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Fri 16th December, 2011

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Ginkgo commented on Shu Yoshida Hopes Rise of the Tomb Raider Rele...:

@eLarkos How could he know. He can't know what is happening in Microsoft offices. I'm sure that the deal had an Non Disclosure Agreement, so SE couldn't say anything.

My interpretation of SE's comments on why, is to manage cash flow. They basically said they don't have the money to make the game they want to make. They needed this deal to complete it. Not agreeing with their decision, but that's how I interpreted their comments.



Ginkgo commented on Gamescom 2014: Microsoft All But Confirms That...:

No surprise here. But well done Sammy!

There was no way the exclusivity could not be timed. Not even MS would be willing to spend that cash. Just a question of when.

Kudos to Phil Spencer though. Such a breath of fresh air since he has taken over. At least he is honest and upfront. So much less BS then before.

Honestly, this is the best week XB has had since Titanfall was released.



Ginkgo commented on Gamescom 2014: The Witcher 3 Looks Bloody Bril...:

Playing Witcher 2 on my PC at the moment in preparation, and really looking forward to this. Sacrilege I know, but I do think the series could learn a few things from console releases. Better handling of animations and cut-scenes etc. but the lore is awesome, good story, the gameplay and combat is sublime (though I still suck at it). So much great stuff. I can't wait.



Ginkgo commented on Gamescom 2014: Wait, Rise of the Tomb Raider I...:

Well I guess Microsoft had to do something to try and compete. I honestly believe it will be timed. Can't imagine what cash MS would have to fork out for it never to come to PS4 or PC. The lost sales would be enormous.



Ginkgo commented on You Could Get a Sequel to Xbox One Exclusive R...:

My PC died recently (8 years old) and I decided to build myself a gaming PC to replace it. Its interesting being a position to play PCs games again after so long. I still prefer console gaming. I like the DS4, and so much less hassle, though some game styles just work better on PC.

So I am now in a position to play many of the XB exclusives not available on PS4, like Titanfall, Dead Rising and soon Ryse. So far, I haven't been inspired to buy any of them, which actually surprises me. Perhaps when I see them cheap. I'm curious about all 3.

From MS perspective, this has to be bad news. Other than Forza, what true exclusives are left? I'm sure Halo can't come soon enough.



Ginkgo commented on Talking Point: Would You Pay for an EA Access ...:

I think this is a good deal that many people will take up and therefore a win to MS. Worse it is a bad look for Sony and its relationship with EA, which was already a little strained (as an outsider). To counter, Sony should do some exclusive deal with Activision.

That being said, I would be unlikely to take this up myself. I don't play many EA games, not much into sport games or multiplayer FPS, which counts out most of their stuff. Bioware stuff is my big exception with EA games which I generally love, and they weren't even mentioned.



Ginkgo commented on Talking Point: Why PS4's Christmas Offering Is...:

@sinalefa I take your point, but don't agree entirely.

First there are more PS4 exclusives than the ones your mentioned, Resogun, Knack and KZ Shadowfall to name just a few. In addition, there are 3rd party 8th Gen only games such as AC Unity and Outlast. There are also several PC MMOs that are exclusive to PS4 on consoles, such as WarThunder and PlanetSide etc. All just examples. So there are indeed a lot of games on the PS4 that are not available on the PS3. Whether they interest you or entice you to upgrade is personal preference, but the content is there, even if perhaps not overwhelming yet. Clearly 2015 will be a game changer for 8th Gen.

The other point that I think worth considering is that all of the content coming out on the PS4 that is also on the PS3 helps remove any barrier to not upgrading because of missing content. once you have the PS4, you buy that version, rather than the PS3. As more and more of the content that was PS3 is also on PS4 (I'm thinking of Singstar as a prime example), more and more it means you can upgrade and "potentially" no longer need the PS3.

Certainly the PS4 is not fully there yet in terms of content and not just with games, but PS3 apps on media functions not yet on PS4. But the holes are being filled in all the time. My PS3 is mainly used for PlayTV and other TV streaming services nowadays, with only the occasional PS3 game coming out. The PS4 has enough content to keep me busy.



Ginkgo commented on This Mass Effect 4 Panel Comes with Commander ...:

Love this series (ME3 annoyances aside). ME2 is still one of my favorite games of all time. Can't wait to hear more.

In fact I love most stuff from BioWare. I try very hard to forget that EA bought them and has started introducing some poor DLC decisions.



Ginkgo commented on Weirdness: Garrus, What Are You Doing in Docto...:

@get2sammyb " I like low-budget things. I just don't like Doctor Who." - cough, splutter...what?! could you not like Dr Who? My 10 year old would eat your alive for saying such things. Perhaps you missed it as a kid. Coming to it as an adult might not make the same impression.



Ginkgo commented on Will PS4 Win the Battle for China? Our Survey ...:

@Tasuki : Direct copies (fakes) are much harder to find these days in China. They still exist to be sure, but much more underground than they used to be. The Government seems to have started to care, probably bowing to international pressure.

Bad rip-offs that do "similar" things with different names are definitely still around, but I am not sure that will detract to much from the real market.

In any case, it is a big new world and it will be fascinating to see how it develops.



Ginkgo commented on There Ain't No Junk in Far Cry 4's Trunk Accor...:

I adored FC3, and will get this day one. But the footage looks and feels a little too similar to FC3 for my taste. I wish they would have pushed the boundaries a bit more.

Still day one. They just have to keep the flame thrower.