The Witcher 3 HDR Patch Hurts Quality on PS4 Pro

The Witcher 3 HDR Patch Hurts Quality on PS4 Pro

The Witcher 3’s HDR patch isn’t working out quite as well as planned on the PlayStation 4 Pro, and has brought some visual downgrades with it. The patch rolled out last month but Digital Foundry has discovered that update 1.61 has had some adverse effects when playing in 4K on the PS4 Pro. It seems that the patch has affected draw distance and shadows of foliage, and the issues are present in SDR on the PS4 Pro as well, suggesting that the result is unintentional. The problem isn’t echoed on the Xbox One X according to Digital Foundry, so hopefully CD Projekt RED will release a fix in the near future. Continue reading…
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Blizzard's Unannounced FPS Seems to Be Moving Ahead

Blizzard's Unannounced FPS Seems to Be Moving Ahead

Blizzard has begun the process of hiring design staff for an unannounced first-person game – quite possibly the same game it was building an engine for in 2016. A new job listing for a Senior / Principal Game Designer asks for someone with “experience in developing weapons, abilities, and gameplay systems in action or first-person shooter games.” In 2016, Blizzard was advertising for a Lead Software Engineer to build a first-person game engine for an action-oriented game that could be played across multiple platforms. Continue reading…
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Achievement Overclocked: Looking Back On My Ten Year Gamerscore Obsession

Achievement Overclocked: Looking Back On My Ten Year Gamerscore Obsession

I bought my Xbox 360 in late 2007, during a murky period between quitting a bad retail job and starting another bad retail job, and a week before I received my first paid games journalism commission. The system came packaged with Forza 2 and Viva Piñata, but I also grabbed Mass Effect (which I would only finish two years later) and Call of Duty 4 (which I became obsessed with). It’s one of my favourite consoles ever, and from the very beginning I was impressed by the blade menu system, the growing back-catalogue of games, and Xbox Live. I was also taken with its achievement system, which seemed, to me, like a smart way of tracking progress across your entire game collection. In the year that followed, as I wrapped up my undergraduate degree, sold phones for minimum wage in my day job, and made my first tentative steps towards becoming a serious games journalist, my Gamerscore started to matter to me. It didn’t take long for me to became focused on overtaking friends who had bought their consoles earlier than I had. I was fixated on pushing myself to reach each new number I could justify calling a ‘milestone’, and while this feeling would occasionally calm down, it never fully went away. Achievement and trophy systems are everywhere now, but none of them are quite so direct and easy to parse as your Xbox Gamerscore, and none of them have grabbed me with nearly the same intensity. Continue reading…
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Westworld's Origin Story is Every Bit as Messed Up as You'd Expect

Westworld's Origin Story is Every Bit as Messed Up as You'd Expect

This review contains spoilers for Westworld Season 2, episode 2, “Reunion.” To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our review of the Season 2 premiere, and our explainer on what the ending of episode 1 could mean. From the beginning, Westworld has interrogated our oh-so human tendency to play god, but that symbolism becomes literal in episode 2. First, we get to see the origin of the park through the eyes of the arrogant Logan Delos (Ben Barnes), who finds himself enticed by the incredible technological advances of a company known as the Argos Initiative, which is seeking funding to build a “tangible” experience far beyond virtual reality. The practical applications for the technology are spectacularly demonstrated when he’s taken to a private show (all orchestrated by Ford and Arnold, we discover in the opening scene) and comes to realize that he’s surrounded by hosts who are indistinguishable from humans – right down to their capacity for sex, as Angela proves. Knowing Logan as we do, it’s no surprise that a quick roll in the hay is what convinces him to invest. Continue reading…
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