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  • Fallout 4 will receive a proper Survival Mode

  • kongzi 12/02/2016

    Good, survival mode is a masterclass in how now to balance a game. Too hard before you level up but once you get a decent build going the challenge is gone and its just annoying and unrealistic.

    I'm not sure why it's so crappy because it doesn't seem like a hard thing to do. Just level your basic raider equal to the player. You can kill them with one headshot and vice versa. And from there you work up and down the hierarchy of enemies.

    The legendary enemies are a nice idea, but it's way overused and the loot they drop is way too random. Kill legendary super mutant overlord and get some shitty leather armor. Kill 'legendary' radroach, get ridiculously overpowered explosive 10mm pistol. Wtf? What do I know about balancing a game? Not much, but I do know that having too many moments like that sucks ass.

    This is still the most torn I've been about a game. On one level I'm playing it a lot and loving it, but on another level I'm really underwhelmed and sometimes even surprised by how undercooked it can be...whether that's graphically, performance, gameplay, you name it...it really drops the ball quite a lot.

    I also think it's quite unfair how The Witcher got heavily bashed for having some performance issues and quest bugs as it buckled under its own ambition, but Bethesda seemingly gets away with bigger shortcomings, straight up design flaws, a lack of innovation across the board and shitty performance to boot.

    Still, it's what I'll be playing tonight.
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  • IS Defense is the next game from the people who made Hatred

  • kongzi 12/02/2016

    I can already see the sequel where you're an SS gunner trying to hold the beaches of Normandy.

    Then I again I generally hate turret sections in the best of shooters so this'll pass me by as unnoticed as that apparent islamisation of Europe already does.
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  • Not everyone's thrilled with Microsoft's Quantum Break PC announcement

  • kongzi 12/02/2016

    @JuniorSophitia sure...as soon as my check from Microsoft clears too I'll be happy to extoll all the virtues of Gold Membership (tm) in the most bizarelly poetic ways I can muster.

    Btw..have you heard of that new Platinum Membership plan?
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  • kongzi 12/02/2016

    If you feel deceived by this move...it is because you have been. Something to consider next time you get the fanboy urge to lap up corporate pr mush or willingly and happily get locked into a 'closed' platform :) Reply +1
  • Dying Light Spotlight Edition costs $10m

  • kongzi 12/02/2016

    @Bauul and to take the piss out of ridiculous dlc packages. They did the opposite with their #drinkforDLC thing.

    It's funny. It gets even funnier if someone takes them up on the offer.
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  • Fallout 4 patch 1.03 improves console graphics quality

  • kongzi 12/02/2016

    So it runs like a slightly better looking dog now? Reply 0
  • Gigantic in trouble as developer suffers big layoffs

  • kongzi 10/02/2016

    Moar unicorns. Tech bubble 2.0 is bursting...expect more of these lofty 'new business models' to eclipse as cheap credit dries up. Reply +1
  • Dying Light: The Following review

  • kongzi 10/02/2016

    If you haven't played the base game yet, this package is ridiculous. This game is actually really good. It just goes under the press radar because it lacks all the usual AAA trappings like layers of login, famous voice actors, motion scanned characters, some overexposed franchise tie in and social integrations that make games totally so much better to play.

    It also didn't have any major launch fuckups and performance issues...you need those to play with the big boys these days...hahah

    Anyway, I already know I'm gonna enjoy the crap out of this. I'm just finishing my fallout play through before i get in.
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  • Unravel review

  • kongzi 08/02/2016

    Too...much...indie...puzzle...cutey games... Must
    ..must...kick...ass...and chew...bub...bubblegum....for...once....so....faint...help.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight Mac and Linux canned

  • kongzi 04/02/2016

    @Hakster I consider Arkham Asylum their one great game. Arkham City has a bad case of sequelitis, and Arkham Knight is what happens when the sequelitis parasite takes over the host body...

    To me it's a textbook case of what's wrong with AAA gaming (DLC, deceptive marketing, building games around brands and franchises rather than ideas, risk free designs) these days and what will lead into another ET/crucify Atari moment for the industry. Arkham Knight will be a case study.
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  • kongzi 04/02/2016

    Good. I'm sick of hearing about this piece of turd. I played it on ps4, which is supposedly the best one...but to me it simply stands as an example of what's wrong with AAA games both from a design and marketing standpoint. Because obviously, the dlc schedule went off without a hitch.

    The game is a confused and confusing mess. The best parts of it were already refined in Arkham Asylum. Which was a masterclass in game design, mind you. I hope Rocksteady learned their lesson, because they really can make awesome stuff. Maybe change publishers for the next one and definitely move away from Batman. I'm so bored with Batman by now.
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  • The internet reacts to The Fine Brothers' "react" trademark - and it's not happy

  • kongzi 02/02/2016

    Fine Brothers desperately hope to save careers with new meme: putting cats back in bags. #CatBagging! Reply 0
  • Take-Two sued over portrayal of player tattoos in NBA 2K16

  • kongzi 02/02/2016

    Shit I want to sue someone. Reply +2
  • Performance Analysis: The Division beta

  • kongzi 30/01/2016

    I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw from a technical standpoint. Great level of detail throughout, nice touches on the animations. It all seems to work too...at this point that's great news for the industry.

    I still seriously have my doubts about the game. I think it'll wear thin all too quickly. Same overdone location, walk around, spot guys, take them out, keep walking. The gritty setting makes it less appealing to hang out in than Destiny's pure escapism too. I couldn't get into that either, so this isn't gonna be me.
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  • The Division's post-release plans revealed

  • kongzi 29/01/2016

    ....and there's the tiny bit of hope that secretly was building inside of me...dead again..:/

    Here's a game idea for Ubi.. it's an online mmo shooter rpg destiny thingy but with a heavy survival aspect. You're an average New York citizen caught in an unknown viral outbreak. Before you come to grips with what's happening around you the government has cordoned off the city, leaving you (and your fellow New Yorkers) trapped. What's worse, they seem to have sent in PMC's and military to deal with any "unrest" or "outbreaks" leaving you in an uncertain situation where everybody can be an enemy and alliances are always fragile while you scrounge out supplies for survival and try to come up with an escape and/or get to the bottom of the viral outbreak. It's up to you to pick sides and choose how to survive.

    I just came up with that while drinking coffee just now, so we're deep deep in alpha still... but it already sounds so much cooler than this tripe. And (marketing people take note) like a proper framework with enough flexibility, player agency and depth to keep people coming back for a year or more. Like something that can expand and adapt based on what the players actually do, not on what some focus group thinks. Then again, while we're at it... New York? Unknown Deadly Pathogen?.. is that the best we can do in 2016, really? Truly?
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  • The Division has graphics settings we're not used to seeing on console

  • kongzi 28/01/2016

    That's nice. Exposing a couple of those settings to players is such a simple thing. I really don't get why it isn't more common... Reply +1
  • Bungie president out less than a week after Destiny 2's reported delay

  • kongzi 28/01/2016

    They can't even say goodbye to each other without devolving into pr-speak.

    "I'd like to take this opportunity to personally thank...." Wait? What? You use a press release for that? There really wasn't any other opportunity?
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  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Far Cry Primal

  • kongzi 26/01/2016

    The levels of brown in this game are impressive :-o 8-| Color was invented by the Sumerians. Reply -2
  • Destiny 2 delayed from September 2016 - report

  • kongzi 22/01/2016

    The game I'd want to play for two years on end before diving right into a sequel hasn't been invented yet. Scientists have concluded that it sure as shit wouldn't be a spacemarine shooter, though. Reply +4
  • DriveClub is getting a Hardcore mode in February

  • kongzi 22/01/2016

    Aren't all these modern supercars supposed to be driven with assists on, in real life I mean? Reply +13
  • Destiny's next event is... not what players expected

  • kongzi 22/01/2016

    Not giving people what they expect... That's dangerous man. Reply 0
  • What is Yandere Simulator, and why has Twitch banned it?

  • kongzi 22/01/2016

    @DreadedWalrus word...no way this can turn ugly. Reply 0
  • I have to break Fallout 4 to finish it

  • kongzi 20/01/2016

    Fallout is basically a last gen game with some new gen flash hastily bolted on to it. As much as I love to play it, from a technical standpoint it's very disappointing. I haven't run into fundamentally broken stuff, but almost everything is creaking or, worse, sloppy.

    Bethesda really need to get their shit together for the next one....and a new engine. Pointing to the size and ambition as an excuse doesn't cut it anymore. It's not like they don't have the money to invest in tech and qa.
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  • What you actually do in The Division

  • kongzi 19/01/2016

    "To merge shooting with strong RPG elements - I was never worried, but some people who gave it a short amount of thought might think how could you possibly combine these two things? Me having agency, and for the shooting to matter, and an RPG where the numbers dictate the outcome of the combat. Clearly those two things can happily co-exist. That's something we were always very confident in."

    No shit, Sherlock. Ubi has a bad habit of taking the commonest of ideas and try to make it sound like it's not only radically new, but their invention too. Unnecessarily too, because I (and most other gamers) really don't give a damn about inventions, they're never as good as cracked up to be.

    This Ubi taking a somewhat belated stab at the shooter/rpg genre and dusting off their Tom Clancy brand once again. On that note, it actually looks like a pretty good one... I'm concerned with map size and interactivity... Part of Manhattan 1:1 sounds boring and restrictive no matter the size, if it doesn't feature a good number of enterable buildings. I'm afraid it'll just become 'backdrop' after a while, and as a backdrop New York is boring, grey and overdone.

    And I'm concerned with it launching a bug ridden, half-featured and overpriced mess that'll drop in price quicker than a barrel of crude....so I was gonna wait that out anyway, lol.
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  • Sony says sorry for PSN falling over with 1-day Plus extension

  • kongzi 19/01/2016

    Obviously Sony expects 90% of people to not bother and have basically solved another pr disaster with an email. If they really wanted to give everyone free time it would've been easier, in a every imaginable way, for them to just add 1 day to everyone with an active sub, all they need for that is a databsee engineer and a laptop.

    It's a great plan...Until a smart Bangladeshi starts mopping up the leftover codes and sell ultra cheap psn time on aliexpress. Lol. Then he gets smarter and hires a team of hackers to take down PSN regularly so he can 'stock up' so to speak.
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  • Far Cry Primal promotion invites you to sleep in a cave

  • kongzi 18/01/2016

    A brilliant way of emulating how I feel after playing most Ubisoft games: cold, broken and lonely. Reply 0
  • Remembering David Bowie's Nomad Soul

  • kongzi 17/01/2016

    Don't mess with Belgian soft jazz.. That's the hard stuff, real heads know yo.

    This, little big adventure and carmageddon were the games that made me want to make games of my own. For me it was the first time I saw a game could be more than a collection of levels and stages but actually build something like a world. Those three games still influence me a lot in what I consider fun or interesting for games and I miss their sense of fun, adventure and subversion. The fact that David Bowie was in it did nothing for me at that time.

    Come to think of it...that's probably why i love Fallout 4 so much...even though, on every objective level imaginable, I think it's actually quite a terrible game.
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  • Assassin's Creed prequel set in ancient Egypt, due 2017- report

  • kongzi 05/01/2016

    @avluis Because it would be 'The Last Samurai - The Game'? Reply 0
  • Ken Levine's next game is a "small-scale open world"

  • kongzi 18/12/2015

    That's great, Ken. So is mine. Reply 0
  • Report: Kojima starting up new studio, in talks with Sony

  • kongzi 16/12/2015

    To me, any other outcome would've just been weird. Now I hope at least someone at Sony doesn't think Kojima is a half-god and can kick his ass when he goes over budget and deadlines as he does. He is and remains the Francis Ford Coppola of games, lol. Reply 0
  • Turok Remaster Turok the party this week on PC

  • kongzi 15/12/2015

    This game looks way better in my memory. Reply +1
  • Destiny launches level boost packs priced £25

  • kongzi 15/12/2015

    My game has a secret levelling system that only unlocks if you've been logged in for a year and never died. But once you're a lvl. 35 Legendary UberMaster Mk.2 SuperFreak you can kill enemies by just looking at them. So it's definitely worth it.

    You can get early access for only 25 euro, a pair of chickens and a purple Lamborghini. It's a steal. Please note that the game is still in Alpha and in no possible way indicative of the final product.
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  • Fallout 4 patch 1.02: the good, the bad and the ugly

  • kongzi 12/12/2015

    My biggest issue is that they apparently implemented physically based shading without knowing what they were doing. That blown out faded look is the result. It's particularly amateurish because you could easily gamma adjust those and make the game look better immediately. They'd still be blurry, but at least a lot more vivid.

    Performance has been surprisingly good for me. I get long loading times but I went all out with building settlements for my by now 100+ settlers and I obsessively collect stuff. At this point I really need them to patch in some steel, or a way to easily get it.
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  • Here's Star Wars Battlefront in 4K with SweetFX mega-graphics on

  • kongzi 11/12/2015

    Those rock textures have never looked better...wow. Reply +7
  • Bungie finally sheds light on Destiny: The Taken King DLC plans

  • kongzi 11/12/2015

    DLC² Reply 0
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate Jack the Ripper DLC releases next week

  • kongzi 11/12/2015

    Got it with my video card and uninstalled it after 30 minutes after beating up the same guard 15 times and stabbing 15 others in front of a factory floor full of workers who didn't appear to give a shit. If they don't, why should I?

    It also didn't run very well. Shite way to promote a video card if you ask me.
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  • First Witcher 3: Blood and Wine screenshots show grand new city and palace

  • kongzi 09/12/2015

    Nice. Thats pretty much how I envisioned Toussaint, it just had more purple in my head. Reply 0
  • Chernobyl VR Project to provide virtual tourism of nuclear disaster

  • kongzi 03/12/2015

    Not sure I'd pick Chernobyl as my first destination for a vr trip.

    Hanging Gardens of Babylon?
    Angkor Wat?

    That's more like it. But the concept is definitely cool if you expand on it. The way they're capturing these environments is gonna mean really awesome shit for games too. VR is really just the spear tip of a revolution in graphics.
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  • It looks like Beyond's PS4 version has lightened the skin tone of Saudi characters

  • kongzi 03/12/2015

    @JoelStinty if you'd call that a country with 'issues', fine. I'd say they make North Korea look like a bad costume party.

    Seriously, look at what's going on in the middle east and how the Saudis figure into that. Look into the history of Islamic fundamentalism and see where it's roots and main lifelines are. Every time. By that time you'll also know that when I talk about 'The Saudis' I'm talking about a very specific (and small) tribe that have proclaimed themselves lords and masters of Arabia and keepers of the one true (and before that, largely unknown and considered idiotic and backward by most muslim scholars) religion. And who have only been able to tenuously hold on to that territory with (mostly) western foreign and military aid. Even now, they have to hire mercenaries from as far as Columbia to protect their borders because they don't trust their own army not to overthrow their corrupt, fat asses. Even their own people hate the Saudis.

    I guess I just phrased my opening statement in a deliberately blunt and shocking way, so maybe it'd get people to read the second one in response to the inevitable outrage at my perceived racism below an article hinting at the very same. Something about it must've inspired me to do that...I wonder what..hmm. Lol.

    And again, it's fine to be all liberal minded and accepting when you're comfortable and safe enough. But if I lived in Saudi Arabia I would've been beheaded simply for who I am. And you know what..most of the people there would actually be just fine with that. So yes, I do get to call them idiots. I think that's being mild. Next week I'm gonna call white people idiots and noone's gonna give a shit.
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  • kongzi 03/12/2015

    @JoelStinty normally I'd agree.. In the case of Saudi Arabia, the country where you get lashed for doubting the one true state ordained religion and people get beheaded in the streets with swords. Who are the biggest sponsors of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism in the world, who mercilessly cluster bomb town centers and hospitals in Yemen, who finance a large part of the slaughter in Syria, who export their racist hateful version of Islam with hate preachers everywhere they can, who want to nuke Israel and openly call for the eradication of Shi'a Islam... A country where slavery is still the norm and most actual work is done by foreign workers from Asia who get exploited and discriminated against at every turn... And I'm just getting started.

    Yes, that stuff, those people are deserving of my respect and equal treatment??? Haha...man, that would be the day. But I suppose if you were Jewish and/or gay you'd feel too that having nice PC opinions about everything and everybody is a luxury you can't afford. Tolerance towards the intolerant... You'll never get that from me.
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  • Total War: Warhammer developer "disheartened" by pre-order DLC reaction

  • kongzi 03/12/2015

    "Yes and no. I think some people are always going to want to voice their opinion and be heard, and sadly that tends to be more negative than positive."

    This guy should be in politics. This is a very polite way of saying that it's fine for you to have complaints and concerns but that they'll ultimately matter fuck all when it comes to their decision making.
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  • Just Cause 3 developer promises PC bug fixes, asks fans for patience

  • kongzi 03/12/2015

    "We need a little time."
    Sure, hon, get back to me when you're done and we'll see if I have some left.
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  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas sneaks onto PS3

  • kongzi 03/12/2015

    @Big-Boss Que!? Rockstar has always made great games, no doubt...but polished they definitely were not. That only started to change with Max Payne 3 and GTA V. Reply 0
  • Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta arrives a day early - tomorrow!

  • kongzi 03/12/2015

    Cool, I'll give it a whirl. But I'm not really looking for MP in Uncharted myself. I'm more curious to see what the game looks and plays like and I'm afraid that'll go for a lot of the players who bought the mp-lacking Collection (which apparently wasn't that big a deal to them, or me).

    I'm not expecting the most brilliant MP action then. Although, just because it's not military or space, it appeals to me a lot more than most shooters do :/
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  • Black Friday even bigger for console sales this year

  • kongzi 03/12/2015

    Black Friday is consumer escapism. It's definitely going somewhere. Watch it devolve into outright riots as the economy continues to get worse and the middle class further dwindles and starts to feel the squeeze. A mall will burn down and the government will step in to regulate who can put what on sale and when and everybody is happy...lol.

    These things get bigger and bigger until they get out of hand and someone loses a finger.
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  • EA defends Star Wars Battlefront sales after GameStop claims launch "underperformed"

  • kongzi 03/12/2015

    Two things going on here:
    1. Retail is going down the drain. I'd argue it already has because it's already dominated by the likes of GameStop and other Kings of Upsell. Take anything these companies say with a grain of salt, even the numbers they give. If GameStop had a warehouse full of battlefront copies they aren't able to sell, they won't just come out and say it...

    AAA fatigue. I think people are finally getting fed up with AAA gaming landscape. The games under deliver but they're hyped up to the max. I've said it since the beginning (and caught a lot of flak for it) but DLC (unless they're proper expansions), micro transactions, logging into ubiplay.com or whatever service they came with now...it only serves to cheapen the game experience. Sure, it's all optional...but you're still confronted with it when you play. You feel like you're missing out if you don't have the legendary collectors edition with the beta access and plastic statue and spinning rins for the batmobile.

    And the game design too. All this stat tracking, multilayered achievement lists and upgrade trees that unlock basic functionality... It speaks to the reptilian part of the brain, sure...get that 100%, there's a kind of satisfaction in that. But it excludes almost any kind of higher level involvement or immersion. It kills the mystery. I'd argue that's the secret to Bethesda games' success..they offer truly empowering skill trees that enhance your immersion in the world that's mysterious enough to explore. That's also what people find in Bloodborne and the like, it's deep, dense, convoluted and mysterious. That's what I love about the Witcher 3, it's not afraid to let the story drive you around. Most AAA games have managed to completely kill that.

    I'm playing Arkham Knight right now and it suffers heavily from it. There's genuinely brilliant game in there, sublimely smooth action, interesting conflicts to build a story around, the budget to make everything drip with shiny detail. But it throws so much at you and is so afraid that you miss any of it that it becomes overload...it's superbly slick in execution, but not a better game for it. How much better would it be if you'd start off as a somewhat bored Batman just patrolling Gotham, beating up thugs, stumbling upon some minor villains untill you slowly start to deduce something bigger is going on, but you have to find out what by being that best detective in the world. It would fit Batman, as a character, so much better and make the world feel more like a world, instead of an expansive city themed playground. But it would make the game slow, dense and tough...and designers apparently think people want short, fast and stoopid.

    A lot of commented seem to think gaming is headed towards another ET moment. I think it's not that bad, I'm still playing great games...I'm just pickier as a consumer. But yeah, there's definitely a part of the industry that seems to be going for it.... It is mostly because they underestimate consumers/gamers and think they're fine with undercooked cash grab product being offloaded on them constantly. There was always a sense of this going on with gaming, but now that you have these ridiculous upselling practices and paywalling (disguised as 'offering more' and 'for the fans', adding insult to injury) on top of it, I think they've reached a limit with a lot of people.

    Okay, maybe more than 2 things, lol. If I sound overly negative, I'm not...I'm playing good game after good game myself. The industry is, like always, doing both better and worse than ever, depending on where you stand.
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  • PlayStation Experience keynote set for Saturday

  • kongzi 01/12/2015

    Keynote of the year? Reply 0
  • Thief free on Xbox One via Games with Gold in December

  • kongzi 24/11/2015

    Poor excuse for a stealth game..
    Had the honour of being my first 'next gen' trade in.
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  • Killing Floor 2 developer defends decision to add microtransactions

  • kongzi 24/11/2015

    To me it doesn't come down to anything but class. I haven't found a game that it doesn't make feel cheaper when it's asking you for real money. I don't like it, I don't play that way....so I'll be staying away from this as well. Reply +9
  • Jade Raymond building "Assassin's Creed-style game" for EA

  • kongzi 17/11/2015

    Like Assassin's Creed or GTA, huh?

    Assassin's Creed has nowhere near the sophistication and attention to detail and gameplay that GTA has. AC tells a socially desirable hero story, GTA is subversive.

    In terms of what EA is gonna let Motive do, it makes a very big difference. Besides, you don't just put together a studio to crank out 'gigantic action' classics...it doesn't work like that.

    I wonder if the name Pandemic came up at all during smoke breaks.
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