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Thu 16th Sep 2010

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Paranoimia commented on Review: Layers of Fear (PS4):

Sounds to me like the Unity team need to get their collective finger out and solve their engine issues on PS4. Or maybe devs should stop using it.



Paranoimia commented on Review: Firewatch (PS4):

I really wanted this. Still do. The review hasn't put me off - just the issues. They're apparently working with Sony and Unity to optimise it. I'll wait for a patch before I buy.



Paranoimia commented on The Internet Reckons DOOM's PS4 Box Art Is Bad:

Without meaning to sound rude... who cares?

Other than identifying it on a shop shelf, how long do you spend looking at it? I pull the case out of my game rack, stick the disc in the console, and put the cover down somewhere. It could be all white with 'DOOM' in plain black Comic Sans for all the attention they get after buying. As long as the name is on the front and the spine, I'd be happy.

Though with that said, I'm unlikely to be buying it anyway.



Paranoimia commented on Finally, We Can Compare PS4 and Xbox One Sales:

I readily admit I have no love of Microsoft as a company, and I do take some pleasure in seeing them 'fail' (not that it's really a failure). It's nothing to do with the Xbox, just their history as a company.

That said, I bought an original Xbox at launch, and I did briefly have a 360 late in the day. But I doubt very much that I'll ever get an Xbox One. Why? Well, outside of Forza, their exclusives just don't interest me - and since the multi-platform games are almost without fail better on the PS4, there's no reason - for me personally - to own one.



Paranoimia commented on Review: The Witness (PS4):

I'm interested in this, but I'm not 30 quid interested.

I've got a stack of stuff to get through anyway, but maybe when it drops below a tenner.

Also, a certain other PS site is reporting that the game's wide field of view is giving a lot of gamers motion sickness who don't usually suffer with it. Anyone experiencing that? Apparently patches are being worked on.



Paranoimia commented on Sony Attempts and Fails to Trademark Let's Play:

People getting their knickers in a twist over something they don't understand, as usual.

Even if Sony had succeeded, it wouldn't have prevented anyone using the phrase. If you look into trademarks, there are tons of everyday names and phrases which are trademarked, yet no-one has to cough up when they use them.

I'd now go for "Let's Game".



Paranoimia commented on Sony Attempts and Fails to Trademark Let's Play:

People getting their knickers in a twist over something they don't understand, as usual.

Even if Sony had succeeded, it wouldn't have prevented anyone using the phrase. If you look into trademarks, there are tons of everyday names and phrases which are trademarked, yet no-one has to cough up when they use them.

I'd now go for "Let's Game".



Paranoimia commented on PS4 Owners Have Terribad Music Taste:

Never used Spotify, and if the unknowns in that top 10 are anything to to judge content on, I probably never will.

That PushSquare top 10 though... I could listen to that.



Paranoimia commented on GAME's Share Prices Plunge as UK Retailer Is S...:

"GAME is blaming lower than expected sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as well as slow adoption of new-gen software."

Oh, right. Nothing at all to do with their ridiculous prices, then? Was in there a few weeks back. A new copy of Until Dawn was £55. A used copy was £45.

They've already gone under once for this very reason, and it seems the new owners took nothing on board.

Mind you, they're not alone. I used to buy from a lot, but their prices are nowhere near as good these days. It's a similar story with ShopTo. Currently, my first choices are Amazon or TheGameCollection, both of which offer some of the best prices around.



Paranoimia commented on PS4 Exclusive DriveClub's Ready to Paint the T...:

I was late buying DC by a few months, but it's been great. I got the game for under £20 and the Season Pass for the same, so it's been exceptional value as far as I'm concerned.

I'm not generally a fan of Season Passes, but I will happily buy a second one for this. They've hit the right balance, in my opinion, between free and paid stuff in the DLC area. Contrast this to Project Cars, which has had no Season Pass and some - again, in my opinion - quite over-priced DLC, and it's no wonder I reach for DC ahead of PCars when I feel like a race.



Paranoimia commented on PS4 Can Leverage the Power of the Cloud, Says ...:

"But it's a stark change of attitude from the start of the generation when the "power of the cloud" was being flaunted around as a major differentiator for the Xbox One."

And I think we've seen in the time between then and now that it has made next to no difference whatsoever.



Paranoimia commented on Attackers Threaten to Take PSN Offline Again T...:

"While the group claims that it's targeting the gaming giants as a means of exposing security flaws, our understanding is that DDoS attacks are incredibly difficult to defend against."

Exactly. A DDoS has nothing at all to do with security, it's entirely a bandwidth issue, and no matter how bandwidth you have, it's always finite. With enough rented (or possibly hacked) PCs firing traffic, any network can be taken offline. Networks bigger, more important, and more secure than Sony's and Microsoft's have been downed in this fashion. NASA, the FBI, several banks... all have suffered this kind of attack and been brought down.

As has been said, this isn't "hacking", so I do wish sites would stop attributing that much credit to these... people.

Just remember people - and spread the word far and wide: If this does actually happen, remember that directing your anger at Sony or Microsoft is a complete waste of time, as it's pretty much beyond their control. Save your anger for the cretins carrying out the attack, and if you have any information as to who it is, drop them in it with the authorities.

As with last year, I doubt it's a "squad" at all. Most likely it's 2 or 3 spoilt, socially inept losers who have been told they have to go to Aunty Jemima's on Christmas Day with mummy and daddy, and since they can't sit around playing games all day, they're going to try and make damn sure the rest of us can't either.



Paranoimia commented on November 2015 NPD: PS4 Smashes Xbox One in Imp...:

"Rise of the Tomb Raider, the timed Xbox One exclusive, failed to breach the charts – in fact, rumours suggest that it didn't come close"

So they got their "uncharted" game after all!


Thank you, I'm here all week.



Paranoimia commented on Soapbox: Why the PS4's Share Button Is the Gre...:

I'm not a particularly social gamer, but I use the Share button quite a bit for screenshots and videos I put on Flickr/YouTube and subsequently on my website.

I can understand that some people just aren't interested; what's harder to understand is some of the apparent actual hate I've seen towards it. If you've no use for it, just don't use it. I've got several gadgets/appliances which have features I don't need or use, but I'm not on forums and social media day after day whining about it. I guess it's just an indicator of how immature/entitled some "gamers" are.



Paranoimia commented on EU PlayStation Store Launches Buy One PS4 Game...:

@hi_drnick Not sure if that's serious or sarcastic.

Standard UK RRP is about £55, which equates to about $83... not that great compared to your $60 price.

I was interested in this until I saw the prices. Some of the games have had a massive increase in price for this "offer". I've seen that one of the Lego games was previously less than £10, and now it's £44.99?

I was interested in Until Dawn and Zombie Army Trilogy. Until Dawn is £19.99 on Amazon. Zombie Army Trilogy is £22.99. I know the prices for the most part aren't set by Sony, but they and the publishers concerned have surely got to realise that this is becoming a bit of a running joke now. It's not doing any of them any favours.



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

@get2sammyb Nope, not a single thing. Certainly nothing jumped out at me, anyway. I'd be hard pressed to even tell you the names of more than a couple.

I've got a bit of a backlog to clear at the moment. I still need to platinum Uncharted 2 and 3 from the Collection, I've got more to do on Driveclub, then I need to get back to Dying Light and Watch_Dogs (both picked up late), and I've picked up Just Cause 3.

I still need to pick up Until Dawn, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, and SOMA. The stuff currently on my list for next year (or whenever): The Division (if they don't screw it up), No Man's Sky, Detroit, Rime, The Witness, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian, and WILD.

So there's still more than enough to keep me busy. Just disappointed that there was nothing stellar announced at their own show.



Paranoimia commented on PSX 2015: Shawn Layden Trolled Us All with Cra...:

Well, that was a complete waste of 100 minutes. Started out at the top with some Uncharted 4, and then... oh dear, downhill all the way.

Glad there are already some games announced for the coming year that I want, because there was nothing at all in there that I'm interested in.



Paranoimia commented on Review: Just Cause 3 (PS4):

This review is pretty much spot on as far as I'm concerned. It's massive amounts of fun, I haven't encountered any frame-rate issues yet, but the load times... that's the only real fun killer.

The thing with the loading is, it's so inconsistent. I played for a good five hours straight on Monday, and the load times after cutscenes and when going from free roam to challenges, varied from a few seconds to minutes. Very intrusive. Even restarting the same challenge could take 20 seconds or much, much longer. Hopefully this indicates it's purely software related and can be fixed in a patch.

Seems they're looking into the issues though...



Paranoimia commented on Feature: Did PlayStation Plus Represent Value ...:

@kyleforrester87 I know how it works. I'm not saying that's what they have to do, it's just an example.

I'd just like them to offer some variety. Every month lately it's "retro" themed crap (granted, purely my opinion) on PS4/Vita, and I'm just not interested in it, even for free, so I'm getting very little value from it at the moment. I'd rather have the option of waiving my freebies and discounts on games I'm not interested in, in exchange for, say a couple of movie rentals. At least then I'd feel I was getting something for the money.



Paranoimia commented on Feature: Did PlayStation Plus Represent Value ...:

While you can put a monetary value on it, the value is entirely subjective. I have PS4, PS3, PSVita and PSP, and I've actually taken very little from Plus this year - most of the stuff is just of no interest to me, and what would have been, I've already bought. I'm the kind of person who, if it doesn't interest me, won't touch it even for free.

I'd much rather they changed it so that your choice is not limited to pre-selected games, but that you get X amount of credit to put towards whatever you want from the store. Maybe throw in the option of renting a couple of movies each month, something like that.



Paranoimia commented on Now Sony's Asking Which PS2 Games You Want on PS4:

I don't mind quality remasters of the very best, such as TLOU and the Nathan Drake Collection, but really don't care about the rest. There's already a deluge of "retro style" cack on PS4 and Vita, and I bought my PS4 to play new PS4 games, not retro stuff and the PS2 back catalogue.



Paranoimia commented on Could the PS4 Be About to Score PS2 Games?:

@Dief88 Two different things. The games mentioned here were re-classified by PEGI, which only deals with age certification.

The "certification" referred to in the old IGN article is Sony's own internal testing and certification process, which ensures the code is fit for release - what's commonly referred to as "going gold". Every time an update is made to a game's code (i.e. patches, updates, etc.) it has to go through the process again, which takes time and costs money.

These games haven't had their code changed, so they don't need internal re-certification by Sony. But as they're being re-released, they do need to be re-certified for age suitability by PEGI and their equivalent international bodies like the ESRB.



Paranoimia commented on Rainbow Six: Siege's Season Pass Isn't Very Ex...:


It seems to me they planned to release half a game at full price, heard some backlash, realised it wasn't what people expect for a full-price supposedly AAA game, then decided they better offer more - hence the year of free ahem "extra content" to follow. Sounds like they felt a need to buy time to pad it out and justify the price.

When they announced it, it was a 100% buy for me. That all but disappeared with the revelation that there's no single-player. All this extra BS just confirms that it's off my list.



Paranoimia commented on PlayStation Plus Subscribers Score Sweet EU PS...:

Nothing for me in the Plus titles, nothing for me in the sale, nothing for me in the store update. Ho hum!

Still, I'm glad. I'm doing Driveclub Bikes at the moment, I still have lots to do in Project Cars, I still need to finish Dying Light, I still have to play Uncharted 2 & 3, and Just Cause 3 is out next month... so it's not as if I've nothing to play!



Paranoimia commented on Comparing PS4's Sales to the Competition May B...:

I suspect they may be getting utterly trounced to make this decision. They made a rod for their own back last gen with all the crowing about sales figures while they were leaving Sony in the dust.

As PS3 caught up and overtook, they started missing the odd month and only shouting again when they had a good month with a big release. Now they aren't going to bother at all, but concentrate on Live users - which will include 2nd/3rd accounts (something Sony has been blasted for in the past when giving PSN numbers), and also include PC/Games for Windows users, so it's not just console v console, giving them a higher figure.

Then again, we really shouldn't surprised that they move the goalposts when things aren't in their favour. They never have liked level playing fields, especially when they're not the winning team.



Paranoimia commented on Surprise! Sony Isn't Working on First-Party Ti...:

@Gamer83 I think "home console games on the go" wou;d have sold the Vita very well; it's the reason I and many early adopters actually bought one.

The problem was that they didn't get enough of that type of game out quickly enough, and for whatever reason they didn't really get the third-party support needed, so sales stalled. The Vita didn't start out badly at all really...

...but I feel a lack of the promised 'full console games' clipped its wings. There are plenty of people like myself who would prefer what was promised for Vita as opposed to Nintendo's more 'bite sized' approach to mobile gaming, but it was never backed up after an initial handful of titles.

I think the Vita is an amazing, powerful system, which is being utterly wasted on the kind of drivel (just my personal opinion) which is being released on the PSN each week. When I think of the quality of something like Golden Abyss, to see the system reduced to countless 'retro' 8-bit games makes me genuinely shake my head at Sony for being so eager to throw that potential away.



Paranoimia commented on Surprise! Sony Isn't Working on First-Party Ti...:

The first time I've ever been genuinely p*ssed off at Sony. They promised so much with the Vita, and then completely failed to deliver.

I bought mine on the premise/promise that it would offer full console-quality games on a hand-held device, and for a while it looked good, with titles like Golden Abyss, Killzone Mercenary etc. But after their announcement of no more AAA titles, my use has nosedived. There are a few indie games I play occasionally, but the constant flood of "retro" styled games just isn't for me, and I don't do JRPGs... so there's been nothing for me for a while, other than what I've already got, and a bit of Remote Play.



Paranoimia commented on Follow the Dying Light with Dirt Buggy DLC in ...:

I bought this along with Project Cars a few weeks ago when both were under £20 in one-day sales on different sites. I wasn't overly impressed at first, but the more I played, the better it got... I was so hooked I still haven't touched PCars. I only stopped playing when Uncharted NDC arrived.



Paranoimia commented on EA Games: Publishers Pushing PS4 Remasters Hav...:

I used backwards compatibility once on PS3 for a Tomb Raider game that came out on PS2 just after launch. That's it. Never looked at it since. I don't see the point in complaining about it not being there when you can pick up a a PS3 for next to nothing, if you don't already have one.

Adding it to PS4 doesn't seem overly likely to me. Unlike PS2 and early PS3s, it doesn't have the previous generation's hardware built in to handle emulation. And while PS4 is powerful, I don't think the leap is significant enough to emulate the Cell in software - Microsoft managed with the Xbone because the 360's PowerPC architecture isn't a million miles away from the x86 used now, whereas the x86 and Cell are worlds apart. I just don't think it's possible.

As for remasters, I've bought 2 - The Last Of Us and Uncharted - purely because the games are THAT good. That said, I haven't bought an EA game since Battlefield 4; most of their games are iterations on previous versions, and it's rare they offer anything truly new either. I even stopped buying FIFA a few years back, as I just wasn't playing it. I play once a week with a mate, using his copy... but I've seen nothing to tempt me into buying it again. I won't be bothering with Battlefront either since there's no single-player - just a Star Wars skin on BF4 multi-player, using elements of the original Star Wars story... where's the new ideas in that?