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  • Jelly Deals: £10 off a £50 spend at Amazon for one day only

  • Cyclone 25/01/2018

    Thanks for the heads up Jamie. I cancelled an order I put through a couple of hours ago (a USB stick), and ordered the same item again with the discount. Reply +1
  • Far Cry 5 boss shows pitch for new game about a misplaced space teddy

  • Cyclone 15/11/2017

    @blarty Maybe he meant cool in terms of space being a bit nippy? It is minus 270 degrees celsius after all. Reply 0
  • Jelly Deals: GOG's Halloween Sale is in its final days

  • Cyclone 31/10/2017

    Some fantastic games in that list. Of all of them, Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines is a particular standout. At €4.29/£3.79, it's an absolute steal! If anyone hasn't played it, do yourselves aa favour any buy yourselves a copy. Reply 0
  • Echo feels like the ultimate conclusion to Hitman

  • Cyclone 24/10/2017

    Sounds quite interesting. The team has a good pedigree behind it, so I'll definitely pick this up once I have a little more of my current backlog cleared. Reply +3
  • Assassin's Creed Origins is the series you remember, back yet again

  • Cyclone 04/10/2017

    I'm looking forward to picking up Origins at some stage (I still haven't played Syndicate), but I'm a little disappointed to hear it hasn't evolved the series further.

    Watch Dogs 2 made great progress last year in moving beyond the standard Ubisoft open world formula, and giving the player something a bit different. As good as AC4 was, Watch Dogs 2 was the first Ubisoft game I'd played since AC2 or Brotherhood that really grabbed me the way they did. It felt fresher, not least because of it's more relaxed attitude, and a slightly more inventive approach to mission design.
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  • The Evil Dead gets a new video game spin-off, but…

  • Cyclone 19/09/2017

    For anyone interested, the TV spin-off, Ash vs Evil Dead is excellent as well; season 3 starts early next year. Reply +2
  • A tactical shooter with 400 concurrent players on a massive map

  • Cyclone 19/09/2017

    Looks gorgeous in those screenshots, but I suppose that's kind of the point of screenshots. It'll be interesting to see more of this game. Reply +2
  • Final Fantasy 9 gets PlayStation 4 re-release

  • Cyclone 19/09/2017

    Hi Tom. Slight typo; it should probably read "This version looks to be similar to edition of FF9 which was ported to PC last year". Great news; I've never actually played FF9. I was going to buy it on PC once I'd cleared part of my backlog, but I might buy on PS4 instead.

    EDIT: You bet me to it Joe.
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  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 review

  • Cyclone 16/09/2017

    @Rogueywon While there are definately some Ponzi schemes in the cryptocurrency world, particularly some ICOs, not all cryptocurrencies or their underlying technologies can be dismissed that way. Ethereum, for instance, has a good number of high profile companies currently experimenting with the technology. Reply +2
  • Cyclone 16/09/2017

    Great review Richard. I'm interested in a Radeon 56, but, as mentioned, Ethereum mining has pushed up the prices at present. I'm wondering if the upcoming release of the first part of the Metropolis upgrade this month, however, may cause demand for gpus for mining to decrease. (One of it's features is a reduced issuance of currency, to help start moving Ethereum away from 'proof of work' mining towards a full switch to 'prtoof of stake' with the release of a future update). Anyone interested in an upgrade might be best to hold off for a couple of months to see if prices come down significantly. Reply +1
  • First look at Atari's new console

  • Cyclone 17/07/2017

    Likely an Android microconsole with the ability to play old ROMs, with x number of classics built in, all to capitalise on the success of the NES Mini and SNES mini. It's a shame Sony discontinued the PlaystationTV so soon, as they could have marketed it as a cheap machine for people to play PS1 and PS2 ROMs on.

    As for the Ataribox, I'm not that optimistic on it's chances, but it might surprise us; depending on specs it might make a nice little all-purpose STB with some retro gameplay options (and not so retro games, if it has access to the Play store), which would suit many members of the public well, i.e. the so called 'casual' market, that likely wouldn't have the interest in buying a console, nor spend enough time using it to justify the pricetag.
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  • The Steam Summer Sale 2017 begins tomorrow

  • Cyclone 22/06/2017

    The Steam Store is experiencing some heavy load right now. Please try again later.
    I haven't been that excited about a Steam sale for quite a while, but it seems that I'm in a minority, if the launch of the sale basically results in a DDoS for Valve.

    EDIT: I wouldn't mind picking up a cheapish copy of the new Hitman on PC to support IO interactive, and a Season 2.
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  • Jelly Deals: Steam Link discounted to its lowest ever price, Steam Controller available for £28

  • Cyclone 22/06/2017

    The Steam Link seems to be sold out on both and, unfortunately. For £12, I'd have picked up a couple to use as Kodi boxes. Reply 0
  • Ubisoft reveals new pirate game Skull & Bones

  • Cyclone 12/06/2017

    Sounds interesting. The piracy sections of Black Flag were excellent, and it'd be a shame not to properly utilise that framework going forward. It's also good to see Ubisoft diversifying with their IPs, even if there's an argument that many are just variations on a theme. They could alternate between Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, and Skull & Bones on a rotating basis, letting each gradually become more and more different. It'd be a great help to the franchise fatigue many have been feeling for Assassin's Creed over the last 4 to 5 years. Reply +5
  • Xbox One Scorpio revealed as Xbox One X

  • Cyclone 12/06/2017

    Is it just me, or does it look a lot like the original Playstation 2? Reply +16
  • Friday the 13th review

  • Cyclone 01/06/2017

    Great review Rick. Friday the 13th hadn't been on my radar, mainly because we all know how well many licenced properties turn out. Based on the above, however, I'll have to pick it up in a month or two. Reply +16
  • The new WipEout collection's got Prodigy and Chemical Brothers on the soundtrack

  • Cyclone 25/05/2017

    The loss of Cold Storage/Tim Wright is a massive shame. I particularly have a soft spot for his Colony Wars soundtrack - a fantastic soundtrack for a brilliant game. It's a shame they never made another sequel after the PS1 era. Reply +3
  • Valve hired former Kerbal Space Program developers

  • Cyclone 23/05/2017

    I wonder if the timing of the announcement has anything to do with the recent Polygon article about Valve, that stirred up some controversy over the last few days. As many commented, it's tone was a bit melodramatic, but many of the points made by it were valid. Article here:

    I wonder if the fact that Valve's reputation isn't what it once was with large sections of the gaming community might spur them back to development more, or at least have them incorporate more teams such as the Kerbal Space Program guys into Valve to increase their output capacity.

    While Valve no longer need the money generated by releasing their own games, those games generated a lot of good PR for Valve, helping them deflect controversies that would have created a lot of bad headlines for most other companies. They can't keep trading on past glories forever; Half Life 2 was will have been released 13 years ago this November, and it's just over 6 years since Portal 2 was released. The Lab was well reviewed, only a small percentage of people would have actually played the game.
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  • Russian YouTuber slapped with three-and-a-half year suspended sentence for playing Pokémon Go in a church

  • Cyclone 11/05/2017

    The moral of today's story is that authoritarianism is bad, kids.

    Authoritarian states like to punish people who step out of line (according to them) in ridiculously over the top ways as a warning to all others; as per the BBC link, the main issue was likely that he described the risk of being arrested as "complete nonsense", and uploaded a video of himself doing so (which ended up being viewed over 2 million times), not for playing Pokemon Go in a church.
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  • Hands on with Volition's Saints Row spin-off

  • Cyclone 03/04/2017

    Very disappointing considering Volition's previous efforts. I'd been looking forward to this. Based on the above, however, I'll likely be waiting until it's heavily reduced in a steam sale to try it out. Reply +5
  • Rock Band 4 adds Sterling Archer and Mass Effect content

  • Cyclone 15/03/2017

    Fantastic idea, but the character model and animations let it down. It's a bit like (almost) every early 2000s movie or TV tie-in game; it looks somewhat similar to the source material, but somehow feels a bit off.

    It you really want to see Archer "do" Danger Zone, then this is the obligatory clip:

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  • Don't expect another big Deus Ex game anytime soon

  • Cyclone 30/01/2017

    @Haiseki I was surprised at the complaints about PC performance. I was playing it on an i7 2600 and Geforce 750 Ti, and I found the performance fine. Admittedly that would be somewhere in the region of 30fps with medium settings, but, as Deus Ex isn't a twitch shooter (in most play styles) it was perfectly acceptable for me.

    Now if you're used to playing at 60 or 144 fps with very/ultra high settings (and have paid handsomely for this experience), the experience might be quite different, and I could understand some disappointment, but I'd imagine that I wouldn't be that atypical in the type of PC I'm playing the game on (when you consider the percentage of Steam users on Intel integrated graphics) and the approximate level of performance I got.
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  • Cyclone 30/01/2017

    A massive shame. Both Human Revolution and Mankind Divided were excellent. As with MccyMcFlinn, I'd happily accept a lower budget, sharper focused Deus Ex, if given the choice. Not every game can provide game sales on a par with GTA or CoD. Hopefully Cyberpunk 2077 will scratch the Deus Ex itch until we get a new one, which will preferably finish off the HR trilogy. Reply +36
  • Total War's latest Game of Thrones mod looks fantastic

  • Cyclone 30/01/2017

    @Bratterz Shouldn't it be "FINE. I've changed it. Arya happy now?" Reply +15
  • Nintendo Switch out 3rd March for £279.99

  • Cyclone 13/01/2017

    €249 would have been a better option; 299 leaves it very expensive compared to the PS4 and XBOne, both more powerful consoles, which may often retail cheaper than it, based on some of the bundles doing the rounds over the last six months.

    Nintendo may have a situation similar to the launch of the 3DS, where the high price initially resulted in slower sales than expected. Hopefully I'm wrong though, and Nintendo have learnt from past mistakes; the lack of region locking is a good sign.
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  • Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2016

  • Cyclone 01/01/2017

    A good list I have to say. Uncharted 4 would top my list for 2016 as well. I'd go so far as to say that it's my favourite of the series, with Uncharted 2 being close behind; I replayed U2 shortly after finishing U4, and it's still a fantastic game.

    My second and third favourite games of the year would be Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Watch Dogs 2; both slightly flawed games in some respects, but wonderfully atmospheric, and lots of fun.

    As for 2017, the top of my list to play is The Last Guardian, as Amazon lost the original copy and had to send a replacement, as well as Hitman, which I wanted to wait until it was complete before I started playing.
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  • GAME apologises for unfulfilled £150 PS4 bundle orders

  • Cyclone 03/10/2016

    I'm one of the people whose orders were cancelled; my brother was interested in a PS4 for the price, and wasn't that bothered when the order was cancelled. What was irritating about the situation was the following:
    * Game took the money immediately upon order.
    * Shortly after the order went through I received an email to state that my order had shipped.
    * A day or so later I got the "We're sorry ..." cancellation email.
    * It took Game another day or so to (sort of) refund me my payment to PayPal.
    * They didn't include the postage cost in the refund, and haven't responded to my email querying the issue.
    * The main bulk of the payment still isn't showing up on my credit card as a refund, and it's not on the PayPal account (to be fair this is likely due to my bank, AIB's, online platform being outdated and slow to update).

    All in all, I was really unimpressed with how Game handled things so far.
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  • Kingsglaive isn't a great movie, but it's a good intro to Final Fantasy 15's fascinating new world

  • Cyclone 25/08/2016

    @AoifeLockhart Obligatory in cases such as this:
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  • ZeniMax alleges John Carmack stole "thousands of documents" developing Oculus

  • Cyclone 23/08/2016

    Given ZemiMax's previous dishonest, and widely known, business practices, I find it difficult to beleave anything they say. They're simply looking for an easy setlement from Facebook. While I don't like Facebook as a company either, in this case I'd like to see ZeniMax get what's coming to them, which shouldn't be a big cash settlement. Reply 0
  • HTC Vive price hike for UK - blame Brexit

  • Cyclone 01/08/2016

    @Wesley_Yin-Poole Regarding the caption for article picture, the correct spelling is actually 'Oaf'. Reply 0
  • Persona 5 coming to Europe - courtesy of Deep Silver

  • Cyclone 06/07/2016

    Great news. It might seem a bit weird for Sega to outsource to Deep Silver like this, but hopefully it'll work out well for all parties, including us, the consumers. Even excluding Atlus, Sega aren't fantastic with releasing some of their franchises in the West. Yakuza 5, for instance, was finally released in the West in December 2015, a full 3 years and two days after it's Japanese release. There's always the possibility, should everything work out successfully, that both parties might expand their partnership to cover a greater range of Sega's titles. Reply 0
  • Sega doubles down on PC strategy, snaps up Endless Space creator

  • Cyclone 05/07/2016

    I'd quite like to see the Yakuza games ported to PC. It'd make it much easier for new players to catch up with the story. Reply +5
  • Tetris movie is a sci-fi thriller with an all-Chinese cast

  • Cyclone 17/05/2016

    Six week late April fools? Reply +6
  • Star Trek Online boldly goes to PS4 and Xbox One this autumn

  • Cyclone 13/05/2016

    @chrismunasinh It's okay. It's not bad, but isn't anything all that special. The starship combat is enjoyable, but the on foot sections are a bit mediocre.

    There are a lot of copy and paste missions, though they are remastering the old missions, revamping them and merging some into others to make them more varied. The transition to F2P also resulted in a good bit of time-gating, which hasn't helped.

    In summary, it's not a bad game, but can feel a little soulless at times, and definitely isn't the best use of the licence that it could be.
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  • The Half-Life mod that took 17 years to land on Steam

  • Cyclone 02/05/2016

    Great article, and fantastic to see Sven Co-op is still being worked on after so long; it's a real testament to the passion of the modding community to keep a project viable for so long.

    The other side of that coin, however, is that it's terrifying to think we're only two and a half years away from the 20th anniversary of Half Life. It only seems like a couple of years since I first played it.
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  • Here's what Doom's single-player campaign looks like

  • Cyclone 27/04/2016

    @bad09 Wow. 12 years since Doom 3? That means less time had passed between the releases of Doom 1 all the way back in 1993 and Doom 3 in 2004, than between Doom 3 and Doom 2016. Damn, that makes me feel old. Reply +14
  • The Sinking City is a promising-looking open-world investigation Lovecraftian game

  • Cyclone 08/03/2016

    Sounds very interesting, and the concept art looks good, though I suppose it always does. I've been waiting a long time for another game in the vein of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, and this between this and Vampyr from Dontnod, we just might get it.

    I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned already yet, but Frogwares also have great form in adding a wonderfully creepy vibe to their games...
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  • Cancelled Saints Row PSP game unearthed

  • Cyclone 23/01/2016

    It's always fascinating to see various different games that were never released, and wonder what could have been. There are often very good reasons for their cancellation, but some just seem to be fantastic concepts snuffed out before they had their chance to shine. Reply +4
  • Best-selling Steam games of 2015 list has a few surprises

  • Cyclone 05/01/2016

    Some very impressive sales (and revenue) figures for the top selling games, but I'm surprised how steep the drop off is when you go further down the list. Considering the cost of triple A games development (typical figures given range anywhere from $20m to $50m), I would have imagined typical PC game sales providing a greater return on investment. If anything, an analysis of game sales and revenue vs. development cost across the various platforms, and over the last couple of generations, would make for a fascinating piece. It'd likely drive home that the industry isn't as healthy in certain (though not all) sectors as it once was, as well as why DLC is being pushed so hard by publishers. Reply +1
  • Assassin's Creed prequel set in ancient Egypt, due 2017- report

  • Cyclone 04/01/2016

    Personally I'd be a bit surprised if this was the year they'd take their break from releasing a game, when they'd have the film to link in with. I can appreciate the Assassin's Creed games need more of a break between them (I still haven't played Unity, Rogue, or Syndicate myself yet), but, in terms of merchandising, this would be the one time you'd really want to release a game, even if they would have had to delay Syndicate a year to do so. If you needed to take a year of a break, wouldn't it be better to do so in 2015 or 2017?

    As for the setting of upcoming games, you'd imagine a return to the Renaissance era (which lasted approximately three centuries) would also considered at some point in the not too distant future, to (even roughly) link into both the film and the popular Ezio trilogy, even if only for a game or two. Outside of Black Flag, they're still the most popular games by far in the series.
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  • Report: PS4's PS2 emulation won't support discs or PS3 digital purchases

  • Cyclone 04/12/2015

    Very disappointing if true. While it would be nice to see some old PS2 classics re-released, the main utility of backwards compatibility would be in allowing people to play their old games on PS4.

    Hopefully we might see a later update allowing us to use our old disks, even if trophy support, etc. isn't included.
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  • JJ Abrams and Infinity Blade developer team up for espionage strategy Spyjinx

  • Cyclone 11/11/2015

    Let's see: mobile - check, F2P - (almost certainly) check, massively multiplayer - probably, and it'll "mix strategy with RPG-style character building in a world centred on espionage". It's just going to be a spy version of Mafia Wars, isn't it? Or something with cards, if we're 'lucky'?

    I'd like to be wrong, but mobile gaming, with a very small number of exceptions, doesn't exactly scream quality or depth.
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  • Voice actors strike has been authorised

  • Cyclone 08/10/2015

    One issue I'd have with this proposed strike, and the comparisons with the film and TV industries, is that they are far healthier industries, financially speaking. With many AAA games not breaking even (and having to use DLC, microtransactions, etc. to do so in other cases), developers closing left and rights, and even big, traditional companies like Konami pivoting away from traditional game development, I genuinely wonder where the money to pay royalties would come from. Reply +2
  • MGS fan is remaking the first Metal Gear in Unreal Engine 4

  • Cyclone 07/10/2015

    Looks great, but sadly it'll almost certainly end up like the last attempt at a fan remake Reply +1
  • Video: You sure do pass out a lot in video games

  • Cyclone 04/09/2015

    Two other games I can think of would be Second Sight, where you wake up/come to in a creepy medical centre with nifty new psychic powers and a slight case of amnesia, and Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy in the US), where you sort of come to in a toilet after having been possessed and used to stab a man to death. Great games both. Reply +1
  • YouTube Gaming launches today

  • Cyclone 26/08/2015

    @medeman I saw a news article about that recently which said that the player controls, etc. were now html5, but the video was still flash based. It's a step in the right direction, but seeing as mobile users account for approximately a third of web usage at present (at least in Europe and the US), it's quite a bit overdue, especially as Amazon aren't exactly short of money, and are a tech company in addition to being a retailer. Reply +2
  • Cyclone 26/08/2015

    Competition is always a good thing. At the very least it'll hopefully make Twitch introduce a proper HTML5 based service, and fully ditch flash. Reply +22
  • Yakuza 5's Western release will include all Japanese DLC

  • Cyclone 26/08/2015

    Great to see the game get a release, but Sega almost seem to go out of their way to sabotage the success of these games. Firstly, waiting three years after the Japanese launch to release it; if they'd released it even two years ago, before the current gen consoles came out, it'd likely sell more copies. They've been slow in releasing all of the Yakuza games outside of Japan; even Yakuza 2, which came out in December 2006 in Japan, only came out in September 2008 for PS2 in Europe and North America, long after the PS3 and Xbox 360 had been released.

    Which brings me to my second point; why haven't they re-released HD versions of the first two games? The first Yakuza came out in 2005 in Japan and the US, and 2006 over here. If it, and the second game, didn't do as well outside Japan as Sega would have liked, then a large part of that could be attributed to the first two games being released during (and after) a console generation transition period. (Lack of marketing also wouldn't help). If people don't play the early games in a narrative-based series, many would be less likely to play later ones.

    Sega have actually ported the first two games to PS3 (released in Japan in 2012) and Wii U (in 2013), but again, have never released these ported versions outside of Japan. This seems to me to be a massive missed opportunity to acquaint people with the series, as well as to capitalise on existing work; after all, the hard work of porting the game has already been completed, and they have an English translation from the PS2 versions. Surely it can't cost that much to do the small amount of dev work needed to produce an English (or German, French, etc.) version from already existing assets, do a little QA, and push it out the door, especially when compared to the cost of producing new games?

    I love Sega, but they really are their own worst enemies at times.
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  • Ico's original script has been translated

  • Cyclone 21/07/2015

    A good choice. Even though the game still wouldn't have been very talky, less is definitely more in the case of Ico. Like SOTC, Ico is a masterclass in how to convey a story without exposition, allowing the player to gradually piece it together from the actions of the characters (and Ico's translated text on replays). It all adds superbly to the mysterious feel of Team Ico's games. Reply +11
  • Star Citizen, feature creep and money

  • Cyclone 21/07/2015


    Probably not going to happen anytime soon:

    (Assuming you haven't already seen it.)
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