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Off Topic / Re: What Was The Last Movie/Anime You Watched?
« on: February 29, 2024, 12:48:55 am »
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood - Another random choice, this time with a Tarantino flick.  This movie reminds me a lot of Inglorious Bastards, in that there are two stories going on, one is better than the other, and had they picked the one story and stuck with it, it would've been way better.  The story of an aging actor struggling to stay relevant alongside his friend and stuntman double is solid.  The Sharon Tate/Manson Family story is even less important than the Nazi hunter story in Inglorious Bastards.  Had they just stayed with a story involving Brad and Leonardo's characters, I probably would've liked this more.

That being said, I love all the end of the 60's era going on, Tarantino loves to over-indulge and he revels in showing off the era and that's great.  I loved the bits of DiCaprio appearing in actual movies and his original ones, the the filming of the one western as the villain, all that is good.  The radio stuff, the long shots of just showing off old Hollywood, Tarantino is all for it and it shows, it's the only points in the movie where he lingers too long that I'm fine with.  Cut the Manson Family stuff, cut out a half hour of the film or so, and there's a much better movie here, but I still generally liked it.

Modern Video Games / Re: Nintendo Switch 2
« on: February 28, 2024, 03:19:26 am »
I think we get the summer announcement of the Switch 2 and then the March 2025 release, which makes the most sense, same time frame as the original Switch, and this would also lead to Pokemon Legends Z-A releasing on Switch and as a Switch 2 launch title.  They don't have anything of note announced for the Switch for later this year, though they could still have something planned to announce within the next few months to have ready for this holiday season, but that there's nothing announced makes me think that's a good sign of prepping for the next gen.

I am going to say that it'll be backwards compatible, I think unless Nintendo is planning to do a drastically different method of physical media, something I don't even know what that could be, they'll keep the same media setup, so it can play Switch games, or play what will be higher storage Switch 2 carts.  Honestly, I'm gonna be pretty disappointed if it's not backwards compatible, that's kinda the only feature I care about with this.  I think for launch alongside Pokemon Legends, we would need to see something pretty impactful that is like THE Switch 2 launch release, and I think something like Metroid Prime 4 could be that.  That's been a game in development hell for so long, but that would be a big deal to have right out of the gate.

That's all of what I'd say for a launch window, to hard to guess what kind of games they will go for, though my one hope would be a new top down Zelda, not a remake, not in that lame Link's Awakening style, and actually letting a third party company handle it, like Capcom did in the past, or Cadence of Hyrule more recently, so we get a Zelda with some fresh eyes on the series.  That would honestly be something to get me super excited that's out of left field.

Modern Video Games / Re: Where do you draw the line? New Game Prices
« on: February 27, 2024, 09:45:13 pm »
That doesn't even seem like a feasible thing to do.  GTA6 doesn't need to sell their games at some crazy price to make their money back, even if the 2 billion development cost rumor is true.  GTA5 did a billion dollars in sales in its first three days and has gone on to make over 8 billion dollars by 2023.  GTA6 is going to sell even faster and at a 70 dollar price tag, or even a pushed 80 dollar price tag, it'll probably do a billion dollars in sales in the first day easy.  It'll then do great for awhile, then have another huge surge once the PC version is released.  It's going to sell like crazy.

As for my limit, that's hard to say.  Depends on a lot of things.  Like I don't think Nintendo prices are particularly great for a lot of their games as is, so if they raise prices on the Switch 2, that's going to make more games a harder sell.  I'll pay 60 to 70 bucks for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Zelda, but Animal Crossing at 60 bucks was insane, and that most of the Pokemon games are at 60 is just as crazy, let alone if they end up raising prices.

I'm more open to big budget PS5 stuff, I can see and feel where the budget is going, but I also get around the pricing by buying God of War or Last of Us, playing it, beating it, and then trading it in because I'm not gonna replay it, and I can put that money into another big new game.  I did that with the Spider-Man games I had, I really didn't think I would go back to them any time soon, so I traded them in to pay for my copy of Final Fantasy 7 this week, though that would be a game I'd buy at full price, because I know I'm going to invest a lot of time into it.  I would pay 80 or 90 dollars for Monster Hunter Wilds coming up, because I know that I'll dump hundreds of hours into that game.  Hell, I'm probably going to spend that much anyways on whatever the bonus content version is going to be lol

I'm sure there's a point where I'd be like "That's getting ridiculous", but it doesn't mean I wouldn't get it, I'd just play less at launch and wait for sales or secondhand copies.  It's how I do a lot of my PC gaming, waiting on sales for stuff unless it's a game I know I really want.

Modern Video Games / Re: Pokemon Presents 02/27/24
« on: February 27, 2024, 08:04:33 pm »
Hopefully they are not so deep in development already there isn't time left to steal a few of PalWorld's good ideas! It already kind of feels like an improved Legends: Arceus in style and stuff like the good animations and having Pals actually have work to do is something I could see fitting in with the theme of urbanizing Lumiose. Besides, turnabout is fair play and if Palworld "took inspiration" from Pokemon designs, no reason Pokemon can't "take inspiration" from some of Palworld's best game systems!

Eh, Pokemon doesn't really need to take anything from Palworld.  Most of Pokemon's issues come down to needing to pump out multiple games on the regular, which leads to rushed development, probably tight budgets, and not enough people to work on the games.  Plus, most of Palworld is just ripped off other games to begin with.  It's only standout gimmick is "cute creatures with guns", and that's kinda it.  That it plays and looks better is mostly by nature of the engine it's on and that it's running on a PC.

Modern Video Games / Re: Pokemon Presents 02/27/24
« on: February 27, 2024, 02:53:33 pm »
I kinda doubt it's going to be set within just the city though.

The city is going to be the main focus or just the hubworld sure, but I highly doubt it's going to be just that.

Unless they mispoke, they very specifically said on at least twitter, "...a new adventure set entirely within Lumiose City...".  It's possible they could have some stuff just outside the city, but doing such a specific area could be very samey unless there's something to mix it up.

Modern Video Games / Re: Pokemon Presents 02/27/24
« on: February 27, 2024, 12:57:12 pm »
Well that was shockingly less than I was expecting to see lol A new Legends isn't bad though and that it'll be next year is good.  I feel like them having no games coming out this year is maybe giving credence to the Switch 2 March 2025 talk, because a new Pokemon game in the launch window would be notable.

Apparently the new Legends is set entirely within a city, I know very little about X and Y, but...This seems like they are maybe going to try for a smaller open world setting perhaps? I don't know, I feel like that would only work if they really densely packed in what you can do there, otherwise it'll get very samey and kinda boring.  I saw some people jokingly call it "GTA, but Pokemon", but again, I have very low expectations for this.  We'll see I guess.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2024!!!!!
« on: February 27, 2024, 04:51:59 am »
11 - Helldivers 2 (PC 2024) - ENDLESS - Since the battle for democracy is never-ending, I'll count my couple hours into it for now.  I actually tried to play this a week or two ago, but I would have crashes with every mission.  I refunded it and right after I did, they came out with bug fixes.  Was gonna wait for my new PC when I hopefully get it in a month or two to jump back in, but I've seen so much on the game, I really wanted to play.  Seems good now, mostly just done a handful of solo missions to learn the game and haven't had any issues.

Overall this is a very straightforward but fun game that really understand how to create an over the top horde battle experience.  From the chunky weaponry, to the excessively violent warfare, to the very satisfying explosions, all done with the ability to completely annihilate your team if you aren't careful, which is definitely part of the fun.  Its actually a decent time solo, though I will be jumping into randoms eventually since that's such an important part of the experience, which honestly, not something I do often as team heavy games I prefer to have friends to do that with.

The games vibes are fun too, the Paul Verhoeven styled satire slathered over everything, it's pretty funny that the best Starship Troopers game isn't based on that brand.  And with the Automatons as another enemy to fight, it's basically the best Terminator game set in the future war lol

I think this is going to be a pretty solid casual fun game I play when I want something to just go nuts with.

Off Topic / Re: Music thread
« on: February 27, 2024, 04:36:13 am »
It's abit of a bad habit that I have to get across that I'm being more lighthearted about stuff since it can be hard to get across certain tones on the internet.  Been on the internet for way too long lol

I get it; old habits die hard. Like I said, it was just an observation. I actually had a friend in high school who spent so much time playing online games that he would say "lol" whenever he found something funny or amusing. It was kind of weird at first, but we eventually got used to it, although another one of our friends would say something along the lines of, "Why are you saying it? Just chuckle or something!"

Oh yeah, I've seen that before too, I'm definitely not someone to do it in real life, it just works well in a shorthand way online.  I always found it weird to otherwise type "Haha" or anything like that, to get a laugh across online, as for some reason, that just reads awkward to me, no clue why.

Off Topic / Re: Music thread
« on: February 26, 2024, 02:59:16 pm »
By the way, and this is just an observation, so there's no need to take it to heart or anything, but you type "lol" quite a lot. ...Well, I guess we could mark that as the actual non-sequitur.

It's abit of a bad habit that I have to get across that I'm being more lighthearted about stuff since it can be hard to get across certain tones on the internet.  Been on the internet for way too long lol

Off Topic / Re: What Was The Last Movie/Anime You Watched?
« on: February 26, 2024, 03:15:52 am »
Elvis - Randomly decided to watch this, I don't have any strong feelings for him as an artist, and most of what I know about him is just general pop culture stuff, so I can't say what the film does right or wrong as a biopic, though it seemed well received.  It does feel strange having the movie kinda handle the narrative from the point of view of Parker, a problematic figure in Elvis life, but it could be said that any embellishment the stories might've made, could be seen as spin by Parker perhaps.  Not that they surgar coat who he was, they very clearly put the light on him as opportunist determined to milk Elvis for all he could.

That stuff aside, it was a good watch, very stylish with editing and such, to the point that its so over the top feeling, at least earlier in the film, that it felt close to parody for me.  I don't know, it's like you watch a few of the parody biopics like Weird Al or Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and they hit on the cliche's of biopics, so you notice them more, but this one does a lot to stand out, it's trying to be really out there while having some very heartfelt moments.  Butler was great as Elvis too, I thought he nailed it.  Hanks I think did fine, though it's hard to just not see Hanks in a fat suit lol Though looking it up, it's weird they gave Parker such a noticeable accent.  I looked up an interview from the 80's and he didn't even have one really and there's audio from from the 50's with a little bit of the accent, but not as much as I felt Hanks gave it.  Abit much.

Overall an interesting and entertaining watch.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2024!!!!!
« on: February 25, 2024, 08:51:51 pm »
10 - Sons of the Forest (PC 2024) - BEAT - With the game out of EA, I dove back to see what was added and improved since I originally played it.  It was pretty barebones back then, mostly just the fundamental gameplay, location, and visuals worked out and then some other general features.  I think they overall did a good job, but there's a lot of cut corners here.  The survival aspect of the game is very basic, it really needed a lot more depth, along with needing to drastically overhaul the amount of animals and supplies you can find.  There's a custom game mode difficulty that allows you to change a ton of stuff, but the normal mode should've been way better.  I just don't think it got enough playtesting as I would've made normal have weaker enemies, but harsher supply and animal cut.

The story is there, it's sorta similar to the first one where you get bits here and there, you piece together stuff from the past through notes and such, to figure out what happened, and I think it mostly works, but it's not a strong narrative.  The first game did it a little better as there was more of a drive to it being a father looking for his son, rather than who your character is who just isn't really important to the story.  He's not a no name guy, but it kinda feels that way.

There's other things I could call out here and there, as I think the game needed another few months of cleaning up and a few more additions, but overall I liked it.  There are better survival games out there, but I had enough fun with this one, I just hope they are going to continue adding to the game, give me a reason to go back as there more than a few areas on the map they could add stuff to.

General / Re: What are you playing?
« on: February 22, 2024, 11:58:52 pm »
I wasn't planning to play Sons of the Forest this week, but I saw it hit 1.0 out of the blue (to me at least), so figured I got nothing to play (if I ignore the backlog for the moment) till FF7 next week.  I "beat" it once already back when it was super unfinished, a year ago, missing a ton of its content as I thought the game was supposed to be further along than it was, but it's so far been pretty good.  I think my only real negative so far is that the games survival aspect is really light still, I don't need it to be Green Hell levels of survival, but it's pretty basic and because the games item respawn is very loose, I think on the ground items that aren't in boxes respawn upon game restart and possibly even sleeping, not 100% sure on that, but its really easy to get all the supplies you need pretty easily.

Oh well, will see how the story goes at least, that was almost non-existent back when I last played.

Battlefront Collection is neat, a definite PC buy for me, and Penny's Big Breakaway being a surprise release is fun.  That's about it though.

Modern Video Games / Re: Pokemon Presents 02/27/24
« on: February 21, 2024, 04:39:56 am »
so if it didnt have the go mecanics you considered it better then fire red and leafgreen?

and honestly its not  an fun throwback at all they even removed the og rival  and made the game so dang easy  it makes  the diamond and pearl remakes  look HARD in compareison while you are overleveled that whole game for at least 10 levels

I never played those ones myself, I stopped with Yellow, but I said it in regards to the Switch games, so it could've been my favorite over Sword/Shield, Scarlet/Violet, BDSP, and possibly Legends, though would probably be neck and neck with New Pokemon Snap now that I think about it.

Modern Video Games / Re: Pokemon Presents 02/27/24
« on: February 20, 2024, 07:27:59 pm »
lol lets go doesnt count its an spinoff and an bad one at that  honestly not even worth 10 bucks

and eyah we got the diamond and pearl remakes and they are WORSE then the originals  they ruined it on my favorite generation which makes me realy sad:(

they couldnt even do the artstyle jsutice  gen 4 is ruugged and industrial and what style did they pick/ the chibi cute style literly the worst possible fit for gen 4

also they didnt add anything worthwhile  either. they arent the worst pokemon games by any emans but to me they are the biggest disapointment in the whole franchise

It still counts as a remake is all I'm saying lol Honestly, if Let's Go didn't have the "Go" mechanics, it probably would've been my favorite Pokemon game on the Switch, it's not amazing, but it's a decent nostalgic throwback to the original's just plagued with obnoxious Pokemon Go mechanics that they should've had the option to turn off.

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