Both Vagrant Story and Xenogears and both really incredible games, with Chrono Cross not much worse. I'd definitely put them all ahead of Final Fantasies 7 and 8, for sure. 9 falls somewhere in there.
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I really wish I did, but I don't like buying things for myself (particularly things that become outdated the minute you buy them), so I probably never will. I always just play ~4 year old games on PC. I sort of treat 2008 games as being new.
1. Phoenix Wright: Trials & Tribulations
2. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
3. Valkyria Chronicles
4. Crusader Kings II
5. Super Mario Galaxy
6. Dead Space
7. Assassin's Creed II
10. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
For whatever reason I disliked a lot of the graphical style of this generation - everything has this sort of shiny, slick look to it that irks me. Games that don't have that are better to me, even though I don't care that much about graphics. There are also a lot of quote-unquote AAA games that I haven't played, either.
I enjoyed reading that, first of all.
Second of all, I'm thoroughly against all this "misogynist" criticism that's thrown at these games. What about the men in them? Going all the way back to GTA3 they were TOTAL SCUMBAGS. There were "empowered" women in GTA3 by these standards (Catalina was the main villain, Asuka was a powerful gangster, etc.), and the only character in GTA: San Andreas that actually cares about business and finds a decent man who respects her is CJ's sister, while none of the other characters are able to move past the gangbanging they grew up with.
Then in GTA4, every single man you meet is a total scumbag in one way or another, whether it's Roman who can't pay his debts, Dwayne who can't get over being screwed, Brucie who is a roiding loser, or any of the other total sociopaths you meet. The women in the game are not like this other than Elizabeta. So the characters treat women like dirt. Who wants men like this anyway? The world would be better off without them. And of course people like this are going to frequent places with strippers or hookers. Hookers EXIST. They won't go away. Showing them doesn't equal misogyny.
I neither own nor have played GTA5 so I cannot comment on it, but from what I keep seeing it doesn't sound like it gets any better, and I find the clamour for a female GTA protagonist hilarious. Why would you want something like that? Yes, let's have a sociopathic woman running around in the name of equality. Got it!
Calling GTA "misogynist" is so hilariously off-base that it honestly makes me a little sick. Of course the men in the games are misogynist pigs, just like they're scumbag murdering sociopaths. I don't understand why it's worse to show these assholes being jerks to women and sexualizing them than having every single man you meet be worthy of the death sentence. It's an artistic choice, and a valid one.
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Did you not see that Halo is coming out in the next 2 years?
Once the consoles are released people will stop caring about everything except which console has better games.
You also can't compare the number of live accounts to the number of 360s sold. If you bought a 360 during the first couple years it probably broke on you and you had to buy another one. I've gone through 2 and I know people who've gone through 3 or 4 all with the same live account.
Speaking from personal experience, I've had two Live accounts and only one 360, both of them Silver accounts. I am probably the minority, but there you go.
What amazes me is that there is 48 Million gold members. I'm no industry analyst like Dr.9cupsoftea here, but that means they have internet.
Not gold members, live members. The closest stat i found said that 12 million of those were gold members, but that was old.
I respectfully link you to a article which proves you are incorrect.
Really ought to read the article before you post it as proof that you're right. Fourth paragraph.
[There's simply no way on earth that Microsoft would ever consider forfeiting 46 million subscriptions (though some are free, limited access Silver variants), even if it would put them on equal footing with one of the PS3's selling points.
10-15 years down the line, when they're no longer releasing Xbox One games and Microsoft stops supporting it, what happens to all the games you bought? They might as well be thrown in the trash.
Reading through this thread really makes me wonder: how many people here play old games? I'm talking early generation 6 and before. Anyone? Because that's the main thing that really freaked me out about the Xbox One, more than anything else. They're basically just renting you the machine.
Turning into Gen 6 for me all over again: Playstation as primary console, Nintendo as nice little quirky secondary console, and sneering at those who wasted their money on an Xbox.
I liked the 360 and never really regretted that purchase, so I thought Microsoft was on the right track. Guess I was wrong. Oh well, back to sneering.