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  • Crytek's Ryse 2 canned as financial struggle spreads to Shanghai

  • Maturin 26/06/2014

    @null I enjoyed Ryse too - it was good old fashioned fun with next-gen visuals. Reply +8
  • Grid Autosport review

  • Maturin 24/06/2014

    Hmmmm I hated Grid 2 (liked the original). But I tend to disagree with everything Martin Robinson writes about racing games - so there's a chance I might enjoy this a lot more than him. (or give it 2/10!) Reply +5
  • Maturin 24/06/2014

    @Fiddle-sticks they are very tiresome. And ironically prove EG right. Too many childish boys with their noses put out of joint by the idea of showing respect for all. Reply +4
  • Sky charging 5 more to use Sky Go on Xbox 360

  • Maturin 23/06/2014

    We ditched our Sky sub a few months ago and mostly watch TV through a Freesat recorder. No regrets. Sky was over 40 a month. While Game of Thrones was on we had a NowTV sub which we could watch on a TV app and other devices. Now GoT is over I've cancelled (I wish main Sky subs let you switch packages on and off like NowTV) that sub for a bit and put the 6 towards a Eurosport sub for LeMans and Tour de France. We get BT Sport for free with our broadband - and you can Chromecast that to a big TV. Was already paying for Netflix, so we've gone from over 40 to 6 a month.

    Asking a fiver for the console app is a dick move. Glad we left Sky behind.

    Got some free NowTV sport passes with our new TV. Have been using them for the F1. Thanks to whoever said earlier we could get sports passes for peanuts on eBay, I never knew that.
    Reply +1
  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • Maturin 19/06/2014

    @Some_Goats when women get equal pay, equal treatment etc. then I'll agree with you about things like Woman's hour. Reply -5
  • Maturin 19/06/2014

    @Mikeoneus I doubt you'll be missed by those of us who enjoy games as a (hopefully) intelligent art form. Reply +3
  • Maturin 19/06/2014

    Well done Tom, good stuff. Obviously you know the comments will just continue to be a cesspool of hate regarding the issue. Anonymous online kiddies brought up on GTA, CoD and gagging porn - will tell you to fuck off because games aren't sexist, there are more important things in the world etc.

    Part of why I left the business you are still working in was I felt it was pointless writing about serious issues when the audience is barely capable of reading a well-reasoned review correctly, let alone something that challenges their bigotry.

    I believe games can and should be art. The thing holding that back is not just the games, but the level of discourse surrounding them. Thankfully the national gallery doesn't have space under the pictures to scrawl "fuck off fag".

    I don't know if you will read this, or whether you read the comments, lord knows I wouldn't. But I'm coming to the conclusion that comments online only exist for the purpose of clicks but otherwise offer nothing constructive or worthwhile to either the articles themselves or the subject at hand. Forums I can still (just) see the worth in - but these days I never read comment sections (I made an exception for this article, especially as it hadn't got into full swing yet). I'm not picking on EG here - the comment section on the Daily Telegraph is as much a disgusting midden of puss.

    Your lot might annoy me at times in the reviews - especially on racing games - but I could live without being able to tell you so in a comments section. I think the site - any site - would be much better off without one.

    Thanks for this article though. I've been coming to the same conclusions. This is mainly because my little girl (seven) is beginning to question how unfair things are. "Why are all the players in FIFA men?" for example. And whereas in times past I might have thought - well because there's no women in the Premiership. But that doesn't matter does it, it's a bloody videogame. They could put women in custom teams if not the real teams.

    I think Rockstar could do an amazing amount of good for the artform by having a female protagonist for a GTA game. Tomb Raider for all Crystal Dynamics' talk of her character growth still seems more of a fantasy for boys. But there are the odd great female role in games. For me the best is Commander Sheppard in Mass Effect - I find the female version of Shepard much more interesting than the cookie-cutter masculine one. But such roles are few and far between. I hope by the time my daughter is 18 and can play any games she wants things have changed. In the meantime I find myself becoming an angry (rather confused) feminist on her behalf.

    (Edited for a few typos)
    Reply +42
  • Assassin's Creed Unity is a backward step for progressive games

  • Maturin 12/06/2014

    Oh look a lot of little boys who live in an entitled masculine fantasyland consisting of the grainy porn they use to fill their wank sock are angry EG is discussing an important issue. Alas debating this intelligently is completely beyond you. You are so incapable of empathy for the women that likely are part of your lives - your mothers and sisters. I pity your lack of emotional intelligence to even discuss the issue, you can't even take part, instead telling EG to shut up. Your attitude to EG mirrors your attitude to women and proves why articles this are important.

    I believe videogames are an art form. Good art is marked by good writing about that art. It is also marked by a willingness by the audience to engage in that discourse. But many of you can't even understand any of that, you're already wondering weather to call me a fag or a twat, but not sure how to spell either. I pity the women in your lives.
    Reply -13
  • FIFA 15 on PC has all the Ignite Engine bells and whistles

  • Maturin 06/06/2014

    Good move setting this right EA.

    The company does show some signs of improvement - the big free World Cup update for next-gen FIFA 14 is rather splendid too.
    Reply +1
  • No One Lives Forever to live forever on digital distribution

  • Maturin 03/05/2014

    Street Merchant: You look like you need a monkey.
    HARM Agent: Excuse me?
    Street Merchant: I have a very fine monkey for you. Only twenty dollars, American.
    HARM Agent: Sorry, I don't want a monkey.
    Street Merchant: What do you mean?
    HARM Agent: I don't want a monkey!
    Street Merchant: Why not?
    HARM Agent: Because I don't like monkeys, now get that filthy beast away from me!
    Street Merchant: Are you insulting my monkey?
    HARM Agent: I'm sure it's a perfectly excellent monkey, but I don't want it. Now please leave, I'm very busy.
    Street Merchant: Ten dollars.
    HARM Agent: No! I wouldn't want the dreadful thing even if it were free!
    Street Merchant: Free? You want my children to starve?
    HARM Agent: If they're hungry, I suggest you feed them the monkey.
    Street Merchant: This is a valuable monkey! My wife would kill me if she knew I was offering it to you so cheap.
    HARM Agent: You don't seem to understand, I DON'T WANT A MONKEY!
    Street Merchant: Infidel.
    Reply +6
  • Evolution addresses DriveClub delay after "long and hard winter"

  • Maturin 30/04/2014

    @SUNDANSS No - Evolution Studios, they did the amazing WRC games on PlayStation 2. And (the less amazing) Motorstorm on PS3.

    I believe Eutechnyx most recent game was a NASCAR release.
    Reply -1
  • Bungie explains why there's still no PC version of Destiny

  • Maturin 28/04/2014

    Mad given Xbox One runs on Windows 8. Reply +6
  • Kinect Sports Rivals review

  • Maturin 10/04/2014

    Got the game today. It's very pretty. You have to sit through an enormous amount of unskippable guff before it just lets you and your kids have a quick game of bowling. They've also made picking up the bowling ball much more complicated than the old X360 game - as such my youngest (four) really struggled with the game.

    We've only had it a couple of hours. We've played bowling - good - but silly sci-fi setting of it seems less convincing than old game. Waveracing is very good. Rock climbing is excellent, and feels like a good workout.

    We haven't tried the other sports yet.
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  • Sony Wireless Headset 2.0 review

  • Maturin 31/03/2014

    @darrellharding this is a very good demo too -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUDTlvagjJA
    Reply 0
  • Titanfall matchmaking tweaks now available to try

  • Maturin 30/03/2014

    This is great for me as I'm fecking useless. Just been trying it and had some great matches. Am still useless, but still managed a few kills. Reply 0
  • Microsoft announces first Xbox One price cut - and throws in Titanfall for free

  • Maturin 25/02/2014

    Stuff is always more expensive at launch. Same with cameras and other technological gear. Just how it is. Reply +2
  • Does the 13GB Dead Rising 3 patch boost performance?

  • Maturin 24/01/2014

    @kosigan it doesn't work like that. We've had 60fps capable hardware for over a decade - the issue is whether devs aim for that, or detail. Reply +11
  • Wintry survival sim Midwinter is getting a remake in 2015

  • Maturin 09/01/2014

    @DanWhitehead we still going to be able to take cable car rides? And snipe from church steeples? Reply +1
  • Maturin 09/01/2014

    One of the best games ever made. Please don't cock-up the remake or dumb-down the gameplay from the excellent multi-character approach.

    Oh and do F19 Stealth Fighter next.
    Reply +3
  • Codemasters teases multiple racing games due this year

  • Maturin 06/01/2014

    Grid 2 was a complete turd. And the car park bollocks of recent Dirt games is annoying.

    Back to basics please Codies with a proper rally game. And while you're at it could you finally stop the Ego engine being such a crash-fest on PC. No? Thought not.
    Reply 0
  • PSN buckling under pressure of EU PS4 launch

  • Maturin 29/11/2013

    @scawp no issues with my Xbox One - but given Microsoft's server expertise that's expected. My PS4 on the other hand hasn't managed to connect to PSN next. Reply +11
  • Next-Gen Face-Off: Call of Duty: Ghosts

  • Maturin 27/11/2013

    It sounds like a mess on both consoles. IW has done a pretty poor job with the next-gen versions. Reply +8
  • What happens when free-to-play games aren't free?

  • Maturin 23/11/2013

    If you can't earn enough credits from Forza 5 then I suggest you give up and play something else. The top cars are cheaper than previous games (by a massive drop of four million credits) and the race rewards higher. So it's never been easier to earn money and buy cars in a Forza game.

    Seriously, the game throws money at you. There's no need to buy tokens to continue.

    So the article's premise about Forza is factually incorrect. That's not an opinion, it's just fact. I wonder if Martin has looked at the economy of Forza 3 or 4 and compared them. If he did - he would find his argument null and void, at least regarding this particular game. So don't just blindly read this article and think it is true - because the facts, the raw numbers of the Forza 5 economy, prove it false.

    There is an issue with the way microtransaction options are marketed in many of the new Xbox One games, but in terms of borking Forza in favour of them as this article suggests - it's completely false and easily demonstrated by just playing the game and looking at the numbers.
    Reply +1
  • How to update Xbox One without connecting it to the internet

  • Maturin 21/11/2013

    That's hardly long winded, most of it was just explaining how to use a usb stick and go to a web-page. Reply +6
  • Next-Gen Now: watch Forza Motorsport 5 at 60fps

  • Maturin 20/11/2013

    @DoctorFouad I hope Polyphony does too. But it seems the developer has backed itself into a corner and has provide the most ohmygod graphics rather than a steady frame rate. I really hope GT6 runs better than GT5. Reply 0
  • Forza Motorsport 5 review

  • Maturin 20/11/2013

    Reviewer that doesn't like race tracks reviews racing game. Reply -124
  • Full length trailer for the Need for Speed movie looks stupid/amazing

  • Maturin 19/11/2013

    That looks like one of those cheap straight to DVD copies of a big budget movie. Like the makers of Sharknado have rushed it into stores before Fast & Furious 7. Reply +2
  • Gran Turismo 6 adds seven new tracks, fully simulated star system

  • Maturin 05/11/2013

    Fully simulated star system = rotating sky texture Reply +23
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts 720p on Xbox One, 1080p on PS4

  • Maturin 31/10/2013

    @jetfire10 I don't think you understand how consoles work. If running at a lower resolution all games are upscaled to whatever you've set your TV resolution at on the console. Same on PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One. Reply +3
  • How Microsoft's scientist of speed turned a business strategy into a great series

  • Maturin 21/10/2013

    Amazing there are still supposed racing game experts who think the simulation in GT5 is better than Forza 4. Why? Because it's hard? You folks should read Kazunori Yamauchi's comments on the physics of GT5 and why they are taking the Forza approach - having a new tire model like FM4 - in GT6.

    GT1 - 4 had Forza beat in terms of physics. FM4 was where Forza took the lead.

    I play both though, so I've no dog in the fight. :)
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  • The Crew has been delayed until Q3 2014

  • Maturin 16/10/2013

    @dannyboi3459 it was due in the spring. So while not a launch game it wasn't too far away until delayed. Reply 0
  • F1 2013 review

  • Maturin 03/10/2013

    Would have been tempted by this - but Grid 2 was such a broken mess that I swore off giving Codies another penny. Reply +3
  • Rockstar warns: don't install GTA 5 Xbox 360 "play" disc

  • Maturin 16/09/2013

    The DF video isn't very useful.

    It's using the intro titles that quickly jump from location to location, so suddenly have to stream new data quickly at each edit.

    Just travelling around in the game doesn't seem to show the same problem.
    Reply +1
  • Maturin 16/09/2013

    @artibeus I did the same with mine. Haven't noticed any problems at all. I climbed the mountain, took a good look around. No problems with both disks installed. Reply 0
  • Crytek combats Ryse QTE concern with improved AI

  • Maturin 27/08/2013

    @Tweakmonkey just the final executions. Reply +1
  • Maturin 27/08/2013

    I think the no-fail part sounds fine. This is about finishing moves - where you've already defeated the opponent and just deciding on the final blow. It's not as if you can't fail before that point and be killed by the AI.

    Ryse has gone from a game I didn't like the look of at E3 to something I'm considering buying. Looks like cheesy fun and something different from the many shooters coming our way.
    Reply +7
  • Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation 4 may evolve into GT7

  • Maturin 23/08/2013

    So many people still look at GT replays and photomode shots and think the gameplay looks like that. A lot of the time GT looks like arse in game. And since FM4 it's had the second best consoled handling model. Something Polyphony admitted regarding its tire model compared to Forza 4, and seeks to fix in GT6. It's funny lots of gamers won't accept FM4 has the superior handling model over GT5 even though Kazunori Yamauchi has.

    All this is a real shame. GT was the pioneer and one of my favourite franchises. I wish Sony would give the whole development at Polyphony a shake and get it in sync with hardware.

    Where Forza 4 falls down is the track list. Terrible compared the best console track list GT5 and even better Shift 2.
    Reply +1
  • Whore of the Orient gameplay footage leaked

  • Maturin 02/08/2013

    Give the frame rate criticism a break. This means nothing in a game at this stage of development.

    I agree with others it's an interesting concept. But I don't think I'd like to put money in the pockets of McNamara again.
    Reply +16
  • F1 2013: An instant classic?

  • Maturin 15/07/2013

    I wonder how many game killing bugs Codemasters amazing poor QA process will let through to the retail game this time. Reply +5
  • How Gran Turismo 6's handling changes everything

  • Maturin 05/07/2013

    @T3TSUO he had all the assists on. And he thought Dirt 3 was very realistic.

    Good driver. Terrible with games.
    Reply 0
  • Maturin 05/07/2013

    @Bander I never criticised Daytona USA. Reply 0
  • Maturin 04/07/2013

    GT with ABS set to 0 is a bit weird. It doesn't have the effect one thinks it might as it doesn't just control the ABS. But worth trying for those who want to make the game tougher. Set 1 is the normal approach. Reply 0
  • Maturin 04/07/2013

    @jabberwocky :)

    I doubt it. Because it requires on the fly computation. Forza 5 will still have to do the physics locally on the Xbox One - even for the drivatar files it has downloaded.
    Reply +4
  • Maturin 04/07/2013

    @Bander because if you do things properly you have to calculate the same physics for each AI car as you do the player one. That takes some grunt. Reply +1
  • Maturin 04/07/2013

    @IvorB not full 1080p. Although there is a 1080p mode it actually renders in 1280x1080 rather 1920x1080. We'll have to wait for PS4 before GT is really 1080p. Reply +4
  • Maturin 04/07/2013

    The demo's definitely quite an improvement over GT5 in terms of the tire model. I don't think it's as good as Forza 4 just yet. But that may change in the final version of GT6.

    One thing about the demo that was disconcerting though is that body roll seems rather excessive.
    Reply +3
  • Codemasters brings Colin McRae to iPhone

  • Maturin 26/06/2013

    I'd rather Codemasters fixed the game-killing bug in Grid2 that's left loads of people unable to continue the career. Reply 0
  • Microsoft restores game ownership and expects us to smile

  • Maturin 20/06/2013

    Expecting your children to give a shit about some old tat you played with as a kid is always going to lead to disappointment. Get over it Tom.

    Most of us parents already have, well those that gave a damn about such a pointless goal anyway.

    Until games can manage more than the bullshit stories of Call of Duty there's no cultural legacy worth saving. Oh I hear you cry, but but but BioShock Infinite. Yes but despite the brilliant setting it was mostly pew pew pew. Games need to get over their need to be an effing shooter all the time and then perhaps we might have something worth saving for the future rather than a transient piece of entertainment.
    Reply -11
  • Vorsprung durch Forza

  • Maturin 12/06/2013

    @Suarez07 that's a straw-man argument. There's a middle ground that professional journalists can take. Not being snarky doesn't require one to gush over everything.

    Right now EG seems to be having an office competition to see who can do the best Charlie Brooker impression.
    Reply -2
  • Maturin 12/06/2013

    I don't believe EG has a platform bias at all. But I do think the arch-cynicism and snarkyness in most articles these days is getting very boring. Reply +2