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  • Watch Johnny learn how to stay alive in Nioh

  • grassyknoll 17/01/2017

    I loved the alpha & beta to this game, stopped me playing Dark Soul's 3. Probably going to be one of my games of the generation. Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 17/01/2017

    @ooStevo It's published by Sony. Reply +2
  • Nintendo: Switch launch day "not be-all and end-all"

  • grassyknoll 17/01/2017

    @-Gemini73- Personally, I think the launch pricing is just gouging of fans, I think it's going to be very difficult to sell the Switch at 280 during when the PS4 / Xbox One will be closer to 150. Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 17/01/2017

    So, when do we think we'll have the first price drop by? I'm saying October by 33%, just like the 3DS. Reply 0
  • Nintendo Switch's bundled Joy-Con grip doesn't charge controllers

  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    @PlugMonkey Just because you don't give a shit about your consumer rights or usability of your devices in the future doesn't mean others don't. I personally don't want to pay Nintendo 80 to change a battery mid gen. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    @PlugMonkey Loads of people do, no removable battery influences loads of Android users phone choices. Being charged a fortune to change a battery is disgusting. I would add a console is a device you use for around 5 years and has a high power draw, so the likelihood is you will have to change the battery in it's lifetime. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    @OnlyJoeKing At present I have to buy a Pro controller to have a dpad and I await the GameCube Joy-Con's with analogue triggers for its VC. They may have a premium feel, but it's still an attempt to scam 150 off the fans who have supported Nintendo the most. Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    @PlugMonkey "Is there a really fantastic reason I'm not quite seeing why this same complaint isn't applied to my PS3 controllers, Vive controllers, mobile phone and tablet?"

    The same complaint is directed at those things. Not sure why you think this is new.
    Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    @OnlyJoeKing If you're happy to pay a premium that's absolutely fine (it's your money) but Nintendo are basically scamming consumers: Want a dpad, buy a 60 controller, want to play on the beach, buy a 30 Joy-Con grip... This is going to go on and on for the lifetime of the product. I'm personally out and not coming back until we have removable batteries, reasonable prices and no online fees. Reply +7
  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    @-Gemini73- I don't mind people knowingly paying a premium, but objectively massive fans must know this is obscene. How can anyone defend a Nintendo device not having a dpad for example? Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    @OnlyJoeKing "have you actually been able to get your hands on one? Both Xbox and Playstation have premium controllers which are 80+"

    Is this a joke? They also have 30 options, Nintendo does not.
    Reply +9
  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    @PlugMonkey A. Because to get the battery replaced you're going to have to pay Nintendo service fees (with the having rate for phones being 80). It's a high power draw device, you're lightly to do this at least once in it's lifetime.

    B. Because it's the part most likely to break.

    C. Consumers should have the choice anyway.

    D. I don't have a plug socket on the beach or in the woods.

    It's just another part of the con job that is the Switch.
    Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    @cw- This is a premium device with premium pricing and it should be criticised as such. I don't need forum spin doctors telling me I don't need a D pad and "it's only 60", Jesus (and you just know they're going to release GameCube VC Joy-Con's with analogue triggers, for another 75). No one should be defending the pricing of this and everything around Switch, especially Nintendo fans. Nintendo isn't offering a good product for a reasonable price, they're gouging their fan base who will be early adopters. I don't think I've ever been so disgusted by a gaming company, they're just showing total contempt for their supporters. Reply +15
  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    @Mr.Spo In all honesty everything about this system is a complete mess, from pricing to the way online works. I'm kind of speechless at every decision surrounding the device, it's like Nintendo wants the device to fail. Reply +5
  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    @Mr.Spo "but I find it difficult to believe charging the joy-cons will be so obtuse"

    I don't, this is the company that sold an extra analogue stick as an accessory on the the 3DS.
    Reply +8
  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    @Gearskin "Charge should not be an issue."

    What about people who are on holiday or who travel regularly with work? 20 hours is also the "optimal" time, after a year or so that becomes 10.
    Reply +8
  • grassyknoll 16/01/2017

    Nintendo Switch is an absolute joke when it comes to pricing: 280 itself, 70 to have access to a fucking dpad with the pro controller, no removable battery (so no doubt gonna be charged a fortune in service fees and it's a portable), no pack in game, online fees (with no pricing 2 months from launch) and extra for this. Can't put into words how disgusting the pricing, I don't know how it's going to do, but the device deserves to fail. Reply +70
  • Switch clicks in the hands, but on paper, it's in trouble

  • grassyknoll 14/01/2017

    @-Gemini73- Well in the all honesty I don't think it'll sell much but it appears Nintendo doesn't actually want to anyway. They just want to make 10 times the profit they currently do from WiiU owners than make any attempt to broaden their appeal or encourage engagement. Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 14/01/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_ On the software side there's lots of software for me (but there's no doubt there's some late 2018 / early 2019 games), but for me the issue is around pricing (for everything basically), online fees and battery life (which isn't fucking removable, so Nintendo is gonna charge you to replace it, so we're talking 100).

    I've always defended Nintendo having far higher margins than the big 2, but this is just disgusting. It's a device not designed to have a business around it, but something to exploit fans to an unprecedented degree. I can't have any part of it in it's current form and it's going to drive the masses away, it's significantly cheaper on every level to buy in on a PS4 / X1 and a gaming tablet together than a Switch. Nintendo's current CEO is an accountant and it shows in every action surrounding the device.
    Reply +10
  • grassyknoll 13/01/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_ HAHAHAHAHA! I was so so wrong. I don't think anyone imagined this. Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 13/01/2017

    @Devox This online subscrption for one NES ROM for a month is an absolute joke. I don't know how they said it with a straight face honestly. Reply +11
  • grassyknoll 13/01/2017

    @Naetharu I just think it's incredibly short sighted, they have a fantastic line up of games, a incomparable back catalogue and a great concept (not to bothered about specs) that could have some appeal to many demographics and their gone down the gouging route. I never buy second hand and try to support the games industry as much as I can, but can't justify ever being a Switch, the whole business model is disgusting. Hopefully Project Octopath / SMT make it to PS4. Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 13/01/2017

    @-Gemini73- Nintendo could have done some many things to be profitable: Have an Netflix style service with their back catalogue, push their system at a reasonable price to sell as many games as possible or offered different incentives, but they've basically had the mindset "make WiiU2 but with 4 times the margin on everything". The pricing is absolutely shameful and basically gouging fans to a point where I think it's exploitative. Reply +15
  • grassyknoll 13/01/2017

    The thing of if this sells 10 million units Nintendo is going to make a fortune. The console, accessories and game prices are completely ridiculous and topped up with an online service that's not even integrated into the console for the most part. I genuinely think the pricing is disgusting for every facet of the system. Nintendo have turned me from a super fan into someone who will buy the system 2nd hand in 5 years. Reply +25
  • Nintendo Switch won't use StreetPass or Miiverse

  • grassyknoll 14/01/2017

    @OnlyJoeKing Sorry, but this criticism is absolutely justified. The Nintendo Switch for all intents and purposes is a downclocked Nvidia Shield, a device that retails with a 500GB SSD for 280. With the economics of scale Nintendo has, 3rd party licensing and selling vast amounts of software (with online subscriptions to boot) there is absolutely no need for this to be as expensive as it is. To top it off the battery isn't even removable for the device, so Nintendo is going to charge you 80 - 100 to replace it (& for a heavy use / high power draw device like this, that could be every 2 years). Nintendo's current CEO is an accountant and it shows, because everything about the Switch is about gouging fans. I'd honestly say the pricing is not just high, but genuinely exploitative. Reply +21
  • Nintendo's precarious reveal runs risk of Switching off fans

  • grassyknoll 13/01/2017

    I genuinely think the execs at Nintendo have lost their fucking minds. I've don't think I've ever seen such disappointment around a console reveal, even strong Nintendo fans are turned off. A complete disaster. Reply +3
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch with Nintendo Switch

  • grassyknoll 13/01/2017

    Looks absolutely stunning. Reply +10
  • Nintendo Switch out 3rd March for 279.99

  • grassyknoll 13/01/2017

    Not going to speak for the global market, but in the UK (where Nintendo has a real up hill battle anyway even in the best case scenario) this thing is going to do terribly. The price is way too high, battery life is poor and paid online (with only access to a NES or SNES game for a month, really wanting their cake and eating it with VC sales) basically puts Switch into super fan territory. Incredibly disappointing all round (many of those games are being shown super early to boot, I wouldn't be surprised if No More Heroes and a few others are 2019 titles). Reply +47
  • grassyknoll 13/01/2017

    The online multiplayer subscription includes access to one NES or SNES for a month and the controllers are more expensive than the PS4's or Xbox's. Great line up, but Nintendo have totally priced themselves out of the family / 2nd console range and into a direct competitor of the big 2, which is complete madness. They don't have the specs, online architecture, 3rd party games (range and numbers) to compete in that sphere. Reply +87
  • grassyknoll 13/01/2017

    Too expensive & paid online is a complete joke. Totally lost me as a buyer. Reply +70
  • Sony closes Rigs studio Guerrilla Cambridge

  • grassyknoll 12/01/2017

    Incredibly disappointing and very shortsighted, especially with RIGS being one of the best VR games. Hope everyone lands on their feet. Reply +4
  • Scalebound director sorry game's cancellation "let fans down"

  • grassyknoll 11/01/2017

    @ProTw33ks "A game that Shuhei Yoshida himself said was rubbish, oh how wrong he was."

    I get really annoyed when I see this constantly stated without context. When Shu played the game it had no lock on at all, had an terrible frame rate and no online features, everything came together basically a week before the disks were pressed. I don't think many of us would have liked it if we played it like that.
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  • Gravity Rush 2 review

  • grassyknoll 10/01/2017

    @Fourfoldroot Not sure why you've been negged for that. I've never wanted so many games before in my lifetime. I've got Gravity Rush 2, Kingdom Hearts 2.8, Resident Evil 7, Horizon, Persona V, Yakuza Zero, Dragon Quest Heroes 2, Y's, Nioh & Nier on my "to buy" list (especially the last 2) and there's stuff like Fate / Extella, Berserk, Tales of that look interesting and that's just the first 4 months of the year. For me, gaming has never looked so good (but it depends what you own and like). Reply +16
  • Microsoft is removing Scalebound videos from its YouTube channel

  • grassyknoll 10/01/2017

    @sonicchaos It doesn't work like that at all. For a start, as Microsoft owns the IP, Platnium can't say "We're not making this exclusive anymore". Secondly, Platnium are known for getting games out on budget / on time (hence why they get so much repeat business). MS are known for radically changing briefs (add a "single player mode to Phantom Dust...with the same budget" or make Fable Legends a F2P game). Occum's Razor pretty much assumes MS is at fault. Reply +4
  • Sources: Microsoft and Platinum part ways on Scalebound, development ceased

  • grassyknoll 10/01/2017

    @-Gemini73- I don't mind, but this "everything's fine" thing on forums is very draining. It's pretty obviously that if a massive project is cancelled before it's finished then things are not fine. As I said in my first post, it's the saddest gaming related news of the generation for me. Reply +4
  • grassyknoll 10/01/2017

    @saxxonde I'm not saying their dead, but they do need significant investment from a large publisher or buying in the next few months or there's going to be significant job losses. Maybe if you knew you videogame history you'd know this kind of situation kills studios more than anything else, remember Darkside, Factor 5, GSC, etc?
    Contract studios need contracts and it's pretty obvious they didn't have one lined up as this was pretty much a late 2017 release. I'm hoping Cygames and Nintendo give them some work (or it appears Nintendo is possibly buying).
    Reply -4
  • grassyknoll 09/01/2017

    @I_Am_CatButler Don't know why you're being negged for that, MS basically has become a service game maker, if you don't have multiplayer and micro transactions, they drop your game. Reply -5
  • grassyknoll 09/01/2017

    @TriggerHippie Because half the studio doesn't actually have a game to make. What do you think happens? You don't just so something else, a publisher needs to be paying for a game to be made (and they obviously need one fast). Reply -8
  • grassyknoll 09/01/2017

    So it sounds like Microsoft wanted to shoehorn multiplayer into the game in 2015 (just like when MS wanted single player in Phantom Dust with the same budget), if Platnium close because of that, I'd be gutted. MS are getting a serious reputation for doing this now with second parties (Platnium, Level 5, Obsidian, Dark side), they are really burning their bridges. Reply -7
  • grassyknoll 09/01/2017

    @rep- "Vanquish is a classic. One of my favourite games. More down to the genius of Mikami than Platinum though."

    What a load of shit, do you really believe Mikami micro managed and made Vanquish alone? Games are massive productions that required cooperation & talent on a large scale. It's daft to suggest a big budget game was carried by a single person (even if he is a incredible director).
    Reply +6
  • grassyknoll 09/01/2017

    @MerryLoony This isn't about games, this is about 100 people losing their jobs, a great studio potentially closing and worst of all lead staff (Kamiya) having to take time out of work because of a stress related illness. This isn't a time for silly platform politics. Reply +19
  • grassyknoll 09/01/2017

    @Malek86 Well I hope so, but United Front Games, GSC, Factor 5 and dozens of other studios have closed when games are cancelled mid production. Massive games like this kill studios if cancelled at this point, not sure how anyone can really disagree. We have a 100 possible employees who basically don't have any work and Platnium has to get a massive contract to fill that gap (which for most studios is only a few months) Reply +5
  • grassyknoll 09/01/2017

    @Malek86 Activision closed their licensing division last year and Neir is in post production. We're talking 100 plus staff who were working on this game suddenly without a project, they would have a time line, you don't just get to jump in and make new games. It's like people don't understand how games are made. Reply +13
  • grassyknoll 09/01/2017

    @IronGiant Sony isn't a games related charity. Not sure why people assume they'll always going to save games. Our best hope for Platnium's future is most likely a contract with Nintendo given their recent history (Starfox, Starfox Guard, The Wonderful 101 & Bayonetta 2). Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 09/01/2017

    If this is true then this could end Platinum Games, cancelling big projects like this in the middle of full production kills contract studios. Just so incredibly sad and the worst gaming related news this generation and the last. Reply -4
  • Sony's 2017: steady as she goes as PS4 goes big on games

  • grassyknoll 05/01/2017

    @Turniplord Kiwami is out in the summer, 6 is out "early 2018". Both published by Deep Silver. Reply +3
  • Nintendo's 2017: two seismic shifts, and the conundrum that will decide its future

  • grassyknoll 04/01/2017

    @I_Am_CatButler I think the specs don't really matter in this case, mobile is about F2P and the Switch is a 3G / 4G less device. Switch is being positioned as a console that embraces uniqueness and family play on the go or at home, especially at children. I kind of see it akin to something like the 3DS, but with companion apps than attempting to take on Google or Apple (which no one wants to do anyway!) Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 04/01/2017

    @ubergine Why are you ascribing loads of things I haven't said to me? It seems to me this is a 3DS successor with an outlet to play games at home, it's pretty clear you have real issues not able to process that as you only seem to mention the WiiU.

    The 3DS is the benchmark is what we should be comparing the Switch to, but minus the 3D but with the bonus of coop on one device, added TV play and all Nintendo's efforts on a single platform, rather than 2. It's difficult to say how it's going to do, but the vision and marketing are very clear and consistent, something the WiiU (& 3DS) didn't have. That's actually a very healthy start and something that appeals to their core demographic (children, families, Japanese commuters), but opens up avenues to other gaming groups (a 2nd platform for PS4, Xbox One or PC owners).
    Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 04/01/2017

    @ubergine Nothing bores me more than someone on a specialist gaming thinking everyone spends as much time researching games as they do. Obviously on a site like this, their will be people thinking "PS4 or Switch, PS4 Pro or PC etc", but in the real world Japanese commuters, young children or families are not choosing between PS4 or Switch at all. Nintendo's real challenge will be providing a unique experience that's difference enough from mobile / tablet gaming that's compelling to consumers (I didn't mention mobile before, so don't know why you added that).

    If anything you're getting sucked into the stupidity that 8 year old girls play the exactly the games as 27 year old men. There's enough room for gaming diversity (look at all the different types of software and hardware we have) to have something unique or left of field.
    Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 04/01/2017

    @I_Am_CatButler "Could Nintendo (and DeNA) be competing with Apple and Google to create a more hardcore mobile gaming platform?"

    I don't think so, because what would be the point? Seems that Nintendo to me is using mobile to broaden their demographics and uses apps as promotional tools for games. I think their going for a trans-media push (games, apps, Amiibo, theme parks) becoming more akin to Disney (on a smaller, more focused scale) than taking on Apple or Google, who are helping them. The specs are pretty meaningless to what Nintendo is doing in the short and medium term.
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