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Thu 16th September, 2010

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Paranoimia commented on PS4 Exclusive DriveClub Gearing Up for a Big Year:

Glad to hear there will be new tracks. Hopefully completely new ones in new locations... I'd like some city circuits.

Love the game, but desperate for new content... I've got every trophy, every star, in every event of every DLC.



Paranoimia commented on It Doesn't Matter That EA Access Isn't on PS4,...:

I think Sony did the right thing. I don't want gaming going the same way as TV football coverage... paying separate subs for Sky, then BT Sport, and maybe others as they come along. I got sick of it, so dropped them all.

I don't think Sony are "running scared", I think they're just doing the consumer-friendly thing and trying to nip it in the bud before it takes hold. Sure, EA Access may be good value for those who enjoy their games, but as you say, what happens if all the others start doing it? Then it becomes very consumer-unfriendly... sub to EA, sub to Ubi, sub to Activision... and all while having to pay a PS+ sub as well. Then it stops being viable.

Much better, much more consumer-friendly, surely, to have one central subscription for anything like this?

That being said, PS+ does need to start upping its game on PS4 now. Approaching 2 years after launch, there's a decent back catalogue of games now... it's time to start offering some bigger titles, at least one every other month.



Paranoimia commented on EA Doesn't Think You'd Play a Star Wars Battle...:

I would, and hence I won't be buying it. Not interested in yet another run-round-like-a-headless-chicken-shooting-everything-that-moves online FPS game - even if it is set in the Star Wars universe.

Still, since no single-player means it's half the game Battlefield is, will it be half the price? No, thought not.



Paranoimia commented on How Long Is Everybody's Gone to the Rapture on...:

I think they've overdone the price a bit. Sub-£10 and I'd have bought instantly.

Is there anything in it which makes it replayable? I enjoyed Ethan Carter, but the short gameplay and lack of replayability did make me wish I'd waited for a price drop or sale.



Paranoimia commented on Review: Submerged (PS4):

Along with the stuff mentioned in the review, it's the pop-up that puts me off. Lots of it in that short trailer alone. No real excuse for that on the new system.

I'm sure this will hit PS+ eventually... maybe then.



Paranoimia commented on Microsoft: Sony's Buying Lots of Third-Party E...:

Sony have said in the past that they don't pay for exclusives.

Maybe that's changed with this new gen, and with the money they're getting from sales and PS+, maybe that's enabled them to start buying stuff.

Either way, to make such a comment when your company has been doing exactly the same thing since they entered the market smacks of sour grapes that the competition has suddenly decided to match you.

But then, historically, Microsoft never have liked a level playing field.



Paranoimia commented on Reaction: Did Xbox Make Its Gamescom 2015 Pres...:

Didn't watch it, and doesn't sound like I missed anything. For me personally, there's still no reason to buy a One. The 3rd-party games are always better on PS4, and they've never really had any exclusives that I've felt I absolutely must play.



Paranoimia commented on Here's Everything You Need to Know About No Ma...:

Can't wait for this... really want a release date.

Glad it's not a traditional MMO game... looking forward to exploring the universe without being dragged into combat every few minutes; you just know there would be groups of idiots who we simply intent on spoiling other people's games. Also don't care about Morpheus functionality as I'm not interested in it.

For me, this should be everything Elite was in my head all those years ago on the C64. The ability to land and properly explore every planet also puts it ahead of Elite Dangerous... for me, anyway.



Paranoimia commented on Sounds Like PS4 Exclusive DriveClub's Getting ...:

Still playing. Music makes no difference to me... in a racing game, I ALWAYS turn the music off if possible.

I'd like to see some new tracks though. Some city/street circuits would be nice. But I guess that's a bit too much work to add this late in the day.



Paranoimia commented on Feature: 10 PS4 Games We Want to Learn More Ab...:

From that list, only Horizon really interests me.

I also really want a launch window (if not a hard date) for No Man's Sky.

Others include Wild, The Witness, Rime, Alienation, and a few others we haven't heard of since E3 2014.



Paranoimia commented on PS4 Exclusive DriveClub Passes Two Million Sal...:

I didn't get it at launch, but picked it up quite cheap (under £20) a few months later. Love it to bits - for me, just the right difficulty... some tough challenges, but nothing that perseverance and practice can't overcome.



Paranoimia commented on Guide: Getting the Most Out of DriveClub: PS P...:

After the Platinum, I have now gained every star for every event, including all currently released DLC. Quite happy about that.

Those saying it doesn't look that good graphically... sorry, no disrespect intended, but you need either your eyes, your TV, or your PS4 tested. Whatever you may think about the style of game or the handling model, it looks absolutely gorgeous.



Paranoimia commented on Guide: Getting the Most Out of DriveClub: PS P...:

I managed to get it months ago, cheap from Amazon - so I bought the Season Pass as well.

I've been loving it, and also managed to squeeze into the PushSquare club, which I've contributed a hefty amount of Fame to. I earned the Platinum today - a nice coincidence with its PS+ release.



Paranoimia commented on Gran Turismo 7 to Park Up on PS4 Prior to 2017:

I've always been a massive GT fan, but I didn't bother with 6, and unless they inject something new and meaningful, I won't bother with the next either.

Visually, GT has always been king, but on the new hardware it's got tough competition. DriveClub, though not a sim, is absolutely stunning - it's hard to imagine it being bettered. Handling in GT is similarly perfect, as several actual race drivers have said over the years.

The structure of GT needs to change, though. I'm not bothered about customisation that much, but more of the same is not really an option. It's too 'sterile'. AI needs huge improvements, sounds need improving, and while it hasn't been an issue for me in the past, I'd have to say now that some form of damage needs to be implemented (even if only cosmetic), otherwise it has no business calling itself "the real driving simulator". There can be no excuses about difficult hardware or hardware limitations any more.



Paranoimia commented on PS4 Firmware Update 2.51 Is Live and Kicking:

The only thing I hope is that it gets rid of that "Discover" notification I keep getting about the Power options - EVERY SINGLE TIME I turn on the PS4. All the others appeared once... that one keeps showing up.



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.