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  • June's free Xbox Games with Gold titles include XCOM, The Crew

  • abeeken 24/05/2016

    GWG has been pretty damn good of late. Your move, Sony. Reply 0
  • King of Fighters 14 launches in Europe in August

  • abeeken 20/05/2016

    I've always had a soft spot for team fighting games like KoF and MvC. This looks pretty decent! I do miss the old hand drawn style of these games though :( Reply +5
  • Nintendo's mobile Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing games will be free-to-play

  • abeeken 11/05/2016

    A part of me is HOPING that, with Nintendo tying their ID system into all these mobile titles it's a stealth way of getting people interested in NX - perhaps actions in these games will carry over to the big boy console and they're hoping that they can convert mobile players into traditional console owners? Reply +6
  • abeeken 11/05/2016

    @thes I'd say a little from column A, a little from column B on Shuffle. My son plays it and is totally happy with the FTP mechanics, can play it to a point and then leave it and is also happy to grind previous stages, however I get frustrated when I don't feel like I'm progressing and that the game is actively working against me. I got a similar feeling with Two Dots on my phone which had some interesting mechanics totally mauled by an overly aggressive "randomisation" mechanic that seemed to be fighting against player progression and funnelling you towards buying powerups. I think it's there to a point in Shuffle but it is softened somewhat by that Nintendo edge. Reply +1
  • Super Mario (officially) in Minecraft on Wii U

  • abeeken 09/05/2016

    @Machiavellian For us it's the split screen on the Lego games that makes the Wii U shine. We've got a couple on PS4 and they hate the fact that they have to share screen real estate, while on the Wii U they both get their own screen and by and large prefer using the pad over the 42" TV! Could be novelty, but kids like novelty. Reply +4
  • abeeken 09/05/2016

    @dogmanstaruk My kids love the hell out of Mario. Obviously this could be my influence but I find that their friends are quite down with the characters and games. In fact, despite being mainly Playstation owning/FIFA playing types they all seem pretty down with Nintendo machines and games. It seems to be the "too cool for school" teens and jaded older gamers that are anti-Ninty. Reply +3
  • Dark Souls 3 player defeats one of its hardest bosses in one hit

  • abeeken 05/05/2016

    @dogmanstaruk The only one I've taken grief from so far was the Curse Rotted Great Tree but hearing it was optional I pushed on to the Road of Sacrifices, came back to it after I'd totalled the Crystal Sage. I'll be honest, I had to call on NPC summons for both the Sage and the Abyss Watchers, mainly to distract and deal with their clones. Reply 0
  • abeeken 05/05/2016

    I've not yet made it to Pontiff as I've abandoned my game at the frknggddmn Catacombs. Was having a great time up until then. I'll probably come back to it once Uncharted 4 is done and dusted. Reply -1
  • Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher recorded new dialogue for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • abeeken 04/05/2016

    After the disappointing Avengers LEGO game this looks excellent. Reply -1
  • Goofy slapstick replaces the run-and-gun action in the Ratchet & Clank movie

  • abeeken 28/04/2016

    Looking forward to this - as a fan of Ratchet & Clank since the first game released, I'm loving the reimagined game, as are my kids who are also keen to see the movie. If this does as well as the game, I'd like to see a proper return to the more visually appealing 3D platformer. The game is SO colourful in ways that I've not yet seen outside of a Nintendo console this gen, and is a breath of fresh air from all the dour, grim, oh so serious titles that seem to populate modern systems. Reply +5
  • Sony's PSN is making more money than all of Nintendo

  • abeeken 28/04/2016

    @freeradical Never pass up a good opportunity to show Nintendo in a bad light with a clickbaity headline. SHOCKING! You won't believe this ONE WEIRD TRICK Sony used to make MORE MONEY than NINTENDO! Reply -1
  • abeeken 28/04/2016

    @danieldeitermann With all due respect, if you really think their games are that amazing you'd support them by buying their hardware. I'd also argue that there are more exclusives on the Wii U than you think, EVEN more when you consider that Wii games are also compatible with the system. I have both Wii U and PS4 for current gen systems and I have probably more titles for my Wii U across both boxed titles and downloads. Quality over quantity is better every time. Reply +3
  • PlayStation Plus May games include Tropico 5 and Table Top Racing

  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @andrewsqual Lots of negs here! Tokyo Jungle, I'd forgotten about that. Yeah, surprised we've not seen that yet. Might pick it up anyway, been meaning to give it a go. Reply -2
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    Internet: LEAKED! PS Plus Lineup includes WATCH DOGS! TETRIS!

    Sony: Yeah, no... Hope all you "News" sites enjoyed the ad revenue you got from those feverish clicks though...

    The Vocal Minority: WAAAH! ANOTHER TERRIBLE LINE UP! WHERE'S KNACK?!

    EDIT: For the record, I'm looking forward to these. Tropico games are generally great on PC so interted to see how this stacks up on PS4, plus my kids will be all over Table Top Racing.
    Reply +5
  • Nintendo fans can cheer themselves with an excellent Wii U, 3DS Humble Bundle

  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    Even though I got it in a previous bundle for PC, I'll probably pick this up to play Darksiders 2 with a little more convenience. Was also thinking about picking up a portable Street Fighter so - win. Also good to see that the codes work outside of the US this time - I think the last Humble Nintendo Bundle was US only? Reply +6
  • Nintendo's NX console launches March 2017 globally

  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @Kasjer That's what I want from a Nintendo machine. Quality first and second party experiences I can't get anywhere else. I want my Eternal Darknesses, my Rogue Squadrons, my Pandora's Towers, Metroid Primes, Mario Galaxys etc. The Wii U saw a big drop off in that support despite there being some utterly solid, well produced and rewarding titles for it, not having the likes of Rare and Silicon Knights, not having Retro push a new Metroid title out and not exploring new, unique IP beyond Splatoon did hurt the machine. I can't help but think that it was screwed over from the get go when UbiSoft et al pulled out of their "unprecedented partnerships". How much were Nintendo hoping to have support from these companies and their studios? How much had they pulled back on internal development leading up to launch? Reply 0
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @MccyMcFlinn I think the reaction to this particular news backs up your point. We've become very angry and reactionary over the last few years since the internet has allowed us all to talk together, has allowed us to make up opinions on things before we've even seen a scrap of what it's about or got our hands on it, has allowed opinion to be broadcast as fact and I think the cookie cutter media we consume is very reflective of this. Reply -3
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @Mr.Spo "Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future."

    They've been pushing to do their own, fringe events every year. Perhaps they'll be down the street doing their own thing? Again, who knows. I'm playing the wait and see game rather than getting het up right now.
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  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler Maybe! I did think it looked a little TOO slick for Wii U. At least it kind of confirms that NX won't be some kind of stripped back Android machine like some people were worried about. Reply 0
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @SuperSoupy Quite - not showing NX doesn't mean that they won't show Zelda RUNNING on NX. If it's shiny enough to silence the "LOL, Nintendo need high end grafix or gtfo!" crowd then that'll do at least. I'm happy waiting. I've still got stuff going back to PS2 that I'm playing. Reply 0
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @Simatron3000 That's true, but I guess it depends on who the target audience is for that March launch - whether they're looking to their existing fanbase for early adoption and hoping to get enough traction to build up to Xmas 2017, rather than launching just before Xmas 2016 and getting lost among the people who've already purchased said XBoxes and PS4's. I don't know - I just want to play some quality games. It all feels a little stagnant at the moment. Reply 0
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @Simatron3000 Once was a time the general public would have to wait and find out about new things either in print or when they came out and saw an advert on TV. I'd almost prefer to go back to that so that we didn't have to suffer the knee jerk reactions of the internet... Reply +6
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @Stornatus I'd argue that we've lost a lot of originality in gaming with the move to more focus on multiplat. It's all about churning out annual FPS or open world games and the new IP that we do get seems to fall into those cookie cutter genres. They may be great games but I want something like that feeling when Dark Souls 1 came out, or when Killer 7 hit GameCube, or the first time I played Ico. No one takes risks any more because we expect similarity from year to year and the mass market only wants it's Calls of Doody or its "Insert GTA clone here" open world game. Reply +3
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @Yogafire They're always mine :) The only machines that my kids have as theirs are their own 2DS's. All other consoles are mine and they're just allowed to use them when I see fit :) Reply +3
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @abigsmurf We don't know what they're going to say. Let's not get upset til we've seen their presentation. Reply +2
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @tiagoalmeida1 I'd rather just see a slew of quality first/second party titles. I can play crossplat games on my PS4 - what I buy Nintendo for is Nintendo and that has been disappointingly lacking on Wii U other than some genuine gems. I know it's getting risky for developers to put out new, console exclusive IP but we're getting to a point where all consoles are losing their identity, I feel, and we all might as well have PC's sat under our TV's. Reply +1
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    How they handle the transition will be important. For me the move to GC/Wii and Wii/Wii U was seamless in both regards as Nintendo went to great lengths to make the systems back compatible. In a way, I have no issue if they don't do this and see NX as a fresh start - perhaps the drying up of games is a sign of that and they're hoping that people will be done with their Wii U library by then. I know I have a hell of a backlog on the system so a year to get as much of that polished off as possible would be good. Reply +8
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    @Fourfoldroot GC controller was excellent, imo. Sits in the hand so nicely. Reply +17
  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    Looks like Zelda will still be a Wii U game then. I have no problems with that - Xenoblade Chronicles X showed how good an open world can be on the platform and if Monolith can bring that same quality to Hyrule I'll be happy.

    EDIT: I did miss the part about it also being ported to NX.

    As for launching next year, they'll miss out on the rush for PSVR which is sensible.
    Reply +1
  • Nintendo bringing Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem to smartphones next

  • abeeken 27/04/2016

    Please don't be FTP... Reply +7
  • Hunger Games, Saw, Twilight headed to Steam

  • abeeken 26/04/2016

    @VideoGameAddict25 With an Ultraviolet copy, no less, that can play on your PC or Mobile Device. I think the Roku also has an Ultraviolet app? Either way, I'm not sure who the audience for this is. Perhaps Valve are trying to push Steam OS machines as media devices? I don't know, seems odd. I like to have as much control over my collection as possible and spreading it over all these digital services seems counterproductive to me. Netflix and Amazon are great to watch things I'd never take a punt on but the films and series I've watched and enjoyed there have been bought physical afterwards. Reply +1
  • PS4 exclusive Ratchet & Clank tops UK chart

  • abeeken 25/04/2016

    @tnman BBFC have given it a U rating - apparently it releases this friday. http://bbfc.co.uk/releases/ratchet-clank-2016 Reply 0
  • abeeken 25/04/2016

    Well I'd have bought Star Fox Zero had Game not screwed up the pre-order I had in for the Day 1 edition which is now sold out everywhere. Picked up Ratchet & Clank instead. Lovely update for the series and a type of game I've very much missed these past few years. We need more stuff like this and Insomniac brings such a great level of polish to it that it's an absolute joy to play.

    Will likely still pick up Star Fox at a later date but didn't want the barebones copy after I was expecting the steelbook with Guard packed in. It's not the first time Game have screwed up like this - I nearly missed out on the Bayonetta 2 double pack for the same reason. Staff need to be aware of the different pre-order SKU's. When I worked there, product knowledge was paramount over the straight up "sell all of the popular things"
    Reply +2
  • There's life in Rock Band 4 yet

  • abeeken 25/04/2016

    @riceNpea Reply +4
  • abeeken 25/04/2016

    @weebleman I've held off getting RB4 because all my DLC is on XBox and I don't have a Bone yet (if ever!) but I too didn't realise it shipped without online MP. I'm not a big online gamer but I did enjoy jumping into a song and playing with other people. Again, further proof that RB4 was rushed out to try and compete with GH Live, a game that I initially loved but have repeatedly failed to get back into, instead gravitating back to the older GH/RB games on my 360. Reply +2
  • Microsoft discontinues Xbox 360

  • abeeken 20/04/2016

    Some excellent memories from my 360. Glad I've kept mine and revisit it on a regular basis. Still pick up second hand games either to replay or play for the first time and it's my go to Rock Band/Guitar Hero machine. Reply +2
  • There's a slightly fiddly way to re-download P.T.

  • abeeken 18/04/2016

    "Redownload P.T. with this one weird trick"

    I've still got P.T on my PS4 but I have never actually booted it up. I know I'm missing out but it's one of those games that I'd need to be in the right frame of mind for. Maybe soon...
    Reply -1
  • Surprise! There's a Ghostbusters video game from Activision

  • abeeken 15/04/2016

    @jamyskis1981 Shut your mouth, that game was amazing! Or so six year old me says... To be honest, it was a good use of the license, turning it into a (very, very) light resource management game. I'd love to see the idea expanded into an open world type of game, or even an X-Com thing where you manage a team of Busters.

    If you want a terrible GB game, look at the Spectrum/C64 era Ghostbusters 2 which followed the mould of creating a handful of levels each with a different play style but making them so damn hard to "fake" a challenge. I must have been nine when I got that and was so disappointed in it. Think I got the Speccy RoboCop game the same year which was brilliant in comparison.
    Reply +1
  • Check out GoldenEye remade in Doom

  • abeeken 14/04/2016

    @WiIIyTheAntelope It wasn't the original GoldenEye, but it was an adaptation of the film plot in the style of the more recent Daniel Craig films, with the Craig-era cast in their respective roles. Personally I thought it was a really interesting exercise in seeing one of my favourite Bond films redone in the modern "gritty" style (before Spectre made everything silly again) and can also pretty much be taken as a canon spin off within the new continuity following Quantum of Solace. Reply +5
  • abeeken 14/04/2016

    "Now Bond, make sure to take the stealthy approach..." "Don't worry, M, I've got this under control..."

    Charges in, twin silenced PPK's blazing, murdering everyone in sight...
    Reply +2
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with PS4 Remote Play on PC

  • abeeken 14/04/2016

    Pooh pooh this all you want but for someone with kids like me, this is great. I can sneak in some Dark Souls while the nippers are around without having the TV on to traumatise them, stick the game in rest mode and carry on as normal once they hit bedtime. Reply +21
  • Sony hasn't forgotten about the Vita just yet

  • abeeken 06/04/2016

    @Mr_Writer85 The memory cards were also a huge insult, especially considering that they are still selling at a massive premium. Reply +6
  • abeeken 06/04/2016

    Look, I still use my Vita. There is an excellent range of indie titles and a lot of the games hitting PS+ tend to play better on there. Plus (up til the PC support hit today) it was my go to remote play device for sneaking in games while the kids were around. BUT the fact that games like WipeOut, Uncharted, Tearaway et al exist on this platform is a punch in the gut that it's IMMENSELY powerful and has huge potential to host some incredible AAA portable titles. It's THAT lack of support that owners are hurt about, not the fact that there is a wealth of great titles, but that it could do so much better and so much more impressive things. Reply +6
  • You can play PS4 games on your PC or Mac from tomorrow

  • abeeken 05/04/2016

    Nice! My cheap windows tablet, USB network adapter, hdmi into the telly oh the office and I can play away while the kids are around without bothering with gruesome stuff! Reply 0
  • Dark Souls 3 review

  • abeeken 05/04/2016

    @NefariousBIG I think DS3 probably helps those players who prefer to farm. There seems to be more clusters of bonfires and shortcuts that open up some good farming routes early; one of which I can get about 1000 souls off in a couple of minutes without really doing anything, is right next to a bonfire so spend a half hour backing and forthing and you can get a good pocketful of souls! I want to talk more but... spoilers! :D

    It's actually been great discovering this without reading second hand about things. There's a lot of interesting goodies hidden in plain sight that just require a few hours exploration and sub-quest resolving. I feel like I'm a little OP for the stage I am but a lot of that is because I've just been soaking it all in instead of trying to rush things.
    Reply +2
  • abeeken 05/04/2016

    @Zebula77 I could parry perfectly in DeS and DS1, do the gunshot stun fairly well in BB (in fact, it's what helped with the Blood Starved Beast in the end) but the parry window in DS3 seems to be ridiculously narrow and I've only ever pulled a few off. My tactics have changed to a more Endurance based build so I can turtle and roll my way around enemies. Reply +2
  • abeeken 05/04/2016

    @NefariousBIG But I do agree, videos show that it's not something you're FORCED to do. However I think grinding levels is a positive thing if you want to explore. Reply +1
  • abeeken 05/04/2016

    @NefariousBIG I don't think it's an unreasonable approach - I personally don't mind spending time farming areas and using that time to backtrack for hidden secrets. I had a night farming last night, found a huge new area (DS3) that I'd never discovered before with some nice items in it, levelled up a few times, took down a big enemy and pushed further through the game. Reply +1
  • abeeken 05/04/2016

    @jabberwocky I'll be honest, I found the pungent cocktails didn't do too much. Perhaps I was using them wrong? I also didn't find the co-op summon near him so had to really tool myself up with poison resist buffs to finally take him down. Reply +1
  • abeeken 05/04/2016

    @frazzl I've not seen a lot of mention of that in many reviews but, yeah, I really feel that the performance problems hurt this (I've been playing it for a review). The slowdown and texture pop in is really invasive and last night actually directly affected the outcome of combat for me. I've kept my review as "in progress" until launch (http://nextgengamingblog.com/blog/dark-souls-3-review-in-progress/) as I want to see how the online stuff plays out (not active until closer to launch, unless some reviewers have been able to get access earlier) and see if the performance issues are patched out before everyone else gets their hands on it. I kind of agree with Polygon to an extent - it's a gorgeous looking, very refined game but it feels a little bit "Greatest Hits" even going as far as reusing assets, animations and audio from past games. Reply 0