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Thu 16th Jun 2011

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Dichotomy commented on No Man's Sky Being Investigated By Advertising...:

The entire No Man's Sky release has been both a farce and a disgrace. To anyone who is still trying to defend this game's marketing I'm sure you are also supporters of snake oil sellers The fact Sean Murray was so vocal before the release and yet he (or pretty much anyone else in the company) hasn't said a thing for weeks shows both contempt for Hello Games' customers and agitates the situation further.

As for the ASA investigation, it is a pretty straight forward case as the game is misrepresented by its store page and only the blind would think otherwise. However, for anyone baying for blood, you will be disappointed as all that will happen is the ASA will demand any false representation of the game be removed from the store page and that they should not do it again under threat of further action. The one interesting thing will be to see how Valve react to the warning since it is their store and their responsibility to make sure what is advertised is representative of what they sell. They will not be happy about any red marks against their name due to another company's actions.

One thing that seems abundantly clear, though, is anything said that's not directly linked to the sale of a game will not be grounds for any sort of legal action. It is unfortunate as I'd much prefer it if, when talking about a future game, companies were held accountable for what they said is in a game and therefore either have to use phrases like 'we hope to implement...' or at least release statements before a game's launch to make clear what got cut. Without that what we see are games that get more attention due to their botched PR than the game itself. Yet still people pre-order.



Dichotomy commented on Bleep Buttons Beware! PS4 Sucks on Bulletstorm...:

Enjoyable game, but people seriously need to stop buying remasters/makes and spend their money on something new to send a message. This really is just a generation were it feels like game makers have run out of ideas.



Dichotomy commented on Amazon UK Sells FIFA 17, LEGO Star Wars PS4 Bu...:

If anyone is still looking, people are reporting that Asda are also doing the deal, PS4 + Fifa 500GB/1TB for £150/£180 when scanned through the till, although the ticket hasn't been changed in a lot of Asdas apparently. Good luck



Dichotomy commented on Microsoft Didn't Expect Sony to Ditch 4K Blu-r...:

As much as I'm not a fan of the Pro, I totally agree with Sony's decision to not put a 4K drive in the console. Looking back to E3 2013 when Microsoft was championing TV,TV,TV! and Sony focused on gaming, everyone agreed Sony did the right thing. There was barely even a murmur when the PS4 released without CD or 3D support because we all wanted console primarily for the games. This is just a continuation of that, keeping the price low by focusing on the primary use for the device.

Most people are only confused by the move because they are not factoring in the extra £50-100 they'd have to pay for the console if it did have this feature. The £350 price point is a pretty strong one, but when you start pushing into the £400+ price range it becomes a bit less of a price most people can comfortably spend on the occasional month. The only thing I might say could have been done different was maybe release a deluxe edition sporting the drive for people who want to pay that premium, but I guess that may just confuse the market more.



Dichotomy commented on Feature: PlayStation VR Has the Power to Elici...:

@get2sammyb While I know some of us will get to experience PSVR through friends (last I checked I know someone who has a pre-order so I will have a go on that), the Wii had a distinct advantage in that it was easy to convey what it was and if you tried it at a friends is was something you did with them, rather than in isolation. So the antisocial nature of the device in a public setting might lead to people being less eager to try it than they might have with the Wii.

We are also only a couple of weeks away from launch and I'm yet to see much promotional material for it, I assume they are going to push the device, and maybe they are happy with pre-order numbers so they will wait until Christmas for a proper ad campaign when there are more units available on shelves, but at the moment we are looking at Nintendo levels of advertising. I also think a lot of the buzz that occurred leading up to the release of Oculus and Vive has died down now and quite a few people are already thinking of VR as another fad.

As I said, though, I hope it does well and we get a continuous stream of good games for VR, but the aged skeptic in me is a bit more cautious about investing in new gaming tech.



Dichotomy commented on Feature: PlayStation VR Has the Power to Elici...:

The Wii did well because it was easy to convey what it was to the general public. PS Move and, to a lesser extent, Kinect did poorly because they came out much later than the Wii and most people had shelved it as a fad at that point. PSVR is almost unanimously talked about as something you have to experience so it won't gain traction like the Wii did, so Sony needs to get this into as many people's hands (heads) as possible if they hope to sell it. I hope it does well, but I'm sure the 'wait and see' group is heavily populated.



Dichotomy commented on PS4 Pro Requires Very Little Investment from D...:

I think it also talks volumes for how well received The Witcher 3 has been that everyone seems to be focused on that game with this news rather than the multitude of other games that also will not get an upgrade patch. If more developers had agreed to update their games then the list at the reveal would have been a lot longer - Sony would have wanted to big that up as much as possible. As it is I would only expect maybe a few more games to be added to that list, so it really isn't a great idea to single out one (smaller) developer.

It also made me chuckle that the Bioshock remasters sit at the top of the sales chart, £30 for a texture update and no one bats an eyelid



Dichotomy commented on Hardware Review: PS4 Slim - Size Matters:

@dryrain There is a bit of fluctuation in power, so this may be a little out, but not much. Going on Digital Foundry's analysis, if you have the launch PS4 it would be about £8.50/year if you gamed for 3 hours every day. For the CUH-1200 model (the one without the shiny bit on top) it would be about £4.60 a year for the same 3 hours of gaming every day. Not really enough to warrant a purchase based on that alone.



Dichotomy commented on PS4 Pro Requires Very Little Investment from D...:

I think what people are forgetting is that updating a game to look good at higher resolutions requires the textures to all be upgraded so they don't look fuzzy (think of how noticeable the textures are in older games upscaled to work on new hardware). While the textures have already been made on PC, we don't know how much of an effort it would take CDPR to get them into a version which was never developed with scalability in mind. Also given the Pro likely would struggle to output the game at 4K anyway, there seems little point in them updating it.

It is worth noting that their original statement rules out a 4K upgrade, but mentions nothing about them not allowing a better framerate, indeed it is likely that they need do nothing for this to occur anyway as I'm sure Sony indicated that all games would see a base performance increase with or without a patch - if the engine is aiming for a locked 30fps for instance I would expect that the Pro will hit this target without need of a patch.



Dichotomy commented on Yoshida Says He Understands No Man's Sky Criti...:

This is Sony doing damage control, they would have said nothing if they felt it wasn't an issue. To be honest though they don't have to release statements like this though since a horde of forum posters will rush to their aid if anyone voices something negative



Dichotomy commented on Feature: Has Fallout 4's Season Pass Been Wort...:

To be honest I think this highlights the current disgusting practice in DLC to take money up front without detailing exactly what you're paying for. To me the price hike was only there to encourage people to gamble at the original price. Personally I think to even justify the lower price we needed at least one more sizeable story area and I am glad I didn't put any money down for this.



Dichotomy commented on Poll: Will You Be Buying a PS4 Pro?:

@Devotion Then just get a PC, the games are cheaper, the sales are better, online is free, things like EA Access and mods are not stopped by the platform holder (since there isn't one) and the upgrades are cheaper than replacing the entire unit. Consoles can't compete with PC in its own playing field, but they did have there own charm when you knew their top tier lifespan was 5-6 years or more.



Dichotomy commented on Bethesda Speaks Out: Sony Will Not Allow Fallo...:

I feel like it is all doom and gloom this gen for me, I loved my PS3 last gen, no online subs so plus was both optional and good, indies were treated well and the gamer was put first. Of course Sony were in second place for most of last gen so they had to be nice to us. Now we pay for online, have things like EA Access denied to us, Plus is a shadow of its former self, a mid gen more powerful console launch and now apparently we will be denied mod support because 'reasons' (most probably because Sony will state they won't be able to go through their rigorous testing procedure to make sure people get a working product, you know just like NMS, AC:U and all those other finished releases).

Knew I should have stuck with my policy of always going for consoles that aren't the market leader.



Dichotomy commented on Poll: Will You Be Buying a PS4 Pro?:

I still think the Pro is a bad idea and the press conference kind of cemented that thought for me. I don't want mid-cycle console refreshes and even if I did I'd probably wait for the Scorpio since it will out-perform the Pro in every way. I honestly see very little in the way of positives for this move.



Dichotomy commented on PS4 Pro Confirmed, Launches November 2016 for ...:

@blah01 I'm almost certain that in three years time you will get a new console release, under whatever name, and the vanilla PS4 will no longer be supported, the Pro will be relegated to the Vanilla spot and the new console will be the one people will be having this same argument over (with the added line of us having seen a generation pass so its ok to retire the PS4). Given the move to x86 architecture there is little problem in making all future consoles backwards compatible, so this is how I see things going. It might even sound like a good move to some, but it effectively places consoles in direct competition with PC and for me PC will win that battle every time.

We will see how things pan out though, but I'm not the only person I know watching these developments closely and at least one other person I know doesn't even have a gaming PC and is annoyed by this change. From reading a lot of message boards it still seems a lot of people think that there is no reason to upgrade to the Pro unless you have 4k, I'll be interested to see if there is more grumbling once people realise the Pro is much better at 1080p and the 4k thing isn't really supported too strongly (gaming wise) on the console.



Dichotomy commented on PS4 Pro Confirmed, Launches November 2016 for ...:

@blah01 To be fair the people who are unhappy with this move are unhappy because it is an unusual move in the middle of a console generation. I've said it before, but a selling point of consoles is that once you buy one you are in a level playing field with everyone else and set for the next 6ish years. You don't have concerns that you lose online because your opponent has an FPS advantage or a clearer image to spot you, you know every game will run the same for everyone so don't risk an inferior experience and/or a game that isn't all that well optimised for older hardware.

I get my new tech from PC, without the above reasons for a console I feel I'm better off investing £350 in that rather than on keeping up with a console. If you're happy with upgrading, that is fine, but realise there are reasons you may not have considered why others feel this move is a middle finger to them. More regular console cycles will effectively end my involvement in them and I fully expect a new console release every 3 years from now on until streaming becomes viable.

As for streaming 4K, you have to understand that people still have capped internet. I don't, but I hear a lot of people on forums complaining about huge day one patches because of this - not including a 4K player means they may look to another brand if that is important to them.



Dichotomy commented on Hands On: How Does Fallout 4: Nuka World Run o...:

@BAMozzy I don't think people question the need for upgraded hardware, just how regularly it needs to be upgraded. The selling point for consoles (and one that I have read in the past from numerous people) is that you buy it, plug it in and then you have a gaming machine for the next 5-6 years without any further investment on hardware. Making that cycle 3 years (and I fully expect this to be the case, with the previous model supported, but inferior, for one more cycle before being phased out) means that there is less reason to choose console gaming over PC gaming.

I'm pretty sure the PS4 will be my last console (unless Nintendo manage to pull something special off), so I guess I'd be one of the reasons why upgraded hardware is not the great idea you might think it is.

As for Fallout running poorly, that is as much to do with the coding of the game being poorly optimised as anything else. It is running on an ancient engine that was never known for its stability after all.



Dichotomy commented on Dear Esther Strolls to PS4 on 20th September:

@Ralizah Trophies are kind of meaningless in all games really though.

Didn't enjoy this or Gone Home on PC, so if you haven't found one of these games you like yet, I doubt this will change your mind. I think Telltale's games and things like Danganronpa are about the limit of my ability to enjoy this branch of gaming.



Dichotomy commented on Hands On: Does PlayStation Now Stream Successf...:

I fully expect this to be Sony's main gaming platform in the future, although I'd go for within a decade rather than decades. It will be interesting to see how they work their subscription model, I'm going to speculate it would be closer to Prime video than Netflix, a mix of older games for a subscription with newer games either rented for a few days for one price or bought for a higher price.

While I am normally a bit against major shifts in the way games are sold to me, I actually think if Sony are smart they could pull this off. I'm sceptical enough though to use the 'if'.



Dichotomy commented on PlayStation Now Streams Sony Exclusives to PC ...:

@wiiware I would guess the figure on the percentage of dedicated gaming PCs that could play VR is higher, probably still only around the 33% range, but a lot of people who care are probably in the position of only having to spend around £200 to up their computers to be VR ready with the new wave of GFX cards having recently been released.

Crysis would never happen on a console (what it was, not the type of game). It was released to promote an engine and push the hardware of the time beyond its limits (even on a top range PC you couldn't max everything out and expect a smooth experience). Since consoles don't come in multiple levels of power there would be no way of showcasing how the engine scaled to various levels of power and everyone would get the same experience. That isn't a negative though, I've always seen that as one of a consoles selling points - a level playing field.



Dichotomy commented on PlayStation Now Streams Sony Exclusives to PC ...:

It will be interesting to see how Now develops over time as Microsoft have already said their exclusives will all come to PC. With the seeming move to more regular console releases (I've said before I expect the Neo and Scorpio to mean the end of the cycles we're used to in favour of a more regular PC in a box style of approach) it is looking more and more like the reason to choose a console is changing, the question is what are Sony and Microsoft's long term goals?

@JoeBloggs I'm a PC gamer and can say that, as with most communities, you get a lot of vocal morons who don't portray the thoughts of the majority. For whatever reason there has been a move to the power of a machine being seen as the key reason to own a gaming device, rather than the experiences you can have on it. Personally I would say the Wii U is the best companion console for a PC gamer as it has more quality exclusives than the other choices and that is despite it being the weakest of the current batch of consoles by far. For the record I also really like Driveclub



Dichotomy commented on Soapbox: Why Sony Needs to Change Its Refund P...:

The main problem with hoping for a change is that on PC the market is open to any company so there is competition and opportunity for someone to step in if the likes of Valve don't offer fairer policies to its customers. However, the Playstation is a closed platform on which Sony holds a monopoly so there is no incentive for them to offer a feature they may fear will cost them more than remaining with their draconian policies.

I still remember the Watchdog episode on BBC about a year ago taking about Sony's approach to people who had their accounts hacked (basically they treated any chargebacks on credit cards for grounds to suspend the account and not re-open it until the balance was non-negative again even after people had said about being hacked). Did anything ever come of that, or is it forgotten?



Dichotomy commented on PlayStation Plus Price Increase Confirmed for ...:

@Flaming_Kaiser I understand English is not your first language, so apologise if I misunderstood your reply. I'll break down your seemingly sarcastic reply into a few quick points.

My post pointed out you can already get more games for cheaper via services such as humble bundle so a price increase for this reason is solely for Sony's benefit.

Servers for games are usually ran by the game's developer and the cost is iPad when you buy the game. If they use Sony's they rent them, thus paying any fees already. So we are left with Sony's servers for their store which the over priced games on it pay for. I mean if you went into town and people charged you to go in their shops how would you react?

As for staff, when I buy their games and consoles I kind of expect that will pay for the fees and not have to pay more later. Would you pay an additional fee for the right to watch your DVDs a month after you bought them?

As I said, you can get better online experiences without paying for them. Couple that with the fact you already pay a premium to game on consoles means plus is a complete rip off which is what a lot of PlayStation fans said about gold last generation.



Dichotomy commented on PlayStation Plus Price Increase Confirmed for ...:

@Tasuki I find it funny people will jump in to defend a company without actually thinking through what they are getting. On the PS3 online gaming was free, the only reason it costs anything now is that they saw Microsoft get away with it despite it being the most stupid charge in gaming. The plus games aren't a patch on what they used to be so they will be saving a lot of money there too - think of any inflation here as counteracted the way snack food companies do, they charge the same prices, but give you less content. Plus at its current price is going to be far more profitable than it was in the PS3 era.

The other thing is when you mention the likes of phone contracts, energy bills and Netflix costing more you also have to understand that they all have competition. Plus doesn't, at least not without spending a huge chunk on a different system - I game on PC too so I have the option to boycott plus and still play online (for no charge I'll add). I can also get about seven games from places like Humble Bundle for a few dollars if I want a better gaming service than plus. Not everyone has that option though, but it doesn't make plus value for money and people should complain about price rises.

Console manufacturers used to sell systems at a loss and recoup those losses in software licenses for their systems. The problem now is they know the community won't just accept additional charges to use their systems, but actively defend the same charges. You are already effectively paying a premium to play games on the system without any other charges tacked on. If you're happy paying for a service that is free elsewhere then that is fine, but realise that a lot of people aren't and it will drive sales of consoles down, even if profit margins go up for Sony as they already make a killing with plus.



Dichotomy commented on PlayStation Plus Price Increase Confirmed for ...:

Not living in the US I'm not sure what market conditions are causing the price increase, but I'm guessing it is more vague marketing bull to justify a price hike that is solely to increase Sony's profit margins.

To be honest I'm not sure there is a reason for the charge to play online other than for Sony to capitalise on what Microsoft started the previous generation. Even the store is slow as hell to download from even though free service on PC happily cap out my internet speed. I almost never went with the PS4 when they announced the requirement of plus to play online so if it increases in the UK too I think I'll be done, I already expected the Neo to be me out anyway. This generation may be the death of consoles for me and I know a few other people who feel the same.



Dichotomy commented on UK Sales Charts: No Man's Sky Is Sony's Second...:

Going on the general mood about this game in various gaming communities and the average score the game seems to be getting (a respectable, but not overwhelming 7, which often feels like it gets based on its potential rather than what is currently there) I would say this game shows the power of hype and marketing. I would be interested to see how many of those copies sold that make this such a success end up being traded in - that will truly tell you if Sammy is in the minority or not



Dichotomy commented on Fallout 4: Nuka World Gets a Release Date and ...:

I don't see how the content released justifies the price hike on the DLC season pass (to me it doesn't justify the original £25 asking price). I guess if you're willing to buy content blindly anyway you may well be of a different mindset than me and feel differently.



Dichotomy commented on Talking Point: Should Sony Ditch PS3, Vita Sup...:

I don't get the continued crusade to cut down the content we get on PS+. I think if you want to write an article covering the service it would be better to ask why there is a fee for online gaming at all than why we should indicate we want less content from that fee.

I see all those 'free' Vita games as the best reason to get that console, 2+ free games a month stored up since you started plus means anyone who picks up a Vita has a potentially huge catalogue of games. Games like Yakuza give me a reason to boot up my PS3, picking out a few older or worse games offered on PS3 is disingenuous since there has been a higher quality of PS3 game offered than PS4, especially earlier on in the year.

This article exists due to the (perceived) poor offerings for PS4, to expect them to improve by removing games from other systems seems shortsighted. Given the heavy focus on remasters this gen it shows there is still call for older games so it shouldn't be a surprise if these games get downloaded more than we might expect. I can see no reason to vote to remove the two systems unless you believe you will get something better and there is very little chance of that.



Dichotomy commented on Review: The Technomancer (PS4):

@JoeBlogs Unfortunately games go gold now before they're finished which gives the developer about a month to create a day one patch. Very rarely is this enough time to completely fix the game, especially since new bugs arising from fixing existing ones are never factored in to the time scale. As software companies know now that their games will still sell, even if they are bug ridden at release, there is little incentive for them to not follow this approach.

For my money at least the best approach to modern day gaming is to wait out the first few weeks of any release to see if things get fixed and then decide on if the game is worth it from there. It also means you can see if there is any price drop on the cards as, after the first month, it is rare to find a game that hasn't at least had 25% chopped off its day one (beta) price.



Dichotomy commented on Review: Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival (PS4):

@johncalmc Never realised it was released on the C64, my mistake sorry (I really should google these things). Must be losing my mind in my old age On the positive side of things, if I am I can hopefully forget this travesty of an update to the franchise.



Dichotomy commented on Review: Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival (PS4):

I used to play the originals against friends from school, I remember we had to come up with some house rules like banning the use of the lob goal from the kick off as it became more about who was going to mess that manoeuvre up first as opposed to any real skill. Who needs patches Eventually we replaced the game with the Sensible Soccer games and SWOS was still able to grab my attention in the PS1 days.

Review is a good read, but I would mention that, as Kick Off was an Amiga and ST game, it came on floppy disc and not cassette. I know you don't explicitly state that it does, and it is true games were still released for the C64 and other systems on tape, but it was a dying form of media by this point. We were a progressive bunch back in the late 80's you know?



Dichotomy commented on Talking Point: What June PlayStation Plus Free...:

@Bad-MuthaAdebisi I doubt they do. I have never read the EULA for plus, but we have seen changes to it over the past few years making it less desirable than it was without anyone getting a refund. For instance we used to have a collection of games when we subscribed that were on the service for a year before being cycled to give new subscribers a larger starting catalogue and entice them to join. I remember Sony saying they were going to update the list, then answering questions with 'there will be a post about this service soon' and finally just ignoring questions about those games and removing them from the service without explanation.

At some point PS3 will leave plus, when the profit margins get too low to support it I expect Sony to drop plus for the console quickly - I would guess they could easily argue that they don't need to refund anyone as they'd lose access to their previously obtained titles, so they are still providing a service. I hope the Vita takes longer to be axed (I know a few people who have picked one up just because they have a load of plus games they can now play on it), plus is actually a decent bonus for a handheld imo.



Dichotomy commented on Feature: Everything We Know About PS4K So Far:

@get2sammyb The question is will there be a PS5? Given the move to x86 architecture with the current gen of consoles it makes using existing upgrades, traditionally developed for the PC, easily integrated into either console. Therefore, to me at least, this move to a 'PS4.5' indicates that the future plans for consoles may well be an iterative process with new hardware released every 2-3 years and older models being phased out after 5-6 years. That way I guess Sony can still argue a console still has a 5-6 year lifespan, but stay in touch with the abilities of a medium spec PC. Not keen on the idea myself, but it is the most logical way I can understand/explain this current move.



Dichotomy commented on PS4K Is Codenamed Neo, Has Upgraded Specs, Wil...:

I am unsure of the point of this upgrade, Sony have the market share this gen and seem to be coasting so why would they risk their position by doing something that is going to annoy a lot of its user base? The upgrade itself seems relatively moderate, the CPU doesn't seem to have gotten too much of a boost and the memory bandwidth increase isn't going to lead to much of a boost in performance. Only the GPU seems to be notably more powerful, but it certainly isn't anywhere near a 4K capable system (I'd be surprised if it manages 1080p/60 on current games).

All I see happening is Sony causing some of its customers to be wary of purchasing their system should one be released next gen (although this kind of looks like their plan might be to release a revised system every few years - i.e. shorten the console cycle from what we are used to). If Sony are worried about PCs being much more powerful then all this will do is cause people to switch over to PC gaming since it will end up being cheaper. I really hope this idea fails as it did with the N3DS or it would certainly see me move to solely playing on the PC.

On the other hand I do look forward to the Digital Foundry comparisons where Playstation users mock Playstation users for getting a worse experience.



Dichotomy commented on Site News: Push Square Readers Select the 64 G...:

Surprised no souls games made the cut (well apart from Bloodborne, although it technically isn't a souls game). Also the list seems to favour games more in recent memory, which is understandable I guess. I think we are at a great point in gaming where any 64 games listed as the best will never cover everybody's choice.



Dichotomy commented on Soapbox: Why I Don't Think PS4K Is Okay:

I wonder if the difference in opinion is down to age, I'm older than most gamers these days having been playing games since the 80s and think this is a really bad idea if it is true. Is people's acceptance of this down to youth and the fact they have grown up in a world where we now change are phones, tvs, cars and most other things in the span of a few years?

I also wonder what effect these news stories are having on the PS4s sales? If I was in the market to buy one I would hold out on confirmation or denial of this system and the specs of it if it was real. For me Sony's silence tells me they are making this system as they'd want to squash these rumours otherwise. With 40 million PS4s in the wild I would also suspect that most developers are going to develop games with that in mind making an upgraded console possibly an idea that backfires as happened with the New 3DS.

Sony needs to step carefully as I can see this leading to a lot of people going to PC if handled poorly. I already game on the PC too and, should this become the path consoles take, I would drop console gaming completely in favour of the cheaper option.



Dichotomy commented on No Man's Sky Will Carry An Intergalactic Entry...:

If it's a great game with a lot of enjoyable content then there is no reason they can't sell it for $60. I do suspect though that, even if it is a good game, the amount of hype that is surrounding this title will be impossible to live up to leaving a good few people upset come the release.

My main problem with the price is that $60 seems to translate to £55 here in the UK which is about £20 more than you can get a new AAA physical release without really even looking that hard.



Dichotomy commented on Talking Point: Would You Upgrade to a Supercha...:

Apparently this idea has been mentioned by Sony


Personally I think it would be a very bad idea for consoles to start releasing new, more powerful, iterations every year or so. At the moment a good reason to own a console over a PC is the fact you buy it once and you get to play everything as well as you can for the next sixish years. By taking a path where there are upgrades and multiple options of power I think it will turn a lot of people off the idea of owning a console. Plus people might start to realise that building a PC is not any harder than building a model from Lego (I'm not even joking about this, you just slot the pieces together and stick a disc in to install an operating system).

I would be done with consoles if this ever happened, a few great exclusives is not enough for me to justify not just investing the money in making my PC better.



Dichotomy commented on PS4 Fans Are So Mad at PlayStation Plus They'r...:

@Octane Because PS+ doesn't offer anything more in service than I get from gaming on PC for free other than the games, so they are charging £40/year for the games as far as I can see. A lot of us are Playstation users from when the PS3 had free internet access (ofc it still does) and Plus lived or died by its gaming choices and it still is sold on the PS3 and Vita as nothing more than a monthly games service. So they are not free unless you somehow think we get £40s worth of 'better than PC' internet access and all subscribers have the PS4.



Dichotomy commented on PS4 Fans Are So Mad at PlayStation Plus They'r...:

I usually defend plus, but this month is stretching it - the games on the PS3 are now very old and have been on sale enough times that pretty much everyone who wants them will have them. The Vita selection is poor at best with two games you've probably never heard anyone talking about. The PS4 titles are the only real saving grace, but they are not enough to lift the collection of games into anywhere near being acceptable.

As for us voting for Broforce, we might have, but we didn't get to choose which three games we were voting for and neither did we have any say on the other five games.

As a matter of interest, did Sony ever say what happened to the yearly games on plus?



Dichotomy commented on Review: Street Fighter V (PS4):

@Shillll Sounds a lot like a freemium game to me - give you an abundance of currency early on and then make it increasingly rare as you play more, making it a case of having to pay real money for the average person if you want to get new content. I know it is not in Capcom's best interest to give away too much content for a little effort, but SFIV released with over 50% more characters (as well as the game effectively being complete). I also seem to recall that SFIV released at a lower price point than the average game.

I'm sure the game is good fun, but I can't be alone in having some worry in watching these business models creep in to our games. I have a lot to play anyway so I can leave SFV for now and hope it blossoms into something other than a cash cow for Capcom. I should also say I enjoyed your review, so I am in no way directing any ire at you



Dichotomy commented on Review: Street Fighter V (PS4):

I really like the Street Fighter franchise, but from what I've been hearing about the acquisition of battle points, the currency to unlock new fighters, I'm a bit put off the game. For completing the story mode you get 100000 points as a one off which is expected to be the price of a character, but for winning an online battle you get 50pts, so you would need to win 2000 games to unlock a fighter. If we assume from connecting to to finishing a match takes 3 minutes, then it would take 100 hours to unlock one character assuming you win every match and your opponent doesn't disconnect. I really dislike freemium game tactics in full priced games...



Dichotomy commented on Review: Crypt of the NecroDancer (PS4):

@Simon_Fitzgerald Cheers, I assumed it would be done like that, but then I noticed in the screenshots the items still had dual directions associated with them, on a keyboard that is easily done (well maybe not easy, but you get what I mean), but on a controller you can't push up+down at the same time so wondered if it was replaced by X and triangle - glad it isn't.