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Owner of VINTAGE Games

Male, 30, 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 Apr 2009

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SwerdMurd commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Successfully Wooed Som...:

I'm still not like "run out and drop 300+ dollars" wooed, but I was really impressed by everything I saw. Honestly all 3 did a good job... I think MS was slightly in last place, but not by any wide margin. Nice, solid, consoles-are-already-out E3 with some great stuff on display!



SwerdMurd commented on Natsume Confirms Two Game Boy Color Titles Com...:

GBC lufia, in terms of equipment balance / battle math, is completely on par with Lufia 2 for SNES - and quite a bit stronger than Fortress of Doom.

It's quite a bit harder too - bosses are quite a challenge if you aren't force leveling. Dungeon design, however, isn't as strong (everything is Ancient-Cave style randomized) - but it still remains one of the finest games on the GBC - up there with Dragon Warrior 3 GBC. It's great!



SwerdMurd commented on Review: Ittle Dew (Wii U eShop):

^ I felt precisely the opposite way about the puzzle mechanics - I think Nintendo's "blast through new mechanics at a breakneck pace" thing is a BIT light on reuse, but hell if I had the resources I'd do it too. This game is precisely the opposite - beats me over the head with the same mechanics until I loathe them. Dear developers - go back and play Lufia 2 again please. That pacing / feature-rollout was spot on!!



SwerdMurd commented on Review: Ittle Dew (Wii U eShop):

played on ouya - while it was plenty technically solid (from a mechanics / presentation perspective), it's leagues away from Zelda. It was all block puzzles and duping for several hours - I was bored before I cleared the first dungeon. Can't say I agree with an 8 here unless all Zeldas are 10+s (and even then) - it's just a nicely animated million-hour block puzzle with largely absent combat.



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



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!