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Thread The Verge: Nvidia's GeForce Now is controversial among developers
There's merit to this - using games to market your service without the consent of the game publishers and developers is shitty, and can actively cost other marketing opportunities. It's also worth noting that there are services that ask for exclusivity - as in, "no other subscription service will feature x game." If you release it for Steam, and then NVIDIA puts it on GeForce Now, EVEN IF it requires you to own the Steam license, that's still a violation of the contract that isn't your fault. I feel like GeForce Now needs to be a VM that can play every game, and stop using specific games to market it with, or only games they get permission to use.
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Thread Persona 5 Royal localization mitigates homophobic scenes
I can personally say that I know for a fact they were very much aware of the issue. Not only from feedback from Atlus West (both following the launch of the original game and during P5R's development,) but from fan feedback. It's not that Atlus West and Atlus Japan don't talk, it's that Atlus Japan doesn't listen. The key phrase from the GameSpot article is that they had to keep pushing to get the green light on this specific minor change. i.e. they asked, and asked, and asked again (and probably asked if the dev team could change it while P5R is in development) and kept being told they had to keep it the way it was, until finally they relented. Atlus Japan very much wants the homophobic content intact as designed. And it's not like Atlus didn't just have ANOTHER series of internal conversations and fights about Catherine FB.
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Thread Persona 5 Royal localization mitigates homophobic scenes
Bumping the article I wrote in December about the Japanese release, since people are talking about the Japanese version of the remake. Long story short, correct: the Japanese release of P5R, which would have given them the opportunity to make changes, did not see any changes. After shipping that and Catherine Full Body it's clear that the JP team doesn't give a fuck and or actively endorses it.
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Thread Persona 5 Royal localization mitigates homophobic scenes
But will the NEW problematic content be altered? Yeah probably only tweaked. It's like Catherine Full Body - they can try to massage the script but they get handed a package from Japan and said "bring this over." They're not exactly going to remove the aggressive effeminate men that harass Ryuji, they're going to make sure you know that THEY know it's weird
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Thread The Wonderful 101: Remastered goes up on Kickstarter
Dangen is involved as of early last week when they sent out a followup PR email making sure journalists didn't have additional questions. The fact that them burying it by not putting it on the KS page means they're not involved is sadly wishful thinking.
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Thread [Confirmed] Animal Crossing: New Horizons will force every individual Switch user account to share the same island
Yeah, that's not an Animal Crossing team decision, that's how the Switch architecture was designed. If you put in my Mario Kart cartridge into your Switch, if you already had a copy of MK, it'd just load your save anyway.
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Thread VGC: Over a third of Pokemon Sword & Shield staff also worked on Let's Go Pikachu
Popping in to agree and to say that my reaction was "only?," not "wow, so many!" in regards to devs that worked on two simultaneously developed projects in the same franchise at the same time. Go ask an environment artist at Ubisoft how many games they touch in a year. I'm actually really impressed that given the small-ish size of Game Freak as a studio (in terms of employed staff, not including development contractors,) how many developers were able to work on just one project considering they've shipped five projects in the last 18 months (Giga Wrecker Alt, Let's Go, Sword/Shield, Quest, and Little Town Hero.)
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Thread Pokémon Sword and Shield: Spoiler, leaks and datamine thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Thank you. Wooper is literally my favorite Pokémon and has pretty much always been. Let's please remember as we discuss that every Pokémon is someone's favorite, including the ones you might think are wastes of space on this list.
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Thread Persona 5 Royal keeps homophobic scenes of the original, adds even worse ones regarding Shiho
If this is actually the case then they absolutely don’t communicate it. In fact, in the game design language of the game, I was convinced I had to kill her. She’s right next to the chalice that heals him, and in the same place as other enemies that come to attack you.
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Thread Persona 5 Royal keeps homophobic scenes of the original
Can confirm the Shiho stuff is 100% true. Gonna write a piece about this game like I did with Full Body and it’s not looking great for the game so far.
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Thread Yakuza 4 Remastered |OT| Rubber Download
Can someone confirm if they removed the incredibly transphobic language in the opening act? I assume they can’t do shit about how fatphobic it is but I’ve been trying to lean on Atlus for a year and a half now to clean up the Y4 loc.
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Thread Square Enix Osaka hiring for “HD development of the Kingdom Hearts series”
If ReMind is still hitting this holiday it’s almost certainly finished and in final debut, or finished and in/through console cert at this point. This is for the next game which shouldn’t be too terribly surprising.
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Thread So have we figured out if Gamepass is great for devs or completely unsustainable?
Game Pass Good. Devs can’t give enough information for you to form strong conclusions though. Industry is secretive as always.
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Thread GameDaily.biz: Shawn Layden departs Sony amid restructuring confusion and potential power struggle. Third party source: "We're getting nervous."
Please don't read this as anything concrete and I'm trying to not let my position as a third party influence this: Remember that in the last generation publishers and developers weren't convinced audiences wanted a new console generation, period. Production was ramping up at the end of 2011, early 2012 for the 2013 launch; Wii U was getting a tepid reception, mobile free to play was king, and production budgets were ballooning. It took the consoles launching to huge numbers to get games to ramp up, which is why this generation started with a ton of Definitive Editions. How secure publishers and developers feel about audiences wanting a new generation, and how much information on and stability they sense regarding new hardware, aren't actually that intrinsically connected. Last gen transition they weren't sure there was going to be a market.
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Thread Games like Death Mark?
I would recommend you check out Corpse Party, which is on many other platforms. Made in RPG Maker so not really a VN, but that's how the story is told within it. It's not exactly the same as Death Mark, but if you're going for a similar "reasonably normal-ish characters go into a fucked up world of nightmares and have to survive" premise, I'd give it a look. It's mildly problematic but otherwise neat
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Thread Epic Games paid 9.49M€ for Control exclusivity
Longer than you'd think. Also, I wish this industry was less secretive about how it worked so that people would understand what publishing and store deals actually look like and who benefits from what - where people make their money, how deals are structured, where money comes from, etc. I guess disclosure if anyone wants to ignore me or w/e that multiple games I've worked on are Epic exclusive on PC, but...basically, this isn't uncommon, unusual, or surprising. I hope Control sales pick up over time.
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Thread Catherine Full Body English localisation changes little, is still incredibly transphobic
It's AI: The Somnium files - not too heavily focused but it's jarringly positive after the shitshow that is Catherine
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Thread Catherine Full Body English localisation changes little, is still incredibly transphobic
Yeah, that's right about that specific ending. There's a Japanese game coming out at some point between now and the end of the year that handles LGBTQ+ issues very well, from a director who hasn't before, and I'm excited to be able to say more. Looking at it gave me whiplash after FB. Also, FWIW, Sega Japan and Atlus Japan operate somewhat independently of each other, while Sega of America and Atlus USA are the same office and same staff (broadly speaking...the Sega corporate hierarchy and structure is very confusing.) My understanding is that Atlus Japan just absolutely does not care about what Atlus USA or Western fans think. Pretty much at all. Time and time again talking to current and former employees of both the American and Japanese branches, that's what I've been told. There was blowback from the Japanese queer community with regards to Full Body, but nowhere near as loud as the Western. And of course, for everyone here talking about how they want to boycott this shit, there's another person buying it to "stick it to the SJWs." Finally, re: P5R, I plan to import a crowdfunded copy and burn through it to see how the hell they handle it. Themes like teacher-student romance are probably guaranteed to still be there, but how they handle the homophobic joke characters, etc.
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Thread Catherine: Full Body Review Thread
Have the art book (was given to me as a joke,) and yup they seem real proud of that clever "twist". It's a lot. And yeah it sure sucks to see people not caring or glossing over blatant transphobia but on the other hand is it surprising? No. It's one of the last socially accepted forms of discrimination.
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Thread Catherine: Full Body Review Thread
Abso-fucking-lutely. It's bonkers - the game is so transphobic at its very core. I can't wait to be told I'm overly or easily offended or some such shit with the justification that I hope my Medium piece showcased my exhaustion.
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Thread Catherine: Full Body Review Thread
(Author of the Medium piece here) Yeah, there's not much Atlus USA have done with this release because of how ingrained the shit is with the product itself. The review embargo (the agreement reviewers must make in order to get early access to the game) says I can't show footage of the problematic shit until launch day, but I have it all recorded if anyone wants to judge for themselves the severity of the fuckups. Personally as someone who self-identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community? Yikes yikes yikes
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Thread "A Message for Pokémon Video Game Fans" - by Junichi Masuda (It's Nothing)
I'm not going to jump in and weigh in on the actual Pokédex controversy here, partially because nobody is going to be swayed by anything that anybody else says in this thread on that topic, but what I do want to say is this: What the hell kind of internal politics led to Masuda being assigned the duty of making this statement? Pokémon Company handles all communications regarding these titles, so was this their marketing and PR realizing they had to say something and so they stuck it with Masuda because he's a well-known name or because he delivered the news in the first place, despite him being a Producer on the game? Like...he was certainly in the Pokédex decision but I imagine he had his hands full directing Let's Go up until last fall AND producing the pre-production and early production on Sword/Shield simultaneously. He's not an auteur. Or...did Masuda go to the Pokémon Company and say that he WANTED to put out this statement. I doubt that's the case considering it's such a nothing statement and reads very heavily like "oh shit we gotta put SOMETHING out there" ... Alright, I'll say one thing: Game Freak is a mid-size developer of about 140 people, not all of whom work on the Pokémon Projects. There's a small support group over at Creatures, Inc. (who largely manages merchandise, side games, and runs the TCG,) but development culture in Japan isn't as open to external contractors as one might expect - especially Nintendo and Nintendo-related companies. By the time they made the decision I guarantee someone threw out the possibility of hiring up to not have to cut. It's not as if game developers are actively out to spite players - and in the process of deciding anything that they know fans will dislike, other ideas are usually thrown out. This is just complete speculation on my part, but it's possible that from when they realized they couldn't ship in November with the current staff and every monster, hiring would have been inefficient with scouting, hiring, training, and ramping up the workload. Though that's saying nothing about future updates, yadda yadda this thread has gone around in enough circles to know what the other talking points are. Just wanted to throw in my two cents as a producer
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Thread Dragalia Lost - Mym the Flamewyrm (Brunhilda) added as adventurer (her human form) to the Gala Dragalia gacha event beginning 5/26 11pm PT
Now I wonder if equipped dragons will still effect her Might rating given that she'll ignore them anyway in order to transform into Brunhilda/High Brunhilda. Also check that Nintendo gave everyone a free 10 draw voucher right before this event. First one's free...
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Thread Radio Free Nintendo | OT | A New Era In Nintendo Podcasting For Grownups
Hey all! I understand the thoughts on my Steins;Gate conversation but would like to reiterate what Gui said here. I tried very intentionally to name threads and themes throughout the game without talking about specific plot beats and choices so that people could decide if the story interested them. Considering the first 15% of the game is just meeting characters that seem less likable on the surface than they do later, and that the next 30% of the game is just about trying to understand the in-universe mechanics of time travel, I wanted to throw out one of the (several) major conflicts and plot threads that comes up through the story. While the one I chose to mention does happen about 40-50% of the way through the game, I was trying to be pretty specific and careful of the content mentioned. Regarding the "big bad" comment, I hope this help explains a bit about my thought process going into recording. Sorry that some people were dissatisfied with my discussion of the game - I didn't want to get into all of this on the podcast because I was feeling very self-conscious about having a lot of games in my NB, and because talking about the politics of trans visibility and transitioning in media may be off-putting to some.
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Thread [Major Spoilers] One of the endings in Catherine: Full Body gets extremely transphobic...moreso than that original
As that poster in question, that's more or less the sequence of events as it plays out on screen.
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Thread [Major Spoilers] One of the endings in Catherine: Full Body gets extremely transphobic...moreso than that original
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Thread [Major Spoilers] One of the endings in Catherine: Full Body gets extremely transphobic...moreso than that original
Hello, trans woman who works in the industry and also is about a dozen hours into the Japanese version of Full Body here. A few things: 1.) 2.) From Japanese industry scuttlebutt, this is 100% Hashino and his view of LGBTQ and global issues. Sickening given that he said that Full Body was the "completed" concept of the original Catherine, that they supposedly had to hold back on because society was in a different place 8 years ago. And then they made it worse. 3.) Atlus self-professes to not thinking at all about the global market when making games. I know very directly from current and former Atlus USA employees that they will never listen to Atlus USA when they make suggestions or voice opinions about the contents of the games. That said, it isn't only the Western audience that finds this shit gross. The Japanese market did in fact complain about Erica in the original game, and I've already seen early complaints about Full Body's treatment. To say that there isn't an active and vocal LGBTQ community in Japan is ignorance; they just don't get international media coverage. 4.) I have it on good authority that Atlus USA has been...doing their best with what they've been given. But I still expect this content to be in the Western release. Ugh.
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Thread Most poorly thought out achievements/trophies you've ever encountered?
Had come here to mention this. Not to speak ill of other's games or game designs per se, but this is one of the most infuriatingly grindy Trophy lists I've ever experienced. Misc. trophies that have no benefit like "edit your deck 500 times" (it's a card combat game). There's a trophy for synthesizing rooms (how you enter new rooms in the map) - except the trophy number is I believe hundreds more than actually exist in the game. One is for collecting every card in the game which is an enormous grind and a TON of RNG, because Enemy Cards have a very low chance of spawning out of any individual enemy, and every single different enemy in the game has one. The game has two campaigns - Sora and Riku, and each has a Lv. 99 trophy. You finish the average Sora campaign around Lv 45, and Riku about 30. Also, there's no post-game anything in Re:CoM. It's an extremely linear game. The grind is dozens of hours. Finally, on PS3, the difficulty trophies didn't stack. That means you had to play Sora Proud, Sora Standard, Sora Beginner, Riku Proud, Riku Standard, Riku Beginner for the Platinum. On top of ALL of that other grind, it required a full six playthroughs. Part of my job is working with directors and game designers to create and design trophy lists that players will enjoy, and so I do a ton of firsthand research with trophy hunting. Man oh man is this one of the worst. Extra shoutout to the Hatsune Miku Project Diva games that make you grind for 40-50 hours to get RNG item drops that you have to give to the characters to raise their arbitrary friend levels.
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Thread Nintendo interrupts Smash Online Invitational Qualifiers commentary to defend its netcode
So yeah, the lag is still in the VOD - the only thing they cut out was the interruption.
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Thread Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night/Persona 5 Dancing Star Night Review Thread
The songs are four-way cross-buy! If you buy a song, you get P3D PS4, P3D Vita, P5D PS4, and P5D Vita all in the same purchase. The same with characters. Costumes are game-specific, so if you buy the P5D Yakuza crossover costume set, for example, you'll only get it for P5D PS4/P5D Vita. This is actually frustrating for costume sets that exist for both games, because in the JP version it was 1,000 yen per game, while the songs were 250-100 yen for both together.
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Thread Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night/Persona 5 Dancing Star Night Review Thread
Performance issues that impact the gameplay at times but are especially present in the menus, longer load times, more muffled audio, and everything is just slower. Not just because the target framerate is halved (shooting for 60 vs shooting for 30,) but just animation to animation transitions, character models moving around, it all just feels like it's in molasses when compared directly to the PlayStation 4 version where everything is snappy and instant. I guess if you didn't have the PS4 version to compare to it'd just feel like it's running a tiny bit slower than P4D, but compared to the PS4 version it's night and day. If you're REALLY gunning for the Vita version and are okay with the significant-enough performance hit then there's nothing especially different with the on-card content - just also be aware that the DLC songs, even the free songs, make the file size grow fast. The games on Vita are ~4GB each (download only,) and the DLC songs range in file size from 30-200 MB on Vita (50-600 MB on PS4,) with costumes also adding a somewhat significant file size. Also keep in mind that buying the DLC songs for one game gets you it for both, so you'll be installing each song twice on the same system if you have both. Between the enormous file sizes relative to memory cards, the performance issues, a slight blurriness and muffled audio, load times, etc., it all just feels like a markedly inferior version as someone who's played both and was already used to the PS4 version from the Japanese release. Also super minor, which is why I'm separating it, I find hitting the scratch notes with the analog sticks on Vita (or touch screen) harder than using the sticks on the DualShock 4. You can remap to L/R, which is why this is pretty much a non-issue, but I didn't want to do that because I play a lot of Project Diva Future Tone.
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Thread Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night/Persona 5 Dancing Star Night Review Thread
VR is only for bedroom exploration and character model viewer. You can play the rest with the headset on like you can any game, but that's just Theater Mode.
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Thread Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night/Persona 5 Dancing Star Night Review Thread
Do you have any questions? You can use PSVR as basically a character model viewer, or to walk around the bedrooms of the characters in their rank 6, 7, and 8 social links. The VR is well done in that it doesn't make me motion sick like some does, but the scenes are so isolated that it feels like you're constantly taking the headset on and off. I used it once per room at the end, personally. Walking around uses left analog stick and it's a smooth gliding movement, which sounds worse than it is in practice FWIW. I also got the chance to play the Vita versions. Don't.
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Thread Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sports an offensive stereotype regarding Native Americans
Just a reminder that Nintendo of America's Treehouse department is in constant dialogue with their Japanese teams during the duration of development, even outside of the localization process. They participate in production meetings, see the game in early and prototype stages of development, make content suggestions for their global markets, and work to educate the Japanese developers on cultural taboos. They do not make technical and code changes themselves. The inclusion of this in the Japanese version, with no confirmed inclusion for the international version, implies heavily that NoA saw this (they absolutely did) during development, brought it up to Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco, and NCL, and explained and educated on why this would be offensive to marginalized people - selling a commercial product utilizing depictions with a history of racial abuse tied to a genocide and immense mistreatment that continues today. If this is in fact changed for the international version, that means they understood and agreed to make the change for the Western release, either because they understood Treehouse about it being an issue and agreed, or at the very least trusted their judgment on the issue. Them including it in the Japanese release, if in fact it is removed from the international versions of the game, isn't just them believing it would be no issue for images of the Japanese version to surface (and for the game to release in Japan with it at all, which honestly speaking the Japanese market by and large probably wouldn't care too much about in itself,) but also involves them going through the work of creating a separate regional build of the game to sell exclusively to Japanese customers, which requires different eShop setups, and will require maintaining two separate versions for forthcoming patches and DLC. My fear is that they DIDN'T remove this from the international version, and that captured footage represents older builds, while the recent tournament build represents the 1.0 build of the game internationally. Time will tell of course, but it sure would suck if Treehouse had pointed out the problem and they shipped it anyway. TL;DR Japanese dev teams aren't clueless
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Thread Radio Free Nintendo | OT | A New Era In Nintendo Podcasting For Grownups
Just a joke - don't want to set expectations too low by making people worry. The conversation has come up but they don't want to do a five person podcast regularly, and none of them are looking to exit. I'm just looking to create more trainwrecks with J&J
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Thread VG24: Valkyria Chronicles 4’s sexual harassment problem is unacceptable in 2018 (READ OP)
I regret to inform you that he's a plot critical character that the game makes you deploy frequently, and for whom death = immediate game over. There are essentially 4 super duper plot critical characters in skirmishes and he's one of them, around from the very first mission.
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Thread VG24: Valkyria Chronicles 4’s sexual harassment problem is unacceptable in 2018 (READ OP)
Or the needless transphobic part of "Operation Babe Hunt" (already a sucky event) where you walk up to a woman and your characters freak out because there's a facial hair on a woman. Pretty much every Hashino-san directed game (P3, P4, P5, Catherine, Catherine Full Body) has needless and random homophobia and transphobia just randomly placed in it seemingly out of context. It's what makes me have zero trust in Full Body's portrayal of a presumed trans woman romance option. I appreciate that, but I will say I was careful enough with my wording that it could apply to a few games
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Thread VG24: Valkyria Chronicles 4’s sexual harassment problem is unacceptable in 2018 (READ OP)
I'll put it in spoiler tags just in case anyone is sensitive to this, but I'm not revealing plot info:
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Thread VG24: Valkyria Chronicles 4’s sexual harassment problem is unacceptable in 2018 (READ OP)
As has been said, this is a strong incident in this game (and a lowlight,) but it's not an isolated incident in the game. It's a recurring theme and issue. With a lot of things, for example the trans character in the game, the localization team did a pretty good job massaging the text - but they didn't remove anything, for better and in this case worse. Working in this industry, I know a couple of teams from different Japanese studios that made a game and were basically told by marketing and higher ups that they had to go back into their games and edit things to be more demeaning/more sexualized towards underage characters/grosser overall. One example, which I can't specify because it was from within the last 5 years, had some of the sexuality and grossness removed for the West and while people complained about "censorship," the person I knew on the original development team said the team felt relief at being able to ship what they actually wanted to outside of Japan. Why do Japanese higher ups and marketing feel these things are necessary for a domestic market? I don't have the answer beyond a generic "culture(?)" answer. It's gross, but hope my insight is worth something.
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Thread Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix: Best ARPG combat engine ever?
FWIW, only discovering that stuff at the end of the game doesn't make them weird and random, that means you didn't read the description where it tells you how to gain EXP in each form and how the level up systems worked. I'm not going to sit here and defend the grind of unlocking EXP in certain forms (because that's not the purpose of this thread,) but the game explains it pretty clearly in the Status menu. On topic, while it's maybe not the BEST, I really love the system. Final Mix's difficulty runs such a wide range of "people who play literally no video games other than the KH series" (which describes actually quite a few people, including a former roommate,) all the way to "test your frame-specific reaction times as you learn specific boss patterns and utilize all of the diverse abilities". I would point out to people commenting that "normal" should always show the best of the combat system that KH has such a large audience of diverse skillset and backgrounds that it probably serves them right in the long term to have the accessible difficulties be "Normal" - especially after a lot of complaints that KH1 was too difficult of a game (leading to a beginner mode in KH1FM). I believe Proud and Critical even say something to the effect of "for players experienced with the genre".
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Thread Mobile Gaming July 2018 | Get Ready to Battle Your Heart Out
Feedback has been noted! iCloud Sync is a thing we've heard from a number of sources, and iPhone X optimization is good to know about (since we haven't been testing on an actual X device.) They're on the list! Glad to hear you enjoyed it - and found the ending poignant and touching.
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Thread Mobile Gaming July 2018 | Get Ready to Battle Your Heart Out
It's fantastic! Keep going - I'm sure you can make it to the end. :) Re: the battery situation, this has already been improved in version 1.0, which has been held up in Apple's approval process for a while due to a backlog on their end. That's why it says 0.9 on the title screen despite saying 1.0 on Steam... That said, it's still not perfect on 1.0. It'll be the subject of continued optimizations over time. I'm glad to hear it looks excellent on iPhone X. I'm planning to upgrade to an X successor if it gets announced next month, so I'm looking forward to that myself...
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Thread Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has disappeared from the (NA) Wii U eShop
How are you supporting Retro if you buy the Wii U game in North America/NoA territories? You can no longer buy it digitally in North America. Buying it retail doesn't give NoA any more money, even buying it new. Retailers already purchased the stock and NoA received their money from them, and retailers aren't going to order another lot of Wii U copies of pretty much any game, especially of a game that's received an enhanced Nintendo Switch port. Delisting the game is a really weird and on-its-face anti-consumer thing to do, but...you're definitely not supporting Retro by buying the Wii U game here.
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Thread Mobile Gaming July 2018 | Get Ready to Battle Your Heart Out
There's a story! The game is a puzzle adventure game, which here means that it's an adventure game that you progress by completing actions in the puzzle board. If you just want to play it strictly as a high score puzzle game you can do that too. The mechanics are super deep and engaging, and the world is beautiful.
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Thread Radio Free Nintendo | OT | A New Era In Nintendo Podcasting For Grownups
I'm deeply sorry about what's about to happen with this week's episode Actually, sorry implies that I wouldn't do it again. Which I would.
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Thread Radio Free Nintendo | OT | A New Era In Nintendo Podcasting For Grownups
For the record, even though James said I'd disagree that Shining Resonance Refrain doesn't do anything special, I don't disagree. In fact, in my piece, I specifically call out "I understand the criticism, but to me…not every game needs to be revolutionary. Not everything needs to do things new. Sometimes, it’s enough for me if a game just does things ." To anyone interested, you can read the piece .
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Thread Radio Free Nintendo | OT | A New Era In Nintendo Podcasting For Grownups
You need to listen to it. Timestamp probably around 46 minutes in. It's hilarious and nonsense. They also work the fetish discussion into Mario + Rabbids and completely skip over Nights of Azure 2.