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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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14 Apr 2019 17:25:19
Does anybody play f1 2018? I'm really struggling with the fuel and tyre management on the practice sessions if anybody could give any tips? Thanks

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14 Apr 2019 21:32:02
Are you using a controller or wheel/pedals?

Tyre management is difficult with a controller, especially if you have it on the harder difficulties.

Fuel management is usually quite easy to achieve, try letting go of your acceleration about 0.5s before you would normally brake on each corner, This works especially well on tracks like Bahrain, China and Azerbijan. If you keep practicing it you'll eventually find the right spots.

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15 Apr 2019 13:24:19
Thanks mate and yes controller. I’ve managed to get a bit better on tyre management by running the lean fuel on corners and the high fuel on straights it’s just the fuel saving is a pain. I also have traction on full basically all the assists bar braking as I’m a newbie and spin everywhere without tc. Any other tips would be greatly appreciated

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15 Apr 2019 14:54:58

Try watching some of the videos from Tiametmarduk, he's a youtuber who streams racing games. He also gets inside info about up coming F1 games and updates, as well as offering tips to people who struggle with F1 games.

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15 Apr 2019 17:49:04
I’ll check it out, cheers mate

{Ed001's Note - you really need a wheel and pedals to get the most out of a game like that mate. It is much easier to gently depress a pedal to avoid wheelspin than it is to avoid it on a controller. The range of movement on a controller is so much less.}

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15 Apr 2019 23:06:01
Thanks Ed, it’s something I’ll definitely stick on the wish list for the future they do look a lot of fun especially with the three screen set ups. Do you play much racing yourself and do you have wheels and pedals?

{Ed001's Note - I do have a couple of sets. By mistake, I ordered one and misread the fine print, it turned out to be compatible with the PS3 not PS4. I did wonder why it was so cheap! I love racing games especially on the PC with multiscreen set up. I am going to save up for a gear lever set up, as it is better for some games having the option. I couldn't play a racing game on a controller any more.}

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16 Apr 2019 11:36:26
Ok thanks Ed I think I’ll have to invest myself soon, I can see how much easier it would be on a wheel. But I won’t be playing truck simulator, each to there own but that looks terrible!

{Ed001's Note - sad to say but I find that quite addictive at times. Got both European and American as part of a Humble Bundle or for free from them (I forget which) and have tried both thinking they would be rubbish but just wanting a laugh with mates. However I did find them quite good fun, especially when you switch off the speed limiter so you can charge along trying to swerve between traffic at over 100mph with a heavy load of tractors on the back that you have to be careful not to get tipped over by on tighter bends.

I do much prefer racing games though. I just wish Gran Turismo was available on PC too. It is no longer the standout racing game, but nostalgia makes me want to play that over other racing games. The first one was the reason I got a playstation in the first place.}

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16 Apr 2019 13:25:15
Fair enough Ed I suppose it’s better than trying it in real life!
Yeah the original gran turismo, I lost my childhood to that game and f1 97. I’m only on console at the moment so I’m going to save up for a gaming pc and the full set up.

{Ed001's Note - build it yourself mate. A good case or chassis is only fairly cheap and it will save you a lot in the long run as you only need to update the part that is struggling when it struggles or breaks, rather than buy a new PC every few years. It is not that difficult to build either, as most things will slot in and just need you to download software to set it up.}

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16 Apr 2019 14:52:00
Lerchy, I would recommend you visit and then venture onto the forums and ask them what to get. You'll need to give a rough estimate for a budget, but they are incredibly helpful and knowledgable.

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16 Apr 2019 16:34:00
Nice one lads, great replies!

{Ed001's Note - if you have any old pcs already, you could just buy a case and cannibalise them for most of the parts you need just to get started. For gaming, the CPU and RAM can be easily skimped on a bit with older parts.}

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14 Apr 2019 09:13:33
Anyone looking forward to the new Doom game when it comes out?

I'm personally a big fan and very much looking forward to it.

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15 Apr 2019 14:04:06
Yeah hsf I’m looking foward to it,loved the reboot from a few years ago

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15 Apr 2019 15:05:19
I think it's great that they went back to their roots with the reboot, making it a fast paced shooter, with a few added extras like double jumping and weapon upgrades.
My only issue with it, was that it was a little easy, so hopefully it's harder to complete in the new one.

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27 Apr 2019 14:06:56
Right, have to ask, doom is sitting on my desk to be played when I get a chance. How good is the mapmaker? I still gather friends over for time splitters 3 matches using custom maps and was hoping doom might be the next step. Any thoughts would be welcome

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26 Mar 2019 16:19:24
Anybody started with sekiro? Prices are too high for the game here. Will pick it up later.
I heard it punishes you for playing it like a soulsborne game.

{Ed001's Note - I had a look at it but the price put me off too.}

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27 Mar 2019 07:18:31
Agree ed, wouldn’t be surprised if activision has a hand in this. The collectors edition in the states is cheaper than the standard base game here. Luckily these type of games drop in price very quickly.

{Ed001's Note - games are getting ridiculously overpriced in general. I only got the Division 2 because I had saved up credit through Humble Bundle over years and it made it a reasonable price. Otherwise I doubt I would ever buy a new game again, I just can't bring myself to pay the amounts they are asking for what is always just a rehash of something that has gone before.}

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28 Mar 2019 13:56:52
I really fancy getting seriko as well but I’ll also wait on a price drop,done the same with far cry new dawn and managed to get it for 20quid last week

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09 Mar 2019 16:32:07
Seems quiet here. Anyways started with red dead redemption 2 a couple of weeks back and can easily see it cracking my top 10 games of all time.

Wasn’t a big fan of gta 5 and went into rdr 2 thinking the same. The terrible shooting mechanics is carried over from gta 5 but everything else is just magnificent. Also the most immersive game i have ever played with so much attention to detail and the best voice acting as well.

Please don’t fast travel in this game as you can stumble upon some amazing encounters on your way. Truly set a standard on how to develop an open world rpg and hope more developers learn from them.

{Ed007's Note - RDR2 should be classed as a work of art 👍 and it's easily the best PS4 game I've played.}

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12 Mar 2019 22:26:03
Agreed absolutely loved rdr2 ,didn’t even bother trying the online tho

{Ed007's Note - I've done the first bit before you go into the open world but never went back to it after the lad across the road said it was brutal.}

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12 Mar 2019 22:43:48
Yeah Ed m8 I never liked rdr1 or gta online so I never bothered

{Ed007's Note - I couldn't get my head round GTA5 online at all, my Mrs liked all the crazy races but apart from that I never managed to do anything in it.}

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09 Feb 2019 23:58:20
Anyone seen this new Early Access game on Steam called SkaterXL?
It's literally bare bones at the minute, with only 1 map which is pretty empty, however the modding community have really taken to this game.

If anyone is a skater or used to skate, I would highly recommend this game, as it's not only realistic, but the community are really, really involved.

This video is about 2 days after release on the basic default map. If you want to see some of the excellent modded maps, just check out the rest of Nightspeeds videos on youtube. =]

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26 Jan 2019 01:52:22
Nice to see EA breaking everything. Again.

The release of the Anthem demo has caused their servers to have a massive meltdown. Great way for EA to start 2019.

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