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  • 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 +12
  • 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.
    Reply -2
  • 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
  • Street Fighter 5 exclusive to PC and PS4

  • berelain 05/12/2014

    Ah, great. They've stuck with the same godawful art style that blighted SF4.

    Not that I care any more; I used to love Street Fighter but it's completely lost its way these days. I'll stick to BlazBlue and Virtua Fighter.
    Reply -2
  • Red Faction Guerrilla Steam Edition goes live

  • berelain 03/12/2014

    Fantastic game, and still one of my favourite open-world games, simply because it felt like your actions had a purpose and an impact on the world - a rare case of systems and story complementing each other very well.

    If, like me, you have the boxed Games for Windows Live version, can it be brought across to Steam?
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  • Assassin's Creed, Diablo, Mordor reduced in Xbox Black Friday sale

  • berelain 28/11/2014

    Titanfall for a tenner? Don't mind if I do. Reply +3
  • berelain 26/11/2014

    It's worth noting that even with 40% off Diablo 3, the Xbox Store version is still hilariously overpriced. Reply -1
  • Sunset Overdrive's Plague Bomb makes enemies puke to death

  • berelain 26/11/2014

    @George-Roper fair enough if it's not your thing; I found the style and humour to be very much in the with the sort of stuff I enjoy. If it doesn't gel with you, I can see why it'd get annoying and repetitive.

    However you are wrong about one important detail though: it is not possible to have too many Wham bars.
    Reply +2
  • berelain 25/11/2014

    @George-Roper on the other hand, three hours for me with last weekend's demo was enough for me to fall in love with the game and buy it the next day.

    I adore it. Sunset Overdrive harks back to games where the story, cinematics and all that stuff didn't matter: its about FUN. I've sank a few more hours into it since then and I'm having an absolute blast. Its nice to be able to mess around in the city, building up combos, grabbing resources to unlock new amps and so on. Its stylish, tongue in cheek, and such fun to play. Makes a nice counterpart to Dragon Age Inquisition as well.

    Anyway, not interested in a dlc weapons pack, especially at that price.
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  • Sunset Overdrive free for all Xbox Live subscribers tomorrow

  • berelain 21/11/2014

    Great idea - though not maybe the best weekend to do this, with Dragon Age Inquisition and Halo MCC just released. Still, I've been wanting to pick up Sunset Overdrive for a while so I'll definitely give it a shot! Reply +8
  • Domino's app now available on Xbox One in the UK

  • berelain 19/11/2014

    Still no bloody use because Dominos don't deliver to us. I'm gonna blame Microsoft. Reply +8
  • Who needs games: PlayStation 4's first year

  • berelain 15/11/2014

    The ps4 is fine. Mine has seen a lot of use, mostly because of friends owning one and because of Destiny. But the slow development of its feature set is frustrating, and the winter lineup is diabolical. As someone who has an Xbox One and a gaming PC, and no interest in The Order, Bloodborne seems to be the only title on the horizon for me.

    The Xbox meanwhile has just had three high profile, hugely impressive game releases and its feature set has improved dramatically over the last year. Exclusives for the next year are looking a bit sparse, but at least I have Halo 5 to look forward to.

    I think by my reckoning, the ps4 started out strong but is flatlining, whilst the Xbox one was practically stillborn but has slowly developed a pulse. A year on... I'd say they're about at the same place really.

    Either way, I don't regret buying either of them, despite their flaws.
    Reply +3
  • WOW: there are plenty of level-100 players already

  • berelain 13/11/2014

    The best thing is, these players will be the first to complain that there's not enough content at the level cap for them.

    Infuriates the hell out of me. Just play the game, level up, and enjoy the ride. And if you prefer to do it a different way, that's fine, but don't moan at Blizzard because you couldn't find a way to control your progress in the game and make the new content last...
    Reply +1
  • Destiny will be down for maintenance tomorrow

  • berelain 12/11/2014

    I still manage to squeeze in a couple of hours every other night on Destiny. Its my 'fallback game' at the moment - when I'm burned out on something else, or when the wife is occupying the front room, I'll fire up Destiny for a bit. It's oddly relaxing, unless you're playing Crucible.

    Downtime tomorrow sucks a bit, but I'll just about manage to get by with the Master Chief Collection for a while.
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  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection suffers launch day matchmaking issues

  • berelain 11/11/2014

    It's probably the 15gig patches millions of players are downloading...

    And yes I know the patch servers aren't the same as the multiplayer servers, it's a joke.

    It's the single player I'm most excited about playing when I get home tonight anyway...
    Reply +3
  • Video: Will the Arbiter return in Halo 5: Guardians?

  • berelain 07/11/2014

    I can't wait for this to arrive. Destiny has been scratching my Halo itch for a while, but it's not the same, and there's nothing better than split-screen co-op on Legendary. Reply +2
  • The Sims 4 now lets you make pools

  • berelain 05/11/2014

    At last!

    Actually the patch notes are rather humorous, kudos to the Maxis team for putting some life into them.
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  • Forza Horizon 2's Falken Car Pack is out now

  • berelain 05/11/2014

    Hmm... Not the most exciting selection of cars this time. I'll probably pass on this one. Reply +3
  • Steam Halloween Sale is now live

  • berelain 30/10/2014

    Sale might be brilliant, but it's the worst thing to navigate ever. Reply +6
  • Sony postpones Driveclub PS Plus Edition "until further notice"

  • berelain 30/10/2014

    Sony seriously needs to upgrade its network hardware. If you're going to charge for a service like PS Plus to enable multiplayer features, the network infrastructure damn well needs to be up to the task. For all of it's faults, Microsoft has been ahead of the game by a long way in that regard. Reply +15
  • Games with Gold's November offerings include Red Faction: Guerrilla and Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

  • berelain 30/10/2014

    Can see why Volgarr the Viking is an Xbox One title. Look at those grafix!

    Viva Pinata and Red Faction Guerilla are great offerings though, Guerilla in particular was a under appreciated masterpiece.
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  • Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires release date announced

  • berelain 30/10/2014

    @Old_Books Oh yeah, don't get me wrong, the touchscreen and motion stuff in Next was terrible. But the game was good enough to get me hooked on the series... Reply +3
  • berelain 30/10/2014

    But... I haven't finished all of the content in 8 Xtreme Legends yet :(

    Actually, PlayStation Plus is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Before Dynasty Warriors Next came on PS PLus on the Vita, I had very little interest in the series. Then I downloaded Next, and BANG. Hooked. Can't stop playing the damn games. AND ITS ALL SONY'S FAULT.
    Reply +9
  • The man who made a game to change the world

  • berelain 30/10/2014

    But I thought WoW was the first MMO...

    [/trollmode]

    Seriously though, great, informative, and interesting read.
    Reply -1
  • RaceRoom is the best racing game you've never heard of

  • berelain 24/10/2014

    I downloaded and played this once, just after it first appeared, and found it a horrible, nigh-unplayable mess of a game with pretty graphics but not much else. Sounds like it's come a long way since then... maybe I'll give it another try. Reply +18
  • PS4 firmware update will bring Share Play next week

  • berelain 23/10/2014

    "this new firmware update will add the highly anticipated Share Play feature we detailed in August."

    Highly anticipated... By who, exactly? Its a feature I honestly couldn't care less about, I have better things to do with my free time than watch other people play b games.

    Still, at least it's finally arriving. Just like DriveClub, it's only about a year late ;)

    Really do hope they get that suspend feature working soon, though. Its always great to be able to just jump back into whatever I was playing last on my xbo, and I log for the day that my ps4 can do it too.
    Reply -19
  • Microsoft to end free Xbox Music streaming

  • berelain 23/10/2014

    @DonDada it is, but only if you sign up for a full year. I like to go monthly to keep my options open, at least to begin with. Reply 0
  • berelain 23/10/2014

    I actually just ditched Spotify in favour of Xbox Music. It has a lot of tracks and artists that Spotify just doesn't have, and its cheaper. Sound quality and Android app aren't quite as good, but it's improving.

    I would definitely be interested in some offer that combined music with xbox live gold. If you could subscribe to both for, say, £12 a month, I'd be sold.
    Reply +3
  • Valve pulls game from Steam following dev's tweet threatening Gabe Newell

  • berelain 21/10/2014

    I'm not normally a big fan of Valve, but I think this was an important stance to make from them, actually: Death threats should not be tolerated, irrespective of whether they are 'obviously a joke' or not.

    Game looks arse anyway. Valve probably did them a favour.
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  • "Majority" of DriveClub owners can now connect online

  • berelain 20/10/2014

    DriveClub is turning out to be a bit of a joke, and the ongoing issues highlight how far behind Sony's online infrastructure is behind Microsoft's - Forza Horizon 2 has been running perfectly for me since launch, with all online and community features present, correct, and brilliant.

    Sony really needs to make sure this doesn't happen again with future releases - from third party publishers it might be (almost) forgivable, but for an in-house studio to have messed up this badly with the launch of what should have been a major release for the PS4 is frankly absurd, and a little troubling.

    I'm still hoping I'll enjoy DriveClub, once the PS Plus version eventually emerges, but without that and without the benefit of even a Demo I definitely won't be buying it to give it a try.
    Reply +17
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection has 20GB day one patch to unlock multiplayer

  • berelain 17/10/2014

    Ouch. Thats massive.

    But not really surprising, given the amount of content they're trying to cram onto a single blu-ray. A shame they didn't just ship it on a second installable disc, but given that many PC games now require huge downloads before they're playable - even if you bought a retail version - 20GB isn't so bad. And it's not like you can't play the single player without the patch, which is what I'll be doing anyway...
    Reply +6
  • Road Redemption Early Access review

  • berelain 09/10/2014

    I've played the Alpha that was out a few months ago, and the Steam Early Access version - the game has improved dramatically in the few months between the two, and I have few doubts that it'll turn into a real gem of a title. At the moment, it's rough around the edges and a bit shonky, but it's absolutely hilariously good fun. Romping through the campaign in 2-player mode is a particular treat. Reply +2
  • Capcom: no new Darkstalkers any time soon

  • berelain 09/10/2014

    Fucks sake. Thats because Darkstalkers Resurrection was a half-arsed rehash of earlier games with so little effort put into it it was insulting. Reply +9
  • Sony "temporarily holding back" DriveClub's free PlayStation Plus edition

  • berelain 08/10/2014

    Blatantly an attempt to get players to buy the full version. Pretty low move from Sony / Evolution :/

    EDIT: missed the part about EU regions getting it today. Not quite as bad as I thought then, but still a bit poo.
    Reply +4
  • DriveClub review

  • berelain 07/10/2014

    Ouch indeed, though not entirely unexpected. At least PS Plus subscribers can try it out before they commit to the full game, which I'll certainly be doing. Bit of a shame though; with Gran Turismo conspicuous by its absence the PS4 could use a decent racer. I'll still give Driveclub a try, but I was never overly hopeful.

    If I can pry myself away from the majesty of Forza Horizon 2 for long enough, that is.
    Reply +1
  • Alien: Isolation review

  • berelain 03/10/2014

    I'm so torn with this. Will probably wait and see if any of my friends picks it up, but as it is, my money has already gone to Destiny, Shadows of Mordor, and Forza Horizon 2 over the last month, so something's gotta give... and I think Alien Isolation will be it. Reply 0
  • Eyes-on with PC Shadow of Mordor's 6GB ultra-HD textures

  • berelain 02/10/2014

    PS4, Ultra, and High settings look so ridiculously similar I can't see any real benefit to running the game in the much more demanding mode, or in getting the PC version over the console version (unless its significantly cheaper...) Reply +3
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with the Forza Horizon 2 demo

  • berelain 18/09/2014

    @obidanshinobi
    Can't see a driving game on the horizon that looks as much fun as this.
    I see what you did there!
    Reply +3
  • berelain 18/09/2014

    @Alex_Star You're talking about the original FH there, though. FH2 seems to do something magical with it's frame blending that makes it feel even smoother than it actually is. Reply -1
  • berelain 18/09/2014

    @ipar I don't dislike the machine (actually it gets a lot of regular use, just not for gaming) but the exclusives just haven't really grabbed me yet - mind you, neither have the exclusives on the PS4. Very much looking forward to Halo MCC, but I think Forza Horizon 2 is the first "next gen" game I've been truly excited for. Reply +1
  • berelain 18/09/2014

    @ipar I've doubted mine many times, largely because of the disappointment of Forza 5. Crimson Dragon kept me going until now. Reply -9
  • berelain 18/09/2014

    If I ever doubted my decision to buy an Xbox One, Forza Horizon 2 has vindicated me completely. Its plays brilliantly, the atmosphere is electric, and the visuals are jaw-droppingly beautiful.

    And you can barely notice that it runs at 30fps and not 60, same as it was with the original Forza Horizon.

    I need to go preorder it now actually...
    Reply +13
  • Microsoft unveils wired Xbox One controller for Windows PC

  • berelain 17/09/2014

    So... it's the standard Xbox One pad in a PC-friendly box, then?

    If they sort it out so that games will recognise it as an Xbox 360 pad, then it'd be perfect. For now it's just a great controller, but I'll stick to my 360 pads for PC gaming since most Steam games support them better.
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