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  • 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 -_-
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  • 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.
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  • 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 +11
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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...
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  • 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.
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  • 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
  • The Escapists review

  • berelain 12/02/2015

    @Monstro haha, I get that. My point was that with the majority of games being awarded the Recommended badge, it's like going back to 8/10gamer. 'twas a jest, dear sir, a jest. Reply +1
  • berelain 12/02/2015

    I can't help but feel that 'Recommended' is the new 8/10...

    Definitely think the new system needs *something* between Recommended and Nothing and Avoid...

    This, for example. It doesn't sound like my sort of game at all, but it gets a generic 'Recommended' badge. Now I guess the system is supposed to be that this is recommended if I like this genre or style of game, otherwise it'd be Essential, though it sounds like the game does have a few problems as well.

    In short: I'm confused. I think ditching the badge and rating altogether might be more straightforwards...

    EDIT - Also, I think it would be good to have the summary box repeated at the bottom of the review. I completely missed it on this one.
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  • 3D Classics Streets of Rage 2 headed to 3DS eShop

  • berelain 12/02/2015

    SoR3 was great, but blighted by the naff UK version. If you play the original Bare Knuckle 3, it's far better.

    Sega really could do a lot more with this franchise.
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  • The God who Peter Molyneux forgot

  • berelain 11/02/2015

    Good read, if pretty damning for 22cans and Peter Molyneaux, even if no-one is particularly surprised by any of this.

    More articles like this please, EG. It's what sets you apart from your competition.
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  • Nintendo details its outlandish process of transferring data to the New 3DS

  • berelain 11/02/2015

    Fuck that, Nintendo.

    Not as if I was going to buy a New 3DS anyway, and even if I was, I'd be trading in my old one to get the new one, so this wouldn't even be an option for me. But seriously, fuck that.
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  • GDC preview: Windows 10 vs SteamOS

  • berelain 07/02/2015

    And SteamOS remains absolutely pointless. For all of Valve's arguments that it's an 'open system' it isn't really, is it? It's a Valve system. And if I'm going to have one box under my TV to play games on (spoiler: I'm not, but still) it would be something that's as versatile as possible. Hence, it'd be a Windows-powered machine.

    Personally I've never had a problem with Windows 8, but 10 is excellent so far, and has the potential to unify the Microsoft-powered environments in a way that has never been possible before (even if it really should have happened). I've longed for the day when I can buy a game on one platform and play it on another, just log into another device and have everything I'm used to there, synchronised and up-to-date. Sony nearly nailed it with the PS4 and PS Vita cross-buy and cross-saves, but those are exceptions. Google has it to some degree with ChromeOS and Chrome profiles, but it's patchy. If Microsoft really will let me buy an app once and use it on my Desktop, my tablet, my phone and my Xbox, then consider me sold. Because that's the sort of immediacy and consumer-friendliness that has been long overdue in coming.
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  • Warhammer 40K: Regicide is Battle Chess with Chainswords

  • berelain 05/02/2015

    @lancashirered pretty sure Dawn of War 2 had a MOBA multiplayer mode in one of the expansions, didn't it? Reply 0
  • Editor's blog: Introducing Eurogamer's new video team

  • berelain 05/02/2015

    I think the problem with the video format thus far has been that it's mostly regurgitated the kind of content that IGN, GamesRadar and Outside Xbox are already putting out. Whilst I don't have a problem with that - I do find myself watching a fair few Outside Xbox episodes from time to time - I don't think there's any need to make it part of the main site. When I visit Eurogamer, I do so to read the latest news, to read informed editorial opinions and in-depth features, and to check out reviews of new games. The video content feels, to me, like a distraction from that, and not a complement to it.

    Perhaps it's largely because when I'm browsing the site I'm usually doing something else at the same time - watching TV, chilling out to some music, on a break at work (ahem), or just thumbing through articles on my phone. In all of these cases, I'm not interested in consuming video content which requires me to turn off or pause everything else and ramp up the sound.

    And I have to take some issue with the statement that "The fact that we're investing a lot in video doesn't mean we're taking anything away from our written work on this website." It very much feels like this is the case lately; there are less and less news stories being posted and even fewer reviews, and whilst yes, you can argue that this is a quiet time of year and wave the old 'quality over quantity' flag, those arguments don't quite ring true: a quick scan of the gamespress website's latest stories highlights various stories which haven't surfaced on EG for whatever reason, including details of a Sims 4 expansion, a new sandbox action RPG for PS4 and Vita, a free-to-play namco fighting game going live on Early Access, and a Lego Jurassic world trailer popping up to name just a few.
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  • Video: Six famous faces stuck in the uncanny valley

  • berelain 04/02/2015

    @jabberwocky you're right, how foolish of me! Nobody would be able to understand it if the thoughts were put across as words on a page. Far better to make it a bitesized chunk of irrelevance in video format. Reply +7
  • berelain 04/02/2015

    Next week on Eurogamer video: 5 Video games that end in 'Y' or something equally interesting.

    Sigh. Maybe I'll go back to Gamespot.
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  • Video: "Well excuuuse me, princess!"

  • berelain 30/01/2015

    Good to see you keeping up the high-quality journalism, EG. Another cutting feature that gets right to the heart of the games industry today.

    Seriously, if I wanted crap like this I'd be visiting Games Radar.

    Note: I'm not against this kind of content. Outside Xbox is actually very enjoyable at times. But its far better kept in its own separate bubble, not segued into the main site like this.
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  • Retro FPS Strafe gameplay rekindles memories of Quake

  • berelain 30/01/2015

    I really like the gameplay of Strafe, it looks to do a great job of recapturing that classic Doom / Quake style. I'm just not keen on the visual style - I get that they wanted a retro look, and I don't mind that in some ways, but I think the enemy designs inparticular are really lacking at the minute.

    I also thing they may have priced the Kickstarter a little too high to get a copy of the game, I seem to thinks it's something like 25?
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  • Sega to offer 300 staff voluntary retirement as it focuses on smartphone and PC online games

  • berelain 30/01/2015

    I've said it before many times, but Sega has a vast goldmine of titles which it could mine for potentially huge sales - and I don't mean with re-releases. Why not spend some actual time and effort and bring us a new Golden Axe game (Beast Rider doesn't count) Or Streets of Rage? Revenge of Shinobi? Keep it classic style but with modern day polish - like Dragon's Crown - and they'd be on to a real winner. Reply +6
  • Dragon's Dogma Online revealed

  • berelain 27/01/2015

    I'd personally settle for a PC release of Dragon's Dogma. It's a beautiful game but its very much held back by the previous gen platforms, and I'd love to see it running in its full glory. Reply +11
  • Resident Evil HD Remaster review

  • berelain 20/01/2015

    @bad09 Certainly my friends and I always thought of the original Resi games as deliberately B-movie in style and tone. The intro was certainly not great in 96 - it was laughable even then - and the rest of the game's illogical leaps and general daftness were signs of it's B-movie intent, even if the grim visuals and moody soundtrack were a little too convincing at times.

    The second game was slightly more serious in tone, but I honestly can't say as I ever thought of Resident Evil as anything other than a B-movie horror flick in game form.

    The REmake did change that somewhat and moved into more serious horror territory, though.
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  • berelain 20/01/2015

    Couldn't disagree more with the complaints about the puzzles being obtuse and / or unclear. It's a fucking puzzle. Part of the fun is working it out. It never bother me when I first played the game, it never bothered me in the REmake, and it doesn't bother me now. They're creepy, well-designed, and imaginative. That works for me.

    Same with the camera angle transitions and door loading sequences - the camera transitions are brilliantly jarring, keeping the tension high, even if they can be a little frustrating when it jumps angles as you're trying to dodge a Hunter. And the door loading sequences, rather than an interruption, I always saw as a brief respite from the tension of the rest of the game.
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  • Assetto Corsa review

  • berelain 16/01/2015

    @UkHardcore23
    Physics wise this is leagues ahead of what PD or Turn 10 do...MS or Sony would be wise to get these guys on board.....imagine AC with 50 million of Sonys money thrown at it.
    Awful, most likely. It'd be penned in to a release date target and not finished in time for launch, and be devoid of the mod support which it seems to thrive on.
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  • berelain 16/01/2015

    I've been toying with picking this up for a while... and you might well have just sold it to me.

    Anyone know if it has split-screen multiplayer?
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  • Total War: Warhammer revealed

  • berelain 14/01/2015

    YES.

    Hopefully Creative Assembly can do a better with the license than Games Workshop itself is at the minute.
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  • Microsoft announces Forza Motorsport 6 for Xbox One

  • berelain 13/01/2015

    Maybe this time they'll be able to finish it before they release it.

    I still enjoy Forza 5, but given that it's *still* missing key features I'm a bit annoyed that Turn 10 has apparently given up on it and turned its attentions to the next game in the series.

    I'll still buy it though -_-
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  • Indie platformer Rogue Legacy confirmed for Xbox One

  • berelain 08/01/2015

    YES!

    I was so hopelessly addicted to this game. It's Roguelike but with an actual achievable end goal.
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  • The Razer Forge TV is a $99 Android micro-console

  • berelain 06/01/2015

    I'm most intrigued by the Razer Stream thing. Steam in-home streaming and PS4 remote play is rapidly changing the way I play games, thanks to my Surface tablet and Vita - and more in-home streaming options are always of interest to me. Reply +6
  • Surprise! New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition goes on sale

  • berelain 06/01/2015

    @PinktotheLast
    I kind of respect the fact that Nintendo games maintain a high-ish price for a few years. The software doesn't depreciate in value just because it was released a while ago - 3D World is not a less valuable game in 2014 compared to 2013
    True, but when it comes to people like me who are on the fence and have too many directions in which their disposable income is being pulled - I'm more likely to take a gamble on a PS Vita game that was full price a year ago and is now 15 than on, say, Fire Emblem, which is still 35 despite being almost 2 years old.
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  • berelain 06/01/2015

    Thanks for buying our console early! Would you like to buy it again?

    No, thanks. I bought one and it's spent most of its life sitting there thanks to ridiculous game prices that just won't come down and Nintendo's hopelessly inflated eStore prices as well.
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  • Linx 8 review - exploring the sub-100 Windows tablet experience

  • berelain 05/01/2015

    @Chaz_uk Haven't tried it on the Linx tablets, but it's a dream on my Surface Pro. Reply 0
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets Halo 4's Spartan Ops

  • berelain 23/12/2014

    As someone who bought MCC for single player and Co-Op, the deal just gets better and better for me. With ODST and Spartan Ops - we can probably expect Reach to turn up at some point as well - it's proving to be quite the investment, even without the multiplayer. Reply +14
  • Final Fantasy 15 reveals first female version of mechanic Cid

  • berelain 22/12/2014

    YE FUCKING GODS.

    Gamers and Games Journalists are such whiny, bitchy arseholes these days. First FFXV trailer goes up, too dudebro. Another trailer comes out with a female character (who's wearing no less than the likes of Tifa) and it's now sexist and too revealing.

    "Cid's attire - or lack thereof - may not be the bold progressive reinvention some would have in mind. Kara Thrace, this isn't."

    Since when did Final Fantasy profess to be some beacon of progressive, equal opportunities videogaming? The series has had strong female characters since the year dot, and personally I'd rather judge a character on their personality and story arc IN THE GAME than just jump on a bandwagon on her first reveal trailer and write her off as being the construction of another misogynistic developer.

    She's a female Cid. That is all. Now if we can just get past that and instead look at HOW FUCKING AWESOME the game looks even at this early stage, maybe we'd all be a lot happier.

    Apologies for the rant and the language, but seriously, I'm fed up with this holier-than-thou attitude. Yes there's a problem with oversexualised female characters in the games industry, but guess what? it's in every other industry too, and it sells. Besides, the male characters aren't exactly designed to be unattractive. My other half still swoons over Tidus and Cloud...
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  • Forza Horizon 2 Storm Island review

  • berelain 19/12/2014

    @bosseye nobody said the weather effects in DriveClub were just pretty and had no effect on gameplay. The review just says that Horizon 2's have a bit more of an effect.

    I've not played DriveClub yet (STILL waiting for the PS Plus version... at least there was a demo of FH2), so can't compare for myself. But in any case, that's not what the article said...
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  • berelain 19/12/2014

    Oh damnit. Now I'm going to have to buy this as well. Reply +12
  • Chaos Reborn is a case study in how to revive a classic

  • berelain 18/12/2014

    I never played Chaos, but played Lords of Chaos quite a bit with my cousin and very much enjoyed it. Might check this out. Reply 0
  • BioWare outlines big Dragon Age: Inquisition patch due out today

  • berelain 09/12/2014

    @George-Roper really? I've been playing the PC version (admittedly with a controller, but that's just how I roll) with very few problems. I'm actually very pleased that they released it. Reply +5
  • 1.4GB DriveClub update adds dynamic weather

  • berelain 08/12/2014

    @PSfourskin oh well, no sale then. These days I'm increasingly wary about buying a game at full whack if I'm not reasonably confident I'm going to enjoy it, and I'm just not going to take that risk on DriveClub. Reply +2
  • berelain 08/12/2014

    Glad to see they've made time to produce some paid DLC before releasing the PS Plus version...

    /cynic.

    Seriously though, I just want the PS Plus version so I can decide whether or not I want to buy the damn game, or just carrying on playing Forza Horizon 2.
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  • Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon review

  • berelain 08/12/2014

    I think I'm in a minority here, as I actually *don't* want a TBS game of Warhammer or Warhammer 40,000, despite my love of the settings. To me, if I want to play the miniatures game, I'll play the miniatures game - doing a straight conversion of the tabletop experience to the PC doesn't work in my experience, as you have to compete with things like virtual dice rolls (which, as anyone who played Cyanide's Blood Bowl will tell you, are definitely fixed).

    What I want is more game like Space Marine and Space Hulk (The 1995 3DO / PSone / PC version) and Dawn of War - games that bring the world to life and provide a different experience to what the tabletop can offer. Games that let me feel like I'm in the world. Final Liberation and Chaos Gate were fine in their day, but they don't offer much different to what I can get from playing the game. Although admittedly they're much less faff.
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  • Yakuza 5 heads to Europe and North America in 2015

  • berelain 06/12/2014

    @[STARS]TyranT Bwahaha, second comment TyranT? I knew you'd be in here somewhere, but you got on to that one fast :) Reply 0