Aretak

Xbox One X's 4K Red Dead Redemption looks sensational

Aretak

1 week ago

The PS3 version should also be playable at this kind of resolution (and above) at some point, as RPCS3 is making nice progress. RDR renders pretty damn well on it already, though the performance is very slow right now. Hopefully the next year or two will see continued progress and most of the PS3's library available to play like this.
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Overwatch, Pokémon dominated Pornhub's most popular game characters of 2017

Aretak

3 months ago

@GarlVinland Personality. Monster face or not, she seems like she'd be way more fun. Kitana is just haughty and boring. I'm surprised that Cassie Cage isn't higher than her.
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Star Ocean 4 is a console game with a PC settings menu

Aretak

5 months ago

The PC version runs really well, but unfortunately the game starts running too fast at framerates above 60fps and they haven't put any sort of framerate limiter in place. It simply runs at whatever your monitor's native refresh rate is, which resulted in a Benny Hill-esque experience when I first booted it up with a 165Hz display. Setting a cap manually using Nvidia Inspector isn't too difficult, but it's something they could do with patching. It's a pity that the game logic is tied to the framerate at all though really, though I suppose it's to be expected from a port of a fairly old Japanese-developed console game.
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Intel Coffee Lake-S: Core i5 8400/ Core i5 8600K review

Aretak

6 months ago

@TallPaul1878 That isn't how MCE works, and indeed it doesn't work at all with locked chips. The 8400's all-core turbo frequency is 3.8GHz. Whether Intel are making this number public or not any more is irrelevant. It was previously leaked and is consistent with how all 8400s perform. It has nothing to do with MCE or Z370, and it will perform identically on the cheaper boards.

MCE simply turns the single core turbo frequency into the all-core turbo frequency. If MCE affected the 8400 it'd be running at 4GHz on all cores, but it doesn't. Turning MCE on or off in the BIOS has zero effect on its performance profile, which has been confirmed by many reviewers and end users at this point. Intel have put a stop to any kind of overclocking of locked chips, even via forcing turbo multipliers with MCE.

The only limitation imposed on it by lower end boards will be 2666MHz RAM, which DF have covered in this article. Other than that, its performance is what it is and won't change for better or worse. Intel's needless obfuscation is of course primarily to blame for the confusion, but plenty of people have the 8400 in hand at this point (it was readily available even the day after launch, despite being all gone now) and facts aren't hard to come by. Anything else is wishful thinking.
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It looks like Capcom's fixed Chun-Li's face in Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite

Aretak

8 months ago

@BCrowe They're still waiting for Tameem to come in so that they can make a 3D model of his face.
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Shenmue 3 now has a publisher

Aretak

8 months ago

Can't wait for Deep Silver's classy marketing to leave me crying like a Shenmue fan on prom night.
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AMD Ryzen 5 1600/1600X vs Core i5 7600K review

Aretak

9 months ago

@Der_tolle_Emil There are no issues with video encoders. There's a very specific issue with compiling, but a workaround has already been found by the FreeBSD team. It also never caused any kind of system crash, but rather segfaults within the compiler itself. It's also not something that's universal to all systems, as not everybody has been able to replicate the issue, so there's currently confusion as to exactly what combination of factors is causing it.

In any case, it's something that won't ever affect you unless you're regularly running multiple large compiles. The behaviour hasn't been observed under any other load (or in Windows to date, but that may be because people don't generally use Windows for this specific task).
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Tekken 7 pre-order bonus Eliza now standalone DLC

Aretak

9 months ago

@Big-Boss It was only from select retailers. I pre-ordered a digital copy from CDKeys and didn't get her either, but then I could buy her several times over with the money I saved by doing so.
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The Steam Summer Sale 2017 begins tomorrow

Aretak

10 months ago

@tialt It was working last night, as I topped up my Steam wallet using it when I saw it on HUKD. Perhaps it had a limited number of redemptions, or people were abusing it.
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Mass Effect Andromeda fans excited by new hint at quarian DLC

Aretak

11 months ago

@KinkyBoot You'd be surprised. There's a large effort underway from the Bioware faithful to rewrite history around Andromeda and Bioware Montreal. It's actually a fantastic game that was unfairly treated by a biased press, and it's also business as usual at the studio. The despicable fake news around them being all-but-axed was actually just standard post-launch downsizing, and they'll be hiring again for the sequel, which is still coming (after the multiple DLC packs that they're currently working on for Andromeda).

And I'm definetly not a delusional fanboy, so you can't accuse me of being one because I already said that I'm not. So there.
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G2A responds to Gearbox's withdrawal and TotalBiscuit's demands

Aretak

1 year ago

Gearbox are shady as fuck themselves, so it seems like a match made in heaven to me.
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Blizzard explains surprise enemy gear-scaling in World of Warcraft as community fumes

Aretak

1 year ago

It's almost as if they're trying to pad out a paltry amount of content or something...
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Fans have noticed something odd about Lego City Undercover on Switch

Aretak

1 year ago

@LFace Clearly the former. The game is out in less than a week in America, so the carts have already been manufactured and it would be impossible to make such a change at this stage (without delaying the game and huge expense).
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Nintendo: Super Mario Run sales "did not meet our expectations"

Aretak

1 year ago

@fede01_8 Good games, rather than a bog-standard runner that'd cost 99p without the Mario skin.
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Fan project to get Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on PC shows remarkable progress

Aretak

1 year ago

@Cappy This isn't a port, despite the bizarre wording of this article. It's a Wii U emulator, which also runs other Wii U games. It's long been established that emulators are perfectly legal (dating back to Sony's failed efforts to sue Bleem around the turn of the century), therefore there's nothing that Nintendo can do about it.
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Mass Effect: Andromeda review

Aretak

1 year ago

@Nodka EA made the decision about which team would work on the game. The majority of Bioware's output under their ownership has been complete garbage (they get no credit for Dragon Age: Origins, which had been in development for years before they acquired Bioware). The talent behind the studio left on their watch, arguably because of their policies. Your defence doesn't wash. The buck stops with EA.
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Aretak

1 year ago

Unsurprising. Most of the talent that worked on their best games is long gone and "Bioware" is just a name at this point. Another successful EA acquisition!
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Wii emulator so accurate you can buy games from the Wii Shop Channel

Aretak

1 year ago

@Diji1 That's a broad and extremely inaccurate statement. Most pre-PS3/360 consoles are now emulated to the point that you can play any game perfectly. There are a few troublesome outliers, such as the Saturn and original Xbox, but for the most part you can play anything you like just as well as (and often better than) on the original hardware.
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Mass Effect Andromeda's early access trial is getting a mixed response

Aretak

1 year ago

The combat is a marked step back from Mass Effect 3. It feels incredibly floaty and lacking in impact by comparison, which is a real shame given that the multiplayer was the one thing I was really looking forward to (as somebody who still plays ME3's multiplayer to this day). The jetpacks and focus on more vertical maps do absolutely nothing to enhance the experience. Dragon Age didn't need a jump button and neither does Mass Effect.
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Mass Effect Andromeda: the first five hours

Aretak

1 year ago

@JackieMortes I can't agree with any of that when it comes to Dragon Age: Inquisition. The story is incredibly badly-paced in that game, regularly forcing you into boring, MMO-esque side quests in order to gather the 'Power' required to unlock the next story mission. The story itself is also rather bland and forgettable (with a wet fart of an ending), but that's another matter. And whilst it's subjective, I hated pretty much every character in that game. In fact, the only tolerable ones were holdovers from previous games, such as Varric and Morrigan.

Of course, none of this means that Andromeda will necessarily be a bad game, but everything I've seen so far makes it looking worryingly similar to Inquisition. It's no secret that Bioware have shed a lot of their top talent over the past five years or so either. The studio of today is really only related to the one that made the first two Mass Effect games in name only. The actual personnel has changed massively.
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Zelda: Breath of the Wild already up and running on PC

Aretak

1 year ago

@albertino Cemu doesn't require a Wii U BIOS, so there's no need to own the console. The same goes for most newer emulators like Dolphin. Some older ones based on plugin architectures like PCSX2 do still require a BIOS image though.
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Aretak

1 year ago

@BakedZiti There's nothing Nintendo can do about it. Emulators are legal. This was established more than fifteen years ago when Sony tried to sue Bleem over their PS1 emulator and lost on all counts (though they still forced Bleem out of business in the process through legal fees).
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WoW Tokens can now be traded for Battle.net Balance, spendable in other Blizzard games

Aretak

1 year ago

@Milouse This has been known about since Blizzcon last year. Whilst the exact date was never given, people have known this was coming for months. The back end functionality was added to the PTR (and subsequently datamined) in November.
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Mass Effect official Twitter inadvertently highlights face "bug"

Aretak

1 year ago

Bioware games have never been very good when it comes to animations, facial or otherwise. Even in Dragon Age: Inquisition the animations are really robotic and unnatural. Compared to something like The Witcher 3, which does a great job in adding in things like little incidental expressions and facial tics (because real people don't sit there motionless when they're not speaking, waiting patiently for their turn to animate next), it's real rough.
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DoomRL roguelike attracts eye of Zenimax, may be shut down

Aretak

1 year ago

@carmagainagain You think that Zenimax's lawyers executed a cunning secret plan to help this guy's Kickstarter?

Are you interested in buying a bridge?
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Mass Effect Andromeda developers reassure fans after trailer sparks animation concerns

Aretak

1 year ago

@TimmishMcgraw You really must have.

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Final Fantasy 15 worldwide launch makes it series' fastest-selling game

Aretak

1 year ago

@kutsurogu Unsurprising that it's "shipped" rather than "sold". From what I've read elsewhere, its initial sales in Japan are way down on what XIII sold in the same time period.
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Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer has links to campaign

Aretak

1 year ago

I understand the concerns, but Mass Effect 3's multiplayer was amazing and the only part of the game I ended up liking. I'm still playing it more than four years later (and so are plenty of others, judging by how easy it is to find a game, at least on PC). I've spent over 2000 hours playing it according to ME3 HQ, with over 3000 completed matches.

If Andromeda's multiplayer is similar in form, I'll buy the game just for that.
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Sharing Watch Dogs 2 genitalia got someone banned from PSN

Aretak

1 year ago

@dwalker109 The laughable overreaction to a cartoon vagina is the only sign that games and gamers are as immature as ever. The fact that this is "news" to the point that a patch is being issued to censor it is embarrassing.
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PlayStation wants you to name its new bear

Aretak

1 year ago

Pedobear.

Because he likes to count his steps.
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Final Fantasy 15 to have 1080p60 mode for PS4 Pro

Aretak

1 year ago

@Sheikah Because whilst the PS4 Pro has a lot of extra power compared to the base PS4, it's still a middling GPU at its heart. An underclocked RX 480, and there are certainly plenty of games on PC which even an overclocked RX 480 can't manage a locked 1080/60 in, paired with a much more powerful CPU than that of the Pro.

Of course, Final Fantasy XV may be a lot less demanding than those games. We'll just have to wait and see how close they get to a locked 60fps.
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Mass Effect Andromeda trailer reveals new alien baddie

Aretak

1 year ago

@EMarkM That's pretty standard for Bioware games really.



*vomits*
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Turtle Rock leaves Evolve behind, won't have time to do F2P on console

Aretak

2 years ago

@Smash41 Except it's not the developers who make these calls, it's the publishers. Direct your anger at 2K.

This article also really doesn't make it clear that this is again a 2K call. Turtle Rock wanted to carry on working on the game, but 2K terminated their contract. They literally can't do any more work on it, because 2K own the IP.
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No Man's Sky subreddit shut down, community erupts

Aretak

2 years ago

The people defending this idiot might actually want to do a little research, such as looking at his posts since it happened. He's basically a troll and has been called out by moderators of other large subreddits as being such. Whatever your opinion on No Man's Sky or criticism of it, this action is indefensible and will no doubt be undone by Reddit's admins (one of whom has already hinted at such).
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Lost Odyssey receives Xbox One backward compatibility today

Aretak

2 years ago

@RustyBullet It actually came on four discs. The UK box was a bit rubbish, with the fourth disc coming inside a loose white paper sleeve inside the box. The Asian copy I imported back when it came out had a larger box for all four discs (as well as much nicer box art).

I know some people don't rate the game at all, but it's one of my favourite JRPGs. Looking back, it was basically the swansong for that style of big budget, traditional turn-based JRPG on home consoles too, sadly.
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FIFA 17: How the Frostbite engine improves visuals

Aretak

2 years ago

I really dislike how games using Frostbite look. They always have washed out, blurry appearance to them, with as many post-processing effects as possible shoved on-screen at the same time (with excessively large amounts of bloom and depth of field effects). You can spot a game using it from a mile off.
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Florence + the Machine made some Final Fantasy 15 songs

Aretak

2 years ago

@Ace-Reject There was nothing wrong with My Hands. It fit with the game as well as any of the other cheesy vocal ballads that've been in Final Fantasy games. If it'd been done by a relatively unknown artist, nobody would have minded it.
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Telltale's Batman is getting slammed by Steam reviews over buggy PC port

Aretak

2 years ago

The "funny" thing is that Arkham Knight actually runs really well now. We're talking 100fps+ maxed out (minus the two PhysX options) even on a GTX 970 or R9 390. It's actually a better port than the previous two Arkham games at this point. Of course, nobody really cared by the time they got around to fixing it, and it doesn't in any way excuse the state it launched in. But certainly if you can pick it up cheap (I got the version with all the DLC for £11), it's by far the best version of the game now.
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Steam game's £27 DLC is a PDF certificate

Aretak

2 years ago

All seems fair enough if it's up front and explicit about what you're getting for your money. If people want to buy it, that's up to them.
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Watch: We tried VR Porn at E3

Aretak

2 years ago

@Baban_Iesu It's $current_year$ mate. If you're not in an open relationship and sitting there with a buttplug in right now, you're definetly a prude.
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 review

Aretak

2 years ago

OcUK accidentally put their 1070 pages up earlier and it seems like the UK prices are going to be a lot higher than mentioned here. In fact, it's barely cheaper than a 980 Ti, with the very cheapest model being just under £400 and better models pushing £450. For those sort of prices they can bugger off.
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Footage leaks of canned PSP game The Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion

Aretak

2 years ago

All three videos taken down by ZeniMax copyright claims already. Ridiculous.
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Those annoying Windows 10 upgrade notifications will finally go away for good

Aretak

2 years ago

They seem to be moving on to rather more sinister measures in order to "encourage" people to upgrade from Windows 7.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2016/05/04/microsoft-warns-windows-7-boot-up-problem/
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Amazon marks GTA5, FIFA 16, Minecraft and more as "exclusively for Prime members"

Aretak

2 years ago

@Rayza Gosh, it's almost like everybody else in the world isn't you or something, and perhaps don't buy enough from Amazon to make paying £80 for delivery worth it.
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How PlayStation 4K Neo and the original PS4 will co-exist

Aretak

2 years ago

@doplerradar Most indie games already come out on PC, where devs have to target a wide range of hardware. It shouldn't be too much of a stretch to make it run on two different PS4 graphics cards (since the CPU is the same), especially when they're both AMD chips using a similar architecture.
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Final Fantasy 15 Ultimate Collector's Edition eBay scalpers criticised

Aretak

2 years ago

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You have to level up a new World of Warcraft character to get the next Hearthstone hero

Aretak

2 years ago

It only takes a few hours to reach 20 these days, and as noted it's totally free. Not a big deal. WoW players had to win a few games of Hearthstone to get a mount back when the latter launched, so it's not the first time the two have been tied together this way either.
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WildStar studio Carbine sheds nearly half of its workforce - report

Aretak

2 years ago

@KanevilPS_ No, not at all. The entire point of WildStar was to offer something different to WoW, or more accurately something similar to what WoW used to be. They went after the audience who consider modern WoW to be too dumbed-down and casual. As it turned out, the number of people who missed things like raid attunements was a lot smaller than they anticipated. The game's most recent raid has been completed by less than 500 people.
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It sounds like Gears of War 4 will come to PC

Aretak

2 years ago

@rufflow That's just not in line with reality, frankly. There hasn't been any noticable rise in games coming to PC since Denuvo became a thing. Certainly not in games using it. It's pretty much been limited to big releases from major publishers, which were always coming to PC anyway. From what I've read, it's simply too expensive for smaller outfits to afford.

As for Microsoft, their sudden interest has nothing to do with piracy and everything to do with the struggles of the Xbone and their desire to get people to switch to Windows 10.
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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition released on Windows 10

Aretak

2 years ago

So why the bloody hell this is the only option for a massive AAA game like this is just beyond reason.

Two reasons. The first being that Microsoft are desperate to get people onto Windows 10, and these games are bait. Containing them in their own little walled garden means that there's no possibility of them ever being modded to run on older versions of Windows, like Halo 2 Vista was back in the day. Secondly, they want control over PC gaming and to turn it into a more console-like experience that they can make money for nothing from. Games for Windows Live was their first attempt, trying to introduce subscription fees for online play and dumb interfaces designed to be navigated with a controller.

This is the second offensive. Hence, no Steam or any other kind of release for these games. Gabe Newell called it back at Windows 8's release that creating this kind of closed ecosystem was Microsoft's ultimate goal, and he's been proved correct.

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/07/steams-newell-windows-8-catastrophe-driving-valve-to-embrace-linux/
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