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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will not support PlayStation 4 Pro features

  • drxym 20/09/2016

    I expect PS4 build does what the pc does - reads an .ini file and sets its draw distance, resolution etc. from that. I bet it wouldn't take much effort to clone the ps4 settings settings on a dev box and see what ones could be enabled when a pro is detected. Then put those settings in a ps4pro folder and loads those instead.

    It might be a pain to go through certification and patches to get it out there to the public but I suspect the actual development effort would be quite small.
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  • FIFA 17: How the Frostbite engine improves visuals

  • drxym 17/09/2016

    Most of the time people will be playing from overhead and it's not going to make any difference to gameplay that the lights are volumetric. Reply +3
  • Watch: We spend an hour exploring Sniper Elite 4's Viaduct level

  • drxym 14/09/2016

    I like aspects of the Sniper Elite series but I wish the maps were more open and not so small and hemmed in. Many levels had cliffs blocking you in, or buildings you can't enter, or barriers you can't climb. An open game could have massive potential for a game like this. Reply 0
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: the first PS4 Pro vs PC graphics comparison

  • drxym 14/09/2016

    The PS4 Pro should have been pitched as 1080p with reasonable 4K upscaling. The specs simply don't support any higher expectations. It's interesting to read how the upscaling works but I think I'd be content for games to make use of it to have a higher frame rate and / or native 1080p. Reply +1
  • Meet the first person to reach level 1000 in Overwatch

  • drxym 10/09/2016

    @FuzzyDucky nobody made me an authority. Nor does it require someone from authority to point out the bleeding of obvious. Whether you care to appreciate it or not is another matter. Reply +1
  • drxym 09/09/2016

    If you average more than a couple of hours every day on any game then you seriously need to take a break. If you average 16-17 hours every day then you need to seek help. Reply +2
  • Disgruntled No Man's Sky players thrust Sony's PS4 refund policy back into the spotlight

  • drxym 19/08/2016

    I find the best way to get a refund is for the money to never leave my pocket in the first place. When a game receives good reviews and I'm certain I want it, then I'll buy it. Reply +13
  • Telltale's Batman is getting slammed by Steam reviews over buggy PC port

  • drxym 04/08/2016

    More important to me is whether the game has any meaningful choices or is it a typical TellTale game - a handful of choices that result in slightly different dialog and little else. Reply +2
  • The Division movie may co-star Jessica Chastain - report

  • drxym 27/07/2016

    Tom Clancy is like the videogame / book equivalent of Gene Roddenberry. Even death can't stop people putting Tom Clancy's in front of every third rate title. Clancy wasn't very picky in life, purportedly ghostwriting most of his stuff but at this point they're making games from scraps in his wastepaper bin. Reply +2
  • Celebrate Pride in Grand Theft Auto 5 with this free PC mod

  • drxym 13/07/2016

    Is this mod to celebrate gay pride or blow it to bits? Reply -2
  • Richard Garriott selling vials of his blood on eBay

  • drxym 10/07/2016

    Garriott has become a tad "unusual" over the years. Sadly his games haven't improved for it. Reply +1
  • CS:GO gambling sites can be "rigged" for YouTuber promotion, streamer reveals

  • drxym 06/07/2016

    Of course the real winners here are Valve who convinced idiots that a different texture on their gun is worth thousands in the first place. If they cared about such gambling sites they'd put a cap on the price of items or make them non-tradeable. Reply +1
  • PlayStation 4 filing points to DualShock 4 PC adapter

  • drxym 06/07/2016

    Sony should have made their controllers PC compatible years ago. With proper drivers. Reply +8
  • Three years on, how does Bioshock Infinite hold up?

  • drxym 04/07/2016

    The Bioshock series suffered from the same problem throughout - the story and the gameplay mechanics seem to come from 2 different places. While one is talking of dystopia, the exercise of free will, alternate history etc., the other has you rooting through trash cans for candy bars and shooting waves of enemies. Reply 0
  • Steam warns users against gambling site after YouTube stars discovered as owners

  • drxym 04/07/2016

    Doesn't matter if its CS gear, make-money-fast schemes, amazing investment opportunities or whatever. YouTube is home to thousands of scams and this is just one of them.

    As the adage goes, if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. People don't give away something worth thousands unless they're making more money by giving it away as a prize than from selling it themselves.

    And who's to say they're even giving something away - if the article is true then the site's operators were "winning" so how fair is it operated? Have they paid an independent auditor to verify the fairness of their outcomes?
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  • The Disney Infinity Doctor Strange figure the world will never get

  • drxym 21/06/2016

    I want to know how they DIDN'T make money. Reply +6
  • Microsoft's mixed messages at E3 aren't pretty for Xbox One owners

  • drxym 16/06/2016

    It does seem a little odd to be launching a new XB1 while essentially implying its obsolete even before it launches. Reply -2
  • Kratos is now voiced by Stargate SG-1's Christopher Judge

  • drxym 15/06/2016

    I really didn't think much of that reveal. It looks like someone reskinned the Last of Us / Uncharted engine and threw Kratos in there. I hope subsequent footage is more indicative of mid-game play since this looked like a tutorial level. Reply +2
  • We don't know why Sony's making PS4K, but there are plenty of reasons it shouldn't

  • drxym 11/06/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler "The breakout box doesn't interpolate or upscale the signal. It just unwarps it to display on a TV and recalculates 3D audio based on HMD orientation."

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  • drxym 11/06/2016

    It's obvious why they're making it. The base PS4 needs a huge dongle / video processor device to sit between the PSVR headset and the PS4 to interpolate / upscale the signal at a higher frequency and do other things. It looks ugly and adds a mess of cables. I also expect the PS4 struggles to deliver an acceptable experience.

    So they produced a new PS4 which incorporates the signal processing and has more graphical clout to render at a higher res with more detail.

    Aside from that, Sony sells 4K TVs and wants to deliver 4K content to those 4K TVs to drive the market. So a newer PS4 will help them do that. I won't be surprised if Netflix and other services on the PS4 offer 4K when using a newer model.

    Given how they're handling backwards compatibility I don't see it as being a big deal or cause for concern.
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  • Watch Dogs 2 launches November, set in San Francisco

  • drxym 08/06/2016

    As a rule of thumb don't believe any hype from Ubisoft. Sometimes they make good games. Other times they make bug ridden heaps of trash. The hype and build up is the same either way. Let someone else gamble their money to find out which is which. Reply +2
  • Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 6 is due next week

  • drxym 31/05/2016

    My kids watch these minecraft vids and god do some of these people have incredibly annoying voices and traits such as fake laughs. The only way I'd be okay about them featuring in a game is if the recordings were being made as they were being fed into a meat grinder in real life. Reply +6
  • PlayStation Plus' June freebies include Gone Home and NBA 2K16

  • drxym 31/05/2016

    The market for NBA games must be practically non-existent in Europe. Reply -10
  • The Warcraft movie is too faithful by half

  • drxym 30/05/2016

    I was hoping that Jones might find something interesting to do with this and the trailers mildly raised my hopes. But I'm not surprised by the bad reviews. Warcraft might have "lore" but it's a paper thin excuse to explain why a bunch of generic fantasy tropes are fighting each other. When your source material is that, it's hard to go anywhere with it. Reply +1
  • 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 -3
  • 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 4K 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 +3
  • 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