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  • No Man's Sky has been delayed three days on PC

  • varkdm 26/07/2016

    The UK release date always was the 12th. Because thats the Friday after the rest of the world gets it and for some reason this UK indie studio, with potentially one of the biggest hits of the year, had to follow what the UK retailers preferred release day :rolleyes:.

    So does this mean that they are now releasing it on the 15th in the UK and the US has been pushed back to the 12th, or is everyone now getting it on the 12th?
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  • Next Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion is Knights of the Eternal Throne

  • varkdm 18/07/2016

    I got it when it first came out, got bored after about 6 weeks and unsubbed. Came back for the Rise of the Hutt Cartel Expansion.. got bored within a week and unsubbed. Came back for the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion along with the changes it made to the main game and Im really enjoying it again. Played it on and off for the last 3 months, its a very different game to what it was, a huge number of quality of life improvements and the way they've done the story in the latest expansion is so much better. Reply +8
  • Eurogamer's best of E3 2016

  • varkdm 18/06/2016

    @TheStoneRoses I dont know, I just checked the news eavh day and very little interested me. I was hoping for more on mass effect but the new trailer was it really and I just didnt see any games that, for me, had wow factor. Plenty of good. Just no wow. Reply +1
  • varkdm 17/06/2016

    I think this E3 was a huge dissapointment, literally no reveals that im excited about :( Reply -4
  • Row over "stolen" Fallout 4 mods

  • varkdm 06/06/2016

    @SpaceMonkey77 you've completely missed the point, read the article, this isnt anything to do with paid mods. Reply +1
  • APB Reloaded hits Xbox One - with a £115 "micro"-transaction

  • varkdm 04/06/2016

    I quite enjoyed APB:Reloaded when it came out. Went back to try the F2P version and found out, that even though I had spent £50 on the original game when it came out, that meant jack shit and i still had to pay to get access to stuff like.. the car i had already unlocked or the custom tattoos and spraypaints i had already made... so i logged out and said no thank you very much. And i don't normally mind fair microtransactions, but to ignore that i've already spent money on the game is just taking the piss. Reply +1
  • The Doom movie missed the point - but so did most rival games

  • varkdm 20/05/2016

    I loved doom, doom2, doom3 and im currently loving doom...err..the new one. First quality fps in a very long time that has just been about the fun and the challenge and its a joy because of it. Reply +2
  • Exploring a tiny galaxy filled with jerks in Stellaris

  • varkdm 16/05/2016

    @mingster there are mods that double or even quadruple Ai aggression levels. Ibdoubled them after a very passive playthrough. Had a long play through where I had rapidly and greedily expanded out to be the largest of 50 empires in a 2000 star game and still only one declared on me. Ive now quadrupled it..... Reply 0
  • Stellaris Review

  • varkdm 10/05/2016

    Loving this game. I love the idea of 4x games and have been playing them since master of orion. Unfortunately theres only a handful of really good ones amongst a sea of dross, the last one I really enjoyed was endless space. However, the exploration, diplomacy, galaxy map, events, randomised aliens and research systems in stellaris have just completely hooked me already. Reply +1
  • Battleborn review

  • varkdm 06/05/2016

    Bought it, played about 3 hours.. couldnt be bothered to continue it. Sound was broken (missing sounds, delays and occasionally long hitches in the entire game) and had exactly the same problem with Deserts of Karak which i believe was also Gearbox. I've never had any problems like it on any other game and im a prolific gamer.

    But even with the sound issues aside, the gameplay was sterlie, the special abilities felt weak and pointless and the loot system just didnt appeal to me as much as I thought it might. I just dont have time for another Gearbox dissapointment and so for only the second time ever i got a steam refund for it.
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  • EverQuest Next has been cancelled, Landmark still on track

  • varkdm 12/03/2016

    @Minmat have you tried black desert? I was expecting another pretty but generic mmo, but have been very pleasantly surprised by the depth on offer there. First mmo in years that I could see the long term appeal with. Reply +1
  • Watch a massive Elite: Dangerous fleet jump into hyperspace

  • varkdm 20/02/2016

    I really dont get whats special about this, this kind of stuff happens in Eve, on a far larger scale, all the time. It looks kinda cool, but deserving an article about? hmmm. Reply +4
  • A single button press skips loading screens in XCOM 2

  • varkdm 14/02/2016

    @HertogJashin there's a mod for that on steam workshop. Reply +1
  • XCOM 2 guide

  • varkdm 06/02/2016

    @chucklepie well..... Steam takes a 30% cut, but also gives you unlimited downloads of the game for as long as steam is around. The disc, probably cost less than 30% to produce. So, if you are happy using the disc, then great, save yourself the money. But a lot of people, myself included, are lazy fucks who just want to click the button and play the game the moment it launches on digital download :) Reply -1
  • Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak review

  • varkdm 02/02/2016

    @jebus yea, bit if they are using cutscenes to hide loading screens for slow loaders, then they should be skippable for fast loaders. Never an excuse for unskippable cutscenes. Reply 0
  • Is it time for a PS4 SSD upgrade?

  • varkdm 23/01/2016

    @unclemonkey why isnt 480gb enough? What are games are people playing that take up so much space? I've had a ps4 for more than 2 years and only just hit the storage limit before christmas.. so.. i deleted a bunch of games i hadnt played for ages and problem gone.. id gladly trade up to an SSD as i think the load times on ps4 are painful, especially as im all SSD on my PC and the gulf in performance gets more and more as time goes on. Reply -1
  • Ex-Sony Online boss announces RPG Hero's Song

  • varkdm 19/01/2016

    @Triggerhappytel Its not just salaries, they will have to fund equipment, software licenses, customer support teams, marketing, online infrastructure etc. All of that needs to be in place before the game can launch. Reply +3
  • What you actually do in The Division

  • varkdm 16/01/2016

    To those saying its ubisoft, so it will be shit: The publisher is ubisoft. The developer is Massive. To my knowledge, Massive have never made a bad game and have made some superb, genre spanning games in their time. Reply +6
  • GAME blames low last-gen sales for pre-Christmas slump

  • varkdm 24/12/2015

    I'm not really surprised that Game shops are more expensive than online retailers.. of course they are.. they have the shops running costs to pay for. They have their uses and actually do have some good deals from time to time (online and in the shops) but to switched on buyers they aren't really the place to go. But that was never their core market, it was parents and grandparents out browsing for stuff for their kids .. and kids (who cant pay online) spending their pocket money and store credit for trade ins. Reply 0
  • Total War: Warhammer developer "disheartened" by pre-order DLC reaction

  • varkdm 03/12/2015

    The reason why there are so many complaints this time, is that in previous times the addon factions just weren't that important. The greek states were all basically the same and not significantly different to the other 10-15 other playable factions in game in terms of units, strategy or map location. However.. in Warhammer there are so few races to play compared to factions in historical TW games that this is like chopping off 20% of the game unless you preorder it. Reply +2
  • Fallout 4 beta patch due next week on PC

  • varkdm 21/11/2015

    @ISmoke glad its fixed, its a wierd system they have going on there! Reply 0
  • varkdm 20/11/2015

    @ISmoke have you disabled vsync? That glitch happens when your frame rate is too high and it messes with the games physics engine. If so, you need to run a frame rate limiter and set it to 60, so you still lose the input lag from vsync, but the game engine doesn't go mental on you (no vysnc and high frames makes everything move faster as well). Reply 0
  • Why I'm tired of Fallout 4 encumbrance

  • varkdm 18/11/2015

    I think the particular problem with f4's system is that is neither one or the other. Its not even close to being realistic but imposes tiresome limits in the name of realism. I'm all for a realistic inventory, when the game mechanics properly support it. People say its an rpg, the limits are part of that... Its nothing to do with being an rpg. Even halo has realistic inventory management and master chief is in power armour! Either do it properly, but have systems to support it - like having your settlers collect all the items from cleared areas after you move on, or make a decision in the name of gameplay to throw realism out the window so people can just gave fun with the game. F4's bastardised system really pleased very few because its not realistic enough for those that want realism and its no fun for those that dont. Reply +2
  • varkdm 17/11/2015

    First thing I did was player.modav carryweight 100000 .

    Carry weight and limitations are done well in some rpgs - deus ex, witcher etc but the system is just awful in TES and newer fallout games, even mores so with new crafting on F4. There's no realism to an arbitrary weight limit. Claiming the abilty to sprint and jump around whilst carrying 4 rifles, a shotgun, 2 pistols, an smg, thousands of rounds of ammo, bunches of grenades, molotovs, drugs, stimpaks whilst wearing armour plating, but not move at all if you add another rifle to the mix is just ludicrous.
    To those saying ignore the junk pipe weapons... With the right perks they are a huge source of the rarer crafting materials, cogs, gears, copper etc. Ive been hoovering up literally everything, haven't done much settlement construction other than that required for each settlement to function properly, but still run out of stuff when modding weapons and armour. I could leave the weight limits on and fast travel and dump gear every 5 minutes, but that's just a chore, not a fun thing to do in a game that already takes up huge amounts of time to play.
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  • Fallout 4 mods are already changing the game in cool ways

  • varkdm 15/11/2015

    Whilst we are on the subject of altering fallout 4, the best mod ive found so far.. more of a tweak than a mod is... forcing vsync off in the driver settings for the game. That fucks the game up on its own though (everything moves really fast and you actually cant leave computer terminals once you are in them), but the way to fix that is to run a frame rate limiter. So now I run the game with vsync off and frames limited to a max of 60. No more heavy input lag, it makes such a difference to the feel of the game. Reply 0
  • varkdm 15/11/2015

    I think I get what some are saying about mods on here. If you look on nexus there are 44,572 mods. Then there are also thousands of mod on Steam and on other sites as well. A lot of those are copies of each other, but its safe to say there at least 50,000 skyrim mods available. I heavily modded my copy of Skyrim, at some points I even had the error message about exceeding the maximum number of mods in use at once (235 I think?). Sooo.. individually only a tiny percentage of those mods were actually of interest to me. There are a lot of things like "Ultra 4k HD Spoon Texture" on there that I remember seeing and thinking.. "what the fuck was the point in that?". But some people downloaded it.

    It might be only a tiny percentage individually, but thousands of those mods are downloaded by tens or hundreds of thousands of people, in some cases millions of people. I never used "Cloaks of Skyrim" but 4.3m downloads on nexus suggest quite a few others did.

    So as an experience, modding skyim from scratch, now, is a great deal of trawling through shit (and a lot of mods that simply aren't designed for me) but there is so much good stuff in there it makes it a worthwhile exercise. I literally could not stand to play vanilla Skyrim any more. Bland textures, stiff animations, awful combat, buggy, far too easy even at highest difficulties, frustrating mechanics.. the list goes on. My steam profile says ive put in nearly 600 hours on Skyrim (which is kinda horrifying in a way, that's nearly a month of my life, I may need to rethink things...). In all that time I only ever completed the main storyline once. I spent the rest of exploring and re-exploring the world thanks to mods.

    I was excited about Fallout 4 more than other game this year, not because I loved the other Fallout games (which I did) but because once id played through it, I knew I could come back, pretty much every 6 months and play it again with a bunch of mods on it and experience a completely different (and usually better) game each time.
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  • What does it take to run Fallout 4 at 1080p60?

  • varkdm 15/11/2015

    The best thing I did to improve the feel of the game was force vsync off in the driver settings for the game. This fucks the game up on its own though (everything moves really fast and you actually cant leave computer terminals once you are in them), but the way to fix that is to run a frame rate limiter. So now I run the game with vsync off and frames limited to a max of 60. No more heavy input lag. Reply 0
  • Rebel Galaxy review

  • varkdm 20/10/2015

    @Deadite thats the star citizen approach, smaller number of hand built systems loaded with stuff to see and do. Reply +2
  • Metal Gear Solid 5 will have horse armour DLC

  • varkdm 07/10/2015

    I don't really mind cosmetic dlc. As much as people complain about dlc and similar practices, I did some basic math a few weeks ago on another topic where cost came up and based on inflation alone, console games should be costing about £68 if they were still being charged at their relative ps1 launch day prices. They aren't, and there is resistance to increasing that cost by gamers, despite the increasing complexity and development costs of games. So complain away about dlc, but ask what you prefer... £68 for a new AAA game, or £50 + optional dlc. As long as the dlc is cosmetic or harmless time saving (xp booster in an mmo for example) then I prefer that system to knowing I'm going to have to pay extra for every game I buy. Reply +1
  • Watch No Man's Sky wow Stephen Colbert

  • varkdm 06/10/2015

    @mcronline it does have eleite style stuff in it. He said in some of the E3 stuff (I think maybe with IGN) that if you wanted to be a trader, a pirate, a bounty hunter and never ever explore anything, then you could do that. Similarly you could also land on a planet and never ever leave it and spend your whole time exploring that. Collecting and trading materials, data and items is the core of the game.

    The game also generates points of interest, factions, loot items (space suit, gun, ship stuff and ships - all procedurally generated). Factions will war each other and you can take part (but not like lots of players in the same factions, just as you are travelling through systems you will encounter factions that happen to be at war with other factions).
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  • Star Wars Battlefront PC specs confirmed

  • varkdm 06/10/2015

    @simpleexplodingmaybe Really? I bought my pc 4 years ago (for the launch of planetside 2) - i52500, 8gbram and a 670gtx) and its still fine. I'm getting to the point where I want to upgrade (principlally for fallout 4) but I haven't encountered a game yet where it's struggled with "high" settings. Reply +5
  • Fallout 4's big Season Pass promise

  • varkdm 10/09/2015

    @Ivattthestanier you have sort of answered your own question. Assuming average inflation of 2.5% a year, the ps2 was released in 2000 ( so 15 years inflation @ 2.5%), what was £40 then, should now on average cost £58. Game development is more expensive now as well, although more people also buy games... But there's a bigger trade in market, but its complex, but at the very least, games *should* cost £58. Reply +2
  • Amazon Underground makes hundreds of F2P Android games actually free

  • varkdm 27/08/2015

    @BoredGame because amazon have offices and infrastructure in the UK. The business that runs through that infrastructure should be taxed as uk corporate rates. Lego, manufacture and export their goods for sale via retailers who are domiciled in their target markets. Therefore lego goods are subject to import tariffs in this country, but they don't have to pay corporate tax as they don't need their infrastructure in the UK, other companies who are uk based, do that for them and pay corporation tax. It is grossly unfair for a company like amazon, to operate how it does as local companies who want to do the same, have to pay the corporation tax that they avoid by buggering around with their structure. Reply +2
  • PlayStation Plus' free September offerings revealed

  • varkdm 25/08/2015

    I'm not the least bit excited about the games in this list and haven't been for a while. But I don't really care, the games are just a bonus to a subscription that I want anyway.

    I'm just not the type of gamer that this promotion is aimed at. I think a lot of the complaints (which I mostly sympathise with) are to do with the fact the offerings are just a bit too samey and rely far too much on "retro" games. I think sometimes people say they don't like indie, but what they really mean is they don't like retro and outdated graphics. As well designed and well made as some retro games are, if the main way the game presents itself to the player just doesn't work for that player, then that other stuff becomes almost meaningless. Almost. There are exceptions that even I, with my somewhat closed attitude have enjoyed .... Eg FTL. But the ones ive enjoyed, ive enjoyed because they did something new that I'd never played before and they just happened to have bad graphics.

    I'm rambling a bit. I personally would like to see more 3-5 year old a-aaa games on ps+. Perhaps credit for the game rental service they launched recently... maybe assign each option a point and give everyone 5 points each month to choose from the selected games you get now or to rent an older game.
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  • Former BioWare devs preparing new RPG Mooncrest for Kickstarter

  • varkdm 23/07/2015

    @DwarfyP ta. better than interns then, but far from key directors :) Reply 0
  • varkdm 22/07/2015

    These guys sound kinda like nobody's. Biowares recent franchises haven't exactly been exemplary and what did they do at bioware? Were they creative or technical directors or the interns who made the coffee? Reply +3
  • Star Citizen, feature creep and money

  • varkdm 21/07/2015

    @obidanshinobi you cant compare the 2 games. No mans sky saves time and money by automating the look of guns, equipment, planets, solar systems etc via the use of algorithms. The computer builds it all based on the rules they set. The graphics are also significantly lower in detail and there I little structured single player combat and no expectation that multiple players will ever be in the same place at the same time.

    Star citizen is using a smaller universe, but they are hand crafting all of it. All ships, guns, planets, solar systems, space stations. This is a quality over quantity approach. They ran a competition for amateur groups of developed to build a ship for the game and it took several weeks for those teams to produce ships to the required quality of the game.

    I think NMS will be great, but its not the same approach. If you ask Sean Murray if he could hand craft the planets etc instead if have a computer do it, he'd agree the handcraft would produce better results.
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  • Amazon Prime day deals detailed

  • varkdm 15/07/2015

    Ive had prime for about 4 months and I don't regret getting it. It can be great value, for the right person. It cost me £80 for the year, which is not dissimilar to Netflix and they've got a pretty good range for free (including the only place to stream the boxsets of Vikings, which is what got me to sign up. But I use prime instant video almost as much as Netflix and ive used the prime next day delivery a few times (or elected to take the free slower delivery option for which they give you a £1 credit off your next digits music or video purchase) but it has always arrived next day, even on a Sunday. But amazon just aren't a games retailer so I was never expecting anything interesting from this for games. Reply 0
  • Lizard Squad hacker who helped bring down PSN and Xbox Live at Christmas avoids jail

  • varkdm 08/07/2015

    John Smedley's (Daybreak Games' boss) twitter account makes interesting reading (he was harassed by this guy and so has a somewhat personal interest in what happens to him).

    Apparently he still has 15 more cases pending prosecution against him, so he's not out for certain yet.
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  • PlanetSide 2 review

  • varkdm 07/07/2015

    I read this article yesterday as I'm really interested I planetside and what the reception is to it on console. Had a scan through the comments. Came back today to see the extra 100 and thought it was proving to be a popular game, ps2 doesn't usually generate as much interest as it deserves. Sadly, having just scanned through those comments its the same names arguing about the same boring shit that pollutes and derails just about every comments section. Xbox is better than playstion, pc is better than everything and every possible iteration of what is better and why. Its fucking pathetic, its fucking boring and the EG mods need to start policing the comments and deleting posts that derail them.

    Take your shitty arguments about which giant multinational companies that you are desperately in love with to a separate forum about why it is you feel such devotion to a faceless money making entity. I'm sure shareholders are deeply appreciative of all the time and effort you spend defending their honour and attacking their enemies.

    Please stop. You are clogging up the website with crap that 99% of the readership could not care less about!
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  • The Taken King is the expansion Destiny has been waiting for

  • varkdm 01/07/2015

    Wont be getting it. I thought destiny was ok, up until the endgame grind. But it did educate me about one thing, I will never buy a season pass for a game again, what a waste of money that was. Bungie asking me for another £40 for more of the same? No chance. Reply +6
  • On console, PlanetSide 2 is as opaque, frustrating and brilliant as it was on PC

  • varkdm 30/06/2015

    @megatronx not quite true. You get escalating xp for kill streaks and dominations, as well as progress towards ribbons and directives which grant bonus xp and eventually rare cosmetic items. Anyone who eventually kills you and stops your streak also gets bonus xp for it (high threat kills). Also, if you do get involved in a battle at a base, there is a scoreboard that tracks the top 15 by score taking place I that battle from start to finish.

    Mind you... I doubt much of that was implemented 2 years ago.
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  • Valve will no longer return items lost in Steam trade scams

  • varkdm 29/06/2015

    I'm a little confused about the comment about increasing the number of items on the market and lowering their value. If they've verified a scam, why haven't they deleted the scammed item rather than duplicated it? Or is this because the item was sold to someone else who is presumably unaware it was scammed originally? Presumably this problem can be resolved by returning the item, refunding the innocent payer and putting a 2 week delay before funds are paid to a bank account from a transaction to allow time for any dispute to be raised? Reply +1
  • XCOM 2 serves a very different kind of strategy

  • varkdm 24/06/2015

    @Kasjer might want to hide that with spoiler tags... Reply 0
  • varkdm 24/06/2015

    @penhalion perhaps its just a case of "what if" rather than "direct sequel to the save game you played" . Perhaps calling it xcom 2 is a mistake and it should just be thought of as another game in the series. Reply +1
  • European PlanetSide 2 PS4 servers are still down

  • varkdm 24/06/2015

    Haha anyone familiar with soe/daybreak games release and patching will find absolutely no surprise here! Looking forward to the patches... Iirc their twitter used to look like .. "patch released to fix issue with xp gain in certain circumstances" 1 hr later... "investigating reports of problems with patch" 4 hrs later "servers down for hotfix fixing issue with all grenades not exploding introduced with last patch".... Still, its a phenomenal game that is worth putting up with their inability to run it properly. loved it on pc and ill definitely try I on ps4. In a week or two. Reply +4
  • Man behind never produced $123K Kickstarter board game brought to justice

  • varkdm 13/06/2015

    Has the guy declared bankruptcy? The article says he has an inability to pay. Normally when someone declares bankruptcy, their assets are seized to cover as much of the debt as possible and then the what remains is wiped out. If they haven't done that,but he's not paying, this judgement seems a little toothless. Reply +3
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition gets free multiplayer DLC next week

  • varkdm 03/05/2015

    @sourmonkey start with origins if you don't mind the graphics getting a little dated now (although not awful, it is several years old). DA: O was probably the best all round one, DA2 was ok.. but suffered from EA cutting the budget strings and forcing it out before it was ready and DA: I is great, but at the same time lacks some of the the player engagement that DA: O had. Also best to start with DA: O as it will set the scene and you can probably get it for £5 by now. Reply 0
  • A paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has already been pulled

  • varkdm 24/04/2015

    initially I was quite ok with this, but having thought about it some more I realise ive got 200+ mods on my skyrim installation, there's no way I would if I had to pay for all of them! Reply 0
  • EA shutting down four F2P PC games

  • varkdm 16/04/2015

    @jamyskis1981 I think reports of the death of f2p are greatly exaggerated. Those that did it right are still going well enough. League of legends, dota, hearthstone, warframe, planetside 2, heroes of the storm and tf2 off the top of my head :) Reply +1