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  • Bethesda's anti-consumer review policy comes as no surprise

  • Killerbee 26/10/2016

    "Don't pre-order" is undoubtedly good advice. I've almost managed to stick to it this year, with Uncharted 4 being my one exception.

    I do understand the temptation for gamers to be there playing day one and enjoy being caught up in the buzz of a new title though.

    If there's one thing I miss most compared to gaming in the early 360 / PS3 generation, it's the sense of shared discovery about a game.

    To take one franchise as an example - when Demon's Souls was still an import-only oddity, it was a huge source of excitement to discuss the game with other players and puzzle things out together. Dark Souls maintained this to a large extent too.

    But by the time of Dark Souls 3, the internet was awash with full walkthroughs and guides before the game had even released. It's like the gaming press were desperate to soil the experience for everyone in the hunt for clicks.

    You see the same everywhere now from massive games like Destiny to indie puzzlers. There's a guide and an article listing every secret within a game before your average player has even a chance of stumbling on it themselves.

    Eurogamer is complicit in this too, I should say.

    So I guess I'm torn - I kind of support the levelling of the playing field so we all get to play at the same time (although youtubers and twitch streamers getting early access should definitely never be a thing) but I do still value professionally written reviews to aid my buying decisions.

    I suppose it comes down to this:

    I want reviews, not spoilers. Buying advice, not guides. I want early access and pre order bonuses to die a horrible death. Let us enjoy gaming again as a shared entertainment experience.
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  • The Overwatch kid who challenged ageist stereotypes

  • Killerbee 14/10/2016

    I'm 38 now, and with hindsight, I think I was better at games before puberty too. Certainly my kids now beat me at Mario Kart. Oh the shame... Reply +3
  • Destiny: Rise of Iron raid has its hard mode release date

  • Killerbee 07/10/2016

    I've been really enjoying Iron Banner. I much prefer objective based games to straight death match, and on the whole even randoms seem to work out its best to stick together in this one.

    I've managed to go from 351 to 356 light so far, purely off the back of IB bounties and drops.

    I still feel some way off being ready for the Raid though...
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  • Destiny: Rise of Iron review

  • Killerbee 04/10/2016

    My take on this is that there's nothing in Rise of Iron to really tempt back lapsed players, let alone win new converts. The story is passable, but the writing and characters feel unengaging, especially compared to Taken King.

    Story missions are good, but completed all too quickly and there's nowhere near as much post-campaign content on offer. The Patrol zone is a little too empty and the Archon's Forge public arena is always empty when you drop in. (It is great fun when you do get a game going with a few other players though)

    PvP is as it was before. I've not tried the Raid yet as I'm still in the low 350s in terms of Light level.

    Overall, it's good for established fans, but I think the efforts to prevent the no-job ultra-hardcore rinsing it and hitting the level cap within days has unfairly hindered the sense of progression for the remaining 99.5% of players who have lives to lead outside of the game.

    There's still a lot to like in terms of the core gameplay, but I think Bungie needs to stop pandering to the Twitch / Youtube minority who are seeking to complete everything as soon as possible (and spoil every surprise the game might contain), and balance progression to keep it fun for the rest of us.

    Here's hoping they learn a lesson for Destiny 2.
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  • Amazon Prime now includes Twitch Prime subscription

  • Killerbee 03/10/2016

    On a related note, I had an email from Amazon over the weekend saying my Prime sub entitled me to 2 off certain game pre-orders.

    Is this a new thing? I seem to remember it happening in the US but don't remember the UK being included until now.

    I also noticed most pre-order games had gone up in price by 2.... so yeah... thanks for nothing and two fingers up to non-Prime customers seemed to sum it up.
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  • Behind the Scenes on Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit

  • Killerbee 01/10/2016

    Love the show. I definitely hope it gets a second series.

    I also went to Steve and Rob's "WiFi Wars" show earlier in the week. It was utterly brilliant and i highly recommend it to gamers old and young. Best night out I've had in ages. (Google it - the UK tour is on at the moment.)
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  • Destiny 2 will launch for PC, characters may be left behind - reports

  • Killerbee 28/09/2016

    I've put many hours into Destiny but I'm absolutely fine with them starting over for Destiny 2.

    Creating a new character and gaining abilities, upgrading gear and so on is part of the fun. I've done it three times over with Destiny 1 - one of each class - and would be excited to do it again.

    I'm not sure the alternative of a Metroid-style sudden loss of everything you've come to find so familiar, just so you can earn it back again, would really work with Destiny.

    I'd much rather see new classes and sub-class abilities to learn.
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  • The push and pull of Destiny's microtransactions

  • Killerbee 27/09/2016

    I don't have too much of a problem with the whole Silver economy as long as the loot remains purely cosmetic - which, so far, it has.

    Rep boosters are easy enough to come by and the game offers plenty of ways to boost your ranking up with the various factions.

    I gladly bought Rise of Iron and if this stuff funds a few events and mini-expansions over the next 12 months, that's fine by me. Better that than they ask for another 25-40 for it in my opinion.
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  • Time crisis: Is this the end of the light gun?

  • Killerbee 10/09/2016

    I think my first introduction to light gun games was Operation Wolf on the Spectrum +3. It was brilliant fun.

    I think I still have Time Crisis and my PSOne gun somewhere in the loft. Doubtful it'll ever see the light of day again I suppose.

    The Wii has some worthwhile efforts in the genre though (those Resi Evil games) and Dead Space Extraction was good with Move on PS3.

    I wonder if VR might give it a new lease of life in a roundabout way?
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  • Bungie talks Destiny: Rise of Iron's future events, wolves and raid

  • Killerbee 02/09/2016

    I understand why matchmaking for Raids is such a point of concern but I do think Bungie is right to resist the calls to offer it. Raids in Destiny do demand much more in terms of communication and co-ordination than any other content the game offers. I just can't see them working with random parties.

    King's Fall, for instance, needs the following:

    - everyone to have a mic
    - everyone to speak the same language
    - everyone to be at roughly the right light level to hold their own
    - complementary classes (e.g. a couple of Titans for Oryx)

    Plus, of course, a bit of staying power and commitment to complete the thing - there's nothing worse than rage quitters or people who expect to be carried through. Making people put in that bit of effort to use LFG at least ensures they're serious about playing the game.


    All that said, I do think Bungie should add Matchmaking to the Nightfall and Challenge of Elders modes - there is no reason those other end game activities can't be matchmade, and it would at least give everyone a chance to pursue end game gear.

    To anyone who's never tried LFG and wants to raid, I would honestly just say: please just give it a go. I've only ever raided via LFG groups and the majority of them have been really good bunches of people who are happy to help, advise and have fun playing the game. Just be honest about your experience (or lack of) and ask questions. If someone is a dick about you being a first time raider, it's not worth playing with them. Most groups are actually happy to help out newbies.
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  • Catch up with today's 3DS Nintendo Direct here

  • Killerbee 01/09/2016

    I hate to say it, but this is another disappointing effort from Nintendo. Pikmin might be worth keeping an eye on, but Mario Maker 3DS seems pointless if you can't share your creations.

    I think what frustrates me most about the 3DS - and WiiU - is Nintendo's unwillingness to develop some of its best core franchises. Sure, there are exceptions and some new successes (Splatoon) but not enough of them.

    Basically, I want to see a new Advance Wars on 3DS and proper Metroid game for NX and I won't be happy until I do.
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  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided tops UK chart but Human Revolution sales were "much stronger"

  • Killerbee 30/08/2016

    Agreed. The whole No Man's Sky thing has put it into perspective for me. I'm actually glad I didn't buy it on release as it sounds as though there might be a much better game waiting for me if I pick it up in 6 months' time.

    And I do still intend to play it!

    I'm currently wondering whether I need to play The Last Guardian on release.... After all, I've waited a console generation and a half, so what's a few more months?!
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  • Killerbee 30/08/2016

    I imagine I'm not alone in just not buying games on release any more. I've had just one pre-order this year (Uncharted 4) and otherwise been quite happy chipping away at my backlog and picking up new games for a fraction of the price once they're a few months old.

    I'm currently playing The Order: 1886 (which is pretty good value at a sub-20 asking price) and look forward to getting into MGS V next.
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  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force may point to a Metroid Prime 4

  • Killerbee 19/08/2016

    Metroid Prime was the reason I bought a GameCube and Corruption was a key factor for me to get a Wii.

    I skipped WiiU but I think it's fair to say that a new Metroid Prime title would be a big, big incentive for me to give NX a chance under my TV - much more so than Zelda or a new Mario.

    Come on Nintendo... You know it makes sense...
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  • Destiny's PlayStation-exclusive content stays exclusive for longer than expected

  • Killerbee 19/08/2016

    As a PS4 player who never got Jade Rabbit or Zen Meteor to drop in nearly a year of playing, this annoys me too.

    I really can't see how this benefits anyone - surely anyone still playing this game has made their platform choice by now?
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  • Curt Schilling's Kingdoms of Amalur company cleared of criminal charges

  • Killerbee 01/08/2016

    I really liked this game - the thing that let it down most was the cliche-ridden, sub-Tolkien lore and writing. After the main story was done, I skipped most of the dialogue and don't feel I missed anything at all.

    But the combat was really good fun and I liked the way you could completely redo you character development from scratch and change from a Mage to a rogue to a warrior build just by spending a little in-game cash.

    Shame there was never any sequel.
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  • Is Capcom about to announce a new Dragon's Dogma?

  • Killerbee 29/07/2016

    Despite its many imperfections, Dragon's Dogma ended up being one of my favourite games of the last console generation.

    The Pawns were a brilliant concept and I spent easily as much time carefully developing my Pawn into the best Sorceress / Mage she could be as I spent on my own Arisen characters.

    The thought of what could be done on current hardware to push concepts like the Ur-Dragon fight is really exciting.

    (I know I shouldn't get my hopes up too much... But Capcom really do need to make this happen.)
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  • Sony has nearly 21m PlayStation Plus subscribers

  • Killerbee 29/06/2016

    @elchongo When you consider the PS3 and Vita games in each month's "free" bundle, it's pretty good value. I've never been short of something to play, put it that way.

    But I do think it's probably time they dropped the PS3 and Vita down to 1 game per month and boosted the PS4 package a bit - say, 3 games one of which should be a retail AAA title.

    I think that'd keep the majority of their subscribers happy (well, happier).
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  • Microsoft's mixed messages at E3 aren't pretty for Xbox One owners

  • Killerbee 16/06/2016

    Whilst I agree with a lot of the concerns in this article about the future of Xbox, one thing all this has made me want to do is invest in some decent upgrades for my PC.

    I wonder if Microsoft would consider that a success?
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  • The E3 bulletin: Tuesday

  • Killerbee 14/06/2016

    There seem to be a few concerns about how the announcement of Scorpio will affect Xbox 1 (and X1S) sales, but I'm wondering more about how Scorpio hopes to compete against medium-to-high end PCs.

    Especially since all these games are coming to Windows 10 anyway.

    I wonder if Microsoft's real goal is to turn Xbox into a software delivery platform, rather than a hardware platform. A bit like Steam machines was envisaged.

    I think I'd actually be quite interested in that tbh.
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  • We don't know why Sony's making PS4K, but there are plenty of reasons it shouldn't

  • Killerbee 10/06/2016


    Because they've seen Apple release "S" updates to their iPhones every other year and they want a piece of that cash from two groups of people:

    1. Those for whom only the very latest and best tech will do; and

    2. Latecomers who might now be tempted by a new model.

    All I'm hoping is that the PS4K doesn't invalidate the PS4 I already own. I'm perfectly happy with my iPhone 6, even with the 6S out there. PS4 needs to be the same.

    Tbh my biggest worry is if Neo offers a fps advantage. Playing a console shooter or racer that pits 30fps players against 60fps players is blatantly unfair.

    A slight resolution boost over 1080p could also be an advantage I guess, but not so much. I reckon I could live with that.
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  • Apple iPhone SE review

  • Killerbee 24/04/2016

    I finally upgraded from my iPhone 4 to a 6 when Currys were selling the 128GB model for 499 a while back.

    Not sure that offer still exists, sadly, but even though the SE has since come along, I've no regrets. I like the slightly larger screen - and it still fits in a pocket fine.

    Okay I don't have the improved innards of the 6S or SE, but that doesn't really impact day to day. The battery life is fine too.

    Personally, I reckon finding a cheap 6 with more storage might be the best all round compromise.
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  • Destiny's April update welcomes back lapsed players, for now

  • Killerbee 19/04/2016

    I enjoyed returning, but it took me barely 3 hours to rinse through all the new content, meaning I'm back to the loot and light level grind.

    At least that grind has a few more options beyond the HM raid, and the more generous reward system is a definite improvement.

    I guess everyone's mileage may vary - how alluring is the endless quest for a new shiny...

    Personally, I'm pleased to be playing some other games for a bit.
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  • The secrets of Dark Souls lore explained and explored

  • Killerbee 15/04/2016

    "One of Dark Souls 2's greatest touches is that, if you enter the kiln to either link the fire or usher in an age of dark (the ending choices for Dark Souls) the same cutscene plays - showing your character entering the kiln and the door closing. Because it doesn't matter which one you choose, the cycle continues. There is no choice."

    Reading that makes me feel a bit sorry for Bioware over the whole Mass Effect 3 ending thing. :)

    This article was a great read btw. More like this please!
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  • What would you uninvent about modern games?

  • Killerbee 03/04/2016

    I would ditch enforced stealth.

    In fact, any aspect of mission or level design which seeks to restrict the way you play a game or limit your free use of a game's systems to make you play in a very specific way.

    If you build a sandbox, let me play in it the way I want to.
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  • Destiny will soon get microtransactions

  • Killerbee 06/10/2015

    To be fair, it sounds as though Bungie realise that trying to implement microtransactions for anything other than purely cosmetic items will cause uproar on the internet. Provided things stay that way, and if Bungie can use the cash to create some new Quests and gear from time to time and put it out for free, then this is a good thing. Reply +1
  • Activision reveals impressive Destiny: The Taken King launch stats, but not sales

  • Killerbee 17/09/2015

    Well I'm enjoying it a lot.

    Not finished the campaign yet (I think I've got two missions left) but everything I've played so far is much, much improved on the vanilla game.

    I like the "questification", and heading off to Mercury to gain my Titan's Sunbreaker class was a nice diversion. Even Patrol mode seems to have been stepped up.

    My only gripe is how easy it has been to get to the Level 40 cap (I was at 34 before TTK arrived), and that despite all Bungie's reassurances that they wanted to do away with grind-based levelling for "Light" and praying to RNGesus for random loot drops... I find myself at Level 40 praying for some decent Legendary gear to drop so I can push my light level that bit higher and take on some of the daily missions and Heroic Strikes.

    Maybe it'll improve when I do actually finish the campaign, but at this point, it feels like "40 is the new 20"...

    I look forward to EG's review, anyway!
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  • Destiny's big update 2.0 is now live

  • Killerbee 09/09/2015

    I totally agree - I'm probably in an easier position in that my 3rd Alt isn't at level 25 so I can always use the Spark of Light were getting from the Take King to boost myself beyond where I am now. I will be saving my gear of course!
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  • Killerbee 09/09/2015

    Had a brief play around on v2.0 this morning, after an overnight download.

    It seems pretty good.

    Nolandroid's new voice might take a bit of getting used to, but I probably need to hear it in the context of missions and cutscenes before I pass full judgement.

    The transfer over of my gear produced one unexpected consequence - many of my weapons seem to have had a free XP boost - several Exotics I was levelling up are now maxed, but strangely not all of them. I can't quite see any pattern here, but it's all good.

    The Speaker now sells Rare Ghost shells for Glimmer. I think I'm going to wait for TTK to launch before I buy anything, but it's nice to have.

    Quests seem well implemented. I immediately picked up some class-specific quests requiring me to kill 50 enemies with class abilities... hopefully they get more exciting than that, but hey... it's something to do.

    Faction rep also seems to work well. I paid 2500 Glimmer to (re-)join the Future War Cult, and it was good to see rep being earned for them alongside the Vanguard.

    Oh yes, I noticed that The Stranger's Rifle has now become a Legendary... I wonder if that might tie in with a quest to get the new "No Time To Explain" exotic??? Anyway, stats are a little lower than HoW Exotics, but still might be worth revisiting that gun.

    Most of all though, the changes have definitely made my mind up to roll a completely new character and start the game from scratch once TTK hits. Quests seem to make a big difference, so playing through the original campaign again, with Nolandroid and Quests and (hopefully) some new loot, should be good fun.
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  • Tearaway Unfolded review

  • Killerbee 07/09/2015

    Thanks! My interest is renewed!
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  • Killerbee 07/09/2015

    Wonderful game on Vita - and I'm seriously tempted by this. One thing -

    Do you need the ps4 camera to play it? (I don't have one and having to shell out 40 notes for a peripheral I probably won't use much besides this game is a bit of a concern)
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  • All Destiny players can try The Taken King's PVP next week

  • Killerbee 04/09/2015


    Incomplete Year One bounties will be auto-abandoned on 8th September, but incomplete Year One exotic bounties will be auto-completed.

    ... is awesome news for me. It means I'll get Thorn without having to slog through those 500 void kills in the Crucible!

    ... Just in time to see the gun get nerfed.

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  • Zero Escape 3 confirmed for Vita and 3DS

  • Killerbee 07/07/2015

    I played Virtue's Last Reward after it was free on PS+

    For me, it exemplifies why Plus can be so good - I'd never have bought the game in a million years, but it ended up being my favourite Vita title by a long distance. I saw every ending and got the Platinum trophy.

    You have to be prepared to spend more time reading than playing this game, but the story is more than good enough and you really need to see every ending too. I really can't recommend it enough.

    Very much looking forward to this and very glad they finally got to make the third game in the trilogy.
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  • 22 years on, Doom retains the ability to shock

  • Killerbee 07/07/2015

    I can still remember clearly when I saw Doom for the first time and it absolutely blew me away. I mean, I'd seen Wolfenstein 3D before, but this was a whole new level.

    It seems a shame in a way that the franchise is unlikely ever again to live up to the impression the first game had on me, but in still looking forward to this regardless.

    Also, (speaking as a lapsed Guardian Gamesblogger) it's great to see Keith Stuart on EG. More please!
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  • Keiji Inafune: video gaming's harshest critic

  • Killerbee 03/07/2015

    The Japanese development industry's fall from grace and favour seems to be a theme that it just can't shake. But I think it's unfair.

    Honestly, From Software, Platinum games, Level-5, Sony's Japan Studio and Polyphony Digital, Kojima Productions / Konami, Capcom, Square Enix and a whole host of Nintendo developers...

    I'm sure I've missed loads that deserve a mention but the point is, Japan's game industry can still go toe to toe with any other country in the world and as much as some big publishers are not what they were, and Japan's own love affair with home consoles seems to be waning a little, the country's games and development talent is as vital as it ever was.
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  • Peter Moore recounts $1.15bn Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death saga

  • Killerbee 02/07/2015

    RROD was definitely one factor in persuading me to get a PS3 last gen. The others were PS3's free online play and the (then) recent release of Metal Gear Solid 4.

    What I find interesting about the current gen is how Sony has put in a load of effort to lure 360 players over to Playstation, yet Microsoft is trading more on past glories - backwards compatibility and long-established franchises like Halo / Gears / Fable and Forza.

    If sales figures are anything to go by, maybe brand loyalty isn't worth that much after all.

    That's also a lesson Sony learned after the PS3 gave up so much of the lead the PS2 had.
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  • The Taken King is the expansion Destiny has been waiting for

  • Killerbee 01/07/2015

    This might make me unpopular... But what the hell.

    I'm buying this. The Legendary edition. I bought the base game on release, but skipped the Expansions, so 45ish doesn't feel like too much of an ask.

    I completely get that the 40 pricing of TTK alone is a rip off of monstrous proportions, as was the 35 Expansion pass before it, but coming to those things a little late and getting the lot for a little more than The Taken King alone, is enough for me. Bungie and Activision fully deserve to be taken to task on the issue, and particularly the exchange rates issue, but since I can avoid paying those prices by buying from retail, I'm going to do that.

    So. The game itself.

    I still believe Bungie has crafted some of the best shooter mechanics I've seen. Destiny is simply great to play. It's the same thing that - I guess- keeps people coming back to play FIFA time and again, despite the fact that the pitches (levels) are repeated over and over, the players (guns and gear) are minor stat variations on ones you've had from the start, and the collectathon metagame of building up the best team (Guardian) is ultimately an unending grind.

    The point is, it's FUN! It's fun to join up with other players and run the weeklies, or solo the dailies or play PvP. I'm not a FIFA fan, but I guess it's much the same enjoyment players of that game get out of playing another match.

    Don't get me wrong - Destiny needs a better story, more content, more events, and it really, really needs a way for players to join up to play co-op content in-game, but none of that has really stopped it being a very good shooter that is a lot of fun to play.

    I'm very happy to say I want more Destiny and I look forward to September.
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider brings back Lara's sense of adventure

  • Killerbee 26/06/2015

    I am looking forward to this (when it comes to PS4...) but I saddened to read that they didn't sort out Lara's characterisation more.

    I think what really elevates Uncharted is the character on display from Nate. And Sully, Elena, Chloe for that matter.

    Yet besides Lara, I couldn't name one of the 2013 reboot's cast.

    With Uncharted 4 now in 2016 anyway, the ps4 timing on this one will be interesting.
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  • Games With Gold now offers two Xbox One games per month

  • Killerbee 25/06/2015

    Nice. I'd been hoping Black Flag will make it to PS+ some time soon. But even if MS has bagged this one, hopefully this move will give Sony an incentive to get some more retail games on the service.

    I should say I'm perfectly happy with the indie games, but i would like to see plus upping its game a little more and generating the kind of excitement it did in it's PS3 heyday.
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  • Destiny: The Taken King director apologises, Collector's Edition content will now be sold separately

  • Killerbee 25/06/2015

    I think what annoys me the most is that Bungie seem to have got into their heads that this whole issue was all about the availability of some dance moves. Wrong.

    The problem I see people having with this DLC is the absolute gouging on price. Simple as that.

    I bought Destiny on release for 40. Fine. That's what new games cost. I'd even say I enjoyed it, and got enough hours of play to justify the asking price.

    But the expansion pass was unreasonably expensive - the content wasn't worth 35 combined or 20 individually.

    So - I didn't buy it!

    I'm also cool with them releasing a GOTY / "Legendary" edition with the DLC (including Taken King) for about 40-45 again. TTK aside, this is old content so I expect it to drop in price. You don't just add the prices of everything early adopters paid together and charge that, otherwise where's the incentive for newcomers looking at the GOTY edition?

    But here's where my problem lies: 40 for The Taken King alone is a rip off. I'm sure there's plenty of content and all that, but in the UK that's the price of the original game! It should be 25 tops - any more is just fleecing your most loyal customers.

    I genuinely think for some reason Bungie don't get that - maybe they're thinking in Dollars where, yeah okay, $40 for TTK compared to $60 for the original game seems a bit more reasonable.

    The elephant in the room is the exchange rate conversion of $1 = 1 for the DLC, taken together with the fact that retail pricing (for the Legendary edition) is actually a far fairer $60 = 42. Until Bungie or Activision can address that, this issue isn't going to be resolved.
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  • Killerbee 25/06/2015

    Cool. I think you should get the VIP stuff then.
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  • Killerbee 25/06/2015

    As far as I can tell from Bungie's site, you get the VIP stuff if you bought both add-ons OR have at least one level 30+ character.

    So you don't need to have bought HoW to get them - just get a Guardian to level 30.
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  • Destiny's divisive PlayStation-exclusive content deal continues with The Taken King

  • Killerbee 16/06/2015

    Even as a PS4 owner, I don't like this timed exclusivity.

    Not having these strikes on Xbox has only meant they don't appear in the weekly / nightfall selections. Same with the exclusive Exotics not being in Xur's shop.

    I think I've only actually played the exclusive strike for the vanilla game once, so I quite look forward to the exclusivity period ending and (I hope) seeing that content in play more often.

    If I'm still playing Destiny by then, of course...
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  • Will Porter on: Getting old

  • Killerbee 06/06/2015

    Brilliant article. I can very much relate to this. It took me a while but I've basically come to accept that I am never again going to be playing every game I'd like to play, day one and keeping up with the internet at large. That wasn't an easy hurdle to overcome, because the hype train for a game like the Witcher 3 is pretty strong.

    However, I'm still playing through Dragon Age: Inquisition, interspersed with bouts of relapse into my Destiny addiction and all those PS+ indie games. The Vita is an absolute gem for time limited gamers - I've not bought a thing for it since Tearaway, but it's played practically as much as my PS4 these days.

    The big regret, if I have one, is I've become a single console devotee now. Not through blind brand loyalty but just because I don't have time to play everything I want to on PS4/Vita/3DS. Feeding my gaming habit with an Xbox One and Wii-U and upgrading my increasingly creaky PC is just futile.

    I miss the old days when I had more gaming time, but my kids are great - I wouldn't change things for the world. :)
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  • We need to talk about emulation

  • Killerbee 31/05/2015

    My old Spectrum 48k is boxed away in my parents' loft, along with a stack of tapes, many of which - I sadly suspect - will have decayed a bit by now.

    I wish there was an easy, convenient and legit way of paying those games - and it's that difficulty even hoarders of retro stuff like me face when we want to enjoy the past delights of our favourite hobby that if the real problem here. That's why emulation and all the dubious legality it entails is tolerated by people who are perfectly happy to pay for legitimate movie or music downloads or streams.

    Sure, there's GOG and it's ilk, but it's not the same. A big part of the problem I think my be with copyright holders and publishers who need to offer up these old games for a low price - I'd certainly buy a collection of the Dizzy games (games I've already bought twice over already - Spectrum and Amiga versions) for a couple of quid if there was a legit emulator I could run on my PS4.

    It seems to me the only company that even half understands the value of its own back catalogue is Nintendo. I love the fact I've been able to play some of the best SNES and N64 games on my GBA, DS and 3DS over the years.

    More of that and fewer last-gen remasters please.
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  • PlayStation digital refund policy in spotlight on BBC's Watchdog tonight

  • Killerbee 28/05/2015

    I had a problem with a streamed movie rental bought over PSN being corrupted and failing to play properly. Contacted Sony, they apologised and gave me a refund without a problem. Customer services were great.

    Obviously that's not going to be everyone's experience, but in some respects, why should Sony bear the costs of fraud unless it can be clearly shown they are at fault? For all anyone knows, this guy could have shared his PSN login with the perpetrator.
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  • PS Plus June Instant Collection includes MGS: Ground Zeroes

  • Killerbee 27/05/2015

    Excellent. Very pleased to see Ground Zeroes there. Nicely timed starter before the Phantom Pain main course in September! Reply +8
  • The Witcher 3 biggest UK launch of 2015 so far

  • Killerbee 26/05/2015

    I reckon you can explain the Software sales disparity versus console installed base by the fact there will be a significant number of people who own both PS4 and Xbox One.

    For games like COD or BF, playing on Xbox Live with established friends might just tip the balance in favour of the Microsoft platform.

    But for a single player title like the Witcher III, if you have the choice of console platforms (and no capable PC) you'd choose the superior experience on PS4.
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  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and the particular joy of the British apocalypse

  • Killerbee 22/04/2015

    Johns Wyndham and Christopher are two of my all time favourite authors, so anything that evokes their fiction is immediately going on my wish list. This sounds great.

    Also, thanks EG / Nathan for a wonderfully written piece.
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  • Windows 10 release in July, AMD spills

  • Killerbee 21/04/2015

    I will definitely upgrade my windows 8.1 machine, but I'm very much in two minds over whether to bring my Win 7 laptop along for the ride.

    I'm never going to upgrade the GPU in my laptop so all the DX12 stuff is irrelevant. I'm still of the view that with Win7 UI is better than 8's for a PC...

    Something tells me "If it ain't broke..."
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