Performance Analysis: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta on Xbox One

The Black Ops 3 beta handed in a solid presentation on PlayStation 4, with the game delivering a similar, if more refined gameplay experience compared to last year’s Advanced Warfare, demonstrating native 1080p visuals along with smooth frame-rates that adhered closely to the desired 60fps target. It was largely business as usual on Sony’s console, but how well does the Xbox One beta stack up in comparison?

Kicking off, once again we selected the Prophet class, launching head first into a series of busy Team Deathmatch rounds with some particularly bloodthirsty players. Matchmaking went smoothly with no connection issues – a good indication for overall stability, something that’s always welcome to see in a beta. Aside from a one-off glitch where an enemy was left floating in mid-air after being killed, the experience was stable overall, with no other bugs cropping up during gameplay.

On a technical level, first impressions suggest a sub-native presentation is at work – just like Advanced Warfare on Xbox One – though if anything, image quality appears softer and less defined. Pixel counting puts the Xbox One version of Black Ops 3 at 1600×900 in multiplayer (though curiously, …

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Video: The unlikeliest things killed by Lara Croft in the old days

Most people go their whole lives without having to fight an evil version of themselves. Lara Croft of Tomb Raider fame has done it twice. This week on Outside Xbox we harked back to the pre-reboot years, when the Croftster was always fighting bizarre flesh monsters and actual dinosaurs.

Although it is demonstrably cool to fight trained mercenaries and angry bears, as in the new Tomb Raider games, we can’t help but remember fondly the days when Lara faced off with less explicable enemies. Evil Lara, for instance, which was Lara with eyeliner – or a teenage boy on a skateboard.

Speaking of peculiar enemies, spare a thought for Batman, who must deal with verdant idiot The Riddler, who is one of the most enduring members of Batman’s rogues’ gallery despite being completely useless.

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Metal Gear Solid 3: From Russia with love

Metal Gear Solid 2 ended with an explosion of questions. In creating a game that questioned its own status as a game, Kojima had opened countless essentially insoluble plot threads. The most pressing one was: what next? Hideo Kojima initially tried to avoid directing Metal Gear Solid 3, or so the talk goes. He did not.

One of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty’s core messages was the idea of selecting what philosophy we pass on to the next generation, which can be read literally as a desire to pass on the torch. Kojima’s unease at creating Metal Gear Solid 2, which he envisioned as a repeat, was another central theme. And despite Sons of Liberty’s quality it met a divisive reception – with many of the most extreme reactions venomous, particularly towards Raiden. Perhaps it had even gone too far with its themes and their in-game manifestations, which had bewildered many but left others unironically baying for more.

In such circumstances, who can blame Kojima for imagining a sequel where all the baggage accumulated over two MSX games, two Metal Gear Solid games, and far too many obsessive fans simply didn’t matter. So Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was born, a game that takes the series timeline back by half a decade, and for good measure doesn’t feature either a Metal Gear or Solid Snake. The perfect yin to the high-falutin’ yang of Sons of Liberty, in the mind of this particular movie buff, was a period thriller.

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Game Informer | Magic: The Gathering  Why I Can’t Wait For Puzzle Quest To Consume My Phone Again

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I absolutely adored the original Puzzle Quest, and I’ve spent an absurd amount of time playing Marvel Puzzle Quest over the last couple years, so I was excited to learn about D3 Go!’s upcoming Magic: The Gathering Puzzle Quest. After matching some colored gems during a demo at PAX, I’m convinced this new quest is going to eat up a lot of my phone’s battery. —> Read More

The obscure baseball game that went on to be the PC’s second highest ranked game

It’s the bottom of the ninth, the bases are loaded, and the Phillies need just two runs to clinch a spot in the World Series. But something’s holding up play. Jim Skaalen, the pitching coach, and Jonny Estrada, the ninth batter, are arguing furiously as they approach the mound. Estrada, it seems, has lost faith in the abilities of his general manager. “I don’t care if he’s new to this, skip,” Estrada objurgates, “he shouldn’t have to Google what a ‘bunt’ is.”

I’ve been playing Out of the Park Baseball 2007 for a few weeks now. It’s a remarkable game in a number of ways. It’s the brainchild of a Swedish programmer, published by a British studio, yet embraced as one of the purest expressions of America’s national sport. It’s obstinately unwelcoming to newcomers – a sea of statistics and acronyms with nought but a 518-page manual to help keep you afloat – yet has seen its user base grow and grow. Oh, and there’s the small fact that for the past nine years it’s been listed as the second best PC game of all time on the internet’s biggest review aggregator website.

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Are microtransactions really bad for gaming

IndianNoob says, “Everyone and their grandmothers hate microtranscations. Why, because nobody wants to pay for extra cheese when you have already paid for the burger.I however believe there is more to this business model than just Evil corporations doing evil things. So I decided to do some digging and find out what this Microtransaction is all about.” —> Read More

Why PS4 Is Going To Keep Dominating Xbox One In 2015 And Beyond

Forbes – A lot of people are going to be considering buying a new gaming machine in the coming months. Some of them will be asking themselves a question: should I buy an Xbox One or a PS4? Its a valid question to ask. But many more people Ive talked to are asking themselves a much more simple question: should I buy a PS4? Every time I hear someone ask me that, its a moment to reflect on just how well Sony has come to dominate the market in recent years. Ive spent a lot of time writing about the Xbox One recently, mostly because its been interesting to watch Microsoft MSFT +0.00% flip its script and make some pretty bold changes to the way that its envisioning its system. Ive written less about the PS4 because, well, theres just less to write about: it does its job well, and its selling even better. Staying the course is working exceptionally well for them. But now that the PS4s victory seems pretty well cemented for years to come, its interesting to look at it from So… —> Read More

20 Things Only 30-Something Gamers Will Understand

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The video gaming industry is worth almost £60bn. For those not great at maths thats twelve zeros.

Twelve zeroes isnt bad for something that started out with a few nerds, a handful of transistors and a black and white telly. Its come a long way from the Magnavox Odyssey.

Having survived the great console crash of 1977 and the video game crash in 1983 its bounced back like a powered-up Pac-man to become one of the most lucrative industries ever and believe it or not there are a handful of people (formerly kids, not allegedly adults) who lived through it all. —> Read More

10 Games That Aged Well

Sagamer: As the years pass by the games you once loved loses some of its charm. Its often a factor of nostalgia getting in the way of reality and blurring your mind with a good experience you had years ago. Some older games do age well. Below is a list of 10 games thats as enjoyable today as it was several years ago. For this list we stuck with games a decade old and older. So, anything that launched from 2006 onwards does not count. —> Read More

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