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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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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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