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  • 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 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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  • alexatkin 24/03/2016

    Both titles I wanted to play, excellent.

    On the other hand I let my PS+ expire this month as its just not offering value for money any more. Perhaps I will renew of next months offering is any good, but I'm not holding my breath.
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  • We know PlayStation 4.5 is real - but why is Sony making it?

  • alexatkin 24/03/2016

    @pleshy Well if they pulled off a console that could run all current games at 4K with the same performance, then developers could also choose to unlock 60fps at 1080p on those games too as an alternative.

    A few years ago I might have dismissed that as a pipe dream, but I think developers are aware of the vocal 60fps crowd these days so it could very much happen.
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  • alexatkin 24/03/2016

    @Master09 That's depends a lot on what games you play.

    I have been playing several games recently on a GTX 970 at 4K 30fps.

    Not all PC gamers are obsessed with 60fps. Some of us like Arcade racers like The Crew where being able to precisely see oncoming traffic and obstructions is actually more beneficial than the frame rate boost. Or games like The Talos Principle and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, which also handle 4K 30fps fine.

    Not that I'm expecting the new PS4 to be remotely comparable, but I will be wanting a 4K Bluray player anyway so if the new PS4 can do that, I'm sold.
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  • Project Cars on Oculus Rift looks intense

  • alexatkin 18/03/2016

    "The video, below, shows how you can play the game from within the driving seat, and are able to look around even as you're overtaking."

    What an odd thing to say seeing as being able to look around like you would in real life is exactly what VR is about. If you couldn't look around while overtaking it wouldn't be VR.
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  • PlayStation VR GDC live report

  • alexatkin 15/03/2016

    I too hope PSVR is affordable as for me both Vive and Oculus are too expensive for what will still be a huge compromise/transitional unit.

    It takes at least 4K to fill your peripheral vision on a 2D screen without the pixels being too obvious, so VR needs at least 8K before it will look remotely seamless. We are some years away from that.
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  • You can block people's progress in The Division by standing in a doorway

  • alexatkin 09/03/2016

    One of many reasons I really do not like forced online games.

    Give me single-player or co-op hosted on my actual console/PC any day.

    I will still get this game eventually as I really enjoyed the beta, but its not at the top of my list.
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  • The Sinking City is a promising-looking open-world investigation Lovecraftian game

  • alexatkin 09/03/2016

    Hopefully this works better than the murder mysteries in Assassins Creed.

    They were a great idea but I found they got rather tedious after a while. Of course it may also just be I suck at these sorts of games. ;)
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  • Fable developer Lionhead Studios to shut down

  • alexatkin 07/03/2016

    @Eraysor From a gaming perspective a large chunk of the Rare employees are now at Playtonic Games anyway.

    I suspect part of that is because they saw the writing on the wall and feared they were next.
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  • Should you upgrade Xbox One with an SSD?

  • alexatkin 06/03/2016

    Why no testing of standard HDDs in this list?

    Its been known for ages that on Xbox One using an external HDD performs better than the internal, even the drive specifications appear to be the same.
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  • How to upgrade your Dual Shock 4 - with Xbox One controller parts

  • alexatkin 28/02/2016

    @yodizzle I got mine replaced by Sony directly as they extended the warranty on the earlier ones that would wear. The replacement seems to be fine. Reply +3
  • Pokémon announcement lends weight to previous NX, Zelda reports

  • alexatkin 28/02/2016

    I bought the WiiU partly for a proper 3D Mario and ZeldaU.

    I feel extremely cheated by Nintendo. Not necessarily just because those games haven't come, but because they have done sod all with the rest of the functionality too.

    The console is still a slow clunky mess. If it didn't play Wii games over HDMI then I would be mighty tempted to get rid of it.

    I thought they would at least release some fun games that utilise the GamePad properly but nope. Even some games I had on WiiU (eg Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed) I ended up trading for the Xbox 360 version, because it ran better and had achievements, better online functionality, etc.
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  • 13 years ago I was held at gunpoint, kidnapped and shoved into the boot of my car

  • alexatkin 22/02/2016

    I found it quite hard to follow the way it kept jumping between him recounting the kidnapping and then jumping to what he is doing now.

    One minute its in the middle of the story, then a video, then its suddenly back talking about now.
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  • Nintendo Account sign-ups live, Miitomo pre-registration open

  • alexatkin 21/02/2016

    @Vargavinter It said that for me too if I tried to go to

    However, creating a Nintendo account linked to my Nintendo Network ID and pre-registering for the app, both worked fine.
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  • alexatkin 21/02/2016

    I really don't understand why Nintendo have to keep rolling out different accounts systems.

    Why can't this just come under Nintendo Network itself?

    Also, only 9 characters for a nickname? What are they smoking?
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  • This GTA 5 hand-tracking mod sure is unsettling

  • alexatkin 19/02/2016

    @melnificent I kinda had that even without VR.

    When I was learning to drive I played a lot of TDU with a wheel, deliberately trying to drive as realistic as possible. I felt it actually helped me get used to driving in real-life.

    VR should be a million times better of course, as you can properly look around for oncoming traffic.

    I gotta admit, reading this article does make me a little uncomfortable even thinking about what impact it could have.
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  • DriveClub's latest update is its most radical yet

  • alexatkin 18/02/2016

    I hate it when people compare DriveClub to PGR because to me its not even slightly similar.

    What made PGR fun was how it was all tied together, the goals, how it would reward you for driving recklessly but keeping control.

    I can never quite get on with DriveClub because there is so little structure to the game and it so harshly penalises you for even slightly leaving the road. Its been patched to be more forgiving, but still its far from the fun of PGR.
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  • Fallout 4 DLC revealed, season pass price hike announced

  • alexatkin 16/02/2016

    I'm enjoying Fallout 4 but I just do not see the value in getting the DLC. By the time I have drained all the enjoyment out of the game it would be far better value to move on to another game for that price.

    I consider £25 a stretch for a season pass, the only way they can rationalise £40 is if the content is as-big as the base game, which is never going to happen.

    That said, Game are selling the game and the season pass bundled for £49.99 right now. So its basically an unofficial "game of the year" edition. Good value if you don't already own it.
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  • It looks like there's going to be a Knack 2

  • alexatkin 16/02/2016

    @PCMaestro Umm no, Knack was not bundled with all launch PS4s, not by a long shot.

    My console was launch and it came only with Killzone, which I would have happily traded for Knack as I had to get buy that in addition, and loved it too.

    It wasn't perfect, but it was exactly what it was intended to but - a call back to the early Playstation platform games.
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  • Fractured Space is free to play - and keep - this weekend

  • alexatkin 29/01/2016

    @peejamm Looks like the instant you click "Install Game" it registered as a purchase - no need to install.

    I "purchased" it on Linux and its showing in my library but naturally I can't install it until I boot into Windows.
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  • Sony drops pricing information from the PlayStation Blog

  • alexatkin 27/01/2016

    Impractical my arse.

    How hard can it possibly be to have an automated system to generate the posts including all regional pricing?

    Or widgets tied into Playstation Store that will display the correct price based on your ISP?

    Not that Microsoft do any better, they only cater to the US.
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  • Is it time for a PS4 SSD upgrade?

  • alexatkin 24/01/2016

    @losaa The thing is, PCs and console are constantly reading and writing data.

    With TRIM, empty blocks are freed as soon as possible when the drive is not too busy.

    Without TRIM, the blocks are only freed when needed to be written to. That causes a huge latency spike as disk IO backs up in the buffer, and when in the middle of game while doing video capture too - that could mean the whole game freezing for a few seconds.
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  • alexatkin 24/01/2016

    Without trim support in the filesystem an SSD just gets slower and slower. So I really do not see how useful it will be on a games console that is not designed with an SSD in mind.

    There is also the fact the people reverse engineering the PS4 say its using a USB to SATA adapter, rather than native SATA. It seems the PS4 bottleneck is not the HDD, which makes sense as it seems slower than a PC using identical drives.

    Games still seem quicker to load than last-gen anyway and considering the sizes are much much greater, that is actually impressive. The only time its really a problem is LOD loading and again, its been shown there is not enough improvement to warrant the cost.
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  • Lap up Mario Kart 64 on Wii U Virtual Console this week

  • alexatkin 18/01/2016

    @seeyoshirun Buying games you already own on Wii VC are usually discounted, so probably worth getting it again. Reply 0
  • What The Division's world map does - and doesn't - include

  • alexatkin 18/01/2016

    @Deano_98 Wow, someone using logic in Eurogamer comments?

    You can't do that. Don't you know its mandatory to hate Ubisoft around here? :p
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  • Inside Digital Foundry: Teach yourself pixel-counting

  • alexatkin 18/01/2016

    @super_monty I disagree, I think Mario Kart looks like ass with all its aliasing. I was shocked as it looked so nice in screenshots. Reply 0
  • Why everyone's talking about Grand Theft Auto 5 single-player DLC again

  • alexatkin 12/01/2016

    Unless you have a group of friends to play with, GTA Online is a boring place to be. I spent a little time with it but got fed up of people just randomly killing me for no reason. Reply +34
  • Finally, tide turns in war with PC game crackers

  • alexatkin 08/01/2016

    @jonbwfc I used to pirate as a teen and now buy my games.

    I still download movies and music, then buy it if its something I like. I enjoy music and movies more than ever, as I get to sample things I would never have otherwise because I couldn't afford to risk spending the money on something I didn't think I would like.

    Some people understand that if you ONLY pirate, the content will disappear and want to support people who make good content.

    Also, I'd be willing to bet that some of these people bemoaning pirating are running AdBlock on their browser. Which is precisely the same principle as piracy, you are accessing a website without paying the entry fee.
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  • Oculus founder Palmer Luckey: "We don't make money on the Rift"

  • alexatkin 07/01/2016

    If I knew this version of the rift actually cures the screen-door effect and tunnel-vision low FOV once and for all, I would definitely agree its worth it.

    If either of those things still exist then I would just be waiting on the next iteration and at this price I can't afford that.

    So I will be anxiously awaiting some reviews.
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  • Square Enix closes cloud gaming company Shinra Technologies

  • alexatkin 06/01/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler It seemed such an obvious pun with "cloud" and "liquidated".

    I 50% came to the article to see them use it, 50% because I had never even heard of this company before.
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