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  • Performance Analysis: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • berelain 20/05/2015

    I'm just glad I bought the PC version. I was expecting to be in for a rocky ride of adjusting settings in order to get good performance, but I was wrong - even my humble system (first gen Intel Core i7, Nvidia 660ti, 6GB RAM) can run the game at damn near maxed out settings in 1920 x 1080 at a solid 30fps, often more. I'm astonished by how well the PC version performs and how stable it is.

    And how bloody awesome it is as well.
    Reply +10
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review

  • berelain 18/05/2015

    PC version Downloaded and ready to start playing the minute it goes live. No sleep for me. Reply +5
  • Mortal Kombat X PC patch pulled after it deleted saves

  • berelain 06/05/2015

    The PC version is an absolute travesty. In order to get it running properly I have to max out the graphics settings and disable one of my processor cores. If I do that, i get mostly playable 30+ fps. If I turn the game to low or medium settings, and don't disable a processor, I get 15-20 fps.

    And the game still crashes randomly no matter what I do.
    Reply +14
  • Lost Planet 3 developer Spark Unlimited shutters game development

  • berelain 05/05/2015

    Its sad to see any developer go, but if the best they could do after 11 years in the industry and the funding of larger publishers like Capcom was Lost Planet 3 and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, then it's probably for the best. Reply 0
  • The 33 Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass

  • berelain 28/04/2015

    @blarty whilst I see what you're saying, I think you need to take into account that games are selling in greater numbers now than they were before - so the profit margins on each sale might be lower, but across the entire sales of the product may well balance out.

    Plus, films have also been getting more and more expensive to produce, but the retail value of movies has actually decreased, if anything.
    Reply +6
  • berelain 28/04/2015

    These Season Passes are getting ridiculous now. I've stopped buying all but the most highly regarded DLC for games these days, because it's just getting ridiculous. I don't mind paying for substantive expansions, but those seem to have fallen by the wayside - Skyrim's Dragonborn seems to have been one of the last of its kind. Nowadays your 15 DLC seems to get you a new level and a couple of skins, and thats about it. No thanks. Reply +38
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets new 1.6GB patch

  • berelain 22/04/2015

    Very much looking forward to replaying ODST in co-op. It feels so different from the other games, and gives such a different experience each time you play. Reply +2
  • Mad Catz co-publishing Rock Band 4

  • berelain 21/04/2015

    Harmonix handing downloadable sales and content.
    Should that be handling?
    Reply +1
  • Windows 10 release in July, AMD spills

  • berelain 21/04/2015

    Hurray!

    Actually, in all seriousness, I've been very impressed with Windows 10. I didn't dislike 8, but 10 brings all of the metro app goodness back to the desktop environment, and unifies everything together in a really smart way. It's especially good for someone like me who has a Windows desktop and tablet - the app and profile synching are really handy.
    Reply +34
  • Mortal Kombat X review

  • berelain 20/04/2015

    Everyone claiming that Mortal Kombat is the only fighter with a story these days - I point you in the directions of Dead or Alive 5 (which had a ridiculous, convoluted, but nevertheless present) story mode, and BlazBlue / Persona 4 Arena (which have extensive story modes featuring multiple endings and branching paths for each character).

    I do find it rather disappointing that half of this review is spent commenting, albeit loosely, on the racism and sexism present in the game (or rather, not-as-present-as-it-was-in-the-previous-game), when there's precious little time devoted to other aspects of the game. Like, for example, the gameplay, and how the new characters play, how stage interactions work, and the fact that a Faction War game mode even exists.

    Personally, I'm quite enjoying the game. It's still a bit clunky compared to other fighters, but there's a certain flow to it that works when you get into it's more bombastic approach and hard-hitting moveset. Combos do seem to be rather pre-baked, it's difficult to string together your own combo attacks, and the game could do with a much better tutorial to introduce it's new mechanics, but it works well enough. The new characters aren't overly exciting; they're certainly not the most interesting newcomers to a fighting game franchise (although they're better than most of Street Fighter 4's additions).

    The Faction War stuff is surprisingly good fun, too. Having daily challenges and cycling Challenge Towers that award bonuses for your faction (along with a healthy dose of Koins) gives a good reason to keep coming back and playing the game.
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  • Top-down shooter Halo: Spartan Strike hits Steam, iPhone, iPad

  • berelain 17/04/2015

    Worth noting that the Windows 8 and Windows phone versions are cross-buy, which is rather a nice addition. Reply +3
  • Guitar Hero Live skips backwards compatibility as it reboots series

  • berelain 14/04/2015

    Guitar Hero Live feels a tad stingy.
    An Activision game feeling stingy? Nevar!

    I was always a Rock Band fan, and given that the new game is planning to support the old peripherals as well as tracks, I know where my money will be going. Plus, does Guitar Hero Live even have any kind of local multiplayer? The original GH and RB were at their best as drop-in, drop-out party games, not as solo experiences.
    Reply +5
  • Mortal Kombat X's dumbly enjoyable story puts other fighting games to shame

  • berelain 14/04/2015

    I've been saying this about storylines in fighting games for years, ever since BlazBlue's Story Mode went out of its way to remind people that we play games for characters and setting, not just for systems. Most fighters seem to be making the effort to put in this kind of story mode and single player entertainment - Dead or Alive 5 being a prime example.

    The notable omission, of course, is Street Fighter, which seems content to go out of its way to put in as few game modes as possible.
    Reply +1
  • Halo Online modders working to strip micro-transactions, release worldwide

  • berelain 07/04/2015

    @williamarthurfenton
    Pay to win is not good; releasing only in Russia is unfair. Therefore only a complete obsequious company-loving cretin will try and defend Microsoft.
    Firstly, we don't know the game is pay to win. So far, they're only talking about cosmetic items. So the pay-to-win part is pure speculation.

    Releasing only in Russia might seem unfair, but as the article states it's being funded by a Russian publisher and it's basically Halo 3's multiplayer mode, so the West has already got it and played it in various formats.

    And only someone who has a real bee in their bonnet about corporate supremacy would have such apparent support for what is, quite blunty, piracy.
    Reply +15
  • berelain 07/04/2015

    Yeah, this sounds a lot more like a hack than a mod.... given that the plan is to release a game stripped of monetisation options and in breach of a completely valid DMCA claim against it.

    Asshats. Yes, it's crappy that the game is (currently) Russian only, as there's clearly a market for it. But since it seems like a Russian publisher is partly funding the project, that explains a bit.
    Reply +20
  • The best Xbox One games

  • berelain 05/04/2015

    The Xbox One had a rough start, but this last year has been great. The only PS4 exclusive that has really drawn me in is Bloodborne, and it's expectedly brilliant, but I've been having a hell of a lot of fun with Forza Horizon 2, Titanfall, Sunset Overdrive and the Halo: Master Chief Collection on my Xbox One. And yes, I know the PC version of Titanfall is technically 'better', but I don't have a spare 50gigs on my hard drive for a game that I play for a quick blast every now and again. Reply +4
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D review

  • berelain 01/04/2015

    Nope, definitely sticking to this on emulation. Partly because I'm generally against the stupid 'New 3DS' - if Nintendo wanted to avoid the mistakes they made with the Wii U's name, calling their new handheld the 3DS AGAIN is going the wrong way about it - but mainly because the game looks glorious running in full HD. Yeah, there are still a few ropey textures that even the HD texture pack can't fix, but it's utterly beautiful.

    I find it ironic that in many ways the game wouldn't exist if not for the Wii - the platform's technical limitations making it cheaper to develop for than it's HD brethren - yet at the same time its a game that is so held back by the hardware it was designed for.

    In any case, it is an absolute masterpiece that needs to be played.
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  • It's over: PlayStation Home has closed

  • berelain 01/04/2015

    What a shame.

    Oh no, wait, it isn't.
    Reply +10
  • Sony hires unknown British writer for Metal Gear Solid movie

  • berelain 31/03/2015

    Don't you have *anything* else to add to the Metal Gear / Konami articles other than that same bloody Ground Zeroes 10 minute run? Anything? AT ALL? Reply +12
  • Video: Introducing The Eurogamer Show, weekly on Fridays

  • berelain 27/03/2015

    cool, something else for me not to watch ;D

    Seriously, I'm sure its great, I just don't have time for video content. I still believe this is better served under a separate banner (like Outside Xbox)
    Reply -2
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon World to upgrade game engine following negative reaction to trailer

  • berelain 23/03/2015

    Sounds like the development has gone through a couple of corkscrews before thundering into The Big One when it comes to problems. I hope that early trailer won't be a big Nemesis for them and they can make it The Ultimate Rollercoaster game.

    Sorry. But my head hurts and those were the best references I could come up with -_-
    Reply -1
  • See which retro game consoles can survive a 15 foot drop

  • berelain 21/03/2015

    what the fuck. If they didn't want those consoles, they could have gladly donated them to me. Reply +13
  • Looks like Gravity Rush Remaster is coming to PS4

  • berelain 20/03/2015

    Gravity Rush was awesome - so glad I bought a Vita for it! The controls could be a little fiddly, but the PS4 pad would actually lend itself to them very well. I'll probably end up buying it again... Reply +6
  • Making sense of Steam's refund policy

  • berelain 20/03/2015

    So basically, this 'Making Sense of Steam's Refund Policy' comes to the conclusion "we don't know"? ;) Reply +5
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD review

  • berelain 20/03/2015

    @Sora888 it should - but in the meantime you can buy it on PS4 and Remote Play it on the Vita :3 Reply +1
  • berelain 20/03/2015

    I think there's a weight of expectation issue here. Played knowingly as a PSP port, and not judged as some grand restart of the series. I'm having a lot of fun with Type-0, but then my expectations weren't overly high. Reply +7
  • Titanfall: One year on

  • berelain 19/03/2015

    I love Titanfall. I don't get chance to play it as much as I'd like, but I still love hopping on for a few quick rounds. There's no more satisfying multiplayer shooter around in my opinion. Reply +2
  • World Bank exec discovers son spent $4500 on FIFA packs

  • berelain 18/03/2015

    Parents are idiots. Particularly this parent, it seems. Why would you blindly hand over your credit card details to a 13-year old son? Moronic behaviour. MS provide ample parental security and account restrictions - I think the Xbox One even asks you about sorted them out when you first set it up - so to blame Microsoft is just a big fat fail. Reply 0
  • PS4 update 2.50 to add Suspend/Resume feature

  • berelain 12/03/2015

    FINALLY. Seems funny that one of the PS4's best features (Screenshots) came to Xbox One this week, and that one of the Xbox One's best features (suspend / resume games) is coming to the PS4 soon.

    Hurrah for cross-platform parity across (some) features :/
    Reply +2
  • Sony signals end of PlayStation Mobile

  • berelain 11/03/2015

    I played a Playstation Mobile game once.

    It was terrible.

    I never played another.
    Reply 0
  • Nyko's Xbox One "Intercooler" seems rather pointless

  • berelain 11/03/2015

    I've been looking for something that would help me ameliorate my heat dissipation concerns, and this will be just the trick.

    Seriously. What the hell.
    Reply +3
  • Titanfall DLC made free on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC

  • berelain 11/03/2015

    Need to get back into playing Titanfall. It's by far the most fun I've ever had with an online FPS. Reply +12
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number review

  • berelain 10/03/2015

    @nothough Although I don't review games any more, that was one thing I always made sure to include - paragraphs that focussed on the visuals, sound effects, music and presentation. The sound of a game is a huge part of its character, and it's frequently overlooked. Reply +6
  • Apple Watch prices range from 299 to 13,500

  • berelain 10/03/2015

    This article makes it sound as though the Apple Watch is the only Smart Watch that has ever been thought of.

    Sod the fact that Android Wear devices have been doing everything the Apple Watch can do for over a year now, and at half the price.
    Reply +41
  • Editor's blog: We've revised our editorial policy

  • berelain 09/03/2015

    "You'll start seeing them cropping up more frequently in our day-to-day coverage in the near future, but they should be pretty discreet."

    Sorry, but "BUY BAYONETTA 2 FROM AMAZON" In bright blue (incidentally, the colour theme of the EG site as well as a generic link colour, making it look like it's part of the site's overall design and navigation), right underneath an image of the game on a line all to itself is hardly discreet.

    Next it'll be Bayonetta 2 (Buy from Amazon) is a great game. Bayonetta herself (who stars in the game, which you can buy from Amazon) is a cool character. Bayonetta 2 (Buy from Amazon)is one of the best reasons to own a Wii U (Buy from Amazon).
    Reply +12
  • Cross-buy and wireless Xbox One controller play coming to PC

  • berelain 05/03/2015

    About time cross-buy came to Xbox / Windows. It's a unique feature that really could set the Xbox platform above PlayStation Network when it comes to versatility; I love having the ability to play a game on my PS4 and PS Vita (with Remote Play) so more options to do similar things can only be good. It's also a bit of another step towards gaming as a service, which is clearly the way the industry is going, whether people like it or not.

    With Xbox One, Windows 10 and Windows Phone 10 all using pretty much the same programming language and features, there's no reason we shouldn't be able to see games appearing on all three platforms, with cross-buy, cross-save and cross-platform play all in place. Now it's just up to developers to actually implement it -_-
    Reply +2
  • Sunset Overdrive's final add-on arrives 1st April

  • berelain 03/03/2015

    Another reason to play Sunset Overdrive again? I'm in. Reply +11
  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round review

  • berelain 25/02/2015

    I'd just like to add, again, that I have the Xbox One version and haven't experienced a single issue with it - playing it online, with Kinect, in single and multiplayer modes. Not a hitch.

    Edit: I mean playing with Kinect turned on and plugged in. Not playing the game with Kinect instead of a control pad. That'd be horrible.
    Reply +3
  • Now there's a Warhammer 40K MOBA

  • berelain 25/02/2015

    Sigh. No doubt this'll be another soulless cash-in on the license. Why in the world did Games Workshop farm the 40k license out to the lowest bidders? Reply +18
  • Anger over lack of local co-op in Resident Evil Revelations 2 on PC

  • berelain 25/02/2015

    @dogmanstaruk Er, yes. Some of us still have friends who like to come round, hang out, relax and play games. You know, at the same time. In the same room and everything. Reply +12
  • berelain 25/02/2015

    Fucking load of crap.

    I'm sick of developers doing this. If it can support split-screen on my console, why can't my PC - which is technically more powerful than my PS4 or Xbox One - do the same?

    For. Fucks. Sake.
    Reply +10
  • How Xenoblade Chronicles scales down to the 3DS

  • berelain 25/02/2015

    @Nikanoru whilst I agree that what you describe *can* be true in some games (Twilight Princess, for example, doesn't work as well in HD, because Nintendo designed it in such a way that the omnipresent fog masks a lot of the original hardware's limitations).

    But in Xenoblade's case - and many other games for that matter - I find the jump to HD brings out details that otherwise would have been missed in the original version of the game.

    I've regularly gone back and played Unreal at HD resolutions, and personally I think it looks fantastic - the textures still look good, and the bump in resolution makes it look clean and crisp and allows the original assets to shine through. Quake doesn't hold up quite as well, but the lighting engine does it a lot of favours.

    In any case, I doubt we're going to agree on this, so lets just agree to disagree and instead focus on the fact that Xenoblade Chronicles is a fantastic game that deserves to be played, no matter what resolution or format you play it in or on ;p
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  • berelain 24/02/2015

    @Nikanoru have you tried it? Because in my experience on Dolphin Xenoblade scaled beautifully - the environments were fresh and vibrant, far better than they looked on the Wii. Yes, it doesn't hold up compared to cutting edge PC games of the time, but it looks at least as good as any HD re-release of a PS2 game. Reply +4
  • berelain 24/02/2015

    This game is the reason I both love and loathe Nintendo. I sold my Wii a few months before it came out (damnit!) and doggedly clung to my 3DS in the hopes that I'd eventually pick up Fire Emblem... but still haven't. And now I'm at a dilemna.

    I want to play the game. Well, I have actually played half of it, on the Dolphin emulator, but it's a bit buggy. But I want to play it properly. So the question is... do I buy a New 3DS to play it? Do I pick up an old Wii and get it? Or do I invest in a Wii U to play it and the new Xeno game?

    ARRGH.
    Reply +1
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

  • berelain 24/02/2015

    Been playing the Xbox One version of this for a few days, and I've never encountered a single freezing or stalling glitch like the ones described here - have I just been lucky?

    In any event, I still love it. It's not the best 3D fighter out there (that title goes deservedly to VF5:FS) but it offers plenty of depth, loads of things to unlock, and a healthy smattering of fun.
    Reply +7
  • Troll deletes 11-year-old's Destiny characters

  • berelain 23/02/2015

    When my PS3 hard drive failed (in the days before PS Plus backups) I lost countless hours of progress on loads of games. Its painful, yes, but ultimately it's just a game, and your virtual achievements don't, in the end, count for anything.

    Also, this is another reason why I would never trust anyone with the Share Play features on the PS4. Even some of my best friends could be complete gits if they wanted to be...
    Reply +3
  • Mean Girls: The Game review

  • berelain 20/02/2015

    So, hang on. There's a new Kirby game out, a HD remaster of Farenheit, Raven's Cry, and a HD version of Might & magic 3 all yet to be reviewed by EG, and instead we get... Mean Girls for iOS? Really? Reply +2
  • The Order: 1886 review

  • berelain 19/02/2015

    Cue shock and surprise all round.

    Sigh. Sony really does need to pull out a good first party exclusive for the PS4. I love my PS4, but it's been gathering dust since Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset Overdrive lured me over to the Xbox One.
    Reply +12
  • Guilty Gear Xrd review

  • berelain 19/02/2015

    I'm very tempted... but then I still haven't picked up BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, and I always preffered the BlazBlue series to Guilty Gear. Still... might have to give this a try. I just hope Baiken gets re-added. I could never user her very well, but she was an awesome character. Reply 0
  • Sonic Boom games shifted just 490,000 copies

  • berelain 12/02/2015

    Probably because the games were rubbish, dumb, and released on the wrong consoles. Reply -3