Bald-faced News 4/15/17: Too Much Good Stuff

Light on news, but heavy on Persona. Persona 5 continues to steal my time, Nintendo makes a pointless decision, and Titanfall 2 just keeps getting better.

What was Played

I’m now over 60 hours into Persona 5 and going strong. I feel I’m in the home stretch, but I’ve heard that this game is close to 100 hours long, so who knows. The localization of some lines of dialogue is really jarring, given how competent the rest of the script is. P5’s main cast of loveable losers might be my favorite Persona squad, but P5’s side characters really outshine the past games. That isn’t to say that the side characters in P3 and 4 were terrible across the board, the terminally sick man in the park from P3 is one of my favorite social links in all these games. But P5 goes out of its way to put these characters in out of the way locations, and to give you a reason to interact with them. In Persona 4 Golden only your investigation team had gameplay elements tied to their social links, but P5 ties mechanics to nearly all of your confidants. Want cheaper medicine? Hang out with the punk rock doctor. Want different tactics options in battle? Play shogi at the church. This may diminish the importance of hanging out with your teammates in some people’s eyes, but so far I’m finding all the confidants to be interesting and fun. Except that arcade kid, screw him.


Overwatch: Uprising

Overwatch continues its tradition of putting out events with a couple of great new skins, and a ton of useless sprays no one wants. Uprising is the new co-op mode similar to the Junkenstein mode from the Halloween event. In the new mode, players have to capture three points, and guide a payload. As with Junkenstein, there are only four characters to choose from: Tracer, Torbjorn, Mercy, and Reinhardt. But the best thing to come out of this is D.Va’s new highlight intro.


Nintendo Discontinues the NES Classic Edition

As if it wasn’t rare enough, Nintendo has decided that April will be the last month of new shipments of NES Classics to North America. According to Nintendo, the NES Classic wasn’t supposed to be available for an extended period of time, but its popularity caused Nintendo to put out extra shipments.

Nintendo never stated that the NES Classic was a limited or special console, it was always sold as “here’s this new retro console”, not a collector’s item. Nintendo has always had a problem with meeting market demand when it comes to physical merchandise, and this will be remembered by the public if they ever decide to release a “SNES Classic” down the road.

Titanfall 2 Future DLC

Titanfall was one of the best games of last year, and they just keep adding stuff to it. We’ve got teases of a new titan coming, as well as confirmation of more maps coming. Relic (remake) and Glitch are coming soon, as are two new Live Fire maps. Despite not selling very well, TF2 was extremely well received by fans and critics, and it’s great to see EA and Respawn throwing their weight behind it.

VA-11 HALL-A Update

VA-11 HALL-A still isn’t available on the Vita.



What’s on the Plate

I’m going to beat Persona 5 and then go right into New Game+. Maybe I’ll squeeze in some of that Overwatch or Titanfall 2. Thanks for reading, and have a great week.

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