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Mon 14th Feb 2011

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duskao commented on Splinter Cell Blacklist Wii U Version's Perfor...:

I have it. I certainly wouldn't say it's inferior by any means. I haven't had any freezing that they have been talking about. The frame rate is fine. The loading times are long. There is NO tearing. I'm not sure if you guys have played games with bad tearing, but there are few things worse than bad tearing in a game. It's very crisp and clear, and the controls are great, with the added use of the game pad makes it much easier than holding the button and choosing your weapon. I also haven't noticed any texture pop in so far. Maybe it was fixed in an update? Well worth the money. These are always issues when developing for multiple different consoles, with time restraints, there are and always will be a lack of optimizations.
Also, I should note that according to DF the frame rate is lower on the Wii U, however according to Lens of Truth it's in between the 360 and the PS3. Either way you look at it, these are average numbers taken from each console, so the reality of it is that you won't notice much difference between each console with the range of 1 or 2 fps difference. If the frame rate dropped to 10 or 15 it would be a much bigger deal, but when comparing 30 vs 28 vs 27, that's not a noticeable amount. There is always a margin of error when with these tests as well. This also annoys me from DF as they haven't stated how many runs they have done to get the results they achieved, and with the video's it shows as if they have only one a single run through on each. I can't for the life of me figure this out. On a console it is generally more consistent than a PC due to less things happening in the background of the OS, but with the full OS's running on recent consoles it's ridiculous to not run multiple tests. Maybe they did, but if they did, they should mention it.



duskao commented on Talking Point: The Next-Gen Console War is Wii...:

Yeah, people credit has been destroyed by the stupidity of allowing children and teens to have smart phones with 3 year contracts for a piece of equipment that retails at 500-700 bucks but will break in 6 months and be obsolete in 3. There is no way this can continue. This premis alone will cause another recession lol. I'm blown away at how many people give their children smart phones so they can keep track of them or be able to call them when they want. Good god, what did my mother do when I was ten? Oh right... I had to tell her what I was doing and where I was going back in the late 80's and early 90's. Plus home telephone numbers were in use and exchanged between parents. Parents also looked out for each others children. And it didn't cost 50 bucks a month per phone and you didn't need to sign a contract.
Yup. I often went over to friends places to hang out and play games or whatever we felt like doing. When we would leave we would let our parents know (or the parent of the house we were at) and if they weren't home we would leave a not. Mind blowing eh!
I know this was off topic, but smartphones are DOOOOOOOM!!! lol



duskao commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Should Make EA Co-oper...:

I certainly get the points you are successfully making, however I rarely purchase an EA game and the reason is that they don't really have many attractive franchises or new IP's. Mass effect 3 for the Wii U was my last purchase and only because I got it used for 25 bucks. Beyond that I think it was an NHL game, 2009 I think. They haven't done much of anything with their largest franchises in ages (EA sports) other then update rosters. The fact they still make the top ten's just shows how commited sports fans are to their respective sports. Oh, I also purchased The Old Republic for PC. Considering I have purchased about 20 games in the last year 1 fell into that list and only because of my undying commitment to Star Wars. Mass Effect only because it was so cheap, I would not have considered purchasing it for full price as my PC experiences with the first one weren't very good because of all the bugs and the patch/dlc to be able to play the game. In order for me to care that much of what EA does they will have to come up with more that interests gamers and not just sports fans as those sales are starting to dimish as well because people are realizing they are spending 60 bucks on a game that should be a roster update probably for free or at most ten bucks.



duskao commented on Retro City Rampage Has Only Sold a Quarter of ...:

I hate to say it, but he should have just went and released it on the Wii U. The ability to play it on the Wii U is there but a slight hassle with the way that Nintendo set up the Wii emulation. If it were a direct WiiWare channel or whatever you want to call it now as opposed to switching to Wii mode then enter WiiWare channel it would likely sell much more, but it's not directly in front of many people so then it doesn't stick out. But now that I have read this I will probably look into it lol.



duskao commented on Talking Point: An Open Letter To Nintendo:

Certainly the system needs more advertising, there was a drought of games largely due to rayman as there really wasn't much of anything out around the same time and without that game it was very emphasized.
I have heard many complaints that the price for the Wii U is too high, I personally don't agree, but many people have been purchasing 360's and ps3's recently because the finally reached a reasonable price so their budgets for gaming systems have been spent. When the prices for the new systems come out it might spur on more sales for nintendo as it should have more to offer at that time as well as it WILL be cheaper then the other two consoles. Unless MS and Sony are going to sell their systems at incredible losses the hardware put inside of them will force the prices to 499 and up (my guess).
Gaming is now a slower market then it used to be, don't be surprised if the other consoles don't fly off the shelves either.



duskao commented on Talking Point: Review Scores and Unwinnable Ar...:

Part of the problem is that people tend to look at scores like 5/10 as crap now lol. When realistically 1/10 is crap and 5/10 is mediocre. So the numbers are now skewed to how people want to see it, so when it's all said and done now, reviews are essentially moot lol. People will take from them what they will and if someone thinks a game is ranked too low from a review then they will discard that review, or vice versa, if someone thinks the game will stink and it gets a good review it could still get dismissed. Sometimes these numbers come from bias as well so once again it throws it all in the trash. Almost to the point where games should be given words instead of numbers. Bad, Okay, Mediocre, Good, Great. It's essentially the same thing but then it's harder for people to change a 5 to equal garbage as opposed to the average/mediocre rating it was actually given.



duskao commented on Ubisoft CEO Not Satisfied With Wii U Sales:

Thats funny, I'm not satisfiedwith the Ubisoft CEO.

@AmishThunder That is likely to be one pricy piece of hardware, plus then you'll prob wanna get a vita as well, then a game. expensive proposition. I'm not sure how well sony is actually going to support the functions between the ps4 and vita, they don't really have a good track record of supporting their move or gyro in their controllers. I'm gonna have to take a wait and see approach to this. MS might be taking the kinect to a whole other level along with their hardware, and they do support their adds. Could easily see the ps4 being over shadowed.



duskao commented on Activision's Bobby Kotick Is Disappointed With...:

lol, prob cause KIDS don't have the money to put into it and their parents are sick of dishing out money on a money grubbing franchise like skylanders so they don't want to purchase a new console as well. Man, when i was a kid i had a hard time getting my mom to buy me a slurpee(slushie,snow cone...). Think so quickly after the global recession publishers are expecting money to be tossed around like in the 90's, before a huge percentage of the north american population lost jobs and houses and are still trying to recover. Boggles my mind!



duskao commented on Ninterview: Heather "Miss Gamer Girl" Cascioli:

Oh, btw, if you read this "miss gamer girl" that is a great set of consoles, far surpasses what i used to have, but at one point i did have a virtual boy but never got a chance to play it, can you believe that?!? Never played it!



duskao commented on Ninterview: Heather "Miss Gamer Girl" Cascioli:

@Geonjaha I disagree. Everyone has the right to have their handle whatever they want it to be. I have seen handles like Mrs.Mr. which is completely ambiguous, or sunshine which is completely neutral. Wish i could give exact examples of loads of the females i have played tf2, swg, swtor and many others with but don't want to give away their anonymity. Many don't want to state they are female because you have what is happening on here... Guys flock to them! It can totally ruin a game experience, but at the same time with "miss" she is embracing it and getting it out of the way from the get go. I applaud her, but there are a lot more female gamers out there then you know because they don't want you to know. Also with context to her name, it is no different then someone calling themselves strongMAN or sniperdude, or man with the gun. I don't know how it would discourage the stereotype if her name was epic n'intent or something like that.



duskao commented on Rayman Legends No Longer a Wii U Exclusive, De...:

Honestly, I could care less about the exclusivity, but the delay is very uncool and i could care less about an explanation. Pretty sure that is supposed to be around the same time of release of wind waker hd, and if that is correct then sorry ubi and rayman, but my money will be going to zelda. 2 weeks before release is kind of like a kick in the groin, I was very happily going to buy this but now I'm not so sure. Guess it depends on how he line up for games is come sept.



duskao commented on Mutant Mudds Deluxe Suffers A Delay:

Am I the only one that thought the original wasn't very good? Of course I only played the demo, but I certainly wans't very impressed. Well, hope it doesn't get delayed too much for those that enjoyed the original



duskao commented on Square Enix Laments "Increasingly Difficult" C...:

this is also due to more money being spent on game development. yet there are some small devs that just make a good game and make profit out of it. the problem fall to attempting to stand out from the competition. they can go the way of crytek and make vistally stunning games that seem to play like crap or spend more time making a great game that looks medeocre. the final fantasy franchise has lost lots of players because of that. final fantasy 6/3 and final fantasy 7 are some of the best ones made and they weren't the best games graphically but as far as gameplay and originality they were epic, and still some of the most requested games to be re-released. the dragon quest games also show this, they certainly are not ground breaking when it comes to graphics but the are loads of fun to play and they are huge, so people keep buying them to keep getting that experience. they are actually growing in popularity.



duskao commented on Talking Point: Wii U's Graphical Grunt is Laid...:

last point, if the next sony and MS systems are really cutting edge then expect the prices to reflect that, and if people are complaining the wii u is too expensive i'm not sure how well the other two will bare it.
it honestly seems kinda goofy for the 360 to be releasing a new system, their sales are going really good for them right now and that means that their new system will actually be competing agains their own system. at least the wii generally seems to be done.



duskao commented on Talking Point: Wii U's Graphical Grunt is Laid...:

Savino what you are describing is actually handled in most part by memory, gpu controls textures and polygons in the most case, to a lesser extent physics. but new/ish technologies are around to help with these issues, like tesselation, and the newest shaders and engine optimisations, this is why new games that are being made for the pc are still being comparibly made for the 360 and ps3 even though their tech is 5-6 years old. it is becoming a game for devs to think outside the box rather then just attempt to use full power. it is these reasons a game will run better on a i7 2.5ghz then an i5 running at 3ghz. similar idea with gpu's although it gets more complicated when looking at those comparisons cause they gave up the processor speed fight many years ago, now it's about memory, pipelines, cache and generally in last place comes processor speed.



duskao commented on Talking Point: Wii U's Graphical Grunt is Laid...:

where i am from, canada, the new releases are all the same price between the 3 systems. an inferior port perhaps by graphical standard in the years to come, at this point they are generally the same with variences on each system. but for gameplay i have found the wii u to be better then the ports on other systems, large in part due to the pad for now, with examples like blops2 (full map and quick switch without being taken out of the action) and arkham city, again because of the pad, it draws you right into the game. the games that don't utilize the abilities are the ones that generally come out on the same level or inferior. but don't forget guys and girls, these are ports! they have taken the same coding and plopped it onto new hardware, tweaked it a bit to get it to run then release it. this according to most developers was a fairly easy process.
so if the wii ended up being capable of graphics like skyward sword which if was in hd would have been comparable to the other two systems, think of what can be done with hardware that is, despite contrary beleif, on par with the average computer system graphically (has a mid range gpu) and a processor that runs slightly slower but has great memory capabilities, will be able to do. dont forget that the wii when it was released was actually a few years behind the latest tech as this one is actually the same or in some ways better then what the average pc has in it except for system memory but that is a moot point as the os doesnt always have 1-2 gigabytes of overhead like windows.



duskao commented on Gunman Clive Update Now Available For Download...:

wasnt interested at all till i read your article about his support for the 3ds and how it outsold its ios counterpart, then i bought it cause it was two bucks and cant put it down. attempting to beat it with duck. stuck by the bats lol. great developer.



duskao commented on Review: The Cave (Wii U eShop):

wow, this is one of the first times i disagree with a review on here. this game has a very classic feeling of a puzzle adventure game. there has always been a bit of back tracking in adventure games. the lack of invintory actually simplifies the experience a bit or you might be trying to solve a puzzle without thought systematically going through each item you have collected to the point of tedium.
each area is only so large as to not get lost so making the back and forth possible, and also enables limited back tracking just within each area. also for each new area you will find items in that area meant for that area so each is viable in the most case so you arent trekking an item from the beginning to the end, thats why no invintory is needed. most of the puzzles in this are quite logical if broken into their own separate parts, more so then hoards of pc adventure games.
as was said the graphics, music, voice acting and story are superb. the story is dark yet very humorous. i encountered a couple points of framerate stuttering when going into different areas likely due to the saving mechanism, during gameplay it was very smooth and fluid.

i would give this an 8/10 as its very polished enjoyable to play. the puzzles are hard enough you wont just glide through the game but not too easy that you get a feeling of satisfaction when completing them. the length of the game is my biggest gripe, plus 7 characters is odd for this as that means you will have to play through two characters storys twice to finish all the stories. 6 or 9 would have made more sense.

btw i really enjoy this site, keep up the good work guys.



duskao commented on Wii U Software Sales Are "Struggling":

seems so odd to me this story brings up price when the 360 and ps3 debut at twice the price. think the issue is that there seems to be less of a wow factor over the mentioned consoles. time will tell. im ultra happy with my wii u.



duskao commented on Nintendo Announces 890,000 Wii U Sales in U.S....:

@HOUSE good point! in the last 5 years graphic improvements havent been all that awe inspiring imo, they are at a bit of a stand still. if pc games graphics arent blowing anyones minds then consoles are going to have a hard time with it. tbh, i have found games that spend too much time on graphics seem to lack in other areas like control, playability and fun. there are exceptions of course.



duskao commented on Troubled THQ To Be Picked Apart By Rivals:

there is a reson they are going under. they really sont have that many solid licenses. although i like frontlines better then cod. hope ubi gets a bit, they tend to support nintendo fairly well.



duskao commented on New Super Mario Bros. U's High-Definition Cred...:

@DerpSandwich most games for consoles arent 1080p. most run in 720p. I realise that doesnt make it any better, but trine2 is one of the few games to run in 1080p, and the only 1080p version on a console. pc of course is not a console. tests have shown that most people can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p anyway, plus with newer anti ailiasing technologies its almost to the point of moot.