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27 Mar 2020 20:48:21
Something just occurred to me when typing on the United page, surely if esports are ever going to become mainstream it’s now. It can be done virtually, whilst social distancing, and has no competition from sport as it’s all on the back burner.

Also seen today that they are going to run a virtual national be interesting to see how it’s received. Apparently red rum and tiger roll are going up against each other.

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31 Mar 2020 00:50:29
To be fair I think gaming in general has been progressively getting bigger ever since about 2008, but the professional eSports has been in decline or plateaued. It had it's peak back in about 2013/14 when League of Legends had that $25 million prize tournament.

Since then, streaming really caught on which has more or less put professional gaming on the back shelf. Players like Summit1g and Shroud bailed on professional gaming because it's more profitable to stream.

Plus there is the CSGO market place. Where people sell pixels(gun skins) for money, all because they have a unique pattern or whatever. You can make quite a huge profit on there if you know how to trade and when to buy/sell.

I think if you're talking purely about gaming then yes, this time in lockdown will give it a massive boost, which will likely lead to more people sticking around on it.

Professional eSports may get a slight boost, but it's pretty much just seen as a stepping stone to making it big on streaming.

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21 Mar 2020 12:43:05
Is it to late to restart from the last checkpoint?

Hope everyone is safe and well and has plenty of games to get through if you are having to self isolate.

{Ed001's Note - games like RDR and Fallout come into their own at times like this!}

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25 Mar 2020 04:21:09
Thank God for two new releases within 3 months. Doom Eternal(which is amazing by the way) and Command and Conquer remasters(C&C and Red Alert), which I am going to sink a monsterous amount of hours into.

I've already completed Doom Eternal on Ultra Violence difficulty and started on Nightmare tonight, which will probably take me quite a few sessions as the game play is so intense at times.

Command and Conquer comes out in June I think and the gameplay videos that came out, have been really impressive. Everything is just a slightly updated version of what it already was, enabling higher resolution graphics. However they have added a couple of new features, such as unit queuing (THANK YOU!), a Skirmish mode for the original C&C and all new sound tracks to go with the originals, including previously discarded tracks that didn't make the cut for the original release. There is apparently more to be announced, such as possible new units and bonus campaign missions.
My only worry is that it's got an EA label on it. I know it's not specifically made by EA, as it's being made by some of the original dev team from Westwood Studios, but EA like to interfere, set boundries, cut budgets, liquidate development teams and many more horrible things, so I am a little hesitent to go all in on it. I am at about 90% though...

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20 Mar 2020 15:26:12
Doom Eternal is an absolute masterpiece.

Everything about the game is as close to perfect you can get. Both slow paced and relentless, complex but simple, fun but very difficult(especially on Nightmare difficulty) and full of lore (story), which is totally optional.

I highly recommend this game if you're big on shooters, love the Doom franchise and can cope with how intense the gameplay can be.
8/10 - probably game of the year.

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14 Mar 2020 08:51:49
Anyone looking forward to The Last of Us 2?
I can't wait, with the graphics out now I think this could be the best game ever so far.

Any other upcoming games anyone looking forward to?

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14 Mar 2020 15:53:29
Doom Eternal and the Command and Conquer remasters.

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16 Mar 2020 18:57:42
Not so much the last of us 2 as I found the 1st game overrated,not that it was a bad game ,doom and command and conquer very much so plus ghosts looks interesting and streets of rage 4

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13 Mar 2020 16:24:10
With Doom Eternal just 7 days away, I thought I'd share a theory.

Doom Slayer / The Slayer / Doom Guy / The Doom Marine, is the Emperor of Man in Warhammer 40k, and the Doom games are his origins story. Here is why I think this.

- He has been bestowed "Terrible power" by the Seraphim.
- He fights against Daemons(Chaos army)
- He is the only one they fear.
- His Praetor suit is a precurser to Space Marine armour(shoulder cannon and retractable blade).
- He has a strong liking for heavy weapons and chainsaws.
- He has walked through the Dark Realm(The Warp).
- He was the leader of the 'Night Sentinels'(AKA the Grey Knights)
-He is the saviour of Humanity.
- And finally, let's be real here... Doom Slayer is arguably the only video game character from outside of Warhammer, that could have an impact on that universe. He is a massively overpowered character that has no equal in his own game, even his enemies are terrified of him.

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24 Mar 2020 15:54:25
This is such a good theory!!! I wish we had more 40K video games, loved space marine but I'm pretty sure they shut the servers down :(

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27 Feb 2020 14:36:27
Anyone wish there was a new fight night game out ,I hope they bring one out soon boxing has been on a high now for the last 5years ,and as good as UFC is it's not boxing ,a good career mode and strong weight classes and roster is needed with good and realistic movement and gameplay aswell .

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03 Mar 2020 11:42:23
Honestly, I think there are too much politics with in the sport, to allow for a Boxing game that involves real fighters. If you're unaware of these politics in the sport, then in brief.

Too many sanctioning bodies, too many independent promotions, too many divisions and way too many Boxers for there to be any way to get a civilised discussion going about a potential game. It will have even more struggles than F1 did, regarding their driver image rights, which lead to Alonso racing at 48 years of age, as a few teams refused to allow different drivers in their cars in the game. This has since changed and it's a better game.

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17 Jan 2020 23:26:00
DOOM: Eternal trailer released 3 days ago. SO HYPED!

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04 Jan 2020 18:46:26
Rumours are that EA's PC Platform "Origin" is going to get shut down.

All EA games will be placed in the Steam Store, and this includes Origin's premium service "Origin Access". This will happen during 2020 in a gradual process.

I'm glad for this personally, I think Origin is an awful client, full of bugs and not well made. I did have concerns about Origin Access though, as I'm a subscriber and have paid the annual fee(£89.99).

{Ed001's Note - I am with you on Origin being awful. You can't even use controllers on a PC through Origin, which makes racing games pointless as you are unable to use a wheel. I really hope you are right and it does go on Steam.}

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04 Jan 2020 19:33:20
Well in terms of EA games going onto Steam, that's more than just rumours as EA have already started the process with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
According to Windows Central, FIFA, Battlefield V, The Sims 4, Unravel 2 and Apex Legends are all due to join steam this year.

{Ed001's Note - that would be much better, that Origin is a pain.}

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16 Jan 2020 19:12:33
So after more digging, it seems that Origin isn't going to get shut down, but almost converted into a game launcher. Similar to Rockstar Launcher.
I suppose that's better than keeping it as it is.

{Ed001's Note - seems pointless to me, those game launchers are just a pain.}

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29 Oct 2019 06:32:02
Modern Warfare brilliant game. Only issue I have with all of them is the campaign is far too short. Just glad it's back. Also spec ops is back for those interested in that.

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04 Nov 2019 19:33:19
Great game, really enjoying it.

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13 Sep 2019 03:55:19
Anyone still playing Fifa19 FUT?
I've being playing sporadically and now its completely goosed and just sends error codes as soon as I try play squad rivals online.
Contacted EA 6 times then they eventually admitted since Fifa20 is coming out this game has been left to rot.
Perfect when you've fell into the trap and banged silly money on packs

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14 Sep 2019 00:29:40
EA do this with every game these days. The sooner people stop buying and/or playing their games, the sooner EA either become defunct or change their ways.

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16 Sep 2019 10:20:05
More fool you Ramsay

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07 Oct 2019 18:10:05
Seems the way all games are going now mate

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19 Jun 2019 19:37:22
Top 10 Strategy Games

I have always loved a good strategy game, sometimes even a not-so-good one! Even as long ago as when I had a Spectrum 48k (yes they really did only have 48kb memory!) strategy games were always up there as my chosen games. The only problem is, if you are a console gamer, the number of good strategy games to choose from is extremely limited, you really need a PC. There are so many on PC that I have barely scratched the surface in terms of playing them, but these are my top 10 that I have tried:

10. Northgard

A real-time strategy (RTS) game based on Vikings. This is one is better as a multiplayer, though you can play solo, it is nothing like as good to play. I do believe that, if I had played more than a quick couple of games on it, that it would likely move up a place or two in the list.

9. Men Of War Series

It is almost a simulation in a lot of respects, so much detail has gone into it and it has spawned a number of sequels set in various time periods. The original World War II game is still the best version of this RTS though, in my opinion. Extremely details and tries to stick faithfully to real world at the time.

8. Gary Grigsby's War In The East Series

An epic turn-based WWII game that takes strategy to a whole new level. It is not something you can just pick up and play. It is incredibly complicated and difficult, so it is not for everyone. If you find all other strategy games lack depth and difficulty, then this is the game for you. There are follow ups to try as well, such as War In The West, but the first one is the definitive one.

7. Crusader Kings Series

Paradox Games have established themselves as one of the best houses for making strategy games out there. Not only have their games improved over time, but they also continually improve them for years after their release. I guess this is best described as an RTS, though you can alter the speed of gameplay to give you time to perform actions when needed or speed up to miss out boring bits while you wait for a character to grow to a useful age. The first iteration is very simple (comparatively) and a good way to get into Paradox Games, because they are not simple pick up and play games. They do take a bit of learning to understand exactly how they work and they are not games you can play in 10 minutes. But then no good strategy game is quick! Crusader Kings II is the one to play, though it will take some time to really get the hang of.

6. Warhammer 40K: Dawn Of War

I want to make it clear right from the start, I am only referring to Dawn Of War, not the two sequels which are nowhere near as good. Avoid the sequels and stick to this one, it is a very decent RTS. It does lack a little in terms of you can only play as Space Marines and the opposing forces are not as varied as I would have liked, but it is an absorbing game which could easily see you lose hours on.

5. Galactic Civilization III

The 3rd in the series is clearly the best version, with no lack of variety in the spaceships you can deploy, as you can even make your own designs if you so choose. It is very much based on Sid Meier's Civ series but in space, but without taking into account the extra dimension available to the play. Your map is a flat surface, which does leave it a little lacking but easier to follow. An enjoyable turn-based game.

4. Hearts Of Iron Series

Another of the Paradox strategies that test you, but this one is set in WWII when you can take control of any nation from the time and lead it during the war. Like all Paradox titles, you can use politics, diplomacy and warfare to achieve your vision but it is complex and requires real skill and it is often helpful to have knowledge of the time as well. They call their games 'Grand Strategy' and I think that is a very good description, as they encompass aspects most other games forget about or avoid.

3. Panzer Corps

A remake and update of the classic Panzer General turn-based game that I played to death on the original Playstation. Often a new version misses what made the original so good, but this one has genuinely improved on the original by a significant amount. It is nothing like as complicated as the other WW2 games in this list, but no less fun for that. A classic of the genre of turn-based hex-tiled games.

2. Sid Meier's Civilization Series

I really cannot decide which version of this game is the best, I have been a fan since the original one was recommended to me many years ago. I think it was on the Amiga, if I remember correctly. It has become the basis of so many games and yet, somehow, they keep bringing a new, fresh version out every few years which provides a different gaming experience, while still keeping the original feel to it. I can happily pick up and play any version of the game and while away hours without noticing.

1. Total War Series

This series takes the title because it has a mix of turn-based strategy and RTS all in one package, though the RTS is entirely optional and you can just play it as a turn-based game if you choose. However the RTS elements, which are just the battles, as so good it would be a shame not to play them. I have yet to play all of the versions but, of those I have played, Warhammer and Shogun are my favourites and stand out as amongst the best games ever made, in my opinion.

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20 Jun 2019 16:19:24
Some really big name games missing from that list! Command and Conquer, Warcraft, Supreme Commander, Sins of a Solar Empire and Starcraft to name a few.

Also, Ed Dawn of War has 4 available factions, with the Orcs being the strongest of the lot. If you are strictly referring to the campaign then fair enough, but I personally would rank the expansion "Dark Crusade" above DoW, as it offers a much stronger campaign(you can play as all factions), as well as including new troops and vehicles, while also adding the mighty undead Necrons, as well as the technologically superior Tau Empire.

Just my opinion of course, it'd be very boring if we all had the same opinions.

{Ed001's Note - there is a lot missing and yes I meant the campaign.}

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23 Jun 2019 22:39:01
I can't believe I forgot about Company of Heroes, that's a bloody fantastic game. And even 13 years after its release, the graphics still hold up pretty well.

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16 Jun 2019 23:25:59
Surviving Mars:

Essentially a City Builder but on Mars and with some unique concepts. You have got the obvious things like you need to house everything in domes, but what I really like about the game, is you get these "events" which happen and this adds some really unique elements to the game. The events that occur usually lead to a unique series of break through technologies, all of which server different purposes. One of the events I had allowed me to bring earth-like traits to Martian born colonists via the education system, these would all be beneficial traits only.

You're also put up against 3 other rival colonies, these all have different levels of funding. You can interact with these colonies via trading, gifting, insulting or even colluding to eliminate another colony.

I did run into a couple of problems, a lot of my Geologists decided to stop working in the Geologists specific jobs, which left me running low on key resources such as Rare Metals, which you can either sell for extra funding or use to make electronics. Nothing too major but a little annoying.

Other than that the game is very well made, plays excellently and has a very mild learning curve. This is arguably the most polished game I've played recently.

Also, Frontier(Planet Coaster, Elite Dangerous, Jurassic World Evolution) have picked up the developers for this game and will be publishing their work from now on.

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17 Jun 2019 20:28:32
Yeah I enjoyed surviving Mars but my colonists seemed to keep getting infected with those spores even tho I had air purifiers etc

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18 Jun 2019 00:57:58
I've not come across that yet lol. I got to 100% terraformed and kind of stopped playing. I might try a new game with just 1 rocket of Earth colonists, see how long it takes me to get to 1000 population :D

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23 May 2019 16:21:32
Codemasters are rebooting the Grid franchise. Looking forward to this!

Grid racing game

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24 May 2019 10:08:32
Yeah could be good m8,the old grid games were great and codemasters usually nail racers

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12 Jun 2019 19:27:08
The F1 games that Codies release are pretty solid, plus I was a pretty big fan of GRID and Autosport, so hopefully this new one is as good as those are.

{Ed001's Note - I do like the Grid games.}

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23 May 2019 07:39:34
Completed my first playthrough of sekiro and think its on par with bloodborne and dark souls 3.

Vertical level design is amazing and gave me prince of persia sands of time vibe.

Has to be the most difficult game for newcomers as there is a mini boss around every corner of the game but the developers for the very first time have added tutorials, clues and explain what each item does to make it less frustrating.

After my initial struggles, once the game clicked and i got used to the combat the sword fighting in this game is unlike something you have ever experienced.

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27 Apr 2019 14:12:43
A little gem of a game I've been playing the last few weeks is vigor on xbone. It's coming free to play in a few months (allegedly) but there's a two hour trial available. It's a wonderful "escape from tarkov" clone for console and definitely a good purchase for pubg fans. Worth a punt for players with nerves of steel. Mine were shredded in minutes.

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