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Gravity Rush has been ported to PS4…

Tue, Jan 26th, 2016

It’s official, the PS Vita has been deprived of every good exclusive it had! Now you have absolutely zero reason to get one! You can spend that money elsewhere now!

“Discover astonishing gravity defying powers in an epic PS4 adventure set in the mystical city of Hekseville.”

Source: Gravity Rush™ Remastered | Games | PlayStation

Why I think games have gone down the gutter!

Tue, Jan 26th, 2016

Source: Bungie to sell Destiny ammo packs for real money

“Grinding for purple ammo packs will soon become a thing of the past, if VG247 sources are to be believed. Update: Bungie has denied it’s to allow players to buy ammo packs, telling Game Informer, “We’re not doing that.” Original st…”

Source: Source: Bungie to sell Destiny ammo packs for real money

Okay, this kind of news doesn’t surprise me at this point. We live in an industry where people just eat this up because they think they’re robbing the publishers out of their money. Don’t worry about the developers, by the way, the publishers are the ones screwing them over!

Okay, I might seem to be going off topic for a little bit, but bear with me, there’s a reason for this:

I’ve been really involved with political stuff for the past couple of years, what with the Scottish Independence Referendum and all. I’ve noticed that the current governments are basically sucking up the the super rich and banksters, telling us that if we gave their money to them, it will trinkle down to us, making our society and way of living much better… it hasn’t… at all…

What has really happened is that the money has stayed with them, and combined with the fact that these guys dodge their taxes and pay just about nothing back into the country, we are left far worse off!

I found a picture on Facebook some time back that sums it all up perfectly. I cannot find who original done this picture, Tineye returned nothing and Google Images only showed a bunch of Twitter Tweets, none of which suggested that it was the original and not just a share. So I apologise in advance for not giving the author credit, because I don’t know who the author is! I digress though, here it is:

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Does any of this ring a bell? Have you ever been told “The developers need their money!” or “You buy your games used/borrowed it/Had it given to you, and screwed the publishers out of their money?!”, I certainly have! Maybe there’s a connection here!

I agree that developer should get money for their work, but there’s a fine line between supporting developers, and outright sucking their dicks and eating out of their arseholes kneeling before them and kissing the ground they walk on!

Let’s take a pre-Steam/Origin/Uplay/- You know what, let’s face facts, Steam/Valve have a monopoly on PC gaming, so a pre-Steam game as an example: Resident Evil 4. It’s widely considered as one of the worse PC ports of all time. It had no mouse control, it was capped at 30fps, the textures were god-awful, and the cutscenes were just pre-recorded videos! However, the game worked out of the box! No patches were necessary to play through the game! I had never encountered any errors or crashes, and no game-breaking glitches! What’s more, the DRM was just simple disc-checks, and I has no issue with that!

Let’s go back to the present day with an example from a game from these days: Killer Is Dead: Nightmare Edition. Kind of an appropriate title if you ask me! I’m just going to leave this here! Read as much as you like! I has this issue out of the box, and it seems everyone has had it since launch, since like 2012, yet there has still yet to be a proper fix for it!

What about Batman: Arkham Knight, a port so bad, that they had to recall all copies sold, all digital ones anyway, to “fix” it?

What about the War-Z? Anyone remember that?

What about every Assassins Creed game past the first? Or Watch Dogs? Or Ridge Racer Unbounded?

Okay, I’m running out of examples of PC ports, as I thought they were more out there, I’ll be honest. Most PC games seem to actually perfect ports of games that were outright broken and glitch-y to begin with!

Actually, going onto games on all platforms, there’s more to be found there, games in general seem to constantly cut corners and are released buggy as anything, and need massive patches to fix them! Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5 and the WWE 2k games are good examples of this!

Sure, back in the day, you had things like Starforce and SecuROM, but at least games that had that were called out, and both DRMs died, and moreover, once you got past those DRMs, the games I played that had these (such as Ed, Edd an Eddy Mis Ed-Ventures and the Tony Hawk games), I had no issues with. It seemed rare to see patches back then, to be honest, because most games didn’t really need them, they functioned well enough and were stable. Some games did have small patches to fix the little that was needed to be fixed.

Playing most of these games may yield the same results as the games above, but at least that’s just compatibility issue, they weren’t made to work on today’s PCs, so that’s to be expected, and is understandable! Now, though, with games that are supposed to work for today’s PC, that still fail to run correctly, that’s inexcusable in my eyes!

I honestly think is the issue is that we just keep sucking their dicks kissing their feet regardless and telling them how important and special they are to us!

We need to cut it out! I think that because we’re forgiving them for everything bad they do, they think it’s perfectly okay to keep doing it, and what do you know? They do!

The reason the likes of SecuROM and Stareforce are no longer around is because we gave the publishers shit a very hard time for using them, so they stopped, but now with an (in my opinion) even worse DRM combined with games that are unplayable out of the box, we’re suddenly praising them? For fuck sake!

If your bank took half of your money out of your account and said it was because they needed the money to keep going, would you go “Oh, that’s okay, I understand, keep the money!”? No, of course you wouldn’t! So why is this any different? Because it isn’t money being taking directly out of your wallets/banks? Well, we ARE paying a lot for games that are broken, so yeah, we kind of are losing money to blood-suckers and not getting value for that money! Also, there’s Steam sales, which bankrupts everybody who takes part in them, and never play half of their games, if they even can!

I’ll be honest, I don’t think anyone will listen to me, I mean this article is long enough as it is. I think the Games Industry is soon going to collapse into itself or people are soon going to fork money over for text files where the game should be and it will read “A game will be here soon, I promise!”, and still say it is justified because the developers need supporting!

If you are still reading, thank you! I hope you at least take what I said into consideration.

If it means anything, if I ever get to the stage if releasing commercial games or enhanced-commercial editions of games I make, I promise to be different! If I do something bad, I’ll be honest about it and admit to my mistakes if I make any! I treat games like a work of art, and the work of Yu Suzuki and David Cage show me that games can truly be art, a way to express oneself. In other words, I won’t be making games for the sole purpose of squeezing money out of people, if I make a game, I really want to make something, I mean I guess I see no harm in making a bit of money on the side, just as long as you get the value for your money. Which is why my first projects will be free, well, one of them is a little more complicated than that, but maybe it’s best to leave that untill another time. It’s not like I’ll ever get that far, though! I’ll try, though, mark my words! You are free to hold me to account for what I just said here!

Anyway, that’s enough ranting for one day! I’m glad that’s off of my chest! Again, thank you for wasting your time to read this! I hope added some things for you to think about! You are also free to disagree and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this as well, as comments or whatever! I don’t want to be living in an echo-chamber if you know what I mean…

Rant – Xbox live and PS Plus – Mandatory pay-to-play multiplayer

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015

I’m going to start this off with an experience I’ve recently had with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 for the PS4, which I got for Christmas. I found out that the game has this awesome feature where you can play career mode and you see other players playing through career mode as well, and some goals/missions you can even player co-op! It was pretty awesome, and a lot of fun. I got a PS plus trial just to do this basic, and not needed feature. Now that trial has run out, and now I have to fork out £4 a month or pay £15-£40 upfront to do this…

Seriously, Sony, what the f*ck? What happened to free online play? That was a massive advantage the PS3 had over the Xbox 360! The PS Vita even has free online-play, so why doesn’t the PS4?!

Apparently the reason is because they needed to compensate for their new flashy features they added such as watching other people play games or even streaming a game onto your console if someone else is playing and you want to, and also things like online cloud storage… okay, but what about people who only want to play online and don’t care about those features? They would be paying for sh*t they aren’t going to use!

I could understand back in the late 90s and very early 2000s where the Dreamcast and Xbox did this, because it was a new thing, and I’m guessing doing things like that was expensive, because you needed servers dedicated to the console, I guess, but by the time online play became more mainstream, it seemed like an obsolete idea. The PS2, Gamecube (whatever games it had online), PS3, Wii and Wii U all had free online, and the guys behind them were doing just fine financially, so why would it be needed now?!

Again, all I would want to do is use this cool feature on THPS5, but I have to pay for game streaming, live let’s play features and cloud storage just to do this?! I’m never going to use any of those features!

I remember when this thing was first announced, my friend, who previously had a 360, reacted to it like it was no big deal. I’m guessing because he was used to it…

That’s probably why Sony did this, they new thanks to the controversy with the Xbox One at the time, many 360 owners were moving to Sony, so they saw money in this, and decided to treat them as sh*t as Microsoft did for money!

Smart? Maybe, but that doesn’t make it good, though!

Let’s imagine a scenario where you can to pay some guy “protection” money, otherwise, he gets to batter you with a baseball bat. This goes on for years, and maybe the original guy stops this for one reason or another (e.g. he dies or got arrested), and then another guy jumps in and does the same thing. You’d be used to that treatment by then, does that make this behaviour okay? No, of f*cking course it doesn’t!

“But PS Plus is a good deal!” Not when you HAVE to pay for it for something unrelated to why it’s a good deal!

I’ll create another scenario for this argument, but I’ll tell this story differently, try to imagine you enter a shop because you are away from home and need the toilet. (You probably already see where this is going…)

“Hey,” you say to the cashier, “Can I use your toilet? I’m bursting!”
“Would you like to buy this deal we have going on where if you purchase this bottle of Mountain Dew, you get a free bag of Doritos!”
“No thanks, I just need to go to the toilet.”
“Well, you need to get this deal, otherwise, you can’t use the toilet.”
“What the f**k?! No! F**k off!”
“Well, I’m afraid you can’t use our toilets, so you can either leave the store or I’m calling the police!”

…Okay, both of those analogies are a little extreme, as online play in of itself isn’t a mandatory human right (Unless the internet access thing that was added to the list of human rights count!), and the consequences aren’t that extreme, but I got my point across, right?

Bottom line, paying for online is not needed! You’re a greedy piece of sh*t if you charge for it! F*ck you Sony, and f*ck you Microsoft! I’m not giving youse a penny for online play! *sigh*, I wish they still made the Call of Duty games or THPS5 for Wii U…

I got a PS4!

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2014

That’s right, I got a PS4 today!

I was planning on getting one of these for a while, more a less ever since I’ve heard that WWE 2k15 is coming to PS4 and Xbox One, but not the PC.

Yesterday, my mum asked me if I wanted to go to GAME and get my PS4, since there was a deal on PS4s right now where you get a PS4, plus a handful of games for £400, even though most of those games are also available on PC, the only exception being Last of Us, which was sadly a Download code. Despite all of that, I thought it was a decent deal, so I went for it, and I also got Killzone: Shadow Fall for £10 with it.

Playstation 4 Console

Beauty, isn’t it?

It’s hard to tell what I feel about the PS4, I’m very exited to play WWE 2k15 on it, but there’s not much to play on it so far, I only want to play Killzone: Shadow Fall until I complete all of the previous games, regardless of any resemblance to previous games, and the Last of Us has yet to fully download it’s 9GB of content!

It’s frustrating, it’s a new, high-tech, top of the range machine (to an extent), it has some awesome features on the PS Vita, such as being a second screen, and being able to access your PS4 from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection, and the plug the PS4 is connected to is on.

PS4 - PSVita Second Screen

Here’s a screenshot of the second screen feature, just because I can provide one…

It also has an awesome controller,it feels so comfortable in my hands, and the touch pad is less intrusive than I thought it would be. (Although the light on the back is getting a little annoying.)

Playstation 4 Controllers

I got 2, by the way, for 2 player games, that was before I realised you can use a PSVita as a controller…

Despite all of these awesome things, there’s just nothing to do with it right now, the technology is awesome, and I really want to dig into it, but I can’t, and that, like I said, frustrates me…

FIFA 15, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warefare [PS4]

Here are all of the games I have for it right now, not exactly spoiled for choice, am I?

In other news, on the exact same day, at the exact same time, I picked up an original DS!

Nintendo DS (Original) + Charger & Carry Case

Ah, the memories…


Why would you get one of those? You may be asking. Well, for one reason, and one reason only: The GBA Slot.
You see, I have this game called Tony Hawk Motion for the DS, and has motion controls, but the motion pack uses the GBS slot, which means I can’t play it on my 3DS, so I got this to play it on.
Isn’t Tony Hawk Motion awful, though? Well, that’s what I heard, but it wouldn’t be the first time my opinion of something differs greatly to everyone else’s. Surprisingly, it’s not that bad, I was pleasantly surprised, the controls actually function, and I rarely get any hiccups with recognising movement, it seems solid to me. The game itself is okay as well, it seems more refined than previous DS Tony Hawk games I’ve played.
Would I recommend it? Probably not. For curiosity’s sake, it’s alright, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it.

Well, since we’re here, I might as well tell youse about other games I got recently.

I was at CEX today, as always, and was actually thinking about getting Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes on the PS4, now that I have one, that was until I’ve heard that a PC version is coming soon, so I decided to wait and see if that gets a retail release, if not, then I’ll get it on PS4.

I did pick up some other games though, like NBA Street 3 for the Xbox, and a cheap sniper FPS on the PC, all for a wallet busting 75p!
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I also got a couple of PSVita games.
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I stopped by GForce and got Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX after seeing it for so long, I already have it, but as part of a collection, and I thought having a stand-alone version would look much nicer, and also it was only £2.

Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX [PC]

I think it would look nicer anyway, what do youse think?

When I arrived home, I found 2 games I ordered off of eBay arrived.
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Yep, even though the Legends of Wrestling games supposedly suck, I already had the 3rd games, and seeing these 2 online for £3, I couldn’t resist…

Well that’s about all I got as of recent, until next time, bye!

Rant: Checkpoints in Video Games

Wed, Jul 23rd, 2014

It’s that time of the month again, where I need to get something off of my (mostly) hairless chest (better there than my head), and this time I am going to be ranting about games that use checkpoint, and use them sparingly, and especially those who defend it over quicksaves/quickloads.

I will be mostly talking about Shooters, where this problem is the most affected, genres like platformers and sidescrollers don’t seem to be as badly affected by this problem.

I have played many games, and a lot of them are shockingly PC games, that use checkpoints, and if that wasn’t bad enough, they are few and too far between. It’s p*ssing me off! These games are really frustrating, hair-tearingly merciless! I’ve played many games that would’ve been otherwise fantastic, ruined by sparse checkpoints, I can maybe understand (older) consoles games using checkpoint, but many PC games nowadays do this as well!
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Retro Pick-Ups – 19/03/2014

Wed, Mar 19th, 2014

Retro Pick-Ups - 19/03/2014

Well I was at CEX again, and I decided to get FIFA Football and Virtua Tennis 4 for the Vita. Do you ever get that exciting feeling when you got a new console, that you’re game collection for it is really starting to grow? Well, I’m starting to feel that now with my Vita!

Also, some game arrived from Amazon today, here’s a photo of them:

Well actually, Pinball Big Race USA (Bottom left game) and Devil May Cry 2 were bought from CEX the other day.

Well, Pinball Big Race USA (Bottom left game) and Devil May Cry 2 were bought from CEX the other day.

Mystery Console 2 Revealed

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014

Mystery Console 2 Revealed

That’s right, I got a PS Vita!

I managed to get what I thought was a great deal, I got the Tearaway bundle for £150, it also came with Little Big Planet and a 16GB Memory Card

I say Thought, it turns out that both games were merely downloads, and I hate downloads! Also, the Vita was a Wi-Fi model… Still, It was cheaper than how much it goes for normally…

So anyway, here’s a photo of the Vita itself:

I also got a few (retail) games with it, including Mortal Kombat 9, which I’ve been wanting to play for years now!

Clock-wise from top left: Assassins Creed 3: Liberation, Ninja Gaiden Sigma +, Dead or Alive 5+ and Mortal Kombat

Clock-wise from top left: Assassins Creed 3: Liberation, Ninja Gaiden Sigma +, Dead or Alive 5+ and Mortal Kombat

So how is it? Well so far, I love it! The games look beautiful, especially on the OLED screen, and most of them run really smoothly. Mortal Kombat is even better than I hoped! Although the fatalities and x-ray moves were disappointing…

Dead or Alive 5+ is fun, although the developer didn’t put much effort into making it fit for the Vita, the lifebars are tiny!

Ninja Gaiden Sigma+ is alright, but the game only runs at 30 frames per second, which is a big letdown for me…

Tearaway is absolutely brilliant, it’s probably the best portable game I’ve ever played, well, 4th, right behind Pokemon Silver, Yellow and Pinball. I love Tearaway’s style and it’s light hearted-ness, I love that the developer still brought out a bright, colourful and silly game in a world currently overrun by dark and gritty games! In fact, I loved it so much, that I bought a physical version! I needed to have this gem on my shelf!

So my first impressions on the Playstation Vita? Seriously underated! It needs more owners, Tearaway alone is a good reason to own a Vita! Although I would get a 3G version on it’s own, and a retail copy of Tearaway, it doesn’t matter if you prefer physical or not, you need to have a version to own and keep!

-Cobra!

Guys, there’s a new Tony Hawk game coming out… and it’s a mobile game…

Thu, Feb 27th, 2014

Guys, there’s a new Tony Hawk game coming out… and it’s a mobile game…

When I started hearing that Activision were working on a new Tony Hawk game, I got super exited, it could be Activision’s chance to bring Tony Hawk back to it’s glory days! Close to it anyway!

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Retro Diary – 12/01/14

Mon, Jan 13th, 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve had one of these… but I have some stuff I wanted to document, so let’s get to it.

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