So. TheWhiteDragon finished the Vagrant Story LP recently, and I'm catching up on it now that it's complete. In the ending sequence, he has the following to say, something that I was TRYING to touch on in an earlier post.

Quoted from TWD's Vagrant Story LP, cut for obvious and not so obvious spoilers )

And to be honest? I agree with most of it. Yasumi Matsuno is not a good storyteller. Fuck, if you want proof of that, look at FF12 and, more importantly, Vaan. FF12 was the last game in the Ivalice Alliance that Matsuno worked on; Revenant Wings and FFTA2 had him only in the most minor of supervisory positions. And it's in those two games that Vaan stops being a slightly-moldy cardboard cutout and starts being an actual -character-. (I can't say much the same about the other FF12 chars, alas.) On the other hand, I have fallen in love with Matsuno's worldbuilding, and in turn will defend the games he has penned until I stop giving a damn about games any more.

In slightly-ironic retrospect, I figure this is probably exactly how Tolkien's fans feel.
That's it? Six stages and a boss segment and...

well, this IS a Dimps game, there's probably an extra boss after I get all seven chaos emeralds and...


...that's it? Four hits and it's over? YOU ARE THE WORST SUPER SONIC TRUE FINAL BOSS EVER.

The play value in this is going to be a SA2-styled "bash your face into this brick wall until you get an S-rank at doing it!" force-you-to-OCD replay gimmick? The game is maybe four hours, tops, to play, and everything else is just Hundred Percent Completion?

...Man. I'd almost be HAPPY, if it weren't for the fact that Widget Gathering is probably the WORST genre for Sonic to venture into, and it's the one that is ALWAYS crucial for 100% in anything since Sonic Adventure.

I DON'T WANT ALL THE RED RINGS (of death). I DON'T WANT TO COMPLETE THAT TIME TRIAL MISSION THAT REQUIRES YOU TO HAVE PERFECT CONTROL OF THE RED WISP'S BURST POWERS THAT ARE TOTALLY FUCKING UNCONTROLLABLE.

Fuck you, Dimps. You are truly sadistic sons of bitches; you know the best way to make someone hurt is to give them something they love but spike it with something they hate.

I think a lot of it is the fact I was playing the DS version, admittedly. The mid-level humor which is apparently overloading the Wii version is nonpresent due to system limitations, so what we have here is exactly like what [livejournal.com profile] xyzzysqrl said to me: "Sonic Rush Extreme". It's pretty much another Sonic Rush game, except without the ability to play through things with Blaze. The special stages put an interesting spin on the now-traditional half-pipe format, too, and aren't RAGE-BENDINGLY STRICT like the races in Rush Adventure were. Game seems easier - or at least far more generous with extra lives - than either of the past two Rush games, though.

DS version final score: 7/10. FUCK RED BURST. Violet Void can eat a bag of dicks, too, as far as control difficulty is concerned, but at least IT'S fun to fuck around with.
swordianmaster: (games)
( Dec. 5th, 2010 02:48 pm)
Because I thought it warranted it, more rundowns of games I've played as of late. (Sorry, Chibi, I don't think Ragnarok DS is going to get one. There's only so many ways I can say "the system is a decent conversion from the MMO, but the generic JRPG-style plot and characterization is turning me off but hard")

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey - Final Impressions )

Sonic Colors DS - First Impressions )
I know, Chibi, I still owe you a pocket review of Ragnarok DS, but I got kind of distracted by FFTA2 (again), then Pokemon (again), and now this. Now that I've played through both the basic game and NG+ (which only adds a few scenes and a new ending) I've basically done everything except the hardcore-you're-best-at-this-game-ever bonus stuff. (Fuck you, Ancient Cave, and fuck you, Egg Dragon.)

SO. An review of a remake of a vintage SNES game, done in vintage EGM style!

Cut for those who don't give a damn and are only here for the memes and/or emo, or folks who would violently defend Kingdom Hearts despite any flaws )

...wow, that ended up being a LOT longer than I intended it. Either way - it's a bit of an oddball. It's not the best remake in town, nor is it the best game, but it DOES do passable jobs of both. As of such, if I were to give it an arbitrary XPlayish number, I think I'd give it three Foomies out of five. :V

DAY 25: The Most Hilarious Game You've Ever Played
I HAVE CHORTLES! )

The list )
You know, after working for almost two years across four games (Pearl, Diamond, Platinum, and finally Soul Silver) to get as close as possible to a "legit" pokedex, it feels REALLY LIBERATING to just cheat myself every last pokemon in 4th gen into masterballs.

SPEAKING OF THINGS FEELING LIBERATING.

DAY 20: Favorite Stress-Relieving Game

Now I'm radioactive! That can't be good. )

The list )
DAY 19: Favorite Book/Movie/Comic/etc Licensed Game

sonna koto nai~ )

The list )
swordianmaster: (supernerdy)
( Oct. 12th, 2010 11:28 am)
It's getting harder to write my cut text as quotes from the game without giving it TOTALLY away like yesterday (where I just didn't care). Also, as a runner-up to this, Mario 64. The level at which I dislike that game is surprising considering I'm a Mario fan.

DAY 12: A Game That You Dislike

This man are sick. )

The list )
swordianmaster: (Default)
( Oct. 9th, 2010 12:21 pm)
DAY 8: Game With the Best/Most Original Soundtrack
Yeah, I had to go with a rhythm game here. I didn't go with anything that used licensed songs, however.

Their weak spots are... uh... I forget! )

The list )
So! I've been up for just about 24 hours now, thanks (in part) to a vidya gaem.

It takes a very special class of vidya gaem to put me in that mode; the last ones that did it were Cubivore for the GCN and Final Fantasy Tactics A2 for the DS.

Until now. Ladies and gentlemen, Fossil Fighters.

whereupon I ramble like a sleep deprived retard )

WHY WAS I TALKING ABOUT THIS AGAIN I don't know.

BUT THERE YOU GO

I GIVE THIS GAME A HEARTY "WHY THE HELL DIDN'T I GO TO SLEEP LAST NIGHT"

TAKE THAT AS YOU WILL
There's no way I could really sum this up in a single paragraph, so I'm just copy-pasting from my chatlog with [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji.

(1:37:57 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure.
(1:38:09 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: Get it if you love awesome.
(1:39:00 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: ...It's a platformer/match-3 puzzle hybrid. It's a lot Better Than It Sounds, even if it does get Nintendo Hard later.
(1:39:45 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: It's about, basically, a Magical McGuffin suit of Gentleman Adventurer.
(1:43:15 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: A bowler hat, vest, pipe, coinpurse, and moustache.
(1:43:18 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: all made of gold.
(1:43:38 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: More notably?
(1:43:48 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: You can turn into a giant robot that is apparently powered by tea time.


(1:47:07 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: Oh, and to further my point?
(1:47:24 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: (To quote from 'Quintessential British Gentleman' page on tropes:)
Taken to comical extremes in the Adventurer Archaeologist, monocle-wearing, mustache-bearing, tea-guzzling protagonist of the game Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure. When he drinks tea, he summons a giant robot to help him. Yep, this is a Western Widget Series, alright...
* The voice natter that accompanies his dialog is literally nothing but an endless series of 'pip-pip, cheerio'-style sounds. No words, just raw unadulterated Britishness. The rest of the cast encompasses the various variations on this trope; his archnemesis, for instance, is the Upper Class Twit fond of Steampunk death machines.
(1:47:43 PM) [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji: ...
(1:47:44 PM) [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji: Wow.
(1:47:55 PM) [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji: PIP-PIP
(1:48:06 PM) [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji: OH YES *clears throat* CODSWALLOP, I SAY
(1:49:21 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: Actually, it's not often pip-pip. It's more of the "generic British bluster" variety of Simlish.
(1:50:09 PM) [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji: Aaaah. So the "harumph mrmble mrmble" school.
(1:50:18 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: Yes.
(1:50:35 PM) [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji: Okay, wow.
(1:50:41 PM) [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji: Tetris Attack plus Drill Dozer.
(1:50:44 PM) [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji: I could dig this.
(1:50:57 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: ...Yeah, that's basically what it is.
(1:51:59 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: You basically have to swap back and forth in order to recharge your Super Meter and get rid of enemies For Good, as well as get powerups. Thankfully, switching to the Tetris Attack side of thing pauses the platforming, though not vice versa - the blocks still scroll when you're platforming.
(1:52:25 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: The problem is?
(1:52:30 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: It gets... brutal.
(1:52:36 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: Surprise Difficulty, but for the most part fair.
(1:53:03 PM) [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji: Which, I can probably handle.
(1:53:11 PM) [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji: I beat IWBTG and Mega Man 9.
(1:53:17 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: Yeah.
(1:54:12 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: But really? It's fun, it's Warioesque in its goal (Ultimately? "grab loot") and it's the most tongue in cheek affectionate parody of the Quintessential British Gentleman/Adventurer Archaeologist tropes I've seen ever.


(2:11:36 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: But still. The aforementioned Giant Robot Tea Time? (better known as the game's Super Mode)
(2:12:24 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: Starts with a leitmotif of Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca (Youtube it, you'll recognize the song) done in piano... quickly segueing into the same in electric guitar. <3


(2:29:16 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: ....
(2:29:27 PM) [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji: ?
(2:30:28 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: I am being attacked by a black widow (the marriage type, not the spider type) riding a super-goth wedding cake. She is shooting me with skull bullets fired out of a man with a top hat.
(2:31:01 PM) [livejournal.com profile] bossgoji: ...w-wow
(2:32:32 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: aaand she's shooting me with exploding champagne bottles.
(2:45:35 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: Yeah. It's...
(2:45:42 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: Americans can do Widget games, too.


(2:50:16 PM) [livejournal.com profile] swordianmaster: And it's got to be the only game that Electronic Arts has made in the past forever that I like.
CHOCOBO TALES CAN EAT A BAG OF DICKS

I DO NOT CARE HOW CUTE IT IS

FUCKING HELL GO TO HELL YOU PIECE OF SHIT UNBALANCED SHITHOLE
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