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  • Face-Off: Just Cause 3

  • SonicUk 05/12/2015

    Df are paid to point out the most minute of differences and blow them out of all proportion. In the entire history of reading their articles I haven't once found any visual difference between releases on the same gen. Yes, I know there ARE differences if you count pixels, framerates etc and stare closely looking for pop in, lod changes etc, I appreciate that, but I can't say I sit an inch away from my screen looking for them with a magnifying glas when playing, and cant say it has had any impact on the enjoyment I have got from these games in any way.

    To be honest these articles seem to bring out the worst fanboy cretins on all systems, and do far more harm than good imo. It is interesting reading these articles as I find it interesting reading how they got games to run (particularly when they squeeze technological showpieces like Crysis and Battlefield 3 onto older systems like the 360 and Ps3 for example). However, I can't help feeling comments should be disabled for these articles to stop all the in fighting and squabbling over who's inanimate piece of plastic and metal is supposedly "the best".
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  • Eight PS2 games coming to PS4 tomorrow

  • SonicUk 05/12/2015

    Its a shame they cant just bring out a proper Ps2 emulator that plays your old discs. I'd pay money for that, rather than re-buying games I already own. No thanks - I'll just play them in my Ps2, but it would be nice to have a proper full Ps2 emulator on the Ps2 and pack the Ps2 away for less clutter. Reply +2
  • Better than Halo?

  • SonicUk 30/11/2015

    Its difficult to take this article or anything Destiny related on EG seriously after it was revealed in an article last week how much the EG staff love Destiny (as if it wasn't obvious before - its become somewhat of a running joke around here). Anything written about Destiny will surely have skewed views in its favour and will undoubtably cause regular readers to question the integrity of any related articles.

    From my viewpoint and my own experience, Destiny is one of the most boring, lazily designed and over monitized games I've ever played. Halo on the other hand still has it for me, especially the lore and backstory elements that are non existant in that other game. I disagree with so much in this article I couldn't possibly write it all down. Halo 4 was just as good as any of the others in the series imo as well, so instead of tearing this article apart I will simply say instead I disagree with just about every word written and that the author and me have very different opinions and leave it at that.
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  • Sony unlocks more CPU power for PS4 game developers

  • SonicUk 30/11/2015

    Nice. Now if only they gave us folders or some way to organise the games on the os, and gave us the ability to turn off that battery draining and totally pointless and annoying lightbar. Also, give us the ability to remove that fucking singstar malware from the Ps3. I wouldn't mind some external hdd support as well. My 2tb hdd is already almost full just with game installs and patches (I dont do dlc unless its free).

    Still, all that aside its nice to see them still tweaking and optimising the system. Hopefully devs will take advantage of the extra resources although it remains to be seen just how much of an advantage the extra core will give and how it is used by the os.

    Edit - Wow. Mixed reactions from the voters. I guess Sony fanboys would neg my requests to make my main console this gen better, as they percieve anything remotely negative (despite the fact that these requests if fufilled would make the experience even better) that isn't outstanding praise as an attack on their system of choice.
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  • Matchmaking, microtransactions and Street Fighter's comeback: Yoshi Ono on V

  • SonicUk 20/11/2015

    @The-Sauce - I get the impression they act as if we should be turned upside down and shaken for change.

    I have zero issue parting with my money to help the developers. Infact out of all the games I've bought in the last seven years for current (at the time) consoles, only one has been secondhand, simply because it was unavailable new. What I take issue with is paying full price for a game and then being treated like a piggy bank and expected to cough up even more for stuff that should have been/previously was in the game to begin with. Want to make money from making a game? Simple, make a good game and treat your customers with some respect and people will buy. Bring out a sequel later on if you want and use those same principals and people will buy again. On the other hand treating your customers the way this industry does for short term gain just pisses people off and in the end you actually lose sales (they've certainly lost a few from me recently directly due to underhand publisher bullshit tactics) and damage your reputation to the point of being another EA, Activision and Konami where people actually go out of their way to avoid buying your products.
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  • SonicUk 20/11/2015

    @Jchild - I understand your point of view mate, but I do question when companies claim games are more expensive to make. Compared to last gen, surely they should be cheaper if anything to make? Less optimisation required to make them run on better hardware, less time spent downscaling textures for last gen and performing complex tricks to get the the game to run on the small memory the last gen consoles had. I personally think publishers started that rumour so they could justify the price increase (while at the same time giving us less and less content, no instruction manuals etc etc). After all the shit they've tried to pull (and continue to pull) you can't blame me for being highly skeptical. I don't trust a word that comes out their PR spinning mouths to be honest and am very cynical of the industry as it stands today.

    Transactions in full priced games and always online are where I draw the line. No full priced game should have any transactions in it at all. In the good ol' days (I now sound like the cranky old man I am) we had expansion packs that came out a year after the main game that provided a hefty chunk of content for your buck. We also had unlockables as rewards for playing the game, or cheat codes which you could obtain for free by watching gamesmaster or bad influence or by word of mouth. I never bought Sonic 2 and was then asked to pay for Oil Ocean or pay real money for the ability to play as Tails or skip earning the chaos emeralds to enable Super Sonic (there was a cheat code for that).

    Yes, times have (sadly) changed for the worse, although I am a publishers worst nightmare as I know how good it was, and could be again if gamers took a stand against this corporate greed. At this point that looks like the only way this industry is going to be saved. Otherwise it'll end up down the toilet and I will simply cease modern gaming as its leaving an increasingly bad taste which is making modern games harder and harder to enjoy.
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  • SonicUk 20/11/2015

    @Jchild - It doesn't matter if the transactions are for cosmetic stuff or not or whether they impact gameplay whatsoever. Their very inclusion is a fucking insult to every paying customer who's just stumped up FULL PRICE for the game. Leave that shit in Pay-To-Win mobile trash where it belongs. Publishers have been trying hard to ram transactions down our throats in full priced games recently which is completely unacceptable and I will continue to call them out on it. The battle is only lost when enough people just "accept" it as "the norm" which is something I will never do. Reply +7
  • SonicUk 20/11/2015

    @fabio78 - Boy? Ok...

    I cast serious doubt that the game would not have been made without the "development costs" being paid for by Sony. This was in direct retaliation to the ms Tomb Raider debacle. I can see why Sony did it, to piss off ms and play them at their own game. However, two wrongs don't make a right, with the gamers as usual taking the brunt of it.
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  • SonicUk 20/11/2015

    Money hatting a previously multi platform series - disgusting (on any platform). Transactions in a FULL PRICE game - disgusting (whether they are "optional" or not. Reply +6
  • Star Wars Battlefront review

  • SonicUk 20/11/2015

    It seems a lot of money for a sliver of content. The game has montising written all over it, the evidence being transactions once again in a FULL PRICED game, which is completely disgusting and totally unacceptable (despite what the moron apologists say). I see as usual there was no mention of this despicable tactic in the review. Its a shame they dropped the leaked 2012 game. It had a single player story mode, think Cod/Moh/Bf but set in the Star Wars universe. I would of loved that, or just give us dark forces 3 or a similar type of game. That would be amazing. Reply +11
  • Microtransactions sneak into Forza Motorsport 6

  • SonicUk 19/11/2015

    @Episode13 - What has Forza being a great game got to do with publisher bullshit transactions and the blatant anti consumer shafting practices they are attempting to ram down our throats in full priced games (Forza 6 included)? Reply 0
  • SonicUk 18/11/2015

    @Cloudskipa - YOU have a bloody cheek calling other people fanboys. I guessed though as this is a Ms exclusive you'd predictably defend this most scummy of publisher bullshit tactics to your last breath. I'm sure if it was a Sony exclusive you'd of course be defending it in the same manner...

    And to suggest its standard practice now - its only standard pratice if enough ignorant fools buy into it and make it bad for everyone else (which unfortunately is exactly what appears to be beginning to happen).
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  • SonicUk 17/11/2015

    Fucking disgusting. Once again we have a FULL PRICED physical release with transactions in them, even worse, they were sneaked in AFTER launch. Whether the games been altered or not, whether (as no doubt the apologists will claim) they're "optional" or not, this is still an insult to every paying customer who buys the game and is yet ANOTHER example of why this industry is headed straight down the crapper. Reply +16
  • Watch: The worst jobs we've had in games

  • SonicUk 18/11/2015

    @Ra3v3r - Oh god yes! Completely forgot about paperboy. Had that on the Acorn Electron, absolutely loved it (and still do). Reply 0
  • SonicUk 18/11/2015

    My favourite job in games is when you had to go to the jobcenter in Flashback and do various jobs to get money. My favourite one is to stop the meltdown in the powerstation. I also like having to get up and go to work at the docks in Shenmue. You even got a lunch break where you could go to the cafe, wander around, talk to other workers etc! Reply 0
  • SNES game Super Star Wars out on PS4/Vita this week

  • SonicUk 17/11/2015

    I first played this game when back in the 90's me and a friend swapped my Megadrive for his Snes for the weekend and he had Super Star Wars. What a game! I loved it. I remember getting up to the Sandcrawler level. It was rock hard but a great game. Unlike the majority of games today where theres no punishment/deterrent for dying where you simply keep trying until you win (or give up) these games had a stiff challenge, which is refreshng to go back to in this day and age. I bought a Snes a few years ago and I just had to have Star Wars and the other Star Wars games as well. Good times. Reply -1
  • Need for Speed's first big update will fix one of players' biggest bugbears

  • SonicUk 17/11/2015

    My biggest bugbear is the completely anti-consumer and totally unnecessary always online drm bullshit, which has resulted in a no sale from someone who has purchased every single game in the series on home consoles until now.

    I can't believe in all this time since Ubi drm first appeared and caused a massive shit storm in the industry (and plenty of lost sales for ubi) that these publishers have completely failed to realise all drm does is punish legitimate customers while encouraging piracy, where the pirates get a superior version and a good laugh at everyone else expense. Good one EA *claps hands.
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  • Face-Off: Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox 360

  • SonicUk 16/11/2015

    (Darth Vader voice) "Impessive. Most impressive!"

    I commend the devs for really putting the effort in and making sure the 360 goes out on a high. If only other devs had put the effort in we wouldn't have seen such lackluster ports such as BfHardline, Horizon 2 and the appalling version of Black Ops 3 that they had the cheek to release with no single player story at all (yet continue to advertise campaign footage and list those old gen versions at the end, not to mention still charge full price for it) and with Ps2 style graphics.

    I'll be getting this in my stocking this xmas. If this version looks as good as the 360 original I'm happy.
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  • So, how much do Steam Machines cost in the UK?

  • SonicUk 12/11/2015

    I just don't see the point in these steam machines at all. If you want steam you can build a Pc to your exact spec and install steam on that, as well as play other games that don't require steam and do other things on it as well. Even if you're not tech savvy you can buy a prebuilt off the shelf model. If on the other hand you want mainly hassle free relatively low cost gaming just buy a console (I'm also unsure why some people are making out consoles have "mandatory" online fees? If you don't want to play online then there is no reason to pay a fee). I just don't see either a need or a gap in the market for these. Much like that awful JML company, valve seems to have invented a product to fix a problem that doesn't exist. Reply 0
  • All Star Wars Battlefront's blasters, Traits, Star Cards revealed

  • SonicUk 12/11/2015

    @the_inchworm - I agree wholeheartedly. The problem is the people that buy into these blatant customer shafting, shitty, underhanded business tactics make it bad for everyone else. As we know this industry is highly contagious. If publishers see their customer shafting tactics generate income they will do it more and more and other publishers follow. I've been calling publishers out on their bullshit for years and continue to do so, but it seems like a losing battle as things seem worse now than they've ever been and I am fast losing interest in modern gaming now because of it and the bad taste it leaves. Reply 0
  • SonicUk 12/11/2015

    Reading this and the way the xp system works, it seems to me this game is absolutely ripe for monitising/transactions and this is only the tip of the iceberg (which the pessimist in me expects this was the intention from the very beginning). Its such a shame the leaked 2012 Starwars Fps was canned. A single player story driven campaign would've been excellent and something I would have been very interested in. Reply 0
  • Yes, Fallout 4 can take a while to install on PS4 and Xbox One

  • SonicUk 12/11/2015

    To be honest this is pretty much a non issue for me. Back in the day when I mostly played on Pc during the early 00's most of my games would take an age to install. Just get a cup of tea (or my favourite - hot chocolate) and relax. You'll soon be playing. Reply 0
  • Dark Souls 3 Collector's Editions leaked via United Arab Emirates retailer

  • SonicUk 10/11/2015

    Collectors Edition looks good. Glad to see the soundtrack comes on an actual disc and is not a (literally worthless, uncollectible) download. I'm interested...as long as it isn't a GAME exclusive (which I suspect it will be as those vultures have their claws into everything, although theres always hope).... Reply 0
  • Tech Analysis: Rise of the Tomb Raider

  • SonicUk 10/11/2015

    I appreciate the article but surely it would have been better to compare the 360 version to this? From what I've seen its a real looker, where the devs have really put the maximum effort in to send the 360 out on a high (unlike blops3 on the 360 which looks like a Ps2 game). It would have been really interesting seeing the two versions stacked up.

    Sigh...further reading the comments it appears as usual this has turned into yet another fanboy flame thread. Cant we just talk about the technical aspects for once without slagging each others choice of platform off?

    Edit - on look a neg. I guess some people enjoy seeing every comment section turned to shit by fanboys.
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  • It's Fallout 4 launch day and for many GAME still hasn't delivered

  • SonicUk 10/11/2015

    @X201 - Yes, I am aware of that, but are other retailers actually even asked, because it seems as if Game are the only ones to get all the exclusive deals, every single time? This seems incredibly shady I'm also pretty sure its entrapment to deny customers a fundamental choice over a product that isn't made by Game and could be sold anywhere? Reply 0
  • SonicUk 10/11/2015

    Yes, I'm sure it was purely down to "payment issues" even when those same cards work pretty much anywhere else they are used. This is just the latest in a long like of Game customer shafting and appaling customer service that has been going on for years. Its time publishers stopped giving them exclusivity on EVERYTHING. Shop somewhere else people, bring back the independant stores and rid the uk high street of this scum of a retailer. Reply +6
  • Hard Core: A look at the original Tomb Raider games

  • SonicUk 09/11/2015

    Great games but I have to ask now eurogamer have stooped to this level I fully expect to know how big Nathan Drakes bulge is in the next Uncharted article. Seriously, I could've done with a lot more info on each game rather than the crass "knockerwatch" which I felt was pretty schoolboyish. I'm no prude but for a big international gaming site to stoop to this level gives the wrong impression when we as gamers are trying to be percieved in a more adult light and not the stereotypical "kids games" mindset the ignorant think. It would also put off female readers which is the opposite of what we should want. As a gamer I welcome all gamers in all shapes and sizes and I'm sure so do the vast majority of others. Stuff like this does not help our case. Reply -1
  • Fallout 4 fans furious as GAME cancels Pip-Boy Edition pre-orders

  • SonicUk 06/11/2015

    @edenisgod - Seems strange that a lot of people "put the wrong card number in" while simultaneously using an "expired" card, especially when that card has worked on the same site perfectly fine in the past and continues to work literally anywhere else... Reply +4
  • SonicUk 06/11/2015

    This is what happens when you give the vultures of gaming stores exclusivity on everything. Reply 0
  • Need for Speed review

  • SonicUk 06/11/2015

    @MesonW - It just has no value whatsoever to me and would actually feel wrong sitting in my collection in the knowledge one day it wont work. Being online only just means I have absolutely no interest in it whatsoever. If they released an offline patch that I can back up for the future then that might change (still should've been on the disc to start with) but at the moment that isn't the case, and I just see no justification for online only in a game that not only has a single player "mode", but is a fundamental core part of not only this entry, but the entire series.

    Need for speed world I had no interest in, but as it was never released in boxed form on console I never bought it like I did with the others.
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  • SonicUk 05/11/2015

    @MesonW - Certainly is (if we're counting boxed physical products).

    "If you've already written it off for your "collection" then why not buy it, play it, sell it on?"

    That defeats the whole point in having a collection in the first place though. I'm not interested in renting games. I still play games that are more than 25 years old so I wish to buy and have it forever.
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  • SonicUk 05/11/2015

    Always online - "AVOID".

    (this is coming from a massive nfs fan who has bought every nfs game ever released on home console, and some on Pc back in the day too).

    Thanks for ruining one of my favourite franchises EA with publisher BULLSHIT.
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  • It turns out Call of Duty: Black Ops 3's Nuketown map is a GAME exclusive

  • SonicUk 05/11/2015

    @Simatron3000 - Maybe so, but are other retailers even asked??? Its a mute point though as this "retailer exclusive content" that has been cut out of the game before its even released is total bullshit and needed to stop a long time ago.

    At this point I'm fast losing hope the industry can ever be salvaged...
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  • SonicUk 05/11/2015

    Disgusting, not to mention false advertising. Why do the vultures of videogame stores (Game) get EVERYTHING? Reply +1
  • Uncharted 4's multiplayer sees Naughty Dog at its wildest

  • SonicUk 03/11/2015

    @Gamerz76 - I fully agree. Naughty Dog are some of the best devs out there imo but its the publishers bullshit descision to monitise this which absolutely deserves to be called out, no matter who's doing it. THERE SHOULD BE NO TRANSACTIONS IN ANY FULL PRICED RETAIL GAME WHATSOEVER. Its a fucking insult to every paying customer. The problem is, the more people buy (literally) into these absurd business tactics, the more they will do it. I love Uncharted but the transactions in full priced games infestation has even creeped into this series now. I doubt I'll be gaming beyond this gen as its been obvious for some time the way things are headed. Enjoy it while you can people. Reply +5
  • SonicUk 03/11/2015

    @FladgeMangle - Funny, I was thinking that too, or Skippy who will somehow find a way to bring up Halo. Reply +3
  • Why Halo 5's radar is driving some players up the wall

  • SonicUk 03/11/2015

    I don't know what the range was on previous games but I never had an issue with it and don't know why they felt it necessary to change it at all??? This is a typical example of someone trying to fix what wasn't broken in the first place - everytime someone does this its a pointless and completely avoidable fuck up. I hope they fix this before I start playing my copy (single player - have no interest in multiplayer although when I did used to play Halo vs back in the day we always used to turn off the radar anyway so we didn't know where each other were which made for a more interesting and fun match).

    Negged for pointing out they should've left the radar alone and not try to fix something that was never broken???
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  • Activision acquires Candy Crush company King for $5.9bn

  • SonicUk 03/11/2015

    Filth sticks together. They really do deserve each other. Problem is acti publish a lot of games I like (although I've only ever liked them as a publisher back in the 2600 days when they published some amazing games including one of my favourite all time games - Enduro). I take it they're going to try and shaft their customers even more now with King style Pay-To-Win tactics, which is probably why they aquired them in the first place - to learn how to shaft gamers even more. Reply +1
  • Halo 5 tops chart, outsells Assassin's Creed Syndicate launch by 50%

  • SonicUk 03/11/2015

    I dont have an xbone yet as I'm waiting to see if the price drops to compete with Sonys recent price cut, but I have already bought Halo 5 and the Master Chief Collection (Limited Editions) in anticipation so they're ready to play when I get the system as I'm a big Halo fan and own all the other games in the series. Very much looking forward to playing them and good to see Halo 5 is doing well. I've purposefully avoided all campaign footage/story details as I don't want to spoil the surprize when I play the game.

    @Swooper_D - I always buy physical. Its a mandatory requirement. No box, no sale.
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  • The new Need for Speed remembers what's great about the series, but why is it always online?

  • SonicUk 02/11/2015

    @I_Am_CatButler - Lol, thats right mate! Such a shame. Nfs has always been a franchise I've been interested in but the ridiculous and totallly unjustified always online requirement in this means they lose a sale from this customer (and I hope many others as well). Reply 0
  • SonicUk 02/11/2015

    As far as I can see there is no reason whatsoever to justify always online drm in a game that has a completely solo single player aspect to it. The bullshit excuse of a "connected" experience is shown to be just that once you realize the online aspects are wafer thin and simply put in as an excuse for drm. INSTANT NO SALE (this is coming from someone who has owned every home console Nfs game ever released). Thats before we get to the "tuning" shit that has nothing whatsoever to do with what the series is all about (open roads, breathtaking scenery, exotic supercars, cops and the pleasure of simply driving). If that wasnt enough to put me off then the poorly justified Drm is a deal breaker. I hope you're reading this EA... Reply 0
  • There are a few things you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on PS3 and Xbox 360

  • SonicUk 02/11/2015

    So apart from the fact that the graphics don't look any different to AW which the 360 and Ps3 handled pretty well, the best excuse they could come up with for the lack of single player is "it cant handle it"? Bollocks. Couldnt be bothered to make single player is more like it. As for "Aw struggled to hit 60fps on last gen" it may well have done but I played through the entire campaign on 360 twice and didn't notice any slowdown. Its worth remembering Df is paid to run through every aspect with a fine tooth comb and thats fine, its certainly interesting reading their features, but what they describe as a slight fps drop I'm sure most players wouldn't notice (I know I certainly don't) and the same goes for most of the stuff they find unless its glaringly obvious. Most of the time I fail to spot the small differences in different versions unless something really stands out, while Df blow the slightest little low res texture or 1 dropped frame in 20 hours of gameplay out of all proportion. As I siad thats fine for interesting reading but is usually irrelevant in the real world.

    I tell you what I have noticed though - Activision advertsing all versions with campaign footage, yet nothing saying the last gen versions don't actually have a campaign. I'd call that false advertising or bait and switch.
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  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Uncharted 4 multiplayer

  • SonicUk 30/10/2015

    Xbdf - like a moth to a fucking flame where Sony articles are concerned. I guess he's got nothing better to do than post his usual ms propaganda bullshit and derail/stink up another Sony thread. Reply +4
  • Face-Off: Assassin's Creed Syndicate

  • SonicUk 28/10/2015

    Cant wait to see the usual suspects have a meltdown over this. I don't like popcorn, so going to grab some crisps instead. Reply 0
  • What works and what doesn't in Halo 5: Guardians

  • SonicUk 27/10/2015

    @JuniorSophitia
    Some of us do really appreciate your perspective and well thought out input.
    Is this a joke? Considering you're talking about Skippy this has got to be the funniest thing I've read all day!
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  • Sony reaffirms lack of triple-A PlayStation Vita development

  • SonicUk 23/10/2015

    If Sony cant be bothered to support their own console how can they expect anyone else to??? What a shame and a massive wasted opportunity for a great little handheld with so much unrealised potential. Reply +2
  • All signs point to a PS4 price cut in the UK today

  • SonicUk 22/10/2015

    @TheSauce - Yeah, I can understand that. Nice to see some other former members on here. Reply +1
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate review

  • SonicUk 22/10/2015

    @Malek86 - To be fair it did feel very simiar to Black Flag but it had a decent enough story and some lovely locations (including frozen polar regions with the beautiful northern lights). It was about half the length of Black Flag so if you fancy a shorter AC game it could be worth a look. Reply +1
  • SonicUk 22/10/2015

    @tomphillipsEG - Thanks for the info man, much appreciated. It sounds a lot better than Unity. This ones gonna be a xmas pressie for me so I have to wait a couple of months before I get my paws on it but so far the signs are a lot more positive than last years release.

    Anyone else wanting a Xbone/Ps4 re-release of Rouge? I loved that one.
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  • SonicUk 22/10/2015

    @A_FAN - While the sidequests are optional if you don't do them you wont have access to better weapons/armour etc making the game a lot more difficult so the incentive is definely there to do as many as possible. The issue I had was there was so many in Unity it just became ridiculous. Reply 0