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  • Horizon Zero Dawn review

  • Les 20/02/2017

    I will give this a try once I get a 4K HDR tv. Mechanics are apparently solid which is what I play games for (been hooked on Destiny for the past few months which arguably has the most nonsensical story ever created for a video game.) Reply +1
  • Let's compare and contrast the US and European Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild box art

  • Les 13/01/2017

    EU version is much nicer. But when I get it, it's going to be the digital version. Reply -1
  • Rocket League player count soars past 25m

  • Les 11/01/2017

    I'll be giving it a try over the next couple of days; finally picked it up in the January PSN sale last night. Apparently I like picking up games on sale even more than actually playing them... ;) Reply +11
  • Microsoft is removing Scalebound videos from its YouTube channel

  • Les 10/01/2017

    I don't get why it is odd to remove the footage from the official Xbox YouTube channel. Wouldn't it be confusing to keep the videos out there? Updating the footage and/or titles, descriptions, etc. to indicate that it was cancelled appears to be much more work than would be worth it. Reply +4
  • Square Enix trumpets 6m Final Fantasy 15 copies shipped and downloaded

  • Les 10/01/2017

    I almost pulled the trigger when it was discounted over the holidays. But I really dislike the look of the main characters and the more realistic graphics just don't go very well with things like Chocobos and Cactuars.

    Also the last demo didn't really do it for me either: the camera appeared to be unable to cope with the scope of the boss monster at the end.
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  • Gravity Rush 2 review

  • Les 10/01/2017

    @Fourfoldroot Thanks!

    I'm US-based these days and it's not discounted on PSN here but I still have EU PSN and bank accounts. Will check it out :)
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  • Les 10/01/2017

    Will probably pick this up at some point. But it seems from elsewhere that it helps to play the original game before this, so will have to get that one first. Reply 0
  • Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King 3DS review

  • Les 10/01/2017

    Never got around to getting this for PS2 but have this version on pre-order. Looks like my good old 3DS may be my most-played system for yet another year... :) Reply +3
  • Sources: Microsoft and Platinum part ways on Scalebound, development ceased

  • Les 09/01/2017

    I must admit I didn't know much about this game other than that it appeared in quite a few "games to watch in 2017" lists. Regardless of one's interest in the game, it is sad for the people involved in its production when this happens. It's also part of the way the industry works. Gamers complain when a game gets released when it's not yet ready and gamers complain when a publisher decides to cancel such a game when it makes no sense from a business perspective to continue to put money into the project.

    Edit: But seriously, what's going on with games that allow you to play a big ass dragon?! ;)
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  • Les 09/01/2017

    A game in which you could control a giant dragon. What could possibly go wrong?!

    Well, I guess there's always Lair to go back to...
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  • Digital Foundry's guide to PS4 Pro game upgrades

  • Les 09/01/2017

    @Fourfoldroot
    I wouldn't think Sony would even mention the PS5 until mid 2018 with release end of 2019 at the very earliest. More likely 2020 or 2021. The mid gen refresh means an extended generation with the excuse that people need value for money from the Pro.
    I wouldn't bet on that. I'm sure Sony is working on a couple of different scenarios for the next PlayStation and will look at how Scorpio is received to determine whether to come out with the next thing fast or not. This may be another incremental PS4 upgrade or it could be a PS5.

    I suspect the main factor in the timing of the PS5 (if generations remain a thing going forward) is the lauch date of the base PS4. The Pro machine is marketed as a PS4 for the dedicated enthusiasts (the "Pro" monniker is no accident) while the base model sticks around for everyone else. I think Sony's reasoning will be that people who were willing to upgrade from their base system 3 years in its lifespan, won't necessarily balk at getting the opportunity to purchase an even more powerful machine two years after their upgrade.
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  • Les 06/01/2017

    Diablo 3 received a Pro patch: I can now hear my console while playing the game. My eyes can't tell if there are any graphical enhancements, but I'm using a 1080p screen still. And with the HDMI 2.1 announcement it looks like I will be for at least another year, unless my 6 year old TV breaks down in the interim. Reply +1
  • Les 05/01/2017

    @dmz_p Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of headphones while gaming but perhaps I just have to accept that it is the best option given circumstances.

    I'm waiting for the reviews of the next version to be released this month I believe. The Gold ones had generally good reviews but appeared to be lacking bass which I hope the new ones will correct. I'll make a decision which ones to get after the reviews.
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  • Les 04/01/2017

    One interesting benefit of using a PS4Pro with non-patched games is that the system is very silent as it isn't really pushed to its limits.

    While playing most of my games the machine is silent or barely audible (such a relief coming from a launch PS3). However, Titanfall 2 and Abzu (besides Overwatch the only games I have that received a Pro patch to my knowledge) get the fans roaring. Still nowhere near PS3 levels but as I do most of my gaming at night, when the kids are asleep and therefore volume is kept low, I wouldn't mind to have the option to forgo graphical enhancements for a more silent console.
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  • Microsoft's 2017: momentum at last, and a golden opportunity

  • Les 08/01/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_
    "if you really want a console to sit alongside your PC, wouldn't PS4 make more sense?"

    Or a Nintendo Switch... ;) Nintendo's games are still in a league of their own.
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  • Les 07/01/2017

    @Yautja_Warrior

    If someone already has a PS4, then one could argue the extra value of Scorpio is bigger than that of PS4 Pro. They can already play the PlayStation exclusives on their current machine. The other side of that coin is that for someone with an Xbone a PS4 Pro may make more sense than a Scorpio, assuming Scorpio isn't a new console generation.
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  • Les 07/01/2017

    @imt558
    It's not a selling point, man. And it never was. It is just a nice feature. Why Xbone didn't surpassed PS4 in US then since Backward Compatibility announcement back in 2015? Why Wii U didn't sold better? Everyone are crazy for BC....nope!
    You should look up the definition of selling point. That argument makes absolutely no sense.
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  • Les 07/01/2017

    @Yautja_Warrior I think his point is that 'regular' PS4 owners may get more of a benefit from investing in Scorpio than in a PS4 Pro. The Scorpio will be even more powerful and will give them access to some games that are not on PlayStation. Reply +2
  • Les 07/01/2017

    @imt558 Not a selling point to you. But with full backwards compatibility, I wouldn't have waited 3 years before getting a PS4. Reply +2
  • Les 07/01/2017

    @I_Am_CatButler Thanks! That's what I tried to express but did poorly ;) Reply +1
  • Les 06/01/2017

    @imt558
    Yeah, i see that BC is selling point...NOPE!
    As a PS4 (Pro) owner, I'm quite jealous of the Xbone backwards compatibility. I would have loved it if I'd been able to retire my hurricane-imitating launch-day PS3.

    While largely accidental (they were in a rush to release a console because of the wrong perception of the PS2 as an existential threat to Windows hegemony), MS started the trend of consoles based on stock PC components, laying the foundations for easy backwards compatibility. That's a great thing IMO.
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  • Les 06/01/2017

    @mega-gazz I think it's the other way around. In the past consoles were either more cutting edge technology-wise or closer to where PC was at the time.

    The fact that console tech has become less and less cutting edge so that in this generation we basically have consoles built from stock mid-range PC parts isn't much of a weakness, as consumers don't seem to care much (no big drop-off in console sales compared to the PS2 era, even with the advent of smartphones and tablets). It allows the platform owners to make money and consumers can get an affordable piece of hardware with good enough performance. The truly graphics-obsessed will get a top of the line PC but even if it's growing, I think that's still a niche market compared to consoles. But I may be wrong, I don't follow graphics card sales numbers closely.
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  • Les 06/01/2017

    @chuck_bone
    With UHD Blu-Rays being stupidly priced compared to standard Blu-Rays, even with 'for free' playback in the One S, it's still not worth investing in just yet, and probably will only ever be a niche of a niche.
    I was initially surprised by Sony deciding not to put an UHD player in their "4K machine". But then I tried to recall the last time I'd actually played a Blu-Ray movie myself. I think it's been 3 or 4 years ago. I was an early adopter of the technology but the experience of playing Blu-Rays was so utterly atrocious, with the trailers and other crap you couldn't skip, slow menus, crashes, etc., that I just stopped bothering with it. Streaming is just so much more convenient. Even if the quality is worse, I either don't notice it or don't care enough.

    Another factor is that I really don't care much for movies anymore. With the advent of quality TV, the better and more developed stories are to be found in TV shows, not movies anymore. (And slowly but steadily, that's where the best actors are moving towards too.) Many of these new shows are only (or first) available through streaming services, further reducing the need for a player of physical media.

    I still think it would have made more sense for Sony to include an UHD player, even if just for optics. If the Xbone S can have one at its lower price point, surely it wouldn't have destroyed their margins. But I personally couldn't care less.
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  • Les 06/01/2017

    @mega-gazz
    The consoles that did eventually release had reasonable specs, but should have come out probably 2 years earlier than they did.
    The times of platform owners selling consoles at a loss at launch, hoping to make up for it through software sales revenues, are behind us. Had they released the consoles at these specs 2 years earlier, they would have been much more expensive. (If technically even feasible.)

    Until the move to cloud-based gaming services consoles will continue to lag behind cutting-edge PC graphics performance from before they're even released.
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  • Les 06/01/2017

    They start the new year no longer on the back foot, with some notable successes under their belt, and with, for the first time in years, a strategic advantage over their rivals at Sony.
    Close to its release it may be a tactical advantage at best but for the time being, the tactical advantage is with Sony: console gamers who want the most powerful box available now, regardless of platform exclusives, will get a PS4 Pro. MS will have the advantage close to release and after but once it's here the gaming press will focus on the next PlayStation iteration which will be even more powerful, etc. The cycles won't stop until we'll all be streaming our games.

    If anything, these mid-generation (or perhaps permanently generation-breaking incremental) updates to the console platforms will make any power differentials between systems short-term and thus more meaningless while milking more and more money from the platform-ambiguous hardcore through more frequent console purchases.

    But the article is a much better read than the click-bait, pointless Sony 2017 one.
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  • GeForce Now streaming coming to PC and Mac

  • Les 05/01/2017

    It's a world away from the quality seen in OnLive and a significant step-up compared to PlayStation Now, but running the hardware locally will always be preferable.
    In the near to medium-term future, probably. But longer-term, I wouldn't bet against the streaming model. Wall Street loves the steadiness of subscription-based revenues.
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  • Sony's 2017: steady as she goes as PS4 goes big on games

  • Les 05/01/2017

    Bit of an incoherent, unnecessary article. All of the relevant information is contained in the headline. Reply +12
  • HDMI 2.1 spec adds 8K/10K video, dynamic HDR and variable refresh

  • Les 05/01/2017

    The point of the higher resolutions is to deprecate TVs with the lower resolutions. It's all about sales. Higher surely must be better.

    For realistic graphics in gaming though, resolution is about the least important factor. Just go watch a standard definition movie on VHS or a silent black and white one from the dawn of cinema and what you'll see is light years ahead in terms of realism of any graphics the PS4 or Xbone can generate on a top of the line HDR 4K TV.

    Lighting and animation are much more important. But it's much harder work. And especially in the case of lighting it requires much more processing power than is currently available.
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  • Les 04/01/2017

    Hope LG's 2017 OLED line-up supports this (the HDMI 2.1 spec, not >4K resolutions) but probably came too late. Kind of had my sights set on getting an OLED screen this year. Reply +1
  • Diablo 3 players divided on 20th anniversary patch

  • Les 04/01/2017

    Sounds cool. Shame about it being limited to January. I'll be on a trip for almost half the month so there will be very little time for me to actually enjoy it. Reply +1
  • Eurogamer's game of the year 2016

  • Les 03/01/2017

    I've played it a bit around Christmas. Very solid game though I still suck at it mightily. That should get better with practice but its main downside for me, thus far, is slow and constant match making which makes getting a proper amount of practice difficult if you only have a few hours a week to spend on the game. Reply 0
  • Editor's blog: Merry Christmas!

  • Les 22/12/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro It's hard to argue with the fact that populist politicians have had a pretty great year. I'll leave it to the scientists to figure out to what extent disinformation influenced the results but there is no doubt that plenty of it was going around.

    In my opinion the job of a politician shouldn't just be to listen to voters and do whatever the hell they want but also to lay out a vision and point out to voters when they have unrealistic wishes or take positions that are not in line with the principles of a liberal democracy.

    But that's difficult so nobody does it and instead we get hollow phrases and the only certainty in the end is that the rich will get richer.
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  • Les 22/12/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro Both sides play for feelings, as unfortunately that's how most people make their decisions. But the spread of disinformation seems to be more prevalent on the side of the right-wingers, populists, and conservatives. Reply +3
  • Les 22/12/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro People just followed different sheep dogs. As these new ones are even less bothered by things like facts, I don't think one can describe that as a 'darn good year for democracy'.

    But at least the games have been pretty decent.
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  • Les 22/12/2016

    Obviously the best Christmas song is Lonely This Christmas by Mud. Reply +1
  • Overwatch webcomic not released in Russia over gay character

  • Les 21/12/2016

    @mr_moti

    The world is going to shit and yet Atheists want to argue with Theists about their right to believe in God.
    In many regards the world as a whole has never been a better place. But of course there is still room for improvement. But even if the world was going to shit, that's not really much of an argument to discredit having a discussion on the pros and cons of religious beliefs. In that hypothetical scenario the world might very well be going to shit because of the importance a significant proportion of the world's population tends to give to irrational beliefs.

    But anyway, I don't think atheists are generally arguing that religious people don't have a right to their beliefs. They just point out that those beliefs don't make sense. But if that's OK with the believer, no problem.
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  • Les 21/12/2016

    @MickeyV

    If one "feels" there is some divine entity, it is not irrational to believe in its existence, despite it not being the fruit of the application of the scientific method.
    But that is totally irrational.
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  • Les 21/12/2016

    @metalmike25

    There are lots of great scientists who believe in God etc, so you telling them that they don't really have this faith is pretty arrogant.
    Don't think that's what he's saying. They in all likelihood truly have that faith but just choose not to examine it with the same rigor they would examine their scientific field. If they would, they can only come to the conclusion that it doesn't pass the muster of scientific evidence.

    Some argue that religion and science operate in two different, unrelated domains. But that's not a position that passes scientific scrutiny either.
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  • Les 21/12/2016

    @EverilCorwell Don't confuse the ability of people to rationalize/ignore their incompatible positions with those positions being compatible. Reply +2
  • Les 20/12/2016

    @ImpericalLegion "Oh and FYI everyone believes in a "old book" as entire philosophies, science and ideologies are all based on ancient or centuries old books including secularism."

    'Secularism' builds on what came before, like all ideas/knowledge. But there are no holy books or untouchable philosophers. The only thing that matters is the scientific method.
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  • Les 20/12/2016

    That's pretty insane.

    Hate of gays and a love for white, powerful men are two things that the Russian government and American Conservatives share. Oh, and they both don't get irony.
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  • Civilization 6 gets premium Poland DLC

  • Les 21/12/2016

    @Spence1115 Thanks. With the exception of Civs I and II, I've been a late adopter of the games, buying them once 'complete' packages were released. Reply +6
  • Les 21/12/2016

    I don't like where this paid DLC path is leading... Reply +6
  • Ubisoft's 30th anniversary free games up for grabs again this weekend

  • Les 19/12/2016

    @Dan234 Thanks! I was able to finally log in using the Safari Tech Preview on OS X with no extensions installed, no cookie restrictions, etc. Reply 0
  • Les 15/12/2016

    Nice.

    Anyone else having issues logging into Club Ubisoft? Over the last few weeks it keeps telling me my password is incorrect even though I know I put in the right one. Tried a variety of browsers (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) and cookie settings. Logging into the Uplay app does work.
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  • Destiny's The Dawning update is for life not just for Christmas

  • Les 16/12/2016

    @DeltaBravoNiner Thanks! I've checked my inventory but I only have the one Spark of Light that I got from the Postmaster. I've been checking with him every now and then but nothing new has turned up thus far. Perhaps I need to progress further in the story. I just completed the moon missions. Thus far I've been having too much fun with the patrols. Which are really ideal if you only have a little playtime during weeknights. Reply 0
  • Les 15/12/2016

    I only recently got this when I finally bought a PS4 and the Destiny collection was for sale.

    I am enjoying it quite a bit. The shooter mechanics are great: weapons, grenades, and melee attacks all have a great 'feel' to them. The story isn't that interesting but I like the patrol missions and strikes a lot.

    One thing I haven't figured out yet is the 'automatic' leveling option to lvl 40 that's supposedly included in the collection. I only got some item that will get me to lvl 25. For my first character I'm leveling the manual way but it would be nice to apply to a 2nd or 3rd character.

    And do others also have the experience that whatever weapons you hardly ever use are the ones that drop? I'm still early in the game (lvl 21) but for the longest time the only pulse rifle I had was one with 50 damage while >80 hand canons and auto rifles kept dropping.
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  • Final Fantasy 15 is a decent attempt at an impossible job

  • Les 14/12/2016

    @Scimarad I'm an FF8 fan as well. Though FF7 being the first one I ever played (buggy PC port no less) had the biggest impact, I enjoyed playing 8 more. May have something to do with getting a PlayStation just to be able to play it. Reply 0
  • Les 14/12/2016

    @jamesroman Thanks, I'm glad to hear that the full game's world actually feels alive. And perhaps it's unfair to ding the demo for this, given the dream setting.

    What about the physics? In the demo character movement and weight just felt off to me. Also the way the blocks tumbled when touched in the miniature segment. The game felt a lot like PS2 Kingdom Hearts to me. Which I loved, but I have different expectations of a PS4-era game that goes for 'realistic' graphics.
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  • Les 14/12/2016

    I just couldn't care for XII's story, even though I did like the battle system. I played it extensively, then dropped it for a couple of weeks, came back and had no idea what the hell was actually going on. I've played and finished (if memory serves me) IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, X and X-2. IX and XII are the only ones that I got but never finished.

    I didn't bother with XIII and I'll probably skip XV as well. I detest the art direction of the main characters and judging by the demo, the controls are way too floaty, and the world design too sterile to capture me. While the graphics on a technical level were beautiful, it felt like playing a PS2 game. I expect more these days.
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