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  • The Walking Dead's third season screens shows off Telltale's improved engine

  • alexatkin 23/07/2016

    I remember when Telltale used to make actual games not glorified comic books with less choice than a "choose your own adventure" book.

    It has felt like each season has had less game and more QTEs, not even counting the terrible performance of the engine.

    I don't even understand why people think they are good at story, but then again some people think the TV show is good writing and admittedly the game is better than that (which isn't saying much).
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  • Xbox One S 2TB launch date 2nd August

  • alexatkin 18/07/2016

    @Gamerfiend This isn't like 1080p though where the TVs did a poor job upscaling 720p. Most 4K TVs are really good at upscaling so we don't need the console to do it.

    Now if the games generate the HUD at 4K then the rest of the game at normal resolution, that would be a valid point, but that would need all games patching and I doubt they will do it even for new games.
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  • Fallout: New Vegas mod maker asks: did Fallout 4 DLC rip me off, or was it just "inspired" by my work?

  • alexatkin 16/07/2016

    @quent As is the nature of open-world games, especially ones as vast and complex as what Bethesda produce. Reply -1
  • Red Dead Redemption runs best on Xbox One

  • alexatkin 08/07/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler I doubt they will increase the resolution, its likely they already can on Xbox One but want BC to be pure.

    A few Xbox games on Xbox 360 were accidentally running at 720p native and they "fixed" them back to 480p. I had one of them myself and noticed no performance issues with it at 720p, but they downgraded it anyway.
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  • PlayStation 4 filing points to DualShock 4 PC adapter

  • alexatkin 06/07/2016

    @-Unknown- You have been able to use DS4 on PC for years already, wired or wireless. Just a quick Google search will find you the software. Reply +2
  • alexatkin 06/07/2016

    @Apostate The unofficial software to use DS4 on PC has been available for years now and works perfectly as it emulates an Xbox controller.

    The only thing it doesn't do is allow you to use the headphones/headset port.
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  • alexatkin 06/07/2016

    @Bloodbeag I have to disagree.

    I went from Xbox 360 directly to PS4 and immediately loved the controller, after getting major hand cramps with every previous Playstation controller.

    Now I recently went back to the Xbox 360 controller to play some PC games and while its not exactly uncomfortable, it felt awkward.

    Bear in mind I also use the Xbox One controller. I find they both are a major improvement over the Xbox 360 controller but DS4 is the most comfortable for me and its the most functional.
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  • Red Dead Redemption finally gets Xbox One backwards compatibility this Friday

  • alexatkin 05/07/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro For who exactly? Not people who already have an Xbox 360, which I suspect is a majority. Reply -10
  • Yakuza 5 currently free if you have PlayStation Plus

  • alexatkin 05/07/2016

    Amazing how quickly they can fix this but when there is a problem with users unable to access content they actually bought it takes them months or even years.

    I had a big argument with customer support about not being able to download ABBA Song Pack 1 to Singstar PS4. They claimed I needed to re-buy it on PS4 as it wasn't transferable, I argued that I thought that was an error and they should raise it higher, they said they couldn't raise it any higher. Big shocker that months later they fixed it, proving that CS were wrong all along.

    I love PS4 but Playstation Support and Playstation Europe in general are a bloody joke. Never had these sorts of issues on Xbox.
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  • All LittleBigPlanet game servers shutting down in Japan

  • alexatkin 03/07/2016

    @ChemicalBR0 Unfortunately that would be major work as they would have to make it work either without PSN or somehow integrate in a way that doesn't open PSN up to hackers. Reply 0
  • Fallout 4 PS4 mods currently limited to 900MB

  • alexatkin 29/06/2016

    @PrimalxConvoy PC does not equal Windows. If you count servers then the PS4 is actually using the most common libraries, as it has a lot of open-source software in its OS.

    Xbox was always built from the ground up with Windows porting in mind. Its based on a cut-down Windows OS using a lot of the standard Windows libraries, so its no surprise to find its more flexible with games developed on Windows.

    In my experience though, Xbox One seems to have also inherited some drawbacks from Windows. Its far more prone to the OS lagging or freezing. I regularly find if I leave a game/app in standby when I wake up my Xbox One the game/app is not responsive.

    On PS4 its very unusual for that to happen, its pretty solid now as they don't have as much overhead in the OS. Its quite possibly these restrictions that make PS4 more optimised and stable.

    As others have said, mods on console are a nice novelty but if I was serious about modding I would always buy PC.
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  • Grand Theft Auto 5's community just solved a Bigfoot-sized secret

  • alexatkin 29/06/2016

    @jackdawson I don't know, GTA 5 is pretty limited in what there is to do once you finished the single player unless you find enjoyment out of the online. (I don't)

    Perhaps its just me, but I enjoyed playing through Watch Dogs a second time (playing on PC after originally on PS4) more than I did GTA 5 (playing on PS4 after originally owning on PS3).
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  • What the hell is a teraflop anyway?

  • alexatkin 28/06/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler Interestingly, the biggest problem seemed to be light shafts through the stained glass windows - which they removed completely with the patch. :(

    They were the best looking part of the game too but very unpredictable if the game would slow to a crawl or not when you encountered them. I'm not sure why they would have such an impact on performance?
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  • alexatkin 28/06/2016

    @FMV-GAMER As I recall the Xbox 360 was never advertised as a 1080p console at launch, as it couldn't actually output 1080p at launch.

    1080p support over component was patched in much later and it wasn't widely used until the HDMI SKU came along.
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  • The Disney Infinity Doctor Strange figure the world will never get

  • alexatkin 21/06/2016

    Found out they ditched the PC version already.

    Zootopia or any toys since cannot be redeemed on PC even though they come with the activation codes.
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  • Ex-Ubisoft devs' crowdfunded RPG ReRoll has been cancelled

  • alexatkin 20/06/2016

    An insanely ambitious concept, too much so in fact.

    Wouldn't it make more sense to start off smaller or license Googles map data or something?

    I always figured that Google Streetview would eventually be used in an actual game.
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  • Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is being co-developed by Monolith Soft

  • alexatkin 20/06/2016

    @SammIKid Of course not.

    It merely highlights that even first parties need third party elements now because games have gotten so large and complicated.
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  • Sony gives PlayStation VR a release date at E3 2016

  • alexatkin 14/06/2016

    @GameChampionz Small space is exactly where VR DOES make sense. PSVR is not like Vive, its designed like Oculus as primarily for use sitting down.

    If you don't like VR, its already been said you can use it just as a virtual big-screen to play normal PS4 games. Very useful if your room is too small for a real big screen.

    Although there is no way its going to be as good a picture as a real 1080p HDTV though.
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  • Ubisoft is making a Star Trek VR game

  • alexatkin 13/06/2016

    @spekkeh Biggest problem for me is it just doesn't look Star Trek to me. Same issue I had with recent movies.

    Original Series, Next-Gen, DS-9 and Voyager all had a gradual progression of the aesthetics. But they threw that out of the window, even Enterprise was more authentic than this.

    Sure I can understand why they threw out LCARS for the computer interface, as in real-life its too awkward. But it just doesn't feel right.

    Ah well, maybe when it comes out we will find you can choose with ship you pilot? Would definitely be more appealing if you had your pick of all the major ones.

    Although I can't help feeling this is too much of an idealistic game. Its impossible to find people to co-op games with now, for a VR exclusive game its going to be downright impossible.
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  • Microsoft announces new console Project Scorpio for holiday 2017

  • alexatkin 13/06/2016

    @dogmanstaruk If they manage to use the extra power to create a proper emulator so you can use your original media (and avoid the games missing due to licensing restrictions issues) then that could be pretty awesome.

    I just hope they add original Xbox compatibility too though as I have been craving to go back on Burnout 2 & 3.
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  • alexatkin 13/06/2016

    @AgentDaleCooper The problem there is if Sony are aiming for 1080p 60fps on Neo but Microsoft are aiming for 2160p at 30fps on Scorpio - the games could very well look better on Neo. Reply +1
  • Prey 2 resurfaces with Arkane Austin in charge

  • alexatkin 13/06/2016

    @Squintastic From what I saw of Prey 2 it had nothing in common with the original game at all.

    Sadly it looks from this trailer like they somehow made it even LESS related. The only thing in common looks to be that its a shooter.

    And all we wanted was them to carry on the story from the cliffhanger they left at the end of the first game. :(
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  • Xbox One S console leak: 40% smaller, 2TB, 4K

  • alexatkin 12/06/2016

    @Pierre2k I'm certainly hoping the PS4 Neo will play 4K Bluray. Would be interesting if they both did as it could cause some needed competition. Reply -2
  • Sony confirms PlayStation 4K

  • alexatkin 10/06/2016

    Strange, as I really would have thought it would launch the end of this year.

    It seems like maybe both Microsoft and Sony are waiting for the other to make the first move.
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  • Xbox One's TV-recording feature is "on hold" indefinitely

  • alexatkin 09/06/2016

    Regardless of if you were going to use the functionality or not, or even if it makes sense for a console to have this. Its yet another broken promise by Microsoft.

    Can't say I'm shocked though. If I leave a game or Netflix running and then enter standby then quite often it will have hung when I power back up.

    The LAST thing Xbox One needs is more crap running in the background as it seems it can barely handle what it has now. Its such a clunky, laggy OS.

    The PS4 UI is far from perfect but its faster and very very rarely crashes.
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  • Watch the Watch Dogs 2 reveal livestream

  • alexatkin 08/06/2016

    @Taz-360 Why is it the people who disliked the game think they are god yet the millions of people who did like it shouldn't get a sequel?

    We get it, you hate the game, now sod off and leave us alone.
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  • alexatkin 08/06/2016

    @dangerousbrian0 The original was an early proof of concept running on PC before they knew what the next-gen console hardware was capable of.

    This footage appears to be running on PS4 with only a matter of months to release.

    There will be no downgrade this time as they already know the hardware, had the existing game engine from the first game and so close to release.
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  • Face-Off: Dead Island: The Definitive Collection on PC

  • alexatkin 07/06/2016

    @IamUrple LCDs have their own inherent blur so adding motion blur too is usually a bad thing.

    It can work in racing to give the illusion of a higher frame rate (eg DriveClub) but generally its just a bad idea.

    We shouldn't be trying to simulate film, we are trying to simulate real-life where there is no motion blur.
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  • The UK's only video game TV show canned

  • alexatkin 06/06/2016

    How did I not know this show existed? :( Reply 0
  • Zelda, Paper Mario, Lego City head to Nintendo Selects budget range

  • alexatkin 17/05/2016

    @specialgamer Lego City Undercover is the most fun LEGO game I have played, and I have played a lot of them.

    I hope Nintendo commission a sequel for NX, its the only thing right now that might convince me to get another Nintendo console.

    The 3DS version that this article is about (the prequel to the Wii U version) while heavily cut down is also not too bad either, though its clear the 3DS isn't really powerful enough to pull of this sort of game. Its impressive how close an experience it gets though.
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  • LG G5 review

  • alexatkin 16/05/2016

    You lost me at "it lacks the punch of the displays seen on Samsung's flagships, but colours are arguably softer and more realistic".

    I don't see it as arguable when DisplayMate consistently rate Samsung OLED screens as the best on the market using actual tests to confirm they are outputting a correctly calibrated picture.

    Sounds like Eurogamer forgot to switch the screen mode to Basic when testing Samsung devices.
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  • Project Spark is dead - Long live Project Spark

  • alexatkin 14/05/2016

    @ubergine Not surprised. Even on a good PC it ran like garbage.

    I tried it briefly after upgrading from a GTX 660 to a GTX 970 and performance didn't seem to improve at all.
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  • alexatkin 14/05/2016

    I hope this means we also get refunds for things like the Conker pack. Reply 0
  • Disney Infinity cancelled, Avalanche Software shut down

  • alexatkin 11/05/2016

    @dogmanstaruk The problem with those games is once you have one, you have them all.

    Take Rock Band 4. I personally am enjoying it due to being able to enable auto-kick so I can play the drums whereas before I couldn't. But for anyone who could before, 3 was a better game and there is simply no good reason to get 4.

    Infinity however did the hugely annoying thing that once I had bought 2 the new figures only worked on 3. It was a horrific case of nickel and diming.
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  • Why insiders think we'll see a new Xbox One at E3

  • alexatkin 28/04/2016

    @7M7 But the price of the PS4 WILL go down with the Neo most likely releasing at the price the PS4 was at launch.

    So the people who normally wait for a price drop will get a PS4, those that want to get a second console or are interested in 4K might choose the Neo however. Its the best of both.
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  • alexatkin 28/04/2016

    @MilkYMoO Not for Bluray or streaming services though as content providers demand HDCP 2.2 for that and it needs HDMI 2.0 which neither console have. Reply -1
  • The PC version of Forza 6 goes into open beta next week

  • alexatkin 28/04/2016

    @bemaniac I have to agree with NullDev, even considering what you said there is no way the requirements should be that high.

    It better have 3D crowds and they better look bloody amazing, for those specs.
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  • alexatkin 28/04/2016

    @FoureyesZero Which is irrelevant when the recommended GPUs COME with 4GB RAM anyway. Plus it specifically points out 60fps.

    I'm more concerned that they think you need to jump from an i3 to an i7 rather than an i5 as normally recommended.
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  • Blizzard responds to WOW Nostalrius pirate/private server closure

  • alexatkin 26/04/2016

    I will never understand the argument that allowing someone to use their IP without payment will prevent their ability to defend their IP.

    Surely it can work the same way as licensing their IP to anyone else. It can only be used by the people who its licensed to for the strict purposes agreed in the contract. Whether its being paid or not should irrelevant.
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  • Patrice Désilets gains 1666 Amsterdam rights, calls off Ubisoft lawsuit

  • alexatkin 26/04/2016

    @Uberheertje That could be a good thing I guess as a 1:1 scale is plausible.

    Its not the size of open world games that make them good, its how lifelike and interesting that environment is and that you have plenty of interesting things to do in it.
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  • There's life in Rock Band 4 yet

  • alexatkin 25/04/2016

    As others have pointed out, they probably couldn't afford to wait any longer. They may have been afraid of Mad Catz going under if they waited due their dire financial state. Mad Catz may even have been directly pressuring them to release.

    As for the DLC issues on PSN, I'm pretty sure that is entirely Playstation Europe at fault. Why? Because Singstar has the same problems.

    I still can't download ABBA Song Pack 1 on PS4 as they claim its not transferable. This seems unlikely as the other ABBA song packs are. They will not raise the issue any higher so I either have to buy it again, or stick to PS3.

    On the other hand, I had zero problems transferring my content from Xbox 360 to Xbox One for RB4.
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  • Watch: How will Planet Coaster compare to Rollercoaster Tycoon 3?

  • alexatkin 21/04/2016

    A bit of a silly headline really as clearly this IS RCT4 in all but name.

    Of course its not just RCT3 with better graphics, as that would be silly. The technology allows so much more now and it seems they are really playing pushing the ability to customise every little detail.

    I don't have the creativity to really show off this game, but I can already see that some people are going to come up with insanely detailed and impressive theme parks thanks to this game.
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  • How PlayStation 4K Neo and the original PS4 will co-exist

  • alexatkin 20/04/2016

    @Mr_Writer85 It makes more sense to keep frame rate parity between PS4 and Neo, improving instead the resolution and effects.

    This is doubly so when playing online so that you still have the same controller response time.

    It seems likely developers will avoid Neo have a better LOD or drawing distance when playing online as it would give those users a huge advantage.

    Then again just owning a lower latency TV, a bigger TV, or better broadband, already impacts there.
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  • The latest PS4 update does some cool, unannounced things

  • alexatkin 08/04/2016

    @dogmanstaruk But if they DID create the database with hardcoded PSN names instead of numeric IDs (everything points to this), its probably NEVER going to get fixed.

    At this point it would be such a huge undertaking and the longer it doesn't happen, the less likely it ever will as that database ain't getting any smaller.
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  • You can play PS4 games on your PC or Mac from tomorrow

  • alexatkin 05/04/2016

    @BlackFlower I never understand these people moaning about upscaling.

    Personally I prefer pixel-doubling than upscaling, as it stops the image looking soft/blurry.

    If TVs/monitor did this then SD to HD and FullHD to UHD would still look pixel sharp instead of a blurry mess.
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  • alexatkin 05/04/2016

    @eimhin85 The problem is to make it work on the Pi it wouldn't just need a Linux hack, it would be completely rewriting for ARM.

    They might have more luck hacking the Android version.

    Speaking of, I hope this means they will finally release that for all Android devices and not just Sony ones.
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  • alexatkin 05/04/2016

    @Noobcamper The PS4 shares its memory bandwidth with the CPU and GPU, so it may be that bumping up the resolution starts to impact performance of the game.

    The Xbox One possibly has an advantage here as it may be able to encode in the fast (but small) dedicated GPU memory. Which is pretty ironic when that same small RAM is what makes achieving 1080p so hard.

    There is also the fact it was initially designed for the limited performance of the PS Vita. At least they upgraded it to 720p for Vita TV, it was originally limited to just 540p for streaming.
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  • Sony investigating PlayStation VR support for PC

  • alexatkin 29/03/2016

    @lfw Sooner or later PC will adopt a standard VR API. In the meantime I believe they could support SteamVR. Reply +2
  • PlayStation 4.5 to be announced before October - report

  • alexatkin 29/03/2016

    @WilhelmvonOrmstein So far I have found most of my games collection does 4k 30fps on a GTX 970. Failing that, drop to 1440p.

    Considering consoles don't really aim for Ultra settings its plausible for a brand-new console. On the flip side though, there is zero chance a PS4.5 could do that as the have to remain with PS4 architecture for compatibility.

    They cannot upgrade the CPU enough to compensate, even in the unlikely event the GPU can.
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  • Sunset Overdrive and Saints Row 4 headline April's Games With Gold

  • alexatkin 24/03/2016

    @Identify Yup, PS+ is pretty much dead lately.

    The only game I would be bothered about is The Division, but I'm waiting on it coming down in price and then will probably pick it up on PC.

    Then again, I'm waiting on Forza and hopefully Crackdown on PC too so if it wasn't for Games with Gold I would be pretty annoyed with the Xbox One right now too.
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