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  • Wii U exclusive Splatoon fires past 1m sales worldwide

  • abeeken 24/06/2015

    @jacobean_blender Yeah, while I've never had any connection issues the matchmaking can sometimes leave a bit to be desired. The main issue I find is balancing the weapons between teams. I*ve found myself on a team of players armed with pea shooters while the opposition has two rollers, a paintbrush and a sniper and proceeds to grind my team into the dirt. It's still a fun game, though, and it even makes losing palatable. Reply +3
  • Nintendo's painful metamorphosis leaves fans reeling

  • abeeken 17/06/2015

    @ROMhack Nope, looks fine to me. No bullet holes, no seepage. Reply 0
  • abeeken 17/06/2015

    @CptBritannica Nice. :) Reply +1
  • abeeken 17/06/2015

    @A_FAN No, I just never got round to playing it. And yes, I was probably still playing older games on my PC as well as newer releases on my PS2/GameCube (as it was at the time) - oh, and I was also raising a family which has a pretty major impact on time.

    What I'm saying is, it's not a terrible thing to want to play older games but, for some, living in the past is seen as a cardinal sin.
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  • abeeken 17/06/2015

    @MisterCraig I wish I could + you more than 1. I'm still playing games from 5, sometimes 6 years back, sometimes longer (I'm only JUST getting round to playing Fahrenheit) and it never really bothers me. Not playing the hawt new thang doesn't give me a sense of strange insecurity, just as I can go and enjoy an old film over watching a whiz bang summer blockbuster.

    What is the obsession and drive that the majority of gamers have with online, frame rate, realism in visuals? It is an obsession, it stops us having fun and it is turning games, despite their increasing development costs, into throwaway titles with annual itterations designed only to put money in the publishers pockets.

    Do we actually take time to sit and enjoy a game, pay attention to the craft in the story or if the visuals have a particular style that isn't quite the norm any more? Or do we just let the experience wash over us like a sudden wave and, before we know it, we're taking the disc out of the tray and demanding more, more, bigger, more splosions, realism, more frames, damn it if you can't give me this I'm going to threaten you and your family on Twitter!

    I grew up watching this hobby grow and seeing this kind of disrespect of games as art is, frankly, awful.
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  • abeeken 17/06/2015

    @erv No one can play "all of the games". In my opinion, it's better to have a decent sized library of quality titles than a huge library of hastily produced crap with a few gems stuck inbetween. Reply +4
  • abeeken 17/06/2015

    @iceytoa1 You're not; I liked it. I much prefer the direct style because it allows them to reveal smaller titles without having to risk undermining the hyperbole of a big stage show.

    StarFox looks excellent, as does Xenoblade.

    It comes down to entitlement; something this "community" suffers direly from.
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  • abeeken 17/06/2015

    This reaction is just another thing that makes me despair for this "community". Bunch of self entitled, whining manchildren.

    Waaaaa! Where's F-Zero?! Waaaaaa! Where's Metroid?!? Waaaaaaa!!! YOU'VE BETRAYED ME IMMA BOYCOT YOU!!!

    Quote of the day for me was the self confessed 31 year old guy on NeoGaf who said he was "literally seething with anger, fists clenched, tears in his eyes at this betrayal"

    GROW UP! These are goddamn VIDEO GAMES! It's a fun past time, not the absolute of your existence and if it IS the absolute of your existence, SORT YOUR F*****G LIFE OUT!

    This persistent bitching is sapping all the enjoyment out of the hobby. Coupled with everything else that's blown up over the last 12 months it's a huge step backwards.

    Enjoy what you've got because you could walk out of your house tomorrow and get hit by a bus. If the hobby makes you that physically angry, think about selling your console and getting out because you've got some problems, son.

    EDIT: Can I add, it's fine to be disappointed. It's fine to say "Oh, I wish they'd said they were working on a such and such." My beef is with the extreme reaction as if Iwata turned up at your house and took a shit in your dinner.
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  • Video: Xbox One Backward Compatibility - How does it work?

  • abeeken 17/06/2015

    @KanevilPS Yeah, all old games inherently have "bad graphics" it would seem, despite the fact that was, you know, what the graphics looked like.

    "Wow! Forgot how terrible Psycho looks! Black and white film, lol! Where's the CG!"
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  • abeeken 17/06/2015

    @jamyskis1981 Nah, steering wheel and zapper stay upstairs in the archive. One thing is, at least I didn't have to invest in new controllers for the Wii U when we got it so that we could all play MP.

    We recently got Lego JW on PS4 - it's review copy for the site I write for. Normally we'd get the Lego games on Wii U so the kids can do co-op but I've had to borrow a second PS4 controller. Buying one new is 50; extortionate!
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  • abeeken 17/06/2015

    @jamyskis1981 I guess it was never really an issue for me as I have a full quota of controllers. Yes, it would have been great if it had worked with the pad, but given that MS and Sony initially launched with no BC, at least having the Wii menu as an option was better than nothing. Reply 0
  • abeeken 17/06/2015

    Wii U supports BC by launching an emulated version of the Wii, the world is ending!

    Bone supports BC by launching an emulated version of the 360, no one bats an eyelid.

    Let it be said, I never complained about the way Wii U handled BC. I thought it was a solid idea from Nintendo and MS clearly have been paying attention to that. This and the Rare collection is seriously making me consider getting a Bone, something that I was thinking about any way so that I can preserve my Rock Band library for 4.
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  • Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain are heading to PS4

  • abeeken 16/06/2015

    @Darren I actually think the biggest kick in the teeth for that was the Last Guardian - how long now, six years? "Last Guardian! It's so coming! Just another year... Honest..." Reply -2
  • abeeken 16/06/2015

    People seem to want these and more power to them. It's their choice.

    But I cannot support Sony's choice in repeatedly bringing out these HD remasters. It seems particularly hollow in lieu of the XBox One Back Compatibility announcement yesterday and is putting the PS4 in a really weird place as a console.

    More and more, the machine is becoming home to remade versions of older games. Now, if you're looking at things like Flower or The Unfinished Swan where previous gen purchases are honoured as cross buy, that's fine, but I feel like it's stifling the progress of the current gen for Sony.

    What about, instead of spending money on remastering older games, Sony had fully financed Shenmue 3 and bought it as a PS4 exclusive? I felt like announcing it as a multiplatform Kickstarter project with an unspecified "sometime in the future" release date almost muted the impact for me. It's almost like Sony has a lack of faith in new games or IP. It's weird - I felt like their lack of forward thinking yesterday felt like a lack of focus rather than a company bathing in nostalgia, and this only adds to that feeling.

    It's frustrating as someone who has increasingly less time to play new games; I look at the hobby to inspire me, tell me new stories, give me things I can share with my family, but things like this only show me an industry that's increasingly happier to sit on it's past graces, play it safe and regurgitate the same thing over and over.

    Hw frustrating.
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  • PS Now UK beta rental prices are pretty high

  • abeeken 11/06/2015

    I know it's the unpopular opinion, but I still think that PS+ subscribers should be able to stream any games they have previously bought on PSN via this service. This would then encourage more people to actually outright buy the games on PSN to "own" on Now (although I can see why Sony would be against that as it would make them less money in the long run)

    I think my case in point here is that games streamed over Now actually pick up previously uploaded save files (http://www.reddit.com/r/PS4/comments/2kemiz/you_can_open_your_old_ps_cloud_save_files_in/). I still use my PS3, which I've moved up to my office, to watch films and catch up on my PS+ backlog as well as continue to pick up cheaper retail games I may have missed out on first time round. If I had the option of what is effectively a PS3/PS4/Vita cross buy on PSN titles then I would be on this in an instant. As it stands I think the service is overpriced and anyone serious about this would be better off buying a cheap PS3 and picking the games up second hand.
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  • PS4 Ratchet & Clank's impressive new trailer

  • abeeken 10/06/2015

    @I_Am_CatButler I remember playing that in Alton Towers many moons ago. It was awful. Reply +1
  • abeeken 10/06/2015

    @jamyskis1981 From what I gather it's effectively a "megamix" taking elements from all the games and wrapping it round a new story. I'll be disappointed if it's a straight up HD redo - it looks incredible. Reply +1
  • Uwe Boll quits crowdfunding with expletive-laden tirade after third project fails

  • abeeken 08/06/2015

    So, no one wants to give you money to make terrible films? Whod'a thought it?!

    Also, if you have that much money, do what a lot of indie filmmakers, including me, do - if you're that desparate to make your film, put your own money forwards.

    What a baby.
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  • 20 years on, Worms remains a comedy classic

  • abeeken 07/06/2015

    20 years? Goodness me - I remember obsessing over an Amiga Format cover disc which had a demo of this (alongside Total Recall I believe) for months before I could finally get my own copy. It was a sublime game then and it remains sublime. When couch multiplayer seems to be a dying art, this stands as a beacon of why it shouldn't go. Reply +6
  • Valve offers closer look at Steam Controller

  • abeeken 05/06/2015

    @fabio78 I believe there is haptic feedback built into the touchpads. Early hands on suggested that they respond in such a way that it actually feels like you're moving something rather than just swiping. I understand your concerns, though - that's the primary reason I don't like mobile gaming is the lack of feedback on the controls. Feels far less precise. Reply +7
  • abeeken 05/06/2015

    I'm quite interested in this - I sorted my streaming out by picking up a Linx 8 tablet (the one that EG reviewed just after Christmas) which also has enough grunt to run some lower end and older games locally. The idea that you can create your own control layouts is certainly interesting for those older games that have poor controller support and I guess that extends to non-steam games that you're running under the steam overlay? Would be nice to see GOG implement a similar thing in the Galaxy client. Reply 0
  • Fake Amiibo figures found on sale, pictured

  • abeeken 03/06/2015

    @vert1go Seeing people in the plaza wearing Amiibo specific armour was a kick in the nuts. Can't believe that the three pack on Amazon is already price hiked to unaffordable amounts. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nintendo-Games-NVLEAE3A-Amiibo-Splatoon/dp/B00VHWMK44/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433329192&sr=8-1&keywords=splatoon+amiibo+3+pack Reply +3
  • abeeken 03/06/2015

    Well that's going to make EBay a minefield. I've already been burned twice by knock off GB carts containing shoddy batteries; once was the Castlevania Double Pack, other was Oracle of Ages (since found a proper cart for that one)

    EDIT: Just to make it clear, I wasn't aware I was buying knockoff carts
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  • Netflix testing adverts on Xbox 360 app

  • abeeken 02/06/2015

    @Zomoniac Absolutely. It's not worth getting worked up about the service telling you what other content you can get. So long as they keep them age specific; I don't want a trailer for Daredevil turning up before my kids watch an episode of Pokemon. Reply +14
  • We need to talk about emulation

  • abeeken 31/05/2015

    This really is an excellent article and rings true on many points. The approach I've always taken to emulation is if there are no legal alternatives or if I can't find a copy second hand for a price that won't cripple my bank account, then I'll download a ROM. I have two kids and I want them to be able to experience the games I did growing up. We have an extensive Virtual Console library on Wii U (thank you Nintendo for allowing me to port them over from my Wii!) and a retro library with a PS2, N64, GameCube, DreamCast, 360 and PS3 that are all set up for them to use whenever they want. They appreciate where gaming has come from, love many of the older classics and like going and exploring the games on the retro shelves.

    I often see younger gamers saying why waste time playing older games when the new ones have better graphics etc. Why not? Music has moved on yet we still go back and listen to albums like Moving Pictures, Nevermind, Pet Sounds, we still watch and appreciate James Whale's Frankenstein when there have been different versions since. It's about appreciating heritage, not looking at a spectrum game and saying "LOL but dem grafix tho!"

    I visited the Videogame Archives a few weeks back with the kids and I thought it was one of the most important things to happen to our hobby as it values the heritage rather than looking on it as a curio. I think emulation goes a long way to preserving that when other companies will not. Nintendo do well with the Virtual Console although I'd argue there should be more frequent releases on there. Sony to a large extent also support PSOne classics, although it's a shame that the BC was taken off the PS4. On PC there's GOG.com and to some extend Steam which preserve and make legally available older games.

    There should be more encouragement for younger gamers to seek out and play older games and there certainly is a danger of them getting lost to time.

    On a personal note I'd love to see more legal support for Amiga games. That's the system I grew up on after the Spectrum and it still regret getting rid of my old machine and discs years ago. While you can still get many carts from the era in shops, Amiga discs are now so hard to come by I've had to resort to emulation to keep playing things like Zool, Louts Turbo Challenge (another one the kids love) and Moonstone which is really a game that should be talked about more.
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  • Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven was the apex of a lost ninja franchise

  • abeeken 24/05/2015

    @brider Why a remake? Why not something in the Tomb Raider vein where the franchise is revisited from a new angle with a fresh coat of paint? Reply +3
  • Polybius: The story behind the world's most mysterious arcade cabinet

  • abeeken 22/05/2015

    Honestly, a week after I start writing a short horror story based on the myth of Polybius there's suddenly a hive of renewed interest in it online! Coincidence? Or is there something more nefarious at work here... Reply +11
  • Video: The best b-movie games in history

  • abeeken 18/05/2015

    And here the B-Movie game gets a bit meta with a B-Movie game of a B-Movie

    I believe the game came with a VHS copy of the film too.
    Reply +4
  • The 33 Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass

  • abeeken 28/04/2015

    @BlueBotDesign I'll refer you to my anecdote above - you're preaching to the choir. It's not the majority here that are buying things like this, it's the, how to say it without sounding condescending, "casual" audience who think this is the done thing. Who can be told that without this 30 extra, their game is incomplete. Reply +5
  • abeeken 28/04/2015

    Here's a wee season pass related anecdote. I was in our local Game a while back, not sure why. I overheard the cashier telling a bloke who was buying Advanced Warfare he needed the Season Pass because it was "the only way to get the full game" - he ponied up that 20 (or whatever) without batting an eyelid. On top of his 60 game. I then asked the cashier, once he'd gone, if that meant the 60 game was therefore being sold as an incomplete product. You can imagine that didn't go down well. But here's the thing - gaming is now a mainstream hobby. There are people playing games who look at this kind of thing and say "Yes, this is how things work." They can be told that they are buying an incomplete product for 60 and pay up that extra 10, or 20, or 30 WITHOUT QUESTION to get a download key that is a PROMISE for a completed product. A season pass isn't a product - it's a promise. And this argument isn't about wanting things for free - it's about manipulative marketing by publishers to lever as much money out of naive consumers as possible.

    I have nothing against post sale support for products. I respect companies who can increase the longevity of their product while keeping it compelling. But nine times out of ten, modern gaming does not deliver on post sale promises. We buy cosmetic crap, skins that once upon a time would be unlocked by playing the game and completing certain objectives. We buy characters for fighting games that are actually sold to us but are locked away on a disc so that we can pay extra for the privilege of using them. We pay money to make games easier - to cheat. Yes, cheat. Once upon a time we'd have to put in a code on the title screen to unlock things like easy fatalities or extra currency. Now we can just buy them for more money.

    Buy, buy, buy. Modern gaming isn't giving us more for more. It's giving us the same for more, only in chunks that makes it look like we're investing in something bigger. Corporate greed and a struggle to remain relevant in an increasingly diluted hobby has taken over from the delivery of a solid end product - meetings are now focussed not on how better a game can be made but how more money can be leveraged out of the end product. Sell, sell, sell.
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  • abeeken 28/04/2015

    @Cold_Waste I never realised there was a co-op version of RS2 in that. Passed on it because I wasn't a fan of the Hoth demo but might pick it up to do co-op with the kids. Reply +2
  • abeeken 28/04/2015

    To add to my thoughts, here's where I stand on single player story DLC. I've been sucked into that before, kept hold of games on my 360 to pick up story DLC at a later date. But I've always found revisiting a world for a piecemeal chunk of reasonably inconsequential story after having finished the drama of the main arc largely feels unfulfilling. This is why I prefer the GOTY approach. Take Skyrim, for example; the DLC missions are interwoven into the game world. Playing the GOTY makes the story feel organic - I never realised when I was playing DLC content and when I was playing main story content and that felt good. Reply +9
  • abeeken 28/04/2015

    I'll do the same as I did with Asylum and City - wait and get the GOTY in a Steam sale. I've got far too many other games demanding my attention to be bothered with this crap. The story isn't going anywhere. It'll still be the same game whether I play it now or in 2016. Reply +9
  • The next Dirt is PC only, Early Access and out today

  • abeeken 28/04/2015

    Oh be still my beating heart! I never again thought I'd see a proper rally game. :) Reply +3
  • Broken Age Act 2 review

  • abeeken 27/04/2015

    @melnificent That's an interesting definition of the word "con", given that this isn't actually meant to be a completely new game. Reply 0
  • abeeken 27/04/2015

    I got a review code for the PS4 version on Friday to review for NGB (here, if you're interested: http://nextgengamingblog.com/blog/broken-age-review/) and having not played Act 1 I was quite taken with it. Certainly playing it in one go, the difficulty of the Act 2 puzzles does feel like a logical progression from Act 1. The story is wonderfully gentle and the change of perspective of the different locations following the Act 1 twist made me keen to see them again from a different perspective. I'm seeing a lot of negativity towards Act 2 but I'm wondering if a lot of that stems from having played Act 1 and then being made to wait over a year for the conclusion. As I say, I loved it, it was great to sit on the sofa and play with my kids and solve puzzles together and it's so refreshing to find a modern game so full of whimsy and wit. Reply +6
  • Silent Hills is dead, actor Norman Reedus confirms

  • abeeken 27/04/2015

    @Plankton1975 If that's the case they'll be rehiring him within a few months. That's how that works, isn't it? If I punch my boss I get a few weeks off and a payrise? Reply +38
  • abeeken 26/04/2015

    I REALLY want to know what Kojima did that was so bad Konami is now trying to firebomb him and his non MGS projects out of existence! Reply +133
  • Mario Kart 8 x Animal Crossing DLC review

  • abeeken 24/04/2015

    @FuzzyDuck All fantastic games. If you have the remote and chuck I'd also recommend Pikmin 3 which plays wonderfully using that control scheme, as well as Lego City Undercover (although the load times on that are atrocious). Plus Nintendo are doing a presentation on Xenoblade X tonight which should give us a release date so, another promising title to add to the pile. Reply +4
  • abeeken 24/04/2015

    @LifeStream7 So there's nothing else that you'd want to play on it? Not one game from the Wii U or the entire Wii back catalogue that you'd put into the drive? Reply +10
  • abeeken 24/04/2015

    @FuzzyDuck I've only just picked up my PS4 in the last few months but I will admit the game selection on both that and the Bone at the moment is a bit woeful - somewhat lacks the creativity of past generations.

    I don't know if you have kids but I must say our Wii U seems well suited to a family console (although I still play some games on it like Bayonetta, older Wii games like Pandora's Tower and Last Story) and the kids prefer multiplayer on it as the split screen often works to give both players their own screen (one on TV, one on the pad; the Lego games are great for this)

    Then again, I'm a hoarder and still have my old consoles set up in my office, as well as an obnoxious PC game backlog on Steam and GOG.com that I'm only just working through!

    EDIT: Also, that Argos deal is brilliant; if you can pick up a good priced Pro Controller as well, I'd do so. Some games work well with the Pad but some games, particularly twitch stuff like Smash I find more responsive on the Pro. And don't forget pretty much all Wii controllers and games will work with the U! :)
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  • abeeken 24/04/2015

    @kirinnokoshin Has the game downloaded the v4.0 update? You need that to get to the DLC. Reply +5
  • abeeken 24/04/2015

    @FuzzyDuck Why not pick up a Wii U to complement it? Nintendo UK has a bundle on their website right now (pre-order) that contains an 8Gb console (easily upgradable with USB storage), Smash Bros, Yoshi's Wooly World and the Yarn Yoshi Amiibo for 220. Reply +17
  • Mad Catz co-publishing Rock Band 4

  • abeeken 21/04/2015

    First time in years I've actually wanted to get both Rock Band AND Guitar Hero. Changing up the way the guitar works was a smart move by Activision in my book as it differentiates the two games - the six button system is also intriguing to me as it's a different way to play. I can't say I like the Singstar look of GH, however. Can't wait to find out more at E3 and (hopefully) have a play on them at EGX! Reply +1
  • Mortal Kombat X review

  • abeeken 20/04/2015

    @young_nell Same here. I got MK9 at launch but eventually traded it back and got the Komplete edition on Steam; likewise with Injustice. There are very few games I'm actually buying at launch when it's almost guaranteed that they're going to hit later down the line with all the DLC bundled in. Reply +1
  • abeeken 20/04/2015

    @jamyskis1981 Love it. Still one of the best videogame adaptations :) nails the tongue in cheek Enter The Dragon rip off feel of the first game and pays fan service without overdoing it. Still remember getting stupidly excited in the cinema when Reptile finally morphs into his ninja form. In a way Annihilation also nails the ridiculous Power Rangers with blood feel of MK3, albeit with the cheese level ramped WAAAAY up. That one's a terrible film, though. Reply 0
  • abeeken 20/04/2015

    @jamyskis1981 I'll be honest, the Ex games were in a time when I was mostly PC focussed - when I finally got a PS2 and Ex3 hit that I found myself mostly dis-interested as I was getting into Tekken, VF and, to a lesser degree, DoA and SFEx wasn't reviewing so well. Reply 0
  • abeeken 20/04/2015

    @Drendari The story was one of the standout features in MK9 for me and I was glad to see it return in Injustice. Also pleased to see it here. Reply +1
  • abeeken 20/04/2015

    @jamyskis1981 Absolutely; to some extent I preferred things when they had a bit more of a "Virtua Fighter But With Fireballs" feel; I think you can blame SF4 for the resurgence of a more 2D playing field. The ability to sidestep added a lot more ebb and flow to the combat, I felt, and allowed the arenas to feel a bit more organic with the traps and falls and suchlike (I know it's not MK, but I'll never forget the wow factor of throwing someone over the waterfall in DoA 2 and following them down to continue the fight!) Reply +2
  • abeeken 20/04/2015

    @Binba442 I have no issue with DLC; the expansion of the SSMB roster is a welcome one. Day one DLC, on disc DLC (that's to be later unlocked with a download as if it's brand new content) and pre-order, retailer exclusive DLC can go jump off a damn cliff, as far as I'm concerned. If it's on the disc or sold day one, include it in the damn game. At least Mewtwo in Smash is a genuine, fairly sizeable download to add the new content to the game. Reply +1