Sony / Game / Playstation Make a Right Balls Up of UK PS4 20th Anniversary ‘Competition’

Sony PS4 20th Anniversary Edition Competition Fails

If you follow my twitter feed or Sony / Playstation or Game UK you will no doubt have seen the fury spread across the internet of foul play, cheating, link sharing and as Sony as so very prone too, hacking! #4thePlayers #notfortheplayers #forthecheats

On 15-19 December 2014 Playstation UK and Game UK ran a competition that meant the first 100 correct entries to this competition got a opportunity to purchase – at full price (£399) – a 20th Anniversary Edition of the console.  One of only 13,500 globally, so a very rare item indeed.  Well at least that was their plan until link sharing, web site crashing, cheating and hacking took over and left the genuine gamer with no chance whatsoever of bagging one of these much sought after machines.

Allegations flew but facts remain, users (cheaters) ended up with multiple consoles…

User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions
User Cheats to Win Multiple PS4 20th Anniversary Editions

You will see from the screen grabs above that this user even claims to be a genuine gamer, but is so very kindly prepared to accepted £3000 for a console (but yet they mean so much to him and he is so blessed) yet towards the end of his posting he is getting rather abusive and showing his true colours!

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10 Second Game Review : Wolfenstein ; The New Order

I only ever do my 10SGR when I have actually completed the game. For Wolfenstein I am a little behind due to playing other games and to be honest had I not had a little extra time off from work I may well have missed out on this game, which following its completion, I now know would have been a travesty.

The time span is 1946 World War 2, the Nazis are winning, the War Machine consisting of robots, evil doctors, sadism and really vicious dogs is ripping through the world at an alarming pace. You, our hero B.J. Blazkowicz, are fighting to make the difference.

However a horrific head injury sees you hospital bound, destined to never wake up, where you are cared for daily by the beautiful Anya and her family.

14 years later a sequence of events will waken you to a world you don’t recognise. The war is over and global Nazi domination has occurred. For you the resistance now starts. You team up with a small band of Resistance fighters and time to take it to the Nazi horde begins!

Now for the game itself. First person shooters are everywhere. However Wolfenstein has history. Proper history. A big back bone of being amongst the first. For me it is a shame that more hasn’t been done with the series in PS3 / 360 genres. But as a PS4 title I happily welcome it into my collection.

This isn’t a solely next gen title and it shows. It still looks magnificent, it’s hard to explain but it doesn’t look completely next gen. What properly sets Wolfenstein aside from the countless other shooters though is its story. This is a proper story driven game. Not a single player game bundled on top of another multiplayer kill fest.

The story is addictive and immersive. It connects you with B.J Blazkowicz and your allies. It develops so well that you will emphasise completely with their plight and your Nazi killing tendencies. As you take out the main ‘baddies’ you will feel accomplished and at the end you will feel… You will certainly feel something!

And you will certainly be looking a sequel!

Another point that on this game properly got my attention is the soundtrack. It is pretty much perfect. The tense and often difficult boss battles are fought to a thumping soundtrack that just matches in magnificently. The story elements are also matched with music that compliments the scene every time. And even when having to take a few attempts at some of the difficult moments in the game I found that the soundtrack removed the aggravation at the repetition.

To summarise. Buy this game. Play it through and be immersed by the single player player campaign. Its developing and wild story will see you in Germany, England, outer space and even completing a moon walk all the while taking on waves of crazy Nazis, huge (and really huge) robots, armoured dogs, coupled with trying to balance your love life. Oh and you’ll get a laser!

A great game!

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10 Second Game Review – The Last of Us Remastered

The Last of Us Remastered
The Last of Us Remastered
The Last of Us Remastered

The idea of the 10 second game review is simple, I have ten seconds to talk you into or out of parting with your hard earned cash for a new game.

This one however isn’t new, it is ‘Remastered.’ Don’t let that put you off thought as this is simply a remastering of one of the greatest games of the last decade – so this review is simple, turn the computer off, get to the shop and buy it, now!

If you are interested, or unaware, you play the part of Joel, a smuggler tasked with saving humanity in a post-infection ridden world which has been completely ravaged by the ‘Infected.’ These guys are mean and will kill you. You have been given the task of securing humanity’s survival but you know only too well of the darkest sides of that humanity – queue opening scene – and enjoy!

Oh an you get all of the extras and add-on content too – which is also great!

How to Replace / Install PS4 Hard Drive

The PS4 is a cracking’ machine. Brilliant in fact. But really, Sony what were you thinking with only giving us a 500GB hard drive. ‘Oh it was to keep costs down,’ you will no doubt reply, but that is a bit of a false economy, as the costs go back up when we have to replace our HDDs ourselves.

It also to be far has been a bit of a slow start for me when it comes to PS4 gaming as at this moment in time I simply have the games that came free with PS+ as well as The Last of Use Remastered, Wolfenstein, Sniper III, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Infamous Second Son, Watch Dogs and Killzone. So a reasonable mediocre collection at this point, so imagine my surprise when I checked my free space and noted I had had 92GB out of my initial 500GB left!

Well all that meant was it was upgrade time.

The story is not that simply however. As in the past, probably January (isn) 2014 I did try to pre empt this situation and took it upon myself to do an early upgrade to limit the hassle of re-downloading all of my games and game data. however back then I was one of the PS4 users who couldn’t upgrade to 2TB. The reasons for that were that at that time Seagate made the only compatible and affordable 2TB drive for PS4. However it came in an enclosure, you had to take it apart…

That wouldn’t put me off however and I did purchase it back then, that’s when the problems arose. It was quickly established that if you cracked open your PS4 and found a HGST drive staring at you chance were that the Seagate drive was going to be incompatible with your system. Basically there was ‘handshake’ issues between the hardware, but I won’t bore you with that as now it is all thankfully ancient history! (Workarounds were present but I like things to work right 100% of the time, so I shifted the drive on to someone who could use it properly.)

So after a bit of reading I established with a degree of certainty that I could live with that the hand shake issues that were previously present were now gone. No matter what drive you had in your PS4 the Seagate 2TB M9T drive was / is now 100% compatible.

That’s all I needed to here, and off to the shops I trekked picking the drive up for £69.99 and back to the house I hurried to try it out.

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Turtle Beach Ear Force Shadow UnBoxing

I have never been one for earphones whilst gaming, however the guys that are say that there is simply no comparison to gaming with a decent set of ‘cans’ as opposed to a television speaker set up or a basic 2.1 system. Then when you start to move into good 5.1 systems you may be unfortunate enough then that your house, or worse your neighbours’ house starts to shake when stuff starts exploding on screen. It is this point that a good gaming head set starts to come into its own.

For me I have taken the plunge with a mid range set of headphones, namely ‘Turtle Beach Ear Force Shawdow.’ I have been on the lookout for such a set of headphones for a while but was always put off by the price tag. When these came up in a recent flash sale that was effectively saying, ‘Here you go chum, take these and male a small donation to our store,’ it was simply impossible to say no! (Oh and they are PS4 compatible!)

Here is what Turtle Beach have to say about this set. At the time of writing the price is £79.99 GBP.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Shadow

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10 Second Game Review : Infamous 2

What the hell you may be asking!  And rightly so Infamous 2 was released in 2011 after all!

However I purchased it on release and it sat in its cellophane wrapper until a couple of days ago.  I thought with the now imminent release of Infamous : Second Son I needed to catch up before I dove into the newest Next Gen instalment of this huge City Platformer / Action / Shooter / RP (I think it is officially classed as a Third Person Action Game.

The basic plot is WITHOUT SPOILERS is that you take on the role of Cole McGrath, Empire City has been destroyed in a huge blast, you and Zeke have moved to New Marais, however the Beast is coming and he is ripping up the entire Eastern Seaboard.  You must stop him!

This game is huge, there is a good 12 hours in playing through the story and much much more in playing the side missions.  You make decisions whether Cole becomes a hero to humanity or a Villian to rival the worst of them is entirely in your hands.  People will worship or fear you, and it is your actions or even lack of actions that will determine which way the crowd sways.

Visually New Marais is stunning, all the visuals are, the textures in the electricity and buildings will leave you wondering what we are going to get in the PS4 game.  The story is compelling and interesting, made even more so as it is you who is steering the action in a particular direction.

The only question that now remains is are you good or evil?

Play it, enjoy it and salivate at the thought of the impending Infamous : Second Son!

xBox One UnBoxing

A bit late I know, but I picked up my xBox One Day One, on Day One, I was an exceptionally well behaved boy this year so I decided it would make a nice ‘me to me’ Christmas present, which to be fair it did.

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One question I do see still being asked quite a lot is, ‘which console is better?’ I think this is a question that will never have a definitive answer. There will be fanboys for MS and also those for Sony. As such views will be skewed, and opinions biased, however as gamer of well over 20 years now and the owner of both, for this generation of consoles at this stage of their life cycle, the best console is…BOTH!

Ha, I know that seems a bit of a cop out however here is my reasoning. Remember that these comments are relevant now, the very early stages of the consoles’ lives.

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Ten Second Game Review : Battlefield 4

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With the release of the next gen consoles so close together the fight was on for who would take the first person shooter title. And to be fair whoever takes this title will probably make more money in a weekend than you or I will make in 10 life times.

So it’s definitely worth playing for.

The contenders being,
1. Call of Duty : Ghosts
2. Battlefield 4

If you look back a wee touch you will see what I have to say on Ghosts in my other 10 second review. (I suppose I really should include Killzone as a further Contender. Personally it isn’t for me though).

So here it is my ten second review. As the norm in this situation this only refers to my experiences with the single player campaign. As far as the multiplayer goes it is very much a similar story to that of FIFA v Pro Evo. Everyone has their preference and all the writing, reasoning or arguing in the world will never change that.

As far as Battlefield 4 goes the story is decent, not gripping but decent. Who the hell Jun Jie is I have no idea and I doubt I ever will. Character development is there and attempted but Hannah, for example, is far too hard to warm to yet all the rest of squad are quickly kissing her ass. Irish is likeable but too much of a pain in the ass to be truly liked and you (me) doesn’t even mutter when spoken too. Come on Sergeant, don’t be rude!

Graphics are as you would expect, great. He old blip, rip or glitch appears but that is forgive able in this early stage of this generations cycle. Sound is great, animations are quality and the details on the guns is as far as I am concerned best in class.

Gameplay is average. The missions, in fact the whole game, is relatively short, although there are three different endings which adds to the ‘lastability.’ The game being short (about 5 hours) I don’t necessarily see as a bad thing. Think bad to the days of Golden Axe and Streets of rage. You could sit down and have a complete play through. That option still exists with Battlefield. And of course let’s be honest. The majority of players are getting this for multiplayer. Single player campaigns are now unfortunately considered a bit of an afterthought.

One afternoon and you could rip through this and have some fun doing so.

But there are some bad points. Some parts of the game especially in the latter (two) missions are ridiculously frustrating. You will just die from an explosion and hell knows from where. Restart and boom, same explosion and same untimely death. By the 10th death incident this Ground hog day is unbearable.

Then take the crashing. On my first run through I was about 60% through the game when it crashed, corrupting the save and meaning a complete fresh start. Heartbreaking. I have no problems with repeat play throughs but it should be because I want too. Not because the game just shit itself. I was lucky and in my next play through it crashed another 4 times but the game saves were not corrupted and each time I only had to retrace a few steps.

However it is unforgivable for games to be so buggy that they are crashing systems and corrupting saves at this stage of the gaming calendar. Maybe in 1979 it would have been more acceptable but come on DICE these are the basics.

All in all Battlefield 4 is a decent game that can easily be picked up and enjoyed. It’s doing nothing ground breaking on the single player FPS campaign stage but it is still holding its own. Iron out the bugs, remove the ridiculous frustrations and you be edging towards a winner.

Ten Second Game Review : KillZone Shadow Fall

In a ten second game review I plan to sum up a game in guess what – ten seconds!

This time it is the turn off Killzone Shadow Fall. My first game for the PS4. Here we go…

KillZone : Shadow Fall is a rather mediocre game that has a few moments of brilliance. They are too few.

However there far too many moments of pure frustration where the developers have got it so wrong making things difficult to the point of ridiculousness, which equals anger, rage and an (temporary) intense disliking for the game. Which is a shame as it completely masks the good bits.

It does do one thing well… Visuals. As a release game the visuals coming through already point towards some great eye pleasers in the PS4s’ future.

Thank you! (18 seconds maybe).