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  • Splatoon 2's next Splatfest asks if the toilet paper flap should hang at the front or back

  • BlastPhoenix 03/10/2017

    There are only two types of people. Those have the paper flap on the front, and those who are wrong. Reply +5
  • Cuphead review

  • BlastPhoenix 02/10/2017

    Played this for a few hours over the weekend. The animation and art style is definitely a sight to behold. They have captured the look of old timey cartoons right down to the minute details, from the sound effects to the announcer saying "You're up" at the start of a boss fight. As a game the design is great too, each boss is very unique, both in terms of character design and how the fight plays out.

    All that being said, the game is BRUTAL. It feels as though as well as adopting an old timey art style, the devs have decided to also adopt an old fashioned level of difficulty. There next to no room for error in any of the bosses and, unless your a fan of bullet hell type games, you're going to die a lot before you can memorize the attack patterns of bosses. I don't think the difficulty is too hard, it skirts the line between challenging and unfair, but most of time if you die it is purely because you messed up. The review mentions the fact that health and supers are relegated to the bottom of the screen, making it difficult to glance at them. But to be honest I don't think that is too much of a problem. The placement is similar o most of games of it's category and the game isn't so hetic that you can't glance at it without taking a hit. The boss not having a clear indicator of health I'll agree with. The game over screen does tell you how close you were to killing them so you can usually work out how much health they have left, but a visual cue in battle (other than a boss changing forms) would be nice.

    All in all I think it is a great game, well worth the price. If you're into challenging games or liked Super Meat Boy I think it is worth a play.
    Reply +3
  • The doors close on The Chinese Room - for now

  • BlastPhoenix 25/09/2017

    I read articles like this and wonder just how difficult it is to be a game dev in today's market. You get the distinct impression that game developers (particularly indie ones) live and die by their next project. Then you hear stories about people working ridiculous hours, barely seeing their family, and sometimes all for no extra pay. All to put out a game that some folks will play for only a few hours, or even minutes.

    Kind of makes you appreciate the games you're playing a little bit more.
    Reply +48
  • Final Fantasy 9 gets PlayStation 4 re-release

  • BlastPhoenix 19/09/2017

    Some fans consider FF9 to be the series' high point, which is indeed an opinion they are entitled to.
    Alright then Tom, what do you consider to be the series high point then (genuinely interested, as I haven't played any before VII)
    Reply +3
  • Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner remaster headed to PS4

  • BlastPhoenix 19/09/2017

    Never did get round to playing this one, I did really enjoy the first ZOE though. Think I'll pick this up Reply +5
  • Jelly Deals: Nintendo Switch from as low as 255 this week

  • BlastPhoenix 12/09/2017

    Or course this would happen a week after I buy the switch, OF COURSE Reply +6
  • Firewatch dev threatens Pewdiepie video takedown, following YouTube star's use of N-word

  • BlastPhoenix 11/09/2017

    @Skia11 looks outside of Hollywood and celebrities and you'll find a lot of black people don't use the word. Also hearing a few people say it doesn't mean everyone else is fine with it Reply +1
  • BlastPhoenix 11/09/2017

    The word was created and is used mainly as a racial slur against black people in the current day. Whether you used it in jest or whether it was usedout of anger, it is still racist.

    Pewdepie isn't a child. He knows exactly what the word means and how it is used, yet he still chose to say it. The good things he has done in the past are irrelevant to the situation at hand. He is firmly in the wrong.
    Reply +2
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is sixth PlayStation exclusive to top UK charts this year

  • BlastPhoenix 28/08/2017

    I'm still waiting for an Uncharted kart racing game. But in lieu of that, a proper sequel to Jak and Daxter would be nice too. Reply -11
  • Microsoft says Xbox One X is fastest-selling Xbox pre-order ever

  • BlastPhoenix 25/08/2017

    Okay so I have a question. If you don't have a 4k tv/monitor and don't plan on getting one any time soon, is it worth buying an X Box one X?

    The console has a lot of very desirable features but I feel this console is purely for those with the latest tech. Would the upgrades to performance when playong games at 1080p make thebpurchase worthwhile or would I be better one with the S model?
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  • Angry Gameseek customers call aggressive discount promotion a "scam"

  • BlastPhoenix 18/08/2017

    Sounds very similar to when Amazon first did the lightning deals. It mostly comes down to luck Reply +7
  • Splatoon 2's online is inexplicable, yet it's one of the best online experiences of the year

  • BlastPhoenix 07/08/2017

    @SuperBas all of the ones I have seen have been silly or light hearted, nothing sexually explicit. I think folks are just overreacting (as the internet generally tends to do) Reply +10
  • BlastPhoenix 07/08/2017

    @Graxlar_v2 a bunch of folks that like artwork and other media that involves anthropomorphic animals or fantasy creatures. Thinks cosplayers but with large animals suits instead Reply +6
  • Bayonetta free in August with Xbox Live Games with Gold

  • BlastPhoenix 25/07/2017

    Damnit Microsoft give me some more exclusives so I can justify buying your console

    Edit: Wow lots of negs okay let me rephrase. Give me more exclusives I want to play (and actual exclusives not times ones)
    Reply -30
  • Crash Bandicoot blocks Splatoon 2 from UK chart top spot

  • BlastPhoenix 24/07/2017

    I really hope the success of Crash shows Activision and other companies that the platforming genre can be very successful if the game is well made.

    The genre in general has been neglected by most publishers in favor of FPS and action type genres. Other than in the indie scene you rarely see a good AAA platformer. There is Nintendo, but their games, as great as they are, are few and far between and I would like others to play in the meantime.

    Not so secretly hoping Activision with give the same treatment to the Spyro games as well since I missed out on those in my youth.
    Reply +5
  • Dev confirms the Crash Bandicoot remaster is harder than the original

  • BlastPhoenix 18/07/2017

    I thought the game felt different while I was playing. The first Crash seemed way harder than I remember , and I was certain when I lost 40 bloody lives getting the damn gem on Slippery climb (god knows how hard Stormy Ascent will be when they release that as DLC).

    Although the remaster is brilliant overall, it's a pity this has happened. A patch would be nice but the game is still very much playable so they are probably thinking it isn't worth the extra work and cost.
    Reply +2
  • Watch: Urban legends we believed for far too long

  • BlastPhoenix 16/07/2017

    There were tons of urban legends in FF7. Saving Aeris was one but I also remember being told you could get Sephiroth and Zak to join your party.

    Also no mention of the Mew that is supposedly hiding under a truck in Pokemon Red and Blue, or how push down and a when throwing a poke-ball somehow made catching Pokemon easier.
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  • GAME hikes price of SNES mini in-store deposit from 10 to 50

  • BlastPhoenix 27/06/2017

    I must have gotten lucky. Pre-ordered one in-store this morning and only had to pay 10.

    I can definitely understand their reasoning for charging more. Scalpers are just as much a problem in-store as they are online. It's not out of the ordinary for a few folks to come in and pre-order 5 or 10 special editions at once. However store managers are generally wise to this and stop them doing it. That being said, a 50 deposit is very excessive, especially since the pre-order isn't guaranteed.

    If folks do go for it though and GAME don't deliver, go into store and kick up a major fuss. Their receipt may say it's non-refundable but they didn't deliver what you paid for so you should be entitled to a refund.

    EDIT: Just had a read of the terms and conditions, and they say they will refund folks if they are unable to provide the item within a reasonable time frame (what they define as reasonable is anyone's guess though).
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  • Nintendo confirms SNES mini, including never-released Starfox 2

  • BlastPhoenix 26/06/2017

    I reckon both Amazon and Game will have more pre-orders available and they are just staggering things. Reply +1
  • Xbox One X promises a strong and stable line-up

  • BlastPhoenix 12/06/2017

    I really want to have a reason to buy this console. Love the hardware and think that the features Microsoft have been putting on their console are great. There is just simply not enough games on the console that excite me.

    The whole presentation felt very underwhelming to me. Most of the games shown seem to be time exclusives and even those that aren't will be available on PC.

    MS have done a brilliant job with the hardware, no doubt about it, but selling this thing is going to be an uphill struggle. Especially when the PS4 Pro is already 100 cheaper.
    Reply +3
  • Project Scorpio reportedly set to cost $499

  • BlastPhoenix 11/06/2017

    Personally, 429 is the price I am expecting. If they go the $499 = 499 route then they will just shoot themselves in the foot.

    I think this console is going to be an extremely hard sell unless they really come out with something impressive during the conference. Based on my experience in retail, Joe or Jane average isn't going to give one iota about the specs of the console. They are only going to care about one thing, the games, which is something I think Xbox lacks (in terms of exclusives). Granted, they did say it was a console for hardcore gamers, but even then it's going to be difficult to sell. Unless MS flat out come out and say something along the lines of "Every Xbox game will run at 1080p/60fps or 4k/60fps on the Scorpio" I don't think people are going to be rushing out to buy one, especially when you consider the Xbox One S will literally be half the price.

    I don't know, maybe this is part of a long term gambit. Maybe the plan to get gamers on their side so the can hit the ground running come the next generation of consoles.
    Reply -1
  • Sony sets a date for its E3 media showcase

  • BlastPhoenix 04/05/2017

    My personal predictions

    Microsoft: Reiterate how their console is for gamers, reveals the Scorpio and everyone balks at the price.

    Sony: Announces some new games and sequels, shows more of The Last of Us Volume 2, tries to convince everyone that the Vita is not dead (yet).

    Nintendo: Focus on upcoming Switch games. Reveals a sequel to a fan favorite (my money is on Smash Bros).
    Reply +3
  • Meet the man with 1200 Platinum trophies

  • BlastPhoenix 04/05/2017

    I've never bothered with trophies/achievements. I have always found them to be nothing more than an attempt to keep you playing a game longer than you need to. Most tend to be rather boring as well: do arbitrary move X times, complete story mission Y, kill yourself in an incredibly specific manner. Although, occasionally you get one that is really interesting or challenging (send the gnome into orbit).

    That all being said I still get why some folks enjoy getting them, although this guy is taking it to the extreme. I find his comments about not reviving recognition from Sony to be a bit silly. What did he expect Sony to give him, free stuff, a mention, or some sort of title?

    One thing I notice with Trophy/achievement hunters is that they tend to go for quantity over quality. To me, 20 trophies from a bunch of shovelware titles less impressive than one platinum from a game like Bloodbourne, but each to their own.

    I wish I had as much free time as this guy. With full time work the only time I have for games is usually the weekend, and even then it's a struggle.
    Reply +3
  • Nintendo Classic Mini NES is being discontinued

  • BlastPhoenix 13/04/2017

    Charming, it's been nearly impossible to find one since it came out last year and now they are discontinuing it.

    Kind of surprising given how popular the thing is.
    Reply +11
  • Jak and Daxter games are coming to PS4

  • BlastPhoenix 03/04/2017

    I wonder if is this Sony testing the waters for a sequel. Reply +8
  • GAME profits fall after disappointing Christmas sales

  • BlastPhoenix 29/03/2017

    As much as I dislike GAME, I find it a bit sad that the high street store seems to be fizzling out. I still like to go out and browse a store occasionally as you often find stuff you didn't know existed, but that is becoming fewer and further between these these days.

    It is becoming more and more difficult for high street retailers to compete in the video games market. Nowadays people (myself included) are finding less and less reasons to come into store and buy a game when you can just purchase it on-line. There are countless websites dedicated to games so getting info is no longer an issue. In many cases, a pre-owned game can cost more than its brand new equivalent on-line. Even the explanation that it takes longer for a game to arrive in the post is becoming moot with the creation of delivery services like Prime, which is next day and Prime now, which is within 2 hours (those cost extra though).

    Having worked in retail, I can understand why the prices are higher, and it is not just because GAME are greedy (they are really greedy though).High street retailers have to maintain numerous stores, staff for these stores, rent for the stores (all of which will vary depending on location), the cost of delivering stock too and from these stores, advertising and a bunch of other factors (not including their on-line presence). Meanwhile On-line retailers by comparison have it much easier. All they have to maintain is a website, a few large warehouses to store stock, staff for those warehouses, and a means to deliver items. Things like store exclusives and special editions off-set the cost, but people are getting wise to those. Nobody likes being hard sold lots of extra content they're not necessarily sure they want either (although game publishers partly to blame for that).

    Personally I think the decline is going to continue until GAME has to seriously re-evaluate what it sells. They seem to be going the way of gaming related merchandise and PC tech (you can already see it in a lot of stores).
    Reply +4
  • Why Nintendo Switch games are ending up more expensive

  • BlastPhoenix 13/03/2017

    TBH the cost of Nintendo Switch games and the console itself is something I saw with both the PS4 and the Xbox One.

    I worked in retail during the launch of the PS4 and the Xbox One, and at the time the cost of a brand new game was between 50 - 60. It wasn't until around 6 months later that the prices started dropping to what they are now. In fact, I've seen a similar thing happen with most launches of new consoles. By December odds we will see Nintendo switch games matching what PS4 and Xbox One games currently are (can't speak for the online prices or in cases like with Rime though).

    As for the console itself, you have to bear in mind the PS4 and the Xbox One have both been out for 3 years now. In terms of technology, that is plenty of time for the components of each console to become cheaper to manufacture. The switch is brand new, so of course it will have the "fancy new shiny thing" tax attached. I wouldn't be half surprised if we saw a price cut or at the very least some bundles popping up by Christmas.
    Reply +1
  • Watch: Everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch in one video

  • BlastPhoenix 21/01/2017

    Having had more time to think about it, I am warming up to the switch. However, there are several things Nintendo needs to elaborate on before I make the plunge.

    1. Online

    The online capabilities of Nintendo's home consoles have always been a bit rubbish in my opinion. The fact that it now costs money isn't in itself terrible, but Nintendo needs to clear up several things. First, how have they improved the online capabilities of the console and how do these improvements warrant a subscription. I don't mind paying, but they are going to have to, at the very least, match the capabilities of their competitors and so far they haven't proven to me that they have done that. Also, how much is this service going to cost. It's all well and good saying it will be free till Autumn, but what will I be paying when the time comes.

    2. Virtual Console

    This feature has always been woefully underused by Nintendo. If the success of the Mini NES is anything to go by, people are more than happy to buy Virtual Console games. But Nintendo release them at such a slow pace that eventually you get tired of waiting and get the game through other means. Also, they need to stop having different consoles and games for each console and have some form of parity. When I buy a Playstation game on PSN I can play it on the PSP, PS3 and the PS Vita. Buy a NES game on the Wii U and you can only play it on the Wii U with no option to play it anywhere else. Once more Nintendo NEED to stop linking purchases to a console and start linking them to an account. No other company does this and it is ridiculous that they think this is okay.

    3. Third party games

    Sure, there are lots of devs working on the Switch, but this means nothing to the consumer. We need to know what these games are and when they will be released. Plus, I need to know that there will be a steady flow of games coming out in the future. The Wii U's biggest weakness was the lack of third party titles. Oh sure, Nintendo's offerings are great, but those are few and far between. I need something to play in between and I can only play Mario Kart 8 for so long before I get bored and want to play something else.

    I am still interested in the console, but won't be getting one at launch. Let's see how it is shaping up by Christmas.
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  • Watch: 5 things you may have missed in Super Mario Odyssey's trailer

  • BlastPhoenix 14/01/2017

    Does the New York setting remind anyone else of the first Sonic Adventure. The differences between Mario and the real world setting are so jarring it reminds me when Sonic ran around the city.

    Still the game is looking really good
    Reply +31
  • UK online shop says it will honour 198.50 Nintendo Switch pre-orders

  • BlastPhoenix 13/01/2017

    I'd be very suspicious of any company that asks you to pay money up front for an item they don't have yet. There is still no guarantee they they will get all those consoles and there is nothing stopping them from cancelling and just refunding the money closer to the date. Reply 0
  • Sources: Microsoft and Platinum part ways on Scalebound, development ceased

  • BlastPhoenix 09/01/2017

    What disappointing news to read. Scalebound was one Of the games I was looking forward to seeing this year. This could have been the game to push me into getting an Xbox One (or the Scorpio).

    It's always a shame when interesting looking games like this get canned. It makes you wonder what was going on during development.
    Reply +5
  • Crytek once again in crisis

  • BlastPhoenix 13/12/2016

    Looks to me that they saw the inital success on f2p/Moba and decided to take a gamble on it. The gamble didn't pay off and now they are struggling to get by.

    It makes you wonder if it was just simply bad luck or bad management (probably both). Crysis, as far as I could see, was a fanchise that did reasonably well so it's surprising we didn't get a fouth game in the series. They have also got the Timesplitters series as well (or did they sell that).

    I hope they pull through, if only so they can pay all their staff. They were clearly a talented developer a few years ago so it would be a shame to see that talent disappear (mind you, by the sounds of things the employees would be better off working somewhere else).
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  • All of Kingdom Hearts is coming to PS4 in March

  • BlastPhoenix 27/10/2016

    One of those games series I never got around to playing. Foolishly dismissed in my youth due to the presence of Disney characters. This gives me a great excuse to finally pick it up. Reply +24
  • Video game voice actors strike has officially begun

  • BlastPhoenix 21/10/2016

    I see a lot of people are essentially saying that VA's don't deserve bonuses because their work is not as important. I personally think that is a very bad way of looking at things and only serves to foster resentment in the community.

    The term game developer is very general and can encompass a whole host of different roles. So people are saying a game developer's work is more important than VA's, but exactly which role are you talking about the programmers, level designers, producers, composers, QA perhaps, the game director(s) or maybe the artists. Technically a VA could be classed as a game developer if they are working on project. Why shouldn't VA's get a bonus, who's to say game A would have sold just as well if a crap VA had been hired as opposed to a good one.

    Semantics aside, saying a VA's role "isn't as important" isn't going to help game developers improve their situation. If anything it might end up making it worse.

    One bit of good that can come out of this is it could inspire some of the people working in development to stand against the crappy business practices we keep hearing about. If the VA's can strike and getting a better deal what if a bunch of the other workers in game development went on strike as well?

    But anyway we shall see.
    Reply +3
  • NX is now Nintendo Switch, a portable console with detachable controllers

  • BlastPhoenix 20/10/2016

    Colour me impressed. The console has certainly done well on first impressions. However, there are a few questions I have before I get excited.

    The big one is what are the specs and cost.

    How much battery life will it have?

    Is this going to be a replacement or a companion to 3ds (I'm guessing the former)?

    Will it be compatible with 3DS games in some way (given that it uses cartridges)?

    The handheld sector is probably Nintendo's most profitable sector so it's not surprising to me that they would try to combine that with the hone console market.
    Reply +1
  • Sega's brilliant Sonic Mania Collector's Edition is coming to Europe after all

  • BlastPhoenix 17/10/2016

    You know what would have been really cool. If they made a proper megadrive game case and manual to go with the cartridge. Still pre-ordered this as I'm a sucker for things that remind me of my childhood but would have loved something more authentic to the time. Reply +2
  • Cuphead delayed until mid next year

  • BlastPhoenix 12/10/2016

    Not surprised, barely had any info in the last few months.

    Not to worry, plenty of games to get on with in the meantine
    Reply +6
  • Xbox One S gets painted military green for 1TB Battlefield 1 console

  • BlastPhoenix 12/09/2016

    You know what I miss, those semi see through crystal coloured consoles you saw in the late 1990s/ early 2000s. Reply +5
  • PlayStation Meeting 2016 live report

  • BlastPhoenix 07/09/2016

    £349, cheaper than I thought it would be Reply -1
  • BlastPhoenix 07/09/2016

    bit of a subdued clap Reply 0
  • PlayStation Now is coming to PC tomorrow in the UK

  • BlastPhoenix 30/08/2016

    Personally, I think streaming will become a major thing in the future, but right now the technology isn't where it needs to be. The last time I tried this service out there was way too much lag and artifacts to make the game enjoyable. Maybe in a couple years when PS3 games start becoming difficult to find and they have better technology. Reply +1
  • "ARE THEY GONNA BAN ME FOR USING PAINT NOW TOO"

  • BlastPhoenix 02/08/2016

    I've never understood this mentality. If youre using a program that gives you an advantage over other players than yes, that is considered cheating.

    Gotta love some of the whiny comments though.
    Reply +16
  • Xbox console sales down as Xbox One S and Scorpio loom

  • BlastPhoenix 20/07/2016

    @MattEvansC3 I'm a very patient person Reply +2
  • BlastPhoenix 20/07/2016

    I want one but don't know if it is worth waiting for the Scorpio, getting the S model or getting a regular One (specifically the Forza 6 edition) now.

    Don't have a 4K monitor or tv so all the 4K features would be lost on me anyway. Want to get the Forza 6 edition One but it seems a waste if the Scopio is coming out next year. Especially if reports that the Scorpio is going to be a pricey console are to be belived.
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  • Bethesda 3D-printed Doom's B.F.G.

  • BlastPhoenix 08/07/2016

    It always bugs me that you can't buy stuff like this. Id love to own replicas of some of the weapons you see in games but they are almost impossible to find unless you have one made Reply 0
  • Stunning $190 Destiny figures pack Thorn, Ice Breaker, Shattered Vault cloak

  • BlastPhoenix 05/07/2016

    You know what I would really like, to scale replicas of the guns in Destiny. Good quality ones too, like the sort you see Weta Workshop make occasionally. I'd pay good money for those. Reply +2
  • Microsoft announces new console Project Scorpio for holiday 2017

  • BlastPhoenix 13/06/2016

    Good grief that video was absolutely cringworthy. Just a load of random devs spewing marketing nonsense. I mean "highest-quality pixels" what does that even mean?

    All that stuff regarding specs is pointless to most consumers anyway. What people want to see is how much better this new console will make their gaming experience. I'll hold onto to my curiosity until I can physcially see the console and what it can actually do. We've heard execs say stuff like "the most powerful ever" before and it almost always turns out to be rubbish.
    Reply -2
  • The best Final Fantasy game is finally getting a remaster

  • BlastPhoenix 06/06/2016

    This is great news. I just hope they ditched the original quest you had to do to get the Zodiac Spear.

    Seriously, FUCK THAT QUEST
    Reply +6
  • No Overwatch Competitive Play during open beta

  • BlastPhoenix 06/05/2016

    @Beva78 bear in mind, Team Fortress 2 was a fully priced game (for the time) when it came out. It was only when it became self sustainable with all the extras you could buy that the game went free to play. Reply +2
  • You can't buy Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered separately

  • BlastPhoenix 03/05/2016

    I guarantee they will sell it separately at a later date. It just doesn't make sense financially to lock to specific versions of Infinite Warfare Reply +1