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The new Vive Pro Starter Kit is only £1048

BOFH_UK

3 weeks ago

And this is a prime example why I'm sick and tired of the tech press in general these days... Surely the headline here should be that the Vive starter kit has dropped in price? After all the Vive is still the mainstream consumer offering and the one I'd probably recommend as someone's entry point to VR if they wanted to buy today. The Vive Pro is a niche product and priced accordingly. Yeah it has a better screen and some nice quality of life changes but it's really not the Vive 2. More for those that... well, that use headsets outside the home environment and where the relatively minor improvements are well worth the expense.
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Burnout Paradise Remastered review - driving perfection

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1 month ago

Hmm.... I'm a big fan of the game and have sunk far too many hours into it over the years but was a bit disappointed when I fired up the EA Access trial. The core gameplay is as good as ever and all the DLC being included is a nice touch but the port itself is really bare bones. Sure it looks fairly crisp running at 4k but there's no disguising this is basically a ten year old game.

It's especially painful after playing a fair chunk of Crackdown on the XB1X last week. That actually feels like a bit of a graphical improvement and it's effectively a free patch. Which, really, is the big problem with this as £40 seems like a ridiculous figure for what's on offer.

Doesn't help that Xbox is home to what I guess is, in many ways, the spiritual successors to Paradise in the shape of the Forza Horizon series. After hurtling around southern Europe and Australia with (almost) complete freedom Paradise feels a little restrictive in comparison.
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Crackdown on Xbox One X makes a classic game even better

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2 months ago

It's been a hell of a long time since I played this but couldn't resist picking it up from CES. I'd forgotten just how good a sandbox game this is, in fact it might just be the best at nailing the true 'go anywhere, do anything' type of game. Nothing stopping you from going straight to the three kingpins if that's what you want to do (other than almost certain death), multiple ways to approach targets, a movement system that still feels top drawer a decade later and... kinda awful driving but what else is new?

The X version really is impressive too, no way a title this old should look this good. While that speaks well of the art style I think it does benefit from modern displays as well for both lighting and the general high contrast design. Must see about trying it on an OLED at some point. Something I wasn't expecting to be so good was the sound, the X chucking out an Atmos feed is properly immersive with those damn 'I'm here' orb chimes taunting you from every bloody angle.

I remain convinced that Microsoft are using the X as a testbed for the next full platform revision. If that's the case I really can't wait to see what this sort of tech can do with yet more hardware grunt (especially improved CPU) behind it. Top stuff and they deserve a lot more credit than they get for moving the console arena more towards a true multi-generation platform.
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Jelly Deals: EA titles feature heavily in this week's Xbox Deals with Gold

BOFH_UK

2 months ago

@Pierre2k To be honest if you think you're likely to be interested in more than one EA game on XB1 you're probably much better off with Origin. Annual sub costs around £20 and includes pretty much everything they release usually less than a year after launch. Plus a 10 hour 'trial' (i.e. time limited full version) of new games as soon as they're released.
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Sony unveils new "five adventure" PS4 Pro bundle, just as Xbox One X arrives

BOFH_UK

6 months ago

Uh... is it just me or is that not a particularly great deal? Looking on Amazon the games separately would run around £145 so, yes, you save £45. But it's really only GT Sport that's breaking the budget and you're dropping out Fifa18 to add it. Think at this point you're far better off waiting a couple of weeks for Black Friday and see if there are any deals to be had.
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Amazon UK customers furious as Xbox One X pre-orders fail to arrive

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6 months ago

Just to add a positive story, ordered a Scorpio edition from Amazon back when preorders first went live and it came around 10:00 this morning. Oddly arrived in the hands of the Royal Mail which is a bit unusual for Amazon. Not complaining mind, vastly preferable to the theiving sods at Hermes and Yodel.

That said it’s really not acceptable for Amazon (or anyone else for that matter) to be having these sorts of issues. Items were ordered months ago so there really is no excuse provided MS supplied what they said they would.
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More than half of Destiny 2's console sales were digital downloads

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6 months ago

@Beelzehbub Where practical I much prefer going digital for a couple of reasons:

1) On Xbox digital basically gives you two licences. One can be permanently assigned to your 'home' xbox, the other installed and run based on your Live account. This can be extremely handy in the same way that, say, Netflix allowing multiple simultaneous logins can be.

2) Convenience. This isn't just about having to change discs but also storage. Between Blu-ray, UHD, games and the occasional CD any reduction in space requirements can only be a good thing.

3) Choice. From experience I'm far more likely to play a game on the spur of the moment browsing my library on the console than going through discs on a shelf. God knows why but there's something more... appealing I guess. Maybe it's that instant gratification hit kicking in, who knows.

4) Ultimately I very rarely sell on my games these days. That only really happens if and when I find myself cashing out of a particular system. With Xbox seemingly becoming a proper platform at last those days may well be behind us.
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The sad, slow death of Lego Dimensions

BOFH_UK

6 months ago

It's a real shame if that's it for Dimensions as it was a great concept with a pretty good game at its core. That being said firmly believe that a big part of the problem was the choice of extra content. Year 1 had a ton of huge names such as Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Portal 2 and Jurassic World. Unfortunately Year 2 definitely felt like a step down with the focus on more adult-friendly nostalgia fare limiting the appeal.

The big problem though was the story packs. Out of the three sets they released both the 2016 Ghostbusters and Fantastic Beasts were attached to underperforming properties that just didn't find much of an audience. The Lego Batman Movie was a better stab but came a bit too late to keep any sort of buzz around the title.

There were some weird missed opportunities as well. With DC so firmly connected to Dimensions I always found it odd they didn't produce a CW story pack as most of the figures would have shared at least some similarity to existing Lego DC characters. The lack of Marvel and Star Wars was a huge shame and producing a Futurama themed follow-on from the Simpsons packs seemed like a no-brainer. Lego Minecraft being left so late in the run was odd as it's a very popular theme in the regular Lego range. Same with some of the older themes that Lego no longer produce, a Blacktron set could have looked fantastic in-game or maybe revisit something like the Avatar franchise.
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Watch: Digital Foundry's Rich and John on Xbox One X and the future of consoles

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7 months ago

@Tiny_Kaiju I still have a suspicion that the Pro was originally intended as the VR machine but Sony underestimated what they could pull out of the base hardware. Would explain why it's that odd halfway house between FullHD and 4K.

As for a move to more iterative hardware I'm absolutely fine with that *provided* that it's matched by backwards compatibility. MS are just about there now and I'd expect any game you buy now to continue to work on the Xbox platform going forward (at least for the foreseeable future). Getting a true generational leap is getting harder now the low hanging fruit has been picked and consoles need to be able to keep up with the rest of the world in display tech, wireless connectivity, storage and so on.
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Project Cars 2 review

BOFH_UK

7 months ago

"Some of these are known issues, and I've no doubt many of them will be addressed in the coming weeks or months". I'm sorry but this ain't good enough and I'm not just talking about the developers here. I'm sick and tired of reviews excusing this sort of thing with a 'oh it'll be patched later' attitude. Doesn't matter if it's a small independent company or the biggest of famous name studios, if a game is broken then that should be front and centre in any review. Doubly so when the reviewer says of the first game "it was hard to shake the feeling in the months after its initial release that it wasn't quite complete." so what on earth is this optimism based on?

As it happens I've actually pre-ordered PC2 though not (thankfully) for the career mode. The first game on a steering wheel rig was a superb VR experience and all the previews for PC2 pointed to the performance being more in-line with what you'd get on a normal monitor. Think I may hang on for a patch or two before starting playing though in case I need to go for the less than 2 hour refund option.
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Star Wars: Battlefront Season Pass currently free on PS4 and Xbox One

BOFH_UK

7 months ago

Worth mentioning that Battlefront is available via EA Access on the Xbox so, in theory at least, this should make everything bar the 5 exclusive bits of digital tat from Deluxe edition available if you have an Access sub.
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Microsoft discontinued the original Xbox One after the S launched

BOFH_UK

8 months ago

Okay, I give in, what's the point of this article? From what I can see it's just an opportunity to bash Microsoft, continue to peddle the 'no games' nonsense and generally try to serve the warmed-up leftovers of talking points from the 2014 - 2017 fanboy wars as a fresh tasty dish.
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Project Cars 2 sets new standards for the racing genre

BOFH_UK

8 months ago

Well it's good to see Eurogamer have taken the lessons learned and highlighted less than a week ago to heart and are resisting the temptation to hype up a game prior to release....

PC1 remains a rather frustrating title (in my opinion of course) that only really comes alive when played with a wheel and pedal setup. Physics are occasionally a tad suspect, especially with open wheel cars, and the AI is, frankly, a right royal pain and not for the right reasons. I'm still in two minds over the track and car offerings. On the one hand it's great to see some of the older, smaller and often overlooked tracks get rolled out. On the other you can't help feeling there's an element of licencing in play here and Cadwell Park might not have made it had Monaco been cheaper. Same thing with the car list that spans a wide range and has some great relatively obscure offerings (Ginetta Junior racing f'instance) but the limited range of manufacturers leaves some odd holes. As much as I love throwing a Mclaren F1 around it'd be that much better with F50's and XJ220's to battle.

As for PC2 I'm really only interested in it if they get VR support right this time. The first game shows a tantalizing glimpse of how good it could be if only they could improve performance. Initial previews seem encouraging so fingers crossed on that front.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds players debate aim assist after dev mentions prospect of cross-platform play

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10 months ago

I do wonder what the results would be if you did a 'blind taste test' on this. How many players would correctly identify auto-aim versus skill for both good shots and bad? Sneaking suspicion that you'd end up finding the actual impact of the tech is minimal but, of course, perception is king.
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Nintendo confirms SNES mini, including never-released Starfox 2

BOFH_UK

10 months ago

@doyl Probably because whichever firm they're using to do the actual manufacturing needs a commitment of x units up front, especially at that time of year when everyone's gearing up for Christmas. Or, probably more likely, because they're Nintendo and have proven to be spectacularly bad in recent years at meeting demand for... pretty much everything actually.
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The big interview: Xbox boss Phil Spencer

BOFH_UK

11 months ago

"You know, the kind of announcement that gets early adopters fumbling over themselves to pre-order?"

Sorry but I'm so sick of this narrative being bandied about everywhere and genuinely believe it's flat out wrong in this case. Couple of reasons:

1) During this generation exclusives are becoming less and less important. They're certainly still a factor but unless you're looking at a Nintendo device they'll likely be vastly outnumbered by high quality cross-platform titles.

2) This isn't a new console. It's far more analogous to a new graphics card launch (albeit with more of an impact thanks to a full system revamp) and performance across the board will be far more important than a couple of games to 'sell' the system. The attraction (well, the main one not the only one) is for people who have good quality 4K displays and want to feed them with the best quality material possible without spending the £lots that a high end 4k gaming PC will cost. Why's that so hard to grasp?
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Surprise! Nintendo announces New 2DS XL handheld

BOFH_UK

1 year ago

"There's no UK price as yet (Nintendo does not set hardware prices in the region), although as a guideline it will sell in the US for $149, which is about £115."

ARGH! Come on EG, you really need to start getting this right. The US price is $149 PLUS LOCAL TAX. If you're working out the UK price on a straight currency conversion it's either "£115 + VAT" or just save everyone a lot of effort and add it on as it'll be in the ticket price anyway. So retail price of $149 + tax or around £138 in the UK.
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Ultra Street Fighter 2 on Nintendo Switch costs £35

BOFH_UK

1 year ago

So, uh, I have a request to make of our EG overlords. Whenever you're doing a piece that in any way compares US to UK prices could you maybe have a standard bit of boilerplate to drop in that reminds readers the US price does not include sales tax and to do a comparison you need to take 20% (current VAT rate) off the UK price? Seems like every damn time this sort of thing comes along we get the same faff as people aren't aware of this and start complaining about 'rip off Britain' or a variation.
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LG OLED B6 4K TV review

BOFH_UK

1 year ago

"the new price vs performance king" - oh come on, as nice as OLED is when considering a 4k gaming screen this is quite clearly nonsense. The articles itself even highlights a number of issues that'd hit the vast majority of gaming in 2017 which aren't an issue for screens costing half the price. Dodgy colour accuracy in SDR mode is a major problem and, frankly, inexcusable in a set costing this much.

If you want an OLED set then yes, this represents really good value for money but it gets its backside kicked by the current prices on led sets like the Samsung ks7000 at around £900.
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Forza Motorsport on Scorpio: the full story

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1 year ago

@Fourfoldroot What makes you think there's going to be a next generation? With consoles now running PC hardware there's no need to have new platforms introduced every five to ten years. Might just be me but I wouldn't be at all surprised if both XB and PS are now platforms in their own right and new hardware just brings more power to the table the same way that PC's do. After all it's not as if new hardware is likely to radically change what can be done with gaming like we saw in previous generational changes. Have two models at a time, introduce a new hardware upgrade every four years or so depending on what's around and what's changing in the wider tech world, retire the older model and keep things rolling.

Better for gamers as you don't break compatibility with your existing library *and* get to keep up with developments in other tech such as 4K HDR if you want to. Better for MS and Sony as they don't need to engineer an entirely new architecture every few years. Better for devs as they can build on existing knowledge rather than learning an entirely new platform. And very few real downsides until / unless a better option on hardware comes along which isn't looking likely any time soon.
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Oculus Rift price cut

BOFH_UK

1 year ago

@Agente_Silva I've never understood this insistence that VR has to provide the same gaming experience as more traditional titles to be 'worthwhile' or even mainstream. I'd much rather have VR provide something *different*, something new that offers an experience you can't get in a normal setup. Traditional games ain't going anywhere but there's more than enough room in the market for VR to sit alongside them.
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Switch Joy-Cons tested: are there really de-sync issues?

BOFH_UK

1 year ago

"we had few issues once the limitations of the system were known." So I have to ask does this mean you had few issues once testing was done or few issues once you'd adjusted to work around the limitations of the system?

If it's the second one (and looking at what can cause problems) I'm not at all sure this is acceptable. Two to three meter range before obstructing the left Joy-Con causes issues is likely to cause problems in a lot of people's rigs, especially with the increasingly popular 'clean' installs with a TV on the wall and a cabinet for all the devices off to one side. Anything where the console isn't straight ahead when docked is surely more likely to increase the chances of something blocking the signal?
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Microsoft announces EA Access-style Xbox Game Pass subscription

BOFH_UK

1 year ago

Gotta say I think this isn't necessarily aimed at the XB1. This feels VERY much like a service for XB2 as a way to give newcomers to the platform a big slice of gaming for little money and to advertise its status as a platform rather than standalone generation.
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Microsoft brings forward E3 2017 Xbox press conference

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1 year ago

@captain-T-dawg Honestly, I think the concept of console generations the way you're describing them are very much over. Hell, in reality the XB1 and PS4 were basically iterative versions. When you look back on previous generations there was always a huge technical jump that made new game types present. 8 to 16Bit, 2D to 3D, the first proper HD consoles having enough memory and storage to let open worlds work properly.... We're just not going to see that again now that hardware is mature. Yeah, frame rates and resolutions can improve but there's very little about the XB1/PS4 era hardware that constrains gameplay. The hardware is now, basically, PC parts and the focus shifts to doing away with the sillier elements of console ownership like locking entire generations of games to a specific hardware platform.
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Darkseid is an Injustice 2 pre-order incentive

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1 year ago

@adornedatom Because it's a cheap move to encourage those who want the 'bonus' to put down their money with little to no advanced knowledge of if it's any good or not?

Because it's not a bonus at all but a character removed from the game that will, inevitably, be sold as an add-on later down the road? Doubly so in this case as Darkseid is hardly a deep cut character in DC lore but one of their primary villains?

Because it shows a complete lack of trust in both the customer and the product from the publisher?

Because we've seen over and over that buying a modern game on day one is at best a 50/50 crap shoot as to whether it'll even work?

Because it sends a clear signal that the game is going to try and milk customers for all they're worth and you'd likely be better off waiting for the inevitable game of the year edition?

Take your pick, there's a dozen more solid reasons for disliking the practice and that's just off the top of my head.
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VR may not have made much money, but it's already revitalising games

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1 year ago

I'm constantly amazed at just how short an attention span the tech world in general has these days. Full blown VR has been on the market less than a year at this point yet people are already looking to write it off and move on. Any new tech - especially one that needs new ways of approaching software - is going to take time to develop and find a market. Yet it seems that if something doesn't immediately arrive with a slew of titles and perfect hardware then it's DOA. And if there isn't a huge, mind-blowing new version 12 months later then there's no innovation and the tech is in a dead end and doomed.

All very frustrating, especially as the worst offenders seem to be the tech websites most of the time. Hardly surprising their readership takes their lead really. VR is clearly going to take a while to go mainstream. Price of headsets needs to drop, ideally they need to go wireless and hardware capable of providing solid experiences needs to get cheaper. PSVR is a good first step but one that's compromised by older tech (primarily the PS Camera). Ultimately the dedicated headsets at the top end and phone holders at the low will start moving together and things will go forward from there. VR is always going to be a slow burn as it really needs a hands-on (heads-on?) to figure out what it can offer.
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The only problem with Blizzard Mountain is how good Forza Horizon 3 was in the first place

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1 year ago

@SonicUk There's a real mix in the game so tarmac roads, ice lakes, powder snow, compacted snow and slush all feature and patches of ice are frequently found on the racing line.

Regarding cost I'd probably say look into the expansion pass. Gives you this and an unannounced second DLC for a reasonable discount. Normally I'd never advise buying sight unseen but I don't think there's been a bad bit of DLC for the Horizon series on XB1 yet...
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The Last Guardian review

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1 year ago

"The lengthy campaign's final third is a little drawn out and sees a sudden over-reliance on combat that threatens to bring the frame-rate, which is never that great at the best of times, down to single figures."

I'm sorry but.... what? How is this in any way acceptable in a 2016 title let alone one being given an essential award? Yes, framerate dips are a part of life and for the most part I don't really care about 'em but single figures is surely game-breakingly bad?

Can't help but think this is going to be a hugely marmite game. Reviewer seems to have forgiven a lot for what they were reading into that relationship. Suspect many would have put twenty minutes of faffing around down to infuriating bad systems. Don't get me wrong, glad to see a big game take a chance like this but I'd suggest checking out multiple reviews to see if it really appeals.
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Samsung KS7000 4K TV review

BOFH_UK

1 year ago

@agent55 Sorry but OLED is in no way mainstream, at least not yet. The cheapest 2016 55" set is still around £2k and that's come down from around £3k at launch. The equivalent Samsung is almost half the cost at around £1,050 and even then that's hardly a mainstream price. For the time being OLED is still very much an enthusiast product and LG's sets still have a number of issues not least of which is no game mode for HDR content.

Will OLED become mainstream? In some way, shape or form probably yes. But not for several years and in the meantime LED sets are offering superb performance for most users at much cheaper prices.
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Xbox 360 games are getting Xbox One boxes

BOFH_UK

1 year ago

@Manny2000 Sorry but as someone who's been gaming since around 1982 this is just... wrong. If you want you could quite happily buy, say, an XB1 (currently under £200) and for about £50 a year have four new games a month via Gold sub and all of the EA titles via Access which is ridiculous value for money. Or go for a PC, pick and choose when you buy and there's a vast library of indie and AAA titles for just a couple of quid.

If you're only focused on new releases you've got to remember to factor in inflation. Take the main Halo games for example (sorry for $ prices, much easier to find than £). Halo cost $50 on release in 2001, Halo 5 cost $60 in 2015. Factor in inflation and Halo cost the equivalent of $75 in 2015. Go further back into the cartridge era and you'd be shocked at the equivalent pricing. A copy of Sonic 2, for instance, would be around $85 in today's money and Goldenye 007 on N64 north of $100.

Gaming has never been in a stronger position. Regardless of whether you're talking phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, dedicated consoles or handheld devices there's a ridiculously diverse ecosystem of quality games out there at prices that'd make gamers in the 1980's and 90's weep. Better yet we seem to finally be coming out of the console generation mentality and moving towards PC-like platforms so games you buy today will be playable (likely with better performance / graphics) on new hardware for years to come.
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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro review

BOFH_UK

1 year ago

No benefits to non-patched PS4 games seems like a wasted opportunity. So many titles this gen work on reactive engines I find it hard to believe that more power couldn't bring benefits and avoid any issues especially as this is effectively what the XB1 S managed (albeit smaller scale).

As for the device itself I'm kinda in two minds about this one. On the one hand it's nice to see consoles getting away from the rigid life cycle model and becoming more of a platform. Beneficial for customers in the long run and means they can keep up with changing technology. On the other I can't help feeling it's not a big enough jump. If you assume another three years before the next hardware revision (which feels about right) the CPU and memory limitations on the PS4Pro might be getting a tad painful by then.

Also still can't quite believe Sony didn't chuck a UHD BluRay drive in this thing. Seems like a huge missed opportunity, especially as this is currently targeting early tech adopters who might be open to trying the format.
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Titanfall 2 review

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

Wasn't going to pick this up just yet but what the hell. Loved the first one, in fact about the only on-line game I've played for the last decade or so. Really wish they hadn't taken out the Smart Pistol as a standard loadout though, was a unique way to play especially for us old timers where the reflexes can't always keep up with these whippersnappers.

Fair play on the single player too, I'd much rather a shorter campaign that gives you a memorable experience than a padded out double digits 'experience' that overstays its welcome. Again, looking forward to giving it a whirl.
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BOFH_UK

2 years ago

@bigfriendlygamer Suspect the on foot scenes may be a *tad* vomit-inducing in VR....
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Thank you, Rocksteady, for doing Batman justice

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

For me one of the best decisions taken on the Arkham series was the voice cast. Using Conroy and Hamill was a stroke of genius as for many fans they're the 'true' voices of the characters (and getting what was effectively a version of Animated Series Joker freed from the constraints of a kid-friendly show was simply glorious). Everyone around them was sensational too and I don't think it's a coincidence that the weakest story of the three main games (this is a Rocksteady article after all so Oranges doesn't count) is the one not written by Paul Dini.

Of the three I'd probably go for City as my favourite. It's not quite as tight as Asylum but the gliding / grapple mechanics more than make up for it. That said all three were great and I think I'm right in saying they're the only campaigns I've played through again in the last decade or so.
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Sony plays down PS4 Pro's lack of 4K Blu-ray disc support

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

"There's no doubting the slow pace of uptake so far for physical 4K media players" - Umm, yeah there is. Latest figures showed 228,000 disc sales in the US during first three months compared to 57,000 units for BluRay in the same three months of its introduction. There's only a handful of players available too so I'd say it's gotten off to a decent start. Time will tell of course but for a new media platform, especially one that needs high end gear to perform at its best, that's not bad at all.

Here's the thing I don't understand with the PS4 Pro: It's being marketed, at least in part, on 4K HDR capabilities. At this point HDR is still a high end feature for displays, think the entry point for a big brand like Samsung is around £900 for a 43" model, £1,300 for a 55". While that'll likely come down a bit next year it's not going to at the bottom end of 4K displays for a while yet. So if you're building a product to go after those early adopters with decent disposable income why not include it? Clearly can't be *that* expensive as the Xbox One S includes it without a significant price hike.

Just seems like an odd move and one that may cause a lot of people to pause. Which might be really bad for Sony if that pause lasts long enough for Scorpio to make a more public outing if MS can deliver what they've been hinting at. Even on a faster product replacement schedule Sony can't afford to bump the spec of the Pro for at least two to three years. With Scorpio almost certain to outmuscle it having a headline feature 'missing' surely isn't going to help the situation? And with both brands moving to a platform approach you don't have the safety net of a big reset button for the next hardware generation. Might be very difficult to extract customers who get invested in one platform...
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Nvidia unveils GTX 1060: $249 buys you GTX 980 power

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

£239 puts this pretty much level pegging with the 8GB RX480 so performance results really are going to be interesting. Assuming it lives up to the target Nvidia set and doesn't have any nasty surprises lurking like the RX480 power issues it's sadly hard to see many reasons to go for AMD this time round.
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AMD Radeon RX 480 review

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

Hmm... think after seeing the results my recommendation would still be 'wait'. Looking through a couple of retailers that are listing the 480 it's looking like a starting point of £220 for the 8Gb card (and no price yet on the 4gb, at least on the sites I checked). The 970 on the same sites starts at around £215 albeit for 4gb. Think anyone that's considering an upgrade but doesn't need one may be better served holding on a little longer and seeing what the 1060 brings to the party.
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Oculus discovers platform exclusives won't wash with the VR community

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

I find it astonishing that a company bought up by Facebook should have so badly dropped the ball on, of all things, its PR and communications. This extends much further than the recent ham-fisted approach to exclusives all the way back to introducing the commercial Rift. They had to know what had been said by their own representatives and where public expectations were set as a result so why on earth not act to adjust those a bit to reflect a price tag hundreds of dollars more than most were expecting?

Exclusivity has just been a continuation of that with a lot of bluster that ignored Palmer Luckey saying " ‘Oculus Exclusive,’ that means exclusive to the Oculus Store, not exclusive to the Rift" while they implemented a DRM check that did exactly that. Again, these aren't stupid people running things over at Oculus so they've got to know what the general reaction is going to be.

Makes me wonder if they thought they could get away with it as long as both the Rift and Vive were struggling on availability. Certainly this change has come pretty quickly on the back of Vive shifting to 3 day lead time in most places. Suspect a customer faced with a choice of 'buy a Vive and be playing in a couple of days or buy a Rift and be playing by... uh, well, we don't know exactly, how does August sound?' is suddenly not placing as much emphasis on exclusives, especially timed ones.
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Hands-on with the underwhelming Fallout 4 VR demo

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

@Mhoey VR has been in consumer hands for all of three months at this point, a little patience may be required if you want AAA gaming. Right now VR is delivering fairly well IMO, there's new stuff coming through on a very regular basis albeit in bite-sized chunks. But both Rift and Vive have a decent number of really good experiences, some of them even full games that clearly show where it can go.
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Xbox One S console leak: 40% smaller, 2TB, 4K

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

Something to consider: if this releases around the same price as a current XB1 and has a 4k UHD Bu-Ray drive it'd be the cheapest option for a player on the market by at least £100. Might be a pretty good way to keep shifting units, especially with Scorpio on the horizon.
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Report: Forza Horizon 3 coming this year, set in Australia

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

@jonathanharding-rath If you're a racing game fan, yes. The Motorsport series is really strong right now, 6 I find to be a very good title with a tremendous car roster (very few duplicates), strong circuit selection and a very varied set of events. It also strikes a really nice balance between simulation and arcade racer which almost always feels fun but still makes the more powerful cars tricky to drive without assists.

The Horizon games are *very* different beasts. Big, open worlds with tons of mixed surface racing, often in vehicles that in real life would break within ten seconds. Not that uncommon to be hammering along off road and just have time to wonder what that shadow is before a Metro 6R4 lands on you. Handling is tweaked but, again, works really nicely and the map offers a huge number of different race types and circuits.
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Sony confirms PlayStation 4K

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

@Fourfoldroot Sorry but... what? You want a company to announce they'll release a higher performing console for something similar to the launch price of the base model *when they launch the base console*? Despite it taking almost three years to come to market? Well it's one way to kill Sony I suppose....

I'm a big supporter of the consoles moving to a platform model where hardware updates more frequently but offset so the lifecycle of a particular device is still five years or more. There's potentially huge benefits if they keep the base hardware compatible as, much like PC, any game you buy now should still be playable several generations later with improved performance (especially if you buy when your device is the older one). The devil is in the details though so it'll be interesting to see where the line is drawn between corporate and consumer interests...
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No more shipping delays for HTC Vive VR headset

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

@abeeken Think VR has a very... interesting path ahead, especially as phone screens continue to improve. Basically anyone with a high end phone can run a okay-ish version of VR with a headset holder. It's nowhere near what the big boys can do but it's enough to give an idea. Think that may combine with other things (360 cameras for example, gave a Rocoh Theta S a whirl recently and was impressed with the results) to make a lot of people want to upgrade.
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BOFH_UK

2 years ago

@abeeken Current VR tech falls into two camps: 1) High end stuff for enthusiasts like the Vive and 2) low end powered by phones. What's missing is the middle ground and we'll see the first attempt to stake claim to that when PSVR hits later this year.

Ultimately we're still incredibly early in VR's life and the market hasn't developed yet. Think that gets lost in conversation, especially with the view most in tech have these days that something must deliver the world instantly or is doomed forever. What needs to happen is a population of that middle ground and that's likely to take a couple of years to properly pan out.

AMD (and, I'm sure, Nvidia when they launch the 1060) have taken the first step towards that with the RX480 bringing necessary GPU grunt for VR down to $200. PSVR is likely to give a good indicator of where a midrange headset needs to be in terms of tech and price. Maybe whenever the next version of Rift / Vive come out the older headsets will stay on but drop down in price, maybe next gen is cheaper as dev costs won't be as high. Basically it needs time and think it'll be interesting to see what happens.

Now Currys, about my Vive pre-order....
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Here's the trailer for GTA Online: Further Adventures in Finance and Felony

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

@superfurry It's gotten a lot better since they introduced random events in freeroam mode and the VIP mode. Don't think I've ever played an event but have found it a surprisingly engaging world. Still too heavily weighted to the grind IMO but the changes have definitely made it more engaging if you don't have a regular group of friends to play with.
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GTA Online gets a huge update next month

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

@Bagpuss Speaking as someone who doesn't really do online I'd actually recommend giving GTA's a whirl. It's still way too much of a grind, stingy with the cash and high level players bringing in a jet or tank to go after others can be a royal pain. For all that though it's more often than not a fun place to spend time, especially now the freeroam mode has random events popping up.
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Titanfall 2 leak details larger maps, new grappling hook gameplay

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

@ChromeMud The weird thing is they did (sorta) add bots into the original game with the Frontier Defense mode (i.e. horde mode). Considering how late in the upgrade cycle that came I can't help but wonder if it was a dry run for the sequel. Think the option to load up a single player bot match would be a good one tbh, even if only to let people explore the maps and really get a feel for how maneuverable you can be.
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BOFH_UK

2 years ago

Really looking forward to this. Titanfall was the first online shooter I've really enjoyed and sunk serious time into since Day of Defeat, so nice to have multiple play styles other than just twitch shooter. Hopefully they can build on that and expand it without losing what made it special. Grapple hook certainly sounds like a good start in that direction so fingers crossed.
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Titanfall 2 confirmed for Q4 launch

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

Seriously looking forward to this one. It's been ages since an FPS really grabbed me but Titanfall managed it, primarily thanks to not just being a straight shooter. Frankly I hope they do more stuff along the lines of the smart pistol to enable different styles of play, makes things far more interesting in the long run.
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Disney Infinity cancelled, Avalanche Software shut down

BOFH_UK

2 years ago

@Pasco Not true I'm afraid. Disney's Consumer Products and Interactive Media division (yeash what a mouthful) is FAR more than just Infinity or even video games. Covers licensing, Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney stores plus Disney Interactive. Only Interactive covers video games and even in a good quarter back in 2013 they were only making around $16m (and, again, that's not just video games).

With those sorts of numbers it's sadly understandable why Disney would shut it down. Wish it were otherwise but from a business point of view it does make sense.
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