cheekyjay

Upcoming PS4 exclusives God of War, Detroit and Spider-Man currently unavailable to pre-order from Amazon

cheekyjay

5 days ago

They've had a bit of a relationship melt-down with Sony it would seem, and have been unclear in their messaging to customers. I emailed about my long-standing preorder which still said it was estimated for delivery today (launch day), and they wrote back to advise that due to stock issues it probably wouldn't reach me. Thankfully I didn't cancel the preorder and lo and behold I received it on time this morning.
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Arcade classic Toki is getting a gorgeous Switch remake later this year

cheekyjay

3 weeks ago

@gnosis @NekkiBB Wow - what's happened to it for the past 9 years?! Interesting that this new reimagined artstyle was attracting a lot of negative comments back then (and somewhat derogatory Flash-art comparisons), but is now getting a positive reaction. Perhaps tastes have changed?
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PlayStation VR is beginning to feel a bit like the Vita

cheekyjay

3 weeks ago

@Yautja_Warrior Good list and I completely agree that there's now a wide variety of top tier content for the PSVR.

Personally I would add GNOG into the puzzle games section (what a joy that game is to play), add Batman Arkham VR into the killer apps section, add a "flight sim" category for Ultrawings, Eagle Flight and/or How We Soar, and add a "platform/adventure" category that includes Bound and Psychonauts.
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PlayStation VR is getting a huge price drop

cheekyjay

4 weeks ago

@Bruvas I am fortunate to have a PSVR (running on a PS4 Pro) and a Vive running on a high end PC. There is a noticeable drop in graphical fidelity on multi-format games, but it's not nearly as severe as I had expected. The bigger difference is the lack of roomscale on PSVR, and the weaker tracking reliability of the Move controllers. Both of those weaknesses really do hurt the sense of immersion and "being there". Having said all that, PSVR is so much easier to set up and to get up and running. It may not be able to compete with the handful of top-end room-scale experiences on Vive, and has an infinitely smaller catalogue of games, but it is also home to some of the very best VR experiences I've had. If you shop smart when buying games for it, it offers some of the very best of VR at a very respectable price, without game-breaking compromises, it's much easier to set up, is more comfortable, and looks like it's going to continue to be well supported by developers for at least the next couple of years.
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Super Smash Bros. announced for Nintendo Switch

cheekyjay

2 months ago

@BigDannyH You're right - barely anyone I know in the UK has ever even played Smash, whereas it is huge in the US
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Watch - Ian plays 2 hours of DOOM VFR with an AIM controller

cheekyjay

5 months ago

Anyone actually know how or where to purchase the Aim controller (at a reasonable price)? It looks like it was swiftly discontinued about 2 weeks after the Farpoint bundle launched and now the prices have soured as scalpers have caught on.

I asked about it in the Soho branch of Game and the manager there told me Sony have discontinued it indefinitely, which seems like a shame as I hear the tracking is far better than on the Move controllers.
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Jelly Deals: LG's 4K OLED at its cheapest ever price

cheekyjay

5 months ago

@sid-6581 I have one and 100% agree. Far-better-than-cinema 3D is finally a reality with the combination of 4K and OLED, but the market has already made up its mind which is a real shame
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Rime developer addresses Switch performance issues

cheekyjay

5 months ago

@ongrui I believe the main issue is that the Unity engine simply doesn't run properly on Switch, and Unity have been very slow in working to fix it. This is why Yooka Laylee and a number of other Unity projects have still not been released
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EA is buying Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment

cheekyjay

6 months ago

@TheBiGW You can add Visceral and what's left of Criterion to that pile too
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LA Noire's Switch download version doesn't fit on a Switch

cheekyjay

6 months ago

Absolutely not defending TakeTwo's decision not to spend more on a larger cartridge, or Nintendo's choices not to subsidise larger carts as standard or to include more on-board storage by default, but I can't say I'm surprised by the size requirements for this particular game.

Team Bondi, the original developers of LA Noir, utilised Motion Scan - an at-the-time cutting edge technology that took a video capture of the actors' faces and wrapped it onto in-engine polygonal characters as a moving texture. As a result the game needs to store GBs of what is essentially FMV. This leaves Rockstar with little choice in terms of further compression of the assets.

Motion Scan is no longer being used so you would hope that in future, devs of similar-scale games will be in a better position to optimise and compress their assets so as not to take up so much space on Switch.
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Super Mario Odyssey sells 2m copies in three days

cheekyjay

6 months ago

@Modhabobo Not to add oxygen to the trolls' arguments but actually once you take manufacture, distribution costs and retailer mark ups for physical copies, marketing costs and original production costs into consideration, this first 2 million sales probably only see the game break even. It's the subsequent sales that will bring a profit, and with a game of this quality and appeal you can expect it to have a long tail.
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Kinect officially dead

cheekyjay

6 months ago

Interesting timing with this story breaking a day before iPhone X pre-orders open. Pretty sure Microsoft's technology partner for Kinect has signed an exclusive licensing deal and tech partnership with Apple, hence why each new iPhone X has a tiny Kinect camera on the front of the handset (for Face ID and animojis). Kinect isn't dead, it's just been shrunk down and shifted into another sector.
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Microsoft says Xbox One X is fastest-selling Xbox pre-order ever

cheekyjay

8 months ago

@Rogueywon I would say outside of the usual early adopters and tech heads (who likely already have access to 4K Xbox exclusives on PC) the Xbox One X's biggest competition this Christmas will be the Switch, as many PS4 owners look for a second machine.
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Creative Europe spills beans on games including The Chinese Room's Little Orpheus

cheekyjay

8 months ago

@TheTrueSpin I have to agree although Jessica Curry's fantastic score alone made this a curio worthy of its asking price for me, and it was refreshing to see such an accruately observed 1980s England as a setting for a game.
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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Skyrim on Switch

cheekyjay

8 months ago

@jetsetwillie I'm guessing the main difference will be that BotW was almost certainly reworked for the last year of its development with the Switch in mind, offering a lot of bite-sized portable-freindly quests, shrines and challenges that may have been structured differently had the game remained WiiU exclusive.
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New PlayStation VR experience lets you explore Chernobyl

cheekyjay

8 months ago

This has been on Rift and Vive for a while, and whilst the concept is excellent and commendable apparently the execution is a little lacking - mixed reviews on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/504010/Chernobyl_VR_Project/
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You'll soon get Zelda: Breath of the Wild in-game items via your Switch's news channel

cheekyjay

9 months ago

@Tiel Splatoon 2 is definitely worth the investment, Mario + Rabbids is shaping up nicely and the upcoming portable editions of Skyrim, Fifa, Rime and Yooka Laylee all hold potential.

As for current E-Shop titles, there's a lot to choose from, but I've particularly enjoyed Fast RMX, Wonderboy and Voez. Couldn't get into Snake Pass but almost all reviews of it are very positive so you might enjoy that too.

If you're new to Switch I thoroughly recommend a good portable battery (RAVPower make some good-value ones), a decent case (the official Nintendo one with a fold up stand and free screen protector is good), and decent sized micro SD card if you plan to use the E-Store.
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Rockstar sued over Auntie Poulet from 15-year-old Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

cheekyjay

9 months ago

Surely if this network is really psychic they'll know that this case is a joke as they'll have foreseen the ridicule the judge will send their way for wasting court time.
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Crash Bandicoot blocks Splatoon 2 from UK chart top spot

cheekyjay

9 months ago

@grassyknoll I suspect part of the Switch's lacklustre performance in the UK is down to the dreadful advertising campaign over here which is horribly confused when compared to the US campaign, especially the out-of-home and online aspects of the campaign. The out-of-home posters I've seen on the Tube are a cluttered mess.

Add to that a record weak pound that has no doubt pushed prices up, and it's not surprising that the UK is one of the few major gaming territories where Switches continue to appear in stock at retail.

It has still been a successful launch period here, but compared to other regions, especially North America, it has notably underperformed.
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City of Brass looks like Prince of Persia meets BioShock

cheekyjay

10 months ago

I read this thinking they'd found a way to apply gun-free, platform-puzzle gameplay (like in Prince of Persia) to a rich and fascinating alternative-history game world like those of the Bioshock games. Bioshock story-telling and world-building without the player having to shoot a gun makes far more sense to me, and introducing a more fluid traversal system sounds like a potentially great concept.

Instead of that this is a first person hack and slash set in an Arabian Nights inspired setting, which is somehow a less appealing a concept for me.
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Fans reckon they've worked out why jumping is harder in Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy

cheekyjay

10 months ago

Interesting article, which partly explains why some of the collision detection in this and other Unity platformers like Poi and Yooka Laylee just feels a bit off, this more so though. The lack of modern gameplay advancements like ledge grabbing only exaccerbates this effect in Crash.
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Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy biggest single-platform launch of the year

cheekyjay

10 months ago

@Number1Laing I read about the work VV put into this and the fact that they essentially rebuilt all 3 games from the ground up is a remarkable achievement, but nevertheless the level design that they were beholden to (and arguably held back by in places), the character designs, the original music, the concept, the enemy placement, camera positioning, overall level themes, voice-over work and much much more came from Naughty Dog, and to have no mention of them at the start of the game seems odd.
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cheekyjay

10 months ago

So far I'm very impressed by the extraordinary job Vicarious Visions have put in to graphically overhauling these games, but am surprised by the title screen claim (whether put in by Vicarious or by Activision) that these games were "developed by Vicarious Vision" without so much as a passing reference to Naughty Dog. It's not only factually incorrect but seems somewhat disrespectful to the game's original developers to whom Vicarious have otherwise paid such tribute.
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Rayman's lost SNES prototype unearthed

cheekyjay

10 months ago

Not relevant to this article I know, but worth mentioning...

I don't know what changes Eurogamer has made to the advertising content at the bottom of articles, but it is SOOO much better than it used to be, now mostly linking to other articles on the site with any external links clearly marked "Ad". I'd imagine this change will have had commercial implications for Gamer Network, but it certainly hasn't gone unnoticed and is a much welcomed improvement.
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The voice actor who didn't know he was working on Fallout 4

cheekyjay

10 months ago

Chris - really appreciate that you've taken the time to include a write up here. I wish more sites would do this. Keep up the good work.
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GameStop giving away fidget spinners in ridiculous Crash Bandicoot promotion

cheekyjay

10 months ago

@Jynxa it's a fan that doesn't cool you
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Project Rap Rabbit Kickstarter needs 700k in seven hours

cheekyjay

10 months ago

@carmagainagain I hope so too as I've helped crowd fund Psychonauts 2, Shenmue 3, A Hat In Time, the Switch version of Yooka Laylee, and Broken Age - 4 of which are yet to be completed by their dev teams
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Ubisoft storms E3 with a vital reminder that video games are human and fun

cheekyjay

11 months ago

Loved this show. Now let's hope Guillemot and co can continue to stave off a hostile takeover that could sap the personality from this unique publisher and could sink risky projects like BG&E 2.
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Sony's flat E3 conference shows signs of a mid-generation lull

cheekyjay

11 months ago

@SpartanSpur I agree. Imagine if Sony had held back Spiderman's reveal from last year's E3 and and had also saved The Last of Us 2's reveal (from PSX) as their "and one more thing" moment this year. People would have lost their minds. Just because we knew the names of most of the games we were shown this year didn't make some of those trailers any less spectacular.
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cheekyjay

11 months ago

I'm going to say this from the off as someone who's lucky enough to have all 3 current gen consoles as well as a gaming PC with Vive - I am not a fanboy. Having said that, Sony have had such a remarkable first half of 2017 in terms of exclusives (Persona, Yakuza 0, Horizon, Resident Evil VR, Nier, Gravity Rush 2, Edith Finch, Nioh, Wipeout and more) that they'd be forgiven for having nothing else. However they do still have plenty to come in 2017: a Horizon expansion, a new Uncharted, Detroit, That's You, Ni No Kuni 2, Knack 2, Everybody's Golf, Crash Bandicoot N'Sane Trilogy, Yakuza Kiwami, Gran Turismo Sport and others I may have forgotten about.

Iit's hard to argue that Microsoft is even competitive any more, at least in terms of quantity, especially when you bear in mind that Sony held a lot back too from their conference, not just several of this year's exclusives mentioned above but also longer-term projects like Dreams, Wild, Death Stranding, Hidden Agenda, Vampyr, Extinction, Strange Brigade, Final Fantasy 7, Shenmue 3, The Last of Us 2, whatever Sucker Punch is working on and many others not to mention indies. My concern is that the supposed Sony vs Microsoft "console war" is (from an exclusives perspective) becoming increasingly one-sided and that can only be bad for consumers in the long run even if Playstation owners are enjoying something of a renaissance right now.
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Original Xbox games coming to Xbox One via backwards compatibility

cheekyjay

11 months ago

I still have the discs somewhere for Fahrenheit, Jade Empire, Kotor, Psychonauts, Conker Live and Reloaded, Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, Top Spin, Half Life 2, GTA San Andreas, Shenmue 2 and Project Gotham 2 and Burnout 3 - good times ahead!
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Shenmue 3 delayed until second half of 2018

cheekyjay

11 months ago

I said it on these forums a few years back based on the tiny size of the team and relatively modest budget that this game won't launch before 2019. I'm sticking to that, and in fact having followed the "progress" of the game on the sporadic video posts I'd be surprised if it came that soon.
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Valve loses another veteran writer

cheekyjay

11 months ago

I mean The Lab on Vive was interesting, with about 10 minutes of very entertaining dialogue spread across a couple of the minigames/tech demos, and the 3 minute Steam VR setup was well written but that can't be all they've been working on for the past how ever many years... can it?!
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WipEout Omega Collection review

cheekyjay

11 months ago

Presume there's no stereoscopic 3D mode this time around?
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Need for Speed Payback is EA's next racer

cheekyjay

11 months ago

@TeaFiend I think Fat Mac is exclusive to Chardee Macdennis The Videogame (which totally needs to be a thing)
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HTC Vive now offers two-year 35 monthly financing option

cheekyjay

11 months ago

@kamakazilucas I have a Vive and love it, but the box it comes in is enormous
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Alien: Isolation 2 rumour isn't true

cheekyjay

1 year ago

@ChrisOTR me too. I tried it on Oculus Rift at the EGX Expo and it was one of those gameplay experiences that stays with you. Ended up investing in my own Vive and super-PC after that, and I always thought it was a real shame that this game was never officially re-launched once the headsets became commercially available.
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What Remains of Edith Finch review

cheekyjay

1 year ago

@UncleLou This year does seem ridiculous when it comes to high quality releases not just in the Western indie space (this, Yooka Laylee, Night in The Woods, Psychonauts VR, Rick and Morty VR, Little Nightmares, Guardians of The Galaxy Ep 1, Mr Shifty, Wonder Boy and loads of others) but also in the Japanese AA and AAA space (Yakuza 0, Resident Evil 7, Nioh, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, Zelda BOTW and loads of others I'm probably forgetting). I hope they all sell as well as they deserve, but can't help but suspect there will be some financial casualties if this level of quality persists.
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review

cheekyjay

1 year ago

@VanillaLake I miss the character specific special items that game introduced too. Helped make character choice about more than weight class
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cheekyjay

1 year ago

I've never read the term "quality of life" used to describe the ability to change load-outs in a game (or indeed ever read that term in a videogame review) yet here it is in both this review and GameSpot's review of the same game, pretty much used to describe the same thing. Either one of the two reviewers is plagiarizing the other or there's some creepy cognitive dissonance going on!
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Nintendo posts $20k bounty for info on Switch security vulnerabilities

cheekyjay

1 year ago

Surely if a hacker devotes hours to this and finds out they've been beaten to the punch they'll just double-down on finding an exploit they otherwise might not have been looking for. This could backfire.
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Project Scorpio: specs, games, VR, peripherals, backwards compatibility and everything we know about the new Xbox

cheekyjay

1 year ago

@MilkYMoO I'm not sure where Metro sourced that report but my best friend is a senior marketing manager for Sony, and I can tell you from the horse's mouth that they have been shocked by how well the peripheral has sold, given that they viewed it internally as a soft launch. Sony had actually downgraded their sales expectations prior to launch and totally got it wrong. It has already sold more units than Oculus and Vive combined, in half the time and with stock shortages. I am no Sony fanboy and have no vested interest in its success (other than wanting to see VR do well) but I wouldn't always trust the Metro.
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Left Joy-Con issues resolved for future units, Nintendo claims

cheekyjay

1 year ago

@Scurrminator I suspect until Nintendo address the inability to transfer saves a lot of customers will put up with the de-syncing issues (like I have). Bit of a rock and a hard place situation for consumers.
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Mass Effect Andromeda: the first five hours

cheekyjay

1 year ago

@Dave797 That's because I suspect Eurogamer are under multiple embargoes from EA until Monday. You should get a much clearer picture then.
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Alert: Do not apply a vinyl skin or wrap to your Nintendo Switch

cheekyjay

1 year ago

@Miyamotosan I've had the same with mine
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Zelda: Breath of the Wild hard mode, Cave of Trials part of 17.99 season pass

cheekyjay

1 year ago

@Cometothefall I meant Sonic 3 & Knuckles - the "extra" Sonic 3 content that was on the disk the whole time but that you could only unlock by buying Sonic & Knuckles and slotting it in.
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cheekyjay

1 year ago

I have no issues with this assuming these new features were worked on after the game went gold. Where I think Nintendo have misstepped here is with the timing of this announcement, which from a marketing perspective does them no favours. Surely the one and only reason they have rushed this announcement out so close to launch, and more importantly so close to financial year end is (much like the timing of the launch of the Switch itself) is to ensure they have some more revenue coming in for the final quarter. This is all about appeasing their shareholders and I'm certain that without those commercial pressures the Zelda team would have preferred to release this later and pitch it differently.
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cheekyjay

1 year ago

@Cometothefall Sonic 3 had a literal expansion pack of sorts in the form of Sonic & Knuckles
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Zelda: Breath of the Wild image confirms fan-favourite character

cheekyjay

1 year ago

@OurDogFudge I haven't figured out how to hide spoilerific content on this forum, so I will simply say that the floating object you saw in the trailers is not a "village"
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Jelly Deals: Nintendo Switch pre-orders back 'in stock' from Nintendo itself

cheekyjay

1 year ago

@SupremeAC It has been confirmed (and demonstrated) that you can play Zelda with the two detached Joy Cons not strapped together in the grip, kind of like a wireless Wii-mote and Nunchuck back in the day
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