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  • 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 £6 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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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?
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 +3
  • 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.
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  • Zerobob 27/04/2016

    I'm close to losing all faith in gaming.

    In previous generations companies were tripping over themselves to show you their great new games at launch, or at least close to launch, such as Mario 64, and they had a solid plan to release their other great games that same generation.

    Now, Nintendo can barely even manage to release a game for their current gen console for some reason, and highly anticipated games like The Last Guardian have practically become myth we've been waiting so long.

    Now, in complete contrast to more infrequent game releases, were being told we need to buy consoles more frequently, such as the NX and the PS Neo.

    What is going on? A mass conspiracy to disappoint and piss off gamers everywhere? A war on value for money? Poorly managed companies with no vision?
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  • I don't accept the premise of the question

  • Zerobob 25/04/2016

    It's surprising when watching interviews of all kinds on TV how much of the time the question asked doesn't get answered. The question is either quickly sidestepped, hijacked into another question, or simply treated as a cue for the celebrity to start talking about something. Nobody ever seems to notice. Reply 0
  • Watch: Johnny plays Shadow of the Colossus for the first time

  • Zerobob 23/04/2016

    @Hellotherenow
    Agro is one of the best horses. But in terms in animation, Red Dead Redemption surpassed it.
    I was of that opinion until recently, when I re-watched some RDR gameplay footage. I think Agro has lots of little nuances to his animation, which make him the better animated horse.
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  • Zerobob 23/04/2016

    I wish I had a way of playing this game again on PS4. I gave my PS2 away to a good home, I don't own a PS3, or a gaming PC. Another version on PS4 would sure pass the time waiting for The Last Guardian... nudge nudge Sony.

    I have to say, when playing this game for the first time, there's a lot of trial and error involved with some of the Colossi. Watching that video I felt sorry for Johnny a bit, sitting next to someone who's done it all before, with no chance discover anything for himself, and being actively reminded every time he did something wrong.

    Plus there's the fact the Colossi can sometimes get caught in a loop of shaking, forcing you to use all your grip strength and fall off, completely beyond your control. It just happens.

    People who played this game alone, myself included, probably forget how much time, experimentation, and guesswork was involved to take down some of the Colossi.
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  • In Play: The best game of 2015 arrives on PS4 this week

  • Zerobob 22/04/2016

    The older I get the more I'm only becoming interested in games with pure strategy to their gameplay, but the PS4 has left me a bit cold in this department thus far, so this is great news.

    I usually go for CCGs and RTS games, but hopefully I'll like this. I just hope it plays well using the DualShock 4, as opposed to a mouse.
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  • Amazon marks GTA5, FIFA 16, Minecraft and more as "exclusively for Prime members"

  • Zerobob 22/04/2016

    So Amazon are saying you have to be a £80 a year member of their club, or they won't accept your money for games, games which are widely available from other retailers at extremely competitive prices? Are they mad?

    This makes no sense in terms of business or customer relations. Bizarre.

    In fact, I feel slightly alienated and offended that this is even a thing, even though I rarely buy games from Amazon.
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  • How PlayStation Neo and the original PS4 will co-exist

  • Zerobob 20/04/2016

    @Timbercottage

    Future PS4 games will look and behave exactly as they so now. NEO games will be shinier. Simple.
    I'm not so sure it will be that simple. Sure, you'll be able to purchase the same games on the standard PS4 and the Neo, but standard PS4 games will likely run at what the developers state are "acceptable levels of performance" but in reality are a frame rate slideshow, with the Neo's spec being the main development spec.

    If people readily accept the Neo, there's also nothing to stop Sony releasing yet another version of the PS4 two years later. And another. And another. It'll become like iPhone models, and let's not forget the PS4 is cheaper than an iPhone. Would it really be that ridiculous?

    Of course this all fundamentally changes the definition of a "console", and may even destroy console gaming completely. Currently consoles are viewed as a one-stop-shop to years of no fuss gaming. The Neo only clouds this idea, causing nothing but confusion for the sake of prettier games. It's certainly not for the sake of enabling new types of games, or games with a larger scope, if all games will be available on both the PS4 and Neo. So why not just buy a powerful PC in the first place?

    Maybe the pursuit of prettier games is where developers and consumers feel gaming nirvana is found. Personally I don't, but these will be an interesting few years for gaming, and only time will tell. This is anything but "Simple" though, as you put it, in an attempt to oversimplify the implications of this announcement.
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  • Revealed: Sony's plan for PlayStation 4K - codename Neo

  • Zerobob 20/04/2016

    So after investing in a PS4, waiting for the generation's 'sweet spot' of lovingly crafted, optimised games to arrive (as they always do) I'm now being told there won't be any, and if I want to see anything resembling a lovingly crafted, optimised game I'll have to buy a new console.

    I assume I'll be able to trade in my current PS4 for £250 off a PS4K then?
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  • Zerobob 20/04/2016

    So after investing in a PS4, waiting for the 'sweet spot' of the generation to arrive (as it always does) and games such as The Last Guardian to be released, I'm now being told the current PS4 isn't up to the job of delivering Sony's vision for the console?

    I assume I'll be able to trade in my current PS4 for £250 off a PS4K then?
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  • Watch: Where did Resident Evil go wrong?

  • Zerobob 16/04/2016

    @Nikanoru Yes, I was aware the PS2 version of RE4 wasn't as good as the GC version at the time, but I also played RE4 on the Wii.

    The Wiimote actually worked really well with the game's aiming system, but I don't think I enjoyed it any more or any less than playing the PS2 version the first time.
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  • Zerobob 16/04/2016

    Personally, I liked the slightly obtuse nature of RE1, RE2 and Code Veronica.

    I enjoyed the mechanics, puzzles, and especially the trademark fixed view point in those games. They really gave the games a great atmosphere. Maybe I just never stopped loving the original Alone in the Dark.

    I also played RE4 through on PS2 and, although I enjoyed it, it just felt like it was missing something. God knows what they were aiming for in RE5 and RE6.

    I feel the later Resi Evil games fell victim to the same thing as the Tomb Raider sequels, where they became too much about the shooting, and less about the puzzles and atmosphere.
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  • Check out GoldenEye remade in Doom

  • Zerobob 14/04/2016

    @Mistress That Duke Nukem level editor Build was awesome. It was so hands-on! I remember wasting many a day building my own intricate Duke levels. Reply +2
  • The Legacy of Rob Daviau, the man who helped flip boardgames on their head

  • Zerobob 10/04/2016

    I'm still not really sold on the Legacy concept. I don't want to be reminded of multiple past failures, or for games like Pandemic to become easier because something didn't go my way the first time.

    I love the sound of Seafall though. Even the ship management idea sounded awesome but, like Daviau discovered, too much micromanagement can weigh games down a bit.

    Maybe a digital version of Seafall could help streamline the game a lot, and he'd be able to include a lot of his original, more in depth ideas for the game.
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  • What went wrong with Quantum Break on PC?

  • Zerobob 09/04/2016

    A game optimised for a console is rarely going to run well on a PC.

    Raw computing power doesn't matter that much. Hardware focus during development and code optimisation does matter.
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  • The latest PS4 update does some cool, unannounced things

  • Zerobob 08/04/2016

    @jamyskis1981 Thanks for the confirmation on the remote play with wireless controller support, or lack thereof.

    A bit disappointing that you can't simply stream the PS4 video to a PC and use the Dualshock as normal, but maybe Sony will allow this in the future.
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  • Zerobob 08/04/2016

    @jamyskis1981
    The only bugger is that you absolutely have to have a DualShock 4 connected via USB cable to use it
    I haven't upgraded to Windows 10 yet. Is this definitely the case, even if simply playing in a different room of your house to your PS4.

    I don't see why I can't just stream the PS4 video to my PC as a second screen, yet keep my Dualshock connected wirelessly as usual.
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  • Uncharted 4 makes a move for the open, but at what cost?

  • Zerobob 04/04/2016

    An extremely fair analysis.

    I'm currently playing through The Nathan Drake Collection, and constantly thinking to myself "What's all the fuss about? Is this it?".

    The gunplay is below average, the cover system is average, the platforming mechanics are unpredictable, even ridiculous at times (give me Tomb Raider 1 any day), the puzzles are simple, and the aforementioned set pieces are mostly pre-rendered video, which is jarring as the ND Collection allows you to change Drake's outfit, which then switches back to his default white shirt during set pieces.
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  • Dark Souls 3 review

  • Zerobob 04/04/2016

    @jabberwocky
    The Blood Starved Beast is one of the easier bosses, in fact he can be defeated without him even attacking you if you use the pungent cocktails to distract him.
    Well, that assumed you know the use for the pungent cocktails, which isn't at all obvious, but anyway, that's nice to know, really makes me feel good about myself.

    How was it that I couldn't get away from the Blood-Starved Beast then, no matter how fast I dodged? And when attacked by it half my energy would disappear?

    I defeated Father Gascoigne with no difficulty, using simple dodging, even though a lot of people made it clear how much they struggled defeating him. I assume I'm missing something quite major, if the Blood-Starved Beast is as easy as you say it is.
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