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News Comments > Game Reviews
4. Re: Game Reviews Nov 12, 2014, 10:27 Creston
 
Yeah, they are RAPIDLY running back towards the "Fuck these guys" side of the teeter-totter.

Way to fuck up the goodwill you've built there, Ubi. I'm getting your next games Far Cry 4 when it's on sale for five bucks. Enjoy the cup of coffee.

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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Free Ultimate Vault Hunter Plans
1. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Free Ultimate Vault Hunter Plans Nov 12, 2014, 10:17 Creston
 
That wasn't in the game to begin with? Odd...
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
20. Re: Game Reviews Nov 12, 2014, 00:54 Creston
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 22:46:
Just to remind everyone, this is what DA2 got in terms of reviews

http://i.imgur.com/4uVna95.png

So I would wait to see what users have to say.

I think EA spent fifteen times the total amount of the entire development budget of the game on buying review scores for DA2... Which seems roughly in line with how they typically spend their money.

 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Reviews
9. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Reviews Nov 12, 2014, 00:51 Creston
 
NKD wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 00:00:
I have a 4.2GHz i7-3970K six-core processor and three Titans and I can't get anywhere near a steady 60fps with everything maxed at 1440p.

Holy shit, that is some truly fucking terrible coding.

I imagine there's a few bugs involved there though, rather than just performance scaling. Because changing settings, for me, doesn't really improve my framerate.

Yeah that has to be some kind of code loop somewhere that just destroys performance. (Or, as Egosoft calls it: "Every other line!" HEYYYYOOOO!)

It's still fucking terrible though, especially seeing as how the consoles are reportedly also running like shit. So the amount of testing apparently done on this game was... I'm gonna guess -15%?

Ubisoft is quickly going down the crapper again. First Watch Dogs, now this... If FC4 also sucks performance wise they're not going to have fun weathering the PR shitstorm.

 
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News Comments > Just Cause 3 Announced (Not F2P)
10. Re: Just Cause 3 Announced (Not F2P) Nov 11, 2014, 22:23 Creston
 
Fuck yeah, homies!

But please for the love of God put an indestructable grapple option in there. The game was a hundred times more fun with an indestructable grapple, and the one mod that everyone used to get it was broken with the latest patch.

Grappling passenger jets to random boats never got old.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
16. Re: Game Reviews Nov 11, 2014, 22:19 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 18:26:
Crysis being about a 90-91 feels right to me.

Crysis would have been worth a 90. PC Gamer gave it a 98. It's still the highest scoring game they ever reviewed, a spot it shares with (IIRC) Alpha Centauri.


But yes, from what I understand, DA2 really has no right being mid 90s. Again, someone may love it, but the odds that that someone is also the writer for a major magazine seems unlikely.

This was deep in the midst of their "OMG IT'S EA, QUICK, BLOW SUNSHINE UP ITS ASS!" phase. The phase where they also, for example, did an entire editorial about how they were going to be firm about the new wave of DRM that was hitting PC Games (SecuROM with limited installs, and having to beg for more installations was just starting to show up), would mention it if games were crippled by it, and would adjust scores to show that it was a game with shitty DRM.

And then Spore came out, and they "forgot" to mention it on their way to give Spore an "editor's choice." (SPORE! One of the worst fucking games to ever disgrace the PC.) Whatever her name was who was editor at the time gave some asinine explanation to try to justify that omission, and quickly quit her job after. Maybe she realized how ridiculous they'd become.


DA3 sounds like they learned from both prior games.

One more week and some 50-100ish hours and we'll know for sure.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. YEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! Nov 11, 2014, 17:57 Creston
 
Just Cause 3 Confirmed!!!!!

Lots More Info
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 11, 2014, 17:51 Creston
 
Dammit, my german isn't that technical. Eraser, please translate that entire DA:I benchmarks article, 'mkay?
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
13. Re: Game Reviews Nov 11, 2014, 17:50 Creston
 
Avoiding gamespot reviews paid advertisements is a smart suggestion, period.
 
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News Comments > System Shock 2 Community Patch
14. Re: System Shock 2 Community Patch Nov 11, 2014, 17:48 Creston
 
Parias wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 12:51:
even after we cram too much crap into the elevator to the point of crashing the game between level loads and having to move everything out until we find which object is causing the problem.

Rotfl

That's awesome
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Assassin's Creed Unity
35. Re: Ships Ahoy - Assassin's Creed Unity Nov 11, 2014, 17:18 Creston
 
Orogogus wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 16:18:
I think someone on this board mentioned how they purposely tone down accents in cases like this -- I think it was Ubisoft in particular. Like some voice actor or the other would use a much more American voice than his normal speaking voice, since people had trouble understanding and switched to subtitles (skipping all the spoken text). I'm sure this is something that's been thoroughly focus tested.

You want your voice actors to be understood, for sure, but the few cutscenes that I've seen feature exactly zero French accents. It shouldn't be that hard to get a guy to speak understandable English while at the same time having them sound as if they're at least from the country they're pretending to be.

They managed this just fine with Ezio, and the guy who did the VO was born in California.


 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
11. Re: Game Reviews Nov 11, 2014, 17:03 Creston
 
PC Gamer review is also up. They gave it an 87, but they were of course burdened by the fact they shilled DA2 into a 94, and have been paying for it ever since.

No way they could give DA:I higher than they did DA2. But it does leave them with the humorous situation where they say a game is better than DA2, and they score it lower.


Btw, with regards to the MMO type fetch quests:

Fortunately, there’s plenty of substance too. The campaign’s story is gated by both the suggested experience level, and the Power cost of unlocking each mission. I was easily able to earn enough of both while focusing only on the most interesting objectives. As long as you’re exploring the world, righting wrongs and fighting hostiles, there’s no need to churn through the padding.

And with regards to the whole "you get hurriedly put in charge of the inquisition"

To counterbalance this, the main story missions are filled with tough, world-shifting decisions. They are, almost without exception, wonderful scenarios. Each mission is distinct, memorable, and significantly moves the story along. Initially, the forming of the Inquisition seemed hurried, and underwhelming because of it. After about 20 hours, that was revealed to be a deliberate move—through a sequence that entirely changed my perception of what the order was, and my character’s relationship to it.

So that all sounds promising.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2014, 16:40 Creston
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 14:19:
Wallshadows wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 13:06:
The days leading up to and including Remembrance Day is the only time of year when History channel is left on and watched good.

fixed.

US Top Gear laughs at you both.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2014, 16:39 Creston
 
Nothing to do with games or veterans day, but there is a really, really cool article about The Knowledge: the test required to become a London cab driver.

It's a massively long article (good 30 min read probably), but very interesting. I lived in London for six months, took a cab from time to time (not too often, as they're pretty expensive), and these guys know EVERYTHING. I gave one cab driver the street I wanted to go to, and he specifically asked which restaurant or club I was going to, so he'd know whether to intersect the street from the start or halfway up, because it'd be quicker. It's pretty cool.

 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
7. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 11, 2014, 12:33 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 00:09:
Creston wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 20:44:
Dum dum zingyzingy dum dum zingyzingy dum dum zingyzingy!

Is that the Heston Blumenthal theme song?

Sly Fox

(with Adriana Lima bonus!)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2014, 11:29 Creston
 
Here's to Veterans Day. Hope we never forget... Salute
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Assassin's Creed Unity
19. Re: Ships Ahoy - Assassin's Creed Unity Nov 11, 2014, 11:27 Creston
 
Verno wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 11:09:
Creston wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 11:06:
Verno wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 09:12:
The game files have many references to Disrupt and AnvilNext so I wonder if its just a case of "we threw this together sloppily".

What is Disrupt and AnvilNext? Confused

Disrupt is the "new" engine they used for Watch Dogs and AnvilNext was the engine used for all AC games from AC3 onward (including this one). Maybe they just used the AI routines from Disrupt. The performance issues seem weird though given that AC4 ran so well.

Ah, okay, thanks for clearing that up. So it seems as if it's a cobbled-together engine then?

AC4 didn't run that well, to be honest...? I mean, it ran fine for me, but I have a reasonably beefy machine, and if I turned on their SSAO and TXAA implementations, my framerates plummeted to below 30.
 
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News Comments > etc.
12. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 11:25 Creston
 
nin wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 08:59:
And when he specifically asked for multiple examples in games that had a negative message towards gender, she basically spun her wheels, blurted out "grand theft auto" (aka media whipping boy) and then ignored his question and went on with her prepared statement.

Boy, raise hands all of you who are surprised... Nobody?
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Game Reviews Nov 11, 2014, 11:12 Creston
 
jomisab wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 10:00:
Much more psyched for DA:I now.

Kind of unusual for a publisher to allow a game to be reviewed (and for those reviews to be made public) so far in advance?

Yeah, but it's a good sign. It shows they have confidence in the game.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
4. Re: Game Reviews Nov 11, 2014, 11:11 Creston
 
Verno wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 08:55:
Reviews look really solid for DA:I. Seems like the early game problems pan out after the 4 hour mark. I'll wait for a few user reviews before picking it up but looks good.

I've been watching several videos of people who all had the same complaints about that "first five hours" presentation they were given, but it was only the PC Gamer guys who mentioned that "We were shown basically zero of the main story."

It seems the game just kinda haphazardly chunks you in the middle of busywork alley, and it takes awhile to open up the main quests etc. Not saying that's a good decision by Bioware, but it does alleviate the worries that the entire games is just going to be "Go here and kill ten bears."
 
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