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  • Dishonored: Definitive Edition is half-off if you own the original

  • Cartho 22/07/2015

    Such a classy game. Reading this makes me want to play dishonoured remastered on my PC. By that I mean playing it at higher settings than I could at launch and higher frame rates. All without spending a penny on a new copy! Reply 0
  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC will stay broken until this autumn - report

  • Cartho 18/07/2015

    When a game on PC launches in this state console fanboys call PC gamers entitled for complaining. If this game had released in this state on Xbox One or PS4 there would have been total uproar. Mark my words. Reply +2
  • Prototype's HD Biohazard Bundle is a big disappointment

  • Cartho 18/07/2015

    Meanwhile, on PC you can buy both games for less money and play them at massively higher frame rates and at hugely higher resolutions. If you already own the games, guess what? Shocking news! You don't need to buy them again to gain access to higher resolutions, better anti aliasing and higher frame rates? You just go into the options menu.

    I swear the culture of re masters has done PC gaming he world of good - it actually illustrates how superb it is.
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  • Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch out this week

  • Cartho 14/07/2015

    Just give me Dawn of War 3. FUcking pump it into my veins. Make it set in the Damocles Crusade - I want a big, story driven campaign where I can play as the Tau, defending their empire, or the Imperium, fucking it up because racism. Reply 0
  • Konami scrubs Kojima's name from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain cover

  • Cartho 14/07/2015

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  • Jordan Henderson is on the cover of FIFA 16

  • Cartho 10/07/2015

    Previous cover stars of FIFA have included: Pep Guardiola, Edgar Davids, Thierry Henry, Scholes, Totti, Van Nistelrooy, Dennis Bergkamp, Ronaldinho and Eden Hazard.
    Now Jordan Henderson joins that list. I think I just threw up abit.
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  • Star Wars Battlefront on PS4 shows huge promise - but needs work

  • Cartho 05/07/2015


    Hard hitting journalism here guys...

    In other news, the sun is hot.
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  • Bungie hired Tobias from Arrested Development to write jokes for Destiny's script

  • Cartho 03/07/2015

    Further evidence that Destiny is a hacked down, bastardised version of what they originally wanted it to be. Activision are getting away with murder here, they really are. They've turned a promising idea into one of the worst cash cows in modern gaming. Reply 0
  • Face-Off: Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition

  • Cartho 29/06/2015

    PC Port of a remaster of a 2009 game has wildly more advanced graphical customisation options than 2015 Arkham Knight. GG Iron Galaxy. Reply +5
  • Amy Hennig's EA Star Wars game like Uncharted and 1313, says Nolan North

  • Cartho 29/06/2015

    It's been a while since we had a really top quality, single player Star Wars experience. Here's hoping Amy and EA can deliver... Reply +7
  • Dying Light dev takes the piss out of Destiny's Red Bull promo

  • Cartho 25/06/2015

    Techlads. Reply +1
  • It gets worse - Batman: Arkham Knight on PC lacks console visual features

  • Cartho 25/06/2015

    Brave move from WB to pull the game from being sold. I'm not having as many issues as some are on PC but my PC is frankly overkill and Gsync helps make stutter less obvious. I still get seemingly random drops though.

    They need to get this stuff fixed ASAP.
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  • Rocksteady and "external PC development partner" investigating Batman: Arkham Knight performance issues

  • Cartho 24/06/2015

    No worries :)
    I'm using an ASUS ROG Swift, PG278Q. It's a 27", 1440p G-Sync display. It's gorgeous :)
    G-Sync is one of the most amazing "wow, this is next gen" upgrades I've experienced. The ability to unlock the framerate of games, turn off Vsync and just play it without noticing tearing or the sudden juddering drops / stuttering that you can get with Vsync is amazing.
    You pay a premium for it, but my god it's worth it.
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  • Cartho 23/06/2015

    It's running very smoothly for me but there are some moments where it seemingly randomly drops quite hard for a second or two then comes back up again.

    Granted, my PC is powerful and I'm using a G-Sync monitor so I don't notice drops quite as much.
    My specs:

    i7 4790k OCed to 4.4GHz
    EVGA GTX 980 Superclocked with ACX cooler
    8GB RAM

    I'm running it at 1440p with everything turned on / as high as it will go apart from the Nvidia fog thing which I've turned off as it tanks performance mega hard for a relatively small boost to an effect which is not always on screen anyway.

    When I say smooth, it's between 50 and 60 FPS and above most of the time. Again though, this is only with the textures on the "normal" setting as that's as high as they will go for some bizarre reason. I have also got rid of the 30 FPS cap with an INI tweak. That made a big difference.

    To remove the cap:

    Go to the installation folder: Steam Library\Steamapps\Common\Batman Arkham Knight\BmGame\Config\BmSystemSettings.ini and look in the file for "MaxFPS=30" change it to what you want. I changed it to 9999 as I have a Gsync monitor and wanted it totally unlocked.

    If you PC is less powerful and you don't have a Gsync display though the 30 FPS cap might be a sensible idea to leave in place.
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  • Destiny: The Taken King director defends 40 expansion price tag

  • Cartho 22/06/2015

    This Luke Smith guy comes across REALLY badly. Like, Really, REALLY badly.

    People need to make a serious stink about this, they're nickle and diming people in the worst way imaginable. Bah, who am I kidding? People will still throw money at them.
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  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited review

  • Cartho 22/06/2015

    I hope that we don't have a similar situation to "The Old Republic" here. You know, where a superb single player franchise gets turned into an MMO which isn't very good and now the superb single player franchise is never to be seen again....

    I want a proper next gen Elder Scrolls game. Not this crappy World of Warcraft knock off. If I want to play a fantasy MMO - I'll play WoW, because it's in a totally different league in terms of quality.
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  • Radeon R9 390X 8GB review

  • Cartho 22/06/2015

    Very happy with my GTX 980. BY the time I want to upgrade it, HBM 2.0 and Pascal will be out, which should deliver big performance increases. Reply +1
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with the Gears of War Ultimate Beta

  • Cartho 17/06/2015

    60 FPS in mltiplayer means it's almost certain to be 30 in SP on Xbone....

    I'll be buying on PC.
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  • Microsoft introduces new modular Xbox Elite wireless controller

  • Cartho 16/06/2015

    I have a job and disposable income. This baby's gonna be mine for my PC. Right in time for whatever big blockbuster 3rd person game (basically AC Syndicate) that I get conned into buying. Gotta love me some high quality peripherals... Reply +1
  • EA E3 2015 conference live report

  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    Fit Swedish bird wheeled out to wake everyone up again Reply 0
  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    PLEASE improve the Be a Pro mode. Make it like NBA 2k15 Reply 0
  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    Can we see FIFA now? Lets stop milking Pele's grotesquely inflated ego. He wasn't as good as Messi is now. Reply 0
  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    did he just say I'm gonna tell "for the yanks"?

    Jesius christ, I say this as a football fan and FIFA lover: GET OFF THE STAGE.
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  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    It wasn't an amazing tale. It was a boring ramble. Reply 0
  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    Pele is an arrogant fuck - Messi is as good as he was if not better. Reply 0
  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    Don't worry Martin, we'll say the things you want to but can't!

    FUck. OFF. PHIL.
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  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    This is so pointless. NO ONE watching this conference gives a shit. Why bother? Reply 0
  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    "Good afternoon, lets talk about mobile"
    AAAAAANNNNNNNDDDD... I'm off for tea.
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  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    Fifa time please. I wanna up my swag even more. Reply 0
  • Cartho 15/06/2015

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  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    Forget these stupid American sports GIVE ME FIFA Reply 0
  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    time for another insane segway Reply 0
  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    From that Unravel trailer to Dangerzone and that dude in the suit coming on. I'm dying here Reply 0
  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    ROFLMAO And now for something completely different Reply 0
  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    I'd love it if this was a HUGELY elaborate troll and the next thing we see a group of Delta Force soldiers loading M16's and ziplining out of a helicopter. Reply 0
  • Cartho 15/06/2015

    This guy is.... Odd. Also almost hysterically nervous Reply 0
  • Microsoft's difficult choice at E3 2015

  • Cartho 11/06/2015

    Bah, EG have obviously not read MisterxMedia.

    There are going to be BOMBS at E3. MEGATONS. Apparently the Xbox One has actually got HBM memory in it. You know, the stuff that currently not even the highest end 2015 PC graphics cards have yet. It is also capable of downsampling games from 4k to 1080p - that's part of their plans for Xbox One too.

    When Xbox One owners are playing the next Forza at 4k 60 FPS on the Xbox One then Sony etc will all collapse and go bankrupt. It's only because Microsoft have been nice to them, only because they didn't want to destroy a rival, that Sony have got a lead right now. It's for that reason that the Xbox One seems underpowered - Microsoft didn't want to tell anyone about the SUPERCOMPUTER they have stuck into that 350 box. But this E3? According to MisterX's insider (WHO WORKS FOR MICROSOFT DON'T YOU KNOW!!!!!!!111): "The gloves are coming off"

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  • Heroes of the Storm review

  • Cartho 05/06/2015

    Not sure if you've played D3 lately but... It''s changed alot since release. Diablo 3 is utterly brilliant now. Blizzard's key skill is listening to player feedback and acting on it.
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  • GOG Summer Sale 2015 kicks off with Witcher 3 discount

  • Cartho 03/06/2015

    The Witcher 1 & 2 enhanced editions for 3 is a stunning deal - anyone who's not played them should def go for it. Reply +1
  • XCOM 2 announced for PC this November

  • Cartho 01/06/2015

  • We need to talk about emulation

  • Cartho 31/05/2015

    Very interesting article. Gamers do tend to be incredibly stingy when it comes to money. Yes, we often spend alot on hardware, and the games themselves cost alot more than a new DVD does, but there are plenty of other things that gamers seem to get extremely angry about paying for which would, in many other industries, seem quite normal.

    People rage about paying for online multiplayer on PS4 - yet it's cheaper than a monthly Netflix sub, no one seems to complain about Netflix charging you for access to its services.

    I'd not really thought about it much but this article brought it home - I'd never considered the idea that films can keep making money for an extremely long time, where games find this much more difficult. I do think that sometimes the games industry goes too far - there's a fine line between offering your customers value for money, trying to sustain yourself as a business and just flat out milking people for every penny. I think Ubisoft are somewhat guilty of falling into this trap, as are many other companies.

    I do think that streaming tech will take off, particularly for older games. It's not there yet, because most people's internet isn't there yet. I think that many games media websites often forget this, living as they do in the bliss of an office space which probably has a massive fibre connection piped straight into the front door.

    However, once internet speeds do catch up and once bandwidth caps become a thing we talk about with a wry smile and a "how did we ever put up with that shit?", then the idea of a "netflix for gaming" could become very attractive. There is no reason why the netflix style model and the traditional model of selling games cannot co-exist. Netflix type models could be used for older games - you want to go play Knights of the Old Republic, or Baldur's Gate 2? Fine, boot up Gameflix. You want to play the latest version of Far Cry 3 with a different texture pack installed? Go to the digital store or your local retail outlet of choice and pick up a copy of Far Cry 18.

    Just as the latest, brand new hollywood blockbusters take time to come to Netflix (and sometimes don't at all), the same could be done with new games - people can play them at launch by buying them, or be patient and wait for 6 months to a year. If they have come out on Gameflix they can play them there or they could pick up a cheap retail copy from the sales.
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  • Face-Off: Ultra Street Fighter 4 on PS4

  • Cartho 30/05/2015

    Another Unreal engine 4 game launches on consoles in abit of a mess. Is it that devs aren't used to the tech yet? Or can the new consoles just not really handle it properly? Reply -14
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate will not have companion app, Ubisoft confirms

  • Cartho 29/05/2015

    No tacked on, laggy co-op, no companion app, focus on core gameplay experience, no sword meaning a return to a focus on stealthy, knife based assassinations (hopefully no sword will mean you just cannot charge into a mob and kill 18 men in 30 seconds - this would lead to a greater focus on stealth and movement) - this is sounding promising.

    Bah, who am I kidding, it's going to be essentially the same game. Day one of development involved an intern accessing the AC Unity code base, selecting all and ctrl+c then ctrl+v into a "New Folder" called "AC Victory". Then the programmers stuck their feet up and played with nerf guns in the office while the artists set to work building a new city.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight is another step away from the intimacy of Arkham Asylum

  • Cartho 28/05/2015

    I still feel like there needs to be some form of middle ground though.

    My principle issue comes with certain aspects of games being treated as a negative point - such as whether it feels like "more of the same but with shinier graphics". These things would not, ordinarily be a bad thing to criticise - we all want to see new things and the industry moving on and exploring new stuff.

    However it does become an issue if one game gets slated by the games press for being simply too safe, too much like what we have seen before just with prettier graphics, and another game seems to avoid this criticism entirely when it should probably be levelled at it as well. (Sorry for the long sentence, writing fail :/)

    I think Mario Kart 8 is a superb example of this. That game is brilliant. Really, it's a reason to buy a Wii U. The gameplay is superb. However it does very little different from any of the previous Mario Kart games. Sure they have that anti grav hover bike thing but let's face it, that ain't really new either and it doesn't really affect the gameplay all that much. MK8 still got multiple perfect scores / "highly recommended" reviews.

    So if other games come out and get notably worse scores, with the primary criticism being that they are not trying anything new, and that they are sticking to an old, safe formula, then I would say that is a cause for concern within the games press. That is hugely inconsistent. I see your point about everyone having different opinions but in some areas it causes alot of problems.

    It sends a seriously mixed message, if one game gets slammed for not trying to do anything different and another game gets numerous game of the year nominations when it does almost nothing different - I feel so sorry for games devs. Those poor sods are caught right in the middle. Perhaps it's because Youtube and the rise of blogging has meant that vastly more opinions are out there now, but I don't remember the games press being like this when I was a kid. Maybe it's nostalgia, but it seems to have changed alot in the last few years.

    Another good example would be Far Cry 4 Vs Wolfenstein The new Order. Wolf TNO has a lower metascore than Far Cry 4. Quite a few reviews, including Eurogamer's if I recall, criticised it for simply being too linear, too oldskool, not trying enough that was fresh.

    However Far Cry 4 did not seem to get marked down as much as TNO did. Far Cry 4, need I remind everyone, was basically a mod for Far Cry 3. It was FC3 with a texture pack. Yet it got critical praise from many sources. I (and many others) found Wolfenstein TNO to have been joyously refreshing - a game with a single player focus, where the SP isn't tacked onto a CoD ripoff MP mode. A game which delivered arguably the best, tightest singleplayer FPS campaign since the original Bioshock. It didn't have the crazy, scripted set piece madness of Call of Duty because it didn't need it - it recognised the fact that if the gunplay is good, the level design is interesting and the guns themselves are varied and feel fun to use then you don't need a scripted sequence involving lots of blokes telling each other to "stay frosty" and yelling "ooraah" while ziplining out of a helicopter.

    What about Far Cry 5? Will that also get critical praise if they release Far Cry 4 again but set in a different country? Why can that get away with high scores where other games are criticised for the very same issues that are rife in Far Cry?
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  • Cartho 28/05/2015

    I'm very much with the people saying this feels abit "damned if you do and damned if you don't" to be honest.

    As others have pointed out, had Rocksteady made a similar, claustrophobic game set in one main location then the press would have moaned about it not being different.

    Leadbetter would have done another Digital Foundry article where he tells us it's a pretty game but it's nothing we haven't seen before and he would have liked them to take a more "next gen" approach to the gameplay.

    Really feels like the modern games press doesn't know what it wants at the moment, and I think this is why it feels so wildly inconsistent. Some games get criticised for just being more of the same but with a shiny coat of paint. Others, like Mario Kart 8 for example, seem to be 100% exempt from these criticisms.
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  • Nintendo colours outside the lines in the lovable but irksome Splatoon

  • Cartho 28/05/2015

    Interesting read, more negative than I thought it was going to be. I'm not surprised - Nintendo are VERY new to multiplayer shooters really - they were never going to "perfect the genre" on their first real go.

    Lots of people's criticisms are very reminiscent of Titanfall - just not nearly enough content.
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  • What does it take to run The Witcher 3 at 1080p60?

  • Cartho 28/05/2015

    I run it at 1080p 60 v sync locked - never get drops.
    I use ultra settings for everything including HBAO+ but have disabled hairworks as I find I can't quite sustain a totally locked 60 with it on. I have also dropped the foliage distance from ultra to high, as I can't really notice any difference between them and the performance hit seems to be massive.

    I'm using an i7 4790k overclocked to 4.4ghz, 8GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM and a superclocked EVGA GTX 980 graphics card (4GB of RAM).

    I think hairworks has alot of potential but at the moment the hit is just huge. If a GTX 980 gets big drops with it turned on then that gives some kind of idea about how demanding it is. I also think it looks abit weird on Geralt. Looks STUNNING on the creatures though, truly breathtaking. However to enable it on creatures you have to enable it on Geralt too and the performance hit is big. Hairworks on Geralt + creatures with 3 or more wolves for example is massive. Understandably, if you think that your GPU is now having to render tens of thousands of tessellated hairs on Geralt and 4+ wolves as well as all the other stuff it's doing...
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  • Destiny: House of Wolves review

  • Cartho 27/05/2015

    I always said that I thought there was a superb game buried (very) deep within destiny - it was a superb shooting engine with a bad game tacked over the top. I'm glad that Bungie are finally learning some lessons and improving it.

    Hopefully they will learn these lessons when Destiny 2 comes out.
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  • Lizard Squad teen pleads guilty to 23 charges of harassment

  • Cartho 26/05/2015

    Bubba gonna DDOS his arsehole so hard. Reply 0
  • Witcher 3's latest patch tidies up Nvidia Hairworks performance

  • Cartho 21/05/2015

    I've still got hairworks off. To me 60 FPS lock is the most important thing and I can't maintain a total 60 FPS lock on ultra settings + hairworks. I get VERY VERY close if it's just the "Geralt only" setting but very close isn't good enough for me :)

    Seem to have found a good setup now after some time spent tweaking. 1080p everything on ultra, HBAO+ hairworks off and foliage view distance set to high instead of ultra (this one's a biggie).

    Gorgeous game but, as expected, quite a system hog! Bear in mind I can't max it out as I mentioned above and lock 1080p 60 - though I can get incredibly close. I'm rocking an overclocked i7 4790k (4.4 GHz) and a GTX 980... I think maxing it all out totally, including ultra foliage render distance, full hairworks etc and locking 60 FPS is getting into SLI 980 / Titan X territory.
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