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Mon 22nd November, 2010

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KALofKRYPTON commented on Sony Drives Down the Price of DriveClub's Full...:

Too right. It's funny that so many don't really appreciate how much of an inflation-beating pastime gaming is.

I remember waiting for a special occasion to get a MegaDrive game as a present, as they routinely released for anything between £40 and £60.

That's £130 in today's money!



KALofKRYPTON commented on Sony Drives Down the Price of DriveClub's Full...:

Also, we're still in the first year of PS4. Plus games have to be negotiated by Sony and the publishers. It's not just a matter of Sony taking on the cost of the game and giving that to the publisher, but the publisher has to agree for their game to be offered free. In that decision lies the publishers marketing strategies and how they want the game to be perceived. The retail value of a couple of indie games is more than the monthly subscription to Plus, but it counts as a sale as far as the dev's and publishers are concerned, so they're likely to agree to the game going on Plus for free.
So there's really no point expecting 'AAA' titles from big publishers within the first year of release to be offered up on Plus.
Perhaps when the new AC has racked up a few sales we'll see AC IV pop up on Plus after Xmas, and maybe a couple of earlier released titles too.

I understand that everyone can't like every game, but dismissing 'indie' games as thing noone will play is a bit silly. Some of the best and currently most original games available are indies, and the industry as a whole is better off for them.



KALofKRYPTON commented on Formula Fusion Is the Next-Gen WipEout That Yo...:

Looks nice, not digging that pivot on the vehicles though- looks like it controls like so many mobile WipEout ripoffs. Time will tell I suppose.

'48 is great, but at this point I'd take port of HD Fury for PS4.

Even another eXtreme G actually; XGIII and XGRA were both very, very good!



KALofKRYPTON commented on Talking Point: Is Indie Becoming a Defunct, Di...:

Do people even realise the amount of negotiations required to provide big publisher games on Plus?

It's not just Sony's decision.

They can't just decide to throw (for example) Assassin's Creed 4 on the IGC. Ubisoft has to agree, along with the portion of subscriber funding that they get. Only a few months in to it's life, and the life of it's retail releases, you can't expect third party publishers to potentially accept a loss leader.



KALofKRYPTON commented on Metal Slug 3 Runs and Guns Its Way onto the PS...:

All Metal Slug games play better than Mercenary Kings (since they all play the same).

Good news indeed. Though I do hope SNK get off of their high horse and help Tommo improve the NGX. It's a neat system with huge potential; great idea, just lacking some fine tuning.



KALofKRYPTON commented on Review: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate...:

@SimonAdebisi Inferior how? Minor framerate issues and the radical menu aren't exactly glaring flaws. And I haven't seen it anywhere for £59.99.

It's circa £45.
@Diddy_kong overpriced because you already have the PS3 version you mean? I don't, so 45 quid for a new game that's better than the previous version isn't overpriced at all.
The Crusader class looks pretty interesting too.



KALofKRYPTON commented on Reckon the PS Vita's Got No Game? This Three H...:

@Jazzer94 Quite the opposite.

A Pokemon game (for example), will be pitched towards the target audience of the associated cartoon/toy/ccg.

Something like Guacamalee looks like a cartoon but has no association with a children's targeted product. So isn't intrinsically aimed at a younger audience, nor does it pander to one.

Do you understand now?



KALofKRYPTON commented on Reckon the PS Vita's Got No Game? This Three H...:

@Jazzer94 No, it isn't. If I wanted to say that it's just for kids, I'd say it's just for kids. The majority of the library is based on cartoon/toy properties or long standing series.

The 'for kids' label, however right or wrong is of Nintendos own making. Their reliance on their own properties results in mostly kid friendly games, which is fine. Sony's library tends to lean the other way, since their first party offerings are built upon the acquisition of many other studios.

And 50 million people can totally be wrong, look at the Wii. Best thing that did was play GameCube games and Resi 4.



KALofKRYPTON commented on Reckon the PS Vita's Got No Game? This Three H...:

@Reverandjames Ridiculous? No.
It's clunky, cheap feeling, and the inputs are horrible- buttons, circle pad and touchscreen all.

It's just not very nice.

The GBA/SP/MICRO were all better put together than the entire DS range.

I've nothing against it really, my daughter loves hers, but the hardware is nasty.

As for the library, I didn't say it was 'for kids', I said it was juvenile, which it mostly is. Again, nothing wrong with that- many of my 30 something friends still love pokemon and animal crossing. But I never got in to either. And I don't need a dozen variations of Mario.



KALofKRYPTON commented on Reckon the PS Vita's Got No Game? This Three H...:

If it's a vs 3DS debate, then just hold a 3DS for a bit. Don't even play anything, just hold it and push the buttons, move the circle pad...
It's a horrid peice of hardware. I find that to be a massive barrier, however good the software is meant to be.
And that said, I still find the software library on 3DS to be fairly juvenile, all of those amazing exclusives included.



KALofKRYPTON commented on Review: Pure Pool (PlayStation 4):

@ShootTheRunner Yes you can.
In the menu select: Players>Local Players/All Players>Player 2
This will start a local 2 player game with 'player 2' vs your profile. The game will start as whatever game type is set in your profile; 8 ball, 9 ball etc.



KALofKRYPTON commented on Let's Be Honest, Heavenly Sword: The Movie Loo...:

It looks like it's been kicking around since '08.

It may not be all about the graphics all the time, but you have to like what you're looking at on some level. I finished Heavenly Sword, I don't really want to watch the film of pretty much the same anyway, and certainly not when said film looks like an unambitious PS4 game.



KALofKRYPTON commented on Talking Point: What Are Your Fondest Memories ...:

Me and an old work mate played through Killzone Liberation Co Op when we were working at a pub in the quiter periods. That was class.

Also, importing a few shmup collections and especially Star Soldier. Tate mode shmup on the go, immense!



KALofKRYPTON commented on Gory Brawler Mortal Kombat X Gets Over Here in...:

@JuanitoShet Yes it is a beat 'em up. '2D fighter' is a modern qualifier of sorts, since all 'fighters' were 2D at one point. Perhaps you're thinking about a side-scrolling Beat 'em up - again, side-scrolling being the qualifier.
Just because a term may not be used all that much doesn't mean it isn't what a game is at it's core.

The term Shoot 'em Up (shmup) often gets used for fps games. Where for most of us it still just refers what are now termed 2D shooters.

The only really good beat 'em ups on the MegaDrive were MK 2 and Street Fighter Special Champion Edition - both of which are poor imitations of their SNES counterparts. (If anyone mentions Eternal Champions, may they forever burn in hell).

There are plenty of fine beat 'em ups out there, and fans of the genre won't blink at paying £40 for a game with tight systems and pretty much infinite replayability. As I recall, Street Fighter II Turbo cost my mother £50, so take solace, you have an inflation busting hobby!



KALofKRYPTON commented on This European PS Vita Mega Pack Is Actually Pr...:

In my opinion, the Vita is one of the greatest systems ever made. That doesn't (and clearly hasn't) mean a huge market share.

It's easy enough to reason out why it's not doing so well, but I'll never understand it fully. It's a cracking bit of tech, and a great games machine.



KALofKRYPTON commented on Review: Wolfenstein: The New Order (PlayStatio...:

I'm very much enjoying Wolfenstein!

A wonderful single player experience so far, on par with my favourite Resistance 3. Great gunplay, cracking story, good characterisations and bags of fun. Taking the time to read as many of the many newspaper cuttings strewn about really expands on the created world, and shows how much thought and detail has gone in to the game.
I'd implore everyone to give the music CD a turn too.
Massive well done to MachineGames. Very good purchase :-D