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Fri 16th December, 2011

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Ginkgo commented on Guerrilla, Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch, and Many...:

Tell me what happened when its over. I will see if I care. Sorry a bit tainted at this point. Low expectations of anything new I will care about. We'll see.

On a slight aside, the XBO is killing PS4 on Amazon at the moment with with COD and Assassins creed bundles! (Sunset Overdrive is selling "ok" as a game but completely overshadowed). First time I have seen MS clearly take the lead! It will be a great week for MS (Well done to them!) and interesting to see what Sony does (if anything) to counter. They do not want MS to re-gain momentum in the US. Sony will need some big bundles/sales of their own. I hope they have been planning.



Ginkgo commented on Have No Fear, The Order: 1886's Gameplay Demo ...:

Was never worried to begin with.

This is my second most anticipated game (yes I know anticipation) after Uncharted 4. I cannot wait for this, and am personally thrilled by all the cinematics, cut-scene integration, gameplay mechanics that "some" complain about. They should stick to their guns and make the game they envisaged. It looks different and special. I don't want this game to have gun-play like destiny, that is not its point.



Ginkgo commented on Sharpen That Blade, You're Going Hunting in Sh...:

I really enjoyed this but am now struggling to finish it, about 80% of the way through and trying to do all the side missions etc. But it just become very much "samey" unfortunately. Trying hard to resist just doing the final 3 story missions and calling it a day. It is still a good game (which I have recommended), but not sure I will rock up for DLC at this point as it has struggled to hold my interest to the very end.

"The DLC will be free to those who purchased the season pass" - Isn't that the definition of season pass?!



Ginkgo commented on Wookie Here! Star Wars: Battlefront Blasts ont...:

Would kill for a good Star Wars game that transported me into the world. Sadly none has ever been made (IMO). This shows some promise, but WAY too early to call.
Waiting, but certainly not holding my breath at this point.



Ginkgo commented on Ubisoft Reckons You Wouldn't Want to Play an A...:

I would, China even more, but based on the reception to AC3, I think that it would be a leap too far (get it) for a large part of the fan base. I think they are right. A few temples etc, but where is the architecture, high buildings etc.

I think the return to Europe with Unity will be a big win for the series. Everyone missed it.



Ginkgo commented on Are There Any Secret Features in PS4 Firmware ...:

Other than the lack of folders (I want to organise my own stuff damnit), I really like the PS4's UI, and it is just getting better. A few really good things here too.

I did notice there are now options to attach a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse etc. Not sure if that was there before. I wonder if it works with all, or if there will be specific hardware coming down the road. Not really interested in a mouse (not great on the couch) but a keyboard has its uses definitely.

Still waiting for dynamic themes in Aus. None available yet. Oh well, red is still a nice change.



Ginkgo commented on Guide: Can't Turn on Your PS4 from Rest Mode? ...:

Before re-installing, please try this trick. It worked for me!

I had this problem, but seem to have solved it more simply. When it was stuck not coming back from Rest mode (yellow flashing light) I switched to the Anywhere Net+ source for the PS4 on the TV and it actually showed me the PS4 screen so I could see what was happening. This system was stuck on a PSN registering screen. I couldn't get it to fix (had to reset again) but it gave me an idea.

Next time I booted, I checked all my PSN settings, and it said that I had to re validate my email address. Pressed the button under the PSN settings on the PS4 to send the validation email, validated the email that it sent me, pressed the done button on the PS4, and the issue has vanished. Working a treat now.

Definitely, worth checking your PSN setting for any (please fill out) sections before re installing. May save you lots of time.



Ginkgo commented on November's PS Plus Offering Is an Indie Game E...:

Honestly with so much to play at the moment and all of other free indies I'm already I am not touching, I really don't care about this month's releases. Too much to do. Escape plan is the only one I will probably even get around to. We'll see.



Ginkgo commented on These Are the Things You'll Be Able to Do in G...:

I am really tempted by this port (though not straight away, because too much other stuff to do). I played it on PS3, but never finished, and you can transfer your save game across (from what I understand). So very tempting to pick it up later on the PS4 (when the price has gone down) and continue. I find it so hard going back to the ps3 to play games now. The UI is soooo slow and I miss the DS4.



Ginkgo commented on Guide: How to Change Your PS4's Theme:

Red at the moment. Hoping some "free" themes come to the store soon to try out. No additional themes were available in Australia as of last night. Assume they will come, like everything else eventually.



Ginkgo commented on Review: Pix the Cat (PlayStation 4):

We are just not on the same stratosphere here. Played it for five minutes, thought "I got over Pacman 30 years ago" and went "whatever". Turned it off. I just have no interest in the genre. Oh well. Maybe as a Vita time-waster, but it will not be getting any PS4 time around here.



Ginkgo commented on Talking Point: How Does Sony Solve a Problem L...:

Oh course they have to price drop as well. if not match, at least reduce the distance. Even though they are selling well, PS4 preference will not cope with that parity and the biggest selling factor for the PS4 in the US is that it is the biggest selling console. Momentum. Losing that to MS for the holidays would be madness. They MUST compete on price! That was one of the PS4s winning factors in the beginning. They cannot give it up.



Ginkgo commented on You May Be Able to Get a Refund for Written Of...:

@Paranoimia I agree with you. There is no question they screwed up, and it is still not completely fixed, but I think that "some" of the dialog around this has got out of hand. I think to BF4 which took EA 6 months to largely make work. I think of SimCity. There are many other launch disasters. I am not making any excuses for Evolution. They should have a done true beta and will have learnt their lesson.

Buy buying new servers (even ordering them) takes time, set up etc. Things have improved and I believe will get there. It is overall a very good game and I believe will be a good part of PS4s stable moving forward (like BF4 and SimSity are good games!), albeit always tainted by its launch.

Cries of a refund are well premature. Though some free cars/DLC would go a long way to saying thanks for your patients.



Ginkgo commented on Ratchet & Clank's PS4 Remake Will Include All ...:

Unfortunately these aren't my sort of games. Just can't get into them. Same with most older style games/remakes. Glad it is being made and there is a market for them though. Clearly I am in the minority. I hope the movie is a big success.



Ginkgo commented on Review: Minecraft: PS Vita Edition (PlayStatio...:

Minecraft is a fantastic game, completely addictive and as the article states on the Vita is a match made in heaven. The large OLED screen and dual stick controls make it a much better experience than on a phone. Not quite as nice as on the PS4, but I would argue the best handheld version going around. Could not recommend it enough. But I am an unabashed fan.



Ginkgo commented on Does LittleBigPlanet 3 Look Much Better on the...:

I don't understand all the comments about not wanting to buy or wasting money having bought a ps4. I find the logic backwards. The system in better in virtually every respect. The missing dlna etc will come soon. Owning a ps4, give me one reason to turn my ps3 on? Honestly I only use it now for play TV.



Ginkgo commented on Talking Point: Do You Ever Stump Up for Season...:

Have bought the odd bit of dlc, don't mind it as long as it is reasonably priced and not clearly ripped out of the game for a money grab. TLOU DLC is the best I have ever played. Blew me away. I refused to buy the omega dlc from ME3 because it was just a money grab. The main story even referred to the mission. Typical EA and I refused to play ball.

Have never bought a season pass because I typically move on to another game. So much to play. I would not get my money's worth.



Ginkgo commented on Interview: Will Tom Clancy's The Division Deli...:

@Godsire- Not necessarily. The vision for this game has some very unique qualities that have the potential for it to stand apart. The persistent world, the environment destruction and interactions, the blend of multiplayer/single player.

I was very hyped for this game, but am now a bit more "wait and see" basically because Watch Dogs disappointed me so much. Watch Dogs is a good game in so many respects, but somehow managed to be less than the sum of its parts.

It is exactly the sort of game I love, and I was enjoying it for a while, especially the hacking, but just got bored so haven't even finished the main story yet, which I never do. It is hard to put my finger on why. I think the side missions were its main failure. They are tedious and often not related to the game/story in any meaningful way at all. Just a grind to level up.

I am hoping this doesn't fall into the same trap. So I hear you. You may be right, but I hope not.

BTW - Great interview Sammy. Will they pull it off on the PS4 is a huge question. Still not 100% convinced despite the answer.



Ginkgo commented on Good News, PS4 Exclusive DriveClub Almost Work...:

It has been working for me since yesterday. No issue going online, accessing club features or joining multi-player races. Maybe I haven't tested everything, but nothing has failed for me in the last 24 hours. Fingers crossed it continues. At the very least it is a huge improvement.



Ginkgo commented on When Will DriveClub: PS Plus Edition Release o...:

Interestingly, the online features have worked perfectly for me this afternoon for an extended period. I was able to join multi-player races etc. Not one dropout. Fingers crossed, they have finally fixed the server issues.



Ginkgo commented on When Will DriveClub: PS Plus Edition Release o...:

The whole situation is clearly a debacle. it is hard to imagine a launch going worse. However, considering what has happened, I do agree with Evolution's stance that they have to make the game work as promised for those who have paid for it, before giving the game away free to PS+ users, which would only make the online worse through more traffic.

I hope the issues are sorted soon, but not yet convinced. Nov PS+ update is the earliest I can imagine the free version coming out.



Ginkgo commented on Rumour: PS4 Simulation Racer Project CARS Park...:

I actually think this delay is a good thing. Nov is just crazy with games and there were too many car games in a short space. If it gived them more time to finish things off then all the better, and people will be looking for a new car game again. This will help project cars all round.

@SanderEvers I think the delay means the WiiU version releasing at the same time is at least a possibility , but honestly don't hold your breath.



Ginkgo commented on DriveClub Developer to Roll Out New Game Updat...:

From the bits I can play of the game it is great. Just amazing how broken the online is. Really hoping they get it sorted and soon, because the social features are the focus of the whole game. It is hard to understand what the root cause of the problem is. Whether they need more hardware/severs, coding fixes, both or just completely broken.



Ginkgo commented on September NPD: Sony Silences Analysts as PS4 S...:

Well colour me NOT surprised.

I am also not convinced that XBO's holiday line-up will stop the PS4 train either. Not because the XBO doesn't have a better holiday "exclusive" line-up, it does. BUT, big hitters during the coming holidays aren't exclusives (COD, Dragon Age, Assassins Creed, Far Cry etc) and most of them will be preferred to play (better res etc) on the PS4. The one exception is Halo, but not sure that a remaster will be enough to sell an XBO to 360 owners who have already played them, or lure PS3 owners when Destiny exists. I actually think it is smart not to release many big exclusives this holiday season, because it is already saturated. There is no room. As always, time will tell.

@WARDIE Agree, agree, agree. Loving the PS4, enjoying the games, but the server issues (Driveclub and PSN in general) need to get sorted. It is not spoiling it for me at this stage, but clearly it can't continue. Also looking forward to more OS updates, but Sony is correct in not making them core/priority.



Ginkgo commented on Guide: How to Take off Your Training Wheels in...:

@get2sammyb I'm not very good at waiting. Bought the PS+ version last night. Offline is good so far, but online is broken as expected. Interested to have a multiplayer race. Even when I can connect to the server, it never makes it through matchmaking. Oh well .Waiting for updates. At least I knew what I was getting.



Ginkgo commented on Guide: How to Take off Your Training Wheels in...:

Sick of waiting for the PS+ edition, which looks like it could be a month away. So, considering getting the retail version, which I always planned to do eventually anyway. Just struggling with buying a game I know is broken (hoping it will be fixed).

Is it worth buying in it current state?



Ginkgo commented on Store Update: 15th October 2014 (Europe):

Downloading minecraft Vita as I type. yay! Unfortunately it is only cross-buy with PS3 (where you can also share save files), not PS4, so I have bought it again. Still worth it.

Anyone know what hte deal is with Freedom Wars on the Vita. I thought it was already released, but I cannot see it in the store.



Ginkgo commented on There Was Almost a Saints Row Brawler for Play...:

I actually miss Move. It was a shame that all the content dried up. But I guess the whole motion controlled genre died. Morpheus will bring it all back and be just as short lived. Still, I will probably hop on that train too while it lasts.