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  • Star Citizen studio seeks to calm fan fears it faces financial issues

  • varkdm 28/06/2017

    @Dryvlyne Reply +1
  • varkdm 26/06/2017

    @Dryvlyne sort of, bad example though as ea told bioware they could have another 6 months to work on andromeda and they refused and released it in the sorry state it was in sadly. Reply +1
  • Titanfall 2 still getting free DLC

  • varkdm 24/06/2017

    This game is one of the only single player fps campaigns in many years that was actually entertaining enough for me to finish. Well... I nearly finished doom but somehow got distracted by another game and never finished the last level, I should probably do that really! It was also the first multiplayer fps in years that I enjoyed playing for more than a few hours. I hope overall sales are better now through word of mouth and that plenty of people are supporting them with the cosmetic paid dlc. Reply +2
  • No Man's Sky community deciphers cryptic Hello Games cassette message

  • varkdm 07/06/2017

    @Luciferous making up a game in their heads is not really fair or accurate. I enjoyed the game, but was dissapointed that features Sean Murray said would be in the game, were not (eg dynamic battles and faction warfare, functional star systems etc.) so a lot of the anger is completely justified, he lied, repeatedly about all manner of things in the game. Yes a large minority take their outrage way too far, but the significant majority are justified in feeling dissapointed in what they got. Reply +8
  • GAME launches unattractive new £36 loyalty card scheme

  • varkdm 19/05/2017

    Playing devil's advocate here, all the high rated posts here with the calculations, assume that noone takes up any discounts and that the birthday gift is worthless. If you were buying a console and getting £20 off that, then you only have to make up £16 in other purchases, maybe less as not sure if £250+ console would also get points, presumably it does. So to me, this looks like a deal to encourage people to buy consoles and to tempt them to keep coming back to them for games. Seems like an awful faff to me, but it will work for some I'm sure. Reply 0
  • Mass Effect series "on ice" following Andromeda disappointment

  • varkdm 11/05/2017

    @riceNpea Completely agree this is all on Bioware. All the hate on EA i dont feel is justified in this instance. Bioware went downhill because their founders quit the game industry after they sold Bioware. They knew how to deliver a good, satisfying story in an RPG through to completion, the people who took over.. not so much. ME3's ending was decided in the last 3 months by Casey Hudson, on his own, rather than using the writers who had been penning the story all along. Inquisition and Andromeda, whilst far from terrible games, are bad by Bioware's standard because someone high up at Bioware decided that skyrim was so succesful because its an open world and that open worlds = mmo quest design. They've just bloddy mindedly followed that approach and demonstrated they just dont know how to do it (or take more from Ubisofts design ethos than Bethesda/CD Project Red). Far from EA forcing andromeda out the door, unfinished and in poor quality, they offered Bioware more time and they refused it.. Reply +14
  • How to save Mass Effect Andromeda

  • varkdm 10/05/2017

    @Lord_Kemyst whilst I dont doubt ea had a negative impact overall, it was actually the two founders of bioware retiring from the games industry that sent bioware off the rails. Getting games finished on time and in budget isn't just down to some evil publisher ruining everyone's fun, its about having people in charge of development who are good at driving the development through to the timescales and budgets they agreed to work to. Its also not ea's fault what happened with andromeda, they offered bioware more time to polish it and they said they didn't need it. Reply +1
  • Blizzard reveals Overwatch's loot box probabilities

  • varkdm 05/05/2017

    @tomevans "You missed his point/joke. Look up the definitions of the words "common" and "rare". Something that you get in every box is by definition common." That depends on how many items are in the boxes. If there are 100 items in a box and all are green except 1, then the 1 that isnt is the rare one. In Overwatches case you have 4 chances to win a rare or better level item (not winning meaning you get a white item) and one of those will always produce at least a rare. However you might win a purple/orange and no rare, so rares dont necassarily appear in every box. So the definition of rare, still fits. Although to be fair it should probably be "uncommon" to be more accurate in this case. Reply +1
  • British terror hoaxer charged after US gamer shot by cops

  • varkdm 12/04/2017

    @Sagara_Sousuke_x no its not designed to do it, but at very close range theres a high risk of it happening. Reply 0
  • varkdm 12/04/2017

    @The_Weird I think the police response in this case seems very much over the top, but just because the family said he was asleep, doesnt mean he actually was asleep. The article doesnt say, it just says what the family told police. Its easy to sit back and judge the cops in this, but you have to put yourself in their shoes. They live in a country where tens of thousands of people kill each other with guns every year. You are told by your superior officers that theres a homicidal maniac with a gun in that house and you need to deal with them.. would you knock politely and say "excuse me sir, would you mind very much coming outside with your hands up?" or would you kick the door down and incapacitate them as quickly as you possibly could? Their gun laws make it a reasonable expectation that any perpetrator would be lethally armed, its really those laws that cause all their problems like this. Reply +1
  • Say it in less

  • varkdm 01/04/2017

    Yea, I hate in game voicecomms. Partly as my fiancee is often in the same room, partly because im an introvert, but mostly because half the time it's full of squealing, deafening malfunctioning mics or someone chewing the mic, having conversations/arguments with people in their homes, eating, being dicks etc. One saving grace of andromeda having voice comms forced on by default, is that it allows you to choose which output it goes to... So ive set it to my permanently 0 volume screen speakers :-) Reply +6
  • Mass Effect Andromeda and the quest for great facial animation

  • varkdm 29/03/2017

    @MrTummyGiggles the ones where people singled out individual developers for their anger and bile. Reply 0
  • varkdm 29/03/2017

    Im really enjoying the game, about 30 hours in now. And I have a lot of sympathy for the designers with the scale of the job in hand. Most of the animations for primary characters are adequate to good. The stuff for minor characters is poor to non existent. But I can forgive it. I find it harder to forgive basic stuff like characters clearly not looking each other in the eye when talking, andromeda seems to be full of very shy, socially awkward people... Reply +1
  • Mass Effect Andromeda players want a mute button for its chatty AI

  • varkdm 28/03/2017

    @RandomTerrain I dont have a link, but it came out at the time the bioware guy was saying the game would be out when it was polished and ready and they were facing barrages of questions about the dodgy face animations in the trailer and the very short marketing lead-up from initial trailers to launch. Ive seen it mentioned, with a source in one of the other andromeda threads on here, but there are so many and so many comments I'm not even gonna try finding it again!

    Google PlayStation lifestyle magazine articles on the subject, theres a 2016 article that says ea offered more time if they need it.
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  • varkdm 27/03/2017

    @simonspencer It wasnt EA pushing it out the door, EA offered them more time to polish it, Bioware said they didnt need it. Reply +3
  • varkdm 27/03/2017

    Yep, very annoying. Also "you have avp available to spend pathfinder" every time you move to a new room in the tempest or the citadel. Shut the fuck up! These sorts of reminders should have been handled by on screen, unobtrusive icons, not unsuitable, unmutable and intrusive audio warnings. Reply +8
  • What's up with Nier: Automata on PC?

  • varkdm 23/03/2017

    Hmm, if performance is poor i cant say ive noticed it. Tuned up most of the graphics, switched off vsync (it does screen tear quite noticeably though) and havent noticed any hitching or slowdown.. only played it for about 3-4 hours so far though. Reply -1
  • BioWare mulls Mass Effect Andromeda animation, character creator improvements

  • varkdm 22/03/2017

    @gitarooman-360 if you cant do them, then presumably you will be able to look up the solutions on walkthrough sites/youtube. By second planet, do you mean Eos (the one in the trial, after the habitat 7 opening) or one of the two planets you choose to go to after? By using a Korean VPN ive been playing it since Monday and whils tthe puzzles are more testing that most of this type, they seem far from difficult.. just remember that you have to have one of each symbol max in any horiztontal/vertical line and that each section on the board can only have one of each. As for the game itself.. well .. its not bad. Dialogue and animations vary wildly, some is fine, some is terrible. The story lacks the urgency of mass effect, there are plenty of dodgy bugs, but nothing game breaking, just silly stuff. I like that you can customise your guns. Combat gameplay is better, but i never really thought it was bad, certainly not in ME3 anyway. The music is fine, but lacks the atmosphere of the original games. Character models are ugly, average at best .. frustratingly so cos you can get kind of nice looking characters with the creator that are then ruined by wierd animations when talking and skin textures that are full of blemishes and moles. Overall, im enjoying it and dont regret buying it, i will/do enjoy the multiplayer too. But its definitely the worst mass effect game and well below the Bioware average. Reply +1
  • Mass Effect's best mission

  • varkdm 17/03/2017

    @Sixtoe I had a dust based problem at that time as well! Reply +2
  • Mass Effect Andromeda's early access trial is getting a mixed response

  • varkdm 16/03/2017

    @Dryvlyne as far as the bar goes.. Witcher 3 .. yes. HZD.. no, some really really odd facial and body animations, ticks and general weirdness in that game. Reply +2
  • Mass Effect Andromeda: the first five hours

  • varkdm 16/03/2017

    Dissapointing first hour so far. Made 1 custom character, went through the unskippable opening cutscenes, realised she looked wierd when talking and thought I'd try again. Back through unskippable cutscenes, mouth looks wierd in cutscenes chin just looks odd. Fuck it I'll play with default character. Back through unskippable cutscenes... Mouth looks weird in cutscenes. Realise it's the cutscenes animations that are just awful and the mouth is over-animated regardless of what you do, went back to remake character 2 with fixed chin and red hair because the blonde hair had black roots you couldn't see in the creator.... Went back through unskippable cutscenes and then girlfriend came home in tears after shit day at work and I had to stop. Also, I think one of the problems with the animations is they aren't in time with the audio, they haven't sync'd them well and the animations are slightly late. Quite off-putting. Reply +1
  • varkdm 14/03/2017

    @bobfish09 they;ve said this is a bug with origin, there is no pre-load for the tiral, the trial becomes available ont he 15th to download. When you have pre-ordered the game the games default preload for non origin access purchases replaces the trial on the front page status of the game. But if you will be able to download and play the trial from the 15th (the trial and the game are considered two separate items on origin i think).

    Might be the 16th that the trial becomes available to download actually :)
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  • Ubisoft just made For Honor a lot less annoying

  • varkdm 01/03/2017

    That comment from the Dev about the changes not staying forever due to player numbers suggests they really don't have much faith in this game lasting.. Reply 0
  • Conan Exiles recoups development costs in a week on Steam Early Access

  • varkdm 10/02/2017

    @Binba442 conan setting is something of a draw. I've not played Rust, just didnt appeal to me. I tried Ark and found the UI to be just a horrific mess and didnt want to play it. So from my perspective what makes conan better is that the UI is clean and clear and its easy to follow the progression you are can/supposed to take. Graphics seem better and controls feel more responsive too. At this stage it just needs more content and plenty of polish. Reply +1
  • Pirates quick to plunder Conan Exiles Denuvo blunder

  • varkdm 04/02/2017

    @nikodelvalle well its not just about sales. If the game is freely pirated in its most up to date version, then those who paid for it, would have to share the servers with those who didnt. Official server slots are limited and even if they werent, why should the developers have to fund the bandwith to host pirates game sessions and updates to pirated software? Reply +1
  • Stellaris: Utopia expansion lets you build Dyson spheres, ringworlds

  • varkdm 03/02/2017

    @shroom2k the base game makes it possible through research and race traits. If that isnt enough then there are tons of mods that have been around since a couple of days after it came out that let you either increase, or completely remove, the sector limit. Reply 0
  • Mass Effect Andromeda release date finally confirmed for March

  • varkdm 04/01/2017

    @JonesW its on PC, pre-orders have been avaialble for a couple of months now at least on Origin. Reply +1
  • John Smedley closes studio and cancels RPG Hero's Song

  • varkdm 04/01/2017

    @Bambot star wars galaxies i believe. It was dying on its arse anyway, but they released a huge overhaul to try and get more player sin and it pissed off all the existing ones. Reply +1
  • Planet Coaster dev Frontier sues RollerCoaster Tycoon World maker Atari

  • varkdm 03/01/2017

    @Malek86 it wasnt jsut salt in fries, it was sugar in sweets (made people move around faster), fat in burgers (cant rmeember what that did) and some other stuff i think. Also you could manually tune each ride to go faster (made it more exciting, more prone to break down, shorter so more people would go on it and people more likely to throw up afterwards) .. that kind of thing. I wouldnt call it deep, but they were all nice little touches. Reply +6
  • The Last Guardian review

  • varkdm 06/12/2016

    @Hellotherenow not preorder, watch and wait for me, too many games to play as it is! Reply 0
  • varkdm 06/12/2016

    @Hellotherenow I dont think the polygon review missed the point. This part of the review is what makes me think id dislike this game:

    "I'm doing a bit of interpreting here, because frustratingly, despite nonstop tooltips explaining how to do stuff that you were taught hours ago, The Last Guardian never actually specifies what each command means. On top of that, Trico may ignore your commands if it feels like it, which turns any puzzle that depends on the creature's help into an aggravating waiting game. I mean "waiting game" quite literally, by the way. In numerous cases I would give up on a puzzle and set down the controller, turning away from the screen. When I turned back 10 or 15 minutes later, Trico would inexplicably, finally be in the position I had been trying to get it into when I gave up. It feels like the game is emulating real cat behavior by putting in some hidden timer before it will listen to you."

    Ever heard the expression "its like herding cats"? thats what the game sounds like. That doesnt mean its a bad game, as its clear some people enjoy the challenge. I just think its going to be a game that some people are just not going to enjoy at all and mixed reviews are a good indicator of that.
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  • varkdm 05/12/2016

    This sounds like a love it or hate it type of game. A lot that the reviewer says they liked are things i think id hate, eg the delay and frustration in communicating your intention to the companion. Reply +9
  • Titanfall 2 multiplayer will be free to play this weekend

  • varkdm 30/11/2016

    I bought it on pc about a week after release and dont even care its so cheap to get now, its such a good game and the first multiplayer fps that has kept me playing every day since bad company 2. On pc, the London data centre has about 8-10,000 players in the evenings. Never had to wait long for match making. Reply +1
  • No Man's Sky studio breaks silence, announces base building and more in huge Foundation update

  • varkdm 27/11/2016

    I like most of this update, its not enough for me to go back as I wanted more depth in the galactic pollitics and power struggles between the factions. Hopefully that will come in the future. The only change in there that I think is worse is reducing the number of dead planets. It should be the opposite! Everywhere you turned there were life filled planets, so exploring just became a chore. If they were rarer, it would make discovering and exploring them morre meaningful. Reply +1
  • Titanfall 2's first DLC drops next week with Angel City's Most Wanted

  • varkdm 23/11/2016

    @ISmoke I was, not sure how I managed to not do it properly. I had some very low numbers in a few of the game types over the last few days, but always a decent number in the attrition and domination game types, might be worth avoiding the mixtape lists? Reply 0
  • varkdm 23/11/2016

    What format were you playing on? I was playing attrition on pc at 11.30 and there were 575 matchmaking in that game type. Reply 0
  • varkdm 23/11/2016

    @Apostate probably because they are absolutely fine for the vast majority of players? If your isp is shit, its not their fault. Reply +1
  • Star Citizen FPS Star Marine gameplay demoed ahead of impending arrival

  • varkdm 21/11/2016

    @Cartho I think the innovation is that all that fighting will be taking place on board ships.. as in player controlled ships that are moving around, fighting each other etc. Its all seemless with the space combat segment. I may be getting that confused with the normal game, i havent been following star citizen in detail recently but that was my understanding. Reply +4
  • Time to kill genre?

  • varkdm 16/11/2016

    @captainBlahBlah That doesnt really work, Mass Effect was an xbox 360 exclusive originally. Reply 0
  • Tyranny review

  • varkdm 14/11/2016

    Much better than pillars. Storyline and premise has kept me interested and decisions feel bigger and like there genuinely is many different ways this could go. Reply 0
  • Pokémon Go developer wants it to last as long as World of Warcraft

  • varkdm 12/11/2016

    In order for it to last as long as WoW, it really needs to have more than 1% of the content that WoW had on launch. Reply 0
  • House of the Dying Sun review

  • varkdm 11/11/2016

    @Frosty840 presumably you;ve tried Elite Dangerous then .. and of course Star Citizen should pander to the joystick space sim itch when thats out. Reply 0
  • Football Manager 2017 trashed on Steam by angry Chinese fans

  • varkdm 31/10/2016

    And this is why the new steam user reviews filter is a good thing. Reply 0
  • GAME charges people to try PlayStation VR in its shops

  • varkdm 25/10/2016

    @redcrayon the comparison with consoles doesnt hold water. Games consoles are widely available and have been for decades. There is no fundamental difference between a ps3 and a ps4, you can see in TV adverts the change in graphics and features. Vr is a fundamentally new experience that few have tried and few have access to and cant really be demonstrated via TV adverts or YouTube vids. Its also widely reported to cause severe motion sickness in a significant number of people, meaning many will want to try before buying and game want to offer that to genuine buyers. They definitely dont want to have the service rinsed by people trying their version before buying it from Amazon. Reply 0
  • varkdm 25/10/2016

    @the_ewan you dont tend to find richer sounds and sevenoaks hifi stores overflowing with kids/young teens desperate to try out their gear either... Reply +1
  • varkdm 25/10/2016

    @VideoGameAddict25 I really doubt it, have you seen all the videos of people falling flat on their faces whilst playing with VR sets? They dont want to get sued, so they will definitely be manning these with safety trained staff. Reply +1
  • varkdm 25/10/2016

    I have some sympathy with Game on this one. There are very few places you can go to try out this tech. So they want to allow people to try it.. but as others have said.. dont want to just have people hogging it who have no intention/ability to buy, for safety and hygeine reasons they have to have the demos manned, which costs money. Secondly, as most of the comments on here show, a significant majority of people on here, would not buy the thing from Game. So the 2nd aspect here is why should they provide a free demo service of this tech, so that people can then go off and buy it from Amazon, who will no doubt be cheaper?

    The other way i look at this.. if they werent offering a demo of any kind, at all would you all be so angry? I mean.. they could have gone three ways here - free demo, paid demo, no demo. How is offering a paid demo with a refund if you purchase, worse than offering no demo at all?
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  • This is what really happens when swords hit armour

  • varkdm 06/09/2016

    @Doomspoon just curious, i thought it was called chainmail to differentiate it from scalemail? Reply 0
  • varkdm 06/09/2016

    Im lookinf forward to this, but with reservations. It strikes me as the arma of rpg games. Which is fine if you like ultra realism in your war sims, but its something of an acquired taste. This also reminds me of an episode of ultimate warrior where they had viking vs samurai. Demonstrated how effective chainmail was, slicing weapons could not get through at all, so the kitana was completely useless against it, quite an eye opener. Reply +1
  • Blizzard changes Overwatch "gg ez" messages into something very different

  • varkdm 18/08/2016

    Yea and then they will just add those to the list of comments that get changed. Eventually they will have to type out their childish insults in full english, whcih will take too long and the game will flip maps before they can do it - or they have to come up with ever more obscure insults that most players wont have a clue what they mean anyway. Reply 0