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  • So, about that Assassin's Creed Ezio Collection glitch video

  • abeeken 23/11/2016

    This guy gets my two thumbs up for actually DOING RESEARCH instead of simply getting all up in arms and sharing things in an indignant rage. Seriously folks. Let's stop doing that. We've seen where blindly getting into a rage and sharing opinionated or even plain false stuff on the internet has gotten us this year. Reply +7
  • Lego City Undercover is getting a Nintendo Switch port

  • abeeken 22/11/2016

    @smallblueslime Oh yeah, I do remote play on my PS4 and XBox One, but it's not the same as having the functionality baked into the device, having one single point of play that converts from portable to fixed. It's been my gaming holy grail for a while now, even moreso than VR. Reply +1
  • abeeken 22/11/2016

    I can see open world/sandbox games being a big benefit on Switch. I often steer away from them as they sink too much of my "sat in front of the TV" time, but being able to pick up the console and tool away on a bit of a game between jobs, bring them to work on the bus, play them on my lunch hour - sign me up with Switch please! Reply +3
  • abeeken 22/11/2016

    This is good. LCU is a fantastic game marred by horrific load times. Reply +2
  • Let's raise a glass to Ubisoft's other open world game set in San Francisco

  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    @TekMerc Yeah, I meant Ubisoft :) It is a shame when devs who create brilliant, streamlined experiences get dragged off to do bloated "modern" games; see also Criterion on Need For Speed. God, give me a straight up, non open world Burnout done by them and I'll be in heaven. Reply +1
  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    @jammers101 They have The Crew now - it's pretty much their driving take on the open world. I played it for a bit when it was free on PC - it had some good stuff but the online part of it was so aggressively in your face I've not really returned to it. Reply +6
  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    @MikkyX LoveFilm's still going - it's an Amazon service now. I tend to use it to rent obscure films that never show up on Prime or Netflix. Reply +1
  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    Absolutely love San Fransisco - totally barmy game with a wry sense of humour, very original and unique. Would be an ideal candidate for XBox One back compatibility. It's the kind of game you only ever get once in a blue moon, something few people buy but is loved by almost everyone that plays it. Reply +4
  • Sources: Nintendo Switch to get Pokémon Sun and Moon version

  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    @geox30 Certainly better than straight ports of Sun and Moon - a lot of fans are quite obsessive about having ALL the versions of a given Pokemon iteration (looking at my son's DS game cart case with ALL OF THE POKEMON in it) Reply 0
  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    @Mr.Spo I'm still taking everything with a pinch of salt until January rolls round. I've seen too many bullshot videos in the past which have used "tweaked" versions of existing games cg'd onto dummy screens as a way of promoting something. As far as I'm concerned, the only thing that looks legit is Zelda and Mario, but if there are new SMK and Splatoon games, I'd hope they'd be new or modified versions rather than straight up ports. SMK in particular has a history of bringing legacy courses into new iterations and including the classic maps in a new Splatoon would make a lot of sense. Reply 0
  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    If true... nice! We're getting the kids Sun and Moon for their 2DS's for Christmas; I'd be well into a version for Switch, as I'm highly likely to pick one up at launch unless the initial line up looks utterly abysmal (which I'm hoping it won't). Reply 0
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild to miss Nintendo Switch launch

  • abeeken 15/11/2016

    Launching with a Mario is fine. I'd like BotW to be as solid as possible. While it was nice to get TP with the Wii, a few more months to give it the polish it deserves is acceptable.

    And please, let's not crack out the old chestnut of a "disappointing launch line up" when we have absolutely no idea what the line up looks like. We've all seen where hanging on unsubstantiated rumour and hearsay has gotten us over the last week. Let's wait til January and see what's on offer.
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  • Sony PlayStation 4 Pro review

  • abeeken 07/11/2016

    @Ruggarell I agree with you - we got a Pro to review for our site at nextgengamingblog.com. As I'm the only person on the team with a 4K set, we plugged it in round mine to give it a go and... yeah. It's nice. Graphical fidelity is great, 60FPS is... nice. But it's not offering, for me, THAT much of an improvement over the standard PS4 for me to want to upgrade. 60FPS isn't a big deal for me; I'm happy with 30FPS, frankly - it's not worth shelling out another £350 for.

    The biggest thing is HDR which I think Sony have shot themselves in the foot with by patching it into the old PS4. I've been playing Uncharted in 1080p HDR and it looks fabulous. Possibly a little less smooth than on the Pro but not enough for me to want to run out and upgrade barely a year after I got my current machine.

    I just want to play games and I think that all the current gen machines including the Wii U do that just fine. If this "mid-cycle upgrade" thing becomes the norm then we're into mobile phone territory and it just becomes a pissing contest as to which manufacturer can make the console which has the bigger numbers.

    EDIT: I should add that this is only my opinion. I think the console is fine, if you don't own a PS4 then you should get one of these over a slim, but personally, I can't see me wanting to upgrade any time soon.
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  • The final Wii U will roll off Nintendo's production line this week

  • abeeken 01/11/2016

    @HotCoffee I'll agree with you on the hardware front; Switch is pretty much what I was hoping Wii U would be. That said, I still love my Wii U for the library of games and the commitment from Nintendo to produce solid software; even though I've been playing more with the Pro Controller of late! Reply +3
  • abeeken 01/11/2016

    @vert1go Plus the back compatible Wii games, including the selection that hit the E-Shop, most of which were actually games that are quite hard to get hold of second hand like Metroid Prime Trilogy and Sin & Punishment 2. Yeah, Wii U is a brilliant console that everyone seemed to love picking on; I've never really understood why... Reply +3
  • abeeken 01/11/2016

    @Wayne Yup - I get that some people have space issues but even when I was focusing on bringing up my kids I still had my machines packaged up in storage. Now they're older and I've got my own office space in the house I have all my retro machines out and ready to play whenever I need them, away from the family rooms. Once my wife finishes her Open Uni course and doesn't need the storage for her study materials I might even get some more (God, I'd love a Saturn!) Reply +9
  • abeeken 01/11/2016

    Farewell, Wii U, you underappreciated, under supported console. You tried to do things differently and you did things very well. You had a lovely library of games with some unique experiences. You were the first console to fully support digital and physical back compatibility. You were a great little box that no one really got. You'll keep pride of place under my TV for some time yet (at least until I've mopped up my backlog) but I'm still looking forward to your little brother next March. Reply +9
  • Nintendo refuses to say whether Switch has a touchscreen

  • abeeken 21/10/2016

    Okay, I'm going to say this now to everyone, fans, press, anyone who cares to listen. Let's not build this up into something it's not. Let's not second guess what this machine is capable of. Let's not write all these speculative articles and start to "interpret" the things we see in promotional videos and read between the lines of what the officially sanctioned, highly controlled press releases say. Let's try and avoid disappointment by having no false expectations.

    We're only five months out. There's bound to be plenty of information coming out between now and Christmas; let's wait. Let's be patient so that we don't throw our toys out of the pram when the Switch doesn't make us breakfast in the morning like we were promised in that highly speculative article we once read that we all took as gospel.

    EDIT: Just to be clear, basically - let's not No Man's Sky this thing. I'm really looking forward to it and I want to enjoy it for what it is, not what it's not.
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  • NX is now Nintendo Switch, a portable console with detachable controllers

  • abeeken 20/10/2016

    Skyrim (the remastered edition?) and NBA2k17 being in the trailer is clearly sending a message that this is aimed at a much broader audience. I'm sold. Comes out just after my birthday as well! Reply +1
  • Thank you, Rocksteady, for doing Batman justice

  • abeeken 19/10/2016

    @jabberwocky Yeah, it's not great - we streamed Asylum the other night and had frame rates all over the place and a hard crash within the first hour. Bit disappointing. Here's hoping for a patch. Reply +4
  • Steam will support PS4 controllers natively on PC

  • abeeken 13/10/2016

    I wonder if it could be mapped in the same way as the Steam controller; the touch pad could be great for pointer movement in RTS games and could make things more viable for couch play. Very nice! Reply +7
  • Advertising Standards launches investigation into No Man's Sky

  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @IronSoldier Alright, I'll give you that - good use of a Murray gif. Reply +1
  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @Return-of-Jafar But who booked Murray into all those media experiences? I'm sure a small British studio would never have been invited onto Jimmy Kimmel if, say, someone like SONY weren't vying for them?

    And in that case interviewee's go on with pre-approved "You can talk about this, but you can't talk about this" scripts. If he went off piste then PR should have fact checked what he said and there should have been words had.

    So yes, I do feel sorry for Murray. I'm sure he was having a great time in the media circus that was being created for him and now in the cold light of day he's realising what has happened and has gone to ground.
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  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @IronSoldier Yeah, that PEGI sticker issue is all Sony. Did we ever get an answer to that "shocking" cover up? Perhaps someone in the design department screwed up? Or was it all Shaun Murray again, sneaking into Sony's design offices and tinkering with their Adobe's all while cackling maniacally and imagining himself swimming in a Scrooge McDuck moneybin? Reply +5
  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @AdamNovice Yeah, I know I shouldn't get worked up about people getting worked up but I can't help it. I like to think I have a rational outlook on life so reactions like this and the behaviour of certain other "groups" (hint, they rhyme with Famer Fate) online just baffles me.

    I'm going to have to have a week or so away from comments sections, I think.

    I almost wish Shaun Murray would have just kept talking if only to drown out the caterwauling.
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  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @jinglejangle I've been trying to avoid them but it's just getting ridiculous now. Like I said above, you don't like it, fine - move on with your life and find something to play that you do like. Reply +3
  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @AdamNovice I disagree - I think Sony are as much to blame by given them an unfiltered podium and then arguing like "Nah, nuffin' ta do wiv me, m8!"

    Even if they only published the physical version, for all the hype and publicity they gave it at their events and on their websites, they should have been keeping check on how it would reflect on their brand if it launched to this kind of reaction.

    Honestly, I'm very interested to see how the internet and Sony handle The Last Guardian - I'm personally expecting a similar shitstorm.
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  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @Furtin Maybe he's genuinely shit his pants that the screaming hordes turned up outside his door barely hours after his game came out.

    Despite liking the game myself, I can fully see that this is a PR screw up on so many levels. Sony are to blame, Hello are to blame as a team, Murray should have been wound in (likely he now has) but holding one man up as the "lamb to slaughter" in all this is just wrong. I like Shu Yoshida, but the way he threw Murray under the bus last week instead of taking a pragmatic view was a bit unprofessional.
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  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @PSfourskin Now we've engaged in the past so I know you're not an "idiot" but frankly I'd never part with that much cash only on the basis of one experience. It's like buying a cooker JUST so you can make Yorkshire Puddings. If there's no other food products you want to use it for it's a hell of an expenditure.

    Now, I'm not going to make any assumptions about your disposable income but I for one can't make impulse purchases like that. People who can; I'm not going to tell them how to spend their money but, from my point of view I need to know that there is a library of experiences on a given machine that I know I won't get anywhere else before I consider investing.
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  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    And here we go again.

    I do so love the mob mentality of modern internet era gamers. You lot are absolute treasures to this hobby, you know that? God forbid any of us actually spend time enjoying games instead of taking up every waking hour scouring the internet for words from the developers that have somehow wronged our very existence, dredging up "evidence" about "liars" who simply want all of our money and have somehow planned monumental schemes over the course of years like some maniacal Bond villain. God forbid we don't all spend hours compiling this "evidence" into videos like some joypad wielding "David Icke", make gifs and "hilarious" jpegs. God forbid we all just look at something we don't like, call a spade a spade and say "Yeah mate, I think it's a bit shit really" and move on with our lives.

    I mean, am I the only one that sees all this as being a bit... stupid? Am I the only person that thinks there's maybe bigger problems to get worked up about than whether a videogame developer might have told a few porkies?

    Jaysis...
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  • abeeken 28/09/2016

    @patchbox360 Anyone who picks up a £350 machine purely to play one game is a bloody idiot and gets everything they deserve. Reply -26
  • The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ has an October release date

  • abeeken 26/09/2016

    @AlistairLangfield Yeah, I think they both missed out on the big online push. I know some of their friends play online but only FIFA and neither of them really have much interest in that.

    The one game that we have to drag them off is Minecraft but they play that split screen with each other. Other than that it's Pokemon or Lego Dimensions (again, split screen) The only time they really go outside of their comfort zone is when I put something on myself (i.e. Rare Replay)
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  • abeeken 26/09/2016

    @AlistairLangfield My kids (10 and 8) seem to be quite a lot more responsive to older games than most. I got an XBox One S last week and all my youngest wanted to do was play Banjo Kazooie on Rare Replay, while both of them were very keen to look at the older Spectrum games on there. Jetpac was a favourite with its more arcade stylings but they also got into the isometric adventuring of Knight Lore. Neither of them really seem to care about graphics, online, achievements - all that; accessibility and fun factor win out every time. As it should. Reply +9
  • First Forza Horizon nears "end of life" status

  • abeeken 26/09/2016

    @cloudskipa We do, you're right. I have no doubt that we'll start seeing people coming forward years down the line with console hard drives full of unavailable games, however the problem then is overcoming DRM and outdated tech if the methods to interpret them are no longer available - again, this is another aspect of preservation, preserving the means to read the data back. It is, quite frankly, a nightmare. But as an archivist I believe it's also essential and that the creators of said data have as much of a responsibility to ensure its longevity than anyone.

    I'd be interested to know if Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo - or any publisher/developer for that matter have archival contingencies built into their policies. Do they take their own backups? How long do they keep them for? If MS/Sony/Nintendo/Valve/GOG etc wipe games from their servers is it done in a non-destructive way that means the game could come back online if needs be?

    If it all sounds horribly pedantic, it is (and yes, I have folders, hard drives and CD's full of archives of my own stuff - I'm THAT guy)
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  • abeeken 26/09/2016

    @its-ruiN Absolutely agree with you. I don't dislike digital distribution but there needs to be steps taken to ensure its sustainability. Certainly GOG is indeed a good example as even when items are about to be de-listed you can still download the .EXE for personal archives.

    Honestly, it's the job of the publisher to make sure that archive copies are kept and that they can be made available to archivists long term. The work I'm doing at the moment involves the preservation of academic research data so I know well that this is a huge problem everywhere. But digital in itself can be helpful here if organisations are willing to invest in archival infrastructure. It's probably just not commercially viable to them, however (see also the mass culling that the BBC did in the 60's of their raw video archives which led to whole series being lost forever)
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  • abeeken 26/09/2016

    @its-ruiN The point is more preservation, particularly for the DLC content. The 1000 club in particular adds a ton of variety to the game. For anyone who owns all of this, you're right - there is no immediate issue. They just carry on with the game installed and only encounter a problem when MS finally delete the source files from the server. For new gamers, people who got it free with GWG and might want to pick up the DLC, or people who simply pick it up out of curiosity in a second hand store, they won't be able to play the complete game once the DLC is removed. As physical copies become hard to come by, this worsens as the game itself becomes hard to play.

    YES, I acknowledge that the desire to play older games isn't something everyone has, but it would at least be nice if we could all agree that there has to be better forms of preservation in our hobby so that our history doesn't simply get wiped off servers periodically. Archiving is important and we need to start taking gaming historians a bit more seriously.
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  • abeeken 26/09/2016

    @Tommohawked Totally agree with you - sadly I don't think many people share our opinion that games media needs to be preserved in the same way that we preserve film and music; there is a pervasive attitude that we should be constantly forward looking and that people who may want to play older games are considered retro or niche. It's a bit sad, really.

    Having said that, I can totally understand that licensing issues may prevent new copies from being sold - case in point, I got an XBox One last week and ported my music library from Rock Band over. Slightly gutted (but not devastatingly so; I do have a realistic perspective on these things!) that some of the DLC isn't available due to licenses expiring, particularly the Spinal Tap songs. At least Horizon is backwards compatible, so it should be relatively easy to find a second hand disc version.

    EDIT: Fixed parentheses above. Because I'm pedantic.
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  • New video shows Jon Snow actor in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

  • abeeken 16/09/2016

    But, I'm sure we all want to know - just how much DOES Salen Koch know? Reply 0
  • abeeken 16/09/2016

    @MrFlump Someone needs to mod that into the PC version... Reply 0
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown playable on Xbox One

  • abeeken 16/09/2016

    @Yaster Is MvC2 still deleted? That's a shame! I mean, I've still got my 360 plugged in upstairs but it'd be nice to have some of the older games to play on the big TV in the living room. I did think that it was back as I gather MvC3 is available again? Reply +1
  • abeeken 16/09/2016

    Nice! I've got this on PS+ from way back when but now tempted to pick up a disc version to play on my Bone. With The Maw being added that's nearly all my Arcade titles playable - can haz Marvel VS Capcom 2 now, pls? Reply 0
  • Sega's brilliant Sonic Mania Collector's Edition isn't coming to Europe

  • abeeken 13/09/2016

    @jabberwocky Generations was great and Lost World had some good ideas (but drifted a bit at the half way point). This basically looks like it falls into the Generations camp. Reply +1
  • PS4's big new update (the one with folders) goes live

  • abeeken 13/09/2016

    @parazels Well the demo for Forza Horizon 3 is out today - I wonder if that has the HDMI stuff turned on for S. Reply +1
  • abeeken 13/09/2016

    @AgentDaleCooper "Controller Has Turned Off!" Oh my word... Reply +1
  • abeeken 13/09/2016

    As someone with an HDR compatible telly (2016 model LG, so all working with the current accepted HDR standards) is there any way to test HDR output from standard PS4's at present? I've got little interest in a Pro (picking up a BoneS next week, mainly for the 4K BD playback, so budget it a bit stretched) but I'd be interested in what the expanded colour gamut can add to the standard machine. Reply +2
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with the CUH-2000 PS4 Slim

  • abeeken 09/09/2016

    @monkeywithnoeyes Not at all - I've never had any issues with my PS4 being a noise machine. I do agree, though - the new design is pretty ugly, especially the club sandwich model. I never was a fan of the PS4 wedge though, but I do think MS have improved the visual aesthetics of the One in the S model. That said, they all sit tucked away behind doors in my entertainment unit so, at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter that much. Reply +2
  • abeeken 09/09/2016

    @ManatuBear Considering I have a wireless headset which uses both the optical port for sound and the USB port for power, this set up wouldn't work for me. I gather a lot of headsets also rely on the optical port so its omission would leave them redundant.

    The cynic in me could speculate it's a planned move to sell Sony's recently announced wireless clams, similar to how Apple have omitted the 3.5m headphone jack on the iPhone 7.
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  • abeeken 09/09/2016

    No optical on the stock model, no HDR BD on the Pro model - strange decisions from Sony, normally the trendsetters of consumer gaming tech. I like my OG PS4 as it is, can't see a reason to get a Pro. I'll be picking up a One S, however, for a cost effective HDR BD player - the fact that I can use a spare 2Tb external drive on it means I can also cut costs there and just go for the 500Gb model. Making the One S the standard model is also a sensible move from MS as it avoids consumer confusion. With the PS4, Pro and PSVR all out before Christmas, could this be Sony's Wii U (i.e. releasing confusingly named devices that don't immediately resonate with consumers)? Reply +5
  • Emulator Dolphin can now boot every GameCube game

  • abeeken 06/09/2016

    So will this run my GameCube discs? Or do I need to source "teh romz"? Reply +1
  • Nintendo has a stellar new Galaxy 3DS design

  • abeeken 30/08/2016

    @raheell9 I've still got the old 3DS but my wife picked up the Limited Edition Animal Crossing New 3DS earlier this year and I am properly jealous of it. Gorgeous screen, the 3D is near enough perfect from any angle. If the NX weren't looking like it'll be an amalgamation of handheld and set-top, I'd consider picking one up. Reply 0