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  • Xbox One users hit by bizarre My Little Pony message

  • Les 20/07/2017

    @Markusdragon

    Speaking of lorem ipsum, I once had a manager who wanted me to remove "that foreign language" from screen mock ups we were using in a client presentation... I explained that it was Latin and standard placeholder text in the publishing industry, where our clients came from. But apparently he didn't get it and when we discussed the document with the clients he brought up changing the foreign language text. Which led to incredulous stares and painful silence. And no further business.
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  • Les 19/07/2017

    The new MLP series is much better than the crap my sister used to watch when we were kids. My daughter loves it. And it has a dragon, so how could it be bad? Reply +4
  • Titanfall 2's co-op horde mode Frontier Defense drops next week

  • Les 19/07/2017

    I should really try out multiplayer. Single player Titanfall 2 was very good. Reply +3
  • Watch: 90 minutes of Destiny 2 beta gameplay

  • Les 19/07/2017

    None of this is probably covered in the beta but what I am looking for in D2 primarily are quality of life improvements. E.g., better inventory management (more storage slots, filter options, easier access to weapon stats), more housekeeping actions moved to menus and use the social spaces just for quest related activity (it is really annoying to have to suffer through multi-minute load times to get to a social space just to use weapon storage, visit the post master, etc.), allow us to delete crap from the mailbox and move it straight from there to storage, etc.

    The original game was pretty great gameplay-wise and as far as I'm concerned they didn't need to change too much, except for better balanced PvP weapons. There is little point in having a lot of different archetypes if only 2 or 3 are actually viable.

    Story I don't care too much about in a game like this. The last thing I need are more cut scenes to keep me away from the action. More varied and interesting patrol missions are much more important to me to keep the grind entertaining.
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  • Les 18/07/2017

    Betas are obviously a good thing from a quality assurance perspective but I really don't care for the marketing aspects of them. I'm looking forward to playing Destiny 2 after release, barring anything going horribly wrong with the series. Post-expansions Destiny is really great. Reply +1
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting a first-person only mode

  • Les 19/07/2017

    @Foxtrot-Oscar

    Of course I understand the advantages. I just don't agree with the characterization of it being unfair. The game was built around it. There is nothing immoral in making use of it.

    It's a bit like a player deciding that the queen in chess is too powerful and therefore won't use it in the games he/she plays. The opposing player is under no obligation handicap him-/herself in a similar manner.
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  • Les 19/07/2017

    @The_shlaaaag_returns

    If it's inherent in the style of game it is not a flaw is my point. Apparently some people want the game to be something it is (or was, given the FP-only servers announcement) not.
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  • Les 18/07/2017

    @The_shlaaaag_returns

    I don't agree that the advantage is unfair. It's a core game mechanic. If you choose to ignore that, you're handicapping yourself. Which is fine but don't go whine about it.
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  • Les 17/07/2017

    The problem with this is first-person players are currently at a disadvantage. Not having a 360 degree viewpoint means first-person players are unable to see around corners and behind them, giving third-person players an unfair advantage.
    I have never played this game but the above doesn't make any sense to me. How can people using the default camera view have an unfair advantage?! And if it allows for multiple camera modes, isn't knowing when to use which mode part of mastering the mechanics of the game?
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  • Splatoon 2 review

  • Les 18/07/2017

    I enjoyed the original when my Wii U was able to hold its wifi connection. Which wasn't often. But that was probably not the game's fault. Never had any wifi issues on PS3/4, 3DS, etc. though. Reply 0
  • Trunks is in Dragon Ball FighterZ

  • Les 17/07/2017

    Dragon Ball FighterZ, the upcoming fighting game based on the hugely popular anime, includes Trunks.
    Isn't the true source the Dragon Ball manga?

    I watched the anime for a while back in the late 90s I think. But it got so tiring with the grunting and staring and taunting and then an episode was over. When finally a hated opponent was defeated, another even more hated opponent would emerge, etc. Recently I started reading the manga (basically did all of Goku-as-a-kid) and that is much more enjoyable.
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  • The pleasures of a good video game horizon

  • Les 17/07/2017

    @Foxtrot-Oscar

    Just like buildings over a certain height need to have warning lights so that planes can spot them, so it helps safety if pilots can distinguish a wind turbine. Generally these objects are not put in the path of flight lanes. But it is to reduce risk in cases where things don't go as planned. While it may be preferable for a plane to crash with a wind turbine over an estate, it would still be more preferable for the plane to make an improvised landing in a meadow without hitting anything on the way down.
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  • Les 17/07/2017

    @Foxtrot-Oscar

    If they would blend in very well with their surroundings things would likely crash into them.

    It's one of those annoying substance over style situations.
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  • Les 17/07/2017

    @specialgamer

    First game that came to my mind as well in the context of great gaming horizons. Those were the days... :)
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  • Toy Story coming to Kingdom Hearts 3

  • Les 17/07/2017

    Looks really good. I enjoyed the first two games, especially the second one and I also played Chain of Memories on the GBA, which was enjoyable. But it's been so long that I don't remember much, if anything, of the overarching story. A "previously on Kingdom Hearts" intro would be quite useful...

    And yes, I know there are the remakes. But I don't have sufficient time to play even a sliver of the high quality games being released in a typical year, let alone spend time on replaying games I've already finished.
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  • Destiny 2 map returns to a familiar Destiny location

  • Les 14/07/2017

    Don't really see a problem with continuity in a sequel in the same universe. Also, wasn't a crucible map in 1, 'just' a social space.

    I am excited about this game, given how awesome the gameplay of Destiny was. Won't pre-order as I never do that and who knows, they may screw up.
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  • New Nintendo 3DS discontinued

  • Les 14/07/2017

    Reading the headline I for a second thought the entire New 3DS line was scrapped. Glad that's not the case. This little machine has been my favorite console these past few years. Yes, it's resolution isn't great. But honestly that has never bothered me one bit when playing one its many, many quality games. Reply +5
  • PlayStation Now's PS4 game performance analysed

  • Les 14/07/2017

    @Number1Laing

    You're absolutely right, forgot about that. What was MS thinking?! ;)

    But wasn't the 360 still running some form of Windows and DirectX?
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  • Les 13/07/2017

    @VanillaLake

    Sony has already developed PS1 and PS2 emulators and both work fine on base PS4, but they only re-released a few PS2 games because they didn't sell millions and stopped caring, because only millions of dollars (yens) is what Sony cares about now
    It's a bit more complicated than that. Past gen games sold on PSN are different from emulating old hardware (or actually including the old hardware chip set) to run software from past gen game discs. People have to pay money (sometimes again) to play the game and so it better work flawlessly. Which means they actually have to be tested and sometimes tweaked in order to run as intended on the newer hardware which has a completely different architecture (no shared x86 lineage on the PS side). That costs money and so is not applied to the full backlog. Nintendo use a similar model with virtual console. Obviously MS's model is much better for those of us who like to play old games but BC is easier (and thus less costly) because of MS using x86 architecture from day one.

    Hopefully Sony will realize the value of their back catalogue for a service such as PS Now in due time. Right now it feels like they are testing the water and don't want it to interfere too much with the traditional business model just yet.
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  • Les 13/07/2017

    @saxxonde

    I ended up with Apple Music and I use it much like I used to use CDs in the past: primarily to listen to full albums rather than playlists of individual songs. My musical tastes are broad so the economics of the subscription fee works out very well for me. A nice bonus (if you pay an additional $25 a year) is that it allows one to put any ripped music into the cloud that may not be part of the service (e.g., Beatles in the past) and access it through a unified interface.

    But I do use its discovery functions sometimes to become aware of new material. In the past I'd use public radio for that but I've moved to the US and radio here is beyond terrible.

    I do appreciate the cover art and used to actually read the liner notes and would really listen to the music rather than have it on in the background. But at this stage of my life (3 kids in the 5 years - 10 months range) that's been pretty much over anyway... ;)
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  • Les 13/07/2017

    @saxxonde

    I don't want to completely give up control over the games I purchase and I don't like the idea at all.
    I was stuck in that mental model as well with regards to music until a few years ago. Then I entered a free 3 month trial to one of the streaming services and never looked back. But till that time I had been buying CDs and ripping them to iTunes because I wanted the ownership, the best sound quality, the back-ups and often it was also cheaper than buying the downloadable album. But the convenience of streaming is just unbeatable.

    Obviously, video game streaming is much more complex than music streaming. E.g., because of the different hardware generations local copies are much more difficult to implement. And you'll need at least one other piece of dedicated hardware: the controller. If done right however (and this is a big "if"), this can be great. Especially for those of us who like to play games from past generations. I for one would be thrilled to be able to get rid of most of the hardware underneath the TV.
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  • Les 13/07/2017

    This is the future but Sony may not be ready for it to arrive in earnest yet. E.g., dropping the price to a Netflix level could lead to more subscribers than the infrastructure can handle. So in the mean time they use a relatively high price point to keep subscriber numbers manageable but at the same time test the service in a production environment and presumably gather data to further enhance infrastructure and at some point try to push this to the masses with a mass market price. Reply -1
  • Radiohead fans find mysterious ZX Spectrum Easter egg in OK Computer's new C90 cassette

  • Les 13/07/2017

    Here's an odd one: UK superband Radiohead has released a super expensive version of perhaps its best album
    Without a doubt it's their best album.
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  • Is Elite Dangerous on PlayStation the definitive console version?

  • Les 10/07/2017

    @its-Captain-snowy

    Thanks, that's good to hear! Like I said, I will probably end up getting this. I've been eyeing it since it came out on PC/Mac but I prefer to do my gaming on consoles. There's just something about these exploration games that really clicks with me. Pirates! on the C64 and Amiga was probably the first game I really fell in love with. And I had this cargo ship game on the Amiga that I sunk hours and hours into.

    Do you have the base game or the one with all current expansions?
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  • Les 10/07/2017

    Reading about this made me give No Man's Sky a try again and I'm really enjoying it this time. Once you start to upgrade your suit, mining and trading becomes much more enjoyable. Gameplay is fairly simplistic but it has been expanded upon since release. I would prefer if it ended up somewhere in between where it is now and Elite: Dangerous.

    I will probably pick up the latter during a PSN sale but I don't look forward to the struggle of mastering the controls. Frontier was the last game in the series I played and the main thing I remember about it is getting very frustrated trying to land in a space station.
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  • Final Fantasy 12 The Zodiac Age review

  • Les 10/07/2017

    I greatly enjoyed the FF 12 battle system. But the story I really didn't care for. I tend to play games on and off and after taking a break from this one for a couple of weeks I had no idea anymore of what was going on or who was who and I didn't really care either. Reply +2
  • Shadow of War lets you import your worst enemy from Shadow of Mordor

  • Les 07/07/2017

    Got Shadow of Mordor for $4 in a PSN sale this week. As a fan of the books I've been pretty skeptical about the game but at that price I decided to give it a chance. Haven't installed it yet but I did watch the E3 trailer of the sequel and the tone of that trailer was just horrendous. If that's representative of the first game, I doubt I'll be able to tolerate it for long. Reply 0
  • Watch 23 minutes of Monster Hunter World gameplay in HD

  • Les 07/07/2017

    Will try and check the video out over the weekend. I love Monster Hunter, even though I started playing it with the cramp-inducing controls on the PSP...

    Some of the changes I like (seamless map, the scout flies (makes more sense than psychoserum)), others I don't (damage numbers), and yet others I don't yet know how I feel about them (changing equipment for example; makes perfect sense that you could do such a thing in a camp but will it break the game?)

    I would never hunt in real life but for me the campy setting together with the fact that you hunt for purpose (protect villages, help people out, etc.), not sport, make it palatable.
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  • Hearthstone's next expansion turns heroes into Death Knights

  • Les 07/07/2017

    And I'm losing self-control... Reply 0
  • PlayStation Now gets PS4 games

  • Les 06/07/2017

    This is the future of gaming and it may arrive sooner than we think, given the slowing of Moore's law. It's great that Sony is experimenting with this and once they scale PS Now to the full breadth of their catalog, it becomes a much more attractive value proposition.

    And I wonder if MS, Nintendo, and Sony eventually moving to Gaming-as-a-Service would put an end to the fanboy wars. If it would, the future can't come soon enough...
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  • Here's our first proper look at Destiny 2's hub

  • Les 05/07/2017

    I'm looking forward to playing Destiny 2 as the first game, post expansions, was so great. I was hoping we'd be able to use a simple menu for some of the more mundane tasks, such as decrypting engrams. I always hated having to suffer through the long Tower load times just to get engrams decrypted before getting back into the action again. Reply +6
  • Nintendo dominates Japan's top 10 selling games of 2017 so far

  • Les 05/07/2017

    Glad to see the 3DS doing so well. It's an amazing little machine. I've been playing Monster Hunter Generations on it quite a bit the past few weeks.

    I will get a Switch at some point but right now I'm thinking of holding off till the Switch 'slim'. As it is, it's way too bulky as a handheld for me. I was expecting the next Monster Hunter to be my Switch system seller but with that being on PS4, there's no urgent need for me to get one.
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  • PlayStation YouTube hosts Xbox One X Anthem footage with Photoshopped buttons

  • Les 03/07/2017

    So EA creates footage that is 'representative' of what Anthem would look like on XboneX, then poorly edits same footage and provides it to Sony as 'representative' of what it would look like on PS4 (Pro, presumably).

    But if the footage is indeed 'representative' of what it will look like on PS4, that could mean it will look even better on XboneX. More likely of course is that the game will look worse on both platforms.

    However, it seems interesting gameplay is the bigger problem this game has to worry about.

    Not surprised that EA is involved in these shenanigans but Sony should have spotted the poor edits before putting this online.
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  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes spark pay-to-win fears

  • Les 30/06/2017

    Not a huge Star Wars fan but this makes me even less interested in the game. Reply +2
  • The story behind the 26-year-old Mega Drive basketball game getting 8000 bids on eBay

  • Les 30/06/2017

    I'm glad I don't have the physical collector's bug... Reply +1
  • PES 2018 proves that slower can be better

  • Les 27/06/2017

    I haven't played football games in ages. Last PES I played was on the PS2. When they started to suck on PS3 I tried FIFA once but just got too annoyed with the button layout and general clumsiness of the game engine.

    Glad to see PES starting to return to form. Perhaps I should give it a try again and see if the controls are still in my muscle memory.
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  • Why Star Fox 2's release on SNES mini is such a big deal

  • Les 26/06/2017

    Let's hope they estimate demand better this time around... Reply 0
  • Spider-Man reaches new heights on PS4 Pro

  • Les 26/06/2017

    The eternal 30 vs. 60 FPS debate is raging yet again... I personally don't care too much. A solid 30 FPS is good enough for me. Do I prefer a solid 60 FPS over a solid 30, ceteris paribus? Of course, but that's just a hypothetical as the thing with console game development is that it is all about hitting the best compromise given the hardware constraints you're working with. I think game developers generally have been making the right trade-offs this gen. If I compare it to the the PS3 era, the games generally run at much more consistent frame rates, which contributes a great deal to my personal gameplay experience. Much more than shiny pixels. Reply 0
  • Les 26/06/2017

    The demo looked pretty awesome. I wonder how big of a chunk of Manhattan they modeled. And how lifelike it will be in the (this?) Spiderman universe. Reply +2
  • Destiny's Mercury Lighthouse goes dark for good in August

  • Les 26/06/2017

    I am nowhere near good enough to make it to the Lighthouse but even as I suck, I do enjoy Destiny's PvP. There are few things in gaming that are as satisfying and awesome as novabombing a handful of opposing players.

    I have a feeling I'm going to miss the first game. Destiny 2 looks amazing but also more streamlined with less variety/customization. Probably a good thing for PvP balancing but a shame for those of us who are more single player focused.
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  • Titanfall 2 still getting free DLC

  • Les 23/06/2017

    Titanfall developer Respawn spoke out last year against the Season Pass model, and has instead provided access to a stream of post-launch content for free.
    Titanfall 2's single player campaign has been one of my most enjoyable gaming experiences in the past couple of years. I haven't tried out multi-player yet. But these free content drops are a nice change from the user-hostile season pass/paid model. Especially in cases where the additional content has a multiplayer focus, leading to very limited value as the player base gets fractured.
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  • Overwatch is decreasing duplicate loot and adding new highlight options

  • Les 23/06/2017

    That's a good thing because even in my quite limited playtime with the game I've received duplicates. I don't give a damn about sprays, voice lines, and icons and I hardly ever get interesting skins. But the uninteresting loot is not the reason I don't play it much. As a shooter it just doesn't feel right. It doesn't have the 'weight' of for example Destiny or Titanfall and feels very floaty. Reply 0
  • 24 minutes of Monster Hunter World gameplay show why it could be the best entry yet

  • Les 22/06/2017

    @SpaceMonkey77

    True. However, there are already plenty of story heavy game series out there if that's your thing. The more minimalist approach of Monster Hunter is not as common. I would hate to see that go away. Especially with my playtime becoming more and more constrained I appreciate the high play time/story time ratio of Monster Hunter.

    But to be fair, given what has been shown of the game thus far, it doesn't look like they are changing that aspect.
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  • Les 22/06/2017

    @SpaceMonkey77

    but what it lacks is story & characters
    That's exactly what attracts me in Monster Hunter. I wouldn't mind if there was even less story in the Monster Hunter games.
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  • Les 21/06/2017

    And the missing BBQ music makes me worry it's going to lose a lot of it's character.
    Haven't seen the new footage yet but missed that from the E3 trailer. The whimsical nature of the game is one of its charms. Contrasts very nicely with the unforgiving gameplay.
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  • Les 21/06/2017

    @Banacheck

    Thanks for that update. I think the optionality should work the other way: by default they should be off.
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  • Les 21/06/2017

    Sounds awesome except for the damage numbers. I hope those will be removed from the final product.

    Edit: Or they should at least be switched off by default. With them, Monster Hunter turns into any generic 3rd person action RPG. The whole premise of the game is that you're a hunter, studying and learning the tells of your prey.
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  • Ubisoft's pirate ship game Skull & Bones has a narrative campaign, too

  • Les 22/06/2017

    Very curious to see how this one turns out. It looked great. If they can build an interesting single player campaign I'm sold. Reply 0
  • I'm not sure what David Cage is trying to say with Detroit

  • Les 21/06/2017

    I haven't played any of David Cage's games. Closest I came to them was downloading the Heavy Rain demo. Don't think I ever actually played it. The impression I have is that his games are more interactive stories than actual games. However, the developer's focus seems to be more on realistic graphics than on story. Which has led to output I haven't felt the need to buy thus far. Reply -1
  • Anthem coincidentally the start of "a 10-year journey" for EA and BioWare

  • Les 21/06/2017

    Like I said elsewhere, Anthem's visuals look amazing. But gameplay looks amazingly boring. I'm skeptical about BioWare's ability to create a proper action game. My experience with their output is limited (Baldur's Gate, a very little bit of KOTOR and a bit of Dragon Age Inquisition) but animation and enemy AI for example do not appear to be their strong suits. Fine for an RPG but not for a game like this.

    But a bit of competition for Bungie is not a bad thing. I think Destiny is awesome. It's by far the best feeling shooter I've ever played. It's story is a bit bonkers but to be honest story is generally not what I play games for. If Anthem pushes Bungie to make Destiny even better, gamers win.
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