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  • Can Star Wars: The Old Republic ever live up to the promise of its incredible trailers?

  • George-Roper 21/10/2016

    Not ever.

    Single player is the only way to get close to this sort of storytelling.

    95% of MMO features lose the grandeur of what this cinematic shows, because inbetween all the scenes and timeframes, the player will be collecting 10 Tauntaun Hides, or retrieving 25 Crashed X-Wing Blackboxes, or some other drivel.
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  • NX is now Nintendo Switch, a portable console with detachable controllers

  • George-Roper 20/10/2016


    Its not the same as the Wii though, that's the point. It's as close to the Wii as the Wii-U was, at least from what we've seen so far, and we know that the Wii-U wasn't a patch on the Wii for sales figures. So why would this suddenly reel that huge loss in numbers back in?

    I'm all for new gaming tech, especially when its a first-party leader like Nintendo but I'm failing to see the USP that will bring them back to Wii levels.

    That's not to say this won't have a market. I just don't see it as another breakthrough console release like the Wii was.
    Reply +2
  • George-Roper 20/10/2016


    This is going to outsell the original Wii I reckon.
    How do you figure that?

    The Wii sold so enormously well because it appealed to a massive audience of diverse ages due to the then unheard of waggle-stick gameplay. It was truly something not seen before, which is why it was aped so much by Sony and Microsoft with their own version of waggle-tech.

    Just like the Wii-U, Switch has nothing of the sort. There's no party theme to it, its not the sort of thing you carry around to grans house on Christmas day and laugh at how badly she plays bowling.

    Lets face it, its Wii-U 2.5. The only real innovations, if you can call them that, are the controls and the manner in which they attach/detach and the regression back to cart. Everything else is largely a better Wii-U tabletpad, isn't it?

    Serious questions. I was waiting for the reveal just as much as the next gamer, as my gaming preference next year was going to be NX + PC and forgo the treadmill that is Sony/MS but the reveal just isn't leaving me all that pumped.
    Reply +2
  • Inside PlayStation 4 Pro: How Sony made the first 4K games console

  • George-Roper 20/10/2016

    Power in and of itself is not a goal. The question is, what that power makes possible.
    It makes 4K@30fps possible.



    Guess we'll see.
    Reply +16
  • Everything new in the Nintendo Switch trailer

  • George-Roper 20/10/2016


    249 and we are most definitely talking. 199 and all hell will break loose.
    Would need verifying but I read that Amazon outed it early at 349 but then retracted it.

    Edit: Was Tesco "However, Tesco may have accidentally revealed the Switch price with a landing page which was quickly taken down. It listed the then named NX at 349."
    Reply -1
  • George-Roper 20/10/2016

    Hmmm, genuinely not feeling it.

    I guess I'm just not this target audience who's going to be taking the thing everywhere with them. 95% of the time it would be sat under the TV because I've got a Tab, phone and Kindle that all potentially travel with me already. I just wouldn't want to add another device to that list.

    I guess I could just ignore that point and leave it static but I'd then question if I'm getting that full set top box experience or whether its actually compromised beacuse of the focus on it being portable.

    Will keep eyes on and see how things go. Love the transition to carts though, the speed difference is going to be eye-opening I think.
    Reply +8
  • Battlefield 1 review

  • George-Roper 20/10/2016


    It plays nothing like Battlefront.

    Not one bit. From the map design to the movement, gunplay and ttk. Nothing.
    BF4 didn't need aerial hand-holding, so why did this?

    It's just disappointing. Going backwards isn't the way to improve the series.
    Reply -2
  • George-Roper 20/10/2016

    Last year's Star Wars: Battlefront - itself weighed down by comparisons with Battlefield - seems to have had some impact here, not only in the elite classes littered around multiplayer maps that feel like analogues for Battlefront's Hero pick-ups, but also in the cotton wool that's been wrapped around the aerial combat. Battlefield's planes have always been a little unwieldy, though the numbness in the controls here feels like it's step too far in the other direction.
    For FUCKS sakes....
    Reply -14
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer is stunningly beautiful, stunningly short

  • George-Roper 20/10/2016

    Really like the setting and environment. Never did get around to RDR, might have to dig the disc out and pop it into the XBO. Reply 0
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 is named...

  • George-Roper 18/10/2016


    I don't think people are salty, they're just wondering why there's no mention of the PC version in the announcement.

    Of course, those that have been around long enough know that its form for Rockstar, so there's no surprise at all. The PC version will appear in due course. Just like it did with GTA5.
    Reply +3
  • Rez Infinite review

  • George-Roper 14/10/2016


    I'd buy Rez but 25 is taking the mick and while I'm here 50 for eve Valkyrie (55 on psn!), battlezone and rigs and 30 for a reheat of driveclub is absolute robbery.
    I don't so much mind 25 for Rez but the rest, yeah, right with you. Outrageously priced games for the content supplied. 50 for Battlezone is, frankly, disgusting.
    Reply +2
  • George-Roper 14/10/2016

    Wonderful news. If any game might have tipped me to get PSVR, this is it.

    Still think I'm going to wait for VR gen 2 but damn its tempting....
    Reply +4
  • Battlezone VR review

  • George-Roper 14/10/2016

    Looks good but that price tag.

    Reply -2
  • DriveClub VR review

  • George-Roper 13/10/2016

    In the case of console VR I don't think there's anything wrong with simpler visuals and a cut-back experience around fidelity. It's much more about the experience in the case of VR, anyway.

    I recall back in the 90s playing Dactyl Nightmare and Legend Quest in VR pods in Nottingham and they were very simplistic games, visually, but the VR experience drew you right in. I can't see this being any different to that, really. 4 player co-op VR RPG please!!

    Interesting times ahead for gaming.
    Reply +8
  • Shadow Warrior 2 review

  • George-Roper 13/10/2016


    Ι still don't understand why they opted for procedural generation. It's great for diversity...
    TBF, I'd even disagree with that.

    World generation aside, like in Minecraft and such, procedural generation doesn't keep people interested. I always refer back to Star Wars Galaxies on this point, as it was the first time I saw it in action.

    Go to _LOCATION_
    Kill X _CREATURES_
    Loot Y _SKINS_
    Return to NPC

    When you neared the co-ords, the 'mission' phased in, much like No Mans Sky does.

    On paper it sounded amazing, really. A different quest each time. After two or three, you saw right through the veneer and it all tumbled into a horrible, impersonal mess that really outlined the grind in it all.

    Give me a handcrafted experience any day of the week over what modern gaming calls procedural.
    Reply +3
  • Tech Analysis: 4K gaming on PlayStation 4 Pro

  • George-Roper 11/10/2016


    Sorry, I forgot. Character assassinations are something I have to accept but not dish out.

    As you were.
    Reply -2
  • George-Roper 11/10/2016


    It is very obvious what you were insinuating, fella. Don't play the poor, innocent victim.
    Is it?

    What's really interesting is your accusation that noddy meant I was referring to a Forrest Gump character.

    So which is it?

    Was I stating that console gamers are fools, or was I stating that console gamers have Aspergers syndrome?

    Would you like to clarify the difference between those, too? Seeing as you don't seem to know.

    Should I now start to point the finger at your horrific aligning of noddy people with those suffering from Aspergers? Its pretty bad that you think those two groups are the same. What do you think that makes Aspergers sufferers feel like?

    Reply -2
  • George-Roper 11/10/2016


    Official complaint about what, exactly?

    All anyone has to do is read through this comments section to see exactly how its gone. Allow me to illustrate, though..

    1) I made a comment, inline with what was already stated in the article itself, that console gaming is no longer the plug-and-play platform it was intended to be

    2) Several people, including yourself, try to shout down my comments using offensive and aggressive conduct and language.

    3) You report me.

    That's exactly how its gone down and its not the first time its happened on this site recently, either.

    I have done nothing wrong, I've not editied any of my comments. Its all here for mods to come along and read through exactly how its gone.

    Trying to pull the term noddy into some nastier connotation is laughable, weak and patently, glaringly obvious to anyone without the same agenda as you and yours. Again, the context in its usage is littered through my comments here, from start to end. I never called any console gamer stupid or retarded or any of the other slights that you're so desperate for people to believe, because why would I, when I own every single current gen, last gen, gen before that and several generations before that too.

    The problem here is, nobody can say anything negative about Sony, Microsoft, et al. If they do, this is exactly what happens.

    I've been here too long, seen too many of your kind, for this to phase me. It will take more than a handful of haters on a gaming website to get to this thick skinned gamer.
    Reply -1
  • George-Roper 11/10/2016


    What? So are you saying that console owners are the gaming equivalent of, for example, Forest Gump?

    ... "Cunt is, as cunt does".
    Was that really necessary?
    Reply -3
  • George-Roper 11/10/2016 So much hatred and anger.

    Noddy means simple.

    Definitions - adjective - informal very easy to use or understand; simplistic
    The use of Noddy as a fool is probably quite rare, at least in any bits of England I've lived in. More common is Noddy as simple or easy - eg. "a Noddy question on an exam"
    If you care to take noddy to mean anything else, when all I've done in these comments so far is talk about how games consoles are supposed to be simple to buy, setup and operate then have a word with yourself, because your agenda is far too obvious.

    And thanks again to the various people who think its acceptable to adopt a mob-mentality. You actions only serve to out your actual intentions. Most of the latter comments aimed towards me here weren't even discussing the content of my posts, just nasty, aggressive, vitriolic hate.
    Reply -4
  • George-Roper 10/10/2016


    So refreshing to see that PC snobbery is very much alive and kicking.
    How is it snobbery to state the facts?

    Consoles are aimed at a noddy crowd.

    Please, do go ahead and explain how that statement of fact is incorrect.

    The amount of arguments I've had on this site, about console Vs PC gaming and always, without fail, each and every time I'm told people game on consoles because "its easy". Because they "dont have to fuck about or make any decisions". Because they "just plug in and go".

    So which is it? Because it seems to me that people are getting their knickers in right old twist about anything and everything being said on this article. It's funny how I'm the target now, yet people blindly mash the reply button and call me a cunt, without acknowledging the fact that all I'm doing is agreeing with what's already been said in the article.

    The attempt to sell a mid-gen console refresh is therefore based on the idea of the user owning or upgrading to a 4K screen - something that's very hard to market to users who don't own the technology. On top of that, it really helps if you own the right 4K display, principally one that supports high dynamic range. Oh, and do make sure that it's the right HDR screen. Many otherwise excellent screens accept the input, then scale it back to SDR - rather like the Samsung KU6400 we reviewed yesterday. Others support HDR, but aren't particularly bright, meaning you need to play in a darkened room to get the best effect. Meanwhile, some of the best and the brightest HDR screens - such as the Samsung KS8000 series - don't support low latency game modes when working with HDR content, adding over 100ms to lag. It's a minefield.
    So what about the above is easy for a console gamer to get their heads around? Bearing in mind, you or I don't constitute the core demographic for Sony or Microsoft, as much as you might like to think you are.
    Reply -11
  • George-Roper 09/10/2016


    Patronising drivel again plus trolling again equals 'seriousy fuck off to another thread'.
    Haha, so that was the best you could do, after all?

    Reply -6
  • George-Roper 09/10/2016


    Patronising drivel plus trolling equals 'fuck off to another thread'.
    Is that the best you've got?

    No, really, please explain to everyone precisely why consoles aren't built to appeal to a noddy audience.
    Reply -9
  • George-Roper 09/10/2016


    How do you buy memory wth good timings and overclock stability? How do you buy a PSU with a good, consistent 12 volt rail? How do you buy a monitor with low response time, no blurring/ghosting and good colour reproduction/ no colour bleed?
    Because you have the knowledge and the experience to do the prerequisite amount of investigation. That's all core to building something, to construction. PC gaming requires a good level of knowledge and information, going in (unless you ask someone else to do the hard work).

    Building a PC has no comparison here, because that's not an off-the-shelf proposition like a console is.

    You go onto the Internet and read. No different when buying a tv screen. Buying a 4K HDR tv is not a Herculean task.
    The average console gamer won't have a freaking clue what kind of TV they need for PS4 Pro 4K HDR, other than "a 4K TV". Ergo, the potential for a mistake to be made, a costly mistake.

    Which was the entire point, if you read back up.
    Reply -5
  • George-Roper 09/10/2016


    I don't know, @George. It sounds like you're scrabbling for an excuse to do your, "Consoles LOL" schtick, to me.
    I'll make no bones about it, this mid-tier revision sounds awful. 30fps in 2016? Wrong direction entirely and I know I'm not alone in thinking that.

    When I bought my first 1080p LCD set, it was perfect for my PS3/360. I didn't have to worry about HDR revisions, the software that determines whether HDR is used, horrific input lag, if the panel was the right brightness for my room, none of that. But now, that's all entirely relevant and varies across brands and revisions of brands.

    So yeah, absolutely. If I went for a new 4K HDR set for my PS4 Pro, what would I do to make sure I don't buy the wrong half-grand TV with wall mount to match? How do I make sure I don't get horrific input lag? How do I make sure I don't get a set that will defer to SDR?

    Trying to argue that conslole gaming in 2016 isn't less convenient than its been before now is a non-starter. As if we've all avoided the pitfalls so far. How many times have I had to reset my Xbox Live password before I can login? How many times have I been unable to access online services due to various errors/service interruptions? How many times have I had to manage hard drive space because its full, before I can patch a game? How many times have I fired up my PS4 to be faced with a firmware update before I can get online? Or several games patches all set to start downloading?

    Console gaming in 2016 is the least convenient its ever been and its only going to get worse, because that's the trajectory, as evidenced by this very problem with HDR sets.
    Reply -5
  • George-Roper 09/10/2016


    I have no insecurities
    I just prefer console
    There's your insecurity then, because why would it matter what I say if its your preferred gaming platform? How do my comments change your choice?

    No, massive insecurity is what caused you to lash out like that, otherwise you'd have just ignored it like others above have already stated.

    If you can't get your head around my opinions, just hit the ignore button.
    Reply -11
  • George-Roper 09/10/2016


    But to insinuate that console gaming has become an inconvenience is just flat out wrong.
    It being an inconvenience (something I haven't said) is not the same as it being less convenient than it has been previously, which was my point.

    Again, one only has to read the article they're commenting in to see this. If you want a PS4 for 4K and HDR, which TV do you buy? How informed are people actually going to be? The article says it all when it says its a minefield and yet I'm the one being called a cunt for some reason, by agreeing with it. Where are people calling Richard a cunt, exactly?
    Reply -2
  • George-Roper 09/10/2016


    Just a problem with cunts like GR who think that because they own a PC they are better.
    If this doesn't tell everyone exactly what sort of person you are, nothing will.

    I never said I was better that anyone else, it was your massive insecurity about your precious plastic box under the TV that caused you to knee-jerk such a response out. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Maybe you ought to reflect on that for a short while, or would it just be easier to call me a cunt again?
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  • George-Roper 09/10/2016


    *wants to play Overwatch*

    *presses PS button on pad*

    *puts on TV*

    *selects Overwatch*

    *plays Overwatch *

    Oh look at that I can just play a game when I want...
    C'mon, really?
    Reply +4
  • George-Roper 09/10/2016


    All this stuff seems rather pointless. You get what you pay for. All the graphic whores can go buy a PC
    Do you realise that you're commenting in an article charting 4K gaming on a console?

    How much more graphic whory do you want to get?
    Reply +1
  • George-Roper 09/10/2016


    that's all there is to it, and that's why I like consoles, I don't have to check the specs in order to play it.
    Except you're commenting in an article that, for 4K HDR, is already telling you the opposite when trying to figure out which TV to buy.
    Reply -6
  • George-Roper 09/10/2016


    I agree to an extent but whenever the discussion about console versus PC comes up, inevitably someone throws in the 'plug, play and go' aspect of consoles which hasn't been the case since PS3/360.

    This latest turn with TV tech is crazy, when you think about it. PS4P is supposedly aimed at a market who don't want complexity, rather the opposite and yet as the article itself states, choosing the TV that won't adversley affect the experience is a minefield. How many people are going to plump for a 4K HDR TV, only to find later they've compromised the experience in some way?

    That's a potentially expensive mistake, for a platform that's supposedly about a budget gaming experience.
    Reply -2
  • George-Roper 09/10/2016

    The attempt to sell a mid-gen console refresh is therefore based on the idea of the user owning or upgrading to a 4K screen - something that's very hard to market to users who don't own the technology. On top of that, it really helps if you own the right 4K display, principally one that supports high dynamic range. Oh, and do make sure that it's the right HDR screen. Many otherwise excellent screens accept the input, then scale it back to SDR - rather like the Samsung KU6400 we reviewed yesterday. Others support HDR, but aren't particularly bright, meaning you need to play in a darkened room to get the best effect. Meanwhile, some of the best and the brightest HDR screens - such as the Samsung KS8000 series - don't support low latency game modes when working with HDR content, adding over 100ms to lag. It's a minefield.
    And that combined with mandatory firmware updates, DDoS against system critical online services, games that are released broken on disc requiring large patches and tiny drive sizes forcing constant disk management or swapping out/plugging in extra hard drives, all contribute to the final nail in the coffin of the pro-console gamer argument of "But all I want is to go home, sit on the couch, turn on my console and play games! Who has time for all that messing about with PCs?"

    Time to take the blinkers off, take the fingers out of your ears and face reality now.

    You're no longer playing on a games console. You're playing on a small form factor PC with a locked down OS, now mired in exactly the same sort of multi-configuration setup as PCs are.
    Reply -15
  • Face-Off: Gears of War 4

  • George-Roper 11/10/2016

    The PC version impresses even more due in part to the poor track record of UWP ports this year. Gears of War 4 on the PC runs like a dream on a wide variety of platforms and features one of the most robust set of options we've seen as of late. The Xbox Play Anywhere feature also works supremely well making it possible to switch back and forth seamlessly between PC and Xbox One gameplay. The saves carry right over and all of the messaging is clear so you're never left wondering if your progress will be overwritten.
    More of this please. Very nice news to hear.
    Reply +32
  • Our Mafia 3 review will be late - here's why

  • George-Roper 08/10/2016


    Nice ninja edit there George. Probably should start taking screenshots of comments I'm replying to..
    Feel free to capture the notification in your account and post it up, because I've not edited anything.

    You knee-jerked a response out without reading what I'd actually said. Trying to bluster your way through it now won't work.
    Reply +2
  • George-Roper 08/10/2016


    There is nothing wrong per se with review embargoes for the traditional press.

    Consumers can either wait for reviews or take the plunge and buy the game at launch.

    I've been ignoring reviews for years now and if I'm honest it is one of the best "gaming" decisions I made.
    They can do what they want with review embargoes, I agree. We have no power to affect their decisions but I do think EG needs to draw these decisions to our attention ahead of release day.

    I don't get why other sites had this news up days ago but EG didn't. That's really the point Ironsolider was making and I totally agree with it.
    Reply +4
  • George-Roper 07/10/2016


    At what point did I say or even imply that I'm defending the practice of withholding review copies until launch?
    And at what point did I accuse you of that?

    Read back through. You clearly missed vital information before submitting your reply to my comment.

    Here's how it went....

    Ironsoldier called EG out on leaving this article/information until release day and rightly so, given this is supposed to be a gaming review and news site only now sharing information that other sites had already been running with for days.

    You responded to that with "You do realize that not everyone reads loads of different sites on the same subject? It's not like you need to read multiple pieces on the exact same press release or event.", missing the point he was making.

    I raised that point to you.

    You tell me I'm accusing you of defending the practice of review embargoes.

    Can you see the problem?
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  • George-Roper 07/10/2016


    Once again, you fail to realize that there's still people who haven't heard of this meaning that it's useless to complain about EG reporting on it.
    The point was, clearly, that other sites have been running with this news ahead of now. So why hasn't EG?

    Leaving vital information about publishers withholding review copies, until the game is actually on shelves doesn't strike you as being something of a problem?
    Reply +3
  • Building a space sim in a post-No Man's Sky world

  • George-Roper 08/10/2016


    the kickstarter is less about the money and more the 6000 backers.
    Each of which will be expecting the game being touted right now, not the game moulded by other investors in the 2+ years before it launches.

    I understand Kickstarter is to help fund something and not necessarily get anything in return but if its true about other investors, that doesn't actually make me feel any better about it.
    Reply -1
  • George-Roper 07/10/2016

    This looks great. The ideas, the design. Superb.

    I just don't believe its achievable for 500k, for release in over two years, sadly.
    Reply +21
  • Fractured Space review

  • George-Roper 07/10/2016


    Yes, it takes time to become powerful in Eve, but don't players want exactly that?
    I don't think so, not to that degree.

    I'm coming from a large background of MMOs, all the way back to Meridian 59 (and even text based MUDs prior to that) to current and EVE is just too much of a chore. Its too much of a job, rather than a game.

    So many of its core systems are built around the passage of (real)time that it literally makes no difference how good a player you are. That's why someone like you with that amount of playtime under their belt is never going to be caught up. Nowhere near.

    Don't get me wrong, I adore reading about it, about the politics and the battles, its incredibly unique but I don't think that necessarily makes it a good video game.
    Reply +5
  • GAME apologises for unfulfilled 150 PS4 bundle orders

  • George-Roper 03/10/2016

    Lesson learned, never use GAME. They're fucking useless. Reply +39
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Mantis Burn Racing on PS4 Pro

  • George-Roper 02/10/2016


    Wow, what a lot of waffle for someone not looking to prove anything?
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  • George-Roper 02/10/2016


    who feels the need to overcompensate by taking any opportunity to trash a 350 quid consol
    Tell it to Sony. Y'know, the people who are going to stick 4K all over it, and provide trash like this as validation.

    Of course, counting on blinkered retards such as yourself to keep the momentum going, too.

    "Look, TLoU is native 4K! Amazing or what?!"

    Reply -14
  • George-Roper 02/10/2016


    Why am I being salty? Please, do tell...

    Not acting the superior cunt, lording over consoles because I have a high end GPU does not equal salty.
    Because you're taking every possible oportunity to try and reassure everyone else, when its clearly yourself that you're trying to reassure.

    It's unfortunate that all your comments are drowned out by your desperation to convince yourself that the PS4 Pro is going to be 'the next big thing' and that it's better than 'all the alternatives'. Where is that coming from exactly? The hardware isn't even out yet, and you appear to have all the insider information. Do games like this prove your point? An iOS-level top down racer that can barely hit 4K/60 consistently?

    TLoU re-remastered, using assets two generations old, touted as a 'reason' and 'proof' of the PS4 Pro being a viable 4K gaming system?

    I make no bones about PC being my primary gaming platform , because owning the last several generations of consoles alongside gaming PCs has given me the ability to see the differences directly, warts and all, and to comment on point. Whereas your bias clearly comes from only one viewpoint.
    Reply -11
  • George-Roper 02/10/2016


    There are others @ 2160p. e.g. The Last of Us.
    Someone asks what other 4K native games are coming.

    Fanboy responds that yet another rerelease is on its way, using assets two generations old.

    Very good game there. Not TLoU, your pathetic attempts to prove native 4K as something viable on PS4 Pro.
    Reply -10
  • George-Roper 02/10/2016


    Without any doubt the PS4 Pro offers more bang per buck than a high end PC.
    The PS4 Pro is not a 'high end' PC. Therefore, trying to compare it to said high end PC, even in that sad, salty context, is a non-point.

    Back you go to that sinking feeling that's clearly already starting to set in. That the PS4 Pro can barely render a Micro Machines rip-off, at even its paltry iOS level graphical fidelity, at 4k/60.
    Reply -11
  • George-Roper 02/10/2016

    Stunning 4k 60fps iOS game there.

    WTF is this? Are we actually supposed to be impressed?
    Reply -2
  • Face-Off: Forza Horizon 3

  • George-Roper 30/09/2016


    Yet another big name PC release crippled by performance issues.
    For every PC game affected in this way, I can cite a dozen or more that are not.

    How does 99% of multiplats playing and looking better on PC translate over to a handful of examples such as this meaning an Xbox-S is the better option?

    At least try to hide your obvious leanings.
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  • Advertising Standards launches investigation into No Man's Sky

  • George-Roper 29/09/2016


    Sadly this could also spell the ending devs talking about their vision for their games freely and showing genuine enthusiasm.
    Nobody wants that.

    But equally, the many statements made by Murray weren't qualified with "Well, what I'd like to do...", or "Maybe, if we get time".

    He confirmed, outright, several times that multiplayer was in the game. That the only way for you to know what you look like was if another player saw you. Like Journey.

    There's no ambiguity there. That's not someone gushing about their vision or what they'd like to see in there, it was confirmation that it was possible.

    And then, after people spent money, it wasn't.

    And that's just one example of many.
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