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  • Avatar for FTLMantis FTLMantis 5 months ago

    I think this more or less matches my feelings as well. The game isn't a disaster, but it does leave me a little disappointed. I like Nintendo because they do things differently and mix old and new ideas into their own awesome blend. This game is a reskin of the any of the dozens of other F2P games on the market, and just doesn't match the level of innovation I expect from them. I'm going to blame DeNa for this one and hope that their future products are better, because I'm really not impressed with this.

    I do like the callbacks to classic maps from the series though. It's cool how they manage to condense the ideas behind maps from the full games into the smaller spaces here. If only we were given even a tenth of the strategic choices in how to approach them.

    Posted in Opinion: Fire Emblem Heroes Brings With It All the Familiar Excesses of Free-to-Play

  • Avatar for FTLMantis FTLMantis 5 months ago

    One of my favorite features at Rock Paper Shotgun is their "Sunday Morning Papers" where they give a list of their favorite articles from other sites written over the previous week. Obviously they have political editorial priorities that you guys don't share, so it would be extra fun to get a more purely gaming focused version from you. If you were to add one or two articles from other sources that you read and enjoyed over the week it would give readers like me (who have already read most of your articles) a good reason to look forward to this page every week as well.

    Posted in USgamer's Essential Weekend Reading

  • Avatar for FTLMantis FTLMantis 5 months ago

    I'm glad Fire Emblem has found a bigger audience, but personally haven't enjoyed the last few games as much as I had hoped to, to the extent that I haven't been able to bring myself to finish any of the campaigns from Fates. That said, I'm perfectly happy to give the series one last shot at clicking for me again before I just decide to replay FE12 on loop for the rest of my life. We'll see!

    Posted in USgamer's RPG Podcast: Fire Emblem and a Discussion of the Switch's RPGs

  • Avatar for FTLMantis FTLMantis 10 months ago

    This is the one mario game I've really never been able to understand the appeal of. I recently took my third shot at playing through it on my 3ds (it was one of the ambassador games, way back) and I still bounced right off it. The fact that it was so easy and exploration oriented made each death feel agonizing, like I had wasted a ton of time. The bosses were fun and interesting, but the rest of the "surprises" that the game had hidden away didn't do anything for me. Has anyone else had a similar experience here, or is this just a masterpiece that isn't meant for me?

    Posted in With Yoshi's Island, the Mario Series Broke Its Own Rules

  • Avatar for FTLMantis FTLMantis A year ago

    I'm working through a stack of NES classics on my 3ds. I've owned many of them for years, but was constantly scared off by the high difficulty and low life counts, which meant starting over from the beginning a lot. I've decided to "cheat" and use save states to effectively give me infinite lives. Doing that has already allowed me to play through zelda 1 and mario 1, and has gotten me part of way through zelda 2. I can't say I've adored any of these 3 games so far, but it's nice to have a chance to look back at how these series I love so much began. Next on my list will be metroid!

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What's Your Summer Gaming Project?

  • Avatar for FTLMantis FTLMantis A year ago

    @Kat.Bailey Sorry, there must have been a bug or something, I couldn't get onto the page when I tried before. Sorry to have bothered you.

    Posted in The Reset Button: Waiting for the Dust to Settle in Hearthstone's New Metagame

  • Avatar for FTLMantis FTLMantis A year ago

    I'm sorry if this isn't the right way to get in touch with you about this stuff, but your twitch stream page seems to have been removed. If this was intentional that's fine but unfortunate, as I enjoyed occasionally checking it out, but if not you guys might want to take a look.

    Otherwise nice article. I'm in the same boat as far as not wanting to spend huge amounts of time experimenting, though I have had fun with the new shaman cardsEdited April 2016 by Unknown

    Posted in The Reset Button: Waiting for the Dust to Settle in Hearthstone's New Metagame

  • Avatar for FTLMantis FTLMantis A year ago

    I find this fan campaign exceedingly tiring. There's a special irony in the same types of people who think social activists are oversensitive complaining about peripheral story changes in a series that has never been about story in the first place.

    Posted in Fire Emblem Fates Has Series' Best US Launch, Despite Fan Campaign

  • Avatar for FTLMantis FTLMantis A year ago

    It's cool to see someone, especially someone who I admire so much, at a major gaming website express this opinion and show this deep of a understanding of how many of the most fervent fans try to play fire emblem. It does make me a little confused though. A few months ago I (to my immense embarrassment and deep regret) went on a bit of a rant here when you said that awakening was the best fire emblem since the early GBA games. I'm genuinely curious how that opinion meshes with what you wrote here. Can you maybe elaborate a little on what you said back then, and say why you hold that opinion when many people would say the puzzles presented in awakening were far less interesting than the ones presented in past games? Do you just not agree with that premise, or were there other factors that made you enjoy Awakening more?Edited February 2016 by Unknown

    Posted in Don't Be Afraid: Give Fire Emblem's Classic Mode a Shot

  • Avatar for FTLMantis FTLMantis A year ago

    @Jon-Snu I've played all of the games, bar 3 and 4, and definitely agree with that characterization. The stories have always been a little ham fisted at best. It's really the mechanics that have always made this series shine in my eyes.

    Posted in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest Nintendo 3DS Review: The Family You Choose