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  • 50 Elite: Dangerous Beta 1 goes live

  • PearOfAnguish 31/07/2014

    @blade2333 I really don't think it would run through VMware. Can you not bootcamp that one? If so, it may be able to handle it at reduced settings, Elite is well optimised and doesn't have extreme system requirements. Reply +2
  • PearOfAnguish 31/07/2014

    @felicitous_blue TrackIR is brilliant for this. Without it you really miss the ability to follow targets, open menus or focus on navigational points without moving your hands.

    Really keen to see how it is with the Oculus Rift as well but there's no way I'm gonna spunk that kind of cash on a development kit. I can wait for the final hardware.
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  • When too much is not enough

  • PearOfAnguish 26/07/2014

    @TarickStonefire But I do care, I care so much. Come here and feel how much. Reply -6
  • PearOfAnguish 26/07/2014

    Star Citizen defence force assemble!

    That fiasco is going to be fucking hilarious when it implodes. Best case scenario is it's really late and/or missing a whole bunch of features.

    What's amazing is people continue to pump an unbelievable amount of money into it even after seeing what's come out so far. Protip to any Star Citizen backers: you can sell ships to crazed fans for many hundreds of dollars. People are paying real money for imaginary spaceships, so take them for a ride and make a profit.
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  • Battlefield Hardline's single-player story details emerge

  • PearOfAnguish 26/07/2014

    So another dull trudge through scripted events interspersed with the occasional boring cut scene. Oh my a framed policeman how original.

    Never understood why Battlefield single player hasn't gone the Medal of Honor Airborne route and dropped the linear gameplay for some more freedom. It's a game known for its huge maps and mix of vehicles and they can't come up with a way to bring that aspect into SP?
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  • Watch Dogs enhanced graphics mod gets a final release

  • PearOfAnguish 23/07/2014

    @Suarez07 I5, GTX 780. I have tweaked some settings, I think I turned down, or off, motion blur because it was annoying. Reply +1
  • PearOfAnguish 23/07/2014

    Got this free with a graphics card and so far it's good fun. The hacking kind of goes out the window a lot of the time when you can just shoot mans in the head, but it's always fun luring them into an explosive trap, of which there seem to be an inexplicable amount lying about Chicago.

    Runs real nice at max settings too so I'll be giving this mod a go.
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  • Yogventures dev to "dissolve" following Yogscast-backed project failure

  • PearOfAnguish 22/07/2014

    I'm amazed so many people thought it was a good idea to hand a couple of goons off YouTube a bunch of cash. Zero sympathy.

    Still, it's always entertaining when these Kickstarter projects crash and burn. Star Citizen next.
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  • Frontier's drive to make Elite: Dangerous on PC future proof

  • PearOfAnguish 17/07/2014

    @Uncompetative What is that high pitched whining? Reply +4
  • PearOfAnguish 17/07/2014

    @Uncompetative Your trolling is a little too obvious, try to be more subtle next time. Reply +4
  • PearOfAnguish 17/07/2014

    @Uncompetative Probably shouldn't waste time getting into an idiotic discussion with someone who can't even spell 'uncompetitive' but...

    "With a PC game, reviewers can't decry the graphics being too demanding due to the culture of upgrades and "future proofing"

    ...apart from all those reviews of Crysis which made it very clear that most systems would not be able to run it at full detail. And all the many poorly optimised titles which run like shit and been criticised for it.

    But here's the thing: just because a game has an option to set details to 'high' or 'ultra' it is not required that you do so to enjoy it.

    Nod to indicate you understand this simple concept.

    Crysis looks great without everything at full, as do most games. The detail settings are there as an option to allow the game to scale with different specifications. It also means you can balance the effects to highlight stuff you care about (fancy shadows or water or whatever) and turn down other stuff to get better framerate. End result is PC titles generally look nicer and run smoother.

    It's clear you're not too bright, but maybe wind your neck in just a little because trying to paint a big advantage of PC gaming as a downside is pretty stupid.
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  • PearOfAnguish 17/07/2014

    @BobbyDeNiro Yeah, all fair points. But with a PC playing older games is almost always an option even if you got to fuck about with it. You don't get that choice with a console. Reply +8
  • PearOfAnguish 17/07/2014

    @BobbyDeNiro Funny...I must have imagined all those times I've played Crysis on 64-bit Windows in the last few years. And it's often very simple to run old titles. Even if you avoid the likes of GOG many games take little to no tweaking, plenty more have patches and worst case you just run them in DOSBox. Mods can also make stuff look prettier or update controls.

    The biggest issue you're likely to encounter with old PC games are those which relied on Glide and the like, they can take a lot of dicking around. But I'm not sure too many people are queuing up to play Elder Scrolls Redguard.
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  • If Star Citizen hits $50m its developers will create alien languages

  • PearOfAnguish 16/07/2014


    Pay up.
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  • PearOfAnguish 16/07/2014

    @The_shlaaaag_returns Yes, but they haven't even got the fundamentals right. Even what little is there of SC is poor, the ship controls are shoddy and it feels like you're controlling a turret. The pew pew laser effects are laughable.

    They should have absolutely nailed these basics already, especially for a combat focused showcase.

    It's all very well getting excited but you need to consider the history here, Roberts doesn't have the best track record. Their current release schedule is also wildly optimistic.
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  • PearOfAnguish 16/07/2014

    Shlaaaaag has really drunk the Chris Roberts Kool-Aid.

    Hate to break it to you chap but what they've released so far looks nowhere near as good as a certain other space game.
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  • PearOfAnguish 16/07/2014

    It's insane people are still giving him money, do you not know what happened with Freelancer? Started working on it in 97, promised a load of features, then ended up selling the company to Microsoft when the cash was gone and doing a runner before it was finished. Didn't release until 2003 and was inevitably missing its most ambitious aspects.

    Star Citizen is going to be continually delayed and may very well fail to deliver the bigger features he's promising.

    Idiots are already spending hundreds of dollars on imaginary spaceships for something that's not finished, from a guy with a track record for delays and under-delivering.

    Watching this fiasco play out could be more entertaining than the finished product, if it ever shows up.
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  • How about Elite: Dangerous on PS4 and Xbox One?

  • PearOfAnguish 15/07/2014

    @EricJohn004 Boy you console kids are real touchy huh. Did mummy not love you enough? It's okay, buy yourself a real next gen gaming machine and it'll make everything alright. Reply +1
  • PearOfAnguish 14/07/2014

    @EricJohn004 But consoles are for hyperactive CoD kiddies who've eaten too many sweets, whereas PCs are for real men. Reply +2
  • PearOfAnguish 14/07/2014

    @xuiton Depends. The PC version allows you to choose between offline single player, online single player (so you get live events and changes to the universe, but see no other players), private multi where you play with friends only, or online gankfest. In the public online mode it uses instancing when players enter an area, I think at present it's 32 players per instance. Reply 0
  • PearOfAnguish 14/07/2014

    @UncleLou Thrustmaster T16000M. Uses the same sensors as the 300+ Warthog but costs about 40. Fewer controls but can you still plug in a separate throttle too. Reply 0
  • PearOfAnguish 14/07/2014

    @Bruh The game is already out in beta and has complex controls and mechanics, and that's with many features missing.

    They're not going to retroactively cripple it, so you're safe there.
    Reply +1
  • PearOfAnguish 14/07/2014

    @Faramis You should be more concerned about whether Star Citizen will even come out rather than whether it will 'sell out'.

    (How is releasing on multiple platforms selling out, exactly?)
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  • Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition review

  • PearOfAnguish 13/07/2014

    @makeamazing What's the spec of the system he's got? Because you might just be able to improve things with a few upgrades. Reply 0
  • Train Simulator dev signs Flight Simulator deal

  • PearOfAnguish 10/07/2014

    Hey, can't put a price on a precisely detailed simulation of an obscure locomotive engine. And what else is that money going to go on, another anorak, Transformers lunchbox and Thermos? I'm sure we all have enough of those already. Reply +4
  • Microsoft offers select Xbox 360 users $75 rebates for buying Xbox Ones

  • PearOfAnguish 09/07/2014

    I don't think this is in indication of how desperate they are, not at all.
    That's it, stay positive. Dropping Kinect, the price cut and now a $75's all just normal business for a brand new console. Move on, nothing to see here.
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  • MSI GS60 2PC Ghost with Nvidia GTX 860M review

  • PearOfAnguish 06/07/2014

    So, it's expensive and big, and really the performance doesn't seem all that great. What's the upside here? With this and that stupid 4K monitor the other day I'm wondering what the point of a DF 'review' is if you're not even going to be critical. This isn't much more than a description of a product.

    There are cheaper, smaller laptops that can manage gaming, even if they're not as light or thin. And if someone is wanting a 'desktop replacement' there are numerous alternatives which cost less and have more utility by providing additional ports, optical drives and HDD slots. Visit your favoured Clevo reseller and have one custom built.

    You should be warning people that buying a gaming laptop is not a good idea unless you've got the cash to burn or have very specific requirements. They quickly become outdated, have limited upgrade room, battery life is often poor and they can run very hot.

    Oh and this:

    a "3K" variant that retains the higher-end GPU, but swaps out the full HD panel for a 2880x1620 display
    Mind boggling. Good fucking luck running games at that resolution on a mobile GPU. Even 1080p is questionable. Get something with a lower res screen and it'll stay useful for longer, you can still output to an external higher res display when you feel like it as well.
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  • Asus PB287Q review

  • PearOfAnguish 05/07/2014

    So for over 1000 I could play games on a 4K TN panel monitor? Where do I sign up? Reply +2
  • NIS America Europe online store launches with "ridiculous prices"

  • PearOfAnguish 02/07/2014

    Use a US mail forwarder. You can now buy...whatever this is.
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  • Underworld RPG series returning with new game

  • PearOfAnguish 01/07/2014

    Awesome. The closest thing we've had to a modern Underworld was the flawed but fun Arx Fatalis so YES to this. Reply +7
  • Devil's Canyon: Core i5 4690K and Core i7 4790K review

  • PearOfAnguish 29/06/2014

    @ProAssassin84 That's a lot of uninformed bollocks for one post. PC is niche? Okay chap.

    And that's a lovely quote you've got there, but if the guy equates high end to "multiple Titans" I'll take what he says with a big pinch of salt. Multiple thousand pound graphics cards is extreme enthusiast territory and well outside the norm.

    In any case, of course they can't target the high end. That would not make business sense. Which is why PC games have a 'recommended' and 'minimum' spec which allow for reasonable performance across a wide range of setups. What they also offer though - and what a console will never be able to match - is the option to modify settings to improve visual quality on more powerful hardware, or drop it down to improve frame rate.

    What have intel been doing in the 4 years since they beat AMD?
    Gradually increasing clock speed and improving power consumption. That there have been no major jumps in performance is quite a good thing for the average PC owner as you don't need to worry about upgrading CPUs for years now. But then if you do buy a newer processor you can't really go wrong with a mid-range i5.
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  • Mass Effect 4: everything we know so far

  • PearOfAnguish 28/06/2014

    @Cartho That's a lovely wall of text that you've spewed out, but the complaints with ME3 are largely concerned with the terrible ending. It's a great series, but they fucked up by concluding it in such a hamfisted manner. Hopefully it's been taken onboard as a learning experience. Reply +1
  • PearOfAnguish 27/06/2014

    @zhivik What happened with the ending will forever remain a mystery. Everything about it felt horribly rushed and ill considered. When you compare it to the storyline in the previous games it's like they just handed the ending to a complete amateur and didn't bother to check what they'd done. Reply +9
  • Crytek's Ryse 2 canned as financial struggle spreads to Shanghai

  • PearOfAnguish 26/06/2014

    Yeah, they're proper fucked. Which was obvious the moment the stories about wages not being paid came out.

    Look forward to the inevitable post-mortem articles though. 900 employees (damn), hopelessly misguided F2P and social projects, not selling Microsoft a franchise no one really cares about to stay'll be a doozy. Must be some spectacular mismanagement going down.

    Still, at least another company might take Crysis in an interesting new direction.
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  • Sniper Elite 3 review

  • PearOfAnguish 26/06/2014

    Can you do the classic sniper move of crippling someone in the kneecaps* so they shout for help and you can take down their buddies? Or is the AI not up to that?

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  • How No Man's Sky stole the show at E3

  • PearOfAnguish 25/06/2014

    It's interesting but the game is going to live or die on whether it's actually got some substance underneath that engine.

    All very well flying around to different planets but if there's little else going on it's not going to hold attention. They'll have to be really careful that this procedural stuff doesn't just result in minor variations of the same things over and over. I don't care about discovering another space station or crashed ship that's only a different colour to the last. Also have the challenge of nailing both on-foot and flight mechanics.

    Planet to orbit transitions are way too short right now too. You don't want it to be super realistic, but the footage they've shown so far has you in space within seconds.
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  • Crysis developer Crytek denies "verge of bankruptcy" claim

  • PearOfAnguish 23/06/2014

    including Homefront: The Revolution
    First THQ, now Crytek? This IP is toxic.
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  • PearOfAnguish 23/06/2014

    @Eldritch Bollocks. Crysis 1 was a great game, as was Crysis Warhead. The sequels were alright. Anyone saying it was "just a benchmark" never played them. Reply +11
  • Hands-on with PlayStation TV Remote Play

  • PearOfAnguish 20/06/2014

    For some reason I thought this allowed you to play old PS1 & 2 games (in addition to the streaming stuff). Is that not the case?

    What is the best way to go for that kind of thing? I have an old PS2 but I'd like to give stuff like Crash Team Racing and Syphon Filter a crack on something that uses HDMI and could maybe improve the visuals a bit.
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  • Amazon unveils Fire phone, bets on 3D

  • PearOfAnguish 19/06/2014

    @jaguarwong It's all well and good trying to innovate but cramming in pointless gimmicks is not the way to go. It's being rightly criticised for being expensive compared to other models, particularly the Nexus line and the likes of the Moto G. Also, as it's an Amazon device it'll be locked down and prevent access to Google Play without rooting or entirely replacing the OS.

    And "selecting the best shape" is oversimplifying things. Do you want a HD display? Removeable battery? Expandable storage? Want it to be easy to root? Do you need a good external speaker, and so on.

    The smartphone market is currently in a place where we have a vast choice, so you can opt for budget-but-still-good (Moto G), affordable pure Android hardware like the Nexus or go for the high end such as the Samsung S5.
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  • PearOfAnguish 19/06/2014

    So if I wanted to buy some truck nuts, could I scan my balls? Because that's going to happen anyway.

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  • Time to move for EU players of SOE games

  • PearOfAnguish 18/06/2014

    @RedSparrows Is it still not out?? Haven't played PS2 since last year and they were testing it then. Reply 0
  • Rainbow Six: Siege stands apart from other shooters

  • PearOfAnguish 13/06/2014

    The fancy tactical stuff is fine in theory and looks good in a choreographed vid but it falls apart when you're playing on a server with people you don't know. Most of the time they won't use voice chat and it'll just be chaos - Payday 2 is a prime example.

    Zero interest in the multiplayer, but it apparently has single and co-op as well. Bring back terrorist hunt.
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  • Spec Ops dev Yager is also making PC game Dreadnought

  • PearOfAnguish 11/06/2014

    So, what kind of game is it? Strategy? Flight sim? The article and video do not make this clear.

    edit: it looks like World of Tanks, but with spaceships. F2P. Not terribly exciting then.

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  • Far Cry 4 gameplay footage shows co-op, grapple hook, kicking

  • PearOfAnguish 10/06/2014

    you will be able to be attacked from above by eagles.
    Urgh. When have flying enemies been anything more than an irritation? Could be this gen's cliffracer.
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  • Xbox One dev kits receive more GPU bandwidth

  • PearOfAnguish 05/06/2014

    @its-Adzbond Kinect probably is mostly dead. What dev is going to spend time creating Kinect specific features knowing that much of their audience has either unplugged it or never bought one in the first place?

    MS dun goofed by bundling that boondoggle in with their console.
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  • Watch Dogs PR stunt goes awry, summons bomb squad

  • PearOfAnguish 29/05/2014

    The saddest thing about this is the dumbarse who believed that a bomb maker would put a beeping timer on a bomb like in the movies. Reply +3
  • You can now buy Battlefield 4 Battlepacks

  • PearOfAnguish 28/05/2014

    Not surprising, this was always going to happen.

    Still stupid, mind. If you buy one of these, pat yourself on the back: you're a moron. In fact you're a double moron because unlike other games where you can purchase specific items these battlepacks are lucky dip. Going to feel silly when you spend 2 and get camos, an accessory that's identical to one you already have or for a gun you don't use, and some 25% XP boosts.

    It would also be less galling if they had fixed all the many glitches. I'd really like to be able to use a bipod after being revived, for example.
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  • EA makes Battlefield Hardline official

  • PearOfAnguish 28/05/2014

    Eh, looks alright I reckon. Could be mashup of SWAT 4, Rainbow Six Vegas and Battlefield.

    Everyone will say they're not going to buy it and that EA aren't getting any more of their money, but it'll almost certainly end up as another top seller.

    violence is not the answer to most situations, and going in guns blazing makes you a murderer.
    Doesn't sound like videogames are right for you.
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  • Police-themed Battlefield Hardline details leaked via Battlelog update

  • PearOfAnguish 27/05/2014

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