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Can Kingdom Come Deliverance's tech deliver its ambitious vision?

DaltonBay

2 months ago

@mostro, how childish. So I should go elsewhere just because I don't appreciate politics being rammed down my throat? Sorry, but I visited this page to read about the technical performance of a computer game, not to hear political opinion. If I wanted that, I would "go elsewhere". Going by the comments, I'm not alone on this.

"Sooner rather than later would be ideal for all concerned."

All concerned? How pompous of you! You don't speak on behalf of everyone.
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DaltonBay

2 months ago

"It's a topic Eurogamer will address in its review"

Spare us of your sanctimony and virtue signalling. If I wanted that, I'd visit the likes of Buzzfeed. I find it incredibly patronizing that Eurogamer, a videogames wbesite, feels the incessant need to provide us with leftist, (I don't consider EG as being balanced or liberal at all) biased political lectures. I'm sick & tired of those that band words such as racist, sexist, hate, bigot etc around so freely, trivializing them by wreckless overuse. I don't know about the rest of you, but I play videogames and watch films, to take a brief respite from the madness that I'm seeing on a daily basis. Sadly, these havens are now being ruined by increasingly pervasive pontifications.
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Mafia 2 and the original Prey are now backward-compatible on Xbox One

DaltonBay

2 months ago

@mostro

" They play perfectly fine but they donít look perfectly fine"

Agreed! Even on a 1080p tv, the jaggies in Mafia 2 are almost enough to make ones eyes water. It's a pity, because aside from its poor image quality, the visuals are very impressive.

I hope that the batch of XB1X titles that we got at the systems launch do not turn out to be a one-off. I wonder if a resolution boost - to XB & XB 360 titles - could be implemented at a system level?
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The 50 most exciting games of 2018

DaltonBay

4 months ago

@Renato84 It would appear that being pompous and having SJW proclivities are prerequisites for employment at EG. I'm guessing that they pluck their talent from this pool:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKcWu0tsiZM
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The Witcher 3 Xbox One X patch released, has two graphics modes

DaltonBay

4 months ago

@mostro, those textures don't look "full fat" to me, just cleaner due to the higher resolution and texture filtering. I don't know how a 500mb patch can cater for the huge number of textures in a game of that size? I'm also eagerly awaiting the R7 patch, and would also love to see an update for Alien Isolation. The jaggies in that game.....
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Xbox One backwards compatibility: how does it actually work?

DaltonBay

5 months ago

@porkfiend "how great- buy a current gen console for better performance then spend your time running crappy previous gen stuff on it. er. no thanks"

Bit of an asinine sweeping generalization there. Why do people with your mindset automatically assume that XB1X owners will spend their gaming time mostly playing b/c titles? I can't speak for all X owners, but I'm having a great time flitting between new games like Wolfenstein 2, older games like the Bioshock Collection & Gears of War 3. I'm also enjoying how much better they both look and perform.
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PS4 exclusive Dreams will launch next year

DaltonBay

5 months ago

I remember MM speaking of this ("recording your dreams") back at the PS4 reveal in February 2013. I always wondered how it would turn out.
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Xbox One X comes hand in hand with massive downloads

DaltonBay

6 months ago

Any more updates on Microsoft's 'intelligent delivery' service? I don't play online games so it would be nice if I could choose whether to download the multiplayer component or not. The same goes for language options. Aside from Pro Evo (I prefer the Italian & Spanish commentaries). The sooner this rolls out, the better.
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David Cage on Detroit and its depiction of domestic violence

DaltonBay

6 months ago

More sanctimonious grandstanding from Eurogamer. This site grows more pompous by the day.
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Gran Turismo Sport's full car list revealed

DaltonBay

7 months ago

@Majorjaws69 "driveclub sold 2 million+
Gt 5 sold 11.9 million
Gt 6 sold 4.7 (just as PS4 was on the way)
Gt is a much much higher selling franchise"

16.69 million in sales over the 10 year period, since GT5 Prologue was released, isn't all that impressive. And neither is the slump - irrespective of the PS4 launch - from GT5 to GT6. Over an 8 year period, Evolution produced 4 Motorstorm games and Driveclub. Had Evolution not been shut down, we could have had Driveclub 2 by now. And given the eventual popularity of the game, the huge increase in the PS4 user base, the growing apathy towards GT, and the stronger competition that we have today, maybe there wouldn't have been such a great difference in sales between the two games.
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DaltonBay

7 months ago

@Zomoniac From what I gather, there are also no day to night transitions and weather effects. I find this unacceptable. In the time that it's taken Polyphony to deliver this game, Turn 10 have delivered 3 Motorsports titles and have also worked with Playground Games on the Horizon series.

What really bothers me is that the likes of Evolution Studios (it's such a pity that we will probably never get a Driveclub 2), Studio Liverpool, Zipper Interactive etc are shut down and others downsized, yet Polyphony seem to get a free pass.
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Watch: Digital Foundry's Rich and John on Xbox One X and the future of consoles

DaltonBay

7 months ago

Great news about the super-sampling being restored back into the PS4 Pro for The Last of Us. Cheers John!!
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Can Xbox One X really run Quantum Break at 4K?

DaltonBay

7 months ago

@riceNpea, I got a buzz just watching it again. About those downvotes... I believe that it's a form of cognitive dissonance. Some people grow to appreciate and become accustomed to mediocrity (be it games, music, films etc), so much so, that when something with genuine depth, artistry and innovation comes along, they reject it. Having said that, it could just be rabid fanboys of other FPS franchises.
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DaltonBay

7 months ago

@riceNpea Another reason why I love it is because it reminds me a lot of HL2 in many ways. Bill's town felt like a homage to Father Gigori & Ravenholm.

Check this out from 8:10 onwards:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ddJ1OKV63Q
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DaltonBay

7 months ago

@riceNpea Very well said there! I did actually enjoy the gameplay - the tension, the sneaking around, the juicy context sensitive melee system, the traps and distractions... I also liked the aiming system. You're absolutely right about the immersion breaking behaviour of your companions. It's a shame that it was never fixed. Things were improved further with Left Behind in that you could play the humans off against the infected: it reminded me of the convenant vs the flood in Halo. In the sequel I'd like to see much more being done with the physics and interaction with your surroundings. Being able to barricade and fortify your positions would be cool as would the option to collapse a floor or building on a posse of bad guys.
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4K PS4 Pro update for The Witcher 3 coming in "just a few days"

DaltonBay

8 months ago

I'd be happy with a boost to: 1440p; texture filtering, as others have said, the Pro's additional memory probably isn't enough to allow superior textures across the board; draw distance etc. and let's hope that it down-samples.
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Horizon is a technical masterpiece on PS4 and Pro

DaltonBay

1 year ago

So with this option you get a barely perceptible boost to the frame-rate, but a big loss in IQ. This reminds me how ND stitched up 1080p tv owners with their latest TLOU patch. The difference here is that Guerilla has the decency to offer us a choice.
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What works and what doesn't in Horizon Zero Dawn

DaltonBay

1 year ago

@mostro True, but in CDP's defense, they were catering for 3 platforms, probably had less resources (finances & manpower), and this has been in the oven for approx 5-6 years. You're right about Bethesda, when you look at their resources, I cannot think of any extenuating reasons for the abject performances of some of their titles. I was on the fence about HZD, but having read so many positive reviews from journalists that I respect, compels me to give it a go.
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DaltonBay

1 year ago

@PLASTICA-MAN From what I gather, those enhancements come with '4K' mode as of right now. The day one patch will offer Pro owners the chance to play with higher frame rates (or even more stability at 30fps) and possibly raise the standard of the visuals even further, albeit at 1080p.
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Fallout 4 on PS4 Pro: the upgrade we've been waiting for?

DaltonBay

1 year ago

Thomas, has there been any news from Naughty Dog with regards to them reinstating the super-sampling in TLOU, and also whether Studio Japan will provide that option for The Last Guardian?
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Brexit blamed for incoming UK App Store price rise

DaltonBay

1 year ago

@MrTomFTW "the EU is neither a dictatorship or unelected"??

Tell that to our fishermen that have restricted access to our own waters. Tell that to the democratically elected governments in Italy and Greece that have been subverted by the EU. Tell that to the Greek people, whose referendum was ignored; their workers rights removed; and their public assets flogged off to the banks and corporations.....

If it's not unelected, can you tell me which of the 5 EU presidents did you vote for? Sorry mate, but the EU leaders are appointed by their own parliament, not elected. It's a classic example of power without accountability.
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Digital Foundry's guide to PS4 Pro game upgrades

DaltonBay

1 year ago

I do hope that the current trend of omitting super-sampling (The Last of Us, The Last Guardian, The Ezio collection etc) comes to a close very quickly.
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DaltonBay

1 year ago

@kirankara, good point about the tearing, I don't think that I've seen any yet. I'm hoping that in addition to the higher resolutions, we'll get better texture filtering in future pro titles. The pro has been getting a lot of stick, but I feel that it's teething problems are relatively minor for a launch window.
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DaltonBay

1 year ago

@crazy-Rastan, you're welcome! On the frame-rate side of things, aside from Rise of the Tomb Raider, I haven't noticed any problems. Other pluses for me are that my console seems to boot up quicker and load games faster. It's also a lot quieter, though from what I understand, this is variable from console to console. Hopefully you'll have the opportunity to see one in action yourself, be it in a store or at a friends. If you haven't already, I'd suggest checking out NX Gamers videos that cover the pro.
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DaltonBay

1 year ago

@crazy-Rastan, it depends on how much importance you place on image quality. I only have a 1080p tv, and I have to say that I'm delighted with my Pro. I absolutely loathe 'jaggies', and so far, all of the pro supported titles that I have played have more or less cast them aside. Added to this, everything looks more sharp and solid now, with objects in the distance retaining their detail.
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What works and what doesn't with PlayStation 4 Pro

DaltonBay

1 year ago

@matthurton, agreed! The situation with the 1.08 update for TLOU is a great example of how poor the communications are from many developers. Had Naughty Dog informed us of exactly what the latest would do, I would have cancelled the download. I really wasn't bothered about the frame-rate drops as I barely noticed them. I am bothered about having considerably inferior image quality.

Return to Arkham has had a 1.02 update, supposedly with enhanced visuals for the Pro. Yet, once again, I don't know what these are because of vague patch notes. The resolution doesn't appear to have been improved, though perhaps the texture filtering has been bumped-up a notch.
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The Last of Us fans have a huge Part 2 theory

DaltonBay

1 year ago

I really hope that ND does not take this route. It'd be all too familiar, especially given that another high profile game (again starring Troy Baker) did a similar thing. Besides, how would this 'version' of Joel be able to cast shadows? And why would he step over the bodies? Unless of course, Ellie's imagination can project things to the smallest of details?
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The Last of Us patch 1.08 for PS4 Pro analysed

DaltonBay

1 year ago

Eurogamer, please send a copy of Krychek's posts from this thread to all of the PS4 developers out there. Starting with Naughty Dog!
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Five minutes of Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay reveals krogan, turian squadmates

DaltonBay

1 year ago

Having recently watched Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, I'd love to see some kind of tactical space battles, being fought on the bridge on the Normandy (or whatever the new ship is called).

I really want to like this game, but almost everything that I've seen so far has a strong sense of over-familiarity about it.
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Face-Off: Batman: Return to Arkham

DaltonBay

2 years ago

@Suave, GOW 4 multiplayer isn't as graphically complex as the single player portion of the game. It's also probably compromised in order to hit it's 60fps (resolution perhaps?). Streetfighter V is a 1 on 1 fighter, in relatively small environments, so it should run at 60fps. You're right about Ethan Carter. There was an issue, but it was patched. I'm not familiar with Paragon, but I'd imagine that it isn't doing as much as the Batman games, i.e. numerous effects, many enemies on screen at once, and in the case of Arkham City, is running an open-world.
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DaltonBay

2 years ago

It's a pity about the frame-rate/pacing issues, because aside from that, I really like the work that's been done with these two titles. Technically and artistically, they're a huge improvement to my eyes.

As for those of you that were expecting 60fps. Fair enough if the game was using unreal 3, but with unreal 4 I doubt that it could manage 60fps on these consoles. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, a walking simulator with very little going, struggles to hit 30fps on PS4 and that also uses U4.
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Input lag issues fixed on PS4 Rise of the Tomb Raider

DaltonBay

2 years ago

@crazy-n00dle They're both very good. Rise has more meat on it's bones, providing more opportunities for exploration, whilst TR:DE, is perhaps a tighter, more focused (linear) experience. Technically I feel that TR:DE is more polished. Rise looks stunning at times and then rough at others - particularly the first Soviet installation that you come across, where you are greeted by crude jaggies & shadows (I've played the game on XB1 & PS4).
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Inside PlayStation 4 Pro: How Sony made the first 4K games console

DaltonBay

2 years ago

When the PS4 & XB1 launched, the PS4 was £80 cheaper than it's rival (£350 vs £430). So one can understand why people made a big deal about the power difference between the two consoles, and yes, I know that the XB1 was shipped with Kinect, but how many people actually wanted that?

It's different with regards to the Pro vs the Scorpio. The Pro will have been out for almost a year by the time that the Scorpio launches, and I'll be very surprised if the Scorpio's RRP will be within £80 of the Pro's price point.
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Sony plays down PS4 Pro's lack of 4K Blu-ray disc support

DaltonBay

2 years ago

I'm in the minority here, but I'd rather purchase the Pro minus the UHD drive for £350, than spend over £400 on it with it included. Obviously, having the Pro equipped with the drive would have been nice at the £350 price point, but at the end of the day, I'm only bothered about using it for gaming.
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Are 4K visuals really the best use for Project Scorpio and PlayStation Neo?

DaltonBay

2 years ago

It's a "we hear you" console, and yet going by the various forums, 4K in console gaming very rarely comes up for debate. What 'I hear' is gamers being upset with technical shortcomings such as: image quality (sub-standard AA, texture filtering); tearing; low quality textures; curtailed draw-distances; sub 60fps frame-rates, & frame-rates that lack consistency even when the target is 30fps..... I would much rather have improvements in these areas at 1080p, & at 60fps, than have the same again only at 4k.
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Face-Off: Mirror's Edge Catalyst

DaltonBay

2 years ago

@darkmoles, that's exactly how I see it. The article states that this title is pushing the tech harder than what it's done before, but IMO, Star Wars battlefront looks much better and is more polished. Now why is this? Is it because this title is open-world and so is more demanding on the hardware? Or, could it be because EA/Dice assigned a smaller development team & budget to this game? Maybe the answer lies somewhere inbetween.
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Ready at Dawn reflects on The Order: 1886's successes and failures

DaltonBay

2 years ago

I liked it a lot even though it has numerous flaws. The setting, characters, story, visuals & audio are excellent and certainly left me wanting more. It's just that the gameplay really let things down. Weak gunplay, appalling A.I. (just look at Angry Joe's review for evidence of this), small and extremely linear levels (it doesn't have to be open world, something like U4/TR would do), a very short campaign, awful boss fights (the other QTE's were not so bad), & no co-op for the campaign. Despite all of this, I'd very much like to see a sequel.
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Don't expect to be blown away by the new Gran Turismo on PS4

DaltonBay

2 years ago

@SuperShinobi Yes, they've sold well, but the drop in sales from GT5 to GT6 is quite alarming. Now you could mitigate this by saying that GT6 was released in & around the launch of the PS4, though I'd wager that GT6 also suffered because many were not pleased with GT5. As good/impressive as GT6 was, it remained stagnant in many areas and looking at this new footage, it would appear that this trend in continuing. Given the amount of competition that there is today, I was expecting a lot more from Polyphony, especially given their resources (time & money).
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DaltonBay

2 years ago

How do Polyphony get away with this? Sony have either closed down or downsized many of their first party studios, yet Polyphony seem to be safe no matter what they do. It really compounds matters when they take an absolute age to produce anything, which probably comes at a huge cost. They are the complete opposite of Naughty Dog, who make significant progress with each new release. Someone needs to give Polyphony (the Arsene Wenger of videogame developers) a kick up the backside!
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Life is Strange developer shows off first Vampyr screenshots

DaltonBay

2 years ago

I'd be very surprised if Life is Strange Season Two features Max. I read an interview with the developers in which they said that Max's story is finished.
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Dino Dini's new Kick Off looks like Kick Off should

DaltonBay

2 years ago

I hope that it also contains elements of Player Manager & Goal. Those two are still my all-time favourite football games.
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Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta arrives a day early - tomorrow!

DaltonBay

2 years ago

@mrmonkey101 I'm certain that you will need the NDC disc to play the beta.
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Video: Here's proof video game James Bond is the worst James Bond

DaltonBay

3 years ago

It's nice to see some appreciation for the criminally underrated Timothy Dalton on here. He is easily my favourite Bond and, IMO, is the closest match to Flemings original character. I believe that he was offered the role around the time of O.H.M.S.S, but being in his early twenties, felt that he was too young and turned it down.
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Uncharted: Remastered, revisited, reassessed

DaltonBay

3 years ago

The third game was my favourite. It had fantastic set-pieces & the best villain (though I'd liked to have seen more of her). I also thoroughly enjoyed the on-foot pursuits, flashback, drugged & stranded sections. The only things that let it down for me was the aiming, and that the series at that stage was becoming over familiar.

Contrary to what many say, I don't think that the stories in Uncharted were all that they were cracked up to be. The characters and witty dialogue were great, but not the stories. Along with the combat mechanics, this is the area where I want Straley & Druckmann to improve on things in U4.
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Face-Off: Dishonored: The Definitive Edition

DaltonBay

3 years ago

It's sounds more like a cheap port, than a lazy one. It probably had both a tiny budget and small team allocated to it.
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Digital Foundry vs Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

DaltonBay

3 years ago

@Darren, well said! I'm not a fan of pre-rendered cut-scenes for the same reasons that you stated. Furthermore, I don't like the continuity issues that they create. That, and the long download times and large amount of space that they take up on the hard drive.
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Mafia 3's setting is great

DaltonBay

3 years ago

Whilst I'm looking forward to this, I am a little disappointed to not see a direct sequel to Mafia 2. There were quite a lot of gaps in that game that could have done with being filled in and fleshed out. I hope that this new game has a much bigger campaign.
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Is DriveClub finally up to speed?

DaltonBay

3 years ago

'No ambition', 'nothing new'?!! How about all the variables that it throws at you during each race, the dynamic changes to the lighting and weather that test your concentration to the max (as well as your eyesight). The expansive environments are also very impressive and really give the game a sense of place. These alone give the game it's 'personality'. As a first effort, I think that it's (now) a damn fine showing. Going forward, should a sequel get the green light, I'd like to see the single player side of things getting fleshed out a lot more.
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The Taken King is the expansion Destiny has been waiting for

DaltonBay

3 years ago

This article/sales pitch made me feel somewhat nauseous. Thankfully the majority of your comments have proven to be a strong remedy. I just hope that you stick to your guns & boycott this shameful rip-off, or at least hold off from getting this until it's a lot cheaper.
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Sony: PS4 market share "frequently greater than 90 per cent in continental Europe"

DaltonBay

3 years ago

It's not really all that surprising when you consider: the Xbox One reveal; it's price at launch; that Kinect was imposed on you at launch (this put me right off); that the PS4 was £80 cheaper at launch; is more powerful etc.

I took all of the above into account when choosing which console to opt for. In addition to this, I felt that MS had really taken their eye off the ball during the last few years with the 360. Their output consisted mostly of cheap Kinect titles. Whereas Sony's first party output from 2010 was fantastic IMO.

The Xbox One has become far more appealing during the last year, thanks to the likes of Phil Spencer. It's a pity that he wasn't at the helm during the machines r & d.

Should MS still be in the console business when the next generation comes around, I can imagine them being a lot more focused, aggressive, & in touch with their target market. A bit like what Sony were like with the PS4 after the mixed bag that was the PS3.
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