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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.
    Reply +1
  • 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
  • Ever wondered what the author of The Witcher books thinks about the games?

  • Stranded87 07/11/2012

    Read The Last Wish. It was alright, very light, not special. Something may have been lost in translation, but presumably the core story was intact and while it had its moments, it wasn't up to much.

    Frankly the games easily match it for story telling, maybe even better it, and then they've got the whole game part on top.
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  • XCOM creator Julian Gollop "surprised and puzzled" by calls for Chaos remake

  • Stranded87 05/11/2012

    Chaos was before my time but I enjoyed Magic & Mayhem, so if it's even vaguely like that i'm definitely interested. Reply 0
  • Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition release date moved... forward!

  • Stranded87 02/11/2012

    Awesome, this'll be one of the first games I get when my iPad arrives :) Reply +1
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted review

  • Stranded87 30/10/2012

    Sounds good, which was never in doubt. But it also sounds like I made the right choice in getting Forza Horizon rather than waiting for this (I can't justify getting both). Gritty urban landscape appeals less to me than Horizon's scenic Colorado. Plus things like lack of crash cam, having most of the cars from the off and only being able to use each car for a few events put me off this a bit.

    Glad to hear the Vita version turned out well too, let's just hope it sells!
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  • First Dishonored DLC has a wave based arena battle

  • Stranded87 25/10/2012

    I don't see an arena as an odd choice- the game is very clearly built around being able to play it combat-heavy if you want. Granted it's probably not as good like that (wouldn't really know myself, like probably most people I'm playing stealth and haven't invested in combat skills), but combat is still definitely a substantial element of the game if you want it to be.

    Edit: I am tempted to try a run-and-gun style play of at least some of it, just to see what it's like. I remember when Deus Ex: HR came out everyone was going on about how it felt overly biased towards stealth (bosses aside), but I did go combat heavy in that and didn't find it lacking at all- I think it's easy to assume that things like this only work the way you happen to have approached them.
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  • Dragon Age 3 longer in pre-production than DA1, DA2 and Mass Effect

  • Stranded87 22/10/2012

    @Stan546 You're thinking of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance which is a much inferior (though still fun) console spin off. The proper Baldur's Gate games were deep, PC only proper RPG's with no couch/split screen co-op and those are the games it's a spiritual successor to. Reply +7
  • The Unfinished Swan review

  • Stranded87 15/10/2012

    @sfp_noodle The eurogamer community certainly don't think journey is too short. Head into the forums and you'll see that almost everyone gives it 9 or 10 out of 10. It's my GOTY so far. Reply +10
  • Microsoft rewards gamers for their achievements

  • Stranded87 02/10/2012

    @Syrette Okay not free, but actually not far off given that you get around 45 a year and my current years subscription cost 30. Plus all the other stuff you get with PS+. It's still a lot better imo than getting 15p on my birthday and a 1-2% discount off purchases as part of my live subscription.

    But I will concede that online multi-player is better on 360, not enough to justify the price tag, but better.
    Reply +3
  • Stranded87 02/10/2012

    @varkdm That makes some sense, but nevertheless Sony seemed happy enough to allow it on the PS3 and I'm pretty sure Nintendo put on the Wii, in both cases free of charge for consumers. Reply +8
  • Stranded87 02/10/2012

    Okay, so the rewards aren't much, but it's better than nothing.
    In some ways I actually think they'd have been better off doing nothing. The ridiculously low value of this scheme just highlights how stingy they are.

    And I still hate Xbox Live Gold, it's such a ripoff. Not only making you pay to play online and get pitiful bonuses like these but to use services like Lovfilm- that you're already subscribed to. Plus there was that whole thing where iplayer took longer to reach Live because the BBC wanted it to be free but Microsoft wanted to force people to pay for it!

    Compared to PS3 and PS+ Xbox Live really is a joke. Online and video streaming is free on PS3, while plus subscribers get way bigger discounts than this and dozens of free games. Seriously, I know which service I'd rather use/support.

    And before I get jumped on for being a PS fanboy I have both consoles, I bought a 360 long before PS3 and until a couple of years ago considered it the better of the two. I also preferred Xbox to PS2, but Microsoft are not doing themselves any favours with crap like this.
    Reply +61
  • Can Halo 4 capture the series' spark?

  • Stranded87 28/09/2012

    Sounds like they're playing it safe, which I don't blame them for. And honestly creating a faithful Halo experience shouldn't be that hard if that's what they're going for. I like Halo, sometimes I love Halo but I've never understood what everyone finds so 'special' about it and wouldn't think a talented team with the license would have a problem taking the reins.

    It might be nice if it was a bit more innovative, especially given how many Halo games there have now been, but that risks pissing off fans and even worse it risks delivering a lesser game.

    Quick time events can fuck right off from every game ever though, I don't know how any developer can still think they're a good idea.
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  • UK iPhone 5 prices start at 529

  • Stranded87 13/09/2012

    @jetsetwillie Nothing much, it's the ability to do things my way that I like though. If you think literally everything about the iPhone interface is perfect then fine, no reason to look elsewhere, but I like that on Android I can change most things that I don't like. Reply 0
  • Stranded87 13/09/2012

    @George-Roper 'It's using the same, shit ecosystem that it always was, which means that no matter how good the hardware is its always going to be crippled and hobbled.'

    Shit ecosystem? Hardly. OS's I guess are one of the more subjective things in the smartphone world, but Android is just so incredibly flexible that I don't understand why anyone remotely tech savvy would choose anything else. Don't like the keyboard or the key layout? You can change it. Want to add functions to the notification bar? You can do it, want a completely different launcher that fundamentally changes the whole operation of the phone? You got it.

    Or if you're talking about Android being less fast and fluid than iOS then you've got slightly more of a point, but fast hardware like on the S3 all but eliminates that, and Android 4.1 eliminates it entirely.
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  • Stranded87 13/09/2012

    @Widge It doesn't and that's one of the reasons I wouldn't buy that either, sorry I didn't mean to imply that it did, just that it was a much more ambitious and exciting phone in other ways. The microSD thing was a separate point because a lot of phones do support them, such as iPhone 5's main competition- the Galaxy S3. Reply +1
  • Stranded87 13/09/2012

    Nothing about this phone looks anywhere near as exciting as the Lumia 920 (not that I'm going to buy that either, but at least Nokia and Microsoft are trying).

    Also if Apple would just embrace microSD cards then there'd be no need to spend ludicrous amounts on a 64GB model, but then I guess that's the whole point...
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  • Obsidian's new RPG likely a Kickstarter project

  • Stranded87 13/09/2012

    A spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment really would be incredible (if they pull it off).

    It's still got the best story and characters of any game ever by a significant margin.
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  • Is Obsidian's new RPG called Eternity?

  • Stranded87 12/09/2012

    @uninspiredcup Not sure if serious...but you realise that their first game was KotOR 2, which was a console game as much as a PC one and very much done in a console style (stream lined, simplistic combat, relatively linear etc).

    Their only non-console (and non-console style) game was Neverwinter Nights 2- which was great, but it wasn't their first game and it was a one off for them.

    Or do you mean Black Isle were great? Which despite sharing key members with Obsidian were obviously a different company.
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  • Stranded87 12/09/2012

    It's own original IP, modern day spy RPG Alpha Protocol, had nice ideas but fell short in terms of quality and sales.
    It's own original IP was one of the best games of the generation and fell short on sales in part because of the short sighted reviews it got here and elsewhere.

    Yeah it was clunky and buggy, but it was a brilliant game underneath, and just about everything Bethesda put out is incredibly buggy yet barely a word is said against it in the gaming media, so at least be consistent.

    Note: This rant is aimed at the whole gaming media, not just Eurogamer (which by and large I like a lot).
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  • Obsidian's mysterious new RPG, Project X - is it Dungeon Siege 4?

  • Stranded87 11/09/2012

    Really hope it's not Dungeon Siege 4. Dungeon siege 3 was...ok, but worse imo than the first two and by far the weakest link in Obsidian's output. Reply 0
  • Ragnar Tornquist on The Secret World's "turbulent couple of weeks", and the future

  • Stranded87 03/09/2012

    I second calls for the final part of The Longest Journey. It's been way too long! Reply +6
  • Stranded87 03/09/2012

    I was interested in giving this a try, but my (admittedly quite old) PC doesn't even meet the minimum system requirements for it, yet can run Guild Wars 2 comfortably on medium settings. Reply +2
  • UK chart: Guild Wars 2 top but sells less at retail than SWTOR

  • Stranded87 03/09/2012

    It deserves all the success it gets, 4 years ago I decided I was done with MMO's but this has tempted me back. Reply +7
  • Interplay appears to be resurrecting Black Isle Studios

  • Stranded87 22/08/2012

    @SeesThroughAll Baldur's Gate was actually a Bioware game. Almost hard to believe now. Reply +6