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Male, 27, Australia

Sun 18th Sep 2011

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Kage_88 commented on Yep, PS4 Is Wrecking the Competition in France...:

Crazy. Playstation 4 is just in a league of its own. It's the PS2/Xbox/GCN generation all over again.

It'll be really interesting to see how PS VR does. I think it has more of a chance than Oculus Rift, at least.



Kage_88 commented on Nintendo's NX Probably Won't Be Compatible wit...:

@DominicanGlory Ah, the old 'Nintendo should go third party' chestnut. That NEVER gets old.

"you do know that ever since the NES, Nintendo has been on a steady decline outside of the lightning in a bottle scenario that was the Wii."

I always find this funny. Like, the Wii and DS somehow don't count, and that their success cannot be replicated ever again. Maybe NX will flop. Maybe it won't. I distinctly remember a time when many thought Apple was dead as a door nail, too.

"hell they even steered the course and made the ps3 the best of last gen despite a disastrous first two years."

That's purely opinion. What is FACT is that Sony lost billions, and the Wii caught both it and Microsoft with their pants down. They in turn scrambled for a response with things like PS Move and Kinect, whilst Nintendo had already made its cash.

"Nintendo is getting too small to justify making hardware for their ~10 million diehard fans."

66 million. You forgot the 3DS.

@NomNom "if NX fails to make a splash then Nintendo, as a home console developer is more or less finished."

Actually, Nintendo can suffer a quite a few more flops before calling it a day. Though I do agree that they definitely need to get their act together with the NX.

This whole 'third party' nonsense is such a blinkered and ignorant viewpoint. Nintendo, Sony nor Microsoft should exit the hardware space - if they did, it would mean less variety and competition, and result in a stagnant business where one company dominates all. Why in the hell would people want that? Because they don't like paying for another machine to play its exclusive games?

Imagine if there was only Windows - no Mac, or Linux. Or if there was only iPhone domineering everything. Why would you want one to be subject to the rules of another, whilst the marketplace shrinks? Why would you WANT big corporations to get even more bloated with power as others lose the independence to craft their products and create new stuff?

Stop being so damn short-sighted.



Kage_88 commented on December 2015 NPD: Sony Thanks Fans for Puttin...:

@Matroska "If the Wii "won", why was it discontinued so early compared to the other consoles, especially given that it released later than them? It sold a lot of units to people who had no interest in buying any games."

Are you seriously disputing the fact that the Wii somehow DIDN’T ‘win’ in the last generation? That its early exit from the marketplace somehow invalidated its success, as did its casual audience? By that logic, then maybe the PS2 was a big fat flop as well, since it sold a lot based on its DVD playback capabilities!

"This is just the thing, usually when a console sells well, it's a success in every way. The Wii was a failure in terms of staying power, it was a failure in terms of games sold outside of Zumba Fitness, Let's Dance and all that kind of crap."

‘A success in every way’. Okay, so how do you measure the Wii’s successes and failures, then? Amount of units sold? Profit made? Software quality? Because from my recollection, it had all of these. It had a load of shovelware – but so did the PS One and PS2. ‘Staying power’? Again, what’s your scientific barometer for measuring such a thing? It’s legacy? It’s longevity? Technically, the Wii lasted for six years (emphasis on technically), but even shaving a year or two off, it still lasted the average lifespan of a console.

A cursory glance at the best-selling Wii games gives me games like Mario Kart Wii, Smash Bros Brawl, Mario Galaxy, Twilight Princess and Donkey Kong. I would also say Wii Sports and Wii Fit – but those aren’t real games, apparently.

It’s true that 3rd party games sold poorly on the system… Aside from Zumba and Just Dance, apparently – though according to Wikipedia, Just Dance 2 is only the 17th best-seller on the system… So maybe, they didn’t shift as much as you claim they did? S**t, maybe NOTHING sold on the Wii? Maybe people bought the thing just to stare at it? Then again, the same Wiki article says that Wii software sales were at 895.22 million, whilst the PS3 was at 595 million and Xbox 360 at 353.8 million. That’s a hell of a lot of imaginary purchases.

"I've said it before, but in the duration that the Wii sold 90 million units, Skyward Sword only sold 250,000 copies."


"As for your sales thing, you can't combine a bunch of different things like that."

Why not? Because you say so? Alrighty then. Apparently that doesn’t stop Sony (or Microsoft) from combining THEIR hardware sales like they’ve done so many times in the past – but hey, if you say it’s wrong, then I may have to send a sternly worded letter to Kaz.

"Not only are the handheld and console markets totally different, with different demographics involved, the prices and ages are totally off. The 3DS has been out for 5 years and costs significantly less than a PS4 which has only been out for 2 and a bit years. People have spent more on PS4s in less than 2.5 years than they have spent on the 3DS in 5. It's also has 3 distinct models and several smaller iterations within some of those models (e.g. XL)."

And? You think I don’t know that? Different consoles are different. Wow, blew my mind there. I was simply addressing the widely-held misconception that Sony has more active units out there than Nintendo. As a matter of fact, I even said that PlayStation is selling faster.

"Like with all Nintendo stuff, the sales are about 50% just in the USA as well."

Again, source?

"The NES is Nintendo's best-selling console outside the Wii."

And DS.

"...yet the PS4 outsold its lifetime sales in Europe within a few months."

Gee, maybe that has something to do with that fact that the gaming industry has gotten a wee bit bigger in the last 30 years? Just a thought.

"...the PS3 actually outsold the Wii in Europe

Again, I'd like a source for this.



Kage_88 commented on December 2015 NPD: Sony Thanks Fans for Puttin...:

@shadowman1 "ps3 in the end won the last generation anyway"

So the Wii wasn't a thing? Who knew?

Even though PS3 eventually sold in excess of 80 million, it was still a bittersweet achievement, considering the absurd amount of money Sony lost because of it.

The PS4 is doing tremendously, though I'm reminded of Phil Spencer's comments regarding the misconception of console sales - shifting millions is pointless if the money isn't being made (though PS4 does make a profit for Sony).

@ShogunRok "In other words, if sales did determine people's enjoyment of gaming, you would have a PlayStation based avatar, because it's selling best right now."

Playstation is selling the fastest - but it hasn't sold the most. The brand is roughly equal to Nintendo in terms of units shifted (40 million PS4s + 8 million or so Vitas vs. 12 million Wii Us + 56 million 3DSes).

Nevertheless, it IS pretty silly to use sales as a barometer for enjoyment. What's the point of obsessing over a multibillion dollar company's finances, when there are a multitude of suits who get paid the big bucks to do so?

Funnily enough, I think this OCD behaviour has risen because of the internet. So much information is available to us 24/7, we now know every single little thing that happens with Sony/Nintendo/Microsoft et al... Things that have ALWAYS happened, yet weren't public knowledge in the old days, because all we had for information were magazines - and magazines were all about fun. I remember loving the Gamecube, Xbox and Dreamcast - and only having a vague idea of how well they were selling. Sure, numbers would occasionally get reported, but it mattered so little back then...

EDIT: Oh, and like @get2sammyb has said, I also prefer to play on consoles - I always have, and probably always will. I simply cannot stand PC gaming; having to worry about parts and compatibility issues constantly, spending stupid amounts of money for slightly nicer-looking games, and the other annoying computer-related issues that give me massive headaches. It doesn't help that I generally don't care about the latest tech, and that I prefer easy, painless systems that focus on fun and immersion instead of banal resolutions and framerates.



Kage_88 commented on Talking Point: Did PlayStation Experience 2015...:

@Matroska "In fact, there's lots and lots of reasons to get a PS4 and very few reasons to get an Xbone; the only people that have really been "forced" to do anything are Xbone owners - I hope Halo 5 lasts them a long time. This isn't like a Nintendo console where you buy it just so you can play 2 or 3 games and then never use it again (Xenoblade and Zelda, I'm looking at you)."


First, aside from first party offerings, Xbox One has basically all the games PS4 has. It also has games like Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, Forza 6, Rare Replay, Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War Remastered - and yes - Halo 5. It's also getting Scalebound, Quantum Break, ReCore, Gears 4 and Sea of Thieves.

And gee whiz, I guess my Nintendo consoles are magical, because I certainly have more than "2 or 3" games for each one. Less fanboy dribble next time, eh?



Kage_88 commented on Talking Point: Did PlayStation Experience 2015...:

It's no secret I've been very critical of Sony in the last 12 or so months.

However, I think my opinion is going to swing the other way very quickly - this year's PSX was excellent.

For me, the games on offer were a perfect balance of reliable hands and fresh, new experiences.

Final Fantasy VII Remake looks bloody fantastic (thank god Square Enix chose a real-time battle system), and I was pleasantly surprised by Uncharted 4's dialogue system (ND doing something new? Praise!). Ni No Kuni II looks incredible, too.

I also loved the VR lineup. The whacky concepts reminded me of Sega's glory days, and proved that innovation isn't dead. The indie games also looked brilliant. It was new stuff - and I wholeheartedly welcomed it!

Minor quibbles; I didn't like Epic's non-game CGI trailer clogging airtime, and the Rez video went for too long. Also, no Final Fantasy XII HD. Again.

Overall though, I was very pleased. I've now decided that PS4 is finally worth buying, and will pick one up sometime next year.

Good job, Sony!



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 🎂

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.