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Joshua Fletcher

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  • Avatar for Number1Laing Number1Laing 2 days ago

    When a game gets canceled I can usually put it out of my mind and move on, but thinking of the Aliens RPG from Obsidian really hurts. Especially since it was almost finished...

    Posted in New Alien Game in Development After Fox Buys Cold Iron Studios

  • Avatar for Number1Laing Number1Laing 2 days ago

    @NiceGuyNeon It's going to take MS a long time to course correct. They can shut down a studio in a day but building up a studio and getting a game from them takes years.

    I shake my head thinking of MS' stupidity in the 2009-2013 timeframe... when they were betting it all on Kinect and thinking they didn't need traditional games outside of Halo and Forza anymore. Because now, in 2018, neither series has the luster it once did (especially since the platform they are on isn't successful) and their cupboard is bare.

    Still, putting Playground Games on a new Fable rather than yet another Forza is a good sign. Yea, it's Fable, but can anyone really say that series has ever come close to its potential? There's a lot in the tank there, whereas Horizon is pretty much the Platonic ideal of open world driving games. You can't do much better.Edited Yesterday by Unknown

    Posted in Playground Games' Rumored Fable Revival Could be Xbox One's Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Avatar for Number1Laing Number1Laing 4 days ago

    I think Samus Returns is good enough that Mercury Steam earned another bite of the apple.

    Nintendo seems to catch a Metroid bug every once in a while and starts putting them out frequently. See how we got Fusion, Prime, Prime 2, and Zero Mission in 2 years. Maybe Samus Returns is kicking it off again.

    Posted in Rumor: a New 2D Metroid Game Is in Development

  • Avatar for Number1Laing Number1Laing 14 days ago

    In the 360 era, especially after Kinect came out, Microsoft's Xbox division made a number of decisions that the company is still dealing with today. One of them was that they dismantled most of their internal studios. The studio that made Flight Simulator. The studio that made Mechwarrior. The studio that made Age of Empires. They got rid of Bungie. The few remaining ones they had left over they put on Kinect and casual game stuff - hence Fable The Journey instead of Fable 4, and Kinect Sports over literally anything else.

    The problem is that it is easy to shut down a studio but really really hard (and expensive) to build one up. They really could have used a studio with lot of experience and a dedicated fan base like ACES (Flight Sim), but once they got rid of it, it's gone. Scalebound shows the problem very clearly. They sign one deal and if the game goes south everyone sees it because they don't have anything else.

    People talk about exclusives like they are no longer relevant yet at the same time can't stop talking about how good PS4's lineup is, or how Nintendo's games propelled the Switch into Wii-like territory. They clearly still matter and MS has almost nothing. Now, MS did a good job with The Coalition but that is just one studio that can put out one game every few years. They need like, 5 or 6 more of them. It's going to be a problem they will be dealing with for a while. It's a real problem that will probably take a lot longer than one more year to fix.Edited 3 times. Last edited 2 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in What We Want From Xbox in 2018

  • Avatar for Number1Laing Number1Laing 15 days ago

    @cldmstrsn Unfortunately that is highly unlikely. Double the power of the Xbox One X would put it at or near GeForce 1080TI level, which is a $750 part and the fastest consumer-level card out there. Consider that the $400 PS4, when it came out in 2013, was using basically the Radeon 7850, which was a mid-level card (~$250) that had come out a year prior. Also of note is that AMD does not even have a card that can hit that level right now (the Vega 64 is closer to a regular 1080).

    If the PS5 were to come out next year, it would probably be a relatively modest upgrade over the Xbox One X... which is why they probably won't do it. As is the PS4 Pro can hold up nicely, it can't hit 4K the way the One X can but it still looks very good and it can drive very nice graphics in VR.

    I honestly don't know if we will ever get the sort of "clean break" new system we always got. I think the console manufacturers are going to move into a world more similar to what we get with phones. It wouldn't surprise me if PS5 games can even be compatible with the PS4, similar to how a new iPhone game can run on the old ones (but they don't have to).Edited 3 times. Last edited 2 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in What We Want From PlayStation in 2018

  • Avatar for Number1Laing Number1Laing 17 days ago

    The Switch is a natural fit for last-gen games, and if Xbox One BC has proved anything, it's that there are a lot of really great games that hold up last-gen. I can think of a couple dozen 360 games that would be amazing on Switch without too much difficulty. Plus with the annoyingly high number of remasters this gen these games are still in the publishers' mind. I'd much rather have Batman Arkham City or Assassin's Creed 2 on Switch than PS4 or Xbox One.

    Of course the system can also handle current-gen games, with compromises, and while I don't know the sales numbers for games like Doom, people generally seem to be ok with those compromises.

    Posted in 2018 Will Be the Year of the Switch Port

  • Avatar for Number1Laing Number1Laing 18 days ago

    The games I missed and want to play from 2017 would justify another top 10 list by itself. Maybe I will do such a list at some point. That said, there was a lot of good stuff I did play.

    1. Horizon Zero Dawn
    2. Super Mario Odyssey
    3. Breath of the Wild
    4. Rainbow Six Siege
    5. Gorn
    6. Nioh
    7. Assassin's Creed Origins
    8. Mario & Rabbids
    9. Rez Infinite
    10. For Honor
    8736: Destiny 2

    Horizon Zero Dawn was easily my GOTY, that game is so good it almost defies belief. For my money it might be the best game of this generation. I put R6 Siege on there because the game has continued to get better and is now one of the best FPS games anywhere.

    Gorn was the surprise - one of the most hilarious and ridiculous games I've ever played. I hope For Honor in a couple of years is as good as Siege is now. Destiny 2 is a garbage dump of a game and I can't believe I was suckered into it yet again. Shame on me.Edited 3 times. Last edited 3 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What are Your Top 10 Games of 2017?

  • Avatar for Number1Laing Number1Laing A month ago

    I agree on FFX - it's held up considerably better than one could have thought and it's really good. Perfect game for Vita as well (i'd love a Switch port). Blitzball is pretty terrible but I give Square credit for trying.

    I think FFXII is the best one to recommend for new players, honestly. It has the most Western-style mechanics and I think it's the easiest one for people who have never touched a FF but have played PC RPGs like KOTOR, WoW, Mass Effect, etc.

    Posted in Where You Should Start in Final Fantasy on its 30th Anniversary

  • Avatar for Number1Laing Number1Laing A month ago

    I've been reading "we are reaching the point of diminishing returns" thing for the past 20 years. I remember people commenting that the HD in the 360 wasn't giving us anything significant. I remember reading the "art is more important than tech" arguments over and over. Yet for some reason more powerful hardware keeps getting released and the extra capabilities keep getting embraced. Play a game that really uses 4K and HDR - AC Origins, GT Sport, Gears 4, Horizon Zero Dawn are four good ones - and it's actually tough to go back to 1080p.

    I love BOTW, but it would have been even better on more powerful hardware. It's why people like putting old PS1/N64/PS2/Cube games through emulators. Nobody has ever said "hey you know what's better than powerful hardware? Weak hardware." They didn't say it 10 years ago and they're not saying it now.Edited last month by Unknown

    Posted in 2017 Was the Year Graphics Became Less Important Than Ever

  • Avatar for Number1Laing Number1Laing A month ago

    They don't want the game to share the same fate as Wolfenstein. As much as videogame writers might have liked it, it didn't sell.Edited last month by Unknown

    Posted in Far Cry 5's Creative Director: 'Powerful Imagery and Whacky Fun Can Live Together'