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  • Xenoblade Chronicles X review

  • berelain 30/11/2015

    Damnit. I don't want a Wii U. I don't want a Wii U.

    But I need this game.

    Software sells hardware....
    Reply +11
  • Gauntlet and King's Quest are your PS4 PS Plus December games

  • berelain 27/11/2015

    @cloudskipa I have some, yes, but I've played the ones I was interested in, and when I resubscribe I'll get access to them again (as has happened in the past) should I want them. Reply 0
  • berelain 26/11/2015

    @PSfourskin It expired two months ago. I'm waiting for a reason to make me resubscribe, but I haven't found one yet. I don't generally play multiplayer stuff on PS4, except Bloodborne, so that doesn't really bother me too much. Reply +1
  • berelain 26/11/2015

    Fucking hell Sony, these are getting worse. You're not giving me much of a reason to renew my PS+ subscription lately. Reply 0
  • Dead or Alive Facebook page says Xtreme 3 won't head west

  • berelain 25/11/2015

    The first DOAX was actually a lot of fun - the volleyball mechanics were sound, and I had a lot of close-fought matches with friends. But the series has become less and less about the volleyball and more about the godawful minigame. If it stuck to its original idea, I'd still be playing it - the boobs and scantily clad girls were an enjoyable aside, but not the main point of the game. Well, sort of. Reply +10
  • Xbox 360 at 10: The touching dreams of Lost Odyssey

  • berelain 24/11/2015

    I still regard Lost Odyssey as one of the finest RPGs I've ever played - I remember I reviewed it at the time with the conclusion that it was the best Final Fantasy game never made.

    The poignancy of the story hit that Planescape nerve, with its existential pondering and questioning mortality. Even if the game's main story was rather rote, the solid mechanics kept Lost Odyssey thoroughly entertaining.
    Reply +8
  • Green Man Gaming will now tell you where game keys come from

  • berelain 18/11/2015

    @melnificent Exactly. I don't really get what the big deal is. So long as it's a legal key, the developer / publisher is getting their cut... aren't they? Reply +6
  • Sega unveils a new Valkyria Chronicles, and a remaster of the original

  • berelain 17/11/2015

    I hope this makes it to the West. SEGA are shooting themselves in the foot by not releasing their best current properties over here - Valkyria Chronicles and the Yakuza series spring to mind immediately - and I'd love to see more VC. Reply +21
  • Mass Effect fans think they've discovered the name of Andromeda's main character

  • berelain 16/11/2015

    The problem with giving a heroic character the surname 'Ryder' is, it makes them sound like a dick before the game has even begun.

    Fingers crossed that's NOT what they use. Not that I care much, since Mass Effect is pretty much dead to me after 3...
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  • Sony responds to claim PS4 used for terrorist communications

  • berelain 16/11/2015

    I'm fairly certain terrorists - in fact, pretty much anyone - can find a secure means of communication that can't be monitored without buying a 300 game console. Reply +19
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X's English version ditches breast slider

  • berelain 16/11/2015

    Very bizarre. Breast sliders have (along with weight, height, muscle, limb length, etc) been standard in most games that allow you to customise your character since... well, as long as I can remember. Removing the slider just seems like a silly thing that probably took more effort to do than it would have taken to defend any 'backlash' or 'outrage' that may or may not have been caused by it.

    In other news, I wish Xenoblade Chronicles X wasn't happening, because it looks amazing and might possibly force me to buy a Wii U :(
    Reply +9
  • What does it take to run Fallout 4 at 1080p60?

  • berelain 12/11/2015

    "Real-life recommended specs are actually a lot less onerous: the hard drive space and the eight gigs are basically non-negotiable"

    Complete rubbish. Okay, yes, it needs plenty of Hard disc space, but it doesn't require 8gigs of RAM. My 1st generation i7, GeForce 660ti and 6GB RAM are running it at between 40-60 fps with all but view distance maxed out and its perfectly fine.
    Reply +3
  • Rock Band 4 PS4 owners won't get missing DLC tracks until early December

  • berelain 12/11/2015

    I love the theory that SCEE is held up because it has to check all the individual tracks before it can release them. Except for the fact that they're already on the store in a slightly different form as tracks for previous Rock Band titles.

    Great that SCEE still hasn't bothered to comment.
    Reply +12
  • Progress to 100 is a novel fourth wall-breaking mobile puzzler

  • berelain 12/11/2015

    Is this an article? An advertorial? A review? I'm confused. And I can't even try the game for myself anyway because it seems like it's not out on Android.

    Reply +15
  • Nintendo Badge Arcade brings microtransactions to your 3DS home screen

  • berelain 10/11/2015

    This might interest me, on those rare occasions that I remember I actually have a 3DS, I might like to personalise the home screen.

    Then again, probably not.
    Reply -1
  • Performance Analysis: Fallout 4

  • berelain 10/11/2015

    @maestroluciano Excellent news. I thought that would probably be the case but its good to hear it from someone who has tried! Reply 0
  • berelain 10/11/2015

    Out of interest, any PC users tried running the game with less than the 8GB ram the specs call for? My old desktop only has 6GB, and whilst I'm thinking of upgrading soon, I'm interested to know if the game will run with less than 8. Reply -2
  • berelain 10/11/2015

    It really is about time Bethesda dropped Gamebryo for good. The engine has been creaking and practically coming apart at the seams since Oblivion, if not before, and that it still can't handle transitions from outdoor to indoor regions without loading screens is a baffling state of affairs in this day and age. Reply -1
  • DriveClub Bikes review

  • berelain 06/11/2015

    @riceNpea "oh that over exposure when exiting a dark tunnel into the sunlight is something I really like as I've experienced that kind of thing happening in real life."

    I get what you're saying, I'm sure we all have - but that's why racing drivers wear polarising visors, to stop that from affecting them ;)
    Reply +1
  • berelain 06/11/2015

    @ClemFandango You're not on your own; I've tried and failed to get into DriveClub several times, something about it just doesn't work for me. Partly the lighting as you mention - its much too contrasty and exaggerated for my tastes as well.

    For me, DriveClub is the ultimate personification of style over substance. The visuals, the sensation of speed, the dynamic effects, it all looks staggeringly good and very impressive. But I find the dynamism a bit over-the-top; when the game throws every weather effect and daylight mode at you over the course of a three-mile race it just feels rather silly.

    And don't get me started on the hilariously stiff invisible walls either side of the track...
    Reply -6
  • Xbox One to finally get a Sky TV app soon

  • berelain 06/11/2015

    Or I'll just stick to using my Sky+ box and HDMI-in functionality on the Xbox One like I haven been doing since launch, thanks.

    I would like to use Sky on my PS4, because it's hooked up to the TV upstairs and would be easier to watch stuff on than streaming it on my desktop, but given that Sky expect me to pay an extra fiver a month for that priviledge, they can bugger off.

    Its not as if Sky is cheap in the first place...
    Reply +4
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate sales "clearly" impacted by Unity

  • berelain 05/11/2015

    @dragulagb "d love to know how many people calling for them to stop releasing assassins creed each year actually play assassins creed because on gaming sites i see alot of "i dont like that game so they shouldn't get made" kind of attitudes"

    I've been with the series since the first game (which I still enjoy a lot, partly because I find the middle eastern setting so interesting). I played 2, but found it too similar to the first and tired of it easily. I've since tried every numbered game in the series, and every time found them to be, well, a bit too similar to the last game in the series that I played.

    The exception is 4, because although I own it I haven't played it yet, largely because I'm still too tired of Assassin's Creed 3.

    If the games were released less often, I'd be far more likely to invest my time in them, and we'd see a lot more progress and innovation between games.
    Reply +1
  • Rock Band 4 PS4 DLC no-show drama rumbles on for another week

  • berelain 04/11/2015

    Its almost always SCEE's fault, unfortunately. The whole setup of the PSN probably needs looking at; I thought they'd improved a little from the PS3 days but seems like they're still dragging their heels; the UK / EU PSN is still a LONG way behind its US and Japanese counterparts. Reply +5
  • You can now buy PSN avatars on PlayStation 4

  • berelain 04/11/2015

    oh my - what the fuck Reply +2
  • Konami closes LA studio responsible for Metal Gear Online

  • berelain 03/11/2015

    @jamyskis1981 I think the difference here is a) Konami's reluctance to confirm or deny anything, or even make any kind of cohesive statement, and b) Avalanche didn't close a whole studio - it lost some staff from two studios, and was relatively open about it.

    Not that either situation is particularly great.
    Reply +9
  • Warcraft movie reveals first still images and poster

  • berelain 03/11/2015

    I'm mildly optimistic about this. Duncan Jones' name had me interested, and I like that they've gone for a semi-realistic, but still exaggerated style for the Orcs.

    It might be the Warhammer movie we never had.
    Reply +1
  • Halo 5 tops chart, outsells Assassin's Creed Syndicate launch by 50%

  • berelain 02/11/2015

    How and why is Watch Dogs in there? :s

    Oh well. Not surprising given the still relatively small install base of Xbox One compared to its predecessor - I'd be interested to see what the attach rate is of Xbox One / Halo 5 sales, and how that compares, rather than in pure numbers.

    It was a day one purchase for me anyway, and I don't regret it for a second.
    Reply +1
  • Nintendo censors skimpy Xenoblade Chronicles X costumes in West - report

  • berelain 02/11/2015

    I don't generally agree with censorship - let the creators work stand as it is, warts and all - but on this occasion, I think its probably for the best... Reply +71
  • Uncharted, VR and what was absent from Sony's show: The Jim Ryan interview

  • berelain 30/10/2015

    @Big-Boss My PC and my PS4 sit next to each other, both connected via wifi, to our TalkTalk service. Steam can download a gigabyte in about 15 minutes. The PS4 can take anywhere up to an hour, so there's definitely something not right - whether its the wifi receiver in the PS4 that doesn't operate at full speed is a good question.

    Maybe Digital Foundry could do a feature testing out download speeds on different platforms?
    Reply +3
  • berelain 30/10/2015

    Wow, what a rushed interview. Get the feeling you weren't given a lot of time to talk to him, and he clearly didn't want to rise to some of those questions - in fact he completely ignores or talks around quite a few of them.

    I dunno. I get a bit of a Don Mattrick vibe from this interview, which is never a good thing.
    Reply +4
  • Gran Turismo Sport is not Gran Turismo 7

  • berelain 28/10/2015

    I do wonder when Sony will stop indulging Kaz as much as they do and actually make him deliver something on time, as the gaming public actually want.

    I've tried many times to get into the GT series, generally being something of a motorsports fan, but something always gets in the way - whether it be the hopelessly clunky menus or the insistence on using PS2 era car models or the woeful multiplayer support etc etc - and I can't help but think that if Sony didn't just let Kaz wander around all over the place and actually made Polyphony focus their efforts the series would be much stronger for it.
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  • Michel Ancel reveals PlayStation 4-exclusive Wild gameplay

  • berelain 28/10/2015

    Visually impressive (well, at times), but... I'm not sure. Something here doesn't appeal to me, and I don't know what it is. :s Reply -1
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate review

  • berelain 22/10/2015

    This sounds interesting, and is the first AC game to tempt me for a while... but I still haven't gotten around to playing IV, and I can't even remember how many games have been released in the series since then. Ubi really needs to stop milking the series so heavily and give it some breathing room. Reply +1
  • Life is Strange review

  • berelain 22/10/2015

    I've been loving Life is Strange - I played the first two episodes when they came out, but decided to save the rest until the whole game was released. I'm looking forward to blitzing through the rest of the game over the weekend. Reply +2
  • Broforce review

  • berelain 19/10/2015

    Been playing this for ages now, and it never gets old. I rather enjoy the random character selection - all of the characters are great, actually, you just need to try them out and learn how to use them (yes, even the melee-only ones; I personally love playing as Bronan).

    And some of the bosses are brilliant. The game reminds me a lot of an even more chaotic Gunstar Heroes.

    And when played co-op, the rush to get to the chopper for extraction is an endless supply of friendly competition and screwing each other over.
    Reply +7
  • Rock Band 4 squeaks into the UK top 10

  • berelain 12/10/2015

    Two things to note here.

    Firstly, Rock Band 4 - with the adaptors being out of stock everywhere before the week was out, there's no wonder it didn't place higher. I'm not going to buy a new instrument for the game, but I;'ll pick up the game + adaptor combo so I can use my old band kit with it. But until thats back in stock, the sale will have to wait.

    As for Transformers, I really WANT to buy it, but its hard to find. My local game only had Xbox One copies for some reason, other game stores weren't selling it at all, and nowhere seems to stock the PC version (which is the one I want to buy)...
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  • PlayStation Now launches in UK, priced 12.99 a month

  • berelain 09/10/2015

  • Voice actors strike has been authorised

  • berelain 08/10/2015

    these people are hardly Al Pacino, Robert De Niro etc. Most of them are voice actors for a reason....they're not good enough to cut it on the big screen, get better at your job or choose a different career like anybody else would have to.
    I don't think that's true at all. Voice actors are not the same as screen / stage actors - they have to impart all the gravitas, emotion, and feeling of a scene using only their voice. That's actually far harder to do than someone who is physically acting out the role, as body language, gestures, poses etc all contribute to the way a given line is received by the audience.

    There's a reason games are shying away from using celebrity actors to voice characters - because on the whole they aren't that good at it, especially when reading blind from a script. Take the voice work of actors like Patrick Stewart in Oblivion, or Liam Neeson in Fallout 3, even Kiefer Sutherland in Metal Gear 5 - the performances are decent, but nowhere near as good as the likes of Nolan North, Steve Blum etc could have delivered.
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  • PS1 at 20: rehearsing the rock hard light gun game Die Hard 2

  • berelain 02/10/2015

    It always used to make me chuckle when you shot a civilian and McLane would just casually mutter "sorry pal"... Reply 0
  • PS1 at 20: Destruction Derby and the art of being an idiot

  • berelain 01/10/2015

    It still amazes me that the Destruction Derby concept hasn't been done better since the days of the ps1 - DiRT Showdown is about the closest we've come, but it doesn't have the same giddy joy that Destruction Derby embraced.

    Never enjoyed Destruction Derby 2 as much as the first game, though.
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  • Clandestine is a thrilling spy-'em-up, but you'll need a friend

  • berelain 01/10/2015

    local co-op? Or online only? Reply +1
  • PS1 at 20: Tekken and a devastating counter in a Dulwich living room

  • berelain 30/09/2015

    @jabberwocky I know, that's what I played them on. I said PS1 era ;) Reply 0
  • berelain 30/09/2015

    Never enjoyed Tekken much. I've played most of the games, but the preset combo's and per-limb control scheme just never worked for me. In terms of fighting games, the PS1 era was all about Street Fighter Alpha and Darkstalkers as far as I was concerned.

    EDIT: Oh, and Bloody Roar.
    Reply -2
  • PS1 at 20: Lara Croft ran for the student union at my university

  • berelain 28/09/2015

    I never actually owned the first Tomb Raider. I played it, of course, but as much as I loved the huge environments and puzzles I also found it irritating to control and somewhat frustrating to play.

    It wasn't really until Legend that I really started to love the Tomb Raider games, and it was Anniversary that made me realise how good the design in the original game actually was.

    As for the new game... well. We'll see. I enjoyed Tomb Raider, though I do miss the old, confident Lara Croft.
    Reply +3
  • Rainbow Six: Siege won't have a campaign mode

  • berelain 28/09/2015

    Aaaaaand there goes my interest. Reply +3
  • Rich Stanton on: Year Walk and the future Nintendo predicted

  • berelain 26/09/2015

    Of course the other problem with the Wii U was that by the time it was released competitors were already offering the same features but without being saddled with the lacklustre (and chunky) GamePad. Xbox Smartglass offered the second screen experience on a home console with Forza Horizon a month before the Wii U was released, and gamers could use devices that they currently owned to take advantage of the potential.

    Personally, I've never seen the appeal of second-screen gaming. I used it a bit with Forza Horizon, but it's still easier to keep everything on the same screen than it is to switch your focus between two screens on the fly. It's jarring enough on a DS / 3DS, when the screen is just inches away, but when you're switching between TV and phone . tablet just to check menu functions or glance at a map, the moments lost switching focus are unnecessary and, frankly, annoying.

    What Nintendo didn't realise - and what pretty much every gamer who watched the Wii U reveal did - was that gamers actually don't want gimmicks and touchscreens and motion control. They want games. Its a realisation that it took Sony and Microsoft rather too long to wake up to as well.

    Back to the topic... I still don't really have a clue what this game is actually about - it sounds like a walking simulator wrapped up in a blanket of pretentiousness - nor how the Wii U really makes it come to life...
    Reply -22
  • On the hunt for Halo 5's spark

  • berelain 23/09/2015

    @AgentDaleCooper Really? Why?

    I love local multiplayer gaming. Playing through the Halo campaigns on Legendary on splitscreen co-op is some of the best fun gaming I've ever had - in fact my friend and I are just going through the series for the third time in preparation for Halo 5 (though we're skipping Reach for now, until it gets added to the MCC).

    And if you haven't played the insanity that is BroForce in 4-player local mode you haven't lived XD
    Reply +7
  • berelain 23/09/2015

    Oh gods. This sounds even better than I hoped.

    As for playing as Locke, I think 343 are going for an MGS2 style approach - see the Master Chief through another character's eyes. Nobody liked it when the game first started, but it does let you see Snake in a different perspective. So I'll give it a shot.

    I'm just sad split-screen co-op is gone :(
    Reply +8
  • Batman: Arkham Knight to get Catwoman's Revenge add-on

  • berelain 22/09/2015

    So glad I didn't buy the DLC pass.

    Or the game.

    Because I'd have bought it for the PC -_-
    Reply +8
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The unfinished swan song

  • berelain 22/09/2015

    Heard about the end from a few of my friends who have the game, and it has completely put me off. I might have invested, given I've always liked the series in the past, but with the story just cut off short and a lame, pointless twist thrown in at the 11th hour, I have no interest. There are plenty of games I enjoy playing just for the sake of playing them - with MGS it was always about that grand storyline as well. It was often silly, and ham-fisted, but it was bloody compelling. Without that, the Phantom Pain just feels dry. Reply 0