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  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U delayed until 2016

  • Kostas 28/03/2015

    Not a big deal i guess. Zelda has a long history of delays anyway. I would have been astonished if the game really did make it into the initial timeframe. I also like the new goal, making the game the best it can be. If Eiji says that the game has exceeded his own expectations i have no reason not to believe him.

    However, i must wonder...whatever happened to Metroid. A part of me is sure that the next Metroid will be a launch window title for the next Nintendo home console and another part of me hopes to see a proper metroid title for this generation.
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  • Bloodborne review

  • Kostas 27/03/2015

    @Arsecake_Baker There are exclusives and there are "exclusives". Bloodborne would not have been made without Sony, not completely unlike Bayonetta 2 for the WiiU. The difference is that i am sure that any company would have bought the opportunity to have Bloodborne on their system as opposed to Bayonetta 2 that nobody wanted -except- Nintendo.

    However FROM has worked with Sony closely in the past with Demon's Souls which (lets face it by now) was superior to Dark Souls. A game like this needs all the focus it can get and only exclusively it can -really- fly. Imagine downgrading the experience if this was to come in, say, PS3/X360/One too.
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  • Pillars of Eternity review

  • Kostas 26/03/2015

    I am really happy that such a game finds its way in 2015, however i am too old to invest in a game of such scope and depth ever again. I do sometimes buy the things even if i am never able to play them (Divinity original sin is one such example) just for the prospect that -maybe- i do get some time on my hands and get to grips with it. Reply +1
  • Google Nexus 6 review

  • Kostas 23/03/2015

    @linea If you dont mind the operating system then Windows phones are what you are looking for. Reply +1
  • Making sense of Steam's refund policy

  • Kostas 20/03/2015

    @lone_wolf_uk Not the same, what if you find a major fault with the game down the line? Something that will make it not fit for purporse. I remember i had several encounters with a lot of games. Save issues, gamecrushing bugs, clearly unfinished products.

    In this respect achievements and the like can help determine whether you are returning a game because its not fit for purpose or if you are already done with it and just looking to get your money back.
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  • With the announcement of the NX, Nintendo admits defeat with the Wii U

  • Kostas 19/03/2015

    I simply do not understand how this console has failed. I can not see it. I will just throw it out there that unlike the Wii the timing for the WiiU was very much missjudged. Of course it did not help that since its launch gaming sites and whatnot were posting article after article after article with how bad the sales are, or the support, or the network, or the lack of instant power or...whatever. Reply +1
  • Bloodborne's combat convinced me I don't need a sword and shield any more

  • Kostas 16/03/2015

    "Old habits are hard to break, especially when they're ones that kept you safe through trying times."

    Bar a few exceptions you did not need it the first time either. The moment i got my hans on the Sweihander i became completely addicted to pummeling foes into the ground or sending them flying. The best defense was a good old offense. Though i have to say that Artorias greatshield broke the game since it was able to block almost anything and everything with little problem.
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  • Two years on, DmC takes its rightful place in the series

  • Kostas 14/03/2015

    @ziggy_played_guitar You should have said so from the very start. Now you are talking for yourself, before you talked as if it was a fact that for some unexplained reason DMC is nearly on par with anything Platinum offers (which is false and a complete travesty to even make such a comparison).

    And no, there is no generational gap, i am 34 and have been playing games for all my life, i have a job and a wife and i just so happen to enjoy some quality time with my games. Quality that DMC simply does not have and the old ones did. Yes even the abysmal DMC 2 in terms of combat mechanics is still very DMC.

    I can not believe that you even try to compare Bayonetta with the latest DMC. A master playing Bayonetta is clearly several levels above the average Joe. A complete moron playing DMC has little difference from a master. That my friend is NOT Platinum level depth and complexity.
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  • Kostas 14/03/2015

    @ziggy_played_guitar Why would you even try to compare then? By stating something like that in your first post one would assume that you know your shit while it is the exact opposite.

    Do you want to say that it is one of the best games you have ever played? Be my guest. However stating that this lackluster heap of button mashing is almost Platinum level is laughable.

    And please, lets just avoid comments like "i am not a professiona video-gamer" because one does not have to be a professional to understand deep gameplay and combat mechanics. I respect that some people like it "light" but Devil May Cry was as pure as you could get and "light" does not make the game almost Platinum level.
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  • Kostas 13/03/2015

    @ziggy_played_guitar Too bad you do not know what you are talking about. I would suggest some sort of study of gameplay and combat mechanics before you even atempt to make a comparison such as this.

    You may fool a few stray gamers that know no better but seasoned gamers can only smirk at your "opinion".
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  • Kostas 12/03/2015

    Good read but i do not agree. Even with a reboot at hand you can not change the soul of a series which DMC did with this one. Even with the juvenile humor, stupid looks (for Dante and especially Vergil) and unispiring enemies if you had the soul of games nailed into this one i doubt that many people would mind.

    DMC has issues on a fundamental level, it is barely better from the likes of God of war and Dantes Inferno but can not hold a candle even to the most basic of Platinums offerings. Why is that? Because there is a shift in focus. All Platinum games are designed around the combat/mechanics department and never any other way around. That is the key as to why DMC and others of its ilk fail when compared to any such games that is designed around this notion.

    Fans of Devil May Cry are correct in this matter. The game has no clear target audience. It is barely even a fighting game for the purists and it is nowhere near as grand as the likes of Castlevania lords of shadow and God of war. Believe me when i say that the two completely different audiences do not mix.
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  • Is DmC Devil May Cry Definitive Edition a worthy upgrade?

  • Kostas 11/03/2015

    @Old_Books "If we were talking complexity in gameplay, then yes, we probably can make a reasonably objective assessment about x being better than y. "

    But that is what the Devil May Cry series was all about. The complexity and depth of the combat. Nobody really cared about the story as it was just some non-sense excuse for high class and skilled brawling. It was you in an arena style environment and being pitted with varying levels of difficult enemies that required you to know what the hell you were doing.

    If anybody came to the DMC series and expecting some sort of sp
    ectacle (ala God of war) then he would be sorely dissapointed because the game was never, until the latest that is, about spectacle even though it did feature spades and spades of it.
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  • Kostas 11/03/2015

    @Old_Books No it is not subjective, sorry. If it was the notion of skill would not have been applied anywhere and contrary to what you believe there are a lot of games that involve insane levels of skill in order to master or achieve something greater (if you so desire).

    The objective test for this game is the players. There is not one player that can exibit skills higher than what can be done by your average Joe. Consider and compare what a master player can achieve with older DMC titles and BAM you got your objective skilled gameplay right there.

    DMC can be finished and mastered through button mashing alone and the best way it found to make you pay a little bit of attention was to restrict you of your skills with red and blue enemies for no reason which got worse and worse as the difficulty went up.

    Think of it as the platforming segments between Mario games and Ucharted. I do not think anyone can even argue that Uncharted needs no skill for platform jumping. Its the same for the latast DMC for combat and gameplay mechanics. They are just in auto-pilot with minimal effort on your part to achieve anything.
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  • Kostas 10/03/2015

    @Old_Books Gameplay is NOT subjective. Depth of gameplay is NOT subjective. There are shallow and there are deep games (gameplay wise). Street Fighter is a very deep game, Mortal Kombat is not. Devil May Cry up until DMC 4 were VERY deep games and DMC simply is not.

    I am a veteran of every DMC title so far as well as Bayonetta and Ninja Gaiden which are all deep games and i can tell you easily that DMC is God of War category (that means its shallow as hell) in terms of gameplay.

    If you enjoyed it more than the previous DMC games then you simply were not that much of fan for this type of gameplay in the first place.
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  • Kostas 10/03/2015

    @Sora888 How is this the best in the series when DMC was always about gameplay? This has the gameplay segment way down the list of things to do.

    Even DMC 2 (the worst of the bunch) at least in gameplay terms delivered what one would expect from a DMC title.

    Style over substance was -never- the priority of a DMC game and ironicaly DMC games have spades and spades of style and that says something for the gameplay itself. This DMC however is all about style and juvenile humor (at best) and completely forgot about the gameplay aspect.
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  • How powerful is Nvidia's new 12GB Titan X?

  • Kostas 09/03/2015

    @Negotiator Not even close. We still got ways to go for that. Reply 0
  • Kostas 09/03/2015

    @Fake_Blood No it really will not. Why? Because the other side of the spectrum (AMD) has absolutely nothing to even begin to compare. Add in the delay of the 300 series from AMD and N-Vidia can simply milk this fucker for all it wants and nobody will be able to say nothing.

    You know whats is also funny? That they are going to sell out everything no matter the price they will be charging for it. I mean they can easily charge for it 1500 euro and certain people will gladly part with their money for it.
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  • Nintendo: "difficult" decision to hold back New 3DS release in Europe, US

  • Kostas 25/02/2015

    @Pocketgrandpa I have many, it depends what you like however. Are you into hardcore RPG games? Then try SMT4 and Etrian Odyssey 4 and even Pokemon. You want adventure games? Phoenix Wright, the Layton games and virtues last reward. You into shooters? You got a whole lot of different takes like Starfox, the mercenaries and others. Platformers? Well....duh!

    At any rate i am certain that if you get yourself into some research you will find games that you can get nowhere else and the experience itself can not really be recreated anywhere else (except the WiiU of course).
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  • Kostas 24/02/2015

    @Pocketgrandpa What you are missing is actually you getting to grips with some games made for it. Trust me, you will be pleasantly surprised.

    Also, just for the sake of information the new 3ds XL suffers from pixelation no longer as the new screens are a massive improvement over the old ones.
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  • Tech Analysis: The Order: 1886

  • Kostas 22/02/2015

    @ChockysChild In retrospect other games in the past and in their timeline have done better. The game sure looks stunning but when you start playing and witnessing the extreme limits its placing upon you then it becomes real clear that things are not as rosy as they seem.

    It is not much different from a feature CGI film. You just create a space for you to work in albeit in the pace and manner the game wants you to.
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  • Darksiders 2: Definitive Edition spotted for PlayStation 4

  • Kostas 16/02/2015

    @Rewsan There are many things to like in darksiders 2. The music is absolutely great, the art direction phenomenal, the action and controls tight though they could do with a bit more streamlining and traversing the world can be a joy in itself. Voice work and animation is also very well done.

    However i do firmly believe that the new rpg elements (as in loot and ever better gear) hinder the pacing and the challenge of the game. You are either way too overpowered or way too underpowered when the shit starts to hit the fan. The first darksiders game was way better in that aspect because never in any situation did you feel that you are cheating the game or the game is cheating you. The second game has a level of randomness that it does not help the game to dart forward.

    That being said the price of game now is cheap enough that you are probably going to get some good 10 to 15 hours out of it.
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  • Nintendo cancels TVii service launch in Europe

  • Kostas 16/02/2015

    Holy shit, i said so two years ago that this would not be coming to Europe. The reasons were clear then and they remain still now. How would they do it with so many countries with so many different laws on television and with such different internet infrastructure from place to place?

    Think about it. Germany alone is an immovable object on the case and would pose an insane challenge to make this work for all major EU countries. Its the same reason why even behemoths like Netflix do not work in most EU countries and you thought little old nintendo to be able to pull something like this out?

    We have a saying that goes like this "never make plans in someone elses home without the host being there". Thats what happened with nintendo. Sure the idea was cute but it was obvious from the very start that it would not come to pass.
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  • 3D Classics Streets of Rage 2 headed to 3DS eShop

  • Kostas 12/02/2015

    @Lolatron For me the best side scroller brawlers is easily the GBA version of Double Dragon and the arcade version of Alien VS predator closely followed by King of dragons. Reply 0
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D review

  • Kostas 10/02/2015

    @Big_Jim Not just Zelda, any nintendo first class game will have the same attitude.

    Consider myself shocked when i found out that Metroid Prime trilogy and Mario galaxy 2 costing 20 euro (10 for a while) in their digital form.
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  • Nintendo clarifies YouTube revenue share program, asks users to delete non-Nintendo videos

  • Kostas 05/02/2015

    For a company that has zero advertising and zero marketing campaigns and thus rely heavily in their history and word of mouth it sure seems like they are shooting themselves in the foot.

    I guess the crazy that gets the company to release such awesome games is the same crazy that holds them back from completely dominating the market if they really wanted to.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 review

  • Kostas 24/01/2015

    @p3r02d3r0 For the price -today- sure the performance is just about where it should be. However i am quite certain that in less than a year from now the card is going to strive to maintain its performance. 2GB for a card of this performance level is simply very low. It should have come with 3GB and call it a day.

    Also, while i am not much for sheer numbers that 128bit buffer is troubling. I thought that my own GTX 650 ti boost would have little problems with its 192bit buffer but i have seen in several ocasions that its "starving" and performance drops are frequent and non-sense.

    I just do not believe that this card will hold out very long. I reckon a replacement is already in order for it.
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  • Axelay saw Konami at its 90s peak

  • Kostas 18/01/2015

    @Riprock For me UN squadron and R-Type 3 were the absolute best the SNES had to offer in terms of side scrolling or top down shooters. Reply +5
  • Video: Resident Evil HD - what still works and what doesn't

  • Kostas 17/01/2015

    @mannyYearsAgo I am not wrong, the game is unfair on purpose because like most games of the arcade nature of their time were unfair because they needed you to keep feeding them coins. Ghouls and ghosts arcade was arguably even more unfair though it did play much better.

    Super Ghouls and Ghosts and Demons Crest on the SNES (brother games) were insanely difficult but not really unfair. Slightly so...yes but generaly speaking they were quite fair. Because they gave you everything you needed to tackle every situation ahead of you with minimal hassle provided you were competent.
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  • Kostas 16/01/2015

    @TheSensationalSean Same, i like it when a game has a set of rules and everything in the game follow them to accomodate a gaming experience that is tight and to the point.

    It also makes a game "hard" without gimmicks or unfair situations. Look at the original Ghosts and Goblins for example, a very hard but unfair game. Then look at the Super Ghouls and Ghosts which while hard as nails is an infinitely better game and much more enjoyable because it was much more fair.
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  • Assetto Corsa review

  • Kostas 16/01/2015

    @shotbyascot It is not a very demanding game. Any mid range PC from 3 years ago will be able to run this quite well. I should know, i have a PC this old of the mid-range category right now and the game runs fabulous with most settings turned way high at 1080p.

    What you should be asking if for a proper wheel and set-up to -really- get into the experience. I know a guy who litteraly has a PC in a room stuck with a racing seat and a pro-wheel just for this game and experience is like nothing i have ever experienced before from a simulator.
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  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the series at its approachable best

  • Kostas 16/01/2015

    I like the premise of the game a lot but i was never able to get into it. Since the PS2 days, i could never get into the game. PSP the same, Wii the same, 3DS the same...i guess its one of those games that you simply have to appreciate they exist but you will never get the chance to ever get to grips with them. Reply 0
  • Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid Prime Trilogy headed to Wii U eShop

  • Kostas 14/01/2015

    @Jazzy_Geoff The only advantage you gain is that those games launch from the WiiU menu without you having to go into wii-mode and that you may use the U gamepad with any of the games that can use the wii pro-controller.

    In Metroid prime trilogy case i do not know if the two original games support GC/Pro controller options because if they do then you will be able to use the normal U gamepad with them.

    Metroid prime 3 is something entirely different and thus you will wave stuff in from of your screen or gamepad in order to play it properly in whatever mode.
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  • This third-party Wii U GameCube controller adapter works with PC, too

  • Kostas 14/01/2015

    @Plankton1975 My personal feelings is that the GC controller is the greatest controller ever made thus far. It feels natural in the hand, it excels in many genres (though it falls flat in others) and so far it is the ONLY controller that has given me zero cramps no matter how long i was holding it.

    It is still true today when i game sometimes on my Wii with it, it just melds in your hands like it is not there. I know that this is quite subjective due to everyone having different hands but for me i felt this way from the moment i lay my hands on it. Still has not been surpassed by anything else.
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  • In Theory: Nintendo's next-gen hardware - and the strategy behind it

  • Kostas 10/01/2015

    For me Wii U is an absolute beast of a machine. Not from a horsepower perspective of course but of what it can actually offer. Lets make a quick run down of what can actually be achieved on WiiU right now.

    1. It is the absolute machine for EVERYTHING nintendo and/or being an emulation machine as it can house actually anything and everything from any home console that came before it.

    2. It is the fastest and most simple when it comes to gaming. You get in and you get out of games in the blink of an eye (or so to speak).

    3. Ta controller allows for many games and many more genres that are typically only PC territory and even then it can offer more. Just take a look atn Deus Ex 3 for the WiiU which is arguably the best version of the title out there.

    4. The machine is the only one today that it is still a console. It is very simple to use, very simple to set up and the whole design of the console itself and the network screams pure gaming.

    Sure there are problems and drawbacks but for anyone asking for a true GAMING system you can not go wrong with it. It is just very sad to see it neglected by third parties when they can actually do so much with it.
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  • The Witcher 3 PC system requirements revealed

  • Kostas 07/01/2015

    @FMV-GAMER I thought about it but i have a non-OC friendly M/B. I can only boost it from the normal settings up to 3.6 Ghz which i believe it is going to be enough. I still believe that the I5-2500k is a powerful CPU for gaming.

    However, if i am going to upgrade i usually upgrade everything i can at the time depending on the budget available. If i am going to unscrew and fix everything from the get go again then i will be upgrading fully.

    Good thing that i only need M/B, CPU and GFX card. My RAM is plenty and fast enough as it is.
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  • Kostas 07/01/2015

    @teddy1590 Same for me though i have other overdue upgrades to be done. It is the first game i see where the minimum requirements match or exceed what i got right now.

    I have built my PC sorely around the notion of it being powerful but also not spend too much power. I guess its time for me to upgrade my aging I5-2500k and 650ti boost. I guess a 4 series intel CPU and a GTX 970 is in order.
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  • Final Fantasy 7 announced for PlayStation 4

  • Kostas 06/12/2014

    Everybody thinks that remaking FF7 is all about making it movie quality....it certainly does not have to be that way. ALL Ps1 FF games (and 7 most of all) can be remade in the same manner Final Fantasy 3 and 4 were remade for the original nintendo DS. It does not have to be grandiose. The story and characters do not allow it any longer.

    Just give us an updated look, much better writing, better orchistration in the music, polish up and streamline the gameplay and you are there. Why does something as simple as this have to be so fucking complicated for no apparent reason?
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  • "I don't want to be a part of piracy"

  • Kostas 21/11/2014

    @IronSoldier What is not serious? Pirates will always be pirates. Its a state of mind, you will NOT discourage them by trying to hunt them down or lock them off.

    Piracy is a first world problem...a first world problem that tries to force itself into the second and third world. You know where piracy is rampart? Poor countries...Yeah...shocking right? Who would have guessed it? Poor countries having very high piracy? Completely unheard of...

    Piracy is just an good scapegoat nowdays for forcing on you shit that otherwise would not happen. That is why in a few years time we will be paying exclusively 50-60-70-100 euros for fucking RENTALS.

    Yes i am blowing some steam now...
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  • Kostas 21/11/2014

    @IronSoldier Who gives a shit about pirates anyway. Pirates will -never- get anything that they can not get for free anyway. Harming legitimate consumers because of some imaginative enemy is simply idiotic.

    Just look at how EU has suffered because of this in the case of Nintendo. Games that have taken too long to release, games that flat out missed our shores, more delays and general crap that can easily be avoided but just NOT caring about what the pirates do.

    Yeah yeah i am not speaking about just leaving your doors open but for fucks sake, give it a break man. For all i care Nintendo has so many more things to catch up to and they spend HUGE ammounts of money to non existent enemies. Enough is enough already, just focus on that really matters Nintendo.
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  • Who needs games: PlayStation 4's first year

  • Kostas 15/11/2014

    I was always baffled as to WHY does this console sell as well as it does. It has absolutely nothing to justify its asking price...unless of course you are of the gaming crowd that only cares for COD, Assasins Creed and FIFAs. What baffles me even more is that the PS4 had nowhere near the same ammount of negativity and war like articles that the WiiU had for apparently no reason other than bait clicking and givving to fanboys a place to "duke it out" just for the hell of it.

    I just do not understand, and probably never will, the mentality of the modern gamer.
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  • Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata resumes regular work following surgery

  • Kostas 29/10/2014

    I guess Reggie did quite a number on him on that E3 Direct yes? Damn that guy is a beast. On a serious note, i hope he gets better soon. No matter how he does his job and many may even hate him (for whatever reason) he is still a person. Reply +3
  • Nintendo earnings improve, but Wii U and 3DS sales still slow

  • Kostas 29/10/2014

    @null Yeah, that seems to be the case for me too. Sometimes. Dreamcast, Gamecube, Saturn, N64 to name some. Reply +1
  • MSI GT72 2QE Dominator Pro with GTX 980M review

  • Kostas 27/10/2014

    While this thing is a beast i can not find somebody who would really want this. Even if you are the kind of person who travels a lot there are better traveling companions out there. Unless of course you are the kind of person who has to have his deskop level gaming PC with them all the time then i see no reason for its existence at this price point.

    For this kind of money i can have a fairly great desktop gaming PC AND a good enough gaming laptop at the same time OR as someone already said he can have a gaming PC, several consoles and a good smartphone to boot and then with the change you can have a good months provisions for the house to boot.

    I like all things high tech but this thing i just do not see the benefits of getting one for this kind of cash.
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  • Spec Analysis: Alienware Alpha

  • Kostas 22/10/2014

    @chrismikehunt Not only bang for buck but also thermals and accoustics. I have a proper LAN box chasis which is of course big and heavy but it is nigh silent and the thermals are even more impressive. All this while it never draws more than 200 Watt at load. Reply 0
  • Bayonetta 2 review

  • Kostas 16/10/2014

    @Himitsu This situation was a known one for the last three years. Nobody wanted Bayonetta 2 and Platinum games were saying time and again that Bayo 2 was dead in the water and that the game is unlikely to ever see the light of day because nobody wanted it.

    It was the only way. Bayo 2 was on "sale" for quite a while. Nobody cared. Not the companies, not the fanboys, no one...except Nintendo of course. Now that she showed the interest and threw the money suddenly everyone "hates" on Nintendo for underhanded tactics.
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  • Kostas 14/10/2014

    @pleshy Exactly that. A title existing somewhere will always have more chances for you playing it that never existing in the first place.

    Besides it is NOT necessary to get the game -now-. You can get it next year, two years after or even ten years after if you so desire. Why must you have to have something -now- and if you do then you are going to have to put up and pay.

    For instance i have already decided that my games for October will be this one (of course) and SMT IV on the 3ds. Do you even realise how many games i have decided to skip and get them some other time in favour of something else?

    Choices, choices man. Choice is good.
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  • Kostas 14/10/2014

    @Himitsu You do realise that when you invest in something you expect to get something out of it right? Reply +2
  • Bayonetta 2 demo is out now

  • Kostas 11/10/2014

    I can not be mistaken here...i just witnessed a demon finger going into Jeannes corporeal anus...or am i just delusional? Reply +1
  • Face-Off: Bayonetta on Wii U

  • Kostas 28/09/2014

    @SBandy Same for me. Screen tear is completely unacceptable for me. I have sold games again and again if i notice enough screen tear to make my eyes misserable.

    I will take -any- kind of hit for a game to have absolute V-sync. That is how i feel about it.
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  • The New 3DS XL unlocks the potential of Nintendo's handheld

  • Kostas 19/09/2014

    @thevillagedrunk To give main-line games for the new 3DS only is a complete and total suicide. Secondary games (like Xenoblade Chronicles 3d) are all the machine needs to help people upgrade should they want any of those secondary titles.

    To make a Zelda, Mario, Pokemon, Fire Emblem, whatever for the new machine only is like craping on everyones face and will quicly lose consumer good will. People are already confused by Wii and WiiU and it looks like the same is about to happen with this new 3DS. Its a new machine only its not. Weird.
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