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  • 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.
    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.
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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.
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  • 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
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors retrospective

  • Stranded87 31/03/2013

    One of my favourite Snes games. I went back to it a few years ago and as noted it's still just as fun now. Reply +6
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown coming to iOS, dated for Mac

  • Stranded87 24/03/2013

    It's a shame that Android isn't getting more games but it's not likely to change any time soon. As a result of that I bought an iPad 4 pretty much solely for games and I don't regret it one bit. Android is still my mobile OS of choice for just about everything else though, what with Apple stuff being locked down, un-customisable things with a dated OS and an annoying reliance on iTunes.

    Edit: Oh and mobile gaming is proper gaming and has been for a long time- you just have to choose to play the proper games rather than shit like Angry Birds that gets all the attention.
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  • Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey Kickstarter ends in resounding success

  • Stranded87 11/03/2013

    @DaemonSpawn You pledged $350 and haven't even played the first game? That's crazy. It's the best of the two and the second game also works a whole lot better in terms of story if you've played the first.

    If you're a big enough fan to pledge that amount of cash I really urge you to go back and play The Longest Journey.
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  • Year Walk review

  • Stranded87 21/02/2013

    @Alex_V Yes but it's still a lower install base than Android, which seems to be increasingly dominating the market and yet doesn't tend to get game reviews. But, as others have said, iOS has more games and most games that are on both hit iOS first, so it makes sense. Reply +1
  • Wii U sold around 55K during January in the US

  • Stranded87 15/02/2013

    @dickothe1st It was alright, good enough for me to buy one anyway, but as with most Nintendo consoles it didn't have that many games and most of the best ones were made by Nintendo. Plus having those tiny discs meant it couldn't double as a DVD player or anything.

    I actually liked the N64 a lot, as that at least was powerful for the time and had Rare making top flight games for it as well as Nintendo, but the games were overpriced- and again there weren't many of them.

    I do think the original DS is a great little handheld though.
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  • Stranded87 15/02/2013

    Not even slightly surprising. Nintendo really dropped the ball with the Wii U. Personally I'm not even a fan of the original Wii but at least there they went after a sector of the market (everyone except gamers) and got it, with the Wii U I really don't know what they're hoping for. Under-powered for core gamers, doesn't do enough to stand out to casual gamers and over-priced for either. Add to that crap all games and 'proper' next gen consoles just around the corner and they're looking at a real up-hill struggle.

    I like Nintendo's games, but I'm not convinced they've made a truly great home console since the Snes.
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  • "Real gamer" Duncan Jones to helm 2015 Warcraft movie

  • Stranded87 31/01/2013

    Well he's definitely a good director, but it'll still need a good script. Reply +10
  • Nintendo announces new Yoshi, Fire Emblem games for Wii U

  • Stranded87 23/01/2013

    @wario Well, yes. High end, late gen graphics but it doesn't look any better than some up-coming PS3 and 360 games. Arguably it doesn't look any better than some that are out. If that's next gen, I'm not impressed.

    Still looks like an awesome game though, a few more exclusives like that and I may well get a Wii U.
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  • Alice dev American McGee backtracks on EA marketing slur

  • Stranded87 23/01/2013

    He was right the first time. The trailers do mislead you about the game (and frankly also make the game look a lot better than it is imo). It's a morally dubious tactic but it's also nothing new, film trailers have been doing this for years, anyone who actually got 'tricked' mostly has themselves to blame as you should never buy something based solely on a trailer. Reply +4
  • Writer's Guild of America nominates 007 Legends, neglects The Walking Dead

  • Stranded87 18/01/2013

    Utterly ridiculous. The Walking Dead is far and away the best written game this year. Reply +10
  • Angry grandfather walks out of HMV with three games after staff refuse to accept gift voucher

  • Stranded87 16/01/2013

    @darkmorgado I acknowledged that it's the law and that I wouldn't do it for that reason. But you're right, I don't agree with the law and laws aren't the same as morals (though I suppose that gets more complicated when it comes to breaking a law e.g whether it's wrong to break a law when the law itself is immoral). Reply +7
  • Stranded87 16/01/2013

    @mr_bez The moral principle is you get what you're owed. Especially when HMV had the nerve to sell vouchers right up to christmas (and beyond possibly?), it's not like we're talking about vouchers that have been sitting in a drawer for months. An eye for an eye might not be the best way to live, but if someone essentially steals from me I'm going to want my money back.

    That said this has been on the cards for HMV for ages so he really shouldn't have bought the vouchers before he knew the situation, and I assume if he bought them on credit card he'd be able to claim a refund, so he also should have done that, so I don't have that much sympathy.
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  • Stranded87 16/01/2013

    @JonnyPx While they might have the law on their side HMV have essentially stolen his money by not accepting the gift certificates and he plans to post them the 6.80, so while I'd never do it for legal reasons I don't really think he's morally done anything wrong. Reply +59
  • Alpha Protocol retrospective

  • Stranded87 06/01/2013

    Absolutely loved this game. Probably the most under-rated of the generation. It's an awkward one though as part of it is light years ahead of anything else out there while other parts are clunky at best. I feel like it was reviewed rather harshly, particularly given how much most people who got past Saudi Arabia seemed to love it, but it's definitely a hard to score game.

    In any case it's one of the best game experiences I've had this generation.
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  • Levine: BioShock Infinite ending "like nothing you've experienced in a video game before"

  • Stranded87 18/12/2012

    Sounds a bit like Molyneux hyperbole, but I'm more inclined to believe it coming from Levine. Reply +10
  • Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition review

  • Stranded87 03/12/2012

    @George-Roper I think it's an 8 because it's Baldur's Gate and that in and of itself is still a brilliant game in any form. The review quite rightly focused on the changes the Enhanced Edition brings...many of which are perhaps a little negative, or at least need patching. But ultimately it's still Baldur's Gate. Reply +7
  • Barkley 2 scores a slam dunk on Kickstarter in less than a day

  • Stranded87 29/11/2012

    Only played a few minutes of the first game and probably wont play this. But props to them for mentioning Dark Sun as an inspiration, no-one ever mentions Dark Sun in relation to anything yet they really were two of the best pre-Black Isle/Bioware RPG's and were kind of a similar style to their stuff. Reply +2
  • Square Enix: another mistake like Final Fantasy 14 could destroy the company

  • Stranded87 28/11/2012

    I don't understand why developers still even make MMO's. Huge costs and development times and since WoW how many have even been successful? Maybe 3 that I can think of.

    I don't even really care though in this case. I never loved Final Fantasy and in recent years it seems to have gone downhill even in fans eyes. I wont be playing this and even if it's somehow good I don't imagine it'll be successful.
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  • Wadjet Eye's latest sci-fi yarn Primordia gets a playable demo

  • Stranded87 28/11/2012

    Do want. Wadjet Eye may not be the developers but they seem to have an eye for quality, so I still suspect it will be good, it certainly looks it.

    Gemini Rue was superb, Resonance was good, need to get round to Blackwell one day but they're certainly well reviewed.
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  • Higher than expected Dishonored sales mean Bethesda has a new franchise

  • Stranded87 28/11/2012

    Good to hear. I was left ever so slightly underwhelmed by Dishonored, but I loved the idea and setting and I'm sure a sequel could refine it a bit and deliver the game that I had hoped the original would be.

    Nice to see a new IP doing well anyway, particularly one that's not just bang bang shoot.

    I'd still rather see a sequel to Arx Fatalis though and do hope Arkane don't get stuck churning out endless Dishonored sequels.
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  • The Walking Dead review

  • Stranded87 22/11/2012

    Surprised by the rather back-handed compliments towards the story in this article. Sure, it's genre fiction and nothing outstanding when considered alongside every other work of fiction in the world. But it's one of the better stories to have ever graced a game (and has at least one of the better characters too). But more than that it's actually better imo than the walking dead tv show. And I think that would continue to be the case if it was as passive as the tv show. It's also imo better than most zombie fiction in general.

    I can't comment on how it compares to the original comics, as I haven't read them, but the game doesn't need to rely on the crutch of generally weak video game story telling, it stands up on its own.
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  • Wii U Premium owners must spend 62.50 for 5 eShop voucher

  • Stranded87 20/11/2012

    Yep not bad at all. Not great either, but the headline is unreasonably negative. Reply +24