Mercalius

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  1. I think the Switch is going to be awesome and a huge success. As for first party games, I wouldn't overly worry regardless of which console one owns. Yes, the PlayStation has some huge names dropping in the next year or so, but it's not at all uncommon for major releases to be lackluster (Infamous Second Son and SF5, looking in your direction) and completely unhyped games from relatively obscure developers blow the genre wide open. Sony is easily winning the next two years on paper, on strength of first party games alone - but you could absolutely say the same thing this entire generation outside of the month that the first Titanfall launched. They have the better first party titles and generally have, but there's only a handful that I'd personally consider in the system seller range. But, this guy is absolutely stoked for Last of Us 2 and the Crash Bandicoot relaunch
  2. I still want to know why Sony hasn't made a legit, first party media remote for the PS4. The PS3's was awesome. So awesome in fact, and the PS4's so shitty, that prior to getting my Xbox One I still used the PS3 to watch movies/Netflix/YouTube/etc. Several months into the systems launch I could understand. It's been years now. Seriously Sony, there's no excuse for that.
  3. Im gonna stick up for the Xbox here since it's taking a bit of a drubbing. I'm a Nintendo/PlayStation guy, pretty much always have been with the exceptions being when a killer first party app like Halo, KotOR,Mass Effect (when it was MS exclusive), or Lost Odyssey made me temporarily switch allegiances. That being said, there's very, very, very little difference between a PS4 and Xbox One this generation. Almost all of the must buy games are multi platform and being completely honest the Xbox still kicks the Playstation's ass as a multimedia device. Not to mention the One S plays 4K DVDs and has a non-shit multimedia remote unlike the PS4 and, even though it may not matter to some, physically looks effing sweet. It's sleek and clean and looks like something straight off an Apple assembly line. If that type of thing matters - it's visually a lot more pleasing than the PS4, has better media services, and 90+% of the same must-own game library. It's also a Hell of a lot better dollar for dollar than the PS4 Pro and IMO the Scorpio is going to be way too expensive for the average console gamer especially while being so comparable to most budget oriented gaming PCs. With the Xbox One S - you're going to miss out on a few exciting Sony IPs - namely stuff like Uncharted, The Last of Us, God of War, and Persona, and granted those are big, big reasons to own a PlayStation. However you're also gaining Halo (the Master Chief collection is awesome), Gears of War, Dead Rising, and a personal favorite - Rare Replay Neither is the right choice and neither is the wrong choice. On a purely personal level, I do think the PS has a slightly better game library, especially in the near future as a lot of their upcoming IPs are personal favorites, but the Xbox has and will absolutely continue to have great first party games of its own. It's also, like I've said, a much prettier machine that does multi-media quite a bit better. So pick whichever you think has better first party titles. If you're a Halo or Gears guy, go Xbox. If you like Last of Us and Uncharted go PlayStation. If it's too close to call just pick whichever you can find the best deal on. This generation is arguably closer than ever on similar specs and game libraries so you really can't go wrong The One S is way way prettier than the PS though, hehe
  4. It's easy to hope to see Brady fail, because everyone has a bit of a hater gene in them. But in reality, we've watched the GOAT of the game just come back and win a Super Bowl that that team had no rational chance of winning. Biggest SB comeback ever? Check. First SB overtime win? Check. First QB to win five SBs? Check. At some point you have to stop being a hater and realize you're witnessing greatness, even if it stings that he's not on your team of preference. Our kids and grandkids will want to hear stories of what it was like to watch #12 on the field, and well inevitably laugh as they try and tell us whatever Johnny Come-Lately is just as good, or on his way to being as good, as Tom.
  5. Donald Tromp!
  6. Kung Fu, RC Pro-Am, Batman, and the TMNT games were the biggest snubs IMO. I understand there may have been some licensing issues with the last two, but those would have been auto includes in an ideal world.
  7. If early estimates are accurate - the Switch will ship roughly 2 million units on launch, and judging from the pre-order frenzy will likely sell out. Those are almost identical to the quantity and sales of the PS4 at launch. If those numbers hold true, I don't think we'll have to worry about third party support. Those developers want their games to sell, and a user-base thats trending to rival PS4 and potentially exceed XBox One at launch won't go ignored. I don't think this will be a Wii situation, where the console was in demand and sold well but the drastically different (weaker) technology didn't allow for comparable quality ports of PS3 and 360 games. From all appearances, this thing can absolutely compete with base PS4 and XBox One capabilities. Of course, being a mobile themed system, there is a tradeoff on specs, but that very fact also opens up a whole world of possibility that Sony and Microsoft can't conceivably touch. Also, third parties won't have to pay Sony their blu-Ray royalties since the Switch will run off cartridges, allowing for potentially more profit in software sold. There's absolutely room in the market for the Switch and it's going to offer an outlet for gamers unavaible to PS4 and Xbox One owners. And though I feel one more A list game out of the gate would have pushed it over the top - the launch lineup is actually really solid. A day one Zelda game is huge. Personally, I'm also extremely excited for Bomberman, and I've heard that Arms is absolutely better than the demo made it appear to be. Mario Kart a month and a half later, then Splatoon after that, and Mario Odyssey towards the end of the year is extremely solid pacing IMO. Mix in tons of rumors of a Metroid title from Retro Studios in the works and the impending Smash, Pokémon, Xenoblade, and Monster Hunter IPs, and the systems first two years could be huge. Key word there being "could be." Nintendo will need to sprinkle in a few first party IPs in the next 24 months that weren't revealed at their demo. But if they do, and serviceable ports of AAA third party games do make the transition (Skyrim I'm looking at you) - it could be really big As for their online service - I'm in full on wait and see mode. I'm not faulting them for charging given that everyone (me included) has wished they'd upgrade their online experience tremendously. I understand that's not free, even though it will personally suck to pay Sony, MS, and soon to be Nintendo yearly fees - there's absolutely no way to fairly argue they shouldn't charge for a service "more like Sony and MS" when we've been compaigning for that for years. But I think this thing will be big. They're no longer competing with themselves on the console vs handheld front. The same user base will get the 3D Zeldas, Marios, and Pokemon. Everyone will buy the same Smash Bros and Mario Karts, and even though it no longer applies to me, imagine being younger and in college - being able to take this thing to a buddy's house and play multiplayer games on your own personal screen with no split screen bogging it down. If they can get quality ports of other shooters/racers (even though Splatoon and MK may be enough on their own) that could be a system seller right there. Remember LAN parties and how awesome those were back in the day? (Nerd pride haha). There's going to be a whole new generation experiencing the modernized version of that if several of them own Switches. I absolutely think this thing will be a social gamers ideal console, and the 16-25 demographic will eat it up. I also think the over 30 demographic will buy en masse due to the nostalgia factor attached to the IPs, the novelty of the hybrid functionality (being able to game without hogging the TV from the wife/kids) and the expendable income to often afford multiple consoles. It could flop and you never can tell with consoles, and Nintendo could absolutely flounder with their online services and never follow through with their third party promises, but I'm holding firm on my prediction from a long time ago that it will be huge.
  8. Ditto. I'm happy there's a new Bomberman too (obligatory fuck Konami though) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be awesome, just from the improved battle mode alone. Xenoblade 2 and the new Square RPG look good as well Got the system and BotW preordered from Best Buy. If folks want one, you'd better get on it. They're already selling out of preorders everywhere.
  9. Something about Clemson just seems to bring out the worst in the Alabama defense. Maybe Dabo is just great at adjustments or keying in on Sabans tendencies. Hurts, outside of half a dozen plays, was terrible tonight. Once Clemson stopped going for it all on a play by play basis, played some field position, and a contain defense - he didn't have much for them, and the game completely swung. Freshman QB so I can't overly rip on him, and his guys had some drops, but with decent QB play - Bama likely runs away with it.
  10. And I'll probably disown it later as it's a combination of the booze and emotions after such a great game, but I wouldn't hate Williams as our pick after tonight. Dont expect me to own that though two months from now when defensive guys are blowing up the combine, haha
  11. 420 yards, 3 TDs in the air and one on the ground for Watson. Biggest game of his career on the National stage. Against one of the best (likely the best) defense in the country. Watson has to go number one. Either to the Browns or whoever they trade it to. Great news for us.
  12. Aside from Allen being invisible tonight - this game was perfect for Titans fans. Lots of talent on display, and Watson just put up a huge case to be a top pick. Hell of a game though.
  13. Shades of Texas/USC all over again. Let's hope some other teams meddling owner pulls a "VY is my Guy" and thinks he Gots One with Watson (yes, I know that's terrible)