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  • 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 0
  • 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':
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB9696QWWgA

    GTA San Andreas:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq9evvquYVU&t=6m18s
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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

    http://farcry.wikia.com/wiki/Hurk
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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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  • 50 EA games will have their servers shut down

  • Cyclone 12/05/2014

    At least GameRanger will be able to rescue Battlefield 1942 and it's addons. Hopefully Battlefield Vietnam (an underrated entry) will be added to that list, but I'd be unsure if the same can be said for Battlefield 2 and 2142 with their unlock systems. (I'd imagine they'd have to connect to a central EA profile server). 2142 and it's Titan mode will be an especially great loss if this is the case.

    You'd think that EA would make more of an effort in relation to the earlier Battlefield games with the debacle that's been BF4. This will make me less likely, not more, to play future Battlefield games.
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  • Nintendo shows off Mario Kart TV for smartphones

  • Cyclone 08/05/2014

    @vert1go Alternatively, they could/should look at some of the more recent micro-consoles, such as the Vita TV and Amazon's Fire HD, for inspiration.

    Despite many people commenting at the perceived lack of power of the Wii U, this mightn't be a bad strategy for Nintendo. An 80-100 dollar/euro price point, for instance, would be quite affordable for many people in China and other developing countries, and would put the device in impulse buy territory in Japan and the West, or at least make it much more affordable than the current gen consoles, including the Wii U. It would certainly lower the barriers to entry for anyone at all interested in playing Nintendo games, which would still include a very large percentage of the hardcore market.

    In terms of hardware, it could also be decent (for the price); the Vita, for instance, is quite a capable device, one which was originally launched in late 2011. Today's ARM processors and chipsets have already advanced quite a bit in terms of power since then, and will advance even further in the 12 to 24 months it will take this device to launch.
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  • Nintendo slumps to another annual loss after dismal Wii U sales

  • Cyclone 08/05/2014

    Not sure if it's been mentioned in the comments so far, but there are reports of Nintendo launching additional low cost hardware, targeted, they say, at developing countries, possibly as soon as next year.

    Links:
    Engadget
    Reuters

    Despite many people commenting at the perceived lack of power of the Wii U, this mightn't be a bad strategy for Nintendo; a low cost device similar to the Vita TV or Amazon Fire TV. A 100 dollar/euro price point, for instance, would put the device in impulse buy territory for many people, or at least make it much more affordable than the current gen consoles, including the Wii U.

    In terms of hardware, it could also be decent (for the price); the Vita, for instance, is quite a capable device, one which was originally launched in late 2011. Today's ARM processors and chipsets have already advanced quite a bit in terms of power since then, and will advance even further in the 12 to 24 months it will take this device to launch.
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  • Infinity Ward absorbs Neversoft

  • Cyclone 05/05/2014

    I'll be sorry to see Neversoft go. Though they'll be mostly remembered for the Tony Hawks games, I'll always remember them for making my favourite Spider-Man game, back on the PS1. I would have loved to see them get another shot at making one, especially considering that quite a few of the more recent ones haven't been that great. Reply +10
  • Renegade Kid's horror game Cult County reveals first gameplay footage

  • Cyclone 11/04/2014

    It's a shame to see Cult County not doing better with its Kickstarter. It looks quite interestng, and has a cool vibe. Hopefully this early gameplay footage will help things pick up a bit. Reply +3
  • This is how you plan space combat in sci-fi RPG The Mandate

  • Cyclone 03/04/2014

    Really looking forward to this. With games like Star Citizen, Elite Dangerous, this, and and quite a few others, Kickstarter has led to a real resurgence for space-based games. Reply +8
  • Game jam reality show cancelled as indies wouldn't put up with its s***

  • Cyclone 01/04/2014

    Great article Jeffrey. It's just a shame that in 2014, shit like this still goes on. If only the whole episode could be written off as one of the many moronic April Fool's episodes or articles that'll be infesting the internet for the next 24 hours. Reply +62
  • Mobile spin-off Deus Ex: The Fall hits Steam next month

  • Cyclone 25/02/2014

    @Sharzam Well, at least they're getting a classic game for (part of) their money. Hopefully they'll feel a lot less cheated if The Fall isn't modified significantly (as it probably won't be), especially when you consider the length of the first Deus Ex. Reply 0
  • Sega petitioned to release more games on PC

  • Cyclone 27/01/2014

    @NiolK It'd be great to see, especially given all of the rumours of a Shenmue HD. Given the vast amounts that were spent creating the first two Shenmue games back in the day, I still find it strange that they haven't brought themselves to re-release them for console, handheld, PC, and/or even mobile to claw back some of that cost.

    It's not as if fans haven't brought up the topic before; they've spent almost a decade and a half telling Sega that they want to see more Shenmue. Given the relatively small cost and manpower required to port/polish the games, it would be incredibly difficult for Sega to not make a decent profit on a re-release.
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  • Cyclone 27/01/2014

    Shenmue + Yakuza on PC => ??? => Profit!

    Well I can dream, can't I?
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  • Saints Row 4 PC and Company of Heroes 2 are free to play this weekend

  • Cyclone 17/01/2014

    @Nicinabox Thanks for the tip mate. Reply 0
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes achievements leak

  • Cyclone 16/01/2014

    @Vasot In regards to the in-game timeline the following will hopefully be a little help:

    1964 – MGS3: Snake Eater
    Chronologically the earliest game; here you play as Big Boss (a.k.a. Naked Snake) on both the Virtuous Mission, and then Operation Snake Eater, set a week or two later. Explains the origins of the Patriots/Philosophers/Cypher.

    1970 – MGS: Portable Ops
    Again you play as Big Boss/Naked Snake, here forced to hunt down rogue elements of the FOX unit. Lays the foundation for the establishment of FOXHOUND.

    1974 – MGS: Peace Walker
    Currently the third game chronologically where you play as Big Boss/Naked Snake. Deals with the fallout from Big Boss' split from the Patriots, and his establishment of Militaires Sans Frontières.

    1975 – MGS5: Ground Zeroes
    Follows on from the events of Peace Walker, and is the precursor to the Phantom Pain. Big Boss is tasked with rescuing Paz and Chico from Camp Omega, an American black site prison in Cub, similar to Guantanamo Bay in many ways.

    1984 – MGS5: The Phantom Pain
    Hopefully without spoiling anything that hasn't been shown in the trailers, the Phantom Pain picks up the story of Big Boss again, after some complications arise in Ground Zeroes. To use a comparison with MGS2, the Phantom Pain seems to be the Big Shell chapter to Ground Zeroes' Tanker chapter.

    1995 – Metal Gear
    The first Metal Gear game, and the first where you play as Solid Snake. Originally released on the MSX2 and the NES in 1987. Final twist reveals Big Boss to be the antagonist, though the games set prior to it shed a very different light

    1999 – Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
    Again you play as Solid Snake, with Big Boss being one of the main antagonists. Released in 1990, it marks the last chronological appearance of Big Boss until his cameo in MGS4, released in 2008.

    2005 – Metal Gear Solid
    The Playstation 1 game that likely served as an entry point for many people in the series, myself included. Here you again play as Solid Snake, tasked with taking down the now rogue FOXHOUND.

    2007 – MGS2: Sons of Liberty
    The Tanker section where you play as Solid Snake.

    2009 – MGS2: Sons of Liberty
    The Big Shell section where you play as Raiden.

    2014 – MGS4: Guns of the Patriots
    Currently the last game chronologically where you play as Solid Snake, and the last game chronologically to feature a cameo appearance from Big Boss.

    2018 – Metal Gear Rising: Revengence
    So far the latest in the series chronologically; here you play as Raiden again.

    Other games, such as Snake's Revenge, Metal Gear: Ghost Babel, and the ACiD games, don't form part of the series canon, and are regarded as side-stories.

    If you or anyone else need further clarification on the often complex timeline have a look at the following:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_Gear#Storyline

    http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline
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  • Vagrant Story creator pitches a new tactical RPG on Kickstarter

  • Cyclone 15/01/2014

    You had me at Final Fantasy Tactics. Reply +2
  • Finally! SimCity offline mode confirmed

  • Cyclone 13/01/2014

    Ten months late, but good to see some common-sense from EA at last. At the risk of being overly optimistic, perhaps the highly publicised problems faced by a number of EA games over the last 12 months might lead to a little more quality control in future, either out of embarrassment, or (more likely) the risk to future profits. Reply +4
  • This is Get Even, the next-gen FPS from Painkiller dev The Farm 51

  • Cyclone 08/01/2014

    Sounds interesting. I look forward to seeing how it'll turn out. Reply +3
  • Introducing the most anticipated games of 2014

  • Cyclone 06/01/2014

    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros without a doubt for me, though I'm also looking forward to Watch Dogs, The Division, Destiny, Star Citizen, and MGSV: The Phantom Pain, if they get it out this year as well (though not sure how likely that is). Reply 0
  • Steam announces its own Linux-based operating system

  • Cyclone 25/09/2013

    @Ryse

    My guesses would be the new Controller for announcement 2, and the Steambox for the third one (the specs of the Valve designed one and/or third party ones). That they put out the SteamOS announcement on it's own seems to indicate that they're maximising the amount of press they can get with Steambox-related info; it's not a bad tactic from a PR point of view, but a little frustrating for fans.
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  • PlayStation-exclusive Assassin's Creed 4 levels shown off

  • Cyclone 30/07/2013

    Looks interesting. Hopefully they'll be better than some of the bonus Playstation missions for AC 3, though. The environment was well put together, but some of the missions themselves seemed very rushed or put together on the cheap. The example that springs immediately to mind being the mission where the British spy changes back into his British uniform just outside the fort at West Point, wanders around for a minute or two with Connor tailing him, and is then promptly arrested by an American patrol. Because who could have possibly known that a uniformed soldier wandering around an enemy encampment might stick out a bit.

    EDIT: Spellings, and added video
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  • Next Xbox Reveal: live report and live video

  • Cyclone 21/05/2013

    How many of those new franchises are kinect titles? Reply 0
  • Resident Evil: Revelations introduces wacky new costumes

  • Cyclone 16/05/2013

    Is it just me, or does Chris' costume make him look a nautical themed Hunter S. Thompson? Reply +4
  • Eternal Darkness "spiritual successor" Shadow of the Eternals announced

  • Cyclone 03/05/2013

    It'd be fantastic to see an Eternal Darkness successor, even if it's still years away from release, given that this game is probably still quite early in its development. Unfortunately, Denis Dyack is likely to be more of a hindrance than a help here, and there's a strong chance of a kickstarter failing with him onboard. Reply +11
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon gets release date and... '80s film star Michael Biehn?

  • Cyclone 08/04/2013

    @frunk I'd hate to call either a bad film, but Commando (1985) and Big Trouble in Little China (1986) are pure distillatings of 1980s cinema. They're loud, cheesy, and violent, all wrapped up in a neon glow. In short, they're classics. Reply +4
  • SimCity update 1.7 released, includes traffic congestion improvements

  • Cyclone 20/03/2013

    I hate to be a cynic, but I have to wonder whether the fact that they're up to 1.7 with the version number has more to do with appearing to be making great changes to the game, than EA actually making large, meaningful changes. It took Battlefield 2, another EA game, over 4 years to reach a final version, v1.5, and there was a damn sight more put into it. Reply +3
  • Deus Ex: The Fall domain registered by Square Enix

  • Cyclone 06/03/2013

    Excellent news. Human Revolution, minor flaws aside, far exceeded my expectations for a new DX game; the feel and overall execution were superb. If the new game is anything linke its predecessor then we have a strong candidate for (hopefully) next year's GOTY. Reply +49
  • PlayStation 4 Press Conference Live Report

  • Cyclone 20/02/2013

    @shadowdogg
    To be fair, you do have a very charismatic foot.
    Reply 0
  • Square Enix apologises after Final Fantasy 7 PC launch problems

  • Cyclone 20/08/2012

    Ah, the joys of badly thought out, overly invasive DRM. I feel a good bit of sympathy for anyone currently having problems using a copy of a game they've paid good money for, especially when SE didn't seem to acknowledge that the new PC version came with securom on their download store.

    If they release a steam version with the securom stripped out, I'd be interested in buying another copy of FF VII. If not, I'll just stick to my PSOne version.
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  • Penny Arcade takes to Kickstarter to go ad-free

  • Cyclone 10/07/2012

    To be fair, as they point out in their post, Penny Arcade employs 14 people. It should also be noted that hosting and server costs would also be quite high for such a popular website. I can understand and sympathise with both points of view (pro and anti) about this idea, but it does need to be pointed out that it's not simply a case of the two guys taking in, and pissing away a half a million each over the next year, if they're successful, that is. Reply +3
  • Raspberry Pi Review

  • Cyclone 03/05/2012

    Great article, but one slight correction. Quake 3 Arena runs on id tech 3, not id tech 2. Reply +4
  • Star Trek, Champions Online 2010 hack evidence discovered

  • Cyclone 26/04/2012

    @joeltimothymarkspenc

    Perfect World are the Chinese game company that bought Cryptic (from Atari) last year Joel, so you needed worry about that.
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  • Syndicate dev's next game is F2P Cold Mercury

  • Cyclone 26/03/2012

    I mis-read the sub-headline as Starbreeze seeking a distribution deal for Project V13, the former Fallout Online MMO. Truth be told that'd probably have interested me more, but all the best to them with their new projects. Reply 0
  • New Uncharted 3 DLC dated and detailed

  • Cyclone 18/01/2012

    The Lazarević screenshot is interesting in that it seems to be related to the Online Co-op adventures; the two-headed Janus sculpture is the object that Drake is hunting over the five co-op levels, which end with a shoot-out with Lazarević, Harry Flynn, and Eddie Raja at the airfield.

    Hopefully we're looking at some extra single-player missions, or at least some extra co-op adventures.
    Reply +1
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic two-day grace period announced

  • Cyclone 16/12/2011

    Another problem I read about was in relation to gamers in parts of the world like Australia, where TOR doesn't have a release date yet. People (or at least some of them) who pre-ordered over there thought they'd be able to play from now until it was released there. Reply +1
  • New Alan Wake is called Alan Wake's American Nightmare

  • Cyclone 11/12/2011

    The reveal trailer (not the teaser already posted by EG) can be seen below.

    Looks quite good so far.

    EDIT: Fixed weird error caused by the EG link button messing up the url.
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