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31, United States

Ex-EA Games and BHG employee now making educational software for kids. Twice the pay and half the hours- but I do miss game design. That's why I'm an active member of the IGDA, and meet with local indie developers as much as possible.

Mon 22nd October, 2012

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russellohh commented on Review: Paper Mario (Wii U eShop / Nintendo 64):

@jjmesa16 I thought it was rubbish, honestly. The first 10 minutes of dialog was pretty funny- then I had to back track 7 stages to get an item I needed to continue.

Followed by a boss that could only be killed by one or two of the 10 real-world item stickers that I can't possibly carry with me at all times, so I had to go back and re-do the level- three times before finding the right one. Throw in enemy battles that cost more money to fight than you'll ever win from them, the inability to target enemies and instead only jump on the one in front, and... ugh.

And then another boss that needed to be killed by the jackhammer, then an area that required the faucet, with no warning ahead of time...
yeah, nothing like a 20 stage game where you have to re-do stages 2-3 times as you backtrack to get the right item.
Paper Mario was 10x better.



russellohh commented on Feature: A Fit-To-Burst History Of Kirby Games:

I own or have owned every Kirby (I sold Block Ball and 64 Ultra awhile back) but Dreamland 2 and Super Start are my all time favorites- and the most played.

Since both (the Arena and DeeDee!) were super hard, I've always thought of the Kirby games as surprisingly hard-core. As such, it always surprises me when people call Kirby an "easy" or "kiddie" game.

Fun fact: In nearly 20 years, I've finished Halo 1 and 2 on Legendary 3 times, but only finished Kirby's Dream Land 2 once.



russellohh commented on Fire Emblem's Two Versions Will Offer Very Dif...:

@Poketendo You're less than two hours in on casual? Ohhhh my. The game does pick up once you can start training your troops and getting married, though.

I'm so busy making everyone super best friends, unlocking the swimsuit area and all of its silly dialog, I often forget there's a war going on in that game.



russellohh commented on Video: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening H...:

The scary old lady enemies at 8:07- when I did it nearly 20 years ago, instead of them throwing what looks like the little boy, they fired Bowwow out of their mouth (it replaces the crystal/rock attack) Little old ladies, spitting angry, metal dogs with giant teeth.

It was the stuff of nightmares.



russellohh commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

Every year or so, I imagine what would happen if we traveled to a parallel, alternate Earth and asked our counterparts what happened.
"You guys still have WAR?"
"Oh no, the asteroid completely missed earth, we're all super highly evolved dinosaurs. That's why we're several millenia ahead of you technologically".

And my new favorite "Oh, you guys on Earth-10 only released like 10 SNES games? Yeah, we just hired 100 out-of-work programmers to port our entire SNES library onto the Wii U. We LITERALLY made 10 trillion dollars the next day. We took over Apple, Microsoft, and Sony a month later. We're taking over all the cellphone companies next, too!"



russellohh commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Available to Download ...:

@Kaze_Memaryu Cheese Land was a little boring, but I disagree completely on the Animal Crossing Track. The Zelda map was a generic castle, with rupees, and a master sword.

The Animal Crossing level has Resetti popping out to attack you, fruit trees you have to shake to get items, and balloons you have to hit to get weapons. THrow in the named villagers from the game, not just generic NPCs but actual named characters, and the seasons, and it feels EXACTLY like driving around in Animal Crossing town.

You shake the trees to get items out for crikeys sake!

That's like, half of Animal Crossing right there.



russellohh commented on Reminder: New StreetPass DLC Games Offer a 'Th...:

@TerrapinJess Not even things as large as PAX, either! Or, as industry-specific. The Washington DC cherry blossom festival, Otakon, Animemazement, even just local colleges all have thousands of 3DS owners walking around. A $19 bus ride through NYC got me thousands of hits- only 10 of which were from the actual Nintendo store.



russellohh commented on Reminder: New StreetPass DLC Games Offer a 'Th...:

Anyone else REALLY wish streetpass games could hold more people? The limit of 50 people in Fire Emblem isn't too bad, but it takes me weeks to sort through 20 Animal Crossing passes- and I got about 1,500 last week. In November, I get about 10,000 street passes-

and my game lets me save 10 that I need to try and use up before it will take anymore.
I can't imagine they take up that much storage!



russellohh commented on Akihiro Hino on Why Fantasy Life 2 is Not Comi...:

@Kilroy Ehhh. Pirating on the 3DS is incredibly easy- pirating on iOS takes effort, and if the game is 99 cents-$15, not worth it. Micro-transactions are incredibly hard to pirate/fake, which is part of why the model works so well.

As for copycats- Fantasy Life is one of the 5 or at least 7 best RPGs I've played in 30 years, and that includes Fallout 3, Mass Effect, Earthbound, and Chrono Trigger. Fantasy is right up against Mario RPG and Final Fantasy 6 for next place. Copycats? Copiers? Knock-offs?

Balls, I hope so. Haven't played a game this good in 5 years....



russellohh commented on Fantasy Life 2 Is Skipping 3DS In Favour Of Sm...:

@Quorthon During the days of the SNES, he was great with games. He just never mastered analog controls, especially thumbsticks. Rather than a subtle motion to slowly move the crosshairs or drive his vehicle, he always kinda smashes the stick all the way left, than all the way right. In FPS, he always either shoots the floor or the ceiling, and in driving games..well.
Some controllers have last years with him, others...not so much.



russellohh commented on Fantasy Life 2 Is Skipping 3DS In Favour Of Sm...:

@Quorthon Yeah, but not like this one. Rocketfish, RareCandy i think, those cute mario and yoshi wii u gamecube looking controllers for smash bros- they're all similar to an xbox controller, but this one actually FEELS right

I have a best friend who used to go through a controller every few months at my house, so I started just getting the cheaper third party ones. 99% feel like crap. This one is actually really nice



russellohh commented on Fantasy Life 2 Is Skipping 3DS In Favour Of Sm...:

As much as I dislike 99% of smartie phone games, the few by large teams based on triple A titles (Phoenix Wright, World Ends with You, XCOM, Civ Rev) have all turned out nicely.

Considering Fantasy Life is in my top 10 of all time, maybe even top 5, I'll be getting this day one.

I really, really hope it allows bluetooth controllers- Gamestop has a $9 Android controller that's identical to a 360 controller



russellohh commented on Review: Story of Seasons (3DS):

So glad its not ...terrible. An 8 or 9 would have been great, but alas.

I'll likely get it boxed or used on sale. I was burned too badly by the digital version of Bravely Default (I've broken 3 bones in my life, and I'd rather re-break the last one than re-play the last 10 hours of that game again), along with Hometown Story.



russellohh commented on Gallery: These Artistic Recreations of Women C...:

@Einherjar I know right?! Ugh, eff those OTHER websites, that are against racism, and the laughable depictions of women in 95% of video games. Where's the lonely, unloved, single white supremacist extremist going to get his video game news NOW, with out all those icky races or women's?!



russellohh commented on Gallery: These Artistic Recreations of Women C...:

@NintendoFan64 Ugh, i KNOW. Her game about talking mushrooms, kidnapping snapping turtles, murderous pipe plants and flying cloud monsters I've been fine with, it's totally serious, but.... a GUN?! Just like the thousands of bullet bills already in the game, or the bazookas the toads talk about? THAT'S the line where I can't take it seriously anymore!



russellohh commented on Review: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (3DS):

Natsume finally gets the chance to make their own Harvest Moon- its garbage.

Final Fantasy creators get their chance to make their own Bravely Default- the last 10 hours are dreadful and make me unwilling to ever buy another digital game.

The Harvest Moon creator goes out on his own to make Hometown story- a terrible game I've never been able to play a full hour of.




russellohh commented on Review: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (3DS):

@DarthNocturnal I used to buy every Harvest Moon as soon as it came out, but I stopped awhile back. The GBA and GC ones really were the best. I also loved Back to Nature. I realized that in one game, I never did get married due to a broken heart event I think, and in another, I've never had a kid. Even though I stopped playing them years ago, I recently went back and decided to 100% complete every old one before I even glance at the new ones.



russellohh commented on Nintendo’s Free-To-Play Experiment Pokémon ...:

@Kaze_Memaryu If the current rating is 4.1, and you have a 1 star rating, and it gets flooded with 5 stars, it'll hit 4.99- not exactly NEGATING the 1, but certainly making it meaningless.

But, your review is for a game you admit to not playing, so I can't imagine it gave any meaning to anyone.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to write an essay about what it's like to be Emperor of Earth.



russellohh commented on Nintendo’s Free-To-Play Experiment Pokémon ...:

@Kaze_Memaryu HA! "I only downloaded it so i could give it a low rating, without having played it, not understanding how automatic downloads work, and generally just being a troll".

I have 5-6 3DSs at my house right now. I think I'll use all 5 to give it a 5 star rating, just to negate that nonsense you just spouted.



russellohh commented on Iron Combat: War in the Air Bringing Mech Batt...:

@Kaze_Memaryu At 22 seconds through the rest of the video, they repeatedly turn and face the camera. Not only can you tell them apart by the different color outfits, but even their hair and facial structure are clearly different as they fly around.

Are you maybe watching this on a phone or something? At 22 and 38 seconds, not only can you see their faces, but their arms, legs, and...yeah.

It's a game about two people that can fly. The entire video shows two people wearing shiney suits, flying.



russellohh commented on Nintendo Download: 12th March (North America):

@OMC79 I bet it works out better for them that way. There are WayForward games i think look good, but ehh i'll wait til they're on sale. Pikmin, Wario Wii U? Eh they look nice, but $60 each, pass.

$10 for an Atlus RPG? $15? Who can say no!

I own every Atlus title and have likely beaten only one.



russellohh commented on Review: Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Wii U ...:

I always heard I'd enjoyed Fire Emblem, but always put it off. I finally tried this game when I got it via the Ambassador program.

Three days later, I finally turned off my 3DS and collapsed from exhaustion.
One month later I owned every American release.

The day this comes out on eShop is the day I call out of work early.