Fusion table showing PS4 titles by genre

Fusion table showing PS4 titles by genre

Inspired by a fusion chart I created for xbox 360 titles, I thought I’d try and build similar for the PS4 🙂

All data sourced from wikipedia: PS4 Games

Food for thought, I hope to play with other sources in the future.

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Deus Ex Praxis points spend -spoilers

DeusExAugs
I’m not sure why this iteration of Deus Ex isn’t getting me enthralled, but nevertheless I’ve made it to what I feel is the beginning of the game proper.

And now the big question arrives;

how do I spend my praxis points?

There are many guides online, and I found this Forbes article the most helpful: Ten Things I Wish I Knew When I Started ‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’

I left Koller with 13 points & here’s how I spent them:

Social Enhancer: 2
Hacking Capture – to Level 4: 3
Hacking Stealth – to Level 3: 3

Oh yeah I must take Remote Hacking for 2 more… maybe?
Something wrong with my Paxis tracking as I’m now left with 2 points to apply as needed.

I now need to offload some of my inventory!

Augmentation Guide

stolen with pride from PCGamer

Social Enhancer

There are several moments in Mankind Divided where you can talk your way out of trouble, and this augmentation makes that a lot easier. Instead of trying to second-guess the person you’re confronting, the aug tells you what kind of personality they have, whether they’re alpha, beta, or omega. And with this information you can determine which dialogue responses they’ll respond the most positively, or negatively, to.

Hacking Capture

Invest in this early. Upgrading it lets you hack higher security keypads and computers. Hacking can lead to handy shortcuts, safes filled with loot, useful intel, and hidden items, so it pays to brush up on your computer skills. And an additional upgrade tree lets you dominate turrets, cameras, and security robots, making them work for you rather than the enemy.

Hacking Fortify

This isn’t as essential as Hacking Capture, but it will make breaking into keypads and computers much easier. Fortifying a node slows down the system’s security, and the higher your Hacking Fortify level, the longer it’ll take the trace break through a fortified node.

Hacking Stealth

This aug reduces your chances of being detected while hacking a system. The higher level it is, the less likely you are to trigger a security trace.

InfoLink

This cranial implant is unlocked by default and allows Jensen to send and receive transmissions. It’s a high-tech phone, basically.

Stealth Avatar
Another augmentation that’s unlocked from the start, which gives you a visual indicator of where a searching enemy last saw you.

LiDAR Mark-Tracker

If you find yourself sneaking through a large, guard-filled area, this augmentation will come in very handy. It lets you mark enemies on the HUD and track them even when they leave your line of sight. The more you upgrade it, the more enemies you can tag at once, up to a maximum of 40. Combine with an upgraded Wayfinder Radar System (more on that later) and you’ll be fully aware of your surroundings at all times. To tag an enemy, hold your aiming reticle over them for about a second.

Smart Vision

Unlock this one straight away, because you’ll be using it a lot. It lets you see through walls, revealing computers, items, enemies, vents, and pretty much anything you can interact with. It’s invaluable for finding shortcuts, safes concealed behind paintings, hidden switches, and other helpful secret things. Upgrade it to majorly reduce its enemy consumption.

Retinal Prosthesis

You get this aug, which displays the HUD in Jensen’s vision, by default. But you can also upgrade it once to unlock a flash suppressant, which negates the blinding effects of concussion mines and grenades.

Wayfinder Radar System

The radar is another good aug to upgrade early. At its most basic level, which you get for free, it shows the topography of your surroundings and how long you have before an alarm resets. But upgrade it and you’ll be able to see the lines of sight of guards, represented as vision cones, and a visual representation of nearby noises—including your own footsteps. You can also boost its range to reveal more of the map around you.

Sentinel RX Health System

You’ll only need to upgrade this aug if you’re a combat-focused player. I ghosted my way through the entire game without spending a single Praxis point on it. Upgrades grant Jensen more HP and faster generation, which has obvious benefits if you’re into firing guns at people.

Sarif Series 8 Energy Converter

Your batteries, basically. It’s not as glamorous as some of the other augs on offer, but spending Praxis on this early will benefit you in the long run. Because what’s the point in having all those cool cyber-powers if you can only use them for a few seconds at a time? A fully upgraded Energy Converter combined with the cloak aug makes sneaking through most enemy-guarded areas a breeze. So much so, in fact, that it takes a lot of the fun and challenge out of the game’s stealth.

Implanted Rebreather

You won’t be using this augmentation constantly, but there are a few shortcuts through gas-filled rooms—often concealing some decent loot—that might make it worth dropping a couple of spare Praxis points on. Alternatively, most of these rooms have valves that make the gas slowly fade away. So if you’re feeling brave you locate it with your Smart Vision and try and make a mad dash for it before you choke to death.

Cybernetic Arm Prosthesis

There are a few benefits to upgrading Jensen’s cyber-arms. One is being able to lift heavy objects, which often conceal hidden entrances and vent covers, or can be used to create makeshift steps. Another is expanding your inventory size, giving you more room to store all those bottles of wine, gas grenades, and sellable junk. And the upgrade that lets you punch through walls is another great way to uncover hidden paths—but it makes a lot of noise, alerting any enemies close enough to hear it.

Cybernetic Weapon Handling

Another augmentation for combat fans. Again, I didn’t put a single point into this in my pure stealth playthrough. Upgrading it stabilises your aim, reduces recoil, and increases your reload speed.

PEPS

The Pulsed Energy Projection System, or PEPS, was a weapon in Human Revolution, but now Jensen has one built into his arm. It unleashes a blast of concussive energy that knocks enemies on their arse.

Remote Hacking
One of the best new augs in Mankind Divided, which I suggest unlocking as soon as possible. If you’ve ever played BioShock 2 you’ll be familiar with how it works. It lets you temporarily disable turrets, mines, cameras, tripwires, and other security devices from a distance, from cover, by completing an easy timing-based mini-game. The effect lasts for about 25 seconds, giving you plenty of time to sneak past. I used this constantly.

Tesla

Another new augmentation that lets you fire a small arc of electricity at a target, incapacitating them non-lethally. Upgrade it and you can fire up to four arcs simultaneously at four separate targets.

Nanoblade

Those scary-looking black chisels that pop out of Jensen’s arms are back in Mankind Divided, but now you can fire them as a projectile—pinning enemies gruesomely to walls—if you upgrade them.

Icarus Landing

An old favourite returning from Human Revolution, and worth investing in early. The levels in the new game are a lot more vertical, and you’ll find yourself climbing up the sides of buildings and over rooftops in Prague to break into people’s apartments and take shortcuts. Unlocking this ensures that if you fall you won’t die horribly on impact. And if there are any enemies below, you can use Icarus Strike to knock ‘em out. Bonus.

Quicksilver Reflex Booster

Unlock this and you can perform a lethal or non-lethal takedown on two enemies at once. I didn’t bother with it myself because I never encountered any situations that needed it. But maybe you will.

Typhoon

Another aug I never used, but some players swear by this one. It allows Jensen to unleash an explosive blast with a wide radius that can either kill or knock out a group of enemies. When you first unlock it you have to decide whether to make it lethal or non-lethal, and the decision is permanent. Using it requires ammunition, however, which can be quite rare.

Focus Enhancement

Another new augmentation which allows Jensen to briefly slow down time. Not especially imaginative, but should be useful for the combat-focused players among you. Upgrade it to extend the duration.

Icarus Dash

You know the Blink power from Dishonored? This is basically that. Hold down the assigned button to charge it up, then point at a climbable ledge until a hand icon appears. Release and Jensen will automatically teleport over and grab it, hauling himself up. Unlock this straight away, because it makes navigating the world so much easier. And you can often bypass high security doors in Prague by teleporting up to the window and climbing inside. Make sure you’ve unlocked Icarus Landing first, though, because if you mess up an Icarus Dash (you will), you may fall to your doom.

Cybernetic Leg Prosthesis

If you want maximum mobility in Mankind Divided, unlock this along with the Icarus Dash and Icarus Landing. The cybernetic leg aug lets you jump much higher than normal, which is handy for grabbing distant ledges and hopping along balconies in Prague. Get this one early.

Glass-Shield Cloaking

This augmentation is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, being able to turn invisible for a few seconds is extremely useful in a stealth game. But as your batteries get more powerful, you can stay cloaked for longer, and it makes some sneaking missions incredibly trivial. I used this a lot in my first playthrough, but in my second run I’m trying to limit its use to desperate situations. Using this is a totally legitimate way to play the game, but you might have more fun if you don’t rely on it constantly.

Rhino Dermal Armour

Essentially body armour that reduces damage taken. When unlocked it’s always active, meaning you never have to activate or charge it.

Titan

A new aug that covers Jensen in weird diamonds and gives him an enormous defense boost. But unlike the Rhino Armour, this one uses up energy fast and can only be used in short bursts as a result. If you’re combat-minded, this is a good way to wade into enemy lines, guns blazing.

Where’s Edward?

Edward, on the other hand, has been rather difficult to find, especially since his waypoint isn’t correctly displayed. To find Edward, head to the minimart on the other side of the Fountain District subway station. When you find Edward, you’re going to have to take out a thug that wants to take him out.

The shop is being robbed, and is behind the subway station.
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Search Engine Optimisation Ranking

I understand Search Engine Optimisation, although I don’t claim to have a clue what is happening with the Google search algorithm; and thus this question?

Why does this site [www.gamer-geek-news.com] get presented on the first page of Bing, DuckDuckGo, and StartPage, when searching for ‘Gamer Geek’; but not Google?

gamer geek (stolen image)

Found an answer

Why do I get different results with StartPage than Google?
Last modified on 16 August 2016 02:45 AM
One of two things may be happening to cause you to receive different StartPage results than what you would receive from Google.

The first may involve Google’s tailored search feature. Google keeps a record of all of your interests, based on things you write about in your Gmail account, things you search for on their search engine, and other Google services you use. They use this information to pre-select what search results they believe you are actually looking for. The result is that you do not receive “pure” search results, but results that have been tailored, censored, and personalized for you specifically.

StartPage does not do that. StartPage acts as an intermediary between you and Google, so your searches are completely private. StartPage submits your query to Google anonymously, then returns Google results to you privately. Google never sees you and does not know who made the request; they only see StartPage. Since Google can’t determine your interests based on your past search history, you receive standard search results, rather than Google’s “personalized” results.

We believe this is a benefit, rather than a bug.

The other possibility is that Google may occasionally provide different results to StartPage than to its direct users. Because we act as an intermediary between you and Google, we are dependent on the results Google sends to us. We do not modify these results in any way, but deliver them to you exactly as Google delivers them to us. We have noted that occasionally Google provides different results to StartPage than they offer to the general public, for reasons that are not entirely clear. We believe, however, that the privacy advantages of using StartPage vastly outweigh the occasional difference in results.

Please note that results can also change based on the settings you have selected on the Settings page. Specifically, the search language, exact phrase, and the web/picture and video family filter options. Changing the server settings, does not influence search results. It merely changes the server through wich websites are shown.

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Journey free

Status

Journey

is coming free to PS4 PS Plus members in September, w00t 🙂

Together with Lords of the Fallen; from what I’ve read is Dark Souls like… not sure how to take this as I’ve yet to get far in a Dark Souls title, due to lack of time and ‘git gud’ ability… must revisit DS3 & Bloodborne

Awesome! Journey

has shown up for free in the Playstation store today for the PS4… wonder if the PS3 save will carry through; although I doubt it?

The ambience

the controls tutorial; I so hope there’s a VR version / sequel

Together > Alone

I missed out from having a companion in the game the first time through… as in missed missed the whole motivation and loved up emotional draw / attraction of the title.

I’ve played a the first few stages and know this time through will be different; it has excelled the title from cool to awesome … same game but different, even though I’m still not 100% sure what’s going on 🙂

Edit: I’ve now played with several players who didn’t understand the benefits of working together, and it becomes quite a sad experience.

To paraphrase PaRappa the Rapper; to make the most of this game all you gotta be is nice and friendly 😉

Paranoid much?

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I’ve tagged so many articles to post about, I really must sort out mobile access.

One find I’ve gotta share is the Paranoia RPG game rebuilt in python… although I haven’t had chance to run it successfully as yet

/* This is a solo paranoia game taken from the Jan/Feb issue (No 77) of
"SpaceGamer/FantasyGamer" magazine.

Article by Sam Shirley.

Implemented in C on Vax 11/780 under UNIX by Tim Lister

This is a public domain adventure and may not be sold for profit */

Grab the source code from spkane’s github to run: https://github.com/spkane/paranoia/blob/master/paranoia.py

offensive overwatch

Status

12 out of 15 hours of my Overwatch time have been spent playing Mercy, time for a change!

And not just in character, but play style… although funnily enough I’ve achieve better healing stats with Lucio, and love the advantages of Symmetra.

So I’ve taken my fight to the front line, when no-one else in the team has chosen a healer in quick play; I’m just one level away from joining friends in competitive season!

So as for attack I’m enjoying:

  • Hanzo and his bow attack
  • Soldier: 76 for the run and gun approach
  • Played on game with Widowmaker, have to learn to back off

    Looking at my stats I may have to try more Lucio, but there are the rest of the characters I’ve given zero playtime.

    Overwatch is a great pick up an play game, that for me is really filling the gap; both in the evening, and until I can get my hands on No Mans Sky 🙂
    Rating: ★★★★½

tidal cycles

http://tidalcycles.org/

No time to install and code just now, but I’m very excited of playing with this application in my (salaried) work space

TidalCycles (or Tidal for short) is a language for live coding pattern. It allows you to make musical patterns with text, describing sequences and ways of transforming and combining them, exploring complex interactions between simple parts.

To see and hear Tidal in action, check out some videos of performances and demos.

Tidal allows you to express music with very flexible timing, providing a little language for describing patterns as step sequences (which can be polyphonic and polymetric), some generators of continuous patterns (e.g. sinewaves, sawtooths) and a wide range of pattern transformations. Tidal is highly ‘composable’ in that pattern transformations can be easily combined together, allowing you to quickly create complex patterns from simple ingredients.

Tidal does not make sound itself, but is designed for use with the SuperDirt synth, and can control other synths over Open Sound Control or MIDI.

Tidal is embedded in the Haskell language. You don’t have to learn Haskell to learn Tidal, but as you get deeper, it might help to pick up an introduction. You could try Graham Hutton’s “Programming in Haskell”, Miran Lipova?a’s Learn you a Haskell for Great Good. Or, you could try learning just by playing with Tidal..

elite dangerous trailer

Status

I picked up Elite Dangerous pre launch but until now have not seen the trailer.

OMG it’s awesome, and depicts the game well, another title I’m looking forward to coming to PS4… or whatever version of the PlayStation I’ll be playing on then 😉

Tile find and track things

I vaguely remember back in the 80’s as Rubik cubes were popular, the miners were striking, and Thatcher was invading the Falklands the height of technology was a keyring that would beep in response to a whistle.

This technology has been brought into the modern age with a cool little blue-tooth device named a Tile
Tile keychain
From the site:

Never lose anything again

Are your things always running off? Not on our watch. Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker that helps find your lost stuff in seconds. Attach, stick, or place Tiles inside everyday items and keep track of them in our easy-to-use app.

Ring your things

Ring lost items just like you’d call a lost phone. If your Tile is within the 100-foot Bluetooth range, it will play a loud tune until you find it.

Ring your phone

Can’t find your phone? Press any one of your Tiles to make your lost phone ring—even if it’s on silent.

See where you had it

Give your memory a break. The app automatically records the last time and place it saw your item. So, if you left it somewhere, you know where to look first.

Ask others to help

Still can’t find your Tiled item? Expand your search using all Tile apps in our community. This feature is 100% private, so no one knows you’re looking for a lost item but you.

I’ve picked up a few and am looking for things to track 🙂

So keys, and wallet are obvious, then I thought what would actually be useful to track?

I thought what do we look for most? The TV remote was a top contender, as was my drone, but my first choice is one of my cats; the one that doesn’t seem to mind wearing a collar.

Now there is one issue with the Tile device, the app has to be open on your phone to log the location, and blue-tooth has to be active with GPS, that can drain battery life.

At first I was a little despondent about this until I had an epiphany; I’ve found a use for my Nexus 7 🙂

I can leave the N7 at home each day charging and it can be used to track the cats coming and goings.

One tile left, and I decided with this one I’d track the most valuable thing I own, the car… well wife’s car really. So apart from hiding another Tile in the interior of the car I want to know where it is, and rather than relying on other Tile users having the app open I thought I’d use another of my redundant Nexus devices, my N4.

As a bonus I have access to a public wifi network for no additional cost, so the N4 doesn’t need to be using 3G / 4G data that costs $’s… If I were using this as a security device rather than an exercise in geek then I’d probably go with a prepaid sim card.

So now I get to keep track of a few important items, I’ll post an update on how long I keep having the app live on my main phone (N5x) when out and about; thinking I might be able to use Xposed to open the app on boot. Having the N7 always live while in the home is a big bonus and makes the Tile’s a usable solution for now.

I am off on an overseas grand tour later in the year, and am tempted to drop a tile in my luggage to keep track of it in transit. It will be cool to know when it’s arriving on the conveyor 🙂

SFV Story mode

Status

I’ve been so underwhelmed with Street Fighter V from launch, and the new characters plus story mode haven’t been enough to improve it.

The game searching is far too long, and the lag is appalling.

Something has gone wrong when a previous version is a more playable balanced game

overwatch ps4 first contact

Installing Overwatch on the PS4 ps4 first contact

@ 90.61%, don’t know what to expect, except what I’ve picked up from the brief tutorial… here are class tips I found from the PSN blog
overwatch

Bastion

  • Don’t stay deployed in Sentry Configuration in one location for too long, or your enemy will adapt and gain the upper hand.

D.Va

  • If you use Self-Destruct after activating Boosters, D.Va ejects—but her mech continues moving forward before detonating.

Genji

  • Genji’s Deflect ability isn’t just for defense. Aim at enemies when using it to hit them with their own attacks.

Hanzo

  • Scatter Arrow can be devastating when aimed at the ground in front of your target.

Junkrat

  • Detonate a Concussion Mine at your feet to launch yourself into the air and reach higher areas. Don’t worry—you won’t take any damage from your own Mine.

Lúcio

  • Soundwave, the alternate fire mode of Lúcio’s Sonic Amplifier, is useful for keeping enemies away, but it can also be used to push enemies off of cliffs.

McCree

  • After stunning an enemy with your Flashbang, it’s much easier to hit them with the Peacekeeper’s alternate fire.

Mei

  • Placing an Ice Wall under you or your teammates will raise them up on top of the wall, giving them access to higher areas.

Mercy

  • Guardian Angel can save you, too—use it on a distant teammate to take yourself out of immediate danger from enemies.

Pharah

  • Concussive Blast can push enemies away and even knock them off cliffs, but you can also use it to push yourself away.

Reaper

  • While you pass through enemies when you’re in Wraith Form, you can still gather Health Packs and Soul Globes while using it.

Reinhardt

  • You can adjust the direction of your Charge as you rocket forward, making it so you can reach a target even if there’s not a straight path.

Roadhog

  • Chain Hook can interrupt many enemy abilities — including some ultimates.

Soldier: 76

  • Use Tactical Visor when your enemies are unaware of your location. They’ll have less time to seek cover or use defensive abilities.

Symmetra

  • The projectile from the Photon Projector’s alternate fire pierces through enemies as well as barriers such as Reinhardt’s Barrier Field, allowing it to hit multiple targets.

Torbjörn

  • Turrets must rotate to face their target before firing, so always try to build your turrets in the direction you’re expecting enemies to come from.

Tracer

  • If you Recall immediately after taking damage, you will regain your lost health.

Widowmaker

  • Venom Mines placed along the likely path of an attacker can warn you of an approaching threat.

Winston

  • Winston leaps in the direction of his targeting reticle when activating his Jump Pack. By looking up, he can jump nearly straight up and land where he took off.

Zarya

  • Graviton Surge can pull enemies away from a map objective, giving your team a chance to take the objective uncontested.

Zenyatta

  • Transcendence is a great counter to many enemy area-of-effect abilities, such as Zarya’s Graviton Surge.