MattEvansC3

Rampage film review - even shallower than the arcade game

MattEvansC3

1 day ago

@naffgeek It's good that they set George's mental age at about 12-13. It puts Dwayne in a elderly brother paternal role which allows him both the emotional connection and the banter.
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MattEvansC3

1 day ago

@LaurencD It's a small detail but you do see the monsters kill evacuees as well as the police and military trying to evacuate the city.
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MattEvansC3

1 day ago

@Lorcaran So was Commando 😉
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MattEvansC3

1 day ago

I do think you've tried to hard with this review and you've missed quite a few things.

This is the bloodiest and most gore filled 12A I've seen. The movie opens with a zero G blood splattering on a dead guys face. This is a 15 rated movie with no nudity and only a small amount of sexual innuendo. So take that into consideration if you want to take your kids.

On that note, this film is gloriously violent and has some fantastic action scenes. Rather than the jump cut action you see in most movies (I'm looking at you Taken 3 with your four cuts for a simple fence jump) the director uses the CGI models to create continuous action and uses the screen estate fantastically. This means the three monsters have the room to behave like the animals they are and the 1v1v1.5 battle at the end is some of the best monster mayhem I've seen in a long time.

Just to put it in perspective, when you go back and watch Pacific Rim, look at the fight where its 2v2 for the first time. You'll notice the fight rarely strays from focusing on 2 beating on 1 and looks extremely static in comparison.

Rampage deserves a lot more credit for its cinematography than its been getting.
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MattEvansC3

1 day ago

@LaurencD Except in this movie they don't. The fact that they can't is a plot thread that is reiterated time and time again throughout the 3rd act.
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PlayStation 5: when can Sony truly deliver a generational leap in power?

MattEvansC3

6 days ago

@Brainflowers because the phone is an essential commodity. My phone is currently tied with my car for necessity. For the price you get a phone, a bloody good camera, mobile internet, amazing screen and hand held games machine.

Your console is a luxury item and is harder to justify. The more expensive the console the harder it is to justify.
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Why the games media has a diversity problem - this website especially

MattEvansC3

1 week ago

@serbaekin I know, hence the question 😉
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MattEvansC3

1 week ago

@Brave27heart but where did you advertise? Did you just do the advert in the one place you advertised for your last eight hires or are you looking for where the talent you want go to and advertising there?
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MattEvansC3

1 week ago

@ChazzyDiamond Or to put it another way, according to Eurogamer the best indicator of a writer's merit is their beard. Clean shaven men or men with stubble are not good enough and shouldn't be hired.
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MattEvansC3

1 week ago

@TimmishMcgraw I've downvoted shit tonnes of them and for a simple reason. There's no merit to the statement because nobody who's made that statement has actually defined how you measure skill, merit or best.

The reason nobody has is because nobody can. There is no industry standard marking for a personalised opinion. There is no impartial measurement for pop culture reference to meta dissection of theme ratio.

The sheer variety of publications and novels out there is testament to the fact that "good" writing, outside of spelling and grammar, is purely an opinion based on personal preference. I find Tolkein boring because he's function over form, millions of people disagree. Neither of us is right or wrong.

The hiring of writers has never been based on merit, its always been based on the internal biases of the interviewer. What they deem best is often what they like about themselves or pride themselves on. Something as simple as humour, whether the editor likes puns or not, can be the reason that somebody's application is thrown in the bin.
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MattEvansC3

1 week ago

@kangarootoo You've been here long enough to know that anything about diversity is like a dog whistle to those who want to shout the notion down. Articles like this consistently get near or over 200 comments in their first 24 hours. That can be more than an entire week's worth of review comments.
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MattEvansC3

1 week ago

@foster2007 no, you said the most skilled person should be hired so you need to quantify that. Breakdown what are the areas being scored and who we assign scores to those skills.
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MattEvansC3

1 week ago

@foster2007 Could you quantify the skill requirements please? When scoring these skills for an opinion piece what is the minimum score required for hiring?
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Sea of Thieves is Microsoft's fastest-selling new IP of the Xbox One generation

MattEvansC3

3 weeks ago

@SaitenMar I'm waiting for the 1st of April Sea of Thieves article that talks about in in relation to Destiny ;-)
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MattEvansC3

3 weeks ago

@Malek86 isn't Sunset Overdrive a 3rd party IP and wouldn't count?
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PlayStation wrist-slapped for 'misleading' Gran Turismo Sport TV ad

MattEvansC3

1 month ago

@LaurencD it says online at some point. Downloading updates counts, Netflix counts. Just switching it on counts.
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Tomb Raider film review - a new kind of game-to-film failure

MattEvansC3

1 month ago

@SansSpans That's very common. Taken 3 used three cuts to show Liam Neeson jumping a wire fence.
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Why can't we forget Lovecraft?

MattEvansC3

2 months ago

@redcrayon Here's a question for you. There's a lot of Japanese media with similar themes to Lovecraft. Did these develop independently or did Lovecraft influence Japanese media?
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MattEvansC3

2 months ago

@redcrayon Waste my time? Your replies were well considered, informative and a bloody good read. I know more after reading them than I did before. That's a good use of my time ;-)
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MattEvansC3

2 months ago

@redcrayon 100% but I originally replied to @ElMantis who said talk of HP Lovecraft's racist views was unecassary as it was just the signs of the time. In that regard I was referring to Lovecraft's own work, not the genre he created.
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MattEvansC3

2 months ago

@redcrayon But we view the unfolding events, the horrors and the indescribable unknowns through the eyes of the protagonists and those eyes are steeped in racism or at least a belief in race, genetic and cultural superiority.

Stephen King deals in very similar horrors. It/Pennywise is a Lovecraftian Elder god but they feel completely different. Stephen King writes protagonists from the lower end of the superiority scale that are surrounded by "supremacists".

This change of perspective of superiority greatly affects how the characters react as well as the overall vibe. Silent Hill, Alan Wake and Alone in the Dark, like King's novels, are Lovecraftian horrors that change the standard protagonist to a broken man who is looking for answers and meaning. These then have different threats and themes compared to straight Lovecraft.
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MattEvansC3

2 months ago

@darky77 Says the person who's username was used as a racial slur.
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MattEvansC3

2 months ago

@ElMantis Because if you love a piece of work you acknowledge every bit of it, even its problematic parts.

H P Lovecraft's racism is fundamental to the work he created. Not talking about it would be akin to talking about Animal Farm without discussing George Orwell's political beliefs.

Winston Churchill's success, his rallying speech and defence of Britain in WW2 has no link to his problematic beliefs. The two can be discussed in isolation of each other without impacting the conversation.
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Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank make for one of PlayStation Plus' biggest months yet

MattEvansC3

2 months ago

@Eman525 No it wasn't. Let's look at it objectively;
Grand Theft Auto 5 was a multiplatform title.
God of War Ascension was HALO 3: ODST
Beyond Two Souls was a niche game released by a big name in niche titles.
The Last of Us's popularity was pretty much generated from its release, with little fanfare.
Gran Turismo 6 was Sony's main tentpole release that year.

There was nothing hyped for the PS3's 2013 release window that could compete with the PS4's release.

In 2019 we will likely see the remake to one of the most popular RPGs of all time.

In Shenmue 3 and KH3 we are seeing the long awaited entries for beloved RPGs with very passionate fanbases. Shenmue 3 is one of, if not the, biggest Kickstarter success stories.

The hype and release of any of these will be a contest for the PS5 that benefits none of them.
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MattEvansC3

2 months ago

@higganos Just for shits and giggles I'm going to say there won't be a PS5 in 2019. The first episode of FF7 is slated for early 2019. KH3 will also likely be a late 2018/early 2019 release. Shenmue 3 has already been pushed back to late 2018 and a further delay isn't out of the question.

2019 is potentially going to be a HUGE year for the PS4. Why mess that up with a PS5 release? Instead go with a PS4 Pro Slim with either a cost reduction to 249 or a trade in deal, then have it as the new base model.

It would cost less than developing a PS5, you don't have to worry about a launch catalogue and its a cheap upgrade. You'll also be flooding the market with cheap, 2nd hand PS4's that will still need PS4+ subscriptions and buy your existing back catalogue.

My money is on a late 2020 PS5.
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MattEvansC3

2 months ago

@The_B The big issue is that for those, like me, who's entire collection of PS3 games is from PS+, if I want to keep playing those games I've gone from 40 a year with 48 games (PS3 and Vita crossplay) to just 40 a year with nothing extra.

If Microsoft did this for the Xbox360 I could cancel Xbox Live and still play those games.

Do you give up a collection you've accrued over years or continue to pay a yearly fee just to keep playing them?
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Dragon's Dogma Xbox 360 servers are getting switched off

MattEvansC3

2 months ago

@MarkRobLives I thought it had. Oh well that's a bit disappointing.
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MattEvansC3

2 months ago

If you are playing this via B/C on XboxOne does it link to the Xbox360 or XboxOne server?
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Sea of Thieves and the Rare revival

MattEvansC3

2 months ago

@nevernow The question is more WHAT is 2nd party. 1st party are games made by developers owned by the console manufacturer. 2nd party games are effectively exclusives. 3rd party games are non-exclusives.

Consoles wise, StreetFighter V is a 2nd party title.
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Sega's fifth Make War Not Love event lets you play a bunch of PC strategy titles to win free games

MattEvansC3

2 months ago

We'll I got DoW3 with the Humble Bundle so might just idle it on the PC tonight.
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Here's Blanka electrifying Street Fighter 5

MattEvansC3

2 months ago

Shit!...did Blanka just reach Super Saiyan 3?
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Relic leaves Dawn of War 3 behind as it moves on to new projects

MattEvansC3

2 months ago

@Rogueywon Ditching the previous threads might be the best option because the Blood Ravens storyline was losing steam.

You could pretty much scrap the plot altogether. Have the campaign based around a Maiden World around the Tau/Empire border that can't be inhabited as fir fear of starting a new campaign. Three factions, Farsight Enclave, Eldar and a new Space Marine founding looking to secure a homeworld with the potential of adding the Orks and Tyranids at a later date.

Have it play on a Worldmap like Dark Crusade's. Use DoW's marine customiser and selecting the core gene seed plus minor perks to create your brand new chapter.
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Can you come up with a Sea of Thieves Achievement?

MattEvansC3

3 months ago

@Pierre2k Buccaneer? C'mon, it should be BuccanEAR!
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Xbox Game Pass just got a lot better

MattEvansC3

3 months ago

@hansliengnell And how time elapses between games? At 8 a month that's 96 a year. It's still cheaper than two 50 games but there's no trade in value and you don't get to keep the games.

That's not to say Game Pass is a bad thing but there will be people who will want a hard copy so they can later trade it in against a non-Microsoft title.
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John Cena in talks to star in a Duke Nukem movie

MattEvansC3

3 months ago

This is really only go one of two ways. It's either going to be progressive where the future teaches a wildly out of touch and uncomfortably "non-PC" Duke to be a better person or its going to be conservative and have a true male values Duke teach the "entitled snowflakes" a lesson.

Its Duke Nukem, John Cena and Michael Bay. Nuance is having a pipe bomb thrown at it.
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Sources: Microsoft plots Fable return

MattEvansC3

3 months ago

@DHIATENSOR Why? The studio that brought us Fable also brought us Fable 3.

Looking at the course the franchise took not even Lionhead understood why Fable worked. With every sequel they removed that je ne sais quoi that made Fable an IP greater than the game itself.

I'm looking forward to how this game develops.
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David Cage and Quantic Dream "shocked" by allegations of unhealthy studio culture

MattEvansC3

3 months ago

@makeamazing They did a fully nude model of a character when;
A) The actress didn't consent to a body scan.
B) The scene did not require the character's bits to exist.

It's not a case of being evil but this is a company that put resources into creating a detailed image of what their actress would look like naked for no reason linked to the production of the game.

The other thing that gets misses is that the only reason Ellen Paige took legal action against Sony is because Quantic Dresms REFUSED to go to arbitration or discuss the matter with Paige's legal team.
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SpellForce 3 review

MattEvansC3

4 months ago

Is this a continuation or a reboot? The SpellForce 2 DLC were a complete and utter shit show and dampened my interest in this. If its a "reboot" I'd be more interested in getting this.
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Skyrim on Xbox One X gets the job done - but we expected more

MattEvansC3

5 months ago

Did anything get broken? It's not a Skyrim patch unless it breaks something.
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Destiny 2 fans find new XP issue as Bungie bids to calm growing unrest

MattEvansC3

5 months ago

@Fish1470 Were they ever not full EA under Activision?
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Sounds like Microsoft's revamped Xbox Avatars won't launch until next year

MattEvansC3

5 months ago

@MahtiK They did but some devs complained about it so it was stopped. At one point I had an ME3 helmet, a Torchlight T-shirt, Fable 3 trousers and boots and one of the walking tanks from Iron Brigade. It looked shit but I loved it.
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Watch: Blizzcon reacts to Overwatch's sexism problem

MattEvansC3

6 months ago

@FilthyAnimal For somebody who "can't be bothered to deal with the keyboard warrior mentality" you do seem to like going full keyboard warrior when it comes to issues such as sexism and throw attacks at people not even previously discussed.
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MattEvansC3

6 months ago

@PyD I'd say that honour goes to FilthyAnimal.

Diji1 is being an outright cock. He's not the one using an article about sexism to launch a stealth sexist attack against someone who campaigns against sexism in gaming.
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Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back review

MattEvansC3

6 months ago

@captain-T-dawg Because Busby is infamous. For all the anthropomorthic shovelware that came out in the 90's Busby gathered a special reputation that encapsulated all that was wrong with that genre.

It's existence along makes it a curiosity that needs to be reviewed. The IP has little to no fanbase, it has no critical awards attached to its name, it never set the tills ringing and most people who recognise the name don't do so for good reason.
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MattEvansC3

6 months ago

@RawShark With all the bloody "candy" YouTube videos that rack up millions of subscribers (my daughter being one of them). A game about a Ninja slicing and dicing brand recognisable sweets would make a bloody fortune.

I also liked Zool back in the day.
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Xbox Game Pass can help fund big budget single-player games, Microsoft says

MattEvansC3

6 months ago

@mega-gazz That's a very pessimistic view which I don't agree with.

The movie and music industries went through the same thing and they've come out better for it.

The issue with the existing setup is that its a high stakes gamble. You invest millions up front, normally in the form of a publisher or bank loan, work on it for a few years, advertise it and then need to recoup all that money back and earn profit in a four week window. If you don't you're buggered.

That forces companies to play it safe, go generic and follow trends. It's why we had the likes of Bayformers, West life and Call of Arms to the Battlefield 1942.

Subscription services like Netflix, Spotify and Apple Music have championed diversity and inclusion. To make your money you can't just go for the lowest common denominator, you have to go for every audience. Beast of No Nation would never have been made if it had to recoup its costs in the cinema.

People don't pay for things they are unsure of but if they are already paying they are ore likely to go outside of their comfort zone. I would never pay for many of the games in the Humble Trove but because I pay for the Humble Monthly Bundle I've been more inclined to play them.
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Steam Halloween, Black Friday and Winter sale dates leaked

MattEvansC3

6 months ago

@drxym Anecdotal but I found it to do the opposite. Steam games seem to hold their value for longer so they can claim the big RRP discounts.
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CD Projekt Red: "This approach to making games is not for everyone"

MattEvansC3

6 months ago

@Midfield Negged you because your point was irrelevant.
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MattEvansC3

6 months ago

@gordonpown That's a poor excuse for sloppy management.

CDPR are an experienced AAA publisher who are experienced in creating franchises from scratch.

Game development is just like any other project in any other industry. You have your objectives, you have your budgets, you have your headcount, you have your specialist staff, you have your outsourcing, etc. It doesn't matter whether you are building a game franchise or a shopping centre, its still the same people, resource and time management.

I've been part of projects and as part of them I've been in constant meetings discussing resourcing. I've had to scrap work I've personally worked on because it wasn't meeting its objectives and was consuming too much time.

I've never had to ask staff to work longer, offer them overtime or diminish the achievements of the naysayers by saying "that it just requires a lot of faith, commitment and spirit", therefore implying they don't.

You get results by working smarter, not harder. Assess and reassess continuously your priorities. Cut, prune and scale back any element that has become a resource sinkhole. Value your staff more than your vision. Most importantly give them a degree of ownership of that vision and let them challenge your way of working. It increases their buy in which generally results in better performance without having to ask for more resources.
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MattEvansC3

6 months ago

@Bertie I was using the Royal WE, as in Eurogamer.

EA was criticised for its crunch, it was either Ubisoft or Activision that was criticised for bragging about how many pizzas it bought its staff during crunch times.

Its similar to when Valve released their staff handbook and pretty much all the gaming websites, not just Eurogamer, heralded it as some free thinking utopia that only Valve could deliver. Fast forward a few years and we are getting the reports from those leaving that its a terrible setup that's really clique-y.

You are saying we should give them the benefit of the doubt but based on what information? Outside of them making the Witcher series and dishing out some free items we don't hear anything about CDPR so where is it coming from? They aren't even being slightly introspective about it, instead saying the problem is with the staff.

If any of the main publishers came out with this PR saying its the staff's fault for not being perfectionists and settling for good enough they'd be rightly crucified.
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