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  • Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition PC/Mac release date announced

  • GamesConnoisseur 22/10/2014

    Got all those Black Isle classic PC games, but the ports on iPad is my most played on, portability and bedside gaming.

    So I need to ask myself who do I always bother to grab the PC version, even when I still have workable PC CD versions and yet then followed up with mobile (ipad) version?!!

    Hard to ignore such pieces of classic, that I ll happily pay for twice and hopefully the publishers realise there's still demand and market for such games.

    By the way I got Divinity recently and will certainly get Torment, Pillars even if no ipad version.
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  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

  • GamesConnoisseur 15/10/2014

    Would those same anonymous American men who vilify Feminists, stoutly defends the US constitution to the death? Including the bit about the freedom of speech ?!

    What contractions, of course most of us questions such laws that permits concealed lethal weapons, those States wouldn't permit people to carry concealed cleavers for the purpose of personal defence! Yet cleavers are much less dangerous than a gun!
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  • Video: Watch us play The Evil Within from 5pm BST

  • GamesConnoisseur 14/10/2014

    @ToiletDuck

    Also on the PS4, texture pop ins, not so much as more of a delay in the LOD swopping.

    That's happen so often to break immersion, I honestly am not bothered by borders as I think it's fits the artistic style.

    Game play mechanics, need to play bit further to acclimate to the game and see if it's gel together.

    Alien Isolation, got some mixed reviews but I totally get what Creative Assembly was going for, Alien as a singular focus with the orginial movie as a template for everything in the game. I m loving it but understood it's would have been far better if edited down a bit.

    Evil Within was something I looked forward to for a long while. But plays very much like last gen game.

    Maybe it's my expectations and hype meeting the real stuff!
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  • GamesConnoisseur 14/10/2014

    I was expecting a bit more, it's doesn't yet really grabbed me as much as the first hour of RE4 did, RE Remake, or SH2.

    Seem trying hard to be all these things, yet there's a good game struggling to get out of a heavily last gen low budget by small team feel. Sure there's great artistic direction but marred by textures pop in and such imperfections we hoped to see back of next gen.

    I m sure I will enjoy playing but can't help be disappointed with missed chance to make the most of this.

    Roll on Silent Hills.
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  • DriveClub dev "had confidence" servers would work

  • GamesConnoisseur 13/10/2014

    @KopparbergDave

    Compared to driving against AI in Forza Horizon 2, they behave more like a human racers, as opposed to all AI cars driving like being on a fixed train line!

    You would have to account for that while driving in DC, not as fun really. Of course online where it's better but then again servers issue not helping.
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  • Face-Off: Alien: Isolation

  • GamesConnoisseur 12/10/2014

    Playing it on PS4, about 6-7 hours in, could have done 60 fps?!! It's still got uneven frames like others said, so higher frames rate would mean more smoother experience?! Likely not!

    I suspect if you take away all the frills like volumetric smokes then u can get 60 fps easily!
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  • The making of Forza Horizon 2

  • GamesConnoisseur 11/10/2014

    @BadAssbab

    Likewise I got both games, gave both full one hour yesterday. I was having far more fun with FH2 and I would say that the efforts placed in vistas in DC were mostly superior.

    But that it, it's just a damned vistas that you cannot drive to, I feared the force field walls on side of road in DC would be too restrictive but actually you do have a bit of a room to cut corners. But of course it's a road racing game purely and you don't have the absolute freedom of FH2.

    I came away far more impressed with FH2 as even WITH the open world, they still manage to showcase a pretty looking game.

    The gulf between DC and FH2 is not that great but it's there, but more like smoke and mirrors for one.

    Still both game are worth playing, I just wait for DC servers issues to get resolved so I can give it a proper go.
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  • Sony "temporarily holding back" DriveClub's free PlayStation Plus edition

  • GamesConnoisseur 09/10/2014

    @mushi_mush

    I had exact same problems but with L1 shoulder buttons on BOTH PS4 controllers, I m left handed so maybe i m too strong and stressed it out?

    Still I think PS4 controller aren't robustly made and forcing me to shell out THIRD controller.
    Reply +3
  • DriveClub review

  • GamesConnoisseur 07/10/2014

    I preordered DriveClub on the strength of Sony and PS4 fans's hype, to my shame I didn't preorder Forza Horizon 2 but certainly loved the demo and planning to get it.

    Ouch, so not everything is necessarily going PS4's way! DriveClub was supposed to be one of the PS4 big exclusive this side of Christmas.

    So it's look like gonna be Xbox One's Christmas to have, Masterchief collection (single disk of over 100 online PvP), Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset Overdrive (if this doesn't bomb as bad as DriveClub but I doubt it).

    Stillm gonna give DriveClub a good go!
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  • UK chart: Shadow of Mordor biggest launch for a game based on Lord of the Rings

  • GamesConnoisseur 06/10/2014

    Xbox One version of SoM at 41% not to be sniffed at, but from EG comment posts, I would have been under the impression that it's would be way less than 25%!

    Forza Horizon 2 is other game that I want to get my hands on, also preordered digital DriveClub, but too busy with Destiny to even play SoM.

    The problem will only get much, much worse before end of the year. The Evil Within, Alpha Centauri's follow up and so on.

    First world problem and a multi platform owner problem!
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  • The patch helps, but Destiny still has a loot problem

  • GamesConnoisseur 02/10/2014

    @SlyRebirth

    Difficult to arrange mates to play together not just on VoG but also weekly strike and nightfall!

    Did manage a few weekly strike, not yet got through nightfall or VoG, but last night with my level 27 Sunsinger Warlock, managed to beat weekly heroic strike on my own.

    Really just to see if it was possible! Barely but crucially the resurrection ability of Sunsinger class made all the difference.

    Now it's a challenge to self to try all future weekly strike on own at least once! Watching your flanks, defensive positioning all the time.

    Having suitable long distance gear like exotic scout rifle and legendary shotgun to get out of trouble when swarmed in.
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  • What did Alien director Ridley Scott actually do for Halo: Nightfall?

  • GamesConnoisseur 01/10/2014

    Forward unto Dawn was far better than I thought it would be, so if this TV series is of similar quality. Count me in!

    Whether Ridley is just a name or more than that, it's always more about a big team effort, there's a large back staff who make its all come together anyway.
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  • Does the Vex Mythoclast gun break Destiny PvP?

  • GamesConnoisseur 30/09/2014

    @michaeldavidcobbbowe

    Are you that dense?! Quake Live would still be unbalanced, actually there's nothing out there that's balanced according to your definition!

    When we argue for better balancing, we aren't asking to remove more skilled players. But level playing field, which will still see dominations by a more skilled team.

    Put it another way, in the hands of your equal in all things in PvP, the one you lose/win against equally, suddenly carries the aforesaid OP exotic weapon and now you only can win 1 out of 20 times.

    Still fun to play? When you are almost literally using just a bow and arrows vs the most advanced BFG!
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  • Super Smash Bros. 3DS review

  • GamesConnoisseur 26/09/2014

    Before this week, I wouldn't imagine a Forza game scoring 9/10 and a Super Smash Bro Melee 7/10.

    I always planned on getting both, demo of FH2 I enjoyed far more than I thought, a true freedom of going anywhere and delighted with how MS and Playground pushing the franchise (dropping MTs a must anyway!), and wished Nintendo would push the envelope of SSBM much further, to add new ways of experiencing one of the gamers' favourite franchise.
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  • Titanfall IMC Rising map pack out tomorrow

  • GamesConnoisseur 24/09/2014

    @Wander

    What about the pilot in the Titan?!

    If remote control, wouldn't operator pilot heard the fall?

    Finally if fully automated, wouldn't the computer registers the successful fall?

    I know I m being pedantic!
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  • See Halo: The Master Chief Collection's Gungoose in action

  • GamesConnoisseur 17/09/2014

    Playing Destiny at moment, fairly ok game with some great moments in co op, however what it's only does is to make my anticipation for Master Chief Collection ever greater!

    As if Destiny was just a very tasty starter for the upcoming main course!
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  • Microsoft buys Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5bn

  • GamesConnoisseur 15/09/2014

    Leave aside the suppositions/fears of Minecraft 2 going exclusive/timed exclusive on Xbox platforms, or DLC exclusive/timed exclusive.

    Now just digest the idea that Minecraft and its sequels being multiplatform forever more, should that be the case, means all non Xbox owners Minecraft lovers, WHO literally loathes MS will be having no choice possibly to hand over their money directly to MS?! That the title Microsoft Studios will also appear on Playstation consoles.

    How such people will deal with this? That they will be contributing towards MS's 2.5 billion dollars, every cent will help, if it will take MS long eons to get back the money!
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  • Face-Off: Destiny

  • GamesConnoisseur 13/09/2014

    PS4 hobbled, suffered, capped etc etc cos of damn parity with Xbox One etc etc

    Same messaging going round and round, few things to consider;

    Would Sony have agreed to grab the association between Playstation and Destiny and marketing for an unspecified sum, if Activison and Bungie were going to hold back '90%' of GPU/CPU unused (as what plenty people seem to believe) just to get a damn parity?!

    Whilst Xbox One clearly by any yardstick less powerful than PS4, but it's still much more powerful than PS3, X360, Wii U and the gulf with the PS4 are much far shorter than the distance between PS4 and PC. Ergo it's not impossible to see Xbox One and PS4 being more similar than PC and the consoles. Obviously depends on the game engine.

    Bungie is an old hand with Xbox and Xbox 360, it's their FIRST time with a big game for both PS4 AND Xbox One, therefore they wouldn't have yet fully coded to the max on either console, however both console's infrastructure are so much more similar to each other and to PC than in previous gens. So it's hardly a suprise that Bungie managed to get a very similar looking game!

    Lastly, its would greatly disturb some people's worldview if Xbox One is not nearly as incapable of performing as well as their precious PS4!!

    DISCLAIMER: I got both consoles and both version of Destiny, my son's got his on his Xbox and a PS4 in my man cave, been playing lot more on Xbox cos of the friends list. But prefers PS4's look purely cos of better quality TV in my basement 'office'.
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  • David Braben says The Outsider "probably is gone for good"

  • GamesConnoisseur 11/09/2014

    @Bertie

    Bad joke? Not really, if we aren't able to refer a bit cheekily to the independence campaign whatever the outcome on either side, then we would be really in trouble due to bitterness, sensitivity and so forth.

    I chuckled at the humour, regardless how particularly those of us living in the North East, on the border, will probably get affected both ways!

    Scottish folks getting far better share per head than us or we deal with the fallout of the secession/independence ... and getting jealous!
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  • Performance Analysis: Destiny on Xbox One

  • GamesConnoisseur 11/09/2014

    As reported elsewhere, 30 fps on consoles doesn't come across as bad as 30 fps on PC for whatever reasons I didn't grasps fully.

    So I m playing on how I actually perceive, as I got both versions actually, preordered PS4 long ago, but got XB1 as well cos of my son.

    I got more online mates on Xbox Live too, anyway X1 and PS4 is pretty close match, far more than most other multi platform games to date, so congrats to Bungie.

    However PS4 come across a bit better in colours, but that could be because I got newer Samsung Smart TV 3DTV with PS4 in my basement office while my son XB1 got older Panasonic Plasma 1080p.

    So not certain if slight better tones, colour ranges due to TV models or the consoles but performance a very close match, no tearings I can see and so on.
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  • Destiny guide

  • GamesConnoisseur 10/09/2014

    @Kiliko

    It's very complex a game.... For the COD crowd.
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  • Destiny thrills, but the big picture rings hollow

  • GamesConnoisseur 10/09/2014

    @Britesparc

    You could play the game on your own in Story mode, will see other players roaming around but in the campaign, there are key story sections termed as 'darkness', which basically mean you won't be joined by anyone wandering into your campaign accidentally.

    Unless you invited co op players into your party (max of 3-Firefight team) for the story mode.

    There's co op focused Strike missions, also max of 3, but it's my favourite mode, could try do on own, but no fun with real big bullet sponge bosses. Three players working together, reviving and using super powers to feed each other power meter.

    But largely, Destiny certainly not suited to players who won't want to play with anyone. As nearly everything there is designed around firefight team, multi players or passerby.
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  • Microsoft pledges to replace batch of noisy Xbox One consoles

  • GamesConnoisseur 10/09/2014

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  • GamesConnoisseur 10/09/2014

    @SeeNoWeevil

    In my case, no problem with orginial Xbox, one RROD with X360 (lucky me?!), one PS2 DVD laser Len and FIVE YLODs of fat PS3.

    Five...ConsoleDoctor been good as they offered me a repair under the repair warranty.

    Don't believe me?

    Ask me to paste in my account history with ConsoleDoctor.com

    So my perception versus Sony and Microsoft may not be the same as everyone!
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  • Halo review

  • GamesConnoisseur 07/09/2014

    Great game indeed, I was around then but not as a registered EG member, took me a few other years before I plunged in!

    I thought the review was fair, as I was too more of a PC FPS corridor user, also played N64 and Dreamcast but ignored the Playstation until PS2.

    But the more I played Halo, the more I appreicated its game mechanics, as was then getting tired of saving anytime, as in always just reloads an optimal save points. And fired everything endlessly, as I carried all the weapons and just hoovered up the ammos and the health packs.

    Halo was an important moment, when it shown you can plays FPS a bit differently and more creatively. Most of all THAT AI mechanics, that was so wonderfully fun to play against. Halo's AI still stands up well today versus recent shooters' even if Halo's other aspects had aged a bit!
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  • Google refunding $19m to those whose kids bought in-app purchases

  • GamesConnoisseur 06/09/2014

    My two kids had phones since they were 7/8 years old and in the past four years, including tablets, not ONE penny on IAP.

    But I m not going to be foolish if I believe they will never ever, its not that I and my wife are very strict or successful parents. We are equally tired, stressed out put upon parents as everyone.

    How come not one penny so far?

    We never given them password, told them, or let them see! We also warn them after entering the password for them, we will know if they try to enter another stuff soon after.

    May be a big hassle of being asked to enter the password, but we get to know what they are doing, interested in and get a conversation about those stuff. They know we say no to IAP every time, unless its a solid add on to the game, ie new campaign instead of pay to win, which it's almost never is!

    Still remain astounded how often, other children had access to password. These IAPs are often designed AT children, and these companies are delighted when these children got full access to password.

    Just don't give it to them, and type it in yourself. That way you are protecting them from the IAP predators.
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  • Microsoft UK confirms it is behind cheeky Destiny fragrance ad

  • GamesConnoisseur 05/09/2014

    It's a cheeky joke, that what it is! I prefers MS or indeed any company that are capable of doing that than just being apparent outwardly indifferent.

    Chill pill, as if position reversed, some complaints here will be instantly turned to admirations!

    Both are as bad as each other at various point of time.
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  • Here's a video of Destiny's exclusive PlayStation map

  • GamesConnoisseur 03/09/2014

    It's look almost like just another unexplored part of Old Russia! So if you didn't play on this level, doesn't look like you ll miss a lot! Reply +2
  • Video: Assassin's Creed Unity's new parkour and combat explored

  • GamesConnoisseur 03/09/2014

    @Melonfodder

    Ditto!!
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  • Five talking points from Diablo 3's 2.1 patch

  • GamesConnoisseur 03/09/2014

    'Start of the show'?!

    Star of the show obviously!
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  • Editor's blog: A brief note about "GamerGate"

  • GamesConnoisseur 03/09/2014

    Internet as a whole rather than gaming hobby, yep, anonymity is the biggest factor.

    People don't really scream 'rape that woman' in front of their own family, friends or workmate!

    Take away the anonymity, or make it very easy to get to the real name behind tag/avatar 95% of all the ragings will get evaporated.
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  • Minecraft Xbox One release date confirmed

  • GamesConnoisseur 03/09/2014

    My son who returned to school yesterday, was completely annoyed that the MC (Xbox One) didn't meet it's expected release date, said its near well useless to release after the long summer holidays, when kids everywhere would have been well entertained during August.

    He will be both very happy and cross when I tell him the news that it's out this Friday!

    Nah, he will know by now! Playground gossips are a lot sharper it seem these days.
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  • The worst games I've ever played, by Ellie Gibson

  • GamesConnoisseur 28/08/2014

    Had some fun reading your article, down the years, all the very best Ellie. Reply 0
  • The Last of Us getting two new multiplayer maps for free

  • GamesConnoisseur 22/08/2014

    Patience is not my best virtue and as a result only played MP once, I hated faffing about waiting and so its a good news that they are fixing it. Reply 0
  • Bungie on the Destiny level cap, raids and game size

  • GamesConnoisseur 21/08/2014

    The interview above doesn't help!

    You can self organise at tower..... How?!?!!

    Dancing? Nope

    Typing in tower wide shout message? Doesn't exist

    Adding in individual stranger gamertag to Xbox Live or PSN, for friends request, only to get 99% rejection! and out of 1% acceptance, 99% rejected Raid request as too busy, already committed elsewhere or so on!

    Looks like a most painful way of getting six together at any time, I said that as experienced GoW3 Horde campaigner and reached 50th wave with 4 other mates.

    It's took lots of planning just to get together, Bungie need to make it very easy for any group to get together at the Tower, ie allocating a space for a Raid to get organised. Otherwise it ll be out of reach to many.
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  • Dragon Age Keep images reveal Inquisition world state questionnaire

  • GamesConnoisseur 21/08/2014

    @icematt12

    Mass Effect 4 or likely without a number, is said to be not a sequel to the story arc. So suppose it will only registers the larger choices, Geth etc and nothing much on NPCs or Shepherd.

    DA:I will requires both DAO and DA2 plots to ensure continuity.

    Keep sounds like a good idea but what about those who didn't use the app but played both or either previous DA game(s)?!
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  • Minecraft PS4 technical issues cast doubt over August release date

  • GamesConnoisseur 21/08/2014

    @The-Jack-Burton

    Retreading your posts a few times, made no sense to me!

    Because Sony adopted zero region locking, they cannot use global certification?! Whereas to me its would make a perfect marriage!

    Rather its Sony's corporation culture and where each region maintains its fiefdom and control, and MS are more centralised.

    Long term user of both system, always preferred MS's more fairer treatments of regions to Sony's (price differences, delays or no show over the past generation).

    However its a different issue re PSN+ offerings over the rival.
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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare not coming to Wii U

  • GamesConnoisseur 21/08/2014

    I m loving my family's Wii U, both for family entertainment and for solo gaming with likes of Zelda HD port and looking forward to Bayonetta 1/2, X etc.

    What's is evident is that Wii U doesn't not only have appeal for publishers but wider gaming community, casual users or hardcore alike. Just look at the numbers of posts since article first appeared last Thursday.

    78 posts so far!

    Whereas a day or two in equally headline grabbing topic for Xbox One or PS4 would generates up to thousand or half that.

    Know what? I doesn't give a fig a long as Nintendo still produces the good and the few third party publishers, just as it's been in N64 and GameCube days.

    Far, far preferable to the masses of me too rushes of Wii shovelware titles from third parties, and as others say most will get multiplatform titles like COD etc on Xboxes/Playstations or PC over Wii U anyway.
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  • Forza Horizon 2 proves the driving genre is back at its best

  • GamesConnoisseur 20/08/2014

    MS haters won't really see anything positive to say re FH2, if its was being developed for Sony and PS4, they would likely sing a different tune!

    Don't bother trying to argue the positives, I think its look just fine but I m sitting on the fence about the game until it's been reviewed and stress tested by game buying public, as my problem is I usually never bother to finish or get very far with racing/car sim games. Bored to death with GT5 etc etc

    So question is more about how much of my interest would FH2 be able to maintain? Variety of things to do? AI opponents? MP features? Competing with mates AI/lap times and so forth.

    These factors are more important than the eye candy effects in keeping my interest!
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  • Sony confirms "reduction in workforce" at inFamous dev Sucker Punch

  • GamesConnoisseur 20/08/2014

    Sony are just a business like everyone else, if their competitors looks like they will never be able to catch up, and third parties/partners are making exclusives games for them. Why take far more risk to continue to subsidies first party games?

    Just make enough, let everything rolls and rake in the money!!

    Of course its bit more than that but I m hoping people realise Sony aren't in it out of goodwill and as the wider Sony corporation aren't in a perfect financial health, and so the entertainment division needs to be more effective and be as lean as possible.
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  • As Table Top Racing hits Vita, WipEout co-creator turns attention to PS4

  • GamesConnoisseur 06/08/2014

    @PurpleHaizu

    The same

    PS4 is a great console, but its could well have been a GameBoxCube without having Wipeout to christen it a 100% Playstation!
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  • 170 Halo: The Master Chief Collection Mjolnir Edition has 12" Master Chief statue

  • GamesConnoisseur 06/08/2014

    Limited edition at only so little above the vanilla is now looking like a great damn bargain compared to that frivolous 170 edition! Reply 0
  • GameStop is drastically simplifying its trade-in values

  • GamesConnoisseur 06/08/2014

    Is GameStop stores even in UK?

    I m far up North enough, Newcastle, so that I wouldn't always know what's current in King's Landing, er London or elsewhere!
    Reply +29
  • BioShock 1 announced for iPhone and iPad

  • GamesConnoisseur 04/08/2014

    KOTOR on iPad had suprising well thought touch screen control method where you can easily change to running pace and controlling direction of run too. Very important for exploring maps type of game like KOTOR, but had no problem with the combat as it's essentially a turn based game what with pause being key to the winning strategy.

    However that said, I won't bother with BioShock, as GTAIII experience taught me you can't put shooter/fast action console game on touchscreen and hope to get away with it!

    KOTOR yes, BioShock no.
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  • Unsubscribe?

  • GamesConnoisseur 02/08/2014

    Wake up man! Sony's decision to oppose got nothing to do with the best interest of 'fellow gamers' everywhere but corporation's own interest!

    Playstation Now.

    Of course as a serious gamer I m already more biased toward Playstation Now over EA's offering but I ain't blind as to think that Sony are speaking for us!!

    EA is offering good value for those that want to take it, it's not forced on us! Setting bad example, well I damn rather EA does this than MTs!!
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  • F2P MMO Neverwinter confirmed for Xbox One

  • GamesConnoisseur 30/07/2014

    @oceanmotion

    Back this up please, yes certainly that been true in the past, but with Destiny Beta, PSN subscription required for online play. So what's to say that this new policy won't applies to all PS titles?!
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  • August's PlayStation Plus free games include Fez, Crysis 3

  • GamesConnoisseur 30/07/2014

    @Mar27w

    If only a month subscriber then obviously won't show its value, as much as a person who been subscriber from day one would like me.

    What more as I got all three platforms, the value from single subscription over the past years been simply astronomical! Paid for itself many times.

    I m delighted that MS finally relented and starting to follow the PSN+ route! likewise will take them a while to get it to the standard Sony got now.
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  • Sony says EA Access program isn't "good value"

  • GamesConnoisseur 30/07/2014

    Sounds to me like Sony is getting a bit too cocky' give them a couple of years we will likely see the Sony of old bring back to its usual ways!! Reply +2
  • EA Access gives players access to triple-A games for $5 a month

  • GamesConnoisseur 29/07/2014

    1: Sony wouldn't want a big competition to their own subscription service is a correct assumption I think, but don't think EA new service will be the only one. I expect more big publishers to offer similar at some point.

    2. I am not keen on sports titles and EA portfolio is so full of sports and so I think I might give this a miss, but if I was offered to play a good variety of titles for that price, how would I say no?!!

    3. Good for Xbox One owners if they managed to snag a service with MS assistance, boo hissing just cos its on X1 just hypocritical as if it was provided on PS4, we ll hear a different tunes?! Console is just console and X1 surely need this more than PS4 to have a more level playing field?!

    In all a good idea but will wait and see how it ll go in long run.
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  • Bungie reassures fans disappointed that Destiny only has one playable area per planet

  • GamesConnoisseur 28/07/2014

    So if the first version of game just got 4 areas/planets then Playstation exclusive contents are even more valuable innit?! Reply -1