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Male, 32, United Kingdom

I'm a web developer, responsible for sites such as Nintendo Life, Push Square and Pure Xbox. I should really play more games...

Fri 4th Nov 2005

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antdickens commented on Exclusive: Project CARS "Simply Too Much For W...:

This is no great surprise and probably makes a lot of sense for the studio. I guess the only thing that could of been handled better was when they announced the cancellation. You would imagine they would of known for quite a long time that the game wasn't performing great on Wii U, so perhaps could of been canned a long time ago to save everyone the agro.



antdickens commented on Video: Summing Up The Good And Bad Of Devil's ...:

@CinisterD thanks and no problem - you're allowed to read other sites too

@maceng haha, yeah, a very good game would of been nice. I do think that's why everyone is being so vocal about this one!

Picking up on some of the comments from @PlywoodStick and @MarioPHD around the 'Preview'. Typically we have four types of article that we try and stick to:

First Impressions - when we have a brief time with a game, almost always a preview/demo build.
Hands On - when we have more time with a game, usually on location and almost always preview build.
Preview - when we have either a preview build or final code ourselves and can play at our leisure.
Review - well, obviously always final code.

It's becoming more common to do previews with final code, simply because it's available long before any review embargos. I guess it's a slightly different style to say GamePro back in the day, but it's been working well for us so far.



antdickens commented on Video: Summing Up The Good And Bad Of Devil's ...:

@ULTRA-64 no problem, I don't think my opinion is worth any more than anyone else

I think most of the heat in the whole thing is that everyone wanted this to be a good game, the Wii U deserved it. Now it's here and it's not up to scratch there's an element of shoot the messenger, ultimately the reviews will speak for themselves and I can't see it scoring well based on the previews.

I think some people also seem a bit confused as to it being a 'Nintendo game' - it's only Nintendo published so the fact it's not as polished as a typical Nintendo developed game shouldn't really come as a huge surprise.

I'm in the camp that it'll still be fun to play, if you can get it for a fair (not full retail) price.



antdickens commented on Video: Summing Up The Good And Bad Of Devil's ...:

@ECMIM I'm not sure we can be accused of jumping on the bashfest when all previews were written by various sites under embargo to go live at the same time.

As for the 'good' vs 'bad' videos, I think Alex actually wanted to highlight that there are still some fun elements to the game - whether they are intended or not. As this article states, Tom's preview stands as is.



antdickens commented on Video: Summing Up The Good And Bad Of Devil's ...:

It's been really interesting following the comments around Devil's Third this past week or so. It seems that everyone has a slightly different view on what they want from the game and what would be acceptable for them as a purchase. It's clear the game has flaws, which has been unanimously reported by publications. I've seen plenty of bad films that I've still enjoyed, doesn't mean that can't be the case for video games.

Ultimately we'll have to wait and see what people make of it for their final reviews and then users themselves. However, people who think there is some bias or alternative agenda on our part are clearly reading too much between the lines. Like most, we really hoped this would be a great game!



antdickens commented on Nintendo's Implementation of Cross-Buy is Surp...:

I think those thinking that this is "abuse" of the system are missing the point a little bit. Even the concept of "cross-buy" is slightly archaic, if Nintendo had a proper account system (ala Apple ID), it would be more common place for content to work across multiple devices (albeit there are different platforms here).

As this only works for 3DS' with a NNID that is tied to the Wii U system there is little room for abuse, apart from siblings all getting a copy of the game - which should be seen as a good thing (how would you choose which 1 3DS it should appear on?). It's highly unlikely a 'friend' would have their 3DS/NNID linked to another person's Wii U as they wouldn't be able to use that NNID with their own Wii U.

This is good news, really.



antdickens commented on Give Someone The Gift Of Nintendo This Christmas:

Hello! Just to let everyone know that we selected a very deserving winner for our competition, we decided not to disclose information about the circumstances of the winning family out of respect for their situation.

We hope their family is enjoying the Wii U and thank everyone for entering, it was great to hear such Christmas spirit within our readers. We'll hopefully do something similar again this year and maybe on a bigger scale.