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  • From Torchlight to the stars: a morning with Rebel Galaxy

  • Eoin 18/05/2015

    The impression I got from the preview videos of this was that it was something along the lines of the naval parts of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, except in space. I'm probably buying it the moment it comes out on that basis. Reply +10
  • Digital Foundry on the Assassin's Creed Syndicate reveal

  • Eoin 14/05/2015

    Plus stealth mode involved crouching down and taking off your hat. I mean, what's up with that?
    My guess is that all of the walls in the game are built to exactly the height that will hide you when you're crouched and hatless (while a hatted character would be visible).

    It probably also helps evade the police:

    Reply +52
  • Eoin 14/05/2015

    If NPCs have been dialled back for the sake of framerate, then that is a trade-off that I am very willing to make. Reply +18
  • Alien: Isolation sales reach 2.1m, FM15 810K

  • Eoin 11/05/2015

    Just as a contrast:

    Number of "packaged" games Sega intends to release in Japan in the next year: 14
    Number of mobile games Sega intends to release in Japan in the next year: 47
    Reply +11
  • Batman: Arkham Knight's Batgirl is Barbara Gordon

  • Eoin 07/05/2015

    @GAmbrose

    I know Rocksteady didn't make Arkham Origins, but do they even consider that as canon or are they ignoring it completely?
    They've been referring to Arkham Knight as "The Epic Conclusion to the Arkham Trilogy". That suggests that they probably view Arkham Origins as the equivalent of fan-fiction.
    Reply 0
  • Zynga to reduce its work force by 18 per cent, again

  • Eoin 07/05/2015

    If that sounds familiar, it's because Zynga made the exact same announcement nearly two years ago.
    So even their layoff announcements are rehashes?
    Reply +18
  • Mortal Kombat X PC patch pulled after it deleted saves

  • Eoin 06/05/2015

    Is the PC version of MKX intended to be some kind of weird new artistic form of comedy? Maybe the next patch could randomly remove characters, or turn the gravity down to zero. Reply +10
  • Batman: Arkham Knight season pass lets you play as Batgirl

  • Eoin 05/05/2015

    @jamyskis1981 The Arkham storyline does indeed include that, but the article says Warner are describing this as "a prequel story expansion", so my guess would be that the playable Batgirl part is set pre-wheelchair. Reply +11
  • Face-Off: Mortal Kombat X

  • Eoin 18/04/2015

    a clear graphical leap over the previous instalments on the 360 and PS3, and last year's PS4 and Xbox One release of Injustice.
    There wasn't any Xbox One release of Injustice.
    Reply +52
  • Flower, FlOw and Journey headed to PS4 on disc

  • Eoin 17/04/2015

    Sony has yet to confirm whether Journey will also be a cross-buy release.
    They confirmed it here
    Reply +23
  • Don Mattrick leaves Zynga

  • Eoin 08/04/2015

    This hard work for our mobile players has resulted in bookings growing from 27% mobile when Don joined to 60% by the end of last year.
    Translation: "I am obliged to say something nice about this guy but there's nothing good to say, so I am choosing to pretend that the collapse in our Facebook/browser revenues is really growth in our mobile revenues".
    Reply +103
  • It's over: PlayStation Home has closed

  • Eoin 01/04/2015

    Silly note: from launch right up until closure, PlayStation Home was described as being a beta.

    others were angry that they had spent real money in Home on things now lost forever
    I have to wonder what they thought would happen. Did they imagine that PlayStation Home would exist forever?
    Reply +1
  • PSN Europe Service Status indicator coming soon

  • Eoin 27/03/2015

    "Status indicator? No, we don't have that, what is it? Oh, SCEA have one? Yes, yes, of course we're planning one. We've been planning one since at least the beginning of this sentence. We'll have it up and running as soon as we can convince them to email us the code, and hopefully we'll remember to find/replace the US server names with the EU ones. Leave us alone, it's Friday". Reply +15
  • Google Play adopts PEGI ratings

  • Eoin 17/03/2015

    The international free age-rating service is long overdue and is a big win for smaller developers.

    A lot of the time, smaller indies are released in North America first because the developer can't afford to immediately pay the fees to have a game rated by PEGI (and the USK in Germany), so they release in North America first (where getting an ESRB rating is free) and use some of the money to get the game rated in Europe.

    A more central, free rating system should mean that we get fewer delays and more simultaneous releases.
    Reply +7
  • Mortal Kombat X for PS3 and Xbox 360 delayed

  • Eoin 13/03/2015

    This is probably going to start becoming more common, as publishers push the last-generation versions of their games onto other (smaller) teams, with lower priority. The PS3 and Xbox 360 won't be forgotten for a while, but they'll certainly be sidelined. Reply +2
  • Editor's blog: We've revised our editorial policy

  • Eoin 09/03/2015

    @Bedders Might be a bit tricky to answer that one - I'm in Ireland, but currently on a proxy that will make me appear to be in the UK, France, Germany or the USA. Currently it'll appear to anyone checking via IP that I'm in Germany.

    Not sure whether this will help, but here's which flavour of Amazon each of the links leads me to:

    Bayonetta 2: US
    DKC: US
    Wind Waker HD: US
    MK8: US
    MH3: UK
    NSMBU: US
    Nintendo Land: US
    Pikmin 3: US
    Rayman Legends: UK
    3D World: US
    Smash: US
    Wii Sports: US
    ZombiU: UK
    Reply +8
  • Eoin 09/03/2015

    Some of the Amazon links in the Wii U article yesterday pointed to Amazon.com (rather than one of the European variants of Amazon). That's not just unusual, but also produces weird results. For example, the Smash Bros link goes to a seller charging US$140 for the game. There's surely a better way? Reply +41
  • Future Assassin's Creed games will have "more robust modern day" than Unity

  • Eoin 27/02/2015

    Can we have a more robust frame rate as well? Reply +6
  • PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886 number one in UK chart

  • Eoin 23/02/2015

    @bigfriendlygamer The different versions of Minecraft have different publishers so Chart-Track count them separately. Reply +1
  • Super Stardust Ultra release date set for next week

  • Eoin 06/02/2015

    @IronSoldier While I agree with you that "more" doesn't always mean "better"....have you played Super Stardust Delta on the Vita?

    It's an excellent sequel to Super Stardust HD, and although it does add modes, it is very careful to stick to things that work, to the point of streamlining the weapon choice. The way that Delta was handled gives me plenty of confidence that Ultra will be an improvement also.
    Reply +1
  • Eoin 06/02/2015

    Will be getting this on day one.

    It'll sit nicely alongside Geometry Wars 3 and Nano Assault Neo X. The PS4 really has this genre well covered.
    Reply +8
  • Faster, Windows 10-compatible Raspberry Pi 2 released

  • Eoin 03/02/2015

    @mouseymouse
    good luck doing any of that with 1GB of RAM
    Perhaps you shouldn't be so fast posting on a topic that you don't have a clue about?

    There's quite a few Windows 8 tablets running on 1GB of RAM. One of them (the Linx 8) was even reviewed on Digital Foundry recently. You can find videos online of it playing Skyrim and Grid 2. From personal experience with it I can assure you that it handles web surfing and HD video without any issues.
    Reply +37
  • SOE has been sold off, can now develop multi-platform games

  • Eoin 02/02/2015

    This makes sense.

    SOE's position within Sony wasn't ever really well thought out. Even though they began to get a little bit more integrated recently, they were always a primarily PC-focused studio - not really a good fit for a console manufacturer.

    Hopefully this is to everyone's benefit - Sony get the money, the studio gets more creative freedom, PS4 and PC owners still get the same games, and people with other platforms get a few more games to maybe look forward to. Everyone wins?
    Reply +32
  • Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty out on PC in Feb, Xbox One and PS3 in March

  • Eoin 15/01/2015

    @DreadedWalrus The game, as originally released on PS4, did not have the classic controls.

    The biggest changes were the inability to use the d-pad for movement and the fact that the jump button by itself was a straight upwards jump, so you couldn't jump forwards without using the stick also - this often meant that instead of just jumping, Abe would move slightly forward and then jump, or, too commonly, would move slightly forward and then die horribly.

    Another change is that instead of throwing being a digital act, it was made analogue. In the original game, if you threw something from your position and it didn't produce the correct result, then it was never going to you and could safely stop trying. With New'n'Tasty, it's difficult to tell whether you're doing the wrong thing entirely, or whether you just need to move the stick clockwise a degree or two.

    The statement in Eurogamer's review that the game retained the classic controls was incorrect, although I believe that the reviewer meant that Abe has the same movement options and limitations as he did in the original, which is nearly true. The controls have since been patched, solving most of the issues with them.
    Reply +2
  • Eoin 15/01/2015

    There's no mention of an Xbox 360 or Wii U version.
    The game was never announced for Xbox 360 so it would be a surprise if they had mentioned an Xbox 360 version.

    Wii U and Vita versions are the only ones outstanding after this news.
    Reply +2
  • Japan's console market at lowest point for 24 years

  • Eoin 07/01/2015

    @Pandy Apologies, I've phrased that badly. When I say "next year", I meant the next year (from now) - so when I say there (probably) won't be a new handheld "next year", I mean (and should have said) "in the next year". Reply +1
  • Eoin 07/01/2015

    @TheRaunchySeagull Consoles sales last generation were ~3.8m/year. This generation the average is 1.9m - a 50% decline. Reply +2
  • Eoin 07/01/2015

    The worst thing about these figures is that they were actually boosted a bit by the launch of the PS4. Console hardware sales are up a little over last year's (~2m vs ~1.8m last year).

    The overall decline comes mainly from the handheld market. The 3DS, though very successful in Japan (more so than elsewhere, proportionately), peaked early, plateaued in its second year, declined last year and has declined further this year despite a boost from the release of the New 3DS.

    Next year, with no new consoles and (probably) no new handhelds, the hardware market is likely to contract further.

    Last generation in Japan (2006-2012) there was an average of 11.6m hardware sales per year. This year the total was ~6.4m. The market's only just over half the size that it was, and that's going to present severe difficulty for Japanese publishers.
    Reply +6
  • Latest Assassin's Creed Unity patch boosts performance

  • Eoin 23/12/2014

    Despite being a huge Assassin's Creed fan, I haven't bought this game because of these issues, and it still doesn't seem to have improved enough to finally justify a purchase. I can't see myself buying the next game at launch either.

    Perhaps Digital Foundry can also have a quick look at Tetris Ultimate? I know it seems stupid to be testing a Tetris game, but Ubisoft/Soma have managed to mess up Tetris anyway.
    Reply +5
  • Media-streaming app Plex now available on PS4 and PS3 in Europe

  • Eoin 17/12/2014

    Just to note: Plex works on the PS4 through the PS4 browser, and has since launch. You just need to point the browser at the address of whatever box you have running Plex (for example, for me it's localhost:32400/web/index.html). You do not need a Plex Pass to use Plex through the web browser. Reply +12
  • Ubisoft racer The Crew enters UK chart in sixth

  • Eoin 08/12/2014

    @samtemblett The source for this is the news section on the Chart-Track website. This is usually updated first, before the charts.

    The charts themselves are, however, now updated.
    Reply +2
  • Eoin 08/12/2014

    Kingdom Hearts II.5 is badly timed (too many other huge games recently) and on the wrong console (too many people moving away from PS3 forever).

    The suggestions of a PS4 and Xbox One release next year are probably now a good idea for Square Enix, to retrieve some of the potential sales they've thrown away by releasing only on PS3 at this time of the year.
    Reply +8
  • Ralph Baer, inventor of the first home console, dies aged 92

  • Eoin 08/12/2014

    RIP Reply +10
  • Why are Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands more expensive on PS4 than on Xbox One?

  • Eoin 04/12/2014

    This kind of thing makes it much easier for me to choose which games I'm going to buy. Obvious and baseless price discrimination means no purchase until the price is fixed (and maybe not even then, depending on what's being released around the time it's fixed). Reply -5
  • Sony won't renew FIFA sponsorship contract

  • Eoin 01/12/2014

    @adstomko If the 2022 World Cup is taken away from Qatar, there'll be no political will among the other FIFA members to bring it to Europe instead.

    Remember that the 2018 World Cup is being hosted by Russia. Though there are big questions surrounding that bid as well, it's much sooner and at least it is in a country that can feasibly host it without messing with global schedules for two or three seasons. It's unlikely that the 2018 decision will be reversed.

    Even if it is, remember that the report on the bidding suggested that the England bid wasn't exactly beyond reproach. Though that report was a joke, it won't have caused any FIFA members to become especially sympathetic towards the England bid.

    If 2022 is taken away from Qatar, I expect it to be given to one of the nations that failed in their 2022 bid - most likely the US (South Korea and Japan also had strong bids, but both jointly hosted a World Cup more recently than the US).

    In the less likely event that 2018 is taken away from Russia, then I'd expect that to also be given to a failed bidder - in that case, Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium both got more votes than the English bid, so both would be more likely to be selected as new hosts than England.
    Reply +3
  • Eoin 01/12/2014

    Let's hope that the other sponsors follow suit.

    FIFA are incompetent to the point where that's blatantly obvious, and corrupt to the point where they are indirectly condoning slave labour (arguably directly, since it's not like there's a reasonable argument that they don't know it's happening).

    If would deal a very useful blow to FIFA if other sponsors follow the lead set by Emirates and Sony. The best result would be if the FIFA board were forced out en masse, but even just getting Blatter out would be great.
    Reply +16
  • Big Ultra Street Fighter 4 patch due December

  • Eoin 26/11/2014

    Tiger Uppercut just got a whole lot more literal:



    As did Spinning Bird Kick:

    Reply +5
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions has pre-order DLC and platform-exclusive levels

  • Eoin 20/11/2014

    Well that puts a real dent in my enthusiasm for this game. Reply +10
  • Eternal Darkness dev Denis Dyack back with ambitious new studio

  • Eoin 31/10/2014

    At least he isn't trying yet another Kickstarter campaign after the failure of the first two. Maybe he realised that Eternal Darkness fans have plenty of practice recognising delusions brought about by a lack of sanity. Reply +40
  • Dinosaurs fight humans in Primal Carnage: Extinction

  • Eoin 28/10/2014

    Set for launch in Q1 2015, the multiplayer title will allow you to play as both people and dinosaurs.
    There needs to be some kind of properly good incentive for people to play as boring humans then, instead of exciting stompy dinosaurs. If they get this wrong then the multiplayer part of the game is mostly going to consist of people staring at a lobby that says:

    Dinosaur team: 16/16 players joined
    Human team: 2/16 players joined

    Waiting for more Humans to join...
    Reply +8
  • Nintendo 3DS sold 113k in Japan last week

  • Eoin 22/10/2014

    @vert1go This isn't the same level of sales as last year though.

    In this week of last year, there were ~200k total hardware sales, compared to 141k this week - almost a 30% drop.

    At this point in 2013, almost exactly 6m units of hardware had been sold. This year the equivalent figure is ~4.6m - a 23% drop.

    Last year was the worst year for Japanese hardware sales for over a decade. This year, despite the PS4 launch, it's even lower.

    While I suppose some people are indeed over-reacting (or "freaking out", if you prefer), I find that a more understandable reaction than looking at this Japanese market - smaller than half of what it was at its peak after having declined for five out of the past six years - and thinking that everything is totally fine and normal.
    Reply +7
  • More Assassin's Creed Chronicles spin-offs planned

  • Eoin 21/10/2014

    My bet is that this is how the AC games are going to do settings like Japan and Egypt - settings that are commonly requested but which the creative heads behind the series have said doesn't really suit the existing games.

    It's also a good way to test out ideas for new protagonists, enemies and gameplay mechanics without having to bet on them working in the main series.
    Reply +13
  • "Majority" of DriveClub owners can now connect online

  • Eoin 20/10/2014

    One thing that I think Sony need to do is make the Plus Edition available to anyone who was a Plus subscriber over the lifetime of the PS4 so far.

    Though this doesn't apply to me (or to anyone else who is still a Plus subscriber), there are former Plus subscribers who would have been entitled to DriveClub Plus Edition if the game had launched at the promised time (i.e. at the PS4's launch). I think it's only fair that they should get the Plus Edition.
    Reply +3
  • Google announces $99 Nexus Player Android console

  • Eoin 16/10/2014

    @Flying_Hellfish This supports up to 802.11ac, so that'll cover 802.11n as well. Reply 0
  • Eoin 16/10/2014

    @Flying_Hellfish This is wireless only.

    The press image of this hooked up to a TV shows the Plex icon: http://www.google.com/nexus/new/images/player/player-entertainment-1024.jpg - it's not totally official confirmation, but I think this is a good indication that Plex is supported.
    Reply 0
  • Eoin 16/10/2014

    @dadrester This is sort-of-competing with the Chromecast. It has Chromecast functionality, so anyone who buys this has no need to buy a Chromecast (at least, not for the TV that they have this hooked up to).

    However, I think there's a big enough difference between the two products that they won't directly compete. The Chromecast is much cheaper and really only for streaming media. This does all the streaming stuff, but will also run local apps and games, for a much higher price.
    Reply +2
  • Eoin 16/10/2014

    You can also buy a separate Nexus Player GamePad, priced $39, which looks like a cross between an Xbox One pad and the DualShock 4.
    It's a rebadged Onlive controller.

    The Nexus Player controller:



    The Onlive controller:

    Reply +71
  • Shadow of Mordor patch adds versatile Photo Mode

  • Eoin 16/10/2014

    @FuzzyDuck No matter how you get them off the console, they're still JPEGs. That the resolution doesn't change doesn't mean that they're uncompressed. I've checked this myself on an image I pulled directly from the console and the telltale JPEG artefacts are very much present.

    Just to be clear, the resulting images are perfectly fine for almost any use. I'm not saying that the compression is terrible or anything, merely that it exists.
    Reply 0
  • Eoin 16/10/2014

    I played around with this a bit yesterday and it's nice - has some good features, but is still simple enough that a non-photographer like me can understand everything.

    It's silly that it's missing the option to save the image though. It's missing on PS4 as well - obviously it's not such a strange omission on PS4 where there's a built-in screenshot function, but since that compresses images, a game-native image exporter would be preferable.
    Reply +5
  • Saints Row: The Cooler was a motion-controlled brawler spin-off

  • Eoin 14/10/2014

    Based on the level of quality of the motion-based fighting games that somehow made it all the way to release, it was probably a good idea to put this game out of its misery early. Reply +25