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  • Performance Analysis: Star Wars: Battlefront beta on Xbox One

  • Dismiss 09/10/2015

    Hoo boy. Fantard meltdown imminent. Reply -5
  • Performance Analysis: Star Wars Battlefront beta on PS4

  • Dismiss 08/10/2015

    @Mr-Writer Oh please, please, please, don't stir up George Roper again. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 07/10/2015

    @ChockysChild Yeah, but it's more of an Uncharted-style action deal, isn't it? Not a shooter that takes place in the midst of the rebellion. I'm not complaining, I'd just love to get this but I know I won't be playing it longer than a week or so after launch. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 07/10/2015

    Well, I do love the presentation on this. If I were into online shooters, I wouldn't be too worried about which platform I'd get it on (probably console, Star Wars games need a good sound system), as it looks good across the board. Provided the X1 version follows suit, of course. Go on, please add a campaign next time. Or, I dunno, do a single player spin off. Reply 0
  • Nvidia Shield Android TV review

  • Dismiss 04/10/2015

    Guys, how about hd audio pass through, bitstreaming and syncing refresh rates such as 23.967 through a receiver? Android boxes traditionally have some trouble with the above, so it would be nice to see if the more capable GPU, along with the top-spec HDMI port can provide an equal or better experience than more established standalone media boxes, such as med8er, popcorntime, etc. That's a major omission, if you ask me. Reply +3
  • PlayStation Plus October line-up revealed

  • Dismiss 30/09/2015

    SMB on the Vita, yes please. Broken Age should be interesting. And that's about the cost of the sub covered, and then some. Reply +3
  • PS4's big new update goes live tomorrow

  • Dismiss 29/09/2015

    @XbDf Don't know if it's highly requested or not, but I sure would welcome it. Reply -7
  • Dismiss 29/09/2015

    @XbDf Nah, no need, they got it more or less right the first time.

    Still, it's baffling they added bloody stickers before bloody folders and before fixing the useless notification system.
    Reply +51
  • PS1 at 20: The making of WipEout

  • Dismiss 29/09/2015

    Never understood why they ditched the F1-style trappings in the original game. I think that choosing your driver and your team made the whole premise much more immersive and believable. Just imagine what they could add nowadays (wishful thinking, of course): Rivals with corresponding weapon boosts, popularity ratings, perhaps even a design-your-own pilot career mode with customisation options. Sure, it may sound superficial when the game is all about insane speeds and blowing opponents up, but I think this aspect anchored the whole experience and gave it some personality.

    I'd prefer a new Wipeout, but I wouldn't mind a new F-Zero as well. Pure arcade racers are at their absolute nadir this gen.
    Reply +3
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Uncharted: the Nathan Drake Collection

  • Dismiss 28/09/2015

    Loved all Uncharted games when they came out, particularly the second one, but I never considered them true classics (well, apart from the second one with its still unmatched campaign :-p). I have to say that this collection changed my mind somewhat, as all games feel quite fresh, even the ageing Drake's Fortune. Still, they should have included some sort of multiplayer module, even if it was common for all three games. Even if it was overshadowed by the story, as it should be, Uncharted multiplayer was pretty good, and the collection doesn't feel complete without it. Reply 0
  • Dragon Age Inquisition: Game of the Year edition requires you to download all DLC

  • Dismiss 25/09/2015

    An upgrade offer would be nice for all games doing this. Just shows that you care. Reply +1
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate has learned from Unity's mistakes, but is that enough?

  • Dismiss 24/09/2015

    Well, this is the setting I've been hankering for since the second game, so I have to give it a try, I suppose. I don't expect to keep playing this year after year after this one, though. Only if they release something exceptional. Reply +6
  • Forza Motorsport 6 review

  • Dismiss 24/09/2015

    Found myself enjoying this and I usually don't really go for 'realistic' racers. They've got the "caRPG" aspects right, and control with the pad is indeed superb. Actually, there's lots of sim racers out there that may simulate driving better than f6 with a wheel. But if you play with a controller this is peerless.

    Didn't much like the roulette thingy, though. I mean, where's the sense of accomplishment if you can get two supercars and a million credits on your first three levels?
    Reply +3
  • Digital Foundry vs Until Dawn

  • Dismiss 19/09/2015

    @liveswired It is ALWAYS the developer's choice. If they think that the hit in performance is small or temporary enough to justify better visuals, then they will go for better visuals. If better visuals are out of the question because the hardware can't sustain a playable framerate, they will resort to cutbacks which may have the added side effect of slightly or even noticeably improved performance at times due to the lesser overall workload. It really isn't that complicated. Just fanboys trying to play up any advantages their platform of choice might have. Reply +2
  • Persona 5 delayed to summer 2016

  • Dismiss 17/09/2015

    Only to be expected, I suppose. Oh well, it's going to be GOTY 2016, no worries :P Reply +8
  • Digital Foundry vs Forza Motorsport 6

  • Dismiss 17/09/2015

    Thank you for that. I did think it looked a bit sterile, but didn't want to stir things up. Reply +9
  • Gravity Rush 2 announced exclusively for PS4

  • Dismiss 15/09/2015

    @bart_dan Yeah, fair enough, but I'm not sure you can call those a franchise. Technically you're right, of course, but seeing what's left (Monster Hunter clones) still makes me sad. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 15/09/2015

    Great news, but now there's officially no exclusive franchise left on the Vita and that makes me kind of sad. Still, Gravity Rush deserves better, so... Reply +19
  • Dragon Age Inquisition: Trespasser review

  • Dismiss 14/09/2015

    I do think that Dragon Age as a whole is rather underappreciated, at least compared to Mass Effect. On the other hand, it has suffered the most from the transition to EA as a publisher. One only has to take a look at that early gameplay footage that made the rounds which involved impactful tactical decisions and whatnot. I just hope the next one adds more depth while retaining the beautiful maps, dungeons and bosses. Story was rather nice, as well. Reply +5
  • Tales from the Borderlands is the closest we have to a great video game movie

  • Dismiss 11/09/2015

    Ha, never thought of it that way. Reply -2
  • Hardware: Rivals announced for PS4

  • Dismiss 10/09/2015

    Smells like f2p Reply +5
  • Fallout 4's big Season Pass promise

  • Dismiss 09/09/2015

    Well, if the DLC is as good as what they did for New Vegas, this might be the first SP I ever buy. Reply +5
  • Face-Off: Mad Max

  • Dismiss 09/09/2015

    Yep, it's such a shame plasma technology won't make the jump to 4K. Reply +5
  • 1080p60 and beyond: the best PC hardware for Metal Gear Solid 5

  • Dismiss 08/09/2015

    @clockworkzombie Alright, thanks! Reply 0
  • Dismiss 06/09/2015

    @williamarthurfenton Alright, I'll try and check it out before deciding on it. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 06/09/2015

    @williamarthurfenton Hm, that sounds pretty poor then. It's weird indeed, as some 4K TVs I've seen, which are much larger, seem to be doing a reasonable job. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 06/09/2015

    I want to get a relatively cheap 28"/4K monitor for my desktop (I'm looking at the Samsung U28D590D), but I'm a bit worried about the scaler. Will 1080p games look good on it? Most reviews just seem to ignore this point. I want to work at higher resolutions, but I'm not planning to upgrade my 970 just yet (not for a long time, actually), so gaming will have to be done at 1080p. Anyone tried this particular monitor or have a similar experience? Reply 0
  • Pikmin 4 in development and "very close to completion"

  • Dismiss 07/09/2015

    Wow, looks like they really messed up their release schedule. Two Pikmin games with no Metroid in between and just a single Mario 3D platformer? Reply -5
  • Tearaway Unfolded review

  • Dismiss 07/09/2015

    Didn't play this on Vita, glad it holds its own as a home console title. Will probably give it a try at some point, but it doesn't look like I will have time for this this year. Still, lots of good games out this year, really can't see why people were complaining a few months ago. Reply +6
  • Face-Off: Dishonored: The Definitive Edition

  • Dismiss 03/09/2015

    Shameful asking money for this. Should have just been bundled with the new game as a preorder incentive or whatever. Reply +1
  • SoulCalibur Lost Swords to shut down in November

  • Dismiss 03/09/2015

    Still my favourite fg series. Lost Swords was a travesty though. A new game with a rich, exhaustive single player adventure mode (which used to be the hallmark of the series, apart from the Guard Impact system) is long overdue. Reply 0
  • Mad Max review

  • Dismiss 01/09/2015

    Now this is why I really like the new EG appraisal system. In this day and age, it's very rare that an AA or AAA title won't be fundamentally "good". By "good" I mean it will implement tried and tested mechanisms in a functional and reasonably effective manner, it will have decent looks and sounds, it will feature a decent amount of content, be it only single player or single/multi player, and to all intents and purposes it will be reasonably fun, as long as it has an interesting premise and pulls off all of the above. If it fails to do that to a large degree, it should be avoided. If it succeeds, it's decent fun, especially at the right price. If it manages to surpass expectation, or infuse the standard formula with extraordinary mechanical aptitude, imagination or emotional storytelling, then it should rise above the pack and be recommended. If it does all that and add some innovation, genius ideas, push the boundaries of whatever was considered "good" a while ago, or if it offers a flawless experience in all areas, then it should be essential.

    This recommendation will make me put Mad Max ahead of other similar games I'd like to play, rather than debate whether a 7 is worth buying, despite looking rather generic at first glance. Psychologically, it's definitely a better sale than a strained 8/10 (which Mordor got). There you go, EG, I get it. :P
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  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Metal Gear Solid 5

  • Dismiss 28/08/2015

    @MrE26 Of course, after all it doesn't really matter if you have no direct point of reference/comparison. 1080p doesn't equal shakiness, though, especially on this occasion. Reply +1
  • Dismiss 28/08/2015

    @MrE26 I see, well there's many reasons why this would happen, from calibration to lighting conditions to viewing distance (too close, perhaps). A projector screen has different optimal settings than a TV. Anyway, no one said that the jump from 900p to 1080p is a game-changer, it's just that upscaling adds unwanted artifacts and a bit of blurriness. Usually, these things are visible to the naked eye, but it goes without saying that while playing a fast-paced game they lose their relevance at times.

    And anyway, we've been putting up with upscaling from a 720p picture for so long, that upscaling from 900p seems a bit of a luxury. It's just a shame when you can't have native res.
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  • Dismiss 28/08/2015

    @MrE26 So you put both versions side by side, then? Perhaps both pictures were blown up out of proportion? If it's a 4K screen, it's entirely possible that the built-in scaler is better than the X1's. Reply +1
  • Dismiss 28/08/2015

    @cloudskipa Well, personally I find that Sunset Overdrive suffers particularily from aliasing due to upscaling, probably because it has all those rails and girder-like objects all over the place. Viewed on a 50" inch set at a distance of 1.5m (I think that's about 3.5-4.5 ft. for all you imperial types out there). Characters are indeed very smooth, though.

    Anyway, I did say that issues are mostly about aliasing and picture distortions that the game itself doesn't take care of. I don't have the other three games you mention, so I can't comment about those. And let's not forget that cheap AA solutions, such as FXAA may improve overall smoothness, but they definitely diminish clarity. MLAA/custom edge detection-type solutions are not as effective in smoothing the whole picture, but they provide a noticeably crisper image.
    Reply +2
  • Dismiss 28/08/2015

    Suppose you have a fairly large 1080p TV, 46-60", a very likely scenario, and you decide to move your chair up close just so you can enjoy a higher degree of immersion. If the game isn't running on native resolution, a slight blurriness, shimmering and other upscaling artifacts will be there and they'll be noticeable. Not game-compromising or anything, just noticeable. Furthermore, any antialiasing issues not covered by the game engine will be more pronounced. Now let's say you decide to sit farther away from the TV because the couch is more comfortable. At this distance, the game is still enjoyable, albeit less immersive, and the image quality issues are barely noticeable. There's your virtual parity right there. The game is made a certain way and it performs a certain way. Apart from that, the environment plays an important role. Reply +1
  • AMD's new R9 Nano - the ultimate GPU for small form-factor PCs?

  • Dismiss 27/08/2015

    So, would a SoC based on this chip be financially viable for the mass market in roughly 3-4 years' time? By financially viable, I mean console-level pricing, of course. Reply +7
  • Until Dawn review

  • Dismiss 27/08/2015

    This would have been an easy Halloween chart-toppper. Destined to be overshadowed now. Looks like it could teach Telltale and Quantic a thing or two. Reply +8
  • Is it too late to start playing Hearthstone?

  • Dismiss 26/08/2015

    Very nice description of the true allure of the CCG genre. New cards change the whole game and a single common card might form the backbone for a new, extremely irritating idea (to your opponents, that is). This is why I feel that MtG has yet to be surpassed, perhaps only by another (failed) Richard Garfield CCG, named Jyhad (later renamed to Vampire the Masquerade). Five Rings is also very nice, deep and complex. Apart from those games and Netrunner, I have yet to see something come close to the top of the genre. \

    And no, Hearthstone was not it. Close enough, but no. A bit too simple and combo heavy for me, I'd place it somewhere near Yu-Gi-Oh. Excellent introduction to the genre, which favours big plays, but it doesn't really make you think about the game when not playing, which is the hallmark of a good CCG. I'll definitely give Doomtown a chance, though.
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  • Diablo 3's big patch 2.3 goes live

  • Dismiss 26/08/2015

    @curtlikesmeat Raise the difficulty level and play co-op for better loot drops. That said, you should be able to get decent orange gear even at Torment I, or the level before that. Reply +1
  • Dismiss 26/08/2015

    Oh shit, total relapse imminent. Reply +10
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate Dickens and Darwin missions are pre-order bonuses

  • Dismiss 26/08/2015

    Oh ffs, really? Reply +1
  • Grow Home wins PSN Instant Game Collection poll

  • Dismiss 24/08/2015

    Missed the vote, but I probably would have gone for Armello. Still, not bad. Just wish I hadn't picked it up on the Steam sale, as IT WAS NEVER ANNOUNCED FOR PS4! I think. Just some vague comment like "we'll get it on console if it sells well". Seems like Sony buying up front a few million licenses made it worth their while. Reply +3
  • Uncharted: the Nathan Drake Collection is more than just a remaster

  • Dismiss 21/08/2015

    Uncharted 2 remains a masterclass in game pacing, 60 fps or not. Reply +31
  • Face-Off: Zombi

  • Dismiss 20/08/2015

    Ι know I'm in the minority, but I wouldn't mind adding the new control scheme as an option to the WiiU version as well, so that it will be playable off-TV. Reply +2
  • Everything we just learnt about Destiny: The Taken King

  • Dismiss 20/08/2015

    Sounds great and all, but now there's lots of competition for people looking for long-term dedication on current gen. There's Borderlands, which is immense, FFXIV for those who don't mind paying a sub, Diablo is getting a new update, and there's ESO as well, which does the whole RPG-raiding thing better and also features some great PvP. Destiny is still unique, and I'd like to return to it, but I think I'll wait for the sequel, now that I managed to break the habit. Reply 0
  • DriveClub's latest update makes some big changes

  • Dismiss 18/08/2015

    From what I'm hearing, there's going to be more substantial additions later on in the year. Wouldn't be surprised if eventually the cumulative updates to Driveclub and Master Chief Collection merged with the power of the cloud and formed Skynet. Reply +21
  • Ashes of the Singularity: the first DX12 gaming benchmark tested

  • Dismiss 18/08/2015

    Great, I just opted for an 970 on my new PC. I don't really game that much on PC, but I find these results somewhat troubling. Reply -1
  • This week's free Witcher 3 DLC is...

  • Dismiss 17/08/2015

    Haven't even started playing this in earnest on PS4. At this rate, I'll probably get it heavily discounted on PC. Reply 0