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  • Nioh is a Dark Souls imitator with soul

  • grassyknoll 26/08/2016

    @slk486 Not really agreeing or disagreeing! I do think (not directed at you) but the game is actually fairer than Dark Soul's mechanically. Dark Soul's can easily be broken by leveling, Nioh can't, which is the reason I feel a lot of people don't like it. Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 26/08/2016

    @UncleLou That's because it's an 18 rated game, so you can't give it away in Germany. It'll be free on any other PSN store. Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 26/08/2016

    @UncleLou Definitely free, added on my account from the website, so Primarily / Secondary accounts don't matter. Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 26/08/2016

    @Hellotherenow The game is using assets from 2005, it was one of the first announced games for the PS3, it's been retooled as the code base was for the Cell Processor. I imagine multiple coders have had to worked on this as it started 10 years ago. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 26/08/2016

    @slk486 It is complex, but Team Ninja have simplified it in certain ways. Low stance is quick hits with keep away attacks, Mid stance is for defense, multiple enemies & parries while high stance is for high damage / aggression. It's exactly like learning multiple fighting game characters and having access to all of them at once. There's only 2 gauges to watch and you can ignore stamina once you learn Ki Pulse, you should be watching the blue ki surround your character which is the visual cue to ki pulse. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 26/08/2016

    @slk486 The thing I really like about Nioh is you don't just level up your HP, it's about learning new skills, application of those skills & improving timing. I can see why lots of people don't like the stamina punishment, but everyone in the game has the same rules governing them as you do, so enemies can be punished in the same way. Reply -4
  • grassyknoll 26/08/2016

    @slk486 I think that the Ki Pulse system is one of the best mechanics I've seen in a decade actually, it basically works like a reset in a fighting game (eg. Street Fighter). In the alpha people were pulling off air combos and taking on multiple opponents. I think that complexity scared a lot of people off because the skill ceiling is high (you really can't tank or overlevel like Dark Soul's). Reply -5
  • grassyknoll 26/08/2016

    Nioh's combat from the alpha / beta alone is better than Dark Soul's, it's far more complex, multilayered and reflex dependent. It pays homage to character action games like Ninja Gaiden as well as Dark Soul's (Lots of Bushido Blade there too). It's just a shame they changed mechanics from the alpha to get the Dark Soul's crowd, when all it needed was a tutorial. Reply -6
  • grassyknoll 26/08/2016

    @carmagainagain Nier is nothing like Dark Soul's, it's combat is similar to a character action game like Bayonetta while Soul's is driven by stamina monitoring & observation. It's like saying football & tennis are similar because they both have balls and a net. I wouldn't say they're Dark Soul's clones, but I would put it as one of the most influential games of the modern era for different reasons: virtually every major publisher is trying to marry single & multiplayer together because of it: Watchdogs, The Division, Destiny etc all take their cues from Dark Soul's. Reply +10
  • grassyknoll 26/08/2016

    @UncleLou It's not PSN Plus exclusive at all. Downloaded mine from an Australian account (went up at midnight there) that doesn't have it. Reply +4
  • The PS4 Slim is real - confirmed

  • grassyknoll 22/08/2016

    @man.the.king It was obvious sarcasm. Please read the first comment. Reply -4
  • grassyknoll 22/08/2016

    @rep- "Anyway, let us not derail the thread."

    Let's not, I know you're not passive aggressive.
    Reply -29
  • grassyknoll 22/08/2016

    @rep- Actually I don't, but keep on trying dogmanstaruk. Reply -25
  • grassyknoll 22/08/2016

    @ihnm_aims "Go live there, I did for a while"

    So what did you do there, sell crack, shoot people or were you a pimp?
    Reply -25
  • grassyknoll 22/08/2016

    That's extremely small, the mark down in price for parts, distribution & manufacturing must be quite significant, I expect £200 (possibly a bit under) will be the new standard price. Reply -17
  • grassyknoll 22/08/2016

    @ihnm_aims I'm sure law abiding citizens live in Moss Side. What a horrible judgement to make about where someone lives. Reply -3
  • Digital Foundry: Hands on with PS4 Rise of the Tomb Raider

  • grassyknoll 21/08/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler There's definitely a difference that can influence this, there's some paper on it at GDC one time (which I can't seem to find). Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 20/08/2016

    @pleshy Input lag doesn't come from the resolution, it came from the rendering technique (deferred rendered games are more likely to have input lag because of the way the image is produced) they were using or coding issue. Nothing to do with Xbox One (or any console for that matter). Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 20/08/2016

    IronSoldier's ban is the best thing to happen to the site, people actually talk about mechanics, art, musical score, direction etc again. The platforms & specs talk is the most dull & depressing part of modern gaming, I'd love a site to exist that would ban for bringing them up. Reply +2
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with DriveClub VR

  • grassyknoll 21/08/2016

    @xRiska I think it's down to using a full RGB OLED screen, far better image quality & vibrancy than a Pentile LCD display. Reply +24
  • Final Fantasy 15 release date, gameplay, story and everything we know

  • grassyknoll 20/08/2016

    @jabberwoky Looks like you've got Square Enix's future mapped out. Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 20/08/2016

    @jabberwoky "Hope it crashes and burns and takes squeenix with it."

    Lovely, wishing thousands of people into unemployment in an industry that's collapsing. This is also the studio that's currently producing over 30 titles including Deus Ex, Dragon Quest XI, Kingdom Hearts, Neir Automata and many many others. Typical stupid forum mentality.
    Reply +26
  • Disgruntled No Man's Sky players thrust Sony's PS4 refund policy back into the spotlight

  • grassyknoll 19/08/2016

    @Bilstar I'm talking about games, not clothes. It's nigh impossible to return an opened game. Game, Grainger Games, GameStop etc will not accept them back full stop. To buy games with a chance of a return, go only with Amazon or John Lewis (I personally preorders cheaper then sell if there's issues or just not something I connect with). Reply -2
  • grassyknoll 19/08/2016

    @Bilstar "The customers in the article would definitely get a refund from a bricks and mortar shop with the complaints they have."

    That's really not true, there's only 2 retailers for a fact that do for games: Amazon (from experience of Battlefield 4) and John Lewis. The advantage of but physical is reselling if you think it's a bag of shite.
    Reply +1
  • Watch new Dishonored 2 gameplay in latest Gamescom trailer

  • grassyknoll 19/08/2016

    I absolutely adored the first Dishonored, really looking forward to try this (& Deus Ex as well, sandbox heaven this year). Reply +16
  • 3DS sales nearly doubled last month in US retail following Pokémon Go craze

  • grassyknoll 19/08/2016

    This kind of success with the 3DS (which is really showing its age) is a pretty good sign that NX could have some traction in the US in the future if the pricing, software & advertising is right. Reply +2
  • Bandai Namco picks up evocative horror game Hunger, rebrands it Little Nightmares

  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    The art design is absolutely incredible. Looks stunning. Reply +4
  • Tekken 7's Harada on the thorny subject of sexy swimsuits and Western sensibilities

  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @Kryon Artist integrity means you get uncomfortable as well, digital dong for everyone. Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @Kryon To quote you digital boobs are about "artistic integrity" while a discussion on LGBT characters got the response "I remember when gaming was about games & fun". Basically, boobs = Good. Gays & feminist = bad. You can dress up your bullshit anyway you like but it doesn't change it. Just embrace it. Reply -2
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @Kryon So you assume women don't own consoles, because the latest US poll what woman owning more consoles than men:

    http://www.techinsider.io/more-women-than-men-own-game-consoles-2015-10

    They should drop boob support & focus on jocks. What you don't seem to realise is people who like digital dick & boobs are the size 12 shoe men, the average person doesn't want nudity or sexualization in their game at all.
    Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @Kryon As I said bring on the tits & dicks. I see them both equally, but demand they have equal effort & screen time. It's not fair straight men and lesbians have all the fun, let's be inclusive to straight woman & gay men as well. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @Kryon You sure about that. Möbius Final Fantasy and Rinse & Repeat come to mind.

    Although looking at your post history is so amazing hilarious: this, Street Fighter, Quiet, you don't like LGBT people in games, attacks on feminists, sexist ads, female game models. I don't think you play games. You also have pretty rigid expectations around gender (& sexuality) and only like woman when they have their boobs out. Best we don't chat again as "censorship" is only important to you on some issues.
    Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @droflahn Yep, a bizarre double standard. Bring on the tits & the dicks! Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @kangarootoo I not sure why they don't have jockstraps & speedos with proper cock and ball physics. He should just embrace what his game is. Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @Kryon 18% of the population is 55 million people in the US for a start, but your statement doesn't make sense. What makes a feminist less (or more for that matter) likely to play a game than a non feminist? Reply -6
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @yukushi "Very few feminist buy games"

    I love how you believe your perception is reality.
    Reply -5
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    Harada has been very clever in using this idea of "censorship" to deflect criticism of his dated & tacky swimsuits. Just admit you're using sex to sell to teen man chosen instead of insulting my intelligence. Gaming is incredibly a sad boys club obsessed with "power", it's a shame that Harada is attaching himself to the anti PC brigade (which really just means you want to be a shitty person). Reply -10
  • Yes, there will be Project Scorpio VR-exclusives

  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    Microsoft should be applauded for giving a realistic appraisal of what their console's business model is like early on without being vague & here we are, posters talking about Scorpio exclusives and dropping Xbox One (so 12 months between the S & Scorpio). Foolish unrealistic expectations yet again on a games forum, it's like you want to be disappointed. Reply +4
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @SuperShinobi We've had cross gen between PS3 & PS4 (Vita & PS4), their was 10 times the computational power between them & 8 years of architectural advances. We'll see the disappointment again, especially when these things sell a fraction of what people here expect, their just premium upgrades, not new consoles. Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @SuperShinobi Every game is to be just like cross gen title like MGS V, comparisons with different resolutions, frame rates, AA etc but at it's heart, it's exactly the same game. That's how the model works, no new engines, no new code & selling to a large userbase. Anyone who thinks anything different is setting themselves up for disappointment.

    You're 100% not going to get fundamentally different games between Xbox One / Scorpio or PS4 / Neo (because the model then becomes pointless). Everyone seems to be forgetting these vast userbases who've only bought a console 18 months ago & these models will be expensive. Families will be going for the low cost options, especially in times of recession (which will be here in Europe for Scorpio most likely), the average person doesn't buy consoles and games like people on forums.
    Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @Lepanto Personally, I think they're both as shit as each other (I think the iOS model is very problematic for the games we play and how they're sold), but for some reason every time MS make a statement saying "there's no more generations", posters here keeping on staying it will be. People on forums lack coherence over what they want (& basically think MS is now making 2 versions of the same game). It's not Microsoft's fault, but people (once again) having unrealistic expectations and not seeing where the industry is heading. Reply -4
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @SteampunkZomb1e You're not going to, you're thinking in terms of console generations when there isn't one for MS anymore. PS4 Neo & Scorpio are the Monkey's Paw of consoles for forum goers, they beg for something like this and don't realise the consequences.

    Want to know the real kicker, when PS4 Neo 2 & Scorpio 2 fail to generate any excitement (this model will fail because of this problem) we'll have cross gen over 3 platforms.
    Reply -2
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @carmagainagain PC / console war lives in forumrite heads and isn't real. When it comes to design, complexity & mechanics, we are where we are for a significant amount of time, you'll get higher textures & better AF, but nothing else. This is just like iOS in structure & console games will be made the same way (e.g Pokemon Go runs better on a S7 than an S5). Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @SteampunkZomb1e Once you have Scorpio exclusives your entire business model collapses as does consumer trust. This is the iOS model (which all the console manufacturers are following). Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @SteampunkZomb1e It's not going to work like that at all, when they say no generations the console no longer matters, it's about users: As a business you don't make distinct between consumers. EG: It's going to be Xbox One on low settings, Scorpio on High.

    Graphic fidelity is basically set in stone now, with just higher resolutions & frame rates with the odd extra particle effect added for the foreseeable future.
    Reply -5
  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @moosecake Seems pretty straight to me, every game MS release is backwards & forward compatible (as are accessories, Xbox Live subscriptions etc). I've said this before but there will be no Scorpio exclusives, it defeats the whole purpose of going with X86 and the business model they're going with. Reply +4
  • PlayStation Plus' August freebies unveiled

  • grassyknoll 18/08/2016

    @Slipstream Sony isn't a money tree (especially not now) & they're alright involved in the localisation of Yazuka series for Asia. To think Sony is going to pay to remaster or port a game that will be 5 years old by the time it comes out doesn't make much sense. Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 17/08/2016

    @Slipstream Sega, "don't have a say", they're the bloody publisher, they're the only group that makes that decision. Platformer holders cannot demand games be made for them. Reply -2
  • NieR: Automata is coming to PC too

  • grassyknoll 17/08/2016

    @FMV-GAMER No, you feel the constant need to justified PC's existence and believe every bloody game does well on it regardless of genre, publisher or business model. I'm happy this is on PC because it's going to need every sale it can get (although dreading how talk of mechanics, art & score will be replaced with incessant shite about 1440p or a dogdy texture, although that's just gaming in 2016). Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 17/08/2016

    @Minmat Losing sales? PC owners are so bloody childish. No Man's Sky is self published for a start, Sony Interactive is the distributor. No one in today's modern market (with the way games are designed) has a stronghold anymore. Children on forums talk about exclusivity & stupid point scoring, while the 20 million sellers that expend demographics are all multiplatform (FIFA, COD, Destiny). Having the most popular games, most diverse & most in general sells platforms today, if exclusivity mattered the WiiU would have outsold everything.

    Do you think Valve worries about Sony when No Man's Sky has probably passed the 1.5 million mark? When Nier Automata sells more in Japan on PS4 in a week than Steam in a year will Valve be trembling?

    The answer to both is no, because they're both part of the same gaming ecosystem that functions for them both, spreading awareness and allowing more diverse games on their respective platforms. If replying, please put something thoughtful or don't bother.
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