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  • Warface open beta now available to all on Xbox 360

  • anephric 27/03/2014

    @superfurry It's pretty awful. Imagine an FPS from ten years ago and you're not far off. Shonky graphics, shonky aiming, shonky spawn protection (ie none)... Reply +1
  • Hideo Kojima explains why Metal Gear's protagonist is called Solid Snake

  • anephric 06/03/2014

    @Dolly Yup, I call bullshit. It's a blatant homage, John Carpenter even says Kojima asked his permission. Snake calls himself Pliskin, ffs. It's not subtle. Why has Kojima felt the need to be revisionist, is it his ego? Reply +17
  • Blockbuster back from the dead

  • anephric 28/02/2014

    There is a market for DVD rental, it's just niche. For example, my missus works in a kids home, and they're not allowed to subscribe to streaming services, so any entertainment for the kids has to be procured the old-fashioned, discs over-the-counter way. Since the local libraries stopped doing disc rentals when their budgets evaporated, Blockbuster was the only fallback, and then that went. I'm sure there are similar situations for prisons etc. Reply +6
  • Video: Wolfenstein takes the Tarantino approach to Nazis

  • anephric 24/02/2014

    End of the war desperation don't count, innit.

    Since there was an English SS brigade, they could kill two birds with one stone and have them be the baddies. Everyone would be happy then, nein?

    Being half-Italian myself, the most offensively historically unrealistic enemy I've ever fought in a game would be in the early levels of Medal of Honour: Airborne, where the Italian soldiers would actually stand their ground and shoot back, instead of jumping in their tank with 16 reverse gears and disappearing off behind the Aventine Hill.
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  • anephric 24/02/2014

    @Eldritch I didn't say there weren't cunts in the regular army, just that you had to be a special type of cunt to be SS. As irredeemable enemies go, I feel pretty comfortable with the SS being in the human cunt garbage bin. Same as the Khmer Rouge. Reply 0
  • anephric 24/02/2014

    @Smill110 I disagree somewhat. If the baddies are SS, as they tend to be in Wolfenstein, they're not rank and file Heer, they're tending towards the massacre-whole-villages, oh-what-a-lovely-totenkopf end of the scale. Reply +1
  • Rambo: The Video Game review

  • anephric 21/02/2014

    It should be noted, in the original novel of First Blood, Rambo slaughters everyone. They changed it for the film to make him sympathetic.

    Of course, he also dies in the novel, so they change that shizzle too.
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  • CandySwipe dev: King "taking the food out of my family's mouth"

  • anephric 13/02/2014

    Bunch of cunts + huge amount of cash = bunch of even bigger cunts.

    The legal system is massively skewed towards those with the most means.
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  • This is how Rambo: The Video Game looks

  • anephric 06/11/2013

    @TestosteRohne But in the novel Rambo kills EVERYONE. And then dies. Morell said he liked the fourth film because that's what the first one should've been like.

    Make of that what you will. First Blood's the only decent one in the series, although the others are good for funnies. Personally, I think this looks amazing, but I loved Sega's arcade game.
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  • Sega "investigating concerns" after Russian distributor pulls Company of Heroes 2

  • anephric 06/08/2013

    The Russians should feel relieved the devs didn't include "Rape entire female population of Berlin" as a strategic option. Reply +45
  • GamesMaster: The Inside Story

  • anephric 04/06/2013

    At the risk of being not in on the joke, the picture of Dave Perry avec even bigger goons with the caption "No idea" - they're the promo people from when Street Racer came out on Snes/MD.

    I'll get me coat...
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  • Freedom Fighters retrospective

  • anephric 11/11/2012

    If you've still got an Xbox1 lying about to play it on, this is one of the few games that runs at 720p on it (only if your Pal box is modded, obviously). Reply +1
  • Off-screen video of Sony's Gran Turismo at 4K resolution demo

  • anephric 18/10/2012

    @ATARI

    3D's off the table because Sony, for one, have pretty much given up on it after pushing it strongly for years. No-one really buys 3D software, certainly for films, less so for games but still insignificant numbers. As you say, glasses-free 3D is what the people that ARE interested in 3D want, but even then you have to consider that 3D is a divisive technology - a lot of people (more than 1 in ten) have problems even viewing it.
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  • Night and the City

  • anephric 17/10/2012

    I wish Team Bondi had done a Getaway set in 1950s Lambeth so I could do something like this with my dad and tell my one and only anecdote about him drinking in a club with Frankie Fraser. Reply +3
  • A Horse Named Gizmondo: The Inside Story of the World's Greatest Failed Console

  • anephric 06/08/2012

    I picked up a Gizmondo when they were out to clear for 10 and always liked its chunky design, like a nugget of Dairy Milk. It was designed by Rick Dickinson, wasn't it? I remember a big article in Edge with him talking about it. Reply 0
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 theme composed by Trent Reznor

  • anephric 10/07/2012

    Unless Celldweller do something as cool as the Quake theme, then you're WRONG. Reply +1
  • Retrospective: Star Wars Episode I Racer

  • anephric 12/02/2012

    If you want to play the Sega arcade cab, they have LOADS at Disneyland Paris as you come out of the Star Tours ride. Reply +3
  • F2P coming to 360 next year report

  • anephric 12/04/2011

    MS should make ALL older games free to play on Silver, like they did with Shadowrun and those other GFW titles for a bit. Once it's more than two years old - F2P for Silver. Reply 0
  • EA founder owes IRS $20m

  • anephric 28/03/2011

    Is that back duty due on 3DOs? Reply +1
  • Wahlberg takes lead in Uncharted movie

  • anephric 24/11/2010

    Exactly. Mark Wahlberg has never, EVER been funny in a film. ONCE he vaguely approached charismatic, but backed off at the last second. Why would you pass up Fillion in favour of him? A piece of me's just died inside. Reply +18
  • Retrospective: The Need for Speed

  • anephric 21/11/2010

    Isn't there a code for the 3DO version that lets you get a few extra FPS out of it by removing the rear-view and the dash instruments? I seem to remember doing that. Reply 0
  • 3DTV in every home in 8-9 years Perry

  • anephric 05/11/2010

    Apple will never make a console? What the hell was the Pippin then? Reply +2
  • Retrospective: American McGee's Alice

  • anephric 27/09/2010

    "The most unfortunately named man in gaming managed to nail the atmosphere of Carroll's fevered, lightly sprained imagination, and bring out the implicit horrors that you can see when you re-read Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass."



    Most Carroll scholars would disagree with you. Jonathan Miller was much more on the mark with his adaptation and its woozy wordplay, however cheaply it was conceived. McGee's Alice is more like someone adolescently railing against the cuteness of the Disney version, as Tim Burton later made us suffer through. Oooh, it's so goth.
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  • anephric 26/09/2010

    I can't stand emo-goth "reimaginings" like this. Lewis Carroll is vitiate enough thank you without having sub-McFarlane RABBITS with DROOLING LEERING FACES.



    Reply +4
  • Retrospective: Another World 15th Anniversary Edition

  • anephric 25/04/2010

    I only got through Another World at the time with a guide, and that came after dozens of hours of trying to get through it. I used to put it on, listen to the Amiga drive gristle and grind like Gerard Butler chewing on a wasp for five minutes just to watch the intro.



    The feeling, even though it was slightly cheaply gotten, of completing the game and watching the simply beautiful end has never left me. I was obsessed with this as a teenager. I even like bits of Heart of the Alien. Sadly, by the time Heart of Darkness came out, I was more into shooting people in the face.
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  • Banging the DRM

  • anephric 14/04/2010

    Do not copy this game. Reply +8
  • Bungie recalls "brutal" Halo 2 crunch

  • anephric 12/04/2010

    Wasn't a big reason why Ed Fries left MS to do with him bending over backwards for Bungie when Halo 2 got delayed? Reply 0
  • Halo 2 E3 demo was "smoke and mirrors"

  • anephric 12/04/2010

    Maybe Bungie should've spent a bit less time playing volleyball. Reply 0
  • GAME to shut down 43 shops in the UK

  • anephric 27/02/2010

    "On a related note, every game I've bought in the last 3 years has either been from amazon, play, or from the small chain of Playtime videogames stores. I don't know how widespread they are, but the Playtime in Nottingham seems to import American DS games like Layton/Phoenix Wright months before their release in Europe, which is a great, and as it's staffed by the same 3 guys you always get honest advice."



    Sadly, the Playtime in Derby closed down a few months ago. Which is a shame, as I always bought anything I was gonna get from the high street from there rather than Game or GS. I used to go into the local GS a lot since I knew the staff pretty well and they were all gamers and would put stuff aside for me (like if people were trading in hucards or stuff like that). Don't go in there much since it was refitted after Game bought them.



    I was a manager at a Blockies a few years ago, and it was my job to browbeat the staff about pushing the deals for that week, including the games deals. I never, ever got the staff to push something they weren't comfortable with selling or tried to get a punter to buy a crap game (I was the only one with games knowledge so that section became mine by default). Well, alright, I may have sold someone on the idea of Blade 2, but they MET ME HALFWAY, like a gazelle or something. I lasted all of six months in that job and was getting moaned at constantly by area management that I wasn't meeting the deals targets and that I couldn't be the staff's "friend".
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  • Retrospective: Aliens vs. Predator Classic 2000

  • anephric 14/02/2010

    "Not only because it was a terrible film, but because there was something great about the two separate stories having their crossover confined to the realms of videogames."



    Well, the Dark Horse comics are the source material for them all...
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  • Xbox Indie Games Roundup

  • anephric 25/01/2010

    Redeemed code no 4 thank you kindly. Reply 0
  • anephric 24/01/2010

    ^ All the above codes have been redeemed Reply 0
  • anephric 24/01/2010

    Leave Home

    Arkedo Swap!

    Arkedo Jump!

    Arkedo Pixel

    Johnny Platform

    Ninja Bros

    Tobe's Vertical Adventure (now it's been patched)



    These are all quite excellent and demanding of your money. Buy them now.
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  • Retrospective: Steel Battalion

  • anephric 11/01/2010

    This sat on the shelves in my local Another World (RIP) for months and no-one was buying at their price (something like 150 for the import version). I was a shiftless waster at the time and promised myself when I got a new job I'd buy it. So I did. And happily on that day Another World decided to knock some money off it too, so I got it for about 120.



    Happy times. My girlf got very annoyed that it was set up permanently on the coffee table. Such are the trials of living with a twat.
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  • Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond

  • anephric 11/01/2010

    And in North Haverbrook. Reply +16
  • Standard Def: The Forgotten Generation

  • anephric 25/07/2009

    It also depends on source material, i.e. an ugly-ass low-bitrate channel that looked bad at 32" is going to look much worse at 42" through an interlaced composite input. Reply +2
  • anephric 25/07/2009

    "If there's anybody out there still with an SD TV playing Xbox 360 games, I really cannot recommend highly enough the buying a decent fully wired RGB SCART cable to replace the crappy composite one that comes in the box."



    What you'll find is that there are quite a few people with the last generation of reasonably top-spec CRTs (like Philips or Toshiba) that are capable of 480p/576p and which look pretty nice in SD. For games like Cod4 and the like that aren't rendering natively at 720p and above, the difference is neglible anyway, imo I reckon CoD4 looks worse on my plasma and my mate's LCD than it did in 480p on my CRT.



    Anyhoo. I wasn't tempted to upgrade my CRT for years simply because it had cost me so much and most of my games looked really nice, with none of the drawbacks of plasma or LCD. I only upgraded when I bought a PS3 for teh bloo-rayz.
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  • anephric 25/07/2009

    This is interesting because for a very long time I was running my 360 in 480p on a CRT, and I was positive I wasn't getting slowdown in games like Tomb Raider Legend that my friends were in 720p. Similarly, running Lair in 576p seemed to reduce framedrops a lot.



    It must have been my imagination.
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  • Bleszinski on Dark Corners SP and Natal

  • anephric 20/07/2009

    I'd "dig" the SP content more if I didn't have to buy it with MP maps I'm never going to use, but what the hey. They've dropped the price a bit and it'd probably be 800 points on its tod anyway. Reply 0
  • Retrospective: Star Wars: Republic Commando

  • anephric 13/07/2009

    ^ The revisionism in this thread is going too far now. It wasn't even ahead of similar squad games like Argonaut's SWAT or the Conflict games, let alone console Rainbow Six. Strip away the SW livery and you're left with a competent, if inappropriately grungy, SW shooter with largely pointless squad mechanics. Reply +2
  • anephric 12/07/2009

    This was an average game at the time and is even less remarkable now. It was a trudge to play through compared to contemporaneous squad shooters - it must be twice as trudgeworthy now.



    As for Pariah, I never even finished the campaign before I traded it in. It was glitchy as fuck on Xbox and equally as boring.
    Reply -5
  • Mirror's Edge DLC is free on PS3

  • anephric 13/07/2009

    Shouldn't it be free on Marketplace then, since MS said if it was free on other platforms... Reply 0
  • Aliens vs. Predator

  • anephric 01/07/2009

    "...did nothing to endear me to Geiger's scampering Xenomorphs."



    It's Giger, not Geiger. Everyone gets that wrong :p
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  • No Aliens: Colonial Marines this year

  • anephric 16/06/2009

    I don't mind waiting if it doesn't run like crap, like the console BIA:HH. Reply 0
  • E3: Milius Homefront role clarified

  • anephric 02/06/2009

    You say that, but he still managed to make Rough Riders fairly recently, which is terrific. Reply 0
  • Prince turned down Guitar Hero deal

  • anephric 01/05/2009

    I'm a fan of Prince's music but the man is a cock to his fans - see how he treated some fan sites recently, for example. Reply 0
  • Gears 2 cheaters' Gamerscores wiped

  • anephric 29/04/2009

    "What CoD4 cheating are they referring to? Just the glitching? I hardly see that anymore, but then I only play hardcore, maybe it happens a lot on the other modes?"



    I imagine they're finally going to do something about the modded controller gimps. I think Treyarch already have in WaW.
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  • Virtual On for XBLA priced, dated

  • anephric 27/04/2009

    ^ I can't see them redrawing all the sprites for Garou. Look how long SFIIHDRemix took to materialise. Reply 0
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

  • anephric 21/04/2009

    "In Hollywood it's all about the domestic box office. If you don't break even there, the movie's a flop regardless of whether it ends up scraping into the black five years later. Universal got burned on Serenity as well as Riddick, so I doubt they'd rush down that road again."



    Yeah, but then again you have films like The Island that flopped domestically but did boffo box office outside the USA. I daresay Michael Bay didn't get his bum smacked too hard when that film took five times its domestic take worldwide.



    Riddick did okay-to-goodish overseas, and was in the black by the time of the DVD release (which shifted a lot of units), let alone HD-DVD/blu etc.
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  • anephric 20/04/2009

    Chronicles of Riddick actually made Universal a profit, when DVD/TV sales and such are factored in. Not enough to warrant another budget splurge like the second movie, but enough for them to consider bankrolling another modestly budgeted Riddick film, I imagine.



    I spend a lot of my time defending this film in various threads. Someone has to.





    Someone has to.
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