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  • Is it too late to start playing Hearthstone?

  • berelain 26/08/2015

    I enjoy the strategy of collectible card games, but I absolutely detest the pay-to-win aspect. It's the main thing that has stopped our gaming group playing more CCGs - inevitably one player would get more 'into it' than the others, spend more money on cards, and end up with a much better deck of more powerful cards to field against everyone else.

    The only enjoyable games I've played of Magic: The Gathering (for example) are games when each player is forced to use one of the premade starter decks, because they are the only ones where everyone is on a level playing field.

    Hearthstone, sadly, doesn't seem any different, so I can't see myself getting into it now, or ever.
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  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition free via Xbox Games with Gold in September

  • berelain 25/08/2015

    Took Microsoft a long time to catch up, but the free monthly offerings are consistently better than PS Plus's at the minute - three full priced retail games and one indie title up against another smattering of indie games from Sony. Both have their merits, but at the minute I do think Microsoft are doing a good job of making Xbox Live Gold seem like better value for money. That said, they've been lagging behind for years, so it was about time. Reply +2
  • How to unlock 'very high' quality in Windows 10's Xbox One streaming app

  • berelain 13/08/2015

    I've only used it a couple of times so far, but not had any issues with it. It works better than Steam in-home streaming does for me, and was perfectly playable (I just did a couple of quick races on Forza Horison 2).

    BTW EG, your screenshots seem to be a bit out-of-sync - the third image (not sure what game that's from?) the girl is in a completely different position in each shot?
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  • Larian heads back to Kickstarter for Divinity: Original Sin 2

  • berelain 12/08/2015

    Loved the first game, and was very glad to have backed it. Yes, the story was forgettable, but the combat system was superb and there were some brilliant touches. Interested to see what they do with a sequel. Reply +5
  • The Taken King makes huge and important changes to Destiny

  • berelain 05/08/2015

    Certainly sounds promising. Enough to tempt me back? Not for 40. Reply +3
  • 129 Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller nearly half price at Amazon

  • berelain 04/08/2015

    That is slightly tempting at that price - in fact it makes the pad not *that* much more expensive than a DualShock 4... Reply +3
  • Why From Software's worst game is worth learning from

  • berelain 03/08/2015

    I loved the original Steel Battalion, but as much as I loved the premise of Heavy Armour the game just flat-out didn't work. I eventually gave up after about 20 attempts to switch my ammo type - every time I reached up to tap the button to switch the Kinect assumed I wanted to pull down the periscope or something equally unrelated.

    Great idea, and the crew stuff should definitely be revisited - but in a game not burdened down with control issues.
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  • The Witcher is getting a pen-and-paper RPG

  • berelain 30/07/2015

    I was with this up until the point where it mentioned the Fuzion rule set. I've played a few games with the system (even created my own once) and it's a horribly clunky affair.

    However it turns out, I hope we get something gritty and deadly. It needs to be a game with plenty of horror, and where characters can die pretty easily. Like Warhammer FRP 1st edition or MERP, perhaps.
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  • PlayStation Store Summer Sale starts today

  • berelain 29/07/2015

    The sale is pretty lacklustre at best. Guilty Gear is the only one that even vaguely appeals. Reply 0
  • Skyforge giveaway two!

  • berelain 27/07/2015

    I played a few hours of the Open Beta the other night, and it's pretty fun. Looks good, combat is fairly enjoyable, and might be worth keeping an eye on. Reply 0
  • Face-Off: God of War 3 Remastered

  • berelain 24/07/2015

    Nice to see that they mostly hit 1080p / 60fps... Shame it's still God of War 3, really. One playthrough was enough for me, thanks. I find the whole series to be an overrated pile of button-mashing garbage that only exists to feed the puerile delight of seeing intestines spill all over the place. Give me Bayonetta or Devil May Cry any day; at least those games have combat systems with some depth. Reply -1
  • Dark Souls 3 is familiar, and that's fine

  • berelain 23/07/2015

    Drangleic, isn't it? ;)

    I like the look of DS3 though. I loved Bloodborne, but the art style wasn't my cup of tea; I always preferred the melancholy ruin of the Dark Souls series. And I have no reason to doubt that DS3 will be exceptional.
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  • It sounds like Xbox One will get mouse support

  • berelain 23/07/2015

    @williamarthurfenton Whilst I'm hesitant to agree with XbDf here, I would join his argument - I personally find games more enjoyable to play with a control pad. I'm more of a PC than console gamer these days, but I still play the vast majority of games - including FPS titles - with a controller. I'm not arguing that its technically 'better' to use a keyboard and mouse, but I personally prefer to use a pad.

    Hell, I even played Xcom with a controller - much to the astonishment of my mates. I'd be hesitant to play an RTS with a controller - though that said, Red Alert 3 was okay on Xbox 360 - but I'm not arrogant enough to think that you need a specific device in order to play a certain genre of games 'properly'. Sure, if you're going for professional level gaming, you want the best tools for the job. But for anyone who just likes to game for, y'know, fun, I don't see that it matters.
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  • berelain 23/07/2015

    Sounds excellent to me. I already stream from my gaming PC to my Surface, but if I can do it to the Xbox as well.. sounds good. Reply +19
  • The Amiga is 30 years old today

  • berelain 23/07/2015

    I miss my Amiga. Mine had a hard drive (a massive 512mb!) and modem and everything.

    It was an amazing games console. Best games for it in my book were HeroQuest, Walker, Shadow of the Beast, Cannon Fodder, Worms Directors Cut, The Chaos Engine, Silkworm, Hired Guns, Dogfight (a wonderful little game that had us in stitches for hours) and the Best Multiplayer Game Ever Conceived - Blob Kombat.

    But far and away the greatest game for the Amiga was Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight.
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  • BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend coming to Europe

  • berelain 21/07/2015

    @Bloodfont I know what you mean, but I do think you have to consider the amount of content you get. Each of the BlazBlue upgrades has been fairly meaty - a few new characters, of course, but most of all new game modes and story modes, which are often very deep and offer plenty of content for both single and multiplayer.

    Capcom, meanwhile, give you an Arcade mode, training, and online, and that's about all they can be bothered with.
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  • berelain 21/07/2015

    Pretty sure this is old news... but still, good to hear, no matter how vague the announcement.

    Probably won't stop me picking up the US version which came out a couple of weeks ago, though. I need a new BlazBlue in my life.
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  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess review

  • berelain 17/07/2015

    So... is this a port of the Vita game? or a new game? or... what?

    The review is kinda light on details :(
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  • Warcraft movie footage leaks from Comic-Con

  • berelain 15/07/2015

    Hmm. It does look like a cutscene from a game (though it's hard to tell the actual quality of the visuals from that camera footage) but I don't think that's such a bad thing. The animation, certainly, looks good - a lot better than, say, the Warhammer 40,000 Ultra Marines CG movie - and its definitely keeping close to the art style of the Warcraft world.

    I dunno. This might be something to get a little bit excited about. Which surprises me because I haven't had any involvement in the Warcraft world for the last ten years or so.
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  • Anarchy reigns in this new Transformers Devastation trailer

  • berelain 10/07/2015


    Seriously, if Stan Bush does the soundtrack, I might die of happiness. Going to have to go and rewatch Transformers: The Movie now (not the Michael Bay abomination)
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  • Grip looks a lot like a modern-day Rollcage

  • berelain 09/07/2015

    Looks awesome - Rollcage was Da Bomb, yo. As in, really good. Reply +5
  • Peanuts platformer announced by Activision

  • berelain 09/07/2015

    That looks horrific.

    Also, its made by Behaviour, who made possibly the most offensively terrible game in the form of Naughty Bear and its sequel.

    This is not going to be good.
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  • Journey PS4 out later this month

  • berelain 07/07/2015

    Excellent! Been meaning to buy this roughly forever, so will be glad to finally pick it up. Reply +6
  • 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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