Greetings NAGuxils, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. In the news this week is Watch Dogs 2, Dishonored 2 issues on PC (surprise) and some truly insightful fixes, Witcher 3 devs respond to rumours of a buyout, PS4 Pro is having some serious issues with a few games, Pokemon GO Easter Eggs, the Vive gets an expensive upgrade you probably don’t need and there’s a few scumbags doing scumbaggy things. All of that gossipy goodness along with the usual videos and highlights from the week, after the jump.
Watch Dogs 2 will be better
Watch Dogs was, well, not very good. Ubisoft have promised they’ve learned from their mistakes with the successor however, and marketing man Mark Slaughter said in an interview this week that the second time around they plan on deepening the game significantly.
“There will be a more relevant narrative with deeper characterisation; a fresh, lighter tone, more creative hacking options, better driving and a seamless online experience.
“Add to this more choice on how to approach challenges,” Slaughter continued, “and a great sense of dynamism and variety in the game world and the team have worked very hard to produce a strong offering that the players will love.”
To their credit they’ve shown a fair amount of humility since the original’s release, stating several times that they’ve taken feedback seriously and plan on making improvements. Dane also seemed to like it in his hands-on, which you can read here.
Dishonored 2 has some great suggestions for bad performance
Dishonored 2 is getting some “Mixed” reviews on Steam, with many users complaining of stuttering, low framerates, laggy mouse and a myriad of other “this game runs like ass” complaints.
Luckily, the dev has put up a very helpful FAQ which should help you sort out those pesky “this game is broken” issues you may be having.
Have you, by chance, considered lowering your settings? How about closing background applications? If that fails, maybe don’t Alt-Tab ever.
I’ve come up with a few of my own solutions. For the customer, make use of Steam’s Refund service. For the developer, OPTIMISE YOUR F**KING GAME BEFORE RELEASING IT. You’re welcome.
Witcher 3 dev responds to buyout rumours
A nasty rumour was going around this week that CD Projekt Red, everyone’s main Polish heartthrob RPG King, was facing a hostile takeover.
Which is reasonable in a way, considering the studio announced they were having a meeting to discuss preventative measures to a… hostile takeover. As it turns out, however, the whole thing is to organise a defense against an imagined hypothetical scenario. So says Spokesman #2:
“It is meant as insurance against future hypothetical scenarios which may never materialize. We wish to safeguard the interests of minority shareholders in a hypothetical case where a major shareholder emerges professing a business and strategic vision which conflicts with ours.”
In other words: “Settle down folks, nothing to see here.”
PS4 Pro making some games run worse
Well, this is awkward.
Digital Foundry have been doing their extensive testing on games on PS4 Pro, and while some have shown very impressive improvements, some games like Skyrim and The Last of Us actually run smoother on the base PS4. This, obviously, means someone has screwed up somewhere.
Basically, if you’re rocking a fancy high-res TV, things actually run better. But once you go to a regular HD TV, which is what most people have, the software opts for better image quality settings instead – at a performance cost many won’t be happy with.
The problem here is that there’s no way for you to decide what you want, all of this is handled automatically and thus if decisions are made that lead to poor performance, there’s nothing you can do to change that except wait for Sony to correct the problem – hopefully.
Here’s a neat video explaining more of the technical stuff.
Pokemon GO has a secret
…it’s not really a game.
I joke, I joke, SETTLE DOWN. The game that has no features, ironically, has hidden ones. According to Niantic CEO John Hanke, “There will always be secrets in the game that no one has found because we’re always adding new secrets to the game.”
“There’s one out there right now and we’ll see how that plays out over the course of the next few weeks.”
So how do you find one of these delicious Easter eggs? Don’t ask me, I couldn’t find a Squirtle in a forest fire! HAHAHA! See guys, I totally get this Pokemans stuff.
HTC Vive is getting a wireless upgrade kit – for $220
So you’re taking a dump on your solid gold toilet with your watercooled laptop on your sweaty thighs watching hentai in VR with your HTC Vive and you’re thinking to yourself – How can I possibly make this experience cost more money?
Well HTC now has you covered, with the wireless kit that’ll set you back 25% of what you paid for the thing in the first place. I want to write something about features or something else interesting here, but there really isn’t anything. It makes it wireless. That’s, yeah, that’s pretty much it.
People are selling the NES Mini for a fortune
This, this is why we can’t have nice things. Predictably, a bunch of people have apparently bought a NES Mini with the express purpose of reselling it for a tidy profit when the console goes out of stock. Which it will, because Nintendo.
It retails in the UK for 50 pounds, but on day one of the console’s release eBay is already flooded with listings for double that, since most of the stores carrying it sold out on the first day.
It sucks, but there’s not much anyone can really do about it. The fact that there’s so many listings on the first day makes it clear this was the plan for these assholes all along. The real question I have is – how many people are actually buying at this price?
Someone has remade Red Alert 2 for the Vive. I’m not sure how I feel about this.
Now we get to watch some dude called Ian play Dishonored 2. For four hours.
Ian just can’t stop himself. Now he’s playing Watch Dogs 2, but this time just for 2 hours. Moderation is key.
When last did you play a Rainbox Six game? The latest one is getting a big update soon, and in the meantime you can play it for free this weekend. This badass trailer tells you why you should.
Best of NAG
Titanfall 2 dropped recently, and you can head over here to let Tarryn tell you why it’s the best thing since braai’d marshmallows.
It’s Skyrim‘s birthday! Celebrate with Matt Fick.
Take a break from all this digital stuff, and read my review on Betrayal at House on the Hill, a boardgame that you’re guaranteed to have fun with, unless you’re the type of person who likes Sudoku and Cryptic Crosswords. You monster.
Man, that was a lot of reading. As always, give those beautiful blues a break with the NAG Online Podcast.