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  • Shenmue's english language voice actor reprises his role as Ryo

  • berelain 02/07/2015

    Excuse me. I'm looking for Liu barber and hair salon.

    Oh gods. I hope there's an option to USSR the Japanese voice acting :/
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  • Nier is the rare game that gets better with age

  • berelain 28/06/2015

    I truly love NieR. It's one of my favourite games of the last generation as well; it dared to be different, and embraced melancholy long before Dark Souls popularised it. The fact that you learn different things about the world each time you play through it, thanks to the way it subtly reveals more facts with each ending, makes it one of those rarely replayable titles.

    And the soundtrack! Yonah's theme still haunts me to this day.

    And the exceptional text adventure thrown into the midst. And the Resident Evil section. And...
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  • Warner suspends Batman: Arkham Knight PC sales

  • berelain 25/06/2015

    what a monumental clusterfuck. It maybe wouldn't be as bad if previous Wb releases hadn't also been subjected to godawful PC versions, but they seem to be getting worse and worse. Glad I didn't pick up Arkham Knight just yet (too busy with The Witcher 3 anyway) because I would have gone for the PC version, especially given how good the PC version of Arkham City was. But this is just utterly diabolical. Reply +3
  • Batman: Arkham Knight review

  • berelain 23/06/2015

    " the moments of meta-textual insanity where you realise the medium of gaming itself is being used to bamboozle you"

    That sentence bamboozled me.
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  • Zelda: Triforce Heroes' campaign won't support two-player mode

  • berelain 20/06/2015

    This is a joke, right? Right. Gotta be. Because seriously... What the hell? Reply +4
  • Don't hold your breath for PS4 backwards compatibility

  • berelain 19/06/2015

    Always knew this would be a problem with the PS3's weird architecture. The only reason early PS3's had backwards compatibility was because they incorporated parts of the PS2's Emotion Engine to make it work properly - and I can't see Sony throwing in a Cell processor into every PS4.

    In contrast, the relatively straightforward x86-based architecture of the Xbox 360 should be relatively simple to emulate, which is probably why Microsoft is able to do it with the Xbox One.
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  • Bethesda reveals first Doom gameplay

  • berelain 15/06/2015

    @bad09 I think I'm just bored of seeing crap like that now. Yeah, it'll be amusing the first time you do it. The twentieth time? The two hundredth? Not so much. Reply +1
  • berelain 15/06/2015

    DOom looks awesome. But E3 audiences get worse and worse. Cheering at all the cheesy death animations? Aren't we past that yet? I know Doom is always going to attract people for its gore, but for me what sings is the fluidity of the gameplay - I wasn't sure at first but as the demo went on I was more and more convinced by the flow of the gunfights and the constant stream of fairly numerous enemies. Looks like they've recaptured some of the old Doom magic here... I'm impressed. Reply +2
  • Microsoft's difficult choice at E3 2015

  • berelain 11/06/2015

    As a relatively early adopter of both PS4 and Xbox One, I can safely say that I've spent a lot more time with the One than with my PS4 - despite that fact that the majority of my gaming buddies have PS4s. And it all comes down to the games. The only exclusive PS4 titles I have are Killzone: whateveritscalled and The Last Of Us, the first of which is a by-the-numbers but very pretty shooter, the second of which is a rehashed previous-gen release. The other Sony exclusives just haven't bitten me at all, even though I've tried to give Infamous time to grow on me.

    With the Xbox One, I find the exclusives are far more compelling. Everything from Sunset Overdrive to the Master Chief Collection to Forza Horizon 2 and Ori and the Blind Forest have gripped me in ways that no PS4 exclusive title has. And when it comes to things like multimedia and home entertainment, the One's unified approach actually works very well - Its a simple thing, but the fact that I can just walk into the room, say "Xbox On" and the machine will turn on my TV, surround sound, Sky plus box and go straight to a TV channel without me needing to do anything else is a convenience I've grown rather attached to.

    As for the Xbox as a service... it's something I'm all for. I've long held that games need to move to a platform-independent model; I want to be able to buy a game once and play it on whatever device is more convenient for me at the time. Thats how it works with music and movies and TV these days, and any steps in that direction for gaming are welcome in my book.
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  • "Naturally there will be a large-scale project based on Darksiders"

  • berelain 11/06/2015

    I bloody loved Darksiders 2. I enjoyed the first game, and would have appreciated a remaster of that more, but I don't have too many qualms in picking up DS2 again if its a substantial improvement over the PC version of the original release.

    It doesn't look like it is so far, but shush...
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  • PS Now UK beta rental prices are pretty high

  • berelain 11/06/2015

    What the actual funk. That's outrageous :o I wouldn't pay those prices to rent a current gen game for a week, let alone pay that for a PS3 title.

    Now, if that was 9.99 to stream as many games as you like... for a month... that might tempt me. Even then, it'd be a tough sell.
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  • Resogun gets WipEout ships

  • berelain 10/06/2015

    Bah. This feels like Sony trolling its gamers.

    And there's no way I'm ponying up 3.29 for some skins in a game I never play. However... "free for season pass owners". There's a Resogun season pass? o.O
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  • Halo 5: There's good news and bad news

  • berelain 10/06/2015

    very disappointed that there's no split-screen. My cousin and I regularly go through the Halo games in co-op on Legendary, just because it's such a blast to play as a pair.

    Given that I don't play Halo online, splitscreen replays of the campaign is where I get my added value from with the game.

    That said, I'm a sucker for anything Halo, so you can bet your arse I'll be picking this up on launch day anyway.
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  • Brutal Doom mod dials up the original game's gore

  • berelain 08/06/2015

    How customisable is this mod? There are some elements I love the look of (mostly the gore, and lighting effects) but other that I really dislike - dual-wielding weapons and those awful looking machine guns, and the kick mechanism, namely. If I can turn those options off, then this is a must-have for me. Reply 0
  • Everyone thinks Fallout 4 is out this year

  • berelain 04/06/2015

    I just hope Bethesda has finally moved away from the creaking old Gamebryo engine that hamstrung Fallout 3 and Skyrim, but they probably haven't. When modern games can produce massive, open worlds (like The Witcher 3) without any load times, no gated off cities or loading transitions for doors, just a seamless, explorable whole, it really shows how dated the engine that Bethesda has been using is.

    If they've finally moved on in Fallout 4... then HOO-RAY.

    I'll still buy it and play it to death either way, of course.
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  • Why would someone spend five years retranslating all of Final Fantasy 7?

  • berelain 01/06/2015

    There were some hilarious translations in the original release, and I'm glad someone has come along to do it justice - the strange thing is that many of the things he mentions and has altered have been implemented in later FFVII properties, such as Cait Sith talking in a Scottish accent in the english language dub of Advent Children, and Aeris being renamed Aerith in pretty much every single game she's mentioned in after FFVII's release.

    I'm genuinely excited by the prospect of playing through it again with a more accurate translation and some of those other mods you mention.

    Mind you, I'll be leaving Phoenix Downs and Moogles as they were originally, since they've been used in pretty much every other FF game and feel much more familiar now.
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  • Windows 10 launches in July

  • berelain 01/06/2015

    I've been using the insider builds for a while, and they're brilliant. A perfect merger of the best bits of 7 and 8 (shut up, naysayers, some of us actually liked 8) that should satisfy pretty much anyone. And its bloody quick. Reply +12
  • "Significant" DriveClub server upgrade paves way for long-awaited PS Plus Edition

  • berelain 01/06/2015

    I've flirted with the idea of buying the 20 version in the store, but flat-out refuse to until I've played the damn thing. If a PS Plus version ever materialises, the game will most likely get my money. But not until then. Reply 0
  • Need for Speed reboot requires online connection

  • berelain 29/05/2015

    The always-online requirement doesn't bother me too much, since my consoles / PC live on the internet anyway. But I just can't find any reason to be interested in this new NFS. I've bought every game since Underground and enjoyed them, to greater or lesser extent, but there's been a severe case of diminishing returns in the last few titles. Reply 0
  • PlayStation digital refund policy in spotlight on BBC's Watchdog tonight

  • berelain 28/05/2015

    Sony have terrible customer service; I was on the receiving end of it after my original 'fat' PS3 had the yellow light of death, and the refurbished one they replaced it with had the same yellow light within 24 hours of me receiving it, and the refurbished one the replaced that one with also yellow lighted within another week. It took a few hours of phone calls and a lot of frustration before they eventually agreed to send me a newer model PS3 instead of another refurbished 'fat' one, which clearly had a problem. That replacement is still going strong. Reply +3
  • What can we learn from The Witcher 3 "downgrade" fiasco?

  • berelain 26/05/2015

    Unless you're the kind of person that overly scrutinizes old trailers for games when they come out, I really don't think this particular case is such a big deal - I certainly can't remember how the Witcher 3 trailer from 2013 looked, and I'd never bother to look at it now, what with the game being out and everything.

    It's nowhere near the level of that infamously bad Killzone 2 'target footage' trailer, but I do agree that the prevalence of CG trailers, especially at E3, needs to stop. A CG trailer tells us nothing about the game; if you want to interest consumers the way to do it isn't with a snazzy cutscene, it's to actually show us the bloody game you're making.
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  • The Witcher 3 biggest UK launch of 2015 so far

  • berelain 26/05/2015

    Some faith in the UK gaming community restored.

    It's an incredible game from what I've played so far. I'm about 20 hours in and still feel like I've barely scratched the surface.
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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?
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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)
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  • 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 -_-
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  • 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