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Mon 12th Nov 2012

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MetalKingShield commented on Here's Exactly What Has Changed With Fire Embl...:

Yeah, the SJWs have been pushing this "Eroticism is bad" ethos across the Western World. They hate Japan because they won't play ball and (at the moment) are the last bastion against that. I feel people are becoming brainwashed and letting themselves be convinced that the most innocent things are offensive.



MetalKingShield commented on Here's Exactly What Has Changed With Fire Embl...:

It just saddens me that extreme violence is so prevalent in western games, yet anything to do with affection or sensuality makes people uncomfortable. It's a strange thing that I don't think I'll ever understand.

Personally, I like Nintendo because they're wholesome, but my sensibilities are more in line with Nintendo of Japan than NoA or (sadly) NoE - I don't think they'd put anything in a game if it was morally wrong. NoA's recent censorship of Project Zero/Fatal Frame, Xenoblade Chronicles X and Fire Emblem Fates seems unnecessarily prudish to me, rather than there actually being anything unwholesome about the games in their Japanese form.



MetalKingShield commented on Bravely Second "Tomahawk" Costume Change Confi...:

The Tomahawk outfit was far better.

If you look at the original outfit, it actually shows - shock, horror - some upper thigh, and we all know that's not allowed any more. Like the Bravo Bikini in the first game, a heterosexual male might have gained a slight sliver of enjoyment out of it - the greatest crime there is nowadays.



MetalKingShield commented on Rumour: Super Smash Bros. Planned as NX Launch...:

If you think back to how Nintendo used the Wii to give certain games the chance they thought they deserved on the GameCube - Twilight Princess, Pikmin, Metroid Prime 1 & 2, Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat and Pikmin 2 - I suspect they're going to do the same with NX.

NX may well be not much more powerful than Wii U at all, but more of a "fresh start", with definitive versions of Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8 to use as the new baseline, very likely Zelda U as well, and possibly many of the big Wii U games like Xenoblade Chronicles X, Star Fox etc.



MetalKingShield commented on Fire Emblem Fates Removes 'Petting' Feature in...:

@sillygostly - Excellent posts.

I used to think the golden rule of censorship was "Is this harmful?" Nowadays it seems everything is getting toned down without anyone being able to explain how that word "harm" comes into it. It's a shame games journalists don't take Nintendo to task and force them to explain who they're censoring the games for, and why. I'd also like to know why Europe all of a sudden has to endure NoA's censorship.

For what it's worth, I enjoyed Fire Emblem: Awakening a great deal and would have bought this too, but I 100% support a boycott. One of the things I loved about that game was the rapport you built with your team, including a romantic bond with the character of your choice. Intelligent Systems had the right instinct to build upon that, and it's a shame that their idea has been so diluted. Games should be fantasy and escapism - why does it matter what the real world rules are? I should be able to have 10 wives in a video game if I want!

When you play a game you're taking part in a story. There might be fights, arguments, sad scenes, dramatic scenes... and there should also be the possibility of sexual and romantic scenes. But increasingly, there's not. This is becoming a huge problem across all Western media, but particularly in video games - eroticism is the only thing that's ever censored now, and I think deep down most people must realise this. It's no exaggeration to say we're fast heading towards a time where you won't be able to express these themes at all.



MetalKingShield commented on Nintendo Further Explains Fire Emblem Fates Lo...:

Really the best thing to do would have been to alter the wording slightly so that the character knows she's taking the potion (ie. consents to it) - after all, I assume there's room for interpretation when translating from Japanese to English. Generally though, I think accepting all this is sending the message we aren't mature enough to accept the games as they're designed.



MetalKingShield commented on Nintendo Removes Infamous Drugging Scene From ...:

@Dakt is right - this all seemed to start with Tomodachi Life. Those who complained sent Nintendo a message that we can't accept games as they are. For the record, I support Nintendo's right to put gay relationships in their games, but if they want to create something that doesn't have them, that's also fine.

My opinion on Fates? Drugging is certainly dodgy, for whatever reason and whichever gender is on the receiving end. We have to ask ourselves some serious questions here - Is it OK to portray illegal acts in video games? If it's OK to portray them, is it OK to glorify them? At the end of the day, I have some sympathy with cutting this, as I suspect they couldn't get a PEGI 12 (or anywhere near) if they left the drugging in; unlike, say, censoring a bikini, because it's utterly ridiculous to say a 12-year-old can't see a bikini.

Regarding the homosexual conversion, it's inaccurate and (to some) offensive but, again, we have to ask ourselves - Should fiction and fantasy be allowed to portray inaccurate ideas? To me, the answer is "absolutely".



MetalKingShield commented on Fire Emblem Fates New Nintendo 3DS XL Model Co...:

It's not so much the money that bothers me, I just don't want to combine physical + digital. I'm very reluctant to buy Conquest (physical), Birthright (physical) and then pay for a download of Revelation. If I could get the Special Edition, however, I might be tempted.



MetalKingShield commented on Dragon Quest VII Set for a Summer Release in N...:

@Konda - Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2 was the first released in Europe.

I-III is a trilogy
IV-VI is a trilogy
VII, VIII and IX are all standalone (and presumably X)

They are all very easy to understand without playing any of the others though. I recommend playing any that become available.



MetalKingShield commented on Video: Five Things We Want From The Nintendo NX:

My main hopes:

1. Traditional controller with analogue triggers
2. Power comparable to PS4/Xbox One
3. Same architecture as PS4/Xbox One so we get multi-format games
4. A return to the semi-adult tone of the GameCube era - Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime, F-Zero etc. Big, 3D games that make full use of the hardware. If there is a Zelda similar to the 2011 demo, gamers will go crazy for it.



MetalKingShield commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X Voice Actress Is In Fav...:

It's a difficult one, because I can see that the character looks fairly young (not a "child" though). On the other hand, it's only a bikini. She's not a real person and nothing sexual happens, so it's hard to see a problem. If you imagine something sexual, that's up to you. On balance, I think Lin looks old enough to wear that sort of bikini, and the Japanese outfits just look better - not necessarily sexual, just better.

It might be easy to understand Lin's censorship if it was a one-off, but it's not. The bust slider was also removed, and is it correct that other outfits were censored? Overall, I think it's fair to assume the game was localised with a prudish attitude in general, as was Project Zero - the lingerie outfits in that definitely shouldn't have been removed.

If you look at the bigger picture, it's a growing trend. Lara Croft was toned down, Street Fighter V was made less sexual and (at time of writing) Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is not coming to the West, supposedly for fear of a backlash.

So overall, no, I wouldn't care if a supposedly 13-year-old character was given slightly less revealing outfits in the first place, but I am sick of the way the heterosexual male's viewpoint has suddenly been deemed unimportant by those behind the scenes.



MetalKingShield commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2016:

Zelda U is easily my most-anticipated.

I'm also looking forward to Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, although from what I've seen it doesn't look as appealing as the 2nd or 3rd games. Finally, Twilight Princess HD can't be bad, and has the potential to be excellent depending on how much they actually improve it (I'm afraid I do think it could do with much better graphics).



MetalKingShield commented on Feature: Our Staff's Hopes and Dreams for Nint...:

Things I'm hoping for/looking forward to:

  • Zelda U
  • Dragon Quest VII/VIII
  • Learning about NX hardware
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (not strictly Nintendo)
  • Ideally some new Metroid
  • And yeah, the censorship of bikinis/lingerie has really got out of hand. Hopefully society will begin to reject the Puritanism and sex-negative culture that has developed.


MetalKingShield commented on There'll Be More Senran Kagura Bursting Onto t...:

I'd be open to buying another Senran Kagura game of some kind in the future, but it'd have to be better (less repetitive) than Burst. I like fanservice, but as a gamer I prefer something like Final Fight every time. Still, it's always interesting to see what these people can do with better graphics and new methods of interaction!



MetalKingShield commented on The Legend of Dark Witch 2 Will Cast Its Spell...:

Legend of Dark Witch was really quite good. It felt satisfying and was nice to have a platformer not necessarily based on the Mario model. Although it was set up in a similar manner to Mega Man, it reminded me more of Wonder Boy, or perhaps other 16-bit platformers from the early 1990s.



MetalKingShield commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

I'm in the middle with this.

Whilst I'm all in favour of developers charging a fair price, you also have to consider that downloadable games have no resale value. When you start to hit the £10-20 price range, then people are only going to take a chance on it if they are really excited for it.

Personally, I thought Shovel Knight was just about worth the price, and Azure Striker Gunvolt much less so, but in both cases I've spent £10-15 on something I won't play again. Whether Affordable Space Adventures is worth the price, I don't know - it may well be, but you can understand a certain amount of caution towards it at that price. I thought Shantae and the Pirate's Curse was absolutely brilliant and well, well worth £15.99, but everyone's different.

As a general rule, and as display resolutions become more standard across the board, it might be better to make everything for all platforms (see Half-Genie Hero, in fact). Nintendo exclusives might have made sense in the days when the company's handhelds had very specific, low resolutions, but they make less sense when instead you could rescale any game between 480, 720 and 1080p.

Making a game tailored specifically to a Nintendo machine (eg. one that makes particular use of the GamePad) may be a noble idea, but if the Nintendo fans don't support it (for whatever reason), multi-format is the future.



MetalKingShield commented on Retrospective: Sega's Streets of Rage Series:

This is the best article I've read for ages, by someone who really knows the games.

Personally, I found Streets of Rage 2 too difficult to complete back in the day, but am eager to play it again on 3DS. Streets of Rage 3 is one I haven't tried, as I wasn't sure if the cartridge was worth the money at the time, but I would definitely try it if it was released as one of M2's 3D Sega games.

Going forward, the only way to make a new game of this type is to keep it completely 2D. I think they could improve the graphics much more than anything yet seen, as long as they keep it pixel art.

Great article!



MetalKingShield commented on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U No Longer Set fo...:

I was surprised people believed the reason for the Twilight Princess delay back in 2005 - "to make it the best game it can be" (paraphrasing) - and I'm just as surprised people believe it for this. Although it's not widely acknowledged, neither version of the final game functioned as the GameCube original was intended to. Shield control via the R-trigger and analogue stick was removed - that's a fact - leading me to wonder if the Mirror Shield was also taken out and replaced with the Spinner. The point is, you can't have dual versions + huge delay like this without there being major changes.

It's now very likely this will be a launch title for the NX, which itself could be a powerful handheld. If so, the new hardware could easily launch in November 2016, not technically succeeding the Wii U.



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

I would say :

  • Etrian Odyssey IV
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

...As my main three. Looking forward to the eShop poll, although there are still a couple of upcoming games that I think will make it - Azure Striker Gunvolt and Risky's Revenge: Director's Cut.



MetalKingShield commented on The Nintendo 3DS is Now Four Years Old in Europe:

Absolutely brilliant handheld - a joy to own from launch, however questionable its popularity was in the early days. Pilotwings Resort and Ocarina of Time were great early games, finishing off the year with Mighty Switch Force, which was an amazing-quality eShop title designed just for the 3DS.

Then we had the superb RPG, Etrian Odyssey IV, and the amazing Fire Emblem: Awakening. This year we've had my personal favourite game, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.

The only disappointment for me is the lack of 2D Metroid and (in the West) Dragon Quest on the handheld.



MetalKingShield commented on Talking Point: It's Time for a Nintendo Direct...:

If there was one, I'd hope for:

  • Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut release date and details
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero release date
  • Etrian Odyssey V details (if it's on a Nintendo system)
  • A true (pixel art) 2D Metroid for the 3DS
  • Western release of Dragon Quest VII
  • An update on Zelda Wii U. Sure, have a great trailer for E3, but I still think more gameplay footage would be extremely welcome.


MetalKingShield commented on Swedish Newspaper Questions The European Relea...:

It's none of Sweden's business whether a game gets a wider European release. If they want to ban a game, or not follow PEGI, that's up to them, but don't try and tell the rest of us what to do.

After playing the original, I thought it was a pretty poor game and generally a bit sad, but the only thing I outright objected to was the acceptance of a character who gropes the others. Trying to get a thrill out of others without their consent is a serious matter, but let's not forget other games feature theft, violence and murder against non-combatants without their consent.

Overall, when you look at the campaigns against Page 3, Nuts magazine, scientists' shirts, Spider-Woman etc, I am utterly sick of feminist crusades against art and particularly against male sexuality. If it's between consenting adults, it's no one else's business.



MetalKingShield commented on Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Confirmed For Eu...:

I'm in favour of titillation and eroticism being allowed in games, but I didn't think Senran Kagura Burst was a good game at all. If anything, I think people exaggerated its quality as a way of saying it wasn't just about scantily-clad girls. The combat was a little bit fun at first but became repetitive extremely quickly, and overall just left me wanting to play Final Fight instead. No offence intended - just my humble opinion.



MetalKingShield commented on Nintendo Download: 12th March (Europe):

This has got to be the best eShop week they've ever had. Zero Mission and OutRun are both brilliant, as is Shantae and the Pirate's Curse. Mighty Switch Force 1 and 2 are ridiculously good for the price, as are the discounted Super Hang-On and Afterburner II.



MetalKingShield commented on Feature: Ten Upcoming Nindie eShop Games to Wa...:

@97alexk - Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is definitely worth it even at £16, and will be £12 on the 12th of March (if I've calculated it right). I'd say it's 8-10 hours when you're playing for the first time. Pirate's Curse and Risky's Revenge: Director's Cut are probably the two best ones to have on 3DS.

@VanillaLake - I'm guessing Half-Genie Hero is being designed at 720/1080p, so wouldn't re-scale very well for the 3DS. I've heard there are bits where the camera zooms out considerably, so it would probably just be too small.



MetalKingShield commented on Feature: Ten Upcoming Nindie eShop Games to Wa...:

Risky's Revenge for me - the DSi original is probably my favourite 2D platformer, and I haven't been able to get the Director's Cut before. Does anyone know if the dungeons now have their own maps and the dialogue boxes don't obscure the character art? Also, can you keep the wallpapers (eg. Speed Run) instead of them only appearing briefly?

Affordable Space Adventures looks intriguing as well, especially as I have a penchant for Red Dwarf.



MetalKingShield commented on WayForward to Celebrate 25th Anniversary With ...:

@Souldin - Yes, Pirate Mode gives you all the abilities from the outset, so you can skip enormous portions of the game (especially the dungeons). It's no exaggeration to say that, playing this way, you just don't get the full experience (although it's great/essential for speed runs).

Although I say 8-10 hours, that includes time spent working everything out. When you know what to do, a normal (non-Pirate Mode) playthrough is more like 4-5 hours.