neems

LA Noire's Switch port tested: could the system handle GTA5?

neems

5 months ago

@add286

I'm afraid WipeOut 2048 ran at 30 fps on the Vista, and that was at 1/4 HD resolution (960x540). It was quite apparent in use as well.

The Switch on the other hand has Fast RMX which is basically a Wipeout clone, and runs at 60 fps in both docked (1080p) and handheld (720p) modes. Looks fantastic as well.
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New ruling forces ISPs to make their broadband speed ads more accurate

neems

5 months ago

They should also make ISPs use bytes instead of bits. The number of people who don't understand the difference is amazing, and they blatantly only do it because it sounds (8x) more impressive.

Don't get me started on hard drive manufacturers.
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Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes investigated by Belgian Gaming Commission

neems

5 months ago

@TwinStripeUK

I like the last part of that gaming and game of chance legislation - it basically says that the secretary of state can simply decide that something is a game of chance. That would bypass all this other nonsense if Amber Rudd made a ruling.
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neems

5 months ago

It doesn't matter if it's technically gambling or not, that's just semantics, the core of the issue is the fact that loot boxes are a morally bankrupt, money gouging mechanic designed to prey on paying customers.
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Rime developer addresses Switch performance issues

neems

5 months ago

@Ajent

It uses dynamic scaling to maintain 60 fps, so it can look a bit ropey on some of the more detailed arenas / when there's a lot going on. I've heard it described as 'a bit PS2 looking' (this is handheld, not sure about docked).

On the other hand performance is apparently solid, and you've got cross platform multiplayer.
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Jelly Deals: Nintendo Switch down to 269.99 at Amazon this week

neems

5 months ago

@OMAW3D

Do your kids not like video games?
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Doom's 'impossible' Switch port analysed in depth

neems

5 months ago

@kosmic2561

I never actually played Borderlands 2 on Vita... I imagine it would run pretty well on Switch though? Gearbox take note (or Take Two I suppose, they love a bit of money).
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Diablo 3: Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro dynamic res showdown

neems

6 months ago

More importantly, give us a Switch version and I will buy it a 3rd time.
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LA Noire's Switch download version doesn't fit on a Switch

neems

6 months ago

@FilthyAnimal

They may have used single sided DVDs to save an extra 50p on the manufacturing costs.
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Why did ancient Egypt spend 3000 years playing a game nobody else liked?

neems

6 months ago

@UKPlay

Hah I was just about to quote that :)
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Rogue Trooper Redux review

neems

6 months ago

As I remember it, GIs weren't bred, they were normal people who underwent genetic modification.

Hmm, okay apparently not. I'm apparently thinking of the prototype GI who died of old age. Later models were clones raised from birth to be soldiers.
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Shadow of War highlights the strengths and weaknesses of PS4 Pro

neems

6 months ago

@Blackmarsh63

Apparently the final act of the game is all about sieges and you need to have a very powerful army to stand a chance. This isn't really emphasised (or indeed necessary) beforehand so most people are massively under-prepared when they get to that point.

Luckily, WB have you covered (operators are standing by).
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neems

6 months ago

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, please stop quoting random vertical resolutions with a (p) slapped on the end. 1620p is not a thing, it doesn't even tell me the actual resolution as my mental arithmetic is not good enough to calculate the horizontal resolution based on the aspect ratio.
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Valve updates Counter-Strike's most iconic map

neems

6 months ago

Nearly forgot...

Ashes 2 ashes
Dust 2 dust
Funk 2 funky
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neems

6 months ago

@jasonkane

I wonder if we ever crossed paths? I played Dod for many years as a member of the much reviled {BATT} clan. Avalanche for life!

{BATT} nemodat fwiw (I was the token nice guy in the clan).
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FIFA 18 on Switch: custom-built or enhanced Xbox 360 port?

neems

7 months ago

I'm sure Fallout 4 wouldn't be possible, but Fallout 3 absolutely would be, and I would buy it in a heartbeat.

Oh and speaking as somebody who had both, there really is no comparison between FIFA on the Switch and Vita. The Switch version demolishes the Vita.
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Microsoft pulls U-turn on controversial Forza Motorsport 7 VIP changes

neems

7 months ago

@Simatron3000

Comment of the year so far.
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Nioh confirmed for PC, out November via Steam

neems

7 months ago

@Tiny_Kaiju

Ah that makes sense, although simply stating a VRAM requirement would suffice (I guess people with older machines might not actually know how much VRAM they have).
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neems

7 months ago

@djarcas

Gtx 780 is almost on par with a 970, which is a very powerful gpu to be the minimum spec for anything.
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neems

7 months ago

@Badoink

Gtx 780 minimum as well, pretty steep.
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FIFA 18 physical launch sales down 25% from last year

neems

7 months ago

@Ste_Eagles

I think the reason FIFA outsells PES every year is that FIFA is for football fans while PES is for gamers. Obviously there is overlap between those groups, but FIFA appeals to a mass market that most games can only dream of.

Licensing and resources make an enormous difference when making an authentic sports title.
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neems

7 months ago

@frazzl

Forza Horizon 3 is the game that Test Drive Unlimited wanted to be. It is utterly magnificent.
9 3

Now there's a C64 mini

neems

7 months ago

That is a terrible selection of games. I like the idea, but no thanks.
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How Super Mario Odyssey scales across docked and handheld modes

neems

7 months ago

@PAzz

Imagine the awesome battery life we would have with the Tegra 2 chipset, be lucky to get half an hour.
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neems

7 months ago

@neilka

If it makes you feel better Neilka, 900p isn't actually a thing.
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Twin-stick clicker Vostok Inc coming to Switch

neems

7 months ago

Yup double dip for me.
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Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is Switch's best-selling non-Nintendo game

neems

7 months ago

Great game. A truly bizarre meeting of characters and genres that somehow seems like the most natural thing in the world when you play it. Also Rabbid Peach may be the finest video game character for a generation.
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Project Cars 2 review

neems

7 months ago

@BOFH_UK

He wasn't excusing it, simply acknowledging the likelihood of fixes being forthcoming. If those problems hadn't been there, it would have been a recommended.
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How Tomb Raider got lost in the wilds

neems

7 months ago

@Luciferous

It's not the bow I have the issue with. In the game you create lines by firing an arrow trailing a rope into specific environmental features, and then use the line to cross. Now Lara is not a big girl, but that is just nonsense of the finest order. Just give her a grappling hook for christ's sake. Or even better, design your environments differently.
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neems

7 months ago

I know it's only a game, but the whole 'create a zip-line with a bow and arrow' mechanic really bugs me. As if anybody would trust that to carry their weight.
35 5

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review

neems

8 months ago

Are there many 'local warlords' in India?


@Dorlingus

While I certainly wouldn't call it crap, it was overlong. By the time i got to the island I couldn't be bothered anymore.
4 9

Planet Coaster soars past one million sales

neems

8 months ago

@Zarbrough-archive

Nice, I lol-ed.
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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 review

neems

8 months ago

There is a post on the Overclockers UK forums by one of their guys saying that the launch prices (450 for Vega 64 air) are only for the first shipment, and you should expect to see prices jump by 100 subsequently.
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South Park the Fractured But Whole PC requirements revealed

neems

8 months ago

@fabio78

An awful lot more than that I believe :)
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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice review

neems

9 months ago

Worth repeating, by all accounts this game does not in fact delete your save if you die too many times.

And it might just be me, but it doesn't feel pretentious. Just to be clear, at no point does the game mention mental illness, or try to lecture you (there is some kind of documentary thing on the main menu I believe). It's about a troubled young woman literally (and figuratively I guess?) going through hell to save the soul of the man she loved.

I'm sure it's not for everyone, but it's the sort of game that should exist, and I'm glad it does.
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neems

9 months ago

I would probably give it a recommended rather than essential, i can see it being quite a divisive title.

I would suggest the 'finding runes in the environment' is less about coping mechanisms and more an actual symptom of her psychosis - assigning significance to non-existent patterns.

If you're not interested in the story, specifically the mental health aspects, then i would skip it. The whole game is built around it, it's not a fighting game with story elements.

Also, so nice to see a game with no hud. Just be aware that RT is the focus button, i missed a couple of (optional) things early on because I didn't know how to activate them.

For what it's worth, combat involves light and heavy attacks, melee (kicking enemies with shields basically), dodging, blocking and parrying. There is also a focus (slow time) mechanic that i constantly forget about. Early on combat is infrequent and focuses on one enemy at a time, but the fights seem to be getting bigger and more common.

I like it so far.
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Destiny 2 blocks some popular game capture programs and Discord overlays

neems

9 months ago

Just out of curiosity, which part of 'Javelin 4' sounds sci-fi?
0 1

AMD returns to the high-end: Radeon RX Vega unveiled

neems

9 months ago

@OnlyJoeKing

Quick rule of thumb - never, ever buy a reference amd card. Or nvidia card for that matter.
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neems

9 months ago

@pleshy

Teraflops are not a measure of actual gaming performance, although they do have some bearing. In fact it's only fairly recently that people started talking about flops in relation to gpus.
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PlayStation Plus price hike announced for Europe

neems

9 months ago

I wonder how many people have unsubbed already? I have, this news was just the impetus I needed to finally get round to it. I just don't use the service (or indeed the PS4) enough to warrant the expense, even before the hike.
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Destiny 2 PC beta dates, system requirements confirmed

neems

9 months ago

@Perjoss

Er yeah, i'm just wondering what sort of performance the listed recommended specs - i5 2400 / gtx 970 - will get you. The devs have already confirmed 4k60 is possible.
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neems

9 months ago

I wonder if recommended specs are for 30 fps or 60?
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For Honor to get dedicated servers

neems

9 months ago

Too much too little too late (to ever try again).

I enjoyed it, I don't begrudge the money / time I spent on it, but that bird has flown.
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You need four amiibo to get everything Metroid: Samus Returns has to offer

neems

9 months ago

@mrcheesyelf

Cheers.

Is it possible to game the system at all? Not that i'm likely to be affected, but if things keep going this way...
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neems

9 months ago

I'm actually a bit vague on what an amiibo is. Some kind of figurine that you scan into the game?
1 1

Face-Off: Kingdom Hearts 3 vs Toy Story

neems

9 months ago

Toy Story has actually aged really well (no doubt because of the subject matter, as you mentioned) compared to other early cg movies. It still looks fantastic on bluray.
14 2

Das Boot is getting a VR game

neems

9 months ago

There's already a VR submarine game on steam called 'Iron Wolf' which is supposed to be pretty good.
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Sports Direct buys chunk of GAME

neems

9 months ago

Well Mike Ashley certainly knows a winner when he sees one.

Game to be relegated next season?
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Making Cyberpunk: when Mike Pondsmith met CD Projekt Red

neems

9 months ago

Best article I've read on EG in ages, cheers fellas.
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Splatoon 2's single-player is an enjoyable if familiar encore

neems

9 months ago

@DifferentClass

Tomb Raider.
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