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#1 Posted by BigSocrates (410 posts) -

Not a fraud, but deprived. Nintendo does certain things better than any other company. You have some amazing gaming ahead of you.

#2 Posted by BigSocrates (410 posts) -

I have an Xbox One and a PS4 and play the Xbox One more. So far it has the better exclusives of this generation (At least in big budget stuff) and the multiplatform differences tend to be minor. If you're obsessed with resolution and frame rate then you might be better off with a PS4, but what you really want is a PC. Meanwhile the Xbox One has Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset Overdrive. They're both great, and great-looking, exclusive games. And it has good versions of all the big multi-plat stuff as well. So if your concern is "will I own the secondary console of this generation" then maybe you should be worried, but that's an odd thing to worry about if you're buying a console rather than investing in stock. If your concern is "Will I be able to have fun with this console or will it be like the Atari Jaguar of its generation?" you have nothing to worry about.

#3 Edited by BigSocrates (410 posts) -

@corevi said:

Same here. I have a PS3 just to play Japanese games but even those are starting to make their way onto PC.

@bigsocrates said:

As others have said, I have a laptop (and need to for work) so it would be not just a whole new computer, but a whole new computer I'd need to put in the living room if I wanted to hook it up to my TV (and I don't want to play on a monitor while sitting in a work chair.) Plus you really need a mouse and keyboard to be able to navigate the PC interface, and you generally need to physically turn a PC on (though I'm sure there are ways around this) and then log in.

This is as opposed to plopping down on the couch and hitting the button on the center of the wireless controller to wake the console up. Plus when I have relatively rare leisure time I tend to stream video through my console (which you CAN do through the PC, obviously, but once again mouse and keyboard on the couch) and then switch over to gaming.

You could get a desktop PC and leave it on then just plug an HDMI cable from your tv to your laptop and use Steam In Home Streaming to play games.

There are a lot of things I "Could" conceivably do, some of which involve drilling holes in the wall and feeding HDMI cables through them, or quitting my job. They aren't worth it. Even the laptop solution, which is relatively easy, has a lot of steps beyond the simple set up. Every time I want to game I'd have to unpack my laptop from its bag, log in, pull the HDMI cable from the entertainment center, connect to the always on PC (which for power consumption reasons I would probably not leave always on anyway) and then hope that the controller I want to use is still successfully paired to the laptop.

I also have to hope that in an urban environment my wifi signal is sufficiently undisrupted to maintain the necessary bandwidth, which I'd assume is substantial.

Now all that might only take 2 minutes or so, when it works properly, but that's opposed to picking up a controller and hitting the button, or just saying "Xbox On." It's not worth it to save a little bit of money and have slightly better lighting effects. For me. If it is for you, that's awesome, more power to you (literally in terms of computing power), but for the people I know, even those of whom are tech savvy enough to be able to PC gamers, it's a big ask. I was actually interested in Steam Boxes when they were announced because they seemed to be trying to meet the user halfway, but that never really seemed to appear.

#4 Edited by BigSocrates (410 posts) -

As others have said, I have a laptop (and need to for work) so it would be not just a whole new computer, but a whole new computer I'd need to put in the living room if I wanted to hook it up to my TV (and I don't want to play on a monitor while sitting in a work chair.) Plus you really need a mouse and keyboard to be able to navigate the PC interface, and you generally need to physically turn a PC on (though I'm sure there are ways around this) and then log in.

This is as opposed to plopping down on the couch and hitting the button on the center of the wireless controller to wake the console up. Plus when I have relatively rare leisure time I tend to stream video through my console (which you CAN do through the PC, obviously, but once again mouse and keyboard on the couch) and then switch over to gaming.

Considering how much I work and how often I am squeezing in gaming between 11:00 and Midnight, console just suits me better. And with the new ones you can buy everything digitally if you want and there are often decent discounts (though not as good as Steam, obviously) I got digital Enslaved on the PS3 for like $5. Many newish console games (Including the Evil Within) have been down under $30 already. Steam has forced prices down across the board. I'll pay a little extra for the convenience factor because you reach a point in your life when money is worth less than the time and energy required for PC gaming (By energy I don't mean playing the games, but rather futzing around with drivers and settings and such when games inevitably have problems with your set-up.)

#5 Posted by BigSocrates (410 posts) -

Battlefield 4 - beautiful but one of the worst stories in games I've played recently. I will never buy a battlefield again because I was so disappointed in the game in general (outside graphics)

What was SO bad about Battlefield 4's story? Not that I'm defending it - it's boring and forgettable- but I have a hard time understanding such a powerful reaction, since for me it was just a non-entity. It's like seeing someone have a visceral reaction to a meal of plain white rice. Sure it's boring, but what's there to be offended by?

As for this question, my answer for recent games is Counterspy. I loved the look of that game intensely, but playing it was not that fun. I wish they had just made a well-tuned campaign instead of going with the randomly generated concept.

I'll also include Killzone Shadowfall, though I only really messed around with the multiplayer. Beautiful next-gen graphics but bland and plodding gameplay.

#6 Edited by BigSocrates (410 posts) -

Should you compromise your college performance for a seasonal job that doesn't respect you or your time?

Come on, man. You know the answer to that.

#7 Posted by BigSocrates (410 posts) -

In reading this thread I'm surprised how little titanfall was brought up. People for get about it or something? That game did extremely well critically but most people seemed down or over it after a week

Others will disagree, but I loved Titanfall. It didn't have a very long tail for me, but I played it intensely for enough time to get my money's worth and it was probably the most intensely FUN game I played all year.

#8 Posted by BigSocrates (410 posts) -

@belegorm said:

Probably Alien: Isolation? I was really enjoying it till I got to the infuriating part where you have to sneak around 4 humans. I spent like 20 tries on it, couldn't figure out what to do and stopped playing.

FAQ it, man. If you really like the game no reason to let a chokepoint stop you.

My disappointment of the year has got to be Destiny. I realize people are split on it, but it has its defenders and I don't get it. I played that game a lot, grinding not because it was necessarily fun but because it was so close to fun and people were talking up the raid. Then I got to the raid, saw what it had to offer, and put down the game. I went back this weekend for a few minutes to run around the tower and see what Xur had to sell, and rather than giving me feelings of nostalgia and memories of fun times, like going back to an MMO generally does for me, it just made me angry all over again and even more angry that I had to hunt for that stupid merchant.

Nothing else even compares. On the flip side I was worried that Sunset Overdrive would be a disappointment for me, and the first couple hours weren't great, but once the game fully opens up it's super fun. Might be my GOTY.

#9 Posted by BigSocrates (410 posts) -

. Unless Far Cry 4 is a colossal bummer or not as good as I hope, chances are good this will be a top candidate for my favorite game of the year.

Why would Far Cry 4 being disappointing knock Sunset Overdrive out of your top games of the year?

Anyway, this game is great. Fantastic traversal, bright colors, absolutely tons to do; The perfect antidote to Destiny. It reminds me that yes, games can have varied objectives and unique events and still play very well. The humor is...whatever, I don't love the writing in the game but it just sort of fades into the background for me and isn't a problem at all.

To me this game feels a lot like a goofy Infamous, which makes sense because they are both traversal focused shooters. Sunset Overdrive's more about traversal and more forgiving with the shooting, while Infamous is the opposite. Infamous tends to have reasonably serious kind of grim stories while Sunset Overdrive says "screw it" and has a mission where you lure a robot death dog back home using a toy kitten launcher. I love it. If it maintains this level of quality it is likely to be my GOTY.

#10 Posted by BigSocrates (410 posts) -

@vrikk:

My understanding is that the developers get some combination of an upfront payment and/or a per download payment. Let's say it costs $100,000 to port Volgarr to the XBONE. If Microsoft gives them an upfront payment of that $100,000 and 25 cents a download they are guaranteed a profit. Now let's say that 2 million people download the free game. That's a pretty darn nice profit, and that's ignoring the enhanced tail I mentioned earlier. I haven't hard of any Indie devs saying they got screwed over by participation in this program (at least lately.)