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Thu 4th April, 2013

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rockman29 commented on Review: Driver (PSone):

@Tasuki Even today it takes me like 5 tries to get past lmao! Very challenging.

Hot damn, love this game, the first two were real gems on the PS1.



rockman29 commented on Review: Metal Gear Solid (PSone):

Anything less than a 10/10 and I would've had to call 911 :P

"This leaves us in a bit of an awkward position because, as reviewers, our job is to pinpoint the exact reason a game succeeds or fails. So what is it about Kojima’s stealth opus which is so utterly compelling? Can we justify such a high score for a game which commits so many cardinal sins? How exactly does it manage to get away with these falters? While we can never be entirely sure, we think that the answer to most of these questions probably has something to do with nanomachines."

A game is defined by the rules that confine it. Except when that game is MGS, a game stepping out of that framework to offer an experience that was more than just a game.

So maybe a game is not just defined by the rules of its gameplay. MGS may have always been idiosyncratic, but its that very aspect at doing something peculiar very well that makes it an interesting game.

It's not just another game, whether in its gameplay or in the rest of the very, very diverse experience either.



rockman29 commented on Review: The Unfinished Swan (PlayStation 4):

There may not be the meatiest game here, but what you definitely find is a fantastic experience.

It really puts you in the role of the young child exploring his family life and the game world. Wonderful experience and deserved praise :)



rockman29 commented on Push Rewind: PS4 Firmware Updates, PS Plus Fre...:

Agreed with the A- grade on sales, or A, same difference. And a B overall is fair if a bit tough for a great year for PS4.

Surprised a C+ on the press conferences though. Even if one is disappointed by the output from the past two E3 shows, which were arguably not amazing, but far from poor, the latest Gamescom conference seemed like a revelation to me, particularly with WiLD and The Tomorrow Children.

I definitely agree with taking a retrospective look at Sony's overall performance, but maybe at least in that aspect the article may be being a little over-critical to seem more just, but it looks a little inaccurate at least in my view.

C+ for games seems a bit harsh, but I have to say I've thoroughly enjoyed all of Killzone, Infamous, Last of Us Remastered, and NBA 2K15, and I plan on getting Evil Within soon. For a first year I think it's quite strong :D

In any case, I hope that is not the case, to be overly critical to seem more just. Maybe a B grade, no modifier, would've been more appropriate :P

The grades overall seem quite fair though :)



rockman29 commented on Talking Point: What Are Your Thoughts on the P...:

KZ SF is the strongest redeeming launch game I think, though the others may be very good too hopefully.

Indie titles and other small downloadable games should help keep things fresh early on too.

The earlier Infamous SS comes, the better though also :)



rockman29 commented on GamesCom 2013: Ready at Dawn Trots Out Images ...:

I can't either! The information mentioned about the preview build they showed at GDC behind closed doors.... awesome! Crazy amazing physics and all!

It's like a Gears/RE4/coop or team based TPS... and really next gen..... this one will really come together well I think :)



rockman29 commented on Talking Point: Is the PlayStation 4 Launching ...:

2 weeks won't do much in the grand scheme of things.

PS3 launched a year late in all honesty, and it lost sales because of that.

But at the end of the day this is a marathon, to support a product for several years. 2 weeks will not even be a dent in the overall sales, even if it does manage to affect momentum in the short term (I doubt that will be the case).



rockman29 commented on Rumour: Sony Originally Wanted To Sell PS4 For...:


They said themselves they were cheering after the 499 MS announcement.

They had planned it already to be 399. They say so that was their target from a design perspective.

Sony has been as transparent as any company could be expected to at this stage. BS story to feed the MS trolls.



rockman29 commented on Feature: Five PS4 Announcements That Could Ste...:

Uncharted 4 for PS4. Couldn't give a crap about the rest of that stuff other than GTA V and TLG, but exclusive DLC is overrated by marketers, sellers, and consumers alike.

I don't expect TLG to come anywhere close to launch, but that would be killer also.



rockman29 commented on Talking Point: Is Sony Racing into Trouble wit...:

"And just another thing: does anyone think Evolution and Polyphony are sharing assets? My guess is that they're not, which is utterly bonkers."

I think in previews there was indication they have not been sharing. I agree, odd.

About dangers about cannibalizing sales, I don't think it will happen. GT is a well-known franchise which sells well over double of what any Forza game sells without so much as a finger lifted from the marketing department.

Drive Club should fill in a gap of arcade racing that Motorstorm is leaving out. Hopefully it differentiates itself from other road arcade racers like NFS to do some damage for Sony early on.



rockman29 commented on Feature: How Killzone: Shadow Fall Can Finally...:

The first two options, AMEN.

Plus bring back the gritty deadly concrete atmosphere. Star Trek 2011 looks great, but it's not as inspiring imo.

"Killzone sucks, being a launch title is worse, they dubbed the first resistance game as a halo killer and that game was horrible, no hopes for this one either"

"They" never dubbed Resistance as a Halo Killer. That honour goes to the original Killzone.

"They" was some games media who had a first preview of Killzone.



rockman29 commented on Talking Point: How the PS4 Will Put an End to ...:

PS Plus is definitely here to stay. As far as the article goes... I'm looking forward to all of the benefits of the 8 GB RAM and x86 environment. It's been a long time coming. I'm just glad it's finally here. The RAM announcement blew my mind on the PS Meeting livestream, and I still think it's utterly fantastic!