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I love psychology, philosophy, literature, and video games.

Sun 11th March, 2012

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Ralizah commented on Review: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (3DS eS...:

So, if we're comparing it to Castlevania, it sounds more like Order of Ecclesia (hard, with the action taking place in multiple different zones) than earlier Metroidvanias (easy, with the action taking place in one big, interconnected environment). I'm enthusiastic about the evident bump up in difficulty that the reviewer noted. The original wasn't bad in this regard, but Risky's Revenge was entirely too easy.



Ralizah commented on Review: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (3DS eS...:

I like the way NWR talked about this issue in its review of the game. One of the cons was: "The amount of "boobage" (if you will) may be a turn-off." That's it. Let's people know that there is some level of fanservice in the game without lecturing the readers about how "unnecessary" it is. If I want to hear people talk about how sinful it is for girls to show off their bodies, I'll go to church.



Ralizah commented on Review: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (3DS eS...:

Shantae games have always had scantily-clad girls and some mildly risque humor. Nintendo Life managed to review the first two Mighty Switch Force games without focusing on the undeniably sexualized treatment of the prisoner girls. I doubt any fragile young minds were warped by those games. Can we go back to that style of reviewing, please? We don't need to be subjected to some feminist PSA every time a WayForward game has mild fanservice in it.

Glad to hear the game is as good as I thought it would be, though. Games like Shovel Knight and MSF already look amazing in 3D, and this sounds like it's going to look even nicer.



Ralizah commented on New Nintendo 3DS LL Outsells Standard Model By...:

I definitely want to see how big the New Nintendo 3DS screen is in person before I commit to buying it. I could probably do with something slightly smaller than the XL, but I can't go back to the tiny screens of the original.



Ralizah commented on Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Finally Shakes ...:

I don't know. Joe Average might pass the game up in favor of something cheaper, but this IS an established, if still somewhat obscure, game series with something of a cult following. The kickstarter for HGH and Steam release of Risky's Revenge have probably brought more attention to the series as well. $20 is a bit pricier than normal for an eshop game, but I don't think it has completely priced itself out of consideration for most gamers like Steel Empire has. I could be wrong, though.

I do think the timing of the release sucks, though. It's only a few weeks after Smash and a single day before Fantasy Life. That likely won't do them any favors.

On another note, it's interesting how the character portraits have become more and more animesque over the years.



Ralizah commented on Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Finally Shakes ...:

This Shantae game supposedly has a huge in-game world, is longer than the original Shantae and way longer than Risky's Revenge, has Metroid-esque gameplay with multiple hidden pathways and the potential for sequence breaking, was designed to fully utilize the 3D capabilities of the system and runs at 60 FPS with it turned on, apparently has tons of unlockable stuff when it is played more than once, and even has multiple endings. In other worlds, this is more like a retail release, even if it is getting a digital-only release.

$20 is a steal for this. I'll be downloading it Day One.



Ralizah commented on Nintendo Confirms GameCube Controller Adapter ...:

So awesome. 3D World is going to be awesome with a Gamecube controller. Ditto for MK8.

Does it also work with any game in Wii mode that supports the classic controller? Because I distinctly remember Xenoblade not being playable with a GC controller. Will I be able to... do that now?



Ralizah commented on Video: Here Are Some Cool Facts Around the DS:

@Artwark Most gamers I know who've owned one have broken at least one. Like I said, the hinge was usually the first thing to go. The phat DS does look far more durable than the Lite model, though, so maybe it was better in that regard.

I'm not a fan of the build of the original 3DS, but my XL has escaped without serious harm falls that would have severely damaged my old DS Lite or OG 3DS.



Ralizah commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS):

I'm guessing that once the game is out everywhere and you don't have to worry about trying to find someone close by, the lag issue will become less pressing. Moreover, Nintendo has been better about patching its games lately.



Ralizah commented on Wii U Version of Watch Dogs to Miss Out on DLC:

Another day, another Western third party spits in the faces of Nintendo gamers. Nothing new here.

Can't say I'm terribly disappointed, though. I wasn't going to buy this anyway. This trash doesn't belong on a shelf next to Wind Waker HD or Smash Bros.



Ralizah commented on Capcom Shows Off Comparison Screens For Phoeni...:

Meh. I already own all 3 games for the DS, so I probably won't be picking this up.

I do like that they're making the original trilogy so accessible, though. $30 is peanuts to be able to own and play through one of the best Adventure game series out there.



Ralizah commented on Guide: How To Beat Everyone At Super Smash Bro...:

I might just main Link in the full version of the game unless Lucina is better. I've gotten really used to how he moves and love how buffed he is now. Also, he's strong as both a close-quarters and a distance fighter. Talk about versatility!

Also, Smashing opposing players by pogo jumping on their heads with the tip of the Master Sword = Win!



Ralizah commented on Mother 4 Is On The Way, But It's Not Being Mad...:

I wish they'd just release a Mother-inspired game instead of creating a fan sequel that will NEVER be considered canon, no matter how good it might turn out to be. What a waste of considerable time and resources.



Ralizah commented on Nintendo Advert Confirms November 21st Launch ...:

I can see how this is going to go.

Ubisoft releases a delayed version of Watch Dogs for Wii U three days before one of the system's biggest first-party games drops.

Sales for Watch Dogs are poor because people are hyped for Smash and most gamers have already played Watch Dogs on some other machine by this point.

Ubisoft concludes from the poor early sales that there is a lack of interest in their games on Nintendo consoles.

Ubisoft, as a result, delays the development of Wii U versions of their upcoming games.

And the cycle continues.

I LOVE games like Rayman Legends and Child of Light, but I'm sick of their excuses and poor decisions regarding the Wii U. I don't even care about the Wii U game they're holding hostage at this point. They can keep it.

...otherwise: Yay, a release date for Smash Wii U!



Ralizah commented on Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U):


Based on the review, it got a 7/10 because:

  • Lack of online multiplayer
  • Inconsistent frame-rate
  • An apparent max frame-rate of 30 FPS
  • Fuzzy, poorly-rendered FMVs
  • Battlefields that are often sparse
  • Enemies that are largely cannon fodder
  • Apparently utilizes a last-gen Dynasty Warriors engine
  • Overall lack of polish that is unusual for a game associated with a classic Nintendo franchise

Did you even read the review? This game doesn't even sound like it deserves a 7/10 to me. I get the feeling the score would have been quite a bit lower if this didn't have Legend of Zelda characters running around in it.

I'll pick it up when it hits bargain bin prices. I don't mind paying top dollar for ultra-polished first-party Nintendo games, but this is too sloppy to be a priority. Too bad. I know a lot of Nintendo fans were, and still are, anticipating this game.



Ralizah commented on Review: Fantasy Life (3DS):

Second only to Smash as my most anticipated game of the year. The review definitely backs up my initial impressions of the game.