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IcyStorm commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii):

It feels slightly absurd that I still get comments about this review that contain some bewilderment regarding the score. Is someone not titled to his or her opinion? At the time of writing, the WiFi play was awful. Should I have ignored that part of the product? As a reviewer, I review the whole package, not just one or two aspects of a game. For Nintendo's first real console-based online effort, it was lackluster and clearly not ready for primetime.

Why did I hate on Subspace Emissary? Because it simply wasn't good. Yeah, it's great Nintendo put some kind of effort and put a story-based adventure mode in Brawl. Was the story any good? No. Sure, many, many games have terrible or uninspired narratives that are perhaps even worse than SSE's. Do I praise SSE because it doesn't suck as much as other single-player stories? Of course not! It is just fanservice and merely exists for the sake of having some sort of single-player mode with more depth.

I gave the game a 9, didn't I? I'm not denying the fun of multiplayer and the incredible amount of references that excites the Nintendo fan in me. It's just mainly SSE (which was hyped up by Sakurai and Nintendo at the time), the load times, and the online play. I had to look up SSE because I didn't even remember what it was about. Nothing of the single-player stuck with me because it wasn't impressive or humorous or even ridiculously bad (but memorable). It was just bland and boring. Forgettable.

Though, Brawl does still look fairly good when played with component cables on an HDTV, jaggies aside.

@triforceofcourage: I do have a 360. Sorry, I like to play all sorts of titles instead of just Nintendo titles. If I didn't have some other console (or gaming PC), I would've missed out on Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 1 and 2, StarCraft II, Burnout Paradise, BioShock, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Limbo, and an incredible mess of other titles that have never hit the DS or Wii.



IcyStorm commented on The DS Gets Some Guitar Hero Love!:

Yeah, the commercial is trailer looks beyond stupid and silly, but I think Vicarious Visions did a wonderful job with this. It will feel different though, the strumming, and I think it will be harder for GH vets =P



IcyStorm commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. Brawl:

Bah, everyone's entitled to his or her own opinion. I disagree with you about many of the things, but primarily calling SSBB a "perfect 10." A game cannot be perfect and can always use improvements, and a 10 doesn't mean perfect anyway, but that's a rant for another day.

I'm not one to collect every single trophy and sticker. While that may be appealing to you, some of the modes such as Target Test and the Multi-Man Melee stuff; I'm just not interested in and will not beyond completing some of the challenges or unlocking stages or characters. We both get a different enjoyment out of the game, and I'm glad you love it as much as you do.

Although Brawl is a tremendous amount of fun, there are still flaws that I personally find with the game that I have mentioned in my previous comment and the review itself. The WiFi service in general, SSE (can you actually say it's that fun? It's reminiscent of Kirby because of Sakurai, but it feels a lot more repetitive than it should), and the general nerfing of characters that did not need to be nerfed.

There's also the absurd mechanic of tripping, which I didn't realize was there until a few days after the review was published.



IcyStorm commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. Brawl:

No way in hell does this deserve a 10. SSE was incredibly underwhelming for what Sakurai made it out to be, and the WiFi play is incredibly "iffy" right now. It might just be Nintendo's servers being overwhelmed, but I'm not happy with the performance.



IcyStorm commented on Wii Fit Haters: Read This:

The Wii doesn't offer many traditional gameplay experiences when we want it, and the game selection is lackluster and disappointing. And Nintendo always puts out these odd accessories or add-ons (R.O.B., N64 Expansion Pak, GBA/GC connection) that sometimes alienate certain consumers or are just plain gimmicky and pointless. Maybe the Balance Board is another one of those things.

Perhaps it's because of Nintendo succeeding without the use of great hardware (in terms of specifications), some people are "angered." The Nintendo lacks HD output but is doing so well. Or it's because Nintendo tends to talk arrogantly IMO.

Anyway, I've been interested in Wii Fit and will definitely pick up in May.



IcyStorm commented on Uh-oh! Wii Pay And Play...:

This screams of Animal Crossing. Note that Nintendo's two biggest online games, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii, are NOT using this system (as far as we know =P). This is probably more for games that require a continuing online world such as MMOs. I'm pretty sure this is for Animal Crossing and any future MMO-like titles.