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  • "I don't want to be a part of piracy"

  • Rack 21/11/2014

    @devilmyarse With that reasoning you'd end up acting entirely at random. Should I go for a run or slap myself with a piece of 2 week old cheese? Here I suspect the reason is "because it's an interesting challenge, but it's critical that there is one. Reply -1
  • EA announces new Need for Speed game

  • Rack 20/11/2014

    @Markitron So Espgaluda 2, Ghost Trick, Chrono Trigger, Galaxy Trucker, Pandemic, Xcom Enemy Within, Clash of Heroes and Skulls of the Shogun don't count as games for you?

    Man your taste sucks. That or you're regurgitating biased nonsense without having the least idea what you're talking about.
    Reply +3
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue review

  • Rack 20/11/2014

    @CrashOkami I dunno this line on its own seems to justify the highest mark for an assassins creed game to date.

    "The story lasts about half as long as the average Assassin's Creed game"

    If they could cut that down to a quarter or a fifth it might even be worth a 9.
    Reply +2
  • Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Wii U infinite height exploit lets you skip most of the game

  • Rack 13/11/2014

    @7M7 When I was 13 I got A Link to the Past and Street Fighter 2 for Xmas, which was the best one ever and a damned site better than getting Sonic Boom. But before that?

    If I had to trade every single Amstrad game I ever got (with one exception) for Sonic Boom it would have been a good trade. Realistically I'd be savvy enough to ask for Rayman Legends, Mario Galaxy or Minecraft. Heck if I got Fire Emblem Awakening back when I was 10 I'd have been in nirvana for a fair few years.
    Reply +2
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition review

  • Rack 12/11/2014

    @delph Kickstarter is potentially an issue concerning long term viability (are we going to continually see angel investors throwing 5 figures at these over and over) but that seems to be the only downside. I'm not into these games for the graphics (and if I were I wouldn't mind, they all look beautiful to me) so if I can get them at a 1/4 of the price of retail releases then that's all upside. I'll accept Shadowrun Returns doesn't have good combat but Original Sin does so that itch is well and truly scratched. Reply 0
  • Rack 12/11/2014

    @delph with Divinity: Original Sin, Wasteland 2, Shadowrun Returns out and more on the way I hardly feel forgotten. Heck we're better supported right now than the COD crowd at this particular point in time. If I didn't have such an abundance of games to play I'd find it much harder to ignore this but as it stands I'll probably never get desperate enough to look into this. Reply +2
  • Rack 11/11/2014

    MMO questing caps this at a 6 for me. Standard Bioware writing drops that to a 4. After Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age 2 I can't shake the impression that any review submitted scoring less than an 8 would have been flatly rejected. Reply +6
  • XCOM: Enemy Within headed to iOS, Android tomorrow

  • Rack 12/11/2014


    Happy happy joy joy. I love Enemy Within and felt it revolutionised Xcom but I was always slightly disappointed I couldn't play it on the go, the original (remake) felt like too big a step back so I never bit on the ios version. I would have come perilously close to doing so for something to play this Xmas away from the PC.
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  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth review

  • Rack 12/11/2014

    If I had to rate this I'd give it either an 8 or a 10. I haven't quite decided which. On a moment to moment basis the extreme randomisation is frustrating, but I can well see my play time exceeding 200 hours and enjoying nearly all of it. Reply 0
  • Just Cause 3 has finally been officially announced

  • Rack 11/11/2014

    DLC I can deal with. Microtransactions I will not. When the game is constantly holding it's hand out begging for more, with corrupted design to push you to spend more and enjoy less.

    No deal, no way. If it's the wave of the future I'm glad gaming has such a rich past.
    Reply +2
  • Video: Has Dragon Age Inquisition's combat found the right balance?

  • Rack 09/11/2014

    The combat hasn't opened up after "only" 5 hours.

    Is that really so short a time that we still have to be limited to the most basic moves? Imagine if Bayonetta didn't let you use anything but the basic X attack for that long.
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  • Video: So begins the quest for a new hat in Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • Rack 08/11/2014

    @Dynasty2021 Not sure I understand the sentiment there. I mean yeah DA: Inquisition could turn out to be a turkey and a total waste of money but do you really think that will have any impact on the reviews? Reply +2
  • PS Plus is getting Injustice: Gods Among Us and Secret Ponchos in December

  • Rack 05/11/2014

    @Frosty840 No I've been doing that, but this is the point where the number of interesting games I want to play and don't already own are starting to get tempting enough to dive in and start playing them. It was inevitably going to reach that point sooner or later, I guess the only question is whether it would happen before Bloodborne comes out. Reply +1
  • Rack 04/11/2014

    @Binba442 Absolutely, I was very disappointed in the vita lineup this month till I found out it was ALL crossbuy.

    PS+ is worth it for Vita alone I find and vice versa.
    Reply +7
  • Rack 04/11/2014

    Interesting, this might well have to be the impetus for me to finally pick up that ps4. Reply +10
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter sells 60K copies in a month

  • Rack 01/11/2014

    @Vorlan Whoops, I should be more careful with those in-jokes really. Reply +2
  • Rack 01/11/2014

    I thought it was striking this could sell 60k at $20 and count as a success, while Tom Braider sold 3.4 million and was still a failure. Not that Tom Braider was a bad game by any stretch but at over 200 times the cost of this something seems to be wasteful. Reply +2
  • Rack 01/11/2014

    So that's 1/3% of what it needs to break even right?

    Or were they not unbelievably wasteful in development?
    Reply -4
  • PlayStation Plus' free November offerings revealed

  • Rack 01/11/2014

    @dadrester Thanks for the info, Cross buy makes that list a LOT better for me, I can play those games on PS3 but Vita is where I actually want them. Reply +1
  • Rack 29/10/2014

    I'm Happy with this selection, though it took Frozen Synapse prime to save it for me. A worrying trend for it to have no full price games and only 1 Vita title is counteracted by the positive trend of having 2 brand new games. Reply -1
  • Death to the mini-map

  • Rack 01/11/2014

    By and large I'm hopelessly dependant on minimaps, I get lost in game environments incredibly easily. Between the lack of peripheral vision and the staggeringly bland and repetitive environments most games feature, coupled with the fact I frequently end up taking breaks for months at a time means I simply can't navigate most games without some kind of crutch. Reply +51
  • Steam Halloween Sale is now live

  • Rack 30/10/2014

    Sang Froid is £1.09. That's an amazing price for such a fantastic game. Reply +3
  • Titanfall's "biggest update ever" adds new co-op mode tomorrow

  • Rack 22/10/2014

    Cool, I enjoyed Titanfall but my innate rubbishness at FPS meant I struggled to play it much as time went on. I was hoping for a horde mode every time a map would land. Reply -1
  • Valve pulls game from Steam following dev's tweet threatening Gabe Newell

  • Rack 21/10/2014

    Anyone who doesn't think Steam is a defacto monopoly should try going without it for a month. It might be the worst storefront out there these days but for both developer and consumer it's really hard to go without it.

    As a result I do hope eventually they go back on this as a lifetime ban on game development seems disproportionate. But then he never considered their defacto monopoly before hitting send.
    Reply -8
  • Alan R Moon, railroad tycoon

  • Rack 20/10/2014

    @Lunatic4ever Hard to say, it's a great game that works very well on Ipad but that does leave you short of money to get other games. Galaxy Trucker is my current favourite and Pandemic is similarly excellent and an even better fit on Ipad.

    Ascension, Eclipse, Sentinels of the Multiverse Small World and Neuroshima Hex are also firm favourites of mine and you won't find a lack of people to recommend many others.
    Reply +1
  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • Rack 17/10/2014

    @weedar The answer is simple, no-one would. But still when the question of journalistic ethics is raised it conveniently appears to distract people from the issue. Even if there are genuine lunatics who believe such rot I don't see how they warrant 100% of the coverage. Reply +1
  • Torchlight and Diablo devs reveal space combat sim Rebel Galaxy

  • Rack 15/10/2014

    All these space games but I keep hoping for one that goes down the Rogue Leader/Wing Commander/X-Wing route rather than the Elite one. Star Citizen apparently has a bolt in version of this but I'd like to see a game with a bit more focus. Reply 0
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion Shadow of Revan announced

  • Rack 06/10/2014

    Hmm, 12x Xp boost might actually be enough to get me to play the single player of this, assuming there's also some kind of fast travel. Shame it's sotemporary though. Reply +2
  • Banner Saga launches on iOS today at £7

  • Rack 02/10/2014

    Galaxy Trucker was out on Monday for £3.

    But I guess this is good too.
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  • Hearthstone's next expansion will add over 100 cards

  • Rack 01/10/2014

    Actually this is new, but you could be forgiven for not calling it news. The number of cards confirmed is now over 100 rather than not quite 100 and for some reason this column neglected to mention there would be an actual reveal very soon.

    Start saving that gold people.
    Reply 0
  • The Pokémon Trading Card Game has arrived on iPad

  • Rack 30/09/2014

    GotY 2014 came out on iPad yesterday, you should do a story on that.

    *Goes back to playing Galaxy Trucker*
    Reply 0
  • Steam Discovery update personalises video game shopping

  • Rack 23/09/2014

    Looks great but it immediately took a stumble when I wasn't able to tell it easily I already own some of these games it's recommending on a different platform. By all means recommend me things LIKE To The Moon, but not To The Moon itself. Reply 0
  • Hohokum dev's Super Exploding Zoo is the cutest, saddest thing

  • Rack 20/09/2014

    Speaking as a sadistic sociopath this does nothing for me, it isn't even conceptually believable enough to appeal.

    I'm sure people who like humorous light hearted puzzlers will get on fine with it, it's just not for me.
    Reply +15
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera debuts its first gameplay footage

  • Rack 19/09/2014

    @Ortikus Yeah, but I kind of accepted that that was the price of shiny graphics. If games can look like this for a $4m budget then it seems crazy none of the publishers were willing to take a chance when they were more than willing to piss hundreds of millions away on pointless WoW clones.

    I was always hoping we could get a revival of games like this, I didn't expect they could be deep, niche and beautiful. Looks like my pledge paid off big time.
    Reply +1
  • Rack 18/09/2014

    Wow, that looks utterly fantastic. How did it take Kickstarter to bring these games back? Reply +7
  • Mojang cuts price of Scrolls ahead of tablet launch

  • Rack 19/09/2014

    Woo, $20 worth of shards. That's what, 2 cards? Reply -1
  • Only 0.5% of Hearthstone players reach Legend rank

  • Rack 19/09/2014

    Except only 2.5% of players even count since getting to rank 5 is purely a metric of how often you play. Reply 0
  • Sometimes I wish more games were just a vertical slice

  • Rack 06/09/2014

    This is kind of an article about being a games journalist isn't it? When you have to play games end to end you want them to be short. When you buy them for yourself, it does kind of depends on your availability of free time to money. But for myself I still love long games because I don't spend nearly as much time playing horrendous tutorials. I'd rather play Skyrim for another 40 hours than spend 30 hours in GTA Vs tutorial. Reply -1
  • How to remove Dead Rising 3 PC's 30fps cap

  • Rack 06/09/2014

    @George-Roper Well that's a relief isn't it? I mean it's not like anyone will ever put out a shitty port ever again is it? Reply -1
  • Ryse PC release date revealed

  • Rack 04/09/2014

    @Liuwil That sounds pretty shady, I mean if your pc has a dual core it's going to be over 5 years old or pretty low spec all round. 3 years ago dual cores became marginalised to the extent they couldn't run much of anything, now... Well maybe a very fast dual core might edge through but I don't see how you can count on it. And the number of games I've exceeded minimum settings for that have completely failed to get adequate performance just belies that idea completely. If you don't hit recommended then buyer beware. Reply 0
  • Radeon R9 285 review

  • Rack 03/09/2014

    @Liuwil is there any kind of reason for that rule? Ignoring £40-£50 of games that come with a £170 card seems like a crappy rule. Reply 0
  • Rack 03/09/2014

    @Bagpuss Are you sure? £170 for this, Alan Isolation, Star Citizen and Thief seems like it would be a tough offer to beat, and by October I suspect that offer might have disappeared. Reply +1
  • Intel Core i7 5960X review

  • Rack 02/09/2014

    @pjbliverpool There's definitely levels where benchmarks fail to tell the whole story, for example Human Revolution ran fine for me in the first level (the level mentioned in their testing methodology) but as soon as you got into a hub it was an entirely different matter. Their Witcher 2 benchmark seems about in line with my expectations, they quoted 34 on what I read to be a similar CPU which was fine, as an average. It dipped below 25 too often for comfort though, I guess that's why they say a target of 60 is desirable.

    Still that's the past and you've given good reasons to think the future won't pan out the same way. Of course now I'm starting to get all tempted by a new graphics card, since it might do more than get me some extra smoothness and shinies for the next few months.
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  • Rack 02/09/2014

    @pjbliverpool That's the problem getting CPU benchmarks, generally you get them at max settings with an overpowered CPU. As for other games I couldn't get satisfactory performance out of Deus Ex: Human Revolution no matter what, and of course Saints Row 2 (but then that thing didn't run on all sorts of computers). I was also dissuaded from trying Battlefield 3 and La Noire from reports they performed very poorly on a dual core, and Witcher 2 ran only on absolute minimum settings at low resolution, reports are the 360 managed at least medium.

    I'm curious as to your opinion as to how other aspects of the console are likely to translate into requirements in the short term. The 360 had 512mb ram and yet pc ports frequently required 2gig or more. With the PS4 having 8gb of gddr5 is the PC going to need an enormous amount of muscle to handle the varied ports? Is that going to mean more CPU, better graphics cards, more vram? Or is it simply too early to say?

    At any rate I'd like to thank you for taking the time to post so thoughtfully and in such detail, in spite of my initial stance being particularly stand-offish. I've received and seen enough false encouragement to be over sensitive on the issue. It's to your credit you didn't respond in kind.
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  • Rack 02/09/2014

    @pjbliverpool Wow, that's no small amount of evidence there, particularly key is it seems there were performance reasons why a top spec pc from 2005 would completely fail to keep pace with a 360 but the same might not be true with this generation. That said I'm still concerned that in having neither 8 cores, nor 8 threads the i5 2500k will rapidly fall behind the curve. On the bright side you do seem to be right in this hasn't happened yet. According to every report I can find both Thief and Watch Dogs run perfectly fine on an i5 2500k so I'm frankly baffled as to why they would claim not to work.

    As you perhaps hinted it's hard to get CPU based benchmarks of old processors but as far as minimum requirements Arkham City demands a 2.4ghz dual core, while the e6300 stock clock is only 1.86ghz. That said a lot of my theories revolve around the idea that minimum specs is a meaningless metric. For myself I had an e6600 and Arkham City frequently plunged into single digit framerates even on minimum settings. Of course personal experience is largely worthless as a method of convincing strangers but unfortunately I was unable to find any hard benchmarks corroborating this. I did find benchmarks showing the C2D completely choking on GTAIV, but since that was 3 years earlier maybe it doesn't count.


    Just slightly over 2 years after the launch of a hyped processor it completely failed to run a console port, despite being comfortably ahead of the minimum requirements.
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  • Rack 31/08/2014

    Minimum settings is a pretty meaningless metric, if the game doesn't physically fail to run then it can be reasonably argued as fitting to the minimum settings. If it's 4fps on the lowest graphics setting at the lowest selectable resolution then it still fits.

    Recommended isn't clad in stone either but when it comes down to it Ubisoft are recommending I do not buy their game with my system. There's no reason for them to do that unless the game just can't run adequately, it's in their interests to be as optimistic as they can get away with as regards what they recommend.

    That said defunct is probably the wrong word, I can still play most of the games released this year and well. But it's teetering on the edge, it's always the way that one years edge cases are next years norm.
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  • Rack 30/08/2014

    @pjbliverpool Actually I kind of got myself muddled with the thread I was talking in here, I expect the 5930k will be defunct in this console generation, but the 5960x should probably do okay for a couple years more than that. Still within this console gen, but right at the tail end. That's a prediction based on current trends but there are reasons it might not hold this gen and I'd be interested if there are reasons this will last longer than say the Core Q6850 which fell off the tail end of last gen ports last year.

    As for the i5 being defunct I'm not sure how you go about disputing that. I mean back when it was a prediction I was unsurprised to meet fierce resistance from PC enthusiasts but now it's actually happened it seems a pointless point to argue. I was expecting everyone to shift into "well obviously you should have bought an i7" mode
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  • Rack 30/08/2014

    @Liuwil That requires a fairly lax definition of "run games today". If you're happy with sub 20 framerates on minimum settings, or only running well optimised games then you can probably get away with it. But my old core 2 duo (quite a ways ahead of what 2005 processors could do) still completely failed to be a viable option 3 years ago. I could run Skyrim if I didn't get mod happy but Arkham City just wasn't an option at all.

    I'd wanted to wait to get a viable 8 core system because I knew it would be a requirement before long but in the end I had to get an i5 as a stopgap. And now it's fallen off the edge of the requirements treadmill, I can't run Watch Dogs and I doubt I'll have luck with more than a couple of upcoming big budget games this year.

    I'd like it if this time things are different and the requirement treadmill would just calm the fuck down, but experience taught me otherwise.
    Reply -3
  • Rack 30/08/2014

    @Liuwil that's not really a statement thaet's been borne out in the past, try and run anything on an old Xeon dual core and see where it gets you. 2 years down the line a CPU like this will be mandatory, 3 years and it will be outdated, 4 years and it will be entirely defunct. It doesn't matter how powerful it is, Pcs that are 15x as powerful as the 360 have been unable to play any AAA game of the last 4 years. Reply -8
  • Blizzard hires Hearthstone pro to help design the game

  • Rack 29/08/2014

    @sherpa1984 Bit of a weird thing to say, considering Blizzard are currently working on a new 100+ card expansion. Reply 0