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#1 Posted by Sordel (32 posts) -

My first prediction is that what gets announced on a long lead time will be as nothing to what just 'comes out': a lot of indie ports together with puzzle games, JRPGs and visual novels. There looks to be a move from 3DS publishers to bring some of those games over as well.

I think Fallout 4 will come this year: Skyrim was received very well and it's probably made enough money to justify that. GTAV is more likely than Red Dead Redemption 2, but I wouldn't rule out The Warriors or Bully because Rockstar does like to support its old games.

Ubisoft will have a second Mario + Rabbids in development of course, probably for the end of the year, but I wonder about their larger franchises. Could we see a Watchdogs port? AC: Syndicate? Steep will be this year or never, but I'm not sure which.

I think we'll see a Nier:Automata port and something from Final Fantasy ... I hope it's XV but I could also see a case for XIV. Squenix has already got one of the lead JRPGs of the year in Octopath but I think we'll see more from them including the announcement of Bravely 3 for 2019. Most hoped-for would be Persona 5 but I've heard it said that there are exclusivity obstacles to that?

First party: I think Metroid Prime 4 is 2019 so a trilogy re-release would be great mid-year. So would Super Mario Galaxy in Autumn. I'm not convinced about Super Mario Maker: that one would be a surprise to me. Also, HD Skyward Sword would be a tough proposition unless they really overhaul that game, but they may be willing to do that. Yoshi & Kirby are not big enough to be the main titles for the year but would Animal Crossing or Pokemon be ready yet? I've got to doubt that. I could almost see a Switch Sports for holidays '18 as a more likely eventuality.

EA will have to reverse: VGChartz is today estimating Switch Fifa sales at a third of a million, which is peanuts (3%) of the total sales, but it was a bad port and it's too much money to leave on the table with the install base likely to double this year, so we'll get all their sports franchises now.

As for shooters ... Overwatch would be nice and I could see Fortnite coming this year. Whether we see a Call of Duty, Battlefield or Battlefront is very questionable but I think that someone is going to try to break that market this year.

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#2 Edited by Sordel (32 posts) -

I've owned the Switch since launch and I still haven't really gone to town on accessories. I bought a pro controller but I don't really use it because I like the divided joycons as my main controller when running off the TV and don't really use tabletop mode when not using a TV. Also, because I don't use tabletop mode the nice heavy aluminum stand I bought has been virtually unused as well.

I got a simple unbranded case that did the job very well but I upgraded it and donated it to my nephew along with the Switch we bought him for the Christmas. The replacement case was one that I ordered on Kickstarter: the Skull & Co. Gripcase. This is a protective case that makes the Switch more comfortable that comes with a large travel case to accomodate its larger form profile. I think it's very good and when my wife, another Switch owner, saw it she immediately wanted one herself.

Other than that, nothing really. An external power bank (of course) and a 128GB memory card (if that even counts). I'd like to get a decent travel dock but I'm waiting for someone to really nail the design on that.

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#3 Posted by Sordel (32 posts) -

Abby sure seemed to champion a lot of games on the GOTY deliberations that were on the losing side of the flow of the argument. I think that’s why 'Abby was right' becomes a popular sentiment right now.

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#4 Posted by Sordel (32 posts) -

There are several mentions of JRPGs, but that's a genre where I always think I like them and only get that itch scratched effectively once every few years. So it's not that thought for a while that I didn't like JRPGs but when I played Bravely Default it was the first time I had really engaged with that set of mechanics for a long, long time.

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#5 Posted by Sordel (32 posts) -

@wrighteous86: That's what I figured, but I've got a feeling that Sarkeesian herself would always have a comment for the publication deadline because, whatever else you think of her, she's very deft at this stuff.

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#6 Posted by Sordel (32 posts) -

In the first place, that letter is genuinely sinister; that isn't someone blowing off steam in between Destiny sessions ... it's a deeply troubled individual.

Secondly, I wish people would stop threatening Sarkeesian because it completely plays into her hands and validates her entire argument. I mean: is anyone really surprised that on a day when Brianna Wu was getting the early press coverage, Sarkeesian manages to get the spotlight back by nightfall?

Thirdly, the BBC is reporting that "neither [IGN nor Giant Bomb] was able to comment when asked for a response". Seriously guys, that was lead-footed: you have nothing to hide and you made it look like you did. You could have pointed to Patrick's consistent work on this issue and said "we really don't know why Brianna mentioned us ... we're one of the few media outlets that's been taking this seriously."

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#7 Edited by Sordel (32 posts) -

    @tom_scherschel: Is there enough real estate on the front page of the site for Giant Bomb denouncements of sexism in the games industry, religious intolerance in the games industry, racism in the games industry, homophobia in the games industry, bribery in the games industry, poop banditry in games industry toilets etc. etc.? If we're just picking stuff I would have thought that Giant Bomb has a much weaker position on responsible drinking: let's get a message up about *that* first! Except, no, let's not because posting this sort of message is dumb, however worthy the cause.

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    #8 Edited by Sordel (32 posts) -

      @tom_scherschel: The 'mainstream media' isn't a place where serious subjects are discussed with any depth. BBC News is covering Brianna Wu's criticism of Giant Bomb and IGN this morning, and they seem to think that Anita Sarkeesian is a 'games reviewer' and does 'blogs'. The simple fact is that anyone who actually follows Giant Bomb knows that Patrick was banging on about these issues long before The Reid Report decided to cover them, and that there has been a nuanced discussion of videogame journalism ethics here for as long as the site has existed. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that what non-specialist news editors choose to care about on any given day reflects their sober or high-minded understanding of a subject.

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      #9 Posted by Sordel (32 posts) -

      @elixirbronze: I think that calling them 'persuasive' is euphemistic at best. I've got no objection to DotA 2's being in the top ten, but the defence of it was horribly aggressive. The people who 'get their way' are the ones who are the most surly about their choices.

      What this numerical collation of the polls does show is that the political side of it didn't really make much difference. Listening to the deliberations is fun but it's a bit like watching the sausages get made.

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