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  • Driver San Francisco, Far Cry 2 now playable on Xbox One via backwards compatibility

  • Pumpatron 17/01/2018

    @FogHeart Agreed.

    Far Cry 2 really wants to kill you. Whereas later Far Cry games just want to hold your hand.
    Reply +4
  • Four months on, BioWare still patching Mass Effect: Andromeda facial animations

  • Pumpatron 10/07/2017


    I doubt the input lag will ever be fixed sadly. I think either Bioware donít know how to fix it, or as it doesnít seem to affect everyone, wonít bother fixing it because it only affects a minority of people.
    Reply 0
  • Mass Effect Andromeda patch makes Jaal bi

  • Pumpatron 07/06/2017

    This was the most disappointing game Iíve played in a while, ended up abandoning it after about 10 hours. The main issue that stopped me playing was input-lag, which I donít think will ever get patched now. It only seems to have effected a minority of people, but I can only comment on how it played for me, and from what I experienced it played like a turd. :-( Reply +1
  • Prey review

  • Pumpatron 10/05/2017

    This sounds good, but the input lag issue really puts me off. Input lag killed Mass Effect Andromeda for me, Iím currently playing Dishonored 2 and that has it too, itís not as bad as MEA though so I can still enjoy the game. Reply +1
  • Mass Effect Andromeda patches to improve lip-syncing, trans character dialogue

  • Pumpatron 04/04/2017

    Poop. No mention of a fix to the aiming. My face is sad. Reply +1
  • Why Halo's biggest problem may be Halo itself

  • Pumpatron 15/02/2017

    Iíve enjoyed all the Halo games, theyíve all had their own strengths and weaknesses. Halo 5ís problem for me was story telling that was more in tone with spartan ops (which was rubbish) rather than Halo 4 (which was good, imo), that and repetitive boss fights. The moment to moment combat was good though, and I liked the spartan abilities, a good addition imo.

    For 6 Iíd like better story telling, less characters, more Master Chief. And more time with just the Chief, Iím not sure I want 3 spartans following me around for the whole game again.
    Reply +8
  • Watch: 15 minutes of Infinite Warfare multiplayer gameplay

  • Pumpatron 02/09/2016

    Don't like the map design, too many tight winding corridors and blind corners for my liking, looks like a recipe for getting shot in the back a lot. Don't like the robodog thing either.

    I thought the single player looked promising though, might pick it up cheap if it turns out to be good.
    Reply +2
  • Fallout 4 mods come to Xbox One in May, PS4 in June

  • Pumpatron 27/04/2016


    Funny, I actually want the opposite. Iíd like some mods to make the game more creepy and bleak.

    Maybe Iím a weirdo, but the bleaker the world the more I want to explore it. A bright and colourful world just doesnít interest me in the same way, I canít get immersed in it.
    Reply +1
  • Xbox One backward compatibility: every major game tested

  • Pumpatron 21/01/2016

    Reach is probably my favourite halo campaign so this is disappointing news. The original on 360 had pretty bad framerate drops at certain points for me, so I was hoping itíd get the 60fps treatment to fix those issues, instead it seems the opposite has happened and somehow its made it worse. :( Reply 0
  • Fallout 4 review

  • Pumpatron 09/11/2015

    When so many open-world games lead you by the nose to every last collectible, splattering your map with icons that tell you exactly where specific items can be found, Fallout's genius remains the way that it uses waypoints and map markers to show you the start of the trail, not the end. This is a game where you discover things through your own agency, curiosity driving you to check out a new place on the horizon, to eavesdrop on a conversation or tune into a mysterious radio signal that keeps crackling into life.
    This is what I love about Fallout. And probably why I find a lot of other open-world games a bit disappointing.
    Reply +2
  • Fallout 4's fancy pants live-action trailer

  • Pumpatron 15/10/2015


    Having recently replayed Fallout 3 on 360, 4 looks like a decent step up visually to me.
    Reply +4
  • Halo 5's campaign lasts 8-12 hours - if played on normal

  • Pumpatron 08/10/2015

    8-12 on normal sounds ok to me. On Heroic or legendary (how Halo should be played ;-)) I'm guessing about 10-15+ hours, depending on play style. I'm looking forward to finding out.

    Plus, the Halo games always offer good replayability thanks to their sandbox nature, Halo 5 sounds like it'll be great on that front with big areas, alternate paths, secrets of find etc. I can see myself getting way more than 8-12 hours out of the campaign.
    Reply +3
  • Stone Age-set Far Cry Primal launches in February

  • Pumpatron 06/10/2015

    I want to be positive, and the change of setting could be interestingÖ but if it just sticks to the same template as the last couple of FC games, then the setting being different isnít going to make much difference, at least to me anyway.

    Iíd love to see them move away from the ubi-openworld-template and try a different approach. I doubt they will though. I didn't do very well on the 'being positive' front did I :)
    Reply +6
  • Digital Foundry vs the Halo 5 Gamescom demo

  • Pumpatron 08/08/2015


    Apparently it will have very open environments, alternate paths etc.
    Reply 0
  • Pumpatron 08/08/2015

    Really looking forward to this. Reply 0
  • Homefront: The Revolution is already a big improvement on the original

  • Pumpatron 04/08/2015

    My problem with the ubisoft style template (which this seems to be) is the world, activities and how they are presented feel so fake, more like rides in an open world theme park, than real emergent events in well realised world. As a result I just lose interest.

    Sorry for being negative. It might turn out great. YOU NEVER KNOW! :-)
    Reply +4
  • The murky genius of Fallout: New Vegas

  • Pumpatron 12/07/2015

    Much preferred 3. I loved exploring wasteland, DC ruins, sewers etc, the atmosphere and tone of the game was far better imo, it really sucked me into the world. NV fell flat in that respect for me, yes the story choices were better in NV, but the game world itself just didn't interest me. Reply +5
  • Much Mad Max actual gameplay footage

  • Pumpatron 18/06/2015

    Could be good. But there is too much on-screen clutter for my liking - objective updates, unlocks, skill upgrades, new enemy discovered, collect 5 more etc etc. Ubisoft do a similar thing in their games, it's a real immersion killer. Reply +2
  • Halo 5: There's good news and bad news

  • Pumpatron 10/06/2015


    Loads of people buy Halo for the campaign, I'm mainly a campaign player as are my friends. It's a shame about split-screen, it isn't a big loss for me personally but its poo for those that love it. It may get patched in later, you never know.
    Reply +2
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review

  • Pumpatron 18/05/2015

    It sounds great. Looks like I'll finally be upgrading to the current gen, until now I hadn't felt I was missing out. Reply +5
  • Halo 5 lets you turn off sprint and other Spartan Abilities in custom games

  • Pumpatron 05/02/2015

    I didn't play the beta, but I really liked what I saw so I'm glad they're sticking to their guns and not ditching the sprint and abilities stuff.

    I love the emphasis on mobility, Spartans have always been talked about as being hyper-mobile killing machines, but the gameplay has never really matched that for me - all the new stuff looks to be addressing that, so, err, yay!
    Reply +2
  • Ubisoft polls public on future Far Cry settings

  • Pumpatron 05/01/2015

    Dinosaurs would be great, well thats unless it's just a dinosaur re-skin of Far cry 3/4.

    I'd like them to move away from the ubisoft open world formula, tone down the HUD and make a truly immersive openworld with real reasons to explore, and not just have a collection of mini games dotted around the map again.
    Reply -1
  • Games of 2014: Far Cry 4

  • Pumpatron 29/12/2014

    I've enjoyed it on the whole, the game plays well, is polished, looks good. It fixes some of FC3's issues (the AI is better for example), but it also has some of the same problems imo. There's nothing to really find in the world except the same mini-games again and again. There's no mystery, little to discover, it lacks atmosphere, and is incredibly 'gamey' with lots of immersion breaking elements.

    I'm left with the same feeling as FC3, a good game, but one that could've been so much better. If FC5 follows the same template I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy it day one.
    Reply +7
  • GAME selling Xbox One and four games for £299

  • Pumpatron 27/11/2014

    Great price, but none of the games appeal to me. Reply +15
  • Death to the mini-map

  • Pumpatron 01/11/2014

    The mini map in Far Cry 3 kinda spoilt the game for me a bit.

    It showed you too much Ė enemy position and what direction they were facing Ė it sucked a lot of the challenge and fun out of encounters and made the combat too easy and predictable. It's also a immersion killer.

    I understand some people will want/need these helping elements, but some of us don't and they can actually spoil the experience. An option to turn them on/off would be great.
    Reply +1
  • Far Cry 4: everything we know so far

  • Pumpatron 03/07/2014


    I agree. It was mainly the minmap that bugged me. In FC3 it showed you where enemies were, and which direction they were facing making it way too easy. Sometimes I like to be surprised by the enemy, that didn't happen in FC3 you always knew where they were, where they were facing and moving to etc.
    Reply +1
  • 343's master plan for Halo 5: Guardians

  • Pumpatron 16/06/2014

    "With Halo 1 it was dual stick controls and streaming from hard-drive," he said. "With Halo 2 it was finally taking advantage of that ethernet port. We didn't just drive the matchmaking that people are used to now in console gaming. We probably helped push broadband adoption in the States among a certain demographic, period. I know a lot of people signed up for broadband internet just for Halo 2.
    "So we want to make sure that since we're on a new platform, we're pushing it in interesting ways. That's one of our biggest philosophies."
    I hope I'm wrong. But I've got a feeling that the above is hinting at Halo 5 being an always-online game, and that the campaign will use the 'cloud' and won't be playable without a constant internet connection.
    Reply +5
  • Ubisoft makes Far Cry 4 official, due this November

  • Pumpatron 15/05/2014

    Surprised its out this year, I hope its not a rush job. What I really want from FC4 is a more immersive world, FC3 had lots of little things that would suck me out of the moment and remind me I'm just playing a game. Reply +1
  • Microsoft: Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer "would have to be fantastic"

  • Pumpatron 28/03/2014

    I love Halo, but a remake of Halo 2 isnít something Iím desperate to play. In terms of campaign itís one of the weakest (though still pretty decent), and thatís the main reason I play Halo. Though I understand lots of people love 2ís mp.

    But if it did come with mp, and with Halo 5 supposedly out next year wouldnít that split the player base? Isnít that normally something developers want to avoid?
    Reply +2
  • What Outside Xbox makes of Titanfall

  • Pumpatron 15/03/2014

    Wolfenstein sounds like it could be pretty good. Reply +2
  • Xbox One closing monthly US sales gap on PS4

  • Pumpatron 14/03/2014

    I'm kinda surprised that both consoles are selling so well. Though it's good that they are.

    Both are still expensvie and most games are coming out on 360 & PS3, just doesn't seem worth upgrading currently.
    Reply +4
  • Microsoft announces first Xbox One price cut - and throws in Titanfall for free

  • Pumpatron 24/02/2014

    "What I'm certain of is that people want to play Titanfall. It's going to be a system seller. People will buy an Xbox One in order to play this game."

    I won't. It looks like a good multiplayer shooter, but buy a One to play it? I'd just pick it up on 360. I can see Titanfall selling well, but a system seller? Dunno about that.
    Reply +5
  • Xbox developing TV series based on rapper Nas

  • Pumpatron 12/02/2014


    Very true. But I was talking about fame not talent, maybe I should have said Vinilla Ice, he's famous and talentedÖ. err wait.
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  • Pumpatron 12/02/2014


    I'm sure Nas is well known in the rap music scene (man I sound old) and for people into that. But for people who aren't into it, why would they have heard of him? It would seem his fame doesn't really extend beyond the rap genre, unlike Kanye West for example, everyone's heard of that twat.
    Reply +3
  • Video: Could Far Cry 4 be set in the Himalayas?

  • Pumpatron 06/02/2014

    I loved FC3, but found it to be a bit too 'gamey' and lacking in immersion compared to FC2.

    Don't get me wrong it did a lot right, but unusually for an open world game I always kinda felt like my hand was being held, like I could almost see the game mechanics working, it didn't feel natural. I'm probably not explaining myself very well here.
    Reply +8
  • New cheaper Xbox One model this year - report

  • Pumpatron 31/01/2014

    A price cut would be good. When it gets to £299 with a game I'll be tempted. But not without a disc drive, there is no way my internet is ready for a digital only console. Plus games cost way more digitally and you can't shop around for a bargain. Reply +5
  • Does the 13GB Dead Rising 3 patch boost performance?

  • Pumpatron 24/01/2014

    Are patches of this size common on next gen? Because that would result in my internet being throttled to death. Reply +20
  • Making concept art a virtual reality: Bungie on next-gen Destiny

  • Pumpatron 28/10/2013


    I don't think you can play it off-line. I'm pretty sure they have said you need to be connected to play it, though I'd happily be proved wrong.

    But you can play it solo and avoid other players apparently.
    Reply 0
  • Rousing Battlefield 4 single-player campaign trailer

  • Pumpatron 22/10/2013

    Seems most people here couldn't give a shit about the sp, which is understandable.

    But a good meaty campaign, one that embraced the mp's open environments and player choice would push me off the fence and persuade me to buy it.

    I know it's 'all about the mp' in BF, but I like a bit of single player in my games, as long as it's done well that is. If it's another painfully linear 6hr campaign with loads of hand holding, then no thanks. They should make it play to the mp's strengths, not copy COD.

    I'm tempted anyway as I had fun in the beta.
    Reply +2
  • The thrills and disappointments of the Battlefield 4 beta

  • Pumpatron 03/10/2013


    I think he's right.

    There is little emphasis on skill in COD. Kills and deaths are mostly determined by who see who first, or who has the better connection. There is very little gun/aiming skill. I'd always assumed that's part of the reason why it's so popular, it's very easy to play.

    As you say, knowing the map layout plays a part as does common sense, but that's more basic tactics than skill.
    Reply +2
  • Bethesda: "The time for convincing publishers and developers to support Wii U has long passed"

  • Pumpatron 03/09/2013

    Let's look between launch and the end of this year, shall we?

    New Super Mario Bros U
    Sing Party
    Game & Wario
    Lego City Undercover (Nintendo funded & published)
    Pikmin 3
    The Wonderful 101 (Nintendo funded & published)
    New Super Luigi U (Retail & DLC)
    Pokťmon Rumble U
    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
    Wii Party U
    Super Mario 3D World
    Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
    Wii Fit U.

    Yep, no first party games at all.

    That list pretty much sums up why I'm not interested in the wii u.

    I'm sure there are some good games there, but they all seem to be family friendly and/or aimed at younger gamers, or party games. Nothing wrong with a bit of that at all, but that's all there seems to be. There is nothing there that remotely interests me.

    They need something to appeal to gamers that have no interest in the usual Mario and Zelda games etc. Some exclusives that make it must buy, for example I'm really tempted to get a PS3 pretty much just for The Last of Us.

    The wii u could cost £100, but there is nothing I want to play on it.
    Reply +9
  • Activision blames low Call of Duty: Ghosts pre-orders on next-gen hesitation

  • Pumpatron 02/08/2013


    Yeah, I agree.

    It's real world setting, and real guns etc is part of why it's so popular. The further it moves away from this the less popular it will be.

    Modern shooters have way more mass appeal, it's mainstream, safe, and I'd guess in a fair few casual gamers eyes it's seen as socially acceptable, whereas playing sci-fi games may not be.

    I saw this with my own bro, when he saw me playing Halo he automatically dismissed it as being 'sad', but when he saw me playing COD, this was ok, it was deemed 'normal'. You know, because it doesn't have any gay aliens in it. I fucking love gay aliens.
    Reply +5
  • Destiny: how to save online worlds

  • Pumpatron 21/06/2013

    It does sound good.

    But will it be smooth for people who have average internet speeds? My experience playing co-op online in Bungie's last game (Halo Reach) wasn't smooth, there was pretty much constant input lag, it ranged from mildly frustrating to unplayable. As a result i barely touched the co-op modes.

    I'd definitely want to try a demo before buying.
    Reply +3
  • Dead Island Riptide review

  • Pumpatron 22/04/2013


    I didn't think it was a 'zombie' game, it does sound good though. But I don't have a PS3 anyhoo.
    Reply -1
  • Pumpatron 22/04/2013

    So many zombie games, and not one I really want to play. They all seem to be arcady, co-op games, or both.

    I want a single player zombie game that has a dark menacing tone, I want it to have a real sense of mystery, and a good story, I want to explore and feel like Iím discovering what happened to the world while trying to survive.
    Reply +2
  • This is what top-level COD competition ****ing looks like

  • Pumpatron 21/03/2013

    What the fuck is wrong with these people? Reply +3
  • Metro 2033 retrospective

  • Pumpatron 10/03/2013

    I picked this up cheap a couple of months ago. I played for about 3 hours maybe, then stopped. Couldn't get into it. Lots of atmosphere, but it never really sucked me in for some reason.

    I also found the gameplay quite clunky, which I can put up with if a game world/story interests me, but I just wasn't feeling it.
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  • Crysis 3 review

  • Pumpatron 19/02/2013


    The campaign length my not be important to you, but some of us don't care about the multiplayer modes.

    So campaign length is important to me, of course I want it to maintain quality over its duration. But that shouldn't be an issue with a 10-12 hour campaign. Its not like I'm asking for 30+ hours.

    Just seen your edit - yeah it comes down to value for money really.
    Reply +8
  • Pumpatron 19/02/2013

    Hearing that the campaign is 5-6 hours is disappointing. I have zero interest in the multiplayer, so a good meaty campaign is what I wanted from this. It didn't need to be huge, just a similar length to Crysis 2.

    Oh well. I'll pick it up when the price drops.
    Reply +5
  • Destiny: Bungie unveils its shared-world shooter

  • Pumpatron 17/02/2013

    As soon as I read that you always have to be online I lost a lot of interest.

    Shame, because I quite like the sound of it otherwise. I like the concept art, and the open-world, dynamic day/night cycle and weather effects all sound great. I just don't want to play an MMO type of game.
    Reply +12