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1 Year ago
Hard West trailer is full of cowboys bleeding from all anglesHard West trailer is full of cowboys bleeding from all angles
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I've put 8 Steam Hours into it so far, having Kickstarted it way back. It has its interesting points and it has its failings, but overall I'm happy with my purchase.
Starting with the elephant in the room, it's only like XCOM in that you have two actions in which you can move twice, move and shoot, or just shoot. It's similar in that it's fairly simple compared to X-Com or Jagged Alliance. In most other respects it's a different game.
You rarely get more than three characters, so rather than a military fire-and-manoeuvre exercise it's a running firefight of falling back into cover and setting up ambushes to concentrate your fire. I think there is an overwatch mechanic, but it's more like you get a free shot if someone strays too close rather than deliberately lying in wait.
The UI feels clunky to me. It's serviceable, but not quite as intuitive as I'd like from a modern game. Similarly the RPG elements of wandering around set points on a map don't really add much to the game other than a slight metagame that adds a little depth. Not having it would leave things feeling pretty shallow, but as it is it just feels like a tolerable distraction between battles.
The combat system and theme are, I would say, Hard West's strong points. The former makes heavy use of special abilities, and uses a pool of luck points both as a resource for those abilities and as a way of avoiding fire. Essential, since most characters can only take a couple of hits. The latter is, in my opinion, a wonderful blend of brutal Western and pseudo-Christian occult that I've never really seen before. It's refreshing for something to pull out a genuinely different setting.
So would I recommend it? To someone who likes turn based strategy games, yeah I think so. That person might like it, they might not, but it's sufficiently different to other things I've played that I think it would be at least considered an interesting entry in the genre.
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1 Year ago
The Daily Mail's coverage of Talk Talk hacker places the blame on videogames, obviouslyThe Daily Mail's coverage of Talk Talk hacker places the blame on videogames, obviously
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In all fairness I do feel like I was playing Daily Mail Bingo when I read this article this morning:
Single Mother? Check
Unemployed? Check
Council Estate? Check
Suspended from school? Check
Video games? Double & triple check!
Not English? Check
The list goes on.

It's as if the article wanted to lay the blame at every single target group that the 'daily mail readership' dislike, all the while ignoring certain things that I felt really needed to be pointed out:

So he was up all night playing games? He's 15! Of course he is!

Unnecessary quotes about the kid being 'not street smart' or just not 'smart' in general? Clearly this is just in there for the sake of it as if he did genuinely bring down their networks by himself, that requires not just smarts but also a skill set! When this kid finishes whatever punishment he is given, if he plays his cards right he will probably end up working for Symantic providing them with cyber security and getting paid a tonne for it!

Lastly TalkTalk have been hacked twice before as it reveals, this is the third time. At what point do we stop blaming the hackers and point to the company who clearly have done nothing to boost their clearly inefficient cyber security?
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I'd like to think security companies have moved on from hiring hackers. Integrity is a big part of security, and in that respect he's woefully lacking. I agree with your last point though - while it's impossible to cover all angles, this wasn't a state-sponsored attacker or well funded syndicate, it was an old school script kiddie. That smells like lack of investment by Talk Talk - financial, management, or both.

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1 Year ago
Who are Steam Machines really for?Who are Steam Machines really for?
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I agree with a lot of what he says there. I hadn't considered the part about hardware specs. As usual though the most interesting considerations remain around the OS. He might not consider a Steam Box to be a PC, but the hardware is 100% compatible. You could install windows on one if you wanted and put it on your desk. It's the intention to put it under the TV which defines it as a console if anything, which drives the use of a controller and makes non-gaming software impractical. I realise I'm quibbling over semantics, but the distinction is there. I'm with him on the general tone of his comments though, I just can't really see a big market. Still, there wasn't a big market for Steam when it was released either.

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Well, if you can install Windows on your Steam Box to make it more like a PC, then what's even the point in getting one? I'd rather get a PC already, with a smaller cabinet.

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1 Year ago
War Thunder devs' Apache: Air Assault mistaken by news anchor for Russian airstrikes in SyriaWar Thunder devs' Apache: Air Assault mistaken by news anchor for Russian airstrikes in Syria
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Mistake or propaganda? How many Syrians will ever know that this wasn't genuine I wonder.
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2 Years ago
World of Warcraft patch 6.2 preview: back to the skiesWorld of Warcraft patch 6.2 preview: back to the skies
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I kind of think Blizz have the wrong approach to their updates and development. I hear the things they're saying, and it sounds to me like "players aren't doing what we want, so we're forcing them to do it our way." They removed flying mounts because it made travel easier: players liked it because it made travel easier. They put garrisons in because players weren't leaving them: players like being in their garrisons. They're making ship missions risky because players were only doing 100% success missions: players don't like failing a 10-hour mission.

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Even when listening to their players and re-introducing flying mounts, they put a caveat on it to make sure you can only do it after they've forced you to play the game their way; how many people will grab a guide to getting that achievement and just blast through it without even looking at the scenery? I suspect most, so they're simply inconveniencing players.

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I can sympathise with them, it must be galling to have all your carefully crafted content skipped over, but why force people to play a game in a way they don't want to?

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Pretty much this, they introduce a level of a grind that most players would never be willing to do in order to achieve flying that they wanted in order to avoid the grind they were forced to do in the first place in order to get it. Its largely about stretching content to last longer.

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2 Years ago
Topic of the Week: Which modern PC games should every gamer play?Topic of the Week: Which modern PC games should every gamer play?
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These are far from my favourites, some I don't even really like, but I can't deny they're influential and arguably the best new examples of their genres.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - I got fed up of it towards the end, but it does capture most of what made Deus Ex great. Plus it's beautifully designed.

Civ V - Some would argue that it's not the best Civ game, but it's bloody good either way, and Civ is ingrained into the very fabric of PC gaming.

Starcraft 2: I suck at RTS games, but SC2 is still new and interesting, plus it has the arcade (for free if you don't fancy an RTS either).

Heroes of the Storm - Oops, two Blizz games in a row. I sound like a fanboy now. Personally I prefer Dota 2, but if you want to see what the MOBA fuss is about then HotS is much more accessible, and more pleasant.

Bioshock Infinite - Doesn't really stand up to System Shock 2 or Bioshock in my opinion, but it's new and pretty and a lot of people enjoyed it.

Skyrim - Open world is the new hotness right now, and Skyrim is very open and very moddable. Fallout 4 might be a better option soon though.

Dirty Bomb - I have to put a competitive shooter in here somewhere. CS:GO is close enough to CS to be decent (opinions vary, it's not my thing anyway), but Dirty Bomb is free and pretty good.

I can't suggest a good MMO. Guild Wars 2 was good, but I doubt I got my £50 out of it. WoW is also good but again would cost a lot to get started on now. MMOs are so last decade anyway.
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2 Years ago
Blood Bowl 2 releases today, you could be scoring a violent touchdown right nowBlood Bowl 2 releases today, you could be scoring a violent touchdown right now
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I'm not convinced this is worth £35, especially considering the amount of forthcoming DLC. As much as I love Blood Bowl, unless it gets incredible reviews I'll be picking it up when it (and its DLC) is discounted.
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P.A.M.E.L.A. is an open-world survival horror with crazy ambitions, made by six people P.A.M.E.L.A. is an open-world survival horror with crazy ambitions, made by six people
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Oh my word, this sounds excellent. A lot of games can build atmosphere, almost all of them ruin it with their antagonists. It's something of a paradox that horror (or maybe thriller in this case) games benefit from the risk of failure, but actual failure causes loss of immersion. They really sound like they might have found a good balance here.Reply
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Knowing how much trouble AAA companies manage to get when there games have fewer mechanics than this, I'm gonna have to be the pessimist here and call that there will have to be some flaws in the game for 6 people to make so much at such high quality.. Expecting a 2016 release date?

Just an add-on note, I do love the look of the game and wish the 6 dev's the best of luck, it just sounds too much to me.

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Turn-based mobile strategy Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch is heading to PCTurn-based mobile strategy Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch is heading to PC
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Looks a lot like Warhammer Quest (I know, save devs, same system), which was perfectly serviceable on mobile but didn't have a lot of variety.Reply
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Warhammer Quest is much better imo and as not as p2w where in warhammer quest the best characters are the free ones. In Deathwatch you have to buy boosters which take forever to get for free.

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The best sex games on PCThe best sex games on PC
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The Wolfenstein scene felt horribly out of place to me. I feel like maybe there should be something from Hatoful Boyfriend in the list instead.Reply
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You're just biased. It's obvious based on your profile picture.

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Dog Pants replied to 14 questions on the XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review
2 Years ago
XCOM: Enemy Unknown review snippet Does XCOM: Enemy Unknown make you feel powerful?
Eventually, but XCOM has something of a reverse difficulty curve with the odd challenge spike. You really feel like the underdog early on, but towards the end of the game your troops are a machine of destruction. Your team is never invulnerable, even less so on higher difficulties, but they are increasingly superior to the aliens as the campaign progresses.
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Dog Pants replied to 14 questions on the Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Review
2 Years ago
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare review snippet What do gamers think of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare after many hours of playing
Fun is what Chivalry is all about. Taken seriously it wouldn't be nearly as entertaining, but approach it as a playground for having fun with swords and it doesn't disappoint.
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Dog Pants replied to 6 questions on the Hexcells Infinite Review
2 Years ago
Hexcells Infinite review snippet Have you come up with any clever strategies in Hexcells Infinite?
Hexcells is more about technique than strategy. The pre-built 'campaign' levels will gradually teach them, from simple to abstract, and the more difficult ones do take some mental agility to figure out. In the Infinite mode (seed generated levels) most of the advanced techniques can be forgotten as the puzzles are relatively straightforward.
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Dog Pants replied to 16 questions on the Dota 2 Review
2 Years ago
Dota 2 review snippet Do you ever feel overwhelmed playing Dota 2?
All the time. I think everyone does. The learning curve is so long that at every level a player is constantly learning, and those lessons are usually beaten into you. Most people have a roughly 50% win/lose ratio, and that can feel like you're the underdog all the time. It can be tough. But if you can grasp the conceptual differences between MOBAs and more short form PvP games - to sacrifice personal glory for example, or learn to appreciate a good game lost - then being overwhelmed is just part of the learning process. Then you understand the problem, improve, feel good, then get beaten by something new.
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Dog Pants replied to 6 questions on the Among the Sleep Review
2 Years ago
Among the Sleep review snippet What strategies have you learned to survive in Among the Sleep?
When you play a two-year-old there isn't much in the way of strategy, but that's okay because it isn't what I would call a survival game. There is some risk, but it's more of a creepy puzzle game with occasional danger elements.
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Dog Pants replied to 12 questions on the Xenonauts Review
3 Years ago
Xenonauts review snippet How does Xenonauts run on your PC?
I suspect Xenonauts would run on a toaster, and I've never noticed any kind of performance issues on my PC.
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Dog Pants replied to 13 questions on the PlanetSide 2 Review
3 Years ago
PlanetSide 2 review snippet How does PlanetSide 2 run on your PC?
I very rarely encounter problems, even in large battles. I can only vaguely remember a couple of occasions where framerate has dropped significantly or I've had connectivity issues. This is with an Intel i5 3570, 8GB RAM and a Geforce GTX 570.
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