alasdairm

Dragon's Dogma Xbox 360 servers are getting switched off

alasdairm

2 months ago

Had a BT broadband fault for a few days last week

Fancied a game of Bulletstorm on the XB1 and it wouldn't even start without an online connection & that is a mainly single player game - WTAF is that about !!

Had never even thought that it would be an issue for a single player game - Destiny, NFS, etc I was aware of but Bulletstorm ?? On launching it I was immediately prompted by a generic XBox message to check my internet connection - checked online and this appears to be a "thing" with this game, apparently even the PS3 & 360 versions.....
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Where do downloadable games go when they die?

alasdairm

3 months ago

One issue with Xbox 360 game updates is that they are saved to cache memory & can only store less than 10 at any one time

When 360 Live is eventually switched off all DLC will effectively become unusable as you will not be able to download the update to recognise the DLC

This has already happened to an extent - paid for DLC on FEAR is not recognised as the update to the game that allows it to incorporate the DLC into the multiplayer game is no longer available

Why the update is not saved to the hard drive seems bizzare - however updates above 5mb are saved to the harddrive but the majority are smaller in size and only saved to cache

My hope is that there is system update at some point that will allow all updates to be saved to the hard drive

Pretty sure I also spotted that Nintendo will not allow redownloading of games after the shut off point, so unless u have it downloaded before the switch off it will be gone for good
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The 50 most exciting games of 2018

alasdairm

4 months ago

Any word on what this years LEGO games are going to be?

Also, isn't there an Avengers game from Eidos due soon?
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Xbox One backwards compatibility: how does it actually work?

alasdairm

4 months ago

Any word on whether OG Xbox DLC will be available or even if DLC purchases made back in the day will be reinstated?
Specifically for the current batch Crimson Skies or KOTOR
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GameCube Zelda-like Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is on its way to PC

alasdairm

6 months ago

The Xbox version already looked brilliant on the 360's backwards compatibility with much sharper & cleaner graphics over playing it on the OG Xbox

Hopefully it will be added to XB1 b/c or has this new version ported over

Though I was the only one who enjoyed it !!

I rediscovered it on the the 360 after originally being put off by the lack of speech when there was dialogue on screen - something just felt off
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How co-op works in Far Cry 5

alasdairm

6 months ago

Was hoping co-op might allow more than 2 to play together
Loved the Far Cry 3 separate co-op missions (up to 4 players in total)
Always a race to choose the psycho Glaswegian character at the start of the session
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Original Xbox Star Wars: KOTOR downloadable ahead of back-compat launch

alasdairm

6 months ago

Keen to know how DLC will work
Crimson Skies had game modes levels & planes as DLC - which I bought back in the day
As OGXbox Live is no longer around will this be available to download, particularly if you had bought it previously bought the DLC?
I know the DRM was different on the OGXbox & tied to a console & not a gamer tag
Or will the download be a 'complete' edition ?

I think KOTOR had some DLC too
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There's a range of miniature, officially licensed arcade cabinet replicas on the way

alasdairm

6 months ago

Marble Madness please !!
Played it in an arcade only the once & was amazed by it & the trackball controller was a revelation
Played many of the conversions & they have all used a joystick & is nowhere as good as the trackball
Love to be able to play it properly with a trackball
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GTA Online is getting multi-vehicle racing and dogfighting soon

alasdairm

7 months ago

Just give us some Midtown Madness modes and I'm there
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The big interview: Xbox boss Phil Spencer

alasdairm

10 months ago

Is that the full interview as it seems to end rather abruptly ?
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DF Retro: Soul Calibur on Dreamcast - beyond 'arcade perfect'

alasdairm

11 months ago

Shame the 360 never got the full version and I'm pretty sure the original XBLA size limit was 50mb, which was then increased to 200mb & eventually maxxed out at 2gb (I think that was the max size XBLA games could technically be)

Having every thing unlocked from the off put me off getting it, however I've been waiting for it to go on sale & as far as can tell it never has been; have it on the DC - was it VGA compatible?
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Watch Dogs, Dragon Age headline June's Xbox Live Games with Gold

alasdairm

11 months ago

Loved Speed Runners on 360 when it was an Indie Game - great fun local multiplayer game

Hopefully its been expanded with more solo and multiplayer levels; i did spot that its now got online multiplayer
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The original Xbox turns 15 in Europe

alasdairm

1 year ago

Still life in the old Xbox yet

http://www.wp.joelhorne.co.uk/shop/console/dooms-dayer/

Been sitting on the fence about getting this, but very tempting...
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Microsoft announces EA Access-style Xbox Game Pass subscription

alasdairm

1 year ago

Wonder how this works if you are playing on both XB1 and 360?

Can you download the 360 titles to your 360 too - would be interesting as Microsoft, as far as I am aware, don't have the ability to remove games or revoke the license after downloading them to your 360
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PlayStation VR nears 1m sold

alasdairm

1 year ago

I just hope there is some fix or upgrade to allow 4k HDR pass-through via the breakout box - a complete pain switching cables over to get 4k HDR on the tv and then back over again when you want to use the VR Headset

Surely some 3rd party box from an Asian company must be on the cards at least?
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Cave Story and 1001 Spikes are coming to Switch

alasdairm

1 year ago

Bought 1001 Spikes when it was known as "Aban Hawkins and the 1000 Spikes" on the 360 in 2011; was an Indie game for £0.69 but now seem to be £3.49 when searching the marketplace
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What works and what doesn't in PlayStation VR's launch line-up

alasdairm

2 years ago

@skunkfish

played Driveclub at the Glasgow popup shop a few weeks ago
I was convinced the seat I was on was moving when steering, accelerating & braking
Mentioned this to the helper - he told me the seat didn't move !!
I still can't get my head round this as I was convinced the chair was moving with the steering
The level of immersion helped with using the steering wheel & pedals
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alasdairm

2 years ago

@Fourfoldroot

thanks for clarifying
Shame the resolution is likely to be not great for films, etc - roll on the V2.0 headset !!
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alasdairm

2 years ago

Don't think I've seen this asked or mentioned before - can you play "normal" PS4 games through the VR headset or is it only for VR games ?

I think there is a cinema mode for watching Blu rays (but it is not 3D blu ray compatible)

Can anyone confirm?
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Quantum Break pre-order offer replaces Alan Wake's American Nightmare with Kameo

alasdairm

2 years ago

What date is it today ?
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EGX Rezzed has PlayStation VR

alasdairm

2 years ago

Noticed a comment in The Sun's City page about Games woes but noted that they are set for a boost as they have exclusive rights to PSVR in the UK

Anyone picked up on this & got more info?
Got mine ordered from Amazon.de anyway !
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Raiden 5 review

alasdairm

2 years ago

Trouble Witches Neo was delisted a while back.....

Downloaded the demo & would have picked it up in a sale but I guess that won't happen now
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New Rayman game by Ubisoft Montpellier announced

alasdairm

3 years ago

I've got Fiesta & Jungle Run on my Windows 8 PC
Does this mean when Windows 10 is released I can stream them to my Xbox One?
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That Fallout 4 Xbox One plus free Fallout 3 deal needs a pre-order

alasdairm

3 years ago

The US Store is currently working out around £38.50 for the XB1 pre-order

I know the download version prices are are on the high side but if you consider you get 2 licenses unlike the physical version where you only get 1 license it makes game sharing worthwhile....
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Xbox 360 saves carry over via Xbox One's back compatibility service

alasdairm

3 years ago

Noticed that the XBLA file sizes are much bigger than the 360 versions - its especially noticeable with the early XBLA titles which had to be
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alasdairm

3 years ago

Just downloaded Viva Piñata after putting the disc in (5.5gb)
Got a screen with a spinning icon in the centre saying Getting your Xbox 360 info

Might have hung on this screen as there appear to be Live issues tonight

Update: now playing Viva Piñata - when I woke up this morning never expected to be playing this on my xb1 before going to bed !!

Tried Kameo & not recognised
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alasdairm

3 years ago

Got all my 360 arcade games, dlc & games with gold on a 1.5tb external hard drive
Wonder if it's as easy as unpluging it from my 360 & connecting it to my xb1 & it recognising the backward compatible games ?
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The next Sonic game is Sonic Runners

alasdairm

3 years ago

Just port Samba de Amigo for the Kinect

It's about the one type of game the Kinect could do well and it meets the criteria of having the micro transactions Microsoft seem(ed) keen to force us - dlc tunes

Is it just me that wants this to happen....??
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Pinball FX2 Xbox One release date set

alasdairm

4 years ago

Seems a bit strange about not allowing or able to do cross buy/import as I only did it last week with Call of Duty Ghosts!!

Bought the Xbox 360 season pass in the sale last week & now have all the available content on both my XB1 & 360
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SpeedRunners will be free upon its final release

alasdairm

5 years ago

Really enjoyed Speedrunner HD when it came out on the Xbox Indie game section

Would be good if there was an update to it, as the pc version looks like it has new levels, and the xbox was local multiplayer only
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14GB Battlefield 4 install needed for optimal Xbox 360 performance

alasdairm

5 years ago

With BF3 on the Xbox 360 you could only install the hi-def texture pack to the hard drive
I copied it over to a usb stick to make some space on my hard drive & when I next played BF3, the texture pack on the usb stick was not recognised & had to reinstall it back onto the hard drive
Hopefully it wont be the same with BF4, but the initial 2gb install sounds very similar to the 1.5gb BF3 install...
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James Pond will return in A Kickstarter Campaign

alasdairm

5 years ago

Bring on the Gribblys Day Out kickstarter !!

Or Thing on a Spring, Alleykat or Forbidden Forrest for that matter
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Grand Theft Auto 5's world map leaks online

alasdairm

5 years ago

Fuel is the record holder for the largest play area of 5560 sq.miles

For the record i thought it was a very underrated game - the scale was breathtaking

Spotting a mountain in the distance - driving up it and then realising there were more mountain ranges beyond it that you could get to
The grand canyon area was stunning to view at sunset

19 base camps and diving from one to another could take the best part of an hour

Shame no other racer came close to matching the scale - but intrigued by The Crew on the next gen consles
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Microsoft: Xbox 360 will last three more years

alasdairm

5 years ago

When Live goes off the main issue will be all DLC will be rendered pretty much useless & unplayable

You need to connect to the Live servers to get the game update/patch that allows the game to recognise the DLC; as this is saved to the (30mb?) cache, the most you can have is about 5-6 game updates in the cache at any one time, new updates overwrite the existing updates in the cache

If you have a large collection of games you cannot have all the updates needed to recognise DLC in your cache

Been worried about this since the early days & keep hoping each system update will address this problem - typically updates that are >5mb allow the option to be saved to hard drive, usb, etc
Hope they implement this option for all game updates....3 years to get it sorted
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Battling to stay online

alasdairm

5 years ago

There is a HUGE impending issue with XBox 360 servers & very few people seem to have picked up on it

As the majority of game updates are saved to the system cache, when the 360 servers are eventually retired we will be unable to access the game updates

For info, at most you can have about 5 updates stored in the approx 20mb cache

It is these game updates that allow the software to recognise DLC for the game

Potentially pretty much ALL DLC WILL BE USELESS as games will be unable to download title updates to recognise the DLC

If the update is more than 5mb you can choose where to save it, rather than the cache, but you do not get this option for updates that are smaller than 5mb

I'm hoping Microsoft will address this issue towards the end of the 360's life span & allow any updates to be saved to the hard drive rather than the cache, but this seems like an outside bet.......

Currently there are ways around this as there are websites that store the game updates, but this is verging towards the dodgy side of things involving hacking your profile
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Codies talks multiplayer, next gen and, yes, camera angles for Grid 2

alasdairm

5 years ago

System link on 360 ?
Future proofs against Live support eventually being switched off on 360 eventually
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Battlefield 3: Aftermath review

alasdairm

5 years ago

for xbox 360 users, the usb limit increased to 32gb at the last big system update, with a limit of 2 usb sticks being plugged in at any one time

Maxxed out my 320gb hard drive & now have moved all my Halo & CoD maps onto a 32gb stick & have a 16gb stick for Forza stuff

Really hope they release a 500gb, or 1tb hard drive soon
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Castlevania: Mirror of Fate lurks in development until "early 2013"

alasdairm

6 years ago

Bring on the pant swinging action with Simon & Trevor !!
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Criterion takes full control of Need for Speed and Burnout franchises

alasdairm

6 years ago

For those who enjoy the SHIFT series, Slightly Mad Studios have Test Drive Ferrari out (supposedly) either this Friday or the week after

Seems very low key and is being released everywhere bar the UK

Shopto had it up for preorder, but now seems to have been pulled, and Amazon.fr & .de have it for around EUR55

There seems to be a lot of confusion as to what's happening with it, but as its Atari putting it out that's not really a surprise

Looks pretty good, covering the Gold, Silver & Modern eras of Ferrari & has 38 tracks
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Codemasters unveils F1 2012

alasdairm

6 years ago

I keep hoping they will bring out a fantasy F1 game with "extreme" style tracks - loops, banking, jumps, etc

The commentators keep saying the F1 cars could drive upside down in a tunnel - well let's see it then !!

An "extreme" style game F1 with realistic physics would be an instabuy for me

Even the first PS1 version had an easter egg with a track shaped like the outline of a F1 car - at least that would be a start in the current version
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Mario Kart 7 3DS UK price roundup

alasdairm

6 years ago

The Zavvi code also works with Mario & Sonic at the 2012 Olympics which brings it down to about £25
Sadly it doesn't work with the Mario Kart 7 & headphone set.....
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The cloud is coming to Xbox - Microsoft exec

alasdairm

7 years ago

I keep my saves (& online passes) on a USB stick and move it around from 360 to 360 depending on which room I'm in

The limitation on the 360 Cloud is 511MB, and i'm sure my saves on the USB are more than that
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Enslaved Xbox Live Games on Demand price £24.99

alasdairm

7 years ago

Noticed that Test Drive Unlimited 2 has been on GoD for the last few weeks & is £14.99, which seems a pretty good price for it, considering that even online prices are generally higher than this for new copies - although I'd guess you don't get the Casino with it, as i think that may have been only for pre-orders

Tempted if I hadn't bought it on release - only GoD I have bothered with are Crysis & RE 4
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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 release date

alasdairm

7 years ago

From the speed wheel instructions:

"it acts as a steering wheel and ignores unwanted motion like pitch, yaw & roll. However, when you use it with a game that supports motion on 3 axes, the wheel responds accordingly"

Roll on developers using it in flight games, or patching to support older racing of flight sim games !!
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"People are ready" for Mirror's Edge 2

alasdairm

7 years ago

Dear DICE, can we have a new

MIDTOWN MADNESS

and

RALLISPORT CHALLENGE

please ????
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Rotastic Xbox Live Arcade release date

alasdairm

7 years ago

Only got 15gigs left on my 250gb hard drive and that's after a good clearout before downloading the last 2 weeks XBLA trials - hopefully the 320gb drive will be released seperately in both slim and phat versions, although i suspect it may only be a slim version that is available

Please just release a 500gb drive!!
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LG unveils PlayStation 3D TV rival

alasdairm

7 years ago

Rather annoyingly system link games on current consoles are on the decline (Forza 1 & 2 have system link, Forza 3 doesn't and i don't know about Forza 4), which is where this technology appears to be aiming for

Means games have to be played over Live rather than a LAN, and with XBox 360's the majority of routers only allow 1 open NAT connection - other XBox 360's are restricted & cannot see the other 360's that share the same router

I have 3 Xbox 360's around the house and have still to find a router that allows an open NAT connection on more than 1 360; as a result when mates come over we cannot play on Xbox Live against eaach other on the different consoles - VERY annoying when this happens and games don't have System Link

Why games don't have system link as well as Live baffles me, especially when servers are switched off (looking at you EA !!)
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Resi HD remakes cost 1600 Points/£15.99

alasdairm

7 years ago

£11.43 each, based on 2100 points for £15 - doesn't seem too bad

Play Asia have the disc priced at, currently, just under £29 (before shipping & import/post office charges)
At a guess if it was a retail release in the UK it would be around £25-£30
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Bastion

alasdairm

7 years ago

Wonder if we will get any unexpected XBLA games turning up on Fridays, like we did during the Winter promotion; although if they are the standard of Days of Thunder I will not loose any sleep
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