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Podcast Discussion / Re: RetroActive 51: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
« on: December 05, 2022, 09:20:09 PM »
I've now completed the Wii U game with all of the treasure chests collected.

Personally I would say I prefer the DS game. I said that game was fun but flawed, the Wii U game is perhaps less flawed especially in terms of it's controls, but also less fun.

Control wise Kirby is less likely to ricochet around like a pinball, the dash physics are more consistent and the ability to erase Rainbows is a game changer. Kirby feels slower, and this time around you are encouraged to draw multiple lines at once, which gets used for things like waterfalls. The only complaint I would have with the controls is the charge dash, the game would sometimes register it as a regular dash or not at all, killing me a handful of times.

The game has some really interesting gimmick levels, notably the rocket levels and level 7-2. In the main campaign I would say there's greater variety here than in the DS game.

Where I feel it falls short is with the extra challenges and the treasure chests. The time trials in the DS game are the best part of the game, whereas the 15s challenge rooms in the Wii U game are too annoying for me to contemplate 100%-ing. The Wii U game is also lacking the paint efficiency trials which were a great change of pace. The treasure chests in the Wii U game I found to either be too easy, or too obscure without a good balance between those extremes.  While the DS game certainly has some frustrating medals, generally collecting medals was more about exploration.

I'm glad I played it, but I don't rate it very highly.

Before playing the Black Eagles route in Three Houses I 100% had the same opinion as James about that faction. But they reveal enough new information in that route that it managed to change my mind, there's more nuance there than it appears.

Podcast Discussion / Re: RetroActive 51: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
« on: November 27, 2022, 08:50:20 AM »
I've completed the DS game and got all of its medals. I think it's fun, though flawed.

The challenges are quite difficult, demanding precise inputs, but the controls don't lend themselves to that. Short lines won't register, and Kirby loves to bounce off at unexpected angles. It's not always clear when Kirby is in his attack animation so you lose health for not spamming attack. Sometimes you want to stun an enemy but end up drawing a squiggle.

The challenges are there to pad the runtime and sometimes are more annoying than they are difficult. For medals there's no option to restart at checkpoints, instead having to willfully run into spikes to restart.

To mention some of the positives, it's a unique game and it's demand for precision and speed reminds me of playing Trauma Center. The types of challenges feel distinct and all have a completely different pace. From the time trails, to the paint efficiency ones, to the more exploratory main levels. I'd say the time trials were my favourite and you get a sense of satisfaction as you set new fastest times.

Lastly, the game has an option for Pictochat. in which people who use Pictochat are referred to as Pictochatters. You learn something new everyday.

NWR Forums Discord / Re: Safe Words XX: #2 Is #1 - The Final Four
« on: August 29, 2022, 07:05:10 AM »
That was a really fun final round, good game everyone!

NWR Forums Discord / Re: Safe Words XX: #2 Is #1 - The Final Four
« on: August 27, 2022, 06:38:44 PM »
From zero to hero.

One more obstacle and then I'll have the title, but it's one hell of an obstacle.

Khushrenda has aptly demonstrated above why they've had this game in the palm of their hand. Good luck to you.

NWR Forums Discord / Re: Safe Words XX: #2 Is #1 - The Final Four
« on: August 26, 2022, 06:57:57 PM »
I have no idea who this is, so no better reason to pick them. Khushrenda, I've read you.

Andy Richter.

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia XC: Theme to be determined. Sign-up Thread.
« on: August 25, 2022, 05:58:01 AM »

Man I love Rayman Raving Rabbids 2. At the time I thought the shooting segments were so clever, but looking back they probably weren't anything that special. The rhythm game segments I'm sure are still fun I imagine. Rayman 2/3 and Rabbids 1/2 are synonymous with childhood for me. Rabbids TV Party was the first one where I felt disappointed, don't know if I left the Rabbids, or the Rabbids left me.

For the game I've actually played, The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve is now in the digital completed pile. From my first post I've come around a bit. The game has a lot of heart and I found myself feeling emotional when it was time to say goodbye to all the characters. It's a really good game and I'd say the duology is up there with being one of the best stories the series has to offer. That said I'll be giving the series a long cool down period before I jump into the next one, as I was feeling some fatigue with the format. The ones I've got left are Apollo Justice and 6 (and Edgeworth 2, would love an official English release of that).

NWR Forums Discord / Re: Safe Words XX: #2 Is #1 - The Game Begins
« on: August 22, 2022, 04:47:02 PM »
I had a terrible feeling a few days ago that I had been eliminated on a timeout because I had forgotten to check in. Thankfully I hadn't been called upon, until now.

Lemme go with an old favourite, Luigi.

NWR Forums Discord / Re: Safe Words XX: #2 Is #1 - The Game Begins
« on: August 13, 2022, 07:33:48 PM »
Time for my stunning debut.

Side kicks eh? A mysterious cosmic force is pulling me in the direction of Robin.

My big aim for August is The Great Ace Attorney 2. The first game I enjoyed quite a lot but it's taken me some time to get through the sequel. It's rather similar and retreads a lot of the same ground, but I've heard it has a good finale so I'm looking forward to that. Currently on the 4th case.

NWR Forums Discord / Re: Safe Words XX: #2 Is #1 - Sign Up Thread
« on: August 03, 2022, 09:19:02 PM »
Sign me up, after going out on round 1 before I need to redeem myself.

I'm going to come out and say that 80-90's puppets are unsettling. Love Labyrinth, but I feel like if I watched it as a child I would have had nightmares.
If you think the Labyrinth is unsettling, watch Meet the Feebles. It was directed by Peter Jackson.
Can't decide which is more out there, this trailer, or the fact that Peter Jackson directed this.

I'm going to come out and say that 80-90's puppets are unsettling. Love Labyrinth, but I feel like if I watched it as a child I would have had nightmares.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Sales Thread
« on: July 02, 2022, 08:24:03 AM »
Three Hopes doing pretty good considering it's predicted on you playing Three Houses.

Katrielle's Mystery Journey is so disappointing, but I had to see it for myself to believe it. A series that immediately fell from grace.

I really enjoy short story games. They're fun to play with other people, passing round the controller arguing about choices, if it's that kind of game.

The Dark Pictures Anthology is the pinnacle of multiplayer games in my opinion. But on Switch some of my favourites have been…

Tell Tale: The Walking Dead (all seasons)
Life is Strange: True Colors
Telling Lies

NWR Forums Discord / Re: Safe.TV Words+ 19 (Round 1)
« on: May 13, 2022, 12:58:01 PM »
Let's get this over with. This is a huge risk because it's been in the collective consciousness as of late.

Going with Netflix. Been getting a bad rap recently and has an unsustainable business model, but it puts out enough stuff to keep me satisfied.

That was a great game everyone.

My investigations were:
1. Stratos
2. Mop it up
3. Attempted Stevey but got blocked
4. Luigi Dude

Logically by day 4 I knew there were 1 organization, 1 ashford and 1 townie between Order.rss, Lolmonade and stevey.

stevey I correctly assumed was the Organization mafia.

Order.rss had gained my trust in various ways. The most convincing was pretending to not know how Ashford recruitment works. Since I was pretty sure stevey was mafia, I assumed that Order had to be a townie and told them my identity on day 4. Hook line and sinker. Then I assumed it must have been Lolmonade that was the Ashford mafia of the trio.

Since Order had my trust, he knew exactly what I wanted to hear from Mop it up. That post on day 5 sealed the deal, and I took that to mean that by process of elimination Stratos was the Ashford mastermind.

The post I made on day 5 was an attempt to encourage stevey to go after Stratos during the night, so we could even up the playing field.

Order had so gained my trust, I asked them to pretend to be the detective, to act as a go-between with Luigi Dude, who I feared had been recruited during the night. As it was fairly obvious to me that Luigi Dude was the doctor, after protecting themselves.

One of the biggest mistakes I made was not thinking ahead about the Luigi Dude investigation. If I strongly suspected he was the doctor, I should have investigated lolmonade or Order. That would have ensured we wouldn't have directed our votes toward lolmonade who was a regular townie.

Really enjoyable game all round, thank you BeautifulShy!

NWR Forums Discord / Re: Safe.TV Words+ 19 Sign-up Thread
« on: May 05, 2022, 05:05:19 PM »
Not too late to sign up is it?

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia 89: RECVMake Neighbor Day 5
« on: May 04, 2022, 04:15:48 PM »
The detective has asked me to publish this

Ashford 1 = Stratos
Ashford 2 = Lolmonade
Ashford 3 = Unknown

I agree with what's been said about Lolmonade's record already, so it's not terribly surprising to find out that they're mafia. Given they already have a vote, I'm going to vote lolmonade

General Gaming / Re: 2nd Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: May 03, 2022, 08:53:13 PM »
I managed to get a superb on every level which feels like a great achievement. I didn't find remix 10 to be too bad, there is a lot of variety but they picked out relatively easy parts from each of the songs.

The songs that inflicted the most mental damage on me were Love Rap 1 & 2, which even on Japanese took me hours of trying over and over. Along with remix 2, which contains Monkey Watch but without the metronome I was following for regular Monkey Watch.

I really like the music in Love Rap 1, but I don't want to ever need to do a Fo' Sho' or a Honto again

General Gaming / Re: 2nd Annual NWR Four on Four
« on: May 03, 2022, 04:14:22 PM »
I forgot about this until now. Managed to get in 4 on 4 but didn't quite finish Pokémon before the end of April.

1. Seventh Lair PC - Incredible little visual novel, a condensed House in Fata Morgana.
2. Pikmin Wii U - Was surprised at how good Pikmin is, I was hooked and completed it in a matter of days, despite failing my first run
3. Yakuza 4 Remastered PS4 - Playing these in order. Really solid Yakuza entry, the story is the best since Zero I think and trims a lot of the fat.
4. Rhythm Heaven Fever Wii U - Insanely fun party game, though I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't already played Megamix.
5. Triangle Strategy Switch - Combines a bunch of my favourite things all into one game. Tactics, HD2D, branching narrative, visual novel elements.

Triangle Strategy probably being my favourite of the bunch. But every game I finished this month was fire.

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia 89: RECVMake Neighbor Day 5
« on: May 03, 2022, 03:42:23 PM »
Lost someone to recruitment, but overall a good night.

If we're extremely lucky the recruitment was of the remaining mafia member.

It would be good to determine who the leader of Ashford mafia is, I'll have a look in the threads and come up with some ideas.

I believe the current composition is either 3 Ashford, 1 Organisation, 3 townies. Or 3 Ashford and 4 townies.

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia 89: RECVMake Neighbor Day 4
« on: April 30, 2022, 05:20:10 PM »
Woo some good luck for once! I'm feeling pretty confident in a Bungle vote, I find the last minute vote yesterday highly suspicious. As if they were waiting to see how things would play out in order to save both of them.

Vote Bungle4

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