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by Magical_Isopod
January 25th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 8981
Views: 1109110

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

Wolfenstein, the newer ones, are really hard to recommend. The first one is BETTER from a gameplay standpoint, but it becomes a wave-based shooter with VERY few checkpoints pretty quickly. The story is fantastic, but the gameplay... Honestly, not much to write home about. It's not bad, but I found i...
by Magical_Isopod
January 25th, 2020, 12:06 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 8981
Views: 1109110

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

I've legit had lots of dreams about games - some just using fragmentary elements, some total experiences. Perhaps the scariest one I've had in recent memory was last year, when I had an Apex Legends dream in first person. But I was physically there. And the danger was very real. I was hiding in the ...
by Magical_Isopod
January 24th, 2020, 11:30 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Retro gaming
Replies: 796
Views: 77822

Re: Retro gaming

Hello fellow gamers, Does anyone know of a good technical documentary - video preferred, but written is fine too - that explains how so many Famicom Disk games wound up being ported to the Western NES (which didn't have disk support)? I know the Famicom/NES was a potato from a technology standpoint,...
by Magical_Isopod
January 20th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Retro gaming
Replies: 796
Views: 77822

Re: Retro gaming

That's super interesting RE the NES. So you're essentially able to go way past the console's capability. Kinda-sorta. If you think about it in ultra-distilled terms, the connection between system and cartridge is merely a transfer of I/O - inputs and outputs. So long as you're supplying sufficient ...
by Magical_Isopod
January 20th, 2020, 2:22 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Retro gaming
Replies: 796
Views: 77822

Re: Retro gaming

I've started watching this really interesting series called Chrontendo, which is a chronological review of every single NES/Famicom game, well, in order of release. Now I typically don't have much reverence for NES games, like, at all. For me, I think the NES is simply too primitive - if I were 10 y...
by Magical_Isopod
January 19th, 2020, 11:32 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Top 25 Shmups of All Time (Shmups Forum)
Replies: 13
Views: 193

Re: Top 25 Shmups of All Time (Shmups Forum)

Einhander is very good, but it's also very different. Its absolute most important element is the music - it's phenomenal. But more specifically, it's how the music is so perfectly cammed to the pace of the game - it cuts in and out at precisely the right moment, and there's one section in particular...
by Magical_Isopod
January 19th, 2020, 10:21 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 8981
Views: 1109110

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

I dipped on Control after watching some reviews, because it seems like even the "payoff" is not something I'm especially interested in.

I started playing Metroid Prime 3 though and you know what? Freaking excellent. I'm going in totally blind, and it's surprising me. Not at all what I expected.
by Magical_Isopod
January 19th, 2020, 10:04 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Top 25 Shmups of All Time (Shmups Forum)
Replies: 13
Views: 193

Re: Top 25 Shmups of All Time (Shmups Forum)

I don't feel that I've done a deep enough dive into SHMUPs to make a Top 25, but for sure, I prefer the old-school style (the ones before bullet hell). Some of my favourites include: - Einhander (easily my favourite SHMUP) - Thunder Force 4 - every single Raiden game not called Raiden III or Raiden ...
by Magical_Isopod
January 19th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: What's Out This Week?
Replies: 1916
Views: 286410

Re: What's Out This Week?

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – January 21 Temtem – Steam Early Access (PC) – January 21 Kingdom Hearts 3: Re Mind DLC (PS4, Xbox One) – January 23/25 Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD (Switch) - January 23 The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners (PC) - January 23 Utawarer...
by Magical_Isopod
January 19th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 8981
Views: 1109110

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

I rented Control and.... I have no idea what to think. It plays well, but 2 hours in I'm getting massive "style over substance" vibes. Everything happening on the screen is cool, but it lacks the context to make it meaningful. Everything is conveyed with this deliberately vague narrative, and it's r...
by Magical_Isopod
January 18th, 2020, 3:05 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Laptop Suggestions?
Replies: 20
Views: 721

Re: Laptop Suggestions?

Anyone have any experience with e-typewriters? I've seen them marketed under the Freewrite brand, but they're these e-ink screens just JUST do word processing - it's meant to be like a distraction-free writing tool. I want one for my political meetings and events. But I know nothing about them outsi...
by Magical_Isopod
January 17th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Successful Spiritual Successors
Replies: 18
Views: 201

Re: Successful Spiritual Successors

The Metro series is a spiritual successor to the STALKER games that, IMHO, surpass the source material. Really? The Stalker games were big open world almost RPGs, other than a similar theme I wouldn't say they're that similar really. I'd suggest Fallout and Stalker are more closely related in my ex...
by Magical_Isopod
January 17th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Successful Spiritual Successors
Replies: 18
Views: 201

Re: Successful Spiritual Successors

The Metro series is a spiritual successor to the STALKER games that, IMHO, surpass the source material. Freedom Planet was a great spiritual successor to Sonic until Mania came along. Bug Fables is an excellent spiritual successor to Paper Mario. I'm sure I'll think of more, but those are off top of...
by Magical_Isopod
January 17th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Nintendo news and discussion thread
Replies: 3782
Views: 510056

Re: The Nintendo news and discussion thread

I'm not even worried about the number of monsters, I actually like a trimmed roster is a great idea - forces you to use different ones, which I like. My primary issue was how there's no post-game. You just beat the 8 gyms, and that's pretty much it. That's abnormal for Pokemon games. That, paired wi...
by Magical_Isopod
January 17th, 2020, 2:47 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Cyberpunk 2077
Replies: 45
Views: 4600

Re: Cyberpunk 2077

Presuming the usual Autumn rush for third parties, the end of the year is now piling up with big games though. Going through the list of my anticipated releases, the Fall was completely empty for me - save for some TBA titles like No More Heroes 3 that may or may not launch this year. It seems like...
by Magical_Isopod
January 17th, 2020, 2:44 am
Forum: Podcast Game Discussion
Topic: 417: Marvel's Spider-Man
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: 417: Marvel's Spider-Man

I really liked this game. At first. Plain and simple, the gameplay here is great - both the traversal and the combat feel amazing, absolutely fantastic. But I think part of my issue with this game was expectations - the press had hyped this one up as some grand subversion of expectations, some kind ...
by Magical_Isopod
January 17th, 2020, 2:37 am
Forum: Podcast Game Discussion
Topic: 407: Super Mario RPG (: Legend of the Seven Stars)
Replies: 16
Views: 306

Re: 407: Super Mario RPG (: Legend of the Seven Stars)

dezm0nd wrote:
January 8th, 2020, 8:29 am
As a fan of Paper Mario and Mario in general, this game doesn't stick with me.

Any tips?
Play Bug Fables. It's a Paper Mario game, but with cool bug warriors instead. Easily one of the best games of 2019.
by Magical_Isopod
January 16th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Cyberpunk 2077
Replies: 45
Views: 4600

Re: Cyberpunk 2077

Delayed til Sep. 17th, lads. Now you can have an April where your co-workers and family see you.
by Magical_Isopod
January 16th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Nintendo news and discussion thread
Replies: 3782
Views: 510056

Re: The Nintendo news and discussion thread

Sure. Assuming there's only one expansion pass. Not sure I'd make that assumption. And as for the "standard prices" argument? I would agree if it were to the same standard as other full-priced Switch releases. It's not. It feels like an upscaled 3DS game - though it feels cheaply made even by that s...
by Magical_Isopod
January 16th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Nintendo news and discussion thread
Replies: 3782
Views: 510056

Re: The Nintendo news and discussion thread

The thing is, Black & White came out before Black & White 2, so odds are you ended up buying both - meaning you spent $80. Also, those games came out nearly a decade ago. So if the cost of a 'full' Pokemon game has gone up by $40 in 9 years, that's not too crazy. Here in the UK, DS games used to be...