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Time to Say: Fuck Nintendo!

Posted in Commentary, Gaming these days ... with tags , , , , on September 20, 2018 by Rabidgames

Remember how Nintendo always pretends to guise the clothes of the only consumer-friendly company in a world of sharks? Well FUCK THAT!

First of all, yes. Nintendo sometimes pulls of good shit such as the Xenoblade Chronicle games or the Zelda games – although quite often you feel they would get -10% points were they released on more advanced systems. Take Breath of the Wild – great phyiscs and a big open world, something unseen on a Nintendo system. But not exactly innovative in any way. We’ve seen physics before, we’ve seen open worlds before, we’ve seen a stamina system before. And we’ve sure as hell seen breakable weapons before, although hardly ever that ridiculously.

But – apart from that, Nintendo is an incredibly backwards company (just look at their 50s style family presentations in their games) and above all, they rip off their blind sheepish fans wherever they can – and always get a way with it!

How, you ask? Well, imagine Sony games would never get cheaper. Look on Amazon for the price of Breath of the Wild – 50 quid. For a game that was releases way over a year ago! Imagine Sony selling controllers for 60 quid – and that’s the “Joy-Cons” (imagine frustrated folks buying them thinking they bought a dildo …). But the motherfucking icing on the shit cake is this, quoting Eurogamer’s slightly rose-tinted article about the terrible Switch online service (more on that below):

the gall to present those £49.99 NES controllers – which only work with the NES app and not with other games – as a privilege, something that Sony or Microsoft would surely never have the gall to attempt

Funny, isn’t it? Imagine Microsoft designing a retro Xbox controller that ONLY works with original Xbox games. Sounds fucking stupid now, doesn’t it?

And then that shambolic online service. First, you need a phone app for voice chat. If only a console could handle that … Second, you can back up some of your saves now that you have to pay to play online, but as soon as you don’t feel like paying, Nintendo fucking deletes all your cloud saves straight away! How fucked up is that?

But let’s be clear – Microsoft and Sony and their paid online is as fucked. We’ve become used to pay for a service that is often still utter shit. And Nintendo joining them doesn’t make Nintendo worse (in this regard). But – Nintendo isn’t better. Nintendo isn’t the motherfucking knight in shining armour rescuing gamers in distress from the evil dragons Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo is just the same, and when it comes to online, Nintendo is incompetent as fuck on top of the shit cake they’re all eating together.

But couple this with ridiculously overpriced pricing for peripheral devices, couple that with the always extremely high prices to buy their games, and we see the combined result: A greedy company leeching its devout fan base on a level only EA and Activision reach, while pretending to be completely different wearing the family friendly colourful disguise of someone who almost credibly cares. So here it is: Fuck Nintendo!

 

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Dear Rockstar: A Friendly Intervention

Posted in Gaming these days ... with tags , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2018 by Rabidgames

We have been good friends for a long time, haven’t we?

Remember how our good times started? Remember the fun we had with the original Grand Theft Auto, GTA London, GTA 2 … Oh yes, we’ve had good times on the PS1. Although back then, it was still well-behaved and tame, wasn’t it?

But then we became best buddies, man. And times got wilder. You know how GTA III happened? Boom, that open 3-D world, us getting lost there, getting drunk, crashing cars? Man, we loved that shit back then! But you gave us even more with Vice City and the awesome 80s feeling, and EVEN MORE with the massive world of San Andreas. Holy crap, it felt like re-inventing the rules! But we share more fond PS2 memories, don’t we? The Warriors, Red Dead Revolver, Max motherfucking Payne, and of course the very awesome yet underrated memory of the amazing Bully (man, what a nice small world!). Sure, you were a bit weird with manhunt but still, good times, buddy, good times.

Sure, GTA IV was a bit of a drag because of the annoying relatives and the return to only a single city, and oh, Max Payne 3, well, we all mistakes, so you’re forgiven. But hey, we had fun with simply the best Western game ever, Red Dead Redemption, with the detective novel L.A. Noire and with the sprawling world and of course Trevor’s erratic behaviours in GTA V.

And man, we’ve loooved your stories. Your caricatures, your satire, your humour, you have made these things work on quite some levels. From the Wild West to urban centres, from small towns to Brazilian favelas, storytelling was your damn strength, dude! You’ve mixed fiction and the real world like no other, and you managed to simply piss everyone off! Like South Park, just more interactive.

But then, something happened … Let’s be honest here, okay? Let’s talk straight! You lost sight of our goals, buddy. In recent years, you’ve lost it, bud. Was it the money? The fame? The temptation of another quick fix? Whatever it was, how to put this, but man, you need to get a grip. We really miss your stories! Recently, you went AWOL on us to spend time in that modern online world. But dude, we’re still here. We’ve thought you’d care more about us than the fucking jocks from EA and Activision, you know. But lately, and please, don’t get this the wrong way, but lately you’ve behaved just like those dorks!

See, let me give you some examples here. We’re not dissing you, we’re telling you. You know, making GTA Online a grind, luring us in there with free money (come on, half a million is fuck nothing in your overpriced economy and you know it), ditching all plans for any campaign story add-ons after making promises … man, that one has hurt the most! Have you really forgotten your roots, man? Your roots, and the good times we’ve shared?

And now, man, we want to play Red Dead Redemption 2, we really, really, really want to buy the game. And we want to like it and look forward to it. Really, really! But DUDE! What the fuck are you doing? Why does it have to be shitloads of different editions? Even with “exclusive” missions? Fuck that shit, man! Why should we pre-order to get some fucking online cash for another fucking game? Come on man, stop partying with the frat boys from EA!!! Stop believing the sweet yet treacherous words from that Activision dude!

But let’s calm down for now, okay? After all, we’ve been friends for a long, long time. Shit, you could say decades! So see, because it’s you, we want to give you a last chance. Please, please prove you still care. Please show us you still can tell great stories, and you still have it in you to tell a long, meaningful story. But hey, look away from your phone! No exclusive crap! No more DLC shit! No fucking micro-transactions! Can you try to do that for us pretty please? Can you?

And make no mistake, Rockstar. This is your last chance. If you disappoint us again and you feel like treating the story just as a tutorial for your oh-so-beloved new online hobby, we’re done. Because frankly, right now, we don’t believe you and your talks anymore. It’s time for action. So comes October, we’ll see. So please, old friend, please don’t disappoint us! Or it’s farewell. Forever.

Read Dead Redemption 2 Could be Great – Or Just Good …

Posted in Gaming these days ..., News with tags , , , , on October 20, 2016 by Rabidgames

So today, some company announced some details for something like a rehashed PS4/Vita remote play thingy … It was a nice little distraction while we were all waiting for the first trailer for the potential game of this generation – Red Dead Redemption 2!

Let’s just start with watching this one minute long Western orgasm:

It’s looking great! Sadly, that’s all we know about Red Dead Redemption 2 at the moment – it’s looking great, there are oil fields and trains, and there’s a gang of seven potentially magnificent cowboys riding through gorgeous plains.

But that’s enough to get hyped surely, and knowing Rockstar, we’ll probably stay hyped. And yet, there is one growing shadow of doubt when it comes to how great Red Dead Redemption 2 could turn out to be – and Red Dead Redemption Online!

How comes? Well, look at GTA V. It’s a great game, true, but or rather BUT, post-release, pretty much nothing got invested into the single player, Rockstar threw everything at GTA Online, which is a perennial cash cow now. Now, imagine Rockstar focussing on Red Dead Redemption Online now, neglecting the campaign – is that unthinkable? Especially after the first announced feature was PS4 exclusive online stuff?

`To be fair though, Rockstar put lots of effort into remaking GTA V for the next generation and for PC, it looks better and a few things were added – like getting so high you can fly as a seagull and shit on the world. But surely, the question of who will be Rockstar’s the favourite child, the older single player dude who likes to tell you long stories of violence and crimes with quite a bit of sarcasm, or the younger wild kiddo always asking for fun with his posse … the answer to this question will define if Red Dead Redemption 2 is either a true great one – or just a good game.

Rabidgames wants to be an optimist: Even if we’re looking at it pessimistically, chances are the campaign will turn out to be great, simply because it’s Rockstar. And by the way, waiting so long would be sweeter with a remastered Red Dead Redemption on this generation – a proper remaster, not the PS Now shit please – and why not on the PC, too? Come on, Rockstar!

 

GTA Online or Between Awesome and WTF???

Posted in Hands On, News with tags , , , , , on October 9, 2013 by Rabidgames

So, GTA Online

First, remember when Rockstar praised the heists in GTA Online? They’re not there yet, they’re just free DLC down the line. And they were the only reason Rabidgames has been interested in GTA Online

Apart form the heists, GTA Online is basically … well, an online version of GTA V: You’re in southern San Andreas (Los Santos and Blaine County), you can move around freely and rob stores and buy vehicles, weapons, garages and safehouses in freeroam mode, or you do either co-operative missions that get stale quickly (some are alright, some are outright stupid – why chase after 2 moving cars for half an hour for a meagre $3000 reward? And why the fuck do enemies spawn 10 meters from our team) or you do classical MP stuff like races (rally is truly hilarious and a welcome addition, while GTA races now feel like Mario Cart 18+), death matches or 2vs missions.

However, there’s a catch: Each time you die in GTA Online, you have to pay. The more money you have, the more you pay. Oh, and it doesn’t matter if it’s cash or in the bank, you’ll pay. The catch? It also accounts for missions. Have fun playing deathmatch, earning $2000 while losing $10000. This is bullshit! It stinks even more if you look at the fucking micro transactions Rockstar introduced into GTA Online!

Getting money becomes tedious grinding after a while, and you get the occasional message to just buy it with real money. This is fucked up! Dear Rockstar, by buying GTA V, Rabidgames also bought GTA Online. It’s been shipped with the game so it’s part of the game, right? And yet, there have been obstacles thrown at us so we can progress slowly (yes, there are easy missions which can be repeated again and again and again, but where’s the fun in that?) – or we pay!

Alright, we have not enough content, and we have mindless grinding … anything else? Oh yeah, GTA Online is broken 50% of the time you want to do something! Dear Rockstar, you definitely saw and heard what happened with Diablo 3 and Sim City, and you did the same mistake. Yes, some issues are understandable at an online launch, fair enough – but staring at the first race not even starting for hours upon hours is blatantly ridiculous! So is losing ALL your progress. While it is fine to play beta tester for some F2P game, it is not fine after shelling out 40 quid! If the gaming industry wants to be all adult and professional, fine, but please, act that way, too!

Rabidgames yawns: Yes, if you play with friends, GTA Online can be hilarious. For a while. But then, you realise there are no noteworthy missions. Hefty penalties for playing deatchmatches or any competitive modes but racing. Everything is expensive and needs grinding – or paying real money – a no go! Maybe the heists will change the perception of GTA Online, but for now it is simply not good enough – and doesn’t live up to the hype.

The UK Is Not Ready For Always-Online

Posted in Gaming these days ... with tags , , on June 5, 2013 by Rabidgames

Imagine the future.
It’s a nice and sunny spring day in 2015.

You have just bought Microsoft’s Xbox One (after the latest version does not suffer from the Black Circle of Doom) which requires you to be online at least once a day – but that’s just the bare minimum!

You know, would you really want to miss the latest episode of “I am a Noob, get me out of Call of Duty: Ancient Warfare” on Xbox TV? Do you really want to miss the achievement “TV maniac” (worth incredible 15 GS) stating you’ve been watching Xbox TV for 360 hours? Do you really want to miss out on the Cloud, which makes games shine in glorious Super HD? No, you want to have it all!

But oh no!

Your internet does not work properly! Sometimes it’s completely gone, but most of the time, it is just intermittent – just like in the old days, when wathcing a 2 minute youtube video took ten times the time to load! So, what can you do with your shiny new console, your “all in one entertainment system”, your revolutionary Xbox One?

What happens if the internet is down for more than just 24 hours? Can you still access your games you paid 65 pounds for each (don’t worry, trading used games is luckily a thing of the past) on the device which cost you 400 pounds? You might find out the hard way …

But even worse, say bye-bye to multiplayer, to downloading new games or maybe just the critical patch which stops The Elder Scrolls 7 from melting your Xbox One, say bye-bye to the games you’ve been streaming, say bye-bye to Netflix, to Xbox TV and to Xbox Music. Of course, you won’t be able to access that cool dungeon in Dragon’s Dogma 2 Extreme because it is stored in the Cloud.

But do not fret, it will take Virgin Media only two weeks to figure out that tiny problem turned major – including some 2-day spells without any connection at all (thank Gates or Jobs – depending on your religion – for smart phones!). And don’t try to bother Virgin, because you’re just one of 45.000 people in your area affected by some incompetence on behalf of the people in charge who thought it was a good idea to let people use 100 Mb/s on lines which are simply not made for such heavy workloads. Yes, your internet provider may humbly offer your compensation, but only for your broadband bill, of course – all the money poured into Xbox LIVE, Xbox Music, Xbox TV and Xbox ESPN … gone. Oh, and that channel hidden from your wife/girlfriend/parents, you know … XXXbox … don’t expect to get any returns from there.

Welcome to the always-online world of gaming in 2015, and welcome to an infrastructure which is not able to cope with our demands. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

Rabidgames interjects: By the way, we are not talking about Furzehill or about Ingoldisthorpe, we are talking about goddamn motherfucking London! If shit like this happens here with Virgin Media – considered one of the best providers – please imagine how things look in the countryside …

Microsoft might be ready for the online revolution – the UK is not!