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  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Nvidia Shield Tablet

  • Stepharneo 22/07/2014

    The console mode on this could be amazing if the tablet was just a few years more powerful.

    I'm imagining a situation where my tablet of choice is also a (very portable) home console. I can use it like an tablet when I'm out and about, but when I go to a mate's house we can connect it to their tv and 4 of us can play Mashed, Mario kart, or Fifa etc (the sort of games where couch co-op is just better than online).

    There is so much potential for something amazing if they continue on this theme as the hardware gets more powerful.

    If there was a proper standard for wireless controllers you wouldn't even need to rely on everyone having the controller for your specific platform, you could just connect whatever people had laying around; an xbox pad here and a playstation pad there etc. (I still can't believe that Sony haven't released something to allow for their controllers to work properly on mobile devices, especially seeing as there is a Playstation mobile store and they released a phone with a built in game pad).
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  • See DriveClub's dynamic weather in action

  • Stepharneo 08/07/2014

    This is verging on distractingly beautiful. Reply +13
  • Amazon unveils Fire phone, bets on 3D

  • Stepharneo 19/06/2014

    @blarty "dumb downed"

    Maybe not dumbed down enough. ;-)
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  • Destiny PS4 alpha extended for "dangerous experiments"

  • Stepharneo 16/06/2014

    @goldenboot76 To add to this, until you have a weapon that is at least uncommon (green background) you'll struggle with the crucible or any strikes, but there is a guy in the tower (out in the courtyard bit to the left of where you start) who can build things from schematics, but he also sells schematics. Once you unlock some of his more advanced plans and can get a decent weapon the game becomes a lot more interesting.

    Like Borderlands, this game is only ever as fun as the gun you are using. If you have a naff gun, it's all just feels a bit grindy.

    That being said, I spent every spare minute I had playing the game over the weekend, even when my guns were rubbish. It's just so fun to explore.
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  • Watch the latest Metal Gear Solid 5 trailer at 60fps

  • Stepharneo 11/06/2014

    If you guys could get a high quality copy of the Assassins creed unity gameplay, that would be awesome.

    It looked both pretty and quite smooth frame rate wise, but the stream I watched wasn't the best quality.
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  • Sony had more wow moments, but Microsoft has closed the competence gap

  • Stepharneo 10/06/2014

    @darth_paul "Before that, all you het is Remasters

    In terms of best game so far, my vote goes to Grim Fandango."

    Only Remasters. The best game is Grim Fandango... Only Remasters. Best game Grim Fandango.

    I mean, you see my confusion, right?
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  • Does FIFA 15 fix the series' legacy issues?

  • Stepharneo 09/06/2014

    "Playing a match on a specific footballer's birthday will unlock a mini-game in which the gamer must sing 'Happy Birthday' into their headset or risk a transfer request being handed in."

    Honestly not sure if this is a joke. The Fifa bit of EA's presentation was a bit weird.
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  • EA's E3 press conference

  • Stepharneo 09/06/2014

    well that site has crumbled already Reply 0
  • Stepharneo 09/06/2014

    Camaros! Reply 0
  • Evolve's beta will be an Xbox One exclusive

  • Stepharneo 09/06/2014

    When they say that DLC will be on Xbox first, do they mean that the Xbox version will have some timed exclusive DLC or that all of it's DLC will be Xb One first.

    Aren't the monsters all DLC? If so, that could really ruin the PS4 version. :-/
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  • Microsoft's E3 press conference

  • Stepharneo 09/06/2014

    Vive la resolution.

    ;-)
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  • Microsoft's free Xbox One Games with Gold promotion starts today

  • Stepharneo 04/06/2014

    @gizmo To be honest, I'd say that a bigger factor is how much I enjoy a game.

    There are plenty of games that I've paid for that I never completed because I just didn't enjoy them. On the other hand there are loads of games I've had for free that I've played right to the end.

    The fact that NFS most wanted was on PS+ actually made me complete it because I was enjoying playing it with everyone on my friends list with PS+. I'd paid for the PC version previously and got bored after the first 20 or so races.

    I think MP games are the best fit for a freebie system, because it makes it all the more likely that your friends will also have them.
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  • "Approximately half" of PlayStation 4 users now have a Plus subscription

  • Stepharneo 23/05/2014

    @FruitBatCop Don't forget to check for any cross buy games that you may have bought. I found I had a load of stuff that I had never got around to playing that was cross buy, I've ended up playing a lot of those games on my Vita. Reply +1
  • ZeniMax sues Oculus over stealing VR tech

  • Stepharneo 21/05/2014

    So what I'm taking from this is that Skyrim will never officially support Oculus Rift... or am I thinking about this too much? Reply +17
  • Why so serious? Nintendo explains angry Western Kirby

  • Stepharneo 29/04/2014

    @kinky_mong ooh, are we playing cards against humanity?

    I play "The Catholic church"
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  • If you pre-order Destiny at GAME you get an upgraded Sparrow

  • Stepharneo 29/04/2014

    @lambchop They do, they're called patches. :-) Reply +2
  • Xbox One and FIFA 14 bundle spotted for 329

  • Stepharneo 24/04/2014

    @grassyknoll Especially when the PS4 is outselling the one even in the countries that are selling the Xbox. Reply +2
  • Secrets of Raetikon review

  • Stepharneo 17/04/2014

    @vert1go Well, it is the same dev, so... Reply +1
  • This is what the Batman: Arkham Origins Cold, Cold Heart DLC looks like

  • Stepharneo 10/04/2014

    @Darren He's playing with bats either way. Reply +2
  • The Crew levels up the CarPG

  • Stepharneo 08/04/2014

    @grassyknoll The first I've heard of micro transactions in this game was you mentioning them. I thought I'd been keeping up to date with this game, but apparently I've missed something.

    I'm not being smarmy; do you have a link to an article citing this? (I just did a control+F on this article and I don't think I missed it. Eurogamer are usually pretty quick to point out IAP's and microtransactions).

    I think it is pretty disgusting for a game that you've paid for to have ads or IAP's, but I quite enjoy DLC when done right. From what you've mentioned it is definitely sounding more like IAP's rather than decent DLC.
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  • Tickets go on sale for EGX London 2014

  • Stepharneo 02/04/2014

    @Spence1115 Totally doing that this year.

    I asked my dad for his virgin account number last year and it took him so long to find out what it was that all of those tickets had gone and I ended up paying full price for two tickets.

    Sad face!

    This year I have the details safe and sound. Haha!

    I've been every year and enjoyed it each time, though my favourite one will always be the first one, playing GTI Club on a set of PS3's on a lan playing bomb mode. No one was touching it, but the three of us that went started playing together and a few randomers joined later, it was great.

    It would be good if there were a few more set ups like that. The NFS and asscreed MP games usually do it, but they aren't that same frantic fun of bomb tag. Any small competitive indie game would work really.

    Edit: I'm also going to bloody well remember to take my 3DS this year for spot passing while I queue for stuff.
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  • UK chart: InFamous PS4 holds off Diablo 3 expansion

  • Stepharneo 31/03/2014

    @Vanmunt To be fair, Titanfall did come from nowhere. This is what happens when there aren't enough news stories about your game in the run up to release. ;-) Reply +9
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity confirmed by Ubisoft with in-game footage

  • Stepharneo 21/03/2014

    @skowhegan That's a bit unfair, Constantinople was spot on. The roof tops still look just the same in Istanbul now, just go re-watch the intro to 007: Skyfall .

    I'm still hoping for an asscreed set in England, because it is such a novelty. The Getaway and Resistance may have been quite average games, but I loved that they were set in places I recognised (Resistance was quick to go all alien, though that just served the juxtaposition even more).
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  • Need for Speed film review

  • Stepharneo 12/03/2014

    I wonder if we'll see a game of the film...of the game...of the film..."of the game"? Reply +2
  • Watch Dogs closed beta spotted for Xbox One

  • Stepharneo 11/03/2014

    @penhalion I think that is pretty obviously the case, yes. Reply 0
  • Stepharneo 11/03/2014

    @arcam By context, what I meant was, when watchdogs was announced, it was the prettiest game anybody had ever seen.

    Now there is the division, the order etc...there have been other pretty games. So in the context of other pretty games, maybe it is a bit less special.
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  • Stepharneo 11/03/2014

    @George-Roper I was watching a comparison video between the pc 2012 footage and the ps4 2013 footage and the main difference seemed to be that the game looks fugly in the daytime.

    Yes the PC footage looked better, but in similar sequences, it didn't look that much better. The game looks it's prettiest at night or in the evening.

    I do remember struggling to pick my jaw off the floor when I initially saw this and Star wars 1313, but since then there have been a fair few ultra pretty looking games announced. Is it possible it was just in a different context when we first saw it?
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  • Ni No Kuni has now shipped 1.1m copies

  • Stepharneo 07/03/2014

    Best special edition ever. I honestly pity people who didn't play the game with the wizard's book.

    I think that it would have been cool to include it in every copy and make it more relevant to the game, like the DS version did.
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  • Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition comes with a real life Spiny Shell

  • Stepharneo 07/03/2014

    @MccyMcflinn

    When you put it like that it sounds pretty great, but I don't think I've ever seen 3 people get hit by the blue shell and it is fairly rare for two people to get hit with it (though I'll admit that by dodging it the player in second has probably been slowed).

    I think my main thing is that even when I've been doing poorly in a race, the blue shell is never a weapon I want, I still always pray for three red shells, because it is more likely to help me gain positions. The blue shell is rarely going to help me, it will just screw over someone else.

    I do see what you mean about the randomness keeping it fresh though.
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  • Stepharneo 06/03/2014

    @Spong But it doesn't make sense for the player in last to even use a blue shell. It benefits them in no way.

    Lightning, star or even bullet bill are much more helpful power-ups if you are in last place. Blue shell would make a lot more sense if it was dropped for players in 4th/5th, but even then it is stupid.

    Blur did the blue shell weapon type much better with the lightning that made obstacles for the first few racers. Instead of helping the person in second place it drew the leaders all back in line with the rest of the pack, it was dodge-able, but it caused a disruption to your driving line which reined the faster players in.

    No, blue shell is dumb and not well thought out at all. Also no, the best player doesn't always win, having spent many hours playing with my friends, blue shell makes the winner completely random.

    Whoever came up with the blue shell is bad and should feel bad.
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  • Watch Dogs release date revealed

  • Stepharneo 06/03/2014

    @danielgibbs1 These days I intentionally turn up late to the cinema so I miss the trailers. Reply +2
  • Stepharneo 06/03/2014

    I had to stop watching that trailer... so many plot spoilers.

    Why do some people find it so difficult to make trailers that don't ruin the material that they are advertising?

    Urgh, that aside, the game is being released just after my birthday and also just after pay day. Woop!
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  • PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate targets PS4 and Vita this summer

  • Stepharneo 05/03/2014

    ...Not sure that I actually like the new style. The ship looks weird and it has lost a bit of it's character in being made all shiny.

    I don't exactly remember the originals being clunky, so I'm not sure I see the point of this, but if it gets more people to play it then I guess that's good. It ranks as one of my favourite co-op experiences. When the second one was announced, my brother banned me from playing it with anyone other than him, because we'd enjoyed the first so much.

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  • Podcast S2E9: Cheaper Xbox Ones, South Park and thank yous

  • Stepharneo 04/03/2014

    Not listened to this yet, but I think one of my favourite little touches in gaming is the fact that the Ryno guns in Ratchet and Clank (Future's at least, not sure if this is true for the originals) have their own soundtrack as you fire them. In "a crack in time" it is the epic "1812 Overture". Reply 0
  • Titanfall's 15 maps revealed in new leak

  • Stepharneo 03/03/2014

    @GAmbrose Well, you are right, I don't know for sure.

    Surely though by playing one of three classes, that gives a pretty good idea. I doubt that the other two classes would be that different to play as.

    My main issues with it were; I had as a titan was that I just felt restricted, to be honest I'd say that that probably has more to do with the maps than the titans.

    The titans didn't really feel that different to control. Admittedly your point could be valid here, the heavier mech could be more my cup of tea if it is hulking round the map and the smaller faster one could also be interesting if it keeps you agile (though I think that my first point will be a bigger issue with this one unless it can jump or unless there are some maps that are much more open (which would hurt the parkour side a bit)).

    I just didn't enjoy riding the Titan's as much as I think I should have, considering that they are giant robot suits.

    Technically you are correct, I can't be 100% sure, but from what I took from the game it just wasn't what I was expecting. I'll buy it if Origin ever have it on the cheap and I can convince other people to play, but otherwise, nah.
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  • Stepharneo 03/03/2014

    So there are levels (with turrets) that makes the titan's even more under powered!?

    This really looked like a game that I would love, but it just didn't click with me at all. :-(
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  • Konami makes next-gen Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes cheaper

  • Stepharneo 25/02/2014

    I'd buy this demo if it came with a free copy of ZOE 3. ;) Reply +4
  • Video shows off new Xbox One party and friends features

  • Stepharneo 25/02/2014

    @hurst21uk Terrible how exactly? It keeps important stuff that you will always need locked in place and organises the less constantly needed stuff by how recently it was used or updated. (Admittedly I wish it didn't keep moving stuff because of patches, that is pretty dumb, but still doesn't make it terrible).

    It might be nice to have the option to lock certain games/apps in place (i.e. the games that you are currently playing all locked to the far left and you could manually unlock them once they were completed).

    Still, it's not terrible. I'm not even sure it's bad... I actually quite like the UI.
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  • Letter from America: Want an iPhone Game Boy?

  • Stepharneo 23/02/2014

    @JiveHound These emulators make this sort of thing really exciting though.

    http://tactustechnology.com/

    I mean, this has to be one of the coolest things that is currently being developed.
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  • PS4 sales shoot through 5m target ahead of Japan launch

  • Stepharneo 18/02/2014

    Honest question: Are shipped and sold the same thing? Reply 0
  • Tiny vs Big: In praise of Titanfall's smart pistol

  • Stepharneo 17/02/2014

    @Jimjamyaha

    To be honest, my Pc is no beast and I can run this with everything on high with 4xMSAA at a decent framerate.

    Running basically on the source engine, it is very scale-able. When the PC beta goes open I'd suggest at least giving it a go.

    As others have said, the mechs are a bit naff compared to other mech games, but the parkour is really fun and easy to get into.

    I'd say that the free-running is a bigger unique selling point than the robots.
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  • Steam users already having fun with game-tagging

  • Stepharneo 13/02/2014

    @Jimjamyaha Wait...you order the comments section by "best"!?

    Well we clearly live different lives. :D
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  • inFamous: Second Son is likeable, but not yet loveable

  • Stepharneo 12/02/2014

    I know that I always have to read between the lines with Christian's reviews and opinion pieces. I know from past experience that he and I have completely different opinions and things that he will mark a game down for, barely even register for me.

    And that is fine, but for my own personal taste, the inFamous games (2 in particular) are some of my favourite games of the 360's/ps3's generation. They really got right the sense of super powers. The ice powers of the second game were just so spot on. The way it changed your modes of traversal and play style.

    My only complaints with the second game were that it felt like it could have done with more environmental destruction, it was not a pretty game (though a vast improvement on the first, it just felt like it needed more powerful hardware a lot of the time) and that they changed the design of the beast from a cool demonic monster that looked like Ifrit from final fantasy, to some lame molten red version of Dr. Manhattan.

    From everything I've seen so far, I am super hyped for this.
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  • Podcast S2E7: Nintendo's fortunes, Hearthstone's launch and why Vita rocks

  • Stepharneo 05/02/2014

    @Nikanoru I kind of got the feeling that it sounded like a game I should try from your first response.

    Out of interest, what did they add in to the Wii version that was so bad. I was thinking that it would look slightly better on the wii, or is it a more direct port just with added waggle? (There is also the fact that my brother has my Wii now, which would play the GC version, and I now only have my WiiU which would only play the Wii version).

    With DKCR, there are definitely people who appreciate it, but I've seen loads of people who slag it off solely because it isn't Metroid. like somehow Retro are at fault for making Donkey Kong instead of more Metroid. If Donkey Kong was a bad game I would understand.

    To be honest my argument now feels pretty circumstantial as there isn't much evidence on this thread. It was more the "oh Donkey Kong *Sigh* they should be making Metroid" comments in the podcast that brought it to mind. Just though I'd have a rant. :-)
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  • Stepharneo 05/02/2014

    @Nikanoru Admittedly we mainly played multi-player, so I wasn't taught any of the basics.

    Basically my time consisted of my friend standing on a higher level waiting for me to enter a room and killing me from above. The fact that he would be waiting, already aiming down meant that he was quicker to get me in his sights than I could ever be relying on the auto-aim, which either wouldn't find him fast enough or not at all.

    I get what you are saying that the single player was a more unique experience. All that sticks in my memory is the deathmatch, which really isn't that unique.

    From your explanation, DM probably shouldn't have been shoehorned into the game as it wasn't a fit for the play style of the game.

    I think my point still stands that Donkey Kong Country Returns is an amazing co-op game. It doesn't deserve the abuse it gets, just because it isn't another Metroid game.
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  • Stepharneo 04/02/2014

    I'm not joking when I say that Donkey Kong Country Returns, when played co-op was my favourite game of the Wii, I put it above both Mario Galaxy games, Xenoblade and Skyward Sword.

    Whereas when I played Metroid on a friends Gamecube I was presented with a game where you had to stand still to aim up or down. What the hell was that control scheme?

    I don't understand people who think Metroid prime is better than Donkey Kong. Especially when those people get angry about the mere existence of Donkey Kong because it is holding up Metroid. I get that it's all personal opinion, but I've seen it cause pure vitriol. I just don't get it.
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  • Isometric mech combat roguelike Matador announced

  • Stepharneo 04/02/2014

    Love that sound track. Reply +7
  • Thunder claps in as Killer Instinct's free character

  • Stepharneo 24/01/2014

    @vert1go You know TL;DR means "Too Long; Didn't Read", right?

    It's only a 6 and half line long article! What do you do when it comes to reviews? Do you just look at the pictures and read the number at the bottom?
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  • Nintendo must pay royalties for every 3DS following court ruling

  • Stepharneo 07/01/2014

    @ballsandshaft Well, the whole sale price I was using was using 2 as 1.82% and then working that upwards to 100%.

    I was just comparing that to the prices on Amazon so that people could see the difference, which is pure profit.

    Admittedly I was forgetting that part of that difference would be Amazon's cut, rather than being all nintendo profit.
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  • Stepharneo 07/01/2014

    @DrStrangelove Well in the past, they've made a profit on both.

    A quick bit of maths tells me that the wholesale price of the 3DS is just less than 110. I'm not sure if the numbers in the article are based on the 3DS, 3DS XL or the 2DS.

    A new 3DS is listed at 110 on Amazon, with the XL at 160 and the 2DS is 100.
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