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Destiny! Grand Theft Auto V PS4! DRIVECLUB! Batman Arkham Knight!

Hi there folks. Blockbuster season well and truly got underway this week with the eagerly anticipated arrival of Destiny on PS3 and PS4. I trust many of you have been up to your eyeballs in Bungie’s lavish sci-fi FPS this weekend – let us know how you’ve been getting on!

Meanwhile, Destiny hasn’t been the only big name on PlayStation Blog this week. We saw Grand Theft Auto V pin down a PS4 release date, lifted the lid on a forthcoming FIFA 15 PS Vita bundle, detailed the DRIVECLUB season pass and debuted a hilarious behind the scenes clip showing the lengths The Evil Within’s designers have gone to to get its gruesome sound effects right.

See below for the week’s highlights!

Top 5 most read PlayStation Blog posts this week:

  1. Big savings on retro classics start today on PlayStation Store
  2. New on PlayStation Store: Destiny, Hyperdimension, FIFA15 demo, more
  3. DRIVECLUB season pass and free DLC plan detailed
  4. Naughty Dog celebrates its 30th anniversary with new video and art show
  5. PS Vita EA SPORTS FIFA 15 bundle arrives in stores this month

And one you might have missed: 12 expert Velocity 2X tips to help you climb the leaderboards

Top 3 most viewed videos on our YouTube channel

Top 3 most RTed @PlayStationEU Tweets this week:

Most ‘liked’ image on Instagram:

What we’re playing this week:

Store UpdateDestiny: What else? I’ve only just started dipping my toes in Bungie’s mammoth shooter this weekend, so if you happen to see me flailing around in New Russia, go easy on me!

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@Fred
1. Microsoft is planning to buy Mojang. It doesn’t bode well, does it mean Minecraft will be taken down from PSN? Will it still support multiplayer?
2. Xbox One is getting support for media playback from USBs, including MKV support! DO WANT IT TOO!
3. Can The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth be PS Vita’s PS Plus offering, and not PS4′s? Pretty please? Don’t waste a spot for it on PS4 >.<

Hmm… probably it won’t buy Mojang after all… I mean it is rumor and + we heard opinion of Persson who doesn’t want to work for Microsoft.

And even if it will be bought by M$ none of games will be pulled of other platforms.

@Archacus
Ahem, that’s why it is so realistic that he’ll actually sell Mojang. notch wants to get rid of all the drama and negativity, that any news, decision or change about Minecraft causes.
He prefers experimental game development anyway, not caring for years about one product. The whole idea is to leave his baby in someone other’s hands, so that he’ll be free for something else. Him working for Microsoft is not, and never was, in the books. He might guide them for some few months and then he’d be off. The money is just the bonus.

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The content and pricing policy for DriveClub is frankly, shocking. We’ll leave the reduction in content of the PS+ version and the lies surrounding it because that can’t be changed now but if the PS+ version is supposed to be “the full game” as Rushy keeps claiming, why does the PS+ version not get the free track and car updates? Those free updates should be delivered as title updates rather than DLC so that at least some of the original promises made about DriveClub remain true, as it is I can draw more comparisons to a demo than I can a full game and that’s just wrong.

Incidentally, with it being basically a generous demo, will it be taking g a slot in the PS+ rotation or will it be in addition to the usual rotation? I don’t think the community will be happy with the precedent of a demo filling a PS+ spot.

Also, why will the PS+ upgrade cost over double here than it will in the US? $30 vs £43. This is a first party title so SCEE have set that price, why are we yet again subsidisin...

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The content and pricing policy for DriveClub is frankly, shocking. We’ll leave the reduction in content of the PS+ version and the lies surrounding it because that can’t be changed now but if the PS+ version is supposed to be “the full game” as Rushy keeps claiming, why does the PS+ version not get the free track and car updates? Those free updates should be delivered as title updates rather than DLC so that at least some of the original promises made about DriveClub remain true, as it is I can draw more comparisons to a demo than I can a full game and that’s just wrong.

Incidentally, with it being basically a generous demo, will it be taking g a slot in the PS+ rotation or will it be in addition to the usual rotation? I don’t think the community will be happy with the precedent of a demo filling a PS+ spot.

Also, why will the PS+ upgrade cost over double here than it will in the US? $30 vs £43. This is a first party title so SCEE have set that price, why are we yet again subsidising a better deal for American gamers? Drop that price in line with the exchange rate.

+that season pass

I think that season pass is like a cancer of gaming industry.

(you might not agree, that’s my opinion)

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Driveclub will be in addition to you regular PS Plus allocation. There’s loads of content included. Do try it out – I think you’ll have a great time with it, and at no additional cost to your wallet.

Thanks for thr answer Fred, happy to see that someone at Sony clearly sees that putting a demo in the PS+ rotation would be a bad idea. So onto the rest of tour comment.

I’m not sure 5 tracks and 10 cars really qualifies as “loads of content” especially when you consider that PS+ version players will be outclassed very quickly in the online because of the better cars that were cut from the PS+ Ed and the fact that PS+ Ed doesn’t get the extra cars from the free updates.

I notice you didn’t comment on the fact that PS+ Ed doesn’t get the free updates or that our upgrade costs more than double the price the US one is being pitched at, interesting.

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@Fred
Sorry, I don’t know who is the right person to write to.

But I have one question… can you inform some key people in SCE industry not to give interviews? As soon as they are trying to say something about Vita they bring more harm than good.

Yesterday we saw another bad interview, this time with Fergal Gara on eurogamer.

“But what we are excited by is the number of games we can take to the platform that have been created for other platforms.”

Most of us are not excited about any of this, since when quantity is better than quality? Every month people complain about multiplatform indies which were released on PC sometimes even more than year ago. Do you really think that any PC gamer will think seriously about buying device for playing old games? You know why OUYA failed? You know why nobody speaks about Steamboy or NvidiaShiled? Because that’s wrong way.

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@Fred
Sorry, I don’t know who is the right person to write to.

But I have one question… can you inform some key people in SCE industry not to give interviews? As soon as they are trying to say something about Vita they bring more harm than good.

Yesterday we saw another bad interview, this time with Fergal Gara on eurogamer.

“But what we are excited by is the number of games we can take to the platform that have been created for other platforms.”

Most of us are not excited about any of this, since when quantity is better than quality? Every month people complain about multiplatform indies which were released on PC sometimes even more than year ago. Do you really think that any PC gamer will think seriously about buying device for playing old games? You know why OUYA failed? You know why nobody speaks about Steamboy or NvidiaShiled? Because that’s wrong way.

“[…]the multitude of digital titles that are proving attractive on the console, and the fact it is a substantially digital device[…]”

No it is not digital device, take a look at Japanese market. Only 1 out of 10 copies of Freedom Wars were sold via digital route. That proves that people DO prefer playing retail games, and after this whole needles farce with Freedom Wars SCEE employee shouldn’t even mention things like this. I don’t mind buying digital games on PC… but not on my handheld or console. That’s not place for digital games, and the fact that you are abandoning support of PSP proves that.

“We’ve done great numbers through the summer. You may have seen our TV campaign focused on younger gamers around the Lego titles. There’s a nod to Minecraft in there and LittleBigPlanet. It’s proved successful.”

And yet all I saw was people complaining that it was kid oriented commercial. Listen… Vita is not device only for kids, I’m past long my teens but I still do love Vita. And I haven’t see any advertisment in Poland… I saw plenty of commercial for XBOX (those were great comercials)… and not a single one for PS.

And where did he mention about Freedom Wars? Guys! You need to advertise this game as much as you can! And you need to do the same for Oreshika!
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Please Fred talk with management and ask them not to give interviews. Like I said most of times they are doing disservice to Vita. It is great device! Really! As it is your third handheld (after PocketStation and PSP) it really looks like a great device! People who made it did a great job, they learned from past devices.

But we saw plenty of bad moves from managment. Those people didn’t do their lesson after failure of PSPGO.

So yeah, it’s not rant directed to you, ok? Just please talk with someone, and ask them to either not give interviews or… think twice about what they are going to say.

And yeah… people every time complain

Just read comments
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-09-11-sony-insists-vita-isnt-going-anywhere

Oh and one more thing.

Square Enix is once again trying to justify foolish decision of making Type-0 for PS4 instead of Vita. Don’t count on Shahid’s team help, we need to work together to make them realize that at least they should release Vita version at day 1 with other versions.

So visit
http://na.square-enix.com/us/blog/square-enix-members-interview-hajime-tabata-director-final-fantasy-type-0-hd

And leave polite comment.

I wish we were getting Type 0 on Vita too, I signed all of the petitions and was very vocal with tweets etc. trying to get it brought over here. But at this point it’s pretty obvious it will never be coming to Vita due to the upgrades it is getting and I have accepted that now and moved on. I can remote play it with my PS4 anyway so I am just happy we are getting the game at all.
I think it’s a lost cause now to try and get it on Vita and I instead hope SE are making some Vita exclusive FF or the next Dissidia!

@ThugETH
I’m not the person who gives up in the middle.

I don’t consider making PS4 version a good idea, and I won’t use remote play just to play it on my Vita. Because I own Vita to be able to play outside of my house as I travel a lot. I simply won’t buy any SE games. I vote with my wallet. And none of changes made it impossible to make Vita version… sure it is based on DirectX 11… but it won’t be as beautiful as any PS4 games, in fact from PAX we heard voices that it looks like MGS: Peace Walker HD with few tweaks.

And don’t count on any Vita games from SE, unless we show now that Vita is important they won’t do single thing for it.
-Chaos Rings Prequel Trilogy – port from mobile phones… what is worse it’s obviously ported by not even Media Vision but 3rd party Bullets
-Rise of Mana- another mobile phone port
-Deadman’s Cross – another mobile phone port

You see that’s the future of SE games for Vita, unless we will try to do something right now.

So don’t give up.
(but still you h...

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@ThugETH
I’m not the person who gives up in the middle.

I don’t consider making PS4 version a good idea, and I won’t use remote play just to play it on my Vita. Because I own Vita to be able to play outside of my house as I travel a lot. I simply won’t buy any SE games. I vote with my wallet. And none of changes made it impossible to make Vita version… sure it is based on DirectX 11… but it won’t be as beautiful as any PS4 games, in fact from PAX we heard voices that it looks like MGS: Peace Walker HD with few tweaks.

And don’t count on any Vita games from SE, unless we show now that Vita is important they won’t do single thing for it.
-Chaos Rings Prequel Trilogy – port from mobile phones… what is worse it’s obviously ported by not even Media Vision but 3rd party Bullets
-Rise of Mana- another mobile phone port
-Deadman’s Cross – another mobile phone port

You see that’s the future of SE games for Vita, unless we will try to do something right now.

So don’t give up.
(but still you have every right to have your opinion and I value your opinion)

#NoVitaNoBuy , easy.

Biggest AAA let down in recent memory, according to ‘press’ anyway. Personally I love Destiny!
Also Driveclub being gutted of as much content as possible is disgusting and I won’t be buying the game at all now, probably won’t even download the plus version. Didn’t they learn anything from Forza 5 i.e no one likes being nickel and dimed, why can’t we just buy a full game any more?

What content has been cut from Driveclub? Ate you talking about the season pass? It is additional content that is currently in early development or they haven’t even started yet. They did not gather around a table and decided on what content to cut. Besides you are getting a free car a month along with tracks.

I would love to see your evidence of any content been cut for dlc.

This week at playstation we had another low punch from DriveClub. This is not a game anymore; its a sliced to pieces little trap aiming to grab money. And as if this was not enough, evolution studios is to be crowned as having the most appalling PR this year.

Now, the previous week at playstation, a major week since we had the ps+ revealing, playstation blog team played radio silence. It’s a game you excel I should add, with platinum trophy and all that. Is it possible to comment on the fact that that particular thread had 40 likes and the most liked first post reading ”Omg !!! I leaving this service today!!!!” had 409 likes? After a continues fload of negative customers posts regarding the worsening state of ps+ since December, and after all that small talk from your side about ”taking the info to the relevant team”, this is what you have to present to us? A group of games that your customers (it seems 9 out of 10 customers) tagged as uninteresting at best? –bad might be more suita...

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This week at playstation we had another low punch from DriveClub. This is not a game anymore; its a sliced to pieces little trap aiming to grab money. And as if this was not enough, evolution studios is to be crowned as having the most appalling PR this year.

Now, the previous week at playstation, a major week since we had the ps+ revealing, playstation blog team played radio silence. It’s a game you excel I should add, with platinum trophy and all that. Is it possible to comment on the fact that that particular thread had 40 likes and the most liked first post reading ”Omg !!! I leaving this service today!!!!” had 409 likes? After a continues fload of negative customers posts regarding the worsening state of ps+ since December, and after all that small talk from your side about ”taking the info to the relevant team”, this is what you have to present to us? A group of games that your customers (it seems 9 out of 10 customers) tagged as uninteresting at best? –bad might be more suitable. And, by the way, why did you take away the survey? Are the results that miserable towards what you are offering?

They probably arent allowed to reply on any negative comments anymore, cause in the past they only made it worse or had to lie. Its probably the most non-capable team ive ever seen and i really dont understand why they havent been fired a long time ago. Fred promised improvements a year ago and we all know it only became worse instead of improving anything. Store updates are still a mess every week.

BTW Fred, hows that pricing FAQ? When are you gonna deliver, instead of talking a lot of nonsense.

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@Alphaembryo Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear you didn’t find any titles you enjoyed in the most recent Plus update. While I appreciate not all games appeal to all people, I’d encourage you to try some of them out if you haven’t downloaded them yet. Joe Danger, Velocity 2X, Sportsfriends and TxK are some of my absolute favourite games of the year and all have a Metacritic of around 85. (For clarity, I’ll stress I personally don’t select the Plus line-up).

I appreciate some of you want to see big blockbuster titles (Battlefield 4, Killzone etc) filling the PS4 slots, and the Plus team have certainly heard your feedback on this. I can’t comment on where the service will go in the coming months but do bear in mind that these blockbuster titles required an enormous investment on the part of the publishers/developers to create and that’s reflected in the fact that by-and-large they’re still retailing for 40-50 pounds. At present you’re paying 3-4 pounds a month for your Plus member...

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@Alphaembryo Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear you didn’t find any titles you enjoyed in the most recent Plus update. While I appreciate not all games appeal to all people, I’d encourage you to try some of them out if you haven’t downloaded them yet. Joe Danger, Velocity 2X, Sportsfriends and TxK are some of my absolute favourite games of the year and all have a Metacritic of around 85. (For clarity, I’ll stress I personally don’t select the Plus line-up).

I appreciate some of you want to see big blockbuster titles (Battlefield 4, Killzone etc) filling the PS4 slots, and the Plus team have certainly heard your feedback on this. I can’t comment on where the service will go in the coming months but do bear in mind that these blockbuster titles required an enormous investment on the part of the publishers/developers to create and that’s reflected in the fact that by-and-large they’re still retailing for 40-50 pounds. At present you’re paying 3-4 pounds a month for your Plus membership, and getting 6 titles in return (plus online play and additional sale discounts) – so there’s clearly a value differential there.

The team put a huge amount of work into selecting a really diverse, interesting Plus line-up every month, and will continue to do everything they can to offer great games that as many gamers as possible can enjoy. Hopefully you’ll find titles more to your taste in the coming months – and if that’s not the case, do continue to let us know about it.

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@Fred Dutton
Among the ps team, you are the most genial person; you seem to try to communicate, when others fail miserably. Having said that, you must always take my criticizing ”you” as aiming towards a service, a corporation, and not you as a person, as an employee.

Moving from that statement, towards your respond, I have to elaborate on some points I tried to designate earlier. 1) I never said I didnt find any titles I enjoyed in the most recent plus update. I actually happen to enjoy velocity very much, and congratulated the developers at the appropriate thread. The issue is not ”ME”; the issue is indicated by the numbers of people communicating their feelings towards the service, with the limited means that they have [ 2) you never answered why you removed the survey]. It’s about a growing and vocal community that is expressing dissatisfaction.

3) The metacritic quality is not a standard; it just happened to go your way this month. Within 10mins I can provide you with titles g...

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@Fred Dutton
Among the ps team, you are the most genial person; you seem to try to communicate, when others fail miserably. Having said that, you must always take my criticizing ”you” as aiming towards a service, a corporation, and not you as a person, as an employee.

Moving from that statement, towards your respond, I have to elaborate on some points I tried to designate earlier. 1) I never said I didnt find any titles I enjoyed in the most recent plus update. I actually happen to enjoy velocity very much, and congratulated the developers at the appropriate thread. The issue is not ”ME”; the issue is indicated by the numbers of people communicating their feelings towards the service, with the limited means that they have [ 2) you never answered why you removed the survey]. It’s about a growing and vocal community that is expressing dissatisfaction.

3) The metacritic quality is not a standard; it just happened to go your way this month. Within 10mins I can provide you with titles given in the past six month below the mark point. What does that mean? It means that the service has not concrete grounds regarding quality about the games it provides. You are actually manipulating metacritic into a marketing argument (because a couple of months ago you couldnt have used that comment, since not all games were above the precious mark point) instead of founding the service on that rule.

4) I understand your point about blockbusters. Regarding the ps4, that is, and for the time being. But my main concern is about PS3 (and secondly vita). The ps3 catalogue of old AAA games is immense. Judging by the comments, we want more of that. Also take more seriously the surveys: if it says we want more RPGs, it means we want more RPG and you are to work on that; not on how to persuade us on liking something else.

5) Im also interested about what WizzNL reminded us: about the pricing FAQ. Better surprise us with something we want, rather than discussing and never delivering.

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Bungie. Creators of Halo, a legendary series. Activision invested 500 million in Destiny, their latest game. They also hopped in bed with Sony for some timed exclusive DLC and propag–sorry–marketing deals.

Metacritic ratings for their games:

Halo 1: 97
Halo 2: 95
Halo 3: 94
Halo ODST: 83
Halo Reach: 91
Destiny: 75

Get it together Bungie! You can do it!

X_Blood_Curse_X 13 September, 2014 @ 17:22
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Dude who cares about Metacritic? haha. Halo is a great franchise but I can safely say I’m enjoying Destiny a heck of a lot more than I did the 360 outings of Halo.

Have you actually played Destiny? Just wondering

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No, but my friends keep yapping about it. Originally I was planning to mess around with people and their hypocricy towards Metacritic scores, but this article had a positive vibe so I didn’t want to jinx anything.

I forgot what I exactly wanted to write, anyway. XP

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Oh, btw.

“Other details about Bungie’s contract were also revealed, including the studio’s royalty payments and bonuses. For example, Bungie will receive a $2.5 million bonus if the first Destiny receives an aggregate score of 90 or better on GameRankings.com.”

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/05/21/new-details-on-bungies-first-post-halo-game-revealed

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Some people DO care, people closer to the project that you might think. :p

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madmanwithabox12 13 September, 2014 @ 14:28
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Hey Fred.

With the imminent closure of the store for PSP right around the corner, is there going to be a plan to bring more Vita compatible PSP software to the forefront? It seems a real waste with games that are only playable on PSP in 2014, especially when PSP is losing access to the PS store.

Thanks as always for the hard work.

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Apparently, licensing is a nightmare and most pubs don’t want to deal with all that hoopla for their old games.

Hm, a lot of old games… They would be perfect for €1 sales… >_>

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Each publisher would make this decision for their own PSP titles. Alas, I can’t confirm/deny anything on their behalf!

madmanwithabox12 15 September, 2014 @ 12:00
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I appreciate that Fred, but when you have problems like Konami claiming the Silent Hill PSP games would be playable on PS Vita and then making them PSP only, it’s a bit of a problem. Vita’s backwards compatibility really needs to improve, particularly here in Europe where we don’t have access to some of the best PSP/PS1 titles on Vita (Legend of Dragoon, Dino Crisis 1&2, Silent Hill Origins, Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles, Suikoden 1&2 etc).

There are even some strange first party omissions on the store, like Syphon Filter 1 and 3 are there but 2 isn’t for some reason – these are Sony owned IP. I don’t understand why Sony’s own games aren’t available on the systems. PS1 classics is missing the likes of Parappa the Rapper (yet Um Jammer Lammy is there?), MediEvil 2, Syphon Filter 2, Ape Escape, Legend of Dragoon… these are all first party titles, many of which can’t be too hard to attain licenses for since they were in PS All-Stars!

Meh, poor week overall for me. The PSP/Classic sale was a disappointment, as all the best PSP games weren’t included, and still have the ridiculous prices of £16-£25 that are more than a lot of Vita new releases.

Still no reason for a gamer like me to buy a PS4 – not one single title that’s on there that can’t also be bought on PS3 or Vita that interests me.

Maybe now Sony has realised that the pew pew, guns, cars & explosions, twitch gaming strategy they’ve been using to shift units in the West isn’t going to work in Japan, we’ll see more titles announced at TGS that cater to one of Sony’s key traditional gaming demographics. Hopefully we’ll even see a lot of them localised.

There’s still zero JRPGs, zero strategy games, zero SRPGs, and only one upcoming western-styled AD&D mechanic inspired RPG in the form of Dragon Age (which is also on PS3). Natural Doctrine is also available on Vita so doesn’t count. Perhaps the type of people who enjoyed the likes of Dragon Quest, Rogue Ga...

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Meh, poor week overall for me. The PSP/Classic sale was a disappointment, as all the best PSP games weren’t included, and still have the ridiculous prices of £16-£25 that are more than a lot of Vita new releases.

Still no reason for a gamer like me to buy a PS4 – not one single title that’s on there that can’t also be bought on PS3 or Vita that interests me.

Maybe now Sony has realised that the pew pew, guns, cars & explosions, twitch gaming strategy they’ve been using to shift units in the West isn’t going to work in Japan, we’ll see more titles announced at TGS that cater to one of Sony’s key traditional gaming demographics. Hopefully we’ll even see a lot of them localised.

There’s still zero JRPGs, zero strategy games, zero SRPGs, and only one upcoming western-styled AD&D mechanic inspired RPG in the form of Dragon Age (which is also on PS3). Natural Doctrine is also available on Vita so doesn’t count. Perhaps the type of people who enjoyed the likes of Dragon Quest, Rogue Galaxy, Dark Cloud, Suikoden and Shin Megami Tensei on PS2 are a minority in comparison to the fps fans in the West, but we’re a large minority with significant purchasing power who aren’t going to pick up this new console while there isn’t a single game on it that interests us.

With regard to Vita, much as I love it, and much as it’s my gateway into a whole lot of Japanese RPGs that aren’t making it onto main consoles, I wish Sony executives would stop giving interviews about it if they haven’t got something inspiring to say. The last few have been like watching an unprepared politician go up against Jeremy Paxman – just embarrassing watching them digging a hole.

Questions of the week Fred, if you can answer:
– How much coverage of TGS can we expect – just a livestream of the Sony conference, or more in depth with indications of what we can expect to see localised.
– Can we expect any more classic games to be added to the PSP sale? Most of the top games, such as Tactics Ogre, Growlanser, Fate/EXTRA, Gungnir, Wild Arms XF, Dragoneer’s Aria, Aedis Eclipse and the like are still retailing at crazy prices for 5+ year old PSP games.
– What’s happening with the PS+ poll? I’m sure we’d all like the opportunity again to get some input into the types of games we’d like you to push for in our monthly collection.
– Small bug in the blog. Occasionally posts I make get duplicate letters added by the blog (I copy from word, and have checked it’s not me)

Well I bought few things so it’s not that bad week for me. (<- person who is against digital games, but only for current gen games)

I had not idea that God Eater was on PSN, I was browsing all games and didn't even notice it. Well… PSN/SEN is not the most friendly place so it might not have been my fault.

Well Japanese customer is kinda more rational, methinks… but as it is now there is no bigger sense in buying PS4 yet. Even most games presented on pre-TGS conference where multiplatforms… game which can be played either on Vita or PS3.

What can change it? Well… SE thinks that maybe Type-0 will change it (doubt it)… will FF XV change it? Dunno, it might… but as it is now FF XV it looks too much like a typical west hack and slasher, like DMC… and that might be not into liking of typical JP customer.

PS2 was one giant Mecca of gaming. I doubt that PS4 will be even close to repeat the giant success of PS2. ah…. Dark Cloud 3 (or would it be Dark Chronicle 3?) would be great! I loved tha...

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Well I bought few things so it’s not that bad week for me. (<- person who is against digital games, but only for current gen games)

I had not idea that God Eater was on PSN, I was browsing all games and didn't even notice it. Well… PSN/SEN is not the most friendly place so it might not have been my fault.

Well Japanese customer is kinda more rational, methinks… but as it is now there is no bigger sense in buying PS4 yet. Even most games presented on pre-TGS conference where multiplatforms… game which can be played either on Vita or PS3.

What can change it? Well… SE thinks that maybe Type-0 will change it (doubt it)… will FF XV change it? Dunno, it might… but as it is now FF XV it looks too much like a typical west hack and slasher, like DMC… and that might be not into liking of typical JP customer.

PS2 was one giant Mecca of gaming. I doubt that PS4 will be even close to repeat the giant success of PS2. ah…. Dark Cloud 3 (or would it be Dark Chronicle 3?) would be great! I loved that title.

True about Vita… I made similar remark but it was sent to moderation :P

And about sales, I think it is safe to assume that those titles may appear. Sir Jawad is doing more and more to please people… sure he can't do too much, but he is one of the few employees I really trust. So yeah, if we will remind him from time to times that we want more PSP games he might make it possible.

Dark Cloud 3 surely you jest Level 5 has moved on (Rogue Galaxy, White Knight Chronicles, White Knight Chronicles 2, Ni No Kuni, Time Travelers (vita), Inazuma…not to mention Fantasy Life for 3DS is out the end of this month). If I didn’t already have a 3DS, Fantasy Life would have made me buy one in the way that Hyrule Warriors made me buy a wii-u.

People begged, it topped many wishlists but an HD collection of Dark Cloud and Dark Chronicles didn’t happen…nor did an HD version of Rogue Galaxy.

Dragon Quest XI is coming to the PS4, if you haven’t watched TGS Sony conference then you should. KT, at the end being the god devs, publishers that they are in Japan (they even raised the middle screen for them to come out) – this was the big surprise ending. So much stuff was announced it was insane, I was like Chopper in the opening of One Piece Pirate Warriors.

Gundam (all they even had to say was Gundam 2015), One Piece Pirate Warriors 3, Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3, Dynasty Warriors...

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Dark Cloud 3 surely you jest Level 5 has moved on (Rogue Galaxy, White Knight Chronicles, White Knight Chronicles 2, Ni No Kuni, Time Travelers (vita), Inazuma…not to mention Fantasy Life for 3DS is out the end of this month). If I didn’t already have a 3DS, Fantasy Life would have made me buy one in the way that Hyrule Warriors made me buy a wii-u.

People begged, it topped many wishlists but an HD collection of Dark Cloud and Dark Chronicles didn’t happen…nor did an HD version of Rogue Galaxy.

Dragon Quest XI is coming to the PS4, if you haven’t watched TGS Sony conference then you should. KT, at the end being the god devs, publishers that they are in Japan (they even raised the middle screen for them to come out) – this was the big surprise ending. So much stuff was announced it was insane, I was like Chopper in the opening of One Piece Pirate Warriors.

Gundam (all they even had to say was Gundam 2015), One Piece Pirate Warriors 3, Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3, Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires and Toukiden II… it was sensory overload, how many games can Omega Force make in a year? Better get learning the hiragana and katakana because I doubt most of it will make it west.

Not to mention Persona 5, a new Yakuza game, Phantasy Star Online Nova…but these all are from Sega or subsidiaries of Sega.

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@DJOates In answer to your questions:

– There’s no additional TGS conference. SCEJA held their annual briefing earlier this month: http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/08/31/watch-sony-computer-entertainment-japan-press-conference-2014-tomorrow/
– I believe no more titles are being added to the retro sale
– We’ve held a few polls recently and the team have a good idea of where the community’s head is at generally. We may hold more polls in the future, but nothing planned in the immediate.
– Thanks, noted – I will investigate!

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!!!! @ FRED !!!!

WE’RE REALLY INTERESTED TO IMPROVE THINGS AROUND THE BLOG AND THE STORE; as longtime gamers and PlayStation fans who are currently deep in the ecosystem.

Sorry for caps, wanted to bring this comment to your attention.

Is there anything we could do to keep the IGC varied and high valued? It seems that the hands of SCEE are tied, because apparently, not every company wants to put their game in the IGC. I understand that you have NDAs, so you can’t really spill the beans on business deals and so on.

Must we contact companies who have games that we want on IGC? Square/Konami/Tecmo/Capcom? Some sort of flash mob organization where we send out mass tweets and emails to companies?

What about surveys and polls on what genres we want? We’ve had that a couple of years ago, but tastes might change. Voting in a poll is easily and done quicker than a bathroom break. Hell, you can even give away a couple of prizes or something to entice people.

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!!!! @ FRED !!!!

WE’RE REALLY INTERESTED TO IMPROVE THINGS AROUND THE BLOG AND THE STORE; as longtime gamers and PlayStation fans who are currently deep in the ecosystem.

Sorry for caps, wanted to bring this comment to your attention.

Is there anything we could do to keep the IGC varied and high valued? It seems that the hands of SCEE are tied, because apparently, not every company wants to put their game in the IGC. I understand that you have NDAs, so you can’t really spill the beans on business deals and so on.

Must we contact companies who have games that we want on IGC? Square/Konami/Tecmo/Capcom? Some sort of flash mob organization where we send out mass tweets and emails to companies?

What about surveys and polls on what genres we want? We’ve had that a couple of years ago, but tastes might change. Voting in a poll is easily and done quicker than a bathroom break. Hell, you can even give away a couple of prizes or something to entice people.

We helped improve the IGC before, I’m sure we can all work together to improve it even more. MS started aping you now, it would be bad if they started catching up with quality releases. You guys set the PS+ trend, so you must stay on top all the time.

This isn’t just about IGC, but store policies as well. The US Store gets all the avatars they want, it shouldn’t be so difficult here for small indie developers to get some extra cash on the side with (€0,25) avatars.

Should also be easier for pubs to bring their PS3 retail titles on the digital platform, even if they were released a couple of years ago. Depending on the game, you instantly have a cool PS+ title. I’m thinking Yakuza 3/4.

What about the PS1/PS2 ROM dumps? Look at the US Store, you can’t give up now!

At least you can find them on the US webstore because they are categorized. Good luck finding them here. XP

Come on, talk with us. We’re all ears and even though we might have differences of opinions, we all want the PlayStation ecosystem to be the best there is. Sony has some good things going with PS+ and Crossbuy to offer maximum value. Look at the degenerates at Nintendo, not even their overly expensive ROM dumps are Crossbuy!

We could work something out, I’m sure of it.

#4ThePlayers, right? Right?

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That, and give us €5 / €1 sales. Feature a lot of old titles for developers to squeeze the most out of their early digital PS3/PSP releases. Anything is better than nothing, really. :/

Agree, there should be at least as many PS1/PS2/PSP games as in US store.

It is a bit sad that they no longer upload any new “imports”… few years earlier there was even seperate category for those games, right? Chrono Cross, Chrono Trigger, Breath of Fire 4, Megamen… those games should be uploaded to EU PSN as soon as possible.

It should be done! If developers won’t do that, than either encourage them somehow or hire 3rd party to make PAL versions.

Really… the fact that there are no games like Odin Sphere on EU PSN is one big failure.

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Hello fellow EU blog readers. It’s been a while – I used to write here more frequently, but last years have been really busy. Became a father, started studying again, some guys liked my idea for game and we are forming a small dev team, been buying way too much games for both PS3 and Vita (I’m starting to give up about idea of clearing my backlog and instead been playing whatever I want whenever I have time) – you get the point. Busy busy busy.

Been reading the blog though, every day, every post, I even used to read every comment but lately PS+ and store updates have been rather crazy. People used to love indies, but nowadays there’s been so much hate, as if getting those sweet indie games means less content by bigger studios. Obviously someone must be paying big companies for not releasing big games every month, this is all just a conspiracy made by
small dev teams. There, case solved. Someone give me a medal. Or friend invite through PSN. Either will do.

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– warning, long post –

Hello fellow EU blog readers. It’s been a while – I used to write here more frequently, but last years have been really busy. Became a father, started studying again, some guys liked my idea for game and we are forming a small dev team, been buying way too much games for both PS3 and Vita (I’m starting to give up about idea of clearing my backlog and instead been playing whatever I want whenever I have time) – you get the point. Busy busy busy.

Been reading the blog though, every day, every post, I even used to read every comment but lately PS+ and store updates have been rather crazy. People used to love indies, but nowadays there’s been so much hate, as if getting those sweet indie games means less content by bigger studios. Obviously someone must be paying big companies for not releasing big games every month, this is all just a conspiracy made by
small dev teams. There, case solved. Someone give me a medal. Or friend invite through PSN. Either will do.

Vita has been a bad purchase for me. I rarely put the goddamn device down from my hands. Many times I use it even when I’m on PC – or atleast keep it close to me so I can pick it up once I’m getting withdrawal symptoms. When I don’t have time to play, I just use it to browse internets. Reading PS Blogs and game news all over the net. To keep myself informed about gaming business and checking the comments. Follow Twitter with it (though I rarely post myself, Vita is a bit clumsy to write long comments like this one). I’m ToAruJJ88 there – theJJ88 was taken most likely by me myself years ago (since it has zero activity). I have this habit of forgetting passwords.

Everytime Vita gets new games I feel the responsibility to support publishers and devs. I feel bad for not purchasing Danganronpa 2 and Disgaea 4 APR retail versions day one. But PSN sales and having family (not to mention I’m a student on top of all that!) make it hard to buy everything at once. And I still haven’t even STARTED previous ones, Danganronpa 1 and Disgaea 3 AoD. >_>’ I also need save money for Freedom Wars, I want to get it day one. And I tend to buy indie digital only games when they come out too. Even though I never seem to have time to actually play them. Damn it. Someone start selling time.

And get those Vita memory cards cheaper, I need more and bigger cards (2 cards, 4gb and 16gb are too small, I guess I have to import that 64gb though even it ain’t enough with all the content Vita is getting).

I have also made 3 friends to seriously consider getting Vita. Others claim it has no games, but when I keep going on and on about all the games it has, they make me stop. Then they wonder why all those games were never mentioned during E3 and Gamescom. And laugh at me for treatment that we Vita owners get. Certain other company’s console has been struggling, but their handheld has been huge success. Did they abandon the struggling console during those conferences? No, they focused on them to make more people buying it.

Talk about Vita being “accessory of PS4” and “it doesn’t need marketing since it has strong community” by Sony higher ups is [DELETED]. Are they serious? No offence Fred – I like EU Blog team and respect you guys – but stupidity of certain people in Sony when it comes to Vita marketing hurts. Or that’s the impression they make. I know, I know, I try to be nice normally, but I just… *sigh*

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I have also made 3 friends to seriously consider getting Vita. Others claim it has no games, but when I keep going on and on about all the games it has, they make me stop. Then they wonder why all those games were never mentioned during E3 and Gamescom. And laugh at me for treatment that we Vita owners get. Certain other company’s console has been struggling, but their handheld has been huge success. Did they abandon the struggling console during those conferences? No, they focused on them to make more people buying it.

Talk about Vita being “accessory of PS4” and “it doesn’t need marketing since it has strong community” by Sony higher ups is [DELETED]. Are they serious? No offence Fred – I like EU Blog team and respect you guys – but stupidity of certain people in Sony when it comes to Vita marketing hurts. Or that’s the impression they make. I know, I know, I try to be nice normally, but I just… *sigh*

Why does Vita have so strong and passionate community that think it’s the best handheld? I used to own certain other handheld, but it’s been collecting dust since I bought Vita. And I’m buying the second one for my daughter once she gets older, if she likes it then as much as she does now. We’re starting Tearaway together later this year, once she’s 3. Been playing flower game (Sunflowers) and funny sheep game (Wake-up Club) and watching videos together this far. She learned to start it up and launch apps by herself when 2yo, Vita interface is that simple to use lol.

Also, Vita store could use some cleaning. PS Vita Add-Ons only shows latest add-ons. I use PC store to buy things anyways though, as Vita is missing shopping cart and I tend to buy more than 1 item when I go on shopping-spree.

And I feel lonely for liking this month’s PS+ update. :D I’m sure I will like Velocity 2X as much as previous one and I was about to buy Sportsfriends since I bought Move last month. Already had bought PSASBR from sale, but no hard feelings there. Other games were just plus, even more to collection in case I feel like trying them sometime. Main reason I pay PS+ membership is to backup my gamesaves easily, since I got bad memories of PS2 memory card savefile corruption. Lost over 5 years of gaming back then, I don’t want to go through it again. :)

That’s all. For now.

Don’t let me started on Square-Enix issue. I have been trying to calm down and not post anymore angry comments. I’m still boycotting them over all the things they have messed up lately. Final Fantasy XIV and Drakengard 3 Collector’s Editions might be the last S-E games I bought as new. And this is coming from guy that owns all Final Fantasy games and most of them twice (retail versions and digital versions for Vita) and many other S-E games over the years. Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Limited Edition was supposed to be an exception… Until they revealed it’s a darn pin. Seriously? That and everything else (Type-0 mess, Drakengard 3 mess, FF XIII-3 CE mess, silence treatment about things…) makes me angry at them. :(

Oh. And I would want 1001 Spikes for Vita before Binding of Isaac Rebirth launches. IF they arrive to our region at all. I’m not sure if I can trust Nicalis, they don’t even reply to our comments here in EU Blog. ._.

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Eh, your family comes first. Don’t feel bad about not supporting certain games.

That being said, did you buy Tearaway?

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@Fred Dutton

Thanks for bringing back the recap :)

My question is i was wondering if the following list of games is coming to the UK in the future:

Caladrius Blaze
Neptunia U
Rewrite
Clannad.

Thanks in advance and by the way Ignore Mario_for_life I have always thought highly of you :D Have a good weekend.

@Witcher70
Hey mind if I will add few words?

As far as I know Clannad will be localized for West by SekaiProject, they announced it like less than month ago. It will be fully voiced version… the only bad news is… it will be released for steam.

BUT

I wouldn’t mention it unless there wouldn’t be any chances for getting Vita version :) SekaiProject are cool guys, they decided to release World End Economica for Vita after we asked them to do that :) So why don’t you contact them? Maybe even ask them to start kickstarter campaign just for Vita version?

I don’t know about license, though… they might have bought it just for steam. But it won’t hurt to ask right? Well Clannad isn’t really my thing… though I would love to see Toradora :P… but still if you will need any help just ask, mkay? I’m just normal gamer but maybe I will have more luck :P

@Archacus

Hey course your welcome to say anything you wish :) Thank you for the tip. I did look into World End Enconomica on Kickstarter before the campaign ended, but isn’t it for PSM and not native Vita?

I will email SekaiProject and bug them into bringing Clannad to vita or better still kickstart it :) I too would love to see Toradora:P Thanks for your help :)

@Witcher70
It’s bit more complicated

As far as I understand.

They are applying for native version too, but because they didn’t know the outcome of it they just said that at least PSM version is granted. But most probably it will end up on native Vita, because it will simply be too big for PSM game. It will be very big game as they will release all 3 parts in single file (as far as I can understand)… so yeah… it doesn’t match other PSM games right?

If you will get any email from them let us know :) either msg me via PSN or write on… hmm… for example open forum of psvitadirect, there are also people who might help you.

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Hey Fred
I’m planning on pre-ordering littlebigplanet 3 but none of the retailers I’ve looked at mention what dlc is included in the pre-order (am after the Mythical Creatures pack). Do you know which retailers include each dlc and if they’re only for Ps4 pre-orders?

Fred, if you come back can you please either tell us when 64gb Vita memory cards will be available in Europe or maybe explain why they haven’t been made available so far? Between PS+ and sales these have been pretty much a requirement for the last two years but have only been available via opportunistic import resellers.

I don’t want to buy an expensive imported memory card with no guarantees of its delivery and no warranty. It’s a proprietary format so Sony is in complete control of it’s distribution, why is it still unavailable outside of Japan? This isn’t a new question either, people have been asking for the official release of these since the Japan release, can you please tell us what’s going on?

@Murton
I think that it will be better for 64GB cards to stay as JP only (sounds controvesive right?)

But let me explain myself
Vita TV – 9500 JPY (68 EUR) – > for EU it is 100 EUR/100GBP (we in PL have something like 570 PLN… and you can buy normal Vita for 600)
64GB – 10,479 (75 EUR) -> for EU (import) it is 82EUR/62GBP

See… if they would ever release 64 GB the price of it would be much much much higher than imported version. I’m sure that it would exceed 100 EUR/100GBP. Just take a look at what they have done with Vita TV….

So it really is better for it to stay as import only good… I would have different opinion if only SCEE didn’t have crazy conversion rates…. but they do have them.

I would say import from Amazon.uk they offer those at the price I mentioned, delivery will be safe, no custom fees, no tax (tax is already included)… but yeah the only problem is warranty… but I don’t think that those even apply for warranty… well theoretically yes… but probably you would have to k...

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@Murton
I think that it will be better for 64GB cards to stay as JP only (sounds controvesive right?)

But let me explain myself
Vita TV – 9500 JPY (68 EUR) – > for EU it is 100 EUR/100GBP (we in PL have something like 570 PLN… and you can buy normal Vita for 600)
64GB – 10,479 (75 EUR) -> for EU (import) it is 82EUR/62GBP

See… if they would ever release 64 GB the price of it would be much much much higher than imported version. I’m sure that it would exceed 100 EUR/100GBP. Just take a look at what they have done with Vita TV….

So it really is better for it to stay as import only good… I would have different opinion if only SCEE didn’t have crazy conversion rates…. but they do have them.

I would say import from Amazon.uk they offer those at the price I mentioned, delivery will be safe, no custom fees, no tax (tax is already included)… but yeah the only problem is warranty… but I don’t think that those even apply for warranty… well theoretically yes… but probably you would have to keep the bill for proof of purchase… ow well… but yes it is the only disadvantage.

Edit:
controversial*

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Unfortunately I don’t have any news for you on this today. There are no plans at present to make these available. Should that change, you’ll learn about it here first.

Is it true that the PSP Store will be shutting down tomorrow Monday?

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You can still use the webstore on your PC to buy PSP games.

On your PSP XMB:

PlayStation Network > Account Management (log on the internet) > Transaction management > Download List

Then you’ll see a list with all your downloadable PSP games without entering any store.

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Yes @zalwelgoedgaan is correct. You won’t be able to purchase from your PSP, but you will be able to buy games from the webstore.

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@Fred: To be honest, I think supporting the PSP at all is kind of silly at this stage. People shouldn’t be using the PSP anymore, they should have upgraded to Vita and really they need to be incentivised to do so.

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Dear Fred,

Could it please be made possible to cancel my Plus service. For more then 5 months it isn’t to any value for me, not on PS3 nor on PS4. Yes I tried the games, I down voted them and deleted them from my drive. Even Dead Space 3 was a mess (yes the reviewers were right).
Please make it possible to cancel from a service that is not close to anything I signed up for or at least make it possible for us to freeze it.
I don’t care for online gaming so there is no reason for me to pay for this unfortunately deteriorated service (my personal opinion, I’m sure many enjoy it).

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Did you pay for the whole year?.

I paid for several years to support the service. They where really encouraging their customers to staple their service then. It had the instant game collection that was changed every year and upon that amazing titles for PS3 and even some nice Vita games.
My service ends in April 2015 but I rather quit it today.

I see no deterioration in the service, I am loving Battle Royale and the PS4 games I am getting my money’s worth this month.

We are getting Driveclub in a few weeks so you might as well wait a month to play it.

I don’t play online and I have a plus backlog a mile long and I have another year of plus ahead of me. I still think it is well worth the price but I think it will be too much of a headache to get the 8 months credit of plus backfrom Sony.

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Although Destiny is being bashed around on many websites, i personally think it’s a very fun game. The best highlight about the game is the Gun play, movement, and Multiplayer. I never expected Destiny to deliver a Ken Levine story. The game is highly polished.

Can’t weight enough for GTA V. I would have exploded with excitement if they were to release Batman Arkham Knight in February 2015 lol. But i guess it’s fine six months into 2015.

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Hi @Fred. Just a few words to put out there as you are the best contact I have @playstation. I think you are the best chance at getting anything out of it. Here goes; “Vita Memory Card Pricing and Availability”. I won’t take any more of your time. Thanks for been awesome. =]

Great news that Drive Club is an added extra to our usual PS Plus line up. Cheers

Reading through some of the comments here and are people really that stupid that they expect that Sony are going to give away the majority of a full AAA title that’s probably cost tens of millions of pounds to develop for free? And then keep giving you free content post release as well?! What a huge bunch of self-entitled whingers on here.

You want the full game? Go and buy it. It’s a cut down version of the game being given away for free to anyone with a PS+ subscription. You have precisely zero right to complain about something that’s being given to you above and beyond what your subscription entitles you to. It’s ridiculous what some people expect. Not going to buy the game now because the free version doesn’t have everything you want? Pathetic. In fact it’s actually good as it means I won’t have the misfortune of encountering you when I’m playing it.

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Reading through some of the comments here and are people really that stupid that they expect that Sony are going to give away the majority of a full AAA title that’s probably cost tens of millions of pounds to develop for free? And then keep giving you free content post release as well?! What a huge bunch of self-entitled whingers on here.

You want the full game? Go and buy it. It’s a cut down version of the game being given away for free to anyone with a PS+ subscription. You have precisely zero right to complain about something that’s being given to you above and beyond what your subscription entitles you to. It’s ridiculous what some people expect. Not going to buy the game now because the free version doesn’t have everything you want? Pathetic. In fact it’s actually good as it means I won’t have the misfortune of encountering you when I’m playing it.

Perhaps you’d prefer if instead Sony released a one-track, one car, offline demo that lasts a week before it goes offline? You only have to go back to PGR2 to see a full price AAA release which ‘only’ had 11 tracks. Seriously, take your wambulances and your phenomenally petty grievances and go tell them to a mirror because no right minded person on here is interested in your drivel.

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All those issues, huh…?

Couldn’t agree more

Thank god I have finally found someone on this blog full of whingebags and ungrateful people who is on the save wavelength as me. I have been a PS Plus member for just over 2 years now and I could not be happier with the service. I pay £40 a year and get tonnes of free games that I mostly thoroughly enjoy (Not always, obviously because there are always going to be games given away that I don’t like). It makes me laugh that so many people on here think they know more about how a business should be run than a multi million pound corporation. It is beyond me how people can be so whiny all the time and not be grateful for the fact they are paying less money than a single AAA game and getting so many games for technically nothing.

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With Dan thunder that is

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