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  1. This is an interesting topic in my opinion. This game called Starlink: Battle for Atlas has my attention, but I have so many questions and I figured I would see what all of you thought. So, this game appears to be a sci-fi ship-battle based game with an added element that has me scratching my head. The game has a feature that involves building your space ship out of actual model parts and fixing it onto your controller. The ships have interchangeable parts that can be swapped out during gameplay as needed. Parts and weapons can be upgraded as well. I just wonder if this part of the game is an absolute must, or if it is just an optional added feature to entice a wider audience. Here is my take: I love sci-fi. I love ship battles. I love building models. But this seems kind of gimmicky to me. The ship seems awkward perched atop a controller and I'm not sure how that works with the joycon attached to the console. An attempt to have hardware for sale to increase revenue reminds me of Skylanders or Amiibo figures. The idea/ storyline behind this game along with the subject matter and art design have me very interested, but the toy aspect of it has me a bit lost. I understand that they may be trying to reach a younger audience of children who would be interested in collecting and playing with all of these ships, and the 11 year old in me is a little interested in that aspect, but ultimately I believe that games should be games and toys should be toys. Don't get me wrong; I still build the occasional Lego set and I have more than a couple Japanese robots from certain anime guarding my bookshelves, but to have a toy that is required to play the game sounds really bogus to me. I do not know if it is in fact a REQUIREMENT for play, but I would be more excited about the game if this toy-model aspect was left out. On of the ships can be seen below attached to a joycon grip controller. What do all of you think?

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