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How Sony is losing A War Already Won

Posted in Gaming these days ... with tags , , , , , on October 4, 2016 by Rabidgames

Sony, a word! We got a problem. You wiped the floor with Microsoft, remember how we laughed and share jokes and had fun back then? They were praising always-online, Kinect, they lost touch with us – the gamers, the consumers. You stepped in and said your console is “for the players”!

We believed you, Sony, we did. We were grateful. But now, we have stopped believing you. Why? Oh, there are quite a few reasons to be suspicious of you, old friend:

Take PSN Now for example. All those games you had fun with on your PS3, good news is, we can play them again on your PS4 – bad news though, we have to pay for them once more. Really! Meanwhile look at the backwards compatibility introduced for the One; every game supported by it only requires you to put in the disc once, and voilà, they can stream the game instantly – no extra cost included. On top of that, every 360 game on Gold is made backwards compatible and playable as well, while the PS3 games on PSN+ are just for our PS3 …

Speaking of PSN+, remember Sony announcing to raise the price for PSN+ – for nothing in return? Yes, we still get shitty download speeds, a broken infrastructure on the PS3 (navigating the Store there is a nightmare) and as usual, no news about any improvements. But at least we got better “free”* games for October with the Resident Evil remake and Transformers Devastation on offer. At least times of these fucking super-cheap 2D rogue-like pixelated games seem to be finally over!

Denying us mods in Fallout 4 and Skyrim … man, that’s probably the bitterest pill to swallow here, old friend – if you have a Xbox One, you can enjoy mods in both games, as simple as that – but Sony, oh no, Sony seems to be insisting on being a fucking dumbass party pooper, yelling “thanks for your money, now bugger off” at all of us. What the hell? There’s not even an explanation from you, mate! Don’t you think you owe us that at least?

It is clear now that No Man’s Sky is a train wreck, but after promoting it heavily, Sony now is abandoning No Man’s Sky and leaves the game studio to rot. Hell, Sony, you even hinted youhad nothing to do with the promotion of the game, which seeing you promoted it heavily as an exclusive sounds just like a reeking lie!

Rabdigames wonders: After wiping the floor with Microsoft at the beginning of this generation, Sony, you won the war. But now, it seems FOR THE PLAYERS turned into FUCK THE PLAYERS, and Sony is hellbent on losing all advantages and even the war to Microsoft.

Make no mistakes, Microsoft learned a lot and improved relations with their customers by introducing sensible things like, you know introducing backwards compatibility and promoting and allowing mods in games. And yes, Scorpio looks so much stronger than the useless PS4 Pro already …

So old friend, you know we spent generations together, but one last question: Sony, do you even still care about us, or have you abandoned us like you abandoned Non Man’s Sky?

*Disclaimer: Don’t let Microsoft and Sony fool you, the monthly games are not, and have never been “free”. Whatever anyone says, first you pay the subscription, then, and only then, you’re allowed to play them – as long as your subscription is active. Clearly, this is not the definition of “free”, right?

No Man’s Sky or Infinite Worlds with Finite Wonders

Posted in Hands On with tags on August 12, 2016 by Rabidgames

After a long wait and much anticipation, the space faring survival exploration discovery crafting inventory management game No Man’s Sky has been released. Time to jump into a galaxy far, far away!

First of all, No Man’s Sky is fucking addictive! Imagine a line from A to B, which should take you 3 minutes. But in this game, it turns out to be 3 hours, on a focussed day! There’s much to be discovered, explored, catalogued and mined on the line, and oh so many glittering and twinkling things nearby, and also interesting silhouettes in the distance. But let’s face it, getting sidetracked is part of the fun in games like No Man’s Sky.

Second, the title is a lie! It’s all YOURS! It’s your universe to explore and play with. Barren and frozen moons, planets full of life with critters or weird dinosaurs wanting to have you as an exotic lunch, scorching deserts or radioactive swamps, there are tons of things you can find and name in your unique version of No Man’s Sky. True, while the number of planets is incredibly high, the forms of life start to look alike after the tenth planet so it remains to be seen if the game stays fresh after 50 planets – but then again, that’s what we’d expect from evolution, right?

Third, No Man’s Sky is perhaps the ultimate sandbox. You can follow the story or decide not to  to care about it, you can mine resources to get rich quickly or you can find alien artefacts to master the language of a mysterious race, you can try to get the biggest and baddest ship to rule the galaxy or you can spend hours to fully catalogue one planet. The choice is always yours. If for any reason however you need a dense story or structure in your games, No Man’s Sky might not be your cup of cosmic tea.

After perhaps 10 hours (or maybe 15), the centre of the galaxy is still far away, but it’s already clear No Man’s Sky has one enemy – time. Time flies by when you play the game, and it is time well spent on exotic planets. This game should be your game if you ever imagined how awesome it would be to fly to the stars, to discover planets and to just be an explorer in uncharted territories. And the fact that it’s all yours only makes the game even greater!

Rabidgames goes back to reaching for the stars. Over and out.