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  • Guitar Hero Live failed to do the business, too

  • berelain 12/02/2016

    still waiting for the xbox one peripheral adaptor to be available, though the appeal of investing in the new RB game is waning with each passing day. Reply 0
  • What Street Fighter 5 will - and won't - have at launch

  • berelain 12/02/2016

    Of course the big issue with this is there's no guarantee any of that content will be coming on time, if it comes at all. Fair play to Capcom, they don't usually renege on promised content like that, but it wouldn't be the first time promised features never materialised in a game.

    Certainly won't be buying this at release, especially not when I still have hours of BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend to plough through, but to me, this sets a worrying precedent. The way Capcom are handling this, it might have made sense to follow a more Killer Instinct / DOA5 Last Round model - release the base game for free, then make other modes and settings purchases for those that want them.

    Or they could just, you know, wait until the game is finished and release it then.
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  • Not everyone's thrilled with Microsoft's Quantum Break PC announcement

  • berelain 12/02/2016

    Face, meet palm.

    Gamers are such self-entitled whiny gits.
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  • Execs resign at Rock Band 4 co-publisher Mad Catz on eve of financial results

  • berelain 09/02/2016

    "The theory there was that many people still owned older controllers, which Rock Band 4 supported while Guitar Hero Live didn't, so you could buy a cheaper pack with just the Rock Band 4 game."

    Except the copies of the games sold with the adaptors that were needed to use the old instruments sold out very quickly and weren't re-stocked, leaving lots of people, like me, wanting to pick up the game but not actually being able to without having to re-buy all the instruments.
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  • Unravel review

  • berelain 08/02/2016

    This review seems quite harsh compared to how other sites have rated the game; certainly the text reads quite negatively, whilst most other reviewers seem rather won over by the game's charm, even where the lack of challenge and innovation in the puzzles threatens to undermine it. I'll probably give it a look at some point; the gameplay trailers certainly intrigued me. Reply +6
  • Gravity Rush Remastered review

  • berelain 05/02/2016

    For all of its flaws (and there are several), Gravity Rush has one thing going for it that so many other games can only dream of: it's utterly, utterly charming.

    I've been meaning to go back to this for a while, but the remaster is probably a good reason to do so (and also a good reason to turn on my PS4 for the first time in weeks, Dragon's Dogma has been consuming my life).
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  • Watch: Grip is fun, but needs some work

  • berelain 04/02/2016

    I've tried, but the game doesn't work for me at the minute! I get a CTD the minute I launch the game. Hopefully can sort out the problem soon though - the guys over on the GRIP forums seem pretty helpful.

    From watching the video, I'd say @jonathanharding-rath is right though - this looks as punishing as the Rollcage I remember.
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  • Grip, the Rollcage spiritual successor, hits Steam

  • berelain 03/02/2016

    Sold. Reply 0
  • Metal Gear Solid 5 has shipped 6m units

  • berelain 29/01/2016

    Konami clearly gambling on the right direction for their company then, much to everyone's surprise. Or lack thereof. Reply 0
  • Dragon's Dogma on PC is a HD remaster in all but name

  • berelain 25/01/2016

    From the day I first played Dragon's Dogma I was longing for a PC version - the Xbox / PS3 version was fine, and fun, and I enjoyed it immensely - but this release really does feel like the game it always could have been. Played in high resolution at 60fps with barely any loading - it just removes all of the niggles that threatened to ruin the game when it first came out.

    And stick a ReShade or ENB enhancement on there and the game looks incredible to boot.

    Its still an awesome game whatever version you go for though. They're masterworks all, you can't go wrong.
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  • Someone made Princess Peach's Castle in Halo 5

  • berelain 25/01/2016

    Wow - I had no idea Halo 5's Forge was so freeform - I haven't even looked at it yet :o Must amend this! Reply +2
  • Warner accused of abandoning Mortal Kombat X PC players

  • berelain 21/01/2016

    I bought the PC game when it came out, and it was a disaster - I had to disable one processor core to get it running playably. So I uninstalled it and waited for patches to fix it which never really came.

    Probably too late for a refund, so great. But WB can bugger off if they expect me to buy any of their PC releases in the future.
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  • Aviary Attorney review

  • berelain 21/01/2016

    This looks absolutely bonkers. Shut up and take my money. Reply +13
  • I have to break Fallout 4 to finish it

  • berelain 20/01/2016

    @Doppelkammertoaster "But this system allows modder to really change anything of the game. And apart from these bugs, it works very well. The graphics are kinda mediocre in this one though."

    Gamebryo/ Creation engine is far from the only game engine to allow modders to change elements within it, and I disagree that it works very well - the moment-to-moment gameplay is clunky, cumbersome, and crippled by an outdated engine that isn't really capable of doing what it's intended to do, especially in regard to data streaming.

    The Witcher 3's RED Engine, to re-use my earlier example, barely ever stops to load (unless you fast travel), and its world is much more cohesive for it.

    It's gotten to the point in Fallout / Skyrim where I have to really consider whether I can be bothered to enter that house / town / cellar, because I know I'll have to endure another excruciating loading time. Yes, that time can be mitigated by having a PC with lots of RAM and running the game from an SSD, but other games don't need such assistance. Its telling that The Witcher 3 runs better on my mid-range PC than Fallout 4 does, despite being considerably prettier.

    With every iteration of the engine, Bethesda are bolting more and more features, and its understandable that its creaking under the strain; its at least 14 years old by this point. But its really not fit for purpose any more.
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  • berelain 20/01/2016

    The ending is pretty rubbish, so you're not missing much, but this highlights, again, why Bethesda really needs to retire the creaking cobbled-together version of the Gamebryo engine that's been struggling to keep Tamriel and the Fallout world ticking over since Morrowind.

    Other reasons include the horribly sketchy crafting, clumsy as hell Power Armour mechanic, and the fact that there's a loading screen between indoor and exterior locations.

    I really, really hope that Bethesda takes the hilarious amount of money Skyrim and Fallout 4 have earned them and invest in better tech for whatever the next Elder Scrolls / Fallout game turns out to be. Go license CD Projeckt's RED Engine or something. PLEASE.
    Reply +28
  • Star Wars PS2 Classics now available from PS4 store

  • berelain 19/01/2016

    @Fourfoldroot Thankfully I don't need to buy a PS2 as I still have my original one, though I don't think I'd have any desire to buy these games for it anyway.

    My point is, that besides an emulator and some throwaway trophy support, there's nothing new here. Just emulated versions of very old games, sold at a price point higher than many modern indie titles, all for the sake of making a quick buck off the back of the current surge in Star Wars popularity.

    I'm not enamoured with the idea of HD re-releases of older games unless there's substantial work gone into them (the recent Resident Evil 0 release, for example) as they reek of cheap cash-grab attempts.
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  • berelain 19/01/2016

    7.99!?

    EIGHT QUID FOR A PS2 GAME? Could near enough buy a second hand PS2 and all of the games for less than it would cost to download them (okay, that's probably an exaggeration, but not far off).

    Sigh.
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  • I Have no Mouth, and I Must Scream is now on mobile

  • berelain 16/01/2016

    I still haven't played the game, but the short story it's based on is absolutely stunning. It's haunting and terrifying. Reply +4
  • EA launches Origin Access for PC

  • berelain 13/01/2016

    To be fair, if every game Publisher decided to go down the games-as-a-service route, and had its major releases available day-and-date on a monthly subscription model, I'd be happy to pay for quite a few of them. Say if EA, Activision, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega, and Bethesda all had subscription services at 4 per month - that's 32 a month, which is less than buying one full-priced game.

    I don't really think that will ever happen, though, at least not for many years, as there's just too much resistance.
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  • berelain 13/01/2016

    I don't mind the sound of this, and I'll probably give it a shot. There are a few games on there I haven't played / bought, like Hardline and Sim City, that are worth a punt at 4. If there's nothing new on there that interests me after I'm done with those, I'll stop my sub until something else comes along.

    I don't really mind the whole games-as-a-service thing; but thats possibly because I have a garage full of games on various formats that rarely, if ever, get brought out of retirement, and a library of Steam games that I've still not got around to playing, so the ownership thing has never really bothered me too much. Ok, so in 20 years time I might not be able to play Dragon Age Inquisition, but I don't really imagine that I'll want to, and even if I did, chances are there'll be some form of emulator capable of running a Xbox One of PS4 or PC virtual machine.
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  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2 is as shameless as App Store games get

  • berelain 07/01/2016

    I'd expect this kind of thing on the Google Play store, which takes a retroactive approach to IP infringement and quality control, but I thought Apple are supposed to screen apps before releasing them on the App Store? Reply +2
  • Oculus founder Palmer Luckey: "We don't make money on the Rift"

  • berelain 07/01/2016

    @antmusic97 "I only made the comparison to the Wii as it was a defining moment that changed peoples perception of gaming. The people buying Wii's were young, old, parents grandparents etc. It reached everyone as it became a unique experience at the time and a must have accessory. The same will happen withVR the main difficulty will be getting people to experience it."

    I get what you're saying, but look what happened to the Wii: mass sales, lots of people bought it, then lots of people got quickly bored of it, then lots of Wii consoles sat in the corners of people's rooms gathering dust when people realised that a traditional gaming experience was actually more enjoyable. I can see the same happening with VR... people with more money than sense will buy one, think its cool, then go back to the more traditional means of playing games.
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  • berelain 07/01/2016

    "you get a lot more than spending $599 on pretty much any other consumer electronics devices"

    Er, not really, because those other devices are capable of standing on their own and don't require other expensive pieces of hardware to function.

    Oh well, no great loss in my view. As I've said before, when I get home from work and want to relax, I'll sit on a comfy sofa, control pad in hand, and play a game on the TV. I don't want to have to faff about with motion controllers, waving my hands around, or wearing clunky headsets.
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  • Square Enix closes cloud gaming company Shinra Technologies

  • berelain 06/01/2016

    Hopefully something good will come of this. Every Cloud has a silver lining, after all. But its a shame to see a potentially interesting idea being Meteor'd like this. Reply +3
  • Fallout 4 mod adds mutated Macho Man Randy Savage

  • berelain 05/01/2016

    @PlugMonkey

    I agree with you on the slightly underwhelming nature of the main game, though. Its absorbed hours of my time yet I can't really say I think its brilliant.

    As far as mods go...
    True Storms is probably the best out there, as it overhauls the weather in the world completely.

    There are a couple of UI / dialogue mods which make the interface a lot easier to handle, Towbie's Weapon Sounds which give every gun a lot more grunt, overhauls to the settlement and crafting systems, and, probably most useful of all, mods that give Brotherhood Vertibirds a lot more health so they don't explode and land on my head quite so often.

    I'm really interested to see what modders will create once the mod tools are actually released, though.
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  • berelain 05/01/2016

    The hell?

    There are thousands of mods for Fallout 4 already on the Nexus, including a lot of awesome ones. And EG reports on... This.
    Reply -1
  • PS Plus free January offerings include Hardware: Rivals and Grim Fandango

  • berelain 04/01/2016

    Sigh. Another uninteresting month. Come on Sony. Give me a reason to resubscribe to Plus, please. Because recently the offerings just aren't doing it for me... Reply -2
  • Xbox in 2015: A textbook year, but it's time to innovate again

  • berelain 31/12/2015

    As an owner of both consoles, I'll reiterate what I said in the Sony 2015 article- The Xbox One has, for me, seen a LOT more use than my PS4 this year, partly down to its good first-party lineup, but also because of its usefulness as a home entertainment system as well - it actually does its media functions remarkably well. Plus I can stream games to my Windows tablet, which is always a bonus.

    As far as the technical shortcomings go... I genuinely think the resolution thing is a bit of a null point. When I'm sat on the sofa 6 feet away from the TV, I can't tell whether a game is running in 1080p or 900p. I ran the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Battlefront side-by-side, flicking HDMI inputs between the two, and honestly couldn't tell a difference from where I was sitting. The solid framerate was far more important, so if Xbox One games do need to dip in resolution to keep a constant framerate, I'll take that compromise. Its not ideal, but it's really not a deal breaker.

    The other reason the Xbox One has seen more use than the PS4 is that additional Xbox One pads are almost half the price of PS4 controllers, so all my co-op gaming is done on the Xbox...
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  • PlayStation in 2015: Goodwill ensured that the party continued

  • berelain 30/12/2015

    I actually can't remember the last time I turned on my PS4 - there's just been nothing to interest me on there since I finished Bloodborne, and I haven't even gotten around to picking up the expansion for that yet. Meanwhile Forza 6 and Halo 5 have been hoovering up my exclusive gaming time, and I play multiplatform stuff on my PC. The PS4 is sitting gathering a rather sorry looking layer of dust :( Reply -5
  • Nintendo in 2015: A difficult year shows signs of promise for what's ahead

  • berelain 29/12/2015

    @liveswired I didn't say they *weren't* trying to diversify, I said they *feel* lime a company that doesn't know where it wants to be. The diversification coincides with a massive lack of focus on their supposedly flagship console.

    Off-TV play is certainly not a gimmick, and it's something that I've been fond of for a long time - I regularly stream my Xbox One to my Windows tablet, my PS4 to my Vita, and my gaming PC to my windows tablet with Steam In-Home streaming, and all are great, and don't limit me to a low resolution screen in an oversized tablet controller...
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  • berelain 29/12/2015

    Nintendo really feels like a company that doesn't know where it wants to be right now. I've never been the biggest Nintendo fan, but I enjoy the majority of their output. The last few years have left me cold, though. I bought a 3DS at launch, and it's been sitting gathering dust for the last year or so, and the Wii i owned briefly soon moved on to pastures new. I'm tempted by a Wii U, but there's only one game I really want (Xenoblade) and the console costs far too much, even second hand, to make it worth considering at this point. It doesn't help that it, like the Wii, is generally relegated to 'second system' status - everyone I know that owns a Wii U has it as a companion to their PS4 or Xbox.

    Whatever the NX turns out to be, it's going to have to be something special indeed in order to turn Nintendo's fortunes around and to recapture the interest of someone like me. It might help if they actually released some games in their classic series that aren't Mario-based - Wii U was teased with a Zelda game, but that's yet to materialise, and there's been no sign of a Metroid game for a while.
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  • PlayStation VR's external processor revealed

  • berelain 23/12/2015

    Nope.. I still don't get it. I just can't envision a time when I'll ever want to wear something that looks like it comes from Demolition Man on my head to play a game for a few hours. Especially as I'm not even a big fan of wearing headphones for more than half an hour at a time.

    The VR tech might make the games immersive, but I still liken VR to the 'curved' TVs. The initial impressions are favourable, but after the wow factor wears off its the content that holds your attention, not the medium you're using to experience it. I thought this was something we'd learned over the last few years, with the death of motion control, Kinect, and 3D. Outside of a small, hardcore minority, most people just want a good game / movie / etc. They don't really want to buy a glorified hat to experience it.
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  • Pre-order Oculus Rift and get Eve: Valkyrie free

  • berelain 10/12/2015

    @4th_Replicant you can put together a decent gaming PC for less than 400. Eurogamer has a few decent articles on what stuff to buy that'll get your PC running games at console quality. If you want more than that, well, yeah, you're talking quite a bit more money ^_^ Reply 0
  • 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....
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  • 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.
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  • 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 +7
  • 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 :(
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

    Bah.
    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.
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  • 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