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  • 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 Ł1.99 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.
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  • 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?
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • You can ring bells in Destiny: Rise of Iron's new social hub

  • FogHeart 09/08/2016

    Destiny, putting the camp in campanology. Reply +5
  • Microsoft Xbox One S review

  • FogHeart 03/08/2016

    @IronSoldier has his "I'll kill your dick!" moment :D Reply +1
  • FogHeart 02/08/2016

    it draws anything from 25 to 40 per cent less juice from the wall
    I...I feel old.
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  • Xbox console sales down as Xbox One S and Scorpio loom

  • FogHeart 20/07/2016

    Xbox Live monthly active users grew 33 per cent year-over-year to 49m
    You wonder why this is such a huge increase, particularly when there's no correspondingly large uptake of the console, until you remember that this financial year certain PC games could only be bought through the Windows store, getting a Live ID, signing into XBox Live while playing etc. The increase in Live activity is a side-effect of PC gamers buying games from the only place where they're available.
    Reply +11
  • Watch: What's the rarest Pokémon we can catch in 30 minutes?

  • FogHeart 15/07/2016

    I'd like to crawl under a rock until the Pokemon Go phenomenon is over, but doubtless some bastard will come looking for one of the fuckers in my refuge. Reply +13
  • Doom's Vulkan patch is a PC performance game-changer

  • FogHeart 13/07/2016

    I'm really chomping at the bit waiting for that 1060 embargo to lift. Then we'll finally see a more-or-less direct comparison between equivalent new-gen red (RX480) and green cards. We'll get to see if nVidia really are just brute-forcing their way to higher benchmarks and don't 'do' asynch compute, or if they've properly implemented it in the 1000 range like they say they have, by examining the delta between DX11 and DX12 implementations of games that will do both.

    I was hoping to also look at their differences in going from OpenGL to Vulkan, but it'll depend on nVidia releasing that driver that Malek86 alluded to.

    It's important because right now it looks like nVidia will give you higher performance but you won't see improvements in time as new games start using these new APIs, while AMD may start with lower benchmarks but get a boost in asynch compute that'll bring them back on level-or-higher terms.

    But then again I've got to consider that VR geometry pass trick that NVidia have with their new cards, which will be implemented in UE4 and Unity soon, boosting performance.

    This decision is beyond me :(
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  • Three months on, Oculus fulfils all Rift pre-orders

  • FogHeart 12/07/2016

    Yesterday I produced musical instruments out of thin air and started playing them. Keyboards, samplers, drum kits. I have never messed around with synth kit before. I plugged a virutal 'maracas' into the frequency input of an oscillator, and the oscillator into a keyboard, and I played the keyboard while shaking the maracas, producing a warbling effect I've now learned is 'tremolo'.

    I created something like a theramin by plugging an x-y-z control into an oscillator. Then I plugged it into a sampler instead using it to control the speed/direction of sample playback, and suddenly I'm 'scratching' when I wiggle the controller. The possibilities seem limited only by my inventiveness. I spent a couple of hours just puttering about with sound without realising it.

    People who are saying 'yeah, I'll believe in VR when it has a few AAA games' are still missing the point.
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  • Splash Damage bought by Chinese chicken meat company Leyou

  • FogHeart 11/07/2016

    This Dirty Bomb is filled with Bird Flu! Reply -2
  • Watch: Grief and video games

  • FogHeart 09/07/2016

    And then there's Dear Esther. That has to be the game about loss which presents the worst case scenario: a grief which doesn't seem to go away and cannot be withstood. It's not surprising that it finds no place here, it doesn't exactly present a message of hope or redemption. Rather than finding comfort in friends the narrator retreats to an abandoned island whose previous inhabitants appear to be just as tragic. He expresses his grief in huge murals that no one will ever see, and finally - it would appear - takes his life and his body will never be found.

    It's interesting that it just won't compromise in its bleak vision. Esther's death is portrayed as sudden and senseless as death can get. The things that get eroded with passing time - unable to pinpoint the location of the crash, the last bit of her ash he stole dwindles away - don't represent a transition back to normality but losing the final pieces that allowed the narrator to cling on to her, and to himself.

    But is this all too much? Is it simply irresponsible to show that there is a possibility of a grief for which there is no defence, no return? Maybe not. Maybe by witnessing the logical extreme, the reductio ad absurdum of grief, one is shocked a little out of their funk(sic) and pulls a little way back from a brink they felt they might be slipping towards.
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  • Watch: Aoife swats some Locusts for the first time in Gears of War

  • FogHeart 08/07/2016

    My history with this game: my brother gave me his 360 (he'd bought an Elite) and loaned Halo 3 and Gears to me. The former I couldn't get on with, I could play only about 15 minutes without saying 'fuck this' and going back to Gears, which I adored.

    I didn't feel Halo took itself seriously. The first enemies I shot in the Halo franchise appeared to be stumbling midgets in Day-Glo armour. The second ones were space gorillas. I was not happy.

    The enemies in Gears were so much better. You're not going to supress a giggle as they talk. They were meant to be nightmares holding guns: thats why the game was best compared to Resistance on Sony's platform than any first person shooter it might have.

    The comparison extends to the setting: Johnny might make light of the whole 'mankind on the brink of extinction by a frightening alien force' thing; I don't think we should necessarily look back on games that took this line at the time (Resistance again, Half Life 3) as being foolish in being so earnest. Certainly Gears took it too far: Our Hearts are as Grey as These Buildings and I'm a Grizzled Veteran Whose Eyes Have Seen Too Much. But it's still a worthy direction to head in. Resistance 3 did it superbly, and we still have games like Wolfenstein playing it straight and are all the better for it.

    I was burgled soon after completing the game, and wasn't really tempted to buy a replacement 360. But Gears remains the only XBox franchise I still feel a yearning for.

    Shame that I could only play them again on my PC by using that damn Windows store :(
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  • Richard Garriott selling vials of his blood on eBay

  • FogHeart 08/07/2016

    With a name like 'Lord British' the blood ought to be blue. Reply +1
  • Nvidia unveils GTX 1060: $249 buys you GTX 980 power

  • FogHeart 07/07/2016

    Surely the Founders Edition is a really bad idea this time. It's 15% faster than the RX480 8Gb (and take that as a maximum of course) and the price is about 10% more. But the FE is 30% more expensive for the same 15% extra grunt. Why would you pay that? Reply +10