The Video Game Media Is A Joke

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Would you give a game a great score if it was boring, repetitive and tedious? No, but a lot of journalists are giving Death Stranding great reviews. Death Stranding is a 6 at best. Yes, Death Stranding tries to be ambitious, however, it’s not well-executed. A lot of ‘positive’ reviews for Death Stranding have admitted the game is not fun to play. That is the point of video games! The video game media has shown itself for the joke they are. Here are other reasons that make the video game media, a joke.

Flash Over Substance
God of War is the perfect example. Ultra-simple puzzles, dumbed-down combat, and a focus on cinematics over gameplay. Look at the scores for games like Uncharted 4, Spiderman and Red Dead Redemption 2. All of these games have mediocre gameplay, but they have great presentations, and a strong story. The media falls for it every time. Games like Celeste, Dead Cells, and Hallowknight are much better games. They don’t get as good of reviews because they focus on gameplay. I am not saying video games shouldn’t have a good story, but it shouldn’t overshadow the gameplay. It is easy to let a story sweep you up and forget about the gameplay problems. If I wanted to watch a movie, I would boot up Netflix.

They’re For Dumbing Down Games
Monster Hunter World got the best reviews of any MH game to date. How pathetic is that? The game dumbed down the gameplay to oblivion. It took out a lot of classes, weapons, and monsters that made MHGU a great title. When PSP and 3DS Monster Hunter games have more content than a console game, that’s sad. Some critics slammed Xenoblade Chronicle 2’s combat for being too complex. Really? All the player has to do is figure out which elements chain together and you’ll create big combos that will help you defeat enemies. Seems like some gaming journalist doesn’t want to think while playing a game. I would hate to see these gaming journalists have to deal with a Rubix cube. Astral Chain got criticized for having deep combat and Fire Emblem got slammed (by a few) for not being fast-paced. At Least Fire Emblem isn’t boring like Death Stranding.

Final Thoughts
The whole media is a joke. Sports and political news are a disgrace, but you can add video games to that list as well. I have wanted to talk about this subject for a long time. The video game media has hurt really good games so they can promote more of the same. Especially from Sony. Most of Sony’s first-party games are the equivalent of Michael Bay movies. Loud, dumb, and have flash over substance. There is an uprising against the video game media. It’s about time! They have hurt video games for long enough. Let them go to a deserted island and watch reality shows forever. I want a video game, so I can have an interactive experience with fun gameplay that will make me happy.

Photo Courtesy of: https://news.game.co.uk/history-of-video-games/

Switch Lite Helps Boost Switch Sales To Nearly 600,000!

The Nintendo Switch sold nearly 600,000 units last week. According to VGchartz, I’ll put the link below. Thanks to Link’s Awakening and the Switch Lite. With releases like Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokemon Sword and Shield coming, the Switch will sell great through the holidays. I predict the Switch could sell 10-12 million units during the holidays. Bringing it’s yearly total to 19 million. PS4 will sell about 11 million and X-Box 8 million. For the year that is. Those are my predictions.

Link: http://www.vgchartz.com/article/440712/nintendo-switch-lite-boosts-switch-sales-to-nearly-600000-units-during-launch-week/

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.nintendo.com/switch/lite/

Why Dragon Quest XI S Will Be the Switch’s Best Selling 3rd Party Game

Even over Mario+Rabbids. I think Dragon Quest XI S will replace it as the Switch’s best selling 3rd party game. Here are 3 reasons why.

1: Japan

Dragon Quest is bigger than Final Fantasy in Japan. This game could top 2 million alone in Japan. Dragon Quest is only behind Pokemon Smash, and Splatoon when it comes to popularity. That’s quiet an accomplishment.

2: No Ordinary Port

This is like a new game. It has tons of new content, I will name a few of the new features. A 16-bit mode, new story elements, full Japanese voice acting, new creatures you can ride on, a horse racing mode and full orchestrated music. I haven’t touched the surface of the new content in this version. It’s staggering!

3: It’s a huge RPG you can play on the go.

Those are very popular on the Switch. Games like Skyrim and Diablo 3 have done big numbers on the Switch. Also, games like Octopath Travler, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and the Final Fantasy games have done great as well. This will be an attractive game to those consumers who need a new RPG itch to scratch.

Square put a lot of effort into this game. The graphics are close to the PS4 version and there are so much new content to warrent a purchase, even if you’ve bought it on the PS4. This will also show people who don’t think 3rd party games can sell on the Switch just how big a game like this can be. Buy this game Nintendo fans!

Sales projection:

Japan: 2.2 million

Europe: 700k

America: 1.2 million.

Other areas: 200k

Overall: 4.3 million physical and digital.

Links: https://gematsu.com/2019/06/dragon-quest-xi-s-list-of-additional-elements-and-improvements-dlc-voice-drama-and-more-detailed

https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/dragon-quest-xi-s-echoes-of-an-elusive-age-definitive-edition-switch/

https://nintendoeverything.com/dragon-quest-xi-s-switch-vs-ps4-comparison-screenshots/nggallery/image/comparison-2-3

Photo Courtesy of: https://nintendosoup.com/dqxi-s-surprise-announcement-set-for-january-1st-official-website-opened-prequel-manga-in-the-works/

Sony CEO says Consoles Are Niche Market!

It seems Sony’s new CEO doesn’t think consoles are a huge market. WCCTech published an interview with Sony’s CEO and he explained their partnership with Microsoft for their streaming service. He said the console market was a niche one. 100 Million PS4s is niche? Sony keeps loosing touch with their fans, and this is another sign that they’re out of touch.

It really does make you wonder what the PS5 is gonna be like. It seems Sony is eying streaming more for the future, so will they start to shift their focus to streaming? I wouldn’t if I was them. This doesn’t sound good for fans of the Playstation brand at all.

Link: https://wccftech.com/sony-ceo-partnership-microsoft-console-market-is-niche/

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1356689-REG/sony_3002337_playstation_4_console_1tb.html

Nintendo Switch Will Own 2019

According to the latest NPD, the Nintendo Switch won March easily. Not only that, but the Switch had the best first three months this generation. Even over Sony’s 2018. Get this? We haven’t gotten to Nintendo’s really big guns yet. Imagine what’ll happen when Mario Maker 2, Pokemon, Animal Crossing and more hit the shelves. Holy cow! Slay it Nintendo!

Photo courtesy of: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/nintendo-switch-32gb-console-neon-red-neon-blue-joy-con/5670100.p?skuId=5670100

Link: https://www.google.com/amp/s/wccftech.com/march-2019-npd-nintendo-switch-best-selling-platform-across-1st-quarter-and-outsells-ps4-and-xbox-in-march/amp/

Nintendo Switch Passes the Nintendo 64 in Lifetime Sales

According to Nintendo Life, the Switch has passed the N64 in lifetime sales. This is quite an impressive feat, but I think the Switch can pass one hundred million sales. The link to the article is below.

Photo courtesty of: https://www.target.com/p/nintendo-switch-with-neon-blue-and-neon-red-joy-con/-/A-52189185

Link: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/04/switch_overtakes_nintendo_64_lifetime_sales_according_to_new_estimates

500 Bucks For PS5?

There is a rumor going around that Review Tech USA did a video on. There is a rumor that the PS5 will cost 500 bucks when it comes out. This is a rumor, so we do not know if it’s true, but if it is, then the PS5 will cost 500 bucks. It seems like Sony is getting too arrogant, and they think they can do whatever they want. This is more anti-consumerism from Sony. Will you buy a PS5 if it is 500 bucks? I will put the links to the video and articles where this comes from.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wYd0MQS9SA

Links: https://comicbook.com/gaming/2019/04/15/ps5-playstation-5-price-release-date-specs/


https://money.cnn.com/2006/05/08/technology/ps3_pricing/

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.animatedtimes.com/rumor-playstation-5-price-leaks-and-it-aint-cheap/

BTW, the image is NOT what the PS5 looks like, they are only guessing. It is a mock up of what it might look like.