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Nier: Automata (Black Box Edition)
While it isn't quite as heartwrenching as its predecessor, Yoko Taro delivers an astounding sequel that strives to dazzel and propel to masterpiece. Achievements: 70 / 100 (70%)

Updated about 6 hours ago

★★★★★
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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Another committment to meticulous detail & nuance storytelling from Naughty Dog that hangs up Drake's holster with pride albeit worn from formula. Achievements: 43 / 100 (43%)

Updated about 6 hours ago

☆★★★★

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Video Games of the Year 2016

1. The Last Guardian ; (genDESIGN, SIE Japan Studio) – Never thought it would take over a decade for creative designer Fumito Ueda’s final chapter in the minimalist trilogy, comprising Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, to finally reach reta...

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about 4 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Fantastic Nier theme! Love the image!
about 1 month ago

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Focus: Only playing one game
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Anyway yeah, I am indeed Midwest and have Deja Vu on preorder. Of course I've already seen the sub (which I prefer, if only due to being accustomed to the voices and references/memes from the games) but I'll give the dub a shot since Tatum and Nishimura as Rintaro and Kurisu are easily the best performances in the English cast—the movie focuses pretty heavily on those two alone, so the questionable EN voices for the rest of the characters likely won't bother me as much as it did in the TV series.

That said, I'm much more interested to see how they adapt 0. The first game's anime rushed things a tiny bit resulting in slight inferiority (as far as character depth and scientific exposition goes, anyway), but I think the sequel's adaptation has potential to be better than the game. S;G0 definitely suffered from the risk of following the typical VN style of an uneven-multiple-paths structure, especially compared to the original's more linear confrontation storyline. But if the animated version just follows the two key endings and trims out unnecessary new plot elements that existed for no reason other than to extend the game's length, it could be a much more impressive story. But whatever, I'll be happy as long as it still has the Messenger / Gate of Steiner medley BGM during the Re-Awakening scenes.

How underwhelmed I feel by 0 itself, and yet how much more I love the franchise as a whole because of it, is quite a strange lopsided sensation. It truly does feel like the middle of the story we've been missing all this time, and going forward the series' overall plot will feel a lot more cohesive when reviewed with newly detailed Beta worldline developments and fully matured character arcs in mind. Definitely colors the first game's true ending in all the right ways, that's for sure.
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Sounds great! I'm keeping my expectations low for Automata. I was overjoyed, and more surprised than anything, to hear they were making a sequel to my favorite game of all time, but I don't want to go into it super hyped and end up feeling like "This isn't as good because it's not the same as the game before." I want to give it its own fair shot. I have played the demo though, and it is looking good so far. I couldn't justify putting $200 down on the Black Box edition. I also preordered Drakengard 3's limited edition, and felt a little gypped on the purchase, as it seemed Square had little interest in properly funding the game and only 1/5 of the DLC was included in it. It seems the bulk of the cost for the Black Box is for the 2B figure, which I may very well want in the future, but I can't say I do yet because I don't really know anything about her. I am looking forward to it though; I have the regular edition preordered and I'm popping it in my PS4 ASAP.
about 3 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: June 12, 2011
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Howdy! How are you?
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Are you excited at all for Nier: Automata?
about 3 months ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Top 10 - Game of the Year 2016:
10) Firewatch
09) Umineko: When They Cry - Question Arc
08) Shadow of the Beast [2016]
07) Attack on Titan
06) Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
05) Titanfall 2
04) Doom [2016]
03) Steins;Gate 0
02) Dark Souls III
01) The Last Guardian

"Late to the Party" Applause:
xx) Rocket League [2015]
xx) Shovel Knight [2015]
xx) Tales from the Borderlands [2015]
xx) Zero Escape, Vol. 1: 999 [2009]
xx) Zero Escape, Vol. 2: Virtue's Last Reward [2012]

Weakest Contenders of the Year 2016:
03) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan
02) Zero Escape, Vol. 3: Zero Time Dilemma
01) No Man's Sky
about 6 months ago (edited)

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Unfortunately, you're very right in your analysis. I think I was mainly picking things out that I liked from the game and held onto them so I'd ignore the lack of.. Gosh.. Where to even begin. Thinking back to what I said a couple of days ago, I enjoyed the taste, but the aftertaste was off after letting it settle and now discussing it with you. I think the worst thing about it is, I'm positive we won't be seeing anything more happen with it, which is very unfortunate because there was so much room for more. Now it looks as though nothing more is going to come out of it besides the vague "more bug fixes" updates.

Really thinking about it.. I don't think I wanted to face that it was a let-down, I wanted to be one of the few that had faith it could grow into something more. The isolation and exploration was something I looked forward to and, I did enjoy hopping system-to-system and seeing what each had to offer, but it was far too barren in the end.. It left a void as big as the game's universe itself. Big enough that I've gone back over twenty years and ordered Starflight on the Genesis. That was only $12, as opposed to NMS' full price.

I guess ultimately, No Man's Sky, even if the experience itself was enjoyable to some like myself, is the prime example of "quality, not quantity." The size of the game sold it to many, myself included. But it means nothing if there's very little to see.
about 6 months ago (edited)

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Personally, I really enjoyed No Man's Sky.. For the most part. The thing that really killed it for me, really, was the space battles. Or, rather, lack thereof. The planets themselves are huge and epic, and I was expecting fights among the stars to be as such. Guess that's where Elite comes in...
about 7 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
No apologies necessary! As you can tell, I'm not always prompt with a reply myself; we've all got busy lives, and we push our online conversations forward whenever we can.

It sounds like you're describing Exfanding Your Horizons—am I interpreting correctly that you indeed read through the whole thing? If so, that is mighty impressive, and I'm honored that the writing still holds up enough to warrant a read. Always a pleasure to hear people enjoying my work. :D

If you don't mind a probable delay between messages, I'm always up for a good conversation, academic or otherwise! My wife and I are prepping to host a Jurassic Park marathon, and we just got finished watching Fate/Zero and have started on The Seven Deadly Sins, so perhaps we've got a place to start, if nothing else catches your fancy.
about 8 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: February 17, 2010
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2015
Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Automata - Having seen all the gameplay vids and interviews coming out at the moment, that side of the game certainly looks well polished and refined. As long as the music and story come in on the same standard (which seems likely given the returning talent behind them) it looks like it'll be my PS4 system seller, and a worthy successor to Nier.

Drakengard - I'm always open to new, and wildly different, gaming experiences. A brilliant art-style, score or cast of characters can easily sway me over, despite possible lapses in 'gameplay' and coherence. One of my all-time fave games is Unlimited SaGa, seen by many as not only the worst SaGa franchise game, but the worst RPG /game ever... yet I adore it, in part due to it's abstract use of mechanics & gameplay.
You've definitely further piqued my interests in the series, and if I can, I'll certainly look at picking them up (or at the very least giving them a play somehow).

Thanks for the detailed analysis, much appreciated.
I'm gonna swallow you up, Sunshine!