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Outcast - Second Contact review

Killdare

5 months ago

Truly loved this game when it first came out and all over again when 1.1 was released. Time to triple dip!
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Killdare

5 months ago

@SiroccoJetProp It's out now on PS4 (and, I believe) Xbox. 10% off for PSPlus members.
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WipEout series claims first ever UK chart top spot with Omega Collection

Killdare

10 months ago

Oh, that makes me very happy. I've had a great few days with this, being just as happily awful as I was 20 years ago. If only we could have had the music from the original Playstation trilogy it would have been utterly perfect.
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Black Mesa's climactic Xen levels finished by next summer

Killdare

1 year ago

I kind of (but only kind of) liked Xen. It was weird and completely different to the rest of the game but at least it felt properly alien and isolating. I actually felt like I'd achieved something at the end of each level, unlike, say, breezing through the closing sections of Half-Life 2, gravity gun in hand.
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No Man's Sky is a fine example of one type of game (but many people were expecting another)

Killdare

2 years ago

A great, thoughtful article. But then, I speak as someone who thinks No Man's Sky delivered exactly what I expected as a game and am still thoroughly enjoying it.
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No Man's Sky review

Killdare

2 years ago

@metal_maniac ohhh yes! That would be perfect!
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Killdare

2 years ago

I honestly love this game. It's the game I dreamed Elite might become when I was a kid (and back when I loaded it from tape into my BBC - no missions, no space-station interiors, no frills at all). It certainly has flaws and I can understand why many feel promises were made that haven't (yet) been fulfilled but to me it's a definite 9/10 (and I'm only deducting that point because I feel I have to).
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CVG to close

Killdare

3 years ago

I bought CVG's first issue. I typed in many a program for my BBC Model B ... usually just before switching the machine off having forgotten to save. It was part of my childhood. Sad to see it close.
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Sony announces PS1-themed PlayStation 4

Killdare

3 years ago

I bought Kileak the Blood. I played it several times. Yet I went on to buy several more Sony consoles. Surely this means they *owe* me a PS1-themed PS4.
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Destiny thrills, but the big picture rings hollow

Killdare

4 years ago

I'm thoroughly enjoying Destiny. In fact I prefer it to Halo, which disappeared up its own arse some time in the middle of Halo 2 and never really reappeared. I'm not a hardcore FPS or MMO gamer and generally I prefer to game solo rather than grouping up. Perhaps it turns out that this is the ideal gamer for Destiny. For me levelling up is paced just right and improved gear isn't too freely available (unlike my experience of the Beta) The shooting itself is very, very solid. I can drop in and out when I want to. Strikes seem a perfect length for the more reluctant multiplayer like me. Whereas I'd be happy to score Halo a 7, for me Destiny may not be the second coming but it is a solid 8.5.
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Microsoft confirms Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox exclusivity deal "has a duration"

Killdare

4 years ago

*cough* called it during the livestream.
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Sony's Gamescom 2014 briefing

Killdare

4 years ago

Still, this is a day one purchase. Loved the original so much.
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Killdare

4 years ago

So the Vita is absolutely dead then? Was hoping for Tearaway 2
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Killdare

4 years ago

Claudia Black! Hello Mordor!
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Killdare

4 years ago

Big hand for whoever decided to put the autocue 20 foot away from the main camera.
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Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive to Xbox One

Killdare

4 years ago

The thing is, I have an Xbox One and this move makes me like it a lot less. With Titanfall, Microsoft moved early to tie up an exclusive, supporting an unproven franchise and giving the game the funding it needed to make it what it was. With Tomb Raider, which was (I seem to remember) unveiled by Sony at the last E3, they've straightforwardly paid money to prevent a lot of gamers getting access to a game series some of them have been playing for 20 years. That's cynical.
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Microsoft's Gamescom 2014 briefing

Killdare

4 years ago

If TR were a full exclusive, we'd have seen a great big "only on Xbox". It's clearly timed.
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Killdare

4 years ago

Have to admire Microsoft's incredibly careful phrasing "coming exclusively to Xbox One Holidays 2015" in no way excludes "... and then to PS4 a few months later"
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The Wolf Among Us: Cry Wolf review

Killdare

4 years ago

Great review. Cry Wolf was a pleasant, engaging experience but (for me, natch) lacked the emotional impact of The Walking Dead. The genius of TWD was that it put you in loco parentis - knowing that any decisions you made could be examples for the child you were looking after - and constantly made you question the boundaries you were willing to cross in pursuit of her and your survival. In Cry Wolf the stakes were much lower. Add in the fact that the "detection" element pretty much amounted to clicking on everything and the sometimes severe limitations on Bigby's available choices and this felt much more like an interactive storybook than Walking Dead.
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Destiny PS4 alpha extended for "dangerous experiments"

Killdare

4 years ago

I wasn't hugely enthused about Destiny in advance. I played the first 3 Halo games and - though I enjoyed them - never became addicted. But this alpha has me absolutely convinced. The mix of MMO and FPS, allowing me to wander the world as well as taking on missions, is a perfect fit for me. I'd never call this a MMORPG but at times it did take me back to the year I spent wandering Azeroth way back when.
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Microsoft to sell Xbox One without Kinect for 349

Killdare

4 years ago

All in all, this leaves me pretty disappointed. I've had an Xbox One since launch and, I admit, I don't particularly like it. A lot of this has been down to Kinect, which recognises what I'm saying 1 time in 3 and doesn't operate my TV anywhere near as easily as the remote. That said, I'd hoped that Microsoft would work to make Kinect worthwhile, supporting it with interesting software and putting in the effort to improve voice recognition and sort out the UI. Without Kinect, the Xbone's TV functions become less viable and without both Kinect and the TV functions - even in their rather rough-and-ready state - I'm left with a pretty undistinguished and slightly underpowered black box.
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1999 adventure Outcast is getting remade, pending Kickstarter campaign

Killdare

4 years ago

Outcast was an outstanding game, years ahead of its time. I'm keeping everything I can find crossed in hopes this Kickstarter works.
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The Long Dark's glorious first in-game screenshots revealed

Killdare

4 years ago

Those are the sort of screenshots that make you feel glad to have been part of the Kickstarter campaign ... until they decide to flog the whole thing off to Facebook of course.
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Surprise Bravely Default success sparks Square Enix rethink

Killdare

4 years ago

I wish this epiphany had occurred before they released Thief.
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Win a 400 Sony Entertainment Network voucher

Killdare

4 years ago

The Stone Prisoner for Dragon Age: Origins because Shale.
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How Thief has changed, for better and for worse

Killdare

4 years ago

Oh dear. I think I'm going to use this preview as an opportunity to accentuate the positive - instead of buying this game I can use the time I save not playing it to replay the peerless Thief Gold and Thief II yet again.
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Microsoft gives free game to those with faulty Xbox Ones

Killdare

4 years ago

@Murton see my reply above - you're not covered if (like me) you returned via retailer and, according to the agent I dealt with, it applies only to those with defective Blu-ray drives (understandably - the free downloadable game is for people who've still got their consoles and are waiting for MS to collect and replace)
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Killdare

4 years ago

An update: understandably Microsoft are only giving the games to those who process repairs via them. Annoying given that had I known it, I would have gone to Microsoft rather than having to get my Xbox returned to my online retailer.

To quote MS's customer support agent.

"With regards to your concern, the free game is only eligible for customers who processed an Advance Exchange order with us due to Optical Disc Drive issues."

But there is some small hope as the agent added:

"I fully understand your side and I know how exactly feels because I even experience what you experienced right now. However, there's nothing to worry, who knows Microsoft might also give free games to customers who returned the device back to the stores where they purchased it, right? You will be able to avail that free game. Everything is possible, if not now it might be in the future"
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Killdare

4 years ago

Will this extend to Europe? My understanding is that in the US Microsoft handles most of the repairs itself, whereas over here most consumers will return them to the retailer. As someone who's awaiting his replacement box, I must admit the prospect of a free game would do a lot to increase my warmth towards Microsoft, which is running a little lower than usual.
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Xbox One TV integration suffers noticeable judder in UK

Killdare

4 years ago

@StooMonster Cheers - that's definitely an interesting explanation. Just seen that you called it 2 weeks ago too. Impressive!
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Killdare

4 years ago

There's definitely something wrong with Xbox One's passthrough: I've had to switch back to connecting my Sky box direct to my TV due to a distinct "softness" in the image, which I suspect was due to my telly doing its level best to overcome the 10Hz difference between the Xbox and the Sky box. Mind you, as my Xbox is now back at the store awaiting replacement due to the clunking Blu Ray drive problem, that's all a bit academic. I swear this is payback for never suffering a RROD on my 360.
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Faulty Xbox One disc drives emit loud, terrifying noises

Killdare

4 years ago

@SloppyTurd Interestingly, the online store that supplied my defective Xbox One said they'd kept back some Day One stock as a hedge against this sort of problem and I should have a replacement by Wednesday. The good news is that Blu-Ray and game discs aside, the console seems to work perfectly.
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Killdare

4 years ago

@ecco I can confirm my Dreamcast (how I miss that lovely little console) had regular problems. Half-way through a session of Shenmue, Sir? Don't mind if I crash out of the game, do you?
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Beware the Xbox One FIFA 14 controller bug

Killdare

4 years ago

Well I can confirm the broken disc drive problem. I've set up my day 1 Xbone (suddenly that name seems horribly right), loaded up FIFA, played around with telly, started my free Gold account and then I made the stupid mistake of trying to put the Ryse disc in the drive and got a sound like a marimba falling off a cliff. Bah and double bah!
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Valve gives Black Mesa permission to be a commercial product

Killdare

4 years ago

I got Black Mesa when it came out but I'll definitely be buying it on Steam, at the very least as a way of saying thank you to the team that created it. It took my memories of one of my favourite games and made reality exceed them. Very glad to see Valve acknowledging such a brilliant piece of work.
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Video: Five Terrible Launch Titles

Killdare

4 years ago

Call those terrible launch titles? Luxury! Some of us bought Battle Arena Toshinden and (ugh) Kileak: The Blood with our Playstations, you know. Now those were properly crappy games. Honestly, kids today, don't know they were born. When I were a lad we had to ... ... ...
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Limited Edition white Xbox One sells for 5k in charity eBay auction

Killdare

5 years ago

@Porcupine_I someone took your bid and upscaled it to 5K
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Killzone Shadow Fall: not just a pretty face

Killdare

5 years ago

I'm not the world's biggest fan of FPSes but suddenly I'm very glad I ordered the PS4 gamer pack. Love the fact that Guerilla have opened up room to do something other than go in all guns blazing.
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FIFA 14 on Vita is another reskin

Killdare

5 years ago

But what I need to know is will it still have the same great gameplay? If only EA could be a little clearer on this.
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Live: Sony Gamescom Conference

Killdare

5 years ago

Well, the audience may not be going wild but I'm loving every moment of this. Great news for Vita and tons of Indie support.
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Killdare

5 years ago

Sweet heavens Ustream! what on earth are you using for servers? ZX81s?
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Microsoft will now include a headset with Xbox One - report

Killdare

5 years ago

Ah Microsoft: they give with one hand then they do something like *this* http://www.vg247.com/2013/07/04/xbox-one-built-with-advertising-in-mind-kinect-integral-to-next-gen-adverts/ with the other. Sheesh!
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Outcast creators buy IP from Atari, announce franchise revival

Killdare

5 years ago

Fabulous news, this. Outcast is right up there in my pantheon of all-time great games. As others have said, it was years ahead of its time, from the orchestral score played by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra to the backpack inventory to the take-your-missions-in-any-order gameplay to ... oh so many other things. And then there was *that* dance http://youtu.be/sLhE1dNQ8TI Ulukai ho!
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Code Britannia: Mel Croucher

Killdare

5 years ago

This article has transported me back to my teens like few others. Pimania was one of those games that made me wish I had a Spectrum instead of a BBC B. I remember seeing it at a mate's house and being blown away by how different it was to anything else I'd seen. And when I finally did get a Spectrum, one of the first games I bought was Deus ex Machina. Ah, hitting play on the soundtrack tape at exactly the right moment to fit the game onscreen - who needs Proust's madeleines? Now, time to get over to Kickstarter.
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Mad Max preview: Bringing Just Cause's insanity to the wilds

Killdare

5 years ago

An irritating pedant writes: jury-rigged, jerry-built http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_rig. Please feel to ignore this pedantry: it's my problem, not yours.
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Live: Microsoft E3 2013 Conference

Killdare

5 years ago

@BritishBlue1 if it's any consolation, the Xbox.com feed isn't working either. Try gamespot or IGN
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Killdare

5 years ago

Does this mean the new MGS is a timed exclusive? If it's just a 6 month window, that'll probably be the same time as the cutscenes.
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The Xbox One and controller and Kinect photo gallery

Killdare

5 years ago

The design language all works quite well ... right up to the moment you see the button lettering which seems to have stolen its font from Sesame Street.
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Tomb Raider writer discusses Lara Croft's kill count

Killdare

5 years ago

*dammit* that "who's" in my reply above should of course be "whose".
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Killdare

5 years ago

I know this is going to sound terribly po-faced but in the end I had to stop playing Tomb Raider. In almost 40 years of gaming I've shot a gazillion things from Space Invaders to Nazis to demons to undead hordes and, after all these years I've suddenly realised I'm bored with it. For all the talk of making Lara a more mature character with a real identity, she's gone from being an independent, self-confident raider of tombs (if one with quite ridiculous breasts) to someone who's first answer to just about any problem is to kill somebody. I've already got sick to death of Nathan Drake's casual disregard for human life, adding Lara into gaming's overstuffed rolodex of psychotics is just saddening and pretending that the resulting storyline is somehow more "adult" than what went before is self-delusory. Of course shooters have an important place in gaming but watching as shooting is made the focus of every AAA game irrespective of ostensible genre is making the mainstream gaming ecosystem about as diverse as Anne Robinson's range of available facial expressions
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