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  • Avatar for hal9k hal9k 2 years ago

    I'd have to say MGS2. It wasn't the most disappointing game I've purchased - that would be Disgaea, or Star Wars on the 32X (really, anything on the 32X). I actually still liked the game and wasn't even sorry I bought it new, but there was no way for it to live up to the hype.

    First came that amazing teaser, back when teasers on the internet were a novelty in themselves. Then came the hyperbolic previews. You can watch the ice cubes melt in real time! In the end, I thought the game was OK, but it didn't change my life.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: Which Bad Game's Hype Did You Fall For?

  • Avatar for hal9k hal9k 2 years ago

    @Monkey-Tamer I personally prefer the characters in P3 slightly more than in P4, but the battle system in P4 is slightly better. Really, it's a negligible difference, and I really think that anyone who enjoys one game should enjoy the other. Being used to the same fantasy RPG tropes you mentioned, the Persona games (and Nocturne) felt so completely fresh.

    I would suggest, though, that you skip "The Answer" expansion on that FES disc. It's 15-20 hours of somewhat unfairly difficult combat, and it lacked the charm and personality of the main game. I was able to struggle through to the end, but kinda wished I hadn't bothered.
    @brionfoulke91 I agree, Nocturne is also excellent - a little darker, a little tougher, and a little more obscure than the Personas. I'm glad I played the Personas first, because the experience with demon fusion really helped.

    Posted in The 15 Best Games Since 2000, Number 5: Persona 4

  • Avatar for hal9k hal9k 2 years ago

    My mom worked for 30 years in a law office, and still swears by the Model M - she hates typing without it. She also still swears by WordPerfect and Lotus Notes, but that's less relevant...

    Posted in Keys to the Kingdom: The Rise of the Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

  • Avatar for hal9k hal9k 2 years ago

    I'm glad to see a different take on the mob story. I've never read Puzo's books, but I've always heard that Coppola elevated some very pulpy material - so it's funny how that material became the blueprint for so much of the genre (including the previous Mafia games).

    Still, I hope the protagonist stopped for cannoli, and if he left the car, I hope he remembered to take the pastry. Some traditions are critical!

    Posted in Mafia III Wants You to Make a Different Kind of Family

  • Avatar for hal9k hal9k 2 years ago

    My first thought was of Sunsoft. They still exist in some capacity, right?

    Posted in A Requiem for Konami?

  • Avatar for hal9k hal9k 2 years ago

    @misanthrobob Excellent article, thanks for sharing that! I always feel like such a doofus for having owned a Sega CD at the time, but missing out on all the great games like Snatcher. How was I supposed to know? I wasn't the only one, but still...

    Anyway, here's hoping that anyone who's departed from Konami or any of the great employees still stuck there find better positions that appreciate their talents. Less importantly, I also hope some of that legendary IP shakes loose - maybe Konami could farm it out or sell it to developers who can give it the care that it deserves.

    Posted in A Requiem for Konami?

  • Avatar for hal9k hal9k 2 years ago

    Outstanding review! Solar Jetman is one of my favorite, relatively lesser-known NES games (right up there with Battle of Olympus and Blaster Master), so I was excited to learn that it's part of a whole series of games that I'd never even heard about until recently. I wish the compilation weren't Xbox One exclusive, though...Edited August 2015 by Unknown

    Posted in Rare Replay Xbox One Review: The Ultimate Retro Compilation

  • Avatar for hal9k hal9k 2 years ago

    ...and it falls apart completely the minute someone covers "Watchtower" on a sitar.

    Posted in The 15 Best Games Since 2000, Number 6: Minecraft

  • Avatar for hal9k hal9k 2 years ago

    I agree with Kat, and I hope they stick with an ATB-based battle system. I'm not ready to panic yet, as I think the remake could afford "dramatic changes" and remain turn-based.

    As Kat indicated, one of the most common complaints I've seen about the FF7 battle system (and every FF from 6 on, to an extent) isn't the turn-based battles, it's that the characters are too interchangeable. Their "personalities" in battle depend only on which materia (or equivalent) they have equipped, and not on their personalities in the script or even their character designs. I'm fine with this system, but I realize it might not be ideal.

    In crafting a deeper, more strategic ATB system, that criticism might be a place to start; I think the Persona games are a great example of how to do this better, matching unique characters to their combat roles. I hate to suggest a job system (or dare I say dress spheres?) because I realize it's not a panacea, but something along those lines might be nice. Visible monsters on the world map (again, like Persona) would also be a modest modernization.

    Posted in So It Begins: Tetsuya Nomura Hints at 'Dramatic Changes' for the Final Fantasy VII Remake

  • Avatar for hal9k hal9k 2 years ago

    I just got back from vacation and I'm catching up on podcasts, so this is a bit late. Excellent episode, this was an informative look at the history of Treasure. I get the From analogy, but a comparison to Platinum might be more apt. They seem to work in a more similar genre, and Platinum spawned from Capcom in the same way that Treasure spawned from Konami. On the other hand, From began by writing office productivity software, giving them early credibility in a whole different field of Gothic horror and soul-withering frustration.

    Posted in A Reminder (or is it a Memorial?) of Gaming's Original Hardcore Developer