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  • I never want to play Shenmue 3, Half-Life 3 or The Last Guardian

  • Zerobob 12/04/2014

    As much as I loved Shenmue, I think I loved it because it way beyond its time and provided extremely detailed environments to explore. 15 years on and this is now more easily achievable, in games such as Skyrim for example.

    Half Life is a very good FPS, but any sequels will still only ever be great FPS games, end of.

    The Last Guardian is different. There are no games that I'm aware of, even on the horizon, that offer the player the chance to befriend a mythical beast, to use this friend to solve puzzles, and also offer the player stealth sections, combat and adventure, all taking place in a beautifully surreal world. Couple that with the outstanding animation evident in the trailer, even by today's standards, and I think you have a game which transcends genre and is highly original.

    I don't have my PS2 anymore, so I can't play Shadow of the Colossus, so I watched a gameplay video the other day instead and I was shocked at how good the animation looks still. The fluidity of it is just amazing. Only Red Dead Redemption has come close to matching the animation of the horse Argo.
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  • Video: Let's Replay Tomb Raider 1

  • Zerobob 02/02/2014

    The great thing about the original Tomb Raider was the feeling of isolation, so I'm glad the playthrough identified this. The echoed sound effects, claustrophobic swimming, and chance animal encounters created the perfect tone and atmosphere. I can't think of any game since that have given me this same feeling of isolation, apart from maybe Shadow Of The Colossus.

    Games now seem to have to be stuffed full of unnecessary combat and too many characters, with the winning formula of solo exploration and puzzle platforming feeling watered down. Even newer Tomb Raider games are guilty of this, such as Legend.

    I was also never satisfied at killing the T-Rex unless it did its roar, which I loved because it seemed straight out of Jurassic Park.
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  • Savour the Wii U and Vita - they're our new Dreamcasts

  • Zerobob 01/02/2014

    The great thing about the Dreamcast was the novelty of playing pretty much arcade perfect games at home with the sheer grunt the machine had, even if the rest of it was a bit rubbish. The graphics in most games were glorious for the time. If only more people had backed it it could have been a great console through and through.

    As others have said, I don't think you can say the same for the Wii U. I guess the Vita is a good exercise in portable graphics and playability though.
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  • Next-Gen Face-Off: Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

  • Zerobob 30/01/2014

    Screw it. The next gen consoles are here and we're still talking about 30fps caps. I'm close to giving up on gaming as a hobby.

    That said, I'm pretty happy just playing games like Pokemon. Sod graphics.
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  • Is 2014 the year of virtual reality?

  • Zerobob 04/01/2014

    I don't know about you, but after reading only half the article I'm fairly convinced this is the future. Being "in" a game is far more interesting and natural that watching a game happening on a flat panel a few feet away.

    I'm also convinced a detective game, or any game that primarily involves looking around, would be the best thing for the Oculus Rift right now, given its speed limitations.

    I want to explore lush environments at my own pace, but I want there to be meaning and context to my exploration. Basically, the Rift needs a killer introductory game which invites people in and wows them.
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  • Games of 2013: Grand Theft Auto 5

  • Zerobob 26/12/2013

    Very interesting point about Michael being the mother figure, Trevor the father and Franklin the son; never thought of the characters like that before.

    Even though the gameworld is stupidly impressive, I still see the game as a missed opportunity in terms of content and game mechanics. Side missions could have provided heist members as a reward. Heists could have been a lot more tactical, requiring in-depth planning to succeed. Heists should have been able to be undertaken on an ad hoc basis, with a whole array of businesses available to rob. Money itself also should have had more point, allowing you to buy fun things otherwise unattainable, or build up a business empire Monopoly or Sim City style. Functional locations would have been a welcome addition as it rewards exploration - you discover a horse racing track and you can spend an hour betting on a few horses. Even working casinos that you could actually walk into would have given the game a bit more actual depth, rather than just endless geographical real estate.
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  • iPhone 5S review

  • Zerobob 01/12/2013

    I still prefer the look of the old version of iOS.

    That said, it just seems to be the general direction contemporary interface design is heading, with both Google and Apple ditching gradients and 3D elements on icons, and instead opting for a 'back to basics' approach, with flat icons, simple block colours wherever possible, and no gradual gradients or gradual shadows.
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  • Eurogamer's guide to system swansongs

  • Zerobob 10/11/2013

    But will The Last Guardian BE? That is the question. I hope for the sake of gaming it comes to light.
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  • This is how Rambo: The Video Game looks

  • Zerobob 06/11/2013

    Is this just Far Cry 3 skinned to look like a Rambo game?

    To be fair, that's all they had to do.
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  • UK chart: Assassin's Creed 4 beats Battlefield 4

  • Zerobob 04/11/2013

    Exactly, I'll happily wait until after Xmas for either a PS4 or Xbox One, if only for initial bugs to be ironed out, and each console to show its hand in terms of developer support, hardware ability, and potential price reductions or bundles.

    I don't think I've ever felt rewarded for buying a console at launch, apart from maybe the N64 with Mario 64.
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  • Zerobob 04/11/2013

    Well I bought AC4 on X360 after barely playing any of the other AC games in the series and I'm absolutely loving it! Forget about it being an Assassin's Creed game, it's an amazing pirate adventure game, all about freedom and discovery.

    So why not just play AC4 now, while you're waiting for the next gen consoles to arrive? The way I see it is you could die tomorrow, and then you'll never have played it. Then if all you're really bothered about is playing it with better graphics, which you are if you're waiting for the next gen consoles, you could buy the PS4/Xbone version too and be wowed by all the technical differences.
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  • Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag review

  • Zerobob 02/11/2013

    Last night I was just sat thinking about how good a high seas open-world adventure game would be.

    You could be a pirate or a sailor in the British fleet. In either case you have to work your way up the ranks.

    A pirate could do missions to upgrade his ship, recruit new crew members, find treasure, take over and control islands, cities, or whole areas of the map. There could be tactical and managerial tasks to do on the ship, even a parrot and a monkey!

    As a sailor in the British fleet you have to fight the pirate threat, the goal to eradicate piracy from the map. You'd rank up until you reach the rank of Captain and eventually control the biggest ship in the fleet. Each time you rank up you could be given another ship in the fleet to control. Alternatively you could even go rogue if you fancied, and just kill everyone and hunt treasure.

    Of course there would be sea battles, sea monsters, little secret islands and coves to explore, maybe even property purchasing to do, which would control your geographical influence.

    I even thought about end of game rewards. If you're a pirate you would be rewarded a flying ghost ship. If you were a British Captain you would be given the ability to control the whole British fleet across the whole map.

    Then I saw over on Outside Xbox on 'Show of the Week' their latest video is Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. I watch it every week so gave it a watch and it was like they'd taken the game I'd just conceived minutes ago in my head and made it into a game. I've never been a fan of the Ass Creed games and didn't know a thing about Black Flag. I think I was just a few years late with my idea.
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  • Games of the Generation: Fallout 3

  • Zerobob 24/10/2013

    I gave a lot of games a fair crack of the whip this generation, but I just couldn't get into this game.

    I massively got into games like Skyrim and Mass Effect 2/3, so it's not that I don't have the time or patience for RPG games, but I just didn't like the stark nature of the Fallout world, or the baffling nature of objects you can pick up, or the lack of clear goals early on in the game, or the patches of rads everywhere... it just felt like a world that would rather confuse and reject the player, rather than providing a fun gameworld to play in, so I became jaded with the game fairly quickly.

    Skyrim on the other hand, provided a beautiful and rich world to explore, that had plenty of depth, yet was easy to understand, and had a decent difficulty curve.
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  • Games of the Generation: Red Dead Redemption

  • Zerobob 22/10/2013

    The first time I took a pot shot at a bird from horseback and discovered the hunting missions, I was in love with RDR. I totally agree that the game just let you get on with living in the game world... why can't I just do ad-hoc hunting in GTA V? Instead you must go to "ZE DESIGNATED HUNTING AREA". What were R* thinking?

    The Undead Nightmare was more than just the icing on the cake too. It was a true complete refresh of the game and worth every penny. I couldn't care less about zombies as a theme, but R* really made it work here and I loved it. I even bothered to unlock the unicorn because it's fun little prizes like this that make a game worth finishing. Again R*, what were you thinking with GTA V? Where's the jetpack, or flying dinosaur, or fire breathing lion you can unlock? All that beautiful gameworld and barely anything fun to do in it, or fun goal to aim for. Just UFO-based easter eggs. Did they forget anything's possible in a video game, or have they forgotten the definition of fun?
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  • Sources: Grand Theft Auto 5 out on PC early 2014

  • Zerobob 18/10/2013

    Hopefully they'll add more content to the game for the PC version, such as more shops and restaurants you can actually walk into and hold up. Or casinos you can actually use. Or a lot more heists that are actually detailed, not part of the main story, and involve real tactical planning decisions. Or heist crews members that unlock via questlines for each character, so you actually feel like you know your crew. Or a jetpack to make the game fun, that isn't theoretically unlocked as part of some UFO conspiracy.

    As far as GTA: San Andreas goes, they got the structure of missions and mission types spot on, vehicles spot on, buildings spot on, most things spot on. I love everything about the world in GTA V, which will surely look amazing on PC, and it's incredibly detailed, but I've been putting off doing the final heist for weeks now, just procrastinating in the gameworld and trying to find more things to do, but I can't. Where is all the content? Are R* relying on Online to give the game depth?
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  • GTA Online: Rockstar ate my gangster

  • Zerobob 09/10/2013

    "How strange that a game that tacitly encourages you to go crazy so readily punishes you for doing so."

    I think this is certainly true of the single player too. Stand next to someone - they call the cops. You walk down a slope - your character decides to take a nose dive and you lose health. Go for a swim - you're defenceless against a shark.
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  • Rockstar hopes new GTA Online patch out today

  • Zerobob 04/10/2013

    R*, how about you fix the texture quality and pop-in issues on X360 so I can at least enjoy finishing the last bit of the single player experience.

    There's plenty of time to fix this buggy, boring clusterfuck of an online mode once the initial novelty has worn off and your servers aren't being hammered.
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  • The Last Guardian "well staffed" and "in development"

  • Zerobob 03/10/2013

    This was the only game steering me away from my X360 and tempting me to by a PS3 over the last few years, so I'm glad I didn't decide to get a PS3.

    Lets hope they develop the game from scratch to take full advantage of the PS4 architecture, because with the new consoles coming this winter there's no hope of it showing up this generation... although if it did eventually arrive on PS3 it'd be great to fork out 50 on eBay for a PS3 to play it on.

    I have to say, the old E3 trailer still looks amazing. This is all I want from a game.
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  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader retrospective

  • Zerobob 30/09/2013


    Or imagine if they had made an open space trading/fighting sim set in the SW universe in which you could choose your destiny, be a smuggler, a bountyhunter, or fight for the rebels or the empire.
    ... or even sacrifice a lot of luxuries afforded to other character types and train to become a powerful Jedi instead, with better long-term benefits. I've been thinking this exact same thing for years. Maybe, like Mass Effect crossed Elite crossed with GTA, set in space and on planets, with deep RPG elements.

    I can't understand why it hasn't been done yet, or even why there simply hasn't been a decent Star Wars game in years, building on the brilliance of the Rogue Squadron games.
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  • GTA Online's biggest unanswered questions: Outside Xbox investigates

  • Zerobob 30/09/2013

    I have to say Marlow Briggs: Attorney at Law looks pretty damn entertaining! Reply 0
  • Rockstar advises GTA 5 players avoid garages until a bug is fixed

  • Zerobob 24/09/2013

    Considering the size of the world, its complexity, and no loading between environments, I'm amazed it hasn't crashed on me so far. Its very stable.

    The game isn't without its bugs though. I didn't get any payment from the first heist whatsoever. I never got the phone call from Lester regarding payment.

    My garages for each player weren't given to me near the start of the game.

    Also, a mission required me to take a picture of something, yet every time I opened the camera app it just kept telling me I have no online account to save pictures to and closed the camera, hence I failed the mission.

    In fact, for all Skyrim's glitches, none of them affected the game to the extent that GTA V's glitches have affected the game for me.
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  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse review

  • Zerobob 03/09/2013

    Micky & Donald: World of Illusion was one of my favourite Megadrive games... for some reason.

    ...I mean magic handkerchiefs? Really?
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  • Microsoft names next free game for Xbox 360 Gold subscribers

  • Zerobob 20/07/2013

    "The game will remain free until the end of the month, to be replaced by another title on 1st July."
    Don't you mean August, or am I missing something?
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  • Age of Empires 2 HD review

  • Zerobob 12/04/2013

    What I would like is this game, or Command & Conquer, purposely built for Android. With the precision of touch screen controls these days there are so many ways you could implement a usable interface for a RTS game on a phone or tablet.

    - You could swipe around the screen to move the view around the map.
    - Long-press and draw a line around the units you want to select - then double-tap somewhere else to move them while they are selected, or press on an enemy unit which they will then attack.
    - Have "quick select" icons at the top of the screen, so you can assign a bunch of units to a quickly selectable group.

    That's about all you'd need! It'd work fine as far as I can see.

    I had Age of Empires on my sodding Windows PDA 5 years ago, which worked well with a stylus. It's embarrassing how simplistic most Android on phones are at the moment. I'm just glad I have an N64 emulator on my Nexus 4, because it offers games with a bit of depth.
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  • Next Xbox reveal due 21st May, costs $500 or $300 with a subscription, reports suggest

  • Zerobob 09/04/2013

    Like: The simple name "Xbox".

    Dislike: We likely won't be paying 326 for one.

    I've never understood in the inflated prices of consoles in the UK, now more than ever.

    If Microsoft sell the Xbox for a reasonable price they will get an Xbox in a lot more consumers' homes... and can then continue to sell games/videos/subscriptions to consumers making exponentially more profit, way past the point of sale of the console itself.
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  • Step inside the arcade of the future

  • Zerobob 02/04/2013

    I always liked the solid 60fps you got on arcade machines. 3D arcade ports only started to become arcade perfect when the Dreamcast arrived.

    I used to like arcade machines that brought something unique to the table, like force feedback steering, or a moving Wipeout cabinet. Surely there's still a market for an arcade experience that's not achievable in the home.
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  • BioShock Infinite review

  • Zerobob 29/03/2013

    I'm just left wondering how much "game" there is in this game. Maybe the whole thing would just work better as a film. Reply +2
  • Blizzard announces Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

  • Zerobob 23/03/2013

    I was thinking an RPG could be a good idea a few months ago, as long as there is a database of thousands and thousands of unique cards for players to collect, which then in turn had bearings on their character's strengths. Each person's character would turn out pretty unique.

    Hearthstone Heroes could turn into a pure money making exercise if you have to buy cards though.
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  • Maxis attempts to explain why SimCity is always-online as players discover code for 20-min offline force-shutdown timer

  • Zerobob 18/03/2013

    The permanent online connection is clearly for anti-game piracy purposes and I only see the online game functionality as useful to people to have all day to sit at home playing the game, competing against other people's cities. Otherwise there's no point.

    All I wanted from this game was a quiet strategy game I could retreat to on my laptop and play on my own. In fact, all I've wanted from RTS games is something that successfully builds upon the simplicity and greatness of Command & Conquer from nearly 20 years ago, but alas no.
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  • Lego City Undercover review

  • Zerobob 14/03/2013

    I didn't even see this game coming, but as soon as I read the title I knew it would score highly; It's a great concept.

    I've always thought Lego video games a little odd though, as you're combining Lego, video games, and a concept such as Star Wars. 3 things rolled into 1.

    I like the fact that the concept in this game is fairly generic, meaning the game is just a combination of a video game and Lego. Pure. Simple.

    I just wish the actual building of Lego models from hundreds of bricks made its way into these Lego games, gaining access the new brick types meaning you can build more complex things to help you. Minecraft certainly suggests there's a market for this sort of gameplay mechanic and it would increase the scope of a Lego game indefinitely.
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  • This week on Outside Xbox

  • Zerobob 11/03/2013

    "A lot of people were firing arrows at a lot of things... who was really keeping track of who shot the groin...with five arrows."

    Te hee.
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  • Face-Off: Tomb Raider

  • Zerobob 10/03/2013

    Bit disappointed the 360 version looks so dark and murky, as I don't have a PS3 or a good enough PC. I like the look of the brighter and sharper image in the PS3 version. Shame. Reply +2
  • EA cans Dead Space series following poor sales of Dead Space 3 - report

  • Zerobob 05/03/2013

    Hang on... isn't this direct proof that increasing a game's mass market appeal DOESN'T improve sales?!

    If only sequels would always build upon the original games's strengths and appeal, instead of assuming the market wants "more action" or "more shooting".

    Publishers. Studios. Developers. Please listen.
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  • Tomb Raider review

  • Zerobob 26/02/2013

    @frazzl I think the review covered the negative aspects very well but, in consideration, it barely mentioned what made the game good, and what made it deserve an 8. Reply +2
  • Zerobob 25/02/2013

    Good review. I'm a little disappointed, mostly because of the inclusion of so many shooting sections, but it still sounds like I might get something out of it, in terms of the actual tomb raiding.

    The problem is I liked the no-bull simplicity of the shooting in the first Tomb Raider, as it worked well as an extension of your acrobatic ability during combat, nothing more. Simple. Fun.

    All the extra collectables and unlockables sound extremely annoying too, as do the constant notifications, something that annoyed me playing Far Cry 3.

    This has made me think, why isn't Tomb Raider just a sandbox game? I think it'd work great, just free roam exploring, finding maps, finding hidden tombs, running into storyline elements that would amount to something. Extensive collectables might be justified then, as you'd gain some sort of achievement in locating them, as well as locating every other thing in the game.

    However, first I think the series needs to realise it's more about the platforming, puzzles and exploration, less about the shooting and fluff.
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  • HTC 8X review

  • Zerobob 17/02/2013


    I would also recommend going for a Nexus 4 and a giffgaff sim. By far the cheapest option right now, and with no compromise.

    I wouldn't worry too much about storage if you go for the Nexus 4 16GB. The great thing is you can upload your entire music collection to Play Music for free, as long as you have less than 20,000 songs, which saves a lot of space on the phone.

    It has more than enough internal storage for all your apps, and some movies and music. The Nexus 4 is powerful so it's relatively future-proofed and it's also a very well made handset with a great finish.

    If I had to choose an alternative phone to the Nexus 4 sim-free I'd have go with the Galaxy S3 because it's a great all-round package but its fairly pricey for what you get, compared to the Nexus 4.
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  • Zerobob 17/02/2013

    After owning the Nexus 4 for a while I can't see how I would ever opt for a Windows phone now, given how slick Android 4.2 is, and the multitude of things you can do with an Android phone.

    As well as Android being a very flexible OS and loads of quality games available on Play, you can do things like emulate N64 games, or use it as a remote desktop client for your PC, not to mention being able to store 20,000 songs in the cloud for free with Play Music. I can't imagine leaving any of this behind and still being as satisfied with my phone.
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  • Footage leaks of cancelled Star Wars fighting game

  • Zerobob 15/02/2013

    I think the fighting mechanics showed promise, but only as part of a larger game. Reply 0
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines review

  • Zerobob 12/02/2013

    Am I surprised? - No
    Am I buying it? - No

    I think what Alien needs is a small XBLA / indie development team to take on the franchise, a team who understand what makes Alien good and release a nice little simple, bug-free game, based on a solid central gameplay mechanic.

    I think the same thing would work for the Star Wars franchise.
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  • Dead Space 3 review

  • Zerobob 05/02/2013

    Seems the series has lost its way a bit, just like Resident Evil. Reply +5
  • Temple Run 2 review

  • Zerobob 29/01/2013

    I find the only reason I fail at this game is that I can't see what's going on due to the monster behind jumping and obscuring the screen.

    Apart from that, I guess it's an OK game. Runs smooth and looks gorgeous on full settings on Nexus 4. Is there only 1 level though? I realise the level randomly generates.
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  • Next-gen Xbox specs leak

  • Zerobob 21/01/2013

    I'm drawn towards the Orbis at this point; I'm all for breaking down boundaries between your TV / Digital TV / console / PC / phone / tablet ...etc, and it sounds like a great media hub.

    That said, Microsoft configured the X360 well, and it has always seemed easier for developers to gain a little more performance from it, when compared to the PS3, but normally only on cross-platform games. It seems Microsoft might have given similar considerations to the architecture again, with the 32MB ESRAM available to more components than just the GPU. It may have been forseen that lack of globally available memory is going to be a huge potential bottleneck in future games, but I admit I'm getting into territory I don't really understand.

    Essentially I think the best console will be the one that's easiest to develop for, with the most efficient architecture (in practice), and the one with the most future-proof spec (probably the Orbis so far), which unfortunately won't become fully evident for a few years yet.
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  • Trials Evolution: Riders of Doom review

  • Zerobob 21/12/2012

    Yeah I couldn't agree more. It's the game that keeps giving. Even without DLC, there's a never ending supply of Red Lynx and user tracks on Track Central, but I'm still going to get this DLC.

    It's just a complete bonus that this cheap DLC is of such good quality. The only slight downside is that after installing the previous DLC it doubled the load times throughout the entire game.
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  • Nintendo Wii Mini review

  • Zerobob 12/12/2012

    I can't believe anything about this.

    a) It's not mini - it only seems to be a different shape.
    b) Given how old the hardware in the Wii is they surely could have shrunk it down smaller and still within budget, given that most people's phones are more powerful than this.
    c) The original Wii looks better finished with higher quality plastics and more stylish.
    d) It looks like a foot pump for an air bed.
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  • The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim - Dragonborn review

  • Zerobob 05/12/2012

    Still on my second Skyrim playthrough; It's the game that keeps giving and never ends! Not to mention half way into Far Cry 3. Too many games!

    ...but I'm definitely buying this.
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  • Face-Off: Far Cry 3

  • Zerobob 02/12/2012

    I don't look for it, but the tearing seriously hasn't bothered me at all on 360. It's a great game.

    I do find the juddering frame rate an issue at times though, especially when trying to shoot at something running across my frame of view. Not enough to really ruin anything though.
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  • PC Far Cry 3 problems negated by setting Uplay to offline

  • Zerobob 30/11/2012

    I've just skipped over every online feature, code entering opportunity and sign-up prompt so far.

    Can't I just got on with the single player story of the game I've just bought uninterrupted?! Is that too much to ask?! Don't Ubisoft see that none of this is a good thing?! I'm simply not interested in Far Cry 3's online side.
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  • Shenmue retrospective

  • Zerobob 25/11/2012


    But... I thought the intended Shenmue ending was announced?...
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  • Google Nexus 4 review

  • Zerobob 25/11/2012

    So wish I'd acted upon my own common sense and quit my Orange contract, bought a sim-free Nexus 4 on its release day, and got a giffgaff sim.

    The Nexus 4's price is its strongest selling point, and I want one to make a statement that I agree with Google's pricing philosophy, as well as getting an un-butchered version of Android.

    The Galaxy S3 might be a better phone, but what people fail to comprehend is that the S3 is twice the price.
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  • Far Cry 3 review

  • Zerobob 25/11/2012

    I saw that coming.

    Far Cry 1 was great. Far Cry 2 had great aspects. All Far Cry 3 had to do was roll the two together and I was hoping, praying they'd sort out the stealth while they were at it.

    Literally everyone I know sneered at me when I said I was hugely looking forward to this game. Fuck them and their poor judgement and taste in games :)
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