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3 hours ago, Hero-of-Time said:

 

Two more cracking games added to Game Pass. Both A Plague Tale and Indivisible are well worth playing.

Just watched the Jimquisition Game of the Year episode yesterday where he talked about Plague Tale in great depth, MS are really making Game Pass a fantastic service!

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I've barely touched Game Pass since I got it. I think it's a great service but you definitely have to be the right type of person to use it to it's full potential and I dont think I am. I need that pull of a new game that I've spent money on. It's always why I tend to have trouble completing games if I dont buy them at launch as I like the initial burst of conversation that goes with them.

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13 hours ago, Kaepora_Gaebora said:

Just watched the Jimquisition Game of the Year episode yesterday where he talked about Plague Tale in great depth

It's a fantastic game. Both me and Ganepark raved about it last year and then again in our top 10 games of 2019 lists. Clearly nobody reads what we write or our opinions hold no weight on here. :laughing:

13 hours ago, Happenstance said:

I've barely touched Game Pass since I got it. I think it's a great service but you definitely have to be the right type of person to use it to it's full potential and I dont think I am. I need that pull of a new game that I've spent money on. It's always why I tend to have trouble completing games if I dont buy them at launch as I like the initial burst of conversation that goes with them.

Yeah, I agree it is aimed at a specific audience. Those who prefer owning their games and like to play new titles as they get released aren't going to get much from the service, unless it's a Microsoft game. If you are happy to wait or have time and budget constraints then it's probably for you. Using A Plague Tale and Indivisible as an example, I already played both of them last year so the biggest draws from this month don't have any pulling power on me. I have the same issue with PS+ games. I try my best to keep up with new releases so 9 times out of 10 the service offers games that i've already played.

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Ninja Theory has announced a new project, Project Mara:

The describe it as follows:

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Project: MARA is an in-development experimental title that explores new ways of storytelling.

Project: MARA will be a real-world and grounded representation of mental terror, based on real lived experience accounts and in-depth research with the aim of recreating the horrors of the mind as accurately and realistically as possible.

Very interested to see what form this takes and the types of stories they'll delve into. Several of the shots in the teaser are also in engine running alongside shots from their offices so it's certainly likely to be a looker whatever these smaller experience end up being.

So, with this, Hellblade 2 and Bleeding Edge that makes 3 game projects they're working on. Factor in their Insight Project of research with universities and The Wellcome Trust and they're certainly keeping themselves busy. Any worries they'd be held back somewhat by their assimilation into Xbox Game Studios can definitely be dispelled.

And of course, they'll be producing developer diaries to go alongside their work again, just as they did with the first Hellblade.

Exciting times for them and gamers looking for more of their style of story telling. Glad Microsoft is giving them the room to do what they want. Can't wait to see where it goes.

Also, yes anyone who has Gamepass should definitely try A Plague Tale: Innocence. It still saddens me so many slept on the game (especially some journalists like the guys at Kinda Funny who seem to have managed 2 hours between them for the game going by their GOTY discussions which I thought was shocking) but now there's no excuse for people not to try it. Even if you're not on the Xbox One, it's been repeatedly on sale elsewhere so do give it a go. It's the type of game we definitely need more of and I'm glad that Asobo look to be working on another game in that world.

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12 minutes ago, Ganepark32 said:

Also, yes anyone who has Gamepass should definitely try A Plague Tale: Innocence. It still saddens me so many slept on the game (especially some journalists like the guys at Kinda Funny who seem to have managed 2 hours between them for the game going by their GOTY discussions which I thought was shocking) but now there's no excuse for people not to try it. Even if you're not on the Xbox One, it's been repeatedly on sale elsewhere so do give it a go. It's the type of game we definitely need more of and I'm glad that Asobo look to be working on another game in that world.

They are journalists now? :p The guys over there have been awful for a long time now and are no different to the run of the mill influencers that are plastered all over YouTube these days. A common complaint i've seen a few times is that they seem to play/complete very few games but then try to have a discussion about games. It's no wonder their Patreon numbers have been dropping for a while. They've even had to restart their PlayStation only show (even though Greg agreed it wouldn't return once Colin left) in order to drum up interest/support.

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Don't see an issue with it personally. They're playing games and chatting about what they played. They aren't writing reviews or critical pieces. They run entertainment channels not journalism ones.

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1 minute ago, Happenstance said:

Don't see an issue with it personally. They're playing games and chatting about what they played. They aren't writing reviews or critical pieces. They run entertainment channels not journalism ones.

I'm just not a fan of it. I prefer lengthy discussions. I followed Greg for years before he made the jump to Kinda Funny and there's a MASSIVE difference between how plays and speaks about games now when compared to how he used to. Maybe the passion has gone from him a little bit. Plus, with him getting older and getting married that would have had a significant impact in how much plays and what he can play. Kinda just seems like Kinda Funny are chasing numbers now rather than doing it for the love of the game.

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I love the guys at Kinda Funny, give me their insight into the games industry over most others tbh. Tim especially has improved 10 fold these past few years, he speaks really well now. Getting Imraan from Game Informer was a big win for them too, the guy seriously knows his stuff, even if it's only a temporary hire. 

Also it was (another new hire) Blessing who requested they restart their Playstation podcast. If they were just coasting and chasing numbers they wouldn't keep getting new people in.

They've also bought a new studio space that's like 10x the size of their current one, so as a production it's definitely on the up.

And frankly, I just like that they prefer to celebrate games, not destroy them with endless negative click-chasing, ad revenue led rants every couple of weeks like certain other big gaming YouTubers. 

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Here's an interesting piece about Rare. It discusses the company culture, how they've changed over the past 10 years, the future of their old IPs and the use of Banjo in Smash Bros.

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28 minutes ago, Hero-of-Time said:
If true that would have been a HUGE get for Microsoft.

Man, how mad would it have been if that happened? Bayonetta would have meant that we had a Microsoft character in Smash Bros!

...Wait...

EDIT: Oh wait, I just remembered Bayo is technically owned by Sega. Man, do Platinum own any of their IP's?

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On 31/01/2020 at 4:03 PM, Glen-i said:

Oh wait, I just remembered Bayo is technically owned by Sega. Man, do Platinum own any of their IP's?

After listening to this week's Sacred Symbols, it appears they don't.

Looks like this Tencent investment and Wonderful 101 Kickstarter experiment is the beginning of them trying to go it alone (either self-publishing or not giving away IP to publishers). It'll be interesting if they attempt to buy back any of their IP. The "Platinum 4" has really got me wondering what's coming from them in the future. 

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24 minutes ago, Nicktendo said:

After listening to this week's Sacred Symbols.... 

I've not finished the episode yet but I had a laughing fit during my drive home from work when that person wrote in and was on about stealing his Vita back. Then when the conversation moved on to watching porn on a Vita and Chris explaining how he tried to use his PSP....I completely lost it. :laughing:

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1 minute ago, Hero-of-Time said:

I've not finished the episode yet but I had a laughing fit during my drive home from work when that person wrote in and was on about stealing his Vita back. Then when the conversation moved on to watching porn on a Vita and Chris explaining how he tried to use his PSP....I completely lost it. :laughing:

Two feet tall and seven feet wide :D

Sacred Symbols is getting funnier by the week. There were so many hilarious moments on this episode, they have such a good chemistry together. It started off a bit shaky in the earlier episodes, but they've really found their stride now. The only podcast I listen to every week and I don't even own a Playstation.

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Another good month for Game Pass users.

Yakuza 0, Kingdom Hearts 3 and Ninja Gaiden 2 are all winners. Two Point Hospital launching on GP is another good get.

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