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  • UK changing approach to illegal torrents

  • Stranded87 22/07/2014

    I have a Netflix and Amazon Prime subscription, I rent and buy content and I go to the cinema, but I still illegally download things as well if they're not available. I'm not going to wait months or even weeks to watch something because the makers have decided to bring it to the US first. Let me watch it legally and I will. Don't and you lose money.

    Having said that I will often go out and buy the things I download once they are available.
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  • EA teases Mirror's Edge ahead of E3

  • Stranded87 09/06/2014

    @snafu65 Possibly but I'm sure it's been rumoured that this is a reboot rather than a sequel, which would also explain the lack of a '2'. Reply 0
  • Watch Dogs PR stunt goes awry, summons bomb squad

  • Stranded87 29/05/2014

    While this was very stupid, who doesn't use voicemail? I find that almost as stupid as the stunt itself. Reply -7
  • Video: See moody exploration game Sunless Sea in action

  • Stranded87 15/05/2014

    Backed this when it was on Kickstarter, can't wait. Still not really sure how it plays but if it's anything like Fallen London it will be all about the writing and Failbetter Games are among the best writers in video games, plus I love the setting. Reply +3
  • The next Unreal Tournament will be free, developed with the community

  • Stranded87 08/05/2014

    @melnificent You've possibly realised by now, but it's not free to play, it's genuinely free. Epic will charge nothing, ever*, and it will be up to modders whether or not to charge for mods.

    *Or at least that's the current plan.
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  • Yu Suzuki is looking into Kickstarter for Shenmue 3

  • Stranded87 21/03/2014

    It wouldn't raise the money he needs (or probably thinks he needs anyway), which is exactly why it's not happened through conventional means. The first two cost a ton to make and despite good reviews and very vocal fans didn't actually make that money back from what I understand.

    So Kickstarter isn't necessarily a bad idea as it gives the fans the chance to put their money where their mouth is, but I predict that there will turn out to just not be all that many of them, as I think most people secretly know.
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  • GOG St Patrick's Day sale revealed

  • Stranded87 14/03/2014

    Just added 3 pots of gold to the luck of the Irish deal as there were only two things I wanted. None of the mystery games I got were things I wanted or even things that are worth much, but it still worked out a lot cheaper than even buying one of the things I wanted individually. Reply 0
  • The Last of Us' film adaptation will follow the game's storyline

  • Stranded87 14/03/2014

    The movie could be great imo. This is one IP that really could work well as a movie, especially if they stick to the story of the game, which I think is one of the best 'zombie' stories in any medium. It will need very strong performances and a believable bond between the two leads and I think it would work best as a very slow paced film, with a lot of tension, lingering shots and relationship and world building, interspersed with occasional moments of extreme fear and violence.

    It will need a lot of self control and vision to make it work and that's where the problem comes in I think, because I'm not sure many film makers are likely to take that approach to something based on a game, but if they do it could be epic.
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  • After 18 months of silence game streaming service OnLive returns with CloudLift

  • Stranded87 05/03/2014

    So presumably you could game exclusively with this if say you don't even own a powerful PC? The article doesn't expressly mention that usage scenario but assuming you can I'd think that would be one of the biggest draws the service would have- ie letting users pay 10 quid a month rather than close to a grand upfront on a new PC. Which I guess is a bit like what it did before, except now you can buy the games through Steam etc. Reply +2
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall review

  • Stranded87 04/03/2014

    @Renato84 It probably comes from the reviewer not liking the core game. Personally Shadowrun Returns was a 7/10 for me, so far this is looking like an easy 9. Reply +7
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth review

  • Stranded87 04/03/2014

    The only problem with this is that surely most of the classes are pointless. How could you not play as Jew? Reply 0
  • inFamous: Second Son is likeable, but not yet loveable

  • Stranded87 12/02/2014

    @Dismiss He reviewed the second one and having played both previous games I agree with him. It's a good series but not quite great imo. The good news is that since you disagree with his opinions of the last games (and presumably love them) it sounds like you'll probably love this one even more. Reply +12
  • Dungeon Keeper review

  • Stranded87 05/02/2014

    Its never occurred to me that Dungeon Keeper is tower defence, but I suppose it is really. I guess there are a couple of tower defence games I like after all then. Wont be going near this though. Reply +5
  • Borderlands 2 getting Mad Moxxi Valentine's Day DLC

  • Stranded87 05/02/2014

    @CyborgD Yeah if it bothers you it bothers you, can't really argue with that. It bothers me too with some games, but only when the core game feels small or lacking in some way. I kind of feel like I'm already getting a 'full experience' with Borderlands 2 and anything extra is a bonus. Reply +2
  • Stranded87 05/02/2014

    @CyborgD What's the problem with lots of DLC? No-one is making you buy it and as the core game is already massive it's not like it's stuff that should have been included from the start, I don't really see the problem. Reply +6
  • Sony taps up King of Kong director for Uncharted movie

  • Stranded87 05/02/2014

    I love Nathan Fillion but I can't really imagine him as Nathan Drake. Actually if Nolan North looked a little bit younger I could see him playing the character on screen. I also wish they'd get Amy Hennig, Neil Druckmann and Joel Scherr to write the movie. Without them and Nolan North it's probably going to be Uncharted in name only. Reply +3
  • What will Obsidian's second Kickstarter project be?

  • Stranded87 17/12/2013

    Just thought I'd point out that Baldur's Gate was Bioware, not Black Isle. Reply 0
  • Bayonetta 2 producer moans of "pedantic port-begging" from fans

  • Stranded87 12/12/2013

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Reply +16
  • It's decided: Torment Numenera will be turn-based

  • Stranded87 09/12/2013

    Disappointing but expected outcome. Still, if they reckon turn based would work better in the game then that's obviously the system to go for and it probably never even should have been put to a vote. Reply +3
  • Digital Foundry vs. Super Mario 3D World

  • Stranded87 07/12/2013

    Why does this game exist? It's the only thing I want on Wii U but I want it enough to almost consider buying one. Need to be strong. Reply +1
  • Donate to Philippines relief campaign and EVE devs will do ridiculous things

  • Stranded87 27/11/2013

    @spongebob Sadly the answer is probably yes and that's hardly CCP's fault. It's impossible to say for sure but I strongly suspect that if they just asked people to donate out of the good of their heart they'd get a lot less. Reply +5
  • Blizzard dev apologises for "poor response" to female character design question

  • Stranded87 25/11/2013

    I have to agree with the consensus here that his initial response was more or less understandable. First of all I don't think there's anything necessarily wrong with sexualised characters as long as you can and do justify it which he kind of did, secondly as others have said he was put on the spot and basically baited. Reply +11
  • Should Torment Numenera be turn-based or real-time with pause?

  • Stranded87 22/11/2013

    I'm hoping for real time with paused. You can say turn based is more thoughtful all you want but really it depends on the underlying mechanics and the design of the encounters. Few games have had more challenging and thoughtful encounters for me than Baldur's Gate 2.

    While the likes of Temple of Elemental Evil and Fallout, despite being turn based don't come close to that level of tactical depth imo.

    On the other hand I really didn't get on with Planescape Torment's combat, despite it being functionally similar to Baldur's Gate. But I think that again comes down to the encounter designs and the abilities of the characters.
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  • Games of the Generation: Journey

  • Stranded87 23/10/2013

    @StingingVelvet Personally it's my very favourite game of the last 8 years so totally deserving imo. But yeah, subjective and all, short of putting something like Ride to Hell in the list there aren't really any right or wrong choices. Reply +1
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini review

  • Stranded87 20/10/2013

    @AndyZetec The HTC One Mini still has a quality feel.

    Hopefully the Z1 Mini will launch here, since that really is just a shrunk down Z1 with the specs intact.
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  • Xbox One will have a subscription-based fitness app

  • Stranded87 27/09/2013

    While this remains free it could be interesting. But once it goes subscription based it will really have to either be releasing a ton of new content all the time or not cost more than about 1 a month (and not also require Gold). Otherwise it's just going to be like any of the numerous fitness games that are bound to come to Xbox One, except rather than being able to buy it and use it forever you'll have to pay every month, making it far less appealing. Reply +1
  • Gone Home sells 50,000 copies

  • Stranded87 12/09/2013

    @danielgowen A fair comment, but personally I found it more engaging than most films- in part because I was an active participant and in part because it was just very well written. I also felt that the gameplay, while limited, fit the story perfectly and never felt at odds with it (as opposed to most games where you're superhuman and have to commit mass genocide through endless filler encounters).

    I also wonder if you uncovered the hidden story under the surface. I don't want to be more specific than that to avoid spoilers, but if you have you'll know what I mean. It certainly adds a lot to the game imo.
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  • Retrospective: Grand Theft Auto 4

  • Stranded87 08/09/2013

    GTA 4 is a great game. But I do really struggle with that narrative disconnect. The disconnect is so great in fact that it's hard to care about what could otherwise be an interesting story. I found Red Dead Redemption had the same problem and gave up on it as a result, because I simply couldn't square the Marston from most of the cut-scenes with the one we were meant to play.

    I did make it to the end of GTA 4, mostly because of the living, breathing world and the fact that when taken in isolation the writing was pretty good, but if GTA 5 has the same problem again I might struggle with it.

    This article also seems to largely gloss over GTA 4's gameplay (beyond saying that it's less silly than before), but there were a lot of flaws- the lack of mid-mission check pointing, the incredibly repetitive nature of the missions, the slick but incredibly basic combat.

    I still love GTA 4 for what it did and for what it tried to do, but it was packed full of missteps and underdeveloped mechanics. GTA 5 will need to really improve in a lot of areas to keep my interest.
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  • 2K Drive launches worldwide

  • Stranded87 05/09/2013

    A quick bit of research tells me this has a freemium business model...on top of the 4.99 you have to pay up front. In which case it can fuck right off. Freemium by and large is vile to begin with, but shoving it in a game that actually costs money up front is despicable. Reply +4
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition's secret base camp replacement will make you "freak out"

  • Stranded87 02/09/2013

    @Modhabobo So you've not played the first one? The 2nd was a let down (though not as terrible as many people like to claim) but the first is one of Bioware's best games. Reply +2
  • Whore of the Orient branded a "disgrace to Chinese culture"

  • Stranded87 02/09/2013

    As much as I'm not a fan of McNamara and not expecting much from the game this is nonsense. Granted, I don't know much about the perception of the word 'orient' in China, but given that the Orient Express is still a thing and half the worlds Chinese restaurants use the word I'm pretty sure it's nothing close to as bad as the 'N' word.

    Besides which it's a period piece and a quick Google search suggests that this was indeed a nickname for Shanghai at some point.
    Reply +12
  • Gone Home review

  • Stranded87 23/08/2013

    Hmm, I do wonder if Oli uncovered the story detailed in these last few comments. The text of his review suggests that he probably didn't, particularly since he calls it a simple coming of age story, in which case that may have affected the score he gave it. On the other hand he may simply have wanted to avoid all mention of that side of the game fearing spoilers, though arguably the review already has spoilers by highlighting that the house is not in fact haunted as such. Reply +1
  • Fan-harassed writer Jennifer Hepler leaves BioWare

  • Stranded87 16/08/2013

    @Faramis Where to start...A game not having combat doesn't make it an interactive movie (granted the likes of Heavy Rain borderline are, but how about Journey, Monkey Island, Peggle and the like. They are very much full fledged games). More importantly though, it's not that people criticised her or her opinions it's that she got death threats etc- that's never okay, it's just childish bullshit that has a real effect on people and in this case drove them away. Reply +29
  • Saints Row 4 review

  • Stranded87 14/08/2013

    Can anyone confirm whether side missions are still compulsory? That always rubbed me the wrong way in previous Saint's Row's. I'm happy to do them to an extent, particularly if there are tangible benefits, but don't like feeling like I have to. Reply +7
  • Amazon reportedly set to launch Android video game console - and it may be core focused

  • Stranded87 09/08/2013

    @schnide Well maybe it will be less, but the key thing is that I don't think we're talking mobile/tablet games here. While it probably won't have anything like Watchdogs on it I wouldn't be surprised if Amazon push for genuinely console quality games, in which case I'd certainly consider it. Either way, it's all just guess work for now since we don't really know anything about it.

    Edit: Plus it's Amazon, people know the brand and that apparently counts for a lot. Afterall stuff like the Kindle Fire HD, while a solid tablet is substantially worse than a Nexus 7 or Nook HD+ precisely because it removes the main draw of the Android OS (openness/flexibility), yet it still seems to sell well, because Amazon.
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  • Stranded87 09/08/2013

    @schnide The same people who would buy an Ouya for a start, that might not have had much in the way of core games, but it was such a niche product that it was only really core gamer's who would have bought one. The advantage of Amazon's attempt is that they can throw more money at it and get proper developers so that it's actually good. I don't see it replacing the Xbox One or PS4, but if it's priced at say 200 or less I reckon a lot of people would buy one as well as a PS4 / Xbox One. Reply 0
  • Stranded87 09/08/2013

    If they get a bunch of core focused exclusives and price it low then I'll probably get it. Being a proper console with a controller you avoid the touchscreen problem- unless they rely on dodgy ports of existing Android games and in theory Android can be plenty powerful enough to run some fairly nice looking games if they pack the console with a good processor and enough RAM. Reply +2
  • World of Tanks dev Wargaming buys Total Annihilation and Master of Orion franchises

  • Stranded87 02/08/2013

    More Master of Orion would be great if done right. Never really loved Total Annihilation though. Reply +5
  • Fear is the path to the dark side

  • Stranded87 31/07/2013

    KotOR 3 getting made- and more specifically getting made by Obsidian would probably be the best gaming news ever for me. That it hasn't happened is madness. Honestly the first two games rank among the best Star Wars things and the best video games ever. Reply +10
  • Levine saddened by abuse directed at Vonderhaar and Phil Fish

  • Stranded87 31/07/2013

    @OtisBDriftwood Fair play, for what it's worth I didn't downvote you and I'm also slightly surprised I'm getting downvoted for asking the question. Was just curious. Reply 0
  • Stranded87 31/07/2013

    @OtisBDriftwood What do you play then? Those are 3 pretty major games/franchises each aimed largely at different groups of people, to be a gamer and not have played any of them seems a bit odd. Reply -13
  • Blank will return in The Walking Dead: Season Two

  • Stranded87 22/07/2013

    Stupidly I briefly wondered who the hell Blank was and why I didn't remember them. Reply +12
  • Deus Ex: The Fall disables guns on jailbroken devices

  • Stranded87 12/07/2013

    My iPad isn't even jail broken, but while I was considering buying this before I'll just leave it now. I'm not going to support this sort of thing in any sense. I used to have a jailbroken iPhone- which I chose to do at the time rather than android because I wanted Apples app store but androids features and I didn't steal anything so I can totally sympathise with people who've been screwed by this. Reply +5
  • Deus Ex: The Fall is six hours long, the first of a series and will contain in-app purchases

  • Stranded87 07/06/2013

    The assumption many people are making that there are no 'hardcore' games or gamers on iOS is idiotic and wrong. KotOR, The Walking Dead, The Last Express, Syberia, Monkey Island, Baldur's Gate, The World Ends With You, Kairo, Avernum, Avadon, Gemini Rue, Xcom (soon) are all hardcore multiformat or ported games that have appeared.

    Granted there aren't so many hardcore iOS exclusives but you've got Warhammer Quest, Rimelands, Battle Academy, Dungeon Lore, Ravenmark and plenty more besides that are (I believe) exclusive.

    The iPad is frankly a better handheld console than the Vita or 3DS and I say that as a 'hardcore' gamer of 20 years, with no interest in freemium, tower defence, endless runners or social/casual games.
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  • Stranded87 07/06/2013

    IAP's are worrying, if it's not too much of a grind without them though then that's fine. Other than that I'm actually quite interested in it- sure I'd have rather had a full console/PC sequel to Human Revolution, but this sounds like it might play similarly and if they can get the controls right it could be great.
    Like it or not tablets are legitimate gaming devices. Right now I'm playing Warhammer Quest and KotOR on my iPad and loving them both.
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  • BioWare RPG classic Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic ported to iPad

  • Stranded87 30/05/2013

    @pigsy2400 Jesus you're a right bellend. You obviously do want to ruin it. Reply +3
  • Pocket Stables review

  • Stranded87 23/04/2013

    I don't find Google's storefront any harder to navigate than Apple's, it's possibly even a little easier (and I own both Apple and Android devices so I do have experience of both). But both could use some work. Reply +3
  • Face-Off: Netflix vs. Lovefilm

  • Stranded87 06/04/2013

    I love Netflix (though international content is a must). I used to have Lovefilm as well but the content just can't compete and for some reason it rarely seemed to work well on consoles or iPad- it was fine on my PC but as soon as I used it on anything else it would constantly be pausing to buffer making things almost un-watchable. It happened on multiple devices and in two different houses with different broadband speeds and providers. Reply 0
  • Film critic and video games' best frenemy Roger Ebert has passed

  • Stranded87 04/04/2013

    I never really even got the love of his film reviews. He certainly had a way with words but I often found them surprisingly spoilerific, particularly in cases where he either didn't like the film or missed the point of it and so either didn't care or didn't realise that he was spoiling them. Still, he obviously had an impact on a lot of people and it's very sad that he's passed away. Reply 0
  • BioShock Infinite ending explained

  • Stranded87 04/04/2013

    @SClaw There's no doubt that games are some way from matching the quality of great novels, but Bioshock Infinite has a far better story than most films- or for that matter most Doctor Who episodes. It's also the best game story that I've ever come across. It is better in practice than in the reading, though sadly by reading spoilers you probably have diminished any enjoyment that you would have gotten from the game. Reply +11