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  • Join Star Citizen now and receive a reward.

    Woohoo, free credits to spend on imaginary items for a game that doesn't exist yet... thanks, but no thanks.
  • Nintendo - Switching It Up - Robert Lashley at MMORPG.com

    Some good points, but they are all very big IFs, and the fact that Nintendo:
    - Didn't include something like 1-2-Switch; which would have cost them next to nothing to include as a digital game.
    - Set an RRP of US $50 for 1-2-Switch and $60 for Arms, when third party games like Rime and Minecraft Story Mode are $30.
    - Want people to use a 'smart device' for voice chat, and charge them $$ a month for the 'privilege'.
    - Will basically only 'lend' you a NES / SNES game for a single month, and again, charge you $$ a month for the privilege.

    Just shows where they're head is at: namely that they still think they are a raging success and masses of people will buy whatever they are selling at any price, which is the same mistake they made with the WiiU. The Wii was successful not because of some gimmicky controller, but because it offered a unique experience (showcased by the likes of Wii Sports), and offered relatively good value; i.e. $249 with a pack in game while the competition was still in the $399 to $499 range.

    While it is possible Nintendo may be able to turn things around and make the Switch a success, they are clearly trying to fleece their early adopters for every cent, which in the long run will only mean lower sales > harder to maintain third party support > less games > lower sales... they are heading for a vicious cycle.

    Also, while hard core fans may say Nintendo operates in its own (little) world, in the real world all Sony / Microsoft have to do is offer a pack in first party game, slight price drop, and / or a free 3 to 6 month premium subscription to tip the value equation heavily in their favour come March 3, Christmas, Black Friday, etc.

    Nintendo has a huge uphill battle ahead of it, and unless they get a serious attitude adjustment (like Sony did with the PS3, and MS did with XBone launch announcement) they aren't going to make it.
  • Undocumented Monster Scaling Addressed, Hotfixes Deployed - World of Warcraft - MMORPG.com

    Obviously they over tuned it... but do they really think it is a good idea to scale mobs with player iLvl?

    One of the best things about the whole themepark gear progression / reset thing is getting to a gear level where you can 1 shot stuff that used to be a challenge... and then it all just resets with the next expansion anyway. Take that sense of overpowered progression away and it just becomes an endless gear treadmill that you never feel like you are making any real progress on*.

    *Which is already an issue for these sorts of games, as 100 damage vs. 1000 HP is effectively the same as 100,000 damage vs. 1,000,000 HP, i.e. 10 hits per kill. The numbers may be bigger, but the gameplay is exactly the same.
  • Naoki Yoshida Named to the Square Enix Board of Directors - Final Fantasy XIV - MMORPG.com

    Scot said:
    He does seem to have done an amazing job. But I would say in todays gaming climate how many franchises other than FF would have had the money to reinvent their MMO and have such a strong fan base that they could do so and players would not have written them off after such a failure? 

    While there is no doubt the FF name has a lot of draw, the quality would have spoken for itself over time... I think the real question is, would anyone other than SE have enough pride in their IP that they are willing to invest so much in correcting their mistakes?

    And grats to Yoshi P, very much deserved (and appreciated for creating a modern FF game worthy of the name).

  • My Review after playing a year+ now

    First of all I'm going to set a few things straight seeing that I have read a lot of the forums here.

    Play to win does not exist in SOTA.  ...
    Freudian slip?

  • I am not paying $50,either F2P with shop or the Risk is to high that i become a Beta tester ...

    Goromhir said:
    Its damn risky to buy games these days, in the past we have been BETA Testers over years after buying games.

    Make it F2P with a shop like the most others and i might try it.

    No way i pay $50 in advance for a online game i have not tested by myself before buying in 2018 !
    So wait till after launch, read some reviews, watch some streams, see what others are saying about it...
  • Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset: The Affordable Onramp to VR (and More?) - MMORPG.com

    Tiller said:

    Viper482 said:

    Windows 10 is fine, stop being stupid.

    There is no reason not to move to 10, it's now stable and it was free.

    While W10 is generally a lot better now than it was at launch, there is still a fair bit to dislike about it, not the least of which is having Microsoft’s latest shovel-ware forcibly installed every year or so (you can delay it, but it WILL be installed eventually). Or having to check that certain 'updates' didn't just silently change your settings.

    There is also the trust issue; i.e. while MS may not be doing anything 'too evil' right now, they do have control over updating your system and licence to install and change pretty much anything they like whenever they like. What's that, you want to disable our AI spyware? Too bad, too many people disabled it in the past, so the best you can do now is hide it and pretend it doesn't exist. (i.e. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain).

    I also seriously dislike the design of the windows in W10, and how hard it is to tell at a glance which one is active; W10 = grey vs. black window name and barely visible border vs. W7/8 = full colour vs. grey title bar and clearly visible border. Settings is also a very mixed bag (and I generally still prefer Control Panel), and don't even get me started on how useless and cluttered the W10 'Start' menu is... # ClassicShellForLife
  • What are the most disappointing games from your favorite franchises?

    Deus Ex: Invisible War
    After the greatness (despite its flaws) that was Deus Ex, Invisible War was nothing but a travesty. The very definition of 'dumbed down for console'. Human Revolution was good though (if a little shallow), but Mankind Divided was another step backwards (though mostly because it felt so unfinished).

    Resident Evil 6
    While 4 was still a great game, and 5 was at least a good co-op action game, 6 just took it way too far. One of the few games I have ever returned. RE7 kind of made up for it (or is at least moving the franchise in the right direction), and I'm looking forward to the RE2 remake.

    Fallout 3 / 4
    They had the name, and kind of had the look, but the gameplay is at best bland, and the world (especially compared to Fallout 2) is just soulless. New Vegas had its moments.

    Elder Scrolls Oblivion and Skyrim
    Not bad games, and I still enjoyed them (with mods), but they lack the heart, soul and depth that made Morrowind so compelling (while seemingly keeping all the bugs and clunky gameplay).

    Final Fantasy XIII and XV
    While both arguably 'good' games, neither of them feel very much like Final Fantasy, which may have been OK if SE hadn't taken soo damn long to develop them. Thank Yoshida for FF:XIV ARR, because without it, FF would have died with the PS2.

    Jagged Alliance: Back in Action
    ... just, no.

    Almost anything made by EA, Ubisoft or Activision in the last 10 years...

    Edit: Dark Souls 2
    At face value Dark Souls 2 should have been a bigger, better, deeper Dark Souls, but the map design was just horrible... the best way I can describe it is un-intuitive, with the 'main' route often hidden from plain view, and enemies positioned to be (as best I can tell) simply annoying. The bosses were also largely forgettable (apart from being, again, annoying, and not in that good Orstein and Smough kind of way), which all sort of made it rather tedious to explore (not good for a Souls game).

    I'm not sure I would call Dark Souls 2 bad, but I enjoyed Demons Souls, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 3 far more, and it is definitely my low point on the Souls / Bloodborn / Nioh continuum.
  • Never thought I will say this - But WoW is so far ahead of any other imaginable MMO right now

    I just read random article , some tidbit about what Blizzard learned from last WoW expansion. And one thought blew my mind.

    300 developers actively working on WoW. Even now 12 years after.

    So its 16 years of continuous content development with team that is 300 people at its smallest - and its all Blizzard quality people.

    LOL , how can anything compete ?

    ( disclaimer , i dont play WoW , neither did I play it since Vanilla )
    I'd say FF:XIV is doing just damn fine at competing... and, although it is just a guess, I would also say FF:XIV is a major reason Blizzard is giving half a s*** about content updates again.

    WoW is a fine game for those that enjoy it, and one of the few you can still enjoy without constantly dropping into the cash shop, but to suggest that it is 'so far ahead' of anything (except maybe F2P trash MMOs) is a joke.