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  • After Lemmings was a hit, DMA Design declared war with Walker

  • popej 14/09/2014

    Aye, it's difficulty curve was pretty insane. Was fun though. Reply +4
  • Radeon R9 285 review

  • popej 02/09/2014

    Richard, or anyone else for that matter - Any ideas when the 285x 4gb versions are likely to start appearing? Also what's the likely premium?

    Ta
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  • Fox News uses BioShock Infinite logo to defend the homeland

  • popej 03/07/2014

    @Cjail I think you're taking this a bit too seriously tbh dude. Reply +2
  • The JAMMA bliss of Salamander

  • popej 08/06/2014

    Me and my brother player Lifeforce Salamander on the NES constantly. Great fun 2 player. Reply +2
  • PC drivers for Xbox One controller now available

  • popej 05/06/2014

    Could someone clarify if you can use any 'Micro USB > USB' cable to plug it in to your PC?

    Ta
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  • Dark Souls 2 to receive three-part episodic DLC

  • popej 04/06/2014

    Would have preferred a 'all at once' expansion to be honest, but it's still more Dark Souls so I'll be buying it at some point. Reply +4
  • First footage of From Software's Project Beast

  • popej 30/05/2014

    Oh glorious day!

    Would be nice on PC as well but I'll still end up buying a PS4 for it.
    Reply +2
  • Tomb Raider's reboot "exceeded profit expectations" after all

  • popej 07/03/2014

    @alimokrane <- What he said. This is why it's a soulless game. Puzzles, discovery, platforms, verticality and sporadic tense gunfights are what's missing. Sure the gunfights should have been modernised (it definitely needed free aim) but they were on to a winner with the other features, even 15 years on.

    Sad
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  • Is this Dark Souls?

  • popej 05/02/2014

    I'm getting married on the 5th April. Timing is so bloody bad! I'm banned from this because she knows what I'm like with the original game.

    It's probably a good thing to be honest because I'll only end up buying both the console version and the PC version whenever it gets released. Better to be patient and wait for the latter.
    Reply +1
  • A fantastic voyage: The making of Microcosm

  • popej 02/02/2014

    Great article thanks!

    Kenny Everett is a close family friend. Good to see these guys get the recognition they deserve. The reason I still love gaming so much is in part thanks to Kenny and the Psygnosis staff. When Sony Europe came in and employed all the Psygnosis staff for Playstation development, my aunty Dilys worked for them too!

    Me and my primary school mates in a small village in N. Wales were probably some of the first members of the public to play Microcosm as we got our hands on an early development version.

    Memories!
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  • Fallout 4 is in development, set in Boston - report

  • popej 14/12/2013

    @kassmageant
    Aye it'd be a big change all right. Hopefully they'll leave it be.
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  • popej 12/12/2013

    @kassmageant
    Good luck with that. There won't be any stats probably (skyrim).
    Reply 0
  • Happy birthday to Doom, happy birthday to Doom

  • popej 10/12/2013

    IDKFA Reply 0
  • Crackdown retrospective

  • popej 24/11/2013

    Great game, my only regret is it never got a PC release. It would have been freaking awesome with mouse aiming. Reply +3
  • What the hell is that?

  • popej 16/11/2013

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record: Dark Souls. Reply +6
  • Games of the Generation: Fallout 3

  • popej 25/10/2013

    I enjoyed Fallout 3, modded to hell of course. That's been the case for me with every Bethesda game since Morrowind...

    EG you can stop messing about now though and do the 'Game of the Games of the generation', Dark Souls.

    :P

    Ta
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  • popej 24/10/2013

    @KamranMackey "@Shoozle Um, Fallout 1 and 2 are in 2D. Fallout 3 is in 3D and has a much better story than Fallout 1 & 2 combined"

    Best comment ever! :|
    Reply +9
  • Letter from America: why Wii U isn't selling

  • popej 20/10/2013

    FFS, micro transactions in Dungeon Keeper. Is nothing sacred? :( Reply +7
  • Letter from America

  • popej 23/09/2013

    @Daryoon

    You can escape your wanted level easily,just fly chosen machine away from the crime scene for a bit and you'll lose your stars. This is true as of approx 10% story completion.
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  • Company of Heroes 2 review

  • popej 27/06/2013

    @DrStrangelove
    I'm a Welshman so I wouldn't have often played on German servers no. Played German clans quite frequently but that is of course very different to public servers.

    Fair enough then, I probably just wasn't witness to it.

    I want to play DoD again now but I know it's just the nostalgia and I'll be bored after an hour. Great games are great, but too often overplayed.
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  • popej 26/06/2013

    @DrStrangelove
    I don't often disagree with your posts DrStrangelove but based on my experiences at least, that seems a bit wide of the mark.

    I played DoD for many years in the betas upto the source release which I didn't really get on with. I was a regular part of the clan war scene as well. I don't recall any obvious or over the top racism save the odd stupid comment. It was a far cry from the dregs of the public server CS community of the same time.

    I was also pretty active on the CoH Relic forums and there was the odd gimp that you had suspicions about with their Nazi sympathising but again, nothing outwardly obvious.

    Different experiences I guess. I would have loved a German campaign in CoH 2 and I think 'neo-Nazi'ism' as a reason not to is a bit weak! :P

    edit: As for CoH 2 it's one of the few game series I can stand to play multiplayer these days, but then it's only with people I've known for years (unless I'm playing against strangers). That's because 'people on the internet' in general are so insufferable though.
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  • Mocapped dogs, exponential polygons and a mysterious apocalypse: Infinity Ward's next-gen Call of Duty: Ghosts

  • popej 21/05/2013

    @monkie_king
    Damnit, now I want to watch it again!
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  • Borderlands 2's Krieg the Psycho DLC due next week

  • popej 07/05/2013

    @menage
    Was the Mechromancer free for everyone irrespective of season pass ownership?

    Ta
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  • Questing for freedom in The Elder Scrolls Online

  • popej 19/03/2013

    Heh, inevitable. Reply 0
  • Thief 4 hero Garrett less "gothic", more "mainstream"

  • popej 15/03/2013

    @Chiler
    I probably should have worded it better. I meant that Eidos are joining the plethora of other big shite publishers/developers in trashing yet another iconic game series.

    To answer your question though, yes, they did screw up Deus Ex (and Tomb Raider now of course). You'll have to deal with that opinion.
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  • popej 14/03/2013

    I can tell now that Eidos are going to destroy another classic household name. Reply +4
  • Maxis insider claims SimCity servers aren't integral to the game's performance - report

  • popej 13/03/2013

    @Renato84 I understand the negativity is a bit of an anchor but if this sort of thing isn't talked about in the mainstream media then nothing will change.

    What this really needs is proper media coverage like a small piece on the BBC. None game orientated shitbasket organisations like EA will take notice then.
    Reply +4
  • Amid growing anger at micro-transactions, CliffyB calls on gamers to vote with their wallets

  • popej 01/03/2013

    /proud, never to have played Gears of Dudebro

    Staggering how wide of the mark he is. The 'master race' platform jealousy thing he's exhibiting is rather amusing as well.

    Cliff, Valve just do it better matey.
    Reply +1
  • Parents refused refund by Apple after son spends £1700 on free iPad game

  • popej 01/03/2013

    Watched the story on BBC news this morning and they were interviewing the mother and kid live. The mother said that the father purposefully hid the password from the kid as he typed it in. Clearly that's a lie because the App Store asks for the password again after x hours, but the kid somehow made many purchases over days.

    They gave the kid the password and now they're lying about it on national TV.
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  • popej 28/02/2013

    Edit: never mind. Humans will be fools. Reply -3
  • Spec Analysis: PlayStation 4

  • popej 22/02/2013

    @schuelertomas
    Give it a rest mate. I'm a PC elitist as well but these stupid arguments don't do anyone any favours.

    It'll be the same as it's always been in 2 years time once the PS4 and 720 have been out for a while. They'll be outclassed by the onward march of PC technology (for a price of course).

    Fair enough, PC technology is already ahead on paper but console games are so heavily optimised that they always compete with top end PC's at around the time of release for what, roughly 6 months?.

    Buy one if you're that bothered, get bored with it's inflexibility and return to your PC. That's what I'll be doing :P
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  • Saturday Soapbox: Buy-to-let gaming

  • popej 26/01/2013

    I promise you EA, I'll never buy another of your titles. Ever. Reply +14
  • Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt review

  • popej 15/01/2013

    So this is part of the season pass as well? Bonus! Will fire it up when I get home.

    When is this DLC that is rumoured to be excluded from the season pass going to be released?
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  • After blaming video games for school massacres, the NRA has made an iOS shooting game

  • popej 15/01/2013

    Change the second amendment, it's use has less meaning in this day and age and only acts as a crutch for NRA fools who know when they don't have a leg to stand on.

    The entire constitution needs to be examined objectively, because as long as it remains gospel, The US will continue to stagnate legally. I'm not saying "tear it up" because its basic premise is sound, but the bill of rights shouldn't be immune to change because "George Washington of the late 18th century says so".
    Reply +11
  • Miner Wars 2081 review

  • popej 08/01/2013

    X3 and its offshoots are already excellent single player space trading sims. Try them if that's your drug of choice. Reply +2
  • Eurogamer Christmas update plans

  • popej 21/12/2012

    Merry Christmas EG folks, and have a great New Year! Reply 0
  • Free Ghost'n Goblins homage Maldita Castilla is a worthy spiritual successor

  • popej 14/12/2012

    @GuiltySpark
    Yeah to be honest I knew what you were saying but I was using the opportunity as a springboard to have another good rant about 'the good old days'! :P
    Reply +4
  • popej 14/12/2012

    @GuiltySpark
    That's how games used to get you started back in the 'good old days'. These days big publisher game main menus give you three options:

    PLAY WIV UVER PEEOPLS! (Multiplayer)
    DLC
    Quit (via irritating splash screens)

    /grandpa mode
    Such is the god awful state of the games industry!
    Reply +19
  • "Free-to-play will change everything."

  • popej 14/12/2012

    @Achtung_Englander
    "Mobile game developers make over 70% of their income from less than 10% of their consumers. So what does that tell you about these sort of games. Making it free automatically puts in the mindset of the consumer it has no value and thus it is a throwaway.

    Nickel and diming poor saps who end up spending small fortunes on your games whilst the vast bulk of people see no value in your game at all is not really inspiring



    Yes, this is the proverbial rotten egg in the pack, and the reason free to play is a god awful idea (imo). It looks OK at a glance (it's free after all!) but the 'catch' is going to bite your arse sooner or later.

    I think in the long run there's a very real risk of the quality of games being driven downwards, simply because the people who are willing to pay for the upgrades, are hopelessly addicted and will pay for whatever crap is shovelled down their throats anyway. It's almost like gambling.

    (Disclaimer: I'm not saying this IS going to happen, it's a risk is all)
    Reply +12
  • Far Cry 3 review

  • popej 21/11/2012

    Nice, I'll be getting this for the PC I reckon.

    Slightly concerned about the amount of challenge it'll offer though. I've been burned enough times by modern games that play themselves.

    I've read a couple of reviews so far (of the 18 on Metacritic) and neither have mentioned much about the challenge. Anyone have any insight?
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  • Ditching Far Cry, piracy, gameplay and just about breaking even: Crytek on the ups and downs of the Crysis series

  • popej 12/11/2012

    @super999
    Although I wouldn't have made the point with quite so much bile and venom there's a few painful home truths in super999's post.
    Reply +3
  • Saturday Soapbox: Hard times are here again

  • popej 27/10/2012

    @xantiriad

    To be honest I don't have the time to sit here compiling paragraphs of evidence to argue this theory but I certainly know what the article is talking about. There isn't any single facet of modern games design which outshines any other in the 'hand-holding/simplicity stakes', more a sum of recent design choices that all roll into one big 'take it easy on the customer' design standard.

    Somewhere along the way, in approximately the last 10-15 years, games designers started to make games that everyone could complete. Not just on 'easy' mode unfortunately, the games base design decisions altered and the mechanics were formed from the ground up for everyone to use. The harder modes would then be tacked on with larger life bars for enemies and less firepower for the hero etc etc. Unfortunately this doesn't really matter if the games mechanics are too easy to cheese/give the player too much power in the first place.

    15-20 years ago, completing a computer game was still a relatively unusual event, these days most games are designed for it to be a certainty.
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  • popej 27/10/2012

    Have to agree with Timotei. Dishonoured is not particularly challenging. This is partly due to quick save/load scumming of course. I'm going to try and unbind the keys for my next playthrough. I've just about finished my first on Very Hard with all the aids set to off.

    The problem is, is that it's stealth model is more forgiving than Thiefs, and some of us have played that series for many many years. It was odd for me at first because I immediately knew how to push Dishonoured's limits, when I could move up behind guards and get away with a knock out and a carry off etc. The game was almost immediately too forgiving. It's also a bit easy to get in an out of knock out positions with Corvo's abilities.

    Big up for Dark Souls and Trials though, they're definitely two of the best games for a long time. In fact, Dark Souls is the best game of this generation (for me). So much so that I bought it twice, 360 and PC!
    Reply +1
  • Lost Humanity 18: A Table of Doritos

  • popej 25/10/2012

    Interesting read.

    I handle general insurance claims for rich people, that's my job. We aren't allowed to receive gifts although they're quite frequently offered to us (and I do mean expensive gifts on occasion). It's simply a no no in this industry and there's very good reasons for it which I wholeheartedly support. It doesn't matter what the intention is, you just don't accept these offers, its amoral and unethical when you're in a position of financial responsibility (awarding thousands of pounds in claims daily).

    Of course it's easier in insurance to stay on the straight and narrow, because the FSA (UK) will come down on you and your company like a tonne of bricks if they rumble your dodgy business.

    Like Rab I feel that games journalists are in a similar position of responsibility. They have significant power in influencing sales figures, depending on how they judge the latest titles and (cliché time) with power, comes responsibility. Specifically, they have an ethical and financial responsibility to the end user to provide honest reviews to the best of their ability. Their judgement should not be influenced by others or be pressured by outside sources. In any industry which involves lots of money, it's easy to see why they may find themselves in this position.

    Opinions can be altered in slow and subtle ways, some may not see the odd publisher party, altering advertising revenue or good old fashioned hand outs as dodgy business, it is in my industry though, unquestionably. They both involve lots of money so why are the standards different? How do you transfer these practices to gaming journalism? There is no regulating body (is there?), so you're reliant on an individuals integrity alone.

    Perhaps most importantly, from a gamers point of view, if reviewers don't provide critical feedback for publishers and developers, then it will only encourage mediocrity over time.
    Reply +8
  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter review

  • popej 24/10/2012

    @merc05
    This will hurt the publisher, even a gargantuan one such as this. Hopefully the latest call of duty iteration will be bad and get a similar pasting. Have faith!
    Reply +1
  • popej 24/10/2012

    Hopefully the beginning of the end for this thoroughly worn out military shooter sub-genre. I hope the industry is similarly as critical of Activisions next effort, if it's as derivative and dull as it's predecessors that is. Reply +3
  • Dishonored's Corvo used to sure look a lot like Thief's Garrett

  • popej 23/10/2012

    It's good although I think I'm going to have to unbind quicksave/load for the next playthrough. In my highly subjective opinion the game would be better if you accept the consequences of getting spotted on 'very difficult'. Despite part of this being due to my own ability to abstain from quicksaving, I still think it's too easy in terms of spotting mechanics. I've waltzed about within 20 foot of a guards line of sight in full daylight a few times without being spotted (sneak mode enabled). It could be a bug of course, or some frailty with the system, it's more likely just too forgiving though.

    I'm sure some clever person will mod a realistic stealth mod pretty soon.
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  • Lost & Found: Big Red Racing

  • popej 21/10/2012

    I never had the full game but the shareware version was enormous! Shareware... Those were the days. :/ Reply +3
  • Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty review

  • popej 17/10/2012

    I think I only trust Gearbox with DLC! Glad I bought the season pass now.

    Does it change the level cap?
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  • Notch's ambitious 0x10c concepts detailed

  • popej 15/10/2012

    @ctankep

    Sorry dude, I don't mean to sound rude (but this will) but why do you remove the e in 'the' and the d in 'and', then add an apostrophe instead? It doesn't help you make your point. I have an image of you in my head now and it's of a white rapper wearing a baseball cap sideways.
    Reply +3