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Meteors are finally crashing to earth in Fortnite

barchetta

4 weeks ago

@Lunatic4ever I think the 'news' side blurs more and more with VG247. That too is.a shadow of its launch quality. Hoping RPS doesn't go the same way...
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Red Faction: Guerrilla was an open-world game with purpose

barchetta

3 months ago

Currently £3.74 on Steam or bundled with other Red Faction games/soundtracks for £7.99.

Tempted, as I never tried it back then and loved JC2/3's explosive moments.
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Crossing Souls review - pitch-perfect 80s nostalgia trip

barchetta

3 months ago

Interesting to contrast this review with RPS's 'Wot I think'. Still, opinions and all that... I'm downloading the demo and look forward to checking it out as this came out of nowhere for me.
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The Sea of Thieves endgame sounds super cool

barchetta

3 months ago

Here's to a stable launch. Looking for something I can play with my kids (early teens). 2 Xboxes and my PC - sounds great. Forza Horizon 3 worked well but this sounds much more co-op oriented. Fingers (and bones) crossed!
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Civilization 6 Gold - the best ways to make money and how to earn Gold fast in Civ 6

barchetta

3 months ago

Hmm, seems these pages are breeding fast. Intended for VG247?

Please don't let EG slide into irrelevance as happened to VG247 over the last couple of years.
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Civilization 6 Science Victory - how to win the Scientific Victory Space Race in Civ 6

barchetta

3 months ago

WTF? i think VG247 wants its spammy faq pages back!
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Here's what's coming with PS4's big 5.50 update

barchetta

4 months ago

Did 'Family Timer' ever make it back to Xbox One? Was quite handy on 360 and may be useful on PS4.
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Remembering Bob Wakelin

barchetta

4 months ago

Now, a 'coffee-table' collection of Bob's works with a charitable contrubution to an organization of his family and friends choice would be a fitting tribute to the man. I still have my own 'scrapbook' of magazine clippings somewhere in the loft but last time I browsed it they were looking a bit shabby.

We've had a collection of Oliver Frey's work - Bob's would make an great companion to it.
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Legendary cover artist Bob Wakelin passes away

barchetta

4 months ago

Ah that's a sad way to start the week. Condolences to all. His art was usually quite some way more attractive than most UK game cover art of that time. Still have an envelope full of his art cut from 80s/90s mags.
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Lego Pixar's Incredibles, DC Comics villains games in development

barchetta

4 months ago

Will be interesting to see how the Lego Pixar Incredibles 2 game pans out. As others have mentioned, the rosters for the Lego Marvel et al games have been huge. Though to be honest, I'm not sure I ever used more than a handful of characters - those that unlocked areas/abilities were handy but it seemed there was quite a bit of duplication.

Would prefer some deeper gameplay wrapped in a unique Lego-ey Pixar universe if we do have a smaller set of playable characters...


A full on multi-Doctor Dr Who game may have made sense a few years back and I am surprised a full Lego/Simpsons/Hit and Run style open world game never materialized....
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The year in walking

barchetta

5 months ago

Another walk that may be saved from the golf came up in this RPS article: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2017/12/22/the-flare-path-walking-in-a-winter-wonderland/#more-504335

Has me tempted to dip in and sample the locale. Festive too, tramping around the tundra.
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Multiplayer brawler Gang Beasts gets PS4 release date

barchetta

6 months ago

@razzastuta Heh, same for me and my kids - it's our 'go to' game when we visit.
I've almost bought it on PC numerous times but always felt it looked stuck in EA without much progress. Perhaps PS4 has been the focus?
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Lucasfilm reacts to Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crate controversy

barchetta

6 months ago

I've never had any experience with IP legalities but would Disney not have been aware of the monetising plans during development? It seems a stretch to think they weren't aware or hadn't signed off on the loot box setup since they appear very protective of their brands.

I guess as senior partner and brand owner they have the clout to force (heh) EA's hand but I don't see their eleventh hour actions as being a white-knight for the players.
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A brief history of 2000AD's 8-bit games

barchetta

6 months ago

Still got an issue of BigK magazine with a Strontium Dog cover in the loft smoewhere...

I remember, as a C64 owner, being somewhat jealous of the Speccy graphics and use of 'The Killing' as it was a favourite SD story of mine.
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Night and the City

barchetta

6 months ago

My god - 5 years since and I still remember much of this piece. A sign of a great article. Really nice to revisit and I think I may pick up the - original - PC version and drive around too.
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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus review

barchetta

7 months ago

Well - glad I skipped the review as I'm currently a few levels in and it looked like I'd be spoiling some surprises if I read deeper.

Wanted to support this since I enjoyed NO and need to keep singleplayer FPS's viable.

So far, good to be back In BJ's boots.
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New Amazon service lets delivery people into your home

barchetta

7 months ago

Maybe on a small secure toolshed/bunker type affair. Not on my house doors.
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Gaming's greatest shotgun, and the FPS that made Monolith what it is today

barchetta

7 months ago

I seem to remember BLACK having very decent guns for its time - may have to revisit F.E.A.R. Though it was the talk of the AI that gets my interest as much as the gun 'feel'..
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Destiny 2's launch week uproar shows why developers need to talk about money

barchetta

8 months ago

@grassyknoll I hear what you are saying and can understand the alarm with which games aimed at young adults & kids may be treading a fine moral line - FIFA guilty of this too with FUT packs.

I don't play Destiny or its sequel so I only have a vague understanding of how these 'shaders' work. The general discussion though, buying something 'blind' with varying chance of good/bad results, reminded me of the time I bought £5 of Panini Dinosaur stickers back in the late 70s. Essentially the whole counter top box. Yes, I had filled swathes of the book, but the pile of swaps brought down the wrath of my parents. Not as popular as 'Football 78' I had no outlet for them either!

Same with Star Wars photocards (with the pack-in chewing gum) - kids have been gambling for a while now - even if itdidn't feel quite so blatant back then.

Not sure of the answer really - Football cards were all kind of on the same level - you needed all to finish the book and you could often buy specific cards direct when buying packs become ridiculously fraught with swaps. Often these in game microtransactions seem more likely to leave you with crap that doesn't serve so well.
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FIFA 18 demo goes live today

barchetta

8 months ago

Presumably via Origin on PC. Guess not just yet though....
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Procedurally-generated Metroidvania Sundered is out now on PS4 and PC

barchetta

10 months ago

I read that as Metroidvania Sunderland.
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Das Boot is getting a VR game

barchetta

10 months ago

Oddly enough I just purchased thd original TV series on bluray today.

Looking forward to watching this again. Haven't seen it since it was broadcast in the late 80s.
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Jelly Deals: Steam Link discounted to its lowest ever price, Steam Controller available for £28

barchetta

11 months ago

I have 1 powerline adapter in my router and another to connect my PC in a different room. Hooking up a 3rd adapter to plug steamlink into my av amp/projector in yet another room is a step too far - it can get a smooth 60fps at 1080p but only n small bouts. Hooking the steamlink to the router directly, via 15m ethernet cable is much more reliable.
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de Blob arrives on PC, nine years after its original release

barchetta

1 year ago

@DreadedWalrus Yeah, think you are correct. Will need to check this out to compare. Maybe De Blob 2 was a more refined experience?
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barchetta

1 year ago

Never finished it on 360 so may dip into it again. Will need to see if they have added some local mp function too.
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FIFA 17 played on three monitors is a beautiful game

barchetta

1 year ago

Having just dropped for a projector and having tried Skyrim & Witcher 3 on +120" display I can imagine aligning 3 pjs up to avoid overlap and no bezel would be quite a sight. Like the Microsoft room view from a few years back.
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Just Cause dev's theHunter coming to consoles this year

barchetta

1 year ago

@PSfourskin Think I had it on Amiga - like Zarch/Virus but you could use jeeps and other vehicles?
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Leeds Orchestra to perform music from Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout and more

barchetta

1 year ago

@Faktor114 George Whitebread? :D

Sounds like quite a show.
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Why a tiny reference to an alien race has Mass Effect Andromeda fans so excited

barchetta

1 year ago

@Badoink heh, being anal about a colon. :-)
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Rebellion's remastering Rogue Trooper

barchetta

1 year ago

I'd like to see more use of 2000AD too. Cell shaded Dredd or Strontium Dog with unlockable render styles from Ezquerra or Dillon. Probably migraine inducing but I'd pay for that torment.
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Resident Evil 7 at 4K: does resolution really matter?

barchetta

1 year ago

"..... takes president..." 😉

Somebody been reading a certain orange-skinned, nuke-wielding meglomaniac's twitter feed?
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Sumo Digital's Snake Pass is coming to Switch

barchetta

1 year ago

Enjoyed the demo levels for this they were showing at last November's GameCity festival in Nottingham. Quite a devilishly cool control system where you think you got the hang of it only to over-reach and fall back to earth. Soon pick up some fluidity though and make use of the environment to balance your weight against pushing for a tricky gem or two.
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Xbox One's upcoming copilot feature will let two players share one controller

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1 year ago

@Turniplord If it is like share play then isn't it a positive to have such a feature available to other formats too? Maybe we should have left rumble to Nintendo? Let's face it, if a feature appears on one platform and looks worth the effort then it will likely turn up elsewhere.
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Cancelled Halo Mega Bloks game revealed

barchetta

1 year ago

@MrTomFTW Certainly Lego is a step above Mega Bloks' engineering accuracy. I've spent enough time repairing the kids stuff to be sure of that. However - I pity those who had to deal with those old Doctor Who sets - think they came from 'Character Developments' or somesuch. Those kits flexed all over. Shockingly cheap.
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At the moment, Astroneer is a fascinating inversion of typical sci-fi wonder

barchetta

1 year ago

If it works like FH3 (fantastic) then it means I can play on my PC with my youngest on Xbox One (my home Xbox). That's worth a single fee for both platforms! Since PC & Xbox are in same room it's almost like the old split screen days. Though, as I bankrolled the lot, I'm taking 60fps dibs :-)
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A Force aside: Eight notable Star Wars spin-offs

barchetta

1 year ago

I guess the 'spin-offs' reference indicates the more side-story games. Though I'd class Tie-fighter as side story too really. On the face of it the 'sims' are more head-on star wars games.

I see another steam sale is on for SW games. Not sure whether to dive in or leave the fond memories undiminished....
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Skyrim Special Edition patch causing game crashes on PC, PS4, Xbox one

barchetta

2 years ago

Had to update the achievement enabler mod after the 1.2.x update (PC) but all looks to be running smoothly. Didn't have many issues before to be honest - only crashes seemed to be down to my tinkering.
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Watch: Digital Foundry discusses PlayStation 4 Pro

barchetta

2 years ago

@the-Uncle-show I tried this with The Division via Xbox One on my Panny Plasma. Stopped a lot of horizontal panning 'shudder' which was very noticeable in the city.
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Pokémon Go, mid-life crisis and me, by Ellie Gibson

barchetta

2 years ago

I've long held the feeling that my interest in videogames may be counter productive to a 'proper' adult life. I don't see other contempories spend anywhere near as long in front of a tv/monitor - a blip in the wii-era perhaps, but they put that down as a fad.

I've just dropped a decent amount of money on a new PC after pretty much 20 years of exclusively-console gaming but needed my non-gaming wife to give me the shove to do it... She recently bought a digital piano of about the same cost and is loving it. Guess which purchase I still think was more 'grown up'?

I tell myself that the PC will be used 'by us all' - helping the kids do their homework, getting them away from the console centric FIFA and letting me share 35 years of gaming history with them via emulation etc.

Gaming saw me through some dark times too - losing a parent at 12, some minor bullying (not gaming related), general other shit that can be left behind by the sheer escapism - and for that I guess I am thankful. It still sticks in the craw that one of my hobbies remains a thing that I don't really feel confident to discuss in 'public' and when I do it is in usually in a self-deprecating manner.

However, the part of me that said 'fuck it' when I dropped the cash on the PC won out and deep-down I'm still excited to catch up on what I missed which is why I chose a 6600k / gtx1070 for the PC that will sit in the corner of the room for 'family' use!
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September Xbox Games with Gold includes Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China

barchetta

2 years ago

Think original Forza Horizon must be a new bc game... Nice!
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The UK's two biggest video game magazine companies are now one

barchetta

2 years ago

@Fleisch yes I really should - think my sub covers both but my iPad2 stuggles with most content these days... And well, I like paper. 😀
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barchetta

2 years ago

@ecu exactly tge same here. Must be missing 4-5 from Edge's entire run. Still get a sub as a stocking filler from the wife every Christmas.

Don't read it as avidly since last format change and I'm thinking a large print version would be handy! 😃
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Minecraft's new Battle Mode season pass costs £7.99

barchetta

2 years ago

Optional content. I bought my hybrid bike with road tyes but now want to go offroad so new tyres would be good. Maybe my local bike shop will gift them for me?
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Ubisoft E3 2016 conference live report

barchetta

2 years ago

hmmm. Not the same considered pace as the GR games of old, looks a bit arcadey with insta-dismounts etc... Nice co-op possibilities though.
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt patch 1.2 adds enemy level-scaling and a lot more

barchetta

2 years ago

Hmm, been on the wall over this for ages. Enjoyed What I played of W2 for a while but seemed to run out of time/got sidetracked with other stuff... £35ish (xbox one) for W3 & expansions sounds like a lot of game for the money.
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Nine ways the the 8-bit era made gaming what it is today

barchetta

2 years ago

Nice read whilst deciding if I should get up and do something useful.
Since the article does reference older games (Haunted House), I'd consider putting the Freescape stuff under 'open world' as there was more freedom than my thought for First Person - 3D Monster Maze on the even older ZX81. Staying with the C-64 generation, Rescue on Fractulus, the Eidolon etc would be worth a shout too!
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Dirt Rally console review

barchetta

2 years ago

As someone who still powers up the 360 and plays Richard Burns Rally via BC, this looks right up my street.
Xbox or PS4? Sounds like platform parity here so if Impulse triggers are used (and I can't imagine Codemasters wouldn't support a fundamental option) then Xbox it is....
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Day of the Tentacle Remastered release date set

barchetta

2 years ago

Still have the original box and the CD-Rom 'upgrade' I mailed for when it was released some time later. Still interested in playing again after all these years - time to show the kids what it was like back in the day.
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Probe Software founder Fergus McGovern passes away

barchetta

2 years ago

No age at all and a reminder that we will see more of this - us earlier adopters are falling into the 'riskier' middle age that will see gaming legends disappearing for good. I suppose these figureheads are lost within the larger teams nowadays with the exception of a few indie darlings.
RIP Fergus - thanks for the memories
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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Homefront: The Revolution

barchetta

2 years ago

Closed beta stress testing tonight.....
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