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  • 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


    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

    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

    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.
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  • 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!

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  • 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

    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.
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  • 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


    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.

    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

    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

    "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

    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


    Counter strike
    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
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  • Watch: Cor blimey, Ian's streaming Assassin's Creed Syndicate!

  • Cartho 24/10/2015

    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

    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.

    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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  • Cartho 18/10/2015

    @Cyber6 It's not "a pretty average DLC for the price"

    It's longer than ALOT of full retail games and has a better story than the vast majority.
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  • Cartho 18/10/2015

    This does seem like abit of an... odd review. Surelym for ANYONE who played and enjoyed The Witcher 3, this must carry a recommendation. Indeed I would argue that, for people who loved TW3 it might be worth an "essential" mark. It's a very, very well delivered piece of DLC which delivers memorable characters, challenging new encounters, new gear to increase Geralt's power, a new gear upgrade mechanic which has some interesting and fun bonuses / trade offs and a lengthy story arc.

    HoS is by far and away the best side quest to TW3's main campaign. If you liked TW3 there is very little not to like here. If you didn't like TW3 then... Well this is a piece of DLC - if you didn't like TW3 this won't convert you, but who was expecting anything else? It's not a new Witcher game, it's an addon to the original game. A new chapter to an already big book if you will.

    It also represents excellent value for money. This is, from a value for money standpoint, DLC done right. I'm abit over halfway through so far and it's very engrossing, leaving me wondering where the story is going and how it might end up playing out, like any good story should.

    So, if you found that review to be abit less than helpful, here's my mini one:
    If you enjoyed TW3, get this, it's a complete no brainer.
    If you didn't enjoy TW3, then I frankly don't know why you're reading this article anyway, as a piece of addon story DLC is never going to change the way you feel if the base game wasn't to your taste.
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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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  • The making of Uncharted: the Nathan Drake Collection

  • Cartho 18/10/2015

    Ladies and gentlemen... THIS is how you do a remaster. Reply +39
  • PS4 will get its own Twitch App next month

  • Cartho 27/09/2015

    Finally! To be honest this should have happened AGES ago. Like many things with the PS4 OS. They are getting left in the dust in terms of non gaming functionality by Microsoft on the OS side. Why the hell can we STILL not organise the main menu bar? Why can't we have folders to organise our game collection? Why can't we remove unused / rarely used games and apps from the menu? It's very, very weak when you consider that, next year, the Xbox One will be able to record live tv, effectively turning it into a PVR as well... Reply +1
  • Konami ceases triple-A console production on all but PES - report

  • Cartho 21/09/2015

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  • Nintendo patents controller with shoulder scroll wheels

  • Cartho 19/09/2015

    Waiting for Nintendos next silly controller gimmick which no one will really like but fans will desperately defend anyway. Reply +1
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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