myk

South Park: The Fractured But Whole review

myk

4 weeks ago

I enjoyed it more than SoT, the superhero beats just worked better for me (especially Timmy) and some of the stuff at the end was brilliant (Kanye West's cameo for example).
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Monster Hunter World review

myk

4 months ago

@Mantis41 Warframe is worth a try, it's less open world than Borderlands but has a lot more variety and defaults to coop play.
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Star Citizen, I am disappointed

myk

4 months ago

If you don't like it there always Elite or Eve. But they've got the same problem where the sandbox is as much a pain as a benefit.

I'm more interested to see where Squadron 42 has got to, it's what I spent money on.
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Video games and the power of winter

myk

5 months ago

For a game set in winter, rather than just set in a Scandinavian wilderness it has to be the division - especially in survival mode. For me it's the best game environment there is.
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Super Mario Odyssey players are glitching their way to the top of the jump rope leaderboards

myk

6 months ago

Do a Link's Awakening and make all in game characters refer to them as 'cheat'
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Warframe's big open-world expansion is out next week on PC

myk

8 months ago

What I love about Warframe is that there's always another weapon to try, another warfame to use, a new mechanic they introduce. That and the fact that the default is for auto-teaming, with the variety that brings.
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Warframe Chains of Harrow update arrives on PS4 and Xbox One

myk

10 months ago

Worth mentioning there's still a couple of days to get a free Frost Prime warframe if you have Amazon prime through signing up for twitch prime and linking accounts.
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Vanquish remains the pinnacle of cover shooters

myk

12 months ago

I could never get into it - all the sliding around made it seem a bit silly (similar kind of thing in Warframe). Don't think cover mechanics get much better than The Division, can't understand why they then went backwards in Ghost Recon.
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Play The Division for free this weekend on PC, PS4, Xbox One

myk

1 year ago

For me it's the best cover-based third-person RPG shooter around.

The only thing I'd criticise it for is that the gear sets that change the way you play are locked to level 30 characters.
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LG OLED B6 4K TV review

myk

1 year ago

I'm waiting for Optoma's 4k(ish) projector that's coming soon. Once you start gaming on a projector there's no going back.
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There's good news and bad news on The Division year two

myk

1 year ago

I really like the approach they've taken with DLC, you can never create enough story-based content to keep end-game players happy. They could have been more upfront about what the DLC was going to be though.
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Overwatch has become my favourite tawdry soap opera

myk

1 year ago

Articles like this explain why I can't get into Overwatch. Where others see 'Pixar level' sets and locations I see barely turbosquid level modelling and art direction. Where others see characters with loads of backstory I see fan service designs and stereotypes.
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Now it's backwards compatible, here are Oblivion's best moments

myk

1 year ago

As with most Bethesda games, the main quest was best left till last. It's all about making your own way round the map, exploring and encountering random events.
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Is being bad at games really so terrible?

myk

2 years ago

I think there are two ways of being bad at games - having bad hand-eye coordination, and not learning from mistakes. In competitive games the first I can forgive, the second not.
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HDR: What does it mean for games and movies?

myk

2 years ago

In post-production we'd just render each frame linear (16bpc) and apply a lookup to match the output device. The key is that the output device can actually display a wider gamut and does so without compromising the rest of the picture quality (something I'm sceptical of in the world of TVs).
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It sounds like Gears of War 4 will come to PC

myk

2 years ago

I'd put in cross play, but make it gamepad only.
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Readers' top 50 games of 2015

myk

2 years ago

My comment on Cities: Skyline being a pre-apocalyptic city building game would have made sense if they'd used my comment about Fallout 4. As it is, ends up looking a little weird :)
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Football Manager 2016 review

myk

3 years ago

I don't think I'll ever move on from FM2010, it's pretty much perfect.
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Nvidia Shield Android TV review

myk

3 years ago

I wanted one of these for a while, but got an xbox one instead - the streaming from pc to tv was the bit I cared most about, and the xbox should get that soon. For everything else there's chromecast.

Android as a games platform is dead to me, there's so little on there that's original and not filled with IAP.
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 review

myk

3 years ago

My tip if you do want to edit all the names of the clubs on Xbox One is to stream it to a W10 PC, as you can then use the keyboard to type out the names. Just wish the kits were a bit quicker to edit.
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Alexis Kennedy on: The Labyrinth

myk

3 years ago

I think the error a lot of branching storylines make is that they have a habit of making the fact that your choices don't mean much obvious - the infamous 3 colour ending to Mass Effect, the 3 buttons in Deus Ex:HR. Something like KOTOR2 hides the mechanics a lot better, though I'd get rid of any UI showing alignment.

Where ME2 and 3 were good is where you can lose squad members due to decisions you've made - I know I've missed out on several bits of stories with various people dying, but I can accept that because it was my storyline - no going back to save Legion in ME2 to get the 'best' outcome in ME3, and having to live with the consequences. I think more Bioware style RPGs should lock the choices you've made in, so you can't go back and correct 'mistakes'.
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Forza Motorsport 6 takes us back to the series' heyday

myk

3 years ago

The key thing about Forza for me is that the handling on a pad is unparalleled. The one thing I would like them to nick from Project Cars is qualifying, starting from the back gets old real quick and encourages you to over-upgrade your car or have lower difficulty AI.
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Star Citizen, feature creep and money

myk

3 years ago

I'm doubtful that the persistent universe bit of the game will ever materialize, or will be massively scaled back. Squadron 42 looks a lot more achievable, and is the bit I'm really waiting for.
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Project Cars review

myk

3 years ago

One thing I found on a quick play yesterday was that grip levels weren't transmitted through the pad's rumble (unlike Assetto Corsa and Forza), which is a bit of a shame as it makes you feel a little less connected to the racing.
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Assetto Corsa review

myk

3 years ago

sweetfx mod for assetto corsa

Cool little mod that lets you tweak the look of the game (bloom, sharpening, tonemapping, vignetting etc.).
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Games of 2014: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

myk

3 years ago

The almost unkillable warchiefs were for me the highlight - going up against an archer with an army of followers immune to just about everything (and then having him as my primary nemesis) was the game - it meant I had to consider using the environment, other branded warchiefs, the rest of the Nemesis system rather than just spamming a couple of overpowered attacks (like stealth kills or branding).
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Elite: Dangerous and the art of the galactic grind

myk

3 years ago

@CaptainKid even if the markets failed, missions would still reward you credits. Often they demand things not listed on the markets.
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Elite: Dangerous, David Braben and a scale model Cobra MK III

myk

4 years ago

If I was them I'd cobble together a quick one system offline mode.
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Gaming on the Big Screen: Optoma GT1080 projector review

myk

4 years ago

I use an Optoma HD131Xe but instead of a projector screen just painted a wall matte white. At the time I was tempted by the HD750 (the previous, 720P version of the HD1080) but had the space for the normal throw projector and wanted 1080P.

Probably one of the best purchases I've made, works great with the PS3 to have gaming, films and netflix.
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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with the Forza Horizon 2 demo

myk

4 years ago

What's the AI like? I've heard some people say it's like Forza 5 in using Driveatars but how does that work on point to point races with randomly generated traffic, or events that are heavily scripted?

Found the first one a lot less enjoyable once you realised it was only what you did in the very final stage of a race/event that actually affected whether you won or lost.
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Forza Horizon 2 proves the driving genre is back at its best

myk

4 years ago

Does Horizon still have AI catch up? It ruined the first for me (same with GT6).
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Defiance review

myk

5 years ago

@bigbadbeasty that review certainly matched my view of the game a lot more, and goes into a lot more depth. Then again, it's the PC version so that may explain a lot.

particularly like this line:
In my first impression , I found it at first mau. But after a while I grabbed the more violent maelstrom. Now, a week later, I do not even want to stop.
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myk

5 years ago

All MMOs are grinds, the question is whether it's an enjoyable process. Something that you intend to play for half an hour and are still playing 4 hours later is an enjoyable grind IMO.

On PC haven't experienced any of the bugs and glitches mentioned in the review or lag on anything other than major arkfalls with 60+ people (which could be graphics card related).
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Defiance TV pilot review

myk

5 years ago

I've been pretty impressed by the story in the game so far, it does have echoes of a lot of other games/series (firefly and mass effect in particular) but I don't see that as a bad thing.
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Acer Iconia Tab A700 review

myk

6 years ago

I really hate the term 'retina display', it manages to give less information than PPI or pixel density. As for high res screens on small devices, I don't think the clarity benefit offsets the processing power demands - I'd rather see everything optimised for 1280x800 and get better graphics than spending all the processing power on delivering 2560x1600 (the nexus 10 - though it's exactly twice 1280x800, so should upscale really well).
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30 days free SWTOR for level 50 characters

myk

6 years ago

The endgame isn't broken, there's a ton of content to do if you are in a good guild. The game also encourages you to start alts, all of which have a separate class quest story (though the non-storyline missions are the same) - the legacy system of unlocking different things with each playthrough adds to this.

I can understand why some people might not like the gameplay with it being very similar to WoW, but I think a lot of the criticism it gets is due to players getting bored with themepark MMOs in general and an expectation that SWTOR was going to change that.
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Ms. Effect: The Rise of FemShep

myk

6 years ago

I quite liked the fact that the cover on the game is fully reversible, if I worked in a game shop I'd have been tempted to reverse exactly half of the copies and see which sold best.
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The Rise and Fall of Sega Enterprises

myk

6 years ago

What Sega need to do is licence the next Xbox from Microsoft and market it in Japan.
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Review

myk

6 years ago

@marmaduke " What's the point of being Han Solo if you can't just think 'fuck it' and shoot first occasionally?"

Flashpoints offer an easy, repeatable way to compensate for force points lost (in either direction), and companion gifts do the same for companion affection lost in conversations.

There really is no reason to not play the game the way you want. I've hit Light 3, but I've still got almost a thousand dark side points as well (some people need to die).
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myk

6 years ago

It's probably worth pointing out that you don't just get one companion (you end up with 6 to choose from), they can be customised to look different (both in looks and armour) and they disappear if you have a player group of 4. What they do is allow a tank or healer to progress through the main quests as easily as a DPS (which pretty much everyone would be otherwise, making flashpoint groups harder to form).

I'm really glad TOR is a MMO rather than a single player RPG, doing heroics and flashpoints with the EG guild is good fun and there's always the potential for PvP making life interesting in shared areas (if your on a PvP server or flagged for PvP). The main stories are easily as good as KOTOR, and offer more than just a straight jedi story (currently playing through the smuggler one, being a privateer for the Republic and dealing with the Hutts) and the new option of playing as a sith (rather than just a dark jedi).
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SWTOR has 350,000 peak concurrent users - report

myk

6 years ago

I'm happy with the number of people I see about in TOR - any more and the kill x enemies quests would take two or three times as long, even now I tend to try and group up if someone else is on the same quest and so far almost every time other players have been happy to do so.
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The truth behind retailer-exclusive pre-order extras

myk

7 years ago

Compare the price of Mass Effect 3 PC standard edition and the Game-exclusive collectors edition and try to tell me retailer exclusives aren't price gouging.
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12 Days of Christmas Xbox Giveaway!

myk

7 years ago

I won day 8 and am quite glad they notified and sent out prizes the day after, it meant I could get it delivered the same day as something else (which I'd taken a day off work for). If they had waited till now there's a chance it would have be sitting in a DHL depot for a week or more.
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BioWare takes Star Wars The Old Republic queues "seriously"

myk

7 years ago

I've made sure I've got characters on multiple servers, the fact that each class/faction has it's own storyline makes having multiple characters a lot more interesting.
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Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition has bonus character and mission

myk

7 years ago

As it's exclusive to Game even the PC edition is £69.99 - over twice the price of the standard PC edition (£27.99) at Amazon. I'm getting a bit fed of up of retailer exclusives, they are blatantly anti-competitive.
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Forza 4 demo now available

myk

7 years ago

"Can someone confirm if the demo has Kinect support please?"

- if it does, I haven't been able to find the option. I'd say no, unless anyone else knows otherwise.
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Face-Off: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

myk

7 years ago

Runs okay on a 2008 MBP (2.4 C2D, 8600M) at 1440x900, I have had to switch off AA and vsync though (came up with a warning when I tried running it on defaults).
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Forza boasts "long-term" Top Gear deal

myk

8 years ago

The thing I love about Forza 3 is that when you're playing with a pad you get the same feeling of the car through the force feedback that you do with a wheel - you know when you're about to hit the limit of grip, when you glance a kerb, when you plough into a barrier.

The area where they could improve it is in giving the career mode more character, it just doesn't give you that much motivation to do races (especially when you hit level 50 and get all the cars you're going to be given).
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Halo: Reach played for a millennia

myk

8 years ago

I thought the weekly challenge to basically complete it was a bit silly - I'm not a fan of rushing through games. It would have been better to have had it as a challenge later in the game's lifespan to encourage people to replay the campaign.
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Star Trek Online

myk

8 years ago

At the moment this keeps me from playing mass effect 2, which does puzzle me a bit. It's nowhere near perfect, is quite rough round the edges and a bit clunky but gets the most important bit right - ship combat.
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