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  1. You said "why would anyone use their CC instead?", to which I replied why I think you should use a credit card. You're stating an anecdotal occurrence where you can get a good deal on PSN cards—that's not really a counter-argument against the general use of a credit card in the PlayStation Store. It seems like a lot of people believe their finances are at risk using the PlayStation Store, and that's simply not true. It's a shame that you're not eligible for the PS Visa card, which is a much better deal than 2-3%. It's effectively a 10% rewards card as long as you use it in the PSN, not a 1%.
  2. Because, against popular fear-mongering belief, credit cards are the most secure method of paying. Even on the PSN. Paying the waiter or waitress at Outback Steakhouse with a card is technically MUCH more dangerous than the PlayStation Store. They also (potentially) come with an entourage of rewards. As much as I'm not a fan of Capital One, the Playstation Visa (especially the Signature version) is great for PSN purchases. You get 10 points for every $1 you spend in the PSN store, which adds up pretty fast. Especially if you buy everything digital. One could even use the card to also pay for cellular bills to gain even more bonus points, but that's just extra. As long as your credit limit exceeds $5,000, you'll get the Signature version, which is a prime card. If you use a good credit card (American Express, Discover, any Chase Visa, etc) then you're more secure than anything else. Any fraudulent activity is picked up instantly, money is never stolen, you're never responsible for fraudulent charges, excellent benefits, excellent reward structures, great for building credit, etc. Even in the rare event that someone hacks the PSN and steals your credit card information, the issuer simply cancels the card and issues you a new one while simultaneously not making you pay for anything you weren't responsible for. Unless you're bad with money, there is no good reason not to use credit cards for just about everything.
  3. Rainbow Moon felt like a freemium iOS game with cheap animations, horrendous voice acting, and repetitive gameplay designed to suck hours out of your life as opposed to give you meaningful entertainment. The story of Rainbow Moon was utter garbage, the characters ridiculous, the writing was very poorly translated into English, and every single quest revolved around "get me X items". Every single one. But it was oddly enticing at times to play. Just like a cheap phone game. Hopefully this one will be better.
  4. This is honestly not a testament to the quality of the game. Just a person who experienced PTSD due to witnessing a fictional event that triggered traumatic memories of her own. It could've been a coloring book, a TV ad, a story someone else told her, or just random reminiscence while entering her childhood home. Tragic, yet not really related to the game, honestly.
  5. Some of the challenges. I couldn't quite make out the rest, though this gives some insight as to what kind of difficulty level the challenges are eyeballing. A lot of challenges have a "launch" button, meaning the conditions have been set up already and you can try it immediately using a pre-determined save state. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine — Starting in the middle of a game, get a score of at least 4,000. Beyond Oasis — Defeat the crab nabber using just the dagger. Columns — Starting using the provided mid-game save, get to a score of 5,000. Shadow Dancer — Complete stage 1-2 with the dog in its puppy state. Space Harrier 2 — Complete stage 1 without losing a life. Sonic the Hedgehog — Complete Green Hill Zone Act 2 in mirror mode in under 1 minute. Streets of Rage — Finish stage 1 with a full bar of health. The revenge of Shinobi — Complete the first level with just one health bar remaining. Streets of Rage 2 — Complete stage 2 without picking up any items. Streets of Rage 3 — Beat the twin bosses at the end of stage 2 with just 10% (or less) health remaining. Shining Force — Make it to alterome with no more than 1 team member dying in battle. Ristar — Complete planet flora round 1 without taking damage. Golden Axe — Take on level 8 of the duel and win as Gilius Thunderhead, but your health is low. Golden Axe 2 — Defeat the second boss while playing as Ax Battler, but using no magic or continues. Golden Axe 3 — Beat the 2 minotaurs without using a continue. Flicky — Complete round 10 in under 2 minutes. Crack Down — Finish stage 1 act 3 with at least 1:50 left. Vectorman 2 — Collect all 123 photons on level 2. Virtua Fighter 2 — Take control of Kage-Maru and perform an epic comeback to win the fight. Comix Zone — Win the kung fung tournament, but your health bar is looking low.
  6. The new price would make it roughly $9.92/month vs the current $8.25/month. So I guess for some people, the $1.67 extra a month is just pushing the monthly budget way past its boundaries? Or is it a situation where you have to draw the line somewhere? It seems that if you cancel it based on the new price that you're really just canceling it because you've been forced to consider if the service is something you use at all. There is simply no way that you find the service perfectly fine at $8.25, but too expensive at $9.92. That cannot be applied rationally in anyone's monthly budget. Especially when you consider things people essentially "waste" money on. Picking carry-out over delivery on one single pizza order would already cover the monthly change for 2 entire months. If $1.67 truly puts you over your monthly limit, then you need a financial advisor or someone that knows a bit more about money to help you out.
  7. If you wake up in the morning and think to yourself that the murder of innocent civilians is perfectly acceptable, then what video game you play, what song you listen to, what you ate last night, what weapon you love using, what car you drive, or what beverage you prefer all becomes completely irrelevant. I think more people have been killed over Monopoly or Risk than video games. That can take hours—especially if Aunt Bethany is a little slow in the head—and to then suddenly have to go to jail, without passing start, without collecting $20,000, after 9 hours of that shit? I don't think so.
  8. If you look at Konami from a business perspective, their moves in the past kind of make sense. If you look at it from an emotional standpoint, it becomes a little shadier.
  9. ITT: people that really care what you do in your spare time with single-player video games that you bought. I can see why one would find cheating in any way, shape, or form annoying when it comes to multiplayer. Afterall, that has the potential to directly impact your enjoyment. But single-player offline games? Please. We used to have Game Genie, cheat codes, tricks, glitches, patches, trainers, hacks, etc. Nobody gave two rat's asses about it because it was all about having fun. When did it suddenly become serious business involving the debate about ethics and morals?
  10. So the trophy description reads "Complete all objectives of all chapters without using a single hint". Before even looking at the trophy list, I played the game and noticed being "Hints", which during a lapse of intelligence I interpreted as "controls" or something of that nature. It pops up a screen with multiple selections, each an offer to help you with their respective objective. I never actually selected one of the options, just opened the menu, then closed it after noticing it wasn't what I thought it was. Now the question is: does that lock you out of this trophy? Is pressing enough to screw you over, or do you actually have to individually select the hint you wish to receive? Sometimes these games are finicky like that. I'm going to wager that it only locks you out if you actually select a hint once in the menu, but it would be nice to hear a confirmation on that from someone who has experienced the same.
  11. Disney won't change R-rated movies. Bob Iger has personally stated this. Not to mention, have people seen the Punisher? Disney is most definitely not against R/MA ratings. Starship Troopers, Bad Santa, Enemy of the State; all Disney published. They're not just into making cartoons and family-friendly fun. They're into what makes money. Buy Disney shares while they're still relatively low vs the rest of the market!
  12. I think you're getting kind of lost in your own thoughts here. It's very simple. Difficulty in the English language is skill and/or effort required to accomplish a goal. Not how much. Not how little. Just those two. You can either accept that or not. Someone can, therefore, find something difficult when said action took that person a long time. A person claiming walking from Texas to Kentucky is difficult is not "wrong", nor have they misused the term "difficult". It took him or her effort, so the choice of words is correct. Very simple. There's no need for a long-winded thesis on something so mundane. This website, however, decided that as a rule, you will have to suspend your disbelief and consider 'difficulty' as skill-based only. That's it. They are fully within their right to do so, but it comes with the baggage of confusing a lot of people who then need to be brought up to speed on the local informal terminology. Those confused people are not wrong in what they're saying; they're just not following the locally-established slang and rules. Or as you prefer; the colloquial way of speaking around these parts. It's sometimes discouraging to see people immediately hammer down on those that "conflate" skill-based difficulty with time consumption. How were they supposed to know that in this particular neck of the woods, we define things differently from the rest of the world? That doesn't impede this website from enforcing their terminology—I encourage it even due to the consistency it brings—but I do think we should have a tolerance for those that are not "in the know", including maybe a disclaimer of some sort at times.
  13. You're confusing definition with interpretation. One comes after the other. The definition, what I argued, is set in stone. There's no context to that. A word simply means something. How you then further discuss the impact said definition has on you based on your personal skill level, life choices, time investment, what not, is completely variable. I never contested that. Language evolves (or rather, devolves) through slang. The actual language stays quite grounded. I highly doubt that the PlayStation userbase is going to forever alter the definition of the word 'difficult' because of Platinum ratings. Locally-accepted slang is one thing, claiming that it is akin to the evolution of language is another. If you call something a Post-It, but it's not the Post-It brand, then someone could factually call you out on it. Is it pedantic to do so? Yes. But the person isn't wrong. A common misuse of a word is not an evolution of the language. It's simply a common mistake. Difficulty simply means skill and/or effort. Not the severity thereof, or lack thereof. Just the fact that either skill, effort, or both can play a role. Take it up with Oxford if you want this changed; I didn't invent this. The consequence is that the majority of English-speaking players have adapted this official meaning of the word, and are then confused when they are told their personal effort is irrelevant to the difficulty. It causes confusion, and understandably so. Technically speaking, every action you perform in life has a difficulty level. The amount of skill or effort is irrelevant. Someone claiming that a 500-hour task was difficult is not wrong. He or she is therefore not wrong when claiming the difficulty of a game was high due to the time invested. The context is only relevant to your personal interpretation of just how much skill and effort something takes. Something might be effortless for you, but not for someone else. That's the context. Nobody's difficulty rating can speak for someone else's personal interpretation, but saying that effort has nothing to do with the word 'difficult' is factually wrong. The proper way of explaining this is that this particular website does not count time spent in the difficulty rating, and that difficulty is only measured by the amount of required skill. It's a temporary suspension of disbelief due to the liberty that was taken with English words; something that needs to be clarified in order to avoid confusion.
  14. In the English language, the word difficult means 'something that requires a lot of effort or skill to accomplish, understand, or deal with'. There is no personal interpretation or anything of the sorts when it comes to definitions. Red isn't blue because someone wills it hard enough. However, one can request from their visitors to suspend their disbelief and that on this particular website, red means blue. There's nothing anyone can say about that, really. Just don't expect people to understand automatically without question. When you claim that difficulty cannot involve effort, you are factually incorrect. Yes, it can. I'd say spending 600 hours on monotonous battle trophies while enduring SO4's terrible characters and cutscenes qualifies as something that requires a lot of effort to deal with. It doesn't require a lot of skill, perse, but definitely an effort. The difficulty of SO4's platinum can, therefore, be rated as high as 10/10. Unless you wish to take liberty with the actual meaning of the word, then you can impose limitations as much as you want. If the difficulty scale is solely skill-based, then perhaps split the 'Difficulty' aspect into 'Skill Required to obtain 100%' and 'Time required to 100%'. You know, to avoid confusion. I'd be pretty pissed off if a 3/10 or 4/10 platinum turned out to take 600+ hours.
  15. Or having to kill 55 certain boss creatures with Faze, or whatever his name was. I recall the battle trophies to be monotonous and as poorly conceived as the dialog in this game. Nothing challenging. Just pure monotony.
  16. Dear Lord. Sarah and Lymle in 4K...
  17. Too many people these days that worry about how other people enjoy their hobbies.
  18. Any motion sickness thus far? I played VR quite a bit but some games kind of gave me a headache after a while. Especially that stupid VR Worlds game where you roll downhill in traffic. The slower-paced gameplay of other VR games was much more enjoyable for me, so Skyrim could potentially be worthwhile to revisit.
  19. Fiddling is actually a very accurate description. When I think back to the 90s/early 2000s, the PC was just fun. It felt like a learning experience trying to get things to work, which made success feel really rewarding. It was more than just a gaming hobby. It became an IT hobby. I spent roughly 5 days trying to make a CD burner work in 1998 on Windows 95. Today that's just unthinkable. Also, you can do a lot with a PC. The gaming aspect of it actually doesn't cost any more than a console. You most likely want a computer anyway for day-to-day stuff, which will run you roughly $600. Add about $500 to that and your PC will be able to play just about all games.
  20. So you didn't brick the system then? You were able to factory reset it and it's up and running again, albeit it without your files/saves. That's a lot less bad than bricking it. You had me worried there for a minute.
  21. Honestly, the entire Playstation rewards card program is pretty great. I've had it for a few years now and can honestly say I've enjoyed about $500 worth of free PSN cards in total. I buy all my games digital and pay my phone bill through it, which accumulates points like crazy. Pair that with some good introduction bonuses they sometimes run and it's almost a no-brainer for anyone who buys games digitally. The only downside is that it's via Capital One, but we can't all be Chase or American Express, I suppose.
  22. World of Warcraft is far, far from a dying MMO. Subscription count is not like it was in Wrath days, but it's still a powerhouse of income, with no sign of it dying anytime soon. You can log in anytime and find extraordinarily crowded servers. Tons of them. I quit for a long time and started back up, casually, in Legion. I'll play for a few months on and off, then unsubscribe again until the new content. It's definitely not hard to get back into after a long absence either. They've learned a lot from Warlords of Draenor, and Legion is a massive step in the right direction. The new expansion looks great too! PC is, technically, a better platform with tons of potential as opposed to a console. However, subjectively it's not. It's honestly no different than choosing between a truck with a 6.4L HEMI V8 Gasoline versus a truck with a 6.7L i6 Cummins Diesel. Both are great engines, but the Diesel is superior in every way when it comes to power. The question is whether or not this extra power is necessary, or if you'll even use it. Consoles: Plug and Play. Things just work without worrying about configurations. Lots of friends that are already part of PSN. Trophies. Exclusive games. This is a big deal and one of the reasons why I prefer consoles. A lot cheaper for a lot longer. Easy to transport. PC: Much better performance. 4k+ high frame rate. It really makes a difference for certain games and is just cool to see. Not a necessity, but it's a plus. Steam sales are MUCH better than PSN sales, honestly. Flexibility of open source. Modding/aftermarket support. User-made patches that solve problems if developers have already said "fuck it". (Bethesda, being the queen of this behavior) Lots of cool indie games. Much better VR support. Free online/private servers/etc. Massive, massive amount of hardware and software support/knowledge on forums if you run into issues. Running into issues on a console is often like banging your head into a wall. Issues on PC can almost always be easily resolved, or require minimal repairs with thousands of parts that all fit. Piracy! You can actually pirate a game to try it, then buy it if you like it. I know, I know, it's bad. I admit: it is. I'll just be honest and say that I hate forking over $60 on a game that doesn't allow me to try it first (like a demo or whatever), unless it's an existing IP I know I'll like. No Man Sky burned me like this, and others have as well. If I like the game, I delete it and buy it immediately. If I dislike it, I delete it as well. Either way, I don't continue playing it because I don't condone that. I do condone test driving new cars, however. Sue me! There are also some myths about PC gaming. You don't have to sit at your desk. Either stream lower quality content to a TV, or just plug in HDMI to your TV. Done. Use a PS4/Xbox One controller and you won't even know you're playing on PC. It's not that expensive either - just a little more so. $800-1000 can get you a very nice PC that'll last for years. At most you'll have to add roughly $400 for a nice sale on a new video card after about 4-5 years, but that's it. It can become a LOT more expensive if you choose, but that's optional. People claiming you need thousands of dollars for PC gaming are ignorant on pricing. Drivers/compatibility is almost a non-issue these days. You update your PS4 about as much as you update drivers, and it often happens automatically anyway. Buy a quality nVidia product and never look back. Windows updates at night, and Windows 10 is fantastic. PC gaming also simply works these days, unless you have an obscure pre-built Best Buy dumpster special. Both options are great! It just depends on your needs.
  23. Your sentences are often too long and cover too many subjects in succession. It makes it hard to follow what you're talking about at all times. It feels like you go off on a passionate tangent here and there causing you to make really long sentences with seemingly no pauses in between just like the sentence you're reading right now and it makes it very difficult to follow if you see what I mean now. I would also keep my final thoughts a lot more summarized. Perhaps transfer some of your opinions to the actual review itself. The final thoughts should act like a nutshell, or a quick summary of your feelings. Perhaps a swift recommendation regarding purchase of said game? Good effort. Sad you couldn't enjoy the game as much as others. I still enjoy the old Return to Castle Wolfenstein on PC, to be honest. Was hoping it would be kind of like that one.
  24. FFX's dub is actually not half bad, all things considering. The problem with Star Ocean 4 isn't just the terrible voice acting. It's the script and writing. FFX has a decent script, honestly. Tidus is questionable at times, but I thought Auron was good, for instance. Especially for its time. (not MGS 1998 levels or anything, but still) No amount of quality voice actors can undo the train wreck that is Star Ocean 4's writing and characters (though, mind you, I put 200 hours into it because I did like the gameplay for some reason). Watching any scene with Sarah, Lymle, or basically whoever really, must be what it feels like when you get an aneurysm. I'm unsure as to why Lymle and Sarah even exist. The game tells you that Lymle speaks like she has severe autism because of a traumatic event in her youth, stunting her growth. That doesn't make her a quality addition to the story. If you have a realistically portrayed white supremacist that has a fetish for slinging squirrel shit around the house then it's a properly written character, but it makes it no less of a pain in the ass when you have to deal with the person. People defend Lymle from haters like me because her situation somewhat makes sense. That's great, but then she has no business saving the galaxy. She would only endanger herself and those around her. Same goes for Sarah, who has the brain capacity of a pigeon at best. It would also be highly inconvenient to have a giant feathered big bird walking around in a ship with highly sensitive technology. Especially when she has absolutely nothing to offer the team apart from lame jokes that fall flat, or clumsy behavior that's just annoying. In short, the hardest part about this game is the realization that you cannot open the escape hatch of your ship to eject the two aforementioned characters into deep space.
  25. I played GTA 5 on PS3 online a lot, and going to PS4 afterwards is a day and night difference, lol. The PS3 is definitely on its last legs with GTA 5.