless of their platform or platforms of choice.
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  • Cyclone 04/03/2015

    $199 is on the expensive side for an Android micro-console, even one with impressive specs. The unfortunate truth is that only a handful of games will ever be optimised for it, which means that you're unfortunately wasting your money on more expensive parts that will only very rarely be used to their full potential.

    It's very difficult to see why someone should buy this over a PS4, XBOne (both of which are likely to get further price reductions this year), or a cheap living room PC (such as a NUC).
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  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date revealed

  • Cyclone 03/03/2015

    @spamdangled I'm not sure that's fair. Hideo Kojima delivers with his games. It's just the line about quitting that's usually not believable. Reply +1
  • Life is Strange dev promises second episode in March

  • Cyclone 27/02/2015

    I'm glad to hear that the second episode isn't too far away. I really enjoyed the first episode; it had a fantastic atmosphere. Reply +21
  • Crowfall MMO Kickstarter campaign begins

  • Cyclone 25/02/2015

    @Uncompetative Possibly in how (they believe) it might inspire many players to play: as amoral bastards, who find it very difficult to keep their four foot long sword out of the backs of people they called allies five minutes ago. Sounds like fun. Reply 0
  • Linx 8 review - exploring the sub-£100 Windows tablet experience

  • Cyclone 05/01/2015

    @frightlever Thanks for the info frightlever. Dealextreme is down for me at the moment as well, but I'll keep an eye out for this machine when it comes back up. Reply 0
  • Cyclone 04/01/2015

    Very, very impressive little device for the price. I'd love to see the sub-£100 pricing spreading to small form factor PCs, like the Intel NUC.

    (You can buy the most basic NUC for around £90, but you then have to add your own RAM and SSD/HDD to it, pushing up the price).
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  • Troy Baker joins Uncharted 4 as Nathan Drake's brother

  • Cyclone 08/12/2014

    @StooMonster Likely next October or November Stoo. The three main Uncharted games have all come out between mid October and mid November (of 2007, 2009, and 2011 respectively), just in time for the Christmas sales period, and the trailer listed the game as coming out in 2015. Reply +2
  • PlayStation Experience conference live report

  • Cyclone 06/12/2014

    Great news about Yakuza. I'd love to see the Yakuza HD released for PS3 as well. Reply 0
  • Cyclone 06/12/2014

    cocaine's a hell of a drug Reply 0
  • inXile teases development on a "passionately demanded" RPG

  • Cyclone 05/12/2014

    I'd love it if they were working on a spiritual sequel to Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, still one of my favourite games of all time. Even with the bugs, and the slightly disappointing final act (you could tell they ran out of time), it's still a phenomenal game, with an atmosphere that's rarely been beaten in gaming since. The haunted mansion mission particularly stands out as an experience that anyone interested in gaming should play through. Reply +3
  • Game Of Thrones: Iron from Ice review

  • Cyclone 02/12/2014

    Based on the review I'm a bit disappointed; I had high hopes for this, but the (reported) execution issues are unfortunate. Given the current size of my back catalogue, I'll hold off on picking it up for the moment, and like Richard, reserve judgement on it until another episode or two have been released, and a more measured look can be taken. Reply 0
  • Black Friday deals for PlayStation 4, PS3 and Vita

  • Cyclone 28/11/2014

    Some good deals there. Gravity Rush is a steal for €3.99, while Persona 4 Golden and the Mass Effect Trilogy are both great value at €14.99. Reply +7
  • Assassin's Creed Unity review

  • Cyclone 11/11/2014

    Disappointing. Given the 'okay' review scores of this and Watch Dogs, perhaps it's time that Ubisoft realise that they're stretching themselves too thin shovelling out all these releases, and instead focus on putting more development time into fewer releases.

    The fact that there were no advance review copies for Rogue at all (according to IGN) indicates that it'll almost certainly be an even lower scoring game.
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  • PSN ad uses the font from Xbox One-exclusive Sunset Overdrive

  • Cyclone 22/10/2014

    No real comment on the story, as I don't see it as being a massive deal, but I have to say I love the Sunset Overdrive box art; it's very reminiscent of all those fantastic 80s action movie posters. A big +1 for it. Reply +56
  • Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley headed to Europe in Q1 2015

  • Cyclone 21/10/2014


    Still, wouldn't say no to seeing it on Vita. Could be quite decent, though my money would be on Story of Seasons being the better game.
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  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner available today in the UK

  • Cyclone 21/10/2014

    Not a bad price. Specs are decent as it can handle DVB-T, DVB-T2, and DVB-C. Might buy one for my PC when some Windows drivers become available for it. Most of the other tuners (both usb and pci) I've tried turned out to be a bit shit; given Microsoft's emphasis on TV integration, this'll likely be engineered a bit better. Reply +16
  • République: Episode 3 is due this week

  • Cyclone 21/10/2014

    PC owners who backed the game on kickstarter can sign up for a beta of the first two episodes. I played the first episode on PC when the beta was first released, and it was very polished. The signup form is here. Reply +2
  • Civilian massacring game Hatred courts controversy, gets it

  • Cyclone 17/10/2014

    New/unknown studio makes ultra-controversial game to gain easy publicity, and easy money. Controversy as a marketing tool is a fairly standard tactic we've all likely seen dozen of times in relation to games, films, and music. With the exception of the GTA series, I can't think of any games that used controversy like this to sell themselves, and actually turned out to be great games.

    Violence simply for the sake of violence can be attention grabbing, but quickly looses it's appeal; I'd imagine most of us here got over being impressed by that in the 90s. Which is appropriate, given that the poor writing (in the trailer dialogue), heavy metal, and stereotypical dark trench coat wearing, long haired 'protagonist' mark this as a throwback to the mid to late 90s, that wouldn't be out of place sitting next to Postal 1 on a game shop shelf, or lying beside it in a bargain bin.
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  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

  • Cyclone 15/10/2014

    There really are some sad, worthless c*nts out there. Sending death threats and threatening a school shooting simply because you don't agree with a debating position is disgusting. It's perfectly fine to disagree with an opposing position, but this is going much too far, and, ironically, undermining the position this cretin holds. Hopefully this genius is found, and given a nice long vacation in a lovely facility of the state's choice. Reply +27
  • Sony's PS4-streaming smartphone gets a US release date

  • Cyclone 09/10/2014

    @Stranded87 Yeah, it's £484 on Amazon here. There's also a smaller, Xperia Z3 Compact that's around £80 to 100 cheaper, but I'm not sure if it's compatible with PS4 streaming; the previous Eurogamer article says it is, unless that's changed. If it's not, hopefully it, the Z2, and other mid and high end phones can get a software update to fix that. Reply +4
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Snake and Quiet gameplay revealed

  • Cyclone 19/09/2014

    @Hiya The timeline has moved up to 1984 with TPP, 20 years after the events of MGS3. While the technology is still quite futuristic, the US already possessed stealth aircraft and the Space Shuttle at this stage. Reply 0
  • Dinosaur adventure The Stomping Land removed from sale on Steam Early Access

  • Cyclone 02/09/2014

    Unfortunate for anyone who backed it, and ultimately unfortunate for crowd sourcing as a business model. It's far from perfect, but it has given us some genuine successes, like Elite: Dangerous and Wasteland 2, which are both looking excellent in their current pre-release forms.

    It does have to be noted that the shine seems to have gone off Kickstarter in a big way over the last few months; two of the more prominent recent campaigns, for the revamp of Night Trap, and Sienna Storm are badly floundering, and don't seem to have a hope of reaching their goals.

    Some might argue that they're not as strong a proposition as other games that were successfully funded, but I think it's fairly safe to say that they'd have done a whole lot better if they'd been launched 12 or 18 months ago.

    EDIT: Added Sienna Storm link here due to problems pasting it above.
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  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter gets a PC release date

  • Cyclone 22/08/2014

    I'd imagine Vegard is more right here. Articles posted later at night generally seem to get fewer comments, unless they're fairly contentious, at which point they'll get plenty the next day.

    As for the game itself, I'm greatly looking forward to it. It's fantastic to see developers experimenting with gameplay, and creating non-traditional games such as this one. Dear Esther and Gone Home both showed how well a modern non-combat, narrative-based game can work.

    As for the gameplay here, I could see it working similar to a combat free version of L.A. Noire, possibly minus the interrogations; whether you enjoyed L.A. Noire or not, you have to admire the fantastic atmosphere that Team Bondi created.
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  • The Behemoth releases teaser trailer for "Game 4"

  • Cyclone 20/08/2014

    Wonderfully weird trailer. Looking forward to seeing more at PAX Prime. Reply +5
  • GTA Online Flight School update lands today

  • Cyclone 19/08/2014

    @LetsGo No one ever said they couldn't. What they're aiming at here, however, is the absurdity of the US media, and there is only so much satirical content that can be squeezed into a 90 second trailer. Reply +8
  • Cyclone 19/08/2014

    @LetsGo People generally won't mention it as the GTA games are meant to be over the top parodies. Reply +12
  • Snake moves with the times, Lara doesn't

  • Cyclone 16/08/2014

    @dogmanstaruk You're right about most of those games mate, with the exception of MGS3 never having been released on PC.

    That leaves MGS3, MGS4, Portable Ops, and Peace Walker not on PC. Portable Ops is an understandable omission as they never revisited it/ported it to other platforms, though Peace Walker was originally intended to be MGS5. That leaves 3 main games off of PC.

    Sadly, I can't see any of the above three being ported at this stage, though it would be nice to see the PC ports of 1 and 2 turn up on Steam for anyone interested.
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  • Payday developer Overkill is making a co-op The Walking Dead FPS

  • Cyclone 14/08/2014

    Two things strike me about this announcement. The first is that the game will likely turn out pretty decent given Overkill's pedigree. The second is that, despite showing almost nothing, that was probably the nastiest game trailer I've ever seen, given its content. Reply +5
  • Konami's Metal Gear Solid 5 preview event

  • Cyclone 13/08/2014

    You'll be dead of alcohol poisoning before the end of the stream!
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  • Cyclone 13/08/2014

    Is it me, or is the translator getting less and less coherent? Reply 0
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to both Xbox One and Xbox 360

  • Cyclone 13/08/2014

    Timed exclusivity is irritating, but it could be worse. It could have been a proper new Deus Ex game that was delayed in coming out on PS4 and PC. If that had been the case I'd have had to track down corporate Phil and bludgeon him to death.

    If SE don't want me to pay full price for Rise of the Tomb Raider, then that's fine. I'll just stick with Uncharted 4 in late 2015, and maybe pick up TR for €4.99 in a Steam sale in 2016 or 2017.
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  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue headed to PS3, Xbox 360 this November

  • Cyclone 05/08/2014

    Unlike a lot of people here I'm interested in both of the upcoming AC games, but I can see the fake "Oirish" accent really grating with me. Hell, it's painful to listen to in a minute and a half long trailer. Hopefully it'll be a bit toned down in the game itself. Reply -1
  • Deep Silver parent company buys Homefront from Crytek

  • Cyclone 31/07/2014

    @erlinghagen @bertrandolf I wish them the best of luck with Homefront, but I'd love to see a new Second Sight game, as well as a HD remaster/re-release of the first one. It's one of my favourite games from the PS2-era, and still feels fresh in many ways today. Reply +1
  • Video: the bitchiest Easter eggs in games

  • Cyclone 19/07/2014

    As with X201 and Darth_Flibble, the couple of digs that DMA Design/Rockstar North made at Reflections in GTA III and San Andreas have always stuck in my mind as some of the more bitchy digs I've seen in games. They did have a point though; Tanner wasn't particularly useful in Driver 2, and the less said about 'Driv3r' the better. ;)

    GTA 3's 'Two-Faced Tanner':

    GTA San Andreas:
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  • Tekken 7 announced with teaser trailer

  • Cyclone 14/07/2014

    @Devil_N It's good to hear that Tekken Tag 2 was a return to form. I must pick it up and give it a shot. I played the original Tekken Tag to death when I first picked up a PS2 all the way back in 2001. Great game then and now. Reply +4
  • Cyclone 14/07/2014

    As sad as I am to say it, I'm not too interested in a new Tekken. I loved Tekken 3, Tag Tournament, and 5 back in the day, but was deeply unimpressed with Tekken 6. Tekken Revolution didn't exactly inspire confidence either. Reply +10
  • Virginia is a first-person interactive drama inspired by Twin Peaks and X-Files

  • Cyclone 02/07/2014

    You had me at Twin Peaks and The X-Files. I can't wait to see more. Reply +3
  • EA's new On the House free game for Origin users is...

  • Cyclone 17/06/2014

    Free is free, and Peggle is a decent little game, but I can't help but feel that EA are missing the point a little. The point of these free games is to attract people to Origin, and the primary target market for Origin would be moderate to hardcore gamers, with anyone else being a bonus.

    Peggle came out originally in 2007. Any PC gamer with the slightest interest in owning Peggle has long since picked it up at full price, in a Steam sale, in a Humble Bundle, etc. The result is, as just about everyone in the thread has pointed out, that it isn't in any way a draw for the market EA is trying to bring over to Origin.

    A much better solution would be to offer older free games, on the level of Dead Space and BF3, with a different one every month, possibly tied in to a new release to get maximum exposure; Mass Effect 1 or 2 could be offered the same month as the upcoming ME4, for instance. As they're older (but high quality) titles, offering them free won't result in much of an upfront revenue loss, might encourage people who try them out to pick up further entries in the series (resulting in greater profits down the line), and unlike Peggle, those who have not already bought them will still be more likely to try them out. Knowing EA they'd probably also find a way to use these free games as some form of tax write-off as well.

    With a back catalogue that includes series such as the Battlefield games, Medal of Honor, Need for Speed, Burnout, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, C&C, Sim City, FIFA, Madden, etc. they aren't short of games that could genuinely get people interested in trying them out, no matter what their tastes. So while free Peggle is quite nice, the main issue here is how half heartedly EA is pursuing this strategy to get people to use Origin; if you're going to do something, you might as well do it right.
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  • New Doom game will be revealed at QuakeCon next month

  • Cyclone 11/06/2014

    I'm afraid I don't have too much hope for the game to be honest, for a number of reasons. Firstly that's a gorgeous FMV trailer for the game, but the Elder Scrolls Online, another recent Bethesda game, also had a number of gorgeous trailers and it didn't exactly turn out great. It was, as people will point out, made by another Bethesda/Zenimax studio, not Id, which unfortunately brings me to my second point.

    Id Software, one of the most prominent developers in the history of gaming (on a par with studios such as Valve, Rockstar North, Naughty Dog, and Bungie in terms of overall quality of output), is now just a shell of its former self; it's been hollowed out the same way as Rare has.

    When John Carmack left, Id lost the last of its founders. It was these founders (John Carmack, John Romero, Tom Hall, and Adrian Carmack), along with early employees such as Todd Hollenshead, Sandy Petersen, American McGee, Michael Abrash, and others, that were responsible for the early, influential games we all remember. When each of these people left the company, it lost a little of what made it special.

    Even Doom 3, which was itself a very good game (with a couple of niggles, like the flashlight that could be modded out, and later fixed entirely with the BFG edition), didn't quite live up to the standard of the earlier Doom games, Quake 1-3, and Wolfenstein 3D. The only game of note that has been put out by Id in the 10 years since then is Rage.

    So apologies for the rant and wall of text. The TL;DR version is that with John Carmack and others gone from Id, the company isn't what it used to be. It's not that Doom isn't relevant, the problem is that the revolutionary Id Software of the 90s is dead, and in its place is another modern Rare.
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  • PlayStation TV due for launch in Europe this autumn

  • Cyclone 10/06/2014

    Marketed right, Sony could a shift a fair few of these as casual gaming and streaming boxes. It could also be well placed to sell in China, Latin America, and other middle-income regions, given the price; Nintendo is, after all, also developing new hardware to sell in these areas. If Sony sell enough of these micro-consoles, we'll hopefully see more Vita/PS TV games being made. Reply +10
  • Sony's E3 conference

  • Cyclone 10/06/2014

    The Community logo seemed prominent. Hopefully season 6 will be a go on with their platform. Reply 0
  • Cyclone 10/06/2014

    Grim Fandango for PS4. Fantastic. Reply 0
  • Steam Controllers delayed until 2015

  • Cyclone 28/05/2014

    While I'm sure that their hardware partners mightn't be too thrilled, this might not be too bad of a development. An extra 6 to 12 months means more powerful debut hardware, compared to the new consoles, which may in turn help get back some of the hype that the Steam Machines had late last year. It also means more development time for SteamOS, and more games available for the official launch.

    That's a lot of mights and mays I know, but there still seem to be more upsides than downsides to this potential delay, and getting something as basic as the controller wrong has doomed more than one hardware platform in the past.
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  • Steam adds option to remotely stream games locally

  • Cyclone 21/05/2014

    Sounds good. Looking forward to Richard's analysis of this finished version of In-Home Streaming. What I read about the beta versions was quite positive, iirc. Reply +20
  • Microsoft reveals the Surface Pro 3

  • Cyclone 20/05/2014

    "Microsoft is touting the Surface Pro 3 as "The tablet than can replace your laptop"."

    At the risk of sounding a bit negative, it would really want to, at $799 dollars for an i3 model (likely €799/£650 in Europe), without a keyboard.
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  • Ubisoft makes Far Cry 4 official, due this November

  • Cyclone 15/05/2014

    @kinky_mong He was in some exclusive dlc missions
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  • Cyclone 15/05/2014

    @The_shlaaaag_returns The box art is definitely an acquired taste, that's for sure, but it's starting to grow on me. It will, however, really make the box stand out in stores, which is one of its main jobs. It also suggests a game with a full colour range, which is a nice change from the many (often very good) games that we've had last generation, that seemed to be solely coloured varying shades of brown and grey. Reply +15
  • Cyclone 15/05/2014

    @MrTomFTW Why is Julian Assange in the Himalayas? Did he escape there from the Ecuadorian Embassy?

    As for the game itself, I'm looking forward to it. Ubisoft did a great job with 3 and Blood Dragon, and Uncharted 2 left me wanting to see more of the Himalayas as a game setting.
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  • Nintendo announces free downloadable 3DS Pokémon game

  • Cyclone 13/05/2014

    Band of Thieves, eh? Well at least Nintendo are honest about the business practices usually associated with f2p games and their microtransactions.

    EDIT: I'm not having a dig at Nintendo, but rather the costs and practices associated with f2p games.
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