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Sun 18th Sep 2011

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Kage_88 commented on Wii U Exclusive LEGO City Undercover Earns Its...:

Interesting. Those that agree with my stance cite NLife's professionalism as examples of mentioning the competition.

Whilst those who disagree have used the terms 'catastrophic', 'fanboys', 'ninty cheerleaders' and 'SJW BS'.

Frankly, that alone says everything about the mentality of this community.

Oh, and @Tasuki, saying that the Wii U is a 'catastrophe' is not only needless on a website that claims to be impartial to console wars - but also a pointlessly broad statement in itself.

The fact that it only sold 13 million units? Sure, that's catastrophic. But that's also one factor of the console. What about its game library? Or the fact that it nevertheless made Nintendo a (small) profit?

By your logic, I could say the PS3 was catastrophic too, since it cost Sony billions and was a contributor in forcing the company to drastically downsize. Or what about the Vita? That sold even less than Wii U, but I don't see Push Square refer to the 'C' word when describing it.

Frankly, I'm done with this site. I've given it enough chances, but the amateurish reporting and deluded, NeoGAF-esque community has simply gotten the better of me. Pure Xbox was a haven compared to this place.

I wish everyone the best. I'm out.



Kage_88 commented on Talking Point: Why Are Fall's Biggest Blockbus...:

I almost never buy games at launch anymore. What's the point, when I can get a GOTY edition for a cheaper price? Sure, I have to wait longer, but there are plenty of other games to occupy my time.

I pretty much only purchase launch-day titles if there's a neat limited edition (usually Nintendo-related), or if it's a game I simply can't wait to play (FFXV).

IMO, publishers only have themselves to blame. Perhaps audiences are finally beginning to wise-up a little.



Kage_88 commented on Final Fantasy XV's Crown Update Incorporates E...:

@thedevilsjester No, I'm talking about S-E's insistence on turning everything into an event, complete with stupid names. Only they could be so self-indulgent in christening normal demos as 'Episode Duscae', 'Platinum' and 'Judgement', the gold edition of FFXV as 'Master' and a flipping patch as 'Crown'.

Refer to my post in the FFXV Jaime Oliver story.

Aside from all that, the update itself can easily be seen as a slippery slope. It's good that Tabata wants to keep improving the game - but one has to ask if he should just leave it alone, and just accept the fact that the game is done. I mean, is it even right to keep 'George Lucasing' single-player games by constantly poking and prodding a game via gigabytes of improvements? The game isn't even out yet, and we've already been subjected to 7.5 gigs worth of changes. How much more will come?

There's a very fine line between fixes and 'fixes', and I hope FFXV doesn't stray too much into the latter.



Kage_88 commented on Final Fantasy XV's Crown Update Incorporates E...:

'Crown Update'.

That's exactly what I'm talking about. Stop it, Square-Enix.

Though I must shamefully admit that I've already pre-ordered and paid-off my copy. It's something I rarely ever do, and it'll probably bite me... but meh, it's my self-given Christmas gift.



Kage_88 commented on Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver's Been Roped into ...:

I can't wait for Final Fantasy XV. It's my most anticipated game of 2016.

Now, with that out of the way... Square-Enix... just like Sammy said, you need to stop.

Enough with the self-indulgent events (one for a release date that didn't even stick). Enough with the demos with pretentious titles. Enough with the unending multimedia tie-ins and product placement.

We get it. The game cost a lot of money, and you guys are determined to make the XV universe a 'thing'... a Fabula Nova Cystalis 2.0, if you will.

... but this obsession with prettying up your games with inane marketing waffle needs to end. You're obsessed with announcing things. Obsessed with making things look and sound 'cool', as evidenced by your stupid game titles, liberal use of wonky Latin, partnerships with pop stars and fashion labels, and the decadent CGI films.

Square, you need to reprioritise and reign-in your ridiculous marketing crew. I simply can't accept that there's no way your games aren't suffering because of all of this chicanery - whether on a development level, or simply due to (perceived) identity crises.

Stop trying to compose epic poems describing how great the SIZZLE is, and focus of letting the STEAK speak for itself.



Kage_88 commented on Hardware Review: PS4 Pro - 4King Amazing?:

@get2sammyb "Practically every product they announce draws sceptics, and then when it actually delivers, those same people crawl back into the woodwork again."

PSP Go. Sixaxis. PS Move. PS Vita. PS Vue. PS Mobile. PS TV. 3D TV. People are right to be sceptical. Sony has a long history of dropping underperforming products like a stone, usually because they're so reactionary and ill-conceived. The peddling of the current holy trinity of PS4 Pro, PS VR and 4K TV is nothing new, though like magpies, early adopters will always swoop up the shiny new things.

Sure, they're nice and all, but Sony (IMO) has so far failed to illustrate why these are truly must-have items. It's possible the Pro will only confuse mainstream customers, relegating it as a niche item, like the New 3DS. Sony is fracturing the userbase by essentially saying the OG PS4 is... kinda good enough? But... not really?

PS VR, too, faces an uphill battle. Both Oculus and the Vive have cooled down considerably, and (despite being the cheapest option) I can't see many people spending hundreds on an add-on that promises some neat tech demos in exchange for an empty bank account, living room space and an ungodly amount of clutter.

The whole 4K push stands a slightly better chance. Essentially, Sony are 1:1 in the display revolution (yay for HD, nay for 3D), but again, the question needs to be asked; will people really see the need in making the leap? They were pestered into adopting HD a decade ago now, so I'd say it's possible (3D was just too soon, both market and tech wise).

@adf86 Are you saying that the Wii U and Xbox One don't regularly offer full HD gaming? Because that's not true. At all.



Kage_88 commented on Sony Treating Action RPG Nioh as a First-Party...:

"No Man’s Sky has been treated as if it was from one of our internal studios. We have been working very closely with the developers and bringing it into our release programme as if we had made it. We are not going to treat it any differently and we are going to put the full weight of PlayStation behind it. If it all comes together as well as expected, it will be treated like a first-party release; it is not a self-published small indie title on the platform.”

Sony UK there (specifically, marketing director Fergal Gara). After the massive blunders of both NMS and Street Fighter V, they better be very careful not to have a repeat event. Sorry if you guys don't like hearing it, but facts are facts.



Kage_88 commented on Push Scare: How Final Fantasy VII's Not-So-Sca...:

Thanks for reposting this, I never saw it the first time

Being an N64 player in the '90s, I didn't get into Final Fantasy VII until a few years later. Nevertheless, it was still an incredibly atmospheric experience that had me utterly enthralled.

Some of the imagery WAS surprisingly intense, what with the headless Jenova, the giant monster corpse (thanks Sephiroth), the blood spattered Shinra HQ, and Tifa's time in the gas chamber.



Kage_88 commented on Reaction: Nintendo Switch Knocks the Final Nai...:

@thedevilsjester Yeah, Sony have definitely experimented with that stuff for years - but I suppose it depends on what 'copy' really means. I do recall an interview with the guy behind the gyroscope tech of the Wii, and he said that both Sony and Microsoft turned him down, before moving to Nintendo. Regardless of who actually invented what, I think it's more accurate to say Sony have been influenced by Nintendo's SUCCESSFUL use of different software and hardware. It's like PS All-Stars - people called it a rip-off, NOT because Nintendo 'invented' mascot fighters (which they didn't), but rather, the game was a blatant and shameless reaction to Smash Bros.



Kage_88 commented on Reaction: Nintendo Switch Knocks the Final Nai...:

In a way, both Wii U and Vita are similar; both are great machines that were fumbled badly by their parent companies.

Oh, and before too many people give Push Square crap for posting a Nintendo-related article, let me say that this IS relevant to PlayStation - because any unveiling of a competitive piece of hardware directly influences how Sony proceeds with its future offerings. 'lolripofflol' snides aside, the company DOES have a history of emulating other firms' successes, like PS Move, Trophies and PS VR (to name a few). They're a tech company, and if people flock to the Nintendo Switch in droves, then you can bet we'll see a PlayStation alternative.

As this piece points out, Sony have been trying to create a unified ecosystem for a while now, with middling success. Implementation of cloud tech has been the biggest move, though fragmenting the userbase with stuff like the PS4 Pro retards these moves, IMO (just like how the New 3DS was a bust). In this business, it's a fine line between creating add-on peripherals that offer new experiences, and actively punishing loyal early consumers by indirectly telling them that their purchase is old rubbish.

Again, Nintendo have been guilty of this (numerous hardware iterations), but I think doing such a thing in this day and age is now more severe, because people now expect the painless experience of having EVERYTHING funneled to them. Hardware is now only a means to an end. They don't want quirky purple cubes, or consoles that are inspired by Hulk and Bruce Lee. They just want a little black or white rectangle that gives them their stuff. Consumers don't want to jump through hoops that are set by companies.

My point is, the Nintendo Switch is symbolic of a wider change in gaming and electronics. When even the austere Nintendo admits that people don't want to buy more than one doohickey to get their jollies, it really paints a picture of the limited space consoles now have.



Kage_88 commented on Review: DriveClub VR (PS4):

Dunno why Bandai-Namco didn't just pump out a Ridge Racer game, as is launch tradition...

@NintendoFan4Lyf Wii had a lot of amazing games (both first and third party), but unfortunately, most of them were swallowed up by the endless shovelware.

@manu0 Eurogamer are pretty shoddy when it comes to game journalism, but Digital Foundry is definitely not biased. They back up their analyses with facts and proof, and they never act like tech snobs - contrary to popular belief. All they do is show-off the tech that runs in games, which many people (like myself) find interesting. I particularly enjoy their retro pieces.

It's the gaming community that's twisted DF into something it's not, and uses it as ammo for their childish system wars. They're Sony-biased! No, they prefer Xbox! Actually, they're PC elitists! They discovered that Mario Kart 8 runs at 59fps every other minute - they MUST want Nintendo to die! Blalalahurglefurgle!!!11!1



Kage_88 commented on PS4 Slim Sales Off to a Slow Start in the UK:

@Jackrov You may be buying consoles for the wrong reasons.

Nevertheless, you do bring up an interesting question regarding future PS4 reviews.

I too, think the PS4 Pro is a lame idea, BTW. I'm not broken up about it, though... just ambivalent, as it's just the latest in a long line of bad decisions (IMO).



Kage_88 commented on No Man's Sky Being Investigated By Advertising...:

@viciousarcanum Sony is the publisher for NMS, is it not? It funded the game, right? And gave it major coverage during its development?

Yes, Sony SHOULD shoulder some (if not a majority) of the blame. They worked with Hello Games. They KNEW what the game was like. To ignore these facts is both ignorant and fanboyish.

Shu Yoshida's recent finger-pointing at Sean Murray was also a scummy move. With NMS, Street Fighter V and Shenmue 3, it's obvious that developers should stay the hell away from Sony if they want funding - they're just as liable to get thrown under a bus.

EDIT: Let's not even mention the past instances of Sony being outed for false advertising! It's like a habit they can't break.



Kage_88 commented on First Impressions: PS4 Pro Represents a Sizeab...:

@MadAussieBloke What? Both Xbox One and Wii U have had games that run at 1080p and 60 fps (Halo 5, Gears 4, Smash Bros) or 720p @ 60fps (Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart 8). Both machines are far from cutting edge, but they're more than capable of running nice-looking games. Stop drinking the Sony Kool-Aid.

Nope. Sorry Sony, but I think I'll just wait for the PS5 (if it ever actually happens).

They pressured us into getting HD TVs. Then it was 3D. And now 4K? Let me guess, 8K will be the big thing in five years time? Not to mention VR being so haphazardly thrown into the mix. It's yet another classic case of throwing stuff at a wall and seeing what sticks.



Kage_88 commented on The Division Is Still the Best Selling Game of...:

@Rumple 'Ubicrap'. I'd LOVE to see a montage of you staying up late during the nights, as you scribble insulting names on pieces of paper, before throwing them away like some creatively-frustrated genius author. Then one day, you stub your toe whilst carrying boxes of your unfinished insult joke manuscripts to the fireplace. "Crap!" you shout, as you hop up and down... before a lightbulb appears. Struck by the inspirational hand of Poesis, you hurriedly write it down. "Eureka!!!" you scream, as you dance merrily in front of the fire like a joyful imp.

And on that day, the legend of Ubicrap was born.



Kage_88 commented on Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Is Being Dismant...:

@Flaming_Kaiser Fair enough, glad you liked it. I know many enjoyed AC. IMO, though Spirits Within had practically nothing to do with FF (aside from having a Cid, and 'Gaia' themes), it was still a better film. Probably because it used English as its native language, this making it seem more natural in its dialogue.



Kage_88 commented on Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Is Being Dismant...:

No surprise there. Advent Children was horrific, and Spirits Within was only slightly better.

I mean, I'll still watch Kingsglaive, but I know what to expect - basically a long (albeit pretty) game cutscene.



Kage_88 commented on Final Fantasy XV Buckles Up Until 29th Novembe...:

Meh. If true, I'm not too bothered by it. It's only two months - better than the bloody 18 month delay Zelda wound up with!

@FullbringIchigo Actually, the Xbox One version runs very well:

@SPGFan34 If you have a Vita, all the FF games are available to download. If not, the PS4 has HD versions of FFVII and FFX/FFX-2 to try. Just be aware that the gameplay is different to FFXV's real-time action. Still, even if you're inexperienced with turn-based combat, FFVII HD actually lets you use cheats to make things easier, and you still earn the Trophies!



Kage_88 commented on Hello Games Urges Those with Early Copies of N...:

"Maybe cut the Guildford-based developer a teensy bit of slack..."

How about no? It's not consumers' fault that retailers are selling the game early - they shouldn't be punished for purchasing and playing a videogame legally. Sony and Hello Games are being scummy by trying to blockade reviews - reviews of a finished, printed disc. Day-one patches aren't an excuse - they've been developing the damn thing for so long, and it's not the fault of gamers that they couldn't ship a completed game.



Kage_88 commented on Pokémon Go Makes Nintendo More Valuable Than ...:

It's amazing the amount of buzz Nintendo has created with only TWO games (Zelda and Pokemon). Sony simply doesn't have the IP with that kind of drawing power. They sure can be petty about it, as shown with that Invizimals Twitter post.

To those saying Pokemon GO is a fad... well, duh. Of course it is. What Nintendo and Niantic need to do is keep a loyal, core audience playing and paying once the hype has died down - that's the ultimate test.



Kage_88 commented on Brawlout May Be a Solid Alternative to Super S...:

PS All-Stars was embarrassing in its flagrant desire to be Smash Bros - though I did play a fair bit of it. The interest wore off quick, due to its wafer-thin feature set and non-existent gameplay depth. Oh, and the horribly generic characters.

That said, I think the traditional Smash Bros formula has about run its course. The genre has been refined to the nth degree by Sakurai, and I just can't see a sequel being much of the same thing. Personally, I'd like to see him go 3D, and try to ape Power Stone on the NX.


Seems like more than 20 to me.



Kage_88 commented on New Documentary Will Depict How PlayStation Co...:

It'll be interesting to see how they report on the falling-out between Sony and Nintendo. Hopefully they'll tell the whole story, and not the abridged one that floods gaming trivia notes.

@BAMozzy IMO, the PS3 was very much a fumble - at least, financially. From the horrendous introduction at E3 2006, to the billions it lost (eating all of PS and PS2 profits), and the controversy surrounding Linux and the homebrew fiasco. There was also the great PSN hack of 2011, and Sony's crippling money troubles - partially caused by PS3 and the Cell. Still, the whole thing smoothed out in the end, with the machine finally turning a profit, building a library of fantastic games, and introducing blu-ray. So... a fumble with a happy ending, I suppose it could be dubbed.



Kage_88 commented on Horizon: Zero Dawn, PlayStation VR Win E3 2016...:

Pretty funny that Nintendo doesn't even really care about E3 anymore, and yet they still stole the show with one game.

@BLPs Implying the Wii U isn't a real console? What does that even mean?

@ApostateMage FFXV has been a known entity since 2103, and as such lacked the surprise factor of Zelda. Square-Enix have also been doing a mediocre job of promoting the game, and the lame Microsoft showing didn't help. Stuff like all the multimedia projects and the Uncovered event helped tremendously, but they've been offset by the clunky Duscae demo, the baffling Platinum Demo, and a lack of variety in trailers. Still, I'm really excited to play it

@Flopsy Take your meds, please.



Kage_88 commented on SuperHyperCube Squares Up to PlayStation VR fo...:

This is by Phil Fish.

The same Phil Fish who lambasted Japanese games, whilst Fez was a Super Paper Mario rip-off. The same Phil Fish who - it turned out - stole the idea of Fez to begin with. The same Phil Fish who rage-quit the internet after abusing people, and telling them to go kill themselves. The same Phil Fish who was a DJ at a party held by the corrupt Double Fine studios (which took Kickstarter money after claiming they had none, before begging for more the very next morning... and then releasing a still-incomplete game).

The same Phil Fish - it seems - is now happy to rip-off JAPANESE puzzle game SpeedThru: Potzal's Puzzle (AKA Ketzal's Corridors).

... Yeeeeeaaah. I won't be buying this.



Kage_88 commented on Sony's New PS4 Commercial Is All About Greatness:

@wiiware I don't know why you're so intent on burying the N64. Judging from your infantile posts, I very much doubt you were even born during the console's heyday - let alone going to a non-existent school, with your non-existent PlayStation-loving friends.

@kyleforrester87 See, even if I disagree with your sentiments about PS4 being the greatest console ever, at least you're being civil and intelligent in this discussion. That's more than I can say for a lot of people here. BTW, my all-time faves are SNES and N64. I think the PS4 should live its lifespan before its quality can truly be judged - though it certainly is building up a hugely impressive library.

IMO it's unfair to label one machine as the greatest - simply because their are so many amazing consoles out there. From Nintendo you have NES, SNES, N64, GCN, Wii, Wii U, Game Boy, GBA, DS and 3DS. From Sony, there's PS, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP and PS Vita. Microsoft has Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Not to mention Sega Master System, Genesis/Mega Drive, Saturn, Dreamcast, Game Gear, Nomad... or the rest; Neo-Geo, Amiga, Amstrad, Atari 2600, MSX, ZX Spectrum...

Man, there's NO way there can be a single greatest console! I myself can't even choose between two of them.



Kage_88 commented on Sony CEO Kaz Hirai Is Absolutely Raking in the...:

When the 3DS caused Nintendo's first losses in 30 years, Iwata gave himself a 50% pay cut, whilst Miyamoto and various other execs had their salaries slashed by 40%.

Says a lot about the leadership differences between both companies.



Kage_88 commented on E3 2016: Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Can't Wait for ...:

@sub12 Yeah. DF is very anal about that stuff, though I suppose that's what they're there for. It's really the community that uses their analyses as ammo which is the big problem. Back during the N64 vs. PlayStation days, it was all about FMV and anti-aliasing... which basically meant N64 was blurry, and PS pixilated, lol.

Also, Shigeru Miyamoto was spotted playing as Crash Bandicoot in Skylanders at E3. Even he loves the 'coot



Kage_88 commented on E3 2016: Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Can't Wait for ...:

I wonder what the game would've been like had they stuck to the original 2015 release date. Either way, like I said in another thread, it's crazy to see what they've managed to achieve with the barely-there specs of the Wii U. Those futilely hoping for the NX to match the Xbox Scorpio are in for a shattering disappointment (and a slap from the reality stick). Yes, the financial aspect is obvious - but think of it from a marketing view; Nintendo got people talking with one game from a last-gen system (in terms of specs). Just like they did with Wii Sports or Wii Fit, and what Sony proved with the PlayStation and PS2, or up to Minecraft today - marketing is absolutely key, no matter how technologically inferior your product really is. If it wasn't, then we'd be seeing PC master racers dominate the industry - but they don't (thank Christ).

I'm not saying Breath of the Wild will sell billions and dominate the market; what I'm saying is that it's it got such positive word of mouth despite being nowhere near the technological feat of its peers. A well designed, aesthetically pretty game isn't beholden to the latest in horsepower - and this applies to Sony and Microsoft, too. The games that were running on their soon-to-be-outdated machines looked perfectly fine, yet they've fallen foul with the Digital Foundry generation of snotty graphics whores (man, I remember that term from 20 years ago), and have let the whiney minority dictate their business. PS4 is doing great. Xbox One is doing fine. There is absolutely no need to splinter the marketplace by emphasising haves and have-nots. Nintendo did it with the New 3DS, and look what happened (though it wasn't exactly cutting edge tech).

My point is; don't let 'power' be the mantra of these consoles. It's a self-defeating mindset. That's not to say they shouldn't BE powerful, just that gameplay and innovation shouldn't be forgotten as the cornerstone of what makes gaming great. Nintendo proved this (once again) with Zelda and its other games, and so did the the Indies. Fortunately, other companies stood up to the plate this year. Ubisoft's Steep was an open-world game devoid of violence (very refreshing), and PSVR (seen as the 'cheap end' VR model) showed some really cool stuff, despite its perceived lack of power (sounds familiar... is PSVR the Nintendo of the VR market?).

Despite my ideological grievances, I really do think E3 was a great showing of the future of gaming - from all companies. I dived in whilst avoiding internet comments in general - and my god, does it make a difference. Felt like a kid again.