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Male, 27, Australia

Sun 18th Sep 2011

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Kage_88 commented on Round Up: Fallout 4 PS4 Reviews Are Radioactive:

Uh huh.

Skyrim on PS3 received similarly glowing reviews, whilst the technical issues were swept under the rug. Sorry, but after the MGSV debacle, I just can't take these verdicts at face value. Additionally, how much time did these reviewers get when playing the game?



Kage_88 commented on The Witcher 3 Sweeps Golden Joystick Awards 2015:

I understand there has to be a cut-off date somewhere, but it really annoys me when something is declared 'game of the year', when the year isn't even finished. Not saying the Witcher 3 doesn't deserve it, but there's still games like Fallout 4, Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Xenoblade Chronicles X on the horizon (though fat chance for the latter. A Nintendo game? Getting the honours? Perish the thought).



Kage_88 commented on Comparing PS4's Sales to the Competition May B...:

Yeah, clearly things aren't going so well over at Xbox HQ - which is a shame, considering how much MS have improved the Xbox One over the last couple of years.

I can totally see them abandoning consoles all together in favour of PC, whilst the Xbox brand becomes a digital platform. Heck, we're already beginning to see it with Windows 10.



Kage_88 commented on Fallout 4 Is Done and Ready to Go on PS4:

@WARDIE A poor craftsman blames his tools.

The state of Skyrim on PS3 was simply unacceptable - especially considering Bethesda knowingly released it onto the market. IMO, this was a criminal act, and the fact that the duped masses looked the other way was downright absurd.

The existence of patches (not that they did any good for Skyrim) doesn't excuse a buggy mess.



Kage_88 commented on Review: Assassin's Creed Syndicate (PS4):

Great review, Sammy.

Syndicate is yet another example of why I've long stopped playing Ubisoft's games. They're just so bloated with pointless crap, that the core mechanics of the series have long been lost. Spending 50 hours of unlocking bits of the map, before going through every single alleyway with a fine tooth comb is just so wretched. Open-world design can be so much more... I wish developers would scrap every preconceived notion of what a wide open sandbox should be, and go back to zero. Start fresh, and offer some genuinely new experiences.



Kage_88 commented on People Are Having Real Problems Paying with Cr...:

"But with Sony parading record breaking PlayStation Store profits in the wake of this week's NPD report, shouldn't it be making its payment system a little less flaky if it wants to maximise digital revenue?"

Something I've been saying since forever. Sony seem mote concerned with clucking about the PS4's sales, rather than actually actually doing anything remotely related to improving services.



Kage_88 commented on Fallout 4 Won't Have Performance Problems on P...:

"Bethesda's open world titles have a history of bad performance on PlayStation, with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 3 both launching in shamefully shoddy condition on Sony's last-gen console."

Yet, they still received perfect scores. Go figure.

I don't know why people are salivating so much over Fallout 4. Bethesda is a company with atrocious standards when it comes to bugs and glitches - yet, time and time again, they're handed GOTY awards like cheap candy.



Kage_88 commented on EA Games: Publishers Pushing PS4 Remasters Hav...:

EA is the last company that should be criticising anyone. The sheer gall of this knob.

Oh, and backwards compatibility. The 'out of touch' Nintendo offers it. The 'evil' Microsoft is working on offering it. But Sony? No, they're content to just let you buy them again via remasters and the dreadful PS Now. Good way to fill the almost non-existent flow of original games.



Kage_88 commented on Everybody's Gone to the Rapture Boss Departs D...:

Wow, such a shame. My thoughts go out to her. Surprised to hear those thoughts about Sony, but more so about her health. Good to see such a rotten thing not holding her back from living life.

@sonicmeerkat Most feminist crusaders are sexists in disguise. Polygon and Kotaku are perfect examples.



Kage_88 commented on Feature: The Making of the Sony PlayStation:

Happy 20th birthday to PlayStation πŸŽ‚

I came to the Sony party a little later. My first console was the PS One, with a copy of Final Fantasy IX, and to this day it remains my favourite instalment. Of course, I then delved deep into the huge library of PS games, including FF VII & VIII, MGS, Tomba, Legend of Dragoon, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Croc, Resident Evil and WWF Smackdown. I even still remember being wowed by the FMV, which was pretty foreign to me as an N64 fan, as well as the notion of multiple discs for bigger games. As far as I was concerned, it was sorcery!



Kage_88 commented on PlayStation Dominates EDGE's Greatest Ever Games:

What an atrocious list.

First of all, the misleading title. It should be the greatest games right now, rather than all time.

You mean to tell me Dark Souls 2, GTAV and The Last of Us deserve the top honours? Greater precedence over genuine game-changers like Tennis for Two (not Pong), Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Tetris, Mario, Zelda, Sonic, or Doom? Or even more modern games, like GTA III, Halo, Wii Sports, Nintendogs, or Minecraft? As far as I'm aware, they've all aged perfectly well, and had more of an impact than Edge's high-ranking tripe. Also, no Super Metroid? WTF?



Kage_88 commented on First Impressions: How Well Does Assassin's Cr...:

Being broken and unfit for release didn't stop Unity from getting high scores. Just like Skyrim on PS3, the faux outrage by the gaming media only happened AFTER they dished out their publisher-appeasing praise.

I have played almost every AC, but my enthusiasm for this series is long gone.



Kage_88 commented on First Impressions: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake...:

"Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is no slouch."

Considering Golden Abyss is missing, and the multiplayer content has been cut, I'll have to respectfully disagree.

As much as I love the Uncharted games (current apathy toward U4 notwithstanding), having a compromised trio of last-gen games billed as one of the PS4's big hitters this Christmas is utterly embarrassing. Xbox One is getting Halo 5 and Rise of the Tomb Raider, and even the deader-than-Elvis Wii U is getting Xenoblade Chronicles X, Project Zero and Mario Tennis. Yes, there's good third party stuff, which is nice - but Sony seriously needs to step-up its first party output. Hopefully they'll pick up the slack in 2016.



Kage_88 commented on This Lucky Person Has Already Played Shenmue III:

@Dodoo Both Shenmue games cost a combined $70 million to make - which at the time, made it the most expensive game ever (both were worked on simultaneously). Apparently, even if every Dreamcast owner bought them, the project still wouldn't have made a profit 😐

That was Sega for ya. Back in those days, not even money sense would stop them in their crazy, creative ambitions.



Kage_88 commented on TGS 2015: Good Grief! Sony Has More PS4 Exclus...:

In terms of sales, PS4 is definitely dominating.

But in terms of software, I'd say its no better or worse than the others, IMO. It all depends on your personal tastes. With that said, I can't wait for Last Guardian, Rime, Shenmue 3 and WiLD.



Kage_88 commented on TGS 2015: Sony Suggests PlayStation VR Won't B...:

@Slime_Rothstein If I ever met someone who didn't have internet or a smartphone, I'd be more inclined to shake their hand in awed respect. Christopher Nolan doesn't have a phone nor an email address... I guess he should slap himself then?

No-one should buy a product at launch just to 'help' a multibillion dollar company get it off the ground - they should buy it because they feel that it's worth the investment. If no-one buys it, then it's up to said multibillion dollar company to incentivise them by making it better value. If they can't afford to do so... Well, then tough. That's the business world for you.



Kage_88 commented on Shenmue III's Saved, But There's Still Time to...:

Nice to see Sony's big Shenmue 3 reveal at E3 was nothing but smoke and mirrors (much like the non-existent development of Final Fantasy VII remake. Jesus, Tabata didn't even know he was the director).

Don't act like you're God's gift to gaming, and promise us games that aren't even finalised yet. Say what you want about Nintendo and Microsoft, but at least they aren't being shamefully lazy with hardware and software updates, whilst crowing about how good they are as basic services (like PSN) fall apart.



Kage_88 commented on EA Wants More Diversity in Game Development:

@Mega-Gazz You do realise that Gamer Gate has had nothing to do with those threats, right? In fact, many GGers are women (shock!) who are sick of people like Anita Sarkeesian - and corrupt sites like Polygon and Kotaku - for taking a real, serious issue like feminism and twisting it to their own, money-making desires. Of course, they have brainwashed a good number of the populace into think that Gamer Gate is made up of nothing but right-wing women haters - because they know they've been exposed as the liars they really are.

But hey, I guess I'm just a dirty misogynist for daring to speak against them, right?

On topic; talk is cheap, Peter. Sure, we have seen some diversity in lead protagonists over the years - but the vast majority are still white, gruff-voiced dudes. The industry crows on about how things need to 'evolve', yet the majority of them are too chicken to do it. Not just in terms of diversity, but in terms of innovative gameplay. It seems like a good 90% of 'triple-A' games are just clones of each other, with the same tired mechanics (guns! Regenerative health! QTEs! A cover system! Cinematic scenes!) and tropes. It's a big reason why I have zero hype for Uncharted 4 - it looks essentially like the same Uncharted from 2007, and I still feel like its existence is utterly unnecessary.

Still, I can't ignore the genuinely great, original titles that exist, like Tearaway, the Last Guardian and the intriguing Dreams. I'm so glad Sony is still giving these 'artsy' games a chance - not to mention the female hero of Horizon (but I wanna see more of the gameplay first).

So yeah, I think diversity will come naturally with original gameplay and stories - which is why you so many colourful characters on the indie scene. I remember when Jade Raymond said she wanted to make a game starring an elderly lady... I'd love to see that, but only if the game itself is creative, and not simply an obligatory vehicle for the character.



Kage_88 commented on Sony: PlayStation Innovation Is Simply Unparal...:

The effect PlayStation has had on the industry has been nowhere near as impactful as Nintendo.

With that said, Sony have definitely brought some neat ideas to the table over the last 20 years. Though they've frequently copied the Big N, they've also created cool stuff like EyeToy , made movie playback standard for consoles (well, most consoles), and introduced cross-buy.

@professorhat - There's some confusion as two which company was working on the motion tech first, but either way, the PS Move was a clear reaction to the Wii, as was the Kinect + Avatars. Sony even admitted as such during its unveiling.



Kage_88 commented on Sony: We Cannot Entertain People Without Tryin...:

B, b, b, but new ideas are stupid and gimmicky! Right, 'hardcore' gamers?

Fact is - innovation and 'gimmicks' are one and the same; and are integral to this industry. Whether it's NX and QOL from Nintendo, Hololens and Windows 10 from Microsoft, or Project Morpheus from Sony, the more crazy ideas, the better. Bring them on!



Kage_88 commented on PS4 Prints Money as System Shipments Surpass 2...:

@hYdeks Uh huh. Sony's lost billions and has been forced to sell buildings and assets, whilst Xbox is a massive money loser for Microsoft, emphasised by their move into PC. Yet Nintendo's the one going third party...

On topic; great news for Sony - though I'd like to see how many PS4 consoles they've actually sold to consumers. Like @KratosMD has said, all this happy news hasn't solved the major problems the machine has been having; namely, a terrible online service and a lack of killer exclusive software.



Kage_88 commented on Soapbox: Why I Love Shenmue:

Fantastic article!

I too hold a special place for Shenmue. Without a doubt, Yu Suzuki's adventures made the Dreamcast an essential purchase for me. I'd play the first game hours at a time - usually through the night. I'd often blink with surprise at the sunlight that would waft through my windows, as I wondered where the time went. Fortunately, I never encountered the game-ruining glitch - but my Dreamcast DID suffer from the dreaded random reset problem.

As such, I decided to play the sequel on Xbox. To this day, I'm amazed at how such a huge and detailed game could run on Sega's machine (and I did eventually play part 2 on another Dreamcast). To me, Shenmue's sandbox worlds are still more convincing than anything seen in GTA. The worlds had heart; each individual (non-enemy) NPC was unique, and the interactive items made everything seem so tangible.

Call me pessimistic, but I'm legit worried about Shenmue 3. A game of its scope simply cannot be made on such a shoestring budget (especially considering the $70 million cost of the first two - and that's in 1990's money), so I'm really hoping Sony will step up and offer all the resources it can. Maybe raise a bit of cash with an HD remaster of 1 & 2? Eh Sega?



Kage_88 commented on Naughty Dog Thought The Last of Us Was Going t...:

Microsoft also have Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, Phantom Dust and Cuphead - not to mention the awesome-looking Hololens. Even when they tried pushing Kinect as something new, people moaned about it. Hence the familiar franchises to placate their whiny gobs.

@Dohv Again, you're picking and choosing. All consoles have games that don't sell - and games that DO sell. Even Shuhei Yoshida admitted that only 30 to 40% of Playstation games make money.