Man, that game was a lot of fun. For a brief period of my life, someone yelling "GO DYNAMIC!" was hardwired into my brain to the degree where I would hear it randomly in my head even when I wasn't playing.
- Third parties are ALWAYS wary about publishing on Nintendo platforms because Nintendo games outshadow all other titles on their systems.
That's not why third party devs don't publish on Nintendo platforms at all. It's because third party developers need to reach the largest audience and make money, and because the Playstation and Xbox are fairly similar, developing for both of these at the same time is fairly simple. Similarly, porting to PC is fairly simple.
Scaling everything down to work on the significantly weaker Nintendo console, with their proprietary bullshit, weak online infrastructure, and gimmick controllers is not simple. Third party developers and publishers also know that the core audience simply isn't there. Figuring out how to utilize whatever gimmick Nintendo has this time, trying to make a AAA game work on what is essentially a last-gen console, reducing gore and whatever to fit Nintendo's standards, and then printing and selling these games, considering the cut Nintendo takes, is just not profitable. The effort is too great, and the return isn't there. It's not worthwhile making games for a Nintendo home console. The only way it is, is if Nintendo pays for the development, like they did with Bayonetta.
Even if the Wii sold a hundred million units, those weren't 100 million core gamers, they were soccer moms and grandpas and people who don't really care about upgrades and better graphics. So even if there was a huge audience there, it wasn't an audience interested in core games.
That's why the Wii-U failed. Because Nintendo thought all of these people were going to upgrade, and pretty much none of them cared. They're still playing Wii sports like it's going out of style, because for them it was never about the hardware, it was about the motion controls and how easy it was to use. We take controller familiarity for granted, but for a lot of non-gamers a regular controller might as well be alien tech. I tried teaching my dad how to play Ocarina of Time a long time ago, and he just couldn't get his head around moving in 3D space on a 2D screen, using a stick.
Nintendo have to make a decision whether they're going to be a core console like the other ones, or if they're going to be a casual mario machine that doesn't really matter. They can't keep trying to straddle the line in between the two anymore. The only way for Nintendo to attract third party developers and publishers is to be on par with the other two consoles in terms of both raw power, and architecture. This was true in the past, it's still true today, and it will remain true in the future. In this race you're either in or out, you can't arrogantly believe that you can go do your own thing and expect people to follow you around forever simply because you're Nintendo.
Nintendo should either give gamers what they want, or go find another audience, like mobile did. But either way, they need to stop half-assing it.
Set in London in the year 1918, military surgeon Jonathan E. Reid returns home from the frontlines of World War 1 to find London in chaos as the Spanish Flu pandemic ravages the city, violence rages in the streets, and panic and fear grips the hearts of the citizens of London.
Then one night, he wakes up in a mass grave and finds himself transformed into a vampire. With no memories of how he ended up there, or how he was transformed, he tries to return to his normal life. But alas, his attempts prove futile, as he learns that he now needs the blood of the living to survive.
As a doctor, you have sworn to save lives, but as a vampire you need to kill to survive. How will you balance your Hippocratic oath, and your vampiric nature? Who will you choose to kill, and who will you choose to spare?
Without feeding you will be weak, easy prey for other vampires and vampire hunters alike. You will have to choose your victims, gaining their trust by seducing them, or changing their daily patterns to make sure they end up in a dark alley, alone, at a time of your choosing. Your choices will impact the world around you. But remember that when someone is dead, they're gone forever, and it will have a profound effect on other people in the city.
That this game has seemingly slipped under everyone's radar is a travesty. We've waited so long for a proper vampire game, and this looks to be it. After all of the trash, finally we have something to scratch that particular itch that hasn't been satisfied since Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines. And the asethetic is absolutely gorgeous. Just look at it. It's like Bloodborne and Dishonored had a baby. A vampire baby.
I was surprised nobody had made this thread yet. And with the announcement of the Beta coming up in January, (sign up right now, pledge your life to the Viking cause) this needed a thread of its own, where we can hype up others, and get hyped for this game.
They just released three new class videos for the Warlord, the Shugoki, and the Peacekeeper, so go watch those, and here's the new trailer for the story campaign. Watch that too, and let me know in the comments which faction you're pledging yourself to, and which hero(es) you're interested in playing. Discuss and get hyped.
For anyone who's still on the fence, or anyone who just wants to play more For Honor, they've announced an Open Beta that will take place between Feb 9th and Feb 12th. They've erred on the side of caution and only announced the same playable heroes as in the Closed Beta, because they're unsure if the tweaks they're making to the three missing ones will be ready in time. But if they are, those might be added in before or during the Open Beta.
Otherwise, the main change will be the inclusion of the new gamemode Elimination, which is a 4v4 team deathmatch with powerups and no respawning.
Narrative campaign confirmed. The broth thickens. Umai yo!
Metal Gear Solid 3
Not really, no. You can't form an opinion on the game if you don't finish it. You can say you're not interested in playing more of it, or playing it at all, but that's different from saying the game is either good or bad or meh. Depending on when you quit, you can't even really say you don't like it yet. In Jones' case he can't say anything about FFVII since apparently he hasn't even gotten past the tutorial. If he was at least a few hours in he could say he gave it a fair shake.
Imagine reading the first chapter of The Lord of the Rings. For anyone unfamiliar with it, the first chapter deals with Bilbo's 111th birthday party.
That initial chapter is probably where the vast majority of people who don't finish that book drop out. Because it's incredibly tedious and boring. But could you judge that entire book based on that? Obviously not.
Or imagine watching the first 20 minutes of Taken. If you only watched that much you'd leave thinking it's a family drama-comedy about Liam Neeson trying to reconnect with his adult daughter and come to some sort of understanding with his estranged ex-wife.
You have to give things a legitimate chance to win you over.
Lightsaber because duh. Orange because that's my jam. Because my first Star Wars game was Dark Forces II. Specifically because I played the expansion, Mysteries of the Sith, first for some reason, and Kyle Katarn had an orange lightsaber in that one. So that colour lightsaber holds a special significance for me.
Probably wouldn't be able to wield it efficiently, definitely wouldn't care. Lightsaber all the way, baby.
Runner up: Materia. Just summon Bahamut Zero, let him deal with it.
@TheHashtag0nist Why would she, though? What would be the motivation? As far as the other 3 are concerned Law made his choice and they went their separate ways already. Maybe they could hear about it in terms of some rumour in a pub or something, but actively searching for him makes no sense.
It makes me think being able to carry some sort of self-defense weapon might actually be necessary these days. The police won't show up in time, it'd be nice if you could do something if the worst happens, aside from trying to punch the person.
Basically it's the wars in the middle east spilling over into Europe. It's a tragedy whenever one of these attacks happens, and there will be more of them for sure, I think that's a given. But it's not actually a threat to any European country or our way of life. Even if they managed to kill thousands with every attack, there are 750 million of us. We survived two world wars, so a bunch of kids with AKs isn't a threat.
It will have an effect on the openness of Europe though. Obviously being very open and expecting everyone to behave like civilized people backfired. Hopefully European security agencies will take this opportunity to step up and become better at sharing information, so that everyone's on the same page, and they all know who to keep an eye on.
If it's handheld it will be weak, if it's weak it'll be a disappointment.
I wish Nintendo would just do a Sega and stop making consoles and just make video games. That's the part they're good at anyways.
I can't understand why people are disappointed with this. This is what everyone wanted - a hybrid system.
Did people expect a hybrid AND for it to be as powerful as a PS4? That would come in at like $500, if not more.
Games like MK8, Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World all look incredible on what is essentially a slightly more powerful PS3/360. Imagine what they could do with NX. Games will look incredible.
I'm in 100%. As for price, I reckon $300.
No one asked for a hybrid system. What we wanted was a system on par with the other two consoles. One that would make a nintendo console a worthwhile investment as someone's main console. I want a Zelda game with Uncharted 4 graphics. When can I get that, please?
Third party can't be assed to develop for nintendo's anemic consoles, so pretty much all they get is first party, which means they're relegated to always being a secondary console for those who can both afford it, and also feel the first party lineup is strong enough. I'm PC mainly, but I pick one console each generation for the exclusives. PS4 was the obvious choice this time around. I never even considered the Wii-U, because of the lack of third party support.
And most people only ever get one console, so which one are they going to pick? The weak one with few games and unimpressive graphics? No, they're going either PS4 or Xbox 1 depending on which exclusives they like better.
Speaking of which, slightly more powerful PS3/360? In what universe? Did they not port PS3/360 games to the Wii-U when it released? And did they not all run like dogshit? It's weaker than even the PS3 and 360. The Wii-U is a joke. Nintendo right now, is a joke.
The world and gameplay seeming drab and monotone in Souls games is the reason I have never gave them a shot, even though I believe them to be great games. I really don't want to feel anxiety whole way through the game.
That was my opinion initially. But everyone kept yammering on about how great Dark Souls was, and after GT gave it RPG of the year 2011 I knew I had to at least give it a shot. I felt like if all of these people say it's so great, maybe I'm the one who's wrong for dismissing it.
And you know what, not only do you get used to the overbearing melancholy of it, you actually grow to love it. There's a certain beauty to Souls games that you can't find anywhere else. The same kind of somber beauty you'd find in a dead tree, or a storm. It's not what you would call a classically pretty world, but the vistas fill you with an intense reverence and awe that takes incredible skill to capture.
As it turns out the people praising it were right, and it's probably my favourite video game ever.
For sure, if Bloodborne was on PC I would have tried it already because of the art design. Very talented visual artists working at From Software. Also the more agressive and faster combat compared to Souls intriques me. Would you recommend the first Dark Souls or the third for a newcomer? Second is not an option here. But yeah, me not playing Souls games has nothing to do with the quality of the game, mostly the tone. One glove doesn't fit all. It's like people dismissing games (they never try them), such as Xcom or Civilization, it's not because they would be bad games. But because these people might not enjoy slow gameplay or micromanagement.
I would recommend the original Dark Souls for sure. It still holds up. It's definitely a series where you can jump in at any point, but a lot of what makes Dark Souls 3 spectacular is the context you get having played the previous games. Dark Souls 2 less so, but the first one definitely. I feel like you would be doing yourself a disservice by not playing that one first.
The first game also has some of the greatest moments in the franchise. So yeah, if you can play that, with the DLC (expansion really) Artorias of the Abyss, which is included in the Prepare To Die Edition, then definitely go for that one.
Just remember that you can press the help button to check the description of stuff in your stat and inventory screens. That helps a lot in understanding the cryptic symbols they use for a lot of stuff.
Novigrad is a good one. The amount of stuff there is to do within those walls, the amount of different people, places you visit, things you see, is insane. Most towns in most games are just backdrop, and the devs don't really utilize that space and density, but Novigrad really surprised me in that way. When I first set foot in there I never imagined it would be so packed with cool stuff.
I'm not sure if it's cool to talk about Uncharted 4 spoilers yet, so I'm going to err on the side of caution in this case.
Arriving in Libertalia was a real highlight for me. Going through the abandoned taverns, blacksmith shops, just looking out across the mountains and seeing all of these houses teetering on the cliffs. Driving up the road to New Devon and exploring the mansions of the founders. It truly felt like a place where people once lived, and walking through it trying to imagine what it might have looked like in its hayday was an incredible experience. One of the best moments of the entire series, easily.
And reiterating what Kyle said. At least I think it was Kyle. Final Fantasy IX. Lindblum is still one of my favourite towns in any video game.
I finally felt like dealing with one show on my Plan-To-Watch list that is one of those core pillars of anime you have to watch at some point, if for no other reason then to know what everyone else is talking about, and where all of these references come from.
It was time to watch Berserk.
I had put it off for a long time, for various reasons. I didn't know where to start and I was getting conflicting information, some people said skip the anime and watch the films, others said watch the original anime. And in addition, I haven't really been in the mood for any heavy super serial shows for a while now. But now I wanted to watch some good old fashioned swordplay, so I asked my friend which one to watch and he told me in no uncertain terms, the original anime.
Going into it I thought I had it pegged for sure, this is old as shit, for all the hype surrounding it, it's not going to be that great. It's going to be just as awkward and jank as all of the other old anime is. I'm just going to watch it so I get the full story, and then watch the films for the actually enjoyable smooth modern animations. But you know what? It actually holds up. To my surprise it's as good as advertised.
Next up Evangelion, I guess.