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Owner of VINTAGE Games

Male, 28, United States

I make games. I make music. I play games, but not as much as making them, or making music for them. The Ys series is the finest set of games to ever grace this planet. Ys 7 is the best APRG ever made. I like turtles.

Wed 1st April, 2009

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SwerdMurd commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Resilience Against W...:

I woudln't say you report negatively. You report honestly.

The system isn't doing fantastically, and you're not sugar-coating that. I for one respect that - you're a Nintendo news source, not a Nintendo back-patting club. Good on you guys, imo.



SwerdMurd commented on Review: Super Castlevania IV (Wii U eShop / Su...:

oh it's not PERFECT. 9/10 is quite accurate - amazing CV game to be sure - but certain things were done differently / worked better in Dracula's Curse, CV 68k, and Rondo. A few issues, such as the overpowerd 8-directional whipping (and levels that weren't quite designed to restrict its power properly), greatly-neutered difficulty, and overreliance on effects the SNES can't quite keep up a strong framerate with knock it down a touch for me. Personally I still have yet to play a 10/10 Castlevania, even though I love them so. In the TroidVania series, closest is probably OoE (9+/10)



SwerdMurd commented on Phantasm Studios Seeks To Resurrect Ghosts 'N ...:

a bit disappointed in this... I feel like the motivation is due to the fact that Capcom's on a downhill path to bankruptcy and can't really fight them.... Don't kick a man when he's down, esp. when he gave you 30 years (well... like 26 years?) of joy.



SwerdMurd commented on SEGA Confirms Western Release Dates and Detail...:

Love the idea of this... But there isn't one game in this particular list that I'm interested in. Space Harrier would be good if the game was good, Sonic will prob be the best of the bunch... Altered Beast / Shinobi III I will forever pass on (yucky physics), and good lord did Ecco age horribly.

Wake me up when 3D Phantasy Star IV shows up - those battles would look awesome. Shining in the Darkness would be cool as well, and it'd be nice to have a reason to give Comix Zone another shot.



SwerdMurd commented on Review: Clu Clu Land (Wii U eShop / NES):

I suck at this game terribly. While the controls are pretty bizarre these days, it is important to realize that there was very little to compare it to upon release and overhead 2d games were still in their relative infancy.

But yeah. 5/10 is more than fair. It becomes less of a game and more of a chore pretty quickly.



SwerdMurd commented on Nicalis Quizzes Fans Over Potential For a Phys...:

Nope. A decent game, made equally decent and charged for, in a horrendously long amount of time, and rereleased a billion times. Could not be less interested... If anything, this stream of rereleases has tainted my view on / memories of the game.



SwerdMurd commented on Nintendo Comes Up Empty at the Golden Joystick...:

idk what ya'll are talking about... This list is quite solid. World of Tanks as best online.... I mean I can see why, but I don't agree.... And Witcher 3 as most anticipated I personally don't agree with - but again, it makes sense.

Call of Duty's award annoys as always, but given how the series has jumpstarted gaming addictions for 3/4 of the FPS-playing world, it makes reluctant sense too. What did Nintendo do in the last year that really merits any award-getting?



SwerdMurd commented on Capcom Celebrates 30 Years With New Character ...:

they're really pulling out all the stops to finally start earning again, huh? There will be an encyclopedia of capcom encyclopedias coming the week after that - and the encyclopedia will be a playable character in the next 12 versions of Streetfighter 4.



SwerdMurd commented on Review: GOLF (Wii U eShop):

I still have this game on e-Reader cards. Considering its release date, it's pretty impressive.... But yeah - not much sense in playing it anymore :)



SwerdMurd commented on Review: Final Fight (Wii U eShop / Super Ninte...:

I gotta say this is my least favorite in the FF series. It's worse / easier than the arcade version, it's a much simpler game than 2 (or especially 3), and the music got kinda gimped.

It's still a stronger game than the first Streets of Rage though, and deserves the 7/10. Good game.



SwerdMurd commented on Illegal Nintendo Clones Are Running Rampant On...:

This has always been my main beef with Win mobile / Android markets, vs. iOS markets. Waaay more of this illegal trashware shows up on those services, and never seems to disappear. I wanna say there are a good 500+ illegal paper-thin minecraft clones in the android market alone, all named / pictured / described to trick users into thinking the game is the REAL minecraft.



SwerdMurd commented on Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land...:

stop calling things that aren't 8 bit 8 bit!!! GRRRRRR... Retro. Use the term retro. Or pixelated. Or "we wanted to save on development so we made it to a way lower standard than we needed to in order to cash in on trendiness".

Something that isn't an outright lie.



SwerdMurd commented on Review: Rage Of The Gladiator (3DS eShop):

One of the many games I ALMOST 100% liked - insanely strong Punchout-style clone, all sorts of really intelligent, well-planned RPGism to stretch out the game without feeling cheap.

Main issue here was, as usual, Wii controls. I got it as a test for Wii Motion Plus... and Plus or not, it did a crap job of sensing what I was doing. Punchout worked MUCH better with waggle controls.

I could always tell there was a great game underneath it though. Time to play it as nature intended - with buttons :D



SwerdMurd commented on Hardware Review: Nintendo 2DS:

it still looks like a knock off.... I feel like this is what Madcatz made in one of their evil copycat labs, and Nintendo swooped in, stole it, and released it.



SwerdMurd commented on KORG M01D:

YES! I was following the M-1 on DS ravenously until its cancellation - Cannotwaaaaaaaaaaait!!!!! :)



SwerdMurd commented on Weirdness: There's a Game of Thrones 8-Bit Game:

not too shabby! Still will never understand why these 8 bit tribute games employ such atrocious bizarre-floaty jump physics. Not a fan of squares-only, game gear-style 8bit audio either... Great effort for a tribute though



SwerdMurd commented on Weirdness: These "Anywhere Buttons" Look Daft ...:

I have an iCade and an ICade 8bitty - they're nice enough when they're compatible, but the compatibility rate of these types of external devices is way too poor in my experience. If no one supports it, who cares how usable it makes the device?



SwerdMurd commented on Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Dem...:


Actually I suppose that's fine, as long as I have the option to make (and hopefully get some reward for making) my own maps. It's the most engaging feature in the world, and wholely responsible for why I will never go back and play Shining in the Darkness, Wizardry, or any of those other mapless dungeon wanderers.

Making maps is fun - but I don't wanna sit there with a piece of paper that I'll end up losing in 10 minutes. Map making fun + the ease of pre-made pics/tools + stored on device = dungeon crawl heaven.



SwerdMurd commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's eShop Policies Deser...:

All I'd need is a easier access to a contact person on the publishing side of Nintendo, or a better system of customer support in that regard, and more robust development / conversion tools. If I worked in Unity one of these would be solved... Still, Nintendo's taken a metric ton of great steps this gen, and I hope they continue!



SwerdMurd commented on Review: Star Soldier (3DS eShop / NES):

this game is so hard :( I love the NES era shoot em ups, but none of them (except maybe Life Force / Salamander) can match up to Zanac.

If you want an NES shmup, get Zanac. It's unbelievable.



SwerdMurd commented on Ludosity's Ittle Dew Was Pitched to Nintendo a...:

It gives the the feeling it might be a decent enough Zelda clone for a few minutes... and then you notice the combat collision boxes, and the horribly-used warping, and the pacing of the first dungeon... And then you're glad you didn't pay for it yet. Cool constantly-animated visual style, but just doesn't work.



SwerdMurd commented on Review: Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (Nintendo 64):

completely agree. I thought I liked this game, but I played it at my brother's a few months ago and it was horrid. At least Goldeneye had decent presentation value, even if it featured similarly crap-worthy controls. Turok is just plain ol' rough.



SwerdMurd commented on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate ...:

everyone should like this game cause it's wonderful :)

Seriously the most fun story-driven experience I've had on 3DS to date. Resident Evil Revelations is up there too but I found Castlevania more fun to play. Definitely not the prettiest game on the handheld but it earned style points for days.



SwerdMurd commented on Soapbox: Mobile And Tablet Gaming Is Creating ...:

it's a different beast. The challenge has always varied pretty considerably depending on game type as well.

These new games are games in name only. They're clever ways to allow people to engage with one another, while encouraging people to spend money on ways to improve or personalize their experience. Comparing them to Megaman is a waste of time... Idk, social games are precisely that - they're chat rooms w/ an assortment of tasks to complete and built-in "show off" trophycase-typed things. I think the issue people take is that they're called games, rather than entertainment products or something similar.



SwerdMurd commented on Review: Pilotwings (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo):

this is my review of Pilotwings, completely and totally.

"You can fly around for a little while, then turn it off."

Cool enough tech demo, but I could never figure out how anyone spent more than 15 minutes with this game. There's no game.