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Spider-man: Miles Morales PS4 v PS5 Comparison

Spider-man: Miles Morales is the biggest exclusive we have for the PS5 at the moment. It is a fantastic game and with the release on the PS5, we now get some bonus graphical fidelity. With the game also being available on the PS4, it is the perfect game to run some comparison tests with to see what sort of improvements the next generation system brings to the table. If given the option, who wouldn't want to play this on the PS5. The Dualsense alone is worth it, but what else do we get? How much better is the latest Spider-man adventure on the PS5 over the PS4.

Spider-man PS4 - PS5 Comparison

The overall difference with Miles Morales on the PS4 compared to the PS5 is not as big as you might have expected. It most definitely does not feel like a true next gen jump. The game might come with some cool new features on the PS5 but the average gamer is unlikely to spot any differences. If you have yet to see the game running on PS5, this video comparison will pretty much show you everything that is different about the game between both platforms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O31GV_FBsLI

Reflections Are A Thing Now!

This was the most off putting thing about Spider-man on the PS4. The game looked amazing but then you look in the windows and see that you do not have a reflection. Nothing at all has a reflection. The game does some clever things to stop the windows looking bad but it sure seems weird to look into a window that has a reflection for the area behind you but you are missing. Is Spidey a vampire!? [caption id="attachment_29045" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]miles morales ray tracking You can now look at your fine self in the windows. Reflections are nothing new in games but they are new in Spiderman[/caption] With the introduction of ray tracing, reflections are less of a challenge for game developers to add to games. Now that it is possible with the PS5, it has been added to Miles Morales and it does look so much better. From a distance, you will not see a massive change. In fact, I couldn't see a difference at all. It is only when you get up close that you get to appreciate the improvement.

The Game Runs at 60FPS..But With a Cost

This generation was all about 4k 60fps before the consoles launched. Now that they are here, 4k is common and so is 60fps but they tend not to go together with all of the other benefits. It might be possible to play Miles Morales with 60fps refresh rate but you will have to get rid of those lovely reflections that you just started to enjoy. [caption id="attachment_29044" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]miles morales 60fps In the games settings menu, you can change the visual settings to go for performance or fidelity. Sure would be nice if we could have both[/caption]

Load Screens Have Vanished

From the tests you can see in the video above, Miles Morales loads about 10 times faster on the PS5. When you want to fast travel from one location to another, there is no waiting around watching a train as a means to hide a loading screen. The game just teleports you there almost instantly. [caption id="attachment_29043" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]miles morales city view The city looks incredible in this game. The view is great from any angle. What is more impressive is how quickly it loads.[/caption]
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Demon’s Souls Is Still As Punishing As Ever

Demon's Souls has been remastered on the PS5 and it looks really nice. Bluepoint games have yet again done a stellar job. Demon's Souls was quite a unique game and was the start of the punishing souls style genre that emerged shortly after. One thing that we know is that Demon's Souls is still as punishing as ever! Demon's Souls was the first and only game from the Souls series that I have beaten, platinumed in fact. It was enough to make me never return to the franchise. Demon's Souls was not a bad game, the difficulty was just too much for my weak ass. The release of a remaster is sure to peak the interest of many. The hardcore fans of the genre and for the players too casual for the genre but have memories of the original game and wanted to return. The thought of even completing the game again, never mind getting the platinum is too horrific of a task that I would never be able to take it on. I did decide to return to the game to see how much of it I remembered and to see would it still haunt my dreams! [caption id="attachment_29038" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]demons souls opening scene This opening scene is pretty haunting. Firstly because it is dark and second because it is going to bring back all those horrible memories of getting your ass kicked.[/caption]

This Game Looks And Plays Incredible!

Right away, there is one thing that stands out about this game. It looks great and plays just as good. We all tend to remember games looking better than they did. This game looks much better than your memory of how it looked on PS3. Demon's Souls is not a high paced game but timing is critical. With brutal boss fights, being able to perform a dodge at the last second is vital. When you die because you messed up, you can accept it. When you die because you pressed the button but nothing happened, that is how controllers get broken! The controller latency is flawless here. You press a button and you will dodge or roll instantly. The controls are as good as you need them to be. Although you may try after your 50th attempt trying to kill a certain boss, the controls are not going to get in the way of the endless deaths that are ahead of you in this game.

Prepare To Die!

Anyone who has played this game will remember it having a punishing difficulty. Enemies that throw hard hitting attacks that are often hard to predict when you are unfamiliar with the patterns. Then we get to the boss fights who can often completely tear you down before you have had the chance to even assess your surroundings. Demon's Souls wants you to die! Over and over and over. [caption id="attachment_29039" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]demons souls ps5 A familiar sight, but a lot better looking. The road ahead is full of tears and death[/caption] This is all part of the fun of course. The game does offer some strategic checkpoints that will allow you to drop a ladder or open a door that will mean you do not have to redo the entire level from scratch when you end up getting killed from some sneaky skeleton who you didn't see hiding in the corner.

The Verdict

This is a top notch remaster. Bluepoint have already proven they can do a fantastic job and Demon's Souls is going to be a shining trophy in their catalog. This remasteris entirely faithful to the original game. Nothing new has been thrown in there to spoil the experience. You will get the same dark and hopeless world that wants to eat you up and spit you out the moment you start a new level. Any fan of soulslike games and who loves a really brutal challenge will find a huge amount of enjoyment in this game. If you were an Xbox 360 gamer and never got to play this on the PS3, you will not be let down playing this.
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Is Premium Account Worth It – American Dad: Apocalypse Soon

American Dad: Apocalypse Soon is one of the more enjoyable Fallout Shelter clones but it is not without its money grabbing flaws. One of the cheaper microtransactions is the premium subscription. Each time you complete a battle, you can earn some bonus supplies simply for having this subscription active. The big question is whether the premium subscription is worth the money. If I could give a short answer, the answer is no, at least not for me. The biggest issue with the value of this service is it diminishes the further you get into the game. If you had this from the very start, the value would be great as you get bonuses for all of the story missions on the map. Once you have completed all of them, the value only comes from attacking other players, a system which is shitty and unreliable. The happiness bonus that you get from premium is also pointless. If you are relying on your base producing all of the resources you need to survive, then you are going to end up very disappointed in both the game and this subscription. I purchased this for 40 days. At this point, I was stuck at the collector boss fight, It was too difficult for me to complete. It has been around 2 weeks now and I am still unable to defeat this guy. The grind is too damn slow. So if you are hoping to make this game less grindy, the premium subscription will do very little to help with this. At this point, the premium subscription does very little to benefit the running of your base, it does nothing to make the game less of a painful grind and it does nothing to give you gear/items to help you defeat tough boss fights. It doesn't matter if this subscription cost $1 a month, it gives so little value that it simply isn't worth having.
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Archer: Danger Phone Review

Archer is a show that is known for its dry-witted humour and crazy spy scenarios. Any form of a video game based on this franchise would want to at least capture both of these aspects quite well in order to be a good game. While Archer: Danger Phone has captured the humour and vibe of the show, it has very little going for it as a game. In fact, it is almost an insult. Archer: Danger Phone appears to be based on the Idle Balls game. This game type is essentially an ad watching simulator. An effective implementation of this game will have you forgetting that you are essentially watching ads only to progress further so you can watch more ads. As stupid as the concept appears on paper, I will admit that I do enjoy one specific game with this style of gameplay, Danger phone is not it! [caption id="attachment_28685" align="aligncenter" width="2244"]danger phone review Danger phone is pretty much a series of rooms, represented by boxes on the screen. You watch a circle fill up in the box so you can collect the money it generates. You spend the money on the rooms to increase the money they generate and how quickly they generate it.[/caption] The problem is the UI. It just feels like some sort of excel spreadsheet. If there were some sort of virtual office that you scroll up and down on to interact with the rooms, it would make it feel like you are actually managing some kind of setup. Instead, you just feel like some kind of animal pressing buttons to get a treat. Archer fans will find some redemption in the story writing. It is funny and is animated the exact same as the show. The drawback is there is no voice acting. You will just have to read the dialogue yourself. It isn't a deal-breaker as the humour is very good, but it doesn't sweeten the experience enough to make you forget how braindead you need to become to get through the gameplay...if you could even call it gameplay.

Is Archer: Danger Phone Worth Playing?

There is a fine line between making a game like this addictive or making you feel like some kind of money performing tricks. Archer puts you firmly into the monkey category. It is almost insulting how stupid they thought people would be to find any sort of enjoyment out of managing the various rooms. The short answer to this is no, Archer: Danger Phone is not worth playing!

Verdict: Waste of Time

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Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money Review

There are lots of "idle" games available for smartphones these days. They somehow manage to get us addicted to an activity that is not all that fun when you put some thought into it. Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money is one of these games that is addictive as hell but it doesn't really provide you with all that much in terms of gameplay. Greasy Money has you taking control of a virtual trailer park. You must build structures, upgrade characters and collect various items in order to build an illegal money-making racket. The goal is to gather as much money as possible, completing various objectives along the way. The objectives might be things like upgrade 2 characters, collect X amount of money, upgrade X structures. When you complete a specified number of objectives, you will complete the current "season". This makes the game feel like an extension of the TV series. [caption id="attachment_28582" align="aligncenter" width="592"]greasy money review The layout of the park allows you to scroll up and down without having to rotate your phone. Each building earns money. Collect it manually or upgrade it to be automatic. The colourful design will definitely be one thing that captures your attention[/caption] The trailer park will reset every season. This gives you a fresh hit of building up a new "business enterprise" every time. The process gets quite addictive and will have you logging back in quite frequently to check if there are any buildings you have enough money to upgrade.

Is Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money Worth Playing?

This is a difficult one to answer. The game has very little substance on paper. You essentially spend the majority of the time watching ads and just watching numbers increase on the screen. There isn't a whole lot else to actually do. I personally found this game very addictive and enjoyable. Being able to log in a few times a day for 5 mins or so made this a fun little time killer while you wait for the coffee or are taking a dump. The events that show up every few days give you an added reason to check in on the trailer pack. The rewards can often be quite valuable, within the context of the game of course, they are absolutely worthless time-wasting items in real life. The game is definitely worth checking out. It is free, so it isn't like there is much of a reason not to try it. If the game doesn't become addictive to you from the get-go, you can just delete it. You need to know what you have in mind for the game before you get stuck into it. If you are just looking for some idle game to flick on instead of scrolling through Twitter, this will most definitely scratch your itch. The writing and humour are good, you will get a few laughs from the conversations that happen between the cast. The gameplay is a bit shallow but it is just an idle time killer. When you look at it from this point of view, it isn't all that bad. It will remain on my phone for a while longer. It was a pleasant surprise.

Verdict: Worth Playing

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Difference Between The Xbox Series S & Series X

This Christmas is set to be quite a confusing one for any parents looking to get their children the latest Xbox. Microsoft is launching two different Xbox consoles this fall and there are some key differences between them. This guide will help you figure out the important differences between the Xbox Series S and the Series X.  It is fairly safe to say that there are going to be some upset kids on Christmas morning who were bought an Xbox One X instead of an Xbox Series X. If you are going to order one or have some kids looking for a console, I would suggest you read over the post below to avoid any mistakes and ensure you get exactly what you need. 

Xbox Series X vs Series S

There may only be a letter between the two when it comes to the name, there is quite a bit in the difference between what you get. This is a stark contrast when you compare the two PS5 models. Here are some facts about the two consoles that you need to be aware of. Chances are, if you are purchasing a console for a kid, they will have already decided which one of the two they want. 
  • The Series S model i the cheapest model at $299/€299.
  • The Series X model is $200/€200 more expensive at $500/€500.
  • The Series S model has lower powered hardware.
  • The Series X model is more powerful and will make games look better. 
  • The Series S does not work with discs, it is digital only. 
  • The Series X has a disc drive and can play games on discs. 
  • The Series S has 500gb of storage.
  • The Series X has 1tb (1000gb) of storage.

Technical Difference - Xbox Series S Vs Series X

The Xbox Series X is a more powerful console. If you want to get the best gaming experience, you need to buy the X. The difference between the two models is quite significan too. Some of the language below may be confusing to those who are unfamiliar with computer components. If you are not strong in this area, the bullet points above should help you more.  The table below will give you a break down of all of the important technical differences between the Series X and Series S.
Series S Series X
CPU Zen 2 eight-core 3.6GHz Zen 2 eight-core 3.8GHz
Graphics Processing 4 TFLOPS (20CUs at 1.565GHz) 12 TFLOPS (52CUs at 1.825GHz)
RAM 10GB 16GB
Max Resolution 1440p 4k
Storage 512GB 1TB
Price $299/€299 $499/€499
Dimensions 275mm Height, 63.5mm Width, 151mm Tall, 151mm Height, 151mm Width, 301mm Tall
 

Visual Difference - Xbox Series S Vs Series X

There is a distinct difference between the X and the S. There is unfortunately a similarity between the Series S and the One S which is only going to add to the holiday confusion. The colors may change over time, but for the moment, at least at launch, there is only one color per console. The X will be black and the S is white. The shape is also distinctly different. It will be hard to mix up both of these models.  The images below will show the difference between both of the consoles to help you make sure you do not pick up the wrong console by accident. 

The Xbox Series S Is Smaller

For those tight on space, the Series S model is quite small. It is one of the smaller game consoles we have seen for quite some time. The dimensions are listed in the comparison table above. You can also see both consoles together in the image below to get a better idea of the size difference between the two models.  [caption id="attachment_28159" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]xbox series X vs xbox series s Both consoes are relatively small compared to the launch of last generations consoles. The Xbox S is the white console on the left and the X on the right. The S is considerably smaller.[/caption]

Is There a Difference In The Controller?

The controller that comes with the S and the X is the exact same. The controller color will match the color of the console, assuming you only purchase one and didnt buy one of the additional controllers at checkout The controller will be the same for both models. You do not need to make any decisions here. The same controllers work for both models. If you want to buy an extra controller, you do not need to make any considerations based on model. Just make sure it is a Series model controller and not a controller for the Xbox One. 

Which Xbox Is Better?

The Xbox Series X is a more powerful console. It is capable of rendering games with a 4k resolution, something the Series S is unable to do. The X also has twice as much storage and also contains a disc drive. If you want to buy the best system, then the series X is the console that you should buy as it is a better console than the X. 

Will Both Models Play The Same Games?

This is an important one to know. It doesn't matter if you buy the Series S or the Series X. Both will be able to play the games. If you do not own a 4k TV and do not care too much about visual quality, then the S is the perfect console for you. It will allow you to have the next gen experience and play all of the next gen games released for Xbox without the higher price tag. 

Beware of the Xbox One

The Xbox One was a fantastic console but as we make our way into the next generation, the Xbox one is going to become a system that is bound to cause some disappointment. There are two variations of the Xbox One, The Xbox One S and the Xbox One X. Sound familiar? It should because it is pretty much the same as the name as the next-gen Xbox. Even those of us who spend a lot of time discussing video games find these similar names quite difficult.  If you need to purchase the latest Xbox, make sure you DO NOT buy either of these consoles. 
  • Xbox One S
  • Xbox One X
Instead, you need to purchase one of these, as these are the next-gen equivalent of the two consoles above. If you have any doubt around which is which, check out the images above. The white console is the S model and the black console is the X model. When you are at the checkout of a store, make sure this is the one that you are buying.
  • Xbox Series S
  • Xbox Series X
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Difference Between PS5 Versions

The PlayStation 5 is launching in November and there are two versions available with $100 separating them. If you want to get the best possible gaming experience, do you need to get the $499 edition? What is the difference between the PS5 versions The cheaper model of the PS5 is known as the digital edition, the more expensive model has no official name but can be considered the disc edition. Here is everything you need to know about the difference between the two versions of the PlayStation 5.

PS5 Digital Vs Standard - The Short Answer

There is only one difference between the consoles. The $399 digital edition has no disc drive and the $499 edition does. Everything else about the two versions is the exact same. Same CPU, GPU, RAM and SSD capacity. IF you never pay for disc versions of games and do not want to watch Blu Ray movies, then you will have no issues with the digital edition of the PS5. 

The Visual Difference

While there is no difference in terms of computing components, the lack of a disc drive on the digital edition of the PS5 means there is a visual difference between the two versions. The digital edition is going to be slightly smaller as there is no disc drive jutting out of the side of the system. You can see the difference between the two models in the image below.  [caption id="attachment_28173" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]ps5 comparison with price The PS5 consoles will be almost the exact same. The disc drive, visible on the right side is all that is different between the two of them[/caption]

The Difference With the PS5 Digital Edition

The digital edition of the PS5 works the same as the digital edition of the Xbox One S. It is the exact same as the standard model except it does not contain a disc drive. This means if you buy a physical disc copy of a game, you will be unable to use it as there is no way to insert the disc into the console.  This also means that you will be unable to use the disc versions of PS4 games that you own. If you own lots of these games and were hoping to take advantage of the upgrade patch for PS5, you may need to rethink your plan to get the digital edition of the game. 

Is The More Expensive PS5 More Powerful?

The more expensive model of the PS5 is the same in every way to the cheaper model in terms of computing power and performance. The same is not true for the latest Xbox Series console comparison. If you want to get the best out of the games you purchase, you will see absolutely no difference between the two models. The only difference between them is the inclusion of the disc drive.
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PS Plus Collection For PS5 Takes Up 868.46GB

The PS Plus Collection is a pretty exciting addition to the PS Plus service. Whether it will eventually grow to compete with Xbox Gamepass is unknown but for now, PS5 owners with a PS Plus subscription will be able to access a catalogue of some of the best games released for the PlayStation 4 at no extra cost.  With the move to SSD as the primary internal storage medium for games, we have not seen the same growth in storage space that we would have seen in past generations. The PS5 will actually have slightly less storage than the more recent PS4 Skus had. The launch PS5 will have 825 GB SSD, which does seem quite small when most would be wanting to get a 2TB drive into their system.  When you take a look at the full game list for the PS Plus Collection, you will see there are quite a few games that are hungry on storage space. 
Game Size
Battlefield 1 110 GB
Batman: Arkham Knight 45 GB
Bloodborne 32.75 GB
Days Gone 38 GB
Detroit: Become Human 41.4 GB
Fallout 4 26.2 GB
Final Fantasy 15 100 GB
God of War 45 GB
Infamous Second Son 24 GB
The Last Guardian 15 GB
The Last of Us 47 GB
Monster Hunter: World 49 GB
Mortal Kombat X 33.5 GB
Persona 5 19.51 GB
Ratchet and Clank 26.4 GB
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard 20.7 GB
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End 63 GB
Until Dawn 46 GB
 

External Hard Drives Will Save The Day

There is some good news to this, however. It is possible to install PS4 games to an external hard drive. This will more than likely need to be using high-speed USB like we have seen with backing up games to an HDD on the Xbox One.  If you have a large external HDD hanging around with 900GB to spare, you could fill it up with the entire PS Plus Collection. This gives you instant access to all of these games without having to worry about consuming the valuable SSD space that you surely want to save for your PS5 games which you will not be able to install onto an external HDD.
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Xbox Series S & X Launch Titles

The release of the next generation of home gaming consoles is just around the corner. We have a huge amount to be excited about before we even consider the games available. There will be two models of Xbox consoles launching. In terms of games, they will be the exact same. All of the games in the list below will be available for both versions of the console. If you were lucky enough to secure a preorder, you will be able enjoy all of these amazing games.

Launch Titles For Xbox

  • Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
  • Bright Memory
  • Dirt 5
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
  • FIFA 21
  • Fortnite
  • Gears 5 (Series X Upgraded)
  • Gears Tactics
  • Marvel's Avengers
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux
  • RPG Time: The Legend of Wright
  • Samurai Spirits
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • The Falconeer
  • Watch Dogs Legio
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Xbox One Games Will Work Too

One of the best things about the upcoming Xbox consoles is the confirmation of backward compatibility. This is something that Microsoft has been supporting with great strength for the Xbox. On top of having access to the games in the list above, your shiny new Xbox will also be able to play games from the Xbox One and ALL past Xbox consoles. The latest Xbox is going to have the most jam packed catalog of video games in the history of the console.
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List of PS Plus Collection Games

PlayStation Plus has become a much-loved feature of the PlayStation Network. With the launch of the PS5, Sony has announced a new supplementary feature that is available exclusively to those who purchase the console in the form of a new service known as the PS Plus Collection. PS Plus Collection is a collection of some of the best games that were released on the PlayStation 4. All of these games will be available at launch for all people who currently have or purchase a PS Plus subscription. As someone who has spent a lot of time gaming on the PlayStation 4, the games offered as part of the collection are sure to keep gamers busy with their new console before they even consider the games available at launch for PS5.

Games Included In The PS Plus Collection

The following games will all be included as part of the PS Plus collection when it launches for the PS5.
Game Size
Battlefield 1 110 GB
Batman: Arkham Knight 45 GB
Bloodborne 32.75 GB
Days Gone 38 GB
Detroit: Become Human 41.4 GB
Fallout 4 26.2 GB
Final Fantasy 15 100 GB
God of War 45 GB
Infamous Second Son 24 GB
The Last Guardian 15 GB
The Last of Us 47 GB
Monster Hunter: World 49 GB
Mortal Kombat X 33.5 GB
Persona 5 19.51 GB
Ratchet and Clank 26.4 GB
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard 20.7 GB
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End 63 GB
Until Dawn 46 GB
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Will Games Include DLC?

There has been no confirmation yet as to whether the games as part of this collection will contain DLC. IT is unlikely they will if they are the base versions of the game. We may get clarification on this in future. However, it is most likely that this will be the base game and players will be encouraged to pay for the DLC.

Will DLC Already Purchased Work For These Games?

The games included in the PS Plus Collection are the PS4 versions of the game. The PS5 is backwards compatible so there is no special version. If you have already purchased the DLC for a game like Fallout 4, you should be able to download this and enjoy it on the PS5 without any extra cost.

Will PS4 Owners Be Able To Download The Games?

Based on the information we have been given so far, the PS Plus Collection will only be available to PS5 owners. You will need to own a PS5 in order to activate this service. With this being said, it is quite possible that when you activate the collection on your PS5, you will be able to download these games on your PS4 if you had the need to for some reason.  

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