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Male, 45, United Kingdom

Fri 30th Jan 2009

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Sean_Aaron commented on Feature: Assessing Affordable Space Adventures...:

This was a day one purchase and I put it down to play other things, but a couple of weeks ago during a rare gaming session with my partner we decided to pick it up again. It's a very different experience with more than one player - trying to communicate was a lot of fun - especially when it didn't work out! We've reached areas where you need to turn engines off and on to get past enemies and that's hilarious to get right, so if you get the chance, try it with another person or two.



Sean_Aaron commented on EA CFO Explains Why the Company Doesn't Make W...:

As others have stated Most Wanted U was excellent. I also would have bought Mass Effect Trilogy had they put in the sensible effort to release that instead of porting the third one with a movie version of the first two.

I'm also sure the installed base in Europe and North America is large enough to get a return on their sports franchise titles if they could be bothered as well as their military shooter. Needless to say I doubt this is the full story.



Sean_Aaron commented on EA CFO Explains Why the Company Doesn't Make W...:

I think cost of development is a bigger factor, otherwise with that argument they'd only be supporting PS4 right now. The fact that Xbox is basically the same thing means there's minimal effort involved in supporting it. I also suspect he's not going to speak openly about the political side of things, which may still be relevant. Probably be another fifteen years before we get the full story.



Sean_Aaron commented on RCMADIAX Announces Avoider, Due Out on the Wii...:

This is normally like a mid-level stage in a larger game (thinking Ultratron on Wii U or Space Junk on iOS - that's a game I'd love to see with proper dual stick on Wii U) or a mode among modes (Geometry Wars 3 - like to see that on Wii U as well), so I'm a bit mystified how you sustain an entire game out of this.

Blok Drop U was a solid effort, so I wouldn't dismiss everything from this studio, but I don't recall even an Atari 2600 game with as uninspired an appearance using this theme. I think games like Dodge 'Em and Freeway are still fun; put some more meat on the bones and maybe there's something here?



Sean_Aaron commented on Parent Trap: Oft-Forgotten Wii U Features That...:

Having to pay Sony a fee just to backup my PS3 save data has to be the biggest racket ever. That kind of control over the system I own puts the Wii U head and shoulders over the rest. And for the record, no, I'm not paying Sony any sub fee to do something that should be free out of the box. Hell you can't even recharge the bloody controllers with a standard USB phone charger, unlike the Wii U Pro Controller!



Sean_Aaron commented on Parent Trap: Oft-Forgotten Wii U Features That...:

If you're an existing Wii family then this is absolutely an upgrade that makes sense. Not only are their budget titles in the eShop, but it's actually easy to browse - much more so than any other digital gaming shopfront I've seen.

I do think a price cut for xmas would do wonders: PSBONE is still a pricey alternative unless you're buying for a shut-in who doesn't care about expensive joy pads for limited local multiplayer. I picked up an additional second-hand controller for my PS3 and it's nearly as much as a new Remote Plus. As much as the idea of multiplayer Pac-Man Vs. is, I can't really justify shelling out for a third, let alone fourth controller for the one game in my collection that supports more than two players.

For families that are struggling, none of the current crop of consoles makes much sense. The new 32gb Apple TV would be a more sensible option in my mind: also has multiple free content channels, Netflix and iTunes movie/TV rentals in addition to games.



Sean_Aaron commented on Video: The New Animal Crossing: amiibo Festiva...:

I really hope this is going to get an eShop release. My daughter has several packs of cards, so amiibo figures aren't necessary for us to try the game out. Paying full whack for a couple of figures with the game gives it an unnecessarily high entry fee, which is a shame if true.



Sean_Aaron commented on Koei Tecmo is Planning Another Major Collabora...:

Marvel would be petty cool; it all depends on the game because everything isn't suited to the Warriors franchise. Star Wars would be a perfect fit, however. It's a tough one; could be out of left field: note they say "major collaboration" not "major IP" - could be My Little Pony for all we know!



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo Shares Level Out After $4 Billion Dro...:

They really should take the company private and stop being at the whim of investors if they're serious about doing their own thing. It's worked wonders for Dell and I think losing that external pressure would help Nintendo too. They should have enough cash banked to make a go of it.



Sean_Aaron commented on Fresh Project H.A.M.M.E.R. Details Reveal Shig...:

Yeah I have to say I don't get the bagging on Nintendo and Miyamoto for poo-pooing CGI. I mean if that's what makes modern games "great" then you're actually saying they really suck.

Cut scenes can help tell a story if you can't be bothered building the story into the game. QTEs are anti-gaming, as is having me finish a boss fight in which the boss is destroyed only to have a cut scene showing that isn't the case and having the game continue for hours longer (looking at RE4 and many many many other games).

If you're blowing millions of your budget on movies and you don't even have something to play, then yes, you absolutely deserve to be fired/have your game canned or scaled back. This is exactly why game budgets are bloated and the games themselves have failed to improve in narrative choices or design over the past decade.



Sean_Aaron commented on Editorial: It's Far Too Soon to Go Download-On...:

I'm happy to do all download with the Wii U and my PS3; the latter is eased by an internal 500GB hard drive and I'd like to note that in addition Sony released a Super Slim with a surprisingly meagre 12GB internal flash which is cheaper and clearly aimed at people who mainly buy discs.

I will say that downloading everything has made me a lot more conservative in my purchases, but frankly given I spend from £20-70/mo. on games I could use some kind of restraint.

I do agree there's still a place for physical media generally, but I think games aren't in a protected space like music with vinyl fans or books where coffee table books and the like aren't easily replaced by digital versions. The fact is that all games are digital; the only difference is the media they're stored on, whether disc or cart or downloaded to a hard drive or flash media.

There is no reason why current limitations of people's internet connections couldn't be overcome by in-store kiosks where you could do the download and burn to disc or SD. Special editions could still exist with an enclosed download code instead of media.

I do think the days are numbered for physical media, but I have nothing against it per se. I will say that if downloads make it easier to get niche titles from Japan I think it should be embraced rather than railed against, though I do sympathise with the folk who feel left out.



Sean_Aaron commented on Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition is Creeping Up On...:

@readyletsgo you can use the Gamepad as your screen, but you'll still need a Wii Remote and nunchuck. Only games you can play with a Classic Controller can be played using the Gamepad alone.

@Waveghoul I think my major problem has always been that it's just too long. I don't have a problem with the cheesy lame plot and dialogue, but the B-movies it emulates are often watchable because they're 90min. The epic length isn't a benefit.

I also would have liked it better if the controls were tweaked to have point to look like a first-person Wii game. Using the pointer to target is excellent, but having to use the control stick to change facing is very clunky and often means getting hit from the side - very annoying in Mercenaries when you're getting mobbed.



Sean_Aaron commented on Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition is Creeping Up On...:

I bought and sold RE4 more than any other game: four times. Kind of a love-hate relationship. Buying as a download would finally resolve that problem. Welcome to the eShop Capcom, now please bring us Tatsunoko vs Capcom as a download and I'll be well-pleased.



Sean_Aaron commented on International Age Rating Coalition System, IAR...:

The honour system should work pretty well for this kind of thing. I'm sure the risks of complaints getting a game pulled and subjected to the full and expensive inspection process would deter people from lying about the content of their games.



Sean_Aaron commented on Bonk's Adventure Has Been Rated By The ESRB Fo...:

Given only a fraction of the PC Engine Wii VC from Japan ever got released elsewhere (the catalogue rivals the NES, amazingly enough) I won't get too excited, but I did get a few games for my UK Wii that I'd happily pay the Wii U upgrade toll for. Alien Crush and Devil's Crush please!



Sean_Aaron commented on Dutch Retailer Lists Standalone Splatoon Squid...:

I'd like one of these as I had pre-ordered the individual ones following the initial sell-out of the triple pack. I've bid on some individual ones broken out of the game+amiibo pack (it comes packaged inside the big box, so no reason they couldn't sell it separately), but it goes far north of £20, and I'm not paying that.

Hopefully they will sell separately and the retailer has just used the Japanese photo because that's all they could find.



Sean_Aaron commented on Rumour: Dataminers Dig Up eShop Listings For S...:

No surprise on Super Mario Galaxy, it's already in the Japanese eShop for a few months now. Still hoping we'll see the New Play Control Pikmin games and a localised version of the Chibi Robo NPC game from Japan - surely that should be easily done?



Sean_Aaron commented on Video: Learn the Basics of the Pokémon Tradin...:

My daughter likes this. Though she has bought some cards via lots on Amazon she's pretty frugal with her pocket money and I steered her towards the custom decks to ensure she could play without having to learn deck building herself. It's to break out on occasion and has made me more familiar with these odd critters.



Sean_Aaron commented on COLOR BOMBS Will Splat Onto the North American...:

Blok Drop U was pretty decent. I can't say I've been moved by other stuff on offer, but I wouldn't automatically dismiss anything from this dev as he's shown he can make a fun game. Of course it needs to cross the pond to be relevant to me!



Sean_Aaron commented on Voice Actors Union Authorises Strike Action Wi...:

I don't understand the opposition to royalties here. You're telling me a game publisher should be free to continue to make money off of future game reissues and online sales throughout copyright - and long beyond the point where expense has been recouped - but the people whose talents are featured don't?

Do people not recognise the value of their own labour any more? If you can get a bigger piece of the pie because your worth is recognised you're a fool not to take it. There is nothing outrageous about getting residuals; especially because you're probably talking about fractions of pennies per unit here. CEOs making seven figures is greedy, getting a cut of a title that is arguably a massive success because of a starring role isn't.



Sean_Aaron commented on The YouTube Wii U App Has Another Update:

I tried the app once a few months ago with a video more than fifteen minutes long. Apparently it hit what would have been an ad break, but instead of playing the ad it exited the video and took me back to the front page, so I had to find it start it and scroll ahead. Not sure why it's any different from the iPad app which works great, but if that's no longer happening I could see using it again...



Sean_Aaron commented on Skull Kid is Confirmed as a Playable Character...:

I'm very surprised we haven't seen any additional DLC for the Wii U version. Warriors Orochi 3, has like 3 dozen additional levels and tons of costumes. I do intend to play the harder difficulties in Hyrule a Warriors, but no way will it occupy as much time as Warriors Orochi 3 did.