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  • Silent Hills is dead, actor Norman Reedus confirms

  • FogHeart 27/04/2015

    Konami can make a new different Silent Hill, they can make a dozen more of them, but it won't matter because putting these two together was as good as it ever was likely to get. Now they can only make mediocre sequels by comparison to what could have been. Reply +12
  • Steam Workshop now allows modders to sell their work

  • FogHeart 24/04/2015

    I really don't want to pay for a bugfix mod and have 75% of that money go to the publisher. That's an incentive for them to leave bugs in! Reply +6
  • Bloodborne's mysterious closed door solved

  • FogHeart 23/04/2015

    @TekMerc "Pitiful, really but treat messenger with care." Reply 0
  • FogHeart 23/04/2015

    I think we're going to see lots of messages in front of the door tonight - must check out the hilarious use of the message system. Reply 0
  • Microsoft apologises for using PC footage in Xbox One Witcher 3 trailer

  • FogHeart 23/04/2015

    Man, this resolution gate just doesn't seem to close properly. Reply +6
  • PlayStation 4 UK price cut to 299 this weekend

  • FogHeart 23/04/2015

    ...and while buying your discounted PS4 from Very, don't forget to check out some of their smashing Summer dresses.

    /nostalgic about Littlewoods catalogue
    Reply +5
  • New gameplay video shows Mad Max game has a Thunderdome

  • FogHeart 23/04/2015

    We'll be going from opening chests to loot some gold, throwing knives and healing potions to opening rusty car boots to retrieve petrol, dud bullets and dog food.

    The future is bleak.
    Reply +2
  • Could the Apple Watch become one of gaming's Galapagos Islands?

  • FogHeart 22/04/2015

    There's not much time difference between getting up and going to the TV to change channel and using a remote, but...

    Truth be told it seems to be a generation thing - lots of younger folk not even wearing a watch and taking the phone out to read the time when they need to, whereas I'd hate to need to do that.

    Disclaimer: I don't own one of these watches, and think that they're only justified when your phone approaches 'phablet' size, where it's good for browsing and media but irksome to read anything short (like the time or a message).
    Reply +1
  • FogHeart 22/04/2015

    There are people who 'game' for five seconds with others, then leave the game for ages and come back to it, and do this turn after turn, for days on end. I'll give you a clue, JF Sebastian and Dr Eldon Tyrell played it until they died!

    A game on a watch should be the same kind of principle. You see some new info on the watch, and you chew over it in the back of your mind as you go about your day, and then perform a short response when you feel ready. That's where the immediacy of a watch has an advantage. Playing highly interactive games? Forget it.
    Reply +3
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and the particular joy of the British apocalypse

  • FogHeart 22/04/2015

    I've always liked this kind of novel (I always called them 'soft apocalypse' but cosy catastrophe sounds better). So far, though, I've only read ones from J G Ballard - The Drought fits in very well with the ones mentioned. But I'm definitely going to pick these up....and of course the game.

    I'd hate to play this game via VR, only because my hayfever would kick in as a kind of 'Pavlovian Dog' effect.
    Reply +1
  • Windows 10 release in July, AMD spills

  • FogHeart 21/04/2015

    But...but...if we don't all upgrade from Windows 7 then that's less love (and eventually money) for MS, you know, like Negotiator wants us all to give them, with every post he makes! Reply 0
  • You now have to spend at least $5 to access some Steam features

  • FogHeart 20/04/2015

    @seasidebaz Yes, games bought through Steam are more expensive, but you have enjoyed the use of the infrastructure Valve have set up to download those games, provide online multiplayer and all those facilities that console owners pay a large subscription for. Now they're asking for a one-off payment of less than a sandwich lunch that's the surest way to stop spammers and phishers - it's not even really to line their pockets. Surely you won't miss the money. Reply 0
  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player cap, no campaign

  • FogHeart 17/04/2015

    Hold on to your hope, my friends! We may yet be able to shoot Jar Jar Binks in the face! Repeatedly! Reply +12
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-On with Project Cars

  • FogHeart 17/04/2015

    @Guy.J. Oh don't be pedantic. A bug fix that improves render quality or frame rate isn't an optimisation. OK, whatever you say. End result is the same - game will run significantly better than this build, and this build was never supposed to be representative of performance, so it shouldn't have been used. Reply 0
  • FogHeart 17/04/2015

    @Guy.J. I mean they deserve the benefit of the doubt from anyone, including you, who asserts that the build analysed here is as near as dammit to the one that'll be pressed to disc. We can't know the way that Slightly Mad work, and it's wrong to claim that since usually code is frozen by a specific time before release it's OK to hang them for poorly performing pre-release code. As our esteemed friend form SMSRenderTeam has just shown with a list of changes since this build came out - the impressions and figures pulled out here could be way off. Reply 0
  • FogHeart 17/04/2015

    @Guy.J. But don't Slightly Mad deserve the benefit of the doubt? Reply +1
  • FogHeart 17/04/2015

    From the policy page:-

    We only review games from retail copies, or versions that are identical to a retail copy of the game. We do not review from pre-release "debug code", or alpha or beta versions.

    Because we only review retail copies, games will rarely if ever be reviewed from publishers' review events. We may still attend these events for the purposes of other coverage.

    We will make every effort to ensure that our experience of a game matches that of the majority of players - for example, by applying 'day one' updates where relevant.
    To what extent should tech analysis be exempt from these rules? Surely it can't be an ad-hoc basis, 'whatever build we can get hold of pre-release'.
    Reply +8
  • Super Mega Baseball review

  • FogHeart 17/04/2015

    At times, it has felt like I've been leading Charlie Brown's loser team, too.
    You blockhead!
    Reply +6
  • Eerie new Everybody's Gone to the Rapture trailer, screenshots

  • FogHeart 16/04/2015

    Honestly, those screenshots. Amazing. You half expect them to appear on some Daily Mail article being passed off as the real thing, something about Europe ruining Our Lovely Villages with A New Regulation. Reply +5
  • Video: What's happened to Silent Hills?

  • FogHeart 16/04/2015

    If the Kojima/Del Toro thing doesn't go ahead, then Silent Hills can't win: no matter how good it is, we'd be thinking "Just imagine how much better it'd be if this was Kojima/Del Toro." Reply 0
  • Bloodborne sales pass 1m in under two weeks

  • FogHeart 14/04/2015

    The sales and the cosmos are one million. Reply +5
  • Nipples removed from The Order: 1886 in Japan

  • FogHeart 14/04/2015

    Back to Victorian values! Reply +32
  • Xbox One UK price now 299.99

  • FogHeart 13/04/2015

    @alimokrane That is a good point: I think there was an interview with an engineer at MS who stated half the cost of an XBox build was taken up by the Kinect unit.

    But I have to say:
    Lunch: 429.99 with Kinect
    You should stop taking the Kinect out to eat at the Savoy.
    Reply +11
  • The Digital Foundry 2015 budget gaming PC guide

  • FogHeart 11/04/2015

    If you are a console owner thinking to build, better to save more money over the coming months, and then right at the end of the year check the recommended specs for the VR solution of your choice and build accordingly. Stick to your console until then - if you build now and find you need to replace everything you'll kick yourself.

    If you don't intend to go near VR, remember that around that time all the people upgrading to meet the specs will be selling their current components second hand so better deals to be made. I know it's a long time, but your console will scratch gaming itches until then.

    Having said that, some comments on what's been written so far:-

    - if you are going to build anyway, take the advice already given - buy the i5, it probably won't need replacing down the line.

    - I'm using a 750ti and i5 with a stock cooler. Noise levels aren't high. Maxwell cards run cool, doesn't need high fan speeds.

    - I haven't faffed with graphics settings to make a game work for many, many years. Look out for other bits of FUD from the kind of console owners who loathe PC Gamers, trust those of us who are lucky enough to have both and wise enough to see the merits of both.
    Reply +5
  • Accidentally-released Happy Wars Xbox One version breaks game on Xbox 360

  • FogHeart 10/04/2015

    @riceNpea He could be a curate. Reply +7
  • Face-Off: Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

  • FogHeart 09/04/2015

    There are some things that GeDoSaTo does that enhance the appearance in ways that the DX11 version has missed out. I like the DoF of distant terrain in the first picture, the lit apertures in 4 and 5 look better (although the brighter light in pic 5 is a point for DX11) and the glints on armour via its bloom effect makes them look less flat. Reply +1
  • The best Xbox One games

  • FogHeart 07/04/2015

    Very well if these are replacements rather than additions, which games would you have removed from this list? I'd grow suspicious if they were all the multiplatform titles. But which XBox One exclusive would you possibly chuck off the list?
    Surprise surprise, no answer. As I thought, if a developer has the audacity to develop for PS4 as well then their games are worth less to him.
    Reply -1
  • FogHeart 07/04/2015

    @cloudskipa Ah. I have misunderstood. Very well if these are replacements rather than additions, which games would you have removed from this list? I'd grow suspicious if they were all the multiplatform titles. But which XBox One exclusive would you possibly chuck off the list? Reply 0
  • FogHeart 07/04/2015

    Halo MCC (Why is this not on the list?? such an epic collection)
    Dead Rising 3 (with the excellent Super Ultra DLC)
    Killer Instinct (what was bare bones at launch is now a fully fleshed out fighter)
    Forza Motorsport 5 (stunning detail and playability)
    Ryse (yes even Ryse, it's an admitedly simple but underrated game)
    Kalimba (clever puzzle platformer)
    So every multiplatform game released in this gen so far - aside from the listed ones - are inferior to all of these games? It's only worth having if it's not also available on the 'other' console?

    Nah, you're not a fanboy.
    Reply -2
  • Square Enix tones down Mobius Final Fantasy's "too sexy" leading man

  • FogHeart 07/04/2015

    They're also dropping his 'Shakes little tush on the catwalk' team buff move. Reply +4
  • Performance Analysis: Dark Souls 2

  • FogHeart 02/04/2015

    In one example, an encounter with The Last Giant boss gives us our lowest drop, a record tumble to 36fps cued by a batch of floating souls
    I wouldn't feel too badly about this framerate drop on the XBox. the 'batch of floating souls' is when you've killed the boss, so while your console is having its moment of low framerate, you are too busy having your moment of standing up, punching the air and shouting "YEEEEAH!!" to notice.
    Reply +7
  • What's going on in Asteroids Outpost?

  • FogHeart 01/04/2015

    I suspect they've just shopped around for any studio that had an idea involving rocks in space and offered to be the publisher in return for the game being rebranded as a successor to Asteroids.

    Edit: or what Sadako-Fury said. No Sadako, don't kill me! I don't even own a VCR!
    Reply +1
  • It's over: PlayStation Home has closed

  • FogHeart 01/04/2015

    The people who evangelised Home always said "It's pointless if you go there by yourself. It's supposed to be a shared experience, you need to meet up with people there."

    So when people like me, Olemak and Jambo74 paid our visits, we were bereft of things to do to make the experience worthwhile. We didn't know anyone on Home which would have possibly made a point to being there. For my part I wanted a virtual world to explore, mountains to climb and oceans to scuba, the last thing I wanted was a virtual shopping mall to go shopping for virtual goods to fill a virtual apartment that I would just virtually sit in on my own. But when you go in solo that's about all you can do.
    Reply 0
  • Google Maps launches April Fools' Pac-Man mode

  • FogHeart 31/03/2015

    @iamnormal I'm sure it'll be patched soon. Reply +1
  • FogHeart 31/03/2015

    Thanks, but I spend enough time travelling around on the streets of London worrying about people I don't want to run into (both strangers and people I wish were strangers). Reply -4
  • Looks like MotorStorm buggies are coming to DriveClub

  • FogHeart 30/03/2015

    @Boom-Q Of course he is, who do you think just negged all the posts saying positive stuff about DC? Reply +6
  • FogHeart 30/03/2015

    On a more serious note perhaps this is what is meant by treating Driveclub as a 'service' - that Evolution have made an all-purpose driving environment (tracks, physics, weather etc) and now they can simply bolt on content to make it any kind of racing game, so it could be dirt track racing, rally, etc. Reply +15
  • FogHeart 30/03/2015

    @dsmx But so far there's no restriction on what vehicles you can drive on any track. So theoretically you could make, say, a dirt track of an iron ore mine in Australia and drive a Bentley Continental on it, which would be silly. Reply +1
  • Axiom Verge review

  • FogHeart 30/03/2015

    @hugojackson But this way you don't lose precious seconds scrolling down! Reply +6
  • FogHeart 30/03/2015

    AxionVerge wrote: Just thought I'd mention that you can hold L1 to lock your position so you don't have to move to fire diagonally :-)
    I do wish EG would change their reviews when factual inaccuracies are pointed out but to my knowledge they never do. When it's an indie outfit it's particularly harsh as their game will have fewer reviews and their sales are more affected by the ones that are out.
    Reply +10
  • Headteachers threaten to report parents who let their children play 18-rated games

  • FogHeart 30/03/2015

    A good place to alert parents to what game classifications are for is in a trailer before a film on DVD or Blu-Ray that's rated 15 or 18 (maybe download as well). It should state that the film about to be shown may contain scenes of violence or sex etc, and then state that if you wouldn't want your child to see the film you should be informed that games are rated for the same reasons and the same consideration should be given when allowing a child to play a game. Reply +1
  • The PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches on Steam without key features

  • FogHeart 30/03/2015

    I'm guessing the 'moral and manner' thing is: "We lack the skills for PC development to the extent that we don't know how to prevent modders from making cheats. For now we've just not implemented online multiplayer." Reply +7
  • Bloodborne review

  • FogHeart 27/03/2015

    Earlier this week: "Damn you Sony, you've taken a popular franchise and bought it!"

    We shoot that down.

    Today: "This is a niche game that will only appeal to a select few!"
    Reply +6
  • FogHeart 27/03/2015

    @Shadders OK, but where do you draw the line for popularity before something becomes 'essential'? Souls games sell well. And I've got this game waiting for me at home, but don't really get into the GTA series as playing as a criminal doesn't sit well with me the way a monster slayer does. Any measure you draw on popularity before a game can be considered essential will always be artificial, a tiny bit less popular and the game loses its right to be called essential?

    No. Let's call a game essential because if you're into a kind of game then you'll adore this example, and not make it measure up to some arbitrary measure of genre popularity.
    Reply +10
  • FogHeart 27/03/2015

    And so EG's list of must-buys for the PS4 loses much of the little relevancy it used to hold... Reply +17
  • Video: NewRetroArcade: Unreal 4 and VR's mind-blowing mix

  • FogHeart 26/03/2015

    Does this mean that in 20 years time we can walk onto a holodeck where we can simulate being in a living room, putting on a VR headset and visiting a virtual arcade?

    /Inception horns
    Reply +9
  • Valve-approved Half-Life 2: Update headed to Steam

  • FogHeart 26/03/2015

    'Update'. Well I appreciate their subtlety. They might have called it 'Redux' or 'Unleashed' or 'Ultimate' or 'Ultra', in which case I'd have stayed away. Reply 0
  • Is Bloodborne the best game ever, or just the second best?

  • FogHeart 24/03/2015

    Well, I look forward to the entire argument about the IP being repeated when the review itself is up. We've already gone through it twice before. It's crazy, I don't believe for a second that these two *****s have any real grieviance, they just see a Sony exclusive and need a way to shoot it down, and because they can't do it any other way the are trying to make out that it's somehow immoral of the developer to make it a console exclusive. It's bullshit of course but they'll just Yeah But and No But until we're exhausted and want to move on and they get to write the last post on the matter and make it look like we've run out of answers. Christ, though, do we have any other option but to refute any miserable half-justification they can put forth for their stance? Their mission is not to convince anyone here, most know that their argument is utter tripe and the ones who give them +1s are just wishing the argument held weight and want to support their attempt to spread FUD amongst casual onlookers. Reply +2
  • The best PS4 games

  • FogHeart 22/03/2015

    If you aren't into 2D platformers this list is of limited utility!
    Would also concur with others that Driveclub should be here. It's hard to find anyone who owns it and doesn't speak highly of it. And that's emphatically not a massive case of confirmation bias. These days it feels like EG staff are the only ones who have played it and disregard its merits. Although I'll bet none of them have played it this year, otherwise it'd be listed here.
    Reply +3
  • New PS4 patch boosts Resi Revelations 2 performance

  • FogHeart 20/03/2015

    Not got enough cache, stranger!

    I got no idea how to make that fit in with the article, but it sounds like it could.
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