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  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 3 days ago

    I really like Starting Screen. It reminds me of the various official blogs you guys used to throw together at 1UP, with all sorts of random thoughts on various topics that don't really have a place anywhere else.

    But I think Bioware is getting the benefit of the doubt...otherwise, let's face it, without Bioware, who would care about what looks like a flawed, very generic sci-fi shooter/RPG hybrid? There's no denying that, on the surface at least, Mass Effect (and Dragon Age, while we're at it) are REALLY generic in their world-building and archetypes. I never would have had interest in either series (ME1 10 years ago, damn!) if they weren't from "those guys who did BG and KOTOR."

    Posted in Starting Screen: Mass Effect Andromeda is Coming Out at Exactly the Wrong Time

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 8 days ago

    A baffling decision from Capcom, maybe, but who knows what's going on behind the scenes, i.e. their relationship with Nintendo. For all we know, it could be very deliberately snubbing the Switch. Maybe it has to do with featuring a bunch of NES games on a system that, one would think, will eventually sell an NES library via Virtual Console, and one/both parties felt there was a conflict of interest. Regardless, it's probably not as arbitrary as it seems to the average gamer.

    the very idea of going portable with a whack of classic NES titles is delicious.

    Very true - so much that most people who liked the idea of it probably bought and hacked a PSP more than 10 years ago for that very purpose. Not entirely suggesting that illegitimate piracy is the way to go, but there's no denying its very existence makes the notion of portable Virtual Console lose some of its novelty value.

    Posted in Capcom's Decision to Keep the Disney Afternoon Collection off the Nintendo Switch Is a Load of Duck Feathers

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 10 days ago

    The World of Warcraft quote perfectly describes my gaming habits, though swap it out with Final Fantasy XIV. I'm pretty sure my only purchases this year (until something new jumps out at me around the holidays) will be the FFXIV expansion... and the FFXII remaster, because it's my favorite in the series.

    I certainly don't have the free time to play all the games I own... but I can't say I pay attention to how new any of them are. Don't think I'll ever understand anyone so desperate to play whatever's newest (particularly if it's single player).

    Posted in Starting Screen: What Do You Do When Too Many Great Games are Coming Out at Once?

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 21 days ago

    Weird, I've had a PS account for the past 10 years and this is the first I've heard of message spamming. And I play online quite a bit.

    But yeah, I'm with ATBro above. It does sort of feel like "eh, it's Nintendo, what are you gonna do?" Nah, it still sucks regardless.

    Posted in I Ain't Even Mad About Friend Codes on the Nintendo Switch

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 21 days ago

    Between this, MGSV, and FFXV, I am really glad to see Japanese devs finally putting their own spin on Western-style open-world games, especially in some of the biggest franchises in gaming. Aside from Yakuza, has there really been any Japanese franchise that embraced the open-world?

    I don't have much interest in Zelda games (or, more specifically, the hardware that runs them), but I'm glad to see Nintendo's first open-world style game is a big success.

    Posted in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 22 days ago

    @NateDizzy Exactly. At its core, it offers a a very convenient way to play games - pretty much ideal. Even though I don't often take my handhelds outside, I still enjoy playing them in bed. But as hardware, it doesn't offer anything new except convenience - which means it will really need a strong library to sell me on the idea. And I'm not seeing that yet at all, unfortunately. If I was a Zelda fan I might be tempted to splurge, but I haven't played that series since Link's Awakening. Even then, BotW is essentially a last gen port, something that isn't getting mentioned very much.

    Posted in Nintendo Switch Review: A Strong System In Need of A Little More Polish

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 24 days ago

    @kingaelfric Yeah, you don't need to feel guilty about it. Consumers absolutely have the right to withhold a purchase if they think it's not worth it... remember, it's the multi-billion dollar company's job to sell you on the system, not the other way around. If you're waiting for the library to get better - it's Nintendo's job to take the necessary risks to build that library. If it never materializes, that's on them - no need to blame yourself.

    Sega fans got pretty screwed in the 90s. Sony spit on its massive PS2 install base with the PS3 launch. MS did the same with the XBO. Having brand loyalty in this great hobby of ours is a good way to waste money.

    I'm skeptical of the Switch's place in the market, and I have no interest in buying one at the moment. That said, I wouldn't worry about the spring launch - it feels like a soft launch, as others mentioned. Nintendo's smart enough to know that stuff needs time to work out the kinks these days - get a few games out there, build a little hype, stabilize the infrastructure and misc. stuff like Virtual Console, work out the bugs, etc. It doesn't hurt that we'll no doubt see a mysterious hardware shortage, keeping it as a hot item until the holidays roll around.

    Still, it's a hard sell. Like the Wii U, Nintendo is selling the system on a gimmick that makes playing games more convenient - switching to and from portability - but they're not actually offering new ways to experience those games, unlike the Wii. The whole point of the Switch is to offer a more convenient way of playing games that look mostly the same as before (same as the Wii U), which means that a games library is even more important, and we're definitely not seeing that right now.

    Posted in Starting Screen: Was This the Right Time for the Switch to Launch, Middle-Earth Shadow of War, and More

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 27 days ago

    The Dreamcast. Because it was my birthday, and I received it - normally I would never receive such extravagent presents, but I must have been particularly spoiled that year. Along with Sonic Adventure and Soul Calibur, it's one of the few systems I've ever owned at launch. You could say I got burned eventually - but I played and loved the hell out of it.

    And on a side note, FFVIII came out that same day, which I also received. Best birthday ever, I think.

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

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 30 days ago

    @dustinjohnson Pretty sure it's been confirmed that there will be a 3gb install (or download? can't remember). Even Nintendo can't get away with not patching games - and they're selling DLC which, of course, won't magically appear on your cartridge...

    Posted in Nintendo Switch Game Sizes Revealed, Dragon Quest Heroes Is 32 GB

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel A month ago

    @LunarKnite Uh, you still have to install those physical games. How much smaller of a PS4 hard drive would you want? I just installed FFXV on my PS4, via the physical copy. It still takes up 55gb.

    Posted in Nintendo Switch Game Sizes Revealed, Dragon Quest Heroes Is 32 GB

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