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  • What returning to Gears of War says about the series' future

  • rotmm 28/08/2015

    Good read overall, but this part confused me:

    "skinny conscripts are, seemingly, as unwelcome as homosexuals in this army"

    It's been awhile since I played Gears of War (will start playing the Ultimate Ed this evening) but I honestly don't remember any homophobic overtones or anti-homosexual characters in the game.

    What did I miss?
    Reply +9
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Metal Gear Solid 5

  • rotmm 27/08/2015

    @Fragtaster "...and then you have the newer more-power efficient European models that just recently release (which are even better)."

    If you believe some gaffers and other forumites who have the new model, the fan issue isn't any better it seems.
    Reply +4
  • Until Dawn review

  • rotmm 27/08/2015

    Really pleased this turned out so well.

    When I first saw the PS4 reveal I was excited as it's exactly the kind of story driven game I like. Then there was some vid that dampened my enthusiasm (can't recall why).

    My greatest concern was around the lack of any real push by Sony recently, generally the sign of a lack of confidence. It almost feels like a stealth release.

    This and other reviews make me so happy that it's a pretty great game.
    Reply +5
  • Performance Analysis: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta on PS4

  • rotmm 26/08/2015

    Damn, all those negs just for bemoaning the consistent lack of decent Ansio Filtering on these new consoles. Weird. Reply +1
  • rotmm 25/08/2015

    @a-double-vodka
    "Quite enjoyed the beta, although the lack of AF is annoying"

    It's a sad indictment of how weak both the Xbone and Piss4 really are when it seems decent AF is the exception rather than the rule.

    Millions are spent on making stunning textures and graphics, only for them to be a blurry mess only a couple of meters ahead of the player model.
    Reply -9
  • PlayStation Plus' free September offerings revealed

  • rotmm 24/08/2015

    @UkHardcore23 "Another month of shite on PS4, Why are we paying for PSN this time round and getting far worse games than we were last gen?"

    You're also paying for online gaming.
    Reply +3
  • rotmm 24/08/2015

    @Folant "Rocket League sends it's regards."

    Binba442 - "There's not been something worth on PS+ vita"

    Rocket League is on Vita also? Awesome!
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  • New Rise of the Tomb Raider video demonstrates the non-lethal approach

  • rotmm 22/08/2015

    @I_Am_CatButler
    "Nathan Drake is cast in the mould of characters like Indiana Jones, Han Solo and early James Bond"

    I fully appreciate what ND were trying to do, and they got that right in the acted parts. Just not in marrying that persona with the one the player gets to control.

    Han Solo was a rogue and thief, but generally didn't kill until part of a bigger fight against an evil enemy. James Bond was generally saving the world. Even Indy, the closest in character to Drake, rarely killed and only started because he was recruited by British intelligence to aid in the fight against Nazi's.

    Nathan killed in the pursuit of trinkets. Really, that's the worst kind of evil yet we are expected to find him roguish and charming.
    Reply -3
  • rotmm 22/08/2015

    @Suarez07
    "I don't know what people actually want from these games any more. Too much killing ... Moan. Can play without killing.. Moan."

    For me it's about killing in context of character. As graphics become more 'realistic' and memory allows for ever greater character and story development, then game designers have to work harder to better marry together the character they create and the actions they get the gamer to perform.

    The execution-style killings doesn't seem very 'Lara' like based on the character created in the prior game. Too slick, too aggressive, too ritualised, almost as if it's less about survival and more about murderous intent.

    Look at Nathan Drake. In cutscenes and cinematics he's a lovable rogue but in the players hands he's a murderous psychopath, mowing down hundreds in the act of trying to loot a shiny reward. There is a huge disparity between those two characters and it's a failing of Naughty Dog in not better defining the cutscene character to make the murders justified.

    Games where it works well are generally of the military-type, where a save the world/country/comrade scenario allows for strong cutscene characters that aren't at odds with the shooting that players partake in. Gears, Cod, MGS.... all work in this context.

    Another recent success that isn't military is Sunset Overdrive. By making it cartoony and having the 'enemies' as mutants, it allows the developers to ensure a strong connection between the cutscene and game play character.

    The last Tomb Raider game also did pretty well in marrying these 2 elements, which is why I was so disappointed with the E3 game play. Either Lara is now a badass military-style assassin (which would make that style of game play ok) ot they have taken the Uncharted route of having the character played by the gamer as different than that created by the writer.

    If so, that concerns me.
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  • rotmm 22/08/2015

    Really looking forward to this, but have to admit my enthusiasm has been dampened severely by that game play demo at E3. Too much focus seemed to be on gruesome ways to kill and taking a perverse pleasure in it. I don't want Lara to become Nathan. Reply +4
  • rotmm 22/08/2015

    @Negotiator
    "Got the first Tomb Raider way back on the Sega Saturn"

    Was that before Sony paid for console exclusivity for Tomb Raider 2? 😉
    Reply +8
  • Madden NFL 16's new trailer is bats*** insane

  • rotmm 21/08/2015

    Just. Brilliant. Reply +6
  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega review

  • rotmm 21/08/2015

    Nostalgia nearly got the better of me and for a few minutes I nearly kickstarted this. Then good sense and remembering that must great old games are only great in the memory brought me to my senses. To hear that the final hardware of shoddy makes me feel even better about my decision. Reply 0
  • Uncharted: the Nathan Drake Collection is more than just a remaster

  • rotmm 21/08/2015

    @WhiteUmbrella,
    "Surely the removal of the multiplayer features constitutes a downgrade?"

    The MP in uncharted was never know then a tacked-on tick box exercise to put on the box and never gained the critical mass of games such as gears or cod. Uncharted games are all about the single player cinematic experience and this collection is exactly what makes most commercial sense.
    Reply +9
  • The Force is strong with the limited edition Darth Vader-inspired PS4

  • rotmm 17/08/2015

    @FortysixterUK
    "Of course, it's still a nice design. So it's another PS4 purchase. Damn you Sony!"

    A "nice" design in the same way that Hiroshima was a "nice" way to get a tan?
    Reply -1
  • rotmm 17/08/2015

    I'm confused. I'm pretty sure most have their consoles laying down in their entertainment centres, at which point this just looks like a normal PS4 from the front.

    Who the fuck will stand their console sideways like that to make buying this special edition worthwhile?

    Also, how did they manage to make the DShock4 look like a kinder toy?
    Reply +10
  • One and three month PlayStation Plus subscriptions set for price hike

  • rotmm 11/08/2015

    "Sony failed to reveal the new prices, but said they would be "in line with market conditions"."

    Good. The market conditions in the UK of historically low inflation and a very strong should mean a decent reduction on the current price.

    Go Sony
    Reply +1
  • 129 Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller nearly half price at Amazon

  • rotmm 04/08/2015

    @Simatron3000 "it'll work on pc, either with the wireless dongle or with usb"

    I think the point he was making was that we don't know when the wireless dongle is coming (or how it will be priced, etc)
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  • rotmm 04/08/2015

    @arcam "My finger is hovering over the buy button..."

    Good thing about Amazon is they take no money, so it's a free pre-order that you can cancel a couple of days before release, by which time we may know more about PC support.
    Reply +2
  • Rare Replay review

  • rotmm 04/08/2015

    @Subdominator "There is just one problem: There is no cashback via Rewards for games paid for with gift cards, only credit card or Paypal payments."

    Thanks for letting me know. Thankfully Microsoft aren't aware of that particular rule

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  • rotmm 04/08/2015

    @Blackmarsh63 "As usual physical copies are cheaper."

    Not if you do things smart.

    I bought a couple of 50 for just under 40 a few weeks back. Call that a 20% discount. I also get 6% back on Xbox purchases as a rewards member.

    So:

    6% of 19.99 = 1.20
    20% of 19.99 = 4
    19.99
    -4
    -1.20
    =14.79

    Sometimes it pays to go digital.
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  • Microsoft Gamescom 2015 conference live report

  • rotmm 04/08/2015

    Is that Neal from The Young Ones? Reply 0
  • rotmm 04/08/2015

    @podgek293 Gamescom does feel early this year, so that makes sense. Paris also seems better for them as it's more geared to showing stuff for the coming year as opposed to this and with Drake as their seriously huge hitter for early 2016 they can really ramp up the excitement levels Reply 0
  • rotmm 04/08/2015

    @podgek293 Thanks. Just googled as didn't realise they weren't here. As far as I remember Sony have done something at Gamescom. Paris is good tho I guess Reply 0
  • rotmm 04/08/2015

    When is the Sony conference? I'm interested to see what they held back from E3 to show here. Reply 0
  • Lizard Squad attacks PlanetSide 2, H1Z1, more

  • rotmm 10/07/2015

    @CaptainKid "So if someone would scam you and you later learn that person is getting harassed, you do not chuckle?"

    Don't know about grassyknoll, but I know I wouldn't chuckle to myself if someone was getting harassed, that their family get's affected, bomb threats on planes and games that millions enjoy playing and have paid for are taken offline... all because said leader called out some prick for being a prick.

    No, I wouldn't chuckle to myself because, essentially, I'm not a cunt.
    Reply +54
  • After a week, 1m votes cast for Xbox One backwards-compatible games

  • rotmm 24/06/2015

    @CptBritannica "The amount of different COD's in the list saddens me."

    That shows why the newly cash-rich Sony got out the golden cheque book and threw an astronomical number at Activision to buy the console tie-in away from Microsoft.
    Reply +1
  • Xbox 360 saves carry over via Xbox One's back compatibility service

  • rotmm 16/06/2015

    @theaverageinsider "Here some ammo for the Sony fanboys to counter this announcement.

    "No backwards compatibility - Exclusive on PS4""

    Pretty sure that was a tweet from the CEO Kaz Hirai parody account ;)
    Reply +2
  • Could this be the last year 'For the Players' is enough for PlayStation?

  • rotmm 12/06/2015

    @true_gamer "wow you take this console war thing a bit to serious lol
    RELAX man ...."

    Reply -5
  • rotmm 12/06/2015

    Not 100% related to the article, but one thing I don't understand about Sony and E3 is the time they choose to hold their conference.

    I think it's accepted that Europe is pretty much Sony's largest market for PlayStation, yet they hold their presser to hit 'peak viewing' times for American's coming home from work but is silly o'clock in the morning for Europeans.

    Maybe in the days when it was all about print-media that was fine. But these E3 events are now live-blogged, live-streamed and have immediate global reach. Yet here are Sony actively cutting out their largest fanbase from this live experience.

    I find it weird.
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  • Here's your first official look at the 1TB Xbox One and tweaked controller

  • rotmm 09/06/2015

    @bluntforcetrauma Nicely done. I chuckled :) Reply +3
  • Massive Chalice review

  • rotmm 02/06/2015

    Not my kind of game at all, have never had either the patience nor the required intellect to get the most out of turn-based rts games. But I like Double Fine so I'm glad it's good. Reply +2
  • Splatoon ties end in seemingly arbitrary wins

  • rotmm 02/06/2015

    @CaptainKid "I think it was a joke.. Bit odd I as a foreigner have to point out the British sence of humour."

    Fwiw, Jeffrey (writer of this news piece) is an American. On a European, nay British, website. It's utter madness I tell you, utter madness. ;)
    Reply +12
  • PlayStation digital refund policy in spotlight on BBC's Watchdog tonight

  • rotmm 29/05/2015

    @Negotiator "Sony are and always have been a shady company and an incompetent one at that, that's why it baffles me why they have such a loyal following."

    'Treat them mean, keep them keen' seems to be the approach that works best for the fanbase
    Reply +2
  • Halo 3: ODST Master Chief Collection release date spotted

  • rotmm 27/05/2015

    @alimokrane "ODST should be free period"

    Not sure why? Cost money to make and all that.
    Reply +26
  • 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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