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  • BioWare mulls Mass Effect Andromeda animation, character creator improvements

  • Cartho 22/03/2017

    Oh so the game is being criticised for having bugs and poor animations?

    Remind me why Bethesda games like Fallout 4 and Skyrim are never picked up on for these things then? Despite them often requiring numerous community made patches to fix many vast and progression halting bugs and some of the most hideous animations and character models in gaming? It doesn't seem to stop them being showered with "Game of the Year" awards and glowing reviews.

    The internet's over reaction to Mass Effect Andromeda's flaws has been embarrassing.
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  • Developer hits back at claims his Steam game rips off Banjo-Kazooie and Yooka-Laylee

  • Cartho 27/02/2017

    That youtube video was so funny. The intro narration for the levels was on a whole new level of genius. "I don't want to be here but it's my job so lets make this quick". Reply -1
  • Horizon Zero Dawn review

  • Cartho 20/02/2017

    @MrIGM
    So when 70 people love the game it's dishonest, but 4 people don't like it that means those 4 must be right and are the only ones who should be trusted.

    That's basically what you just said. Do you see how ridiculous that sounds?

    Having said that, this is exactly how BREXIT happened. Loads of experts telling us it was a bad idea, then some twat in a pub called Nigel, a toff with stupid hair called Boris and an incompetent git called Michael said "don't listen to those guys, what do they know? They're only professionals who've worked in the field for their entire lives, vote for our merry band!" and everyone lapped it up.

    Still bitter.
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  • Cartho 20/02/2017

    @AlchemistGnome

    So 70 great to glowing reviews mean nothing to you, but 4 reviews, including one from Metro, a free daily newspaper which doesn't even specialise in games has suddenly made you reconsider?

    Are you like this with other aspects of life? 80 people say that a film or TV show is worth watching, 4 random blokes tell you it isn't so you sack it off?
    Reply 0
  • Cartho 20/02/2017

    @AlchemistGnome BOTW will likely be showered with praise from all sources becsause it's a Nintendo title and they're often exempt from various criticisms which get sprayed at other games.

    For example, game A on Xbox might get criticised for not trying anything new, but Mario Kart 8, which is basically any Mario Kart game ever but with better graphics was heaped with praise with no mention of it not doing anything new.

    So where some games might get slated for having "open world towers" because "been there, done that", BOTW reviews will totally ignore this aspect. Other games might get criticised for their open world being abit barren, with not much to do. BOTW will likely avoid this criticism because it's Zelda.
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  • Cartho 20/02/2017

    @Winthorpe53
    That's fair enough, but I'm not sure I agree. It is MUCH harder to get a good meta score these days than it used to be, and reviewers have become way more difficult to please.

    Back in the days of PS2 it was very easy to get extremely high scores from all sources. However nowadays critics are hugely less forgiving of technical issues and much tighter with their perfect scores.

    I will agree that 8/10 has become a little too common, it feels like most big games that come out get 8/10 or thereabouts, but perhaps that's to be expected. Big game devs have gotten alot better at producing games, and 8/10 to be signals a game that is great. Not superb, not a masterpiece, just great.

    I totally agree that people become hysterical over scores like 8/10 when in reality that's a very good score for a game. However I would argue that it is much, much harder to get 9/10 or 10/10 now for games than it ever used to be.

    Think of the games this gen which have got a 90 meta score or above:

    Bloodborne
    GTA V
    MGS V
    The Last of Us
    The Witcher 3
    Journey
    Uncharted 4
    Inside
    Flower
    Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition
    Overwatch
    Shovel Knight
    Rayman Legends
    Tales from the Borderlands
    Fez
    Forza Horizon 3
    NBA 2k 17

    That's just for PS4 / Xb1. 17 games in 3 years since this gen began is not alot. Then factor in that 6/7 of those are actually quite small scale indie projects or at least aren't the classic AAA mega game. I also wouldn't look at that list and think "what rubbish, none of those deserve 9/10!"

    I would argue it has got far harder for big AAA games to get perfect scores this gen.
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  • Cartho 20/02/2017

    @Winthorpe53
    This is a ridiculous comment.

    Firstly, how do you know the other articles are "gushing" and "heaping EXAGGERATED praise on the game" if you've not played it yourself?

    If it was looking like a 50/50 split of good reviews and bad, or that the major sites were all scoring it low but random places like Cheat Code Central were showering it with praise then you might have a point.

    However you're suggesting that this review was harsh only to act as some kind of bizarre devil's advocate. That's not what a review is for. If 64 different critical sources say something is extremely high quality and 4 disagree then it's pretty clear who's in the minority. IF you were looking at buying a car, and 64 different sources told you it was utterly fantastic and 4 didn't, you'd probably act on the 64. You would likely read the 4 that didn't, but then you would probably think "well these other sources can't all be barking up the wrong tree."

    The point of reviews is to give a critical assessment of the product. It is NOT to just say randomly controversial things like "it has no spark", without any kind of detail about what that actually means, in order to be different which is what you and several others on this comment section are suggesting.

    People are saying "why get in a fuss over a recommended badge?" Well it's not that there's a fuss, but that's the system EG have adopted. So we can infer from the "recommended" badge system that Martin would advise you to purchase Sniper Elite 4 instead of Horizon Zero Dawn. Therefore he thinks SE4 is an all round more accomplished game which is more worthy of your time. That's what the system tells us, seeing as he "recommended" SE4, but not HZD.

    Luckily I can make my own mind up, and I know I'm far more likely to enjoy HZD than I am another 3rd person shooter involving stealth and sniping enemies with rifles. Give me an electric tripwire, a catapult and some robot dinosaurs any day.
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  • Cartho 20/02/2017

    Jeff Gerstmann from Giant Bomb hasn't really liked ANY of the PS exclusive software this gen. Or much of it last gen either so this is high praise coming from him! Reply +1
  • Cartho 20/02/2017

    Not putting much stock into this review. Some incredibly harsh critics like Jim Sterling, Jeff Gerstmann, Colin Moriarty etc have showered the game with praise, particularly for its story, and EG and USG didn't seem to like it.

    Colin Moriarty said the story is "second only to The Last of Us in terms of PS exclusives".

    The thing is, it's getting huge praise from pretty much everyone. If Jim Sterling (who delights in utterly shredding big, hyped games), Colin Moriarty, Polygon, Giant Bomb and many others say it's utterly fantastic then I'm in.

    Also we SERIOUSLY need to ban "it lacks soul" and "it lacks spark" as comments in reviews. It's an utterly meaningless comment which just reads as "I can't think of a proper criticism so I'll throw this in there".
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  • Why Valve has no interest in making console games

  • Cartho 10/02/2017

    Theyre too busy making hats and skins for CS GO / DOTA / TF2.

    Why spend the money on making a truly quality sequel to a much loved series like Half Life when they can rake in easy cash selling random rainbow AK47 skins?
    Reply +3
  • This iPhone and iPad controller looks a lot like a Switch

  • Cartho 25/01/2017

    So they're basically the same price as joycons but without any of the things which make them worth that, so no HD rumble for proper haptics, no IR sensors, no gyros, fewer buttons and no ability to use them as 2 separate controllers.

    Why are they so expensive again? The joycons aren't that expensive if you consider what's actually inside them.
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda lets you craft and name weapons

  • Cartho 19/01/2017

    Gonna create the biggest, most phallic weapon I can and name it the Star Fucker 9000. Reply 0
  • Microsoft's 2017: momentum at last, and a golden opportunity

  • Cartho 07/01/2017

    All this speculation is ridiculous until we know Scorpio's CPU. It doesn't matter how much GPU power they put into it; if it's still using a crappy Jaguar CPU then it is going to deliver moderate IQ increases and that's about it - just like PS4 Pro.

    PS4 Pro is pretty severely held back by its CPU.

    IF, however, and this is a big if, they have managed to get some form of Zen based CPU into it then we could be looking at a very substantial upgrade. Even then though, will developers actually use the power? MS have said it won't have exclusive games so everything will still be tied to the OG Xbox 1. That's going to drastically limit what we will get from it.
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  • Suicide Squad game reportedly canned as Warner focuses on new Batman

  • Cartho 21/12/2016

    Was going to make a joke about Arkham Oranges but I got pipped to the post. Reply 0
  • Mass Effect Andromeda will leave some familiar alien races behind

  • Cartho 25/11/2016

    Disappointment: no elcor. Reply +14
  • Star Citizen FPS Star Marine gameplay demoed ahead of impending arrival

  • Cartho 21/11/2016

    @The_shlaaaag_returns

    It's not that people are necessarily "hating" on it (though I am sure they are in various places - people hate on everything). It's more that it's on the way to having one of the biggest budgets in gaming history and is skirting dangerously close to what might be called "feature creep".

    It's been so delayed, and it is so enormously ambitious that people are, perfectly reasonably, very skeptical whether it can even be achieved. There's pushing the envelope, and there's being insanely over ambitious. If someone started a kickstarter to build a working warp drive, with a stretch goal to build a real, working Starship Enterprise, that wouldn't be "pushing the envelope", it would be insanely over ambitious. I'm worried that SC is starting to fall into the latter category.

    I do own a PC which can run it. My GTX 1080 will enjoy it greatly I'm sure, however there is no way in hell that I'm giving them a penny of my money until I have a clear idea of what I'm going to get and when.

    I don't envy them though. The pressure they must be under is huge - if this goes tits up it's going to be one of the biggest stories in gaming history - the sort of thing which could fundamentally alter the way in which kickstarter / early access games are viewed.
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  • Cartho 21/11/2016

    @SpacyWildguns
    So, aside from visuals, what is Star Marine doing which is really inventive or unique to it?

    Titanfall 2 has taken the whole concept of movement in an FPS and carved a niche fr itself. Very few games have ever managed to produce the kind of slick, responsive movement that is found in Titanfall. The addition of the grappling hook in TF2 has only increased the fluidity with which you can move round a map.

    Then you can totally change the feel of the game by hopping into a Titan whereupon the style of play changes almost entirely.

    The footage of Star Marine shown above shows a load of dudes running about in extremely pretty corridors shooting each other. When their HP gets to zero they die. Oh and it shows them capturing control points.

    Being able to float about in space to fight is not some mind blowing feature. CoD Ghosts did that several years ago. Sure, this is probably going to be well done zero G combat, but my point stands - what is Star Marine doing which is sets it apart from any other generic space FPS?

    You called me ignorant, which implies you know alot. Do tell - i'm man enough to admit when I'm wrong, so please, if I've missed something extraordinary which Star Marine is doing (note, I said Star Marine, not Star Citizen as a whole. I am fully aware of how groundbreaking the overall game is. This post was about the footage shown of Star Marine) then do tell.
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  • Cartho 21/11/2016

    @SpacyWildguns
    Joke post? This looks like a very simple arena shooter in space. It looks pretty, but in terms of ideas and interesting mechanics? It's got nothing on Titanfall 2.
    Reply +6
  • Digital Foundry: the best 4K TVs for HDR gaming

  • Cartho 19/11/2016

    The simple fact is, the tech isn't there yet to deliver good quality hdr and 4k to the mass market. Even these 'mid range' TVs are starting out around 850 - 1000 which is way, way more than the average consumer wants to spend on a TV. I'm sticking with my 1080p screen until this sort of tech comes down hugely in price. When 4k screens which offer good quality HDR10 support start hitting the market around the 500 - 600 mark then I may bite. Reply +8
  • PS4 Pro gives Battlefield 1 gamers a multiplayer advantage

  • Cartho 15/11/2016

    Why are we getting worked up? This has been the case on PC for years and the difference between a PS4 pro and a PS4 OG is WAY less than a hugely powerful gaming PC and a weak one.

    The difference is small enough that player skill will be the deciding factor 99 times out of 100. Anyone getting worked up is just bad at the games and wants an excuse.
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  • GAME to open concessions in WHSmith

  • Cartho 12/11/2016

    GAME's main issue is their pricing is utterly pants on head stupid.

    I walked in the other day, and saw Deus Ex Mankind Divided, PRE OWNED, selling for 38.99. That's a USED COPY.

    I then walked 1 minute further down the street to Tesco, where they were selling the Day One Edition of Mankind Divided, brand new, for 34.99.

    I went back to game and asked if they would do Price match as I have some money left on my reward card. "No, we don't do price matching".

    "Ok" I said, "I'll just go buy it from Tesco."

    Their loss. That kind of this is just dumb in this day and age. They wonder why their losing business? It's because you can buy brand new games from Supermarkets and Argos for less than they're selling preowned, second hand copies of games. There's also this thing called Amazon - which sells games for way less than they do.

    Their trade in prices for games are awful too and CEX, I find, tends to give better deals albeit without the ability to slap the cash on a reward card and buy something brand new. I will say their reward card app is very good.

    GAME are in serious trouble unless they change the way they handle pricing. At the moment the only people who I can see buying stuff in GAME are ignorant people / parents who simply don't know better.
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  • Skyrim on PS4 Pro runs at native 4K - but there's a catch

  • Cartho 10/11/2016

    And yet the Final Fantasy devs are targetting 1080p 60 FPS for the pro patch for full HD tv owners. The difference? They're taking their time over it to do a proper job - they aren't releasing the pro patch till December.

    Bethesda are running into limits of a dreadful ancient engine which needs to be thrown into a fire. The only way you get good performance on a PC is by brute forcing it.
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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda marketing survey leaks

  • Cartho 31/03/2016

    Can't wait for this. Into my veins please. Reply 0
  • Left 4 Dead 2 added to Xbox One's backwards compatible library

  • Cartho 30/03/2016

    further proof that competition / "losing a console battle" can be very positive. Sony got incredibly lazy and cocky after PS2, hence the awful PS3 launch. They worked bloody hard through PS3's lifepsan and turned it around into an amazing console with great media features and some sublime games like The last of Us. Microsoft had gotten lazy after the success of the 360 - hence the disastrous Xbox One launch.

    They were forced to work hard and they are doing just that - Xbox One is selling more and faster than the 360 ever did, it's a massive success despite what the sales figures may reveal - PS4 is just selling crazy crazy numbers.

    I REALLY hope Sony doesn't become lazy Sony again. Let's face it, their OS updates have been dreadful, PS Plus game collection is getting worse, with still no sign of even launch window games showing up and PS Now is a very poor backwards compat solution for the majority of people who don't have a ludicrously fast internet connection. Even with a ludicrous net connection there is still noticeable latency. Microsoft's solution is flat out better and getting better all the time.

    I've just got this horrid feeling that Sony is slipping back into that "we're selling masses and handily beating our main rival, so who cares" mentality that they had after PS2. We all know what that will lead to.

    Oh and apparently this year the Xbone will be getting an update which lets me turn it into a PVR to record over the air TV. Fab, now I don't need to buy one of those either!

    RED DEAD NOW PLEASE MICROSOFT!
    Reply +5
  • Far Cry Primal beats Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 in UK chart

  • Cartho 01/03/2016

    I just got Primal on PC this evening, played about an hour - excellent so far. Runs like butter maxed out at 1440p, gameplay feels similar to earlier Far Cry games but with a subtle twist - I like the slightly slower paced combat with more restricted ranged ammo - shooting an angry bear full of arrows then getting your spear out, drawing it back and waiting, waiting for it to charge nearer - it gets close and you throw your spear at the last second, knowing a miss will be fatal. You nail it right in the eye and it drops, inches away from you. You bash your chest proudly and yell a warcry before cutting it open and using its fur to make a fancy new arrow quiver. ME BIG MAN. ME HUNT GOOD. ME SMASH. Reply 0
  • Cartho 29/02/2016

    @jabberwocky
    Or maybe, just maybe, people actually enjoy the games? I know hating Ubisoft is the cool thing to do these days but I really enjoyed FC 3 and 4 - both were excellent fun with some of the best central villains we've seen in ages.

    In addition, AC Syndicate was arguably the best AC since Brotherhood / AC2 and Rainbow 6 Siege is absolutely fantastic.

    Damn those pesky people, liking different things to you!
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  • It looks like there's going to be a Knack 2

  • Cartho 15/02/2016

    Praise be to Knack, our rightful overlord. Reply +3
  • Not everyone's thrilled with Microsoft's Quantum Break PC announcement

  • Cartho 12/02/2016

    Mister X media made all of those twitter accounts. Reply 0
  • Red Dead Redemption backwards compatible on Xbox One... for a few hours

  • Cartho 08/02/2016

    Red Dead Redemption coming to backwards compat. There is a god.

    Now Release an HD version on PC please.
    Reply +3
  • The XCOM 2 mods you can play from day one

  • Cartho 01/02/2016

    Warhammer 40,000 mod please. Reply 0
  • Looks like The Division will get an open beta this month

  • Cartho 01/02/2016

    Omg during my half term. Fuck yeah. Reply 0
  • We now have a clearer picture of how Xbox One is doing

  • Cartho 29/01/2016

    Yet more proof - Xbox One is not doing badly at all. It's handily beating its predecessor which sold amazingly well. PS4 is just a force of nature. It's selling PS2 like numbers and this si making its very well selling rival look like its doing badly, when it simply isn't. It you'd have asked Microsoft before the Xbox One Launch if they would be happy with it selling more than the 360 did at the same point in its lifespan after just over 2 years they would have said yes, absolutely.

    If you asked anyone on the planet if they thought PS4 was going to sell PS2 like numbers they would have thought you were totally insane...
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  • What The Division's world map does - and doesn't - include

  • Cartho 19/01/2016

    SHOCK HORROR: GAME FEATURES CHANGE IN THE 2 YEARS SINCE IT WAS FIRST PREVIEWED.

    Get used to it people, that's called game development. Things change all the time. They might have planned that map size. Then they might have realised in the follwing year and a half of testing that it simply wasn't going to be viable without feeling empty so they cut it down. That sort of thing happens in game development ALL. THE. TIME. Hell Blizzard released a video a few weeks back about Overwatch, saying they built and implemented 2 entire player progression systems, tested them internally and threw both in the bin and started over. Because, after testing, they realised they didn't work. Features changing / being cut is not new in game development. The real issue in the case of The Division is, it was just shown off way too early. They shouldn't have shown such a jaw dropping trailer if A) they knew it probably wasn't going to look like that on consoles at launch, B) it was still so far off done that large aspects were very much in a state of flux. Despite this, I can see why certain changes were made.

    It's just a shame the standard internet hate brigade feels the need to start spouting off.

    Also please stop saying the game "looks like shite".

    1) You're looking at the Xbox One version. What, you really thought that E3 demo was running on a console? There's been a downgrade, but lets wait for the PC version first shall we?

    2) Watch Jackfrags 1440p60 50 minute gameplay vid on Youtube. It most certainly does NOT "look like shite". It's one of the better looking multi plat Xbox One games out there. Shitty compressed Youtube videos of an Xbox One game are NOT indicative of what the game is meant to look like.
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  • Metal Gear Solid fan remake looks lovely in Unreal Engine 4

  • Cartho 18/01/2016

    It's a shame that this is gonna get shut down hard. You only need to look at bullet points 2 and 5 of Konami's 2015 strategy planner to see that.
    See:


    They could possibly cite bullet point 4 in their decision as well.

    Still, this is a reminder of how farcking stunning UE4 looks.
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  • Eurogamer's Game of the Year 2015

  • Cartho 01/01/2016

    Well deserved in my opinion. A truly majestic, gothic game. Stunningly well crafted in almost every way. I hope, no, PRAY that Dark Souls 3 is as good. Not necessarily because I want more souls, but because people who don't own a PS4 need to play something as sublime. Reply +3
  • Xbox in 2015: A textbook year, but it's time to innovate again

  • Cartho 31/12/2015

    They forgot to mention the elite controller. Which is the best controller ever made. Reply +12
  • GAME blames low last-gen sales for pre-Christmas slump

  • Cartho 24/12/2015

    Sharp decline in sales of hardware that is now 10 years old. When its successors have been out for 2 years.

    More news at 11.
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  • Blizzard: why we won't sell Overwatch heroes

  • Cartho 14/12/2015

    @null
    You say you 'worked'.
    Was it your charming personality that led this this now being a past tense situation?
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  • Cartho 14/12/2015

    @roflcaust Oh I'll answer.

    1. I'm not 17 or 18. I'm 26.

    2. I have not set foot in a "corporate environment", nor do I have any desire to.

    3. I'm actually a teacher. Someone with vast amounts of responsibility who is entrusted with ensuring that today's children don't end up growing up into arrogant, rude and aggressive people like you. It is also my job to ensure they have a better command of basic sentence structure than you do.

    4. Your point about "shame on anyone who spends money on x, y and z" is ridiculous. People are perfectly entitled to spend their money on whatever they wish (within reason of course). Who are you to lecture on the difference between a "fake expansion", as you put it, and a "real" one?

    5. You thought you'd put me in my place eh? Well thank heavens for that. I'd be like a ship without a rudder were it not for your guidance.

    6. I know plenty about the gaming industry and plenty about the world in general.

    Are you always this aggressive? You are coming across like a candidate from The Apprentice. I.e using aggression and bravado to try and prove your point. Accusing anyone who argues with you of being a teenager is not the way to get ahead in this world. It simply reveals you to be a pathetic human being.

    Right, I'm off to go and finish The Witcher 3's "fake expansion", Hearts of Stone.
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  • Cartho 11/12/2015

    @roflcaust
    "And let's be honest: a peek at every single Blizzard game (besides Diablo III and that was because of the backlash of the Real Money Auction House) and they are monetized in some way or another."

    Is this a joke? Of course the games are monetised. That's how companies make money, which is how they pay their employees. Where you expecting them to just release everything for free?
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  • Fallout 4 mods are already changing the game in cool ways

  • Cartho 14/11/2015

    @xefe
    Actually, you could argue that, indirectly, it started life as a mod.

    Desert Combat was a mod for Battlefield 1942, developed by Trauma Studios. It took BF1942 into a modern, Gulf War setting, adding Helicopters and many other things which weren't present in any form in BF1942.

    The mod won awards and was insanely popular. It was so popular that it was used as a baseline platform for Battlefield 2, and Trauma Studios were bought by DICE to work on BF2.

    So while BF2 wasn't a mod, it was a mod that spawned and heavily influenced its development.
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  • Cartho 13/11/2015

    @SeeNoWeevil

    Counter strike
    Dota
    Red orchestra
    Battlefield 2
    Team Fortress 2
    Capture the flag as a game mode.

    All of these started life as mods. you are a rare case: a case where an opinion can be 100% wrong. Especially as CS, TF AND DOTA are three of the most heavily played games on steam.
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  • Blizzard's Overwatch is a full-price game, not free-to-play

  • Cartho 07/11/2015

    Nothing wrong with it being b2p in my opinion. It hasn't hurt CSGO. Reply 0
  • Performance Analysis: Batman on PC is still a disappointment

  • Cartho 31/10/2015

    Completely disgraceful port. Iron Galaxyshould be completely ashamed of themselves. Reply +1
  • Massive PS4 sales continue

  • Cartho 29/10/2015

    Where's Pachter with his "consoles are dead, this will be the last console gen" predictions?

    PS4 is an absolute sales monster. The fact that it's outselling PS2 is extraordinary.

    What I find telling is that it's making the Xbox One look like it's doing really shittily... When it isn't. No one would ever have said that the Xbox 360 was a poor performing (from a sales POV) system - it sold like hotcakes and was a superb console with a great library of games. It was a system which ended up shipping more than 80 million units and people are STILL buying them!

    Nobody would have said that the 360 had disappointing sales figures. Yet the Xbox One is selling more and faster than the 360 did at any point in its lifetime. If this gen goes on as long as last gen, they will have sold more Xbox Ones than they did 360s last gen. Yet people all go on about how badly the Xbox One is doing. It's not that the Xbox One is doing badly at all. It's doing very well. However the PS4 is a total sales phenomenon. I mean hell it's only 5 million sales less at an equivalent point in its lifespan (quite alot but still not that much in the grand scheme of things) than the fricking Wii.

    Let's not get into "x console is better than y, y console has better games than x" arguments. They're pointless. The Xbox One is doing very, very well. It's a great system and it's handily beating it's exceptionally well selling predecessor. The PS4 is selling absolutely stupid numbers, why? Because it's a great system with great games.

    I own both - they're both awesome consoles. Mainstream gaming is far from dead.
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  • Halo 5's campaign goes back to basics - and it's all the better for it

  • Cartho 26/10/2015

    Throughout it all, I couldn't help but notice this nagging feeling that Halo 5 was old-fashioned. In the age of open worlds, hub and spoke designs and persistent, experience point-powered shared-world shooters, Halo 5's linear, cut-scene-packed campaign just doesn't cut it. There's no levelling up here, nor are there materials to farm, public quests to soldier through, or talents to unlock. At first, I thought, Halo could do with all these things. I enjoy these things, and Halo doesn't have them.
    Thank god it doesn't have all that RPG lite open world rubbish. I am so sick of it. "Open World" games almost always end up having inferior stories (unless they're made by CDPR) and crap level design - exchanging the craft of a well made, linear campaign for "you see those mountains? You can go there. There's nothing really on the way but hey, OPEN WORLD!!!"

    RPG Lite systems are often unnecessary. Give me toys. Let me use them. Don't make me have to collect exp to do it unless you're making an RPG.

    nor are there materials to farm
    I just....

    nor are there materials to farm
    THANK. CHRIST. FOR. THAT.
    Reply +14
  • Watch: Cor blimey, Ian's streaming Assassin's Creed Syndicate!

  • Cartho 24/10/2015

    @mega-gazz
    It was gennuine good advice. SO why have they not repeated it? Why did The order get singled out when stuff like AC Unity did not?

    Far Cry 4 and Unity were both more of the same from Ubi - collectathons with radio towers to unlock maps - pure box ticking game design. They also did very little different from their predecessors.

    Why were we, the gaming public, not warned about that?

    His complaints about it being buggy were also moronic - telling people not to preorder a game because an unfinished preview build had bugs is almost laughable, especially when the final game did not have them.

    The Order article was great in that it set a precedent for games journalists actually informing the public about a game's problems before release. However it was utterly DREADFUL in that they have never repeated that style. So it just seems like one random game was singled out. That's bad journalism.
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  • Cartho 19/10/2015

    I wonder if we'll get a video after this from Ian where he gives us all the reasons why people shouldn't preorder it. You know, like he did that one time for The Order and has never done again... Reply +10
  • The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone review

  • Cartho 19/10/2015

    @Cyber6
    What does then? If the quality of the story alone, in a piece of STORY BASED addon content for a SINGLE PLAYER STORY game does not make it deserving of a recommendation then what does?

    Length has a very strong relation to value. That's partly why The Order 1886 was criticised so heavily - it was seen as poor value because it was VERY short. MGS Ground Zeroes also came in for alot of flak for being too short - many were incensed that Konami had released "a very expensive demo".

    Hearts of Stone is alot longer than Ground Zeroes and has a highly involving story. If the quality of the story is entirely subjective then how does one review a story based game anyway? The quality of the writing is high and the main characters are well constructed. I was genuinely thinking about the ending and what the story was really about for quite a time after finishing it. I don't mean what it was about in that it was poorly constructed and nonsensical, more that it keeps with The Witcher's trademark - storylines that are very much not clear cut.

    TL:DR
    This is a sublime piece of DLC for a sublime game. If you enjoyed The Witcher 3 then this is a complete no brainer. For 8.99 you will be hard pressed to find anything which gives you as much content and as involving a storyline.
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  • The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone walkthrough and guide

  • Cartho 18/10/2015

    Toad boss is very easy with fully upgraded Igni in alternate - Firestream mode. It utterly wrecks him.

    The fight against the Caretaker I didn't find too bad. He hits hard but is very predictable too. His main mechanic to watch for is the same as the one used by Jenny O' The Woods - he summons small enemies who walk towards him, and if they get to him he eats them and regens health. Just fast attack them quickly and you'll be fine.

    By far the hardest one I found was Iris's Nightmare in the painting section. THAT was VERY hard until I worked out the trick to it.

    All in all I loved HoS. Interesting and challenging bosses, good story, great characters and a nice, lengthy quest arc. Left me hungry for Blood and Wine but I kind of hope that B&W is a more "human" type of story. As in, humans being twats, court intrigue, politics etc. HoS was great but was very "supernatural" focused. Which is fine, but now I'd like HoS to have more of a human, grounded tone to contrast it!

    I'm not sure whether HoS scales to your level. I started at 35 and the intro quests were 32, leading up to about 36 by the end. I know they set the entry bar at 30 but I could see it being extremely hard if you start it below about 34 or so. There were some pretty challenging encounters in my game and I was permanently about 2 levels beyond the recommended...
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