Final Fantasy VIII, aka the best Final Fantasy, is 20 years old today. Here’s our list article about that. So you thought you’d celebrate your 20th birthday by taking all your celestial god buds out for a drink, did you? Biggest mistake of your life, pal. Oh, sure, they’ll save your life from a time-travelling sorceress in a pinch, but when it comes to a night out, I’ve never seen a sorrier bunch of cheapskates in my entire life. Consider this your one and only warning before these mythical moochers take you for everything you’re worth. Cactuar Do not let the constant expression of benign idiocy on this spiky miscreant’s face fool you, for behind it waggles the silver tongue of a practised grifter. The Cactuar knows only two phrases. The first is “oooooooo”, and the second is “lend us a fiver please mate I’ve got a terrible thirst on from standing in the desert all day.” Go on. Give it a fiver. See what happens. Within … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy VIII’s GFs ranked in order of how much money they’d owe you after a night out
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R.B.I. Baseball 18 tries to be a fun arcade-style sports video game with some big features expected of so-called sim titles. And it winds up struggling with both goals. The third entry in an ongoing effort to revitalize a series best known for its glory on the Nintendo Entertainment System, RBI 18 doesn’t really enhance the gameplay we all enjoyed in the original as much as it recreates it. While the recreation is faithful, it feels primitive today. In R.B.I. Baseball 18, I got stuck in many animations as someone ran to the ball — particularly the pitcher, after getting hit on a drive back up the middle, which happens a lot. Unless the fielding is switched to assisted — which governs all movement, leaving the player to handle throws — there was no break on the ball and no automated switching of fielders, which are things I’ve come to expect. It’s not an onerous extra step, but I didn’t find that to be a smooth experience. R.B.I. Baseball 18 … [Read more...] about R.B.I. Baseball 18 strives for arcade and sim, and falls short of both
Ahh, mid-March, that wonderful time when spring is in the air and baseball fans are getting excited about the start of another Major League Baseball season. It's almost time. If you're thinking about picking up a baseball game this year, you might be wondering which one is right for you. To help you decide, we've put together a primer on this year's big baseball games covering what each one offers and everything else you need to know about them. Bear in mind that all of this information is based on what the game's respective publishers have said about each title. You may want to wait for reviews to pick up a game, but this should help you get started in thinking about what you want.MLB The Show 18What Is It? Sony's flagship sports franchise, MLB The Show, returns this year promising better visuals, smarter AI, custom batting stances, and more. With 2K's MLB 2K series canceled, Sony's 2018 game is the only one on the market that offers an authentic, simulation-style baseball experience … [Read more...] about Which Baseball Game Is Right For You?
After 20 years away, the R.B.I. Baseball video game series returned in 2014. A new game has been out every year since, and now 2018's title has been announced and detailed.RBI Baseball 18 launches in March for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Among the topline new features for this year's game are the Home Run Derby and Franchise modes. Also new for the sequel are new player models and animations, along with visual updates for the ballparks for things like lighting, textures, and crowds. In terms of the player model updates, the game has more than 300 "digitally modeled" player likenesses, in addition to "hundreds" of new animations including player-specific ones.As for the Franchise mode, this lets you control a team and do all the important things: make trades, sign free agents, draft rookies, etc. You can also mold a player and build their skills over time, eventually culminating in retirement. Franchise mode also lets you add "MLB Legends" to your roster; there are more than 100 … [Read more...] about RBI Baseball 18 Announced, Has Home Run Derby And Franchise Modes
The New York Yankees weren’t the first sports team to don pinstripes, but the distinctive pattern is as closely associated with the baseball club as it is with boardroom suits. The Yankees’ home uniform, a simple design featuring thin navy stripes on a white background, is an enduring classic: It has barely changed in more than a century. Basic though it is, the pinstriped design presents some challenges for the makers of baseball video games. In the kind of discussion that happens all the time at studios working on sports titles, the developers of R.B.I. Baseball at Major League Baseball Advanced Media were debating last fall how best to bring the Yankees’ uniform to life in the game. Areas where the pinstripes met a seam didn’t look quite right, so the team fetched some nearby reference material. “We walked down the hall to Billy, who does all of our merchandise stuff — he manages the shop, he gets all the jerseys through,” recalls Peter … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Why MLB decided to develop R.B.I. Baseball 18 itself