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-- FFVIII is WAY better than FFVII -- Yeap, I said it FF VII nerds! Come fight me! :D

-- I don't like the clunky combat of Souls games. I've always thought these games are clunky as shit. I get the appeal of the "difficutly" but I've always found the combat in these games to be a hindrance instead of something I ever wanted to learn.

-- Naughty Dog is an overrated developer. The Last of Us was a shallow gaming rip off of The Road and Children of Men but with a story that felt more Resident Evil once we got to the vaccine then the former. Yes, yes, we all felt for Joel and Ellie but once you look at the core story...it's kind of dumb. The Last of Us 2 was misery porn. I guess I just find their gameplay to be entirely shallow. As much as I love Uncharted, they don't really hold up on replay value. It's not that Naughty Dog is a terrible developer -- I'm not saying that, they clearly have talent- but I just don't get the love they get from critics and fanboys. Especially critics who so desperately want to point to TLOU as being gaming's Citizen Kane.

-- I ACTUALLY LIKED SHENMUE III and make no apologies for it...I think that's an unpopular opinion around some of these parts :D

-- 3D Mario games suck. I think I much prefer 2D platformers in general. I just don't go much for 3D platformers. I think I like challenge in my platformers and 3D Mario just never felt the same.

-- I liked Burning Rangers more than Mario 64...I said it and I make no apologies for it....hell, I liked Mario Sunshine over Mario 64. I guess what I'm saying is I find Mario 64 to be a little overrated.

-- I have no issue with the word "gamer" and I refuse to be ashamed of it because the media tells me its a bad word.

-- I'm not a fan of The Witcher 3...I've tried several times with that game but I just can't do it. It doesn't interest me and it never will.

-- Mario Kart has become entirely stale and is in need of reworking, but Nintendo fanboys let it slide and Nintendo knows this and doesn't have to do shit about it.

-- Aki Wrestling games are a little too overrated for their own good. I actually think HCTP is a much better game than any of the Aki games (if I have to be honest)

-- Sex scenes in most video games are as amusing to me as watching the puppets of Team America fuck. It never looks good, it never looks convincing...it's just always pure comedy to me.

-- I think most "Art" games are lame as shit. Most of them are usually too didactic for their own good. I certainly think games can be art, but I don't need some failed film student lecturing me about their politics in game form because they couldn't get a film career.

-- The writing in most modern games is so poor that I've actually stopped paying attention to most stories in modern games. They're all either trying too hard to be super serious, or too long for their own good. Plus, I feel gaming is becoming more and more about yanking the control away from the player and I HATE that. Storytelling in gaming has been gradually de-evloving. I think this is why I find myself playing more games from the past lately. Because games from the past put an emphasis on pure gameplay and I'm so sick of overly long cut scenes while waiting for a story to get to the point and give me back control of the game.

I think there can be a nice blend of cut scene and gameplay, but I find most modern games are too unbalanced and I just don't find much reason to ever go back and replay any modern game of the last 10 years or so. Once I'm done with it. I'm done. I can't say the same for old games which I still go back to even to this day. See my problem with RDR 2...a game that overstays it welcome.
 
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- Playing a AAA multiplat on Switch is almost never worth it. The portability just doesn't compensate enough for the massive downgrades in visual fidelity and performance. First party, indie, and less intense games are a different story though.

- I dread gunplay/combat segments in story driven games. I just don't enjoy them and much prefer the slower and more passive parts of the game.

- Outside of the shitty microtransactions, I like Runescape 3 more than Oldschool.

- Raytracing isn't just a gimmick.

- Whilst Skyrim isn't bad, it just wasn't a very good Elder Scrolls game compared to it's predecessors.
 

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Shenmue 4 should be the final game

I love all three Shenmue games equally, I sometimes wear the Insert Coin Hazuki hoodie to work, Shenmue 3 was the best game I had played since Breath of the Wild and I bought the Shenmue 3 vinyl set despite not even having a record player because I'm a twat. So, I'd consider myself a pretty big Shenmue fan.

Having said that, unless there is some ironclad deal in-place from a billionaire publisher like Epic which guarantees that 4 & 5 will now both be funded and developed simultaneously just like 1 & 2 were, I am extremely anxious about hinging the closure of this story on each game's performance upon release. Especially given how Shenmue 3 was received by the masses, that Shenmue 4 is currently not even guaranteed (!) and how the fourth game will likely sell even less than the third one.

If its a case of hacking out entire arcs, characters and locations which are absolutely crucial to the story and would result in a massive compromise, then fine, I will root for Shenmue 5 to be made like everyone else. However, if its a case where Yu is working with a large amount of ancillary content which is ultimately inconsequential to the main plot (e.g. chasing down several street gangs in various towns because Ryo is trying to be a nice dude), I think it might be worth trimming some of that fat down.

With a lot of the development legwork already done and a reservoir of assets which can now be reused from 3, you could make 4 a longer game with more locations and content that will satisfy those who were disappointed by 3's lack of story progression.
 
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-The Shenmue games are good.
-The Shenmue games are great.
-The Shenmue games are the best games ever made.

Try having that conversation with the mainstream Call of Duty crowd ;)

Other unpopular gaming opinions?? This should be fun..

-Xbox is far superior to PlayStation in each console era in most ways.
-PlayStation exclusives for the most part aren't very good. (Ghost of Tsushima is an exception)
-PlayStation overall is very overrated, but not completely broken.
-Original Xbox versions of games were always better than their PS2 counterparts in their time.
-Nintendo is very overrated post-N64 era. Sega was far superior in it's time.
-Nintendo GameCube may be the worst mainstream console from one of the 'big 4' companies.
-Tomb Raider reboot trilogy are some of the best games ever, meanwhile all of them pre-2013 TR games are awful.
-Mario, Zelda and majority of Nintendo branded games suck for the most part.
-Sonic was, is and always will be better than Mario, no matter how bad the last 15 years of Sonic games are.
-Sonic Adventure 1 and Sonic Heroes were just as good as Sonic 1, 2 and 3.
-Contra on NES was a really bad game, even for it's time. P.O.W Prisoners of War was much better alternative.
-The majority of video games in existence are less than average, or subpar.
-Aside from the Mortal Kombat franchise as a whole, the fighting game genre leaves a lot to be desired.
-The Last of Us 2 though not horrible, is not worthy of any of the positive attention it has received.
-PlayStation 5 is the ugliest looking console in the last 30 years.
-PlayStation 5 is the least ergonomically friendly console to house in the last 30 years.
-PlayStation 5 Dual Sense controller is the only decent controller Sony has made.
-Nintendo GameCube worst controller design ever from a mainstream console company.
-PlayStation 4 Dual Shock worst controller in the last 15 years.
-Call of Duty sucks.
-Battlefield sucks.
-Cyberpunk 2077 really sucks.
-Yakuza sucks (most people elsewhere would probably agree, though that seems unpopular on this forum for some reason)
-Final Fantasy sucks.
-Resident Evil is much better than Silent Hill.
-Metal Gear Solid really sucks, and Splinter Cell is better.
-PlayStation Now has a far better library of games than Xbox Game Pass pre-2021.
-Sega Genesis is much better than Super Nintendo.
-Nintendo 64 was much better than PS1.
-PS1 was better than Saturn, sadly.
-Dreamcast was better than PS2 and GameCube, but not OG Xbox.
-Tenchu deserves a modernized sequel.
-Tomb Raider should not under any circumstance return to its pre-2013 era style of gameplay or character 'development'.
-WWF Wrestlemania 2000 was better than WWF No Mercy on N64.
-WWE 2K19 is the best wrestling game, period.
-WWE 2K20 is trash, but better than most pre-2K era WWE games.
-The new Mortal Kombat movie that comes out today is most likely going to not be very good.
-Majority of RPG and anime games are boring.
-StarFox and Kirby are Nintendo's only redeeming main frachise characters.
-Pokemon has not been good since Red, Blue, Yellow, Stadium & Snap(though I'm curious about the New Snap for Switch).
-Wii Sports Bowling is better than real life bowling.
-Mortal Kombat 3D era is better than 2D era.
-Mortal Kombat 11 is better than all of the others combined.
-Diddy Kong Racing is better than any Mario Kart game.
-Blast Corps from N64 should have had a sequel.
-Games in the 90s/early 00s were more exciting than now overall, but none were truly great works of art(outside Shenmue).
-Digital beats disc/cart in most cases.
-As time goes on, graphics do matter more relating to enjoyment. Wasn't the case 15 years ago.

There are also unpopular facts that people like to dispute with their opinions that I considered listing, but then I remembered this is just an opinions forum. I look forward to seeing what other people think!
 
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-The new Mortal Kombat movie that comes out today is most likely going to not be very good.

I just saw it....I liked the 95 version better...even without the gore and R rating, I still think the 95 version tells a more coherent plot than the new film does. But I'll leave my review for the "last movie watched" thread.
 
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I just saw it....I liked the 95 version better...even without the gore and R rating, I still think the 95 version tells a more coherent plot than the new film does. But I'll leave my review for the "last movie watched" thread.
I'm actually going to see it tonight at the cinema because I'm a big MK fan, but I must admit it doesn't look very good overall. I'm sure the gore is great and the CGI compared to 1995 no doubt, but they completely lost me with two simple words: Cole Young. Why the hell would they choose to not focus the story on 'The Chosen One' Liu Kang (or at least Scorpion?)and introduce another character into the mix that isn't part of the lore. Cole Young sounds as boring as his generic name. They'll have to over-deliver in an unexpected way to catch my attention with this new character. Also, from what I've seen of the previews leaving the main female character of the franchise Kitana and the comic relief Johnny Cage out is a huge mistake. I'm open minded when going to see it tonight, but I'm expecting it to be worse than 1997's Annihilation overall. The 1995 movie had heart and the story was true to MK even if it were PG-13, and the 1997 sequel was really bad, but in a good way where it didn't feel sterile. I'm concerned MK 2021 is going to be very vanilla on the plot and character development like every other comic book/video game/super hero type movie in the last 20 years. Guess I'll find out in 12 hours.
 
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-The Shenmue games are good.
-The Shenmue games are great.
-The Shenmue games are the best games ever made.

Try having that conversation with the mainstream Call of Duty crowd ;)

Other unpopular gaming opinions?? This should be fun..

-Xbox is far superior to PlayStation in each console era in most ways.
-PlayStation exclusives for the most part aren't very good. (Ghost of Tsushima is an exception)
-PlayStation overall is very overrated, but not completely broken.
-Original Xbox versions of games were always better than their PS2 counterparts in their time.
-Nintendo is very overrated post-N64 era. Sega was far superior in it's time.
-Nintendo GameCube may be the worst mainstream console from one of the 'big 4' companies.
-Tomb Raider reboot trilogy are some of the best games ever, meanwhile, all of them pre-2013 TR games are awful.
-Mario, Zelda, and the majority of Nintendo branded games suck for the most part.
-Sonic was, is, and always will be better than Mario, no matter how bad the last 15 years of Sonic games are.
-Sonic Adventure 1 and Sonic Heroes were just as good as Sonic 1, 2, and 3.
-Contra on NES was a really bad game, even for it's time. P.O.W Prisoners of War was a much better alternative.
-The majority of video games in existence are less than average, or subpar.
-Aside from the Mortal Kombat franchise as a whole, the fighting game genre leaves a lot to be desired.
-The Last of Us 2 though not horrible, is not worthy of any of the positive attention it has received.
-PlayStation 5 is the ugliest looking console in the last 30 years.
-PlayStation 5 is the least ergonomically friendly console to house in the last 30 years.
-PlayStation 5 Dual Sense controller is the only decent controller Sony has made.
-Nintendo GameCube worst controller design ever from a mainstream console company.
-PlayStation 4 Dual Shock worst controller in the last 15 years.
-Call of Duty sucks.
-Battlefield sucks.
-Cyberpunk 2077 sucks.
-Yakuza sucks (most people elsewhere would probably agree, though that seems unpopular on this forum for some reason)
-Final Fantasy sucks.
-Resident Evil is much better than Silent Hill.
-Metal Gear Solid sucks, and Splinter Cell is better.
-PlayStation Now has a far better library of games than Xbox Game Pass pre-2021.
-Sega Genesis is much better than Super Nintendo.
-Nintendo 64 was much better than PS1.
-PS1 was better than Saturn, sadly.
-Dreamcast was better than PS2 and GameCube, but not OG Xbox.
-Tenchu deserves a modernized sequel.
-Tomb Raider should not under any circumstance return to its pre-2013 era style of gameplay or character 'development'.
-WWF Wrestlemania 2000 was better than WWF No Mercy on N64.
-WWE 2K19 is the best wrestling game, period.
-WWE 2K20 is trash, but better than most pre-2K era WWE games.
-The new Mortal Kombat movie that comes out today is most likely going to not be very good.
-Majority of RPG and anime games are boring.
-StarFox and Kirby are Nintendo's only redeeming main franchise characters.
-Pokemon has not been good since Red, Blue, Yellow, Stadium & Snap(though I'm curious about the New Snap for Switch).
-Wii Sports Bowling is better than real-life bowling.
-Mortal Kombat 3D era is better than the 2D era.
-Mortal Kombat 11 is better than all of the others combined.
-Diddy Kong Racing is better than any Mario Kart game.
-Blast Corps from N64 should have had a sequel.
-Games in the 90s/early 00s were more exciting than now overall, but none were truly great works of art(outside Shenmue).
-Digital beats disc/cart in most cases.
-As time goes on, graphics do matter more relating to enjoyment. Wasn't the case 15 years ago.

There are also unpopular facts that people like to dispute with their opinions that I considered listing, but then I remembered this is just an opinions forum. I look forward to seeing what other people think!
I have ambivalent sentiments towards the platform wars that rage on the Internet. On the one hand, I think competition is great and provides innovation. On the other hand, I find the whole thing to be childish. Each platform in my eyes has its strengths and weaknesses. Secondly, my philosophy has always been to go with whatever platform has the games I want to play.

I have never been a big Tomb Raider fan, but I can kinda understand why someone wouldn't like the original games as they tended to be buggy messes. The only part of the series I have enjoyed is the Legends Era and even then, I can live without them.

I also have ambivalent sentiments towards the 3D era of Mortal Kombat. It introduced some of my favorite characters in the series such as Kenshi, Fujin, and Onaga. However, I also dislike this era because I found the games lacking in the fundamental mechanics of other fighters. Not saying the 2D era was better since Ultimate 3 was the only one I found was worth playing. But it kind of tells you something that one of the sales pitches for Mortal Kombat 9 was Ed Boon stating that they were incorporating feedback from the fighting game community.

In the new era of Mortal Kombat, my favorite game is X due to its "groove system" and the darker tone as I find XI to be too cheesy. When it comes to fighting games as a whole, I vastly prefer Virtua Fighter due to its depth, balance, and respectful depiction of martial arts without the need for gimmicks. With 2D fighters, I prefer the Samurai Spirits series just because I enjoy shinobi and samurai.

Your opinions on Nintendo and Sega remind me of the whole console wars in the nineties. I saw Nintendo as the strict no non-sense parent while SEGA was that cool uncle who let you stay up late and gorge on Pizza. I have always been more of a Sonic fan than a Mario one, but I do enjoy The Legend of Zelda series as I have fond memories of playing the original version in 1990. I am also a fan of the Metroid series. Never was a fan of Star Fox, Kirby, or Donkey Kong though.

As someone who grew up with the original Metal Gear on the Nintendo, I disagree with you about Metal Gear being inferior to Splinter Cell. In all honesty, I enjoy both series very much for different reasons. For example, I enjoy Splinter Cell for its more grounded approach to tackling missions than Metal Gear. Personally, though, I would like to see a crossover game with Solid Snake and Sam Fisher taking on a threat that neither one of them can deal with alone.

When it comes to Pocket Monsters, I sort of agree with you as I only play them now for their competitive aspect. The stories and characters are pretty formulaic at this point but the mechanics in my eyes, have vastly improved if you're into the metagame. In all honesty, though, I have never really cared about the stories in Pocket Monster games.

Where I strongly disagree with you is that role-playing games are boring and that Ryu Ga Gotoku is bad. That being said, I respect your preferences and your honesty about it. I'd rather have someone be honest with me than fake interest for approval. So, therefore, you have my respect and thank you for your honesty.

I am kind of scratching my head about why you think that having a contemporary Tenchu game is an unpopular opinion. I would be more than happy to go on another adventure with Rikimaru. Also, seeing as how stealth mechanics have evolved since Tenchu went dormant, I think Tenchu could incorporate elements from other titles and blend them in to make a unique experience. If you had said something like Tenchu Z or Shadow Assassins was better than say Wrath of Heaven or Birth of the Assassins, then I could see where you're coming from.

In this day and age, I also prefer digital media over physical media. There are two reasons for this, the first one being convenience and the second being that I am an introvert. When you order digitally, you don't need to interact with anyone else. Digital Media does not take up any physical space and you don't have to deal with delivery issues if you order online.

In any case, thank you very much for your thoughts. I harbor no animosity towards you or your tastes in gaming. I am also glad that you are looking forward to Kena: Bridge of Spirits as the feeling is mutual. So we have something in common.

Not to add an addendum to an already long post, but I have two other opinions I would like to state. The first one being that I am not a fan of romance in video games so games with dating elements or dating simulations don't appeal to me. The only exception is Shenmue otherwise, I prefer a romantic relationship not to take place or for it to end tragically.

That's probably why I did not enjoy Final Fantasy VIII so much. As romance was one of its primary themes. Also, I find the whole defrosting the ice queen/king trope to be cliche. I tend to prefer silent stoic loner protagonists over loud and boisterous ones since I can relate to them better like Samus Aran for example.

My final opinion is that outside of a few exceptions, I loathe multiplayer games. As an introvert in real life, I don't want to engage with other people. I play video games to get away from other people not to engage with them even further.

So for those of you who read my long post thank you for your attention.
 
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  • The DC analog stick and triggers are still the best ones on any controller ever made, though I will say the triggers on the Sexbox controller are the first ones to even come close.
  • Also the d-pad was still great overall even if it was a big drop from the godly Saturn d-pad. Sharp edges? SACK UP, those blisters help build character! 👺
  • No, I'm still not done shamelessly jerking the DC off yet. DC was the peak of video games and as much good stuff as there has been since, it's all been downhill from there. Modern gaming wins out for accessibility and convenience, though.
  • Nintendo is satan and z*lda is double-satan.
  • I legitimately think Shenmue 3 was the best looking game of the last gen. The character models in general are a weak point, but my god those environments...
  • I like the look of DOA 2 - 4 more than 5 and 6.
  • Blue Stinger is a god damn masterpiece and no amount of horrific camera or schizo jank movement controls can change my mind.
  • I just can't accept RE in 1st person. This isn't THAT unpopular of an opinion, but at the very least I think it's in the minority among RE fans. I also don't like how they had a westerner as one of the main writers of 7, and a westerner as one of the main producers of 8.
  • I just don't like euroish-fantasy settings in games (a million western games, but also a lot of FF, DQ, Zelda, etc). Give me sci-fi and/or surreal stuff all day every day.
 
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I have some more points to add.

The departure of Sega from the console space and the entrance of Microsoft was the worst thing that happened to gaming consoles ever. Microsoft brought the PC mentality to the consoles with all the patches DLC and other stuff that is good for the companies because it generates extra revenue but is bad for customers because they have to pay more to get the whole eperience. MS even let customers pay extra to use the DVD feature of the original xbox.

Today we have 2 many electronic companies running gaming platforms. A real gaming company like Sega is missing that just makes gaming plattforms. Of course we have still Nintendo but Nintendo is doing their own stuff. We need a classic gaming console for the AAA Consumers without any Multimedia BS. I think Sega would fit that gap perfectly.

@Tsukuyomimagi99 Have to agree concerning the look of the DOA 2 games. To me DOA 2 will always be the best game with the best character design.

You are also right concerning Blue Stinger. The game has a nice atmosphere and the character design is quite good minus the bad lip movement of the characters and the bad camera. It is still fun to play though.
 
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I have ambivalent sentiments towards the platform wars that rage on the Internet. On the one hand, I think competition is great and provides innovation. On the other hand, I find the whole thing to be childish. Each platform in my eyes has its strengths and weaknesses. Secondly, my philosophy has always been to go with whatever platform has the games I want to play.

I have never been a big Tomb Raider fan, but I can kinda understand why someone wouldn't like the original games as they tended to be buggy messes. The only part of the series I have enjoyed is the Legends Era and even then, I can live without them.

I also have ambivalent sentiments towards the 3D era of Mortal Kombat. It introduced some of my favorite characters in the series such as Kenshi, Fujin, and Onaga. However, I also dislike this era because I found the games lacking in the fundamental mechanics of other fighters. Not saying the 2D era was better since Ultimate 3 was the only one I found was worth playing. But it kind of tells you something that one of the sales pitches for Mortal Kombat 9 was Ed Boon stating that they were incorporating feedback from the fighting game community.

In the new era of Mortal Kombat, my favorite game is X due to its "groove system" and the darker tone as I find XI to be too cheesy. When it comes to fighting games as a whole, I vastly prefer Virtua Fighter due to its depth, balance, and respectful depiction of martial arts without the need for gimmicks. With 2D fighters, I prefer the Samurai Spirits series just because I enjoy shinobi and samurai.

Your opinions on Nintendo and Sega remind me of the whole console wars in the nineties. I saw Nintendo as the strict no non-sense parent while SEGA was that cool uncle who let you stay up late and gorge on Pizza. I have always been more of a Sonic fan than a Mario one, but I do enjoy The Legend of Zelda series as I have fond memories of playing the original version in 1990. I am also a fan of the Metroid series. Never was a fan of Star Fox, Kirby, or Donkey Kong though.

As someone who grew up with the original Metal Gear on the Nintendo, I disagree with you about Metal Gear being inferior to Splinter Cell. In all honesty, I enjoy both series very much for different reasons. For example, I enjoy Splinter Cell for its more grounded approach to tackling missions than Metal Gear. Personally, though, I would like to see a crossover game with Solid Snake and Sam Fisher taking on a threat that neither one of them can deal with alone.

When it comes to Pocket Monsters, I sort of agree with you as I only play them now for their competitive aspect. The stories and characters are pretty formulaic at this point but the mechanics in my eyes, have vastly improved if you're into the metagame. In all honesty, though, I have never really cared about the stories in Pocket Monster games.

Where I strongly disagree with you is that role-playing games are boring and that Ryu Ga Gotoku is bad. That being said, I respect your preferences and your honesty about it. I'd rather have someone be honest with me than fake interest for approval. So, therefore, you have my respect and thank you for your honesty.

I am kind of scratching my head about why you think that having a contemporary Tenchu game is an unpopular opinion. I would be more than happy to go on another adventure with Rikimaru. Also, seeing as how stealth mechanics have evolved since Tenchu went dormant, I think Tenchu could incorporate elements from other titles and blend them in to make a unique experience. If you had said something like Tenchu Z or Shadow Assassins was better than say Wrath of Heaven or Birth of the Assassins, then I could see where you're coming from.

In this day and age, I also prefer digital media over physical media. There are two reasons for this, the first one being convenience and the second being that I am an introvert. When you order digitally, you don't need to interact with anyone else. Digital Media does not take up any physical space and you don't have to deal with delivery issues if you order online.

In any case, thank you very much for your thoughts. I harbor no animosity towards you or your tastes in gaming. I am also glad that you are looking forward to Kena: Bridge of Spirits as the feeling is mutual. So we have something in common.

Not to add an addendum to an already long post, but I have two other opinions I would like to state. The first one being that I am not a fan of romance in video games so games with dating elements or dating simulations don't appeal to me. The only exception is Shenmue otherwise, I prefer a romantic relationship not to take place or for it to end tragically.

That's probably why I did not enjoy Final Fantasy VIII so much. As romance was one of its primary themes. Also, I find the whole defrosting the ice queen/king trope to be cliche. I tend to prefer silent stoic loner protagonists over loud and boisterous ones since I can relate to them better like Samus Aran for example.

My final opinion is that outside of a few exceptions, I loathe multiplayer games. As an introvert in real life, I don't want to engage with other people. I play video games to get away from other people not to engage with them even further.

So for those of you who read my long post thank you for your attention.
@Tsukuyomimagi99 I appreciate your responses to my opinions as well as your own. You're always easy to discuss things with which is nice. Sadly, we seem to live in a time where people can't disagree about things, or other people get offended easily by the disagreements and automatically think the opposing person is taking their position on an issue for whatever fits the accusers agenda. Admittedly we all have our moments of "how the fuck can they feel that way?!" about something, but when talking with you I never find you to be dismissive, rude, thought/opinion policing or afraid to share your own mutual agreements or complete disagreements with that, and I appreciate you for it. Thanks! Here's my responses to some of what you've said:

-I never got into console wars or picking one side over the other definitively, all of my opinions come from personal in depth experiences with all of these consoles and also come from psychology and neurology on how propaganda and marketing work. If enough people keep parroting that Sony is better than Xbox, then it becomes the general public opinion. It's the same reason why iPhones which are technically garbage, and Samsung phones which are mostly technically garbage are thriving in this world at an inflated price with evil business practices while LG just left the phone industry last week after 26 years of innovation, integrity and fair prices. By no means are Nintendo and Sony being compared to Apple or Samsung when it comes to quality or integrity, but why is Xbox always considered trash the last 20 years just like Sega was by the masses? Whatever the masses go *without questioning why they believe what they believe* I look deeply and often tend to go the opposite way. At the end of the day these are all major corporations that are there to exact our life energy in the form of time and money resources for their games so there's zero loyalty to consumerism on my end. Personally, I just found that Sega always overshadowed Nintendo in the 90s as Xbox does with Sony in the last 20 years. Both Sega and Xbox are almost universally considered to be far less than Nintendo and Sony in their respective eras, but I completely disagree. I've had people over the years accuse me of being different just because, or taking the underdogs just to be controversial or that their own beliefs about Nintendo/Sony are facts rather than opinions and mine are just less than stellar opinions. I never really gave a shit about any of this, but it's interesting that people are neurologically programmed to do this and look at things this way. All of the companies have had their ups and downs, and with the exception to the GameCube, which I truly find to have zero redeeming qualities outside of it's launch price(you get what you pay for, sadly) I find that all consoles have strengths in them....and hell as I typed this sentence I remember GameCube exclusive StarFox Adventures that was a decent Nintendo title so even GC gets a pass. Oh, StarFox Adventures was a fun game(for a Nintendo title)...there's another unpopular opinion lol.

-My biggest issue with all pre-2013 Tomb Raider games isn't just the unplayable janky controls of the 90s or the mostly broken controls of the 00s, its Lara Croft herself. She's a false bravado 'super heroistic' so called sex icon and 'badass' yet there's nothing human or relatable about her or her origin story. Those Tomb Raider games feel much like Call of Duty or cheesy cotton candy popcorn action movies more than they do a deep substantial story with quality. Nothing wrong with shallow popcorn corn syrup experiences from time to time, but at least make them enjoyable(like GTA or Max Payne). The 2013 reboot trilogy has so much depth and it would be a waste if they went back to the origin style and ruined what they've done with the rebooted Lara. Have you tried the TR reboot games by chance??

-I actually enjoy all the main MK games, even the ones that were weaker in the series like MK 4 and UMK3, but I can't bring myself to ever revisit the 90s era games or anything before Deadly Alliance when I'm playing MK games in current times. They're great for their time and as an origin, but I never want to go back and revisit. With MK Armageddon I do go back on occasion and revisit though. I actually was going to include the opinion of "Tekken is better than Virtua Fighter" but I actually believe that is the popular opinion and what most people would agree with, so I left it out. I know on this forum its more likely VF would get the rub because of the love of Suzuki but personally I felt VF didn't offer as much character depth or gameplay enjoyment as Tekken, or even DOA 5 or 6 for that matter as shallow as the DOA games tend to be. But if VF would have been handled better after the 2nd one, I may feel different. Either way, I'd love to see a reboot as I do enjoy VF to some extent, just not as much as Tekken overall.

-With the Nintendo/Sega thing I always saw it that way too. Sega was ahead of their time, but Nintendo was able to pump out these strange yet underwhelming characters. I feel overall that when it comes to Nintendo games, the 90s and 80s era are far superior to the current stuff, even ones I'm not crazy about like Zelda. At least Link for NES or Zelda 3 for SNES has some nostalgia to it for me.

-With Metal Gear I just could never get into any of them. I tried all the way through MGS 3 on PS2 and just couldn't find anything I enjoyed about them. With Splinter Cell it's interesting because I don't typically enjoy any game where you play a government employee or military personnel depicted as if they're some kind of hero, I have an issue with that in real life so typically I can't stomach that kind of stuff, but with Sam Fisher I did like him and thought the voice acting was top notch(until Blacklist, which is the worst in the series and only one that isn't really enjoyable). The stealth elements are top notch and I even liked how they switched it up with the 5th title Conviction where he's on the run. Sam Fisher was always kind of renegade for a military guy, which I appreciated. It was the first stealth game I remembered liking outside of RESCUE on NES or Thief and Thief 2 for PC(another franchise that sucked after Deadly Shadows).

-With Pokemon I was a pre-teen when they all came out with red, blue and yellow so I did get into the GameBoy craze a bit and then Pokemon Snap and Stadium on N64. I wouldn't be able to get too into it again, but admittedly New Snap for Switch looks fun. I ended up spending about 7 years full time living on the road in my 20's and took countless photos of nature and wild life all over the place and after growing up in the cement jungle of Chicago I never had anywhere to take pictures(nor did I have a camera in the 90s)but when Pokemon Snap came to N64, I could finally fall in love with some sort of photography. Though admittedly I preferred Yellow over Snap then, I think now I'd like to play New Snap for Switch over a weekend or something and then put a fork back into the Pokemon part of my life and move on.

-In respect to RPG's I *can* see the appeal for some people, but for me it just doesn't click. That's one of the things I wouldn't like about Pokemon at this point in my life, picking moves off of a menu rather than live combat doesn't cut it for me, with one exception outside the original Pokemon games, Final Fantasy Tactics from PS1. I haven't played it in over 20 years but when it came out I actually liked that it felt like a chess game. I guess the idea that you're not really wandering around an open world 3rd person game and then combat happens and its picking words off a menu appealed to me. FF Tactics felt like literally playing a board game on a TV, which was cool. The other FF games and RPG's in general feel vastly open world(or even semi open world) all the way up to when the action starts. Imagine playing GTA 5 and when you go to steal a car a menu pops up and asks you to choose 1. Open the door 2. Break the window 3. Climb in the passenger door or playing Doom and when its time to fire your weapon a menu pops up asking how you'd like to fire your weapon. It just doesn't do it for me, along with some of the anime character designs. I sorta look at anime as an insult to more historic Asian art, so I have a hard time with that whole genre, not that it's all bad though.

-Yakuza: Here's a game franchise where I get a bit more like the people I described at the top and ask "how the hell can they enjoy that?" then I have to remind myself, to each their own. I cannot stand Tosh Nagoshi as a person and that was after playing the games before finding out he was behind Yakuza which I didn't like at all. I think more than anything I don't like the comparisons to Shenmue, as I don't see any outside of Asian characters being in both games, the energy of them are very very different, just like the energy is worlds apart between Suzuki and Nagoshi. To me, Shenmue is like having Gordon Ramsay cook his best meal for you, and Yakuza is like the worst item on the dollar menu at McDonald's.

-I can see Tenchu reboot being popular on this forum as most of us like some sort of Asian based games(Shenmue, Yakuza, Ghost of Tsushima, JRPGs, etc), but elsewhere the majority opinion is that Tenchu Z killed it. Personally(another unpopular opinion), I thought Tenchu Z was the best one in the franchise gameplay wise, but in story aspects it doesn't compare to the first two games. I also prefer Ayame to Rikimaru overall, but don't have an issue with him either. All of the Tenchu games were enjoyable to me, except for the one on the Wii, I just couldn't get into the motion controls(which should be left for Wii Sports only, honestly). Another unpopular opinion on this topic would be Sekiro is complete trash and NiOh isn't very good either(though it had a lot of potential).

-Digital/Disc: Yeah, I agree on what you say, and also for me I don't like clutter. As a minimalist in almost every aspect of my life I only like to put my time and energy into things that I love. Combined with the fact that I spent so many years living on the road I didn't have many material things I don't see any purpose in having physical media(games, CDs, DVDs, etc). I understand in their time they were all we had, and yes to a small degree when I buy MP3's I miss opening the CD and looking at the booklet, but from a practicality standpoint it doesn't make much sense. I know a lot of peoples entire lives are based on video gaming, or albums/CDs or bluray/DVD/VHS collecting and for them its awesome to have physical media, but for me it's exhausting having all of that stuff take up space. Typically, an exception for me would be if I didn't expect to love a game enough to want to keep playing it, I'd buy it physically. Like Assassins Creed Valhalla(which wasn't very good, I didn't even finish it) I was hoping it would be a viking Ghost of Tsushima(though I expected it to not be good cause Ubisoft after 2005) so I bought the disc, this way when I resold it I only lost about $10, which was worth the experience. A $60+ digital copy would have been painful. I'm going to have to adjust though, because I recently switched to Xbox Series S and PS5 Digital and I'm not a big gamer so I don't keep any other console trade ins long term, so no more physical media, outside of resale of course.

-I love that we can talk without there being animosity about our differences. It's truly the way the world could operate in most cases, especially on trivial issues like entertainment. Most people online seem to get combative and even insulting towards others about their opinions. It's one thing to show up and say how you feel and not give a shit about offending others, cause then you're living for them and lending your power or energy to their thoughts, but it's a whole other thing to show up and be a dick or thought/opinion police someone for no reason, and I love that every we engage you're easy to speak to. Kena Bridge of Spirits does look amazing and is the sole reason I've decided to keep one of the PS5's I picked up a while back, just so I can experience it at it's best rather than on my brand new(yet not top of the line)gaming laptop or on one the PS4's I just recently sold. It just so happens that Ghostwire Tokyo and Stray both look fairly solid too so I'll be checking those out on PS5 as well. Over on Xbox Series S Life is Strange True Colors and Bright Memory Infinite look promising.

-I'm very curious to know why you don't like romance in video games?? I'm not talking about stuff like the sex scene in Last of Us 2 with the detestable Abby or actual romance or dating simulators(Sims, etc), but I'm thinking more like deep soulful connections like the one Ryo and Shenhua share, perhaps like the one between Liu Kang and Kitana in Mortal Kombat or to a much lesser degree Jade and Kotal Khan. What's the turn off for you on this topic? I too like the lone wolf if it's presented correctly, but I do also enjoy seeing a lone wolf get involved with another lone wolf, if it's the right type.

-Multiplayer games: YES!! I agree, mostly. Back in the 90s when you had to sit with your friends in the room with corded controllers I didn't mind *SOME* multiplayer elements, like when I was a kid WWF games on N64 and PS2 were fun with friends and occasionally Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1, 2 and 3. But outside of that I've never been a fan, certainly during the era when multiplayer gaming became a thing around the Xbox 360 launch time. In the late 90s playing Diablo on PC with a few other people was amazing just because it was the first time I ever could play with a stranger in another country or state, but after that novelty wore off and it was no longer cutting edge, I haven't had any interest in multiplayer. Since I left gaming completely in 2007 and didn't return until 2019 I was able to avoid the multiplayer craze. I don't even enjoy playing Mortal Kombat games online, I'd rather play against the computer(or with my girlfriend). Ghost of Tsushima Legends has been the one exception that I have taken to with online play, and it's mainly because it's so different from the story mode and most of the people it attracts are more interested in playing as a team rather than being competitive.

Thank You for your response!
 
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I just saw it....I liked the 95 version better...even without the gore and R rating, I still think the 95 version tells a more coherent plot than the new film does. But I'll leave my review for the "last movie watched" thread.
Well, you weren't kidding about the 95 movie being better, even Annihilation from 97 was better and that is sad. MK 2021 mostly sucked with very few exceptions to the fatalities and some laughs with Kano.
 
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-The Shenmue games are good.
-The Shenmue games are great.
-The Shenmue games are the best games ever made.

Try having that conversation with the mainstream Call of Duty crowd ;)

Other unpopular gaming opinions?? This should be fun..

-Xbox is far superior to PlayStation in each console era in most ways.
-PlayStation exclusives for the most part aren't very good. (Ghost of Tsushima is an exception)
-PlayStation overall is very overrated, but not completely broken.
-Original Xbox versions of games were always better than their PS2 counterparts in their time.
-Nintendo is very overrated post-N64 era. Sega was far superior in it's time.
-Nintendo GameCube may be the worst mainstream console from one of the 'big 4' companies.
-Tomb Raider reboot trilogy are some of the best games ever, meanwhile all of them pre-2013 TR games are awful.
-Mario, Zelda and majority of Nintendo branded games suck for the most part.
-Sonic was, is and always will be better than Mario, no matter how bad the last 15 years of Sonic games are.
-Sonic Adventure 1 and Sonic Heroes were just as good as Sonic 1, 2 and 3.
-Contra on NES was a really bad game, even for it's time. P.O.W Prisoners of War was much better alternative.
-The majority of video games in existence are less than average, or subpar.
-Aside from the Mortal Kombat franchise as a whole, the fighting game genre leaves a lot to be desired.
-The Last of Us 2 though not horrible, is not worthy of any of the positive attention it has received.
-PlayStation 5 is the ugliest looking console in the last 30 years.
-PlayStation 5 is the least ergonomically friendly console to house in the last 30 years.
-PlayStation 5 Dual Sense controller is the only decent controller Sony has made.
-Nintendo GameCube worst controller design ever from a mainstream console company.
-PlayStation 4 Dual Shock worst controller in the last 15 years.
-Call of Duty sucks.
-Battlefield sucks.
-Cyberpunk 2077 really sucks.
-Yakuza sucks (most people elsewhere would probably agree, though that seems unpopular on this forum for some reason)
-Final Fantasy sucks.
-Resident Evil is much better than Silent Hill.
-Metal Gear Solid really sucks, and Splinter Cell is better.
-PlayStation Now has a far better library of games than Xbox Game Pass pre-2021.
-Sega Genesis is much better than Super Nintendo.
-Nintendo 64 was much better than PS1.
-PS1 was better than Saturn, sadly.
-Dreamcast was better than PS2 and GameCube, but not OG Xbox.
-Tenchu deserves a modernized sequel.
-Tomb Raider should not under any circumstance return to its pre-2013 era style of gameplay or character 'development'.
-WWF Wrestlemania 2000 was better than WWF No Mercy on N64.
-WWE 2K19 is the best wrestling game, period.
-WWE 2K20 is trash, but better than most pre-2K era WWE games.
-The new Mortal Kombat movie that comes out today is most likely going to not be very good.
-Majority of RPG and anime games are boring.
-StarFox and Kirby are Nintendo's only redeeming main frachise characters.
-Pokemon has not been good since Red, Blue, Yellow, Stadium & Snap(though I'm curious about the New Snap for Switch).
-Wii Sports Bowling is better than real life bowling.
-Mortal Kombat 3D era is better than 2D era.
-Mortal Kombat 11 is better than all of the others combined.
-Diddy Kong Racing is better than any Mario Kart game.
-Blast Corps from N64 should have had a sequel.
-Games in the 90s/early 00s were more exciting than now overall, but none were truly great works of art(outside Shenmue).
-Digital beats disc/cart in most cases.
-As time goes on, graphics do matter more relating to enjoyment. Wasn't the case 15 years ago.

There are also unpopular facts that people like to dispute with their opinions that I considered listing, but then I remembered this is just an opinions forum. I look forward to seeing what other people think!
I have to ask you to expand on the Xbox bit a bit more, especially in regards to the generation just gone. I had absolutely no desire to buy an Xbox One and I was a huge Xbox 360 fan. I don't know how anyone can call themselves a gamer and not play a single PS4 exclusive. In contrast, there is absolutely nothing on the Xbox One I feel that I'm missing out on.
 
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@Tsukuyomimagi99 I appreciate your responses to my opinions as well as your own. You're always easy to discuss things with which is nice. Sadly, we seem to live in a time where people can't disagree about things, or other people get offended easily by the disagreements and automatically think the opposing person is taking their position on an issue for whatever fits the accuser's agenda. Admittedly we all have our moments of "how the fuck can they feel that way?!" about something, but when talking with you I never find you to be dismissive, rude, thought/opinion policing, or afraid to share your mutual agreements or complete disagreements with that, and I appreciate you for it. Thanks! Here are my responses to some of what you've said:

-I never got into console wars or picking one side over the other definitively, all of my opinions come from personal in-depth experiences with all of these consoles and also come from psychology and neurology on how propaganda and marketing work. If enough people keep parroting that Sony is better than Xbox, then it becomes the general public opinion. It's the same reason why iPhones which are technically garbage, and Samsung phones which are mostly technically garbage are thriving in this world at an inflated price with evil business practices while LG just left the phone industry last week after 26 years of innovation, integrity, and fair prices. By no means are Nintendo and Sony being compared to Apple or Samsung when it comes to quality or integrity, but why has Xbox always considered trash the last 20 years just like Sega was by the masses? Whatever the masses go *without questioning why they believe what they believe* I look deeply and often tend to go the opposite way. At the end of the day, these are all major corporations that are there to exact our life energy in the form of time and money resources for their games so there's zero loyalty to consumerism on my end. I just found that Sega always overshadowed Nintendo in the 90s as Xbox does with Sony in the last 20 years. Both Sega and Xbox are almost universally considered to be far less than Nintendo and Sony in their respective eras, but I completely disagree. I've had people over the years accuse me of being different just because, or taking the underdogs just to be controversial or that their own beliefs about Nintendo/Sony are facts rather than opinions and mine are just less than stellar opinions. I never really gave a shit about any of this, but, interestingly, people are neurologically programmed to do this and look at things this way. All of the companies have had their ups and downs and except for the GameCube, which I truly find to have zero redeeming qualities outside of its launch price(you get what you pay for, sadly) I find that all consoles have strengths in them....and hell as I typed this sentence I remember GameCube exclusive StarFox Adventures that was a decent Nintendo title so even GC gets a pass. Oh, StarFox Adventures was a fun game(for a Nintendo title)...there's another unpopular opinion lol.

-My biggest issue with all pre-2013 Tomb Raider games isn't just the unplayable janky controls of the 90s or the mostly broken controls of the 00s, it's Lara Croft herself. She's a false bravado 'super heroistic' so-called sex icon and 'badass' yet there's nothing human or relatable about her or her origin story. Those Tomb Raider games feel much like Call of Duty or cheesy cotton candy popcorn action movies more than they do a deep substantial story with quality. Nothing wrong with shallow popcorn corn syrup experiences from time to time, but at least make them enjoyable(like GTA or Max Payne). The 2013 reboot trilogy has so much depth and it would be a waste if they went back to the original style and ruined what they've done with the rebooted Lara. Have you tried the TR reboot games by chance??

-I enjoy all the main MK games, even the ones that were weaker in the series like MK 4 and UMK3, but I can't bring myself to ever revisit the 90s era games or anything before Deadly Alliance when I'm playing MK games in current times. They're great for their time and as an origin, but I never want to go back and revisit. With MK Armageddon I do go back on occasion and revisit though. I was going to include the opinion of "Tekken is better than Virtua Fighter" but I believe that is the popular opinion and what most people would agree with, so I left it out. I know on this forum it more likely VF would get the rub because of the love of Suzuki but I felt VF didn't offer as much character depth or gameplay enjoyment as Tekken, or even DOA 5 or 6 for that matter as shallow as the DOA games tend to be. But if VF would have been handled better after the 2nd one, I may feel different. Either way, I'd love to see a reboot as I do enjoy VF to some extent, just not as much as Tekken overall.

-With the Nintendo/Sega thing I always saw it that way too. Sega was ahead of their time, but Nintendo was able to pump out these strange yet underwhelming characters. I feel overall that when it comes to Nintendo games, the 90s and 80s era is far superior to the current stuff, even ones I'm not crazy about like Zelda. At least Link for NES or Zelda 3 for SNES has some nostalgia to it for me.

-With Metal Gear I just could never get into any of them. I tried through MGS 3 on PS2 and just couldn't find anything I enjoyed about them. With Splinter Cell it's interesting because I don't typically enjoy any game where you play a government employee or military personnel depicted as if they're some kind of hero, I have an issue with that in real life so typically I can't stomach that kind of stuff, but with Sam Fisher, I did like him and thought the voice acting was top-notch(until Blacklist, which is the worst in the series and only one that isn't enjoyable). The stealth elements are top-notch and I even liked how they switched it up with the 5th title Conviction where he's on the run. Sam Fisher was always kind of renegade for a military guy, which I appreciated. It was the first stealth game I remembered liking outside of RESCUE on NES or Thief and Thief 2 for PC(another franchise that sucked after Deadly Shadows).

-With Pokemon, I was a pre-teen when they all came out with red, blue, and yellow so I did get into the GameBoy craze a bit and then Pokemon Snap and Stadium on N64. I wouldn't be able to get too into it again, but admittedly New Snap for Switch looks fun. I ended up spending about 7 years full time living on the road in my 20's and took countless photos of nature and wildlife all over the place and after growing up in the cement jungle of Chicago I never had anywhere to take pictures(nor did I have a camera in the 90s)but when Pokemon Snap came to N64, I could finally fall in love with some sort of photography. Though admittedly I preferred Yellow over Snap then, I think now I'd like to play New Snap for Switch over a weekend or something and then put a fork back into the Pokemon part of my life and move on.

-Concerning RPG's I *can* see the appeal for some people, but for me, it just doesn't click. That's one of the things I wouldn't like about Pokemon at this point in my life, picking moves off of a menu rather than live combat doesn't cut it for me, with one exception outside the original Pokemon games, Final Fantasy Tactics from PS1. I haven't played it in over 20 years but when it came out I liked that it felt like a chess game. I guess the idea that you're not wandering around an open-world 3rd person game and then combat happens and it's picking words off a menu appealed to me. FF Tactics felt like literally playing a board game on a TV, which was cool. The other FF games and RPG's in general feel vastly open-world(or even semi-open world) up to when the action starts. Imagine playing GTA 5 and when you go to steal a car a menu pops up and asks you to choose 1. Open the door 2. Break the window 3. Climb in the passenger door or playing Doom and when it's time to fire your weapon a menu pops up asking how you'd like to fire your weapon. It just doesn't do it for me, along with some of the anime character designs. I sorta look at anime as an insult to more historic Asian art, so I have a hard time with that whole genre, not that it's all bad though.

-Yakuza: Here's a game franchise where I get a bit more like the people I described at the top and ask "how the hell can they enjoy that?" then I have to remind myself, to each their own. I cannot stand Tosh Nagoshi as a person and that was after playing the games before finding out he was behind Yakuza which I didn't like at all. I think more than anything I don't like the comparisons to Shenmue, as I don't see any outside of Asian characters being in both games, the energy of them is very very different, just like the energy is worlds apart between Suzuki and Nagoshi. To me, Shenmue is like having Gordon Ramsay cook his best meal for you, and Yakuza is like the worst item on the dollar menu at McDonald's.

-I can see Tenchu reboot being popular on this forum as most of us like some sort of Asian-based games(Shenmue, Yakuza, Ghost of Tsushima, JRPGs, etc), but elsewhere the majority opinion is that Tenchu Z killed it. Personally(another unpopular opinion), I thought Tenchu Z was the best one in the franchise gameplay-wise, but in story aspects, it doesn't compare to the first two games. I also prefer Ayame to Rikimaru overall, but don't have an issue with him either. All of the Tenchu games were enjoyable to me, except for the one on the Wii, I just couldn't get into the motion controls(which should be left for Wii Sports only, honestly). Another unpopular opinion on this topic would be Sekiro is complete trash and Nioh isn't very good either(though it had a lot of potential).

-Digital/Disc: Yeah, I agree with what you say, and also for me I don't like clutter. As a minimalist in almost every aspect of my life, I only like to put my time and energy into things that I love. Combined with the fact that I spent so many years living on the road I didn't have many material things I don't see any purpose in having physical media(games, CDs, DVDs, etc). I understand in their time they were all we had, and yes to a small degree when I buy MP3's I miss opening the CD and looking at the booklet, but from a practical standpoint, it doesn't make much sense. I know a lot of people's entire lives are based on video gaming, or albums/CDs or Blu-ray/DVD/VHS collecting, and for them, it's awesome to have physical media, but for me, it's exhausting having all of them that stuff take up space. Typically, an exception for me would be if I didn't expect to love a game enough to want to keep playing it, I'd buy it physically. Like Assassins Creed Valhalla(which wasn't very good, I didn't even finish it) I was hoping it would be a viking Ghost of Tsushima(though I expected it to not be good cause Ubisoft after 2005) so I bought the disc, this way when I resold it I only lost about $10, which was worth the experience. A $60+ digital copy would have been painful. I'm going to have to adjust though, because I recently switched to Xbox Series S and PS5 Digital and I'm not a big gamer so I don't keep any other console trade-ins long term, so no more physical media, outside of resale of course.

-I love that we can talk without there being animosity about our differences. It's truly the way the world could operate in most cases, especially on trivial issues like entertainment. Most people online seem to get combative and even insulting towards others about their opinions. It's one thing to show up and say how you feel and not give a shit about offending others, cause then you're living for them and lending your power or energy to their thoughts, but it's a whole other thing to show up and be a dick or thought/opinion police someone for no reason, and I love that every we engage you're easy to speak to. Kena Bridge of Spirits does look amazing and is the sole reason I've decided to keep one of the PS5's I picked up a while back, just so I can experience it at its best rather than on my brand new(yet not top of the line)gaming laptop or on one the PS4's I just recently sold. It just so happens that Ghostwire Tokyo and Stray both look fairly solid too so I'll be checking those out on PS5 as well. Over on Xbox Series S Life is Strange True Colors and Bright Memory Infinite look promising.

-I'm very curious to know why you don't like romance in video games?? I'm not talking about stuff like the sex scene in Last of Us 2 with the detestable Abby or actual romance or dating simulators(Sims, etc), but I'm thinking more like deep soulful connections like the one Ryo and Shenhua share, perhaps like the one between Liu Kang and Kitana in Mortal Kombat or to a much lesser degree Jade and Kotal Khan. What's the turn-off for you on this topic? I too like the lone wolf if it's presented correctly, but I do also enjoy seeing a lone wolf get involved with another lone wolf if it's the right type.

-Multiplayer games: YES!! I agree, mostly. Back in the 90s when you had to sit with your friends in the room with corded controllers I didn't mind *SOME* multiplayer elements, like when I was a kid WWF games on N64 and PS2 were fun with friends and occasionally Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1, 2 and 3. But outside of that, I've never been a fan, certainly during the era when multiplayer gaming became a thing around the Xbox 360 launch time. In the late 90s playing Diablo on PC with a few other people was amazing just because it was the first time I ever could play with a stranger in another country or state, but after that novelty wore off and it was no longer cutting edge, I haven't had any interest in multiplayer. Since I left gaming completely in 2007 and didn't return until 2019 I was able to avoid the multiplayer craze. I don't even enjoy playing Mortal Kombat games online, I'd rather play against the computer(or with my girlfriend). Ghost of Tsushima Legends has been the one exception that I have taken to with online play, and it's mainly because it's so different from the story mode and most of the people it attracts are more interested in playing as a team rather than being competitive.

Thank You for your response!
This post is the reason why I created this thread. I want to promote understanding, unity, and possibly self-growth. I am truly humbled by your opinions as they show complexity and nuance. This world has enough polarization over the most puerile and pedantic reasons.

When it comes to Microsoft's Xbox, it has always been the most powerful console. I also like how Microsoft handles backward compatibility in comparison to Nintendo or Sony. It shows to me that Microsoft is catering to its customers and they should be rewarded. There's a reason why it is considered the successor to the Dreamcast or why it dominated the last console generation.

My cons with the system are that none of its exclusive titles interest me. And while the raw horsepower of the console sounds good on paper, that doesn't always translate to games. Though there could be multiple variables such as developers not put their best effort towards Microsoft's console. That being said, I will be purchasing one down the line for the reasons I mentioned above.

The sexualization of Lara Croft is the product of mass marketing. I have always seen Lara Croft as a hybrid between the ardent adventurer Indiana Jones and the debonair James Bond. She has this fearless temperament in even the gravest of circumstances.

Your reasoning for liking the contemporary Tomb Raider games shows that you appreciate deep complex characters. It shows that (I am assuming you are male) men are not one-dimensional licentious beasts incapable of sophistication as the media likes to portray us as. However, as I said, the Tomb Raider series even at the peak of its popularity in the late Nineties never appealed to me, and the modern series did not change that.

@danielmann861 can feel free to correct me here as he is more of an expert at Tekken than I will ever be. The reason I disagree with you about Tekken being superior to Virtua Fighter has to do with the mechanics more than entertainment value (which is more subjective). At high-level play, Tekken tends to emphasize particular strategies over others such as character counter-picking or wave dashing in Tekken Tag 1 rendering things such as the ten-hit combos null and void.

As I said in a previous post, what I enjoy is mechanical depth. The reason for that is I want to know how far I can push a game. The strategies in Virtua Fighter are immense and can change at any second. In other words, the only limit Virtua Fighter has is the players' imagination. On a side note, this is why I love stylish action titles like Devil May Cry, Ninja Gaiden, Godhand, Astral Chain, Metal Gear Rising, etc.

First, I want to thank you for broadening my horizons with Splinter Cell as I did not know what I was missing out on. It's fine with me if Metal Gear never appealed to you. The reason why it appeals to me goes back to 1988 when I played the first game on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was so different from any other action game at the time. I didn't manage to play another one till 1998 with Metal Gear Solid and instantly fell in love with the story, characters, and gameplay.

While I enjoyed Pocket Monster snap on the Nintendo 64, I have gotten to the point where only the metagame appeals to me anymore. There's just something so satisfying about raising your monster from scratch to become a devastating weapon of destruction. Not to mention the layers of strategy you take with each turn as one false move will be your last. That being said, the upcoming Project Arceus interests me along with Pocket Monster Conquest.

I enjoy the Ryu Ga Gotoku franchise due to blending a gritty crime drama with over-the-top machismo and make it work. The game is filled to the brim with things to do and the combat is satisfying. Ironically though, my favorite titles in the franchise are (surprise surprise) the Jidaigeki spin-offs Ishin and Kenzan.

Where the games fall apart for me, is that they can become extremely repetitive after you have played several titles. This is why Judgment never appealed to me. Also, I am exasperated at this point of the interminable comparisons to Shenmue as they entirely different beasts. One is about wish fulfillment while the other is a spiritual journey.

I can understand that wanting a seamless transition in role-playing games is more intriguing than a menu system. It does make sense in these fantasy worlds that combat would be more similar to an action game. I guess it's just the fact that Dungeons and Dragons had a tremendous influence on the role-playing genre.

I like turn-based combat because it gives me time to think through my moves. As an introvert, I don't like being rushed to a decision, and quite honestly, my reflexes are not as good as they used to be (though they were never that great, to begin with). That being said, I do enjoy action role-playing games though.

I had no idea that it was Tenchu Z that 'killed' the franchise as I was under the mistaken impression that it was Shadow Assassins that did. In either case, with video games like Assassin's Creed, Shadow of the Ninja, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Shinobido, Aragami, etc providing a template for stealth and Metal Gear Rising and Sekiro providing a template for combat, I think Tenchu could make a major comeback. After all, it did not stop Ryu Ga Gotoku after Dead Souls.

When it comes to romance, I have two reasons. The first being that it is ubiquitous in everything. It has become so cliche that it's exhausting and shippers just exacerbate the problem. Not saying all shippers are insane, but I think you get what I am hinting at. I don't mind it in Shenmue because it feels sincere in comparison to other media. The second reason is a more personal one that I will not divulge to anyone, especially on the Internet where nothing disappears.

With games as a whole, outside of a few exceptions, I don't like playing with others. I know it's selfish of me, but I want to get lost in the world and forget reality. I simply can not do that if I have a constant reminder of said reality if that makes any sense.

As I said before, I appreciate your nuanced responses as you have my respect. This is the type of discussion I was hoping to foster to show that when people simply stop seeing each other as enemies and just listen, it can promote harmony. It's absurd that people will destroy each other over trivial things.

P.S. Since you like Ayame more than Rikimaru, I could give you my rare figure of her as I am more of a Rikimaru fan and she could use a good home for someone who will appreciate it more than I will.
 
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@danielmann861 can feel free to correct me here as he is more of an expert at Tekken than I will ever be. The reason I disagree with you about Tekken being superior to Virtua Fighter has to do with the mechanics more than entertainment value (which is more subjective). At high-level play, Tekken tends to emphasize particular strategies over others such as character counter-picking or wave dashing in Tekken Tag 1 rendering things such as the ten-hit combos null and void.

As I said in a previous post, what I enjoy is mechanical depth. The reason for that is I want to know how far I can push a game. The strategies in Virtua Fighter are immense and can change at any second. In other words, the only limit Virtua Fighter has is the players' imagination. On a side note, this is why I love stylish action titles like Devil May Cry, Ninja Gaiden, Godhand, Astral Chain, Metal Gear Rising, etc.
I wouldn't call myself an expert at Tekken by any means. I'm barely a red ranker and barely keep that rank and usually get demolished by higher rank players online. To my understanding, Tekken really just boils down to who can open up who first and who can take advantage of that with a juggle to death.

I still find high level VF play way more interesting than high level Tekken play though. The countering system in VF is just way more impressive to me and takes real skill to get the most out of. The grab system is way more interesting and vital in VF where as the grab system in Tekken sometimes feels after thought. I think the evade system is way more interesting in VF. VF is extremely hit-confirm heavy. Every hit really does matter in VF.

I like both games well enough, but I still find VF to be way more captivating and interesting. It's faster paced, less reliant on juggles and insanely impressive when watching high level players play it. Watching a high level Akira player pull off those counters is way more impressive to me than watching high level Tekken players juggle. Whereas Tekken can be a little too juggle heavy to the point where it feels more like a juggling game than a fighting game at times.

I like both though and think both do different things. But between the two? My heart will always lie with VF.
 
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The original PlayStation 3 has the best design from that generation to this generation. It looks good standing up or laying down. The slim versions and the PS4 are not ugly, but they don't stand out either. I have my PS4 hidden away in a corner because it doesn't look good on the shelf.

The PS5 is way too big but I appreciate it has been designed as something to display as opposed to a more incognito design.
 
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