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  • Watch: Why I'm not sticking with No Man's Sky

  • Flipper79 27/08/2016

    There's a lot I like about No Man's Sky, but it's biggest problem is it's total lack of content. I'm not just talking about mission-style things to do, more a purpose to what the game really wants you to do which is gather resources. It's really a kind of bizarre system.

    Gather resources to sell so you can buy inventory space, better multi tool and ship so you can gather resources easier. The thing is once you've done that and you have all this space and you've added all the upgrades you need you realise you no longer need it since you no longer need to gather anything other than the things to create fuel...and that does the opposite of what a game should do. It makes you feel like the journey to the end had been completely and utterly pointless. In such a vast universe I want a reason to have created my wealth, a reason to explore to gain more, a reason to revisit worlds, and none of that is currently in the game. Hopefully it'll get added but I'm pretty cynical in that regard.
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  • PES 2017's unlicensed club team names are as brilliant as ever

  • Flipper79 19/08/2016

    I don't think they have enough fun with the names myself. I reckon they should do them in the style of Jeopardy! "This team has a manager who thinks defenders aren't necessary if they can pass the ball 500 times meaninglessly" Reply +1
  • Our first look at this year's FIFA Ultimate Team

  • Flipper79 17/08/2016


    I actually find it annoying that it isn't like collecting cards Panini style! In HUT (NHL's version) there is actually a checklist for each team and you get rewards for completing the collection. I always find FUT to be far too disorganised and lacking incentive towards wanting more mediocre players.

    In HUT it's more viable and enjoyable to play games, use in game coins to buy packs, maybe occasionally pay for packs as a bit of a treat and get real satisfaction completing collections while slowly improving your team. Whereas in FUT it seems most people end up either playing the market or spending huge amounts of real cash as the only viable ways of getting a good team and the game itself seems more of a sidenote and 99% of what you get from packs is a complete irrelevance.
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  • Grow Up review

  • Flipper79 17/08/2016

    I think I would have spent more time with Grow Home but from what I can remember the poor FOV and absolutely horrendous screen tear along with it's obviously vertiginous nature made it far too vomit inducing for me. Shame, because the little time I did spend with it definitely appealed and I'm sure I would have got this as well. Reply -2
  • Got a spare 50 minutes for a Final Fantasy 15 gameplay video?

  • Flipper79 16/08/2016


    Was literally about to write the same thing, so cheers for saving me the bother. I can't believe just how much it's putting me off getting a game that I otherwise probably would.
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  • No Man's Sky has an enormous day one patch that adds multiple endings

  • Flipper79 08/08/2016

    Was looking forward to this...then I saw the day one update and was really looking forward to this...then I saw the plans for the next update and now I'm really, really looking forward to this.

    But there's also a part of me worrying that just before launch Sean Murray posts a video where he slowly peels away his face to reveal he is in fact Peter Molyneux and all the promises turn to dust in the wind.
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  • New licences and a new feistiness see PES take the fight to FIFA

  • Flipper79 04/08/2016

    Both have been poor for a while now getting review scores neither deserve. Gameplay in PES is hardly a purists dream as some would have you believe, and similarly the weirdly lauded presentation in FIFA is woefully lacking in comparison to other sports games like the NBA 2k series. Bugs in FIFA are unacceptabe while roster updates, player likenesses and player ratings in PES are nothing short of a massive joke. And will this continual splintering of licenses help either? Nope. Reply 0
  • Epic boss is thrilled at the prospect of PlayStation Neo and Xbox Scorpio

  • Flipper79 07/07/2016

    I'm not quite sure I get the logic. Why does it mean games don't go out of date every 7 years? There's nothing to say that after the Neo and Scorpio there won't be a completely new range of hardware that doesn't allow compatibility with old games. And there's nothing to say that MS and Sony won't change their minds and allow games to be Neo and Scorpio exclusive to hasten people to upgrade (actually I'm not even sure MS have said all games will be compatible with the older console anyway).

    And it's hardly comparable to PC gaming if consumers are expected to spend double the price of a graphics card every 3-4 years and get only half the power. What they're essentially doing is a less innovative, more consumer unfriendly version of what Sega tried doing when they came up with hardware modules. With VR added to the mix I can't help but feel this will lead to consumer confusion and there's a real danger they're also going to kill mid-cycle console sales with such a short time to the next release and less opportunity and inclination to cut console prices.
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  • You can vote for who ends up on the cover of FIFA 17

  • Flipper79 06/07/2016

    Hazard? Well I guess he's shown his ability in the past...but Martial? Seriously? May as well have Charlie Adam on the cover, perhaps in a limited edition oversized case. Reply 0
  • PS4 Neo: release date, games, price, specs, and everything we know

  • Flipper79 24/06/2016

    Just seems a strange business model from both sides. I have a PS4 so unless there's a heck of a trade in offer I wouldn't buy a Neo especially since the same games would be available. I think I'd be a lot more inclined to widen my possible game library by thinking of the Scorpio or NX. If others think along those lines and given Sony's huge market share on consoles they could be the real losers if people do take to this mid-generation leap. Personally, I think by the time you add in VR we're more likely to be returning to a period like the early 90's of huge apathy towards confusing, expensive and excessive console hardware. Reply +9
  • Microsoft's mixed messages at E3 aren't pretty for Xbox One owners

  • Flipper79 16/06/2016

    I don't understand. I'm not the most tech-savvy person in the world but apparently those without a 4k tv shouldn't be interested in the scorpio but should get the One S instead...the key benefit other than the smaller form factor being 4k video? Why presumably increase the cost of the One S by including a feature that's going to be irrelevant for the overwhelming majority of people who'd choose to buy it?

    It all seems a bit messed up and confused (and this is without even adding VR into the mix) and just like Sony and Nintendo comes across as just throwing a load of stuff out there and seeing what sticks. It's almost like we're back in the 90's but with all of them determined to repeat the same mistakes Sega made.
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  • Xbox E3 conference report: Microsoft is feeling bold again

  • Flipper79 14/06/2016

    I wonder if Sony will now drop the prerequisite that games have to run on both Vanilla and Neo PS4 after the MS announcement to make sure they get the most out of the new machine.

    Lets be honest, this generation has been the single worst leap in tech there has ever been in console gaming. But are MS and Sony putting it down as a one off mistake or are both looking at much shorter cycles?

    Some people seem to like that idea...but why? The first couple of years are pretty barren and mostly lacking in quality. Is it really great for consumers that we only get 2 good years of gaming out of every 4?
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  • Sony confirms PlayStation 4K

  • Flipper79 10/06/2016

    I do wonder how well this is really going to sell. Surely most people who want a PS4 have one by now and those that haven't are more likely waiting for an even cheaper price rather than wanting to buy a more premium version.

    Obviously Sony will be relying heavily on current owners wanting to upgrade. But speaking for myself, since I already have a PS4 and since it seems likely games won't be Neo exclusive I'd rather put the money towards either the NX or the likely Xbox one upgrade and have a wider option of games. It'd take a hell of a trade in offer to persuade me otherwise.

    Admittedly, I might be the only one with that logic...but if not, given the ratio of PS4 to Xbox one sales not only could the Neo be a bust but it's very production has the potential to actually benefit Sony's rivals by closing that massive sales gap.
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  • Catlateral Damage claws its way to European PS4s on Monday

  • Flipper79 09/06/2016


    You spelled awesome wrong...
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  • PlayStation Plus May games include Tropico 5 and Table Top Racing

  • Flipper79 27/04/2016

    Starting to get a bit better with this and Zombi last month. Perhaps would have slightly preferred Watchdogs but I held very little hope for that considering all the leaks that turn out to be bogus seem to originate in Germany. Reply +4
  • How PlayStation 4K Neo and the original PS4 will co-exist

  • Flipper79 20/04/2016

    Not happy about this. Big thing for me when it comes to console gaming over PC is the parity and not having to constantly upgrade. I'm already starting to wonder whether I'll get any console next gen with the way they all seem to be going.

    One thing's for certain...the first sign of a game running fine on the new version but being poorly optimised on the original I'll be selling up.

    Anyway, that's just me, whether other people will feel the same I have no idea and it's not for me to say.
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  • PlayStation 4.5 to be announced before October - report

  • Flipper79 29/03/2016

    If they do go down this 2-tier route in terms of gaming power I personally think it could cost them big time, if not immediately then almost certainly when next gen proper is released. Why would I invest in next gen straight away knowing a .5 model that is better in gaming terms might be released a couple of years later?

    I think this is going to be more about media capability and power efficiency which would be fine and wouldn't upset the existing userbase who didn't want to upgrade.

    If it does turn out to improve gaming power for those with the .5 model then personally I'll be ditching console gaming altogether and go back to pc gaming. Be dumb not to when I can for the most part just upgrade the graphics card and get much better benefits per pound spent.
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  • Street Fighter 5 does not punish players who rage quit

  • Flipper79 17/02/2016


    To be honest I think a 'rage-quit pool' is the best option specifically because of people unfortunate enough to have a bad connection. It doesn't overly punish someone who's not quit but just lost their connection plus it lessens the chances of those with decent connections constantly going up against people with a poor one. In the absence of a fairer solution it does seem the best option.
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  • Seeing in the new year with Resogun

  • Flipper79 04/01/2016

    Divinity: Original Sin. I'd bought it a while ago and only played just beyond the tutorial area. I vaguely remember having a hangover that first time and found it too fiddly to concentrate on. Put it on in a fit of boredom just before Christmas and in the last few weeks have spent my time absolutely engrossed. Not only is it a great game that brings on feelings of nostalgia but it actually improves considerably on how I remember those RPG's played. My only worry is whether I'll be able to enjoy modern-style RPG's ever again. Reply +1
  • GAME blames low last-gen sales for pre-Christmas slump

  • Flipper79 23/12/2015


    You're giving them waaaay too much credit. I went into Game yesterday just to browse. I see Assassin's Creed: Syndicate priced at 29.99. I think 'hmmm, that's not too bad, maybe I'll just buy it on a whim, but first I'll see what the preowned is going for.' Look at preowned and it's 27.99. Since it's not something I'd checked beforehand I had no idea which was overpriced, the new or the preowned so I ended up just walking out. Turns out the 'new' price wasn't too bad and I wouldn't have been too disappointed if I'd bought it on a whim, but I've seen I can get it cheaper elsewhere in store so they've lost a sale through the complete and utter stupidity of not even being competitive with themselves.

    I think most people appreciate store prices will be more expensive. All I can say is if I knew I could go into Game and pay within 5 more than the online price and the staff were of the quality they used to be, I'd buy in store every single time. I don't think I'm alone in that view. And with less mark up but more sales they'd potentially have the ability to source the game cheaper.
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  • Flipper79 23/12/2015

    Maybe if they didn't try charging 49.99 for the Uncharted collection? Reply +15
  • Fallout 4's list of voiced player names is stuffed with pop culture references

  • Flipper79 11/11/2015

    And to think how many years I've been mocked for being called Boobies Assface...well the jokes on them now isn't it! Reply +22
  • It's Fallout 4 launch day and for many GAME still hasn't delivered

  • Flipper79 10/11/2015

    GAME really need to start thinking about how they're portraying themselves. Putting the onus of blame on the banks saying they're not allowing the payments through...do they seriously think their customers are stupid enough to believe that a number of different banks are coincidentally refusing payment over one specific product all at the same moment in time?

    Evidently they do and that lack of respect IMO is just as bad as the initial cock-up. If I had this order with them I'd be far more assured I'd eventually get it if they were honest about their mistake rather than try and scurry away from responsibility with what appear to be very transparent lies.
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  • When Boris Johnson played Oculus Rift

  • Flipper79 09/11/2015

    To quote Pete Steele 'Don't mistake lack of talent for genius.' If someone acts like a bumbling fool, chances are they're a bumbling fool. Reply +12
  • Fallout 4 review

  • Flipper79 09/11/2015


    Yeeeeah, that's kinda the point?
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  • Flipper79 09/11/2015


    Erm no, it really isn't and if you think it looks better than driveclub on PS4 then you really need your eyes tested. Christ, on PC even Arkham city...an open world game 3 years old looks better with it's shadow and rain effects. Witcher 3 is a great game but they clearly weren't going with the tech leader approach that they went with witcher 2 on ANY platform.
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  • Flipper79 09/11/2015


    Sorry, but first of all the witcher 3 has nowhere near the depth of fallout 4 in terms of interaction with the open world. And secondly, witcher 3 looks like arse in comparison to witcher 2 in terms of available tech at the time.

    In terms of rpg preference I go witcher (for it's greater coherance in story telling), elder scrolls, fallout...but fair is fair and none of the witcher games are truly open world which makes a huge tech difference.
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  • Flipper79 09/11/2015

    Having played this since saturday I'd say this is exactly the 'recommendation' it should have. It's a brilliant game that catches you by surprise with the things it offers on a second by second basis, but it's Bethesda through and through...flawed genius. Think of it like this...it's easily a 10 out of 10 game that does it's best to melt your life away but the bugs will bring you back to reality with a bump regularly enough to remember that there's more to life than living in a desperate post-nuclear wasteland. Reply +3
  • UK tabloids point the finger at Call of Duty, GTA in coverage of 15-year-old TalkTalk hacker

  • Flipper79 28/10/2015

    I love violence, sexism, misogyny and racism...that's why when I'm not playing video games I read the Daily Mail...it's probably giving me cancer and has a history of nazi sympathisers but some things are just worth the cost. Reply +2
  • "I don't want you to get a second-rate experience…"

  • Flipper79 12/10/2015

    But then it's fair to ask is no experience at all better than a second rate experience? Seems like a bit of hypocrisy here if they're saying it is since a version without the campaign is very definitely a second rate experience, so perhaps they shouldn't have made a last gen version at all by their own reasoning. Reply +2
  • Stone Age-set Far Cry Primal launches in February

  • Flipper79 06/10/2015

    Good or bad, who knows at this stage...but ya know, fair play for trying something completely new with an existing franchise. Reply +4
  • FIFA 16 review

  • Flipper79 28/09/2015

    Pace is still there, you just have to work to use it rather than the last god knows how many iterations where you simply run down the flanks, cut inside without any loss of momentum and dribble around their entire defense until you find space to shoot. There are so many tools in this Fifa to beat a marker so you can run away from them into space yet some people, including this reviewer, are still whining like babies because they can't work out how to use them despite the pretty decent in game tutorial! Can't believe some people seem to think a winger with a good bit of pace should be skinning a world class defender for fun without any skill involved on your own part like in every other version.

    Best football game I've played in years and the only one that is actually still providing a challenge on the the hardest difficulty after the first day of playing.
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  • FIFA 16's new passing is upsetting some - and delighting others

  • Flipper79 24/09/2015

    I like it. The only issue I have is very very occasionally a pass is sent in completely the wrong direction to what I pressed. Other than that the pace of it is much better than in previous versions, but no doubt just like every single year crap players will whinge, EA will relent and basically role it all back until it's pretty much all identical to the previous years FIFA. Reply 0
  • Konami ceases triple-A console production on all but PES - report

  • Flipper79 18/09/2015

    Big big shame. Gotta wonder how long they'll persist with PES especially when it's already an uphill battle for them with licences. Haven't been a fan of PES for a while now but one thing's for damn sure, both FIFA and PES fans will be all the worse off if they decide to stop making that as well. Reply +1
  • GAME apologises after Super Mario Maker mix-up

  • Flipper79 08/09/2015

    Haven't been effected by this but feel for those who have, particularly in terms of trying to get refunds on bank charges. But anyway, despite it luckily not being an issue for me I can safely say Game will not be getting any of my business in future. I wouldn't want to risk the overdraft charge let alone an unauthorised overdraft charge. I was going to say it's absolutely shoddy from them...but no, that underplays it. This is nothing short of disgusting to allow an error of this magnitude to occur. Reply +2
  • Grow Home and the pleasures of a world you can touch

  • Flipper79 05/09/2015

    The terrible screen tearing and awful camera movement just make me feel too ill if I play it more than a few minutes and bud's slow climbing speed is more than a little frustrating. I had enough of it after the first cave and trying to climb along a ceiling with the camera doing it's best to send me in circles rather than heading for the crystal. Shame really because I like the idea of it, just poor implementation on the PS4 version at least. Reply 0
  • UK tax watchers are furious with the "fairly undramatic" Ship Emergency Simulator

  • Flipper79 03/09/2015

    Funding creates growth and jobs which in turn generate tax as well as the tax generated on finished products. As far as I can tell the taxpayers alliance, which in recent years appears to have morphed into a branch of UKIP, generates very little but ignorant shit. Reply 0
  • FIFA 16 introduces Draft mode for Ultimate Team, and builds upon career mode

  • Flipper79 05/08/2015

    I liked the advert, but after that bombshell...I'm really not sure about this player training aspect. Concentrate on 5 players each week? Can we not just have tailored training that concentrates on a positions more vital strengths and have that complemented by match performance? I don't want to be able to take players too far past their potential but a couple of points based upon their positions most vital attributes would make sense, especially so if you can't cheat potential by sending a player on loan, saving and then recalling them over and over again until their potential is greater...just randomise a percentage of young, particularly the less well known players potential from the get-go so every career is different, complemented by the ability to train slightly beyond that potential. Reply +1
  • Face-Off: God of War 3 Remastered

  • Flipper79 24/07/2015


    FOV's usually the worst cause of motion sickness followed by motion blur and being tired while playing will make it considerably worse. Can happen on any format but most cases on PC you can alter those kinds of settings one way or another. If there's no options to change it there's not much you can do, but if you try playing when you're at your most refreshed the effects may be much milder and you may start to adjust and get used to it.
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  • Should you install The Witcher 3 patch 1.07?

  • Flipper79 20/07/2015

    So they've added language packs this morning but still no 1.07 on PS4. This is getting a bit silly now, especially since some have been able to d/l it. Reply +4
  • Meet the man cleaning up after the Godus disaster

  • Flipper79 17/07/2015

    All that talk about not wanting to buy off Bryan Henderson because that's just a cop-out...isn't that just a cop-out? If I was in his shoes I'd kinda like to be asked what would suit me best what with already getting screwed over and all. The only thing that's actually changed is they've added an additional layer of corporate bullshit to try and cover the ineptitude rather than deal with it in the most sensible way, which would be to scrap this mess that will be completely irrelevant by the time it's fixed - if it ever is - apologise profusely to all their backers, move on to a new project where ambition doesn't outweigh reality, offer the Godus KS backers a decent discount on that next project, and give Bryan at least some kind of token gesture for messing him around so much. Reply +2
  • PewDiePie talks money

  • Flipper79 08/07/2015

    Not gonna watch the video because I can't stand the guy. But good on him and why anyone feels they can criticise a perfectly legitimate source of income, particularly one that doesn't impart a cost on anyone is beyond me. As I said, I don't like him but he gets a shedload of views so he clearly has talent that's getting justly rewarded. Reply +11
  • Peter Moore recounts $1.15bn Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death saga

  • Flipper79 02/07/2015

    Luckily I never had RROD with my 360's...unluckily it was because they were chewing discs before I came upon that problem. Will never, ever get another Microsoft console no matter how much they pat themselves on the back over releasing a piece of absolute garbage just because they provided an extended warranty (which as far as I remember was still quite some time after considerable numbers of people were reporting problems). Reply -4
  • Steam now offers game refunds "for any reason" within 14 days

  • Flipper79 02/06/2015

    "We do not consider it abuse to request a refund on a title that was purchased just before a sale and then immediately rebuying that title for the sale price,"

    That's pretty cool, but I kinda hope they show a bit of common sense and marginal leeway when it comes to the 2 hour play limit in such a scenario, even if they don't advertise the fact.
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  • Metro Redux titles now offer lengthy free demos

  • Flipper79 02/06/2015

    Good idea, allowing people to become more invested in it before making a choice whether to buy or not. Even if someone finds it just ok they're probably more likely to bite the bullet once they've gotten so far into the game already. Reply +3
  • WildStar is going free-to-play this autumn

  • Flipper79 28/05/2015


    Used to agree with you about subs still having a place. Their downfall linked more with the fact that every mmo was just yet another re-skinned clone.

    But I think they have now finally had their day with people already paying out for Netflix, Prime/Lovefilm and The PS and Xbox subs. It's not just the amount of subs people already have, but the value, or rather, lack of value in comparison that the industry standard 8.99 now represents.
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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