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Ben's Week In Review: January 12

Not many games coming out this month; gives me a breather. :) Might want that Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, though...

So, Round 1 to PlayStation 4?

I'd say so. Obviously, the biggest news of the past week was that the PS4 had sold 4.2 million units worldwide. The news broke only a day after Microsoft proudly unveiled their 3 million mark for the Xbox One.

It's all the more important that Sony's console hasn't yet launched in Japan; when it does, the PS4 should increase its global advantage. I still want to see the numbers for the US, though. I figured the new PlayStation would easily outsell the Xbox One in the European and Asian regions; that was almost a given. The PS3 outsold the 360 in those regions, too. What I want to know is how well the PS4 stacked up against Microsoft's system in this country.

As I've said before, if it's even close, it's a huge victory for Sony. And if the PS3 can remain competitive in the US throughout this generation, it's a guaranteed worldwide sales win for Sony because the PS4 will dominate other major territories. Can you imagine if the PS4 actually routinely outsells the Xbox One in the US, though? Yeah, Sony says these early numbers aren't critically important, but that company well knows the value of the US market. They also know they totally lost that market in the previous generation, so...

Not sure why everyone's freaking out over PlayStation Now

Hey, I'm no fan of digital streaming services, but they can be awfully convenient at times. Nobody will be forcing you to sign up for the recently announced PlayStation Now service; it just seems like a nifty option for certain gamers. And if the pricing really is similar to Netflix, we're only talking about $8/month or so. This leads me to another point: How is Now all that different from other streaming services like Netflix? Aren't they basically identical? We're just talking about renting games and playing them on PlayStation devices on demand, right? I understand why you wouldn't want to rent something you already own...okay, so don't. Just play it. Not sure what the problem is.

I'll always prefer physical media because I like to own things. I definitely get that. But for convenience sake, and especially for those who aren't really wicked hardcore gamers, PlayStation Now sounds like it'll be an attractive option. And I've got no problem with that.

Personal gaming update

I figure I'm done with Gran Turismo 6 now. I saw the credits; that's it. There are a ton of other events to do (haven't even touched the Super events) but the game is just starting to wear on me, and I've still got Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag to finish. I want 'em both done and complete before inFamous: Second Son gets here in March. Thief is on my list as well. As for recently played titles, Blacklight: Retribution didn't do it for me; I can't stand the free-to-play model and besides, it's just not an impressive shooter to begin with. Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, on the other hand, is fuuuuun.

What's the next game you plan to buy?

1/11/2014 Ben Dutka

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 11, 2014 @ 10:35:23 PM
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The problem with Playstation Now is if it turns out to be the only way to get the PSN content I've already bought.

My games worked on PS3, they worked on PSP, and they work on PS Vita. Why? Because the PSN isn't an outdated platform just because the PS4 came out, it's the same service and the only reason for Sony to keep my PS1 and PS2 classics OFF the PS4 would be to get me to pay for this new service to play the games. So I'd have to buy them 3 times.

No I don't want to be tied to my PS3 forever, so as long as I keep buying Playstations it would be nice for the non-platform exclusive stuff I buy on the network to work with them. Otherwise unless we want to stack consoles in our living rooms forever they can pull your purchases every time a new one releases.

I took a gamble and snatched Lost Planet 3 and I'm digging it a lot more than Dead Space 3. Just a man and his Mech doing a job on a frozen planet with rising tensions a la Alien and The Thing.

Also as I said earlier I got a Vita, but I'm not gonna have much time to play with it I don't think.

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JackC8
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 9:06:58 AM

Glad you're enjoying Lost Planet 3, I'll definitely have to pick that up sometime.

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PC_Max
Saturday, January 11, 2014 @ 11:16:06 PM
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Like smart phones, things these days have to be an all in one gizmo... gadget... whatever. What I hate is that if the all-in-one system fails... I would lose access to everything. BUT... its the new norm with everything so I need to get use to it. Its been here a while and still a bitter taste of consumerism.

Finished Assassins Creed 3. Meh. I found the controls worse for some reason from the previous games. Cities were boring but hey, that was colonial US. It actually was more fun in the frontier. And I admit, the sea battles were the only real highlight. And really, they were not nothing to do with assassination. BUT definitely, definitely better than what they tried to do in Revelations with then tower defense component. Not played the George Washington DLC so no idea if it adds much new. Honestly, with all the skills Desmond was gaining from his ancestors you would have thought they would have devoted ALOT more to him, his time story and his goal. Maybe it would have been boring, but only if they had let it, which in AC3 it was.

Played the Rain. It was good. Definitely moody. Not for everyone, but for those who enjoyed Flower or Journey. Actually its probably more in line with The Unfinished Swan, which was fun. It was worth the play and purchase. Its not in the same league as Journey or Flower, to my thinking, but close enough.

Playing Bioshock Infinite still. Enjoying it. Takes me back to Bioshock be it in the air. Sorta miss the Big Daddy's, but definitely the baddies in this do give a challenge. Can't say the story is really there or that compelling but it is fun to try different combos of vigor and weaponry. Liz's abilities do make the play fun as well when in combat. Good game, but it is getting repetitive. Still though, fun.

Even though I have played LoU about 5 times, once on Survivor, I have the urge to go back and play tag with infected. But I think I will head back to Uncharted series as I had only played the U3 once, and U2 only twice. Time to go back to the beginning and start over I think for some fun banter and gameplay.

Anyway, enjoy whatever game or platform you are on or have inserted in the drive.. .or playing off the drive.

Keep playing!

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Temjin001
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 12:21:43 AM

I sometimes wonder how Desmond is conditioned and physically on par with his building climbing, tree hopping ancestors when he's always just laying around on the animus.

EDIT: seriously, you'd think he'd leap across somewhere grab hold to a ledge, strain trying to pull himself up while panting, "uuuuugh, can't.... can't get myself up." Then his grip gives out and he falls to his grizzly death =p

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PC_Max
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 10:06:59 AM

Actually, yes, it would be a bit... science-fiction. Maybe the animus has a rigorous fitness program. :/

Update: oddly I finished Bioshock: Infinite. Ummm, the ending came out of know where. Ummmm... I was a tad disappointed. Expected something more based on peoples praise of the game. Its a good game, but the ending... was a bit of a... not sure actually. Let down? Overall a good game and it was worth the purcahse. Granted it only cost me $20, but still worth.

Keep playing!

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johnld
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 4:31:45 PM

wasnt desmond already a capable individual when he was picked up or was trained as he was held by abstergo. i believe all the anima gives him is knowledge and thats it.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 11, 2014 @ 11:27:11 PM
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Props to Sony for the runaway lead. Though, I hope the momentum stays high. It's hard to tell at first because the core are always there with their money on hand to buy up the new hardware. One has to wonder if the generalized gamer will catch the fire or if we'll start seeing things taper way off with a burst during the holiday season. Like it or not, this gaming generation is unique in that past generations always had strong support from the casuals or more mainstream oriented gamers. These days with tablets and smart phones and such one has to wonder if the now current gen can ever be as large as say the PS2 was. Hopefully the Wii U and the Vita isn't a sign of how things may become for everyone.

PS Now seems great. It's a way to try before you buy a local copy, or furthermore, just have access to full games that don't really demand a local copy. What's not to like? Even those with poorer connections could still sample a game before committing to a full purchase.

PGU: Been playing a handful of games, like DOA5 U some TLoU and Batman and stuff. But I've been more committed to finishing up on Mass Effect 3. It appears I'm about half way through the main and side missions of what the game has to offer. I have to say I love the atmosphere, art direction and general ambiance I feel from it, but the game does feel highly routine in it's offering. Even a bit too cliche'd in always running into past character encounters. This supposedly huge universe begins feeling pretty small when some former acquaintance somehow crosses your path in seemingly every location you visit. There's other minor gripes I have but the feeling that this game was more of a relaxed effort on Bioware's part is underwhelming. The series has the capacity to do a whole lot more with what it has but a sequel ME3 sized ain't gonna get it there any time soon. Right now it's sitting at a 7.5-8.0 with me.


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Temjin001
Saturday, January 11, 2014 @ 11:58:29 PM

ah, yah. I played some DmC. Not as far as I was on the 360 version yet. The art direction is really strong. Definitely one of the most stylish games I've played, visually.
Now what's with audio problems? I'm getting constant cutting in and out of effects, like the game is choking on loading the audio samples at times. Is this something everyone is experiencing?

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Wrote
Saturday, January 11, 2014 @ 11:41:49 PM
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Sad to say but right now PS Now for me is a way to play ps2 games that didnt get HDremakes, pparticularly DQ8, one of my all time favorites.

The next game I'm getting is Bravely Default for 3DS. Looks like an awesome turned based RPG. After that its Yoshi's New Island, then South Park: Stick of Truth. Between then I'm mainly playing Fire Emblem Awakening, and trying to get through Borderlands 2 and LBP Karting... And then SotC and ICO... and Xcom. Lol I'll never get through all this!

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 11, 2014 @ 11:46:57 PM
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Target had a few in yesterday. They sold out in 24 hours. Still fully stocked on Xbones. Even the Wii U seems to be selling better in my neck of the woods than Xbone.

PSNow Is nothing to freak about but it does show a disturbing trend. It's inching us ever closer to an all digital age. Not thrilled about that. It takes consumer buying power away from customers and requires us all to have expensive internet to keep us with it. Plus from what I've read in order to stream these games Sony has to downgrade the visual quality. Seems like one step forward and two steps back.

About to finish my second run in A Link Between Worlds on Hero mode. Man some of these enemies on Hero mode will drain 10 hearts with one hit. Trying for an extra challenge by forgoing the tunics that provide for extra defense.

I downloaded DMC for free from PS+. Only took me 10 minutes to decide I'm probably not going to like it. What's with all the F bombs in games these days? Seriously pointless most of the time. Like they feel they need to throw it in just for the hell of it.

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Temjin001
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 12:42:10 AM

I was hoping for an option to listen to DmC in another language to cut down on the language echoing through my place. I've been playing TLoU in French =p

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 3:31:40 AM

Lol, no Spanish? Yea there was a lot of F bombs in LOU too. I didn't mind it as much as I think they were trying to show the difference of being born before and after the infection. Joel used it only once I think while Ellie was nonstop. I do think they could have backed off it a little bit with Ellie but ultimately I felt it was appropriate for that game. Most others like Killzone and DMC though, not so much.

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Knightzane
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 12:34:10 AM
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PS4 is doing great. Good Job Sony.

PS Now, do I want it? Nope. Do others who use Netflix have a potential of using it? Yep.

Replaying the Mass Effect games, again. Also have been playing Dishonored, and Splinter Cell Blacklist.

Replaying Blacklist has made me appreciate how fun it is. Its no Chaos Theory, not by a long shot, but everything else about it is incredibly fun.

Going full out melee with no powers on hard in Dishonored has been easy, up until Lady Boyles last party. Man, where were all these guards the first 20 times I played this mission?

Sorta video game related, I listened to the FFX HD soundtrack, and I was worried the songs would have been ruined but thankfully most weren't. Some were actually improved. 'Someday the dream will end' was left completely alone, so that incredible piece of music just sounds clearer and louder.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5, Dark Souls 2, and Final Fantasy X HD. Maybe FFXV. I am really looking forward to this year.

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556pineapple
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 1:13:35 AM
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I'm very happy for Sony, and I wish them continued success. I don't see the problem with PS Now, either, especially considering the eventual goal of having it available on Bravia TVs, as well as tablets and smartphones. It's a great way to support legacy titles into the future and have them accessible anywhere you have a good enough internet connection. I plan on keeping my PS3 for the foreseeable future (hell, I still have my PSX and both of my Geneses) so I'll just play my old games on that, if I don't end up getting Now. If I do get it, it will be a way to play all the old games I never got around to, without having to invest in physical copies and risk not liking them.

My personal gaming update? Well I pick up and play Sonic Generations when I have a few minutes, but I don't have a lot of time to devote to the games that I really want to devote time to (Mass Effect Trilogy, Sleeping Dogs.) I plan on playing a lot of Mass Effect tomorrow, though. I saw Ni No Kuni and Beyond: Two Souls in the store yesterday and had to resist buying them, due to both lack of funds and the games I mentioned above. Hoping to get a PS4 by the summertime, as there will be at least a good half-dozen games I really want by then.

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BigT_1980
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 2:08:29 AM
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I really hope the PS4 continues to sell well. I hope the WiiU can pickup on sales as well.

I a bit skeptical about Playstation Now, but hopefully it turns out well. I wonder if we are looking at the beginning of a console-less future. So, if pretty much any future TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone is able to run this service, what will we need consoles for. Plus, our online infrastructure is getting faster everyday. ISP need to increase bandwidth caps or remove them in order for this and 4K streaming services to be a viable option.

I beat GTA 5 Friday Night, that game was a blast. I am steadily chipping away a GT6, I can't wait to get to the ending credits on that. I'd imagine I won't playing it as munch after beating it, but I will not put as much effort into it. I started playing the Sly Cooper collection tonight, starting with the first game. The controls on the first game could be a little more fluid, but I still am having a blast with it, plan on finishing it. I regret not playing these gems on the PS2.

Happy Gaming PSXExtreme Nation.

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___________
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 2:14:10 AM
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really starting to think $onys creating a artificial shortage of systems lately, i mean it just seems so strange that theres been so little restockages since launch.
hell my local EB manager told me the other day they have been receiving large amounts of stock for the xbox one litterally every few weeks!
making me more suspicious i was at the $ony kiosk yesterday and someone was enquiring about the ps4, and they said sorry sold out.
manager walked over and said was that guy asking about the ps4? and i said arent they sold out? so the manager goes oh do you want one, because i can get you one.
really?
yea no problems!
but theve been sold out since christmas.
yea but if you want one i can get you one.
ok, heres my 550 bucks and he says it should be here on tuesday!
interested to see how much i can flog this off for on ebay!
either that or its a friends birthday next week, would make a perfect pressy.

IF it works, and IF they bring it to EU in a timely manner, which knowing $ony is as likely as hell freezing over, its going to do really well!
but thats a big IF, i mean i cant even stream a f*cking 2 minute video without it buffering for 10 times longer than the stupid video, so how the ^%$# are we going to stream 30GB+ games!?
hell i downloaded the asylum DLC for escape plan yesterday, and that took me 6 hours to download!
SIX!

really bored the past few weeks.
hate this time of year, december - feb is pretty quiet, than march goes off its nutter, than aprils dead, than may is off its nutter, than june - august is dead, and so on.
publishers really need to learn how to read a calendar and plan their releases accordingly!
oh well, bigw has had watch dogs penciled in for 28/6/13 for a while now, and the GT86 competition happens to end a few days after that, coincidence, so junes looking to be the month it will release.
perfect timing too because it looks like a pretty big game, will take a while to finish, perfect considering its probably the only game which will release in june.

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karneli lll
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 9:06:29 PM

"ok, heres my 550 bucks and he says it should be here on tuesday!"

Haha...you just got played son! Tell me its pounds not bucks and i will laugh even harder.


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___________
Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 7:36:02 AM

no, thats what they cost here.
typical $ony with their currency conversions.......

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bigrailer19
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 3:21:21 AM
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PSNOW is fine with me. I read enough of the questions and answers to get a real feel for what's Sony is trying to do and thats offer another option, not try and neglect current features and practices.

PGU: Finished Knack; great game I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a solid platformer.

Still working on AC4 but I took a break as I didn't want to finish it too soon, I need it to last until Thief. Need for Speed Rivals is wicked fun. I just wish the option to start a public event from a group of friends was available. It's fun to play with friends against the ai, but it would be fun to race other people as well. And of course try and bust others as a group.

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JackC8
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 9:09:00 AM
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It wouldn't surprise me much if the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US. I think people are sick of missing out on one game of the year after another, and just sick of Microsoft in general.

PGU: still playing Gran Turismo 6. I think I need to drive another 500 or so miles for the Autobarmy trophy and that's it for the platinum. I'll probably give it a break after that. I'm getting bored with it and I'll wait until they come out with the course creator, B-spec, and some of those promised "new track every month" as DLC and then give it another try.

Next game I plan to buy is the Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD collection. I've had it pre-ordered for a while. Cancelled my Lightning Returns pre-order; I'll definitely get it eventually but I've just got too many other games to play right now. I'm planning on finishing Jak and Daxter The Precursor Legacy, then playing the first game in the Sly Cooper collection, then alternating back and forth between the franchises until I've played all 6 games in both collections. Then I've got Sly Cooper Thieves in Time, Ni No Kuni, The Last of Us, Mass Effect 3 (and I'll probably download Mass Effect 1 from the PS store). Good grief when the heck am I ever going to find time for FFX LOL. :)

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daus26
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 7:22:14 PM

Gratz on soon to be Platinum on GT6. It was a much easier run wasn't it? Everything about the game has been toned down for the casuals in my opinion, except towards the end. Everything before it, A.I. on the lead would just slow down 10-20 seconds on the last lap, and gold times are much, much easier for the most part.

I've been at 102%/101% for over a month now. I'm definitely in need for an update.

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johnld
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 4:28:28 PM
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im seeing playstation now like this. its a chance/first step for sony towards a no conole future where we just rent out games. if everything will be dependent on the internet, i wont want that. ps5 would just be an online box without physical media.

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Hand_of_Sorrow
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 4:50:56 PM
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PSNow, not interested but might be ok for others

pgu: Minecraft:PS3 edition, it's differen, something i would'nt
normaly play.

speaking of different, i plan on buying, Rain sometime in
the near future.

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Brighat
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 5:09:54 PM
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Finally playing AC4. I really like the game so far except for the stickiness of Edward and I encountered a glitch where he got stuck between a ladder and the side of a roof. I also have the Season Pass.

PSNow will be only bought to finish some PS3
games I missed such as Beyond: Two Souls and Gran Turismo VI. Once those games are beaten, I have no use. No point in going back to PSOne or PS2. I bought a PS4 for the future.

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homura
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 6:46:59 PM
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I wonder if I can stream PS4 games with my PS3 even if it's only in 720p.

Vita will mostly benefit from PS Now, I think. And I don't understand the whining. Sony is charging you for the streaming service to play games via streaming. You can still play the games you own digitally via download, install, remote play etc, so just do that if you don't want to pay to play games via streaming.

PGU:
I finished A.c.3 a few weeks back. I enjoyed the combat especially the kill streak and the hidden kill animations. The Homestead missions kept me interested and I liked it more than the main story maybe because I did help it grow and maybe because of the ingredients.

Also finished DMC. The aerial combos is quite nice, because you can shuffle enemies on the air until it dies and move in to the next without touching the ground. Most of the enemies are easy, they are basically puppet to try your new found combos, few offers a challenge. The level designs is very nice. The story is also nice but the ending is kind of wimpy. "I love you brother" Haha. DMC3 ending is much more kick ass. Overall it's quite a good game. Much more better than Enslaved.

As for now, just playing amazing spiderman.

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daus26
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 7:26:38 PM
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I like the potential of PS Now. I've always had the problem of thinking that I would need to have two consoles and two of the same games to play a lot of fun co-op games online with my LOCAL friends and siblings. Now I can just subscribe to PS Now, and have one play on the PS3 and the other on the T.V.. which brings me to an odd question on why they would be able to make a DS3 work on a TV, but not the PS4??

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rogers71
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 8:39:49 PM
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Ben,
I feel like you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't give the Super events in GT6 a go. Those were some of the most competitive events in the whole game for me. You not only have to watch the wear on the tires but you also have to watch your fuel level. Combine those with figuring out when to pit so you don't get too far behind and it just gave it something a little extra that the other events didn't add. Just sayin'.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 9:04:46 PM

Yes, I know. But I've done it all before in past GTs. And this one just wore on me faster.

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MRSUCCESS
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 11:01:21 PM

I think the trick is to play GT6 every once in awhile. I completely agree with Ben. I'm to international B events and the game already started wearing on me and I love the franchise. I guess too much of anything is not a good idea.

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karneli lll
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 9:10:17 PM
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I personally welcome the service, it helps with the drought the ps4 is having and increases the urge to experiment for people with light wallets(like me).

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