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  1. N-Europe Summer Meet 2017

    If you all can make it to Croydon you should try the Heart of Gaming arcade. Really great arcade with a buttload of cabinets and consoles. It's not pay per play either, think it's £7ish for entry and everything beyond that is free to play.
  2. PC Gaming Discussion

    Good call. One other thing is that Ryzen CPUs consist of multiple core complexes stitched together with what's called an "infinity fabric." Inter communication between the complexes is really really improved by high speed low latency ram (much more so than Intel processors) so make sure if you're going for 8gb you get the best stuff you can afford.
  3. PC Gaming Discussion

    Ryzen 5 is a good CPU series but there are some issues with the motherboard socket and RAM controllers on the first generation boards, so make sure you read the reviews before you commit. There should be a good, viable upgrade path with the AM4 socket though in the coming years. I'm imagining the successors to the Ryzen line will work with it. i5 7500(K) is also a good option if you want to stick to the intel side, since they have slightly better single core performance. If you already have an SSD then you're already covered for a large part of the expense. RX 580 or GTX 1060 (6GB) GPU will cover you nicely for 1080p60 at max settings on most games. You might want to wait for RX Vega release since it'll likely kick down the price of competing GPUs. 16GB 2800-3200mhz RAM should be the sweet spot for pretty much anything you'd want to do on a PC besides intensive video editing. Don't bother with an optical drive. Any good brand 550+W PSU will cover your power needs, and you're good to go.
  4. Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4/XB1/PC)

    Yeah Maximilian's been stoking a boner for that game for ages. LI Joe gave an interview where he suggests that it has a bit of a low skill ceiling, so that's partly where my fears came from. But hopefully we'll get our hands on it during the beta to check it out for ourselves. Honestly, I can't wait until the game hits the tournament circuit. The game looks better than the anime ever did, it'll be super fun to reenact some of the classic fights.
  5. Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4/XB1/PC)

    Ok so having not played it, and just going on what the director has been saying in interviews about input/execution simplification in this game, I wonder if they're going to release a completely stripped down game without a lot of serious competitive and tournament potential. I really hope that everything you can do in this game isn't just a series of canned auto-combos and flashy looking assists, and that there's actually some scope for a variety of mixups, cancels, crossups, fakeouts, parries and all the other good shit ASW are known for. Can't wait to get my hands on a demo or something. I watched a metric buttload of Dragonball growing up and it'd be so fucking good to sit down with some childhood buddies and play some versus matches where skill plays a large part and you're not just mindlessly mashing to make cool shit happen on screen.
  6. PlayStation 4 Console Discussion

    Surely the idiom "for the players" still suggests that the platform holders want to appeal to what the players want, and if the players want cross platform play doesn't this show an attitude contrary to their own marketing slogan? It's a ridiculously bad excuse, especially since Playstation consoles have traditionally been the most geared towards cross platform play (Portal 2, Street Fighter 5 etc all having Playstation/ PC crossplay). So yeah, if you're going to be anti consumer, at least find a decent excuse for it.
  7. Game of the show for me, for many reasons. 2014 Wolf was my GOTY that year.
  8. Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4/XB1/PC)

    Oh god this looks fucking amazing. Perfect property for Arc System Works.
  9. Assassin's Creed: Origins

    Man that combat looked rough. I know AC needs new ideas but ripping a bad version of Souls combat isn't the way to go. Also very keen to see how they handle portraying a country with a deep sense of national identity but with very little known about its ethnic makeup in that era.
  10. Street Fighter V ( PS4 & PC Exclusive )

    Cool cool. You know your Fighter ID? I'm on PC, so keen to try out this crossplay business. Edit: Found a FierceLinkle who mains Mika.
  11. Assassin's Creed: Origins

    1 is absolutely gash, if you want to get up to speed on its story, just Wikipedia it. AC2 was the peak of the series (at least in its time, not sure how it holds up now), and Ezio is by far and away the best main character the series ever had. Part of those games' appeal was seeing ancient cities done in a really convincing graphical style, but again, considering we're 8 years on from AC2s release, I'm not sure that side of it will hold up. The best straight up game in the series is Black Flag, for my money. The environments aren't quite as interesting as Renaissance Italy and Constantinople, but it totally makes up for it with the naval combat, and the fact that the series has had so many iterations to polish its playstyle. I reckon if you want to go back to the legacy games, skip everything apart from Ezio + Black Flag (and even then, you only really need to play AC2 from the Ezio collection. AC Brotherhood was good, but Revelations was kind of pants.)
  12. Street Fighter V ( PS4 & PC Exclusive )

    I think it's great. It's not the best Street Fighter (that title will forever go to 3rd Strike), and you don't have quite as many combo/defensive options as in 4, but in return it's more accessible to newcomers and different enough to make it worth playing. Capcom made a bunch of tweaks to make sure the game is actually playable online unlike SFIV, like a minimum three frame buffer between move links so you can combo even if there's a little bit of lag, whereas SFIVs 1 frame links were inhuman feats in a zero lag environment, so you could pretty much forget about being able to pull them off online. A bit feature light, but replayability in a fighter is always going to come from knowing human opponents to face off against. Might get Overwatch myself tbh.
  13. Street Fighter V ( PS4 & PC Exclusive )

    New Fighters Network patch has pretty much fixed the shitty network issues as far as I can see. Just got 5 games in a row without any sign of lag or rollback. Anyone on here still playing this? I'm keen to dish out some beatings/ get whomped myself if anyone is up for it. Kinda would be great to set up a N-E battle lounge and have a mini double elimination tournament. N-Evo. @Fierce_LiNk you still on this joint?
  14. Rime

    Polygon are also the festering hive that employ dipshit extraordinaire Ben Kuchera, let's not take their word for it.
  15. Arms

    How do you go about angling your punches with standard controls? As in both at the same time? I found that I got used to the motion controls pretty quick, but for sure in a competitive environment I'd def want to have a more precise control set. Also, that volleyball mode is total gash.
  16. Arms

    Holy shit, playing testpunch rn, this game is legit great. Super super surprised by how deep it seems as a fighter. £50 price tag is just a massive boner killer though.
  17. Tekken 7

    Saw Akuma, my SF main and preordered the fuck outta this. It's been a good long while since I gave Tekken a proper go. SF4 professional Akuma player Poongko's been making the rounds in Tekken tournaments using Akuma. Seems like they kept him as close to his Street Fighter version as possible.
  18. PC Gaming Discussion

    Almost any graphics card from the last five years will get you to 1080p60 at ultra settings. Pair it with a good 4 core Ryzen 5 CPU and you're not looking at more than £550 total including a PSU, Motherboard, 8GB storage, 8gb RAM and either a 1050Ti or a AMD 560 GPU. If you want something that'll run everything pretty much perfectly at 1080p60 on ultra, maybe consider a modern i5 or a six core Ryzen 5 with an AMD 580. Should be about £120 more than what you're already looking at. Near the bottom of that table is the 7870. A midrange GPU that I bought in Feb 2012. It runs Overwatch with everything maxed out at around 70fps.
  19. WipEout Omega Collection

    Oh man fuck that retro PSX sleeve. You can't prey on that sort of nostalgia when you've closed the phenomenally talented studio that was responsible for creating the series, and when the game you're putting out is a remaster that actually contains no tracks or vehicles from the games on the system the sleeve is referencing. But I still want it obvs.
  20. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (PS4)

    Would have been tempted by this if it included CTR, since that game still hasn't been outdone in its genre, but I can get these games for about £3 each off PSN if I want my nostalgia boner stoked. The mainline Crash games are old hat.
  21. WipEout Omega Collection

    Yup. Or if they were going to do a port, it would have been nice to have tracks from the first game, 2097 and W3O as well.
  22. Nioh [PS4]

    Think this is second only to Bloodborne as my favourite Ps4 exclusives go, the only problem being that I've let it lie for a few weeks while I was playing Zelda and the command list and controls are so involved and deep that I almost feel like I should start the game again. Even a little bit of rust is really fucking with my flow right now.
  23. Should Inklings replace Miis?

    Ah man really? Inklings are literally the only characters designed by Nintendo that I genuinely think are awesome.
  24. Survival/Battle royale games

    It'd be perfect for u then wouldn't it you throbbing willy.
  25. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

    Yeah I went straight to 150cc. The other speed classes are a total snoozefest. I just assumed a 150cc victory would count as a victory on lower speed classes since it was that way on F-Zero GX as well as every wipeout game ever. At the same time though why would you want to complete it at the lower speed classes anyway? You don't get anything for it.
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