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  • Beneath Assassin's Creed Unity's bugs lurks a surprisingly human game

  • rotmm 25/05/2015

    @Paul_Denton "But playing Witcher 3 now, it is amazing to see the difference"

    I've only put an hour into Witcher 3 and I've not played either of the other 2 Witcher games, so I'm not coming from a position of knowing here.

    However, one of my very first thoughts when playing through the tutorial of W3 was "fuck, this movement is clunky as hell. They could have taken some inspiration from AssCreed games"

    The poor character movement controls in W3 are probably because of the PC background and I'm sure it's something I'll start to ignore once I've put in a few more hours.
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  • Sony's knuckles rapped over PS4 20th Anniversary Edition competition

  • rotmm 13/05/2015

    To be fair to Sony here, they tried to do the right thing and create an environment that better rewarded real fans of their games over the years, rather than just run a random competition.

    That it turned around and bit them in the arse is no surprise, but it was not because of any bad intention on the part of Sony.
    Reply +9
  • Ori and the Blind Forest turned a profit in a week

  • rotmm 10/04/2015

    I usually get frustrated and give up on games where you can die and die again. Ori is a rare beast in that, even with over 700 deaths by the end, not once did I ever consider chucking down the controller and leaving the game. Beautiful yes, but the real joy is in how the games plays. Reply +6
  • rotmm 10/04/2015

    @Lukree "Make a good game and the money will flow -shocker."

    While I would love that to always be true, not all good games find enough of an audience to make money just as not all bad games lose money.
    Reply +4
  • "He suddenly became incredibly sullen, angry and frustrated. He was 10"

  • rotmm 02/04/2015

    @VideoGameAddict25 "Quick, somebody take a Gears of War boxart and replace it with dogs!"

    Not the best, but...

    Reply +13
  • Headteachers threaten to report parents who let their children play 18-rated games

  • rotmm 30/03/2015

    @spamdangled "Tbf, when I used the term "reasonable boundaries", I was thinking more of saying it's obviously stupid to allow child beating and the like"

    Funnily enough, to coin a phrase used often in this thread here, I was beaten as a child and I turned out all right. ;)
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  • rotmm 30/03/2015

    @Plankton1975 "Also, as far as I know, this covers both primary and secondary schools in the area."

    As stated in the story, it's 2 secondary schools and 14 primary. It's very much looking at children younger than 11 playing these games.

    "...We're taking steps backwards towards the "video nasties" era"

    One of the main problems of the "video nasties" era was that films such as I Spit on your Grave could be bought and watched by anyone because of a loophole that meant they could be sold or rented without first being classified. Because the distributors of films such as these used that legal loophole, the ONLY recourse was to ban them altogether.

    So this is nothing like that situation at all.
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  • rotmm 30/03/2015

    @spamdangled "If we start dictacting how parents should and should not raise their kids (within reasonable boundaries, of course), then we turn into some hellish nanny state that is little more than a dictatorship."

    It's the caveat you have put in there that's the crux of the matter. Who exactly defined what those reasonable boundaries are?

    While it's illegal for a shop to sell my 7 year old alcohol, if I gave him a pint of beer a day is that good, bad or indifferent parenting?

    I am controlling the amount of beer, the strength of beer and it fits in with my view of how to educate on "alcohol in moderation" - ie: I am setting the reasonable boundaries for my son.
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  • rotmm 30/03/2015

    As an aside, this is a great read about parenting pressures and 18 rated games

    http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2015/03/09/stopping-kids-playing-18-rated-games-made-bad-guy
    Reply +2
  • rotmm 30/03/2015

    @Plankton1975 "Different children develop at different rates. What's suitable for one kid isn't suitable for another."

    There is truth in that. However, the vast majority of schools involved in this are primary schools. I don't think GTA5 is suitable for ANY 11 year old, no matter how advanced or otherwise their are compared to their peers.

    "Educating parents about games/gaming is the answer, not this."

    It could be that by looking at a policy such as this they ARE starting to educate parents.
    Reply +5
  • rotmm 30/03/2015

    @daviejambo

    Social Services. They're basically telling people that they'll try and get their kids taken away for being shit at parenting.
    Reply +12
  • rotmm 30/03/2015

    "....because it starts telling parents that we don't trust you to be responsible for your children".

    While I'm torn on this issue overall, I have a 7 year old who has friends at school who play CoD on a fairly regular basis.

    It's a sad fact that many parents can't be trusted to be responsible for their children.
    Reply +139
  • Spotify app launches today, exclusive to PlayStation "for the foreseeable"

  • rotmm 30/03/2015

    @anders190 "I hope Sony didn't pay for this exclusitivity."

    I suspect not. I think the deal they have done is more around Sony dumping Music Unlimited and essentially making Spotify the "official Music App" for Sony.

    This offers significant enhancements to Spotify's standing with music labels, a potential increase in user base from current Music Unlimited subscribers transferring across to Spotify as well as the prime spot on the PlayStation dashboard for music media.

    That seems like a pretty great deal for Spotify, more than enough reason to tie into an exclusivity deal with Sony.
    Reply +7
  • rotmm 30/03/2015

    @telboy007 "Spotify? Isn't the PS4 a games machine?!?"

    Yes, which is why "PlayStation have gaming exclusivity," Murray Pannell, UK marketing director for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, confirmed to Eurogamer at a preview of the app last week.

    See? GAMING Exclusivity. Of Spotify.
    Reply +19
  • Battlefield Hardline fends off challenge of Bloodborne in UK chart

  • rotmm 30/03/2015

    I must admit, I'm saddened and slightly surprised that Bloodborne didn't do slightly better. Yes, I know it was up against a multiplatform title, but it's not as though Hardline is in the same league as a CoD or FIFA sales wise.

    Sony have done right by Bloodborne. Plenty of TV coverage, ads in pretty much every mag and paper and it seems I haven't been able to watch a youtube video recently without an unskippable 30 seconds ad for the game. That, along with the hardcore support of Demon and Dark Souls gamers meant I really did hope for better.

    Of course, that could be my bias as I don't really see the appeal of the Battlefield brand and given that Hardline is both a new type of Battlefield game and also pretty poorly reviewed, I probably expected it to sell more poorly than it has and therefore be an easier target for a heavily promoted, excellently reviewed single platform exclusive.
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  • Halo 5 set for October 2015

  • rotmm 30/03/2015

    I'm not the greatest Halo fan and hadn't even played Halo 2 until the recent Master Chief Collection. Also, don't really play MP anymore.

    However, probably partly due to running through the aforementioned MCC and enjoying it greatly, I'm really looking forward to Halo 5 for the campaign.
    Reply +20
  • PSN Europe Service Status indicator coming soon

  • rotmm 27/03/2015

    @Eoin "We've been planning one since at least the beginning of this sentence"

    I chuckled at that. Well played :D
    Reply +2
  • PS4 firmware 2.5 release date and details

  • rotmm 25/03/2015

    @FrozenMetalHead "...does this mean I can plug an additional one into the PS4 and use that to install games to?"

    No. But it should help speed up the process of upgrading your internal HDD to a new one if you first back it up to an external (different) HDD plugged into a USB port, insert your new HDD into the PS4 and then restore from the backup that plugged in HDD.
    Reply +13
  • rotmm 25/03/2015

    @dogmanstaruk "Suspend and Resume is a great addition."

    So what are you going to complain about now? Got paused downloads, got suspend.... ;)
    Reply +10
  • rotmm 25/03/2015

    @cowell "No "stability improvements" this time. Disappointing"

    That'll be 2.51 and 2.52 released over the next few weeks :p
    Reply +18
  • EGX 2015 tickets now on sale

  • rotmm 20/03/2015

    @FortysixterUK "Multiple venues would serve this event better."

    Unfortunately, the logistics of such a thing would make it unsustainable from a cost perspective for both the organisers and publishers.
    Reply +1
  • rotmm 20/03/2015

    @Seblirium "I've got my tickets for a family day out, with girlfriends and kids in tow."

    How many girlfriends are you taking???
    Reply +10
  • rotmm 20/03/2015

    Got my Super Pass for yet another year. Looking forward to 4 days of queuing and a few minutes of playing games ;) Reply +3
  • DDoS attack disrupts Battlefield Hardline on Xbox One

  • rotmm 18/03/2015

    @dogmanstaruk "Surely you mean the opposite way around?"

    Pretty sure it's a comedy post from Joe and didn't really need a response ;)
    Reply +8
  • GAME Marketplace lets third-parties sell their products

  • rotmm 16/03/2015

    As much as people rag on Game, we really do need a high street presence for our hobby. Anything that helps keep Game in the black is a good thing in my book, so I welcome this wholeheartedly. Reply +32
  • Xbox One March system update adds screenshots, suggested friends

  • rotmm 10/03/2015

    @spamdangled "You can share them"

    To be fair, he posted that when the beta update had just launched and Upload hadn't yet been updated to allow sharing to Twitter or OneDrive.

    Of course, any one of sane mind would have known sharing would be coming in the next few days, but still... he was technically right at the time. ;)
    Reply +2
  • rotmm 10/03/2015

    @Mr-Writer "I am, if you own more than one brand of console how can you be a fanboy?"

    I gave your original post a +1 for clever trolling.

    How wrong I was :/
    Reply +1
  • DriveClub Lamborghini expansion due later this month

  • rotmm 09/03/2015

    @Murton "The PS+ version has been canned, we're simply waiting for Sony to figure out how they're going g to announce it."

    I suspect that they are holding off until something like E3 where they will announce that the PS Plus Edition has been canned..... because they are releasing the full game on PS+ during E3.

    Cue rapturous applause!
    Reply +1
  • Xbox One gets tile transparency with new update

  • rotmm 07/02/2015

    @Uncompetative "It's embarrassing ONE can't install game updates in the background."

    It does.

    So that's not embarrassing at all then. Good that.
    Reply +5
  • rotmm 06/02/2015

    @McGooch "I'm fine with the frequency of updates on PS4. Less frequent but more significant when they do arrive."

    Just for shits and giggles, can you please list the significant new features introduced in the following PS4 updates:

    1.50
    1.51
    1.52
    1.60
    1.61
    1.62
    1.70
    1.71
    1.72
    1.74
    1.75
    1.76
    2.0
    2.01
    2.02
    2.03

    Thanks
    Reply +2
  • Watch Bloodborne's opening 18 minutes

  • rotmm 02/02/2015

    @Viperl0 "W...Wh....What happened to the gorgeous graphics??"

    I'm assuming it's just a low-quality Youtube stream, because the aliasing looks pretty rough looking and terrible.
    Reply +1
  • Watch two of the world's best fighting game pros play Street Fighter 5

  • rotmm 02/02/2015

    @Saoshyant "...Street Fighter out of the deal, only for them to ruin the whole thing by calling in Dimps for the development. Dimps, those guys who made Sonic 4 and have absolutely no experience on how to make a competitive 2D fighting game."

    Don't know much about Dimps so a quick wiki search shows that they co-developed SFIV and SF X Tekken, which leads me to believe they do have some pretty relevant experience here.
    Reply +1
  • rotmm 02/02/2015

    @TheTrueSpin "So it turns out spamming fireballs is a pro move after all."

    Evo 2014 Final = 25 Mins of fireball spamming

    Reply -2
  • rotmm 02/02/2015

    @Jonny5Alive7 "... the Ryu guy is just spamming fireballs!"

    Because Street Fighter
    Reply +5
  • State of Decay gets an Xbox One release date

  • rotmm 20/01/2015

    Didn't realise George Clooney is making games now. Reply +1
  • When the new becomes old - why 2015 should be a stellar year

  • rotmm 07/01/2015

    @sloth09 "I really can't get optmistic about 2015 for gaming. 2014 was the worst year I can remember in the 35 or so years since I was bought an Atari 2600."

    I'm afraid I can't really agree with you. Of course, a lot of what we feel about a particular year in games is dependent on whether there are games to our taste during that timeframe. With that, I'd say that 2014 was a strong year in gaming for me.

    Yes, there were games that I just didn't get along with. I bought the re-mastered Thief (didn't get it on the previous gen) and found it clunky and a chore. Some good stuff in there, but nowhere near enough for me to finish it. I bought Peggle 2 early doors, but while I put a lot of time into the original Peggle and still a fair bit into Peggle 2, it just didn't click with me.

    But there was some great stuff too. Valiant Hearts: The Great War was brilliantly unexpected, a beautiful story told beautifully. I also enjoyed Wolfenstein and had great fun playing Lego Marvel with my son.

    One of my very favourite experiences of the year was on the old gen and was the 2nd part of the Bioshock Infinite season pass. Just brilliant storytelling and fantastic gameplay mechanics.

    However, I admit that while the early year for me was good, it was toward the end that it took off. I like racers, but I absolutely love Forza Horizon 2 and have put hours and hours into that game. Very possibly my favourite racer of all time. Then there was the brilliantly tense Alien Isolation, which in many ways was an unexpected pleasure, given that the developer doesn't have any track record in that type of game and the Alien brand hasn't had many good games based on it in the past.

    There were two gaming experiences that really stood out for me in 2014. The first was Disney Fantasia, which disappeared almost as soon as it was released and I only picked up in a digital sale at the end of the year. Very much Harmonix at their very best, a game unlike any other I've played before but one that is so brilliant, so immersive that I had dreams about it. The other is Sunset Overdrive, which I expected to be very much a meh/10 but which turned out to be a brilliantly unique slice of pure gameplay fun.

    So for me 2014 was a good to great year for gaming. Looking forward to seeing what 2015 brings.
    Reply +2
  • PS4 Data Bank dock allows huge storage

  • rotmm 07/01/2015

    @barry_shitpeas "Some design solutions never change!!"

    +1, if only for the memories of saving my pennies and buying it in W H Smith (yes, they sold Sinclair parts) for some extortionate price (50 I think?). I also ended up buying the shitty printer for about the same amount of money.

    I'm pretty sure all of my paper round money went to Sinclair over the course of 18 months or so.
    Reply +1
  • North America gets $15-a-month PlayStation Now subscription service

  • rotmm 05/01/2015

    From a purely convenience point of view, I think this looks pretty sweet (though I don't have a PS4.... and I live in the UK.... so at the moment I'm SoL) and the pricing seems very reasonable too.

    $20pm (or $15pm if you pay for 3 months) is a great price to have unrestricted access to dozens upon dozens of games. Sure, if you had a PS3 and have already bought and played every PS3 game you wanted to last gen, then maybe it's not such an interesting proposition. But if no PS3 or only bought limited numbers of games, then it's fantastic.

    Of course, I'd have to see what the UK/EU pricing is like. Also need to get a sense of how well it actually works in practice.

    But colour me interested.
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  • Wii U-exclusive Captain Toad enters UK chart in 16th

  • rotmm 05/01/2015

    Driveclub is certainly showing it has some legs. Pleased for the devs after the initial negative publicity. Reply +13
  • Linx 8 review - exploring the sub-100 Windows tablet experience

  • rotmm 04/01/2015

    @dfunked I can't confirm the 7", but the 10.1" did. I must admit, I was surprised to get one in the pack when the 10.1" tablet itself was only 80 (in the Staples pre-xmas sale) Reply +2
  • Sony says sorry for PSN Christmas outage with five days of PS Plus

  • rotmm 02/01/2015

    I haven't followed this too closely, but why did this Lizard Squad only hit xbl the once so that MS could have the service back up and running in a few hours, but hit PSN continually over the Xmas period to write it stayed down for days?

    Particular vendetta against Sony? Because they got more "lolz" bringing down PSN? Other?
    Reply +1
  • Latest Assassin's Creed Unity patch boosts performance

  • rotmm 23/12/2014

    @wizaard You are in the minority it seems ;) Reply +2
  • rotmm 23/12/2014

    Day 1 owner here on XB1 and I have to admit I love this game. Sure, there aren't many changes to the AC formula, but those changes in areas such as fighting as well as a more diverse range of quests to partake of like investigations, and this is my favourite AC game since AC2.

    With regards to the performance, it is not ideal. But there aren't any other games that have truly tried to achieve a new gen look at feel to the extent that AC:U has. The architecture is simply stunning with a scale and detail far from what has been present before. The number of NPC's on screen, along with the accompanying sound, really does drag you in to the games world.

    In the current climate of last-gen remasters and cross-gen titles that show little more than resolution and framerate increases between generations, that Ubisoft chose to shoot for the moon with AC:U was both risky and laudable at the same time. Yes, they missed slightly, but I for one am happier that they had the courage to do so and I think the game is a marvellous technical achievement because they took that risk.
    Reply -8
  • Destiny has had just shy of 13 million players

  • rotmm 23/12/2014

    @Rovient "Ok, I'm sorry to say this, but ANOTHER destiny article? How on earth is there literally one every single day?!"

    That is literally an incorrect usage of the word 'literally'

    :p
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  • rotmm 23/12/2014

    @weejok "How many of those players were only there for a few weeks before getting totally bored with the whole thing though?"

    I'm one of those.

    That said, to be fair the same can be said of what happens to most games. Hell, I remember when Quake 3 Arena came out and there was a huge number of players and, more importantly, servers out there for the first couple of months. However it wasn't too long before the early adopters dropped out and regular player numbers crashed.

    Of course, those that stayed became very vocal supporters, such as is happening with Destiny today and has happened to a myriad of online games in the period since.
    Reply +14
  • Halo 3: ODST campaign coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection as DLC

  • rotmm 22/12/2014

    @MrTomFTW "I bet it'll be any activity at all. SP or otherwise"

    To be fair, that's just conjecture. I'm betting it's correct, but until we have clarification from 343 then conjecture is all it will be.
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  • rotmm 22/12/2014

    @dogmanstaruk "Much better than Sony's "apology" which consisted of a few dlc tracks and cars from the Driveclub season pass."

    Does it really matter? Sony did what they did to make amends (and in a more immediate manner) and now MS are offering something to affected gamers (though much of the 'apology' isn't coming for a long, long time).

    I suppose you could say they were both trumped my Ubisoft who gave away some DLC and a choice of whole complete retail game, including two that are brand new.

    Should MS, with the vast resources it has, have dug a little deeper given that the major selling point of the MCC was that you could play ALL of the MP maps from the Halo games? Should they have been more like Ubisoft and given an immediate reward of value? Or like Sony and given away some cool DLC within a short timeframe?

    While offering ODST is cool and all that, people have been pissed off and frustrated now and the promise of an 'remaster at some unspecified point in the future" as an apology is, to me, a little weaker than that offered by Sony and Ubisoft.
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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is 2014's Christmas number one

  • rotmm 22/12/2014

    Individual chart is interesting in that it is now dominated by New Gen versions of games. Out of the top 20 you have:

    8 PS4 titles (including 5 in top 10)
    7 XB1 titles (only 3 in top 10)
    3 360 titles (2 in top 10, which surprises me)
    1 PS3 title (at number 20)
    1 Wii title (Just Dance 2014 at 14)

    While CoD:AW may be the top selling title overall, it's GTA5 on the PS4 that takes the individual title, showing how well that (a) GTA is loved and (b) how many PS4's are now in gamers homes.
    Reply +10
  • Riptor hits Killer Instinct tomorrow

  • rotmm 16/12/2014

    @Jozeph "Orchid did have a flash finisher in the original Killer Instinct"

    Never knew that, but I chuckled. That said, I hope we've all moved along enough that (a) we don't support games that have tit-flashing and (b) we don't pass out at the sight of breasts. ;)
    Reply -6
  • Which is the better media player? PlayStation 4 and Xbox One revisited

  • rotmm 14/12/2014

    @Kilboy "The official remote won't work on your TV without kinect so you can't mute or change volume etc."

    Just a quick heads up that you can get a pretty cheap IR cable from somewhere like Amazon or ebay. MS thought this through enough to have a 3.5mm port in the back of the XB1 for those that didn't want Kinect plugged in.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000MBY1FC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A27RN1VPVXZF5E

    http://support.xbox.com/en-GB/xbox-one/live-tv/use-external-ir-with-xbox-one
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