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  • Mortal Kombat X review

  • Dismiss 20/04/2015

    Disappointed to hear that the fighting system hasn't gotten any deeper. Though it would be nice to have some more detail on this (any way to deviate from the canned combos? How necessary are the combo breakers?). It's good to have something to do when playing alone, though. Reply +1
  • Star Wars Battlefront is more than just a big budget Battlefield mod

  • Dismiss 18/04/2015

    I know it's not the point, but having a big budget Star Wars game without a campaign feels a bit like a missed opportunity. I know that the series never had a campaign, but that was the case for Battlefield, as well, once upon a time. Reply +8
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-On with Project Cars

  • Dismiss 17/04/2015

    What's all the moaning about? If you don't stress the engine more than most current-gen racers (and even if you do, a bit), you get a pretty good looking racer with all the bells and whistles at 60 fps. Sims are not my cup of tea, but this game seems to be making an effort on all fronts. Reply +5
  • What does it take to run GTA 5 at 1080p60?

  • Dismiss 16/04/2015

    @KenpoJuJitsu3 It was that thing about PC games being older and/or more mature. Where I'm living, that's seldom the case, as PC piracy is rampant and people, mostly kids, tend to spend all their budget on hardware and torrent their games.

    I know that PCs are very versatile, but desktop towers are not always practical to have around due to size and relative noise levels. I prefer to dedicate that space to arrange my speakers and projector in an optimal manner, as I do love my music and movies.

    I just wanted to point out that things work differently for some folks.
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  • Dismiss 16/04/2015

    @KenpoJuJitsu3 At 42 I'm guessing I'm older than both of you, but I still prefer playing on console. Gaming in the office after spending the whole day in front of the PC is just impossible for me, and it's not practical to lug my desktop in the living room. Furthermore, having access to all good games out there is pretty important to me, more so than having an undoubtedly superior experience in games I've already enjoyed. I would appreciate it if you would tone down the generalisations a bit. Reply -1
  • Dismiss 16/04/2015

    Runs pretty well on my i7 950 and 670 combo. I can't really tell if it looks noticeably better or worse than the ps4 version at the recommended Nvidia experience settings, as I played just for a few minutes, but it does run at 1080p60. Will give it a try on my laptop as well, just for laughs. Reply -1
  • The new Shadow of the Beast is one man's dream come true

  • Dismiss 16/04/2015

    @dogmanstaruk It was never great, apart from the third game in the series. However, it was a distinct favourite and still is very fondly remembered mainly due to the graphics and overall atmosphere. Just take a look at how many ports there were of the first game. It was a smash hit and a retro darling, nothing strange about it being resurrected (at a low risk, ofc). Reply +2
  • Dismiss 16/04/2015

    So, which blast from Psygnosis past should be next, as a relatively risk-free digital revival? I'd vote for Blood Money, Agony and Killing Game Show. Edit: Oh, and Leander, that would be fantastic on 2.5D. Reply +3
  • Dismiss 16/04/2015

    @Widge Indeed. Reply +1
  • Dismiss 16/04/2015

    Come on, get Roger Dean involved already! Reply +8
  • Guitar Hero Live skips backwards compatibility as it reboots series

  • Dismiss 15/04/2015

    The new button scheme might be worth using for a bass guitar, while keeping the original for lead guitar. Then again I'm not so sure. As other people have pointed out, the most troubling thing is the apparent focus on contemporary tracks. Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry vs extreme frame-rate gaming

  • Dismiss 13/04/2015

    @FMV-GAMER Yep, got most of the indie ones through bundles, but I get most decent RPGs on day one. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 13/04/2015

    @FMV-GAMER Yeah, it's still decent, I suppose. Anyway, as I said, I usually play PC-only stuff such as Pillars of Eternity on it, so it's more than I need. The rest I usually play on consoles. Reply -1
  • Dismiss 12/04/2015

    @FMV-GAMER Already have an i7-950, I think it's a Sandy, but I really can't afford a 980 after getting all current consoles. Don't really game in the office, anyway, I usually play PC games mostly on my laptop when away from home. And I really doubt that even the 980 would be enough for steady 120 with my CPU. No worries, I can wait. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 12/04/2015

    Very interesting, but, as always I'd rather have access to as many good games as possible, rather than blow all my budget on something like this. And anyway I suppose a system like this would be beyond my means even if I did. Still, I'd be willing to experience this for myself once it becomes mainstream/affordable. Reply +1
  • Bound by Flame dev announces cyberpunk RPG The Technomancer

  • Dismiss 10/04/2015

    Hope you can play a Technoviking Reply 0
  • Face-Off: Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

  • Dismiss 09/04/2015

    Concerning value for money, the upgrade from the DX9 version if you don't have any of the DLC costs less than getting all DLC at time of release. So it's definitely not a rip-off, nor a bargain, of course. If, like me, you have the original in your library but never got round to playing it properly, it's a pretty good deal. Reply +4
  • Dismiss 09/04/2015

    i7 4700HQ, 16 GB RAM, 765M GPU: Dips to 50 fps in the opening chamber with most torches lit, holds up a very respectable 55-60 in Majula and Forest of the Giants at 1080p with all gfx options turned on. Steady 60 fps on 900p. Looks like Xbox One level of performance, which will do very nicely when on the go.

    Thought this would be useful to some people, as DF don't usually include laptops in their Face-offs.
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  • MSI GS30 Shadow with Gaming Dock review

  • Dismiss 05/04/2015

    @BeMyHandheld Yeah, that's something that MSI will need to look into. On the other hand, I doubt that opening a spreadsheet or a presentation would produce the same amount of temperature.

    Interestingly, my 2014 GS70 is one of the quieter gaming laptops I've ever used. Actually, I chose it primarily as a portable backup to my desktop (I work exclusively from home), with the gaming capabilities taking a second seat and so far it's been more than worth the money.

    I suppose it will take a couple of iterations before MSI get the ultrabook factor right as well.
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  • Dismiss 05/04/2015

    Wow, MSI really seems to be on top of modern computing trends. This is a very nice idea, insofar as it addresses a wholly different niche. There's no reason why someone who's looking for portable computing suitable for a business environment AND is an avid gamer wouldn't take a look at this. I bet that on the whole this would be more affordable or vfm than a rather extravagant Dell XPS 13/Macbook Retina/Pro and separate desktop combo.

    On the other hand, as blarty already pointed out, this is not really a portable gaming solution, it's more like an all-in-one offering for people who need two separate computers for different jobs. Still, even the best gaming laptop out there could do with a low-profile dock and an external GPU for future-proofing.
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  • Tech Analysis: Splatoon

  • Dismiss 04/04/2015

    I'm sure it'll be fun and perform very well. However, going by recent Nintendo output, like Mario Party and stuff, this smells a lot like filler which would have been much more useful and welcome in the early days of the platform. I'll not be getting this for my WiiU ( I didn't like Titanfall either, and I probably won't be playing Planetside 2, as well, before you brand me as a fanboy or anything).

    More importantly, I don't find it very attractive from an artistic standpoint. Haven't seen it run on an actual console, though, only on video.
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  • Performance Analysis: Dark Souls 2

  • Dismiss 03/04/2015

    @Suarez07 Yeah, well, I suppose it is, but there's games that won't manage a steady 60 fps at 1440p even on a top end GPU. Sure, you can lower AA settings, I suppose. Depending on your screen size, of course. I think you could get away with low AA on a 24' monitor, but on a 50-60' inch TV? Reply 0
  • Dismiss 03/04/2015

    @Cyberlith Finally, a reasonable post about PC gaming and performance myths in general. It's really baffling to me when people ask for a 30 fps lock when their system can fluctuate from 45-60. Sure, if these fluctuations are too frequent, you do get annoying judder, but if they're not, you're pretty much having what DF calls (very successfully, I might add) a "perceptual" 60 fps experience. Even high-end rigs can and will drop frames on taxing visual options, never mind the more affordable middle-of-the-road gaming systems most Steam users, for example, seem to have. Furthermore, there can be external factors that influence performance, such as micro stutter due to online data transfers, as in Diablo III, or frame pacing issues, which are more common on PCs rather than consoles when playing games at 30 fps.

    Controller response time is seldom that severely impacted and most seasoned players will adjust almost automatically. That's not to say that a 30 fps game won't feel heavier than a 60 fps game, because it will, and the difference can be jarring at times. But the most important thing is to have a consistent experience.

    A properly designed PC can indeed be the "golden standard", but the gulf is not always as immense as people here would have you believe. A top-of-the-line rig is as good as it gets hardware-wise from a consumer standpoint, but it's no guarantee that everything will run flawlessly. Just better. And when taking into account higher resolutions than full HD, the ideal performance to power ratio is still pretty much uncharted territory.
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  • Dismiss 02/04/2015

    @KenSuggestion Also, Ryse and The Order are half the frame rate. Reply +14
  • Dismiss 02/04/2015

    @jamyskis1981 I'm with you on giving console owners more choice. Just provide two or three presets: Image Quality, Balanced, Performance. No need to do anything else. Reply +11
  • Dismiss 02/04/2015

    @Monkeyspoon Because it's expected, if all other gfx options are the same?

    Even though Bloodborne pretty much takes all my time nowadays, I shelled out for the PC upgrade (didn't have the DLC, so it seems to be worth it). Here's hoping the optimisation work they obviously did for consoles pays off for the PC version as well, as the DX9 version was amazingly smooth on my laptop.
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  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D review

  • Dismiss 02/04/2015

    @Nikanoru You mean that beyond a certain pixel density individual screen elements are no longer visible and so they cannot be accurately reproduced in graphics? Did I get this right? Isn't there a difference in pixel density between different 3ds models as well? How different is this screen compared to the original PSP? And wouldn't that rule out other Nintendo handhelds, such as the GBA mini? Reply 0
  • Dismiss 02/04/2015

    @Nikanoru Axiom Verge, Rogue Legacy. Of course, I never meant that it's not good enough to play on. High resolution games look like games as well, it's not like they're all photorealistic or anything. I just find them more attractive, even when they're using retro style gfx. Never implied that you shouldn't like it or anything, I just said I don't. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 02/04/2015

    @Nikanoru Well, pixel art games that are designed for HD screens are still 1:1, though. There's no upscaling taking place. And there's the unwanted effect of pixelisation on games that feature textures and polygons.

    Not saying you shouldn't like it, just that the screen is sub-par for things like Xenoblade, Res Evil, even Kid Icarus.
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  • Dismiss 01/04/2015

    @Spetzomancer Well, it's not an avoid, so if you think you'd like it, you might as well give it a shot. Not good enough to be recommended to everyone, but it could be fun for those that fancy it after reading the review or are fans of the genre.

    That's how I read the absence of a stamp, anyways.
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  • Dismiss 01/04/2015

    @Nikanoru The thing is it makes everything look like pixel art. :)

    Actually, pixel art on a 1:1 ratio isn't really pixel "art", is it? It's just "pixels".

    JUst kidding, I get what you mean, but you could always get a Pandora or some other emu-based handheld for that purpose.
    Reply -3
  • Dismiss 01/04/2015

    Well, impressive 3D aside, that screen IS attrocious for today's standards. It's not like the 3DS lacks games, this should probably be remade for Nintendo's next handheld. Plus, it would alleviate any bitterness this forced exclusivity move has caused. Reply +1
  • Looks like MotorStorm buggies are coming to DriveClub

  • Dismiss 01/04/2015

    That's right, keep rubbing it in Reply 0
  • PS Plus in April adds Dishonored and Never Alone

  • Dismiss 31/03/2015

    @Rogueywon But, but... they're giving a pool game, which looks nice and Child of Light, which is supposed to be celebratory, an older game than Never Alone, unless I'm mistaken. Last month was Rayman, which is fantastic, while PS4 got Abe and Valiant Hearts, which were pretty good (and newer) as well. It does not compute.

    I know, it's personal opinion and all, but "consistently"?
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  • Dismiss 31/03/2015

    Never Alone, huh. Wanted to try that. That and Tower of Guns should cover the cost of the sub and then some. Already finished with Dishonored and Mercenary, otherwise I'd be ecstatic. Reply -1
  • Axiom Verge review

  • Dismiss 31/03/2015

    @RPTGB I chuckled at this, but it's not entirely true, as the exploration and progress-unlocking features which define the genre were mostly introduced with Super Metroid which came out much later than Antiriad, not the original Metroid, which did indeed have a striking resemblance to Metroid, bar the scrolling. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 30/03/2015

    @Nikanoru Of course, but you can't really compare the frequency of the releases and the relative popularity of these two genres. It seems like they really can't surpass what has gone before. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 30/03/2015

    Once I've finished Ori, perhaps. Then again, this has a good chance of being a PS Plus title. I know it sounds petty, but it has been Sony's MO for quite a while on PS4, at least.

    It's just a shame that given the obvious talent and passion involved, it doesn't really have much of its own to add to the Metroidvania template.
    I could have sworn I read that exact same phrase in EG's review of Ori and the Blind Forest. For such a cherished genre, looks like it's quickly approaching the point of oversaturation.
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  • Face-Off: Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

  • Dismiss 30/03/2015

    @FMV-GAMER Hey, ATARI, long time no see! Reply +3
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    @HybridTheory85 Sure, if they could add some of the PhysX as well. As it stands, most of the time you do get 50+ fps, despite the annoying fluctuations in response time. Reply +2
  • First screenshots of Dragon Age: Inquisition single-player DLC

  • Dismiss 30/03/2015

    I don't remember, was the DLC timed exclusivity ever publicised as such? I do remember Xbox making some noise about the CoD AW DLC, but I don't remember this. It's definitely the first time I hear about it. Reply +1
  • Spotify app launches today, exclusive to PlayStation "for the foreseeable"

  • Dismiss 30/03/2015

    Software volume controls available only when pressing down the PS button. That's not very intuitive. Oh, and it seems like all settings have to be controlled via an external device, if you have an existing account. Still, it's very-very nice. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 30/03/2015

    Yes, yes, yes, yes. I was running out of HDMI ports on my receiver. Reply +6
  • Has Rockstar really downgraded GTA 5?

  • Dismiss 30/03/2015

    Perhaps they have increased foliage details on the X1? Now that would be a hoot. Reply +12
  • Is Bloodborne the next-gen Souls you've been waiting for?

  • Dismiss 28/03/2015

    @grassyknoll Not sure I agree with that. Sure, people who have lots of good games to play won't really care about that single exclusive, but people who see, say, a Halo or Xenoblade commercial at Christmas and realise they can't play those on the system they already own, they might care quite a bit. Reply +3
  • Dismiss 28/03/2015

    @Rogueywon I've come across a couple of different playstyles. Some guys like comboing, which includes changing weapon lengths mid strike. Others tend to choose powerful, slow weapons and mostly use the longer reach form. There's also the option to do some decent damage with ranged weapons, especially with the repeating pistol and high Bloodtinge.

    Haven't tried the shield yet, to be honest, not even to see if it's viable. It just seems slow, now.
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  • Dismiss 28/03/2015

    @IronSoldier Tell you what, I'm suspecting it's some sort of mundane reason, such as writing style. It also draws attention to the fact that the other game featured in this unofficial comparison is a remaster of a multiformat title, thus subject to some decisions that have already been made in the past, when BB didn't even exist.

    At the very worst, it's a bit of clumsy writing.
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  • Dismiss 28/03/2015

    @IronSoldier Compared to what, the PC as a holistic platform dating back to Wing Commander, Loom and Wolfenstein 3D? But wait, those were on the Amiga, as well. The PS3 in its first 18 months on the shelves? Frankly, what is the point of this comment? Some people might, I dunno, even like remasters, just like, you know, people who buy pricey new GPUs in order to play the same games.

    It's a great exclusive in itself, no matter the platform. That's the only boast there is to make.
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  • Dismiss 28/03/2015

    @IronSoldier You do realise the series inception was on console and that the first Dark Souls only came to PC as a straight dump of the console version (which was modded later) after a petition, right? Which means that the more defensive approach of the previous games was "consolised" as well. Reply +66
  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U will not launch in 2015

  • Dismiss 28/03/2015

    No problem, Iots of games to play till then. And as long as Xenoblade makes it, people who mostly game on Wii U are sorted as well. Reply +2