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Male, United Kingdom

I am the editor at Push Square.

Sun 18th May, 2008

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get2sammyb commented on Video: Top 4 PlayStation Games - September 2015:

@Boerewors PES 2016 finished 5th so was counted. As for Tearaway winning, everyone on the team gets a vote, and Metal Gear Solid fell three or four points short. We were all pretty shocked when we tallied up the results, but... Well, that's how polls work! Can't change the outcome innit.



get2sammyb commented on October's PlayStation Plus Lineup Is Going to ...:

@Gamer83 I just wonder if the success of the service has started to bite them in the bum. Maybe pubs are more reluctant to give their games away to millions upon millions of subscribers, like you suggest. Also, despite the increase in income, perhaps it's becoming prohibitively expensive to secure certain games.

Not sure, but I do think it's time for them to start having a rethink. It's clear that people aren't satisfied anymore, and as I said in the article, even I can't find a way to spin this one - even though I do think a couple of the games are worth a look.



get2sammyb commented on Soapbox: From Pretender to Major Player - Reme...:

Amazing article, thanks so much for sharing Paul. It's incredible to learn just how little faith was put into the PSone by publications like CVG initially - especially considering how things turned out.

But I think this article perfectly encapsulates the seismic shift that occurred throughout the entire industry. Really great read!



get2sammyb commented on Hitman PS4 Just Got Even More Needlessly Complex:

I'm very excited by this game, because the bits I've seen have looked great. However, the rollout model is very convoluted, and is taking the attention away from the title itself, which is a shame.

I quite like the 'Games As a Service' model that so many titles are adopting these days, but I'm not sure releasing half a game and rolling the rest out is all that exciting in this instance. Much prefer how DriveClub did/is doing it.



get2sammyb commented on PS4 Firmware Update 3.00 Rolls Out Tomorrow:

On the subject of Communties, we want to do a Push Square one obviously, but if you could all hold back on creating one so a staff member can build it, that would be appreciated. We'll post all of the information on the site explaining how to join as soon as it's live.



get2sammyb commented on Opinion: Sony's Not Solely to Blame for PS Vit...:

@viciousarcanum I totally agree and almost added this into the article but couldn't find a way to squeeze it in. That NPD statistic is telling - the market that used to exist for handhelds have all moved over to smartphones and tablets now. It sucks, but it is what it is...

We can all sit here lamenting the fact that Sony didn't buy a Super Bowl commercial for Killzone: Mercenary, but if they had, it would have done jack. I thought people were wrong when they said that mobile would kill handhelds at the very start of this generation - but I was the one that read things wrong. They were spot on.



get2sammyb commented on Opinion: Sony's Not Solely to Blame for PS Vit...:

@Jazzer94 I honestly disagree, but even if I didn't, they would have had to convince Rockstar, Konami, and Square Enix to make some of those games with PS3-esque budgets (if you want them done properly). What do you think those publishers would have done when Sony walked in and said, "Do you care to invest $10 million-ish into our device which is in the process of tanking?"

@KAPADO You didn't answer my question, though. And the fact that you say it's impressive technology evidences that Sony clearly did try with it, otherwise it would suck, no?



get2sammyb commented on Here's Why Uncharted: Golden Abyss Isn't in Un...:

Honestly, it just wouldn't stack up next to Uncharted 2 and 3. The collection would have been more complete with its inclusion, but I think they did the right thing personally. It was an impressive handheld game, but it's not an impressive console game.



get2sammyb commented on Opinion: Sony's Not Solely to Blame for PS Vit...:

@KAPADO I'd argue that, in the case of Tearaway, they really pushed the PS4 version and it still didn't sell. Sometimes it's the way things go.

Let me ask you this: if the memory card prices were comparable to average SD cards that you can buy from a high street shop, do you think it would have sold 50 million units or more? I think it would have added a couple of million sales at best.



get2sammyb commented on Opinion: Sony's Not Solely to Blame for PS Vit...:

@Boerewors I would have depended on how/why the PS4 failed, and what was happening to the competition. If in this alternate universe all things were the same but the PS4 was tanking while the Xbox One/Wii U were succeeding, I still think they'd have invested in the PS4 because they'd be able to see that consoles were still relevant while handhelds aren't.

@MadchesterManc Agreed, Japan alone makes handheld gaming relevant, and it's the reason why I still partially think Sony might have another crack at portables if they can find a way to make it work. I'm not sure what they'll try, but I still think there's something they could do in the mobile space.

@vongruetz @Faruko Exactly, it's a rock and a hard place situation. You can't blame the consumers really, it's just how things are. Maybe you could argue that Sony should have spent more of the PSP generation trying to build up portable franchises like Pokemon, but it's just not as simple as that. You can't magic up a multi-million selling brand, otherwise everyone would be doing it.

@belmont This is the crazy thing about the Vita - the few people that have bought it generally adore it. It's just a shame that that group is so slim.

@john_c Would we really have wanted a team like Naughty Dog to make, say, The Last of Us for the Vita, though? That's not the game they wanted to make and would have been bad management to force them. I get what you're saying, however.

@Jazzer94 50 million units is absolutely fine, but it does show a decline over the previous two platforms in the line. And would you bet your house on a natural successor selling better than the 3DS if the market follows the trajectory that it's currently on? I wouldn't.

Nintendo handhelds will always do well because of Mario and Pokemon, but Sony could never be expected to magic up franchises of that calibre.



get2sammyb commented on First Impressions: Ratchet & Clank PS4 Is a Pi...:

@RaymanFan2 Haha, not sure what I was thinking there! I remember liking it at the time, but in hindsight it was a big disappointment. There were some decent platforming bits in the demo, but very much similar to the kind you'd find in A Crack in Time. I always thought the mix of combat and navigation was good in the PS3 titles, but I do know what you mean about the platforming in the first game.