BlackSentoki

Bullets and Toothpicks: Inside Hong Kong's gaming scene

BlackSentoki

4 years ago

I've lived in Hong Kong for nearly five years now and the gaming scene here is great. You really should have spent some time in Wan Chai though - 188 is here (already mentioned) and is basically a more concentrated Sino Centre. There are still plenty of arcades in Wan Chai too. The ever increasing rental prices in Causeway Bay have pushed most of the arcades out.

PS4 is doing very well here. Vita has always been selling well (remember launch day for that here and it was crazy!) as has 3DS. You can't get on the MTR here without seeing people playing Vita, 3DS, or failing that a game on their phone. XBox One has yet to launch here, which pretty much means PS4 will dominate even more than PS3 did.
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PlayStation 3 may finally launch in China

BlackSentoki

6 years ago

@evarofzentral That's right - Hong Kong is a "Special Administrative Region" until 2047, so is able to have its own legal system, freedoms and democracy until then. Hence why you can speak freely about the CCP and demonstrate in public in Hong Kong whereas doing the same in Mainland China might get you into trouble.
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Mass Effect 3 anime prequel gets trailer

BlackSentoki

6 years ago

If only it had been a Marauder Shields biopic...
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Bobby Kotick in new Brad Pitt movie?

BlackSentoki

7 years ago

"answers the casting call of duty" would have been better! ;)
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European Nintendo 3DS Reviewed

BlackSentoki

7 years ago

@Oli - was that an old DS game or a 3DS game? My Japanese machine seems able to play most of my old DS games (which are mainly US and UK). Don't have any non-Japanese 3DS games to try out yet.
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Splatterhouse

BlackSentoki

8 years ago

Was playing more last night (halfway through now) and they really are very similar indeed (differences between brawler and slasher not especially pronounced). Turns out it's the same developer too. Splatterhouse is a pretty mindless game, but quite fun - definitely one where you can switch off your brain and play for a while.
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BlackSentoki

8 years ago

I played this last night (came out over here yesterday). Have any of you played Afro Samurai? Because Splatterhouse is very similar indeed - there's a similar artstyle (characters have a quasi-cel-shaded look), similar fighting style, a similar buddy character who speaks to you all the time, and even the boss fight I played was similar. It basically felt like Afro Samurai only with metal instead of hip-hop and more blood and gore. If that's what you want, then I think you'll enjoy it.
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Hero franchise will return in 2011

BlackSentoki

8 years ago

Perhaps instead of a game where you pretend to play a guitar you could have one where you pretend to be playing a game where you pretend to play a guitar:

Guitar Hero Hero.

With the sequel - Guitar Hero Hero Hero.
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New PAL Releases Roundup

BlackSentoki

8 years ago

I have the PC version of Transformers right here, shrinkwrapped on my desk. Odd.
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Face-Off: Just Cause 2

BlackSentoki

8 years ago

Same here - I have an almost identical set up and it's silky smooth at all times, with 4xAA and 16xAF. Only difference is that I turned off SSAO.
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No More Heroes 2 dated for April

BlackSentoki

8 years ago

I just finished this game at the weekend (US version). It is awesome.
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Warner Bros. signs Sesame Street deal

BlackSentoki

8 years ago

Get the people who did Batman: Arkham Asylum to do a Super Grover game!!!
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DJ Hero

BlackSentoki

9 years ago

""As regards the crossfader issue - a lot of crossfaders on proper DJ mixing consoles don't have much resistance for the mid-point..."

But real DJ doesn't have to match on-screen notes - this is a controller and not proper DJ equipment :)"

Oh, I know! I've been DJing (in clubs and at festivals) since 1997 (I am old)! Of course this game is nothing like real DJing (you're just pressing buttons to pre-mixed music, and indeed the music is closer to mashups than anything else), but Guitar Hero was not like playing a guitar.

I still want it and think it looks very fun indeed. But I want the soundtrack even more. :)
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BlackSentoki

9 years ago

As regards the crossfader issue - a lot of crossfaders on proper DJ mixing consoles don't have much resistance for the mid-point, which is why you find DJs using the individual channel faders instead or as well. It's just something you'd have to get used to in the game.

Wonder if there's any chance of a release of the actual soundtrack (not the Eminem/Jay-Z best of in the Renegade edition)?
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Need For Speed Undercover

BlackSentoki

10 years ago

It's a shame - Most Wanted police chases were incredible and a highlight of the early 360 titles.
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Halloween special on Virtual Console

BlackSentoki

10 years ago

Goddamn Loch Ness monster took my tree-fitty, so no games for me!
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BioShock

BlackSentoki

10 years ago

Hmmm, so is the PS3 version better (albeit only slightly)? I already have the 360 version, and have preordered the PS3 one. Hate not knowing which platform is the best version - at least with the Spectrum/C64 it was usually easier to tell!

The only improvement I can see with PS3 is 7.1 sound (assuming it has it)...
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Samba de Amigo Wii to offer DLC

BlackSentoki

10 years ago

I am so looking forward to this! :)
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Cult Classics: PlayStation 2

BlackSentoki

10 years ago

Unfortunately the PAL version of Kuon, whilst rare, is also cut. The creepy introduction scene from the JAP and US version is missing in the PAL version. :(
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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy

BlackSentoki

10 years ago

I bought this and Bad Company at the weekend and ended up spending most of Sunday playing it. I think it's ace, to be honest. The QTEs are easier to perform in the full game (haven't missed a single one) and some of the fights are awe-inspiring - there's one at the start on a boat where my jaw was on the floor.
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DualShock 3 gets Oz release date

BlackSentoki

10 years ago

I reckon it'll be 49.99 when it reaches the UK. Madness.
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The Darkness dev reworking EA franchise

BlackSentoki

10 years ago

It'll be System Shock. Would fit nicely with Starbreeze's game style.
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What's New? (10th August, 2007)

BlackSentoki

11 years ago

Here's your Wii (at the same time as everyone else)... What's that? You want games too? Whatever do you mean?
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GRAW2 SP demo on Live

BlackSentoki

11 years ago

I never realised Mexico was such a terrorist hotbed.
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BlackSentoki

11 years ago

It's not Mexico again all the way through is it? I thought we sorted Mexico out in the first game. One of the great things about R6: Vegas was the fact that it started somewhere that looked like Mexico (I forget where) and then you zoomed off to radically different environments in Las Vegas.
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Virtual Console: SEGA Mega Drive

BlackSentoki

11 years ago

The thing that annoys me is that the first Sonic compilation on the Gamecube had an option to run the games in 60hz! Argh!
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Gears of War tips and tricks

BlackSentoki

12 years ago

I finally finished GOW last night (apologies to those who sent me invites and I didn't respond). Flew through all of Act 5 without dying once, then got completely stuck on the fight with RAAM at the end. Took me nearly two hours to beat him (with the Reaver rather than the longshot - which I couldn't seem to aim fast enough). Was overjoyed when I did though.
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Battlefield 2142

BlackSentoki

12 years ago

Found this in Gamestop today for 24.99 so gave in and bought it, but now I'm a bit worried that I'll never really be able to play online because I so rarely played BF2 on a ranked server and only ever got one unlock.

Ah well. There's always single player... :S
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Def Jam PS3/X360 named

BlackSentoki

12 years ago

I wonder how many people actually bought Fight For New York just so that they could inflict serious bodily harm on Sean Paul?
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Kingdom Hearts II

BlackSentoki

12 years ago

The PAL conversion on this is very good indeed, too.
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videoGaiden second series

BlackSentoki

12 years ago

Apparently the new series has got biscuits in it! Get in!
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Virgin on X360 bundle rumours

BlackSentoki

13 years ago

Indeed. The games are usually around 10 cheaper online, so even 5 off isn't that much of a saving.
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Peter Jackson's King Kong

BlackSentoki

13 years ago

I have a 6800 ultra, 2gb ram - I make the system requirements. But perhaps only just, and I don't want to waste 30 and a 6gb download on something that runs poorly.

It would have been infinitely more sensible to include both versions in the PC Collector's Edition.
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BlackSentoki

13 years ago

I think it's very risky to go for this with no idea of the performance you'll be able to get, sadly. Would love to see it in action though.
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BlackSentoki

13 years ago

I don't think the demo is of the fancy "Gamer's Edition" though, or is it? Is there a demo of this version?
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BlackSentoki

13 years ago

I have to admit I'm tempted - but I'm not paying 30 for something that might run like a dog without being able to try a demo first. You could just get the XBox 360 version for 40 after all.
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BlackSentoki

13 years ago

Me too. It's this or the XB360 version, and there's nearly a 15 price difference between the two!
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BlackSentoki

13 years ago

Any idea what the PC version of this is like? Am tempted, but would rather play the FPS bits with a mouse and keyboard I think.
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The Warriors

BlackSentoki

13 years ago

There is, and it enables progressive scan in lots of XBox games. But it doesn't work with PAL Warriors - the game goes into 720p mode then gives a dirty disc error. :(
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Avary talks Silent Hill movie

BlackSentoki

13 years ago

I think you're being too harsh - all of the Silent Hill games focused, at least to some extent, upon a mysterious female character. I don't think he means witch as in pointy hat and black cat witch.
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Steel Battalion goes offline

BlackSentoki

13 years ago

This only affects Line of Contact though. The original game is still playable as it was single player.
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HD Era: The Case For And Against

BlackSentoki

13 years ago

It's be madness not to support old CRTs, so I'm sure we'll still have RGB Scart connections for Euro consoles.

Hmmm - I think this is one of those things you don't care about unless you already have HDTV or are about to buy a new television. If you're happy enough with it then it's a bit too much of a hassle, and expensive, to replace your current TV just for this HD-era.

And I'm all for supporting VGA monitors - not least because you can then bring consoles into work at Christmas!
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The Settlers: Heritage Of Kings

BlackSentoki

13 years ago

Forget The Settlers - where do I get Mario Antivirus?
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Meet The Colonel

BlackSentoki

13 years ago

I saw this chap in Gamestation Birmingham yesterday - talking to disinterested chav teens who only cared that you could shoot things as to the game's historical accuracy.

A shame, as he seemed a very nice chap - full of quite interesting stuff about the game (such as - "I was there and it really looked like that!").
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What's New?

BlackSentoki

13 years ago

Rankin - I find toilet paper works much better than puzzle games.
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99 Nintendo DS on 11th March

BlackSentoki

13 years ago

So, Paul Stephen Patters (initials PSP - well I never!) - I take it you're not a big fan of Nintendo?

This is the problem with new hardware launches. Although I love the excitement and the fact there are new things to play with, they certainly seem to bring the pillock out in some people...
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BlackSentoki

13 years ago

It looks like it'll be perfectly affordable to buy both a DS and a PSP - just as it's affordable to buy all three consoles. Happy days!!! :)
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Rockstar trails The Introduction

BlackSentoki

14 years ago

Definitely going to have to pick up the 8-disc soundtrack, if my budget will stretch to it. Have the boxed soundtrack to Vice City and it's excellent (if you like the music in Vice City, natch).
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Zelda bonus disk free with game purchase

BlackSentoki

15 years ago

But... what if you've already bought all of those games? Except for Mario Party 5, which I'm not exactly keen on...
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1080: Avalanche

BlackSentoki

15 years ago

The bastards never ring my doorbell either - they leave a card and I have to collect the post not just for me, but for all ten flats in my building. They gave me a sackfull of post once.

Also, one time I received a letter that had 2p insufficient postage and I had to pay 1.02 to get it because of their 1 handling charge. Bloody postmen.

Anyway, this review has convinced me to get this. I love the races in SSX but not the tricks, so this might be ideal.
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