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  • Sony ending PlayStation Vita Maps, near features

  • Arwin 28/01/2015

    Hmm. I haven't tried watching youtube clips through the browser, but not getting Netflix app was bad enough, and now Youtube is going as well? That's not the direction I was hoping the Vita to go.

    Shame, really. It looks like they're just making Playstation TV more like Vita by cutting Vita features, and how Playstation TV will ever be really successful without Youtube or Netflix apps - I guess they are hoping by just making it really cheap?

    That would, of course, make it more interesting for Remote Play, if they can get the Vita to be $99 or less, people could buy it for that purpose perhaps.
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  • Face-Off: Saints Row 4: Re-Elected

  • Arwin 25/01/2015

    Thanks again, always appreciate these articles, quantifyable measurements always trump 'impressions' on other game sites. ;)

    As per usual, I've updated the results here:

    http://www.techingames.net/

    Direct link to the game overview:
    http://www.techingames.net/Games/Details/144?selectedTab=Overview
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  • Video: When games humiliate us with pity

  • Arwin 24/01/2015

    I always feel this way when I look at the add banner at the bottom of Eurogamer.net articles ... Reply +2
  • See what Jak 2 would look like if remade again

  • Arwin 20/01/2015

    The original Jak & Daxter is one of the very few 3D platformers I actually enjoyed. The PSP 'Daxter' game was quite good too though! Reply +2
  • Hotline Miami 2 banned in Australia

  • Arwin 15/01/2015

    @snafu65 From what I've heard, it's even worse to be a dancer ... Reply +3
  • Here's what DriveClub's upcoming Japanese track looks like

  • Arwin 15/01/2015

    @Lunatic4ever Can't you do triangle anywhere in the menu, invite friends, and have at it?

    ALSO: try the motion controls! :)
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  • Make something that makes something: Inside the Procedural Generation Jam

  • Arwin 14/01/2015

    @mtrc Done! Main level category created, and one feature added for one game that I knew from the top of my head, but still. ;) http://www.techingames.net/Features/Details/405?selectedTab=Table Reply 0
  • Arwin 12/01/2015

    I really appreciatie anything that will bring AI and PG further in games. I think I'm honor of this, I will add a Procedurally Generated category to my new features tracking game site (though anyone with enough XP can do this of course - user generated content for the win @ www.techingames.net ;) ) Reply 0
  • Limbo headed for PlayStation 4, too

  • Arwin 06/01/2015

    Too late, now there's Never Alone. ;)

    Nah, it's good that good games persist. This just wasn't for me, as a father, I couldn't stand it, no matter how wonderful the style (I did really dig it for that - I just already have enough of 'make sure the kid doesn't die a hundred horrible deaths' in my day to day life ;) ).
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  • Ubisoft polls public on future Far Cry settings

  • Arwin 05/01/2015

    Another vote for Dinosaurs! Reply +8
  • Eurogamer's Game of the Year 2014

  • Arwin 01/01/2015

    Having this as a good but not very innovative basis, I'd personally love to see Nintendo go this route: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZYdohW9r9g ... If they don't do it, I can only hope this or LBP Karting get a sequel that steals the things that Nintendo gets right here, and adds the already nearly perfect track building to make a truly awesome game! Right now, that MK8 wins this year just gives me the disappointing feeling that there weren't really great games that stood out this year, what with MK8 not even making the top 10 list on other sites even though they were selected there. That said, Nintendo did make me want their system this year, and when the hopefully final 3DS revision hits Europe, I will think hard about if I want that 3DS or the Wii U, because with a 6yo kid, it's hard to resist Nintendo. Reply -2
  • Games of 2014: Threes

  • Arwin 31/12/2014

    Tried it enough to get 384 a couple of times, but so far I'm not liking it much. I can see and to some extent enjoyed the appeal of a basic mechanic providing a game with some depth, but the balance between luck and skill seems too arbitrary to me for keeping my interest. Of course, the game is cheap enough that I'd hardly regret buying it. Reply 0
  • Games of 2014: Alien: Isolation

  • Arwin 27/12/2014

    If Alien: Isolation makes enough money I hope they spend some of that on better animations, because 2004 wants them back. ;) Otherwise, though, I'm not far into this game yet, but it's something special alright. Reply -2
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker review

  • Arwin 24/12/2014

    @Dan1382 That only holds if you also add 'lacks ambition'. Because the gulf of complexity in the worlds and code between Nintendo games and, say, Bethesda games, is also partly what affords such polish on Nintendo's side. If you take a game like Rayman: Legends, from Ubisoft, that game is polished plenty, is one of my favorite platformers of all time. Reply +1
  • Latest Assassin's Creed Unity patch boosts performance

  • Arwin 24/12/2014

    I tried it, and it's definitely much better now on PS4, and looks to be mostly identical to the Xbox One version.

    Tried a few murder mysteries by the way, they're pretty good!
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  • Star Citizen's Chris Roberts doffs hat to Elite: Dangerous

  • Arwin 20/12/2014

    Nice. Tempted to have a go at this. Wonder if I could play it with the DualShock 4's motion sensors. Always felt it would be a perfect controller for it. Reply +1
  • DriveClub revisited: is dynamic weather a game-changer?

  • Arwin 11/12/2014

    And the best motion controls for racing ever! DF, please make a lag test for that. ;) Reply +1
  • Tekken 7's chief developer doesn't take kindly to mixed Lucky Chloe reaction

  • Arwin 09/12/2014

    @rowsdower I thought that said "winning" for a moment ... Reply 0
  • Is Uncharted 4 the generational leap we were hoping for?

  • Arwin 08/12/2014

    I think the graphics are great, and I'm not worried there. My biggest wish is that all bullets have an impact on the enemy, no matter if they're dead, or in some animation, or whatever. Show me that bullet hit something, and use your awesome animation system to make it look natural.

    Otherwise, could barely be more excited for another Uncharted. Last of Us was too depressing for me.
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  • Video: Touch control rage with Tomb Raider 2 for iOS

  • Arwin 05/12/2014

    Thanks, now I'll have nightmares.

    I'm thinking I never played this. Was it the first Tomb Raider then that was already so good? It must have been (played it in 1995-6 I think).
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  • Black Friday deals for PlayStation 4, PS3 and Vita

  • Arwin 01/12/2014

    I went for Alien: Isolation in the spur of the moment, and with high recommendations from a friend who played it on PC (and a lot of other people of course). It'll likely take me a long while to get through, but I'm really digging it. Such a piece of beauty. The only real let-down graphically are the positively ancient NPC animations. If the Alien is similarly animated, I won't be nearly as scared as I thought I would be. ;) Everything else is really beautiful - stylistically completely nailed it, sound is amazing too. Reply 0
  • Sony won't renew FIFA sponsorship contract

  • Arwin 01/12/2014

    I hope this trend continues. Reply +246
  • Valve updates gift rules to limit Steam key resellers

  • Arwin 25/11/2014

    Still hoping for digital licences to become resellable. Hope the EU legislation drive for this pulls through. From the looks of things, Steam is readying itself to comply! Hopefully Sony and Microsoft will follow soon. Reply +11
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 review

  • Arwin 22/11/2014

    "Without these problems, I'd have no hesitation in saying this is the best LittleBigPlanet game to date."

    LBP1 score: 9/10
    LBP2 score: 9/10
    LBPVita score: 8/10

    Best LBP game to date: -2 for some technical issues, and the game releases only next week. Well, considering how long this game has been and will likely be supported with updates and so on, I think it's safe to say that I'm going to read this review as a 9/10 and will keep my pre-order. ;)
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  • Combat-free exploration-based MMO Wander is coming to PS4

  • Arwin 20/11/2014

    Finally! Reply 0
  • Assassin's Creed Unity's French Revolution blasted by ex-presidential candidate

  • Arwin 18/11/2014

    "Robespierre, is presented as a monster."

    He was a monster. Compare this revolution to many others all over the world, and it's one of the most brutal and bloody ones, especially in Europe, and largely thanks to him (not that the royalty were saints, of course).
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  • Shelter and Pid dev releases stop-motion shmup The Blue Flamingo

  • Arwin 18/11/2014

    I like it. Hoping for a Vita version, seems perfect for it. Reply +1
  • PlayStation TV review

  • Arwin 16/11/2014

    Yep, Netflix missing is unexcusable. The worst thing is that there has been a US app for it for ages on the Vita, but for some reason it was never released over here. Reply +2
  • DriveClub's premium November DLC will be free for full game owners

  • Arwin 15/11/2014

    Despite all the negativity, this is a great racer. Also have to remind people to try the motion control steering. If you've ever driven using a wheel, you should feel instantly at home! And if not, start with the slower cars and use it to make smooth turns. It's bloody brilliant and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay underexposed. It deserves an article of itself. Reply 0
  • Watch 10 minutes of 1080p Final Fantasy 15 footage

  • Arwin 15/11/2014

    If the game is open world and has some decent Jurassic Park moments, fights occur naturally like Final Fantasy XII, I could get into this. The driving bit is just a bit of fan fun I think (meme), but otherwise the most iffy right now is the story. Reply 0
  • Who needs games: PlayStation 4's first year

  • Arwin 15/11/2014

    (Oh, and I love DriveClub, it's beautiful, the clouds and lighting are a revelation, and motion control steering in that game is about as good as using a wheel, which is an enormously big deal for me. I've finished the whole game with just the motion control steering. But that's not hip anymore, so nobody pays it any attention - heck I want to bet 99/100 people actually playing the game haven't even tried it) Reply +8
  • Arwin 15/11/2014

    Nice glossing over some of my favorite games like Infamous and Resogun, but hey? ;)

    And this: PS4's best games, from Shadow of Mordor to Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, can almost without exception be played on PS3.

    Yes, but on PS4, they are sooooooooo muuuuuuuuch better! On PS4 you can play them with Share Play, you can share videos, they are your TVs native resolution, Diablo 3 looks great and is full 1080p60fps heaven, etc. And this goes for many more games. Sure, you can play the new Call of Duty on the PS3 too, but again, Full HD at 60fps on PS4. It matters. Look at the Digital Foundry preview for Far Cry 4. Another game on PS3, but the differences to the PS4 version can hardly be called trivial. Same for the GTA V rerelease - way bigger multiplayer, world density, but more than all of that, first person mode! Looks amazing. Motion control steering and flying is perhaps less important to most, but it's a big deal for me. And again, with a game like that, being able to stream, record those crazy moments and share them with friends, do all that and then make yourself go back to a PS3 ...
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  • Ubisoft launches Assassin's Creed: Unity live blog as devs battle bugs

  • Arwin 13/11/2014

    It's no coincidence that my new feature and issue tracking site for game versions (wwww.techingames.net) contains mostly AC:Unity entries. Remembering AC3, I *really* wanted that feature in there before the launch of Unity ;) Reply 0
  • SingStar Ultimate Party review

  • Arwin 13/11/2014

    Ellie, you really should stop doing reviews with scores. Writing a hate article is fine, but it doesn't need a score. This is ridiculous.

    I played the game, using only the free download, and getting some of the songs that I had bought on PS3. I tried it with the PS Camera, my iPhone with the App, and all worked fine. I also have a nice external microphone for my iPhone for recording live music (I play in a band) and that all worked really great too. In all cases, the new accurate pitch-line in the score-bands gave me very precise feedback on how well I was keeping tone. My wife is thrilled, as thus far I've always used the wired mics over all these years, and he hates wires.

    While we're on the subject of accuracy, you simply have the option to change the name of a user when they entered the score-list. Score one for efficiency, but you just missed that. Blame Sony for licencing issues? Sure, the industry has such a great track-record, why believe they would be difficult about this.

    I was also pleased to see that the game finally wisened up to a single difficulty level that instead just rates how precise you were and gives you more points for that.

    And this is only from playing the game for two-three songs with my son. I haven't looked into whether the party modes are really gone (could be, would be a shame, but then they may have thought that pass the mic was no longer necessary since everyone could use their own phone). I did only try the PS4 version though - who knows the PS3 version is much worse?

    On second thought - don't retire, do Just Dance 2015 next. You'd love it, it even supports the Move as well as phones and the PS camera.
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  • Performance Analysis: Assassin's Creed Unity

  • Arwin 11/11/2014

    I'm afraid it's just an embarrassing reality that Ubisoft still hasn't ported their animation and AI code to compute. They should be ashamed - well over five years ago now several articles showed how well animation and AI lends itself to streaming data, and particular if you're talking 10k or more. Google and you'll find plenty of examples. I bet they have better compute on the PS3 version of Black Flag's ocean waves than on this - in fact, I bet they used more compute for the waves on the PS4 version than they did in this entire game. I can only imagine that they developed a tonne of content creation and testing tools that they couldn't port to a CU heavy setup in time. But that just means they started on that too late and should have taken more time. But they rarely do. I have cynically recommended several people that they should wait at least until February to have the worst of the bugs removed, and it seems that was still conservative.

    I still want and will get digital Paris, but if they don't step it up next time, this will be the last purchase for many. It's not good if your port of a last-gen game is the better next-gen game. Framerate should be 30fps minimum, not maximum.
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  • Which PS4 games block Share Play?

  • Arwin 07/11/2014

    How about keeping track of that here?

    http://www.techingames.net/

    Databases are cool. ;) And I'm more than happy to provide you with some kind of view that you could show in an article. I'll be doing the same for beyond3d once they've upgraded to XenForo after the weekend (if all goes well). And there's some nice crossover with Digital Foundry too ...
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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: Ghosts block PS4 Share Play

  • Arwin 06/11/2014

    I've made a generic database that can track any feature for any version of any game on any platform. I added this feature there too. Try it out if you like: http://www.techingames.net/Games/Details/55 (takes you straight to Call of Duty, and if you click on the Blocks Share Play feature, it will also show other games that are reported to block this - from which I've for now removed Shadow of Mordor). Reply +4
  • What's the deal with steering wheels for PS4 and Xbox One?

  • Arwin 06/11/2014

    Thank god that the motion control steering is decent in DriveClub. I hope Sony makes that mandatory at least, so I won't miss my Logitech as badly.

    Still a shame though. It's probably all because the USB port was the only of maybe two hack-vectors that the Playstation 3 encountered over its lifetime?

    Tracking supported wheel models here btw, only have data on DriveClub so far:

    http://techingames.net/Games/Details/5

    (basically almost any modern Thrustmaster wheel, in other words)
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  • Performance Analysis: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

  • Arwin 04/11/2014

    I've started working on a new website that can basically store anything about a videogame in a searchable database. I've started with most of the Digital Foundry stuff. Summary of the Call of Duty story so far: http://techingames.net/Games/Details/55 Reply +1
  • Resogun is heading to PlayStation Vita

  • Arwin 31/10/2014

    They managed to port Super Stardust to the original PSP, so it's certainly possible. But it would be interesting to see if they'd manage voxels too. The power difference between Vita and PS4 is very big, so something will have to give. Who knows what they'll be able to fake though, and perhaps they'll just make it 2D :p Reply +4
  • Smaller, cheaper, cooler Xbox One processor in development

  • Arwin 31/10/2014

    The PS4 is already slim enough to last quite a while. It also looks relaly good. I see it become quieter and more power efficient before it becomes slimmer.

    Microsoft also spent the potential cost reduction already in the US it seems, dropping the price to $349 last week?
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  • South Park Pinball stages are coming via Zen Studios

  • Arwin 13/10/2014

    @dadrester Opposite for me. The Zen designed tables are often much better suited for longer play, in my experience. I like both, but prefer Zen. And since Zen Pinball is basically free with one table, and then you can buy individual tables, there's no time like the present to just get this table if you want. ;) I have all the tables, by the way, and as I have a PS3, PS4 and Vita, I get them on all of those for the same price, which is cool. It's also one of the few games that makes me wish I have 3D in my livingroom - I tried it briefly on the PS4 with 3D, and it's just so amazing. Suddenly, there's a real table in front of you. Reply +1
  • Arwin 01/10/2014

    Sweet. Looking forward to this! Reply +2
  • Microsoft's indie parity clause exists so Xbox One owners feel "first class"

  • Arwin 13/10/2014

    I think in this case he would have been better off not saying anything about it and hope people forget. I think this explanation is crap. This clause is questionable for big releases already, but Indie? Reply -1
  • Xbox One to get themes, background pics, screenshot feature

  • Arwin 09/10/2014

    Microsoft is doing a great job with the updates for sure. I do think though that Sony got a lot of stuff right the first try. If you put the firmwares side by side and compare how well features work against each other, I'm sure you'll find good and bad on both sides.

    Something like MKV support though is definitely a big win for Microsoft. Sony may never manage to pass that internally, which is a shame.

    These announcements though - are announcements, the features aren't in there yet. And they are announcements of features that are already there on PS4 or will be in the upcoming 2.0 update, which is imminent afaik.
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  • Sony "temporarily holding back" DriveClub's free PlayStation Plus edition

  • Arwin 09/10/2014

    @MrTomFTW: what bullshit, I have the full game and I haven't had a single bit of online connectivity yet, and same for many others on Neogaf. So there are most definitely server issues.

    Really enjoying the game btw, it's almost more relaxing not to read at every turn that I should have done this better. ;) And that's also why the penalties (which aren't bad at all imho) are there - to make that competitive bit more fun.

    Also, too few reviewers mention the gyro controls. Noone even assumes that is a valid option, whereas in my experience its fantastic and I use it exclusively.

    The only true reason for bitching is that in this day and age, you'd hope server load at launch would be a solved issue.
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  • Digital Foundry vs DriveClub

  • Arwin 09/10/2014

    A much overlooked feature imho, is that the gyro steering works great. I always use it.

    Here's a video that shows how responsive it is.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phF14Jrryzk
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  • Console Diablo 3 patch 2.1.0 "just around the corner"

  • Arwin 08/10/2014

    I just mentioned that it was downloaded on PS4 this morning when I did a short gyro controls test of DriveClub (which works great btw) Reply 0
  • UK chart: Shadow of Mordor biggest launch for a game based on Lord of the Rings

  • Arwin 07/10/2014

    Don't despair Drakos, this is only the ever decreasingly relevant list of retail sales. Reply 0
  • DriveClub review

  • Arwin 07/10/2014

    So what was reviewed here? The PSN version? The full version? And what about the Gyro controls?

    I don't doubt the score is fair, and as a driving game fan with a penchant for beautiful graphics and fair competition 6/10 is probably sufficient for me, but the review seems a bit of a rush job?
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