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  • Tech Analysis: Gravity Rush 2

  • Dismiss 17/01/2017

    @Aenima_pt Core powers are upgraded automatically now by gaining fame levels. You only get to manage your combat powers, which are a bit more complicated in the second game. Reply +1
  • Switch clicks in the hands, but on paper, it's in trouble

  • Dismiss 15/01/2017

    Nah, it'll be fine. It's the most portable full gaming device out there, it has a couple of hugely desirable "home" exclusives you won't be able to play anywhere else just for this year. It won't set the world on fire, and it probably won't give the PS4 a run for its money outside Japan (which seems to be the primary market it has been designed for), but it'll be more than alright, I reckon. Reply +2
  • Nintendo confirms Switch launch lineup of games

  • Dismiss 13/01/2017

    Not bad at all, provided that Zelda and Mario stick to the level of quality expected of them. Well, it's not like people are going to buy this in 2017 as their primary gaming system. A natural fit for indies, as well. Reply -13
  • Nintendo's precarious reveal runs risk of Switching off fans

  • Dismiss 13/01/2017

    Well, it's going to be my go-to system for bedtime and the summer holidays, so I don't really need more games at first. Online sounds awful, though. Reply +1
  • Sony closes Rigs studio Guerrilla Cambridge

  • Dismiss 12/01/2017

    Anyway, I'm still dead inside since Studio Liverpool Reply +36
  • Scalebound cancellation won't end Xbox projects with other studios, but games may be shown later

  • Dismiss 12/01/2017

    Yeah, thing is, the Xbox One has been out for what, 3 years now? 4? If third party exclusives are a priority, shouldn't there be some more collaborations that would be ready to show by now? Reply +3
  • Square Enix trumpets 6m Final Fantasy 15 copies shipped and downloaded

  • Dismiss 10/01/2017

    Welp, couldn't resist getting the Deluxe version in the 12 deals of Christmas sale. No idea when I'll be able to play it, but I'm sure many people were tempted by the early price cut. Reply 0
  • Gravity Rush 2 review

  • Dismiss 10/01/2017

    Love the way it doesn't hold your hand. Sure, you can pull off everything rather easily, but once the control system clicks and you start seguing one maneuver into another, it becomes pure giddy pleasure, as seemingly impossible challenges gradually turn into attainable and then quite easy goals. Missions could be better designed/more ambitious though, I agree about that.

    Seems to lack PS Pro support too, at least for the moment.
    Reply +2
  • Microsoft's 2017: momentum at last, and a golden opportunity

  • Dismiss 06/01/2017

    Well, this sounds a bit more optimistic, even though there's only two or three "console" exclusive games in there and they're hardly "heavy-hitters". I don't believe for a second that those are the only MS exclusives we're going to see this year. Even with the rumoured addition of a new Forza, the line-up is just too sparse for a big platform holder in its third to fourth year. Then again, one might argue that the Scorpio will offer a generational upgrade to the whole library. I don't know, it does sound a bit too sketchy. Reply +8
  • GeForce Now streaming coming to PC and Mac

  • Dismiss 05/01/2017

    Yeah, this is just an experiment to see what they can get away with until server costs are sufficiently reduced. It will settle at Netflix-level prices, eventually. As it is, though, it's simply taking the piss. Reply +2
  • Sony's 2017: steady as she goes as PS4 goes big on games

  • Dismiss 05/01/2017

    No matter how much I try, I really can't empathise with the tone of this piece. What I see in this list is a huge degree of variety/diversity (easily Sony's major advantage in the ΑΑΑ console space), some equally welcome new IPs (otherwise I'm guessing there would be even more moaning about no original games) and, finally, Persona 5 (woo!). Just out of curiosity, would Wesley be more enthusiastic about this line-up if the list included, say, God of War 4, FFVII remake and Days Gone? I'm guessing not. Anyhoo, I think Spider-man will make it in some form or other, it would be crazy to completely miss the film launch. Ni No Kuni will probably make it as well, at least in Japan.

    Exclusives aren't supposed to carry a platform on their own, they're more like a competitive advantage for a machine that will already have most major releases of the year.
    Reply +6
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered is now free on PlayStation Plus

  • Dismiss 04/01/2017

    Welp, definitely worth 4 euros and change, as I always say. And you get some additional discounts in the pretty decent January sale, as well. Reply +13
  • Intel Kaby Lake: Core i5 7600K review

  • Dismiss 04/01/2017

    @NullDev I see. I seem to recall a couple of statements that claimed that Kaby Lake would have a much improved iGPU. Oh, well. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 04/01/2017

    I'd like to know more about the integrated GPU. It might be irrelevant for a hardcore gamer, but the new processors are already showing up in ultrabooks here and there, so it would be nice to see if the 620-630 offers any tangible upgrades over 520-530. These things are becoming more and more attractive as portable gaming solutions (provided you already need one for travelling, meetings and so on and so forth). Reply +6
  • Eurogamer's game of the year 2016

  • Dismiss 31/12/2016

    I can definitely see the appeal, I love the way it looks and it's a Blizzard game, so it's bound to feel great and play very smoothly. On the other hand, competitive-only battles in a handful of arenas always seems such a limited concept to me. I know that this isn't going to happen, but if Blizzard did a Titanfall 2 with the sequel (yy, in a decade or so, I know), I'd be first in line to snap it up. Competition-wise, I'd much rather spend this kind of time and effort on a new fighting game, which I can play on my own and with a friend in the same room as well. Reply +3
  • Nintendo Switch CPU and GPU clock speeds revealed

  • Dismiss 19/12/2016

    Doesn't really matter, as long as it is more powerful than the Wii U. This seems to have been designed from the ground up as a secondary/mobile/alternative gaming system, as opposed to the Wii U. Reply +8
  • Jelly Deals roundup: Doom, Watch Dogs 2, Stephen's Sausage Roll and more

  • Dismiss 17/12/2016

    Stealth Stephen's Sausage Roll article? Reply +34
  • Acclaimed ARPG Victor Vran is coming to console next year

  • Dismiss 16/12/2016

    Good game, in dire need of additional diversity/tactics. Reply -1
  • Xbox and Windows 10 to get Dolby Atmos audio support in 2017

  • Dismiss 16/12/2016

    @ProjectGemini07 Sure it does, it's always better when decoding is taking place on the device that's doing the final analog conversion as well. In the sense that you're certain you're not missing any info. Most of the time, there's not a big difference (unless we're talking about atmos or dts x, which do need bitstreaming). Reply 0
  • Dismiss 15/12/2016

    @peterfll Yeah, but not bitstream (passthrough) though. That means you can't use your receiver to decode the signal, just your console. Needless to say, A/V receivers are better equipped to handle sound processing. This is more important for media, rather than games, of course. Reply +1
  • Dismiss 15/12/2016

    Finally. Actually, the One would bitstream only standard dts or dolby core audio, ignoring even the more established hd audio formats, such as DTS-MA. You could decode them on the machine and sent them to the receiver as uncompressed PCM, but it's not exactly the same. I think the PS4 did bitstream hd audio, but neither console had support for Atmos and Neural X. Reply 0
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn release date brought forward a couple of days

  • Dismiss 13/12/2016

    Welp, looks like it'll be in a somewhat ready state at launch, then :-) Reply +4
  • Nintendo Switch reveal presentation set for 13th January, 4am UK time

  • Dismiss 13/12/2016

    That's 6 am here. Hmmm... Nah, Ι'll watch it later. Reply +1
  • Investigating the origins of The Last Guardian's architecture

  • Dismiss 12/12/2016

    Another great read. This is gaming culture. Reply +9
  • Dead Rising 4 outsold The Last Guardian

  • Dismiss 12/12/2016

    Not surprised at all. And I'm not a fan of Dead Rising. It just is a more mainstream thematology. Reply +6
  • Royal blood

  • Dismiss 10/12/2016

    Lovely piece. Reply +8
  • The Last of Us patch 1.08 for PS4 Pro analysed

  • Dismiss 06/12/2016

    Oi, just let us choose! No matter what the trolls say, it's not "less of a console" if it offers SOME choice according to your display.

    In other news, gotta love that secret sauce.
    Reply +4
  • The Last Guardian review

  • Dismiss 05/12/2016

    Loving it so far, but is it essential material, though? Don't know about that, perhaps if you HAVEN'T played ICO and Colossus. Reply -1
  • Dead Rising 4 review

  • Dismiss 05/12/2016

    Never liked the previous ones, so I wasn't expecting anything out of this. Obviously, they sell well enough, however, or Capcom wouldn't still be at it. Reply +1
  • Performance Analysis: Final Fantasy 15

  • Dismiss 01/12/2016

    @globalisateur Wow, you must have suffered a lot with the multiformat face-offs last gen. Reply +1
  • Dismiss 30/11/2016

    Going by previous releases, looks like Japanese teams don't really look at or care about DF articles. Western teams do respond at times and that's a wonderful thing. Reply +3
  • Why I think big console game sales are down

  • Dismiss 30/11/2016

    Saturation, sure. Lack of excitement, sure (most games are good enough nowadays and they all look pretty great, so why not wait a bit while I clean up my stellar backlog). Faster and more frequent price drops. This used to be a Steam-only thing, but now it's starting to hit consoles, as well. Which leads us nicely to the big issue: digital sales. Yeah, they were a factor last gen as well, but now they're a major one. There's no urgency to buy, you can always download it later when it suits you. Prices are relatively high, but they do drop quite reliably. This, along with the multitude of broken games at launch, pretty much kills day one sales. Reply +12
  • Digital Foundry's 2016 Black Friday/Cyber Monday top deals

  • Dismiss 25/11/2016

    @Costarring Normally, I'd say it's not that different from the UK. Actually, it used to be somewhat cheaper. Sales and offers though, are an entirely different kettle of fish. Even major retailers just refuse to let their stock go at reduced prices.

    This year has been very good so far in this respect. There's substantial price cuts and/or promotional offers out there. Looks like competition is finally kicking in, now that the black economy seems to be subsiding due to the capital controls. (Not that they're a good thing, as international businesses have paid a frightful toll, but they do have a slight silver lining).
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  • Dismiss 25/11/2016

    Got a B6V for €1999, plus a €250 gift card from the retailer and a free Xbox One S 500 GB FIFA bundle as a promo offer for registering my set with the local LG branch. Which was frankly irresistible, since I had sold off my Xbox One and the PS Pro let me down with the lack of UHD Blu-ray support. Coming from a Panasonic plasma, I always had my sights on an OLED set, not especially for gaming, but rather as the best all-round choice with decent black levels.

    It may not seem very impressive to you, but usually local offers (Greece) are a travesty compared to British-Central European ones. This year was amazing in comparison.
    Reply +2
  • Digital Foundry's guide to PS4 Pro game upgrades

  • Dismiss 24/11/2016

    @LordNodens I use https://getpocket.com whenever I want to save anything for later. Usually I reserve it for long form articles, but it can be used as a bookmarking tool. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 24/11/2016

    That's a strange one. On the subject of Ratchet and Clank, this was the first game that made me go "Wow", as far as HDR is concerned (the second one was Gears 4 on the One S). This on a 2016 LG OLED. Perhaps John Linneman was already using a picture profile that forces HDR processing on the TV side, such as HDR Effect, or a high dynamic contrast setting when he tried the game? I suppose that would diminish the effect. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 24/11/2016

    Thanks for that, DF. Reply +2
  • Fallout 4 one year on

  • Dismiss 24/11/2016

    I know it's not a very popular opinion, but as a "world simulation", Fallout 4 is probably the best in the series. Sometimes, all it takes to improve this kind of experience is a higher degree of interactivity and more convincing physics. Reply +5
  • Arkane looking into Dishonored 2 PC performance complaints

  • Dismiss 22/11/2016

    "Fixed a bug where Resolution Scaling was deactivated when the game ran above 30 FPS". Says it all, really. To be fair, I seem to be one of the lucky ones. At 1080p with very high settings, I did get a sensible 52-60, with drops to 40-45 at the plaza around the Overseer Outpost in Karnaka. Not the smoothest experience overall, but I thought performance was pretty reasonable for a 970. Reply 0
  • How to transfer data from PS4 to PS4 Pro - transferring saves, games, trophies, settings and more explained

  • Dismiss 21/11/2016

    @Reichan79 Yeah, it's so obvious, once you think about it, isn't it? They could have warned people about it, though. Reply 0
  • Watch Dogs 2 launch sales nowhere near Watch Dogs 1

  • Dismiss 21/11/2016

    Oh, the shock. Reply 0
  • Dishonored 2 review

  • Dismiss 16/11/2016

    So, looks like it's playable on a technical level (?) Reply +1
  • Why are some PS4 Pro titles running slower than base hardware?

  • Dismiss 15/11/2016

    All this overanalysing isn't really useful. It's evident that the PS Pro is a budget machine designed to justify the purchase of a new TV and offer an upgrade path to people who feel that 6-7 years is too long to put up with the same hardware. The problem isn't the PS Pro itself, as it does offer a significant spec upgrade at a reasonable price, it's the fact that developers don't set their priorities straight. When they have enough headroom, it's all well and good. When up against a performance deficit, they always go "look, we've hit double the image quality, we can afford to drop a frame or two, it's an acceptable sacrifice". Thing is, when your performance target is only 30 fps, then no, you can't afford to drop a frame or two and you'd better cut down on the IQ and/or add an alternative performance profile or dynamic settings. Same thing goes for the vanilla PS4, it's just that people are more willing to compromise on older hardware. Reply +1
  • Dismiss 15/11/2016

    Perhaps Watch Dogs is waiting for a Pro patch, as well? Or perhaps that CPU really messed up the whole design. Also, it looks like there's problems with lots of 4K TV models, as of 4.05. I know there's a pretty well documented issue with the LG OLED TV I just had delivered. LG and Vizio TVs seem to have been hit especially hard, even though they had no issues with other HDCP 2.2 devices. No manufacturer seems to be exempt, except for Samsung and Sony. Even some early Bravia 4K models are reported to have problems, though. Reply +1
  • Dismiss 15/11/2016

    Seriously, why doesn't every game out there have a dynamic resolution/IQ setting? Especially on consoles. Reply 0
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon review

  • Dismiss 15/11/2016

    Yeah, very happy to see games doing well, but the (critical) success of Pokemon remains a mystery to me. I did like Pokemon Red back in the day (well, I was serving in the army and had to do something to pass the downtime), but I was completely drained out of any excitement by the time Pearl came out on the DS. In an industry so theoretically in love with innovation, with quite a few games getting marked down due to being unoriginal, Pokemon seems to be completely immune. I always have the feeling I'm missing out on something good, but always end up disappointed (not to mention downright bored) when I try to pick one up. I suppose it's not for me. Reply +19
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild to miss Nintendo Switch launch

  • Dismiss 15/11/2016

    I'll probably still buy it, depends on what else will be there to play. After all, I'm treating this as a Vita upgrade, not as a main console. Reply -1
  • Watch Sony's fancy pants PS4 advert

  • Dismiss 14/11/2016

    Stealth Destiny articles are still a thing, I see. Reply +3
  • Dishonored 2 launch sales down 38% on Dishonored

  • Dismiss 14/11/2016

    Oh, dear, indeed. Perhaps some people are waiting for the reviews? Apart from a few outliers, the only sources of critique are Steam and MC reviews, right now. Good luck with those, Bethesda.

    Then again, as someone else said, significantly more people are buying digital nowadays. Plus, given that the original came out relatively late last gen, I suppose the installed userbase must have been higher.

    There's also competitiion to consider. This month is ridiculously busy, and I suppose that most publishers have taken this into account. I imagine most good, high-profile releases that fell short of their sales targets will pick up as the holiday season draws nearer. After all, people need to have something to buy till March, when the next big wave is supposed to hit.
    Reply +7
  • Battlefield 1 and FIFA 17: Frostbite shines on PS4 Pro

  • Dismiss 12/11/2016

    Both titles -target- 60 fps anyway, so there was no danger of them making the wrong decisions. Thus, you get a good result all around. Good stuff, I imagine Titanfall 2 will be even better than BF1, as it features a very nice dynamic settings implementation, which benefits the PC version as well. Reply +4