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  • Avatar for Mooglepies Mooglepies 3 days ago

    Seiken Densetsu 3 is an amazing game. Such a shame it never got localised at all. I actually have a repro cart for it that came with the SNES Mini I bought (I wanted an NTSC SNES that did RGB out) and I also picked up the Japanese version of the game because, as you say, you don't really need to understand Japanese to play it, particularly if you'd played the fan translation.

    I'm taking a break from Breath of the Wild to play... More Zelda. Specifically, the Link to the Past randomiser hack. It's really great.

    Posted in Starting Screen: Mass Effect Andromeda is Coming Out at Exactly the Wrong Time

  • Avatar for Mooglepies Mooglepies 9 days ago

    The first game in the series is far and away the most interesting in terms of its plot and it's approach to characters, but it's also the only game in the series I wouldn't play again. The plot elements and the execution of the dialogue hold up very well even today but I'm just not willing to put up with the rest of the game to get at it.

    Ultimately (and this is something I think was glossed over in the article), the mechanics and execution for combat aren't just dated and clunky now, after 2 more games in the series, but they were considered the same all the way back in 2007. Certainly I can vividly remember conversations with friends enthused at the story elements but utterly disdainful about the core gameplay.

    I look forward to the other parts of this series, this was interesting even if there were large parts I disagreed with.

    Posted in The First Mass Effect is a Great Game Not Just for its Time, But for All Time

  • Avatar for Mooglepies Mooglepies 11 days ago

    I loved games mags back then. Haven't bought one in several years now but still happy with my collection of Edge and Super Play. Cracking reads.

    Posted in The Magazines That Were Video Gaming's Original Clickbait

  • Avatar for Mooglepies Mooglepies 14 days ago

    The dogs are great in Breath of the Wild, and like all the other little details in the game they have a gameplay use as well. Smart design and fun design at the same time, that.

    Disappointment though - you can't pet animals (horses excepted) and there are no cats either. Twilight Princess is still the winner on that front, then.

    Posted in Nadia's Zelda: Breath of the Wild Travel Journal -- Let's Celebrate Hyrule's Best Boys

  • Avatar for Mooglepies Mooglepies 15 days ago

    I have also had the blood moon trigger in the daytime (usually mornings). I've also gone several in-game weeks without it triggering at all (I was passing time at campfire trying to get it to trigger for a quest). I've also had it trigger in the middle of combat and restore a Lynels I was fighting to full health. I wouldn't have minded so much but for the fact I'd used up several high tier weapons during the fight.

    I'm almost certain that the game only decides to trigger it when certain requirements are met (enough enemies slain, perhaps) and it isn't choosy about what time it triggers but it's an opaque process and I don't really understand it yet.

    Also the Dragons in this game are majestic as all hell and a really pleasant surprise.

    Posted in Nadia's Zelda: Breath of the Wild Travel Journal -- the Bloody Moon Will Come Too Soon

  • Avatar for Mooglepies Mooglepies A month ago

    Solid review and I agree with most of the points raised. Fun game in multiplayer, and very dynamic. I played a huge amount of the tech tests and beta which were a little rougher around the edges but still very enjoyable. Ubisoft now need to do a little work to make the metagame a bit more proactive in 1v1 scenarios but in larger games it's tremendous fun.

    The campaign feels high quality in terms of Polish and execution but largely devoid of interesting ideas. A shame but not a surprise. Contrast this with something like Splatoon to see a multiplayer-focused game with excellent singleplayer content. Not a pretty comparison to be honest.

    Posted in For Honor Review

  • Avatar for Mooglepies Mooglepies A month ago

    @nadiaoxford they won't stay of course. They'll be gnashing their teeth elsewhere at the first sign of a new non-issue controversy.

    Over by Christmas I tells ya.

    Posted in Horizon Zero Dawn Review

  • Avatar for Mooglepies Mooglepies A month ago

    My fear with this game was always that it was going to be overly generic in spite of its setting and visuals. Perhaps Genre Fatigue is starting to set in? Open-world Adventure/RPG games have been arriving thick and fast in the last 4 years, which is about how long it took for most of the gaming press to get bored with modern/near future linear FPS games.

    None of this bodes well for Zelda, to be honest, a game that I have sinilar fears for. Perhaps Nintendo can add some points of difference to set themselves apart from their competition.

    As with all things, genre fans will probably get much more out of this than others - perhaps this is the source of disparity between this review and others. Also worth pointing out that sister-site Eurogamer was pretty neutral (neither Recommended nor Avoid).

    Posted in Horizon Zero Dawn Review

  • Avatar for Mooglepies Mooglepies A month ago

    I think the thing with YouTube as a medium is that it is probably quite easy to lose perspective of how many people your words reach over long periods of time. 53,000,000 people is more than the population of many countries, and you might be still just making videos the same way you made them when you had six less zeroes on the end of the number. Staggering stuff, although I wonder if Pewdiepie is just getting bored at this point.

    Posted in Opinion: PewDiePie And The Effect Of Speech Meeting Reality

  • Avatar for Mooglepies Mooglepies A month ago

    I played 4 levels of the Knight chapter last night. Competent in all respects, visually very good, but it doesn't seem to have many ideas for different things to do.

    It feels very much like an extended tutorial for the multiplayer, which is obviously where the meat of the game is. It's disappointing to have what feels very much like a phoned in story campaign, but at the same time I feel that most people won't mind too much because the focus of the game is so much on that multiplayer.

    Posted in For Honor's Campaign: Occasionally Fun, But Mostly Underwhelming