Why Square Enix Is Carving Its Games To Bits (The Jimquisition)

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Two years ago, The Jimquisition said Square Enix was planning to break its games into pieces. Here we are with a carved-up Final Fantasy VII remake and Hitman.

So today, I go back to my sources and find out even more. Why is Square Enix doing this? What was the great panic at the end of the last generation that led to more episodic content? And why are there so many remastered rereleases?

The Jimquisition has the answer.

Counterpoint: Regarding Active-Time Battle Systems

This week’s Jimquisition on Active-Time Battles generated a lot of heated discussion – some agreed with me that ATB was a fine tradition that aged well, while others believed it had its day in the Sun and Square Enix is right to move away from such things.

Among the feedback I received was an excellent rebuttal from Em D. Being a solo operation, this site doesn’t have much of a window for dissenting opinion, but Em’s response was interesting enough that I thought it’d be nice to publish – with permission, of course.

While I maintain my respect for Active-Time Battle, and believe it still has a place, I loved this insightful response. Take it away, Em!

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The Jimquisition: Active-Time Prattle

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With Final Fantasy VII Remake abandoning the Active-Time Battle system for a more action-oriented approach, the time has come to discuss whether or not traditional JRPG battles really are “dated.”

Are they dated, or is it just something the industry decided one day? What exactly is wrong with Active-Time and turn-based combat systems? I, for one, can’t say I see what makes them so distasteful.

Metabombed: Just Cause 3 Is “A Boring Piece Of Buggy Beta”

Opinions have been quite split over Avalanche’s long-awaited Just Cause 3. Some people are loving it, others are hating it – I was fairly lukewarm on the whole thing myself, which is a shame.

If you really want to see extreme opposite opinions though, you need look no further than Metacritic’s user review section, where you’ll find more 10s and 0s than you could ever dream of! Oh, you better believe Just Cause 3 is the latest release to get METABOMBED!

PC gamers have taken to the user reviews in order to express their frustration at a buggy and poorly optimized launch, though the gameplay itself has suffered a fair few criticisms too. Rico Rodriguez is, sadly, not grappling his way out of this one.

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The Bullshit Roundup: Microtransactions In Tomb Raider And Halo 5, Star Wars: Battlefront‘s $50 Season Pass

A lot of bullshit happens in the game industry and I get inundated with references to this bullshit whenever it does. People want to see a new Jimquisition video every time the latest “AAA” game has microtransactions or some garbage downloadable content.

The main problem is, my video series often already has episodes that apply entirely to whatever new scandal has occurred, meaning all I’d end up doing would be rewording a prior video with some names changes.

However, it IS important to call this trash out whenever it happens. Since I no longer post on a news blog, I thought it’d be fun to do a semi-regular feature that collects the latest nonsense from major publishers and presents them with scorn. I may be beating the proverbial dead horse every time I do one, but I say the horse is alive as long as companies continue acting like cocks.

Please enjoy our latest editorial adventure, The Bullshit Roundup!

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