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  • Bloodborne review

  • penhalion 27/03/2015

    Lovecraft's creation is basically an amoral universe where humankind has absolutely no significance, cosmic beings do malevolent things because they can, and those who can perceive this state of affairs are driven mad by the knowledge.
    I don't think many people on these forums will have read Lovecraft or even know what Cthulhu is but, Lovecraft didn't describe a world where we had no significance. Rather he described a world that had many hidden layers and where our perception of reality was simply the surface. He described the great dark gods who longed to reclaim a reality that was once their and again know the worship of the creatures they had created in their name. He describes the few unfortunate individuals who stumble upon such plans and who's courage both saves us and damns them to madness. For who would believe the ramblings of a man who claims to have thwarted a writhing nameless thing or glimpsed realities not our own or better yet thwarted the machinations of a god!

    I'm sitting in Starbucks now, with my copy of bloodborne and thinking someone has to be that wall that holds the dark at bay.... yea... short straw me thinks.
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  • Spielberg to direct video game-themed adventure Ready Player One

  • penhalion 27/03/2015

    and the upcoming Pacific Rim 2
    Um did that need a sequel?
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  • Destiny item comparison sacrificed for expanded vaults on last-gen

  • penhalion 27/03/2015

    @Sendlinger Pretty much the same here. For the last few weeks I simply can't bring myself to play it. I used to go on to do the raids and the usual nightfalls and weeklies. Lately I have to try to force myself to do nightfalls and I look at Xur to determine if I can be arsed to grab some strange to buy his latest crap. The game is simply dying for me and now with Borderlands and Bloodborne I fear it's had it's day. Reply +2
  • Halo Online announced... for Russia

  • penhalion 26/03/2015

    I don't get it I thought it was an MMO Reply -1
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection has 16GB day one patch on Xbox One

  • penhalion 26/03/2015

    @DwarfyP If you get the disc version watching it download is EXACTLY what you have to do! Reply +1
  • penhalion 26/03/2015

    @Euthanasia1978 Not gonna help you. You are at the mercy of the servers. If a lot of people are getting this parch you will be seeing a fraction of your actual download speed! Reply +4
  • penhalion 26/03/2015

    oh for f#$k sake! And I got negged for saying that AAA devs need to be brought to task over this nonsense just because I was saying it in a bloodborne thread!

    let me just quote from this nonsense

    "Although the update is large (as it's adding an entire and brand new add-on campaign), we strongly recommend that all players download it before playing The Handsome Collection."
    So let me get this straight. Even the fastest connections mean that you aren't playing this on day one! Unless of course you switch off every other device on your network to give your XBone and to a lesser extent (by some 50%) PS4 maximum bandwidth! I'm already going to get Bloodborne drop and then have to watch that download 2.8gb before I can actually play it. Now I will have to wait what looks like a lot of hours (depending on how many people will be spamming the servers for this patch) to even look at the Handsome jack collection.

    So far only one Dev in the AAA ranks has said "Nope I'm gonna delay my release rather than subject my players to a huge day one nonsense patch!"
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  • Performance Analysis: Bloodborne

  • penhalion 26/03/2015

    @sid-6581
    @penhalion 350? You mean PS4 + SSD? A Crucial MX 100 with 256GB can be bought for 90 Euros.
    A 256GB drive is useless as it would already be full simply by installing the games you already have!
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  • penhalion 24/03/2015

    However, until From Software swoops in with a patch to optimise this aspect, upgrading your PS4's to an SSD is easily the best option for a fresh Bloodborne playthrough.
    F#$k off! Unless you're basically telling me that Bloodborne costs 350 quid to play correctly!
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  • No, Battlefield Hardline does not contain ghastly DRM

  • penhalion 26/03/2015

    Actually everyone who's commented so far seems to have missed the point. It wasn't 5 installs it was 5 graphic card changes. The graphics card isn't a new install it's simply a component of a system.

    The original posters point was that EA are monitoring your hardware changes without your consent or knowledge. That is in fact not legal. Yet no press have yet cornered EA and asked by who's authority are they doing this!
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  • Video: NewRetroArcade: Unreal 4 and VR's mind-blowing mix

  • penhalion 26/03/2015

    Hmmm I didn't hear the distinct sound of feet sticking to carpet with each step or the cough of a kid choking on cigarette smoke while trying to "look" cool and some weird looking perv in the corner just...well..staring at everyone. Other than that it looks authentic. Reply +1
  • Double Xbox Games with Gold titles announced for April

  • penhalion 26/03/2015

    Hang on is Black Flag for XBox One? Reply +1
  • Pillars of Eternity review

  • penhalion 26/03/2015

    I have learned the following from this article:-

    Make sure you up your resolve score as soon as possible.
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  • Arnie's new film channels The Last of Us

  • penhalion 25/03/2015

    I can't see the official movie being better than this. I mean this has Arnie! ARNIE!! Reply +14
  • YouTube Live to take on Twitch and be announced at E3 - report

  • penhalion 25/03/2015

    Should be interesting given how much google seem to hate Microsoft! Reply 0
  • MGS5: Ground Zeroes 5.79 in PlayStation Store Easter Sale

  • penhalion 25/03/2015

    Or how about PS4 launch game Knack for 16?
    Phrased as a question who's answer must be no, no and hell no!
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  • The Evil Within DLC The Consequence out next month

  • penhalion 24/03/2015

    @ubergine I hear ya! Same for me. I almost laughed when I saw an article about whether this was the successor to Resident Evil's crown! Reply -4
  • A live-action Zelda series is in development for Netflix - report

  • penhalion 24/03/2015

    Naw I said when this first got mentioned that there was no way to actually do a workable live action version of Zelda. In a live action version it would become pretty obvious that the bearer of the tri-force of wisdom was one of the least wize people on the planet and thus the downward spiral of Zelda would begin. In fact Link is consistently wiser and more courageous than Zelda in every bloomin' game! Reply 0
  • Bloodborne walkthrough and game guide

  • penhalion 24/03/2015

    How the heck is this guide available when the game is barely out. I take it all the pages simply say "Coming Soon" Reply +9
  • There's a bizarre Wii U controller designed to train surgeons

  • penhalion 24/03/2015

    Interesting. When society destroys itself in the zombie invasion and I am hanging with my band of survivors. I'll be able to perform detailed surgery on them all thanks to this game. Roll on the apocalypse! Reply 0
  • Fatshark shows off gameplay of its five-player dungeon crawler Bloodsports.TV

  • penhalion 24/03/2015

    @melnificent
    I've no idea where the Smash TV comparison is coming from
    Really? How about first off it's got TV in the title and secondly it's et in an arena where you kill stuff to entertain a crowd in what looks like a sick futuristic gameshow.

    MOBA reference aside it's pretty much smash tv in a nutshell without the tv host humour.
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  • A new Singularity title has been teased

  • penhalion 24/03/2015

    I liked singularity. I thought it was particularly good when everything comes together at the end. Finding out that saving people isn't always a good thing..... Reply 0
  • Is Bloodborne the best game ever, or just the second best?

  • penhalion 24/03/2015

    @mo0trix Yea I mean his comments on his experiences with Dark Souls where he was shield tanking most of the time. Something I quickly learned was detrimental to beating the bosses and groups of enemies i.e. stamina, shield breaks etc. etc. Reply -2
  • penhalion 24/03/2015

    I've been playing Bloodborne solidly for four days and barely scratched the surface. What a game.
    That sounds great but, as you've kind of shown. A lot of us gamers here may have a tad more skill in the Demon's/Dark Souls games than you....just saying...
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight delayed by a few weeks

  • penhalion 23/03/2015

    Ok watched the video and I have to say (yea neg me as much as you like) I don't see WTF is different from the last Batman games. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed them but, maybe I'm expecting too much when I was looking forward to something new.

    Edit: I'm talking about the general combat and swooping about. The batmobile stuff just looks like a bit of a minigame.
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  • penhalion 23/03/2015

    Rocksteady "It was the choice between a 7 kagamagigabyte day one patch and actually finishing our shit....we chose to finish our shit...."

    Gotta admire a dev who actually decides to fix their bugs before release.
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  • Nintendo might be making the most exciting online shooter in years

  • penhalion 23/03/2015

    The vibrant primary colours are going to really confuse COD and BattleField players. They'll be looking for the grey and brown enemy players and getting owned by 5 year old girls! Reply +2
  • God of War 3 Remastered announced for PS4

  • penhalion 23/03/2015

    The developers are "Targeting" 60fps. I'm "Targeting" Mars with this here slice of gherkin from my burger. Nearer to the release date I will let you know if I hit Mars or not. Until then you will live in eager anticipation of my results......Hold your breath people. Hold it long and well! Reply +1
  • DriveClub developer Evolution set to lose 55 staff, sources say

  • penhalion 23/03/2015

    @ubergine It's normal for the contractors and temps to go and NOT for the permanent team to be made redundant. Not sure where this idea that studios normally shed staff after finishing games came from. It's neither normal nor expected behaviour. Staff are simply moved on to a new project and towards the end of an existing project some staff will already have been moved to the next project. Reply +4
  • Don't forget to download Bloodborne's 2.69GB day one patch

  • penhalion 23/03/2015

    @A_FAN No of course not. I think they should test and complete their shit before releasing it! To have a day one patch means that it was sent to gold with known showstopper bugs. In my book as a professional dev that isn't a gold it's a bloody alpha or beta! Reply +3
  • penhalion 23/03/2015

    Don't forget to download Bloodborne's 2.69GB day one patch
    Seriously...

    This releasing incomplete games shit really has to stop!
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  • Microsoft details Xbox One April system update

  • penhalion 23/03/2015

    I would say I have it as I'm a preview program member but, I didn't notice and I unlocked a few achievements in dying light yesterday! Reply 0
  • Could this be the future of augmented-reality?

  • penhalion 21/03/2015

    "is a game we're playing around the office right now," but it's obviously not this polished yet...
    Yea like they would need to answer the 100s of questions about how to get a game even remotely to be like the video.

    Basic setup would be a google glasses style head set with images projected/displayed on the lenses. Some kind of scanning system (steal steam lighthouses for tracking). Only other issue then is that the guns would be floating around the players hand unless a prop blank was used (a gun prop to allow the player to immerse into the game)

    Or we can just invent hardlight and watch millions of fools die because the safety protocols get disabled accidentally...

    The future is not bright...
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  • Looks like Gravity Rush Remaster is coming to PS4

  • penhalion 20/03/2015

    nothing came it.
    Maybe there should be an "of" in there somewhere?
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  • Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Xbox One release date

  • penhalion 20/03/2015

    Have this as the PSN free game of the month and it's lovely. My fellow XBox owners will finally be able to play the game I've annoyingly raved about to them. Reply +2
  • Telltale hints at more The Walking Dead before season three

  • penhalion 20/03/2015

    :|
    Um wait when did they release all the episodes for season 2. I remember getting one!
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  • Making sense of Steam's refund policy

  • penhalion 20/03/2015

    It may take a lawsuit from a disgruntled customer to test the strength of Valve's implementation of EU law.
    No actually all it takes is sending a few letters to the EU commision and pointing out that Valve are bending the meaning of the law. I think you'll find that the EU commision is getting very fed up of companies doing this and will likely instigate moves against valve and EA themselves.
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  • EGX 2015 tickets now on sale

  • penhalion 20/03/2015

    @LaurencD
    Don't stay at the Hilton Metropol!
    Where the heck were you last time I was there! This info would have been useful back then!
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  • Use your remaining Club Nintendo stars on digital 3DS, Wii U games

  • penhalion 20/03/2015

    I got the 3DS pouch and other stuff. Nice but, I prefer the physical rewards you could get like the overnight kit. That was epic Reply 0
  • Dying Light has reached 3.2m players

  • penhalion 20/03/2015

    Techland deserve this. Their dead island series is one of the most under rated yet fun zombie romps out there. Actually looking forward to dead island 2 and more from the dying light franchise...which is actually dead island on a different island...um...well you get what I mean! Reply +2
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD review

  • penhalion 20/03/2015

    A Triad Maneuver sees your lead trio combine forces for a powerful one-off attack
    should be "A Triad Maneuver sees you hold down the arm of one of the enemy and chop off a little finger"

    Corrected..
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  • Bloodborne can be purchased with your actual blood in Denmark

  • penhalion 20/03/2015

    So it's official Sony still has a few of the old guard blood sucking leeches on staff. ;) Reply -1
  • Destiny will add audio options and colourblind support in next update

  • penhalion 20/03/2015

    as a certain infamous dress has recently proven.
    Um no. The dress just proved that we interpret colour based on the lighting we THINK is present. Our brains adjust automagically for it and thus remove or add colour based on that assumption. Left brain and right brain dominant people thus saw different things with that dress but, neither was in fact incorrect. Those who saw the black and blue couldn't see the gold within those colours and those who saw gold and white (usually a blue tinted white) were able to see the gold but, dismissed the darker colour i.e. the black as being from shadows and thus not an actual colour.

    Stand any of those people in front of the actual dress and with the lighting correct for the location and they would have seen black and blue too.
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  • Hideo Kojima's name removed from Metal Gear Solid 5 branding

  • penhalion 19/03/2015

    Not too suprised. While many look forward to Kojima game. I must confess that all I associate Kojima's metal gear games with these days is interactive movies. They look great but, have incomprehensible stories and very little actual gameplay save sneaking about a map and some set piece boss battles.

    It's a pity really as I loved everything up to the Liquid Snake games. Then it just became rehashed soup or worst still MGS4 was something about some Fox Die related nonsense that I simply didn't get!
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  • With the announcement of the NX, Nintendo admits defeat with the Wii U

  • penhalion 18/03/2015

    I remember the Wii-U reveal. We all called it as being a WTF moment. Everything from Reggi looking pretty puzzled about what the heck he was trying to sell to even Miyamoto struggling to work out why he was revealing the same console they just released but, with a new and far too bulky second screen controller.

    It was the very definition of a cluster F bomb and yet Nintendo managed to pull it back to where we'll actually miss it when it's gone. Not because it was any good. The hardware was simply too cheap and cheerful to really compete but, we'll miss it for the games. Nintendo showed that you could give them a turd and they's somehow polish a blindingly good mario game onto it's surface. They showed that they were still kings of gameplay. Because of this we know that both Microsoft and Sony have true cause to worry if Nintendo ever do release a proper next gen system, with actual powerful hardware and put even a single full Mario or Zelda onto it. I don't care who you are as a gamer. You'll be there to see, buy and play that!
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  • Jeff Minter "beyond disgusted" with Atari over TxK block

  • penhalion 18/03/2015

    So let me see if I get this. He wrote Tempest 2000 for Atari, they paid him for it, he then ripped off said game and called it TxK and Atari objected.

    Everyone sides with Minter because...well just because I guess.

    Yea I'm sure I'll be negged to hell but, I'm simply not seeing where this is somehow Atari being dicks.
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  • La-Mulana EX review

  • penhalion 18/03/2015

    @riceNpea
    Sounds like Demon/Dark Souls. I don't think it's necessarily a negative but I suppose the prof is in the pudding.
    Ke?

    Demons/Dark Souls triggers things in a logical manner such as defeating creatures will make a level open up more. A certain creature may drop a key that unlocks a shortcut back to somewhere. In that old place something has changed but, the shortcut leads you right bak to where the change occured. Here, in this game, the logical links and guiding to the changes just doesn't happen.
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  • Nintendo to release games on phones and tablets

  • penhalion 17/03/2015

    Nintendo to be forced to watch Sony's attempt with PS-Mobile from start of campaign to recent shutdown. They will be made to watch it again and again until they "Get it". Reply +2
  • Borderlands 2 writer regrets nearly silent protagonists

  • penhalion 17/03/2015

    A good example of how these situations should be handled is shown by the very first Halo game. It doesn't introduce the back story of the Master Chief yet, from the first moment he says something to cortana you know everything you need to know and are totally invested. He's gruff, no nonsense, destructive and yet not a mindless point and shoot machine. The brief exchanges between him and Cortana show that he's a thinking man's soldier.

    All emotional content is handled aptly by Cortana his AI assistant who also provides the face to the whole operation. This further allows the player to put themselves in the chief's boots. Everything Cortan says to him she is in fact saying to you. This relationship (now stupidly broken by 343) was what drove the single player campaign. I'm very curious to see how they replace this essential dynamic in Halo 5.

    I should say I suspect the librarian somehow saved Cortana or a copy of her during their original encounter in Halo 4. She does after all state that the two i.e the chief and cortana are somehow necessary for what comes next.
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  • Xbox Live and PS Plus subs now used to calculate UK inflation

  • penhalion 17/03/2015

    O_o

    not sure what to say about that. I am apparently contributing to inflation by playing games and NOT going out to spend any money......

    lol I take it those voting everyone down don't actually understand what inflation tracks. People paying for something once a year is not an indicator of inflation. They seem to be taking these subs as an indication of disposable income. Kind of like your Mum saying "If you can afford to buy a sub to PSN then you can afford that new Car"

    The sub not going up each year (and it hasn't ever gone up as far as I can remember) whether or not there was a boom or bust or stock market crash etc. etc. It's therefore a nonsense value to use to track inflation. The value of a subscription to Live or PSN has neither gone up nor down in value at any point.
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