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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser goes all Deus Ex on us

  • jabberwoky 24/04/2015

    So glad to see Squeenix has a sense of humour. They are going to need it this year. Reply +1
  • Xbox sales decreased 20 per cent year-over-year in Q1

  • jabberwoky 24/04/2015

    "It also noted that Xbox platform revenue decreased $306M, or 24 per cent."

    Gosh, that must have stung. Maybe a bit of static in the boardrooms over that one.

    Well Microsoft, I posted on this very games site a year before you announced specs, that if you tried to kill the used game market and make games tied to an account, something would happen. And that thing was that you would unleash the gates of hell.

    Pity you didn't read it.

    Here's an idea. Do a survey of gamers, take notice of what they say, then go and do it. Although its novel and contentious I know, and highly irregular, probably better to stick to working on what you want them to want.
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  • Video: Video game sequels you'll never get to play

  • jabberwoky 23/04/2015

    Still waiting for a sequel to final fantasy, the last one was 12. Reply 0
  • Square Enix announces its own E3 press conference

  • jabberwoky 23/04/2015

    I simply cannot wait to see what kind of unmitigated disaster they make of FF15. The sheer comedy value is worth a ringside seat and a bucket full of popcorn.

    So far we have a boyband travelling around in a black car, and they are all dressed in black. We have one playable character unlike the 8 we had on the PS1, a machine less powerful than my fridge, we have lightning fast reflexes for combat to satisfy the 12 to 15 year olds, thats just for starters.
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  • PlayStation 4 UK price cut to 299 this weekend

  • jabberwoky 23/04/2015

    Actually not far off the price of a PS3 with this. Isn't it time that got a price cut? Reply +2
  • jabberwoky 23/04/2015

    The Sony juggernaut has begun.

    Christmas 2016 PS4 with Uncharted 4, 2 controllers and PS plus 3 months, for 249. 299 with Morpheous added.
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  • Microsoft apologises for using PC footage in Xbox One Witcher 3 trailer

  • jabberwoky 23/04/2015


    "If you believe that they didn't intentionally put that footage up there thinking no one would notice then I've got some ocean front property in Arizona I'd like to talk to you about."

    Xbox one owner here. About that ocean front property, I'm in, could you post some details.
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  • Could the Apple Watch become one of gaming's Galapagos Islands?

  • jabberwoky 22/04/2015

    "Could the Apple Watch become one of gaming's Galapagos Islands?"

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  • Probing the latest Mass Effect 4 leak

  • jabberwoky 21/04/2015


    "My primary concern though is filler side-missions. This is something I detest about Ubisoft games and it's the main reason I've yet to pick up DAI."

    Seriously, if thats your fear its well grounded. I gave up on the game because its stuffed to the gills with collectothon mechanics and shallow fetch quests. Pick it up for a tenner sometime and mess about with it, its good for that.
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  • jabberwoky 20/04/2015


    "Is Ubisoft making this game or what?.

    I mean to me it sounds like a mixture between Dragon Age Inquisition & Assassins's Creed 3 in terms of sidestuff. Sounds like alot of mmo style, checklist-y, grindy bloat n busywork..."

    Yes, sounds like automated gameplay mechanics where you collect shitloads of widgets and explore maps full of encounters and locations which all play the pissing same, just like DA Inquisition. The actual story will, like DAI be 5% of the total. Expect loads of caves with 3 rooms and a load of space goblins over and over again.

    Thank God for Witcher 3, and I am utterly so fed up with ubisoft game mechanics.

    "BioWare has announced that the next Mass Effect game will borrow features from Dragon Age: Inquisition, speeding up development time. (From IGN, 19th June 2014)". There is the proof. Well that will save them oodles of cash won't it. Change the skin keep the mechanics, play the same game over and over and over while EA rakes in the cash. I should coco, EA, there are better games out there.

    Bioware are a joke, they pissed all over Dragon age with 2 and 3 and now its Mass Effects turn.
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  • Dungeons 2 review

  • jabberwoky 20/04/2015

    "The fact that EA so completely botched its revival of Dungeon Keeper by bringing back the beloved PC hit as a craven F2P casual mobile game has been a boon for indie developers."

    EA - winning new hearts and minds every day.
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  • Artoo detour: the original Star Wars Battlefront had anarchy and soul

  • jabberwoky 19/04/2015

    EA memo to Dice.

    We want to cash in on that new star wars thing, so get going. Use "Battlefront" for the title those two games were very popular and will get the fans pumped. But....don't get carried away, cut out the space battles completely, the galactic war you could re-fight and the campaign. Well, all right stick in a bit of token single player, a few missions but keep it light. Of course you will be working on the DLC side by side with the game, so any cool ideas you may have keep to one side for them. Finally don't get too worked up about QA, its normal now for games to get big bug fixes months after release.
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  • Rich Stanton on: Skill and the random element

  • jabberwoky 18/04/2015

    Agree wholeheartedly with every single sentence of this article.

    There is randomness in evolution, and that produced one hell of a game.
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  • Star Wars Battlefront is more than just a big budget Battlefield mod

  • jabberwoky 18/04/2015


    When I said Xbox I meant the original one. Although I think it plays on bc on the 360. I also liked the game a lot, if they just whacked up the graphics and kept it the same it would probably do me.
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  • jabberwoky 18/04/2015


    My point is fairly obvious and does not need adding to.
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  • jabberwoky 18/04/2015


    Production costs are indeed higher today. You seem to forget however that the market is much bigger and they sell many more.
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  • jabberwoky 18/04/2015

    "fan reaction so far has been positive, considering we've seen very little of how the game will actually play."

    I think you will find thats precisely why its so positive....

    The most interesting thing will be to compare this with Battlefront 2 on the Xbox, a machine with 10% of the power and resources of the X1/PS4 to see how much they have ripped out.

    So before everyone runs around the room pretending to be an X wing, I suggest we wait and see just exactly how EA are going to **** this up.
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  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player cap, no campaign

  • jabberwoky 17/04/2015


    "I sense a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened..."

    Yes. If a man doesn't get emotional about star wars, there is something wrong in his wiring. And women too, except all of the ones I know seem to be more relaxed about it.
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  • jabberwoky 17/04/2015


    Well I as a single player spent a hell of a lot of time on it. And Galactic Conquest as you say was kinda fun. So why not include it again?

    Its like soul calibur 3, tons of content, then soul calibur 5, which had 10 percent of 3. Or Final fantasy 13 where you only play one person, unlike the older ones where you have 8. In the old days they tried to put as much in as possible, now they put in as little as possible.

    With todays hardware we should have single play like half life 2 and multiplayer like halo all in one game. Its called progress!
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  • jabberwoky 17/04/2015


    I know the second definitely had a campaign, and the first enabled you to fight a war with linked battles. I am just fed up of sequels to games offering less than the originals despite better hardware, for no good reason resulting in gaming going downhill.
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  • jabberwoky 17/04/2015


    Its a screw up if you want star wars battlefront to have a good single player component like the first two did, but EA decide not to bother with one to save money.

    If you happen to want a MP only one, then agreed, its probably not the end of the world.
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  • jabberwoky 17/04/2015

    So, the screw ups begin. No campaign. The originals had campaigns, but now, 10 years later with hardware 1000 times more powerful, they can't be arsed to put one in. So you get a game that looks prettier but has half the content.

    OK, all set for the next screw ups. Any bets for what they will be?
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  • Report: Phil Harrison is leaving Microsoft

  • jabberwoky 17/04/2015

    Maybe he could write a book about the inside story of how microsoft shot itself in both feet, then shot both its balls off while repeatedly trying to pull its trousers up.

    Well I'd read it.
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  • Star Wars: Battlefront release date leaked

  • jabberwoky 17/04/2015

    I'm sorry but I have to put on my Eyore hat.

    This is EA, and it has all the tricks in its arsenal that make modern gaming pants, I'm sure I don't have to list them.

    Until the review is in, and all the details are known I am on hold. Then IF it turns out to be ok, its just a matter of buying it 3 months down the line of release when the INEVITABLE bugs are fixed.
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  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be completely ghostable

  • jabberwoky 16/04/2015

    Stealth playthrough first, then go wild, and kill everything that looks like it might move in the second. Thats how I did dishonoured. Reply +4
  • Nipples removed from The Order: 1886 in Japan

  • jabberwoky 14/04/2015

    This is outrageous. I suggest we all get worked up about it. Reply +4
  • Star Ocean 5 in development for PlayStation 4, PS3

  • jabberwoky 14/04/2015

    Good news.

    The appalling way Final Fantasy 15 is going it will probably sell twice as many.

    Wonder if they will top Edge Maverick for the next heroe's name.
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  • Destiny's House of Wolves expansion has no new raid, Bungie confirms

  • jabberwoky 14/04/2015

    Destiny is where me and bungie parted ways after a decade of halo. And if they are going to do this for the next 10 years then I have as much interest in what they are up to as I have in the colour scheme of Nick Cleggs bathroom. Reply +7
  • The MMOne is a three-axis Virtual Reality chair attached to a crane

  • jabberwoky 13/04/2015

    Hope its got an easy release mechanism and you don't drop the controller by accident. Reply +1
  • Xbox One UK price now 299.99

  • jabberwoky 13/04/2015

    Good to see them fighting back. I think they deserve a good, and I mean a really GOOD, kicking for what they tried to pull at that E3, but I don't want to see them go out of business; we need someone to keep sony honest and provide competition. Reply +17
  • Jon Blyth on: Bloodborne

  • jabberwoky 11/04/2015


    Thats exactly why I didn't go very far in Dark Souls and why I am not getting Bloodborne. I can do difficulty, but I hate forced repetition.

    Having better save spots or checkpoints would not make it easier, just less frustrating.
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  • New Witcher 3 trailer has a bit of it all

  • jabberwoky 10/04/2015

    Looks a bit more ambitious than "found, dwarven toe nail, 3 of 200" unlike one recent game I can think of.

    If CD pull this one off they will have a skyrim like franchise that will make them a fortune. Its obvious they have spent the last 3 years putting their heart and souls into inserting as much creative content as they could. Meanwhile bioware cut and pasted far cry 3 into their game because "well, that seemed to sell well."
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  • Looks like Square Enix is revealing the new Deus Ex

  • jabberwoky 08/04/2015

    Human revolution was a bit wooden and bland, but had enough going for it that I finished the game. So this is on my radar, hopefully its improved. Reply 0
  • jabberwoky 07/04/2015

    They'll probably find some way to screw it up.

    Wait for reviews etc etc.
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  • Square Enix tones down Mobius Final Fantasy's "too sexy" leading man

  • jabberwoky 07/04/2015

    These modern developers are wringing their hands and pouring all this energy and time into deciding whether they should show a bit more skin or not. Even now, after internal wrangling, they are apparently still not sure.

    Maybe if they carry on trawling enough opinions they will, following 30% who say yes, 30% no, and 30% maybe, finally produce something that is so bland it offends no-one particularly, attracts no-one and just looks creatively bankrupt, a nothing character instantly forgettable.

    What they are supposed to do is have a strong creative vision, put it in place and lead opinion. But they are, of course, gutless.

    Welcome to modern gaming.
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  • The best Xbox One games

  • jabberwoky 06/04/2015

    Gushing praise of selected games which all have links to amazon and which earn EG money, does not come across well at all. I love the bit about DA Inquisitions "lovable cast of characters", when the internet is absolutely full of people complaining they are the worst in the series history.

    Seriously, get a grip EG, this just comes across so badly. If you have to do it, try re-thinking how you do it.
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  • Chris Donlan on: Bloodborne, Montauk, and travels beyond genre

  • jabberwoky 05/04/2015


    "Funny how when a woman writes one of these Saturday pieces there's a hundred comments on how much everybody hates it, but when some dude does one nobody seems to give a shit."

    Yes, it is decidedly odd isn't it. I'm guessing its because hundreds of men can't stand the idea of women writing things and queue up to stick the boot in.
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  • jabberwoky 04/04/2015

    I agree with the issue of genre.

    When an innovative games designer thinks, how can I simulate creeping into this base,
    they create a wonderful mechanic. When EA et al create their games they copy it, because it did well, and you get the stealth genre. They don't ask how to simulate or create a game play mechanic at all, they just stick in a ready made genre, cribbed from other games. Like Dragon age Inquisition simply lifted far cry 3 and dumped it in their maps. No-one can say they didn't copy ubisoft. 0 creativity and effort.

    Thats why we often wind up playing the same game. For example I now play uncharted when I play tomb raider. So before I could play uncharted or tomb raider, now I can only play uncharted.

    Its why I only spend half what I used to spend on videogames, I've gotten a lot more choosy.
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  • Cloud gaming company OnLive shuts down this month

  • jabberwoky 03/04/2015

    This model for gaming never appealed to me in the slightest, nor judging by the comments, many others. After the xbox 1 debacle and now this, you would think these smart arses would get the message. Reply +2
  • A Command & Conquer: Generals mod these many years later?

  • jabberwoky 02/04/2015

    Just about the best RTS I ever played with zero hour. Must try some of the mods. It was one of those rare RTS where the AI chased you all the way and didn't give up after half an hour. Reply 0
  • The Witcher 3 could take over 200 hours to complete

  • jabberwoky 01/04/2015

    It will be interesting to compare the sidequests in this with the shallow trash in Dragon Age Inquisition.

    I think Bioware are going to get a damned good hiding.
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  • Anita Sarkeesian debuts her Positive Female Characters series

  • jabberwoky 01/04/2015

    I would also like to see more women in archetypal heroic roles. But I would like to see them bring femminine qualities to the table, rather than just try to ape masculine qualities. Reply -1
  • Microsoft mulled idea of giving away original Xbox free

  • jabberwoky 01/04/2015

    Oh, come on. This is tame. You should have gone for something like:

    "Microsoft buys Nintendo!" Or "EA to buy CD Project!" Or maybe "Witcher 3 delayed till Feb 2016".

    Now that would have got them going.....
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight-themed PS4 revealed

  • jabberwoky 31/03/2015

    Too much grey for my taste. Reply +1
  • PS Plus in April adds Dishonored and Never Alone

  • jabberwoky 31/03/2015

    Must remember to wipe the dust off the PS4, its sat unplugged next to the PS3 and 360 and has been for weeks. And there is nothing on PS Plus, again, to make me even bother downloading for it. Destiny got old very fast, the order is a joke, and bloodbourne is too scary.

    As for Dishonoured, one of my favourite games of the generation, already got it. Still the 3 people who havn't should enjoy it for free.
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  • Face-Off: Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

  • jabberwoky 30/03/2015

    So they are not just doing QA after release to fix bugs, they are now finishing the actual game off after release.

    This is really getting beyond a joke.
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  • Bumming about with Butt Sniffin Pugs: a co-op dog simulator

  • jabberwoky 29/03/2015


    Yes, it was dogs life, I played the demo. Sniffing stuff got old pretty fast if I remember correctly.
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  • jabberwoky 29/03/2015

    There was a PS1 game where you got to play the role of a dog.

    It bombed.
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  • Cara Ellison on: #Fortune

  • jabberwoky 28/03/2015


    "he then ranted and accused EG of having quotas"

    You can rant if you want, a lot of people do on here including you, and I certainly have a go if I feel strongly about something. And if he thinks there are quotas, he is entitled to state that, he may even be right for all I know. But to be accused of sexism just because he called a woman a woman is beyond belief, try re-thinking your life.
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  • jabberwoky 28/03/2015


    "And you're the one that brought gender into it. "I think this WOMAN is catastrophically uninteresting"

    Absolutely! The word woman should be excised from the dictionary and everyone should be referred to as a person. Describing someone as a woman is inherently sexist.

    Some lunatic just HAD to turn this into a case of sexism, and that was you, congratulations. It seems its not possible to critisize this without some jerk coming out of the woodwork and proclaiming sexism. Have you any idea how depressing you are?
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