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@torbjorno seems slightly generous based on the review;


short single player,

very limited co-op,

micro transactions to boost scoring make a mockery of leader boards in competitive modes


I feel for reviewers these days,no way these transactions can sit well with anyone in the gaming community.


We can only stop it as a community, together, through sticking with the f2p models that offer cosmetic only purchases like Team Fortress 2 and Path of Exile. And turning a cold shoulder to the pay to win models that want to have a user/addict base rather than a fan base.



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@jagcivtec Thanks, yeah i do have a custom little table that's like a "TV dinner" table thingy. I don't know why but every time i go looking for a game to play with my pc controller it always feels wrong. I would tend to AAA game on my 360 and play the MMO's and Football manager etc on the PC.

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This is the first generation that I've been truly torn as to which console to get. I've been gaming mostly on my on my PC for the last year, i still have my 360 but only for the exclusives like GTA V. My pc has always been centre of my entertainment system with hdmi to my main LCD TV, throw in a wireless keyboard and mouse and I can PC game as comfortably as I any console player.

I couldn't really afford a console between the N64 and the Xbox but several of my friends had PS1's so there was always one being hauled between our houses in a worn plastic carrier bag along with a bag of beers and copy of the Pro Evo of the day for a round robin of boisterous revelry, this continued right in to the PS2 era.

By the time I was going to university I had seen the PS2' that my friends owned for long enough for them to feel like my own (We're talking MGS2 and GTA: San Andreas playthroughs ). One thing i did not like about the PS2 was the release of the slim version which many of my mate bough and subsequently had to by all new multi-tap 4 player extensions again, but that was about it everything else was solid, plus we really abused the consoles we had as a collective, they got dragged to every drunken party and track and field destroyed quite a few controllers after one weekends rental.

But when I got to university I got my student loan and bought and Xbox, they hadn't been out too long, don't ask me for sure though my memory is a little bongy from that period. It was something new and multi-player on-line gaming on consoles hadn't taken off yet so the fact that all my mates had PS2's didn't really matter cause they where also hundreds of miles away now anyway.

I was proud of my Xbox. I was, in my own social circle at least, an early adopter and I often had to defend my choice to my mates when back home, and it did hurt when I saw them swapping and loaning games and I was all alone, but as Game had their 7 days no questions ask return policy I was able to feel out the games and swap out any clangers so all was well, no regrets.

Next Was the Xbox 360, this time I had been more tuned in pre launch, Sony had been giving some very bad PR about the console itself at game conferences and comments in the build up and seemed to show Sony taking the customers/fans for granted. So I stuck with the Xbox 360 because I didn't really know what Sony's pedigree would be like with on-line gaming and I really didn't have the patience to wait. SO i bought my 360, I loved it, It RROD'd on me and I was glad because i got a brand new one just be working the system and Microsoft and luckily it was the improved version with smaller nm thingys in the core and it has run great since. But that time has come again, where we must choose.

As a lifelong Xbox user :) I can say that I do understand Microsoft's gamble with the Xbox One, I started with the Xbox when I was 19, I'm now 32. Its been a long time since I had to game on anything but my main living room TV, and even if I was 10 years younger, chances are I would already have my own place and be gaming on the "big telly". So the integration of pass through HDMI and picture in picture use of it opens up a lot of possibilities for me, especially when you consider what my PC can do plugging it to HDMI through snap or other apps, I can maybe play Football Manager on the PC and FIFA 14 on the Xbox. So yeah I can see why they did it, and I can even see why they did it and where surprised the mature gamers didn't buy in to it.

However, they failed to do one simple thing and that was, to make sure the gamers don't feel the new features come at the cost of game performance or game-play quality. Whether it's true or not the doubt is there and it has been worsened by the resolution differences and graphics processing differences.

So here I stand a man almost undecided, I want to like the Xbox more but I know the PS is the early leader, better packaged and designed inside and out, I don't think the Xbox one will even fit in my TV unit without Cooling issues as my unit is shelf is 15 inches wide and the Xbox is 13.5.

The performance differences for me are not of themselves a big thing, I believe all the cross platform games will default to the lowest common denominator and scale up form there if its more cost effective. Exclusives are exclusives you win some you lose some but many a troll has been harmed in the answering of which line up is better, only time will tell.

I had decided on PS4, I was going to go back to my gamer roots, plus the addition of the free 2 play games with Xbox has always dropped before release on the 360, especially planetside 2 (finally a newish FPS I can really get in to) but my pc is not perfect for it. That had swung me. They way I looked at it was, if I couldn't shell out for games every week I would have plenty of F2P action to occupy my time.

Then i remembered I got married in September and that I wasn't the only person who would enjoy the benefits of a console and when I considered my wife the Xbox starts to edge back in front, and the added news last week that we are expecting our first baby next year means I have now swung right back towards the Xbox again, I loath to admit it but I am no longer a hardcore gamer who can dedicate and entire shelf at £350-£450 to gaming for just me.

Now I know I'm exaggerating when I say my wife and child would not get any use out of a PS4, they would no doubt, but the camera costs extra and if dev's are only reaching part of the PS4 customer base then I cant see it breaking the same barrier the kinect 1.0 hit, where its not fully integrated from the ground up in to everything, it becomes a novelty and is treated as such. Instead of a tool to be used where it's more efficient, immersive or intuitive to use it.

So that's my 2 cents, and why I'm torn this time round, I'm changing my mind by the minute as i write this, my pre order is in but its just a free reservation and they will also have Xbox one stock in that store on that evening (I have an inside man). So ill be assimilating videos of each console and games until then, enjoying the truly best part of the console life cycle, the choosing and buying and first time.


And I haven't even gotten in to which games to buy at first too.