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  • CD Projekt tackles The Witcher 3 downgrade issue head on

  • the_sas_man 20/05/2015

    As a lucky PC Gamer (GTX 970 & 4.3ghz i5), I felt a little disappointed by how Witcher 3 runs at around 30-40 FPS on high to ultra settings.

    But my word this game is utterly stunning.

    And what I love most about this interview is the honesty and sincerity that is shown throughout. None of that bullshit talking of value.

    As a gamer of 20 odd years, I just know this will come good for us PC players, and in fact I'm a little dismayed at us PC gamers complaining when the gameplay is so incredible.

    I bought a high spec rig to enjoy games to their maximum, but the Witcher 3 has something few other games offer.

    Pure gameplay.

    Xbox, PS4 or PC. We are all winners in this.
    Reply +25
  • Return to vendor: the legend of Xur

  • the_sas_man 15/05/2015

    The thing is EG, just because you guys in the office like it, doesn't mean your readership love to read about it constantly.

    Here are some questions which may just ease the accusations against you all, because us readers could well be in the wrong and unfair. Can you answer these?

    1) How many destiny related articles has EG released since it's inception to todays date? (Not just since the Destiny release).

    2) In comparison, how many articles for say GTAV (that's probably a fair blockbuster comparison) and The Last of Us in the same time period?

    Rather than fall into the trap of the bickering with the readership, get those 2 points clear and then evaluate. Then you'll probably understand the hate.

    As for what should be said, I for one read your utterly brilliant review of KSP. I bought the game on the back of it and so glad I did. There are massive gaming themes to explore there, a real sense of discovery and achievement etc, a huge modding community to support it etc. Yet there is hardly any exposure to a game which even you yourselves would put as one of the all time greats? These are things readers like myself need to be exposed to but then maybe what you're saying is that EG isn't a site for me anymore?

    But it's ok... we have a nice article on an NPC character that sells a load of crap every week and has done for quite some time.

    And yes I have destiny. Yes it's a decent shooter. But my word is there a lot of exposure on EG when there is SOOOO much more you could be discussing. Which is why it reeks of advertorials.
    Reply +11
  • WOW: Leeroy Jenkins happened 10 years ago

  • the_sas_man 12/05/2015

    @Bertie Awesome.

    That wasn't a dig at you guys by the way - i just generally think this would be an great interview by you guys. The piece you did on the kid who won the Cube challenge by the fraud Molyneux I thought was wonderful.
    Reply +1
  • the_sas_man 12/05/2015

    I'd love it if EG could track him down for an updated interview. Reply +4
  • The Witcher 3 dev battles leaked footage, spoilers

  • the_sas_man 11/05/2015

    I agree on shutting down forum threads as you can inadvertently look at spoilers.

    However, videos? Why?

    If you don't want anything spoiled don't watch the videos. If you don't mind then go ahead and watch it.
    Reply +23
  • Origin sale offers big discounts on Dragon Age, FIFA 15 and more

  • the_sas_man 08/05/2015

    You know what I miss?

    A good ol' fashioned instructions manual, usually 70+ pages long which you'd read on the toilet.

    The good ol' days.

    /smokes pipe

    **I accept this comment has nothing to do with the article. **
    Reply +10
  • Google Play temporarily pulls Threes! for listing copycat game 2048 as search keyword

  • the_sas_man 06/05/2015

    It's weird. When I search Yahoo in a search engine, Google comes up.

    Keywords are part and parcel of searching.
    Reply +3
  • Video: What happens if you delete P.T. from your PS4?

  • the_sas_man 30/04/2015

    @Plankton1975 If that's how trained journalists write articles then blimey, yeah, I would be bored.

    Why not write an article, 500 words long, explaining the thought of his decision, his reaction etc.

    You know, exactly like how you would read a review.

    This just stank of "click here to see his reaction".
    Reply -1
  • the_sas_man 30/04/2015

    @Plankton1975 It's fine to have the video. I'm not bothered by that.

    But for those of us that can't watch the video for whatever reason (i.e. at work) then the article itself should present itself the answer. I'm more than willing to give up my time to read it where I can.

    This just stinks of clickbait.
    Reply +4
  • the_sas_man 30/04/2015

    This is horrible click-bait and reeks of something from Unilad. Reply +3
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-On with Project Cars

  • the_sas_man 17/04/2015

    /golf clap Reply -1
  • Battlefield: Hardline trumps Bloodborne in March US retail sales

  • the_sas_man 17/04/2015

    Click bait Reply +5
  • What does it take to run GTA 5 at 1080p60?

  • the_sas_man 16/04/2015

    It runs absurdly well on my i5 but there is a major issue in that it's overheating it and I get BSOD.

    If you google it it seems others are having a similar problem.
    Reply 0
  • GTA 5's weird endgame

  • the_sas_man 15/04/2015

    Your pillow talk must be epic! Reply +49
  • Videos show Grand Theft Auto 5 running at max settings on PC

  • the_sas_man 14/04/2015

    I maybe going crazy but these videos are 30fps as I see no 60fps option on the video? Reply +5
  • Xbox One UK price now 299.99

  • the_sas_man 13/04/2015

    199 is the sweet spot for me Reply +70
  • Winners might use drugs

  • the_sas_man 09/04/2015

    @willys that's called ignorance. And therefore condoning.

    Any drug that gives an advantage is cheating regardless.

    As I say, it's that head in the sand attitude that has decimated the image of cycling. ESports would do well to learn from it.
    Reply 0
  • the_sas_man 08/04/2015

    I had no idea it's a "multi-billion dollar" industry? Other sources have eSports down as looking to break the billion mark.

    Anyway, great article. The real issue is top honcho who is almost condoning this. There should be routine checks in place, and he should be coming out strongly against this. Not saying it's all a load of bollocks.

    As EG quite rightly states, this could be hugely detrimental to an industry before its really took off. Look no further than cycling to see how ignorance can decimate years of hardwork making a 'sport' mainstream.

    Great article EG.
    Reply +19
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 PC 60fps gameplay footage

  • the_sas_man 02/04/2015

    It still worries me that it doesn't give a proper date at the end of the trailer... Reply +1
  • Sony hires unknown British writer for Metal Gear Solid movie

  • the_sas_man 31/03/2015

    "Snake my good fellow, please be cautious and give those Metal Gears a bloody good hiding. Good luck ol' chap." Reply -7
  • Bloodborne walkthrough and game guide

  • the_sas_man 27/03/2015

    The same happened with Cities Skylines - EG claimed it was just one of those things that couldn't be helped. It was a week late after their competitors.

    Now they are pumping resource into a walk through rather than the review (bear in mind they are still trying to convince people the new system is valid)

    Something has gone horribly awry at EG. New score system, Amazon links that are "subtle", late reviews, Destiny filled tripe... it goes on.

    Not all changes are negative - but you MUST do the basics right - i.e. reviews before game guides.
    Reply +12
  • the_sas_man 27/03/2015

    Before the review...? Reply +5
  • Performance Analysis: Bloodborne

  • the_sas_man 26/03/2015

    @ugrinkozvrkveselica

    I tend to believe the 45+ critic reviews from experienced gamers who have played Bloodborne in depth, cumulatively for probably 1000+ hours between them, who are rating this as "Must-Have" rather than your perception of a game you haven't even loaded into your PS4.
    Reply +6
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon World to upgrade game engine following negative reaction to trailer

  • the_sas_man 23/03/2015

    All of a sudden a yearn for Theme Park remake Reply +2
  • With the announcement of the NX, Nintendo admits defeat with the Wii U

  • the_sas_man 18/03/2015

    We all love Nintendo - but it didn't necessarily change with the times.

    Nintendo will always have their unique style and it should never change - but imagine a dedicated games consoles to the power of the PS4/XboxOne. Imagine the potential and capabilities of the system. I don't mean just graphics - I'm talking game physics - the raw computing power to manipulate environments to a greater extent than what we currently see. Nintendo need to get away from their consoles being viewed as a kids console and more as a "gamers" console.

    We'd all buy one instantly.
    Reply +6
  • Laid-off SimCity dev launches Patreon for creation of Cities: Skylines buildings

  • the_sas_man 16/03/2015

    @Oli Appreciate the response Oli. Many thanks. Reply +1
  • the_sas_man 16/03/2015

    @Oli Out of interest, how did it "fall through". Very intriguing/ambiguous.

    Other sites have had this up for days now.

    Not a great start to the new EG culture that's being instilled here...
    Reply -16
  • Cities: Skylines sells 250K copies in a day

  • the_sas_man 12/03/2015

    @Malek86 yeah, it's a great starting point. All very intuitive. At 16 it's a low risk option too. Reply +1
  • the_sas_man 12/03/2015

    Been playing this solid for a day. Really really impressed.

    The scale of the game is simply astounding and it just does all the basics right. Literally takes forever to fill just a fraction of the map. My highlight was my crematorium burning down.

    I managed to pick this up (legitimately) for 16 on a reputable site, so well worth it.

    Sim City may have the graphical polish, but other than that this game smashes it to pieces in every way. Let's not forget this is fully mod supported so I'm expecting great things.

    I know scores are banned, but definitely an 8/10 in my book (Sim City being a 4/10).
    Reply +29
  • Editor's blog: We've revised our editorial policy

  • the_sas_man 09/03/2015

    New editorial guidelines, new scoring system, new "best of lists" which act as a score in disguise...

    I love Eurogamer. But lately it's been losing it's way. The fact we are starting to see articles about why there is advertising etc is the death knell.

    The advertising always existed before, but you guys produced great content and it was easy to get along with.

    I can't help but feel it's a softly softly approach to the end of the EG I use to love. Subs will be announced soon i'm sure.

    I have never, in all my life looked at other gaming sites as much as I do now. I'm sorry EG, but you need to re-evaluate your editorial content and work out why there is so much cynicism to your new policies.

    Because the secret is that us fans still love the site... so don't force us out...
    Reply +1
  • How powerful is Nvidia's new 12GB Titan X?

  • the_sas_man 09/03/2015

    Nice - but I just can't think of any real world off the shelf game that will require such huge specs?

    2 x 970 will probably do you just fine for the next 4 years and I suspect cost half as much.
    Reply +20
  • GTA Online Heists update is 4.2GB on Xbox One

  • the_sas_man 09/03/2015

    I have the amazon version pre-ordered Reply 0
  • Editor's blog: So, we do best games lists now

  • the_sas_man 08/03/2015

    So it's kinda like a scoring system for the top 20 games of each console... sort of like a metacritic in disguise? Something that EG didn't want to do... hmmmm

    As it happens I like it, (like I like the scorer!) but unless this is on the main page how do you navigate to it. No point in it sitting as an article all the time?
    Reply +6
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Sony's near-final Project Morpheus

  • the_sas_man 04/03/2015

    Looks amazing... but where does the sound come from?

    People forget how immersive and important sound is, especially on a device like this.

    Does it come through your TV (deal breaker for me), on high quality speaker built into the headset or are they low quality tinny sounds like a poor mans radio?

    Absolutely critical detail.
    Reply +6
  • While we wait, 15 new Grand Theft Auto 5 PC screenshots

  • the_sas_man 01/03/2015

    @null I'm not saying it should be gridlock!

    But look at any analysis (including EG) and they have all said the promises increase in traffic is not really visible.

    GTA4 had this right if you ask me as Times Square was very built up. But in GTAV it feel like whether you are in the countryside or in Downtown it feels quite sparse.

    I'm not saying they should make it realistic - that would be stupid. I'm saying they should make it more heavy like they promised.
    Reply +2
  • the_sas_man 28/02/2015

    I can't wait for this - few more weeks won't hurt and it's lookin stunning.

    For me though the biggest disappointment with the upgraded GTAV has been the lack of traffic that was promised. It still looks a bit sparse in places, and anyone will tell you who has been to LA, the traffic at times can be dire. I really hope this is improved as this will make the experience far more immersive (Downtown vs Hollywood Hills should feel different on the roads).
    Reply +3
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 PC screenshots

  • the_sas_man 28/02/2015

    I can't wait for this - few more weeks won't hurt and it's lookin stunning.

    For me though the biggest disappointment with the upgraded GTAV has been the lack of traffic that was promised. It still looks a big sparse, and anyone will tell you who has been to LA, the traffic at times can be sure. I really hope this is improved as this will make the experience far more immersive (Downtown vs Hollywood Hills should feel different on the roads).
    Reply +1
  • Troll deletes 11-year-old's Destiny characters

  • the_sas_man 23/02/2015

    @Nielzor Yes, I did.

    I'm not having a go at his parents here (how they choose to bring him up is up to them). It could be that his parents bought the game for him (like my parents would for me).

    However, this is an issue of corporate responsibility.

    Bungie should acknowledge this fact rather than stating their policies on reinstating characters. Because in essence they are condoning a young 11 year old playing their games.
    Reply 0
  • the_sas_man 23/02/2015

    @avoidconfusion

    Because as an avid games fan, I don't like my hobby getting blamed for school massacres/shootings when there are advisory ratings in place to protect minors from this sort of stuff.
    Reply +3
  • the_sas_man 23/02/2015

    Destiny is rated T for "Teen".

    This lad is eleven.

    And Bungie has commented on the story without commenting on that element. Its poor, because trust me, the world goes crazy when a kid goes on a rampage having played an 18 rated game.

    It's a sad story I agree, but he shouldn't be playing it anyway.

    "TEEN
    Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language."
    Reply -15
  • Total War: Attila review

  • the_sas_man 20/02/2015

    The irony is that if they keep adding badges it will just become a visual score.

    Personally I think you go big or go home. You scrap all this badge nonsense and let the review do 100% of the talking.

    If you add a badge people will just look at it as a score out of 4... not far off what a lot of sites do with a score out of 5 (which is exactly what EG do not want to do?)
    Reply +5
  • the_sas_man 20/02/2015

    I give it less than 12 months before review scores come back! Reply -6
  • The Order: 1886 review

  • the_sas_man 19/02/2015

    There's a certain irony here that the comments being given a thumbs up by the EG community are referencing the scores of other websites... Reply +1
  • Rich Stanton on: Requiem for a dreamer

  • the_sas_man 14/02/2015

    What an excellent article. Two in a week! Reply +22
  • Just Cause 3's new brand of chaos, and its (asynchronous) multiplayer

  • the_sas_man 13/02/2015

    @porkface Out of interest, can you run an article with photographs of what accommodation they give you.

    We can then name and shame those that throw you in places like a Travelodge.
    Reply +3
  • Cities: Skylines release date revealed

  • the_sas_man 12/02/2015

    @spamdangled haha... How peculiar.

    I too. And you know what's odd?

    When you book media space, for example press ads, you DO get to say in the negotiation if it's possible to run a favourable story. You're mental if you think it doesn't happen, because it does.

    The decision comes down to the editor, and as long as the content is not against the time of the publication and there is space, you'll find your ad runs as well as your story.

    You're living in la la land if you think that advertising space is booked completely separately without leaning on editorial influence.

    When the horse meat scandal hit regarding Tesco, The Sun newspaper had a very very tough time as the spend from Tesco in that paper was huge. They diluted it as much as they could until it was full blown.

    And without mentioning names, I know that another newspaper had their advertising spend completely pulled because the editor did not run a story about a dodgy car insurance brand because the media agency CEO in question had a rough ride with them! The editor caved in and ran the story.

    That shit happens all the time. And I'm quite aware how it all works, and I'm fully aware of your processes. You're right too, most sales teams sit nowhere near the editorial teams. But you are totally naive to think spend does not influence exposure. After over 10 years in the game, it does happen and it happens regularly. I find it sad that you think otherwise. No conspiracy theory - it happens.
    Reply +1
  • the_sas_man 11/02/2015

    @spamdangled You know, I don't actually blame you for thinking that. But there is nothing wrong with taking an open mind to it. Heck, even someone who knows a thing or two about it can probably shed some light.

    1) EG (like any other media outlet) is there to make money. They do not purposefully give extra exposure, but money talks. This is not an EG thing but how advertising works (sadly)

    2) In EG's case they will have a sales guy selling advertising space to media agencies. These media agencies buy space on behalf of their clients. Rightly or wrongly, NEVER underestimate the power that these agencies have. In fact, they can plan and buy media space without even giving their clients a say.

    3) Case in point. Omnicom (a media agency) buys media space from the likes of EG. If they want favourable stories, they WILL get them. In fact, Omnicom is currently preventing clients from spending ANY of their money with Channel 5 because their is a trade agreement with ITV. 30m no less is part of the deal: Source: http://www.mediaweek.co.uk/article/1298458/channel-5-lose-omnicom-makes-30m-advertising-exit

    4) So if a media agency, in control of hundreds of millions of pounds, tells a vendor (in this case EG) that you wi run a nice advertorial for X spend, it WILL happen. It's not an EG thing - it's an advertising thing. It's exactly why some newspapers refuse to run with some stories whilst others go to town with it. Trust me on this - it's how it works.

    So next time you see a story about a game, or politics, or a product... And it just so happens that a newspaper/website/TV AD is covered in advertising, please don't be so naive to think its coincidence. It really isn't.

    This game looks fantastic. And I take NOTHING away from it what so ever. But there is no way EG would run with the story unless they had the takeover page that they bought - if it drives clicks it drives revenue.
    Reply -1
  • the_sas_man 11/02/2015

    @Branoic Agreed.

    But then if you think different to my point then you totally miss the point. When you do marketing deals and buy advertising space, the extra exposure through news stories etc is DEFINITELY discussed in negotiation. You'd be naive to think otherwise.

    Anyway, the point is that this DOES look amazing. And I can't bloody wait as I feel sorely disappointed in Sim City.
    Reply 0
  • the_sas_man 11/02/2015

    Ooooo... a story on the same day their page takeover advertising begins! Reply 0
  • The God who Peter Molyneux forgot

  • the_sas_man 11/02/2015

    Now THAT is investigative journalism.

    Sod all that Destiny crap off - this is the sort of stuff I come to this site for. Brilliant article EG.

    Essential.
    Reply +71