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That said, for all the counterexamples I could give (main-series SMT has its share of plucky youths, but also literal YHWH as a final boss sometimes), I do think it's okay to say "These sorts of games aren't for me" and put your time somewhere else. I'm not convinced Western RPGs are much more sophisticated or mature, but it is fair to say that JRPGs tend to follow a certain template. If that template doesn't work for you, the only thing exceptions do is prove the rule.

Definitely agree with all this

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Why haven’t we seen JRPGs with more adult story lines? Where is the Witcher or Mass Effect of JRPGs? At this point it’s feeling stagnant, like the genre is just doing the same thing over and over again.

The general impression I've gotten over the years is that these companies view their target audience as early teen Japanese boys and they still do. So they try to cater to what they perceive to be the whims of that market and if the West likes it too? great. But that is the business reason is the reason characters like Hope and Vaan have been inserted into Final Fantasy games where they don't seem to fit and why nearly every JRPg is a riff on the Hero's Journey starting with a young boy in a small town.

But I wouldn't expect much change until people can convince the Japanese publishers that adults are their biggest customer base.

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@superharman:

I think if you have to even ask the question, you already know the answer.

Personally I see no harm in just waiting longer and paying less to play these games. Back in the day I used to be Day 1 with every Final Fantasy game, but I've been let down enough by them in recent years to be fine waiting till they've been out a while if I'm not sure.

Doing so lowers the expectations and the stakes for you. Frankly it makes it easier for me to enjoy an imperfect game. If DA4 is like previous DA games, there will probably be a GotY edition for like 20 bucks 1-1.5 years after release. Then if it sucks, it's not a big deal. I paid around 10 bucks for Andromeda, wasn't my bag, so felt no regrets just moving on from it when I got bored.

if that approach isn't something that would work for you, I don't think there's any harm in moving on. Your tastes change over time, Game companies change over time, creative teams change. The Doctors aren't at Bioware anymore, Casey Hudson is, but they've had a lot of turnover there. It is essentially a different company now than the people who DA:O. Very few things in games are like Super Mario bros, which has had Miyamoto at the head for 30 years.

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@north6:Oh I was thinking something different (like which online games are active or shutdown. i.e. is Final Fantasy Xi still online? Yes it is. Is Hawken? no it's not)

but this is a good idea too I think. Not sure what the wiki should call that. It's not really a platform per say. I'm guessing a concept page and then people would have to maintain these?

EDIT: Looks like that's how these pages exist and are handled already, though they look pretty incomplete

https://www.giantbomb.com/origin-access/3015-9237/

https://www.giantbomb.com/xbox-game-pass/3015-9235/

https://www.giantbomb.com/playstation-now/3015-8393/

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I'd vote none myself

but if forced to pick from those 3... Metro seems the most interesting to me, at least it's trying something different.

Far Cry is very formulaic these days and Crackdown looks terrible.

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I still love playing games, and I still love GB and other game coverage, but waiting to see if consumer unfriendly news about new consoles is about to drop sucks.

Any of you folks feeling the same way?

I made the jump to PC as primary last gen, it's more or less liberated me from feeling this worry.
But I felt the same way you do now prior to last gen

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@cloudymusic: @sparky_buzzsaw: Nice! Sounds like my only fear with the game is not a big deal.

now to just actually find the time to play it....

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I doubt PUBG or many multiplayer games I play(ed) this gen could run on PS3/Xbox 360 powered devices, so I'd say a lot for me.

I definitely play a good number of retro and indie games too. While the title count of those played might be higher there than singleplayer AAA stuff I touch , the sheer number of hours I spend on MP is probably greater. Even if the current hardware isn't maximized by indie games, the speed of the interface and QoL feature improvements the PS4 hardware have over Ps3 easily makes it worth it to play indie/retro games on a PS4 versus a PS3.

So I figure about 75% for me.


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Thanks all! I'd buy you all a beer if I could. Or Oreos dipped in cheese. Or hot dogs cooked in questionably clean machines. Or Doritos, the official chip of this blog post.

Well shit, if I knew you were buyin' I would have said something nice earlier.

Here's to a better 2019 for all of us, ole' internet buddy.