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  • David Braben on how Elite: Dangerous on console will actually work

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 07/03/2015

    This comments thread is so eye-gougingly depressing. The whole point of online games is to bring us together, and do so in whatever fantastical setting Developer X has created for us. The universe (or galaxy for all you pedants) of Elite is breathtaking, and as someone who has been playing it since launch back in December, the thought of Xbox One and PS4 players sharing that same universe and maybe going bounty hunting with them is just amazing to think about.

    Sadly, a lot of people in this thread feel that Braben owes them something when in fact he owes them the square root of fuck all. Companies across the world have business relationships which involve a lot of back-scratching. This timed exclusivity deal is another example of that. He owes PS4 gamers nothing, yet he wants to bring the game out for the platform. He also has a business to run and if the cash injection from Microsoft helps his business, then I'm all for it.

    And for those who refuse to engage with always online, just realise that you're missing out on some of the most astonishing achievements in gaming. It's not 1996 any more. Games are social and they're brilliant because of it.
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  • Elite: Dangerous confirmed for Xbox One

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 06/03/2015

    @romelpotter The system map doesn't affect the gameplay at all. The finalised map serves its purpose and does so excellently. It gives you all the information you need with just a quick glance. It's not dumbing down. It's good design. Reply +2
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 05/03/2015

    @grassyknoll That's fair enough. If it does come to PS4 I highly recommend you pick it up though. You say you're not a fan of always-online (which I personally find odd but that's neither here nor there) but Elite Dangerous wouldn't work without it. It's a magnificent game and it would be such a shame to miss out on such a fine title because of it. Reply 0
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 05/03/2015

    @grassyknoll In my defence the Twitter source of news I first heard from was Frontier's head of PR. It was also announced as "console exclusive" at the time (which is easy to misconstrue).

    I'm just happy that more people will get to play this frankly awesome game. When it comes to PS4 it will only make the game better as the universe will only feel more alive. And by that time Morpheus should be out and support for it fully coded into the game. Everyone wins.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 04/03/2015

    A huge deal for Microsoft. Well played. Not only is it first to market before No Man's Sky, it looks superior too. In terms of infinite procedurally generated universes, Elite's is far more appealing, more so when the planetside exploration is added.

    As far as I know this is a console exclusive so it'll never appear on PS4. I could be wrong but from what I've read on Twitter this is on XO and XO only. A huge deal.
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  • Homeworld Remastered review

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 04/03/2015

    A good review of a superb game, though I've not encountered a single bug so I guess I'm lucky there. This really is an absolutely essential purchase for fans of RTS who've never experienced Homeworld before but who want to know what all the fuss was about back in the day. It really is a landmark in PC gaming, so to see this along with Grim Fandango get the HD treatment is lovely. The controls take some getting used to but once you do you realise just how clever Relic were in their use of 3D space. Reply +1
  • Project Morpheus release will be in the first half of 2016

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 04/03/2015

    @Kill_Crazy I don't know why you were downvoted for asking a perfectly legitimate question. It's important that Sony helps push innovation and with a 120Hz refresh rate they're doing something right. Competition is vital if VR, a currently niche visual display method, is to flourish. I think they would be mad not to sell Morpheus to the PC userbase. Reply +1
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Sony's near-final Project Morpheus

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 04/03/2015

    Good article, and an intriguing demo from the sounds of it. Colour me interested. Reply +15
  • Gone Home is no longer in development for consoles

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 03/03/2015

    Don't worry guys. You're missing out on nothing. Unless a first-person, sub-par episode of Dawson's Creek with naff all to do in it is your thing, I wouldn't be too upset. An utter piss puddle of a game. Reply -5
  • The biggy: Eve Online nullsec sovereignty changes announced

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 03/03/2015

    @Ionz0r Play some faction warfare then if you want risk. Reply 0
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 03/03/2015

    Dogpiling? I thought that was hotdropping? Reply +3
  • 1.34GB Battlefield 4 Winter Patch rolls out

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 03/03/2015

    @arcam
    If the first bullet kills, all you need to do is aim the first shot correctly and things like rate of fire, recoil, and magazine size become meaningless.
    Which they are. The amount of guns in Battlefield is ridiculous and is more of an advert for American gun owners than a varied gameplay mechanic. The guns all do pretty much the same amount of damage. It's just absurd having to unload five bullets from a G36C into someone from 30 yards in order to get a kill. That's not fun, that's just bollocks. It just lets careless players off the hook by giving them a chance to hide behind a wall and for their health to magically regenerate.

    Anyway, different strokes for different folks and all that. :)
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 03/03/2015

    @AlucardSX You really should play Insurgency or Arma. They're so much more intense as a result of their ultra-short TTKs, and require genuine teamwork. The threat of one bullet ending you means tactics are essential. Hiding behind cover until your health recovers is an absolute nonsense. If you die in either of those games it's because you were careless and didn't check all of your angles.

    In Battlefield it's just a case of getting off the first shot and knowing you've got the kill. There seems to be very little actual skill or tactics involved in Battlefield nowadays as it's sadly become more about the chaos of war rather than the tactics of it.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 03/03/2015

    @Agente_Silva
    but if you nail your aiming right to the head you just need a couple of bullets
    That kind of reinforces my point. A bullet to the head is life ending. Fact. And Hardcore mode isn't really hardcore any more. It used to be one bullet from pretty much every gun (bar a pistol from long range) would drop you instantly, whereas now you start on 60% health and can still survive a round from an M98 if it hits you in the leg. Absurd, but understandable. The game is far more popular now so obvious concessions need to be made. The sad truth is that the last great Battlefield game was Bad Company 2: Vietnam.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 03/03/2015

    @Agente_Silva Some of us genuine Battlefield players who've been there since 1942 were very saddened by what EA did to the franchise and to DICE. The simple fact is the game did not work for months and months so we sought better games. Also the TTK is far too long in BF4. The guns sound so meaty yet you need to pump round after round into another player before they drop. Bring back the days of Project Reality on BF2. Thems were the days. Reply +1
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 03/03/2015

    Too little too late. I've since moved on to Insurgency, which is possibly my favourite online multiplayer FPS ever. It's tactical, and you don't have to shoot five bullets into another player to kill them. One tends to be enough. It's as if Counterstrike and Arma had a baby and Insurgency was the result.

    I have high hopes for Battlefield: Star Wars... sorry, I meant Battlefront, but BF4 lost me about a year ago. It was an utterly abortive effort.
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  • Alien: Isolation's fifth DLC add-on The Trigger out today

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 03/03/2015

    As they did with the main game Sega actually decided to release this DLC a day early on Steam. Having initially been worried about CA's plan for Isolation's DLC, five months later and I think they've judged it perfectly. Expecting them to craft a whole new campaign is possibly asking a bit much.

    People also need to overlook the fact that these have mostly been timed Survivor mode maps, which incidentally give people who found the campaign too long that distilled AI experience. It is also actually part of the main story so just ignore the timers and immerse yourself again (well, for 30 minutes at most of course). It's worth pointing out that one of the maps in this pack, The Package, is a brilliantly designed level.

    The game really lends itself to speedruns and I love the extra challenge of not only trying to survive but to get to the exit as soon as possible. It's a real test of holding one's nerve!
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  • Early Access games done right

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 27/02/2015

    *cough* Minecraft *cough* Reply +1
  • Looks like Destiny is getting a new social space in the Reef

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 26/02/2015

    Hopefully Bungie will find a way of implementing this into their feedback section.

    Reply +2
  • Pickup where you left off: Returning to Guitar Hero

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 22/02/2015

    Re-release Beatles Rock Band on PC and I'd bite. Some of my most cherished gaming memories came from that game. Reply +1
  • Video: The Order 1886 - debating the issue of value

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 20/02/2015

    @jetsetwillie Indeed. "Bloggers who got lucky" would be a more accurate term. Reply +4
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 20/02/2015

    @MeBrains Games journalism nowadays just consists of jumping on whatever the next biggest bandwagon is. Last week it was Molyneux, this week it's The Order. Next week it will probably be Dead Or Alive: Last Round. Reply +13
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 20/02/2015

    On a /per hour yardstick The Order is obviously not value for money, but gamers today are spoilt with huge open worlds brimming with activities and things to see and do. Comparing The Order to something like Dragon Age Inquisition is just not fair as they serve completely different purposes and tastes. People losing their minds over average reviews when it was obvious what this game was going to be is just daft.

    There is room in the market for cinematic single-player cover shooters. I for one can't wait for Uncharted 4, and I have no interest in the multiplayer (seriously, who buys Naughty Dog games for that?). For me it's about the campaign and when I finish it, I probably won't play it again for months. Value for money? You damn right!

    EDIT: Wow. Downvoted for daring to suggest that other people enjoy different genres of games to others. A lot of this site's readership is so kneejerk and self-absorbed.
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  • Performance Analysis: The Order: 1886

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 19/02/2015

    Once The Witcher 3 is released, this game (along with its visuals) will be forgotten about rather swiftly. Reply -9
  • The sorry state of The Stomping Land, another abandoned Kickstarter video game

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 18/02/2015

    @zide Or you could stop telling people what to do with their money you condescending prick. Reply +3
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 18/02/2015

    @DAN.E.B Based on the Steam reviews (where impressions of it are "Very Positive") it seems that most players are having a blast with it. Reply 0
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 18/02/2015

    The problem is that many people who back Kickstarter/Early Access games don't do their research. They don't Google the development team, its members and look at their collective portfolio. Like anything that involves money, there are going to be a small number of people looking to exploit others' goodwill.

    As someone said earlier in an above post, the good crowdfunded/EA games far outweigh the bad ones. I've pointed them out before in another thread on the subject of Early Access games, but titles like Minecraft, Kerbal Space Program, Broforce, The Forest, Assetto Corsa, Elite Dangerous, Rust, Prison Architect, Star Citizen/Squadron 42 and FTL are proof of crowdfunding or Early Access done right.

    Early Access is not the spawn of Satan. The people that take the money of passionate gamers, fail to deliver on their promises and then disappear like a fart in the wind - they are the people you should direct your anger at, whilst understanding that despite Kickstarter being based on a foundation of altruism and faith in other people, there will be those looking to fuck you over. Be absolutely sure you want to hand over your money before doing so.
    Reply +7
  • Housemarque testing Super Stardust Ultra for Morpheus VR

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 16/02/2015

    @sintheticreality1

    "@DrBeardface If you get a rig purely as a dedicated gaming PC then SteamOS would be a perfect operating system since, 1.) it's free, 2.) Steam is the primary digital distribution gaming service and 3.) Valve(who own Steam) are deeply involved in VR development and already have a "SteamVR" component to their OS which will be used to help optimize gamers with VR support.

    Make no mistake about it, though: CV1 WILL BE purely for enthusiasts at the outset. It will be for hardcore PC gamers who don't mind shelling out the money for an uber-powerful rig and the complementary hardware like an Oculus Rift.

    With a powerful PC and the Rift you'll be getting the best VR experiences anyone has ever had, and that's pretty exciting."
    It's worth noting that (IIRC) the build of EVE Valkyrie that CCP demoed at EGX in September was running from a single GTX 780Ti and an i7, and not a top end i7 either. By the time CV1 is released the hardware will be at the point where achieving 75Hz refresh rates isn't as much of a stretch as we're imagining it.
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  • Law & Order airs episode dedicated to harassment of women in gaming

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 12/02/2015

    The fictional storyline saw developer Rayna Punjabi become the focus of a misogynistic hate campaign as she prepared to launch her new role-playing game, "Amazonian Warriors".
    That sounds like a story segment in an episode of Brass Eye.
    Reply +28
  • Alien: Isolation leads 2015 BAFTA Game Awards nominations

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 11/02/2015

    A remarkable game. I cannot emphasise just how good Alien Isolation is. Buy it, play it, and fall in love with it. It's a masterpiece and one of the best games I've ever played. Reply +1
  • Eurogamer has dropped review scores

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 10/02/2015

    Roger Ebert would have given this a thumbs up. Reply +5
  • Towerfall is adding an Anita Sarkeesian skin

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 10/02/2015

    *Enters Comments section*

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  • A live-action Zelda series is in development for Netflix - report

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 07/02/2015

    This has "televisual abortion" written all over it. Reply +26
  • Prestigious AIAS Game of the Year award goes to Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 06/02/2015

    So Destiny, according to these experts, has better sound design than Alien Isolation.

    Riiiight...
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  • Performance Analysis: Battlefield Hardline beta

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 05/02/2015

    Battlefield: Hard Sell. Reply +64
  • Elite Dangerous 1.1 adds Community Goals and enhancements

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 05/02/2015

    @elmutharino Yep. @Kafeen was kind enough to point this out to me. Happy days as it means I've got a month in hand. Reply +1
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 05/02/2015

    @Kafeen Ah, so it is. Jolly good! Got the dates confused. Reply +1
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 05/02/2015

    This update is only available to those who backed the game in alpha and beta phase. You still need to download the new client launcher, but if you bought the game recently or pre-ordered when it was in gamma you'll have to wait until the proper release goes live sometime in March. Reply +1
  • Void Destroyer review

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 04/02/2015

    I'm sure I have a film buried deep down in my hard drive called Void Destroyer... Reply +2
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider details emerge

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 04/02/2015

    I guess there's no point mentioning the money-hatting of this franchise Sony did in the 90s. Or is pointing out a gaping hole in logic in entitled PS4 owners' argument frowned upon in these pa-, wait, silly question. Reply 0
  • Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons free with Xbox Games with Gold in February

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 28/01/2015

    If for some ungodly reason you still haven't played Brothers, make the most of this offer. It's stunning, particularly the last hour. A truly beautiful game in every sense of the word. Reply +16
  • BioShock creator Ken Levine teases new first-person sci-fi project

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 28/01/2015

    Bring it on. Infinite was a fabulous game despite its troubles in development. Anything with Levine's name attached to it gets my vote. Reply +3
  • Titanfall and Season Pass bundle just 10 on Xbox this week

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 27/01/2015

    @George-Roper Oh come on, George, do behave. It's not gash at all. Yeah the PC version has some glaring omissions features-wise that are standard everywhere else, but as an arena-based multiplayer game it is top quality. Reply +7
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 27/01/2015

    Marvellous game. If you own an Xbox One and you don't own this you have no excuses. This is a steal. Reply +24
  • Planetside 2 gets Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 26/01/2015

    I was considering getting involved with this. I'm glad I didn't because by most accounts it was unplayable due to crippling lag. An amazing technical accomplishment no doubt. Also, great game. Reply +2
  • Five Nights at Freddy's 3 teaser sure is creepy

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 26/01/2015

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  • So, what do you actually do in No Man's Sky?

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/01/2015

    @KrazyFace Do bear in mind that planetary exploration is coming to Elite Dangerous in a future update. I'm also surprised that Sony aren't using NMS as a means of promoting VR to their consumers. ED through a Rift and with good headphones is the best use of the technology so far. It has to be experienced to be believed. There is no greater thrill in gaming than coming out of hyperspace and being greeted by an enormous star with the engine down revving to a halt. It's mindblowingly spectacular. That Sony aren't pushing Morpheus support is to miss a very obvious trick. Reply 0
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/01/2015

    @Hxy3000 I never said ED was better. My point was that you can't say your new space-sim is massive and call it a "universe" when you could traverse it in just over a week. And if you'd actually played Elite Dangerous you'd know that it consists of more than just empty space. It also helps lend credibility to the idea that you're traversing a beautiful, borderline photorealistic 1:1 representation of the Milky Way.

    Pardon me for not boarding the hype train for No Man's Sky. It looks promising but the way Hello Games and Sony are going about promoting the game it's hard not to notice the whiff of Destiny about it. I very much hope I'm wrong as NMS is coming to PC, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it's going to be a huge letdown for many people.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 22/01/2015

    @KrazyFace 200 hours to traverse a universe isn't very impressive. To put that in perspective, to merely travel between one star system in Elite Dangerous and another (i.e. the nearest system on the star map), with no hyperdrive engaged, you'd die before you ever got there. It's a 1:1 scale recreation of the Milky Way and as such feels impossibly big.

    Having read this article, my excitement levels for the game have dropped a fair bit. Also, not wanting to demo a game live in case it generates a boring planet hardly helps sell the game.
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  • Alien: Isolation passes 1m sales mark after three months

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 21/01/2015

    @christotten It is amazing through VR. As in, pant-shittingly wonderful. Bring on CV1 and - fingers crossed - a patch that will make this game support it natively. It's ace with a Rift. Reply +1