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  • 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.
    Reply +3
  • 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...
    Reply +2
  • 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.
    Reply +1
  • 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.
    Reply +35
  • 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.
    Reply +18
  • 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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  • Just Cause dev releases its first mobile game

  • Cyclone 07/07/2015

    Hmm. A f2p game that looks quite decent. Well done Avalanche. That's not something you see everyday. Hopefully it plays as well as it looks, and the micro-transactions aren't too in your face. Reply +1
  • Watch 40 minutes of MGS5: The Phantom Pain

  • Cyclone 18/06/2015

    IGN have also uploaded the video to youtube here, in case anyone is trying to watch the video using a mobile device. Reply +5
  • Lizard Squad teen pleads guilty to 23 charges of harassment

  • Cyclone 22/05/2015

    @el_pollo_diablo No worries mate. I can certainly sympathise with being irritated with the prison rape jokes; they're a recurring feature of every discussion here (and most sites actually) that has to do with criminal matters, and they can make light of what is itself a hideous crime. Reply 0
  • Cyclone 22/05/2015

    @el_pollo_diablo Actually far more likely to read the Guardian, but just utterly disgusted by the level of harm and misery one sad little scumbag can inflict on hundreds of people (when you include both victims and their families), and often get away with merely a slap on the wrist for their effort.

    Given this level of inflicted misery, the wasting of large amounts of taxpayer money (that could be better spent on hospitals, eduction, infrastructure, etc.) on unnecessary police call-outs and investigations, and the high risk of injury or death associated with the practice of swatting itself, I don't believe it to be unreasonable to give this criminal a good long prison sentence.

    A sentence should fit the crime(s) committed, and should deter others from committing similar crimes, particularly when it's only a matter of time before swatting claims it's first fatality.
    Reply +18
  • Cyclone 22/05/2015

    @el_pollo_diablo Well let's hope he's sharing a cell with bubba on the inside. It might give him a new perspective on unwanted advances and harassment. Reply +9
  • Classic Star Trek games digitally premiere on GOG

  • Cyclone 07/05/2015

    Great news. I'd love to see Star Trek: Armada, Elite Force, and Bridge Commander added to this list. Maybe some of the Starfleet Command games as well, as I remember enjoying the third one back in the day. Great games all. Reply +3
  • P.T. is being pulled from PSN on Wednesday

  • Cyclone 26/04/2015

    @mcwildcard I agree about Konami's excellent pedigree, and am a fan of the studio, but Metal Gear is their headline act, and has been for some time.

    Silent Hill - The series still hasn't surpassed SH2, and and has gone downhill since Team Silent were disbanded. (Though, to be fair, Shattered Memories was very good). P.T. was excellent, and Silent Hills might have been a full return to form, but is looking like a casualty of this whole situation.

    PES - Had dipped in quality a bit for a couple of years, but has picked back up. It's popularity is lower than in it's PS1/PS2 heyday though, and it's been beaten by FIFA in both sales and average review scores.

    Suikoden - Great games, but the IP has been massively underused since the end of the PS2 era.

    Contra - Fantastic games, but their heyday was back in the arcade/NES/SNES eras. The same applies to Frogger, Gradius, and Bomberman (which they picked up from Hudson Soft).

    Castlevania - The quality of the Castlevania series has held up quite well over the years, with a couple of exceptions, but again, it (unfortunately) was a bigger attraction 20 years ago than it is today.

    With the exception of Silent Hill, PES, and Metal Gear, all of Konami's other big IPs have been left to flounder somewhat. In addition, both the Silent Hill and PES series have taken hits to their quality over the last number of years, which can't be a help to sales. All of these factors combined to make Kojima, and his work on the Metal Gear series, all the more important for Konami.
    Reply +23
  • Cyclone 26/04/2015

    @WezH Hear, hear. It's very debatable whether Konami would even exist in a form anywhere close to it does today if not for the Metal Gear series, and the money it has brought in over the last 28 years.

    Konami have some great other games series apart from Metal Gear, but all of them, apart from Metal Gear, have declined in popularity and/or quality over the last 10 or so years.
    Reply +9
  • Probing the latest Mass Effect 4 leak

  • Cyclone 20/04/2015

    Mass Effect: The Next Generation

    I like what I'm reading to be honest. I'll have to go back and play the original trilogy before this comes out.
    Reply +7
  • Postal 2 expansion Paradise Lost announced, out today

  • Cyclone 17/04/2015

    Goddamit, I read that headline as Portal 2. Reply +44
  • Driver Speedboat Paradise is out now on mobile devices

  • Cyclone 10/04/2015

    Ubisoft have finally become a parody of themselves. Well done lads. You've been working at it for a while now, but you've finally made it.

    I'm greatly look forward to the upcoming releases of Boat Enthusiast: Motocross Edition, and Pilot: 18th Century Steam Engine Driver. Along with ten sequels and variant editions, all within twelve months of their release.
    Reply +2
  • Postal rejected from Google Play due to "gratuitous violence"

  • Cyclone 09/04/2015

    A little off topic, but that Postal 2 DLC looks god awful. I've seen plenty of third party mods that look far superior to it (in terms of textures, models, animations, maps, etc.), and they're all released for free. Reply +2
  • 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.
    Reply +2
  • 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).
    Reply +15
  • 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).
    Reply +15
  • 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.
    Reply +10
  • 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.
    Reply +6
  • 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