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26, United States

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

Sun 11th March, 2012

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Ralizah commented on Review: Watch Dogs (Wii U):

It's an inferior port that released months after the other versions and right next to Smash. You can't convince me Ubisoft didn't want this game to fail.



Ralizah commented on Weirdness: A Fox amiibo Placed Rather Well in ...:

Amiibo tournaments (or Amiibo brackets in Smash tournaments) are an inevitability at this point. People are seeing that the A.I. is actually pretty intelligent. No match for top-level human players, of course, but still pretty darn impressive for little Skylander things.

I love how stunned the announcer sounds when he's reporting on the Amiibo taking players out.

Here's a youtube video of the Amiibo's big performance:



Ralizah commented on Soapbox: Sonic, It's Time to Talk:

Sega would do well to choose much more carefully which companies are able to utilize this character. I've lost pretty much any confidence I ever had in the Sonic brand after being burned so many times. It's essentially a 50/50 shot these days whether a new Sonic game will be good or completely mediocre.. I'm open to new games in the future that others tell me are good, but my presumption since the Wii era has been that Sonic games are, by and large, buggy, unpolished, and mediocre experiences, and the games that have come out in the last few years, Generations aside, have done little to disabuse me of that.

Even the best Sonic games pale in comparison to the Mario platformers, though. The one possible exception is Sonic 2, which was a masterpiece of the 16-bit era, but otherwise? The worst thing you can say about a Mario game is that it is unoriginal and/or takes no risks. They are always polished and professional experiences, though.



Ralizah commented on Review: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS):

With Tech here. I've supported virtually every Atlus 3DS release in the last two or three years with day one purchases or preorders, but I'm going to hold off on this. I still need to play Persona 3 to appreciate that side of things and I'm not thrilled with the $50 price tag. I'll take advantage of one of their frequent sales next year for this.

Glad to hear it's not just EO with a Persona skin, though. I'm a bit more eager to play this now. Great review!



Ralizah commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

The Vita IS a great handheld, but that really is no thanks to Sony, who seems to have dropped it like a rock in the West. If Sony thinks so highly of the Vita, they should support it with more Western first-party content.



Ralizah commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

Sounds about right to me. As I own a decent gaming PC, I see no reason to waste my money on another next-gen system when the majority of games released for it will see equal or superior quality PC releases as well. The vast majority of the experiences on the Wii U are exclusive to it, though. It was well worth the money.



Ralizah commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

I love it. There's no doubt that the sales have been abysmal and that some dry spells have resulted due to third-parties abandoning it in droves. It's one of the most satisfying Nintendo systems I've ever owned, though, in terms of games and hardware. All of the first-party exclusives have been incredible, the GamePad is an ingenious innovation, and the performance of the system has been improved to the point where it is impressively stable in terms of consistent performance and economical in terms of energy usage.

Also, I'll be honest: I detested the Wii. The Wii U is a major return to form.



Ralizah commented on Video: Feast Your Eyes On Etrian Odyssey Untol...:

I tried playing story mode in the first Untold and just couldn't get into it. It's not that it was "bad," persay, but it betrayed the things I've come to associate with Etrian Odyssey: character creation and customization, minimal plot, an almost entirely player-determined level of pacing, brutal difficulty, and the thrill of exploration.

Don't get me wrong, the classic mode was a wonderful recreation of the original game.I loved that you could even opt for retro or remade music! I'm not terribly thrilled with the weird route they're taking the series, though, and I am mainly waiting for them to release Etrian Odyssey V.



Ralizah commented on Kirby And The Rainbow Curse For Wii U Releases...:

I like the aesthetic, but I think I'm going to skip this one. I didn't like Canvas Curse because of the control gimmick, so I don't expect this to be any different.

A new 3D Kirby would be fantastic, though. Just sayin'.



Ralizah commented on Video: The Top 10 Mario Platformers, As Select...:

Super Mario Bros being #10 on the list sounds about right. The game was incredibly influential and is still a fun game, but most of the sequels vastly improve on its basic formula.

I am a little sad about SMB3 ranking so low, though. I've always preferred it to SMW and consider it to be the greatest game on the NES.



Ralizah commented on SEGA Confirms Second Batch of 3D Classics for ...:

I'll probably be picking some of these up if the reviews are decent. I still really want 3D Classics versions of iconic games like Road Rash II, Sonic the Hedgehog II, Streets of Rage II, Phantasy Star II, Ristar...



Ralizah commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

The Wii U's sales will get better and better as its high-quality library of exclusives grows. Super Smash Bros. should help. I'm really interested in seeing how gamers take to it in 2015 after it gets games like Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and The Legend of Zelda U.



Ralizah commented on Nintendo Download: 23rd October (North America):

Just saying, it makes no sense to complain about a download game being $20 when a retail release comparable in scope and length is $40 and nobody complains about that. Hell, most $60 console games that aren't RPGs or strategy games of some sort don't offer much more up in terms of length or value.



Ralizah commented on Nintendo Download: 23rd October (North America):

The new Shantae is a larger game than the previous ones, more comparable in scope to a retail release, so I don't see the problem with the price tag.

Given multiple endings and incentives to replay, it's a way better value than a $40 NSMB game that takes a few hours to beat. Yet I never hear complaints about the costs of those games.



Ralizah commented on Nintendo Download: 23rd October (North America):

Watch it be months before we get the DKC games...

Still, this is an absolutely epic week. Nabbing Shantae this evening and Fantasy Life when it releases at midnight. Bayonetta 2 will unfortunately have to wait for Christmas.



Ralizah commented on Feature: Five 'New Things' We Want in Super Sm...:

DLC is winning? Really?

Anyhow, I chose online tournaments, but I guess my real first choice would be reliable online connectivity in the first place. Smash 3DS seems to be better than Brawl, but it can still be incredibly uneven. I hope the Wii U version rectifies this.



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.