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Thu 4th Sep 2008

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cyrus_zuo commented on Feature: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of FAST R...:

"a leading 'Nindie' developer capable of producing wonderful visuals and strong gameplay"
Visuals yes, gameplay no.
That has been their weakspot. I have several of their games and only wish they had gameplay to match the awesome visuals. I'm excited but cautious with Fast Racing. I got burnt on the last game in the series which had fiddly controls and a poor mechanic in the color dot collection.
Still, it looks awesome. If it ends up being awesome I'll be the first one to say I was wrong, and happily so. I love racing games.
(BTW, if you also love racing games and don't have Need for Speed on WiiU, you should pick it up because it's excellent!)



cyrus_zuo commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U eShop Games - Third ...:

Thanks for the suggestion, I actually have Guacamelee, but found the humor to be very off-putting for me, due to the sexual innuendo, which I find to be generally juvenile (it doesn't matter what game it is in, I dislike it). Child of Light and Affordable Space Adventures were much more my thing. Sportsball was fun for a bit as well.



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Skylanders SuperChargers (Wii U):

The quality of Skylanders games is so much higher than Disney Infinity it seems crazy to me that they don't sell dramatically better than the Infinity titles.
Once again Skylanders is innovating while DI is rehashing Lego Star Wars. Don't get me wrong. I buy, play, and enjoy both series.

However, it is no contest as to which game is better. They're not even close in Metacritic review scores. Skylanders is a very well crafted game. DI is a lot of fan service around clunky Controls, middling visuals, and crazy long control screens. It's fun like any movie tie-in game is fun, but has the typical movie game problems.



cyrus_zuo commented on Feature: Nintendo Life's Top 10 Super Mario Pl...:

Sunshine nearly drive me from gaming. So hard to control it's the anti-Mario Mario platformer. For me the list is no contest. Galaxy 2!
SMB3 is nostalgia's greatest game, but having only played it as an adult I find it very over-rated! I did play SMB 1 & 2 as a kid. 1 was revolutionary.



cyrus_zuo commented on Guide: 9 Tips for Playing Runbow:

As a local Multiplayer game I put this up there. It's FANTASTIC!
WiiU owners should own it. End of story.
Anyone who wants a developer (indie or otherwise) to make games that take advantage of the WiiU should buy this immediately.
For what it's worth this was my second favorite E3 demo behind Extreme Exorcism, but the demo didn't do it justice. This is a REALLY well polished / amazing package of a game.



cyrus_zuo commented on Typoman Set to Spell Out a Release on 16th Sep...:

Can't decide. I felt like the preview played slow and slightly awkward. It's not something I plan to get day one (like Runbow or that Poltergeist game, geeze that was good).
Maybe when it goes on sale I'll give it a look if the reviews are good. Or if the reviews are amazing I'll look to pick it up earlier (I'd be surprised if the reviews are amazing, but always happy to get another amazing game).



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Xeodrifter (Wii U eShop):

Loved it on the 3DS. A worthy purchase for any old-school fans.
It's also a touch easier than Mudds (I never finished all the Mudds Ghost levels).
Getting the additional health as early as possible of course is helpful!
I liked the customizable attack system, the 3D (3DS version superior?) and the interesting worlds.
I'll give it another play-through on WiiU .



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: LEGO Jurassic World (Wii U):

These are hard to figure.

LEGO Batman 2 was amazing
LEGO Marvel was awful

The main difference was the animations. Building and fighting in Marvel both chugged, looking and feeling terrible. I was amazed they were by the same company.
I'm certain there are multiple LEGO game teams. The one that makes things like LEGO City on WiiU is one I want to buy games from. The one that made LEGO Marvel I want to avoid like the plague.

I'm super excited by this LEGO release. I've played through nearly every LEGO game from the beginning (in my opinion the Star Wars compilation is still the high point of the series). However, since LEGO Marvel I'm very wary...especially when reviewers don't mention the games in relation to each other on the technical level.
How does this compare animation, fighting and building wise compared to the other LEGO games? Clean and quick or sluggish-feeling and "something off?"



cyrus_zuo commented on Rumour: Nintendo Isn't Bringing Devil's Third ...:

"largely because there are hardly any mature action games coming this year to the console"

Correction - "mature RATED action games"

There are plenty of mature action games, just few M-rated ones (and in my opinion M-rated and "mature" are typically opposites, most M-rated content is rather juvenile in my opinion).



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U eShop):

Cannot wait!
I'm putting my money where my mouth has been.
I've asked for unique uses of the gamepad.
I've asked for third parties to take the WiiU seriously.
This game is what I've been asking for, it's my turn to do what I said I'd do - pay for it!
Absolutely NOT waiting for a price drop! Take my money, you've earned it and deserve it!



cyrus_zuo commented on Video: Mario Kart DS Skids Onto Wii U Virtual ...:

MKDS online was shut down a year ago
MKDS was released on WiiU yesterday
WHY isn't there online in it? You've had a year to figure out a new way to get online into the game! Asking people to pay for it when the game is a gimped version of the original removes any reason to buy.

MKDS was THE BEST in the series at Kart interactions. I loved bouncing into and off of the other Karts. Still a great game for local Multiplayer. I can't fathom how they could release the game knowing about online not being there and NOT fix the problem.



cyrus_zuo commented on Poll: Vote For Your Ten Must-Play Games On Nin...:

Obligatory what is missing list:

1 - Rune Factory 4 - One of my absolute favorites on the system - it was retail in NA, I have the cartridge, so I don't accept the omission!
2 - Crush 3D - You can play it on PSP as well - a favorite platform puzzler of mine!

That is all, there are others, but these 2 really matter to me, the others would just be complaining.



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Rock 'N Racing Off Road (Wii U eShop):

Was super excited, but I'll stick w/Driiift Mania, and will continue to recommend for multiplayer groups. It really shines w/8 players!

Maybe this game will get an update adding a better meta game?

Being able to upgrade your truck and buy Nitro's was a big part of Super Off-Road. Sadly Rock 'n Roll racing isn't as well thought out from a game depth perspective as a 20 year old coin-op. It's both a shame and shameful.



cyrus_zuo commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has Shipped Over 3 M...:

I think the second stick is a matter of taste and weapon selection. I played 70+ hours of MH3U as a bowman, and never felt I needed a 2nd stick (except maybe underwater).
That said, my one complaint of the New 3DS is that silly nub. It really should have been a second circle pad. The nub is just like the old laptop nubs, it is not adequate camera control and does not replace a 2nd analog stick. Big missed opportunity. I will use it, but it is too clumsy to ever work in a FPS.



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS):

If you can find friends to play with, MH is a real treat. It's one of the best multiplayer games around, it just requires a dozen hours of playing together. Definitely not for short bursts of arcade like fun w/non gamers. It takes focus and dedication, but they're definitely rewarded!



cyrus_zuo commented on Fairune II is Adventuring Towards the 3DS eShop:

So I loved the first one, one my best gaming memories of 2014 was playing this next to my kids, who were each also playing the game, each on their 3DS. We stopped at different points to wait for others to catch up, we shared how to get through points were someone got lost, shared secret rooms that we found, and generally had a blast.

It made me pull out Y's again, a favorite of mine, and I found I'd enjoyed Fairune more, largely b/c it was just so short and tight! No endless grinding. Lots of the unique Y's take (those who want this game to be like other RPGs probably won't love it).

Cannot wait for the sequel, will definitely buy if it makes it to the US.



cyrus_zuo commented on More Details Emerge on Mutant Mudds Super Chal...:

Xeodrifter is really well worth your money!
I have Mutant Mudds, but couldn't pass it even w/checkpoints.
Don't know if this will be for me. Maybe I'll get moon instead?
I really want Treasurenauts, but am starting to think it may not see the light of day.



cyrus_zuo commented on Video: The Latest Trailer For RIVE Will Dent Y...:

@Spoony_Tech Agreed. I'm not a fan of "try it over and over until you've memorized every single jump and time to fire" game play. I'd rather have room to be inventive than be limited to doing the one thing the dev wants you to do to get past a challenge.
Looks beautiful! Hope there is plenty of room for inventiveness.



cyrus_zuo commented on GameStop Source Suggests That Super Mario amii...:

Based on their financials it is clearly not working.
Nintendo created so much negativity towards them during the Wii years they will be digging themselves out for years. Core gamers think of Nintendo as a joke for how they handled the Wii, so you may be right, it may have been worse...but they need they money more now.



cyrus_zuo commented on GameStop Source Suggests That Super Mario amii...:

Once again...only Mario, Luigi, Peach will be available.
Amiibo is the most mis-managed product in Nintendo's history and that is really saying something.
Too bad too, I'd be happy to buy some, but it's so painful to try and get some I've given up and become nearly anti-Nintendo over the silly things and how incomprehensibly stupid Nintendo has been about them.



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Undead Storm Nightmare (3DS eShop):

"rotating your character is left up to the L and R shoulder buttons. If this sounds inconvenient, that's because it is when first starting out"
I disagree, it is CONTINUALLY inconvenient, not just when first starting out. Kokuga used the same controls, but fixed the problem by being more strategic (btw it has great download-play multi player for up to 4 players, so if co-op is your thing you owe it to yourself to buy that game).
Back on point, having fast action, but having to use the R/L buttons for rotation is a mis-match. A 180 degree direction turn on firing is painfully slow b/c of the controls. R/L gives you more angles you can fire at than using the face buttons ala Smash TV (8 direction firing), but I MUCH prefer the speed of 8 direction firing.
I think an 8 is high on this, but then controls are a big deal to me. Good controls make or break the game, and for me this is a good game that is broken by controls, and I only point it out b/c it is sad for me . I really want the controls to be faster to match the action, or the action slower to match the controls (time to fire up Kokuga again).



cyrus_zuo commented on Video: You NEED To Play Metroid Prime Trilogy:

Tempted...but not my thing.
I really enjoyed MP3, didn't get far into MP1 (LOVED the Snow level), and never tried MP2.
In the 2 weeks before Other M was released I played the second half of MP3 (I didn't realize I'd left that much undone!). I then dove into Other M. I'm in that tiny camp that felt it was a dramatically better game.

I've played through Other M 3x, and 100% it 2x. I got to 65% on MP3 and I was good. Really enjoyed pieces of it, but didn't love FPS approach, and really disliked the end-bosses.

Other M I loved the fast and fluid game play, that you could really improve at, and I ADORED switching from 2D to 3D by pointing the controller at the screen. For me, that was one of the more innovative and fun game play mechanics of the last generation.

I might get this compilation, but it would be more for playing some day than right away.



cyrus_zuo commented on Satoru Iwata States That Around 5.7 Million am...:

I'm far more interested in new games for the 3DS or New 3DS than I am in a new handheld. Transitions are really hard, and go hand in hand with a complete lack of games as you wait a year for a great game.

I said last year that I thought the 3DS was winding down. That may still be true in Japan, but I was really surprised and even wow-ed by the list of games Nintendo has for this year on the 3DS. There is nearly a release a month from Nintendo. I pre-ordered a MH4 New 3DS, and it will occupy a lot of my time, but Majora's Mask will be hot on its heels and I will play even more smash once I get that nub for doing smash attacks (I'm finding 3DS Smash and WiiU Smash to really complement each other, and strangely I like the 3DS one more b/c it's a great single-player game).

I'm excited for Puzzle's and Dragons, curious about Project Steam, intrigued by the latest Mario vs. DK and absolutely STOKED about a new Fire Emblem. Add in Xenoblade, Etrian Mystery Dungeon, and some SEGA 3D classics, and I see more games than I have time to play this year and we haven't even heard about what's coming the 2nd half of the year.

The 2015 release list for 3DS is already much better than 2014's.