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  • Sony wanted Titanfall developer Respawn to work on Vita

  • Uncompetative 17/04/2014

    @OmegaNemesis28 Well, I had 3 RRODs with my 360 all covered by Microsoft's extended warranty. Just kept the box they sent it back in and kept returning it until I got one with a Jasper motherboard - which has been fine.

    My post did mention Titanfall and how I do play it on my ONE much more than all my PS4 games put together, despite the fact that the PS4 is both more powerful, has a superior UI and nicer graphics. Hopefully, the lack of compelling software will change with time. I do plan on getting most of my future games for the PS4 and have upgraded it to 1TB HDD for that very reason. Sony's update that let's you download titles before they have been released when you pre-order them, is very welcome and a feature that I have expected of these consoles for the past couple of years - hopefully, Microsoft will follow suit.

    360 > ONE > PS4

    With time I expect that to change. I don't own a Vita so I wouldn't know where to put that in relation to everything else, but I do know that games are more important than other aspects of these "multimedia jukeboxes" and I have not been wowed by either next-gen console so far; it simply is that I happen to use ONE more as it is always on and the controller is close to hand - basic laziness wins out.
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  • Uncompetative 17/04/2014

    I barely use my PS4.

    Titanfall - Season Pass, new maps soon...
    Forza Motorsport 5 - Steelbook Edition, own all the cars I want...
    Battlefield 4: Premium - Naval Strike, finally of merchantable quality...
    Call of Duty: Ghosts - Season Pass, having fun fighting against bots...

    All totally eclipsed by my continued passion for:

    Halo 3 Multiplayer

    Despite having got:

    Assassin's Creed: Black Flag - Skull Edition, got ashore...
    Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, played first level...
    Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut, finished training...
    Infamous: Second Son, only got as far as Seattle...
    Killzone: Shadow Fall, got to Helghast side...
    Thief, completed the initial Prologue...
    Flow, yawn....

    Really, it doesn't matter if one console's games are better presented if the games are dull. What I'd really like is a quieter always-on 360 with a 1TB HDD for all my digital downloads as 250GB isn't any where close enough to free me from having to swap discs - and I really HATE swapping discs. I can easily see myself buying the upcoming Halo 3 remake for my ONE just for the convenience of being able to switch to a game of it easily, I'd be interested to know what games other people would like to see given an HD remake as a digital download.

    Maybe if the DualShock 4 came with replacable batteries I would use it more, but I don't like faffing around with its mini USB port and would have to rewire the room to add a docking station. Quite why the light bar needs to be on all the time when you are the only user and there is no Eye Camera seems a bit daft as it must be a drain on the rechargeable battery. Pretty well the same situation as a Wii U and just as aggravating for an entertainment device to be unavailable for use - just imagine if your Sky+HD remote's batteries had to be replaced on a daily basis and you'll grasp how much Sony and Nintendo have messed up.
    Reply -12
  • Charlie Brooker has a role in Sniper Elite 3

  • Uncompetative 17/04/2014

    He doesn't look silly in that bobbly mo-cap suit at all. No. Not at all.

    Honest...
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  • Bungie insists Destiny remains on track despite composer exit

  • Uncompetative 17/04/2014

    Overbudget. Reply +1
  • Is that a re-designed PS4? No, it's Sony's 4K Media Player

  • Uncompetative 16/04/2014

    8K is where it's at. Reply 0
  • Watch Dogs season pass includes new playable character

  • Uncompetative 13/04/2014

    @TeaFiend I don't know of any bakery that does that. I was talking about actual cakes not being equivalent to games that you have to buy from one developer on their terms no matter how stupid those terms may be, or go without, or buy a different game from some other developer.

    Cakes ≠ Games
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  • Uncompetative 09/04/2014

    @trampstar

    False analogy.

    You can buy an equivalent whole cake from a competing bakery. You can only buy Ubisoft's "cake" from them on their terms.

    Yum.
    Reply +1
  • Forza 5 update adds Long Beach circuit for free

  • Uncompetative 12/04/2014

    @JasonB81 Thanks for reminding me. I did make use of this Rewards programme when I first heard about it and got another 720,000 CR when I visited today, spread across all of my Forza games. Reply 0
  • Uncompetative 12/04/2014

    @MrTomFTW The full game comes out at 4 per character, whereas Tobal 2 is 0.50 per character despite costing close to 100 to import new from Japan on Amazon. Whilst a second-hand copy is a snip at a tenner, so that is 5p per character.

    I'm sorry, but with the best will in the world, I can't regard Killer Instinct as a hobby. It could be argued that the tournament level Street Fighter games were a hobby and they have always been good value.
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  • Uncompetative 11/04/2014

    @CynicalMe You don't have to pay for "the ability" to rent cars in free play. Forza 5 ships with 200 cars and 15 circuits which can be experienced at no additional cost.

    The idea is that you 'grind' your way through races with cheap cars, gaining XP and Credits and boosting your Affinity so that it becomes cheaper to buy parts from manufacturers the more you use their cars, thereby giving you the ability to tune them to perform in higher car classes without having to spend Credits on buying / unlocking a whole new car. Yet, you can spend some of your accumulated Credits from finishing in the top 3 in races, on buying new cars. You have to own a car, not rent one, to be able to gain Credits and XP and Affinity with it.

    Obviously, if this becomes onerous you have the option to buy Car Tokens ([i}Forza 5 Microtransactions), which you can then spend on upgrades or new cars. The Marketplace will eventually allow you to trade cars and pay for those tuned by others with custom liveries, probably in an auction system like in past games - it just isn't active just yet.

    Now, I didn't want to 'grind' all over again, so I bought the Steelbook edition and 40 worth of Car Tokens so that I could buy all the cars I wanted without dipping into my Credits, and took advantage of their half-price weekend sale and free Lotus E21 "thankyou":

    http://www.complex.com/video-games/2013/11/microsoft-forza-5-patch-fan-feeback

    On the whole you can buy individual cars of your choice and have them added to your in game Garage without having to unlock them with an additional Credit or Car Token cost. I did this recently with the 2013 Caterham Superlight R500 rather than buy it as part of the IGN Car Pack, but if I had bought it as a pack of ten cars they would have been added to my Garage without additional fees.

    However, in order for them to 'push' sales of their 39.99 Car Pass, the LaFerrari Car Pack requires in game Credits or Car Tokens to have each of its cars added to your Garage. This genuinely seems unfair as you are asked to pay twice, once to rent and again to own.

    Weirdly, even when Turn 10 make a "gift" of their Free Honda Legends Car Pack, it isn't really free as you have to pay to put them in your garage. Less of these shenanigans would be appreciated. In these particular isolated cases your 'paying to take the locomotive out of the box after having already paid for it' is entirely valid and Turn 10 are alienating their community by doing this.

    Does it matter if players buy their way past others in multiplayer? Not really, as you don't have mixed classes with a first to finish rule as in Call of Duty where higher ranked players have unlocked better weapons, or in Battlefield 4 where the game is ruined by Shortcut kits bought by wealthier players not making it a fair fight even if you were in at the flaky launch of the game. So, I don't see any justification for forcing players to pay twice for cars - thankfully, they don't do it all that much.

    Just to make sure I drove a rented Dodge Challenger R/T around the free Long Beach track in Free Play mode, so you don't have to own a car to drive it. I can't remember if this is a recent change to how it worked initially.

    I think the Microtransactions in Killer Instinct are disgusting as they force you to pay extra to add characters that should have been in the game to begin with. Compared to the 200 playable fighter in the PlayStation title Tobal 2 Microsoft's roster is pathetic:

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  • Uncompetative 10/04/2014

    @CynicalMe I think it is reasonable to pay for the ability to rent numerous high-performance cars to race in Free Play mode on highly-detailed tracks. Sure, I would have liked more city tracks for the same money, but this new Long Beach addition is a gift, so I think that Turn 10 now recognises that the original game as launched was a bit lacking and got samey. Indeed, I'd rather have more tracks to buy than extra cars at this point and don't really see the need for another sequel, unless they are going to add weather and time of day.

    Frankly, I think that there would be a riot of protest if they were daft enough to make everyone buy the exact same cars all over again. They can probably dodge this issue in Forza Horizon 2 by having them be an entirely different set of cars, but the ability to drive around the American Deep South with your existing Garage full of cars would show that they appreciated their fans and weren't out to exploit them.

    I suppose my analogy hinges on the fact that owning a train set (whether real or virtual) is something with an initial sunk cost (i.e. track) and which expands over time with additional locomotives of your own choice.

    Indeed, it is better that Forza 5 has all of these rentable cars in it as you wouldn't get to see other players driving them if each of the models was added to a F2P core as DLC.

    Again, I feel that microtransactions in a short campaign game are much worse than these developers enhancing someone's simulation experience, which although costly may be the only 'game' they play.

    Put it simply, if Bungie was still making maps and weapons for Halo 3 Multiplayer, a game I have played practically every day ever since it came out (and could be described as my personal obsession, so it is certainly a hobby), I would have bought every one. It is not as if Turn 10 is charging for petrol.
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  • Uncompetative 10/04/2014

    @CynicalMe The worst offender is thought to be Train Simulator according to this article in Kotaku:

    http://kotaku.com/to-buy-all-of-this-games-dlc-youll-need-over-2-000-1412153921

    However, they are not expecting anyone to buy every locomotive and every track as they would never have the time to play with all of it. They merely offer variety. My own local line is on there.

    So, as with this Forza Motorsport 5 can be seen as a hobby, one for which I would happily pay $20 for a laser-scanned version of the Nordschleife.

    Rather cheaper to do that than to go out and buy a whole separate game that includes it - but I will if that becomes necessary, as I have enjoyed racing on it in other games - it is in the PC version of Project CARS which is planned to come out for ONE, but I will likely end up getting for my PS4 because I prefer the softer thumbsticks on its gamepad.

    EVE Online can be thought of as a hobby too - insofar, as it is the only videogame that a person plays. Microsoft Flight Simulator fits this category well, with its enthusiasts building their own simulators at a cost of thousands.

    Obviously, Forza seems exhorbitantly expensive in comparison to other AAA games, but I have spent 100 in total on the Steelbook edition and enough Car Tokens to buy all the cars that I wanted to own in the half-price weekend sale they did a while ago and I am happy to just let my 5,261,075 CR mount up so that I am never impeded when I feel the need to tune one of them. I realise it is entirely the wrong way to play the game as I should be grinding my way through races in cars I can barely afford to buy with my race earned credits, but I already did that four times already in the previous games.

    What would be nice is if Forza Motorsport 6 or, hopefully Forza Horizons 2 let me use my Garage full of cars from Forza 5 and not force me to work towards them all over again. There would still be opportunity to sell me some cars that are not in Forza 5 like this one:



    As these "games" strive for ever greater verisimilitude their supplementary content funding model should not be criticized as harshly as, say, Mass Effect 3 where the expensive day-one "From Ashes" DLC turned out to have been cut from the finished game in order for it to be sold separately, although all of this content resided on the game's DVD as hackers discovered they could unlock it without downloading anything:

    http://www.cinemablend.com/games/EA-Responds-Accessing-Disc-DLC-Mass-Effect-3-40358.html

    It is rather less slimy to provide a variety of optional content to a simulation, than hold back material from a play-once campaign.

    Campaigns should come complete and cost a lot less than deep multiplayer simulations as the latter are more likely to soak up all of the player's time and become a hobby, like Golf.
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  • Uncompetative 09/04/2014

    I would pay 20 for the Nordschleife.

    Reply +4
  • Chris Roberts shows off Star Citizen dogfighting

  • Uncompetative 11/04/2014

    I'd get really bored of seeing that canned animation of getting into the cockpit, putting my helmet on and waiting for those damned doors to creak open every time I got fragged over-and-over, no matter how nicely detailed they may be. Just needs instant respawn at a random position on an enclosing sphere well outside the fighting arena so that you are an unthreatening insignificant blip to the other players who had just defeated your noob ass. Reply +8
  • "We have the ambition to build the best gaming console for fans"

  • Uncompetative 11/04/2014

    @Widge In all likelihood we will see very few AAA console exclusives, and even indies will go multiplatform to maximise sales. Kinect does not need to be on all the time and the CPU does not need to be wasting cycles on capturing grungy game exploits 'just in case' when reconstructing the game at full quality from any vantage point using the input data flowing into the engine from each player's gamepad could simply be made a required feature of all games, just as having the ability to replace the soundtrack with your stream of music ought to be standard to all games on the ONE. Microsoft could do many different things to improve their console experience, but I feel that they are so far behind the PS4 that their best strategy would be to make a bunch of console exclusives. It doesn't matter to me if they do this as I have both consoles, but I rather all games were multiplatform for those who can't afford to own both like me - my recommendation is for anyone who works in the Xbox Division who is reading popular fora like this (and they apparently do) to take on everyone's suggestions and complaints, to listen to their customers when they say that they want more games (and more reason to buy those games on ONE versus the PS4 - if that be because of the Cloud, or some free MMO features, or custom user soundtracks, or because they simply prefer the layout of the gamepad's thumbsticks... personally, I'd buy another pad if the sticks were softer like they were on the 360 and the buttons were changed to be smaller black letters on colour as they would read better as prompts in HUD overlays... actually, another thing they could do is drop all the awkward "Xbox, ..." prefix of Kinect commands as it could work much more naturally in the Home screen if it were to act on the last sentence following a pause that terminated with ", please." as practically no one says this in conversation anymore and if there were doubt about this working use its head-tracking to determine that you weren't looking away from the screen (addressing a person offering to make you a cup of tea...), the Bing Search facilities would then be able to be a lot more like Cortana / Siri. I do not really need to Snap a whole bunch of Apps to anything except TV, so that should lessen the load on the CPU in games and close the gap, performance wise with the PS4 along with any Firmware updates they can make as they optimise the ONE's OS. They could also do to make all firmware and game updates happen overnight - i.e. downloading ideally before a pre-ordered game was launched so that you came to your always-on console to find that at worst it just needed to install or patch the thing it had downloaded, as not everyone is in the position of having Fibre).

    I didn't intend for my comment to be at all controversial. I could write about what Sony ought to do to improve its lead over all of its competitors (like making the Store easier to find things in), but there really isn't much for them to improve.
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  • Uncompetative 10/04/2014

    I don't need my ONE to listen for "Xbox Go Home" within a game. I am holding a gamepad and can adequately push the illuminated Home button for that. I suits me better to not talk to my television when I am gaming with headphones at 3 a.m. as I don't want to wake the household. I don't much want to chat with other players on LIVE either. Most of them are jerks. It would help to reduce trash talking if I could only hear my own team in the pre-game lobby, that way we could potentially plan strategy without being overheard.

    Sure, it would be fine to have voice commands in Kinect-based games, or even the UI, although I have long since reverted to using the D-Pad and much prefer the slickness and comprehensibility of the 360 dashboard.

    "Recent games & apps" need not have their own tile, but could reside at the base of the screen (much as they do now), except that moving the left thumbstick to the right would move the list underneath the "white framing" cursor to the left at an accelerating speed. Whilst the DVD tile would take the spot previously occupied by the "Recent games & apps" tile. The D-Pad and Bumper buttons would work as before, but there would be less need for a separate screenful of Pins. Quite why there can't be as many top-level categories as with the 360 is confounding:



    So, if ONE wasn't trying to support voice commands outside of the UI and Kinect-based games all the power the speech recognition steals from the GPU could be freed up for AAA game rendering.

    RAM could be freed up if it wasn't wasting its CPU constantly capturing your last few minutes of in game exploits. Indeed, I don't grasp why this even needs to be a feature. Halo 3's Theatre mode allowed you to creat your own replays of the last match you had played from a number of different points of view and fly the camera around. I would much rather have my Back button back.

    Backwards-compatibility with popular downloaded 360 games would be nice, but only makes sense if there is external HDD support. If a few titles could run at a better framerate under emulation that would be nice, but I am quite keen to buy an HD remake of Halo 3 if all the map geometry is the same (not like what happened to 'Valhalla' with 'Ragnarok'), the Forge has all the same kind of scenery in it (unlike the ugly stuff in Reach), the BR isn't eardrum shattering, any messing with its perfect recipe (i.e. substituting armor abilities for equipment) is kept to a separate play list, and the vehicle physics isn't all top-heavy and prone to roll-over - just 1080p60 please without any peculiar compulsion to "improve" it in some ill-conceived way and I will be a happy bunny.

    Indeed, if the HDMI IN latency could be lowered I would be playing Halo 3 on my ONE via my 360 and save me the chore or cycling through umpteen AV inputs on my TV. I've already tried this and found it to be overly sluggish, but GTA V suits it fine, due to its less frenetic pace.

    Based on past 360 exclusives, ONE ought to have console exclusive sequels to the following titles:

    Ace Combat
    Alan Wake
    Amped
    Beautiful Katamari
    Crackdown
    Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
    F.E.A.R.
    Forza Horizon
    Frontlines: Fuel of War
    Halo
    Halo Wars
    Left 4 Dead
    Metro 2033
    Ninja Gaiden
    Prey
    Project Gotham Racing
    Ridge Racer
    Shadowrun
    Supreme Commander


    I'm not including everything - I've never cared for Gears of War for example. However, sequels could be made of all of these and it would be something of a moot point if most of these were not 1080p if they were unavailable to PS4 owners (just be sure to avoid disruptive screen-tearing).

    I can't really think of much else to suggest at the moment. I play with my ONE much more than I do with my PS4, simply because I can't be arsed to keep unplugging its DS4 from its recharge cable. In the next few months I will enjoy playing Watch_Dogs, Destiny, No Man's Sky and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt all of which are multiplatform - so it would be wrong to say that I am an XBOX fanboy, indeed the best game I've played lately is Jazzpunk on my iMac.
    Reply -8
  • Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta dated, entry costs 100

  • Uncompetative 10/04/2014

    I reckon you'd all gripe just as much if it was a free open Beta allocated by lottery. Putting a price on it means that the galaxy is only full of those who really want to play, rather than a bunch of jerks who click on anything that will give them something for nothing.

    Even if they're not into it.
    Reply +1
  • Uncompetative 10/04/2014

    With 400,000,000,000 star systems it would imply that I won't be seeing much of anyone else. Population density around inhabited planets mitigates this, but then if you only go where there is established trade and are unable to colonize even an arbitrarily located asteroid the rest might as well be a skybox:

    http://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2707
    Reply +2
  • Performance analysis: Titanfall on Xbox 360

  • Uncompetative 08/04/2014

    Could the DVD portion be put on a USB Flash drive like with GTA V? Reply +1
  • Titanfall Xbox 360 footage arrives online

  • Uncompetative 08/04/2014

    I've got it on my ONE but this looks perfectly acceptable.

    Better even as it costs less.
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  • The numbers game

  • Uncompetative 05/04/2014

    I'll bother to read this once you add a score. Reply 0
  • Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

  • Uncompetative 25/03/2014



    Facebook has bought Oculus Rift VR, so expect Second Life to be next on its social nexus data mining creepy panopticon agenda.
    Reply +19
  • Face-Off: Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

  • Uncompetative 23/03/2014

    @frunk

    Well, if you are playing as Snake you only have to worry about the eye not covered up by the patch...
    Reply +7
  • Uncompetative 23/03/2014

    I couldn't be more impressed with the presentation even if I'm probably not playing it properly:

    44 kills on the first level, taking me over two and a half hours to complete.
    Reply +2
  • Ken Levine's next won't be a linear narrative

  • Uncompetative 22/03/2014

    @ghostgate2001

    It really is a shame that the modern consoles aren't backwards-compatible. HD remakes of popular past games would help, but I gave up waiting for a PS4 version of Bioshock Infinite to come along and got it for a knock-down price in the recent 360 sale. It is his own fault that he was too lazy to do a PC port.
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  • Microsoft talks PS4 sales: "This is a marathon, not a sprint"

  • Uncompetative 21/03/2014

    @donniebox

    Sorry, but Metal Gear Solid : Ground Zeroes has the best graphics of any console title, then Killzone: Shadow Fall.

    Infamous: Second Son looks nice enough for a emo platformer, but isn't that great of a game. Battlefield 4 is still too buggy to impress with its kaleidoscope visual abberances, tearing and audio drop outs that ruin immersion, oh... and the gameplay isn't that fun either with matches that overstay their welcome and penalize you for going for a piss. Frankly, DICE made better multiplayer FPS in 2010 with Medal of Honor without need of Jets that might as well be in their own game for all the relevance they have to ground forces.

    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is better on PS4 and comes next on the list, then ONE gets its first inclusion in the absence of the soon to be released Driveclub (1/4/14?), which is Forza Motorsport 5, although it could do with some more city tracks and the inclusion of the epic Nordschleife test track, which has already been scanned into this:



    Then comes NBA 2K14 and FIFA 14, followed by Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Thief, I don't much care for the 3rd person point of view in Need for Speed: Rivals, but this ranking is all about graphics not gameplay, so Ryse: Son of Rome manages to be superior to Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition which is better looking than the eyesore that is Titanfall (although it is thankfully much improved since the beta).

    Of course, if you were to ignore 'graphics' and rank in terms of gameplay, you would probably have Towerfall: Ascension at the top of the list with Titanfall close behind it. Ryse wouldn't even feature.
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  • Uncompetative 21/03/2014

    @dogmanstaruk

    A controversial post could be 0 /153 rather than just 0
    Reply -1
  • Uncompetative 21/03/2014

    I haven't turned mine off since I bought it. Reply -2
  • inFamous: Second Son review

  • Uncompetative 20/03/2014

    Competent mechanics with astounding aesthetics.

    I prefer the reverse Halo 3.
    Reply +5
  • How does Project Morpheus compare to Oculus Rift?

  • Uncompetative 20/03/2014



    I was utterly baffled by this device until I saw it being worn.
    Reply +1
  • Project Spark open beta launches on Xbox One

  • Uncompetative 18/03/2014

    Avoid. Reply -8
  • Amazon's set-top box could be a USB dongle - report

  • Uncompetative 18/03/2014

    Given the similarities I don't understand why Amazon don't just support the excellent 360 gamepad. It works on my iMac with a Microsoft Wireless Adapter and hacked together driver. Support for this would even mean that my Microsoft Force Feedback Racing Wheel would work with their system. It would accelerate adoption if people knew that they didn't have to buy a whole load of peripherals all over again that weren't even that different design-wise to justify their existence.

    How about it Amazon?
    Reply -2
  • Titanfall boosts Xbox One sales by 96 per cent in the UK

  • Uncompetative 17/03/2014

    @Yautja_Warrior

    It is embarrassing how few exclusives the PS4 has right now that are worth bothering with. I wasn't going to get ONE until I realised that I couldn't tolerate the delay of Driveclub (amongst other things) and had to get Forza to keep me occupied whilst I waited for it to come out.

    As a result I have barely touched my PS4 since I bought it last November. Yes, Killzone: Shadow Fall has fun mechanics and astonishing aesthetics and I appreciate the larger maps they've brought out for its multiplayer, but that is one game and I find myself playing Titanfall and, frankly, Halo 3 more.
    Reply -2
  • Titanfall review

  • Uncompetative 17/03/2014

    @jimmyhill11

    ...or this

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/halo-3-review?page=4
    Reply -1
  • Uncompetative 11/03/2014

    I didn't expect dragons... Reply +1
  • Video shows how to dock in Elite: Dangerous

  • Uncompetative 14/03/2014

    Boring as ever... Reply -15
  • How to install an Xbox One controller on your PC

  • Uncompetative 14/03/2014

    @CamberGreber

    Agreed, and the impulse triggers yield barely detectable vibration, and the thumbsticks are harder to grip with their unyielding plastic in a tiny deep pit that just digs its ridge into you rather than a nice shallow concave surface on which the rubberiness wraps the edge to give a soft lip, and I miss having Back and Start to check the scoreboard or show a map finding all of this Upload clip nonsense easy enough to activate through Kinect if you are going to narrate over it anyway, and the letters on the face buttons are ugly huge (and should have been black on a coloured background to be consistent with a clearly readable against any colour background HUD button prompt, like in Forza Horizon), and the battery compartment is too tricky to get into, and the D-Pad squeaks.

    ...but other than that it is perfect!
    Reply +1
  • Watch Dogs PC minimum specs confirmed

  • Uncompetative 12/03/2014

    1280x704p30 with absolutely no tearing...my hair out. Reply 0
  • Games are squandering their potential to truly immerse us

  • Uncompetative 09/03/2014

    Halo 3 multiplayer does collectibles right. You only have a few pieces of equipment to pick up, can only hold one at a time and they all serve a useful purpose provided that you are imaginative. It could be argued that unlike most shooters and its sequels, the lack of alternative loadouts forces the players to traverse the map to collect weapons, grenades, equipment and power ups - discouraging the "camping" behaviour that would occur if you could spawn with a Sniper Rifle.

    It also does achievements well. You have a non-intrusive stack of icons in the bottom-left of view as some deep-throated sportscaster guy calls out "PERFECTION!" or some such and these are then seen as medals within your end of match 'Carnage Report'.

    It is possible to get this right. It has been gotten right. Halo 3 got it right.

    But then, Halo 3 is PERFECTION!
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  • The next-gen Digital Foundry PC: chasing the 1080p60 dream

  • Uncompetative 08/03/2014

    @Innocent_Bystander

    Battlefield 4 cost $100,000,000 and is no fun. GTA Online cost $170,000,000 and is still broken, lacking simple PvE crime spree dynamics. Forza 5 has only a single city track and no Nordschleife, so gets dull pretty fast.

    Test Drive Unlimited 2, Burnout Paradise and Midnight Club: L.A. all captured a social open world impromptu racing experience. Only Forza Horizon 2 looks set to deliver something similar.

    Do I really want to have to buy the War Collection in November to get an HD remake of Halo 3? I suppose Microsoft will shut down the 360 servers and force us die-hards to make the jump, but I would be happier if I could get Halo 3 Mythic by itself at 1080p60 and find that 343i hadn't reworked the original's super-fun physics.

    I didn't mention the indie games that all hold promise, mainly as they could have been out on my old console (just not looking quite so crisp): PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate, Hokokum and Hyper Light Drifter.

    Then in the distant future there is Alien: Isolation, Cyberpunk 2077, Prey 2, Star Wars: Battlefront, MGSV, Infamous: Second Son and Thief which I will wait until a substantial price drop before I consider getting them. After all, the recent 360 Ultimate Games sale in February encouraged me to download some games I already had on disc, for convenience of play as well as a marked down Bioshock Infinite given that the closure of Irrational Games made it less likely that there would be a special PS4 version in the future. So, really I have got both my new consoles stupidly early and am in no great hurry to buy games for either one of them at launch as I have such a huge backlog of unfinished and unopened games on my 360.

    In a way, all I really needed was a bigger HDD for my 360, rather than a PS4 and a ONE. Really... if you haven't already got a next-generation console you may as well wait until next November. It is just a pity that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo didn't wait until then so that they could launch with some decent, bug-free, AAA titles that were impossible to replicate on the previous generation in 1080p60 even if they were cross-generational multiplatform titles. It is not enough of a compensation to have 1080p60 in Forza 5 if it only has half the number of tracks that were in its predecessor and lacks support for their old console's force-feedback Wireless Racing Wheel. Heigh ho...
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  • Uncompetative 08/03/2014

    Pathetic PCs.

    This article is a waste of everyone's weekend. Yeah, let's spend more money than we did on our PS4s to truly gain a silky smooth 1080p60 next-gen experience for our HD TVs... only, we don't get it as the PC hype fails to deliver yet again, giving us dropped frames, judder and unsightly tearing whilst breaking your immersion in the game's audio by sounding like a jet engine about to take off.

    The brutal fact is that both next-gen consoles were foolishly rushed into production at the end of a worldwide recession. What were these corporations thinking, marketing the new shiny to a populace that couldn't afford inessential luxuries and eclipsing sales of their current consoles just as they hit their stride with some of the best AAA titles on any platform? It is frankly a joke that Titanfall, Watch_Dogs and Destiny are available on the 360 and PS3 as well. I mean, why bother?

    Battlefield 4 needed more than another six months of development to fix all its bugs. Titanfall should have been ONE's system selling launch title and Driveclub should have been ready for the PS4's launch when both consoles came out this November 2014. ONE should have had stereo headset and party support at least as good as the 360, quite why Microsoft didn't capitalize on the peer-pressure of your established Friends list to have you stick with LIVE over PSN is a mystery to me. I also can't believe that digital downloads that cannot be traded cost more than the same game on Blu-ray from Amazon, do they really expect you to pay that much of a premium to no longer have to get up to swap discs?

    Finally, I hate this new trend of being sold on the dubious benefits of enhancements to games that I have purchased at a substantially inflated full-price before I have had the chance to be sold on the value of the experience the core game delivers. Given the choice, rather than pernicious, nagging, microtransactions I prefer Megatransactions: paying 100 for Assassin's Creed: Black Flag - Skull Edition, Battlefield 4 Premium, Killzone: Shadow Fall - Season Pass, Call of Duty: Ghosts - Season Pass, and Forza Motorsport 5: Steelbook edition + 40 worth of extra cars each and just "having the whole thing" like I did with every game I had on my 360. It seems as if a bunch of wankers is trying to lure us all back to the days of the Coin-Op Arcades only charging us for our membership by gating these experiences behind a game purchase on expensive hardware we are now expected to buy. Back in the day I didn't mind squandering a few 10p pieces buying a little supplementary health for my character in Gauntlet as there was no alternative way to play that game and no extra start-up costs, not even a broadband bill to be mindful of.

    Titanfall is passably entertaining compared to the elegance and sophistication of Halo 3. Yet, nu Halo is unlikely to surpass the perfect recipe of ingredients that Bungie arrived at their peak of the franchise and given that the hacks at 343i are making it chock-full of daft Rayman-style AI enemies I'm not holding my breath for a sure-footed return to form after the travesties of Reach and Black Ops-inspired Halo 4 multiplayer modes. There is talk of an HD remake of Halo 2, so they may get around to remaking Halo 3 at 1080p60, but they will likely balls up the physics model and make all the vehicles ludicrously top-heavy and prone to rollover again rather than leave well alone and replicate perfection with just enhanced textures and frame-rate. Battlefield 4: Naval Strike probably won't work and EA will say that the complaints about it in their forums are all from customers who play it the most despite all its showstopper bugs excusing themselves from having to refund Premium membership costs to all those early birds who are struggling with alpha map content that should never have been released as paid DLC untested. Ghosts: Devastation like the last map pack should be more of the same, nothing special, but at least (in some small compensation) their lack of innovation at least meant that the damn thing works reliably - given the number of platforms the developer was tasked to release on, I can't blame them for their caution and pragmatism in sticking with tried and tested technology, even if full scale destruction is now seen as an essential part of a next-generation experience. Driveclub might be okay, but I doubt it will be the drop-in and out social racer I had imagined based upon its early trailers... and that game might actually be the open-world Forza Horizon 2 due this September. Destiny could well disappoint as I never much cared for the dynamics of Borderlands, so I will need convincing that it isn't just hype all over again. Tom Clancy's: The Division may stretch high-end PCs with its graphical demands, so they can show me as many Snowdrop engine demos as they like and I will only show an interest when Digital Foundry say how smooth it runs on my PS4. I really don't see the need for another Mirror's Edge, games are too expensive these days for me to be able to justify spending full-price on what would be another short campaign. PlanetSide 2 looks like it lacks the fun physics of Halo and I'm not sure that I will take to a game that never reaches a definitive conclusion. Which pretty much leaves only one game worth waiting for:



    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    I don't know...maybe I'm so picky that I should shut up and start making my own games...I mean, really...how hard can it be? LOL.
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  • Titanfall beta sign-up opens for PC and Xbox One

  • Uncompetative 12/02/2014

    @DavoTheDiv_2010

    Good of you to own up to it. I'm now leaving this community... bye!
    Reply -3
  • Uncompetative 12/02/2014

    Registered 10 hours ago. Told everyone about it here before it was news, with exact details and links. Got negged.

    This community is a bunch of fuckwits.
    Reply +16
  • Microsoft shows off its 60 Xbox One Stereo Headset

  • Uncompetative 12/02/2014

    @Scurrminator

    Your juvenile and inartiulate smiley comment lowered the tone for what could have been a constructive forum. It is no surprise that the language used by other commenters is so coarse. As a Moderator you should set a better leading example with your first post or find another job.
    Reply +2
  • Uncompetative 12/02/2014

    Just registered for the Titanfall Beta. Good Luck everyone!

    http://www.titanfall.com/beta

    No need to pre-order. Origin account required for PC.

    EA will email you directly with instructions on how to access the game no later than 11:59 pm PST on February 17th (that is 8:59 am GMT on Tuesday, February 18th for those of us in the UK). I hope that helps.
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  • Xbox One's March update includes party chat, friends list fixes

  • Uncompetative 11/02/2014

    A chunk of the GPU is allocated to the Kinect. All of the time.
    The CPU runs three Virtual Machines so you can Snap Apps.

    I would rather have a slimmer OS, more available RAM, more GPU to use and a CPU that wasn't being asked to switch to non-gaming related tasks. I don't even require background downloads whilst I am in a game - this can be done overnight. I do require 1080p30 for single-player adventures and 720p60 minimum for multiplayer. Those of us with fast broadband would prefer a model which had at least a 1TB HDD for digital downloads and no Blu-ray drive. If they could make it do the work of a Sky+HD box or TiVo then they would really have an ALL IN ONE.
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  • Jazzpunk review

  • Uncompetative 10/02/2014

    Never before have I gone from knowing nothing about a game. Watching one video of it, yesterday, and seconds later on discovering I could buy it through Amazon Payments for my iMac download it without a moments hesitation.

    So far I have completed one side mission and it is utterly fantastic.
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  • Flappy Bird clones flood App Store, now with in-app purchases

  • Uncompetative 10/02/2014

    Dong Nguyen had three games in the Apple iTunes Store Top Ten simultaneously. People were trying out Flappy Bird because of word of mouth recommendations and later media buzz and saw his name on other free games so downloaded them too. This is the way the Store works. It tells you the names of other Apps by the same developer.

    Consequently, this explains his decision to withdraw.

    Better to quit while you are ahead and leave your audience wanting more than become yesterday's news. Look... We are all still talking about Dong Nguyen, the world's media is seeking him for a personal interview and he is doing precisely the right thing by starving them of a human interest story, to be consumed as just another morsel of airtime by the world's entertainment (not news as there is no NEWS anymore) juggernaut. He must of suspected this wave of clones would be on the way and his game and name would be tarnished by association.

    His mysterious silence will mean that everyone will take interest when he brings out his next game. EA can't buy that level of promotion. He only needs to attach his name to it and the iTunes Store will place a link to it under the heading "also by this developer" under his other top ten selling games.
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  • And the new boss of Microsoft is...

  • Uncompetative 04/02/2014

    @stuarty_2003

    Well, there is a Kinect 2.0 beneath every screen they are walking past...
    Reply +3
  • Video: AI animals! Level editors! How to fix Far Cry's multiplayer

  • Uncompetative 04/02/2014

    Halo 3 has all of these things, including AI animals. Reply 0