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  1. 7 hours ago, Quest said:

    For me the idea of an online JSR just isn't that appealing because I have Splatoon now. JSR was a series I loved far more for tapping into  a certain kind of Japanese streetwear, visual design and music more than its gameplay, and Splatoon shares many of those traits in a world I find more endearing and creatively flexible, with an amount of game design polish that I'm not sure Sega can currently match.


    I think they'd be far better off letting a team make something new.


    Whenever there is a rumour of a company reviving an IP that has been dormant for years I can't help but wonder what came first, the idea for the game or the idea to revive an IP? Perfect Dark is the big one for me, I'd love to know if a reboot was always the plan or if someone higher up at Microsoft looked at what The Initative were making and said that it'd work as a Perfect Dark game, something they already own the rights to. Were Sega prototyping something original that just happened to fit the Crazy Taxi and JSR names or has the process been driven by the desire to bring back the brand? The people who have nostalgia for the brands also seem like the people most likely to reject the business models the games are supposedly going to be built around. 

  2. Sega absolutely should be doing stuff like SoR 4 and Sonic Mania regularly. They might have gotten some attention initially because of nostalgia but they only sold as well as they did because they were good games. 


    This recent news/rumour about their Super Games is just grim. When they first started talking about it I, and I think a lot of other people, thought they were looking at the success Capcom was having with the radical idea of making really good games that could sell well for years after release. Chasing after Fortnite seems daft and way more likely to fail. 

  3. 5 hours ago, Siri said:


    When did you complete the order for it?


    IIRC, I didn't get any update from either Parcelforce or GLS for a few days before it finally got through customs and everything updated on both fronts, so I'd imagine it would take longer given the bank holiday. Given it took a week without a bank holiday, I'd give it a ten day turnaround from when the order was completed.



    Paid for it on the seventh, it shipped on the twelfth and there's been no update since the thirteenth. I'm sure it'll be fine, I just want it now. 😆

  4. 42 minutes ago, SeanR said:

    two words:


    real cities


    two more words:


    licensed cars





    Licensed movie cars maybe. 



    Real cities. Good god no. I remember people hyping up the Getaway for being an accurate representation of London which I'm sure was very impressive for people who wanted to do a bit of sightseeing. Miserable place to drive around though. Those Activision True Crimes games had the same issue. LA and New York were no fun. 

  5. 15 minutes ago, Girth Certificate said:

    They'd be better off combining it into a single game and reboot Skitchin' at the same time.

    The idea of creating a Sega City One (that's horrendous I know but as soon as I put the words Sega and City together I knew it was only a matter of time before the Sega City One "joke" so I'm just ripping off the bandage and hoping we all get past it) where you could then set multiple different games seems neat. 

  6. https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/sega-has-greenlit-big-budget-crazy-taxi-and-jet-set-radio-reboots/



    Sega is working on big-budget reboots of Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio, according to a new report.


    Bloomberg cites sources which claim that the two reboots will be the first titles in Sega’s ‘Super Game’ initiative, a five-year strategy involving what executive VP Shuji Utsumi has previously called “the development of AAA titles that cross over Sega’s comprehensive range of technologies”.



    Crazy Taxi is the one that really confused me here. The formula was basically done by the time the third game came out, how do you even make a big budget version of that now? 


    Jet Set Radio seems like it has more potential to work as a modern game. 

  7. The removable USB C cable is a big positive on that dock. Most of the reasonably priced USB hubs I've seen come with the cable wired in which is fine for laptops but the placement of the USB C port on the Steamdeck makes it a touch awkward. I don't want a setup where the hub is dangling from the back of the deck. 


    It isn't worth £100 unless you have a setup where you'd also regularly be using something like an iPad or Galaxy Tab docked but it's got almost everything you'd want on a Deck dock. Ethernet would have been nice I guess. 


  8. I knew it was easier to make a Series S but it does seem like the Series X is getting to a point where it's not that hard to get one. 


    As I'm writing this every branch of Smyths in Ireland bar two has Series X consoles available. Maybe we are a particularly poor market for Xbox and so demand is weak here. That being said, if you can't buy a Playstation (4 or 5) new anywhere then a certain amount of people will just get an Xbox instead. 

  9. https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2022-04-14-nintendo-switch-was-europes-no-1-console-in-march-european-monthly-charts



    332,000 games consoles were sold across European territories last month (data does not include UK or Germany. You can check our UK report here). It's a rise of 14% over the previous month, but a drop of 39% over the same period in 2021.

    Nintendo Switch was the most popular console. Switch sales increased 9% compared with March last year.

    Xbox Series X and S was the second most-popular console. Both Xbox and PlayStation platforms are suffering from severe stocks shortages



    Just like last month I am certain that Xbox outselling Playstation was down to just how supply constrained the PS5 is but I am curious about how Microsoft seem to be getting more consoles out there now compared to Sony. 

  10. 2 hours ago, Gabe said:

    CustomPC is still going? I thought the ended about 10 years ago! 

    Nah, they are still around. They became part of Raspberry Pi press a few years ago which meant the paper quality got better and there's now a regular section about Pi style computers. 

  11. In that example the club's FFP figures would probably list a transfer window like that as massively profitable not a £50 million deficit.


    Net spend doesn't account for free transfers or the cost of wages. 


    West Ham have a higher net spend than Liverpool over the past ten years but if you factored in the likelihood that Liverpool's wage bill was at least £100million higher each year then you'd get a truer reflection of each clubs financial clout.


    Given how much talk there has been about FFP and various measures over the past ten years we really should have moved to using annual squad costs ( (Wages + Amortisation) - Transfer profits) as a way to compare club spending. 

  12. My copy of 370 showed up on Thursday. 


    I know the fact I'm in the EU not the UK means I'll get it later but I receive my copy of CustomPC within a week of UK subscribers. 


    Since the pandemic started a subscription is my only option to get Edge each month but I wonder how many other people like me just stopped getting the magazine because Futures subscription service isn't up to scratch. It's a shame really and not fair to the people producing the magazine each month. 


  13. On 11/04/2022 at 22:40, disperse and recoagulate said:

    Email thanking me for the order was Fri, Jul 16, 2021, 6:22 PM and the body of the email says date issued 16 Jul, 2021 @ 6:19pm BST, so I guess I was a bit slow.


    Forgot the deposit was only £4. :lol:

    Oh heck, my order went through at 1805 and I got the email at 1807. 


    Based on nothing more than comparing out order times then maybe you'll get yours in early June. 


    The waiting is definitely frustrating but at least you know you have a place in the queue for one. 

  14. I hope we see something more along the lines of the first Crystal Dynamics reboot "trilogy". I know it's not really a trilogy as Anniversary is a separate story but I liked those games. There was still a good emphasis on exploration and puzzles not just set pieces. 



    I wonder if it's possible now to make a big budget game where navigating the environment is a challenge. I finished Horizon:Zero Dawn recently and while there is a lot of climbing involved in the game its not very involved. It's mainly look for the handhold then watch as Aloy scurries up a wall. Would a modern Tomb Raider have to work like that or could you copy something like Grow Home where navigation is the heart of the game? 

  15. 16 hours ago, Benny said:

    Speaking of Stranglehold, I'd completely forgotten I'd played through it until recently. I seem to be recalling all sorts of mediocre to good games of late.

    It peaks super early so that's understandable. The restaurant is the highlight of the game. Running up the bannister of the staircase, diving onto a serving trolley, the sheer amount of stuff that broke as the fight went on. It's a genuinely fantastic sequence. The rest of the game is just fine with a few neat set pieces but no more "wow" moments. 

  16. I'd be curious to see if they are able to match the slo-mo action from Stranglehold on a  consistent basis. The restaurant from the first level of that game is still the peak of slo-mo shooters as far as I'm concerned. 


    I'm not overly excited about going back to Max Payne though. I played the first a bit on PC and beat the second game on the Xbox and they were fine but I never had the urge to go back to them. 

  17. Stadia Pro games for April.



    World War Z: Aftermath

    City Legends: The Curse of the Crimson Shadow

    Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

    Chicken Police – Paint it RED

    Deliver us the Moon was supposed to be there as well but got delayed. 


    List is shite enough it has to be said. 


    We're hitting the point where even if are only interested in streaming games then Stadia is hard to recommend. It is probably still technically better than Xcloud (haven't tried either in over a month) but Xbox now has over 300 games available to stream as part of their subscription. 


    I'd love to see a Stadia equivalent of Dean Takahashis book on the launch of the Xbox. How did one part of the operation manage to get so much of the technical stuff right while those in charge of delivering content mess it up so badly. DId they just assume the PS5 and Series X were going to launch much earlier and rushed the launch? 

  18. https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/5/23011757/snk-corporation-mohammed-bin-salman-misk-foundation




    SNK Corporation, the developer of games like Metal Slug and Fatal Fury, is now nearly entirely owned by a subsidiary of the Saudi crown prince’s foundation. Electronic Gaming Development Company (EGDC), which is owned by the Mohammed bin Salman Foundation (MiSK Foundation), holds 96.18 percent of SNK’s shares, according to a February 15th filing on SNK’s website (PDF).

    This follows “a strategic investment” announced in November 2020, where the MiSK Foundation acquired an “initial” 33.3 percent stake in SNK. At the time, MiSK Foundation indicated it planned to eventually take a 51 percent stake in SNK, but it seems MiSK Foundation decided to buy a much larger stake.



    I'm a little confused by this. Not by the Saudi Arabian government investing in games, just the idea that they were able to buy a Japanese company. Since the start of this acquisition free for all we've had experts falling over each other to tell us that it'd be near impossible for a Japanese company to get bought out by a foreign organisation. 


    Its not great news though. 

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