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  • Nier is the rare game that gets better with age

  • GreyBeard 30/06/2015

    @Vasenor

    Kaine's backstory is pretty much laid out in the text flashback at the start of NG+, and the specifics about the replication failure I believe are in Grimoire Nier.

    On that note, here's a link to the translated version (there may be a nicer version somewhere now, but this is the original)

    http://docs.google.com/View?id=dgvmkf89_228fxgghgg3

    Also, I'd recommend TheDarkID's Letsplay as a very entertaining read in its own right, but its also a great way to freshen up on the game without playing it through.

    http://lparchive.org/NIER/

    PS. His Letsplays of Drakengard1 & 2 are priceless too.
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  • GreyBeard 29/06/2015

    @Vasenor


    Kaine's intersex state is due to an error in replication. i.e. her Gestalt is female, but this current Replicant is intersex.

    This is not to do with her possession by Tyrann which clearly takes place relatively recently in her story.

    i.e. She is tormented/ostracised as a small child in the Aerie due to her gender issues. Nothing to do with the events following the death of her Grandma which occurs years later when they are living in the shack outside.
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  • GreyBeard 29/06/2015

    @RicardoG

    Kaine's intersex status is canon.

    Its referenced obliquely in the text flashback at the start of NG+, and (very) graphically described in the short story "Banquet Of The Witch" from Grimoire Nier.
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  • GreyBeard 29/06/2015

    @zzkj

    There are pro's and con's to both. The original (brother) version has character motivations that make a lot more sense across the whole arc of the plot - but the Father version helps the dark humour and generally disguises the story's twists and intentions much better.

    Nier is truly a very special, one-of-a-kind game.
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  • GreyBeard 28/06/2015

    Kind of strange, very positive retro-piece on the whole but fails to mention all the things that make Nier such a special, and especially culty experience.

    1. Nier is essentially a quasi sequel to Drakengard, which is quite a thing in its own right, but should give people some idea of Yoko Taro's peculiar style as director.

    2. That soundtrack. Music is never going to be something that everyone likes equally, but the fact that SE has released 4 full/multi CD's of music plus 2 EP's plus concerts shows that this is a very special piece of work indeed - on par with the very best of Square's game music output.

    3. The multiple endings, and how Nier's NG+ is so unforgettable that its transformative to ones whole appreciation of the work. That there are 2 further endings past that point featuring one of the most brave and original gimmicks ever is just icing on the cake.

    4. Lastly, Nier is part of a larger meta-verse incorporating as I mentioned earlier the Drakengard titles. However the mother-load of meta info comes from Grimoire Nier, a companion Ultimania-type guidebook SE published to accompany its release. Never available outside Japan, it was nonetheless fan-translated and had its text published as google-doc. If you dig what's in the game, the contents of GN will blow your mind.
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  • Shuhei Yoshida on saving The Last Guardian and PS4 in Japan

  • GreyBeard 26/06/2015

    @StooMonster

    The difference between a remake and a remaster is that a remake can be its own game, whereas a remaster is always fundamentally the same game it always was.

    Good example being Res Evil remaster on Gamecube compared the PS1 original, versus Res Evil Gamecube compared to that games remastered versions.

    Its not a difficult distinction to parse.
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  • Warner suspends Batman: Arkham Knight PC sales

  • GreyBeard 25/06/2015

    @bad09

    You are blatantly clueless and merely spoiling for a fight. Normally I'd oblige you, but I'm in more of a playing games (on my PC funnily enough) than talking about them today, so whatevs.

    Believe what you want. I couldn't give a toss.
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  • GreyBeard 25/06/2015

    @bad09

    Once again, sales volume does not tell the whole story. That guy running the Steamspy tracker calculated what, 30k sales as an average for titles on Steam.

    Thats not a lot, and it certainly isn't much revenue when you factor in the frequency of sales and other price promotions on that service.

    PC like Mobile is an area where the gulf between the big winners and the rest of the field is positively oceanic. You subtract out the behemoths, and the picture isn't so rosy.
    Reply -10
  • GreyBeard 25/06/2015

    @UncleLou

    You really don't see how this is going to force prices up in the future?

    Right now, PC Gamers expect first class treatment at economy prices compared to console gamers. The price/performance ratio is really out of whack compared to console, even factoring in platform license fees.

    Its simple economics. Why do you think the PC port was done on the cheap in the first place?

    Moreover people cancelling/getting refunded on the PC version only to buy the PS4 version instead sends what message exactly?

    People need to consider opportunity cost and ARPU not just volume of sales when judging the way the business headwinds are blowing.
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  • GreyBeard 25/06/2015

    @Ryze

    Are you honestly so naive not to realize there will be push-back from this? They won't say it out loud, and the impact wont immediately be apparent, but it will happen.

    PC gamers are getting too high-maintenance for their own good.
    Reply -62
  • Batman: Arkham Knight on PS4 is a technical tour de force

  • GreyBeard 25/06/2015

    The number of people who don't know the difference between development and publishing is kinda shocking, and a bit disheartening. Reply +2
  • GreyBeard 24/06/2015

    @Suarez07

    Take it up with Warner Bros (WBIE) then. Assigning developers and signing off on milestones and builds is all PUBLISHING.

    Rocksteady are not the publishers, they are just the ones developing the lead sku's.

    Not to mention the fact that they are owned by WBIE lock-stock-and-barrel so they aren't in a bargaining position to argue the point.

    Seriously, I know you guys are desperate to blame somebody, but trying to put it on the team that did the job right is fucking retarded.
    Reply +5
  • GreyBeard 24/06/2015

    @Pitcher-T

    And once again, should all PS3 owners be harbouring a grudge against Platinum for the shitty port of Bayonetta they weren't responsible for?

    Of course not, that would be ignorant and misguided - just the same as blaming RockSteady for a port they weren't responsible for.
    Reply +4
  • GreyBeard 24/06/2015

    @McGooch

    Actually I think the chief purveyors of butthurt here are the usual cadre of pc masterbaiters ... umm master racers... err... you know who I mean, the same sorry bastards who post exponentially more often than anybody else in these threads.
    Reply +3
  • GreyBeard 24/06/2015

    @dogmanstaruk

    MCC is one build on one platform, and so when it had problems it was a problem for every version sold.

    Here we have 3 versions, with only one - the one not made by RockSteady- having issues. Do the math!

    So no, MCC is a terrible comparison.
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  • GreyBeard 24/06/2015

    @dogmanstaruk

    Rocksteady are not the publisher, how are they expected to dictate terms to Warner Bros?
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  • GreyBeard 24/06/2015

    @FMV-GAMER

    I very rarely rate-down posts, but you really deserve one for this.

    Learn the difference between publishers and developers before you start running your mouth.
    Reply +3
  • Watch 40 minutes of MGS5: The Phantom Pain

  • GreyBeard 23/06/2015

    @SonicUk

    LOL. You're adorable.
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  • GreyBeard 23/06/2015

    @SonicUk

    Listen son, parroting the same words back in a feeble attempt to annoy the person talking to you may work in the schoolyard, but it surely doesn't work in written form on the internet. (Because there's a written record accounting for who said what first, du-huh! Schmitty!)

    You just come across as desperate and frankly, of limited intelligence.

    And listen: Me stating my opinion on a message board isn't enabling a damn thing. I'm not one to pre-order so I'm happy to withhold judgement until reviews are out so I can actually make an INFORMED decision as to whether MGSV is worth my money or not.

    The problem is, and always has been, fuckwits like you acting out from a position of ignorance. Having conversed with you a bit I can see a state of ignorance is probably how you have to live your life due to your limitations, and for that... I'm a wee bit sorry for you.

    However, take heart dear boy: Contrary to what you might think none of this "discussion" will have one iota of effect outside of this thread. Your rants (and those of like-minded buffoons) will not change the economic forces that drive the inclusion of micro transactions to full-price software, and my "apologism" (heh, riiight) will have a similar non-effect.
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  • GreyBeard 22/06/2015

    @SonicUk

    My God... you're so dumb. I almost feel bad about correcting your defective arguments.

    1. I'm only mean and sarcastic to those who deserve it, i.e. nuggets like yourself. You want a war of words, I'm more than happy to oblige you.

    2. You couldn't offend me if your life depended on it, so don't worry about my feewings sweety. Worry about your own.

    3. Your "feelings of disgust at blatant publisher greed" are, as I've pointed out at some length, are both premature and hysterical. There really is not much more to say by way of rebuttal than I've already stated, but just to reiterate for you: GROW THE HELL UP YOU IMBECILE.

    Newsflash: The world does not revolve around you and your immature sense of entitlement.
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  • GreyBeard 22/06/2015

    @SonicUk

    Look idiot. YOU are the one who jumped in on me calling me a "muppet's" (sic).

    So don't get all tearful and upset because I said some unkind things about you. There, there, I'll try not to be so mean to you this time.

    My issue is really simple. If I got the impression that people like you were actually interested in MGSV, I'd possibly just groan at your immaturity and move on without comment.

    However, here's an instance where the principle talking point should be the 40 minutes of gameplay footage, and yet... noone is talking about it. What we get is endless whinging and recrimination over micro transactions the intrusiveness of which are as yet unknown.

    So, what I see, and what I don't like, is people burying a game *NOT based on what they can see*, but instead based on what they *imagine* the microtransaction system is going to be.

    Talk about disrespect. Seriously, you expect me to respect you, and your ignorant excuse for an opinion, when you show none for the work in question.

    It truly is pearls before swine, and I'm just making bacon.
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  • GreyBeard 21/06/2015

    @SonicUk

    Spare me the rhetoric and maybe work a bit on your grammar (interesting bit of apostrophe use there chief).

    How can it be "Outright piss-taking" when you don't have a clue exactly how and where its been implemented?

    You're angry about the "principle" I suppose, presumably because you're too weak willed and fucking stupid to take any sort of personal responsibility and expect the rest of the world to be as pathetic as you are...

    Newsflash: If I don't want or need to pay for a microtransaction, I won't do it. That the option exists, isn't an issue to me because *cough* ...Drum-roll... I'm an adult.

    Grow the fuck up, it helps.
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  • GreyBeard 20/06/2015

    @Sousuke_Sagara

    LOL. You read it. And yes I thoroughly enjoyed writing every excoriating word.

    I find it therapeutic at times to just honestly express how much I fucking despise attitudes like yours.

    Congratulations: you successfully ignored 40 mins of actual kick-ass gameplay footage and instead whinged like a 2 year-old about the existence of micro-transactions the particulars of which you know nothing of.

    Bell-ends.
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  • GreyBeard 19/06/2015

    @Sousuke_Sagara

    Its not "opinion" I'm objecting to, its simple paranoia when in absence of any specific information the worst possible outcome is predicted.

    Seriously, I get it that a lot of the negativity on the internet comes from useless, shiftless, talentless, basement-dwelling gobshites who having nothing of worth in their pitiful so-called "lives", externalize their self-loathing by projecting it onto others.

    But it still annoys the piss out of me to see the monumental efforts of gifted, motivated folks getting shat on by the aforementioned troglodyte scum.

    People like that, people like YOU, should learn the tasty value of taking a tall glass of STFU. You have nothing to add of merit, you may be entitled to your "opinion", but that makes it no less worthless than it self-evidently is. Go away.
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  • GreyBeard 19/06/2015

    Game looks huge and frankly amazingly brilliant, and yet all the entitlement brigade whine about is their nightmare fantasy of how bad these micro-transactions are going to be... fucking morons.

    If you're that concerned wait for a review to explain their function in detail, until then stfu. Your paranoia adds nothing to the conversation.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight review

  • GreyBeard 23/06/2015

    @UncleLou

    If the media took it upon itself to try and heal these needless divisions within the larger gaming community, although I highly doubt the problem would go away entirely, the negativity would be significantly reduced.

    But the reality is that dissent and antagonism is good for business. And although it bubbles along manageably for the most part, at times like this it does spike upwards as people see the opportunity for a bit of payback.
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  • GreyBeard 23/06/2015

    @FMV-GAMER

    There's plenty of schaudenfreude because frankly, a lot of pc-gamers bring it on themselves.


    You tell enough people that what they find acceptable and enjoyable is in fact "unplayable" due to their "higher standards" you are guaranteed to build up resentment and enmity. Its really nothing mysterious or unexpected.
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  • Rocksteady and "external PC development partner" investigating Batman: Arkham Knight performance issues

  • GreyBeard 23/06/2015

    PC releases performing variably depending on different cpu/gpu/ram/combo's... well, colour me surprised! Reply -17
  • Sony's E3 conference: an artful blend of nostalgia and big business

  • GreyBeard 16/06/2015

    @lowestformofwit

    Best misdirection remains the Minecraft/Hololens demo. Basically Eyepet tech backed by Kinect's voice and gestural control.
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  • New Nier title is in development with Platinum Games

  • GreyBeard 16/06/2015

    Best day EVER. Reply +2
  • Microsoft woos the 360 crowd at E3 2015

  • GreyBeard 16/06/2015

    Seriously, if you can't see the fundamental reasons why that Minecraft Hololens demo was problematic... eesh.

    Consider the following.

    1. You need a empty space of equivalent volume to the virtual object you are interacting with, plus sufficient space to move around it in order to get the full 3d effect. Its arguably even more space-intensive than full-blown VR.

    2. The way virtual objects can fall through, or intersect with solid real-world surfaces looks great, but when you stick your hands out to interact with them... ouch. You're going to find that the reality remains extremely solid. As with my first point these are issues that simply don't come into play in the controlled environment of a stage demo, but are hugely important on the consumer level.

    3. The actual process of interaction is kind of sketchy. The demo sells the goggles and the visual/spatial tracking portion, but beyond that the only interaction was with a few voice commands and an occasional air-tap. That's pretty basic....

    4. ...Especially for a peripheral that isn't going to be cheap. How many people are going to want to spend significant cash on a device with such limited functionality? Especially given the multiple competing entrants in the VR sweepstakes that will doubtless be around by the time this hits the market.

    Bottom line, it was a cute demo BUT if you stop to think about it the hololens aspect added zero interactive functionality on top of what Kinect (failure that it is) already offers.

    Watch the video of the demo again if you doubt me. "Camera" perspective aside EVERYTHING shown could be done using voice recognition and basic gestural controls.

    Classic smoke and mirrors.
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  • GreyBeard 16/06/2015

    After the years of Kinect coloured smoke blown up our collective arses, does anyone honestly think Holopromises is actually going to be any good? And if so, would they be interested in the bridge I'm selling for my Nigerian cousin. Reply -5
  • Microsoft E3 2015 conference live report

  • GreyBeard 15/06/2015

    Very good for an xbox presser, but very little to draw in those not already convinced. Reply 0
  • GreyBeard 15/06/2015

    Is it just me, or is there an ever-present sense of deja-vu hanging over this presentation? Reply 0
  • GreyBeard 15/06/2015

    Easy rule of thumb: if "Mr awesome-voice" doesnt say xbox exclusive, its a multiplat. Reply 0
  • GreyBeard 15/06/2015

    Not an exclusive lol Reply 0
  • Uwe Boll quits crowdfunding with expletive-laden tirade after third project fails

  • GreyBeard 09/06/2015

    So "retarded" now merits being asterisked out the same as other proper obscenities... eesh.

    I'm with Uwe on this: **** y'all!
    Reply -1
  • PlayStation digital refund policy in spotlight on BBC's Watchdog tonight

  • GreyBeard 29/05/2015

    I think its kinda funny the way people act like there's something especially bad about the games industry regarding charge-backs... I guess some folks don't get out much or pay their own utility bills! Reply -2
  • GreyBeard 29/05/2015

    Word to the wise:

    If you get your bank to charge-back funds from ANY service company, be it a phone provider or anything else, they will very likely suspend your account until they get paid or until an investigation has concluded. That's just how it works.

    Your bank should warn you about the likely repercussions if you ask them to pursue this action.
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  • What can we learn from The Witcher 3 "downgrade" fiasco?

  • GreyBeard 27/05/2015

    The reason why some of us are annoyed by all this bs, is that it is at heart, once again, another "graphics uber-alles" thing.

    Its very clear that plenty of self-identifying "gamers" actually don't like games very much, what in fact they do care about is the bragging-rights value of shiny graphics.

    This is why despite W3 being actually a really good game, they are still throwing their toys out of the pram over the "downgrade". That any changes made may have contributed to a superior end-result in terms of scope, content, and actual playing experience does not matter one iota to these bawling ninnies, because they didn't get the expected shiny to brag about.

    Yes, yes, they couch it in terms of them being "lied to" and "misled" by the bastard industry, but ultimately their argument only stands up if the only thing that matters is the shiny gwaffix.

    Put into a wider context, the complaints are petty, pedantic, and entirely specious.

    Its pitiful. It really is.
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  • GreyBeard 26/05/2015

    What a shameful article.

    Good job enabling every anal-retentive neurotic man-child out there. And special congratulations on elevating the value of promotional material to being greater than that of the final product. Because, after all, who cares how good the final product is when a 2013 trailer looks better...

    The only fall-out from this is going to be giant disclaimers on every trailer here on out stating bluntly that anything shown isn't neccessarily representative of the final product.

    In short they'll have to start treating everyone like infants so as to avoid flak from the pedants on the lunatic fringe.
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  • Chris Donlan on: Gaming's cruellest downgrade

  • GreyBeard 25/05/2015

    @IronSoldier

    Just fuck right off with this use of "apologist" as a passive-aggressive retort. Its getting really old.

    Accept the fact that people are disagreeing with you because they think downgrade whining is pathetically childish, not out of an abiding love for CDPR or anyone else.
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  • GreyBeard 25/05/2015

    @PlugMonkey

    Well said. Your earlier post explaining why angry pedants like George are the real problem really hit the nail on the head.

    Joyless malcontents like him are sucking all the fun out of gaming. Its bad enough just as a player, but can you imagine how utterly dispiriting it would be for any budding developer to read?

    This is your audience: Bitter, angry, and literally never satisfied. Selfish whinging little shits who even if they can't fault you on the quality of the final product, will dig out years-old promo media as a pretext to abuse your efforts.

    Why would you ever bother trying to please such people?
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  • GreyBeard 24/05/2015

    @George-Roper

    So... I'm an apologist because I pointed out some folks are parroting the term "vertical slice" without knowing what one is?

    Umm... Ok.

    Btw. You're certifiable. Stop taking the crazy pills.
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  • GreyBeard 24/05/2015

    @George-Roper

    You really are making an inordinate effort to make yourself look like a twat aren't you?

    You're arguing with yourself! How can I flip-flop on a position I've never taken in the first place!
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  • GreyBeard 24/05/2015

    @George-Roper

    Actually my post was more of a general /facepalm reaction to the numerous uses elsewhere in this thread of the term "vertical slice" without a clue as to its meaning, rather than a specific defence of CDPR.

    "Vertical Slice" is not just another PR buzzword. Its a term for very particular sort of early production build intended to give a *sense* of the final goal.

    But whatever, I can't even be bothered flaming you back. That's how little I care about you and your witless point-of-view.
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  • GreyBeard 24/05/2015

    People should really learn what a vertical-slice demo is, and why, when and for whom its made before they start running their mouths about them.

    Its embarrassing.
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  • GreyBeard 23/05/2015

    The biggest downgrade I've noticed is in the level of intelligence in gaming discussion these days. Reply +6
  • CD Projekt tackles The Witcher 3 downgrade issue head on

  • GreyBeard 21/05/2015

    When people are more hung up on a two year cold trailer than the finished and almost universally praised final build, its time to give up. Reply +12
  • Homophobic and transphobic game removed from Steam Greenlight

  • GreyBeard 06/05/2015

    Crappy, "shock" video-games are nothing new (From "Custer's Revenge" to "Paki Bash" and so on). The only thing that's really changed is the amount of attention given and seriousness with which they are treated... mostly by an internet media that runs on sensationalism.

    The hypocrisy is kinda nauseating really; be appalled by the contents, but not so much that it prevents them from putting up videos showing it and gathering the clicks/attention.
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