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Male, 26, Australia

Sun 18th September, 2011

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Kage_88 commented on PS4 Conditions 'Tougher' in the US Following X...:

@Godsire- If Nintendo released the Wii U last gen, they would probably be in debt much like Sony is now.

Holding back on specs with the Wii was one of the smartest decisions the company made. People like to blab about console 'power' without actually thinking about WHY Nintendo did what it did in the first place.

The obsession with power has led to insane development budgets, and hundreds of developers and publishers have gone bust in the last decade because of it. Nintendo took a gamble with the Wii and DS by subverting the stale console market; a gamble that was simply needed. That's how they've survived for 125 years - by ignoring what everyone else is doing, in favour of upending the market with new ideas.

3rd parties don't like Nintendo's methods, because Nintendo is refusing to bow down to them. Sony and Microsoft are bending over backwards by allowing DRM, disc-locked content, unfinished games and absurd paywalls to form the basis of the 3rd parties' profit. Nintendo knows that the 'Triple A' gaming business is slowly imploding, which is why they've turned to the indies for future support.

Would I like more 3rd party games on Wii U? Sure. But to say Nintendo is arrogant and stubborn is refusing to see the wider picture. Nintendo is trying to consider its own long-term health - which is done by sticking to its guns, and not catering to the whims of short-sighted publishers that are desperately trying to avoid bankruptcy.



Kage_88 commented on Will Ubisoft Finally Fix Assassin's Creed Unit...:

AC3 went through seven patches.

It still has glitches.

Yeah, I'm not holding my breath for this one. Ubisoft will quietly shunt Unity aside by dangling the next AC game in front of gamers' faces like an increasingly mouldy carrot.



Kage_88 commented on Rumour: Mamma Mia! Sony May Be Making a Super ...:

I liked the Mario movie... Granted, I was five when I first saw it. Blind nostalgia FTW!

As for this... Well, I can easily see this being a comedy/adventure much like Disney's recent films. However, I can't see Mario's voice endear itself well to audiences. His helium yelps are fine in small doses... But for two hours? I dunno...

Also, there is the matter of Nintendo. How would its Japanese style of storytelling gel with the 'hip' American methodology? I think a Pixar-style narrative would be a good compromise - one that has universal themes, and isn't overtly 'western' or obsessed with pop-culture.

Apparently there's a Sonic film coming, too. It's the '90s all over again!



Kage_88 commented on Feature: Four Reasons Why Uncharted 4: A Thief...:

@get2sammyb Oh, thanks for the non-flaming reply 😆

Don't get me wrong - still very much want to play this game. We've only seen a fraction of it, to be fair. On a somewhat related note, I FINALLY decided to write-off The Order: 1886 - only to find out that people are apparently liking the game a lot now!

So yeah, just goes to show you can't judge a pre-release game too harshly. But if ND kill Sully, I swear...



Kage_88 commented on Feature: Four Reasons Why Uncharted 4: A Thief...:

This isn't going to be a popular opinion; but what really bugged me about the demo (as good as it was) were the 'game-isms' that stood-out like a sore thumb.

The more realistic things have gotten, the more ridiculous certain things looked. Like the angular rock-faces that were conveniently colour-coded, the way Drake still climbs like a monkey without getting tired, how he absorbs bullets like a sponge, and how his grappling hook automatically winds itself after he uses it.

Sure... These complaints sound a little petty - but these discrepencies made me think that Naughty Dog is simply incapable of advancing the core gameplay in a new, intelligent way - and that they instead put all their time and effort in the presentation.

Puts up flame shield



Kage_88 commented on Could Drake's Big Brother Be Uncharted 4's Bad...:

Hmm, I have a feeling that he is in fact Nathan's real brother. We still know very little about his childhood, and I imagine that this will be a big theme for U4.

I'll groan very loudly if he turns out to be bad, though... I really don't want another Flynn/Dante situation.



Kage_88 commented on Talking Point: What Did You Think of Sony's Pl...:

Pretty big 'meh' from me.

It wasn't bad...But aside from Tearaway and No Man's Sky, everything looked so boring and unoriginal (gameplay-wise, I mean).

The Order really does look like crap, and I wasn't impressed with the constant stream of remakes and ports. Uncharted 4 - while looking good - felt way too safe, IMO. And don't get me started on David Jaffe - the guy always talks a big game, but he can't design an original game to save his life. A unique-looking arena shooter is still a bloody arena shooter!

It wasn't all bad though; I'm really curious about that game from Giant Sparrow, and that weird one by Mr. Katamari (loved the audience's bemused reaction). And for all my whinging about ports, I still like the fact that Resi Revelations 2 is coming to Vita.

So yeah. I still think Sony did a good job - just because I was pretty indifferent to it - doesn't mean others were. It's nice to see a happy crowd in this age of cynicism :-)



Kage_88 commented on PS4 Exclusive Uncharted 4 Dazzles in Glorious ...:

@JaxonH Because people say 'god' all the time? Get over it.

On topic; I thought the game looked good... But I wouldn't say it was jaw-dropping. It just felt like yet another Uncharted, with slightly shinier graphics. There really wasn't anything new or exciting about it, IMO.

Don't get me wrong, I still very much want to play it...But I just didn't see anything that couldn't be done on PS3.



Kage_88 commented on Reaction: The Good Intentioned Game Awards Nee...:

Eh, I didn't watch it - but it sounded okay. Not as bad as it could've been. The Developer of the Year Award definitely deserved more fanfare, I agree with that. I can also do without the obnoxious YouTube personalities.

What REALLY got my goat, however, was that one of the judges straight up admitted that he hated Bayonetta 2; which is both incredibly unprofessional and biased to the extreme.



Kage_88 commented on PS4 Exclusive The Order: 1886 Sinks Like a Lea...:

@Gamer83 "I think it's a matter of there simply isn't anything to show."

This is exactly what I've been thinking too. I can just picture the devs at RAD stressing, because they know people are expecting something that they just haven't made.

Frankly, my anticipation for this game is at zero - if it turns out great... Well, then great! But if it turns out crap... Then no big loss.



Kage_88 commented on Review: WWE 2K15 (PlayStation 4):

You know, I'd like to play a wrestling game where you have to be an ACTUAL pro-wrestler. Like, you have to remember your spots, and 'perform' a match according to the script - with grades awarded based on your work rate.

Then, you have to go backstage and shake everyone's hand, before having to play the 'political game' via multi-choice conversations that have you making friends and enemies...

...I thought way too long about this.

Pre order now, and receive the 'On the Road Forever' DLC, which sees you trying to juggle your wrestler's private and professional lives! Drink coffee to stay awake as you travel to the next city at 4am! Take pain pills to dull the nagging injuries that won't go away! Push away smarky fans who call you by your real name (a big no no in this sport)! Engage in Twitter wars with no-name MMA fighters!

Pre order now!!!



Kage_88 commented on Review: Assassin's Creed Unity (PlayStation 4):

Excellent review!

Honestly, even 5 seems a little high, IMO.

But still, it's refreshing to see a reviewer actually take the performance of the game into account. It still absolutely sickens me that buggy games like Battlefield 4 and Skyrim got away with high praise.



Kage_88 commented on PS4's Free DriveClub: PS Plus Edition Has Been...:

@RawShark - Pretty much took the words out of my mouth.

It's amazing how bad Sony have squandered any goodwill it gained from the PS4's early days. Likewise, it's astonishing to see how much of an improvement Microsoft have made with the Xbox One. Proof - if any - that competition is a good thing!



Kage_88 commented on Resident Evil TV Series to Rise Following Fina...:

I think the TV show will need more than zombies. Fortunately, the games are full of gruesome monsters that would look great in live action.

With shows like The Walking Dead and The Strain, Resident Evil's (or Arklay, as it's rumoured to be called) number one priority is to find something that will set itself apart from the others - a unique hook. If they can find that, then everything else will fall into place.



Kage_88 commented on Nintendo Thumps PlayStation in E3 2014 Twitter...:

I think the major reason why Nintendo was my favourite showing this year, was because it made me feel like a kid again, and reminded me why I love videogames. There was no cynical and drab bullcrap like that found in Ubisoft's and EA's offerings - or the majority of generic, soulless third party games (not counting indies).

But still, Wii U sales is the ultimate goal - no matter how popular they were on social media. There's only so much units Mario Kart 8 can shift. The Wii U needs a steady stream of quality titles; and if third parties won't partake, then Iwata better have a plan B. Maybe indies will fill the role?



Kage_88 commented on Talking Point: How Did the Three Major Manufac...:

This was a great read! Really refreshing not seeing any stupid fanboy BS.

When all is said and done, I liked Nintendo's event the most - though there were definitely PS4 and Xbox One games that interested me greatly. All in all, this was a great E3 for everyone. Hopefully it'll be the same next year!



Kage_88 commented on E3 2014: How Does the PS Vita's Lineup Look?:

Honestly, I thought this was a pretty dang good video. The games shown may not have been 'AAA'... But really what exactly constitutes AAA in the world of handheld gaming? What only matters is if the games look fun - and these games did indeed look fun. Counter Spy, Mech Runner and Akiba's Trip looked particularly cool. Also, the Vita is getting proven indie hits like Child of Light and Hyper Light Drifter... Pretty cool, as far as I'm concerned.



Kage_88 commented on Reaction: Poor Pacing Disrupts Otherwise Excel...:

I thought it was poor. Microsoft's and (especially) Nintendo's showing were better.

Uncharted 4 was the only new reveal that I was hyped for - though I'm still excited for The Order and No Man's Sky.

It was pretty lame how GTA V and the Last of Us ports were considered 'big' games - I mean the games are, what, 12 months old? Even other major titles like Destiny, Batman, Phantom Pain and Mortal Kombat are multiplats - which doesn't exactly scream 'buy the PS4 NOW!!!' - especially considering most of them won't arrive 'till next year.



Kage_88 commented on Actually, Watch Dogs PS4 Won't Run at 60FPS in...:

@Sutorcen - Amen.

This news is pathetic - just the latest in a long line.

All we hear about is this god-like power of PS4 and Xbox One, yet they can't even do what PCs have been doing for years. Jesus, even Mario Kart 8 is 1080p/60 fps.

Don't get me wrong, I personally don't care about resolutions and such (Christ, I still play Wii and Dreamcast games), but it just annoys me how companies spew continuous BS about how awesome their consoles are; and how game companies provide bullshots and phony alpha-build gameplay vids.