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Re: What are you playing?

by noiseredux Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:47 am

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The Ubisoft era of Ninja Turtles games was brief but interesting. Take for example, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up. It's inspiration is right there in the title. You could just call this "Turtles Smash." Ubisoft even went so far as to hire various folks who worked on Smash Bros Brawl. And at least their intentions were good.

I ran through the arcade mode last night which was... brisk. It's not bad. It plays like any number of Smash clones. I'm just not sure why we need so many Smash clones. But then again, I'm a HUGE fan of Ninja Turtles games, so whatever. I have this. I'm glad it exists. At any rate - good intentions aside - the biggest problem with this game is the meager roster. I mean we're talking about a Smash-style fighting game in 2009, and it starts with only seven characters available. Do the math, four of those seven are the Turtles themselves.

Now you can unlock more fighters for a total of a "whopping" sixteen. But if you're a TMNT fan (which, you must be if you're bothering with this game), then you'll be bummed to see the final roster. SPOILERS: Splinter, Shredder, Casey Jones, and April O'Neil are all in the game. As is a foot soldier. And then a couple of less cool characters. There is no Bebop or Rocksteady. There's no Krang. No Baxter Stockman. Basically nobody from the 80's cartoon. Which would have been fine if they'd managed to draw a cool and fleshed out roster from the on-going comic series. Instead, we're given TWO different Rabbids to unlock. Really? That feels like a slight on Usagi.

The fighting is... fine. It's standard Smash stuff, really. But I managed to complete the arcade mode in less than a half hour - WITHOUT really knowing what any of the buttons even do. So, yeah. I don't think there's much challenge there in the single player campaign. Which is fine. These kind of games are generally meant for multiplayer. I'm just not doing much of that these days.

There are other modes to mess with, but I think I've seen enough. This game will stay in my collection pretty solely because of my love for the franchise. And maybe once in a while it'd make a fun "party game." But I can't imagine spending much more time on it. I will say that the cut-scenes between the arcade mode's fights are beautiful drawn by Jim Lawson and Eric Talbot and written by Peter Laird himself. So again, this is a game worth owning for Turtles fans to some degree.

But again, this is a TMNT Smash clone with a mere sixteen characters. And two of them are Rabbids. Two of them.
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Re: What are you playing?

by marurun Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:56 am

Wow, that's a real lost opportunity, IMO. There are so many great mutant characters in the TMNT universe. Why ignore most of them?
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Re: What are you playing?

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:26 am

Yeah...the Ubisoft TMNT game’s are odd. The GBA beat ‘em up is a really solid game...with almost no recognizable characters. (I think they’re all from the TMNT computer animated movie almost no one saw. I don’t know because I haven’t seen that movie.) I wish I could like them more than I do. Oh well...


EDIT: Hey! Isn’t that Krang on the game’s cover? Is he there, but not in the game?

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So...I started Five Nights at Freddy’s in anticipation of October. My son is PUMPED, and he really enjoys playing (and being scared by) it. It is also a “classic” of modern gaming, spawning a very successful franchise. The problem is...it’s really hard, and I can’t figure out what to do. As a result, I keep dying. Gruesomely. The gameplay reminds me a bit of a 90s FMV game like Double Switch or Night Trap, but I’m not sure it’s supposed to work that way. I really do not grasp the mechanics yet...and I thought this game was supposed to be easy! I mean, lots of people have beaten this, right? What am I missing? Have any of you beaten this game? Any tips?
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Re: What are you playing?

by noiseredux Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:46 am

prfsnl_gmr wrote:Yeah...the Ubisoft TMNT game’s are odd. The GBA beat ‘em up is a really solid game...with almost no recognizable characters. (I think they’re all from the TMNT computer animated movie almost no one saw. I don’t know because I haven’t seen that movie.) I wish I could like them more than I do. Oh well...


The 2007 CGI movie simply called "TMNT" is actually not bad at all. It's its own thing. But it's fun and has a nice story and decent voice acting. Sarah Michelle Geller FTW.

Now the GBA game based on that movie is quite fun, and reminiscent of the Konami beat-em-ups; kind of. But even weirder is the console version of the game based on the movie which is a straight up clone of Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time. Like I said, brief/interesting era.

EDIT: Hey! Isn’t that Krang on the game’s cover? Is he there, but not in the game?


Ah, well, yeah. They just refer to him as "Utromimator" in the game. So I don't know, it feels almost generic. Like, it's a Utrom; it's in the big robot body, but isn't referred to as Krang. Also, in game it just looks like a big clunky robot. So sure, "Krang" is in the game but it sure doesn't feel like he is. Y'know?
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Re: What are you playing?

by PartridgeSenpai Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:24 pm

I've been playing Tomato Adventure on my Japanese Wii U's eShop over the past couple days. As the GBA RPG Alpha Dream made before they made Superstar Saga, I expected it to play somewhat as a proto-M&L game, and that isn't entirely untrue. Though it's definitely geared towards kids a lot more than the M&L games (it's REALLY easy), it's still an alright time. The game has active time abilities you use to attack enemies a lot like in the M&L games, and you can even adjust the difficulty of those abilities' executions to have them deal more damage, a lot like you can with Bro Moves in Superstar Saga. The bosses have very little health (at the very least the first bosses were each about as strong as two normal enemies with how fast I killed them, one hit each), but the other part that makes this a lot easier than Superstar Saga is down to how there is no dodging attacks. That means there's a lot less going on you need to keep track of were you a little kid playing this. It never came out in English, so it's a little hard to recommend for kids who can't read Japanese, but it's definitely a fine kids RPG so far if they CAN read it :lol:
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Re: What are you playing?

by noiseredux Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:59 am

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When I was like ten years old, a friend's dad took us to see the WWF. At the time, I knew nothing about wrestling. I had no interest really. But I went because I was invited and I thought this was the kind of stuff that boys are age were supposed to be into. I probably would have said yes to a monster truck show under similar conditions. But that invite never came. Anyway, I don't remember much about that WWF show, other than those guys The Road Warriors were there. Actually, I just googled it and apparently they were known as Legion Of Doom during this period. I don't know. Shrug.

Anyway, the point is I was never a wrestling fan, even when I went to that show. I know who some wrestling dudes are of the late 80's and early 90's because friends were into it. But I have no memory if I actually saw like Jake The Snake or Rick Flare or Macho Man Randy Savage or Andre The Giant. I have no knowledge of the history of wrestling. And it didn't really matter when I was there. Hacksaw Jim Duggan must have been there because we got foam two-by-fours that he may or may not have signed. Again, didn't care and my memory is fuzzy.

The point of all this rambling is to say - wrestling is not something a fan of. However, there are some wrestling games that got some praise over the years and because of my lack of interest I overlooked them. Having just recently acquired a Nintendo 64 not too long ago, I couldn't pass up a WCW Vs NWO cartridge when I saw it at a yard sale. I figured, hey, wrestling games are pretty much just fighting games. I like some fighting games. Maybe I'd enjoy this game - and beef up my new N64 collection on the meantime.

You guys... no. I don't like this game. Not at all.

So first things first, I didn't recognize too much of the roster. There was Hulk Hogan and Sting and I think Rick Flare. But that's it. And maybe his name is Rick Flair? I'm not going to spend any more time googling wrestling stuff tonight, so I don't know. But yeah. I guess this game came out at a time where even hearing about current wrestlers via osmosis was out of the cards for me. So not a good intro to the genre.

Anyway, I gave it a shot but oh man... boring. The main portion of the game is five-on-five matches. I couldn't even build a team of five recognizable faces here. Even worse, the matches go on for what feels like an eternity. I couldn't figure out how to end it. Do you have to pin the other guy? I don't know. And I don't have a manual. And I don't care enough to find out. I also couldn't make myself lose. So it just went on and on and on. Just me as Hulk kicking a dude and flipping him and falling on him. Just really really boring and clunky. I'm all set with this one.

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The Street Fighter Alpha series started somewhere between Street Fighter II and III and served as a sort of prequel to the series. As such, I've always kind of thought of the three games as a bit of a remake of the original Street Fighter. Only if it was really good.

Even though there are three Alpha games and they're actually numbered, they were released in fast succession and feel more like incremental upgrades. In my mind, Alpha 3 is just the "best" or final version of Alpha, much like Third Strike is best or final version of Street Fighter III.

I actually have some pretty fond memories of Alpha 3. Back when my wife and I first bought our house and I finally had my own game room, I remember setting up a makeshift arcade stand with a standing desk and some arcade sticks. I can remember spending weeks playing the Dreamcast port of Alpha 3, trying to really learn a handful of characters and see how far I could get on a single credit. I was tenacious back then. And I had time to burn.

Playing the game now on the Switch Street Fighter Collection is a whole different story. At this point in my life, it feels funny that I was ever any good at Street Fighter games at all. And maybe it's the difficulty of the arcade original CPU, but oh my gosh I'm getting destroyed. It's honestly embarrassing.

But what can you do?

The game itself is still awesome. I love the look of Alpha 3. It's a beautiful looking game. Just look at a screenshot of Blanka and how awesome he's drawn in this one. And what's cool about Alpha 3 is the interesting roster, which lies somewhere between the old familiars of Street Fighter II and the kind of weirdo new inclusions we'd see in Street Fighter III. It's also a very large roster, which I appreciate.

So I spent some time last night dancing between various characters. Cammy has always been my favorite in Alpha 3, which is interesting as I never really use her in Street Fighter II. Though I did like her in Street Fighter IV. Chun-Li works okay for me if I switch it to the X-Ism (the "isms" being Alpha 3's various playstyles... it's complicated). I also like Blanka a lot here. So okay, I guess I'm a bit of a traditionalist. But I also think Sodom is pretty cool.

Anyway, like I said it's a neat game that bridges a gap. Or rather it sort of makes up for the weakness of the original Street Fighter by re-imagining it as something altogether awesome and also retro-fits a lot of the Final Fight universe. And it's gorgeous looking and plays well. But... I am terrible at it. Terrible.
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Re: What are you playing?

by noiseredux Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:53 am

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As a still recent New Dad, I'm still trying to balance how and when I can play games. The answer is often that I have to try to squeeze games into short windows of time. So while I do still get to play games throughout the week, it's often in small bursts. It's also not always easy for me to go and sit alone in my game room. So I've been really embracing keeping the Switch or 3DS or GBA close by.

This week I got in a Supaboy that I had managed to get in a bundle of traded games. The Supaboy is Hyperkin's portable SNES console. It's interesting. It's sort of shaped like a really big PSP or something, and can play SNES or Super Famicom cartridges. I didn't know much about it, but I think Hyperkin's Retron 5 is a fine device, so I took a chance on this thing.

And so I need something to test the system out with. Now you tell me, what's the first game you'd want to test on a SNES clone? Mario World or Kart? Link To The Past? Maybe Super Metroid? No, of course not! Obviously you'd want to play some Looney Toons game that Sunsoft made, right? Yeah, me too. Sigh. Sometimes I don't know why I do this to myself.

Alright so Road Runner's Death Valley Rally is as far as I can tell, Sunsoft's attempt at making a Sonic game. A really really bad Sonic game. And please remember, that in 1992 Sonic was at the height of his popularity. Much like Sonic, Road Runner can basically just, y'know... run. Which would be fine if the levels were well designed, or the screen was zoomed out enough so you could see upcoming obstacles, or the hit detection wasn't crap, or if you even knew what you were supposed to be doing!

It's bad y'all. The first stage feels sort of like a quick tutorial, but by the second I was lost. The level isn't really linear and I couldn't figure out where to go. There were some signs with arrows that seemed to be sending me in a circle. Annoying. Just everything - ALMOST everything - felt bad about this game.

There was one good thing, though: the graphics. I suppose if you're a Loony Toons fan you'd want to check this out. The animations are really good, and the little intro thing where the sprites freeze to allow for name credits to pop up is such a good throwback to the cartoons. It's almost too bad that the game looks so good, because it fools you into thinking it'll play better than it does.
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Re: What are you playing?

by prfsnl_gmr Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:04 am

I actually kind of like that game...Dunno. Nostalgia, I guess.
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Re: What are you playing?

by pook99 Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:10 pm

@prfsnl_gamer: I never was able to figure out freddy's either, I played it for a bit but could never beat it. I also enjoyed death valley ralley as a kid so don't feel bad. I havent touched it in decades but I still got some good nostalgia vibes from reading about it.

@noiseredux:

"Playing the game now on the Switch Street Fighter Collection is a whole different story. At this point in my life, it feels funny that I was ever any good at Street Fighter games at all. And maybe it's the difficulty of the arcade original CPU, but oh my gosh I'm getting destroyed. It's honestly embarrassing."

This quote is probably the most relatable thing I have read on the internet in a long time. As a teen - early 20's I was a street fighter 'god. I was legit and could beat players who were high level tournament players. Nowadays I could barely react to a jump in. Makes me sad.

On topic: I'm kind of between games and not playing anything right now, I'm in kind of a weird place, I just started a new job, so I'm working a little late and usually have stuff to do when I come home so I haven't dived into anything in about 2 weeks. I have been just playing a smattering of nes games that I have beaten a trillion times, I finished double dragon 3 a few nights ago and just had a flawless god like run of Mike tysons punch out an hour ago. I just picked up gunvolt chronicles on steam so I may play that tonight, or I may just back to back play super punch out and wii punch out for the 10,000th time. I dont really know
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Re: What are you playing?

by prfsnl_gmr Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:09 pm

Yay! Pool’s back! How’ve you been?
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