Community Chronicle: 08/02/15

It’s been a grand old weekend of sport, as the Six Nations kicked off on Friday night. The results might not quite have gone the way I’d have liked, but there have been some quite remarkably close matches already, and the championship as a whole is still wide open for anyone to win.


The biggest story this week saw Sony cutting ties and selling on Sony Online Entertainment studio to Columbus Nova. SOE had been working on the likes of Planetside 2 and H1Z1, and that will continue as they transform into Daybreak Game Company, but with the possibility that their games could come to the Xbox One or, as unlikely as it sounds, Wii U. They’re going multiplatform.

“Well done, Sony,” wrote Old School. “Keep giving away exclusives to Xbox.” To which Bunimomike replied, “Above all else, Sony needs to be consistently profitable and SOE were not helping.” As he continued to say, “Sony has been doing one hell of a job with the hardware sales but we’ve seen them rest on their laurels before. Thankfully, this is just financial stuff. For me, I want Sony to be profitable and then worry about their own 1st party titles. If SOE had been independent they’ve have been long-gone years ago.”

Pdannysan13 added, “If this can help Sony survive then why not ? I just hope they don’t pass on a possible success: H1Z1. I wouldn’t play it but as far as I seen people sre playing it. If I am not mixing it up with some other game. The game has become a permanent resident on Kotaku’s Highlight Reel.”

But really it all boils down to one thing. Hazelam said, “I wish them all the best in supporting the X1, so long as they keep supporting the Playstation consoles as well.” And I don’t think you’ll find many that disagree with her.

The rest of the week has been relatively subdued, in terms of news, but there have been a few glimpses of the future, as Lara Croft and more details from Rise of the Tomb Raider made their way out into the open. There’s a chilly new setting and a bigger focus on puzzles, which will delight fans of the series.

“The artwork, new location, being current-gen exclusive, more focus on crafting/puzzles/hunting all sounds like steps in the right direction to me,” wrote Youles, “and if that’s the case I cannot wait as I loved the reboot and this is sounds even better!” Of course, Forrest had to bring up how it’s a “Shame it’s only on Xbox for an undisclosed period of time then, eh?”

And not just Xbox One, but on 360 as well. JR. said, “Really looking forward to this but the fact that they’re releasing this on the 360 takes some of the shine off.” And when gernboes thoughtfully replied that it might be to keep a large target market with the exlusivity in mind, JR. continued:

I’m sure every developer/publisher would love a last-gen size install base but it all comes at the expense of a truly next gen experience. We shouldn’t be seeing this greedy practice two years into a new gen.

Say what you want about Sony but they always push the boundaries when it comes to delivering true next gen visuals. Take Uncharted 4 for example, it’s exclusive to PS4 and is taking full advantage of the expensive consoles we didn’t run out and buy to play spruced up PS3/360 games on. That’s how it should be.

We shouldn’t accept this ‘good enough’ mentality from MS because they want to line their pockets. Though, I’ve generally come to expect nothing less.

While I can see where JR. is coming from, I also feel it’s overly harsh on Microsoft versus the industry as a whole, not to mention missing the point of why it’s being done. Yes, it’s a move done to make more money, but when these big budget games like Tomb Raider, Battlefield or Call of Duty have to try and hit several million in sales to be profitable (and let’s not forget that Tomb Raider was considered a failure by Square because it only managed 5 million in sales)

What do you think? Is now the time when developers can start to shift their focus solely to the PS4 and XBO?

The future’s bright and the future’s coloured orange with explosions, if Just Cause 3’s latest batch of screens is anything to go by, and this is another game that has people excited.

Scavenga exclaimed, “Oh spank me hard, this is going to be my second most fav thing in the whole wide world ever!” while camdaz reminisced, “Looking forward to this game, JC2 was the first game I platinumed.”

In addition to saying they should let us create our own stories in the game, Kennykazey noted, “Orange and teal, still going strong I see.” To which Rude Awakening cried out, “F***ing orange and teal! I hope there is a special place in hell for Michael Bay for making that colour scheme a trend!”

Finally, Amphlett asked for even more over the top acts to appear in videogames:

Hmmm, the point of some of the more outlandish video games like this one is to present opportunities for action which is not normally possible in real life. Frankly, who hasn’t stood on top of a flying jet plane without a parachute?!

 Practically an everyday occurence for me…


It’s interesting to see the number of people dipping into the Battlefield Hardline Beta, though reactions seem to be rather mixed. Some love it, others simply hate it and then there are those who are merely indifferent. It will be fascinating to see how the game sells, when it lands on shelves next month.

We’ll start the actual trophy gathering with Crazy_Del who’s closing in on the Resident Evil HD platinum at an alarming rate. On Friday he’d hit a 6th run through and was trying to do it with just a knife! Since then, he’s now up to his 9th run and just need one more to grab the trophy.

Elsewhere, element666 capped off a veteran difficulty run of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but felt it lacked challenge, while The Lone Steven was disappointed by the ending of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Tactical20 managed to get 100% of the trophies for Never Alone, but while he enjoyed the early sections, found latter stages to be frustrating and broken.

There were no such frustrations for mugsybalone, who played through the first expisode of Life Is Strange, which is something I really need to do sooner rather than later, while Youles grabbed the platinum trophy for Murdered: Soul Suspect.

Finally, Shaggy2Dope made a return to the forums, and staked his claim to three records, with Resogun for PS3/Vita, Farming Simulator 2014 and the Binding of Isaac.

We’re nearly done, but you can head over to page two for the return of the Fastest Platinum boards. To finish off this page, we have the usual submission form for photos and accomplishments.

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  1. Just Platinum Resident Evil HD =D
    Cheers for the mention Tef :)

    • He’s a machine! ;) congrats on yet another plat.

      • Wow! Well done Crazy_Del.

      • Haha thanks guys now I can just sit back and enjoy Far Cry 4 xD

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