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Fri 18th Mar 2011

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HolyBlade commented on Mega Man 5:

Some people say this is the worse of the NES releases, I don't see it as such.

The bosses are totally dumb and the music unmemorable as a whole, but the level design is miles ahead of 4 and 6, for instance.



HolyBlade commented on Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii):

10/10 is a little too much. Most of the later levels are rehashed ideas, for example. Still, it's quite impressive and polished for a company's first incursion into 2D (well, 2.5D) gaming. Retro did an excellent job (even if it doesn't quite feel like Rare's Donkey Kong Country anymore).

I'd give it a 8/10. Great fun, and a satisfying revival. Can't wait for Retro's next move!



HolyBlade commented on Chrono Trigger:

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF- it's coming on monday.

I need to buy me some Wii points now.



HolyBlade commented on MDK2:

MDK on Wiiware? That's unexpected...but a good surprise.

Anyway, where's the first?



HolyBlade commented on Donkey Kong 64:

Bringing more content does not always equals to being a better game. Case in point, Donkey Kong 64.

One of the most boring games I've ever played.



HolyBlade commented on Review: Metroid: Other M (Wii):

The story was a complete disgrace, and the gameplay wasn't that great either.

Considering its pedigree Metroid deserved much better. I'd say a 7/10 would be more appropriate.



HolyBlade commented on Review: House of the Dead: OVERKILL (Wii):

Was a great game, indeed. Genuinely funny, too.

Too bad not enough people gave it a chance. I guess it will be remembered by those who played it as a cult classic, like those movies it tried so hard to emulate.



HolyBlade commented on Ghosts 'n Goblins:

Infuriatingly difficult and addictive.

Yes, GnG is hard as nails, but it gives you that feeling of "maybe if I try one more time I can do it!", which is essential for a tough platformer. Of course, finally beating the game is an immensely rewarding experience, and makes all the trouble seem worth it.



HolyBlade commented on Mega Man X:

This game is the ****.

One of the best Mega Man...scrap that, one of the best action games I've ever played. Too bad I already have MMX Collection, otherwise I'd buy this without hesitation.



HolyBlade commented on Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Tro...:

I don't understand why one would consider this the weakest of the (at the time) trilogy. People keep saying that they hate Kiddy Kong, but DK, in the first game, was about as useful as Kiddy...

So ok, DKC3 is not nearly as awesome as DKC2. However, it is leagues ahead of the first DKC in terms of level design, and it's still a fun platformer to play.



HolyBlade commented on Sonic Spinball:

This Sonic game was an entirely forgettable experiment. Really boring and slow gameplay ("Sonic" and "slow" in the same sentence, what's up with that?), the platforming sequences don't blend well with pinball-oriented controls - in short, it's just messy.

But the music wasn't half-bad! The first stage's BGM (Toxic Caves) is one of the most underrated Sonic tunes. The boss theme is also remarkable, with a delicious metallic tone that only the Genesis' chip was capable of producing.



HolyBlade commented on Kid Icarus:

You CAN beat this game, but it's not worth the trouble. Kid Icarus is just too "old school" for it's own good.

There's no fun in wasting 10 minutes climbing a screen, just to lose all progress because you messed up a jump. I hate all the grinding that is required in order to survive the first few levels. And those annoying Eggplant Wizards with (seemingly) random attack patterns? Screw it.

Nostalgia purposes aside, only get this if you are a masochist.



HolyBlade commented on Ghouls 'n Ghosts:

This one is a little less punishing than the other G&G games. You get unlimited continues, checkpoints near the bosses, and even (gasp!) upwards shooting to face all those ever-so-tricky monsters.

Still painfully hard, though. Obviously not for everyone. However, if you're looking for, or don't mind, some challenge in your games, you need to check this out. It is a well-designed game, regardless of the difficulty.



HolyBlade commented on Faxanadu:

This is like Zelda II without all the BS. So it's actually fun, instead of frustrating.

The music has a couple of gems, too. Things get a little confusing at times, when you don't know where to go next and clues are scarce, but nothing to be worried about.



HolyBlade commented on Dragon's Curse:

Very fun game!

I wish it was longer, and that grinding for money wasn't such a boring and repetitive task, but can't have everything.



HolyBlade commented on Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest:

One of the definitive 16-bit games.

The whole package is top-notch, but it's the music that steals the show. David Wise created some of the strongest songs ever released as BGM for a video game. Truly genius work.



HolyBlade commented on Donkey Kong Country:

Rare was a somewhat unreliable company in terms of 2D (in this case, 2.5D) platforming. DKC is an instance where their level design was nothing to write home about. Not bad, but not "Mario" good either.

Still, DKC is an insanely fun game, with outstanding graphics and sound/music.



HolyBlade commented on Mega Man 9:

8-bit fun in all its heavenly glory.

This is the greatest Mega Man game yet. It manages to be even better than 2 and 3 - to live up to, and actually surpass, the high standards set by such legendary classics is quite the accomplishment. Special mention goes to the (fantastic) music: there is not a single bad or merely average composition here.



HolyBlade commented on Mega Man 10:

Game is pretty good, with useful options introduced (such as easy mode) and interesting DLC content.

Too bad it doesn't feel as inspired as Mega Man 9 was. The music and level design are mostly hit-or-miss this time around.



HolyBlade commented on Contra III: The Alien Wars:

Contra III is a great update to the classic Contra formula. The intense action and varied gameplay make it rise above all the other countless run and shoot games out there.

Maybe someday I will actually manage to beat it...



HolyBlade commented on Castlevania: Rondo of Blood:

Don't be afraid of the price tag and all the "moonspeak" in this.

Rondo of Blood and Super Castlevania IV are the 2D Castlevania games you want to own.



HolyBlade commented on Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse:

I don't play Castlevania III as often as I should. I beat the game a couple of times, and while I do appreciate moderately challenging games, the experience was far too exhausting. I'm not looking forward to another attempt.

Which is a shame. Great replay value, cool playable characters to choose from, different paths, hot level design: this would be one of my favorite NES games if it wasn't so devilish.



HolyBlade commented on Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master:

This game is really good, but I prefer Revenge of Shinobi. And no, I played Shinobi III first, so it's not just a matter of nostalgia.

The gameplay is insanely better here, but RoS was a better "ninja" game. It had more memorable atmosphere, music and bosses, while in Shinobi III all the zaniness is dangerously close to self-parody.



HolyBlade commented on The Revenge of Shinobi:

^^Is it just me or the comment above makes absolutely no sense.

Anyway, first time I played this was the 6-Pak version. It was fun, but I never managed to beat the first level - until now, that is. The music is, of course, legendary, and the game's challenging enough to last a while.

Sure, it has aged a little in some aspects (the timing for double jumping is a little awkward, pacing is slow as hell), but it's still a blast to play if you're willing to give it a chance.



HolyBlade commented on Review: Final Fantasy III (Virtual Console / S...:

I usually love Corbie's writing, but I think he missed the mark when he got himself into the whole FFVI vs. Chrono Trigger debate at the end. Chrono Trigger is a game worth of a perfect score, a great achievement in every way, but we should leave such praise to a proper review of Chrono Trigger.

Also, comparing music of entirely unrelated series is always a bad call. Even more so when both are widely praised and beloved soundtracks, created by composers aiming for dissimilar moods and styles, in different contexts. In this case, there's no merit whatsoever in saying which work one thinks is better. Overly subjective statements are better suited for fanboys and readers' comments, as they don't need to be helpful and informative at all.

Regardless, I still think Corbie is a great reviewer, and I'd say that FFVI is a worthy addition to everyone's gaming collection.



HolyBlade commented on Castlevania:

This is the NES Castlevania that I keep going back for more, Castlevania 3 is just too damn hard. A true 8-bit classic, with brilliant music and plenty of challenge.

Funnily enough, you can finish the six levels of this game in about 20-30 minutes if you know what you're doing. Of course, the first attempt to do it won't be easy AT ALL (especially if you neglect the hidden power-ups).



HolyBlade commented on ActRaiser:

The game has aged pretty well, but it's the soundtrack that will forever make it be remembered as one of the definitive SNES classics.

Another shot at Fillmore just to hear its glorious Castlevania-sounding synths and funky bass? Count me in.



HolyBlade commented on Adventures of Lolo:

I can wholeheartedly recommend this little gem.

The music is repetitive and gameplay restricted, but it successfully pulls off some clever and challenging puzzles.



HolyBlade commented on Final Fantasy III:

I predict a 9/10 score. FFVI is, without a trace of doubt, one of the greatest games I've ever played. It also blows out of the water each and every FF that followed it in terms of cohesive, mature storytelling and genuine grandiosity.

You should get it even if you generally can't stand this genre (and lord knows I hate RPGs with a fiery passion).