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  • Report: Phil Harrison is leaving Microsoft

  • MeBrains 17/04/2015

    well. he stole my idea to get big within Sony... :| Reply +1
  • Xbox One UK price now 299.99

  • MeBrains 17/04/2015

    @cloudskipa
    How earth would Cell cope with crowds better than the X1 CPU (which already is faster than PS4) when we saw with our own eyes how well Cell coped last gen with such things, not particularly well either I might add. You guys live in dreamland.
    what I said was: What was the AC analysis a few months ago which had a chart showing how cell outdid even Xbone's processing power for crowds?


    it's here, slide 15: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://twvideo01.ubm-us.net/o1/vault/gdceurope2014/Presentations/828884_Alexis_Vaisse.pdf

    so not "better", but the 10y old Cell-based hardware coped almost as good as the Xbone's, proving my point.

    Anyhows. Do please continue living in your dreamland. Believe what you want. Enjoy the steady stream of groundbreaking games like Halo, Forza, the new GoW and TR. ;)
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  • MeBrains 15/04/2015

    @cloudskipa
    The capabilities were grossly overestimated by Sony themselves and fanboys alike, when in reality it wasn't any more effecient or powerful than the Xenon
    What was the AC analysis a few months ago which had a chart showing how cell outdid even Xbone's processing power for crowds? Moreover, you are comparing a CPU to a GPU. :rolleyes:


    it's those same Sony fanboys who love to shout about the GPU power of PS4, yet no-one was talking like this about the Xenos vs RSX last gen were they! Despite a far wider disparity. No, instead it was all about "power of teh Cell".
    that "power of teh Cell" is entirely from your camp. Xbox fans dragged on about with a reference to "powah of da cell". In reality, most PS fans were far more down to earth stating: cell has its strengths and coupled with the (inferior to Xenos) RSX gave a machine which, when tapped right, could provide results 360 was not able to match.


    I think it's obvious who judged the market better there, Blu Ray was too new, too expensive and far too slow to be put into a console in 2006.
    You actually prove me right with that comment. Sony got whacked because of their choice to include TONS of forward-thinking tech and had to set the price accordingly. Dumb customers cast it aside like you apparently did too. If you do not support companies introducing new tech to consumer products, why did you buy Xbone then? Why have you the latest smartphone (I don't know if you have - it's a possibility)? Why DX12? Why any kind of evolution?! It's a asinine comment to make. Sony included HDMI - with 360 you had to buy an extra console. Sony included WiFi - with 360 either an adapter if I remember well or an extra console. Sony included Bluetooth - an impossibility with 360. etc.

    YLOD was a minor issue. Not anywhere near the levels of RROD. How much was it? 2%? 3%? Compared to 60% RROD?

    You stating you bought THREE 360's says enough really. Most 360 "fanboys" have bought as much, if I distill right.

    In fact, if you'd divide the sold-through by amount of same household renewal purchases, I think the installed base for 360 in the end much have been around half only of PS3's.

    oh and btw: never heard my son complain about PS3's online. It was not as piss-poor as you make it out to be and it was free. Given that 360 players were more than willing to pay for what ended up as an inferior value proposition (given PS+'s free excellent roster of free games), Sony logically followed suit. Charge for online. They'd be "judging the market incorrectly" if they'd not. :)
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  • MeBrains 14/04/2015

    @cloudskipa
    Both 360 and PS3 were of PPC architecture, the GPU/CPU in both consoles were custom silicon.
    hey skippy. with a comment like that, you call me "ignorant" while keeping a straight face? :)

    I have the impression you selectively ignored the fact that MS bought part of the Cell's design from IBM.

    And that you failed to register that Cell was one of the fastest CPU's on the market. In fact, it still could hold quite its own on specific tasks, which indeed are not really tasks which were immediately "fit for gaming purposes".

    I notice you ignore that BR became, although it was slower than the DVD of the nineties, the standard for movies (yes - thanks to PS3 as well - I'll give you that) while also having been responsible to ensure PS3 living throughout its life without having a single release on multiple discs, which were standard in the late 90'ies and early 00's.

    MS has continued a design which is not fit for purpose anymore. The eSRAM you seem to laud, is not even able to hold enough data to allow for smooth Full HD rendering. Indeed, one of the main problems with its design.

    Sony charged online, because customers have appeared more than willing to pay. A good "gamble" for them indeed. But quite unfortunate for customers.

    Competition is not always a good thing.


    btw: and speaking of 360 as being well-engineered. You forgot its 60% failure rate then? How many did you buy exactly skipsky?
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  • MeBrains 14/04/2015

    @lucky_jim
    last generation, I just wanted to play games that looked and played as good as they possibly could on a console. So I got a 360. This generation, I wanted the same thing, so I got a PS4*.

    I'm not sure why you think that's so heinous.
    Sony was massacred for all the wrong reasons, while its competitor was able to launch one of the worst engineered consumer products in history and was able to get away with without even so much of a scar. That makes the situation heinous.

    And thanks to that runaway success of said competitor, we are now stuck with mostly standard components, and we pay for online. Forever too - I don't think Sony will ever allow such a huge gamble again.
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  • MeBrains 13/04/2015

    @lucky_jim
    Don't you think the fact that almost every single multi-platform game played better on the 360 than the PS3 might have had something to do with it? And the fact that almost every multi-platform game plays better on the PS4 than the XB1 might have something to do with the reversal of fortunes this time around?
    that's what I'm saying: for shortsighted consumers, it did and does.

    difference is: back then, Sony's machine actually was worth the price difference with all it gave.
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  • MeBrains 13/04/2015

    @captainT
    But I remember around the time the PS3 was launching,the word 'blu-ray' was being threw around like it was something more than what it was,general joe were thinking it gave the PS3 some kind of graphical advantage.
    yea... bluray, as well as hdmi, wifi, bluetooth and cell.

    all of them state of the art technologies at the time and included out of the box.

    stupid consumers choosing the other console en mass are to blame for this gen's lack of HW innovation... as well as for paid-for online.

    competition is not always a good thing.
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  • The Digital Foundry 2015 budget gaming PC guide

  • MeBrains 11/04/2015

    yes, but does it match or exceed One's performance? Reply -20
  • The best Xbox One games

  • MeBrains 06/04/2015

    @IronSoldier
    the utterly sublime Uridium. A game that on an NTSC model was notable among other things for running at a silky-smooth 60fps! In 1986.
    And indeed, the first game I actually bought - on cassette tape.

    (or was it the second after Way of the Exploding Fist?)

    edit: lol. what a bunch of absolute twats here. 3 votes down, out of three cast now. For the above?! What is there to downvote? Hey fools, make my day - go at it some more! :)
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  • Xbox One-exclusive Quantum Break leaps to 2016

  • MeBrains 02/04/2015

    @Dizzy
    Looks like they are just ;moving it out of the way of a couple of other big games. No use cannibalising your own sales.
    are these the same ones we have been getting for years? i.e. Halo & Forza?
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  • Watch someone complete Bloodborne in 40 minutes

  • MeBrains 31/03/2015

    all ps exclusive games are too short!!!

    :|

    ps: as well as worth shit

    :| :|
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  • PS Plus in April adds Dishonored and Never Alone

  • MeBrains 31/03/2015

    @dragulagb
    but hey im paying to play online like i did for years on xbox and the games seem like a nice bonus
    exactly. thanks to MS's last gen success for our paying for online this gen! ;)
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  • MeBrains 31/03/2015

    @cloudskipa
    the best game there is Dishonored but... GWG already gave that away as a free gift earlier last year.
    hey, GWG got at least one great game since last year, while PS+ got... oh well... too many to mention.

    :rolleyes:
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  • Bloodborne review

  • MeBrains 27/03/2015

    reasons I'd buy PS4 myself now: DC, The Order, the prospect of U4 and maybe a bit of KZ.

    bloodborne, however great it might be and given the fact I was not able to get into demon's souls, is not part of the list.
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  • PS4 firmware 2.5 release date and details

  • MeBrains 26/03/2015

    @cloudskipa
    Exactly how far back do you wish to take this example? as far as PS3? because if it wasn't for the 360 and the harsh lessons Sony learned, the PS4 wouldn't have been what it was at launch either.
    Exactly! If the PS3 had been more appreciated by customers for what it gave and had it have been a hit from its start, PS4 indeed might still have been packed with forward thinking tech like its predecessor. But it didn't sell, so they took cues from MS. They went cheap, nearly off the shelve but efficient and introduced paid-for-online. no?


    competition is only a good thing when it's Sony schooling MS but not the other way around?
    exactly! See above for the other way around and compare how MS reacted to PS4's announcement in the form of the frankly stupendous amount of 180'ies the company had to pull - which all were better for us customers.


    I'd say competition is good for all parties.
    it isn't necessarily. qed. See above.
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  • MeBrains 25/03/2015

    @cloudskipa
    Just imagine how slow these updates would arrive if there was no Microsoft leading the way. Competition is a great thing indeed.
    just imagine indeed. we'd still have forward thinking tech aplenty for a reasonable price, instead of risk-free of the shelve components, as well as free online.

    just imagine without competition how we would now be renting our games, have our console spy on us, have motion-based gaming as a core platform feature, while we have nothing but COD, sports and TVTVTTV.

    just imagine. thanks ms!
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  • Is Bloodborne the best game ever, or just the second best?

  • MeBrains 25/03/2015

    @the_rydster
    I do understand. I understand that Sony aren't putting gamers first.
    really? what made you come to that conclusion?
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  • The best PS4 games

  • MeBrains 22/03/2015

    @Diddykong
    Disagree with perfect blend of price, power and online. How can PS plus be great value when until PS4 we've never had to pay for online?
    We had! You can thank MS for that - and the millions of customers having bought it!


    Most PS4 games can't do 1080p at 60fps so Sony really should have charged an extra few s and guaranteed a performance suitable for this generation cycle
    At least it does 1080p... most of the time.


    4kTV by 2017 (I've had mine a year already)
    then, as far as I know, you either are filthy rich, or have bought a TV which does 4K photos a lot better than 4K movies. By 2017, most will still have 1080...
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  • MeBrains 22/03/2015

    @Yautja_Warrior
    Well I think DriveClub would be one of those rare cases where a re-review is justified, because it wasn't just a small fix that happened, Evolution completely changed the game and it's now a fully featured, excellent racer, not the bare bones, broken mess it was at launch.
    they'll not do it. they'd have to give it a score equal or above Forza and / or Forza Horizon.

    Not gonna happen...

    :D
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  • God of War 3 Remastered announced for PS4

  • MeBrains 20/03/2015

    @dogmanstaruk
    Hope your day gets better
    unlikely. I hope tomorrow gets better.
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  • MeBrains 20/03/2015

    @dogmanstaruk
    The Xbox One console from Microsoft.
    indeed. nothing more, nothing less.

    back to basics as it were and always been. Do what we have been successful with and continue.

    (and please, don't use "Xbox Remastered" here - that'd be concepts from 1.5 decades ago)
    Reply +4
  • MeBrains 20/03/2015

    @Suarez07
    Oh Dear, youve upset MeBrains.
    Hey. I'm pissed off today already - because of entirely different things than "gaming". Staruk can handle it! ;)
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  • MeBrains 20/03/2015

    @Guy.J.
    Thank god, you're not 12. :)
    Here: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quote_mining
    thx.

    Why is it you call me this new concept of "quote miner"?

    I am still confused.

    (as a not-12y-old)
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  • MeBrains 20/03/2015

    @dogmanstaruk
    Who needs original content from Santa Monica studios when a port will do.

    In other news Sony change the PS4's name to the PS3 Remastered.
    really?

    is this coming from the same guy who bangs on about:
    - DC lack of weather - oh wait
    - DC lack of multiplayer - oh wait
    - DC lack of photo mode - oh wait
    - DC lack of replays - ...

    And now still continues to bang onto the lack of PSN?

    Should you indeed defend that PS4 should be PS3 remastered, then how would you describe the other platform?
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  • MeBrains 20/03/2015

    @cloudskipa
    That includes any MS IP or 360 exclusives also.
    yet you get all fuzzy down the inside when there's talks of a "new" F, a "new" FH" and a "new" H?

    quite a contradictio interminis.
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  • MeBrains 20/03/2015

    @Guy.J.
    You jerking my chain, or do you not know what quote mining is?
    actually Guy.J. - I don't have a clue. Please explain.
    Reply +1
  • MeBrains 20/03/2015

    @Guy.J.
    Quote miner.
    yeah. I actually think it should be standard behaviour. Replying without quotes makes it more difficult for persons not having the time to read the entire thread. Context, you know? :)
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  • MeBrains 20/03/2015

    @Guy.J.
    Sony's first party next/now gen offerings are pretty slim at the moment.
    console yourself. It's worse on MS's platform.

    ;)
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  • MeBrains 20/03/2015

    @Dizzy
    The recycle machine
    You mean that machine with Halo MCC, Forza N+1, FH N+1, Fable X, KI, Sports, DR and upcoming Forza N+2, Halo V, RoTR and SoD?

    yeah. that's a recycle machine!

    :D
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  • Microsoft will allow pirates free upgrades to Windows 10

  • MeBrains 18/03/2015

    Incredible. The only way I can make sense of this is by believing that they actually are planning a subscription model down the line... Including for all those who got it free.

    A lot of companies moved to it. Adobe for example.
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  • PlayStation just brought in 3bn for Sony

  • MeBrains 17/03/2015

    @riceNpea
    was designed with 1st party developers in mind. 3rd party devs were left to figure out how to best utilise it and weren't given access to the tools 1st parties had.
    no and yes.

    No, it was designed because that fantastic engineer (together with the rest of the STI team) thought it was an excellent chip. It turned out not to be the best design for games though.

    Yes. At the start of last gen, that was Sony's opinion indeed. That approach had been the standard for most of the history of console gaming. If anything, we need to be grateful to MS for having a different mindset: i.e. in helping out devs to make the most of their platform - which Sony later adopted as well.


    too high considering the market
    no and yes.

    No, it was correct. With all that tech, that's the pricepoint it deserves. Hell, mobile phones, to this day, go for more although they are purely incremental evolutions.

    Yes, "considering the market".


    Sony took their success for granted
    given the above (dev of cpu, bt, br, hdmi etc etc), they hardly took it for granted. They literally invested billions (a lot more than a "warranty extension" so to say) to give us what they thought was the best for consumers.

    It is very much unlike MS this time which said: hey, we can get away with non-ownership, always online, drm, cheap of the shelve components etc. THAT's taking it for granted!


    I do largely agree with you though. "I know what you're saying". :)
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  • MeBrains 17/03/2015

    @riceNpea
    Sony got complacent with the PS3
    with that lightning fast, custom developed Cell CPU, BR, BT, WiFi, HDMi, MemCard readers and full HW BC out of the box, I find it very difficult to agree there.

    Customers and the press got stupid, is how I would describe the start of last gen.
    Reply +1
  • MeBrains 17/03/2015

    @man.the.king
    I wonder what's the relevance of that Kaz Hirai image &the Jack Tretton E313 speech in this article.

    Humor? It's already been used numerous times.

    Or is that TROLOLOLOL aimed at us? From EG?
    sincerely, I find it hard to recollect another example of a website which has dropped so fast in my regards.

    (1)
    if you look at the news articles of the last few months, there is a LOT about the most minute of details for Xbox, while bigger things about PS4 remain completely unreported.

    (2)
    Most PS news is accompanied by some sneer, which is hardly ever done for its competing platform.

    (3)
    Last gen's later DF FO's were about minor differences, but all had definite nods towards MS's platform (while PS3's audio was consequently better, but was never mentioned). This gen, differences are often bigger, but done away with as irrelevant (there was a complete article about it!), while marginal improvements on XO over PS4 are magnified.
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  • Phil Spencer's new vision for the Xbox One

  • MeBrains 14/03/2015

    @man.the.king
    And anyway, more number of people is NOT the same as more toxic.
    yea. xbox threads seem to largely run with Xbox supporters. PS ones on the contrary are always attended to by all... :)
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  • MeBrains 13/03/2015

    Edit ------ never mind! :D Reply -3
  • Goat Simulator herded to Xbox consoles

  • MeBrains 14/03/2015

    @bad09 +1

    enjoy the "goat simulator"! ;)
    Reply -3
  • MeBrains 13/03/2015

    @ahrmon lol! :D

    I would really have thought someone would reply with "hey fool. the update's been mentioned, as was DC. But what is this Bloodborne thing you talk about. Is that a new game?"

    ;)
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  • MeBrains 13/03/2015

    "Goat simulator" for Xbox One.

    But no articles on PS4's 2.50 update, on Bloodborne, on DC's new and partially free update which introduces the much sought after replay and photo mode?

    such a joke this site is becoming.
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  • Kinect and HoloLens developer Kudo Tsunoda expands role at Microsoft

  • MeBrains 09/03/2015

    good on ya!

    the glasses I mean. "Major Nelson" for that matter? Such a douche! Can't stand him really.
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  • Sony and the future of VR

  • MeBrains 07/03/2015

    @MeBrains
    personally I look forward immensely to the new technology, but also am quite quite afraid of it.

    what happens to a kid's brains when irresponsible parents buy this for their 7 and 8 year olds? What happens if they play CoD or Isolation with it? As, today, these games are already bought from certain parents for their kids.

    Really afraid. I hope the public at large will be educated enough...
    I really would like to know what is the the reason for someone to have downvoted this.

    Please step forward and explain why. What am I seeing wrong in your opinion?
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  • MeBrains 07/03/2015

    @Negotiator
    Another financial disaster about to happen for Sony, will they ever learn? As I said home users will be few and far between, I do think much like 3D now that it will only be used in commercial industries, cinema's could use it to great effect and maybe dedicated VR centers. Let's be honest though very few will strap that gadget on to our heads in the home after the novelty has worn off.
    exactly! And then MS will follow suit a few years late, consider it a success and have it as "integral for the core experience" on their Xbone 2, only to scrap it a few months later!

    :D

    haha... I jest.
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  • MeBrains 07/03/2015

    personally I look forward immensely to the new technology, but also am quite quite afraid of it.

    what happens to a kid's brains when irresponsible parents buy this for their 7 and 8 year olds? What happens if they play CoD or Isolation with it? As, today, these games are already bought from certain parents for their kids.

    Really afraid. I hope the public at large will be educated enough...
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  • Elite: Dangerous confirmed for Xbox One

  • MeBrains 05/03/2015

    @cloudskipa
    Slightly amused at some of the responses in this thread, typically from PS fans who desperately want this to come to their next-gen console of choice.
    slightly amused with your post as well! :P
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  • MeBrains 05/03/2015

    @Dantonir :D Reply 0
  • White Xbox One and Sunset Overdrive bundle cut to 279.99

  • MeBrains 05/03/2015

    @Kili102 yes it does. I'm asking.

    find me one more 8/10 (recommended) review which has such a huge list of negatives - except for the crew. That's exactly the same strange "score" although it is full of negatives.

    You get the context from the review itself and to me, with all the negative tone in it, which I distilled, doesn't really read like an 8/10 (Recommended). That's my point.

    And I am not saying "deliberately marking up". I just notice so many negatives -> high score -> strange.

    I'll not miss the game chap. I doubt I'd find it very fun. I'm more into stories. Yes, like the Uncharteds, like TLoU, like Ico, like, I suppose, The Order...
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  • MeBrains 04/03/2015

    @Kili102
    Cherry-picking is not generally thought to be a good thing when presenting an argument.
    and how is my argument let down then?

    again. it is cherry-picking. A review which you cherry-pick such a list of negatives from, in my eyes could not get 8/10 (recommended).


    I did enjoy playing it, not the greatest but it looked great and the move set of the character made traversing the environment a lot of fun.
    good on you! enjoy it then - I have said so many many times already. That move set and traversal are indeed the positives also mentioned in the review.

    Two positives - 15 negatives = 8/10 (recommended)? To me it continues to be strange. I'm sorry I have my own opinion there huh? :)
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  • MeBrains 03/03/2015

    @obidanshinobi
    A list that is highly subjective
    is it?

    here's a link to the review: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-10-27-sunset-overdrive-review

    tell me which items are not a direct c/p from the review please.


    Look, we're all sorry The Order 1886 and Driveclub didn't review well but there's no need to go around bashing Xbox One exclusives that are well received.
    personally. I do not care so much. My buying decisions are hardly ever influenced by reviews.


    If SO was a PS4 or a Wii U exclusive I'm sure the tone would be different.
    I doubt that.


    The game is great fun, I hope one day you can get over your bias and prejudices
    no bias, maybe prejudices. But I'll never (?) buy a MS console indeed.

    1) One console per generation is more than enough for me and the family.
    2) I have, in my opinion, good reasons not to buy MS. I'll not list them up again. I have done so before...
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  • MeBrains 03/03/2015

    @Kili102
    Heard of the concept of "cherry-picking"? Also "context"?
    err... yea... that's exactly what I did, didn't I?

    I did that without context exactly to prove the point that a game with such a list of negatives gets 8/10 (recommended). Which, to me at the very least, is "strange".

    Setting aside (console or game) preferences, don't you think so as well?


    But if you enjoy the game - all the better huh? Do enjoy. That's what we both play games for.
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  • MeBrains 02/03/2015

    @BigDannyH most press "liked" it too (81 on metacritic).

    Yet...

    Here's some quotes from EG (honestly: all of them a copy / paste. No inventions of mine - look it up):

    1. poor story.
    2. button-mashy,
    3. no new guns,
    4. weak enemy variety,
    5. less successful upgrades,
    6. dull effects from amps and overdrives,
    7. lame stat boosts,
    8. problematic missions,
    9. annoying mission structures,
    10. endless parades of fetch quests,
    11. mechanically rote,
    12. an inability to surprise,
    13. only sometimes a memorable moment,
    14. easy to dislike name-checking,
    15. faded cultural touchstones.

    8/10! (recommended)
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  • MeBrains 02/03/2015

    @spectrumfox
    So many salty Sony fans downvoting all the positive comments.
    there really do not seem to be that much chap.

    As I have already seen before: Xbox only things can be freely discussed without any "SDF" (right?) spoiling the party. The same can really not be said the other way around.

    Almost all Sony only threads are infested with Xboners (ok?). Even these specifically registering to the site in order to be critical of a system they do not even seem to have an interest in.
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