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  • GTA 5 physical sales pass 5m mark in UK

  • BlastPhoenix 18/05/2015

    @Goffee Do sales monitoring firms actually have access to download sales data though?

    That being said it's no surprise the GTA V has sold so many copies. It is a great game in it's own right.
    Reply +2
  • Windows 10 comes with Candy Crush Saga automatically installed

  • BlastPhoenix 15/05/2015

    I'm not sure why they are playing it like it's some sort of "bonus". Candy Crush is on most devices already so having it pre-installed on Windows 10 is hardly a bonus Reply -1
  • Nintendo dates E3 Digital Event

  • BlastPhoenix 13/05/2015

    Not really a World Championship if they are only holding the competition in the US is it. Reply +4
  • Sly confirmed for star-studded Ratchet & Clank movie

  • BlastPhoenix 13/05/2015

    I still remain cautiously opitmistic about the film. Plenty of big name actors have done voice work for some terrible cgi flicks.

    Speaking of Sly, I wonder how the Sly Cooper movie has been progressing.
    Reply +1
  • Lego Dimensions' Portal 2 and Doctor Who expansions confirmed

  • BlastPhoenix 11/05/2015

    I bet parents are going to be dreading Christmas Reply 0
  • Oculus Rift's consumer launch design revealed

  • BlastPhoenix 06/05/2015

    That looks great, now how much is it going to cost? Reply -1
  • Silent Hills is dead, actor Norman Reedus confirms

  • BlastPhoenix 27/04/2015

    Well that is a massive disappointment. I'm not even a fan of horror games and I was really looking forward to Silent Hills, purely because of the P.T. demo.

    Given the positive response the demo got you really have to wonder why Konami have decided to pull the plug.
    Reply +22
  • Gears of War remaster set for Xbox One - report

  • BlastPhoenix 26/04/2015

    Wasn't this already announced along with the The special edition Gears of War Xbox One console, or am I missing something here? Reply 0
  • Look at League of Legends-maker Riot's new office

  • BlastPhoenix 21/04/2015

    Let's just hope Riot games is able to continue their success with League of Legends and other future projects for many years to come so they can sustain these types of offices.

    That being said though the offices look great and I sure as hell wouldn't mind working there myself.
    Reply +2
  • Postal 2 expansion Paradise Lost announced, out today

  • BlastPhoenix 17/04/2015

    *Looks at the headline*

    There's a an expansion for Portal 2 coming out awesom..

    *Looks at the headline again*

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  • You can buy Mortal Kombat X Easy Fatalities

  • BlastPhoenix 14/04/2015

    I always thought trying to pull off the Fatality combos were a part of the fun in performing them.

    OK so they were sometimes most of the time difficult to pull off so I can understand them adding in an option to make them easier. But selling the option to do so is downright pathetic. So they want me effectively pay to access content I already own, screw that.
    Reply +2
  • Guitar Hero Live skips backwards compatibility as it reboots series

  • BlastPhoenix 14/04/2015

    Hmm, I like it. The new guitar and control scheme looks interesting and I like that FreeStyleGames are trying something new rather than just going with the old Guitar Hero scheme. One big concern I have now is competition between Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4 is now going to be very fierce as I expect the controllers won't be cross compatible.

    I like the idea of the live crowd aspect but its going to depend heavily and how it looks when I play the game. I was never bothered about Guitar Hero's customization as I was always too busy focussing on getting a good score. One thing I'm wondering about is will we see them use actual musicians in the future and have you play with them. That would be something I'd like to see.

    Can't say I'm surprised they've ditched all the old instruments. I know folks are going to be annoyed by that, but the last Guitar Hero game would have come out 5 years ago by the time this one comes out so I don't think it will be too much of a sting. Also, based on what I've seen while working at a games retailer, lots of folks have been trying to flog those old guitar hero controllers for years only to find they aren't worth anything. Heck some of the games sell for less that a quid. I think most people have just gotten rid of them by now (based on my experience).

    No importing older songs, annoying but again not surprising. Licensing for a lot of the music has probably expired since the older games were released. Also, given they have a new control scheme now, they'd have to go back and redo all the old tracks to match the new style of play. I doubt Activision are willing to do that free (not when they can sell it to you as a "greatest hits" or "GH3 DLC song pack")

    But, the bottom line is that this game is going to depend heavily on it's track list. FreeStyleGames will inevitably try to include as many of what's currently popular as they can.

    I guess we'll see when it comes out or when E3 comes around. I'm really interested in seeing how the new Rock Band will look now.
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  • Just Cause dev's TheHunter: Primal leaves Early Access, launches proper

  • BlastPhoenix 31/03/2015

    Some what off topic but serious question. Is this the first game to actually leave Early Access and launch proper? Reply -4
  • Top factor driving PS4 purchases is "better resolution" - survey

  • BlastPhoenix 26/02/2015

    Speaking as someone who has worked in the Video Game retail business, these results aren't surprising.

    A lot of the people I have sold consoles to have bought the Xbox one because they had a 360. Same case with the PS4 but to a much lower extent. With the WiiU it's definately due to the games (specifically Nintendo exclusives) and the backwards compatability with Wii games. I agree with the comment about it being better for kids as well. If you're someone who isn't willing to allow kids to play games above their age rating then there is very little to play on eithier the PS4 or the Xbox one.

    I've never heard of people buying PS4 games because of the higher resolution. Hell I think most people don't know, or care, about the resolution. But, I have seen retailers use it as a sales pitch to customers in regards to which console is better.

    The bottom line is games are what matters and I don't think ethier the PS4 or the Xbox One have a stellar list of games to play. But, it's still early days.
    Reply +7
  • Nintendo details its outlandish process of transferring data to the New 3DS

  • BlastPhoenix 10/02/2015

    This very long process highlights something about Nintendo.

    They are great at making games, probably one of the best in the whole industry. But do you know what they aren't so great at, everything else.

    Seriously though, what a cumbersome process. If it weren't for their games this company would have been vilified.
    Reply +9
  • Alien: Isolation passes 1m sales mark after three months

  • BlastPhoenix 21/01/2015

    If this game had come out instead of Aliens Colonial Marines I reckon it would have done much better in terms of sales. Everyone who bought Colonial Marines got burnt so probably didn't want to take another chance on Isolation.

    It's a damn shame too as Alien Isolation is a fantastic game and, in my opinion, is the only one that really captures the feel of the first movie.
    Reply +1
  • That was quick: people selling New 3DS Ambassador Edition for up to 400 on eBay

  • BlastPhoenix 06/01/2015

    Let's be honest, it may be listed for up to 400, but no way will it sell for that much.

    It feels like what you're really paying for is the privilege of having the new 3DS before anyone else (not including importers of course) with some limited edition faceplates.
    Reply +2
  • Surprise! New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition goes on sale

  • BlastPhoenix 06/01/2015

    Didn't get the email, not really bothered though. Would have wanted the XL version anyway and my wallet is still hurting from getting the 20th Anniversary PS4. Reply +1
  • Sony beefs up PS4 20th Anniversary Edition sales system after thousands use exploit to gain unfair advantage

  • BlastPhoenix 18/12/2014

    I foolishly thought I stood a chance with this competition. But as soon as the site froze up on Monday I knew there would be no chance in me getting one. The whole thing has been a bit of a farce. If you don't get people scalping the winning url and sending the form within seconds of it going live then odds are you won't even be able to load the site come the designated time.

    This whole convoluted system was a waste. I guarantee most fans, the folks who actually want the console and spent time studying the image, will have not got a console. Sony will likely shrug their shoulders and do bugger all about it.

    Good job Sony/GAME

    Also, they're only beefing up security now. There is only a day left and there is also already a program that will automatically send the form in the winning url the second they tweet the clue. Might as well hope someone accidentally drops an anniversary console in the street

    EDIT: So just after posting I get an email saying I was one of the 100 in yesterday's draw. Still doesn't change the fact that the whole thing has been poorly executed but I'm glad I got one at least.
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  • Finally, official Farming Simulator peripherals

  • BlastPhoenix 17/12/2014

    @patch That video never gets old Reply +3
  • Ratings board lists Limbo for Xbox One

  • BlastPhoenix 20/10/2014

    Not going to complain as it is a interessting game. But, at this point anyone who wanted to paly Limbo will have done so already on the multitude of other platforms the game is currently available on. Reply 0
  • Microsoft buys Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5bn

  • BlastPhoenix 15/09/2014

    It's interesting how this has turned out. Notch struck me as the sort of person who hated the big corporations and would never sell to one. But, based on the statement given by Mojang on their website it's understandable why he sold the company (and I'm sure the $2.5 Billion Mojang sold for helped in his decision).

    It's good to see that Microsoft will continue to support all the platforms Minecraft has launched on rather than going to exclusive route. Given the amount of money that has just been spent, I think Microsoft has the potential to make way more cash if they allow Minecraft to be on as many platforms as possible rather than just an Xbox/PC/Windows phone exclusive. That being said, there is no guarantee they won't change their mind in the future. I have no doubt there we be some sort of "exclusive" feature for Xbox or the like in future versions of Minecraft.
    Reply +1
  • The fighting fan's perspective on 3DS Super Smash Bros.

  • BlastPhoenix 15/09/2014

    Someone came into the store I work at and started playing this. Ended up with half the staff watching.

    So would anyone happen to have a spare Smash Bros code
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  • Dinosaur adventure The Stomping Land removed from sale on Steam Early Access

  • BlastPhoenix 02/09/2014

    This is one of things about early access (and kickstarter for that matter) that I don't like. There is never any guarantee that the developer will actually finish the game. It honestly feels like I am essentially paying the developer to become some form of a game tester.

    I remember someone from Valve saying that this was the way all games should be sold. Really, paying 10-20 for an unfinished product. What advantage is there for me in paying full price for a game that is still in development.
    Reply +2
  • The new Crazy Taxi game for iPhone and iPad is out today

  • BlastPhoenix 31/07/2014

    Downloaded this out of curiosity. Was already expecting a F2P game with lots of in app purchases. What I wasn't expecting was a game that was closer to Temple Run than the original Crazy Taxi.

    The game is mostly on rails where you only control the car the lane drives, when it breaks to pick up/drop off someone, or turning a corner. You also have the typical F2P staples: limited times you can play the game in a day before having to pay to play extra times and upgrades and extra cars that would take forever and a day to earn unless you buy them.

    The original Crazy Taxi is on the App Store as well. Buy that instead, it is a far more fulfilling experience (but you probably knew that already).
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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.
    Reply +9
  • 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.
    Reply +24
  • 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.
    Reply +3
  • 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.
    Reply +1
  • 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.
    Reply +2
  • 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.
    Reply +7
  • 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


    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

    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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