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#32461 Starcrest   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1025 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Starcrest

Posted 16 February 2021 - 12:06 AM

I bought a few late life PS3 games and many of them ended up on the PS4 or NS (and in improved states/with more content)... having a hard time going through that again with the shift from PS4 to 5.


I picked up Nioh and Nioh 2 for cheap from Best Buy at BF, and just started the first one this week on my PS5. I see no need to buy the new 70 dollar collection, my cheap copies are working just fine. I’m not interested in playing online much, so I don’t know if it’ll cross play between PS4 copies and PS5, but I would bet it does. I suspect that compatibility is applicable for most PS4 stuff.

#32462 shadowysea07   Cjenvy I'm ready for you awd this time I'm wearing pants CAGiversary!   6323 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  

shadowysea07

Posted 16 February 2021 - 02:23 AM

I think less games will get ported ps4 to ps5 because ps4 stuff (disc & digital) still works on ps5. Some ps4 stuff might get switch ports thou.

Definitely.  Hell most stuff is multiplat on the two as is. 



#32463 Mattiful-Joe   Henshin A Go-Go Baby! CAGiversary!   3305 Posts   Joined 17.7 Years Ago  

Mattiful-Joe

Posted 16 February 2021 - 03:34 AM

I picked up Nioh and Nioh 2 for cheap from Best Buy at BF, and just started the first one this week on my PS5. I see no need to buy the new 70 dollar collection, my cheap copies are working just fine. I’m not interested in playing online much, so I don’t know if it’ll cross play between PS4 copies and PS5, but I would bet it does. I suspect that compatibility is applicable for most PS4 stuff.

I waited on the Nioh collection and I might pick up the PS5 one later.  What's sort of crummy with Nioh is that Team Ninja held back critical DLC on those games.  I believe for Nioh 2, for example, the actual "ending" to the game is sold as DLC.  Not that big a deal, but if it's all on-disc, that's always what I prefer.

 

From https://www.silicone...-dlc-expansion/

 

"Nioh 2‘s The First Samurai DLC will tie up the main story’s loose ends. This scenario will be set during the early Heian period, sending players back into the past. The hero will meet an important figure that resembles a character players will be more than familiar with, provided they beat the base game."



#32464 Mattiful-Joe   Henshin A Go-Go Baby! CAGiversary!   3305 Posts   Joined 17.7 Years Ago  

Mattiful-Joe

Posted 16 February 2021 - 03:42 AM

I think less games will get ported ps4 to ps5 because ps4 stuff (disc & digital) still works on ps5. Some ps4 stuff might get switch ports thou.

Agreed.  Only thing I could see is publishers putting out ultimate editions, with all DLC and PS5 upgrades on a disc so as to convince folks who don't want to bother downloading PS5 assets, and/pr who didn't buy the original PS4 versions. Games coming to PS4 now are generally including the PS5 upgrades for free (see, e.g. Control Ultimate Ed.)

 

Otherwise, I do think publishers will have a harder time trying to resell past-gen games this go around.  May be we'll see more older gen era games get the upgrade treatment this time around.  I could see games like Dead Space and Sly Cooper making a leap forward.  After all, we've already heard all those rumors about the overhauled Metal Gear Solid.

 

I still expect Sony to repackage some of their last-gen game as PS5 "remasters," but may be with PS5 exclusive DLC content.  Who here doesn't think Last of Us 2 gets a short story DLC, packaged together with a PS5 re-release?



#32465 Zenax[zd]   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   826 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

Zenax[zd]

Posted 16 February 2021 - 03:53 AM

"Nioh 2‘s The First Samurai DLC will tie up the main story’s loose ends.

I just beat the story last night and I have no idea what this is talking about as there aren't any noteworthy loose ends at the end of the game. Actually it's quite the opposite where it has a very definitive ending that doesn't even sequel bait, they make it very clear the current adventure is over.

 

What is weird though is that the last few hours of the game tie into some of the Nioh 1 dlc which was confusing as I had not played the dlc for the first game, but once I just glanced at the wiki to see who one of the characters was that is really all I needed to know to understand what was going on.

 

Also in reference to not buying the new collection, remember Nioh 2 gets a free PS5 upgrade anyway. Just stick the PS4 disc in and you can start a download of the PS5 version. That is how I played it and the port is really fantastic, instant load screens are so great.



#32466 Mattiful-Joe   Henshin A Go-Go Baby! CAGiversary!   3305 Posts   Joined 17.7 Years Ago  

Mattiful-Joe

Posted 16 February 2021 - 04:28 AM

I just beat the story last night and I have no idea what this is talking about as there aren't any noteworthy loose ends at the end of the game. Actually it's quite the opposite where it has a very definitive ending that doesn't even sequel bait, they make it very clear the current adventure is over.

 

What is weird though is that the last few hours of the game tie into some of the Nioh 1 dlc which was confusing as I had not played the dlc for the first game, but once I just glanced at the wiki to see who one of the characters was that is really all I needed to know to understand what was going on.

 

Also in reference to not buying the new collection, remember Nioh 2 gets a free PS5 upgrade anyway. Just stick the PS4 disc in and you can start a download of the PS5 version. That is how I played it and the port is really fantastic, instant load screens are so great.

Thanks for the info.  This Nioh collection is on my shortlist of PS5 game I'm interested in ... when I have a PS5, which won't be for a while (if ever).  I only buy games on-disc (no DLC), which is why I like ultimate collections - at least when everything is on-disc. 

 

That's the only reason this Nioh collection on PS5 interests me, as opposed to the "incomplete" ones on PS4.  By the time I pick up a PS5, I figure games like this will be cheaper.



#32467 Nothing-   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   9629 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

Posted 16 February 2021 - 04:35 AM

Nioh 1 & 2 are certainly not games that I would complain about lack of content...



#32468 Zenax[zd]   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   826 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

Zenax[zd]

Posted 16 February 2021 - 05:32 AM

Nioh 1 & 2 are certainly not games that I would complain about lack of content...

Yeah, both games are pretty insane bang for your buck. It's actually why I never got around to playing the dlc, the Nioh 1 plat trophy took me about 110 hours and the plat doesn't even require really doing any endgame stuff, you have to do like 1 mission on the first NG+ difficulty iirc but that is it. Just wanted to move on to something else after I finished that even though Nioh hard modes are the kind I really like where they actually add new mechanics, alter enemy behavior, and change up enemy placement in the levels.

 

Probably going to do a lot more in Nioh 2 though. I absolutely love the tonfas so much (didn't have them in the first game since I didn't have the dlc) and I just want to keep going with them. Plus I enjoy the faster combat speed the game has thanks to the yokai abilities giving you things to do in what would be down time in the first game.



#32469 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   10559 Posts   Joined 14.9 Years Ago  

Posted 16 February 2021 - 03:08 PM

I was thinking more niche releases when I said about buying PS4 games early with lower stock. I don't consider Nioh niche. We do sometimes get ports to newer consoles though, so anything is game though. Just play what you like and if you're lucky stock is good, otherwise play digitally sometime. Nioh 1/2 PS5 are on my radar mainly since I only played a bit of 1. Not much coming till Ratchet & Clank, so may pick it up sometime. I have Demon's Souls already, so that will go out of my backlog first. 



#32470 super1upqueen   Shinobi Student CAGiversary!   234 Posts   Joined 1.1 Years Ago  

super1upqueen

Posted 16 February 2021 - 05:10 PM

New Nintendo Direct announced, and aside from the obvious, non-niche stuff we're all looking forward to (Zelda, Metroid, MegaTen, Smash), I'm really hoping for some news on those Dragon Quest Monsters games with Erik and Mia that seem to have just disappeared. Also, there's a chance they could localize that Buddy Mission BOND visual novel they showed off in Japan back in October. I'm not a big visual novel fan, but that game looks dope.

 

Biggest want from the Direct: Xenoblade Chronicles X port. It would be my automatic GOTY.



#32471 62t   Zune Duck! CAGiversary!   20334 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 16 February 2021 - 05:16 PM

I won't be surprise to see the Great Ace Attorney announcement 



#32472 Tothoro  

Posted 16 February 2021 - 05:17 PM

Man, I just want Nintendo to make some new games instead of porting the Wii U library. Feels like my Switch is just a Smash Bros. machine at this point since I had a Wii U and go for crossplatform games on Playstation.



#32473 Jiles001  

Jiles001

Posted 16 February 2021 - 05:25 PM

NISA, XSEED, and Koei-Tecmo are all companies to keep an eye on with physical releases. KT has at least done some reprints, but stuff like Utawarerumono: Prelude from NISA is practically nonexistent. If any of the games they publish are must-haves for you, I'd strongly advise against waiting for a potential price drop.

Jesus I didn't realize that utawarerumono game was so much. I have the other titles in the series but I somehow missed that one. Speaking of, Disgaea 5 for the switch also spiked up in price for some reason. Really weird because thats the first disgaea title that I have seen actually be worth more than the retail and it happened so quickly as well.



#32474 BoxPizzaBox   Trash Tier CAGiversary!   1327 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

BoxPizzaBox

Posted 16 February 2021 - 06:08 PM

New Nintendo Direct announced, and aside from the obvious, non-niche stuff we're all looking forward to (Zelda, Metroid, MegaTen, Smash), I'm really hoping for some news on those Dragon Quest Monsters games with Erik and Mia that seem to have just disappeared. Also, there's a chance they could localize that Buddy Mission BOND visual novel they showed off in Japan back in October. I'm not a big visual novel fan, but that game looks dope.

 

Biggest want from the Direct: Xenoblade Chronicles X port. It would be my automatic GOTY.

This would make a lot of people happy.

 

I'm playing Xenoblade Chronicles X for the first time right now, myself. It's really impressive what they pulled off on the Wii U.

 

Spoiler


#32475 Mattiful-Joe   Henshin A Go-Go Baby! CAGiversary!   3305 Posts   Joined 17.7 Years Ago  

Mattiful-Joe

Posted 16 February 2021 - 06:12 PM

I'm playing Xenoblade Chronicles X for the first time right now, myself. It's really impressive what they pulled off on the Wii U.

Spoiler

Well, let's be honest, the Switch is basically a wee bit more powerful than the Wii U (I know, horrible pun).

#32476 BoxPizzaBox   Trash Tier CAGiversary!   1327 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

BoxPizzaBox

Posted 16 February 2021 - 06:16 PM

Well, let's be honest, the Switch is basically a wee bit more powerful than the Wii U (I know, horrible pun).

Yeah, I wouldn't expect much improvement graphically, but really just being able to turn on a Switch instead of a Wii U to play is improvement enough.

 

I'm sure it could look stunning on a rumored Switch Pro in higher res, though, too.



#32477 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   10559 Posts   Joined 14.9 Years Ago  

Posted 16 February 2021 - 06:42 PM

Switch is a great 2nd system and I play handheld a lot. I really am not crazy for the exclusives, but it makes a great system for indie games and picross and such type games. I like it quite a bit, but I know it's lacking power and something else for the oomph factor. My switch generally is an indie, picross, Slay the Spire, and for now Atelier Ryza machine. I like that the Switch has all the Atelier games since I haven't kept up with the series. I will play the newest on through the PS5 (Ryza 2), but I like the DX versions and will get the trilogy coming out later this year. Once PS5 becomes a niche machine I will be happy though. Otherwise most of the niche games are played on PC and PS4 for me.



#32478 bappt   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1008 Posts   Joined 15.9 Years Ago  

Posted 16 February 2021 - 10:27 PM

Azur Lane Crosswave for Switch has limited time free DLC. It's Neptune from the Neptunia series and only available until 3/16

 

https://www.nintendo...osswave-switch/



#32479 shadowysea07   Cjenvy I'm ready for you awd this time I'm wearing pants CAGiversary!   6323 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  

shadowysea07

Posted 17 February 2021 - 07:41 AM

Seum Speedrunners From Hell ?674A-0JVNM-AF0DB

? = mighty no



#32480 motaku96   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   1989 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 17 February 2021 - 09:57 PM

Fanatical has a Build Your Own Anime Bundle.

Pick any combination of

2 for $9.99

3 for $13.99

5 for $19.99

 

Titles include:

Tokyo Xanadu eX+

Spirit Hunter:Death Mark

The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories

Little Dragons Cafe

Alternate Jake Hunter: DAEDALUS The Awakening of Golden Jazz

Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa

GalGun Double Peace

Synergia

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School

Ara Fell

Richman10

Damascus Gear Operation Osaka HD Edition

The Letter - Horror Visual Novel

UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late

Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code

AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected

The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters

CHAOS CODE -NEW SIGN OF CATASTROPHE-



#32481 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   3215 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

Posted 17 February 2021 - 10:31 PM

Fanatical has a Build Your Own Anime Bundle.

Hm. Tokyo Xanadu eX+ would be the only thing I'd want.  So if someone happens to be buying a bundle without it, I'd send a $5 eshop code for the key.

 

UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late isn't the most recent version of the game, correct?



#32482 Tothoro  

Posted 17 February 2021 - 11:51 PM

Hm. Tokyo Xanadu eX+ would be the only thing I'd want.  So if someone happens to be buying a bundle without it, I'd send a $5 eshop code for the key.

 

UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late isn't the most recent version of the game, correct?

Correct.Late -> Latest -> [cl=r]. We might get another one with an even more absurd name for the new consoles.



#32483 fanboy100  

fanboy100

Posted 18 February 2021 - 12:55 AM

my dad the other day preordered me bravely default 2 from best buy for my bday 3/24 so i could get the preorder bonus and he had $20 rewards coupon he forgot about and used it so got game for $40 not bad 



#32484 super1upqueen   Shinobi Student CAGiversary!   234 Posts   Joined 1.1 Years Ago  

super1upqueen

Posted 18 February 2021 - 02:53 AM

!!!!!!

 

 

Holy crap, between this and Pyra/Mythra in Smash, I was thoroughly satisfied with that Direct. I freaking love Spirit of Sanada, and if this game is going to be like that, it could be a masterpiece. And that new art style is GORGEOUS.

 

I'm really curious to see how much content is in this game, because I know Nobunaga played a huge role in the Sengoku period, but centering the game on just one faction and calling it "5" and not like "Conquest of Oda" or something makes me wonder how the other, non-Oda clans and characters will be handled. I mean, Nobunaga's death was just one major event in the era (granted, it was a MAJOR event), and tons more conflicts took place decades afterward. Regardless, this will be a turning point in the series, and I just can't wait to play it!



#32485 kmitchell28   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   194 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

kmitchell28

Posted 18 February 2021 - 03:06 PM

World’s End Club is getting a limited edition from NISA, but I was unable to get the page to load and it is showing as out of stock now. Was anyone able to get one preordered or did they send the email before the page was actually up?

#32486 Vigilante   poyo CAGiversary!   37999 Posts   Joined 15.8 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2021 - 03:09 PM

World’s End Club is getting a limited edition from NISA, but I was unable to get the page to load and it is showing as out of stock now. Was anyone able to get one preordered or did they send the email before the page was actually up?

I've noticed that NISA's marketing department tends to jump the gun and not check the store first before announcing a new LE. It'll likely show up later.



#32487 Souffrir   Eternally Training CAG CAGiversary!   5587 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2021 - 05:01 PM

Fanatical has a Build Your Own Anime Bundle.
Pick any combination of
2 for $9.99
3 for $13.99
5 for $19.99

Titles include:
Tokyo Xanadu eX+
Spirit Hunter:Death Mark
The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories
Little Dragons Cafe
Alternate Jake Hunter: DAEDALUS The Awakening of Golden Jazz
Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa
GalGun Double Peace
Synergia
White Day: A Labyrinth Named School
Ara Fell
Richman10
Damascus Gear Operation Osaka HD Edition
The Letter - Horror Visual Novel
UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late
Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code
AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected
The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters
CHAOS CODE -NEW SIGN OF CATASTROPHE-


The large majority of these have been in much more reasonably priced bundles, I wouldn’t recommend going in on this one.

#32488 Richard Kain   The Kaiser CAGiversary!   2945 Posts   Joined 13.9 Years Ago  

Richard Kain

Posted 18 February 2021 - 05:23 PM

The reason why the Switch has blown up so much is convenience. On paper, the Switch falls short in almost every category. It's not as possible, its games don't perform as well, and it doesn't get nearly as many cross-platform titles. In theory, it should be no different from the Wii U, relying solely on its first-party developed Nintendo titles.

 

But Nintendo went all-in on the portability, and that ended up making the difference. They also took notes from the Wii U, and stripped the interface down to the bare essentials to insure that they could get it running extremely fast. At pretty much every point, they sanded the edges of the Switch down to make it as convenient as possible. And that was enough to make the difference. An easy, quick, convenient portable system with a solid digital library, cheap digital storage, and the ability to pop it on and off of your TV. That turned out to be the winning formula.

 

Nintendo also benefited from the boom in smaller-scale indie development. If not for the indie scene exploding, the Switch would be far more starved for content. High-end graphics heavy titles like Call of Duty don't work well on a much more modest system like the Switch. But lower-requirement indie titles with more modest graphics fit like a charm, and frequently pair well with gaming-on-the-go. As ever seems to be the case in this industry, success boils down to a combination of good choices, and sheer dumb luck.



#32489 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   10559 Posts   Joined 14.9 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2021 - 05:37 PM

Regardless of anything Nintendo still has exclusive games people go crazy for. I use my Switch for indies and Picross mainly, but that's fine. I have other machines for more demanding titles. Still haven't been crazy for the exclusive games, but  I haven't played most of them yet. Luck is important for sure. I do think whatever they do next they need to pump up the power a lot. We'll see if that means a Switch Pro or what. So many games look like jaggy sometimes slowdown bleh. 



#32490 Souffrir   Eternally Training CAG CAGiversary!   5587 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 18 February 2021 - 05:38 PM

Somebody make recommendations on whether Ys VIII is worth it for someone who’s only played the PSP port of Ys 1. Platform would be PS4 or PC.