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Phil Iwaniuk replied to 7 questions on the Dishonored 2 Review
2 Weeks ago
Dishonored 2 review snippet How imaginative is the Dishonored 2 lore?
If you're coming to it without prior experience of Looking Glass/Ion Storm games of the late '90s/early '00s, it'll sound like a unique voice. It actually leans a fair bit on Thief's steampunk elements, but it's entitled to of course, with the devs it has behind it. Unfortunately for Arkane, Dishonored 1 released at a time when steampunk Victorian England was rapidly becoming the new black, so Dishonored 2 doesn't feel quite as distinct from other games in 2016.
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Forza Horizon 3 patch is 53GB, corrupts saves, is seemingly the debug version of the gameForza Horizon 3 patch is 53GB, corrupts saves, is seemingly the debug version of the game
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Any news on the plans for all those who created a new save file on 37.2, and data potentially worth a small fortune in car assets? I'm not one of these people, but I feel almost certain that some people out there will have just lost there saves and with it a load of invested money.
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I would be inconsolable if I lost my save at this point. Millions upon millions in cars. I can't even think about it. Not sure what the devs can do for those with corrupted saves but I hope it reaches a satisfactory conclusion.

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1 Month ago
Topic of the Week: What's your pick for the best game of 2016?Topic of the Week: What's your pick for the best game of 2016?
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So weird when you think back and remember that Quake II came out this year. Great 12 months for games.
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1 Month ago
Watch us slice and dice our way through baddies in Shadow TacticsWatch us slice and dice our way through baddies in Shadow Tactics
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Commandos with Samurai? Im in. Unless...There isnt any magical nonsense later on, is there?
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None. The only magic is the kind you get when Jordan 'stealth' Forward gets behind the controls.

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1 Month ago
Topic of the Week: Your biggest multiplayer memoryTopic of the Week: Your biggest multiplayer memory
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Overwatch. Playing as one of Six Reinharts on a team of like-minded strangers. The other team were trying _really_ hard to beat us. Somehow we pushed that payload past the hail of rockets and won. Haven't stopped laughing since. (I have.)
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2 Months ago
Dishonored 2 PC port reviewDishonored 2 PC port review
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Please bear in mind that PC gaming encompasses thousands of hardware, software and driver configurations. It's frustrating to experience performance issues in any game, but not generally an indication that the particular problem is universal.

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This has nothing to do with hardware configuration. The game has a universal problem with its mouse input. It is absolutely awful and worse than Mankind Divided.


The frame pacing issues make this game a jittery mess when playing with a mouse. The only way to have a completely smooth experience when looking around is to use a controller.


As soon as your framerate goes below your set refresh rate the game jitters like crazy. GSync or no GSync.

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Phil Iwaniuk responded to Cyanic Dream comment in
2 Months ago
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered port review: it's much more than a remasterCall of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered port review: it's much more than a remaster
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You're joking right? You tested JUST the campaign? Try playing the multiplayer before making a stupid ass review and saying that it's a great port. On maps like Backlot and Crossfire, you will stutter like never before, with frames dropping to 10 to 20.

i7-6700
GTX 1080
16gb ram

and I still get insane stutters because THIS GAME IS NOT A GOOD PORT. To do a port review on the campaign alone, especially for a CALL OF DUTY game, is downright dumb in my opinion.
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Sorry to hear you're having issues. It sounds like Windows 10 store users are having quite a different experience to Steam users at launch, which is something we couldn't have predicted in this port review.


Generally we use campaign rather than online modes for port reviews in order to compare repeatable scenes at different graphics settings, and the nature of an online shooter means it'd simply be impossible to grab screenshots of the same event during a multiplayer match at different presets. The same goes for the screenshots comparing the original and remastered game - it'd be impossible.


Note that this is a port review, rather than the traditional review type - here we analyse graphics options and their performance impact. If this were a more holistic review then analysis of netcode and online user experience would be crucial, but the objective's slightly different here.


That said, I've added a disclaimer to this piece explaining our methodology more clearly, and will do so for future port reviews of games with multiplayer modes.

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4 Months ago
Forza Horizon 3 PC reviewForza Horizon 3 PC review
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It's a frustrating pricing strategy, isn't it? Microsoft would argue that the higher £50 price point accounts for the fact you're getting digital copies for box XBO and PC all in one, but who knows how many players will ever use more than one version.

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There needs to be a standalone PC purchase option. Really hope they realise the issue but somehow doubt it.

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 The Football Manager 2017 release date is November 4, and it's literally a game of two halves The Football Manager 2017 release date is November 4, and it's literally a game of two halves
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Link me! Is that for FM 16? Always up for trying a new tactic.

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Easier to add me on steam its same name!

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6 Months ago
Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition review snippet How gory is Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition?
At the time of release, there was a bit of an arms race going on amongst the shooters. Soldier of Fortune released the following year, which says it all really. UT's gore matched the tone of the game as a whole - boorish, and not to be taken too seriously. I remember the decapitated headshots seeming pretty extreme to a 13-year-old Phil. These days the gore's all a bit too abstract and low-detail to have any impact. They're a reminder of The Gib Years.
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Phil Iwaniuk replied to 8 questions on the Oxenfree Review
6 Months ago
Oxenfree review snippet Is Oxenfree scary?
It's successful at creating a creepy atmosphere. I don't think many gamers would be outright scared by it - instead it conveys why its cast would be scared. The VHS glitches and audio design work hardest to achieve that, but it's also the voice acting that makes it work.
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6 Months ago
Why do we spend hundreds of hours playing games we don't like?Why do we spend hundreds of hours playing games we don't like?
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I mean, aren't they both isometric RPGs from the early 2000s with hack 'n' slash combat and randomly generated loot? Come on.

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So you'd compare Baldur's Gate 2 (lots of random loot in that game too) to Diablo 2 as well?


Point is, you can compare Diablo 2 (which, by the way is considered the golden standard in that type of Diablo like that) to games like Van Helsing, Grim Dawn, Sacred 2, Nox, Torchlight, Titan Quest, but most assuredly not standard RPGs that is just made with an isometric viewing point, like Fallout, Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Divine Divinity, Ultima 7, and so on.

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6 Months ago
Why do we spend hundreds of hours playing games we don't like?Why do we spend hundreds of hours playing games we don't like?
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But this feature is about people playing games they don't like. It doesn't really matter why they didn't like them, just that they didn't but continued to play. If this were a review of Divine Divinity I'd see your point.

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I see what you're saying, but the point is that this is still a serious gaming news & review website, and their journalists just made a completely dumb comparison which is not only unjust towards a game, it portrays a level of unprofessionalism (is that even a word) in the article itself, as these reviewers are supposed to at least know what they're talking about. In my mind anyway. They are after all professionals, and remarks such as this detracts from not only the article, but the competency of the reviewer in question and indeed the site itself for letting it slip through in a serious gaming article.


Honestly, it invalidates a lot of the arguments made when you can't even get the basic things which you draw your conclusions from right.


Maybe I'm just overthinking it, but stuff like that makes me lose an ounce of respect for the site, because not only did Divine Divinity get good criticism from the players and professionals alike, the whole comment is just...ugh, I don't know how to best describe it without repeating myself.

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Phil Iwaniuk replied to 3 questions on the QUAKE Review
8 Months ago
QUAKE review snippet How gory is QUAKE?
Looking at it through 2016's eyes, the gore is abstract and minimal. It was decidedly adult stuff on release though - the extra fidelity that came with its 3D polygonal character models brought an extra level of shock when you saw an enemy get gibbed.
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Phil Iwaniuk replied to 9 questions on the Football Manager 2016 Review
8 Months ago
Football Manager 2016 review snippet Did you enjoy playing with Football Manager 2016's balls?
I respond to this deeply personal question to the affirmative. While the actual football is experienced with traditional passivity, it's a joy to behold thanks to some new and much needed mocap in the match engine. Incredible tekkers.
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10 Months ago
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation review snippet How much freedom does NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation give you?
I haven't spent much time with the creation tool, but judging by the gamut of roller coasters available it looks quite powerful.
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Phil Iwaniuk replied to 4 questions on the Arizona Sunshine Review
10 Months ago
Arizona Sunshine review snippet How scary are the zombies in Arizona Sunshine?
In terms of their visual design, no more scary than the likes of Dead Rising or Dying Light. The fact that they're *there* in the virtual space with you... there's something creepy about that. It's affecting.
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10 Months ago
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes review snippet How funny is Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes?
There's not much humour explicitly woven into the gameplay, but it's certainly conducive to laughs. Hearing someone describe the pattern of a miniature Simon Says that you'll need to decipher in order to defuse a bomb is funny in ways I don't need to explain.
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10 Months ago
Sid Meier's Civilization® V review snippet Which expansions to Sid Meier's Civilization® V do you recommend?
At this point it's cheap enough to buy the complete edition, and the difference between the vanilla game and the full experience with all expansions is night and day. Take the plunge.
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Phil Iwaniuk replied to 5 questions on the Firewatch Review
11 Months ago
Firewatch review snippet How good are the sounds in Firewatch?
Ambient sound design isn't the best I've heard. The visuals really do the talking when it comes to putting you in the wilderness. There's an effective minimal electronic score though, and a memorable song from the era echoing out over a lake from its ghetto blaster..
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Phil Iwaniuk replied to 3 questions on the DiRT Rally Review
1 Year ago
DiRT Rally review snippet How muddy does DiRT Rally get?
Track surfaces vary quite a bit, and you get a good feel for their different properties through your pad or wheel. If you want mud, head to Wales. Monaco and Germany cater for the tarmac enthusiast, Sweden for snow and Finland for dusty gravel. I'd have liked to see the cars caked in more mud after a wet stage on a loose surface, but it's a minor point.
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Phil Iwaniuk replied to 5 questions on the The Beginner's Guide Review
1 Year ago
The Beginner's Guide review snippet Will The Beginner's Guide be keeping you up at night?
Without discussing spoilers, there's an implied horror atmosphere throughout, which is better at getting under your skin the less you know. It'd be a push to say it's a scary game, though.
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Phil Iwaniuk replied to 12 questions on the Grand Theft Auto V Review
1 Year ago
Grand Theft Auto V review snippet How open is Grand Theft Auto V to explore?
It's just about the finest example of open world exploration out there. Huge detail in every corner of its enormous world map, massive variation from one block to the next, and a plethora of transport methods to explore it all.
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1 Year ago
METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN review snippet How realistic are the horses in METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN?
Realistic enough for you to never really consider D-Horse in mechanical terms - whistle and it's there when you need it, wherever you left it. Give the word, and it'll do a poo, no matter how full/self-conscious it may be feeling. Tell it to canter across the Afghan desert indefinitely, and it will do so without ever getting fatigued. Crucially D-Horse 'handles' responsively and consistenly, even over boulders and cliffsides.
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