We're less than one month away from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain . Anyone excited?

I've missed Dragon Quest

When I heard Dragon Quest XI would be available on PlayStation 4 , it got me reminiscing about Dragon Quest VIII on PS2 and just how great that game was.

I remember it being very long; I think it would probably take at least 50 hours just to finish the main campaign, and that doesn't include doing any extra stuff. I think I ended up putting around 120 hours into it – did everything, including that trial at the end – and it became one of my all-time favorites. And actually, I think it's a perfect example of a game that could exist today, if the entire world wasn't convinced that a turn-based mechanic is simply inferior. If you will recall, the world of DQVIII was actually huge; it wasn't exactly a sandbox but it was definitely open-world. You could explore almost to your heart's content and the progression was perfect.

If you wanted to update it for modern consumption, you could just take out the random encounters and use the system from Final Fantasy XII (and other RPGs), where you'd see the enemies in real-time in the battlefield, but engaging them would be a semi-separate event. I just wonder if it's too "Japanese" for the Western world these days. If DQXI wants to help rejuvenate a declining genre , it's going to have to walk the tightrope between satisfying hardcore fans and appealing to new Western gamers. That'll be a challenge.

"Dramatic changes" is really all we need to know, isn't it?

I guess everyone is still anxiously awaiting gameplay of the Final Fantasy VII Remake but I've sort of stopped caring. The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced they'll ruin it. They can say they "won't turn it into a shooter" but honestly, the fact that they even made such a comment shows just how out-of-touch that company is. Nobody thinks they're going to turn FFVII into a shooter. It's a joke. The reason people might say it as a joke is because they know Square Enix is almost inevitably going to make a true classic faster and dumber. Faster and dumber is the calling card of most entertainment these days, and you just know that's the sort of treatment FFVII is going to get. They say we can expect "dramatic changes" and that's all I need to know, right there.

I get that it's a remake and not a remaster. But let's face it; the only people who are going to buy this are the lifelong FFVII fans. You might get a few interested stragglers but the overwhelming majority of those who will buy the Remake have been fans of FFVII for years and years. You say you're going to implement "dramatic changes" and yet, the game will still be recognizable. That doesn't make much sense, Square Enixm and on top of which…nobody believes you, anyway.

Personal gaming update

The Zombie Army Trilogy was mostly a waste of time, but I did complete another play-through of Journey , which will be my last for a while. There's nothing left to do in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt , as everything is done. I'm Lv. 37 with the full set of Mastercrafted Wolven Armor and the Mastercrafted Wolven Silver and Steel Swords, and all the quests and question marks are done (with the exception of the Gwent stuff, which I just didn't like). Even that Lv. 42 Archgriffin in Skellige is dead. Guess all I can do now is wait for the expansions, and for a patch so I can finish the remaining two side missions that are still bugged.

I should have a review for Q.U.B.E.: Director's Cut early this week. That might be good. And I'll be starting Rogue Galaxy .