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  • How Zelda and Horizon fix open worlds in very different ways

  • kirankara 23/03/2017

    @Delangsta

    The Witcher 3 is amazing story wise, but for me at least, BOTW is leaps and bounds above Witcher 3, as you can just do so much more than simply go from task to task pre-ordained on maps by completing another task, plus the attention to detail and interaction with environments, physics, scale and ability to scale almost and part on environment make it simply the most open world game Ive ever seen
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  • kirankara 23/03/2017

    @FenderMaster

    You have to understand that Japan isn't as influenced by the West and things we think as influential as much as you would think. You only have to look at failures of Xbox there and look at what the best selling games are to realise that.

    If you've ever heard Miyamota discuss what influenced him to develop Pikmim, its a simple observation of ants in his garden. From that he had an idea for a gameplay mechanic.

    Nintendo work backwards in lot of ways. Gameplay mechanisms are what they build around not stories.
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  • kirankara 23/03/2017

    @pantherjag

    My explanation of what has enthralled me about Zelda compared to other open world games is that you can pretty much do anything and are left to do that. Youre not really guided anywhere. Youre given the tools to explore world and given freedom to do so.

    There are just so many little details that you either discover or don't. The game rewards thinking outside box and experimentation.

    Things like you can use shield to slide down hills, you can use fire arrows to hunt animals and end up with cooked meat instead of raw meat, you can set fire to things and create uplift to paraglide or get vantage point over an enemy, the rune powers can be used in all sorts of ways to negotiate obstacles and interact with environment and attack enemies, discovering recipes etc etc.

    Your imagination is your limitation almost.

    I actually am not fan of open world games per say, with Infamous and AC syndicate being some of only games Ive liked of that ilk, and I didn't like Skyrim, but Zelda has drawn me into it's world with it's imagination. The shrines are wonderfully designed puzzles which reward you for abstract thinking.

    It doesn't feel like I'm grinding through the world to uncover new things, I'm simply uncovering new things simply by being in the world and trying things.

    It's the attention to details in creating the world and way you interact with it that continue to amaze
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  • kirankara 23/03/2017

    @Negotiator

    It's not lifeless world, but it's not like say GTA with people walking around all over place. It's a giant world with varying environments none of which are bustling cities, but I have not found it empty and soulless either. I don't get bored travelling as there is usually things to do in the environment or you encounter enemies of some sort.
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  • kirankara 22/03/2017

    @AdamNovice

    One thing I would say to anyone though, is watch this video

    https://youtu.be/hk-EnbS42dM

    To hear highly respected developers gushing overZelda BOTW is quite surreal.

    It's not often you hear professionals come out and praise a game in such a manner
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  • kirankara 22/03/2017

    @AdamNovice

    Same applies to them.

    To use a politically incorrect term , it's fuckin retarded
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  • kirankara 22/03/2017

    @sizu

    "Apparently 75% meta = mediocre."

    Yes, because a number is indicative of an innate level of enjoyment that can be experienced by playing a game, not one % above or below can be experienced by anyone playing said game.

    I really despise humanity and the fact people seemingly can't form thoughts of their own without someone else giving it them, and even worse they can't accept that others have a different opinion.

    I lie, worse still, I hate that different opinions on a game evoke emotions that should be reserved for things far more important in world like war, famine, racism etc.

    A review should be words only and leave it for everyone to make their own decision....or (the fact this has to be stated depresses me further) state in a disclaimer that "This is a game I (writer's name to be stated) consider to be essential, recommended or one to avoid)

    But, idiots would still moan
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  • kirankara 22/03/2017

    Zelda BOTW is a stunning game and as someone who really isn't a fan of such open world games where there's a distinct lack of direction, this is a real change of heart for me.

    Ive been able to deal with games like infamous and AC: Syndicate as there's a main story and sidetasks are explicitly stated, but games like Skyrim feel overwhelming as I've no idea what I'm doing and randomly wandering around always felt such a chore, so I just never felt like I wanted to put the effort and time into figuring out everything and exploring the world, as I only have limited time for play sessions and could walk away feeling Ive achieved nothing.

    Somehow Zelda has made this feel manageable and fun (finding a boar to get the doublet proved to be really irritating as none would appear).

    I just find myself drawn into this world and kinda enjoy exploring it.

    I can see myself playing this for many hours and I even enjoy a quick one hour session before bed, even if I haven't really achieved much.

    Can't speak about Horizon, but dear lord, I wish people would get over fact the EG reviewer didn't think it was the second coming. People have different opinions on games, in other shocking news, water is wet.
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  • Fan project to get Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on PC shows remarkable progress

  • kirankara 22/03/2017

    @DickSocrates

    Tbf I understand ethical point of view against piracy here, but as someone who owns game, if there was chance to play 4k 60fps (And no shader cache issues) then I see no real issue with me using cemu to do so
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  • Bloodstained announced for Switch, cancelled for Wii U

  • kirankara 22/03/2017

    @robilott1

    "Can I just clarify, the statement "being at the height of it's popularity" is NOT the same as "the Wii U was popular".

    It just means, it was the best the console reached. Which wasn't enough."

    Thanks for feeling need to come clarify that for us all.

    I mean I couldn't have figured that out from sales figures and the underwhelming lack of third party support.

    Please feel free to come by and update us on the wetness of water and other such self evident matters.
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  • Standard Tegra X1 'confirmed' as Switch's processor

  • kirankara 21/03/2017

    @robfielding

    Only real option for them was tegra x1 or tegra x2 , which isn't available yet I don't believe.

    It may have even offered similar performance at lower tdp. It's s mobile processor after all.

    So when people criticise Nintendo for offering a low level performance with switch, what they don't offer is a practical alternative for them to offer significant performance improvement whilst maintaining low tdp , acceptance battery life and mobile form factor.

    Can't exactly dump a ps4 apu in the switch, can they?
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  • kirankara 21/03/2017

    @Pasco

    Id say Nintendo are equivalent of Arsene Wenger at arsenal, a footballing idealist, who has kinda been left behind in the cold, harsh business world.

    In Japan the relatively underpowered hardware isn't really seen as such a big thing, as the public are most interested in having culturally relevant games and specific franchises, and the visuals are not as key in selling these.

    In west AAA visually cutting edge games are at forefront.

    Nintendo are stubborn to extreme in keeping to their roots of gameplay first and trying to innovate around that experience.

    I personally love them for it, even if it doesn't always work out.

    I bought a wii on basis that at time, I felt jaded by gaming and prospect of a different for of interaction and emphasis on gameplay and innovation sounded amazing. It didn't quite turn out that way, but even now as a pc gamer with a pretty powerful set up (can max out most games at 1440p 60fps) , Ive ended up picking up a wiiu cause I wanted something with a bit more soul and fun to it and I bloody miss that from Nintendo.
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  • kirankara 21/03/2017

    @Azzazin5577

    "WoW, they are just selling us an nvidia shield in tablet form without the useful aspects of it (like installing kodi and android apps and running 4k videos)."

    Cause android shield is such a great platform for games? I mean it has tonnes of quality games, like mario and zelda and those controllers for playing it as a portable are great...or not.

    It has it's own selling points that android cant compete with and by all accounts, the custom api developed gives increased performance over the standard android one.

    It's a games console first and foremost with mobile and home options, and access to first party games you would not get on android (emulators such as dolphin and cemu simply will not cut it on android based tablets either), plus some third party games and indy games you wouldn't get on android generally.

    And whilst I agree on some points, the fact it's sold 2 million already is pretty good start and generally it seems to have found a niche for itself. I have pretty damn good pc that outperforms all current gen consoles with ease and I still find myself interested in this console. Nintendo really have no reason to go after the ps4/xb1 market, as it's already crowded enough and they won't be able to win anyway, as Sony and MS have that market sewn up and far more money to throw at developers etc.

    Nintendo's only option is to have a genuinely unique product with it's own selling point and they have done so.

    Whilst i also would like to have seen it be more powerful, I also understand restrictions technically with producing a portable product and frankly, id rather they innovated and worried about producing gems like Breath of Wild and Mario than ensuring we get more soulless AAA tat from developers like Ubisoft
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  • kirankara 20/03/2017

    @ISmoke

    PC gamer here myself, so appreciate where you coming from.

    I had switch on order for next batch of deliveries, and even had zelda drop through my door for switch, but after reading a number of concerns about issues with switch, and a complete lack of games in the immediate future that interest me, I decided to send it back and get a 2nd hand wiiu and pick up on that. I am not really interested in taking switch outside, but will 100% pick one up for Mario at some point.

    Right now though, I couldnt give a fook about 60fps 1440p as I am just in love with BOTW.

    Would definitely prefer it, and can't pretend I haven't noticed issues (pixel crawl and the quality of shadows are poke me in eye painfully bad), but whereas I have noticed minor issues within games on PC AAA titles and fps drops irritate me (i ended up with gsync), with BOTW I am too engrossed to really care.
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  • kirankara 20/03/2017

    @nefuratios

    bigger the screen, the lesss portable it would be and also an increased need for higher resolution, thus a greater strain on GPU, which as we all know, isn't the switches greatest strength.

    I find wiiu screen size pretty much perfect for gaming though, and I believe switch has same screen size.
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  • kirankara 20/03/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_

    "@fabio78
    ..as a portable console it's brilliant. That's why I think Nintendo should invert the message. Actually, I won't be surprised if they start doing it down the line.
    Yeah, I reckon you're spot on there. Christ knows why you've been negged???
    A few Switch owners are singing its praises as a handheld, rather than a home console.

    ... Have you upset a couple of the Nintendo faithful. ;-)"

    tbf, they're doing pretty well with sales so far, so message is clearly hitting spot with someone.

    I do think however, that if they took that sales pitch it might have better affect.

    It's like when Sony started with ps3 pitching as media hub, then later backtracked as a games consoles and sales picked up drastically (ironically MS did opposite and started as a games machine and later pitched as media hub).

    I am loving BOTW on wiiu, and very happy I bought it and not a switch yet, as I am going to raid the back catalogue ( I also got a pre installed mario kart 8 free that shop didn't know about ...winning), but I quickly found the limitations of wiiu u, as i walked downstairs and lost signal, and I occasionally get some stutter and tearing that seems to be not in the game, as doesn't happen on tv, only on gamepad.

    Id love a switch to just have that freedom to take wherever I want in house, even if I dont want an actual portable
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  • Breath of the Wild shows Nintendo is learning from PC games

  • kirankara 19/03/2017

    @Diablo13

    Whether you care or Not, that's part of the reality of what it is.

    It's not for you clearly.

    I'm not a mobile user, but after playing breath of wild for last two days on Wii u , I'd love a switch so I could take to work or play anywhere I like.

    Sure it's not as powerful as ps4, but it's perfect for what it's intended purpose is.
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  • kirankara 19/03/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_

    BOTW is a phenomenal game. I cancelled my switch order yesterday and sent back switch Zelda to shopto, as Ive heard various issues about the system in reviews and videos on youtube, plus Zelda only game out yet I wanted and not really a mobile gamer, so I picked up a wiiu again and going to hoover up some classics.

    But wow, just wow, zelda has stolen my heart, and I don't really like open world games.

    Is shame the pixel crawl makes me want to poke my eyes out though. I actually prefer playing on the pad as it softens this effect
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  • kirankara 19/03/2017

    @Diablo13

    "Nintendo actually are the only games hardware developers that consciously STRIVE for low performance hardware."

    Can you name a more powerful portable console?

    TDP and heat play huge factor in hardware choice for portable devices.

    The machine already only lasts 2 and half hours on Zelda, crank up performance and TDP along with it, how long you think battery would last?>
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  • Performance Analysis: Mass Effect Andromeda

  • kirankara 19/03/2017

    @MagiusMagnus

    There's plenty of them out there. Some are worse than those too
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  • kirankara 19/03/2017

    " we'll also be checking out Mass Effect Andromeda on PlayStation 4 Pro, where we should have the option of an 1800p checkerboard 4K mode, along with enhancements for 1080p displays too."

    Checkerboard 4k with janky animation, bugs, juddering, frame rate drops and screen tear. Can't wait
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  • kirankara 18/03/2017

    @Badoink

    You must live in cave or parallel universe where this game isn't riddled with janky animation and bugs as internet rife with memes and jpegs of them
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  • Wii emulator so accurate you can buy games from the Wii Shop Channel

  • kirankara 19/03/2017

    @PhilosopherKing

    That game made me want to tear the hair I had from my head.

    Was so simple but genius.

    But I had to walk away for my sanity lol

    I just went and bought a Wii u again after having cancelled my switch order that was due soon and sending back Zelda on it.

    I've read too many issues with it at launch and I decided to pick up some Wii u games cheap instead.

    Zelda is amazing game, but I actually prefer it on pad as the shimmer and pixel crawl on tv is like pins in my eyes
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  • kirankara 17/03/2017

    @PhilosopherKing

    If you happy to do so, you can, but option to play at much better frame rates and resolution is hard to pass up
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  • How Dishonored 2 hides its best details in the periphery

  • kirankara 16/03/2017

    @TheGuvernor

    Feel your pain. I will simply wait till it's cheap enough and then pick it up. It will by all accounts run at 30fps locked at pretty much any resolution if you have decent GPU, but is shame we can't play it at higher frame rate the game deserves.
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild uses dynamic resolution scaling

  • kirankara 16/03/2017

    @raffi14

    Worked perfectly well in doom.
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  • kirankara 15/03/2017

    @DreamCore

    so the ps4 and xb1 cant be played as portable device as they don't have a screen.....pathetic.
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  • kirankara 15/03/2017

    @lukazor

    No, you have to have plugged into dock for higher clock speeds
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @AEdouard

    Nah, you misunderstand me. I'm too old to get angry over video games now.

    Was just in gym and writing in sharp consise manner.

    I occasionally enjoy a bit of fanboy baiting. Have no time for narrow minded trolls.

    Especially as most are unable to formulate any sort of logical argument and hate it when things are flipped and suddenly their system is actually the weaker system with flaws.
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @AEdouard

    What you on about? I'm simply highlighting this clowns criticism of the switch hardware based on this game failing to hit 30fps at points.

    In reality my opinion is that any game should aim for 30fps minimum and take cuts required to give stable frame rates.

    Occasional dips where there is minimal impact is fine, but not really ideal.

    My point is that the ps4 and even pro can't hit those targets due to the lower end components used.

    So his criticism is unfair because of what the switch is. A mobile/home console hybrid, needing low power consumption.

    I'm simply taking his idiotic comment that anything that isn't up to the resolution and frame rate he deems to be acceptable is cheap crap
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @MagiusMagnus

    I'm big fan of their games, but like most people had kinda hoped they would come out swinging with something that matched ps4 performance at least, and initially was disappointed as with that level of of performance at least they could attract AAA third party game.

    But In reality it wasn't feasible for their aims.

    I love concept of switch, but in reality I would have benefited from a more powerful wiiu As I don't play on the go, but love idea of being able to lie in bed and play on screen rather than on TV and would appreciate increased resolution. But I'm not really willing to drop 330 on a switch , and there is some great wiiu games I can pick up cheap and play, so maybe I'll buy a wiiu to play zelda
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @Spetzomancer

    Ohhh you mean like using a mobile cpu that isn't capable of maintaining 30fps in some cases?

    Was the vita guilty of using such cheap parts also?

    Cause that also had issues with 30fps on many Occasions.

    Ps4 can't maintain 30fps on all occasions and we've even seen the pro fail occasionally too .

    Their overpriced product is overpriced on what basis? That it doesn't have gpu you want it to have?

    Well that's not their aim.

    Cause you can't put a gpu in ps4 in a portable device and have any decent battery life.

    You want a home console for AAA game. Well this isn't for you.

    Same way to me, a ps4 isn't suitable for AAA games as I want 60fps in AAA games and higher resolution.

    Sony and their cheap crappy overpriced consoles eh
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @Spetzomancer

    Ohhh you mean like dual shock falling apart, or systems overheating on ps4 , or these commonly reportEd ps4 launch issues?

    Console Turning Off (35% of PS4 owners experiencing a problem)
    No Audio / Video (25%)
    PS4 Freezing (20%)
    Disc Drive Problems (10%)
    Other Technical Issues (10%)

    Sorry, but it's clear you have an agenda and simply want to look at negative issues here.

    Explain in a consise and coherent manner what your actual point is please.
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @Spetzomancer

    Technology improves in time..who would have guessed???

    Improved iteration of consoles and peripheral have been around forever.

    Nintendo and Sega added extra chips to carts, we had rumble packs, mega cd , 32x , playstation slim xbox s etc etc
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @Spetzomancer

    Dunno, 3ds and DS generally had pretty good framerates in most titles, and ultimately neither of those promoted themselves as 1080p 60fps machines like Sony and MS did.

    Switch isn't promoting itself as anything other than what it is.

    If it aint for you, move on, but like I said, try playing your ps4 on the go, can you do it? Name another machine that offers this option to switch between mobile and playing in home. There isnt one.

    So, there you go, if you want something like switch, it now exists, if you want simply AAA console titles to play in living room at 30fps....you have ps4 pro
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @MagiusMagnus

    Cant blame you for wanting to hold out, especially if you not a Big Ninty fan, as it's unlikely that great 3rd party titles will be flooding the system, but if you love Ninty and their games, and will be happy with a handful of great 3rd party games it will get (wont be AAA titles though), then it will still be worth buying, just like wiiu was.

    However, that's still decent numbers for first couple weeks
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @Spetzomancer

    " Still performance hits down in the 20s.

    Thing is, Nintendo will most likely capitalize on this later by releasing the Switch Pro. "

    That sounds awfully like ps4 .

    If you accept switch for what it is. And that it is unique, it's the best hardware of its kind available (try playing your ps4 pro on the go)
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @MagiusMagnus

    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3006430/nintendo-switch-sales-hit-15-million-worldwide

    Seems to be doing quite nicely so far
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @VanillaLake

    Can understand issues on wiiu, as the hardware is little outdated, but is more switch issues that i feel are result of quick port.
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @shinku

    As someone who has cemu and downloaded various games, if it's same as those games, i wouldn't bother. sure they run at higher res and frame rates, but the shader cache loading issues that mean you get horrible stuttering when loading new shaders is horrendous and make games simply a chore to play at times.

    Shaders cant be provided for the roms due to legal issues, so wont ever change
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @VanillaLake
    "Love Nintendo games but it's quite evident that limited hardware is not helping to get the best experience. It's evident that Breath of the Wild would be better at 60fps OR at the very least at 30fps consistently. Nintendo is better on "GameCube mode"."

    Maybe the firmware issue will help resolve the matter. Lets hope.

    Im not a fan of poor frame rates, never have been, and as PC gamer, im bit of 60fps snob as whole.

    You still have to bear in mind though, that this was launch game, and also a port from previous gen hardware and architecture and probably isn't close to getting best out hardware at this point. It probably only came into existence late into game's development cycle on switch.
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  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @Wayne

    Tbf, there is no hardware comparable to the switch, and it's relative technical deficiency in docked mode is a necessary evil of it's portable mode.

    Me personally, I don't care. This game has made me want a switch so badly, but a) i cant find any in stock and b) im thinking ill just pick up 2nd hand wiiu and pick up some of the gems on it for cheap. Will save me some money and i really should not be spending 330 right now lol
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  • PlayStation Now to stream PS4 games later this year

  • kirankara 14/03/2017

    @SuperShinobi

    "Hardware sales have been a significant source of profits both for Sony and MS in this generation"

    hardware has never been traditionally a source of profits for these companies, hence why both stopped making custom hardware and chose off the shelf components.

    Doing so helped keep cost of development down and also allow them to sell at lower cost without having to sell at losses.

    Software and peripherals is the money maker for these companies
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  • Why Nintendo Switch games are ending up more expensive

  • kirankara 13/03/2017

    @MagiusMagnus

    I really don't get any of it.

    You prefer console x, buy console x.

    Enjoy console x and don't feel need to shove it down anyone's mouth about why you think it's better etc.

    You don't want console Y, don't buy and don't feel need to shove it down anyone's mouth about why you think it's better etc.

    It's that simple.

    I enjoy some of the technical articles etc, and I am a total graphics whore and love technology and have got used to 60fps on PC and find hard to go back, but I don't care when it comes to getting to play Nintendo games like Zelda and Mario, and I just don't feel need to ram my choices down others throats.

    I do enjoy occasional taunting of fanboys who annoy me, but it's mainly tongue in cheeek
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  • kirankara 13/03/2017

    @GADG3Tx87

    I feel your pain mate. I've had days on here where I just avoid even looking at comments section as I can't deal with getting involved in the ridiculous mud slinging and name calling, but IGN is a whole new level of hell.

    That's like an American school playground, where all kids think they are bad ass, but can't spell or formulate coherent sentences.

    You're best off out there for sure.

    Unless you enjoy trolling morons that is.
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  • kirankara 13/03/2017

    @GADG3Tx87

    "but I like how gamers here can have civilised discussions without causing a war and going "my box is better than your box"."

    Oh, don't worry (or worry), that goes on here too and can get very petty and pathetic at times. It has got worse over years too.

    If you think here's good, I would hate to see where you came from lol
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  • kirankara 13/03/2017

    @andromeda

    Well CEX charging 350 for one with no games and I cant find one on cash convertors site
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  • kirankara 13/03/2017

    @gregoblvr

    Do the Vita games come in 8, 16 and 32 GB variants though?

    It's true Nintendo first party games hold value well, but that's retailers choosing to do that partly, as they are best selling titles
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  • kirankara 13/03/2017

    This is one reason Nintendo lost out heavily when ps1 launched, as Nintendo heavily overcharged on cartridges and licensing(obviously media itself is simply more expensive and in reality is a better media in terms of load times etc). Reply +4
  • No Man's Sky on PS4 Pro delivers the 1080p60 dream

  • kirankara 13/03/2017

    @globalisateur

    It would be interesting to know why some developers have not opted for CB rendering.

    Im guessing it maybe doesn't play as well with some engines as others, and may require drastic reworking if so
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