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Dishonored 2 PC reviewDishonored 2 PC review
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Call of Duty: Ghosts and Colonial Marines were bad games, even if they didn't have performance issues. Dishonored 2 is one of the best games I've played.


I did consider the performance issues. For two paragraphs. I let people know that they may experience issues. Nobody is being misled. Everything people need to know is in the text of the review, not the number at the end.

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poor ports to the pc shouldn't be given perfect scores just because its a good game. that should weigh HEAVILY on its score. not neutralize it, of course.

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I gotta say, i can't believe you'd be aware of the performance issues, your a PC review site, and you still gave it a 10 out 10. It's absurd when the game is sitting at a 65% percent because nearly half of the people that purchased the game still can't play it because of performance issues (including me), yet you still give it that review being aware of it.
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I explained why I gave it 10 despite performance issues. I experienced only minor ones, in a game that I found to be exceptional.

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My experience has been pretty good using a 970. Frame rate drops to 50 sometimes, but never lower, on high settings. HBAO+ seems to be the main frame rate hog, and once I turned it off, things improved significantly.

It's worth remembering that performance is always a bit inconsistent, even on rigs with ostensibly identical setups, so just because some people have been having problems, it doesn't mean Matt did and chose not to mention them.

I have a few more thoughts on performance that I'll mention in my full review tomorrow.
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Cannot wait to pick this up! Quite a good review here, though it's sad to see that it appears many things were cut, or not developed further. Perhaps with time, some expansions or patches could flesh things out.
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The ending absolutely leaves things ready for expansions or a sequel, so it seems like a good bet.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition PC port review - how does it compare to vanilla and modded Skyrim?The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition PC port review - how does it compare to vanilla and modded Skyrim?
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I saw somewhere that Bathesda added 100 hours of extra gameplay to the Special Edition? Also, Nexus Mods will support modding for the SE, and hopefully all the mods will be updated to the new version, still, I'm glad everyone who had the older version will get it for free.
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Bethesda are framing the introduction of mods to consoles as "added content", but on PC we already have all that. It's just a visual upgrade. And while Nexus Mods is supporting it, it will take time for the major mods to be updated for SE, and in some cases the modders are not longer part of the community.

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WoT came out in 2010.

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To you both:


WoW is on the list.


WoW was released in 2004.

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Bethesda don't seem to know what Fallout 4 is anymoreBethesda don't seem to know what Fallout 4 is anymore
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I think a lot of people are really hard on Skyrim. Morrowind was a high point, no doubt about it, but Skyrim's a great dungeon-delving romp. And outside of The Elder Scrolls, there's Fallout 3, and while it's got nothing on 2 or New Vegas, it's a perfectly competent RPG.

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Fallout 3 has nothing on New Vegas, except being superior both critically and commercially.

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Bethesda don't seem to know what Fallout 4 is anymoreBethesda don't seem to know what Fallout 4 is anymore
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Bethesda has never really been good at the whole roleplaying thing. They excel at making vast, open world sandboxes, but then it seems they're never entirely sure what to do with them, essentially leaving it up to the player to find their own fun.
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I don't think that's necessarily a problem. Fallout 3 in particular offered up plenty of ways to develop your character beyond their stats. They definitely leave things up to the player, but I really enjoy that freedom. In F4, they just didn't bother.

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Sea of Thieves gameplay reveal, promises a pirates life for youSea of Thieves gameplay reveal, promises a pirates life for you
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Jesus... that trailer is the stuff of nightmares.Reply
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I enjoyed it, on mute.

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Over 100 hours later, The Witcher 3's battles are tiring me outOver 100 hours later, The Witcher 3's battles are tiring me out
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I think you might have misunderstood the criticism a bit. The problem wasn't playing non-stop (I played the base game and expansions on release or before, so with large gaps in between) or burning out. I still love TW3, and happily poured countless hours into it.


The issue was the fights. There are too many where they simply task you with going through the motions, against boring opponents like wolves, bandits and those awful archespores.

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I guess I understand the criticism to a degree, but it's definitely going to be one of those different strokes for different folks situations. I personally always loved the Witcher combat. Nowadays it's less unique than it was back when Witcher 1 dropped and it felt like "Finally refreshing combat mechanics!" but I don't think it's lost what made it good, just added many more hours of it.


For some, this might begin to seem tedious. For other's it'll be YES MORE. I guess that's why difficulty sliders exist. Not that you can't 'handle' the difficulty, but making fights simple is not always about difficulty. For example I enjoyed the idea that Pillars of Eternity was adding a Story Only kind of option to make the fights go by fast just so you can enjoy the storyline. This appealed to me, not because I can't handle game on highest difficulty, as I did first time I played it, but I didn't feel like investing the many hours to beat it that way. I just wanted to see the story progress and focus that extra effort elsewhere.

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1 Year ago
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak review snippet How good is the Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak story?
It feels familiar, in a good way. Like the originals, it's a story of trials, of huge undertakings and big risks to save an entire people. It feels a bit more personal this time, however, with characters like Rachel S'jet giving the journey a face.
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Fraser Brown replied to 8 questions on the Sunless Sea Review
1 Year ago
Sunless Sea review snippet WHAT WAXEN, BELLOWING, SPONGE-LIKE ABOMINATION DOES Sunless Sea CONJURE?
ALL OF THEM, AND THEY MAKE ME WANT TO EAT MY CREW AND DROWN FOR ETERNITY.
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Fraser Brown replied to 13 questions on the Dying Light Review
1 Year ago
Dying Light review snippet How gory is Dying Light?
It's rather gruesome. Aside from the window-dressing of blood and corpses, there's the hideous zombies, all rotting flesh and caked in gore. And then you take a hammer to their skull or set them on fire, which isn't exactly a clean kill.
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Fraser Brown replied to 8 questions on the Grim Fandango Remastered Review
1 Year ago
Grim Fandango Remastered review snippet Does Grim Fandango Remastered feel like a classic noir tale?
If Raymond Chandler wrote about Central American undead travel agents, he would have written Grim Fandango. It's pulpy, it's noir, and you've got your smart dames, your dastardly villains, your out of his depth protagonist and a big conspiracy to figure out.
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Fraser Brown replied to 7 questions on the Blackguards 2 Review
1 Year ago
Blackguards 2 review snippet How imaginative is the Blackguards 2 lore?
The history of the world, despite being based on a popular German tabletop game, plays second fiddle to the current events, and what world building is embarked upon is generally a bit trite. It's typical fantasy stuff, but with a little more levity than, say, The Forgotten Realms of D&D fame.
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Fraser Brown replied to 14 questions on the Mad Max Review
1 Year ago
Mad Max review snippet How good is the Mad Max story?
God, no. There isn't a story beyond "Max has lost his car".
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Fraser Brown replied to 10 questions on the Nom Nom Galaxy Review
1 Year ago
Nom Nom Galaxy review snippet How much freedom does Nom Nom Galaxy give you?
You can explore all over, and under, the diminutive worlds, build mostly anywhere, and design your base any way you want, as long as their's room. The missions are quite open as well, letting you just get on with things without too many limitations.
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Fraser Brown replied to 13 questions on the Pillars of Eternity Review
2 Years ago
Pillars of Eternity review snippet Would you buy at full price or wait for a Pillars of Eternity sale?
It's a lengthy, brilliantly crafted RPG with the potential for at least a second playthrough, if not more. The price shouldn't be a deterrent.
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Fraser Brown replied to 11 questions on the Cities: Skylines Review
2 Years ago
Cities: Skylines review snippet What do gamers think of Cities: Skylines after many hours of playing
Building a city is serious business, but yes, it can also be a lot of fun.
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2 Years ago
Homeworld Remastered Collection review snippet What is the future like in Homeworld Remastered Collection?
A massive empire spans the stars and a group of refugees try to find a new home. It's grim, but beautiful; hopeful, but filled with oppression and tragedy.
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