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Rodimus-Prime 5 minutes ago

I kind of wish i hadn't already broken up Devastator.

I wasn't expecting to like the game as much as High Moon's, but it's exactly like an episode of the old G1 cartoon. It's good to hear Frank Welker as Megatron and Soundwave again.
bigtechno 6 minutes ago Such a shame
I'm probably going to have to buy this on the ps4
I hate my ps4 it just sits there gathering dust and bleeping every so often
720/900p doesn't bother me it's the frame rate
shehzaanshazabdulla 6 minutes ago The specs make for an eye-brow raising read. Firstly because they are unusually high and secondly because the AMD and Nvidia components are from drastically different tiers (though hey, at least Bethesda bothered to list AMD components at all).

As always the sound advice is to wait for benchmarks running on an actual retail build of the game. And the soundest advice is to simply pass this game up for a few months until it's received its litany of inevitable patch support.
pb 8 minutes ago I'm sure the issue of not giving her credit is, in part, down to lazy journalism as well. She's created a great game experience and the best game soundtrack of the year and I hope she can take some consolation in that. But, yes, the sexism issues need to be spoken about, there is a problem.
BellyFullOfHell 8 minutes ago @kangarootoo

I was gonna reply myself, but you pretty much nailed it. Fine post.
lexlaureijssen1 8 minutes ago I can feel for her illness and the sexism part.

I really think she shouldn't have mentioned the publishing thing. That's a choice, don't blame others if it wasn't a walk in the park or roses and butterflies, especially when just saying nothing at all to prove her point.
el_pollo_diablo 9 minutes ago Click bait.
L_A_G 10 minutes ago Whilst I generally scoff at first person shooters, the Halo franchise has been something of a guilty pleasure for me.

However I've never really been that into the Master Chief character or other protagonists made to be really approachable by having as little character as possible. Gordon Freeman from the Half Life franchise is another example of this school of protagonist and I'm not particularly fond of him ether. I believe this is unofficially called the "less is more" approach to creating characters.

So far my favorite game in the franchise is actually Reach. While the main character is also made to have very little actual character, at least the little character that he/she has is for the most part under the control of the player. Like Commander Shepherd in the Mass Effect franchise, this character is made much more approachable by letting the player make the character their own.

In Halo 4, if it wasn't for the repetitiveness and continuous recycling of the levels, Spartan Ops would have been my favorite part of the game. Like in Reach, we once again got to see Spartans with actual character and were also able to personalize our own Spartan. When they unveiled Halo 5 I was hoping for a continuation of Spartan Ops or even letting the characters from it play a major role in the main plot. However much to my dismay it turns out the only thing that seems to have made the cut is Spartan Palmer. Unfortunately I've never really liked these comically gruff drill sergeant types and the only exception was R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket where he was a tool for Kubric to criticize de-humanizing U.S army training.

So maybe next game will be the full Spartan Ops game I've been waiting for...
DwarfyP 10 minutes ago @jabberwocky You see his eyes in Halo 4.
At the end of Halo CE he takes his helmet off but his face is obscured by the ship he is flying in at the time.
Uncompetative 11 minutes ago @4th_Replicant

Having played and loved all the halos I do hope we never see his face. For some reason anytime I think of his face I always think of Bruce Willis.
Interesting casting choice, but I've seen him as Batman / Bruce Wayne!

The-Jack-Burton 11 minutes ago @DwarfyP Yeah, I'm very aware of many things

And Uncharted 4 will also have microtransactions. naughty Dog Bucks, cant wait.

Edit: naughty dog points, sorry
blarty 12 minutes ago
"I've had journalists assuming I'm Dan's PA, I have been referenced as 'Dan Pinchbeck's wife' in articles"
Setting aside the need to make this article about 'the industry' for a moment, that doesn't look good for certain people......
Old_Books 14 minutes ago @scuffpuppies

I'd forgotten quite a lot of the horror in the first Gears game. Brilliant campaign, though I didn't care much for the Brumak fight!
SwissTony1994 14 minutes ago Its surprising that there is that much of a difference given that BF4 had a lot less differences, with only the resolution being the real difference.

Does it really matter that much, as long as the One version is playable then no .. Everything else is willy waving fanboy bollocks .. Which there seems to be a fair amount of today at EG ...
DwarfyP 15 minutes ago As long as these comments don't descend in to why Wesley Snipes could not be Master Chief in a Halo movie...
BellyFullOfHell 15 minutes ago So the gameplay is almost insulting you simple, but it looks nice? Looks like I didn't miss much.
Kaprikawn 15 minutes ago I've been convinced. Resolution doesn't matter. I'm off to eBay to get an Atari 2600 because gameplay is all that matters, right?
butcher8 15 minutes ago Her Doctor is a fool, there is always hope.
Suarez07 15 minutes ago @SuperShinobi

Just read some of articles on net, and if you know history of the ps3, you would know that it was a bit of a botched launch, with GPU only added later, as they had originally intended to launch with no GPU, but this was found to be impossible. They ended up going to nvidia and paying through the nose for GPU and the machine was ridiculously expensive already due to the blu ray player and other media capabilities (originally was billed as all in one media player rather than a simple gaming machine).

If you read about GPU specs and where strengths of each console lay, developers state that the GPU and general design of the console for 360 was simply better suited to needs of gaming development.

This following quote was from an anonymous developer at or just before launch of them.

"rformance: On paper, the PS3 is more powerful. In reality, it's quite inferior to the 360. Without getting into too many details, the three general-purpose CPU's the xbox360 has are currently FAR easier to take advantage of than the SPU's on the PS3. I suspect a few years down the road some high budget, first party PS3 exclusive titles will come out that really take advantage of the SPU's and do things the XBOX 360 can't, but I don't think the console is worth buying based on this speculation (for some it will be though, we'll have to wait and see how these games turn out).

Graphics: The XBOX 360 is a clear winner. The GPU is more powerful. It has more powerful fillrate, and far more pixel and vertex processing horsepower. Part of the reason is their choice of memory, and architecture of pixel and vertex procesing. I can't get into details but the same vertex shader will run much slower on the PS3 than the XBOX 360. The 360 also has a clever new way rendering high definition anti aliased back buffers. Together accomplish the same effect on PS3 is prohibitively expensive. For this reason I think many games will have no choice but to run in non-HD resolutions on the PS3 version, use a lower quality anti aliasing technique, or do back buffer upscaling. The end result in all cases is going to be noticeably worse image quality."

Prophetic almost wouldn't you say?

The ps3 continually struggled to run bandwidth expensive effects like alpha transparencies and Sony developed post processing method because msaa was too computationally heavy for the console in most circumstances and quincunx war God awful.

John Carmack said Regarding matter, ""Now the PS3 in particular, and this has been passed over many times over the years, but the core architectural decisions of having the cell processors versus additional symmetric processors makes life more difficult, unquestionably it’s harder to develop for those there," Carmack told Nowgamer. "You have to use a separate tool chain, the debugging is crappier, and all this. The upside of that is, there is more raw performance for computing there than there is on 360."


"e PS3 does lag a little bit behind in terms of getting the performance out of it. The rasteriser is just a little bit slower – no two ways about that. The RSX is slower than what we have in the 360. Processing wise, the main CPU is about the same, but the 360 makes it easier to split things off, and that’s where a lot of the work has been, splitting it all into jobs on the PS3."

Anyway, derailed this thread enough, read anandtechs technical analysis for a good detailed read of the tech breakdown of both, if you want to learn more. hardware-compared-to-playstation-4/2

Ps3/360 each had own strengths and weaknesses, but generally 360 architecture was just better suited for developers to make games.
scuffpuppies 17 minutes ago @Old_Books
The 'Nathan Drake Collection' is of equal quality to the amazing work carried out on 'Gears of War: Ultimate Edition' in my opinion. Which makes the omission of 'Gears 2' and '3' all the more disappointing.
Malek86 18 minutes ago @robbiejc85 I'm actually surprised she would say this so soon. The game is even still featured on the PS Store, I think. I know she's leaving the company, but since her family is still working there, doesn't this risk souring the relationship between TCR and Sony?
system11 18 minutes ago Yeah, click earned for subheading, that was epic.
TheRaunchySeagull 18 minutes ago @grassyknoll I'm sick of that too, but there is a vast middle ground between 200 hours and 5.

It's not simply that Devastation is 5 hours though. It just doesn't have much there. It isn't Bayonetta or Devil May Cry, where it takes ages to master, it is a simplistic beat em up that is elevated by nostalgia.

I will play the game, but I will be renting it.
DwarfyP 18 minutes ago @The-Jack-Burton You know that "microtransaction ridden Tomb Raider" is going to PC and PlayStation 4 next year right?

Microtransactions aren't a "Microsoft thing" no matter how much you want to believe it is.
TheDarkSide 20 minutes ago @TheSauce We're definitely in agreement about the franchise deserving something better. Maybe one day. I'm surprised we haven't had something definitive TBH, it's not as if the Star Wars universe isn't rich enough to lend itself to videogaming. I still reckon this looks lovely though..
...Where's the smiley that lets me stick my tongue out at you? ;-)
sampalmer 21 minutes ago This makes me so sad. The Vita is a machine of epic potential that was severely mismanaged by Sony. Everyone knows the arguments so I won't list them; but if Sony were at this point to hire someone who had at least a smidgen of interest in the Vita, it could still potentially thrive. Plus a slight revamp of the console (L2+R2, lose rear screen for more juice) certainly wouldn't harm sales as those with the OLED / LED would swap in for the additions.
Old_Books 23 minutes ago @mkreku

Inclusion of Halo 2: Anniversary perhaps? The changes in NDC certainly seem to go above and beyond the standard spit and polish we've seen for many remasters.
Uncompetative 23 minutes ago

Just cast Dwayne Johnson and have done with it!
dimtso 24 minutes ago I was on the fence about what to buy at first, the PS4 offered all the goodies while the xbox appeared to be a console aimed only at the north american market, but then things changed. The xbox wasn't such an unappealing offer anymore and things keep getting better and better this year. If they hadn't, nobody would've bought it.

Didn't regret investing in the console for this gen however, despite all shortcomings, and I'm sure several Xboxers feel the same. We should encourage them to keep improving, coz we're the ones who will profit from this in the end. I have no idea why people even bother with the console sale numbers as it doesn't affect them in the slightest, so that's just blind, stupid fanboyism for the sake of fanboyism. It's completely unnecessary. If you want power gaming, get a PC.
SwissTony1994 24 minutes ago @Malek86

Hopefully not ... A Sony only future would make me give up on gaming ..

Regardless of what people think of Microsoft they are still a major player regardless of sales figures etc. And the One still has the best games overall (subjective I know) currently.

I still can't find a reason to own a PS4 at the moment, and considering its been out nearly two years, thats pretty shocking. There are a few decent exclusive games on it for sure .. But that's the problem .. a few ..
pauluk 25 minutes ago @TheSauce This is so right! :D
Uncompetative 26 minutes ago Freckles?

...and there I was thinking that this couldn't get any worse
Hellotherenow 26 minutes ago @AgentDaleCooper Your absolutely spot on about Uncharted 3 hand holding. That and pacing issues is what ruined it compared to Uncharted 2. I also have no desire to play it ever again.
robbiejc85 28 minutes ago @kangarootoo Well said.
DAN.E.B 28 minutes ago @system11
"on PS4 (and probably XB1/PC too) the game is 1080/60 and looks jaw droppingly nice"

Optimised Prime?
pauluk 28 minutes ago Oh how funny it is too see those apologists saying dumb stuff like; ''Oh, you really think there is a difference between 720p and 900p?'' or ''Resolution doesn't matter''.

I wonder if in 2022 or so, when the next next next super duper next gen consoles get released and will still only play games in 720p, while PC is picking up on 8K and VR is common, people like this will still say such things.


Oh and also...
DwarfyP 28 minutes ago @SuperShinobi This happens both ways in the industry. A game gets attributed to one person because they are the public face of it. Yet we all know there is a team of hard working people behind the game.
Look at Assassin's Creed, that was "Jade Raymond's" game even though she was only the Producer. I don't remember seeing Patrice Désilets claiming sexism at that as Creative Director of the franchise.
iceytoa1 29 minutes ago @williamarthurfenton Jesus christ man, they're fucking INTERGALACTIC STORM TROOPERS.

it is shown that they have some variety in their ranks in old comics that would now be classified as "Legends", but in the films and any other media since they have been shown as looking the same as each other, that being the general idea to begin with.

In those old comics there were female troopers with slightly differently shaped armour and iirc there were some aliens.

None of that is Canon though now, so who knows...
The-Bodybuilder 29 minutes ago @iceytoa1 I think you missed the joke there.

There writer said Chief's name is John, and not another cliche hero name played by one of Arnie's previous characters...

Except Arnie was John Matrix in Comando, probably his most iconic 80s macho hero, that he veer played.

Would be Awesome if Chief's name was John The Cobra Matrix Rambo.
robbiejc85 30 minutes ago Wow. She doesn't hold back - the view form the outside (at least as I saw it, with E'SGTTR getting widespread press coverage, and had strong presences at every PlayStation event that I went to) was definitely one of harmony, and Sony Santa Monica are hardly short of positive sentiment recently. It's very sad and an eye-opener to say the least.

Good on her too for also reminding people that labours of love are not worth ruining your health for.
scuffpuppies 32 minutes ago @ClemFandango
I've finished Drakes Fortune, and half way through Among Thieves (got the game early). They're just as good as I remember, and I've thoroughly enjoyed replaying them.

Each to their own though mate. For those people who will enjoy playing them and are doing so for the first time, they're in for a treat.
mkreku 32 minutes ago @Oli Didn't you review the Halo: Master Chief Collection? What makes that different from this?
kangarootoo 32 minutes ago Post deleted
butcher8 33 minutes ago "Master Chief better not show his face around here" would be a punchier title.
Riggers 33 minutes ago I know people say that Citizen Kane was Orson Welles' best film, but... nah. Unicron ftw! Although I'm still personally convinced that Lion actually say 'unicorn' in their rendition of the theme.
kangarootoo 33 minutes ago @jamyskis1981

Please change the record. If you aren't one of those guys, great. Seriously, what does it matter if someone says "lots of men are dicks to women"? How does it harm you, or make you feel genuinely attacked?

Our lives are fine. You and me, being men, we get it damned easy. We really do. So easy, we don't even know how easy, like breathing in and there being air in our lungs, the take it for granted kind of easy.

How about instead of acting all hurt because someone said some other guy is sexist, you consider what it must be like to be subject to discrimination almost every day.

The old saying about one bad apple stands true. It takes literally one dude in 100 to be an arsehole to create a pretty regular stream of arseholes bounding through the lives of women everywhere. Just imagine what that is like for two seconds instead of crying into your cornflakes because of the imperceptibly small risk that your own life might be negatively affected by someone choosing certain words to describe something that is real. How about instead of complaining about the way the sufferer voices their experience, you instead think about in what way you could help them live a life in which they don't have to?


Sorry to be an ass to you. I know I'm not helping if I just act like a dick to you. But I mean it about considering a different point of view.

"The problem lies in tarring all gamers and developers with the same brush"

No it doesn't. The problem lies in a significant enough proportion of men being misogynists to mean that ALL women suffer from misogyny at regular points in their lives.

I'm not saying the problem you describe isn't a problem, but it is a long way from being THE problem.

Try a different perspective, honestly and in good faith. That is all I am (admittedly quite rudely) asking you to do :)
Antropie 34 minutes ago @crazy-Rastan

Sure PS4 is slightly more powerful
If you want to run this game at 1080p/60fps (with high preset) on PC, you need a much stronger hardware than the PS4 one.

And 1080p has only 44% more pixels than 900p...

900p has 56% more pixels than 720p...

PS4 isn't slightly more powerful, it has a very decent hardware advantage.

It's a fact.
The-Jack-Burton 34 minutes ago @SuperSoupy No, Ill fill in whatever offends your sensibilities

She obviously has a story to tell and I would like to hear more of it, really wish her well

Edit: not even sure what I said upset you, from where I live, Sony studios have a long and storied track record of telling everyone how different they are and equality, its a tiresome mantra. I found it interesting that her experience obviously didn't reflect all the bullshit they've been selling us. hence, my comment.

In no way did I mean her disrespect, maybe Im crass and a bit short. But hey, fuck off.
liveswired 34 minutes ago So many stupid punters on this website. If you have an issue with 720p looking horrible the problem is with your cheap LCD which will always remain worthless for gaming.

i have a 1080p 60" PIONEER KRP600 which blows the socks off all 4K setups and looks stunning at all HD resolutions including 720P.

Why? My Wii U running 720P looks spectacular and beautifully high res. My PC at 1080p also looks spectacular.

The issue with poor image quality lies with cheap lcd panels.
williamarthurfenton 34 minutes ago @iceytoa1 That is not normal fitting for an average female. Let's just accept the fact that women have different body shapes shall we, as a generalisation?

In terms of gameplay, it would mean less laziness in having only one model for each soldier type.

I suspect there's a bit of a plot thing going on there with Phasma as well with us assuming she's a typical male stormtrooper. Either that or part of this weird notion that displaying a woman's average body shape is suggestive of sexism.
I'm not talking about metal bikinis here, just a shape that fits female physique, just as the stormtrooper armour fits male physique.