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  • Sony will let Plus members vote on the PS4 Instant Game Collection

  • MattEvansC3 01/08/2015

    @a-double-vodka or Greenlight...KILL IT WITH FIRE!!! Reply +1
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons dated for PS4 and Xbox One

  • MattEvansC3 31/07/2015

    @PlugMonkey Touchť

    How that spider scene was handled was a low point for the game so I can see where you are coming from in that regard. For me its everything that happened afterwards that mattered.

    We are definitely in agreement about emotional impact though.
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  • MattEvansC3 31/07/2015

    @PlugMonkey or maybe how disengaged you are from your soul :-p

    Brothers is very much like humour. It has to resonate with the person to have any impact and its not always going to do so. For me it resonated and its a shame it didn't resonate with you.
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  • MattEvansC3 31/07/2015

    @internisus Well it was quite late at night and I was a bit too tired to write a full dissection of its importance ;-) Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 30/07/2015

    @PlugMonkey I suppose it all depends on how you decide on whether something is fantastic or not.

    For me its how the game not only continues past "the ending" but how the world is built to enhance the ending.

    I will be discussing spoilers here so if you haven't played the game stop reading this comment.

    There's four major points in the ending that help raise it up from other games.

    1) The burial scene. That is not only fucking brutal but actually quite intelligent. That act is very hard to do and I put the controller down at one point because I didn't want to be a part of that act. The game doesn't stop, the character and plot just aren't moving forward which is true of real life. The character is emotionally rooted in place untill he performs the burial. To develop and progress both you and the character must confront mortality.

    2) The swimming section. Game and story logic dictates that the younger brother should have emotionally developed to the point where he can do this on his own and as such its his action button that should allow him to swim. It is still his brother's action button. This reliance on his brother's action button even after his death shows the younger brother isn't ready to deal with things on his own.

    3) The pointless puzzle. There's one of those rock climbing/jumping puzzles toward the end that is still designed for two characters. As soon as see the two ledges muscle memory kicks in and you instinctively go to control both brothers.

    4) Rock Skipping. This is tied into point 3). Right at the you get to perform the very first "side quest" you do in the game...on your own. Whereas 3) highlights what's missing point 4) acts like it wasn't there. There are no clues left to suggest there were two playable characters, just your own memory comparing the two scenes.

    The ending is fantastic in how it weaves game design into the storytelling. The game isn't telling you why you should feel sad, its showing you why.
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  • Victor Vran review

  • MattEvansC3 31/07/2015

    @Vlad27145 but I thought this wouldn't fall into the ARPG category but more the Loot Em Up genre. Reply 0
  • The gamer's guide to the Windows 10 launch

  • MattEvansC3 29/07/2015

    @StooMonster I was under the impression that DX12 brought in some system wide/driver improvements in addition to D3D12 improvements. Wouldn't those benefits apply even on DX11 games? Reply +3
  • MattEvansC3 29/07/2015

    @bad09 It took me a while to find it in all honesty. Though I'm still in the dark as whether that applies to retail or OEM licenses. OEMs are meant to be used with a single device, hence why its cheaper but on retail licenses you are allowed to transfer from one system to another. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 29/07/2015

    @Luz1978 Its a clean Win10 install. Your Win8 key is replaced with a Win10 key. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 29/07/2015

    @bad09 The serial key us tied to the motherboard and its a change to the motherboard that is considered a significant change.

    Unless you are swapping out faulty motherboards its generally the case that if you change the motherboard you are building a brand new PC.
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  • MattEvansC3 29/07/2015

    @JamesSwiftDay No and it never has been.

    This is purely a promotion that discounts the cost of an upgrade for Win7 and Win8/8.1 users to £0. After July 2016 the promotion ends and the cost for upgrading goes back to RRP.

    Microsoft has done upgrade editions for years as well as promotions. My Win8 Upgrade was discounted to £25 as part of an early bird promotion.
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  • Now it's got Steam Workshop support, is Knights of the Old Republic 2 worth returning to?

  • MattEvansC3 29/07/2015

    @WAusJackBauer its a central place for mods on Steam that can be installed via the Steam client.

    It makes using mods a little less daunting.
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  • MattEvansC3 29/07/2015

    My main issue with KOTOR2 is that were too many force users in your party. While KOTOR2 did a decent job of trying to make the force interesting its still pretty boring. The StarWars universe is wonderfully diverse but it always seems to resort to generic power fantasy wish fulfillment via the Jedi. Reply -1
  • Wii U lifetime sales pass 10 million, Splatoon sells 1.62m

  • MattEvansC3 29/07/2015

    @Simatron3000 I'd say a tentative yes to that. Myself and quite a few people I work with are holding out for the new Zelda game before dipping our toes into the WiiU.

    I don't see Mario Maker being a direct system seller but it may generate enough Lets Play buzz to push some sales.
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  • MattEvansC3 29/07/2015

    Well its good to see Nintendo doing what Nintendo do best and that's making a profit on "flops". Reply -4
  • MattEvansC3 29/07/2015

    @UncleLou you need to keep an eye on HotUKDeals.com. There's been plenty of £180 WiiU Premium bundles for months. Reply 0
  • August Xbox Games with Gold includes Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

  • MattEvansC3 28/07/2015

    @LSi01 if you are paying for Xbox Live to begin with it would be silly not to. You should see my PS4, Vita and XboxOne collection and I don't own any of those consoles. Reply +3
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 "holiday 2016"

  • MattEvansC3 23/07/2015

    @dogmanstaruk if its the quote I think you are talking about it wasn't DLC.

    There's the, in retrospect, hilarious statement from Sony less than 12 months ago that
    "So do we feel the need to go out and buy outright exclusivity? Probably not."
    http://www.gamepur.com/news/15839-sony-rise-tomb-raider-xbox-one-exclusive-deal-dont-feel-need-buy-outright.html

    They also criticised Microsoft back in 2007 for "bribing" developers by making exclusivity deals.
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/sony-we-dont-buy-exclusivity

    In that first link Sony even go as far as to claim that the Destiny DLC is exclusivity done right.
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  • MattEvansC3 23/07/2015

    @OnlyJoeKing Actually we do benefit from timed exclusivity, just not all the time.

    Both Sony and Microsoft were throwing dev kits, tools, software and money at indie devs to secure timed exclusivity. That initial cash injection does allow indies to keep operating while going through the no income stage of development.

    Even larger studios will use timed exclusivity deals to part fund development. Microsoft has not only put money into Rise of The Tomb Raider but technical assistance and marketing. In a market that is increasingly risk adverse these deals reduce that risk and prevent games getting cancelled.

    Even big name games aren't safe from cancellation. SFV is only getting made because Sony bought outright exclusivity. If they hadn't SFV would never see the light of day.

    Not every exclusivity deal is like Destiny and Call of Duty's DLC.
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  • MattEvansC3 23/07/2015

    @riceNpea the American Holiday Period covers Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah and New Years. Some will even push it to include Halloween. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 23/07/2015

    @NatsuOne like the timed exclusivity Sony did with StreetFighter V...oh wait... Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 23/07/2015

    @FabricatedLunatic sorry, I must have been reading too many comments in one go and got myself confused. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 23/07/2015

    @grassyknoll You make it sound like we can chose to enjoy or dislike games without pledging allegiance to a single platform...GTFO! Your kind have no place here. Reply -1
  • MattEvansC3 23/07/2015

    @StooMonster I suppose it all depends on whether it was a Phil Spencer or Don Mattick deal.

    Edit - I deal mostly in hypothetical situations and assumptions. I'm not in the gaming trade so unless the information is public I try to not state my opinions as fact.
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  • MattEvansC3 23/07/2015

    @drewtheman99 well the one thing that gets missed out on the exclusivity talk is that both Microsoft and Square Enix have stated that Microsoft is providing assistance with the development of the game.

    The last thing Microsoft will want is for Tomb Raider to be better on PS4. By buying the one year exclusivity Microsoft also get to steer development in favour of their products such as DX12. There may also be a clause that SE can't make the PS4 version look better such as improved framerates, or resolution.
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  • Tembo the Badass Elephant review

  • MattEvansC3 23/07/2015

    I'm not getting a Gravity Falls vibe on the art front. Tembo in particular seems to be more veering towards a modern take on the VIZ/Dandy/Beano art style. Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 23/07/2015

    @ARumFellow A review should be self contained. If its going to be using outside humour it should either be using something that is general knowledge or have a link to it.

    Its the writer's job to make sure the reader understands, not the readers job to do additional homework.
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  • A dramatic controller disconnect, shirtless shenanigans and one hell of an epic fail

  • MattEvansC3 20/07/2015

    @Neulis Its a bit pedantic but I wouldn't call that a comeback per se. It was his opponent snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory. All he had to do was block and run the time down and he went and fucked up. Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 20/07/2015

    @vojtas same reason that the Kiwis are good at Rugby, South America is good at football and the USA good at any World series game that doesn't extend past their own borders.

    Countries and cultures will always integrate a specific sport or pastime as part of their identity.
    Reply +10
  • Meet the man cleaning up after the Godus disaster

  • MattEvansC3 19/07/2015

    @PlugMonkey so we are going with selective quoting? This is all prior to John Walkers statement you just quoted;

    Peter Molyneux: Absolutely. And at that time I wish we had raised enough money to not need a publisher.

    RPS: But you got more than you askedĖ
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    You have an idea, you think you need this much, but as most people will say with Kickstarter, if you ask for too much money up front because of the rules of Kickstarter, itís very, very hard to ask for the complete development budget.
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    Peter Molyneux: Well, I think if you talk to anyone, and this is the advice I have given to people about Kickstarter, is to not ask for too much. You cannot unfortunately ask for the actual amount you need.
    ----

    This is a lovely one;
    You do the maths, itís that simple Ė you can do this math, we had 22 people here. If you take the average salary for someone in the industry, which must be about £30k, thatís 22 people, multiplied by £30k, divided by 12. You work out how many months Kickstarter money gives us

    The math for that is £660K for a year or eight months on a budget of £450k (their requested amount). By PM's own admission the requested amount did not cover the staff wages for a nine month project. That's before deductions for VAT and Kickstarter's cut or purchasing middleware, equipment or hiring working space.

    John wasn't putting words in Peter's mouth. Peter said the Kickstarter wasn't enough. Peter gave the figures that didn't add up and Peter was the one who said you don't ask for all the money you need.
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  • MattEvansC3 18/07/2015

    @PlugMonkey In the RPS interview did PM state that he knew the Kickstarter goal was insufficient to create Godus?

    Yes he did.

    In the RPS interview did PM state that he undervalued the Kickstarter because he knew that if he asked for the correct value it wouldn't get funded?

    Yes he did.

    Knowing beforehand that the he couldn't provide the advertised product with the requested funds did PM still tale patron money?

    Yes he did.

    Poor management is getting the math wrong and not accounting for certain eventualities. Telling people you can give them product Y for X funds after you've done the math and found out you can't give product Y for X funds is not poor management, it is a deliberate deceit. PM lied to get the money. That is a con. You cannot dress it up in any other way.
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  • MattEvansC3 17/07/2015

    @PlugMonkey sounds like we read completely different interviews them.

    After the initial statement John Walker was countering what Peter was saying. It was Peter who brought up the finances, that he knowingly and willingly undervalued the Kickstarter so he could get the money, hence John's statement about Peter taking backers money. Peter was the one who talked about hotel stays, conventions and the like.

    Throughout that interview Peter consistently lied, dodged questions, contradicted himself, blamed others and constantly refused to take responsibility for what he'd said and promised.

    People are going into damage control mode to paint Peter Molyneux as some harmless fantasist who lets himself get carried away. Peter deceived people with Curiosity by making huge promises to get them to spend a fortune on DLC. Peter then deceived everyone of his backers on KickStarter when he set the goal in the full knowledge it was nowhere near enough. Peter then compounded that deceit by not even keeping in touch with Bryan Henderson.

    These are not the actions of a fantasist with poor management skills but those of a con artist.

    Edit -
    Also the interview did seek answers and it got answers. It just happened that those answers were so facepalmimgly inept/contradictory/deceitful that they begged further questions.
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  • Should you install The Witcher 3 patch 1.07?

  • MattEvansC3 18/07/2015

    @AlSco123 Yet gamers will look at screenshots or specially selected promo material and use that as a guide for quality.

    Games SHOULD have no screen tearing, texture or object pop in as well as be a solid 30FPS but as we can clearly see in the XboxOne vs PS4 debate its all about the output resolution. Pretty graphics and big numbers sell more than image quality and framerate.
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  • MattEvansC3 18/07/2015

    @IdiotHunter so you are saying The Witcher 3 is crap? Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 18/07/2015

    @dimasok because gamers don't just want 60FPS, they also want 1080p graphics, they want photo realistic graphics, dynamic lighting effects, improved physics and increased particle effects. And all to run on a box that costs £200-£300.

    The problem isn't with the developers, its with gamers setting their expectations unrealistically high.
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  • Sega adds Shia LeBeouf meme to Sonic marketing

  • MattEvansC3 14/07/2015

    Just tried that Shia LeBeouf video. Shia LeWTJesusHChristFery was that? Reply +4
  • Nintendo fans pay their respects to Satoru Iwata

  • MattEvansC3 13/07/2015

    You may want to check your adverts Eurogamer. My border ad is showing as DGU with the tagline "Death just got personal" which is just a touch insensitive given the news. Reply -3
  • Ubisoft and Disney team up for Gravity Falls game on 3DS

  • MattEvansC3 11/07/2015

    @StooMonster I'm wondering how well this series will translate to a game though? The only characters with catchphrases aren't funny, the jokes require a lot of setting up and the show relies heavily upon character interaction. Conflicts in the show are primarily between the main cast of characters, the external villains are there to create or exacerbate the situation. Defeating the villain oft requires the characters to resolve their personal conflicts. When there aren't personal conflicts the villains are a representation of inner conflicts. The street fighter episode, the haunted convenience store, the cloned boy band and even the local illuminati episodes were resolved by the characters soul searching and maturing.

    This series would seem to be better suited to a TellTales or Stick of Truth style game rather than a platformer.
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  • MattEvansC3 11/07/2015

    Gravity Falls game? Count me interested. *watches trailer*... WTF? Who's that guy doing the voice over? Where's the humour? Where's the atmospheric music from the TV show? Why is nobody f***ing whistling?... Did he just say "and friends?" That's marketing code for "Yeah, we don't really give a shit".

    You had one job advert..one job.
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  • Battletoads' infamous co-op glitch to be fixed in Rare Replay

  • MattEvansC3 11/07/2015

    @ShiftyGeezer that's assuming they made it past level 3. Reply +5
  • Toy Soldiers: War Chest adds Assassin's Creed's Ezio

  • MattEvansC3 11/07/2015

    They aren't toys. They aren't soldiers. WTF are they doing here? Reply 0
  • AMD's cut-down, air-cooled R9 Fury is a 4K contender

  • MattEvansC3 10/07/2015

    @mkreku but when you are one of the AMD users that had their drivers cause boot loops for TWO YEARS (they introduced the problem in Feb 2013 and didn't fix until last month) all the comments of "Well I don't have problems so its a myth" grow tiresome. Reply -1
  • Radeon R9 380 2GB vs 4GB review

  • MattEvansC3 09/07/2015

    @greyarea78 South West Wales. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 09/07/2015

    @dogmanstaruk Different strokes for different folks. I'm still happily using my 5770 after four years (maybe five). It suits my gaming needs for 4X and RTS games. I'm already gaining the benefits of the platform because I can't play those games on a console.

    Also money is an issue. I'm on a decent wage (£20k) but even though my wife works part time (minimum wage) the money doesn't go far by the time you factor in rent, saving up for a house, two kids, two cars, etc. While I could afford £300+ for a new GPU plus £500 on a decent monitor it would mean cutting back on things for the family (days out, takeaways, movies, etc) to cover it. My wife would not be happy if I put the PC before my kids.
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  • MattEvansC3 09/07/2015

    @DG-Torment There's neen reports that Shadows of Mordor will only go as high as the VRAM allows. If you selected Ultra on a 4GB VRAM card it would only load the High textures. It would still say Ultra in the options though. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 09/07/2015

    Considering that Eurogamer did quite an extensive article about AMDs driver issues when the CPU is the bottleneck it seems really weird that you are testing mid-range cards on i7 CPUs. Are there really that many people that are going to pair up a £130-£180 GPU with a £240+ CPU?

    Surely considering what Eurogamer has reported on previously these cards should also have been tested on an i5 or AMD equivalent? Otherwise aren't you recommending GPUs that have the potential to under perform on a realistic setup?
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  • Microsoft to cut 7800 jobs as it restructures phone business

  • MattEvansC3 09/07/2015

    @BigBANGtheory Unless you are saying that the Nokia board deliberately hired an ex MS member of staff so that they could sell the phone division to Microsoft not sure what is suspicious about Elop's appointment. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 09/07/2015

    @StooMonster Lets be fair here and acknowledge that the FT can be quite sensationalist and tabloidesque at times, especially in its blogs.

    What you've quoted is very OpEd. Its very common for tech companies to diversify and have numerous "non-core" businesses. Apple's core is its devices and making physical products. The likes of iTunes and the App Store are not a part of Apple's core, they are "other businesses".

    Sony's core has always been financial services and electronics. The PlayStation services (PSNow, PS+, PSN, etc) are "other businesses that eclipse one of the Sony cores.

    YouTube is not a part of Google's core, neither is Android. Google's core is data collection, ads and search.

    Picking out that the Xbox is not part of that core is not a "key point". It barely registers as a point at all.
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  • MattEvansC3 09/07/2015

    @realitybitsfromoz You do realise Nokia was losing market share, profit and market relevance long before Microsoft came onto the scene?

    You probably get shouted down a lot because you are talking out of your arse.
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  • MattEvansC3 09/07/2015

    @FogHeart it is and it isn't. I've got a Lumia 1020, SurfaceRT tablet, an Xbox360 and Win8 on my desktop and I notice the disconnect mostly on my phone.

    Its minor things that seem to have the biggest impact. Take media sharing. I can connect the Xbox and tablet to my PC via a homegroup and watch my movies over the network. With the Lumia I have to plug it into the PC and copy the files over before I can watch them.

    I can't share photos via the home network either. I've either got to use OneDrive, a USB cable or email.

    Out of all my MS devices the Lumia is the least sociable device. The Xbox, SurfaceRT and desktop all interact, talk to each other and share with each other. The Lumia is barely on speaking terms with the Xbox and SurfaceRT. The relationship is better with the Desktop but even then they talk through 3rd parties.
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