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About Ronnie

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  1. Shovel Knight

    Admitedly, the original Shovel Knight released 5 years ago when we hadn't been flooded with a million Indie platformers, but regardless it basically mixes the best aspects of Mega Man, Castlevania, Duck Tales, Zelda II and Mario 3 into one hugely polished game with top notch action gameplay, amazing audio, and lovely visuals. It's a retro throwback that ditches all the bad stuff from 80s/90s gaming and keeps the best bits. Here's a great video from the brilliant Mark Brown about what makes it so special: Also bear in mind if you buy Treasure Trove you get 4 games in 1.
  2. If we're talking RRP on the eShop, BOTW is £60 and Kirby/Mario Kart/ARMS etc are £50. I assume this will be the latter.
  3. Anthem (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

    Look it's very simple, look online. NO ONE is up in arms about the Anthem microtransactions, because they're completely fine. That tells you all you need to know. At least try and be even-handed with complaining about MTX and admit when a game does them right, or when they're harmless. That'll then give more weight to when you do have a point, like in Battlefront II.
  4. Anthem (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

    The review is wrong. The only complaints being levelled at the game by those that have sunk lots of time into it are that there aren't enough cosmetics for the amount of in game currency the game gives out so freely. Once you finish the main campaign you're apparently rolling in coin. Regardless, the game 100% isn't designed to squeeze money out of those that are hooked, so please stop spreading this bullshit. The base javelin customisation in the game is ridiculously in-depth. This is just an added extra. Nope. Not silly amounts of in game cash. Maybe you're thinking of Battlefront II, not Anthem. No one is going to want everything, because that would be stupid. Do you look at the Apple App Store and add up the cost of every single app to illustrate the cost of the games? No, because that would also be stupid. These cosmetics in no way whatsoever change the game, all they do is look different to the armor sets you have in game. I couldn't care less about a gum on the shoe emote ffs. Haven't you noticed how there's been zero MTX controversy from this game since it released, that should tell you something. You can put your pitchfork down I'm afraid, everyone else has. Finally... all future story content will be free of charge. If they want to make a few extra pennies to fund development by selling some meaningless textures and emotes, then that really, really isn't a problem.
  5. Your 2019 Gaming Diary

    Sad to hear you're not keen on the game. It's on my list of games to play and I was quite looking forward to it. I figured it wasn't a great sign when it released and no one was talking about it though.
  6. Anthem (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

    Wtf is a "bomba"? Sounds like some delicious desert. The mature as ever and not at all hyperbolic gamers seem to be making 100% sure it fails. Just coz EA. Many seem to enjoy a game failing more than they enjoy a game succeeding. Realy sad.
  7. Anthem (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

    I'm not getting confused. I'm replying to what you said: You're now shifting the argument to what the review actually said. In no way does the game push you to spend real money. The javelin customisation that comes included in the game is INSANELY in depth. An absurd amount? The game gives you starting 40,000 cash that lets you buy most things and 2/3 of an armour pack, without even doing anything. Everything I've heard from reputable sources who've sunk dozens if not hundreds of hours into the game leading up to release says you earn money very quickly, especially if you play multiplayer, to the point where after you're done with the campaign you have more money than you know what to do with. I know it's hard for some people to believe, but not every single game that has microtransactions is the work of the devil. There are plenty of games that do it right, like Anthem. A game as service where the entire lifespan of it's story add-ons will be 100% free of charge, and the only MTX are cosmetic and will help fund development.
  8. Anthem (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

    Neither is ignoring when you and the review you keep quoting have been proved wrong instead of saying yep, fair enough, maybe you're right.
  9. Anthem (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

    I've been watching a lot of impressions and reading a lot of comments on message boards and Twitter. The consensus is that the foundation: the actual gameplay (flying around and shooting enemies) is a lot of fun. Glad we're agreed on the bullshit comment about how the game "makes you invest real money" though, a review to be discounted for sure.
  10. Shovel Knight

    I'm like you I'm never particularly invested in DLC. I like a game to have a beginning and an end and then I move on to something else. With Shovel Knight it's tricky because Specter of Torment felt like a new game, but it kind of isn't because all the stages share similar themes and background art... it just seems a really messy way of making games. The lack of enjoyment from DLC is the reason I'm really glad Nintendo haven't released any Mario Odyssey dlc kingdoms (yet), hopefully that points to a full sequel in the works, which I'd much prefer.
  11. Anthem (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

    Again, that's utter rubbish. The only things real money will get you in Anthem are stuff like applying a diamond plate metal pattern on your javelin or a "gum on your shoe" emote. That's all. 100% cosmetic things. Kitting out your javelin with actual gear is done in game, no MTX, and all future story content and updates will be free. Funny, most of the reviews I've read said the foundation (the actual gameplay, gunplay, traversal, openworld) is excellent and very promising. It's the quality of life stuff and bugs that are getting in the way, the stuff that is absolutely patchable (and some of that is even done on the server side, as happened yesterday)
  12. Shovel Knight

    It doesn't help when they're sending mixed messages about what King of Cards actually is. Is it DLC, should it be considered a brand new game. I suspect if the devs could go back and take these stretch goals out of their original Kickstarter they would trip over themselves to do it.
  13. Anthem (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

    Hahaha, congrats you managed to pick the worst quote out there. And an ill-informed one at that. Utter bullshit. All future story content is free, and the microtransactions aren't only harmless, all the purchasable cosmetics are earnable in-game.
  14. Anthem (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

    Most (non Nintendo) games are to be fair. You can buy Assassin's Creed Odyssey for £25 on Amazon, or Shadow of the Tomb Raider for £28. Great time to be a gamer, if you're trying to save money. I can't wait to play it this Friday but these days unless it's Red Dead you might as well just wait and it'll drop in price pretty quick.
  15. Shovel Knight

    The amount of time they're taking to develop King of Cards, it really should just be a brand new game at this point, with completely new levels. Fingers crossed. If the Hollow Knight devs, a three person team, can put out a sequel so fast then I'd expect Yacht Club to as well.