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Thu 16th September, 2010

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Paranoimia commented on Yay, PSN's Delayed Scheduled Maintenance Retur...:

Don't see that they've got much choice, to be honest.

It probably needs doing prior to firmware 2.0, they couldn't do it the other day due to the attack, and they'll want to get it done before Destiny hits.

Besides, if it doesn't affect online play, what does it matter? Okay, you need to sign in beforehand, but that's not much of a hardship is it? If you're the sort of person who's online enough to moan about this, you'll be signing in regularly anyway. And how often do you need to access Account Management or the store?

Mountains and molehills, etc.



Paranoimia commented on Review: CounterSpy (PlayStation 4):

I agree with @KomrathDE - I've been really enjoying this on both Vita and PS4, and have had no issues with any of the gameplay. I decided to play one quick game on the day I bought it, on my Vita in bed. Next thing I knew, the battery was dead and it was gone 4:30 in the morning.

Also, for those of you who go nuts for trophies, the PS4 ones appear to be separate from the PS3 and Vita versions, so while they are the same, there are two sets to be earned. Not sure why that is. I bought MouseCraft the other week and that had one set of trophies across all three platforms, but these are popping separately. The trophy lists also appear separately on PSN, one for PS3/Vita, another for PS4.



Paranoimia commented on Sony Executive's Flight Rerouted Following All...:

Well, if it's the same people, you can guarantee one thing... when they catch up with them, they'll get the book thrown at them. Bringing down a corporate network is one thing - bomb threats against aircraft are a whole other level.



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

The irony of a hacking group saying that Sony should have protection against DDoS attacks while performing a DDoS attack. If tools like these would FOAD, there'd be no need.

They can give all the excuses they want - the only reason for things like this is that some sad little gobshites want their 15 minutes of 'fame'.



Paranoimia commented on Store Update: 20th August 2014 (Europe):

CounterSpy is brilliant. Thought I'd play a quick game on my Vita last night when I went to bed... next thing I know, the battery died and it was 4:38am.

And yes, it is cross-buy. Plus, you can transfer your progress across platforms.



Paranoimia commented on Why Won't Sony Allow You to Subscribe to EA Ac...:

I actually agree with them on this, and I'm surprised more don't - especially when you consider how much fuss many people kicked up about PS+ being required for PS4 online play.

As Yoshida says, if one does it and it's successful, more will take it up, and before you know it, you have a PS+ sub at £40 a year, an EA Access sub at £30 a year, an Activision sub at £30 a year, a Ubi sub at £30 a year, and so on.

They'll get to a point where the sub is required to play their games. Think it won't? You already have to sign in to an Origin or UPlay account now. Then, depending on the scope of games you like to play, you will possibly be paying out the cost of a new console every year in subscription fees, and that's without the price of the actual games themselves.

This strikes me as just a first step in EA & co's solution to "no more online passes", and effectively bringing in Microsoft's hated XBone DRM policies by the back door, in a more subtle manner. You'll be required to be online to sign in and play these games.

As I've said before, this is a similar situation to the televising of the Premier League. Football on TV went from free to requiring a subscription with Sky, but then others wanted a slice of the pie, and for the last several years you've needed two subscriptions. Subscriptions which currently cost more per year than some Premiership season tickets. In future, as the greed increases, you may need three, maybe more.

This is potentially the start of a very slippery slope, and any 'console allegiances' aside, I'm glad Sony have made at least some effort to nip it in the bud early on. Though only time will tell if their decision is effective.

And before anyone trots out the old line about "well, I can afford it" - wind your neck in. So can I. It's not about being able to afford it, it's about being taken for fools - and if you're genuinely okay with this situation, that's exactly what you are.



Paranoimia commented on Is Horror Sequel Silent Hills a PS4 Exclusive?:

@Gamer83 I'm not claiming it's true, but Sony have apparently not paid for outright exclusives for quite some time... at least from the PS3 days.

It's a subject that's come up recently, of course...

...but was also mentioned back in 2007 by Uncle Jack:

It may have happened with the PS1 and PS2, but to be honest, I can't really remember. I know there were lots of third-party exclusives, but they weren't necessarily bought. The PS1 and PS2 were so dominant in their respective generations that developers/publishers may have been perfectly happy to make exclusive games of their own free will, as the revenue from other platforms may have been comparatively insignificant.



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

@MoleZandor From what I've read, your progress will be saved locally, allowing you to carry on where you left off if you ever buy the game.

@N711 How are they liars? They told you you would be able to do this, and they will deliver as promised. They did not say it would be unrestricted, and anyone who put a bit of thought into this will have realised that there would be some limits.



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

@MadchesterManc Oh, they are. One guy on G+ has said he feels Sony have pulled a 'bait and switch', which is utterly ridiculous.

As I said in my reply to him, some people just had unrealistic expectations.

Of course you were never going to be able to play through a whole game owned by someone else - that would just be madness. They want to sell more copies of games, not less.

You can use this to help someone who's stuck on part of a game, or you can use it to try playing a game you're not sure about buying - both of which are great.

Seems to me the only people disappointed by this limitation are those whose eyes lit up with the thought of yet more "free games". If you want to play the whole game, borrow the disc when your friend has finished with it, or do something really original, like... y'know... buy it.



Paranoimia commented on Gamescom 2014: PS4 Sequel Dead Island 2 Enjoys...:

@adf86 Agreed, Spec Ops was greatly under-rated.

The only problem with it was a lack of replayability. The multiplayer was an afterthought, but that didn't really bother me as I'm not keen on that side of gaming anyway; at least it didn't have a stack of multiplayer trophies to prevent you getting the Platinum. Not that that made it an easy one to get, as the single-player was really tough on FUBAR difficulty.



Paranoimia commented on Gamescom 2014: Pre-Order Call of Duty: Advance...:

So... are huge jumps the new "only 2 guns at a time"?

Titanfall, Destiny, now this.

I like FPS, but fugg me, they do like to imitate. I'm just waiting on "Battlefield 5 - Kangaroo Krack Kommandos" where your soldiers will run around on Poweriser kangaroo stilts, doing forward flips with an LMG to take out a tank and a helicopter at the same time. :-/



Paranoimia commented on You Won't Be Able to Transfer Your Destiny Bet...:

1. Why would they carry over?
2. When have they ever carried over?

I was in the SCEE Beta Tester programme for a few years, and not one game ever carried anything over from the beta to the actual release. A few gave you a small reward in the final game (Uncharted 2 gave some decals for multiplayer, for example), but nothing really meaningful - certainly nothing that gave you any day-one advantage over new players. At least, nothing that I remember.



Paranoimia commented on Sony Sued $5 Million Over PS4 Shooter Killzone...:

The bulk of the game - i.e. the entire campaign - is true 1080p. The multiplayer, from what I've read of the trickery, also qualifies as true 1080p, because that's what the final output is.

If he wins, MS are open to a crap-ton of similar lawsuits, since they've claimed that all Xbone games are 1080p because they're upscaled.

As for KZ controls... they're fine. Any decent gamer can adapt easily. KZ2 was actually the best as far as I'm concerned - a real sense of weight and momentum, with none of that sprint/stop dead/turn on a sixpence CoD crap.



Paranoimia commented on Some People Still Can't Get Enough of Chris Re...:

I never finished it. Couldn't be bothered with co-op and Sheva was so fudging irritatingly stupid in that last battle that I just gave up. Never bothered with RE6 either. A shame, because I was a huge fan of the series. RE1 still provides some of my best memories of PS1 gaming, and RE4 remains one of the best games I've ever played.



Paranoimia commented on Don't Worry, PS4's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End ...:

"All signs point to this being Nathan Drake’s very last treasure hunting adventure"

I felt exactly the same. Yet in a recent interview about Uncharted 4, Druckmann is quoted as saying, "it really does feel like we have something special that’ll evolve the series." That may suggest otherwise.



Paranoimia commented on Talking Point: Would You Pay for an EA Access ...:

It's not something I personally would have signed up for, but I have to pull them up on this:

"Gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price"

If that's the case, why doesn't a PS+ subscription include at least some form of limited access to Sony's Music and Video Unlimited services?



Paranoimia commented on EA Access Exclusive to Xbox One as It Doesn't ...:

It's going to go the same way as Premiership football, with subscriptions required to both Sky and BT Sport if you want to get access to every game.

It will bite them all in the arse, because - as with the football - I no longer subscribe to either. I'm sure others are the same.

The problem is that as a customer, you really want all this in one convenient subscription and all in one place. But then any company that tries to provide that is accused of monopolising the market.



Paranoimia commented on Soapbox: Why Destiny Still Has a Lot to Prove ...:

@banacheck If you read Sammy's previous article, it seems the beta was actually quite a hefty chunk of the game...

...and if you consider it didn't take that much time to get through, it seems that this "first version" of the game is actually going to be a lot smaller than we were perhaps led to believe. Which again leads me to believe that there's going to be a ton of DLC to build this into the game we thought it was going to be from the start.



Paranoimia commented on Soapbox: Why Destiny Still Has a Lot to Prove ...:

Enjoyed both alpha and beta. Even uploaded some mission videos to YouTube. But still not convinced enough to pre-order.

As I said elsewhere, given the press for the game so far, I was expecting something... more. Bungie's revelations about this being a big chunk of the 'first version of the game' makes it sound like there's going to be a lot of DLC milking going on, and I'm not sure I want any part of that.



Paranoimia commented on Destiny Will Keep Your PS4 Occupied for Months...:

"We've revealed everything that you'll explore in the first version of the game"

Sounds like a limited release with a stack of paid DLC to come. :-/

I enjoyed the Alpha and the Beta, but I agree with others, missions etc. just seemed like endless waves of enemies to shoot, with little story or expansion on the characters.

Granted, it was just an alpha/beta, but from the way it had been promoted, it was made to appear that there would be a massive universe to explore. Hearing news like this only makes me happier that I decided not to pre-order, and wait for reviews - not for the scores, but for more detailed information on the full game.



Paranoimia commented on 'Really Awesome' PS4 Sequel Uncharted 4: A Thi...:

"...and it really does feel like we have something special that’ll evolve the series."

Well, that's an interesting choice of words, isn't it?

With the game's title leading to widespread speculation that this could be the last Uncharted game, that brief sentence very much suggests otherwise.



Paranoimia commented on Rumour: Google Gets Twitchy and Acquires Strea...:

@Sutorcen I don't see that PS4 will lose Twitch. PS4 streams apparently make up quite a chunk of their content now, so they'd be mad to lose it.

Also - and I'm not being funny, this is a genuine question - do you have anything to back up the 'Google greed' claim? I'm not saying you're wrong, only that I haven't seen anything concrete.



Paranoimia commented on Rumour: Google Gets Twitchy and Acquires Strea...:

If this results in archived PS4 streams going directly to your YouTube channel, I'll be happy.

Oh and Sammy... thanks for using correct English and putting 'of' between 'couple' and 'months'. Drives me nuts when people don't. ;-)



Paranoimia commented on EA Cuffs Battlefield Hardline and Throws Away ...:

Of course, the Hardline delay had nothing at all to do with the fact that a huge number of people were saying they weren't going to buy a BF4 reskin at full game price.

I was dubious about it, and when I played the beta it made up my mind... I won't be buying. Apart from the whole 'reskin' issue, the whole premise of the game is just ludicrous.



Paranoimia commented on June NPD: PS4 Brushes Aside Xbox One Price Dro...:

@get2sammyb Do you envisage them lowering the price even further, by perhaps removing extraneous hardware on a future 'slim' model? I'm thinking back to when Sony removed 2 USB ports and the various card readers.

Perhaps the HDMI pass-through can go, and maybe even the Kinect connector, since it seems they've practically abandoned it. Or do you think that's too integral to the design, and would be too large a revision?



Paranoimia commented on June NPD: PS4 Brushes Aside Xbox One Price Dro...:

What's their next step... paying you to take one?

There will come a point where they do win a month - for example, when everyone and his dog already owns a PS4 - and they'll be like "hell yeah, we finally did it - told you it would happen!"

I see they're closing the entertainment division too, which was supposed to make their own TV shows for Xbox, and focusing on games. Do we count that as yet another U-turn?

I mean, kudos to Phil Spencer & Co. for basically doing what should have been done in the first place - making it a game console first and foremost. But how did they come up with a system which fell so wide of the mark in the first place? I bet whoever came up with the original ideas/research has had a rocket. I know Don Mattrick has been the scapegoat, but he almost certainly didn't come up with all that crap himself.



Paranoimia commented on Feature: The Making Of The Sony PlayStation:

I'm glad things turned out the way they did. I've nothing against Nintendo, but having never been a fan of their games, I feel Sony's hardware would be wasted on them. Better for them to have pushed ahead on their own and redefine gaming as they did.



Paranoimia commented on Feature: The Making Of The Sony PlayStation:

I'm glad things turned out the way they did. I've nothing against Nintendo, but having never been a fan of their games, I feel Sony's hardware would be wasted on them. Better for them to have pushed ahead on their own and redefine gaming as they did.



Paranoimia commented on Microsoft's Messaging Mishaps Prompted PS4 Bos...:

As has been said, it would've been impossible for Sony to U-turn years of XBone style policies in the mere hours between last year's Microsoft event and their own, so I don't think it was ever an issue. Microsoft themselves took weeks to do so.

Besides, Sony are infamous for their inability to keep anything secret. If they had ever considered anything like the original XBone policies, we'd know about it.