@majormitch: Mmm, if you're already that far in and the game isn't grabbing you, I'm not sure that it will tbh. I'm trying to remember about how far into the narrative 7 hours would be. It's mostly a story about gaining, complicating, and recontextualizing information so I guess if that's a thing you're into, maybe push on until the story throws you the next curveball?
@chaser324: Yeah I noticed the weird F2P feeling stuff too, but ultimately it's so inconsequential that it never bothered me. Like how your characters lose motivation after every mission and it regenerates in real-time, even if you leave the game. Smells like a gacha game energy mechanic but then they also let you buy back motivation from the cafe and it's all so cheap that it's basically irrelevant. The pacing is terrible though lol, so I get it if it didn't work for you.
@mellotronrules: Thanks for the kind words now excuse me as I crawl under a rock because I now see the beautifully succinct typo lol
@darthorange: It's tough and there's no right answer unfortunately. I have a lot of feelings about video games, as is pretty obvious, so rather than just remove myself from the conversation around these big releases I'd rather experience what they're doing, be able to speak to them from a position of knowledge, and then use what little voice I have to also speak to the toxicity and abuses that studio leaderships are responsible for.
It's a bit of a cop out but it's a lot easier for me when I don't have to reckon with the worst assholes directly. I don't know if I'll ever watch Baby Driver a second time, despite the fact that I loved it on first viewing. I agree with you that using "no ethical consumption" as a blanket excuse is wack, but I do think it's an important thing to keep in mind so that you don't beat yourself up too much when you engage with a piece of media. You have to pick and choose your battles and sometimes it's ok to just enjoy a thing.
@bonbonetti: In some ways I believe the presence of Kim is there to serve as a moral compass; he'll push back against certain actions and since I only ever did something racist or bigoted on accident, I can't say for sure how far he's willing to butt against the player if they just go full shitbag. Like in my example of the game deciding a failed skill check equals be racist, he stormed out of the room which was just awful. The message there is pretty clear, especially because Kim is basically the only person who is on your side for the entire game. I'd be curious to know how Kim regards you at the end of the game though, if you're a garbage person but solve the case anyways.
@arbitrarywater: I think SFV as a game is only getting better. Kage is an incredibly fun character to play. He definitely comes the closest to capturing the feel of SFIV within the SFV engine and also for all the complaints that he's "just another shoto" if you actually play him you'd see he has a lot more in common with USFIV Dan's unique gameplan. The ad stuff was completely harmless since you could just turn it all off, and clearly was Capcom experimenting since it was only ever planned for two weeks and has since left the game. And by and large the season 4 balance changes seem fantastic, outside of some questionable buffs to Bison and slight nerfs to Ken. It's hard to know what to expect from 2019 with all signs pointing to a shift to f2p and no clear messaging on what to expect in terms of character DLC and monetization, but as far as the sheer play of it and the place the competitive scene seems to be at right now, I couldn't be more excited. Maybe FANG and Alex will both win a major in 2019!
Wowww what a big announcement this EVO, blowing last year's Abigail reveal out of the water. Not only did we get our first looks at G and this latest iteration of Sagat, they're actually releasing tomorrow (today it's very late why you run so long DBFZ)! There's not much analysis to be done here since these characters were pretty well-detailed in the Capcom Unity writeup. I'm gonna do it anyways.
My dream of a trap grappler has come true with G, although maintaining presidentiality is gonna be tough
I'm guessing he only gets to act after an air barrier if it absorbs an attack first, sadly
He has a body splash and those are usually good
His CA is called Pangaea Burst which is just great
Also like he is actually Q which is so weird
A literal tiger
Tiger Shots look oppressive welcome back to your 0-10 MU Gief
Angry Scar as V-Skill is so obvious but hey
Lots of high swinging attacks makes me hope he has good links that autostand the opponent
Oh hey a kara Tiger Uppercut
EVO is great. SFV is great. Thailand looks great! If you haven't jumped in yet, now's the time! See you in the streets.