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Male, 27, United Kingdom

Working at an Estate agents isn't as glamarous as you'd think. Still, The pays good enough for me to buy lots of games that I dont have the time to play! & Moe is life. Founder/Editor/Author @ Otaku Gamers UK

Sat 4th December, 2010

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MadchesterManc commented on Who Let the Dogs Out? Watch Dogs has Shipped 9...:

Picked it up preowned at the weekend for £15 as it was cheap enough to try, I had been warned previously I probably wont like it by a friend. Well, they were right. A few hours in & I've given up on the game. Seems to have typical Ubisoft gameplay with the hacking aspect not being as fleshed out as I was hoping either, graphically it looked like a Ps3 port to me :| I'm not really a fan of open world games (Really enjoyed Infamous: First Light though) as it is, but after playing GTAV on Ps3, Watch Dogs just seemed mundane.



MadchesterManc commented on Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires Marches an Army ont...:

@arnoldlayne83 It's definitely more tactical than Empires. Battles are played out with you controlling a squad instead of a single officer for skirmishes ie a group of archers or swordsmen for example, and you in turn gain XP in the different roles to customise (you can switch to a different squad on the fly during battle to mix things up) If anything it plays like Kessen 3 on Ps2 if you've ever played that. You may be able to find a copy of the original Bladestorm release on Ps3 for a relatively cheap price if you want to give it a go before the remaster hits with the added 'Nightmare' campaign.



MadchesterManc commented on Push Scare: The Thing About PS2 Horror The Thing:

Amazing game & slotted in perfectly to the aftermath of the movie. As a franchise its still going strong as I thought the prequel movie was decent too. I do have my PC version of the game packed away somewhere, might dig it out & see if 1080p60 makes it any better :P



MadchesterManc commented on November's PS Plus Offering Is an Indie Game E...:

@get2sammyb I got Resident Evil 2 and 3, Silent Hill, a few good minis (Trailblazer & Velocity being the most memorable for me) that i still play on the odd occasion, but I didn't think much of the PSN offerings back then though to be honest. The mini's tended to be better :o The added features like automatic downloading were a godsend then as I could get everything done while I was at work. Probably why I never really had as much of a problem with certain aspects of the Ps3 as others.



MadchesterManc commented on November's PS Plus Offering Is an Indie Game E...:

For the price of a single game a year, £40, I get access to 60+ games for the year. If even a tenth of those games are decent then it's money well spent. Sure if my subscription ends I lose the games, but for the price of a game why would I not continue playing the monthly IGC lottery? Amusingly, I've been paying for PS+ since before the instant games collection even existed which is Probably why I don't have entitlement issues when it comes to the IGC



MadchesterManc commented on Bungie Aims to Shoot Down Criticism of Destiny...:

So basically I've got to pay more for the privilege of having a narrative that doesn't resemble swiss cheese? To be honest I'd understand all this paid DLC malarkey adding in an actual story if Destiny was F2P, but I had to pay £50 for the base game if I recall. You messed up Bungie, and you know it yourselves.

@arnoldlayne83 Angry Joe's review was pretty much spot on for me. He usually gets it right with his AAA game reviews.



MadchesterManc commented on Round Up: Your Ultimate Guide to PS4 Firmware ...:

I've never really been too fussed regarding firmware updates as I've got so many devices that can do things I'd need that if the Ps4 launched and all it did was just play games I'd be happy enough. But that's just me. Looking forward to trying out the Share Play feature with this update, as soon as I can find someone who'll want to play some split screen coop on Plants vs Zombies. It's a little odd that nowhere has made any fuss regarding Share Play seen as it's something I'd consider to be a next gen feature, still can't believe that themes has actually had more coverage than Share Play to be honest :|



MadchesterManc commented on Why Is Sony Taking So Long to Release PS4 Firm...:

This mythical standby downloading sounds awe inspiring. My Ps4 will download the occasional game update & install in standby mode (not all the time oddly enough), but has never once downloaded & installed a firmware update - always prompting me with the download when I boot the Ps4 (luckily 121Mb net means it takes no time at all). For a guy that has everything activated for standby mode & has always left the Ps4 in standby mode, it would be amazing if it actually did everything its supposed to do



MadchesterManc commented on Does LittleBigPlanet 3 Look Much Better on the...:

@thedevilsjester Thats the point I've been getting at. Like I said, the improved graphics are a gimme - but aside from the visuals it seems pegged at the same level as on Ps3 for almost everything else. The additional resources of the Ps4, as well as aspects like the touch-pad, should be able to offer much more for the creative folk that build gems on these titles. Instead it just seems to be a prettier version of whats on Ps3. No doubt the cross-play aspect has brought on this parity, but it is a little disappointing as a LBP developed for the Ps4 first & foremost could offer a lot more to the creative minds that use the tools on these games.



MadchesterManc commented on Talking Point: Do You Ever Stump Up for Season...:

I tend to not bother much. I've only ever bought 2. Killzone: Shadowfall was offering a decent amount of content for the price (£15.99), and Aliens: Colonial Marines as the season pass was on sale on Steam (£9.99) & I wanted to play Bug Hunt. Then again I never really buy DLC, so the whole point of season passes is kinda lost on me



MadchesterManc commented on Does LittleBigPlanet 3 Look Much Better on the...:

@thedevilsjester I was looking at it from a purely technical perspective. There's always a reason to bother from the viewpoint of sales, marketing etc but I meant why bother as it doesn't seem to take any advantage of what the Ps4 has to offer, presumably due to cross-play with the Ps3 & more than likely being a port from the Ps3 as opposed to the other way around. The visual improvements are a gimme afterall.



MadchesterManc commented on Does LittleBigPlanet 3 Look Much Better on the...:

While I'm not going to complain about sharper & more detailed visuals, the fact that it seems to be the only difference leaves me wondering why bother with the Ps4 version. If its the same in all other respects, then its a missed opportunity. The bountiful amount of RAM over the Ps3 should be allowing creators to create more elaborate levels/games on Ps4, yet it seems pegged at the same level as Ps3.



MadchesterManc commented on Sony Investigating Online Issues as PSN Plunge...:

@WARDIE Did you read the whole of my comment or just the first few words? I think you musn't have got the memo at E3 last year when Sony was discussing the online gaming aspect being introduced for PS+ that would put whether a game would be behind the paywall or not at the discretion of the publishers. So yeah, infact they charged for PS+. No doubt with most retail releases putting their online portions behind the paywall, PS+ might as well now be regarded as required for online play. That doesn't change the fact that Sony originally opted for it to be optional, just the publishers have opted to utilise the paywall & get a little slice of the pie.

Your MMO is actually a good example of the point Ive been trying to make. Theres currently a subscription based MMMO on Ps4 in FFXIV, which has never required PS+ and was in fact opted to be that way by Square Enix themselves as they recognised that there was already a subscription fee. If Sony are having to make a deal with Bethesda to get ESO out of the PS+ paywall, doesn't it kinda prove my point of publishers having the choice with these two examples?



MadchesterManc commented on Sony Investigating Online Issues as PSN Plunge...:

@ToOGoodOfAPlaya I agree, It's not really a big deal. I just fired up Infamous: First Light seen as single-player games do still exist. People just like to complain as they believe they're entitled to an always online PSN service, even though it doesn't state anywhere as far as Im aware in the documentation agreed upon for an SEN account that Sony will be providing one.

@WARDIE Sony don't charge people to play online, they charge people for PS+. Its up to publishers whether their games are behind the paywall. Thats why you'll find numerous games (COD: Ghosts probably being the most high profile) that doesn't require PS+ for online gameplay.



MadchesterManc commented on Review: The Evil Within (PlayStation 4):

I hear its not as tense or thrilling as Alien Isolation, which with the game coming from Shinji Mikami is a tad disappointing, so I'll be sticking with the ol' Alien for my late night, fear induced gaming sessions. I'll probably try this when the price has dropped a little.



MadchesterManc commented on Review: Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus (PlayStat...:

Sounds like you enjoyed the game judging from the main text of the review @ShogunRok There's no shame in enjoying the fruits of the series' OTT....Gameplay :P It's going to be interesting reading reviews elsewhere on this one (looking forward to Polygon's after their now infamous Bayonetta 2 review)



MadchesterManc commented on When the Heck Is PS4 Firmware Update 2.00 Depl...:

I'm looking forward to firmware update v3.56 when hopefully all the functionality is installed that people keep whinging about and we can get back to discussing surprisingly subtle additions that will only be of interest to technophiles like we used to have on Ps3



MadchesterManc commented on Weirdness: This Is How Activision Should Have ...:

Traded mine today. 3 legendary loot drops in 2 weeks - one ended up as a rare gun I already had, another legendary armour for a titan (Im a warlock) & finally something usable as I got a legendary shotgun. Joke of a loot system for about 40-50 hours gametime. Superb gunplay though, so I'll pick the game up again later down the line when its finally out of Beta & there's more content to play. A lot more.



MadchesterManc commented on Loot Will Be More Likeable in Destiny's 1.02 P...:

@FullbringIchigo That damn Corporate Commander gets his grubby hands on everything these days...

The loot system is definetly broken in this game. Its been about 10+ hours since I levelled past 20 & I haven't even had a single legendary engram yet :| Jumping on for a couple of hours each night in the hope something good comes along is getting tiring now. Starting to get the trading itch...



MadchesterManc commented on Sony's Smallest Ever System Will Play 700 Game...:

With my Vita being stolen not too long ago, I think this may be a decent route back to the console myself. Barely took the Vita anywhere, preferred my PsPgo, so I'm not fussed that it isn't portable. There's a lot of titles I'm missing playing at the moment. Think I best go check that compatibility list first & hope the upcoming Senran Kagura titles will work with it too....



MadchesterManc commented on Soapbox: Please Protect Me from the Purgatory ...:

@get2sammyb 3 to 4 hours to download & install 6gb :o That sounds ridiculous. Are you using the Wifi by any chance? Since I networked my home properly, I've had my Ps3 hooked up via ethernet. Even tho it doesn't use all the bandwidth on offer from my connection, it still hits about 5/6MB & would have that 6GB done in about 30 minutes. I had to use the Wifi on the Ps3 for a couple of days not long ago and it's startling the difference to being wired. It's pretty much the only thing that irks me about the Ps3. Using mine a lot still, review duties & a purchase of the Killzone trilogy means it sees a lot of use. However, it does keep reminding me how intuitive the XMB is & how bangers the Ps4 dashboard is in comparison



MadchesterManc commented on You'll Be Getting Tons of Free DLC with PS4 Ex...:

Its good to see the new tracks will all be pretty much free which should benefit the game online. GG did the same with Killzone by giving the maps away free, and it helps to stop your community from being segregated

@Paranoimia complaints about optional DLC is always a tickler. Its not like they have to buy it to enjoy the game as the important aspect of new tracks looks to be included free of charge



MadchesterManc commented on Round Up: Destiny PS4 Reviews Shoot for the Moon:

With the servers only going live on Monday, any reviews pushed out these past couple of days are ones I won't really bother with and are just looking to net a lot of traffic by having reviews out before the mainstream websites. With how the online aspect is interwoven into the game, being able to play online for a day before pushing a review out us doing a disservice to your publication. It would be like reviewing the multiplayer aspect of Killzone: ShadowFall based on its offline botzone



MadchesterManc commented on Sorry! PlayStation Plus Will Play Host to Plen...:

You dont have to pay for PS+ to play everything online, unless the publisher of your favourite online game has deemed it to be needed. There's some AAA games out there like Fifa 14 & COD Ghosts, for example, that don't require PS+ to play online (flip over the case and take a look. The online section isn't yellow & doesn't state PS+ is needed) As Sony stated at E3 last year, its down to the publisher and whether they would like their game behind the PS+ paywall. Just sayin...



MadchesterManc commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Sony's Pre-Tokyo G...:

Awesome conference. Put both E3 & Gamescom to shame. So many awesome games coming to Ps4 & Vita in the east. As soon as I seen Senran Kagura for Ps4 I was doing cartwheels :D

@divinelite Croixleur Sigma was pretty darn good. It was one of the first review codes I'd been sent by Nyu Media. The combat system on it is so slick it puts most action games out there to shame.



MadchesterManc commented on Talking Point: Is Indie Becoming a Defunct, Di...:

If the mainstream gaming 'press' didn't stick the word on any game that looks half decent & isn't AAA before going on to hype the crap out of it, people wouldn't be annoyed by the word Indie. Like I've said numerous times - a game is a game, regardless of factors such as budget. It's about time the press stopped trying to pigeon hole everything & took a leaf out of the enthusiast sector by just reporting on these titles as games instead of indies



MadchesterManc commented on Got a 12GB PS3? Sorry, You Can't Play Grand Th...:

@Munkyknuts Aye it is really cheap. I picked up a 12GB super-slim from CEX for my brother at the weekend and it cost £95 (with a 1 year warranty) Looking at HDD while I was there and it would only cost £18 for a 250GB Toshiba one that looked as though it had been taken from a Ps3 anyway lol Only would cost £113 altogether, which is a nice entry price for the system :)



MadchesterManc commented on Is PSN Offline? Yes, and the Scheduled Mainten...:

The amount of people here stating the PSN has been hacked have no idea what they are talking about. A DDos basically floods a server with bogus requests till the traffic overloads it. Nothing has been accessed. No information is at risk. If people are gonna complain, at least know what your complaining about.



MadchesterManc commented on A Bank Holiday's Coming, So Sony's Pulling the...:

@voodoo341 so you have a premium account on War Thunder or are you just trolling again? you can still go online during the maintenance. The PSN servers aren't taken down, Sony are just doing maintenance making the store & account management unavailable so you can still go online. If your unable to use your premium account on say War Thunder during this time, then it's a Gaijin server issue



MadchesterManc commented on Review: Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (Pla...:

@NicolaHayden Nice review :) its always good seeing Nep-Nep being given a fair crack of whip.

@DualWielding I thought Victory was a great release in the series, one of the best niche Jrpg's these past couple of years. The oddity with Rebirth getting high scores compared to Victory is that its basically Victory, but with the story (with a few changes) etc of the original Hyperdimension Neptunia :P If you enjoyed Victory, you'll love Rebirth tho. It plays as well but the writing is golden, especially for Neptune.



MadchesterManc commented on Gamescom 2014: Sorry, PS4 Firmware Update 2.00...:

I'll be literally bemused if people start whining about the limit. Its still a superb feature & there's no extra charge for the feature (aside from PS+) People have to do the same thing with 'free' calls to landlines whereby they have to hang up & call again to refresh the hour. They don't complain.

EDIT: I think part of the reason a limit is in place is to appease publishers/developers too. Im sure they wouldn't like the idea of potential sales going down the drain due to people doing a marathon sessions via this Share Play & completing their games that way.