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  • Your free August Xbox Live Games with Gold are...

  • berelain 26/07/2016

    Pleased for Warriors Orochi especially, been thinking about picking that up for a while. Reply +1
  • Feast your eyes on the best Overwatch fan art around

  • berelain 22/07/2016

    Kotakugamer strikes again ;)

    Some gorgeous art here though, certainly. And as a one-time fanart contributor myself, I do appreciate seeing such high quality pieces getting prominent features like this.
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  • Dark Souls 3 mod replaces every texture with crab

  • berelain 22/07/2016

    Does this mod make enemies vulnerable to massive damage? Reply +2
  • Square Enix is making the world's first Apple Watch-exclusive RPG

  • berelain 21/07/2016

    Looks and sounds suitably stupid. Though I did enjoy the Chaos Rings games....

    As an Android Watch user, I've tried a couple of games on my watch. They're amusing enough for a minute or two but certainly not anything I'd want to get my teeth into, just because of how unsuitable a watch screen is for that sort of thing.

    The only game that works really well is Lifeline, but then that's less of a game and more of an interactive story...
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 review

  • berelain 19/07/2016

    @LargeStyle This is generally the case with all new generations of graphics cards, though. The top-end raises the bar, the other cards bring more performance than their predecessors.

    For example, I just upgraded my ageing 660ti for a 1070, but the 660Ti was roughly comparable, performance-wise to the GTX 960 despite being effectively three generations older.

    I remember reading somewhere that the general rule of graphics cards upgrades is don't go for anything thats less than three steps above your current card, as the difference will be relatively marginal.
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  • berelain 19/07/2016

    Out of interest - why no Doom benchmarks? Would have been interesting to see the 'Vulkan' difference. Reply +20
  • Xbox One S 2TB launch date 2nd August

  • berelain 18/07/2016

    £350 seems a bit steep for a refreshed console with a larger HDD. If they'd priced this a little better I might have been tempted to replace my original XBox One, but I think I'll pass at that price. The 500GB one is more reasonable at £250, but 500GB is pretty much useless on its own in the Xbox One, given that every game *has* to be installed to the HDD.

    EDIT: Didn't actually realise how expensive 4K bluray players were at the minute. In that case, the Xbox One S is pretty good value after all.

    To be honest though, by the time this comes out the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative should be up and running, so I'll most likely just play the games on my PC instead....
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  • Looks like Spotify won't arrive on Xbox One with background music

  • berelain 18/07/2016

    Groove music isn't bad, tbh. I only switched because it's Android client was a bit ropey, and Google Play Music's family plan is more generous and better value for money.

    I can't see Google Play Music arriving on Xbox One anytime soon, though, since it doesn't even have a standard Windows app, let alone a Windows 10 one.
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  • Ghostbusters review

  • berelain 15/07/2016

    @riceNpea yeah shame. My review of this, 'try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.'
    Total Protonic Reversal!?
    Reply +7
  • 10 more titles headed to EA Origin Access this summer

  • berelain 13/07/2016

    I've been really impressed with Origin Access. The amount of games EA is adding to the service makes it impossibly good value for money - I'd have to be subscribing for years to come to make up the value of the games I've played on Access.

    Now if only they'd add Star Wars Battlefront...
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  • Having no daily/flash deals made Steam Summer Sale 2016 more money than ever

  • berelain 10/07/2016

    I spent far less - I think I spent the grand total of £11, on Chaos Reborn and BioShock 1 & 2, which I already have on the XBox but just added to my PC library for completion's sake :/ Reply 0
  • How to fix the shooter campaign? Dig in

  • berelain 08/07/2016

    All you need to revitalise the single player campaign is follow the example of DOOM. Its a masterpiece of design, with excellent pacing, the need to *actually think* about where you're going and how to get there, and some of the best firefights in any game ever.

    Outside of Doom, Halo's campaigns have been consistently good at dropping you into a sandbox environment and letting the excellent AI do its thing. It gives tremendous replay value when you really don't know what the enemy will do next or how the scenario will play out, and these 'open' sections are punctuated by strong, memorable set pieces.

    In contrast, games like COD and Battlefront are endless corridors of set piece after set piece, and really suffer for it.
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  • Need for Speed and Unravel are coming to EA Access next week

  • berelain 06/07/2016

    I was a bit sceptical about Origin Access at first, but EA has been pretty good with it. A lot of games are on the service now and given that's I'd probably havw bought at least a couple of them, it works out at pretty good value. Reply 0
  • PlayStation 4 filing points to DualShock 4 PC adapter

  • berelain 06/07/2016

    All they need to do is release some proper ds4 drivers. I've been using a program which can connect to ds4 controllers via Bluetooth for a while now and it's pretty solid. That said, I still tend to plug in my Xbox pad. But having the Bluetooth ds4 on hand is great for co-op games.

    But then, if they released Bluetooth drivers for the pad, wouldn't be able to sell us a £20 adapter...
    Reply +1
  • Live speedrun attempt interrupted by fake Windows 10 update

  • berelain 06/07/2016

    @Innocent_Bystander shockingly enough, I also have over 10 years experience working in IT, so incredible as it may sound, I do actually know what I'm talking about. So maybe we could all stop with the hilariously patronising attitude and accept that maybe, just maybe, my comment wasn't intended to be entirely serious...?

    I know full well the reasons some people won't upgrade to newer versions, and whilst in the most part I find their reasons to be unfounded and have had no issues getting some very old hardware and software that I've acquired over the years to work on Windows 10, that doesn't mean I don't respect their opinion.

    Wrong as it might be ;D

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  • berelain 05/07/2016

    @TigreStratos I did, but as the concept of not having, for free, the latest version of something is pretty much anathema to me, I disregarded it. ;D Reply -7
  • berelain 05/07/2016

    Of course, people could avoid these issues just by updating their fucking computer. I know this was a prank, but there are enough complaints of it happening at inappropriate times. I'm not saying that the forced update is a particularly great idea, but seriously, even my *DAD* managed to update his PC to Windows 10 without a problem, and he barely uses his PC. Reply -41
  • Overwatch heroes re-imagined by fan artist as Rockabilly pin-ups

  • berelain 05/07/2016

    Thanks, Kotaku! Reply +3
  • Things fall apart: Looking back at Resident Evil 5

  • berelain 04/07/2016

    @ubergine erm, I don't know when you played it, but having owned it since launch I can safely say that i've never found it to be uncompleteable in single player... Reply +2
  • berelain 04/07/2016

    I really loved RE5. It has a few spotty moments, but its one of few games I've played through several times, both single player and co-op, and generally find it a total blast to play. Reply +2
  • Big Xbox summer sale kicks off tomorrow

  • berelain 04/07/2016

    @grassyknoll perhaps he's *ultimately* pathetic? ;D Reply +26
  • Xbox One background music launches 2nd August

  • berelain 01/07/2016

    I would assume it'd be tied in with Groove Music (which replaced Xbox Music) - though it would be nice to have other options. Reply -1
  • Total War: Warhammer is getting Blood and Gore DLC

  • berelain 30/06/2016

    @FishMcFish that makes me feel a bit better. To me it doesn't seem like there;s much strategy or tactics involved - just who has the better units. And it seems to penalise you for having more than one army :/ Reply 0
  • berelain 30/06/2016

    @FMV-GAMER I haven't actually been enjoying it very much :( partly because I play orcs, and the campaign feels very focused around the slow burn of building up an empire, but as orcs all I want to do is go hit things.

    I also find that I'm getting pounded by Dwarves, because the limit of 20 units per side means that my 20 units of basic gobbos and Orc boyz are up against 20 elite, heavily armoured Dwarf units.

    The maps also seem a bit bland. Maybe its the region the Orc campaign starts in, but there's no rivers, few hills, and very few woodlands - so it just ends up in a big mulch of units crushed together regardless of what tactics you employ. I miss the days when 40 archers could hold a hill against a huge army of spearmen in Shogun.

    I'm not sure I agree about it being demanding, though? I was running it maxed out at 1080 on my ageing GTX 660 TI and was getting a solid 30-40 fps? Ashes of the Singularity is much harder on systems (and has a proper benchmarking tool built in)
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  • berelain 30/06/2016

    so... what does it do? Just add a few buckets of blood and new animations? Reply 0
  • Dragon's Crown pulled from PlayStation Store in Europe

  • berelain 30/06/2016

    This digital licensing shite needs to stop. I long for the day (which will probably never come) when a license to sell / distribute / view a product isn't time limited. I'm fed up of Movies and TV series coming and going from on-demand services as licensing agreements change, and games suddenly ceasing to exist when an agreement runs out. Its just frustrating for the consumer.

    Also, Dragon's Crown is fucking brilliant. I have the PS3 and Vita versions and love them both dearly.
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  • Microsoft shifts one million of those £129 Xbox One Elite controllers

  • berelain 29/06/2016

    I really do want to pick one of these up.

    And the reason Sony hasn't made one is probably because the Dualshock 4 is so horrendously expensive anyway. An Elite version might wind up costing the same as PSVR.
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  • July Xbox Games with Gold titles announced

  • berelain 28/06/2016

    Wow :O thats a pretty good deal. Quite fancy picking up Rainbow Six Vegas 2 again as well; used to have the boxed copy but a backward compatible digital version will be handy for co-op fun. Reply +2
  • Characters from The Witcher, Zelda, Mario, Metroid and BioShock - beautifully re-imagined

  • berelain 28/06/2016

    Awesome, but this is a strangely Kotaku-esque post from EG. Reply +2
  • Umbrella Corps review

  • berelain 23/06/2016

    @lukej No, Resi 5 looked much better than that... Reply +3
  • berelain 23/06/2016

    @BearFishPie I was trying to remember whether it was 4 or 5 that did it first, but I *knew* it was in 5 so I played it safe ;) Reply +4
  • berelain 23/06/2016

    "Umbrella Corps' approach to doors is a cute throwback to the original Resi - you can choose how quickly you open each one, either bursting in or slowly creeping one open. You'd be mad to do the latter, of course."

    Er. I think you mean Resi 5. The original just had slow door sequences.
    Reply +1
  • You can buy Street Fighter 5's Hot Ryu next week

  • berelain 23/06/2016

    Yeah, I seem to remember Capcom saying you would be able to buy everything with Fight Money earned in game... either way it doesn't seem like a great move.

    And yeah, the art style... just no. It's marginally better than 4's, but not by much, and is a major factor in my decision not to purchase the game. Yes, I know graphics don't make a game, but if I'm going to be spending hours watching a handful of characters duke it out on-screen then I'd rather they looked... well, decent. Not weirdly out of proportion like these guys (Whats with Ibuki's feet, seriously?)
    Reply -2
  • Murky world of PC game key reselling exposed by indie developer

  • berelain 21/06/2016

    Hmm. much as I'm somewhat skeptical about G2A, I'm also skeptical about this story. I've certainly never heard of TinyBuild games or any of the titles they're selling - which makes the cynic in me question whether this is just an attempt to gain publicity by attacking a company that's already on questionable ground and therefore a bit of an easy target.

    If its true, then yes, it's bloody awful, and it certainly warrants further investigation either way. But until we know for sure, I'll just remain a skeptic and carry on not buying games from G2A... for now.
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  • Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is being co-developed by Monolith Soft

  • berelain 21/06/2016

    Suddenly my interest just skyrocketed. Reply 0
  • Watch: Mighty No. 9 doesn't look like we'd hoped

  • berelain 21/06/2016

    Wow. So I post a comment questioning why this needed to be video content when it could have been done better by screenshots, and it gets deleted with no notification? Classy move EG. Reply +5
  • 1080p Project Scorpio games "will look different" and some "run a little better" than on Xbox One/S

  • berelain 16/06/2016

    @George-Roper "Amazing, as if we haven't had dozens of instances of games consoles over the last decade crapping out in various different flavours.

    Time to leave the 'PC gaming in 1995 is autoexec.bat difficult' mentality behind and move into 2016, there's a chap."

    Whilst I agree consoles are hardly bug or crash free, and I do lean more towards PC gaming than consoles these days, it's still hardly a stable environment when things like downloading new drivers can completely break a game at times, or a bad ram cluster cause CTDs and bluescreen errors. PC gaming in 2016 isn't a great deal more reliable than it was in 1995, but it is a bit easier.
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  • berelain 16/06/2016

    The messaging isn't confusing, it's pretty clear cut. Scorpio is more powerful so will run existing (and future) games at better framerates and at a higher resolution where dynamic scaling is concerned, IF the engine / code allows for it. If it doesn't, it'll run the game as it is. Future games will be able to run at a native 4k on Scorpio, and will stick to the standard 1080 (or less) than Xbox games generally do anyway on the original One and the S model.

    I actually find it very bizarre the amount of negativity about Microsoft's openness here. If you're going to criticise, aim the crosshairs at Sony whose message is currently nonexistent. By all means critique the fact that we're having this mid-generation hardware overhaul, but don't bury Microsoft for trying to be open about it.

    Bloody gamers. We're never happy.
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  • The Last Guardian: the first 40 minutes

  • berelain 16/06/2016

    I'm really concerned that the game is going to be too led by the nose. The context stuff they've shown in demos looks great, but I wonder if it's just context-specific as each situation demands. Its hard to gauge just how freeform the world is and how much exploration you CAN do, compared to how much you're led to, Uncharted-style.

    There's potential. But I'm dubious.
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  • Microsoft's mixed messages at E3 aren't pretty for Xbox One owners

  • berelain 16/06/2016

    I can't really agree with this to be honest. Whilst I decry the apparent need for mid-generation hardware revolutions - I don't want to upgrade my console like I upgrade my phone, because I can't get a subsidised monthly tariff on my console - I don't think Microsoft was giving mixed messages or treating original Xbox one buyers as second-rate customers. In fact, by being open about their plans and whats coming in the future, they've actually been rather generous with the information they've given, especially compared to Sony whose stoic silence on the matter points to a rather more embarrassingly muddled future, with their focus squarely on selling PSVR headsets this year before dropping the new hardware bomb later.

    At least the accessories and games are going to be compatible across platform revisions - we've had no assurances from Sony that the Neo will do the same (because we don't have any assurances about ANYTHING with the Neo), and Nintendo have dropped the ball in this regard with the New 3DS.

    Personally, I probably won't get a Scorpio, because I'm just about to upgrade the graphics card in my PC. But if I wasn't doing that, the Scorpio would represent the best option for high end gaming at a reasonable price point. Not all gamers will care about that, and for them the standard Xbox One (or PS4, or whatever) will do just fine.

    I guess if we continue the smartphone analogy, you could argue that most manufacturers produce flagship and budget models; for those who care about power and visuals, the high end devices are marketed at them. For those who just want to use a phone and check Facebook and Twitter, a midrange device is perfectly suitable. It could go the same way with consoles: Andy who just wants to play Fifa with his mates on a friday night doesn't care about 4K visuals and whether the framerate is 30 or 60 fps. He just wants to play the game and enjoy it.

    I still don't like the idea of consoles having major hardware refreshes, but I suspect this will be the way of things from here on in.
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  • Rock Band 4 announces expansion Rivals, due this autumn

  • berelain 15/06/2016

    "Rock Band 4 Wired Legacy Adapter. Also priced at $29.99, this will be compatible with the Xbox ION drums along with legacy controllers like the Rock Band 3 Midi PRO-Adapter for Xbox 360, the ION Drum Rocker for Xbox 360, and various wired legacy Rock Band peripherals."

    So just to clear this up - does that mean I can use my old Rock Band wired drum kit, guitar and microphone? Because if so, count me in.
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  • Xbox boss Phil Spencer: the big interview

  • berelain 15/06/2016

    @Ryze "The PS4K actually has 4K in the name" - except it doesn't actually have a name at all yet. Neither does the Scorpio. Scorpio is just the project name, and the PS4K doesn't (officially) exist yet.

    In any case, it's nice to see MS being more open with what they're working on. I probably won't pick up the One S or the Scorpio; with the Play Anywhere thing i can play the games on my PC if I want the high end experience, but Scorpio (and the PS4K) will probably be good choices for those who don't have - and don't want - expensive gaming PCs.
    Reply +5
  • Gears of War 4 is Cross-Buy and Cross-Play with Windows 10

  • berelain 13/06/2016

    Finally. Microsoft is delivering on the promise of the universal windows platform at last - it's taken them long enough! But this can only be a good thing. Hopefully more Xbox titled follow suit. Reply +3
  • Watch: Is this the worst game on Xbox One?

  • berelain 09/06/2016

    Managed about 2 minutes of the video but had to stop because a) Ian's voice is actually really annoying (sorry Ian), and b) all he seems to have to say is "look at that (lack of) texture!" and "why is there no invert Y axis option" along with an occasional "who made this?" (which, as a journalist, we'd kind of hope you had the answer to.

    Oh well, serves as a good reminder why I don't watch gaming videos. With the notable exception of the Outside Xbox crew, most commentators on game videos are gratingly irritating.

    Back on topic: I played APB when it first launched and enjoyed it for what it was, but it was shonky even then and hasn't aged well.
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  • Nintendo eShop half-price sale for fifth anniversary

  • berelain 07/06/2016

    No Fire Emblem deals, sadly. :( Reply +2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan review

  • berelain 01/06/2016

    Why is there no local multiplayer? :( FFS! Reply +3
  • Paradox, this is why we need to talk about your mods

  • berelain 01/06/2016

    If you provide the possibility for players to mod your game, it becomes your responsibility to curate those mods.
    Yep, can't agree with this statement. Whilst I shudder at the thought that somebody would ever want to use, let alone make, such a mod, I don't see how you can expect the developer to actively police mods. Mods exist even for games that don't officially support them - should the developers of those games try and block every mod being released? no. This stance puts developers in a damned if they do, damned if they don't situation, and its of no benefit to anyone.

    We just have to be realistic. People will make mods, whether or not the game explicitly lets them. Many will be interesting. Some will be silly. Some will be offensive. But you're never going to be able to stop people making them.

    Perhaps a better idea is, let the community moderate the mods?
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  • How does Overwatch run on budget PCs?

  • berelain 01/06/2016

    Its hardly the most graphically demanding game, so this shouldn't really come as much of a shock to anyone... its more about the fluidity of the animations and gameplay.

    also - 3 out of 4 articles posted this morning on EG are Overwatch-related? That must be a new record ;)
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  • PlayStation Plus' June freebies include Gone Home and NBA 2K16

  • berelain 01/06/2016

    Meh. Wow. Gone Home is good, but I've played through that a couple of times. NBA2K16 is only going to have a limited audience over here at the best of times. Mild improvement I guess. Reply 0
  • Gran Turismo Sport ditches one of the series' big features

  • berelain 31/05/2016

    Everyone talking about how amazing DriveClub's weather was - yes, it looked pretty, but it was incredibly unconvincing mechanically and remarkably unbelievable. It felt right for the arcadey feel of DriveClub, but it wouldn't work in a GT / Forza title. Reply -1