Community Chronicle 03/08/14

So I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent a fair old time in the last week booking appointments and finalising plans for Gamescom in a week and a half. Europe’s premier games show is kicking off a week on Wednesday, and you can bet that all the publishers and console manufacturers are looking to put their best foot forward. Naturally, there’s a thing or two I can’t really talk about just yet, but what might you fine readers be anticipating and looking forward to seeing more of?

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There were some interesting new talking points that came out of the news this week, with the unveiling of EA Access on that was particularly unexpected. Simply put, EA are offering up a game rental service of their own, kicking things off on the Xbox One with Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and Peggle 2 for either £3.99 a month or £19.99. This period is being labelled as a beta, with further games to come to the library down the line, but aiming to coexist with the Games with Gold deal on Xbox. Things took another twist as Sony said that EA Access simply wasn’t good enough value, in their opinion, explaining why it’s not appearing on PlayStation.

There’s quite a few people that disagree with Sony, or at least think they should be allowed to make up their mind for themselves. Tactical20 said, “FIFA, Madden & Battlefield for £20 a year is infinitely better value than PS+, imo. I know people who solely play those games. Most people I know with PS+ just have a HDD full of average/poor games they’ll never play.” (His last thought rather controversial in its own right!)

Double-o-dave, however, saw Sony’s point of view:

It seems to me by signing up, you’re always going to be about a year behind the new releases. When FIFA 15 releases, you’ll be playing FIFA 14 for a year, when BF Hardline releases, you’ll still be playing BF4 for a year & so forth.

That’s unless you want to pay the subscription and buy FIFA 15, which then pretty much makes your subscription pointless the next year as you’ll already have purchased FIFA 15 which you’ll get for free on your subscription. I see Sony’s point.

Of course, as many others were saying, we really need to wait on more details of how games will be added and removed from the service before we can tell if it’s a good deal or not. This is something that Sony could potentially be aware of. Then again, it’s still mightily cheeky of them to say EA Access isn’t good value, given the price points that are currently in place for the games that are now available in the PlayStation Now open beta.

That’s right, it’s the second beta launch in under a week to have contentious pricing, with Sony’s streaming video game service going live. It currently plays host to over 100 PS3 games from every corner of the console’s varied catalogue. Those in the U.S. and Canada are able to give it a try, but only if they can stomach paying $2.99 for 4 hours, $5.99 for 7 days, $7.99 for 30 days or $14.99 for 90 days. Sony have admitted that they’re looking into a subscription model of some kind, though.

Gazzagb wondered if “EA Access’s great price of £3.99 a month will force Sony to drop their prices by quite a bit, especially as EA’s games will be newer.” However, Mr Blighty thought it was just to ensure that the servers weren’t too overloaded, as he said, “Quite obviously the current pricing structure is in place to control sign up. If it’s too good a deal, the system will keep over under the loads,” before cautioning, “Don’t judge the service by pricing today, it roll surely evolve as the service is ready to expand.”

Backing up the need for a subscription service, TSBonyman said, “If I was ever going to pay for streaming games – and I’m not ever but if  was – I would only be interested in paying a €50 yearly sub for access to everything.”

Rounding things out this week, the somewhat belated announcement of F1 2014 and Codemasters’ plans for the PS4 and Xbox One. Sadly, they are not one and the same, as F1 2014 will be for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC only, but they seem to be a kind of stopgap so that they can transition F1 2015’s release to an earlier point in the year and then roll out regular updates to the game digitally, as the season progresses. Regardless, it’s a slightly bitter pill to swallow for those hoping for a spot of F1 on PS4 this year.

Tonycawley exclaimed, “I find this a little shocking to be honest. I really expected new-gen versions and I even might have bought it despite not being a massive F1 fan.” Although, Camdaz found a positive in the shifting release date for next year, replying, “Very surprised it’s not coming to this gen, but I like the idea of an earlier release and updates throughout the year for F1 2015.”

The problem for Codemasters is that this will almost certainly hit them in the pocket in the short term. People might stay away from F1 2014 in anticipation of the next game, especially if they have access to a new console. Freezebug‘s after just this one feature, though:

Will custom online championships be reinstated? If not then it’ll be too samey samey for most people, making this years offering attractive to the racing hardcore base only.

Maybe concentrating all resources into creating a blinding next-genner would be the order of the day, but saying that, I suffer the hardcore tendencies and usually can’t resist a dabble!

Either way, I really hope they knock it out of the park for F1 2015.

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With the Destiny beta coming to a close, it was heads down and back to some games from before its arrival. A few people grabbed and dove into Wolfenstein, while others have been returning to The Last of Us, whether Remastered or the original version on PS3. However, it’s quite quiet on actual achievements.

Lyts1985 has claimed the record for the Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty platinum, but warned of a few trophy bugs that meant he had to go back around to do so. Meanwhile, ron_mcphatty nabbed the record for the Pixeljunk Shooter Ultimate platinum, and Sitorimon dug through his trophy list to uncover that he had a trio of unclaimed PS3 records to his name too: Pacman and the Ghostly Adventures, Mika Hatsune Project Diva F and Metropolis Mania 4.

However, aside from that, tactical20 is approaching his eponymous 20th trophy level, which he hopes to achieve this weekend. Blast71 is aiming to get the Driver: San Francisco platinum, but is struggling to find online players to compete in team challenges with.

Finally, I’d like to wish Eldave0 luck in trying to revive his poorly NES. I saw mention of sandpaper, so I’m not entirely sure if he might be trying to torture it back to working order…


A inferior race isn’t about this week, so unfortunately there’s no update on the trio of TSA trophy leaderboards that he collates week in, week out. So no heading over to page two, and I’ll leave you with the usual submission form for photos and accomplishments.

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2 Comments

  1. Haha! I do like a controversial comment!

  2. Yep, the F1 series over the last few years seems to have become a quick swap drivers around and change liveries exercise that has seen a lot of people allow their memberships to expire.

    They added co-op online championships in place of the custom user created online tournaments which are great but why in place of and not in addition to?

    To be fair an F1 racing game is always going to be primarily about the online side of the game with the single player career taking a back seat, so they really should beef that up wherever possible!

    I guess that they need to release 14 to help complete the tax returns and to pay for 15’s development.

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