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  • Lego Dimensions review

  • Zerobob 05/10/2015

    Another "It's a great game because we're not paying for it" review, but at least the matter is discussed in the review, and the high cost is highlighted in the review summary though. Cheers EG, more of this.

    I'm really scared about the pricing structure of future games now though. Even famously single player games like Metal Gear Solid now has microtransactions, as we all know.

    I can't shake the thought that this sort of extra bonus content used to be free.. a reward for exploring or finishing a game, and fully indulging someone else's digital creation.

    I'm starting to wonder how much it will cost me to complete Fallout 4.
    Reply +1
  • Face-Off: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

  • Zerobob 05/10/2015

    ...the Xbox One game features one solitary benefit over the PlayStation 4 release in the form of anisotropic filtering, which allows for better resolved texture detail at steep angles and when viewed a distance.
    Not this again! What the christ is it about the PS4 that makes it so hard for devs to implement anisotropic filtering in most games?!
    Reply +13
  • PS1 at 20: Destruction Derby and the art of being an idiot

  • Zerobob 01/10/2015

    I used to play this game a hell of a lot on PC...

    ... I never did the races if I could help it though, just the Bowl, over and over. So much fun :)
    Reply +1
  • PlayStation Plus October line-up revealed

  • Zerobob 01/10/2015

    The trouble is, there was a period when PS Plus was packed with AAA games - Darksiders, InFamous 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Saints Row 2, Dead Space 2, Borderlands, Just Cause 2, Red Dead Redemption, Resident Evil 5, Crysis 2, Batman: Arkham City, BioShock 2, Sleeping Dogs, Mass Effect 3, Dead or Alive 5, Ōkami HD, Hitman: Absolution, Ico & Shadow of the Colossus, Uncharted 3. That was just one year's worth
    Wow, I can't believe Batman: Arkham City, Dead Space 2, Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 3, Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, and Uncharted 3 were given away free on PS3... that's insane!
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  • PS1 at 20: Tekken and a devastating counter in a Dulwich living room

  • Zerobob 30/09/2015

    Tekken 3 is due a HD remake.
    I completely agree. The game conveyed a certain atmosphere and tone, as did Mortal Kombat for that matter.

    I wouldn't want an 'all-singing-all-dancing' graphics fest though, with characters that barely resemble to originals.

    I'd want all the original characters in there, resembling their SD counterparts, with their classic moves still in place. More fights in mysterious forests, backstreets, rooftops, old temples. Simple gritty locations, simple gritty fighting, capturing the atmosphere of the original Tekken games.

    The problem is, I can see the remake now... New and weird characters. Fights set on top of the Eiffel Tower, the White House, on the Moon. Flashing special effects galore... it would probably be a different game.
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  • Zerobob 30/09/2015

    I always found with most classic fighting games (Street Fighter II, Virtual Fighter, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, SoulCalibur, etc) it was always much easier to be the defender, rather than the aggressor.

    It basically came down to being able to attack more quickly if you were standing still, rather than walking/jumping towards your opponent whilst attacking, which rather invited players to stand still and spam an attack.
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  • Nearly two years after release, Gran Turismo 6 is getting its course creator

  • Zerobob 30/09/2015

    If there are delays and day 1 patches for GT7 on PS4 then this is time, money, and effort poorly spent by Polyphony. Reply +1
  • PS4's big new update goes live tomorrow

  • Zerobob 29/09/2015

    I wonder if this update will:

    Add the ability to natively play H.265 encoded video (as oppose to H.264)
    The ability to turn off the Dual Shock controller's lightbar COMPLETELY
    Allow items to be 'pinned' to the homescreen recent apps list
    Stop the 'Discover your preferred power options' notification being displayed every time I turn on the console (common bug)

    But I doubt any of this will be addressed because streaming what you're playing, rather than just playing the damn game, is so unfathomably popular right now.
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  • The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone doesn't quite fulfil its expansion billing

  • Zerobob 28/09/2015

    I don't know how anyone has time to play Witcher 3 DLC... I barely have enough time to play the main game.

    Every time I play it I say to myself "Right, I've got an afternoon. Get some story missions done and a couple of treasure hunts"...

    ...Then the first story mission I play has about 15 objectives, each of which involves me travelling to a different location and listening to lengthy dialogue. The treasure hunts involve traversing the entire Skellege Isles. All the while, I stumble across various side missions that "I may as well do whilst I'm here".

    Then I look at the clock and it's 11pm and I've not completed the main story mission, not finished the treasure hunt, and all I've done is some side missions rewarding me standard loot. Damn!
    Reply +15
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Halo 5: Guardians

  • Zerobob 28/09/2015

    Halo has always been about gameplay > graphics so it's nice to see 1080/60 which is just the icing on the cake.
    But, it isn't 1080/60. It's mostly either 1152x810 @ 60fps, or a horizontally upscaled image of 1344x1080 @ 60fps.

    It sounds like full 1080/60 is only attained in areas that don't tax the engine, such as indoor environments.

    Still, I agree 343's approach definitely favours gameplay over graphics, which is nice to see.
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  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Uncharted: the Nathan Drake Collection

  • Zerobob 27/09/2015

    Definitely going to pick this up when I've finished The Last of Us Remastered and Witcher 3.

    I never realised the Uncharted serirs relied pre-rendered cut scenes though. It always struck me as the sort of game that was meant to be a masterclass in game development.
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  • Fallout 4 completely revamps the way perks work

  • Zerobob 25/09/2015

    I hate having to make uninformed, irreversible choices like at the beginning of Fallout 3 or even worse in Elder Scrolls IV.
    Yes I'm always wary of this in RPGs, because you have to be sure that the developer has done their job properly and made the perk trees comparable and fair.

    In Skyrim, for example, there really isn't any need to level up Speech because money is never really a problem and it only affords you a few extra dialogue options, in my experience.

    In Fallout 4 I'd be tempted to level up perks like Charisma and Luck, as they are powerful attributes in real life, but I suspect in 'Fallout life' they won't get you half as far as leveling up perks like Strength and Agility.
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  • Uncharted 4 beta dated for December

  • Zerobob 18/09/2015

    The reason I haven't played TLoU Remastered yet is because I have games like Bloodborne, Witcher 3, and a stack of free PS Plus games I've still not finished yet. Not to mention MGS 5 now! I also have a full time job.

    And with Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront imminent I don't know when I'm going to have time for any last gen remasters.

    In fact, the last time I checked TLoU Remastered wasn't even that cheap and for the last year I've been waiting for it to drop to around 15 (I don't want to mess around with the cheaper US digital version and a US PSN account).
    Reply +1
  • PlayStation 4 CUH-1200 'C-Chassis' review

  • Zerobob 14/09/2015

    Where as I agree the fan is a little loud while playing games like Rocket League and The Witcher 3, I would prefer Sony focused on zero-cost software improvements, such as pinnable apps on the home screen, and the option to turn the damn light bar off altogether on the DS4 controller to at least give the battery a chance of lasting longer than a single session. Reply 0
  • How the latest vinyl resurgence is coming from classic games

  • Zerobob 13/09/2015

    Street Fighter had some amazing themes (Ken's Theme, Guile's theme). Sonic had great themes, Flying Battery Zone being my favourite. Streets of Rage 2 squeezed every last bit of awesome out of the Megadrive's sound capability to deliver a truly unique tone to the game.

    I think the last soundtrack that hit all the right spots for me was Shadow of the Colossus. Then nothing.

    I do think music in games used to be more iconic, probably because it HAD to be to compensate for shortcomings in other areas. Even choice sound effects used to have more bite; Mortal Kombat is still cool as fuck as far as I'm concerned, because it used audible phrases like "Outstanding" and "Finish Him" so perfectly in a surreal world of brutality.
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  • Right now, you're better off playing Metal Gear Solid 5 offline

  • Zerobob 03/09/2015

    Urggh, micro transactions... I'm still not clear how exactly they work in-game. Something to do with base building? It's a 1P game for crying out loud, so what's the point in buying anything in-game?

    I want to play this tonight but screw it, I'm off to the south of France for two weeks tomorrow anyway. This game can definitely wait until I'm back and the online features are fixed.
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  • SoulCalibur Lost Swords to shut down in November

  • Zerobob 02/09/2015

    Fond memories of this on the Dreamcast. I've never felt like I was 'playing the future' as much with any other game.

    I just wish they capitalised on the weapon aspect a bit more to make the game more unique.
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  • Metal Gear Solid 5 is certainly a Hideo Kojima game where it matters most

  • Zerobob 01/09/2015

    Sorry, did I miss the review? Reply +1
  • Kerbal Space Program set to land on Wii U

  • Zerobob 27/08/2015

    I really wish they'd start mentioning release dates for this game on console.

    Getting pretty tired in general of having to take game announcements with a huge pinch of salt, a massive slice of hope, and an overwhelming dollop of forced disinterest...

    ...I'd rather forget all about games until they're imminent.
    Reply +2
  • Is it too late to start playing Hearthstone?

  • Zerobob 26/08/2015

    I've been playing Hearthstone from the start, but only the odd game here and there.

    After getting most of the characters up to lv20 in Practice mode, and getting to grips with how to play each character, I then started chancing the online matches.

    I won a lot of gold at first, but it soon became apparent that most people had spent a lot of money on their deck.

    One game for example, I completely had the opponent on the back-foot using a basic Druid deck. I was playing very well. But then my opponent just started pulling out awesome card after awesome card, each of which summoned another 2 minions... I didn't stand a chance.

    I would say that you can't really get into Hearthstone now. Not if you want to have fun anyway.
    Reply +1
  • What's the deal with Metal Gear Solid 5 microtransactions?

  • Zerobob 25/08/2015

    Rather than being notified of pay-to-win micro transactions after purchasing the game, I think it should work the other way around...

    Retailers should be forced to put large stickers on game boxes warning buyers that their 50 doesn't actually buy them the whole game, and put a total price on the game box which includes the cost of every possible micro-transaction.
    Reply +10
  • Digital Foundry vs ultra-wide 21:9 PC gaming

  • Zerobob 23/08/2015

    I'd have thought this would be the way TVs would have gone, rather than simply offering higher 4k resolutions, still at a 16:9 ratio.

    I suppose industry standards dictate the 16:9 format though, whereas games PC games can easily offer the 21:9 feature as an extra.
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  • Kerbal Space Program to launch on Xbox One

  • Zerobob 21/08/2015

    I hope the console versions show up soon. My terrible laptop gets too hot playing this game, as it does with most games, and I just want to sit there on the sofa experimenting with rockets designs, giggling to myself, and wondering where the day has gone. Reply +3
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture review

  • Zerobob 18/08/2015

    I want this game to be good, like I want a lot of games to be good, but I can see this game being a little, well, boring if you don't instantly 'click' with the style of mystery the game offers.

    The graphics look great, and being from the UK I'm really intrigued by the location. However, judging by the review, there don't appear to be any characters or puzzles, so you're just left to explore, making what you will of the things you pick up and see, many aspects of the game never reaching any sort of conclusion... A book with no end, if you will.

    It's like an RPG with all of the elements stripped out (characters, story, equipment, etc) apart from a few stray diary entries and collectibles. But far from these being detrimental aspects of the game, they're actually sold as a positives.

    I don't know, maybe I should reserve judgement before playing, but I can't see this game keeping anyone's attention for that long.
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  • Ashes of the Singularity: the first DX12 gaming benchmark tested

  • Zerobob 18/08/2015

    PC gaming is too over-complicated. Reply -3
  • EGX 2015: Star Wars Battlefront first UK hands-on

  • Zerobob 15/08/2015

    Misleading article title is misleading. Reply 0
  • The Witcher 3 patch 1.08 boosts console performance

  • Zerobob 13/08/2015

    PC gamers... What is a PC? My laptop is a PC, but I doubt it would even attempt to run The Witcher 3. A desktop computer with the same spec as my PC would also struggle to run The Witcher 3, but that's still a PC.

    PCs aren't infallible when it comes to running games. I agree The Witcher 3 runs very nicely on an expensive PC, but Eurogamer has even gone to the trouble of building a PC for the same price as a PS4, and reported that the PC delivers worse performance than the PS4.

    If PC gamers are simply trying to tell people that their expensive machine is better than a less expensive machine, then fine, I'm sure everybody would agree with that. You can stop telling everybody now.

    I'm also sure everybody is more than happy with their PS4 or X1. I for one am certainly enjoying the fact I don't have enough time to play all the free PSN games Sony keep dishing out.

    So can't console gamers just be left alone to enjoy them from the comfort of their sofa, without endless comments from PC gamers?

    I normally leave these endless trolling wars alone, but I've just had enough of people with a false sense of entitlement insisting that the current-gen consoles are underpowered not worth people's time, when that couldn't be further from the truth.
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  • Zerobob 12/08/2015


    DOes everyone else have the NPC I've come to affectionately know as "Crazy Crate Guy"? He wanders around ports and harbours holding a crate and doing a brilliantly random high knee skip-canter.
    Yes, I know the guy, absolutely hilarious :)
    Reply +2
  • The unlikely story behind YouTube's most-viewed gaming video

  • Zerobob 12/08/2015

    When the article says "most watched" I would suggest not many people actually watched the video for more than a few disappointing seconds.

    As far as explanations go, I would say almost all of the traffic is generated by people wanting to watch a pirate HD version of Cars 2.
    Reply +2
  • Rare Replay's Nintendo 64 games run at 1080p

  • Zerobob 11/08/2015

    I've been playing N64 games for years at 1080p (or more) on Project64. The results are surprisingly good considering you're running the original unaltered ROM on a PC.

    By contrast, this Rare Replay collection should be perfect, considering the strength of the hardware it's running on, and the extra development time Rare have put in... although it doesn't sound perfect.
    Reply -7
  • Rare Replay studio's first UK chart-topper since Banjo-Kazooie on N64 in 1998

  • Zerobob 10/08/2015

    @Fat-monkey The reason I say this is the best XBO game is purely because I don't recall large amounts of people exclaiming they must buy an XBO for Titanfall, Forza, or any other XBO game. Reply -4
  • Zerobob 10/08/2015

    Ironic: That the best Xbox One "game" is a collection of games 15 years old or more.

    Strange: That it's OK to release a classic games collection, such as Rare Replay, but not OK spend time remastering and releasing games from the last gen.

    Neg away etc.
    Reply -5
  • Digital Foundry vs the Halo 5 Gamescom demo

  • Zerobob 08/08/2015

    I only own a PS4 but I think this looks great in action. 60fps should be something all developers should aim for right now, because the graphical compromises to achieve this are completely worth it.

    However, this also just looks like more of the same old Halo. A bit like Advanced Warfare was essentially just more COD.
    Reply +3
  • The Taken King makes huge and important changes to Destiny

  • Zerobob 05/08/2015

    I hope nobody buys this. Reply +7
  • Rare Replay review

  • Zerobob 04/08/2015

    Sorry to be negative, but just because a game is a "classic" does that mean it's worth playing? Classic games don't age like classic movies; Most games get far worse with age, to the point you either get very bored, or very disappointed... your fond memories of a once great game left in tatters.

    I wouldn't ever want to play Battletoads again for more that 5 minutes, for example, because simple side-scrolling beat-em-ups just don't cut it by today's standards. I would say the same about Streets of Rage 2, a master of the genre.

    Even in terms of the N64's golden age, I'd have much preferred to have seen the absolutely brilliant Diddy Kong Racing in this collection, which effortlessly brought together car, plane, and hovercraft racing, as well as using all 3 vehicles as crafts for exploration around the main hub. What a joy that game was.
    Reply -6
  • Fake swatting prank leads to popular Twitch streamer getting banned

  • Zerobob 04/08/2015

    Ahh, "Swatting". Am I supposed to know what that is?

    I mean, I guessed correctly what Swatting is, because I'm intuitive like that, but the article never actually explains what it is.
    Reply -12
  • New article on Konami paints a bleak picture

  • Zerobob 03/08/2015

    The main issue here seems to be a human rights one, with Konami seemingly taking the decision to humiliate staff, undermine their confidence, and dehumanise them, rather than simply letting them go.

    ... but I also hope none of this impacts MGS 5, especially after the fantastic 'smooth as silk' Ground Zeroes.
    Reply +3
  • Iron Man mod swoops into Grand Theft Auto 5

  • Zerobob 01/08/2015

    The flying doesn't look right. Reply 0
  • PlayStation 4's stunning sales success continues

  • Zerobob 30/07/2015

    This doesn't really surprise me. Right from the start, it was obvious the PS4 was the most powerful and future-proof console, the only real alternative being the Xbox One and its confused purpose.

    Ever since then, it's been article after article of games coming to PS4 (Kerbal Space Program, No Man's Sky, for example), multi-platform Face-Off games being better on PS4, and great PS3 games being remastered on PS4. Not to mention PS4 exclusives like Bloodborne, and a good selection of free games on PS Plus every month. I honestly don't know why you'd buy an Xbox One.
    Reply +17
  • PlayStation Store Summer Sale starts today

  • Zerobob 30/07/2015

    Dragon Age for 25 isn't bad... I guess that's before the 10% discount.

    Thing is, I've still got The Witcher 3 to finish, Rocket League to play, MGS: Ground Zeroes to play, and so many other free PS Plus games, some of which I haven't even fired up yet.
    Reply -2
  • Black & White combined the sublime with the stupid

  • Zerobob 26/07/2015

    @SvennoJ Yeah I got stuck too now I think more about it.

    I needed to destroy a neighbouring settlement for some reason, but kept running out of fireballs to lob. I remember retrying it quite a few times, but couldn't quite get to the required worship level... or something.
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  • Zerobob 26/07/2015

    I could never fathom B&W. Eventually the only way I could find to progress the game was to lob fireballs at another town (?) but you could only throw them from within your area of influence. Am I remembering this right? Reply +7
  • The Street Fighter 5 beta isn't working

  • Zerobob 24/07/2015

    people were shouting and spitting their dummies out like entitled children on Twatter...
    I think that's the general problem with gaming at the moment. It's 2015 and suddenly everybody feels entitled to a Holodeck for some reason.
    Reply +4
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 "holiday 2016"

  • Zerobob 23/07/2015

    I don't really see the point of this delay. Is Tomb Raider a system-seller now?

    None of the TR sequels ever captured the soul of the first game. I also don't really like the action-adventure direction the game has been heading for some time now.

    I preferred the puzzle-platforming which opened up new areas and puzzles. Combat consisted of sporadic chance encounters with resident wildlife, rather than "killing everything for mad hunting skillz" being a main element of the game.
    Reply +7
  • Project Cars gets biggest update yet

  • Zerobob 21/07/2015

    Is Project Cars free on PS4 initially, with optional DLC available? Or is the free version more of a stripped-down trial version?

    I don't really understand the pricing structure, but tempted to give it a download.
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  • Video: Journey - PS3 vs. PS4 gameplay and graphics comparison

  • Zerobob 21/07/2015

    I wish all next-gen versions of games were free the second time, especially relatively recent releases such as Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. Reply -7
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour review

  • Zerobob 20/07/2015

    So this and the new Formula 1 game are both half a game?

    Does that mean I'll be able to pick up both games as a 'sports double pack' for the price of a single game then?
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  • Uncharted 4 pushes PS4 tech to the next level

  • Zerobob 17/07/2015

    It was possible for the PS2 to output at 1080p. The console output resolution and a game's native resolution are two different things.

    Also, a game may output at 1080p, but this is an upscaled resolution based on a lower native resolution.

    Mario Kart may output at a native resolution of 1080p, I'm not sure, but there will be a lot of graphical compromises to achieve this at 60fps.

    Aside from anything, you can't compare a game with cartoon-like graphics and simple effects with games attempting to be ultra realistic in practically every way.

    Have you seen Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes in action on PS4? That runs at 1080p / 60fps and looks leagues better than anything on Wii U.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight's first major DLC falls short

  • Zerobob 15/07/2015

    Gawwwd, I hate the direction games and DLC are heading. Reply +13
  • Amazon Prime day deals detailed

  • Zerobob 15/07/2015

    Amazon really are trying to shove their Prime service down people's throats aren't they. Or the service where you need to commit to a certain number of purchases a month.

    I bought from Amazon on Monday and found it a little tricky to order WITHOUT taking them up on their Prime free trial, due to the site interface.
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