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Modern Video Games / Re: Nintendo Switch 2
« on: February 28, 2024, 12:22:28 am »
As stated, I think 2024 will be the year we get to see the Switch 2, or whatever Nintendo calls it. I do think it'll be similar to the current Switch in terms of its hybrid handheld/console setup, however it'll have the added bonus of a 4k screen and games made to play in 4k too. I think the Switch 2 will be the last console to embrace physical media, however, I do think Nintendo will offer some SaaS subscription service that'll essentially be what they're currently doing with classic Nintendo games, but on steroids. It'll also be similar to Gamepass in that you can play a bunch of modern games too with your subscription, essentially phasing out on the need for physical media. Still, I think the option for physical carts will still be there. It will not be backwards compatible with the Switch, and instead offer Switch games on its Gamepass-like service. I think like the current gen Sony and MS consoles, the Switch 2 will likely have two variants with one being 100% digital only.

As for launch games, my money is on Mario Kart 9 being their killer app for the console at launch. My justification is MK8 was their best selling game on both the Switch and WiiU, and it's been nearly a decade since we last got a new Mario Kart game. Maybe not launch games, but here are a few more titles I can see being teased at the Switch 2's reveal, and released sometime in 2025 for the console.

-Metroid Prime 4
-New full 3D Mario Bros game
-New mainline Pokemon game(s), possibly a 5th gen remake
-New Animal Crossing Game
-Xenoblade 4

While I don't think it'll come out in 2025, I can also see a new Smash game being teased as well.

Obviously this is all mostly speculation, but it's also based on the info I offered above. At the very least it's fun to think of this sort of stuff and read what others think of it as well.

Modern Video Games / Nintendo Switch 2
« on: February 28, 2024, 12:09:43 am »
I feel like rumors of the Switch 2 have been circulating for several years now, which supposed "leaks" claiming it's going to come out soon, or at least be announced, yet nothing has materialized so far. However, with Nintendo being a lot more quiet recently, especially on big first party releases, I have to wonder if this is the calm before the storm. Personally, I don't think the Switch 2 will be released in 2024, but I do think it will get officially revealed this year. Assuming the Switch 2 does come out in early 2025, it'll have been 8-years at that point since the Switch came out, which is long past the typical console lifecycle we usually see with consoles. Likewise, 2025 would place the other two competitors at their end of cycle date too, meaning we might start seeing PS6/Xbox Edition XXX (or whatever dumb name they end up calling it) news that same year with a possibly launch in 2026.

But anyhow, what do you think about the Switch 2 getting a reveal this year? Or do you think since the Switch is still very popular, it'll continue to receive support from Nintendo for another few years before we get a successor? Also, what games do you think Nintendo is holding back right now to release on the Switch 2 as launch games or games that''l bee released within months of launch?

Modern Video Games / Re: Where do you draw the line? New Game Prices
« on: February 28, 2024, 12:01:37 am »
If we're talking physical and just for the game itself (not a CE or LE), I'd say $80. And mind you that would only be for a game I was nearly certain I'd like and was also a game I was considerably hyped about.

Digital only, my limit is about $30, and once again I'd only ever pay that maximum amount for a game I really, really wanted and was fairly certain I'd like.

If GTA6 is $150, I don't doubt that people would buy it like crazy still seeing how GTA5 is the best selling game of all time, and still appears on best selling game charts each week. I'd simply wait until I could get it for under $50, which is similar to what I did with 5. I ended up buying it used for probably around $30 or so over a year after it came out. I like the GTA franchise, but I'm not obsessed with it like so many others.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2024!!!!!
« on: February 26, 2024, 05:55:38 pm »
23. Detroit Become Human (PS4)

This has been another classic backlog game that I've been meaning to play for years and have just never got around to it. I've never played any of Quantic Dream's other games, but Detroit Become Human always stood out as the one I'd be most interesting in given its subject matter and scifi setting. Overall, I really enjoyed "playing" Detroit Become Human and really got into the story and characters particularly. The reason I put the word playing in parentheses is because this is probably one of the least video game-like games I've ever played. For the record, I think the common criticism of calling many modern video games with many cutscenes interactive movies has usually pedantic and ridiculous argument when the cutscenes make up maybe 10% of the overall experience of the game, and there's still engaging gameplay during the other 90% of the time you're playing. However, there is almost no gameplay in Detroit Become Human beyond having your character walk around, QTEs, awkward button presses, and the game's outcome flowchart. If not for the outcome flowchart and how varied and dynamic it is, I'd easily say Detroit Become Human was a straight up interactive movie and not a game. But that last gameplay element really makes this a very fun and unique gaming experience in that you can have a radically different experience with the game depending on various decisions you make throughout the story, even having main characters die earlier on in the game who would have otherwise been around until the very end. It really raises the stakes with the decisions and actions you make, which made this a very fun game a and made for a pretty interesting story. While some of the writing was a bit questionable or even lazy, I found the majority of the game's plot to be good to excellent overall. The characters are what really make this game awesome, and I was deeply invested in seeing certain outcomes with certain characters, and made certain sections of the game very tense in terms of not knowing what would happen to them. The OST is decent, however the voice acting is about as good as it gets, and really helps sell the story. While certainly not a perfect games by any means, I ended up thoroughly enjoying Detroit Become Human and it'll be a game I'll revisit again someday. (2/26/24) [37/50]

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2024!!!!!
« on: February 24, 2024, 07:20:33 pm »
3. Earthbound (SNES) - ABANDONED

Like many collectors, I've known how coveted Earthbound since pretty much as soon as I started trying to acquire the more rarer and sought after retro games out there. Years ago, I finally tracked down a cheap copy of Earthbound, started playing it shortly after, and well, I didn't understand the appeal. I tried again several years later and found it even less appealing. Yet, over time, more and more people kept telling me to stick with it and to try and appreciate it for what it is rather than comparing it to other acclaimed JRPGs of the 90s. Maybe against my better judgement, I tried one last time earlier this month to get into Earthbound, telling myself that I'd stick with it way past when I felt like giving up to see if maybe the game did get better or something later on clicked with me and I'd finally understand why this game is so beloved by retro RPG fans. Well, I did play it considerably longer than I ever had, yet nearly the entire time I felt bored, frustrated, and just underwhelmed as I trudged through the game once more. After 10 hours, I finally hit my breaking point and just couldn't continue playing. I get that Earthbound was very unique for the time in that it didn't use some fantasy or scifi setting like almost all other JRPGs of the time, but even with the more unique, modern setting, quarky characters and dialogue, and all the other aspects that fans of the series love to use as justification of why it's so amazing, I still found the game mediocre at best. Compared to many of its SNES JRPG counterparts, it's lacking in nearly every possible way. And while I'm admittedly not as big of a JRPG fan as I was in the 90s and 2000s, I'm still able to appreciate a good RPG when I see one, and Earthbound is just not one of them. I honestly wanted to love this game like many others, I really did. However, after three failed attempts over the course of a decade, I'm finally ready to admit I don't like Earthbound and never will. I'm happy for everyone who does like this game, whether they played it as a kid in the 90s or even just a year or two ago for the first time, but I will never be one of those people. (2/24/24)

Modern Video Games / Re: Pokemon Presents 02/27/24
« on: February 22, 2024, 09:59:04 pm »
Or Pokemon could just have selectable difficulty like so many other franchises. Have it be easy by default for the kids and people literally looking for zero challenge, but at least allow people to select medium, hard, or even very hard. The underpinnings of Pokemon's gameplay is all numbers anyways; it wouldn't be hard to tilt that in favor of the CPU, making it more of a challenge for the player. Beyond just the difficulty, I'd like to see these games become more unique in their narrative without all the extremely tired tropes that bore many players to death these days. I'm not looking for a mature themed Pokemon game, just something with a little more personality than, "oh boy, you got a Pokemon, go have a fun, carefree adventure with your highly encouraging friends, but watch out for that bad, yet completely harmless organization that seems to be a minor annoyance to everyone!" It just gets so freakin tired. And then of course, it would be nice if Nintendo actually seemed to be trying with their Pokemon designs with each new generation. Each Pokemon gen has received worse and worse exclusive Pokemon to where I either feel like I'm catching the same Monsters from 20-years ago or they're so freakin uninspired I don't even want to catch em' all anymore.

I also reject the idea that Pokemon is a made for kids. I see just as many older Pokemon fans (20s, 30s, and 40s) as I do kids, maybe even more. I'm sure Nintendo is aware of this, yet they seem to think everyone playing Pokemon is a impaired 4 year old that can't handle even the bare minimum of what could be considered a challenge.

Modern Video Games / Re: Pokemon Presents 02/27/24
« on: February 20, 2024, 11:13:04 pm »
Unless Gamefreak completely redoes the Pokemon franchise and makes it even a partially deep (and challenging) RPG series again, I have literally zero interest in any future Pokemon titles. Pokemon is essentially Nintendo's COD or Madden, with each new entry lacking any soul, substance, or remnant of better times when the series was actually respectable and good. We all know the next Pokemon game is going to be worse than the last. We can blame fanboys and little kids for telling Gamefreak and Nintendo that they're doing a good job despite the series being terrible for almost a decade now.

Found Haven (PS5) and Yakuza Kiwami (PS4) at a game store while on a mini road trip and picked them up for a fair price.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2024!!!!!
« on: February 10, 2024, 02:24:13 pm »
15. Castlevania: Dracula X

My Castlevania Advance Collection finally arrived. I thought I'd celebrate by finally, and officially, playing Dracula X. I guess I can say I got the worst out of the way. This wasn't fun. The stiff controls might have been too to playing on the Switch, but that's just one issue. Things just seem extra unfair in this iteration. I don't remember Rondo of Blood having so many "eff you" moments. Save states and rewinds were used heavily. Then, there's the lack of extras like playing as Maria and the different levels. It was just an all around unfun game. Luckily, it's short and included as part of the collection; no need to worry about dropping a couple hundred bones on that cart.

I played this game years ago and I was going in thinking it would be amazing, but in the end I just found it super frustrating. I somehow managed to beat the game, although Dracula feels damn near impossible. It's a fun novelty on the SNES, but most other 2D Castlevania games blow it out of the water.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2024!!!!!
« on: February 03, 2024, 02:26:44 am »
Another Sega arcade night. This time I tried some games outside my comfort zone.

20. Sky Target (Arcade)

I have a very vague memory of playing Sky Target in the arcade, however if I did, I'm honestly not surprised that I forgot about it. Sky Target is essentially the 90s version of After Burner, except it has half the charm, and is not nearly as fun or iconic as that arcade classic. This game looks pretty good in the visuals department, but other than that, there is very little that is remarkable about Sky Target. The gameplay is very bland, generic and borning, and the audio is nothing special either. In fact, the audio can get fairly annoying thanks to an announcer that literally says the same thing every time you lock onto an enemy, which is what you're doing almost constantly while playing. Overall, Sky Target is just a very forgettable, boring game that I can't see myself ever wanting to pick up again. (2/2/24) [26/50]

21. Sega Water Ski (Arcade)

I'd never heard of or played this game until tonight, and while the game is very short and limited on content, it makes up for it with a very catchy OST and the stages are all vibrant, cheerful, and buzzing with a lot of things going on as you play our your water skiing fantasy. The gameplay is very similar to Top Skater, except you're having to ski between markers in the water and you'll have to do tricks of the various jumps in each stage. This all works fairly good, although, it's all to easy, and tricks don't require any real effort, which is kind of a bummer in terms of fun. But as mentioned, the presentation really knocks it out of the park in this game, and Sega Water Ski ended up being my favorite game of the evening because of this. (2/2/24) [32/50]

22. Sonic Championship (Arcade)

The final game I tried out tonight was one I've wanted to check out for a very long time. I never saw this one in the arcades back in the day or since. I pretty much know about Sonic Championship thanks to my love for the Sonic franchise and because the game has become an unfortunate internet curiosity over the years. With no exaggeration, Sonic Championship is one of the worst fighting games I've ever played, at least from a gameplay perspective. The combat is super basic, clunky, and just unpleasant to play all around for the most part. Really, the only redeeming factor in regards to the gameplay is the fact that each of the selectable character as their own moveset, which can make things entertaining to a degree. The presentation, both in terms of audio and visuals is pretty good for the most part, but it's still not enough to make me forget how crappy this game is to play. I couldn't even recommend this one to the most passionate of Sonic fans. (2/3/24) [25/50]

Got one of my Limited Run Games preorders, Radiant Silvergun Collectors Edition, and also picked up Persona 3 Reloaded on PS5.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2024!!!!!
« on: February 02, 2024, 12:34:25 am »
2. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner (PS3) ABANDONED

Growing up, the first Zone of the Enders was one of my favorite games of all time. I was addicted to its anime aesthetic, insane fast paced gameplay, its soundtrack, and just the fact that it was a mech game immediately attracted me to it. When its sequel came out, The 2nd Runner, I was mostly very excited about it other than finding out it was cell shaded, which at the time I hated that graphics style. Cell shaded graphics aside, the game just didn't leave the same impression on me despite giving me more of the things I loved so much about the first game. I've wanted to go back and replay 2nd Runner for many years at this point, and I finally did, although part of me wishes I hadn't.

First and foremost I get that this is the general favorite when it comes to Zone of the Enders games, and on some level I completely understand why. The game doubles down on that anime vibe I talked about earlier by using actual anime cut scenes, anime avatars for the characters, and the story itself is fairly anime-ish, at least the little of it I was able to follow. On the point of the story not making much sense, I felt like I needed to have watched or read something beforehand to follow what was going on, which is not entirely unfounded as a lot of the lore and back story for this game is mentioned in the anime OVA Idalo. I have seen the OVA, but it's been so long that I barely remember it, and also I'm not going to prep for a game by having to watch an anime too. So yeah, the story is not this game's strong suit, nor is the voice acting and dialogue which is terrible. I got through nearly half the game with the more fleshed out gameplay carrying my interest, however there was one part that nearly broke me, and then another later on that finally did. The game just threw so much at me so fast, and no matter what weapon, sub weapon, or strategy I used, I just couldn't get past it. I tried for hours before I was literally one more failed try from shattering my PS3 controller into a hundred pieces so I shut the game off. I'm all for difficulty in games, but some of the sections of this game are textbook cheap and bullshit to the core. Being someone who plays games to have fun, I've learned to walk away from a game when it's not just that I'm having fun, but I actively feel rage. It's too bad things happened the way they did, because I wanted to re-experience this game and see if maybe I could enjoy it more than the first game despite the massive amount of nostalgia I have for that title. However, despite abandoning 2nd Runner, I can safely say I still don't like it as much as the first game, and in fact, I kinda hate this game to a degree. (2/1/24)

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2024!!!!!
« on: February 01, 2024, 02:05:18 am »
Lied, two more before midnight. HAPPY FEBRUARY!!!

18. Daytona USA (Arcade)

Daytona USA is about as iconic of an arcade title as they come. The Dave and Busters I've been going to since I was 9 STILL has several Daytona USA machines connected to one another, and each time I go there, there are still people playing it to this day. While I will fully admit the gameplay of Daytona isn't stellar, the combo of racing your friends, the incredible OST, and graphics that were about as cutting edge as they could get in 1994, this game is about as good as it got for racing games in the early 90s. I adore this game, and it's been a staple of my arcade experience for the majority of my life. (1/31/24) [36/50]

19. Dynamite Deka 2 (Arcade)

Called Dynamite Cop in the west, this game is the sequel to Dynamite Deka, aka Diehard Arcade. Confused? Good! For however over the top Dynamite Deka was, the sequel takes it up like ten notches to create one of the most entertaining beat em ups you'll ever play. There are a ton of objects, weapons, and even enemies you can use as weapons. There are crazy bosses, and one of the ways you know your character's health is they slowly become more and more undressed the more damage they take. Yeah... but other than the fun presentation, the gameplay is pretty good for the most part, the OST is pretty meh, but overall this is a very enjoyable game, albeit not as good or iconic as the first game. (1/31/24) [32/50]

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2024!!!!!
« on: February 01, 2024, 12:49:17 am »
One more. Yep, this is definitely a monthly record.

17. Motor Raid (Arcade)

A sports bar my dad used to take me to when he wanted to watch a game had this game back in the late 90s. For the longest time I could not remember the name of this game, and searched high and low for it for years. A while back I finally found out the name and I was also surprised to hear it was a Sega game (I thought it was a Namco game for some reason lol). But I got to reintroduce myself to this game tonight and it's actually more enjoyable than I remember! The gameplay is a combo of something like Wipeout, but mix in futuristic motorcycles and weapon wielding riders and you have a formula for a pretty fun game. There are 5 stages and they're all unique, memorable, and for the most part well designed. Things like jumps, stuff going on in the background, and various hazards and obstacles on the course itself make each race exciting and fun to play. There is also a turbo mechanic which adds an extra layer of strategy. And the nof course there's the OST which is so 90s it'll make any 90s kid gush. It certainly filled me with the 90s kid feels. I'm really happy I replayed this game after all these years. It was more fun than it had any reason to be. (1/31/24) [35/50]

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2024!!!!!
« on: January 31, 2024, 11:31:52 pm »
Decided to go all out on a bunch of arcade games tonight. Had a good time! Also, this might be the most games I've beat in a single month since I started doing this challenge.

14. Top Skater (Arcade)

This game is definitely up there when it comes to nostalgic arcade games. I played this game a ton during the late 90s, mostly because every other arcade I went to had one. It was the ultimate way of feeling like a skate boarding prodigy when I was a kid, and that was largely because of the skateboard controller you stood on to steer your character and pull off tricks. Playing it again, Top Skater offers that same level of fun with some cool tricks to pull off, tons of stuff to jump off and grind on, and just overall this game oozes 90s arcade awesomeness. The presentation looks great and really gives me Crazy Taxi vibes, and that's not just the visuals. The OST, while very limited in terms of songs that play, is good ol' fashion punk rock, all by the band Pennywise. One other cool feature is how each of the selectable characters has their own set of tricks they pull off. My biggest gripe with this game is how short it is. Even for an arcade game, Top Skater is woefully lacking in content with just two fairly short stages. It's very easy to play this game for 15-minutes as see all there is for the most part. Because of this, the replayability is heavily compromised, but if you're like me and have great memories of playing this game, you'll have a good time with it every once and a while when you get the urge to play it. (1/31/24) [31/50]

15. Dead or Alive (Arcade)

I was a massive DOA fan in the late 90s thanks to DOA2, and have since played most of its releases over the years. However, one game in the series I'd never played somehow was the first game. I was surprised to find that the gameplay and graphics were a lot closer to DOA2 than I thought they were. While DOA2 is undeniably better in both these regards, the first DOA is still very fun to play, although there are admittedly some really annoying character balancing issues and sometimes pulling off moves can feel stiff and unresponsive. The audio was surprisingly good, although certainly not as good as DOA2. While DOA is far from the best mid 90s 3D fighting game I've played, it ended up being a lot better and more enjoyable that I thought it would be. I can definitely see myself returning to this one in the future. (1/31/24) [33/50]

16. Last Bronx (Arcade)

Last Bronx has been on my backlog for a very long time. It's always a game I've been interesting in playing despite knowing very little about it. Unlike DOA, unfortunately, I was not pleasantly surprised by how fun Last Bronx was, but rather how annoying and clunky it was for the most part. The weapons based combat gave me Soul Calibur vibes, except that game is way more enjoyable than Last Bronx. I literally one a few matches by spamming a single move because trying to play normally resulted in endless block spamming by the opponent and me getting countered over and over again. Of course, when I tried doing the same thing, it never worked for the most part. The OST is also fairly unremarkable, although I'd still say it's slightly above average. The visuals is where I really have to give credit to Last Bronx as it's definitely one of the better looking 3D fighting games of its era. But overall, I didn't really enjoy this game mostly, despite some of its redeeming qualities. (1/31/24) [28/50]

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