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  • The Witcher 3 features a creepy Doctor Who Easter egg

  • kongzi 28/05/2015

    I heard a random NPC mutter: "war...war never changes"
    This game is pretty damn funny at times.
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  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate will not have companion app, Ubisoft confirms

  • kongzi 28/05/2015

    The unity companion app was actually kinda fun and useful as an interactive map....the problem was that often it didn't work and that when it did it made the game stutter like crazy. But that's because Ubisoft apparently can't code, not because a companion app is bad concept. They're better off just firing their coders and focussing on the 'core experience' which with Ubisoft lately has been the marketing campaigns.

    But I can't be too cynical. Maybe they have learned a lesson. We'll see, I am skeptical because I think the way Ubisoft is structured as a studio has a lot to do with it. The teams are too big. I hope they're all playing The Witcher right now and taking a lot of notes. Upstart developer from Poland showing the big boys how it should really be done...they won't like it...but it shows that you can throw a lot of money at creating believable words with a lot of assets and exposition...but that it isn't about that. What does make the difference..I don't know either, but I'm not a game director then either..:p
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  • The world's greatest hillclimb has just come to Dirt Rally

  • kongzi 27/05/2015

    @Zaiz they had some issues with HairWorks on those..maybe next time. Reply +3
  • Project Cars Wii U stalled, may be delayed until NX

  • kongzi 26/05/2015

    In short, we'd love to do it, but it'll cost more in work than we expect to make on it.
    How many hardcore driving fans own a Wii U and only a Wii U? And how many people that only own a Wii U are hardcore driving fans?
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  • What can we learn from The Witcher 3 "downgrade" fiasco?

  • kongzi 26/05/2015

    This whole downgrade fiasco was a fluke, started by a few gamers that really just like to bitch about things instead of having fun...and it's fanned by the press all trying to get some traffic out of the hype. You change the leaves on your trees and people are gonna yell DOWNGRADE!!! just because it looks different.

    In the meantime, nobody serious takes trailers seriously.. especially not early ones and all I am seeing is a game that overall looks better than during its initial presentation (that 35 minute demo) and fully delivers on it's promise... and then some. They didn't make a big deal out of the fantastic facial animation they have, or how well written it is. Or that it blows just about anything out of the water in terms of both scale AND density. No, let's focus on some fire effect that's basically incompatible with the rest of the game..

    It's not even that far removed from the trailer, if you discount those fire effects.
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  • Beneath Assassin's Creed Unity's bugs lurks a surprisingly human game

  • kongzi 25/05/2015

    I sortof see your point...but in ACU I mostly saw incredibly lazy design. It's a well dressed window, but nothing more...there's nothing dynamic or systemic in the city. Just streets with random buildings and random NPCs doing random stuff all the time. The crowd is always in front of Notre Dame. That wonderful interior where people are working printing presses can be found everywhere. And the charming folk tale turns into another bland fetch quest.

    It's a wonderful analogy for what the game is on all levels actually. Shallow, pandering, handholding, mechanical and soulless.

    To me that made all it's revolutionary fervour nothing more than empty grandstanding. Especially when it comes out of a megacorp like Ubi. And wasn't the story that the Templars actually fomented the revolution for their own greedy needs or some shit like that? I didn't follow anyway...doesn't matter.

    That's why I love the witcher. On every count where AC just stumbles and falls apart (for me), The Witcher succeeds gloriously and doesn't need to use 'real history (tm)' as a crutch. Fictional Temeria and Novigrad feel much more tangible than AC has made any place feel.

    Again, just one man's opinion here. I'm as passionate as I am about it because on the surface AC ticks a lot of boxes for me. They could be mindblowingly good...if only they didn't have to be AC games with it's dumb ass plot killing every other cool story it may have to tell..and didn't have to be churned out on a monthly basis.
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  • CD Projekt tackles The Witcher 3 downgrade issue head on

  • kongzi 21/05/2015

    CDPr has nothing to apologise for with this game. It's looks fantastic and, most importantly, plays well. I haven't had a dull moment yet. I bloody love the combat. If you hack away like it's assassin's creed it's hard and pretty dull. Roll, roll, slash! Start to think like a witcher does though and it comes alive. Toss in a bomb, some signs and it becomes fast, brutal yet still tactical.

    The story and characters are genuinely touching and interesting, in some really fucked up ways sometimes. It makes bioware's interactions looks silly and stilted. They must be playing this green with envy right now.

    For me it more than delivers on the promise made with those early trailers. One thing I don't get is the oversatured look. I had to knock down my TV's by 20% to get a natural look, but the graphics really start to shine then. Performance niggles and minor bugs aside. When they tell me they already have 600 fixes awaiting certification, I'm perfectly sure that'll all get sorted out. It's cosmetic things...I remember Skyrim, RDR, Fallout 3 and other big open games being much more broken at launch.

    People are once again bitching over nothing, at the wrong people for misguided reasons.
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  • Where is GTA5's single-player story DLC?

  • kongzi 20/05/2015

    Meh...I'm sorta done with V. More content with the same game underneath. I'm ready for RDR 2, Mafia 3, Bully 2, Max Payne 4...whatever. Anything that isn't GTA for a while. Reply 0
  • New study suggests link between gaming and neurological disorders

  • kongzi 20/05/2015

    @Einkil still a valid and valuable point. It's not a new one either. Reply 0
  • kongzi 20/05/2015

    Interesting study. I was more fascinated by an article I found in the sidebar. Interesting side read: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/celebritynews/11613302/Simon-Pegg-comic-book-films-are-dumbing-us-down.html

    He basically words exactly what I've been contemplating for a while now..
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  • EA Mobile executive Frank Gibeau departs after 23 years

  • kongzi 20/05/2015

    Is this the bastard that signed of on that dungeon keeper mobile atrocity? Good, fuck off and go work at a bank or something. Reply -2
  • Guitar Hero Live reveals 24 song setlist

  • kongzi 20/05/2015

    How the hell are you going to 'play' skrillex? I always envisaged that as just having epileptic fit in front of the kinect camera but apparently harmonix has bigger plans.

    I fundamentally don't get these games. Maybe cause I know the joy of making actual music? Maybe my band sucks, but at least I'm not standing in front of my TV in my lonesome, holding a plastic guitar having prerecorded teenage chicks booing me off. That sounds utterly depressing.
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  • H1Z1 bans 24,837 players for cheating

  • kongzi 20/05/2015

    Good on the lot of them...
    Goes to show why I don't bother with online pc games..and definitely not free to play. A quick perusal of h1z1 reveals micro transactions, pervasive cheating and now pervasive bans on top of aged graphics and wonky gameplay.

    Yay, that sounds like a lot of fun to me!
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  • The Witcher game that never was

  • kongzi 19/05/2015

    You should see the earliest screenshots for this mess...http://www.cyfraplus.pl/ms_galeria/galeria/2893_6.jpg

    Man, they don't do downgrades quite like they used to anymore.
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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review

  • kongzi 18/05/2015

    @Suarez07 sorry but a few angry nerds in comments sections do not a controversy make. I'm not sure if you noticed but the game is getting universal praise and a whole lot of sales, longtime fans seem to be happy... Not bad for a relatively thick fantasy RPG like this.

    A bunch of idiot graphic whores mad that it can't give their 600 euro gpu's a full workout...that's just a funny and sad microcosm of whats wrong and sick in western mass consumer culture. But fuck it...any game developer worth their salt knows not to engage with people like that. They really just want to bitch, its how they get their validation in life.
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  • kongzi 18/05/2015

    Seriously enjoyed reading this review. Well done.

    Oh, and... #downgrade! Booh! #hangdevelopers!!
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  • Should you install The Witcher 3's day one patch?

  • kongzi 18/05/2015

    All I'm seeing is that a game comes out that can only be considered a technical and artistic accomplishment, an elevation of it's genre, with a distinct identity and apparently even a bit of, god forbid...integrity or soul or whatever... And some people feel the need to bitch and moan about a screenshot they saw 3 years ago that promised them 'better graphics'. And it's not enough for them to be unhappy greedy little pedants, they want to drag everybody along in their sourpussery. They can't enjoy their new toy so now nobody gets to enjoy it.

    They probably have no idea what it is to make something other people can enjoy, to be engaged with the world or other people in a creative and positive way.

    Yes, the industry has it's fucked up shady areas. But Jesus Christ...look at some of the gamers! Entitled dumb ass little basement dwellers. I believe in free markets and that means you get the industry you pay for...you guys can have a lot of fun together. I'm just gonna stay out of it and enjoy the few games I enjoy. Two of them this year by plucky polish devs nobody thought much of not too long ago. That I like.
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  • kongzi 18/05/2015

    Personally I blame Steve Jobs for this downgrade, the GTA V patch woes and the general shit state gaming is in these days... Reply +3
  • A (very) brief look at the new Doom

  • kongzi 18/05/2015

    This year is all about revealing the reveals. Join us next week when we'll teasingly discuss the teaser of the teaser for fall out 4. Or was that half life 3? Nobody knows!!! Ooh the excitement. What do you think? Join the discussion in the comments section below and don't forget to like, follow, wipe and fuck off. Reply +5
  • Video: The best b-movie games in history

  • kongzi 18/05/2015

    Dying Light did it well...probably because it was sortof unintentional, haha.

    CRRRAAAAAANNNNNEEEE!!!
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  • GTA 5 physical sales pass 5m mark in UK

  • kongzi 18/05/2015

    @KopparbergDave bring on the next red dead. At this point I'm looking forward to that a lot more than another GTA game (without any significant gameplay or design changes). Reply +1
  • kongzi 18/05/2015

    @donniebox thank god gamers are still as bitchy and focused on the negative as ever. Reply -1
  • kongzi 18/05/2015

    Well deserved, but the cool news is that project cars is doing well. Reply +1
  • Video: All you need to know about Assassin's Creed Syndicate

  • kongzi 17/05/2015

    Here's a list of 150 reasons why I'm about as unexcited for Syndicate as I can get, and a few more about why I hate podcasts that turn everything into countdown lists and have literally nothing new to say. Write an article. I'm perfectly capable of deciding what I know and whether that's needed on my own.

    Here's a list of 2 reasons why I'm not going to bother with that list. It's Sunday and its actually sunny. Oh and listing things is considered hack-journalism. What do you know...3 reasons. Damn I should go work for taboola.

    Good bye.
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  • Face-Off: Oddworld New 'n' Tasty

  • kongzi 17/05/2015

    Unity has come a long way. I was playing around with it the other day. I still prefer udk, but that's just personal preference.

    Thinking of that, I'd really like to see a comparison between the two once. Maybe throw cryengine into the mix too.
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  • Rich Stanton on: The Koj delusion

  • kongzi 16/05/2015

    Very nice article.
    It made me think of GTA V, which tries to do the same with it's FIB/agency storyline, but fails to get it's message across because it all makes perfect sense in the context of the GTA universe and the wider story. It doesn't stand out, so it doesn't make you reflect on it.

    In any case, kojima is one of gaming's few true auteurs. An auteur doesn't do fan service, they challenge their audience. The cheesy and classless aspects, like sex, are part and parcel of that. The reason why I hate most games that want to be art, is that they're just arty and pretentious or deliberately quirky.

    So true to that, I'm excited he's leaving konami behind. Maybe metal gear too. I'm curious what he can come up with, not shackled down by the limits of that franchise. And what TPP will be like if that's his final goodbye to the series/konami. Should be good, lol!
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  • Oculus Rift recommended specs confirmed

  • kongzi 15/05/2015

    That's quite reasonable actually, considering what it does. Reply +2
  • Digital Foundry on the Assassin's Creed Syndicate reveal

  • kongzi 15/05/2015

    @ApokNyneWheel good luck with that...

    I'm done waiting for that game AC might one day be, of they pay it proper attention and give it the time it needs. This series is designed in pieces by large teams, each responsible for a component. It's designed to be made with an assembly line approach. Before launch they gather all the bits, drop the worst ones and cobble them together.

    That's why the level of quality is all over the place. Why there is so much copy paste design...and most of all, why no assassin's creed game has ever excelled at anything in particular. They're never greater than the sum of their parts...they're just very large sums.

    By now I've also completely lost interest in the universe itself. Too...many...games...Watching historic events deformed through the assassin's versus templars lens completely kills them for me.

    I'm just done with it...I was a fan, but ever since AC3 the cracks and Ubisoft's cynicism towards it's customers have really been showing. I may pick up a second hand version for a tenner at some point to wander around London a bit, but that's as far as it goes. Cause that's one thing you can rely on with Ubisoft games...they'll be littering the second hand sections so hard and fast, the discounts can't come quick enough.

    Ubi likes to sell games for 99 dollar/euro..but the free market seems to value them around the 25 mark for new and 10-15 second hand. Lmao...capitalism is a wonderful thing sometimes.
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  • kongzi 15/05/2015

    I wasn't impressed.
    -ubisoft has shown before they don't care about jarring popup in their games. It may be fixed..or not.
    -grappling hook: oh really now. How original. This will render climbing mostly useless.
    -buildings look blocky and I'm not seeing any enterable ones. Straight streets too wide to jump across, lined with buildings of roughly equal height...doesn't look fun to climb.
    -new fighting system? I don't see it. Animations still have the jerky low quality feel. There are a lot of them they just don't blend very well, especially on NPCs.
    -Same glitchy cloth simulation as unity. Tons of clipping.
    -same over reliance on eagle vision.
    -foliage is static
    -oh, I can drop objects on conveniently placed unsuspecting NPCs... I am so excited!
    -the chariot race looks exactly like the one in brotherhood or was that revelations or both? Damage is not dynamic.

    I'm seeing zero new gameplay ideas.
    I'm seeing broad avenues lined with high, same height buildings.
    And I'm seeing all the bugs and issues I had with Unity, like glitchy NPCs, wonky traversal, chaotic fights that involve very little strategy and the same lazy stealth gameplay as ever.
    -there was a reveal for the reveal, seriously. The reveal of what?

    If Ubisoft has learned any lessons from le debacle, they seem to be the wrong ones. Studios should not have to be applauded for showing actual gameplay, that's ridiculous.
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  • Microsoft takes on Gears of War Xbox One leakers

  • kongzi 15/05/2015

    @Liuwil or this was meant to generate buzz for the coming e3 announcement of a game nobody was aware of or excited about a few months ago. That's the power of viral marketing.

    Of course it's great promotion. Let's not be naive here. I'm not judging. If this wasn't the strategy, maybe it should've been. They should've known there was a high chance of leaks, and used it as an opportunity. As you can see, it gets you a lot of coverage... About the leak, and the entire followup story (whodunnit?!) and people talking about your game. And you get it almost for free with very little effort, and it doesn't get in the way of your normal marketing.
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  • kongzi 15/05/2015

    If Microsoft really cared that much about leaks they wouldn't have outsourced the testing. It's not like MS or Epic don't have the resources to test a port.

    It's great promotion. This get way more attention than a dumb press release that promises 1080p/60fps and improved lighting.
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  • Dying Light DLC The Bozak Horde out soon

  • kongzi 15/05/2015

    @kangarootoo I've had that happen too. I think if you fail once it takes a while for the game to spawn back in enough zombies for a decent retry.

    Even then, they're definitely hard and designed to be tackled in very specific ways. If you fall way short of the mark, there's probably something you're missing. Or just pick them up when you've levelled up further.
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  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate's four special editions detailed

  • kongzi 13/05/2015

    Assassin's Creed Syndicated - The Working Edition
    Get it now for only 13 easy installments of E.14.99 and we'll throw in the first 2 patches and a hotfix for free!
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  • Assassin's Creed: Syndicate launches 23rd October on PS4, Xbox One

  • kongzi 12/05/2015

    Unity...now with less crowd and more tophat!

    Meh.
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  • The Witcher 3 dev battles leaked footage, spoilers

  • kongzi 11/05/2015

    @Gemini42 Nice projection, buddy. I buy/play maybe 10 games a year and outside of Eurogamer I read one other gaming blog, and that's dev oriented. Fanboy, haha... Grow the fuck up, man. I hardly consider myself a 'gamer'.

    Stay angry at those pixelz tho, boss!
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  • kongzi 11/05/2015

    @Gemini42 doesn't agree with angry fanboys, buys games when he likes them, doesn't bother when he doesn't = fascism apologist?

    Wow, that's a winner. No, really...

    In any case. I'm gonna have fun with this game and you're are still going to be here, getting mad at pixels. Silly you!
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  • kongzi 11/05/2015

    It's not the downgrade (fact of life: money, console power, frametime, investor patience...all in limited supply)..it's the crying that annoys me. 'Annoy' is too big a word though...I know I am gonna enjoy this game next week. If you are happier being disappointed and feeling shortchanged because of a screenshot you saw two years ago...go ahead.

    It's a supposed downgrade, because that theoretical game with the glorious flowers and smoke effects doesn't exist. And it's also supposed because there's plenty of features that have been improved. If less foliage affords you better facial anims, or additional interactivity in a locale, that's a worthwhile tradeoff if you ask me. If you can't get the frame rate smooth, I'd rather have you cut back the draw distance, or remove some smoke, than the only other alternative: downgrading or permanently removing assets.
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  • kongzi 11/05/2015

    Ah yes, queue the crying over supposed downgrades. How predictable.

    Anyway, CDPR have been doing a good job. I haven't been able to find much. Apart from gaming sites repeating the news.

    Good job on the game too. Everything I've seen looks excellent and really high quality. Graphics and gameplay both. I'm not going to cry over some lost cobblestones or 'unshaded' (LMAO!) plants.
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  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition spotted

  • kongzi 11/05/2015

    Great games but unneeded as remasters. Next gen doesn't have anything to add here, unlike games that really pushed the last gen too far. A slightly sharper Dishonored isn't going to do it for me. Reply 0
  • MGS5's seedy Quiet figure has squeezable boobs

  • kongzi 11/05/2015

    And Japanese men wonder why more and more Japanese women prefer to stay single... Reply +2
  • Assassin's Creed: Syndicate is the Victorian AC adventure

  • kongzi 09/05/2015

    I'm sure it'll be less broken than unity was. But my will to play it is broken too. Reply +3
  • Project Cars review

  • kongzi 08/05/2015

    Had it in my hands the other day, but I held off. I know that 10 days from now it's all going to be about The Witcher for me and there's a ton of stuff I still want to finish too.

    Project Cars requires attention and effort to become rewarding. And I'm not a huge fan of motorsports so I would love to see a bit more attention paid to production cars, classics, road races, etc..
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  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter to receive a PC re-release - rumour

  • kongzi 08/05/2015

    I can't even remember if I used to like this... Reply 0
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood review

  • kongzi 08/05/2015

    Meh.. As much as I wanted to like The New Order it mostly just confronted me with my ongoing shooter fatigue. Reply -1
  • New Witcher 3 dev diary and live gameplay Q&A

  • kongzi 06/05/2015

    Anywhere I can rewatch this? Reply +2
  • Homophobic and transphobic game removed from Steam Greenlight

  • kongzi 06/05/2015

    @JohnnyIsTruant you're right, sorry...changed Reply 0
  • kongzi 06/05/2015

    I have some social experiments of my own I'd like to try on this fellow. But it's already way too easy for assholes like this to get the attention they so desperately crave. Reply -3
  • The Last of Us DLC Left Behind goes standalone

  • kongzi 01/05/2015

    Nice, sure that'll go up on PS+ at some point. It really really should be played after the main game for full effect though! Reply -1
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 leak names characters - report

  • kongzi 01/05/2015

    I love that everything is now Disney.. makes it so much easier to avoid.

    #franchisefatigue #gimmesomenewshit
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  • Minecraft adds female player avatars to all console versions

  • kongzi 30/04/2015

    @SteadyBarker and this you know, because....???

    In fact, I'm not... it's never bothered me that I'm not 'represented'. What does bother me is do-gooders trying to fight battles for me I don't need fought in areas that have little or no actual meaning to me or the things that matter in my life!

    The moment I'll feel discriminated against by a fucking video game, I'll let you know so we can have a beer and laugh about it... because if that's really the major issue here, I think we can safely say we've come a long way as a society.
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