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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild pushes Wii U hardware to the limit

  • Zerobob 22/06/2016

    @DanForinton Not to mention the climbing grip meter mechanic lifted straight from Shadow of the Colossus. Reply +4
  • Zerobob 22/06/2016

    Drawing perhaps the longest queue in E3 history, it's fair to say that The Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wind was quite the crowd pleaser
    Simply put - Breath of the Wind might just be Nintendo's most ambitious in-house game to date
    Breath of the Wind or Breath of the Wild?... You decide.
    Reply +4
  • Gwent has a cool idea to combat card pack RNG

  • Zerobob 22/06/2016

    Gwent, the standalone collectible card game that began life as a Witcher 3 mini-game
    No, it started life as Condottiere, and is still basically Condottiere.

    Even the key cards are the same:

    Heroine Cards = Hero Cards (card worth 10 points, unaffected by Special Cards)
    Scarecrow = Decoy (return a card to your hand)
    Bishop = Scorch (destroy the most powerful cards on the board)
    Drummer = Commander's Horn (double the value of cards)
    Winter Card = Weather Cards (reduce value of each card to 1)
    Spring Card = Clear Weather Card (remove weather effects)

    The story about Gwent being thought up in the bath is laughable, and I think some credit needs to be given to Condottiere at this point.
    Reply +7
  • Battlefront's Bespin DLC doesn't quite dazzle, but DICE's Star Wars shooter makes some big steps forward

  • Zerobob 22/06/2016

    I'm pretty sure The Empire wouldn't deploy an AT-AT Walker on cloud city. Ridiculous.

    Apart from being a visual sign of dominance, surely the AT-AT Walkers were always simply a way of moving troops across hostile or inhospitable terrain, not for close quarters urban combat.

    An AT-ST on the other hand...
    Reply +9
  • Fallout 4 PS4 mods currently limited to 900MB

  • Zerobob 20/06/2016

    The more I read about Fallout 4 DLC technical issues on console, the less I want to return to the game on PS4.

    For me, it conjures up the image of trying to add more and more cargo to a ship barely afloat in the first place.

    I got a lot out of the game the first time around and found it very enjoyable, but I'm happy to stop playing now.
    Reply +8
  • Final Fantasy 15 E3 demo shows big performance increase

  • Zerobob 20/06/2016

    It's not the framerate that worries me, it's the boring combat completely void of strategy. Reply +2
  • HDR: What does it mean for games and movies?

  • Zerobob 19/06/2016

    while the dynamic range of the screens can show a night and day difference compared to standard 4K tech, fundamentally, they are not brighter. This presents as a more nuanced image, but one that can look dimmer
    This is exactly what I was thinking. In order for HDR displays to accomodate these new peaks in colour depth, they will have to literally be capable of displaying brighter whites and darker blacks. Otherwise these new-found brighter whites in the image will simply push all other whites down in the colour spectrum, making the image darker overall.

    If displays aren't actually brighter then currently this is nothing more than a fancy Instagram filter.

    If displays do eventually become brighter will they become uncomfortable to watch for long periods? I personally find xenon car headlights too dazzling to be safe, and I'm frequently blinded by them at night, but they've become the norm, so maybe it's just me.
    Reply +2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the most ambitious Nintendo game in years

  • Zerobob 15/06/2016

    @specialgamer
    You're kidding right? Have you at least seen The Witcher 3 in action? This looks bloody barren in comparison.

    Bloody barren? Baron? Pah.
    Reply 0
  • Zerobob 14/06/2016

    Looks like Far Cry meets The Witcher meets Zelda. It doesn't appear to bring any innovation or improvement to the world of sandbox games, but I'm sure it'll still be good.

    Miyamoto's inspiration for the Zelda series was exploring outdoors while playing as a kid, and given this looks to be the first true open world game in the series, this could be the game he always wanted Zelda to be, in which case it could be quite special.

    I really like the fact that you'll be exploring different environments such as standard grassland, as well as snow and desert. It'll really help keep the game feeling fresh while playing it, and could allow for some interesting game mechanics.
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  • The Witcher 3's Gwent set to be a standalone game

  • Zerobob 08/06/2016

    This is great news, I'm really enjoying playing Gwent again in Blood and Wine.

    However, I really wish Damien Monnier (Witcher 3 Senior Gameplay Designer) would own up to his bullshit story that he thought Gwent up in the bath, when in fact he stole the idea almost wholesale from the game Condotierre.
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  • Skyrim remaster, Prey 2, Wolfenstein 2, Evil Within 2 rumoured for E3

  • Zerobob 08/06/2016

    I've already played Skyrim through 3 times, once as a mage, once as a warrior, and once as a sneaky archer Wood Elf. Why would I want to play it again, even with mods?

    Playing it once would be enough for most people, given the time it takes, and it was one of the most popular games of the last generation; anyone who wants to play it has played it by now.

    I can't understand why Bethesda are wasting their time with this. They should either remake Morrowind, or spend time developing a much needed new game engine and bloody well get on with developing The Elder Scrolls 6... then remake Morrowind.
    Reply -3
  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst review

  • Zerobob 07/06/2016

    @EvilWaterman
    Does anyone else over the age of 25 (i'm 35) feel like the games at the mo are being written for teenagers?

    i know I am sounding like someones dad but I was playing The Division last night and all the dialogue from the vendors is so immature its fucking annoying!
    I agree. The ironic thing is that teenagers aren't even playing the games; they're watching someone else play them on YouTube or Twitch.

    But then, maybe developers know this, and are making games appeal to the main audience of Internet video streams, if only to make people's videos more popular and, in turn, their game. I don't know, I find the current situation very confusing.
    Reply +2
  • Face-Off: Dangerous Golf

  • Zerobob 05/06/2016

    @riceNpea
    The long load times cripples this game. Waiting 20 seconds for the same level to load in makes attempting to perfect any given level a real chore and it's a real disappointment for a game of this nature.
    Yeah that's disappointing. I was watching YouTube videos of the Burnout 3 crash mode yesterday for a bit of nostalgia, and was reminded of the blisteringly fast load times, something I've not seen in a game since Trials HD/Evo.

    It makes all the difference, because not having to endure long load times means you're willing to try again and again. Long load times have become far more commonplace in games, presumably because games are more complex, textures are higher resolution, yet hard drives have remained constant, as neither Sony or Microsoft saw fit to put a SSD in their latest consoles.
    Reply +2
  • Dangerous Golf review

  • Zerobob 04/06/2016

    This review made me remeber just how good Burnout 3 was. I need to play that game again.

    Had Dangerous Golf on the radar for a long time now and glad it turned out as good as it sounded.
    Reply 0
  • Performance Analysis: The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

  • Zerobob 02/06/2016

    I have to say it looks beautiful on PS4, even if it's only running at 30fps, which is good enough really.

    It all looks so beautiful in fact, that I was quite annoyed when it clouded over, started raining, and a storm broke out only 10 minutes into Blood and Wine.

    Edit: I find this site amazing sometimes. Positive things to say about a great game, and get negged for it.
    Reply +8
  • How to get started with Fallout 4 mods on Xbox One

  • Zerobob 31/05/2016

    @ubergine
    So you can't actually create stuff on console?
    No, as I understand it mods must be created on PC, and available mods on console are a selection of the ones available on PC.

    I've wondered this ever since console mods were announced, but it never seems to get covered, even though it's an obvious and prominent question.
    Reply +4
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt patch 1.2 adds enemy level-scaling and a lot more

  • Zerobob 31/05/2016

    Been playing this all morning with the new UI, tidying up quests before I start Blood and Wine later.

    The new UI is definitely an improvement, everything is just bigger, more readable, and more logical. The map is also improved, with a bigger visible area on-screen as well as allowing you to zoom out a bit further.

    I was kind of used to the old UI by now though, after god knows how many hours play, but can't complain about logical improvements.
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  • The Warcraft movie is too faithful by half

  • Zerobob 30/05/2016

    Well, there goes my only trip to the cinema in months. Reply 0
  • Fallout 4's Far Harbor DLC performs poorly on PS4

  • Zerobob 29/05/2016

    I hate alpha fog effects in games. I know it's for atmosphere, but I'd much rather play on a clear day in Fallout 4 or The Witcher 3, at least until they work out a way to make alpha effects run more efficiently.

    I'm just glad I didn't get suckered into buying the Far Harbour DLC on PS4, after all the articles promoting it. I did enjoy Fallout 4, even the settlement building, but I'm just done with it now. New engine please Bethesda for your next game.

    Also, I hate to be the grammar police, but articles take a long time to read when you have to re-read things that don't make sense:

    Sony's machine runs at a near-constant 20fps (under under).
    Fallout 4 has previous with frame-rate problems
    Reply -4
  • GTA Online gets a huge update next month

  • Zerobob 27/05/2016

    I still need to do the heists on GTA Online. I'm just a bit sick of GTA V at this point, after playing it on X360 then again on PS4, and Online takes a lot of time patience.

    Still this new DLC actually sounds quite interesting, and would appear to make good use of the existing gameworld.
    Reply 0
  • The Last Guardian re-emerges, on track for 2016 release

  • Zerobob 27/05/2016

    Why do people keep comparing Trico to a dog? It's clearly a cat with a bird's feet, wings, and feathers.

    Even behaviour-wise it acts like a cat. A dog would be bounding around all over the place, not lazily sleeping or patiently standing.

    Anyway, the game looks awesome. Hopefully it will actually emerge this year.
    Reply +1
  • Does The Witcher 3 expansion fulfil the original graphics promise?

  • Zerobob 26/05/2016

    Pre-ordered Blood & Wine this morning on PS4 because, regardless of the graphics on console, I haven't played Witcher 3 since completing it back in November and I feel the time is right to dive back in.

    It really was just a great gameworld to exist in, so many things to do and discover, and Blood & Wine looks even better. Not to mention the "Essential" rating.

    My only slight regret (and I never thought I'd utter these words) is not getting the Season Pass. Then I could have Hearts of Stone too for effectively £6 extra.
    Reply +10
  • The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine review

  • Zerobob 25/05/2016

    Essential... That's all I needed to know. Now I can take advantage of the (slight) pre-order discount. Reply +1
  • EA dev chief initially rejected World War 1 setting for Battlefield

  • Zerobob 18/05/2016

    I would suggest that what was presented in the Battlefield trailer isn't exactly WW1, and is more of an over the top, sexed up version of WW1 set in a parallel universe, but with recognisable units and similarities.

    If this game was meant to be a true representation of WW1, trench warfare and all, it would be a very different trailer, and certainly wouldn't be as "fun" to play, as Patrick Söderlund initially (and correctly) suggested.
    Reply -1
  • Why people are talking about Resident Evil 7

  • Zerobob 18/05/2016

    RE4 was the game that took Resident Evil in the wrong direction IMO. Although it's a great game, it's just not Resi to me.
    Every time I suggest this I get shot down and reminded RE4 is "the best game in the series". But it isn't, because it just isn't a Resident Evil game.

    Give me a claustrophobic, atmospheric game set in a old mansion any day.
    Reply +1
  • Giveaway: 1000 keys for the WOW Legion beta!

  • Zerobob 18/05/2016

    In all seriousness, would it be ridiculous / feasible / possible to start playing WoW now? Reply 0
  • Watch: We take out Hitman's first ever Elusive Target

  • Zerobob 17/05/2016

    I only see frustration and annoyance emerging from the fact this is a timed mission. There has to be something similar the mission designers could do which doesn't have the potential to completely piss off the player.

    Still don't know whether to buy the first few episodes of Hitman. Is that how they're selling this, in episodes? I looked into buying the game online and it's more confusing than it should be.
    Reply 0
  • Mario 64's hidden RNG decoded

  • Zerobob 16/05/2016

    Heh, that's a pretty cool use of a RNG (Random Number Generator). Helps to keep things feeling natural, random, and less procedural throughout the game.

    Pretty simple concept-wise too, just evaluating the outcome of a RNG within certain ranges, although the developers have taken the concept to fairly extreme lengths.
    Reply 0
  • LG G5 review

  • Zerobob 15/05/2016

    I wouldn't buy it simply because the camera sticks out at the back, so it can't sit flat on a surface.

    For all the innovation, the designers have overlooked a simple but important thing.
    Reply +1
  • Nine ways the the 8-bit era made gaming what it is today

  • Zerobob 15/05/2016

    Hmmm, I thought this article would talk about more fundamental concepts of gaming, like the concept of health, levelling up and XP, the concept of an inventory, the concept of boss battles, etc, which are still concepts fundamental to many games today.

    Some of the concepts in the article seem more like tenuous similarities with modern gaming, such as Laser Squads "DLC". Vixen's "motion capture" sounds more like a standard animation technique to me.

    I wouldn't say any of the game's mentioned paved the way for all games that followed as such, apart from Elite.
    Reply +1
  • A few hours with final Witcher 3 expansion Blood and Wine

  • Zerobob 11/05/2016

    I wasn't interested in playing any more Witcher 3 after spending so long playing it the first time, but the locations in those screenshots! I think I simply must experience them! Reply 0
  • Face-Off: Overwatch

  • Zerobob 10/05/2016

    During the beta on Sunday I was kicked from the game server around 10 times (PS4 version).

    I eventually got a stable connection though and got quite a few games in. The game ran like a dream and looked gorgeous in motion.

    Personally I can't really get excited for relatively generic FPS games any more, and I felt it could get a bit repetitive after a while, but I image a lot of people are going to love the competition this game offers.
    Reply 0
  • In Theory: Can AMD Polaris regain the mainstream PC graphics market?

  • Zerobob 09/05/2016

    I'm going out for the next Retina Macbook Pro, which apparently has a good chance of being based on this technology. I just hope it's worth the wait. Reply +2
  • Don't care about VR? Neither did I

  • Zerobob 08/05/2016

    I imagine it's very easy to admire the impressive technology and get carried away with the idea of VR when you're given all the tech to play with, for free.

    Spending all that money on a capable PC, and also a Vive and a Rift to try out all the games, and I think you may come away with a less enthusiastic opinion.

    Also, has VR arrived yet, properly? We keep hearing about all these games, and how wonderful VR is, but seeing no game reviews. I assume VR is still about games, or is it more about throwaway experiences?
    Reply +4
  • Windows 10 will cost $119 after July

  • Zerobob 06/05/2016

    @ShiftyGeezer
    Get Win 10 for free, then run a Win 7 virtual machine!
    Haha, maybe, but I can't see that running very efficiently.
    Reply 0
  • Zerobob 05/05/2016

    @jonchapman
    It's broken the mouse in a few of my programs (Photoshop, Ableton Live), I have to reset the audio each time I boot my machine up or else it sounds awful, and the new control panel is a heap of confusing garbage in UX hell.
    See, I've read similar accounts of Windows 10, which means I'm still sitting on the fence when it comes to upgrading.

    Because I need to do web development it's very important my workflow isn't disrupted, and all the tools I need just work.

    I'm just not sure I can trust Windows 10 to stay out of my way. I don't relish the thought of having to sign up for a Microsoft account, for starters.
    Reply +1
  • Titanfall developer Respawn is making a third-person Star Wars game

  • Zerobob 04/05/2016

    I'd still like to see a non-linear Star Wars game set in an open world, similar to GTA.

    When you think of Star Wars you think Jedi, Lightsaber, Stormtrooper, Death Star, Chewbacca, Millennium Falcon, etc. Yet these are purely incidental elements of the original trilogy.

    One thing I like about Star Wars is that now and again you get glimpses of different walks of life within the Star Wars universe. I want to experience more of that within a game with a focus on exploration.

    Maybe make it about a nobody who gradually discovers his Jedi powers. Maybe make it about a simple trader, who has run ins with all sorts of characters.
    Reply +8
  • Watch: We spoke to the creators behind Uncharted 4

  • Zerobob 04/05/2016

    @carmagainagain
    I think Drake gets labelled as a mass-murderer because he goes to these remote locations, populated by an improbable amount of "bad guys", and then the only option given to the player is to shoot them all in the face.
    Reply -1
  • Dangerous Golf trailer is Burnout's Crash mode in a kitchen

  • Zerobob 04/05/2016

    Had my eye on this game for a while now because the concept seemed simple, original, and had the capacity for fun multiplayer.

    Fortunately it looks like everything I wanted it to be! The destruction looks great!
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  • In Theory: Will future consoles share identical tech specs?

  • Zerobob 04/05/2016

    @HisDivineOrder
    And I do see the PS4 Neo as a misstep. The market for console buyers don't want to spend $60 per year, $400-500 per three years, $60 per game for more performance. If they did, they would have switched to PC gaming long ago. PC gaming is WAY cheaper than that and promises even greater performance.
    I completely agree with your analysis of the situation. Sony don't seem to realise that the main selling point of consoles is simplicity, ease of use, and value for money.

    Gamers concerned with graphics and the latest hardware upgrades should definitely do this on PC to gain all the benefits.

    Comparatively, Sony are offering relatively tame hardware upgrades with the Neo, with all the expense of PC gaming, but barely any of the advantages.

    This only serves to alienate their existing customer base and bring confusion into an otherwise simple marketplace, that everyone and their gran can understand.

    For some reason we seem to be in the minority with this viewpoint, with most people seemingly excited about buying the Neo, which effectively cuts down the standard PS4 in its prime.

    You're also right about Microsoft's best strategy going forward being simply do the opposite to Sony. If they simply stick to their guns, keep incrementally dropping the price of the One over the next few years, while concentrating on offering some quality exclusives, they'll keep a loyal customer base which they can build on next generation, all the while Sony will be alienating theirs at great expense.
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  • Uncharted 4's multiplayer content will all be unlockable for free

  • Zerobob 03/05/2016

    @grassyknoll
    I surprised that you find it surprising that people like games that sell 10 million copies+.
    Ah the old sales figures argument. Sales figures don't always correlate directly with quality.

    I realise my opinion isn't the correct one, so let's just agree to differ, but the popularity of the games is exactly what surprises me. I can usually at see why people like certain games, even if I don't, but when it comes to Uncharted and TLoU I can't understand what all the fuss is about. I really am bored while playing them. Ah well.
    Reply +1
  • Zerobob 03/05/2016

    @grassyknoll
    I will be, The Last of Us is one of my favourite multiplayer games of all time (& probably my most played game this & last generation).
    Really?! I'm actually a bit shocked people like The Last of Us and Uncharted so much.

    I'm a few hours into TLoU Remastered and I'm really not enjoying it. The stealth isn't particularly fun or well done, which is seemingly the main element of the game, and the movement controls are clunky. I'll keep chipping away at it, maybe it gets better.

    I also borrowed The Uncharted Collection from a friend recently and I'm currently half way through the first game and had to stop playing; I can't take any more mindless cover-based shooting!

    I just don't think these Naughty Dog games are for me.
    Reply -4
  • Zerobob 02/05/2016

    Sounds like pay-to-win to me.

    Who the hell is playing Uncharted for the multiplayer anyway? The shooting really isn't the game's strong suit.
    Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Mirror's Edge Catalyst

  • Zerobob 01/05/2016

    "Do the consoles have the raw horsepower to meet DICE's ambition?"

    Nope. But I'm sure the Neo will. Thanks Sony.
    Reply -9
  • Space Hulk: Deathwing actually looks really good

  • Zerobob 30/04/2016

    @Bludsh0t
    Still don't know why they don't make an actual turn based Warhammer 40k game that's, you know, like the table top game. I think it would be great, like a large scale x-com / Starcraft mix
    This.

    I've mentioned that I'd like more digitised table top strategy releases, only to be told a load already exist, apparently.

    Everything seems to have a be a FPS these days, but where is the depth to the gameplay? You need a top down view to command a squad of Space Marines.

    Still, Deathwing still looks like a good realisation of the Space Hulk concept, and looks a lot better than the original Space Hulk FPS I used to play.
    Reply +1
  • This Doom easter egg is a blast from the past

  • Zerobob 29/04/2016

    @DyneVyse
    is it a secret if they are telling people?
    Quite. Even without specifics, making people aware of its existence is a spoiler in itself.

    Like knowing there is a plot twist at the end of a film, or something major happens in an episode of your favourite TV series. The element of surprise is gone.

    I wish sites wouldn't shout about certain things quite so much. Don't even get me started on "reviews" which are a blow by blow account of the game or film's story.
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  • Hearthstone's Whispers of the Old Gods rewrites the game with a single card

  • Zerobob 29/04/2016

    I wondered what the "(wherever he is)" section on the card description meant.

    I never once thought you'd be allowed to buff an unplayed card in your deck or hand. That s**t be wack... for a collectible card game.
    Reply +1
  • PlayStation Plus May games include Tropico 5 and Table Top Racing

  • Zerobob 27/04/2016

    Pretty sweet selection as far as I'm concerned. Don't really have any racing games on PS4 and Table Top Racing looks fun, and I'm always up for a strategy game. Reply +2
  • It looks like this year's COD is named Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

  • Zerobob 27/04/2016

    I think more people will be interested in the Modern Warfare remaster. Reply +4
  • Nintendo's NX console launches March 2017 globally

  • Zerobob 27/04/2016

    After reading a lot of the comments it's a little shocking how many people still have unwaivering faith in the NX, after the neglect of the Wii U and its customers, and even the badly designed Star Fox Zero.

    This is why Nintendo have no respect for their customers or release dates.
    Reply +1