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  • Allison Road looks like the fan-made spiritual successor to P.T.

  • kangarootoo 02/07/2015

    I'm sorry to be the voice of dissent here, but I remain (and hope) to be convinced. Whilst this does indeed look a lot like P.T., with its small home environment and highly realistic fruit and vegetables, the approach to horror is somewhat different.

    P.T. took ages to bust out the horrific stuff (baby in bath was a rare early misstep), and for the longest time it scared you witless by simply dicking about with the location. P.T. was a game where turning around was scary, because you didn't trust what was behind you.

    Maybe the trailer is just loading up on the jump scares, because that is what trailers do. I hope so.
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  • PlayStation Plus July Instant Game Collection revealed

  • kangarootoo 01/07/2015

    Styx is excellent. Proper solid old school stealth, enormous levels, good humourful writing. I bought it for 25 some while back, and it was well worth it. Reply +14
  • HoloLenses blown up en route to International Space Station

  • kangarootoo 30/06/2015

    @seffyroff

    "Slow news day"

    Yeah, lets hope someone makes yet another video game, so we can get back to the really important stuff, instead of watching a rocket being sent INTO SPACE!
    Reply +17
  • Apple is removing games with the Confederate flag from the App Store

  • kangarootoo 26/06/2015

    Reading through a comments thread, and trying to work out at what point people started reading the article updates, is really tricky. Reply +2
  • The latest Witcher 3 patch is...

  • kangarootoo 25/06/2015

    Question.

    Some of the special items that I collected are missing from my inventory. To avoid being spoilery, I shall call them a talisman, a lantern and a talky thing.

    I don't recall selling them (even though they were in the Usable section rather than Quest section of the inventory, which seemed bloody foolish in the first place, but anyway). I don't recall dropping them. I had no reason to do any of those things (I don't think you even can sell things that are equipped). None the less, they are gone, leaving an empty pocket in one case.

    Some side missions can't be completed without them :( Is this a bug anyone else has encountered? Have I just done something daft somewhere along the way? Any way I recover them? I'm on console, so no debug console fixing for me :(
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  • Warner suspends Batman: Arkham Knight PC sales

  • kangarootoo 25/06/2015

    @malloc

    Jimmy Saville got quite a lot of free publicity after his death, but I think we all learned then as now, that the old adage "no such thing as bad publicity" is frankly bollocks.

    P.s. this publicity is hardly "free".
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  • DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition launches with "caution" tomorrow

  • kangarootoo 24/06/2015

    @wibbl
    That's the spirit.
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  • kangarootoo 24/06/2015

    @wibbl

    "Not because it was delayed, I just pity such poor decision making."

    You really need read that back, and assess how badly you come across. People are literally reading your comment and laughing out loud at what a pious tit you make yourself appear to be. Seriously, people are probably reading it to their friends and putting on a silly voice.
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  • Destiny: The Taken King promotional Red Bull quest and bonus XP detailed

  • kangarootoo 24/06/2015

    Whoever wrote that "This epic, new quest...." text needs to find out what a comma is for. Commas where they shouldn't be, missing commas that should be present, and since when did never-before-seen become a hyphenated word? Reply +2
  • Blindfolded man conquers Super Mario World in 23 minutes

  • kangarootoo 24/06/2015

    @penhalion

    "I'll gladly take a neg for agreeing with most others on this forum about how pretty pointless the feat is."

    Like games are not otherwise pointless?

    Doing stuff we enjoy is really all we've got, 'cos everybody dies in the end. The more time spent doing enjoyable pointless stuff, the better imo.
    Reply +6
  • Don't hold your breath for PS4 backwards compatibility

  • kangarootoo 19/06/2015

    I honestly don't care about BC. I have a PS3 in my living room, which is quickly reaching the end of its useful life. Of course it would be useful to run PS3 games on my PS4, but what I consider to be even more useful, is playing PS4 games!

    And as for the games that I haven't played on PS4, a few of them are being remastered on PS4, which I consider to be a much better option.


    Something about BC that has always struck me, is that the gamers who say they want it most, are also the gamers most likely to keep all their previous consoles. Most gamers play new games on a new console, and those that value "vintage" games tend to have a collection of vintage consoles.


    Of course everyone likes convenience, I am not at all saying that BC across the board would not be a desirable thing. I would just rather that same effort be spent on other features that increase the value of the console across the whole of its lifespan, instead of the few months that bridge between generations.
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  • Evolve is getting a second Season Pass next week

  • kangarootoo 19/06/2015

    But, that isn't a season pass.

    Call it a bulk buy discount if you will, but don't call it a season pass, because it isn't one.
    Reply +1
  • Fallout Shelter making more money than Candy Crush Saga on the App Store

  • kangarootoo 18/06/2015

    I never thought I would hear an E3 audience whooping a FTP with IAP. Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 18/06/2015

    @HunterSeeker

    "/calling it nao"

    I really hope that was a typo.
    Reply +1
  • Rock Band 4 is more expensive than Guitar Hero Live but...

  • kangarootoo 18/06/2015

    With an adapter for older controllers, I'll be interested in Rock Band. I quite like the new guitar in GH (except the lack of a fourth finger button, which sucks), but I don't know whether I want to spend sacks of money on it. Reply 0
  • Hitman's new features outlined in video

  • kangarootoo 17/06/2015

    @Alestes

    The multi-player is surely optional. I felt that this was much more like the first 4 games than the last one. The video was quite specific about there being "large open single player levels I can experiment with and do a ton of different things with".
    Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 17/06/2015

    This looks excellent. It is like the whole video is saying "Sorry for Absolution, we realise now it was shite, we're going to make Blood Money again". Good news! Reply -1
  • Fallout 4's 100 Pip-Boy Edition includes an actual Pip-Boy

  • kangarootoo 16/06/2015

    @MerricK

    Dude, you're right. I need to learn to think bigger!
    Reply +3
  • kangarootoo 15/06/2015

    "You can slip your smartphone inside the Pip-Boy and, when used in conjunction with the Pip-Boy mobile app, manage your in-game inventory, perks and holotapes as if you're, well, an actual vault dweller."

    Now that is quite neat. Still not getting one, but it is a neat idea.

    I shall settle for the even more authentic post-apocalypse approach, duct-taping my phone to my wrist (or perhaps just using the app on my iPad).
    Reply +4
  • Kickstarter campaign launches for Shenmue 3

  • kangarootoo 16/06/2015

    Less than $100k to go, with almost all of the duration left. It is looking pretty likely this will reach its goal within 1 day, and then spend the next month amassing dosh. Reply +8
  • Microsoft readying an Xbox One Rare collection

  • kangarootoo 15/06/2015

    "I don't want the Rare brand to mean Kinect Sports" - I'm not sure re-releasing a load of games they once made but aren't making anymore is really going to help you much there. Reply -1
  • PS Now UK beta rental prices are pretty high

  • kangarootoo 11/06/2015

    @icematt12

    Where from? I was looking into this again just today, and was surprised to find Lovefilm stopped doing games a couple of years ago :(
    Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 11/06/2015

    @Bickle2

    Have you got links for the numbers? I was under the impression that data centres were relatively cheap these days.


    "Energies are far better spent on a FireTv size box that'll play Ps1/2/3 games you sell at cost, then rent access to the library 9.99/$12.99 a month would do gangbusters, run on standard hardware, be accessible on exisiting PS3, and best of all, just work on just about everyone's broadband and budget. "

    Maybe I'm being dense, but how is that different? Why would it be cheaper to run that PS Now?


    "Too bad MS is probably going to beat them to it"

    Which service is that?
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  • kangarootoo 11/06/2015

    @StooMonster

    That is increasingly the way the world works now, and I like it. It is a bit of a separate discussion, but I am increasingly finding the idea of owning games to be less relevant to me.

    Paying a flat fee, to have access to things for as long as I care, tends these days to give me more choice AND save me money. I can't imagine PS Now won't have some kind of flat fee option eventually - it would be sheer madness for it not to have - it probably just takes a bit longer to work out all the licensing details.
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  • kangarootoo 11/06/2015

    I guess it depends on the game in question. Would I pay 3.99 to blast my way through a game over a weekend? Probably. Would I pay 4.99 for a long evening of co-op online? Perhaps.

    That said, at those prices I am danger close to just finding a second hand copy on eBay for both of those examples I described, which then I can use over and over, or sell on again later.

    What this does have going for it is convenience, which as I become more of an old codger, becomes more of a draw for me. Honestly, I'd buy all my games digitally if they were the same price as discs online - I care so little about trade-ins these days, and all those minutes spent getting off my sofa, ejecting discs, and finding cases... they all add up you know.
    Reply +4
  • kangarootoo 11/06/2015

    I am trying to recall what it used to cost to rent games from Blockbuster. I think it was about 3-3.50 for 2 days?

    Though of course that ended up being very pricey compared to Lovefilm, who would let you have 2 games at once for about 7 a month.

    I am really rather hoping there is some flat subscription rate announcement just behind this one, that will make a bit more sense, because those prices are kind of disappointing.
    Reply +12
  • Logitech confirms a new wheel for PS4 - and reveals a new Xbox One contender too

  • kangarootoo 11/06/2015

    I wish I liked driving games, 'cos I love gadgety controllers like this :)

    I'm long overdue for the needless purchase of a complicated flight stick. Maybe when the first gen of consumer VR flight sims arrives...
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  • Shadow Warrior 2 announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC

  • kangarootoo 11/06/2015

    I quite liked this, but it does drag on a bit. I haven't finished it, and I'm not likely to. Well worth the money I paid for the time I got out of it though. Reply +1
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: A phantom battle waged by the vanished

  • kangarootoo 10/06/2015

    @MrDurandPierre

    "I once killed my horse then air-mailed another one. It's pretty much the best thing ever."

    I bet the horse had different feelings on the matter ;)
    Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 09/06/2015

    @PearOfAnguish

    "Nah, I don't spend much time hanging around a horses arse so no risk of that."

    Just a quick 15 minutes every morning, regular as clockwork. Understood.
    Reply +3
  • kangarootoo 09/06/2015

    @PearOfAnguish

    A horse kicked you as a kid, didn't it? Kicked you, and took your lunch money.
    Reply +7
  • kangarootoo 09/06/2015

    I don't want to nit pick, but that isn't a horse on a parachute, it is a horse on a Fulton surface-to-air recovery balloon. As such, the horse is being removed from, not added to, the scene.

    You're welcome.
    Reply +21
  • People are struggling to log in to The Elder Scrolls Online on console

  • kangarootoo 09/06/2015

    @blakeavon

    The gamers are in control of their purse strings, but not in control of the development or dependencies (such as servers etc).

    My point is that if "online games have launch problems" is apparently such a known thing, a developer is armed with that knowledge, and can plan accordingly.

    I suppose my objection is any suggestion that poor launches are just unavoidable, like a typhoon, and we should all just accept it and batter down. These things aren't written in the stars, and when launches go wrong, it is because not enough planning, testing or contingency took place.

    I know it is unreasonable to expect perfection, but the sentiment should always be to improve. The sentiment should never be to say "ah well, shit happens, can't ever change it" (and I bet tbh, the devs themselves aren't saying that, at all).
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  • kangarootoo 09/06/2015

    @EvilWaterman

    Hahaha, that did make me chuckle. Kudos to you for a humoured response :)
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  • kangarootoo 09/06/2015

    @Thrice87

    "No amount of development time can prepare completely for such things as it's an infrastructure problem"

    Where is it you think the infrastructure comes from?


    Look, I'm not saying that we should all take to the streets with burning pitch forks.

    But this continual suggestion that online game launches can't go well - despite everyone apparently knowing in advance there will be problems, and despite the developer being in control of the dreaded infrastructure - just defies intelligence.
    Reply +4
  • kangarootoo 09/06/2015

    @blakeavon

    Your logic doesn't hold water.

    If ALL online launches have problems, and EVERYONE knows they do, then surely that certainty can be included in a plan.

    If a game launch plan can't account for things that everyone (apparently) knows are going to happen, what on earth CAN it account for?

    You ever heard the saying "forewarned is forearmed"? I guess not.
    Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 09/06/2015

    @EvilWaterman

    "If you tried to get a ticket for the opening night of a big movie you might not get one because of the influx of interest, rather like a new game..."

    Except you paid for the ticket, before finding the cinema was full...
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  • The Assembly has a few good ideas for settling virtual reality headset sickness

  • kangarootoo 09/06/2015

    @Sunjammer

    "VR game designers are in *such* trouble"

    Designers have a job to do, finding effective solutions to new problems, which is what the job has always been about.
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  • Ready at Dawn doesn't own The Order but would "love" to be a part of its future

  • kangarootoo 09/06/2015

    @cloudskipa

    "Imagine designing and creating a game from scratch, working hard on it for months on end only to have a publisher who invested in your product take all ownership rights of the IP away from you"

    Well in truth, nobody is taking rights of ownership away - Ready At Dawn will have never owned this, and that will have been the contract they signed up to, so there will have been no surprises for anyone.

    You assume they are being hard done by in some way, but they will simply have been paid to make the game, and if they retained ownership of the IP, they would have almost certainly been paid a lot less to make the game. That is how this stuff works.


    All that said, I thought The Order had a lot of potential, and I'd like to see them have a crack at a sequel. I wasn't a fan of the scripted combat and underpowered weapons, but the visual presentation was truly amazing. With another run at it, I'm sure they could open up the gameplay a bit.
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  • Uwe Boll quits crowdfunding with expletive-laden tirade after third project fails

  • kangarootoo 08/06/2015

    So I've finally managed to plough through this shite.

    Racism, homophobia? Get f*cked Uwe Boll. You don't deserve anyone's time or money. I'll never watch another of your deluded productions, even in a "so bad its good" capacity.
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  • kangarootoo 08/06/2015

    @wearethestorm

    Ooops. I'm thinking of London, 13 million.

    Kangarootoo does numbers, tune in next week.
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  • kangarootoo 08/06/2015

    Just scanned through that video. What an incredibly childish man. Let us all give him no more attention, until he has had a chance to calm down and think about his actions. Reply +9
  • kangarootoo 08/06/2015

    "is aimed squarely at anyone that did not back Boll's latest Kickstarter campaign."

    So pretty much all of planet Earth. Just over 13 billion people. THe odds are pretty high that you're the problem Mr Boll.
    Reply +10
  • Fallout 4 is never coming to PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360

  • kangarootoo 08/06/2015

    @Sousuke_Sagara

    "Um, it means, it can be easily pared back to run on older hardware?"

    I think the point being made is that "easily" has no business being in that sentence. Optimising is one of the toughest parts of game dev, and getting a modern game to run on old hardware is not just a matter of "pairing down". It isn't just about (spending countless hours) making lower detail models.
    Reply +2
  • kangarootoo 08/06/2015

    That is perhaps the least surprising bit of gaming news I've read all year. Did anyone really think it would come to last gen machines? Reply +7
  • Video: The sex scenes of The Witcher 3 reviewed

  • kangarootoo 06/06/2015

    Those suggesting there is a conflict of ethics in producing this video, but not having booth babes at a show, are missing the pretty stark difference between objectifying women at your own event, and makig fun of the sex in a game someone else created. Reply +4
  • Hatred review

  • kangarootoo 04/06/2015

    @MattEvansC3

    Ah ok, thanks for the extra info. I'm off to do some reading up, as clearly I need to expand my knowledge.
    Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 04/06/2015

    @Piccadillio

    "Too far" isn't an empirical definition. Morals are subjective, and so the boundaries are only clearly identified when reached.


    "Psychopaths don't know what is too far" No less than anyone else. A psychopath is someone who lacks empathy, not someone who does not understand wrong from right.


    "Please don't push unhelpful, anti-human ideas like this, Dan." Anti-human is a pretty bold statement to just throw down without further explanation. I bet most readers here don't actually know what you mean. Care to expand?


    "Quite upset by it, actually." It is a shame that discussion upsets you.
    Reply +24
  • Detective video game Her Story out this month

  • kangarootoo 03/06/2015

    @UncleLou

    Well, detective games in general. Not the FMV aspect specifically (the history of which, is peppered with shite).

    I thought the crime scene analysis in Condemned 2 was excellent, and the latest Sherlock Holmes title does a pretty good job.

    It is a very hard genre to gamify, so I'm always interested in new attempts.
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  • kangarootoo 03/06/2015

    That trailer got a little bit spoilery at the ending.

    Looks interesting though, I'm a big fan of the genre.
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