User Profile



United States

Wed 8th September, 2010

Recent Comments



edcomics commented on Fossil Fighters: Frontier Stomps its Way to No...:

Ugh. I'm totally disappointed by this game. The first two games were rough around the edges, but they had charm and fun gameplay. In Frontier, the 2D character art is beautiful, but that's where the beauty ends. The graphics are muddy and glitchy, with your vehicle flickering in and out of view during gameplay. The audio is muffled and even breaks up at times when the volume is turned up. The visuals and mechanics for fossil cleaning are ugly and uncomfortable. The old cleaning process was fairly intuitive. This new version just doesn't feel right. Then there are the battles, where the HUD obscures the Vivosaurs on the top screen, and we're robbed of the fun action and "death" scenes from the previous games. The lower screen interface is also rather bland and ugly. There was a nice rhythm to the first two that's lacking here. It's not just that it's different. It feels damaged, rushed or incomplete. Overall it's just an ugly experience. I had hoped this would really be the next step, where Fossil Fighters would really come into its own, but it's really just a step backward. I'm trading it in ASAP. Seriously, I would rather play the original Fossil Fighters from scratch than continue with this new game. Huge disappointment.



edcomics commented on Square Enix's Failed Attempt At Combining Game...:

@GloryQuestor Hmm, that's a good example. Another thing about .hack is that, at the time, it was something fairly new and fresh. These days we have Sword Art Online, Log Horizon and a selection of other similar stories to choose from, and only certain series become real hits. If Square had focused on creating something with a unique theme and visual style, they might have had more success, but it seems pretty obvious they were trying to replicate the success of other series aimed at kids. At first glance, it's easy to mistake this art style for any series in the same vein as Cardfight Vanguard. At least, that's how I see it. I could be wrong. I'm not saying it's bad at all, but it seems to have been a rather large miscalculation.



edcomics commented on Club Nintendo Goes Rewards Crazy With Final Up...:

You know, after the initial adrenaline rush, I'm not seeing a ton of physical rewards I'm excited about. I went ahead and ordered the calendar, because that's a cute item you can't buy elsewhere. I already have a game case and 3DS pouch... and I'm not sure about the puzzle. Maybe I'll just relax and cash in for game codes later... though I almost feel like I should get Grill-Off with Ultra Hand just for the heck of it ;)



edcomics commented on Weirdness: Legendary Composer Koji Kondo Drew ...:

The thing is, at the time there was no internet. Using obscure foreign music as the inspiration for a game soundtrack must have seemed harmless. It's really interesting how obvious the ripping is after listening to these tracks. Still, I can't fault the guy too much. I doubt he expected the games to become so popular in the West and for the "secret" to get out. I'm actually more pleased to be introduced to Deep Purple as a result.



edcomics commented on Nintendo's Revival of Animal Crossing: New Lea...:

I played the heck out of that game and nearly exhausted all its features, with around 200 hours of gameplay. I did lapse, however, and was brokenhearted when my favorite villager was gone when I returned to town. sigh Anyway, I feel like Animal Crossing is a game where DLC would be totally justified, allowing for land expansion, a wider variety of crops to harvest and animals to catch, and an ability to lock in your favorite villagers!

I do like the idea of a home console version of Animal Crossing, but I feel it would make the BEST sense to have it be cross-platform, so you can access your town from either the WiiU or 3DS. I'm not sure how difficult it would be, but it would be so satisfying.

I was skeptical of Animal Crossing, but after taking the plunge I was extremely pleased with the purchase. New Leaf is one of the most enjoyable game experiences I've had.



edcomics commented on Weirdness: These Push Guards for the New Ninte...:

I could use one of these for my XL. The game card is in a pretty terrible location. Even if the game only pops out one out of every 250 times, it's still too many. Most cameras and other small devices have an SD card cover, so a gamecard cover would have made a lot of sense to include on any version of the 3DS. I wonder exactly how well something like this item would work, but it may be worth trying out.



edcomics commented on Sega Confirms Global 3DS Release For Hatsune M...:

@ollietaro Well, that was a bizarre stylistic choice. Oh wait, Yorumi said that already. Since we got Senran Kagura on 3DS, I figure we can get full-sized Vocaloids. Either way, this is a good step forward for Nintendo. I mean... the gap between regions isn't that wide anymore, especially when it comes to pop culture. We've known about Miku and Vocaloid for years in the West. Similarly, KanColle (Kantai Collection) has become popular outside of Japan. I don't know if there are any plans to branch out with console games for that property, but if they do I would hope Nintendo would get on the ball. They just seem late to the party more often than not.



edcomics commented on Video: Brand New Xenoblade Chronicles X 'Explo...:

Exploration is the primary reason I'm buying this game. I'm a bit concerned about the story and characters, but nothing can be done about it at this point.

@rishisquid If it's anything like Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii, you'll have plenty of control over the camera's angle and distance.



edcomics commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed ...:

Integration between home console and handheld would be the most appealing next step for me. There are already some examples of that, but it's not really simple or intuitive, and it involves buying two copies of the same game. Making each console game available on handheld, and vice versa, would be a huge step forward.

Now that we've had the touch-screen feature, I would hate to lose it. I don't use it a lot in games, but for apps and internet browsing it's invaluable. I really would not want to go back to cycling through a TV keyboard with the directional pad after just being able to tap quickly on the Gamepad with a stylus. A lot of people are praising the GameCube controller, but I don't think it was as good as people are saying. The button layout was pretty crazy, and the location of the Z button was really uncomfortable for me. There isn't anything missing from the Wii U Gamepad. It's a perfectly good controller that happens to have a screen in the center of it. My only complaint is, again, the Z button location. The PS2 controller was most comfortable with its R1 R2, L1 L2 layout.



edcomics commented on Reminder: The Nintendo Network Premium Promoti...:

Oh no. I better check to see if I have any codes on there. I forgot about the promotion for a long time and only starting using my earned codes recently. It was sort of odd to have to go to a separate website to claim a code, and then travel back to the eShop to enter it. I feel like it should have just been incorporated into the eShop itself from the start. Oh well. Nice while it lasted. I probably got around $20 or $25 credit through the promotion. Maybe more.



edcomics commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

WCW/nWo REVENGE — Greatest wrestling game of all time — N64 exclusive.

The N64 suffered from a thin library of truly good games, as most modern Nintendo systems do. Still, there was a lot of good stuff on there. I was pleased with the system overall.



edcomics commented on The 3DS Proves to Be a Popular Music Player in...:

I've actually really been hoping for something like this. I do have an old iPod nano, but I'd rather just put my music on my 3DS and have everything on one device. Having a Pandora app, or some other streaming radio app, would also be really useful.



edcomics commented on The Man Behind Sega's Wonder Boy Series Hates ...:

It may be one of those things that just works for some people and not for others. I always had trouble with it. I had to be very methodical about using the controls, whereas others could just pick it up and go along with no trouble. For me, a game like Rayman Legends is a lot more intuitive, where I can make quick turns and not even really think about the controller as I'm playing. With Mario, it's just not as comfortable an experience.

That being said, I've never played Wonder Boy and thus can't comment on whether or not I agree with this guy's particular idea of what good controls and movement are.



edcomics commented on Nintendo Black Friday Deals Reveal New 3DS and...:

Even though I corrected myself almost immediately, I had to do a quick double-take after reading that title. "New 3DS." It's a confusing name, and when you see word bubbles that say "I'm new!" in an advertisement, it's going to make things confusing when the New 3DS actually hits stores. "What do you mean you want a new 3DS? You got a new 3DS for Christmas!"



edcomics commented on Talking Point: Platinum Games Has Secured a Go...:

I think that, because there are relatively few games for the Wii U compared to other home consoles, there's a tendency to rate those few exclusive games higher than they deserve. There's an element of "Aha! Finally!" when a game like Bayonetta 2 or Wonderful 101 is released.

The thing is, I was excited for both of those games... but when the demos were released, and I got my first taste of the gameplay, I realized the games weren't really as amazing as I'd built them up to be in my mind. Wonderful 101 just seemed like a mess to me. Bayonetta 2 feels like something from a bygone era, with floaty controls and animation that's hard to follow. Upon completing each demo, I didn't feel like I'd really accomplished anything.

I'm not saying nobody should like those games, but if people continue to complain about the limited Wii U game library, I can't blame them. Very good games on Nintendo systems are few and far between.



edcomics commented on Wii U Owner Proves That Rejecting The End-User...:

To make a comparison, you may be running a version of Windows that you're perfectly satisfied with. When Microsoft sends out an automatic Windows update, at some point you're forced to restart your machine and let the update install. After having done so, you might find some unpleasant changes to the way Windows works. There are a number of reasons to not want that kind of update. So when you're talking about a video game console, the situation is similar. In fact, one Wii U update made changes to the web browser, and really did not like those changes. I had no warning and no option to decline the update. I think it ultimately comes down to the modern problem of buying a device with an incomplete operating system. There's no guarantee of stability whatsoever. So if you would, at some point, prefer to opt out of some system update for the Wii U.... well, you don't have that option. If you don't accept automatic updates without warning, you can't use the machine... and there is something bizarre about that.

I suppose it's a matter of principle.



edcomics commented on The Club Nintendo Rewards for October Have Bee...:

I feel like there should be a way to trade coins for eShop credit, even if that credit can only be used on certain games. Actually, if the eShop is connected to Club Nintendo, perhaps your coin balance could show up in the eShop as you're browsing. Then, specifically on Nintendo products, there could be an option to use Club Nintendo coins/stars/whatever to pay for a game either in full or in part. Not sure that grammar makes sense, but I think you know what I mean.

Also, I agree with "Themes for Coins." It's such a no-brainer. I'm surprised Nintendo dropped the ball on that one. There's not even an exclusive Club Nintendo theme or anything. Poosville.



edcomics commented on New Nintendo 3DS Videos Show Off Compulsory Sc...:

@Steven1094 Yeah, Nintendo is good at naming their systems poorly. I can see that kind of confusion happening. I think "3DS+" or "3DS Plus" would be more clear — it's the 3DS, PLUS some new functionality. I'm sure there are plenty other good names that would work, but Nintendo went straight for the one that could cause the most confusion. Good job.



edcomics commented on Weirdness: Monster Hunter Series Producer Deni...:

Low drop odds. It's rather frustrating. If all I need is a specific monster's tail, and I cut off that tail during combat, I should get the item I want. That unfortunately is not the case. One of the main problems I have with Monster Hunter is how, for a game that seems to focus on realism in many aspects, a lot of things just aren't realistic at all. If you kill a creature, you have the entire carcass. You should be able to carve any parts you want from it — not just a random handful. It's like saying you shot a 12-point buck deer, but unfortunately due to drop rate limits you couldn't claim the antlers.



edcomics commented on 3DS System Update 9.0.0-20 Is Now Live with Ho...:

It didn't even cross my mind, but of course they'll charge sales tax on these themes. I feel like everything is twice the price it should be (99 cents plus tax for polka dots?), so for now I'm sticking with Free Blue.