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Thu 18th Sep 2008

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Swithom commented on Review: Master Reboot (Wii U eShop):

@OrangeCluster I think that is deliberate...
If you get the untold backstory it kind of makes sense. But yes, the game is full of rough edges and that is one. To be fair though it's not THAT much you need to replay. I heard people moaning about it before I started so when it happened to me I thought 'it's not put me THAT far back'



Swithom commented on Shovel Knight is Burying Sales Expectations:

The problem with funding further projects AFTER kickstarter is that even when they sell well a large part of your audience is going to get the game for free. They've already used up a lot of revenue from sales and if the next project needs large overheads...
2 or 3 projects down the line perhaps but the number of these studios that will break free from crowdfunding entirely 2-3 years down the line will be interesting



Swithom commented on Review: Master Reboot (Wii U eShop):

I really liked playing this game but it is short...
@maxcriden It's NOT explicit and there are moments that will freak you out but they overplay the horror aspects in the trailer massively. What it presents really well is a feeling of isolation the nervousness of being alone and helpless in a hostile world, moments of panic are scattered throughout but it's mostly just the tension it struggles (bust mostly suceeds) on pushing through.



Swithom commented on Pikmin 3 Mission Mode DLC Launches Today:

Really SCAR392? I know petrol is a lot cheaper in the US, and when my friends have been on shopping trips in America they come back with CDs, DVDs, clothes, all sorts of things usually smiling and laughing and saying 'IT'S SO CHEAP!'. The W101 discount was an amazing thing but it's an oddity that depended on you spending full price on another game first. Usually games in the UK do come at a premium over the same game in the US, that's been true for decades and it's still true now.
The only reason some UK shoppers get cheaper deals is the supermarkets / game stores are in competition with each other and deliberately undercut the prices to ensure sales. The RRP of games in the UK remains high but it's not rare to see a PS3 and X360 £60 game reduced to £45 within 2 weeks of going on sale, and down to £30 within six months. Sadly Nintendo 'evergreen' titles are among the few that maintain that high sale price.

Anyway, without getting into a transatlatic flame war Nintendo isn't the only company doing it. The market is set that electronic goods traditionally cost more in the UK than they do in the US, Nintendo is simply matching their competition.
It's annoying and I do wish they would stick their necks out and challenge the market like only they can, but in this case it appears they wont. Oh well.



Swithom commented on Rayman Legends Sells More Copies In The UK On ...:

This was once my most anticipated game for the Wii U but... September to december arereally busy months for me and I now have plenty of Wii U games now (not the case in feb) to occupy my time. It's sad but... somehow it's no longer on my agenda.

I might pick it up at a later date but the challenge demo has sated my lust really and so at the moment I don't really feel the need to get the full thing. Maybe next year? maybe...



Swithom commented on Review: Kirby's Adventure (Wii U eShop / NES):

I've enjoyed it, mostly.
I'd like to point out though again for PAL users, this is a 50Hz game. Which is a shame after the last two were both 60hz. The difference between this and Balloon Fight however is they have 'sort' of optimized it.
Kirby moves faster than he would if it was a straight 50hz port, however other things are still off. It is still... well not great.
But its not as Balloon Fight either so hey.



Swithom commented on Rayman Creator Michel Ancel "Wasn't Shocked" B...:

I dunooo... If it was out now I would have bought it full price and I'd be loving every second .
By September I still can't see me rushing out to buy it immediately, it'll be one for ' when I have some free months and some spare cash' and also probably 'when it's a little cheaper.'
So I've not cooled on it but I don't think Ubisoft will benefit from my custom like they could have.



Swithom commented on Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Looks...:

if this is true I hope it does well..
Personally the sequel World of Illusion was one of my favorite games on the Mega Drive, it was one of the few me and my brother played through again and again and again together.

But both pale in comparison to Quackshot



Swithom commented on Rayman Legends No Longer a Wii U Exclusive, De...:

I'm not bothered about it going onto PS3.
I am bothered about the fact I expected it at the end of the month, in fact I put a £50 gift card I recieved for christmas down on Amazon to pre-order it three days ago.


Can I get that £50 back when it was a gift card?



Swithom commented on Balloon Fight On Wii U Reportedly Running At 5...:

@tgru I would agree however - Sonic on the Mega Drive was a BIG part of my youth. Now I've played 'full speed' non PAL versions, I physically can't bring myself to go back to the original (which I do still have at my moms house) because it looks and plays like crap.
At the time I knew no better but now I do and I'm angry.



Swithom commented on Balloon Fight On Wii U Reportedly Running At 5...:

@Token_Girl Out there in the world? Yeah, there probably are. But I had a fairly cheap TV that could do 60HZ back in 1999, and when the gamecube came out a lot of games gave me the option for 50 or 60 HZ. And the moment HD hit the scene it's become a complete non-issue.
Seriously Nintendo have pissed me off with this something royal. It damages the game, slowing everything down (music, animation, speed of movement) to the point where we're literally not playing the game that's meant to be played.
Unless this is sorted I wont be buying any virtual console games for full price.
(I might get Super Metroid in the 30p sale, but that'll be it. The only other one that interests me is F-Zero and whats the point of a racer with nerfed frame-rate+movement?)



Swithom commented on Review: Mass Effect 3 (Wii U):

I... haven't bought it.
If a trilogy ever comes to the Wii U i'll purchase it in a heartbeat. Right now... I'm prepared to miss out. One day I might pick it up cheap on the PC but for now I'd rather just miss out



Swithom commented on Job Losses Rock LostWinds Developer Frontier:

@rjejr If their UK based the tax year ends in April - so kicking them out to ensure that everything is reset in the new year actually has no financial benefit at all.

That said this is still a crappy time to do it. Hell, any time is a crappy time to do it.
I am, however, a little surprised a company I've only heard of producing wiiware titles had a staff of over 200 0.0



Swithom commented on Review: Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition (...:

@SMEXIZELDAMAN Technically there 'may' be frame rate 'issues' but I can happily day whilst playing it i've never noticed or even been bothered by any slowdown.
Apparently it's most noticable in fight scenes, but due to the way the game speeds up and slows down to show off the fighting, I really haven't noticed it.



Swithom commented on Review: Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition (...:

If I have one complaint it's complete lack of pro controller support. Gamepad use is okay (love everything BUT the remote controlled baterang which is just horrible, as for almost everything else you have option between button and touchpad) but the ability to play with pro controller would make this excellent...

(You could still have the gamepad as a map and the TV as the main screen, it's just mapping the buttons onto the pro controller wouldn't be hard, just an idea)



Swithom commented on Localisation Evidence Grows as Pandora's Tower...:

I'd guess the subtititle is more to try and immediately prevent people seeing the headline and jumping to the conclusions... It's a nice and interesting fact but for americans in particular, but also europeans, this story alone doesn't proove anything



Swithom commented on Treasure: Buy Dynamite Headdy, You Fools:

Well, if the game has a special place in his heart, then its perfectly understandable him being miffed its his worst selling game...

Imagine you are a movie produce, you produce five or six films and the one you loved making, are really proud of, everyone says is your greatest, fails at box office. No one bothers to see it.
But the others all do really well.
I mean, well done, your a respected movie producer, but it would be a little bit of a blow to your pride and creativity.



Swithom commented on Dynamite Headdy:

Years ago I only rented this game, and never had the chance to finish it. At last I can fulfill my dream on the virtual console, which is great, because it really is an example of 2D platforming at its finest.



Swithom commented on Ecco The Dolphin:

Oh, i used to HATE this game... But I came back few years later with more patience and experiences and it really does open up into a fantastic experience. It's no thrill ride, but it does offer something else very special.



Swithom commented on Sonic 3D Blast:

Although the game is slower than other Sonic titles, it does look gorgeous and actually has as much replayability as all the other titles. It just has a love it or hate it first impression when you realise its not actually THAT fast.