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  • Microsoft scrapped plans to launch beefier Xbox console last year

  • FogHeart 12/04/2017

    Isn't this not so much gazelles but a game of leapfrog now? MS and Sony have a their own philosophy of console architecture and each will, every couple of years, release an iteration, an evolution. Since they're out of sync they will, sensibly, not be competing for your money at the time the console is released. And if you intend to jump ship you'd need to spend the money a year earlier than usual.It's funny to type it, but I really don't think the competition is about the console hardware spec anymore. It's about the services, the exclusives, the plans each have for VR. Reply +5
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition review

  • FogHeart 07/04/2017

    @ubergine What? The swearing was never trying to be edgy and cool, it was trying to be over-the-top, funny and silly just like the skillshot system. It's not doing a Scarface! For those that don't know, seek out funny Bulletstorm quotes, they're brilliant! Reply +5
  • Watch two minutes of uninterrupted Quake Champions gameplay

  • FogHeart 07/04/2017

    I can't believe I used to think this quickly :cry: Reply +6
  • Why Microsoft is making Project Scorpio

  • FogHeart 06/04/2017

    4K TVs are one of the biggest holiday items this past year.
    Topped only by my father's swimming trunks :O
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  • How Zelda and Horizon fix open worlds in very different ways

  • FogHeart 22/03/2017

    We used to have a Dead Space Dan...can we have a Horizon Martin? :D

    Here's my take on the matter: it's perfectly OK to have the same ol' gameplay system in your game if you carry it out with style and panache. Look at a game like Wolfenstein: you could say that it's just another first person shooter that doesn't incorporate any inspirational ideas, but it somehow elevates itself above that because it implements those same ol' mechanics with great finesse. Reviewers occasionally fail to recognise that: they play so much, they see so many games that only more radical innovations seem to jar them from their jaded mood. Dan wrote this about Dead Space: "It doesn't help that many of Dead Space's features feel overly familiar from other, broadly similar, titles" and it seems Martin had a similar outlook for HZD.
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  • The reward for collecting all 900 Zelda: Breath of the Wild Korok seeds is a bit poo

  • FogHeart 15/03/2017

    Maybe you can do something with the poo or give it to someone that gives you something cool.
    ...And with this post you have created a monster :O because now there will be forums dedicated to players collecting the seeds and then trying to find out what they can do with the poo, trying to give it to every character, put it in every nook and cranny to see if it has an effect. When it's really just a poo.

    It's the Dark Souls Pendant/Shadow of the Colossus lost levels all over again.
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  • Watch: Johnny cooks meat and mushroom skewers from Breath of the Wild

  • FogHeart 08/03/2017

    So, is cooking in BotW about the same as cooking in Don't Starve crockpot? Throw stuff together without knowing what might come out, results might be pedestrian but sometimes amazing? Reply 0
  • Switch has redesigned portable gaming forever

  • FogHeart 08/03/2017

    The concept of the switch has been with us for a while really:-

    But I don't feel the Switch is the full realisation of the concept. I want to see a Switch-equivalent where the dock provides the extra horsepower to elevate the game to something that looks special on a TV, at the level of the Other Two. It would have storage for higher resolution textures, an 'auxiliary' graphics card that would handshake with the tech built into the tablet to enhance the shiny, etc.

    And maybe even down the line you could buy a newer tablet, or a newer dock, or both, and always have backward compatibility.
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild already up and running on PC

  • FogHeart 07/03/2017

    Here's a moral dilemma: I did Wii emulation the hard way, taking the ROM from my own console, used the console to copy each disc to an ISO. But one disc was just too scratched to copy, I ended up downloading its ISO. Legal or illegal? :O

    Meanwhile, I love how Link sinks into the earth when he stands still but runs across the surface. It appears that on the PC Hyrule is a non-Newtonian fluid :D
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  • Nintendo says Switch dead pixels "normal", not a defect

  • FogHeart 07/03/2017

    Incoming 'I see dead pixels' Zelda-themed meme. Reply +8
  • Nier: Automata review

  • FogHeart 07/03/2017

    How about a deal? If Sony deserve credit for this title, they also take responsibility for Black Tiger :D Reply +3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review

  • FogHeart 02/03/2017

    Gear-gating - using the acquisition of new items to manage the player's progress through the game - is one of many 30-year Zelda traditions that Breath of the Wild bravely discards
    With no experience points to grind, Link's progression is entirely dictated by gear
    Reply +4
  • The Dead Space 3 the developers wanted to make

  • FogHeart 23/02/2017

    This is proving to be a damn fine video series...

    | can appreciate that the Dead Space had to stand or fall on its own, and that there are just not enough survival horror fans to justify a premium AAA experience, but at least leave yourself an escape hatch so you can go back to making something in the spirit of the original. The Resi series has found a way, after the bombast of 6, to go back to a small setting with a small cast and ditch all the machine guns. Dead Space killed off its 'alternative heroes' in the DLC for Dead Space 2, and ended, in the DLC for Dead Space 3, with an entire planet transported instantaneously across the galaxy to Earth's vicinity (imagine the energy cost of that, if you know any physics...). Of course that would perturb Earth's orbit, destroying all life on it, no matter what would have happened in any sequel, which would presumably be some expanding total war scenario, upping the action ante even more.

    There's just no way to continue with the Dead Space storyline now. How they so thoroughly managed to sabotage the franchise in the space of a few seconds of cutscene is truly incredible.
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  • Watch: Johnny cooks stuffed grape leaves from The Elder Scrolls Online

  • FogHeart 22/02/2017

    I guess a few countries have variations on this dish - it's similar to Greek dolmades too. Reply +1
  • Dead Space is the sequel Resident Evil 4 deserved

  • FogHeart 19/02/2017

    It was so close to perfect...looking back the only thing I'd change was the whole 'Yes, completed that mission' - bzzzt - 'Wait Isaac the thing you did has caused something really bad to happen go to this other place immediately!' plot 'rhythmn'. Everything else is so good it should really be an Essential purchase. I still shake a reproachful fist at Dead Space Dan.

    People say it was downhill from there, but I say that Dead Space 2 took the series to the place where it had no real choice but to go, but they didn't quite do it with the panache and style that the original deserved. There were some things that made you think "Oh God, well done!" such as using sharp limbs as kinesis spears and the expansion of the lore behind the markers, and other things that made you say 'Oh, no don't do this' like manga policeman uniforms instead of gothic knight spacesuits, and the girlfriend gone from floaty ethereal ghost to whiny blood soaked ex calling you on a broken mobile phone to bitch at you. For everything new it gave you that was good, it gave you something else that was out of the spirit of the first game.

    Number 3 had literally two good ideas, the custom weapons and the junkyard of ships. Everything else took away from the series. Also the final bit of DLC ended so badly, so apocalytically stupidly, that it killed the series all by itself.

    Not often mentioned is the Wii/PS3 Move game Dead Space Extraction, which on occasion had the atmosphere, the dread and harrowing backstory of the first game. If I was less of a coward I'd sort out Dolphin VR and play it again - but it might just give me a heart attack.
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  • ITV Hub catchup service finally available on Xbox One

  • FogHeart 13/02/2017

    1. Ray Mears
    2. Thunderbirds
    3. ...erm....
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  • PS4 Pro boost mode: a game-changer for unpatched titles?

  • FogHeart 08/02/2017

    @Simplex But they have homes to go to! Reply 0
  • PS4 Pro 'boost mode' runs unpatched PS4 games more smoothly

  • FogHeart 03/02/2017

    Downvote to Sony for not calling it 'Turbo Mode'.
    They could have been really cheeky and called it Secret Sauce.
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  • Watch: Johnny cooks Yeto's Superb Soup from Twilight Princess

  • FogHeart 03/02/2017

    (Copying my Youtube comments here:-)

    That's actually a really intriguing recipe, and for the first time in this series I'm actually motivated to try it myself. I might change the mackerel for smoked haddock because it's more subtle and less oily, and find a crumbly goat's cheese rather than a squidgy one just because it's easier to work with. I'll shop for the stuff tomorrow...

    (and then yesterday)

    Right, I've made it, with the changes outlined above, and it's really, really good. I don't know what it's like with smoked mackerel (especially one with all that pepper on Johnny's one) but I'm willing to bet the smoked haddock is better. I found a goat's cheese that you can cut into cubes like a cheddar etc, but I think it was too mild.
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  • When Assassin's Creed does modern day London slang

  • FogHeart 24/01/2017

    London, a city split into two peoples by a river and a language :D Reply +6
  • The story behind the worst game ever made

  • FogHeart 22/01/2017

    So what was the best 1.99 game for the Speccy or C64? (not counting re-release at discount) Reply +1
  • Microsoft announces inflatable Xbox One controller for your pool

  • FogHeart 18/01/2017

    Can we not have some merchandise too? Maybe more appropriate to our climate and temperament? XBox cardigans, teapots, carriage clocks? Reply +2
  • Fans think McDonald's new Mario toy features plumber on the toilet

  • FogHeart 09/01/2017

    After discovering that his princess was in another castle, Mario consoled himself by sitting on the throne. Reply 0
  • New year's resolution: Let's stop screaming

  • FogHeart 08/01/2017

    I reckon I posted comments about five times less than I did in previous years, but I still read as many articles. I start looking through the comments and think "Nah, why wade through this poison?"

    But you think it's just here? There's no such thing as a reasoned comments section on the internet anymore. Republicans and Democrats, Brexiters and Remainers, Climate change advocates and deniers, your opinion is polarised or it's deemed pointless. It's as if a moderate statement is a dismissible one.

    With so much of the web starting to look the same (article, also check out, rest of article, clickbait ads, then comments that become increasingly fractious and shrill) I'm starting to train myself to move on when I get to the bottom half of the internet instead of read on.
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  • Watch: Here are 73 games coming out in 2017, unless they get delayed of course

  • FogHeart 07/01/2017

    Great video. I'm actually a bit more optimistic about this year now. What really impressed me is the range of art styles on show - lots of games with a unique look.

    My obligatory 'here's one you missed' is Routine, hopefully this year's SOMA/Alien Isolation, coming in March.
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  • Watch: We made etoile blanche from The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

  • FogHeart 05/01/2017

    - The marinade seemed like a variation of tzatziki? I am guessing 'Gemmeran' was implying 'Greek'. I really think in this particular case the herbs needed to be fresh, dried versions are going to overpower the dish. Dried thyme has its place, for sure, but not here. Surely not hard to find fresh thyme?

    - When you drain pasta, if you aren't going to add it immediately to another dish, briefly run cold water over it. It continues to cook a little while still hot, and without water it sticks together after a couple of minutes. When you add it to the other dish it'll soon warm up again.

    - If you will eat the pasta straight away retain a bit of the cooking water as you drain it and re-add it to the serving bowl. You'll be amazed at how much difference this little thing makes.

    - You really needed a bigger saucepan on this one - it just couldn't accommodate pasta and turkey and mushrooms, and probably couldn't get all of them added together hot enough.
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  • HDMI 2.1 spec adds 8K/10K video, dynamic HDR and variable refresh

  • FogHeart 05/01/2017

    On Boxing Day my six-year-old plasma 55 inch 1080p TV died. I just replaced it with the Samsung KS7000.

    I want to cry.
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  • Stephen's Sausage Roll review

  • FogHeart 25/12/2016

    That's how they roll down at EG. Hope you're all enjoying your Christmas dinner, even if it be burned sausages or hagfish dumplings. Reply +10
  • Thumper now has Oculus Rift and Vive support

  • FogHeart 21/12/2016

    Cthulhu ftagn! Reply 0
  • Watch: Dishonored 2 helped me conquer my fear of getting caught

  • FogHeart 21/12/2016

    When I started watching, while you showed DH1 footage, I was immediately thinking "Why is he walking on the ground everywhere?" and then you talked about there being more verticality in DH2 and I thought "ohhhhh, right." I'm afraid I found a lot of verticality in DH1, but I think a good proportion was the top of lamp posts etc, places that you didn't expect to be able to land on, and often had a surface area so small that it didn't seem you could get your target reticle on it. A case of blink and you miss it. rimshot Reply 0
  • Watch: We made Pig Oat Mash from Dragon Age

  • FogHeart 15/12/2016

    No one who uses a whiskey bottle as a rolling pin has a rubbish kitchen. Reply +1
  • The amazing story of how Lionhead silenced a troll who threatened the studio

  • FogHeart 15/12/2016

    @Apostate Why was it not important enough to report to police? If I was in Lionhead, I'd believe my company's reputation, its relationship with publishers, and its ability to make money held to ransom by someone who stole their property. Employees livelihoods at stake. "Yeah, some kid stole our stuff and we didn't think we should bother the police with it, now he's posted it online, our publishing deal is off and we'll have to let some of you go." Reply -2
  • Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit gets second and third series

  • FogHeart 15/12/2016

    @MonkeyMagik Everyone complained about that, they made it much shorter after the first couple of shows. But if that just means you see more of other stuff you don't like, well....>shrug Reply +2
  • FogHeart 15/12/2016

    I'm just waiting for one of the guest comedians to slip up and make a joke about the show being repeated on Dave, and then realising that this time he's not on BBC2. Reply +11
  • The Last Guardian review

  • FogHeart 05/12/2016

    So, in order to progress, I have to read the inscrutable expression on my companion's face in an attempt to divine what's wrong, even though everything appears to be in order, because it won't communicate effectively with me?

    My love life has inadequately prepared me for this game.
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  • No Man's Sky's long-awaited update brings its galaxy back to life

  • FogHeart 29/11/2016

    @JaqenHGhar80 Here's the thing, though: you and I know exactly what to do to go to those tropical-class planets that you show on your screenshots. Most people hardly ever see them. The route to the galactic core, that most people do, seems to pass through only G-class star systems which almost never have tropical worlds with seas and forests. The E-class stars, coloured greeen on the galactic map, have a much higher probability. In fact they're the only stars I ever warp to. But the game won't let you warp off the beaten track unless you install Warp Reactor Tau.

    All those people who claim that there's nothing like the original E3 reveal footage, probably never got to see a planet like that, because the way to get to them isn't something revealed through the game. HG have tried to be all 'Dark Souls' about the things you find in the game and it's completely backfired, leaving thousands of people believing that you just get giant dogs sauntering over bare rock worlds covered in giant pot-pourri.

    So...for all those people who have never seen an E3-reveal quality planet:

    (1) Get Warp Reactor Tau installed.
    (2) Open the galactic map and right-bumper to freely explore.
    (3) Find a green star whose details reveal 5 or more celestial bodies, and warp there
    (4) One of the planets will be pretty good. You may need a few goes before something really special shows up, but eventually it'll be a good enough to decide to build a base there.
    Reply +5
  • No Man's Sky studio breaks silence, announces base building and more in huge Foundation update

  • FogHeart 25/11/2016

    I still fire it up a couple of times week. I find a new 'E' class star, warp in, find the planet that's 'tropical' and see what it's like. It's the closest that the game comes to the E3 reveal, and at those moments it's pretty good.

    The game needs to build 'reasons' around the things it has. What are these unused compounds for? Why do the sentinels aggressively punish theft of some artifacts? What are the cargo ships that jump in for?
    Reply +19
  • How Football Manager 2017 is making football fans panic about Brexit

  • FogHeart 25/11/2016

    Could be worse. In FM2018 they could simulate a sexual abuse scandal at your club. Reply +14
  • Doritos VR Battle is nacho usual arcade shooter

  • FogHeart 04/11/2016

    ...for a corny game. Reply +7
  • Farewell to DriveClub, the PS4 launch disaster that became a racing great

  • FogHeart 03/11/2016

    I'm pretty sure that the game itself didn't need patching to fix the server problems, it was all back-end. There was no 'apply this patch and then you can play online successfully'. One day it just started to work. So the disc that was delivered to us was just fine.

    Although I've made significant progress in the game, I've not got far beyond level 50. I just have a limit to how well I can play. I'll probably need to change gear manually to do better, and I just can't be bothered to learn how. There's just so many super/hypercar tours that I can't begin to get a grip on, a shame so much of the content is beyond my feeble skills. What I can do, though, I have immense fun in doing.
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  • What do the creators of Dear Esther think about the term Walking Simulator?

  • FogHeart 06/10/2016

  • Bulletstorm remaster dated for 2017, published by Borderlands studio Gearbox

  • FogHeart 29/09/2016

    Buy this remaster or I will kill your dick!

    For those that know
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  • Earn entry into Titanfall 2 multiplayer mode at US resturant

  • FogHeart 23/09/2016

    I believe the Titans talk to the player now, right?

    "Ouch! You feel a bit heavier today. Have you been eating junk again? Should I be refitted with a wider seat if you keep at this?"
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  • Watch: Seven games we'd love to see remastered

  • FogHeart 10/09/2016

    Here's my one. Back in 2000 a game called Evolva was released. Here's a handy screenshot:-

    Basically you control a squad of four humanoid creatures whose mission is to rid a nearby planet of an infestation. A masive seed crashed into it, which grows until it cracks the planet apart, sending more seeds into space which crash into more planets etc. The seed spawns lots of creature whose job is to defend it.

    The humanoids you control absorb genetic information from enemies and local fauna, increasing their abilities - run speed, jump height, armour plating, as well as attack abilities from the seed's creatures. By deciding how to allocate captured DNA info among your squad, you can customise each to be a specialist

    Well, that's the old game. If you look at that screenshot you think, 'hey, a bit like No Man's Sky'.

    Well, I thought the game could be remastered but use some of the NMS procedural generation: before the game really allowed avatar customisation along predetermined lines because of the limited number of creature types to absorb from. But if the enemies and local fauna could be as variant as creatures in No Man's Sky you could remix your avatar constantly. If the procedural generation could be extended to level design you get a game that you could play endlessly. Also with improvements in multiplayer you could pick one of your customised avatars and drop in to a multiplayer co-op using a character that no one else has, and that the hoster would never see again.
    Reply +2
  • Nvidia is making its own Fallout 4 mod

  • FogHeart 31/08/2016

    Sadly, I have to wait for the release of Vault 1070. The denizens of this vault also worship darkness, but aren't quite so fundamentalist about it: if worshipping coloured light or dimness is your thing, they will think you're wrong but they won't judge you for spending time under your preferred light fixture. Reply +3
  • A new PC mod fixes one of No Man's Sky's most frustrating traits

  • FogHeart 23/08/2016

    I could really do with a mod that specifies which large ore deposits are found on planets I've visited. A tad more useful than knowing that I saw a meerkat with a toucan's head on there. Reply +5
  • Microsoft announces official Xbox Onesie

  • FogHeart 23/08/2016

    So the right pocket has a picture of a controller, and we see the model handily placing a controller therein. Fine.

    The left pocket has a picture of a TV.


    (no it's not a picture of a TV remote)
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  • You can max out your ship and equipment on the first planet in No Man's Sky

  • FogHeart 16/08/2016

    Not wanting to rain on your parade...
    That's fine, it's great that I know: I'd hate to be stuck chasing my tail on the first planet because I'm afraid that it's all downhill from then on. In that case I will simply use the opportunity to upgrade enough to make life a bit easier and then jet off into the big blue. Thanks.
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  • FogHeart 16/08/2016

    I've played about five hours so far, haven't left the first planet either. I found big blobs of mineral all over the place that fill up two inventory slots when completely mined, that seem to sell for quite a bit of money compared to other stuff I mined. I don't want to use wikis etc for this game but this was just too strange, so I looked up 'emeril' today and found that I must have hit the jackpot on my first planet. I may be able to replicate the feat of this chap. Reply +4
  • Release date confirmed for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition

  • FogHeart 11/08/2016

    In case anyone is wondering: Yes, there are some of us who haven't bought the game yet.

    (gestures to a precarious tower of games) It's just, well look at this! Look! I probably need to retire to catch up on my unplayed games now!

    Yes, this is a virtual tower, my games are mostly digital, it's very tall in cyberspace though
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