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Re: It's a thread! (Games discussion, etc.)
« Reply #420 on: January 03, 2018, 09:55:19 am »
Though I can't figure out why some characters (Rex, Pyra, Nia) are anime-style while others (Vandham, townsfolk, the bad guys) are rendered naturally.

Found out Monolithsoft contracted various artists to supply character designs, so they'd have a wider variety of character designs.

Including everyone's favorite VIPER-related artist, Takahiro Kimura of V16 Rise, F40, and GTB fame.  Yesterday I acquired Perun, one of the blade characters he designed. How neat that all this stuff comes full circle.

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Re: It's a thread! (Games discussion, etc.)
« Reply #421 on: February 06, 2018, 08:52:18 pm »
Been a bit busy, but i finally had time to finish my 2017 GOTY list. What a great year it was! Can't remember the last time i bought so many new games on day 1.

10. Aim for the Ace! -- B
9. Rayman Origins -- B
8. Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap -- B+
7. Dead Connection -- B+
6. Bravely Default -- B

5. Zero Team -- B+
4. E.V.O. - The Theory of Evolution -- C+
3. Breath of the Wild -- A
2. Splatoon 2 -- B+
1. Mario Odyssesy -- A+

Can't find much fault with Mario Odyssey. From top to bottom its incredibly polished, which isn't a word i usually associate with open world games. Exploring every nook and cranny felt compelling and the countless nods to Mario's history left a big smile on my face. Definitely a game i will return to.

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Re: It's a thread! (Games discussion, etc.)
« Reply #422 on: March 09, 2018, 08:14:22 pm »
Latest Nintendo Direct pros & cons.

I'm not much for the series but Super Smash Bros should excite some folks. I think we kind of knew this was coming though.  Switch was going to need one, its due for a new edition, and Nintendo needed something for the November-Christmas timeframe anyway, so.. yeah. Curious if it'll have a new 3DS port though like the last game.  Inkling Boy and Girl would make excellent additions to the cast, as would some new heroes/villians introduced since the last games like Lana & Cia from Hyrule Warriors, Rabbid Mario & Peach (forget Luigi & Yoshi), Rex from Xenoblade 2, and maybe even Captain Toad.

Boos, confusion and disgust that Nintendo is skipping the best in the series, Partners in Time, to move ahead to the third game in the Mario and Luigi series for the next remake. Bowsers Inside Story in my opinion was also the worst of the five, so I'm much less enthused about this game. A new sixth entry would be more welcome.

Better Boos (and of a different type) for the Luigi's Mansion remake.  When they made Dark Moon I kind of wondered if a remake was on horizon because its what, 15 years old now?  This one has me interested, though as I recall its not a very long game, 10 hours or so at most, so that has me a bit concerned. (I'd really like to see Super Mario Sunshine remade on 3DS though.)

Good to finally know when Octopath Traveller arrives.  Maybe I'll finally be done with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 by then. (XC2 is far and a way the looooongest game I've ever played. I'm closing in on 300 hours and still haven't finished it.  Good but too damn long and way too much micromanaging in the menus.)  The all black case with off white lettering is eerily reminiscent of the Bravely Default games though.

I hope Captain Toad for 3DS is effectively same as the Wii U/Switch games are.  Had eye on Wii U version for a while but never dropped in price so I kind of moved on and quit caring.  It seems like the kind of game that would be better on 3DS than on TV console anyway.  Not encouraging that it comes out the same day as Octopath Traveller though (July 13)

I don't want a second remake of Hyrule Warriors. Ok if you missed it first time around on Wii U or second time around on 3DS, but would prefer a sequel to another port. I get what Nintendo's doing (or rather KoeiTecmo), porting underappreciated Wii U stuff to Switch, but as a standalone game it seems a little dry at this point.  Generally not so good to upward port without something new to offer either.  Maybe if it were packaged free with a sequel though, like the similar Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2 were (both games in that series being released since Hyrule Warriors was, as well)

Still no word on Dragon Quest XI for either Switch or 3DS. :cry

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Re: It's a thread! (Games discussion, etc.)
« Reply #423 on: March 22, 2018, 05:13:30 am »
Incredibly happy with the Octo expansion announcement as a diehard Splatoon fan ;D

The second game had a paper thin story compared to the first, so i'm quite eager to dive in and hopefully get more answers about the Splatoon universe (which takes place after the fall of mankind much like Pikmin).

As for Smash, well, the series lost me after Melee. Weird as it may sound but i much prefer to play my fighters on a dpad, and Smash doesn't have a good dpad control scheme (its very gimped compared to using the standard analog control).

Missed on a lot of great games in the twilight years of the Wii U as well as the 3DS. Captain Toad and the Bayonettas are absolutely on my play list.

I played thru Luigi's Mansion for the first time a couple years ago. Doesn't look like there are any significant graphically upgrades, so i'll pass. Very delightful game that i regret passing on cause it wasn't the Mario launch game i wanted.

Absolutely salivating to play Octopath, but before that i feel compelled to play Bravely Second before jumping on that game. They're not connected but there's a lineage there after playing thru the Octopath demo.


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Re: It's a thread! (Games discussion, etc.)
« Reply #424 on: March 23, 2018, 05:00:47 pm »
(which takes place after the fall of mankind much like Pikmin).
Really? I interpreted it as humans were around, but where Olimar landed humans just didn't pay much attention and don't know pikmin or one inch tall aliens were around. (Kind of like Nintendo between Pikmin 2 and 3 - way too long a series hiatus between those two.)

If human's were gone, they sure weren't gone for very long because I seem to remember batteries, paper objects and other elements that would decay very rapidly (<15 years) after humans left them.

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Re: It's a thread! (Games discussion, etc.)
« Reply #425 on: April 02, 2018, 01:14:45 pm »
Looks like i was wrong. The newest Pikmin game on 3DS states that humans have moved to a different planet. Prior to that Miyamoto was quoted with saying humans have gone extinct.

I completely forgot about 3DS Pikmin game. Need to play that sometime.


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Re: It's a thread! (Games discussion, etc.)
« Reply #426 on: June 04, 2018, 05:50:08 pm »
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Mario Tennis Aces testfire was great! Wasn't planning to get the game, but i'm convinced after thoroughly testing the demo. It fulfills that fighting game itch i've had for a while that DBFZ didn't quite satisfy for me.

Some folks say the game has too much depth with all the new mechanics, but i always found the series to be quite lacking due to the nature of tennis as a sport. There's only so much you can do compared to Golf.

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Re: It's a thread! (Games discussion, etc.)
« Reply #427 on: June 12, 2018, 10:37:21 pm »
E3 thoughts so far.

Good to see Microsoft finally coming out of the cold. Its been a rough two years with very little to get excited about, but dropping both Halo (due for its three year checkup) and Gears (a year early) certainly helps.  Halo 6 needs to be better than 5 though.  Bringing the Halo artifacts back into it is a good start.  I sure hope they don't screw up either or make them exclusive to the X models.

I haven't really checked in on Sony yet.  I presume this is the year we'll finally see the Final Fantasy 7 remake? Maybe? Everybody thought so last year, too though.  It's been touted for over 2 and a half years now so its time to deliver or risk becoming a Vaporware title.  September release of Dragon Quest 11 makes me happy though.  I'm not so upset by loss of 3DS version but think Square should have brought the Switch version to Japan by now to make up for the cut.

Is Nintendo keeping all the 3DS stuff for tomorrow? Only game they've noted as 3DS is Captain Toad, even though they've already said Luigi's Mansion and Bowser's Inside Story remakes are on the way. No Metroid Prime 4 preview yet either, which we all expect is coming.

I'm less enthused about Super Smash Bros Ultimate than I thought I'd be. I'm not that into fighting games but curious to see what Nintendo does with each SSB release.  This one seems a little.. meh. Having every former character return (including the ones I didn't think we'd see again, like Snake) is pretty cool, but only two new character forms (Inkling and Ridley) makes it by far the lightest upgrade over previous edition, character-wise.  Adding Daisy makes three if you want to count her, even though she's a copy of Peach.  Seems like either a missed opportunity to add a lot of new characters, or a very clever plot to add a bunch as paid DLC. Some of the characters I was expecting this time around still show up as assists, but deserve playable treatment. For example, Waluigi, Bomberman, and Midna. I also noticed Riki (from Xenoblade Chronicles) in there as well, who would make an interesting second character from the Xenoblade series, but not as interesting as Fiora from XBC1, or a Tora/Poppi combo from XBC2. Also rather telling, license-wise, that they couldn't bring in Lana and/or Cia from Hyrule Legends as they'd make great characters (particularly Lana.)  In similar fashion, Rabbid Peach would make a hilarious addition.  Still no Animal Crossing characters except Villager? (I don't really care for Animal Crossing series, but its got a huge number of characters from which to draw.)  And not a single character from ARMS? (Someone from ARMS has almost certainly got to be DLC though. I also expect to see Rex from XBC2 as DLC.) I also would like to see Luigi distinguished from Mario by pairing him with the Poltergust vacuum as his attack weapon, making him an odd cross between Mario and Kirby.  And eight colors of Inklings but only green Yoshis?
:greenyoshi :redyoshi :blueyoshi :greenyoshi :purpleyoshi :brownyoshi

Octopath Traveler still looks neat but I maintain it seems like it would have been better for the 3DS.  I'm still concerned its eight stories of 100+ hours each, which is too damn long. Each story needs to be 50 hours or less, which may be limiting these days.  Will need to try out the demo for greater clarity.

I'm not sure I'm up for another 300+ Xenoblade story so soon.  I thought it was going to be a side chapter or DLC worth 20-50 hours, but they're releasing it as a whole separate game.  The idea as a prequel featuring the Torna War with Addam and Lora as the heroes is the perfect setting though and has me more interested than I thought.

A new Mario Party is not very surprising.  Rebooting the series instead of another version increment is though, and a welcome change. It was getting to the point that each new version didn't really distinguish itself enough from the previous one. (Beware of following suit, Mario Kart.)

I want more Mario+Rabbids, but I'll have to see how they price the DLC. $10 maybe. $20 or more, I think I'll pass.

Not sure the "Lets Go" titles for the new Pokémon games are all that exciting. Are they mainline games or one-offs? If mainline, why aren't they named something like Pokémon Adjective-Color-Letter-Gemstone like all the previous ones?

No Animal Crossing sequels on the horizon. I don't care, but I read an article a few weeks back that pointed out the last one was 2013. The series seems to have gone the way of F-Zero and Kid Icarus.

Really hoping for some 3DS surprises tomorrow. Super Mario Sunshine is my longshot hope. We haven't had a true Mario series title on the 3DS since.. New SMB 2 in 2012 believe it or not. I don't count Mario Maker as its a totally different style. To be honest, a New SMB 3 game that was bundled with New 3DS systems would certainly help keep the sales going a bit longer.  If the 3DS slate turns out to be just Luigi's Mansion, Bowser's Inside Story, and Captain Toad (all remakes) then I think we can nail the coffin shut on the 3DS.
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Re: It's a thread! (Games discussion, etc.)
« Reply #428 on: July 18, 2018, 04:16:30 am »
Nintendo's E3 this year was a disappointment, but i'm over it. My biggest concern still remains unanswered, and that has to do with the soon-to-launch online service for the Switch; I honestly can't tell how serious Ninty plans to go in on this. Giving us some old roms is nice, but as a Splatoon 2 player who has poured over 800 hours into the game, what i want the most are dedicated servers and a hacker detection system. Not too much to ask for given the wild success of the series (especially in Japan).

Sony's Press Conference was okay. Was very kooky at first but it eventually panned out. The animation from The Last of Us segment was absolutely insane for how natural and lifelike the movement was.

Microsoft delivered the goods and then some. Not too many exclusives, but its gnarly they're releasing a Halo and Gears sequel in the same year. There was a lot of buzz around Cyberpunk in the media. Been quite a long time since i played a good game with a cyberpunk, so i'm really pumped up for it. Biggest surprise for me at that conference was lil indie game called Tunic. Such wonderful music and a cool graphical style wrapped up in (classic) Zelda-like gameplay.

Here were my top 5 games at that E3 in no particular order:

- Resident Evil Remake 2
- Tunic
- Soul Calibur 6
- Smash Ultimate
- Beyond Good & Evil 2

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Re: It's a thread! (Games discussion, etc.)
« Reply #429 on: July 18, 2018, 05:54:45 pm »
Big N had a lot to show for Switch, but the only video they ever showed for 3DS was Captain Toad, and only because it has a Switch version, too. Even several days after E3, there were no videos or even screenshots of Luigi's Mansion of Bowsers Inside Story, as if they didn't even exist.  Clear indication to me that N is ready to move on from 3DS series and focus solely on Switch. I'd love to see a new Toon Zelda or Mario game on the 3DS sometime in the next year or so, but no longer think it likely.

I'd forgotten the Nintendo online service bits.  You're right that they didn't give much details, though it bothers me less than most gamers as I much prefer solo play to team or online.

Also, no details about that Nintendo 64 classic that is almost certainly on the horizon but I'll give them credit for being tight lipped about that and keep focus on the new stuff.


Microsoft may have a big year in 2019, but might be back to idling again in 2020.  The problem is a new Halo game should have come along already, with Gears the following year, as has been the schedule so far.

Sony has a real blockbuster on their hands with Last of Us 2. The first so exceeded expectations its sort of become *the* poster child for the PS4. But beside that and upcoming Dragon Quest, I'm a little meh on its upcoming selection right now.


Outside of consoles, Prime Day earlier this week kicked me into gear to build a new workstation PC. I don't play much on my PC, but trying the new BattleTech game on Steam in April showed me how far behind the times my hardware is.  I was lucky to get a puny five or six FPS out of it, even with lowest graphics settings available. Effectively unplayable so time for upgrades.

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Re: It's a thread! (Games discussion, etc.)
« Reply #430 on: September 15, 2018, 02:22:16 am »
Not playing DQ 11, JGOO?

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« Reply #431 on: September 15, 2018, 09:21:27 am »
Very soon. I've been meaning to tackle the BotW DLC first, for which I'm about half done, and finish BATTLETECH, for which I'm at the final planet.  I'll probably start DQ11 this weekend to get a taste but don't want to get hooked until Zelda and BT are out of the picture. (I'd also like to get back to StarFox2 since getting that SNES Classic but that's been on hold, too.)

And of course, Star Control drops in a few days, complicating matters further. :undecided

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« Reply #432 on: September 19, 2018, 11:54:11 pm »
Wowzers :purpletoad Can't believe you got 600 hours between BotW and Xeno 2

I'm surprised you're not exausted from playing all these massive games :larry

I'll probably get Smash. Honestly i'm not too big on the gameplay of the series, but it doesn't hurt to try again i guess.

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« Reply #433 on: September 23, 2018, 03:55:57 pm »
Well I kept getting bogged down in the Zelda late game with non-game junk and started over a few times, most recently again to see if doing certain tasks, particularly freeing the beasts in a different order, had any outcome on story.

And Xenoblade is just too damned long. I stopped somewhere in the 300-350 hour range and still didn't finish it.  Nintendo sent me some bonus items lately to promote replaying for the Torna prequel/add-on/DLC/something-or-other (I'm not really sure how to classify it.) Maybe if those 15 legendary crystals finally get me the rare blade I'm missing I could finish it off this winter. I'm maybe 90, or 95% there, but the game mechanics screw you over for trying to 100% certain things like a full rare blade collection and the subsequent extra quests and storyline development. Everyone wants to full blade set and to play all the quests, and it used to be reasonable to do so but they patched the game to make it extraordinarily difficult (making the last rare blade need from like a 1% chance to obtain down to a 0.02% chance.)


But DQ11 is on my plate first. I've got 15-20 or so hours into it this week and without divulging any spoilers, I've reached the port city in the south after passing through the desert area. I have to say though that I'm not all that impressed story-wise. Compared to the excellent DQ8, the story is flat, straightforward, not all that funny, and the characters are relatively uninteresting and underdeveloped, with exception to why the mage/sage character is so young. The thief and jester haven't revealed much about their pasts that wasn't already obvious, and the healer/cleric hasn't provided any substance yet.  At this point in DQ8, you've heard all the character's backstories, helped them resolve some issues, and moved on to the goal at hand (and a bit of fan service from Jessica to boot.)  Been several years since DQ9, but I'm certain it moved along much faster, too. The environment really looks pretty though and as always I appreciate the naming puns and cultural oddities present in each town you visit.  My favorite so far is a village where every local resident speaks in haikus. Right now I give it a D+ but there's plenty of time for it to improve.