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Gabbo commented on Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters (...:

Well if you're looking for discounts they are widely available for this title. It's currently less than $40 at certain online retailers I need not name. But even that's still higher than the $30 it was at launch (after promotional gift cards taken into account).

There has never been a point where you absolutely had to pay full retail price for this game if you just shop around. And, of course, it will only drop between now and when Tiger Woods 13 comes out.



Gabbo commented on Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters (...:

@Burning Spear
It looks like the problems you found complained about online with the caddie are on the XBox and PS3 versions. The Wii version can be turned off. It's also not as big of a feature on the Wii so is probably less annoying than what they're complaining about.

@Bass X0
Oh, I don't know. The series has actually dropped a full point since the last one I reviewed (Tiger Woods 10) and I find this to be a much better game, albeit mostly from sugar-coating.

It's a tough situation because on the one hand you want to reward creativity and major improvements. On the other, small, safe improvements really do result in a better game and it's a bizarre result to give it a lower score. Tiger Woods 10 was a huge leap forward for the series and we rewarded it accordingly. This...not so much. But it's still a better game so...



Gabbo commented on Review: Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest (Wii):

@pixelman Yes, it's largely the same idea. Although the older Gamecube game had a lot more in the way of variety of weapons and upgrading your character. Also, it felt more tied in with the movies by using video and music from the films than this game does.

It's not a bad game. It just feels inferior to what's come before.



Gabbo commented on Review: Disney Epic Mickey (Wii):

Thanks for the positive response everyone. Here's a final thought that may help some of you on the fence:

The camera situation is unfortunate but it's something I think most of the people posting here shouldn't be overly concerned with as they are already willing to put up with the same thing in their retro library.

But for the sake of the general Wii audience, the score has to take into account the vast majority of non-retro gamers out there. For young people who's first gaming experience is with the Wii, or older folks coming back into gaming after skipping the past decade or two, these issues will be unfamiliar and intimidating and in many cases will affect their appreciation of the finer aspects of this game. Those people should be warned to take note of this issue before making a purchase, and that's what a 7 does under our scoring policy.

But if you're familiar with the N64 and you're okay with the 'retro' camera controls from back then then you shouldn't hesitate to pick this one up. I think it compares favorably to the best games of that era and I really enjoyed it quite a lot.



Gabbo commented on Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (WiiWare):

Well, I mostly just review Wiiware games right now. I have a huge backlog of retro reviews I'll get to whenever I have time. But if, as you say, my recently reviewed games all scored 5/10 or higher then it sounds like there's not a bad one in the bunch.

By the way, Capcom's goal: to make as much money as possible while hiring as few game developers as possible. That's not unusual, especially in a downloadable title. But it's also no justification for giving this game an undeserved high score when so many other companies try so much harder and actually succeed.



Gabbo commented on Review: Arcade Sports (WiiWare):

Thanks for the clarification Rich. I don't recall seeing a zoom function mentioned in the instructions, but then I'm the type who reads them before the first playthrough so maybe it was in there and I didn't catalogue that info well enough.

Don't feel too bad about the score. I researched a number of our "collection" reviews and yours is right in line with them. I think we just tend to factor out bargains when reviewing as people can tell from the pricetag whether a game is a good deal or not and don't really need a review for that sort of thing. But lest there be any confusion, this is not crap. It's just not great either.

Also, I hope some of our readers out there are more willing to try games from devs who participate here. I think that's really cool and I know I try to do so.



Gabbo commented on Review: Chess Challenge! (WiiWare):

The other option is Silver Star Chess and while it had a steep difficulty curve, the lowest skill level was quite easy and something a kid could learn to beat (not sure about a 5 year old, though). There's still nothing in the way of a tutorial. So they'd be on their own with learning the game. And of course, there's no online play in that one.

"You need to be skilled in Chess to be good at it."

Hence the need for a more balanced choice of computer opponents. What you were supposed to take away from that sentence you quoted was that there are no skill levels suitable for people looking to learn the game.

Your argument that people who are not skilled at Chess "shouldn't even be bothered trying" seems to miss the point of playing a single player Chess game.



Gabbo commented on Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice...:

I know you didn't say I was wrong. The exact word you used was "biased", which is quite a bit worse. I wasn't singling you out, though. I addressed my comments to everyone.

Also, I see that you have for the second time said that we deducted three points from the score solely due to the release being a lazy port. I assure you that there is no complicated algorithm for calculating these scores and there is no math involved.

A score simply represents at a glance how this game stacks up against other Wiiware games. We felt that the good aspects averaged out with the glaring flaws to meet somewhere in the middle of our scale. And that's all the number means.

Games in the 5 range are not bad, they just have some problems that will disappoint some players if they aren't warned. But if after reading the review you decide that the flaws are not a problem for you, then of course you will still like it.



Gabbo commented on Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice...:

To the people arguing that we should rate games higher for having a low price tag, sorry, but that's just not a factor worth reviewing. People can decide for themselves whether the price point is right. But expensive games can still be good, and cheap games can still be bad. Furthermore, when considering price, one should compare apples to apples. On wiiware, 1000 points is about as expensive as games get and is by no means a bargain. If you compare wiiware games to retail games you will always find a bargain.

To those who feel that the comments section of a review is a place to tell people that their opinion is "wrong" until everyone submits to your will, please try to at least support your arguments with explanations of what it is you like about the game. Ultimately, no one cares if you like the game or not. But they do care to learn why you feel that way so they can decide if this is a game worth buying.

Lastly, those who have comments directed at the original DS game might be better served commenting there rather than here. That might help reduce a layer of confusion I'm witnessing, as well as motivate us to finally review the originals if we notice interest.



Gabbo commented on New Trademark for Eternal Darkness:

After looking at it myself, it appears N's prior trademark expired in December for failure to renew. Just two months later they filed this new application. I'd chalk this up to poor trademark portfolio oversight and not any new forthcoming game.



Gabbo commented on Dead Space Extracted From Wii?:

From where I sit it looks to me like the vast majority of Wii releases are exclusives. And I would imagine that the vast majority of them will remain Wii exclusives.



Gabbo commented on Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (WiiWare):

Since I'm not privy to the source code I have no idea whether they downgraded the DS version or made a different port of the GBA version.

Bottom Line: It's the same game as released on the DS four years ago, but minus the upgrades that were added to the DS version. Hence the review's observation that you'll get a better version of this game on the DS than you will here.



Gabbo commented on Review: Word Searcher (DSiWare):

Great review Des.
And I agree with your thoughts exactly. This is the kind of game you play while watching tv, not instead of it as the wiiware version requires you to do.



Gabbo commented on Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (WiiWare):

Far too many people assume that an average score means that the reviewer has a bias or didn't actually play the game. When all it really means is that the game had problems that buyers should be aware of before purchasing it.

This isn't the first game I've enjoyed that scored a 5. And I promise it won't be the last.



Gabbo commented on Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (WiiWare):

of course it's the ds version. I never said it wasn't. So far as I know the gba version was never released in the west. What it lacks is the upgrades found in the ds version, which was a gba port all along.

Of course now that it's here it's a wiiware game. And that's how we score it. Again, your ds game is safe. Nothing can hurt its cherished memory except shoddy rereleases.



Gabbo commented on Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (WiiWare):

Wow. Looks like I could use a good defense attorney. Anybody know one?

Everyone's entitled to their opinion. Just remember that that's all this review is is an opinion. If you love the DS version no one will take that away from you. But this review is of the wiiware game.

Now. Who's the one who started this rumor that I volunteer to review games in genres I don't like?



Gabbo commented on Review: TV Show King 2 (WiiWare):

It's not how I depicted the first game though. I didn't actually review the first one. That is a pretty accurate synopsis of that review, though. Minus the discussion of Hungry Hungry Hippos of course. But the review clearly did address local multiplayer.

It's all pointless now, though, as I can't imagine why anyone would buy that one now that this is available.

Here's a bit of trivia. The review for TV Show King 1 was reviewer Collin's one and only review for



Gabbo commented on Review: TV Show King 2 (WiiWare):

There's just no way this game could be played in turns. Your score is based on the order in which you selected the right answer.

there are 3 skill levels. The questions seem to be more challenging this time around, as well as more diverse. I will be interested to find out if they localize the sports questions for Europe though. Right now they're all American football and baseball and such.



Gabbo commented on Review: Outlaw Golf (GameCube):

Under our scoring policy a 4 is not a failing score. It's "Below Par". Aside from the obvious golf pun, that score was selected because its the lowest possible score above the three failing scores. Hence, less than average, but still "passable". A 4 is generally not recommended to anyone but the curious, but for the right target audience it can still be a fun game. After all, a 5 is average.



Gabbo commented on Review: Sudoku Challenge! (DSiWare):

Yeah, that was never really a problem with the wiiware version since it's not a touchscreen. And I'll check later, but I think there may have been an undo button in that version.



Gabbo commented on Feature: Retro Duo Console Review:

Thanks for this review Damo. I've been wanting something like this for a while now but never knew which one to get. I just placed an order!



Gabbo commented on Review: Family Card Games (WiiWare):

Congratulations go to our own KnuclesSonic8 who I noticed was in sixth place out of the top 30 on the nationwide leaderboard as of a few hours ago.

Of course, apparantly only seven people have actually played the game so far in an online ranked match.



Gabbo commented on Nintendo Download: Zombies, LIT, Ghost Mansion...:

Oh, I don't know about that. Compare this to another international holiday like Christmas. There is a secular Christmas and a religious Christmas. And then there's UK Christmas versus US Christmas and all the other variations around the globe. But I wouldn't call them different holidays.

If I'm sitting here on Dec. 25th thinking about Santa Claus and someone next door to me is thinking about Jesus at the same time, are we celebrating different holidays? I would argue that they're all the same holiday, regardless of what you call it or how you celebrate it (or don't). And the calendar would seem to agree with me



Gabbo commented on Nintendo Download: Zombies, LIT, Ghost Mansion...:

Actually, they are the same. From the Oxford English Dictionary:
"The term Halloween, originally spelled Hallowe’en, is shortened from All Hallows' Even – e'en is a shortening of even, which is a shortening of evening. This is ultimately derived from the Old English Eallra Hālgena ǣfen."



Gabbo commented on Review: Shootanto: Evolutionary Mayhem (WiiWare):

No, this really is just a light gun game. And not even a 'rail shooter' as Cheezy mentioned above since there are no rails. It's just a static screen for each level. But you're right, a 6 isn't bad. Some of my favorite Wiiware games scored 6's and I reviewed them myself.

Looks like we cross-posted. Again, this is not technically a 'rail shooter'. So there's nothing to not like about them.