The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
16 days 18 hours
Dark Souls III
4 days 20 hours
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
4 days 9 hours
Sid Meier's Civilization V
3 days 5 hours
It exists because they get to sell a product with the HDR label for cheaper than any true HDR screen. It's purely a marketing ploy to sell a monitor with 'HDR compatibility' to the un-knowledgeable. There's no point in pretending people won't fall for this, many getting into PC gaming may fall for this pit-trap now.
It's cheap profits for the company. A grey area to market in, almost mis-advertising, but they can get away with it so they do. In just the same way companies label UHD (Ultra-HD) content to be the same as 4K, corporations will always find ways to cut corners and profit wherever they can.
"it's renown as THE worst perpetrator that abused Steams Early Access system"
Oh what a load of nonsense. Yes the Scorched earth thing was a mistake. But even notoriously harsh critics like Jim Sterling have said that Ark was an early access good citizen, compared to the absolute oceans of companies that actually exploited early access as an excuse to ship crap.
By 'the Scorched earth thing', are you referring to the time they tried to sell DLC for an unreleased title? Yeah, that was a form of daylight robbery. I hadn't even considered that on my original post, so thanks for strengthening my point.
Sorry but I wouldn't refer to Jim Sterling as a game critic in just the same way I wouldn't refer to VideoGameDunkey or Yahtzee as critics. They air footage on YT for public entertainment and very little else. Rarely if ever are these 'critics' trying to review a game, but instead are either conforming with their viewers (in hunt of likes) or standing against the general public (as a form of controversy, increased views). Go find a provider of information rather than clickbait. Be it IGN, PCG, Metacritic or hell the publics opinion through Steam reviews; it makes no difference to me where you source from. There is a reason the title gets so much hate.
My opinion on Hall's comments being fair and the price hike being ridiculous is nothing to do with the amount of content in the game. Sure, you can account for the fact that there is enough content there to fuel a game and 3 DLCs, but that doesn't fix the un-optimized mess Wildcard want to sell at AAA prices. It's a 2 year old game-engine now, trying to flog new players a price as if they're releasing a new anticipated title.
To go back to flagship games of it's time (they chose to compete with these titles by hiking the price to this level), they're up against titles such as TW3, MGS5 and Tomb Raider (all at most half the price for games with better graphics and better optimization).
Compare it to titles of 2016 and you get Overwatch, Dark Souls and Battlefield 1 to flagship the lists. Again, better graphics, better optimization, none over three fifths of ARKs new price.
Bring it to modern games, argue that this is ARKs release date now, so these'll be the titles it'll be competing against for sales. It's up against Destiny 2, Middle Earth 2 and a new Uncharted game. The flagships are releasing at the same time, but there is so little that ARK offers beyond these flagship experiences.
Maybe I'm thinking about their project the wrong way, I shouldn't be comparing ARK to all these AAA companies titles, but instead against other games of it's multiplayer survival genre. Games like PUBG, H1Z1, Minecraft, Hurtworld and Don't Starve. All half the price and ALL perform far better than the mess that is ARK. You've invested enough hours to know the performance problems ARKs rain-forest gives. The flawed Dinosaur AI systems and the woeful server management. If you still believe that this price change was fair, warranted or appropriate, there is nothing else I can do to tell you otherwise.
It's not like people don't know Blizzard... As a title it's been around just as long (if not longer) than Battle.net. For those who know the latter, they also know the former. This is not always true the other way round.
For blank space, I agree though. Anyone seen Sky Q's interface? a third of the menu screen is left blank permanently where they sell out with the Sky logo. That's a case of the UI/UX designers being lacking in the UX part of the job rather than a preference towards blank space, but the point still gets across.
With the upcoming addition of Destiny 2 to the Blizzard App's ranks, they've done a good job already of making sure the app doesn't look empty. It gives room to grow into the future, without forcing themselves out into the Steam-sized list management.
You missed some good stuff man! Tennant was great but so was Matt Smith - maybe even better. I'm also a huge Capaldi fan, so it's a shame his scripts were a bit inconsistent, but the last two episodes of season nine were as good as the show has ever been.
I could never relate to Banana face (Smith), always felt like his narrative was forcing DW away from the tried and tested success we had. I'm sure my opinion here is contrasting to many (he was popular enough to get multiple seasons of his own), maybe if I questioned him less I could have enjoyed the show more.
Capaldi was better than Smith for me, but he lacked the magic Tennant offered back in the day. Who could forget his introduction to the Weeping Angels, or heaven forbid a mention of the Empty Child! It's been a while now since I last watched one of his episodes, but in my memory there wasn't a story arc I didn't glue myself too. Nostalgia can be a strong tool and Tennant has held me hostage for a long time now :P
Yeah, the tech companies have been chasing dollar-parity pricing for an age, and with the collapse of Sterling they've got their wish :(
You can craft just fine without crafting bag. I haven't even fully updated my bank yet and have no issues to speak of. Sure my bank is full but I have so much room in my inventory. Just get rid of the lower tier materials. If someone needs you to craft something they will also provide the materials.
But yeah I'm not spending my crowns on instance only DLCs. Then again Morrowind + DLC 15€ wasn't big deal to me.
Honestly, I get your hesitancy, but it's genuinely amazing.