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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 -31
  • 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.
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  • 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
  • Amazon marks GTA5, FIFA 16, Minecraft and more as "exclusively for Prime members"

  • BlastPhoenix 22/04/2016

    I'm a member of prime, but no locking the purchase of certain items to prime members is horseshit. This will only succeed in making people buy these items from somewhere else.

    No store should ask you to pay them money for the privilege of buying certain items. Vote with your wallet and go somewhere else.
    Reply +6
  • Final Fantasy 9 arrives on Steam with 'no encounter' mode

  • BlastPhoenix 14/04/2016

    You just know someone out there is going to try and beat the game while only doing boss fights Reply 0
  • Former Rockstar North boss is suing Take-Two for $150m

  • BlastPhoenix 12/04/2016

    Yikes

    It makes you wonder just what exactly happens in the game studios. I wonder if this situation is similar to what happened with Richard Garriott and NCsoft.
    Reply +5
  • Final Fantasy 15 Ultimate Collector's Edition eBay scalpers criticised

  • BlastPhoenix 04/04/2016

    Is anybody surprised by this, I'm not. It happens every time any sort of special edition comes out. What gets me is that they aren't actually selling a product at the moment, they are just selling a pre-order for the product. Anything can happen between now and launch, what if there is an issue with production and the pre-order gets cancelled like those Batman Arkham Knight Batmobile editions?

    Personally I would like ebay to enact a rule where you can't sell a product you don't actually have yet.

    That being said, is there really anything stopping Square Enix from making more of these. I know they want it to be limited edition but come on, surely they could make a few more.
    Reply +19
  • Resident Evil - 20 years on

  • BlastPhoenix 22/03/2016

    Although the story of Resident Evil interested me, I was always too much of a wimp to play through the games (the first 4 anyway). Everything about the early games freaked me out. The eerie quiet rooms had when there was no enemies about, how the game opened doors so you never knew what was on the other side, too much for me.

    Probably the scariest moment for me was during Resident Evil 2. Early on in the game you get to the police station and meet a police chief who is on the floor and injured. When you leave the room he locks the door behind you. Much later you can get back into the room another way and you see him in what I assume is his office. He suddenly gets up and you see a close up of him slowly turning into a zombie. I was watching a friend play at the time but that scene freaked me the hell out. Didn't play another Resident Evil game until number 5 which felt less like a horror game and more like an action game with horror elements.
    Reply +1
  • GAME shops want 100 deposit for PlayStation VR pre-order

  • BlastPhoenix 16/03/2016

    I know exactly why Game are charging a 100 deposit for preorders. It is so they end up with a lot of unsold units in store. That being said, the issues they had last time won't fill people with confidence. There is also the issue that the 100 deposit isn't refundable. So if you decide you no longer want it you are basically stuck with credit. Reply +3
  • Gears of War 4 stars Marcus Fenix's son

  • BlastPhoenix 08/03/2016

    Horror themed?

    Yes Gears of War was dark but I don't remember any part of that game being horror themed. I do love that split screen coop is coming back though. Many fun times were had when me and a friend tried to finish Gears of War

    Me "STOP TRYING TO CHAINSAW EVERYONE YOU MOOK"

    Ah good times.
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  • Metal Gear Solid fan remake cancelled

  • BlastPhoenix 05/03/2016

    These fan projects should get permission BEFORE they start any work. At least that way several weeks, months or even years worth of work won't end up down the drain.

    People will probably fault Konami for shutting this project down, but they have every right to do so. Most companies in their position would do the same so the creator of this fan remake should have known better.
    Reply +1
  • Guitar Hero Live failed to do the business, too

  • BlastPhoenix 12/02/2016

    The fad has passed and people are now bored of it and have moved on to other things. Speaking as someone who has worked in video game retail I am not surprised it happened. I reckon there are a few reasons though.

    1. High barrier of entry in regards to cost.

    80 is a lot of cash to ask people to spend on a single game. RB4 was even worse at around 200. What can you do with all of those plastic instruments once you are bored with the game as well. They all end up collecting dust in a cupboard or in a skip.

    2. Genre is no longer interesting

    I honestly think the novelty of rocking out to your favourite tunes on a plastic guitar has passed. People just don't find it interesting anymore and have moved on to other things. Sure you will always have the diehard fans. But joe and Jane average are bored and would rather play the next popular thing.

    It's a shame really as from what I have seen neither GH Live or RB4 were bad games. It's just nobody wanted to pay the high cost to play them. In my opinion they would need to completely revamp the whole genre to get people interested again.
    Reply +1
  • Not everyone's thrilled with Microsoft's Quantum Break PC announcement

  • BlastPhoenix 12/02/2016

    All those people whining are just being melodramatic. As Phil rightly said, a high End PC costs way more than a console and not everyone has the time to build one of those.

    This kind of arrangement is a benefit to the consumer in my opinion. Now more people get to play the game, which in turn means more money for the Dev (and publisher) which then means they get to make more games in the future. The guy who cancelled his pre order just because Quantum Break is coming to PC is either just plain silly or incredibly insecure in his purchase of an Xbox One.
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