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  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel A month ago

    My memories of the chain aren't entirely good - the place was overpriced for actual toys compared to the likes of Wal-mart, Target... and some other forgotten big box stores like K-Mart and Venture. But I do have fond memories of buying games with the plastic sleeves - though they too were overpriced, at times one could find a game vastly cheaper than elsewhere.

    Plus, it was the only place my mom could put down a pre-order for the Dreamcast - the only time I ever received truly lavish gifts for my birthday (which was also the release day) - I was usually spoiled rotten on Christmas, but not that year.

    Posted in RIP Toys R Us: The Giant Corporation That Weirdly Controlled My Childhood

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel A month ago

    I want fully featured backwards compatability. Not just to enjoy my current PS4 games, but think of all the 'definitive editions' and remasters we've seen on PS4. Those games do NOT need another upgrade, and they better work on the next Playstation, maybe even with some enhancements.

    Other than that, the way consoles seem to be moving towards a PC model, I'm just as happy to spend that money on a gaming PC. This is coming from a Mac user and lifelong console gamer! There's nothing wrong with the current generation - in fact, we're seeing more and more PC games on console, and more console games on PC.

    In the past, console gamers had nice exclusives, better functionality out-of-the-box, and a standardize architecture to run the games on - all at the cost of fidelity and performance. Now, they resemble PC games more and more - released buggy and incomplete, with fragmented console versions, and fewer exclusives - not to mention online gaming isn't free. All the advantages that consoles had are slowly disappearing, and the next big investment I make on that front will be a gaming PC, not a new console.

    Posted in What Do You Want out of the Next Console Generation?

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel A month ago

    Final Fantasy XI. FF is actually my favorite series of all time, but XI is something special. It has plenty of elements to make it 'Final Fantasy' enough, but it doesn't play like an FF game at all. Whereas every game in the main series through X mostly played out in similar fashions - a story-driven, linear-but-not-TOO-linear adventure as the chosen one and his friends - XI was different altogether. It was a hardcore game that didn't hold your hand, forced the community to grow together in order to unlock is very obscured secrets (and they did!). Progress was slow, combat was hard, missions were vague, death was punishing, and you didn't play as the chosen one (not for a while anyway...). Pretty much no other game in the series can be described like that.

    And yet it still retained a unique FF flavor. People were turned off of it because it was an MMO - but make no mistake, it was still unique within the genre. And it can still be experienced! It's much more accessible these days - well, you'll still have to check a guide for pretty much everything, but at least can be done solo now.

    Posted in What Game Do You Like From a Series, but Not as Part of Its Franchise?

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 2 months ago

    For me, the original game's 'magic' consisted mostly of a truly awful framerate and some of the clunkiest controls I've played in a AAA game. It's one of those games I so want to love, but can't get past its flaws. I'm looking forward to the remake... when I get around to it someday and find it for $20 a year from now.

    Posted in Shadow of the Colossus' Remake on PS4 Loses the Magic in its Quest for Technical Brilliance

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 2 months ago

    I've made it my mission to play through all the story content in FF XI. I guess the servers will be up for another 2-3 years, but you never know, and once it's gone, it's gone. That's no way to treat one of my favorite series. And even though it's become very accessible and solo-friendly in recent times, it's still a LOT of content to work through... and despite the shortcuts, it's still very much a slower-paced game.

    Beyond that, hopefully going to finish off FF XV - I'll be honest, I really don't like it, but hey - one of my favorite series. I stopped playing when the XIV expansion came out, and now that XIV's shallowness is starting to grow thin, I picked it back up. It was pretty easy, since the plot mostly consists of "let's go find your fiancee" and the combat mostly consists of tapping the O button.

    Posted in What New (or Old) Game Are You Playing This Weekend?

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 2 months ago

    Same as you, I used to play it a lot, but after a certain point, your favorite characters have all the loot they need, and you just don't want to play (or learn) the others. Like you, I've moved on.

    But that's OK. In fact, that's a good thing! With so many games to play, single player and multiplayer, it's really nice to finally be able to say: Ok, I'm done with this game, what's next on the backlog? That's not a knock against OW - I got my money's worth, and then some - but just the nature of the 'games as service' (or games as second job, for some people) that the industry is leaning towards.

    Posted in Overwatch Casuals (Like Me) Will Be Fine as Long as Blizzard Keeps Pushing Cosmetics

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 3 months ago

    You know there's something wrong with your backlog when they start remaking games, the originals of which you have owned for a while and haven't yet played.

    Posted in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Is Coming in the Spring

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 3 months ago

    @moochan I think they'll be fine. The games themselves were far ahead of the frankly lousy writing in the Witcher books. After reading the first three (well, couldn't finish the third), I was surprised by how superior the writing (in W2 and 3, at least) was to the books. Just pages upon pages of random characters sitting around speaking vaguely of 'destiny.'

    Posted in Report: New Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer and Demo at E3 2018

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 3 months ago

    Don't have a Switch and probably won't get one for some time - after a price drop (on the games too!) and possibly a new hardware iteration. Maybe even longer - it depends on if publishers want to keep treating it as a way to double dip on overpriced ports of PS3 games. But that doesn't mean my 3DS gets a lot of love... the best part of its library is all the RPGs (which I bought but remain unplayed). And I can only go through those so quickly, especially when consoles, PC, and Vita still can draw my attention.

    That said, it's definitely not dead yet. Someday, someday... I'll get around to all those wonderful RPGs.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: Are You Still Playing Your Nintendo 3DS?

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 3 months ago

    Can't you just put your online status to show as being offline? It's what I do (on PS4) when I'm deep in 'do not disturb' mode.

    Posted in "Do Not Disturb" Mode Coming to Xbox One