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  • How to triple your Switch battery life for under £20

  • spekkeh 25/03/2017

    @JAK620 shit I could've sworn the purpose of a handheld was to play it handheld. I dunno what I was thinking. I should probably stop playing on my commute so that you feel better about yourself. Reply +35
  • How Zelda and Horizon fix open worlds in very different ways

  • spekkeh 22/03/2017

    @TheMasterJeef

    That doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Any mechanic or rule places restrictions, and a game without rules is not a game. It's within the confines of the (implied) rules that play arises. I mean if you don't like the restrictions then that's fair, but it's not restrictions a priori that are wrong. In this case it seems obvious that they introduced the weapon break mechanic to make sure you use the complete arsenal of weapons they give to you, and not just stick to the one with the highest number. It's a mechanic made to force you to understand the nuances of the fighting system. I doubt it was really made for challenge purposes though, because there are a lot of weapons scattered around.

    (I'm not a fan of weapon breaking mind, but I see why they did it)
    Reply +18
  • spekkeh 22/03/2017

    @TheMasterJeef

    Developers need to realise these mechanics aren't adding a challenge to your game, they are forcing us to play a particular way.
    I would hazard a guess they are well aware of this.
    Reply +5
  • spekkeh 22/03/2017

    @Zeppelino initially EG went away from scores because they no longer wanted to give high scores for extremely competent but derivative games, which was consuming the industry. (Their adherence to this ideal is a bit spotty at times though.) A recommended in theory should not be translatable into a score. A bad mess of a game can still get a recommended if it does something interesting, a very good game can not receive a recommended if it doesn't do something interesting. If you read the Horizon review, you would've noticed the reviewer saying it was a great game (so definitely higher than a 6/10), but that it didn't do anything particularly new or interesting, so it wasn't recommended for people outside of genre fans. I do agree that seems a bit at odds with the current t article though. Reply +31
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda review

  • spekkeh 20/03/2017

    So "totally not like Dragon Age Inquisition" turns out to be totally like Dragon Age Inquisition, but with apparently worse writing and characters.

    Well, that sure is a way to kill off my favorite new franchise of last gen.
    Reply +19
  • Gambling Commission warns parents about gambling websites

  • spekkeh 15/03/2017

    The Gambling Commission has warned parents about gambling websites, calling them "parasites feeding off popular video games".
    They mean in-game stores where you can buy card packs and loot boxes, right?
    Reply -3
  • Two years later, Destiny player glitches all the way into Atheon's throne room in the Vault of Glass

  • spekkeh 14/03/2017

    That's impressive. I myself appear to be glitching in between the possible reaction worlds of



    and

    Reply +3
  • Why Nintendo Switch games are ending up more expensive

  • spekkeh 13/03/2017

    @ILoveHorses Nintendo, as any console manufacturer, needs the brick and mortar shops as advertisement space. This will be for many regular consumers the primary touchpoint of the device. As the name becomes known and household then generally the importance of the physical shops becomes less important, and they can divert focus to their own online stores. You saw this with Playstation too, where everything digital was crazy expensive for the first two years and only now becomes interesting from a price standpoint every now and then. Reply +2
  • spekkeh 13/03/2017

    I can definitely see the 32GB carts going for $10 (if it has that Nintendo licensing markup), though I doubt Rime is that big, and the price should be offset a bit by smaller case sizes in shipping. As for the physical = digital price, this is standard across the industry. Digital is simply much more profitable, and it's the reason why we have had an indie boom in the first place. You'll find not many small publishers bother with physical releases anymore anyway, also for the other consoles, for exactly this reason.

    For Nintendo, it's not a good look. Here we have a new console from a company already accused of ripping off its customers with higher-than expected pricing.
    Oh yaaawwn.
    Reply -2
  • Mass Effect Andromeda's EA Access trial gives gated access to campaign

  • spekkeh 06/03/2017

    loot boxes


    Keep your effing gambling out of my games.
    Reply +19
  • 1-2-Switch review

  • spekkeh 02/03/2017

    @Blackmarsh63 All right, now read the actual review and then comment again. Reply +8
  • spekkeh 02/03/2017

    @Robbie_Wetta
    getting this day 1, THIS is why I love Nintendo, crazy bastards!
    I agree. Of course I'm looking at it more out of professional curiosity, but yeah

    Technology is not the blank, identikit canvas onto which games are painted. It is the topography that defines what kinds of play are possible.
    Nailed it, Parkin.
    Reply +3
  • Friend codes return for Nintendo Switch

  • spekkeh 02/03/2017

    oh god...

    What's the point of Facebook integration if you can't...

    aw jeez

    edit: oh wait there are other ways too, so maybe it's just some legacy stuff. I'm in the bartering stage here, throw me a bone someone.

    edit2: Appears that you do actually get friend suggestions based on social media accounts, so it's not completely awful.


    Reply +8
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review

  • spekkeh 02/03/2017

    What this all adds up to is superb sandbox game design, free of fiddle or bloat, unencumbered with preconceptions, and executed with the rock-solid reliability, tactile feedback and arcade brio for which Nintendo is justly celebrated. In other words: a total marvel.
    Eurogamer

    Nintendo has created, for me, the greatest game of all time.
    TrustedReviews

    I am convinced that it is one of the very finest video games ever made
    Telegraph

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t just good, it’s the best launch title I’ve ever played.
    Game Revolution

    This sense of wonder is something that I haven’t felt so strongly since I played A Link to the Past when I was seven years old.
    Giant Bomb

    Breath of the Wild is a defining moment for The Legend of Zelda series, and the most impressive game Nintendo has ever delivered.
    GameSpot

    The best Zelda there’s ever been, and very possibly the best video game ever made.
    GameCentral

    It's like nothing else Nintendo has made, an experience so simultaneously prodigious and accomplished that it feels like a mind-blowing mic drop to the sort of "open world" games (Grand Theft Auto V, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, The Witcher 3) the industry seems bent on proliferating.
    Time

    Plenty of games promise to let us go anywhere and do anything; few, if any, ever deliver on it so irresistibly. Nineteen years on, Ocarina is still held up as the high-water mark of one of gaming’s best-loved – and greatest – series. Now it may have to settle for second place.
    Edge


    Metascore 98

    Universal acclaim based on 52 Critics
    Metacritic



    Counting down till tomorrow eight o clock.
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  • Super Bomberman R shows a side of the Switch that's a little unloved at launch

  • spekkeh 02/03/2017

    @the-Axtor-show
    Depends on the pub I'd say. On a quiet afternoon, sure why not. Just waiting on the official Ziploc accessory to make it beer spill proof. I'll definitely drag it along to study association drinks.
    Reply +1
  • Oculus Rift price cut

  • spekkeh 02/03/2017

    Sweeney told Glixel that out of the approximately half a million PC VR headsets sold to date, rival VR headset HTC Vive had outsold Oculus two-to-one. That pegged Rift as having sold just a couple thousand units at best
    Er.. at least 150,000.

    That's still shockingly little after a year that's true.

    I guess we'll have to wait until AR in some ten years time for it to take off. At least that has productivity implications.

    Until then it's still really cool to play around with, but for me it will probably stay professional, not for home leisure. The Oculus Rift set now costing a bit less than Vive doesn't really change that.
    Reply +3
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild's first prototype looked like a NES game

  • spekkeh 01/03/2017

    It's also actually 3D

    Reply +2
  • spekkeh 01/03/2017

    The fact that NoA started tweeting about what's essentially just a developer's talk at a developer's conference, makes me think this is a (not so) subtle hint Zelda Maker is coming in hot. Reply +9
  • Watch: Johnny cooks spicy simmered fruit from Breath of the Wild

  • spekkeh 01/03/2017

    This seems to be missing some alcohol, or is this all ages? Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch has its first portable-only game you can't play on TV

  • spekkeh 27/02/2017

    I'm not a particularly big fan of mobile gaming, but now that Unity has built in exporting functions to Switch, it could potentially be very simple for mobile devs to export to Switch too (depending on eShop tooling maturity I guess). That's a pretty large amount of games that you could bring over. May also be interesting for parents, that they can get a couple of F2P games to placate the kids in between bigger releases.

    Would be interesting to see what Nintendo does with the more criminal gatcha rackets though. Ride the moneymaking wave like Apple, or try to create a more player friendly ecosystem?
    Reply +3
  • Watch: Breath of the Wild is the bravest Zelda ever

  • spekkeh 25/02/2017

    @UKRaver1980

    That's from the review that came out today. So final retail product build.
    Reply -1
  • spekkeh 25/02/2017

    @UKRaver1980
    According to Edge the frame rate is uneven, occasionally dropping to the tens, but never where it's a big problem. I guess it's obvious it's pushing the system to its limit, but you're going to have a great time regardless.
    Reply +5
  • spekkeh 24/02/2017

    @Devox

    https://youtu.be/oQQekPdONA8?t=2185

    "Everything is interesting and different"

    GameSpot man, such Nintendo fanboys.

    Did you consider that maybe, just maybe, I'm not the one who's acting like a 12 year old here? Like somebody calls the actual progenitor of open world games to go open world years after the rest did, and I say he's trolling, suddenly I don't know my stuff? Well I guess you're right, I'm better than this.
    Reply -6
  • spekkeh 24/02/2017

    @Baddamobs
    @spekkeh To be fair to The_shlaaaag_returns, if the only evidence that the world is full is from Giant Beastcast, there's still room for doubt.
    Yes if it is. But it isn't.
    Reply -4
  • spekkeh 24/02/2017

    @The_shlaaaag_returns

    Sorry I didn't mean to come off as coming down your throat, I just thought it was weird that

    And just because Zelda is now open world
    Okay you are trolling never mind.

    Reply -3
  • spekkeh 24/02/2017

    @Baddamobs

    There's nothing wrong with being skeptic. There's something wrong with talking shit based on an uninformed position of naked fanboyism.

    @The_shlaaaag_returns
    Really now, you listened to the Giant Beastcast where they showered nothing but praise for twenty minutes on how dense and fresh and exciting the game is, and you came out of that with the honest opinion that it is a lolworthy barren game that is twenty years behind the competition.
    Excuse me for not believing you.
    Reply -3
  • spekkeh 24/02/2017

    @The_shlaaaag_returns

    Why are you getting so defensive? Attack my points, not me. Ad hominems never work.
    Alright then.

    Everything you said is wrong. And you only needed to read one or two previews to realise this.

    Game design is 20 years behind? Wrong. Just look at the article you're commenting on.

    Barren? Wrong. GiantBomb reviewer said that he was playing for 25 hours before encountering the first dungeon and only then realized it had already been 25 hours, as he was stumbling on something interesting every two minutes.

    Fans pretending it's something it's not? I didn't know all of the journalists were Nintendo fanboys



    Stupid fanboys trying to pretend the game is brave loll.

    Better to put my hands over my ears and go lalalalala so I don't have to deal with not being able to play this game. Everyone else is defensive when they point out I'm full of shit.

    Sure thing.
    Reply +8
  • spekkeh 24/02/2017

    @The_shlaaaag_returns

    Oh look someone who hasn't read the previews and doesn't know what he's talking about.
    Reply -10
  • spekkeh 24/02/2017

    [Having just completed it, we couldn’t help but think of Horizon Zero Dawn while playing Breath Of The Wild, and how simplistic it now seems compared to Zelda

    At this stage we’d shocked if this didn’t turn out to be the best Zelda since Ocarina Of Time. It may even surpass it, and since many still regard that as the best video game ever made it becomes almost impossible to overstate just how good Breath Of The Wild is.

    metro.co.uk



    This is going to be the longest seven days ever.

    Luckily it's carnival, so I might just drink myself unconscious.

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  • Snipperclips now a Nintendo Switch launch title

  • spekkeh 24/02/2017

    This set is €85, so it gives you a 10 euro discount.

    Seeing as I want another set of joycons and Snipperclips anyway, that's extremely inviting. But I don't want to buy an extra set of joycons if there's potentially a problem with the left joycon, ugh. I hope Nintendo comes through with a statement quickly.
    Reply +5
  • To understand 1-2 Switch, look back at Nintendo's crazy pre-history

  • spekkeh 17/02/2017

    I decided to stop reading the comments because yall are majorly depressing.

    Really agree with the article, Martin. Obviously I have a strong professional bias here, but high price for a partygame be damned, this is what I want out of new consoles. Not more pixels, but cooky reinvention. And 1-2 Switch seems to be all kinds of crazy. In a good way. A videogame without the video, brilliant. Maybe Nintendo has a future where they just develop for journalists and scientists. Well, suits me just fine.
    Reply +2
  • This week, Pokémon Go gets its biggest update since launch

  • spekkeh 15/02/2017

    Reply +7
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild hard mode, Cave of Trials part of £17.99 season pass

  • spekkeh 14/02/2017

    @vert1go

    Some simply don't seem to understand how counter to a mainline Zelda game this is.
    Zelda games are a complete, epic adventure experience. You are sold a whole game. A beginning, middle, and end. All in the box. The entire experience.
    So OoT was not a complete game because of Master Quest?

    What I'm not getting is your outrage over something Zelda already did before eighteen years ago. Doesn't necessarily make it right, but it's certainly not some break from the past.
    Reply +1
  • spekkeh 14/02/2017

    I don't have a problem with extra story content DLC long after the release of a finished story game.

    We used to call these expansion packs. No biggie. In fact, if it's anywhere near the quality of MK8 DLC, we should be really lucky. I'm a bit more iffy on the hard difficulty behind DLC, then again, if it's like Master Quest I can see why they would do that. Not being able to buy the packs individually sucks a big one though.
    Reply +2
  • Johnny and Ian had a fight about Switch - in video form

  • spekkeh 04/02/2017

    @Zerobob
    It includes a wall charger, but it's the same one that goes into the dock. So depending on where you put the dock it might be easy to unconnect and take with you or a bit of a hassle. Both the dock and the Switch itself charge via standard USB-C, so you can also use your phone charger (provided it has enough power) or another cheap charger. Or you can get the official one.
    Reply +2
  • spekkeh 04/02/2017

    It has the definitive version of what looks to be the GOAT Zelda. Outside of being so poor you live under a bridge, this immediately invalidates all other arguments.

    edit: neggers going to be really salty come March.
    Reply -10
  • Double Dragon 4 review

  • spekkeh 03/02/2017

    @Hairy-Gorilla
    @spekkeh Or people over think games..
    Well yes that's my job see :D.
    As is Simon Parkin's I'd say.

    I mean I wouldn't want to read reviews or papers going 'this game is fun cos stuff and probably some wossname or something'.
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  • spekkeh 03/02/2017

    I doubt the creators of the original Double Dragon had a political statement in mind when they made the game, but the games are of course deeply political, in that they copied the motiffs of the action movies of the time. We all know awesome movies like Commando were dumb escapism but at the same time a strong extension of the political thoughts of the Reagan era. All American (with an Austrian accent) one man armies taking everything that gets thrown at them with impeccable resolve and an iron skin. The Russkis built a wall, Rambo/Ahnuld/Norris will just walk through it.

    Bimmy and Jimmy using their muscles and fists to take on crime is the same tough on enemies domestic and foreign conservative stance as was the zeitgeist of the time. Most games of that time were. You can not shoot endless foreigners in the jungle in Operation Wolf and claim it's devoid of politics. Dumb escapism doesn't make it less contextually relevant. Like it doesn't have a message.

    I feel Parkin wanted to talk about this but then shied away and focused on a two-player context instead, of which the relationship with politics eludes me a bit. Though he's absolutely right that everything in games is embedded in a (societal) context at least. I guess the nostalgia to simpler times before the internet and globalization, is apparent in all the remakes and 8-bit revivalism we see now. So in that sense it's still an extension of political thought. The new conservatism even. Hmm.

    I did like reading this by the way, I mean, come on we all know how Double Dragon will play. At least now Parkin spruced it up a bit with some interesting perspectives and history lessons.
    Reply +3
  • Punching Nazis

  • spekkeh 28/01/2017

    So by that same token, if punching Richard Spencer breeds sympathy for the Nazis, does that mean videogames are breeding grounds for fascism? Now that's something worth discussing.

    Regarding the point in the article. It's commendable and I used to believe it, but I don't so much anymore. If you want to win by rational arguments, it means people need to be open to them first. I see less and less evidence of this. That Trump immediately tries to curtail the media and scientists might be a fascist reflex to stifle debate so that they won't get called out, but alternatively it just bespeaks a deep seated disdain for rational discourse among the more frightened classes in the first place. Elite know it alls just try to tricks us with their fancy words and titles. Both sides are just as bad you'll hear them say, Hillary has e-mails that show nothing criminal, this means she is just as corrupt as the guy who repeals anti corruption laws, makes the boss of ExxonMobil secretary of state, doesn't show his tax returns, gets funded by another state, and stays in control of a multinational company. There's no discussion to be had here. You say they're under the spell of a nazi, and I don't mean 'you want to sanitize the NHS, sniff sniff, smells like Nazi', but an actual stiff right arm marching nazi, and they embrace being called a deplorable.

    I think at points like that, it becomes very much like religion. No one reads the ontological argument and thinks this makes sense, I believe in God now. They are religious because it's normal to be religious. I think it's better to never let Nazis become normal. Don't indulge their arguments like they have merit, they don't, it should be obvious. Of course you should be rational, but in this case it might be better to just remind the other what they're momma told them when they were young. Nazis are bad. And it's good that games have you shoot them over and over.
    Reply +19
  • Double Dragon 4 looks like a proper good Double Dragon sequel

  • spekkeh 27/01/2017

    Should have gone with Bimmy and Jimmy to get that nostalgia feeling.

    I don't really want to play this on my big screen, but like someone else said, it seems kind of perfect for Switch multiplayer on the go. You have the NES like pads, a multiplayer setting and it would look better on a small screen I'm guessing.
    Reply +3
  • Revealing Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide pulled from Amazon

  • spekkeh 23/01/2017

    I generally steer clear from most open world games because they take too much time. The Switch seems like an ideal console to play them on though, because you can sneak in lots of moments e.g. in the train or when the missus is watching something on the tv. Suddenly open world games seem doable again. Now if only they'd release them on the Switch.. But Zelda is a good a start as any (I'm actually more afraid nothing else will be able to live up to it afterwards). Reply +6
  • Super Bomberman R for Nintendo Switch costs £50, Konami says

  • spekkeh 19/01/2017

    £50, so that means €30 right? I'll get it for that.

    I kid I kid.
    Well not about getting it for €30; given that 4-player multiplayer time is mostly Christmas for me, I can wait until the price drops a bit. 50 Seems steep for a multiplayer party game.

    @Sicho

    "Expect to fork out around £70 for a second set of Joy-Cons."

    Why this in every article? Surely only a minority of players needs four controllers??
    Yeah it's getting incredibly obnoxious. If this game would've been announced for PS4, guess how many articles would find it necessary to say "Expect to fork out around £129 for three extra PS4 controllers!". Zero.

    It's a shame the direction this site took after Bramwell left. Oh well.
    Reply +4
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Switch and Wii U differences outlined

  • spekkeh 18/01/2017

    @frazzl wait so first you can't play Zelda games in portable mode and now they're nothing new. Reply 0
  • spekkeh 18/01/2017

    @frazzl

    There's no $20 difference. It's a $0.04 difference
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01MS6MO77/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484736466&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=zelda+breath+of+the+wild&dpPl=1&dpID=51ZDpBIqg7L&ref=plSrch#mobile-twister_platform_for_display_1484736480980

    Only some UK stores seem to have a difference in pounds. Which is weird, but could be due to anything; cartridges, pound following brexit, or satisfying ancient Wii u preorders.
    Reply -2
  • spekkeh 18/01/2017

    @grassyknoll

    it's absolutely justified to be judged on the merits its ports and how it performs as a home console, with is how most people will be using it in the West.
    Do you have a source for your usage statistics of the Switch? The thing is specifically designed to be able to... Switch! If you have no desire to ever Switch, there's little point in actually getting one, at least in the near future. (Just like if you had no interest in motion controls, don't get a Wii, if you had no interest in asymmetric multiplayer, don't get a Wii U--obviously very few people were interested in asymmetric multiplayer.) Me, the switching part is the interesting thing about the Switch. And last I figured, I'm in the West.

    @beisat

    But why they insist on being 6-7 years behind instead of 3-4 beats me.
    There's nothing 6-7 years behind about Nvidia Tegra, come on now.
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  • spekkeh 18/01/2017

    @Nikanoru

    And while there is a technical difference between native and non native, above 480p it just doesn't warrant any sort of argument. It just doesn't matter, at all.
    The 1080p marketing message is too strong. We've been having this console warrior and PC master race bullshit for so long I'm convinced half of the people here don't even particularly care about games. They're just tech enthusiasts who use games as benchmarks for their new shiny. Nobody is talking about games or gameplay or new game use case affordances. Embarrassing.
    Reply +26
  • spekkeh 18/01/2017

    @McBonk

    Asking more or the same as their competitors but can't even perform as well?
    What are you talking about. If I remove my PS4 from the closet and it hold it on front of me in the train, it doesn't perform at all.
    Reply +25
  • spekkeh 18/01/2017

    I thought the Switch version had HD rumble elements too? Could you confirm? Reply +3
  • Mass Effect Andromeda lets you craft and name weapons

  • spekkeh 17/01/2017

    I shall dub thee Pistol McPistolface Reply +24
  • Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg set to defend Oculus in court

  • spekkeh 17/01/2017

    @NullDev Well it would be pretty straightforward to show the e-mail where he claims to be NimbleRichMan was fabricated. In any case, there was no desire to reject any of the rumors by Luckey, because, it seems bloody obvious, he knew full well that he sent that e-mail. Reply +4