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  • I am the only person in this office who doesn't play Destiny

  • penhalion 27/11/2015

    Destiny is more empty now than it's ever been. I can't even get a raid team together anymore regardless of LFG or friends list. The crucible regularly now hosts 4 v 4 or 5v5 matches while it tries to stick some poor random into a loosing team to fill the numbers (usually me whenever I come on).

    Fans and the press will shout that Destiny is alive and kicking. Realists and actual players will tell you it's like an old dog on it's last legs. You'll run a patrol and be lucky if you see one other person. You'll run a strike list and be say in orbit for 10 minutes before Destiny decides even it can't wait any longer and throws you into the heroic strike alone!

    Yet still Bungie seem to be fixing the fun elements out of the game and then crappy player detrimental ones are left alone to fester. Recently for instance, they seem to have stealth nerfed the famour 3 of coins. Now guaranteed to give you even less chance at an exotic drop. A sad ploy to drag out the hours people spend farming or an act of a clueless design decide.
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  • Dying Light's next DLC is so big Techland is raising the price

  • penhalion 25/11/2015

    @ControlledChaos Thanks for the info I'll grab the season pass! Reply +1
  • penhalion 25/11/2015

    Hang on I'm a little confused so genuine question here.

    Is it that if I get the season pass then this DLC is part of that (along with the other DLCs)?


    I need to buy this as a stand alone thing at 15.99 and it's not in the season pass?
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  • Preserving the past: why emulation matters

  • penhalion 25/11/2015

    All I will say is shadow over mystara! Then I will say Mame and that is all. Companies have long since stopped releasing arcade games like this even though they would be lapped up by the masses. Reply +1
  • Bloodborne: The Old Hunters review

  • penhalion 24/11/2015

    For me it's got to be Artorias of the Abyss as my all time favourite. It was so well crafted and played into the fact that people recognised something familiar in your character when you first bump into them but, can't quite place it. Then you go looking for this mythical warrior and the twist, while telegraphed, was still brilliantly executed. Especially when it puts the giant wolf fight into a new perspective.

    I didn't enjoy Blood Borne all that much top be honest. Too much emphasis on fast paced combat for an old Dark Souls vet like me.
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  • Destiny bringing forward more Year One exotics

  • penhalion 23/11/2015

    @Merdalor Yep I hear you on that. The sleeper was supposed to be the Gjallarhorn replacement but, it turned out to be a dud. A weapon that almost no-one uses after firing it a few times and realising that it's rate of fire, accuracy and power are pretty much useless against anything that isn't a stationary target (and I do mean stationary!).

    I loved this game, when I was grinding with friends but, slowly and surely we have all left. I was the lone guy that came back for IB this time around and only then because I had read the posts on the forum about levels 3 and 5 giving a 310 arefact and 310 ghost + random 310-320 bonus item. I got a 317 auto, 310 ghost (why the hell the raid doesn't guarantee maxed out drops is beyond everyone!) and a 310 arefact for my hunter and titan who I never play so never finished the road to kings fall on (you need to finish the missions to get that quest so both are able to get the touch of malice but, neither qualifies for a 310 artefact?!?!).

    I don't think I'll be returning to destiny anytime soon. Certainly not for a Dragon's Breath or super good advice!
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  • penhalion 23/11/2015

    Playing Fallout 4 currently. Returned for Iron Banner as that has given me more high level rewards than the hard raid ever did. I'm in the same boat as many. I was a genuine 30, then 32, then 34 i.e. via doing the raids and getting the raid armour and PoE armour. Then they decided that they would make all effort in raids pointless if you could be arsed to cheat at ToO. Then TTK brought the concept of grinding with even worse prospects than the VoG forever 29 debacle.

    When they announced this in the weekly update I think I said "The only thing that would tempt me to grind for legendary marks, then grind to level up a weapon I already had, levelled and used during year 1 is if that weapon were the legendary Gjallarhorn!"
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  • The best Star Wars Battlefront plays so far

  • penhalion 20/11/2015

    @iceytoa1 Yep I wondered why that was supposed to be a good video and not tagged as how to be a complete ass and spawn camp! Reply 0
  • Xbox One and Xbox 360 Black Friday sale live

  • penhalion 20/11/2015

    Cool will check some of these out Reply +1
  • How to take Fallout 4 base building to the next level

  • penhalion 19/11/2015

    @Physically_Insane Select generator and an option (if you have the materials) will appear to attach a wire. You then walk that wire over to whatever needs power. If you have items in a house that require power then you need to attach a power point to the outside of the building and then attach a wire from that to the generator! Trial and error allowed me to work that one out. After spending hours trying to work out why the town build mission kept saying "now build something that requires power" Reply 0
  • Xbox Preview Programme members rewarded with ninja cat

  • penhalion 19/11/2015

    Cool. It's little thoughts like this that feel the most sincere. Reply +1
  • Destiny gives you a two-player dance if you refer a friend

  • penhalion 18/11/2015

    Given that only a complete bast would refer a friend to the endless and now quite soulless grind that is destiny I suggested they rename the "refer a friend" nitiative to "Screw an enemy" but, they didn't seem to want to go with that.... Reply +7
  • I wore the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy for a week

  • penhalion 18/11/2015

    In conclusion, I would not recommend the Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV as a viable alternative to a smart watch.
    Oddly nor would anyone not in 1950's America......
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  • Why I'm tired of Fallout 4 encumbrance

  • penhalion 17/11/2015

    Yep same issue. I started out as usual i.e. upgrading stealth and science and all the fun perks then after about hour 10 I would level up and hesitate over the perk I actually wanted to level and put the point into strength instead. The reason being that I would often level up just after a decent fight and be crawling about packed with junk that I just wanted to get back to home base.

    This is one of the few things that needs to change in Fallout. At the least you should be able to send your companion back to home base with the junk in tow. Sleep for a few hours and have them arrive back to you ready for action.

    I love this game but, I find myself increasingly standing beside advanced locks and having to stare at them longingly because all the points I needed to add to my perception perks and open them are in strength....
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  • Xenoblade Chronicles X's English version ditches breast slider

  • penhalion 17/11/2015

    Anyone complaining about this omission may want to remember the age of the girls involved in this game! If you are seriously worried about not being able to adjust the bust size of children then you need help of the psychological persuasion! Reply +1
  • Need for Speed's first big update will fix one of players' biggest bugbears

  • penhalion 16/11/2015

    Rubber banding is a stupid thing to add. In the original Burn-out and Burn-out 2 they didn't have it so you could use skill to overtake and stay ahead of the pack. Sometimes even miles ahead if you were in the zone. Then in later games they added rubber banding to give a more close and "exciting" race feel. However, as is the case with most of these artificial playing field leveller mechanics.

    The upshot was that now you couldn't ever crash because the AI would then end up winning the race by a lead that it shouldn't have had! Needless to say that was the start of the fall for Burnout. People like me (the loyal fans) skipped the next instalments because the games seemed to be cheating! The fun of burning out (boosting all the way to the end of the race with style) was gone. No matter how good you were. Just one crash screwed up the race for you.

    Criterion went down with the ship.

    So to see this re-introduced in a game in 2015 is insane! Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it!
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  • Fallout 4 tops UK chart, launch sales 200% up on New Vegas

  • penhalion 16/11/2015

    Loved fallout and also loving Tomb Raider (On XBOne obviously)! The third in my active games collection at the moment being AC Syndicate on PS4.

    This fall has been a great season for games so far. Not sure what will be played over christmas though! Is anything else coming out?
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  • Bethesda shipped 12m copies of Fallout 4 for launch

  • penhalion 13/11/2015


    Yes you can just prefab the building. No need to do anything overly complex. The more important issue is Power, defence, food and water.
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  • Xenoblade Chronicles X might yet have 2015's most impressive open world

  • penhalion 13/11/2015

    Just pre-ordered this. Reply +3
  • Microsoft's cheeky video explains Xbox One backwards compatibility

  • penhalion 13/11/2015

    I personally love this move. As more and more titles become available it will soon be possible to mothball the old 360 without loosing either my 360 xbox live collection, 360 arcade collection or 360 disc collection.

    It's late to the party but, I'm just glad it got here at all!
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  • Fallout 4 review

  • penhalion 09/11/2015

    The first time I've ever wanted to see a day one patch! Reply +1
  • Big Fallout 4 gameplay leak a week before launch

  • penhalion 02/11/2015

    lol In the first video I had to laugh when the guy does exactly what i do in a fallout game i.e. quick save or save when I think a major choice has come up that I may regret or want to see the alternative to. Reply +5
  • Watch: Fallout 4's Pip-Boy edition - what's it like?

  • penhalion 30/10/2015

    woa! so glad I sold mine to someone else for 200 quid! that thing is fugly and totally useless to boot. Reply +1
  • Halo 5: Guardians review

  • penhalion 30/10/2015

    Microsoft's marketing of Halo 5 had us believe we were set for some epic showdown between a legend-turned traitor and a Spartan who was faced with the prospect of killing his hero.
    While aI agree this is a little disappointing. The reality would have been far more so. You'd have ended up playing as Locke. A man destined to die by the Chiefs hand. It would have been utter suicide of 343 to kill of the Chief. We as players have followed his journey too long and know him to be the hero he is. In the end we all knew there would be no showdown if 343 hoped to establish Locke as a new hero in the franchise. For this to happen Locke HAS TO end up on Chiefs side of the fence!
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  • Xbox One backwards compatibility dated for November

  • penhalion 27/10/2015

    Paradise is an amazing racer so I'm happy Reply +1
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate review

  • penhalion 23/10/2015

    that more time is better than the company's bottom line, then the last couple of Assassin's Creed titles are it.
    Is that supposed to say

    that more time is better for the company's bottom line, then the last couple of Assassin's Creed titles are it.
    I only ask because the companies bottom line is kinda what keeps it afloat....
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  • Destiny will soon get microtransactions

  • penhalion 06/10/2015

    The slippery slope. For instance, right off the bat, I can think of them selling something like an exotic light that allows you to upgrade your year 1 "left behinds" to year 2. Yea I can't imagine that would rake in millions as everyone and their dog upgrades a gally! I mean Bungie and Activision would never do something that underha........oh Reply 0
  • Metal Gear Solid 5 just got one of the craziest microtransactions yet

  • penhalion 06/10/2015

    Hi There!

    have you recently been mis-sold FOB insurance you didn't want or need? If the answer is YES then you may be entitled to compensation!
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  • Bungie stamps out Destiny's Three of Coins exotic engram exploit

  • penhalion 25/09/2015

    @markandrewroberts1 Psion Flayers count as a single ultra for the final loot drop. Reply 0
  • Can the new Apple TV succeed as a games machine?

  • penhalion 13/09/2015

    The problem with Apple (and it's one that is starting to show) is that they refresh everything on a yearly cycle and are usually used as a statement of wealth or fashion. People don't pick up an iPhone because it's the best on the market. They pick one up because it cost a fair bit and is "Cool".

    None of these shallow traits can be applied to a set top box. The apple faithful will not buy one because it's not something that can be shown off to the friends. Everything on it is available on their iPhones too so what's the point. I feared for Apple when Jobs passed and it's starting to look like they are losing their way again. Only this time there will be no miracle rescue from a returning Jobs!
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  • New Fallout 4 video series is extra S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

  • penhalion 11/09/2015

    for its upcoming quirky indie game Fallout 4
    Indie game?!?!
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  • Tales from the Borderlands is the closest we have to a great video game movie

  • penhalion 11/09/2015

    Loving this so far but...scooter....... Reply 0
  • Destiny's big update 2.0 is now live

  • penhalion 09/09/2015

    I was all set to hate this update but, it's actually looking pretty good so far. Only issue is the woeful amount of exotics that have made the year 2 transition so far. Stuff like Nothing Manacles, which made scatter grenades useful etc. etc.

    The quests really lift the game though. Patrol finally feels like it's something you are supposed to do and not something you do because you haven't got a clue what else to do! The exotic items from the factions are something to work towards as they both provide armour, a nice effect when you spawn in (Yes you read that right you can spawn in with a faction specific spawn! I'm heading for that dead orbit spawn in!) and your ghost actually has a function beyond opening a door or three.

    I'm not liking Northbot though. He sounds stupidly annoying and I wanted to mute him after that "We've woken the hive" line. He says it like he's asking you!!
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  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is series' biggest UK launch

  • penhalion 08/09/2015

    Selling less than Witcher and Arkham is to be expected. As an honest Kojima fan I have to say that I haven't really touched any of his work since the massive cutscene filled mess that was MGS 4.

    People raved about this one and yet I couldn't knock that feeling that I would be buying another bloody 4 hour cut scene from my mind. I know it isn't that this time around but, I still haven't picked it up yet.
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  • Lara Croft Go reveals what Tomb Raider's been missing

  • penhalion 01/09/2015

    The original tomb raider got exploration and enemies right. It's the reason you were fighting wildlife! there were no people as the tombs hadn't been conveniently pre-populated with an army of mercenaries that somehow found the place first?!? In fact one of Lara's most ridiculous enemies is the pinacle of just how un- discovered those tombs were. I speak of course of the T-Rex. The last few levels, where you were above the temple floor and the drop made your heart race. The strange rooms where the only reminder that you needed to find the mechanism to open the door was the skeleton in the corner of the guy who didn't!

    While I love the modern remakes. It more often than not feels like Lara is made of paper. She is constantly in pain or limping or loosing her stuff etc. etc. She feels less like the bad ass tomb raider and more like the way out of her depth rich girl.
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  • Mad Max review

  • penhalion 01/09/2015

    Wait! This is good?, I had a whole fallout ripoff speech ready.... Reply +4
  • The Taken King makes big changes to Destiny's weekly activities

  • penhalion 31/08/2015

    @AgentDaleCooper Totally agree. I solo nightfalls all the time and the only character I have REAL fun doing them with is my warlock, set to fireborn. I can mop through killing everything and playing forward as opposed to hiding back somewhere because I can be killed and have to run all the way back to the boss again. It was never fun and, despite what some people here are saying, Bungies own statistics show that the majority of people gave up on nightfalls for the very reason that they wiped you to orbit! Reply 0
  • Hear Nolan North's first turn in Destiny

  • penhalion 27/08/2015

    Yea I prefer Dink. Unpopular opinion I know but, To me Dink's Ghost had more life to it. Reply 0
  • New Rise of the Tomb Raider video demonstrates the non-lethal approach

  • penhalion 22/08/2015

    Nice to see you can go through the areas with stealth instead of violence! Reply +3
  • Everything we just learnt about Destiny: The Taken King

  • penhalion 20/08/2015

    @AddDavey LOL: Did not think of that! I'm guessing once they realise the screw up you'll get both trophies for maxing out legendary marks to 200. Reply 0
  • penhalion 20/08/2015

    Your light level is now your character level.
    No. Your light level and character level are now separated.

    Don't dismantle anything because Bungie will use the items in your inventory and your vault to determine your new level.
    No. They have averaged it all out to a light level of 160 as the average was around 168. Your current light level is used to determine your starting level in the game. Your gear in the vault is moot.

    You can also track up to four bounties. Pull up your ghost to see your progress.
    You can track 4 bounties at a time! You can carry many more than that. The tracked ones can be switched at any time.

    Edit: Actually I just got fed up of correcting the article.
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  • Sky Rogue delivers the romance of aviation

  • penhalion 20/08/2015

    As the Rogue in the title suggests, this is a game about facing terrible odds, dying an awful lot
    Um no point did I associate the words sky rogue with facing terrible odds and lots of death.
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  • Volume review

  • penhalion 18/08/2015

    I'm sorry is the dev trawling the forums and down voting any comment that doesn't say "Yay I'm buying this now!"

    EG. You need to see what twat is doing that and end them.
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  • Ashes of the Singularity: the first DX12 gaming benchmark tested

  • penhalion 17/08/2015

    I would be very interested to see if this makes as huge a difference to framerates or resolution on the Xbox One. Reply -5
  • Rare Replay studio's first UK chart-topper since Banjo-Kazooie on N64 in 1998

  • penhalion 10/08/2015

    I bought it the moment I realised it had their spectrum stuff too. I loved underwurld and knightlore. Would have loved the Arthur series from C64 as well but, I guess someone else must own the rights to that. I really would love to play through Staff of Karnath again. Reply 0
  • Pixels: the Eurogamer review

  • penhalion 10/08/2015

    There have been a lot of blockbuster duds this year. From fantastic 4 (1 hour and 20 minutes of guess when we get our powers and 20 minutes of now we fight doom for no real reason) to this Pixels! Reply +2
  • The Soulful machinery of Armored Core

  • penhalion 10/08/2015

    I loved this series. More the early ones than the later ones but, it was always good to step into a core of your own design and wreck or be wrecked in combat. My first solid memories of the series are completing the training missions and hearing those immortal words "You ARE a raven!" Reply 0
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate's Evie can become invisible

  • penhalion 07/08/2015

    Am I missing something? Isn't this just the same Assassins Creed ability where, if you stay still, you become pretty much invisible to everyone. As soon as you move or run you become visible to them again i.e. you have a low profile so blend into the background until you move. I seem to remember doing that a lot in Unity. Reply 0
  • Watch Blizzard's reveal of the next World of Warcraft expansion here

  • penhalion 06/08/2015

    Can Blizzard find a way to convince lapsed subscribers from the past to come back home,
    Nope. I quit this game a few years ago. It was fun but, it never seems to progress either graphically or quest wise. I'm simply tired of facing the next uber resilient boss that requires me to spend the next hour+ of my life whittling his down...
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  • The Taken King makes huge and important changes to Destiny

  • penhalion 05/08/2015

    We already know The Taken King will render your existing legendary weapon arsenal redundant, but higher attack values will be available from just common white and green rarity items.
    This statement alone makes the rest of the article pointless. It basically means that nothing you get from the raids Vault of Glass and Crota's End have any meaning. As equipment is the sole purpose for doing raids i.e. the excellent weaponry and armour you get. It means they are simply obsolete content.

    It also means that there is little to no point doing the new content as Destiny 2 will render any effort in this new raid pointless. WoW deliberately encourages you to upgrade and reforge your equipment in order to avoid you feeling that all effort before the current expansion is pointless. Destiny has taken a different approach and instead MADE all effort before the current expansion literally pointless. It doesn't take a genius to stop, think this thorugh for a few seconds and then come to the conclusion that they can save themselves a lot of pointless grinding by simply not bothering to get the last expansion. The simple logic being that each new expansion renders the last one's grinding pointless so it doesn't matter if you bother with it or not.
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