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  • NES Remix needed "more machine power" than the 3DS, says director

  • drxym 22/04/2014

    There are pirate carts for the DS (never mind the 3DS) that are padded out with NES/SNES games running through an emulator. I very much doubt that the power isn't there unless the games trip out of 30 year old mode into something more demanding. Reply 0
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile review

  • drxym 20/04/2014

    There is no way RCT could translate to mobile without substantial reworking - the series is known for its micromanagement which is reflected in a substantial number of dialogs and popups.

    But doesn't excuse what they did produce. This game is a disgrace, and simply another example of a "game" which consists of nothing more than giving people a fix of positive reinforcement and then stringing them out for longer and longer to motivate them to pay up for more.

    It's cynical, it's despicable.
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  • Activision indefinitely postpones Xbox One version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

  • drxym 17/04/2014

    As its a movie tie in I assume that if it doesn't release on a certain day it won't recoup its budget. Maybe the xb1 version was bugged or the lead developer quit or it failed certification in a big way. Whatever the reason maybe its just not worth fixing. Reply +1
  • Minecraft: PS3 Edition getting disc-based launch next month

  • drxym 16/04/2014

    What a waste of a blu ray disc. The whole game would fit on a CD. Anyway my kids are mad for this game. Reply +1
  • Lego The Hobbit review

  • drxym 16/04/2014

    @FladgeMangle Lego LOTR was on PSN+ a few months back for PS Vita and it was simply terrible. It was clearly a 3DS port and nothing like the console / pc versions. Reply 0
  • drxym 16/04/2014

    I normally buy these titles for my kids but I'm not going to buy 2/3 of a movie trilogy / story. It was possibly excusable for Harry Potter but not The Hobbit. Reply +1
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil review

  • drxym 15/04/2014

    EA should just sell FIFA as a subscription service. After all, the resale value is practically non existent, the game is largely iterative year on year and people who used to buy it would subscribe any way.

    Alternatively give it out for free with some crappy 3rd division content and make people buy teams, stadiums, leagues and events.
    Reply +3
  • "We're not evil villains building an empire"

  • drxym 14/04/2014

    Sorry King but you are villains. And frankly you don't produce games. You produce skinner boxes cynically designed to hook people and to make them pay up to overcome artificial barriers for their fix.

    I don't even know why games websites give King or its ilk (Rovio, Zynga, Gameloft etc) the time of day. Review games, not shit or the purveyors of it.

    Anyway I've told my kids point blank that I will not buy any virtual items or boosters for these sorts of games. I'm quite happy to pay for a game, if a full game is what I receive. I'm quite happy to pay for a month of unlimited play on an online site. But I won't buy something to overcome an artificial barrier - it's basically gambling as far as I'm concerned and I'm a better parent than to encourage that.
    Reply +3
  • MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro with GTX 880M review

  • drxym 07/04/2014

    Expensive? Check. Runs hot? Check. Big and heavy? Check. Pathetic battery life? Check. Stupid neon back lighting? Check. Silly name? Check. Its a gaming laptop all right. Reply -1
  • Carmageddon: Reincarnation Early Access review

  • drxym 03/04/2014

    Carmageddon was one of the games that motivated me to buy a 3d graphics card. For the time it was a blast but I remember having to seek out a "blood pack" because the default game involved running over zombies. At least it wasn't as bad as the censorship in the German version which didn't even have zombies - it had robots.

    I suspect that games like GTA mean I would be pretty disappointed by a remake.
    Reply +2
  • EA apologises for Frostbite's "stupid" anti-Nintendo April Fool

  • drxym 02/04/2014

    @skunkfish quite clearly almost all of them seeing as there are so few left. Reasons for this are easy to find - even Eurogamer has a piece describing one dev's experiences. Reply +2
  • drxym 02/04/2014

    Talk about kicking a platform when its down... Tasteless but I like it.

    As a general point, Nintendo brought the Wii U's failure on themselves by releasing such an underpowered platform and treating 3rd parties like so much dog crap in their shoes for so long.
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  • Peter Molyneux's Godus problem

  • drxym 02/04/2014

    Peter Molyneux's problem has always been promising a castle in the clouds and delivering a portacabin. If the company want to improve expectations, stop raising them to levels the game cannot possibly meet.

    And the move to "free" mobile gaming is definitely worrying
    Reply +1
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition doesn't include the game

  • drxym 26/03/2014

    Limited editions are only limited to the number of rubes they can convince to buy them. Reply +3
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 on PC will be "completely different", Atari promises

  • drxym 24/03/2014

    Rct4 for mobile will be little more than a crappy micropayment infested Skinner box filled with time sinks andnvirtual currencies. I should hope that they would have more sense than that for the PC version. I wonder why they even bother sharing the same name to be honest. Reply +9
  • Phil Spencer on bringing VR, paid alphas to Xbox One

  • drxym 24/03/2014

    Even the PS4 will struggle to deliver high fps, low latency VR. The XB1 hasn't a hope in hell of delivering it. Reply 0
  • Far Cry 4 set in the Himalayas, has ridable elephants

  • drxym 21/03/2014

    FC3 was great although some of the actions like killing, skinning and crafting animal parts got extremely boring. It didn't even make sense - so I have to skin X number of animal Y to create a pouch to hold extra ammo and no other form of container or bag is capable of the same job?

    Graphically and otherwise it looked amazing though.
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  • GDC live report: Sony's "Future of Innovation" is VR

  • drxym 19/03/2014

    Virtual reality won't be a reality until they can get the price down, can adequately render the left and right eye, get head tracking perfect and stop people puking their guts up from the motion sickness. A tall order. Reply 0
  • PlayStation Home is getting an update

  • drxym 11/03/2014

    Home was supposed to get a virtual trophy room. And matchmaking. And virtual parties. And a host of other gamer centric features that would justify its existence. Instead it got IKEA furniture and fashion accessories. Is it any wonder it just didn't catch on? Reply +1
  • Microsoft bosses still "extremely committed" to Xbox

  • drxym 10/03/2014

    Stephen Elop managed to run a billion dollar company into the ground, laying off tens of thousands of people in the process, leaving it a withered husk for Microsoft to buy out. It doesn't bode well that he's in charge of XBox now. Reply +1
  • Titanfall Season Pass announced, priced at 19.99

  • drxym 06/03/2014

    So basically an added tax on the game. Levels that could have been included in the base pack but which were artificially removed simply to charge a premium for them. A deliberately divisive and greedy move. Reply +18
  • Fez finally comes to PS4, PS3 and Vita in March

  • drxym 03/03/2014

    This game's style of rotating the level gives me unpleasant flashbacks to a game called Nebulus on the ZX Spectrum. Reply +4
  • Now European Commission investigates free-to-play games

  • drxym 01/03/2014

    Set a maximum spend cap per month based on the game rating. Ie if a kids game wants in game purchases then fine but cap it at 10 Euros Max. A higher rating might allow 15, 20, 50 etc. Only 18 games would allow the limit to be overridden and even that should be capped by default forcing games to work inside that model. Reply +1
  • Lego: The Hobbit gets UK release date

  • drxym 26/02/2014

    Oh joy, a game which is only 66% complete. Why couldn't they wait the extra 5 months and release a full game? Reply 0
  • Microsoft: "no plans" to release an Xbox One without Kinect

  • drxym 25/02/2014

    @bosseye It wasn't just that it was new and different but also because Microsoft outright lied about what it was capable of. They hyped it way beyond reasonable expectations and people bought into that.

    Look at this Milo demo which was part of the launch hype:

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

    The implication was staggering - facial recognition, natural language processing, AI, image recognition. "This works today, now". Er no Peter, you just lied through your teeth.

    When Kinect turned up, most games involved exaggerated flailing motions mapped onto a few canned actions. They even sucked at doing that. Some were famously bad like Kinect Star Wars.

    Everyone knows Kinect 2 will suck too. Even if is improved it will suck. At least it used to be a take it or leave it proposition. Now it's a 100 tax on a new console. People are rightly annoyed. It should be unbundled.
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  • Mad Catz Mojo review

  • drxym 24/02/2014

    Android needs a standard controller operated through Bluetooth and an SDK to integrate that controller. At that point it would explode with mini consoles. And the greatest unexploited potential is to hook it all up to a cloud gaming service. Perhaps that's what Amazon intend to do. Reply +1
  • Rome 2 killer camel DLC backlash prompts rethink at Creative Assembly

  • drxym 19/02/2014

    I'd be less concerned about the dlc and more concerned that every entry in the Total War series seems to have its fair share of bugs which are never adequately fixed. Reply +8
  • How The Order reinvents QTEs and the cinematic game

  • drxym 18/02/2014

    I think the graphics look nice but I think this is absolutely terrible footage to showcase a game if there is more to it than this. Linear first person shooters are ten a penny and the less said about QTEs (branching or not), the better. Let's hope there is more to it. Reply +3
  • Microsoft testing cheaper digital pricing for Xbox One games

  • drxym 18/02/2014

    Digital titles should be cheaper than rrp. You can't trade, sell or loan them so buyers should be compensated for that. Besides, if retailers like Amazon can knock 20-30% off the rrp price of a game there is NO excuse that digital can't match that. Except pure greed of course. Reply +1
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is 720p on Xbox One

  • drxym 17/02/2014

    I can just about tell 1080p over 720p on my living room TV and can absolutely see the difference on a desktop monitor. That said, better resolution doesn't make a bad game good and lower resolution doesn't make a good game bad. But all things being equal, I'll take the console that can push out more pixels.

    Maybe MS can give back enough CPU and GPU to games to minimze the issue. I've read that kinect reserves a stupid amount of GPU time even when it isn't in use. But I doubt it will ever match the PS4 but it might close gap enough to minimise the problem.
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  • Rovio announces Angry Birds Stella

  • drxym 13/02/2014

    I can't wait for this! I loved Angry Birds Go - the multiple in game currencies, the real world purchases, the artificial time sinks, the costumes that cost 30, the outrageously expensive tie-in figures. This new game is going to be epic! How did we get by when games charged a single upfront fee??? Reply +2
  • GAME to take on CEX with new pre-owned focused stores

  • drxym 07/02/2014

    I don't understand how CeX is still in business. Their prices are so rip off expensive, that I don't see the attraction. Reply 0
  • PlayStation Vita PCH-2000 review

  • drxym 07/02/2014

    They should have dropped the proprietary storage card for micro SD. That alone would have driven sales for people who wont baulk at forking out 180 quid and then another 30 for a storage card. Reply +2
  • EA announces 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil game

  • drxym 06/02/2014

    @CableNut Probably because its a cheap rehash and they can't be bothered to get their new code whipped into shape in time. Maybe they even intend to blow the cobwebs off their last world cup game and salvage all the menus and non-game stuff. But I don't understand why people even care about these World Cup / Olympics tie in games because they're always junk. Reply 0
  • Sniper Elite 3 is an unspectacular and shamelessly entertaining sequel

  • drxym 06/02/2014

    @Din_mamma I wish games would do this but it's some kind of taboo that they won't go near. Reply 0
  • PS1/PS2 games heading to PlayStation 4

  • drxym 06/02/2014

    Using a higher res display buffer can improve poly edges but it can't do anything for textures. A lores texture is still a lores texture. Reply 0
  • MGS: Ground Zeroes can be completed in under two hours

  • drxym 06/02/2014

    Once you factor in all the cut scenes its closer to 20 hours. Reply 0
  • Dungeon Keeper review

  • drxym 05/02/2014

    This hardly surprises me. Anyone who's played The Sims, The Simpsons, Plants vs Zombies 2 etc. on Android knows that EA doesn't make mobile games anymore. No, it makes Skinner boxes designed to lock people into performing repetitive actions over and over and over and over for a diminishing reward all the while ratcheting up the time taken to complete. And then they dangle the opportunity to speed up the game for a fee.

    It's cynical, it's despicable, it's sickening.

    Sadly this greed is not confined to EA. Virtually every top grossing game with a few notable exceptions is "free" as in "not free". Zynga, King, Rovio, Gameloft are all doing it. To play some games you could literally spend hundreds, possibly thousands outlay. Some charge more for a costume than a whole PC game costs.

    And I don't see Apple or Google stopping them doing it either. After all they get a cut of the money so why should they? The only way I see it being regulated back to some form of sanity is if governments start imposing maximum spend limits on games, e.g. by age rating. Perhaps there is a way to override the maximum spend limit, but the power of the default means these games would die a death and some fairness would return.

    In the meantime, I just wish idiots would stop handing out 5* reviews to these damn games.
    Reply +4
  • New Disney Infinity to feature Marvel, Star Wars?

  • drxym 04/02/2014

    I think the Disney Infinity figures look cool but there is no way I'm going to be suckered into buying that game after my experience with the kids and Skylanders. The starter pack only opens a fraction of the game and it can cost a fortune to unlock it all. It's such shameless, manipulative and cynical exploitation. I would not be surprised if Disney and Activision are suffering something of a sales backlash from annoyed parents. Reply 0
  • 10 mind-melting BioShock Infinite theories

  • drxym 03/02/2014

    The most disconcerting thing about BioShock Infinite is it doesn't matter which reality you're in, you still end up having to root through rubbish bins and suitcases for candy bars.

    It's such a weak game mechanic, moreso because the game presents the spectacle of a city floating in the clouds (or under the sea), a complex story, and yet the player spends much of their time looking through bins.
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  • PS4 vs Xbox One: which is the better media player?

  • drxym 02/02/2014

    I expect most people who use this thing as a media player will be waiting for DLNA support and would expect it to be at least as good as the last gen AND to support MKV and subtitles. Problem is I suspect that both the PS4 and XB1 will enoforce Cinavia and therefore gimp themselves out of the running as a media player. Reply 0
  • New cheaper Xbox One model this year - report

  • drxym 01/02/2014

    @Mr-Writer The thing with most games is if they're 35GB then most probably a good 15GB of that is cutscenes and other assets for other locales. I also wouldn't be surprised if there was a lot of duplicate content done primarily for the disk based version which could be repackaged away in the digital version. I wish there were a simple option to say "I do not want any of this" and thereby save that much space on the disk. Reply 0
  • drxym 31/01/2014

    Microsoft must be freaking out over this rumour. The Osborne effect is never a good thing. Reply +3
  • Vita Indie Game Mega Pack bundles 10 games for €24.99

  • drxym 31/01/2014

    Dont even bother buying a 4GB card. It's a waste of time. Even 8GB is a bit iffy. Actually it makes me furious that Sony would be so swingeing as to invent a proprietary storage format that I should even have to think about this. The Vita is a great device but dear god are there some idiots in Sony. For every penny they make on their stupid cards they probably lose a multiple more in lost system / game sales. Reply +1
  • "We still believe the Vita has a role"

  • drxym 31/01/2014

    The Vita is a really, really good handheld device. Some of the games wouldn't look out of place running on a PS3.

    Its biggest failing is the proprietary memory cards which are very expensive and totally cynical. I suspect Vita sales are subdued in no small part for this reason alone.
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  • Assassin's Creed series ending existence "not exactly true"

  • drxym 29/01/2014

    @drxym doh descendant not ancestor Reply 0
  • drxym 29/01/2014

    I have a great idea. How about an ancestor of Desmond uses the animus and spends the entire game recreating all the highlights of Desmond's story as he climbs over boxes and jumps around generic warehouse environments.

    That or they junk the stupid back story and just concentrate on producing a decent historical game without interupting it with a bunch of meaningless scifi mumbo jumbo.
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  • Assassin's Creed dev questions Shadows of Mordor similarities

  • drxym 27/01/2014

    Wow it does look similar. And that's not necessarily a good thing as the AC engine has looked increasingly tired of late. Reply 0
  • Sony Online Entertainment closing MMOs, teasing new ones

  • drxym 27/01/2014

    Kids don't spend much on MMOs? I'm sure that's news to people who run Moshi Monsters, Club Penguin and a veritable raft of games aimed at ages 6 and up. Perhaps it's SOE's business model that sucks.

    I'm actually surprised the entire division doesn't get shutdown to be honest. Have they had any game which could be classified as a success of late?
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