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Fri 24th May 2013

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SyntheticPerson commented on Mario 64 Speedrunner Offers Cash Reward To Any...:

The speedrun community does this quite often. The GoldenEye community have yearly bounties for certain levels or objectives, and if people can find a glitch or exploit for those things they can get a cash reward.

The big one is always one for control room to skip, or shorten, the protect section.

Anyway yeah, hopefully the big reward will encourage people to find out how to do it!



SyntheticPerson commented on Nintendo 64x64: Jet Force Gemini:

Fantastic game. One of my favourite games of all time. People usually list controls and tribal collecting as faults, but the tribals aren't hard to collect - and the levels are fun - so I don't see the problem. Also, if you use the expert control style, you will find it much easier to get to grips with.



SyntheticPerson commented on Nintendo 64x64: Pokemon Snap:

It would be nice if they did a new version, complete with medals for accomplishing certain things (making Pikachu surf, making a Gardevoir shake its hips, or whatever) and with a battle mode added. Would be great as an eshop release.



SyntheticPerson commented on Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listeni...:

@wayward I agree. It would be nice as a bonus mode for a new Stadium game.

The good thing is that they would have all the Pokemon models from the main game, so it would minimise the work needed.

Have the main Stadium mode, bonus minigames, and maybe a two-player Snap mode, where players compete for who can earn the most points. Maybe divide the levels into Morning / Afternoon / Night, and make them seasonal too (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter). Having 12 different variations for each stage should allow them to include all the Pokemon.



SyntheticPerson commented on Nintendo 64x64: Conker's Bad Fur Day:

@KeeperBvK I'm jealous of you. I wish I liked it that much.

When I replayed it about a month ago, I was expecting it to be as fun as when I was a child. I was quite disappointed that I found some elements really frustrating, especially as the problems I have don't apply to the Banjo games or DK. I still enjoyed my time with it (hence the 8, but I can't ignore the problems I had with it).



SyntheticPerson commented on Nintendo 64x64: Conker's Bad Fur Day:

Well, I hate to be that guy, but this game doesn't deserve a 10. The gameplay has a degree of charm, with the characters and the movie references, but the gameplay is awful. Swimming and jumping never really seems particularly smooth, and a lot of the sections are either bland or broken.

The initial part of the game is great fun, as are the last couple of chapters are also really good, but it sags in the middle with some really annoying gameplay. The Rats Tower level is absolutely atrocious. There are exceptions (Lava Surfing!), but it is still mostly bad in the middle [gameplay wise].

Overall, an enjoyable experience, but playing this as an adult made me realise its flaws.



SyntheticPerson commented on Nintendo Download: 16th October (Europe):

Whilst I won't be buying anything this week, I would recommend Lone Survivor to people. I have it on Steam, and it's pretty neat.

Also, if you have the spare cash, Gravity Badgers is a nice fun distraction. Not a complex puzzle game, but you can't go wrong for the price.



SyntheticPerson commented on Nintendo 64x64: Perfect Dark:

@Darknyht If you mean PD Zero, that game was awful. if you mean the XBLA rerelease, well.... that was ok. The controls let it down though (by being terrible).

I love the N64 perfect Dark so much. I like to speedrun the main game, and variations (enemy rockets!), so I have sunk in countless hours over the years. I love the game so much I have a Skedar tattooed on my leg



SyntheticPerson commented on We'd Be Cheating Fans By Bringing Assassin's C...:

Not possible? Just like how they said that rendering female models isn't possible (followed by the successive announcements of Hyrule Warrior, which consisted of female after female after female.....). I don't really like Ubisoft anymore, they can keep their games. I won't buy any of their stuff now on Wii U or PC.



SyntheticPerson commented on Nintendo 64x64: GoldenEye 007:

@CaptainToad PD should get the "King of Games" award (or should that be Queen?)

@Ootfan98 The trick is to choose Jaws if your opponent chooses Oddjob. Autoaim will automatically aim at his head. Easy!

I never really got into GE multiplayer, as I only had one other friend who liked FPS games, and 1v1 got a little boring after a while. GoldenEye X though shows just how much better the game would have been with bots included!



SyntheticPerson commented on Nintendo 64x64: GoldenEye 007:

Fantastic game. Great game for speedrunners too.

Only gripe is some of the levels can feel a bit empty compared with other FPS games, like Rare's similar classic, Perfect Dark.



SyntheticPerson commented on Nintendo 64x64: F1 World Grand Prix:

I agree Ichiban. Stuff like this made the N64 a great console.

I had fun with this at the time, but I have no interest in it now. But the racing genre isn't really for me, barring a handful of exceptions.



SyntheticPerson commented on Review: SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop):

I think this type of game does have it's place, as Beetlejuice says, but when a dev pulls an unpolished game out of their backside in a quick 10 minutes, it kinda takes the mick. If they actually spent a little more time (maybe another 10 minutes), then it would become a product worth 99c rather than overpriced freeware.

Games on Nintendo consoles should be made to satisfy the Nintendo Seal of Quality - even if the Seal does not exist any more. If it isn't good enough for those standards, it shouldn't be released. That is not to say shovelware shouldn't be allowed, but it should still adhere to a minimum. After all, a large percentage of Wii U owners won't be like us, looking online for our information. They will just buy things on what looks / sounds good, trusting in Nintendo to release titles of decent quality.



SyntheticPerson commented on Review: SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop):

By the way, it takes little effort to add a bit of extra quality. This is a flappy bird clone that was knocked out quickly by some guy (I think he said he did it in a few hours or within a day or something). And it is a free web-browser game, so you can save your dollar.

If some guy can do this, surely a game developer can put in a bit of effort. There is a market for this kind of game, but you need to actually make it reasonably decent.



SyntheticPerson commented on Review: SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop):

It really is a sad state of affairs when a developer basically admits to churning out trite for easy money. I would hate to be a developer who has no desire to make quality products. Even with trash like this, a few basic things that would incur minimal cost (sound effects, scrolling, miiverse integration) could have made this a budget app-like game. Neglecting basic quality standards just to churn out trash for money shows a certain contempt for the consumer.

I hope people do actually speak with their wallets and refuse to buy this. Things like this and the letter really need to disappear from the eshop. Steam is already drowning in rubbish early access stuff; I only hope Nintendo doesn't go the same way.



SyntheticPerson commented on Super Mario 64:

Super Mario 64 remains my favourite game of the series. I love the open world nature of it. You can pick and choose, not only stars, but the route in which to gain the stars. It allowed for great replayability and is probably the reason that people can play it time and time again. Minor camera issues aside (it is after all a problem inherent in the genre), Mario 64 is pretty much a perfect Mario game.



SyntheticPerson commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Re...:

I think they are useful for the future. I have heard of some people having problems with their carts now that the internal battery is on the blink. In the future, when carts are mostly dead, these will be a saviour to people who like to play retro stuff (like me). I am paranoid about my PD and GE carts dying.

Also, some of the hacked stuff is brilliant. Petrie's Challenge, Super Mario Star Road, GoldenEye X, etc are all fabulous labours of love from fans, and playing them on native hardware is the best way to enjoy them.

That being said, I understand the nature of abusing roms to get games they wouldn't otherwise have. On native hardware, it probably isn't so much of an issue for developers (as no new stuff gets published) but it will affect virtual console sales. Well, for the handful of titles they bother to release....



SyntheticPerson commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Master System:

I loved the Master System. My memories with it are fonder than my Megadrive memories. Ecco, My Hero, Lucky Dime Caper, and Sonic 2 were the stand out classics for me. Personally, I think LDC would have been a better HD remake choice than Ducktales



SyntheticPerson commented on Cosmo Wright Sets Another Ocarina of Time Worl...:

Impressive. Full game speedruns are hard to do consistently well, as you need everything to go in your favour. Especially with OOT, which has some devilishly tricky glitches. I don't to full game runs often, but when I do it can be quite taxing!



SyntheticPerson commented on Nintendo Download: 24th July (Europe):

30% off for Zelda. Hmmmm.........

I wanted to get Zelda and Metroid, because if they were half price it would work out to be good value. However, I have them both on 3DS so at only 30% discount, I doubt I will bother.