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  • Jelly Deals: Steam Link and Steam Controller discounted by up to 60%

  • berelain 23/02/2017

    @Sora888 Hmm. Maybe worth investing in powerline adaptors then. Or just sticking to streaming to the Surface, which works fairly well. Reply 0
  • berelain 23/02/2017

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

  • berelain 22/02/2017

    I can't disagree with anything in this review based on my experience with the game so far. There's little new or revalatory here, but much like the first Halo Wars, it nails the RTS experience pretty solidly. I'm enjoying it, but I doubt it'll stay with me. Reply +10
  • Quote is a brawler for the post-truth era

  • berelain 21/02/2017

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

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

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

  • berelain 21/02/2017

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

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

    Mind you, it's the out-of-date Chronophantasma Extend anyway.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

  • berelain 21/02/2017

    EG Recommended.

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

  • berelain 21/02/2017

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

  • berelain 20/02/2017

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

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

    But damn it looks pretty.
    Reply +6
  • For Honor review

  • berelain 17/02/2017

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

    It also lacks the character and sheer craziness of Chivalry, and the game modes are nowhere near as interesting. The 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 duels are fun, and challenging, and its very pretty. But its not enough to engage me for more than a couple of days.
    Reply +4
  • A new Vampire: The Masquerade game has been released

  • berelain 17/02/2017

    @Jurinetblade Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines would get a whole new meaning. Reply +9
  • Yet more bad news for SNES preservation project which lost $10k of games in the post

  • berelain 16/02/2017

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

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

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

    And my bad, I worded that incorrectly. I meant "insured for the full value." I've corrected the mistake.
    Reply +6
  • berelain 16/02/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I sympathise with whats happened, but as someone who's been burned by smaller items I've sold on Ebay / Amazon being lost in the post and me having not taken up insurance and tracking, it beggars belief that someone would post $10,000 worth of items and not send them in the most secure, well-tracked and fully-insured way possible.
    Reply +12
  • For Honor is the best fighting game I've played in ages

  • berelain 16/02/2017

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

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

    @DonNorris THIS. Because good gods, Central Fiction is an incredible game. Reply +6
  • berelain 14/02/2017

    I was really disappointed with it. The fundamentals of combat are solid, and its a quick, well-balanced system, but in practise it quickly boils down to a dance of heavy / light / dodge and little else really matters. Even in one-on-one duels, I found it came down more to moving around than what angle you were attacking from, and the lock on / guard mechanism is frustrating and cumbersome.

    And the maps are really, really dull. there's no character to the game at all.

    Give me Chivalry any day.
    Reply +25
  • SNES preservation project "dead" after $10k of games lost in the post

  • berelain 14/02/2017

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

    Also, as others have said, surely sending the ROM dumping kit to the collector would have been a far better way of doing this.
    Reply +6
  • Humble Freedom Bundle offers its most generous collection yet

  • berelain 14/02/2017

    I'd buy this just for the cause behind it. Reply +2
  • Jelly Deals: Get an Xbox One Elite controller with a free game for £99.99 today

  • berelain 13/02/2017

    That's tempting, but the only game I don't have is Dead Rising 4, and I'm not particularly bothered about owning it.I guess I could sell it but... hmm.

    I do want that pad, though >.
    Reply +1
  • Fans really want to have sex with Mass Effect's new alien

  • berelain 10/02/2017

    .... why is this a news story? o.O Reply +49
  • Survive Conan Exiles' bad introduction and there's real promise there

  • berelain 10/02/2017

    I ended up learning the ropes by abusing the admin privileges on a private, single-player server: I gave myself a bucket of XP and materials and experimented with crafting and combat, and learnt a great deal about the game that way, before venturing into the wilds of the PVP servers. i'd highly recommend doing the same. Reply +2
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild image confirms fan-favourite character

  • berelain 10/02/2017

    Beedle also appeared in Skyward Sword, which acted as a prequel to the whole franchise.
    Reply +3
  • berelain 10/02/2017

    and features a version of Hyrule which has now been drained of ocean.
    Does that mean no water levels?
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  • Netflix Castlevania series launching this year

  • berelain 09/02/2017

    @Kami no use. He steals men's souls and makes them his slaves. Reply +7
  • berelain 09/02/2017

    Sounds interesting.

    But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!
    Reply +27
  • Nintendo's latest mobile gamble doesn't quite pay off

  • berelain 09/02/2017

    I've really enjoyed my time with it, but I finished the last mission of the story mode last night and aside from replaying it on higher difficulties, there doesn't seem to be that much more to do at the minute. There's clearly more content on the way, though, and I'll hold out to see what develops. I do enjoy the distillation of the Fire Emblem gameplay to bite-sized matches - much as I love the main series, the huge battles can get a bit unwieldly. Reply 0
  • Konami tries to explain the R in Super Bomberman R

  • berelain 07/02/2017

    Pretty sure it just stands for Rubbish. Reply +2
  • Broken dragons: In praise of Morrowind, a game about game design

  • berelain 07/02/2017

    @HappyGator Which is just a heavily customised version of the Gamebryo engine. Reply +7
  • berelain 07/02/2017

    Morrowind remains my favourite Elder Scrolls title. Not in gameplay terms, perhaps, but in how well it sucked you in to a fantasy world that really was unlike anything you'd seen before. Dunmer strutting about in chininous bonemould armour, dwelling in the empty shells of giant, long-dead arthropods cut an impressive sight even now. Reply +10
  • Double Dragon 4 review

  • berelain 03/02/2017

    @chrismorley I think the closest equivalent of the classic side-scroller (apart from retro styled side scrollers) these days are Omega Force's Musuo games. The gameplay is very different, of course, but there's something about the feel of them - especially when played co-op - that harks back to Streets of Rage etc. Reply 0
  • berelain 03/02/2017

    This is one of the weirdest reviews I've ever read. It feels half like a history lecture and half like a rundown of gameplay mechanics. At the end of it I've still very little idea of whether it's any fun to play.

    Surprised there are no mention of the ability to button-map new moves and the jump command, especially useful in the platforming sections.

    Funnily enough I was listening to the Giant Bombcast on the way to work this morning, and Jeff Gerstmann told me more in the 5 minutes he was talking about his experience of the game than I learned from the entirety of this review.

    I normally like your reviews Simon, but this one really misses the mark.
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  • Nioh review

  • berelain 02/02/2017

    @gnosis Yeah, I found that comment a bit baffling. There's a hell of a lot of strong single player offerings out there at the minute. Reply +1
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 on PS4 headlines PlayStation Plus February lineup

  • berelain 02/02/2017

    Ugh. Well there goes another month that I won't be resubscribing. Not a Hero is a little bit tempting, but since you can buy the game for about £3 on the Humble Store any time there's a sale I'll just get it on there instead.

    And I've never been a fan of LBP. Its charming, but janky physics don't make for a good platform game.
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  • Resident Evil 7 has third-best week one sales of the series

  • berelain 30/01/2017

    It was a good week for games. Yakuza and Tales of Beseria are on my 'need to pick up as soon as humanly possible' list, but went for Res 7 and do not regret it for a second. Reply +10
  • PSA: Some of Sega's best soundtracks just hit Spotify

  • berelain 26/01/2017

    I really hope these are coming to Google Play Music as well.

    "In a dream I could see, you are not far away..."

    Wait - is the Sonic R soundtrack on there as well?
    Reply +5
  • Final Fantasy 15's new update is dumb, shallow and kind of brilliant

  • berelain 25/01/2017

    @captain-T-dawg I find the combat surprisingly engaging. Its reminiscent of Xenoblad Chronicles' system in some ways; its very position and timing based. I didn't expect to like it much, but I thoroughly enjoy the fights in FFXV. And pretty much everything else in it, to be fair. Reply +4
  • Nintendo announces huge Zelda eShop sale

  • berelain 25/01/2017

    Yeah this... this is lame. This'll likely bring the prices down to standard retail prices for most of these games now.

    That said, discounted Hyrule Warrios DLC could be worth a punt..
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  • The new Unreal Tournament is still chugging along

  • berelain 24/01/2017

    It looks like there's still a lot of work left to do (the game's still in a pre-alpha state), but it is playable.
    I'd say it's more than playable - its bloody good fun, and the best arena multiplayer shooter since the original Unreal Tournament in my book. I've been having a blast with the alpha so far.
    Reply +13
  • 1-2 Switch is Nintendo's attempt to recapture Wii's golden era

  • berelain 24/01/2017

    @benfresh76 I think you're right. The Switch reminds me in some ways of the Vita - an attempt to cram every idea into one package, without any real thought behind how the elements go together or what their use will be in the real world. Things like the infrared camera on the right Joy Con - what real function is that going to have outside of 1-2 Switch? There's so many concepts here but no unifying logic. Reply +3
  • berelain 24/01/2017

    We haven't really seen that much of it yet, but I have some major concerns about 1-2 Switch. Firstly the standalone release thing - there's still no word on how many minigames are in there, and a handful of tech demos doth not a game make. Many of them would struggle as 99p apps to download on your phone.

    More than that, though, I'm baffled as to why so many of these games rely on sound alone and don't want you looking at the TV - the quick-draw game and table tennis game being prime examples. Given that the ideal opportunity to play these sorts of games is in a party environment, the speakers on the Joy Cons / Switch better be bloody loud if the players are supposed to hear the thwack of a ping pong ball over the music, chatter, and other sounds of wherever the game is being played.

    And then there's the £40 price tag.

    Just No.
    Reply +10
  • Zelda will be Nintendo's last game for the Wii U

  • berelain 20/01/2017


    On the plus side, the catastrophically bad Switch reveal has finally prompted me to buy a Wii U and pick up the handful of games I've always wanted on the platform.
    Reply +11
  • Yakuza 0 review

  • berelain 20/01/2017

    I actually cannot wait to play this. I've avoided - not intentionally, mind - the Yakuza series for far too long, but this getting a relatively high profile release (even if it is on the same day as Resi 7...) has made me finally sit up and do something about it. Reply +18
  • Resident Evil 7 offers Cross-Buy on Xbox One and Windows 10

  • berelain 19/01/2017

    @obscured021 I thought they'd said that Vive and / or Rift support was coming to the PC version down the line anyway? Reply 0
  • berelain 19/01/2017

    Presumably this is just for digital editions, as with the other Xbox Play Anywhere titles?

    Shame this announcement didn't come sooner, but having said that I still think i'd be sticking with the PC version, mainly because it was going for £24 on Amazon.

    I've tried Play Anywhere with Gears 4, Forza Horizon 3 and ReCore, though, and have to say for me the experience has been flawless. And whilst my PC is more powerful and undoubtedly runs the games better, I find I often prefer playing them on the Xbox, sat on the sofa in front of the TV, than I do at my computer desk.

    It's almost as if the graphical fidelity doesn't matter too much in the face of engaging gameplay... but that can't be right, surely ;)
    Reply +3
  • Nintendo's next big mobile game is coming to Android first

  • berelain 19/01/2017

    I suspect I'll be lapping this up. Haven't played a Fire Emblem game for a while, and I've been wondering about getting into a new 'gacha' type game lately as well. Colour me interested, Nintendo! Reply 0
  • Yakuza 0 is a great way to get into Sega's outstanding series

  • berelain 12/01/2017

    @obidanshinobi oh god damnit. Same day as Resi 7? Thats no fair. Reply +2