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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 Apparently, People Buy PS4s Over Xbox Ones and...:

I bought a Ps4 as it's the only next-gen system that seems to have any potential this time around. I was actually still rocking a HD-ready TV when I bought the system and didn't get a 1080p set till a few months later. Resolution didn't make a difference for me (although I appreciate it more having a 1080p set now)

@Midzark You mean the party chat system? Aye you can chat to others on different games, even different system. I was playing Warframe once on Ps4 & chatting to a few people playing Killzone on PSVita



MadchesterManc commented on Opinion: How Reviews Can Colour a Game's Recep...:

@get2sammyb you guys get goodie bags? After a year being in the good graces of Nisa, IFI, Marvelous etc there's been nothing of the sort I've seen, just preview & press event invites. I guess it's something the bigger publishers do. Although Warner Bros keep oddly sending invites to pre release screenings of Japanese movies in London

I prefer a written review myself. They tend to offer more of an insight than what I've sampled on Youtube. There has been quite a few times I've not really agreed with a review I've read though, started playing Transistor last night and I'm failing to see what all the praise was for so far from the gaming press, but that's part and parcel of reviews from any form of media I guess. With how subjectively biased some reviewers can be, it's best not to formulate an opinion of a game based in what you watch or read anyway.



MadchesterManc commented on People Are Looking for a Reason to Hate PS4's ...:

It's funny how developers these days can't make a game how they want without cry babies throwing tantrums just because it doesn't fit their wants & desires for games. The time you spend spewing bile on the interent about a game that has absolutely no interest for you could've been spent playing a game that does interest you. Food for thought.



MadchesterManc commented on Talking Point: How Important Is Game Length?:

@themcnoisy I just don't see that to be honest. There is no price hike or culling of content for games these days though, If that's the point of your analogy. Daytona & Sega Rally were both £49.99 on the Sega Saturn at launch and only featured a few tracks/few cars each. Those were 1st party exclusiveS too.

A games length isn't as easily quantifiable as people here are assuming tho. As I said in another comment thread, I've put more time into Child of Eden than I did Watch Dogs, and COE can be finished in a 2/3 hour sitting on your first run. A short game can easily outlast something ridiculously padded just by being a better game to plaY



MadchesterManc commented on Talking Point: How Important Is Game Length?:

Game length doesn't matter. What matters is how well the game itself plays. A short game can easily outlast one with hours & hours of padded content. Child of Eden is a game I constantly return to even tho all levels can be finished within 2 hours. It's simple to play, has unlockable collectibles, online leaderboards and dazzles in 3D. Why would I play a padded borefest like Watch Dogs, or something similar, instead?

Think of it this way. You have £1. You have the choice of a 6 variety pack of McCoy's or a 12 pack of ready salted Asda Smart Price crisp. Would you really buy the singular cheap value crisp over the better quality variety pack because you get more?



MadchesterManc commented on We Need Different Types of Games, Says The Ord...:

Daytona & Sega Rally on the Sega Saturn cost £49.99 when both games launched, and you could play through all they had to offer in less than an hour easily. Just offering a little perspective as noone here knows how that 5/6 hours of The Order is going to be, or if there's anything like collectibles to offer replay value - yet keep using length as a barometer of quality. That works so well for Ubisoft afterall I guess....



MadchesterManc commented on Talking Point: Do Review Scores Have a Future?:

@Azikira pretty much the same for me. Another good thing for scores is if there's a game you know nothing about that gets a decent score which you then read the review for to get more information on if it's appealing or not. Without a score, why would you care to give that game or review a punt? Not everyone has such a carefree existence they can spend hours reading reviews to find other games to try.

Getting rid of review scores was something I'd mentioned with a fellow at my site and its something that was dismissed quickly. People read your reviews if you consistently put out ones that are balanced & fair. If the reviews at your publication are poor, then people will just look at the score & jog on. The score is only a footnote afterall. As for Metacritic, I've not applied there or have any intention at the moment. With a website like that the score becomes the header instead of the footnote & your written review suffers accordingly. No extra traffic is worth that.



MadchesterManc commented on Super Stardust Ultra Flies One More Time Next ...:

Considering the a Ps3 version already has 1080p60 & 3D support with pretty much all those additional features mentioned in the last paragraph if you'd bought the DLC, I won't be dipping again for this even tho I regard it as the devs finest hour. The few extras aren't worth the asking price for previous owners



MadchesterManc commented on Soapbox: Why We Need More Grounded Games:

I think game world's these days are too grounded in reality, especially games developed in the west. A game like Infamous for example may have all the superhero shenanigans, but it's barely surreal running around a representation of current day Seattle, and the lore offers a decent enough explanation of how things have become the way they are that it's more of a 'what if?' situation. I don't think we get enough truly surreal games these days



MadchesterManc commented on Persona 5's Brand New Gameplay Trailer Is the ...:

Still not feeling it. Considering P4 was a step back for the series, I'm remaining as skeptical as possible for this one. The mainstream press hyping it as something of a revelatation to Jrpg's when it just looks like a muted Persona 4 is worth a plethora of chuckles tho



MadchesterManc commented on You May Want to Skip This Senran Kagura Estiva...:

I dunno why people keep saying Shinovi Versus plays like Dynasty Warriors. As anyone who's invested enough time into the series will tell you - It plays exactly the same as Burst did on the 3DS, except now has a traditional third person camera instead of a side scrolling perspective. Did Burst play like Dynasty Warriors? No. It was a classic action brawler, and Shinovi Versus continues that style on Vita. Your underselling the game lumping it in with KT's Musou games.



MadchesterManc commented on Reaction: Why Sony Online Entertainment's Sale...:

Money saved on a studio whose primary output is online games for PC, means more money for Sony to put into the Playstation eco system. No loss. The only difference is games now going multiplatform in the future onto Xbox as well as PC & Playstation



MadchesterManc commented on You May Want to Skip This Senran Kagura Estiva...:

@rastamadeus Noticed you've been playing that lately. I've been enjoying the two games on PSTV myself, enjoyed the series since I gave Burst a try on the 3DS last year. Underrated games. It's a shame most writers & readers are all too quick to yank their power cables out of the socket in anger at the merest sight of some anime girls side boob instead of just enjoying the gameplay.

@SteveButler2210 Aye both the Vita titles have 40% off at the moment. I payed full price a few days before the sale, still don't regret it.



MadchesterManc commented on Talking Point: Are Bigger Open Worlds Really B...:

I prefer smaller open world's myself. Using Elder Scrolls as an example, I found the world in Oblivion to be far more interesting than Skyrim. Everything just seemed a little more focused and the world was more interesting to explore due to there not being vast voids between points of interes. Large open world's need to pack the world with interesting things to do in between quest points etc otherwise it's a waste of everybodys time



MadchesterManc commented on PS Vita App Near Will Cease Searching for Game...:

Considering I bought a PSTV to play Vita games, I really don't care about useless apps being removed. Like most, I never understood what NEAR was even used for. It was never explained & when I used it I had no clue what I was gaining. As for Youtube, I have a bazillion devices that can access it anyway, plus the only way to access Youtube on a PSTV is the browser as it is so no loss here. As long as I keep getting good Japanese 3rd party releases with PSTV compatibility, which looks to be the case this year, I don't care about apps being removed

Anyone managed to get the Network Media Player app to work? The Vita/PSTV having DLNA is a neat idea, but the app seems like it was created as a joke. It just doesn't seem to work



MadchesterManc commented on Would You Resist a New Resistance Game on PS4?:

I didn't think much of Fall of Man to be hones. I started enjoying the series soon though with 2 taking the scale up a notch & throwing in 60 player multiplayer with 8 player co-op. Resistance 3 had one of the best single player campaigns last gen, and it's 3D & Move implementation was some of the best. I haven't bothered with Burning Skies, but I did thoroughly enjoy Retribution on the PsP. It's a series I wouldn't mind Sony returning to at some point, but it's one I doubt they will.



MadchesterManc commented on Opinion: Why You Shouldn't Write Off PS4 Racer...:

Agree with @get2sammyb on the article. It is a fine racing game nowadays.

Newsflash: You can buy preowned games. The original purchaser of the game was the one handing their money to Sony & Evolution and supporting the game. Your not supporting them if you buy preowned. I bought my copy from CEX for £20. Neither Sony or Evolution will see anything from that transaction. Food for thought to the naysayers preaching from a position of ignorance.



MadchesterManc commented on You Can Now Buy DriveClub for £19.99 with Pla...:

@rastamadeus CEX are crafty. The Bolton store near me dropped Driveclub to £20 just before Xmas, so I picked it up then (Decent racer to be honest for the price) When I popped in last weekend, price has jumped up to £25. Same with all their other Ps4 games, as Black Flag for example has gone from £12 to £18 :| Looks like you picked it up just in time for the Japan track that's due to be added



MadchesterManc commented on Hardware Review: PlayStation TV - Turn Off:

I'm still considering one, even if its just for reviewing purposes as most Compile Heart Jrpg's announced for Vita seem to carry PSTV compatibility. At £79 its not too pricey, although with my Vita being stolen a few months back I'll have to buy a memory card (16GB is £25 at CEX. Not bad I suppose) @BetweenTheTrees makes a great point regarding PSNow though, as the Vita TV would make a great portable companion device for the service. Sony should be pushing that angle a little more in the states

@get2sammyb does Amazon work with the PSTV? I haven't used Netflix since they tried charging me £8.99 for what I used to pay £4.99 for, and so switched to Amazon. £5.99 & HD Twin Peaks. Win Win.



MadchesterManc commented on PSN Is Down for Some, Sony Says It's Due to He...:

PSN was down last night? Thats odd. After I finished up Rune Factory Frontier n the Wii I switched over to the Ps3. logged into PSN. Played GTA Online for a couple of hours. Switched over to Ps4. Logged into PSN. Played a little of Infamous First light & Black Flag. Fired up Amazon Prime. Watched some Twin Peaks. Checked Twitter. Chuckled a little at the rampant stories of PSN being down. Hit the Sack. Aside from outlets putting out stories on it, I don't remember there actually being any users tweeting about PSN downtime last night. I have a hard time believing its as bad as people make it out to be. You'd think PSN never works for anyone. Ever.

@WARDIE Your point on the install base for Xbone being smaller thereby contributing to better server stability is something completely lost on most people



MadchesterManc commented on Life Is Strange Almost Looked a Lot More Mascu...:

I dunno. I wouldn't be surprised if its just a marketing ploy given the current climate as no doubt the Gawker SocJus conglomerate would run this story at the forefront of their websites and rejig it as some kind of proof of progressiveness within game development. Easy & free marketing. Not naming a publisher, or at least offering a hint if they don't wanna rustle feathers, leaves me skeptical.

"the medium is infested with more than enough angry skin heads" That's just a bonkers statement though :|



MadchesterManc commented on Tony Hawk Will Pop Shove-It on PS4 This Year:

All those hours spent combo dueling with numptys sporting luminous clothing & hair for their online characters on THPS4 online on Ps2...good times. I doubt we'll get a decent homage to the old school Hawk games though as it'll probably turn out like Skate (Not bad, but its no THPS2 now is it)



MadchesterManc commented on Review: Loadout (PlayStation 4):

I don't think its that bad, Played for about 4 hours now & still return for the odd round or two. I've not spent a penny & I had a decent enough gun after only a few rounds of the campaign. Ill agree the UI is a tad clunky & aiming feels a little floaty at times though, but everything else is decent enough for a freebie. Hell, it has better loot drops than Destiny at least



MadchesterManc commented on Talking Point: Has PlayStation Now's Subscript...:

Once Ps2 & Ps1 titles inevitably hit, I can see it taking off, but even then this subscription is a step in the right direction when you consider that 3 months subscription gives you unlimited access to all those games for the price of one game. To be honest though, I'd be more interested if there was an announcement regarding a UK rollout



MadchesterManc commented on PlayStation Now's All-You-Can-Play Subscriptio...:

So let me get this straight. For roughly £13 I get access to 100 games that I can play as much as I want for a whole month? and EDF 2025 is one of them!? Bargain. Honestly, considering £10-£15 is the average price for a single decent preowned game in the UK, paying that much for access to 100 for a month seems good to me (plus I have 100mb fiber, so no connection issues there) and the genre range in the titles is decent too.

Then you realise Playstation Now doesn't even have a firm rollout or Beta set for the EU & you lose interest :|



MadchesterManc commented on Game of the Year: These Are Your Favourite PS4...:

I can't complain reallyas I didn't vote at all. All the games I'd consider to be in a GOTY list either weren't available to vote for or had absolutely no chance of getting in any of the top positions. Can't say any of these in this article are going to make it on my personal list