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  • Forza Horizon 2 proves the driving genre is back at its best

  • Dismiss 20/08/2014

    Looks good. Now where's my Motorstorm and Burnout? Reply 0
  • Performance Analysis: Diablo 3 at 1080p on Xbox One

  • Dismiss 20/08/2014

    @oliverhoward Try playing Rakki Crossing (act 3) with that configuration. Don't be surprised if you see 18 fps or so in congested areas. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 19/08/2014

    Yeah, well, optimisation is fantastic and all, but really, I think that most console gamers are now tech-savvy enough to be able to choose their own performance profile. Just add a performance/image quality toggle and this nitpicking will become a thing of the past. After all, I might have a TV/receiver with a top of the line scaler, so I wouldn't mind dropping to 900p. Other people might prefer a full-on eye candy experience with incidental drops below 30 fps, depending on the genre. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 19/08/2014

    Well, it's not like the PC version is always, 100% locked at 60 fps. Even on an 670 GTX, which is by no means high-end but it's no slouch either, I've seen occasional drops to the low 50s, and even in the high thirties on extreme scenarios. It might not be a very demanding engine, but the sheer amount of effects and enemies will make it buckle occasionally, especially when playing co-op. Reply +21
  • Tomb Raider, Vita's no-show and the mystery of 10m PS4 sales

  • Dismiss 19/08/2014

    Sure, there's a refreshing lack of corporate BS, but there's also a distinct lack of information, as well. "We're selling more than our rivals? You don't say! Guess we don't have to do much to reel people in, then!", seems to be the gist of this.

    Fair dos, the meticulously planned rollout, as well as the investment in specs and design seems to have paid off many times over, but surely people who got the machine need a little bit more to go on? For example, are there any unannounced AAA titles that are targeting 2015 for release? Is Uncharted 4 the only AAA title being developed by ND right now? Dunno, something. Even a confirmation for TLG on PS4 would be nice, even if it wouldn't see the light of day till 2017 or whenever.
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  • Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition guide

  • Dismiss 19/08/2014

    Really tempted to get this for the couch co-op, but I'm not sure I can face playing through the story again and levelling from the start with no leftover gems and paragon points to speed things along. Reply +1
  • Xbox boss Phil Spencer makes case for Tomb Raider exclusivity deal

  • Dismiss 18/08/2014

    Look on the bright side, guys. Without MS funding, this might have ended up as another Lords of Shadow 2, being cross-gen and all. Wouldn't you rather have a great exclusive game rather than a botched multiplat sequel that would probably seal the fate of the IP forever? We need games to be as good as they can be. If Square needed the money, then they did well to get it. I doubt that MS paid them more than the projected sales on PS4 at the end of 2015. It's just blunting the risk. Reply -3
  • Dismiss 18/08/2014

    @bad09 Just playing devil's advocate here, but if I had the sequel to such a well-loved franchise as an exclusive, with a top class game producer, a top class film director and a well-loved TV actor on board, I think I'd be shouting it from the rooftops, even if it was a "Holiday 2016" exclusive. Even if it was justto offset another recently revealed "Holiday exclusive". Reply +6
  • Dismiss 18/08/2014

    @MattEvansC3 I think it's a basketball term, ie. lunging with your neck and chest towards one direction to fool your opponent into thinking you're going to go that way and then dribbling the ball in another direction. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 18/08/2014

    Of course it's an attack against competing consoles and I, for one, don't have a problem with that. The only thing that troubles me is the lack of transparency. The actual length of the deal might influence the way I choose to spend my gaming budget. Of course there's going to be other factors that will determine whether I'll get an X1 much sooner than Christmas 2015, such as Sunset Overdrive reviews. Thing is, with cross-gen releases such as ROTR you know that even ageing PCs will be able to handle them probably better than the X1. Therefore, it might make no sense factoring this in an X1 purchase. Reply +3
  • World of Warcraft subscription prices will rise in November

  • Dismiss 18/08/2014

    The subscription model needs to die in my opinion. It's specifically tailored for people who are content to devote their free time to just one game. Those players do get a lot for their money, but the current state of the market is moving away from stationary day - long gaming sessions. The development and maintenance of the game could be funded through more frequent "full" expansions which the players would have to pay for just once. Reply +1
  • The Witcher 3 includes Gwent, a Hearthstone-esque card game

  • Dismiss 15/08/2014

    Personally I couldn't care less, but people have a point. Collectors editions are all about the trinkets. Just by adding an extra thing in there, you automatically decrease the perceived value of the other versions. In short, the other CEs are now worth less in comparison to the X1 CE. Oh well, that's big business for you, it's not really Microsoft's fault, though. They seem to have offered free advertising for some kind of extra benefit for their consumers. Sony could have done the same. PC couldn't, but then again you could buy another CE and pirate the game, so there. Reply +8
  • Xbox One snappable media player, other updates roll out to preview members

  • Dismiss 15/08/2014

    @bad09 Consoles are made from big corporations that invest in partnerships. They won't allow anything on their machine, unless they know it's completely legal and it doesn't step on anyone's toes. At least, on anyone's toes that they have a relationship with. Sony have a vested interest in the movie business and in the physical media business, so allowing mkv playback should be much easier for MS. Still, it's almost certain that it won't be the optimal solution, at least compared to PCs and dedicated devices. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 15/08/2014

    @bad09 I suppose there will be newer models by now, but I'm still extremely satisfied with mine. Good build quality, amazing compatibility and very smooth playback at the native 23.976 fps most films use. It even has an HDD internal bay so that you can just dump a huge hard disk inside and leave it there. I prefer an external HDD so that I can move things around, but I can see the appeal. Of course, the mediatek chipset it's using will not support 4K or anything higher than 1080p, but it handles 1080p at insanely high bitrates very well. The TV is also a factor, of course. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 15/08/2014

    @richardsebire You don't really have to defeat it on a PC, unless it's also classified as a BR player and thus subject to BR spec. My laptop plays every rip without doing anything and so does my media player. My dedicated BR player and my PS3 though do enforce Cinavia, even through DLNA streaming.

    Unless you're talking about distributing the rip, which is a gray area.
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  • Dismiss 15/08/2014

    @bad09 That's what Cinavia does, it blocks out all sound after a more-or-less specific playback time. Chromecast is very nice, but I wouldn't recommend it for videophiles, as it's a stream-based solution. If you can spare 150 quid or so, the Med8er 1000X3D series are amazing value for money, as they support everything, even 3D and full HD Audio soundtracks and they do get very frequent firmware updates, more so than other brands I've tried, such as WD Live. For 4K content, a PC is the only absolutely reliable solution at the moment, though. Reply +3
  • Dismiss 15/08/2014

    @bad09 Even if you could stomach the abysmal quality, cam jobs don't have Cinavia usually, it's full Blu Ray rips that have it. It's a shame, as you can't even remove it by remuxing or reencoding, even if you actually own the disc. Streaming is affected as well (at least I think so), as this form of protection is an actual inaudible audio signal which is recorded along with the movie soundtrack.

    Edit: Looks like some form of progress has been made on breaking it, but I think we're treading on thin ice here, so I'll just post the updated Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinavia
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  • Dismiss 15/08/2014

    Really don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but even if the software supports NTFS, it's more than likely that the system will use Cinavia protection, as it's part of the official Blu Ray spec now and the X1 will have to comply, as it's a Blu Ray player as well. Still, it should be good for TV rips. Goes without saying that this is the best media support ever for a console, but for most avid videophiles interested in digital formats, a standalone player or an HTPC remains the better choice. For 1080p playback, I'd recommend a Med8er device. Reply +2
  • Darwin and Dark Souls: evolving the tactical RPG with Natural Doctrine

  • Dismiss 15/08/2014

    What's that Vita thingy you keep mentioning. Reply -13
  • Diablo 3 on console: when is 60fps not really 60fps?

  • Dismiss 14/08/2014

    Good job, DF. Reply +9
  • Payday developer Overkill is making a co-op The Walking Dead FPS

  • Dismiss 14/08/2014

    Well, looks like this gamescom is turning out much better than the last two E3s. Probably because there were no big leaks. Reply +6
  • Konami's Metal Gear Solid 5 preview event

  • Dismiss 13/08/2014

    I'm here for the dated portrayal of women. Reply 0
  • Microsoft confirms Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox exclusivity deal "has a duration"

  • Dismiss 13/08/2014

    @Radamel The only thing I saw from Greenberg yesterday was a tweet that more or less said "we didn't say that it is a timed exclusive for the holidays" and then he proceeded to quote the official TR tumblr. If the new TR was an ironclad exclusive deal, I don't think they would be putting it so timidly. Come on, it's Microsoft ffs! Unless you're talking about another statement that I'm not aware of. Reply +7
  • Dismiss 13/08/2014

    @NotSoSlim Given that it's an exclusive and it doesn't bear the Souls moniker, I would venture that they're fully funding it. They're certainly publishing it. Reply +3
  • Dismiss 13/08/2014

    @Radamel You seem to think that they wouldn't advertise it as such if alternatives 2 or 3 were a possibility. Reply +1
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    @bad09 It's not just that. People tend to spend a huge portion of their annual gaming budget during the holidays. Having a bundle with a super hot title means that you have a good chance of shifting a good amount of units. Reply +1
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    @GamerFreak Well, technically it could be a 10 year contract, and still it would be considered a timed exclusive. I'm not saying that it is, just that it could be. Reply +6
  • Dismiss 13/08/2014

    There you have it. More like an "Xbox first" kind of deal, like that Hellblade thingy. If I were a betting man, I'd bet on Silent Hills not even being a timed exclusive on PS4, either. Exclusivity nowadays only makes sense if it's the only way that a game would get made (see Demon Souls, Bayonetta 2) or if the IP is fully owned (first party). Reply +15
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to both Xbox One and Xbox 360

  • Dismiss 13/08/2014

    Guys. One (great even) game. 10-20 hours of your time, among other great experiences that will demand a similar chunk of free time (which is nowhere near infinite, let me tell you). Eventually, you'll play it, even if you have to buy, rent or borrow the machine to do it. If you don't, there will be the next big thing and eventually you won't even care. There's going to be tons of great exclusivities from here to whenever, on every system. If you want to play them all, you'll have to buy them all. That's how it has been for decades. Before the reboot, TR was largely irrelevant, and before that it was the bee's knees. It's all circular, doodz. Reply +7
  • Metal Gear Solid 5's cardboard box gets some peculiar new features

  • Dismiss 13/08/2014

    This segment of the game is not even portraying any sort of woman. It just features a picture of a woman made with the specific purpose of titillating the viewer. Unless people are implying that this picture represents the actual model as a person, which is rather daft. If it's degrading to anyone, it's towards men who are pictured as dullards who will drop everything just to look at some paper boobs. Reply +3
  • PixelJunk dev Q-Games announces The Tomorrow Children

  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    Really hope they keep the Red Army Choir soundtrack Reply +11
  • Sony's Gamescom 2014 briefing

  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    Yep, this just lacked a TR-style bombshell. Other than that, loads of interesting new stuff. I'll be looking out for Wild , Rime, Tomorrow Children. 2014 is not very interesting exclusive-wise, that's true, though. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    Well, this looks inmaginative if nothing else Reply 0
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    Oh hell this looks fantastic Reply 0
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    Tearaway looks great as always Reply 0
  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    Really? Weather is post=release in DC? Reply 0
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    Really? Reply 0
  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    Now that's some seriously unrealistic popping out of the box action there. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    That FC4 co-op thing is something of a dick move Reply 0
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    Oh, my, Rime is looking much prettier than it used to, or am I wrong? Reply 0
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    Independent game? Reply 0
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    Oh, YES. Reply 0
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    Wait, what expanded parameters, it's still in alpha Reply 0
  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    Permadick, should be interesting. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    HE SAID VITA! Reply 0
  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    People hearing without listening. People writing songs that voices never share. And no one dared. Disturb the sound of silence Reply 0
  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    That shotgun sounded just like a wooden shotgun is supposed to sound like. I think. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    OK, Sony muzak wipes the floor with MS's. 4:1 indeed. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    So, erm, how about a small update on Shadow of the Beast? This is being swept under a rug and I don't like it. Reply 0
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive to Xbox One

  • Dismiss 12/08/2014

    Another reason to eventually get an X1. Eventually. Reply -9