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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.
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  • 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 +5
  • 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 +32
  • 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
  • The Witcher 3 patch 1.08 boosts console performance

  • Dismiss 12/08/2015

    @Mar27w Well, those weaknesses are present throughout the franchise. The third game is actually an improvement in that respect. Reply +1
  • Dismiss 12/08/2015

    @RicardoG Already have one, thanks. Two, actually. But they did include an option for post processing. Going by the article, I think it's two options (blur and motion blur), so what I'm suggesting is actually a simplification. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 12/08/2015

    For fuck's sake, just include a "performance mode" that locks 30 fps on both consoles with all necessary downgrades. Otherwise, why would they prefer to include a post processing toggle rather than a dynamic resolution toggle is beyond me. Reply +3
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture review

  • Dismiss 11/08/2015

    @IronGiant There's no rule as such, but more or less experimental studios like TCR made their name on the PC indie scene.

    Furthermore, it's not the type of game that usually "rakes in the dough", so to speak, so it's somewhat surprising that Sony chose to buy this.

    Just surprised that this is the case, I don't mean anything by it. I already have all current consoles, thanks for the recommendation. Never been much of a PC gamer myself, even though I did get a decent one a week ago (primarily for work, but I did throw in a 970, just so that I can play the odd game).
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  • Dismiss 11/08/2015

    @IronSoldier Thanks. Never really looked into it, as I automatically thought that this kind of experience would find its way on PC, one way or another. Never thought Sony or any other platform holder would be interested enough to bankroll it. Reply +3
  • Dismiss 11/08/2015

    @pogomeister Well, they gave it one of those silvery things, so that people who can't be arsed to read the review will know that it's good.

    On another note, is this really never coming to PC at all? If not, seems like a decent exclusive for PS4, as it's been making some waves, despite the short length and the whole "experience over gameplay" thing.
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  • Scalebound is a different kind of Platinum Game

  • Dismiss 07/08/2015

    Well, I know this is not going to be popular, but I always thought Bayonetta was a bit overrated. It's got fantastic art, a great and nuanced combat system, but ultimately it's still a somewhat one-dimensional product of the oughties. Playing both games took me back to the twilight era between PS2 and PS3, and to be honest, both reached a point that I wished for it to be over. Scalebound looks to retain the good stuff while offering more staying power and I'm all for that. Provided that jackass of a hero turns out to be more interesting in the end. Reply -2
  • Microsoft Gamescom 2015 conference live report

  • Dismiss 04/08/2015

    Best effin explosions ever. Guess they're cloud powered as well. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 04/08/2015

    Ah, yeah, taking another crack at esports. With a console exclusive. Yeah, good luck. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 04/08/2015

    FFS, got to get off my butt and play Bloodborne and Scholar of the First Sin already. If I can tear myself away from New Vegas GOTY and Witcher 3, ofc. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 04/08/2015

    Oh, my god, those quips are so 1998. Great fonts for damage, though. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 04/08/2015

    Particles and physics are bloody insane Reply 0
  • Looking to the Horizon: how Guerrilla moved on

  • Dismiss 31/07/2015

    Given GG's pedigree on look and feel, I'm not worried about the combat. Those RPG mechanics, on the other hand... Reply 0
  • Victor Vran review

  • Dismiss 31/07/2015

    Hm, that's a surprise. The Van Helsing games were nice enough, but not very interesting.

    Edit: Thought it was the same developer. Looks like it isn't.
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  • PlayStation 4's stunning sales success continues

  • Dismiss 30/07/2015

    @cowell Well, unless I'm mistaken it's been a while since MS released any official total sales numbers for the Xbox One. According to vgchartz, the One is sitting around 13+ mil at the moment. Not saying that they're particularily reliable, but it's the closest thing to a publically available dedicated tracking service out there.

    From what I'm hearing, Xbox is more or less keeping up in the US, but it's getting totally blasted in Europe, apart from the UK. In Japan it's practically non-existent, as was expected. Even PS4 is relatively struggling to make an impact there, it's pretty much mobile/handheld territory nowadays.
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  • August PlayStation Plus games revealed

  • Dismiss 30/07/2015

    Oh, come on, Limbo is just lazy. And cheap, I suppose. Oh well, I haven't even touched Ground Zeroes and Rocket League yet. There's also How to Survive on X1 that should be decent. Games on Vita keep piling up. Definitely getting my sub's worth in games, even with Limbo. Reply +1
  • The Amiga is 30 years old today

  • Dismiss 23/07/2015

    @FortysixterUK I think it was Tony Crowther, whose last big budget game was Realms of the Haunting on PC, if I'm not mistaken. One of the poster children of the bedroom programming scene, long before anyone coined the term indie for videogames. Reply +1
  • Dismiss 23/07/2015

    Got my A500 with Sword of Sodan, Shadow of the Beast, Populous and Rainbow Islands. I remember feeling rather ecstatic at the time, as opposed to the A1200 which was a bit of a letdown for me. The hard drive was an amazing upgrade, but games development had moved to Japan by that time. My SNES, bought on the same day as the 1200, overshadowed my Amiga almost immediately. Reply +1
  • Is DriveClub finally up to speed?

  • Dismiss 03/07/2015

    @frazzl I'm more of a Burnout, Wipeout, Motorstorm man myself. Back in the day, I loved OutRun and hated Super Monaco GP. Weird, eh? :) Reply +1
  • Dismiss 02/07/2015

    @frazzl None taken, indeed I haven't played it very much, just 3 and 4 on the 360. I've played DC even less though. Even so, the similarities just jumped out at me, even though I don't have any special place in my heart or mind for PGR. Nor DC for that matter, I just wanted to see the graphics. Reply +1
  • Dismiss 02/07/2015

    @cloudskipa It offers the same approach to handling, a very similar type of progress and an instant reward system that is very similar to the Kudos system in PGR. Never was a big fan of PGR, anyway, but the similarities just jump at you while playing. You're welcome to disagree, of course. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 02/07/2015

    It's the true spiritual successor to PGR in all but name. Reply +5
  • XCOM 2 serves a very different kind of strategy

  • Dismiss 24/06/2015

    Here's hoping specs are modest. Reply +1
  • Batman: Arkham Knight review

  • Dismiss 23/06/2015

    @LordDemigod Well, going by what I read, if you didn't make any changes to the .ini file and you didn't notice any problems, then you must have played the game at a flawless 30 fps. Reply +1
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited review

  • Dismiss 22/06/2015

    @AgentDaleCooper Imagine Skyrim with an added layer of standard MMO abilities, such as Charge, damage over time effects, debuffs and the like. It doesn't feel as visceral, but I think it's deeper than on single player Elder Scrolls. Reply +3
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Batman Arkham Knight

  • Dismiss 19/06/2015

    @weaselrat Not necessarily. Due to the relative lack of content, many, if not most, 4K sets have very powerful scalers. Sure, this is going to introduce some scaling artifacts and perhaps some extra jaggies that won't appear on FHD sets, but generally speaking you'll get a higher resolution on your display. Reply +1
  • Steam Summer Sale is a go

  • Dismiss 18/06/2015

    Just USFIV and Grow Home. Really wanted the latest SF on PS4, but looks like it was botched and it costs half as much on Steam, so I got it on PC. Anyway, this is going to be superseded in half a year or so, so I might as well pay less for it. Can't see myself getting anything else, backlog's already huge. Reply 0
  • Sony's E3 conference: an artful blend of nostalgia and big business

  • Dismiss 16/06/2015

    There was a rather huge disappointment, however: no mention of Persona 5 and/or a western release date. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 16/06/2015

    Ι think MS had the better and more well-rounded show, but I still find Sony's AAA exclusives more surprising and intriguing. Anyway, this is probably the first time I've actually felt good about buying an Xbox One alongside my PS4, instead of a new GPU. Reply 0
  • Kickstarter campaign launches for Shenmue 3

  • Dismiss 16/06/2015

    Physical console copies are not possible without a publisher. If this ends up being a proof of demand, there's a chance they will happen. Otherwise, I don't think so. Reply +1
  • PlayStation "new home of Call of Duty", Black Ops 3 DLC headed to PS4 first

  • Dismiss 16/06/2015

    Just because Microsoft have pretty much unlimited funds at their disposal does not mean that the shareholders would allow them to allocate huge amounts of it on Xbox. And anyway, this is important only for diehard fans of the series. Sure, there's a lot of them out there, but it's not that significant in the grand scheme of things. Reply +3
  • PS4 gets its Media Player today

  • Dismiss 16/06/2015

    Great stuff, but is there anyone really interested in media playback that doesn't already have a dedicated media player or an HTPC? Sure, mp3 support in games is nice, but other than that, why would anyone bother with limited format support, Cinavia and the like when quality media players are so cheap? Reply +1