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  • Yogventures dev to "dissolve" following Yogscast-backed project failure

  • BlastPhoenix 22/07/2014

    It's situations liek this that make me VERY cautions about backing anything on kickstarter, especially if it is a large amount of money.

    Speaking of kickstarter, the AREAL kickstarter had it's funding suspended an hour ago despite reach the target.
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  • These are the platforms you can play FIFA 15 on

  • BlastPhoenix 16/06/2014

    Those legacy edition versions are one of the biggest scams in today's gaming market.

    It's bad enough they are selling the same game that came out two years ago, just with an updated roaster. But the fact that they are charging full price for it (39.99!) is ridiculous. Big publishers love to whine at gamers and how it is "so hard" to make money in the gaming business (not that it isn't) then they pull this crap.
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  • Nintendo's E3 digital event

  • BlastPhoenix 10/06/2014

    Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 in one package. Consider me interessted Nintendo Reply 0
  • BlastPhoenix 10/06/2014

    just tuned in, another yarn game Reply 0
  • Face-Off: God of War Collection on PlayStation Vita

  • BlastPhoenix 21/05/2014

    These problems seem to be a common occurrence with this HD Remaster ports. I remember trying out the Jak and Daxter trilogy on the vita after playing PS3 version which was excellent. The downgraded visuals I could have lived with, but the game ran really poorly. The frame rate seemed to never go above 25fps and a lot of the time it was even worse.

    At first I thought it was a problem associated with the Vitas power, but then I played ffx hd remaster and that ran perfectly. I suppose it is due to problems with porting from the PS3 to the vita. Then again, I hear other ports like the MGS collection work fine.
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  • Nintendo swings the DLC season pass club with Mario Golf: World Tour

  • BlastPhoenix 22/04/2014

    Not a fan of season passes, but at least Nintendo have made clear EXACTLY what you're going to get. They have also made the content of the standard game match that of previous titles so you're not getting shafted in favour of more DLC (Unlike SOME titles). Reply +1
  • Veteran Halo composer fired from Bungie "without cause"

  • BlastPhoenix 16/04/2014

    Sounds like damage control to me. Bungie released that statement in an effort to sweeten the blow. The fact that Martin O'Donnell has bluntly said that he was terminated without cause tells me that they definitely did not part as friends.

    Of course nobody can really say anything without having inside knowledge. But there clearly is a lot more to this than there is being let on.
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  • These are the most popular games on Steam - report

  • BlastPhoenix 16/04/2014

    I logged onto my steam account today and was shocked to find that I own 55 games. Around a third of them have haven't even been installed. Hell I can't even remember buying some of them.

    I think the problem is that sales tend to appeal to our impulsive nature. When I buy a game on sale in steam it's usually because "it's cheap" rather than because I actually want to play it.
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  • GAME to shut down Xbox-only London store

  • BlastPhoenix 16/04/2014

    Unsurprising, I think everyone (including GAME) expected this to happen sooner or later. Having a store that exclusively sells things for just one console doesn't work.

    This reminds of when the old Gamestation on Birmingham New Street converted the downstairs area into an "Xbox Experience" with lots of demo units. It was novel at first but most folks stopped going down there because all the games were upstairs.
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  • Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 headed to PC for "holiday 2014"

  • BlastPhoenix 14/04/2014

    So not only are they charging you to download the game, they then try gouge you through in game purchases as well. Sorry game publishers but no. Either allow me to buy the full game for a certain price or make it free to play with the in game purchases (preferably the former). But DO NOT try and do both, that is bull crap of the highest order. Reply +1
  • Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

  • BlastPhoenix 25/03/2014

    Well that was certainly unexpected. Oculus VR was the last company I'd ever expect a monolith like Facebook to buy.

    While it easy to think that this is now the end of Occulus, it does bring up some interesting questions. Is this a sign that Facebook are going to branch out in a similar way to Google. Will they be looking to perhaps create their own games, become a publisher, start their own gaming platform and integrate Occulus Rift into it?

    Whatever it is, the next couple years are going to be very interesting. With Sony announcing their VR headset I figured that Occulus VR may have a hard time competing given that they were still a relatively small company. But now with the the backing of Facebook that looks like things could definitely change.
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  • Naughty Dog bosses deny Uncharted director Amy Hennig was "forced out"

  • BlastPhoenix 07/03/2014

    Unless Amy Hennig or someone who is confirmed to work at Naughty Dog and has knowledge about the situation flat out comes out gives confirmation, it should not be regarded as anything other than a rumour. IGN's "source" could be anyone or could even be a downright lie. Unless they can confirm their source is legitimate (which they didn't) their story holds about as much weight as anyone else's opinion on the topic.

    Amy Hennig's silence on her departure is neither a confirmation nor a denial about her being forced out. Different people deal with leaving a place of work in different ways. Just because other popular developers have given statements when they left doesn't mean Amy should or needs to give one about herself.

    All we can do at the moment is wish Amy the best in her future endeavours and hope Naughty Dog keeps pumping out the awesome games.
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  • GAME to take on CEX with new pre-owned focused stores

  • BlastPhoenix 07/02/2014

    To the folks saying that CEX offers better trade in value than GAME, you're right they do. But, if you bring proof of the higher value then GAME will actually match them on the trade or cash price. It's not something they advertise anymore but they still do it. Reply 0
  • Sega announces Sonic Boom for 3DS and Wii U

  • BlastPhoenix 07/02/2014

    Being a die hard sonic fan whom has played most of the games and watched all of the cartoons, I've gotta say I kind of like the redesigns. Tails has more a "mechanic" look about him. I think Amy's new clothes look better than that dress they always had her in. Knuckles increased size actually makes sense given the the large amount of strength he is implied to have in the games. I don't know what's going on with that bandanna Sonic wears though.

    As for the game trailer, it looks fairly promising to me. Then again a lot of games that had "promising" trailers turned out to be a bit rubbish, Sonic games included. I guess we will see how things play out in regards to both the TV series and the game.
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  • Dungeon Keeper Android's rating system filters out "1-4 star" reviews

  • BlastPhoenix 06/02/2014

    "Google Play version of Dungeon Keeper was designed to help us collect valuable feedback from players who don't feel the game is worth a top rating"

    Horse crap, they knew exactly what they were doing by not linking back to google play when not giving the highest rating. They were banking on people not bothering to go back into Google Play, find the app again and rate it. They even "encourage" people to give the game a Five star rating.

    "Five star ratings from you help us get free updates"

    Free updates, or just more ways for people to spend their money?
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  • Vita Slim UK release date, price announced

  • BlastPhoenix 30/01/2014

    180

    You can get the old model brand new with a 8 games and a 16GB vita memory card for around 150. Sorry Sony but you're gonna have to do better than that.
    Reply +13
  • Apple to refund $32.5m to those whose kids bought in-app purchases

  • BlastPhoenix 15/01/2014

    @bad09 The other thing about these types of games is that completing or doing well is almost ALWAYS geared towards gaining more of the virtual currency.

    There's a My Little Pony game on the app store and all the objectives and extra items require you to spend currency. Some of which would literally take over a year to earn through normal play.
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  • BlastPhoenix 15/01/2014

    Some would say dumb parents, but having had an iPad for a year now I can say that it can be very easy to buy something with an accidental finger swipe if you don't have the right settings.

    Part of the problem with kids buying stuff lays with the in-app items in some games. Charging 70 for some virtual currency seems very excessive for a game made for 5 year olds.
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  • Gran Turismo 6 microtransaction pricing revealed

  • BlastPhoenix 06/12/2013

    An alternative path for busy people, you mean you're attempting to make more money from people who don't want to or don't have the time to grind for every car in the game. Why not just add a cheat a code that gives you more credits that could have been an alternative path. Reply +2
  • Blizzard rules out free-to-play World of Warcraft

  • BlastPhoenix 09/11/2013

    As long has WoW continues to have millions of subscribers Blizzard have no reason to ever make it F2P. You only go from a subscription model to F2P for two reasons. either because you have a low subscriber base and want to increase it, or you're about to switch the servers off. Neither is happening to WoW for the moment. Reply +1
  • The story of PlayStation Home

  • BlastPhoenix 08/11/2013

    What Home lacked was proper direction and marketing. After that big E3 presentation they never really mentioned it again. I went on it a handful of times and while there was some cool stuff in it (like that futuristic racing game) there was never enough to keep people coming back. I'm told some big events happened from time to time but I was never made aware of them outside home. In fact, I think a large majority of PS3 owners don't even know it exists. Reply 0
  • Microsoft confirms Xbox One apps for launch

  • BlastPhoenix 08/11/2013

    @JackB Here's the thing though, some of those apps (eg. Netflix and Lovefilm) already costs a monthly subscription. So if I'm already paying to use the service why do I then have to pay more just so I can use it on MS's console when it free on every other platform.

    It's not like any of these apps have some sort of feature that makes the experience better on the Xbox than on other platforms as well. So when it comes to choosing between paying 39.99 a year to use these apps on the Xbox One or using them for free on a multitude of other devices which do you think people are going to do?
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  • BlastPhoenix 08/11/2013

    So how many of these apps will be behind the paywall, or will all of them require Gold membership. I owned a 360 but never bothered with Gold because I never had the time to play on-line and 99% of the media could be used on other devices for free.

    I have a feeling I know why the BBC IPlayer isn't there at launch. I remember reading somewhere that the reason it took so long for IPlayer to appear on the 360 was because BBC weren't willing to allow MS to make it available to Gold members only. I wonder if the same thing or something similar is happening here?
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  • Blockbuster teaming with Sony and Microsoft to reserve Xbox One and PS4 consoles

  • BlastPhoenix 06/11/2013

    @pigsy2400
    Anyone who preordered from them in the first place was an idiot, you would have to be a total retard to do this now
    No offence to you , but what is with people making comments like this. Bear something in mind, Blockbusters wasn't the only retailer to go into administration recently. GAME went into administration only last year, HMV went in at the same time Blockbusters first did. What if Blockbusters was the only store some folks could get a pre-order from. Also, it's not like everyone can predict these things happening as well. Some other store might go into administration tomorrow and everyone who pre-ordered from there will lose out as well. Who's to say Amazon won't send everyone an email tomorrow saying they had to cancel everyone's pre-orders for some reason.

    As for some of the comments about people paying for their console in full early. I work in a retailer who has been taking pre-orders and we've had lots of people wanting to pay off their consoles early.Most of them just want to get it out of the way as soon as possible so they don't have to worry about it later. Does that make them "a retard" for thinking that way?
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  • GAME offering PS4 and Xbox One launch night queue jumps

  • BlastPhoenix 30/10/2013

    Speaking as someone who has done midnight launches (not at GAME, but a very similar affair) before I advise you not to bother with it. Ask yourself a question, what advantages are there to buying the console at midnight. Sure you'll get it before most other people and get to play it straight away, but consider the following drawbacks:

    1. Odds are there is going to be a huge queue for the console (even with this pre pay offer) at launch so unless you get there early you may not actually get your console until 2am in the morning or even later.

    2. You then have to get 500 worth of equipment home and since the launch is high profile there could be muggers and thieves waiting to steal your purchase.

    3. When you get home you'll have to download the day one patch which could take anywhere between 15 to 60 minutes depending on your connection (and this is assuming Sony or Microsoft's servers don't buckle).

    4. By the time you have everything set up it will probably be 5 or 6 o'clock in the morning. So unless you're a vampire you'll be struggling to stay awake while you're playing.

    All that just so you can play your new console a few hours before all of your friends? Screw that. Have a good night's sleep and pick up the console the next day at your leisure. You'll be far more relaxed, won't have to worry about being mugged (well not as much), and won't have to spend 3 hours queuing up for it. You're going to be playing the same console and games everyone else is playing so why bother with all that hassle and stress.
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  • Xbox One: not every Achievement will automatically be recorded

  • BlastPhoenix 09/10/2013

    How about we just not record achievements at all and instead leave it for actually impressive stuff. Most achievements are gained through the normal course of playing the game anyway. Can't imagine it would be too exciting watching a video of someone getting an achievement for playing the game for the first time (Soul Calibur IV). Reply +3
  • Apple announces iPhone 5S and 5C

  • BlastPhoenix 10/09/2013

    Who in Apple thought that 469 would ever be considered cheap? Reply +3
  • Wii U price cut announced

  • BlastPhoenix 28/08/2013

    Sorry Ninty, but unless you drop the price of the Wii U to around 150 I won't ever be buying one. Reply -5
  • Nintendo announces Nintendo 2DS handheld console

  • BlastPhoenix 28/08/2013

    Tbh I can somewhat understand Nintendo getting rid of the 3D. 3D for me has always been more of a gimmick than something that improves my experience of games. It looked fancy, but didn't make the game any more fun or immersive. It was kind of like giving a car a metallic coat of paint as opposed to a regular one. It looks a little bit nicer, but it's still the same car underneath.

    That being said, this console is a step backwards in terms of design. Also it defeats the point of the 3DS being a handheld gaming system. Oh, and there is STILL no second circle pad. I guess that means we will have to buy yet another attachment for this console, or maybe they just won't bother altogether.

    Disappointing, if they had just made a 2D 3DS XL or taken the 3D out the regular 3DS I'd have bought this console. But this nonsense, no thanks.

    EDIT: Just found out the my little brother has broke his DSi XL by ripping the top screen from the hinges. Suddenly the design of the 2DS is making a lot of sense.
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  • Live: Sony Gamescom Conference

  • BlastPhoenix 20/08/2013

    More time to save up then Reply 0
  • BlastPhoenix 20/08/2013

    for god's sake stop zooming out Reply 0
  • BlastPhoenix 20/08/2013

    Ok let see what Sony has got Reply 0
  • Internal emails back Arkane Austin making Prey 2 claim

  • BlastPhoenix 16/08/2013

    What has Prey got to do with System Shock 2. I've not played System Shock 2 but from what I've read it's a very different game to Prey. That being said, Human Head's Prey 2 didn't look all that similar to the first Prey either so I guess we'll what comes of this project.

    Speaking of Human Head, what happened to their version of Prey 2. Why was it canned and why are Bethesda being so tight lipped about it?
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  • DuckTales Remastered Review

  • BlastPhoenix 12/08/2013

    Was looking forward to this game. I've never played the NES original (I was a Sega kid) but I loved the original Ducktales cartoon.

    But for 11.99, no thanks. Think I'll wait till it drops in price.
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  • Grand Theft Auto 5's first gameplay footage revealed

  • BlastPhoenix 09/07/2013

    All those extra side things you can do has pretty much guaranteed I will never complete this game. I've never actually completed a GTA game simply because I spend all my time doing missions, activities, and just stupid stuff in general. I didn't even get through half of GTA IV because I had so much fun messing about with friends in the online component.

    Oh well, I'll still be buying this game on launch. Odds are I'll never complete though.
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  • Lovefilm ditches game rentals

  • BlastPhoenix 02/07/2013

    Game rentals were the only reason I used Lovefilm in the first place. Tried their streaming service once, but the selection of movies available was a bit rubbish (for me anyway). I found Netflix gave a far better selection and cost about the same per month.

    Well sorry Lovefilm but I will be cancelling my membership.
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  • Xbox exec Don Mattrick leaves Microsoft for Zynga

  • BlastPhoenix 01/07/2013

    You know I always figured Don would end up working at EA.

    Either Don likes a challenge or Zynga offered him a massive amount of money to join them. Can't see any other reason for him to leave the far more stable Microsoft.
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  • Square Enix acknowledges cancelled Legacy of Kain game Dead Sun

  • BlastPhoenix 19/06/2013

    I'm genuinely curious, how does a company calculate the sales expectations of an unreleased game. Do the go by the sales of previous titles in a franchise, and if that's the case what do they do for new IP or sequels to games from a long time ago?

    I wonder because I keep hearing about games getting canned because the publishers thought it wouldn't sell. But, you can't really predict how well a game (especially new IP) will sell until it's out there. Could anyone have predicted Guitar Hero becoming the sales behemoth it was when first released?

    I think this whole industry has become far too numbers and "focus tested" based. Publishers seemed to think they know exactly what a best seller will contain. But, I bet if they all had their way many of the best selling games out now would have never of existed.
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  • Microsoft makes the case for Xbox One's 300,000 server cloud, but what do developers think?

  • BlastPhoenix 19/06/2013

    Remember when Sony kept banging on about the power of the Cell during the early days of the PS3. This seems to be a similar situation. It feels as though "The Cloud" is nothing more than a marketing buzzword to rile up the press and the general gaming public. Give me a real example of "the Cloud" being used in the way Microsoft's claims will improve games, otherwise it's just conjecture. Reply +14
  • GAME opening Xbox-only store in London

  • BlastPhoenix 18/06/2013

    I remember a while ago, before Gamestation got swallowed by the GAME brand, the Birmingham New Street store had this "Xbox experience" section. The entire downstairs, which was once the retro and PC/Mac section, was filled with 360 demo stations, fancy chairs, and one PC with Vista on it (back when it was brand new). Very few people bothered going down there though. Eventually they closed it off and it ended just being used as a storage area.

    I imagine this store will be a temporary novelty. They'll leave it open till about a month or so after the Xbox One launch then close it.
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  • Microsoft explains Killer Instinct reboot's free-to-download, pay for more characters business model

  • BlastPhoenix 11/06/2013

    They make a good point regarding the number of character people tend to prefer. However, when a new fighting game comes out people tend to try out most if not all of the characters before finding a few that they like and sticking with that. Also, given that the last Killer Instinct game came out in the mid 1990s most of the people playing this version will be completely new to the franchise. Meaning very few people are going to know anything about the characters or the fighting styles each one may possess. So in all likely hood, they will have to buy most characters, if not all of them, before they find one they like and stick with.

    Personally I think it would have been better if Microsoft either released a full package then sold some characters or stages as DLC, or released a small package for a lower price point (or free) with a larger number of characters so there is a bit more choice.

    The track record of developer Double Helix doesn't fill me with confidence either.
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  • Super Mario 3D World comes to Wii U this December

  • BlastPhoenix 11/06/2013

    Looks about as fun as Super Mario 3D Land. Not a bad thing since I felt that game was really good, but I was hoping for given that it's a console game. Reply +1
  • Live: Nintendo Direct E3 Conference

  • BlastPhoenix 11/06/2013

    Smash Bros? Reply 0
  • BlastPhoenix 11/06/2013

    Liking the short hair look Reply 0
  • Live: Sony E3 2013 Conference

  • BlastPhoenix 11/06/2013

    @BlastPhoenix Good grief when are they going to start, I want to sleep Reply 0
  • UK chart: Fuse fizzles into 37th place

  • BlastPhoenix 03/06/2013

    I'm really hoping Insomniac doesn't end up like Free Radical just because they made one flop. Reply +6
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 expected to sell 18 million copies in its first year - report

  • BlastPhoenix 30/05/2013

    I know this is GTA we're talking about, but 18 million in 3 months is a pretty lofty goal. GTA IV, as good as it was, didn't sell that many copies in such a short period of time. Then again, they have made some major changes to the series so I guess we'll see. Reply -2
  • Fuse review

  • BlastPhoenix 30/05/2013

    I have a feeling that so called "focused testing" they claimed to do was actually an exec from a certain publisher "requesting" they make the changes to original style shown in the first trailer. Reply +69
  • Saint's Row 4 dev walkthrough shows off six minutes of gameplay

  • BlastPhoenix 09/05/2013

    Who the heck would vote this psycho into office?

    Didn't like SR3 all that much. Felt the missions started repeating themselves after you got around half way. Hopefully this game has a bit more variety.
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  • Ouya launch delayed a few weeks as another $15 million is raised

  • BlastPhoenix 09/05/2013

    I don't know about anyone else, but I certainly don't call 99.99 an impulse buy by any stretch of the imagination. Reply +7