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  • The Witcher 3 is a masterpiece of world-building

  • Flipper79 12/05/2015

    Loved the first one despite it being a bit basic and forcing you to retread your path too much, but the second, despite looking great and having some genuinely interesting stories was a bit too fussy in terms of combat and the menu system. Really hoping this one manages to get the balance right. Need it after Inquisition. Can't go through another 100 hours of collecting stuff, pissing about with a terrible inventory and crafting system whilst inconveniently having to randomly press buttons to kill things with no forethought about what you're doing. Reply +11
  • The land beyond Achievements

  • Flipper79 07/05/2015

    I hate achievements. Always have and always will. I hate them because I'm weak and that psychological study some person did some time that identified that anthropological desire to feel special through something inconsequential fits me perfectly. I used to enjoy games, especially the thrill of getting to the end. Now it's a struggle to start them without first checking what trophy I can miss if I do what I want rather than what the devs decide they think I should do. Reply +1
  • Batman: Arkham Knight's Batgirl is Barbara Gordon

  • Flipper79 07/05/2015

    If it does indeed go through the story of Batgirl to Oracle, for something so essential to be DLC is just going to ramp up the hate. Rod for their own back really. DLC shouldn't be fluff but anything that isn't should be included in the price of admission. Reply +1
  • "Almost certain failure": How Monolith saved Mordor

  • Flipper79 06/05/2015

    The nemesis system was and is a great idea and one that I'd love to see heavily expanded upon in the future, but as it was in the game, sorry, but I thought it was nothing like the 'story generator' it was being made out to be. Beyond the elements included in the main story I found it was pretty inconsequential. Reply +5
  • Homophobic and transphobic game removed from Steam Greenlight

  • Flipper79 06/05/2015

    @riceNpea

    hehe, if only he'd done something so subtle that could have been deliberately misconstrued...we might just have believed him!
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  • Flipper79 06/05/2015

    Let me get this straight. To prove that people are overly sensitive he made a game that was deliberately over-offensive? Which proves what exactly? That people are correctly offended by things which are clearly offensive! Yup, nice try, pal. Reply +11
  • The 33 Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass

  • Flipper79 28/04/2015

    67.98 for the premium version on PC for what previous experience suggests will be predominantly skins and challenge maps in a game that bombs in price from the very second it's released? Count me in! Oops I dropped the soap, now don't you take advantage WB while I bend down to pick it up... Reply +4
  • Gabe Newell responds to paid mods controversy

  • Flipper79 27/04/2015

    The maths only add up if you're being selectively stupid. Yes it may be actually costing money in a trial situation, but when it's rolled out across the board those costs will go down considerably and the negative feedback will not rise proportionally so I think it's a bit early to be dismissing the valve is stupidly greedy argument just yet. Reply -4
  • The Elder Scrolls Online PS4/Xbox One requires 15GB day-one patch

  • Flipper79 23/04/2015

    @jamyskis1981

    Most of which download in the background in advance whilst you're still able to play or during maintanance times. Even so it's not really an issue if you already have it installed. It becomes much more an issue when you've decided to uninstall to make space for something else and then reinstall it again later on
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  • Flipper79 23/04/2015

    @jamyskis1981

    It's more than possible to have a connection that will comfortably play an mmo but still take the best part of a day to install 15GB plus additional updates.
    Reply +12
  • Flipper79 23/04/2015

    @Bertie

    One thing they could have done is made cinematics optional which would have cleared a fair amount of space. If they didn't want to do that I think they really should have put it on 2 discs. People take breaks from mmo's and 15gb PLUS additional updates isn't exactly going to encourage people to reinstall.
    Reply +4
  • Shadow of Mordor does simply win GDC 2015 Game of the Year

  • Flipper79 05/03/2015

    Enjoyed it a lot, but I really don't think it's worthy of quite the praise it's getting. I mean, it's essentially a smaller version of Batman with one unique system that's fun but isn't as meaningful as some would have us believe. Reply +4
  • Troll deletes 11-year-old's Destiny characters

  • Flipper79 23/02/2015

    Dunno what's worse, the story or some of the people that have clearly forgotten what it's like to be 11. Yeah it's just a game, but why would anyone revel in a child being caused upset? Reply +62
  • Eurogamer has dropped review scores

  • Flipper79 10/02/2015

    @TarickStonefire

    Are you mentally challenged or something? They're making a big deal about changing absolutely nothing. You're having a go at me, someone who wants NO scoring system whatsoever and making out I'm the one who needs to be told what to like when it's YOU that seems to be going all gooey at the prospect of being told what's an essential purchase!
    Reply +1
  • Flipper79 10/02/2015

    So not only is this pretty much the same as the previous system but with less leeway...now you don't even need to click on the review since it gives the type of recommendation in the link... Reply +1
  • Flipper79 10/02/2015

    Makes no difference whatsoever. The problem isn't the score, or lack of one, it's the actual review. I don't care whether the overall score reflects bugs or not, what I want is for the review to mention them in the first place and give some kind of explanation as to how it effects the game as a whole. I don't expect a single reviewer to essentially beta test an entire game, but when there are glaring issues that can't be avoided, such as the bugs that have plagued the career mode in past FIFA's they need to be addressed rather than completely ignored as you've done time and time again. This is just a PR gimmick that fails to address what is fundamentally wrong with pretty much every review site, that certain publishers consistently get a free pass with bug-laden games.

    Besides which this new system is still scoring games, just in a way that makes an even bigger margin of games come across as irrelevant when they are given no seal at all. If you really want credibility then don't have any one-glance sign at all. Why do you need to have it when you can just say in the review you believe it's an essential game with salient points to back that view or one to avoid, or the reasons why you may think a game is ok but doesn't quite feel like one you would recommend?
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  • Deactivated Ubisoft game keys were bought from EA's Origin using stolen credit cards

  • Flipper79 28/01/2015

    @foxdie_01

    Its a bit of grey area, and I feel for those customers effected. But its no different than going down the pub and buying a TV, only to have the police turn up and say "sorry this is stolen goods" and take it away. Buyer beware.
    Of course it's different. For a start the police don't have a vested interest in the goods and they can't just take them away on a whim. They have to either obtain a court order to retrieve goods known to be stolen or if they seize an item suspected to be stolen it has to be proven so or returned. If a person has unwittingly received stolen goods and voluntarily relinquishes them to the police they also have substantive proof they can use if the seller doesn't wish to reimburse them.

    So while I don't believe anyone effected should be able to keep these keys that have been, as it's claimed, stolen it's worrying that it's policed by those who can in theory at least gain financially by claiming theft.

    It really is about time licensing laws for software are revised to give the consumer more protection.
    Reply +4
  • Sony says sorry for PSN Christmas outage with five days of PS Plus

  • Flipper79 02/01/2015

    The claims of doing it to highlight lack of security are laughable. Security from what? They're not hacking into anyone's account, all they're doing is disrupting a service. If they genuinely want to improve security all they have to do is not actually do what it is they say they want to prevent from happening since they're the only ones that are bloody doing it! All they're highlighting is their own sociopathy. Reply +6
  • Controversial mass murdering game Hatred appears on Steam Greenlight

  • Flipper79 17/12/2014

    A small tear rolled down Gabe's cheek as he saluted the PR guy who unfurled his cape and flew off into the night sky. "You magnificent bastard," Gabe called after him. "You...absolute...magnificent...bastard!" Reply +3
  • Desperately seeking Salty: A WOW fishing tale

  • Flipper79 26/11/2014

    Sums up very well why I have a deep hatred of all achievements/trophy's. It's easy to say just to ignore them, some people, I'm sure, can and do. And I should be able to as well...I'm logical. I'm rational. but rationality vs an evolutionary, psychological disposition that's very clearly exploited by the games industry isn't always the easiest battle to win.

    I used to enjoy games so much more in the days when completing a game was the only real achievement to it. And I did complete them. Something I rarely do these days after all enjoyment and immersion is sucked out in the hours spent switching between game and collectibles guide trying to find the 300 random objects that have no relevance to anything ever, just to get a meaningless digital bronze trophy...a meaningless digital trophy I have to have in order to get a 'better' meaningless digital trophy. And then there's the ironic disappointment of seeing an achievement you just know you're never going to get. Logically it should be cause for celebration, a sign to just ignore the bloody things completely...but it's there, a constant itch whilst playing, an incessant feeling that this game will never truly be completed and every achievement you do get on the way to completion is like being slapped in the face.

    Used to be completing a game would lead to a rollercoaster of emotions culminating in a real sense of satisfaction in being part of a story that you've seen through right until the end. These days, on the rare occasions when I do finish a game, it often elicits much the same feeling I get when finishing the washing up...with an added element of masochism as I unravel the shrink wrap from the next game on the shelf.
    Reply +4
  • GTA 5's next-gen grass compared

  • Flipper79 19/11/2014

    As a PS4 owner I can sincerely say...meh. Who cares. Wouldn't even care if it was the PS4 version that had less foliage, just looks like a different interpretation of the landscape to me, nothing that puts a dampener on the visuals. Reply +27
  • Kickstarter games in 2014 are making less than half what they did last year

  • Flipper79 02/10/2014

    I always think it's a little bit at odds with itself. Devs wax lyrical about the creative freedom it gives them but in many cases they're trading that against the additional fiscal help a more traditional investor may be able to provide should the game show promise but not quite meet the original expectations.

    I think it's also fair to say that upto now that extra creative freedom isn't actually creating anything that goes beyond in quality what more conventional methods of investment are producing.
    Reply +5
  • FIFA 15 Ultimate Team: time for a shake-up?

  • Flipper79 29/09/2014

    One very simple thing would be collections like they have in HUT that give a sense of achievement and also provide a bonus of special packs when you complete them. HUT in NHL 15 is so basic in comparison to FUT but that one particular thing that gives it a true sticker album feel to me makes it far more appealing. Reply 0
  • FIFA 15 review

  • Flipper79 23/09/2014

    Gotta wonder if you've already been playing it a week is there any reason why you haven't mentioned anything at all about career mode? Like does it actually work for once with no crashing and with player growth working correctly. Is the scouting improved from last year? Sure gameplay is important, but only if you have a proper reason to play. I would say it seems strange that you'd miss things so vital in your review yet it's a yearly theme you seem to have going on that you gloss over - or in this instance completely ignore - what plenty of us keep telling you we'd like to know about. Reply +16
  • Flipper79 23/09/2014

    Eh? What you mean it's different? Seems the same as at least the last 3 years to me. Run down the wings with a pacey, inverted winger, do a 90 degree turn towards the edge of the box, shoot when in space and rinse and repeat. Only difference this year is you have to hold shoot a little longer and the pacey players are going to skin people more than usual. Otherwise it plays pretty much exactly the same but with slightly more fluid animations, varied cut scenes in breaks of play that can't decide how long the grass is, and magic squares of turf that appear to be moving around every time it replays the kick off at half time. Reply -1
  • Xbox 360 getting new 500GB hard drive

  • Flipper79 21/08/2014

    @LLJaf

    You can change the internal drive of the PS4 within certain parameters without effecting warranty. Can't use an external. Officially you can't change the Xbone hard drive but unnofficially you can plus you can use external if it's over 256GB. Both are unnecessarily awkward IMO but Sony really put the icing on the cake by putting the USB connections in such an annoying place considering you have to copy the system info to a flash drive.
    Reply +1
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Season Pass detailed

  • Flipper79 18/08/2014

    Shame, was interested in this on the PS4 and likely would have bought it around release if it reviewed reasonably well across the board. Now I think I'll just wait until it's a fiver on PC with everything included or leave it entirely. Fails on both my no season pass policy and my no day 1 dlc policy. Reply +1
  • The Witcher 3 includes Gwent, a Hearthstone-esque card game

  • Flipper79 16/08/2014

    @bad09

    Not so sure about that. Taking on 'the man' and painting yourself as one of the people seems like an excellent PR strategy to me. Especially considering some of the cost may potentially have been mitigated through increased sales as well as getting column inches ahead of the release on 360 and I'm sure plenty of mentions of GOG in the various press stories. Seems far less likely to my admittedly very cynical eyes that they would risk getting sued purely for the good of their customers without at least one eye on PR.
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  • Flipper79 16/08/2014

    Amazes me how many people think of a business as some kind of close friend that's always going to look out for them. Get it into your head...they want your money, that is all! Aww but CDPR are so cool, they're always DRM free and provide massive updates for free, they love us fans! Nope, sorry to burst that bubble, it's called marketing; PR; speculating to accumulate. And it's worked extremely well and I dare say the goodwill they've cleverly generated has played a big part in making them the success they are. But they don't have to continue it. They've bred the sheep and they really don't care if they make them angry, afterall an angry sheep is still a sheep.

    All you PS, MS, PES, FIFA, CDPR, R*, Blizzard or whatever the hell fanboy you've been manipulated into becoming, it's time you grew a brain and realised you should be nothing but a consumer and until you start acting as such and letting your money talk I'd suggest keeping a tub of Vaseline close by, you're gonna need it.
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  • Flipper79 15/08/2014

    I can guess with an almost uncanny certainty that more people than were ever genuinely going to buy the collectors edition on PS4 will be upset by this. It's a gift I have. Reply +8
  • Is FIFA 15's beauty only skin deep?

  • Flipper79 14/08/2014

    @tobi

    No point really. Even if gameplay has been improved it'll be patched out after a few weeks when people start complaining it's too difficult like player momentum was in FIFA 14.
    Reply +8
  • Unsubscribe?

  • Flipper79 02/08/2014

    No thanks. There's barely a day goes past I don't get sad looking at my bank account and seeing money disappear without any tangible evidence of having actually gotten something in return. Besides, fluff like this has a habit of becoming a necessity as an industry standard. Reply +21
  • Batman: Arkham Knight's Red Hood Story DLC is a GameStop exclusive

  • Flipper79 24/07/2014

    Don't do preorders. I would have bought this just after release and now I won't. Fluff is one thing, story based DLC another entirely and I couldn't care less whether it can be bought separately after...in fact if anything that would further my resolve against ever buying the game. I have no problem with shops or publishers using this idea as a business model, it's their job to maximise profits in any way...but I absolutely refuse to buy into it. All I can do is hope the gullible sheep who buy into this bollocks of thinking they need to preorder in a digital age stop whining and actually start doing something about it. Reply +4
  • Codemasters responds to Grid Autosport 2.39 Boost Pack DLC criticism

  • Flipper79 16/07/2014

    I miss the days of cheat codes, at least then when I ruined a game I wasn't being charged for the privilege. Reply +9
  • GameStop seeks to fund games in exchange for exclusive gameplay

  • Flipper79 11/07/2014

    No...and I'd be hugely surprised if publishers actually went with this idea since it'd end up being the must have copy, unlike those that simply have fluff as exclusive content. Too much potential to harm sales and give Gamestop bargaining power at wholesale. Reply +1
  • Here's some off-screen PES 2015 gameplay footage

  • Flipper79 04/07/2014

    Reminds me of FIFA 14 when it was decent before they patched out most the momentum and lost the sense of the players having any actual weight. That would be a good thing, but I've been burnt too many times with PES to be lulled in again...plus I can't cope with the idiots who come up with player ratings who decided just last year that Riquelme was still one of the best players on the planet. Reply +1
  • Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion pushes on despite trademark battle

  • Flipper79 01/07/2014

    @arcam

    Well said. In this case it's pretty clear the word is being used in the context of the theme of the game. If it was instead titled Rebellion: Sins of a Solar Empire I could perhaps understand their concern a bit more since there could be at least a small possibility of confusion where the preface is mistaken as the publisher. Still tenuous but at least partially understandable in terms of protecting their trademark.
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  • Flipper79 01/07/2014

    Of course if they name the sequel Sins of a Solar Empire:Take-Two Interactive you may have a point... Reply +37
  • Flipper79 01/07/2014

    There can only be one reason they chose the name rebellion is there? Couldn't also be because the game in some way refers to an uprising of sorts, you know, the literal meaning of the word? Reply +35
  • Steam revokes 7050 stolen Sniper Elite 3 codes

  • Flipper79 01/07/2014

    Whether it's CJS or Rebellion telling the truth is irrelevant given the consequences of what's happened. Either way it seems pretty clear laws on licensing games need a massive overhaul. There is absolutely no way that a company should simply be allowed to revoke a license paid for by a consumer without providing any kind of proof whatsoever. Whatever side you sit on in this particular situation it should be pretty clear to anyone with half a brain that the potential for illegal price fixing, breaching of anti-competition laws and downright fraud is massive when no regulatory body or even any proof given to the consumer needs to be involved in revoking licenses. Reply +2
  • Does FIFA 15 fix the series' legacy issues?

  • Flipper79 10/06/2014

    Sure it looks and plays great at just 60% code, they haven't added the 40% bugs yet! Even if that isn't the case, we all know they'll release a game that does feel considerably different and then within a month it'll be patched to run exactly like the last god knows how many versions just because a handful of people find it all a little bit tricky to get to grips with. Reply 0
  • Evolve community manager fired after Twitter racism controversy

  • Flipper79 02/05/2014

    Except he wasn't simply being a bigot in his own home, he was trying to force his opinions onto someone else and cause them to act on those opinions. So when Olin says someone has "The right to be whatever you want to be as an American, as long as it isn't hurting anyone else" he is twice being a fool by not recognising that one of his 'rules' has been broken and by perpetuating the hurt it causes by belittling the impact of what Sterling was trying to do. Reply +13
  • The Elder Scrolls Online review

  • Flipper79 25/04/2014

    I was bored a couple of weeks ago, found a copy for 20 and thought I'd give it a shot despite not having high hopes and suffering a fair bit of mmo fatigue. And I'm glad I did. Enjoying it more than I ever did the dreadful SWTOR and even GW2.

    Combat is so much better than in any other mmo in terms of options and skill and the sheer variety in the kind of character you can build is impressive to the point of occasionally becoming ever so slightly overwhelming. Crafting is meaningful but still needs work in balancing. Even the quests I'm finding more engaging than in most mmo's simply by there structure. Sure they're of the same type as always...but hey what do you expect, what quests are there in Skyrim where you do something other than kill this bloke, fetch random item or explore such and such a place?

    Having said that, there are definitely issues that need dealing with...the number of bugs is a big no no even for a new launch. Also as good as the combat is a bit of work on responsiveness wouldn't go amiss. And the lack of auction house is a nonsense in an mmo...I really don't want to have to spend my time spamming zone chat trying to sell something and the guild trade limited to 500 max will be irrelevant after a month or 2 when there's less demand for the varying levels of mats.

    6/10 seems slightly too harsh but then we're talking about the same guy who gave swtor an 8 so I'm not exactly trusting of his opinions when it comes to mmo's. My opinion, I think all things considered and trying to be honest about it's flaws as well as what it gets right it deserves a solid 7.
    Reply +8
  • The numbers game

  • Flipper79 05/04/2014

    What utter ego-fueled, biased hypocrisy. Let's be honest here, you don't like it because you think it'll mean less traffic to your site, pure and simple. You use scores either because you like using scores or because you know that again you'd get less traffic if you didn't...either way leads to hypocrisy. Here's a tip - show enough integrity so that you'll be the first stop for an opinion. And here's an example - every year you review the latest iteration of Fifa, and every year you completely ignore the blatant bugs, bugs that show up within just a few minutes of playing. As it is there's no single place I trust for an opinion, which is why, like many I would guess, I look through as many resources as possible before I pay full price for something. If review sites had a bit more integrity I'd be far more inclined to trust that opinion above all. Reply -12
  • Watch Dogs graphics look better in the latest trailer

  • Flipper79 28/03/2014

    Like the look of it, love the idea behind it, but for some reason I still have reservations. I think it's the pacing of it that's worrying me most...either it being too action-oriented or being too bogged down with the technical or maybe too fiddly hacking sequences. I just get the feeling that this game more than most needs to get the balance of such things right just because of it's concept. Reply +1
  • Oculus Rift: Step into the game, step out with two billion dollars

  • Flipper79 26/03/2014

    @Stroller4

    No,

    It's 'You give me a tenner and I will TRY to give you something that you think you are happy to pay 10 for and you'll just have to trust me that the quality of the product is as I say with little legal recourse if it's not. I have proved there is a market for my idea but I have yet to prove whether it is a VIABLE business plan. If I discover it's not quite as marketable as I predicted you will receive your money back. If, however, it's marketable but not viable and I am not able to see it through to manufacture you may well lose your money and not get a product. Since you are not a true investor you have no right to check my books and make sure I'm not embezzling your donation. We cool?'
    Reply +3
  • Flipper79 26/03/2014

    All those kickstarter people are knowingly investing money with risk for a 0% stake in a company. I honestly have absolutely no sympathy if they feel hard done by, it's not as if the unfairness of the whole system isn't blatantly obvious if you have at least half a brain. Reply +1
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition video shows off next-gen world

  • Flipper79 06/03/2014

    Look at that water! Those mountains! This big fucking wall that always stops me getting to them! Reply +1
  • Double Fine's Broken Age: Act 2 now fully funded

  • Flipper79 24/02/2014

    Anyone who wants to be an 'investor' with a 0% share in a company through an intermediary system that has huge potential for fraud during the process towards getting a product completed is an absolute mug who should be left with absolutely no time to complain whilst they desperately place all their energies into growing an actual brain. Reply 0
  • Nintendo boss Iwata halves pay, Miyamoto's wage cut too

  • Flipper79 29/01/2014

    It's about time Nintendo either admitted to themselves that they are actually competing with the other 2 companies, or they choose not to directly compete and release their console mid-cycle of MS and Sony. There's still a huge potential market for Nintendo but not if they keep sticking their heads in the sand. Reply +2