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  • DICE's Great War: classes, horses and more in Battlefield 1

  • Doomspoon 11/05/2016

    @redcrayon Siege of Kut could be played out as a racing mode for cavalry.

    Stepping aside from the ethics discussion which is going on elsewhere, I've never wanted to play a WWI FPS.

    I think the period lends itself well to strategy games and even more so to flight sims but not so much infantry based combat. As you say the iconic trenches of the Western front don't represent the whole picture.

    Infantry combat lacked the tactics developed in WW II. The firearms lack the excitement of WW II or modern warfare games. I'd rather not play something that is full of anachronisms. I personally feel that portrayal of infantry combat in a WWI setting is inherently dull. Maybe some of the guerrilla combat associated with the Turks and African troops would add some excitement or "flavour" as they put it.

    I'm rather conflicted over this. I've enjoyed the Battlefield games, and sure, they aren't always realistic in every way but I want to have historically based games to be as authentic to the period as possible. I am, we are perhaps, in a minority that enjoy something less the more liberties are taken. I hated that CoD: WaW allowed for what were essentially renamed red dot/holo sights and the like.
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  • Doomspoon 10/05/2016

    @MonkayMajic "I kicks the flavour like Stephen King writes horror,
    If I was a Jew then I'd light a menorah"
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  • Steam updated to better expose recent user reviews

  • Doomspoon 04/05/2016

    @TolandsRancour I've often been tempted by older games but then seen user reviews pointing at what workarounds and mods had to be installed to get the bugger working. I then decide that I can't be arsed so those reviews save me a few quid.

    I also check to see if anyone on my friendslist has left a review as it's reasonable to gauge who has similar interests and expectations.
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  • Griefers or saviours? The Elite Dangerous players causing a rift in space

  • Doomspoon 02/04/2016

    @jaycumming Some people don't want to play in open play. That you enjoy doing so, then great, you paid your money and got to play how you like. These people also are choosing to play how they like. Get over it and move on.

    I tried open play a few times. There was much ganking of new players in starter areas, landing pad hogging and sniping and people being wankers for the sake of it. The AI law enforcement is poor, the guys doing the ganking far outmatch local authorities but the victims, if they (admittedly a stupid move) try to fight back then they get outgunned by a tool in a massive ship and the local AI defences so it's a no win. Then some smart arse bellend chimes in with "oh but that's the fun of it. Get better". Thus the player who can't afford to upgrade their ship in order to move to a quieter system is caught in some Groundhog Day bollocks of unending death from some twat with a chip on their shoulder. Unless they just go back to solo play and not have to bother with it. And then they stay there. The theory of having people play as pirates and vigilantes or self policing systems is nice. The practise is not. Frontier could do more to empower AI policing so hassling new players is less of an issue.

    I don't like people, I avoid them where possible. I play CS:GO, BF4, Destiny PvP, Halo PvP etc when I want to play PvP. When I was playing Elite, I just wanted to go about the game I backed in the way I wanted to, which was easier in private play. I couldn't even be bothered with group play because it required too much human interaction on my part.

    Also, often more irritating than the actually getting blown up by some bellend with ego issues is the painful roleplay "I'm a pirate" bollocks, it makes my skin crawl.
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  • Doomspoon 01/04/2016

    @NefariousBIG The Mobius group was even discussing a 'soft' PvP option for people that wanted to engage in combat with other people in the group.

    This revolved around going to an existing warzone, declaring a faction and taking out NPC ships without having direct player on player conflict.

    I'm not sure how it worked in practise as I haven't played Elite Dangerous in roughly a year but the theory sounded interesting.
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  • Doomspoon 01/04/2016

    I haven't read the full article but I've been aware of this going on for a while as I'm in the Mobius Facebook group and have known (in gaming terms) Mobius from first playing Phantasy Star Online on Dreamcast way back in 2001. I first spoke to him on the Official Dreamcast Magazine site chat room and he persuaded me to get PSO. I'd regularly play of an evening with him, he was always a friendly and welcoming bloke. It's nice to have people like that in online gaming, rather than the usual CoD type gobshites.

    Elite isn't Eve. I get that if you play in open then whatever happens, happens. People can play how they like there, that's all fine. The Mobius group was always intended to be a no hassle PvE group so that people could at least interact with others even if they were playing the game as per the solo experience. They were still directly affecting the economy as per every other player. Some people don't want to PvP. Get over it.

    I did like the plan in place from the Mobius group to severely skew economies in SDC territories. That was funny. A nice peaceful protest that was fully within the rules of the game. SDC and their fanclub had a real tantrum over that.
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  • Watch: How does Overwatch play on consoles?

  • Doomspoon 30/03/2016

    @Mr_Writer85 It's testament to how good TF2 is that it's still so popular and going strong. I'd love to see it on consoles too, if only so I could get more games in with friends that don't or won't play the PC version. I too would gladly pay again for it if it was what the PC game has become. I bought it on PC before F2P was an option and have never regretted that.

    I played it a couple of times on 360 and couldn't get on with it due to lack of players and connection issues, was it more stable on PS3?
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  • Doomspoon 30/03/2016

    @Mr_Writer85 do you play the PC version of TF2? On the off chance you didn't know; it's free to play, has evolved much since when it was ported to consoles and doesn't require a powerful machine to play.

    And yes, I understand the reasoning for wanting to find similar gameplay on a console.
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  • Punished Street Fighter 5 rage quitter battles back to the top

  • Doomspoon 14/03/2016

    He felt a proper Charlie after getting caught out. Reply +12
  • Watch: Three days with The Division

  • Doomspoon 11/03/2016

    @GAmbrose Been done already hasn't it? Reply +4
  • 22cans pulls controversial Godus Wars microtransaction after player outcry

  • Doomspoon 04/02/2016

    What a colossal bellend he's looking after yesterday's interview.

    Should have retired.
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  • The wonderful Final Fantasy Tactics Advance hits Wii U Virtual Console this week

  • Doomspoon 25/01/2016

    I loved this and the sequel, I also really enjoyed War of the Lions on PSP. I was happy to mess about with improving gear and opening new jobs in all of them, this is somewhat unusual for me as I usually only dabble a bit in that sort of thing before getting fed up and wanting to move on to the next game.

    Square Enix, please bring these to Steam. I'd gladly play through them all over again on PC in a fully legal way (especially with the potential bonus of achievements and trading cards).
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  • Platinum Games is allegedly making a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title

  • Doomspoon 01/12/2015

    "Let's hope Platinum goes the Transformers: Devastation route and opts for the 80s cartoon aesthetic rather than the live-action CGI look."

    Personally I'd prefer the darker style of the Eastman and Laird original comics.

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  • Rainbow Six Siege open beta kicks off next week

  • Doomspoon 18/11/2015

    I loved the closed beta. Looking forward to this. Reply +2
  • Battleborn release date delayed until May

  • Doomspoon 06/11/2015

    It was probably waiting in a queue. Reply +1
  • Fallout gets its own officially licensed beer

  • Doomspoon 24/10/2015

    They had a good opportunity to get one of the American brewers to make a decent beer from the area the game's based in. I guess import/export was an issue there. So why not get a decent British brewery to do an APA, or a porter or stout to an American recipe? Or something using Cascade or Citra hops? There's loads of decent British craft and micro breweries doing decent American style stuff, it could have been bottled, canned and sold on tap. It would have been better than some bland, generic lager. Reply +10
  • Assassin's Creed: the story so far

  • Doomspoon 21/10/2015

    @tomphillipsEG Heh, I've used up my being right quota for the week now ;) Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 21/10/2015

    @lone_wolf_uk Indeed. British sovereign interests were also concerned with what was going on in Canada and were also in conflict with the French, Spanish and Dutch all over the world.

    On a related note for beer lovers, if you haven't tried Harveys Tom Paine and you get the chance, do so. It's rather nice.
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  • Doomspoon 21/10/2015

    "Assassin's Creed 3 followed Connor Kenway, a half-Native American Assassin stuck in the middle of the British and American sides of the US Civil War"

    Er, that'd be the War of Independence. Or correctly, the American Revolutionary War.
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  • Is Hardware: Rivals the new Rocket League?

  • Doomspoon 09/10/2015

    Here's the PS2 original somehow failing to be like a game it isn't trying to be like, released some 13 years later...
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  • Doomspoon 09/10/2015

    I only had a brief go of the tutorial but I liked that. It seems they're using the same maps as the PS2 version of Hardware Online Arena I was in the beta for about 12 years ago. I had fun on the PS2 version then but it was the sort of game you'd drop in for a round or two before going back to SOCOM for the night. Reply +2
  • What's it like to play Rainbow Six: Siege alone?

  • Doomspoon 29/09/2015

    @NipplePinchy I show 'em all. I rock out on my Dreamcast playing PSO and Quake 3. They can't force me to go online damn them! Reply 0
  • Rainbow Six: Siege won't have a campaign mode

  • Doomspoon 28/09/2015

    Playing Hereford on the beta, I'm puzzled as to why there's an American school bus in the grounds? Must have cost a bit to import that when they could have just taken any retired British single decker.

    Unless it is actually Hereford, Texas?
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  • Several prominent voice actors have voted to strike

  • Doomspoon 24/09/2015

    Really wish Nolan North could have been on strike any time he was asked to voice Penguin in the Arkham series. That Dick Van Dyke/Paul Hogan Cockney/Aussie hybrid was like razorwire on the eardrums. I'd love to meet him and punch him on the nose for the discomfort he's caused. Reply +1
  • 10 minutes of Star Wars: Battlefront alpha footage leak

  • Doomspoon 14/09/2015

    I now realise why I wasn't getting many kills in this, I spent too long aiming down sights at people rather than hip firing. Reply +6
  • PS4 keyboard / mouse controller replicates PC FPS-style gaming

  • Doomspoon 27/07/2015

    @Urabask It was readily apparent with Quake 3 Arena on Dreamcast 14 years ago. Reply +24
  • Konami scrubs Kojima's name from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain cover

  • Doomspoon 14/07/2015

    Hopefully Hideo Kojima has removed himself from gaming. Perhaps he could carve his niche in Escape From New York pervy, homo-erotic fanfics? Reply 0
  • Microsoft E3 2015 conference live report

  • Doomspoon 15/06/2015

    It looked cool though. Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 15/06/2015

    Did they start development on this when Wind Waker came out? Reply 0
  • Bethesda E3 2015 conference live report

  • Doomspoon 15/06/2015

    Matt Firor's face looks like a randomly rolled Elder Scrolls character. Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 15/06/2015

    Chris then ;) Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 15/06/2015

    Bethesda not Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 15/06/2015

    Groovy Reply 0
  • Video: Games that do mental health right

  • Doomspoon 11/06/2015

    @PlugMonkey I very much agree with this.

    I haven't watched the video with this article yet but was Silent Hill 2 included in the list. Personally I feel, abstract as it is, this game does a good job of covering mental health issues. As a PTSD sufferer I really, really related to this at the time of its release.
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  • Silent Hills is dead, actor Norman Reedus confirms

  • Doomspoon 27/04/2015

    @Po1ymorph He sent a monkey in silver budgie smugglers. Reply +2
  • Doomspoon 27/04/2015

    Konami execs probably had to sit through one mind numbing cut scene too many and took appropriate action. Reply +6
  • You now have to spend at least $5 to access some Steam features

  • Doomspoon 21/04/2015

    Oh man! I couldn't hold it in. Despite the bravado of the previous post I feel ashamed. I feel used. I only bought that game so I could organise group chats, vote on greenlight and message from my phone. Now I've got a recent game in my library that I spent less than a tenner on that I could have bought for PS4 and had a blue box for.

    A. Blue. Box.

    And I could have spent over 20 on it if I'd shopped around.

    I feel so ashamed. Poxy Steam friends lists. It's all their fault.
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  • Doomspoon 21/04/2015

    Sorry brothers and sisters for the poor display of solidarity. I let the man win again. I buckled and bought Alien: Isolation in a deal on Steam for around 7.50ish about a month ago. I'm a bad person, I didn't stand up against their shit. As penance, despite having bought a new CPU and GFX card so I can run it well I'm going to buy Shadows of Mordor at an inflated price on disc for PS4, even if it appears sub 10 as a Steam deal. I won't let those bastards win!

    Power to the people! Who do they think they are?
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  • Doomspoon 20/04/2015

    @FortysixterUK Doesn't sound overly unreasonable to me. Meet in the middle? $25? Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 20/04/2015

    I like the sound of this. I'm getting sick of friend request spam.

    I can hardly say I'm bothered about F2P players that aren't buying content being marginalised. Aside from TF2, most F2P stuff is pretty mediocre, even the stuff that's good by F2P standards. I've played some World of Tanks in the past but haven't paid for content, I really wouldn't give a toss if 'premium' functions were locked out as long as I still got to play as per normal. I'd figure that if someone is occasionally logging in to Steam to play some F2P stuff, they aren't too fussed about selling stuff on the market, Steam profile levels and trading cards, Workshop stuff etc. The only area that's possibly a problem would be the friend invite and chat stuff.

    Steam's pretty much a PC gamer's way of life, Steam is synonymous with a PC being platform of choice. I don't mean any form of elitism with that at all, merely an observation that if you intend to play games on your PC then the vast majority of those games will launch through Steam. Is a $5 tax payable buy buying a couple of nice games in the next sales or in a daily deal really so much of a hardship?

    I'd pay a $5 fee to disable some of those features available on my account!
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  • PewDiePie is starring in his own game

  • Doomspoon 14/04/2015


    Hell yeah... Sisterrim!

    Damn right... Dadtrombone!
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  • Doomspoon 13/04/2015

    @acuratebob Bob are you a curate in an old school Dad's Army vicar style? Or some sort of down with the kids born again type? I'm guessing the latter based on your liking this guy's stuff on Youtube. Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 13/04/2015

    @pabulous not sure why anyone would want to play a game about him being fisted by or fisting his brother? Reply +10
  • Video: Ready player two - the best unexpected co-op games

  • Doomspoon 08/04/2015

    When I was 15 I used to play the Leisure Suit Larry games with a friend, taking it in turns to be at the keyboard, I concerned myself mainly with trying to progress whilst my friend's focus was more on showing his genitalia to everyone he met. We had a laugh though. We also played Monkey Island in a similar manner but without the exhibitionism.

    More recently myself and my girlfriend have played the likes of Limbo and Contrast with me being the one responsible for any deaths caused by messing up jumps or timing and my girlfriend taking the credit for solving the problems.

    At junior school when the Fighting Fantasy books were just into their initial popularity our teacher would pick a different pupil after reading each passage to choose what happens next (all combat was assumed we'd won die rolls). I wonder if the Tin Man Games Gamebook Adventures and Fighting Fantasy conversions on Android/ios and Steam would work well with one person narrating and a couple of people taking turns to choose actions? It'd play closer to the paper and pen D&D inspiration than JRPGs do.
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  • Woah Dave! will secretly be free for PS Plus members in April

  • Doomspoon 31/03/2015

    I've got most of the bit.trip games on Steam. Weren't Gaijin previously bringing their games to Wii and 3DS first? Good of them to offer this up free as a second chance for those that missed it previously. Reply +1
  • AirMech Arena is coming to PS4 and Xbox One this spring

  • Doomspoon 12/03/2015

    I played the beta of this on Steam. I'm crap at RTS but quite liked the Transformers/Robotech/Macross vibe going on. I'd definitely give it another go on PS4. Reply +1
  • This is how Bully would look in HD

  • Doomspoon 17/01/2015

    @BellyFullOfHell Ditto, I got this in a 360 sale after seeing so much hype for it. It was mostly ok at best. I felt really uneasy with the snogging girls aspect. It made me feel like I was playing a paedo sim.

    I'm sure there were some good ideas in there but after not having the gameplay grab me and then feeling repulsed by certain mechanics, I never went back.

    It may well be that you don't have to engage in that part if you don't want to, like the prostitutes in the GTA games but I didn't stick around to find out.
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  • How Duke Nukem 3D managed to be ahead of its time while trapped in the past

  • Doomspoon 12/01/2015

    I'm disappointed by the lack of Transformers in this. So much of the Internet claimed it was the Megatron edition. Damn you internet and your lies. Reply +1
  • Troy Baker joins Uncharted 4 as Nathan Drake's brother

  • Doomspoon 08/12/2014

    Nobody can do a horrendous "Cor blimey Mary Poppins, tie me kangaroo down sport!" Penguin like Nolan. I wish they'd have employed anyone but him to voice the Penguin in Arkham City. The cockney Aussie accent was really annoying. Reply -1
  • Microsoft giving Xbox One owners free gifts for first year anniversary

  • Doomspoon 20/11/2014

    The lottery on prizes with any real value, games and the like are US only. Reply +15