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Thu 16th September, 2010

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Paranoimia commented on Preview: Is PS4 Exclusive The Order: 1886 a Re...:

Buying this regardless.

Not worried about linearity - let's face it, at the core, every game is linear - even "open world" games.

Not bothered about moderate use of QTEs at all.

"Movement feels deliberate and weighty" - to me that's a good thing, but after Killzone 2 I can already hear the cries of "But it's not like Cod! Why can't I sprint around like a headless chicken? It's too slow! I hate it! It's rubbish!"



Paranoimia commented on Yes, Lara Croft Will Likely Still Climb onto P...:

My interest in this game is probably best illustrated by the fact that this is the first I'm hearing about this. After the last game, I really don't care one way or the other. It was just combination of the best bits of the various Uncharted games, executed to an inferior standard. I finished the story and haven't been back to it since. Having seen the recent Uncharted 4 footage, I won't miss it either.

That said, Microsoft's publishing deal - for all we know - could relate to their platform only. Ghostbusters was published by Sony for their platforms, with Atari publishing on others.



Paranoimia commented on Troy Baker Will Play Nathan Drake's Older Brot...:

Older brother shock aside...

...this looks absolutely stunning. I've watched it several times now, and all the little incidental animations are fantastic. I am admittedly a bit of an Uncharted fanboy, but I can't wait for this. My pre-order will be placed at the earliest available opportunity.



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

This just proves that a lot of people are idiots.

With the PS3 there were a lot of updates, and people moaned that there were too many and that they should bundle things together and release larger updates on a less frequent schedule, "like Xbox".

Now with PS4 they're bundling things together to release updates on a less frequent schedule, and people - probably in many cases the same ones - are moaning that they're not releasing lots of smaller updates on a more frequent schedule, "like Xbox".

Some people seem so obsessed with having things done "like Xbox" that they'll soon be demanding PS4 plays 95% of games at 900p and/or 30fps.

Sony will never be able to give these people what they want, because these people don't have a clue what they want themselves.



Paranoimia commented on You May Be Able to Get a Refund for Written Of...:

They supposedly did stress test it, but with a virtual system, not a physical beta. I bet they won't do that again!

That said, I think Push Square are milking this a bit. Perhaps news is a bit slow until the Christmas rush starts? I know it's a bad situation, but it's not the end of the world, and the game is apparently very playable... a guy I follow on Twitter is streaming pretty much daily, and loving it. I'm only waiting on the PS+ version so that I can try the handling, otherwise I'd have bought it already.

Battlefield 4 was so badly broken, including single player, for so long after release that my launch copy remained in its wrapper for 3 months - yet I don't remember there being almost daily articles about that.

In fact, the site generally has become quite negative about many aspects of PlayStation over the last couple of months, and it's getting a bit of a drag. I don't know, perhaps it's some form of contagion, as it seems to be a general change I've been noticing across social media and other sites too... PlayStation 'fans' p*ssing and moaning about the slightest little thing they don't like as if it's ruined their entire life.

That said, maybe it's me. There's been a fair bit of serious stuff happening in my life recently, and maybe it just makes it stand out more when people moan about things that are ultimately irrelevant. Perhaps I need a break from the internet in general.



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

I bought the L.A. Noire pass, and that was actually good value for money. I bought the Walking Dead Season 2 pass late, when it was on offer at around a fiver. I don't recall having bought any others.

I will buy them, but only if I feel they're going to be good value. I've got FC4 pre-ordered, but I won't be touching the pass at its initial price - it just seems massively overpriced. My pre-order for FC3 included a weapon and a couple of missions, and in total they added maybe 90 minutes to 2 hours of extra play time. Assuming these extras for FC4 work out similarly, £24 is way, way over the top. I'll wait and see exactly what they add, and if I've still got the game after a couple of months and the pass comes down in price, I may pick it up then.



Paranoimia commented on Oh Sony, Did You Really Have to Use Sunset Ove...:

Meh. It's just a font, and a free one at that. If anything it says more about Insomniac being cheap and not creating a completely original logo for their game.

And it's still not as big a cock-up as Microsoft using a screenshot from Shadow Fall in their ad for 'exclusive' XBone games.



Paranoimia commented on September NPD: Sony Silences Analysts as PS4 S...:

"his prediction that the PlayStation 4’s winning streak would end in September was, well, wrong"

Two too many commas. I think you meant:

"his prediction that the PlayStation 4’s winning streak would end in September was well wrong"



Paranoimia commented on Feature: What's New in PS4 Firmware Update 2.00?:

Share Play is the biggie there, followed by YouTube uploads and Backup. The rest is irrelevant as far as I'm concerned.

The image above shows exactly why I'm not bothered about themes... you can't see half of it anyway. In fact, the best thing about including themes is that it (hopefully) stops the incessant whining about themes.



Paranoimia commented on Guide: How to Take off Your Training Wheels in...:

"This title perhaps best resembles Project Gotham Racing"

And with that one sentence, my hopes of it being a good handling model have all but disappeared. That game was garbage. Mind you, hopefully there are no damn cones in DriveClub.

I will definitely try out the PS+ version, but that has definitely deflated my expectations.



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

Haven't been overly impressed by anything I've seen of this... even PS4 footage looked distinctly PS3. Now I know it's one of those that frustrates, I won't bother. I've got Resi 4 and Code Veronica on PS3 that I bought ages ago and haven't played yet, so if I get the urge for some survival horror, I'll play those instead.



Paranoimia commented on Ubisoft: Why Would We Ever Hold Assassin's Cre...:

"Why Would We Ever Hold Assassin's Creed Unity Back?"

Depends how big the cheque is, I guess.

If they were eyeing 1080p60, then the PS4 version should surely be capable of 1080p30 at least, with the system's extra muscle?

Not that I should care - I've never bought an AC game, and I won't be starting now. My only concern is that I/we know how MS does business - the clause they were revealed to have for 360 regarding "parity or better" for games is most likely still in effect for PS4/XBone as well.

They never have liked a level playing field, in any area of their business, and they've been fined several times over the years for shady underhand deals and dodgy business practices.



Paranoimia commented on Sony to Deploy Back End Improvements During PS...:

Think I've only ever been unable to use PSN once during a maintenance period. As the article says, and as is said every single time, if you've been signed in recently, you'll have no problems. So I've never understood why there's always so much whining about it - I mean, other than the fact that a large proportion of PlayStation owners seem to like nothing better than whining.

What's peculiar is that if you play online enough that these maintenance periods would be at an inconvenient time, then it's not likely to affect you anyway. You're only likely to be affected if you don't play online/sign in that often, and if that's the case, it shouldn't be much of an issue anyway.

However you look at it though, it's not a big deal. 99% of games are still playable without a PSN connection. It's not like it renders your systems completely unusable. Invite some real friends round and play some local multiplayer, or watch a movie. Even if you can't log in, if you can't survive 7 hours without a PSN connection, there's something wrong with you/your life.



Paranoimia commented on Evolution Studios: We're As Frustrated About D...:

I don't see this as Sony's problem; this is Evolution's problem. Yes, Sony own them, but you don't blame the record label when a singer releases a crap album.

I'm sure the high-up Sony execs will be on their backs about getting it sorted.

Personally, I'm a little relieved I can't get the game yet as my mum's in hospital, and I'd hate to have it sitting there and be unable to play. :-)



Paranoimia commented on Grand Theft Auto V's PlayStation Store Pre-Ord...:

Not interested. Finished the story on PS3 and never touched it again. Used to love GTA, but haven't really enjoyed one since Vice City. I find them quite tedious now. You get a few 'samey' missions, padded out with huge amounts of driving from A to B... it's really mostly filler, in a similar way to Destiny's grinding boss sections. Doesn't really matter how pretty it looks on PS4, it's the same game underneath.

I'd actually recommend Just Cause 2 over GTA. I'd say is much more fun, still looks great, and is dirt cheap. The helicopters are actually flyable, too; those in GTA V were needlessly complicated.



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

I had high hopes for this, but also many reservations. I'm glad I didn't bother with it.

Everyone kept saying it was bound to be great because it was by Bungie, but I didn't place much stock in that. I tried the first two Halo games and thought they were very average; for me personally, Bungie remain a dev with very much to prove.



Paranoimia commented on Sorry, PS4 Racer DriveClub Will Only Support T...:

Personally, I'll stick to a controller and never buy a wheel again. I had one for the PS1, but it mostly sat gathering dust and wasn't worth the £80 I paid for it.

My setup has never really been suited to a wheel anyway; unless you have a desk to clamp them to, they're pretty hopeless. They're also vastly overpriced for such a restricted use piece of hardware. A peripheral that costs more than the system? No thanks. I'd have to play nothing but racers to justify spending that kind of money.



Paranoimia commented on Get a Better Look at Nathan Drake's Face in Un...:

Am I the only person to think that this doesn't actually look like Drake?

I know he's supposedly older, and it's an off-screen shot, etc. But something just looks... off. Almost like an celebrity impersonator who looks a lot like the actual celeb, but clearly isn't.



Paranoimia commented on Sony Drives Down the Price of DriveClub's Full...:

@N711 Sadly, whining comments never surprise me any more. It seems to be almost a requirement for membership to the PlayStation club these days.

Personally, I'm looking forward to this, and hoping that I get on with the driving model. If I do, I'll be buying the full game and the season pass.



Paranoimia commented on What Happens When a War Photographer Plays The...:

I'm 43. I've been gaming since I was 7, including - as you'd expect - many violent 'adult' games. Has it desensitised me? Well, let's see...

If a character has repeatedly killed me in a game, I take great pleasure in finally overcoming them. I have even yelled expletives at my TV and reloaded my virtual weapon specifically to empty an entire clip into their fallen body.

I have sat there with a big, stupid grin on my face as Joel repeatedly smacks someone with scissored iron pipe or wooden plank in TLOU, even wishing that I could keep hitting them after they're dead.

And in the real world, I've often felt that there are some people - kiddie fiddlers, people who beat/rape old ladies, people who harm animals, etc. - who I could happily put down with little or no remorse.

But when I see certain things on the news, such as earthquake victims, plane/boat disasters, people jumping from the burning towers on 9/11 etc., I can sit there with tears in my eyes.

So no, I don't agree that games desensitise. It's not all about what you see, it's about what you know. Unless you have some mental defect, you know that one is real and one is not, and that is what makes the emotional difference.



Paranoimia commented on PS4's Hardware Is No Longer 'Top of the Line',...:

It wasn't top of the line to begin with. No console ever is. It's just highly optimised. If you build a PC to the same spec as a PS4, you won't get the same performance out of it.

That said, nothing electronic is ever 'top of the line' more than a month after it's released. That iPhone 6 they announced last week? Already out of date. (Though to be fair, that's a bad example... it was already 2 years out of date when they announced it, but you get the idea.)



Paranoimia commented on Guide: How to Turn Off PS4 Party Notifications...:

@rastamadeus Depends on your point of view I guess. I'd rather they kept system resources for games, rather than trivial convenience features.

Simply being notified that someone is online is - to me - pointless anyway. Whenever I get a notification on PS3 or Vita, when I look, they're playing something else - so simply telling me that they're online is a pointless distraction. If they want to play something with me, they can send me a message, which I will be notified of. At least then it's not a pointless distraction.

I don't think it's a rushed OS at all. The PS3 was marketed as an all-in-one media device, and much of the early criticism was that it tried to do too much and should have focused on games. The PS4 is marketed as a pure games machine, and now people are criticising that it doesn't do all the other stuff. Whatever PS4 does or doesn't do, people are going to moan about something.

As far as I'm concerned, it has exactly what is necessary to enable great games, which is why I bought it. Anything else is a bonus, not a necessity.



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

The game is free with PS+, complete with Platinum trophy, with no extra expense whatsoever.

They're giving you a ton of free stuff over several months.

And still people complain about an entirely optional Season Pass.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not a fan of season passes either. I haven't bought them for The Last Of Us (which I love) or Battlefield 4 (which I only play occasionally). But I have no problem with what Evolution are doing here. I think some people are just becoming allergic to paying for anything, ever... at all.

And if I'm honest, to me this is looking better than Project Cars anyway.



Paranoimia commented on Guide: How to Turn Off PS4 Party Notifications...:

@rastamadeus I can't say for sure since I don't know how they've got it working, but potentially, yes, it could be difficult.

A list of 2 thousand names, together with regular checking for online/offline status, may take up enough system resources to impact other things. While it may seem like a simple thing to implement, it may well not be.

I've never done anything as complex as creating a videogame, but I was a programmer for 12 years, and I know from experience that changing even the smallest thing is often never as straightforward as it seems.

Changing something deeply embedded in the operating system will require not only a firmware update, but probably changes to the entire back end of the PSN infrastructure as well, and any mistake could be catastrophic. They may well be working on it, but taking their time.

Of course, it could be incredibly simple too. But since none of us work for Sony on creating firmware or maintaining PSN, we don't know. So in the meantime, is it really that hard for us to send a quick message saying "I'm online", which we know they'll get notified of? Or send a text? Or pre-arrange a time via email?



Paranoimia commented on Approximately How Long Does Destiny's Story Ta...:

@Munkyknuts It's not that there's anything particularly wrong with a 10 hour campaign. It's about standard these days. It's just that, as I suspected, the publicity has been misleading. All the talk from Bungie about it being the biggest game they've ever created was just nonsense. It's turned out to be a standard FPS with random filler missions and a lot of nonsense 'dress up'. Basically, keep playing A, B, and C until you've powered up enough to take on D. I got sick of that about halfway through Borderlands 2.



Paranoimia commented on Approximately How Long Does Destiny's Story Ta...:

I enjoyed the alpha and beta, but decided to hold off buying. Glad I did.

I'm not the sort to go after random filler side missions, and I've never been interested in earning extra clothing etc. for characters. Plus I'd most likely barely touch the multilayer, so at best I'll wait for a price drop, if I bother at all.

I suspected it was being pushed as a huge, epic game, but would only achieve that via lots of paid DLC add-ons, and it sounds like I was right.



Paranoimia commented on Don't Believe Day One Destiny Reviews, Suggest...:

Enjoyed the alpha and the beta, but still waiting for reviews before I buy, to find out just how much more there is to the game. I have a sneaking suspicion is not going to be a game of the epic scale many are expecting, and that we may have to buy a raft of DLC before we get the game we were promised. The review embargo has also made me dubious, as such things are rarely a good sign.

I'm also one of those who never rated Halo, so Bungie aren't a dev whose games I will buy blindly.



Paranoimia commented on Destiny Becomes Legend with 1.02 PS4 Patch Ahe...:

I just wish they'd modify the PS4 so that it checks for updates when you put a disc in the drive, and not after you start the game.

I know recently used stuff updates automatically, but if you play a game you haven't touched for a while, it's frustrating to have it tell you it's updating after you start, and then have to quit and restart.