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Thread AMD admits that there are USB connectivity issues with the X570 and B550 chipsets (seems to happen mostly if you have a PCIe Gen 4 GPU)
That's just Logitech being shit. I have the same issues on both my Intel laptop and my AMD desktop.
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Thread AMD admits that there are USB connectivity issues with the X570 and B550 chipsets (seems to happen mostly if you have a PCIe Gen 4 GPU)
It being USB 2.0 makes sense I haven't had issues, then. I've only got 3.0 ports.
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Thread So... when will GPU stock go back to "normal"?
Trying to buy a Playstation 5 is a nightmare. Trying to buy a new Xbox is a nightmare. But, man, it feels like it's still *nothing* compared to the situation going on with Graphics Cards right now. I was just at a MicroCenter to pick up a new router yesterday, and they were completely sold out of everything besides a few GT 710s. It's been rough if you've been looking for a GPU upgrade, arguably, since 2017. Vega was a flop, Turing was a sidegrade, and prices have continued to creep up - whenever mining booms didn't drive the price of components through the roof, like in 2018. Now we've got supply constraints down to the silicon level, shipping constraints due to the necessity of shipping as many vaccines as possible, COVID-19 and everything to do with that going on in the background... and that's on top of a $200+ jump in MSRP thanks to US-China tariffs. My Vega 56 that I bought for <$400 3 years ago is going for $600~ pre-owned. This is absolutely *insane*. Where's the light at the end of the tunnel, and will things only get worse before they get any better?
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Thread Was looking to purchase Final Fantasy V remastered and came across the ugly ass sprites for it and VI. WTF man? Who asked for this?
Having finished FFV, and just starting FFVI - I think the new sprites are fine for FFV. They're just horrific for VI, though. Glad I'm playing the SNES version!
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Thread Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 |OT| Everything Else is Child's Play
Did they ever fix the bluetooth issues with an update? I've been using mine wired for a while but it'd be nice to use it wireless without getting a dongle. It's especially bad since regular Xbone S/X controllers work fine over bluetooth, no issues.
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Thread Arkane shares new art for Deathloop by Sergey Kolesov and a note from art director Sébastien Mitton
Still not sure where I'm going to play this. Is Death Loop going to be on Game Pass PC? If not, I'll probably grab it for PS5.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
You're still fairly early on, fwiw. It took me 126 hours to get the true ending; 100 to reach the normal one. Later bosses get fairly crazy - the final bosses in particular really tax your party composition, to be frank.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
Wrote up a little something about my thoughts re:Galleria. Namely, how hard it actually is to talk about what makes it so great without spoiling things:
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Thread Playtonic Games : "We know you're all wondering what we have cooking, and although we can't say just yet, something will be revealed SOON."
Impossible Lair was fantastic, hopefully it's another one like that.
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Thread Jason Schreier: This week, EA will review the progress of "Anthem Next" and decide whether to expand the team or put an end to the project.
I feel like EA will kill it, and that will be a mistake. Here's hoping I'm wrong!
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Thread Sia adds disclaimer disavowing "restraint scenes" in MUSIC, apologizes, deletes Twitter account
She fought back against actual autistic people telling her the casting was a bad idea, and to do better. She doesn't get the benefit of the doubt here.
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Thread Ys Community Thread |OT| Shipwrecker by Day, Survivor by Night, Always an Adventurer!
Bumping this thread for this: I'll capture footage for comparison this weekend, but long story short - Ys IX on PS5 is locked 60FPS as far as I can tell, and if it's not, it's hitting that target 99% of the time.
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Thread the official PS app's play history appears to be seriously buggy
Ys IX (JP version) seems to be bugged on my end, it keeps swapping between different games (saying I have the plat trophy on them) when I don't - going by the number of trophies on the list it's clearly the import, so I guess the app doesn't like JP characters for some reason. Very odd!
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Thread The Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack is coming to Switch / PS4 / Steam on April 22nd
Ayesha has a good story hook, and the Dusk Trilogy is a fan favorite - while Ryza is arguably the most beginner friendly, as well as being modern.
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Thread The Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack is coming to Switch / PS4 / Steam on April 22nd
They're split into trilogies that are connected, but each trilogy is standalone. So you've got the "Arland" Trilogy (well, Quadrilogy now), the Dusk Trilogy, the Mysterious Trilogy, and Ryza 1+2 (and eventually 3).
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Thread Backlog-era, which major consoles libraries have you conquered i.e. nothing of interest left that you want to play on them?
This is the one. I can confidently say I've played every game that I wanted to play for the Wii U.
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Thread Valve loses patent trial against SCUF. Back buttons doomed?
Looking at the patent itself, I actually can see why Valve might've thought they were in the clear? The way the Steam controller handles paddles, is it's just extensions of the backplate that pops off when you need to replace batteries. It's distinct enough that I could see them trying to argue that it does not infringe;
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Thread Dems face backlash for promising $1400 checks on top of last years “$600 down payment”
The positions: 1. They meant $1400+$600 from the start and 2. The messaging made it sound like an *additional* $2000 so they should appease the base are NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE
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Thread Will Monster Hunter: Rise outsell Monster Hunter: World?
I'm willing to take an avatar bet that Monster Hunter Rise will sell more than 10 million copies *before* whatever expansion it ends up receiving, tbh. I can understand being skeptical about it matching MHWorld's sales, but I really do feel like 10 million is a no-brainer.
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Thread Will Monster Hunter: Rise outsell Monster Hunter: World?
I think this is quietly becoming a distinct possibility, especially knowing that the game is coming to PC later down the line (thanks to the leaks). The Switch has sold more than the PS4 had at the time Monster Hunter: World launched; it seems likely that Rise will take the crown for best-selling in the series' history in Japan. We've seen software sales for Switch games absolutely blow up, and attach rate is incredibly high. I wasn't sure if Rise could somehow beat Monster Hunter: World's sales total, but at this point, I can't help but consider it could happen. What do you think, Era? It's worth noting - even before Monster Hunter: World blew up in the west, . So there *is* a dedicated audience for the series on Nintendo systems in the west.
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Thread Dems face backlash for promising $1400 checks on top of last years “$600 down payment”
If you aren't as politically active as folks on here, it's perfectly understandable why they would think "$2000 checks" meant "$2000 in addition to the $600". The messaging was garbage and now Dems are paying the price.
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Thread Tabletop Simulator adds support for 29 languages, but it's all Google Translate
Please don't try and defend this. Unless you work in games localization, it might be hard to see how this is a problem, but there really is *no* excuse for them to use MTL and then try and crowd-source the rest of the TLs. ...SuperGiant did something similar with Hades, and I very much would hope this doesn't become a trend. They had a response, but it appears that they've deleted it after they got called out on how weak it was. Edit: Looks like they've learned, at least.
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Thread Tabletop Simulator adds support for 29 languages, but it's all Google Translate
I'm willing to bet that you don't actually know more than one language. Machine translations are, in many cases, worse than no translation at all. Especially when we have so many examples *in this thread* where the "gesture" just makes things more confusing.
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Thread Ys IX: Monstrum Nox | Review Thread
Hey, I just want to clarify something here; When bugs like this get added in localization? That's not the localization company's fault, that's the original JP dev, who are in charge of implementing the localization. NISA might be to blame for not catching the bug themselves, but considering the low stock of PS5 consoles - and the fact that Sony just didn't get them review code until a little more than a week before embargo lifted - I'm more inclined to blame Sony here. If NISA doesn't have a devkit, they can't check for bugs with PS5 BC until they get retail code from Sony. It's a bad situation, it shouldn't have been this way, but it's more complicated than folks like to make it out to be.
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Thread Ys IX: Monstrum Nox | Review Thread
Yeah, one thing worth noting about the crashing issue - while I didn't do our review for the localization, I *did* , and just recently did another playthrough for the platinum trophy on PS5: The crashing issue is 100% a localization problem that should be fixed. I would caution playing it on PS5 until then, though.
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Thread Marvelous revises FY3/21 forecast due to Sakuna (indie hit) exceeding sales & favorable Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town pre-orders
Sakuna is gonna sell over a million copies eventually. Wow.
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Thread PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC part shortages won't end soon, says AMD. Expects production to start catching up to demand in the second half of 2021
Every day I feel luckier managing to score a last-minute Target launch-day unit for PS5. ...I wish I could get a new GPU at MSRP though, dang.
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Thread How much of Final Fantasy XV was left unfinished? Spoilers inside
I'm in the process of playing through the entire Final Fantasy series (I'm on 3 right now), and with all that I've heard about the most recent entries (sans-14), I'm very curious how I'm going to end up feeling about XV. I hope I like it, but I have my doubts.
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Thread Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy |OT| Ryza the Tomb Raider
Heads up - there's a puzzle in the game that relies on the Limited Edition's artbook, using codesheets and a decoder. Unfortunately - the codesheets haven't been translated. I wrote up a guide for folks that want to do the puzzle anyways:
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Thread Monster Hunter Rise Nintendo Switch and Pro Controller Special Editions announced ; Japan only, release on 03/26, approx $370 and $72 respectively.
I need that Pro Controller. Oh my god.
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Thread Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy | Review Thread
Synthesis is casualized a bit, and there's more of an emphasis on the narrative this time around. There are actual character arcs for the party members, cutscenes in the middle of the new dungeons, etc.
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Thread Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy | Review Thread
Although I clearly enjoyed Ryza 2 a lot, I have to say - I saw impressions like Jeuxvideo's coming. The game is structured much more like a traditional JRPG than previous Ateliers. I can see how folks might walk away disappointed. Similarly, I foresee that the changes to the way Quality is handled during synthesis will have some blowback. Still - I absolutely loved it, but stuff to keep in mind.
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Thread Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy |OT| Ryza the Tomb Raider
If we're posting reviews, here's mine - I think it makes the argument that Gust deserves a longer dev time for whatever their next project ends up being; not because it's disappointing, but for the opposite reasoning. It's such an impressive follow-up within the time budget they had, I can't help but want to see what Gust could deliver if they had a full development cycle.
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Thread Taxman's excellent classic Sonic games, ported to Vita via homebrew and more platforms.
TheFl0w has also had some success porting over PPSSPP's renderer to Vita, after giving up on GePatch. With any luck we'll have proper native res for most PSP games.
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Thread Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception & Mask of Truth (ATLUS) have been delisted from PSN
I know it's a banned game, but if you wanted to pick up DT2, now is probably the time. It's another Atlus-published Aquaplus title.Among folks that played them, they're acclaimed.
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Thread NYT article: Disappointed Dad says "I have failed you as a father" to his son, as months of quarantine increased screen time and gaming for kids
If I didn't have video games to chat over with friends during quarantine I would have already gone insane.
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Thread Anyone else going insane during lockdown? Living alone right now, and Ontario just went into another lockdown so I've been slowly going mad
I chose a hell of a time to start my Final Fantasy marathon.
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Thread LTTP: Dragon Quest III The Seeds of Salvation | Sex Sells
2005 Plus, and sound seems fine. I just loaded it back up (not even sure if it's OC'd CPU, I read somewhere that RetroArch automatically OCs it now upon load, could be wrong), but a quick romp through the overworld, some towns, and battles, and I had no problems with performance. I can test later with manual OC to see exactly what the overhead is, too. But there's no obvious issues.
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Thread LTTP: Dragon Quest III The Seeds of Salvation | Sex Sells
No problem. I disabled my OC plugin recently because of conflicts with Adrenaline - I've been playing a few of the Final Fantasies on eCFW, particularly FFIII since it's compatible with GePatch. I can 100% do some testing later tonight.
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Thread Former GameXplain members talk about troubles with the company (heavy crunch, low pay) [Statements from Steve and Derrick] [Update: André Response]
So Joey's statements likely were not entirely sincere. Awesome!
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Thread Former GameXplain members talk about troubles with the company (heavy crunch, low pay) [New: Statements from Steve and Derrick]
Just to be absolutely clear, I am *not* suggesting that folks harass Andre.
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Thread Former GameXplain members talk about troubles with the company (heavy crunch, low pay) [New: Statements from Steve and Derrick]
The fact that folks are consistently saying to not direct ire towards Andre after the flood of testimonials we keep getting is striking. I'm not sure if he has earned that kindness.
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Thread Former GameXplain members talk about troubles with the company (heavy crunch, low pay)
Yeah, absolutely not defending them here - a channel as big as GameXplain can and should have done better - but it's incredibly difficult to make a living in covering games. There's a reason so many folks don't stick around, and either jump ship to game development themselves or PR.
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Thread Amber Heard lied about donating her divorce settlement money to children charity like she had claimed
The only actual person we have claiming that Depp is an abuser is Heard - who is already a documented abuser from a previous relationship. you know what gaslighting is, right? And how that's a classic tactic of abusers? Stop falling for Heard's gaslighting.
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Thread Do you hate the GOP/every single republican? Or just trump? What if you were with someone you loved and found out they had some republican views?
If they're still a republican after Trump/COVID there's no redeeming them. Hell, it was still really hard to trust any of them *before* this shit.
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Thread Monster Hunter Rise demo thread (available from January 7th/8th until February 1st)
As someone that got started on PSP, played MH Tri on Wii, played MHP3rd again on PSP, got a 3DS and Wii U *for* Monster Hunter... C'mon folks. The series isn't "owned" by any one platform.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
Found this Famitsu recommendation/review come across my twitter feed, and the title alone sums up my thoughts; "Labyrinth of Galleria's storytelling exceeded expectations, and left the greatest impact from 2020"
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
...after 126 hours logged, the true ending (and the plat trophy) are mine! What a journey. You definitely don't really get closure until the post-game this time around, for better or worse. Also... a bit of an inspired take to make the gear inflation happen once you reach Grand Cathedral. At that point it's less about how many times you've soul transferred your units, and more about what skills you've transferred onto them, pacts, and equipment. I can definitely say that the final dungeon will be... contentious, to put it mildly. I think it was a really neat idea, and it fits thematically, but I wouldn't blame anyone for getting frustrated with it. It's so long, and how much of it you'll *actually* have to do is so dependent on luck. I still enjoyed it (somehow), but I won't be doing it again anytime soon, that's for sure.
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Thread Meta Microvideos - Matthewmatosis
This is definitely a different type of video for him, it's less about any specific game and more waxing on the nature of criticism in general. For what it's worth I'd say it's one of my favorites of his, though I'm more than a little curious how others will react to it.
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Thread A PS1 Net Yaroze game, "Magic Castle", was just finished & released 23 years later. An impressive roguelite worth checking out!
Turns out it's down to the camera angle, most of the time. You can fiddle with it during slowdown to get it working better - for whatever reason the top-down angle runs a lot better most of the time. Anyways... managed to finish a run with the Archer. That was a fun distraction.
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Thread The newest Xbox controller has one of the best D-Pads I've had the pleasure of using
I still need to get one of these... I know a few Vita fanboys that swear it compares favorably to that one, which is about the best damn dpad I've ever used.
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Thread LTTP: Xenoblade Chronicles X - This is a strange one...
(if you have multiple monitors and a decent PC, this is the way to go honestly), and it ended up being my favorite of the bunch. If you really get into the side stories Mira has the most depth out of any Xenoblade world out there. Just a great game, all around.
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Thread A PS1 Net Yaroze game, "Magic Castle", was just finished & released 23 years later. An impressive roguelite worth checking out!
Hoo boy, I can see why they're saying "play this on an emulator" - I made an eboot for my Vita, and it doesn't particularly run great most of the time. Lots of slowdown/stuttering.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
Yeah, Galleria doesn't have nearly as bad tonal shifts as Refrain. They're still there, but they're handled with care, and they feel like they're less for shock value as a result. It still gets *very* dark, but it's smart about when it chooses to do so. Also yeah Galleria is "acknowledges a trans character and helps them transition" LGBT-positive, with both genderneutral Facets and an Intersex one too.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
To be blunt, there's less storytelling overall in the dungeons this time around - and what remains of it directly ties into stuff happening outside of it. It's a different type of story overall, and much more character-focused anyway. It's not as weird about lesbians as Refrain. If anything, the game handles even more LGBTQ+ topics, and it deals with them fairly well...
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
I can back up the Stranger of Sword City recommendation. Hopefully Yomi wo Saku Hana will also be up there, once I finish Galleria's postgame!
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
That first encounter in Grand Cathedral was easier than the last two in Grand Corridor, I swear. Anyways... I got incredibly lucky, and found enough elevators to get to the 3rd section very quickly. Off to a good start, I'd say!
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
Hoo boy, the difficulty spike at the very end was something fierce... I managed the first phase of the final boss well enough, but the second phase was a pain. I needed to rework my setup for more mages. I have to say, I was shocked with how good the story ended up being. I know it's not completely finished yet, but I was blindsided with how good it got in the second half of the game. Refrain's story was good, but Galleria's is unironically fantastic. Well worth the price of admission alone! How much more difficult is the postgame, any build strats folks would recommend?
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
What's the most efficient way to grind - overloading mana, or is the postgame dungeon good for XP too? Wanna make this as efficient as possible...
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
This final boss really does hit like a truck - I see that the Soul Clarity 50+ recommendation is there for a reason. Time to grind!
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Thread São Paulo court orders Sony to “unblock” PS5, a video game console that costs more than R $ 5,000
Again, I must stress, at a bare minimum you should be angry at Sony for making these systems e-waste. There's no excuse for that.
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Thread Final Fantasy XI - Return Home to Vana'diel is Going On Now (Dec. 25-Jan. 4)
I really want to try out FFXI someday. I got into XIV this year, and I think it'd be nice to see where the MMOs began - I just can't justify a separate sub for it. I know they're different games, and the fact that they have separate subs in the first place is probably why XI is still up to begin with, but I wish it was like WoW where the same sub got you access to the older game.
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Thread São Paulo court orders Sony to “unblock” PS5, a video game console that costs more than R $ 5,000
Doing this to DE PS5s is basically making them e-waste. Anyone that thinks that's ok is seriously out of line.
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Thread UPDATE: Super Mario 64 and OoT Source Leaked, Massive Nintendo Data Leak...Source Code to Yoshi's Island, A Link to the Past, F-Zero and more
I'm reading that everything leaked so far has come from analyzing only about 100GB of the 2TB of files that were leaked? Holy shit.
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Thread UPDATE: Super Mario 64 and OoT Source Leaked, Massive Nintendo Data Leak...Source Code to Yoshi's Island, A Link to the Past, F-Zero and more
Just saw that a part of the leak had a Nintendo developer agreement "last updated November 2016", and now stuff for 3DS and Wii U games is coming out. Oh shit.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
I just started having some of my puppets hit lv99, how early should I start soul transferring/grinding clarity? I know I'll need to for the true ending, so... I just I figure the higher floors of this dungeon would be decent to grind out for a bit if need be.
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Thread What do you think of present-day SNK compared to the prestige that they had in the 90's?
They aren't even comparable. For one, I think we need a new Metal Slug at a minimum - and I don't think I'll ever really be able to accept the inevitable departure from pixel art, there.
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Thread Has the pandemic and lockdown made you beat more games than ever this year or is it relatively the same as prior years?
I'm not entirely sure if it was directly the pandemic that helped, but I *have* finished more games this year, yeah.
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Thread Why in the world is Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age $50 (Steam / PC)? Other games that you think is priced too high relative to its release or content?
For whatever reason, SE used the Switch/Xbox releases as an excuse to "reset" the PC version's price/sales price.
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Thread Nippon-Ichi Software Selling Disgaea 6 Character Model Avatars for VRChat
I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw this, and it was too wacky *not* to share. 10k yen a pop, but have any other companies done anything like this? What a cute/cool marketing stunt!
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Thread PS5 System Message: "PS5 Games can't be played with the DS4"...but Sony Remote Play App doesn't care and it works fine?
How can you defend Sony here, when you can already turn off all of the Dualsense's features anyway, therefore making it just a fancy DS4? How can you defend Sony here, when you can already use a DS4 for PS5 games... over remote play. There's LITERALLY no excuse besides greed!
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
Huh. I haven't caught the hints yet, though that could be because I played Refrain in English so I could be missing something in reverse-translation. Either way - knowledge of Refrain def isn't necessary.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
This is a good assessment, I think. Far as I can tell Galleria handles the tone much, much better - I feel it'll be even more palpable for most players if and whenever it comes over.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
Thankfully, there's not - that scene, in particular, is especially odd considering a story beat later.Yeah Labyrinth of Refrain is the first in the series.
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Thread Hardware Unboxed claims Nvidia has banned them from receiving future FE samples because they did not focus much on Ray Tracing.
Folks, they literally polled their viewers, and folks wanted PCIe 4.0 coverage for Ampere at launch. It's a moot point now, anyway, when Zen 3 holds the gaming crown.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
There's a reason why I said the game isn't bad "except for the Facet designs". Those are bad, but thankfully you'll only see them for like 0.1% of the game. The rest of it is actually good about lacking fanservice - I don't know why these designs are really in the game, other than just re-using art from Refrain.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
Yeah, that makes more sense. I'd imagine a digital PS4 release might happen to cover bases, considering there'd be no real reason not to.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
Just curious - is there any particular reason you think a PS5 release would be necessary? PS4 games can play on PS5, and it's not like there'll inherently be any benefit from the system's extra power. Would It just be for visibility in storefronts?
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
I guess I'm not really surprised, but Mad Rat Dead was also a really charming game. Honestly? NIS does a lot of really cool smaller projects that I'd argue really deserve to sell a lot better than they end up with. It's a damn shame.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
I haven't watched the trailer, but the actual English dub for the game is fantastic. Like, probably one of the best I've ever heard - and I'm usually a subs only guy.
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Thread GoG decides to not publish Devotion after "messages from gamers"
You know what's the fucked up thing, the devs specifically stated that the physical copies were only meant for Taiwan - and that they didn't want/would not sell to folks outside of the country. I wonder if that was because of the pending GOG deal, and now because of it folks weren't even able to buy the physical copy even if they wanted to?
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
While the game does deal with mature subject matters, much like Refrain, I'd say that the fanservice is generally also more subdued.. ...If you ignore some of the Facet art.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
I've been hearing very great things about Yomi wo Saku Hana, so stay tuned for my impressions for Yet Another Niche Import-Only DRPG™ in a few months, I guess!
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
I'm definitely gonna want to see that in context... would be a very odd misstep when by all accounts the rest of the game feels void of bullshit like that. Thanks for the heads up!
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
As far as I can tell, the stories aren't connected, but Refrain is absolutely worth playing on its own, and like I mentioned - I feel like Galleria expects you to have played Refrain first, otherwise you're diving into the deep end a bit with dungeon exploration.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
Vita version 100% won't come over, that's for sure. I'd imagine PS5 will because of back-compat, and we'll get a Switch+PC port for the west.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
If you've been following Famitsu sales over the last few weeks, you probably know that Labyrinth of Galleria - the currently Japan-only sequel to 2016's (2018 in the west) Labyrinth of Refrain has been more than a bit of a bomb. It barely charted on PS4 it's FW, before falling off entirely. The Vita version, which actually got a physical release at the tail-end of 2020, didn't even chart. I'll be blunt - It's probably the most fascinating game I've played all year, and I might end up calling it my GOTY. Labyrinth of Refrain was already a very strong DRPG, and one of my favorite games I played in 2018. It had a very strong story, especially for a DRPG, with a sort of nuance that I honestly never had expected out of NIS. To say why that is the case is sadly to spoil the whole surprise of it all, but I'm sure folks that have played Refrain understand what I mean when I say that Galleria had some massive shoes to fill, in that regard. As far as gameplay goes, while Refrain wasn't exactly the deepest DRPG when it came to exploration, it did offer a variety of unique features to the genre, and overall felt like a more than solid first attempt at one by a developer that had never made a DRPG before. The reinforcement system, and the way that you could use RF points to accomplish matters such as shielding your presence from enemies, breaking down certain walls, and more meant that what was on offer still felt very engaging to explore these dungeons. Refrain in particular did what I would say was an especially admirable job making each dungeon feel unique, and the 6 bosses that you needed to kill in order to unlock the game's true ending postgame were all a joy to discover and fight. The Coven system is definitely the most unique aspect of the game as a whole - instead of slotting units into your party directly, you would slot pacts into each of the 5 party slots - pacts would have their own attributes, a maximum supported number of attacking and supporting units (up to 8), with their own equipped skills, party member requirements, and more. It was a very deep system, and it meant that you could have up to 40 party members at any given time - each party member themselves requiring you to select their stance, growth rate, and more. At the end of the day it was a fantastic DRPG that brought a lot to the table. Like many other DRPGs I'd say most non-boss encounters became cakewalks over time, but that's by no means a rare issue for the genre, and the variety of mini-bosses scattered across each dungeon more than made up for matters, in my opinion. ...in almost every way, Galleria is a massive step up from Refrain, building upon the vast majority of its ideas, and adding its own. First off - the story. While it might sound weird to say this after praising Refrain's story so much earlier, it was definitely an abrasive experience, to put it mildly. The relationship between Dronya and Luca wasn't exactly great for most of the story, and while I'd say the game does ultimately stick the landing here, it takes a while for players to really grow any attachment to them. Additionally, you, the Player Character - the Tractatus de Monstrum - hardly factors into the plot, to the point you'd be forgiven for forgetting that the little book is even technically a character for most of it. Galleria's dynamic between Eureka and Madame Malta is immediately more palpable, and while there are still abrasive moments here and there, I'd argue that the game still handles these scenes with more delicacy versus some similar scenes in Refrain. The player character - the Wandering Soul - now plays a much more active role in the story. There's a deliberate connection between you and Eureka, and the form you take is an adorable little one-eyed green blob, versus the unassuming book in the first game. Madame Malta teases Eureka, but unlike Dronya she's never truly nasty to her - and the relationship that they share for most of the game is actually pretty cute. Malta is an old coot, and more of the kind-yet-crotchety old witch archetype than the downright evil one that Dronya more closely represents. Gameplay also has seen quite a few upgrades. First and foremost is the addition of the Liberation system - every Pact now has a built-in super skill that can be activated once a bar is completely filled. It could be an AOE attack that hits every enemy on the field, dealing huge Stun damage, it could be a counter-type move that works similar to Bide in Pokemon, or it could be a more traditional buff or debuff. There's a much larger variety of Facets this time around, too, including some adorable feline companions to add to your party! As for dungeon-crawling, players now gain access to a variety of new moves. You can now dive underwater to explore while taking care to worry about your oxygen supply. You can shine a magical light or a dark light to reveal hidden items or clear illusions respectively. Some areas that can be revealed with the magical light allow you to jump long gaps, while others allow you to hop over walls of spikes. In addition to everything else, there are now cursed sections of the map where you must either leave them or find a quiet location to quite literally regain your sanity or else you'll take an increasing amount of damage as you continue to explore. Although each dungeon felt more like it had it's own story and theme in Refrain - the name of the game in Galleria is much more about exploration. Each floor feels more open-ended, and you'll be looping up and down floors to progress forward more in the beginnings hours of Galleria than most of Refrain. It does sort of feel like NIS designed these dungeons with players already familiar with Refrain in mind, which might be a bit of a problem for newcomers, but at the end of the day they're a blast to explore - and there's even a bunch of optional magical curious for you to discover, 1 on each floor in addition to the main objective of the game - discovering the peculiar magical artifacts. There's much more I'd like to talk about regarding both the story and the gameplay, but it revolves around spoilers that I think most folks should discover for themselves - here's some more information if you're ok being spoiled about story events 30+ hours into the game: It's a bold decision, that strikes me as something akin to what Yoko Taro loves to do with his games and their narratives. I'm not finished with the game yet, and from all I have gathered from other impressions it's likely going to take me over 80 hours to see the end of the basegame, and over 100 to see the true ending - but everything I've played so far is a bold direction for the sequel to take. Clearly, both expanding upon the original game's ideas while not forcing themselves to be constrained to what Refrain was, or was trying to be. Everything about this game feels like a paradox. The release platforms and release year, the ambition within the confines of the genre and story, and everything else. There are certain parts of the game that are a little disappointing so far - enemy variety isn't quite as good as Refrain had to offer, for one, and the increased emphasis on the story outside of the dungeons means that most of the dungeons lack the same narrative thread that the locales in Refrain offered - but it's still an incredibly bold title, and makes me very curious to see how folks will react to it whenever it makes it over to the west. ...Unfortunately, owing to both the size of the script and the unfortunate choice of release platforms, we likely won't see this game over in the west until early 2022 at the earliest. While I've been happy to play this on my Vita, clearly it wasn't the best choice of platform for the game in 2020, and it's more than a bit ironic that I'm playing the sequel to I game I had originally played on the Switch on the Vita. I know it's going to be a while before most folks that enjoyed Refrain, or anyone really, will get to play this - but considering the sheer lack of import impressions, I felt like I had to say something about the game, so folks at least keep it on their radar for when it eventually gets localized. Above all else, Galleria is the type of experiment that deserves support. I love it when pre-established devs go outside of their comfort zone and tackle a project with all the ambition that they could muster. Playing Galleria you can tell how much love the team put into the project, how much they cared about both the game that they were creating, as well as the story that they're trying to tell. It'd be a shame if it ends up bombing here, too.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria is one of 2020's best games, but you probably won't be playing it until 2022
As much as I'm enjoying it on Vita, this game probably hasn't even sold 3k copies on the system. Pushing it on Vita instead of Switch was a massive mistake.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria (Labyrinth of Refrain Sequel) Dated for November 26th in Japan
2022 is a shame, if that's the case! The game is very, very good. Going to agree with here - it's different from Refrain, but Galleria's story is a lot more personal. It's just a fantastic game all around.
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Thread Trails of Cold Steel IV on Switch launches in Japan on March 18th, 2021
This *might* release sooner in NA than CSIII did relative to its JP launch. I honestly still don't know what happened with CSIII - I played what was essentially a finished build in January before the shutdown at NISA HQ and yet they didn't release it until June - almost July? Still baffling.
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Thread I really wish the Switch was more of a multimedia machine like the Vita
Honestly, I just feel that the Vita feels better to actually hold and use. I play a ton of games that use the dpad, and I'm sure the reason that I still use my Vita on a near daily basis is because of how damn good the one on the system is. No input on the Switch is especially great, and it always makes me feel like I'm playing on a system built for compromise.
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Thread Era, what's the longest game you played this year?
I've been going through Labyrinth of Galleria recently, and I've been surprised to see just how much longer the game is compared to the previous title in the series, Labyrinth of Refrain. I want to make a thread about *that* game once I'm just a bit further in, but it got me thinking about the games I play, and how long they take to finish - naturally, writing for RPG Site, I'd guess that the types of games that I play probably skew a bit longer than most. So... what's the longest game *you've* finished this year, Era? Only counting games with a definitive ending, of course. Not counting my 900+ hours and counting in FFXIV, the longest one I played this year was The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV, clocking in at 108 hours. How 'bout you?
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Thread Hardware Unboxed claims Nvidia has banned them from receiving future FE samples because they did not focus much on Ray Tracing.
HWU is absolutely fantastic for game benchmarks and monitor/motherboard reviews. They're the best in the business for it, and I appreciate that they're there to fill that niche. They're probably my second favorite tech YouTube behind GN.
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Thread Hardware Unboxed claims Nvidia has banned them from receiving future FE samples because they did not focus much on Ray Tracing.
I'm still likely going AMD for my next upgrade. All this does is makes me possibly go nVidia down the line.
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Thread Hardware Unboxed claims Nvidia has banned them from receiving future FE samples because they did not focus much on Ray Tracing.
"Hardware Unboxed are AMD fanboys" - is this *really* the hill folks want to die on? Both of these videos are very critical towards AMD, and they're far from the only on the channel.
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Thread Hardware Unboxed claims Nvidia has banned them from receiving future FE samples because they did not focus much on Ray Tracing.
The boot licking in this thread is something else - for my money, I think I'm going with AMD for my next upgrade.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria (Labyrinth of Refrain Sequel) Dated for November 26th in Japan
There's a few new wrinkles added - there's a new feature called "Liberations", which is basically an additional super-powerful skill attached to each Pact, that only allows you to activate it once the gauge is filled up that particular coven. There are also some new facets, new skills, a new summoning ability that I'm still getting to grips with that seems interesting, etc. I would say that dungeon exploration has seen much more of a drastic change than combat, but that's not to say that combat hasn't had its fair share of additions and changes.
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria (Labyrinth of Refrain Sequel) Dated for November 26th in Japan
Oh hey, you're farther than me! I was going to make an actual thread for this once I got to what I anticipated was a turning point in the story (I noticed that there was a huge drop-off in the item collection for the story trophies and the actual completion trophy on PSNProfiles, and collecting the 7 treasures has been happening a *lot* faster than I was really anticipating) I've been enjoying it a lot, too - while the story takes a while to get going, I'm still quite enjoying it, and I think it does a better job to get me invested in the characters than Refrain did. I just had the cutscene where
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Thread Labyrinth of Galleria (Labyrinth of Refrain Sequel) Dated for November 26th in Japan
I will say, it's annoying when you're asked to find specific ingredients for Madame Marta and you aren't exactly given any direction for where to look for them. I've been exploring the lower regions of the 2nd dungeon for 'em, but I don't know if they're actually supposed to be in this other dungeon I just unlocked. I guess that's a downside to having exploration be much more open-ended!
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Thread Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Switch/PC) releases December 2nd/3rd 2020 [Up: $20]
There isn't that much difference between the Vita version and this one, if you still have it on Vita I'd play it there.
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Thread Next Gen improvements for Puyo Puyo Tetris 2.
I can answer some questions: -PPT2 has dual audio -Switch version has HD rumble support -PS5 version *does not* support the advanced haptics -PS5 version is essentially identical to the PS4 version, just with slightly different button prompts
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Thread Can we safely say that lower computation power in PS5 is not going to result in lower performance than XSX even in future
Lol, it's not even "too early to tell", the difference in CPU performance on PS5 vs Series X is lesser than the difference between PS4 and Xbox One. Look at how things turned out last time around, and there's your answer.
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Thread Vita downloads and file transfer dead for all console owners. Currently No ETA from Sony on if they’ll return (Downtime 24+ hours) [Update: Back Up]
In my defense, I'd posted that before Famitsu's numbers had come out.
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Thread Vita downloads and file transfer dead for all console owners. Currently No ETA from Sony on if they’ll return (Downtime 24+ hours) [Update: Back Up]
NISJ literally released a new Vita game last week, in Japan.
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Thread Madman (Arlo) posts AN HOUR and HALF Paper Mario The Origami King review
TL;DR is that he'd prefer they went all the way on new experiences - Nintendo says the games aren't RPGs anymore, but are forcing themselves into a box that very much looks like an RPG. He heavily disliked ring battles, which more or less completely hampered the game for him. Everything else he seemed fairly happy about - he would much rather the game had utilized the combat with the action combat from the overworld entirely.
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Thread Visuals Novels : Where to Begin? The Genre's Best ?
Everyone else has been giving great choices, but I'd also like to pipe up and say that Chaos;Child is fantastic and well worth reading - with the caveat that it's a slow burn and *very* graphic. Maybe wait until you have a few VNs under your belt!
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Thread Vita downloads and file transfer dead for all console owners. Currently No ETA from Sony on if they’ll return (Downtime 24+ hours).
I've been sent proof that funnily enough, the software solution that folks use to download pirated games from PSN works right now, even if downloading games that you own legitimately does not. Great job, Sony! /s
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Thread Games You've Beaten in November 2020
More than I expected this month, for sure... 1. Alan Wake – Completed 11/1/2020 PC – 15 hours 2. Mad Rat Dead – Completed 11/3/2020 Switch – 4 hours 3. Undertale – Completed 11/6/2020 Vita – 7 hours 4. Astro’s Playroom – Completed 11/12/2020 PS5 – 4 hours 5. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 – Completed 11/18/2020 PS5 – 7 hours 6. Bugsnax – Completed 11/19/2020 PS5 – 11 hours 7. Demon’s Souls – Completed 11/23/2020 PS5 – 24 hours 8. Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout – Completed 11/30/2020 PC – 26 hours
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Thread Transphobia uncovered in moderation of Pokimane's Discord server (Up: Pokimame responds, moderator removed from position) See Threadmarks
This combined with the other stuff that's come out this week hasn't exactly given me the best first impression of her character.
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Thread Transphobia uncovered in moderation of Pokimane's Discord server (Up: Pokimame responds, moderator removed from position) See Threadmarks
Nothing relevant to the thread; High School tier drama tbh.
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Thread China accuses ‘dangerous’ US of ‘creating chaos’ in Asia (NSA advisor Robert O’Brien promise Philippine, Vietnam and Taiwan “We’ve got your back”)
Cut the zero. I have a feeling things will be a lot worse in 5.
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Thread Scalper Group, CrepChiefNotify, Based In The UK Has More PS5 Online Stock Than Most Major Retailers
In many cases, the price is the difference between paying $500 and paying $1000. That's a big difference, and while someone might well be able to justify spending $500 for a toy - doubling that price does make it tougher for others to swallow. Nice work shitting on folks just trying to get a console at MSRP!
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Thread "cute space buns :3" or, should white AC:NH players be able to use the new hairstyles?
I might be given shit for this, but I feel like there are actual examples of racism/racial discrimination that matter much, much more than someone deciding to use a certain hairstyle in a Nintendo game. It feels... sorta shallow? I am white though, so if PoC posters want to chime and educate me on the matter, feel free - I just think the whole thing comes across as more than a little silly from the outside looking in.
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Thread The new destiny 2 raid is something else... (Spoilers)
I absolutely loved my time with Destiny 2 raids, when I used to do them - and getting to run them when they're still new is something else - but I just... can't deal with the commitment anymore. Too many other games to play. I'm glad that the raids are still great for those that do have the time to run them.
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Thread Man.. I looked at my backlog progress the past 5 years and I never beat more than 10 games per year. What about y'all?
I've completed the 52 games a year challenge since 2017, so I'd like to think that my backlog is actually shrinking. I don't know for sure, though.
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Thread FGC era, what do you think about a potential haptic arcade stick?
Fight sticks are inherently bought by folks wanting to compete, and haptics just introduces distractions when top tier players are thinking and reacting in terms of frames of input. It would be DOA.
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Thread I'm sad that we can't do PS5 Remote Play with the Vita - any hope for a fix or is this simply a fool's hope?
Uh folks, as funny as it might be to remote play your PS5 from your PS4 on Vita, it does not actually work. You can start the PS5 remote play app on PS4 while remote playing on a Vita, but it will stop you when you initiate a connection. I tried.
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Thread SciresM, developer of Atmosphere for the Nintendo Switch, claims you will never likely be able to see any software exploits for Mariko Switches.
To be fair, didn't N3DS itself introduce software bugs when it came out?
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Thread Trump calling for election delay so people can properly, securely and safely vote
At this point it may well be easier to tear down and rebuild than to continually try for incremental change in a system that allowed Trump to take office in the first place.
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Thread SciresM, developer of Atmosphere for the Nintendo Switch, claims you will never likely be able to see any software exploits for Mariko Switches.
Oh, I'm aware that folks *were* looking for exploits early on, but the point still stands - it's probably not that exploits don't exist, it's that nobody cares enough to try when homebrew is all but officially sanctioned.
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Thread SciresM, developer of Atmosphere for the Nintendo Switch, claims you will never likely be able to see any software exploits for Mariko Switches.
I feel like it's worth noting that his Xbox One comparison is flawed - nobody is looking for Xbox exploits when you can literally make your box a dev unit and do homebrew with no real caveats.
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Thread Voice Actor James Arnold Taylor (Ratchet/Tidus/Obi-Wan) is posting racist & covid conspiracies on Parler
So, instead of saying the Parler account isn't his... he's agreeing that it is, in fact, his own account. Instead he's saying that he didn't echo the things that it says he echoed?
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Thread Any impressions of PS5 remote play?
Bumping this to say that PS5 remote play works well compared to PS4's. Granted it's the most ideal condition, but with both my PS5 and my PC connected over ethernet it's actually really slick playing my games in my work area when I don't want to go out to the living room where the PS5 is hooked up. Much less visual artifacts than you would've gotten on PS4 remote play, and the latency is remarkably good.
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Thread Would a #1440pS5 campaign actually work?
So, you're saying that 720p and 1080i are more worth supporting than 1440p? Look, there's *no* good reason it's not supported. MS supports it since the Xbox One, and there *are* plenty of people that would benefit from it being added. Who's actually going to play a PS5 on a 720p set in 2020?
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Thread AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Reveal |OT| Hey. Listen! Choo! Choo!
So... we don't know the card itself, but it seems like worst case the 6900xt is 20%~ faster than the 2080 ti at RT performance, going off of the benchmark. That's honestly not that bad. It sounds like RDNA2 should be at least comparable to high-end Turing.
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Thread Trump supporter vehicle mob shuts down the Garden State Parkway [UPDATE: Apparently happening in multiple states as well]
I'm terrified what things might look like when Trump loses, when his cult are showing this much coordination for a dumb motorcade.
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Thread Trump supporter vehicle mob shuts down the Garden State Parkway [UPDATE: Apparently happening in multiple states as well]
Seems like a coordinated thing country wide. Heading down I-5 in SoCal and there's hundreds of these fucks heading southbound. Chilling.
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Thread All right seriously though, what are the differences of the Monster Hunter titles?
1st generation: Monster Hunter, Monster Hunter G (Japan Only), Monster Hunter Portable, Monster Hunter Portable G/Freedom <- this is the one you would want to play from Gen 1, if you ever wanted to play one. 2nd generation: Monster Hunter Dos (2), Monster Hunter Portable 2nd/Monster Hunter Freedom 2, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G/Monster Hunter Freedom Unite <- this is the one you would want to play from Gen 2 3rd generation: Monster Hunter Tri (3), Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Japan Only), Monster Hunter Tri G/Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate <- this is the one you would want to play from Gen 3 4th generation: Monster Hunter 4 (Japan Only), Monster Hunter 4 G/Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Monster Hunter Cross/Monster Hunter Generations, Monster Hunter Double Cross/Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate - 4th gen is trickier, both MH4U and MHGU are worth playing and have content the other doesn't. 5th generation: Monster Hunter World+Iceborne, Monster Hunter Rise <- you are here Realistically, there's no reason to play 2nd gen or earlier. MH3U is still great IMO and worth playing, but if you're going to start, it should be with MH4U/MHGU/MHWorld.
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Thread Will the Ps5 support 1440p?
Bumping this to say that I've heard, off the record, that PS5 does *not* support 1440p resolution. The person in question had their PS5 hooked up to a 1080p display, and the available resolutions were 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and 2160p. 2160p was greyed out and unavailable, implying that 1440p isn't supported at all. Unless Sony says otherwise, the dream is dead.
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Thread The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 4 |OT| In ink, black as despair
Yeah, I had a small spat with another reviewer on Twitter that accused me of being ignorant of the patch that had released during the review process - long story short, 1.01 hit when I was in Act 2, and all of the localization issues that I mentioned in my review are very much still present on that build.
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Thread Demon's Souls: New information from Lance McDonald (Faithfulness, Game is gold, cut content from the original being used, and more)
Can't wait to see new player's reactions to False King's ol' stab and suck.
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Thread VICE: The PS3 and Vita Are Being Buried Alive; "The bottom line must be preserved. Never the games that originally built it."
Assuming dev mode is retained, I see no reason why a next-gen Xbox wouldn't be able to emulate the PS3's Demon's Souls. It doesn't take that strong of a computer these days! Hell, you'd be able to run it at 4k/60 most likely.
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Thread George Kamitani (Vanillaware) has always been known for his artwork. 13 Sentinels has shown that he's also one of the best writers in gaming.
Odin Sphere is the obvious choice here, though it definitely gets repetitive itself. It actually has a similar story going on where each of the characters only get part of the story - but the way it's handled isn't the best. You'll be doing the same content like 5+ times.
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Thread George Kamitani (Vanillaware) has always been known for his artwork. 13 Sentinels has shown that he's also one of the best writers in gaming.
I just finished this myself, and it's my GOTY. Flat-out. What an amazing experience!
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Thread Sony is launching a new Web / Mobile PS Store later this month [2020-10-19] (and will also remove PS3 / VITA / PSP games from the webstore)
That email is really enlightening, considering it implies that you can still buy PSP games from a PSP, when you can't. I just don't know what's up on the PSN side of things between this and the recent party changes...
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Thread How Many Games Have You Beat Since the Pandemic Hit?
I have finished 40, including Xenoblade Chronicles X, FFXIV + expansions, Robotics;Notes and Robotics;Notes DaSH, Higurashi: When They Cry, and a ton more - including a game that's currently embargoed (but took me over 100 hours to finish).
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Thread PS4 system software update 8.00 launching today Includes changes to Party and Messages features, new avatars, updated parental controls and more
It's incredibly, incredibly dumb to see these new PS4 party changes. It's driving my friends up a wall.
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Thread PS4 system software update 8.00 launching today Includes changes to Party and Messages features, new avatars, updated parental controls and more
It used to be that you could create a party whenever, from scratch, and then you choose who you invite to it. You can make it public or private, so folks on your friends list, or your friend's list, could just hop in - or you could make it private and curate who you're talking with. The new system gets rid of that. Now the only option remaining (which was already sorta a thing) is to create message groups, and then hop into parties from there. You can't have a solo party to get out of in-game chat. You can't make a party with just a specific group of people for one day without making an entirely new message group. You can't just hop into a friend's party unless they add you to a message group. It's incredibly frustrating, and the worst part is - they didn't even add anything. The "parties from message groups" thing has been an option for years.
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Thread The FW 8.00 PSN Party changes are a downgrade
This has been the discussion on the thread about the system update in general, but I think this deserves its own thread - if you use PSN party chat frequently enough with your friends, chances are the current update has been incredibly frustrating, even when it is working (which it currently is not) Before FW 8.00, you could make parties whenever. What I can tell, from both my own experiences as well as reading others' reactions to the update, is that folks were accustomed to just making a party, and if they had a friend group that they regularly played with, just joining whoever's party was made first. You could have it private, so anyone that joined wouldn't be disturbed, and if you were playing something that required communication like Destiny 2, or FFXIV, you could just invite a person to the party, and once it was disbanded you'd be good. Now you're forced to use parties tied to message groups. This was already an option, where you could have text chats with friends through PSN that you could also access on your phone, and you could join a party through the message group. It's a nice feature, and my group used it every now and then, but we didn't want to have to invite everyone that wanted to join our party to our "IRL Friends Group", and so we would normally just use the traditional parties. Now it's the only option, though, and while we still can control who joins our parties - it's much more complicated, it's not nearly as conducive for co-op with randos, and overall it's messy as hell. For example - if we wanted to do Destiny 2 raids with a group of randos on PS4, now we'd have to make an entirely separate message group for it, invite them, and then delete the message group once we were done. Before, literally all we had to do was invite them to a party, and that was it. I don't know how on earth this got past the planning stage, because the removal of the standard Public/Private party system is so incredibly dumb. Revert the system, Sony!
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Thread Yelp to add “Racist Behavior” alert to business pages
Surprise surprise, it's already being abused. Louis Rossman's Yelp page was flooded with obviously fake reviews alleging racist behavior, and Yelp has allowed them to stay up despite their clear, clear trolling.
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Thread Disney defends shooting Mulan in regions where Uyghur Muslim internment camps are located: "It was only 78 secs of the final cut"
Wouldn't this argument make it... worse? You shot footage in an area, and presumably directly supported a region that is operating concentration camps for barely more than a minute of a film. At that point, why bother shooting the footage at all - why bother keeping it in the final cut?
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Thread Hardware Unboxed video shows us what we already know - PC gaming is going to deal with I/O bottlenecks for a while.
IIRC AMD cards (R9 290/290x) with 8GB GDDR5 were either announced or released shortly after the consoles.
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Thread The lack of a Bravely Default II update is really rude
Nintendo published both Bravely games on 3DS in the west, and have published every Dragon Quest game that has been localized on Switch - even Dragon Quest Builders 2, the Switch PR was handled by Nintendo while PC/PS4 was Square themselves.
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Thread Sony is launching a new Web / Mobile PS Store later this month [2020-10-19] (and will also remove PS3 / VITA / PSP games from the webstore)
Just have the search auto-default to PS4/PS5, and make it so you have to actively search for Vita/PS3/PSP games?
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Thread Sony is launching a new Web / Mobile PS Store later this month [2020-10-19] (and will also remove PS3 / VITA / PSP games from the webstore)
Why the hell would they deliberately not list PS3/Vita games on the webstore? Is there any legitimate reason for this?
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Thread The words "Taiwan" and "Hong Kong" have been censored on Genshin Impact
I know it might be "obvious" that this was going to happen, but I've been surprised to see how many folks just didn't know that this was a China-developed game, so for folks that didn't know I figured it was worth making a thread.
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Thread Fatalis in Monster Hunter World is one of the toughest bosses I've ever faced, and a perfect conclusion
The Alatreon before Fatalis is a joke, with 1/4th the HP. You can just go in with raw weapons and it'll drop dead after the first Escaton Judgment.
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Thread Fatalis in Monster Hunter World is one of the toughest bosses I've ever faced, and a perfect conclusion
Max has also been going for the back legs, which take the least amount of damage. He really should be going for the chest...
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Thread Fatalis in Monster Hunter World is one of the toughest bosses I've ever faced, and a perfect conclusion
Man, where do I begin? So Fatalis dropped for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Wednesday night, and he's been something else. Alatreon was already a tough boss fight (mostly due to its elemental DPS check and varied moveset), but Fatalis is just brutal on every level. His moves will 2-shot you even on the toughest of equipment, he hits fast and with a ton of range, and to tie everything together - he has the highest base-HP of anything in the game at 66k, with only a 30-minute time limit, meaning that you have to constantly be dealing damage or you'll time out, even if you don't eat too many faints. Despite all of that, it's without any doubt the hypest fight in the entire game, and it's clear that Capcom really put their all into the encounter. First off - the music. Good lord, the I know that Monster Hunter World has had inconsistent remixes for returning monsters, but man did they nail both Alatreon and now Fatalis. Even better, we get *2* tracks as the fight has multiple phases to it. It perfectly accentuates just how ferocious, how dangerous, how exhilarating the fight is! It's perfect pacing for how the fight escalates as you get closer and closer to the end, and then right when you're a decent chunk into the 3rd phase, and the dragonator spawns, you hit him with it and man the nostalgia hits instantly. ...nostalgia that hit even harder once I killed him, but I'll save that surprise for folks to find for themselves. I think my favorite little detail about the fight, is how you go from hiding in a nook to avoid his nova, to actively putting up a barricade, to rushing the nova in order to survive the 3rd time onward. The fight's momentum, where it starts to feel like you're slowly overcoming him is just unmatched, and everything from the visuals, to the mechanics, to the music helps tie it together. Capcom wants the fight to hype you up, and boy did they deliver. Just watch the aerial view of his ultimate attack - the sheer spectacle on display is something else. Just an incredible culmination and send-off for a game that has devoured over 1k hours of my life. Anyone else feel the same way?
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Thread Warner Bros. Games president David Haddad about JK Rowling's Transphobic comments: "I can agree she has the right to hold her opinions."
Ah yes, some rando with <100 followers on twitter sharing their opinion is the same as Rowling sharing hers to well over a million people, right? I hate this.
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Thread Dusk Golem: "Switch Pro Rumors are true, there is a reason why Switch games Framerates are unlocked"
The Gameboy Color was almost an entirely new console, spec-wise. The DSi had a higher resolution screen, more RAM, internal storage, and overall better specs. The New 3DS had a vastly more powerful CPU, more RAM, etc. Folks expecting just a node shrink for the Switch Pro clearly haven't seen Nintendo's history with revision handhelds.
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Thread [IGN] Yuji Naka states Balan Wonderland is his one chance to make a platformer with Square-Enix
More seriously, Yuji Naka has a troubled history with 3D Platformers - have y'all played Billy Hatcher recently? - but the Wii version of Rodea is actually fantastic, so I'll still probably play this. Here's hoping it's good!
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Thread [IGN] Yuji Naka states Balan Wonderland is his one chance to make a platformer with Square-Enix
Is this coming to Game Pass? I remember it being on the Xbox Stream a while back, but I don't remember if they confirmed that or anything.
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Thread AMD RDNA2 specs leaked from MacOS ? Navi 21: 80 CUs, 2.2 GHz 22.5 TFLOPs, Navi 22: 40 CUs, 2.5 GHz 12.8 TFLOPs
I think it's clear that these leaks are promising, and show that there's at the very least a real possibility that AMD may be able to compete with Ampere in terms of rasterization performance. But, that's just that - a possibility. We need to see benchmarks and real testing before we can say anything more than that. It's still much more promising than I was expecting just a few weeks ago.
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Thread AMD RDNA2 specs leaked from MacOS ? Navi 21: 80 CUs, 2.2 GHz 22.5 TFLOPs, Navi 22: 40 CUs, 2.5 GHz 12.8 TFLOPs
Ampere's TF is based off of FP16 performance. It's not a 1:1 comparison. 80CU RDNA2 should compete with 3080 on specs alone.
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Thread Xbox Wire: A Primer on the Simple and Custom Storage Options Available for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S at Launch
You're not wrong, but we don't have hard data for the Xbox SSD. So just going based off the numbers we know the SK Hynix should be faster.
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Thread Xbox Wire: A Primer on the Simple and Custom Storage Options Available for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S at Launch
Did I stutter? There are multiple 1TB drives with faster rated speeds for half the cost on Amazon.
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Thread "We'll have to see what happens," President Trump says when asked if he'll commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose in November.
Him saying this out in the open tells me that it won't matter if "it's not clsoe", he still will ignore the results.
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Thread GeForce RTX 3080 sees increasing reports of crashes in games
I wonder if it has to do with memory temps/stability? There were reports that nVidia originally wanted to go with even faster chips, but then they had to downclock them... that, and I know at least MSI has had a problem with properly cooling memory components in the past.
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Thread Started playing FFXIV, it has a silly lighthearted tone, and then randomly in a quest an NPC walks in after getting raped. WTF?
FFXIV really threads the needle between making you laugh and making you cry.
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Thread "We'll have to see what happens," President Trump says when asked if he'll commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose in November.
This is why I say voting isn't enough now. It won't save us from this, and you'd be delusional to think otherwise.
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Thread PC gamers - with nVidia/retailers messing up the RTX 3000 launch, will you wait to see what AMD has to offer?
nVidia literally had no botting protection up on their site for the Founders Edition, Microcenters got literally a handful of cards, and Newegg didn't manage much better. I was already considering giving AMD the time to show what they've got with Big Navi™, but now it feels like I kinda want to just on principle since this launch has been a complete clusterfuck, even worse than what's been going on with the PS5. Anyone else feel the same?
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Thread 2021 is suddenly looking to be an insane year for jRPG fans on Switch
SMT V, Rune Factory 5, Disgaea 6, Monster Hunter Rise, Monster Hunter Stories 2, Trails of Cold Steel IV, Ys IX, probably Bravely Default II at this point. It's not even 2021 yet and there's already a metric boatload of jRPGs hitting the platform. Switch sales in Japan are going to be actually insane next year. What's everyone looking forward to next year?
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Thread DMC V Enhancements and new Modes are not coming to PC per PR (Vergil DLC is coming)
This is actual bullshit that it's not even an extra option for us to be able to pay for it. Vergil is probably the least interesting part of this whole thing for me.
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Thread Final Fantasy 14 and Final Fantasy 16 *FULL SPOILERS*
Yeah, XVI seems to connect eerily well to XIV lore about The Void/The 13th Shard. Namely: Guess what we're seeing a *ton* of in the trailer? Also, was that a mention of a spreading plague? Maybe it could have been... a Flood of Darkness?
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Thread Demon's Souls Remake will also release on PC, “not available on other consoles for a limited time” [UP: Trailer pulled, might be a mistake?]
I think this must be a mistake, but if it's not - but hey, if it comes to PC!
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Thread [Gematsu] Squenix: No further info on if FF16 will be released on platforms other than PS5
$10 it's a NieR Automata situation. The trailer that SE made outright said it was running on PC, Sony said it's also coming to PC (and haven't taken the trailer down, unlike the Demon's Souls one)... who do they think they're fooling?
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Thread PS Blog: Spider-Man Miles Morales, Sackboy! A Big Adventure and Horizon: Forbidden West will launch on PS4 too
Remember when folks were making fun of Microsoft for having cross-gen games for the first 2 years? Pepperidge farms remembers.
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Thread Rumor: Final Fantasy XVI set to be announced on Wednesday at PlayStation Event [Check threadmarks for various insider commentary]
FFXIV Healers at Lvl 1: I want to make sure everyone is safe! FFXIV Healers at Lvl 80: HP is a privilege, not a right.
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Thread Capitalism, ho! It's the 10-year Steam/English anniversary of Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale!
No, they haven't worked on the Trails series since SC - a job they botched so horribly that not only did it severely delay the release of the localization, but much of their work was summarily thrown out.
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Thread Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Switch/PC) releases December 2nd/3rd 2020 (West/JP)
More folks need to play this, it's an absolutely fantastic roguelike, and more than worth playing.
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Thread I am seeing a lot more people strapped / open carrying these days
Wrong side, and also - as long as Democrats refuse to do something about police brutality, and hold the rot to account, I doubt things will change. I hope they will, but I don't believe it for a second.
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Thread Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Talks Microtransactions: "the goal is to get people to spend extra money and be happy about it."
Monster Hunter World did MTX right. All cosmetic, and mostly stuff like outfits for the Handler, Pendants for your weapon, and stuff for your room.
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Thread Your worst attempts at PC future-proofing
Just to be clear - the PSU I swapped in 100% wasn't the problem. I used that one for well over a year in my current rig with no issues, only swapping it out for some extra headroom when I upgraded to a 3900x. My theory is that the old PSU did some unknown damage to my aging motherboard, which did some damage to my GPU. Oddly enough, that GPU still *works*... on Linux, somehow. But even on a completely stock Windows 10 install it will black screen, refusing to boot to desktop. It actually kicked the bucket (and later, the motherboard/CPU) during a LAN party, and I was able to confirm that odd issue with the GPU on a friend's rig, where it exhibited the same exact behavior. What actually happened is that the GPU exhibited the problem partway through the LAN party, so I had to grab a replacement, and then while *that* worked far enough to install the drivers, upon reboot the system refused to post entirely, and *nothing* I did could fix it. Needless to say, that was a very bad weekend...
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Thread Your worst attempts at PC future-proofing
Maybe. I had hard reboots happening on that old rig 6 months prior that I (correctly) diagnosed as the PSU going south, but I wouldn't be shocked that it went undiagnosed for long enough that it did some lasting damage, even if the PSU I swapped it out with fixed the immediate problem.
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Thread Let's talk Monster Hunter future: last Iceborne DLC and Switch upcoming game
You're trying to argue "why are Capcom making a Switch game instead of MHW2" while we're telling you that Capcom is making both, and not making a Switch game wouldn't speed up MHW2 development. A Switch game would make them a ton of money, fill in a gap year, and overall makes sense.
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Thread Let's talk Monster Hunter future: last Iceborne DLC and Switch upcoming game
Ichinose has been working on an unknown MH game for years, MHGU sold well on Switch, and having a separate portable MH series wouldn't even be new. Expect it at either TGS or the next Nintendo Direct.
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Thread Let's talk Monster Hunter future: last Iceborne DLC and Switch upcoming game
Next-gen MH is at least a few years away, and MH is a yearly franchise. I bet if COVID hadn't happened MH Switch might even have happened this year. Reminder that the Iceborne support plans got pushed back a bit. We almost definitely were going to hear about the Switch game already.
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Thread Final Fantasy 14 Free Trial Expansion arrives TOMORROW. Who is going to try it?
Levequests are very useful for leveling up gathering classes, if you end up trying that. Same with crafters - though atm Ishgardian Restoration and Custom Deliveries are far better.
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Thread Bungie shares more details about Destiny Content Vault aka Everything is Gone [Certain F2P Content & F2P Campaigns no longer playable Nov 10th]
As somebody that had a ton of fun doing raids with the DestinyEra discord, and exploring the (then new) Dungeons concept back around Forsaken... I find it *incredibly* off-putting how some folks are downplaying the very real concerns about the situation in this thread. As has been told by many other posters in this thread, part of the reason that I *left* Destiny 2 was FOMO, and this situation doesn't make things any better - it just makes things worse. Using the excuse that Y1 content was "free" when I very deliberately *paid* for that content back when is quite frankly bull. The amount of content that is being sunsetted - some content that I very much enjoyed - is massive, and just because it might be content that current end-game players might no longer play, that doesn't mean that other players won't bemoan their loss. It's fine if you like the changes, maybe even agree with them, but seeing some posters try and gatekeep in response to lapsed players talking about how they dislike these changes is concerning.
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Thread Rumored specs for NVIDIA's upcoming "Ampere" RTX 3000 series graphics cards (RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti)
I'm fine with prices staying the same as Turing if the performance actually increases with each tier this time.
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Thread 52 Games. 1 Year. 2020.
Well, crap. The *earliest* that I've gotten this challenge over with in prior years was December, and now in the first half of July I'm already done with it... it makes me wonder just how many games I'll end it with this year! #41 Higurashi: Chapter 4 – Himatsubushi – Completed 6/17/2020 Vita – 5 hours #42 Higurashi: Chapter 5 – Meakashi – Completed 6/20/2020 Vita – 10 hours #43 Higurashi: Chapter 6 – Tsumihoroboshi – Completed 6/22/2020 Vita – 10 hours #44 Higurashi: Chapter 7 – Minagoroshi – Completed 6/23/2020 Vita – 10 hours #45 Higurashi: Chapter 8 – Matsuribayashi – Completed 6/24/2020 PC – 13 hours #46 Flower – Completed 6/28/2020 PC – 1 hour #47 Civilization: Beyond Earth – Completed 7/2/2020 PC – 14 hours #48 Civilization V: Brave New World – Completed 7/6/2020 PC – 43 hours #49 Touhou: Luna Nights – Completed 7/7/2020 PC – 4 hours #50 Prey (2017) – Completed 7/9/2020 PC – 16 hours #51 Return of the Obra Dinn – Completed 7/10/2020 PC – 7 hours #52 Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (PC) – Completed 7/11/2020 PC – 87 hours #53 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Completed 7/14/2020 Vita – 10 hours Higurashi - I swear I'm gonna make a thread on this soon, but I'll say that it's been a fun time helping the Vita homebrew port developer test his ports for my playthrough, and the VN itself is great. Truthfully, I don't know how many people will end up playing Higurashi this way after me - but it still feels pretty great to have helped support the dev's pet project. Flower - I remembered playing the demo for this back on the PS3 around the time it came out (I think?) but I actually never got around to playing it. I figured I would pick it up during the sale, and give it a shot. It was alright. The controls were a little frustrating, and the visuals don't wow me as much now as they might've back on PS3, but it was still pretty good. Civilization: Beyond Earth - I did a game with a few friends of mine, us versus the AI on Hard. For many of them it was their first time playing, and I think it went pretty well! Well enough that we managed to play Civ V next... Civilization V: Brave New World - I'm not sure if this was in 2018 or 2019, but I did complete a game of Civ V Gods & Kings a few years back. The overall game flow is different enough with Brave New World that I decided to count it again, especially since I already included my MHW replay on the list this year. Touhou: Luna Nights - I decided to play this in preparation for a little RPG Site project that should be going live this week. It's a great little metroidvania (though it plays much more like Classicvania, really) with great combat, a charming artstyle, and a killer soundtrack. I'd definitely recommend it. Prey (2017) - I've been playing this one on and off for years at this point, and I finally got around to finishing it. It's a really interesting immersive-sim, and it's a shame that the game clearly didn't do as well as the developers might have hoped. If you haven't got around to it yet, do yourself a favor and pick it up. I think it might still be on Game Pass? Return of the Obra Dinn - I got this one as a gift in I want to say Winter 2018. For whatever reason I sorta bounced off of it my first attempt playing it, but thankfully that wasn't the case this time around. Truthfully there's no other games like it, and trying to discover the identities and cause of death for 60 crew members was a blast once things got rolling. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (PC) - I finally ripped the bandaid off, and I can abandon my PS4 save. I'm in MHW's current endgame! If you're familiar with my original Iceborne review, there's not much else for me to say. It's a fantastic expansion to a fantastic game, and it's easily my favorite game in the franchise. The PC version clears up one of my main complaints, that being the piss-poor loading times on consoles. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - I believe I got this through PS+ 6 or 7 years ago, maybe even a bit longer than that. Well, playing through some of Team Ladybug's recent games gave me a bit of a metroidvania itch and I finally got around to playing it. It's still an absolute classic, and some parts of it I enjoy more than Super Metroid, but playing it now I can say without a doubt that Hollow Knight is the better game.
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Thread A Realm Reborn is worth the investment for the rest of FFXIV's story
Starting Tuesday ARR+HW are flat-out free, and ARR itself is getting tweaked to be less of a slog. FWIW I thought it wasn't nearly as much of a slog as folks made it out to be when I went through FFXIV earlier this year, and the expansions indeed blow it out of the water. Can't wait for 5.3 on Tuesday!
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Thread Could we get a Patapon 4? Do you want a Patapon 4? I want a Patapon 4.
Recently I picked up Patapon 3 again, and having status ailments like fire tied to a percentage chance of catching it was a horrible design decision that I would hope they don't bring back if they ever make a Patapon 4.
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Thread Mad Rat Dead (Rhythm Platformer) is looking super promising (AKA, I played the Japanese demo)
A few days ago I saw a Japanese mutual of mine tweeting about a JP PSN demo version for Mad Rat Dead, the rhythm platformer coming in a few months from Nippon-Ichi Software. I'd seen the Japanese trailer a few weeks prior, and it already looked super different from pretty much every other game out there: The artwork is cool as all hell, the music is great, and style is just oozing out of that trailer. Needless to say - I was curious to see just how the game felt to play. In a word - it's difficult, but once you get in a groove it's a *ton* of fun. The demo lets you play a handful of stages up through the first "boss fight" stage and I'm already itching to play more. I guess I'm not really shocked that nobody is talking about it - the game's announcement kinda just got dropped out of nowhere, IIRC, and the English trailer just doesn't sell the game nearly as well as the Japanese one. Anyone else played the demo on the JP PSN? Not sure if it's also on the JP eShop, maybe?
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Thread DJMAX Respect (PS4) GOAT Rythm Game. First time on sale, PS+ Extra Discount ($34.99/$19.99)
PC version has additional note charts for some songs that are designed for keyboard controls, supports higher framerates, but doesn't have all of the DLC yet and also doesn't have a proper arcade mode. It's still probably the "best" version of the game though.
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Thread Valve removed another visual novel with loli sex content without telling the publisher
I don't disagree, but like I said in my first post - if the patches are truly the issue, why is it only MangaGamer getting hit for them? The root of the problem is that Valve is applying its rules inconsistently, which is a problem. Everyone reasonable is fine with these patches going the way of the dodo, but we can't even be sure if Valve has a problem with those patches specifically, when other games from other publishers aren't getting banned for the same reason. If Wonderful Everyday can be on Steam, why is Valve delisting MangaGamer's stuff? FFS take a hardline stance and apply your guidelines equally. If that means no 18+ patches allowed, fine. If that means no VNs at all? Also fine. At this point folks just want to know where the line is, they're perfectly fine by abiding with it.
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Thread Valve removed another visual novel with loli sex content without telling the publisher
They do check these games. The whole reason folks have been up in arms over Bokuten is that it had been approved for 8 months, when other games had been banned during submission. Valve clearly has guidelines. The problem is that they seem to be inconsistent on them, which doesn't help anyone.
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Thread Valve removed another visual novel with loli sex content without telling the publisher
Completely ignoring the very legitimate concerns about whether these 18+ patches should even exist, it's clear that somebody at Valve has it out for MangaGamer specifically. Bokuten is one thing, but some of MG's titles that are all-ages from the start or if 18+ only included adults have still been dinged in the past, meanwhile games like Wonderful Everyday and even Muv-Luv are completely fine on Steam. At this point I think folks more than understand that these patches may be the problem, but even if that's what's causing Valve to delist games, why are they seemingly targetting MG specifically, when they've been going out of their way to adjust content for Valve, and would do even more if they knew the specific line that they can't cross? There's a double-standard here. Again - 18+ patches including underaged characters is fucked up, and I won't even try to defend them as a concept. The real issue is that *if* that's what Valve has a problem with, they've been only dinging MangaGamer for it, and no other VN publishers. Why is that?
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Thread Phantasy Star Online 2 steam page is live; New Genesis coming to Steam too
According to the store page, when embedded on Discord, the release date is August 5th - next week. I'm excited. I've been playing on my XB1X since I didn't want to touch Windows Store with a 10ft pole, and I'll still probably play there whenever I'm in the mood for playing on my TV, but having it on my 1440p/144hz monitor will be real nice!
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Thread Is 2x16GB DDR4 a meaningful boost over 2x8GB DDR4 for gaming or for other applications? If not, when will it be?
There's some slight difference in performance based off memory ranking and the like. 4x8GB will run similarly to 2x16GB. This is offset by double-rank memory being harder to overclock as high.
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Thread Import Lttp: Ys' IX - Monstrum Nox - A Fantastic Trails of Ys'
Oh yeah, Ys IX's story is fantastic. It doesn't have the best pacing, per-se, but there's more than a handful of moments that really stood out - and the ending moments, in particular, are incredibly inventive. I loved it.
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Thread Import Lttp: Ys' IX - Monstrum Nox - A Fantastic Trails of Ys'
I had a few problems with Ys IX myself, but almost all of them just had to do with aspects of the game that felt tacked on from Ys VIII. I also felt that the game world itself was fairly boring to explore - Ys VIII had these fantastic, varied vistas to explore. Most of Ys IX's exploration is just the city, which can have performance issues, and most of it looks the same. I'm surprised that you didn't mention, even in spoilers, For my money, those are the best parts of the game, and I'm shocked that they're technically optional - even though they very much tie into the main narrative in the end. It reminded me of something like Brandish, and really had me pining for a new one of those...
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Thread Should Monster Hunter 6/World 2 Bring Back Underwater Combat?
Gives Brightmoss more of a use! That's another thing that I specifically miss from Tri - it actually used lighting in some interesting ways that just got scrapped from P3rd/MH3U. Like lighting torches in the Tundra's cave for fighting Gigginox and the like.
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Thread Should Monster Hunter 6/World 2 Bring Back Underwater Combat?
Every new Monster Hunter generation (at least since Tri) has brought with it a major revision to the gameplay. 3rd generation had underwater combat, introduced some new mechanics like monster stamina, and more. 4th generation shifted the focus to aerial attacks and a more verticality focused level design - axing underwater combat entirely. Monster Hunter World expanded on the actual world of the game, making maps seamlessly interconnected instead of the old zone-based system from the prior games. We also had even more of a focus on verticality and environmental interactions, with stuff like slopes, wedge beetles, and flora/fauna that could be used to help players in the middle of hunts. Monster Hunter World was such a huge jump from the previous games, and has added so much to the formula, that I actually struggle to think about what else the series could add to spice things up again - the only thing I could think of is that maybe it might be time to give underwater combat another shot. We already have a pretty good idea that Leviathans like Lagiacrus will be back in the next games, but it goes without saying that Lagiacrus without underwater combat is just half a monster - despite all of the changes that it received in MHGen/GU. I also feel like that part of the "problem" with underwater combat may be fixed thanks to maneuverability improvements in MHWorld. Stuff like the clutch claw from Iceborne feels like it could go a long way towards making underwater easier to swallow for weapons that aren't just Lance. I also think it's fair to say that some of the complaints about underwater combat might've been exacerbated by the default control schemes for Tri and MH3U on Wii and 3DS respectively. I know that I'm not the only one that enjoyed water combat much more once I found out about dodging up and down in the water using the ZL/ZR buttons in Tri/MH3U - having functions like that in MH6/MHW2 along with everything else might go a long way in helping water combat comes across better if it's better explained. I really don't know what else could be added that would feel like a paradigm shift, and with how well MHW sold it feels like MHW2 deserves just as much of a paradigm shift, too. I always liked underwater as a concept and I really do feel like it's time for the series to give it another shot. What does MHEra think?
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Thread Federal judge overseeing Baltimore Police's federal consent decree states to public that ‘defunding the police’ is not an option
There are definitely people saying to get rid of the cops.
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Thread PSO2 NEw Genesis Announced for 2021, XBOX/PC
It's a reboot because the old engine was designed with Vita limitations in mind. Now that Vita support is dropped they can rebuild from the ground up to expand the gameplay scope. Again - this was their *exact* reasoning for axing Vita support.
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Thread PSO2 NEw Genesis Announced for 2021, XBOX/PC
I'm hearing that this is an ARR type deal, and considering that one of the stated reasons why SEGA cut Vita support was that they wanted to expand the scope of the game, and this is coming to the remaining supported platforms, that sounds about right.
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Thread I don't get why so many people say now that the Wii U was an amazing underrated console
The Wii U had some good games, sure, but folks are definitely overselling it if they think it had a 1st party lineup matching any of the other Nintendo home consoles - because it just flat-out didn't compare.
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Thread Dangen Entertainment Robbing Indie Devs? (Update: The creator of Devil Engine STILL does not have control of their game and still have not been paid)
Thanks for the link, ! Can mods update the title?
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Thread Ok ERA, what's the best Danganronpa game?
The first case has a pretty big gut punch right from the word "go", and then the final case is very divisive (mostly because of a disconnect some folks seem to have with what the game is actually saying, but that's a thread for another day). The gameplay is the best that it's ever been, it's got the best character development in the cast, and overall its easily the best in the series.
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Thread Nintendo should be ashamed that they allowed Deadly Premonition 2 to be released on Switch in the state that it's in.
Arc of Alchemist probably runs worse, and doesn't have Swery's charming writing to fall back on. That was literally the first moments of the game and things only get worse from there.
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Thread So PS5 backwards compatibility is starting to look disappointing for those of us who own physical games
They're not downplaying anything. PS3 could play PS1/PS2/PS3 depending on your system, and at *least* PS1+PS3 on all systems. Xbox is poised to support almost the entire history of their platform with the Series X, where licenses permit. Folks are more than allowed to be disappointed about Sony not doing more to help preserve player's libraries, doubly so when the PS5's CPU should be enough to emulate PS3 if they so chose.
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Thread GameCheat13 (well known HALO modder) has a history of racist and anti-BLM posts. 343 apparently still has ties to them. See threadmarks.
...why was he given the time of day, to begin with? Eldewrito started off on 4chan. It'd have been one thing if the team had made it clear that they didn't support the site's toxic culture, but they never did. It just makes sense for 343i to be cautious and not officially endorse/support the project in any way.
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Thread When unshackled from their hardware it's insane how amazing games on old/low power consoles can look
Wii U games can also look amazing when you can free them from the system. I played through Xenoblade X on CEMU and the game looks better than a ton of PS4/XB1 games when you pump the resolution/LoD up!
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Thread What is your main game controller for playing PC Steam games?
Xbox One Elite v2, though I do switch it up depending on the game. Like, when I emulated Xenoblade X I used my Switch Pro controller, and when I play MHW I use my DS4 since I poured 700 hours into it on PS4 and nothing else feels right.
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Thread Nakkiel (DBFZ player) accused of sexual assault (& Sonicfox defending him)
Again - the original post was my bad. No excuses and I'm not gonna blame anyone for calling me on it. It wasn't done out of malice, but that doesn't excuse things. Even if I was being dogpiled - good. It's better to drive the point home.
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Thread Nakkiel (DBFZ player) accused of sexual assault (& Sonicfox defending him)
While SonicFox's response is bad, it makes perfect sense why they would want to immediately defend their friends after how many ties they've had to break this week. I didn't even know any of these people directly, and just finding about how some people I've pooled with are sexual abusers has had me shaken. I can't even imagine what SonicFox is going through. They're nowhere near the same caliber as the actual sexual assault victims, but make no mistake - they're a victim right now too. Edit: Sorry, pronouns! I apologize - that's my bad.
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Thread Will the fighting game community survive all these harassment/rape allegations and other abhorrent behavior? Do you even want it to?
The scene simply won't be the same. Even before this stuff was coming out, locals and the venues that they used have been closing down thanks to the pandemic. Add in the current allegations and no sponsor will want to touch this scene with a 100ft pole.
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Thread Smash player and commentator DJ Nintendo accused of attempting to groom and have sex with a minor
The FGC definitely needs to be reconstructed from the ground up, but it's worth noting that - memes aside - the Smash and overall FGC communities are distinct entities. The FGC are no angels, as this week as shown, but going by that list the Smash community might just be worse.
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Thread Don't You Dare Critique Video Games! (Jim Sterling video regarding Troy Baker's dismissal of TLOU2 criticism)
In many ways this video makes a lot more sense in the context of Jim's previous video, and I have to say that I agree with the points that he's making here.
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Thread Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III just came out on Switch today. Do I need to play the previous entries to enjoy this?
Yeah, and considering that NISA is more than happy to port the games themselves, Falcom have no reason to go through the effort themselves. They're a pretty fiscally conservative company, after all.
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Thread Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III just came out on Switch today. Do I need to play the previous entries to enjoy this?
For all the folks asking about where Cold Steel 1 & 2 are on Switch - I don't know if XSEED is the roadblock there, but from what I understand they were offered the rights for Cold Steel 1 and 2 on PS4 *after* they'd already learned that they had lost the bid for Cold Steel 3. Make of that what you will. Personally I think only Cold Steel 3 on Switch still makes some sense, as some folks (including myself!) first played Cold Steel 1 and 2 on Vita, a handheld, and Cold Steel 3 jumped to home consoles only. Theoretically, there were at least a few fans that were waiting for a handheld version of Cold Steel 3, and the Switch port fills that role for them.
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Thread Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III just came out on Switch today. Do I need to play the previous entries to enjoy this?
I'm biased, but the Zero fanTL is of a very high quality, and it's very easy to buy in the west. By the time you're done with the first 4 games there's a good chance Ao's fanTL will be released, too.
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Thread Rumor: Intel 12th Gen CPUs (Alder Lake) will be on 10nm++, PCIe 4.0, DDR5, Xe integrated graphics and a new socket LGA 1700
Renoir is already showing stabler higher IF frequencies. Zen 3 should continue the trend.
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Thread You Should Play Dustforce
Now that Dustforce got , now's as good a time as any to shill the hell out of it. Dustforce is a precision platformer with a heavy emphasis on momentum, and a nice dose of input buffering and reflex timing required to clear some of the game's later levels. It's a platform unlike really anything else out there - it's almost like if you designed a platformer around fighting game inputs, including wave dashing. There's a very heavy emphasis on speedrunning, as upon clearing a level, not only will you receive a ranking depending on how well you did in the level - the game's main objectives are to clean every speck of dust, grime, or slime in a level without getting hit, as quickly as possible, without breaking your "combo" - as well a replay of your run will automatically get uploaded to the game's servers for everyone else to view for themselves. Naturally, due to the game's grueling skill ceiling, runs can get pretty intense - what helps prevent everything from getting out of hand is the games incredible art direction, as well as Lifeformed's phenomenal soundtrack: Matthewmatosis did an excellent video on the game, going over what makes the whole thing stand out. He does a much better job than I ever will explaining what makes the game so unique: Don't let this game sweep you by. The game will run on any PC from the last 5 years, more or less, and it's currently $5 on Steam: Seriously, while the game has its fair share of fans - it's criminally overlooked for the game's quality. Give it a try!
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Thread Rumor: Intel 12th Gen CPUs (Alder Lake) will be on 10nm++, PCIe 4.0, DDR5, Xe integrated graphics and a new socket LGA 1700
With the way that Infinity Fabric works, once AMD goes DDR5 we'll be seeing a huge boost to gaming performance - in addition to any other improvements. It's an exciting time in the PC CPU space, that's for sure.
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Thread Are both PS5 and XBSX going to be region free?
I mean... with the Switch's release, wouldn't that be the final real death knell for region-locking hardware (excepting the whole China situation, ofc)? MS lets you change your account region whenever. Sony and Nintendo let you put accounts for multiple regions on one system. I don't see why things would suddenly change.
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Thread 52 Games. 1 Year. 2020.
Wow, I absolutely have done a piss-poor job keeping things updated, haven't I? This'll be a big one... #10 AI: The Somnium Files – Completed 1/23/2020 Switch – 20 hours #11 Monster Hunter World (PC) – Completed 1/25/2020 PC – 43 hours #12 Pikuniku – Completed 1/26/2020 PC – 2 hours #13 My Friend Pedro – Completed 1/26/2020 PC – 3 hours #14 Arc of Alchemist – Completed 1/30/2020 Switch – 6 hours #15 Hero must die, again – Completed 2/11/2020 PC – 13 hours #16 Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate – Completed 2/15/2020 Vita – 12 hours #17 Atelier Ayesha Plus: Alchemist of Dusk – Completed 2/19/2020 Vita – 24 hours #18 Tetris Effect – Completed 2/20/2020 PS4 – 3 hours #19 Journey – Completed 2/21/2020 PS4 – 2 hours #20 Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story – Completed 2/24/2020 PC – 14 hours #21 The Unfinished Swan – Completed 2/27/2020 PS4 – 2 hours #22 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX – Completed 3/9/2020 Switch – 12 hours #23 Child of Eden – Completed 3/9/2020 Xbox 360 (Xbox One) – 2 hours #24 Ori and The Will of the Wisps – Completed 3/14/2020 PC – 11 hours #25 A Short Hike – Completed 3/15/2020 PC – 1 hour #26 Nioh 2 – Completed 3/20/2020 PS4 – 63 hours #27 DOOM Eternal – Completed 3/25/2020 PC – 14 hours #28 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – Completed 3/29/2020 PC – 80 hours #29 Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward – Completed 4/17/2020 PC – 235 hours #30 Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood – Completed 5/2/2020 PC – 390 hours #31 Dragon Marked for Death – Completed 5/5/2020 PC – 8 hours #32 Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers – Completed 5/15/2020 PC – 504 hours #33 Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen – Completed 5/21/2020 PS4 – 35 hours #34 Higurashi: Chapter 1 – Onikakushi – Completed 5/23/2020 Vita – 10 hours #35 Helltaker – Completed 5/24/2020 PC – 35 minutes #36 Xenoblade Chronicles X – Completed 6/4/2020 Wii U (CEMU) – 80 hours #37 Ys Origin – Completed 6/10/2020 PC – 73 hours #38 Higurashi: Chapter 2 – Watanagashi – Completed 6/10/2020 Vita – 10 hours #39 Hatsune Miku: Project Diva EXTEND – Completed 6/11/2020 PSP – 7 hours #40 Higurashi: Chapter 3 – Tatarigoroshi – Completed 6/16/2020 Vita – 10 hours Needless to say, I'm well on my way to finishing the challenge early this year! Definitely the fastest pace that I've managed out of all the years I've done this. AI: The Somnium Files - I enjoyed this quite a bit, and I'd argue it's got the best pacing of any Uchikoshi game that I've played. The problem, however, is the actual gameplay - it just isn't nearly as interesting as the Zero Escape series. Great story, though. Monster Hunter World (PC) - This is the first replay that I've put on a list, not much to say. Monster Hunter World is fantastic and I'm glad I caught up into Iceborne on PC! Pikuniku - It's ok. I think I paid like a dollar for this, it was alright. My Friend Pedro - I played this on Game Pass, and I had a ton of fun. Might've overstayed its welcome just a little bit - but not by much. Arc of Alchemist - Quite literally the worst game I've ever finished. If I never have to play it again it'll have been too soon. Hero must die. again - A neat RPG that plays around a bit with mechanics and storytelling. Not the best game that I've played, but certainly an enjoyable one. Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate - Absolutely fantastic roguelike, and one of my favorite games on Vita. I'm happy it's coming to PC and Switch sometime later this year - more folks should play this. Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk - This was my first Atelier. I own the entire Dusk trilogy on Vita, but I hadn't gotten around to actually playing the games until this year. I enjoyed it, and while I've gotten side-tracked lately - I do intend to go back to Escha and Logy in a bit! Tetris Effect - Fun, but man I wish I'd waited a few months for me to set my PSVR back up. Journey - I got a partner I managed to play the whole game with, great experience that I'm glad I finally got to have for myself. Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story - It's... alright, but it got old quickly. The game plays and looks pretty great, though! The Unfinished Swan - Sometimes you just want a simple walking sim to play, and this did the trick. Not the best I've played, but very good for what it is! Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX - An absolutely excellent remake, and the real reason that I picked Shiren the Wanderer back up earlier in the year - I wanted to pass the time until this came out. Loved it. Child of Eden - A very charming rhythm-shooter game, which still looks fantastic however many years later. It's a shame that it doesn't have an XB1X enhanced patch, but it still plays well. Ori and the Will of the Wisps - A fantastic metroidvania, and an even better follow-up to Ori's first adventure. It had a few bugs when I first played it, but I still had an absolute blast with it. A Short Hike - It was free on EGS so I gave it a shot. I'd say it had about the perfect length - can't have much to complain about this one, really. Nioh 2 - For my money, this improved on the basegame in nearly every way. Better level design, better enemy variety, and much better story and bosses (I don't get why some folks seem to really dislike this one's story). Great game, glad I played it. DOOM Eternal - Definitely a very different type of game compared to 2016's release, but I adore the arcade-y action and focus. An absolute joy to play. Final Fantasy XIV - I'm just gonna group everything under this. It took me a damn pandemic to finally start playing this, but man I had a blast. Now the hard part's done, and when new expansions come out I don't have to dread catching up! Dragon Marked for Death - I'd played this on Switch, but I actually hadn't finished it on there. It was fascinating coming back to this, and seeing just how much the game had changed in my absence - I already enjoyed it more than most, but now I'd definitely argue it's more than worth giving a shot. Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen - I wrote a review for this, Higurashi - This is in progress, and I'm almost definitely going to make an LTTP soon. I'll save my impressions for there! Helltaker - Silly, fun puzzle game with a great artstyle and a ton of humor. Took me less than an hour but it was a blast. Xenoblade Chronicles X - I never played this at launch for whatever reason, despite having loved the first Xenoblade and owning a Wii U. I finally got around to it on CEMU and I enjoyed it a ton. Ys Origin - I finished my Yunica playthrough ages ago, and kinda put it down halfway through a Hugo one back in 2018. I finally got back around to it - and it's definitely one of my favorites in the series. Final boss for Toal on Nightmare was, well, a nightmare. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend - For whatever reason I decided to dig out and charge my old PSP Go, and I found out that my dumped copy of Project Diva Extend... well, I never technically saw the credits. This is definitely a bit cheeky, but it's #39 on my list so I couldn't resist.
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Thread Do you think next-gen console pricing will influence high-end GPU pricing?
I think y'all are too pessimistic. nVidia even noted that Turing had slow adoption rates - that's part of the reason that they did the Super line, which was essentially dropping the SKUs down a pricing tier, and underclocking them a bit. If a $500 Xbox is gonna have a GPU batting for par with a $700 nVidia one, I'm pretty sure they're going to be forced to fix their price-per-performance.
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Thread LTTP - Solatorobo: Red The Hunter - XenoPaws Chronicles
Speaking of the series' history, it was fascinating finding out what really was going on with Strelka Stories during my interview with CC2 last AX: Folks were assuming it was the next big project, but it never was really intended to be one - it was the sort of concept art that was used to advertise new positions.
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Thread Digitimes || Ryzen 4000 Delayed to January 2021 Due to Ryzen 3000 Success [Up: Apparently false rumor; AMD says everything on track]
That scene in Metro Exodus is a meme, especially since AMD CPUs are much better on the game's DX11 mode apparently.
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Thread Game Freak is currently hiring 23 positions for developing a new entry in the core Pokémon series
HG/SS included the Crystal content, so the precedent was set that remakes would include stuff from the definitive versions.
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Thread Digitimes || Ryzen 4000 Delayed to January 2021 Due to Ryzen 3000 Success
Radeon VII had issues that weren't related to HBM, and apparently, when overclocking actually worked (and drivers didn't shit themselves) you had quite a bit of headroom you could take advantage of. HBM itself as technology is inherently good. If the cost/performance benefit is good enough, I'd prefer that we had it.
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Thread Digitimes || Ryzen 4000 Delayed to January 2021 Due to Ryzen 3000 Success
Current-gen RDNA chips are already better than we expected, and AMD are claiming an impressive 50% PPW uplift for RDNA2. Now, maybe a good part of that will be due to them using HBM2/HBM3 as speculated - but still. There's serious potential.
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Thread Digitimes || Ryzen 4000 Delayed to January 2021 Due to Ryzen 3000 Success
I've been very, very happy with my 3900x I bought at launch. My plan was always to upgrade to a 4950x sometime in 2022-2023 to hold me over through the rest of the generation - this doesn't change anything for me.
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Thread I find strict turn-based combat in RPG’s boring now, anyone else?
I'm gonna echo 's Scarlet Grace recommendation. It won our RPG of the Year award last year for a very good reason, and the battle system is potentially the best turn-based system of all time. It's fantastic.
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Thread PC Players, are any of you planning to buy the DualSense or Series X controllers to use as your new PC controller?
I have an Xbox Elite Controller v2, and I don't really need anything more than that going forward. Now, if Valve made an improved Steam Controller... then we'd be talking.
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Thread After what you saw yesterday, how do you think PC stands against PS5?
It'll be fine, while PS5 might have an SSD advantage at the start of the gen - like for a year, maybe - even Sony admits that eventually PC SSDs will be better, and obviously already PC has faster CPUs and GPUs. As always, if you want the *best* looking and running games, you need a high-end PC.
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Thread Sony recommended the use of headphones when watching their PS5 reveal video. Did you, and did you notice anything out of the ordinary?
Maybe the effect was better in the full quality of the video, but the stream definitely wasn't amazing. I noticed some nice audio stuff in the Gran Tourismo stuff... but that was basically it.
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Thread This week would've been E3
Man. I know my history with E3 pales in comparison to some of the other folks in the industry - but this will be the first one I miss since I started attending in 2015. Knowing that it's just not happening this year - along with SDCC and Anime Expo - is weird. What the hell am I going to do this summer?
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Thread Buffalo PD (new york) Officer Shoves an Old Man to the Ground, he starts bleeding) (Update: Two officers involved suspended)
The person that did end up treating him had a different uniform. Might be NG though.
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Thread Buffalo PD (new york) Officer Shoves an Old Man to the Ground, he starts bleeding) (Update: Two officers involved suspended)
This is also true - just seeing folks on twitter angrily saying that one of them walking past should've administered aid rubbed me the wrong way. Not trying to defend the cops here, but rather trying to let people know that if someone has a head injury and they aren't medically trained DON'T TRY AND ASSIST THEM.
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Thread Buffalo PD (new york) Officer Shoves an Old Man to the Ground, he starts bleeding) (Update: Two officers involved suspended)
Guys I'm not trying to defend the fucker that pushed him in the first place, nor am I trying to say that someone shouldn't have stayed behind to keep an eye on him. At the end of the day, the fact the situation even happened is a condemnation of the force as a whole. The only reason I posted anything is that I've been seeing a *ton* of folks on twitter chastising the cops in the background of the video for not *immediately* attempting to administer aid, and it really rubbed me the wrong way because of how dangerous that would've been, even more so than the situation already was.
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Thread Buffalo PD (new york) Officer Shoves an Old Man to the Ground, he starts bleeding) (Update: Two officers involved suspended)
I'm gonna risk getting hated on for this, but the cops that passed by the guy on the ground actually did the right thing. The whole situation is fucked, the pig that pushed him absolutely shouldn't have instigated, but when you're dealing with potential head trauma trying to assist without medical training has a possibility of making things worse. You can clearly see that a dedicated medic ends up getting to him on the ground. Bad situation, but if a random cop that had *no* reason or training to attempt to assist head trauma had made things worse it would've gotten uglier. I fully understand why folks are pissed off right now, and I agree, but it's something to consider.
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Thread LTTP/RTTP: Xenoblade Chronicles X - Somehow... my favorite Xenoblade so far?
Where do I begin...? Since I posted the thread, I've been binging the hell out of some of the side quests, and they only kept getting better and better. I love how adding more and more alien species to NLA feels like an expanded version of Colony 9 from the original Xenoblade - the sidequest chains are just unreal, and they're almost all super interesting! It almost makes the game's narrative feel more like Anime Star Trek with the way you and your crew deals with these quests and stories, and I was 100% here for it. The main story is pretty barebones until the end, like everyone said, but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing; the ending resonates insanely well if you bothered to take your time and do affinity missions, immerse yourself in the world, and really get to know the characters. It's a story that really is much more about the journey - your journey, not-so-much a distinct narrative. It's different, but it still feels really good at the end of it all. ...speaking of which, that ending. I need a sequel YESTERDAY. YOU CAN'T JUST END THE GAME THAT WAY. "It's this planet. It's something about this planet..."
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Thread LTTP/RTTP: Xenoblade Chronicles X - Somehow... my favorite Xenoblade so far?
Again - only "major" issues that I've run into have been some minor graphical glitches in some of NLA. Even then, it's only in the commercial/residential districts - Industrial District and Administrative District are 100% fine.
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Thread Evo supports BlackLivesMatter, donating $7,500 each to @NAACP_LDF and @VisitLakeStreet
Compared to the replies from other companies announcing support for BLM, these are actually a night and day difference - still some stragglers, but the vast majority is positive. Which makes sense - while there are a few bad apples, the FGC is incredibly diverse, and generally very accepting. Glad to see the donations, and glad to see the support.
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Thread LTTP/RTTP: Xenoblade Chronicles X - Somehow... my favorite Xenoblade so far?
Yeah, I love how the game has parts of the map deliberately sectioned off for when you get your Skell, and then when you get flight. It's fascinating how they designed the world on like 3 different levels.
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Thread LTTP/RTTP: Xenoblade Chronicles X - Somehow... my favorite Xenoblade so far?
It works pretty well! There's a few minor issues - some graphical glitches in some parts of NLA, mainly - but for like 99% of the time it runs flawlessly, and you can even pump the internal resolution and the LoD quite a bit! If you have multiple monitors, you can render the gamepad to a separate window, and just have it on that monitor.
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Thread LTTP/RTTP: Xenoblade Chronicles X - Somehow... my favorite Xenoblade so far?
So, I played about 25 hours of Xenoblade Chronicles X before I , fully intending to get back to it before long - and so I have. I was already enjoying it quite a bit before, but somehow I think it might just be my favorite in the series now? I've been playing on CEMU, and man is this game *gorgeous* with a better LoD and a higher resolution: Combat feels like a direct evolution of the first Xenoblade's, and Overdrive is a *ton* of fun to learn and play with. For my money, Mira is the best open-world in any Nintendo game, and perhaps in any game out there - the scope and scale of everything is insane, and especially when emulating it's hard to remember that this somehow ran on the Wii U. Skell combat definitely isn't quite as deep as on-foot combat, and the customization in the latter is actually insane, but it's still a ton of fun - and more importantly, it feels cool to use 'em. I'd seen memes about the soundtrack and the story, and honestly? They feel overblown. The soundtrack is fantastic, and although the main story isn't quite as much of a focus as in the other Xenoblade's, all of the sidequests are actually good, and Affinity Missions are legitimately awesome. I've been doing as many as I can going through the game, and it absolutely feels like that's the way the game is designed - it 100% wants you to engage with that stuff, and while that might gate you from doing the main story, I've literally never felt like I was being forced to do something else just to unlock the next Story Mission. Since, well, I was doing it all naturally. I'm about 60~ hours in, and just unlocked flight - I've still got 3 more story chapters left so we'll see how I truly feel at the end, but this game is something special.
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Thread LTTP/RTTP: Xenoblade Chronicles X - Somehow... my favorite Xenoblade so far?
I've been using 1.19.0, but that's only because when I moved from my laptop to my desktop that was the available version. I haven't updated since that'd mean I would have to start my shader cache from start. Oh yeah - that's another thing. Latest versions of CEMU let you async compile shaders, so instead of having stutters when shaders load in, it just doesn't load the effect that the shaders are tied to until it's compiled. Either way, most shaders are only compiled when you head to a new area for the first time, so it's not nearly as bad as it sounds. Especially once you're pretty far into the game you stop running into it.
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Thread Jason Schreier "liked" a tweet asking him if the long-rumoured Demon's Souls Remake is being shown at the PS5 event next week
I finally played Demon's Souls last year thanks to RPCS3, and I'm super excited to see whatever Bluepoint has to show (assuming these rumors are accurate!)
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Thread So apparently Yuzu EA can already run Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
Bought and streamed 3~ hours of this today, but I might just wait a few months and see how this stacks up on yuzu - I played like half of my original XBC playthrough on Dolphin, and I've been playing XBX on CEMU. It's basically a tradition for me at this point.
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Thread Just a PSA: You don't need a "gaming" PC to game on PC
The "sweet spot" right now is 1440p/144hz. Older games can hit those specs on even a relatively modest machine these days, eSports games have no trouble hitting those specs on a relatively modest machine, and with FreeSync/G-Sync anytime you're over like 90~ FPS you get the benefit of a smoother experience without having to worry about screen-tearing.
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Thread I think fair to say that the Switch has already has a better first party support 3 years than the Wii U had in 4
Well, that's just fact. Even discounting the numerous Wii U ports, Switch has a much larger and more varied 1st party library than the Wii U ever got.
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Thread The Wonderful 101: Remastered goes up on Kickstarter
Sent Platinum a message on Kickstarter. I completely understand the physical delay, but it was already pretty bs the bait-and-switch with PC physical backers getting a code in a box. If we're getting a digital code anyway, I'd much rather get a Switch physical.
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Thread The Wonderful 101: Remastered goes up on Kickstarter
You misunderstand. The point of the PC physical was already dubious once they revealed it was but a code in a box (despite the implications otherwise before surveys were completed...), now that physical backers are getting steam codes anyway, I'd much rather have the option to switch my platform for the physical copy.
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Thread The Wonderful 101: Remastered goes up on Kickstarter
I sent them a message, but ideally, I shouldn't have had to. The original PC box mockup showed a "DVD-ROM" logo, and they didn't mention that it would be a code until later. It's a total bait and switch, and it's especially annoying.
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Thread The Wonderful 101: Remastered goes up on Kickstarter
It costs them money to generate codes for other platforms. Generating Steam codes is free. ...they could've done nothing, I appreciate that they're doing this much. I just really hope they do something for PC Physical backers like myself.
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Thread FFXIV ARR 2.0, some comments about the deterioration & decline of "live" games
As someone that recently went through the game myself... there's a fairly clear difference between the dungeon designs in ARR, and the expansions. I'm not sure if I'm the biggest fan of how linear they've become myself.
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Thread "A Long Fall" (FFXIV Shadowbringers) is some of the best Musical Storytelling I've ever seen *Full FFXIV Spoilers*
I aspire to one day be able to meet the comedic standards that "Seventh Umbral Caslamity" embodies. Truly an inspiration to us all!
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Thread "A Long Fall" (FFXIV Shadowbringers) is some of the best Musical Storytelling I've ever seen *Full FFXIV Spoilers*
I found this, which is equally amazing since I didn't think people still made Space Jam mixes of songs anymore! Also has quite possibly the best Youtube comments section I've seen, in that it's actually hilarious:
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Thread Hidden Gem Recommendations for Platformers (Level-Based, Metroidvania, Run N' Gun, Etc.)
Dustforce is absolutely amazing, and I will defer to matthewmatosis' video on it: Easily my favorite platformer of all time, and getting the sole Steam achievement for it is one of my proudest gaming accomplishments.
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Thread "A Long Fall" (FFXIV Shadowbringers) is some of the best Musical Storytelling I've ever seen *Full FFXIV Spoilers*
Extra shout-out to some of the final regular enemies in the dungeon proper being a gag on Wedge's silly kettle from Omega!
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Thread "A Long Fall" (FFXIV Shadowbringers) is some of the best Musical Storytelling I've ever seen *Full FFXIV Spoilers*
Over the last 2~ months I've basically been binging the everliving hell out of Final Fantasy XIV, and having just finished the Shadowbringers MSQ the other day The Twinning - one of the current "Expert Roulette" dungeons - blew me away with how it ties into the Shadowbringers main story, as well as direct callouts to raid stories from A Realm Reborn, Heavensward, and Stormblood. First, the song in question: For obvious reasons, folks *love* this song. It's frentic, full of energy, and just a blast to listen to - if that's all it was, it would still likely be one of my favorite songs in the game, but there's a ton more to the song below the surface. First off, the song makes liberal use of a leitmotif from the second stage of the Crystal Tower Alliance Raid series, Syrcus Tower. This part in particular: From a lore standpoint, this makes perfect sense. The Twinning takes place in the Crystal Tower, and the opening room is *very* reminiscent of the opening sections of Syrcus Tower. It's probably the most obvious inspiration in the song, though far from the only one of note. Next, the filtered vocal track in the song is very similar to the filter used in the Alexander raids: This is admittedly not an obvious connection at first, but one that does become undeniable later on in the dungeon when the final boss is quite literally a and even uses a remixed version of the Alexander boss theme as their own. Finally, the last musical reference in the track is to eScape from the Omega raids, itself a reference to Azys Lla. While the filter used on the vocals in A Long Fall are undeniably closer to those found in the Alexander raids, the vocals themselves are actually directly lifted from a theme in the Omega raids: The reason why this is especially cool is that the lore of The Twinning is directly about how Garlond Ironworks struggled to find a way to prevent the Eighth Umbral Calamity, and your death, by researching your deeds in the Crystal Tower, Alexander, and Omega - before finally settling on using Omega-inspired tech alongside their own knock-off Alexander in order to send the actual Crystal Tower across both time and space. So - the song *directly ties these three sources of inspiration together*. I already loved Shadowbringers a ton, but as a total music nerd seeing how all of this content that I'd been doing in the lead up to Shadowbringers not only has a purpose in the actual narrative of FFXIV, but can see direct callouts in seemingly the most innocuous of places. I absolutely love this dungeon, and Soken is a *god* for managing to do its lore justice with his music.
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Thread LTTP/RTTP - Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
So, I meant to have another update before this - but I finished 5.0 last night. Where to begin? The story is without a doubt the best I've ever seen in an MMO, and it's easily one of the best stories in RPGs in general. The final moments of the expansion are haunting, and I'm definitely not going to forget them for a while. Emet-Selch is a fascinating character, and it's hard not to empathize with him. If I had one complaint, I wish not every dungeon was a straight line. I miss the more interesting layouts from earlier content - but I also understand why, with stuff like Deep Dungeons and Eureka being in the game. Otherwise? I knew that Shadowbringers had an immensely popular reception going in, but this somehow exceeded it. I'm very excited to start tackling raids and extreme primals!
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Thread Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix (Switch) releases May 15th 2020 for the west
Not JP copy, but I got a review copy and I've played every game since f on Vita, and even went backwards to play Extend on PSP. Dual wielding is fine, I haven't had a problem with it. Only thing that's notably a pain is hold notes if you're used to using macros on bumpers.
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Thread Scorn Developer Interview: "The new CPUs is where the biggest difference compared to current generation will come from"
I've been telling folks for months to go for 3700x over a 3600, and for their sakes I hope that's enough CPU for them, and I was just wrong - but I don't think so, especially for 60FPS. It's gonna be a rough few years for PC players from the jump.
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Thread LTTP/RTTP - Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
So, I fought Titania, and was summarily, properly, introduced to Emet-Selch - I'm pretty surprised just how different Shadowbringers feels to the rest of the game so far? The First is a very unique world, and while my one major complaint with Stormblood was how so much of the game looked to similar to areas we've been before, the same definitely can't be said for Norvandt. Every area stands out, and the atmosphere is the best in the game yet. Music, artstyle, etc. ...is it just me, or is the presentation in general both a huge step up, and *very* different? It feels like there's both more voice acting in general, as well as many more cutscenes with voiced characters. I also really, really enjoy the sort of setup that they've got going on with and how they're fleshing out his character, and using him as a foil for the player character. Not much to say about the dungeons - they're good, and Dhon Meg especially was a treat to play through, even if I was matched with a party where most of the folks clearly story skipped to reach Shadowbringers, and were *way* out of their element... Titania's boss fight was great too, and really hectic! So far, so good - I'm curious to see how the rest of the Dungeons/Trials go. It's still very early for the story, but it's already feeling pretty different, and it's absolutely a breath of fresh air coming from Stormblood. I also love how the "Beast Tribes" are just - part of Norvandt society, for the most part, and how it kinda goes to show that the whole label is 100% racism in Eorzea. It was already obvious, but to see that sort of "what if" in Norvandt really highlights it!
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Thread LTTP/RTTP - Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
I'm planning on doing Alexander and Omega first. As for Coils - I'm looking around, and a few of my friends are interested in doing a fun little Coil run. Unsynced, but ilvl 130 gear. That way it's close to how it was originally in terms of difficulty, but we have full movesets.
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Thread LTTP/RTTP - Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
This has been a long time coming, but at the same time - I'm still shocked I've even made it this far to begin with. I bought FFXIV in 2018 shortly after the Monster Hunter World crossover was announced, and a few IRL friends of mine decided to make the jump. Some of them had previously played around the time that Heavensward was current, and so I thought that we'd induct it as one of our "forever" games. I played right up until the end of 2.0 - about 10 quests away from finishing the main scenario before the rather infamous 2.x patches - before they dropped it, and the whole ordeal took the wind out of my sails. Despite everything, I've wanted to come back to playing it, but something always seemed to get in the way - reviews that needed to get done, new games that were released that I'd want to get out of the way first, college, etc. I even went out of my way to pre-order Shadowbringers to try and force me to play, but that didn't really do much to help matters. Then COVID-19 happened. Suddenly classes are much less of a concern, for better or worse, less games are coming out, and I have what is essentially the perfect excuse to finally dive straight into an MMO. A month and a half later, I've just lost my sprout - 450~ hours logged in-game, plenty of side activities finished, and now I'm smack dab in the middle of the Crystarium, ready and willing to start my adventure in Norvandt. I have a *lot* to say about my experience with FFXIV so far, but I think I'll save that for when everything is said and done - for now, I'm just ready to finally get to experience what everyone seems to agree is the best expansion. I couldn't be more excited!
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Thread LTTP/RTTP - Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
I have done uuuh... Most of the optional dungeons, with the exception of Qarn HM, Arboretum, Arboretum HM, and... I think that's it? So far? As for Trials, I've done Warring Triads and Four Lords. I need to do the Hildibrand ones and Relic Weapon ones soon, but otherwise I'm caught up (not counting Extremes, with the sole exception being Rathalos!) I leveled a few extra jobs, including PLD, DRK, AST, and a multitude of DoH/DoL. Both MIN and BTN are 60+ now, all DoH beside Culinarian are 35+ (thanks, Ishgard Restoration). As for raids, I haven't touched the 8 man ones *too* much, but I have started both Alexander and Omega, as well as unlocked Coil. I have finished the alliance raids, with the exception of the last Ivalice section. All the others I have run at least once. So, both Crystal Tower and Sky Pirates are finished. It's fair to say I've done my fair share of side activities!
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Thread How do you feel about the Wii U?
I like emulation in general, but the main reason that I made a backup of my copy of Xenoblade X to play it on PC wasn't so much I wanted to play it on PC, but rather that I don't want to touch my Wii U again if I can help it. The system had some great games, and the concept was interesting - not enough games made use of its strengths, however, and the Gamepad feels like a bulky toy.
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Thread FF14 5.3 NieR raid "The Puppet's Bunker"
If you're interested in getting into FFXIV in order to play these raids - understand that we're talking about playing hundreds of hours just to get to the endgame in order to do so. I'm around 430 hours nearing the end of the Stormblood 4.x patch quests while taking my time, and it's very likely I'll hit 500 hours before even finishing Shadowbringers. FFXIV is definitely more than a bit of a commitment.
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Thread Have you ever met someone who said "My kid is NOT mature enough for this M-Rated game!" ?
I played Gauntlet: Dark Legacy with my dad when I was 4, but then my mom got angry and I wouldn't be allowed to play T rated games until I was 10, and M wasn't until I was 13. Some exceptions were made when my dad could chance it lol.
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Thread The Wonderful 101: Remastered physical edition delayed (NA 30 Jun / EU 3 Jul) while digital proceeds as planned
The way that Platinum have communicated the specifics of the PC Physical SKU, and the lack of communication that they've had with backers in general over the last month has been embarrassingly poor. I've been trying to get in contact with them about switching my platform to Switch (doubly so once they announced that all physical backers are getting steam keys *anyway*) and they've just been radio silent. Nothing.
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Thread Jason Schreier - Hackers found a security vulnerability in a patch for an older ND game and used it to leak TLOU 2
Late to the thread, I know, but yeah Pixelbutts is a known quantity in the game preservation community, that by nature of what he does he hears about hacks and leaks like these behind the scenes all the time. I actually met him in person a few years back, and I trust him to know what he's talking about when it comes to this sort of stuff. Seems like I was right to, in this case!
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Thread The Wonderful 101: Remastered physical edition delayed (NA 30 Jun / EU 3 Jul) while digital proceeds as planned
The real folks that should be upset are the PC physical backers. The Kickstarter had a picture of a "PC DVD-ROM" box for the PC physical release, and it wasn't until after surveys were closed that it was revealed that it would be a code in the box instead. Now, we're getting a code anyway. I really, really hope they'll actually let me switch my platform to Switch.