Psiloc Comments

Page 1 of 16

  • Lindsay Lohan sued Rockstar for attention, Grand Theft Auto 5 dev says

  • Psiloc 27/08/2014

    It's pretty funny that she immediately associated that character with herself. I mean it's not like the character says something like "I was in a film called 'Unpleasant Females'" or "I starred in a film about a car called 'Derbie'". The whole point of the character is that there's absolutely nothing to her other than being a famous simpleton, for Lohan to sue because she thinks the character is a rip off is just too brilliant. Reply +73
  • Sony to offer free games, PS Plus subs in $15m PSN hack settlement

  • Psiloc 24/07/2014

    @kinky_mong You should play Wipeout HD immediately. Reply +4
  • The Last of Us: Remastered's photo mode coming in day one patch

  • Psiloc 21/07/2014

    Retail game requires a 50GB download.
    You mean 50GB install.
    Reply +43
  • Microsoft's PR blunders caused Sony to re-write E3 PlayStation 4 script

  • Psiloc 09/07/2014

    @NathanDaviesUK
    "Sony's policies did not change at any time, House stressed" - and frankly if you believe that for even a second you are insane.

    Given that several key policies of Micrsoft's DRM talk had been formed on the back of Sony having begun patenting the exact same thing.
    Patents should never be taken as proof of intent - in this case I personally think there's an argument for that patent being a very successful bluff to MS, or an attempt to keep this 'more friendly' version of DRM technology away from them.

    Not saying you're wrong, but using that patent as a way of dismissing this as an insane lie is a bit daft.
    Reply +10
  • Psiloc 09/07/2014

    @muro Well he claims he rewrote it the weekend before E3 so MS going first didn't actually make much difference to this.

    ...Also, it's not like MS used their stage at E3 to announce all their DRM shite, it was out in the media well beforehand.
    Reply +52
  • Psiloc 09/07/2014

    Hell of a move, Sony owe a fuck load of success to that moment. Reply +100
  • PS4 fails to boost Japan console market

  • Psiloc 08/07/2014

    Makes me sad. I know it's just my tastes but all of my favourite games were Japanese.

    Fingers crossed for a resurgence one day.
    Reply +7
  • How to use a DualShock 4 wirelessly with a PS3

  • Psiloc 02/07/2014

    @funkateer Ah, makes sense. As someone who maps the throttle and brake to the triggers though I wish they'd just interpret a DS4 face button press as a full pressure DS3 face button press. As opposed to just not working I mean. Reply +1
  • Psiloc 02/07/2014

    Gran Turismo 6 being the number 1 game I'd like to use the DS4 with I am a bit disappointed. I know there was nothing forcing them to patch this in at all so fair enough, of course, but I can't even figure out how it can work on some games but not others :( Reply +1
  • The Android TV box and game controller

  • Psiloc 30/06/2014

    @NeoTechni Are there really that many people who desperately need to play with the original controllers but refuse to buy the original console even at a fraction of the cost? I think the majority will be using the god-awful bundled controller because it's wireless.

    Maybe it's just me but I don't see why the ability to dump your own ROMs is a premium feature. If I'm gonna run software emulators anyway I don't see what's wrong with using a cheaper, more capable and much prettier box like this. Not to mention the controller looks fantastic compared to the Retron's.

    Live and let live anyway, it was just a thought.
    Reply +1
  • Psiloc 30/06/2014

    @Ferx It just does a ROM dump. Plus I'm not convinced the "I have a collection of games but no console" market is really the one they were going for if we're being honest with ourselves. Reply +5
  • Psiloc 30/06/2014

    Everybody who bought a Hyperkin Retron 5, you basically bought a more expensive, less useful and worse made version of this. Reply -7
  • Streets of Rage was much more than a Final Fight clone

  • Psiloc 29/06/2014

    There should be a mention of the regional differences between BK3 and SoR3. For some reason Sega of America decided to completely butcher it and it looks and plays horribly in the west. It also has a ridiculous story involving robot doppelgangers whereas BK3 is about averting nuclear disaster (and a nuclear bomb has already destroyed a city before the story begins).

    SoR2 is indeed one of the best brawlers ever but for me it's a three way tie between it, Final Fight 3 and Turtles In Time. I'd encourage everyone who likes SoR but doesn't generally get on with FF to give the third one a go, it's really quite good and has a lot more to it than the first two.
    Reply +14
  • Final Fantasy 8 on PC gets new and improved cheats

  • Psiloc 24/06/2014

    I don't know how anyone can defend FFVIII's battle system, it's flat out broken.

    There are two types of battle in that game, one where you pressed "draw" 100 times over and one where you pressed triangle until Renzokuken showed up.

    If you tried literally anything else, anything else, you categorically were not playing effectively. Especially if you were actually casting the magic.

    I'll stick up for the story, I'll stick up for Squall, I'll stick up for the flying weaponised colleges; but I'm sorry, the battle system was crap.
    Reply -6
  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • Psiloc 20/06/2014

    First!

    Wait...
    Reply +9
  • "Gamers are not criminals and they do not need DRM"

  • Psiloc 18/06/2014

    @MrTomFTW Wait, if your customers were selling you stolen games, surely the gamer in the situation is a victim of robbery? If anything the guy in front of you has a demonstrable lack of interest in gaming. :)

    /Buzz Killington
    Reply +8
  • Psiloc 18/06/2014

    Nice that we live in a world where "we won't treat our paying customers like criminals" is a USP.

    Fair play to them though, of course.
    Reply +104
  • Microsoft's confusing Xbox One cloud message shifts to dedicated servers

  • Psiloc 16/06/2014

    Hopefully everybody who claimed "the cloud" would have any effect on graphical prowess is reading this. Dedicated servers for great multiplayer is what you're getting, not some magical boost to resolution or frames per second.

    You might see some off-loading of CPU stuff but I'm not sure the advantages outweigh the disadvantages there. It's ambitious, I'll give them that, but ideally they'd have just been more ambitious with the X1 hardware in the first place.

    I'm assuming the timing of this news means this was another Don Mattrick marketing fuck up for Phil to sort out?
    Reply +17
  • Face-Off: Murdered: Soul Suspect

  • Psiloc 15/06/2014

    @Suarez07 I don't understand. I've just looked it up and there is nvidia tech that turns v-sync on when the game hits 60fps and off if the framerate drops below. Is that right? If so I completely fail to see the point, the games not gonna tear at 60fps anyway. Are we sure this isn't some marketing nonsense or am I being dense?

    EDIT: Either way DF could explain a bit better if something fancier is going on. All they've described if you're not familiar with the marketing term is a 60fps cap.
    Reply +4
  • Psiloc 15/06/2014

    Games aims for 60fps and employs the use of adaptive v-sync to help deliver frames to the screen as quickly as possible when the engine is under load. When the frame-rate drops below the desired 60fps metrics, the game tears, thus potentially allowing for higher frame-rates but at the expense of image consistency.
    I'm being nitpicky here but you always say this and there's nothing fancy like "adaptive v-sync" going on. This is just a really wordy way of saying "60fps cap, v-sync off". It's not tearing at 60fps because why would it?
    Reply +5
  • Final Fantasy 14 boss lobbying Microsoft for cross-platform play

  • Psiloc 13/06/2014

    @Aretak Ah! Well shut my mouth. Reply 0
  • Psiloc 13/06/2014

    @Widge No, you don't need PS+ to play FFXIV. While MS potentially allowing FFXIV on X1 is not out of the question, I think them allowing it without Gold is a pipe dream. Reply +8
  • Nintendo rediscovers the GamePad in glorious style

  • Psiloc 12/06/2014

    The contrast between the public's perception of the Wii U to how awesome it actually is is one of the strangest things going on in gaming at the moment in my opinion. Reply +124
  • Microsoft's E3 press conference

  • Psiloc 09/06/2014

    @mugwum

    To be honest I'm expecting to find out, no earlier than 5.30pm BST of course, that the stream doesn't work :)
    Reply +2
  • ESRB outs Xbox One Dance Central: Spotlight

  • Psiloc 09/06/2014

    Megaton! Reply +3
  • Hyperkin Retron 5 review

  • Psiloc 07/06/2014

    Review is a bit iffy IMO.

    First of all, Famicom carts have physically different pin outs to NES carts so it's not much of a mystery why that doesn't work. I don't know if they advertised that it would work without an adapter to be fair, but if they did they were wrong, and if they didn't, it's a bit daft of you to think it should.

    Secondly your assertion that the HDMI upscaling is only possible with software emulation isn't true, I've seen real Mega Drives modded to output upscaled HDMI using hardware and early PS3s accomplished backwards compatibility doing exactly this. Not saying the IQ is necessarily as good, but to hand it as a plus point to software emulation versus doing it in hardware is wrong.

    Thirdly I kind of take issue with the "wireless controller is crap, but you can plug in a real wired controller anyway" qualifier. The whole damn point of the system with its HDMI port and wireless controller is that unlike old systems it can be used in the modern living room; plugged into a HDTV and played on the couch 10 feet away. Oh, but the wireless controller is so awful that you'll want to use the original wired pads anyway... think this was a bit glossed over :)

    Lastly, no mention of price. This thing is looking to cost 120 for something that has at best reinvented the wheel. At worst it is merely a software emulator, which is normally free, that comes with an expensive but rubbish controller that you'll immediately want to replace. I dunno, I think you'll either want to spend 20 on the real thing or play an emulator on PC for free. I don't see who'd want to spend 120 on the worst of both worlds.

    In short I think the review was far too positive. "Excellent if slightly flawed" is miles off IMO :)

    EDIT: Separate Famicom port! Ignore my first point. Talk about daft...
    Reply +36
  • Watch Dogs is the biggest new IP launch in the UK ever

  • Psiloc 02/06/2014

    Well I bought both on their respective release days. MK8 has seen about 10-15 hours play time whereas Watch Dogs is back at the shop for a full refund.

    I'd genuinely sooner watch the Anne Robinson program Watchdog than play any more of that.
    Reply +7
  • Sony rejigs PlayStation Plus to offer two games per month for each platform

  • Psiloc 29/05/2014

    Is Trine 2 for PS4?

    EDIT: It is!
    Reply +94
  • Xbox One without Kinect matches PS4 price in Japan

  • Psiloc 27/05/2014

    CrunchinJelly
    Console market is almost dead in Japan. PS4 is tracking behind the WiiU.
    Wii U is a console, dear.

    :P

    I totally understand your point though. I desperately want the Japanese to put down their handhelds and get back to loving consoles.
    Reply +1
  • Psiloc 27/05/2014

    Well good luck to them, but considering this is the most US-centric Xbox MS have released yet (and deary me is that saying a lot) I really, really don't see it doing brilliantly.

    I don't think just matching the PS4 price is enough. It's a massive system, which is a real turn off for the Japanese, it's less powerful and looking at that software lineup has pretty much nothing that will appeal to them en masse. It's also the foreign system and let's face it the Japanese are probably more xenophobic than the US when it comes to imports.
    Reply +5
  • Final Fight retrospective

  • Psiloc 25/05/2014

    I want this genre to come back. I think publishers have come to the conclusion that we don't like them any more when really we just thought the later 3D attempts were shit.

    Did you know that Fighting Force was originally a Streets of Rage game but was reskinned at the last minute? Yeah, I think the contrast in quality between say SoR2 and this 3D-for-the-sake-of-it version tells you everything about what happened to the genre.

    Anyway, I know the article wanted to stick with the arcade which is fair enough but I implore anybody interested to try Final Fight 3 on the SNES. Pinnacle of the genre IMO.
    Reply +5
  • Google eyes $1bn YouTube buy-out of Twitch

  • Psiloc 19/05/2014

    Wait, this is the Google who basically banned video game footage on YouTube a few months back? Reply +33
  • Microsoft downplays Bill Gates' pledge to support potential Xbox spin-off

  • Psiloc 06/05/2014

    The context of his comment is clear. But at the same time, imagine if Kaz Hirai was asked if he'd support Shu Yoshida proposing to spin off PlayStation from Sony. I'm pretty sure Kaz's response would be close to the opposite of "absolutely". Reply +7
  • Tech Interview: Trials Fusion

  • Psiloc 03/05/2014

    Well I feel like an idiot, because I just don't see how they've got all that optimisation in yet the game is only a little bit better on the X1 than the 360. Reply +6
  • PlayStation 4 update 1.70 detailed, will let you pre-load games

  • Psiloc 25/04/2014

    @Playstationman Happened to watch a fair few flash videos full screen just last night, didn't have to do any of the stuff you're talking about, the button just worked (consistently).

    Agree about the keyboard triggers though.
    Reply -1
  • Trials Fusion has day one patch to boost Xbox One resolution

  • Psiloc 14/04/2014

    @GloriousPCMasterRace I already own a more than "reasonably specced" laptop and still choose to play on a PS4/PS3/etc.

    :shrug:

    Third party only isn't enough for most people.
    Reply +7
  • Phil Spencer named new boss of Xbox

  • Psiloc 31/03/2014

    Invest in some God damn first party studios Phil rather than throwing money at EA to keep their stuff off PS4. That's all you need to do. Reply +29
  • Next-Gen Face-Off: The Lego Movie Videogame

  • Psiloc 16/03/2014

    Camera and object blur are pared back on the PC, with the PS4 and Xbox One receiving a much stronger implementation that better replicates the cinematic feel the developer is clearly aiming for.
    Interesting since the actual film deliberately didn't have motion blur at all:

    IMDB: No simulated motion blur was used in the film, to further give it the look of a stop-motion Lego film.
    Reply +16
  • War has changed. But has Hideo Kojima?

  • Psiloc 14/03/2014

    @agent55 While I definitely agree RE: David Hayter I also agree with the article about Kojima marching to the beat of his own drum. "Staying in step with the fans" could get quite close to the design-by-committee stuff the article laments. Reply +2
  • Psiloc 14/03/2014

    The Metal Gear Solid series is 25
    No it isn't. The Metal Gear series is 25, the Metal Gear Solid series is 16.

    Oh fucking Christ, MGS is 16?! Feel. so. old.
    Reply +14
  • Xbox One closing monthly US sales gap on PS4

  • Psiloc 14/03/2014

    @dogmanstaruk TBF there is a typo in the article:

    This month PS4 sales are higher but only by a "narrow margin". And we can estimate the numbers.
    And then it starts banging on about sales figures which to me implies they're for March. I admit to writing a "wait a minute... Titanfall?" type comment too before realising my mistake.
    Reply +4
  • Watch Unreal Engine 4 running in Firefox

  • Psiloc 13/03/2014

    You'd think if Firefox can do this it would be a teensy bit faster at actual web browsing. Reply +36
  • Titanfall runs into problems on PC with error 503

  • Psiloc 12/03/2014

    ...which has left Titanfall, which requires the internet to work, unplayable.
    Says everything that my knee-jerk reaction was "typical stupid DRM" before remembering that for once it requires the internet for an actual reason.
    Reply +19
  • Microsoft bosses still "extremely committed" to Xbox

  • Psiloc 10/03/2014

    Always a good sign when you have to reassure your fanbase that no, you haven't completely given up. Reply +87
  • Microsoft: Xbox 360's Games with Gold programme will improve

  • Psiloc 10/03/2014

    @SawnoffSpudgun
    Good Lord...MS preaching on games 'ownership'....
    COTD.
    Reply +2
  • Matt Stone: South Park The Stick of Truth censorship "not that big a deal"

  • Psiloc 07/03/2014

    The only thing wrong here is that the majority of Europe are getting the censored version for no real reason. Give Germany one version and the rest of us another.

    EDIT: And associating the censorship with the EU flag and Michelangelo's David is pretty unfair. I get it, David is a hugely celebrated piece of European art who happens to have his dick out and we're A-OK with that, so why get all pissy about the sexual stuff in pop culture? The problem is, we're not! The suits at Ubisoft have decided it's easier to release a single censored version to the whole continent so we're left with the lowest common denominator, as per usual.

    What's irritating is the Western European countries they've censored are probably more sexually liberated than the vast majority of North America anyway.
    Reply +17
  • Why 2014 FIFA World Cup is skipping PS4 and Xbox One

  • Psiloc 04/03/2014

    Why not release it on every system under the sun like you normally do? Reply +36
  • Mob Wives star claims Grand Theft Auto 5 ripped off her life

  • Psiloc 26/02/2014

    Pretty sure copyright law allows for parody.

    Not that the concept of a gangster becoming an informant while simultaneously having a daughter is exactly unique.
    Reply +7
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth censored in Europe

  • Psiloc 25/02/2014

    @Rogueywon
    ESRB ADULTS ONLY
    Content suitable only for adults ages 18 and up. May include prolonged scenes of intense violence, graphic sexual content and/or gambling with real currency.
    There's more detail available if you want to Google it. From what I've read constant strong language does the trick as well.

    My only point is the the UK R rating is exclusively for hardcore porn, whereas the AO rating covers a broad range of things. Ergo it can only follow that more stuff is branded AO (or more accurately, altered to avoid AO) than R. It's kind of indisputable.

    I fully accept that AO stuff is easier to get a hold of in the US than R rated stuff in the UK, by the way. I'm merely stating that what's AO in the US can easily just get an "18" in the UK.

    GTA V was released over here too, by the way...

    EDIT: TBF I did imply in my first post that what's an 18 in the UK would be an AO in the US and that's obviously not true... I was just keeping it brief for the sake of my point which was clearly widely missed.
    Reply +2
  • Psiloc 25/02/2014

    @Rogueywon I didn't say you can walk into a supermarket in the UK and buy porn. I said it's corporate censorship vs government censorship.

    And AO is not really the same as a UK R rating. There's a lot of overlap but the UK R rating is specifically hardcore porn, whereas AO covers everything from drugs, sexual themes, very strong language and any amount of actual gambling.

    All of that stuff would just be an 18 certificate in the UK (at most), hence my comment about slightly more censorship in the US.

    If your understanding is based on the fact we don't ever get any more mature games over here than the US then that's because we are always left with the lowest common denominator, be it US censorship or as in this case, Germany's. Nobody's going to make a console game that can only be sold in the UK any more.

    (I suppose censorship is the wrong word in the US but it amounts to the same thing when it prevents games being made with that content in the first place.)
    Reply +4