Sony Gets Its Brawl On, Half-Heartily

Ah Sony, Microsoft and Bizarre Creations release Geometry Wars and you release the Pixel Junk Shooter series with Q-Games. Nintendo releases the Wii mote and Sony releases the PlayStation Move.

All of this pandering for Sony critique aside, it can safely be said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We can also only assume who worked on what first by release date which isn't entirely fair. We never truly know who started researching what first and it usually isn't brought to light in discussion...

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jwk941805d ago

This guy has to be trolling. Pixel Junk Shooter has nothing to do with Geometry Wars.

jimbobwahey1804d ago

It's a problem with sites like N4G unfortunately, some dumb kid with a blog types up some utter garbage article because he's desperate for people to visit his crappy, no-name website and you get trash like this spamming the site. The dumbass couldn't even get the phrase in the title correct for example. I mean really, "Half-Heartily"? Should have paid more attention in school.

Click the + sign next to the URL underneath "Read full story" and hit:

Story quality? WTF?
Like this website? No

Blank1804d ago

Awesome observation I thought the samething and I put my voting skills to use im tired of no name sites stirring up problems when they can write something more informative about games new and old

360ICE1804d ago

Yeah, and nevermind that Super Stardust HD and Blast Factor are a lot more similar, and released a lot closer to Geometry Wars on XBLA. But, oh yeah. Super Stardust has been around for way longer than Geometry Wars. It's an old genre.

Stupid article.

DOMination-1804d ago

Indeed. Back in the day, I had to pass a test to submit news to N4G. One of the criteria of which was that blogs were NOT allowed. Nowadays, you don't need to pass any tests and anything is game.

On topic, I think PSASBR has some problems but it's a solid start to a new IP. I hope Sony tries it again in the future. Of course, it's a bit of a clone of SSB but people enjoy these games and I would like to see a battle royale next gen. I just hope Sony can get a better roster and of course, tweak the presentation and more importantly, the gameplay. It's not far off from being a really good game.

jwk941804d ago (Edited 1804d ago )

N4G's submission system is broken. At times you'll have 5 copies of the same story blazing on the front page. Then you have most users favoring one site to another which leads to biased votes.

smashcrashbash1805d ago (Edited 1805d ago )

Yawn. A whole long drawn out article saying the exact same thing we argued back and forth about explained and explained again over and over and over again.You guys should get another hobby. It's too bad that authors who write this stuff don't make this big a deal about it when Sony and friends make something that isn't 'copying' something else.But a hundred thousand articles about how Sony should have copied SSB and how it isn't like SSB and counting. And I expect to see about a hundred thousand more before the end of the year and a add two hundred thousand more if they try to make PASBR 2. But you won't see many articles about Rain or Puppeteer or anything. Because those aren't 'copying' anything they stay in obscurity.But just let Sony make another shooter so we can hear how much it is 'copying' Halo. Heck Sony just hinted about upgrading their PSEYE and they are already 'copying' Kinect.Now Sony upgrading their own tech that existed long before anyone else is considered 'copying'.

@ jwk94 .Thanks I was just about to say that. He obviously has never played Pixel Junk shooter in his life if he thinks it is like Geometry Wars.

GribbleGrunger1805d ago

Yep, it just beggars belief. Sony must feel like Sly Cooper in the thieves of time. Suddenly, their whole history is disappearing!

j-blaze1804d ago (Edited 1804d ago )

you see, i like Sony more than you, but lets be honest here, Sony did copy a lot of things from its competitors:

HDD: from the original Xbox
Move: Wii controllers
Crash Team Racing: Mario Kart
Trophies: Achievements
Home: Nintendo's Mii
Playstation Vita Game Heaven: Nintendo Direct
Sixaxis: MS' sidewinder pro "1998"
PS all stars: SSB
PS home button on ps3 controller: 360 controller's guide button
and now they are adding kinect clone in PS4

enjoy...also yeah Rain has a very similar concept to Lost in Shadow for Wii

DigitalRaptor1804d ago (Edited 1804d ago )

I won't deny that Sony have been influenced to bring out similar products and IPs based on the competition, but you're also ignoring the things that competition has been influenced to also copy. Anyway...

HDD: Sure, it was a logical step anyway. However, the PS2 released before the Xbox. Sony had built the PS2 with expansion port capability so that they could add HDD to PS2. So to say it's a direct copy is only telling part of the story. The PS3's built in HDD was already going to happen regardless based on the network and digital uprise in the industry.

PS Move was in production with proof of concept videos in the PS2 era before Nintendo even announced the Wii. Sony were not confident in the market for such a device, so waited to see how things fared with Nintendo before launching their version later down the line. This is not an excuse you can laugh off - it's fact.

Crash Team Racing: A Naughty Dog game before they were acquired by Sony in 2001. So this "copying" was from Naughty Dog before they could be considered a part of Sony. Amazing game though.

Trophies: Sure, they were done to directly compete, but I believe the leveling system and Gold,Silver,Bronze,Platinum tiering makes the Trophy system more fleshed out and an easier skill indicator than Achievements.

PSN: History lesson. Xbox's online was launched in November 2002. PS2's online launched in Japan in July 2001 and August 2002 in the US. However, due to competition and market trends, and Microsoft's experience with software, it meant that Sony had to copy certain things to keep up. Who launched their service first is really not up for debate though.

PS Home: This was in concept and development for years prior to Wii's announcement. Completely different too. Let me know when the Miiverse is as in depth and has as much potential as Home.

Vita Game Heaven: Are you f'in kidding me!?

Sixaxis: And Microsoft copied other controllers to get what they have today.

PS All-Stars: Fine, I'll let you have this one simply because the only reason it exists is because fans were begging Sony to make it for years.

Home button: Okay... I guess.

PS4's "Kinect clone": Yeah, ignore the fact that EyeToy and PlayStation Eye are the reasons Kinect exists.

"Rain has a very similar concept to Lost in Shadow for Wii"

Not really. If you're going to say that, then Lost in Shadow has a similar concept to Sony's Echochrome that came before it.

yewles11805d ago compared GEOMETRY WARS with PIXEL JUNK SHOOTER!!!

*knocks self out cold from epic facepalm*

JoGam1805d ago

Lol... That made me laugh... But so true.

DigitalSmoke1804d ago

N4G's filtering system is flawing by epic porportions lately.
Getting the feeling its intentional so much its happening.

Megaton1804d ago

Geometry Wars and PJ Shooter? I believe the comparison you're trolling to make is with Super Stardust HD.

Reverent1804d ago

heh, nice pun; gave me a good chuckle.

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