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  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a cautious step forward for Capcom's troubled franchise

  • Kami 19/09/2014

    All sounds like a monumental step back to my ears.

    Revelations had tension building; it had surprises, and genuine moments of crystalline "WTF?!" Ooze Rachel was a great baddie! This sounds so much like it's taking Revelations towards the rest of the recent Resident Evil games, and that's... really sad. Truly sad.

    Couple that with a recycled plot (can Claire ever not be kidnapped and taken to a prison island rampant with undead? Or is this just her thing now? Will Anita Sarkeesian have something to say about this? Answers on a postcard...) and an engine which hasn't exactly been known for doing good stuff in HD (Revelations HD says hi. Well, it said, "Uuuurghhhngh..." but I suppose that's a greeting...) and it all sounds... well, a bit shoddy.

    Also, the season pass is more expensive than individually buying the episodes. Can we stop calling the extra content we're going to be paying for "bonus content"? It's not bonus content. People are paying extra for that. There's nothing about it that's a bonus. You pay more, you expect more right?

    Sorry if this sounds like having a downer. I love Resident Evil as a series... it's why seeing stuff like this happen breaks my cynical little heart. EG may see this as a step forward... but off what?

    I hope it proves me wrong though. I hope the gameplay is solid. Because the alternative is the realisation that Resident Evil may have stopped being a good series. And that would make me very sad. :(
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  • What next for Minecraft on PlayStation?

  • Kami 19/09/2014

    @man.the.king - It's a generational thing I think. I'm of an older era where we had to enjoy polygonal angles damnit! ;) Reply +1
  • Kami 18/09/2014

    @man.the.king - I just thought it was an interesting angle. I like angles. Reply 0
  • Kami 18/09/2014

    @NathanDaviesUK; Sony might, but perhaps not for the reasons people assume.

    I've been thinking about this deal and I'm coming to the realisation that the Mojang buyout could be a $2.5 billion Trojan Horse. What Minecraft gives Microsoft is an unparalleled cross-section view of the industry and various companies with which it now has to deal with. That isn't limited to just Sony, and it's hardware and firmware - various other mobile phone makers and mobile content delivery services (and possibly even Nintendo in the future!) could rightly question the "moral goodwill" of the deal.

    In a sense, Microsoft pulled a blinder on that front. It now has access to what information Mojang has; and the option and/or possibility to peer across as its rivals in the future and see what they're up to long before we even get to see it. Is $2.5 billion dollars worth that kind of market power? Yes. Yes. And thrice, yes. You could even call that 'cheap'.

    The downside is that the minute there's evidence of Microsoft doing this, you can bet that a legal storm will begin and it'll be like few others. This isn't corporate espionage because it's just a bit... well, obvious, really. It's like saying, "I won't look!" whilst peeping out between your fingers. But with so much concern still over patents, inventions, innovations and leaking information, Microsoft is now undeniably a presence where in some cases it absolutely isn't welcome. It has bought its way into an advantageous position, and the question is whether the Competition Commission in Europe will have anything to say about this, or whether Microsoft even in America will be smacked down for taking such a bold move.

    It's a brilliant bit of business, really. Microsoft pulled something that most people have blindly glossed over, preferring instead to focus on details like, "BUT CAN I STILL PLAY IT ON MY PS4?!" The real dark beauty of this deal is what it gives Microsoft, beyond Minecraft. The devil really truly is in the detail here.

    But for how long Microsoft will get away with it... well, that's for the industry to decide.
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  • Hyrule Warriors review

  • Kami 17/09/2014

    @arcam; I'm not pro-boobs (SHOCK HORROR!), but this is a crossover and whilst yes, the game has to be identifiably Zelda themed, it'd be foolish to think that the chaps who developed it (who worked on the Warriors games no less) weren't going to throw in a few of their own favourite little quirks! In this instance, it's one evil woman whose greatest power is the ability for her breasts to defy gravity and most basic laws of physics, seeing as what coverage there is can only be supported by double-sided tape...

    I'm hoping we see a few more crossovers in future. Nintendo is having a bit of a crossover bender of late, and this is probably the one that had the most potential to go pear-shaped, so it's been nice to see a good game at the end of it.

    What we all want really though is a Zelda/Dark Souls crossover. Dear Nintendo, we want that and we want it now if not relatively sooner...
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  • Kami 17/09/2014

    @kinky_mong; I'd consider Tingle the biggest tit in the Zelda series but that's just me... Reply +25
  • Kami 17/09/2014

    @arcam; It's a crossover so Cia (which is her name) is more the traditional Warriors side of things; a villainess who aside from having dangerously dark magical powers also comes replete with a divine rack - because juxtaposition is sometimes good, no?

    As the conclusion said, it's a marriage of two games and for the most part, it's kind of nice if not at times a little weird.

    But Zelda series does have a history of boobs... Darunia has always had a nice pair, no? (UNCLEAN! UNCLEEEEEEAAAAAN!)
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  • A look inside Tokyo's Pokémon Center

  • Kami 17/09/2014

    Oh the things I would do for that Charizard model... Reply +3
  • SteamWorld Heist follows up Dig with a turn-based strategy game

  • Kami 16/09/2014

    Dig was and is a wonderful little gem (narf!).

    Also, nice to see he gets it. The Nintendo market at the moment IS different; an anomaly, if you will. It loves to support good content - but it will utterly reject anything half-arsed. It's kind of obvious when you think about it. Big publishers spend vast amounts of money on third-party outsiders to come in and tell them how to sell to particular markets.

    It's not really rocket science. Engage with an audience and it's quite likely it will engage back. It never ceases to surprise me how companies need to spend so much money on a simple human truth; "Treat others how you might want to be treated in kind..."
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  • Sony website mentions Resident Evil Revelations 2 for Vita

  • Kami 16/09/2014

    @SpaceMonkey77; What's more depressing is Rod Lima finished his Claire A recreation on YouTube recently. Took him what, seven months to do that in UE?

    I know Capcom still has money troubles but I wonder if they still know their ass from their elbow...
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  • Kami 16/09/2014

    @kentmonkey; Well, this game was originally "outed" on an XBox fansite as I recall, so it isn't a stretch to imagine that this Sony "slip" might have some truth to it.

    Reality for me though is that I would buy it on the Vita, but I wouldn't buy it on consoles.

    I bought the first Revelations on the 3DS and it was, in a silly way, a revelation. It wasn't 'horror' as I sort of knew it, but the tight focus and the sublime controls (including the gorgeous gyro!) made it a wonderful dip-in-and-out action game. It's the primary reason why Raid Mode became such a huge fan hit; small, focused and well thought out missions. With some design nods to the original PS games, and a few nods to Gaiden (It happened Capcom, get over it!), it just worked.

    Then they scaled it up to HD screens last year; eurgh! They barely touched most of the textures. There was abominable tearing in places. A general lack of polish just let the whole thing down, as did the DLC (Lady Hunk is the worst DLC ever made in the history of ever and ever forever. I'm sorry, but creepy sick nasty wrong shame Capcom SHAAAAAAAME!). Also, the Wii U controls were unforgivably poor (PS3 I could understand with normal controller, Wii U has a gyro and Capcom never used it, twits!).

    The engine therefore doesn't seem up to proper HD stuff. This is Capcom knocking out a "budget" Resident Evil title, after all. Which is sort of nice, I guess. I'm all for more cost-effective entries. I mean, Resident Evil 6 was a Kitchen Sink Budget and that wasn't too special. Sometimes it's good to pare it back. I'm not against the notion! Make a new spin-off arc. Take the series down another road. Give the main market time for Resi6's corpse to decompose away completely.

    But if we can't have this on the New 3DS next year (Capcom kind of missing a trick or two there I think, 800k sales at least on 3DS from a time the 3DS wasn't doing so well), I'd much rather it on Vita than consoles. Revelations worked on the handheld. It didn't translate well to consoles. Most people pointed that out. Structure was all wrong.

    They run every risk of messing up Revelations 2 trying to make it more "console-y" (Revelations wasn't - that was kind of the revelation. Mobile action stuff could be really good!). If Capcom wants to do a budget horror that badly, HD up Haunting Ground. Now THAT was good horror from when Capcom understood the concept...
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  • Sorry, Microsoft, but you can't own Minecraft

  • Kami 13/09/2014

    @Ian-Beale; To be fair, it's a rumour right now. And if you were to believe the rumour as it is, Notch approached Microsoft in this instance, not the other way around.

    There's an interesting discussion to be had in all of this, but I think it should wait until we have facts rather than rumours. It seems presumptuous to rubbish a buyout based on speculation and rumour, after all. We simply don't have nearly enough facts. If it is truthful, then at most we can extrapolate for now is that Notch is actively seeking a buyer for his business. That's all.

    Everything else feels like jumping the gun somewhat.
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  • Nintendo shows off NES Edition 3DS XL

  • Kami 11/09/2014

    @CaptainKid; Really? You're going along with that are you?

    Look, Nintendo does this and has done this for a very long time now. Hell, do you remember the Pikachu N64? I do. I sold mine a while back for £350, recently I noticed the value is up to about £500.

    They're collectables, and this is where Nintendo more than anyone knows how to play the market considering this has been their primary business for a freaking century already. That Persona one in particular I can see being worth a LOT in the coming years. As long as Nintendo sensibly keeps these to limited runs, at the end of the old 3DS' lifespan, their value should hold in the coming years.

    The NES one is a bit pants though, really, I've seen the one Eldritch posted before and I'd pay money for that shit without thinking. Even though I've been selling my old collection piece by piece lately, there's a horrible part of my brain still looking for, "teh shiny!"

    And until we have a release date for the New 3DS in the UK, why the hell not keep pushing sales? It's like, "Oh god, now Nintendo must stop making money because it'll be confusing otherwise!"

    It's still money Nintendo wants. My guess is we're not going to see the New 3DS on these shores until at least "Holiday Season 2015". Call me a pessimist if you will, but I know one thing; until they date it for Europe, it'll be business as usual.
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  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will debut as four weekly episodic downloads

  • Kami 10/09/2014

    @SouthernGoliath; I think the HD version was trying to bridge up for this release.

    Personally, I'd much rather have an enhanced Resident Evil: The Mercenary Raiders on 3DS; blend of Mercs and Raid with multiple characters, weapons and locales for mobile multiplayer madness.

    Great thing is, they have tons to recycle for that too (they could do what Rod Lima did with his Resi 2 remake vids and basically rip huge chunks of it from Umbrella/Darkside Chronicles), so it'd be cheap, what we want and quite a lot of fun.

    Watch as Capcom pretend it's not a good idea...
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  • Kami 10/09/2014

    Each episode will cost $5.99 (about £3.70) or you can buy a Season Pass covering the lot for $24.99 (about £15.50).
    But 4 x 5.99 is 23.96... and 4 x 3.70 = 14.80

    So that bonus content is being paid for by the extra money, right?
    Reply +12
  • Teens react to the NES

  • Kami 08/09/2014

    After locating the cartridge slot, many were amazed when the software did not boot unless you blew on the game cartridge first.
    That was a myth and it's been debunked a few times already!
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  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 stars Claire Redfield

  • Kami 08/09/2014

    @lone_wolf_uk; Well, I'll presume Capcom is going along with that then.

    Claire still has no excuse.
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  • Kami 08/09/2014

    @bad09: I think that's why Revelations worked on the 3DS; limitations. Capcom were forced to cut the fluff because the 3DS wasn't the place for extravagant indulgence. To me, it's why Revelations - even in its typically Capcom-style lazy HD version - works well and felt different. It's also probably why it felt so old-school; the tight corridors, darkness and general structure were no doubt designed to save the 3DS from having a seizure, but ultimately played right back into the old fixed-cameras and awkward angles thing, knowing you have no room for error when running past things...

    I'd like to think Capcom have learned a few things from it. But that plot... *sigh* I just want to slap Capcom for that.
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  • Kami 08/09/2014

    Dat plot. Nice to see all dodgy pharmaceutical companies have a giant island prison complex.

    As I recall, Moira was kidnapped along with the rest of Barry's immediate family in Resident Evil 1. Although I'm not sure the REMake upheld that; the suggestion was maybe Wesker lied about it. Either way, welcome Moira to the joys of being kidnapped and taken to a zombie-infested prison complex.

    Claire - jeez. This is the second time now! Did she learn NOTHING from Code: Veronica? Once is a misfortune, twice looks like carelessness...
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  • Watch Dogs: Bad Blood expansion coming this month

  • Kami 03/09/2014

    @Pandy; lol, don't even joke about it.

    We both know it won't be...
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  • Deadly Premonition headlines Rising Star sale

  • Kami 03/09/2014

    @tyronewalcott; Oh we will, and thanks for the games! Reply +3
  • Kami 03/09/2014

    A reminder that this sale also covers their 3DS eShop range as well. Reply +2
  • Saints Row 4 SDK released for PC

  • Kami 03/09/2014

    A few other weapons from movies I just thought of;

    * "The SickStick" from Minority Report - a tonfa/sonic screwdriver hybrid that causes those struck by it to instantly start projectile vomiting. Gross and funny.

    * "Dragon's Breath" from Constantine - Because whilst I can imagine Harry Potter fans wanting wands, I'd much rather a wand of pure fiery pain thanks.

    * Not so much a weapon, but a "Chuck Norris Launcher". Because Chuck Norris that's why.

    * The "Gristle Gun" from eXistenZ - Again, it's gross. But it's kind of clever gross. Plus it's still a decent film. Deserves some recognition!

    But... there can be only one.

    * The De-Evolution Gun from Super Mario Movie.

    Seriously. Forget everything else about that movie. Think about a gun that can turn anyone on the sidewalk into a chimp. See? There is something to salvage from that movie!

    (Also, no dildos were harmed in the imagining of this list.)
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  • Kami 03/09/2014

    @DreadedWalrus; That's witchcraft, that is! Reply 0
  • Kami 03/09/2014

    How about a bazooka that fires a cement-filled boxing glove? Or a bow that fires chickens? The "Hammer" M14? The "Up Yours" Eye Poker M16?

    (I may have watched both Hot Shots! movies last night...)
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  • PewDiePie no longer allows comments on his videos

  • Kami 03/09/2014

    He has instead opted to use Reddit and Twitter to communicate with his fanbase, platforms that are famously free of clutter and arguments.
    You forgot the /sarcasm at the end! ;)
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  • Nintendo seriously considered having Splatoon star Mario

  • Kami 29/08/2014

    Please... it's the very fact this is a new IP that got us interested. Then we saw the game; it's comic-book punk style, the ear-worm theme tune, the great concept and the gorgeous visuals (oh, and brilliant looking gameplay!). The game was sold to me long ago, and I never once thought, "You know what'd improve this? MARIO!"

    I dare say I think Mario would have held this back a little. They'd have to follow rules, templates and pre-set notions; the new IP means they can do what they want and how they want to do it, which makes more sense to me in this case.

    I know Nintendo worries sometimes, but seriously. This is one occasion where Mario would have been surplus to requirements. Splatoon looks rock solid all on its own; why hide it under Mario-themed garnish?
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  • The worst games I've ever played, by Ellie Gibson

  • Kami 28/08/2014

    Ahh Ellie, you have been subjected to the very worst the industry threw at us...

    Take care on your travels, we await your return. Hey, SOMEONE had to come back and review Goldenballs 2. Or the next Kinect fighter!

    We'll always have that Danny Dyer line...
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  • Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King review

  • Kami 27/08/2014

    Sony is aware of the issue; Source; PSUK Twitter

    Still shouldn't be an issue, but then, Sony has had a few issues with season passes for a while now...
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  • Kami 27/08/2014

    Just waiting now for the PS Store to update.

    *twiddles thumbs*
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  • Mario Kart 8 getting Zelda and Animal Crossing DLC

  • Kami 27/08/2014

    @Floppy; Try on the eShop under Mario Kart 8 and "view add-on content", you can pre-order there (also, the Mercedes DLC can be downloaded right now for free too). Reply +3
  • Kami 27/08/2014

    @ZuluHero; You already know you'll be £14 in the hole. Probably best not to fight it... :P Reply +13
  • Kami 27/08/2014

    Seven quid for that amount of content in each pack? Why Nintendo, you're spoiling us! Reply +32
  • Capcom files lawsuit against Koei Tecmo for patent infringement

  • Kami 26/08/2014

    Capcom is;

    a) Stupid.
    b) Desperate.
    c) Ethically bankrupt.

    It kinda boils down to that really. Sad, sad state of affairs...
    Reply +25
  • Pokémon fighting game Pokkén Tournament announced

  • Kami 26/08/2014

    Have to say, it looks great!

    ... but still, for all these fun and games, I'd do nasty horrible things for a full Wii U Pokémon adventure with visuals like that...
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  • Destiny's Ghost takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

  • Kami 26/08/2014

    @AgentDaleCooper; So far, the community around this fad is doing a damned good job in shaming and/or pointing out those who are "herding" without noting why they're doing it.

    I think lessons were learned from last years "No Makeup Selfie" thing; hijacked by egotistical women who wanted strangers to tell them how beautiful they were without the slap on, it was amazing how many did it - both celeb and non-celeb - without realising it was supposed to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. That was a bit of an embarrassment, really, for so many people who did it. Especially those who had some degree of fame - when people began to note that it was a charity cause, whoo boy.

    Is it a silly thing? I guess. What I know about it was the ice bucket was supposed to be the forfeit; you dunked yourself to get the message out there, so to speak. That famous faces and now developers are investing money in motor neurone disease (ALS, same thing) is great. I think it's good to occasionally throw the spotlight on an otherwise somewhat forgotten cause. Eventually, it'll all go away. People will get bored and BBC News is reporting today that there's a possibility a death could now be linked to it.

    Will it help? Well... I can't answer that. I'm sure the money will be much welcomed though. And some people will get their egos fed in the process. For the most part, it's a win-win.

    (But yeah, I'm already bored of it now :p)
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  • Legend of Grimrock is coming to iOS

  • Kami 23/08/2014

    @kangarootoo; Get ye to Steam, Legend of Grimrock has been available for quite some time. (If ye not able to Steam, ye can also GOG it too!). Reply 0
  • Kami 23/08/2014

    I still play the original; the modding scene for it has been (mostly) incredible. It's great to see the sequel is still coming along nicely! Reply +2
  • Disney Infinity is now free on Wii U

  • Kami 23/08/2014

    @Murton; 'Tis the season for some people to be complete and utter dingleberries. I mean, a few days ago I got forwarded to an IGN article about Splatoon, where the writer complained he would have preferred it had it been a 3D platform adventure. Ergo, the same shit that IGN and others generally complain we see too much of from Nintendo. Doesn't matter that he seemed to miss the point that it's been built to be what it is and to fill a niche, here's another journo, thinking, "Yeah, it should be traditional Nintendo crap, leave the experimenting to others!".

    It's not just journalists either; UbiSoft's complaints of a lack of Wii U software sales. Oh how horrible of us Wii U owners to not buy UbiSoft games! I mean, they're only late, buggy, badly-optimised, lacking functions and features and content and above all else, are much more expensive than getting the same game on another platform! How awful that Wii U owners refuse to bend over for UbiSoft so they can give us the good old shafting, eh? How genuinely AWFUL of us! The only example we have of a game that wasn't late (sort of) was Rayman Legends. And we all know how that went, don't we? It sold most on Wii U. Wait, what? A game built for and optimised for a platform selling the most units? How did they miss that one?!

    Frankly, there's a worrying level of this lunacy happening of late - it's not really even limited to opinions on Nintendo either. It's like that scene on Doctor Who... suddenly, you just see without seeing. And things just look wrong!

    I wonder what Jeffrey is really angry about...
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  • Hazard joins Messi on the cover of FIFA 15

  • Kami 21/08/2014

    @drhickman1983; I'd watch it!

    But yes, odd names are rife these days. I'm sadly in no position to mock...
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  • Kami 21/08/2014

    @drhickman1983; Oh, there are some hilarious footballer names. Danny Shittu. Danger Fourpence. Ralph Minge...

    Although it's nothing compared to some of the historical ones. Like Norman Conquest (whose claim to fame was being goalie to a 17-0 mauling in the fifties!).

    Sadly, it turns out Ars Bandeet, a Nigerian midfielder, may simply be an urban legend...
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  • Star Wars: Commander is your next Star Wars game

  • Kami 21/08/2014

    @VideoGameAddict25; No no, the way it works is if the next page on rating the app is split into two; "1-4 Stars" taking you to a place where they request your feedback in order to improve the game...

    Still, ominous developments are ominous.
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  • Robin Williams NPCs spotted in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

  • Kami 21/08/2014

    @Canyarion; I'd hope Nintendo put more effort into it than that. Okay, I get that Blizzard are busy people but still. As someone who does like WoW, this feels... I dunno. Lazy somehow. Reactionary. "Let's just stick a reference in there on a basic NPC and people will be happy" kind of thing.

    I mean, a Mrs. Doubtfire reference needs in my eyes a house (faction neutral, somewhere nice), two kids and an NPC that looks like a man dressed as a Scottish nanny. A female NPC model with a male voice isn't really good enough I feel. A recycled Djinn model? Oh, how clever. Hue it blue, clever. And boringly predictable. Come on, Robin was NEVER predictable on stage. (edit; Mind you the djinn/Genie thing might not be appropriate considering the animosity that Disney and Robin had for so many years...)

    Of course, they are quite probably placeholders right now for something better. The danger of datamining is that sometimes you only get a vague fuzzy view; kind of like Bigfoot footage. In their current form, no. They're not good enough. The money Blizzard make and the staff they have, I'd have preferred something a little more... inventive. A memorial you find in the jungle, a statue if you will of a lost human who fought against the odds and disappeared mysteriously. How's that for a concept?

    This isn't 2004 any longer. Times have moved on and so have expectations. Honouring our absent friends should be more than a five minute hack job knocked together by the janitor in WOWEditor.

    I dunno. I agree with the idea of honouring him. But not if the effort put in amounts to somewhere between "shat out in five minutes" and "done whilst asleep at the keyboard"...

    edit; thanks for the negs. I'll take them. I'd much rather see a human male model on his knees pretending to be a dwarf female nanny. Somehow just seems funnier...
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  • Watch six minutes of Bloodborne gameplay

  • Kami 19/08/2014

    @landlock; Well, they do still have two more DLC packs to release for Dark Souls 2. But I agree, they'd be crazy not to already be contemplating a Dark Souls 3.

    Still, I'm happy with spiritual successors and spin-offs of this nature. Okay, it's a bit chuggy in spots but so was Dark Souls. Was still one of the stand-out games of the last generation. A few rough edges can be overlooked when the rest is sheer quality...
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  • Watch Dogs is Ubisoft's last mature game for Wii U

  • Kami 19/08/2014

    @Macdaddy41; I think you're confusing two different things here.

    The Wii U sales problem is on Nintendo, that much is certain and I won't argue that the onus shouldn't be on UbiSoft or any third party to really push sales of a console. Nintendo fumbled the ball - badly - and that has led to slower sales. Easy enough.

    But UbiSoft is talking of software sales here, and that onus is VERY MUCH on them and is where your argument bites back; I am a multi-platform gamer. Explain why I'd buy a version of Assassin's Creed on the Wii U that doesn't come with all the content, or good DLC? Why would I buy a Wii U version of Splinter Cell: Blacklist when the whole multiplayer was cut to save time and money? Why buy Watch_Dogs on Wii U when it releases when I've already months beforehand rented it for PS4, played it, found it somewhat wanting and returned it in the same week?

    Nintendo has its share of blame and problems; but it shouldn't absolve UbiSoft of responsibility to its own poor business practices, which may have negatively impacted its own sales on the platform. As always, this is a company hiding behind Nintendo hoping that the majority of the anger will deflect onto Nintendo.

    Sad thing is though, it works. It works every time. And that kind of reflects badly on UbiSoft...
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  • Meta Knight return confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

  • Kami 14/08/2014

    I'd like to see some more characters. I'm kinda hopeful for Bayonetta; admittedly might be hard to tone her down a little for what is otherwise a relatively family-friendly game, but still... plenty of fun could be had there!

    Meta Knight was kinda cool though, if a little cheap, so hopefully a little tuning will do wonders here...
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  • Sonic Boom has a release date on 3DS and Wii U

  • Kami 14/08/2014

    Turns out Shadow and Metal Sonic are confirmed as the "fan-favourite" characters being wheeled into Sonic Boom.

    Personally, neither of them do anything for me - least of all Shadow. I'd have much rather seen BiG the Cat and Froggy; I always had a real soft spot for BiG. He's got a one-track mind and has an unhealthy fixation on his not-intelligent amphibious companion, but it's also the sort of old-fashioned trope that could kind of work, getting him and others into a variety of scrapes and adventures.
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  • The Evil Within reveals Season Pass and three DLC packs

  • Kami 14/08/2014

    @vast; The difference is do consumers stand up for themselves and say, "No, we refuse to be treated like this", or bend over and go, "Oh please Mr Games Industry, we're all lubed up now! Go ahead!"

    There is nothing wrong with the concept of DLC - in much the same way there is nothing inherently evil about microtransactions. They are there to help the industry make more money, or to keep a product in the public eye longer and generate more revenue. But, like any device, you can become too reliant on it - and the industry is becoming hugely dependent on DLC and microtransactions.

    Asking consumers to trust you enough to order a £20 season pass on top of a £40 game is... well, I'm sorry, it's a little extreme. First of all, who is to say the game sells well enough to even justify DLC? Not every game needs it. And yet more and more we're seeing it, because... well, because it's just what they do now. Spending money to develop DLC before the game is even a success is an idea that makes no sense to me, especially for an industry constantly moaning it isn't making much profit. No shit, because you're wasting time and money on content for games that either can't, won't or aren't that successful!

    If the industry has a finance problem, then it needs to look at WHY it has a finance problem; what has happened in the last twenty years, and what can the industry - collectively - do to help ease the burden? This is expecting more money from us; with costs rising exponentially, it's clear the bookstore model isn't going to be sustainable indefinitely - but it's got to find a model that works for both itself and consumers.

    I feel this will very seriously damage consumer relations if kept up like this; at a point where they want and need our cash more than ever, anything that could potentially turn off a buyer should be avoided at all costs.

    And I won't buy the DLC. I probably won't even buy the game, sadly. As nice as it looks and sounds, there's plenty of other stuff I'd like to support over poor DLC practices; Bayonetta 2, for example. Nintendo took a big gamble financing that, and then letting Platinum have all the time it needed to make it right. Bold risk. So far, sounds like it was an awesome plan, with awesome results and a remastered original in the box to boot, and I'd like to reward them with my money.

    The industry keeps being shocked pre-orders are down, and money is tight. What shocks me is that they're shocked about it at all. Cynical business practices = cynical consumers...
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  • Kami 13/08/2014

    I worry. I mean, don't these season passes rely on trust? A new IP needs to build that trust with the consumer first before trying to abuse it, no?

    It's like they're skipping the part where they make something worth investing in first, and that feels a bit lazy.

    The only scary thing is knowing people will defend this...
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  • Kami 08/08/2014

    @Sunjammer; Really? I own a Wii U. I like my Wii U (edit; It also gets way more use than my PS4). I see the potential in the gamepad as much as anyone; but we went through this yesterday in the Godus thing, potential is nothing until it is realised.

    The Wii came in right away with two killer demonstrations; Wii Sports, and Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition. The latter was a unicorns and rainbows moment for me, a genuine epiphany of "Holy crap I see everything and it is beautiful!". I haven't had anything near that yet with the Gamepad; although some games have indeed used it very well.

    But it does concern me a little that the general critical line for this is going to end up being, "The Pro Controller is the best way to play this game". That cannot help Nintendo who is still struggling to push Wii U sales, and is still getting criticised over its use of the Gamepad.

    Nintendo does need great games to sell the Wii U; but if that comes with a caveat of, "But you'll also need to buy XYZ to enjoy it most", it'll be more fuel added to the critical mauling Nintendo seems to continue to be getting.

    Note; I'm still buying this game though. And I still think the Wii U is a really great console.
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