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While it seems like there is some portion of the typical 0 for the sake of it crowd, everything I've looked at in terms of video reviews or a lot of the metacritic ones have been pretty negative on the game because of the story. And they don't even bring up any gender or SJW or labor practices etc.

It sounds like it's just bad, I guess particularly when compared to the first. I've never played the first one and didn't have any expectations to play Part 2, so it's interesting to sit back and watch all this play out. What I expect to happen is that any post-release press coverage are just going to dismiss any negative reviews of the game because they haven't looked themselves, assuming its all just bigoted assholes crying, when it seems to me like it is definitely not.

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Yea, I shoulda mentioned I'm disc-version all the way. I just like physical media, but also if it's backwards compatible then.. obviously I want it to work with my PS4 games. And HOPEFULLY my PS1, PS2 and maaaaybe PS3 games.. lol Or at least if they come up with some physical version verification gets you free download for old games.

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A bunch of cool games I'm interested in. And I think the console itself looks cool. Disappointed I can't put my pre-order in.

GT7 wooWOO! Kena, Little Devil Inside, Sackboy Adventure, Astro Bot Adventure thing, Horizon 2, Demons Souls.

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Was alright. What I expected. Been around console launches long enough and its the usual. Skorn was probably my pick. Color me intrigued. I'm open to some wall phalluses and vagina foreheads.

This is more of the same as current gen. When it comes to resolutions and frame rates-- all them fidelities, you can't convey it over the internet. Current hardware looks way better in person on a nice TV than some low bitrate online video. And new hardware doesn't directly translate to new gameplay experiences. The games are just going to be even more pretty and hopefully perform betterer. Loading speeds and seamlessly streaming in assets will potentially alter some game design. All fine with me. PS4 and Xbox One aren't different from PS3 or X360 in terms of game evolution either, and look how well all that has sold. The PS4 has been great for me.

I can of course understand people are disappointed they said "gameplay" and didn't really deliver on that. This is why you need to operate on a high level of cynicism in life. It technically was video of gameplay. It was not video of someone playing the game.

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@fnert_bjerglen: lol you know, I bet someone could take that whole joke and really build on it in a video, comparing other good RPGs.. and then Kingdom Hearts.. the Simple Jack of Square's library :P

Funnily enough, I was telling my friend I think they went one notch too far with Barret in the Kirk Lazarus direction hahaha I mean, if they make a live action version of this at some point, Robert Downey Jr. should play Barret.

On a different note, I finished my original FF7 playthrough last week (and now I'm on Disc 2 of FF9 /facepalm) which took about 40 hours for the first disc, 20 on the second, and then another 10 or so messing around on the third and last. Great game. Combat was still fun. Materia system is excellent. There was a number of key story details I had forgotten. And I never thought it went too far off the deep end except for probably the part literally exploring cloud's psyche.. That would need to be reworked. Gameplay wise my only real complaint would be the party management in terms of materia and gear. Having to shuffle people in and out to take stuff on and off etc etc.

Nothing like over the top, fourth wall breaking weirdness as the remake though. I can't see them remaking the rest of the game the way they did Midgar. It's just far too big. You visit so many places that I'd love to see more time spent in, and if they did that, this shit would be a ten game series. They are going to truncate this whole thing and tell some weird ass story.

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Youtube has been feeding me ending analysis vids and I'm watching most of them. I just watched this Game Informer one and I thought the bald gentleman did a great job succinctly putting the thoughts to words. The first 20 mins or so in particular. Spoilers obviously

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@development: Same thing happened to me but I just reloaded my last save and redid the fight.

It's a fun easter egg. Just going through the original one to learn that that boss is actually a (uncommon?) random battle in that area and he has a good weapon for her you can steal. These are the details I love. I do agree that area was a bit too long though.

@nodima I don't think you missed much. I was accessing everything I could remember to through the game and there was maybe two things to steal from bosses? Maybe not even? For the most part they know people will not want to miss things. I think this one was done deliberately as a reference to the original.

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@casepb: Yea, I think the backgrounds look great for the most part. Kind of a fun throwback to the original's pre-rendered backgrounds. And I didn't look directly at them for any period of time except for the first time I wanted to take in a new environment.

I think the door is going to loom over this game forever. Even if they fix it. It isn't the only one of course, just probably the worst example and it's in your face multiple times through the game. There were definitely similarly bad looking spots throughout the slum areas though.

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@efesell: Yea, I guess. They should've put a different subtitle on this. Then again, if they did, and made this same game, I probably still would've been annoyed. The [great] problem is they did the transition of the original Midgar content over so damn well. So I want more of that. If they were going to do something different, then they should've just made the whole thing different instead of a scene for scene, word for word retelling. Instead they went with this middle ground to try and appease both audiences I guess.

I watched some retrospective stuff on FF13 and FF15 yesterday, to try and understand more of the potential here. Way back when, I made it to nearly the end of the 13 before giving up. I begrudgingly made it that far more than anything. FF15 I had zero interest in from the start; one because of my experience with 13 and two, just the look, the protagonists, the product placement and brand deals etc in 15. Oh and ancillary to this, everything I've seen and heard about Kingdom Hearts. After being reminded of all this.. It further cements the achievement that Remake is for SE, and also why I expect everything is downhill from here.

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I watched someone finish up a playthrough last night; this offered another mental go at it and let me see someone else's reaction.

[Redacted] Eh, nevermind. I sat here writing some thoughts up on it more, trying to process it.. But none of it was going anywhere when I read it back. The mental gymnastics of trying to understand wtf they are doing.

I'm continuing my original playthrough. About 20 hours now and just hit Gold Saucer. I would love to see just the original game recreated on the new hardware. I'm dying to see Rufus tell Heidegger to stfu with his stupid, annoying laugh, because that's exactly how I felt while playing the Remake. Perhaps they had the foresight to deliberately make it over-the-top and annoying so these events pay off in the future of whatever sequel this gets. The Chocobo Ranch, the marshes with MIdgar Zolom, through the Mythril Mines, then emerging on the other side to a sprawling countryside and seeing Fort Condor on the horizon. Ugh, the potential! How could they reintegrate or reinterpret the mini-game? Then Junon (that gun!), the haunting cargo ship ride, Costa Del Sol, back up into the mountains and North Corel for Barrets back story..

All of this would make for awesome variety in visuals, towns, set pieces, pacing etc. They should absolutely do justice to the original world on par with Midgar. I think three games would do great. Build the entire underlying foundation and programming of the game, then you're art and asset creation team(s) is pumping out work, meanwhile your design and programming team is left with a lightened load to take on the many unique gameplay elements (what kept the original game somewhat fresh and surprising over so many hours) like the mini-games. Design the whole character/gear/materia progression arch from the beginning so that people can carry over their old saves and so that it all feels progressive and natural (where as now I don't understand how they'll do the next game.. Do we start at level 1 again? Meh) Release it as a trilogy with each one coming out maaaybe each holiday season? Every other would be more likely. And then you have this epic journey that people move along with during a console generation. It's a large investment upfront that pays off in the long term.

As is, I imagine they'll cut out tons of the original game because they don't want to spend the time or money on it. They'll have your characters just cinematically transition from one location to another because they can't be bothered to build and program the world map, thus losing the sense of adventure and scale, that non-linearity and sense of freedom the old games were known for.

*Sigh* To bring up Lord of the Rings again.. This is like if the movie came out, and then Gandalf could suddenly see the future and was like.. Nah, lets not go through the Mines of Moria.. because, I don't know why.. Or maybe I do..? You know what, lemme just call up my eagle bros and then we'll fly straight to Mt. Doom. Meanwhile we're seeing ghosts.. or not ghosts.. ? and/or alternate time line versions of Frodo and Sam walking around.. Just a disaster.

Again, they could still salvage this, albeit weirdly. It would mean going through the whole original story except the entire time, people keep having visions and shit but we still hit all the beats.. Not just the major ones. Still hearing people around talk about "you have the old one if you want that.." No.. The old one doesn't have good modern visuals, great voice acting, battles that aren't random, tons of quality of life improvements, a stellar orchestral soundtrack, and a far more indepth exploration of the world and it's characters. And this is how I feel as someone not being particularly attached to this game! I can't imagine how someone who truly is feels.

Ahh went on another rant. Started writing one thing and then went somewhere different. The "Remake" of my post.