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  • Watch nine minutes of Prey gameplay

  • Max_Powers 02/12/2016

    System Shock vibes. Which is a good thing! Reply +7
  • Why I think big console game sales are down

  • Max_Powers 30/11/2016

    Hard to make these claims when we have no concrete data. Are sales down? By how much exactly then? At retail maybe but we have no idea what percentage of sales is digital these days (personally I buy most games digital). It would be good investigative reporting if Eurogamer could get that data. This is mostly guessing and hunches and hard to draw a conclusion from.

    It would not surprise me if sales are down though, just going by what the fellow core gamers group around is me playing, buying or not buying at the moment. Personally, I plan to pick up Dishonored 2, Civ VI, FFXV and probably Titanfall 2 before years end but there is just no urgency to buy them as I have so much to play still (I still have to start on The Witness, Inside, Dark Souls III and No Man's Sky that I bought but haven't even touched yet). Plus - and here does lay blame with publishers and developers - I have now learned to wait a couple of weeks after a game is launched before starting on it because most need at least 2 patches to make it playable. I don't have time for freezes and corrupt saves. I'll wait a bit thank you and enjoy that nice deep discount mere weeks(!)after launch.

    I also think games just have longer active-lives now. Look at the last Rainbow Six game. Did soso at launch but the game was quality and Ubisoft have just grown the audience and sales for that game into a healthy ecosystem. The games press has already moved on to the next thing but these are the games people are playing. So Week 1 sales mean less I think. I certainly hope so for Titanfall 2.

    I was most excited for PSVR this Q4 and that is maybe the only thing I bought launch day and was the only real game changer for me this year.
    Reply +53
  • Fallout 4 one year on

  • Max_Powers 24/11/2016

    My biggest gripe is - like mentioned in the article - that who you are and what your motivation is, is set in stone right from the start. I had such a hard time getting into character and the motivation that I stopped playing a few hours in.

    I don't have kids so I couldn't relate at all with the quest to find your lost son(?).
    Reply +5
  • Dishonored 2 review

  • Max_Powers 16/11/2016

    @Simatron3000 Then what is everybody whining about? Why they are not getting (better) sex despite spending $500 more on Viagra than the rest of us? Reply -7
  • Max_Powers 16/11/2016

    And what is with the whining about "more writing about mechanics". What do you need to know that is so crucial that you didn't get from 30 seconds of video?

    I much prefer a review like the above that doesn't concern itself with the fucking obvious.
    Reply -6
  • Max_Powers 16/11/2016

    "Oh, why don't you console peasants come joint the glorious PC master race" followed the next day by "This runs so crap on my rig. It's so un-optimized boohoo for my $500 graphics card" mixed in with "The only measure of good graphics is framerate, art direction is a term I don't understand!"

    This is why people play on consoles. I buy or download the game on my PS4 and it just runs.
    Reply -17
  • Finishing Final Fantasy

  • Max_Powers 02/11/2016

    That was a great read Simon.

    I've always been a bit of a fan of Final Fantasy since FFVII. I'm not super interested in the JRPG genre but Final Fantasy has this X-factor and strangeness that always makes me want to buy and play it and they always look and sound gorgeous.
    Reply +7
  • Rez Infinite review

  • Max_Powers 15/10/2016

    I just played a couple of levels of this and it is absolutely amazing. I have no words to describe how good and different it is. You are really in the Matrix. I liked most of the other VR stuff but this... Perfect form for the medium.

    If they never make an interesting PlayStation VR game again this experience of Rez alone was worth it for me.
    Reply +2
  • Oculus reveals new games by Epic, 4A Games, and Ready at Dawn

  • Max_Powers 07/10/2016

    Shootybangbang but in VR. A bit disappointing really. Reply 0
  • Forza Horizon 3 review

  • Max_Powers 27/09/2016

    "Looks greats. $59 download on the MS Store? Ok, I'll bite. Oh, I need to be in the European MS store where the game costs 69... Fuck that. Reply +6
  • Report: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Trump meme website

  • Max_Powers 23/09/2016

    So he has political views that some people don't agree with. How is this relevant in relation to Oculus Rift? Will I become a Trump supporter when I wear an Oculus on my head? Reply +25
  • Digital Foundry: Three hours with PlayStation 4 Pro

  • Max_Powers 08/09/2016

    Sure, somewhere in the future I'll switch to a 4K HDR display but at this point I'm also mostly interested to know if framerates on 1080p games will improve + the benefits of the Pro for VR.

    Or if the Pro is significantly less loud than the standard PS4... If I didn't already have a PS4 the Pro is a no-brainer (only $100 more than the standard model).
    Reply +7
  • The Witcher 3 fine art prints are gorgeous indeed

  • Max_Powers 04/08/2016

    So, right at home in any contemporary art museum then? :D Reply +1
  • Xbox One S performance boost revealed

  • Max_Powers 03/08/2016

    Agreeing with @George-Roper

    Who is interested in this slim model of obsolete hardware? I register zero interest for the S model among the gamers I know. There is interest for the next Gears of War for example but everybody I know will buy it on PC now that everything has crossed over.

    Scorpio on the other hand. Now that sounds interesting.
    Reply -6
  • Nintendo NX is a portable console with detachable controllers

  • Max_Powers 26/07/2016

    Sounds very interesting. Also a logical move for Nintendo in line with what most were expecting.

    I'm most interested now in the look of the unit. If it needs to be an attractive and portable handheld in its own right and have detachable controllers from it (two at least) in the home I'm very interested to know how they solve that puzzle with useability and form factor.

    Reply +28
  • Nintendo strikes down promising NES artbook Kickstarter

  • Max_Powers 01/07/2016

    @system11 Nothing about the book project was fair-use. I'm seeing literal 1-on-1 copies of box art, screenshots and logo's in a product made for profit. Reply +3
  • Max_Powers 01/07/2016

    Using someonelse's IP without permission for monetary gain (the book is Kickstarted for money and sold) is clearly a rights infringement. Nintendo is 100% reasonable to act on this and even required by copyright law if they want to protect their IP. How Bitmap thought they'd get away with this without official license is beyond me.

    Yes there are 1.000's of fan art and fan images on the internet for Nintendo and SEGA IP etc. That is all fine (well at least companies let it slide) until you start charging money for them at which point you are breaking the law. It's nice that you are a fan and want to make something nice but then a) license it or get permission or b) don't ask money for it.

    For all the 'Nintendo duhduh' posters above: I'll make a line of t-shirts with images of Mario, Zelda etc. for profit without paying Nintendo a cent. That's alright with you lot right because 'everyone clearly knows these are not by Nintendo'..?
    Reply +4
  • Fatherhood isn't the shortcut to emotional complexity games wish it was

  • Max_Powers 28/06/2016

    What @DonNorris said. Parenthood is now a theme because it is a stage in live a lot of game creators find themselves in.

    Personally, I think keeping Kratos as OTT killing machine would have been a better direction to take. Just slightly dialed back a bit from the 100% psychotic Kratos in GOW3 who was very unlikable as a result. Let's just hope that they do a period-correct representation of what fatherhood meant back then, that would provide a fresh experience at least.

    "And Kratos needs this depth - he is a relic from another era, when things like murder and 'hammer X to pleasure ladies' seemed fine, somehow.".

    That is still fine, I don't see why it wouldn't?
    Reply +2
  • Ford uses copyrighted Firewatch art in ad campaign

  • Max_Powers 28/06/2016

    It is my understanding that most auto dealerships are privately owned, often by local entrepreneurs. Are you sure that this has anything to do with Ford (F:NYSE) at all and this is not just a mistake by a local business manager?

    If so I'd like to see a rectification on this site on the matter.
    Reply +5
  • The best Final Fantasy game is finally getting a remaster

  • Max_Powers 06/06/2016

    FFXII is indeed one of the greats in the series. Best one after FFVII Reply 0
  • Dark Souls board game raises $71k Kickstarter goal in three minutes

  • Max_Powers 17/05/2016

    If they spend $500.000 designing and manufacturing the game that would already be quite a lot. What are they going to do with the remaining $4.5 million? New Ferrari's for everyone? Reply +3
  • A few hours with final Witcher 3 expansion Blood and Wine

  • Max_Powers 10/05/2016

    The wait. It's killing me! Reply +22
  • New Witcher 3 Blood & Wine screenshots are vibrantly colourful

  • Max_Powers 22/04/2016

    Yes! More Witcher! Reply +2
  • Soma has sold over 250k copies

  • Max_Powers 24/03/2016

    Horror and scifi horror are niche genres that do not appeal to huge player bases so that genre choice will always limit your sales potential. For instance, I buy a lot of games but very rarely horror themed because at the end of a work day I don't want to sit at the edge of my seat for hours. I will watch a horror movie maybe but that is more passive and over relatively quickly.

    If its gory horror your potential audience gets even smaller as there are people that can't stomach that. If its occult horror even smaller (as it will put off people who are religious for instance) etc. And - gut feeling - I don't think horror is a genre that most woman like generally.

    Firewatch has more mainstream appeal.
    Reply +1
  • Chinese mining company buys Runescape dev for $300m - report

  • Max_Powers 15/03/2016

    Chinese companies often do this (like the Russians) to try to get money out of the country as this is one of the few legal ways to do that for them. Chinese government has heavy restrictions on that.

    Actual interest in Runescape is minimal I think but you never know.

    Minecraft and the insane sale price was also a result of Microsoft having 1 billion euros parked in Europe and they needed a way to get that out without a heavy tax loss.
    Reply +4
  • $1200 Assassin's Creed movie ticket includes a crossbow

  • Max_Powers 10/03/2016

    Yes, because bringing weapons into a cinema never caused any trouble in the US before... Reply +21
  • Should you upgrade Xbox One with an SSD?

  • Max_Powers 06/03/2016

    No need to do anything. Microsoft will upgrade your Xbox One for you with the next version of the console they'll bring out soon. Reply +2
  • Quantum Break is coming to PC, too

  • Max_Powers 11/02/2016

    @Simatron3000 Winding down support for the Xbox One (The console, not the brand, not LIVE, not the ecosystem etc.) would indeed not hurt Microsoft at all. In fact it would financially and strategically make sense for them to do so. As you say, selling the box is hardly making them any money and spending millions of dollars promoting a console that will always be in 2nd place at best this generation makes no sense when they could focus on something new. The "Exclusives" strategy was always meant to get people to buy the Xbox One console. Better for them to cut that cord now and focus on some new initiatives like a cross-device Windows store or LIVE service, maybe a streaming device in the living room, VR or even a new, more powerful console (which I think is what everybody always wanted from MS anyway). I think the opportunity is there but to me it's clear the Xbox One console is a station passed. Reply -1
  • Max_Powers 11/02/2016

    @DX12 What signals are Microsoft giving you that they are all in for the Xbox One for the long run? (The console, not the brand, LIVE etc.)

    Everyone with even a little bit of business sense (and that has followed Satya Nadella) can see that Microsoft is moving away from the One console and that it makes sense to do so.
    Reply +5
  • Max_Powers 11/02/2016

    With every single Microsoft exclusive now coming to PC this reinforces my thinking that MS has already given up on the Xbox One. No sense spending years fighting for 2nd place in two separate markets (console and PC) with a competitor that by now has an unassailable and widening lead.

    I expect announcement of a successor to the Xbox One sooner than expected and at least support or major new initiatives for the One to die down rapidly.
    Reply -12
  • Rez Infinite is PlayStation VR's best game yet

  • Max_Powers 07/12/2015

    Whenever I think of art and video games I think of Rez. What a brilliant game. Can't wait to play the VR version. Reply +5
  • Rez Infinite brings the Mizuguchi classic to PlayStation VR

  • Max_Powers 06/12/2015

    PlayStation VR bought! Oh man, so looking forward to this! Reply +6
  • Star Wars Battlefront review

  • Max_Powers 20/11/2015

    Calling Splatoon casual is ridiculous. That's the same mistake as when people initially called Super Smash Brothers a casual fighter that didn't really require skill...

    Splatoon is a bare bones, super balanced shooter with a hardcore player base. Now CoD, that is a casual shooter.
    Reply -2
  • Mad Max review

  • Max_Powers 01/09/2015

    I'm looking more forward to playing this than MGS actually. Reply +2
  • I was there when The Witcher 3 launched

  • Max_Powers 20/08/2015

    Fantastic game and interesting article. Weren't you embarrassed to ask about the 'graphics downgrade' which was such a phenomenal non-issue to a team that just created a modern classic? It's a game in development, things change. How difficult is that to comprehend. Reply +10
  • Scalebound is a different kind of Platinum Game

  • Max_Powers 07/08/2015

    The main character Drew is such a douche. One of the most unappealing protagonists in a long while. Reminds me a bit of the 'Dark Sonic' and emo-metal Prince of Persia dark ages of the mid-2000's when everybody seemed to be modelling their characters after sulking teenagers to make them more 'edgy'. Reply -2
  • Puma is making official Metal Gear Solid 5 sneaking boots

  • Max_Powers 23/07/2015

    I don't like saying this but both the shoes and poster look awful. Reply +14
  • Apple is removing games with the Confederate flag from the App Store

  • Max_Powers 25/06/2015

    Video games are in great hands at Apple. I love closed ecosystems. Corporate morality is the best morality! Nipples are more dangerous than guns!

    Blegh.
    Reply +10
  • A closer look at Fallout 4's high-res screenshots

  • Max_Powers 05/06/2015

    All that talk about pixel counts, depth of field effects etc. Blabla, what matters most in making a video game look good is killer art direction and style.

    Crysis 3 is always wheeled out in 'graphics quality' comparisons but I don't care how many pixels are pushed and shaded. The game is visually bland and generic looking.

    What I've seen of Fallout 4 is a marked improvement over Fallout 3 already because the former was way to brown and yellow.
    Reply +6
  • What can we learn from The Witcher 3 "downgrade" fiasco?

  • Max_Powers 26/05/2015

    Critically acclaimed game. Looks gorgeous. Everyone is enjoying it.

    A couple of vinegar pissers moaning on the internet about a nothing is not a 'fiasco'
    Reply +3
  • Gallery launches range of arty Sega prints

  • Max_Powers 20/05/2015

    @Malek86 Well, if this first batch of prints is a success I'm sure it will be easier to get that Panzer Dragoon print going :) Reply +1
  • Max_Powers 20/05/2015

    @Mister-Wario A Sonic one is also in the works. Ristar has been suggested by several people. That is an interesting one as we hadn't considered that. Reply 0
  • Max_Powers 20/05/2015

    @Malek86 Panzer Dragoon is high on our list by there are challenges licensing wise. No one party fully owns that IP I believe. Reply +1
  • Max_Powers 20/05/2015

    @Pierre2k These are big prints too in case you were considering the Golden Axe :)

    Reply +5
  • Max_Powers 20/05/2015

    @YorkshireTea Shenmue is next and we've got an amazing artist working on it that I can't spoil right now unfortunately. Probably drops late June/early July. If you sign up for our newsletter you get a heads up when it launches before it goes live. Reply +3
  • Max_Powers 20/05/2015

    Thanks for the write-up! Here are some of the other designs. We take suggestions for other classic SEGA titles if you want to chip in!



    Reply +20
  • It's time for your annual Shenmue 3 rumour!

  • Max_Powers 20/05/2015

    Shenmue fans should follow video game art gallery Cook & Becker. They have an official Shenmue artwork in the works with SEGA for summer 2015. They just released a set of prints from other classic SEGA games.



    Reply +8
  • Rez soundtrack's missing tune finally released

  • Max_Powers 01/05/2015

    Obligatory Rez is the greatest post. I'm sad the indie developers of today are to busy creating faux retro pixel art side scrollers and samey rogue-likes instead of trying to invent true rock 'n roll game changers like Rez was upon its release. Reply +15
  • Mortal Kombat X's dumbly enjoyable story puts other fighting games to shame

  • Max_Powers 15/04/2015

    Knowing that thousands of 12-year olds (let's not kid ourselves) will be playing this game or seeing it on Youtube, I think these fatalities go way too far in their graphic violence.

    Why are games like these sold in toy stores anyway?
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  • Guardians of the Galaxy meets Mega Man in retro reimagining

  • Max_Powers 14/01/2015

    If you're going to mimick retro do it properly at least. This is too sophisticated for NES and to crude for SNES. Reply -8