johnnyquicknives

Gran Turismo 6 review

johnnyquicknives

4 years ago

@GhostPig OK, I presume the issue here is with "for all intents and purposes". That phrase means actually that it is almost (but not quite) identical. Which is why he then clarifies the minor differences between the 2 games.

The issue here is that you are looking at this as completely black and white, while it actually sits in the gray. The grind is a little bit worse, in the ways that the review states, but the difference is so minor (and it isn't coupled with any obnoxious in game prompts to buy credits) that it doesn't have a major impact on how good the experience of playing the game is.
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johnnyquicknives

4 years ago

@jimmywls Thats what happens if you read the first line and not the whole review.
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johnnyquicknives

4 years ago

@GhostPig The review does make it clear, you just quoted him explaining the differences. You just don't seem to be able to accept/comprehend that, to Martin, they don't have enough of an effect to knock the game down below a 9.
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johnnyquicknives

4 years ago

@GhostPig But the review score should be based on whether that has an impact on the experience and enjoyment of the game, which will be different for each player (this is why both reviews are perfectly valid).

The bottom line is that Martin says that if he didnt know about the transactions he wouldn't have noticed them; therefore they didn't detract from the game.
Gran Turismo is always going to be a bit grindy, it has a shit ton of content. The issue is how repetitive it is and whether that repetition ruins the enjoyment. From the review it sounds like there is enough variety in cars, tracks and unique events to keep the enjoyment levels up for him, for the CVG reviewer it was a bit slow.
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johnnyquicknives

4 years ago

@Fatnick Thats ridiculous, reviews by their nature *have* to be personal, otherwise commercial news/reviews sites wouldn't exist because, apparently, there would be one score that is a FACT based on the implementation of some features on a list (but then who makes that list? who defines the weighting of each feature on the list? what happens when a game comes out with a new feature?).

A good review will explain the games features, both positive and negative, objectively and then go on to explain how these melded together to shape that reviewers experience. That experience is what is then translated to a score. This review does that, it gives you all of the information you need to know to decide whether or not the game is for you.

(Your point about consistency is just nitpicking and hinges entirely on you ignoring the "for all intents and purposes" part of the paragraph)
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johnnyquicknives

4 years ago

@Fatnick What I think doesn't matter. This isn't my review. The reviewer has detailed exactly how the AI works, the good and the bad. It was explained in the review so that you and me can use that information to inform our purchasing decision.

But ultimately if Martin gets a 9/10s worth of enjoyment out of the game in its current state thats what he should give it.
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johnnyquicknives

4 years ago

@Fatnick I'll let you in on a secret. Not every feature is worth a point in a review. A reviewer doesn't go down a checklist and tally up what was there and what was missing to get a percentage.

The score reflects how much fun and enjoyment the reviewer managed to get from the game. This review is exactly how reviews should be, it is completely upfront about the flaws in the game, it then also explains exactly why, despite the flaws, it is still an exceptional & comprehensive driving sim.
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The Last of Us multiplayer DLC shown off in new footage

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@RawShark It definitely takes a little while to get into but it's really worthwhile, I've had a blast playing it. The game is pretty slow paced, and if you are playing survivors (which is the way to play) everyone only has one life per round, so the run-and-gun play and spawn-die cycles don't really exist.
The first few games can be tough but people generally stick together which helps you spot useful techniques. I find having such a big emphasis on crafting items and baiting people into traps is pretty unique and fun.

I really wish there was a hardcode mode update where people couldnt just constantly buy armour though.
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Sony confirms PlayStation 4 Killzone, Camera, second DualShock bundle for UK

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@richardiox

Xb1 with camera and game = rip off
PS4 with *the option to get an extra handset,* camera and game *IF you want them* = great value!
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PlayStation App allows PS4 to act as a mobile games server

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@StooMonster It's maybe not for everyone, but twitch.tv definitely shows that watching game streams has an audience.
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Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse gets a slick debut trailer

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

Stoppard :(

I'm really happy this is coming to vita, Sony should have made made at least some kind of announcement at the GC conference.
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What does Microsoft have to say about Sony's Xbox One "shifting message" dig?

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

Shame they didnt spend any time getting feedback/opinions before they spent millions of dollars researching and building features people didn't want.
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Xbox One doesn't come with a headset because it includes Kinect, Microsoft explains

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

Irrespective of noise cancellation voices coming from the tv rather than a headset are incredibly annoying. Additionally, it may be able to cancel background sounds but there is no way that it will differentiate between me sitting playing a game and my girlfriend sitting on the sofa next to me making a phonecall (for example), or my two friends that are round having a conversation, and even if it could theoretically, what happens if one of them jumps in for a couple of rounds? Also how easy is it to quickly mute the kinect, there isn't a one touch button on the pad so do we need to shout kinect mute or navigate menus?
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The next-gen joypads: a true evolution?

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

I like the sound of the slightly clicky face buttons on the DS, hopefully they will feel as good as the ones on the vita.
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After Xbox One U-turn pre-owned is back on the table - but at what cost?

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@StooMonster Because as nicely worded as they tried to make it this really is Microsoft throwing their toys out of the pram. Or maybe more accurately "if you don't eat your vegetables you don't get any pudding".
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

Its all misguided and publishers, like the music and movie studios before them, are clearly hugely out of touch.
Removing the used game market and getting a cut of every sale is incredibly simple and basically every consumer will tell them how to do it: Make digital sales appealing. That is literally it. Lower digital prices and instead of giving the "exclusive maps/skins/whatever" to Game bundle them with the digital copy.

Consumers buy the product that offers them the most value, how hard is it to realise that if you make that the digital product, then that's the one consumers will buy?
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Super-powered in Seattle: inFamous Second Son preview

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

Pretty terrible preview. It reads like it was written by someone that just watched the trailer.

I was a bit disappointed by the trailer in the E3 conference until the gameplay video was shown which looked amazing, no idea why that wasn't demoed in the conference. This is the game I most wanted to actually play after E3. The first 2 were great fun and the change to a protaganist with a personality looks like a great move (I know Cole was improved in 2, but he was still bland and something about the voice just seemed off to me). I have absolutely no idea where the emo and unlikeable impression people seem to have is coming from, I don't get any of that from the trailers/gameplay.
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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Xbox One

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@seeyoshirun Digital Foundry articles are only meant to talk about the technical.
I would hope that in the coming days we will get similar hands on reports from EG dealing with gameplay.
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Two new Trials games announced for 2014

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@FuzzyDuck It was the game that made me buy a 360 as well.

Multiplatform trials is the best news of the day.
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Microsoft insists Xbox One Kinect doesn't record your conversations as privacy concerns build

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

This makes absolutely no sense. If I can actually turn off all of the Kinect functionality why can't I unplug it? If it is genuinely not recording/tracking/monitoring anything at all what possible reason is there for it being plugged in?
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Xbox One's used game policies to lay with publishers

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@Heales I didn't do any of those things because, as you are aware, I had no internet access which is entirely the point.

As you have very smartly pointed out a lot of the things we use for entertainment use the internet, it can get pretty boring when you are forced to do without it for a while, especially when the weather sucks and the days are short. So do you know what is great in that situation? Having a stack of 360, PS3 and Steam games (which had already been installed) to play on my own.

I'm generally pretty forward thinking, and if the world had a good solid internet foundation, that was actually as prevalent and reliable as electricity I wouldn't have an issue. But that is simply not the case now, or in the near future.

If this is the way way forward please state just ONE way that this is better for me; not for Microsoft, not for EA, for the consumer.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@slowbots yup, I don't think the people saying its not that bad have ever dealt with uk ISPs.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

Not available at launch is the key point here, coupled with publishers can enable used games sales etc meaning MS block them by default.

After being left without Internet for 8 weeks after moving flat last year (a great time to clear the single player backlog) the required Internet connection is a definite deal breaker for me.
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Respawn's Titanfall leaked, set for PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@CrumpledPaper I'm sure having XBL on cloud servers means they can say this about any game that uses xbox live now.
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PopCap reveals a release date for the now free-to-play Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@Der_tolle_Emil Yeah, i'm willing to give a f2p game a shot to see how restrictive it actually is before discounting it. I've played the shit out of games like jetpack joyride without spending a penny. But that quote instantly puts me off.
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The Last of Us leaked multiplayer details point to in-depth clan-based survival mode

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@IvorB I presume they mean there is a day 1 season pass which at some point down the line will contain a single player add on.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

This sounds interesting, like a fleshed out version of training assassins in AC Brotherhood, but from the description I'm not really getting how it's multiplayer. Is it like a strategy game where you pit your clan against another clan? Is the clan a combination of real players and NPCs in a coop game against the infected? Do clans team up against the infected? Does someone control the infected?
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Killzone: Shadow Fall is playable after only downloading the first level and menu

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@DrStrangelove Annoyingly it depends on the game. I started downloading Demons Souls last night and went to play some hitman while I waited. When I checked on the progress a few hours later ...download pending :(
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Limbo ventures onto PlayStation Vita next week

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

I can't imagine theres a huge number of people that own a vita and are interested in this that don't already own it. I bet it will look lovely on the vita's screen but 10 is just too much to own the game on a third platform.
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PS4 developer: Sony mandates Vita Remote Play for all games

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@slowbots Your attitude really undermines your arguments. There's nothing "Fanboy"-ish in my comments here; people really need to realise that you can be positive about something without being a "Fanboy" (which is a stupid term to begin with).

Anyway, there is a world of difference between Sony stating that games must support remote play and what you said:

VITA will be obligatory if you want to use your machine, otherwise go feck yourselves.
sure maybe down the line someone will make a game that utilises the vita for some wii-u style asynchronous gameplay but that will not stop you using the machine. It's basically the same as complaining that you cant play Dance Central or Kinect Adventures without a Kinect.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@slowbots Zero chance of vita being mandatory.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@menschenfracht I didn't really mean for remote play, just some general integration to help push smartglass as a feature.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@FireMonkey Exactly, although it wouldn't surprise me if MS require some form of smartglass integration.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@Dussc It probably will do that, the current unused remote play does. It will likely just be fairly rubbish unless you have absolutely amazing upload and download speeds.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@Qwarky I can't imagine its much of a waste of resources. The remote play is handled by the PS4, all developers should really have to do is specify any tweaks to control layouts (and I would imagine even that will have a default). Possibly they will need to spend some QA time on it to make sure it passes TRC's but it's hardly going to be a major issue.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

Awesome, I havent regretted buying a vita for a second but when I did buy it I was really hoping for this news.
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The Last of Us' Season Pass and DLC detailed

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

DLC itself is not the issue, the increasing trend to cut DLC from the originally intended story is the problem and Naughty Dog have done well enough up until this point to earn some trust from me.
DLC could focus on different characters or it could be a prequel that deals with the initial outbreak, neither of which would feel like they were stripped from the single player. I think I'll wait until we have actual details before making over the top snap judgements.

That said I won't be buying a season pass. I imagine that, like uncharted, I'll play a decent bit of multiplayer after launch and have fun with it but then move on pretty quickly.
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Despite a bumpy ride to release, Resistance dev Insomniac already prototyping new Fuse "experiences"

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

It's a shame as Insomniac are a great developer. You can see why they wanted to chase the multiplatform audience/profits but I'm sure a lot of people over there are missing the benefits of being a second party Sony studio about now.
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Grid 2 review

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@RandomTerrain Totally, Micromachines is ripe for a PSN/XBLA release. Motorstorm RC was fantastic but I'd love to see MMV3 HD.
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Xbox One: developers have their say on specs, self-publishing and TV TV TV

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@DrStrangelove Yeah, my Skybox hasn't even been connected to the tv for almost 6months it all seems a little outdated to me. If it wasn't all tied up with an internet/phone friends and family deal I don't think I would have any kind of live tv system.

I thought the channel switching stuff made a cool demo but I instantly discounted it as something that wouldn't actually work unless you had a very specific (and probably US based) set-up.

I'm just hoping from something from MS or Sony at E3 that really blows me away. I want a reason to be counting down the days until the new consoles launch.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@DrStrangelove But even if you do want to switch every ten minutes you can do it just as fast by hitting the input button on the tv remote.

The only "benefit" I can see to the TV stuff is that you can talk over the tv show you are watching with skype (why anyone would want to do that is beyond me, but I guess kids these days can't even keep off their phones for the length of a film in the cinema so maybe that's the target they're aiming for).
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

they're positioning the hardware as the only-set-top-box-you'll-ever-need
Except, you know, the set top box you need to plug into the xbox.
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Sony ad suggests PS4 will be out in the UK in 2013

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@FireMonkey I get that but a billion is an insanely large number. For perspective in Jan Apple announced that they had sold 500m IOS devices in the 6 years they have been available. And a huge portion of that is iphones that people get replaced every 18-24 months. Even looking at all consoles combined and extending the time to 10years 1billion is massively optimistic. Unless of course microsoft are counting IOS and android as next gen platforms.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@Moz fair point, but even then a billion is a huge amount. The only way I can see it even coming close is if, like you say, there is a very long tail and during that time prices drop very, very low.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@kassmageant To be fair, MS actually said that it would be 1bn for all next gen platforms combined. Which still seems a ridiculous step up from 300m this gen.

http://www.oxm.co.uk/54712/microsoft-aiming-for-100-million-xbox-360s-sold-and-one-billion-next-gen-consoles/
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

There is no way that Sony would say anything else at this point as it's simply bad press. If Sony are going to delay the EU release they will do it late in the day just like they did with the PS3. They will ride a positive wave right through E3, GC and TGS and then a few weeks before launch they will say they can't meet demands and it will hit the EU in April.

To clarify I'm not saying this is what will happen, and I would really, really hope they manage a worldwide launch. But if it's going to happen, I see that being how it would go down.
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The big interview: Phil Harrison on Xbox One, Kinect, indie games and red rings

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

I used to think Phil Harrison came across really well in interviews. This was hard to read.
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Microsoft won't let indies self-publish on Xbox One

johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

@DreadedWalrus Yeah but (and this is obviously just my personal taste) updated versions of their current IPs won't cut it for me. I like gears and forza but they won't sell me a new system.
I am looking forward to seeing some of the new IP at E3 but at the moment I'm definitely not very excited at the prospect of buying the console.
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johnnyquicknives

5 years ago

Man, Microsofts 8 new exclusives are going to have to be fucking incredible at this rate.
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