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  1. My assumption is that if the Switch port can arrive as early as April, it is mostly done and ready to go. I wonder if the small amount they were asking for was more of a psychological thing. If people see that the kickstarter is successful, they may be likely to help fund the project.
  2. Yeah, it looks like you better get your credit card ready. I wouldn't be surprised if it broke $500K in the next hour.
  3. It's cool to see a game like this get a second chance. It would be a shame to see it die on the Wii U, where no one played it.
  4. I saw that posted yesterday, but didn't have time to watch it. I'm not a big Mortal Kombat fan, but I am interested in what John has to say about all the ports.
  5. That's one hell of an upgrade. Congrats and enjoy!
  6. I assume you’re looking for recommendations on Android. These are various puzzle games that I have played and greatly enjoyed over the years. I’m not sure how much money you’re willing to spend — if any at all — but theses are all paid games with no ads or in-app purchases. Monument Valley 1 and 2 The Room series Square Enix’s Go series, including Lara Croft Go, Hitman Go, and Deus Ex Go Where’s My Water? Lumino City Prune Threes I could probably recommend more, but that list should keep you busy for a while.
  7. You know what's really sad? The guy who tweeted that — none other than Joker.
  8. I finished a game on Apple Arcade last night called Inmost and wanted I would share my thoughts on it. I started playing Monday night with the intent of putting it away after a half hour. To my surprise, it roped me in, and I ended up finishing it a couple nights later. It's difficult to describe what Inmost is without giving too much away, but I'll do my best. At its core, it’s a 2D side-scroller split into three sections, each of which has its own protagonist and play style: Adam — A bearded man whom you play as for most of the game. His sections can be best described as the Metroidvania portion, with an emphasis on light platforming and puzzle solving (no combat to speak of here). Lizzie — A little girl exploring a house with her toy rabbit. These sections are more story driven, with lots of dialogue. Knight — A masked warrior who battles through fairly linear levels against swarms of black goo-like monsters of varying types. As you progress through the game, it switches between these three protagonists at certain points. It's not entirely clear while you're playing how their stories relate to one another. The narrative comes together by the end, however, and to say that it’s a sad story would be an understatement. The game even boots up with the following warning: After playing it, I can confirm it delivers on that promise/threat. This is one of those rare instances where a second run can give additional depth and meaning to the events you just played through . After completing it, I replayed first level and picked up on things I didn’t catch the first time. I imagine the same would be true throughout the whole thing. The good news is the game isn't very long — three hours at most the first time through — so replaying it isn’t a huge undertaking. I might try to do that, just because I found the story so interesting. Visually, Inmost looks like Playdead (makers of Limbo and Inside) made a GameBoy Color title. Colors are muted with a strong emphasis on blues, greens, and blacks, that reinforce the somber mood of the narrative. Like other modern 8-bit pixel art games, the graphics go evoke the feeling of the systems they're trying to emulate, while at the same time going beyond what was possible on them. In this case, the animation of the characters and the detail of the environments are clearly above and beyond what you could have gotten on a GameBoy Color. What surprised and delighted me most was how expressive the characters could be despite the low resolution of their sprites. The graphics may look crude, low-budget, and simple at first glance, but there's a lot to appreciate about the visuals the longer you look. And I'll stop there. Add Inmost to the list of Apple Arcade games that have impressed me. This game may not be for everyone, but I'm always glad when something like this can get made and distributed to a large audience.
  9. Coming to Switch March 6. Dang! Didn't see that one coming.
  10. It's funny you bring that up because, so far in my household, I've only purchased one Nintendo Switch (for myself), but I've owned four PS4s (two regular, two Pro models). 😆
  11. In case you were wondering, Nintendo Switch is doing very well, thank you very much. Adam Bankhurst, writing for IGN: As noted in the article, these numbers put the lifetime sales of Switch hardware ahead of the SNES. 52 million units sold in less than three years is pretty damn impressive. If Nintendo can keep up this momentum, I don't see any reason why Switch won't join the 100 Million Club in the next few years.
  12. I'm excited to try out those remasters of the BioShock games. I never got around to buying the collection outright.
  13. Gone gold! Six weeks from today! I cannot wait to get my hands on this.
  14. So, wait, is this something you install in a PC or something?
  15. This evening, out of the blue, my oldest boy Aaron (7) said that he wanted to get this game called Tracks on Xbox. He was watching a video on YouTube Kids that featured it and thought it looked fun. It's a game where you can build wooden toy railroad tracks and ride around on them inside the toy locomotive in first-person view. Skeptical, I grabbed my iPad and looked it up in the Xbox Store. I wanted to see what this game was about — and more importantly — how much it cost. Surprise! It's on Game Pass! After a quick download (the game is less than 700MB), he was off building elaborate track sets and having a blast. He informed me he might just play it forever.
  16. Having now watched/played the big three Star Wars releases in the past few months — The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian, and Jedi: Fallen Order — I was thinking I might finally dive into The Clone Wars on Disney Plus. I’ve never seen the series, so I would have to start from the beginning. I’m pretty excited to check it out, as I’ve heard lots of good things over the years. Best of all, I now know that the finale will be waiting for me once I reach the end of season 6. That finale is going to be brutal though. I can sense it.
  17. The Outer Worlds is another Game Pass title I have installed and ready to go. I have not play many (or any?) Obsidian games, so I don’t have the reverence for them that others do. That’s a great example of a game that interests me, but I don’t know if I would buy it outright, sight unseen. A month or two ago, I remember hearing Ian Hinck of Easy Allies talk about a conversation he had with some people that worked at Obsidian. He asked them whether or not it was better if people bought The Outer Worlds outright rather than play it on Game Pass. Their response: We love it if you play it on Game Pass (or something to that effect). They didn’t seem to have any hesitation about people playing it on there rather than buying it. Hinck did acknowledge that Obsidian is now owned by Microsoft, so that may play a factor in what they said. Still it sounds like playing it on Game Pass doesn’t necessarily mean you’re screwing over the developers (at least one would hope). I think we both know what Sony needs to do there: make their first-party titles available on PS Now day and date with the retail release.
  18. So, I finished played Baby's First Souls Game, a.k.a. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, last night. And you know what? I loved it! I loved the combat. I love the traversal. I loved the exploration. I loved the story. I loved the characters. I loved the acting. Everything about this game worked for me. Sure it was a little glitch-y in parts, but nothing game-breaking. The only thing I didn't like were the load times between deaths. I played on Jedi Master difficulty, which means I died a lot -- which means I had to wait a lot. Still it felt good to make it through to end of the story, knowing that I beat it on hard. If you're a Star Wars fan, I can't recommend this game strongly enough. It is what you hoped for and more. Go get it!
  19. I'm not opposed to buying titles I've already played on Game Pass. However, the amount of money I'm willing to spend for a game I've already played -- and in most cases still have access to through the service -- is way lower. For instance, had I not been subscribed to Game Pass at the time, I would have bought Gears 5 over the holidays when it was on sale for $30 (as I did with Gear of War 4 back in 2016). I didn't though because it seemed like a waste of money to pay extra for a game I could already play (and had played at launch). At some point, yes, I would like to officially add it to my collection, but not for that much money. Maybe if it were $10 or less -- but not $30. I still like having a big video game collection, and I still buy lots of games. However, Game Pass has me rethinking my relationship with said collection. Do I need to own every game I play? I don't think so. Do I want to own the games I love the most or the ones I'm most excited for? Absolutely. The question I have to ask is how much am I willing to pay for them now that these types of services exist?
  20. If you have Gold or Game Pass Ultimate, it was on sale last week for $19.99. I thought about getting it, but decided not to as I already have more than enough games in my Pile of Shame to worry about. That said, now that it's coming to Game Pass, I'll probably bump it up to the top of the list. Go figure.
  21. More games coming to Game Pass soon, including A Plague Tale: Innocence. I'm pretty stoked about A Plague Tale, which arrives tomorrow. That's one I've wanted to play since it came out last year. Good timing, too, as I just finished up Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order last night. 😋
  22. Congratulations on completing all 16 games in your quest, Mark! I’ve replayed a bunch of the games in the series over the past decade thanks to the various remakes and re-releases , but I don’t know if I could play the entire series again in the span of a little over a year. Well done!
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