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  • Microsoft announces official Xbox Onesie

  • blarty 23/08/2016

    EG:

    "Your move, Sony."
    Sony:
    *looks at pictures*
    "Don't be fucking stupid. What are you? 10? For God's sake, put some proper clothes on man, you fucking bearded wonder."
    Reply -9
  • blarty 23/08/2016

    There is absurdity, stupidity, idiocy, imbecility..... and only then after all that, marketing. Reply +12
  • Landing on a planet in Star Citizen looks spectacular

  • blarty 21/08/2016

    For all the PC gamers jumping through hoops over this footage, may I refer you to the amount of apoplectic rage shouted when Witcher 3 was released over it being 'downgraded'.

    I mean it's possible that this won't happen with Star Citizen, based on an idea of when it will actually see the light of day, we may even be on 16k screens by then.
    Reply -1
  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided review

  • blarty 19/08/2016

    Looking forward to playing this, although I don't think I can pick it up day 1 Reply +2
  • No Man's Sky's first post-launch patch is out now

  • blarty 19/08/2016

    No Man's Sky is a wonderful distraction, that can immerse you for few hours, but it's gameplay elements are underwhelming to say the least. No ability to chain recipes together, If i have everything to make a warp core, It should be easy to do it in one go. If you're in space being shot at by assholes, you shouldn't have to inventory management to refill your deflector shield.

    Lots of different combinations of animals but monoliths, space stations, buildings, beacons, machinery, even some of the plants are hugely limited to a few variations - For example, you have a scanner, so why do the plants for Zinc, Thallium-9 and Platinum all have to be the same on every planet, in every system?

    Also, Hello Games needs to provide goals to make the game worthwhile after just a few hours to people not interested in exploring or to stop people thinking the game is just 'a little jaunt through the galaxy' otherwise boredom will set in pretty quickly
    Reply +6
  • Nvidia unveils cut-down GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

  • blarty 18/08/2016

    3gb seems a bit pointless tbh, 4gb seems more in line for a budget offering of the 1060 without leaving gamers high and dry.

    But if were honest this would have been a 1050Ti if they'd done a full set of releases on the 10x generation
    Reply +1
  • EA's Peter Moore: I'm not sure video game press conferences have a future

  • blarty 18/08/2016

    ... if you're a Mass Effect fan you know what BioWare does - they're like the chef cooking in the kitchen for as long as it takes. We leave them alone, the game's still on target, and I'd say six, seven months out you'll begin to hear more.

    So given a Q1 2017 release.... that'd kinda be about now then....


    *the sound of Tumbleweed emanates from Bioware's Montreal studio....occasionally broken by the chirping of crickets*
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  • It looks like Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood, Revelations are headed to PS4, Xbox One

  • blarty 18/08/2016

    Remember that Ubisoft also did a Prince of Persia collection for PS3, so I don't think this is a bad deal if they bundle all three together - they are by far the best games in the AC series. Reply 0
  • Yes, there will be Project Scorpio VR-exclusives

  • blarty 18/08/2016

    The issue with VR and Scorpio is this.... you have not revealed any details about the headset... and thus it's cost Reply 0
  • Meet the man Gabe Newell called an ass on Reddit

  • blarty 17/08/2016

    Somerset, Glastonbury
    I know the Festival's a big thing, but I didn't think that Glasto was so large as to encompass the county of Somerset....
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  • EA Gamescom 2016 live report

  • blarty 16/08/2016

    @rep- how much is 'later'? People need to know before their sanity escapes them.... Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    We're looking to move towards an hour on this egregious shite. Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    FIFA.... Just FUT off..... Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    Go home.... come back next year... this wide boy will still be talking Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    Get Tom to wave on stream..... has to happen Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    London EA boy, Oi.... stop talking, you mug.... so we can actually move on, either that or move to the pub and talk this shite with your mates Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    So this is what? Hearthstone for football fans? Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    Showcasing MLS.... Toronto FC.... at a European games conference.... :rolleyes: Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    "That's crazy, that's awesome!"


    No.....
    .... no it's not.
    Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    SurgicalOyster - putting aside her swearing for a moment, I just get the feeling that she seems more connected to the games etc than a lot of very one dimensional presenters Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    Every EA conference reaffirms why I love Aisha Tyler at Ubisoft@E3 Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    'FUT' - the word every presenter has to be really futting careful of when saying. Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    "actual in game footage" - that'll be why there's no Mass Effect Andromeda then..... Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    So is just one long ad? Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    I've got a lasagne in the oven..... probably have time to serve it up to the kids, eat it and wash up before the show starts. Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    I really don't know if I can be bothered even being slightly interested in ME:A anymore, never mind hyped. Reply 0
  • blarty 16/08/2016

    The whole not showing Mass Effect:Andromeda gameplay between here and E3 worries me a bit, especially for a game that's supposed to be out in a little over 6 months Reply 0
  • No Man's Sky Sony's 2nd biggest ever PS4 launch in UK

  • blarty 15/08/2016

    I wonder how much of this 'full-priced game' mutterings that people are going on about, is down to the settling of courtcase with Sky. Reply 0
  • In Theory: Can Sony upgrade PlayStation Neo's specs?

  • blarty 15/08/2016

    In Theory: Can Sony upgrade PlayStation Neo's specs?

    What a ridiculous headline. Throw enough money at it, of course it can.
    :rolleyes:
    Reply -3
  • No Man's Sky isn't going over well on Steam

  • blarty 12/08/2016

    @jetsetwillie *sharp intake of breath* Crystal Reports..... you have my sympathies, then again I think my last tangle with CR was about 15 years ago.

    Though I have seen far too many vendors too often depending on just the right version of a DLL being available in System32, rather than just shipping the DLL with their product - just creates headaches for customers.
    Reply +2
  • blarty 12/08/2016

    @jetsetwillie That's my everyday.

    Or

    Dev: "Knock, Knock"
    QA : "Bullshit, the 'Door' doesn't work"
    Dev: *Makes sound of door knocking*
    QA: "Never gonna pass that shit, back you go."
    Reply +9
  • blarty 12/08/2016

    I wonder if it's actually newer CPUs (i.e. faster) making the performance skewed - a lot of anecdotal stuff in this comments thread appears to suggest that older CPUs don't seem to have the same issues? Reply +1
  • blarty 12/08/2016

    All programmers will understand this joke

    "Knock, Knock"
    "Race Condition"
    "Who's there?"

    But I'm getting the feeling it might take a while for the penny to drop with the NMS team.....
    Reply +8
  • blarty 12/08/2016

    In all honesty all this shit would've been sorted with a closed beta, and that goes for the myriad other multiplatform releases of late where the PC version just simply has not had the focus that it should have had.

    Yes, you must optimise to get the most out of consoles, but the PC problem is different; you have multitude of configurations to handle and test on, and today the only way you can get real time metrics before release in order to get a handle on performance across a good enough range of those configurations is a beta test.

    Gone are the days where you could just throw more RAM, GPU, CPU at a PC and it'll cover all sins - "Upgrade your PC" can no longer be called upon to serve the Aqua Vita for PC games.

    Note I have the PC No Mans Sky, and my lad has the PS4 version, I won't be requesting a refund as I'm sure it'll all get sorted out - heck, I played WItcher 3 on release on PC, and I'm yet to get to Novigrad so I'm not a player that's overly impatient for fixes, my backlog is both real and varied.
    Reply +13
  • blarty 12/08/2016

    @MARKIV I dunno, having a good QA team that can pinpoint and communicate the exact issue at hand is hugely important, and will reduce the amount of time to find the actual bug, condition for it. I've always found a good test/QA team are worth their weight in gold, especially if you can work in tandem, doing builds to fix existing issues while QA focus and raise bugs in different areas so there's consistent turnaround. Reply +1
  • blarty 12/08/2016

    I fired it up for a couple of minutes to get it into 4k @ High settings and I was seeing some degree of screen tearing, then again I run crossfire so most PC releases are a bit of a gamble as to whether it's a hot mess or not....

    I'll have a look later and take a better personal view, but it looks like it could've done with a couple more weeks baking on PC. Although they're hardly the worst offender for PC releases *cough* AC Unity *cough* it could've gone better, and there's only so many times you can go down the small indie studio line of reasoning, there's certainly more work to be done.
    Reply +2
  • No Man's Sky's PC settings revealed

  • blarty 12/08/2016

    Many of the graphics options will require a game restart - even Vsync toggle, so I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same for FOV Reply 0
  • No Man's Sky review

  • blarty 12/08/2016

    @IronSoldier Yes I know, but your usage of the term reflects badly on you, not the fanboy, who to be fair is still wondering why his knuckles bleed as he drags them along the floor. Reply +9
  • blarty 12/08/2016

    @IronSoldier
    Now you're sounding like one of those misterxmedia conspiracy theory loons
    Well to be fair, you are also resorting to calling people 'fantards' which doesn't exactly show yourself in the greatest of light, either.
    Reply +17
  • blarty 12/08/2016

    First thoughts on a 5 min session on PC:


    * Graphics options for different image qualities, so hopefully better textures
    * By default put my settings at 1920x1080.Medium - had to run through the resolutions to get to 4k
    * FOV sliders available for both on foot and land
    * Different anti alias support, but at 4k on 28in it's pretty much waste of gpu power (on any game tbh)


    Looks very nice, but on the minus side I did have a fair bit of screen tearing, and even toggling Vsync requires a game restart, but I'll need to dig into the options. Not sure if any of these things are Crossfire related yet.

    Sorry haven't written more but for now I must get some food.
    Reply +5
  • Here's exactly when No Man's Sky unlocks on PC

  • blarty 12/08/2016

    @The_shlaaaag_returns
    I think I'll just wait until December when this kind of tech gets added to Star Citizen.
    Being Star Citizen, I perhaps find it pertinent to ask 'Which December?'
    Reply +1
  • blarty 12/08/2016

    @UncleLou ok thanks for the clarification, I do think however 2hrs, particularly for a game this size, is rather paltry. Of course some games can be finished in under 2 hours, so not all games fit one guideline. Reply -1
  • blarty 12/08/2016

    @IronSoldier if you're really looking to do a buy-try-refund I hardly think Steam is you're best bet - GOG do a 30-day money back guarantee, although it does seem to be more linked to being able to get the game working to your satisfaction rather than whether or not you just 'like it or not'

    Personally, my son got this on PS4 yesterday (Royal Mail shenanigans meant he didn't get it on release day) and after playing for a couple of hours that seemed to go by in the blink of an eye - I paid the 39.99 that you seem to think is ridiculous for the PC version as I know it will look and play better on PC and I hope look great at 4K and it really is a game I felt I could lose myself in, inventory management niggles aside.

    But that's just me, your mileage (or not) may vary
    Reply +2
  • Telltale Games is teasing something to do with Mr. Robot

  • blarty 10/08/2016

    Bet it's nothing original on the gameplay front..... Reply +1
  • PlayStation 4K reveal date set for 7th September

  • blarty 10/08/2016

    @SuperShinobi aye I held out as long as I could on the 2700k and decided to jump to the 6700k a few weeks back - having those minimum frame rates go up even a little bit all helps when playing at 4K - I've just found its made the texture and area loading far less prone to big stutters.

    Back to the PS4 though I do think that Sony may well have bumped the specs for the Neo with no firm release date yet and MS already showing its hand with the Scorpio the likelihood is that there would still be some scope for clock tweaking etc
    Reply 0
  • blarty 10/08/2016

    @Simatron3000 I know they've been making good steps in the right direction for things like CF and SLI but there's a way to go to get over that initial bout of bad publicity Reply +1
  • blarty 10/08/2016

    @Simatron3000 Remember that the one-buy for XB1 and PC is only available via the Microsoft store. If MS properly sort out movable storage locations, and exclusive fullscreen options like Game Bar, multi monitor and CF/SLI support - the UWP platform they're pushing for games will start to seem more attractive. Reply 0
  • blarty 10/08/2016

    The problem with the focus on GPU power is that the CPU has to scale with it as well - as we're seeing with the generation routines in No Man's Sky.

    I beefed up my processor to a 6700k from an i7 Sandy Bridge, keeping my 295x2 and the difference was palpable in games like Skyrim, Witcher 3 etc, where the choppiness was reduced and minimum frame rate was far better after the CPU upgrade.

    Sure the Neo could (probably will) be less powerful than the Scorpio, but if the Neo CPU is faster than the Scorpio one then you'll end up in the usual situation of some games working better on Neo than the Scorpio and vice-versa based on where focus has been placed.
    Reply -1
  • No Man's Sky players meet in same spot, but can't see each other

  • blarty 10/08/2016

    I believe it's called the Space Time Continuum that might possibly be getting in the way... Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry: the best 4K TVs for HDR gaming

  • blarty 06/08/2016

    I have a 55in UH615V 4k TV with HDR, and it cost me under 600, and I'm really happy with it. Gaming is good, upscaler seems okay. Amazon Prime 4k looks great though it. Reply +1