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I feel a little guilty not writing in of late due to the constant drain of real life but after reading the review in progress of Fallout 76, I felt compelled to comment.
I have written before about how Telltale Games (god bless their development soul), and their chronic overuse of a graphics engine which was outdated in the Back to the Future days, let alone in the endless license property glut they went through after The Walking Dead.
I wonder when Bethesda studios will start to receive the same kind of criticism because the standing joke of sub-standard graphical effects, details and stability isnt funny anymore.
In a world where CD Projekt Red exist it shouldnt be possible for RPGs to be released in such a shocking state.
I have to admit I didnt realise that Telltale was in such a mess financially when I complained at their lack of progress in making their output more effective and dynamic. Surely though Bethesda must have been successful enough to make a bigger jump in performance than they have shown so far.
I would never wish for a developer to be slaughtered by the internet residents of hate and ignorance. However the dumping of Fallout 76 into the wild erodes any sympathy, when quite clearly they have stretched and shrunk it over Fallout 4 without a thought of how the same systems would work in almost a new genre altogether.
Unfortunately I believe this to be an almost irredeemably poor situation in which their reputation will be stained for some considerable time. They need to wake up and realise that the competition out there is very strong and only proper investment in the basics will allow them to fightback.
baby machine-5 (psn id)
SC: It almost felt like Bethesda were apologetic about the game before it released with their advanced glitch warning for the beta, but this might just be the breaking point for the companys buggy reputation.
The last, decent Battlefield game was, in my opinion, Battlefield 4. I still play this on a semi-regular basis with a large group of friends who feel the same way. I didnt play much of Hardline save for the campaign and a few hours of the dire multiplayer and the less said about Battlefield 1, the better.
A minor gripe about BF1 and BF5 is their weaponry and attachments. DICE have said in the past about wanting to create the ultimate in realism for the WW2 period – but most weapons have some sort of holographic sight attached and are daubed in brash colours. It feels to me that DICE are pandering to the youngest generations that think a bright pink MP40 is the best thing since sliced bread.
I wont be wasting my money on Battlefield 5 or any future games until Im sure that DICE and EA arent slowly slipping down the Call of Duty route.
SC: Bright pink MP40? Pfft. Were all about an MK-12 splashed with Fortnite floss dance prints.
I thought r. S. w. s points about piracy missed the point. Although I personally have not ever pirated anything as I have never sold a game I am likely to want to play again, I have sympathy for those wishing access to a now unavailable game.
r. s. ws example of an author not being paid due to illegal copies is spurious and not the same issue. Games now unavailable is due to publishing rights or sheer laziness of the owner of the publishing rights. I would change the law so any game/book/film/music has to be made accessible on the market (and why not, there is money to made here!) or the intellectual property given back to the creators of said property.
They then can seek to publish within a set time or the intellectual property is given to the public to do with what they will. In the same vein I would have the same laws for all the abandoned shops, commercial buildings and homes in my city. If fat, bloated corporations and money men want to waste art and architecture, letting it rot figuratively or literally then they dont deserve it.
I also bet a lot of hypocrites on piracy also use corporate streaming rubbish like Spotify on their iPhone. Well done guys, legalised semi thievery and endorsement of modern slavery make you so noble. Rant over.
Lord Leaping Lynx
SC: Wed like to respond intellectually but the smugness over our Phoenix Wright reference in the header was overpowering. Please appreciate.
Guys, Ive done it. I know Sakurai already has the Smash Bros Ultimate DLC characters planned, but Ive created the greatest line-up known to living kind.
So theres five mysterious characters to come if you take out the preorder bonus of Piranha Plant, so heres who I believe will be added to the list.
Leon Kennedy – With the Resident Evil 2 remake out next year, this will come coupled with the announcement of Switch port in the pipeline.
Revali (Breath Of The Wild) – One of the Breath Of The Wild Champions seems to make sense to me, and hes a clear favourite.
Solaire – Dark Souls on Switch and the avid fanbase around the franchise would make this an essential purchase for many.
Professor E. Gadd – A new Luigis Mansion out next year needs a character to represent.
Waluigi – The ultimate end for the ultimate meme. Nintendo will finally answer our prayers.
SC: Leon Kennedy and Solaire would be incredible. Even though wed much prefer Chris Redfield on the Resident Evil front for a boulder punch Final Smash.
The reason that people have been playing Battlefield V already is because of the EA and Origin access 10 hour trials. This has been a thing for a few years now and Im surprised it hasnt been pointed out sooner. Of course you have to pay for it but a year is £20 and you get the trials, discount off games you decide to buy and EA games added to the vault to download for no extra. Origin access users also get games added that arent published by EA and I think youd have to try really hard to argue that that isnt a good deal.
Then theres Origin access premium which unfortunately is only on PC at the moment. For £90 a year you get all of the above plus EAs brand new games to play when the trials start and you dont have to buy them on release. If you start today youd be able to play Battlefield V, FIFA and Madden if theyre your thing, Anthem in February and quite possibly Titanfall 3 and/or Jedi: Fallen Order if they do in fact come out next year. Id sign up straight away if there was an EA access premium on console.
Ultimate editions are a different thing. Ultimate editions are for people who are sure they want all the extra content like season passes or whatever else and its only recently that buying them gave m you early access to a game. Its only meant as bonus though, I dont think anyone is paying extra money to play a game a few days early and if they are then that is on them.
I realise that I sound like an EA spokesperson or that Im defending them, but in this case I really dont think theres anything to defend. If people dont think its worth it or they dont want to pay for the extra content right away then they are perfectly capable of saying no. Just as people should be able to take a few seconds to think something through before they get hysterical and I would apply that to all areas of gaming.
Riding the high horse
I hope those people condemning the unauthorised downloading of a ROM have never borrowed or lent a CD, DVD, game from, or to anyone as that too is unauthorised use and is prohibited. It says so right on there on the tin.
Id hate for them to have egg on their face. The talent behind each gets no money from these acts.
Ranny2011 psn / xbox
Im taking a stab in the dark here, but Im guessing Fallout 76 isnt going to be an 8 or a 9?
SC: Its going to receive 8 naked glitch bugs out of ten.
Public call out for any Detective Pikachu trailer dubbed over by other actors. Its all I can think about.
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