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Fri 8th Jul 2011

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naruball commented on Game of the Year 2016: Jade's Personal PlaySta...:

What an incredible list. It's thanks to reviewers like you that we get some variety and not all the attention goes to the blockbusters or that one indie that everyone is crazy about.

Haven't played any of them, but I'm definitely getting Attack on Titan and Psycho-Pass (after I start and finish the anime, that is). Perhaps Zero Time, too.



naruball commented on Game of the Year 2016: Jacob's Personal PlaySt...:

My favourite list so far. Especially the top 3 games are where they should be.
Haven't played Firewatch yet and don't think I will, but it's nice to see it getting recognized for what it achieves. It's clearly not just a "walking simulator".



naruball commented on Sony: 2017 Will Be a Year for Amazing PS4 Soft...:

2016 and 2017 had and will have more games than I have the time to play. It's really amazing. What I'm really looking forward to, though, is seeing some more impressive VR games. Something that truly stands out.
All it takes is one amazing title to turn things around.



naruball commented on Game of the Year 2016: John's Personal PlaySta...:

Superb list. Always sad not to see the Last Guardian, but I get that not everyone has had the chance to play it (and that it's not everyone's cup of tea).

All seem great choices. I feel that Uncharted (and Naughty Dog) has been proven so many times to be great that it won't get the recognition it deserves.



naruball commented on Talking Point: What Are You Playing This... Ch...:

psv - Odin Sphere
ps4 - Final Fantasy XV (this game made me break my rule against buying games before a proper price cut. I just had to have it). So far it's brilliant. Not 100% sure if I like the battle style, but we shall see.



naruball commented on Review: Game of Thrones: Episode 6 - The Ice D...:

Just finished this and I strongly disagree with the reviewer. The entire season was great and episode six just proved how well the writers understood the show. They could have been completely different characters set somewhere else and it'd still feel like Game of Thrones.

I cared for all the deaths and found myself several times pausing the game before making a decision. It was that difficult because I felt like my choices would greatly influence what happened next and it appears that they did. Some characters can be saved, others can be killed, etc.

Overall, I couldn't have been happier. So far I've played TWD Season 1 + 2, The Wolf Among Us and Tales from the Borderlands and GoT is easily my favourite. All great games, but not as good as this one.



naruball commented on December PlayStation Plus Games Have Been Reve...:

I actually like quite a few of them. I'll definitely play Stories and Colour Guardians (on psv).

I played Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops and had a blast. I don't remember paying for it at all.

VVVVVV looks embarrassingly bad, though. I don't care how good the gameplay is. I refuse to play anything that looks as if it were made by a single person 20 years ago.



naruball commented on Feature: PS4 Has Plenty for Families This Chri...:

@JaxonH I couldn't disagree more.

I've played most Nintendo platform games, including Mario 3d Land and they are not anywhere near as cool, creative, and fresh as Tearaway is. Rayman games are also much better than anything Nintendo has to offer.

Playing Mario 3d Land felt a lot like "been there, done that". Tearaway is all sorts of amazing. The controls are awesome, the use of the vita's a ps4's unique features is incredible, the soundtrack is superb and the gameplay overall is great.



naruball commented on Hello Games Tweets: 'No Man's Sky Was a Mistake':

@hadlee73 If you haven't noticed internet people have two modes.
1: "omg, this is gonna be so awesome. I'm super hyped/ this was the best game ever"
and 2. "this is garbage. Worst game ever".

There's usually nothing in between. So when hey hate on something, they hate passionately. And they hold a grudge because they want to blame someone else for their mistake (would it have killed them to wait a week before buying a new IP?).

Not sure if it's a thing of our time, but they sure do remind me of children. Just because some people grow older, doesn't mean they are growing up. They're even incapable of having a civil debate.



naruball commented on Soapbox: No Man's Sky on PS4 Is the Biggest Di...:

No man's sky is not your average indie. Had it been, it would have been praised to death by reviewers and gamers.

It is perceived as an AAA game, especially because of the hype surrounding it and the fact that it's a partnership with Sony. For some reason people keep forgetting that it was made by a tiny team which can only do so much in a such short time.

The most obvious thing to notice is the complaints about its graphics. When was the last time you heard reviewers or gamers complain about an indie game's graphics. They always get a free pass.



naruball commented on Sonic Mania Is the PS4 Sequel You've Spent You...:

@themcnoisy Thanks for your reply. Always interested in civil conversations.

I, too, prefer 2d Mario. it's not just about 2d and 3d or graphics. I think newer games play better than old ones. I prefer New Super Mario bros to Super Mario Bros 3. I would have no interest in a Super Mario Bros 4 game, but would play New Super Mario Bros 2 in a hearbeat.

As for I am Setsuna and the Bravely series, I don't think they are doing as well as Final Fantasy mainline games (and I think comparing FFXIII-2 or 3 with Bravely Default 1 is a bit unfair - I've seen it brought up several times). I plan on playing both, but I'm way more interested in XV.



naruball commented on Sonic Mania Is the PS4 Sequel You've Spent You...:

@Drawfull I'm 30. I grew up playing Mario, Sonic, Mortal Kombat, Castlevania, TNTM, etc. They were great back then, not so much now. Not just in terms of graphics, but in terms of pretty much everything.

Not speaking for everyone, just myself. 8/16 bit music sounded that way because that's all the Ninty and Sega consoles could do at the time. The games were short for similar reasons. There was little to no voice acting. The story was usually basic and cliche. Games evolved and now we get some incredible experiences.

Yes, the latest Sonic games have not been great for a number of reasons. They should identify those reasons and try to make a good game. The problem is not 3d or graphics. The problem was that mediocre teams developed them, that they rushed some of the games, that they made too many and there was little quality control. Had they had gamers properly test them, they would have never released most of the Sonic games that they made.

I don't like the idea of a reset. A reboot like Tomb Raider is fine. But if Final Fantasy XVI were to go back to its Final Fantasy I roots and look like a retro game, I simply would have no interest in it. Sure, most of the Final Fantasy games after VII weren't as well received and all 3 XIII seem to have damaged the brand. Does that mean we should go back 8bit?

I don't think so. If others do, then good for them. They have their opinions and I'm not going to attack them like some people are doing here.



naruball commented on Sonic Mania Is the PS4 Sequel You've Spent You...:

@GlynCR Nope. Where did I say that exactly? Why make such an assumption? How about a good modern looking Sonic game?

Look at Super Mario Bros games and Mario Galaxy. They made a modern looking game (at the time) that was a step forward AND a great game.

If they make a Super Mario Bros 4 game with NES graphics I'd feel the same. In other words, good for people who are into retro games, not for me.



naruball commented on Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weeke...:

Just Platinumed Infamous 2 and got back to gauntlet.

Thinking about getting back to Tearaway or Until Dawn. it's such a shame that I can only play Until Dawn late at night, because if it's not dark enough, it breaks the immersion.