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  • Avatar for dard410 dard410 5 days ago

    I love BOTW as much as the next person, but it’s pretty clear Nintend, especially Mario and Zelda, games are graded on a curve. Remember, Skyward Sword was getting 10s from many reviewers back in the day, as was Mario 3D World. I’ve made it a policy of mine to wait a few months before buying new Nintendo games to see if the hype is real, if people still praise the games months after release.

    Posted in Clearer Art Direction Helps Super Mario Galaxy Shine Brighter Than Super Mario Odyssey

  • Avatar for dard410 dard410 A month ago

    I hope so. This really seems like a statement of intent on Disney's part that they're not afraid to take risks with the franchise.

    Posted in The Last Jedi Opens the Doors to a New Expanded Universe for Star Wars Video Games

  • Avatar for dard410 dard410 A month ago

    I seem to be in the minority here, but I thought Blade Runner 2049 was just... ok. The original is one of my favorites and I love heady sci-fi like Black Mirror, Ex Machina, etc. that use "science fiction concepts to explore ethics, morality, and humanity." The problem is I felt like everything 2049 had done, I'd already seen done better in other films. Her tackled love between a man and an AI, Ex Machina was a better exploration of rebellious robots, the original Blade Runner had a more convincing cyberpunk dystopia, and the Battlestar Galactica reboot showed a human and android mating and producing an offspring. I just felt like I'd seen all of these themes explored in better works of sci-fi. It didn't help that 2049 was too long and unfocused. A better editor could easily have cut 20 minutes from the film and had a tighter story. Far from a horrible film, but I certainly understand why it didn't do better in the box office.

    Posted in The Problem With Trying to Pick the 500 Best Games Ever

  • Avatar for dard410 dard410 A month ago

    "The one thing we're very focused on and [LucasArts'] extremely focused on is not violating the canon of Star Wars,"

    Oh please! Because anybody would really think the multiplayer mode is really canon... God forbid a player can play as Darth Vader on Naboo, lest they think that's actually a deleted scene from Episode I and get all confused.

    Posted in EA Has Conflicting Responses on Why Star Wars Battlefront 2 Doesn't Have Cosmetic Loot Boxes

  • Avatar for dard410 dard410 A month ago

    @kurono64 My problem with that argument is loot boxes are absolutely integrated with the main gameplay element in BF2. They enhance your ability to compete in multiplayer competitions. Even the cosmetic benefits like new skins are part of the experience of the main game. I'd feel differently if loot boxes were confined to a "side game," like Gwent in Witcher 3.

    Posted in The ESA Pushes Back, Loot Boxes "Are Not Gambling"

  • Avatar for dard410 dard410 A month ago

    @KaiserWarrior, this. Publishers spend so much on marketing for games, yet they fail to realize that making a great game is probably the best form of marketing. The gaming community is vibrant enough that gamers will learn about good games, either from gaming news sites or word of mouth. On the other hand, how many people are not buying Battlefront 2 or Shadow of War because of bad reviews, microtransactions controversies, etc?

    Posted in "It's Awkward Right Now:" What Some in the Games Industry Think of the Rise of the Loot Box in 2017

  • Avatar for dard410 dard410 2 months ago

    I'm generally not in favor of the government regulating video games, but hopefully this serves as a wakeup call to the industry, especially EA, to focus on making a good game, not milking consumers. If people want to gamble, they can go to a casino or play poker online. People buy games for the gameplay. A Star Wars game should be about going on an epic adventure, not about deciding if you want to spend money for extra items.

    Posted in Hawaii Will Investigate "Predatory" Loot Boxes, Potentially Pursue Legislation to Ban Them

  • Avatar for dard410 dard410 2 months ago

    This guy is really missing the forests for the trees. The problem with microtransactions isn't the cost, it's that they decrease the entertainment value players get from the game - "the fun" factor. Pulling back on microtransactions might be a short term financial risk for EA, but if people stop buying the games because they're not fun, if EA's reputation plunges even further, that's a much bigger risk.

    Posted in According to a Financial Analyst, You Should Be So Lucky to Save So Much Money on Star Wars Battlefront 2

  • Avatar for dard410 dard410 2 months ago

    @VotesForCows, yes, EA is a company and is out to make a profit, but there are other ways to make money in this industry. For example, they could make a great game that gets rave reviews and everyone wants to buy. They could make quality DLC using the assets they created for the main game (a la Witcher 3). They could treat players like customers rather than wallets and build brand loyalty. This whole microtransactions business has turned off a lot of people. I've even seen Star Wars fans who aren't into gaming talk about it. I wouldn't be surprised if Battlefront 2, while it will undoubtedly sell well, does not meet EA's sales expectations.

    Posted in Star Wars Battlefront 2 Changes Will Balance Those Who Want Gameplay Progression and Those Who Want an Accelerated Experience [Updated]

  • Avatar for dard410 dard410 2 months ago

    Too bad, I already removed this game from my Christmas list... Hopefully this fiasco convinces Disney to give the Star Wars games license to another company.

    Posted in Report: EA to Kill Star Wars Battlefront 2's Monetized Loot Box Progression [Update: EA Confirms Microtransactions Temporarily Removed]