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  • The madness of Gran Turismo Sport

  • drxym 26/05/2016

    I never got the popularity of this series (or Forza). Unless you fork out for a proper steering wheel then no amount of realism in the game will matter for much when you're poking a stick around on a controller. Reply 0
  • More powerful Xbox One planned for 2017 - report

  • drxym 25/05/2016

    So basically their strategy has become a panicked knee jerk reaction to whatever Sony does. Reply -2
  • The Doom movie missed the point - but so did most rival games

  • drxym 20/05/2016

    Doom 3 might have been a great demo but it was a terrible game. Unsurprisingly the movie that launched after that game was no better. It didn't help itself by discarding the thread bare plot of the game but it didn't have anywhere to go really even if it had. Reply -2
  • Total War: Warhammer Review

  • drxym 19/05/2016

    Give this is a Total War game the things I'd be interested in knowing are a) does the game take painfully long to load or flip to battle mode, b) is the AI actually fixed so enemies don't climb up the outside of their own castles and similar brain damage, c) does it have any bugs. All 3 issues are constant throughout this series and it'd be genuinely worth noting if they've been fixed, improved, worsened or been ignored (again). Reply +3
  • Battlefield 1 is the new World War 1 Battlefield game

  • drxym 07/05/2016

    It sounds more novel than the futuristic space shooter BS that Call of Duty has gone with. But then again this could easily degenerate into some absurd steam punk style version of WWI. I remember playing Valiant Hearts and thinking the ending would have been far more resonant if I hadn't been fighting pointy hatted barons in giant mecha-tanks and armoured airships through it. Keep it realistic.

    As for Battlefield & Call of Duty, I wish they would fix their longstanding issues with linearity / poor AI and broaden their horizons a bit. Lots of conflicts in history are there for reference and ripe for a game prepared to do them service.
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  • NX won't be sold at a loss

  • drxym 02/05/2016

    Nintendo has never sold anything at a loss. Every single device they've ever sold has been underpowered and overpriced. The Wii was an overclocked Gamecube. The 3DS was using 5 year old tech (at the time it launched). This in part may also explain why the Wii U was such a flop - it cynically positioned itself on the same level as the PS3 / 360 just as those consoles were about to be made obsolete and consumers and 3rd parties stayed away in droves. Reply +8
  • Amazon marks GTA5, FIFA 16, Minecraft and more as "exclusively for Prime members"

  • drxym 22/04/2016

    I noticed this when I was looking as buying AC Syndicate. And their daily deals are locked out too for non subscribers. Amazon can go to hell. I'm not going to subscribe to their service no matter how many barriers they throw up. Reply +4
  • A closer look at Lego's new 170 Minecraft set

  • drxym 21/04/2016

    That's a pretty awful set for the price. Someone could buy a much better Lego set from one of their other franchises for the same price. Reply +1
  • How PlayStation Neo and the original PS4 will co-exist

  • drxym 20/04/2016

    I should think it's obvious how they coexist - mandatory backwards compatibility and that's that. Otherwise Sony wouldn't call it a PS4 because it would be misleading. They're going the same path as Nintendo did with the 3DS and new 3DS.

    As for what games will do when they see the new hardware... I expect most will do little more than support the same game with the same assets at a higher res and/or refresh rate. There might be some edge cases to consider such as PS4 / PS4.5 players on the same multiplayer game, but mostly it's just the same game with a higher res.

    I suppose VR games have the most potential to exploit the higher spec. The PSVR which is launching this year is an ugly hack with a separate dongle / sidecar to do some additional image processing / interpolation. The entire sidecar and the VR connectors could be internalised into the new PS4 *and* games could offer higher res / refresh rates too. If I had preordered the new PSVR I'd be cancelling until I saw what the PS4.5 launched and what bundles it was selling with.
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  • HTC Vive review

  • drxym 09/04/2016

    There is no doubting VR improves the experience of certain game genres (mostly flight / driving sims) but every added calibration, cable or other issue cuts its mainstream appeal in half.

    It's only when someone produces a wireless, self-tracking headset that it stands any chance at all of breaking out of this niche.
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  • 18 minutes of new Total War: Warhammer gameplay

  • drxym 07/04/2016

    I would like this series a lot more if I thought for a second they'd actually release one which was a) bug free, b) had smart AI, c) took only a few seconds to flip between its disparate modes. It takes so long to load a battle that it puts me off from bothering at all - easier to say resolve and let the computer roll a dice. Reply +1
  • How bad exactly is Atari's Rollercoaster Tycoon World?

  • drxym 06/04/2016

    Planet Coaster looks great (far better than this game) but I'd be worried what payment model it gets given the developers. Frontier Developments really turned the monetization screws on Elite Dangerous and it could happen with this game too. Reply 0
  • Uncharted 4 makes a move for the open, but at what cost?

  • drxym 04/04/2016

    I wish more games were wide linear, or better yet sandboxes.

    Look at a typical 1st / 3rd person shooter (e.g. Call of Duty) and it's just a corridor. Either side of where you're supposed to go are unopenable doors, burning cars, minefields etc to hem you in. It sucks and it usually means the game has dumb AI, spawn points, and triggers.

    Uncharted has typically featured linear sections (climbing, puzzles etc) combined with "arenas" where enemy appear and a battle ensues. Generally the combat is better than most shooters - the arenas tend to have lots of cover and routes and unpredictable and random AI so each restart results in a different experience. That's a good thing. If UC4 is opening up even more then that's even better.
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  • Griefers or saviours? The Elite Dangerous players causing a rift in space

  • drxym 02/04/2016

    So basically they're just an attention seeking bunch of losers. They're ignored in real life and they should be ignored within games. Reply +2
  • Shadow of Mordor 2 leaked via stuntwoman's resume

  • drxym 30/03/2016

    Shadow of Mordor would have been better if the world actually felt like Mordor. And not some static, bland scenery cut and pasted around a generic and tiny 2 location sandbox. Compare the game's world with the movies' and it hardly captured the scale or scope at all. Reply +3
  • Oculus Rift review

  • drxym 29/03/2016

    Comfort is an interesting euphemism for puke factor. It demonstrates the inherent problem with vr - the body doesn't like it when the eyes and ear canals are sending different messages and it presents as nausea. It's an instant limitation on what games will work and how they play. Games where you are seated in game will probably work the best - flight sims and so on. I'll be interested to see how fps games attempt to solve the issue. Maybe they can't.

    It also serves as a massive disincentive to anyone who gets a dose of discomfort. Buyers remorse will be very high and I don't see sales being sustainable once the hype has dissipated.
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  • Overwatch will be the first game to support Dolby Atmos over headphones

  • drxym 19/03/2016

    @Ep1cN3ss1e spatial sound isn't new though - there are already sound APIs that explicitly support positional / directional audio. And the only difference with regards VR is your head points to where you are looking instead of a mouse (for example). It's all analogue at the end of the trip.

    So I'm not sure where the Atmos comes into it at all really except as some branding hype. It has very little to do with what you find in cinema systems.
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  • drxym 19/03/2016

    Headphones have 2 speakers, one for each ear. What are they trying to say? Unless the sound appears to change direction as you move your head then how is it any different than any other sound format? It's all just 2 speaker sound when it comes out. Claiming headphones supports atmos is like saying an SD TV supports 4k/60fps even though it has to be downsampled and gimped to be output. Reply 0
  • GAME shops want 100 deposit for PlayStation VR pre-order

  • drxym 16/03/2016

    So the deal is, fork out 100 for a mass produced item which can be made at short notice, and pray it matches all the hype and expectations. Or wait for something tangible and use reviews and common sense to decide whether it is worth the cost.

    Smart people wait.
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  • Sniper Elite 4 brings a little more polish and a lot more scale to the series

  • drxym 16/03/2016

    I think the series would be much better if it replaced the mostly linear levels with a sandbox where you had more choice and latitude about what you did and how you did it.

    Even though Sniper Elite 3 had bigger levels than 1 or 2, it still suffered from the sense that levels boiled down to a choice - this area, or that area - where the areas joined back together afterwards.
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  • $1200 Assassin's Creed movie ticket includes a crossbow

  • drxym 12/03/2016

    A quick Google suggests you can buy fully functioning replica medieval crossbows for $500 and less. So this $1200 deal is truly an awesome bargain. Reply 0
  • You can block people's progress in The Division by standing in a doorway

  • drxym 08/03/2016

    I developed my own workaround to this problem by not preordering games based on hype. Especially not games produced by Ubisoft, Activision, EA or others with a less than pristine track record when it comes to representing their games in advance. Reply +4
  • What have walruses and video games got in common?

  • drxym 05/03/2016

    I used to love New Zealand Story. The Amiga version was one of the first ports that was almost indistinguishable from the arcade version. Reply +1
  • In Theory: Does PS4 offer VR its best chance at success?

  • drxym 05/03/2016

    @KopparbergDave they're the usual comments because they're entirely valid. We've been through this multiple times in the past - expensive gimmicks that coast on hype and then fall flat on their face. There is no reason to suppose this time is any different. Reply -1
  • drxym 05/03/2016

    I think the PS4 offers the lowest barrier of entry (barring stuff like Cardboard) but it still suffers the same problem as other VR offerings - it's mostly a gimmick. I've yet to see any mainstream / casual game which justifies the expense. I think it'll end up being just another expensive peripheral which ends up in the cupboard with all the rest.

    The only compelling use I see for VR is for niches like flight and racing sims. The experience there is likely to be incredible, but these are not mainstream and I don't believe they'll be enough to sustain sales for VR. So VR will probably crest on the hype and then sink into the background soon after. I expect it will survive on to support the niches but I doubt mainstream games will pay any more attention to it than they did for Kinect, PS Move and so on.
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  • A big interview with Chris Sawyer, the creator of RollerCoaster Tycoon

  • drxym 03/03/2016

    I liked RCT a lot but it had a horrible copy / softice protection which stopped it working on any other version of Windows even in compatibility mode. I assume it's patched since but the copy on my shelf doesn't work out of the box. I skipped RCT2 but I bought RCT3 on GOG.com and I think its a worthy successor in the series. The less said about the mobile version the better. Atari managed to destroy all goodwill with that particular effort. Reply 0
  • Here's your latest RollerCoaster Tycoon World footage

  • drxym 02/03/2016

    I predict a lot of penis themed parks in this game's future. Reply +1
  • Digital Foundry's guide to the best PC controllers

  • drxym 28/02/2016

    I use a wired 360 controller. It has the best support of any controller, the best drivers and it's not a bad controller in itself. Virtually every game switches straight into controller mode when I plug it in.

    I also have a Thrustmaster hotas controller for flight sims, Elite. A very good device for the price I got it for. Much cheaper than the Saitek ones although less buttons.

    I don't see myself ever wanting a Steam controller. It's a compromise device designed to support games which are mouse + keyboard with mappings but it cripples the experience for games with proper controller support.
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  • Bus Simulator 16 is a real game coming to Steam

  • drxym 24/02/2016

    I'm waiting for Glasgow Bin Lorry Simulator. Reply 0
  • Far Cry Primal review

  • drxym 23/02/2016

    Far Cry Primal just looks so jarringly similar to FC4 that it suffers as a concept. The animals, threat / map / reticules, rock throwing, healing, XP tree, AI, skinning, crafting, looting, grappling, landscape, character animations are basically identical. Reply 0
  • Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is a breezy, brilliant shooter

  • drxym 18/02/2016

    It's not so much the gameplay people should worry about but EA's penchant for screwing paying customers for more money.

    Garden Warfare was a rare game from EA which struck a reasonable balance allowing impatient people to buy stickers but handing them out at a reasonable rate from just playing.

    So that's what people need to know before buying the game - will it screw casual players into paying cash to stay competitive or will it strike a good balance again?
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  • Dying Light Spotlight Edition costs $10m

  • drxym 14/02/2016

    Otherwise known as the Vanity Edition.

    I expect most people with 10 million to spare would prefer the Percentage of the Profits Edition.
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  • Not everyone's thrilled with Microsoft's Quantum Break PC announcement

  • drxym 13/02/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler The irony is Microsoft had the perfect chance to compete with steam with Games for Windows but they didn't follow through. GfW offered a single sign on, achievements, patches etc. but allowed users to choose where they bought their games from. So it was like Steam without being locked into Steam's store. But Microsoft didn't market it, were slow to develop it and then cancelled support altogether. It's a pity in a sense because Steam has no serious competition. Reply +1
  • drxym 12/02/2016

    Aside from the fact I've never heard of Quantum Break, I really don't understand any anger about a PC version of an XBox game. Developing games is hard and expensive and publishers are entitled to recoup their investment any way they see fit. These two systems share a kernel and a substantially similar API so why is it wrong for a developer to want to port their game? Reply 0
  • Reality check: what SteamVR gaming actually offers

  • drxym 07/02/2016

    @ammythomas16 i wonder why Eurogame seems incapable of filtering this crap out. Maybe they need to put a robot filter on their sign up page and some triggers on the posts. Reply 0
  • Yakuza Kiwami is the next best thing to a Shenmue remake

  • drxym 07/02/2016

    It looks better than the PS2 version (obviously) but I don't think it looks very impressive compared to other PS4 games.

    edit - some people appear to be offended by this obvious statement of fact. The game would barely pass muster against PS3 titles, let alone PS4.
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  • 22cans pulls controversial Godus Wars microtransaction after player outcry

  • drxym 05/02/2016

    This just seems so weird. If its early access, then treat it as early access. People have shown goodwill to your game, so show goodwill back. If premium content appears after the game goes gold, then so be it, but the early access should be value for money in itself and not an opportunity to screw people for extra DLC. Reply 0
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Mac and Linux canned

  • drxym 04/02/2016

    Doesn't surprise me. Linux and Mac ports are usually recompiles of the Windows source against cedega. If the PC had problems then undoubtedly the Mac and Linux would have far more. The quality of graphics drivers would be a major issue. Reply +3
  • A developer from Derby wants to rekindle the WW2 shooter

  • drxym 03/02/2016

    I'd love a decent WWII shooter. Problem was that most of them weren't decent. That includes Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Brothers in Arms etc.

    They were all lame pastiches of WWII movies and the actual gameplay was repetitive, the AI stupid, and the level design basically a linear corridor with triggered events.

    There were some decent games. I think of Hidden & Dangerous 1 & 2 as one example of a game which tried. But not enough. And these days hardware should be capable of proper destructible physics, online battles featuring hundreds of players. Imagine an ARMA-like game set in WWII. Now that'd be something.
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  • Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass includes Death Star map

  • drxym 26/01/2016

    Another 40 to turn the game into what it should have been in the first place. What a bargain. Reply +5
  • Fallout 4 14.5 inch power armour figurine costs 279

  • drxym 24/01/2016

    How do they keep their prices so low and still make a profit? Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry: Hands on with Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

  • drxym 21/01/2016

    Myself and my kids played the first game a lot and thought it had a good system in place - everyone wins points for playing which can purchase sticker packs. Leveling up was reasonable too.

    So assuming EA don't ruin things by screwing this system up then I'll be interested in the sequel. BUT. I'll wait for it to be released and for my hopes / fears to be confirmed / allayed before doing that. I don't trust EA at all.
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  • Disney invests in new YouTube channel network starring PewDiePie

  • drxym 14/01/2016

    I've never once to my knowledge watched PewDiePie video and I have no intention to. But my kids do watch some really godawful and irritating YouTube channels like thediamondminecraft. Oh how I could reach through the screen and punch that guy. Reply 0
  • Batman: Arkham Knight's final story DLC due tomorrow

  • drxym 21/12/2015

    Despite all the complaints about performance I liked AK. It always played acceptably on my PC and there was heaps of content. But I'd never buy DLC unless it promised a very substantial campaign on the side and sure as hell wouldn't gamble on a season pass. Reply +2
  • Threes! is now a free browser game

  • drxym 19/12/2015

    @INSOMANiAC, 2048 is superficially like Threes but the way tiles are thrown around and combine is quite different and leads to a different playstyle. I have Threes and 2048 but I like both. Reply +1
  • drxym 19/12/2015

    They need to obfuscate their website game code more. Looks like it is minified and lightly obfuscated but there is heaps of stuff in there that I assume they didn't want exposed. The whole game appears to be written on a JS-like game engine called Haxe / Luxe for example. Reply +1
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 has some unexpected inspirations

  • drxym 17/12/2015

    PvZ: Garden Warfare was one of those rare occasions where EA struck the right balance - free DLC and a reasonable system where people could gain new skins, but still providing the means for the impatient to accelerate the process with cash. I am quite certain that EA made money without shooting themselves in the foot.

    I hope the sequel keeps it up.
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  • Rare and the rise and fall of Kinect

  • drxym 16/12/2015

    @SvennoJ I think the parallels to Hololens should be worrying people. The price of Hololens devkits is positively absurd and if that's indicative of the final product, then there is very little chance that it'll take off as a gaming peripheral.

    Even cheaper VR headsets will struggle to takeoff. They're still prohibitively expensive to buy especially on a PC where there are hardware requirements, and the sorts of games that will play on them are quite limited. I expect VR will find a niche or two but it'll fizzle out as quickly as other expensive peripherals in the mainstream.
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  • drxym 16/12/2015

    I think it became obvious Kinect (or Natal as it was then known) was a lemon when we had the likes of Peter Molyneux promising games with AI, voice synthesis, facial recognition, natural language processing etc. when the best live demo Microsoft could actually produce had people flailing their arms to splat paint at a wall.

    And that was before Microsoft gimped the tech - down from 4 players to 2, removing its own DSP/CPU to pushing the work onto the console CPU.

    The end result were games which could barely reliably map a few gestures onto a some canned actions. It became a glorified eye toy in the end and suffered the same fate - relegated to shovelware like Dance / Fitness games.

    Even packing a more sophisticated version into the box with the XB1 didn't help - it just made the XB1 more expensive than the PS4 and sales suffered accordingly.
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  • Elite Dangerous: Horizons launches today

  • drxym 15/12/2015

    I have Elite Dangerous and frankly I don't know what to make of it. I played Elite on the ZX Spectrum, Elite II on the Amiga, Frontier II on the PC, bugged as it was. So I know what to expect.

    Dangerous looks lovely but despite the size of the universe it all feels so generic and in terms of series progression feels like a step back. I'm flying from one spacestation to another where the only difference is the label in the docking bay. There are no planetary landings. It doesn't feel like there is character to each system or much to do beyond some generic roles. The UI can be quite primitive and unhelpful too e.g. why can't my sophisticated spaceship remember the market prices from the last system it was in so I can compare prices? Or plan a trade route for me for that matter?

    I don't know what Horizons offers by way of expansion beyond planetary exploration but given what's lacking in the core game I don't think I'll be in a rush to be stung for 40 more until it's discounted. Let these other features turn up first. It'll probably get the Steam sale treatment and might be worth it by then.
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