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hiptanaka

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#1

hiptanaka commented on Yoshio Sakamoto Striving For "New Entertainmen...:

@Dreamz Which begs the question, why have the Varia suit at all? If we leave the story out of it, it fills no purpose, other than having you very slowly take damage for a very short section of the game.

It would've made more sense if you found the cold area early on (maybe against Adam's orders), but could only get so far because of the cold damage. Maybe you could get far enough to fetch an energy tank. Then, later, you enter the magma area as part of your objective and Adam unlocks your Varia Suit, after which you can return to the cold area to do more things there.

I'm not trying to bash the game, by the way. I like some of it, and dislike other parts of it. I just like to discuss game design.

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#2

hiptanaka commented on Yoshio Sakamoto Striving For "New Entertainmen...:

@CaviarMeths

The gameplay grows on me as I gradually understand more what they were going for. At first it just felt completely messy because they've thrown precision shooting out the window, but there are some interesting observation/reaction things going on.

One thing I hate about the gameplay, though, is how even things like wall-jumping are contextualized. If there's a wall and you can wall-jump on it, you will need to. If there's a wall you don't need to wall-jump on, you can't wall-jump on it. It reduces the joy of exploring locations.

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#3

hiptanaka commented on Yoshio Sakamoto Striving For "New Entertainmen...:

@CaviarMeths

OTHER M LIGHT SPOILER:

That's a shame. It's baffling the way they've done that. An especially strange example is the Varia Suit. In other Metroid games, you will encounter an area where heat or cold prevents you from entering without taking damage, sometimes with opportunities for sequence breaking. Then, later, you will receive the Varia Suit and can then come back to those areas. In Other M, you get to a hot area, but it's the only way to go. After a linear path of taking heat damage, Adam says "OK, here's your Varia Suit", and then the same linear path continues. So the Varia Suit has no function as a progression ability, in the sense that removing both the Varia Suit and heated rooms would not have changed the path you can take through the game. Very strange design. And from a story perspective it makes no sense, either. Why didn't he just unlock it as soon as the heat was encountered, if he was planning to, anyway?

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#6

hiptanaka commented on Yoshio Sakamoto Striving For "New Entertainmen...:

@Aran

I'm a few hours into Other M, and my biggest complaint is that Adam seems to be more of the main character/hero than Samus. All she talks and thinks about is Adam. It's horrible. I also feel the generic team of badass marines makes it feel too much like an action B-movie. In Metroid, I want to feel isolated and self-dependent. Just me and a planet/ship/whatever to explore.

From a gameplay perspective, Other M has some strong ideas. I do prefer the 2D games, but at least it tries something different (and without aping other popular franchises).

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#12

hiptanaka commented on Nintendo Provides Some Context to 2013's Tomod...:

@Senario That's not what I'm assuming, though. I understand there are non-traditional people in Japan, but I also know Japan is structurally one of the least gender equal industrial countries in the world, and that many of their big companies are quite conservative.

As for stirring pots, I think discussing problematic aspects of anything is usually a good idea. That doesn't mean condemning it or not enjoying it despite its problems.

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#23

hiptanaka commented on Nintendo Provides Some Context to 2013's Tomod...:

@PadWarrior Isn't that a dilemma? You don't want to support homosexuality, which I suppose mean you won't support their full rights to get married, adopt children, etc. At the same time, you want to treat them with respect and love, but taking rights away from someone is clearly not respectful and loving.

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#33

hiptanaka commented on Nintendo Download: 10th April (Europe):

@Game-Over

I don't agree with the sentiment that handheld games are "slightly inferior home console games". I enjoy Metroid: Fusion more than most full-blown console games and I'm glad I can play it on my TV. It looks great.

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#40

hiptanaka commented on Images Emerge of Wii U Mario vs. Donkey Kong T...:

@jord91 It's not about blindly defending Nintendo. It's about not getting mad because they made a tech demo utilizing existing assets. If they release this as a game later, fine. If they don't, fine. I'll gladly criticize Nintendo where appropriate, such as tying your account to a specific console.

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#42

hiptanaka commented on Images Emerge of Wii U Mario vs. Donkey Kong T...:

@Kirk If you're a developer you should know that a controlled demo can have a hundred issues that would emerge in the hands of the public. :) And perhaps the four levels implemented here only covers a fraction of the full game's features. Haven't played the original so I don't know.

Anyway, they might be planning to finish it. They just said they won't release this demo, I think?

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#47

hiptanaka commented on Nintendo Confirms Presentations and Games for ...:

@Peach64

Shovel Knight is Nintendo only (on consoles), and one of my most anticipated indie games. A lot of other good looking stuff is coming. Scram Kitty, Shantae, 1001 Spikes, etc. I'm usually more into the old school indies than the artsy stuff that get the praise, honestly.

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#49

hiptanaka commented on Nintendo Download: 6th March (Europe):

I'm usually the one who defends Virtual Console, but this is getting ridiculous. I really hope there's an overall boost in the release schedule once the GBA games show up.