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  • PlayStation Store summer sale looks surprisingly good

  • Zerobob 28/07/2016

    @erp I have a 37" 1080p TV and play Divinity (PS4) sitting 9ft (2.7m) away from the TV and I have no problems reading the text, but then I have 20/20 vision.

    It's nothing like as bad as the text size issues with The Witcher 3 when it was first released on consoles. With Divinity on console it actually seems like it occured to someone on the development team that the game would be viewed from a distance on a TV screen. The item icons are bigger than in The Witcher 3, the UI layout seems to make the most of the screen real estate. I don't think they've done a bad job with the UI personally.

    I hope that helps.
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  • Zerobob 28/07/2016

    I just bought Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced Edition (PS4) from ShopTo for Ł17.86, but then I got a physical copy, so can't complain. They have it for Ł11.86 on Xbox One! Reply 0
  • Is this the best cheap phone for Pokémon Go?

  • Zerobob 23/07/2016

    These cheap Chinese pure Android devices sure are a compelling alternative to spending Ł500 on a phone.

    That said, I personally wouldn't spend Ł500 on a phone and I'm still soldiering on with my Ł280 Nexus 4, although it's battery life has always been terrible and it gets very hot when running certain games, such as Pokémon.

    All I want from my next phone (and laptop for that matter) is amazing battery life, a decent screen, and components that don't overheat at the first sign of a polygon.
    Reply +2
  • Fans divided over site that lets you "cheat" Pokémon Go

  • Zerobob 22/07/2016

    @Daryoon Yes, you'd have thought rural areas would yield rare Pokémon, to mirror actual wildlife, but instead they all seem to be "hiding" in plain sight in the middle of cities. Strange. Reply +8
  • Xbox console sales down as Xbox One S and Scorpio loom

  • Zerobob 20/07/2016

    @riceNpea Good call, that does seem like the sort if game I'd get into, as long as the combat is strategic. Reply 0
  • Zerobob 20/07/2016

    @riceNpea Cheers for the feedback on Invisible Inc. I do like turn-based strategy and watched a video review of the game last month, but not sure about it so I'll probably wait until it's cheap, or even a free PSN game.

    I'm looking into all the strategy games available on PS4 and The Banner Saga completely passed me by, and is available for Ł6 on PSN at the moment. The Norse aesthetic looks more my thing so I'll probably go for this, until X-COM 2 arrives.
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  • Zerobob 20/07/2016

    I don't think I'll be buying a new console from this point onward, because I'm getting very tired of action games, which is all the consoles seem capable of providing, correct me if I'm wrong. Run over there, press a button to attack something, run over there, press a button to attack something.

    Witcher 3, the Uncharted series, The Last of Us, Fallout 4, GTA V, MGS V, COD: Advanced Warfare, and Bloodborne. All the major releases I own on PS4 rely on this central game mechanic... Run over there, press a button to attack something. I may as well just dig up old PC games to play, rather than aiming to play the latest releases.

    At this point I'm craving a more cerebral experience, with far more strategy involved, and I think the only way to achieve this is by gaming on PC, which is a shame because I like the convenience of console gaming.

    The only strategy game I have on PS4 is Tropico 5 and I'm not aware of any others apart from maybe Invisible Inc, is that any good? I've heard it's very unforgiving and reliant on luck. I would love an X-COM game on PS4.

    *Edit

    Just noticed X-COM 2 is meant to be heading to PS4 in September, which is something at least.
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  • Capcom to let Street Fighter 5 players buy Survival Mode character colours

  • Zerobob 20/07/2016

    Wow, so because their game is awful, they're making up for it by letting you give them more money to unlock things instead.

    It's amazing they even think this is a solution.
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  • I played Pokémon Go in Croydon

  • Zerobob 12/07/2016

    @fabio78
    However, the amount of news on Pokemon Go in this website is bordering on the ridiculous now.
    Especially considering all of their articles were posted over the last 6 days, apart from a brief preview back in March.

    Before 6th July... nothing.

    After 6th July... all the Pokemon Go articles.

    Complete lack of coverage leading up to the game's release, then excess coverage to weigh in on the game's success.
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  • The brilliant Kerbal Space Program console release date

  • Zerobob 11/07/2016

    Argh, I can't believe this isn't coming out on PS4 in Europe this week.

    So disappointed, been waiting ages for this. Might just have to buy a new PC at this rate.
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  • Zerobob 11/07/2016

    Aaaat laaaaaast!

    Hopefully it will actually be available on EU PSN this week.

    But why is information so vague? Why do people have to stalk Twitter feeds for any information these days? How about official announcements to gaming media? Official announcements from Sony? An advert or two? They do want to sell their game, right?
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  • We need to talk about Pokémon Go's lure feature

  • Zerobob 11/07/2016

    The thing I'm most annoyed about is that I read gaming media every day, yet I didn't know anything about Pokémon Go until 2 days ago.

    I must be going blind in my old age, or reading the wrong gaming sites. I think I'm a bit old to be running around after Pokémon anyway.
    Reply +2
  • Watch: Aoife swats some Locusts for the first time in Gears of War

  • Zerobob 08/07/2016

    I love these Late to the Party videos. I wish you'd do them more often. Daily if possible :) Reply +2
  • Prey for the Gods reimagines Shadow of the Colossus as a wintry survival game

  • Zerobob 08/07/2016

    An extremely blatant rip off of SotC in nearly every detail, but there are certainly worse games to rip off.

    And at least one developer has listened to the fact a ton of people loved SotC, and have hopefully expanded on the formula.
    Reply +1
  • Why did ancient Egypt spend 3000 years playing a game nobody else liked?

  • Zerobob 05/07/2016

    Recently computer games, or at least the type of computer games I usually play, have left me very cold.

    It was at some point during the Witcher 3 that I realised I was getting far more satisfaction learning and playing Gwent than the main game itself, and all I really cared about was where my next Gwent card was coming from, and what it might be.

    As beautiful and atmospheric as the Witcher 3 is, as well as an impressive technical achievement, I still found myself wanting something more, and Gwent made me realise that "something more" was strategy.

    This forced me to take a step back and look at other games in my collection. GTA V, Bloodborne, Fallout 4, the Uncharted series, etc. All basically action games, devoid of any meaningful strategy. They all seem hollow somehow, designed to tell a story, make you feel heroic, but nothing more.

    Then I realised my mistake, a mistake I'd continually made over and over again since the age of 7 when I first got addicted to computer games. I'd incorrectly considered computer games to be the holy grail of gaming purely because they were electronic and cutting edge, continually suckered into buying the next AAA release that we're all told is amazing, rather than taking an unblinkered at both computer and tabletop games with brilliantly designed gameplay mechanics, which offer strategy and a proper game.

    Sure, there are great strategy computer games, C&C Red Alert being my all time favourite for its simplicity. I played many board games when I was younger and loved them, but I thought computer games were the future, the next "step up", and board games were a little childish.

    I think half my problem is that I don't own a very capable PC, and if I did I'd probably play more games from the plethora of strategy games available on PC, such as the X-COM series (I played UFO Alien Unknown when I was younger).

    I've recently become a little obsessed with card games and board games, especially since enjoying Hearthstone and Gwent so much, and I've even started designing my own games, one of which I've coded as a personal JavaScript project, one of which I'm designing to be a physical card game.

    Anyway, a very interesting and well researched article, and something that's right up my street at the moment because I've been looking into the fundamentals of games a lot recently.
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  • Today's big Street Fighter 5 update is actually two separate massive downloads

  • Zerobob 01/07/2016

    I don't understand how the update can be so big.

    This isn't an open world sandbox game, it's just a 2D fighting game with 3D graphics.
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  • Sony has nearly 21m PlayStation Plus subscribers

  • Zerobob 29/06/2016

    @grassyknoll
    Free to play games don't require PSN Plus.
    Really? That's good to know, thanks for the info.

    Come September I can cancel my PS Plus subscription (unless I see some free games I'll enjoy) and play competitive Gwent. Happy days.
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  • Zerobob 29/06/2016

    I won't be renewing my PS Plus subscription when it runs out, but mainly because I don't play any online multiplayer apart from the very occasional bit of GTA Online.

    The free PS Plus games are OK, but are getting worse and worse.

    However, when Gwent is released I assume I'll need a PS Plus subscription to play it, even if it's free to play. Tough decision.
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  • Twitch lets you buy cheers

  • Zerobob 28/06/2016

    I assume the business model relies on the fact some kids have access to their parents' credit card. Reply +25
  • Grand Theft Auto 5's community just solved a Bigfoot-sized secret

  • Zerobob 28/06/2016

    Team of 20 people? Impossible to recreate during normal play?

    Why not have an Easter egg everyone has a chance of finding?

    For that matter, why not have an Easter egg backing up that hugely suspicious diagram at the top of Mount Chiliad? I assume that wild goose chase lead to nothing, if people have had chance to sift through code at this point.
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  • Watch: Seven games made better by DLC

  • Zerobob 25/06/2016

    I'd have to agree that Witcher 3 Blood and Wine is probably the best DLC I've ever played. It's like a whole other game in terms of content, and the visuals make the already pretty base game look bland in comparison.

    Red Dead Undead Nightmare comes a close second for me, because not only did it change the game fundamentally to make it more fun, but it added a Unicorn.
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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...
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 Ł6 extra.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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