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  • Trials Fusion review

  • Dismiss 16/04/2014

    That sidebox is informative and useful. Please try to include something like that on every multiplatform review. Reply +18
  • Sony's Japan Studio unveils three new Vita titles for Europe

  • Dismiss 15/04/2014

    So that's where the japanese scene has gone. Reply +2
  • Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers heads to Xbox One

  • Dismiss 11/04/2014

    Say what? What's the point of this? Anyway, I'll get it on iPad or PC, just like the last two installments. It's still a weird decision. Exclusives are cool, targeted exclusion isn't. Reply +1
  • Age of Wonders 3 review

  • Dismiss 11/04/2014

    Phew, so it got a 7, after all. Otherwise that tagline would be soooo bad. Reply +11
  • Nintendo Pocket Football Club review

  • Dismiss 11/04/2014

    Looks like a great iOS game for a quid or so. I'm pretty sure it's better than that, but it does look like it's targeting the same demographic. Reply -8
  • The Last of Us: Remastered for PS4 revealed

  • Dismiss 09/04/2014

    Well, given that the DLC is still 15 bucks or so, the price is somewhat more palatable. Still, the porting will have to be pretty spectacular to warrant a double purchase. Reply 0
  • First Elder Scrolls Online update adds ultra hard Trials

  • Dismiss 08/04/2014

    Good, good, f2p (or a configurable subscription model) can't come soon enough Reply -6
  • Rumoured Dark Souls 2 PC graphics options revealed

  • Dismiss 08/04/2014

    Well, that's good news. Let's hope now that it will be possible to achieve a better looking (than last gen) and equally, if not more, enjoyable experience on my laptop, so that I won't have to play it at my desk. Reply 0
  • Ridley Scott working on new Halo "digital feature project"

  • Dismiss 03/04/2014

    Prometheus meets Master Chief has already happened. It's called the Flood *shudder* Reply +7
  • PlayStation Vita Pets out in June

  • Dismiss 02/04/2014

    I still love you, PS Vita. Reply +17
  • EA apologises for Frostbite's "stupid" anti-Nintendo April Fool

  • Dismiss 02/04/2014

    Well, if they had posted just the Gen4 thing it would be somewhat chuckleworthy. But then they kept it up and it came across as very crude. Reply 0
  • inFamous: Second Son update lets you change the time of day

  • Dismiss 01/04/2014

    As long as it's optional. Reply +8
  • Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls review

  • Dismiss 01/04/2014

    @UncleLou Totally agree about POE. Once you gather a good collection of gems and sockets, you can really create a character that feels your own. And yeah, the endgame is a real endgame, even if the campaign is not very big. This just needs a little polish and it could be the best game in the genre, despite being f2p. Reply +3
  • Dismiss 31/03/2014

    Well, it IS immune to theorycrafting, because it's not really a stat-based RPG and there's not a clear-cut system for character progression. It's more of an arcade-style experience, with nice xp bursts for impressive feats. It does reward fine-tuning, but there's no sense of building "your" character, apart from item drops and a very welcome, but somewhat limited enchantment system. Multiplayer feels more like Golden Axe rather than Gauntlet, for lack of a better simile, in the sense that every character is still doing their own thing, instead of cooperating.

    I like it and it's as compulsive as ever, but I still feel that it needs more challenges and modifiers. More surprises, perhaps. Adventure Mode and Rifts are very nice, but the toolset they're based on still seems a little limited.
    Reply +4
  • Looks like the Metro games are coming to PS4 and Xbox One

  • Dismiss 01/04/2014

    Well, played the first one on PC, didn't like it very much. Actually, I loved the setting and atmosphere, but I thought that the weapons felt impactless and the actual shooting was somewhat by the numbers. Never tried the second one because of my experience with the first. Never mind the graphics, I would welcome this remake if they fine tuned the gameplay somewhat. Reply 0
  • PlayStation Plus for April: Mercenary Kings, PES 2014, Sly Cooper, more

  • Dismiss 28/03/2014

    Well, it's a good month for the Vita. Sly is cross buy. Reply +24
  • The Last of Us headed to PS4 this summer, Sony employee says

  • Dismiss 27/03/2014

    Well, makes sense, it is one of the defining games of the previous generation and there seems to be a lot of Xbox users that are getting a PS4. Reply +2
  • Digital Foundry vs. inFamous: Second Son

  • Dismiss 27/03/2014

    @Widge Well, it's fun, it looks fantastic and it has little competition at this point in time. Why wouldn't it sell loads? On the other hand, contrary to Assassin's Creed this series has been consistently underrated. Not by much, but it's there. Granted, the setting is not as charming as in almost every AC, but the basic gameplay is easily on par.

    On a different note, this shows that truly great looking games are not just a matter of hardware efficiency, which is never guaranteed on an open platform. In short, they need time and money that only a handful of companies, apart from platform holders, can, or will, provide.
    Reply +38
  • UK chart: inFamous: Second Son dethrones Titanfall

  • Dismiss 24/03/2014

    @GermanQR I agree, I consider the series in general grossly underrated. Just shy of essential, IMO. Still, I can see where most of the criticism stems for. It's just that IF tends to get criticized much more severely for doing the same mistakes many other games are doing as well. Granted, it needs to move forward, but there's not many games that are better at what Sucker Punch is doing with Infamous. Reply +3
  • Dismiss 24/03/2014

    @Widge And why's that unfortunate? Reply +3
  • Dismiss 24/03/2014

    Round 3.5 of people comparing a multiplayer shooter with no sp whatsoever to an open world action game with no mp whatsoever. Even if there was a world of difference between the two as far as critical reception goes (which there isn't, according to aggregator sites), they are so different games that personal preference would still be enough to skew buying one over the other. Reply +3
  • Face-Off: Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

  • Dismiss 23/03/2014

    Well, no surprise there, it should be easier to shoot for 60 fps when upgrading last gen content. Ergo MGZ and TR def. Thief is still a mystery, though. Reply +19
  • Performance analysis: inFamous: Second Son

  • Dismiss 22/03/2014

    @robo-buzza Well, I think that the home cinema sound mix could do with a bit more oomph in the explosions department. Usually, I never have to raise the volume on my receiver more than -25/-23 db, but I did have to go up to -18 for a satisfying experience with Infamous. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 22/03/2014

    Having played the game for more than 10 hrs, the only instances where judder becomes an issue are the transitions between districts, where the engine seems to be streaming lots of assets at the same time (if you're quick and know what to watch out for, you can even spot some downgraded visuals until streaming is complete).

    That said, given the almost total freedom of movement afforded by Delsin's powers, those transitions happen much more frequently than in other open world games. Still, there are no loading screens and that should be applauded as well.
    Reply +11
  • Dismiss 22/03/2014

    Yet it IS smoother, even to the naked eye, than a locked-30 fps last gen game, and that should be noted. Reply +56
  • What's in the InFamous: Second Son patch

  • Dismiss 21/03/2014

    @RedSparrows LOL, well, yeah, but it's the game that set the standard for this genre. Feel free to replace with another shooty open world game, such as Crackdown 2, Prototype 1 & 2, or even AC, in some respects. Reply -1
  • Dismiss 21/03/2014

    @Darren Yep, really agree with you there. That's why it's pointless asking for a recount. A review is a person's informed opinion, and it has already been shaped, for better or worse. After all, the game has received its fair share of positive reviews. It doesn't have to get the same score everywhere.

    Furthermore, the update has been made available to reviewers 3-4 days ago. Not sure about the extra content, have to check on that.
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  • Dismiss 21/03/2014

    @Widge Well, to be fair, combat has changed quite a bit in if 2 and ss. It's pretty varied now, melee has entered the equation and there's a fair degree of verticality involved. Definitely handles itself better in a scrap than Crackdown and other similar games now. Reply +4
  • Dismiss 21/03/2014

    Clamouring for a re-review is pointless and somewhat immature in my opinion. It is what it is, a reviewer's opinion and pressuring them to see the game more positively is bound to create negative feelings. On the other hand, there's quite a few comments here on the general quality of the game that don't seem to come from people who have actually played the game. Reply -4
  • Dismiss 21/03/2014

    @Darren Playing on Expert from the start, no more than expected number of deaths by normal soldiers, and only when assaulting bases. You do have to keep moving and focusing on the weaker soldiers first. Sometimes you have to distance yourself by a block or so and reapproach, otherwise they'll swarm you. If they see you immediately upon exiting a vent, there's probably more of them that you haven't spotted yourself. They do flank like crazy. Oh, and it helps if you postpone your assaults until you get the neon sniping thing and/or upgrade your smoke shots so that headshots subdue minor soldiers instantly.

    And yeah, there is some stuttering when moving from one district to the next.
    Reply +1
  • inFamous: Second Son review

  • Dismiss 20/03/2014

    @Widge Limited combat is an utter fabrication. Perhaps in the first one. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 20/03/2014

    @FogHeart Well, Assassin's Creed is consistently doing more than okay. Which is the epitomy of conformity nowadays. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 20/03/2014

    @Darren The city's as empty/soulless as the Assassin's Creed games plus cars. It's no GTA V, but it's not that sort of game. It's not a pure sandbox game, it's an open-world action game. On the other hand, they're using some pretty aggressive LOD tricks to achieve that draw distance. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 20/03/2014

    Well, I do agree about the powers being disappointingly similar, but it is the best game in the series by far, and the difficulty tuning is really top-notch. Plus, it's really very, very good-looking and smooth (there's only a little judder when changing districts, as the assets get streamed in). Haven't completed it yet, but so far it's a solid 8 for me. Reply +5
  • Almost inFamous: Nate Fox talks Second Son

  • Dismiss 20/03/2014

    @Kendrene Well, GMT then. Not a UK resident, just trying to be helpful. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 20/03/2014

    @FortysixterUK Embargo expires today, I think it should be 14:00 BST. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 20/03/2014

    @A_FAN Well, Donkey Kong 1.5 and Halo 3.5 were pretty nice games, so let's give this decimal the benefit of the doubt. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 20/03/2014

    @freethinker101 Sure, but what about the backlog? I don't have that much free time, so I can't really justify spending more time on a game I liked rather than playing the next game on my list. It already took me 3 years to get around to completing if2. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 19/03/2014

    @Darren Well, crank it up to Expert and you'll probably need those upgrades, which means more shard collecting. The Infamous series brings out the OCD in me, I can't stand not liberating the city districts. In that case, I can't see a playthrough lasting just 10 hrs. Been playing for 4 hrs or so and I've only done 3 main missions in Seattle. Reply +3
  • Dismiss 19/03/2014

    I call bollocks. If they wanted to stick with Cole, they wouldn't have put so many arbitrarily cruel decisions in the evil path. Furthermore, after you have spent 20 or 30 hours mopping up the sidequests before tackling the end, there's no effing way you'll go back and do it all again just to let Cole live. It's a story, you're finally ready to see how it ends.

    From what I've seen so far, Delsin is definitely more human. He really enjoys gathering up powers and it shows. Plus, this is a seriously good looking game.
    Reply +11
  • From Software explains changes to Dark Souls 2 graphics

  • Dismiss 19/03/2014

    There's no point whining about the image quality of a From Software game. They're hardly technical wizards, they always rely on art and atmosphere much more than technical prowess. I'm OK with that, and I accept that this is the best version of DS II they could produce on last gen.

    What I don't like, however, is that they chose to leave out the new consoles altogether, even though they're already developing a PC version and it's obvious that they were shooting for something better.
    Reply +5
  • Next-Gen Face-Off: Titanfall

  • Dismiss 15/03/2014

    You have to wonder just how small was the development team. I mean, it's been ages since this was announced, not necessarily as Titanfall, but as "that sci-fi shooter by the COD guys". Given that they went with a well-worn engine, it's a bloody wonder it turned out this way. I mean, if all this time wasn't spent on performance, visuals, online content and a big campaign, what were they working on all this time? Sure, there's concept design, prototyping and gameplay tuning, but something's definitely fishy with this release. Reply +6
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft review

  • Dismiss 14/03/2014

    Don't get me wrong, it's a good game. However, it's not the actual strategy that makes it stand out, as it should be, it's the videogamey bits, which is a big plus, I suppose. It is deceptively deep, but it's still child's play compared to MTG, even the nerfed DOTP series. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 14/03/2014

    Yeah, right. Perhaps if viewed as a mobile game. Reply -33
  • How Watch Dogs' multiplayer liberates Ubisoft's open world

  • Dismiss 13/03/2014

    Doesn't look that bad, to be honest. Lots of variety in the pedestrians, frame rate seems stable (taking YT into account). There's definitely a downgrade, and I'm guessing that they haven't been able to match their original targets for the new gen consoles, but they decided that they can't delay it any longer and keep their heads above water. That said, the video content, apart from the interview, is almost the same as the Gamespot video (I think) that kicked off all the rage.

    I'm sure the PC version will be much closer to the original showing, but judging by the performance of AC IV, I'm not expecting much more on anything less than a monster PC.
    Reply +2
  • Sega Humble Bundle includes Company of Heroes and Rome: Total War

  • Dismiss 13/03/2014

    Well, put it this way: you get TOTD Overkill, Alpha Protocol and Binary Domain for 2 bucks each. And have some decent extras thrown in. Reply +1
  • Watch Dogs PC minimum specs confirmed

  • Dismiss 12/03/2014

    @bad09 Every developer, every time uses 100% of the resources available to them and that goes for every platform out there (well, with the exception of PC RAM, but that's another matter). The trick is making good use of those resources and unlocking further resources which happens with optimisation from the dev side and fw/OS updates from the manufacturer side. Reply +1
  • Face-Off: Dark Souls 2

  • Dismiss 11/03/2014

    Unless I manage to get a free copy on PS3, I guess it's going to be PC this time. Next gen would be nicer, but I'm not sure I can wait. Reply -3
  • Titanfall review

  • Dismiss 11/03/2014

    Hawken and now this. I realize that online multiplayer is top dog commercially speaking, but it's so disappointing when new, ambitious titles are mp only. Sadly, I lack the time/commitment to truly enjoy a competitive online shooter, but I would love a Halo-style campaign to play through at my own pace. Or even, dare I say it, a SHOGO for the modern age. As it is, I'm feeling excluded. Sounds dramatic, but it's very disappointing when a game has all the trappings you like but doesn't offer an experience that suits your tastes. Reply -1
  • Dark Souls 2 review

  • Dismiss 11/03/2014

    I know that main reviews are not supposed to discuss technical details, but given that the previous game slowed to a crawl at times it would be nice to know if the frame rate has improved this time or if it's worth waiting for the PC version. I can only assume that the reviewer wasn't particularly troubled by it. Reply +7