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  • Xbox Spring Sale sees AC4, Skyrim, Borderlands DLC up to 75% off

  • FladgeMangle 16/04/2014

    Others do spring sales too, not that these guys would care to tell us.


    A bit like when they failed completely to report the layoffs at MS studios, while trumpeting about the SCEE ones.


    Don't remember reading about that here. (BTW that was just a random hit, every other game site - apart from EG - reported this news.)
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  • Lego The Hobbit review

  • FladgeMangle 16/04/2014

    What would sell me this would be if the Vita version had local multiplayer and wasn't just an HD remake of the 3DS installment (again). Otherwise, no point.

    lEGO games simple don't work that well in single player. You need a friend along to enjoy them fully.
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  • Sony's Japan Studio unveils three new Vita titles for Europe

  • FladgeMangle 15/04/2014

    @karlo87 We have FFX and X-2 for that! None better.

    Personally I'd like to see some new Patapon and/or Locoroco lovin' on Vita.

    Freedom Wars looks promising. Tried the original Soul Sacrifice and it made me feel unclean. Good for folks less squeamish than me I suppose, seeing as clones is all we're going to get when it comes to Monster Hunter.
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  • Amazon, Asda drop Titanfall Xbox One bundle to £349

  • FladgeMangle 11/04/2014

    @kafiota Perspective please. Just naming games and judging them on screenshots is hardly a sane way to choose how to part with £350.

    Dead Rising - metascore 50
    Killer Instinct - metascore 73
    Titanfall - Not an exclusive.

    I'll give you Forza tho. There are no comparable exclusive racing games on PS4 as of yet.
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  • FladgeMangle 11/04/2014

    @InvisibleCrane Don't believe the hype. You can't wish your way out of slower hardware.

    DirectX 12 will certainly make a difference, but do you really think PS4 software development will stand still in the meantime?

    This is a different situation to the previous gen. The power of the PS3 was always there, but hard to access because the cell was such a strange beast. Software was the key to unlocking it. Not this time.

    The XB1 and PS4 are essentially identical in configuration, except one simply runs faster than the other.
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  • FladgeMangle 11/04/2014

    @Thunderbolt Don't punish yourself, you deserve better.

    Buy a Morpheus headset next Christmas instead :-)
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  • "We have the ambition to build the best gaming console for fans"

  • FladgeMangle 10/04/2014

    @Moz Don't tell him that! They'll only start bribing publishers again.

    Nobody wants another generation of paid-for timed exclusives, do they?

    For what it's worth, the XBox One is a perfectly good gaming machine. The problem doesn't lie in the hardware, which although slightly less powerful is still "fine" - as was the PS3, eventually.

    No, the problem lies in the attitute. Post-PS2 Sony levels of hubris have caused them to meander into a cul-de-sac of wrongness (Kinect, TV, TV, TV) which I can't see them getting out of with any kind of integrity intact.
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  • Psychedelic space shooter Futuridium headed to PS4

  • FladgeMangle 10/04/2014

    @Gambit1977 Or Paradroid. Remake that, Mr Braybrook. Reply 0
  • PlayStation Store Easter Sale has Ni no Kuni for £5.49

  • FladgeMangle 09/04/2014

    Wonderful news, lots to enjoy there. Shame there's still not much on the PS4 PS+ but I suppose it's early days for the system. Reply +5
  • Final Fantasy 14 PS4 beta test open to all

  • FladgeMangle 04/04/2014

    @Rogueywon I discovered this to my eternal shame. Went DPS pretty sharpish after my first disastrous dungeon failure.

    Now I just have interminable waits for the Duty Finder to deal with.

    (For the record, I'm a pretty good tank now but being a free-loading level 50 DPS rockstar dude is more fun!)
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  • Natural Doctrine headed to PS3, PS4, Vita in Europe

  • FladgeMangle 04/04/2014

    @suhawk75 Yep. Wasn't that great to me and I'm the sort of person who has Forgeworld.co.uk on a shortcut. Reply 0
  • FladgeMangle 03/04/2014

    @jimmyhill11 Tried all of those, never really got on with FF Tactics and it's ilk. Vakyria Chronicles 2 was indeed excellent, but I never finished it. The high school sections kind of ruined it for me.

    This looks different enough from the above to pique my curiosity.
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  • FladgeMangle 03/04/2014

    I've been gagging for a decent turn-based strategy game on my Vita.

    Not played (or even seen) anything quite like this on a Sony handheld since Field Commander, which was a great Advance Wars clone and deserved a sequel. Shame the IP was dropped, but I digress...

    In short, looking forward to this.
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  • Another stunning Elder Scrolls Online cinematic trailer

  • FladgeMangle 04/04/2014

    Bloody elves! They're at it again. Reply +4
  • Uncharted director Amy Hennig joins Visceral Games

  • FladgeMangle 04/04/2014

    I really wish Star Wars game developers would realise this simple truth:- Character based Star Wars games and games that include the prequels are almost universally shit.

    Good Star Wars games include X-Wing, Tie Fighter, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter and X-Wing Alliance.

    Bad Star Wars games include anything 1st or 3rd person that doesn't include flying a spaceship as it's main gameplay thrust. Apart from Lego.

    Basically, just remake X-Wing for next gen consoles and PC. Nothing else will do.
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  • Watch Dogs graphics look better in the latest trailer

  • FladgeMangle 31/03/2014

    All I really noticed was super-shiny cars and one heck of a lot of baseball caps.

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  • UK chart: InFamous PS4 holds off Diablo 3 expansion

  • FladgeMangle 31/03/2014

    It's a shame the Final Fantasy X/X2 remaster isn't doing better, it's truly wonderful.

    Playing it on Vita and it's pretty much the perfect game on that system*

    (*If you like that sort of thing.)
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  • Digital Foundry vs. inFamous: Second Son

  • FladgeMangle 27/03/2014

    @ThinkingGamR Welcome to Digital Foundry 2014 :-)

    For all the bluff, there is still a noticeable a slant. I don't think they've had a reboot since last gen. You just have to shrug and laugh it off.

    While pointing it out in the comments, of course.
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  • The Last of Us headed to PS4 this summer, Sony employee says

  • FladgeMangle 27/03/2014

    I bought this on PS3 but didn't get very far (shame on me). I wonder if the PS4 upgrade program will apply in this case? Did it work for TR upgraders? I don't know because I never bought the last gen version. Reply 0
  • Microsoft discounts Xbox One Thief, Tomb Raider this weekend

  • FladgeMangle 25/03/2014

    @George-Roper Alas for XB1 owners, not at the moment.

    So far there's usually been a dip in resolution and framerate for the MS console on multi-platform releases.

    Not something you'll really notice though I expect, as it's pretty close.
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  • Creative Assembly to announce Alien: Isolation date at EGX Rezzed

  • FladgeMangle 25/03/2014

    Conrad Knight socks.

    This whole article is just a plug for EGX Rezzed (and why not?).

    Very Conrad Knight socks, chaps. :p
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  • PlayStation Vita system update raises app cap, adds calendar

  • FladgeMangle 25/03/2014

    @GamerEd Thanks! I'll try that. Reply +1
  • FladgeMangle 25/03/2014

    You know what? It would be nice to be able to delete a game without trashing the save data at the same time. The PSP had this, why not the Vita? I know you can backup the system first, but frankly that's a pain in the arse.

    A calculator would be nice too...
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  • inFamous: Second Son review

  • FladgeMangle 20/03/2014

    @Hutchie-ace This is Eurogamer and this is a Playstation exclusive.

    There you go, I've already done the maths for you :-)

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  • FladgeMangle 20/03/2014

    Trending at 82 on metacritic.com, for the waverers.

    Just 4% below EGs beloved Titanfall (pokey-out smiley tongue face)
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  • Titanfall Xbox 360 version delayed again

  • FladgeMangle 19/03/2014

    Hi-end game on older hardware, bound to be a few issues. Better for them to take their time than rush it to market.

    I'm being totally honest here when I say that it's really not my thing, but I'd really rather it be good for 360 players than some bobbins hack job.

    Or.. OR... to be cynical for a moment, if (as menage said) it's selling XB1s... Why not delay it? MS aren't exactly famous for supporting previous Xbox consoles.
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  • Next-Gen Face-Off: Titanfall

  • FladgeMangle 15/03/2014

    Fair and reasonable, although I still wonder at the wisdom of comparing consoles to PCs. Never mind, it's never going to stop happening I suppose.

    Seems to me that the XB1 version is perfectly fine on its own. What made me laugh was the cheeky dig at the PS3 (with the Modern Warfare comment). Seriously guys, still not over E3 2005? :-)

    Anyway, if you like this sort of thing, it looks like you'll enjoy this no matter what platform you get it on. Including 360 I expect.

    Edit: stupid phone keyboard!
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  • Xbox One closing monthly US sales gap on PS4

  • FladgeMangle 14/03/2014

    @StooMonster "But one Swallow does not make a summer"

    I dunno, it would make my Summer. Boom boom! ;-)
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  • FladgeMangle 14/03/2014

    Wasn't the PS4 out of stock or at least very hard to get hold of for most of Feb? Reply +13
  • Titanfall review

  • FladgeMangle 11/03/2014

    @jonvital I gave you plus one for not negging my post. Fully aware that Infamous may be shite... Reply +1
  • FladgeMangle 11/03/2014

    @jonvital Just enjoying a jokey use of alliterative English. Sorry if I offended you.

    It's a good game and if you have a XB1 then you'll probably be chuffed to bits.

    Currently enjoying playing Tomb Raider and waiting for Imfamous and FF14 on PS4, if you want to know.
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  • FladgeMangle 11/03/2014

    Good game is good. Currently trending at 87 on metacritic.com

    Not my thing, but I'm genuinely happy for the boneheads, as now they have something to briefly console their consolation console.

    It's a bit ripe to call it next gen though when it's also coming out on 360. Or is it?!
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  • Ni No Kuni has now shipped 1.1m copies

  • FladgeMangle 07/03/2014

    There's lovely!

    Sequel would be nice, would prefer a prequel boyo.

    Dewch yn ôl Rhod Gilbert er!
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  • Tomb Raider's reboot "exceeded profit expectations" after all

  • FladgeMangle 07/03/2014

    @CloudXIV I've played all the Tomb Raider games. Perhaps my fondness for the original has been eroded by the subsequent annual cash-cow milking sequel releases, or the vastly superior remake.

    The Legend reboot was a welcome relief to me at first, until the wearisome gunfights and silly plot started to flatline my interest. Despite that, it definitely played better than any of the previous games, including the first, which was both amazing and a bit horrible at the same time. (Like Angelina Jolie, ironically.)

    This being another reboot it's bound to be different. Personally, I love the differences. The gunplay isn't any more intrusive than in Legend, but the other elements are so much better. It's linear, but that's not a bad thing. Also, in each area there is a raft of optional exploration that you can take on at your leisure once the bad guys are all dead.

    It's like comparing Batman film eras. Each is radically different from the last, but each is still Batman.
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  • FladgeMangle 07/03/2014

    @CloudXIV Seeing as we agree on the descent into unplayability of the PS era games, let's concentrate on the newer ones.

    two out of three of the Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raiders were very heavily biased towards gunplay and shooting other humans. Many of the set pieces revolved around it. The only one that wasn't as trigger-happy was the remake of the original masterpiece.

    To my mind, this reboot is no more a "shooter" than they were. It still has exploration, pacing, puzzle solving and climbing. Additionally it now has character progression through experience points and equipment crafting. A double win? I think so.

    OK. It's certainly more visceral, I agree with you there. Maybe that's not such a bad thing though. Previously in TR games there was a kind of emotional detachment from what Lara did and the consequences of her actions. She was essentially a stone cold killer. This time around she feels more like a human being who's horrific experiences on the island are the reason she erected those emotional walls we're all familiar with.

    It is an origin story, after all.
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  • FladgeMangle 06/03/2014

    @CloudXIV Sorry, have to agree with rickyfitts here.

    The original Tomb Raider was a wonder because it was brand new, challenging and inventive. It was every armchair archaeologist's dream come true. I enjoyed it immensely.

    But Tomb raider 2 was a lesser game, the cracks in the game's design and gameplay mechanics were starting to reveal themselves. Tomb raider 3 was little more than an exercise in anger management and 4 and 5 were equally poor. As for Angel of Darkness... Well there was a good reason why Core were pushed aside as developers of the series.

    Toby Gard, The IP creator and lead designer, walked away after one game because he hated the way the franchise was being corrupted by Eidos's increasingly page three mentality towards Lara and it shows in the sequels.

    Crystal Dynamics did good job with Legend, yet I couldn't shake the feeling that something was missing, despite Gard's return. Anniversary was great because the original it was based on was great. Underworld was frankly tedious and a little bit stupid.

    This game is very different. It once again feels fresh, a true action adventure game, instead of a series of frustrating trial-and-error attempts to avoid dying via surprise traps and ropey mechanics.

    I love Tomb Raider, however this latest installment has made me realise that I was previously only in love with the idea of it, not the awful, barely playable mess it became.
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  • FladgeMangle 06/03/2014

    I have to admit that I was completely wrong about this game.

    I avoided it on PS3 and criticised it because I was thinking the same thing as many others here. That it wasn't "proper" Tomb Raider, it was "torture porn" and the wrong direction for the series, gratuitously adult orientated ...all those things.

    I was wrong. Completely wrong and quite happy to be so.

    I picked it up on PS4 and I have to say it's an unequivocally brilliant game. Yes, it's violent and gory and sweary, but what game isn't these days? I almost regret admitting this after all the things I've said before, but without those elements it wouldn't be the experience it is.

    It's the best 3rd person action game I've played in a very long time and that includes The Last Of Us, which despite it's stunning graphics, excellent story and pitch perfect acting, was essentially just another cover shooter in it's gaming heart.

    It's also far, far better than any of Crystal Dynamics' previous attempts at the franchise and while there are few actual tombs to raid, the immense fun of exploring the island and discovering it's secrets makes that entirely forgivable. The sense of wonder I imagined would be missing is there in glorious abundance.

    Long live the reboot and long live Rhianna Pratchett, our very own Amy Hennig.
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  • Finding someone to thank for the good stuff

  • FladgeMangle 01/03/2014

    I'd like to thank Wintersoft and The Ring of Darkness, for starting me off on my gaming adventure.

    Now how about that sequel to Juxtaposition: Barons of Ceti V?
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  • Letter from America: Who makes the best Zelda games?

  • FladgeMangle 01/03/2014

    Ocarina of Time, just for the sheer draw-dropping wonder of it. There was nothing else, on any system, that came close to it's perfectly realised gameplay and charming visuals.

    Majora's Mask next, for the reasons given above by @Mister-Wario. It loses out to Ocarina for me because some of the tasks were a bit annoying. Such as the Goron and beaver races, and pretty much all of the Zora sections.

    Minish Cap gets the bronze from me. Not an euphemism by the way :-P
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  • Next-Gen Face-Off: Thief

  • FladgeMangle 01/03/2014

    We're finally through the looking glass.

    Lower resolution, lower framerate and yet still a winner because of a dubious (and possibly fictitious) minor texture filtering glitch?

    Wow. Just ... Wow.
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  • Naughty Dog mulls The Last of Us 2

  • FladgeMangle 26/02/2014

    @bart_dan I would have agreed with you before I played TR: Def Ed and the FF14 beta.

    Turns out there's a REALLY big difference between PS3 and PS4, even though it's not as obviously pronounced as the change from SD to HD. The DS4 controller is such a huge improvement on the DS3 (something else I didn't think I needed) it's worth porting classic PS3 titles just to get to use it. Never mind the resolution, framerate and texture quality improvements you get along the way.
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  • FladgeMangle 26/02/2014

    Naughty Dog can do no wrong! Or can they? Jak and Daxter was the perfect PS2 game, even though the sequels lacked something. Uncharted was an excellent fit for PS3, even though the third iteration seemed, to me, to lose the magic of the previous two.

    The last Of Us was something else. This was their Cohen Brothers moment, or should have been. Once you get past the excellent graphics, characters and story, it was basically just another cover-based shooter in actual gameplay terms. To me the veneer of infallibility was starting to wear off.

    I'm sure they can and will excel at all things PS4 but unless they invest a little more time on the actual button pressing parts it'll be a beautiful, wonderful, award winning letdown.

    Whoever said "do a comedy space opera next" was right on the money. Not another sequel, please. I'm done with crouching and counting bullets while wiping away the tears.

    let's make this gen the one where we remember laughter.
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  • Thief 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

  • FladgeMangle 18/02/2014

    @George-Roper People like me? LOL

    Not as expensive as it used to be, but considerably more expensive than £350-£425 for a complete system I'll bet.

    For a 60fps 1440p rig you'd probably need to spend that just on the graphics card. Try adding an 8 core CPU and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM for anywhere near that price. Go on.

    Granted though, the 500GB HDD would probably only set you back about half the price of an extra controller. Of course you'd probably sneer at a "mere" 500GB...

    Hmm. See? People like YOU falsely propagating the affordability of your hubris.
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  • FladgeMangle 18/02/2014

    Oh you crazy PC gamers!

    I know you get annoyed when people neg you whenever you pop up with your "60fps @ 1440p" comments, it's just because nobody cares and it's also really annoying.

    We already know that high end PCs are powerful, this isn't about you. You're like a bunch of supercar owners gatecrashing a GTi race. Keep it down lads and clean up your Pimms glasses when you leave. :-P
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  • PS4 sales shoot through 5m target ahead of Japan launch

  • FladgeMangle 18/02/2014

    @Widge I know. I was making a point against the knee-jerk "competition is essential" argument by only listing the PS2 exclusives, as I was attempting to illustrate how a market leader can still be a creative driving force.

    Obviously the Xbox and Gamecube both had some excellent, original titles too.
    (Nintendo are particularly good at ploughing their own furrow, although the fruits of their labours are increasingly stale. See WiiU sales.)

    It seems to me that the creative minds have retreated to the small, downloadable indie space while the mass market wobbles along the COD, BF and FIFA treadmill. It's like Michael Bey, every day, forever.

    The success of the PS2 (and PS1 before it) essentially created an industry standard. This helped keep the costs of developing risky, original AAA titles down, as you could safely develop for just one format. better for developers, better for gamers.
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  • FladgeMangle 18/02/2014

    Circa 2005: Approximately 28m Xboxes, 22m Gamecubes, 100m PS2s.

    What did we get that generation? God of War, Shadow of the Colossus, ICO, Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, Final Fantasy X, GTA3, Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, Devil May Cry...

    All this talk of competition being essential is somewhat skewed. Sony hardly sat on their laurels while they trounced the competition during the PS2 era. They even invented motion control, introduced DVD playback and created the myth that backwards compatibility is somehow essential.

    In some respects, competition is actually bad. Instead of having creative freedom to dream up something risky, while knowing your user base is large enough to soak up the doubters, developers tend to play it safe and stick to familiar genres, while true creativity suffers.

    In my opinion, competition encourages homogeneous, mass market games based on familiar, under-developed genres.

    Just putting my stick into the hornet's nest there.
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  • Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition update will add trading, anvils, carrots

  • FladgeMangle 18/02/2014

    Nice, but cross platform multiplayer would be nicer.

    Still dreaming the impossible dream...
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  • Has Microsoft fixed the Xbox One scaler?

  • FladgeMangle 18/02/2014

    @marcofdeath The "interview" you reference in your comment is generally regarded as little more than a vanity article from a dewy-eyed fanboy (Leadbetter), who basically allowed the XB1 engineers free-reign to advertise and make excuses for their product.

    Read the comments if you don't believe me.

    However, I understand where you're coming from. Us early PS3 adopters were similarly optimistic and by the end of the cycle our console of choice had just about achieved parity on multi-plat releases, while excelling on first party exclusives.

    Be happy with that and don't fall for the corporate BS.
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  • BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Ep2 includes more familiar faces

  • FladgeMangle 13/02/2014

    @chriscourtois1 "Maybe the game's going for that. Booker is actually a terrible person."

    This is why I stopped playing it. I don't want to roleplay somebody like that.
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  • Watch Titanfall on Xbox One at 60fps

  • FladgeMangle 13/02/2014

    @Teamallstar It's the same as every XB1 owner, after years of gloating over the differences on last gen face-offs, is suddenly unimpressed by framerates and screen resolution. Reply +3