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  • Digital Foundry vs Watch Dogs on Wii U

  • drxym 26/11/2014

    @number1024 "lets be honest, the big dev houses like EA / UBI / Activision claim it to be a lack of power but the truth is that they are plain lazy. "

    Most games are built over engines that provide concrete, optimized implementations of physics etc behind abstractions. So perhaps games could run a bit better - remember how long the PS3 lagged behind the 360 until devs got the hang of it.

    But let's be even more honest here. It's not laziness - it's money, or the lack thereof which has turned so many 3rd parties off the platform. Even a barebones port probably costs many millions of dollars to develop, test, certify and market and the financial return isn't there. Even prominent exclusives which put the effort in like Bayonetta 2 have flopped on the Wii U.

    Same thing happened on the Wii. Not enough people bought the flagship 3rd party games so they aimed lower and churned out shovelware. This time it seems they're not even bothering with that.
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  • drxym 26/11/2014

    I'm not surprised by this. The Wii U is roughly at performance parity with the PS3 & 360. It has more memory and a better GPU but a less powerful CPU so it's mostly a wash. But a CPU intensive game like Watch Dogs might well hit the limits more easily than some other games.

    I wouldn't be surprised either if Ubisoft lobbed the job of porting the game to some B team to deliver on budget and within time constraints. If so, there's another reason it isn't particularly stellar. To be honest it's a wonder Ubisoft are even bothering since it's well known how dismal 3rd party sales are on the platform.
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  • PS Plus is getting Injustice: Gods Among Us and Secret Ponchos in December

  • drxym 26/11/2014

    Injustice is a really good game although I think it's been on the PS3 under PSN before now. Reply +1
  • Amazon Black Friday week deals continue

  • drxym 25/11/2014

    Games discounts on Amazon are a bit of a waste of time these days. If Amazon are discounting them you can be sure that other retailers will do too. e.g. I expect Shadow of Mordor will show up on Steam soon enough at a discount. Reply +4
  • GTA 5's next-gen grass compared

  • drxym 19/11/2014

    It just confirms what everyone knows - the ps4 has a slightly more powerful GPU. I assume that somewhere in the engine it reads a ground cover value from the terrain data and generates more plants the higher that number is. Reply +1
  • Assassin's Creed Unity's French Revolution blasted by ex-presidential candidate

  • drxym 18/11/2014

    The Assassin's Creed series has always had an atrocious grasp of history, shoehorning people and events into a narrative which makes little sense. It's too bad they don't actually make the effort to be more true to the historical figures. I don't think it would materially affect the game in any way to do this. Reply -1
  • Ubisoft launches Assassin's Creed: Unity live blog as devs battle bugs

  • drxym 14/11/2014

    This is why preordering is a foolish thing to do. Game companies have games to sell and will hype them to the heavens regardless of their actual quality. If a game is that good then it will still be worth gettting a week or two later when consensus justifies the hype. Reply +1
  • SingStar Ultimate Party review

  • drxym 13/11/2014

    My problem with Singstar (based on the PS3 version) is it has the most instantly repellent user experience. It takes a damned age to load and then makes you wade through a creaking store with no new content. If the PS4 version with even less content then shame on them.

    How is it that the PS3 can show music videos for free (via Vidzone) but as soon as you want to sing along to them you must pay a lot of money? It sucks. There must be better ways to monetize it than that - advertising, sponsored content, studio promoted content, micropayments, bundle it with music unlimited. Or something. The way it is right now is just a disaster.

    I'll add that Playstation Home was also sunk by atrocious load times and horrible usability and came from the same studio. If I were Sony I'd be beating their designers with a large stick until the focussed on the initial experience better.
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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review

  • drxym 10/11/2014

    I still have Call of Duty sitting on my bookshelf and fundamentally the series really hasn't advanced AT ALL in all that time.

    Yeah it looks very pretty but the same issues are still there - linear gameplay, brain dead enemies (and allies), infinite spawn points, indestructible scenery, impassable doors and lots and lots of scripting. You are literally just hopping from one scripted moment to the next. No free will. No initiative. No thinking. Just go where you are told to and shoot a lot.

    I really struggle to understand why this game is popular at all, or why it has even spawned so many imitations. At least the original Call of Duty had the excuse that it didn't have the CPU or memory budget to be any smarter. That excuse disappeared a long time ago.
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  • Watch this Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3-to-PS4 comparison video

  • drxym 05/11/2014

    I was playing GTA V on the PS3 last night and aside from the low density of traffic/pedestrians it looks incredible. Especially at night, flying south over the city and seeing lights all the way into the distance. I was extremely skeptical of what the game would be like before it came out but it really is special. Reply +12
  • PlayStation 4 sales help Sony's game division to profit

  • drxym 01/11/2014

    The reason for poor handheld sales is SO obvious that I don't understand why they cannot rectify it - DROP THE PRICE OF THE MEMORY CARDS. It would have been better to have used micro SD from the get go, but seriously just DROP THE PRICE on the proprietary ones to match SD. The Vita is good value and is good kit... until the memory card is added and then it turns people off. It also turns people off from buying games online because they have no place to download them to. Reply 0
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare blossoms on EA Access

  • drxym 20/10/2014

    PvZ is a good game but really it's not a huge amount different from TF2 except that it costs money and features plants & zombies. Give it 12 months and I suspect it WILL be free aside from the ubquitous layer of micropayments on top and a free hat for people who bought it. Reply 0
  • Microsoft dissatisfied with Xbox One's slow Japan launch

  • drxym 02/10/2014

    Microsoft never do themselves any favours with Japan by releasing incredibly ugly consoles. The XB1 is so bland and boxy it could be any random (but big) set top box. Reply -1
  • Shadow of Mordor 20 Season Pass gets you Sauron fight DLC

  • drxym 29/09/2014

    Oh joy. So someone buys a game and suddenly discovers they'll be tapped for 20 for a "season pass". It's a reason (if any were required) that the best time to play a game is a year or more after it comes out.

    Let some sucker buy into the hype. If game is that good, it'll appear on Steam or somewhere for a heavily discounted price when its shelf life has expired.
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  • PlayStation TV release date, price and compatible games list confirmed

  • drxym 22/09/2014

    I wonder why it doesn't ship with a variant of the PS4 controller. Virtually all games except those using a camera / mic could be made compatible with it.

    And it was monumentally dumb for Sony to stick with the Vita memory card format. It's a 3-4x markup on micro SD and its daylight robbery. I wonder how many Vita (and now PSTV) sales fell through when people realised they were getting fleeced. At least drop the price.
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  • What next for Minecraft on PlayStation?

  • drxym 18/09/2014

    I have zero faith in Microsoft or its intentions. It is in their self interest to direct people to MS platform versions and they can do that simply by giving away content or adding features which do not appear in other versions. I do not believe for a second that they will maintain parity in the long term. Reply 0
  • EA is removing Ray Rice from Madden 15 following NFL suspension

  • drxym 11/09/2014

    For shame. EA could have turned him into a mini game - punch as many women as possible while the NFL turns a blind eye. Reply 0
  • PopCap co-founder John Vechey exits company

  • drxym 10/09/2014

    I'm sure the money is nice but I wonder what he thinks of how EA have used his company. Reply 0
  • Sega claims Gearbox led the marketing for Aliens: Colonial Marines

  • drxym 04/09/2014

    Of course if people had the self control to wait for reviews and consensus they wouldnt be stung by hyped bad games. Doesn't excuse SEGA or Gearbox lying but the incentive for lying would be diminished if they knew they had to deliver in their promises in order to sell units. Reply +8
  • Nintendo announces new 3DS and 3DS XL designs with extra buttons, improved CPU

  • drxym 29/08/2014

    A second controller stick should have been there from the beginning. Its a bit late putting it now and smacks more of Nintendo wanting to make existing 3ds consoles feel obsolete so people buy new ones. Reply +5
  • Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom release date

  • drxym 26/08/2014

    I'd really like there to be a decent Adventure Time game but it doesn't look like this is going to be it. Reply 0
  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham release date confirmed

  • drxym 26/08/2014

    I have a lot of these games (the kids like them). What has changed over time is the amount of money I'm prepared to pay for them. First few were full price, then it was 30 and now it's 8 or less in a steam sale.

    The issue is the series is extremely incremental with a core mechanic which has barely changed in 10 years. They're good games and generally the franchises do have some form of distinctive play but Travellers Tales have gone to the well too many times and the well is dry. This is particularly so with Batman and Star Wars. Games like The Hobbit (2/3rds of the Hobbit) and Indiana Jones 2 shouldn't have existed at all.

    Perhaps its time for them to use the franchise to produce different kinds of games.
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  • Disney Infinity is now free on Wii U

  • drxym 24/08/2014

    They should just give these games away. They're useless without the base & characters anyway. May as well seed interest by making the game a free download with one built-in character and encourage people to buy more. Could even give the player the choice of buying virtual figures or real ones when they buy them. Reply +3
  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue headed to PS3, Xbox 360 this November

  • drxym 05/08/2014

    Assassins Creed: Rehash more like. Just an excuse to recycle all the graphics assets again. Reply 0
  • BioShock 1 announced for iPhone and iPad

  • drxym 05/08/2014

    @Widge a game controller would be a separate Bluetooth device. If it were an official game controller it would have a massive impact on these platforms in a way that no 3rd party would.

    That's why Sony, Microsoft and now Steam & Amazon put the effort into their controllers. Android and iOS need something similar if they want to be taken seriously by gamers.
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  • drxym 05/08/2014

    Fps games suck on touchscreens. Even if they port the game well enough it'll still be a terrible experience. I have to wonder why neither Apple nor Google have produced a mini game controller for their respective platforms. Reply +1
  • August's PlayStation Plus free games include Fez, Crysis 3

  • drxym 30/07/2014

    It's a pity that Travellers Tales inflicted crappy 3DS ports on the PS Vita versions of their LEGO games. They're really, really bad. While it would be too much to expect everything from the console / PC versions, I believe the PS Vita is capable of more than it gets. Reply +3
  • Face-Off: The Last of Us Remastered

  • drxym 29/07/2014

    Aside from the framerate judder in the PS3 (thanks to 1/2 the fps) I can barely tell the difference in most of that footage. It's a great game but if you already have it I don't see much to recommend buying it again. Reply 0
  • It looks like EA is planning a Sims 4 Premium subscription

  • drxym 22/07/2014

    EA could do with several of their titles. E.g FIFA soccer is practically worthless for resale after a year. So make the game a free download and sell a la carte teams/leagues as well as a subscription service which gives a subscriber everything for a year. Reply 0
  • UK watchdog bans Dungeon Keeper ad, accuses EA of "misleading" customers

  • drxym 02/07/2014

    DK might be notorious for its monetization but its not alone as a quick glance at the charts would show. Most "free" games use time sinks and virtual currencies to habituate people into a style of play / grind and then hit them hard for real cash. The depressing thing is idiots keep giving these games 5 star reviews. IMO the only way this model will be stomped is legislation ties a game's rating to the amount of in game purchase required to complete it. Reply +9
  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark review

  • drxym 30/06/2014

    If you buy a movie tie-in game (especially those released to coincide with the movie) then you deserve everything you get. Which is usually a bad game, an empty wallet and crushing disappointment. Especially a Transformers game of all things. Reply +1
  • Crytek's Ryse 2 canned as financial struggle spreads to Shanghai

  • drxym 26/06/2014

    I wouldn't be surpised if the usual happens in this situation - the IP and assets get sold to some mysterious holdings company and the first time employees learn is when they turn up to work and there's a security guard and a locked door. If I were them I'd be taking all my possessions out now and ensuring any work I'd done was on a memory stick too. Reply +1
  • WOW: player reaches level 90 as neither Horde nor Alliance

  • drxym 24/06/2014

    Grinding for thousands of hours in an mmo really isn't something to be proud of. Reply +2
  • These are the platforms you can play FIFA 15 on

  • drxym 18/06/2014

    Didn't the Vita get a "classic" FIFA which was the same game engine warmed over with different team rosters and stats. So basically a very lazy, half assed effort to support the platform. Reply 0
  • Peggle's Jimmy Lightning returns in new Peggle 2 DLC

  • drxym 13/06/2014

    I remember when Popcap used to make great games. Then they were bought out by EA and switched to making Skinner boxes. Such a waste of a brand. Reply +3
  • Destiny's Xbox One resolution raised after Kinect GPU reserve removal

  • drxym 11/06/2014

    Stuff like draw distance, shadows, AA, peak / trough fps, tearing could still be different. Its a case of wait and see. Reply +3
  • PlayStation TV due for launch in Europe this autumn

  • drxym 11/06/2014

    Don't forget the cost of memory card(s) on top of the price of the console. PS Vita cards cost 3x more than microsd cards. Daylight robbery. Reply +3
  • Assassin's Creed 4 character crosses over to Watch Dogs

  • drxym 07/06/2014

    Assassin's Creed has the lamest game universe ever. Why on earth would Ubisoft want to taint other franchises with it? Reply 0
  • Watch Dogs PS3: has last-gen hardware had its day?

  • drxym 01/06/2014

    The fact that it appears at all on the PS3 and 360 in largely identical form should tell you all need to know about this title and claims of "next gen". Next gen should mean more than just a higher resolution and some fancier shaders. Yeah it looks a bit rougher on the PS3 but graphics aside its basically no different. How about using that enhanced CPU, memory and GPU for a game which simply cannot be done on last gen hardware? Reply +7
  • Sony rejigs PlayStation Plus to offer two games per month for each platform

  • drxym 30/05/2014

    If i understand correctly that games are only playable for a month then I'm seriously going to reconsider if I want to carry on subscribing. Part of the attraction of psn+ is once you download the game's yours for the duration of the sub. I still have games from 18 months ago. If I waste 20gb and many hours to download something I don't expect it to disappear after 30 days. Reply -1
  • Watch Dogs review

  • drxym 27/05/2014

    I think this demonstrates why its a good idea to wait for reviews to appear. The review is still positive but it doesn't match up with the hype. Reply 0
  • Video: Wolfenstein: The New Order censored version comparison

  • drxym 22/05/2014

    It should be trivial for Germans to unlock the International version - e.g. just running Tunnelbear would probably do it Reply 0
  • Minecraft Xbox One, PS4, Vita editions due in August

  • drxym 22/05/2014

    Kids love Minecraft. If I were Sony I'd be going as far as selling a Vita bundle with it. Anyway I'm glad it's cross buy. Reply +1
  • Steam adds option to remotely stream games locally

  • drxym 21/05/2014

    This is obviously all leading up to cloud gaming. SteamOS too - just a test environment for Linux ports presumably because Valve could host games more easily and cheaply from Linux than Windows. Reply -3
  • Face-Off: God of War Collection on PlayStation Vita

  • drxym 21/05/2014

    It would be interesting to see how GoW got onto the Vita, whether it was a port of the PS3 port, or a port of the original code. Either way, the Vita has demonstrated through numerous games that it should be capable of handling a PS2 game better than this. Reply +1
  • Why Xbox One's ambitious media strategy failed

  • drxym 18/05/2014

    Kinect is great if someone likes dancing / fitness games, not so good if they don't. Microsoft tried to make it more "relevant" by forcing it into the UI but the frequent complaint is it doesn't respond well enough.

    It's good to see Microsoft finally allowing people to choose if they want it.
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  • Minecraft PS4 and Xbox One expanded draw-distance shown off

  • drxym 16/05/2014

    I have to say, I'm a Minecraft convert. I thought it was a bit dumb from the screens but it's actually very immersive.

    Anyway, from Sony's point of view it would be a massive boost to the PS4 / Vita to support Minecraft. Especially the Vita which is perceived as "grown-up" compared to the 3DS. But I think there will be a bit of a backlash if its not cross buy. It would be in Sony's interest to persuade Mojang to make it cross buy because it has such massive appeal to kids (and grown up kids).
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  • Confirmed: Watch Dogs PS4 900p, Xbox One 792p, both 30fps

  • drxym 13/05/2014

    Sony clearly aren't on the same page. Unsurprisingly it's a better res than XB1 but really it should have been at least 1080p30, and unlocked perhaps it might have even reached 45-60fps at times. Reply -9
  • Watch Dogs runs at 1080p 60fps on PlayStation 4, Sony says

  • drxym 12/05/2014

    I doubt that the PS4 will be 60fps in all circumstances or even the majority of them. But it should be pretty obvious by now that whatever it does deliver will be superior to the XB1 and other console platforms.

    Its pretty stupid to compare to the PC since performance is bound to the hardware in any given PC. I expect to get 1080p60 on high settings would require an outlay far in excess of a PS4
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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review

  • drxym 07/05/2014

    @MasterDamo Spiderman 2 was better than most tie-ins but it wasn't *that* great. I recall being rather bored by it and frustrated by the controls and camera. When I split my PS2 collection up I put it in the pile to give away. Curiously I just found EA's Lord of the Rings Return of the King in my PS2 keep pile when I just checked a second ago. Another somewhat better than average tie-in but still not great. Reply +2