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  • Forza Horizon 2 proves the driving genre is back at its best

  • UncleLou 20/08/2014

    Looks great.

    Sorry for repeating myself, but this (and the "normal" Forza) would sell a One to me, if only it would support my bog standard Logitech wheel that I can use with every other system under the sun.
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  • Performance Analysis: Diablo 3 at 1080p on Xbox One

  • UncleLou 19/08/2014

    @oliverhoward Play it in coop, with a couple of witch doctors, in a Nephalem rift. D3 needs a lot of leeway for those (later on frequent) times where the whole screen is an explosion of skills and mobs. I'd be extremely surprised if your PC is anywhere near 60 fps. Reply +1
  • UncleLou 19/08/2014

    @Guy.J. 30fps on TLOU are absolutely awful. Not because 30 fps are awful per se, nor where they awful on the PS3, but there is something utterly wrong with it in the PS4 version. It's so juddery, it gives you a head-ache. By all means, try it, but you'll switch back to 60 fps immediately. Mark my words. Reply +6
  • UncleLou 19/08/2014

    @strange-quark Not as interesting as compiling a list of the alleged bias which changes by the minute. Well, someone's on the case. Reply +3
  • UncleLou 19/08/2014

    I wouldn't underestimate the resolution here. This is a game where you look at a lot of pretty small objects from an isometric view. Think I'd prefer a minor framerate hit when things get hectic. Reply +34
  • Hellgate is back - as a Steam Greenlight pitch

  • UncleLou 19/08/2014

    I loved Hellgate,an underrated gem. It was Doom meets Diablo. And much better than Borderlands. :p Reply 0
  • Crawl Early Access review

  • UncleLou 19/08/2014

    @LeTHaL_MiGRaiNe Ignorant, obnoxious trolling based on your narrow-minded "AAA"- idea of games, or do you care to elaborate? Reply +1
  • Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition guide

  • UncleLou 19/08/2014

    @Bedders You'll encounter little creatures called Treasure Gobins from time to time. A good rule of thumb is that if you can't kill them before they create a portal and vanish, you should probably turn the difficulty setting down a bit.

    Yup. Perfect. Absolutely this, at least in single-player. :)
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  • Watch Microsoft's Phil Spencer accept the Ice Bucket Challenge

  • UncleLou 19/08/2014

    I hope Gabe Newell talks to his doctor first. :-/ Reply +19
  • PS4 leads US console sales for seventh month running

  • UncleLou 15/08/2014

    @cloudskipa I think my explanation is a far more rational and likely scenario than your barrel-scraping damage control response. Typical

    I am sorry, but that's hilarious. :D
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  • UncleLou 15/08/2014

    @dsmx The real story here is this time they've managed to supply enough consoles for everyone.

    You couldn't really buy a PS4 in Germany for 6 months after launch. The first time I saw one "in the flesh" at all at the end of April, I bought one.
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  • Risen 3: Titan Lords review

  • UncleLou 15/08/2014

    @darc I love the Piranha Bytes games, I really do, but "imagination" really isn't one of their strenghts. They've been making, more or less succesfully, the same game since Gothic 1. Again and again and again. Reply +4
  • UncleLou 14/08/2014

    @ImpericalLegion Your post sounds as if Dragon Age 2 never happened. DA:I looks alright so far, but give me Risen over DA2 any day of the week. Reply +9
  • UncleLou 14/08/2014

    Gothic 1 had good combat. Gothic 2 had good combat. Gothic 3's combat was broken. Risen 1's was ok, Risen 2's was broken, and so is, it seems, Risen 3's.

    It can't be that hard, can it?
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  • UncleLou 14/08/2014

    The series still lacks a worthwhile identity of its own and is too quick to run away from its piratical setting in favour of more familiar fantasy archetypes,

    To be fair, almost everybody hated the pirate theme in Risen 2. Including me.
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  • Diablo 3 on console: when is 60fps not really 60fps?

  • UncleLou 13/08/2014

    @Suarez07 Well, it doesn't say there how they tested it, but I doubt it was in multiplayer and/or on a higher difficulty level. The game needs a lot of performance leeway (which is why it may look deceptively simple at the first glance) for when things get busy.

    My i7/660 certainly doesn't run it at a consistent 60 fps.
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  • UncleLou 12/08/2014

    @comedyjack Coming from the PC version, I found the PS3 version's low resolution rather messy. All the shiny loot looked pretty pixelated, particularly on the smaller characters. I'd say the resolution matters much more here, where you look at small characters and monsters from an isometric view, than in a first-person or third-person game.

    I am also not quite sure where the rumour is coming from that D3 is not a demanding game. In multiplayer, on the higher difficulty levels, you'll be hard-pressed to find a game where there's more going on at the screen at once - they actually had to tone that down for the last-gen versions.
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  • Tearaway is being retold on PS4 as Tearaway Unfolded

  • UncleLou 12/08/2014

    Part of its appeal is certainly the use if the hardware, but the art style and creative ideas are strong enough on their own.

    That said, I would much prefer Tearaway 2 on the Vita, or both platforms, than another remake
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive to Xbox One

  • UncleLou 12/08/2014

    @Vag13 It's unlikely that TR now has a bigger budget than it would have as a multi platform title, let alone double that, unless you're willing to believe that MS paid for all the (projected) copies on he bigger platform that it now won't sell, *and* doubled the total budget. That is ... unrealistic, to put it mildly.

    What it does is give SE more financial security, because they will now get a huge amount of cash instead of having to rely just on sales.
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  • UncleLou 12/08/2014

    @Brev2034 There was lots of complaining about the exclusive Destiny DLC, not sure how you missed that.

    And there was not a lot of complaining about the exclusivity of Uncharted or the Halo Master Collection, because that would be rather silly and would show you don't get what people see as the problem here...
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  • UncleLou 12/08/2014

    @Suarez07 That's a good point, but highly unlikely in the case of TR I would say. And FWIW, the Destiny DLC is just as silly. Console (first-party) exclusives that are meant to drive hardware sales and, like you point out, wouldn't exist otherwise are justified, but everything else is just anti-consumer bullshit where big companies try to sell you the same thing several times over.

    And then you get the marketing victims like bentaylor who play their part as a cog in the "console wars", while both platform owners' execs laugh behind their back about their obedient sheep.
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  • UncleLou 12/08/2014

    There's a fine line between making your product attractive by offering something unique, and trying to make it attractive by what feels like taking away something from the competition. Unfortunately, MS has repeatedly been on the wrong side of that line, IMO. Reply +6
  • Hotline Miami hits PS4 next week

  • UncleLou 12/08/2014

    @JensWeissflog Surprising comment. I am not exactly good with a pad and much prefer m/kb for almost everything, but Hotline:Miami controls *much* better with a pad. Reply +1
  • Diablo 3 download/install sizes are much higher on PS4

  • UncleLou 11/08/2014

    @Rob_Nomad Blizzard does exactly the same with Battle.net on the PC, so yeah, using consoles (or at least the PS4, don't know about the others) feels like traveling back in time 10 yeard compared to Steam etc. when it comes to the store and the whole online aspect. Reply +4
  • Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome announced for PC

  • UncleLou 08/08/2014

    @CynicalMe3 Consoles are inherently an anti-consumer idea. Artificially closed system, despite "coincidentally" always launching at the same time with the same specs, yet gamers need to buy basically the same hardware several times.

    Good for the competition, better than an open system or an open standard? Doubtful at least. We wouldn't accept it if we had to buy different systems to play our music, depending on which label they are released. We also wouldn't accept different players for films from different studios, and it would be a pretty silly idea to suggest we had better films or better music if only there was competition on the hardware level.
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  • Activision notes industry-wide downturn in pre-orders

  • UncleLou 06/08/2014

    Another is games being widely available the day they launch, so there's less need to pre-order to guarantee you get a copy.

    I've been buying games since the 1980s, and I have never, never experienced that a game is sold out on release. Not even once.
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  • Steam and Early Access: To curate or not curate?

  • UncleLou 06/08/2014

    @bad09 I know about the trap, hence my "hivemind" disclaimer, but I am actually damn certain there's some overlap. ;)

    I agree that an entirely separate category in Steam would be great, though. Just don't remove it entirely because some people can't cope with the concept.
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  • UncleLou 06/08/2014

    @bad09 I agree that people don't get it, and I do know that people aren't a hivemind, but I do find it funny that gamers need "protection" from EA* because they're too stupid to understand what it is, yet when little 5-year old Jimmy spends 2000 quid on IAP on the latest mobile "F2P" game, there are hundreds of enraged comments asking for individual responsibility and better parenting.


    *As in "Early Access", but it works for Electronic Arts as well. ;p
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  • Diablo 3 has shifted over 20 million units

  • UncleLou 06/08/2014

    @INSERT-COIN It should be on Steam, but it's probably not as cheap as it was in the sales occasionally, where it could be had for literally pennies.

    Also, iirc, on Steam there's the censored US version where a few, um, female monsters wear, um, bras. :)
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  • UncleLou 06/08/2014

    @Darren I stand corrected! :) Reply +1
  • UncleLou 06/08/2014

    @INSERT-COIN Give Titan Quest and it's expansion a try - it's super cheap now. Some people didn't like it, but it's my favourite loot-em-up right after Diablo 2. It's an epic, long journey, with the most insane number of (visually) unique loot ever made for such a game. Reply +3
  • UncleLou 05/08/2014

    @xYOSSARIANx Well, no one has played the PS4 version yet, but I don't doubt it's as good as D3 gets. The PS3 version without RoS was already great, but did suffer quite a bit from the pretty awful resolution. That obviously won't be a problem with the PS4.

    Short version: There are plenty reviews for the game itself, and it's pretty damn unlikely that Blizzard will ruin the port.
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  • The long journey of Wasteland 2

  • UncleLou 05/08/2014

    @regret Fallout was a Wasteland sequel in all but name, as Interplay didn't own the trademark but wanted to do a follow-up. It's not a very far-fetched idea that Wasteland 2 will feel a lot more like the Fallout games than Bethesda's, er, version did.

    Especially as it does look a lot more like Fallout than like Wasteland. Which is kind of funny, because when they didn't have the rights to do Wasteland 2, they did Fallout instead, and now that they're doing something that looks more like Fallout, they don't have the Fallout rights, but may now call it Wasteland. :p
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  • The Last of Us walkthrough and game guide

  • UncleLou 04/08/2014

    @shotbyascot Distract with bottles and bricks, be quiet, search for the exit. :) Reply +2
  • Sacred 3 review

  • UncleLou 01/08/2014

    There's not even any loot.

    Obviously that saved them a lot of development time/money, because I can imagine how much balancing effort it is. However, without loot, I am not interested. The genre is also called "loot-em-up" for a reason.

    Shame.
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  • The Last of Us review

  • UncleLou 01/08/2014

    @CaptainKid you seem a little obsessed with this game you are, according to your own posts, not going to play. Don't worry so much about the graphics, trust me, the game looks gorgeous. Much more impressed with it than, say, the Destiny beta. Reply +3
  • UncleLou 31/07/2014

    @mega-gazz It's on a different platform. It's basically a port. They review the game, not the release strategy. That's the common standard how this is done.

    Should the upcoming PC versions of Dead Rising 3 or GTAV get worse scores just because they have been released already on other platforms, or should they be reviewed on their own merits? How many points, if the former, should they subtract from the PC version of GTA V because I already have played the PS3 version? And how useful would that be for a PC gamer who hasn't played the console version yet?

    If you have already played the game, you don't need a lower score because you know whether you'll want to buy it again or not, anyway.

    The game will age over time, and time will tell whether it will age well or not, and the score of a potential rerelease in 10 years will reflect this, but unless you say the game has aged because the general standard of games has risen since its first release, I certainly cannot follow your logic here.
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  • UncleLou 31/07/2014

    @CaptainKid This is exactly the same game then on the PS3 but with some improved graphics. Why is this not marked down to an 8/10?

    You're a comedian, aren't you?
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  • UncleLou 31/07/2014

    @Calverz That doesn't make sense at all. Why should the game get a worse score because "we've already played it"? Confusing. Reply +19
  • UncleLou 31/07/2014

    I am repeating myself from the forum here, so sorry if you read this again: I double-dipped, and while I was unsure in the first 2 or 3 hours during the exposition (as gereat as it is, it's not really "replayable"), now that I am a little further in, it's just as brilliant as the first time.

    I have absolutely no idea how people can claim there is "no gameplay", or "average gameplay". TLoU is, by some margin, the best action stealth game I've played. It changes effortlessly between stealth, melee that still makes me wince, shootouts where every bullet counts, and back to stealth, with some brilliant open level design.

    I just love how you can screw up, get into a gun-fight, and then hide again because the AI isn't omniscient.

    Fantastic stuff.
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  • Face-Off: The Last of Us Remastered

  • UncleLou 30/07/2014

    Yeah. As much as I'd love to see Naughty Dog's games on the PC, this will not happen. Don't even hope for it, just forget it. Reply +4
  • UncleLou 30/07/2014

    @KopparbergDave I thought the same thing about the framerate. The 30 fps feel/look much worse than 30 fps usually do. Like you said, maybe it's just the immediate switch from 60 to 30, but it just didn't seem right.

    I have to try my PS3 copy again to see how it compares.
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  • Rust dev angers fans by announcing new prototype Riftlight

  • UncleLou 28/07/2014

    @mega-gazz Well you are a bit foolish if you buy an early access game on the understanding that it will ever be finished.
    The people making these games want one thing, your money. Once they have that then what incentive do they have to keep investing further resources?


    That's a bit ... simple.

    For starters, I've supported quite a few games that have in the meantime been released. Divinity: Original Sin, Don't Starve or Path of Exile, for example. So, in my personal experience, this whole kickstarter/early access thing works rather well.

    And the second point, it's not like most of these early access games make the devs enough money so they can spend the rest of their lifes in the sun. Their reputation is at stake.

    To generally suspect all KS/EA projects are basically run by crooks is a bit strange. There will be the odd black sheep, like everywhere, and many will fail due to financial mismanagement or whatever, but your attitude is not based on reality.
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  • Digital Foundry vs The Last of Us Remastered

  • UncleLou 28/07/2014

    @Michelasso Yeah. Obviously the GTAV port makes much more sense, when the game has been played by at most everybody but a few lost souls like me, doesn't it?

    There's that, but it does look like a much more significant update, technically.
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  • UncleLou 28/07/2014

    @ElCobrito It's not funny, but actually rather sad that you obviously don't even realize what you said. Reply +5
  • UncleLou 28/07/2014

    @ElCobrito @leeroye do I really have to tell you? From nes to ps4? Really?

    We insist. Remember, the last 40 years, not just starting with the nes. And don't forget PCs.
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  • UncleLou 28/07/2014

    @ElCobrito I'm gonna get a lot of downvotes, but if TLOU is the greatest game you've ever played in 40 years you've probably missed all the masterpieces released in those 40 years.

    I am sure I've played a lot of the masterpieces you refer to, and while TLoU is not my personal favourite game ever, it easily sits next to them.

    And you won't get my downvote because you don't think TLoU is a masterpiece, but because you imply that everyone who does is ignorant or clueless. This is what so often makes the internet shit.
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  • Next-gen before their time

  • UncleLou 27/07/2014

    @Esppiral Agreed, although I'd add Red Dead Redemption, which amazed me similarly, but admittedly it didn't run as nice as GTA V, at least on the PS3.

    Would love to see "remaster" of that one.
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  • UncleLou 27/07/2014

    @Nikanoru "The PC" runs any game at 4k at 60fps, and if it doesn't for you then you suck because you should buy some new hardware!

    Or you can do the same on consoles now, except you need to buy new hardware *and* buy your games again to benefit from a slight resolution and framerate bump. Glorious.
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  • Crytek comes forward about its recent financial woes

  • UncleLou 25/07/2014

    @AaronTurner Not really. I'd say they chucked all their eggs in different baskets, but that doesn't work with the metaphor...

    How about they tried to make a dozen omelets, but only had two eggs?
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