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Male, 27, United Kingdom

Working at an Estate agents isn't as glamarous as you'd think. Still, The pays good enough for me to buy lots of games that I dont have the time to play! & Moe is life. Founder/Editor/Author @ Otaku Gamers UK

Sat 4th December, 2010

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MadchesterManc commented on Feature: What Are December 2014's Free PlaySta...:

Now that's a decent month, especially for the Ps3 as Deadly Premonition is a surprisingly brilliant inclusion. Ps4 has some interesting titles again (haven't played either) but the Vita's choices are looking a little to weak for my tastes though.



MadchesterManc commented on October NPD: PS4 Starts to Get Comfortable at ...:

@SuperCat Amusingly, Ive noticed it seems tied to framerates. Its simple to test on a game with a 30fps cap option as you can play it unlocked and hear the fan kick in after a while before locking to 30. Once locked at 30 the fan speed is reduced almost instantly. Ive tried it on TLoU, Killzone & Infamous and the Ps4 seems to run quieter needing less cooling from the fan when locked at 30fps.



MadchesterManc commented on Forget Assassin's Creed, Alien: Isolation's Re...:

@ivanmata Of course they do, but its impossible to account for every variable that could cause any issue when the patch is out in the wild. Social media these days means that even a small issue from a patch only suffered by a handful of people is now reported on as a Major issue with the game



MadchesterManc commented on Talking Point: Is This Gaming's Most Disappoin...:

There's been a few blunders, but I can't agree with the notion that its been the most disappointing year of gaming yet purely on the return to form of the ol' stalwart of Wolfenstein & the Alien franchise finally delivering a quality game. Seems a bit of a barmy thing to insinuate for me, unless your a AAA fiend I guess...



MadchesterManc commented on Review: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (PlaySta...:

I think it controls a little bobbins tho, especially when using the right analogue to fire as it still only fires in 4 basic directions. Kinda flies in the face of the 'fast paced' notion when your having to shuffle around just so you can get into a firing line. Aside from that's not too bad, not had any decent power up yet though



MadchesterManc commented on First Impressions: How Well Does Assassin's Cr...:

@Mrskinner I remember Ubisoft saying the same thing about Watchdogs and that was pretty half baked even with the delay. I wouldn't be surprised if they are fibbing & Unity has only been in development for about 18 months.

Someone mentioned in an article earlier for Unity that it could be down to how poor previous entries have performed on PC and with these consoles being closer to PC than ever before, it wouldn't surprise me if that was the case. I remember Black Flag only making use of 2 cores, regardless of the user having a quad core or higher, so it wouldn't surprise me if they've clearly borked the ports to console from PC by not multi-threading the code to fully make use of the extra cores. If there's parity between the consoles, then the Ps4 is being underutilised and shouldn't be performing this bad. Pure speculation, but I'd hazard a guess that Ubisofts previous track record with regards to CPU optimisation on PC has possibly eked it's way to the console release of Unity



MadchesterManc commented on Assassin's Creed Unity Ain't Sounding Especial...:

Aside from the decent port of Black Flag to Ps4, almost everything else Ubisoft has released to the console has been technically inept. Not the least bit surprised to hear of technical issues for Unity. Rogue sounds a lot more interesting anyway....



MadchesterManc commented on PS4 Shooter Killzone: Shadow Fall Will Soon Be...:

Still got my copy on the shelf, and its been there since I bought a Ps4. If there was no release of PvZ on Ps4, then Shadowfall would still be my go-to multiplayer game on the console. Good to hear of something new being added to freshen things up a little as new maps can only do so much



MadchesterManc commented on PS4 Shooter Killzone: Shadow Fall Celebrates S...:

@glassmusic I've no idea myself unfortunately. For a few days it would do nothing but black screen when connecting to multiplayer matches & kick me at the end of Garden Ops games. Was working ok last night though, so I'm hoping EA have sorted out whatever was up. I was starting to go cold turkey from the lack of Garden Warfare...



MadchesterManc commented on Soapbox: Gaming's Greatest Fireworks Display S...:

There's been a few other firework games for me worthy of mention. Boom Boom Rocket on the 360 is probably my favourite, playing more like a rhythm title, and another would be the one that came with the original Eyetoy Play (played similar to Fantavision) Lets not forget the Vita's Fireworks AR game either thats not bad for a play here & there. Never really liked Fantavision much myself tho, but I'd still give a remaster a try if it was priced well.



MadchesterManc commented on Injustice, inFAMOUS: First Light, and More Com...:

Bought & finished First Light a few weeks ago & still not got around to playing Injustice yet. They'll do. I'd be happy enough if they'd just announced another batch of Indies anyway as I'm not fussed, but it's good to get something a little different on the IGC for a change



MadchesterManc commented on Feature: How Has the PS4 Fared in Its First Year?:

I think I'm the only person in the world that thinks the Share Play feature is a wonderful feature, that actually works, and it barely ever gets mentioned in Ps4 system articles anywhere. Features that showcase the 'Share' ethos Sony spoke of pre launch should be championed, not brushed under the carpet



MadchesterManc commented on Evolve's Alpha Devolves on PS4 Due to Firmware...:

@get2sammyb I'm with you on this. To me it seems like a deflection as in "Hey its not our fault, it's theirs". It seems odd that they've had nearly a week of testing & on the eve of the alpha going live, there's suddenly a problem. PR gobbledegook isn't a useful means of trying to find the root of the issue unfortunately either. There's definitely more to it than 2k are letting on



MadchesterManc commented on Who Let the Dogs Out? Watch Dogs has Shipped 9...:

Picked it up preowned at the weekend for £15 as it was cheap enough to try, I had been warned previously I probably wont like it by a friend. Well, they were right. A few hours in & I've given up on the game. Seems to have typical Ubisoft gameplay with the hacking aspect not being as fleshed out as I was hoping either, graphically it looked like a Ps3 port to me :| I'm not really a fan of open world games (Really enjoyed Infamous: First Light though) as it is, but after playing GTAV on Ps3, Watch Dogs just seemed mundane.



MadchesterManc commented on Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires Marches an Army ont...:

@arnoldlayne83 It's definitely more tactical than Empires. Battles are played out with you controlling a squad instead of a single officer for skirmishes ie a group of archers or swordsmen for example, and you in turn gain XP in the different roles to customise (you can switch to a different squad on the fly during battle to mix things up) If anything it plays like Kessen 3 on Ps2 if you've ever played that. You may be able to find a copy of the original Bladestorm release on Ps3 for a relatively cheap price if you want to give it a go before the remaster hits with the added 'Nightmare' campaign.



MadchesterManc commented on Push Scare: The Thing About PS2 Horror The Thing:

Amazing game & slotted in perfectly to the aftermath of the movie. As a franchise its still going strong as I thought the prequel movie was decent too. I do have my PC version of the game packed away somewhere, might dig it out & see if 1080p60 makes it any better :P



MadchesterManc commented on November's PS Plus Offering Is an Indie Game E...:

@get2sammyb I got Resident Evil 2 and 3, Silent Hill, a few good minis (Trailblazer & Velocity being the most memorable for me) that i still play on the odd occasion, but I didn't think much of the PSN offerings back then though to be honest. The mini's tended to be better :o The added features like automatic downloading were a godsend then as I could get everything done while I was at work. Probably why I never really had as much of a problem with certain aspects of the Ps3 as others.



MadchesterManc commented on November's PS Plus Offering Is an Indie Game E...:

For the price of a single game a year, £40, I get access to 60+ games for the year. If even a tenth of those games are decent then it's money well spent. Sure if my subscription ends I lose the games, but for the price of a game why would I not continue playing the monthly IGC lottery? Amusingly, I've been paying for PS+ since before the instant games collection even existed which is Probably why I don't have entitlement issues when it comes to the IGC



MadchesterManc commented on Bungie Aims to Shoot Down Criticism of Destiny...:

So basically I've got to pay more for the privilege of having a narrative that doesn't resemble swiss cheese? To be honest I'd understand all this paid DLC malarkey adding in an actual story if Destiny was F2P, but I had to pay £50 for the base game if I recall. You messed up Bungie, and you know it yourselves.

@arnoldlayne83 Angry Joe's review was pretty much spot on for me. He usually gets it right with his AAA game reviews.



MadchesterManc commented on Round Up: Your Ultimate Guide to PS4 Firmware ...:

I've never really been too fussed regarding firmware updates as I've got so many devices that can do things I'd need that if the Ps4 launched and all it did was just play games I'd be happy enough. But that's just me. Looking forward to trying out the Share Play feature with this update, as soon as I can find someone who'll want to play some split screen coop on Plants vs Zombies. It's a little odd that nowhere has made any fuss regarding Share Play seen as it's something I'd consider to be a next gen feature, still can't believe that themes has actually had more coverage than Share Play to be honest :|



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

This mythical standby downloading sounds awe inspiring. My Ps4 will download the occasional game update & install in standby mode (not all the time oddly enough), but has never once downloaded & installed a firmware update - always prompting me with the download when I boot the Ps4 (luckily 121Mb net means it takes no time at all). For a guy that has everything activated for standby mode & has always left the Ps4 in standby mode, it would be amazing if it actually did everything its supposed to do



MadchesterManc commented on Does LittleBigPlanet 3 Look Much Better on the...:

@thedevilsjester Thats the point I've been getting at. Like I said, the improved graphics are a gimme - but aside from the visuals it seems pegged at the same level as on Ps3 for almost everything else. The additional resources of the Ps4, as well as aspects like the touch-pad, should be able to offer much more for the creative folk that build gems on these titles. Instead it just seems to be a prettier version of whats on Ps3. No doubt the cross-play aspect has brought on this parity, but it is a little disappointing as a LBP developed for the Ps4 first & foremost could offer a lot more to the creative minds that use the tools on these games.



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

I tend to not bother much. I've only ever bought 2. Killzone: Shadowfall was offering a decent amount of content for the price (£15.99), and Aliens: Colonial Marines as the season pass was on sale on Steam (£9.99) & I wanted to play Bug Hunt. Then again I never really buy DLC, so the whole point of season passes is kinda lost on me



MadchesterManc commented on Does LittleBigPlanet 3 Look Much Better on the...:

@thedevilsjester I was looking at it from a purely technical perspective. There's always a reason to bother from the viewpoint of sales, marketing etc but I meant why bother as it doesn't seem to take any advantage of what the Ps4 has to offer, presumably due to cross-play with the Ps3 & more than likely being a port from the Ps3 as opposed to the other way around. The visual improvements are a gimme afterall.



MadchesterManc commented on Does LittleBigPlanet 3 Look Much Better on the...:

While I'm not going to complain about sharper & more detailed visuals, the fact that it seems to be the only difference leaves me wondering why bother with the Ps4 version. If its the same in all other respects, then its a missed opportunity. The bountiful amount of RAM over the Ps3 should be allowing creators to create more elaborate levels/games on Ps4, yet it seems pegged at the same level as Ps3.



MadchesterManc commented on Sony Investigating Online Issues as PSN Plunge...:

@WARDIE Did you read the whole of my comment or just the first few words? I think you musn't have got the memo at E3 last year when Sony was discussing the online gaming aspect being introduced for PS+ that would put whether a game would be behind the paywall or not at the discretion of the publishers. So yeah, infact they charged for PS+. No doubt with most retail releases putting their online portions behind the paywall, PS+ might as well now be regarded as required for online play. That doesn't change the fact that Sony originally opted for it to be optional, just the publishers have opted to utilise the paywall & get a little slice of the pie.

Your MMO is actually a good example of the point Ive been trying to make. Theres currently a subscription based MMMO on Ps4 in FFXIV, which has never required PS+ and was in fact opted to be that way by Square Enix themselves as they recognised that there was already a subscription fee. If Sony are having to make a deal with Bethesda to get ESO out of the PS+ paywall, doesn't it kinda prove my point of publishers having the choice with these two examples?



MadchesterManc commented on Sony Investigating Online Issues as PSN Plunge...:

@ToOGoodOfAPlaya I agree, It's not really a big deal. I just fired up Infamous: First Light seen as single-player games do still exist. People just like to complain as they believe they're entitled to an always online PSN service, even though it doesn't state anywhere as far as Im aware in the documentation agreed upon for an SEN account that Sony will be providing one.

@WARDIE Sony don't charge people to play online, they charge people for PS+. Its up to publishers whether their games are behind the paywall. Thats why you'll find numerous games (COD: Ghosts probably being the most high profile) that doesn't require PS+ for online gameplay.



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

I hear its not as tense or thrilling as Alien Isolation, which with the game coming from Shinji Mikami is a tad disappointing, so I'll be sticking with the ol' Alien for my late night, fear induced gaming sessions. I'll probably try this when the price has dropped a little.



MadchesterManc commented on Review: Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus (PlayStat...:

Sounds like you enjoyed the game judging from the main text of the review @ShogunRok There's no shame in enjoying the fruits of the series' OTT....Gameplay :P It's going to be interesting reading reviews elsewhere on this one (looking forward to Polygon's after their now infamous Bayonetta 2 review)



MadchesterManc commented on When the Heck Is PS4 Firmware Update 2.00 Depl...:

I'm looking forward to firmware update v3.56 when hopefully all the functionality is installed that people keep whinging about and we can get back to discussing surprisingly subtle additions that will only be of interest to technophiles like we used to have on Ps3



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

Traded mine today. 3 legendary loot drops in 2 weeks - one ended up as a rare gun I already had, another legendary armour for a titan (Im a warlock) & finally something usable as I got a legendary shotgun. Joke of a loot system for about 40-50 hours gametime. Superb gunplay though, so I'll pick the game up again later down the line when its finally out of Beta & there's more content to play. A lot more.