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  • 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 +14
  • 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.

    http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,669595/GTA-4-PC-CPU-benchmark-review-with-13-processors/Reviews/?page=2

    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
  • EA offers a free 48-hour trial of Titanfall on Origin... again

  • Rack 23/08/2014

    @mega-gazz That's great, but no sane person wants all that crap foistered on them every time they launch a game. I want something to manage my patches and launch my games. Anything else is a malus. Reply -1
  • Rack 23/08/2014

    I played it the first time round and had a lot of fun. I'm not sure it's a lot better than a weekends play.

    Oh and while Origin is still sinister as a piece of software it's 10x better than Steam from a user design point of view. It boots up in a 20th of the time, works properly when you have no internet connection, doesn't stall when launching games, doesn't randomly boot up into big picture mode and elegantly hides itself away when you don't want it. As a trojan horse these game time deals got me to try Origin and I was happy enough to keep using it. By contrast to Uplay where I accept it only as some vicious interloper and will only buy any game using it when it drops to around a fiver.
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  • Legend of Grimrock is coming to iOS

  • Rack 23/08/2014

    That looks kind of awesome. I already have Grimrock but playing it on the go like that would be pretty cool. Reply +3
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is now on iOS

  • Rack 15/08/2014

    This is an absolutely stonking port of an amazing game. I'm highly tempted to double dip for it. Reply +2
  • Remembering Double Dragon, a true arcade icon

  • Rack 10/08/2014

    @super-s1 Sadly that wasn't enough to save the Amstrad version. Reply +3
  • Rack 10/08/2014

    @Shatnerist Huh, I felt the opposite. Super Double Dragon had some real depth to it and while it laced the style of Streets of Rage it more than made up for it with some beautiful tactical play.

    Nowadays though with Shadows over Mystara, Guardian Heroes and Dragon's Crown existing I can never find it in my heart to play this. It's not a piece of history that stands up well in the harsh light of day.
    Reply +1
  • Mass Effect and KOTOR project director Casey Hudson leaves BioWare

  • Rack 08/08/2014

    @Alestes Wasn't he also responsible for the train wreck of a plot that is Mass Effect 2? I guess it's hard to pick out individual influences in most cases but given how awful Bioware have been of late I can't see any change as being bad. Reply -9
  • Titanfall: Frontier's Edge review

  • Rack 01/08/2014

    I enjoyed Titanfall, surprisingly so, but I don't get these map packs. They fragment the community and that seems to be it, I mean it's nice they're there but they don't seem to change the way the game is played at all. Reply +2
  • Rust dev angers fans by announcing new prototype Riftlight

  • Rack 28/07/2014

    Sound business decision. Lousy PR. Reply +5
  • Hearthstone: Naxxramas walkthrough and strategy guide

  • Rack 24/07/2014

    The Druid class challenge can be a real bastard if you don't get a lucky draw. Those Stoneskin gargoyles are either gamewinning or a useless liability depending on whether you draw enough buff spells to keep them alive.

    I've beaten the normal mode bosses with innkeeper decks, which is quite a fun little challenge. It also highlights just how bad the Class Challenge decks are.
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  • You've got male

  • Rack 19/07/2014

    When you say it's never been tested I assume you mean a developer hasn't blindly funnelled billions into making a AAA franchise with a female protagonist, rather than they have never done market research as to how receptive the existing audience is to such an idea. To which the answer really has to be "well duh". Much as I'd like it to happen if you asked me to invest in such an idea I wouldn't touch it with a bag full of bargepoles all tied together Reply +1
  • Civilization Revolution 2 review

  • Rack 11/07/2014

    If you want this kind of game done right check out Eclipse, it's Civ boiled down into a strategy game that can be finished in an hour or so. The AI still isn't hot but it's more or less competent. Everything else about it is sublime. Reply +2
  • Divinity: Original Sin review

  • Rack 09/07/2014

    @RedSparrows So it did, I must have had my goggles of blindness on.

    And yes, it is only broken if you break it, but I found it very difficult NOT to break it and I think anyone who groks this kind of system will have the same problem. If you're the kind of person who relishes the challenge of optimisation the poor balancing will be difficult not to exploit.

    But then Baldurs Gate was no better,it's an annoyance well worth putting up with.
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  • Rack 09/07/2014

    Couple of things the review didn't mention that might be worth bearing in mind.

    1) The tactical combat is kind of broken. It's not designed to be balanced in any way so if you want to you can bust it right open and make the combat trivial. If not making the game too easy isn't a challenge you appreciate the combat will rub you the wrong way.

    2) It's fake open world. There are a number of options available to you at any point but they are strictly levelled. If you haven't broken the combat system there is one and only one path through the game and you never have the option of not doing content.

    3) It's in desperate need of a patch or 7

    If you're a classic RPG fan then still definitely get it, but it might be worth waiting a couple of months for it to become the game it can be.
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  • Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas single-player pricing detailed

  • Rack 09/07/2014

    14 is about what I'd be willing to pay for a well done 30 mission campaign in a card game, so I'm a little surprised that's what it costs. Of course what I'm ACTUALLY buying is 28 boosters or 18 Arena entries so I might have to consider it. Reply +1
  • Fortnite builds a hopeful future for Epic, free-to-play

  • Rack 08/07/2014

    So it's either a tedious grind or a horrific expense?

    No thanks.

    No scratch that.

    Fuck right off.
    Reply +2
  • Remembering Rick Dangerous, the original tomb raider

  • Rack 06/07/2014

    @scuffpuppies I guess that's what eluded me. Rote memorisation never appealed to me as a mechanic, I'm no fan of glorified QTEs a lot of games have become either but I always want a chance, a way to get through on my wits so long as I'm careful. Reply +1
  • Rack 06/07/2014

    I never get the fondness, or the high review scores (well, except for the fact that the gaming press back in the day was at best hopelessly incompetent, at worst throughly corrupt) for these games. Caution wasn't the watchword in Rick Dangerous because you had literally no way of telling what was going to kill you, you just had to sweep each level for death traps, memorise them then go through again avoiding the ones you'd triggered. Reply -4
  • Rob Pardo's legacy of steel

  • Rack 04/07/2014

    @null I tried to run Hots on my 400 laptop but it was pretty much unplayable. It's pretty decent spec for a non-gaming laptop too, ran Dishonored on Max very easily. SC2 is actually pretty demanding as these things go. Reply -2
  • The Bitmap Brothers' 1996 RTS Z hits Steam this week

  • Rack 03/07/2014

    @midnight_walker That's technically accurate but it's a bit pedantic isn't it? Their meaning is pretty clear and not deceptive in any way. Reply +2
  • This facial recognition software will turn you into Octodad

  • Rack 01/07/2014

    @monkie_king Makes a young casually dressed woman look like a respectable business man with a very fine moustache. It's impressive if nothing else. Reply +12
  • The World Ends with You: Solo Remix finally lands on Android

  • Rack 27/06/2014

    @5lectro If you can you should definitely give this version a go as they removed that system in favour of making the partner work as a special badge that also simulates the puck. Honestly it's brilliant. Reply 0
  • Rack 27/06/2014

    As for the game I actually found I preferred it on Ios. It was by necessity simplified but the core touchscreen game was plenty deep enough to carry the game. Furthermore your partner felt more like an advantage rather than a burden which helped the themes of the story. The extended soundtrack was also lovely though I wish they'd compress it a little. 11 isn't nearly as big a shock as 2.3gb Reply +1
  • Rack 27/06/2014

    Great game and well worth the premium. Back in the glory days of mobile you could get amazing games for a few quid so I can see how 11 is a bit of a culture shock. You still can (I think Kotor is 3 at the moment) but they're rare enough that this should be more about an amazing game coming at a thoroughly reasonable price. Reply +1
  • The Banner Saga coming to iPad, Windows and Android tablets

  • Rack 26/06/2014

    Damn, just bought this today. It would be a perfect fit for ipad too. Reply 0
  • Road Not Taken PS4 release date announced

  • Rack 25/06/2014

    @lukejones Cheers, when they mentioned permadeath I had a sinking feeling that it wouldn't be procedurally generated. That would not be a happy combination for a puzzler. Reply 0
  • Does Assassin's Creed Unity feel like a generational leap?

  • Rack 25/06/2014

    Running on a PC with similar specifications to Xbox One (or so we're told)

    So that's an overclocked i7 4930k 2 Titan-Zs and 128gb memory right?
    Reply 0
  • PlayStation Plus gets TowerFall, Strider and Dead Space 3 in July

  • Rack 25/06/2014

    @Kilboy I certainly could complain even at under 3 a month if every month was like this one because there's nothing that has any value for me.

    In reality though last month was good enough to keep me happy with the whole years output, it's only coincidence that nothing here aligns with my interests.

    Ps+ continues to be not just amazing value, but a good reason to buy a PS4.
    Reply +15
  • Hearthstone Naxxramas expansion shown off in leaked images

  • Rack 24/06/2014

    These images were explicitly stated by the creator to be mock ups, they are not leaks. Reply +1
  • "See those mountains?"

  • Rack 14/06/2014

    @northlondon01 True, but he only referenced how the experience was bounded, not the richness of the environment. It was a deficiency of imagination, not technology that meant there were no interesting hidden areas or items. Reply +2
  • Rack 14/06/2014

    Zelda is getting a free pass, but what are the odds that at the top of that mountain will be a chest containing a blue rupee (complete with the infuriatingly slow text telling me it's worth 5 rupees)? The last Zelda game to truly buck this trend was A Link to the Past. I mean there have been good Zelda games since then but they have all been horrendously backwards when it comes to having something interesting in the world.

    I'd love to be wrong here, I mean a Zelda open world game with the same care and attention to detail of Mario Galaxy could blow all of gaming wide open (no pun intended). But another Skyward Sword or Twilight Princess is only going to be interesting in how much it highlights the problem with the system and how determined reviewers are to pretend everything is wonderful.
    Reply +15
  • BioWare: Mass Effect 4 will reference original trilogy but remain separate

  • Rack 11/06/2014

    Unless said reference is "We're sorry. We're so, so sorry" it would be better for them to just pretend it never happened. Reply +1