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Re: Random Gaming Thoughts

by prfsnl_gmr Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:09 am

Have any of you played Pandora’s Tower (Wii)? I really, really enjoyed it when I played it a few years ago, and I remember commenting that it’s what I would expect from a good 3D Castlevania game.
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Re: Random Gaming Thoughts

by RCBH928 Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:29 am

Not sure if I heard of that game before, but I will watch the review.

Speaking of Wii, whatever happened to motion controls? Wasn't everyone pushing towards that being the future after Wii's success?
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by isiolia Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:44 am

RCBH928 wrote:Speaking of Wii, whatever happened to motion controls? Wasn't everyone pushing towards that being the future after Wii's success?


I think what has generally happened is that the market has moved past them as a primary gimmick, and in turn, developers are under no real pressure to include the functionality if it doesn't make sense for their project. Nintendo and Sony still have as good (or better) support for motion controls as they ever did. Figure though, with the Switch, Nintendo has a harder time leaning on any particular aspect - motion controls aren't as practical for portable use, the touchscreen isn't available when docked, etc. They have games that use motion controls, even heavily (Labo stuff for instance), but pushing them to the degree that the Wii did wouldn't work. For Sony, PSVR uses Move extensively, as motion controls are a natural choice for a lot of VR. The Dual Shock 4 does include a gyroscope as well, just as the Sixaxis/DS3 did, even if it's usually used sparingly (for good reason, I mean, Lair backlash at launch and all).

Probably the only casualty (or major one anyway) has been MS dropping Kinect. Not that, as a company, MS isn't continuing to do stuff along those lines (Windows Mixed Reality, etc).

There are other folks using similar tech too. A lot of LG's TVs use their "magic" remote, similar to Wiimote (or gyro mouse controls way before those ever came out) for navigating menus and webOS.
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Re: Random Gaming Thoughts

by PartridgeSenpai Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:33 am

isiolia wrote:
RCBH928 wrote:Speaking of Wii, whatever happened to motion controls? Wasn't everyone pushing towards that being the future after Wii's success?


For Sony, PSVR uses Move extensively, as motion controls are a natural choice for a lot of VR.


Very much this. Motion controls never really went away. It's just they've become a part of VR to such an extent that they are never mentioned anymore as just "motion controls." It's all VR these days, baby!
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Re: Random Gaming Thoughts

by pook99 Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:43 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:Have any of you played Pandora’s Tower (Wii)? I really, really enjoyed it when I played it a few years ago, and I remember commenting that it’s what I would expect from a good 3D Castlevania game.


Never even heard of it, but I will definitely check it out
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Re: Random Gaming Thoughts

by prfsnl_gmr Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:37 pm

pook99 wrote:
prfsnl_gmr wrote:Have any of you played Pandora’s Tower (Wii)? I really, really enjoyed it when I played it a few years ago, and I remember commenting that it’s what I would expect from a good 3D Castlevania game.


Never even heard of it, but I will definitely check it out


It rules. Awesome gameplay. Great, Shadow of the Collussus-style boss battles. Best of all...a time limit mechanic that REALLY matters. I really enjoyed it, and I hope that you do too.
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by pierrot Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:26 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:Shadow of the Collussus-style boss battles.

I have become-- intrigued.
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by Xeogred Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:48 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:Have any of you played Pandora’s Tower (Wii)? I really, really enjoyed it when I played it a few years ago, and I remember commenting that it’s what I would expect from a good 3D Castlevania game.

Nope, but I own it and it looks good. I loved Xenoblade but was disappointed by The Last Story. It'll be interesting to see how Pandora's Tower is... I get ICO / Nier vibes from it on the outside.
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Re: Random Gaming Thoughts

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:46 am

Here’s a review that captures my feelings pretty well:

https://www.destructoid.com/review-pand ... 1814.phtml
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by Forlorn Drifter Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:05 pm

Pandora's Tower was the one out of that trio of games I always really wanted. Have to get on it someday.

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