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  • Avatar for thecleverguy thecleverguy 8 months ago

    I don't know how long it's been since Mr. Parish has played the game himself, but I wonder if it's been a while: I was surprised to hear so little harping about the tedious bosses and the Wii-specific puzzles, which have aged poorly (Prime 1 and 2's trilogy ports get the best end of the motion controls deal with all the precision aiming and none of the "pump the Wiimote at the screen" nonsense).

    I agree about the world feeling small. There's been quite a bit of talk among video game players recently about the importance of interconnected level design thanks to/because of Dark Souls, which as a series has its own way of dealing with this, but for Metroid (even a 3D Metroid, which, yes, they are slower to navigate) I don't think splitting the world into such bite-size pieces was the right choice. I think it just makes the world feel extremely fake and uninteresting.

    And the soundtrack! It places a heavier emphasis on string arrangements and atmospheres, and I'm glad the team tried something new with it, but I don't think it works very well. The title theme is great, though.

    Posted in Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

  • Avatar for thecleverguy thecleverguy 8 months ago

    I'd say the worst thing about Echoes is pre-Dark Suit dark world traversal, since the game has you sit around in light bubbles for ages in order to regain health (which even after acquiring the Dark Suit can still be a problem on occasion).

    I liked that Aether felt more like an inhabited place than Tallon IV. I've never cared much about series continuity, particularly among the Prime games, so the fact that Prime 2 didn't call on or establish any series mainstays wasn't much of an issue for me. The lengthy boss fights, moody music, cohesive art direction, and more challenging puzzles made this game really work for me. Sorry you didn't have as much fun with it.

    P.S. I'm not a stickler for numbers by any means, but is there some reason this one doesn't get a score like the rest?Edited September 2017 by Unknown

    Posted in Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

  • Avatar for thecleverguy thecleverguy 8 months ago

    Ah, but will this new version let you skip cutscenes again?

    I'd never think of doing so on a first playthrough, but I was frustrated when replaying it on PS3 because I had to sit through the entire opening 20 minutes.

    Posted in Okami HD Confirmed for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

  • Avatar for thecleverguy thecleverguy A year ago

    I've been on the fence about diving into this series for a little while. My main hesitation has been about where to start: do I go for the PS2 original? Probably the best place to start, but my purchase of a used old game won't be of financial support to the devs in any way.

    Is Yakuza 0 a fine place to start for someone who won't get any established in-jokes? Or do I go for Kiwami, which, as I understand it, is basically going to be the MGS: Twin Snakes of the Yakuza series?

    This review has been very encouraging. I'm strongly considering going for 0. I'm sure if I'm bound to like the series at all I'll find something to love in 0. Thanks for your thoughts, Mr. Parish.

    Posted in Yakuza 0, a Fascinating Game Completely at Odds With Itself