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  • Nintendo patents console without a disc drive

  • Cartho 22/08/2015

    Going back to carts? Reply -1
  • PS4 gets its own preview program

  • Cartho 20/08/2015

    So we can TEST the stability updates. TO see just how stable they really are. Reply 0
  • Video: Where's the hype for these huge games?

  • Cartho 14/08/2015

    AC Syndicate lack of hype is obvious - the game hasn't really changed except for the worse in years. They dumbed down the combat hugely in AC3 and Unity was a complete technical mess on pretty much every platform it launched on. Also, people really fricking hate Ubisoft right now. Reply +1
  • PS4 to get YouTube broadcasting, Communities and more

  • Cartho 12/08/2015

    Still, this kind of thing is exactly why competition is great for the industry. Sony had a dreadful PS3 launch and spent the entire rest of the gen working hard to regain goodwill. BY the end of the gen, thanks to huge OS improvements which turned the PS3 into a media playing powerhouse and exceptional exclusive games they turned it around. They followed this up by launching a console which was powerful, cheap and easy to develop for.

    Microsoft had got lazy. The Xbone had an AWFUL unveil and sales were poor compared to its main rival. They have been forced to change things. They have. They've clearly worked very hard to turn things around. Phil Spencer seems like a great guy, the OS is going from strength to strength and they have a very strong looking lineup of exclusives. I PRAY Sony isn't going to rest on their laurels. PS4 is selling ridiculously well - it's on track for PS2 style sales numbers and. It says alot that the Xbox One is selling faster than the Xbox 360 did at any point in its lifespan, and has been since launch, yet it is still being roundly outsold by PS4.

    I'm really hoping that Sony doesn't just sit back and coast. Arrogant, lazy Sony, buoyed by the success of the PS2, gave us that dreadful PS3 launch. I fervently hope that they don't make the same mistake again. The PS4 is a superb games machine, however it is becoming increasingly clear that the Xbox One is a very very good games machine as well - we're seeing considerably fewer major technical disparities between multi plat titles now. However the simple fact is, at the moment, the Xbox One does most other things apart from playing games much better than the PS4 does.

    People may say "oh but it's a games console I don't give a shit about media features", but you need to think about it from a mass consumption point of view. If someone doesn't have alot of money, they will look at the PS4 and think "this will let me play games at a slightly higher resolution." Conversely, if they look at the Xbox One they will think "this will let me play games, watch, control and RECORD TV (this is a big deal, PVR boxes cost a decent amount of money) as well as having access to netflix and BBC Iplayer etc etc.

    Fact is, the Xbox One is more and more becoming the "One box under your TV that does everything you need". PS4 is still very much just a games machine. That's all well and good but they need to back that up with strong OS features to boot. I mean SOny had this amazing idea with the Share button - it really is superb. BUT it still takes pictures in shitty compressed jpeg formats. Xbox One screengrabs are high res png files. Plus the community area on Xbox Live is alot better - it's wildly easier to see screenshots and videos taken by your friends on XBL - it's right there on your homescreen. SO even though Sony gave us the share button, frankly their main rival is better at it.

    I mean they still have a shitty 1gb of cloud save storage for PS+ subs - Xbox Live is almost unlimited. It's SO easy to hit that 1gb cap, many game save files are very big. There is STILL no sign of friend log on / off notifications. That feature was in the PS3 OS so why isn't it here? You still can't change your PSN ID, there's still no dedicated Twitch app, there's still no external hard drive support. Microsoft have an entire website thing dedicated to sending them suggestions for Xbox OS improvements. They also act on the suggestions and have implemented loads of them. It just feels at the moment like Sony really don't give a shit.
    Reply +2
  • Cartho 12/08/2015

    Wait, and we STILL can't organise the home screen? Still can't properly remove icons for stuff we don't want on there? STILL can't create folders to better organise our game collection?

    Sorry but Sony are seriously taking the piss with the PS4 OS. I mean Microsoft are kind of making them look silly in this department. It is best illustrated by this:

    Next major Sony OS update adds a new layout for the messaging screen. A week earlier Microsoft announced that you will be able to turn your Xbox one into a PVR TV recorder as part of an update in 2016. Along with a total OS redesign to improve current flaws and backwards compatibility that doesn't require you to have a mega internet connection to stream games.

    I thought charging for PS+ was going to give them more money to make improvements in areas like this? PSN is still down far too often.
    Reply +3
  • Blizzard Gamescom 2015 media briefing live report

  • Cartho 05/08/2015

    We've got 30 mins till kick off, let's get hyped by watching all of the cinematic cutscenes from Warcraft 3. Because they're so fracking good.
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  • Cartho 05/08/2015

    I would kill for a remaster of WC3 and TFT. I honestly can't think of a better story in many games, let alone an RTS. So many sublime moments, and those cinematics...

    "what are you doing?"

    Reply 0
  • Cartho 05/08/2015

    Warcraft 4 please. For the love of God. Or Warcraft 3 and Frozen Throne remastered in the Starcraft 2 engine. Seriously blizzard, those were the best stories ever told in an RTS. JUST TAKE MY MONEY. Reply 0
  • Bungie ditches Destiny's Dinklage dialogue for Nolan North

  • Cartho 04/08/2015

    Sod changing the voice, they need to change the shit mission structure. They could have fucking will Ferrell doing the voice, it wouldn't change the fact that basically all of the base games missions are: "go here, kill robots / zombies / ogres in power armour / generic aliens, reach ancient computer terminal / giant door, wait for floating robot to hack terminal / open door while killing waves of robots / zombies / ogres in power armour / generic aliens.rinse and repeat 20 or so times.

    It also won't change the fact that the small 3 man group content (strikes) consists of nothing more than "shoot robots / zombies / ogres in power armour / generic aliens, then shoot a giant robot / zombie / ogres in power armour / generic alien non stop for 10 minutes while also shooting waves of smaller robots / zombies / ogres in power armour / generic aliens. Do this and get a useless piece of loot that you didn't even need.

    Seriously, outside the good core shooting mechanics, the game is utterly dreadful. It's a great shooter trapped in a stupidly shit game. The strikes are almost embarrassingly poor, and display a total lack of imagination in boss design. Bungie need to look at WoW's 5 man dungeons, and the interesting boss mechanics in them, for inspiration, because at the moment it is shocking. The fact that they have to add waves of enemies just to make every boss encounter difficult betrays how unimaginative they are. Strikes should be an exciting way of gearing up by taking on tricky and interesting bosses with a small group of people. In the end the gear rewards are shit and the bosses are hopelessly dull.

    How this game gets so much media attention baffles me: it's terrible.
    Reply +38
  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain bumps PC release forward to match consoles

  • Cartho 03/08/2015

  • 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 +1
  • 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.
    Reply +5
  • 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.
    Reply +1
  • 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.
    Reply +20
  • 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.
    Reply +3
  • 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.
    Reply 0
  • 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.
    Reply +11
  • 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.
    Reply +2
  • 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.
    Reply -3
  • 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.
    Reply 0
  • 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.
    Reply 0
  • 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.
    Reply 0
  • 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"

    Reply +8
  • 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.
    Reply +1
  • 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