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    Star Citizen - Fishing for Space Whales

    It's very Mass Effect Andromeda meets Kinect! Shows the weird priorities they have that they would get full face tracking working before they fixed the eyes.
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    Edge #325 - Settle your scores here ;)

    Perversely enough, I find that some grindy games are actually more fun at the start. Perhaps intentionally to hook you in? But it seems like you can really wrap your head around needing to hit a skeleton 4 times to kill them, then finding a "fists of +5 bruising" and suddenly you only need 3 hits to kill them. Feels like solid progress. Fast forward to the end game and it's getting "Crystal Power Punchers of +9.8K Scorching" and it's the difference between hitting an arch-demon 101 times rather than 102. Less satisfying, but by then you are hooked. Some games mitigate this by adding sudden special effects - so if your new weapons sets people on fire, suddenly that's awesome again.
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    Octopath Traveler - Square Enix's Octoposse

    There's a totally humongous 8-hour timed demo on the store. That should answer your questions!
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    Nintendo Switch

    OK, if that way of framing it soothes you. It is partially the fault of the devs, and partially the constraints of the hardware.
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    Nintendo Switch

    I had one of the Worms games on DS, and it was a mess too. Not with loading times, but it crashed all the time, which is pretty unheard of for a DS game.
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    Nintendo Switch

    Somethings got to give if you have a lot of data, and a maximum cart size and internal memory size of 32GB (and for carts they usually they use 16GB for cost reasons). I'm not criticising them for it, it's a trade off that needs to be made to avoid optical media. But you can't blame devs for poor optimisation. I mean, you could make the textures crappier or cut some stuff out, and that would be a worse solution.
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    Nintendo Switch

    Switch loading is slow because the files are so heavily compressed due to relatively small cart and on-board memory sizes. Which is sad, as flash based memory should mean loading was quicker.
  8. At least with an episodic game they will have a couple of saving throws. A demo, perhaps (up to the turning point of the first episode), or making episode 1 free when episode 2 comes out. I hope they don't end up having to cut it short.
  9. Yeah, that's the impression I was getting. So did BtS shit the bed (which I don't think was the case), or was it Captain Spirit that did (which would be weird given it was a short freebie), or have people got so hung up on the idea that LiS has to be teenage girls that they are skipping this? Or simply the higher price? Or possibly - a post-Telltale backlash against episodic games? Timing of that was pretty bad.
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    Nintendo Switch

    That's lovely. My kids don't buy me jack. I get a bit of fun out of it by really hamming it up the night before my birthday "Ooooh I can't wait to see what cool present you have got me for my birthday" and watching the look of panic cross their faces. Small pleasures.
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    Fallout 76 - Prepare Your GaaS Masks

    How persistent are the worlds? Is it like Fortnite, where you get your instance, it survives for a while, then it's all gone? I think that has a big bearing on how worthwhile the base building is. If you build your own settlements and populate them that would be pretty cool, but if it's just firing up temporary bullet shields maybe not so much - FO's clunky building interface would not be a good fit for that. To me, this seems a bit like the tacked-on multiplayer mode that every game seemed to have for a while (e.g. Mass Effect, Dragon Age) that aped the main game's aesthetics whilst transplanting it into a different gameplay experience. Except, it's not a menu option that you forget about it's a whole new full price game two years later.. That's not to say it can't work, I know a lot of people really got into ME3 multiplayer. Very interested to read the reviews on this, hands-on pieces always pull the punches.
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    Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Service

    Just the PS4 stuff. So it's kind of going like Netflix in reverse, turning from streaming to renting. I expect they'll offer to post you out disks next!
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    Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Service

    The whole PS Now thing has been a damp squib anyhow, regardless of how well it worked technically. I get the impression it's more an albatross around their neck than some sort of head start. And their latest wheeze is for you to just download the games.
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    Fallout 76 - Prepare Your GaaS Masks

    Pretty much yeah. Though the base-building aspect is different, and it is very crafting heavy.
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