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SO now that 7.00 is out , aside from the 16 player parties and controller compatibilitiy with iOS etc. One of the things I noticed was a proper calibration tool for HDR in display settings  (it even prompted me the first time i put in a HDR compatible game yesterday)

 

@Thor

 

 

Someone is going to tell me that has always been there now

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I noticed the calibration tool yesterday as well, it's definitely new for that update. I played Destiny 2 last night and didn't really see a difference...

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1 hour ago, Thor said:

I noticed the calibration tool yesterday as well, it's definitely new for that update. I played Destiny 2 last night and didn't really see a difference...

Yeah I couldn't tell much of a difference either- I just wondered how much of it would be controlled by the system and how much would be done by the game options.

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Control's definitely worth playing. Wot I thought (not really spoilers, but the words come over more negatively than I actually feel about the game; it has much to commend it):

 

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On 12/09/2019 at 20:31, Gorf King said:

Yeah, I just finished the last two missions - I guess I did 'that' bit, which was hugely enjoyable. They just went all cod-Matrix and made it lots of cheesy sci-fi fun, with plenty of imagination in the environments and a pumping soundtrack, and that goes a long way in a video game. The contrast between those sections and the couple of optional boss bits I'd been doing immediately beforehand - trailing from distant checkpoint back to boss room after every teeth-grinding sudden death - couldn't be greater. Two sides of a slightly schizophrenic game.

 

I think some of the linear, plot-driven parts of this were really excellent, but I have to agree in hindsight that the 'farming' bits were unnecessary and just served to interfere with the rhythm of the game. As did some of the optional boss parts (still not sure if I'll ever return to them; guess I'll see how I feel after a day or two). And as did things like the Bureau Alerts, which seemed to pop up and obscure the screen at the most inopportune moments, including during critical mission sequences. 

 

Although the optional exploration was often enjoyable in itself, and did serve to underline the feeling that the house was a mysterious place, I think they could have made the end goal of those sections more than just a box with more materials, and the end goal of many of the quests one of those difficulty spike optional bosses. They showed enough imagination in some of the chapter endings of the main story - especially towards the end - to make me think they could have done better in resolving the optional stuff.

 

Overall, I'm glad I played it, but given the choice I think this would have worked better as a purely linear narrative-driven game without the excursions and material upgrade requirements. Maybe just gradually accrue your abilities, weapons and upgrades naturally as you make your way through the game, this opening up stuff behind you that was previously inaccessible. (The way the upgrades simply didn't appear for certain weapons also baffled me right to the end. Intentional or bug? It's so odd and unsatisfying it's really hard to say, and that uncertainty says a lot about the game.)

 

And for god's sake, let it at least maintain a solid 30 frames on console.

 

Apart from that, good game. 9/10 mixed with 6/10, and also a bit of 7/18, but in what proportions fuck knows.

 

I want to watch a full series of Threshold Kids now.

 

On 14/09/2019 at 15:19, Gorf King said:

Aye, I think some of the writing, VA and world building - and the atmosphere - is great. But underneath that there's a fairly routine 3rd-person shooter-with-powers. Not a poor one, but nothing great. I ended up going back to clear up the optional bosses and few remaining secret areas after finishing the story and most extras, and just cheesed the fuckers. Not great boss battle design really - it's almost as if you're encouraged to just hide somewhere they can't go (upstairs for two of the bosses - what are they, fucking Daleks?) and peek out and chip them down. And the M***-1 m*****f***** can fucking do one. In the end I just cheesed him too by standing stock still on a block, shielding when he attacked and letting rip for a few seconds in between his attacks. A bit of a rubbish approach, but a bit of a rubbish boss too, to be fair, and this way was far more effective than actually, you know, moving and playing tactically.

 

Man, it sounds like I'm really down on the game but I'm not. The combat was fun enough for the most part, but if they could only have made that more interesting - even Mass Effect levels of interesting, I'm not talking 3rd-person Halo here - this game would really be up there. And yeah, I do think the combat in ME was generally a lot more engaging - even just having some sort of combo system would have added some depth and interest. And a bit more imaginative AI maybe.

 

I still don't understand the weapon upgrade system either. I got the blueprint for the highest level Pierce right after finishing the story, but never got the last Shatter upgrade to pop. And I never even made the Charge. Just didn't feel the need to. A fully-upgraded Grip and Pierce combo, with a Shatter when charging in all gung-ho, were more than enough to do everything necessary.

 

Tis a good game overall though - I can tell because I'm just about to trade it in and feeling a pang of pseudo-regret as I wish there was still stuff left to do, so I could keep playing a bit longer. Just as long as that 'more stuff' wasn't more optional bosses that can't walk up stairs. But I suppose it's a good thing that it's not overstayed its welcome in the end.

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Uncle Mike said:

PSN is having one of its constant sales. Control and Grid are in it. Can anyone recommend them? I'm tempted.

Control is brilliant. Will be in my top 5 for 2019.

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On 02/10/2019 at 16:41, Fargo said:

Another quick question about the Nacon wireless controller. Is the dongle required if it's used on a ps4? I have a slim so I'm limited to 2 USB slots, one of which has my hard drive and the other my Gold headset. 

I am sure it will need either the usb cable

or the usb wireless adaptor - so in short, you will need a usb socket. 

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45 minutes ago, kthxbliz said:

I am sure it will need either the usb cable

or the usb wireless adaptor - so in short, you will need a usb socket. 

 

Yep been using the controller now for the last 3 days. Really impressed so far. I'll have to pick up a small usb adapter so I can have the Gold headset connected at the same time. 

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Happy 6(ish) Birthday PlayStation 4!

 

Here is a pleasing set of moving images set to some music to highlight some of the games I have been playing for the last year. PS4 is still my favourite console ever - just ridiculously solid - solid hardware, great exclusives, most of the Indies, all of the VR and almost every visual novel you could ever want (except Policenauts and Snatcher)

 

 

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Agreed with it being solid - it was only when the PS5 announcement came out that I realised that having bought all four previous consoles on release day, the PS4 is the only one that has so far not needed either replacing, fixing or turning upside down to load the disc. Only had the thumb grips wearing out and R2 losing spring on the original controller, which is pretty impressive for a constant usage over six years now.

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1 hour ago, wullie said:

Agreed with it being solid - it was only when the PS5 announcement came out that I realised that having bought all four previous consoles on release day, the PS4 is the only one that has so far not needed either replacing, fixing or turning upside down to load the disc. Only had the thumb grips wearing out and R2 losing spring on the original controller, which is pretty impressive for a constant usage over six years now.

 

My launch day unit still works, but it hasn't been used since the Pro launched.  I am on my second Pro mind you.  My launch console still runs fine but is annoyingly loud so I picked up one of the DS limited consoles.

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The PS2 must be the most durable console I've ever used. It went through seven house moves, was in near-constant use for several years, and was once dropped onto a concrete floor while playing a DVD, and still worked fine when I chucked it out.

 

The PS4 doesn't feel anywhere near as solid - mine still works, but occasionally randomly turns itself on and off, which is indescribably annoying when I'm about to win a Gambit match in Destiny.

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Well, at least it doesn't happen very often.

 

My (two) PS4s have been fine, but I've gone through several DualShocks. Every one of them develops a faulty left stick. Probably a case of giganto-left-thumbitis but still. Still.

 

Edit: Fuck you Mike.

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Fuck you guys, it happened when I was about to win, and will almost certainly happen again if I win a second time.

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My son got a PS4 today for his birthday. What are the essentials from the past 18 months we may have missed? 

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24 minutes ago, bradigor said:

My son got a PS4 today for his birthday. What are the essentials from the past 18 months we may have missed? 

Astrobot. PSVR is only about another £150 these days.

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Not sure if you have access to other consoles, as some of the below are multi platform. Clearly it will also depend on the genres you like, but the below are all recommended by me.

 

Fist of the North Star Lost Paradise

Tetris Effect

Yakuza Kiwami 2

Fire Pro Wrestling World

Dragon Quest XI

Resident Evil 2

Devil May Cry V

Red Dead Redemption 2

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

 

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12 minutes ago, gossi the dog said:

Not sure if you have access to other consoles, as some of the below are multi platform. Clearly it will also depend on the genres you like, but the below are all recommended by me.

 

Fist of the North Star Lost Paradise

Tetris Effect

Yakuza Kiwami 2

Fire Pro Wrestling World

Dragon Quest XI

Resident Evil 2

Devil May Cry V

Red Dead Redemption 2

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

 

 

Tetris Effect is coming! Forgot all about Fire Pro, will add that to the wish list!

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6 hours ago, bradigor said:

My son got a PS4 today for his birthday. What are the essentials from the past 18 months we may have missed? 

 

Spiderman

Burnout Paradise

Wipeout Omega

Project Cars 2

Ratchet & Clank

Star Wars BF 2 ( Ignore the haters, micro transactions disappeared ages ago, it’s still supported by the developers with new content & it’s bloody good fun!)

 

Almost all can be got for £25 or less.

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20 hours ago, bradigor said:

My son got a PS4 today for his birthday. What are the essentials from the past 18 months we may have missed? 


Fortnite ;) 

 

Do you have PS+?

 

Both my PS4 machines have been solid, noisier than a 360 after a while and many launch pads fell apart or had trigger issues but yeah it’s a hell of a machine.

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3 minutes ago, Shimmyhill said:


Fortnite ;) 

 

Do you have PS+?

 

Both my PS4 machines have been solid, noisier than a 360 after a while and many launch pads fell apart or had trigger issues but yeah it’s a hell of a machine.

 

Ha, no Fortnite in the house, has an adverse effect on his attitude, especially when on his meds for some reason. 

 

Tons of older titles through old reviews and PS+ sitting there, such a good catalogue!

 

I think we are looking at the following over the next months. 

 

Tetris Effect

God of War
Spider-Man

Fire Pro Wrestling

Wreckfest

 

Should see us good for a while. 

 

Hopefully some sales come along for most of them. 

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5 minutes ago, bradigor said:

 

Ha, no Fortnite in the house, has an adverse effect on his attitude, especially when on his meds for some reason. 

 

Tons of older titles through old reviews and PS+ sitting there, such a good catalogue!

 

I think we are looking at the following over the next months. 

 

Tetris Effect

God of War
Spider-Man

Fire Pro Wrestling

Wreckfest

 

Should see us good for a while. 

 

Hopefully some sales come along for most of them. 

 

I know that God of War is now part of the Playstation Hits range, so its only £15.99. But there maybe others you/your son are interested in.

HTH

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I don’t get all this talk of solid hardware. When have consoles not been? I mean, obviously there was the 360 RROD, Which luckily I was never affected by, but I honestly can’t recall ever having a console fail on me. I’ve still got all my old consoles in the garage going as far back as the GC and I can imagine they’d all fire up if I plugged them in.

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13 minutes ago, grounded_dreams said:

 

I know that God of War is now part of the Playstation Hits range, so its only £15.99. But there maybe others you/your son are interested in.

HTH

 

That's good to know actually. Will keep an eye out. 

 

Tetris is the one I look forward to most. But didn't realise how expensive FPW was :lol: 

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21 hours ago, bradigor said:

My son got a PS4 today for his birthday. What are the essentials from the past 18 months we may have missed? 

PS Now is a pretty good service. Myself and my 2 boys are getting a lot from that, so much so I’ve dropped PS+ and got a year long sub to now instead. Online play for Now titles doesn’t need plus and streaming the ps3 stuff has been really good so far

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