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  • This Doom easter egg is a blast from the past

  • Zerobob 29/04/2016

    @DyneVyse
    is it a secret if they are telling people?
    Quite. Even without specifics, making people aware of its existence is a spoiler in itself.

    Like knowing there is a plot twist at the end of a film, or something major happens in an episode of your favourite TV series. The element of surprise is gone.

    I wish sites wouldn't shout about certain things quite so much. Don't even get me started on "reviews" which are a blow by blow account of the game or film's story.
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  • Hearthstone's Whispers of the Old Gods rewrites the game with a single card

  • Zerobob 29/04/2016

    I wondered what the "(wherever he is)" section on the card description meant.

    I never once thought you'd be allowed to buff an unplayed card in your deck or hand. That s**t be wack... for a collectible card game.
    Reply +1
  • PlayStation Plus May games include Tropico 5 and Table Top Racing

  • Zerobob 27/04/2016

    Pretty sweet selection as far as I'm concerned. Don't really have any racing games on PS4 and Table Top Racing looks fun, and I'm always up for a strategy game. Reply +2
  • It looks like this year's COD is named Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

  • Zerobob 27/04/2016

    I think more people will be interested in the Modern Warfare remaster. Reply +3
  • Nintendo's NX console launches March 2017 globally

  • Zerobob 27/04/2016

    After reading a lot of the comments it's a little shocking how many people still have unwaivering faith in the NX, after the neglect of the Wii U and its customers, and even the badly designed Star Fox Zero.

    This is why Nintendo have no respect for their customers or release dates.
    Reply +1
  • Zerobob 27/04/2016

    I'm close to losing all faith in gaming.

    In previous generations companies were tripping over themselves to show you their great new games at launch, or at least close to launch, such as Mario 64, and they had a solid plan to release their other great games that same generation.

    Now, Nintendo can barely even manage to release a game for their current gen console for some reason, and highly anticipated games like The Last Guardian have practically become myth we've been waiting so long.

    Now, in complete contrast to more infrequent game releases, were being told we need to buy consoles more frequently, such as the NX and the PS Neo.

    What is going on? A mass conspiracy to disappoint and piss off gamers everywhere? A war on value for money? Poorly managed companies with no vision?
    Reply +3
  • I don't accept the premise of the question

  • Zerobob 25/04/2016

    It's surprising when watching interviews of all kinds on TV how much of the time the question asked doesn't get answered. The question is either quickly sidestepped, hijacked into another question, or simply treated as a cue for the celebrity to start talking about something. Nobody ever seems to notice. Reply 0
  • Watch: Johnny plays Shadow of the Colossus for the first time

  • Zerobob 23/04/2016

    @Hellotherenow
    Agro is one of the best horses. But in terms in animation, Red Dead Redemption surpassed it.
    I was of that opinion until recently, when I re-watched some RDR gameplay footage. I think Agro has lots of little nuances to his animation, which make him the better animated horse.
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  • Zerobob 23/04/2016

    I wish I had a way of playing this game again on PS4. I gave my PS2 away to a good home, I don't own a PS3, or a gaming PC. Another version on PS4 would sure pass the time waiting for The Last Guardian... nudge nudge Sony.

    I have to say, when playing this game for the first time, there's a lot of trial and error involved with some of the Colossi. Watching that video I felt sorry for Johnny a bit, sitting next to someone who's done it all before, with no chance discover anything for himself, and being actively reminded every time he did something wrong.

    Plus there's the fact the Colossi can sometimes get caught in a loop of shaking, forcing you to use all your grip strength and fall off, completely beyond your control. It just happens.

    People who played this game alone, myself included, probably forget how much time, experimentation, and guesswork was involved to take down some of the Colossi.
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  • In Play: The best game of 2015 arrives on PS4 this week

  • Zerobob 22/04/2016

    The older I get the more I'm only becoming interested in games with pure strategy to their gameplay, but the PS4 has left me a bit cold in this department thus far, so this is great news.

    I usually go for CCGs and RTS games, but hopefully I'll like this. I just hope it plays well using the DualShock 4, as opposed to a mouse.
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  • Amazon marks GTA5, FIFA 16, Minecraft and more as "exclusively for Prime members"

  • Zerobob 22/04/2016

    So Amazon are saying you have to be a 80 a year member of their club, or they won't accept your money for games, games which are widely available from other retailers at extremely competitive prices? Are they mad?

    This makes no sense in terms of business or customer relations. Bizarre.

    In fact, I feel slightly alienated and offended that this is even a thing, even though I rarely buy games from Amazon.
    Reply +2
  • How PlayStation Neo and the original PS4 will co-exist

  • Zerobob 20/04/2016

    @Timbercottage

    Future PS4 games will look and behave exactly as they so now. NEO games will be shinier. Simple.
    I'm not so sure it will be that simple. Sure, you'll be able to purchase the same games on the standard PS4 and the Neo, but standard PS4 games will likely run at what the developers state are "acceptable levels of performance" but in reality are a frame rate slideshow, with the Neo's spec being the main development spec.

    If people readily accept the Neo, there's also nothing to stop Sony releasing yet another version of the PS4 two years later. And another. And another. It'll become like iPhone models, and let's not forget the PS4 is cheaper than an iPhone. Would it really be that ridiculous?

    Of course this all fundamentally changes the definition of a "console", and may even destroy console gaming completely. Currently consoles are viewed as a one-stop-shop to years of no fuss gaming. The Neo only clouds this idea, causing nothing but confusion for the sake of prettier games. It's certainly not for the sake of enabling new types of games, or games with a larger scope, if all games will be available on both the PS4 and Neo. So why not just buy a powerful PC in the first place?

    Maybe the pursuit of prettier games is where developers and consumers feel gaming nirvana is found. Personally I don't, but these will be an interesting few years for gaming, and only time will tell. This is anything but "Simple" though, as you put it, in an attempt to oversimplify the implications of this announcement.
    Reply +3
  • Revealed: Sony's plan for PlayStation 4K - codename Neo

  • Zerobob 20/04/2016

    So after investing in a PS4, waiting for the generation's 'sweet spot' of lovingly crafted, optimised games to arrive (as they always do) I'm now being told there won't be any, and if I want to see anything resembling a lovingly crafted, optimised game I'll have to buy a new console.

    I assume I'll be able to trade in my current PS4 for 250 off a PS4K then?
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  • Zerobob 20/04/2016

    So after investing in a PS4, waiting for the 'sweet spot' of the generation to arrive (as it always does) and games such as The Last Guardian to be released, I'm now being told the current PS4 isn't up to the job of delivering Sony's vision for the console?

    I assume I'll be able to trade in my current PS4 for 250 off a PS4K then?
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  • Watch: Where did Resident Evil go wrong?

  • Zerobob 16/04/2016

    @Nikanoru Yes, I was aware the PS2 version of RE4 wasn't as good as the GC version at the time, but I also played RE4 on the Wii.

    The Wiimote actually worked really well with the game's aiming system, but I don't think I enjoyed it any more or any less than playing the PS2 version the first time.
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  • Zerobob 16/04/2016

    Personally, I liked the slightly obtuse nature of RE1, RE2 and Code Veronica.

    I enjoyed the mechanics, puzzles, and especially the trademark fixed view point in those games. They really gave the games a great atmosphere. Maybe I just never stopped loving the original Alone in the Dark.

    I also played RE4 through on PS2 and, although I enjoyed it, it just felt like it was missing something. God knows what they were aiming for in RE5 and RE6.

    I feel the later Resi Evil games fell victim to the same thing as the Tomb Raider sequels, where they became too much about the shooting, and less about the puzzles and atmosphere.
    Reply +6
  • Check out GoldenEye remade in Doom

  • Zerobob 14/04/2016

    @Mistress That Duke Nukem level editor Build was awesome. It was so hands-on! I remember wasting many a day building my own intricate Duke levels. Reply +2
  • The Legacy of Rob Daviau, the man who helped flip boardgames on their head

  • Zerobob 10/04/2016

    I'm still not really sold on the Legacy concept. I don't want to be reminded of multiple past failures, or for games like Pandemic to become easier because something didn't go my way the first time.

    I love the sound of Seafall though. Even the ship management idea sounded awesome but, like Daviau discovered, too much micromanagement can weigh games down a bit.

    Maybe a digital version of Seafall could help streamline the game a lot, and he'd be able to include a lot of his original, more in depth ideas for the game.
    Reply +1
  • What went wrong with Quantum Break on PC?

  • Zerobob 09/04/2016

    A game optimised for a console is rarely going to run well on a PC.

    Raw computing power doesn't matter that much. Hardware focus during development and code optimisation does matter.
    Reply -2
  • The latest PS4 update does some cool, unannounced things

  • Zerobob 08/04/2016

    @jamyskis1981 Thanks for the confirmation on the remote play with wireless controller support, or lack thereof.

    A bit disappointing that you can't simply stream the PS4 video to a PC and use the Dualshock as normal, but maybe Sony will allow this in the future.
    Reply -2
  • Zerobob 08/04/2016

    @jamyskis1981
    The only bugger is that you absolutely have to have a DualShock 4 connected via USB cable to use it
    I haven't upgraded to Windows 10 yet. Is this definitely the case, even if simply playing in a different room of your house to your PS4.

    I don't see why I can't just stream the PS4 video to my PC as a second screen, yet keep my Dualshock connected wirelessly as usual.
    Reply +2
  • Uncharted 4 makes a move for the open, but at what cost?

  • Zerobob 04/04/2016

    An extremely fair analysis.

    I'm currently playing through The Nathan Drake Collection, and constantly thinking to myself "What's all the fuss about? Is this it?".

    The gunplay is below average, the cover system is average, the platforming mechanics are unpredictable, even ridiculous at times (give me Tomb Raider 1 any day), the puzzles are simple, and the aforementioned set pieces are mostly pre-rendered video, which is jarring as the ND Collection allows you to change Drake's outfit, which then switches back to his default white shirt during set pieces.
    Reply -2
  • Dark Souls 3 review

  • Zerobob 04/04/2016

    @jabberwocky
    The Blood Starved Beast is one of the easier bosses, in fact he can be defeated without him even attacking you if you use the pungent cocktails to distract him.
    Well, that assumed you know the use for the pungent cocktails, which isn't at all obvious, but anyway, that's nice to know, really makes me feel good about myself.

    How was it that I couldn't get away from the Blood-Starved Beast then, no matter how fast I dodged? And when attacked by it half my energy would disappear?

    I defeated Father Gascoigne with no difficulty, using simple dodging, even though a lot of people made it clear how much they struggled defeating him. I assume I'm missing something quite major, if the Blood-Starved Beast is as easy as you say it is.
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  • Zerobob 04/04/2016

    I haven't even completed Bloodborne yet. I got to a boss which, no matter how I approached it, required me to neck a Blood Vial every ten seconds.

    It was the Blood-Starved Beast boss I believe, which I seem to remember had a really cheap tail whip type attack. I eventually got sick of tedious back-tracking to gain enough Blood Vials to keep facing him, so I gave up, probably to my detriment.

    I've never played a Souls game, and I want to be excited about Dark Souls 3, but I'm just not sure they're for me, based on my experience with Bloodborne. I like the sound of a shield and actually being able to block though.

    I've had a similar experience with another highly regarded series recently, Uncharted. I'm currently playing through Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Remastered and I'm experiencing fairly poor platforming, OK gunplay, fairly poor cover mechanics, extremely linear gameplay, and clunky-looking physics in pre-rendered cut scenes. The only thing I sort of like is the whole Francis Drake storyline, giving it an pseudo Indiana Jones feel.
    Reply +2
  • What would you uninvent about modern games?

  • Zerobob 03/04/2016

    Realism in games.

    Total realism in games is unlikely to ever be achieved due to the chaotic nature of the world, so why aim for it?

    There seems to be an unhealthy obsession with achieving ever increasing levels of realism, especially in military shooters, worryingly. To me, this just makes the world of gaming darker and greyer by the day.

    The Division, for example, isn't a happy game. It isn't an inspirational game. It isn't even a good game. So why does it even exist in its drab, grey, depressing, "realistic" current form?
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  • Zerobob 03/04/2016

    Overly intrusive storylines in games.

    Sitting in front of a film and being told a story is fine. But a game isn't a film. The beauty of games is that you interact with them. The possibility to create and act out your own story is there. Having to sit through lengthy cut scenes, pressing nothing, doing nothing, is excruciating to me. It's not what gaming is about.
    Reply -1
  • Zerobob 03/04/2016

    I could say day 1 DLC. I could say microtransactions. I could even say zombies, the most tedious thing in modern gaming.

    But I'm going to say devolution of game design being acceptable. To clarify, seeing something done poorly in a modern game, time and time again, that was perfected years ago, and everyone being more than OK with it.

    For example, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time had perfect action platforming mechanics and animation. So what's your excuse Uncharted series?

    Red Dead Redemption perfected horse riding. So what's your excuse Skyrim, Witcher 3?
    Reply -2
  • Tech Analysis: Quantum Break

  • Zerobob 02/04/2016

    players freely push cars around simply by running into them, while other smaller objects can prove impossible to move at all.
    WTF?
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  • Why virtual reality is the future

  • Zerobob 02/04/2016

    I love the sound of Knightmare VR. I like the idea that the Dungeoneer wearing the VR headset can only see a tiny sliver of the floor if they look down beneath their "helmet", although this almost seems like a waste of VR's capabilities.

    It would make perfect use the the PSVR's second screen ability though.
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  • Adr1ft review

  • Zerobob 01/04/2016

    Shame. Of all the VR games this is the one that interests me the most, because not only would it give you some idea of an astronaut's view of the Earth (something most of us will never experience and is probably life-changing) but learning to carry out repairs on a space station actually really appealed to me.

    Maybe NASA will release some VR software at some point.
    Reply +1
  • Why Rocket League blew up (and its predecessor didn't)

  • Zerobob 30/03/2016

    I'd argue this game is great light entertainment, but a great game I'm not so sure.

    For me, a game has to involve some sort of strategy, or at least some predictable element. Rocket League seems to involve pure luck every time I play it.

    / Stealth "I'm crap at Rocket League" post.
    Reply -4
  • PlayStation 4.5 to be announced before October - report

  • Zerobob 28/03/2016

    @Blackmarsh63
    It's the more powerful of the 2 current consoles but both are way under-powered.
    Compared to... ?

    Oh, compared to a more expensive PC.
    Reply +2
  • We know PlayStation 4.5 is real - but why is Sony making it?

  • Zerobob 24/03/2016

    I can only see this upgrade being about 4K video.

    Sony Studios will produce movies in 4K, then sell you a Sony PS4K to play said movies on, then sell you a Sony 4K TV to watch said movies on.

    Sony have everything to gain by paving the way to 4K.
    Reply +1
  • PlayStation 4 and Xbox One UK sales pass 5m mark

  • Zerobob 23/03/2016

    Looks like 1080p@60fps isn't that important after all... although it would be nice of course.

    Frankly I think my PS4 was worth the money purely as a media playback device, the amount I use it for YouTube, iPlayer, and .mp4/.mkv videos. It handles all this with speed, great playback quality, and no fuss.

    Being able to play games like The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Rocket League, and Uncharted is a great bonus.
    Reply +4
  • Microsoft GDC party criticised for exotic dancers, Phil Spencer apologises

  • Zerobob 19/03/2016

    I find it sexist that it wouldn't be socially acceptable to have half naked men dressed in sexy schoolboy outfits at a similar event.

    As a straight man I'd love to "be sexy" for a living... What a daily confidence boost that would be.
    Reply -2
  • PlayStation 4 to PC Remote Play coming in next update

  • Zerobob 01/03/2016

    @SHPanda

    @GamesConnoisseur you're missing the big point here. I can now go back to my hotel room when away with work, and play my PS4 via my laptop, even from a different country.
    Yes, with the possibility looming of having to go down to that London one night a week for work, I'm loving the idea of playing on my PS4 in my hotel.

    However, this does rely on having either good hotel wifi, or a good mobile data package for tethering. Also, does the PS4 pad seamlessly connect to a Windows laptop via Bluetooth?

    Regardless, it will be nice to play a bit of PS4 in bed at home too.
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  • Watch 30 minutes of the brand new Kingdom Come: Deliverance beta

  • Zerobob 01/03/2016

    I still like the look of this game. I like the fact there are no fantasy elements.

    I'd like to think I'd learn practical and interesting things about medieval life while playing this, as well as realistically what makes a good medieval warrior, other than enchanted weapons, armour and spells that we've become so accustomed to in medieval fantasy games of the same ilk.
    Reply +2
  • Shenmue 3 is already looking pretty awesome

  • Zerobob 29/02/2016

    @CloudXIV

    I'm not sure they're gonna go that way. Back in the day being able to inspect every drawer in Ryo's home or buying a can soda of soda to see him drink it was revolutionary. Most gamers today wouldn't appreciate it. Even though that's what made Shenmue's world unique.
    I realise that, but I also think Shenmue 3 should shamelessly pander to the players of the original games, I really do.

    Maybe it should take the novelty interactions to an even more detailed level this time, making the player carry out even the most mundane of tasks. Any true fan of the series would understand this, even revel in it.

    I don't think Shenmue 3 is about breaking new ground in gaming, more just about finally bringing closure to the series and saying thanks to the fans.

    I was one of the few who bought into the Dreamcast, and forked out for a Dreamcast and a copy of Shenmue. I'd have forked out the the sequel too, but I couldn't even get my hands on a copy of Shenmue 2 on the DC in Europe, so I was forced to download a copy, which was prone to crashing.
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  • Zerobob 29/02/2016

    The thing is, this won't be a Shenmue game if it isn't stuffed full of minor novelty interactions, everyday tasks to perform, and nostalgic nods to classic gaming.

    So far I've seen no evidence of this, so I'll assume this is going to be a more flowing and open game than Shenmue 1 & 2. Less of an RPG, more of an adventure game.
    Reply -4
  • How to upgrade your Dual Shock 4 - with Xbox One controller parts

  • Zerobob 27/02/2016

    Surely this is an issue with the product not being fit for purpose, rather than something you should have to upgrade yourself. Sony should be made to replace all affected pads completely free of charge.

    Personally I've gone for thumbstick covers, just to be on the safe side after hearing multiple reports of thumbstick wear, but mine didn't appear to be worn after a year of use.

    Thumbstick covers also change the feel of the sticks. Personally I like the extra height and precision they give my thumbsticks, but they won't be for everyone.
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  • The best Zelda games: Readers' choice

  • Zerobob 25/02/2016

    My choice is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to a Pun Reply 0
  • It looks like Naughty Dog used Assassin's Creed artwork for the new Uncharted 4 trailer

  • Zerobob 25/02/2016

    So? Who cares? Seems a lot of fuss about nothing of consequence. Reply +3
  • The next Fallout 4 patch improves settlements

  • Zerobob 23/02/2016

    What's with all the settlement hate? I thought it was the best aspect of the game, aside from the exploration, and given the limited dialogue options and tame storyline, one of the only chances to truly put your own stamp on the game in a meaningful way.

    OK so it wasn't perfect, and could have been integrated with the game in a better way, but why would you play the main story, the same main story everyone else has played, some side missions, then walk away from the game?

    I think it's far better to play the role in a role playing game, rather than sleepwalk through it, get nothing out of it, then criticise it.
    Reply +2
  • Fallout 4 DLC revealed, season pass price hike announced

  • Zerobob 16/02/2016

    The Wasteland Workshop DLC is the only one that really interests me, so I'm going save a bit of money and just buy that.

    It has the advantage of transforming the whole game into basically Pokemon and it sounds fun!

    I'd prefer a performance patch on PS4 first though, to stop the game turning into a slideshow at times.
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  • Far Cry Primal trailer shows first-person mammoth gameplay

  • Zerobob 16/02/2016

    When first announced I liked the look of Far Cry Primal, but since then aspects of the game (clunky animal riding, limited settlement building) look downright disappointing.

    Plus you just know the missions will be to clear out settlements without triggering an alarm, or fetch an item, or get to the next lookout point to unlock more map objectives. I'm done with this stale, overused format.

    On paper, I think Wild sounds a far more compelling game, whereby you get to control (or "possess") all sorts of different animals to explore with, or use to your advantage in fights. Exploring as different animals sounds a joy in itself, and it just sounds a more interesting and neater concept overall.
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  • Performance Analysis: Hitman beta on PS4

  • Zerobob 15/02/2016

    @ziggy_played_guitar
    I think EG has a good selection of reviews, technical articles, and other articles.

    I wasn't being sarcastic by the way. I genuinely think it's now more important to know if a game is broken on a technical level, than if the game is actually any good or not. Because of this, I think DF articles are becoming more important than reviews, much to DF's credit.
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  • Zerobob 15/02/2016

    @-TheDarkSide-

    Agreed. What I can't understand is why Microsoft or Sony (or both) didn't think bigger, and make a premium high-end console.

    People readily pay 600 for a phone, 1500 for a Macbook Pro or iMac, then even 400-500 for a tablet to boot. Why did Sony and Microsoft really think cost was that much of an issue?

    If Sony or Microsoft made a powerful console with a premium feel and sell it for 500-600, people would trip over themselves to own one at any cost, much like a lot of other desirable consumer electronics. I really liked the look of the early Xbox One concepts, for example:



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  • Zerobob 15/02/2016

    I think soon Digital Foundry articles will become more relevant than reviews, the way developers are prioritising graphical sheen over frame rate. Take this common scenario:

    Q: Does the game work properly?
    A: No.

    No sale.
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  • Remember when Dungeon Keeper was good?

  • Zerobob 15/02/2016

    I had some good times playing Dungeon Keeper, even though it wasn't immediately clear what my goal was for the first few hours of play.... until suddenly the game announced something like "The local warrior champion dude has arrived" and the game became my Minions vs him.

    It was fun keeping your minions in order, mining new areas, slapping chickens. The first person view was quite entertaining and sometimes useful. I just never understood why all the straight edges in the game (walls, columns, floors) were wavy.... I felt like I was on hallucinogens half the time.
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  • $12,000 castles and $2100 deeds - inside Shroud of the Avatar's booming housing market

  • Zerobob 10/02/2016

    No wonder real-world house prices and rents are so ridiculous if people are willing to pay this much for a virtual property, which is only as good as the game engine it's been built in (not very good in this case). Reply +1