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#20311 Waggles   What the funk n waggle you talkin' bout? CAGiversary!   4195 Posts   Joined 9.4 Years Ago  

Posted 02 December 2017 - 03:47 PM

Am I the only one who dislikes steelbooks? I prefer normal cases so it looks more consistent on my shelf, next to the other titles. Also, steelbooks often aren't labeled on their spines, so you can't even see the name of the game. I wish, if CE's have to have them, that they're included alongside the standard cases.

not enough of them do it like FFXII - Zodiac Age. 

 

Good lookin' steel with title on edge, plus slipcover with all info from the back of a standard release.



#20312 Nothing371   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   7010 Posts   Joined 6.8 Years Ago  

Posted 02 December 2017 - 03:50 PM

Yeah, that's another interesting dynamic.  I've had to explain that to a couple different sets of my friends with toddler aged children.  That the Switch is absolutely not for young children.  It's a tablet, with moving parts, that could also scratch or crack easily, and could break if it's dropped. 

 

The Swtich has been a double-edged sword for Nintendo.  Because it's very much an adult gaming machine, but it's still marketed towards kids and kids want one. 

 

I will never understand my friends that let their babies chew on their phones or give them ipads when they are two years old.  That stuff has gotten ridiculous. 



#20313 chrislaustin   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   6288 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

chrislaustin

Posted 02 December 2017 - 04:29 PM

Am I the only one who dislikes steelbooks? I prefer normal cases so it looks more consistent on my shelf, next to the other titles. Also, steelbooks often aren't labeled on their spines, so you can't even see the name of the game. I wish, if CE's have to have them, that they're included alongside the standard cases.

I actually don't own any that I know of, but I'm sure I've had some in the past(probably have some now, just don't know what). It's a whatever type item for me, as it can look cool, but sometimes not. Since I have never really been all that interested, I probably haven't seen the best there is out in the market.

 

It's a cool collectible I suppose for those who are fans, but over the years, I just have never paid much attention to them. So now when I see one offered in a CE, it's never a motivation for me to get the set. I'll get the set if I like other things, but I've never gotten any CE or pre-order bonus for the steelbook alone. 

 

I do very much like lenticular 3D sleeves offered for some games(mostly 3DS titles, but not all), but those are far and in between. But if I was going to collect something "case" related, those would probably be it.



#20314 Soma_Cruz   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1472 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Soma_Cruz

Posted 02 December 2017 - 04:42 PM

not enough of them do it like FFXII - Zodiac Age. 

 

Good lookin' steel with title on edge, plus slipcover with all info from the back of a standard release.

I thought all steelbooks had that. I only have FFXII, Persona 5, and Valkyria Chronicles though. Not any that come with CEs.



#20315 Waggles   What the funk n waggle you talkin' bout? CAGiversary!   4195 Posts   Joined 9.4 Years Ago  

Posted 02 December 2017 - 04:50 PM

I thought all steelbooks had that. I only have FFXII, Persona 5, and Valkyria Chronicles though. Not any that come with CEs.

that's usually the case with individual releases. some exceptions, like the Ninja storm set that released a few months ago.

 

But generally speaking, CE's don't include any form of slipcover. 

 

Having the xenoblade 2 ce steelbook in my hands now, I kinda want a standard case. Might grab one down the road from gamestop or somewhere.



#20316 shadowysea07   Cjenvy I'm ready for you awd this time I'm wearing pants CAGiversary!   4257 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

shadowysea07

Posted 02 December 2017 - 05:56 PM

Yeah, that's another interesting dynamic.  I've had to explain that to a couple different sets of my friends with toddler aged children.  That the Switch is absolutely not for young children.  It's a tablet, with moving parts, that could also scratch or crack easily, and could break if it's dropped. 

 

The Swtich has been a double-edged sword for Nintendo.  Because it's very much an adult gaming machine, but it's still marketed towards kids and kids want one. 

 

I will never understand my friends that let their babies chew on their phones or give them ipads when they are two years old.  That stuff has gotten ridiculous. 

That's why they have insurance.  And giving the kid something to shut them up for a few minutes is worth it to them.

 

Switch wise I won't be getting one unless the new tales of game is really REALLY good and remains an exclusive (which lol will never happen)



#20317 Bumslie   Have you ever seen the Boognish? CAGiversary!   5752 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 02 December 2017 - 06:01 PM

Starts at 2 minutes



#20318 reaperztoll   Banned Banned   3366 Posts   Joined 4.5 Years Ago  

reaperztoll

Posted 02 December 2017 - 06:01 PM

That's why they have insurance.  And giving the kid something to shut them up for a few minutes is worth it to them.

 

Switch wise I won't be getting one unless the new tales of game is really REALLY good and remains an exclusive (which lol will never happen)

I didn't think you had bought a current gen machine yet. Aren't you still on PS3/360 stuff?



#20319 Biggzy32   Let's fight like gentlemen! CAGiversary!   970 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

Posted 02 December 2017 - 06:42 PM

How’s the gameplay/combat for Xenoblade?

#20320 Supplice   Hi-Fi CAGiversary!   4667 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

Supplice

Posted 02 December 2017 - 06:42 PM

No Yakuza Announcements at PlayStation Experience, but 2018 Will be a “Great Year” for the Series

 

Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded confirmed for Switch



#20321 NeoMonk  

Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:08 PM

How’s the gameplay/combat for Xenoblade?

So I'm about 10 hours in and starting Chapter 3, I'll use your question to kind of piggyback my early Impressions  :D/

 

Spoiler


#20322 The Dead Texan   Rest in Peace, Big Rizzle CAGiversary!   3685 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

The Dead Texan

Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:18 PM

How’s the gameplay/combat for Xenoblade?

 

I'm only a couple hours in, and I'm not really liking the combat at all. You move like you're stuck underwater, and any movement stops your auto attacks. Maybe this changes later, but you have to charge your art abilities with auto attacks. They don't charge over time like the last two games, and you don't have access to any of them at the start of a fight. So the flow of combat is like this:

Engage an enemy

Stand perfectly still to let your character attack to charge up art abilities

Reposition yourself so your art abilities hit from the angle you need them to

Use enough art abilities to level up for a Heat attack

 

Also you only have about four Art Abilities right now. I'm sure you can learn a whole bunch more, but from the looks of the UI it looks like you can only have three or four equipped at a time. It's not like the last two games where you could have a bunch of attacks to choose from at any given time. Then there's the Driver/Blade mechanic where the game tells you to stay physically close to your Blade so you can get lots of buffs and passive skills. So on top of the whole having to stand perfectly still during battle you have to make sure you're within range of your Blade to get even more skills. 

 

I don't understand why they made positioning is so important when your movement speed is fucking garbage. I hope I get a little more into it, because I'm having trouble going back to it when it's such a cumbersome experience. 



#20323 Supplice   Hi-Fi CAGiversary!   4667 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

Supplice

Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:27 PM

How’s the gameplay/combat for Xenoblade?

I'm only a couple hours in, and I'm not really liking the combat at all. You move like you're stuck underwater, and any movement stops your auto attacks. Maybe this changes later, but you have to charge your art abilities with auto attacks.

It's slower than XCX, even late-game with attack cancelling. 



#20324 Pheria   Trash Tier CAGiversary!   1199 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:32 PM

I feel like the combat got a bit better once you get your blade. I'm not sure if you being a couple of hours in got you to that point.

Timing art button presses on the auto-attacks for the bonus helps. You still have the problem of auto-attacking until you can use your first art, but I see a lot of skills in the character trees that make it so you can use some arts as soon as a battle starts.



#20325 NeoMonk  

Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:37 PM

I see a lot of skills in the character trees that make it so you can use some arts as soon as a battle starts.

That's literally where I'm spending all of my points, getting 20str seems meaningless when I'd rather build chains faster.



#20326 The Dead Texan   Rest in Peace, Big Rizzle CAGiversary!   3685 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

The Dead Texan

Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:49 PM

It's slower than XCX even late-game with attack cancelling. 

 

That just makes me sad. It's my biggest gripe with the battles. 

 

I feel like the combat got a bit better once you get your blade. I'm not sure if you being a couple of hours in got you to that point.

Timing art button presses on the auto-attacks for the bonus helps. You still have the problem of auto-attacking until you can use your first art, but I see a lot of skills in the character trees that make it so you can use some arts as soon as a battle starts.

 

Yeah, I've got Pyra (Homura), but she just stands there and every now then I'll see a shield or some regen happen. I'm hoping there are more active Blades that actually do something during battle outside of the big fancy Limit Break QTEs. 

 

Also looks like the only armor you have any control over is your accessories, which means you won't see any model changes like you did in the other games when you changed gear. I hate that this is gone, because I absolutely hate every single thing about Rex's stupid character design. Looks like he's wearing metal MC Hammer pants over swimming pool trunks. 

 

The music is excellent and the world is very pretty, but the story feels flat. That part at the beginning had me rolling my eyes so fast when there's literally a

Spoiler



#20327 BigManJapan  

BigManJapan

Posted 02 December 2017 - 08:38 PM

Having finally tried the NS, I really like the hardware, but the library is still pretty blah for me personally. Some solid titles for sure, but nothing I need to rush out and buy(especially at $60 per most games). 

Same here. There's still not a single Switch game that has me wanting to purchase the system. Yet another countless Mario or Zelda title won't do it for me, nor will any of the re-released games like Skyrim that I originally played five years ago. That said, Nintendo is at least trying with their exclusives, which can't be said for Microsoft recently.



#20328 Tothoro  

Posted 02 December 2017 - 10:55 PM

Having finally tried the NS, I really like the hardware, but the library is still pretty blah for me personally. Some solid titles for sure, but nothing I need to rush out and buy(especially at $60 per most games). Even my son hasn't touched it in several days, and this was from a kid who hasn't stopped talking about it since it was first shown almost a year ago. He does only have Mario for now, so I'm sure he'll play more after Christmas.

For me, the strong IP franchises that Nintendo owns (that will perpetually be exclusives) have always been what draw me in. The hardware gimmicks are usually more of an annoyance to me, but almost every game Nintendo puts out has an impressive layer of polish, mechanical soundness, and care put into it.

 

That said, there's absolutely no need to buy most of the games on launch unless you care about special editions. They might never hit the $10-20 pricemark (Nintendo is weird with MSRPs), but something as mass-produced as BotW or Odyssey will never be more expensive than the $60 launch price.



#20329 Covnam   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1196 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 02 December 2017 - 11:02 PM

Got a surprise delivery of my XC2 CE today by UPS instead of monday =)

 

not enough of them do it like FFXII - Zodiac Age. 

 

Good lookin' steel with title on edge, plus slipcover with all info from the back of a standard release.

Really? I checked a few of mine that didn't have slipcovers and they all had titles on the spine. I was surprised and annoyed when I saw the XC2 steelbook didn't have one =/



#20330 Miker525  

Posted 02 December 2017 - 11:20 PM

So I got the urge to start playing through some of the new FFXV content. Going to wait a little bit before starting Episode Gladiolus and prompto. Just started the Assassin's Festival expansion stuff. Seems pretty cool. anything major I should be aware of with this?



#20331 shadowysea07   Cjenvy I'm ready for you awd this time I'm wearing pants CAGiversary!   4257 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

shadowysea07

Posted 03 December 2017 - 12:05 AM

I didn't think you had bought a current gen machine yet. Aren't you still on PS3/360 stuff?

I've had ps4 slim wiiu ect for a while now.  switch is the one i don't own.  I just finished steven universe save the light and .hack gu remaster vol 1 last month.



#20332 Supplice   Hi-Fi CAGiversary!   4667 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

Supplice

Posted 03 December 2017 - 12:25 AM

So I got the urge to start playing through some of the new FFXV content. Going to wait a little bit before starting Episode Gladiolus and prompto. Just started the Assassin's Festival expansion stuff. Seems pretty cool. anything major I should be aware of with this?

There are some items that can carry over to your main game if you haven't finished it. Otherwise, enjoy. :)



#20333 chrislaustin   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   6288 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

chrislaustin

Posted 03 December 2017 - 01:26 AM

Same here. There's still not a single Switch game that has me wanting to purchase the system. Yet another countless Mario or Zelda title won't do it for me, nor will any of the re-released games like Skyrim that I originally played five years ago. That said, Nintendo is at least trying with their exclusives, which can't be said for Microsoft recently.

Yeah, MS has been off their nut for awhile now. LOL I think once their plan for world domination and an all in one set top box never came to fruition, I think the Xbox division really has lost it's focus. That's OK I suppose, as I came late to the 360 and still have tons of great offerings there to play. By the time I get a ONE, it won't matter how many exclusives they've had, as I'll just be buying a cheap system, with a cheap library, which is all good.

 

I agree completely on "N" as well. The Mario & Zelda offerings can be good, but getting a system for two games, ain't cutting it. BotW was a huge disappointment for me, as I don't get the hype for that at all. I stopped midway thru from boredom. And I've been playing Mario Odyssey the last few weeks, and it's fun, but I wouldn't call it great(at least not yet). Galaxy 1 & 2 are my 3D Mario high water marks, and Odyssey has the perfect title, as the games is all over the map. I guess they just ran out of ideas for a cohesive game, and just said if you have an idea, let's put it in.

 

For me, the strong IP franchises that Nintendo owns (that will perpetually be exclusives) have always been what draw me in. The hardware gimmicks are usually more of an annoyance to me, but almost every game Nintendo puts out has an impressive layer of polish, mechanical soundness, and care put into it.

That was true for me years ago, but most of their games now or just tired retreads, or failed experiments. They have tons of great IP's, but we see the same ones again and again. It took forever to get a new true Star Fox title, and it couldn't have been any worse. Where's Punch-Out, PilotWings, F-Zero, Wario-Ware, etc?

 

Like I stated above, their two highest rated games almost ever, are very forgettable titles for me thus far. I'm hoping with the success of the NS hardware, and putting money back in the bank, they will get back to making fun and unique games like Warioware. Captain Toad on the Wii U was a shining moment for me, as it was new, unique, and actually FUN!

 

As for the gimmicks, yeah, I can do with out them. But honestly, the games they put out now, seem lesser titles to me in the same way the gimmicks are half baked ideas. They really need fresh and new staff there, as I have had about as much as I can take from these top tier franchises, as they take forever to release, and are often disappointments in there own right. As they are just slight changes from the versions we got a few years before.



#20334 Miker525  

Posted 03 December 2017 - 02:19 AM

There are some items that can carry over to your main game if you haven't finished it. Otherwise, enjoy. :)

I guess I did pretty good. Looking through this list I actually just finished getting all of them except for the Master Assassin's Robe bc I never did the Moogle Chocobo carnival. The story included in the Assassin's Festival was quirky and short but overall I thought it was pretty fun, especially for something free. They definitely put a lot of work into building it. Not sure how much I have left to do honestly. Still missing 3 of the 15 flags and need 2 more cores for the hand over 10 cores to the shady dealer quest but otherwise I think I've done it. 

 

Definitely makes me want to play more. I've been thinking of picking up the season pass for a while now so I could play ep. Gladiolous and Prompto but have been hoping it would go on sale. It hasn't... still considering it a whole bunch. Are those episodes longer than the Assassin's Festival was - main questline wise?



#20335 Supplice   Hi-Fi CAGiversary!   4667 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

Supplice

Posted 03 December 2017 - 02:48 AM

Are those episodes longer than the Assassin's Festival was - main questline wise?

If you just go through the story then Gladiolus and Prompto will average around two hours each. Prompto's episode has more dialogue and cut-scenes so his will be longer where as Gladiolus focuses a lot more on fighting. 



#20336 EdJericho   2.5D Seiyuu Fanboy CAGiversary!   784 Posts   Joined 5.1 Years Ago  

Posted 03 December 2017 - 06:19 AM

For anyone who missed out on it during the Black Friday sale at Target.

 

Yakuza Kiwami Steelbook Edition - $15.99 GCU / $19.99 Regular Price

 

Also Battlefront 2 is currently on glitch for $24 due to their buy 1 get 1 50% off sale, incase anyone is interested... no?... o-okay...



#20337 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   10998 Posts   Joined 6.0 Years Ago  

Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:31 AM

For anyone who missed out on it during the Black Friday sale at Target.

 

Yakuza Kiwami Steelbook Edition - $15.99 GCU / $19.99 Regular Price

 

Also Battlefront 2 is currently on glitch for $24 due to their buy 1 get 1 50% off sale, incase anyone is interested... no?... o-okay...

Anyone who reads this now, the glitch died around 1030



#20338 Supplice   Hi-Fi CAGiversary!   4667 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

Supplice

Posted 03 December 2017 - 08:41 AM

Time Traveling Visual Novel ‘Newton and the Apple Tree’ Coming West From Sol Press Through Crowdfunding

 

Falcom says Switch is “very successful”, but unsure if its fan base is on the system yet

 



#20339 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   8675 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

Posted 03 December 2017 - 08:43 AM

Alright guess I'll get Newton and the Apple Tree when it comes out...I love when Kickstarters don't need my help.



#20340 Draekon   Kung-Fu Panda CAGiversary!   5570 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 03 December 2017 - 11:49 AM

A lot of PC games flooding onto Steam this week and going through Steam has been more of a pain in the ass lately. I think I'm going to drop adding in Chinese language only games unless they specifically mention that they're releasing in English at some point. I'll still keep listing the Japanese language only games though. Though SHMUPs (and probably Fighting games) will be posted regardless. Normally I add games from PC based on release date, but I'm going to try and remember to push the Chinese and Russian developed games towards the bottom so it doesn't drown out the other stuff.

Other stuff that released without warning last week (Assume PC unless otherwise noted):
- MyTD 我的塔防 (Tower Defense)
- Let`s not stay friends (Visual Novel)

Weekly Releases (December 3rd - December 9th)

Japanese Rail Sim 3D: Travel of Steam
- Platform(s): 3DS
- Genre: Simulation / Trains
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A

A Hat in Time
- Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One
- Genre: 3D Platformer
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: I recommend this game.

Tokyo Xanadu eX+
- Platform(s): PS4, PC
- Genre: Action RPG
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Supposed to have an improved translation. Seems that it won't get back fed to the non-eX+ Vita version.

Nine Parchments
- Platform(s): Switch, PC
- Genre: Action / RPG
- Demo: N/A
- Online: Yes
- Comments: Not Japanese. Other platforms coming later.

ACA NeoGeo: Top Hunter
- Platform(s): Switch
- Genre: Beat'em Up
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Digital only.

Dimension Drive
- Platform(s): Switch, PC
- Genre: SHMUP
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Not Japanese.

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive
- Platform(s): Switch
- Genre: Beat'em Up
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Digital only.

Slain: Back from Hell
- Platform(s): Switch
- Genre: Action Platformer
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Not Japanese. Previously released on PS4, XB1, Vita & PC.

Yōdanji
- Platform(s): Switch, PC
- Genre: Roguelike / RPG
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: KEMCO Mobile Port.

ELMIA
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Action
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A

Stand by you
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Visual Novel
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A

Tenta Shooter / The 触シュー
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: SHMUP
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A

Umineko: Golden Fantasia
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Fighting
- Demo: N/A
- Online: Yes.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Portal Power
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Beat'em Up
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Single player only. Nickelodeon developed/published.

Daddy's Girls
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Visual Novel
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Russian dev.

Alexa's Wild Night
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Visual Novel
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Not Japanese.

汉匈决战/Gloria Sinica: Han Xiongnu Wars
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Action Strategy / Sandbox
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Chinese dev.

VR火灾逃生应急演练(VR fire emergency simulation system)
- Platform(s): PC VR
- Genre: Simulation / Action
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A

The adventure of Kroos
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Action Platformer
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Chinese dev. Early access.

Truth: Disorder
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Visual Novel
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Russian Dev.

Machine Crisis (陨星危机)
- Platform(s): PC VR
- Genre: Action / Shooter
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Chinese dev.

最強の囲碁 ~名人への道~ / Igo Meijin
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Board Game / Go
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Japanese language only.

Past Releases
November 26th - December 2nd
November 19th - November 25th
November 12th - November 18th
November 5th - November 11th
October 29th - November 4th