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  • Evidence mounts for Beyond: Two Souls PlayStation 4 release

  • abeeken 01/09/2014

    @Sunsprie The Halo pack is actually quite interesting, especially the multiplayer which is essentially a megamix of every multiplayer map, playable from the same client without having to switch games. That's pretty nifty. It's also good value for the price they're asking and, yes, they're older games. I agree, it's the repackaging of newer games that, to me, doesn't chime right at the moment. Reply 0
  • abeeken 01/09/2014

    I just - I dunno, I'm happy for all the people who DIDN'T get a chance to play this on PS3 but, like The Last of Us this port seems too soon for me. I'm not angry and infuriated and about to tear down the walls of the internet, but I'd REALLY just like to see some new games come out. I know they're on their way but it does seem like false start console launches has become the norm of late. I'd love games like this and TLOU to be the defining swansong for the PS3, like SotC and GoW2 were on PS2, instead of seeming like an "also ran"... Reply +18
  • Capcom announces Resident Evil Revelations 2

  • abeeken 01/09/2014

    Really enjoyed Rev 1 on the 3DS - felt more like Resi 4 with a lighter version of the puzzles from Resi 1. I hope that the HD version of the GC remake will remind people just how brilliant that game was (the GC version is still hands down my favourite Resi game) and we'll see a move back towards more thoughtful, slower paced puzzle oriented gameplay. Keys and crests, people; keys and crests... Reply +3
  • Here's the first wave of Nintendo Amiibo figurines, due by Christmas

  • abeeken 29/08/2014

    @Calverz No they've not. Reply 0
  • abeeken 29/08/2014

    @kcn4000 I do get where you're coming from - I think if you're a hoarder like me (I keep telling myself I buy Infinity figures for my kids but I'm just in the denial phase) then I use these things to decorate the gaming areas of my house; that they server a dual purpose seems cool. I think it's right to be concerned, though, as more and more games seem to be going down the route of hiding content on disc - I'm Impressed the MK8 DLC is actual proper DLC and not an on-disc unlock. Reply +5
  • abeeken 29/08/2014

    @kcn4000 I'm not entirely sure that's where they're going with this. It was kind of pitched as collectibles that can be used to access side content in games, rather than essential content. So, it's like if you have a Link figure you might be able to unlock some link specific goodies in three or four games, but it's not going to be anything that would detriment the game if you didn't want to do it, unlike Skylanders which blocks off complete areas of the story away from people who don't own specific figure types.

    Still, time will tell on this. It's an ambitious venture and I do hope it'll pay off.
    Reply +1
  • abeeken 29/08/2014

    @alimokrane You are aware that "mature" games aren't all boobs and swearing and shooting, right? You are aware that grown adults can enjoy things like Mario, Metroid, Mickey Mouse, Adventure Time and still have time for CoD and its ilk? Reply +7
  • Nintendo announces new 3DS and 3DS XL designs with extra buttons, improved CPU

  • abeeken 29/08/2014

    @Malek86 God DAMN IT! I was so keen to get Xenoblade - I've been hunting for a Wii version for about a year now. Might have to just bit the bullet and get one off EBay; it'll be cheaper. Reply +3
  • abeeken 29/08/2014

    @MrTomFTW
    Surely that can't be right? Perhaps it requires a second analogue stick - maybe they'll do a bundle with the add on stick like Monster Hunter did?
    Reply -12
  • Xenoblade Chronicles headed exclusively to new 3DS models

  • abeeken 29/08/2014

    Welp, looks like that roster leak was legit!

    Also, Xenoblade on 3DS :D Looks like I can stop my hunt for a Wii copy.
    Reply +6
  • Hoax call sees YouTuber arrested by SWAT while live streaming

  • abeeken 28/08/2014

    @jabberwocky I do feel like I'm an uncommon exception, mainly because I've been a gamer since the mid 80's and I work daily with the internet; I guess in a way it's like a construction worker understanding the dangers of a jackhammer because they use one regularly. Reply 0
  • abeeken 28/08/2014

    @jabberwocky This is exactly why my kids never get unlimited access to any connected devices. It's all monitored, rationed and they have to understand why they're using the device. If they go online, they go online for a purpose (school work, Netflix etc) and it's all done with parental supervision.

    I never presume to tell people how to bring up their offspring, but parents severely need to take more responsibility in what their kids are doing and what they're interested in. It's not policing, it's support, it's helping them gain an understanding, it's showing them right and wrong.
    Reply +6
  • abeeken 28/08/2014

    Wow. When I first started realising how big the Internet would be for gaming back in the late 90's I never thought that it would breed such a generation of morons. I mean, seriously, this coupled with the horrific abuse that goes on across social networks (see yesterday's disgusting activity) and the way it's totally dumbed down our general human nature - I kind of despair.

    Online connectivity; we're still treating it like kids who've found the keys to the fireworks factory...
    Reply +18
  • GOG.com adds movies section with documentaries aimed at gamers

  • abeeken 28/08/2014

    Interesting - perhaps instead of chasing the big guys (as well as?) they should also be looking to independent producers for content. Both them and Steam have been key to the indie game scene, so having a reliable outlet for independent film would certainly be a big help for producers like myself. Reply 0
  • PlayStation Plus gets Velocity 2X, Sportsfriends and TxK in September

  • abeeken 28/08/2014

    All Stars is fun albeit a bit shallow when compared to Smash - should also be on Vita too as it's cross buy. Will give Hoard a crack. Joe Danger seems like it's better suited to portable. Looking forward to Velocity 2X (at Christmas, when I get my PS4... damn 'dat wait...) Reply 0
  • Some celebrity games that don't feature Kim Kardashian

  • abeeken 27/08/2014

    Interesting that you're using the Megadrive version of Moonwalker there. I owned the Spectrum version. It was awful. http://youtu.be/R2xRFpxRNYY Reply +1
  • OlliOlli skates to PlayStation 3 and 4 tomorrow

  • abeeken 26/08/2014

    Cross buy/save? Why thank you, considerate developers! :) Reply +1
  • Disney Infinity is now free on Wii U

  • abeeken 23/08/2014

    Smart move - makes anyone who is only buying in from v2.0 able to play the older sets (with the exception of the starter sets, unless they make them available individually) without having to buy the old game - just use the base that came with your disc. Reply 0
  • Video: Road Redemption is a fun, erratic homage to a 90s classic

  • abeeken 15/08/2014

    @ChuckNorris Reply +4
  • abeeken 15/08/2014

    Yeah, as much as that needs a bit of spit and shine it looks like it may be decent enough to warrant an early access purchase. Might bite. Reply +2
  • The Crew won't release on PS3 and Wii U due to different "technical infrastructure"

  • abeeken 14/08/2014

    We're living in a really weird, scattershot time for cross generational games. Let's push these new machines, get some different games experiences out of them. Come on devs...

    Reply +2
  • Microsoft confirms Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox exclusivity deal "has a duration"

  • abeeken 13/08/2014

    Okay, timed exclusive. Fine. STILL - badly communicated and badly handled. No, it's not Spencers job to communicate releases on other consoles, it's Squeenix and CD's responsibility and, in that, they thoroughly failed. It's no wonder people feel betrayed. Reply +7
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to both Xbox One and Xbox 360

  • abeeken 13/08/2014

    I don't know what to do with these feels... Reply +1
  • Ninja Theory unveils Hellblade

  • abeeken 12/08/2014

    Nice. I do love Ninja Theory games. Reply +4
  • Rayman creator Michel Ancel reveals new IP Wild

  • abeeken 12/08/2014

    Yes. This is what Sony needed IMO; this is the kind of slightly weird experimental stuff that drew me to PS2. Just as you can define a Nintendo game, I look at this and think "Yes, that's a Sony game."

    And I feel like it's been so long since we've seen one of those...
    Reply +3
  • Tearaway is being retold on PS4 as Tearaway Unfolded

  • abeeken 12/08/2014

    @DAAANNNN Was wondering the same thing. The areas on display there seemed unfamiliar, although they did use similar assets to the Vita game. If it's a remake; disappointing. If it's a sequel, I'm okay with it being on PS4. MM do try to explore all of the features of the machine they're working on and Tearaway was no exception. Reply 0
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive to Xbox One

  • abeeken 12/08/2014

    As much as this sucks (as I had NO intention of picking up a Bone) it's a savvy move for Microsoft. Things seem to be drifting away from the solid console exclusive and picking up a big name like this could be potentially beneficial for them.

    Still, given TR's legacy as a multiplatform series there's an awful lot for gamers to be upset about.
    Reply +1
  • You can dress your Mii as a Nintendo character in Wii U Smash Bros.

  • abeeken 12/08/2014

    Nice. With any luck these will be unlockable in the game. Wonder if they'll add specific perks? Reply +2
  • Remember Me dev announces new game Life is Strange

  • abeeken 11/08/2014

    I quite liked Remember Me - very underrated, visually rather striking with an interesting combat system. Reply +13
  • Remembering Double Dragon, a true arcade icon

  • abeeken 11/08/2014

    @drhickman1983 Haha! Well, yes; but there weren't many amazing arcade ports on the good old Speccy. The better one that springs to mind for me is probably Rainbow Islands. RoboCop was pretty decent too, but that wasn't so much a port as just a separate development strand alongside the arcade version. Oh, and R-Type! I loved the Speccy version of that. Reply 0
  • abeeken 10/08/2014

    It was a fairly terrible port but I played this to completion on the Amiga. Does anyone know how the NES version holds up? I heard it adds an interesting RPG twist; wondered if it was worth picking up on Virtual Console. Reply +3
  • "The transformation was painful. We paid the price"

  • abeeken 08/08/2014

    Some people live in very tight financial planning. That's their own privacy. They can do whatever they want.
    Wow. This took me aback somewhat; I guess he meant "That's their problem"? Actually, it's not. It is up to the employer to ensure that they can LEGALLY pay the staff that they hired on contract. How self centered of this individual. I can only imagine he was still drawing a wage through all of this. Having worked for people who take a similar attitude to their workforce - "It's not my problem; do your work and quit whining." I feel genuinely upset for those people who have been affected by this.
    Reply +23
  • Has Valve just soft-launched the Source 2 engine?

  • abeeken 07/08/2014

    @fasterthanapigeon Given the current remake culture I'd say we're more likely to see Half Life: Blue Shift HD before Half Life 3. Reply +21
  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue is single-player only - report

  • abeeken 06/08/2014

    @null I think it's interesting that this and also, to some degree, Black Flag, started painting the Assassins in serious shades of grey; especially now the Instruments of the First Will have been introduced as neither affiliates of the Assassins or Templars. Reply 0
  • abeeken 06/08/2014

    Interesting that it ties into the Kenway universe but the generational split concerns me that the Abstergo story may be underdeveloped in this one so as not to alienate those following it who may have upgraded to PS4/XBox One. I know many people don't like the Desmond arc but that's always been the part that intrigued me, how Desmond's gene pool is intrinsically connected to all of these people. Black Flag disappointed me in that aspect (the pirate stuff was simply the best, though!) in that we didn't really learn more about Desmond's importance in the grand scheme, although the suggestion that some characters have been resurrected in present day is interesting.

    I'll be getting this, though; still bummed it's not coming to Wii U as I really wanted to be able to pack my PS3 away this Christmas.
    Reply +1
  • Mario Kart 8 gets three Mercedes-Benz cars as free DLC this month

  • abeeken 06/08/2014

    @vert1go Absolutely! They'd be boring if they didn't go against the grain, despite what the masses are hollering for! Reply +1
  • abeeken 06/08/2014

    Also, can we have offscreen player 1, onscreen players 2-4 for local multiplayer in the next update? That would be excellent. Reply +7
  • abeeken 06/08/2014

    Meh - yeah, it's advertising but it's free (Sim City charged us for the privilege of being fed adverts for Nissan, didn't it?) and it doesn't really break the game. Yeah, aesthetically it doesn't overly fit in, but perhaps it's possible to add some of the fun wheels from the game to the vehicles and kind of turn them into self parody's.

    Is it really that big a deal? Aren't we all being a bit overly serious?

    Also it shows that Nintendo CAN add additional content into the game as DLC so perhaps we'll see some actual new content in the future?
    Reply +10
  • As Table Top Racing hits Vita, WipEout co-creator turns attention to PS4

  • abeeken 06/08/2014

    Well this looks like a fun little spiritual successor to Micro Machines. Nice to see it on Vita but it's a shame there's no cross buy/play/save with a PS3/4 version. My kids would love this as a couch multiplayer title and this kind of game is really at home in that environment. Reply +4
  • Codemasters offers refunds on Colin McRae Rally after negative Steam reviews

  • abeeken 06/08/2014

    I was initially going to pick this up til I read the description, saw it was a port of the mobile game and not a proper HD upgrade and decided no. I used to love old school driving games like McRae and TOCA; was hoping that this would be a throwback to those but apparently a cash grab was the preferable option to actually crafting a decent homage. Reply +3
  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue headed to PS3, Xbox 360 this November

  • abeeken 05/08/2014

    Was kind of hoping it would hit Wii U as well, as my PS3 is likely getting boxed up this Christmas in favour of a PS4. I guess this is the sign that Ubi is pretty much done with Nintendo then, as neither this OR Unity are hitting Wii U. Reply +2
  • Resident Evil 1 remastered for PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

  • abeeken 05/08/2014

    Wot, no Wii U version??

    Nice to see it coming to other machines, though - it is pretty much the definitive version of RE and is still visually impressive and damn terrifying to this day!
    Reply +4
  • Nintendo of America indie chief leaves company

  • abeeken 04/08/2014

    Going back to the gagging issue, as well as not being allowed to do an interview, there's likely things we don't know. The guy seems outspoken and PR likely saw that as a loose cannon. Would you let someone representing your company who you feared might start shooting their mouth off over what is technically operational issues, go for an interview with a member of the press who would be rubbing their hands gleefully trying to get damning comments out of said person? No, it's bad publicity and it's bad business. Reply +2
  • abeeken 04/08/2014

    @geox30 Unfortunately what Nintendo provide to us service wise as gamers and the PR policies that their employees have to adhere to are two completely separate things. Reply +1
  • abeeken 04/08/2014

    While I disagree with the gagging order, if you work for an organisation, especially one with as big a public presence as Nintendo, you HAVE to tow the party line when talking publicly. I've been in jobs at companies where I've come to disagree with their policies, but the one thing you never do is publicly complain - that is the fast track to being shown the door in an unceremonious fashion. It may sound draconian, but I'm afraid that's how the world and business works. Reply +19
  • BioShock 1 announced for iPhone and iPad

  • abeeken 04/08/2014

    I have nothing against this, but I find it disappointing that developers/publishers seem to be favouring touchscreen devices over more traditional portable machines. Both the Vita and 3DS would be more than capable of playing this kind of game (not specifically Bioshock; let's get some originality rather than a straight up port) yet they are largely being overlooked for the arguably inferior iOS/Android devices.

    Such a shame.
    Reply +34
  • Video Games: The Movie review

  • abeeken 04/08/2014

    I was going to mention Brooker's excellent and informative documentary here, but you beat me to it! Disappointing that a documentary can be so shallow, especially given Braff's involvement; I often find him to be a thoughtful and compelling filmmaker (go watch Garden State - it's excellent!)

    It's a shame; missed opportunity. I wonder if this wouldn't have been better as a miniseries exploring a different era in each episode.
    Reply +10
  • Somewhere in the multiverse exists a timeline where Mr Do! is as iconic as Mario

  • abeeken 03/08/2014

    You had me at Mr Do but then you mentioned Rod Land and now I cannot contain my feels! Such good memories. I lament the loss of proper arcades. They're all full of gun and racing games these days. I just wish I could share with my kids the joy of hunting through them for that elusive TMNT machine, or Gauntlet, or OH MY GOD IS THAT SF2 HYPER FIGHTING! Good times no longer experienced by the younger generations. Reply +5
  • The Last of Us review

  • abeeken 31/07/2014

    @Old_Books I think this is also an interesting case given the politics surrounding the remake. I'll be honest, I'm not supportive of it but then I don't have a PS4 and have the game on PS3 - so, to me, the remake seems pointless and dodging actually releasing new content on the PS4.

    However, I also appreciate that people who never played it on PS3 may want to get it for PS4. I think I'm just grumpy because I REALLY want Sony to bring the NEW shiny and give me a reason to get a PS4 ;)

    Either way, regardless of gameplay niggles I have and the politics surrounding the remake, it is yet another example of how videogames can tell a compelling story which, for me as a writer, is absolutely fantastic!
    Reply +4
  • abeeken 31/07/2014

    @Old_Books Perhaps I'm being too harsh on it - it's early days yet. But I was getting obscenely frustrated playing it the other night which doesn't make for a fun experience for me. Reply +1