Max_Powers

Hunt: Showdown is brutal, but you'll soon get caught in its web

Max_Powers

1 month ago

Sounds like great fun. I hope this comes to a console soon as I don't have a gaming PC. I also like that you can the chat audio of other players. That was one of the great things about Halo 2 back in the day, that you could hear people around corners etc.
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Sony unveils God of War limited edition custom PlayStation 4 Pro

Max_Powers

2 months ago

This looks very, very poor.
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Jelly Deals: Rainbow Six Chibi figurines are a thing you can collect now

Max_Powers

7 months ago

"Its little shooter that could"? Isn't this game larger than Battlefield now in online player count? RB6 is massive.
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Six perspectives on the Destiny 2 beta

Max_Powers

9 months ago

@zide It is not 'inexcusable' if a game runs 30fps. Get a grip.
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Nintendo confirms SNES mini, including never-released Starfox 2

Max_Powers

10 months ago

"Contra III: The Alien Wars Donkey Kong Country" sounds like an awesome game!
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Sony's flat E3 conference shows signs of a mid-generation lull

Max_Powers

10 months ago

Don't agree with the sentiment of the article. I saw a lot of impressive software this E3 that I really want to play on PS4 or on something else like God of War, AC Egypt, Anthem, Sea of Thieves, Cuphead, The Artful Escape, The Last Night, Ashen. And that mouse adventure in VR!

For almost every console owner this has got to have been a stellar year already (my backlog is already incredibly long) with great software coming up.
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Assassin's Creed Origins has a 699 special edition

Max_Powers

10 months ago

Total cost of goods maybe 60 tops...
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Final Fantasy 12's Gambits remain the greatest mechanic in JRPGs

Max_Powers

11 months ago

FFXII was great and I loved the Gambit system. Every FF battle system since has been a lot worse.
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The Persistence looks like Dead Space in VR

Max_Powers

1 year ago

I get the appeal of horror in VR but from a commercial standpoint it seems like a risky proposition. The VR install base is already small and people that want or can stomach in horror in VR is even smaller.

Resident Evil has the brand name and the novelty factor ('see if you can stomach this!') but speaking as a paying customer that is dying for new, AAA VR content, I'm staying away from fps horror style games.
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Splatoon 2 doesn't feel like a proper sequel just yet

Max_Powers

1 year ago

Who plays Turf War in Splatoon? Rainmaker and Tower Control is were the action is at.

Splatoon was a brilliant game though, one of the best new IP's Nintendo has made in years.
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Switch clicks in the hands, but on paper, it's in trouble

Max_Powers

1 year ago

Love the hardware. Especially with the red and blue Joycons. However, like so many others I will buy Breath of the Wild for my Wii U come March (if I can find it in the attic) and will consider the Switch late summer or so when Splatoon 2 is out, and maybe Sonic Mania and Mario around the corner. Maybe it will have an attractive retailer promotion somewhere at that time as well.
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Nintendo Switch out 3rd March for 279.99

Max_Powers

1 year ago

Fair price, machine looks great with the red and blue Joy Cons (all-grey is for dullards) and Zelda looks the shit. Some Splatoon, Mario etc. and I'm all good. Ordered!
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Square Enix trumpets 6m Final Fantasy 15 copies shipped and downloaded

Max_Powers

1 year ago

@leeroye :) Figure of speech as I hate X-factor. But the whole road trip thing really is the key attraction.
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Max_Powers

1 year ago

Many people assume beforehand they will hate it (including me), but the boys road-tripping together is the best thing about this game. Within the hour they will have grown on you. It's charming and goofy.
I'm really liking the game. Yes, it has plenty of faults (especially the narrative) but it has that X-factor as is not like anything out there.
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2016: A year in review

Max_Powers

1 year ago

Good round-up but I really disagree about VR and PSVR in particular. Batman VR and Thumper VR rekindled my enthusiasm for games this year. It was new and it was very exciting.

And Rez VR is easily the game/experience of the year. As close to a religious experience you can get through the medium of games. People down on VR can't have played Rez VR.
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Steep review

Max_Powers

1 year ago

I never cared for SSX. Less is more and I always wanted something more like 1080 Snowboarding. Steep sounds like it delivers.
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Watch nine minutes of Prey gameplay

Max_Powers

1 year ago

System Shock vibes. Which is a good thing!
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Why I think big console game sales are down

Max_Powers

1 year ago

Hard to make these claims when we have no concrete data. Are sales down? By how much exactly then? At retail maybe but we have no idea what percentage of sales is digital these days (personally I buy most games digital). It would be good investigative reporting if Eurogamer could get that data. This is mostly guessing and hunches and hard to draw a conclusion from.

It would not surprise me if sales are down though, just going by what the fellow core gamers group around is me playing, buying or not buying at the moment. Personally, I plan to pick up Dishonored 2, Civ VI, FFXV and probably Titanfall 2 before years end but there is just no urgency to buy them as I have so much to play still (I still have to start on The Witness, Inside, Dark Souls III and No Man's Sky that I bought but haven't even touched yet). Plus - and here does lay blame with publishers and developers - I have now learned to wait a couple of weeks after a game is launched before starting on it because most need at least 2 patches to make it playable. I don't have time for freezes and corrupt saves. I'll wait a bit thank you and enjoy that nice deep discount mere weeks(!)after launch.

I also think games just have longer active-lives now. Look at the last Rainbow Six game. Did soso at launch but the game was quality and Ubisoft have just grown the audience and sales for that game into a healthy ecosystem. The games press has already moved on to the next thing but these are the games people are playing. So Week 1 sales mean less I think. I certainly hope so for Titanfall 2.

I was most excited for PSVR this Q4 and that is maybe the only thing I bought launch day and was the only real game changer for me this year.
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Fallout 4 one year on

Max_Powers

1 year ago

My biggest gripe is - like mentioned in the article - that who you are and what your motivation is, is set in stone right from the start. I had such a hard time getting into character and the motivation that I stopped playing a few hours in.

I don't have kids so I couldn't relate at all with the quest to find your lost son(?).
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Dishonored 2 review

Max_Powers

1 year ago

@Simatron3000 Then what is everybody whining about? Why they are not getting (better) sex despite spending $500 more on Viagra than the rest of us?
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Max_Powers

1 year ago

And what is with the whining about "more writing about mechanics". What do you need to know that is so crucial that you didn't get from 30 seconds of video?

I much prefer a review like the above that doesn't concern itself with the fucking obvious.
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Max_Powers

1 year ago

"Oh, why don't you console peasants come joint the glorious PC master race" followed the next day by "This runs so crap on my rig. It's so un-optimized boohoo for my $500 graphics card" mixed in with "The only measure of good graphics is framerate, art direction is a term I don't understand!"

This is why people play on consoles. I buy or download the game on my PS4 and it just runs.
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Finishing Final Fantasy

Max_Powers

1 year ago

That was a great read Simon.

I've always been a bit of a fan of Final Fantasy since FFVII. I'm not super interested in the JRPG genre but Final Fantasy has this X-factor and strangeness that always makes me want to buy and play it and they always look and sound gorgeous.
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Rez Infinite review

Max_Powers

2 years ago

I just played a couple of levels of this and it is absolutely amazing. I have no words to describe how good and different it is. You are really in the Matrix. I liked most of the other VR stuff but this... Perfect form for the medium.

If they never make an interesting PlayStation VR game again this experience of Rez alone was worth it for me.
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Oculus reveals new games by Epic, 4A Games, and Ready at Dawn

Max_Powers

2 years ago

Shootybangbang but in VR. A bit disappointing really.
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Forza Horizon 3 review

Max_Powers

2 years ago

"Looks greats. $59 download on the MS Store? Ok, I'll bite. Oh, I need to be in the European MS store where the game costs 69... Fuck that.
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Report: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Trump meme website

Max_Powers

2 years ago

So he has political views that some people don't agree with. How is this relevant in relation to Oculus Rift? Will I become a Trump supporter when I wear an Oculus on my head?
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Digital Foundry: Three hours with PlayStation 4 Pro

Max_Powers

2 years ago

Sure, somewhere in the future I'll switch to a 4K HDR display but at this point I'm also mostly interested to know if framerates on 1080p games will improve + the benefits of the Pro for VR.

Or if the Pro is significantly less loud than the standard PS4... If I didn't already have a PS4 the Pro is a no-brainer (only $100 more than the standard model).
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The Witcher 3 fine art prints are gorgeous indeed

Max_Powers

2 years ago

So, right at home in any contemporary art museum then? :D
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Xbox One S performance boost revealed

Max_Powers

2 years ago

Agreeing with @George-Roper

Who is interested in this slim model of obsolete hardware? I register zero interest for the S model among the gamers I know. There is interest for the next Gears of War for example but everybody I know will buy it on PC now that everything has crossed over.

Scorpio on the other hand. Now that sounds interesting.
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Nintendo NX is a portable console with detachable controllers

Max_Powers

2 years ago

Sounds very interesting. Also a logical move for Nintendo in line with what most were expecting.

I'm most interested now in the look of the unit. If it needs to be an attractive and portable handheld in its own right and have detachable controllers from it (two at least) in the home I'm very interested to know how they solve that puzzle with useability and form factor.

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Nintendo strikes down promising NES artbook Kickstarter

Max_Powers

2 years ago

@system11 Nothing about the book project was fair-use. I'm seeing literal 1-on-1 copies of box art, screenshots and logo's in a product made for profit.
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Max_Powers

2 years ago

Using someonelse's IP without permission for monetary gain (the book is Kickstarted for money and sold) is clearly a rights infringement. Nintendo is 100% reasonable to act on this and even required by copyright law if they want to protect their IP. How Bitmap thought they'd get away with this without official license is beyond me.

Yes there are 1.000's of fan art and fan images on the internet for Nintendo and SEGA IP etc. That is all fine (well at least companies let it slide) until you start charging money for them at which point you are breaking the law. It's nice that you are a fan and want to make something nice but then a) license it or get permission or b) don't ask money for it.

For all the 'Nintendo duhduh' posters above: I'll make a line of t-shirts with images of Mario, Zelda etc. for profit without paying Nintendo a cent. That's alright with you lot right because 'everyone clearly knows these are not by Nintendo'..?
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Fatherhood isn't the shortcut to emotional complexity games wish it was

Max_Powers

2 years ago

What @DonNorris said. Parenthood is now a theme because it is a stage in live a lot of game creators find themselves in.

Personally, I think keeping Kratos as OTT killing machine would have been a better direction to take. Just slightly dialed back a bit from the 100% psychotic Kratos in GOW3 who was very unlikable as a result. Let's just hope that they do a period-correct representation of what fatherhood meant back then, that would provide a fresh experience at least.

"And Kratos needs this depth - he is a relic from another era, when things like murder and 'hammer X to pleasure ladies' seemed fine, somehow.".

That is still fine, I don't see why it wouldn't?
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Ford uses copyrighted Firewatch art in ad campaign

Max_Powers

2 years ago

It is my understanding that most auto dealerships are privately owned, often by local entrepreneurs. Are you sure that this has anything to do with Ford (F:NYSE) at all and this is not just a mistake by a local business manager?

If so I'd like to see a rectification on this site on the matter.
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The best Final Fantasy game is finally getting a remaster

Max_Powers

2 years ago

FFXII is indeed one of the greats in the series. Best one after FFVII
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Dark Souls board game raises $71k Kickstarter goal in three minutes

Max_Powers

2 years ago

If they spend $500.000 designing and manufacturing the game that would already be quite a lot. What are they going to do with the remaining $4.5 million? New Ferrari's for everyone?
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A few hours with final Witcher 3 expansion Blood and Wine

Max_Powers

2 years ago

The wait. It's killing me!
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New Witcher 3 Blood & Wine screenshots are vibrantly colourful

Max_Powers

2 years ago

Yes! More Witcher!
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Soma has sold over 250k copies

Max_Powers

2 years ago

Horror and scifi horror are niche genres that do not appeal to huge player bases so that genre choice will always limit your sales potential. For instance, I buy a lot of games but very rarely horror themed because at the end of a work day I don't want to sit at the edge of my seat for hours. I will watch a horror movie maybe but that is more passive and over relatively quickly.

If its gory horror your potential audience gets even smaller as there are people that can't stomach that. If its occult horror even smaller (as it will put off people who are religious for instance) etc. And - gut feeling - I don't think horror is a genre that most woman like generally.

Firewatch has more mainstream appeal.
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Chinese mining company buys Runescape dev for $300m - report

Max_Powers

2 years ago

Chinese companies often do this (like the Russians) to try to get money out of the country as this is one of the few legal ways to do that for them. Chinese government has heavy restrictions on that.

Actual interest in Runescape is minimal I think but you never know.

Minecraft and the insane sale price was also a result of Microsoft having 1 billion euros parked in Europe and they needed a way to get that out without a heavy tax loss.
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$1200 Assassin's Creed movie ticket includes a crossbow

Max_Powers

2 years ago

Yes, because bringing weapons into a cinema never caused any trouble in the US before...
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Should you upgrade Xbox One with an SSD?

Max_Powers

2 years ago

No need to do anything. Microsoft will upgrade your Xbox One for you with the next version of the console they'll bring out soon.
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Quantum Break is coming to PC, too

Max_Powers

2 years ago

@Simatron3000 Winding down support for the Xbox One (The console, not the brand, not LIVE, not the ecosystem etc.) would indeed not hurt Microsoft at all. In fact it would financially and strategically make sense for them to do so. As you say, selling the box is hardly making them any money and spending millions of dollars promoting a console that will always be in 2nd place at best this generation makes no sense when they could focus on something new. The "Exclusives" strategy was always meant to get people to buy the Xbox One console. Better for them to cut that cord now and focus on some new initiatives like a cross-device Windows store or LIVE service, maybe a streaming device in the living room, VR or even a new, more powerful console (which I think is what everybody always wanted from MS anyway). I think the opportunity is there but to me it's clear the Xbox One console is a station passed.
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Max_Powers

2 years ago

@DX12 What signals are Microsoft giving you that they are all in for the Xbox One for the long run? (The console, not the brand, LIVE etc.)

Everyone with even a little bit of business sense (and that has followed Satya Nadella) can see that Microsoft is moving away from the One console and that it makes sense to do so.
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Max_Powers

2 years ago

With every single Microsoft exclusive now coming to PC this reinforces my thinking that MS has already given up on the Xbox One. No sense spending years fighting for 2nd place in two separate markets (console and PC) with a competitor that by now has an unassailable and widening lead.

I expect announcement of a successor to the Xbox One sooner than expected and at least support or major new initiatives for the One to die down rapidly.
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Rez Infinite is PlayStation VR's best game yet

Max_Powers

2 years ago

Whenever I think of art and video games I think of Rez. What a brilliant game. Can't wait to play the VR version.
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Rez Infinite brings the Mizuguchi classic to PlayStation VR

Max_Powers

2 years ago

PlayStation VR bought! Oh man, so looking forward to this!
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Star Wars Battlefront review

Max_Powers

2 years ago

Calling Splatoon casual is ridiculous. That's the same mistake as when people initially called Super Smash Brothers a casual fighter that didn't really require skill...

Splatoon is a bare bones, super balanced shooter with a hardcore player base. Now CoD, that is a casual shooter.
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Mad Max review

Max_Powers

3 years ago

I'm looking more forward to playing this than MGS actually.
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