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  • GAME selling Xbox One and four games for 299

  • Stranded87 27/11/2014

    It's a good price but only really worth it if you actually want most of those games, since you can't sell them on and you can often find it at similar prices with other games (albeit less of them). Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry vs Watch Dogs on Wii U

  • Stranded87 26/11/2014

    @TheLastPixel I hope you're not lumping Nintendo's titles in with 'games for children'. Mario and the like are just as enjoyable for adults as kids.

    The Wii U is beyond saving though in any case. A bad idea with even worse marketing.
    Reply -15
  • Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 1 review

  • Stranded87 25/11/2014

    @yeahetc Given the strong reviews that The Wolf Among Us and Walking Dead Season 2 received I think you're in the minority in believing Telltale's games are terrible (really? terrible? even their older games weren't terrible). The first season of The Walking Dead was definitely the best thing they've done yet though, I'll give you that. Reply +2
  • GTA 5's next-gen grass compared

  • Stranded87 19/11/2014

    @IronSoldier He's simply highlighting the fact that it's an incredibly minor issue, which it is if his findings are accurate (I say that as a PS4 owner) and that in his opinion it shouldn't affect which version you buy.

    He doesn't need to do the whole 'IMO' bit because it is, by definition, his opinion and one he's perfectly entitled to give.

    Just as a reviewer might give an opinion as to whether a game is worth your money he can say whether the difference between versions is big enough that it should affect purchase decisions.
    Reply +1
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 review

  • Stranded87 19/11/2014

    @George-Roper I'm in two minds about that, given that games are rarely re-reviewed it seems unfortunate and perhaps even unfair that a game could be heavily marked down for bugs which might be quickly fixed and leave an incredible experience.


    Either way though if anything you should be praising this review for marking it down at all based on bugs, as I often find that they have seemingly no impact on the score.

    I get that you think it should have been marked down even more though- but based on the bugs the reviewer experienced few sound more than slightly annoying to me so I'd disagree there too.
    Reply +1
  • Stranded87 19/11/2014

    @George-Roper Not sure what your issue is? It reads like an 8 (or higher if you think the other LBP games deserved more) pulled down to a 7 thanks to numerous bugs. I don't see a disparity. Reply +33
  • Far Cry 4 review

  • Stranded87 14/11/2014

    @ziggy_played_guitar It's not saying the single player is bad, it's saying the 'story' is bad. Far Cry games are open world playgrounds where you make a lot of your own fun and as the review says there's more than ever on that front. The lesser story and less inspiring location leads to a lower score than Far Cry 3 (which got a 10 so saying this is worse hardly means it's bad), but added multi-player and more side activities means it's still a great game if that's what you're looking for. Reply +4
  • Spec Analysis: iPad Air 2 vs Google Nexus 9

  • Stranded87 23/10/2014

    @ozzzy189 Nexus 9 starts at 319, iPad Air 2 starts at 399. In both cases that's for a 16GB Wi-Fi only model. Reply +3
  • Solo Dragon Age: Inquisition has ~200 hours of content

  • Stranded87 10/10/2014

    @jabberwocky Possibly, but it's not as if you aren't getting your money's worth with 200 hours already in the game and no-one is making you buy the DLC. Reply +1
  • Sony's PS4-streaming smartphone gets a US release date

  • Stranded87 09/10/2014

    No European release information has been revealed at this time.
    It's out, at least in England. Just called the Z3, SIM free RRP of 549, but a whole lot cheaper if you shop around.
    Reply +21
  • EGX 2014: Eurogamer.net editor's choice

  • Stranded87 27/09/2014

    @xboxone36 A games journalist shouldn't have to preface everything with 'in my opinion', especially when the whole premise of the article is that this is their opinion. But even if we assume they were presenting it as fact (which they weren't) the FACT is that they've played far more of these upcoming games than you and in far more depth, so they're better equipped to know how good they actually are. Reply +19
  • Video: Dragon Age: Inquisition's Morrigan has a 'more human side'

  • Stranded87 30/08/2014

    @midnight_walker Yep this has been known for ages and has actively been mentioned by Bioware a number of times, so probably not a spoiler and definitely not something that you can blame Eurogamer for mentioning. Reply +5
  • Xenoblade Chronicles headed exclusively to new 3DS models

  • Stranded87 29/08/2014

    @Golgo Not sure this follows. Just because they're both Wii U things doesn't mean the 3DS would be able to run them both, Xenoblade Chronicles might and indeed probably does tax the Wii U more.

    Either way though I'm not happy about this. Like hell I'm buying a new handheld already, especially when it's probably much the same, but having games I now can't play is just balls. Not sure this was a good move from Nintendo, if anything the 3DS just should have been more powerful in the first place.
    Reply +3
  • Legend of Grimrock is coming to iOS

  • Stranded87 23/08/2014

    I'm amazed it's taken so long. Grimrock is one thing that would actually work brilliantly on a tablet. Reply +1
  • Risen 3: Titan Lords review

  • Stranded87 14/08/2014

    @Defecationqueen Not to derail the thread, but Alpha Protocol is a work of genius. A clunky, unfinished work of genius but a work of genius all the same. Reply +2
  • Sony says EA Access program isn't "good value"

  • Stranded87 30/07/2014

    @blarty You make some good points and you may well be right. In which case though Sony really should make some of these things clear itself, because on the face of it saying "we don't think it's good value so we're not giving you the choice" without all the behind the scenes context doesn't look great for Sony. Reply +2
  • Stranded87 30/07/2014

    @naffgeek But no-ones forcing you to take out multiple subscriptions. If it was available on PS4 you would presumably be able to choose it instead of or as well as PS Plus, surely that's a choice that's worth having? Even if you personally don't want it a lot of people will and it doesn't hurt you to be offered it.

    Of course, given that's the case the reason Sony isn't offering it is almost certainly because it's a competing service with PS Plus, so they're thinking about the bottom line, not the players.

    Don't get me wrong, PS Plus is great, I prefer PS4 to Xbox One and I probably wouldn't even want this, but I do want the choice, rather than Sony deciding for me. I can't see any way you can paint this in a positive light.

    The multiple subscription thing is a non issue because it's optional and the rebuffing of EA is largely irrelevant because Sony is probably doing it for equally financially motivated reasons, it's not a moral stance at all.
    Reply +1
  • Simogo reveals seafaring adventure The Sailor's Dream

  • Stranded87 28/07/2014

    @Din_mamma Good to know. Maybe don't comment then? Anyway, Year Walk was eventually ported to PC and Mac so this might be too. Reply +1
  • BioWare trailer teases new project, possibly named Shadow Realms

  • Stranded87 25/07/2014

    Wow I missed that story about Bioware working with Failbetter, that could be an amazing combination and this certainly looks like it could be the product of it. Reply +5
  • 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.
    Reply +28
  • 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.
    Reply +2
  • 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.
    Reply +2
  • 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.
    Reply +3
  • 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.
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