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  • Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: Year One

  • MeBrains 21/12/2014

    @SeesThroughAll
    Digital Foundry, the technical analysis column at Eurogamer should not be dedicating an article to ellaborating on "gameplay versus graphics".

    Funny that this never was turned into a debate last gen.
    I noticed that as well. Last gen, the differences were smaller, but it was all that mattered to digital foundry.

    A strange observation indeed.
    Reply +21
  • CVG to close

  • MeBrains 19/12/2014

    remember it from way back, but did not visit the site all that often.

    this is the oldest copy I still have:



    beat UltraCombo!
    Reply +5
  • Judge allows lawsuit over Killzone Shadow Fall's 1080p graphics to proceed

  • MeBrains 18/12/2014

    @caelcollins
    sony still denies DRE even after sued
    you are talking a different language. What is this DRE?


    Sony lied about the root kits and still denies wrongdoing
    They lied? They pulled the discs! Both admitting the error and admitting the trouble they caused?


    Sony lied about the psn hack and still thinks they did nothing wrong.
    They lied? They were quite upfront about it. It took them 10 days (was it?) to admit, take PSN down, bow in error (a grand gest for Japanese, but you wouldn't understand it I suppose), offer refunds, gave games, secure psn etc. Which universe were you living in?


    Sony got hacked last year at sony pictures and told no one and a memo went around stating not to tell the employees that had their personal info stolen.
    Must have missed that. Unless you are talking about what is happening now. And now, they pulled the movie in question, in order to safeguard customer's data. Strangely enough, it is American politicians going against Sony for it now.


    MS lied for almost a year with RROD.

    And the billion. You are a fool believing that some extended warranty (1y, 2y, heck even 10 years!) costs as much as some of the graphical examples I gave. Some car manufacturers give 5 years of warranty. And these "devices" cost a hell of a lot more, don't they. Do you think they invest billions because of it!

    here: :rolleyes:
    Reply -4
  • MeBrains 18/12/2014

    @caelcollins
    MS offered a 3 year warranty and spent 100s of millons of dollars to fix that.
    (1) a 3y warranty, is only a year more than what is considered standard in Europe. Also, the cost, if any, was incurred because of their own rushed launch. I heard a lot of users ended up buying more than one console "just in case". So I am not even sure that...
    (2) ... they actually lost money on it. And certainly not the "hundreds of millions" people are babbling about ever since. Can you source where that ridiculous number comes from? To put things into perspective. Here's some things a billion buys.

    Two of these - almost:


    One of these:


    2/3 of this:


    1.5 of the world's only six-star hotel:


    and so on.


    Stop being a fanboy. It's the companies that lie and pretend they did nothing wrong that should be taken to task indeed.

    In this case. There hardly was a lie and Sony (mostly) admits and pays for its errors - unlike most American companies.
    Reply -5
  • MeBrains 18/12/2014

    plain amazing. And, I'm sorry to say again, I can not understand how this gets a lawsuit while the inherent promise of buying into a stable, functional console back in 2005 didn't get one.

    that scandalous launch deserved a major class action, but MS got away with nothing at all. It did cost them zilch.
    Reply -5
  • Microsoft's game streaming tech codenamed Arcadia, new report claims

  • MeBrains 17/12/2014

    another horrible trend in modern gaming brought to consoles by Sony.
    any others... by Sony?
    no answers? strange that...
    Reply +1
  • MeBrains 16/12/2014

    @cloudskipa
    another horrible trend in modern gaming brought to consoles by Sony.
    any others... by Sony?
    Reply 0
  • Controversial mass murdering game Hatred appears on Steam Greenlight

  • MeBrains 16/12/2014

    good riddance. I'm not for censorship, but make an exception for this game.

    there. I said it!
    Reply +1
  • Video: Why you might not want to pre-order The Order

  • MeBrains 14/12/2014

    @cloudskipa
    You got a genuine LOL from me.
    I know! ;)
    Reply +1
  • MeBrains 13/12/2014

    @crazy-Tetsuo
    Gears of War first part was highly above average when it game, it defined things. Gears of War is just fantastic, and i hope we see something new on One.
    according to you it was "highly above average" - according to me it ain't.

    See, that's where my dislike to this article comes from. I, my personal brains, could write quite a few items which are to dislike about GoW. Somehow though, a personal distaste about a work-in-progress game, was allowed to get posted by the new EG editor. This new editor has an EG name to hold up high and he is miserably failing. Refer to the review summaries, as well as their scores I posted way up above in this thread. They do not make sense.

    As for you hoping to see GoW on Xbone? Hey... whatever tickles your fancy. I personally am looking forward to Uncharted's fourth installment as well. A series which would not have happened if Sony WW studios would not have throdden out of their comfort zone, much like all the other examples I gave just a few minutes ago.

    Does Xbox have a similar extensive list (which I mentioned just a few of for PS)?
    Reply 0
  • MeBrains 13/12/2014

    @crazy-Tetsuo
    I'm just saying that this game really looks boring, just like PS4 looks boring after PS2.
    I am not even trying to argue about that. The game has not impressed me in the slightest ever since its reveal.

    You comparing it to GoW (which by itself is only a slight deal above average as well) made me quote you, as that just was nonsense!

    Bringing up DC and GT in the same lines was more.

    Mentioning that Sony WW Studios should "just stick to their comfort zone" is plain absurd.

    I mean, for Xbox users, let's just rehearse Halo for more than a decade without anything in between. And milk out Forza. And do another GoW. Let's really not take risks, like all the American companies like Ubi, EA, Acti do. Rechew the same gum. People buy into that...

    Sad thing is... they do. Sadder thing is: sites like EG continue to review them well...

    Catch me' drift?
    Reply -2
  • MeBrains 13/12/2014

    @SuziQ exactly...

    I come here out of habbit and these are difficult to unlearn, but keep going this way and I'll eventually adapt.

    btw EG, as much as I liked supporting you, but the ads I had over the last month or so, had me block the ads on this site as well (you were greenlighted). Browser bar (Chrome, which is minimal), EG header and your ads taking up over [u]half the screen[/u] just is a bit too much.
    Reply 0
  • MeBrains 13/12/2014

    @crazy-Tetsuo
    A desperate try from Sony to have their own Gears of War. Looks like a very crappy version of GOW.
    lol... what?

    what are the similarities between this and GoW? Shouldn't you have compared this to Banjo-Kazooie instead?

    :D


    just like DriveClub looks like very crappy version of Gran Turismo.
    lol... what?

    what are the similarities between DC and GT?

    Also. GT last year compared very well to last year's "next gen" Forza. On hardware which had an almost 10y difference!

    And DC drives miles ahead from what Turn 10 created.


    Why do Sony force their studios out of their comfort zone when they obvivously are not up to it.
    because of Uncharted, TLoU, GoW, Motorstorm, DC, KZ, Infamous, Rain, Little Big Planet, WipeOut, MAG, Crash Bandicoot, Gran Turismo, Parappa The Rapper, Ratchet and Clank, Ni No Kuni, Resogun, etc.?

    Yea. gaming really got worse because of it.

    :rolleyes:
    Reply +7
  • MeBrains 12/12/2014

    @super-ono
    This is getting like the Uncharted 3 review here, where people raged against Eurogamer for daring to give the game 8/10.
    no it's not. U3's review was balanced and the game indeed did not live up to the 9 or 10 scores of its predecessors.

    Again, this is not a review, it is a post about "why you might not want to pre-order".

    one of the reasons is: "it still has bugs". Well, no shit! Has it?! Like Halo MCC then - on release - 9/10. But then you have DC, turning out to be one of the standard-setting racing games which, not because of a pletora of bugs, but because of a quaint feeling of infamiliarity scores 6. Titanfall, quite bland, an eight. Uncharted 4 passing the DF "analysis" with a focus on that it does not really live up to its reveal, while another "amateur" youtuber was able to pinpoint its unquestionable next-gen showcase. And... so... on...

    btw... I am not saying The Order will be good. I think indeed it might be bland as well - I'll not preorder in any way. Then again, the only game I did ever preorder was TLoU - two weeks before release. And Elite - out of nostalgia.
    Reply +10
  • MeBrains 12/12/2014

    @Great-Googly-Moogly
    Many of you lot have been crying out for that and are concerned that websites arent entirely ethical or rating mediocre games too highly.
    like this one:


    - Obvious graphical foibles
    - Featureless desert plain
    - Absence of a photo mode
    - Dreadful paper-thin plotting
    - Somewhat bumpy debut
    - No way to initiate a quick competitive race
    - The usual rote nonsense
    - Bizarre design of lead character
    - Profound sense of dissonance
    - Cutscenes and dialogue are whitenoise
    - Scripted background animations
    - Painfully earnest cutscenes
    - Less welcome moments
    - Game systems appear conspiring against you
    - AI rubber banding
    - Finish above third "because it's harder for the game to sabotage you"
    - The grind really manifests itself
    - Anything desirable is phenomenally expensive
    - Insidious moments
    - Microtransactions
    - Dabbling in 30-second kill challenges
    - Requires and enforces patience


    8/10!


    Or this one:


    -poor story.
    -button-mashy,
    -no new guns,
    -weak enemy variety,
    -less successful upgrades,
    -dull effects from amps and overdrives,
    -lame stat boosts,
    -problematic missions,
    -annoying mission structures,
    -endless parades of fetch quests,
    -mechanically rote,
    -an inability to surprise,
    -only sometimes a memorable moment,
    -easy to dislike name-checking,
    -faded cultural touchstones.


    8/10!
    Reply +22
  • MeBrains 12/12/2014

    I am gradually moving into the "five reasons why EG has really had its best time" with this one.

    plain incredible. I do suppose you are not calling yourselves "games journalists" anymore, are you?
    Reply +14
  • Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2014 voting

  • MeBrains 12/12/2014

    DriveClub
    Elite
    GTA
    TLoU
    Rayman

    first time I actually participated.
    Reply +2
  • Xbox One overtakes PS4 sales for November in UK and US

  • MeBrains 12/12/2014

    @dogmanstaruk
    Competition is good and hopefully should make the hardware platform holders try harder!
    that makes me laugh more, the more I read it.

    competition brought us generic hardware, instead of a completely custom-built, innovative processors - built specifically, to great cost, 4 the players.

    it did away with the inclusion of forward thinking technology like Wifi, HDMI, BR and BT were back at the start of last gen.

    it also brought us paid online on all platforms.

    soon, we'll get ill-engineered hardware with failure rates of over 50%, as, apparently, that makes customers buy two or three copies of them.

    so, sod that "competition is good" - mostly it is. from last gen to now though, it brought us little.
    Reply -1
  • DriveClub revisited: is dynamic weather a game-changer?

  • MeBrains 11/12/2014

    @Negotiator
    turd of a game
    I take that is a reference to Titanfall or Sunset Overdrive, isn't it?

    :rolleyes:

    yet again it is incredible to see how many xbox-fans are lame-commenting on an article they just should have no interest in.

    does this really happen with xbox exclusive games as much as it does with PS ones? Somehow... I very much doubt so.

    I already mentioned so in the past as well, if I recall correctly.
    Reply +12
  • The Crew review

  • MeBrains 11/12/2014

    @Vanmunt yea. And another thing which really really started bothering me, is the ads lately. I have nothing against them per se, but top banners occupying more than half of the screen (with browser window and page header) is a bit too much to be good. Reply +2
  • MeBrains 10/12/2014

    @fabio78
    something is seriously off lately... I've never bothered saying anything so far, but it's been just too much to handle lately.

    ...

    I can't even see identity or direction anymore. Seriously, Oli, just do something!
    same here. seems like every news site eventually goes that way.

    Before EG, I was a fan of GameSpot and IGN. I gave up on them, as they increasingly became less critical and more predictable. I was happy EG came along, but I increasingly feel it's time to move on again.

    Personally, I'm looking more and more at Dualshockers these days. Although the name seems to imply PS, they actually have quite broad coverage, often with insightful articles.

    Even DF seems to be losing it... :(
    Reply +9
  • MeBrains 10/12/2014

    - Obvious graphical foibles
    - Featureless desert plain
    - Absence of a photo mode
    - Dreadful paper-thin plotting
    - Somewhat bumpy debut
    - No way to initiate a quick competitive race
    - The usual rote nonsense
    - Bizarre design of lead character
    - Profound sense of dissonance
    - Cutscenes and dialogue are whitenoise
    - Scripted background animations
    - Painfully earnest cutscenes
    - Less welcome moments
    - Game systems appear conspiring against you
    - AI rubber banding
    - Finish above third "because it's harder for the game to sabotage you"
    - The grind really manifests itself
    - Anything desirable is phenomenally expensive
    - Insidious moments
    - Microtransactions
    - Dabbling in 30-second kill challenges
    - Requires and enforces patience


    8/10!

    I have seen this type of review and score before
    Reply +7
  • 1.4GB DriveClub update adds dynamic weather

  • MeBrains 10/12/2014

    @Liquid--Leeroy
    as opposed to being struck my some magical tractor beam of molasses as the game apparently does.
    and is this what happens in DC then? As far as I can judge - not really.

    Can you share a youtube vid from when that "magical tractor beam of molasses" pulls your car back?
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  • MeBrains 09/12/2014

    @Liquid--Leeroy
    The idea that the player can be punished for an AI hitting them sounds utterly ludicrous
    sounds damn realistic to me.

    You are on your daily commute. Another car hits you. Does it punish you or do you carry on and arrive on time?

    :rolleyes:
    Reply -1
  • MeBrains 08/12/2014

    @SeeNoWeevil thx for posting that clip.

    I am starting to have the impression that this game gets "driving" more realistic than sims do these days. it seems somehow unpredictable; like in the way you never know when a car really loses its grip in real life. It's intuition in real life - more than a calculation of variables.

    I do wonder though. What happens when you drive off track, off the clip - like could have happened in the clip you posted? (don't know - don't have PS4 yet, although this looks like one of the more compelling reasons to take the plunge)
    Reply +1
  • MeBrains 08/12/2014

    @Eternal_Lee
    Evolution treated us gamers with no respect and utter disdain by happily releasing a product that - cannot be argued - simply wasn't ready. I'd encourage more gamers to vote with their wallet and buy used. The more publishers are hit at the bottom line, the more they will take notice.
    it's exactly like I felt last gen. Except back then it was the complete console. Gamers already voted with their wallets back then... by buying the same thing twice, thrice or more...

    :nono:
    Reply +1
  • Video: Uncharted 4's demo dissected

  • MeBrains 09/12/2014

    @Dajji77
    Interesting, thanks for posting that. Looks like ND won't be delivering any real next gen wizardry on PS4 then.
    much like nobody then? We can indeed be pretty sure that the millions of lines in a, let's say, Unreal engine aren't entirely thrown out every single time they release a new version!

    :|
    Reply +2
  • Is Uncharted 4 the generational leap we were hoping for?

  • MeBrains 08/12/2014

    @Dynasty2021
    realistic animations?

    Hardly. Still incredibly stiff as usual. The Last Of Us had realistic animations.

    This looks amateurish by comparison.
    I have the impression Mr. Dynasty2021 didn't notice Mr. Drake walking downhill for example...

    :)
    Reply +1
  • MeBrains 08/12/2014

    @cloudskipa
    Pretty graphics should not take such a ridiculous high priority where it's the first, and to many, the only thing
    there there skippy.

    Like so many others I have immensely enjoyed Uncharted, Uncharted 2 and, to a slightly lesser extent, Uncharted 3. I also enjoyed TLoU. In fact, I think the latter is among my top 3 ever, if not first (even when it was dropping to 24fps at times). A lot liked them too - given that they all are amongst the most critically acclaimed games of last-gen.

    All that... despite the graphics - which also were (and still will be as it appears) among the best this gen.

    this weekend of reveals must have hurt you - the addition of weather in DC as well. What will you guys complain about now?

    Lack of updates, HDMI in and TVTVTTV?
    Reply +5
  • Xbox boss points to Killer Instinct in response to Sony's Street Fighter 5 deal

  • MeBrains 08/12/2014

    hey whut? so the next TR will release one PS4?

    I thought some users here said it wouldn't!
    Reply -1
  • What today's space sims can learn from Colony Wars

  • MeBrains 07/12/2014

    liked the games...

    I still have one of these somewhere...

    Reply +14
  • PlayStation Experience conference live report

  • MeBrains 07/12/2014

    yep... no games at all for the machine...

    :rolleyes:
    Reply 0
  • MeBrains 06/12/2014

    @martin: you begin to sound like somebody who'd rather be sitting in an Xbox Experience event! Reply 0
  • Rust developer announces stone age survival sim Before

  • MeBrains 06/12/2014

    this looks absolutely sweet and right up my alley.

    I hope it turns up (okay)!
    Reply 0
  • Street Fighter 5 exclusive to PC and PS4

  • MeBrains 06/12/2014

    damn. even when annoying users are on ignore, they sometimes show through.

    I have one on ignore after all these years and EG is more balanced already.


    I seem to have the impression Sony did this as a reaction to TR's announcement as if in shouting: "you want to go there? We can do this as well."
    Reply +2
  • MeBrains 06/12/2014

    @cloudskipa indeed. not a Sony game. Me' Brains linked it to your "decidedly last gen experience on PS4", while, to me at least, the "decidedly last gen experience" on show in PES is XB's achievement.

    I did expect you to view my "list" as last-gen - what else would you do? To me they're all examples of current gen, even though TLoU was a next-gen experience first released on last-gen.
    Reply 0
  • MeBrains 06/12/2014

    @Nynja
    This is likely Capcom's decision and has likely to do with money saved, extra development time on X1, and to allow for a larger install base. Releasing a game on a sysytem too soon with a small install base can hurt long term sales.
    not to mention that fighting games tend to be more popular in the land of the rising sun where Xbox sells next to nothing.
    Reply +1
  • MeBrains 06/12/2014

    @cloudskipa
    Something Sony have been reluctant to do since all they've offered is decidedly last gen experiences so far with PS4.
    haha.

    one side goes: pes2015 says hi right from the front page you used to navigate to this article.

    other side goes: I-SS, KZ-SF, TLoU and DC do - as well as most multiplats.

    I'll forget next year's promises as well .
    Reply +1
  • 20 years of PlayStation: the Ridge Racer revolution

  • MeBrains 03/12/2014

    @IronSoldier
    An article on the PlayStation conversion of Ridge Racer and not a single mention of...
    oh yes indeedy sir.

    with that controller nobody needed a steering wheel. of course, you can only know so if you have ever had the luck of using it in the first place.
    Reply +1
  • The Crew is broken - but packed with potential

  • MeBrains 03/12/2014

    @mega-gazz
    The good news is that in the modern age, there are people out there prepared to go over the heads of the publishers and tell you exactly how it is.
    ah... care to mention which? :)


    Not everybody is scared of getting blacklisted for early copies/invites to events and that integrity is what actually makes them just as successful.
    scared? that's not really the word I'd use. It more was about "income" - we all need it. You get an order - you do it. You don't like it, you look for something else. Which is what I did.
    Reply -3
  • MeBrains 03/12/2014

    pfff... why am I not surprised again. I have built myself such a good nose for drivel over the past 30 years of following the games industry - which was one of the reasons I stopped being a video games journo almost 15 years ago - publisher's pressure is taxing. I wonder if Tom stopped because of it as well. Reply -1
  • WipEout: The rise and fall of Sony Studio Liverpool

  • MeBrains 01/12/2014

    haha... I just played PS3's WipeOut HD this morning to test the 1080p tv I bought two weeks ago. The first time a console got hooked to it - got to keep the kids in check! I must say: it does look great still.

    and then, now 15 minutes ago, I come across this article. It's a sign. Make a new one!
    Reply +4
  • Xbox Japan boss resigns amid dismal Xbox One sales

  • MeBrains 28/11/2014

    @JensWeissflog
    TV TV TV TV TV TV Call Of Duty!
    you forgot "sports". :)

    I am wondering though. How is the much marketed integration with TV and sports now? Does it work ok? Are you Xbox One users using it, happy with it? (honest question)
    Reply +12
  • GAME selling Xbox One and four games for 299

  • MeBrains 28/11/2014

    That seems to be false advertising to me.

    I mean, the image, provided that indeed is the image with which this bundle is sold, clearly show boxed copies. It is only the small text mentioning these are digital downloads!

    Scandalous! I think MS should be sued.

    :rolleyes:
    Reply +1
  • PS Plus is getting Injustice: Gods Among Us and Secret Ponchos in December

  • MeBrains 28/11/2014

    @dogmanstaruk
    And why shouldn't I?

    I paid 55 quid for the fucking game.
    ok. Then I do understand you have a real issue with it and you are entirely entitled to voicing your opinion on a comments section.

    But I'd say it is only logical to refrain from posting anything alike when you are increasingly addressing me on how I am always dragging MS's fuck-ups into articles I think are relevant to what I want to express.

    To rephrase you: The story here is about the IGC. Why you brought up DC's problems, which are completely unrelated is beyond me.
    Reply 0
  • MeBrains 26/11/2014

    @cloudskipa
    You don't honestly believe it's going to last?
    Well, it does seem to be part of their long-term strategy...

    They even want to "strengthen" the free content every month (whatever that means).

    http://www.dualshockers.com/2014/11/24/sony-details-plans-to-improve-playstation-plus-as-userbase-quadruples-since-ps4-launch/
    Reply +1
  • MeBrains 26/11/2014

    @dogmanstaruk
    However, the game is still broken in areas and the fabled weather patch has still to appear. The priority must be to those, myself included, who bought the bloody thing.
    holy moly. are you always going to ramble on about the lack of weather in DC every chance you get? it gets tiresome.

    it's not there yet. It's absolutely scandalous, but, we know that already.
    Reply -1
  • Sony to partially refund early US Vita adopters after its "deceptive" marketing

  • MeBrains 25/11/2014

    @dogmanstaruk
    You don't need to spin every news story into some form of anti MS/XBox rant. It gets tiresome.

    The story here is about the Vita. Why you brought up the 360 which is completely unrelated is beyond me.
    You don't like it, you don't read it.

    To me they are very related. SCE is called into lawsuits for a lot of stuff!

    The YLOD "issue" is one.
    KZ-SF's graphics (!!)
    The network hack - which they bowed down and gave compensations for!
    For changes to its terms and conditions!
    Now this...

    And then I wonder. How come MS gets away with a simple warranty extension, after having knowingly thrown out a brick of a console and extending warranty - which must have cost them next to nothing!

    I think they are extremely related. Sony gets sued for next to nothing. MS isn't for things far worse. Why's that?
    Reply -3
  • MeBrains 25/11/2014

    @ziggy_played_guitar
    The warranty extension plus plus a substitute machine (what I got) actually solved my problem. False advertising is trickier to solve, is it not?
    False advertising? Isn't that a pleonasm? They are all guilty of it. Not only in games, innit? Or do you think Special-K really makes women thin?

    So. A lawsuit for false advertising? But none for releasing an ill-engineered brick where we are contented with a mere, cheap warranty extension?

    Uh yea.
    Reply -11
  • MeBrains 25/11/2014

    @caelcollins
    And people keep Defending sony and acting like they never do anything wrong. Why do these stories tend to get buried from most websites
    uh? What?

    Sony's "battery problem" got smeared all over the internet (while it was Dell using them outside specification)?
    Sony's DRM was well-publicised?
    Sony's KZ2 "target render"?
    Their 2011 PSN hack?
    The DC issues?
    All psn outages?
    ...

    When Live is down, nobody gives a toss. When they release a console with a 60% failure rate, they get away with an extension.

    What are you smoking?
    Reply +25