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  • Game developers would most like to work for Valve, survey finds

  • ludodown 20/08/2014

    I just finished replaying HL2, Ep1 and Ep2. Still fantastic. I would love to work at Valve if only so I can ask the obvious question in every single Monday morning meeting! You know the one. Reply +3
  • Gang Beasts gets picked up by Double Fine

  • ludodown 19/08/2014

    This bizarre video made me giggle like an idiot. Now I just need three similarly daft friends to try this with me. Reply +4
  • Xbox boss Phil Spencer makes case for Tomb Raider exclusivity deal

  • ludodown 18/08/2014

    @frazzl I agree absolutely. Sony's attitude when the PS3 came out ("get a second job" etc.) stank, and I didn't buy one until they ate a little humble pie and changed their approach. This is all about money, but these corporations seem to struggle to hit the sweet spot where they make lots of cash AND treat their customers well. I think these exclusivity deals highlight that. Reply +2
  • ludodown 18/08/2014

    @frazzl I think the state of Saturn sales were probably a big reason TRs didn't appear after 1. Lots of passion and upset in this discussion, most aimed at other users and not the faceless organisations involved. My main point was that what has happened with TR is unusual, especially since the recent reboot was available to all (well, apart from WiiU). If Sony had done it, I'd feel the same. Reply +6
  • ludodown 18/08/2014

    @cloudskipa I believe all the TRs have been available on PC too. Still say this turn of events was unexpected and unusual. Reply +9
  • ludodown 18/08/2014

    What's upsetting people is that TR is a very old franchise that people have been able to enjoy on various systems, until this. The recent reboot was released on everything except pocket calculators, so this turn of events was an unpleasant surprise to both new and long time fans.

    It's not about what platform holder grabbed it, but it is unfortunate that it's MS' latest move in a series of moves that defines their anti-consumer ethos for this generation.

    Comparisons to games that have always been exclusive, such as Uncharted, don't hold, but I can see how XBox and PC users are similarly disappointed about the new Silent Hills game. However, SH was very much a Playstation series when the series was at it's best, before the franchise was handed out to various devs to have a go. So again, I don't think the comparison holds; SH reboot feels like a return to its roots and its home. The situation with TR suddenly switching to platform exclusive from a stance of quite the opposite is unusual.

    Of course people are disappointed and see it as MS' latest middle finger to the customer. It won't make me an XBox owner. I would be much more inclined to make room for it under the telly if MS invest in exciting new games, not pinch existing ones so I cannot continue to enjoy them.
    Reply +7
  • PS4 leads US console sales for seventh month running

  • ludodown 15/08/2014

    Great that this new gen is taking off with encouraging sales, but a shame many devs are reluctant to let go of gen-spanning development. I'd like to see more commitment to current-gen-only titles, so we can really see what these new machines can do. Even games as far off as next Christmas, like Tomb Raider, is spanning the old and new gen XBox, which means, inevitably, that it won't be a title that truly pushes the newer machines. Reply +4
  • Watch 11 minutes of new Assassin's Creed: Unity gameplay

  • ludodown 15/08/2014

    Thank gawd. No more 100% sync nonsense: kill this guy, but go via Tesco, use every bush to hide in along the way and don't breath in more than 6 times. And wear a tutu. Is the horrible prescriptive mission design of old a thing of the past? I hope so. Feels a bit like a third person Dishonored, which is what I always thought AC was supposed to be. Lots of skills and toys with which to achieve an objective in whatever way you like. Reply +7
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to both Xbox One and Xbox 360

  • ludodown 13/08/2014

    A shame (again). Not only cut off from 2/3 of the potential audience, but shackled to last gen tech too. If it comes out next Winter, that means we're two years into a new gen and still making big chart topping games that have to fit on the old machines. Reply +8
  • EA's Gamescom 2014 briefing

  • ludodown 13/08/2014

    Would love 'Dead Space 4: What Made it Good in The First Place' (provisional title). Please do it EA. Reply 0
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive to Xbox One

  • ludodown 12/08/2014

    I can't justify buying a X1 just for this, and I don't have room anyway in my small home. I chose the PS4. Such a shame about TR, I've played all of them, and only very recently revisited the most recent one on PC. Very well done MS though - cruel AND shrewd. Will people say 'F-you' and go without, or will they buy an X1? My 360 gathered dust, and I simply prefer Sony's exclusives, but this is one of the rare occasions when not buying into XBox will be painful.

    Edit: Ironically, Uncharted isn't to my taste at all. Darn.
    Reply +16
  • Grappling is one of the oldest sports in the world - so why can't video games do it properly?

  • ludodown 10/08/2014

    All this talk of sex and now grappling. And on a Sunday too. I need a cold shower. Reply 0
  • Sleeping Dogs for PS4 and Xbox One spotted on Amazon

  • ludodown 08/08/2014

    I got this free with a graphics card. I'm sure everyone and his dog has played this, considering they've been all but giving it away in Steam sales for ages. I hope it works out for them but I'm not sure it'll fly off the shelves. The new gen dry season is coming to and end this winter, with Batman, GTAV and Witcher 3 - I wouldn't want to go up against those with my upscaled and polished game from two years ago, though the appeal of all the DLC in one place will hook some. Reply -2
  • "The transformation was painful. We paid the price"

  • ludodown 08/08/2014

    Publishers who are putting all focus and plans into free-to-play and 'games as services' are forgetting the large market for self-contained, lengthy single player focused games like Skyrim and The Last of Us. If those sort of games vanish from the gaming landscape, then that's my hobby gone too. I'm just not interested in subscriptions, micro-transactions, multiplayer-focussed etc. I work full time and like a quality, finished, good value game that I can load up when I like and return to years later, or having the option of simply not buying a new game on any given month because I'm skint (which you can't with a subscription). Clearly sales charts show a lot of people feel the same. Reply +10
  • Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome announced for PC

  • ludodown 07/08/2014

    What did we ever do to you, Crytek? Please reconsider. Reply +6
  • Activision notes industry-wide downturn in pre-orders

  • ludodown 06/08/2014

    Pre-ordering is only worthwhile if the item is limited ie. there will only EVER be 1000 copies, and you're a mega fan who doesn't mind taking a gamble on it turning out to be decent.

    Especially with digital availability, why put your money down until you've read reviews and done a bit of research? I can't afford to buy into something early simply because I'd like it to be good.

    Pre-ordering is all about securing our cash and not offering much in return. You'll get the thing on day one regardless of whether you order 6 months before or 4 days before it comes out. At least, that's my experience of any game I've ever bought. These store exclusive and pre-order DLC deals seem to anger and put customers off.

    I'd like to see a revival of free demos. I'd order a game early - regardless of reading reviews - if I'd played a good demo, but never on a wish and hope.
    Reply +3
  • Steam and Early Access: To curate or not curate?

  • ludodown 06/08/2014

    I'm old fashioned and have never embraced all this 'before they're cooked' business. My eyes automatically filter out anything that's early access. There are so many finished games out there, and I like to replay favourites too - I never find myself scratching around, so short of games to play that I grab ones that aren't done. Happy with that, it suits me. I'm not a gambling man.

    Edit: Also, Steam has become a nightmare collection of rubbish. I grab what I want and run each time.
    Reply +22
  • The Last of Us: Remastered is fifth biggest UK launch of 2014

  • ludodown 04/08/2014

    Sat down for my second playthrough of TLoU at the weekend, jumping to the remastered version. I was worried I wouldn't like it as much, but it's still wonderful. I'm noticing things I missed the first time through and the high res textures mean I can read posters and all those little details I couldn't make out before. I keep restarting encounters to 'do them better', and it's great how things can play out differently based on approach - nailing things silently and skillfully or getting into a right mess and scraping through. And it's still great how it's brave enough to have big areas where nothing happens - they just let the environment, dialogue and hunt for resources play out. Quite bold in an industry where devs are determined to throw distractions at you every second, for fear of you getting bored and putting the game on eBay. Reply +37
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker delayed until Jan 2015 in Europe

  • ludodown 30/07/2014

    It had a cosy Christmas game feel about it - shame. Hopefully next year will see the WiiU continue to rise up a bit, with the new Zelda and Xenoblade games. It's never going to keep Sony or MS awake at night, but I think Nintendo will support it for long enough so that people who got one won't feel cheated or say 'screw you!' when their next machine comes out. For the 220 I paid for mine, I think it's highly likely I'll feel I've had my money's worth by the time Wii-U2 comes out. Already had lots of fun with it, plus the value of Wii backward compatibility shouldn't be overlooked; a chance to replay some gems or grab some cheap new ones. Reply +12
  • Rust dev angers fans by announcing new prototype Riftlight

  • ludodown 28/07/2014

    @garryjnewman Not to me, nope. I'm just clarifying why some others might feel the way they do and how early access brings these unique situations about. Reply +1
  • ludodown 28/07/2014

    What's unique here is that Rust isn't finished. It wasn't long ago that gamers were used to buying only finished games and didn't have an ongoing relationship with the devs ie. when I bought Resident Evil 4 on the Gamecube, I wasn't offended that Capcom were working on new things because RE4 was solid, stable, finished, brilliant. It's understandable that people are concerned that the devs are moving on and leaving Rust unfinished or neglected. But I suppose that's the unique risk of buying into early access: that the devs might move on before it's a polished, bug-free, finished product. Devs get to define the meaning of 'finished' in this situation and move on when they like. It sounds as though Rust is still a priority, but it's another future point of caution if you're buying into early access: that the devs are only human, they get bored and want to move on sooner than we might like them to. Reply +9
  • Ubisoft now employs a chief parkour officer for Assassin's Creed

  • ludodown 17/07/2014

    I jumped off the bottom stair once. Reply +35
  • No PS3 to PS4 upgrade discount for The Last of Us Remastered

  • ludodown 16/07/2014

    Sold my PS3 copy on eBay for 17, preordered PS4 version from Zavvi for 34. A discount would have been nice, but it's not muich effort to jiggle the finances to make this cheaper. I was in the mood for revisiting this, so it makes sense to experience the best looking and smoothest version. I hope they've done a GTA5 level rebuild though and not just swapped out a few textures. I'll feel a little cheated if it's more a case of 'Silent Hill collection HD' than GTA5 PS4. Reply +2
  • Oculus VR clamps down on eBay Rift re-selling

  • ludodown 15/07/2014

    @GAmbrose I suppose you're right . It just feels as if this thing has been 'coming soon, really' for years, and taking up half the headlines on games sites for as long. Reply 0
  • ludodown 15/07/2014

    Give people a release date already and that'll help. Reply +1
  • Former Valve contributor and VR specialist warns against the tech's future

  • ludodown 15/07/2014

    VR has become a myth for me. We've had regular stories about it for years now, but most of us have never seen a headset or tried one. But we've all read - many times - about a journalist's incredible experience with it. There's no release date for any headset, or a launch list of games. It's something I know a lot about because of the continuous stories on any gaming site you care to pick, but something I'm starting to think I'll never actually see! I almost wish the thing would go away until ready and then start shouting again when it's due out in the next month.

    As for people losing themselves in an unhealthy world of ads and user-manipulating content, that already happens. There will always be a certain type of person who spends 8 hours a night in WoW and is a wet dream for a publisher's monetization plan. But most of us will continue - VR or not - to have a healthy balance of gaming and other things.
    Reply +1
  • Sigourney Weaver and original Alien cast to star in Alien: Isolation

  • ludodown 09/07/2014

    Much as this game looks fantastic, I always wait for reviews because - along with previews - it's often the only way I get a clue as to whether the game is worth 35-50 to me. I simply can't afford all the games I want and I can't afford to buy bad games. So I miss out on preorder stuff, and happily. Better that than waste money. It's a shame though. They know full well how appealing this content will be to fans of Alien. Clever and manipulative.

    Edit: Much like Arkham Knight's Scarecrow preorder incentive: very hard to resist. Mind you, with it being the third in a trilogy of excellent games, it's much more of a safe bet to pay up front. AI is completely new though, from a dev who doesn't usually make games like this.
    Reply +8
  • Sony boss talks of "sleepless nights" when trying to balance PS4 capabilities and price

  • ludodown 09/07/2014

    I'm so glad their attitude and approach was different this time around. The whole "get a second job" approach to the PS3 was awful and arrogant; they lost all the love I had for the brand. I didn't buy one until they released cheaper models and the library of games built up a bit. A more humble attitude and a better price had me jump into PS4 way sooner than I did PS3. Admittedly, I could have waited for early next year - that's when things seem to start taking off for the new consoles. Reply +2
  • Sniper Elite 3 blasts through second week as UK number one

  • ludodown 08/07/2014

    @jetfire10 I can't be exact because I'm away from the PC it's on, but it took a while from Steam and I believe it's 40+ gig. It's id tech, so it's probably using massive textures and not just copy-pasting smaller textures, like when it was used for Rage. I can't imagine where else those gigs went, but there's a decent amount of dialogue, and each new level/area is quite distinct visually. The hideout looks amazing on my shiny new 780ti Reply 0
  • ludodown 07/07/2014

    Great to see Wolfenstein still riding high. I passed on it originally because of the 'meh' reviews from various places, and then picked it up half price in the Steam sale... biggest surprise of the year for me. Absolutely wonderful. Not a dumb shooter at all and fantastic production values. There's a surprising amount of scope for creativity in most areas, allowing for a mix of stealth and shoot-out - both are great fun. Secrets and mild puzzles are very welcome. Surprisingly good writing and well developed and likeable characters. Attention to detail is great; so many neat little touches. Weapons are meaty and satisfying. I'll stop now, you get the picture! but I can't recommend it enough. If you're tired of the CoD corridor, give it a go.

    And thanks EG for the list format, please keep it!
    Reply +30
  • How Dying Light is keeping the zombie genre fresh

  • ludodown 08/07/2014

    @MrTomFTW They have had more than a good outing this last few years, but as long as people carry on thinking up inventive ways to use them, then it's no bad thing. I'd like to see vampires come back to gaming. Not wishy-washy loved-up ones either. Reply +1
  • Video: See the delightful Yoshi's Woolly World in action

  • ludodown 03/07/2014

    Looks fantastic. I think I heard this was more about traversal and exploration than nails-hard gameplay. I'm fine with that. Don't need all games to be hard in the traditional sense. An end of level summary that tells me I missed some of the pick-ups or didn't find all the secrets is better sometimes than dying lots. Reply 0
  • Report: Murdered: Soul Suspect dev Airtight closes down

  • ludodown 03/07/2014

    A real shame. Do we have a mid-tier anymore or is it just AAA or indie? I miss the likes of Prototype: rough-around-the-edges games, but loads of fun and charm. Reply +1
  • UK watchdog bans Dungeon Keeper ad, accuses EA of "misleading" customers

  • ludodown 02/07/2014

    Horrible 'game' made with horrible intentions from a void of creativity and ethics. Yes, I know "you don't have to buy anything if you don't want to", but that doesn't excuse a product that is this cynical and stingy. It's not free at all. I hope lessons have been learned: customers are not idiot drones with credit cards. Though it seems such lessons haven't filtered through to the marketing department. Reply +4
  • Chibi-Robo! Let's Go, Photo! review

  • ludodown 02/07/2014

    As other have pointed out, Chibi-Robo was wonderful on the Gamecube. Sort of like Zelda/Metroid but non-violent and trapped in a house, helping family members with their issues and er... cleaning. Hard to pitch that one, but it was brilliant. Shame it didn't get a proper reboot. Reply +7
  • BioWare's first "fully gay" male party member in DAI

  • ludodown 01/07/2014

    Thanks EG for reporting on this. I hope for a time when things like this aren't newsworthy. Not because I'm a bigot (I'm gay) who'd rather gays/women/non-whites would shut up, but because I'd like to see a time when it's just not a big deal any more and an aspect of a person's being is simply that, and not a cause for others to get worked up about or for minorities to feel they have to enter battle once again (gets tiring!). Games are popular media and developers/writes have a responsibility, whether they like it or not, and the power to influence. Representation of minorities is important in popular media just like it is in, say, a TV soap, and it will matter to many players. Reply +1
  • Cow Simulator 2014 built for Divinity: Original Sin

  • ludodown 27/06/2014

    It has pus in all of it, you know. There's a legally allowed limit of pus cels. Cheer up though, the percentage of pus cells allowed is lower in the EU than in the US. Reply 0
  • Ubisoft tries to make Just Dance an eSport

  • ludodown 26/06/2014

    Might do wonders for the obesity epidemic. Anything to get people moving is a good thing. Reply +8
  • Does Assassin's Creed Unity feel like a generational leap?

  • ludodown 25/06/2014

    A dedicated player-initiated stealth system was long overdue. All the running around without a care and leaping into a bush wasn't going to cut it as 'stealth section' anymore. Giving players options and open-ended missions, more like a third-person Dishonoured, is the promise this series has always had. Fingers crossed. If it's more desynchronised because I sneezed in the wrong key, then AC4 was my last. Reply +4
  • Batman: Arkham Knight's PS4-exclusive Scarecrow Nightmare Pack detailed

  • ludodown 24/06/2014

    @SuperSoupy I think you're probably right. They'll strike a balance between giving PS4 users something extra, but not so much - or so integral - that those playing on other systems feel they're getting a raw deal. Plus, as you say, it may show up eventually on other platforms anyway. Reply +2
  • ludodown 24/06/2014

    This is cruel! I have a PS4 and a capable PC, but was planning on the PC version because I can ramp up the settings and save a few quid usually too. Would hate to miss out on Scarecrow though. Decisions! Reply +2
  • Crytek UK exodus sparks concern over Homefront: The Revolution

  • ludodown 24/06/2014

    Sad news. I want to like their games, but find Crysis soulless. They clearly come from amazing technical talent, but they always leave me cold. I'd like to see some of the fun and spirit of the first Far Cry come back in future games... if there are any. I hope so. Reply +1
  • Assassin's Creed Unity: everything we know so far

  • ludodown 24/06/2014

    A proper stealth mode was mentioned too, that you initiate yourself, rather than the old 'this is a stealth bit, here's lots of bushes' approach. Reply +11
  • Ubisoft "reinventing" The Settlers with Kingdoms of Anteria

  • ludodown 24/06/2014

    Just please not a mobile, in-app purchases mess, like the Dungeon Keeper 'reboot'. I used to love this series. Reply +2
  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • ludodown 19/06/2014

    Wonderful piece, Tom. Completely agree about the stock responses that appear in comments sections when the matter of equality of representation comes up; it's thoughtless, automatic and knee-jerk, and I doubt a lot of it comes from a place of real misogyny/homophobia/racism etc.

    There's a deep lack of empathy in some gamers, the inability to imagine what being a female gamer must be like, whether looking at the back of the box and wondering why she doesn't exist yet, or facing inappropriate comments at a gaming convention.

    I'm a gay guy with lots of female friends and they talk to me often about the casual sexism that they experience every day, and sadly I can nod and talk about the casual homophobia that I experience daily. But to have that conversation in some places would label us whiners and political correctness bores and "how come straight white guys don't need their own private games cons" etc.

    Sexism goes the other way too. Just look at how men are portrayed in advertising: useless, feckless, incompetents who wouldn't cope for a second without savvy, smart wife to take care of everything while he drools and forgets to feed the kids again. How many of us watch those ads and don't even notice what it's saying to kids about the value of fathers and their place within the family?

    Games are popular media and they can't exist in a vacuum for straight white guys. Thanks again.

    Edit: corrected a couple of spelling mistakes only.
    Reply +61
  • Microsoft pledges to support Rare

  • ludodown 19/06/2014

    MS will still have to at least appear as though they 'believe in' Kinect, and probably get smaller teams to chuck out a few games for it every now and again: kids stuff, throwaway mini-game collections at Christmas. That will free Rare from Kinect and they'll be put on other projects. Good news. But, I wasn't blown away by their pre-Kinect XBox output. I hope there's better to come, they are clearly capable developers. Reply +1
  • "Gamers are not criminals and they do not need DRM"

  • ludodown 18/06/2014

    I don't think all pirates are simply would-be customers who hate DRM; that's a bit idealistic and rose-tinted. Some are definitely people who take because they don't want to pay unless they have no choice i.e. it's not on PB yet. But doing the former type a favour and making it easier to get into and enjoy games legitimately is to be celebrated and encouraged. I think GOG are great and applaud that the Witcher 3 is sticking to DRM-free. We've been led to believe that that sort of thing - trusting consumers - would be commercial suicide. Clearly that's not the case. Reply +8
  • Enemy Front review

  • ludodown 18/06/2014

    Surprised, as ever, at the capacity of some users to defend shoddy products they haven't played. Dan has played it. Here he tells us facts about it to help us make informed decisions. He gives many reasons why this is a poor product that's best skipped in favour of better games. There are many to choose from. I value his - and other contributors' - opinions. They frequently direct me toward good games and minimise disappointments. Unless Dan is being deceptive or has an agenda, I feel confident using his review to inform a purchasing decision, weighed against my own taste in games and my disposable income i.e. I like this genre, but can I overlook such big issues when Wolfenstein is out there and I can only afford one game this month?

    I wonder, as ever, why some peeps read reviews if they've already decided the game is great, because they're invested in it - or the developer/publisher - for their own reasons. I wonder why they take the time to comment about disagreeing with the score. You have made your mind up already, so why does it matter if a reviewer disagrees? You don't listen to them anyway, right? Their opinion doesn't influence you or inform your buying choices. You know what you like and, somehow, know a good game when you see its Steam listing. I hope your hopes align with the abilities of the developers whose product you feel a connection to. Buy it, be happy. Because you are so invested, you may be able to overlook some issues and still wring some joy from it.

    Or, if very keen to thrown cash away please consider the charities who are struggling and could make good use of it.
    Reply +1
  • Video: The Last of Us PS3 vs PS4 trailer comparison

  • ludodown 16/06/2014

    I was in the mood to replay this (I haven't played it since its release when I finished it), so this is perfect timing to get a PS4. I'm a little surprised by the 50 price tag, but although it's done the rounds already it is one of the best games I've ever played and I can get a tenner for eBaying my PS3 copy. An upgrade discount would have been nice though.

    Edit: It does include the DLC, which is usually 11.99, so that's a plus. Still feels a tad pricey.
    Reply +18
  • Over half an hour of Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay

  • ludodown 12/06/2014

    If it's anywhere near as good as Xenoblade on the Wii, this will be one of the best RPGs out next year. Not sure why this video is generating some unimpressed reactions, I think I'm looking at a different video! Looks fantastic, can't wait to explore that massive environment and run up to dinosaurs! Makes me feel like a kid. Reply +32