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  • Eurogamer has dropped review scores

  • Sniper_007 10/02/2015

    @dogmanstaruk A guide that has just become a little less useful.

    As an accountant no-one will ever be able to persuade me that numbers aren't important.

    If used correctly they can convey a sense of meaning behind the words, a clarity that is often missing with words alone.

    Metacritic may be broken, or rather the system of paying bonuses based on Metacritic is broken, but it is a useful site to find links to other reviews and it doesn't mean all numbers are bad.

    I will probably stop reading most reviews here now and stick to the news/features. A sign of the times when a review site won't commit to giving a real opinion anymore.
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  • Sniper_007 10/02/2015

    @TarickStonefire I don't agree, I feel without that number it is too easy to get the wrong impression from a review. Words alone aren't sufficient to give clarification of intent behind a reviewer's words.

    All I ask is for a reviewer (or as some have said, preferably reviewers!) to give their opinion on how much they enjoyed a game in question. I want to hear about the good, the bad etc. and then for the, to wrap it up with an opinion that helps inform the reader.

    The review score adds clarity which allows the reader to understand the tone of the review which can otherwise be read differently depending on your own personal opinions or mood at that moment in time.

    I feel removing the score allows a reviewer an escape clause; a way to avoid giving an opinion and just giving us the facts and figures about a game and in doing so lessens the value of the reviews overall.

    Just to add - I'm not saying we need a score, but that we shouldn't have that no rating option in the middle where a lot of games will live. Essential, Recommended and Avoid are a clear indication of a reviewer's opinion but the no rating leaves us in limbo with no real opinion at all. That isn't good enough, and that's where I have the problem with the new system.
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  • Sniper_007 10/02/2015

    @X-Alucard Glad I'm not the only one.

    This feels like a cop out to me, like a reviewer doesn't want to give his or her opinion but just give us some facts and let us make our own minds up. But isn't giving us an opinion about the game the reason we have reviews, and often the score is what pulls together the tone of the review.

    I completely agree with the move away from Metacritic, but just feel that this new system is missing something.
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  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D review

  • Sniper_007 10/02/2015

    @TPoppaPuff It's technically a four point system. Essential, Recommended, No rating and avoid.
    While I agree with the move away from Metacritic it does leave the majority of game reviews in a kind of limbo with no real opinion at all. To me this comes across as non committal rather than forward thinking.
    Often the score is what pulls together a review, and can inform meaning behind the words when sometimes the words themselves can be unclear and can give a different impression to the reader depending on the opinions or mood of the reader on that day. Is it really so hard to say definitively that you as a reviewer enjoyed or didn't enjoy a game?
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  • Rich Stanton on: Cheesing Destiny

  • Sniper_007 19/01/2015

    Has this writer even played Destiny?

    Crota is ridiculously easy for a decent raid party. In fact the Eurogamer clan tend to bash through Crota in about 40 minutes, especially if we have a 32 on Sword duty and that's without any 'cheese' at all.

    In fact we tend to run both the Vault & Crota in the same night within 2 to 2.5 hours, with just a little cheese during the Templar stage to try and compensate for the bugs that still persist.

    Maybe you should interview your own clan rather than talking to these group of strangers who clearly don't know how to play a game properly!
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  • Halo: Master Chief Collection dev issues "heartfelt apologies" as matchmaking issues continue

  • Sniper_007 25/11/2014

    @bad09 Fair comment. But when it is a first party Microsoft title I like to assume that the game and Xbox Live were one and the same?

    I've got MCC downloaded to my X1 but I'll stick with Destiny for a while until they iron out these kinks.
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  • Sniper_007 25/11/2014

    Does everyone remember when things on Xbox Live just worked?

    Pitiful really.
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  • Limbo launches on Xbox One free for early adopters

  • Sniper_007 24/11/2014

    I've got the Day One achievement, but no code. It must be able to send the PS4s in the house! Reply 0
  • Video Games Live concert tour adds Birmingham, Glasgow dates

  • Sniper_007 24/10/2014

    @tarasis Thanks for the link tarasis. Had no idea they were doing a 4th album so they can count me in for a donation :). Reply +1
  • Two discs "wasn't practical" for Halo: Master Chief Collection

  • Sniper_007 21/10/2014

    Didn't the last Forza game (maybe the last two) on Xbox 360 have a data install disk?

    I'm one of the lucky ones with a decent fibre broadband with no download caps, but I feel for all those who aren't so lucky!

    Microsoft counting the pennies again I guess? I hope that mentality isn't evident in the rest of the game.
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  • EGX 2015 headed to Birmingham NEC next September

  • Sniper_007 02/10/2014

    For all my fellow gamers up North this is great news.
    London is a horrible commute in the morning and hotel prices rule out any chance of a multi day attendance for us. A travel discount would have been very welcome these last few years!

    To all the Londoners who say they won't attend, well I'm sure you won't be missed by the rest of us. To those committed to a few hours travel to support a hugely impressive UK based game show then I hope you're as excited as we are for another *even bigger* EGX next year :).

    See you there!
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  • You've got male

  • Sniper_007 28/07/2014

    Has no-one played the latest Tomb Raider.

    A full blooded action game with a strong female lead. A game that gripped my wife and I from beginning to end and all the better for being brave with the Lara character rather than yet another generic male hulk.
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  • Halo 2's Coagulation remastered for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

  • Sniper_007 08/07/2014

    Is anyone else concerned by the comment at around 9:30 in? We haven't announced the maps yet? I thought all the multiplayer maps were going to be included? Reply +1
  • eSports organisation under fire for male and female-only tournaments

  • Sniper_007 03/07/2014

    Their argument doesn't carry any weight as there are a few sports out there like for example snooker that allow women to play on the main tour, while also allowing a women's league to help promote the game where women are under represented. Motor racing is another sport where women are allowed to compete!

    Blocking entry due to sex is stupid, but if a separate women only tournament in certain games existed to help grow the female fan base of that title then I'd be behind that. In games like Street Fighter which has been male dominated, especially in tournaments, for the last few years I'd expect that promoted female tournaments could help redress that balance in a couple of years time?
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  • UK chart: Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 beat Murdered: Soul Suspect

  • Sniper_007 09/06/2014

    Really positive to see Mario Kart up there, but as @Rildiz said you have to wonder if this is a one off and then sink off the chart. The Wii U still has some promise, even if it is just my love of offscreen play! :)

    I still fancy Watch Dogs though. I've been watching a Lets Play on YouTube and the more I see the more I like it. It's like a Grand Theft Auto but where I don't have to play as the bad guy. Ok the world isn't as deep or rich as GTA, but the hacking ideas are cool and I love how the story isn't 'save the world' but is more personal. As an older brother with a sister who has kids I really connect with those elements of the story.
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  • Video: Mario Kart 8's controversial Fire Hopping technique

  • Sniper_007 05/06/2014

    My vote is patch it out. It's an unintentional, and unintuitive boost which frankly just looks silly if we have 12 racers online doing it.

    Whether Nintendo will patch it, or is even able to, well that's another question.
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  • Namco Bandai insists Ridge Racer Slipstream in-app purchases aren't evil

  • Sniper_007 19/12/2013

    In-app purchases are shit, but I could accept them existing IF there was a reasonably priced by everything option for those of us who like the existing model of buying a game and owning everything for that game.

    I love Ridge Racer, it defined the Playstation 1 era for me (even more than Wipeout) but with Unbounded and Driftopia I realise that the old Ridge Racer just doesn't exist anymore. That makes me sad :(
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  • Marvel vs. Capcom games to be delisted from PSN, XBLA

  • Sniper_007 17/12/2013

    @Bahamafish Thanks for the link - you've just convinced me to go for it! Even if I don't get chance to play this over Christmas, it will be a game that I'll come back to at some point and I'd regret it if I didn't get the chance. Reply +2
  • PlayStation Plus gets Don't Starve, DmC, Borderlands 2

  • Sniper_007 13/12/2013

    Looks like I'm going to need a bigger hard drive for the PS3 and the PS4!! Reply +13
  • Sony explains PS4 digital game pricing

  • Sniper_007 12/12/2013


    I was referring to the digital stores rather than the bricks and mortar. Most of the healthy price competition is online, with the traditional stores rarely able to compete on price these days.

    If more online retailers were able to sell digital downloads then we may be able to buy our downloads at online prices (or less) and still get instant delivery.
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  • Sniper_007 28/11/2013

    The big question is why can't those ultra important retailers also sell digital copies then? Or the codes anyway. Then you get the benefit of instant delivery, with healthy competitive pricing.
    Then the users can decide whether the price is right and whether they want digital or a hard copy from any retailer. Everyone wins?
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  • Next-Gen Face-Off: Need for Speed: Rivals

  • Sniper_007 05/12/2013

    @ghostgate2001 I thought that was just me. The article mentions an overall inconsistency but I, like you, really notice it in the corners and it destroys the fun out of those long smooth powerslides that make games like this so enjoyable.

    Only 6 players online is a bit of a joke too. So much for the power of the cloud!
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  • Live: Nintendo Direct E3 Conference

  • Sniper_007 11/06/2013

    So disappointing. I wasn't even hoping for new IP, but just a relaunch of a few old IPs. F-Zero, Starfox, even Wave Race. Something to make us remember why we used to love our old Nintendo consoles rather than even more delays!
    I have never regretted buying a console before, but this time I can't feel anything but disappointment :(
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  • Microsoft building "Cloud TV" platform for Xbox

  • Sniper_007 08/04/2013

    @Crea Exactly my thoughts. I've been a proud Xbox gamer for 10+ years, was part of the original Xbox Live Beta Test and own upwards of 100 boxed titles, which includes at most a dozen bought second hand. And all of that is heading back towards Sony because all I want is a games console - pure and simple.

    The new Xbox sounds exactly like what the PS3 was marketed as when it first came out - a console that could do everything, so all it does it sit in the living room and play blu-rays while the 360 has all the fun. In some ways I'm glad as all of this recent news has made what was going to be a very tough decision a whole lot easier, and it means I have a whole new set of exclusive IPs to play again!!
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  • Halo 4, 3, Reach, Wars sale on Xbox Live today

  • Sniper_007 27/02/2013

    And the UK link for Rainbow Six Vegas is here (at 2.69)
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  • Sniper_007 27/02/2013

    Can someone update above before it is too late - Halo Wars is 8.99, not 19.99!

    I decided it was worth a go, whether I actually have time to play it is another matter :)
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  • Thoughts from New York: PlayStation 4 feels less visionary than its predecessor

  • Sniper_007 22/02/2013

    I don't really understand the negativity in this post. I was nothing but excited about the announcement, although admittedly did grow a little concerned that they didn't confirm a blu-ray drive but thankfully that was confirmed after the show.

    To put it in perspective, I am a huge Xbox 360 fan. In fact I must be up there as one of their most dedicated fans since I've been through 4 different consoles (red rings, then the extended warranty after buying my 4th which means I now have 3 working consoles!) and even through all of that I have been slightly envious throughout of the Playstation brand.

    Sony are willing to take risks on games where Microsoft won't, and the fact that they allowed a game like the Witness to share centre stage in their launch announcement demonstrates that they understand that games are not just about the next Halo, Call of Duty or Killzone!

    Microsoft's gamerscore idea, virtually instant patches, very slick Xbox Live experience (cross game chat, easy friend messaging in game etc.) was enough to keep me loyal last time out against the sloooooow updates, slooooow installs (MGS4 was the last PS3 game I bought!), slooooow loading of the PS3 (notice a theme here?). But this time with the PS4 they tick every box, and even appear to have the power to last and the focus on games that I really want.

    I'll never be a PC gamer, only a console gamer and I don't really want a box under my tv trying to constantly sell me movies, music, tv. I want a games console, and there was something about the announcement show that convinces me that Sony know some of us want that too.
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  • HMV prepared to go into administration as early as tomorrow

  • Sniper_007 14/01/2013

    HMV were one of the few reasons left for me to go 'into town' for a shop. What else is left to break up the torture of clothes shopping with the Mrs, or worse baby clothes shopping! It really is such a sad time when an icon such as HMV can be forced to close their doors.... but what else is left?

    It makes you wonder whether the movies studios and game publishers really understand the value of High Street retailers. I honestly think there is still a valid reason for them to exist, but the way they are financed needs to change so they can compete with the likes of Amazon!

    I really am not looking forward to a future where online shopping is the only way to buy!!
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  • Editor's Blog: New Editorial Policies

  • Sniper_007 16/11/2012

    Fantastic, and just another reason why I love this site! Reply 0
  • Wii U Pro Controller lasts up to 80 hours, retailers boast

  • Sniper_007 16/10/2012

    The touch screen Gamepad only lasts 5 hours?? I assume they will market this as a health and safety feature to prevent children from playing too much?

    It's nice to have a 'real' controller from Nintendo though! Roll on Bayonetta 2 :)
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  • SNK NeoGeo X Gold handheld arrives worldwide in December for $199

  • Sniper_007 22/08/2012

    @neoturfmaster I remember playing it in Skegness many years ago, in an arcade that is unfortunately now full of gambling machines (aren't they all?).
    It was sat next to Aliens Vs Predator (by Capcom) and I'm fairly sure was a multi game Neo Geo arcade with Fatal Fury etc. as well. It was always Soccer Brawl that drew me back though :)

    Games World.. now that brings back memories too!!
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  • Sniper_007 14/08/2012

    @neoturfmaster Finally!! Someone else who has heard Soccer Brawl. Awesome game!! Reply +1
  • Amazon cancels Wii U pre-orders

  • Sniper_007 14/06/2012

    Same here - it was good while it lasted! Reply +8
  • Amazon pegs Wii U price at 199

  • Sniper_007 14/06/2012

    They've now removed the page completely, so the link just returns a 404 error.

    It's still showing in my order history though so we'll just have to see if they decide to honour it!
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  • Sniper_007 14/06/2012

    @lockload To be honest after this year's E3 I'm struggling to remain excited about the current generation consoles. It's just more of the same on the Xbox - Forza, Halo, Gears & COD. And the PS3 has some exciting new IPs but unless I buy a new blu-ray player for the living room it will just remain a non-games console in our house! (Plus the online system and looooong firmware updates/installs put me off playing on the PS3 a long time ago). Thankfully I still have ME3, Gears 3, Battlefield 3, Dirt 3 & Forza 4 to play through that are sitting on my shelf so I think I can cope for another few months!

    @weebl I know what you mean. My pre-order is definitely not a reflection of E3 as you're right - their showing was terrible! After the let down that was Microsoft's and Sony's conferences, Nintendo had an open net to 'win' E3 and they came out with.... Nintendo Land. However, the hope [wish?] of another F-Zero, Star Fox, Metroid, Zelda, Mario (3D & Kart) is still enough to keep me waiting.

    To be honest what I really wanted them to announce was another 3DS, with twin sticks, a better battery life and the ability to download SNES titles from the 3DS store. That I could easily convince myself to buy!
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  • Sniper_007 13/06/2012

    I've done the same - how can anyone resist it at 199.99. Even if there's only a handful of quality titles it'll help get me through this next year until the big boys are announced, and then maybe another few months of saving after that.

    I doubt Amazon will honour this price as it does look like a placeholder rather than a genuine offer for sale, but I'll play along for now.
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  • Street Fighter x Tekken Mobile announced

  • Sniper_007 14/06/2012

    iCade? Reply 0
  • Nintendo Land: Roll Up, Roll Up?

  • Sniper_007 06/06/2012

    At least we can all agree on one thing, from the few comments above - Nintendo can still attract the passionate gamer to want them to do well.

    I'm also really disappointed by this conference.... how can they promise so much and then give us nothing to really get excited over. It feels like the 3DS launch all over again, they're saving their big titles for a larger user base instead of blowing us away with a new Zelda/Metroid/Mario launch title. Plus, and I know I'm not the only one, I just want a new Starfox & F-Zero and I'd have already pre-ordered!!

    I'll never underestimate Nintendo, but to say that they are looking to attract the core back to them and then produce an underpowered machine with no exclusive 'core' games makes me wonder if they really do know what they're doing at the minute!

    I might have missed it, but did they give any concrete details of how the GamePad works as a replacement screen when you don't have access to the tv? Some of these games clearly need 2 screens, so is it up to the developers to activate it, will it work on backwards compatible games, is it built in to the hardware or just something they know works? Plus how far away from the main console can you go?
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  • Apple sued over in-app microtransactions

  • Sniper_007 17/04/2012

    Morale of this story is to use the inbuilt restrictions option in the settings to deny in app purchases, etc. Plus of course never let your kids have access to your iTunes password!

    I agree that these in app purchase options are getting out of hand, but you can't really blame Apple for this one!
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  • EGTV unboxes the super-expensive Star Wars Kinect Xbox 360

  • Sniper_007 29/03/2012

    @fragpig Judging by the preview videos I'd estimate the embargo ending around 2 months after launch! 2 out of 10 anyone? :(. Shame because I'm the same, I just need an excuse to blow 350 on a new Xbox that I literally do not need!! Reply +6
  • Microsoft shows off Xbox 360 apps trailer

  • Sniper_007 21/03/2012

    Can someone remind Microsoft that the Xbox is supposed to be a GAMES console please? Reply +14
  • Sony details "one price" Vita/PS3 cross-play content

  • Sniper_007 16/02/2012

    Good stuff!! I'm still not convinced that Sony have their long term plans in order, but glad to see them treating their customers as fans rather than cash cows :). Reply +9
  • Nintendo announces new side-scrolling 3DS Mario game

  • Sniper_007 27/01/2012

    Damn it Nintendo.... why do you keep pulling me back in? I was happy with the Xbox, I tried to be happy with the PS3, and the Wii... well I finally forgave you for that after Skyward Sword.

    And now after being certain that I never wanted another handheld console, that the iPhone and iPad would be enough for the far too few hours of free time I have when on the move you tell me this!

    Super Street Fighter 4 3D was almost enough, and then Mario Kart 7 looked amazing at the Eurogamer Expo and now with Zelda, Star Fox, Mario Land the list just keeps growing and my excuses are running thin. I keep saying I want to wait until they release the inevitable twin stick model, but I'm not sure I can wait now! Next they'll announce an F-Zero 3D and I'll be in heaven :)
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  • Is the PlayStation Vita worth 230?

  • Sniper_007 20/01/2012

    I guess the next article will be.... 'Are Games worth 40.... the cost of DVD, case and booklet is 79p. Rip off!!

    Surely we all have more common sense than to believe a product is only worth the sum of it's component parts? It's not like we need people to put these together for us, distribute them around the world, not to mention marketing, licensing, research & development, system support, continual development, etc. etc.
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  • Atari pressures Apple to remove copycats from App Store

  • Sniper_007 04/01/2012

    @abigsmurf Couldn't agree more - in fact I don't really appreciate the tone of the article which makes it sound like Atari and Apple are the ones at fault, when as you point out the publisher themselves admitted to the game being based on the IP given that they tried to get permission to licence it. Reply 0
  • Kojima reveals Metal Gear Solid-themed Nintendo 3DS

  • Sniper_007 04/01/2012

    I'd be even happier if this was on a 3DS with two sticks!! I'd be in queue to buy one already :-) Reply 0
  • Turning Your Android Phone into a Retro Gaming Powerhouse

  • Sniper_007 06/12/2011

    I'd love to see a similar guide for the PSP, but with the added complications of hacking firmware, pandora batteries (whatever they are) I think it's a legal area which will never be explored here? Reply 0
  • Need for Speed: The Run Review

  • Sniper_007 15/11/2011

    What happened? I remember queueing for this at Eurogamer and thinking that this was awesome, and a properly justified sequel to Hot Pursuit.... and then downloaded the Xbox 360 demo and thinking this is awful, but maybe this is just an early version since the memory of Eurogamer was so positive.

    But no, so what were they giving out in those sweets before we played at Eurogamer?? I want more because I really wanted to love this game!!
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  • Soulcalibur 5 arcade fight stick announced

  • Sniper_007 26/10/2011

    Looks like I chose the wrong time to buy my SF4 Round 2 TE stick!! Damn it Reply 0
  • Welcome to the new Eurogamer

  • Sniper_007 26/10/2011

    As many of the above have said, I don't like change so this is going to take some getting used to.... but I do love the positive changes for the iPad version of the site (access to videos, etc.). I miss the front page of old though, the ever changing image as an article went from headline to previously on Eurogamer.

    Ah well - change is for the best I guess :-)
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