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Male, 26, Australia

Sun 18th September, 2011

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Kage_88 commented on Call of Duty: Black Ops III Will Boast Four Pl...:

It's funny; Infinity Ward was always considered the 'A' team, whilst Treyarch was the 'B' team - though these days, it seems to be the opposite. The Black Ops games are very solid, and I'm quite looking forward to this one.



Kage_88 commented on The Curious Case of Head Transplants and Metal...:

@get2sammyb Eeehhh... Honestly, I think it's just a coincidence. I very much doubt Kojima would have purposely stolen someone's likeness. Sure, he did it with Michael Bien and Kurt Russell back in the day - but even he would know that sort of stuff wouldn't fly in today's videogame corporate culture.



Kage_88 commented on Review: Mortal Kombat X (PlayStation 4):

@viciousarcanum No, it's not petty - it's shameless cash grabbing, plain and simple.

If the easy fatalities don't make a difference to gameplay, then why not just make it an optional setting in the options? Or an unlockable? Why must gamers pay for it? Nintendo didn't make players pay for the invincible tanooki suit in Mario. There are literally hundreds of other games that have options to make things easier - all without requiring people to drop a penny.

Mortal Kombat X is a game driven by squeezing wallets dry. Why was there a patch that reduced the amount of koins earned? Why was there a 45 DOLLAR add-on pack released day-one here in Aus?

Just because 'other games did it' is not an excuse. Evolve got flak for this crap, and so did Street Fighter X Tekken, WWE 2K15, Tales of Vesperia and DoA 5.

People who say "but it's only optional" or "it doesn't affect gameplay" are completely missing the point. It's a monetisation mentality that will only get worse before it gets better.

MK Armageddon had 62 fighters, a create-a-character/fatality modes, Motor Kombat and Konquest.

Even today, the HANDHELD version of Smash Bros has 49 fighters - all of whom can be customised. It also has 34 stages, 117 musical pieces and 685 trophies. Let's not even mention the innumerable modes and even-bigger Wii U version, which has a stage creator, 8-player fights, 47 stages and 437 songs.

NetherRealm and WB Games simply have no excuse for such underhanded tactics.



Kage_88 commented on Even Xbox's Boss Is Impressed by Bloodborne's ...:

Hang on - Shuhei Yoshida has done a lot of this in the past regarding Nintendo.

Yeah, yeah, it's probably all a PR stunt. But seriously... Has our gaming culture gotten so low that we now roll our eyes whenever someone is nice?

Come on guys... We're better than that!



Kage_88 commented on Round Up: Mortal Kombat X PS4 Reviews Go for t...:

Was just in EB Games, and the poor worker was having a hell of a time explaining the ridiculous DLC to a bemused customer who was interested in the game. You could tell he was incredulous, and after looking at the shelves, I could see why; full price for the game, and another $45 for the 'optional' content that came in its own casing. I'm still flabbergasted that people are actually defending this krap.



Kage_88 commented on Konami Fired Hideo Kojima, According to Voice ...:

Christ. I think Konami is rivaling Square Enix as most inept company.

Why would you get rid of your biggest asset? That's like Square dumping Hironobu Saka... Oh. Wait. I mean, that's like Capcom ditching Keiji Ina... Oh. Er. I mean that's like Sega sacking Yuji Na... Oh... Dammit!



Kage_88 commented on Final Fantasy XV May Have Some Female Party Me...:

I'm sick of this whining about the all-male cast - just check any Final Fantasy forum, and you'll see what I'm talking about.

The 'Stand By Me' narrative is one of the reasons why I'm very interested in Final Fantasy XV.



Kage_88 commented on Grand Theft Auto V's Graphics Haven't Been Int...:

@Alpha Technically, 'ass' isn't a curse word at all. It's simply another term for a donkey or mule; much like 'bastard' (child born from wedlock) and 'bitch' (female dog).

It's funny how society changes their meanings into things that shouldn't be said! Maybe one day, regular words we use now will be considered filthy swears...

"You filthy tangerine!!!"

(25th century people gasp in unison)



Kage_88 commented on First Impressions: Final Fantasy XV Has Massiv...:

Sounds pretty cool. I haven't played the demo, so I can't be too judgmental. Still, in a way, I'm glad the final game is about a year away from release, as it will give Square Enix the time to refine things and take player feedback into account.

The game really does look gorgeous, too. It's one of the first games that really screams 'next gen' to me.



Kage_88 commented on Feature: These Are Sony's 2015 PS4 Exclusives ...:

Happy to see Rime get some love 😊

Otherwise, yeah, this is pretty lackluster. Especially considering Nintendo is coming out with Xenoblade X & Chronicles, Splatoon, Mario Maker, Yoshi Woolly World, Devil's Third, Starfox and Zelda U.



Kage_88 commented on Shields in Bloodborne 'Might Be Crap', Says Pr...:

Personally, I'm not interested in this game.

But with that said, I definitely want it to succeed. To me, Bloodborne is videogaming done right; one that isn't obsessed with Hollywood-aping cinematics and shallow, homogenised gameplay. The art style is wonderful, too.



Kage_88 commented on Final Fantasy XV's Combat Is like Nothing the ...:

Looks cool. I give full kudos to Square Enix for trying something different.

Unfortunately, the reality is that turn-based combat would look incredibly weird (and archaic) when combined with such incredibly realistic visuals. Not to mention, Final Fantasy has always been Square's big, defining franchise and (for better or worse) it needs to compare favourably to other blockbuster games - and to do that, things simply need to evolve. It almost feels dirty saying it, but Square needs to appeal to the mass-market if they want FF to stay relevant (and recoup the massive development costs). It's simply the reality of the business.

I think old fashioned JRPG fans need to get their kicks from games like Bravely Default, Dragon Quest and (yes) Final Fantasy spin-offs, like that new smartphone game. I think SE is aware that fans of these classic types of games still exist - which is why they continue making games like these (even if they are smaller scale). Oh, there's also Mistwalker, too - and many indies with titles like Citizens of Earth and Pier Solar.



Kage_88 commented on Talking Point: Is This the End for the PlaySta...:

My PS3 is one of the main reasons I haven't upgraded to PS4 yet. Big games like MGSV are still coming out for the console (or I can just get them on PC), and the lack of killer exclusives has waylaid my decision to take the generational plunge (well, that and issues like the small HDD, stripped-back features and unjustifiable cost).