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Civilization 6: Rise and Fall review

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3 months ago

Iíve got Civ VI on iPad and itís amazng. The full base game experience. So no, not Ďjust for computersí ...
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Total War: Three Kingdoms announced, taking series to ancient China

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4 months ago

@Rogueywon gotcha. Thanks! Apparently both written in 14th century but covering different dynasties and events.
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4 months ago

Awesome. What a perfect choice! Love the aesthetic!

Isnt this the same period as per The Water Margin? Imagine commanding Lin Chungís army, boyhood dream realised!

https://youtu.be/TVVRMBWGBqw
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Meltdown and Spectre: does patching your PC impact game performance?

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4 months ago

Do we know for sure yet whether software patching (for those systems that are still supported) will ever completely remove the vulnerabilities?

ie Will it be necessary to buy a new yet-to-be-released CPU which will ship with a fundamentally different design to avoid all of these problems properly?

I'm personally not bothered by a minor performance hit so long as I can be safe and be given a cast-iron guarantee that these holes have been plugged.
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The making of Supreme Commander

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4 months ago

Also check out https://springrts.com! Itís free, supported and has a wonderful community.
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Assassin's Creed Origins gets 3GB patch today

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5 months ago

So beautiful was this lady, I never noticed her imperfections ...
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Jelly Deals: Xbox One X with four games for £450

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5 months ago

The Xbox One X is fabulous, this is a great deal! I picked one up with the Curry's deal which included AC Origins, which is an absolutely beautiful game on the system!
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Apple iPhone X review

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5 months ago

It's £1149 in the UK for the one with useable storage!! £1149!!!! Stop encouraging them people!! Don't buy it!!!
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How Valve released five of its greatest games in a single day

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6 months ago

Well OF COURSE it was a good deal, they wanted you to install Steam!!! (and their plan WORKED! :) )
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No One Lives Forever: The spy shooter that saved Monolith

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7 months ago

Remaster!
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The new Ataribox console priced and dated

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7 months ago

@el_pollo_diablo ugh ... that's sooo depressing
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7 months ago

@Da5e Absolutely right. Raspberry Pi all the way for this level of complexity. Atari games are noddy!

Here guys, let us save you all a fortune:

https://retropie.org.uk/about/systems

Although, ah, you will have get hold of the ROMs somehow ... ahem ...
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Total War: Warhammer 2 review

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7 months ago

Total War, GoT! Palllleeeeeeeeeeaaaazzzzeeee!
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Battlefield 1's new Incursions mode is a shot in the arm

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8 months ago

Gimmick
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How Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One X improves over PS4 Pro

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8 months ago

@StarcasM Not dissing the X.B.O.X but come on! For FPS the PC is clearly a better bet as you can have wide FOV, 21:9 screens and upgrade the GPU when you see fit. No doubt this console is fantastic, but its not going to sway the serious PC gaming crowd through no fault of its own.
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8 months ago

@Norlo what a pointless comment, I think it's pretty obvious that this machine is the latest generation console!
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8 months ago

@Fake_Blood Exactly, though we seem to be in the minority here, perhaps it's age!
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8 months ago

But the thing is ... it's STILL the SAME GAME!

I remember the days when new gen brought entirely NEW experiences ...

(not dissing the X.B.O.X (oh just realised) though, its a lovely machine!)
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Cities: Skylines announces eco-friendly Green Cities expansion

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8 months ago

It's getting a bit paid DLC-tastic, but I guess there are mouths to feed!
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Microsoft's final sales pitch for Xbox One X falls flat

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8 months ago

To be honest, one of the biggest winners will be PC gaming, as perhaps finally developers will target hardware at 1070/1080 levels and bigger memory footprints, thereby increasing play areas and reducing loading screnes. Bring it on!
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Mass Effect: Andromeda is heavily discounted on Xbox One and PC

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8 months ago

@bad09 ah ok got it, apologies. Yes, you are right, and amazing how it's grown over the years!
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8 months ago

@bad09 sorry can't agree, on the PS4 shop I see heavily discounted digital titles all the time - where have you been?
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Mad Max and the open world game as character study

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8 months ago

One of those few perfect games you play for days, and days, and days, because .. well you must! Sublime classic!
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Let kids play video games to "save the country", UK spy chief says

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9 months ago

@Gigifusc ah, point taken, shame ... perhaps he's just a little too young? Perhaps if he keeps using it eventually things will click. Seems like you've been going about it the right way! :)
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9 months ago

@Gigifusc Can't agree with you. The numerous but trivial blocks to progress encountered when tackling a Pi are PERFECT for learning! Get your kid a Raspberry Pi and say "If you can install an emulator on that you can play it all weekend". I guarantee you three things will happen: He/she will learns LOADS about technology, improve their ability to search for answers to problems and 3. They will play some classic old titles that will help them appreciate the evolution of games.

I'd also argue that many things on the raspberry pi are so much easier because of software packaging and the availability of so many tools built from such an amazing community, let alone all the youtube and Google/web help that weren't around when we were kids.

The following weekend you can tell them 'I will buy all the kit you need to make your raspberry pi into a line tracking robot' ... 'then you can play with it all weekend'.

By weekend 3 you will have a kid who will find getting into UMIST a breeze! :)
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One year on, is No Man's Sky the game it should have been?

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9 months ago

"It's a gorgeous prog-rock-album-cover generator" ... you nailed it right there :)
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9 months ago

@TheStoneRoses Yep a bunch of entitled whiners who are too privileged and sheltered to have anything really nasty to worry about (but good for them, nice to know they are living an otherwise good life :) So sorry about the pain NMS has brought to your life /end sarcasm)
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9 months ago

Wouldn't it have been better to have waited for the imminent 1.3 update before publishing this?
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Tekken 7 pre-order bonus Eliza now standalone DLC

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9 months ago

Go play Mortal Kombat XL which on PS4 at least is very cheap at mo and get all of the DLC included. Come back to Tekken when such a bundle is available too.
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Star Citizen's big alpha 3.0 release slips again

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9 months ago

@williamarthurfenton an alpha is not a launch product, but I agree nonetheless ... the model should surely be release regularly to keep people happy, try to provide a core basic game early on and build on it ... Frontier has had an excellent balance in the way it's approached this and even gives users access to the Beta's to help polish things up.
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9 months ago

I feel such fool for pre-ordering their $18,000.00 "Completionist" edition ... can't wait for my pre-order to be fulfilled ...

btw, where's my Model 3?

To be fair though, this project has set itself some incredible targets ... and I wonder if critics have heard of the agile versus waterfall debate? They should probably just release a crappy Alpha on time and then improve things with a further release ... its not like everyone will expect an Alpha to be bug free, feature complete and optimised ... people aren't that self delusional, are they?
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In Theory: is AMD's Ryzen CPU the game-changer for next-gen consoles?

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10 months ago

The elephant in the room is that more cores does not necessarily mean better performance. If you can cheaply split the work up and farm out to the different cores and get them to 'submit back' when done then that's fine, minimising the communications overhead: so cases where there is natural parallelism is fine (e.g. video editing, rendering). But if you require a lot of complex interaction between objects then this puts pressure on the inter-core communication which is relatively slow (compared with on-core calcs). This is exactly why you see great gaming performance for a latest generation i7 despite the lack of additional cores: the truly parallel stuff is going on in the GPU in any case.

With such a bountiful supply of new chips with more cores, perhaps they will find ways to increase parallelism in games to take advantage ... but there will be limitations to this as a lot of things have natural interdependencies and these calculations are best done locally on one core and its local memory.
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Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes spark pay-to-win fears

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10 months ago

The Closed Alpha is ... well ... BORING! :/
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Inside the cruellest RollerCoaster Tycoon park ever created

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1 year ago

Brilliant!
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Big No Man's Sky update out this week

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1 year ago

Hugely impressive tech & art demo matures slowly into a game? Bring it on!
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Paradox teams up with Eugen for ultra hardcore WW2 RTS Steel Division

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1 year ago

Why do they need Paradox? To better monetise DLC?
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Escaping Skyrim's shadow

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1 year ago

"And of course, we're a modern game, so we have the compass, the map, and you just walk right there."

Will the next in the series have default 3rd person, x-ray vision and throbbing highlighted objects of interest as standard just to please the kids on consoles who are used to being fed and telegraphed without any of their own initiative or personal exploration?
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Humble Freedom Bundle raises $6.73m for pro-immigrant charities

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1 year ago

oh poop, missed the deal. Only myself to blame, Eurogamer as usual was on the ball!
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Disney ditches Pewdiepie after anti-semitic stunt

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1 year ago

Stupid Boy!
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For Honor is the best fighting game I've played in ages

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1 year ago

Can this finally end the stupid 'press-a-button-to-perform-telegraphed-action' era of dumbed down 'xray vision' console games which barely require any intelligence? Whilst its not perfect, its great to see a game require a bit of practice and technique to master!
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Watch: Five things to try in For Honor's open beta

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1 year ago

@MahtiK have you played Sleeping Dogs? Melee in that is superb!

Great point about armour!
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1 year ago

I'd love to, but have installed it on both Steam and U-Play and neither was able to launch the Beta at all!

/scrub that .... it was Trusteer endpoint security clash with EAC ... unistalled Trusteer and now no problems.
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PS4 Pro boost mode: a game-changer for unpatched titles?

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1 year ago

Where's the white one Sony??
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At the moment, Astroneer is a fascinating inversion of typical sci-fi wonder

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1 year ago

Totally agree! There's a setting in Word! ;)
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1 year ago

"The art direction is spectacular"

So this is NMS in 3rd person + buggies?

I don't see how this could compete with 1st person game for pure immersion ...

But yeah NMS sorely needs buggies ...
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No Man's Sky's long-awaited update brings its galaxy back to life

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1 year ago

It's on Steam Sale right now. Not much more than 20 quid. Get involved!
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Digital Foundry's 2016 Black Friday/Cyber Monday top deals

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1 year ago

Got the 1080. What a bargain! Thanks EG!
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Cancelled plans for Sleeping Dogs 2 were ridiculously ambitious

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1 year ago

Make this sequel!!!

(And system shock and road rash!!)
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Farming Simulator 17 has mods on console, too

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2 years ago

The pigs TELEPORT into the field from the trailer?!? HOLY IMMERSION DESTRUCTION, BATMAN!
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Mafia 3 review

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2 years ago

I'm really enjoying it, love the driving physics (imho they _nailed_ them). The graphics are way better than some people give it credit for (no, a PS3 would not be capable of this presentation) The missions are a bit repetitive but for me the shoot outs never get old, weapon dynamics are great fun, though the pistols seem ludicrously accurate at distance. The environments are lovely and varied.

My criticisms are the horrid Intel Xray Vision - omg, paleeeze stop pandering to imbeciles ! - and overall lack of options to complete mission except mostly using extreme violence (ok there is an option to switch to non-lethal takedowns, but why not options other than ANY violence?). The police also seem to let you get away with a lot of bad driving (perhaps i'm not on the higher difficultly setting? The whistling mechanic is far too easy - it should attract all characters nearby, not just one by one each time and if one guy disappears, the others should go investigate, doh!
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