You should never pre-order games. Yes, we all know that but many still do. What about those who don't really pay attention to the enthusiast press, and see on Steam that a new Batman game is released? They didn't pre-order the game and just want to buy it and play it. They're just as screwed as the pre-order crowd.
The Steam refund is the tool PC gamers now have to combat broken day 1 releases. That's the real story here. Period. There's no way WB pulls this game if not for the refund system. This is shaping of to be the biggest news story of the year in gaming and can be a catalyst of things to come.
Let me rephrase this... I don't play the majority of indie games because I do not like platformers, and I don't have much time to devote to gaming any more. I have played and enjoyed Gone Home, Brothers, and Elite: Dangerous (is this an indie game? Who knows any more). I just don't get excited about the majority of smaller budget stuff. I bought Ori recently, and other than it being beautiful, I quickly lost interest. I bought 2 GTX 980s and a 4k monitor so I could be blown away by the spectacle of a AAA game. Unfortunately (for me), this generation has proved that those kinds of games are becoming more rare.
Perhaps the very definition of what an indie game is kind of getting blurred these days. I liked Divinity, is that indie? I think so? I'm definitely getting Pillars of Eternity this week, but I doubt I'll actually get to finish it. That was a kickstarter game right? So yeah, I guess I'm generalizing a bit, but for me AAA gaming is what got me back into video games and it's the stuff I'm always looking the most forward to. Sorry, I think I'm "that guy".
This game along with The Witcher 3 getting moved to Q4 of this year is my biggest gaming fear. I can totally see it happening. I don't play indie games and I suck at Souls games, so these are really the only 2 games I want to play this year.
The only question is, just how laughable and horrendous is this going to be?
They should just make Zelda into a freaking anime series already. Zelda has more in common with anime than it does traditional fantasy. Superimposing traditional fantasy over the Zelda aesthetic is just a disaster waiting to happen.
Now that Patrick is gone, who is going to write for the main page? I get it, this is a video content/personality driven website, but man Patrick's articles were a joy to read. Not to mention the fact he was responsible for a VAST amount of content on this site over the past two years. Hopefully Alex picks up the torch and starts writing features. I know I'm in the minority, but I really don't want this site to turn into a Quick look, UPF factory.
Don't care. I just ignore them. I discovered them by digging through the boosts section when I was trying to complete a sidequest I wasn't leveled enough to complete... I gave them about 2 seconds of thought and never thought about them again. If you're dumb or rich enough to buy these things then who am I to tell you how to enjoy the game? If no one buys them, the devs will stop putting them in the game... Or, you could just carry on bitching about something dumb because the internet needs more faux outrage.
I'm about 4 hours in and I am absolutely loving this game. Playing on the PC and the game is jaw droppingly beautiful at times. Walking into St. Chapelle with the sunlight beaming through the stained glass windows reminded me of how awestruck I was when I visited it in person. As far as gameplay is concerned its a very good AC game. The best one yet? I don't know yet. I will say it reminds me a lot of 2 and brotherhood, so it's in the ballpark. I'm loving the mini games and side quests. Similar to the batman games when you choose to solve a mystery or crime through environmental investigation. Combat is solid. Guards no longer wait around for you to attack and instead gang up on you and can kill you pretty quickly. Traversing the world is IMO the best it's evr been.
If you like these kinds of games, I highly recommend it. It's nowhere near as bad as 3 or Revelations. Don't listen to the reviews. They've all been trashing the game, and I'm glad I ignored them this time around and just played it for myself.
Edit: forgot to add my favorite thing about the game. You can choose a play style via which equipment you buy. You can be ranged, melee, health, or stealth focused. I'm choosing stealth and playing the game like those early splinter cell games. As you progress with whatever focus you choose, you unlock new abilities based on your specific discipline. It's pretty neat.