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Introducing Digital Foundry's new PC benchmarking system

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2 weeks ago

You guys are just the best. Great work.
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Rainbow Six Siege re-review - an exceptional tactical multiplayer experience

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3 weeks ago

Whilst Siege is a very good game, I cant bring myself to play it any more (and I only put about 10-12 hours in) because the community is so incredibly hostile and toxic, and I say that as someone who still plays Overwatch on a regular basis. Explaining to my team that I'm new and don't know the maps should not result in me getting vote-kicked but sadly that has been my experience with the game more often than I care to remember. If not that it's logging in and finding the servers are down.

Great game, but fuck its community with a rusty trowel.
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Hunt: Showdown is brutal, but you'll soon get caught in its web

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1 month ago

It's a brilliant game, but one marred by technical shortcomings, namely it's atrocious framerate and hitching. However, on the graphics and audio front, it's absolutely sublime, the sound design in particular being worthy of much praise.

It can be a bit campy as @AgentDaleCooper has rightly said, but it's not as bad as a lot of people have made out. It's permadeath after all so people are naturally going to be more cautious, and going for the nearest extraction point to where you killed the boss is a schoolboy error. Go for the farthest and just run like Hell (because everyone knows your location once you have the bounty).

Once Crytek can get the performance improved I would recommend this game to everyone. It's a breath of fresh air.
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Trump administration increasingly bringing video games into school safety debate

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2 months ago

@Georgetm100 "Alcohol's not a drug! It's a drink!" - Chris Morris, Brass Eye.
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2 months ago

I look forward to his solution for the War on Drugs- giving everyone cocaine.

Come to think of it, that's a pretty good idea.
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Capcom's cult classic Killer7 is making a return, courtesy of Suda51's Let It Die

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2 months ago

One of the best games ever made. Would love a re-release of this on PC.
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After the Apocalypse, a new beginning beckons for Battlefield

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2 months ago

Anyone wanting a proper Battlefield game should buy Squad.
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Overwatch hero 27 in the spotlight as the teasing begins

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2 months ago

Aaand she's just hit the PTR
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Controversial Crytek boss Cevat Yerli steps down

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2 months ago

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Fear the Wolves turns STALKER into PUBG, spectators into weather gods

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2 months ago

@VRjunkie Though technically not Battle Royale, I recommend Hunt: Showdown if you're looking for an alternative to PUBG and Fortnite. A gorgeous and at times very frightening PvP looter with PvE elements. It's only just launched on Early Access but it has huge potential.
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PUBG mobile analysed: top-end smartphones compared with PC

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2 months ago

Am I the only one who was a little bit surprised at the title of the video when they hovered their mouse over it?



For a moment I thought Digital Foundry were branching out.
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Kingdom Come Deliverance on PC offers huge upgrades over console

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2 months ago

@huiop2 You could not be more wrong. The game is stunning when you crank everything up.



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2 months ago

@Diji1 I envy you for being able to play it in ultra-wide res. That must be quite something to behold.
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2 months ago

Running an overclocked 6600K at 4.2Ghz, 16Gb DDR4 and a 980Ti and I've got everything on Ultra except Physics and Shadows which are on High and Very High respectively. When in the countryside I get anything between 45-75fps with towns like Rattay bringing it down to 30. Having a G-Sync monitor really helps with this game because the framerate fluctuates considerably so being able to mask that makes it much easier to play.

Thing is, the game is so beautiful and so immersive I can forgive its technical issues. Its slow pace means it's nowhere near as much of an issue as it would be usually in most other titles.
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance review - history is a double-edged sword

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2 months ago

@AnsemsApprentice Superb post, mate. Very eloquently put. +1
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2 months ago

Not to worry people, as ever the PC modding community have come to the rescue with this. The "Inclusive Cpt Bernard" mod. Phew! We can all relax now.

https://www.nexusmods.com/kingdomcomedeliverance/mods/134
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2 months ago

@Dizzy

Then again... are there any non Caucasians in The Witcher?
Shhhh!! You're not allowed to criticise the mainstream media's gaming darlings CD Projekt Red. How dare you?!
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2 months ago

What muddies the water further is whose interpretation it overridingly is: creative director, writer and Warhorse co-founder Daniel Vavra's. He has been a vocal supporter of GamerGate
And? Harrison Ford has been a vocal defender of Roman Polanski. Did that muddy the water and discourage you from paying to go and watch Blade Runner 2049? Did it prevent you from enjoying it? Because I bet you it didn't. James Brown was a coked up wife beater. Does that stop me and millions of others from enjoying his music 60 years after it was released? No, it doesn't.

Kingdom Come Deliverance, judged as a game, is superb and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a vast and beautiful world to explore, if you want an RPG that doesn't hold your hand, doesn't clutter the HUD with loads of icons and actually encourages you to learn and to practice in order to improve. It's everything Bethesda should be doing with their games but done on a relative shoestring, which makes it all the more impressive.

Yes, it's buggy and the save system can be the source of much frustration (easily fixed with the unlimited saves mod) but for the budget they had Warhorse (who let's not forget are more than just one person; they have about 100 staff who worked on the game) have done an incredible job, and with updates and patches coming in the near future, KCD will only get better as its kinks are ironed out.

I really hope this is successful, because to think what Warhorse could achieve with a bigger budget is mouthwatering. A follow up set in feudal Japan would be incredible.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to get third map within the next four months

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2 months ago

The long wait for fresh PUBG content is in part due to Bluehole's recent focus on banning cheaters.
Good, long may it continue. The sooner China is region locked the better. The game just isn't fun at the moment.
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Superhot headlines Xbox's free Games with Gold for March

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2 months ago

If you have Xbox you owe it yourselves to check out Superhot. It was easily the best FPS of 2016.
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Can Kingdom Come Deliverance's tech deliver its ambitious vision?

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2 months ago

@Mar27w Not currently, but I think the devs have said it'll be added in a future patch.
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2 months ago

This game has me hooked. I absolutely love it. It's stunning to look at, has a superb combat system, some funny but also serious and heavy moments, and it runs nicely on Ultra at 1080p on my setup. It's fast becoming my favourite ever open world to explore. It just feels so lived in and believable and the lighting afforded by CryEngine can at times border on photorealism.


https://imgur.com/Qjr87Ep

If you want to remove the HUD for some nice screenshots bring up the console and type:

g_showhud 0

To turn the HUD back on bring up the console and type:

g_showhud 1

Happy snapping!
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds passes 4m players on Xbox One

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3 months ago

30000 Battle Points? Think of all the grey T-shirts and Punk Boots you could get with that!
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is toning down its chaotic pre-match meet-ups to fix performance

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3 months ago

RIP Human Centipede
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Ghost Recon Wildlands is getting loot crates

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3 months ago

Oh fuck off!
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Here's an incredible look at Nintendo's first HQ back in 1889

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3 months ago

This is great Kotaku article from 2011 that looks back at Nintendo's history, when they were making hanafuda playing cards for gangsters and running their infamous Love Hotels which founder Fusajiro Yamauchi (Hiroshi Yamauchi's great-grandfather) is alleged to have actually attended whilst at work.

https://kotaku.com/5784314/the-nintendo-theyve-tried-to-forget-gambling-gangsters-and-love-hotels
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Cheaters find more ways to spoil everyone's fun in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

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3 months ago

*whispers it*

Region lock China please, Bluehole.
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Overwatch League launches with a bang and dominates Twitch viewing figures

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3 months ago

@GFoppy I agree but to OWL's credit the matches were far more coherent and had excellent commentary. It was a lot better than the World Cup.
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Overwatch Blizzard World theme park map launches next week

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3 months ago

The Mercy changes cannot come soon enough. A lot of Mercy mains were pissed at the nerf currently on PTR but they're desperately needed. Despite all previous changes, she's still a must-pick support. From personal experience the nerfs to her Ressurect and Valkyrie has resulted in some good matches with far more caution being required before going in for a res. She'll be far harder to play well as.

As a recent Moira main it's frustrating to be constantly asked to switch to a hero I'm not comfortable playing (even though I totally understand why) so these changes will be very welcome.
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Nintendo Switch announcement tonight to reveal "new interactive experience"

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3 months ago

Switch mobile phone?
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Star Citizen, I am disappointed

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3 months ago

@GTuk The object container streaming is something they've been working on for about two years now. Along with networking, if CIG can't get it working the whole game collapses under its own weight and is an unmitigated disaster.

It's been two years and they've seemingly made very little, if any, progress.
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3 months ago

Bert, you've summed up my feelings about 3.0 perfectly. It's technically in a different league to everything else currently available and will be for some time, but there's just nothing to do in what is the most beautiful but empty shell of a world.

Not wishing to defend the devs or attack them, but it's worth remembering that no other game is attempting to do what Star Citizen is attempting (whether one thinks that wise is down to personal opinion). Its ambition and scope is unrivalled and as such these things take time. Diablo 3 took 12 years to make after all. MMOs in particular are always development time sinks.

The openness of SC's development, whilst refreshing, is also the source of so much frustration because we're seeing how slow development is and what little progress is being made. Anyone expecting Star Citizen before 2020 is deluding themselves, and lets say it hits 1.0 in October 2020, that will mean the game will have been in development for about 7-8 years. For an MMO that's pretty standard. For a game of such ambition, I'd say that's pretty impressive.

Regardless, as a frustrated-at-the-state-of-3.0-but-happy-to-wait-and-see-if-things-improve backer, this article very much nails a lot of the feelings I have about the current state of play. Good article.
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Planet Coaster fan creates absurdly detailed 15-minute-long thrill ride inspired by Aliens

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3 months ago

That is absolutely superb. Love the use of clips of the xeno from Alien and Alien Isolation. I can't even begin to imagine how long it took to make.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' new replays reveal the hidden stories all around you

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3 months ago

@jamesmorris

"I can promise you that 99 kills out of 100 for me are cheaters."

Lol.
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Star Citizen maker launches fiery legal defence against Crytek

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3 months ago

@grassyknoll How are they talking complete nonsense? I know you've had an axe to grind against this game for years, but care to back up your allegations?
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3 months ago

If I remember correctly the Crytek lawyers who drew up this original agreement with CIG about use of the engine now work at CIG. I'm no legal expert but it sounds a bit frivolous on Crytek's part, which would be a shame as I would love them to get their act together. I have high hopes for Hunt: Showdown and it would be a shame if they tarnished their reputation further before it releases.
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Nvidia unveils Big Format Gaming Displays: 65-inch 120Hz G-Sync 4K monitors

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3 months ago

I'll never own one of those, but fuck me, just the thought of playing games on them has me pitching tents.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Xbox One patch promises "slight" frame-rate improvements

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3 months ago

@Mun It was the same deal on PC as well. Lots of updates and always communicating with the community. If rubberbanding is an issue on Xbox, rest assured Bluehole/PUBG Corp will get round to fixing it. They really did do Early Access properly despite what you've probably read elsewhere.
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Insurgency: Sandstorm has dropped its planned story mode

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4 months ago

Can't wait for this. Insurgency is brilliant and to be honest I don't think many Insurgency fans will be all that disappointed in the sequel's initial lack of a campaign, nor the now-fictionalised conflict. It was fictionalised in the original.

I've already registered for the alpha and have my fingers crossed I get an invite. Its gameplay is incredibly tactical and bullets do proper damage. One or two shot kills are the norm, like in Rainbow Six Siege, but Insurgency's guns sound absolutely terrifying.
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Star Citizen alpha 3.0 lands, Squadron 42 gameplay revealed

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4 months ago

The 3.1 patch is when we'll hopefully see fps improvements. When proper network culling is incorporated people won't be receiving information about what every other player on the server is doing tens of thousands of miles away. It's also a very CPU-taxing game and 16Gb RAM plus an SSD is pretty essential due to just how much map there is to keep track of and then load in seamlessly. It's certainly looking promising, but there are so many bugs and crashes in this 3.0 build that a bit of me suspects CIG released it as an attempt at a positive PR move given how late the update was.

Squadron 42 on the other hand looks amazing and anyone who loved the Wing Commander games should have it on their radar. It looks to have combined cinematic storytelling with open world gameplay so as to give players complete control over the story. The performance capture is stunning, especially in the briefing scene with Liam Cunningham and Mark Hamill. The writing and acting also seems pretty decent. I am excite.
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The 50 most exciting games of 2018

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4 months ago

You might as well remove Star Citizen as there's no way it will be finished in 2018. If our luck is in and the planets align, we might get the single-player Squadron 42 this year. They recently showed an hour's long vertical slice and, pre-alpha jank aside, it's looking like it could take single-player story-driven games to the next level.

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Eurogamer's games of 2017: The big debate

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4 months ago

After reading this I do seriously question the integrity of two of the staff at EG. An utterly vapid debate and the justification for putting Destiny 2 in the Top 10 is not there. When something like Divinity Original Sin 2 comes along and is hailed by many as one of, if not the best RPGs ever made and comes lower in your ranks than a game that you all agree is "broken by design", I do wonder why I read EG nowadays.

Not that it matters. Destiny 2 is shit anyway, DOS2 is a masterpiece and these charts are utterly meaningless, but it would have been nice to read some well articulated thoughts from supposed journalists as to why certain games placed where they did.
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Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2017: 10-1

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4 months ago

Other than Destiny 2, that's a very respectable Top 10, regardless of the order they're in.
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The year in loot boxes

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4 months ago

The great Star Wars debacle - and I'm not talking about The Last Jedi
FTFY
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Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2017: 30-21

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4 months ago

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Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2017: 40-31

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4 months ago

The salt in these comments over something so arbitrary is glorious.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds review

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4 months ago

@PlugMonkey Ha! I have said that "I'm not ending on that note" or something similar so many times.
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4 months ago

This is my GOTY. It's the only new game released this year that I bought (as soon as it hit Steam in March) and I haven't felt the need to buy anything else. I absolutely love it and it's such an improvement over the Arma 3 mod. It's DayZ but with all the boring survival shit and endless running removed, and a heavy focus on that heart-pounding PvP action these games do better than any other. It's given me some of the most intense, action packed and hilarious moments in all my years of gaming.

It started off pretty janky and with a limited set of weapons, but in 9 months the game feels so different to what we got back when it first released. I also think a huge part of its success is that despite being a sandbox shooter, the circle forces a tight focus on the two main objectives: stay alive by making sure you're always inside it, and win by any means possible. It's a perfect recipe, open ended but with enough restraint to ensure it stays focused and matches never last too long. Most importantly there's no bollocks progression system. Just the thrill of winning and the urge for "just one more" game if you don't. Before you know it it's 1am.
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Snazzy 3D replays will make the PUBG 1.0 release this week

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4 months ago

@Ragnor No I wouldn't because it clearly runs terribly as anyone with access to YouTube will tell you. The PC version however, runs fine.
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4 months ago

@dj_blades 1.0 was always going to be released this year. It was due in September and got delayed to year's end in July and they vowed to meet that deadline, which they did. http://www.pcgamer.com/playerunknowns-battlegrounds-pushed-back-from-initial-6-month-timeframe/
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