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  • Payday 2 developer apologises after paid-for boosts blowup

  • Fox89 23/11/2015

    An apology is great and all, but the sincere apology costs 99p so I have mixed feelings about it. Reply +1
  • Halo 5's campaign goes back to basics - and it's all the better for it

  • Fox89 26/10/2015

    which, by the way, you watch thinking, 'I wish I was playing this
    I never find that with flashy cutscenes. I'm nowhere near skillful enough to pull off the cool tricks and things they do in such things. Plus, if I'm focussing on shooting and blowing stuff up, I'm not really appreciating the flashiness of the sequence.

    So I like a nice fancy cutscene from time to time as long as the gameplay between them is fun as well.
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  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World on track for December

  • Fox89 29/09/2015

    I'm optimistic that this'll be pretty good... but not at launch. From the progress we've seen the latest devs have turned it around well, but I'm not sure they've had enough time to get the breadth of content in that it really needs.

    Still, a couple of good free content updates before they start asking for DLC, along with some mod support, gives me some real hope.
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  • ESPN's report on Dota 2's The International is a step in the right direction

  • Fox89 10/08/2015

    The interesting thing about eSports for me is how the scene will adapt to the constantly changing nature of video games. Look at any of your 'big' traditional sports - how much has Football or Golf or Tennis changed in the last 30 years? Now, who expects anyone will still be playing DOTA 2 at all 30 years in the future?

    I know lifelong Manchester United fans, people who followed Tiger Woods his entire career. Winning Wimbledon is seen as this incredible achievement because of the history it's steeped in. I'm curious what eSport equivalents we'll see (if any) when we're changing the most popular eSport game every 5 years or so.
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  • Microsoft Gamescom 2015 conference live report

  • Fox89 04/08/2015

    They're re releasing Forza 5 are they Martin? :D Reply 0
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 reveals first gameplay trailer

  • Fox89 14/07/2015

    Graphics graphics graphics. Come on guys, is that all you care about? That's exactly the kind of attitude that leads to games like The Order and the complaint "I wish they'd focus less on graphics and more on gameplay".

    You're right of course; it does look dated. But it's not so much that I won't forget that in an instant if the game itself is half decent.

    So how is the gameplay for THPS5? Well, it's hard to tell without playing it, but it looks pretty similar to older Pro Skater games, and that's a good start. I liked those games a lot, and I'm looking forward to a new one. All that really matters is that they get the feel right, so fingers crossed they do.
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider brings back Lara's sense of adventure

  • Fox89 26/06/2015

    I expect my experience of this game will go something like my experience of the last one.

    Feel like it looks too scripted. Get annoyed at Lara's commentary. Lament the loss of the 'Legend' series with my favourite Lara (Keeley Hawes). Reluctantly pick it up to see just how awful it is. Fall in love with it.

    I still miss Tomb Raider of old, but I really, really like Tomb Raider of new as well. So I look forward to moaning about this for a few more months before I snap it up day one on PS4.
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  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 has 20-player multiplayer

  • Fox89 26/06/2015

    Looks like a lot of fun to me! Hope there's a good variety of new levels. I mean, I love 'School', don't get me wrong, but I've played School a lot. And if I go back and play it on THPS2 I can have Papa Roach on the soundtrack. Reply +3
  • Planet Coaster launches pre-order campaign

  • Fox89 22/06/2015

    I hope they keep all this stuff open for a while. I like backing games that I am interested in, but I need to see a bit more than a tiny (albeit very nicely put together) gameplayless trailer.

    I don't really have a problem with this, the game seems to be happening regardless as far as I can tell, this is just a "if you *do* want to support us more we'll give you some meaningless tat" scheme. It's fine in Kickstarter, don't see any problem here.
    Reply +2
  • Destiny: The Taken King director defends 40 expansion price tag

  • Fox89 22/06/2015

    I believe there's been a mistake here, EG. You credit the words to a chap called 'Luke Smith' but I think the person you actually spoke to is a Mr. Dollars McMoneybags, personal finance officer to Skeletor. Reply +23
  • Watch 40 minutes of MGS5: The Phantom Pain

  • Fox89 19/06/2015

    So does that mean it should be unlocked from the get-go for everyone?
    No, but if you *do* allow people the ability to get it early, that doesn't make it OK to charge for. There are plenty of ways to make secret stuff available for all without ripping off people who have already paid money for the game.

    - Reward for completing the game
    - Cheat codes
    - Hide super secretly in a level
    - Obscure sidequest

    All these used to be viable options for this sort of thing. It's not additional content, it's a hidden part of the game you've already paid for.
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  • Fox89 18/06/2015

    Konami's logic is that it's merely an option for those pressed for time (or prone to frustration)
    The thing is, when did that become an OK thing to charge for? There are two things in this world that you charge money for: products, and services. Skipping a wait timer is neither of those things.

    I remember back around 2001 there was this one particular level in Max Payne that I couldn't stand. I wasn't good enough for it and I didn't have the patience to keep trying, so I used a level skip cheat.

    These days a lot of companies would demand I hand over 50p for doing that. Seems entirely unreasonable when I've already bought the game.
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  • Fox89 18/06/2015

    How insulting for Konami to suggest that they are owed compensation if people don't have enough free time to play their game. Reply +46
  • The Last Guardian emerges from hibernation, unchanged

  • Fox89 17/06/2015

    I never expected it to change though, so this is all totally fine. I've always been happy with the little I've seen of TLG, the only thing that needed to change was it actually needed to exist.

    Now that it does it's pretty much doing what it needs to :D
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  • Gran Turismo 6 is about to get this year's most exciting race car

  • Fox89 01/06/2015

    "Most exciting race car". That's pretty generous seeing as the height of their Le Mans ambitions are "we think we can out qualify the LMP2 cars," and in testing this week they were 30 seconds off the Prosche's pace.

    But hey, it is at least an interesting concept. I'm looking forward to experiencing the incredible sensation of understeer that only 1000bhp through the front wheels can give you!
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  • FIFA 16 features female national teams for first time

  • Fox89 28/05/2015

    As someone who quite likes football but doesn't follow it particularly closely any more, I rarely see any women's football at all as it is quite rare to be on the main sports channels. So I'm looking forward to playing as them in FIFA and finding some favourites. I'll probably be much more interested to make an effort to watch the next Women's World Cup if I know who I'll be watching. Reply +4
  • Windows 10 comes with Candy Crush Saga automatically installed

  • Fox89 15/05/2015

    Why would you ship an OS with Malware on it? Reply +55
  • Codemasters boss Rod Cousens leaves for Runescape developer

  • Fox89 02/04/2015

    @Rodster Well this year's is coming in June. You can't get much earlier than that as the cars have to be made. Can't start with that until they show up at the first GP Reply +2
  • Early Access games done right

  • Fox89 28/02/2015

    The fact that there are so many really great products missed off this list actually makes me feel pretty good. Some of the scams and failures over the past year or so have started to frustrate, so it's nice to remember that the model does work and there is plenty of genuine quality out there that would never have been funded 5 years ago.

    Offworld Trading Company is another one that seems to have started off with quite a polished product, with about a year of development still scheduled.
    Reply +1
  • Final Fantasy concert album launches today

  • Fox89 23/02/2015

    I was there in London for this concert. Completely amazing. These aren't simple orchestrations like Distant Worlds is, these are entirely new symphonies using Uematsu-san's original melodies as inspiration.

    Don't know how much will be lost in the recording compared to experiencing it live, but I'm delighted they're finally releasing it.
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider puzzles "will take you longer to solve", Crystal Dynamics promises

  • Fox89 17/02/2015

    I really liked pretty much everything about the new Tomb Raider. Which surprised me because I thought it looked crap in the build up, but it was incredibly fun to play. Even the combat was really well done and satisfying.

    But the best bit of it all was the optional Tombs! I understand if CD don't want to turn *everything* into a massive puzzle, but I hope they realise where the biggest strengths if the game lie and focus on them. Thematically as well, Tombs are great. Exploring and surviving in a forest or on a mountain is great, but doing it in a mysterious trap filled ancient tomb is even better.
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  • Alien: Isolation passes 1m sales mark after three months

  • Fox89 21/01/2015

    Don't feel too down a bit this guys. It's more Colonial Marines numbers are inflated (partially due to their massive pre-order focussed campaign) than any slight on Isolation.

    Most publishers would kill to have a game that sells a million copies in three months. Plus it will probably have a longer life through Steam Sales, GOTY editions and so on that Marines didn't get due to being critically panned.

    I don't see this as anything other than a total success for SEGA and Creative Assembly. Well done them.
    Reply +3
  • Video: Troy to the World

  • Fox89 01/01/2015

    My favourite Troy Baker role is still Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia.

    I especially like it now 'cause it's like a "Before they were famous" moment. Vesperia was the big game he starred in before he was starring in big games ^^
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  • Final Fantasy 15 reveals first female version of mechanic Cid

  • Fox89 22/12/2014

    Shame about the choice of outfit. It's less that there's a woman in a sexy outfit, and more that we've had what... about 10 Cids before this one? None of them had their dicks bulging out. First time it's a woman, gotta take off 'dem clothes.

    Still! On the other hand, very nice to see a female Cid at all. And always happy to see interesting new characters. The game is looking very, very nice indeed - and Shimomura is taking her music to another level with the soundtrack so far.
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  • Final Fantasy 15's brotastic TGS trailer gets an English dub

  • Fox89 15/12/2014

    What's peculiar or bewildering about any of that? Maybe I'm just too used to anime but that all made perfect sense to me.

    Now it's time to play the game of guess the voice actor!

    Noctis' voice is a bit more gruff than I was expecting. Sounds a bit like Steve Blum. I particularly liked British dude who even said 'Bath' correctly.
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  • Survival racer Distance boosts to PS4 in 2015

  • Fox89 02/12/2014

    @JoeGBallad The kickstarter pitch was basically: "Remember Rush 2049? Like that. Money please."

    Needless to say I complied immediately. 2049 was my favourite Dreamcast game
    Reply +4
  • Inside Star Citizen's grey market

  • Fox89 09/10/2014

    Man, I hope this does end up coming out and being good! Firstly because I backed it and want to play it, and secondly because the failure of this would be so incredibly high profile that I worry it could have serious consequences for game crowdfunding in general. Reply +11
  • UK chart: Shadow of Mordor biggest launch for a game based on Lord of the Rings

  • Fox89 06/10/2014

    I really wish we could start getting digital data. I'd love to know just what the actual proportion of PC users is to the consoles, but seeing as the majority of PC purchases will be through Steam there's no way to compare. Reply +1
  • Meet Hajime Tabata, Final Fantasy's latest saviour

  • Fox89 23/09/2014

    Having spent the day on the most highly analytical and professional areas that exist on the internet (i.e. Gaf and Reddit), I am fairly happy that this system is going to be fine. Based on what Tabata said here I was worried that it was literally just going to be 'press one button to do everything', but if you look at the demo we've seen that just wouldn't make sense.

    No, one main button for attacking which reacts differently if you tap or hold, the ability to teleport and charge/cast magic on separate buttons and switch weapons mid combo all seems to be in there, and I'm hopeful that when backed up with 'macro' system (like Gambits or materia) will give this action RPG the depth it needs.

    I get the feeling he was trying to say "we've streamlined everything so that you don't have to worry about hard to execute button combinations to do all your cool stuff" and just explained it poorly.
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  • Fox89 23/09/2014

    @moroboshi Can I just check - you were watching the TGS trailer for this right? You know, the one with the giant adamantoise, the astral shard and the dinosaurs by the lake?

    Just want to make sure.
    Reply +2
  • Fox89 23/09/2014

    I guess what it comes down to is a simple question: do I have agency in the combat?

    If I press 'Attack' and the AI picks the best attacking animation - fine. But if I press 'Attack' I don't want it casting a fire spell because the AI has determined that this enemy is weak to fire.

    No, I want to figure that out and *choose* to exploit that weakness.

    If I can do that - fine, I can get on board with a streamlined interface for it. If I can't, then we may well have a problem.
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  • Fox89 23/09/2014

    This may end up being the best system ever that everybody adores.

    But my god does he not understand how to sell it. "I do want to make it more casual... it'll be a one button action and the AI intuitively outputs an action that kind of satisfies".

    50 hours of one button combat that the AI 'intuitively' sorts out doesn't sound great to me. Can we have some more details on how this isn't going to suck please?
    Reply +47
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon World in-game screenshots revealed

  • Fox89 02/09/2014

    @pughwales When you *design* a Rollercoaster in real life you do it with drawings and CAD. So you change what you like on the fly and then build the parts to specification afterwards.

    No part of RCT's coaster building has ever been realistic nor should you expect it to be.
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  • Fox89 02/09/2014

    I would never build this particular park as they haven't built any proper queues. I like mine to go through at least two mountains before allowing people to ride the helter skelter.

    But the capability looks to be there, so it's already vastly surpassed the mobile catastrophe.
    Reply +1
  • Tales of Xillia 2 review

  • Fox89 22/08/2014

    Xillia is my favourite Tales game (and one of the finest RPGs ever made), so even an 'interesting but slightly lumpy postscript' sounds pretty good to me. I'll be picking this up once I get around to replaying the original as Jude. Reply -1
  • Game developers would most like to work for Valve, survey finds

  • Fox89 20/08/2014

    As a dev myself one of the most difficult parts of it is keeping secrets. It sucks when you're working on something good and can't talk about it!

    So I don't think I'd get on too well at Valve.
    Reply +1
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon World headed to PC in early 2015, first teaser shown

  • Fox89 15/08/2014

    More good news - Pipeworks confirm that the 4 player co-op is optional and it has an offline single player.
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  • Fox89 15/08/2014

    I will be cautiously excited for this. Hopefully it'll be really good! If it's "as good as 3 but shinier", then that'll be satisfactory.

    And as I have a friend who is really into RCT, the co-op stuff could also be good! We'll wait and see though. I won't be foolish enough to pre-order this one, put it that way.
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  • Metal Gear Solid 5's cardboard box gets some peculiar new features

  • Fox89 12/08/2014

    This is the kind of stuff that made Metal Gear cool... when it was just a thing you found by playing the game. Not as the central theme of a trade show demo. It's just two minutes of Snake dicking around going: "Waaaaaaay remember this? Remember how wacky this was a decade a go? Well now it's EVEN WACKIER!!!"

    It's all just got a vague... your dad on the dance floor vibe to it. You know what I mean? There's such a thing as trying too hard.
    Reply +22
  • Does Advanced Warfare's exoskeleton really change Call of Duty multiplayer?

  • Fox89 12/08/2014

    Looks a lot like every other COD. Which, you know, of course it does! They're not going to turn it into a visual novel are they? COD gets a lot of deserved flak for being the exact same game every year with no new ideas to make it interesting... but it also gets a lot of undeserved flak for just being COD. I don't expect it to stop being a fast twitch-based FPS, I just want some different ideas every now and then to keep it interesting.

    This is exactly the kind of cool new stuff that might - might - make it fun for me again. Will it be enough? No idea. But I'm glad they're releasing this instead of another Ghosts.

    Oh, I also want a good single player campaign again. I won't hold my breath on that though.
    Reply +2
  • Blurred lines: Are YouTubers breaking the law?

  • Fox89 16/07/2014

    @AGBear Nothing disingenuous about it. He disclosed and always has disclosed the information. The description is always right there when you're on the website, so it's an obvious and easily accessible place for a disclaimer.

    When it was pointed out to him that things like embedded videos don't have that, he acknowledged the issue and changed the policy. I don't see the problem here.
    Reply +5
  • eSports organisation IeSF makes male-only tournaments open to all

  • Fox89 03/07/2014

    @Bluetooth In the old version, women were excluded from:
    - DOTA 2, one of the largest eSport games in existence.
    - Hearthstone, the biggest competitive CCG with the possible exception of Magic: The Gathering
    - Street Fighter IV, the biggest competitive fighting game.

    Men were excluded from Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

    Those aren't exactly balanced scales. Regardless of what you think of the new system, the old one was not 'true equality'. Frankly even with women only tournaments, in terms of total number of competitors at this event men will probably still outnumber the women. So this is as least much *closer* to being fair, even if it isn't quite there yet.
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  • Fox89 03/07/2014

    Let's clear up this thing about there still being female only tournaments. "Oh no, that's sexist as well!" you may cry. Well on the surface, yes. But bear in mind that men don't need more representation, more exposure, more publicity. There's no need to "encourage more men to get into professional gaming" because 95% (number pulled out of thin air) of all professional gamers are men.

    Be under no illusions: women may now be allowed to compete in the DOTA 2 tournament but it's still basically going to be a men's tournament with a few women here and there. That's just the demographic, it's the way things are. And if the two teams (number pulled out of thin air) with women on get knocked out early, then where are women with an interest in eSports going to see women compete?

    That's where the women only tournaments come into play. It's a way to show women that yes they are under represented, yes they are greatly outnumbered in all the mixed tournaments, but they are still welcome and there is a place for them.

    Hopefully if we can show women that and get more of them playing professionally, then in a few years time we'll have a better balance and there won't be any need for 'female only' tournaments. Can you argue that this is sexist against men? That it's a double standard? Absolutely, and I couldn't fairly say you were wrong. But given that these mixed tournaments are still likely to be virtually men only in all but name anyway, it would be pretty god damn petty to complain about it.
    Reply +2
  • Grid Autosport review

  • Fox89 24/06/2014

    @Rogueywon That stuff isn't in there on this one. There's an English woman who gives a bit of front end tutorial stuff, a quite F1-like race engineer, and that's it.

    I've not encountered anybody using the word "stoked," for example!
    Reply +9
  • How Nintendo is reinventing the shooter with Splatoon

  • Fox89 20/06/2014

    As a big RPG fan, I was expecting Xenoblade to be the thing that made me say "Right, time to get a Wii U". And while that was indeed the case, Splatoon did the same thing.

    The bit that really grabbed me in the trailer was where there was a ramp that couldn't be used, but then it got splattered with ink and the player turned into a squid and flung themselves up the ramp to reach a new bit of the map.

    That looked all sorts of fun. I'm in.
    Reply +34
  • Enemy Front review

  • Fox89 18/06/2014

    Honestly surprised at this review considering the chap at RPS seemed to quite like it. Maybe that means the PC version is less bug ridden?

    A pity as I've just been looking for something to scratch that WWII itch recently. Like a more historically accurate Wolfenstein or an old Call of Duty.
    Reply +21
  • Video: Dealing with other humans and synthetics in Alien Isolation

  • Fox89 12/06/2014

    I was worried at first when I heard you got guns and there were human enemies around, but it definitely doesn't look like it's turning into generic FPS with some tense alien bits thrown in.

    I really like how one of the weapons against hostile humans is the alien itself.
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  • Final Fantasy Type-0 coming to PS4 and Xbox One

  • Fox89 11/06/2014

    While it seems rather odd not to have a Vita version, I am so delighted that this is finally seeing a western release and that I finally have a reason to buy a PS4! Reply 0
  • Evolution addresses DriveClub micro-transactions concern

  • Fox89 23/05/2014

    @Stuvok Those weren't created by the developers of the games they were used on though, they were third party tools that allowed you to hack the game. Nintendo even filed a law suit to try and prevent game genie being distributed in the U.S. Reply 0
  • Fox89 22/05/2014

    @DwarfyP The complaint is not that they're ruining my experience (as somebody who won't use the micro transactions), but that they're ripping off the people who WILL use them.

    You have paid full price for the game. You should not be being asked to pay money again in order to access that content when you like. If a developer doesn't want to program in a 'quick unlock' cheat, then that's their prerogative. But if they do put one in, there is no consumer friendly reason to charge money for it.

    All they are giving you is exactly what you used to get in a cheat code, but now there's a price tag. Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A will now set you back 50 cents a go.
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