SonicUk

Black Ops 4 battle royale could be great - but Call of Duty is no longer the trendsetter

SonicUk

3 days ago

@ramshot - Exactly as I feel as well. Zero interest in multi. Offline singleplayer is the only reason I buy a game. In this age of huge 1000 hour generic open world games I love my action packed, 6-8 hour (yes, I take my time) cod campaigns. They're the gaming equivalent of a sunday afternoon action movie. You can disengage your brain, just relax and enjoy what they have to offer. If that part of the game is missing (but funnily enough they're STILL charging full price) I have no reason to purchase.
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SonicUk

1 week ago

No offline single player campaign - no sale.
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Far Cry 5's Vietnam-themed Hours of Darkness DLC gets a June release date

SonicUk

3 days ago

@CitizenSnips - This time it's up to you.
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Dark Souls Remastered has launched a day early on Steam

SonicUk

3 days ago

@ambershee - But then that's not a sport (level playing field, person with the most skill wins), it completely defeats the whole point. Why even bother buying the game if you're going to use cheats and exploits to get round it?
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SonicUk

3 days ago

@bleeder - I'm currently playing Gow as well. Fantastic game, although I find the upgrade system a bit baffling and the story takes a ridiculous amount of time to get going (I'm a good 12 hours in and still have no idea who the main baddie is yet - or even if there is one).
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SonicUk

3 days ago

I saw over on gameinformer that the cheating has already got out of hand with game breaking exploits being deployed to target innocent players, forcing them to start over. Scumbags. Seriously, what can they possibly get by ruining someone elses game? Absolute wankers.
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Detroit: Become Human review - clumsy yet effective robot-rights thriller

SonicUk

4 days ago

Ok so whats its like to actually PLAY, as from what I've seen it looks about as interactive as a dvd being paused and unpaused every ten minutes. The one thing I wanted to know, and the review didn't cover it, instead, going on about the narrative and spoiling the game left right and center.
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We Happy Few developer responds to ban by Australian Classification Board

SonicUk

4 days ago

Responding to the update...So the game couldn't get an 18 rating because of the hypnotic drug in the game which is a core gameplay element, presented negatively in the game and pivotal to the story? REALLY??!? The Aussie ratings board really needs to sort itself out because this is absolutely fucking ridiculous.
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Microtransactions, battle royale and Wake Island - the Battlefield V interview

SonicUk

4 days ago

Also gotta love the "in engine" trailer. If the PR suit is so adamant thats exactly what will be in the game and what the game will look like than why not show, oh I don't know...the ACTUAL game? Of course, I already know the answer...false advertising at it's finest. Love how they're happy to ignore the law by not putting a "not actual gameplay" disclaimer in there. Really don't know how the videogame industry is constantly allowed to break the laws surrounding this with zero consequences. It's been going on since the industry's inception and continues to this day.
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SonicUk

4 days ago

"TRANSACTIONS, Bullshit Royale and Games-As-A-Service - the Battlefield V interview"

Fixed for you Eurogamer.

So glad I'm only interested in the singleplayer. No nickel and diming this gamer.
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Sony: VR market growth "below expectation"

SonicUk

5 days ago

There's a pattern with VR and 3d that comes round once a decade due to a big push by the market. They then both fail and fade away into oblivion for another decade. Rinse and repeat. Until they invent a means to use either without having to wear a bulky, sweaty headset or glasses (annoying and impractical for the millions of people who already wear prescription glasses) I can't see either gaining any traction. Then there's people like me who view gaming as a relaxing pastime. The last thing I want to do after a 40 hour week is get home and wear some bulky headset and have to twist my head and/or move my body around to play a game. Gaming to me is supposed to be relaxing. Give me a large, flat screen and a pad anyday.
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Epic Games' classic first-person shooter Unreal is free right now

SonicUk

5 days ago

@MrTomFTW - Is that the same one that adds direct 3d support so you don't have to play it using software renderer?
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SonicUk

5 days ago

I was thinking the other day I wish they'd re-release this with modern graphics in physical form for modern consoles. I'd buy a copy instantly.

Tried to play the original again a couple of years ago on my Pc but as the game wasn't fps locked it ran about 400x too fast! One split second touch of the arrow key moved you at lightspeed! It was unplayable sadly.
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Tesco Direct shuts down in July

SonicUk

5 days ago

@F10XDE - Rubbish. There are plenty of online retailers out there and new ones springing up all the time. Just because some shut down due to piss poor management doesn't make amazon or any other retailer responsible. I like amazon. Because of places like them I don't have to get ripped off by scumbags like GAME.
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SonicUk

5 days ago

@GAmbrose - Cancel immediately friend or risk losing your money.
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SonicUk

5 days ago

Sad to see yet MORE staff losing their jobs. However, I think their high prices, lack of stock variety (when it comes to games) and complete lack of advertising were responsible for this inevitable shutdown. In other words a complete lack of management and direction and as usual it's the frontline staff who suffer rather than the people responsible for putting them in this postion. I wish the staff good luck in finding future employment. What a sad state of affairs our once great country is in when it comes to jobs right now.
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New Halo: The Master Chief Collection update lets you download and install the bits you want

SonicUk

6 days ago

@TheManMountain - I've never had a single issue. Mind you I've only ever played the campaigns for each game on the mcc. I do get the impression though that the comments about it being "broken" are vastly exaggerated by opposing fanboys.
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SonicUk

6 days ago

Wish they'd do this for all games (perhaps in time they will) so people can uninstall stuff they don't use which is just wasting disc space. They should extend this to 4k assets too for people not interested in 4k and save even more space.
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Days Gone's E3 demo shows scant signs of life

SonicUk

7 days ago

That's got to be one of the most negative previews I've read in a long time and although I have yet to play the game I must say from the footage I've seen so far it looks a lot more fun and atmospheric than the author suggests. I've also seen no one else have issues with the camera. I HATE zombie games. There's far, far too many of them and they are all exactly the same premise. However, I did like The Last Of Us as that felt quite different to what's gone before and so does this. I don't get that sense this is the usual cut and paste zombie game we've seen thousands, possibly millions of times before (slight over-exaggeration to make my point). This seems more a classic case of me doing what I always do...make up my own mind by reading between the lines as opposed to believing everything I read/hear as gospel. I'm very much looking forward to Days Gone (this overly negative article has done absolutely nothing to change that) and as someone who hates zombie games that should tell you something.
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Call of Duty Black Ops 4: Treyarch defends decision to ditch single-player campaign

SonicUk

1 week ago

@terrible1fi - Funny that, as it appears many people think the opposite according to the comments here and on other gaming sites.
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SonicUk

1 week ago

@muneebqureshi - Speak for yourself. If what you say is true then no-one would be complaining and not buying Blops4.
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SonicUk

1 week ago

@jrt87 - I'm astounded at how many are actually trying to defend this. Guess us old farts who actually know what value for money used to entail are unwanted by the modern industry. Like you, retro seems to increasingly be the only way to play true value for money games these days.
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SonicUk

1 week ago

@Mikumatt - That may or may not be the case but if people want a campaign and this game doesn't have one (more likely been ripped out when 60% complete as per other reports from reputable sources) then who are you to say they shouldn't have the right to not buy it? Get off your high horse.
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SonicUk

1 week ago

I'm not buying that bullshit. They've had three years to make a proper single player campaign and could've always delayed the game if three years wasn't enough. This condescending interview just reeks of pr damage control. They'd rather just chase the current fad for a quick buck than put any real effort into making a proper campaign. If as they claim they "wanted to make something different" than why call it "Black Ops 4"? 4, as in sequel?

No offline single player campaign - no sale.
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EA details Battlefield 5 livestream reveal, coming next week

SonicUk

1 week ago

"Battlefield will never be the same", except it will be EXACTLY the same as all the other "Battle Royale" games out there. Just stick to what makes your game unique and successful instead of following the latest fad. Still, glad to see unlike SOME games they're not ditching singleplayer.
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No Man's Sky's next big update adds multiplayer, out in July

SonicUk

1 week ago

@add286 - Away team, not landing party, but I get what you're saying. I'm only interested in singleplayer so as long as the updates don't mess that up or force you to go online then I'm happy. I still haven't played the game yet so if it's already there I apologise but I would welcome the feature to turn off/remove all player planet names. I want to explore and name them myself, not see other players dick named planets!
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SonicUk

1 week ago

Ah, so the features Murray promised were in the game 6 months before launch are only just being patched in now, basically admitting to him telling porkies. Gotcha.

Still getting it on xbox though. What's the matter? You never seen a hypocrite before?
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We are living in a new golden age of video game music

SonicUk

2 weeks ago

@Kremlik - Oh god, the Ori soundtrack is incredible and quite emotional too. An absolute masterpiece. I can say the same about the actual game too - best game I played last year without a doubt.
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SonicUk

2 weeks ago

@KujiGhost - The second level of Axelay has an incredible tune.
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SonicUk

2 weeks ago

Nice article.

I've always listened to videogame music my whole life and generally prefer it to anything in the charts. The music in a game can really change the whole atmosphere if done right and immerse you in the game. The opposite is also true if done badly (racing games with generic rock music I'm looking at you).

Favourites are Crysis 2 and 3 (incredible soundtrack), Sonic CD (EU version), Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2, Ac2, the Battlefield 3 main theme, Soldner X 1 and 2, Driveclub, Ninja Gaiden Black/Sigma, 1 and 2, Halo Reach, Odst and 4, Thunderhawk 1, Battlecorps, Hired Guns, Headhunter, the Shinobi series, Streets Of Rage series (SOR remake in particular) the Tomb Raider series, The Sonic series (Hydrocity Act 2 is a particular favourite), Velocity 2X and many more.
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Metro Exodus will no longer be released this year

SonicUk

2 weeks ago

Theres been no real news about this for ages so although I'm saddened as this was my most anticipated game of 2018 I'm not terribly surprised by the delay. Lets hope the extra time will result in a more polished, better game. Looking forward to playing this.
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New Project Cars game announced

SonicUk

2 weeks ago

Awesome. Includes transactions to repair your crashed car, buy fuel, tyres and parts too...all at real world prices for that authentic, realistic feel! Don't forget to pay for your racing licence and when you change tracks pay for the logistics!

I shouldn't give them ideas...
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Razer's one-day-only 'FragFest' sale is live now

SonicUk

2 weeks ago

I see the usual Razor rip off pricing for poor quality products continues. How they can justify those prices is beyond me.
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Eurogamer readership survey 2018

SonicUk

2 weeks ago

I don't do surveys (especially ones asking for my income or for advertising purposes). However, I think it's clear from the comments over the years exactly what the readers want. I will add my 2p as I wont pretend to speak for everyone...

- No publisher bullshots (especially when the modern consoles have a built in screenshot function as well as digital foundry having the proper equipment to take their own screenshots) - there is no excuse.

- No pandering to publishers whims and coming up with excuses to justify transactions (like the Wes article yesterday).

- Get rid of the comments rating system with immediate effect, which actually discourages discussion and defeats the entire point of a forum.

- No political views in articles.

- Far less coverge on Pub (Battlegrounds is ONE word), Fortnite, Overwatch and Rocket League and more coverage on lesser known games (I'm still waiting for a review for Moto Racer 4 for example).

- Information as to whether a game is physical or download only when it is announced.

- Cull the word "microtransactions" with immediate effect and refer to them as what they are - transactions.

- Fix the error when editing a post it immediately loads up the entire article again, forcing you to click on comments again and wait for them to load, sort etc.

- Scrap the "essential", "recommended", "avoid" blurb from reviews as all it's done is replace the numbered score system and often does not match the context of the review.

- More informative and less opinionised reviews.

Thats all I can think of for now. Do that lot and you'll have one hell of a site.
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Superhot JP is a Japan-set, Japan-made alternate take

SonicUk

2 weeks ago

Wish they'd make a physical version so I can buy this.
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In Theory: Could Sony produce a PS4 Switch-style console hybrid?

SonicUk

2 weeks ago

@MartinScott - Iphone? You must be joking! Android phones have been doing this for years and have much better joypad and emulation support. Plus they don't cost a thousand pounds for a decent specced phone.
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SonicUk

2 weeks ago

@mega-gazz - Agreed. I'm a huge retro gamer and find myself spending more and more time retro gaming than playing modern games for the reasons you've both mentioned.
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SonicUk

2 weeks ago

Very interesting article and it is genuinely amazing how much little power the switch draws. However, the article fails to address the massive elephant in the room - the fact Sony seem to have zero interest in the handheld market anymore and even self sabortaged their own portable console, the Vita. I can't see them ever re-entering that market again and even if they did I think I lot of potential buyers would be very skeptical indeed about purchasing another Sony portable console (I know I would be) after the complete contempt Sony showed towards the Vita.
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The secrets of Uncharted 2's superb train level revealed

SonicUk

2 weeks ago

Fantastic level and one of my favourite in the game. Also Uncharted 2 is my favourite in the series. I'm looking forward to seeing what Naughty Dog come up with next for the franchise after the seperb Lost Legacy.
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider cost $75-$100m to make

SonicUk

2 weeks ago

Well thats just ridiculous, especially the 35 million for advertising. Perhaps these publishers should take a look at their costings and reduce that budget because that's obscene. In the meantime I suspect transactions incoming as a way to "justify" the budget and I also expect the usual suspects will be vehemently defending them, like eurogamer did in the article actually. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
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It looks like PS4 Parappa Remastered is the PSP game running under emulation

SonicUk

2 weeks ago

{"status":"ok","id":"7180856","parent":"0"} 50% of the time when posting. This has been happening since the redesign. Anyone else affected?
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SonicUk

2 weeks ago

Yep. Sony has Ps2 and Psp emulation working on Ps4 but refuses to let people play their old Ps2 discs on their console so they can charge them again for games they already own. Nice one Sony! /sarcasm.
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Superb "roguevania" action platformer Dead Cells leaves early access in August

SonicUk

2 weeks ago

The newly overhauled Forge upgrade system, for instance, no longer lets players upgrade specific weapons; instead, they can now invest their cells to unlock a guaranteed percentage of weapons dropping at higher quality levels.

Hold the phone. So if I'm underatanding this right they've ditched the meaningful and well thought out progression/upgrade system in favour of bullshit gambling mechanics??!! Simulated or not that's one way to ruin your game.

Also, why no xbox physical release yet again??!? Why is it ALWAYS the Switch and Ps4 get a physical release but the xbox gets shafted with a shit download only version??! What the fuck's wrongs with these publishers?!!??

Sorry for ranting, but this really ticks me off.
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Controversial UK online shop Gameseek goes into liquidation

SonicUk

2 weeks ago

@importvita "lower middle class"?
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SonicUk

2 weeks ago

@hoi_hoi - I can't see why. Shopto have never tried to scam their customers as far as I am aware, always dispatched early/on time, have a dedicated customer support team on call and don't attempt to rip their customers off. The only thing I don't like abou them is they've recently begun selling through thrid parties on their site, most of whom are dodgy and reseal secondhand games and pretend they're new (the_gamery_uk and sellatronic are the two scumbags that come to mind) and they shouldn't be asscoiating themselves with scum like that.
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SonicUk

2 weeks ago

@trjp - As far as I am aware, if you pay using paypal their buyer protection covers you for items not received and you are entitled to a refund which they will/should provide.
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SonicUk

2 weeks ago

I've never understood why someone would pay for a preorder when you can preorder for free literally anywhere else and cancel anytime you want? Feel a bit sorry for people who've actually purchased stuff, haven't recieved it and are now struggling to get their money back but can't understand why they would've paid for it upfront when as I said you can go anywhere else and preorder with no charge.

I ordered a game indirectly through Gameseek a few years ago. When it arrived it turned out they'd sent me completely the wrong game. Upon immediately contacting them, instead of them apologising and sending the correct game right away I had to first return the wrong game THEY SENT, pay return postage costs and wait weeks (while contacting them several times to find out what the hell is happening) for them to "process" the return before they would dispatch the correct item. I pointed out it was THEIR error that they had sent the wrong item and if I had tried to pull a fast one and didn't return the wrong item they could've always charged me for it as well. Coupled with their "special offer" scam which is detailed in the article I'd never ever order from them again. They're dodgy as hell and now they're even doing a Hello Games and blatantly ignorning their customers legitimate (and legal) concerns. I just hope those vultures at Game are next. I honestly can't understand how the fuck those scumbags are still in business?!!? Bring back the indies.
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Star Wars Battlefront 2's Han Solo season adds Jabba's Palace

SonicUk

3 weeks ago

Permanently remove transactions from the game and give me some proper single player story content, then we'll talk.
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 pulled from Steam, GOG

SonicUk

3 weeks ago

Again, this is why I don't do digital because you're basically just renting and at any point without warning your games that you've paid for can be taken away, maybe forever. If you ever need to download it again you can't.
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At least Battlefield V isn't ditching single-player

SonicUk

3 weeks ago

@Antidope - That would only work in alienating half the playerbase who have zero intetest in those weak offerings and soley buy the game for the campaign. Until recently I didn't think there were that many people like myself who buy these games soley for the campaign but ever since the Blops4 ditches campaign news broke I've been surprised at the amount of people like myself saying they wont buy it as they only play for the campaign. I'd say its about 50% of potential sales they are going to lose based on the comments.
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