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  • How Football Manager 2017 is making football fans panic about Brexit

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 25/11/2016

    A huge, massive shout out for tautologies!! Reply 0
  • Face-Off: Dishonored 2

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 25/11/2016

    A shame the game doesn't run as well on PC as it should, because if you can overlook the dips in framerate, Dishonored 2 is a magnificent title. Its depth, level design and world building are second to none. As far as stealth games go, Dishonored 2 and, I would argue, Alien Isolation are the best available with nothing else even coming close. The patches, driver update and fixed mouse control have made it far more playable than it was at launch. If you like stealth games, I cannot recommend it enough. Reply +2
  • Frustrated Elite Dangerous players are trying to get Frontier to fix cheating

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    @nigelivey How about you counter my points rather than resorting to petty ad hominems? If you'd read my comments you'd know that I'm certainly no fanboy of it and expressed my own concerns to an earlier poster.

    In reply to your second comment, yes, Frontier do see Elite as a ten year project, but sadly given the direction the game is going in (ie. seemingly nowhere) I can't see its playerbase sticking around if CIG manage to implement the features they've planned to include up to Alpha 4.0. Elite will be hamstrung by the choice Frontier made in making its online infrastructure P2P. They cannot change that without rebuilding and rewriting the game from scratch, and that's not including having to spend huge sums on the servers and the staff to maintain them.

    Not only does Elite have to compete with Star Citizen (a project which, like-it-or-not is showing huge potential), but with EVE Online too, especially after having gone F2P and with its constant updates and evolution, Elite is in danger of being left behind.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    @RPMcMurphy How is that chest-beating?! I've put over 400 hours into Elite (mostly spent exploring) and about 100 in Star Citizen since I backed it three years ago so I feel I'm qualified to offer an opinion. If you're happy with Elite, more power to you. Like you say, you can't please everyone.

    IF Cloud Imperium can implement what they have planned for the next 12-18 months of SC's development, then yes, I stand by my original point that despite not being completed, it will offer more than ED. Given their track record of demoing features and then those features being put in the hands of players later down the line, I'd say it's more likely than not that they'll deliver.

    You are free to ignore or disagree with me and to express an alternative point of view, but don't call me a knob. Firstly, it's just rude, and secondly, it only serves to undermine your argument.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    @Gurgeh Combat logging isn't gameplay of any kind. It's cheating in order to avoid death. Reply -1
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    If the elite laws were to be used in our real life, you would get killed on sight by cops
    As I said to @ArithonUK, this is the fault of Frontier for not taking EVE's approach to policing of systems. If you shoot someone in patrolled space, you should get insta-jumped by the police and punished for it.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    Then, the problem is that griefers should be policed out of all but anarchy systems.
    And that is a fundamental flaw in Elite's design. Had they taken the EVE approach, whereby if you shoot a player in highsec you get Concorded, it wouldn't be an issue. Many players have asked for this but again, Frontier don't seem to listen.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    @RPMcMurphy If I appear to be "shitting" on Elite, it's because I've put a colossal amount of time in to it, and I'm exasperated with it. I've watched a game that I initially loved stagnate and stumble, and lose all sense of its own identity. The new updates that are part of Horizons have added nothing of note (bar the planetary landings, but the novelty of that soon wears off).

    I've spent 80 on Elite, and I'm not seeing any progress with it. And if I want to present my opinion that Star Citizen is more fun than Elite (which is just that, an opinion, it's not fact) it's because this is the comments section. Or, like the game itself, shall we just make this a safe space so that nothing critical or bad is allowed to be said?
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    @ArithonUK But it's a sandbox!! The whole point is that players are free to do as they want! Where's the emergent gameplay if you sanitize it and make it one big safe space?

    As I said in an earlier comment, combat loggers should play the Arena mode if they want PvP without the risk. Players now seem incapable of accepting loss. You can't win at everything and condemning players for ganking when the game is designed to allow for it in the first place goes beyond daft.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    @RPMcMurphy How is presenting my opinion astro-turfing? Star Citizen is far from perfect and has many problems of its own, notably, being completed at any date in the foreseeable future as well as not becoming a lag fest with capital ships and dozens of players flying/running about shooting each other.

    And trying to imply that missions in Elite are diverse or interesting is naive. The mission design has been one of Elite's biggest problems since it launched and Frontier have yet to add any variety to them at all.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    @number1024 EVE doesn't have that problem because its players know that out in lowsec/nullsec you could get ganked at any time and if they lose a ship, their insurance will cover part of the cost of rebuying the hull. Reply 0
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    @ArithonUK Of course it's a problem because it limits what you can do in the game, which is either run dull missions, mine or explore. There is no player interaction, there is no conflict, there is no lasting impact of anything you do. That's not a sandbox game (which is what Frontier are selling this as btw), it's just crap.

    Imagine GTA Online if every time you went to run another player over or shoot them, that player successfully dived out the way and avoided death. It would be unbelievably shit.

    What leap of logic does it take to think that NPC pirates are acceptable, but actual players interdicting and engaging you isn't?
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    @number1024 Their ship does stay behind, it just can't take damage and then disappears. With the P2P nature of the game, it's impossible for Frontier to make that ship take damage. All the combat logger needs to do is just disconnect from the internet. The server can't tell what happened to the ship so it vanishes. It's a problem that's impossible to resolve. Reply +1
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    Combat logging allows players to have all the thrill of PvP with none of the negative consequences.
    Then they should play the Arena mode and stop ruining the core sandbox game for everyone else.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    I've given up all hope on Elite Dangerous. The new updates as part of Horizons have added next to no new gameplay elements to it whatsoever. It's an absolute grind and the direction Frontier are taking Elite in is that of more grinding to please their middle-aged fans nostalgic for the days of 1984 who just want to relive thirty year old game design from when they were a child and when online multiplayer was a distant dream.

    Most of the core playerbase see engaging with other players in combat as bad and that PvP is just for trolls/griefers. And the times that you do engage in PvP, players will more often than not combat log, because they don't want to lose their precious ship. This has been a problem since the game launched and Frontier have done nothing about it, so fairplay to Rinzler for confronting them with it. It's partly why the game is so barren because Frontier gave these snowflakes the option to play in their own little groups or solo. There is absolutely no risk or reward in Elite.

    For something its makers claim is an MMO sandbox, nothing you do matters because there's almost no one to interact with. It's all pointless. The fact they chose a P2P online infrastructure is a joke and will only hinder the game going forward. The only advantage Elite Dangerous has over Star Citizen is the fact it came before it. Star Citizen, even in its pre-alpha form is already a better and more interesting game. Once more features are added to the 3.x builds, Elite is going to be outclassed in every department.
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  • Blizzard unannounced first-person project an Overwatch campaign?

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/11/2016

    Starcraft Ghost please. Reply +1
  • Overwatch's Symmetra is getting a choice of two ultimates

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 22/11/2016

    Nice. I've been critical of Symettra on this site before and these changes sound great, especially her shield, which will not only make her far more viable as both support and to a lesser degree, a tank, but I think we'll see more of Roadhog and Winston as a result instead of the usual Rein and Zarya/ combo. Reply 0
  • Titanfall 2, Gears 4 price plunge at HMV on Black Friday

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 22/11/2016

    If you haven't bought this yet do so asap (especially if you're on PC, ahem). It's brilliant and deserves to flourish. Reply +3
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 21/11/2016

    @Hairy-Gorilla What did they drop from the previous Titanfall? I put 150+ hrs in to the first game and can tell you with absolute certainty that TiF2 is superior to it in every way. Reply +5
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 21/11/2016

    If you don't buy this game, at that price, and support a studio who are committed to not releasing community-splitting Season Passes and rinsing their players' wallets, you're an idiot. Reply +27
  • Star Citizen FPS Star Marine gameplay demoed ahead of impending arrival

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 21/11/2016

    here's a developer that's trying to do something really new and unique and push the envelope and somehow there's still haters out there.
    Because they either don't have a PC that can run it, they only own a console, and/or are so desperately insecure they need to dump vitriol on something ambitious they'll never be able to play.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 21/11/2016

    Wow, people are completely missing the point. Star Marine is a testbed for the FPS gameplay mechanics in the same way Arena Commander was for flight. These standard modes are to give people something instantly familiar to play whilst enabling them to give feedback in order for it to be refined and polished.

    Also, if it looks wonky, it's because it's pre-alpha. Every game goes through this process where early builds are tested internally and they never see the light of day.
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  • Watch Dogs 2 launch sales nowhere near Watch Dogs 1

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 21/11/2016

    It's a worrying trend - and one that's hard to explain away by any one factor. Console generation fatigue, the rise of digital and falling sales of physical copies, the frequency of AAA game releases during the end-of-year period and high prices for AAA games during uncertain economic times likely all contribute.
    And the fact that each of their predecessors launched on 360 and PS3, which had a combined install base of 120 million.
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  • In a bid for transparency, Star Citizen reveals internal schedule to community

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 21/11/2016

    Fair play to them. It's a bold move but one that sadly won't change some people's opinion of the game and still end up in "why isn't it out yet?" comments, as seen in the comments here. Most gamers today don't have much patience and don't give a fuck about game development, or a game's ambition, they just want to play it without any consideration for how it's actually going to be made possible. It's a shame, because I think Star Citizen is slowly but surely heading in the right direction and I'm happy to wait and let CIG get on with it. Reply +6
  • Dishonored 2 review

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 16/11/2016

    Performance issues on PC aside, I totally agree with the review. Dishonored 2 is a masterpiece of design and the best stealth game I've ever played. Finished my first run through it last night as Corvo on High Chaos and it took me 17 hours to finish it. The levels are so rich with detail and have so many nooks and crannies to explore and with lore that is truly compelling to get lost in; reading diaries, listening to audiographs, eavesdropping on private conversations, there is a staggering amount of life in Dishonored 2 and I struggle to think of another game that comes close to matching it.

    Congratulations Arkane you glorious bastards. Now bring on the patch for the PC version. The best can only get better.
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  • Dishonored 2 launch sales down 38% on Dishonored

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 14/11/2016

    @IronSoldier TF2's multiplayer is excellent. Reply 0
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 14/11/2016

    An absolutely tremendous game let down by its very poor optimisation. If you're on PC and still on the fence, wait for this week's patch and whether it improves performance. If it does then buy it. It's everything great about Dishonored and then some. The mission "Crack In The Slab" is a mindbending masterpiece of level design combined with a superb gameplay mechanic which will be familiar to anyone who's played Titanfall 2. I'm playing as Corvo on High Chaos and the combat is deliciously satisfying. Reply +5
  • Arkane looking into Dishonored 2 PC performance complaints

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 10/11/2016

    It seems someone on NeoGaf has found a possible cause for these issues a lot of us seem to be having. The game sets your CPU priority to low after each loading screen, and trying to set the .exe to High will net a boost to fps, but it will reset soon after. Hopefully there is a hotfix in the works.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 10/11/2016

    @nobloodyname I agree with this completely. Reply +2
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 10/11/2016

    Windows 10
    i5 6600k @ 4.3Ghz
    16Gb DDR4 RAM
    GTX 980Ti

    I've had a nightmare with it. The mouse control is terrible no matter what you do to the settings which doesn't help, but the performance is atrocious. The framerate can go from 144 inside a room, to climbing out a window on a ledge overlooking the canal in Karnaca and it tanks to 20 instantly. I do also question the decision to base the Void Engine on id tech 5, as its texture streaming issues are still noticeable. A shame because combined with the awful anti-aliasing the game uses, I can't appreciate the art design and world that's been created. The whole thing is a stuttery mess.

    Bethesda forced the game out before it was ready. That much is clear, but I hope they've learned from Warner Bros. mistake with Arkham Knight and work round the clock to get this fixed. After they chose not to send out copies to press, their PR team are going to be in for a fucking wild ride if they don't sort it out.
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  • Overwatch will be free to play during next weekend

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 10/11/2016

    @riceNpea Soldier 76 is the hero you want to start with. Reply +1
  • Three hours in and Dishonored 2 remains a gleeful laboratory of vindictiveness

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 10/11/2016

    A heads up for those of you planning on playing this on PC: performance is not great. I'm running a 980Ti and the framerate stutters terribly making the game feel awful to play. If you're on something more mid-range (including a 970 or any AMD card) you are going to have difficulty running it on anything higher than Medium settings.

    So far, the game is as good as I hoped but it runs like shit. Here's hoping for a patch asap.

    UPDATE: I've had to stop playing as it is borderline unplayable. The canal section you get to in the first Karnaca mission tanks the framerate, and combined with the dreadful mouse control, has absolutely ruined my enjoyment of the game. If you're reading this Arkane, please patch it as soon as possible. There's a brilliant game in there somewhere, but at the moment it's an absolute mess.
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  • The Division's next big expansion adds survival mechanics

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 07/11/2016

    Sounds a bit like Battle Royale from Arma 3. This is what I thought the Division was going to be when it was first unveiled, an epic survival game set in a deserted Manhattan. If only Ubisoft would release this separately to buy and I'd happily get on board. Reply +3
  • Blizzard announces Sombra, new Arcade mode, new maps, and a professional Overwatch League

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 04/11/2016

    Well, thank fuck that's over. Blizzard's idea of "teasing" fans with info about Sombra is a joke and went beyond tedious about three months ago.

    Here's a tip for the next hero Blizzard: don't bother with hints and just unveil them once you're happy with them.
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  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's campaign is slick, morbid and a bit dull

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 03/11/2016

    'Press F to buy Titanfall 2 instead.' Reply +22
  • EA committed to Titanfall series for "many, many years" to come

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 02/11/2016

    Titanfall 2 is the best AAA shooter this year imo. Rush out and buy it immediately. You'll love it. Also, whoever at EA thought releasing it between BF1 and COD needs to be sacked. Reply +2
  • 80s sci-fi stealth horror game Routine slated for a release in March

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 01/11/2016

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  • It looks like Forza Horizon 3's first big expansion is heading to New Zealand

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 01/11/2016

    Best strapline of the year. You've surpassed yourselves. Reply +1
  • Dishonored 2 system requirements detailed

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 01/11/2016

    60 gig... dafuuuuq?! Reply +12
  • Titanfall 2 fails to beat Titanfall sales in UK

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 31/10/2016

    Titanfall 2 is fucking brilliant. Buy it as soon as possible, especially if you are on PC. The more the merrier! Reply +4
  • Titanfall 2 review

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 28/10/2016

    Can vouch for the campaign's quality. It's outstanding. Reply +13
  • Titanfall 2's Gauntlet is the best thing to do while a video game installs ever

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 28/10/2016

    Booted it up last night and, yes, the campaign is terrific stuff. I'm thoroughly impressed. It looks nice, sounds good (take a minute or two to just listen to BT when he's just standing there doing nothing; the sound design is excellent) and it just plays like a dream.

    Wasn't expecting much from Titanfall 2, but it really has been a lovely surprise. All new content added down the line will be free as well, unlike Battlefield 1, so support this practice and support this excellent game by buying it. Well played Respawn.
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  • Thumper review

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 21/10/2016

    @StooMonster It will be in an upcoming patch which Drool have said will be coming before the end of the year. Reply +2
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 21/10/2016

    @Arwin The game is easier in VR because the camera doesn't move anywhere near as much when you hit a beat, but especially when you turn a corner or miss a beat. There's almost no camera shake, for obvious reasons. Reply 0
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 21/10/2016

    I still don't understand this media obsession with calling the game scary or terrifying. It isn't, it's just a music game with an industrial electronica soundtrack. If you haven't played Thumper yet, just imagine Nine Inch Nails and Future Sound Of London collaborated on an album. The music of Thumper is exactly that.

    Anyway, the review reads like an Essential and in my eyes Thumper really, really is essential. It's the best rhythm game ever made. Yes, better than REZ. The way the audio cues telling you what beats/hi-hats are coming next are built into the music is genius. It's so obvious but you almost never notice them. They just kind of disappear in to your subconscious and you instinctively nail the beat.

    Marc Flury and Brian Gibson, I salute you.

    For a game with such a simple control scheme (I highly recommend using WASD and Spacebar if you're on PC) it has a surprising amount of depth and the more you play it you more you notice its Harmonix roots. It's very similar to Rock Band and Guitar Hero in terms of when you chain "thumps" - the drop-the-bass stomp move - together in order to maximise your score as you get blue crystals. You'll know you're doing it properly when you hear a twinkling sound and if you chain thumps together you'll hear that same twinkling but at a higher pitch (it's reminiscent of knowing when to tilt your guitar and hitting as many notes as possible whilst your multiplier was at 8x in the aforementioned titles).

    I am surprised you didn't mention one noticeable feature about the levels in your review Christian. Whatever number level you're on, that will tell you how many beats in a bar the track you're playing has. So if you're on Level 4, it's 4/4, Level 5, it's 5/4 etc. It's why the odd numbered levels are so much harder.

    Thumper's graphics, gameplay, challenge, replay value are all exceptional. In a year that has given me SUPERHOT, DOOM, Overwatch and now this, I really don't know what my GOTY will be. Thumper is a serious contender though. It's a breath of fresh air not only for gaming in general, but especially for a genre I worried was going to die out. Thumper is an absolute beast of a game and you should buy it and play it as soon as possible. It's a masterpiece.
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  • NX is now Nintendo Switch, a portable console with detachable controllers

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 20/10/2016

    Did I see a completely different trailer or does that just look like Wii U Mobile with cheap controllers tacked on to the side? Where's the innovation? What's the battery life? Why do games look no different from Wii U titles?

    I watch that video and can't help but think, "this is going to tank so hard."
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  • Doom 2 modder spends 300 hours making a three-hour level

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 19/10/2016

    @Bauul You are a king amongst men. Many congratulations. Reply 0
  • Stars align for Diablo 4 reveal at BlizzCon

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 17/10/2016

    DIE DIE DIE!!!!! Reply 0
  • Asus Strix GTX 1070/GTX 1080 O8G review: high-end SLI tested

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 16/10/2016

    SLI is so 2008. It just seems like an exorbitant outlay for such relatively minimal gains (compounded by how few games actually support it nowadays). If I had a 1080 I wouldn't even consider SLIing it. The 11-series will no doubt launch next year and trounce all previous cards much as the 1080 did and run 4K without so much as breaking a sweat. I'm currently running a 980Ti and that's plenty for me. If you do SLI these cards though, more power to you. Reply +2
  • Rez Infinite review

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 14/10/2016

    I love REZ and wish I could play it in VR, but there's something I need to admit...

    I actually prefer Thumper. Its intensity, energy, visual style and challenge tick all my boxes and hit all my buttons in a way that REZ never did. They're both great games, but I think Thumper is a masterpiece.
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