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  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 11 days ago

    I was impressed by what I saw, and disappointed by what I didn't see. Sony's deep dive approach worked really well (except for the musical interludes, which were pretty dull for us at home), and showcased what a good lineup of exclusives it has. TLOU2, Spider-man, Ghost of Tsushima, and Death Stranding had really strong showings, and I'm interested in all of them (well, almost all... just not TLOU, because zombies zzzzz). One quick note about Tsushima - how downright idiotic is it to have Japanese characters, in Japan, speaking English, in a Japanese accent? I'm really not a 'subs over dubs!' kind of anime purist... but in an historical setting, it seems really stupid. I know the same could be said for any AssCreed game, but for some reason this stands out more.

    Microsoft had a strong show, too, but still no exclusives outside their usual franchises. A new Fable game is just about all that would sell me on the XBO at this point. Meanwhile, Nintendo had absolutely nothing to offer non-Smash fans, but they've seemed pretty content to cater exclusively to their rabid first-party fanbase for quite a while now, and that's cool, I guess.

    I think the real winner is Ubisoft fans... AC, Division 2, Skull & Bones all look like quality titles, if you're into those type of games.

    Posted in The Winners and Losers of E3 2018

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 15 days ago

    I'm sure it will feel like a very personal story experience when all these characters refer to you as nothing other than 'Freelancer.' The gameplay actually looked fun, but I have little hope for the story - which is pretty much the exact opposite of what I expect from a Bioware RPG. Could be fun, but so far - it just looks like the world they've built doesn't have much personality to it.

    Another odd bit that wasn't shown (I think?) was how/if you'll be able to customize your character - the actual human, and not the mech suit. Will we ever see him/her? If not, that would be a big letdown and probably hurt the immersion.

    Posted in BioWare Says Anthem's Single-Player Hubs are First-Person Only for "Immersion"

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 17 days ago

    SOCOM! You heard it here first. Unless you saw the same leak than I did, in which case... yeah, you know what Sony's conference will look like already (including Bloodborne 2).

    I think it's hard for ANY of these shows to provide much surprise, given how prevalent leaks are.

    Posted in Sony E3 2018 PS4 Games Preview

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 20 days ago

    A leak, which at least looks legit, already confirms a Bloodborne sequel (among other things, like a Socom reboot, which is cool), so I wouldn't hope too much for a Demons' Souls sequel... but a remaster sure would be nice.

    Posted in The E3 2018 Announcements We Want Most

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel A month ago

    @Number1Laing I agree about Division... to an extent. I don't think its story is particularly compelling, but it does a great job of presenting it and its world. More importantly, I think they made an excellent framework for the open-world, solo-or-online type of game that's more common. An interesting evolution of a lot of genres (which, sadly, might also be the death of traditional single player games AND MMOs in the future).

    The game, along with games like Monster Hunter and Destiny, has provided a very solid foundation for games-as-service in different genres. For all their flaws and disappointments, they probably don't get enough credit for that. I would love to see it applied to other licenses and genres, especially by someone with stronger storytelling sensibilities like Bioware.

    Posted in BioWare Testing New Storytelling Approach for Games Like Anthem, Dragon Age

  • Avatar for touchofkiel touchofkiel 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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 4 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?

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