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#52201 josekortez   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9352 Posts   Joined 19.8 Years Ago  

Posted 04 June 2023 - 04:25 PM

You can get two $25 Xbox gift cards for $44 total at Dollar General this week.  In-store only.

 

I bought two cards there this morning.  Ends Saturday, 6/10/23.



#52202 gamegirlpocket   hope rides alone CAGiversary!   4168 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

gamegirlpocket

Posted 04 June 2023 - 07:11 PM

It's kinda goofy to remember how angry people were when Xbox paid to have Tomb Raider be a one year exclusive, but seem to care less when Sony does it with arguably bigger titles for longer periods of time (or indefinitely). If the game underperforms in terms of sales, I wonder if there is any clause in the contract for them to do an Xbox port or if it's more binding than that.

 

Timed exclusives don't bother me, first party exclusives don't either. Exclusive marketing? Annoying, but fine. But if a game was planned to be multiplatform and the only reason it's not is a giant sack of money, that is bullshit.

 

Was offline the last few days, hold yr breath for some belated replies!

 

I just bought a PS5 off Amazon Warehouse today so trying to figure out the best way to get the games I want. After reading your post, I started looking into PS Plus Extra. I might have to take the plunge. I ordered Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Death Stranding: Director's Cut, but both of those are on Extra in addition to a couple of others on my list.

 

PS Plus Extra is definitely the best option to catch up on exclusives, especially with the discount right now. Biggest advantage over Game Pass at the present moment - annual subscriptions that get discounted. $75 for 12 months is about $6 monthly, 2/3 less than MSRP on GPU.

 

Is this your first playstation console? i literally just picked up a PS5 today and subbed to PS+ extra. Have Kena and Ratchet downloading as we speak. I have the playstation app installed on my phone and I literally just got an alert to let me know that Kena just finished downloading lmao!

 

I'm curious previously you mentioned being impressed with PS5's UI and disappointed with Xbox. What made you impressed/disappointed with both?  PS5 didn't really impress me out of the box. Hooking up my PS3 this week and I was extremely impressed. Basically the entire background changes to a backdrop of the game accompanied by music from the game which changes on the fly every time you scroll through a new game in your library. So in fact Sony's UI has been doing this for 3 generations now.

 

PS+ is a great value now. This is what happens when Microsoft forces Sony to compete. Consumers end up benefiting. I personally don't care much about day and date. I find it's a little bit overrated especially considering most games are releasing broken and buggy these days. One advantage is that all Xbox 1st party games will stay on Game Pass forever. This doesn't seem to be the case with Playstation as they recently removed Spider-Man from the service unless that was just an exception and them just trying to cashgrab some extra sales with the recent release of the movie.

I was all-in on PS3 and then barely touched the PS4, comparatively. So I was away for awhile but plenty familiar.

 

I don't dislike the Xbox interface but the PS5 feels snappier and has fewer layers to its menus. I know where everything is on the Xbox because I've been using it forever, but pulling up the sidebar, cycling five tabs over, going down three options to find settings is kinda silly.

 

Same with trying to get to Game Pass rewards/quests. Side menu, tab over five menus, profile, scroll four more, etc. The overall interface is also just a lot more utilitarian, like the ghost of Windows 8 / Windows Phone where they really want you to use tiles and squares and love it, goddammit.

 

I don't know that the PS5 OS is better, but from an average consumer standpoint, it's flashier and more user friendly. I'd say the same thing about PS Plus and PS Store integration - I know people who own an Xbox and don't really understand what Game Pass is. PS Plus is so in your face and they make it really clear there are different tiers to the subs and what each one gets you.

 

PS+ Extra is going to be my imaginary friend I borrow games from and I'm very happy Playstation is competing with Game Pass.

 

The only Playstation I've ever bought in my life is the PS3 during Black Friday 2011. I wanted a BD player and have never bought a single game except for the Ratchet and Clank All 4 One / LittleBigPlanet 3 that came included (I barely touched R&C and never touched LBP3). All the games I've wanted to play I've borrowed from friends after they're long done with them (namely the entire God of War series on PS3, Uncharted 1-3, TLoU, and MGS4). 

 

Most of my adult friends are on Playstation now but they don't game too much and don't buy too many hardcore games. Same with my coworkers. I have less people to borrow from nowadays so PS+ Extra is extremely valuable for "new" Playstation owners like me (well, I don't own a PS5 yet but I will eventually after I upgrade my home theater.) Ideally, I'd just wait for all the PS first party games to hit PC and have my cousin family share with me on Steam. I'm going to keep mentioning my huge backlog though so I don't even know when I'd even get around to another console ecosystem  :bouncy:

Yeah, PS+ Extra has closed the gap with Game Pass.  I have a couple years of Premium left after converting my basic PS+ by buying 1 month of the old PS streaming service before the new tiers were added.  I checked out how much it would cost to buy another year of Premium with the 25% discount - $90.  More than I'd like to pay (I miss the days of cheap 1 year PS+ subs).  I'm hoping the Gold to GP conversion works next year when I need to renew.

 

The new PlayStation rewards program (Stars) is ok - basically 4% cash back.  MS Rewards is far better

Rewards is definitely better, but like trying to explain Game Pass to my BiL, MS Rewards requires more engagement to utilize it well. PS Rewards is well integrated into the mobile app and it's easy to see 'quests' and what completing them gets you.

 

I have PlayStation Plus Premium and it’s better than I thought it ever would be but it still doesn’t work for me like GamePass does. 90% of what is added to PS+ Extra are older games that can be bought dirt cheap like Ubisoft games (or ironically Bethesda games recently).

Even if most of them are indie, probably 75% of what is added to GamePass is new so I don’t own them already. And it’s often stellar indie games like Cassette Beasts, Chained Echoes, Planet of Lana or Fuga 2 that I would have bought. Not to mention great AA/AAA games like Wo Long, MLB The Show or Monster Hunter Rise. To me AAA first party games aren’t the biggest draw.

Anyway, PS+ and GamePass are still completely different animals IMO. If you are new to gaming or either ecosystem then both complement each other quite well. I just personally find more of my needs are met with GP.

I agree after reading this, Xbox has dont a great job courting indies and has way more day-one games as well as promoting smaller games which would otherwise get buried by all of the releases that come out these days.

 

I think my take on it right now boils down to... Game Pass and MS Rewards are like 4k movies - they're the best option if you're invested in the hobby. The PS5 offerings are solid enough to be competitive and, like 1080p, a lot of folks either can't tell the difference, or don't care enough to go to the trouble.
 



#52203 Bowie88   Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster CAGiversary!   603 Posts   Joined 5.6 Years Ago  

Posted 04 June 2023 - 07:28 PM

Any other CAGs here have kids that got into The Descendants from Disney (not the band, the movies about kids of Disney villains)? My daughter is watching one of them right now and the costume design screams 2000s Final Fantasy games. Every character looks straight out of X, XII and XIII.

Yep, my girls (5 and 7) are obsessed with it, more so the 5 yo. She loves singing and dancing to the music. But I agree, the costumes definitely give me a XIII vibe



#52204 bardockkun   Porn, Kitsch And Firearms CAGiversary!   17702 Posts   Joined 17.7 Years Ago  

bardockkun

Posted 04 June 2023 - 08:58 PM

So has anybody ever gotten some kinda alert from Microsoft Rewards saying "rewards are available in one region each day"? Because my VPN are primarily in my own state and I don't know why I'm getting this.



#52205 JohnnyCage   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   1761 Posts   Joined 11.0 Years Ago  

JohnnyCage

Posted 04 June 2023 - 10:16 PM

I'm surprised the story in D4 is actually good. When I played Lost Ark I skipped everything. I'm actually watching all the cutscenes and listening to the dialogue here.



#52206 bee01   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1941 Posts   Joined 19.1 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2023 - 01:57 AM

I know where everything is on the Xbox because I've been using it forever, but pulling up the sidebar, cycling five tabs over, going down three options to find settings is kinda silly.

 

Same with trying to get to Game Pass rewards/quests. Side menu, tab over five menus, profile, scroll four more, etc. The overall interface is also just a lot more utilitarian, like the ghost of Windows 8 / Windows Phone where they really want you to use tiles and squares and love it, goddammit.

 

There's a settings shortcut on the top right corner of the home screen.  Profile is top left.  I used guide customization to move the home tab next to the profile tab so I only have to move left 1 time when using the home button.  I also dimmed the light on the controller and console.  Didn't realize those settings were hidden under accessibility.  Some parts of the Xbox UI are just not obvious.



#52207 Kromis   Für das Vaterland! CAGiversary!   1616 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2023 - 07:49 AM

You can get two $25 Xbox gift cards for $44 total at Dollar General this week. In-store only.

I bought two cards there this morning. Ends Saturday, 6/10/23.


Costco has 4x$25 gift cards for $80 again!

https://www.costco.c....100779550.html

#52208 josekortez   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9352 Posts   Joined 19.8 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2023 - 09:25 AM

Costco has 4x$25 gift cards for $80 again!

https://www.costco.c....100779550.html

Are you the Costco guy who always waits for me to post a Dollar General deal?  :roll:



#52209 Kromis   Für das Vaterland! CAGiversary!   1616 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2023 - 09:36 AM

Are you the Costco guy who always waits for me to post a Dollar General deal?  :roll:

It was actually a coincidence this time since the price updated right after midnight PST  :bouncy:



#52210 josekortez   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9352 Posts   Joined 19.8 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2023 - 09:37 AM

It was actually a coincidence this time since the price updated right after midnight PST  :bouncy:

:rofl:



#52211 SIX min WHISTLE   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   6463 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

SIX min WHISTLE

Posted 05 June 2023 - 12:30 PM



Square ENIX is one of the most baffling companies to ever exist. They completely ran Final Fantasy into the ground, mismanaged some of the best games in the past decade and sold the Ips, had the rights to make a game based on the highest grossest movie ever and just floundered it.


And they made a collection of some of the greatest games in history and just go out there way to make sure it’s not on all platforms and that physical editions are hard to obtain.


I would have to disagree on completely running FF into the ground. They definitely lost their guiding light when Sakaguchi left, but that was 20+ years ago. Since then the mainline games have been up and down, but I say the only real failures are the extended XIII trilogy, XIV 1.0, and the mess that was XV. While that sounds like 3 games in a row, there is definitely nuance there. The real issue is treating FF as another themed skin to slap in anything to move copies, like these junk mobile games or Chocobo Racing.

As for the pixel remasters, they have been treating these strangely since day one as they were primarily targeted at the Japanese mobile players with everything treated as an afterthought.

Square-Enix is definitely run by very old-school Japanese business men, and their bad decisions run way outside the scope of just FF.

#52212 gamegirlpocket   hope rides alone CAGiversary!   4168 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

gamegirlpocket

Posted 05 June 2023 - 02:09 PM

I would have to disagree on completely running FF into the ground. They definitely lost their guiding light when Sakaguchi left, but that was 20+ years ago. Since then the mainline games have been up and down, but I say the only real failures are the extended XIII trilogy, XIV 1.0, and the mess that was XV. While that sounds like 3 games in a row, there is definitely nuance there. The real issue is treating FF as another themed skin to slap in anything to move copies, like these junk mobile games or Chocobo Racing.

As for the pixel remasters, they have been treating these strangely since day one as they were primarily targeted at the Japanese mobile players with everything treated as an afterthought.

Square-Enix is definitely run by very old-school Japanese business men, and their bad decisions run way outside the scope of just FF.

Good points. Dragon Quest, thankfully, has not been over-saturated or driven into the ground - quite the opposite, so it's definitely not all-or-nothing.

 

Mostly, I wish they'd take some pointers from Capcom, who have done a wonderful job breathing new life into beloved IPs while still maintaining the essence of what made those games beloved in the first place (RE, Monster Hunter, Mega Man 11 plus very well done retro collections, SF6 apparently).



#52213 FesterHoghead  

FesterHoghead

Posted 05 June 2023 - 02:25 PM

After the auto-redeem hit I bought SF6 as a sacrifice to the gamepass gods. One button SPD is yummy.

 

For D4, on world tier 2 with mostly main story and some dungeons along the way, I got my horse at level 38. YMMV of course, but as as idea for actually how long it takes. Feels so much better, I then proceeded to make my other alts.



#52214 gamegirlpocket   hope rides alone CAGiversary!   4168 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

gamegirlpocket

Posted 05 June 2023 - 02:58 PM

FYI the spend $25+, get $10 bonus is still active for MS Cashback. If you load the plugin in Edge for the sidebar, there should be a button at the top that says "Get $20 Bonus" since it works a total of two times.

 

Cashed in a $25 GC from rewards points and bought Star Trek: Resurgence via microsoft.com yesterday, reviews are very solid and I want to show demand for the IP. The cashback already posted to my account ($2.80) and waiting to see how the $10 bonus is applied, will update when (if?) it does. Assuming it works in this way, it's quite a deal. Combine it with the Costco discount and yr a regular Steve McQueen.

 

There's a settings shortcut on the top right corner of the home screen.  Profile is top left.  I used guide customization to move the home tab next to the profile tab so I only have to move left 1 time when using the home button.  I also dimmed the light on the controller and console.  Didn't realize those settings were hidden under accessibility.  Some parts of the Xbox UI are just not obvious.

Good to know, and the OS also does a good job of syncing those settings for people who own multiple systems. Another example of it being perhaps better overall, but not casual friendly.
 



#52215 bobbyblane   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   951 Posts   Joined 19.0 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2023 - 03:37 PM

FYI the spend $25+, get $10 bonus is still active for MS Cashback. If you load the plugin in Edge for the sidebar, there should be a button at the top that says "Get $20 Bonus" since it works a total of two times.

 

Cashed in a $25 GC from rewards points and bought Star Trek: Resurgence via microsoft.com yesterday, reviews are very solid and I want to show demand for the IP. The cashback already posted to my account ($2.80) and waiting to see how the $10 bonus is applied, will update when (if?) it does. Assuming it works in this way, it's quite a deal. Combine it with the Costco discount and yr a regular Steve McQueen.

 

Thanks for the reminder on that offer.  Has anyone else had a hard time getting non-MS transactions to show up on Microsoft Cashback?  Seems to be very hit or miss for me



#52216 chnandler_bong   Unofficial CAG Headless Mad Comber of Comb Mountain CAGiversary!   12708 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 05 June 2023 - 03:58 PM

The $20 Dell reward I earned from www.alienwarearena.com last month never showed up, so I sent them an email and they replied back today after they manually added the reward to my account (woot).  After this month's rewards, I should be able to get something nice and full price from their website. :bouncy:



#52217 psunami   0118999881999119725.....3 CAGiversary!   4737 Posts   Joined 19.8 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2023 - 04:13 PM

The $20 Dell reward I earned from www.alienwarearena.com last month never showed up, so I sent them an email and they replied back today after they manually added the reward to my account (woot).  After this month's rewards, I should be able to get something nice and full price from their website. :bouncy:

I didn't get the $10 reward even though I did 20+ days last month.  Guess we'll see if I get anything this time.  



#52218 Kromis   Für das Vaterland! CAGiversary!   1616 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2023 - 04:18 PM

The $20 Dell reward I earned from www.alienwarearena.com last month never showed up, so I sent them an email and they replied back today after they manually added the reward to my account (woot).  After this month's rewards, I should be able to get something nice and full price from their website. :bouncy:

Do the Dell Rewards expire? I missed out on last month's rewards but I'm hoping to stack enough to get a nice monitor during Black Friday.



#52219 Bryson   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   909 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2023 - 04:21 PM

Good to know, and the OS also does a good job of syncing those settings for people who own multiple systems. Another example of it being perhaps better overall, but not casual friendly.

Are you using the Right-Trigger on the Xbox to navigate the menus? It can save a little time and button presses.

 

I do feel like the Playstation UI is more like Apple while Xbox is more like Android where as the PS UI is just simpler and more user friendly.

 

-With PS UI you can just press "triangle" button from the Homescreen to take you directly to the settings menu at the top.

-I really like how you can press the mute button on controller to mute the mic or long press to mute all sound from the system and TV as well. Very handy.

-I'm experimenting with Activity cards but you can use them to jump directly into specific parts and missions of the game making switching games kind of act like Quick Resume on Xbox.



#52220 Donken   Nominated for Dumbest Post on the Site by Wombat CAGiversary!   5325 Posts   Joined 17.2 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2023 - 04:30 PM

Do the Dell Rewards expire? I missed out on last month's rewards but I'm hoping to stack enough to get a nice monitor during Black Friday.

They do, the ones I earned for May say they expire 8/31/23, so it appears to be 90 days.



#52221 chnandler_bong   Unofficial CAG Headless Mad Comber of Comb Mountain CAGiversary!   12708 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

chnandler_bong

Posted 05 June 2023 - 04:33 PM

They do, the ones I earned for May say they expire 8/31/23, so it appears to be 90 days.

PLENTY of time to accrue into a nice little kitty.  I'm wondering if anything on Dell's site ever goes on sale.
 

I didn't get the $10 reward even though I did 20+ days last month.  Guess we'll see if I get anything this time.

contact@alienwarearena.com



#52222 chnandler_bong   Unofficial CAG Headless Mad Comber of Comb Mountain CAGiversary!   12708 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

chnandler_bong

Posted 05 June 2023 - 05:00 PM

Did Microsoft finally separate the Xbox shopping cart from the microsoft.com shopping cart (for Bing Rebate purposes)?  I can't get the microsoft.com shopping cart to show what I have in my Xbox shopping cart.



#52223 jimbobvaquero  

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Posted 05 June 2023 - 05:19 PM

My longest streak is 608 days and 2311 achievements. 65,756 gamer score. No need for the Puyo code. I already own the game.



#52224 Kromis   Für das Vaterland! CAGiversary!   1616 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2023 - 05:21 PM

Did Microsoft finally separate the Xbox shopping cart from the microsoft.com shopping cart (for Bing Rebate purposes)?  I can't get the microsoft.com shopping cart to show what I have in my Xbox shopping cart.

I added Diablo 4 on Xbox.com and it still shows up on Microsoft.com



#52225 gamegirlpocket   hope rides alone CAGiversary!   4168 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

gamegirlpocket

Posted 05 June 2023 - 05:58 PM

Did Microsoft finally separate the Xbox shopping cart from the microsoft.com shopping cart (for Bing Rebate purposes)?  I can't get the microsoft.com shopping cart to show what I have in my Xbox shopping cart.

I had to mess with it a few times, it didn't show up immediately. The cashback page still lists Xbox games at 7% so it's probably just being finicky.
 



#52226 SIX min WHISTLE   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   6463 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 05 June 2023 - 07:10 PM

Good points. Dragon Quest, thankfully, has not been over-saturated or driven into the ground - quite the opposite, so it's definitely not all-or-nothing.

Mostly, I wish they'd take some pointers from Capcom, who have done a wonderful job breathing new life into beloved IPs while still maintaining the essence of what made those games beloved in the first place (RE, Monster Hunter, Mega Man 11 plus very well done retro collections, SF6 apparently).

Capcom is a lot better as far as consistency is concerned, but I think that comes down to putting out less overall games, rather than the sometimes WEEKLY releases that the brain trust at Square-Enix will schedule.

Capcom seems to know not to mess too much with the actual core games or retro titles, while still "experimenting" with trash for side modes or mobile. The worst in the last couple years was probably pushing back REverse a full year only for it to still instantly flop. At least it was just included with RE8 though. They definitely went through their stupid years during the 360 era.

#52227 SIX min WHISTLE   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   6463 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 05 June 2023 - 07:11 PM

And of course this sale starts 3 days after launch. At least I have been playing it already.

https://twitter.com/...jCdcgsbUQw&s=19

#52228 gamegirlpocket   hope rides alone CAGiversary!   4168 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

gamegirlpocket

Posted 05 June 2023 - 07:16 PM

I'd be all over SF6 at $50 if it was digital. Between updates and wanting to jump in/out of games like that, it's an example of when digital is significantly preferred.



#52229 bee01   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1941 Posts   Joined 19.1 Years Ago  

Posted 05 June 2023 - 07:46 PM

I started with a disc copy of SF5 and switched to digital as soon as there was a sale.  With SF6 having daily/weekly rewards along with a battle pass coming up, I wouldn't want a disc copy for it.  The game is fun although I haven't had time to play it a lot so far.  Capcom delivered a great complete package for launch.  The arcade cabs that you can walk up to and play classic games on make me wish they would integrate their other classic collections into this.

 

Haven't had any issues with Diablo 4 so far except for 1 disconnect.  Deal of the year for me.

 

Diablo 4 Twitch drops start today.  The fugly horse that requires gifting 2 subs is an easy pass, but everything else is free.

https://news.blizzar...-instinct-mount



#52230 chnandler_bong   Unofficial CAG Headless Mad Comber of Comb Mountain CAGiversary!   12708 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

chnandler_bong

Posted 05 June 2023 - 08:24 PM

I started with a disc copy of SF5 and switched to digital as soon as there was a sale.  With SF6 having daily/weekly rewards along with a battle pass coming up, I wouldn't want a disc copy for it.  The game is fun although I haven't had time to play it a lot so far.  Capcom delivered a great complete package for launch.  The arcade cabs that you can walk up to and play classic games on make me wish they would integrate their other classic collections into this.

 

Haven't had any issues with Diablo 4 so far except for 1 disconnect.  Deal of the year for me.

 

Diablo 4 Twitch drops start today.  The fugly horse that requires gifting 2 subs is an easy pass, but everything else is free.

https://news.blizzar...-instinct-mount

Do the two subs you get per month for Twitch Prime count?