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Alleged Just Cause 3 screenshots hint at F2P and micro-transactions

ro-kurorai

4 years ago

I bloody love JC2. For me personally it's the best, most fun open world third person sandbox game out there. The characters and story are cheesy but they don't even try to take themselves seriously as many other contemporaries do.
The PS3 version was technically outstanding and the PC version maxed out is a thing of beauty.

The game might have gotten a little bit tough in the final stages but as far as I'm concerned it's pure unadulterated open world gaming fun. I am looking forward to Mad Max and I was ecstatic for JC3 as I can't wait to see what the guys at Avalanche can squeeze out of the new consoles. If JC2 on consoles is a yardstick then JC3 should be setting the visual benchmark for open world sandbox games.

If, however, SE have forced Avalanche to go the bloody F2P micro-transactions way then I'm unfortunately done with the series. It will be bloody shame but buying and supporting that model will only encourage other publishers to force their devs to follow suit, just 'cause. That's a future I don't wanna live in.
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Assassin's Creed: Unity's PC system requirements revealed

ro-kurorai

4 years ago

Guess my trusty GTX 560TI won't cut it anymore as it's not even supported by the game =(
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Titanfall beta sign-up opens for PC and Xbox One

ro-kurorai

4 years ago

@skowhegan I'm looking forward to the DF analysis. I just hope it will be objective, as the recent "first look" article did not mention the game tears like crazy and there was no actual performance analysis. I still have the impression that RL tries to put a more positive spin on XO performance.

Based on the current confirmed "792p" resolution I'm assuming it's fair to say the 360 build will be 720p60 as Source Engine is hardly demanding on last gen consoles (Portal 2 performed impeccably on both systems).

I concur that MS/EA simply want to push the XO version and expect impatient players to purchase XO instead of waiting for the 360 build.

TitanFall's launch will be definitely a watershed moment for XO as it will make or break the system's future sales prospects.
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ro-kurorai

4 years ago

No plans for 360 beta and no 360 footage released so far is kinda worrying. Either it will be very close to the XO version (both are probably running at 720p) and EA want to push XO sales hard or it will be rather poor, which, regarding BluePoint's track record, is highly unlikely.

Good luck to those who signed up and are excited for it. I hope it turns out way better than COD with mechs and bots. I enjoyed the PC demo at GC but I'm not a huge fan of Origin and fear for cheaters spoiling the experience for genuine players (plagues PC CODs).
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Sniper Elite 3's kill cam has next-gen testicles

ro-kurorai

4 years ago

"1080p even on XO", now that's a promise x)
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Three scrumptious new Witcher 3 screenshots

ro-kurorai

4 years ago

@CaptainKid I beg to differ. The textures are insane.
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ro-kurorai

4 years ago

CDPR's engine is vastly scale-able. It means that PC enthusiasts will receive their new benchmark to run their hardware through its paces and guys like me, who only own a more budget oriented rig and soon a PS4 will get the choice to experience this high-fantasy nut's wet dream on console without having to build a new rig or sacrifice some visual fidelity instead - a sacrifice well worth it, I assume. Win-win!

With CDPR's experience and roots in PC gaming I am certain that they won't compromise the PC version (visuals, scope and interface) in any way and courtesy of a more PC-oriented architecture might deliver the graphics (and RPG) benchmark on PS4 (and to a presumably, at least based on recent face-offs, more visually compromised extent on X1) until us Sony gamers get some Naughty Dog or Sony Santa Monica love.
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3DS RPG Rune Factory 4's European release cancelled

ro-kurorai

4 years ago

no biggie, let's just import as handhelds are region-free ;)
oh wait, nvm -_-
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Warning! Don't stand your Xbox One vertically

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Funny how Sony figured out how to design a slot-loading drive that doesn't give a fuck whether it's positioned horizontally or vertically 7 years ago. Yet MS could not. *insert obligatory XO sucks remark here* (^-^)v
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Xbox One will function without Kinect plugged in

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

So ultimately the console was not designed with mandatory Kinect and 24h online checks in mind. Those restrictions were implemented because MS thought their customers will be good sheep and forgive MS's hubris. Never have I seen such a lack of vision for a new console releasing in 3 months.
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I've decided which console I'm buying this year...

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Oli. It's refreshing to read what fuels your passion for gaming and why you've chosen to buy another PS3. Your very last sentence is simply brilliant =)
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Soul Calibur 2 HD Online coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 this autumn

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Link will certainly not appear in these versions as they're not on Ninty hardware. As Heihachi is included Spawn should be a no-brainer. Glad to see it re-made for a larger audience, deserves every single sale.
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Titanfall: the creators of Call of Duty reload the FPS

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

@Dynasty2021 It's also coming to 360 so there's no justification to switch to MS's next-gen console for this game only ;)
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ro-kurorai

5 years ago

@jetfire10 I'm puzzled as well. Have you paid attention to the human character models' faces? They look very 2005. Source Engine in it's un-modded, vanilla state (as used in this game) is not very attractive and it shows.
Visually Destiny murders Titanfall. Destiny features huge expansive open fantasy worlds to delve into whereas Titanfall features small, confined MP-only! maps with ugly, low-rez textures, stiff face animations from other characters (intercom messages look especially bad) and gameplay is rather "been there done that" than innovation.

I honestly do not comprehend how this game could win any awards.
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Actress Ellen Page accuses Naughty Dog of ripping off her likeness for The Last of Us

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

@Pasco I am shocked, too. The headline is indeed tabloid-y. It's surprising as EG usually tends to be one of the most professional gaming news sites.
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Battlefield 4 dev DICE on Commander Mode and the importance of 60fps

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

60 fps is possible but he deliberately did not mention the native rendering rez. Wouldn't be surprised if it runs at 720p.
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Microsoft reverses position on Xbox One DRM

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

And here I thought Mattrick and Hryb "stood by their policies and won't change anything because of Sony". So it seemed in the last couple of interviews at least. Obviously the power of the cloud is not as integral to the system as initially claimed.
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GAME opening Xbox-only store in London

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

MS must be kinda desperate. Can't blame them, after that PR nightmare between the reveal and E3.
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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 slips to 2014 in Europe, US

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

That frame rate, ouch. I bloody hope it's playable smoothly come launch day.
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The Last of Us review

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

And this, ladies and gents, is the reason I love Sony PlayStation. You can always count on a new, refreshing and expertly developed IP from their studios.
2013 is easily the best year in gaming this gen and I hope E3 and GamesCom/TGS will feature even more game announcements. Naughty Dog are to Sony what Rare used to be to Ninty: their best developer and probably the best developers of their generation.
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New Killer is Dead videos show off a boss fight and "Gigolo Mode"

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

the last line in the "gigolo" video literally means "from now on it's adults' time" (ここからは大人の時間 ). suda never disappoints!
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Dishonored dev now making Prey 2, new report claims

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

The 15 minutes demo I watched at GamesCom11 looked promising and genuinely fun. A fresh take on an under-appreciated gem. As it's developed on UE3 now and aiming for a 2016 release I have little hope left. Arkane made their mark but I would rather see them make another original IP than taking the leftovers of Prey2 and re-make it from scratch on UE3. Aliens Colonial Marines and DNF say hello =(
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The Last of Us' Season Pass and DLC detailed

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

As I don't give a fuck about the MP DLC and as the "in-game-perks" certainly alter ND's original pacing - it's a survival game ffs, I don't want any DLC that makes it easier! - I'll only purchase the SP episode and making of. Season pass, please go outside, play hide and go fuck yourself!
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Conker's Bad Fur Day creators get together for Director's Commentary over a decade after release

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Oh Rare, how we miss thee. CBFD is still my favorite N64 title, the naughty rodent.They were hands down Ninty's best studio. I hope they get at least a chance to develop some original IP on XBone. Staying a Kinect-only studio forever is a fate worse than unemploymet, imho.
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Rayman Legends release date brought forward to August

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Yay to Vita version. The inclusion of Murphy-maps is awesome too. Rayman Origins is still the best platformer and one of the most artistically striking titles on Vita. Can't wait for Legends.
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Kojima: Xbox 360 disc size to blame for lack of Metal Gear Solid: Legacy Collection

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

@Red_Bool
That's what you get with "compression" on 360 ;)



That's on PS3 ffs:



Please open them in a new tab to spot the difference. It's difficult to tell them apart if viewed in as small a resolution as shown in the comment.

FFXII says hi as well. That was one heavily compressed game. (No 1080p, macro blocked 720p Bink videos instead and lossy 5.1 audio mix only.)
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The Last of Us ending details leak online

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Fuck the fucking fuckers - who potentially spoil the experience for others!
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Killer is Dead slated for August in Europe

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Suda = d1p =)
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Respawn game is reportedly an always-online Xbox exclusive

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

This is gonna cost MS an arm and a leg, especially with EA as publisher, if these rumors hold merit. Well, they got tons of cash so might as well use it. Glad to see that Sony and Ninty do not have to buy exclusives but can rely on their own 1st and 2nd party.
Kinda seems that MS realized they can't completely rest on their laurels and that 3rd party support alone won't be enough against Ninty's and Sony's impressive 1st and 2nd party studios.
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UK chart: BioShock Infinite soars to its third week on top

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

So SP-only games with memorable, affable characters that grow on you and a mind-boggling story can stay on top of the charts for three consecutive weeks?! This is madness!
My faith in mainstream gamers has been restored. I'm ecstatic to read that, as both TR, despite being a huge flop according to SE sales expectations, and BSI are high quality SP-only (I don't acknowledge TR's crappy MP as a core feature of the game) games that deserve each single sale.
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UK chart: Defiance rockets into top three, but BioShock Infinite still top

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

And here I thought Tomb Raider was a failure for Square Enix. Guess they have to set realistic sales expectation. Both Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider staying at the top of the charts is amazing news. Those games (except TR's outsourced, terrible MP) exude quality and as I finished them both I'm quite happy to read that. Awesome SP-only (TR's crappy MP doesn't count :P) can still storm the charts if they're quality products. Fuck tacked-on MP!
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The Hall of Heroes: BioShock Infinite's Fort Frolic?

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Tom.
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UK chart: Xbox 360-exclusive Gears of War: Judgment storms top

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

So licensing a hugely popular TV show (IP) and sticking fan-favorite characters on the cover did pay off for Acti. Quick cash-grab and lots of disappointed impulse-gamers. And then we wonder why licensed games have such a bad reputation among the informed gaming demographic. After Telltale's stellar take on the franchise it's a bloody shame such a bland, lazy, run-off-the-mill fps charts so high.
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Nintendo removes European eShop restrictions on 18+ rated games

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

"The USK is the perfect partner for Nintendo to achieve this."

That sounds like a mockery, as USK are bound by our great country's asinine youth protection laws that dictate what content has to be removed from games in order to get an adults only (18) certification at all. Germany is a great country, but I will never understand the suits responsible for media and youth protection laws.

It's kinda funny and sad that content deemed harmful to the development of youths has to be removed from German (and only German) versions of games to guarantee an 18 rating. It's paradoxical if you ask me.
Amazon.co.uk and game.co.uk are my preferred online shops for games since time immemorial.
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Nvidia demonstrates potentially revolutionary new face-rendering tech

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Their tech demos are meant to sell GPUs. Unfortunately this tech cannot be integrated into an actual game and if merely animating Ira hogs 2 Gflops then it's as un-optimized as Crysis1 (PC).
At least we know that QD's demo tech will be utilized in their latest game, as was the case with the audition tech demo whose tech was used in Heavy Rain afterwards. Kara became BEYOND (same engine and tech). So I'm really looking forward to PS4, as the demo shown was made by a software producer. Ira is merely a fancy benchmark to sell PC enthusiasts on Titan.
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Why publishers refuse games such as Remember Me because of their female protagonists

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

I always play a female character if I'm given the option. Games are entertainment, a means to enter another world. I'm a straight male but I would not mind my female game avatar kissing another male character, as I'm not identifying with the PC. Lots of people say they prefer to look at a female character's well-rendered buttocks instead of staring at another guy's ass, which I agree upon, but for me it's more about making sure my female in-game avatar succeeds and that I protected her from harm.

Fuck the marketing analysts. I prefer female player characters in games and - shocker - I might even chose a game starring a female PC exclusively over one that only features a stereotypical macho dude-bro PC.
Guess which EU Limited Edition of TLOU I chose. Small tip: it was not the Joel Edition.
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Need for Speed: Most Wanted vs. PlayStation Vita

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Richard, thanks for giving Vita more exposure with those articles.
I'd like to inquire how you captured the footage. I remember you stating you're using customized hardware and this is definitely direct-feed footage. As Vita does not have a dedicated video-out channel I assume you're using a customized dev-kit. Can you share how you customized it or is that information "classified".

Anyways, thanks for the insightful article. The hardware is quite powerful and finally the hardware sales are picking up steam in Japan. Hopefully it's not too late for Sony to do turn the system's fortunes on our shores as well.
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Sony changes "misogynistic" God of War: Ascension Trophy name

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

"Bros before Ho's" - "Chicks before Dicks"
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Aliens: Colonial Marines has been patched on Xbox 360, PS3

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

It's great to see Gearbox take at least some responsibility but I wonder whether that patch can fix a fundamentally broken and disappointing game.
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Destiny: Bungie unveils its shared-world shooter

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

well, at least the concept art looks nice
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Fumito Ueda issues The Last Guardian statement ahead of Sony's PlayStation 4 event

ro-kurorai

5 years ago


I'm ready =)
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Wii U's Most Wanted: Criterion returns to Nintendo hardware with enhanced Need for Speed

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Wow, if all developers took the same approach with PS3 and PC versions of all games then we probably would not have to bother with low-rez textures and heavily compressed, artifact-ridden FMVs (Bink etc.). RAM is obviously not an issue on PC and the likes of Naughty Dog and Sony Santa Monica, heck even QuanticDream (a 2nd party dev), have already proven the same holds true to PS3. Despite its low amounts of RAM the console is perfectly capable of delivering hi-rez textures courtesy of HDD streaming and Blu-Ray space (which obviously applies to PC as well thanks to full HDD-installs).

Uncharted 2/3, Heavy Rain and GoW III are a case in point.
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Nintendo: no plans for Wii U price cut

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

There will most likely be a price cut around E3 once Sony and MS steal the spotlight at E3. This year's E3 shall be interesting to watch.
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The Last of Us Special Edition comes in Joel and Ellie versions

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Ellie Edition pre-ordered. That artwork looks classy!
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Tomb Raider multiplayer counts for a quarter of game's Achievements

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Crystal Dynamics/Eidos Montreal: fuck off!
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Face-Off: DmC Devil May Cry

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

And that coming from a dev that started as a PS3 exclusive and even wrote a whole game engine for PS3. Steam it is then. At least the Steam version does not run on GFWL.

As long as developers keep producing such half-assed PS3 version I will remain a happy Steam-user.
My PS3 action-fix money goes to Platinum (Konami) and MGR. That one looks sick. Its visuals are far superior to the UE3-powered DmC and it runs at a constant 60 frames per second on PS3. So obviously the engine is not solely to blame but the developers as well. In MGR's case both the engine and the developer are vastly superior. Can't wait.
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iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 due just five months after predecessors - report

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Serves them stupid Apple-sheeple-fuckers right. If they actually thought before making a purchase instead of running off and buying into that crap Apple might re-consider their fucked up milking methods and horrendous prices.
As long as customers are willing to shell out bi-annually for the ridiculously overpriced gadgets Apple will keep bathing in money and releasing bi-annually.

Soon we'll see Activision follow suit and release COD twice a year, as well.
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Fantasy MMO Tera goes free-to-play nine months after launch

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

It's visually gorgeous and despite being censored I can imagine it being loads of fun. F2P makes it way more appealing.
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The next set of Lego games is for brand new universe "Legends of Chima"

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

This is great news, color me intrigued. TT's Lego games are always charming, looking forward to this. The promo art looks sick, btw.
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Why Xbox failed in Japan

ro-kurorai

5 years ago

Thanks for this great article, Wesley. It was a blast to read =)
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