Recently, it seems the Xbox One has run into a lot of trouble. To name a few:
The Xbox One had a very rocky beginning, but normally that's no cause for alarm, since the PS3's bad start hardly took down SCE/SIE.
Xbox One's sales have been so slow that Microsoft doesn't personally release sales figures, but reports from EA show very disappointing numbers, and it doesn't seem unreasonable that the Switch could outsell it despite XBO getting a three-year head start on it.
Microsoft's exclusives have been a long string of disappointments, including the fading interest in Halo, Rare's latest game flopping hard, and other exclusive failures. As far as I can tell, Forza is pretty much the only exclusive they have left that's still attractive to gamers. PS4 and Switch are leaving XBO in the dust when it comes to quality exclusives.
To me, it looks like Microsoft is well aware that the Xbox One is a threat to the brand overall, and their pushes for backwards-compatibility and playable XBO games on Windows 10 could definitely be interpreted as attempts to salvage it. If the Xbox One becomes the last Xbox home console (and that's a big if), then I'd see it as a foregone conclusion; Microsoft's big success was its forward-thinking on online gaming communities, but aside from that, the Xbox line has just been lucky since then. It really hasn't had much else going for it from the beginning.
I don't think the Xbox is going anywhere, but it is clear that they've been struggling this generation.
I can only speak for myself, but I've always felt like the Xbox was the hardest to justify from a software perspective. A lot of its games are available on Playstation or Steam, and its exclusives aren't as strong as the competition. From a service perspective, I think Xbox Live speaks for itself as a triumph of their work in gaming.
Post by nocturnal YL on May 16, 2018 9:51:43 GMT -5
As someone who only cares about Japanese games for the most part, the Xbox practically doesn't exist. In the unlikely scenario that I have a sudden urge to want to play Xbox One games, I already have a Surface Pro 4 running Windows 10.
I don't know about the others, but the above pretty much sums up why the Xbox line of systems won't work for me.
Personally, I never liked the Xbox line to begin with, precisely because Windows PCs are a thing. I know there are legitimate reasons to want an Xbox, but in my mind, the Xbox stereotype are the ones who are after high-quality online FPS, which largely overlaps with the PC stereotype.
Xbox Live started the trend of paid online services that were eventually copied by Sony and Nintendo. Boo.
nocturnal YL: I'll be on a trip to Osaka between the 5th and the 12th. I still travel somewhat regularly, but it's been 4 years since I went to Japan in 2020 and 6 years since I went to Osaka specifically in 2018.
Jan 31, 2024 13:29:50 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Riviera: The Promised Land is getting a remaster on Switch. I was wondering what's happened to it after all those other Dept. Heaven games got Switch versions.
Feb 1, 2024 11:07:45 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'll leave soon. Like before, I'll have Internet connection and will check this place, but I won't bother logging in.
Feb 4, 2024 11:07:31 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I just found out that Atelier Ayesha DX has an out-of-bounds glitch, and it's very easy to get. That's the third game I've found something like that, after Meruru and Firis. There isn't much interesting to see, though. You just fall off and respawn.
Feb 15, 2024 12:42:55 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Almost at the end of Atelier Ayesha DX. Got everything in the base game, but the extras are incredibly difficult.
Feb 18, 2024 14:40:03 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'm not sure if I have enough remaining time to prepare for the extra battles (large amounts of items are involved, and restocking takes time). If I can't do it, I'll just end my playthrough. I didn't miss any story contents as far as I know.
Feb 18, 2024 15:26:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: The synthesis puzzles are fun and a bit difficult, and the time limit is quite tight. It generally feels close to Arland (but more complex). The story and UI aren't good in comparison, but this game is otherwise great. Comparable with Totori overall.
Feb 18, 2024 15:57:20 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Cool. Atelier Ayesha DX has a save data corruption glitch, and now I cannot even start the game.
Feb 20, 2024 12:46:12 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: It happened after I reached the ending. Something was off (the end credits did not show), and I looked around the Extra menu trying to launch it, and bam! Game crashed, and Launching the game now results in a black screen.
Feb 20, 2024 13:13:21 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: And I'm 100% sure it's save data corruption. Deleting the save data solved the problem, and restoring it would reinstate the issue.
Feb 20, 2024 13:14:49 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Ironically, I re-joined NSO to protect my Ciel nosurge DX save data, which ended up not needing it. I haven't closed my Atelier Ayesha DX session and have set my save data backup to fully manual. And it's this seemingly stable game that ended up failing.
Feb 20, 2024 13:46:19 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I hope you haven't lost too much.
Feb 20, 2024 15:15:25 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: That's the entire save file, about 70 hours of progress, possibly gone. I wrote to KOEI TECMO GAMES about that, but last time I told them about a Firis DX bug they replied "we could reproduce, but game is too old to reopen development", so I'm not hopeful.
Feb 20, 2024 15:23:25 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I almost 100% completed everything other than the original game's DLC or the Plus features too. Though I guess with better knowledge of the extra bosses, I'll be better prepared in a hypothetical 2nd run. Still prefer a proper New Game+ though.
Feb 20, 2024 15:28:16 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wow, and after you put all that time into it. That would really sour my impression of a game. Do you plan to redo everything?
Feb 20, 2024 18:17:54 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I think I'll most likely move on for now. Maybe I'll get back to it in the future; I'm thinking about replaying everything in the series at some point (since a few games have second-playthrough-only bonuses), which might be years from now.
Feb 21, 2024 9:13:09 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I started the demo for Unicorn Overlord. I've barely gotten into it, but it's already VERY impressive!
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