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Sat 10th May, 2008

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ACK commented on Review: G.G Series ASSAULT BUSTER (DSiWare):

I do like this game quite a bit and it's certainly worth a purchase at $2, but I think it's not quite the best in the series as it lacks any real depth and the highscore aspect isn't quite as addictive (to me) as some of the others. I largely concur with Mitch otherwise though.

That said, Dark Spirits is easily the best schmup in the G.G. Series by my estimation--the weapons system has just enough variety/ strategy and despite (or possibly because of) its brevity the game makes for some excellent 10-20 minute score-chasing. Other than repetitive enemies/levels, there's really nothing I can fault it with. Any fans of the genre would do well to check it out, it's one of the G.G. games I still want to come back to and top my high score even after years of playing it on busrides and such.



ACK commented on Review: G.G Series HERO PUZZLE (DSiWare):

Nintendolife gave Ninja KaraKuri-Den a 6 and it's one of my most replayable eShop games. I've been able to come back to it for many years and I still get the same thrill chasing my high score as day one. It's an incredibly underrated gem.

So if you are interested in one of these by no means let someone else's sensibilities supercede your own. For $2, many of these G.G. games have outpaced my expectations.



ACK commented on Review: G.G Series WONDERLAND (DSiWare):

For anyone considering the G.G. series, Ninja Karakuri-Den and Dark Spirits are the top of the class from my experience. In the realm of score-chasers, I'd put them against any other $2 games on the 3DS eShop. I've owned them for many years and I can still come back to them for 15-30 minutes on any given day.

Beyond those there are many other worthwhile purchases in the series (Air Pinball Hockey, All Breaker, Black x Block, Wonderland, Spiky the Blowfish, and Great Whip Adventure stand out off the top as maybe the next tier--mind that I've yet to play them all and I'm likely forgetting some), so if something catches your interest give it a shot!

Suzak did well to balance tight controls with simple, novel game design and just enough flair to at once harken back and yet feel fresh. I definitely have a soft spot for their DSiware fare.



ACK commented on Review: G.G Series THE SPIKY BLOWFISH!! (DSiWare):

@Priceless_Spork I would highly recommend Ninja Karakuri-Den, Dark Spirits, Air Pinball Hockey and Black x Block to anybody looking for something to pick up and play at $2 each. They are some of my favorite highscore-chasers on the eShop.

Assault Buster, All Breaker, Spiky the Blowfish, Great Whip Adventure, and Throw Out are also pretty easy recommendations if the content appeals to you.

@HeroOfCybertron: Haven't played Altered Weapon yet, sorry.. I'll let you know what I think once I give it a shot.



ACK commented on Review: G.G Series THE SPIKY BLOWFISH!! (DSiWare):

I'm a Suzak fanboy. They have a knack for taking simple, novel gameplay concepts and fasioning them into seriously fun little diversions with great control and design, despite the low budget and barebones presentation.

To that end, the G.G. Series is a really solid collection of highscore-chasing minigames. Some of the recent releases are subpar, but stuff like Spiky the Blowfish, Air Pinball Hockey, Assualt Buster, All Breaker, Black x Block, Throw Out, etc. stand alongside Ninja Karukuri-Den and Dark Spirits as some of the better cheap, arcade-style games on the eShop.

So happy they got released over here. They are literally the perfect fare for my son and daughter's 2DSes. Good old-fashioned fun for them, even if they'll never catch my high scores...



ACK commented on Talking Point: The Mystery of Devil's Third an...:

I need this game. After finally getting over NoA's bungling of the DS and Wii Generations, this would bring it all back in a fury.

Though maybe they've just realized that absence makes the heart grow fonder as I haven't seen much interest in DT until it was a no show at E3. Comparatively, at last E3 I felt in the minority hyping up the game after it was unveiled.



ACK commented on Splatoon Version 1.3.0 Update Due on 30th June...:

Not my beloved Ink Resistant shoes! Those are the staple of my getup...

I'm actually not a fan of these ability nerfs as I think the game is rather well-balanced. If anything, I think a few of the less effective abilities could have been buffed instead.



ACK commented on Two More New Weapons Coming To Splatoon Tomorrow:

Careful, liberal use of the Squid Beakons with the Dual Squelcher could make for a force to be reckoned with in Splat Zones, considering it has the fire power and range to hold down a position nearly single handedly.



ACK commented on Gunman Clive's 3DS Outings Are Dashing To Wii ...:

Been meaning to pick up the sequel, but I'll probably just go for this bundle for the thrill of the big screen. Actually Gunman Clive might make for a good, quick palate-cleanser after a brutal run in Splat Zones...



ACK commented on The First Western Splatoon Splatfest Kicks Off...:

You got to be effing kidding me. The 4th of July?! Nah. They can't really think this is happening, right?

My kids we so psyched to fight for team dog, but that might be the worst holiday of the year in the US to ask people to sit inside and play some vids. What a joke.



ACK commented on Working On F-Zero Wouldn't Have Been My Idea O...:

Because with IPs like Burnout they can't afford to have their creativity hindered by generic franchise restraints. Whatever.

My problem is that the potential is endless with F-Zero. Obviously I would love another straightforward entry in the vein of X and GX. But Criterion had the chops to pull off something special...

Like how about a Most Wanted-sytle open world F-Zero with rival street gangs? You can peel around, earning new parts to modify your Blue Falcon (or whatever). Incorporate the mission mode and some stadiums for championships cups. And the brutal death races to settle scores.

Maybe create your own F-Zero protagnist and develop the characters a bit for some comic book-style drama about blurring the line between good and evil with blood on the streets. This could be so good.



ACK commented on Hands On: Logging More Flight Time With Star F...:

@Pandaman Why would we want any of that in your first impressions? Maybe in a final critical analysis or review, but mostly that's just nonsense. Why does it matter whether Kamiya is invovled? Platinum is a large studio with many cabaple creators, he is just one figurehead (who, besides, is working on a longterm project of his own for MS). The graphics are a work in progress and the interface in SF0 is far more demanding than any of those finished games you mentioned. Let's see what happens.

Mostly we just want to know how the game plays, what sort of potential is evident, etc. And to that end your impressions can generally be summed up thusly, "I just feel like overwhelming focus on motion controls is totally wrong-headed for this franchise".



ACK commented on Hands On: Logging More Flight Time With Star F...:

@Pandaman This "business-political quarmire" of your own imagination has no place here. Who gives rip, honestly? It's not substantiated with facts beyond your own assumptions and persuasions.

Spiking your first impressions with that sort of drivel is poor form and reflects mostly on your own inability to give a game an objective, fair shake without pretense.



ACK commented on Hands On: Logging More Flight Time With Star F...:

This is the Starfox I want. So sue me. Everything is shaping up to be ace, regardless of the cynical teeth gnashing.

I suppose KI:Uprising is a fair comparison, but that is one of my favorite games in the last decade, so... I'm not going to knock a game down because it aspires to something different than what I'm familiar with. Let it breath. At least let it exist.



ACK commented on Humble Nindie Bundle Adds Three New Games:

Extremely happy to see Sportsball get more recognition. It's an ideal couch multiplayer game, so that can be a hard sell when there are so many unknown variables introducing a game to a group of friends. Runner2 is a nice addition, likely owned by many yet also hopefully appreciated by those who haven't bought or played it.



ACK commented on Parent Trap: ​Splatoon Gets Family Tested, ...:

My kids, 4 and 5, have been hyped for months and have not been disappointed. In fact, they can't stop playing. Makes me really appreciate the Battle Dojo to let them goof around together or play against one of us adults. Though when playing online my son is call about the roller. (Seriously, he's been hatching roller strategies for weeks, such as talking about all the ways he's going to sneak up and splat people all the way back from the granparents' cabin...)



ACK commented on Don't Starve: Giant Edition to Come With Extra...:

Love this style of promotion. Completely mitigates any reticence about being burned by sales down the road. I have access to two Wii Us and occasionally wish I bad put a game on one over the other so the versatility is extremely helpful.



ACK commented on Ronimo Games Explains Pricing for Swords & Sol...:

I don't look at sales as a slap in the face to those who paid the original price, I look at it as a means to get more players interested in your game. If the game is good, that is a good thing.

I'll be there day one for S&SII, proudly paying full price.



ACK commented on ​The New Update For Teslagrad is Now Live in...:

One of the best games on the Wii U eShop. Only issues for me were the lack of Pro controller support and occasional slowdown. I thought it could have been a little tougher (particularly towards the endgame), but many seemed to have been turned off by the difficulty, so what do I know? However, certainly I don't want completing a game to be a mere formality...



ACK commented on First Impressions: Tapping In With amiibo Tap:...:

I was hoping for the game to record your furthest progress as a high score and/or include a challenge for each scene. Otherwise it's fine with me. The kids are all over it, so I can see how awesome it would have been for me back then.



ACK commented on Turn It Up To Eleven, Guitar Hero Is Making A ...:

@Mahe That's not how I remember it. The PS2 was a massive success and Guitar Hero fever definitely took hold during that generation, on that console. It may have peaked with GH3, but there is no doubt the PS2 was the breeding ground for the franchise.



ACK commented on Rumour: Upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC to Include B...:

Digging around, I've become skeptical of this info. No one can seem to find a legit source and one seeming flaw is giving me pause: presuming these files would refer to the Japanese names, NeoBowserCity should be KoopaCity or whatever it was called in Japan. Also the original post where this originated from was on Nov '14.

Not sure what to think, it's 50-50 at this point.



ACK commented on Rumour: Upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC to Include B...:

Thinking about Baby Park, I wonder if they would keep it the same or attempt to alter it with anti-grav... Perhaps with an upside down version on the ceiling with walls around the straights to transfer?

Takes a little bit of the iconic cluster**** out of the equation, but adds more strategy and nuance. Would be cool seeing chaos play out above and below.



ACK commented on Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Ch...:

To be clear, these are not original levels or anything, they are simply modified versions of the missions already in the game. Generally that will include being restricted to a particular gun or require a specifc tactic.

These hardly qualify as locked content as far as I'm concerned.



ACK commented on Video: Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is Shap...:

Given the Wii U version(s) options of sticks, pointer, or touchscreen, I have no interest being restricted to analog sticks in Trine 3... So if it doesn't come to Wii U, I'm not sure there is much appeal to me and my friends.



ACK commented on Rumour: Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 Teased For N...:

Give it to me...! The combination of Wiimote support and dual screen multi ensures that the Wii U versions of any CoD release are the only ones with any appeal, despite any technical hiccups.

Not a big CoD guy, but I was a heavy fragger in my youth, so it satiates a deeply ingrained need to spill blood. I hate to admit it, but since I've been playing BO2 for so long, so if BO3 doesn't come to Wii U it will be sort of devastating...



ACK commented on Poll: Which Characters Do You Want to Win the ...:

Terrible list, only one I'd be excited for is the Inkling. Though I think a Splatoon level may be more appropriate. A Pushmo level would be excellent as well.

Anyway, give me Hades, Quote, Dunban, Chibi Robo, Porky, Captain Toad, Nabbit, Simon Belmont, Scrooge McDuck, Prof. Layton, Wonder Red, Viewtiful Joe, Vyse, Phoenix Wright, Bill Rizer, Zero, etc...