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26, United States

I love psychology, philosophy, literature, and video games.

Sun 11th March, 2012

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Ralizah commented on Shantae And The Pirate's Curse All Set For Fes...:

Might be tempted to pick this up if I can get a discount for already owning it on 3DS. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't tried it. Best Metroid-style game I've played in years, and easily the best of the Shantae games.



Ralizah commented on First Impressions: Bravely Second's Demo Comes...:

I'll feel better when we get a release date. Nice to know the game looks nice. I'm about finished with the first one. I like the idea of the second half, but it's kind of tedious in execution. Nevertheless, I'd much rather have a brilliant RPG where some of the experimental ideas fail than a mediocre, run-of-the-mill one.



Ralizah commented on Demand For amiibo Continues As Pre-Orders For ...:

Just preordered Zelda. She's the only one of 2nd wave amiibos I really wanted anyway. Feb. will be rough, though. I want Rosalina, Sonic, Mega Man, and maybe Shulk. I already preordered Mega Man. I'm taking no chances there.



Ralizah commented on Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Br...:

I don't mind supporting games I like, but if they want to treat their best customers like this, I don't mind cheaping out on them. I'd prefer a Day One $30 - $40 physical version of the game, but they're not giving me that option, so I'll opt for the cheapy download you know will be on the eshop in a few months.



Ralizah commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

My second least favorite Nintendo console, after the Wii. It's... disappointing. On a related note, I started playing Mario 64 for the first time today. it's awful so far. You have so little control over so many of Mario's movements. He slips and slides constantly like he's walking on ice. In place of the tight control of previous (and subsequent) games, you get a bunch of useless gimmicks like somersaulting, punching/kicking, and whatever that weird lunging thing he does is. The music is bland, too, and the worlds feel strangely barren.

But hey, games like Pokemon Snap, the 3D Zeldas, Conker's Bad Fur Day, etc. still give the system some appeal.



Ralizah commented on Review: Watch Dogs (Wii U):

It's an inferior port that released months after the other versions and right next to Smash. You can't convince me Ubisoft didn't want this game to fail.



Ralizah commented on Weirdness: A Fox amiibo Placed Rather Well in ...:

Amiibo tournaments (or Amiibo brackets in Smash tournaments) are an inevitability at this point. People are seeing that the A.I. is actually pretty intelligent. No match for top-level human players, of course, but still pretty darn impressive for little Skylander things.

I love how stunned the announcer sounds when he's reporting on the Amiibo taking players out.

Here's a youtube video of the Amiibo's big performance:



Ralizah commented on Soapbox: Sonic, It's Time to Talk:

Sega would do well to choose much more carefully which companies are able to utilize this character. I've lost pretty much any confidence I ever had in the Sonic brand after being burned so many times. It's essentially a 50/50 shot these days whether a new Sonic game will be good or completely mediocre.. I'm open to new games in the future that others tell me are good, but my presumption since the Wii era has been that Sonic games are, by and large, buggy, unpolished, and mediocre experiences, and the games that have come out in the last few years, Generations aside, have done little to disabuse me of that.

Even the best Sonic games pale in comparison to the Mario platformers, though. The one possible exception is Sonic 2, which was a masterpiece of the 16-bit era, but otherwise? The worst thing you can say about a Mario game is that it is unoriginal and/or takes no risks. They are always polished and professional experiences, though.



Ralizah commented on Review: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS):

With Tech here. I've supported virtually every Atlus 3DS release in the last two or three years with day one purchases or preorders, but I'm going to hold off on this. I still need to play Persona 3 to appreciate that side of things and I'm not thrilled with the $50 price tag. I'll take advantage of one of their frequent sales next year for this.

Glad to hear it's not just EO with a Persona skin, though. I'm a bit more eager to play this now. Great review!



Ralizah commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

The Vita IS a great handheld, but that really is no thanks to Sony, who seems to have dropped it like a rock in the West. If Sony thinks so highly of the Vita, they should support it with more Western first-party content.



Ralizah commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

Sounds about right to me. As I own a decent gaming PC, I see no reason to waste my money on another next-gen system when the majority of games released for it will see equal or superior quality PC releases as well. The vast majority of the experiences on the Wii U are exclusive to it, though. It was well worth the money.



Ralizah commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

I love it. There's no doubt that the sales have been abysmal and that some dry spells have resulted due to third-parties abandoning it in droves. It's one of the most satisfying Nintendo systems I've ever owned, though, in terms of games and hardware. All of the first-party exclusives have been incredible, the GamePad is an ingenious innovation, and the performance of the system has been improved to the point where it is impressively stable in terms of consistent performance and economical in terms of energy usage.

Also, I'll be honest: I detested the Wii. The Wii U is a major return to form.



Ralizah commented on Video: Feast Your Eyes On Etrian Odyssey Untol...:

I tried playing story mode in the first Untold and just couldn't get into it. It's not that it was "bad," persay, but it betrayed the things I've come to associate with Etrian Odyssey: character creation and customization, minimal plot, an almost entirely player-determined level of pacing, brutal difficulty, and the thrill of exploration.

Don't get me wrong, the classic mode was a wonderful recreation of the original game.I loved that you could even opt for retro or remade music! I'm not terribly thrilled with the weird route they're taking the series, though, and I am mainly waiting for them to release Etrian Odyssey V.



Ralizah commented on Kirby And The Rainbow Curse For Wii U Releases...:

I like the aesthetic, but I think I'm going to skip this one. I didn't like Canvas Curse because of the control gimmick, so I don't expect this to be any different.

A new 3D Kirby would be fantastic, though. Just sayin'.



Ralizah commented on Video: The Top 10 Mario Platformers, As Select...:

Super Mario Bros being #10 on the list sounds about right. The game was incredibly influential and is still a fun game, but most of the sequels vastly improve on its basic formula.

I am a little sad about SMB3 ranking so low, though. I've always preferred it to SMW and consider it to be the greatest game on the NES.