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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon NiceGuyNeon 2 hours ago

    I'm tempted to say Nintendo 64, which would be inaccurate since it was a Christmas gift and didn't qualify as launch. But it was my first ever game system and starting off your personal game collection with Super Mario 64 is most definitely not a bad way to kick things off. The Wii was similar, it was given to me as a Christmas gift in 2006, so it didn't count as a launch purchase. Everything else was bought AT LEAST 6 months after launch.

    That said, I've only ever experienced one launch: Xbox in 2001. I was so pumped for it as a kid because I learned it was the most powerful out of the PS2 and GameCube as well. I was like 12, so power was a big deal to me. It told me this system would be amazing, and you know what? Xbox WAS amazing. It's still Microsoft's best console and it had their BEST controller with the S.

    I went a launch preview event at CityWalk, I saw Adam Sessler being filmed, I played Dead or Alive 3 with some teenager, and I told Mr. Sessler I was a big fan (I was 12). Next week, my Xbox came in the mail. I shunned my schoolwork for 2 weeks, and when my progress report came in I had bad grades so I got grounded for Winter break. Such is life.

    I never bought any other system at launch though. Never saw the need, not when their libraries weren't filled out with games I was actually interested in.

    Then again, I got lucky with the Xbox. It had a very strong launch with Halo, Dead or Alive 3, Project Gotham Racing, and Oddworld. And it got followed up with some good games almost immediately afterwards. These days, launches are pretty tepid. No emphasis on killer apps.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What's Your Most Memorable Console Launch?

  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon NiceGuyNeon 3 hours ago

    I am honestly most afraid of playing Zelda and Zelda II. I've never played them, but when I see them in action I just think: "well I'm sure that's a nice history lesson" and then I replay Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, or Skyward Sword.

    If you can't tell by that list, my first game was Ocarina of Time.

    Admittedly, I played my first 2D Zelda last year with Minish Cap and ended up downloading Link to the Past as a result. I haven't gotten to it yet, and I'm of the belief that it's too late to start it now. Breath of the Wild is coming on March 3rd and the hype is too real for me right now, and I very much doubt I can finish Link to the Past before that game arrives on the 3rd. But after Breath of the Wild I'll go to Link to the Past, Spirit Tracks, and Phantom Hourglass. And who knows, maybe I will download the first two games and hope for the best. I mean, worst case they cost about the same as a Subway 6 inch so it's not exactly a heavy investment.

    Posted in Rough Entry: My First Zelda Game Was Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon NiceGuyNeon 3 hours ago

    @TheWildCard oh yeah? You know i just bought Hell or High Water, Manchester by the Sea, Hacksaw Ridge, Arrival, and Kubo on blu-ray today. And sure enough on at least 2 or 3 of the boxes it has a Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh sticker. I guess that matters to people. Meanwhile I'm over here like, 47 Ronin was scored as 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and I've watched it like 3 times on blu-ray telling people it's really WAY better than 14%. So yeah.

    Posted in Axe of the Blood God: Let's Talk About Horizon Zero Dawn (and Chrono Trigger)

  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon NiceGuyNeon 5 hours ago

    OK, look here Caty, the amount of blasphemy it takes to choose Persona 3 OVER Persona 4 isn't even quantifiable by human metrics. YOU GO REPLAY PERSONA 4 RIGHT NOW AND GIVE UPDATES ALONGSIDE WITH NADIA, OR ELSE THE BLOOD GOD MAY NEVER FORGIVE YOU FOR THESE HERETICAL REMARKS!

    Joking aside, I did have the pleasure of playing Persona 3: Portable, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, and Persona 4: Golden all in a row from October 2015 until January 2017. It took that long because Atlus RPGs are freaking long, obviously. Honestly, I really did like Persona 3: Portable's visual novel style when exploring the city, I think it streamlined it quite a bit. At the very least I found it interesting and more than serviceable, and if that was what it took to get Persona 3 to run on PSP then so be it, the full experience is still there. The issue I had with Persona 3 is that its narrative is very much focused on the back half of the experience, so while it is a powerful experience, and a darker experience than 4 (and TMS), I felt like it took a LOT of time to get to the parts that really moved the story along.

    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is definitely the light-hearted stepchild of the trio, and it doesn't have any of the cool Persona collecting. But I felt like structurally it was the most appealing game to play. It's definitely more along the lines of "follow your dreams and put the work in and good things will happen to you as a result" so it lacks a lot of the powerful relationships from Persona 4, or the more philosophical take of Persona 3. That said, it's the perfect Summer RPG and sometimes it's really refreshing to have something so easy-going and fun in front of you.

    Persona 4: Golden though was love the moment I started it and dragged it out as far as I could. It refined so much of Persona 3 by making the dungeon crawling significantly more BEAR-able (I love Teddie), had better characters all around (FIRST OF ALL CATY, YUKIKO IS BAE AF) with more reasonable backstories. Persona 3 definitely ratcheted up the "bad things happen to people and now they're all tragic figures" whereas I really dug Persona 4's "I'm just a high school kid and now things are happening and my insecurities are bubbling up as a result, but I'm not ashamed of who I am" type of characterization. I very much preferred that it wasn't as over the top dark as Persona 3 and just focused on a central mystery. It made for a memorable experience and made me feel like Inaba was this lived in place. I never felt that in Persona 3.

    That said, both Persona 4: Golden and Persona 3: Portable easily rank in my top 20 RPGs of all time. Chrono Trigger ALSO happens to be on that list!

    To that end, I'm super happy that you're enjoying Chrono Trigger, Kat! I played it for the first a few years ago and came away as impressed as you. I definitely rank it above any other work from Square/Square-Enix. It feels like a dream game, and I adore it! It doesn't just hold up, it still stands as a standard for the genre. Maybe even THE standard.

    As for Horizon. I'm anti-review score. Review scores really do detract from the conversation that can and should be had about games. I'm anti-number, anti-letter grade, anti-whatever there is. It's just my assumption that review scores are given because if they don't exist people don't read them I guess? Honestly, a review score has never hindered me from playing a game. The actual review on the other hand has. Case in point, Jaz had an excellent For Honor review, and he gave it a very high score. But reading his review I knew it wasn't for me.

    The funny thing is that I only see this behavior within games culture. I don't understand the fetishization of numbers. It's absurd. And all over a stupid game about robot dinosaurs. I played Turok in 1997: robot dinosaurs are over-rated. Give me good systems, interesting characters with believable relationships, meaningful sidequests that tie in to the main plot, and a riveting narrative. THEN YOU CAN ADD IN THE FREAKING DINOSAURS.

    Posted in Axe of the Blood God: Let's Talk About Horizon Zero Dawn (and Chrono Trigger)

  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon NiceGuyNeon 10 hours ago

    You're doing the Lord's work, Mike. Not all Heroes wear capes, and this is proof of it. March 3 can't come soon enough.

    Posted in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Is All About Wanderlust and Curiosity

  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon NiceGuyNeon 2 days ago

    I played it in 2011 and I adore it. It's one of my favorite games of all time, sitting just behind Persona 4: Golden and Dark Souls on the RPG side of things.

    I've spent a significant part of my time from 2010 to now catching up on old classics. FF3-7 so far have all been entertaining but nothing to write home about. But Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger, andSymphony of the Night have all impacted me in a major way as an adult and I think it speaks to their timeless nature that they stick with me and dethrone almost every other game I've played.

    I'm excited to read, and possibly hear, more of your thoughts on what I consider one of the greatest games!

    Posted in I'm Finally Playing Chrono Trigger for the First Time, and Holy Crap Does It Live Up to Its Reputation

  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon NiceGuyNeon 2 days ago

    That's so sad. Such a shame :(

    Posted in World of Tanks Twitch Streamer Dies During Charity Marathon

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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon NiceGuyNeon 3 days ago

    Sooooo... Starting Screen is basically From Us to You in written form now? I'm cool with that.

    Let's get one thing straight, the cutest Eeveelution is Flareon and I will fight ANYONE who claims otherwise. The regal coloring, the fluffy tail that screams pampered charm, and the warmth of a dog/fox/thing that will never leave your side. Flareon, you are Pokemon royalty!

    Posted in Starting Screen: Pokemon Go and Revisiting a Fad

  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon NiceGuyNeon 3 days ago

    @nadiaoxford I don't think either of us were referring to you in particular, at least I certainly wasn't, but there is a lot of chatter about spoilers in general that gets people furious and its over the most minor details.

    Posted in The Japanese Commercial for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Looks Swell