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  • Activision patents matchmaking system designed to encourage microtransactions

  • SonicUk 18/10/2017

    Why am I not surprised? Despicable money grubbing, customer shafting publisher is found out to have patented a despicable money grubbing, customer shafting game mechanic. I also presume since the game has transactions it's Free-To-Play (Pay-To-Win)? Thought not. I've said it before and I'll say it again...

    FUCK YOU ACTIVISION (and any other publisher that values greed over good game design).
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  • Government response to loot box concern is predictably non-committal

  • SonicUk 18/10/2017

    Predictable cop out by the government who clearly have no understanding of the issue at hand. At the very least at least this is making the publishers aware people (normal, non-industry apologists) have had enough of being fleeced at every opportunity and maybe just maybe will make them think twice in the future before infesting games with despicable gambling mechanics and transactions designed to get the weak minded and mentally vulnerable addicted to such things. Reply 0
  • Rogue Trooper Redux review

  • SonicUk 18/10/2017

    Currently playing it at the moment and have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. I never played the original version and the budget price of a game can often be misleading as it is here. It's just a good, mindless blast. You can see it's an old game with the animation, voice acting etc but who cares? It's the kind of game you can just switch off your brain for a couple of hours and just have fun. The absolute best thing about it though? No huge 50 hour open world, no rip off dlc, no transactions, no gambling mechanics, no always online drm bullshit...it's just A GAME, as it should be, and I'm really enjoying it. Reply 0
  • Gran Turismo Sport review

  • SonicUk 17/10/2017

    @SuperShinobi - Just defending myself from personal attack mate, something everyone should do, shouldn't have to put up with that. It's done now anyway, best to leave it alone. Reply +2
  • SonicUk 17/10/2017

    @Yautja_Warrior - Thats cool mate. As I said I may be wrong about the track count so apologies in advance if that's the case. I just wish the devs would go back and play some of the older games like GT2 and GT4 and realise what made them so great and simply apply that to the new games with modern dynamic weather, tod and damage effects and tweak handling a bit to make it more like those older games (even handling like GT6 would do). That would be awesome. You never know, perhaps in GT7 we might see that. In the meantime I'll stick with Driveclub (my fav modern racing game), Pcars 2 and Forza 6. Reply -1
  • SonicUk 17/10/2017

    @Yautja_Warrior - Ignore Gemini - he's a nutcase who causes trouble and then plays the victim when things don't go his way.

    I've played every GT game released on the home consoles over the years so do have quite a bit of experience with the franchise. The handling feels exactly how I've described in this latest installment imo. Strange, because no other GT game has ever felt like that (5 and 6 could feel a bit twitchy at times but nothing like Sport currently does).

    The tracks I may have to look into but I did read that there were only 7 (I don't count variations in racing games, a track is a track, no matter how many different variations it has it is still only one location). I'll have to check that incase I have my facts wrong on that one.

    I must disagree on the engine notes. The cars still have that tinny, vacum cleaner sound, at least they did when I played. Fog is also not dynamic weather, it's just a particle effect hovering over the track although I suppose it could be counted as just weather (not dynamic) in the game, it does seems like a bit of a cop out to claim the game has weather as there's "fog". Meanwhile the "damage" seems exactly the same as past recent GT games - a few scrapes on the paint - simply swapping a texture. Hardly what I'd describe as damage.

    Lastly the "campaign mode" although having many challenges isn't anywhere near a proper campaign in terms of progression and buying a car. It seems little more than some licence tests and hot lap challenges, none of which apart from arcade mode is playable offline for some inexplicable reason - a far cry from a proper campaign.

    I'm glad you're enjoying it, but it is what it is and it seems to me at least like a barebones experience thats only good for online. I'm only calling it as I see it because as someone who has been with the series since the very beginning I'd love to see it return to the forefront but sadly, for whatever reason, polyphony seem to be complely out of touch with modern racing games and the features most fans expect.
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  • SonicUk 17/10/2017

    @Gemini_73 - Only person looking for a fight was you. You started name calling so I resorted and shut you down (I don't tolerate bullies) and now you're playing the victim. How cute. Even now you're still at it, posting bullshit about me "often looking for a fight" or some nonsense. I came here to discuss my hobby, not get into flame wars with idiots like you. Feel free to ignore me - I welcome it (I suggested you do that in my first response to you, which you then responded with name calling). Reply -3
  • SonicUk 17/10/2017

    @Gemini_73 - Oh fuck off. A quick look at your post history says otherwise. Go do one. Reply 0
  • SonicUk 17/10/2017

    @Gemini_73 - Your latest comment speaks volumes you corporate shill. Only dickhead I see around here is you, clogging up every comments section with your apologist bullshit. If you're happy to bend over, pull your trousers down and be fucked by publishers so be it, but don't try to belittle others who actually stand up for their hobby. Reply +2
  • SonicUk 17/10/2017

    @Gemini_73 - I don't anwser to you and as this is a public forum I will say what I want. If you don't like reading what I have to say then don't. It doesnt change my opinion, the facts I mentioned or my personal experience with the game (which you obviously know nothing about from the ignorance displayed in your post) or other game related subjects such as lootboxes as you mentioned (we've already established in another article you are an industry apologist and need to wake up). Reply -2
  • SonicUk 17/10/2017

    @Gemini_73 - Yeah, you do that coz my opinion (and the facts I've stated) differs from yours (and because you are a Sony shill). Reply -1
  • SonicUk 17/10/2017

    "Gran Turismo has always boasted best-in-class handling"

    If you mean handling simulated by skidding a baking tray over a frozen lake then I agree. If you mean actual real life car handling then I beg to differ.

    I'll wait for a full GT7 I think. This sounds really barebones and certainly not worth anywhere near the full asking price for 7 tracks and 120 cars (of which around 70% are duplicates with different liverys). No damage, no dynamic tod, no weather, no proper single player, handling that feels like you're driving across a frozen lake, cars that STILL sound like vacum cleaners (and yes, I have played it) 90% of the game locked out when offline due to drm (surprise, surprise not mentioned in the "review in any way whatsoever)..."recommended". Seriously?

    Yeah, no thanks. Considering the amount of time it took polyphony to come up with this, it's extremely lacklustre and bargain bin material at best. I'll stick with Forza 6 (no gambling mechanics), Driveclub and PCars2 (when they finally fix that ridiculous "downshift protection" issue that is) for now. At this point I'd happily take a remastered GT6.
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  • Halo Wars 3 concept art reveals failed pitch

  • SonicUk 17/10/2017

    Not really bothered about Halo Wars. Just give me Halo 6 or at this point even some news or acknowledgment it's in production. Seriously, I know game production takes time, but whats taking so long with Halo 6? Hasn't the groundwork already been laid years ago with Halo 5? Shouldn't we be seeing/hearing something, anything, about it by now? Reply 0
  • Online petition forces government response to loot boxes

  • SonicUk 16/10/2017

    Good. Hopefully this will put pressure on the publishers to drop such features from full priced boxed retail games. At the very least, the message has been sent that people are fed up of this bullshit in their full priced games and now the publishers will have to acknowledge they're creating ill will as well as losing sales from such underhanded business tactics (they've certainly lost sales from me directly due to this). Reply +1
  • Shadow of War highlights the strengths and weaknesses of PS4 Pro

  • SonicUk 16/10/2017

    Am I the only one who can't tell the difference between the three versions (I know there IS a difference, but I can't see it myself)? Reply +2
  • Gaming's greatest shotgun, and the FPS that made Monolith what it is today

  • SonicUk 16/10/2017

    The Half Life 2 shotgun and the Halo shotgun (in particular, the one in Halo 4) are my favourites of all time and both feel incredibly satisfying to use (and reload) although I also enjoy using the shotgun in the original Tomb Raider. Reply +1
  • Sonic 3D's original developer is creating an unofficial Director's Cut

  • SonicUk 16/10/2017

    I own the game on the Megadrive and Saturn. How can I download the patch? Can this be released on physical media? Reply -1
  • Shadow of War players are using tricks and cheats to combat loot boxes

  • SonicUk 13/10/2017

    "It's there, from my perspective, for people who are protective of their spare time and scared when a massive game comes along that they're not getting to see the full experience."

    Ah, that old chestnet. How generous of them.

    I would like to ask who the fuck would buy a massive open world game like Shadow Of War if they didn't have the time to play it? Furthermore, the onus rests with the purchaser to decide how to spend their time and it is not down to the publisher to manage that for them, as that's of course the only reason the "loot crates" exist right?

    What a weak ass argument. Eurogamer should have pressed on this and asked them exactly what they meant by it, as well as asking why they think anyone would want to spend money on a product and then spend even more money not to play it?

    I tell you what WB, FUCK YOU. I won't be buying this til it's in the bargain bin, therefore robbing you of any profit like you attempted to rob your customers.
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  • Are loot boxes gambling?

  • SonicUk 13/10/2017

    @Gemini_73 - Sadly thats the rock hard truth of the matter yes. However, at least I know personally I haven't a)got fleeced and b)contributed to the problem/the publishers coffers. At least I have peace of mind over that.

    I have noticed a recent turn around in the attitude of the majority of gamers against these kind of despicable business practices though which is positive. A year ago it was more like 50/50 for/against transactions in full priced games wheas now the recent "loot box "push by the publishers seems to have pushed many gamers over the edge and are starting to fight back. Good for them. Remember, speaking out against these things is what changed ms stance on the vision for the xbox one, as well as made many other publishers reverse their bullshit descisions over the years (publishers do employ people specifically to guage public reaction, which includes reading comments sections and forums on the web and reporting back). I'm hoping enough pressure/noise will be made that things do change. Otherwise I'll only be buying games without publisher bullshit in them until such time as that's no longer an option, in which case I'll sadly be hanging up my (modern) joypad for good (and picking up my retro one instead).
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  • SonicUk 13/10/2017

    @stewarth - My apologies, I misunderstood your original point mate! Have an upvote from me. :-) Reply 0
  • SonicUk 13/10/2017

    @stewarth - If you're gonna buy secondhand (preowned is just a fake word I refuse to use which was originally made up by Game to make "secondhand" sound better than it is) for the love of god don't give those vultures at Game your money. You can get the game much cheaper and in better condition from literally anywhere else (ebay, amazon etc) except perhaps cex which imo are just as bad as Game. Reply 0
  • SonicUk 13/10/2017

    "Are loot boxes gambling?"

    Absolutely. Here's googles definition of gambling...

    gamble
    ˈɡamb(ə)l/
    verb
    gerund or present participle: gambling
    1.
    play games of chance for money; bet.
    "he gambles on football"
    synonyms: bet, wager, place a bet, lay a bet, stake money on something, back the horses, try one's luck on the horses; More
    2.
    take risky action in the hope of a desired result.
    "he was gambling on the success of his satellite TV channel"
    synonyms: take a chance, take a risk, take a leap in the dark, leave things to chance, speculate, venture, buy a pig in a poke;


    No where in that definition does it mention anything about losing and getting nothing in return. Therefore, loot boxes are not only gambling but are the most predatory game mechanic yet, specifically designed to encourage the mentally vulnerable (whales) to get addicted to such things. Mind you why am I not in the least surprised a useless, industry created department concludes hateful, despicable, anti consumer, game destroying gambling mechanics are in fact not gambling for the defence of the industry? What a shocker.

    Bottom line - Keep Pay-To-Win, GAMBLING, publisher BULLSHIT out of my full priced games or lose any profit from this customer. It's that simple.
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  • DICE offers clarification on Star Wars: Battlefront 2's controversial crate system

  • SonicUk 13/10/2017

    So basically they got caught with their pants down trying to fuck over their customers and are now in full damage control mode. Got it. Reply +10
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War's Denuvo protection is cracked in less than 24 hours

  • SonicUk 13/10/2017

    So, once again, legitimate paying customers are punished while pirates get a supierior copy of the game for free and a good laugh at everyone elses expense. How long has this situation been going on now? Since the launch of AC2. Whats wrong with these publishers???! Reply -1
  • Officially licensed PS4 mini gamepad looks a bit like a Joy-Con

  • SonicUk 12/10/2017

    ? It doesnt look anything like a joycon (which in itself looks like a joypad sawn in half). Reply +1
  • Assassin's Creed Origins has undead mummy DLC

  • SonicUk 11/10/2017

    Urgh. Once again, the greedy publisher is talking about "dlc" and "season passes" before the games even out. And like I said yesterday, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss not being able to spend real money on "loot boxes". Don't be so naive. It's only a matter of time... Reply -2
  • Xbox One X won't include Xbox One S' offer of free Kinect adaptor

  • SonicUk 10/10/2017

    So glad they ditched the steaming turd that is kinect some time ago so when I bought my console I wasnt lumbered with something I didn't want, need or ask for. Reply -3
  • Here's the deal with Assassin's Creed Origins in-game loot chests

  • SonicUk 10/10/2017

    They must think we're fucking stupid. You just know soon after launch they'll enable the ability to buy them with real money. It's only a matter of time. Even if (and thats a mighty big IF) they were only in game, why do the developers think that random gambling mechanics are in any way enjoyable or better than simply being able to buy the gear you actually want? Reply -1
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 has a loot crate problem

  • SonicUk 10/10/2017

    So, as usual this SHIT is contagious in this industry and is infesting every corner of my beloved hobby like wildfire. It wont be long before you cannot buy a game without this bullshit in it, which will then be my time to hang up my modern joypad and pick up my retro one for good. The time to speak out against publisher bullshit is now. Do not buy their games with these shit gambling transaction bullshit mechanics in them. Speak out wherever you can and send the message that this SHIT it not okay. Alternatively, bury your head in the sand, be an industry apologist and watch this once great hobby get flushed down the toilet. Reply +6
  • Forza Motorsport 7 physical sales down slightly on Forza 6

  • SonicUk 09/10/2017

    @Gemini_73 - Yes they both sold well but why do you think the people that bought them are the same people complaining about transactions? In my experience most people that buy games that are well known for such things do so in spite of them and simply accept that they're included as part of the game. Yes, there will be a few no doubt who buy the game and still berate it, but on the whole I think it's fairly safe to say that the majority of people who complain about transactions wont want anything to do with a game thats been built around them - myself included (I recently cancelled my Shadow Of War preorder for that exact reason). Reply -1
  • SonicUk 09/10/2017

    @Gemini_73 - Sounds like defending when you continue to do it in every single article and as I've demonstrated, you would need some evidence to "belittle the hypocrisy" which you don't appear to have (hearsay and speculation don't count I'm afraid). As I said, for someone who claims they don't care, you sure do post a lot on the subject! Reply 0
  • SonicUk 09/10/2017

    @Gemini_73 - Thats a mighty big assumption to make based on...nothing whatsoever? I havent "bought the games" so I'll have my cake thanks. In any case, you still havent answered my question. For someone who claims they don't care about transactions in full priced games, why are you in every single article defending them and attempting to belittle everyone who has something to say about them that doesn't align with your personal views? Reply +1
  • SonicUk 09/10/2017

    @Gemini_73 - Ah, so because the enjoyment of my once great hobby I've enjoyed for the past 35 years is being ruined by greed and the clueless sheep that stick their heads in the sand and even go so far as to defend said greed, I should, instead of standing up for my hobby and what I believe in go "fuck off and find another pastime"? Really?

    You'll forgive me if I continue to call publishers out on their bullshit instead of listening to yours and giving them exactly what they want (compliance).
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  • SonicUk 09/10/2017

    @Gemini_73 - Which publisher do you work for? EA? Activision? WB? All three?...

    Seriously, if you (as you claim) don't care about transactions in full priced games then why are you in every single article defending them, while at the same time attempting to belittle anyone who has anything else to say on the subject that doesn't align with your personal opinion? Genuine question.
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  • First look at Jurassic World Evolution in-game footage

  • SonicUk 09/10/2017

    Can we please have a tresspasser remake? That game was truely special. With modern graphics and controls it would be an awesome experience. Reply +2
  • Assassin's Creed Origins lets you pet cats, and fans are very happy

  • SonicUk 05/10/2017

    Ahh, beautiful. Cat's are awesome! Reply +4
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War review

  • SonicUk 05/10/2017

    Cancelled my preorder this morning. The transactions/gambling mechanics which are designed to target the mentally vulnerable, make the game more of a grind and the way they're shoved in your face every time you pause as the review mentions (and I must say, well done and thank you to eurogamer for actually mentioning such things in a review - keep it up) put me right off and drew a line I am not willing to cross at this point. Reply +43
  • Microsoft pulls U-turn on controversial Forza Motorsport 7 VIP changes

  • SonicUk 05/10/2017

    @_Alan_Cartridge_ - Some complaints are just stupid I agree, like the ME3 ending malarkey (to this day I still don't see what was wrong with the original ending). However, when publishers take the piss and attempt to turn games into slot machines is when the line is crossed and it's time to take a stand. Reply -2
  • SonicUk 05/10/2017

    And they say complaining on forums doesn't work. Reply +2
  • The mod that kept S.T.A.L.K.E.R. alive

  • SonicUk 05/10/2017

    Actually upgraded my pc back in the day just to play this and Crysis. Great game, always got a bit lost on STALKER though, found the map a bit confusing and the game was rock hard even on the easiest setting. Graphics were fab for its time (and still don't look too bad today). As someone else mentioned (and I agree with), the modern equivalent to STALKER are the awesome Metro games which to be honest I prefer due to my preference for a more linear experience over an open world (although there are plenty of big open areas in those games that you can explore if you want to). I absolutely cannot wait for Metro Exodus, but in the meantime, after reading this article I might just return to the zone with some graphical mods and give STALKER another go. Such a shame it never made it's way to consoles. This game deserves to be shown to a wider audience. Reply 0
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 PC beta codes were on sale at GAME today for 10p

  • SonicUk 05/10/2017

    How are these scumbags still going??? Reply 0
  • Road Redemption review

  • SonicUk 05/10/2017

    I'm eagerly awaiting Road Rage which is out in (superior) physical form on the 14th of next month. It looks far more like a true successor to Road Rash from what I've seen of it so far.

    I get the idea behind Road Redemption, but it just seems to have gone off track.
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  • Elite's alien menace has finally returned

  • SonicUk 28/09/2017

    My god this sounds awesome the way the devs have gone about slowly building up the anticipation. It's almost like a story from a sci-fi tv series like star trek. I really wanted to buy this game, but the always online drm requirement (the devs promised an offline mode in their kickstarter campaign throughout development which was then cancelled two weeks before launch - it still leaves a sour taste even now) is a deal breaker. I don't see why the game couldnt just update and resync when you go online and be playable offline in the meantime like nml (or when the servers inevitably shut down)? Shame, as it looks absolutely awesome. Reply +3
  • John Lewis briefly sold the SNES mini last night - but for some it did not go well

  • SonicUk 28/09/2017

    @Rpt81 - Very kind of you to let people know. I feel sorry for the people trying to get hold of a snes mini and hope they manage to find one. Reply +1
  • SonicUk 28/09/2017

    These falsely manufactured demand and supply shortages are ridiculous. If a company makes something they should make and supply enough units so everyone who intends to buy one can get hold of one. All this does is play into the hands of scalpers. Reply 0
  • SNES mini teardown confirms recycled NES mini tech

  • SonicUk 28/09/2017

    @Ecco. Yeah, I'm happy enough with the picture quality from my tv as the internal upscaler does a very good job with the composite, scart and s-video sources from my various retro consoles. I wouldn't want to risk soldering on bits to the snes factory mobo just for hdmi. I'm sure there are people out there that have done it though.

    Tbh I think nintendo missed a trick with these retro consoles having no official way to download games onto them. They could've included a nintendo store front end and had games purchased from there download onto an sd card which sits in a slot round the back of the console (to keep the looks as authentic as possible). I don't get why only 21 games are included and the selection has some odd choices (dkc, but not dkc 2 or 3 for example).
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  • SonicUk 28/09/2017

    Once I found out the cartridge slot is fake I decided to stick to my original snes. Shame it doesn't have hdmi out (although I'm sure some console modders have that covered already - haven't really looked into it myself) but my tv does a very commendable job of upscaling, plus it runs android so I have my emulators for the filters, save states, higher resolutions etc. Still, there is something about owning the original hardware and boxed games that I love. Reply 0
  • Comparing the stunning space vistas of Elite: Dangerous, No Man's Sky and Space Engine to NASA images

  • SonicUk 27/09/2017

    Astronomy is one of my interests so appreciate this article. Incredible images from Nasa and the games do a great job recreating that as well. I think humanity really needs to do more to explore the galaxy as unfortunately nothing lasts forever and we need to colonise other worlds to eventually preserve the survival of our race and other species on earth. We need to be looking at ftl travel and ways of surviving in space. Until then games and media give us a good impression of what things could be like on other worlds. Reply +1
  • Valve removes over 150 'fake' games from Steam

  • SonicUk 27/09/2017

    Must be hard to police with hundreds of titles flooding the store on a daily basis now (didn't valve realise this would be the case?) although "Silicon Echo" or whatever they're called sound like scum. There has to be a better way of going about this. Reply 0
  • The new Ataribox console priced and dated

  • SonicUk 27/09/2017

    Just release some specs Atari! A "radeon" graphics card means nothing without the model name and amount of ram on the card. It seems to me by now if this thing were in any way decently specced Atari would be shouting from the rooftops instead of playing smoke and mirror games. That's not to say lower powered hardware can't produce some stella games (retro gamer here) but I wish they'd just stop dancing around the issue and just come clean with the specs so people can make an informed decision (software pending) if they are interested or not. Reply +1