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Thu 16th September, 2010

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Paranoimia commented on This Is No Hoax, Far Cry 4's Yeti Expansion Is...:

I absolutely loved Far Cry 4, and it gave me almost 90 hours of top notch enjoyment.

But I just wasn't interested in the Season Pass. The add-on missions they create just aren't long enough to justify the price. I had a few for FC3 and they were an hour or less. I read through what will be coming, and it just wasn't worth the asking price. I traded mine in.



Paranoimia commented on The Order: 1886's 256 Page Strategy Guide Is P...:

To be fair, it can sometimes be a help with QTEs to know the button order in advance, especially if there are a number of them. Some of the sequences in Valiant Hearts were a pain.

As for the game itself - massively under-rated by reviewers, in my personal opinion. Loving it so far.

I have no problem with QTEs. I mean, what is a QTE? Pressing a button or a certain sequence of buttons, in the right order, at the right time, as determined by what you see on screen. Isn't that the basic functionality of every videogame ever?



Paranoimia commented on PS4 Firmware Update 2.04 Prompting Plenty of P...:

@get2sammyb Agreed. The reason the XO has had bigger improvements is that there was so much more to improve. Like the screenshot function, it's all been catch-up stuff.

That said though, Sony do need to start adding some much requested stuff now, or they certainly will begin to lag behind. Though I don't personally need them, DNLA would be the best place to start I think, followed by USB video playback.

I'm not convinced backup to external drives is necessary (a feature which many have requested, and I myself thought would be useful), given the speed with which games can be removed and re-installed. Although it might be nice if digital games could be backed up, for those with slow internet speeds.



Paranoimia commented on Sony Investigating as Christmas Traffic Pulls ...:

To the Push Square staff: My tablet is playing up and I may have just inadvertently reported 2 comments here as a result. Please ignore if that is the case.

@RobynDBC No problem. I agree Sony and Microsoft have some responsibility, but sadly that really only extends to fixing the problems as quickly as possible after the event, and the time it takes is entirely dependent on how long the attack lasts and how much damage it does. If either company could create a method to prevent the attacks entirely, they'd stand to make a fortune as everyone else would want to buy the technology.

What makes the issue so hard to defend against is that it's basically an exploit/abuse of the way the internet is designed to work. You simply can't prevent it, you can only hope to detect it quickly and lessen the impact.

If you Google 'famous ddos attacks' you'll see that many large, tech-savvy companies and organisations have been victims in the past. The US DoJ, NASA, Yahoo, and more... they've all been hit, and powerless to do anything other than cope as best they can and clean up the mess afterwards.

Regarding erroneous reporting of this issue as a "hack", I have to say I think PushSquare have made an error with the title of this article. I can understand that they initially thought the problem was excess traffic caused by lots of new consoles coming online, and that they now don't want to give this group any publicity. But by leaving the title as it is, still implying that Sony simply failed to plan for a Christmas traffic surge, they're (a) not doing Sony's reputation any favours, and (b) inadvertently feeding new readers false information. It's clear from many of the more recent comments that people are reading the headline but not the article and updates, and aren't aware of the whole story.



Paranoimia commented on Sony Investigating as Christmas Traffic Pulls ...:

@RobynDBC It's not a hack, it's a DDoS attack. By its very nature, some traffic will get through, which is why some people can use it okay some of the time.

There are some things you can do to limit the effects of a DDoS attack, but you cannot definitively prevent it from ever happening. Even then, some of those options are okay for keeping websites running, but may not be entirely suitable for a gaming network because they could introduce lag.

The statements from the companies are most likely intentionally vague for a number of reasons. They don't want to give specifics which could give details and/or ideas to other potential nuisance causers; they don't want to commit to anything in writing until they know exactly what's been going on; they don't want to give the perpetrators any credit.

Both networks would be fine if not for the idiots in the world like those in this group. Neither Sony or Microsoft are to blame here. If you want to go for a drive and there's a Mustang blocking your driveway, you don't blame Ford, you blame the moron who parked it.



Paranoimia commented on Sony Investigating as Christmas Traffic Pulls ...:

@RobynDBC Well, good for him. But Live was was affected. Don't take my word for it, check the gaming sites. Both services were affected, but some people have still been able to use both. Both companies issued statements about it.

Interestingly enough, I've been playing Far Cry 4 happily on my PS4 for the last two days as well. You don't actually need to be able to access the internet to play.



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.)