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mookysam

mookysam

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#1

mookysam commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

On the handheld front I'm still playing Final Fantasy X HD. Nearing the end of the story, but mainly doing side stuff - currently capturing monsters for the arena. I also started a replay of Ocarina of Time 3D which I play when my vita is charging.

Console wise I'm replaying BioShock Infinite on 1999 mode. The worst part so far was the very beginning because I hadn't yet got the shield or access to gear (clothing that grants various passive abilities), but other than that it's not giving me too much trouble.

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#2

mookysam commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

My main focus is Final Fantasy X on the Vita. It looks great and and runs very smoothly. I also like the music remixes! Excellent remaster and a perfect fit for the vita, too.

I'm also slowly progressing through my replay of BioShock 2, this time on hard (which is actually a piece of p***). I wanted to replay it before I play the Bioshock Infinite DLC.

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#4

mookysam commented on Mario And Zelda On Mobile Could Bring New Play...:

I've said it before and I'll say it again; they're missing a trick not putting select NES and SNES games on smartphone devices. They could integrate NNID in app to facilitate cross-platform support. Buy the game once and play it on any device (unlikely, but still). They could even do "taster" games that sample their big console and handheld franchises to encourage uptake of the "proper" versions. It doesn't need to open a floodgate. Sony and Microsoft both have smartphone apps that let you see friends, messages, trophies etc and even connect to their consoles. Nintendo could do something similar.

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#5

mookysam commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

I hope to finish Far Cry 3 this weekend. I didn't like Far Cry 2, but this is greatly improved. On the handheld front I've got back into Mario and Luigi Dream Team Bros. after several months of being sidetracked by Pokemon and Zelda. Nearing the end now, and when I'm finished I may start Guacamelee on the Vita. :-)

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#6

mookysam commented on Nintendo Confirms Major Reductions In Sales an...:

Sadly, not really a surprise, but the fact that this will be a second year of losses doesn't bode well for Iwata. The Wii U has sold appallingly. The 3DS, whilst selling reasonably strongly is still not doing nearly enough to prop up the whole company, and it arguably shows signs of having peaked in Japan, its strongest market. Western sales must be far below its predecessors.

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#9

mookysam commented on Talking Point: Is The Castlevania Series Finis...:

I really enjoyed the first Lords of Shadow on its own merits, but it was very far removed from traditional Castlevania. For all intents and purposes, the classic franchise is dead. Moreover, if Lords of Shadow 2 underperforms, that might be it for the franchise altogether.

I'd be sad if they never made a Japanese-styled Metroidvania again, but that's increasingly looking to be the case. What is curious is that many indie developers are now filling the gap left in the market by Konami and even Nintendo (with Metroid).

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#10

mookysam commented on Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014:

My vote goes to Yoshi's New Island. It looks delightful and exactly the sort of game I've been missing.

Fingers crossed for a European Shin Megami Tensei IV release at some point this year. Same goes for the elusive Dragon Quest VII. All in all I don't see 2014 being as strong as this year for the 3DS, but that's okay. I have a lot of games to catch up on!

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#18

mookysam commented on Pokémon Art Director Would Like to Simplify t...:

I think Black/White already made lots of long overdue tweaks and improvements to how the games play. They rejuvinated the series for me.

Now that EVs are easy to train, the last real abstract design concept is IVs, which I think should be simplified and more open to player control.

One solution to the annoyance of HMs could be to have field moves completely separate to battle moves. Now that TMs are no longer single use it feels like keeping HMs distinct is unnecessary. The design of the games also now seems to rely less on HMs.

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#19

mookysam commented on Parent Trap: Helping Newcomers Start Playing P...:

I would agree with Pokemon X/Y being best for series newcomers, but White/Black is also a great choice, or perhaps even Heart Gold/Soul Silver. It's not just that they're just good starting points, but that gameplay wise they are the best the series has ever been. I would never recommend Red or Blue these days because of how buggy and unbalanced they are.

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#28

mookysam commented on Nintendo Financial Reports Bring Minor Profit,...:

Nintendo must turn things around in Europe this Christmas or physical retailers will simply stop stocking it altogether - if they haven't already.

Still a Nintendo under pressure could well be Nintendo at their best. 2014 could be a great year for Wii U software, just like this year has been for the 3DS.

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#29

mookysam commented on Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies Proves That Cap...:

Spelling mistakes in games do my head in. The absolute worst is when their, there and they're are confused. Even Pokemon Y isn't immune to poor spelling, with an entry in the pokedex (I can't remember which one) misspelling "lose" as "loose".

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#31

mookysam commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

Pokemon Y. I've only got two badges yet have spent 40 hours on it so far, mainly focusing on filling up the pokedex. The past few days I've been doing crazy things like super training magikarp and mass breeding oddish.

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#32

mookysam commented on Readers Of EDGE Consider Ocarina Of Time And M...:

I think Halo deserves to be there. It's incredibly important to the console FPS.
Surprisingly good list overall. The top five are brilliant games and it's good that Chrono Trigger is recognised. I would have sneaked Final Fantasy VI in there also. :-)

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#36

mookysam commented on Feature: Last Night A Hedgehog Saved My Life:

I was absolutely obsessed with Sonic when I was younger. I used to play Sonic 2 - which was my favourite game at the time - almost every weekend. After my Mega Drive died I went a little while without gaming until my Dad got me an N64, and I didn't play Sonic again until the Mega Collection came out on the Gamecube. Playing Mega Drive era Sonic brings back so many memories of my childhood and I still prefer 2D Sonic to 2D Mario. :-)

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#37

mookysam commented on Eiji Aonuma Explains Why The Legend of Zelda I...:

At the moment I appreciate the balance between new console and handheld entries and remakes of older titles. There is never too long to wait for a game in the series. The release of a new console Zelda always feels like an event to me. Sometimes the wait is horrible, as with Skyward Sword, but that just made me appreciate it more. Zelda games are consistently excellent, so for me, it's worth the wait. I would hate to get burnt out on annual console releases.

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#39

mookysam commented on Eiji Aonuma Explains Why He Thinks Fans Came T...:

I've always loved Wind Waker's art style and never really understood the initial outrage. Link himself was very expressive and fit in well with the tone of the game, because everything was filtered through the eyes of a child. It wouldn't have been the same playing as an adult Link.

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#40

mookysam commented on Video: Here's How The 2DS Stacks Up Against Ot...:

I remember my old DS Lite used to last absolutely ages and could be left for days in sleep mode without dying. Good times. I know that the 3DS is much more advanced, but the battery life is still a constant pain. Pokemon Y seems to drain the battery in my original 3DS like no other game, lasting around 3 hours with brightness down to 2. It's a real shame they didn't use a better battery in the 2DS.

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#42

mookysam commented on UK Retailers Break Release Date for Pokémon X...:

Online stores post early to ensure customers who have preordered get their game by release day. Some games I preorder online arrive a day early, most on the release date itself, but a few have arrived a day or two after. I don't feel bad that my copy of Pokemon arrived yesterday.

High Street shops selling early is a different matter.

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#44

mookysam commented on Chocobo Racing 3D Fails To Reach The Finishing...:

I'm not bothered about chocobo racing but would like to see some "proper" Final Fantasy games on the 3DS. Square seem to be focused putting Final Fantasy remakes on ios and android rather than the dedicated handhelds. :-(

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#45

mookysam commented on Talking Point: Pokémon X & Y's Grand Global R...:

I've been avoiding most pokemon articles and I haven't visited forums because I don't want anything spoiled. I do this with most games so everything is a surprise when I come to play them.

My copy of Y was dispatched earlier today but I wouldn't dream of spoiling it for other people.

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#49

mookysam commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

I've been playing Goldeneye 007 on the Wii. I should be finished with it tomorrow so will finally start The Last of Us. :-)

On the handheld front I'm currently playing Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros and Animal Crossing New Leaf. M&L has brilliant 3D!

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#50

mookysam commented on Talking Point: Wii U and Third-Party Inconsist...:

The sad fact is the Wii U is going to miss out on a huge amount of brilliant games, just like the Wii before it. As someone who loves a broad range of games, I can't restrict myself like that.

I'm sure once the first party library is built up the Wii U will become an attractive second console, but therein lies the problem. How many people say they only buy Nintendo systems for Nintendo games? How many say they don't care about "brown shooters" and mature rated games (as if that is all that is on other consoles)?

Nintendo's challenge now is not to secure multiplats, but meaningful third party exclusives across a broad range of genres. They do not have the resources to single-handedly support the Wii U!