Video Game News and Miscellany

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Lemme think...I've seen...

- Frozen
- Tangled
- Toy Story
- Monsters Inc.
- Pirates of the Caribean
- Hercules
- Big Hero Six

... just from the trailers, plus the new world for Xehanort. Add in Hollow Bastion/Radiant Garden for Final Fantasy, plus Twilight Town. That's ten, without the expected Halloween Town.
 
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I know there's a Ratatouille level too. At least, the existence of one popped up a lot as an innane trivia question.
 
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sorry I meant 30 minute oneshot. You can play it for 30 minutes or until you die in this 30 minutes and that's it. No retry.
 
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It *looks* neat, but it takes more than 2 seconds to get up from the chair, and therefore I find it too burdensome for my short attention span.
 
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Metro Exodus leaves Steam to be Epic Store exclusive.

Although, it'll still be available for anyone who pre-ordered the game.

I also found this image that compares each platform's features:

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It's only a one-year exclusivity deal, which is apparently true with all Epic "exclusives". In that light, the reason for this seems obvious: First month sales are when you sell most of your games and going with Epic gives you an extra 18% revenue right out of the gate... and then, when it's time to start discounting and doing deals, you can go back to Steam and take advantage of it's massive sales events.
 
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It's only a one-year exclusivity deal, which is apparently true with all Epic "exclusives". In that light, the reason for this seems obvious: First month sales are when you sell most of your games and going with Epic gives you an extra 18% revenue right out of the gate... and then, when it's time to start discounting and doing deals, you can go back to Steam and take advantage of it's massive sales events.
So what you are saying is that it will still be fine to wait for the discounted version that will hit Steam eventually, rather than buying right out the gate and having to deal with another game loader/storefront, thanks.
 
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So what you are saying is that it will still be fine to wait for the discounted version that will hit Steam eventually, rather than buying right out the gate and having to deal with another game loader/storefront, thanks.
Basically. That's my plan for anything on the storefront. A console exclusive can make me buy a console, but this? Fuck'em. I'll get it two years from now for 10 bucks.

"Epic’s standard exclusivity period so far has been one year, and Metro is following suit: Deep Silver says it’ll be on sale on Steam and “other storefronts” after February 14, 2020. An emailed statement from Deep Silver noted that “all future DLC for Metro Exodus will be released simultaneously on all platforms,” suggesting a situation could potentially arise in which Metro Exodus is not on Steam, but its DLC is."
 
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On the one hand, the exclusives bother me a little, especially for a PC platform. Consoles I've always understood because some developers are under that particular publisher's thumb (Naughty Dog and Ready at Dawn working for Sony, anything from Nintendo itself, etc). But I don't like when a developer just publishes on one platform like this.

On the other hand, I understand why they're doing it: because it's they become a whale in a small pond than just another game in the massive Steam ocean. The news is generating publicity for the already well-hyped game, even if it's controversial.

On the other other hand (where did this third hand come from?), I'm disappointed I have to wait to play Maneater. I was looking forward to that one.
 
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On the one hand, the exclusives bother me a little, especially for a PC platform. Consoles I've always understood because some developers are under that particular publisher's thumb (Naughty Dog and Ready at Dawn working for Sony, anything from Nintendo itself, etc). But I don't like when a developer just publishes on one platform like this.

On the other hand, I understand why they're doing it: because it's they become a whale in a small pond than just another game in the massive Steam ocean. The news is generating publicity for the already well-hyped game, even if it's controversial.

On the other other hand (where did this third hand come from?), I'm disappointed I have to wait to play Maneater. I was looking forward to that one.
It's the Gripping hand.
 

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I may be the only one who cares about this, but 8Bitdo has finally said something about what happened to the SN30 Pro+ (damn their naming scheme!).


The plus was originally scheduled for a holiday 2018 release. Hopefully it getting pushed back to 2019 means it will have analog triggers (which is in doubt, because 8Bitdo pushes Switch compatibility so much for their other products, and the Switch doesn't have analog triggers.) Heck, I'd like them to add on some grip buttons (like the Steam Controller or Xbox Elite).
 

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The Subnautica sequel has entered early access.


From Bluesnews:

Unknown Worlds announces Early Access is now underway as promised for Subnautica: Below Zero, the sequel to Subnautica, their waterlogged action game. They offer a new Early Access Trailer with a look, along with an odd sales pitch based on the game's shortcomings: "Below Zero is not finished - This frozen underwater adventure is a work in progress. As we did with Subnautica, we are building Below Zero out in the open. With your help, we will craft a worthy follow up to the original game. Below Zero is full of bugs, runs poorly, and includes only a small portion of our planned features. It's also a game we're excited about. If you join us, we think you might enjoy this journey through Early Access." For those who want to wait until they overcome all that, they suggest signing up for their Development Newsletter to keep up with its eventual full release. For the undaunted, here's more on the game:
Dive into a freezing underwater adventure on an alien planet. Set one year after the original Subnautica, Below Zero challenges you to survive a disaster at an alien research station on Planet 4546B. Craft tools, scavenge for supplies, and unravel the next chapter in the Subnautica story.​
 
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The Subnautica sequel has entered early access.


From Bluesnews:

Unknown Worlds announces Early Access is now underway as promised for Subnautica: Below Zero, the sequel to Subnautica, their waterlogged action game. They offer a new Early Access Trailer with a look, along with an odd sales pitch based on the game's shortcomings: "Below Zero is not finished - This frozen underwater adventure is a work in progress. As we did with Subnautica, we are building Below Zero out in the open. With your help, we will craft a worthy follow up to the original game. Below Zero is full of bugs, runs poorly, and includes only a small portion of our planned features. It's also a game we're excited about. If you join us, we think you might enjoy this journey through Early Access." For those who want to wait until they overcome all that, they suggest signing up for their Development Newsletter to keep up with its eventual full release. For the undaunted, here's more on the game:
Dive into a freezing underwater adventure on an alien planet. Set one year after the original Subnautica, Below Zero challenges you to survive a disaster at an alien research station on Planet 4546B. Craft tools, scavenge for supplies, and unravel the next chapter in the Subnautica story.​
Loved the original, I'll wait until the story is done at least on this one. The early reviews are pretty much "it's unfinished, just like the last one was at this point, and it turned out awesome." So I'll wait for it to get a little closer to awesome.

I did come across a new word when reading about it though: expandalone. Expandalone = expansion + standalone. Not a terrible description of this type of thing on how it's not something that expands the original game (don't need the original game) but isn't so different that it's a separate thing.
 
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I might buy it just to support the game's development. Maybe not install or play it for awhile, but just buy it to support them.

The development on Subnautica might have been pretty long, but the final product was great and built some loyalty for the developer for future games.

I get the feeling this one won't be in Early Access as long, though, since they can reuse the engine and base assets.
 

GasBandit

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Dude, don't mess with my heart. The idea that on one console I can play my Karaoke Revolutions, Beatles Rockband, the old Dynasty Warriors...

Right?? The PS4 struck a major blow against the paltry XBOne this generation... if MS doesn't do something damn impressive, the PS5 might very well end the frickin console war.
 
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And this really doesn't affect the digital/used games market ether: even if you could buy an older title for pennies on the dollar, it's still more convenient to get a digital version... and for the titles that don't hit the PSN store, you can still track down a physical copy.

I'm wondering if this is Sony basically flipping the bird to Nintendo and it's meager offerings. If Sony is willing to let players play whatever they want on their system, Nintendo no longer has any excuse to drip feed titles.
 
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