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  • Sony says sorry for PSN Christmas outage with five days of PS Plus

  • Flipper79 02/01/2015

    The claims of doing it to highlight lack of security are laughable. Security from what? They're not hacking into anyone's account, all they're doing is disrupting a service. If they genuinely want to improve security all they have to do is not actually do what it is they say they want to prevent from happening since they're the only ones that are bloody doing it! All they're highlighting is their own sociopathy. Reply +6
  • Controversial mass murdering game Hatred appears on Steam Greenlight

  • Flipper79 17/12/2014

    A small tear rolled down Gabe's cheek as he saluted the PR guy who unfurled his cape and flew off into the night sky. "You magnificent bastard," Gabe called after him. "You...absolute...magnificent...bastard!" Reply +3
  • Desperately seeking Salty: A WOW fishing tale

  • Flipper79 26/11/2014

    Sums up very well why I have a deep hatred of all achievements/trophy's. It's easy to say just to ignore them, some people, I'm sure, can and do. And I should be able to as well...I'm logical. I'm rational. but rationality vs an evolutionary, psychological disposition that's very clearly exploited by the games industry isn't always the easiest battle to win.

    I used to enjoy games so much more in the days when completing a game was the only real achievement to it. And I did complete them. Something I rarely do these days after all enjoyment and immersion is sucked out in the hours spent switching between game and collectibles guide trying to find the 300 random objects that have no relevance to anything ever, just to get a meaningless digital bronze trophy...a meaningless digital trophy I have to have in order to get a 'better' meaningless digital trophy. And then there's the ironic disappointment of seeing an achievement you just know you're never going to get. Logically it should be cause for celebration, a sign to just ignore the bloody things completely...but it's there, a constant itch whilst playing, an incessant feeling that this game will never truly be completed and every achievement you do get on the way to completion is like being slapped in the face.

    Used to be completing a game would lead to a rollercoaster of emotions culminating in a real sense of satisfaction in being part of a story that you've seen through right until the end. These days, on the rare occasions when I do finish a game, it often elicits much the same feeling I get when finishing the washing up...with an added element of masochism as I unravel the shrink wrap from the next game on the shelf.
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  • GTA 5's next-gen grass compared

  • Flipper79 19/11/2014

    As a PS4 owner I can sincerely say...meh. Who cares. Wouldn't even care if it was the PS4 version that had less foliage, just looks like a different interpretation of the landscape to me, nothing that puts a dampener on the visuals. Reply +27
  • Kickstarter games in 2014 are making less than half what they did last year

  • Flipper79 02/10/2014

    I always think it's a little bit at odds with itself. Devs wax lyrical about the creative freedom it gives them but in many cases they're trading that against the additional fiscal help a more traditional investor may be able to provide should the game show promise but not quite meet the original expectations.

    I think it's also fair to say that upto now that extra creative freedom isn't actually creating anything that goes beyond in quality what more conventional methods of investment are producing.
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  • FIFA 15 Ultimate Team: time for a shake-up?

  • Flipper79 29/09/2014

    One very simple thing would be collections like they have in HUT that give a sense of achievement and also provide a bonus of special packs when you complete them. HUT in NHL 15 is so basic in comparison to FUT but that one particular thing that gives it a true sticker album feel to me makes it far more appealing. Reply 0
  • FIFA 15 review

  • Flipper79 23/09/2014

    Gotta wonder if you've already been playing it a week is there any reason why you haven't mentioned anything at all about career mode? Like does it actually work for once with no crashing and with player growth working correctly. Is the scouting improved from last year? Sure gameplay is important, but only if you have a proper reason to play. I would say it seems strange that you'd miss things so vital in your review yet it's a yearly theme you seem to have going on that you gloss over - or in this instance completely ignore - what plenty of us keep telling you we'd like to know about. Reply +16
  • Flipper79 23/09/2014

    Eh? What you mean it's different? Seems the same as at least the last 3 years to me. Run down the wings with a pacey, inverted winger, do a 90 degree turn towards the edge of the box, shoot when in space and rinse and repeat. Only difference this year is you have to hold shoot a little longer and the pacey players are going to skin people more than usual. Otherwise it plays pretty much exactly the same but with slightly more fluid animations, varied cut scenes in breaks of play that can't decide how long the grass is, and magic squares of turf that appear to be moving around every time it replays the kick off at half time. Reply -1
  • Xbox 360 getting new 500GB hard drive

  • Flipper79 21/08/2014


    You can change the internal drive of the PS4 within certain parameters without effecting warranty. Can't use an external. Officially you can't change the Xbone hard drive but unnofficially you can plus you can use external if it's over 256GB. Both are unnecessarily awkward IMO but Sony really put the icing on the cake by putting the USB connections in such an annoying place considering you have to copy the system info to a flash drive.
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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Season Pass detailed

  • Flipper79 18/08/2014

    Shame, was interested in this on the PS4 and likely would have bought it around release if it reviewed reasonably well across the board. Now I think I'll just wait until it's a fiver on PC with everything included or leave it entirely. Fails on both my no season pass policy and my no day 1 dlc policy. Reply +1
  • The Witcher 3 includes Gwent, a Hearthstone-esque card game

  • Flipper79 16/08/2014


    Not so sure about that. Taking on 'the man' and painting yourself as one of the people seems like an excellent PR strategy to me. Especially considering some of the cost may potentially have been mitigated through increased sales as well as getting column inches ahead of the release on 360 and I'm sure plenty of mentions of GOG in the various press stories. Seems far less likely to my admittedly very cynical eyes that they would risk getting sued purely for the good of their customers without at least one eye on PR.
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  • Flipper79 16/08/2014

    Amazes me how many people think of a business as some kind of close friend that's always going to look out for them. Get it into your head...they want your money, that is all! Aww but CDPR are so cool, they're always DRM free and provide massive updates for free, they love us fans! Nope, sorry to burst that bubble, it's called marketing; PR; speculating to accumulate. And it's worked extremely well and I dare say the goodwill they've cleverly generated has played a big part in making them the success they are. But they don't have to continue it. They've bred the sheep and they really don't care if they make them angry, afterall an angry sheep is still a sheep.

    All you PS, MS, PES, FIFA, CDPR, R*, Blizzard or whatever the hell fanboy you've been manipulated into becoming, it's time you grew a brain and realised you should be nothing but a consumer and until you start acting as such and letting your money talk I'd suggest keeping a tub of Vaseline close by, you're gonna need it.
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  • Flipper79 15/08/2014

    I can guess with an almost uncanny certainty that more people than were ever genuinely going to buy the collectors edition on PS4 will be upset by this. It's a gift I have. Reply +8
  • Is FIFA 15's beauty only skin deep?

  • Flipper79 14/08/2014


    No point really. Even if gameplay has been improved it'll be patched out after a few weeks when people start complaining it's too difficult like player momentum was in FIFA 14.
    Reply +8
  • Unsubscribe?

  • Flipper79 02/08/2014

    No thanks. There's barely a day goes past I don't get sad looking at my bank account and seeing money disappear without any tangible evidence of having actually gotten something in return. Besides, fluff like this has a habit of becoming a necessity as an industry standard. Reply +21
  • Batman: Arkham Knight's Red Hood Story DLC is a GameStop exclusive

  • Flipper79 24/07/2014

    Don't do preorders. I would have bought this just after release and now I won't. Fluff is one thing, story based DLC another entirely and I couldn't care less whether it can be bought separately after...in fact if anything that would further my resolve against ever buying the game. I have no problem with shops or publishers using this idea as a business model, it's their job to maximise profits in any way...but I absolutely refuse to buy into it. All I can do is hope the gullible sheep who buy into this bollocks of thinking they need to preorder in a digital age stop whining and actually start doing something about it. Reply +4
  • Codemasters responds to Grid Autosport 2.39 Boost Pack DLC criticism

  • Flipper79 16/07/2014

    I miss the days of cheat codes, at least then when I ruined a game I wasn't being charged for the privilege. Reply +9
  • GameStop seeks to fund games in exchange for exclusive gameplay

  • Flipper79 11/07/2014

    No...and I'd be hugely surprised if publishers actually went with this idea since it'd end up being the must have copy, unlike those that simply have fluff as exclusive content. Too much potential to harm sales and give Gamestop bargaining power at wholesale. Reply +1
  • Here's some off-screen PES 2015 gameplay footage

  • Flipper79 04/07/2014

    Reminds me of FIFA 14 when it was decent before they patched out most the momentum and lost the sense of the players having any actual weight. That would be a good thing, but I've been burnt too many times with PES to be lulled in again...plus I can't cope with the idiots who come up with player ratings who decided just last year that Riquelme was still one of the best players on the planet. Reply +1
  • Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion pushes on despite trademark battle

  • Flipper79 01/07/2014


    Well said. In this case it's pretty clear the word is being used in the context of the theme of the game. If it was instead titled Rebellion: Sins of a Solar Empire I could perhaps understand their concern a bit more since there could be at least a small possibility of confusion where the preface is mistaken as the publisher. Still tenuous but at least partially understandable in terms of protecting their trademark.
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  • Flipper79 01/07/2014

    Of course if they name the sequel Sins of a Solar Empire:Take-Two Interactive you may have a point... Reply +37
  • Flipper79 01/07/2014

    There can only be one reason they chose the name rebellion is there? Couldn't also be because the game in some way refers to an uprising of sorts, you know, the literal meaning of the word? Reply +35
  • Steam revokes 7050 stolen Sniper Elite 3 codes

  • Flipper79 01/07/2014

    Whether it's CJS or Rebellion telling the truth is irrelevant given the consequences of what's happened. Either way it seems pretty clear laws on licensing games need a massive overhaul. There is absolutely no way that a company should simply be allowed to revoke a license paid for by a consumer without providing any kind of proof whatsoever. Whatever side you sit on in this particular situation it should be pretty clear to anyone with half a brain that the potential for illegal price fixing, breaching of anti-competition laws and downright fraud is massive when no regulatory body or even any proof given to the consumer needs to be involved in revoking licenses. Reply +2
  • Does FIFA 15 fix the series' legacy issues?

  • Flipper79 10/06/2014

    Sure it looks and plays great at just 60% code, they haven't added the 40% bugs yet! Even if that isn't the case, we all know they'll release a game that does feel considerably different and then within a month it'll be patched to run exactly like the last god knows how many versions just because a handful of people find it all a little bit tricky to get to grips with. Reply 0
  • Evolve community manager fired after Twitter racism controversy

  • Flipper79 02/05/2014

    Except he wasn't simply being a bigot in his own home, he was trying to force his opinions onto someone else and cause them to act on those opinions. So when Olin says someone has "The right to be whatever you want to be as an American, as long as it isn't hurting anyone else" he is twice being a fool by not recognising that one of his 'rules' has been broken and by perpetuating the hurt it causes by belittling the impact of what Sterling was trying to do. Reply +13
  • The Elder Scrolls Online review

  • Flipper79 25/04/2014

    I was bored a couple of weeks ago, found a copy for 20 and thought I'd give it a shot despite not having high hopes and suffering a fair bit of mmo fatigue. And I'm glad I did. Enjoying it more than I ever did the dreadful SWTOR and even GW2.

    Combat is so much better than in any other mmo in terms of options and skill and the sheer variety in the kind of character you can build is impressive to the point of occasionally becoming ever so slightly overwhelming. Crafting is meaningful but still needs work in balancing. Even the quests I'm finding more engaging than in most mmo's simply by there structure. Sure they're of the same type as always...but hey what do you expect, what quests are there in Skyrim where you do something other than kill this bloke, fetch random item or explore such and such a place?

    Having said that, there are definitely issues that need dealing with...the number of bugs is a big no no even for a new launch. Also as good as the combat is a bit of work on responsiveness wouldn't go amiss. And the lack of auction house is a nonsense in an mmo...I really don't want to have to spend my time spamming zone chat trying to sell something and the guild trade limited to 500 max will be irrelevant after a month or 2 when there's less demand for the varying levels of mats.

    6/10 seems slightly too harsh but then we're talking about the same guy who gave swtor an 8 so I'm not exactly trusting of his opinions when it comes to mmo's. My opinion, I think all things considered and trying to be honest about it's flaws as well as what it gets right it deserves a solid 7.
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  • The numbers game

  • Flipper79 05/04/2014

    What utter ego-fueled, biased hypocrisy. Let's be honest here, you don't like it because you think it'll mean less traffic to your site, pure and simple. You use scores either because you like using scores or because you know that again you'd get less traffic if you didn't...either way leads to hypocrisy. Here's a tip - show enough integrity so that you'll be the first stop for an opinion. And here's an example - every year you review the latest iteration of Fifa, and every year you completely ignore the blatant bugs, bugs that show up within just a few minutes of playing. As it is there's no single place I trust for an opinion, which is why, like many I would guess, I look through as many resources as possible before I pay full price for something. If review sites had a bit more integrity I'd be far more inclined to trust that opinion above all. Reply -12
  • Watch Dogs graphics look better in the latest trailer

  • Flipper79 28/03/2014

    Like the look of it, love the idea behind it, but for some reason I still have reservations. I think it's the pacing of it that's worrying me most...either it being too action-oriented or being too bogged down with the technical or maybe too fiddly hacking sequences. I just get the feeling that this game more than most needs to get the balance of such things right just because of it's concept. Reply +1
  • Oculus Rift: Step into the game, step out with two billion dollars

  • Flipper79 26/03/2014



    It's 'You give me a tenner and I will TRY to give you something that you think you are happy to pay 10 for and you'll just have to trust me that the quality of the product is as I say with little legal recourse if it's not. I have proved there is a market for my idea but I have yet to prove whether it is a VIABLE business plan. If I discover it's not quite as marketable as I predicted you will receive your money back. If, however, it's marketable but not viable and I am not able to see it through to manufacture you may well lose your money and not get a product. Since you are not a true investor you have no right to check my books and make sure I'm not embezzling your donation. We cool?'
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  • Flipper79 26/03/2014

    All those kickstarter people are knowingly investing money with risk for a 0% stake in a company. I honestly have absolutely no sympathy if they feel hard done by, it's not as if the unfairness of the whole system isn't blatantly obvious if you have at least half a brain. Reply +1
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition video shows off next-gen world

  • Flipper79 06/03/2014

    Look at that water! Those mountains! This big fucking wall that always stops me getting to them! Reply +1
  • Double Fine's Broken Age: Act 2 now fully funded

  • Flipper79 24/02/2014

    Anyone who wants to be an 'investor' with a 0% share in a company through an intermediary system that has huge potential for fraud during the process towards getting a product completed is an absolute mug who should be left with absolutely no time to complain whilst they desperately place all their energies into growing an actual brain. Reply 0
  • Nintendo boss Iwata halves pay, Miyamoto's wage cut too

  • Flipper79 29/01/2014

    It's about time Nintendo either admitted to themselves that they are actually competing with the other 2 companies, or they choose not to directly compete and release their console mid-cycle of MS and Sony. There's still a huge potential market for Nintendo but not if they keep sticking their heads in the sand. Reply +2
  • Can a 100 PC graphics card match next-gen console?

  • Flipper79 26/01/2014


    As RedSparrows says, swings and roundabouts. Fact is there are more exclusives on PC than on all the consoles put together. Not all AAA I grant you, but a significant number and also of a type that has no equivalent on console. Increased hardware costs are mitigated by reduced software costs, and cards don't need replacing near as often as is presumed by console gamers.

    Anyway, there's really no need to look at it as a competition, all platforms have plenty going for them, all have advantages and disadvantages. If I had the funds I'd happily have a PC, Xbone, PS4 and Wii U.
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  • You thought that was it for Guild Wars 2?

  • Flipper79 14/01/2014

    Found the living world thing far too much of a chore. I want to play and experience all the game has to offer on my schedule, not the developers. I also found it hugely confusing as to what I was supposed to be doing (although admittedly I was only around for one of them so that's not to say they're all the same). Since gone back to WOW and IMO it's just a much more accessible game in terms of content, and was hugely impressed by the amount added in MOP. Just a shame that so much has been dumbed down to ridiculous levels, like the talents.

    I will say, however, if someone new to mmo's asked me which one I'd most recommend, I'd probably suggest starting with GW2. You can't argue with only having to pay the box price for what is still a quality game even if the end game isn't to everyones tastes.
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  • Beyonce's onto something, you know

  • Flipper79 14/12/2013

    Games are a bit more pricey than an album and often people like to read reviews before they buy so I reckon a large part of that 'instant' factor would be lost. There's also the matter of the money guys then not having a clear timetable when they can establish success or failure so applying discounts to encourage sales would be a bit of a nightmare I'd imagine. Reply 0
  • Unauthorised Ghosts 'n Goblins Kickstarter shut down

  • Flipper79 12/12/2013

    HAHAHA, hadn't heard about this, but seriously? How dumb is it to admit in the public domain you're stealing someone elses idea and rebranding it as your own if you don't get the rights? Reply +4
  • Zavvi threatens customers with legal action after accidentally sending free Vitas

  • Flipper79 10/12/2013

    Personally I think it would be morally wrong to keep them, and legally it looks as if there would be an issue. However, if it was me I would email them and insist that they first fulfilled the correct order pointing out that if I was legally obliged to return the vita they would now have an admission that I had received it so it would be no risk for them. I would also insist that it was collected on a sunday since that would be the only day I would be willing to guarantee being home and would be unwilling to make that guarantee any other day. I would also insist on email or written correspondence only in making any arrangement. Reply 0
  • FIFA 14 Next-Gen review

  • Flipper79 25/11/2013

    Are the bugs still present in next gen? Sick of reviews for FIFA giving them a free pass on the multitude of bugs it has every year, in the same way I'm sick of PES getting a free pass on it's terrible presentation. Other games don't seem to get that benefit and to ignore it particularly on a yearly franchise is a joke. Reply +19
  • PES 2014 data pack 2 released

  • Flipper79 18/11/2013

    Woo bloody hoo, Vertonghen now looks a little bit like himself, shame no one thought to fix the absolutely moronic player ratings that have him as one of the worst defenders at Spurs. Seriously who came up with them? I wanna know the guy who thinks Riquelme is still one of the best players in the world...even at his peak he wasn't as good as his stats suggest in the game. Reply 0
  • Someone bought a Dota 2 courier for $38,000

  • Flipper79 06/11/2013

    One of a kind...except there's 5 of them? Reply +29
  • PES 2014 Xbox 360 patch fixes online issues

  • Flipper79 25/10/2013

    How come PES constantly gets away with atrocious presentation and audio in every single review while FIFA also gets away with no one mentioning the easy to spot bugs year after year? I honestly don't know what's more of a joke, PES and FIFA themselves, or the guys that review them.

    If you really want a good chuckle have a look at the player stats in PES!
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  • Valve reveals specs of its Steam Machine prototype

  • Flipper79 07/10/2013


    Not necessarily pointless. Currently it's only really Alienware who mass produce gaming specific machines and being Dell tend to inflate the price astronomically. Valve have a much greater personal interest in keeping the profit low if it makes steam more accessible to a greater number of users. If they use their influence to really push linux and make more people feel comfortable using it that's already 100 saved for your average, honest pc user. Add to that then the savings of them bulk buying components and actually passing that onto the consumer unlike Dell and you could have a prebuilt machine for a comparable price to a custom made one which would absolutely open up pc gaming to a considerable number of additional people worldwide.

    Don't forget the number of people who regardless of owning a console would still want a desktop anyway and it could definitely be possible to put together a mass produced, high spec pc with an appealing enough price to significantly add to the number of users interested in pc gaming.
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  • Face-Off: FIFA 14

  • Flipper79 04/10/2013

    The tile interface is only snappier on the main menu. In career mode it's an absolute nightmare. Cumbersome, unintuitive and a massive step back from the previous interface. Reply 0
  • Keeping the game alive

  • Flipper79 03/10/2013

    Messi's Pace, Acceleration and Bravery stats are wrong. I can see how schisms formed! I did used to love the old version but in all honesty all you had to do was find some half decent players to fit into the basic 3-5-2 formation and you were pretty much invincible. Reply +2
  • UK chart: FIFA 14 sales down on last year's FIFA 13 by 24%

  • Flipper79 30/09/2013

    Possibly due to the huge number of bugs in the game. I wouldn't mind if it was new ones each year just to mix things up a bit but oh no, game freezing, invisible players and custom formations disappearing every time you go into UT. Same ol' same ol'. Reply +2
  • FIFA 14 review

  • Flipper79 23/09/2013

    My only real complaints with Fifa this year are how easy and quick it is to completely bypass the midfield (this year and every year) and that turning animations while better still look unnatural. The shielding and improved close dribbling really add more than you'd think they would and make wing play more fun and require more thought.

    Been playing PES non stop over the weekend but I'm struggling to really get into it. Build up play is so much better than Fifa as is the realism of player movement. But shooting is just a nightmare and really spoils it for me...it just feels far too sensitive on advanced and completely unintuitive. The ball is also impossible to track the flight of which while seemingly minor is actually a major frustration and makes it harder to see where you went wrong or what you got right on any particular shot. Not to mention defenders, both yours and AI that will suddenly get an insane speed burst when you think you've broken free of them. GK's in both games seem equally terrible...Fifa with the late reactions to simple shots and PES with stupidly knocking shots unnecessarily back to the attacker one second whilst showing brilliant precognition skills the next by magically saving shots with huge changes in flight from some deflection or other.

    Personally I think although a lot of the advanced options in PES are optional, they're kinda not if you want to play the game with any real competency, and that's where fifa wins hands down. There are things you can master that will make you better but they're much less of a necessity and having knowledge of how to do it doesn't necessarily make you unplayable against someone who doesn't.
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  • PES 2014 review

  • Flipper79 20/09/2013

    Just received my copy for pc today after preordering both this and Fifa this year. First impressions are that it is pretty bad and I'm really not getting the review score on here. I can only assume they played with the likes of Barcelona, Bayern, RM and Man Utd. Upon selecting Spurs as my favourite team (and forgiving the outdated line up which will no doubt be updated) I was presented with a load of players who 1) look absolutely nothing like there real life counterparts to the point where some are even the wrong colour and 2) have the most unfathomable ratings - Adebayor rated as 88, Caulker being rated higher than Vertonghen just as a couple of examples.

    After getting frustrated at not being able to find the options it told me I needed to update it I gave up presuming online must be down and played a game. Playing as Spurs, to say the stadium graphics and player models are awful would be a massive understatement, yet another game playing as Barca everything looked fantastic. Gameplay itself is a mixed bag...build up is much more considered and has a nice pace to it but the controls feel far too unintuitive, unresponsive and needlessly fiddly and the flight of the ball is incredibly difficult to follow, particularly when taking a shot on goal. Once I get used to it maybe gameplay will be better, but the presentation is sucking all my motivation from wanting to give it more of a chance. Modding, where it can be applied, will make it better to a certain extent but there is just too much here that the developers have been unbelievable lazy in not doing themselves. Personally I think the 6/10 from GS is a much fairer score.
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  • Flipper79 18/09/2013

    Getting both. Both have their merits and annoyances but both are still very good games overall from what I've played in the demos. Both feel different enough, to me, to warrant the new iteration. And both are different enough from each other to switch between the 2 when I feel like a change.

    That's my opinion, no one has to share it and I can understand people having a favourite and/or only wanting to buy one or being tired of them both, but I have to ask, seriously, what's with all this fanatical loyalty towards a business whose singular aim is to make money from you? It's sad, pathetic and self-defeating.
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  • Final Fantasy 14 digital sales resume as server problems ease

  • Flipper79 17/09/2013

    Nothing against the sub model. I think if you have a game you feel is unique enough to persuade players to leave old subs behind, go for it. But I do think the time has come to include the game free with your first months sub if you do go down that route. I'd be happy to try it in that circumstance, but as it is I'll leave it and go back to GW2 if I ever feel like getting an mmo fix again in the future. Reply -1