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  • Now TV has arrived on PS4

  • Cartho 24/07/2014

    While 9.99 is alot, I look at it this way:

    I don't have sky at home, and this allows me to watch my football team (Chelsea) play when I want to.

    A ticket for a Chelsea game would cost a minimum of 50 per game. Now obviously, part of what you are paying for at a live game is the atmosphere, the hilarious drunken singing, hurling abuse at Tottenham and the referee, plenty of boozy shenanigans and the thrill of seeing your heroes up close and personal.

    Still though, I don't buy a Sky pass very often, only for big matches such as games against other title rivals etc. When you put it into the context of the price of a live sports ticket, 9.99 per game seems like an awfully good deal. 9.99 is also only very slightly more than what you would pay for a cinema ticket in the UK, and that 9.99 gets me a full 24 hours of sporting enjoyment - if I buy the pass at mid day I could potentially watch 2 or even 3 matches if they are being shown on sky. A cinema ticket gives me ~2 hours of enjoyment, before I spend at least 6 - 10 on drinks etc.

    Yes, 9.99 is quite alot of money for 24 hours access to a TV channel. But if you compare it to what alot of entertainment activities cost, it ain't as bad as it first sounds.
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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition's release date pushed back over a month

  • Cartho 24/07/2014

    More polish time is fantastic. Also more time to play Destiny :P Reply 0
  • Destiny Xbox One beta won't be 1080p, but the final version will

  • Cartho 19/07/2014

    Having so much fun with it, be patient Xbox owners, it's worth the wait! Reply 0
  • How strong exactly is PlayStation's 2014 line-up?

  • Cartho 09/07/2014

    Don't feel sorry for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed so far on my PS4:

    Killzone Shadowfall (Not a classic but enjoyable and gorgeous)

    Assassins Creed Black Flag

    Wolfenstein New Order (Probably the best single player FPS campaign since Bioshock and arguably since Half Life 2, yes it really is that good)

    Infamous Second Son

    MGS Ground Zeroes


    Child of Light

    Trine 2

    The utterly majestic Destiny alpha - 3 solid days of joy

    Trials Fusion

    Tomb Raider (great fun)

    Fifa 14 (get on the beers, get mates round, eat pizza, play footie)

    Sniper Elite 3 (surprisingly good)

    Battlefield 4 (I never encountered most of the bugs people did, and now its all been fixed up it's very good fun)

    Warframe (Keeping me sane till Destiny)

    I don't own a PS3 or a 360 - I skipped last gen and played on PC. My PC is now old and I honestly got sick of Windows, worrying about system requirements, updating drivers and all the other bollocks that comes with PC gaming. I didn't want to look forward to a new game 2 years down the line only to eventually find I'll need to fork out another 250 to make it run properly.

    So actually, I adore my PS4. It's been one of the best purchases I've made in a long time.

    Seeing as I never owned a PS3 I am extremely looking forward to The Last of Us, I am foaming at the mouth for Destiny, Assassin's Creed Unity actually looks ok, Far Cry 4 will hopefully be as excellent as Far Cry 3, Dragon Age Inquisition will steal what little of my life that Destiny hasn't already stolen and Batman Arkham Knight looks quality. Oh and Driveclub looks pretty sweet too.

    I think that lot will probably last me until 2015 when The Order 1886, Uncharted 4, No Man's Sky, The Witcher 3 and more arrive. I mean to be honest, from where I'm sitting, the rest of 2014 looks pretty rosy.

    Obviously people who don't like those kinds of games might feel aggrieved, but I think there's a fairly decent variety of titles there amongst the "rest of 2014 and into 2015" bracket. Should be a good few Indies as well, and my PS Vita arrives tomorrow so any spare time I have left I can lose myself in Final Fantasy X again.
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  • The real story behind The Sun's "Gaming as addictive as heroin" headline

  • Cartho 08/07/2014

    To anyone here not from the UK:
    The sun is one of those shitty tabloids that prints headlines designed to scare people for no reason other than, you know, it's what they do.
    Reply +3
  • Advanced Warfare is COD's biggest technological leap since Call of Duty 2

  • Cartho 02/07/2014

    It's going to be bloody funny if naughty dog get uncharted 4 running at 60fps and these guys can't get this to. Reply +6
  • YouTube premieres 60 fps video with Battlefield: Hardline trailer

  • Cartho 28/06/2014

    I played the BF Hardline beta..... God it's weak. To think a professional studio has been making it - not gonna lie 10 - 12 years ago modders would have made this. It's just a reskin of Battlefield 4. They had the chance to make a totally different type of game with this. The cops and robbers theme is strong - games like SWAT have proved how much fun it can be.

    I mean its not cops and robbers at all - its a fucking war in the middle of a city. Show me one bank robbery that ended up with rocket launchers, helicopters with miniguns on the side and construction cranes falling down. I mean what's the point? It's just a texture pack for Battlefield 4 - the kind that any decent mod team could have made if EA had allowed modding.

    It's supposed to be a team of robbers trying to crack a vault and then escape. Police team tries to stop them. That's a great idea for a game - it could have been fab. Massive maps would have been possible, large banks and their surroundings, with multiple floors and possible entry points - Police would need to cover the escape routes, robbers would need to try and keep the cops out - like what Rainbow 6 siege is doing.

    But NOOOOOOO. Not for EA. Oh no. If you haven't played the beta, let me explain what a match looks like:

    Cops and robbers all spawn at the same time on different sides of the map. They all rush to vehicles and charge towards the objective. Once there they jump out, start jumping about and firing assault rifles at each other. Snipers parachute out of helicopters, land on random jutting out bits of scenery on the top of buildings and just start shooting wildly down into the carnage below. Police officers with rocket launchers start shooting at robbers with AK 47s. Vehicles drive around all over the place, then get blown up by landmines / grenades / more rocket launchers. Someone lands a police helicopter in the middle of the road where some of the robbers have holed up and starts unloading a minigun into the street, wiping out cars, trucks and robbers alike in a scene reminiscent of that bit at the end of The Matrix.

    Sound like Battlefield 2 / 3? Yeah it does doesn't it? SOUND LIKE A BANK HEIST TO YOU?

    It's just ridiculous. If they wanted to make another traditional Battlefield game they should have done another 2142 type thing. Or gone to a different period of history like the American Civil war or hell even gone back to WW2. What was once a stupidly overpopulated period of history for games has now become barren - WW2 would feel fucking fresh right now. They should have done WW2 but a totally different field of conflict - say the Italian campaign, or the Pacific theatre.

    If they really wanted to do the cops and robbers thing, they should have made it a different bloody game. Remember that EA / DICE? When games could be DIFFERENT to the last one? Pathetic.
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  • The sickening side of the Steam summer sale

  • Cartho 28/06/2014

    As much as I respect Valve for basically saving PC gaming - lets face it when the 360 and PS3 arrived PC gaming was in an atrocious place, fading from the high street stores, I can't help but feel about Steam.

    Part of me is worried - if anything happens to steam, to Valve or their servers etc, PC gaming almost grinds to a halt. Lets face it, right now Steam basically IS PC gaming. You won't find many PC gamers that don't have steam installed and you won't find many PC Gamers who don't have a very substantial steam library. If something goes wrong, poof! That's it, PC gaming stops. Ok so Origin and GoG exist, but come on, Steam is the lifeblood of PC gaming. Take it away and things look bleak.

    Is it right for one company to have such a monopoly? Surely competition is a good thing?

    I also feel like the PC gaming space has lost one of its greatest development teams of all time. Valve don't really seem to be interested in making games anymore. Infact, outside of the Steam management / upkeep team, which must be pretty big, I do wonder what all of their actual developers do all day.

    I miss the days of Half Life. I miss the days when Valve would come out and blow the world away with a cinematic, story driven experience which would leave you feeling drained and exhilarated at the same time. Back in the glory days of Half Life 2 and its episodes, I would have said Valve were the kings of the story driven action game. Now though, it just seems like all of that has been lost. Naughty Dog's stuff has taken over. Now Valve just seem to be concerned with making hats for Team Fortress 2. It's no shock that they made DOTA2 - they saw where the PC games market was heading - the toxic battlegrounds of MOBAs, where aggressive misfits scream at people who've never played the game before because they've not spent 40 hours reading about strategy and a further 40 hours learning the absolute basics in game.

    Valve saw what RIOT had done with League of Legends and thought "They're making shit loads of money, we want a piece of that pie".

    It's gotten to the point now where I just WISH Valve would split from Steam. Make Steam a separate company, with its own staff. Then Valve might be free to go back to actually making games again.
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  • Mass Effect 4: everything we know so far

  • Cartho 28/06/2014

    Man modern gamers have got to be the most joyless bunch of cynical pricks on the face of the earth. Really only takes one wrong with you guys doesn't it? One game which didn't meet your personal expectations and the hardwork of hundreds is completely written off for good.

    I personally loved all three ME games. While in my opinion the first had the best story thanks to the superb antagonist in Saren, the combat was godawful, and the second and third games refined the combat to a much more finely honed state. Perhaps one of the most refreshing things about ME3 was the actually brilliant coop mode they added, plenty of depth and alot of fun with mates.

    I think Bioware get a very very unfair wrap from many people these days, and most of those people are just jumping on the hate bandwagon because it seems like the cool hipster thing to do. I also really enjoyed BOTH Dragon Age games. I respect each for what they are - Origins is a more hardcore CRPG, and DA2 is a more fast paced action RPG. I actually play DA2 like a single player World of Warcraft, using similar keybindings and applying the tank, healer DPS philosophy that I love so much to it. I enjoy it, I love the advanced scripting system for party members - no other games has made one as good - if you know how to use it properly you can make a fully autonomous party that require next to no micromanagement - leaving you free to terminate with extreme prejudice.

    Yes they recycled environments far too much - it felt somewhat rushed as a result. Yes Kirkwall didn't feel enough like a city due to clear limitations on the number of NPCs they could show on screen at any one time. Yes the waves of respawning enemies got abit annoying and the hand crafted encounters of origins felt more like puzzles.

    However DA2 fixed alot of what was wrong with DA:O - namely the slow, clunky character movement, terrible pathing and unresponsive feeling combat.

    Both games are very, very different. DA:O was doing the usual Bioware:

    "one random but otherwise normal ish person is living their life when all of a sudden circumstances force them to join secret order of badasses to save the world from a being of such raw evil that they piss malevolence."

    We've seen it soooooooo many times - it actually had a pretty generic story. What saved it was the great characters and the way it was told.

    DA2 tried something different, and I actually really applaud BW for it. They decided to not just make another "random dude saves world because it needed saving and he was there at the right time" story. They just wanted to tell a story about a guy / girl. It was basically a rags to riches tale. You arrive in a city destitute and with no status. Your primary goal is simply to make a name for yourself.
    It was actually quite an interesting story. If BW had been given more time it could have been a true classic. It was still though, in my opinion, a very very enjoyable game, which gets a heck of alot of unfair criticism. It wasn't a classic on the level of Knights of the Old Republic. It had flaws - lots, but I have still sunk more hours into it than most other games in my steam collection.

    In before I get downrated to hell by the "DA2 SUX OMG BW NEVER BUYING THEIR GAMES AGAIN YOU SUCK SELLOUTS" brigade.
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  • Hearthstone Curse of Naxxramas expansion out in July

  • Cartho 27/06/2014

    Wes got abit lucky in that game, Tirion was a total game changer, he was being heavily smacked around for large portions of that match, gg though Reply +1
  • Space Hulk: Deathwing in-game trailer shows off Unreal Engine 4 visuals

  • Cartho 27/06/2014

    I think the Monster at the end might have been a Tyranid Warrior. Wasn't big enough to be a Hive Tyrant or Carnifex, was too big to be a gaunt or a genestealer. Reply 0
  • Cartho 27/06/2014

    We need more good 40k action games, Space Marine was great fun. My PS4 is ready.
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  • Have mobile graphics finally surpassed last-gen console?

  • Cartho 26/06/2014

    Dunno why these people bother. They're playing catch up in a major way, boasting about this kind of stuff when people have just watched the PS4 running that Uncharted trailer, or The Order 1886, or Sunset Overdrive / crackdown 2 on Xbox one.

    Anyway, good luck to em, you guys keep on churning out sub standard micro consoles which can run Angry birds really fucking well. I'll just go back to playing proper games on my PC and PS4
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  • Destiny beta begins late July for Xbox 360 and Xbox One

  • Cartho 26/06/2014

    To anyone who's watched it and thought "meh", I urge you to try it.

    It's utterly stellar. There is like a 15 page thread on NeoGAF, about people's opinions before the alpha and after it, and 90% of the responses were along the "interest was 6/10 pre alpha, 9/10 post alpha"

    It really is a supremely enjoyable game, it's going to be bloody HUGE.
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  • Destiny's PlayStation-exclusive content detailed in full

  • Cartho 23/06/2014

    Love seeing all the massively salty Xbox owners. Some next level moronic shit going down in this comments section.

    "Xbox players will just skip this game entirely"

    Oh really? Care to place a wager on that one?

    "Nobody's going to give a shit about Destiny a year after release"

    With Activision's marketing budget? Combined with the massively positive press it gathered from what was a superbly polished Alpha? Again, want a bet? Let me correct this 12 year old fanboy statement:

    "Nobody's going to give a shit about this exclusive DLC that is 100% unnecessary to enjoy the game a year after release"

    "PS4 has the alpha because it was the version, and only one, with problems that severely corrupted gameplay. Play it for yourself and its horrendous."

    Erm... What issues? Feedback from pretty much everyone who has played it has been almost overwhelmingly positive. I played it pretty much solidly for the entire Alpha weekend. It was very polished. I mean there are MANY full game releases which were miles worse.Battlefield 4 for example. What issues did you find? If you did find any of these horrendous issues and "severe, gameplay corrupting problems" I take it you went and checked the official alpha forums and posted feedback about what those problems were, when they occurred and what you were doing to cause them? Because, you know, it's an alpha TEST BUILD.

    SO please, do go on, we're all curious. What were these massive issues that you encountered?
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  • Crysis developer Crytek denies "verge of bankruptcy" claim

  • Cartho 23/06/2014

    They'd do better if they just made engines to license out. Their games always look stunning but most have all the depth of a wet paper bag, with frequently dull gameplay and totally appalling stories. The main exception being Crysis 1, which was genuinely a great shooter. Reply +10
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Far Cry 4

  • Cartho 23/06/2014

    @faizi1997 FEAR was gorgeous! Reply 0
  • Cartho 21/06/2014

    People need to stop slamming the next gen consoles for looking like PC games / running at 30 FPS.

    For a start, cross gen games always are technically tricky. They either look like steaming piles of turd (watch dogs) or run like crap due to the developers not building an engine specifically for a certain level of hardware.

    Go look at the Uncharted 4 trailer (ok it may not have been direct gameplay but it was running 100% in real time, in engine) Go look a some of the screenshots from Infamous: Second Son's photo mode taken by NeoGAF users. THAT'S a clearer indication of what PS4 can do when developers with actual coding talent (unlike Ubisoft it has to be said) get their hands on it.

    We are early in the next gen console's lifespans. Developers are still finding their way around the hardware. You want a real interesting comparison? Go look at Grand Theft Auto 5 or Uncharted 3 or The Last of Us. Look real carefully - they look good. I mean really good. Considering they are running on systems with 512mb of RAM and graphics tech based on 7800 GTX / AMD X1900s.

    Now look at this screenshot. That's an Xbox 360 game. Perfect Dark Zero. It was a launch window title. See the difference? THAT'S what happens when developers learn hardware. At the moment many devs haven't. That will change.

    Perfect Dark Zero, an early Xbox 360 game

    Uncharted 3, a mid - late ish (2011) PS3 game

    Night and day.
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  • Ubisoft explains why Watch Dogs on PC contains hidden graphics files

  • Cartho 21/06/2014

    I wish they'd release a patch for the PS4 version which makes it look like an actual PS4 game. Like Infamous, or Killzone Shadowfall, or even MGS Ground Zeroes. Seriously the textures in the PS4 version look like a kid did them in MS Paint. Ubisoft can't code for crap. Reply 0
  • How the Xbox One GPU Kinect reserve unlock works

  • Cartho 17/06/2014

    Microsoft are fucking funny. Gotta give em credit.
    its so super smart to give people the choice of kinect
    Remind me what they were saying last year about how they wouldn't remove it and that it was intrinsic to the entire system and everything was built with it in mind?
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  • Bleeding red and blue: Destiny's competitive multiplayer cut wide open

  • Cartho 10/06/2014

    I love how previewers say stuff like this:

    where's the innovation? I remember when Respawn's Titanfall burst onto the scene. It was so exciting because it looked like it would move the FPS genre forward. The Pilots with their every which way movement and mobility, versus the Titans, these powerful mechs that could dominate a map all on their own. Titanfall was so interesting because, at least on the face of it, it was so refreshing.
    Yet people report empty servers, the fact that its impossible to get into campaign modes due to queue times and the fact that it's not even slightly taken the world by storm in the same way that these journos would have had us believe it would.

    Titanfall wasn't new at all. Tribes had done Jetpacks ages ago, and mechs aren't new either. Sure it stuck them in the same game, but to be fair not many games have done what Destiny is trying to do before either - a semi persistent world MMO FPS online offline hybrid game.

    Getting so sick of journalists randomly and arbitrarily criticising games when they feel like it for a lack of innovation, yet totally ignoring lack of innovation in other games just because they've decided to like them.
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  • Grand Theft Auto 5 is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One this autumn

  • Cartho 10/06/2014

    Move aside watch dogs. Reply +1
  • Watch five minutes of Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay

  • Cartho 10/06/2014

    If this is running on ps4 here then it proves all of those people who got angry claiming that watch dogs was downgraded for the next gen consoles were totally wrong. This makes watch dogs look utterly primitive. Reply +1
  • Was there really a Watch Dogs graphics downgrade?

  • Cartho 08/06/2014

    The simple fact is:

    It's not even in the same league.
    Here are some more infamous screenies: These are actual screenshots captured using I:SS's photo mode.

    Now I'm sure people are going to shout at me about fewer pedestrians on screen etc. Ok, so I:SS does have fewer wandering pedestrians (though not massively fewer) and perhaps a smaller world to roam. However the lighting engine is in a totally different class.
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  • Cartho 08/06/2014

    I love hearing people saying that its all the weak PS4's fault that WD looks so poor.
    That's a lame excuse. WD isn't in the same league as Infamous, Battlefield 4, Killzone Shadowfall or Metal Gear Solid 5 graphically. I'd be willing to bet that when Rockstar show us GTA6 for the first time it will probably make WD look like a PS2 game by comparison.

    I just think Ubi dropped the ball in a major way with their optimisation to be honest.
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  • Cartho 08/06/2014

    On ps4 at least the textures look awful to me. It's not in huge same league as infamous second son, graphically speaking. Not even close. Hell at times the textures look worse than those found in assassins creed black flag Reply +10
  • Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta dated, entry costs 100

  • Cartho 31/05/2014

    100 yeah....... No. Reply -2
  • First footage of From Software's Project Beast

  • Cartho 30/05/2014

    Dat one handed shotgun. Oh sweet lord yes Reply +1
  • Digital Foundry: hands-on with Project Morpheus

  • Cartho 26/05/2014

    I own an Xbox and am annoyed that Sony have made something which sounds good.
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  • As Killzone Shadow Fall gets co-op, Guerrilla plots future on PS4

  • Cartho 19/05/2014

    Looking forward to this, Shadowfall was good fun and the MP was class. Reply -1
  • The Division delayed until at least Q2 2015

  • Cartho 16/05/2014

    You're forgetting. Last gen was pretty awful in huge launch window as well
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  • Watch how fast the Wii U loads with its new quick start menu

  • Cartho 08/05/2014

    V dangerous argument that. I personally loathe the kiddie games on Wii U, and have very much enjoyed on my PS4:

    Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes
    Black Flag
    Killzone Shadowfall
    Fifa 14
    Battlefield 4
    Trials Fusion

    Don't make the mistake of saying something as if it is cold, hard fact - i.e "there are NO (worthwhile) games whatsoever on the PS4" - that is your opinion, perhaps you should clarify as much.
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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer, release date revealed

  • Cartho 04/05/2014

    This is a fantastic trailer. I hope we get to play as some dudes attacking America this time, not as the heroic defenders of a crippled America fighting to restore it to its glory.

    Not because I hate America, I just think it would make for a far more interesting game story.

    Not been as interested in a new Call of Duty in a while!
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  • You'll want a powerful PC to play Wolfenstein: The New Order

  • Cartho 02/05/2014

    In this comments section: lots of people pretending they know more than game programmers about how games utilise CPU resources. Reply -4
  • Amazon, Asda drop Titanfall Xbox One bundle to 349

  • Cartho 12/04/2014

    Either MS didn't need to charge so much for Xbox one at launch, and they've just decided to drop the price to helps sales, or they weren't lying and the original price was a reflection of what it cost to make em. If that's the case they're gonna be losing money hand over fist with this Reply 0
  • Watch Dogs PC recommended specs are pretty tasty

  • Cartho 07/04/2014

    8 core is recommended because they have probably built the game around current gen consoles, which have low clock speed 8 core CPUs. To really make the most out of the ps4 and the xbox one you need to heavily thread your game, it's about making your code as efficient as possible, running across a multitude of threads.

    If they've built the game from the ground up to be heavily threaded to get it working efficiently on 8core console CPUs then it stands to reason that this threading is heavily engrained into the core architecture of the game.

    Having said that, it's coming out on ps3 and 360 as well.... I think the cell has very powerful multi threading capabilities but not sure about the 360 CPU. Unless for the last gen versions they have just drastically reduced CPU workload by cutting out loads of effects and pedestrians to limit the amount of ai being used etc. these do seem to be very high requirements though. It's not the fact that it's recommending an 8core CPU, it's the fact that it's recommending a stupidly powerful 8 core i7, which would be overkill in practically any other game out there. If it was purely about efficient threading to make the most of the console CPUs, why not recommend 8core jaguar level CPUs? The fact that they are recommending not just 8cores, but ludicrously powerful ones at that suggests that either the PC version has ALOT of extra, very CPU heavy features over the next gen consoles, or they just couldn't be bothered to optimise it properly for the large variety of PC hardware out there.

    Sadly, I think I know which of those two options is the case.
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  • MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro with GTX 880M review

  • Cartho 06/04/2014

    Eurogamer impressed that an 1800 laptop can perform well compared to 350 consoles. This is a faintly ridiculous article. Reply +80
  • The numbers game

  • Cartho 05/04/2014

    Metacritic needs to be fired into the sun. Reply +2
  • Hearthstone soft-launches on iPad - out in the UK soon

  • Cartho 03/04/2014

    Blizzard stomps into the mobile market and tells all other developers of cheap pseudo f2p crap to suck it up and watch how the big boys roll. Can't wait for uk launch! Reply +1
  • Phil Spencer named new boss of Xbox

  • Cartho 31/03/2014

    I love the way the Xbox team is focused on great games and gaming experiences (go, Titanfall!),
    Titanfall? Xbox had hardly anything to do with titanfall, they just paid vast sums of money for it not to be on Sony platforms.... It was made by Respawn and published by EA.
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  • The Last of Us headed to PS4 this summer, Sony employee says

  • Cartho 28/03/2014

    As someone who never owned a ps3 I would be all. Over. This. Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry vs. inFamous: Second Son

  • Cartho 27/03/2014

    Why are DF commenting on gameplay? That isn't their job, their job is to look at the tech side.
    Also, what kind of "next gen" gameplay were they thinking? I've yet to see one single game so far that has been a wild departure from things we've already seen. Yet it seems only certain games get criticised for it.

    Oh and before anyone says "but titanfall is the ultimate evolution of the fps and a true next gen game".... Don't even bother, tribes has been doing jet packs for years, and planetside 2 has mech suits that you could climb into and out of at will and customise already. So, I believe, did planetside 1.
    Reply +17
  • Face-Off: Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

  • Cartho 23/03/2014

    Thing is, last gen people like my class owned xboxes because it was the "done thing."

    It was the go to console, especially here in the UK - it was the toy every boy wanted. Heck kids in my class still want xbox 360s for Christmas even now.

    However now that is increasingly switching I think. More and more now, what used to be core xbox audience is starting to swing towards the PS4. Part of this is down to it looking nice, but equally there is the beer drinking college frat boy fraternity, who buy a console for FIFA and call of duty and pretty much nothing else. They don't read games websites or magazines. They see a console that is cheaper, and which has shinier explosions. Those people are starting to gravitate towards Playstation at the moment, and that is going to be worrying for Microsoft.
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  • Cartho 23/03/2014

    Here's the problem with your argument:
    Maybe the difference between 720p and 1080p Is hard to notice. I disagree but hey, let's just say it is.

    The simple fact is, people are becoming more and more aware that the xbox one is a technically inferior machine. I'm a teacher, and there are 8 / 9 year olds in my class who I hear talking at play times, and I've overheard several saying "don't get an xbox one, PS4 has better graphics"

    These used to be core xbox people. They all own xbox 360s, but the PS4 is increasingly being seen as a more powerful option.

    In addition to it being technically inferior, it's also more expensive, and that, right there, is a massive problem for MS.

    They are trying to sell a less powerful machine, that is demonstrably less capable than their chief competitor, for more money. Whichever way you look at it, that's always going to be a hard sell.
    Reply +24
  • Cartho 23/03/2014

    One of the perks of the PS4 version, as revealed earlier via a tweet, is atmospheric simulation - a real-time approach to rendering skies in the Ground Zeroes mission. This allows clouds to move dynamically and impact the sun's lighting, where by contrast the Xbox One release joins PS3 and 360 with purely static skyboxes.
    NEWS JUST IN: The power of the cloud clearly does not help with rendering clouds.
    Reply +23
  • Ground Zeroes shows open worlds how to be open

  • Cartho 22/03/2014

    I bet loads of the people complaining about MGS GZ would still willingly hand over 50 for the new Call of Duty every year.... Despite the fact that it plays like crap and is essentially copy pasted from last years version. What would you rather: pay 23 (which is what GZ is on for 2 hours of excellent gameplay, or pay 50 for what is essentially a map pack with an utterly abysmal 6 hour shooting gallery tacked on? For me, the decision is easy.

    This is a good illustration of why there is a difference between professional games critics and the general public / armchair critics. A professional game critic should look at GZ objectively, and take all factors into account. Yes, the game is short, however every single review seems to have one thing in common: the gameplay is phenomenal. EG are perfectly within their rights to write about a game with phenomenal gameplay. Just as they would be perfectly within their rights to write an article slamming it in terms of value for money.

    To say that a game should never be written about, just because you don't perceive it to be good value is ludicrous. Value is in the eyes of the consumer, which is why I feel games reviews should steer clear of basing a score on it. Mention it, certainly, but to give a game 5/10 after praising its gameplay, just because you don't think it represents good value for money is, in my eyes, poor critical journalism. Scores should reflect gameplay, because value is something that is purely down to the consumer.
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  • Cartho 22/03/2014

    This will probably get down rated to all hell, but it needs to be said:

    Forget the price, forget the length, just for a couple of minutes and hear me out. Having just played through GZ I have to say, it is one of the best third person stealth experiences I have ever played. This article nails it perfectly, the freedom to explore, to choose your own way of achieving a goal which isn't obviously signposted is wonderfully refreshing. In an age of minimaps and compass arrows telling you exactly where to go, the paired back nature of this new MGS is, quite frankly, joyous. It's an open world without 700 random pieces of collectible shit. An open world without stupid arbitrary failure triggers, which have reached a peak of bullshittery in the more recent assassins creed games.

    Yes it's short, yes the price is too high for what we got in the end, but park that for a second, park your righteous rage. Look beyond that, if only briefly, and you will see that Konami have made something truly breathtaking here. If the Phantom Pain is just this but much longer, then colour me extremely excited, as this is some of the best free form stealth I've seen. Ever.
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  • Phil Spencer on bringing VR, paid alphas to Xbox One

  • Cartho 21/03/2014

    Microsoft is looking into ways of charging gamers for both alphas and full release versions of the same game without losing the last shreds of respect they have from the gaming community
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  • Tom Clancy's The Division footage shown off

  • Cartho 19/03/2014

    At least us weirdos know how to use apostrophes....
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  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes review

  • Cartho 18/03/2014

    In this comments section, you will find:

    Idiots who have never played the game saying 9/10 is "bullshit". All because of the price / length.

    Games are reviewed on more than just how long they are and how much they cost. The price and length were mentioned in the review. If the length / price offends you then fine. Don't buy it. However a game review needs to review the game itself, not a company's business strategies. EG's reviewer clearly felt the gameplay was exceptional. So he gave it a high score. End of story.
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