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  • Avatar for Drachmalius Drachmalius 2 days ago

    Wow, this is the first time I've ever heard anyone arguing that games shouldn't have a story at all. Clearly some games don't need one, like Puyo Puyo Tetris (but they added one anyway).

    To answer the question of why games still tell stories even if they are done better elsewhere comes down to human nature. Humans LOVE stories, we all do. We like to find them in different forms and relate to them however we can, or make fun of them if they're bad.

    It's impossible to divorce games from story as a whole. Bogost may be smart and accomplished, but it sounds like he's missing something very obvious here.

    Also, after reading the article, his focus on "walking simulators" undermines his argument. "Dreaming of the Holodeck" isn't what most games are really doing with their stories. I think he's honing in on one particular trope in gaming that he doesn't like, and making a blanket statement about the medium as a whole. Has he really thought this through in regards to games like your Final Fantasy, Resident Evil 7, or Bloodborne? Those games have stories that do not overtake the play experience, but add additional layers for the player to connect to the game. Removing them wouldn't have any positive effect, only negative (unless you really hated the Bakers in RE7 or something).Edited 2 days ago by Unknown

    Posted in Hey, Video Games: Tell Stories. Tell All Your Stories. Don't Ever Stop

  • Avatar for Drachmalius Drachmalius 2 days ago

    They actually designed dungeons for P5, and it's great. Agreed that it's still not the best part of the game, or even close. But at least they're fun now :)

    Posted in Persona 5's Dungeons Are Like a Satisfying Season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer

  • Avatar for Drachmalius Drachmalius 2 days ago

    Like a lot of other people, I only really started using the 3D slider when I got the New 3DS XL. Since then, I really do consider it an essential feature and was pretty bummed that Dragon Quest VIII didn't support 3D. Yes, it's a stupid Nintendo gimmick and probably not something that they're going to continue to pursue. But I still like it, and play with 3D whenever I can.

    Games like Phoenix Wright and Fire Emblem look really cool with the slider turned up in my opinion. With that said, it really doesn't change the core gameplay at all and some people I know say they have never played anything in 3D. So while I disagree with the statement that the 3D isn't necessary or cool, I can see where you're coming from.

    But you can keep all them 2DS XL systems under your trench coat. Save them for little Bobby and Jenny on the playground over there, who need to preserve their eyesight as much as possible.

    Posted in The 2DS XL is More Proof That 3D Was Kind of a Bust for Nintendo

  • Avatar for Drachmalius Drachmalius 9 days ago

    This problem plagues me almost every day. I've yet to play Stardew Valley but I always like to have a game where my ears aren't necessary. Gotta catch up on music/podcasts somehow and there just aren't enough hours in a day!

    Sounds like you aren't having the greatest time with the game, hope it picks up.

    Posted in Life on the Farm, Part 2: The Distracted Humdrum of Stardew Valley

  • Avatar for Drachmalius Drachmalius 17 days ago

    Well said, if there's one franchise that shouldn't get the Power/Rangers treatment it's MegaMan. I always thought the series was at its best when it's a light hearted adventure with some silly robots. This guy is free to make his fanficfilms or whatever but I'm not going to watch it. This is a promising start for a new column, I plan to keep reading every Wednesday!

    Posted in Nadia's Midboss Musings: Nobody Needs an R-Rated Mega Man

  • Avatar for Drachmalius Drachmalius 29 days ago

    Excellent little Persona 5 discussion that didn't spoil anything major, can't wait for Monday night when I get my copy. Also, I feel like this site has had the most balanced view of Mass Effect Andromeda. I love that you guys don't dwell on the technical issues as much as other sites, there's more important aspects of that game to talk about.

    Also, Glad(io) to hear that I can safely skip the FFXV DLC and not worry I'm missing anything major.Edited 4 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in Axe of the Blood God: Final Fantasy XV's DLC, Persona 5, and Destiny 2

  • Avatar for Drachmalius Drachmalius A month ago

    This was probably the best review I've seen of the game, and now I feel like I know what I'm getting myself into. Sadly, this is the one series where I'll buy it no matter what the reviews say. But when Persona 5 drops I'll be playing that primarily.

    There just isn't anyone else doing a space opera RPG of this scale, hopefully someone will step up to give Bioware some competition in this genre.

    Posted in Mass Effect: Andromeda Review

  • Avatar for Drachmalius Drachmalius 2 months ago

    Just want to say thanks for not pulling any punches with this review. Just because it doesn't tow the line with what other reviewers are saying doesn't mean it isn't valid. I was leaning towards no purchase on this game already. But reading all of the reviews, including positive ones, just makes me more certain that this game isn't for me.

    At the end of the day a review is based on opinion. Games are subjective and this reviewer did not enjoy their time with the game. I've heard accounts from others in the gaming media who played it and were underwhelmed too. This is normal. Very few games are universally liked or panned. This piece did what a review is supposed to do. It provided an account of the reviewer's time with the game, gave an opinion, and backed it up with well thought-out reasons for their opinion.

    Others might disagree, but I appreciate the honesty in this review. Thanks for being bold enough to run with it, US Gamer :)

    Posted in Horizon Zero Dawn Review