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  • Steam Halloween, Black Friday and Winter sale dates leaked

  • drxym 20/10/2017

    The price of new games halves after 6 months and then continues to drop over the next few years until it becomes bundle filler.

    These "sales" are literally doing nothing more than synchronizing the price drops with the natural progression that has always happened.
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  • The sad, slow death of Lego Dimensions

  • drxym 18/10/2017

    Against my better judgment I bought this for my kids, and it is literally just a paywalled version of any other LEGO game. The sort you can buy for a fiver in a Steam sale, except now you buy a bit of a game and then have to buy figurines to unlock other parts. They bought a couple of figures and got bored with.

    Aside from the cost / paywall issue, some of the licensed property was extremely iffy, e.g. the Simpsons pack didn't even have the theme tune for some copyright reason. I really don't see how the margins could be so low that they couldn't drop the price and still make money.
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  • Shadow of War highlights the strengths and weaknesses of PS4 Pro

  • drxym 15/10/2017

    I'm glad to see a PS4 game that offers a choice of quality over resolution. The two are not synonymous. Level of detail, draw distance, shadows, effects etc. are IMO far more important than the sheer number of pixels. Reply 0
  • Shadow of War players are using tricks and cheats to combat loot boxes

  • drxym 13/10/2017

    When a game use grind simply to encourage you to pay real money to overcome it, it is no longer a game. I feel sorry for the devs who had this BS foisted on them and have to defend it, but it doesn't change the facts.

    While I sort of liked the first game (notwithstanding the cut and paste scenery and lack of epicness), I don't see myself rushing to buy the sequel until it becomes a self contained and balanced game. I'm sure it'll be on sale eventually for a fiver, by which time maybe they'll have patched out the BS or maybe not.
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  • FIFA 18 on Switch: custom-built or enhanced Xbox 360 port?

  • drxym 07/10/2017

    The PC + XB1 + PS4 are all sufficiently analogous that they can share most of the same assets and code.

    The Switch is analogous to a PS3 or 360 so it can't. So EA just digs up some older version of the engine, dresses it up a bit and calls it a day.

    They pulled this stunt with on the Vita. The Vita got exactly one version of FIFA and then subsequent editions were "legacy" editions where the differences were totally superficial - changes to team rosters and little else.
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  • Does The Witcher 3 on PS4 Pro deliver a top-tier 4K experience?

  • drxym 06/10/2017

    Seems to confirm that the game would have benefited from a higher frame rate, draw distance and other effects while leaving it at 1080p. The obsession with resolution is absurd quite frankly. Reply +36
  • Here's what The Witcher 3 looks like at 4K on PS4 Pro

  • drxym 05/10/2017

    I would have thought people would be more interested in a higher frame rate, draw distance, textures, shading, antialiasing, weather effects etc.

    Instead people seem obsessed about bumping the resolution up for pixels they can't even *see* at normal viewing distances.

    All those other things are far more important IMO.
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  • Assassin's Creed Origins is the series you remember, back yet again

  • drxym 04/10/2017

    My main question. Does it genuinely do something new, refreshing and different or is it just more of the same in a new skin?

    All the AC games have about 1 hour of wonderment at the difference from their predecessors and then that sinking feeling when the parkour is janky & broken, the AI predictable and stupid and the missions become cut and paste repetition.
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  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 5.0 released

  • drxym 03/10/2017

    I could put up with popups while playing a movie if my PS4 would actually play my movies. The DLNA support is token at best. Reply 0
  • Nintendo Super NES Classic mini review

  • drxym 02/10/2017

    @Diji1 The Pi can easily handle NES, SNES, MegaDrive. The Pi 2's limit is the N64, with some jankiness. The Pi 3 can emulate N64, Amiga and ST.

    A dist like RetroPie has emulators for Atari 800 / 2600, NES, SNES, Gameboy, MAME, Spectrum, C64, PC, Amiga, ST, PS1, NeoGeo.

    Stick the thing in a nice case, add a controller, add some ROMs and you're good to go. NES / SNES controllers can even be wired in via GPIO though it's easier to just buy a USB controller, or use one from an XBox, or PS3/4.
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  • Ataribox: Ouya 2.0, evolved Steam Machine or something more?

  • drxym 01/10/2017

    The only Ataribox I see standing a chance is one that runs a straight-up Google TV or is a Steambox. That way it will benefit from a good selection of games and apps which to attract users.

    If it is proprietary in any way such as expecting people to buy games from its own "curated" (i.e. threadbare) store, then forget it.
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  • Now there's a C64 mini

  • drxym 29/09/2017

    Hmm, the website says you have to plug a keyboard into it to use it as a computer. So that keyboard is non-functional. Maybe the full size one they promise in the future will have a functional keyboard. Reply 0
  • PlayStation Plus October games lineup includes Metal Gear Solid 5

  • drxym 28/09/2017

    Better than recent months, that's for sure. Reply +1
  • Jelly Deals: Amazon introduces six new Alexa-enabled devices

  • drxym 28/09/2017

    A glorified wireless speaker that does a subset of what your phone / tablet / computer already does. Great. Reply +2
  • Shenmue 3's latest development update shows off a grandma's face

  • drxym 28/09/2017

    Gah it's as bad as the faces in Lawnmower Man Reply +3
  • SNES mini teardown confirms recycled NES mini tech

  • drxym 27/09/2017

    @Der_tolle_Emil Keep reading until you get the point or you don't. The point again for your benefit is the SNES is so old tech that the hardware required to emulate it is peanuts therefore no surprise it's just the NES emulation board with new firmware. I was making the comparison to the Pi Zero simply to illustrate that. Comprende? Reply +2
  • drxym 27/09/2017

    @mecha-blargh The right experience? If you want the right experience buy an actual SNES where you can swap your cartridges, mess with component cables and whatnot. Otherwise there are a multitude of 3rd party SNES style controllers that will hook up to any emulator in any form factor. If you're desperate for a SNES case for a Pi (although again I wasn't advocating that in my original point), those exist too. Reply 0
  • drxym 27/09/2017

    @Bootchka The point I am making is not that people should use a Pi (although they should) but the hardware required to emulate an old console is minimal. The board they used for the NES is probably some off the shelf SoC costing barely $1-2, some flash and IOs. It's more than adequate to do a SNES too and probably any other 16-bit console.

    Nintendo must be laughing their heads off because the markup on these things must be obscene.
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  • drxym 27/09/2017

    Quelle surprise. A Raspberry Pi Zero could emulate a SNES (and other 16-bit consoles). That's how low the bar is. Nintendo can just shove the existing board in a new case and a new firmware and be done with it. Suckers buy it all over again. Reply -14
  • Jelly Deals: Rainbow Six Chibi figurines are a thing you can collect now

  • drxym 27/09/2017

    Ł18 for a plastic figure. How do they keep their prices so low and still make a profit? Reply +4
  • FIFA 18 review

  • drxym 25/09/2017

    Malibu Stacy has a new hat Reply +8
  • Gran Turismo Sport acquits itself well in VR

  • drxym 23/09/2017

    Sims are one of the few things VR works well on but its too niche to propel VR into the mainstream. Probably explains why it hasn't broken through and likely never will. Reply 0
  • Steam counters "review bombing" by adding time graphs to game scores

  • drxym 20/09/2017

    PewDiePie is a racist jerk. Anyone who "review bombed" a game because of his actions seriously needs to look at themselves in the mirror. Reply +7
  • Destiny 2 dev Bungie: we didn't know hate groups appropriated kek meme

  • drxym 15/09/2017

    @williamarthurfenton nationalists always appropriate flags. As De Gaulle said - "Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.". They want to wrap themselves in their country's flag to pretend that if you don't subscribe to their horrible world view you're somehow unpatriotic. Quite the opposite. Reply +3
  • drxym 15/09/2017

    "Alt-right" is just a pathetic attempt to rebrand nazi, neo-nazi and KKK ideologies with memes and ironies to make it seem cool. It has no place in games and should be reviled by the mainstream. Send it back to the fringes where it belongs and all the sad little people who follow it. Reply -1
  • iPhone X: Apple bets the future of smartphones on Kinect's failed tech

  • drxym 13/09/2017

    @Medic_alert no, it was the fastest selling peripheral based on hype. When the hype became reality sales sank like a stone. The problems with the Kinect were obvious before launch to people paying attention, but the general public wouldn't have known that.

    Not to mention that sales of the XB1 was fatally undermined by including kinect. A peripheral nobody wanted. A fact which can be seen to this day in its market share.
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  • drxym 13/09/2017

    @PCMR Kinect was an abject failure for several reasons 1) it was gimped - the original prototype did the image processing in the device. 2) the real world is analogue and capturing movement in all lighting and conditions is impossibly hard even at the macro level, let alone tracking positions of fingers etc. 3) even if it hadn't been gimped it couldn't possibly live up to the original promises.

    I knew Project Natal was doomed when they did some demos of people wildly flailing their arms to fling paint on the walls. And people like Peter Molyneux were merely suggesting it could power artificially intelligent virtual boys capable of mood, speech and facial recognition.

    Even in the XB1 it could do little more than dumb boxing games and swiping menus. Even for that it sucked.
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  • drxym 13/09/2017

    A ludicrously excessive application of technology to solve a problem which is already solved - a button or a touch sensitive surface. Chances are that it's not even that reliable either.

    I'm sure some people will lap it up.
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  • LA Noire coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and a spin-off to VR

  • drxym 07/09/2017

    Money for old rope. I'm guessing all the people in Team Bondi literally worked to the bone and sacked weren't involved in the port though. Reply 0
  • The Metal Gear Solid movie's director plans to stay faithful to Kojima's vision

  • drxym 31/08/2017

    Faithful to Kojima's vision? I suppose that means hours of incomprehensible dialog and lots of footage of Snake's leatherclad butt as he inches along the ground. Reply +8
  • KFC unleashes VR training game about cooking fried chicken

  • drxym 24/08/2017

    Maybe KFC makes their staff work an entire day in the VR, cooking one piece of chicken after another as somebody barks orders in their ears, with few rest breaks while beepers go off, time blurs and the only thing keeping you going is knowing that your shift of performing this menial job will be over eventually.

    Then after you take the headset off they hose you down in the stink of deep fried chicken and a spray of grease and salt all over your uniform and shoes which you'll be expected to clean for the next shift in the VR simulator.
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  • Mad Max and the open world game as character study

  • drxym 16/08/2017

    Mad Max is an okay game which gets quite a bit right and a lot wrong. The open world is great and very authentic to the Mad Max universe - far so than Shadow of Mordor was. The car mechanics are also pretty good as are some of the post-apocalyptic tech and grunge. The upgrade system is also neat, allowing the car to be heavily modded which makes sense in the game.

    What I don't like about the game is the actual missions. Most are really quite dull - a base which can be attacked from one or two points, a bunch of generic enemies of various classes that spawn when you drop into an arena and some dumb combat mechanics. Once you do the mission or capture a base its off to the next one where the scenery is rearranged but its repetition. The missions and combat in Batman felt better than here.

    This seems to be a common problem with open world games. Just Cause 3, Assassins Creed and Far Cry suffer the same issue - a huge open world, interesting game mechanics, but the actual stuff in the game is quite generic and samey. GTA gets it a lot better, in part because you come across weird once-offs that make the game feel fresh all the way through.
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  • Why Sony cancelled PS4 exclusive Gnomageddon

  • drxym 15/08/2017

    I've never even heard of Kill Strain. Hardly surprising if it flopped.

    I'd like to see a Fat Princess 2. First game was huge fun.
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  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 5.0 will add 1080p60 Twitch streaming

  • drxym 12/08/2017

    @Optimaximal sadly that strategy has NEVER worked for Sony. They DRM their equipment with stupid protection schemes and people just end up using someone else's hardware and piracy remains a constant. The only result is Sony deprive themselves a hardware sale.

    Sony should tell their music / movie wings to GTFO when it comes to protection. They can sink or swim by themselves without dragging the rest of the product line down with them.
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  • drxym 09/08/2017

    Oh yippee, Twitch. Firmware 5.0, now with added narcissism.

    Meanwhile longstanding shortcomings with the console such as better media support get ignored. Again.
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  • Rockstar sued over Auntie Poulet from 15-year-old Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • drxym 02/08/2017

    It's a parody. It's protected free speech. This lawsuit will be tossed out. Reply +1
  • Where to get cheap PlayStation Plus codes, plus cancel the auto-renew on your current membership

  • drxym 29/07/2017

    What peeves me is that Sony default the auto renew to on and bury the setting where it's out of sight. They are not the only ones by any means. Humble Bundle is another and so on.

    It should be a legal requirement for all subscription services to provide a checkbox during signup to disable auto renew, and for the member to receive notifications several days prior to auto renew that it is about to occur and for there to be a 10 day period of grace after auto renew occurs where someone can cancel and be refunded.
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  • The Witcher 3 can still look prettier as impressive new mod shows

  • drxym 23/07/2017

    Tiles look better I guess. The wood is a higher texture. Most of the other changes look little more than higher contrast ratio between light & dark and more pronounced normal maps. Like someone took the existing normal map and said x1.2. Reply +3
  • First look at Atari's new console

  • drxym 17/07/2017

    I'll hazard either an android box and/or an emulator.

    If its android the main question is whether they do the sane thing and make it a standard Google TV device that plays games well & works with the Play store.

    Or will they make a proprietary GUI tied to a crappy store (and that includes Amazon's or any other 3rd party one).

    One option will be onerous and deeply unpopular with consumers. A sane company would not tread the same path as other failed devices.
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  • Sports Direct buys chunk of GAME

  • drxym 13/07/2017

    I'm failing to see much synergy here. I suppose games and other products can be stocked in a massive warehouse and fulfilled by slaves but other than that... Reply +1
  • 10 years later, The Lord of the Rings Online finally makes it to Mordor

  • drxym 13/07/2017

    LOTRO is actually a very good game and since it's free to play you can mess around for a long time before deciding its worth dropping money for extra stuff.

    Probably the best thing about it has the entire Middle Earth to build its lore so it feels deep and authentic unlike generic fantasy tropes that the likes of World of Warcraft, Everquest build around.

    On the flipside, it does suffer the usual MMO fatigue (fetch quests, kill quests, crafting, auctions etc.) and loot and progression is so fast since it went FTP, that the feeling of epicness & challenge has disappeared somewhat.
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  • PlayStation YouTube hosts Xbox One X Anthem footage with Photoshopped buttons

  • drxym 04/07/2017

    A lot of times these demos aren't even running on console hardware anyway. 90% of development is done on PCs because it is a pain in the ass to cross-compile, download and remote debug a build on a dev console unless you absolutely have to. Reply 0
  • GAME blames deep-rooted financial issues on Nintendo's lack of Switch stock

  • drxym 02/07/2017

    GAME have been stiffing customers for years. It is unsurprising that they have zero customer loyalty and that comments regarding the chain border on hatred.

    If they go down they have themselves to blame for this. Gamestop, CeX et al are no better either. Pressure sales, retail prices close to RRP, appalling trade in deals etc.
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  • How Call of Duty: WW2 handles swastikas and female soldiers

  • drxym 19/06/2017

    The Nazis did have some non-white soldiers. Not many but some. Germany was stirring up nationalism in places like India and managed to cobble together some token units from different countries. The craziest story is a guy called Yang Kyoungjong from Korea who managed to fight on 3 sides of the war after being captured and conscripted, eventually ending up as German POW in Normandy.

    Let's not forget that the US army still had segregation too and even after desegregation it was hardly mixed race units on the allied side. While there were some African-American fighting and engineering units on the front line many more were employed in crappy rear line roles like mess attendants, burial details etc. The commonwealth had Indian units especially in North Africa & Burma who were extremely highly regarded.

    As for the swastika, I absolutely detest games which take it out of single player / story games. I can understand why they take it out of multiplayer. Simply because like the Confederate flag it is still used by racists and neonazis.
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  • Assassin's Creed Origins makes the series' past stumbles feel like ancient history

  • drxym 16/06/2017

    I've played AC on and off and while it's an okay series it's not without serious flaws with obvious remedies.

    By far the biggest is you don't play an assassin. No, you're playing a sci-fi dork playing an assassin. A simulation of a simulation. If they cut the sci fi and just dropped into the historical part it would be far better.

    Aside from that, the core game experience has always been frustrating. Terrible AI, frustrating controls (especially when climbing), generic missions & events, lack of difficulty, lack of variety and a lack of spontaneity. Games like GTA would surprise you with all sorts of goofy challenges to keep the experience fresh - not so with AC.

    I hope they've addressed all these points. I'll reserve judgement from the reviews though.
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  • Tekken 7's PlayStation VR mode is a low-effort bolt-on

  • drxym 12/06/2017

    @Arwin I'll give you a hint. They're not coming. This should be obvious to anyone who has ever purchased a peripheral and seen it sit in the cupboard unused. Reply 0
  • drxym 31/05/2017

    Shades of deja vu. When the PS Move launched it got some minigames or alternate control schemes on the side of big titles. Then it stopped getting them. Then it more or less died.

    PSVR seems to be going much the same way. I guess it might survive in racing sims and some other niches but it obviously doesn't have much mainstream appeal.
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  • Xbox One X promises a strong and stable line-up

  • drxym 12/06/2017

    I really don't know why 4K is supposed to be a big deal. Console games would do better to max out the FPS, or improve drawing distance, or improve the physics & particle effects, or have higher maps, or higher number of players. 4K is down the list after all those things. Reply +2
  • Early impressions of FIFA 18

  • drxym 11/06/2017

    I wonder why people buy these games year on year or EA bother releasing them as separate titles. The changes are largely minor and incremental in nature.

    May as well just sell a FIFA subscription and incrementally roll out new stuff and/or sell premium content for people desperate for a particular stadium or some other stuff. Could easily see such a service morphing to offer televised games, match highlights etc that feed back into the experience, commentary and so on.
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  • Looks like Egypt-set Assassin's Creed Origins has leaked again

  • drxym 08/06/2017

    I'm just about finished playing AC Syndicate and while each title adds a few new things to spice it up it is amazing how many things that they never fix and some of them really suck.

    The dumb AI, the stupid sci-fi plot, the infuriating parkour system, the repetition, the gratuitous insertion of historical figures.
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