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LzWinky

Well now. This is surprising.

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Peek-a-boo

It was the first indie game I bought for my Wii U!

Although I prefer the pixel aesthetics style in the first game, the second Runner game mixed it up well with each location being different (enough) to the one before. The last area in space with all those comets and shooting stars was an amazing experience.

I wouldn't be surprised if this is on PC, PlayStation 4 and the NX.

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Peek-a-boo

This is now a Nintendo Switch exclusive, boo-hoo.

I guess they - the developers - don't like money or something...

Granted, the BIT.TRIP series started life on the Wii however, Runner 2 did very well across PC and Mac, PlayStation 4 and Wii U so, why revert back to a small(er) audience all of a sudden?

Oh well!

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Octane

@CanisWolfred I moved it to the Switch sub-forum, what else needs updating? It's still called Runner 3, right?

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CanisWolfred

Octane wrote:

@CanisWolfred I moved it to the Switch sub-forum, what else needs updating? It's still called Runner 3, right?

Well, since you had the other tread...can we use that title? I just felt like it was more descriptive. I dunno, I missed the fact that it's just called Runner 3. I'm too damn used to their weird naming habits...

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Octane

@CanisWolfred Change it to Bit.Trip Runner 3 you mean? I have no idea what the official name is by the way, but I gladly change it if that's what the game is called.

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CanisWolfred

@Octane Nah, I think you're right. I got confused until I looked on the official site and whatnot. I figured everyone was using shorthand, but nope. It's just Runner 3. No Bit.Trip, no crazy subtitle...I gotta lay down...

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SomeBitTripFan

Just dropping by to make my obligatory post. I'm finding it a bit strange to see Choice go back to Runner for a third time. I have no doubt that it will be a good game (although I'm a bigger fan of some of the other entries of the series than Runner) though. Also strange to go to Nintendo exclusivity. The entire series has been made available on the PC and PS4 platforms as well. I'll be glad to see this game come out, of course.

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gcunit

New trailer for the game:

I'd kinda lost my hype for this, but this trailer has got me going again somewhat.

Don't know if Runner games count as platformers (they should) but I'd rather this than DKCTF any day.

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That's a pretty cool 'easter egg' (even if it's not actually hidden) for all Mario fans. Must have now.

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I have played all of World 1, including the boss, and I have gone through a couple of the levels in World 2 and to be perfectly frank, the main word that describes my feeling towards Runner3 thus far is ‘disappointment’.

I won't get into the level design yet because I need to play more however, so far, it has not impressed me.

Minor things start to irk me when they all add up; you have to go back three separate loading screens, all the way to the opening title, just to enter the options menu, seeing as there is no way to do it in game... and you can't even customise the controls or even select a different layout, since there's only one.

Visually it looks so, so flat.

It is not simple or stylish like Runner2, but busy and lifeless. The main culprit here is the lightning - or lack of - which is awful. Flatness wasn't a problem for Runner2 because it still worked within its unique aesthetics, which simply isn't the case here.

Also the audio cues/feedback is either bugged or it is a weird decision made by the developer ~ there’s no kick sound, for example, and collecting those gold bars is sometimes either muted or at a super low volume, which messes up the flow of the rhythm/beat.

In general, I cannot pinpoint it yet however, it all sounds like there's missing audio feedback that is supposed to be there, but it's not... in the end it contributes to the "emptiness" I am feeling. There is a complete lack of feedback, which is very important in a rhythm-based game. The new trampoline sound is strangely hollow too.

The use of rumble, what little there is of it, is really poor and I bet most folks will switch it off after ten minutes. Who thought it was a good idea to implement that horrible strong buzzy vibration when you hit an obstacle?

Moving onto the big elephant in the room:

The framerate in handheld mode is inexcusable!

What on Earth were they thinking? They absolutely have to fix this and fast, there's no other way around this: Runner 3 HAS to be locked 60fps.

I will carry on playing this game until the frame rate makes me stop and shelve it (whilst I wait for a patch)...

So far, it’s a 5/10 for me.

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gcunit

@Peek-a-boo I've only had a quick go so far, playing part way into the second level. My observations aren't as detailed as yours, and I don't have an issue with the handheld framerate, but I was left feeling a bit flat about my early experience, primarily because I don't like the music as much as Runner 2's.

I'd swallowed the idea, based on the trailers, that R3 was, going to take this series to the next level, but nothing I've seen so far in game supports that particularly. But it's very early days for me so I'm not going to judge it yet.

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Peek-a-boo

@gcunit You played Runner3 any further since Tuesday?

For me, I cannot believe just how joyless this is compared to the first two Runner games...

It’s too busy, visually, the audio sounds flat, the music doesn’t soar as high as Runner2 does, those free roam vehicle parts are totally unnecessary and abruptly takes you out of the game, the difficultly curve is all over the place, there are three too many loading screens to go through every single time you start the game up again and, worse of all, the frame rate is rather erratic whilst playing in undocked/portable mode.

At this moment in time, I have absolutely no urge to go back to this, whereas I wanted to see Runner2 through to the end whenever I had the opportunity to play it! I went from "I am gonna do everything" to "Only Gold and Gem runs" to "Only Gold runs" to "I am just gonna try and finish it".

Easily my biggest disappointment of the year, after Sea of Thieves.

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gcunit

@Peek-a-boo No, not yet, I think between the two of us and a coupla other things I've read, my buzz for this is dead currently.

I rarely buy digital games Day 1, and this is why. Just glad I cheaped out and got it from the Russian eshop on pre-order, so was less than £9.

Do you get the feeling the devs have just taken the exclusivity money from Nintendo and run?

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OorWullie

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I've really enjoyed what I played and I had Runner 2 as well. I'm up to stage 1-9 I think it is and I've done a couple of the retro levels. I think the graphics are fine and I find the music to be really good too. I do agree that all the loading screens are a bit much but they aren't long so I can I live with them. I've also noticed a couple of places where the framerate has dipped but it was so minor and brief and didn't cause me any problems.Overall I'm really happy with my purchase .

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@Peek-a-boo @OorWullie I've played some more now, just done 2-2, and I have an apology to make to the developers of this game - I now love it!

Don't know about you, but my approach to Runner is that I have to perfect each level (I don't worry about the + so much, but I must get every single gold) and I don't move on, or even allow myself to finish the level, if I miss some gold.

I just completed Runner 2 last week, perfecting every level, and I think the stats said my average bonking per level was about 15. Well in Runner 3 my average must be up at around 50. Level 2-2 I bonked 100 times! But as infuriating as it is, I am loving it. 100 gold pieces for each level is proving to make some of the levels feel epic. I was smiling inside massively for about the last 50 of those bonks on 2-2.

R3 feels harder than R2 by quite a bit (due to the 100 golds in each level, but also more intricate manoeuvres required, and the vehicle sections mixing it up) but I think I love it because of this. It is currently THE game I want to play when I wake my Switch up each day.

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... I should also add, having noticed some negative comments about the handheld framerate, that I have no complaints so far at 2-2, I haven't noticed any issues at all.

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