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  • Xbox boss Phil Spencer makes case for Tomb Raider exclusivity deal

  • MrE26 18/08/2014

    As much as i understand people being pissed off about this, from a business point of view you can't really blame Square for taking the money. They'd have been up against Uncharted on PS4 anyway, so this allows them to avoid going head on with Naughty Dog & then release on PS4 once the Uncharted hype has died down. It's a no-brainer for them.

    I can't really see Tomb Raider having any meaningful impact on X1's fortunes anyway.
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  • Why Silent Hill 2 is still the most disturbing game ever made

  • MrE26 17/08/2014

    Still one of the most atmospheric & creepy games I've ever played. Shame the recent HD collection almost completely fucked it up. Reply +19
  • The end of gimmicks?

  • MrE26 17/05/2014

    The problem with motion control stuff is, while it sounds great on paper, the reality is always a very pale imitation. Playing something like Skyrim where you control your own sword & shield sounds great. Then you try it & you've got no feedback when you hit something, there's no real precision & your arms are fucking killing you after 10 minutes. You're basically flailing round like you're having a seizure & hoping for the best. This is why simple stuff like Wii Sports worked well, & why once that got boring the Wii pretty much died. It just doesn't work for anything but quick, throwaway party games.

    VR, if it works properly & doesn't give everyone crippling headaches & motion sickness, could really take off though. That should add a huge amount of immersion to certain game genres & more importantly, won't need games specifically designed to use it.
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  • MrE26 17/05/2014

    I hope that's the end of it, but it probably isn't. Optional gimmickry is fine, if someone wants to chat away to their console or flail around their front room, let them. Me, i feel like a complete idiot doing that so don't force it on me.

    All i want to do is throw a disc in my console, pick up a controller & play some games, & i suspect i'm not in the minority. Driving the price up by bundling in mandatory shit that's novelty wears off after about 17 seconds then lying about how integral it is to the entire system is not the way to go. The entire reason most of us go the console route is the simplicity of them. Plug in, play.

    Stop fucking that up by layering the core experience with needless, unwanted, gimmicky shit.
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  • Better without Kinect

  • MrE26 14/05/2014

    So basically, if they'd just listened to gamers from the start this could all have been avoided. The DRM policies they had prior to launch, the mandatory Kinect that's novelty wears off after about 17 seconds & that pushes the price into unreasonable territory. All of these couldn't be changed they said, and now they all have.

    The 360 got so many things right & was a huge success as a result, how the fuck did they manage to fuck the X1 up so impressively?
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  • Newspaper report linking stabbing of Leeds teacher to Dark Souls disputed

  • MrE26 29/04/2014

    Ah, the Daily Mail. The paper which, if you wiped your arse with it, more shit would come off the fucking paper. Reply +76
  • Looks like the Metro games are coming to PS4 and Xbox One

  • MrE26 31/03/2014

    @abeeken I kinda half agree with you. I think if Metro comes to PS4/XB1 (as well as the rumoured PS4 port of The Last of Us), the bulk of the work will be done getting the engine up & running, which is something the developers would have been doing anyway for future games. Reply 0
  • MrE26 31/03/2014

    I do look at these releases in the same way I look at remastered Blu Ray or CD releases though. People who love the games can pick them up again & keep playing them at the best quality possible.

    People who don't, just ignore them & get something new. It's not like there's only so many games that are allowed to be released at one time & these are taking something else's place is it?
    Reply +16
  • MrE26 31/03/2014

    Great games for anyone who hasn't played them, but this needs to be a budget release. You can pick the originals up for less than £15 for the pair nowadays.

    Curious to know what the Redux refers to as well, new levels in the original?
    Reply +1
  • The Last of Us headed to PS4 this summer, Sony employee says

  • MrE26 27/03/2014

    I don't get why people are complaining about this. Films & music are regularly remastered & re-released so they can continue to be experienced in the best quality possible. Why not games? Reply +2
  • Dark Souls 2 review

  • MrE26 11/03/2014

    @myms1ps3 exactly. In most games, dying means you've failed. In the Souls games, it's an essential part of your progression. You learn through your deaths. Plus rarely does a game give you such a sense of accomplishment when you beat a boss that seemed impossible the first 9 times you attempted it. Reply +6
  • MrE26 11/03/2014

    The original is a game I bought on hearing how amazing it is, played it a few times & became utterly frustrated with how inaccessible & punishingly hard it was. Put it down & never picked it up again for about 6 months.

    Then, I decided to give it another go. Still inaccessible, still fucking nails, but once you get over the fact that death in these games are part of the experience, it all clicks into place. It quickly went from being a game I couldn't get into to being a game I couldn't tear myself away from.

    Glad to hear the sequel lives up to expectations.
    Reply +44
  • Microsoft: Xbox 360's Games with Gold programme will improve

  • MrE26 10/03/2014

    Always had Gold, & thus far i've only downloaded 2 games from there. The selection is just piss poor most of the time. Either great but ancient games that everyone's already bought or ancient shit that nobody wants.

    Making it a rental service with newer titles & a bigger selection would benefit everyone.
    Reply +3
  • Rambo: The Video Game review

  • MrE26 21/02/2014

    Echoing what a few others have said, this is extremely harsh on First Blood. The increasingly ludicrous sequels seem to have made people forget just how good the first film was & pretty much ruined the character.

    Still, i kinda want to play this now.
    Reply +11
  • Win a £400 Sony Entertainment Network voucher

  • MrE26 21/02/2014

    The GTA IV expansions, specifically The Ballad of Gay Tony. They fixed criticisms leveled at the main game, made the familiar game world seem new again & weaved with the original storyline expertly. They didn't feel like they'd been ripped from the game to be sold separately later on, they were newly created for fans of the game who wanted more. Exactly what DLC should be, but rarely is. Plus they actually offered good value for money in a time of lame additional side quests with a price tag slapped on. Reply 0
  • How hackers reinvented Street Fighter 2

  • MrE26 21/02/2014

    I hated the hacked versions, they were pretty much unplayable to me. They just broke the game, barely any of the 'additions' made sense, it just looked like the game had crashed. Reply 0
  • Naughty Dog mulls The Last of Us 2

  • MrE26 07/02/2014

    They could maybe show the outbreak from different characters' point of view. A different city, country, whatever. As long as it's suitably different from the original & not just a retread. More of the same but louder really would be doing the original a disservice. Reply +1
  • MrE26 07/02/2014

    The Last of Us is an amazing piece of work, & the main appeal of it (for me, anyway) is the relationship between Joel & Ellie. That was finished perfectly, i don't see any need for them to retread old ground just because the previous game was such a success.

    Another story in that world would be nice though, provided they can do something new with it & not just do the same basic thing again with new characters.
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  • Resident Evil and Onimusha composer exposed as a fraud

  • MrE26 05/02/2014

    @Uberheertje No, a director directs. A composer is meant to compose, not pay someone to do it for him. Reply +4
  • MrE26 05/02/2014

    I don't understand why the guy who actually composed for him actually did it. Why do something while someone else gets all the reward for your work? Reply +4
  • Founders leave Burnout and NFS: Hot Pursuit studio Criterion

  • MrE26 03/01/2014

    Electronic Arts ladies & gentlemen! Reply +17
  • Now Alien Isolation screenshots leak

  • MrE26 15/12/2013

    @man.the.king Fincher was fucked before the film even started shooting. Fincher's version of Alien 3 doesn't exist, & never will. Everything he's made since proves how wrong they were not to back him. Reply +2
  • A new generation: a new price-point for games

  • MrE26 30/11/2013

    Happens every single time. They trot out the same old shitty excuse about games having higher costs to develop on the new wonder machines (in spite of the fact that many are just PC ports) when the truth is, they know the early adopters have little choice but to pay it.

    Prices will drop back to the 40-45 mark once there's a little more competition around.
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  • What happens when free-to-play games aren't free?

  • MrE26 23/11/2013

    This is by far the worst thing about modern gaming & the online aspects of it. I have nothing against DLC provided it doesn't impact on the main game. Expansion packs like GTA 4's & Skyrim's are a good example of it. Completely optional new chapters for people who enjoyed the game. Even the ridiculous horse armour didn't really bother me. It's optional & added nothing, just a little gimmick for anyone silly enough to buy it.

    But when things are clearly being held back or removed to be sold separately, sometimes even to the extent that they're on the fucking disc & locked out, it's beyond taking the piss. They're shamelessly milking customers dry, & not in a good way.
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  • Warner apologises for Batman: Arkham Origins technical problems

  • MrE26 01/11/2013

    So far I've managed to avoid any major glitches & I'm enjoying the game. The lack of QC with some titles this generation has been shocking though. Way too many game breaking bugs slipping through. Reply +8
  • Games of the Generation: Dark Souls

  • MrE26 01/11/2013

    @darc it was actually all the evangelising I read that made me pick it back up & actually put some time into learning how to play it. It really is a closed book from the start & the way it just drops you into a very dark & melancholy world with no real explanation puts a lot of people off it I think.

    Once it clicks with you it's a revelation though, & I don't think any other game has given me such a sense of achievement when I finally beat a seemingly impossible boss (O & S, I'm looking at you here.)
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  • MrE26 31/10/2013

    This is one of those games that never really appealed to me. Eventually picked it up cheap after hearing all of the praise about it & fired it up for a quick 30 minute blast. Left me completely cold, had no idea what I was doing & found it clunky as fuck so it stayed in the box for another 6 months or so.

    Then, one day I decided to give it another go. Played for a while, continually getting my arse handed to me by the most common of enemies, respawing over & over again & then it just clicked & it went from being a game that I struggled to get into to being a game I struggled to put down.

    It really does require a bit of time & effort to fully get to grips with the mechanics of it & to get your head around the fact that this isn't a game that spoon feeds you everything & holds your hand the whole way through. It's hard as nails at times but never unfair, & while most games have you cursing every time you die, in this it's a part of a very necessary learning curve.

    It's a fucking brilliant game & i'm glad that i persevered with it.
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  • Why Total War: Rome 2 blood and gore is DLC

  • MrE26 01/11/2013

    I get the age rating excuse. But why charge for it? DLC really is going way too far now. Reply +20
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts 720p on Xbox One, 1080p on PS4

  • MrE26 30/10/2013

    Well, this comments thread is gonna be a trainwreck. Reply +19
  • Batman: Arkham Origins review

  • MrE26 25/10/2013

    Sounds like what i expected, more of the same. From the day this was announced it always seemed like a glorified expansion pack & it looks like that's what we've got.

    It would have been nice if Rocksteady had finished off the trilogy properly, but this should be a decent enough stopgap while they do the next game.
    Reply +4
  • Naughty Dog confirms European version of The Last of Us censored

  • MrE26 05/08/2013

    Presumably we all get the censored version so Germany can play against the rest of Europe in multiplayer?

    I'm against censorship of this sort, but this doesn't really bother me if I'm honest. If the main part of the game (single player) had been edited, I'd feel a lot differently but no dismemberment in multiplayer isn't really a huge deal to me.
    Reply +4
  • Désilets: the future is digital, Microsoft just fluffed Xbox One message

  • MrE26 01/07/2013

    @Cjail You know what I mean. An actual product to do with as I please. Not just a bunch of data on a hard drive that i have a 'right' to use & that becomes useless if my Internet dies. Reply +1
  • MrE26 01/07/2013

    @Cjail I quite like to actually own things when I buy them. Nice artwork, new manual smell, all that stuff. Plus, I then have the option of selling it, or trading it in when I'm done. That's why it's unfortunate that it'll all be gone. Reply +2
  • MrE26 01/07/2013

    He's right, everything will be digital soon. It's inevitable unfortunately.

    MS just pushed it way too hard way too fast rather than easing into it which is what I presume they'll do now.
    Reply +1
  • The most popular arguments in favour of Xbox One DRM

  • MrE26 21/06/2013

    I'm not against a digital marketplace on console, provided the pricing reflected the fact that trade-ins were limited & they'd save on manufacturing & distribution costs. What MS were offering gave all of the drawbacks of existing digital sales with none of the benefits.

    There's no reason they couldn't give us a Steam-style store for those who want it & existing disc based software for those who don't. If it works well & consumers take to it, they could consider dropping discs altogether next gen.

    As it was, to suddenly jump in with their all-or-nothing approach, half-arsed confusing explanations & sheer arrogance has cost them a lot of consumer confidence.

    The comical 24 hour internet requirement was just the icing on the cake. Who the fuck wants to buy something that'll become useless if their internet dies?
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  • Microsoft reverses position on Xbox One DRM

  • MrE26 19/06/2013

    They had to, they've been uniformly slaughtered for it. Now if they can sack the thundercunt who's idea it was in the first place, drop the price by £100 & shut the fuck up about 'the power of the cloud', i might buy one. Reply +62
  • Kiefer Sutherland is the new voice of Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5

  • MrE26 06/06/2013

    @mukki 24's coming back next year... Reply +4
  • GamesMaster: The Inside Story

  • MrE26 04/06/2013

    Dave Perry really was an absolute bellend wasn't he? Reply +2
  • This is how Xbox One game trade-ins will work, apparently

  • MrE26 24/05/2013

    So say a new game is £50, i trade it in & the shop pays £35 to activate it. Obviously they want a cut for selling it on, so the maximum i can likely expect back for my £50 outlay is what, £5?

    Are they taking the fucking piss?
    Reply +9
  • David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake, waves goodbye to Metal Gear

  • MrE26 02/04/2013

    Odd decision after 9 games & 15 years. Kojima wouldn't change the way Snake looks now, so why change the way he sounds? Reply +2
  • Digital Foundry vs. God of War: Ascension

  • MrE26 16/03/2013

    Wow. Lot of complete cunts in this comment thread. Reply +8
  • Face-Off: Crysis 3

  • MrE26 04/03/2013

    @Emperor_Rosko You seem to think these articles are for waving around your superior hardware specs like some badge of fucking honour. They're not. They're for viewing & discussing the differences between formats.

    Incidentally, i do have a PC. I just don't feel the need to yell about how incredibly superior it is to my consoles, mainly because i'm not a monumental cunt.
    Reply +3
  • MrE26 02/03/2013

    @Emperor_Rosko Not at all, I just find this kind of pathetic dick-measuring incredibly dull. You honestly think anyone gives a flying fuck how much RAM you have or how many spare ports are left for more? Really? Get a fucking clue. Reply +6
  • MrE26 02/03/2013

    @Emperor_Rosko I'm not sure anybody gives a fuck. Reply +36
  • Current-gen PSN games won't transfer to PS4

  • MrE26 21/02/2013

    I didn't expect it this time, given the change in GPU manufacturer & radically different architecture. Then again, backwards compatibility was a huge deal for me at the start of the 360/PS3 cycle. Thinking back though, i've probably used it a dozen times in 7 years. Reply +3
  • Thoughts from New York: PlayStation 4 feels less visionary than its predecessor

  • MrE26 21/02/2013

    I think they've actually got it right this time. A nicely powerful console that follows the traditional PC architecture, making it easy enough for developers to get to grips with & a decent chunk of RAM. No fancy complicated custom 'engine' that drives the price up & is a ballache to program for. Just a nice simple design that's been proven to work.

    The social stuff was inevitable, but all i want is to sit with a standard controller & play some good games. This looks like it'll let me do that.
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  • Aliens: Colonial Marines' demo looked much prettier than the final game

  • MrE26 20/02/2013

    @ATARI Cameron came from Roger Corman's school of filmmaking. So where nowadays they'll make a facehugger purely from CGI & show it in glorious slo-mo, he made his like a kid's pull-toy & it's about a million times more effective for a fraction of the cost. Aside from the occasional ropey rear projection shot, the effects in that film still hold up today. Reply 0
  • MrE26 19/02/2013

    @funkateer I like Alien 3 for what it is, I just don't think it was ever good enough to follow 2 genuine classics & it's incredibly bleak. It never got over the mess of a pre-production & the studio meddling & editing buried it. Still a lovely looking film though. Reply +1
  • MrE26 19/02/2013

    @danielhughes Alien & Aliens still look amazing. To think they did Aliens for $18m & used gymnasts in suits & miniatures. Reply +3
  • MrE26 19/02/2013

    @bad09 Haha, I was just thinking about George's ridiculous vendetta against AvP when I read that! Reply +3