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  • Jelly Deals: This week's Xbox Deals with Gold feature The Surge, Knight Squad and more

  • abeeken 07/02/2018

    Saw the Asura's Wrath pic in my RSS feed and got excited - come here and realise it's not back compat! Oh, why do you taunt me so! :'( Reply +1
  • SNES mini sales pass 4m

  • abeeken 01/02/2018

    @BobbyDeNiro Do you mean no stretching the image to fit the screen - oh, no no no! Black borders down the side to retain the original aspect ratio is essential!

    EDIT: Do agree about the pad cord length, but also glad that the fixing will work with the Wii remotes so I can use it on my VC games.
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  • abeeken 01/02/2018

    I picked one up from Sainsbury's at the weekend - glad I did, lovely little machine. Really enjoying exploring the included games with my kids as well as some... ahem... others that SOMEHOW got their way onto the system... Reply +18
  • Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite flops

  • abeeken 01/02/2018

    @Mr.Spo I had a train journey to Edinburgh once from my home in Lincoln and installed Dark Souls on my work laptop to play (with a wired 360 controller). Really great for gaming on the go, but I couldn't help thinking "I wish this was on something the size of a Vita so I didn't have to take up the whole table" Last work trip was just after the Switch came out, and spending the journey and time in the hotel playing Breath of the Wild was tremendous. It may not be very powerful, but what that machine does far outweighs the push for 4K on PS4 and XBox One, in my opinion (and for those negative Nancies, I own both of those machines as well and game equally across all platforms. Not biassed) Reply +6
  • abeeken 01/02/2018

    @wingzerosys This seems to be a recurring theme with Capcom fighting games - see also SFV which is now a superb game with the arcade and story modes. They cater too much to the pro fighting scene sometimes, I think, but I guess that's where their money is? Reply +4
  • abeeken 01/02/2018

    @Mr.Spo Okami on Switch would be wonderful - I much prefer playing big games on that system purely because I can pick it up and put it down easier than having to take the time to sit in front of my TV. Very much looking forward to taking Dark Souls on the go later this year, even though I know it's not going to be the best version on the market. Sometimes it's not all about fidelity. Reply +8
  • abeeken 01/02/2018

    Now, I don't necessarily think USF2 was "awful", but it was most certainly dramatically overpriced for what it was.

    Not surprised that MvCI is a flop - very uninspired.
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  • Nintendo Switch is getting Dark Souls Remastered

  • abeeken 11/01/2018

    Oh my days. I will be buying this again... Reply +10
  • Destiny 2 will bring back Bungie's unloved Valentine's event

  • abeeken 10/01/2018

    @hennagoinmad I'm probably not seeing it as an MMO at the moment - I'm enjoying the story part of it and dipping into the multiplayer stuff as and when I want to, like I would with, say, Dark Souls. I play that for the SP and MP when the mood takes me. I like D2 for the reason the MP and SP aren't distinct modes - they blend into one another. Will there be enough to keep me coming back once I hit the cap. Don't know - maybe as a casual "for fun" player, but I can't see myself devoting hours over to it with other games on the horizon. Reply 0
  • abeeken 10/01/2018

    You all make some reasonable points about why you're disappointed with the game, which is fine, but the negs for just asking a question? Wow. What salt. Excuse me while I get some chips. Reply 0
  • abeeken 10/01/2018

    So I never played Destiny but I've been playing D2 for a couple of weeks now and I really don't get the hostility towards it. Admittedly I'm not at the endgame yet and I'm only lvl 16, but I've enjoyed all the public events and crucible matches I've played and I'm enjoying the storyline in the main campaign. It's probably telling that I don't play a lot online and I find it refreshing that D2 takes a more passive, Dark Souls approach to multiplayer with emotes over voice chat, but I think it's very accessible and a lot of fun.

    If anyone can clear up what the issues are, I'd appreciate understanding why players get so pissed.
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  • Nintendo Switch hits 10m sales in nine months

  • abeeken 12/12/2017

    @stackpool Yeah, my eldest is 12 anf watches a lot of YouTube videos, but mainly Super Sentai stuff - he seems to be turning into a bit of an otaku! He's always been more methodical than his brother and is a bit more into PC games like Planet Coaster and The Sims. The youngest, though - he's more a fan of Mario and Minecraft at the moment. They go through phases. I'll be honest, I don't always get the "watching people play games thing" but then I can't REALLY talk as I'm currently watching a guy play Dark Souls 2 with a random item mod :D I don't make a habbit of it, though! Reply 0
  • abeeken 12/12/2017

    @stackpool Depends on whether I'm at a particularly long cutscene in Xenoblade ;) It's handy to be able to mill around and do stuff while they're on, for sure.

    Our youngest absolutely needs the locks, especially when his mates are round - he genuinely struggles to put down other consoles, but when the Switch gives him the countdown he turns off when he's supposed to. I appreciate not all parents need this and our eldest certainly doesn't, but we've found it a godsend for controlling both his screen time and his temper.
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  • abeeken 12/12/2017

    @stackpool Good lord, you can tell all of that from one comment on an internet article? You're a regular soothsayer, aren't you!

    EDIT: Seriously, if that's what you confer my parenting skills are like then you're woefully mistaken. Do you disagree with parental locks on consoles?
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  • abeeken 12/12/2017

    @Repsode To be honest, the online is alright. It works, it's smooth. I've played a ton of Rocket League, Arms and Splatoon 2 with a bit of Mario Kart thrown in for measure. There could be some QoL stuff in there that the Bone and PS4 have but purely to play online with other people, for some quick, fun games - it's fine. Reply +1
  • abeeken 12/12/2017

    @grassyknoll Curious - I know that there are definintely issues with the left Joy Con but I've only just recently been able to replicate them in my own environment - we noticed when someone was sat a specific and honestly abnormal distance away that the left stick stopped responding correctly. This is a new one for me, though. Reply 0
  • abeeken 12/12/2017

    @grassyknoll I'll be honest, it's not something I've noticed and I tend to play things like Sonic Mania and Shovel Knight exclusively on the DPad - are we sure this isn't just Steam not reading the controller correctly? Reply +3
  • abeeken 12/12/2017

    @grassyknoll What's the pro-controller issue? Reply +2
  • abeeken 12/12/2017

    @fatbob1080 I mean, you are entitled to your own oppinion, but I think this is genuinely an innovation for gaming. My first console was the OG GameBoy and, at that point, I was 100% a PC gamer (well, Amiga at the time). I've always had a fondness for portable gaming but this is genuinely like nothing else - the seamlessness of moving from TV to handheld is incredible, when I can pick the machine up mid game to go and make a cup of tea and keep on playing Xenoblade while the kettle boils, returning to the TV when I'm ready; the seamlessness of the suspend/resume means I'm not telling my kids to wait while I find a save point; the parental controls are some of the best I've ever seen! It truly is, imo, a breath of fresh air in a hobby that is becoming fixated purely on who has the bigger numbers. Is it as powerful as a Pro or a Bone X? No, it's not. But it's a hell of a lot of fun. Reply +30
  • abeeken 12/12/2017

    @steuph It's telling that I put 30 hours into Zelda and 15 into Mario over the course of a few days, purely down to that portability. Likewise Rocket League, more than I ever played it on PS4 and the fact that I've barely scratched the surface of Horizon (which is still a fabulous game) it's indicative of just how easy it is to pick up and play. As a busy parent it's superb. Reply +4
  • abeeken 12/12/2017

    The Switch is truly what I hoped the Wii U would be and the console I've wanted for years - a hybrid portable/TV gaming unit that can play high quality titles. Sure there are drawbacks to this approach, from limited (but expandable) on board storage, a reliance on battery life and a reduction of quality for some AAA cross platform, but it's had a huge and solid library, a decent focus on local multiplayer and some genuinely surprising innovations. Wonderful. Reply +11
  • There's a Harry Potter narrative-based RPG in the works

  • abeeken 12/12/2017

    Oh yeah, a Harry Potter RPG would be awes... oh, it's a Smartphone game... never mind... Reply +18
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch

  • abeeken 11/12/2017

    @CatBusStop Arcade perfect Street Fighter games on a portable. That's... yeah, go back and tell my 14 y/o self that and he'd laugh in disbelief. Reply +6
  • abeeken 11/12/2017

    @Whitster I can see that this is a focus on the 2D games. It would have been nice to see some more variants of those, however, like the GameBoy Advance versions of SSF2T and SFA3 which stuck some different stages and characters into the mix. But, yeah, I'm fully on board with this. Reply 0
  • abeeken 11/12/2017

    Get in my Switch now! I'm a massive SF2 fan (I still remember the excitement when a new arcade opened in my city with a SSF2T cabinet) and I was hovering around maybe getting USF2 but it can go jump in the sea, frankly. Soooo glad I'll be able to get my SF3: Third Strike on without having to reconnect my Dreamcast! This is what I want from archive collections; I don't particularly care that there are different versions of all the games, that's part of the appeal for me. The galleries, sprite viewers and the like are icing on the cake! What a collection! Reply +11
  • How today's games could look and run better on future consoles

  • abeeken 11/12/2017

    @-Eklmejlazy- I think Forza 6 on Windows 10 uses dynamic scaling? I do remember trying out the Beta but my GTX660 couldn't cope with it and ended up running it very smoothly but at 1/4 speed, so it was all in slow motion. Not great! Reply 0
  • abeeken 11/12/2017

    If todays games run better in next gen I hope it's down to good backwards compatibility - I'd like to see the trend of remasters starting to disappear as we move forwards and back compat become a given feature of new machines. Reply +2
  • Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2017 voting

  • abeeken 08/12/2017

    @diver_gr Isn't is Middle Earth: SoW, not LotR? Reply 0
  • abeeken 08/12/2017

    @Dysonism It's a lot of fun. I did a review here: http://nextgengamingblog.com/blog/dropmix-review/

    Availability seems greatly improved since it first launched - you could only find it in Game, but almost all of the sets are available on Amazon now, except for Oroborus which is a Game exclusive.

    It's VERY expensive, though, at least for the base set, but there is a community building up around playing with different drafting techniques to create unique decks on the fly and there's certainly tournament potential for the deck building.

    Replayability is decent and with potential - the base game is simple to pick up and reasonably quick to play so you can get in a few games in a given session, and there's a party mode as well. There's a lot of potential for Harmonix to expand this at an app level and add more features and game modes without having to relaunch the board and cards, though, so you could see this as a potential - there's already been an update which adds more deckbuilding options as well as a firmware for the board itself which seems to have sped up reading the NFC chips.

    Really good.
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  • abeeken 08/12/2017

    Been working on this for a couple of months now for an article of my own.

    Zelda
    Mario
    Hellblade
    Horizon
    Nioh

    Full top ten is the above plus:

    Dropmix
    Metroid: Samus Returns
    Snipperclips
    Arms
    Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    It has been a superb year for games!
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  • Beyond Good & Evil 2 characters, ships, story detailed

  • abeeken 08/12/2017

    I can't help but be suspicious of all this online malarkey - a part of me feels like it's a cynical way to sell us microtransaction crap.

    I'm also really not into the tone they're setting for this game with the sweary animals - no, no, no... BG&E was a great PG13/12A Sci-Fi adventure story with some great emotional depth. You don't need f-bombs and decapitations to tell a great tale.

    Finding it very, very hard to get excited for this which is disappointing considering it was a game I was keenly anticipating at one point. The first is still a stone cold classic but this feels like it's going to be a mess. I hope I'm wrong.
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  • Here's what the new Bloodborne comic looks like

  • abeeken 06/12/2017

    @benfresh76 Oh definitely! Gascoigne is the first major challenge of the game for starting levels. The Cleric Beast is physically more intimidating but a lot easier in comparison. I do find that I try not to OP myself these days in Souls games, but it does make me realise how much grinding I did in early playthoroughs when some bosses walk me, purely because I'm used to tanking them! I'm personally getting back into Scholar of the First Sin at the moment, experimenting with a couple of deprived characters to see where I can take them. Want to start doing some more player summons too, as I've never really got into that side of things (I'm never that keen on playing with rando's) Reply 0
  • abeeken 06/12/2017

    @Ragnor The GotY edition is frequently in sales these days and is worth it for the extra content. The DLC area is a nails challenge but has some great weapons and armour available in it. Reply +1
  • abeeken 06/12/2017

    @benfresh76 I think the good thing about Bloodborne is how it forces you to learn its mechanics in the opening section in Old Yarnham - if you can make it from the first lamp, through the streets and back round to the second shortcut you should have picked up the skills you need to apply to the rest of the game.

    Having said that, when you get to Nightmare of Mensis... :|
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  • abeeken 06/12/2017

    @Ragnor I don't think the mechanics are as deep as Dark Souls; there's less focus on armour and weapon types - all of the gear is unique, so you're not going to be looting a million broken swords and helmets from enemies - and if you want to play a magic build it's really, really hard as you only really start getting magic mid way into the game.

    But it's a lot more focussed on quick, intense combat with parry attacks (you use your gun to stun enemies mid-attack allowing you to do a critical) and I think in some ways I prefer the lore and setting to the Dark Souls games - it's far more oppressive and bleak.

    It certainly shares the DNA of Souls (including a cameo from a certain irritating DS NPC), but it's a very different beast. In all honesty it was the game that broke me into the Souls subgenre; I never really got into Demon's and Dark Souls, but Bloodborne grabbed me and wouldn't let go, and I went back to the other games on the back of it.
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  • Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess to launch on Android in 1080p

  • abeeken 05/12/2017

    @TinyKaiju The Switch isn't running Android, though, so surely there are less OS overheads on that device, meaning more hardware resources are freed up? Will be very interesting to see where this goes... Reply +6
  • abeeken 05/12/2017

    @Dismiss I recently picked up Galaxy on disc for a tenner from my local friendly retro game store, so I'd be less likely to double (probably more triple seeing as I used to have it back in the day) dip that, but NSMB Wii or Punch Out would be very desirable! Reply 0
  • abeeken 05/12/2017

    Wait, wait, wait... Isn't the Switch pretty much based on the Shield in some ways? So...? Wii V/C on Switch all but confirmed? Reply +9
  • Is Xenoblade Chronicles 2 too ambitious for Switch's mobile mode?

  • abeeken 05/12/2017

    @Barelyhomosapien I think it's fine. As much as I appreciate DF's analysis on a whole, minute pixel level dissections like this can sometimes do games a disservice. I do agree with your thoughts on Rocket League, it's a lot tougher in handheld than in TV mode - still a fantastic achievement for that little slab, though! Reply +6
  • abeeken 05/12/2017

    @jessevincent Just because you CAN have realistic graphics doesn't mean you SHOULD. Cartoon designs look great - it'd be boring if everything looked the same. Reply +5
  • abeeken 05/12/2017

    @Darren Yes! The story is really good (imo, obvs) especially in comparisson to the previous game which was almost TOO loose, despite having a wonderful world to explore. There's a great sense of agency to the story in XBC2 - of course, your mileage may vary, especially if you're not really into the kind of mad anime stuff it's channelling, and some of the cutscenes are great! Reply +2
  • abeeken 05/12/2017

    I spent about 4 hours with it last night after my copy finally turned up (thanks, Royal Mail) and I honestly thought it was fine. The graphics are stylised enough that you don't really notice and performance is generally very good. That said, I've only JUST got to the first open world area, however I was playing handheld when I did that and I thought, again, it looked and played fine. The voice acting is a bit risible, though, but I think the combat has been greatly improved over the last two, having ditched the horizontal bar for combat arts in favour of a more accessible button system. Also thank God there's none of the dire rap-rock from XBCX! Reply +1
  • Paladins unveils loot box cards like Star Wars Battlefront 2 and no one seems happy

  • abeeken 01/12/2017

    @n0signal See I think that Loot Boxes as a concept, a mechanic where random loot is dropped, particularly cosmetic items, isn't necessarily bad. When it gates progress or enhancement related items behind an RNG that either benefits the lucky or the rich is where it becomes problematic.

    Random loot drops have been the staple of ARPG's since the days of Diablo and even more recently Nioh has implemented the concept. It's a shame that the idea of the "Loot Box" is being tarnished by poor monetised elements.
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  • Bungie pulls tonight's livestream to confront Destiny 2 criticism

  • abeeken 29/11/2017

    @mega-gazz Yeah, I was going to jump into D2 as a lot of people I know are having a good old time with it and the microtransactions seemed far less nefarious than the likes of BF2, as it was purely decorative and not progress related. I'm a bit unsure now with all this crapola flying around... Reply +4
  • There's a new X-Files game coming out next year

  • abeeken 29/11/2017

    @JimmyDanger They totally messed up both the ending and Mulder in Season 10. Honestly, if Duchovny was going to play Mulder for laughs he might as well have not bothered showing up on set. And the final reveal that effectively undoes everything in the entire run of the series so far? Urgh. I hope they go back on that completely. Reply 0
  • After nine years, Demon's Souls' servers are going offline for good

  • abeeken 28/11/2017

    @beep Oh hell, Souls on my Switch would do my productivity right in. I got so obsessed with the whole series last year and it pretty much consumed almost six months of my life! Reply 0
  • Xbox Live Games with Gold December lineup announced

  • abeeken 23/11/2017

    @Rogueywon If I'm ever disappointed by a month on either this or PSN I remind myself that I'm choosing to do this and that the annual fee pretty much pays for itself with two or three solid titles over the 12 months. It's also good for smaller titles I may not have picked up. That's not to say there haven't been some shitty months for both services, though. Reply +13
  • abeeken 23/11/2017

    How does Child of Light play on a normal controller? I had it on Kinect way back when and it was a sublime game, but I never tried it on sticks and buttons; sold it with my Kinect as well. Reply 0
  • abeeken 23/11/2017

    @jabberwocky Yeah, I didn't get too far into BttF. Glad for the chance to revisit it; I'm currently playing through Psychonauts on back compatibility which is a genuinely refreshing experience given the current crappy state of AAA. Reply 0
  • The Switch's special year is set to end as it began, with another 100 hour classic

  • abeeken 23/11/2017

    @Mr.Spo
    it was at its best when you were simply free to roam and chart and explore the world
    Absolutely! One of the best worlds I've inhabited in a videogame, mainly because it felt so genuinely alien with its different biomes. I also felt a sense of not belonging as well which fed into the larger story of humans attempting colonisation.
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