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  • Performance Analysis: PlayStation 2 emulation on PS4

  • Shakey_Jake33 21/11/2015

    Only on the Eurogamer comments section could a positive new feature be spun into negative fanboy cannon fodder.

    Nobody cares if you prefer the 360 over the PS3 or vice versa.
    Reply +82
  • Microsoft's cheeky video explains Xbox One backwards compatibility

  • Shakey_Jake33 13/11/2015

    I'm actually considerirng buying an Xbone for this. I don't own a 360 and it seems like a way to kill 2 birds with one stone. Reply +9
  • Remember Sensible Soccer? Jon Hare returns with Sociable Soccer

  • Shakey_Jake33 12/11/2015

    @Mustberger I interpreted that as being able to play online with other people who are fans of the same team and play 'as', say, Chelsea. Reply 0
  • So, how much do Steam Machines cost in the UK?

  • Shakey_Jake33 11/11/2015

    @bad09 You could spin it the other way, in fairness.

    I agree with what you're saying about Gabe essentially feeling threatened by threats to his monopoly (his rhetoric about the importance of open platforms is worthless when Steam itself is a closed source application). On the other hand, I like to see SteamOS as an alternatve gaming OS so that, just in case Microsoft really do do something silly like they've been threatening to for a decade, we have an alternative gaming OS that might actually be mature by that point.

    It's pretty pointless right now, of course. A waste of the underlying hardware.
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  • Democracy 3: Africa announced as a standalone "re-imagining"

  • Shakey_Jake33 04/11/2015

    Are we just pretending that so-called 'sjw' are getting upset about this? Reply 0
  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC still broken, players say

  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    @kongzi You're making an awful lot of assumptions there. I agree with every piece of critisism that has gone the way of WB and Rocksteady.

    The suggestion that no port at all would have been preferable, though? That's what I don't get. We should quite rightly critisise the port, but ultimately the fact that people can at least play the game suggests that it shouldn't be simply 'canned'. That would be the height of cynicism.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    @bad09 Obviously the comparison is daft. I guess what I'm saying is that even for a gaming PC, it doesn't have to cost the earth.

    In July, I built myself a new PC primarily for gaming (my first for about 6 years). I couldn't afford a completely high end machine so I went with a modest spec. Core i5 4460 3.2GHz, 16GB DDR3-1600, Radeon R9 280X 3GB. Did it cost more than my PS4? Sure. But not considerably so. And having the base machine means I can gradually upgrade, again with mid range components at a decent price. I've since thrown in a SSD, a couple of extra fans etc. This machine runs Arkham Knight at 60fps.

    I guess my point is that PC gaming doesn't have to be expensive as long as you build the rig you want within your budget, and it becomes a lot cheaper once you have a base machine to upgrade.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    @bad09 That's the thing though isn't it - you can spend as much on a PC as you want. You can go nuts and buy the high end of everything, you can moderate yourself, and you can even go low end and still play games at decent graphics settings.

    It's a nonsense to compare a gaming console with a 1000 pound PC because the hardware is worlds apart. You could probably build a PC with a similar spec to the PS4 for less than the price of the console.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    @kongzi Should they have scrapped the PC version? What about those of us who are enjoying it? Reply 0
  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    @The_Dude_Abides_ If you need a grand for a decent gaming PC, I got a mighty good deal on my components. Reply +3
  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    @bobiroka Right you are. I just maxed the settings except for the texture quality ('High' requires 4GB VRAM) and disabled Motion Blur out of personal preference. I get full 60fps. Some hitching which seems to be caused by Vsync - disabling it fixes it, at the expense of some tearing.

    My specs - Core i5 4460 @ 3.2GHz, 16GB DDR3-1600, Radeon R9 280X 3GB. Pretty moderate really for a gaming PC.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 29/10/2015

    At default settings, the game uses 2.66GB of my 3GB of VRAM. This is with regular textures, only modest AA and trilinear AF etc. I dread to think what the game requires when maxed!

    It does run perfectly fine on my modest machine to be fair (Core i5 4460 @ 3.2GHz, 16GB DDR3-1600, Radeon R9 280X 3GB), rarely dropping below 60fps, but to suggest the game is badly optimised would be an understatement. Only GTA4 is possibly worse.
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  • Zelda fans have a bone to pick with Nintendo over doge meme

  • Shakey_Jake33 28/10/2015

    These people need to get a grip. I'm all for people voicing their opinions about something no matter how minor, but it's evidently a joke. Go outside. Reply 0
  • Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water review

  • Shakey_Jake33 27/10/2015

    @carmagain Don't forget the 'Womb' clothing store chain in Japan! My wife still doesn't understand why I giggle every time we walk past! Reply +4
  • Shakey_Jake33 27/10/2015

    @kirinnokoshin You can actually turn off the motion control and control the camera with the analogue sticks. I found this the best way to play because while physically controlling the camera with the gamepad is cool at first, you do get sick of having to do a 180 every time the darn witch appears behind you! Reply +4
  • Shakey_Jake33 27/10/2015

    @kirinnokoshin It's difficult to disagree with the points made in the review - as I said, the reviewer does appear to be familar with the series and the genre. It would be easier if the review was written by somebody who isn't familiar with it, but I certainly can't (and am not intending to) critisise the integrity of the reviewer! So all I can do is disagree!

    I'd say that the game is good in spite of its flaws. I'd not recommend it to people who aren't already fans of the genre - it contains all the usual faults that lower budget survival horror games suffer from such as clunky gameplay. But fans of the genre are used to that and love the games for their atmosphere, tension, scenarios and terrains etc. If you know what to expect from a survival horror game, you'll probably like it.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 27/10/2015

    Reviews are of course merely opinions so I'm not going to criticise this review (and the reviewer does appear to be very familiar with the series), but I genuinely think this game is brilliant. I've been playing it since the Japanese release last year and love it.

    I suggest people looking for a survival horror game and were tempted by this game to try the demo, rather than taking this review at its word. I politely disagree with this review.
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  • Burnout Paradise confirmed for Xbox One backwards compatibility

  • Shakey_Jake33 27/10/2015

    @Zhnigo Reply -1
  • Digital Foundry vs console texture filtering

  • Shakey_Jake33 24/10/2015

    @Rogueywon Moral of the story - ignorance is bliss?

    It's the gamer in me that WANTS to know more abut the technical side of things, frank;y.
    Reply +1
  • Fallout gets its own officially licensed beer

  • Shakey_Jake33 24/10/2015

    All you people moaning about Carlsberg, you don't have to drink the pig swill that is Japanese beer. Give me a Carlsberg please. Reply +1
  • Square Enix explains why Final Fantasy 15's main characters all wear black

  • Shakey_Jake33 24/10/2015

    @internisus I know what you mean - why give Sonic THOSE shoes?! Reply 0
  • Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water removes skimpy costumes

  • Shakey_Jake33 21/10/2015

    @grassyknoll All non-mainstream survival horror games get poor reviews in fairness, mainly due to clunky controls. This is a good game. Reply +2
  • Shakey_Jake33 21/10/2015

    @Plankton1975 It's all down to opinion and all that, but I've been playing this game since the Japanese launch over a year ago and think it's bloddy brilliant.

    The last proper survival horror series, and this entry doesn't disappoint.
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  • Watch: Hands-on with the Steam controller

  • Shakey_Jake33 19/10/2015

    @mahmoudkhatab I think that might be the longest sentence ever. Reply +1
  • Shakey_Jake33 17/10/2015

    @parkboyer Thing is, it's not intended to replace traditional controllers. People will still use the normal controller that they already own. This is intended purely for games that would otherwise be non-controller.

    People seem to be saying that the right 'trackpad' already isn't big enough. Moving the face buttons further towards the top of the controller would exasperate this issue.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 17/10/2015

    @flippet I don't think even Valve expect SteamOS to become a major gaming operating system anytime soon. I get the impression that they're maintaining it as a failsafe, to avoid over-reliance on Microsoft by providing a fall-back operating system just in case Microsoft do something crazy with Windows.

    It's relatively little investment for Valve because it's a Debian-based distro and thus updates are pretty much taken care of through Debian.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 17/10/2015

    If you have your PC set up so that you can use a keyboard and mouse, then this controller probably isn't for you - you wouldn't need it anyway.

    The controller is mainly for people like me who have their main gaming PC in the living room connected to the big TV. I can use a keyboard and mouse if I really have to, but I have to place it on a tray or the coffee table and it's ultimately frustrating. General PC navigation for me is done utilising a Logotech K400r keyboard with a laptop-style mousepad built in - it's brilliant, but useless for gaming. This is where the Steam Controller should come into its own - people who want to play games primarily designed for a keyboard and mouse but their setup doesn't easily allow for this.

    It's worth mentioning that the PS4 controller works wirelessly on the PC now, and you can even use the touchpad as a mouse. Very handy for switching games without having to grab the keyboard.
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  • Duke Nukem 3D finally gets a Sega Mega Drive release

  • Shakey_Jake33 18/10/2015

    @simpleexplodingmaybe It's stunning how badly Sega read the market with the 32X. Nintendo ditched the Snes CD because they realised that fragmenting the market with addons isn't the way to go because developers and publishers want to target as large an install base as possible. This is where the expansion chips like the SuperFX was a brilliant idea - it expanded upon the original hardware without sacrificing the install base size. This should have been clear to Sega with the MegaCD - developers might have fancied the extra capabilities of the MegaCD and felt it wasn't worth the loss in sales so targeted the regular MegaDrive instead. Sega themselves were doing that. With that in mind, further fragmenting the MegaDrive market with the 32X rather than using the SVP enhancement chip in more games was laughable. Sega put so much R&D into the SVP to only use it in one game.

    The MegaCD was a little more forgivable because it's older than people realise - released in 1991 to compete with the PC Engine CD in Japan. Sega should have learnt lessons from it's failure.
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  • Shakey_Jake33 17/10/2015

    @Wyrm There wax the SVP chip used in Virtua Racing. Sega then had a moment of madness and released the 32X instead of making more games using the SVP custom chip. Reply +2
  • Shakey_Jake33 17/10/2015

    @Pulsar_t You're not far wrong, I think it uses the same engine. Reply 0
  • Nintendo now handing out NX console developer kits - report

  • Shakey_Jake33 16/10/2015

    The NX will also reportedly use "industry-leading chips", following developer criticism that the Wii U did not match up close enough with rival consoles.
    Well that narrows down the specs a bit!

    In all seriousness, it's a serious risk for Nintendo if they really do intend to replace their handheld consoles with this, given they remain extremely popular. The dominant format in Japan by quite some margin. On the other hand, Nintendo's internal resources are currently split between two formats and both suffer as a result. Sony faced this same problem and ultimately let the Vita die a death in order to focus on the PS4. Nintendo have been rather brilliant in supporting both the 3DS and the Wii U (to a lesser extent, admittedly) with quality titles, but it's not an approach that really makes sense given increasing developemt costs.
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  • The Witcher 3 patch 1.10 gives PS4 the boost it's been waiting for

  • Shakey_Jake33 14/10/2015

    @Jeux Well, it's relative isn't it. 5fps away from 60fps isn't significant (putting aside the potential tearing issues).

    5fps away from a game hovering around 25fps, that loss is definately noticable.
    Reply +6
  • Voice actors strike has been authorised

  • Shakey_Jake33 09/10/2015

    To everybody here critical of the voice actors - surely the answer isn't that voice actors should receive substandard pay because everybody else does, but in fact the real answer is that the rest of the industry should unionise? Reply +1
  • G-Sync on a laptop: the Asus G751JY review

  • Shakey_Jake33 26/09/2015

    @BobbyDeNiro At what framerate does Crysis 3 run on that? :D

    I agree with your basic sentiment, though. I have a 3 hour round communte on the train to and from work every day. New 3DS for me.
    Reply +1
  • How to exploit PlayStation TV to run all Vita titles

  • Shakey_Jake33 25/09/2015

    @parrapa No it doesn't. Homebrew yes (though maybe not by using this guide specifically), but no piracy because no kernel mode exploit exists for the Vita native mode on the Vita. Just a usermode exploit. Reply 0
  • Nintendo's new boss faces the most pivotal year in the company's history

  • Shakey_Jake33 17/09/2015

    @Malek86 It's easy to dismiss the 3DS as less and less relevant from a western perspective but somewhat underestimates the importance of the Japanese market for Nintendo.

    The reality is, Nintendo remain a company that bases most of its decisions on the Japanese market. The 3DS is the most popular console in Japan by a significant margin, both in terms of hardware and software sales and store presence. The home consoles don't even come close. Smartphone gaming is huge as well but it doesn't seem to be eating into the dedicated handheld market like it is in the west - I commute to work here in Japan every day, and a huge amount of people of all ages use a 3DS on their commute. A smaller number still use their PSP (and bearly anybody with a Vita).

    Why am I focusing so much on facts only relevant to Japan? Because Nintendo still approach the Japanese market as their main market. It's a market potentially twice the size of the UK market considering the population difference and the fact that gaming in public is more acceptable among adults here. I suspect their approach to the NX will be similarly Japan-focused - their parnetship with DeNA - a massive mobile game developer in Japan (even sponsoring a baseball team) yet no presense abroad, suggests as much.
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  • PlayStation 4 is getting changeable colour plates

  • Shakey_Jake33 16/09/2015

    @Solid_Snake_Eater Best design? I understand that it's subjective and I have no issue with the PS4 design as such, but it is just a black brick. Reply 0
  • AMD Radeon R9 Nano review

  • Shakey_Jake33 10/09/2015

    The lack of next-gen media support (HEVC encode/decode) may also put off potential HTPC owners, but probably not as much as the lack of HDMI 2.0 support.
    This sounds shockingly unforgivable given this card is presumably targetting people building under-the-telly machines.
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  • New Xbox One bundle includes 1TB solid state hybrid drive

  • Shakey_Jake33 01/09/2015 it's not an SSD but an SSHD, going by the description. Reply +4
  • PS4 gets its own preview program

  • Shakey_Jake33 20/08/2015

    @IronSoldier There's always one.

    This is something that people have been asking for - to the point that some people were using rather clever internet tricks to sneek into the beta update programme. It's also free, and people don't have to take part - in fact, you have to make a conscious effort to sign up and hope you're selected.

    Can't please some people,
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  • Nintendo pulls 3DS game as homebrew exploit looms

  • Shakey_Jake33 14/08/2015

    @ryohazuki1983 You're in luck. Ninjhax has a region free loader and Ironfall basically utilises the same homebrew service so Ironfall should get region free loading too. You'll be stuck on firmware 9.9 and you should remove your internet settings from the 3DS to make sure your console doesn't update in the background, but the loader has firmware version spoofing. Winner.

    This exploit doesn't allow piracy, by the way. Before anybody starts moralising.
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  • Dragon Quest 11 coming to 3DS, PlayStation 4 - and the NX

  • Shakey_Jake33 28/07/2015

    @Pirederas To be fair, the Dreamcast probably wouldn't even feature in a top 10 console failures since 1998. The Gizmondo, Ngage, Wonderswan, Neo Geo Pocket and maybe even the Vita are better examples of console failures. Both the Dreamcast and Wii U aren't on that level. Reply +1
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 "holiday 2016"

  • Shakey_Jake33 23/07/2015

    @cloudskipa The Shenmue 3 comparison is a poor one. The game wouldn't be getting a release at all without Sony's investment. It's not the same as paying for a timed exclusive. Reply +10
  • Shakey_Jake33 23/07/2015

    @mega-gazz Because with first party exclusives, these are games that would otherwise not exist without the investment from the platform holder. This also applies to games like Shenmue 3 where funding is necessary.

    This is not the case with timed exclusives liks Tomb Raider, which would be released either way and the money is strictly being used to deny the game to a specific section of gamers.
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  • The Amiga 500 in pictures and videos

  • Shakey_Jake33 23/07/2015

    I wasn't Amiga owner myself back in its heyday although my mates owned one so I played a lot of it. I had a MegaDrive and didn't get an Amiga 600 until Commodore had disappeared.

    I never envied my friends to be honest, but it did blow my mind that the Amiga could output real voice samples like in the excellent Cannon Fodder intro! I didn't understand the technical reasons back in the day, it was just mindblowing!
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  • PS4's official universal remote is heading to Europe

  • Shakey_Jake33 23/07/2015

    Can't they just let me use my 60 ps3 remote? Reply +3
  • Sega adds Shia LeBeouf meme to Sonic marketing

  • Shakey_Jake33 16/07/2015

    @Rayza There wasn't a whole lot wrong with Lost World in fairness, but I agree - they seemed to finally find a formula that worked with Sonic Colours and Generations, it's baffling that they dropped it. Reply 0
  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC will stay broken until this autumn - report

  • Shakey_Jake33 16/07/2015

    If they're smart, they'll take the route that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn took and market the fixed version as an entirely new release with extras, enhancements and a subtitle.

    I'm not sure people will put their money down otherwise.
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  • Sony: PS4 market share "frequently greater than 90 per cent in continental Europe"

  • Shakey_Jake33 01/07/2015

    @kosigan Not sure why somebody negged you because I think you're spot on. Backwards compatibility at launch certainly could have been the decider for people tempted to switch from the 360 to the PS4 (as many evidently did), and it certainly is coming far too late now. It seems like it is now being used to pick up some of the stragglers still playing their 360s, but those who switched to the PS4 are long gone.

    The importance of a decent launch is understated.
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  • Xbox One weekly Japan sales hit new all-time low

  • Shakey_Jake33 22/06/2015

    @Cold_Waste Much of it comes down to the greater publishing freedom that Microsoft offers in Japan.

    Sony are in a position where they can enforce publishing policies that fit their software release plans. For example, Sony often insist that niche games, 2D games, arcade ports, shumps etc. are sold budget priced, packaged with other games, digital only, or simply refuse the licence entirely. Sony are in a position to do this. For this reason, the 360 became the home of a whole loads of obscure Japanese games starting with Senko no Ronde, but also including things like CAVE shumps and the like. There's a couple on the Xbox One too such as Psycho Pass. It can be prohibitively expensive for small publishers to reduce the price of games or sell them in a bundle (look a how Sony forcing Working Design to sell both Arc the Lad games together almost destroyed them), making the Xbox an appealing format given their niche install base is probably already there. Microsoft don't need to have such an open policy in the west, so they don't.

    That's evidently not the solution to Microsoft's problems, however. Just a curious side effect.
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