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  • Norway says Nintendo is breaking the law over eShop refund policy

  • BlastPhoenix 22/02/2018

    As someone who has worked in retail let me tell you, pre-orders are a waste of time and money. Think about what you are getting when you pre-order, the ability to play the same game everyone else will play at launch.

    Never pre-ordered digitally, but it seems ridiculous that they wouldn’t give you a refund for a product you don’t have yet. It reminds me of GAME and their so-called deposits whoch are actually gift cards in the form of a receipt. I doubt Nintendo can do much in this situation other than change their policy (which is a good thing).
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  • GAME concessions are coming to Sports Direct shops

  • BlastPhoenix 12/02/2018

    On the one hand the pairing seems a bit misplaced. But then again Sports Direct sell all sorts of crap so maybe this makes sense in some peoples eyes. Reply 0
  • BlastPhoenix 12/02/2018

    @squarewings I remember seeing that concession. It seemed a bit weird as there was a proper GAME store about 5 minutes walk away in the Bullring Reply +2
  • Evidence of new Sonic Racing game mounts

  • BlastPhoenix 06/02/2018

    “EVERYBODY SUPER SONIC RACING, GOTTA KEEP YOUR FEET RIGHT ON THE GROOOOOOUUUUNNNDDD”

    Oh you mean the kart racing games.
    Reply +11
  • You'll soon have to spend twice as much for the same number of reward points at GAME

  • BlastPhoenix 27/01/2018

    @spamdangled oh definitely, I agree. GAME use to do price match though which allowed you to match the trade in value of other places, primarily CEX. But when you have about 10 or 15 ganes to get rid of most folks aren’t going to bother putting them online through ebay. This is all just in my experience of working there though. Reply 0
  • BlastPhoenix 26/01/2018

    One simple reason, Trade ins.

    Currently it is more convenient to take a game into store to trade in than it is to sell online through sites like ebay. Yes you aren’t getting value for money, but when you have games or consoles you no longer play it is simply easier to take them into store that faffing about with ebay or other ways. Having worked for them a while back, most of the folks that bought new games did so via trade-ins, especially so when it came to new consoles.

    If either of the big three were to eliminate the need for trade-ins GAMe would eitger have to radically change the way they do business or go bust.

    In my opinion trade-ins are the only reason GAME are still in business
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  • BlastPhoenix 26/01/2018

    Haha times must be tough. Granted, it’s free money but the savings you would get are likely to be dwarfed by the ones made from purchasing online.

    Hate to say it but it looks like GAME is on its way out
    Reply +5
  • Kinect was amazing - in a museum

  • BlastPhoenix 04/01/2018

    The kinect, great hardware with poor implementation.

    Its a pity really as I hoped to see sone really good implementation this generation with the Xbox One. But the second they started selling console by itself I knew the writing was on the wall for the device.
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  • The year in loot boxes

  • BlastPhoenix 29/12/2017

    I have always been very cynical about micro-transactions, even in free to play games. Many of them feel extremely predatory in the way they ask players to spend their cash. The amount of so called free to play games I've seen that require you to spend hours of your time playing to make any real progress is staggering, only to then ask for 5 bucks and reduce the time down to seconds.

    Loot boxes though, they are something else. Now you can't even buy the ability to progress or the item you want for extra cash. Now you are buying the chance to get that item you want. It's a lot like a slot machine. You pay your money, roll the slots and hope for outcome/item you want. In reality though you usually end up with 4 things you either didn't want or items that you already have but the game has decided to re-give you anyway (which of course you can do nothing with). Now for purely cosmetic items maybe that's fine IF they offer the chance to purchase those items by themselves. But when you mix in items that had stat boosts, special abilities, or basically anything that affects gameplay it becomes a contest in who has the most disposable income rather than who has the best skills (which is the reason people play to begin with).

    Companies like Bungie, EA, Warner Bros they aren't stupid, they know exactly what they are doing when they implement these systems. Someone in Bungie knew EXACTLY what they were doing when they were cheating players out of experience points. They only made those changes because they got caught out and went into damage control. Ubisoft's response of them never intending for players to unlock everything in the game seems typical of a big corporation who is only thinking about the bottom line. Not unlock everything, why did I pay £40 for the game then if not everything will be available to me. Granted not everyone will unlock everything, but it feels like they are purposefully making it hard to unlock everything so that they can save cash on making new content.

    I am glad that people and organisations like the gambling commission are taking note. Hopefully something will come of it.
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  • Here are 15 video game movies to watch this Christmas

  • BlastPhoenix 24/12/2017

    I personally think the reason films based on games rarely ever be anything more than okay is partly due to games being a different sort of entertainment.

    Books and comics translate well because they are both passive forms of entertainment. Most of the entertainment of a game comes from playing it so the story so often written in a way that reflects that. If you were take out all the gameplay and leave just the story from a lot of games you would probably find a lot of them to be lacking.

    Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are worth watching purely for comedy value (and despite the quality of the film I still think Raul Julia delivered a brillaint line for a villain).
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  • Jelly Deals: Bayonetta 2 Special Edition up for pre-order

  • BlastPhoenix 12/12/2017

    Both are great games, and you are getting both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, but damn that price is hard to swallow.

    Is there some issue that makes switch games more expensive in general or is this just Nintendo trying to pull a fast one?
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  • Bayonetta 3 is coming exclusively to Switch

  • BlastPhoenix 08/12/2017

    I was really hoping a sequel would be made. Loved the first and second Bayonetta games. Reply +5
  • The new Pokémon movie includes a moment that is freaking fans out

  • BlastPhoenix 14/11/2017

    @TheDeathKwonDo

    No offence to you but if anyone who feels shame just for watching a cartoon film at the cinema isn’t really an adult
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  • Need for Speed Payback review

  • BlastPhoenix 08/11/2017

    but it takes an age to achieve anything, and well over half a dozen hours until your garage begins to flourish
    And this right is my biggest concern with loot boxes and micro transactions. Oh sure you can earn all this stuff in game, but only if you grind for a ridiculous amount of time. I saw it in mobile games where making any kind of real progress was almost impossible without buying something. I really hope consumers call game publishers out on this bs quickly.
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  • Gears of War 4 campaign runs at 60fps on Xbox One X

  • BlastPhoenix 24/10/2017

    Now this is the sort of thing that would convince me to get an Xbox one X. If this becomes the norm I will definitely consider gettingn one Reply +22
  • Steam Halloween, Black Friday and Winter sale dates leaked

  • BlastPhoenix 20/10/2017

    Ah yes Steam sales, another excuse to buy games that I will probably forgot I bought and never install.

    Seriously though, I have about 30 games in my Steam
    Library and have no clue when I bought them.
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  • The sad, slow death of Lego Dimensions

  • BlastPhoenix 18/10/2017

    Unsurprising, I could see the toys to life genre in general was starting to die out around the time Skylanders Superchargers came out. Folks were getting tired of spending lots of money on these packs, only to get maybe an hour or two of gameplay out of them. Then, come next year, you had to do it all again.

    As other folks on here have said, I think the market just became too saturated with them all. The game publishers milked the cow to the point it could no longer walk.

    Thing is, I think the toy's to life genre in general was actually a good idea. Have a full game where you can add new characters and customize them buy buying figures. Problem is they kept releasing new games and basically forcing folks to buy a whole new set of peripherals and figures if they wanted to keep playing.

    This reminds me of Guitar Hero as A similar thing happened. Saturate the market with tons of games and folks eventually just got bored with it.
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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)
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  • 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.
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  • 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)
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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).
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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).
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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