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  • Avatar for Sturat Sturat A month ago

    Nice list. I was hoping to see Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. It is definitely my favorite game of 2018 so far.

    Posted in The 12 Best Games of 2018 So Far

  • Avatar for Sturat Sturat A month ago

    You could easily find enough games to fill your free time on any budget, including $0, so people need to stop acting like time spent is a value when it is really a cost. (And for many adults, time is the most prohibitive cost of gaming.) The value of gaming comes from things like fun, novelty, and stimulation. Since consumers have no trouble filling as much time as possible, the ideal game would be one that maximizes fun and other things of true value in as little time as possible. The developers know this, but they also know that once you feel like you completed the game, you're more likely to sell it, so they intentionally make it difficult to satisfactorily complete the game. They pad out the length or add psychological manipulation so you're less likely to feel satisfied. Even if you do finish 100% of the content in a game, it's usually such a slog that you don't feel good about it. That content isn't there to make you feel good for doing it; it's there to make you feel bad for not doing it. (and to slow down how quickly you play the worthwhile parts.)
    The only viable way we can fight back is if reviewers call out the game makers for doing this and then rate the games lower. Instead of evaluating replay value based on how much crap you could do after the credits roll, base it on whether the quality is high enough that after you've done everything, you might want to do it again. Rate games lower for lacking the enemy variety to justify the size of the game world. Rate games lower if they encourage you to grind for random drops. Rate games lower for unfun side quests where you collect frogs. If a fishing minigame is more boring than a standalone fishing game, they shouldn't have included the minigame. If the game would have been more fun without level 6, then nuts to level 6; rate the game lower!

    Posted in You're Not Required to Finish Long Games in Order to Have Fun

  • Avatar for Sturat Sturat A month ago

    @SuperShinobi I agree that cross-gen releases should help the Switch continue getting games after the next generation starts, but since Switch is less powerful than the PS4 and I expect the games of 2021 to barely run on a PS4, this will only work if the games are designed from the start to scale all the way down to the Switch, and that will only happen if sales of non-shovelware third party titles continue to increase. The original Wii took a sharp downturn after a few years because the hype ran out, consumers weren't savvy enough to recognize which third party games weren't garbage, and the number of first party releases choked out the market for other quality games. I haven't seen Nintendo avoid this problem since like, maybe the Gameboy Advance?, so I'm not convinced they can avoid it on the Switch.

    Posted in What the Next Console Generation Could Mean for Switch According to One of its Key Developers

  • Avatar for Sturat Sturat 2 months ago

    I'm getting some serious Breath of the Wild vibes from this. I would love to play another game like BotW, especially if it is shorter, with more set pieces and variety.

    Posted in There's Still More Weirdness (and Lea Seydoux) in Death Stranding's E3 Gameplay Trailer

  • Avatar for Sturat Sturat 2 months ago

    I hope the game has live action video.

    Posted in Square Enix Teases Mysterious Game Called The Quiet Man

  • Avatar for Sturat Sturat 2 months ago

    Illusion of Gaia. On the raft. The pig!!!!

    Posted in 5 of the Most Unexpectedly Emotional Moments in Games

  • Avatar for Sturat Sturat 2 months ago

    I like that USGamer has already done two analysis articles about this; Curse of the Moon deserves more attention than it has been getting. I also appreciate that USGamer didn't rush to review this like everybody who complained the game was too easy. My brothers and I made a video review if anybody is interested in more coverage:

    Posted in Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Manages to Improve on a Pantheon-Level Classic

  • Avatar for Sturat Sturat 5 months ago

    You know who has really mastered the HD remake? Hexadrive. I want to see them tackle some of these games.

    Posted in Bluepoint is Working on Another Remake—Here are the Games We Hope They Tackle Next

  • Avatar for Sturat Sturat 5 months ago

    Hopefully it isn't a buggy mess with awful sound like what Backbone made last time.

    Posted in Sega Genesis Collection Announced for PS4, Xbox One, but Not the Switch [Update]

  • Avatar for Sturat Sturat 5 months ago

    So, will their new website teach me how to disable loot boxes and other pay-to-win features?

    Posted in ESRB Takes Action on Loot Boxes by Creating New Label