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Game Music to Get You Through Monday
It's been a tough week in
more than one respect. This song from Final Fantasy XIV kind of reflects the mood of the moment: I close my eyes, tell us why we must suffer / Release your hands, for your will drags us under / My legs grow tired, tell us where must we wander. Nadia has a nice breakdown of the song here. Quick Thoughts I posted some extended thoughts on Horizon Zero Dawn earlier today, as well as an extended tweet series where I made some smaller observations. My overall thoughts? I think it would be just average without the robots. The robots are gorgeous, brimming with personality, and naturally interesting opponents. But even without the robots, I'm a fan of the strong sense of narrative that is apparent in the worldbuilding. One of the advantages of being a third-person action game is that the protagonist is a much more prominent figure than she would be otherwise. I don't know that this is going to be the Game of the Year or anything, but I do think that Sony has a nice new IP on their hands. The new Fallout 4 high resolution texture pack requires 58 GB of space on your hard drive and some pretty crazy specs. Welcome to the 4k era, everyone! I like that Splatoon has enough of a timeline that it can be set "two years after the first game." This was making the rounds on our Slack channel today. I like that a commercial from Sega's Attitude Era culminates in hockey players ice dancing. From Jeremy Parish is this bit about how the Nintendo Switch can handle Virtual Console. Nintendo is keeping details on the service pretty close to the vest, which isn't surprising given that it's a niche interest... or is it? The NES Classic Mini sure proved that there's a giant market for Nintendo nostalgia. Just yesterday I went to GameStop on the off chance that they might have a few in stock and basically got laughed out the door.
Everything Nintendo does with the Virtual Console comes with the vague sense that they are squandering an opportunity to make a boatload of money. Then again, they've managed to get me to buy Super Mario World five times now, so they're probably pretty happy with their model. But you know, arbitrary as it is, I think six might be my limit for Super Mario World, even for a system like the Switch. After all, portable retro gaming isn't that special. I still have my 3DS... Everyone always complained about Bastion when Overwatch came out, and now Blizzard is actually giving the bot a buff. How things change in the course of a year... A moment of silence for Namco founder Masaya Nakamura, who passed away last week at the age of 91. Axe of the Blood God: An important question this week: Should I play Chrono Trigger or Persona 3 Portable when I head overseas next week? Persona 3 Portable is more timely, but Chrono Trigger is a classic, not to mention a lot shorter. I want your feedback on this one! I'm honestly having a hard time deciding. This Week's Giveaway: Resident Evil 7: We've been giving games away lately, and this week you can get a free copy of Resident Evil 7 for PlayStation 4! I hear it's spooky. Off-topic: It's Super Bowl week, so I suppose that it's time for my random pick. I'm going to say that it will be a shootout culminating to a throwback field goal as time expires. And that kick will come from... the Patriots. Yep, five Super Bowl rings for the New England Patriots. Oh the humanity. In the meantime, I actually managed to complete a 19-0 season in my PvP Madden league. And with the Eagles no less! If you want, you can watch the full game above.