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  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 11 days ago

    To echo a few people here, the only thing I want out of an FF7 remake is a better translation that's in line with the rest of the series. I don't even need a graphical upgrade. Unfortunately, this is shaping up to be more like FF3, where they never gave us a modernized version of the original at all. I'll play this game if it ever comes out, but it may as well be something entirely new.

    Posted in The Final Fantasy VII Remake Isn't Coming Out Any Time Soon

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 24 days ago

    I've always been partial to the ending of FFXIII-2, just because it's so ballsy. They spend the whole game foreshadowing a fate for Serah which I thought they'd never actually go through with, then they do and your entire mission fails completely to boot. I wouldn't want that in every game, but once in a while it's pretty cool to see.

    It reeks of both recency bias and my personal Final Fantasy bias, but the ending to Final Fantasy XV really worked for me. The presentation was manipulative as hell, but it made me cry so props to them.

    Posted in The Best Endings in RPG History

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 30 days ago

    I feel like this is misreading the collecting impulse of gamers. Do we want fully unique collectables? I certainly don't.

    Posted in Bitcoin Tech Has Some Interesting Implications for Game Design

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen A month ago

    I've done the romances in Mass Effect 1 & 2, but neither ever felt like more than a sidequest. The only video game I remember actually approximating an emotional connection with a partner was Dragon Quest V, which doesn't really do any of the things talked about in this article. But your relationship with your wife in that game doesn't end with getting together (that's basically where it begins if you don't choose Bianca), either, which is probably why it works.

    Posted in How Games Mess up Romance

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen A month ago

    @Arrowned The reward hasn't only increased by 80 Poetics:

    "Because this will increase the time required to complete these dungeons, completion rewards and Duty Roulette bonuses for these duties have been increased."

    The 80 Poetics is the Duty Roulette bonus, the patch notes didn't mention the specific completion reward changes. These are currently quite tiny (20 Poetics each), but I'm hoping they added a substantial amount to Praetorium since it has more than double the length of cutscenes (30+ minutes) of Castrum Meridianum. If the rewards are identical, I could see people queuing then just leaving if they get Praetorium. The experience rewards have presumably been increased as well.

    Of course, even the best case scenario here looks pretty bleak for Main Scenario Roulette in my view, but we may as well wait until tomorrow to see how bad it really is.

    Posted in Final Fantasy XIV Patch Notes Detail The Final Fantasy VI-Inspired Raid

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 2 months ago

    @Kat.Bailey Gotta watch out, those Men in Blazers will infect you.

    Also I am super happy that my favorite gaming story of all time got read on the podcast by some of my favorite podcasters of all time!

    Posted in Axe of the Blood God: Witcher 3, Secret of Evermore, and the Final Fantasy IX Report Wrap-up

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 2 months ago

    Herb with a pronounced H? Bog standard? Kat, how long were you in England?? lol

    Posted in Axe of the Blood God: Witcher 3, Secret of Evermore, and the Final Fantasy IX Report Wrap-up

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 3 months ago

    I think Caty might be my favorite editor now?

    Posted in My First PUBG Game Ended With My Own Features Editor Shooting Me in the Head

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 3 months ago

    It's interesting to see how everyone (myself included) tries to categorize who loved and hated the Last Jedi. I've seen people put categories such as "hardcore Star Wars fans," "people who liked Rogue One more than Force Awakens," "people who thought Force Awakens was a ripoff of A New Hope," and more on both sides of the debate. As someone who loved Force Awakens (but didn't think it was too much like A New Hope) and also loved The Last Jedi (though I acknowledge it has a ton of problems), I kind of contradict Mike's generalization here.

    From reading internet comments, it seems two factors correlate most highly to hating The Last Jedi: 1.) having strong preconceptions about the answers to mysteries presented in The Force Awakens or 2.) people who think Rey is a Mary Sue.

    Posted in 2017 Was the Year Graphics Became Less Important Than Ever

  • Avatar for Talraen Talraen 3 months ago

    I've never played a Monster Hunter game, but I don't think any game should be referred to as "short" when it's 40-50 hours.

    Posted in Monster Hunter World is Kind of "Short" With Its 40 to 50 Hour Story Mode