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  • Avatar for Cynalus Cynalus A month ago

    Super game. Loved it when it came out. Have gone back to again and again. Excellent mesh of features, options, music, graphics, sound, collisions. Constant adrenaline rush. Great races. I concur nothing quite like it has come out since. Still, along with Burnout Revenge, my favorite racing games since Mario Kart and F-Zero.

    Posted in Burnout Paradise 10th Anniversary: Remembering Criterion's Race Towards the Future as it Heads to PS4 and Xbox One

  • Avatar for Cynalus Cynalus 2 months ago

    Narrow the scope. Concur. It is always enjoyable to read those lists. Clearly, broader the scope, more disagreement, and some random striking are-they-serious-did-they-put-that-game-so-high-in-the-rankings-seriously moments. Nearly nonsensical at times. I've been enjoying the PCGamer little (old) mag that had a listing of RPGs and another of "best games to play in 2017" etc. Love the lists for the sake of lists. But I'd also note that sometimes I judge the few comments given per game as well --- sometimes I wonder, if folks have so few words to use to talk about a given game, why possibly squander them? What would I write for Chrono Trigger? Or Final Fantasy 3? Or Planescape: Torment. A tough task. There will always be lists, we'll always love/hate/like/kinda-like them and love to disagree with them, but overall, I think the most valid point is to, yeah, narrow the scope, and really hit the high points of "why" each game had such impact/has such impact, and deserves the rank given.

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

  • Avatar for Cynalus Cynalus 2 months ago

    Anywhere in the Shiverpeak Mountains in Guild Wars 2. Beautiful, excellent atmosphere all around.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What's Your Favorite Winter-themed Environment or Level in a Game?

  • Avatar for Cynalus Cynalus 5 months ago

    One of my all-time favorite studios and to this day one of my favorite group of beyond-talented people ever. Phenomenal story. This closing saddened a great number of us - and the amazing products! (I still remember buying BG1, my conversation with the guy behind me at EB as we were both getting BG2, and firing up Torment for the first time in college. Add in IWD1+2 and that music, the Fallouts, and man! Awesome.

    Again. Superb article. Superb people. Superb products. Thanks all around.

    Posted in The Last Days of Black Isle Studios

  • Avatar for Cynalus Cynalus A year ago

    Bravely Default. So so SO good.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What Are You Currently Playing?

  • Avatar for Cynalus Cynalus A year ago

    Wait...if library support makes it worthwhile, consider purchasing way down the line.

    $299. --- Too high relative to what the ticket gets you.
    It's like going to Disney and only being able to get onto 2-3 rides (and at Hollywood Studios and not even the Magic Kingdom, no less)

    Most other options for $299 -- way more going for them.

    My 3DS can keep me occupied for a hefty amount of time just with the RPG backlog. And I'd rather spend comparable dough on a PS4 which has become this amazing Dragon Quest / Final Fantasy haven (my go-to combo) let alone the incredible amount of other buffet items available there (still going thru PC backlog / Steam purchases myself).

    When I was like 12 years old and the SNES dropped, it didn't have a super duper long line up of games, but what I remember was day 1 (for me / Christmas) F-Zero, Pilotwings, SMW --
    -- and that was followed within months to say 18 months or so by just so much -- among others, FF2(4-whatever...), Castlevania, Contra 3, SimCity, Mario Kart, Link to the Past, TMNT, SF2, Actraiser, Super R Type... and these games were to a degree hyped/known about.


    Switch is a black box of...?
    What's coming out? What's the support going to be? How's the third party options? You got games?

    I'd pay $300 for a Switch.

    *If* Nintendo showed me not *a* reason (or 2-3 reasons.....) but, say 6-8+ reasons over a year, and a dozen+ over say 18-24 months.

    Right now, nearly utilitarian related to work/life balance, other gaming options, and markedly more options than 1991-92 --- I just think the Switch is not dropping a boulder into a pond to oohhh and aahhh at, but in reality is more just kind of dropping a small stone and making a pretty little ripple in a giant lake...
    ...a few games look awesome, but the landscape on a broader scale needs more to influence it for more of an impactful, consumer-behavior-modifying, make-this-worth-my-while change.Edited 2 times. Last edited January 2017 by Unknown

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: Did Nintendo's Switch Presentation Convince You to Buy, Abstain, or Wait?

  • Avatar for Cynalus Cynalus A year ago

    Hey Chief, you okay? You playin' corpse or you puttin' the blinds on the Dusties? I thought you were a deader for sure.

    Posted in Torment: Tides of Numenera Launching on February 28, 2017

  • Avatar for Cynalus Cynalus A year ago

    A new Final Fantasy Legend.
    Draw Nobuo Uematsu and/or Kenji Ito for the soundtrack.
    Man. That'd be awesome.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: Which Game Would you Most Want to Play on Nintendo Switch?

  • Avatar for Cynalus Cynalus A year ago

    @Kat.Bailey to this: @modernlove69 Of all time? I think you have to include an RPG in there. Something like Wizardry or Ultima."

    Absolutely. Wizardry 4 or 5. And as much as I like Ultima 5, Ultima 4 was just striking at its time, beyond Exodus for sure in scope, vision, breadth, depth. I think it solidified Richard Garriott as a visionary and also redefined what an RPG could be and could do well before "open world" games appeared. It paved the way to Planescape Torment and Black Isle games in general for sure.

    And I would go with Wolfenstein 3D over Doom for influential/"of all time..." There'd not even have been a Doom......

    Posted in We Rank the Games of Nintendo's NES Classic Edition

  • Avatar for Cynalus Cynalus A year ago

    Concur re: Mega Man 2 as #1. So so so awesome. Very happy to see you list FF1 up there.

    Very hard for me to reconcile that Bubble Bobble or Kirby is higher on your list than Metroid, Castlevania 2, or I suppose even Punch-Out. Otherwise, near-full concurrence...

    ...Personally would also put Ninja Gaiden in top 5; in some alternative universe, Ryu is totally kicking Kirby's @$$ right now.

    Posted in We Rank the Games of Nintendo's NES Classic Edition