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Sun 18th Sep 2011

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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.



Kage_88 commented on Soapbox: Let's Be Honest, E3 2016 Was Disappoi...:

Sorry Sammy, I'm gonna have to disagree with you once more!

I thought this was a great E3. It seemed to be actually focused on substance instead of style.

Ironically, I thought Sony's conference was the most disappointing - not because of the content shown, but rather, the company's insistence on highlighting games that are way too far from release... though I suppose there's also PSX, Gamescom and Paris Game Show, too. I also wasn't too fond of how most of their big games have become Naughty Dog-esque 'cinematic' products; almost as if they were obligated to do so. But that's just me nitpicking. I'm still plenty excited for the games themselves. The VR showings were surprisingly good, too.

Microsoft had a solid show. What it lacked in megaton announcements, it made up for in actual solid content that's actually within reach. Again, the biggest announcement - the Xbox Scorpio - actually leaves me cold. Surely Sony and Microsoft know that engaging in such an arms race is utterly pointless? Sorry dudes, but I prefer Nintendo's philosophy - fun and innovation above grunt.

Speaking of Nintendo, Zelda simply blew away even my own lofty expectations. The fact that they could pull-off such a feat on the 'Wiik U' just reinforces my aforementioned opinions on console power. The other games they showed looked like a lot of fun, too. Paper Mario, Dragon Quest, Ever Oasis, Pokemon... The next 12 months look incredibly bright.

@playstation1995 I certainly hope that isn't your year of birth, PLEASE tell me it isn't.



Kage_88 commented on Reaction: Naughty Dog's Influence Looms Large ...:

"Naughty Dog has been leagues ahead of the rest of the industry when it comes to characterisation and writing for over half a decade now."

Disagree completely. ND's characters and writing have always been cringey ('edgy' Jak & Daxter), cliche (Uncharted), and unoriginal (Last of Us). IMO, you can't be the top tier of videogame characterisation when your stories are told mostly through cutscenes, and not via gameplay.



Kage_88 commented on E3 2016: Final Fantasy XV Looks Really, Really...:

"It's the Xbox's fault!"

"Don't worry, the REAL game will run good on Neo and Scorpio!"

"That guy sucked!"

"Gameplay has never mattered as much as story and presentation anyway!"

Sounds an awful like the excuses used for the Platinum Demo.

"The game isn't finished yet! They'll clean it up!"

"This is only a TASTER, not a real demo!"

I want to play FFXV, but goddamn is the denial strong.



Kage_88 commented on Sony Gives Its E3 2016 PlayStation Press Confe...:

Nice. I hope we get a PS4K FFXV bundle, a release date for Last Guardian and FFVII Episode One, PS4 versions of Ni No Kuni, Kingdom Hearts and FFXIII trilogy... and FFXII HD.

... yeah I've been thinking a lot about this.



Kage_88 commented on Site News: Uncharted 2 Is PlayStation's Greate...:

@JoeBlogs Yeah, you'd be better off playing the enhanced version of Ocarina on 3DS. Even when it was released, the N64 looked pretty muddy in places (even Miyamoto thinks it's ugly now). Still my favourite game ever, though. Actually, you reminded me of a big problem facing today's classic games - that they're in SD, so a big problem Sony, Nintendo and (to a lesser extent) Microsoft face is choosing whether to simply release them as they are, or go through the effort of remastering them in HD. Then, when 4K rolls around, they'll then have to do it all over again! I sometimes wonder if they should simply leave them as they are, warts and all.



Kage_88 commented on PSN's Raking in More Cash Than the Entirety of...:

Woah. I have to wonder if Nintendo is seriously considering charging for a premium network service after seeing this. I guess I wouldn't mind, since I don't like playing online anyway - I just hope it doesn't get to the point where consumers have to pay to access basic stuff like DLC.

@MikLSP Yeah, I'm confused by that too...



Kage_88 commented on Reaction: Nintendo NX's 2017 Date Frees Dispos...:

Nintendo's clearly going through some big changes, and Kimishima stated that the decision to launch NX next year was because they wanted to ensure that there would be plenty of games ready - which is fair enough, I suppose. The whole E3 thing just furthers my opinion that the company simply doesn't see the annual event as being important as it once was - heck, even Sony have begun moving away from it with their Playstation Experience shows.

Sony have a tough enough job of their own to do; to sell the PS4 NEO and PS VR. The former in particular will be interesting, judging by the potential grudge held by 40 million people who may cry foul (justified or not). Not to mention a desperate Microsoft potentially pulling the rug by announcing their own souped-up/upgradeable Xbox One. They have the money to burn, and I wouldn't be surprised if they unveiled some big incentive for Xbox gamers (similar to the free Windows 10 editions of Xbox games, or free Xbox 360 titles we're seeing now). Hell, they could even pull a 'Sony 2013' by trolling the company and appeasing those disgruntled by the NEO.

It's certainly going to be an interesting couple of months.



Kage_88 commented on Sony to Xbox: We've Been Doing Cross-Platform ...:

Typically arrogant response from Sony.

Yeah, yeah, I'm a salty so-and-so, and it's all just a bit of fun. Still, it reeks of hypocrisy whenever Sony calls out a competitor, when the firm is infamous for stealing ideas. PS Move? PS All-Stars? Hell, even the PS VR can be seen as a purely reactionary device to other companies - especially considering Nintendo 'did it' in 1995.



Kage_88 commented on Waaah! Final Fantasy XV Aims to Make You Blub ...:

English voice acting in Japanese games is usually terrible in general, unfortunately. It's a big reason why I'm terrified of Zelda embracing it - though I was a big fan of the fictional language used in Shadow of the Colossus.

It's something that's been plaguing Japanese titles more and more as videogames have become more realistic. Hideo Kojima spoke about this; how Japanese mannerisms, idiosyncrasies and cultural differences (no matter how minor) have become more and more jarring to Western audiences as they try to tell 'globally themed' stories.

Think about the 2D days of gaming. Back then, you could hardly tell what country a game came from, because everything was so much more simple. Tools were limited, and as such we got games that emphasised gameplay (well, the good ones, anyway) and creative solutions to primitive hardware (like Mario's design, or the stealth fare of Metal Gear). It was a universal way of design. As long as any text was in your native tongue, a game's national background was basically a non-factor.

Now in today's world, we have games like Final Fantasy that have struggled to find itself as graphics became more amazing and voices were added. Heck, I was playing Xenoblade Chronicles X (which is supposed to have a cast of Americans), and a woman BOWED to me in thanks during a quest. Just a regular café worker. Bowing. It took me right out of the game (nevermind the ridiculousness of everything else going on...)

Even high-end Nihon games like MGSV have the 'desu desu' undercurrent in its acting (thanks, Kaz).



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.