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  • Is Dark Souls 2 going soft?

  • captain_mailinator 15/10/2013

    Not once does Dark Souls 2 miss a beat or skip a frame.

    I played the beta and I found the frame rate to be diaboloical - it was like running through sludge and it noticabley dipped numerous times - mainly with groups of enemies and everytime one of the larger enemies were on screen.

    I am starting to think however that this was just me as hardly anyone else commented - and there are comments like in the above article. Throughout a lot of the topics on the gamefaqs board I only saw one or two make mention to poor frame rates, the rest were commenting on it's smoothness.

    I am thinking maybe it was something to do with my server connection?

    Did no one else experience this slowdown?

    It got so bad on my game that sometimes the controller wasn't recognising the inputs properly.
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  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons review

  • captain_mailinator 08/08/2013

    @Frew I know, the second I read the one player co-op I thought of Kuri Kuri mix - although it has to be said that that game also had the option to be played in two player.

    This sounds interesting though, it is a shame the difficulty doesn't increase to match the narrative however.
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  • The Xbox One controller retails for $60 in the US

  • captain_mailinator 02/08/2013

    @Badassbab

    Surely if the battery dies you can just connect it via the charge cable...
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  • Tech Analysis: Watch Dogs on PlayStation 4

  • captain_mailinator 15/07/2013

    I agree with people saying that PC's will run better than PS4 and also that you make a killing with cheaper cost of games/steam sales etc.

    However, people stating that the mandatory paywall for online is a huge negative seem to also miss the plus points of said service - namely PS+.

    In the last year, for the 30 I paid for a years subscription (got it on sale) I have had a huge amount of free games that I would never have bought otherwise - Warhammer Space Marine, Need for Speed Shift, Battlefield 3, Bulletstorm, Okami HD and a load others - I have filled my 500gb hard drive and have to delete completed games to make room for new ones!

    Additionally, I have also had a raft of Vita games for free and haven't spent a penny on them - I have bought two games for my Vita, Persona 4 and Soul Sacrifice - the other 8 or so have all been free from PS+.

    If they keep the same structure with PS4 (and they seem to be - Drive Club free at launch and continued membership across all platforms) I will be more than happy to continue paying 39.99 a year (or less if I can get it discounted again!).
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  • Microsoft reverses position on Xbox One DRM

  • captain_mailinator 20/06/2013

    Good to see them make a U-turn but they have already lost my trust and will have to do a lot more to ever make me think of purchasing the Xbox One.

    Out of interest...I am guessing that the supposed extra computational "power" of the Xbox Cloud Servers will not be able to be used in games without specifying that games need to be online to use the features.
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  • PlayStation 4 will cost $399/€399/349

  • captain_mailinator 11/06/2013

    @WallyWombat

    I felt like that when I first bought my ps3, but since subscribing to PSN Plus I have no issue with this announcement.

    Sony have specified one subscription will cover all systems which is brilliant, especially to someone like myself who owns a PS3, Vita and, after today's show, a PS4 in the future.

    The amount of games I have downloaded sitting on both my PS3 and vita through plus is crazy.
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  • Sony: PlayStation 4 will not restrict used games or force you to connect your console online

  • captain_mailinator 11/06/2013

    @Avatargr You will need plus for online multiplayer. The video linked in the topic has a disclaimer confirming. Reply +4
  • Live: Sony E3 2013 Conference

  • captain_mailinator 11/06/2013

    So far so good...ps+ subscribers only getting to play online is a small price to pay and PS+ is such good value for money I will be continuing my subscription!

    £349! MS is DEAD!
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  • captain_mailinator 11/06/2013

    The stream seems to be a silky 60fps! Reply 0
  • GamesMaster: The Inside Story

  • captain_mailinator 04/06/2013

    Brilliant show and a brilliant article. Reply +3
  • Murdered: Soul Suspects: a detective in limbo must solve his own murder by interrogating ghosts and influencing the living

  • captain_mailinator 04/06/2013

    Kenshiro? Reply 0
  • Shinji Mikami's The Evil Within announced for cross-gen, 2014 release

  • captain_mailinator 19/04/2013

    Hope this turns out well! The screenshots look good. Reply 0
  • The developer of the new Space Hulk game is making a new turn-based Jagged Alliance

  • captain_mailinator 11/04/2013

    I think Jagged Alliance 2 is one of my favourite games ever.

    Back in the day I must have completed the character creation test about 50 times trying to get a character that had the boosts I wanted.

    Hope this is good!
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  • Tomb Raider review

  • captain_mailinator 26/02/2013

    @laimis911 The game was not 5 hours for me. I played on hard to start with and my final clocked time was 7-8 hours. That does not include any cut scene or retry time as the game doesn't clock it. I thoroughly enjoyed the game and feel it was very well paced with little to no padding. Some of the boss battles are also fantastic; Monsoon particularly.

    The difference with increasing the difficulty in MGR is that unlike most games where developers will just give enemies more health or have them hit harder, in MGR it actually changes the enemy placement and groups you will face.

    After completing the game on hard I decided to start again on very hard (something I rarely do). I was shocked to discover that all the enemy placements had changed and I was now facing enemies that didn't appear until halfway through my previous playthrough on hard.
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  • Tech Analysis: God of War: Ascension demo

  • captain_mailinator 26/01/2013

    @Amon_Amarth Nice name! Reply 0
  • Portal fan film director to helm big-screen Y: The Last Man project

  • captain_mailinator 10/01/2013

    @jabberwocky I had forgotten that Preacher had been rumoured to become a TV show at one point...that would have been fantastic and such a shame it will probably never get made.
    Y is absolutely fantastic as well, first I have heard about a film...very interested.
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  • Dark Souls 2 director aims to make sequel more "straightforward" and "understandable"

  • captain_mailinator 11/12/2012

    @jnewco81 While I would agree that DS games are the better games at the moment, I thoroughly enjoyed both. I think DD offered something different and new and offered a different feel with its focus on the Pawn system.

    A DD sequel that addresses the firsts flaws would be very special game in my opinion.
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  • captain_mailinator 11/12/2012

    @Nevflinn You just blew my mind...completed both Demons and Dark Souls with multiple characters with different styles of play and a couple of NG+'s etc. but never knew you could reduce grab damage by mashing L1 R1! Reply 0
  • The Walking Dead review

  • captain_mailinator 22/11/2012

    @CourseOfAction Me too...really should stop cooking when I play games ; P

    One of my GOTY contenders, thought this was fantastic and loved every minute of it. The relationship between Clem and Lee is brilliantly done.

    The only thing I hope for season 2 is that the choices you make have more impact to the overall story and can result in a different ending. Can't wait for it to be released anyway.
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  • Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 360 Karaoke app will charge you by the hour

  • captain_mailinator 19/11/2012

    This is a good idea but I would be interested to see the pricing.

    When I lived in Japan I had the Joysound Karaoke game for Wii which had a similar system with even more tracks; around 30,000 I think (although admittedly the vast majority of these were Japanese tracks). That game charged by days rather than hour though; I think it was 24hr, 96hr, 1 week and a month. 24hrs was 300 (Just over 2 with todays rates).
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  • Ex-Ubisoft and Naughty Dog staff's first-person horror game Outlast gets an extended trailer

  • captain_mailinator 01/11/2012

    The protagonist in this trailer must be an owl, he manages to turn his head round a full 180 degrees whilst running full pelt away from the monster.

    Looks pretty good though.
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  • Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is a "major expansion" due next year

  • captain_mailinator 21/09/2012

    @x-dagga-x

    How have you continued so much? You must be able to one shot everything by now.

    I absolutely loved the game and wanted to continue with my character but NG+ was a joke with my character and was no challenge whatsoever.

    Here is hoping that they will also add in increased hp and damage for enemies on NG+.

    I will definately be getting the DLC though.
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  • Dragon's Dogma scales reach 1.05 million units

  • captain_mailinator 31/07/2012

    Fantastic game and highly recommended to anyone to at least give the game a go; just a few things irked me, one being that you can only have one character save at a time and the second that starting a new game plus didn't increase enemy difficulty at all. You are basically one shot killing everything in your path if you start the game over.

    It also seems to make raising your characters past a certain level pointless unless you are committed to fighting the U-Dragon...my character was around level 65 and I was dealing with chimera etc. in under a minute. This lack of increase in difficulty means that you have to delete your existing character and pawn and start again to have any challenge in the early levels...new game plus is pretty redundant. I would have preferred the base difficulty to increase like in Dark Souls.
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  • Dead Space 3 changes are about "opening up to a larger audience"

  • captain_mailinator 15/06/2012

    Wow, I hadn't seen any trailers of this game until now...this does absolutely nothing for me and the acting is coming across pretty corny. The first was great, the second was good, I am guessing the third will be very average. Reply +3
  • Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 release date announced

  • captain_mailinator 06/06/2012

    Will you review the new one EG?

    Just wondering as this one seems to be getting a lot more publicity than previous titles.
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  • Tomb Raider Preview: An Hour in Lara's Shoes

  • captain_mailinator 05/06/2012

    For some reason I am getting a vibe that reminds me of movies like the remake of "The Hills Have Eyes" where the protagonist starts of weak and helpless but by the end is hunting down and getting revenge on the very people who have been hunting him.

    With the fact that the game has XP progression, I hope the game starts with you being helpless but by the end, after unlocking numerous skills, you become a bad ass. The scene above where Lara shoots someone (for the first time?) sort of suggest that they are toughing her up bit by bit.

    By the end game I can imagine you stalking enemies in the tree tops with bow and arrow and picking them off one by one.
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  • Dark Souls PC for Steam, extra content for console

  • captain_mailinator 31/05/2012

    Good stuff...expected they were going to get round to releasing it on consoles but to have it confirmed is fantastic. Day one purchase. Reply 0
  • Doom 3 BFG Edition announced for PC, PS3, Xbox 360

  • captain_mailinator 30/05/2012

    @arcam
    The guy in the video says "id" software as one word...I always thought you pronounced just the letters and that it was i d software...you learn something new everyday.
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  • Japan chart: Dragon's Dogma gets off to a flying start

  • captain_mailinator 30/05/2012

    Great game, it deserves it. Reply +5
  • BBC News mistakes Halo UNSC logo for UN

  • captain_mailinator 28/05/2012

    @CrunchinJelly Haha, awesome comment. Reply -1
  • DayZ: The Best Zombie Game Ever Made?

  • captain_mailinator 27/05/2012

    This sounds fantastic, just the sort of zombie game I would like to play.

    Shame I don't have a PC though...gutted.
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  • Why Magic The Gathering has become an annual gaming franchise

  • captain_mailinator 27/05/2012

    Looking at some more info online it looks like the designers have implemented the END step for this game.

    This and manual tapping were some of the biggest bugbears I had with the game. If they fix the bugs and glitches and clean up the card text discrepancies I will be purchasing this.
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  • captain_mailinator 24/05/2012

    Goes someway to explain the lack of bug fixes. That is a ridiculous cost just to roll out a patch; it doesn't even include PSN, Apple charges etc.


    As Stainless are a British company, I will note down some of my opinions here in the hopes that someone from the company reads them:

    Hopefully all the bugs from the last 2 games have been solved in the forthcoming edition, as I probably won't purchase if this isn't the case. Cards like "Voice of All" have bugs that were present in both previous games and still aren't fixed. Then there are cards that don't interact correctly with one another (hexproof/pro-colour/shroud creatures being protected from sacrifice effects springs to mind) and incorrect application of card text i.e. "May..." in the DOTP game equals "Must...", Treefolk Harbinger doesn't shuffle the deck after using it...all of these unexpected issues spoil the game somewhat.

    Also, the implementation of manual tapping is fantastic, however, what about END step being introduced? This is something that is really needed, instant speed spells lose a lot of their value if an opponent can interrupt your instant with a sorcery speed spell when they shouldn't be able to, or the opponent bait you to play your instant as you believe the opponent has finished their turn only for them to then play another creature afterwards. Both of these scenarios should not be possible but are currently, the introduction of the End Step would solve these issues.

    It seems like I am bashing the game but really I just want it to meet its potential. I put many hours into the previous games and enjoyed them but have grown tired of poor implementation in certain areas noted above. DOTP 2013 and the DOTP franchise seems to be getting more exposure and becoming popular enough to make it it's own stand alone title rather than the introduction and bridge to the MTG card game or online component that Wizards hopes it is.

    If the game is polished a little more it really has a chance to becoming a fantastic franchise. Fingers crossed.
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  • Sony patents method to interrupt your gaming with an ad

  • captain_mailinator 25/05/2012

    @Timotei
    My thoughts exactly...if this ever comes to fruition I shall not be buying the next console. The only way I could see this being okay was if the games were free or ridiculously cheap and subsidised by the advertising...still wouldn't buy the console though.
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  • Dragon's Dogma Review

  • captain_mailinator 25/05/2012

    @Carpetfluff

    That's good then. Like I said, I like what I have seen and it is best that both copies run well as it increases the chances of it becoming a successful franchise.

    My copy will hopefully be arriving tomorrow so I will see how it meets my expectations then. Reading the boards on gamefaqs I am really looking forward to it!
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  • captain_mailinator 24/05/2012

    Just had confirmation that my copy was put in the post this morning so should arrive tomorrow!

    Quite excited to see how the retail version plays, I wasn't sold off the back of the demo, but after watching gameplay videos I was won over and decided to pre-order it.

    Really hope it meets my expectations!
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  • captain_mailinator 21/05/2012

    For people worrying about which version to get,

    This guy has uploaded a load of PS3 gameplay:

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB646DF6D924FCDBE&feature=plcp

    This guy has uploaded a load of 360 footage:

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2EA696273E4B3609&feature=plcp

    Should help people decide which version they would like to go for.
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  • captain_mailinator 21/05/2012

    @Cappy

    They could be wrong. The live streams played on the PS3 version all seemed fine however, although the quality of the video obviously wasn't the best.

    Regardless, people on gamefaqs boards who have got copies early haven't mentioned anything terrible about either version that I have seen yet. Just have to see what the general consensus is, although ToAks on this board says he has played both and the PS3 version was the better version.

    Hopefully both versions run well as if the game is as good as it seems it would be nice for it to be successful so there are chances for it to grow into a new franchise. I like what I have seen of it so far...a mix of a decent combat engine, RPG/party mechanics and Monster Hunter.
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  • captain_mailinator 21/05/2012

    @AntiRad

    Yeah, the guy doing the OXM videos was really funny whilst also being informative. His videos along with the live streams got me to place a pre-order. Only the second time in years, Dark Souls being the last one.
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  • captain_mailinator 21/05/2012

    @Cappy

    Actually, the IGN review states that the PS3 version runs much better and it is the one to get as the 360 version suffers from significant slowdown in battles.

    I am pretty sure that I read somewhere that this game uses a modified version of the Framework MT engine from RE5 and Lost Planet 2. Both of those games performed better on the 360 so maybe they made significant changes to the code to make it run better on PS3.

    In fact, although the review discs seem to all be 360, all the live stream plays the developers did a few months back (about 2-3 hours of footage) were on PS3.

    I wouldn't be surprised if they changed the engine code to make sure the PS3 version ran smooth in the hope that this will be their next big hit franchise in Japan la Monster Hunter. As Japan console gamers are, for all intents and purposes, PS3/Wii owning individuals they probably decided to optimise for the audience where they think the game is most likely to be successful.
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  • captain_mailinator 21/05/2012

    @SpartanGR
    The IGN review had this to say:

    "Big fights cause slowdown that can freeze the screen for seconds at a time on the Xbox 360 version. Dragons Dogma runs much better on the PlayStation 3 than on the 360, with a smoother frame rate and fewer streaming problems; if the 360 version is your only choice, a hard disk install is mandatory to make the game playable."

    If they are correct it would seem a PS3 copy is the one to get.
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  • Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 gameplay trailer

  • captain_mailinator 24/05/2012

    @Elathron

    Thanks.

    Yeah, the support has been non existant. Like I said, the main forum has a ridiculously long thread dedicated to the bugs in the game and none were fixed.

    Apart from that though, the forum also has some fantastic ideas for UI changes, gameplay tweaks, deck builds etc. The people who post on the forum are pretty enthusiastic about trying to make the game better and come up with some fantastic ideas, if the developers listened they could truly make the game great.
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  • captain_mailinator 24/05/2012

    I am only slightly excited as I enjoyed the last one but I am going to hold off on purchasing this at first as I have a couple of bugbears.

    Manual land tapping has been implemented for this version...finally! Should make dual/tri coloured decks more viable.

    That is great and all but they haven't said anything about implementing the end step to player turns. Waiting to play your instant speed spell until after your opponent has passed their turn only for them to then follow up by playing a sorcery spell is highly annoying. It shouldn't even be possible if the game stuck to the correct rules. The game would also improve by sticking to the correct combat steps as well, although I can live with combat as is, but end step is a must.

    They also need to fix the card errors and game bugs as the last game was full of them, hexproof/shroud/pro-colour creatures being immune to sacrifice effects, "may" meaning "must" instead, main phase being skipped if an opponent plays an ability, deck not being shuffled after using certain cards etc. etc.

    The main forum for the last games bugs/errors/glitches had 148 pages and none of them were fixed and the game abandoned a few months back. This kind of customer service means I will probably hold off to see if the new game gets bug support and how many bugs are present on release.
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  • Gory Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance teaser trailer

  • captain_mailinator 18/05/2012

    @Zozzilla

    Haha...that explains it. I should have payed more attention and picked up on that. Makes sense as well as the guy gets his neck slit at the end.

    Rewatched it and you are definitely right. I caught it this time when Jack is told not to look away.
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  • captain_mailinator 18/05/2012

    This is simply awful...

    Also, why did they get a slightly balding man to play Jack/Raiden? How is he going to get his long goldy white locks? I guess they must have implanted his new hair along with all the other robotics afterwards.
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  • Rockstar giving away Midnight Club 2 on Steam

  • captain_mailinator 11/05/2012

    @Crazy_Daisy
    Thanks.
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  • captain_mailinator 10/05/2012

    @Crazy_Daisy
    Where did you buy MP3 from?
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  • New Assassin's Creed 3 in-game footage

  • captain_mailinator 10/05/2012

    @Okamiwolf
    Apparently, in game development, specifically big game projects, "Pre-Alpha" is sometimes also called "First Playable" and normally comes before the Alpha stage.
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  • Dragon's Dogma event mode, leaderboards detailed

  • captain_mailinator 09/05/2012

    @lucky_jim

    It didn't catch my interest completely either, but it must have done just enough to get my attention as I looked for a couple of gameplay videos after playing it.

    I was so impressed with the videos that I ended up putting down a pre order for it...only the second time I have done that for a game in the last 3 years, the last being Dark Souls.

    I think the characters are overly levelled in the demo so it loses some of its appeal. Try playing the griffin again and let it get to nightfall, that increases the difficulty a fair amount.

    Here are some of the videos I mentioned anyhow, watch them and see what you think.

    Two OXM gameplay videos

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrCiV4LOYk4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYToNIOIA3o

    Capcom Unity Stream

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YimwPf0Fr3A
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  • Dark Souls sells over a million in the West

  • captain_mailinator 08/05/2012

    PLEASE release the extra PC content as DLC for all the 1.19 million players who made the game successful, would be a travesty if it isn't released at some point. Reply +1