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  • In Theory: Will future consoles share identical tech specs?

  • UncleLou 03/05/2016

    @Pasco In which case your earlier post doesn't make sense. Everybody knows it's a business. It is crystal clear that everything is, in the end, driven by the goal to make a profit. There's no need to point it out explicitly, is there? Reply +2
  • UncleLou 03/05/2016

    @Pasco "It's cute when people think that the timing of PS4 Neo has anything to do with Nintendo, VR, hardware cycles, frame rates, resolutions etc. It's only about extracting the maximum amount of money from "

    It's also pretty cute that you think these things are in any way, shape or form mutually exclusive, tbh. :)
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  • UncleLou 03/05/2016

    More and more similar architecture or even identical components, and consumers pay 2 or 3 times over for what is essentially the same device - maybe a standardised console *would* be better for everyone? Reply +8
  • His Story: How Sam Barlow rewrote the video game script

  • UncleLou 03/05/2016

    @WhiteUmbrella Can't say it was my GOTY (though I liked it a lot), but it really isn't hard to see why many people loved it. Reply +11
  • Halo and Destiny designer announces sci-fi mystery Asemblance

  • UncleLou 03/05/2016

    @karolniecik Yeah, a PC version has been officially announced as well (on the dev's facebook page). Reply +3
  • Nioh on PS4: 1080p30 or 720p60 - you decide

  • UncleLou 29/04/2016

    @smallblueslime Yeah, just what every PC gamer has been waiting for - the opportunity to play a game like Nioh at 720p60. :D Reply +6
  • The PC version of Forza 6 goes into open beta next week

  • UncleLou 29/04/2016

    "Better have insane graphical improvements to justify those requirements"

    It's not impossible that the the "recommended" specs here are Forza 6 at max settings, with proper AA etc., in which case I don't find them terribly surprising or too high, let alone insane. I have a slightly more powerful PC, and a consistent 60 fps at 1080p simply *does* require some horsepower, in particular with AA and whatnot.
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  • UncleLou 29/04/2016

    @XBgamer 70 million is a bit misleading, seeing how Forza 6 is somewhere stuck between 500k and 1 million, as far as we know, no?

    It is pretty much in niche territory these days. Not that it's the only one. GT's sales were constantly declining as well, iirc. Racing sims just don't shift millions of copies these days.
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  • UncleLou 29/04/2016

    @cloudskipa " it's teething troubles as Steam also went through then fine.."

    Heh, what is it with people comparing Micrsoft's store with Steam's teething troubles? Microsoft had "teething troubles" and full dentures for more than a decade now.

    The Windows store is incredibly amateurish. If they ran their Xbox section similarly, they'd have been laughed out of the console business ages ago.

    "but don't complain when MS stop supporting the PC with Xbox franchises. You can't have your cake and eat it."

    PC gaming did just fine without Microsoft in the last 15 years. It's Microsoft now who wants to gain trust (and consumers). It's not a favour Microsoft is doing anyone here, it's *their* business, and right now what they're doing is ... poor.
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  • Here's what Doom's single-player campaign looks like

  • UncleLou 28/04/2016

    @Cyclone "That means less time had passed between the releases of Doom 1 all the way back in 1993 and Doom 3 in 2004, than between Doom 3 and Doom 2016. Damn, that makes me feel old."

    Oh my.

    That is ... shocking and depressing.

    It's obviously true, but I just can't get my head around it.
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  • Sony's PSN is making more money than all of Nintendo

  • UncleLou 28/04/2016

    @BBIAJ "when sites such as CD Keys offer it for 32.99."

    Arguably also foolish to buy from a website that doesn't tell you who they are, where they are, hides behind Domains By Proxy, and occasionally sells keys that fell from the back of a lorry.
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  • The Gears of War 4 season pass costs 40

  • UncleLou 26/04/2016

    @devilmyarse That's not true, at least not in all cases. Is The Witcher 3 not finished? The season pass is just an expansion that gets announced early because everyone knows already the game will be a success.

    Obviously it will be cheaper to buy a GOTY version at some point, but that's not different from how it was 10 to 20 years ago.
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  • UncleLou 26/04/2016

    Looks like Microsoft is desperately trying to drive prices up, what with this season pass story here and Quantum Break for the PC being 70,- EUR on the Windows store. Reply +22
  • John Romero and Adrian Carmack go to Kickstarter with new FPS Blackroom

  • UncleLou 26/04/2016

    Adrian Carmack! Not heard that name in a while (er, decades(s)). Mostly remember about him that he's *not* related to John Carmack. Reply 0
  • Alienation review

  • UncleLou 25/04/2016

    @FMV-GAMER Twin stick shooter - basically the sequel to Dead Nation, if you've played that.

    Although the loot, skills, classes etc. sound like they took a few ideas from Diablo and co.
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  • UncleLou 25/04/2016

    Housemarque? Loot?

    Day 1.

    Sorry, Ratchet and Clank, you two have to wait a few months. :-/
    Reply +16
  • Face-Off: Everybody's Gone to the Rapture on PC

  • UncleLou 23/04/2016

    @obidanshinobi Posting basically the same drive-by-trolling comment everytime a "walking simulator" comes up does make you look a bit childish though.

    Maybe these games *are* a bit too difficult for you after all?
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  • UncleLou 23/04/2016

    @ibenam Witty. Reply +5
  • Amazon marks GTA5, FIFA 16, Minecraft and more as "exclusively for Prime members"

  • UncleLou 22/04/2016

    As a prime customer (much cheaper in Germany and worth it for me because of the saved p&p costs) and, generally, a fan of amazon, I find this despicable. Reply +1
  • Five years after the great PSN hack of 2011, Sony is adding 2-step verification

  • UncleLou 21/04/2016

    @brokenkey Deutsche Bank/Visa. Although the better question would be: who do *you* bank with where canceling a card and requesting a new one *doesn't* cost fees? :) Reply 0
  • UncleLou 21/04/2016

    Ridiculous that it took so long.

    You still owe me the fees for a new credit card, Sony. Only time ever I actually had to cancel a card.
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  • Budget Cuts is the future of VR right freakin' now

  • UncleLou 21/04/2016

    Great article, and I have nothing VR-related on preorder. :) Reply +2
  • How PlayStation Neo and the original PS4 will co-exist

  • UncleLou 21/04/2016

    I actually thought I had no use for this thing, but then I had this idea in my head of Red Dead Redemption 2, in HD, at 60fps.

    :-/
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  • UncleLou 21/04/2016

    @haruvister Yup. And Microsoft. You can bet the two know very well what the other is planning. Reply +4
  • The Banner Saga 2 Review

  • UncleLou 20/04/2016

    @Sousuke_Sagara It really isn't, not as such, we're just not used to it.

    Think of it this way: most games in the genre require that you kill everyone off as quickly as possible, so it's often the best to amass your damage dealers around the same enemy till he's dead, then move on to the next one.

    The Banner Saga, otoh, requires you to spread out your damage evenly, so to speak, and try to weaken the whole enemy force at the same time.

    This is a lovely mechanic and requires you to play these games differently to what we're used to from most games in the genre. And it opens a whole new layer of tactics when your own units, too, aren't "on" or "off", but are wounded and do less and less damage.

    The one problem though, as the article explains, isn't really this mechanic as such, but rather the fact that player and AI always move one unit consecutively. In other words: it is better for you if the enemy still has a wounded and weak unit on the battlefield (which he might waste a turn on) than when you kill that unit and his move will be spent on a strong unit.

    Although one could argue that this is "realistic", since wounded people tend to be worse for moral in war than killed ones.

    Either way, this really shouldn't stop you from getting this great, unique game (edit: talking about the first one, I've not played 2 yet).
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  • UncleLou 19/04/2016

    "The problem comes with the fact that a unit's hit points also act as their potential damage output."

    I have always liked this in the first one - I often think that it just makes no sense in most games (of all genres) that enemies are always at 100% (even with one hitpoint left), or at 0% (dead). You can barely ever *wound* anyone in games with an actual effect on their damagae output, so you basically need to prioritise killing everyone. Maybe The Banner Saga takes takes it a bit too far, but I appreciate the idea. :)
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  • Revealed: Sony's plan for PlayStation 4K - codename Neo

  • UncleLou 20/04/2016

    @Fourfoldroot Yeah, no worries. No offense taken. :) Reply +2
  • UncleLou 20/04/2016

    @Fourfoldroot "Before I consider something as fact I need more than that, I'm sorry if that offends you."

    Of course it's not a "fact" at this point. But the world isn't black and white.

    And if there's anything I find offensive, it's your "holier than thou" attitude, not what you believe or don't believe as such.
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  • UncleLou 20/04/2016

    @Fourfoldroot "Sorry if my standards for that are a little higher than most, but I've been here many times before over the decades."

    Oh pretty please. You don't have higher standards than anyone else here. There are unfounded, baseless rumours, and there are situations like this, where several media outlets have independently reported about what's right in front of them. Most people can see the difference.

    "but I've been here many times before over the decades."

    Yeah, many of us have. Which is exactly why we find it pretty unlikely at this point that this is nothing but a rumour.
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  • UncleLou 19/04/2016

    @Benno "The Last Guardian devs have managed to miss another console cycle."

    251 upvotes, not a single downvote. That's quite something. :D
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  • UncleLou 19/04/2016

    @grassyknoll Yeah, we're a little OT here. I don't really have an opinion on the PS4k either way, I guess it's a combination of wanting more power for VR (I am not a fan of Sony VR anyhow, as you know), the NX and MS's possible upgrade plans (something I am sure Sony knows a lot more about than we), plus shaping the market as the leader. Reply +4
  • UncleLou 19/04/2016

    @grassyknoll It's not because *I* have games to play, it's the simple fact that there are more (and a bigger variety) of games coming out than basically ever before. Yes, things change, and midtier has died. But now we have dozens and dozens of independent devs and smaller publishers that haven't existed a few years ago, nor could they have existed due to how the market was.

    As for the Japanese industry, they certainly have problems of their own.
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  • UncleLou 19/04/2016

    @grassyknoll We are also in a space (again, after the 80ies) where a single guy can make a game and sell more than a million copies in a few months. And racing games are dying out? I have so many, I can't even play them all.

    And yes, some genres disappear and reappear. There haven't been Diablo-like loot-em-ups for a decade, now you can barely walk for them.

    I have a wishlist on Steam that is constantly growing, and hell, it's spring, and there are new releases coming out of my ears. I haven't even picked up R&C today because I have no idea when I am supposed to play it between DS3, Gungeon, Stardew Valley, Dirt Rally and whatnot.

    I am finding your bleak outlook on the games industry, frankly, astounding. There's so much more variety than there was 10 years ago, it's absurd.
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  • UncleLou 19/04/2016

    @Fourfoldroot " and I'm extremely disappointed by the misleading reporting spearheaded by EG."

    You don't know if it's misleading, until it turns out to be not true.

    I expect you will be extremely impressed if it does turn out to be all true?

    edit:
    Not quite sure about "spearheaded by EG", though. As the article itself states as well, GiantBomb was there before EG.
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  • Dark Souls 3's multiplayer is a very different, absolutely brilliant take on online

  • UncleLou 19/04/2016

    @ihnm_aims "The souls community has always been full of dickheads,"

    People *are* dickheads in multiplayer games, nothing new there. Nonetheless, I've always found the DS community a very friendly one, all in all. I've had lots of completely fair and even polite duels.
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  • The new Doom is having a tough time with Steam user reviews

  • UncleLou 18/04/2016

    @adamjorgensen "In this context I think all the comments here about PC Master-race Manchildren are, frankly, juvenile and undeserved."

    Yes, they are indeed. But it's what you expect from some of the commenters, unfortunately.
    Reply +4
  • UncleLou 18/04/2016

    @stryker1121 " I'm a mother of three children ages 2, 6 months and 4 weeks "

    6 months and 4 weeks? Truly a heavenly miracle. :)
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  • UncleLou 18/04/2016

    @bad09 It does have a nearly 5-star rating on PSN. Mind though, a game needs to be flat out broken to get anything less than 4 stars on PSN. People are either extremely enthusiastic on there, or someone's manipulating the reviews... :p Reply +14
  • UncleLou 18/04/2016

    @Agarwel_Idiriz It's not particularly strange, is it? If the director of the next Fast and Furious movie turned it into a drama comedy about Jewish neurotics in Prague, it would get lambasted, even if it's a great arthouse film. :)

    I am obviously exaggerating, but they don't call it "DOOM" by coincidence. That will raise all kinds of expectations.

    Without having played the beta, I'd expect: fast-paced gameplay, no classes, starting with basic equipment, weapon and item pickups on the map, over the top violence.
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  • Digital Foundry vs Ratchet and Clank on PS4

  • UncleLou 18/04/2016

    @IronSoldier "In summary, plenty more 'shiny' for a cinematic experience at half the frame-rate"

    Yeah, well, that was already the DF summary, basically, no?

    /confused
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  • UncleLou 18/04/2016

    @SpaceMonkey77 "Watching that vid shows how badly this game has aged, in a world of recent game mechanic advancements, like stealth and cover based game play."

    I have to disagree. Cover-based gameplay is an alternative, and it has been pretty fashionable for a while, but it's not an advancement as such.

    And as far as stealth is concerned, some of the best stealth game ever released are nigh on 20 years old now, and we still get absolutely shit stealth mechanics in new games, so I don't really see the "recent advancements".
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  • UncleLou 18/04/2016

    Can't get over how impressive this looks, and there seems to be a bigger generational gap between PS3 and 4 than anywhere else. Reply +12
  • Why fans are excited about this leaked Red Dead Redemption 2 map

  • UncleLou 18/04/2016

    Can't really think of an annoucnement I'd be happier about than this, I loved RDR to bits.

    I hope they don't listen to some of the complaints that the game was too empty - personally, I loved the feeling of loneliness, space, epic landscapes etc. If anything, it was almost too full.

    Fill the gameworld with too much stuff to do, and you lose all atmosphere and credibility, imo.
    Reply +15
  • The secrets of Dark Souls lore explained and explored

  • UncleLou 15/04/2016

    I have to admit, I love the Souls games, but I never really followed the story/lore closely. I am too busy trying not to die, and if I am perfectly honest, I am not sure I find it too interesting, but, BUT, it makes an excellent, atmospheric, mysterious sort of background noise that I wouldn't want to miss.

    Great article, mind. I've read with interest what I have missed! :)
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  • Ratchet & Clank review

  • UncleLou 15/04/2016

    "marks Insomniac's eleventh Ratchet & Clank game."

    Wow, I had no idea - I played, I am not sure, maybe the first two? Three at best.

    This sounds (looks!) great.
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  • There's a way to play Oculus Rift exclusives on HTC Vive

  • UncleLou 14/04/2016

    @DAN.E.B "Seriously?
    This sort of thing will kill VR before it's even started"

    What would kill VR is having two bloody expensive, but more or less identical, hardware solutions with a handful of (more or less half-baked currently) exclusive games each. That's the absolutely last thing anybody needs.
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  • How to bypass Dark Souls 3's game-breaking PC bug

  • UncleLou 13/04/2016

    @frazzl "Let' also not forget that the Dark Souls titles seem to get a free pass when it comes to significant technical issues"

    I am not aware of the games getting a "free pass". Compared to which games, exactly? XCOM2 had some pretty terrible performance problems originally before it was patched, and was an "esssential" as well. Which would admittedly be an argument in favor of your original point, maybe. ;)

    "Eurogamer does not do that though."

    Well, they tested the PC version. I guess the version differences are more DF's job.


    Anyway, my point is, I generally feel pretty well-informed these days about games and their problems (or lack thereof). Much more so than a few years ago. And from a personal point of view, I wouldn't like technical issues to have too much influence on a review score, unless they're truly game-breaking, because I'll always take a great, unpolished game over a polished mediocre one.
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  • UncleLou 13/04/2016

    @frazzl Lots of reviews mentioned the framerate problems, to the point of giving different scores to the PC and console versions.

    Eurogamer tested the PC version, and I guess they didn't encounter that bug (neither do I, fortunately).

    Same about Quantum Break, btw., which got some terrible scores as far as the PC version is concerned.

    So, frankly, I don't really see your point.
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  • Dark Souls 3 review

  • UncleLou 12/04/2016

    @spRitE86 In other words, it's a perfectly fine game for the target audience according to your own logic, and your opinion about the game is as valuable as mine would be about a football manager. I suspected as much. :) Reply +3
  • UncleLou 12/04/2016

    @spRitE86 But surely masochists aren't trolled by the game, if I follow your logic? Can't have it both ways, it's either for masochists, or a troll game. Otherwise, every racing game is a troll game because non-petrolheads are trolled, hard.

    (But to be prfectly honestly, it sounds like you're frustrated becasue you bounced off, hard. That's perfectly ok. I suck at these games, but I am stubborn. Just don't be so judgemental, ok?)
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