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  • Video: Road Redemption is a fun, erratic homage to a 90s classic

  • abeeken 15/08/2014

    @ChuckNorris Reply +3
  • 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.
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  • 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 +2
  • 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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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
  • abeeken 31/07/2014

    Currently playing through this on PS3 for the first time and I have to say that, while I'm enjoying it (Naughty Dog's story telling is incredible - I list the Uncharted trilogy as my favourite games of last gen and really, really wish they'd tackle a new Jak game with this level of narrative - i digress!) I certainly don't think that it's as perfect as many people make out.

    Several times I've been caught up on Ellie while trying to sneak through sections; checkpoints deposit you right back into the arms of a clicker; companions (Tess in particular, so far) will start firing on enemies when I'm trying to evade them, blowing my plans completely out of the water. When it works, it's sublime, but when it doesn't work (like the sneaking section through the underground station, before the museum) I just wanted to toss my controller at the screen - and that's not something I feel often!

    For me it's a solid 7.5/10 so far. That may go up as I play through it further. VIsuals and story are incredible; mechanics are a little too stiff for my liking.
    Reply +4
  • August's PlayStation Plus free games include Fez, Crysis 3

  • abeeken 30/07/2014

    @AgentDaleCooper I've got Fez from GOG AND Humble. I'll play this, though - I'm finding the PC version to be a touch on the glitchy side. Reply 0
  • abeeken 30/07/2014

    @nathull Don't you be dissin' them Lego's! Also, some people are speculating that Fez will be all platform cross buy/save which would be nice! Also also; I'm not sure there's that much left for Vita that they could offer! Reply 0
  • abeeken 30/07/2014

    @FromTheHalfWayLine

    EDIT: Meant in jest, all you serious Sally's spitting Mountain Dew at your monitors in disgust...
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  • abeeken 30/07/2014

    I cannot complain as I'm building up quite the library for the eventual PS4 purchase, but it really does look like Sony are winding the PS3 down. Shame that Strider wasn't cross-buy last month; was really hoping to be able to play that :( Reply +2
  • Sony says EA Access program isn't "good value"

  • abeeken 30/07/2014

    @lambchop Several - one's on there at the moment, in fact; Dead Space 3. Reply +6
  • abeeken 30/07/2014

    @RGeefe I agree with your sentiment but I do think that this is worse in a way - TV (at least cable and satellite channels) have always been provided in such a way. Personally I can see a LoveFilm/Netflix model replacing this in the long run, but Murdoch and Branson's empires aren't willing to release their hold and go for that kind of service offering as yet.

    This, however, is a bigger nut punch as we're used to being able to pick and choose our interactive media at our own discretion. There are two things to consider here:

    * Fragmentation of the market - imagine if, when you're doing your shopping, you have to go the the Kellogs shop for your cereal, the Hovis shop for your bread, the Heinz shop for your beans. Not very consumer friendly.

    * Removal of ownership - as someone pointed out above, EA can retract your games whenever they want. If they don't want to provide you with Battlefield any more, they can damn well delete it off your hard drive. The knock on from this, long term, is that gaming heritage will suffer. If the publishers control every single copy of a given title, then how do we maintain an archive for future generations?
    Reply +6
  • abeeken 30/07/2014

    Just to add to my thoughts:

    There are a lot of people saying this is a great thing and shows Microsoft gunning for Sony. I fail to see this.

    This exemplifies one of the reasons I stopped renewing my Gold sub and, eventually, stopped using my 360 altogether.

    Let's consider the cost implications. Do you need to be a Gold member to access this? I know it's not been said that you do, but neither has it been confirmed to the contrary. Let's assume for the moment that you do. That's 30 a year? (someone correct me if my costing is wrong) Let's add in the EA pass at 4 per month - that now ups the cost to 78. Lets consider Ubisoft do a similar thing at 4. Now Activision. That ups the cost to 174 per year. Yes, that's cheaper than buying games separately, but the long term implications of this are terribly negative.

    Personally I see the PS Now model of crufting a Netflix service that ALL PUBLISHERS can get involved in to be the better option for gaming as a service, however I have my reservations that Sony themselves are doing it right here (if I've previously bought a game on PSN, why should I have to pay an additional subscription on top of my PS Plus sub to be able to play that game on my PS4? Now should have been the do-all back compatibility solution)

    The truth is, people, EA and Microsoft (and Sony for that matter, however they do it in a slightly less insidious way) are not after your loyalty. They are after your money. And as we fragment our product offerings down further like this, many more will join the bandwagon and will charge you their own fee for the privilege of playing their games.

    Let's all have this discussion again when a specific game or expansion pack is released as a "EA Access Exclusive!" and ask ourselves if this really is a good thing.
    Reply +26
  • abeeken 30/07/2014

    I'm guessing that means no more EA titles in the IGC? Not necessarily a bad thing, but this really is what EA have been digging at for some time with Origin - creating an ecosystem that exists purely to deliver EA games to its customers and nothing else.

    This kind of "me too" approach is pretty dangerous and it's a little reckless of MS to allow this. Ideally this should have been rolled out as a console wide approach, like Netflix, with EA leading the pack and other pubs coming into the system at a later date. As it stands, this is only going to fragment our consumption options further and is a bit of a blow for moving wholesale to this idealised digital subscription future for games that the pubs want.
    Reply +15
  • Microsoft shows interest in eye-tracking visor FOVE

  • abeeken 25/07/2014

    @SpaceMidget75 Totally agree - there is some wonderful tech about at the moment but not all of it is appropriate for consumer level entertainment.

    I look at things like this, and the Rift and Morpheus, and I ask myself - "How many people would buy that and use it enough to make the purchase necessary." Look at how unsupported Kinect has become. It's one thing for something to have a dedicated group of followers, but if it's not widely adopted by the public then it's not financially worth it; it will be dropped and you'll be left feeling sour about your purchase.

    For industry and science use, however, this kind of tech will be invaluable.
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  • This is how the new Unreal Tournament might look

  • abeeken 24/07/2014

    My 20 year old self just started doing backflips. UT was our staple at University - never did get into UT3 so I am super psyched for this one! Reply +15
  • PlayStation 4 gets 3D Blu-Ray support next week

  • abeeken 24/07/2014

    @Rogueywon No, I'm with you - I've been holding back on a PS4 as I wanted the BD playback to be comparable to PS3. I think now is the time to consider one (probably at Christmas time) to replace my PS3 in the living room! Will be nice to have a BD player upstairs! Reply +5
  • Square Enix Humble Bundle contains Thief, Hitman, Lara

  • abeeken 23/07/2014

    @Poncho_D It's an excellent game that was largely overlooked on its original release. Hope you enjoy the whole lot, though - there are some gems there! :) Reply +1
  • abeeken 23/07/2014

    @Poncho_D I have the Deus Ex games on Steam (picked up the fat pack in the last Christmas Sale) but I'd get this for the Directors Cut upgrade. I've also got Just Cause 2 on PSPlus but I'd get this for the ability to try the multiplayer mod. Would also be handy to have a copy of Anachronox on Steam so I can file my discs away in the archives. Reply +2
  • abeeken 23/07/2014

    @GreenTruck Anachronox is a superb western take on the JRPG with a surprising amount of wit. You should give it a try. Reply +4
  • abeeken 23/07/2014

    @daystranger Which isn't really such a bad deal for all of 'dem games. Reply +5
  • abeeken 23/07/2014

    That's a hell of a deal - it's probably the only way I'd consider trying Daikatana again (fun fact, Daikatana is my record for returning a game. Bought it, installed it, played it briefly, despair, boxed it back up, travelled back into town, returned it, all within the space of four hours)

    I WAS planning on buying a Magic 2015 Deck Builder set on payday, but I may pick this up instead - Anachronox is worth the price of admission alone.
    Reply +5
  • What's going on at Criterion?

  • abeeken 17/07/2014

    @TheDoctor11 How about Burnout Classic, a new approach to remasters which combines all the tracks and vehicles from those games in a shiny wrapper, like the multiplayer in the Halo Master Chief set! God, that would be a remake I'd get behind! Reply +15