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  • 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

    @Uncompetative

    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

    @el_pollo_diablo

    Very true. But I was talking about fame not talent, maybe I should have said Vinilla Ice, he's famous and talentedÖ. err wait.
    Reply 0
  • Pumpatron 12/02/2014

    @kinky_mong

    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 +19
  • Making concept art a virtual reality: Bungie on next-gen Destiny

  • Pumpatron 28/10/2013

    @gr8effect

    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

    @Ansob.

    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?

    NintendoLand
    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

    @Olemak

    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

    @jamieleng

    I didn't think it was a 'zombie' game, it does sound good though. But I don't have a PS3 anyhoo.
    Reply 0
  • 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.
    Reply 0
  • Crysis 3 review

  • Pumpatron 19/02/2013

    @dogmanstaruk

    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
  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter review

  • Pumpatron 25/10/2012

    @Ash2012

    I think you need to get over it. You like the game, great, Iím happy for you, really. But maybe you donít have a particularly high quality threshold, reviewers have to have higher standards.

    Just because you like the game it doesnít mean the game is good, this review is wrong, or that the reviewer has marked it down because the review copy was late arriving.

    All the reviews seem to be in agreement so far, and from the gameplay Iíve watched and beta I played Iím inclined to agree with them. The game looks completely average, with a dull and predictable copy & paste 5 hour campaign. Itís a linear and formulaic pop up shooting gallery with bad AI, too much hand holding and scripting. This game seems encapsulate everything that is bad about FPS campaigns.

    But if you like it, who cares. Have fun with it.
    Reply +6
  • So, what's the Covenant doing in Halo 4?

  • Pumpatron 27/09/2012

    @Utopolitan

    Of course itís going to have gameplay similar to previous Haloís, which is a good thing. But exactly the same? There are new enemies, weapons and armour abilities, (and thats what we know about so far) all these things have potential to change the gameplay. Not in a radical way, yes - but an evolution which is what I want from a sequel.

    Also, what made Halo great for me was the wonderful AI, the combat, the vehicles, not the cartoonish feel as you put it. Iím glad itís taking its self more seriously. Iíve always wanted a more mature, grittier Halo.
    Reply +1
  • 343: Halo 4 Spartan Ops season longer than Halo 3: ODST

  • Pumpatron 24/08/2012

    I liked ODST, it has one of the strongest campaigns in my view. I actually thought 3 was one of the weakest campaign wise, maybe I was expecting too much, but I just found it to be a bit of let down. Reply +1
  • Far Cry 3 co-op includes unique areas, characters, story

  • Pumpatron 01/08/2012

    Can't wait for this. Don't really care about the co-op though, it's all about the single player for me. Reply +4
  • Take-Two: Sales were "lower-than-anticipated" for Max Payne and Spec Ops

  • Pumpatron 01/08/2012

    I'm kinda surprised the love Spec Ops gets, and I'm going to get negged for this.

    But the demo made it seem a very average, by the numbers shooter. The combat was ok but nothing to get excited about, the level design was restrictive and linear, it was also a bit too staged and scripted for my taste. And It's quite short from what I've heard at only 5-6 hrs.

    I assuming the story must be amazing, and/or the demo doesn't do it justiceÖ. or it is just average and you're all mental ;-) Ö. or I'm mental :eek:
    Reply +10
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and the 60FPS Challenge

  • Pumpatron 30/06/2012

    @Pwnsweet

    There's nothing wrong with some action set pieces and scripted moments. But call of duty relies on them way too much for my taste. If they're over used it makes for an experience the feels more like an interactive movie than game. It also dilutes their impact as there's so many of them.

    I'd rather have the occasional set piece and clever AI that has freedom and reacts to what you do, rather than scripted AI and huge set pieces every 10 minutes.
    Reply +3
  • New Halo 4 info spills from retailer quiz

  • Pumpatron 27/06/2012

    @TRUTH

    Of course it's going to have similar gameplay to previous Halo's, it's a Halo game.

    You say Halo 4 will just be more of the same, but then say it will have new weapons, vehicles, enemies and updated visuals. Well those things along with a new setting and story (which Halo 4 has) are what I want from a sequel. I'm not sure what your point is.

    As for going downhill after Halo 2, you're entitled to your opinion. I personally thought Reach had the best campaign since Halo CE.
    Reply +3
  • Spec Ops: The Line Review

  • Pumpatron 26/06/2012

    I didn't expect this to get an 8. I tried the demo and thought it seemed very ordinary, maybe the demo doesn't do it justice. It just felt like another by the numbers shooter to me, too orchestrated and very predictable. Reply +1
  • Far Cry 3 pushed back to November

  • Pumpatron 25/06/2012

    Poop. Really looking forward to this, but adding a bit of extra polish is a good reason to delay I suppose.

    This is now coming out in the same month as Halo 4, which is the only other FPS I care about. It's a shame so many games release so close to each other, I can see this hurting FC3's sales unfortunately.
    Reply +2
  • Halo 4 Spartan Ops gameplay video

  • Pumpatron 06/06/2012

    Looks great. I'm really liking the sound effects to. Reply 0
  • Dead Space 3 ditches Dead Space 2's competitive multiplayer

  • Pumpatron 04/06/2012

    Less linear and side missions is good imo. I'd like a bit of exploration. In the early Resident Evil games I felt like I was exploring and discovering things, if this can capture that kind of vibe then great.

    I won't be touching the co-op in this though, didn't bother with the mp in DS2 either.
    Reply +6
  • New Gears of War confirmed

  • Pumpatron 02/06/2012

    Cole Train is the single most annoying character in any game I've played. Ever. I'd rather eat my own poo than hear "Woo it's the Cole Train baby" again. Reply +4
  • THQ hopes to rekindle memories of Half-Life 2 with Metro: Last Light

  • Pumpatron 30/05/2012

    This sounds promising, never played the first one. Might have to pick it up, I reckon it'd be pretty cheap now.

    @bad09 I've got to agree on HL2's story. I enjoyed the game, but the story didn't seem to be told very well.

    Maybe I missed something, but there seemed to be virtually no continuation from HL1. Who are the Combine and where did they come from?... they weren't mentioned in HL1 but now I'm fighting them? err ok, why, who are they, what happened to the world? What happened to the aliens I was fighting in HL1, are they on my side now? what the fuck is going on???.

    None of that was explained, you're just straight into the game without any explanation, nor do you get one. All I knew was I had to shoot the Combine, thats about it. Did I miss something? Help me jebus.
    Reply +2
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Review

  • Pumpatron 22/05/2012

    'the campaign's substantial length'

    So how long is it?

    It's a shame it borrows so much from COD etc. Though it sounds like it betters COD by giving you decent sized levels and letting you take the lead, it's nice to hear the 'follow the NPC' bullshit is keep to a minimum. I hate that crap.
    Reply +8
  • More Halo 4 multiplayer details revealed

  • Pumpatron 16/05/2012

    @kassmageant

    I'm sure I've read somewhere they are free, and you can play them solo if you want.
    Reply +3
  • Halo 4 box art pieced together by fans

  • Pumpatron 15/05/2012

    Great artwork, they have some talented artists at 343. Though I expect the final box art will be a more 'impactful' version of this with the chief and halo 4 logo bigger, and the logo probably moved to the top. Reply -1
  • Jade's Empire

  • Pumpatron 11/05/2012

    Hello. I'm an idiot. Reply -7
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 reveal trailer

  • Pumpatron 02/05/2012

    I was quick to right this off. But the fact that they are adding some player choice to the campaign can only be a good thing, though how well handled it will be remains to be seen. I remember Gears of War having branching paths and it still felt a very restricted and controlled experience. Reply 0
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 announced

  • Pumpatron 01/05/2012

    @WAusJackBauer

    Maybe I'm just sick of COD type campaigns. But I thought it was poor.

    I seemed to spend most of the game following a friendly AI, there was no chance to play the game how you wanted, you had to follow the AI. The level design offered no freedom. Everything was dictated by the game, you as the player had zero choice.

    The enemies would continue to respawn until you crossed an invisible line, this was't even hidden very well, at times it was obvious where you had to get to, then magic, no more enemies. There wasn't any AI, it felt like a pop up shooting range, so fire fights became boring and predictable.

    It was very short, but in Black Ops case this was a plus point. I did quite like the idea behind the story but I don't think it was handled very well.
    Reply 0
  • Pumpatron 01/05/2012

    I thought the Black Ops campaign was bad even by COD standards. I know all COD campaigns are linear shooting galleries, overly reliant on set pieces with zero AI. But Black Ops took it to new levels of shitness, I may as well of watched a crappy action film instead. Reply +1
  • Crytek has DX11 graphics running in Crysis 3 on PS3, Xbox 360

  • Pumpatron 24/04/2012

    I played Crysis 2 on 360, loved it, and didn't experience many framerate issues at all. Maybe I was lucky, but it generally seemed fine to me. Reply +4
  • First Crysis 3 gameplay trailer revealed

  • Pumpatron 24/04/2012

    I really liked both 1 and 2, and this sounds like it could be good to. The different environments within the dome sounds interesting.

    But I can't help feeling they're a bit early with this, it's too far away for me to get excited.
    Reply 0
  • Crysis 3 confirmed, set in New York, first story details

  • Pumpatron 16/04/2012

    I like the idea of a city/jungle environment, yes it's New York again which is a bit of a shame. But as long as it feels new and different with the whole jungle thing then I'm fine with NY again.

    Couldn't give a shit about the multiplayer though.
    Reply +4