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nice! Hope you have fun with it man

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Either poor or great timing on the Messenger, since it's free DLC just dropped last week.

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I've rarely rarely ever pre-ordered Sparky, even back in the day. Always bought used or discounted for 90%+ of my game purchases. In my mind buying at launch is practically like pre-ordering

As best as I can tell I've only pre-ordered in recent years. More plugged into the game news cycles and occasionally there's actually good incentive to now.

TitleRationale
Dragon's DogmaBought at launchDemo had me hooked, and I was super excited to game again after years away
Abyss OdysseyPre-orderedE3 trailer looked dope and I got a 33% discount for doing so.
Splinter Cell : BlacklistPack inPre-order came with a Video Card. I guess I regret this one since I never played it?
Dragon Age : InquisitionBought at LaunchGot a 15 dollar discount at Amazon
Witcher 3: The Wild HuntPre-order25% off at Green Man Gaming. Ended up being a major debacle. I eventually got my key but GoG Galaxy only half acts like it's valid
Batman : Arkham KnightPre-orderGmG gave me a 40% coupon to apologize for above. I preordered this and it turned out to be a disastrous PC port with basically nothing in the Season Pass
Mad MaxBought at Launch40% off at GMG
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainBought at Launch~23% discount at GMG
XCOM 2Pre-order23% discount at GMG
Rise of the Tomb RaiderPre-order23% discount at GMG
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FEPre-orderFigured the game was gonna bomb but wanted to try to help it. Also figured a Special Edition was worth it since the music seemed good
Dragon Quest Vii: Fragments of the Forgotten PastPre-orderWanted to support Dragon Quest making a comeback in the west
OverwatchBought at LaunchHad already played it and knew I was going to play a lot. Plus there was a 39.99 version on PC, so felt like a discount
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of ValenciaPre-orderDidn't want to get shut out of a FE special edition again like I did with Fates. Also I appreciated a retrun to old school FE sensibilities
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildBought at LaunchBought purely because I was hyped for Zelda again after years of not being
PUBGBought at Launch-ishMurder Island etc convinced me I wanted to play right away and I was too impatient to wait. Also didn't think it would get marked down for a while
Metroid: Samus ReturnsPre-orderWanted to support the metroid series making a comeback in hopes for more
Final Fantasy XV Windows EditionPre-order25% discount at GMG
Final Fantasy Xii- Zodiac AgePre-order25% discount at Steam plus I had 15 bucks in wallet credit lying around
Dragon Quest Xi: Echoes of an Elusive AgePre-orderSame as Metroid
Shadow of the Tomb raiderPre-order23% discount at Razer Store
Ace Combat ViiBuy at LaunchOnly way to get Ace Combat V remaster

That's more than I thought to be honest.

and of those looks like only 8-9 games I've paid full price for in the last 7 years? I usually don't by anything unless it's at least 50% off, games devalue too quickly anymore to justify paying full price in a lot of case.

Only really regret the Batman : Arkham Knight buy but even then I didn't pay full price. Splinter is whatever, the GPU was the best price with or without the game.

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You run into the xp gain wall people complain about Sparky? Where it feels like you might have to buy boosters unless you want to grind for hours upon hours?

wonder if they've fixed that yet

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Based on your excellent review and my own experience playing the demo, I know for a fact that I should not play Below.

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@majormitch:

I know what you mean.

I don't consider myself an impatient gamer (I'm perfectly willing to perch up in PUBg for 20+ minutes if I have a good Sniping position) but I feel like I can see when a game is just handing me busy work. I feel open World games are basically the prettiest interactive loading screen in gaming at times if the implantation is too lazy (like in a FarCry game). Maybe that's what you see as well.

I have even less patience for what I call "loot treadmill" games like Destiny 2 , the part of those games people seem to like the best (post game loot grind) seems like an extraordinary waste of time to me.

hah you aren't kidding. There are free games to be had everywhere it seems these days. It gets harder and harder to justify buying games new every year.

Wouldn't shock me if within 5 years are all our games are basically acquired through Game Pass type services (which PS+ and Xbox Gold basically are/were precursors of)

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Ohhh interesting. I saw you playing that and thought it was a hidden object game, I might have to give that a look then

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That's a super solid year Dan. Lot of real classic games in there , always impressed by how much of gaming history your tastes take you.

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@lentfilms: I read your great blog post btw on VNs versus Adventure games. I've been passing it around to mostly non GB friends, so they I doubt they'll comment but you did an excellent thorough job making your case. One of the better blogs I've read on GB in years.

I'll admit I'm one of those people who likes to refer to AA games VNs, just because it's more convenient shorthand and I've never been big on using country descriptors for a genre (e.g. is South Park: Stick of Truth really a JRPG eventhough it's made by Obsidian? But also is it somehow not one either as it's clearly the same mechanical form as a JRPG but with western narrative/artistic sensibilities?).

But you are right a true VN is definitely distinct from older style Japanese adventure meant to be played with a controller, even if that distinction just makes it a subset of the latter.

I'll probably end up waiting for a Steam Sale for Shibuya (not real big on demos, when I want to play something I want to play), but I'll definitely bump it my list now. Thanks!

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@majormitch:

hunh wonder if the quote function is broken in the new GB. What I quoted of your intro doesn't look like a quote on mine and yet when I go to edit it, it looks correct. :(

Fwiw as a gamer who is almost certainly at least a touch older than you, I can tell you I hit the feeling you described back in the late PS2 era for the first time. That's when the right (or really wrong) mix of increasing number of interesting titles to play, said titles grow considerably in length in part due to the popularization of Open World games brought on by GTA III and I had started to have less time on the personal side of things hit. Unfortunately back then there really wasn't a whole lot of action only games like Indies etc provide now, so I just started gaming less.

So I guess I am saying it's probably at least partially you haha. Don't think it's necessarily age but probably just the fact you've played a lot of stuff now at this point in your life. You crank through 25-50 games every year in the 6-7 years I've known you. That's seein a lot of stuff man. The more you play the harder it is to get "wowed" by new stuff as new games tend to be iterative anyway and you notice the seams/wasted time more especially if you have less time to play. I think has happened to Jeff Gerstmann too if you look at his lists in recent years, not many big huge timesink games on there lately.

on the flipside of this, don't know if you observed the same phenomenon, the most effusive praise I witnessed for Spiderman generally came from gamers I know are quite a bit younger than me (gamers in the early-mid 20's). My guess is it probably feels fresher to someone who hasn't played 8 zillion open world games than it did to me. What I've played of it is ~4 star game for me. Similar take on it to yours, but maybe liked it a touch better than you did since I thought the story bits were excellent. It's a really good game but it certainly wouldn't be a system seller for me like it clearly was for Sony.

"clear end goal" is exactly what I needed to hear about Subnautica. Maybe I'll boot that up soonish since I got it off Epic game store for free.

btw just read through your "rest of" blog that you mentioned which somehow I missed (are notifications busted again on GB?). There definitely seems to be a theme of you wanting to see something new or at least different. Well if you are hankering for that in a metroidvania, Iconoclasts is definitely a bit unique compared to most 2d MVs these days. Whether you'll like it or not I can't say, but at least it won't be something that like SMBU etc that you feel you've played this exact game 80 times.