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  1. GAME messaged me, i can pre-pay for my console from today until the store closes on the 18th.  Plan to pay tomorrow when i go to collect my copy of Sackboy, then it's a case of going in and picking it up on launch day.

    21 hours ago, martinist said:

    Well i'm fucked. ShopTo gave my order away.

    I was supposed to pay for it by the 31st of October which they only informed me about when I went to check my order today.

    I'll pick one up next year I guess.

    Did they email you at all, they did for me but cancelled my console order middle of October.  Shopto usually are pretty good, but botching next gen launches isn't good for them.


  2. 1 hour ago, Julius said:

    I don't believe that's true, at least not in this instance, as my original order had Royal Mail Tracked 24 as the delivery type for my entire order - and still is for my accessories. The console is the only item to have its delivery type and courier changed. And, like I said, this has happened even to those paying for DPD 24 and other delivery methods. 

    And I went with them because that's one of the places where pre-orders went up first, straight after the PS5 September event, but above all else, because of the Royal Mail delivery option. I live a 5 minute walk from my local Royal Mail depot, and have never had an issue with them; the latest I've had something arrive is about 13:00, and I'm at work until 15:30 on launch day anyways. Royal Mail is definitely the best option for my location, so that's why I stuck with them. 

    I had initially hoped to get one with ShopTo, but they kind of seemingly blundered their weird queue system, and in hindsight I probably could have nabbed another backup with Amazon or someone else (I mean, I was keeping an eye on it all for a friend anyway)...

    But it is what it is ::shrug: from what I've seen elsewhere with the updates on the Series X | S deliveries due today, it doesn't look like a different retailer would've necessarily done any better.

    Out of my hands now anyways, just got to try to stay optimistic I guess. But, based on my past experiences with Yodel, that's not easy :sad:

    Aren't Yodel the ones who literally throw parcels over fences?

    GAME stores re-opened in Wales yesterday, my local one was hounded by people asking about pre-payments for the PS5.  At the moment, they're prioritising Xbox orders as that's out this week.  From speaking to someone in-store yesterday myself, they should be in a position by either Friday or Monday to start pre-payments for the PS5.  Was only down asking if they could hold my Sackboy pre-order and include it in the PS5 bag.

    ShopTo have started processing my Pulse 3D headset and Miles Morales.

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  3. 5 hours ago, Julius said:

    Yeah, both accessories and games are releasing on the 12th, even the PS5 exclusive games. I think it got bumped up a few weeks back? It looks like ShopTo are getting all of their accessories and games ready to start processing on the 10th, so wouldn't be surprised if some turn up on the 11th. 

    Not that it matters until the console arrives :blank: it's going to be a very long week of holding the DualSense and watching that UI video over and over :laughing: I've seen some hoping elsewhere that due to lockdown there might an earlier launch, but everyone seems much more prepared now than they were back then, so unfortunately I'm not expecting it to hapoen. A repeat of the FFVII Remake situation we got earlier in the year due to lockdown would be nice, but like with that game, feel it would only make for a bit of a weird launch! 

    Yeah, I saw a rumour that Sony might bump the PS5 release up a few days as it's lockdown in the UK.  But haven't found a credible source to link it.

    Apparently stores have stock in of the consoles, someone on a community page mentioned they went in to pay early and they put the PS5 on the counter and put a label on the box.


  4. Both Sackboy and Miles Morales look set to arrive at the flat on the 12th, same as the new PS5 3D Pulse headset.  I get the games releasing then, as the PS4 counterparts release that day so they're thinking "why not release both versions".  It happened before with the PS4 launch, i had Black Flag and NBA 2K14 at home for a week before the PS4 arrived.  Headset is a weird one, however have seen across the pond that the accessories have arrived early for some people too.


  5. 15 hours ago, Cookyman said:

    I'm waiting to see the NVME approved Sony SSD's then get a 1TB one.  Yeah they may be pricey but will be far more convienent.  

    I'll get something internal down the line, this is mostly for anything i want to play BC.

    My local GAME tweeted out about in-store collections.  I know Wales is coming out of lockdown on the 9th, so stores should re-open.  They've started making back-up plans as England will be in lockdown over launch week for people to collect orders and pre-pay if they want to.

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  6. I'm not worried too much about storage at the moment.  There's only one or two games i'll keep on the system on the long term, and one of them is Destiny 2.  I'll be watching the prices on SSD memory over the next few months/years until it's at a point i think is good value.  I've got a 1tb HDD inside my PS4 at the moment, and the old 500gb HDD is used as one of my back-up drives for files.  If i need to, i can format this drive (i've got another smaller HDD i can use for my files) to use on PS5 to store my PS4 library on.


  7. What a generation we've had.  I know it's been said before, but if Microsoft had revealed Xbox One as a console instead of how it was initially, i'd probably have stayed with Xbox for this generation instead of picking up a PlayStation 4.  At the start, people were complaining when games such as The Last of Us and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection came out because they had played them, but for someone like me it was nice to be able to play these games.

    Favourite game of the Generation

    it's difficult as there's been so, so many great games over the last 7 years.  But for me, it's Day's Gone.  Reviews marked it as an average game, but i thought it was brilliant.  Decent enough story, and it has Walking Dead vibes to it with exploring a post-apocalyptic world filled with Freakers and many deadly traps.  It's a good 60+ hour game, so you get value for your money here.  You do need to maintain your motorcycle, otherwise you might get caught short per say and have an entire Horde coming after you.  First time i had one of these coming, it caught me by surprise.  You do need to use a strategy, more so with the larger ones (200+ Freakers) later in-game.

    Action/Adventure

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    This is the result of if you take the classic Zelda formula and throw it out of the window.  A game where you can go where you want from the word go, do as little or as much as you want to do before the credits roll.  Just wish the weapons didn't break, or at least the Master Sword, Hylian Shield and a Bow you can get.

    Tomb Raider Trilogy

    I'm putting these down as one entry, because they were pretty good games.  It's a set of games where Lara learns to be the Tomb Raider, instead of already being such.  You learn abilities which in turn open up new areas in already explored areas.  People said Shadow isn't the best one, but i thought it was better than Rise in places.

    Horizon: Zero Dawn

    From the developers of Killzone comes this adventure, set in a world where robotic creatures patrol

    Assassin's Creed Origins

    Preferred Origins to Odyssey.  Preferred the Egyptian setting over the Greek one, plus it didn't feel as bloated with side-quests galore either.

    Uncharted 4

    If this was the final outing for Nathan Drake, it's a great outing.

    God of War

    I was confused at points, was this a cutscene or gameplay?.  How Santa Monica studios pulled it off was just something else.  Bring on Ragnarock i say.

    Super Hero

    Spider-Man

    For super hero games, Spider-Man takes the crown.  Easily the best of the bunch for me, and can't wait to replay on PS5 with the new features.

    Batman Arkham Knight

    3rd outing for the caped crusader on PS4.  Lot of people didn't like the forced Batmobile sections, but i thought they were decent.  Gotham was (and remains) massive, so makes sense having something to drive around in.

    Gravity Rush

    This is a game that was recommended to me as something different, and i can't complain. Takes a little getting used to with the orientation, but it's a good game when you get used to how it's done.

    Story

    Detroit: Become Human

    This could be a Telltale game here.  But, Detroit is different.  A game with multiple choices with multiple paths per option, each play as unique as the last one.

    Platformers

    New Super Lucky's Tale

    It's on the easier side of platforming, but above all it's great fun

    Super Mario Odyssey

    Been playing Mario games since the days of the NES, people have said this is the best Mario yet.  I find it hard to disagree, it's pretty damn impressive.

    Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair

    I prefer this to the first game.  Playtonic tried to rekindle the magic of Banjo with the first game, but took a different approach on the sequel.

    Sonic Mania

    The result of what would happen if you let a group of dedicated fans make an original Sonic game, and we've got something better than Sega themselves could produce in recent years.

    RPG

    The Witcher III

    This is the "how to do RPG games right" type of game.  CD Projekt even went as far as giving a fair bit of DLC to players for free, offered a very generously priced season pass with plenty of hours of additional content contained within.  And they're patching it for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S to run with better graphics, framerates and lighting.  All for no additional cost as well.

    Racing

    Gran Turismo Sport

    Started off quite hollow, but over time it's been loaded with new cars, tracks and an offline mode.  It's not the full GT experience, but it's enough to keep things going.  Online is the meat of this game, but the penalties can be harsh at times.

    DriveClub

    This game was plagued with issues from Day 1, but it still holds some of the best weather effects for a racing game in a game to this day.  The online portion was great, racing with other faction members, competing to get fasted times against friends.  Then we have the Bikes and VR stuff, which was ok.  Shame Evolution was closed, and this game never got a PS4 Pro upgrade.  It's a shame that Sony didn't give this game more time, as the season pass content again was very generous.

    Multiplayer

    Destiny

    I'm putting this as a franchise, and with Beyond Light coming it's apparently going to feel more like like the original.  You can play solo, or with others in various activities including Raids, Strikes or Crucible.  Frequently upgraded each season for new content to keep things fresh.

    Mario Kart 8

    What's not to love, it's Mario Kart

    Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

    Smash Brothers with every stage, character and piece of music ever from each Smash game created.  Solid game, and there are some cracking players which impress me when i see them playing on-stage or online.

    The Tomorrow Children

    This was a weird game.  You're online with other players, and you can build a community.  It's hard to describe, but it's a shame that this game doesn't exist anymore.

    Metroidvania

    Hollow Knight

    A game you can easily get lost in, great depth and lore.  Silksong has a lot to live up to, but i'm 99% certain Team Cherry will do it justice

    Dead Cells

    A game where you can replay as many times as you want, similar way to Binding of Isaac where each level is randomly pulled.  Except this time, you keep upgrades with orbs you collect.  Which makes each play more unique.

    Ori and the Blind Forest

    Never thought i'd play this as it was Xbox exclusive, but thanks to the developers porting this over to Switch due to Microsoft and Nintendo's relationship.  Great looking game, awesome music and just impressive

    Yoku's Island Express

    Metroidvania meets Pinball.  Need i say more.

     

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  8. Yeah, this BC issue isn't really going to affect a lot of people.  Unless a lot of people plan to play that Black Tiger game or something.

    My PS5 launch games are set.  Got Miles Morales and Sackboy pre-ordered.  Have Destiny 2 Beyond Light upgrade sorted too for PS5.  Would get Valhalla as a launch title, but still have Odyssey to finish which i'll get through before Christmas either on the PS4 or via BC on the PS5.  Speaking of which, i've got a few other games left on PS4 i'd like to play (Maneater is one title, which has a free PS5 upgrade for launch and Crash Bandicoot 4).  Plus, there's the PS+ collection to check out.


  9. 8 minutes ago, Cube said:

    I currently have a holiday booked (UK one) for a few weeks, but a local lockdown in my area seems likely and, unlike the England local lockdowns, the Welsh ones don't allow you to travel out of the area.

    Had to cancel my break this week due to the local lockdown restrictions, luckily i didn't lose any money.  But know a few who have lost a couple hundred pounds from cancelled holidays (UK and abroad).  Cardiff is surrounded by local lockdown counties, even though itself isn't in one.

    Did see my family over the weekend before they announced the lockdown, so that's something.


  10. On 18/09/2020 at 7:00 PM, Happenstance said:

    Anyone been on the trains recently and if so, how are they? I’ve got an urge to maybe go to London for the day at some point but the trip down there is what would concern me.

    Went to Bristol a few weeks ago, only off-peak and it was pretty quiet.  Haven't had to use it during peak time as of yet, but i'm not planning to anytime soon.  They're ok, everyone was distancing from each other and 3/4 were wearing masks/coverings.

    Edit: More areas in Wales, including Bridgend and Newport are going into local lockdown as of 6pm tomorrow.


  11. In a way, you're getting the PS5 version of Spider-Man for about £18 (based on Miles Morales being £51.99).  People are wondering if Insomniac will offer the PS5 upgrade to existing Spider-Man owners, i guess time will tell as we get nearer to the games release.  At the moment, the only way to get the PS5 version is via the Ultimate Edition of Miles Morales


  12. 8 minutes ago, Julius said:

    Got my pre-orders in for Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls with ShopTo as well earlier today, so other than keeping an eye out for Cyberpunk 2077, my launch day pre-ordering is all done! 

    :peace:

    Pretty much done myself, got Spider-Man: Miles Morales ordered which will do nicely.  And ordered Sackboy for the Mrs to play.


  13. Took a walk to GAME in town, put a deposit down to secure the 2nd to last disk PS5 they had allocated to them.  The digital version sold out in-store by 9am, and they had some more allocations come in at 11.  Even though i have a pre-order down on Shopto, before the site went down they had something mentioning you'll be emailed if there's stock for launch.

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  14. I'm monitoring things around Newport.  Meant to be going down to Cornwall next weekend, but cases continue to rise in Newport.  The Welsh gov have pinpointed that the most likely source of the number of positive cases rising came from a house party over the August bank holiday.  This party had individuals who came back from Ibiza and didn't isolate, most likely Covid carriers which have in turn spread it to others.  These people then (unknowingly) have gone to various pubs/clubs in the area and spread it further.  Have seen these pubs put on facebook that they're closed for deep cleaning, staff are isolating until they've had a negative test / 2 weeks is up.  More and more schools are having positive Covid tests (think i've heard 7 schools).  Luckily everything i've booked up is free cancellation, so if we go into a local lockdown like Caerphilly and other cities, i won't lose any money.


  15. For my first Go Fest, the weekend was decent.  Didn't get many shinies, well not event ones.  Got a shiny Chansey, Growlith, Bunnery and Grimer.  And the Rocket stuff on the 2nd day was good.  The fact that Niantic made it easier to defeat the Rocket captains and Giovanni allowed me to finally finish the one that was defeat them all and Giovanni on top of the Go Fest missions.  I agree with @Mandalore, having the Saturday organised made it better. 

    The table booking in Brewdog at least let me charge my phone up whilst enjoying some beers (and where i caught 2 of the 4 shinies that weekend, the other 2 i caught at another pub on Sunday (i'm sensing a trend here).

    Probably not something i'd be doing again, unless more regionals made an appearance.  Heatmore and Servipor were nice to see popping up.

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  16. The way Microsoft have been doing Gamepass, it seems the best way going forward to experience what Xbox has to offer.  From yesterday, nothing really stood out to entice me to get a Xbox Series X (so far).  I might get one when Fable comes out, quite enjoyed the series on the 360.  And i'm interested in playing Ori, but that's on Gamepass already which i can play on the laptop when needed to.


  17. Living in a private rental flat with my partner, we have space out of the back for chairs, tables and a BBQ (there's some green space, but it's mostly concrete).  Saving up for a house, we have about £20k saved (parents have set aside £10k, me and my partner have about £12k between us.  But before that, need new jobs first.  Covid-19 isn't helping things too much, but interviews have meant Skype meetings over travelling.


  18. I've learned since moving out from my parents house to manage my finances more responsibly.  I had savings when living with them, which i used some towards an apartment with my partner (i say used, we had to furnish the place and put a bond down).  Still have the bulk of savings left.  Credit card isn't too bad, and by not bad i mean it's about £50 in credit which i can clear at a moments notice.  It's just hit into the interest period, so i try to keep it as low as possible so the interest isn't stupid on paying it back.  Probably need to use it more to improve my credit score, most of my purchases are on debit card and i tend to use the credit for more bigger purchases and holidays (this was mostly for insurance in case the company folded).

    Never been overdrawn, always lived within my means each month.  And i put a little away each month, not that it's making much with low interest rates.

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