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  • Secrets of Raetikon review

  • Sharzam 17/04/2014

    Intreasting that it is from the same guys AYIM, as I found that game had good concept but was frustrating to play. Not a bad experience just one that was a bit rough, from the controls and the layout it was a frustrating experience.

    By the sounds of it, frustrating sums up the new game also.
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  • "Manufacturing issue" holds boxed PC Dark Souls 2 back in UK

  • Sharzam 15/04/2014

    I think it is fair to say very few in PC Land care. Heck even blizzard games I get digital download now. Reply -2
  • Mercenary Kings is coming to Vita with Cross-Buy support

  • Sharzam 11/04/2014

    So basically every PS+ member regardless of owning a PS4 will get this game free on Vita? Cool iam liking this. Reply +14
  • Orcs Must Die! Unchained adds twist of MOBA, CCG, PVP

  • Sharzam 11/04/2014

    I like the idea, sounds like it might have a unique feel to it. But all comes down to the business model if it doesn't follow the DOTA model of cosmetic outfits I will avoid it.

    The hearthstone model is fine for that game but I don't think that will work here due to the armies being core to pushing. Then there are the balance issues. So yeah wait and see, bit intrigued.
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  • CapyGames' action roguelike Below confirmed for Steam

  • Sharzam 11/04/2014

    Yay Capy I love them, glad not exclusive to Xbox One.

    The longer I can stick to PC only this generation the more money I will ultimately save. As I will inevitably end up buying a console just hoping it's later.
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  • Trials Frontier review

  • Sharzam 10/04/2014

    As Fusion exists alongside it I don't really care. But I do have to wonder do all these mobile games damage the brand? If your a casual who doesn't read websites and magazines but hear of Trials do you just assume all Trials games are the same as this?

    Seams an awful shame if this puts some one off trying the proper games. Same goes for all these quick cash grabs tie in games.
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  • Looks like Google is planning an Android TV

  • Sharzam 07/04/2014

    Don't know about every service and every tv but my SONY TV defiantly flicks between 50hz and 60hz as needed.

    Using the Netflix app it is smooth regardless of content. No need for one of these boxes if my smart TV does it all anyway.
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  • Sharzam 07/04/2014

    Didn't try this with wait for it....... Google TV.

    Oh yeah that turned out well, oh I hear you say this but but this time it will have a controller.
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  • Xbox and Channel 4 announce sci-fi TV series Humans

  • Sharzam 07/04/2014

    'highly unique and original' and then 'is a remake of a 2012 series'

    Hehe brilliant.
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  • GameSpy servers to shut down next month

  • Sharzam 04/04/2014

    @Headstoned

    Considering Diablo 2 servers are still up, i dont think we need to worry any time soon. This isnt EA who shut down servers to force you to buy the latest version.
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  • Sharzam 04/04/2014

    I wonder how that effects Unreal Tournament and C&C. While both support third party servers and hosting they both use Gamespy for profiles and authentication.

    I have mixed feelings about this. In one part it is a relic and a right ballache compared to Steam so glad we're moving forward, on the other hand it will inevitably mean some games will forever be offline. We need to preserve our game history. And in particular the PC, Gamespy powered alot of classic experiences.
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  • What if someone remade Half-Life 2 in the Unreal Engine?

  • Sharzam 04/04/2014

    @FireMonkey

    Its not exactly common is it, how many games this year already have been re released on consoles.
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  • Sharzam 03/04/2014

    The thing is half life 2 runs on Source so the current engine is more than capable if it was updated to a later version.

    What shows age is the basic lighting and low res textures. Both things which are doable as is, just require time and effort from Valve. But given how you don't 're release' pc games they have little incentive.

    In fact I think that's one of the biggest cons on consoles, people constantly lapping up games at full price which have been released on a previous platform. If a game is 10 years old it should be 10 tops. The pc has no shelf life, why would I buy half life 2 again? Although it is awesome I already own it.
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  • Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff headed to iOS, Android

  • Sharzam 04/04/2014

    I love howvits free to play and it's already forgone conclusion it will be terrible. Not saying that's wrong, just find it amusing. Reply -2
  • Carmageddon: Reincarnation Early Access review

  • Sharzam 03/04/2014

    OnlyJoeKing wrote:
    Really hope this comes to consoles...


    I wonder what Sony and Microsoft think of the concept. The world has moved on and games like GTA and Cod don't raise an eyebrow these days. But would Sony and Microsoft activily want to advertise running over people? Hmmm
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  • Sharzam 03/04/2014

    Iam a backer so have given it a bash. It is definitely the game we remember which is a plus but it is also very early access.

    I have no doubt it will be a fine game but at the moment it is not anywhere close to beta/playable. It states an alpha and that's what it is, nothing wrong with that but personally I will return whenever is refined a bit more.
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  • Hearthstone soft-launches on iPad - out in the UK soon

  • Sharzam 03/04/2014

    What's the current touchscreen support like? Can a windows 8 tablet already play it ok assuming the game interprets the touch/mouse correctly.

    Otherwise wait for a proper touch version to appear on the Windows 8 Store.
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  • Age of Mythology Extended Edition out in May

  • Sharzam 03/04/2014

    Hmm intreasting, wonder how it will compare to the botch job of AoE 2 HD Reply 0
  • Gorgeous Mario Kart 8 retro tracks compared to originals

  • Sharzam 03/04/2014

    super_monty wrote:
    @Sharzam
    Can i recommend sonic racing on wiiu great fun playing against the kid one on the pad the other on the TV.


    I have it on the PC and Vita. No reason for another copy unless it is vastly superior to the PC version, which is unlikely.
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  • Sharzam 03/04/2014

    mega-gazz wrote:
    with the new sony and ms machines looking more and more like nothing but underpowered pc's with a bunch of pointless media functions, im starting to like the idea of buying a wii u and this game looks like it might just tempt me a little more.


    That was the exact reason I bought a Wii U last year at Mario 3D World launch. Sure it took a year for it to have enough games for me to justify it, but they're all unique exclusive games. Wonderful 101 is quite different.
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  • Amazon reveals Fire TV set-top box and controller

  • Sharzam 03/04/2014

    gallow wrote:
    Why would you buy this when you could buy a ps3 and the bluetooth remote and have the best of all world's?


    And in this age of smart tvs that's not even needed. Now Netflix (and dnla) is built into my TV I find myself using consoles far less.
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  • Sharzam 03/04/2014

    The only difference between this and all the other pointless android set top boxes is Amazon finicial muscle. But regardless or how much money Amazon have the fact remains every job these boxes do is better covered by a different device.

    But I guess doesn't hurt anyone to put games on as all these are existing Android ports.
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  • Telltale's bringing TWD, TWAU and Game of Thrones to Fire TV

  • Sharzam 03/04/2014

    The only difference between this and all the other pointless android set top boxes is Amazon finicial muscle. But regardless or how much money Amazon have the fact remains every job these boxes do is better covered by a different device.

    But I guess doesn't hurt anyone to put games on as all these are existing Android ports.
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  • Microsoft's Siri rival really is based on Cortana

  • Sharzam 03/04/2014

    Iam Intreasted to see how it differs to Google Now. That can get scary/creepy with how it assists your life. Your away from home so it automatically tells you traffic, or a train is running late that you often use amoung other things.

    While it has its uses Google Now just wants to keep chucking information at you. My person favorite is I was in Spain and it decided to tell me the exchange rate. Along with my flight times, as it pulled it from a Ryanair email. Sometimes it becomes just to much.
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  • EA apologises for Frostbite's "stupid" anti-Nintendo April Fool

  • Sharzam 02/04/2014

    A joke is meant to be funny, this wasn't. Simple as that really, if they stuck to just one passing comment it might have been but several tweets all putting to boot in helps no one.

    Do I personally care or am I upset, not at all. These people that are somehow offended by this I pity.
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  • Phil Spencer named new boss of Xbox

  • Sharzam 01/04/2014

    I always find it odd that Microsoft act as if they made Titanfall all they did was money hat Respawn and EA.

    They do not develop or publish it. Hell it's not even exclusive to Xbox, and yes Windows is a Microsoft platform but they won't see a penny from games released on it via Origin.

    As for more direct news, well he does bang on about 'entertainment' instead of just saying games. So he grates on me for being such a suit type. I hope he takes cues from his time at Sony, it is about actual games. Fund new first party studios to make actual games and not just Kinect, Avatars etc. Say what you want about the two companies but you can't argue that Microsoft buy in most of there games.
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  • Surprise Bravely Default success sparks Square Enix rethink

  • Sharzam 31/03/2014

    Usual blargh blargh comments, about how they listen to feedback. The proof is in the games.

    Every so often an executive or high up says these things about how the core is important. Then proceeds to main stream a game or force in accessibility to widen the demographic. Inevitably it doesn't work and you get these comments about 'next time'.

    Nothing new here.
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  • Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls review

  • Sharzam 31/03/2014

    Diablo gameplay isn't for everyone. It is repetitive by nature, either you enjoy that or find it dull.

    Nothing wrong with not liking a particular genre. But it is not a flaw in game design as you make out, as it is the very nature of the design. It is repetitive but every so often chucks something balls hard at you, forcing you to adapt then sets back into a routine. The key is to play on the hardest difficulty you can get away with. And yes it is better in a group.

    Edit: To the people above.
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  • Sharzam 31/03/2014

    Completely agree with this review. But it does highlight just how flawed launch Diablo was, every point raised here was a fix for a broken game. Why did so many reviews gloss over the auction house and its impact? Surely atleast some of it was obvious from the start.

    I get the feeling that this expansion aim was to repair the brand rather than because creatively they wanted to. Iam not complaining, because at the end of the day it is a good product and works.
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  • EA's Origin ditches physical discs

  • Sharzam 31/03/2014

    This news nicely ties in with this week's chart. A PC title avaliable on digital platforms didn't take the top spot when counting retail only, no real surprise Origin is going download only. Reply +4
  • UK chart: InFamous PS4 holds off Diablo 3 expansion

  • Sharzam 31/03/2014

    Who buys PC games on disc anyway these days?

    I got RoS for 24 on launch day without pre ordering. Why would I wait for a disc to arrive in the post, for an online game anyway.
    Reply +2
  • Sony Wireless Headset 2.0 review

  • Sharzam 30/03/2014

    Thing with PC is there is nothing stopping using other solutions if you want the processing from a stereo headset. Whether that be a dedicated sound card with the hardware or a software solution offered by your drivers.

    Either way you will want a decent pair of headphones with good speakers, the rest of it is fluff if you dont. Personally i use my PC with a Xonar DGX and Sennheiser HD518, not wireless but for my PC i dont need it to be. My consoles on the other hand have the benefit of true surround sound thanks to my Onyko AV unit.
    Reply +3
  • PlayStation Plus for April: Mercenary Kings, PES 2014, Sly Cooper, more

  • Sharzam 28/03/2014

    Pretty awesome, often thought about Hotline on vita and Sly Cooper 4.

    You know it's good when they select games you want to buy but have not got around to it.
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  • Halo: Spartan Assault launches on Steam next week

  • Sharzam 28/03/2014

    @The-Bodybuilder That only applies to the console versions. On PC and mobile it is far friendlier.

    Guess Microsoft understand console gamers.
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  • Sharzam 28/03/2014

    Is that cheaper than the windows store version? I can't check right now but I think it might be.

    In which case a rather slap in the face. You buy it reluctantly from Microsoft as you don't think it will come to steam, and then when it does it is cheaper.

    Personally I was tempted to buy it as I have a Surface but the touch screen controls annoyed me. And seemed a shallow game.
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  • The Last of Us headed to PS4 this summer, Sony employee says

  • Sharzam 27/03/2014

    In previous generations was there such a demand for rehashed ports of old games? I can't remember people begging for Master system games on the mega drive, or N64 games on the gamecube.

    I wonder why modern gamers want ports so much.
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  • CCP to stick with Oculus Rift for Eve: Valkyrie

  • Sharzam 26/03/2014

    @Ronster1975

    Atleast EA have a passing intreast in gaming. Sure both are corporations and so only care about money, but how they get there is very differrnt
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  • Oculus Rift: Step into the game, step out with two billion dollars

  • Sharzam 26/03/2014

    @eozgonul

    Because everyone has a price, flash enough cash and anyone will bite. By company terms 2bn might not be alot but by individual terms it is potentially massive.
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  • Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' launch "will be fine"

  • Sharzam 24/03/2014

    It will be fine because most people got burned last time so just wont bother buying the expansion. By burned i mean those that wanted Diablo 3 to be like 2 with all the hype, and so pre ordered Diablo 3.

    Sure it is kinda fixed now but i imagine a fair few have not returned to Diablo 3 because of those crappy 6 months.
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  • UK budget could end 69p cheeky cheapies

  • Sharzam 24/03/2014

    This has huge ramifications if done across the board. But i imagine as with everything , there will be exceptions and other loop holes.

    Does make me wonder thourgh how it will effect what is percieved to be the RRP with discs vs downloads. Does Steam, PSN etc already count VAT i thought they did but this article makes it sounds like they dont.

    So do we pay 20% on top of what are already the same prices, a 34.99 game in store, 34.99 on a download service and 29.99 at an online retailer. Which goes up by 20% ? Or do they just push the price up on everything and use tax as an excuse to increase profits.
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  • Misogyny, racism and homophobia: where do video games stand?

  • Sharzam 21/03/2014

    @Jayja

    I am the same. At the end of the day make a good game with good well rounded believable characters. It doesn't matter whether they be man,woman, gay or straight.

    What does matter when they decide well we must make this character a woman and like xyz purely to serve as a check list so we don't get called out . Instead they should be looking at what is the best way to tell our story.
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  • Microsoft reveals DirectX 12 - and it's coming to Xbox One

  • Sharzam 20/03/2014

    I might be naive here but when was the last time the CPU was the bottleneck in PC gaming? Isnt it all down to the GPu these days

    All the focus on making the CPU more efficient sounds to me like console optimization where both the Xbox One and PS4 will struggle in future thanks to the jaguar cores. As for PC utilisation in general, anything that gets us 'closer to the metal' is a good thing of course and why Mantle is so interesting.
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  • Sony signs more indie dev-tool deals for PlayStation

  • Sharzam 19/03/2014

    At this rate it will be easier getting onto PSN than it is to get on Steam. Of course the PC has multiple routes so not exactly the same, but still. Reply +3
  • Paradox and Obsidian: "We both know there's no BS"

  • Sharzam 19/03/2014

    This might sound crazy, but why do they need a publisher? In this day and age self publishing is so easy, especially with a game focused on PC.

    Ok I would understand it if they wanted to go full console retail (which they won't) or if they needed the initial funding. But that doesn't apply here.
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  • The future of Rare

  • Sharzam 17/03/2014

    At the end of the day as the article points out, it is about the numbers. Kinect Sports made millions for Microsoft so that is what they will do.

    Same goes for the avatars, it was all part of a master plan. If nuts and bolts sold more then the studio might be different, but I doubt it as all the core people have since left. One thing I think is intreasting but we will never know is how much of Nintendo accounted for the greats. Did Nintendo make Banjo, Conker etc great? Or was it all Rare.
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  • Titanfall boosts Xbox One sales by 96 per cent in the UK

  • Sharzam 17/03/2014

    'Does not track digital sales'

    Makes it pointless, how many times do we have to say. For example I bought a cd key for south park on Friday.
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  • Next-Gen Face-Off: Titanfall

  • Sharzam 15/03/2014

    I do wonder why they did what they did, if they truly believed frame rate is king they should of made a less demanding game. On the other hand maybe due to the fast paced nature of the game and constant dropping of titans a solid frame rate is just not possible on the Xbox, it probably takes a fair bit of power to juggle all these different fast paced elements.

    One podcast i heard had a good point, Titanfall is the sort of game that had the technology existed would of been a Half Life Mod back in the day. The fact we are only seeing it now just shows that you need technology as well as a game idea.

    Playing on PC iam used to always having a decent frame rate and any setting i want so for me this is not a novelty. Graphically the game is disappointing with low res textures and generally lacks any clever lighting. Even Battlefield 3 blows it out of the water, both have the same frame rate and yet Battlefield does more with its resources. The core game play is good however and i do enjoy it.
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  • What Outside Xbox makes of Titanfall

  • Sharzam 15/03/2014

    Every time i see that wolfenstien gameplay i think yay good old fashinoned blow stuff up. Here is hoping it isnt to repetitive or xp driven. Reply 0
  • SimCity offline mode "almost there mayors"

  • Sharzam 14/03/2014

    @PSfourskin

    I know how you feel, i have not played a Sim City properly since 2000 so i naturally want to play the newest shiny version. But all the negative comments do put me off even trying it.
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  • Titanfall tech interview

  • Sharzam 13/03/2014

    I did notice that it maxed ther memory on my 4GB which i found very odd. Although I am playing at 1440p I have never seen a card use as much memory.

    Frame rate was generally fine for me, so I wonder if the long standing thought 'you never need more than 2gb' will stand up. I got alot of abuse for buying a 4GB card instead of the usual 2.
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