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December 07, 2014

Hopefully no one was dumb enough to sit through the Game Awards

Ralph Baer
March 8, 1922 - December 6, 2014

So we had 5 hours of gaming stuff Friday and Saturday and nothing really piqued my interest outside of Zelda looking good and Street Fighter V being exclusive.

Would have liked to see some dungeons in that clip but the overworld stuff looked good and that map actually looks big, something we haven't seen since the first game (you can make a case for Wind Waker but there was a lot of empty space in it). Of what we know that's coming out next year so far, it looks like it's going to be the game to beat exclusive wise.

As for SFV, meh. Dissapointing in seeing the five seconds they showed visually looking like a rehashed SFV after having each new number entry having it's own distinct style. Also seeing what looked like SFIII style gameplay didn't really fill me with any hope as I really can't say I cared for it with all the hours I put in on it with my Dreamcast (then again, the last SF game I really felt home in was Alpha 3). The crossplay between PC and PS4 is nice though, it'll mean you can find a match a week after release. Wonder what this means for arcade though? If it doesn't get the usual 1 year of arcade before console release, that's pretty sad as Street Fighter and fighting games in general are synonymous with arcades.

Business wise, exclusivity is a bit perplexing IMO on a few levels. At the face of it as a money hat, it doesn't make sense for either as Capcom is just straight up hemoraging money at an alarming rate (their main thing right now is begging people to acquire them) so cutting off any avenue to make money on a product seems backwards.

As for Sony, it's not really a game that warrants moneyhatting. It may be a legacy title but it's a legacy title that hasn't really sold well for the last 20 years. Even on a base of 150-160m consoles (not including PC), it's barely broken 8 million units over 5 years on four different releases on four different platforms (360, PS3, PC and 3DS). And it's not like Sony wasn't going to get it.

Now, if you actually take the PR response in that Sony is financing it at face value, this is the worst case for Capcom as it's publicly telling everyone that they can't even afford to make a new game in their third best selling property (as sad as that is, it's still their third best selling property). Considering they're in the "Please buy us" mode, this cuts their legs out from underneath them to get a proper price (realistically, you can buy them for between $1b and $1.5b). If true, they somehow found a way to undercut even the most pessimistic outlooks of Capcom.


Other Stuff

There were so many trailers that I'm picking and choosing on what I embed. I'm a changed man from embedding 30 youtube clips in a single thread.

In full troll mode, Square announced that the PS4 is going to get a port of the crappy PC up-rezzed port of the worst Final Fantasy game of all-time, FFVII.

• Well, it's not like Itagaki is ever gonna release Devil's Third so I guess you could say it's not technically a clone. And it does come with an art style that is completely ill suited for competative multiplayer

• Don't see the point of this on the consoles with no mod support but Killing Floor 2 is heading to PS4

Trendy is bringing their weekly 10GB updates full of massive grinding to the PS4 with Dungeon Defender 2.

• Graphically, I think this looks good (except for Graham's design). Everything else about it makes me roll my eyes.

• Yep, it's Uncharted all right. Dunno if I want more after 3 but here we are. Personally, I wish they stole more from the Tomb Raider reboot.

• The more they show The Order, the worse it looks

• I don't want another Souls game (series fatigue) but Bloodborne is looks really damn good. And it looks like someone sat them down and told them after 20 years of game making, they've got to make at least one game with a semi decent framerate

• Time to throw Nuclear Throne into the list of games Vlambeer has made that has then been ripped off wholesale

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