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Matt Purslow responded to HeyItsMe comment in
2 Months ago
Resident Evil 7 PC reviewResident Evil 7 PC review
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So, generally how long is the game?
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I did it in just under 9 hours. Your mileage may vary, of course.

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Resident Evil 7 PC reviewResident Evil 7 PC review
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At PCGamesN we do two reviews for everything, one that assesses the creative merits and another that looks at the performance. I'm currently working on the latter. Apologies for the delay, but it'll be available as soon as possible.

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Cool thanks

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Dead Rising 4 PC port review - benchmarks, performance analysis + how to get 60fps using recommended specsDead Rising 4 PC port review - benchmarks, performance analysis + how to get 60fps using recommended specs
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"It’s not as sweet a report for the newer RX 470, though: it averages at 43 fps but can drop as low as 33 fps"

Your own graph has the 470 at the same point as the 970 for average FPS, 53. The 8 GB RX 480 is the actual competitor to the 1060 6GB, and has on average 15% more performance, which would puts its average right up to 61 Fps....
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Thanks for spotting that typo, it's been corrected to 53 :)

And yeah, the RX 480 will very likely run at an average of 60 fps. We're not directly comparing the 470 to the 1060; we use four cards of various power levels to give the broadest view of how the game runs on lots of different hardware. It's not AMD vs Nvidia, we're just looking at how well Dead Rising 4 runs on a variety of cards.

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6 Months ago
Dawn of War 3 is a surprisingly conservative RTS Dawn of War 3 is a surprisingly conservative RTS
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I'm afraid I don't know what build the game was, but it was certainly more advanced that what was originally shown off to other journalists. I was told that was quite a rough build, whereas this was notably stable (as hopefully you can see in the video).

I wouldn't be toooo concerned about it being a Starcraft clone; that feeling comes in the overall style rather than it being a high APM game with copied features. But exactly like you said, I love DOW for being so unique in the RTS field, and that's not what this entry feels like. At least not right now, anyway!

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Cheers for the reply Matt. Here's hoping DOW III still has one or two tricks up its power-armoured sleeve!

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7 Months ago
Origin stories, the new ability system, and arena chaos: everything we learned playing 6 hours of Divinity: Original Sin 2Origin stories, the new ability system, and arena chaos: everything we learned playing 6 hours of Divinity: Original Sin 2
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Noooo! I haven't read up on Divinity Original Sin 2 at all (a friend backed the game on Kickstarter for both of us) but somehow managed to tell myself that it wouldn't be that long until it releases.

And now you're telling me it'll go into Early Access in mid-September? It's going to be ages before it's complete!

Oh well, that'll at least give us time to complete the Enhanced Edition of the original Original Sin.

I have a question though:

Do you know if it's possible to play as only two characters in co-op? In Original Sin, you could pick a Lone Wolf trait to only control a single character but instead get more points when leveling.

My friend and I both prefer to just control a single character if possible.
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From what I played, I think that's entirely possible. Basically you start as a single character, then recruit an NPC. When your friend logs in, they'll take control of that NPC. If you just don't recruit any new party members, it will always be just you and them.

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Matt Purslow commented on
7 Months ago
Topic of the Week: What are your #Fave7Games?Topic of the Week: What are your #Fave7Games?
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Mass Effect 2
Monkey Island 3
The Last of Us
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Bioshock
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
The Walking Dead S1

There are probably a dozen or more games that could get 'honorary mentions', but these are the ones that have the most special place in my heart. Awww.
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8 Months ago
Can you guess these videogame plots expressed purely as emojis?Can you guess these videogame plots expressed purely as emojis?
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I have no idea what filth is going through your mind Shriven, but they are clearly aubergines! You've played Alien Eggplant Farmer, right?!

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Indeed....more of this type of thing!

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Battlefield 1 scrapped female soldiers because boys don’t believe in them, says ex-DICE coder Battlefield 1 scrapped female soldiers because boys don’t believe in them, says ex-DICE coder
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Women did fight in World War 1. Granted it was not common, but the Russians fielded battalions of all-female soldiers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Battalion

Other nations have stories of female soldiers, too, albeit generally one-offs. Considering the liberties BF1 takes with history, I don't think adding a few more women soldiers is out the question.

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russians aren't in the game

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10 Months ago
The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine PC reviewThe Witcher 3: Blood & Wine PC review
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In my opinion, no. It had been that long since I played The Witcher 2 that I'd forgotten most of it, but found playing the third game was easy without the knowledge. Also CDP made the game with new players in mind, so I think you'll be okay!

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Cheers Matt, that's good to hear.

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10 Months ago
Topic of the Week: Will you be getting one of Nvidia’s new graphics cards?Topic of the Week: Will you be getting one of Nvidia’s new graphics cards?
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I'm running an AMD 7970, and while it still runs everything it is starting to creak. I have to have some of Doom's settings on medium, and I (Shock! Horror!) saw framerates in the Witcher occasionally drop to the 20s.
I want to make the swap to Nvidia, and the 1070 seems an absolute brilliant buy. I won't dive on it at launch, but I think it'll be an ace xmas present to myself.
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Matt Purslow replied to 12 questions on the Rise of the Tomb Raider Review
1 Year ago
Rise of the Tomb Raider review snippet How does Rise of the Tomb Raider compare to the other Tomb Raider games?
Compared to the 2013 reboot, it's very similar, but expanded a great deal. It's still a very cinematic experience with lots of choreography when it comes to action set-pieces, and it remains combat heavy. Looking back at the 'classic' Tomb Raider games, Rise is much more focused on being a third-person action game, where the older games are adventure platformers. Rise has far more puzzles than the 2013 reboot, but it's not as focused on them as previous games have been.
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Matt Purslow replied to 7 questions on the Rainbow Six: Siege Review
1 Year ago
Rainbow Six: Siege review snippet Would Tom Clancy approve of Rainbow Six: Siege?
Probably not, because Tom Clancy was a man who wrote stories, and Rainbow Six: Siege doesn't have a story. He'd be sad that there wasn't any over-convoluted, international terrorism plot that only one improbably-talented agent could foil. He'd love the guns though. Phoar, there's a lot of military hardware here. All realistic and what-not.
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Matt Purslow replied to 22 questions on the Fallout 4 Review
1 Year ago
Fallout 4 review snippet Is Fallout 4 grindy?
Fallout 4 isn't grindy in the typical manner that we'd expect: you don't have to spend hours killing monsters over and over just to level up enough to face a boss. Just proceeding through the core missions will develop you enough to see the whole game through. But should you wish to create specific weapon modifications, you will need to go scavenging for items, which could be considered grindy, especially if they're rare items and you don't have the perk that makes finding them easier.
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Matt Purslow replied to 8 questions on the Block N Load Review
1 Year ago
Block N Load review snippet How does Block N Load resemble a comic book?
Bright colours, exaggerated character designs, and absurd weapons give Block N Load that 'comic booky' feel.
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Matt Purslow replied to 11 questions on the Alien: Isolation Review
1 Year ago
Alien: Isolation review snippet Will Alien: Isolation be keeping you up at night?
Alien: Isolation is a genuinely terrifying game. Because, for the most part, there's only one enemy - the Alien itself - there's this distinct sense of unease. You're not expecting a bunch of soldiers to storm you; instead you know that there's a single deadly organism watching your every move. If you want to know what its like to be stalked, play Alien: Isolation.
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Matt Purslow replied to 13 questions on the Mad Max Review
1 Year ago
Mad Max review snippet How good is the Mad Max story?
Not at all. The story is about Max trying to build a new car, which will require him to take on some gang leaders in the process. Go watch the films if you're after story (not that they offer much more).
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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?
MGS V's horse is realistic in the fact that it has four legs and can support a human. Beyond that, it's a galloping jeep. It doesn't get exhausted, it doesn't need to eat, it can defecate on command (?!), and teleport to your location if you whistle. This ain't no horse simulator.
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Matt Purslow replied to 7 questions on the XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review
1 Year ago
XCOM: Enemy Unknown review snippet Why do gamers stop playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown after playing for many hours
Stopping playing after 51 hours isn't anything to sneer at! I finished a campaign and half-finished a second one, but new games came out and you know how it is. But the 51 hours I spent with XCOM were some of my most memorable gaming minutes.
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Matt Purslow replied to 15 questions on the Grand Theft Auto V Review
1 Year ago
Grand Theft Auto V review snippet How active is the Grand Theft Auto V mod scene?
At current it's pretty quiet as the game has only just been released, but you can tell the community is brewing. There are a handful of very basic mods and fixes out there, which are hopefully indicative of the tidal wave of incredible mods to come.
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Matt Purslow replied to 13 questions on the Evolve Review
2 Years ago
Evolve review snippet Would you buy at full price or wait for a Evolve sale?
Evolve is quite steeply priced, as most AAA games tend to be. While the game offers a great take on the co-op shooter, it's not an essential experience. A good discount - a third off or so - will make Evolve a very solid buy. As for the DLC, that is woefully overpriced and shouldn't be touched until it's a pound per character.
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Matt Purslow replied to 7 questions on the Battlefield Hardline Review
2 Years ago
Battlefield Hardline review snippet Would you buy at full price or wait for a Battlefield Hardline sale?
That entirely depends on what your history with the series is. If you've never played a Battlefield game and really like the idea of running over criminals in cop cars, then a finding a good deal on a brand new copy is fine. If you already play Battlefield - especially BF4 - then wait off for a sale and keep playing BF4, they're exceptionally similar games.
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Matt Purslow replied to 13 questions on the 7 Days to Die Review
2 Years ago
7 Days to Die review snippet How gory is 7 Days to Die?
Nothing unsurprising; zombies bleed when hit, but there's no dismemberment or much in the form of actual gore and guts.
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Matt Purslow replied to 11 questions on the Saints Row IV Review
2 Years ago
Saints Row IV review snippet What does Saints Row IV parody?
Mostly sandbox GTA-inspired games in terms of design, but when it comes to jokes and narrative pretty much anything is game: gang culture, consumerism, sci-fi films, superheroes, and Michael Bay all come to mind.
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2 Years ago
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review snippet How do the mechs in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare feel?
They're good fun. They don't feature very frequently - perhaps twice in the campaign - but when you get to unleash the sheer amount of firepower they have you can't help but grin. Who doesn't want to fire off twenty rockets in quick succession? More common are the exo-suits, which are sort of mech-y. They're rubbish though. Each mission dictates what skills your exo-suit has, so there's no choice in what technology you take to war with you. Most of the abilities are context-based, so you can only use them in scripted set-pieces. The double-jump jets are very useful and provide some Titanfall-esq movement, but thats about as good as it gets.
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Matt Purslow replied to 15 questions on the Nosgoth Review
2 Years ago
Nosgoth review snippet Would you recomment Nosgoth to vampire fans?
As a multiplayer game, the fact that you play as a vampire is pretty irrelevant. Lore doesn't play a front-line role in Nosgoth, so don't expect the most interesting things about vamparism to be a major element. Vampire fans may like the gothic look, but this isn't a game about drinking blood and living forever in fear of sunlight.
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Matt Purslow replied to 12 questions on the Besiege Review
2 Years ago
Besiege review snippet How gory is Besiege?
It's bloody, but in that hilarious cartoon sense. Driving over sheep and soldiers squishes them in a cloud of blood, whilst swinging a windmill-like blade at them will catapult them across the map with a read smear. Don't expect to see any dismemberment or guts though; this is just silly fun.
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Matt Purslow replied to 15 questions on the Borderlands 2 Review
2 Years ago
Borderlands 2 review snippet Would you want to live in Borderlands 2's world?
Are you insane? It's a world full of giant monsters trying to eat you, bounty hunters trying to kill you, and based on an economy entirely fueled by the trading of firearms. Does that sound like Utopia to you? DOES IT?!
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Matt Purslow replied to 6 questions on the Euro Truck Simulator 2 Review
2 Years ago
Euro Truck Simulator 2 review snippet Does playing Euro Truck Simulator 2 leave you relaxed?
Oddly, yes. There's something in the monotony of driving down motorways, the motion of windscreen wipers and the constant drone of the engine, that makes Euro Truck a weirdly serene experience.
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Matt Purslow replied to 11 questions on the Left 4 Dead 2 Review
2 Years ago
Left 4 Dead 2 review snippet Which is your favourite character in Left 4 Dead 2?
No; Left 4 Dead 2's characters are all simply just avatar skins with unique dialogue. There's no 'class' system, so it doesn't matter who you choose, the game remains the same.
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Matt Purslow replied to 12 questions on the H1Z1 Review
2 Years ago
H1Z1 review snippet How scary are the zombies in H1Z1?
Not all that scary. In their current form they're fairly thin on the ground, and are more of a nuisance than a frightening monster. They seem to be able to replicate DayZ's teleporting-through-walls trick, too.
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Matt Purslow replied to 11 questions on the PAYDAY 2 Review
2 Years ago
PAYDAY 2 review snippet Does PAYDAY 2 glorify criminals?
Yeah, pretty much. You have a secret base filled with money that's accessed by using a statue of Lady Justice as a secret switch. You have very swish and expensive suits and tailor-made masks that you can afford because you're so swimming in dollar. If you do the crime, you get the money is Payday's message. If you take that seriously though, you probably work for Fox News.
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Matt Purslow replied to 11 questions on the DayZ Review
2 Years ago
DayZ review snippet How bleak is the end of the world in DayZ?
Really quite bloody bleak. It does abandoned towns and desolate train stations better than anyone. The wilderness feels unsettling. Bleakest of all though is how other players are willing to kidnap you and force bleach down your throat in order to steal your tin opener. DayZ really does brings out the worst in people.
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Matt Purslow replied to 12 questions on the Rust Review
2 Years ago
Rust review snippet How bleak is the end of the world in Rust?
Not all that much, surprisingly. Rust's world is quite picturesque, with mountains, beaches, and forests to explore. There's no decrepit and bombed-out European towns looming over you that's become so expected from the apocalypse.
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Matt Purslow replied to 10 questions on the Counter-Strike: Source Review
2 Years ago
Counter-Strike: Source review snippet Does Counter-Strike: Source respect the military?
With no narrative at all, CS:S neither does or doesn't respect the military. It's not a propaganda piece - military uniforms and weapons are just dress-up for what is essentially a bunch of people playing cowboys and indians.
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2 Years ago
Sid Meier's Civilization® V review snippet How hard is it to make money in Sid Meier's Civilization® V?
Money is the key to a lot of Civ's core (no money, no expansion, no win), so it's vital that it doesn't just pour out the sky. Making money through the in-game economy isn't difficult, but it requires strong tactics. Evaluating when best to invest, what units to buy, and managing populations will ensure your cash flow is strong. Failure to pay attention to these elements will make money generation a lot harder than it actually is.
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Matt Purslow replied to 11 questions on the Team Fortress 2 Review
2 Years ago
Team Fortress 2 review snippet What do you think of the Mann vs Machine update?
Mann vs Machine offers a vastly different experience to normal TF2, but one still crafted with the same care and attention. Its fun, it's frantic, and it's a new and attractive way of playing TF2 with friends (as with many co-op games, playing with strangers can be difficult when coordinating)
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2 Years ago
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive review snippet Does Counter-Strike: Global Offensive respect the military?
Not really. Despite using realistic military hardware, the multiplayer nature of CS:GO means that its soldiers are more like paintball players than actual army dudes. I would classify Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as militarily indifferent.
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Matt Purslow replied to 14 questions on the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review
2 Years ago
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim review snippet Did %%developer%% do a good job on the dragons in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim?
Skyim's dragons are beautiful; great bat-winged brutes that scorch towns with searing beams of fiery breath. Slaying one feels genuinely heroic the first time you do it, especially with some of the great kill animations. But after you've faced three or four, their presence becomes upsettingly mundane. They become exceptionally easy to kill, and eventually become Skyrim's answer to pigeons: annoying buggers you wish would just go away.
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