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  • 20 years on, Bushido Blade remains a fighting game masterpiece

  • berelain 19/03/2017

    we used to force an 'honour' system when we played this with mates- acting dishonourably, stabbing someone in the back etc - would be met by a whack over the head with an inflatable hammer.

    Also, the first-person Link-up mode was amazing.
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  • Sonic Mania release slips to summer

  • berelain 17/03/2017

    Well, Sonic Forces sure *looks* pretty... and a lot like Sonic Adventure 2, gameplay wise....... Reply +2
  • Mass Effect's best mission

  • berelain 17/03/2017

    I agree, this mission probably was the highlight of at least Mass Effect 3, if not the entire series. But if anything it also highlights how lame the ending was - because all these decisions, about who supports you in the end and how the fate of the galaxy is effected - literally boil down to a number on the galactic readiness chart. You cured the Genophage! +10 points. You betrayed the Krogan! +10 points. If you're lucky you might spot a Krogan or a Salarian in the endgame cutscenes as a 'reward' for your efforts.

    This sums up Mass Effect 3 perfectly for me. Weighty decisions that feel impactful, but ultimately amount to very little. I really hope that Andromeda learns these lessons.
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  • The making of Torment: Tides of Numenera

  • berelain 16/03/2017

    Fascinating insight into one of the most interesting games I've played in a long time - definitely looking forward to listening to the podcast in full. Reply +4
  • Capcom appears to have deflated a popular Resident Evil 7 fan theory

  • berelain 16/03/2017

    :cry:but even if it really IS Chris... which I'm still not sold on, but time will tell.. that just raises so many more questions than it answers :cry: Reply +1
  • Rock Band 4 adds Sterling Archer and Mass Effect content

  • berelain 15/03/2017

    If there's no Press X to "LANAAAAAAAA!!!" they've missed a trick here. Reply +1
  • Capcom remasters six classic Disney titles for PS4, Xbox One and PC

  • berelain 15/03/2017

    Hmm. 16 for some NES re-releases seems a bit steep, and the extra features don't really sound like they'll add a great deal of any value. I assume these games aren't already available on the virtual console?

    Debatable about how good these are, too. Whilst i have memories of playing Ducktales, they aren't all that fond.
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  • Why you should play Nier: Automata after the first playthrough

  • berelain 14/03/2017

    I just finished my first playthrough last night, which took about 12 hours, but I immediately jumped back into the game for a second playthrough, and couldn't believe how different the game feels and plays when you're in the boots of 9S. When the ending rolled on 2B's story I knew there was a lot left to uncover, but I get the feeling that I'm still barely scratching the surface here. Reply +4
  • Nier: Automata review

  • berelain 07/03/2017

    Too many games to play, but everything is going to have to make way for this one for me. Reply +8
  • InXile aware of Torment: Tides of Numenera issues, working on updates

  • berelain 06/03/2017

    @MrTummyGiggles The combat isn't great, granted, but it was never about the combat in any case. But functionally there's nothing wrong with the way the game works. The interface of TTON isn't much different.

    Widescreen and higher resolution mods are definitely the way to go, though!
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  • berelain 06/03/2017

    @ubergine It doesn't need a remake o.O Its available on Gog and still plays great. Reply +11
  • berelain 06/03/2017

    I must have gotten lucky; I've not had a single issue with the game apart from the framerate being a little lower than I'd have expected given it's relative technical simplicity, though I am playing the game on PC so presumably its the console versions that are most affected?

    Still working my way through the game (~20 hours in now) but absolutely in love with it.
    Reply +8
  • 1-2-Switch review

  • berelain 03/03/2017

    @seeyoshirun Fair enough, that's not how the review makes it sound, but that does sound marginally more palatable. Reply +1
  • berelain 02/03/2017

    To begin with you only have access to five of the minigames. Once you've played these a dozen or so times, the full roster opens up
    This does not, in any way, sound appealing. None of the minigames sound particularly appealing anyway (I played a version of 'six shooter' as a kid, but didn't require a 300 games console and 40 game to do so...) but when they're gated behind an arbitrary 'play a dozen of times' mechanism that just sounds really annoying.

    "want to pretend to catch a sword? Tough, you have to milk a virtual cow ten more times before you can do that!"

    I know its not like its a massive time investment, but seriously.

    I can't help but feel like this would have been a lot more fun as a WarioWare type of game.
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  • Nier: Automata was almost a Farmville-style mobile game

  • berelain 03/03/2017

    I'm so ridiculously excited for NieR: Automata. I didn't have much hope that it would ever exist, and Platinum are capable of brilliance and blandness, but Taro's writing and imagination seems to be a perfect fit with Platinum's style here. From the demo, it felt like this was NieR as it always should have been - the first game was technically hamstrung but had an amazing story and atmosphere, but Automata plays as well as it feels.

    When its released I fully expect I won't be playing anything else for quite some time, Zelda and Mass Effect be damned.
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  • Finally, we have answers to Nintendo Switch's digital game sharing questions

  • berelain 03/03/2017

    *facepalm* Reply +19
  • Friend codes return for Nintendo Switch

  • berelain 02/03/2017

    Ye gods. Reply +1
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review

  • berelain 02/03/2017

    Very much looking forward for my Wii U version to arrive, though I'm intrigued by how well it will run on the Wii U. Some early reports are saying the game runs *better* on the old hardware, whilst on the Switch it has a few framerate issues, which seems kind of off to me. Reply +3
  • Oculus Rift price cut

  • berelain 02/03/2017

    Still a bit too expensive, but I'm a lot more tempted now. That said, my PC doesn't have any USB 3 ports, my room is too small and has too many hazards, and there's still very few games I'd actually be interested in playing on it anyway.

    Still... its a step in the right direction, I guess?
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  • A King's Tale: Final Fantasy 15 out today on PS4 and Xbox One

  • berelain 01/03/2017

    how have I not heard about this before? Looks awesome. Reply +2
  • Microsoft announces EA Access-style Xbox Game Pass subscription

  • berelain 28/02/2017

    7.99 is a little more than i'd have liked, but this still seems like an awesome idea, and way in advance of what Sony is offering with PS Now. MS is claiming there'll be 100 games at launch, and there's some not bad offerings in there - nothing brand new, obviously, but this will sit nicely alongside things like EA / Origin access for those that prefer the idea of gaming as a service. Reply 0
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera review

  • berelain 28/02/2017

    I can't wait to get my teeth stuck into this. Reply +2
  • Developer hits back at claims his Steam game rips off Banjo-Kazooie and Yooka-Laylee

  • berelain 27/02/2017

    or even create completely fake stories about my life, I'm pretty sure these are all huge lies too with the same purpose."
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  • Twitch will sell games this spring, streamers can earn a cut

  • berelain 27/02/2017

    Sensible move on Twitch's part, and I'll be intrigued to see how successful this proves to be. But with Twitch being such a big name it could prove a decent competitor to Steam. Though its going to be rife with opportunities for dirty practises, companies paying a popular streamer to play their games and cross-sell them... but then I guess that happens anyway. Now there's just more of an incentive for the streamer. Reply +3
  • Nintendo Switch has its first portable-only game you can't play on TV

  • berelain 27/02/2017

    @Wayne apparently so am I XD Reply +3
  • berelain 27/02/2017

    Well, that didn't take long. Kind of surprised Nintendo are allowing this, as it does kind of go against the main selling point of the Switch as a console that can be docked and undocked. Not surprised though. And it does pave the way for a Mario Maker game to follow suit. Reply +3
  • Shadow of Mordor sequel details leaked by shop

  • berelain 27/02/2017

    The first game was fun to play, but the story was utterly horrible, and I completely forgot pretty much everything about it within a week of completing the game. So I can't say i'm overly enthused about a sequel which is promising 'a new ring of power'. So much facepalm.

    There's room for some incredible stories in Middle Earth. Why does every game seem to go out of its way to fuck up the established storyline and lore? (With the exception of Lord of the Rings Online, which is actually pretty respectful).
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  • Every Halo FPS from now on will have split-screen

  • berelain 24/02/2017


    Its about time. Some of my finest gaming experiences of this and previous generations were playing through the Halo and Gears series' in splitscreen co-op. I dont have much interest in multiplayer outside of that, and online co-op never works for me - it's much harder to organise a time when you're both online than it is to organise an evening to play some co-op games!

    Shame it can't be patched into 5. Maybe Scopio can handle it.
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  • Jelly Deals: Steam Link and Steam Controller discounted by up to 60%

  • berelain 23/02/2017

    @samharper I don't have an issue with performance on wifi on my surface - both it and my desktop are on wifi connections, and streaming between the two devices generally works really well. The only issue I've really had is that the sound output is a bit naff, but performance wise its fine for me. :') Reply +2
  • berelain 23/02/2017

    @Sora888 Hmm. Maybe worth investing in powerline adaptors then. Or just sticking to streaming to the Surface, which works fairly well. Reply +1
  • berelain 23/02/2017

    Has anyone tried a Steam Link? I'm curious about the quality. I often use Steam in-home streaming to play games on my Surface, running from my desktop, but it might be cool to stream them to my TV if the quality is good enough on the steam link boxes. Otherwise I'll just carry on plugging in my Surface like I normally do. Reply +4
  • Halo Wars 2 review

  • berelain 22/02/2017

    I can't disagree with anything in this review based on my experience with the game so far. There's little new or revalatory here, but much like the first Halo Wars, it nails the RTS experience pretty solidly. I'm enjoying it, but I doubt it'll stay with me. Reply +11
  • Quote is a brawler for the post-truth era

  • berelain 21/02/2017

    @dirigiblebill Fair enough. In that case it might be worth making this a bit clearer; at the minute it's just tagged as an 'article' which is a bit vague at best :) Maybe these should be in a category of their own? Reply +5
  • berelain 21/02/2017

    I'm all for improving the quality of writing in a lot of video game journalism, but this piece (like the game it is writing about) comes across as rather pretentious, given the excessive use of esoteric language and metaphor. If readers are questioning what an article is about, there's a good chance you're not writing to your target audience.

    Sorry Edwin. The writing *is* beautiful, but as a preview, the article doesn't really seem to serve its purpose, and it certainly does little to interest me in the game :(
    Reply +3
  • Jelly Deals: Xbox Live sale on now, with discounts for Gold members

  • berelain 21/02/2017

    @jabberwocky thats a really, *really* good point XD Reply 0
  • berelain 21/02/2017

    @jabberwocky I can only assume its something to do with publishers - I think BlazBlue is published in the US by a different company, so maybe the deal was with that publisher only?

    Mind you, it's the out-of-date Chronophantasma Extend anyway. If it was Central Fiction on sale it'd be more of an issue.
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  • For Honor, online disconnects and the problem with peer-to-peer

  • berelain 21/02/2017

    EG Recommended.

    Snark aside, this is a bit shitty, though. I didn't have any problems in the time I played the game, but its pretty bad that this is happening with an AA release from a major developer a week after launch. You'd never catch a traditional fighting game with such subpar online play- oh, wait.
    Reply +7
  • The rise of the coming-of-age video game

  • berelain 21/02/2017

    @Samael_Blackwing I was wondering this. Maybe it didn't get many views so it's been moved to today to see if anyone else is going to read it? Reply 0
  • Horizon Zero Dawn review

  • berelain 20/02/2017

    @kohum I always read a range of reviews and opinions, but I always leave it to play the game before forming my own opinion anyway. Horizon was always going to be a rental title for me anyway - Guerilla Games, for all their technical expertise, have always felt a bit soulless to me, so its definitely something I want to try before I buy. Reply -3
  • berelain 20/02/2017

    I did wonder if this was going to be the case. Early reports from those who have played it weren't quite glowing, and I feared this might end up feeling a bit generic.

    But damn it looks pretty.
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  • For Honor review

  • berelain 17/02/2017

    @TylerTyler For Honor's combat is a lot more strictly balanced and controlled, its very much geared towards one-on-one duels though, and pretty much falls apart in the 4 v 4 modes.

    It also lacks the character and sheer craziness of Chivalry, and the game modes are nowhere near as interesting. The 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 duels are fun, and challenging, and its very pretty. But its not enough to engage me for more than a couple of days.
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  • A new Vampire: The Masquerade game has been released

  • berelain 17/02/2017

    @Jurinetblade Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines would get a whole new meaning. Reply +10
  • Yet more bad news for SNES preservation project which lost $10k of games in the post

  • berelain 16/02/2017

    @gabriellacreighton Ok. The Patreon doesn't say its for legal fees. In fact the patreon isn't specifically for *anything* as Byuu doesn't specify what he's seeking the support for on the page. Also, Patreon is a recurring, monthly subscription intended to support artists and creatives. There's certainly merit in a patreon for supporting the preservation work Byuu is doing. But for legal fees and reimbursement, I would have thought a Go Fund Me page would have been far more appropriate.

    And they clearly didn't send the items in the most secure, fully-tracked way possible. They sent it via regular mail, tracked only as far as the USA. If it had been shipped by UPS or another international freight handler it could have benefitted from better better tracking capabilities, and therefore less likely to have been lost / stolen.

    I understand the auction / intrinsic valuation argument, and I did only cite ebay as a starting point. I'm sure there are experts who specialise in videogame memorabilia who would be able to given an insurance valuation for the items, though.

    And my bad, I worded that incorrectly. I meant "insured for the full value." I've corrected the mistake.
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  • berelain 16/02/2017

    Just read this on Byuu's post on Patreon, which might be worth including in the article.

    NOTE: the package was insured for 1000 Euros. We have filed a claim already. Please understand that we were unable to insure for the full value for several reasons:

    1. there are requirements for proving the value of insured items beyond a certain level. In this case, 1000 Euros. It is very difficult to prove the value of retro video games no longer sold commercially, making a claim on such goods extremely difficult to recover.

    2. there are income implications for the sender when declaring their possession of items beyond a certain level. Especially for those on income assistance.
    Point 1, Ebay search for completed listing for those products would be a good start.

    Point 2, that's not really a good reason for not insuring them for the full value...
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  • berelain 16/02/2017

    "I'm also looking for a good lawyer. I've set up a Patreon page. If anyone is able to help me with replacing this donor's games, I would be very grateful. I also have a Paypal account if you'd prefer, and you can PM me for that. Thank you!"
    WTF does having a Patreon page have to do with anything? I still think it should be the person who shipped the items without sufficient insurance / tracking that should be raising a case with USPS and seeking his own reparations for the loss.

    I sympathise with whats happened, but as someone who's been burned by smaller items I've sold on Ebay / Amazon being lost in the post and me having not taken up insurance and tracking, it beggars belief that someone would post $10,000 worth of items and not send them in the most secure, well-tracked and fully-insured way possible.
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  • For Honor is the best fighting game I've played in ages

  • berelain 16/02/2017

    @johndavis12 When did I say you couldn't have your own opinion? Also, you'll note that I didn't feel the need to insult you (twice, in fact) just for having and stating it. Reply +1
  • berelain 15/02/2017

    @johndavis12 I KNOW RIGHT? How dare I have an opinion that's different to yours based on my own experience and enjoyment with both games? Reply 0
  • berelain 14/02/2017

    @DonNorris THIS. Because good gods, Central Fiction is an incredible game. Reply +7
  • SNES preservation project "dead" after $10k of games lost in the post

  • berelain 14/02/2017

    This stills reads as being really bizarre. Why would you ship that many games with a standard postal service and NOT have them insured for the full amount? Yes, insurance is expensive - but it's better than losing however many $$$$ the parcel is worth. It shouldn't really be up to Byuu to reimburse the collector, since it was the collector who failed to insure the package correctly...

    Also, as others have said, surely sending the ROM dumping kit to the collector would have been a far better way of doing this.
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  • Humble Freedom Bundle offers its most generous collection yet

  • berelain 14/02/2017

    I'd buy this just for the cause behind it. Reply +2