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New Halo: The Master Chief Collection update lets you download and install the bits you want

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9 hours ago

That's... quite cool! I kind of abandoned the MCC as it took up a huge chunk of my HDD but I may well go back and finally play Halos 2-4 (only ever played the first one on a friends OG XBox)...
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Resident Evil 7 is coming to Nintendo Switch - via the cloud

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1 day ago

@theholyghost It was a quote from Mr Spo's post that I was replying to. As I said "if this is true..."
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1 day ago

@tjtjtj Yeeeeah, I thought about Splatoon and, you're right, but also as you point out there is a single player mode which will only be expanded on when the Octolings expansion hits. You can still spin the game up and play it without internet. But not being able to play a single player game without a decent connection seems the opposite of versatile to me.
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1 day ago

@Mr.Spo "In Japan at least, with high speed public wifi in many cities, this makes sense."

In that context it absolutely makes sense. Not sure it'll catch on in rural UK!
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2 days ago

While I appreciate what Capcom are doing here, doesn't it really fly in the face of the philosophy behind the Switch, that your games are portable and should be playable without an internet connection?
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It's official: Blighttown is fixed in Dark Souls Remastered

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3 days ago

@Rathbone The one early boss that really got to me was the Capra Demon - not hard as such but the only time I'll argue a Souls boss is genuinely unfair. Tight space, two hollow dogs and a hard hitting demon. After that it gets genuinely fun...
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3 days ago

@PyD Switch is capped at 30fps and I'm pretty sure someone snuck into Blighttown at PAX to find it was pretty much 100% stable. Always hard to tell from off screen video, though, but looked good.
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3 days ago

@matt.ledger Ring of Favour and Low Performance
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Here's our first look at Rage 2 gameplay

abeeken

1 week ago

Immediate Brownie points for using Andrew W.K. as the trailer music. Yeah, looks quite fun! Hope it has some structure and isn't JUST an open world, but Avalance being involved gives me hope as they've made some damn fine open world games (Just Cause 2 and 3 are absolutely wonderful and Mad Max is a lot of fun too)

Fingers crossed!
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Leaks suggest Nintendo's Retro Studios making Star Fox racing spin-off

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1 week ago

I'm sure it'll be lovely, but can I just have a good old school StarFox game? Please?
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Rocket League gets cross-platform party support this summer

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2 weeks ago

@CrashOkami Yeah, I got quite excited when I earned a chest until I looked into how to open it. No thanks! I've already paid for the game, I'd rather just be able to earn exotics off the back of that. It's not F2P like Fortnite.
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Superb "roguevania" action platformer Dead Cells leaves early access in August

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2 weeks ago

Incredible game - played it at egx last year and immediately snapped it up when I got home. Very tempted to pick it up on Switch as well for portable antics!
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Controversial UK online shop Gameseek goes into liquidation

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2 weeks ago

@SeanBeansGravyBoat Absolutely - a couple of months back I found myself out of pocket due to a couple of things and had to cancel a bunch of pre-orders for films and games on Amazon. Bit of an annoyance, but I lost nothing other than the chance to play/watch on launch day.
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Despite all their Rage, Bethesda tweet puts Walmart in a cage

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2 weeks ago

@noom I'm kind of hoping that the fact he's back working with James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin might yield some positive results. It really is a shame - his voice seems to have lost its range in recent years too. I know that's likely a result of old age, but it seems far more muted now, even when he's playing older tracks.
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2 weeks ago

@leibridges F4ntastic Forz4
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2 weeks ago

@CrashOkami Maybe they're jumping straight to Forza Horizon5?
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2 weeks ago

@Pulford Kind of how I feel about the band - Gish through Machina were some of my favourite albums in the 90's and are still fantastic, but the recent stuff Corgan's been putting out... I'm really not feeling it.
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Trailblazers review - sloppy Splatoon-inspired racer

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2 weeks ago

@IronGiant Why would you do that when a much better Burnout has just been made back compatible on XBox One? ;)

EDIT: Unless you don't have an XBox One, in which case - carry on! :)
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abeeken

2 weeks ago

@el_pollo_diablo #slowclap
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Steam's new apps let you play your games and video on phones, tablets, and TVs

abeeken

2 weeks ago

Wonder if this will implement mouse to touch controls - would be amazing to play things like Planet Coaster on a tablet!
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2 weeks ago

@Tiel USB otg adapter will let you use a wired controller on an Android device - works great on my Pixel 2!
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2 weeks ago

@Tomo On Android devices you can tether a powered USB hub to connect multiple devices - I THINK you can also connect USB Ethernet adapters so you could possibly set up a little dock kind of affair that you could connect your phone to? Like a Switch dock. I could actually see that becoming a thing if this takes off.
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Epic has already nerfed Thanos in Fortnite

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2 weeks ago

@FilthyAnimal He then went crying to the Xandarian gutter press about it.
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Burnout Revenge is now backward compatible on Xbox One

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2 weeks ago

@alexatkin This is what I'd love to see - a full HD remaster "best of" collection of the mechanics and tracks from the first four games. B2 still stands as my personal favourite because the tracks are so polished and the whole package is uncomplicated, but the traffic cecking and takedowns of the later games did add a sense of carnage. So pleased we've got both this and Split Second on Bone now - two classic arcade racers from last gen.
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2 weeks ago

@CoffeeJezus Never realised Silent Hill 2 came out on OG XBox! Still lament the fact I sold my PS2 version as the HD release was a bit of a travesty. :(
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2 weeks ago

@Bush_Killa-73 Yeah, I'm with you on that. 2 is the best - best tracks, none of the overcomplications of the later games but not as punishing as 1. Revenge is still solid, though and now officially the best Burnout on Xbox One :)
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2 weeks ago

This is the era of Burnout that should have been remade, not the tepid meh that is Paradise. Had a blast playing this tonight and, thank you Microsoft for letting me use my 360 disc version a well as bring my save file across! Damn shame that the online doesn't work any more, though :(

We need more games like this.
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SSX 3 is a retro masterpiece - and it's even better on Xbox One

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2 weeks ago

I was so focused on Morrowind and Panzer Dragoon hitting the BC list I totally missed this!
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Assassin's Creed's comics just delivered a moment fans have waited nearly a decade for

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3 weeks ago

@partTimeCrazy After getting rid of Desmond, the modern day parts of the games did a terrible job of telling the sci fi part of the story, which is a shame - I always liked the juxtaposition of the historical with the present day elements. RIP Desmond Miles - gone too soon.
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The mainstream media's inevitable attack on "addictive" Fortnite has begun

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3 weeks ago

@_TheDarkSide_ I mean, that's not very professional but it's bloody true - good on her honesty...
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3 weeks ago

@Ivattthestanier They bloody are.
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3 weeks ago

@ricpamiwor It's a shame you got downvoted because I do think you're right, HOWEVER that's not really any excuse for not learning about what your kids are doing and taking an interest. I have literally not got any time for any things Power Rangers, but I will sit and listen to my eldest go on about it and occassionally take note of things I read online so that I can engage with him. I think some parents are unwilling to do that, however.
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3 weeks ago

@ricpamiwor Both our kids have no interest in Fortnite but it does seem to be the talk of the playground. My eldest doesn't like the competetive angle of it (he's more into stuff like Planet Coaster and The Sims) and the youngest doesn't like the FPS angle (he's more into platform games at the moment) but they do mention that their friends are very into it.

I do think that there is an argument for F2P games and their targetting of kids (look at the fiasco with the new Harry Potter thing) but I will say that Fortnite is perfectly playable without buying additional content, HOWEVER the additional content is so obnoxiously priced that if a kid were to get hold of payment details they could easily spend an absurd amount of money.

As for bans for games, I totally agree - I think anyone who feels that is wrong (looking at some other comments and replies) do not understand the pressures of being a parent and the fact that kids simply cannot self regulate their time with these things. I also, and this is no offense, fellow commenters, think that this is indicative of probably the age of some of the readers of this site. Our two become miserable creatures when they're allowed too much time on devices - seriously, the portrayal of Teenage Groot in Infinity War is pretty much spot on - and the times we've dished out bans have been hard on both us and them, but after time their behavious improves and, more importantly, we talk about WHY we banned a specific thing. This is key - talk to your kids, even if they're being punished.
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3 weeks ago

As a parent of two gaming kids who have to buy their own games, whether it be through top up cards or physical purchases, I'd just like to say - learn how to goddamn parent! Take devices away once set time limits are up, learn how to restrict access to content and how to lock systems down, don't give them access to your payment information, talk to your kids about what they're doing and don't just rely on controllers to do parenting for you!

And as for the media, they know fully bloody well what they're doing when they're reporting on this. Just as the Mail knows what it's doing when it runs its odious "Remoaners" headlines, they write the articles in just the right way to stir up anger, sell issues and draw people to their websites. These papers are not in the business of reporting news, they are in the business of making money and they sadly do that by manipulating those who are easily influenced and angered. Sickening.
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Bandai Namco details Dark Souls Remastered network tests for Xbox One and PS4

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3 weeks ago

@Gaiduku That's interesting - I never really thought about how Journey would handle that. Looking at some forum posts for DS3, it looks like you can still see phantoms, messages and bloodstains (so all the passive stuff) but can't use summon signs for co-op and pvp unless you have a plus sub - so that marries up with Journey to some degree.
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3 weeks ago

@mickjohnson Ah, I see - I don't think that line was in the article when I read it. I would likely assume the stress test is open to all but I would definitely expect the full game to only have MP available to subscribers.
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3 weeks ago

@CrashOkami The wording suggests that the stress test won't, but the full price game will - "Full game requires PlayStation®Plus membership to access online multiplayer"

Didn't realise that about F2P and sub-based games on ps+, but this is neither.
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3 weeks ago

@mickjohnson ...isn't that how we expect any kind of multipleyer to work on PS4?
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Now Belgium declares loot boxes gambling and therefore illegal

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4 weeks ago

@Stollenspiders Belgium is on my list of "Places I'd Like To Visit" and I got to deliver a presentation at a conference in Amsterdam a few years back! Great city, shame I didn't get to spend more time looking round as I was there with work.

Coincidentally, my name is of Dutch origin!
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4 weeks ago

@Stollenspiders It is remarkably easy to come to the conclusion that someone on the internet is being offensive, aparently!

I knew what you meant...
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Labo is the most Nintendo thing to come from the company in generations

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4 weeks ago

@Wayne "Oh, and it'll be £20 in 6 months time!"

Yeah, no. This is Nintendo after all...
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PC players can get Dark Souls Remastered half-price if they own the original

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4 weeks ago

@Mister_Vimes As nice as some of the DSFix stuff is it has a tendancy to break the game a bit, i.e. dropping through floors off certain ladders when playing at 60fps, glitches on the UI when changing scaling and some odd behaviour with fog when moving between areas. Given the amount of time I've spent in DS2, 3 and Bloodborne, I'm very much looking forward to playing an actually decently working version of the original.
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4 weeks ago

@Keivz I was like you, once upon a time...

Dark Souls is perfectly fair. What it doesn't do is hold your hand at every opportunity, remind you how to play and give you button prompts for every little thing like most modern games do. Honestly, after spending time with this series I'm getting to the point where recent releases feel far too forgiving.

I know it seems frustratingly cliche to be told to "git gud" but if you are genuinely interested in these games you do kind of need to actually have a decent understanding of how the mechanics work and not rely on the game telling you outright. It's okay to try and fail, start a new save, try again, learn a little more each time. It's more than okay to go on Fextralife and check out some walkthroughs, watch people play, summon co-op players and NPC's for bosses. Just because some lunatic can complete it without levelling up, getting hit and using a guitar controller doesn't mean that's the way you should play it!

As for the remastered version I honestly think it's too early to call it. Bandai Namco are being cagey about what it really brings. The multiplayer improvements are MORE than welcome for a game which thrives on its online interactions, but the performance updates which mean you don't have to faff about with community patches will be perfect.
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4 weeks ago

@UKRaver1980 I believe the online supports up to 6 players, has a lot of tweaks to the covenants and also runs on dedicated servers rather than the P2P of the original release. Not sure about the anti cheating but hopefully dedicated servers should help that. Also, footage shown so far has been of consules, not pc, so I'm holding judgment on that for now. But £15 for me will be decent for the healthier online.
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4 weeks ago

@MiY4MOTO If you've got the CD Key you may be able to register it to Steam - it eventually got patched on there to remove the GFWL crap. If it's in your Steam library you should get the discount.
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4 weeks ago

@khelloc I get that - I'd just like a healthy online cmomunity tbh :) Plus hasn't all the footage released so far been from consoles? Would be interested to see PC performance.
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4 weeks ago

I was planning on picking this up for PS4 but I'll bite on the pc version at 50% off.

Yes, I've got Prepare To Die but dsfix always feels like such a jank and the online never works for me even when patched.
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Rip-roaring 1930s-style co-op shooter Strange Brigade launches in August

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4 weeks ago

Played this at EGX last year - loads of fun!
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Konami announced a new Castlevania game

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1 month ago

Y tho Konami?
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Sega is making a Mega Drive Mini

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1 month ago

@melnificent Flashback is a full size MD clone with a cart slot - this looks more like the SNES mini.
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