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About Shorty

  • Rank
    Cake or Death?
  • Birthday 12/04/86

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    Somewhere over a rainbow.


  • Nintendo Systems Owned
    Lots. I miss the n64.
  • Other Systems Owned
  • Favourite Game?
    Sonic 2
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  1. Metroid Dread

    The hard parts of this... I just don't think they're right. I get that it's the type of game that's meant to be difficult, and I don't might a tricky fight but... it's just not balanced right, in my opinion. Everything that's "difficult" hinges on having to start again over and over, instead of having a moment to learn the right thing to do. I think this has come down to the vastly increased pace, which is a good thing, but I don't think the amount of damage you take per hit has been changed to reflect this. I also struggle a lot to do some of the controls, especially the things on the triggers, and hitting down when you run. Wall jumps regularly not connecting and sometimes for no apparent reason a jump not becoming a flip.... I can't really understand why it's not an option to have movement on the D-pad. This might just be because I've not played Switch for a long time and gotten used to other controllers than the Pro. This is a good game, and a good Metroid game, there's a lot to love about it. But I think it's got some really bad segments and I don't quite agree with the very high ratings it's getting. I'd rank it way below Super, Fusion and Zero Mission I think.
  2. Returnal (30th April 2021)

    While I totally get where you're coming from, I think you can get by perfectly fine with the save/rest feature. The only time I can imagine this would be a problem, is if you regularly played a different game. For example, if you joined friends for Destiny or Overwatch most nights, it would be annoying that you couldn't save and come back. Updates do not interrupt rest, and crashes/other reasons I think would be so infrequent that across the course of completing the game, I would be willing to bet it would come up 0-1 times on average, at least in parts of the world with reliable power. The only reason I bother to contest this, is that it's a shame so many people are skipping the game for something they see as a mistake, but I see as a totally reasonable choice. I think those who talk about "taking your time in a biome" have maybe missed the point of the game altogether. It should be treated like most roguelikes IMO, don't get too invested, or you'll be frustrated when you restart. Starting again is a natural part of the process of playing the game.
  3. Returnal (30th April 2021)

    I platinumed this game without ever needing any kind of save/reload feature, or it ever occuring to me to need one. The only time I can imagine it bothering me, is if I got a power cut when I was doing really well... The game regularly ends suddenly, and you start again, and that each attempt is fairly short whether it goes well or not... so I just can't really get why it bothers so many. Anyway, this is a game I'd love to play more of, hope it gets more content soon!
  4. Metroid Dread

    Just got the special edition of this delivered, thought it was going to be normal Switch game size in a slightly thicker steel case or something... Instead its the size of a fat A4 folder!! Size comparison...
  5. I just got a Switch OLED delivered that I tried to cancel Oops. The box is so tiny.
  6. I once played the arcade game with the trackball at Sega World, Picadilly Circus. That was a memory that had been completely lost to time until you mentioned it. Do you have a means to play Sonic Jam? That's another game that owns a very strange corner of my memory somewhere. I dreamt of owning a Sega Saturn and playing what I assumed would be an incredible 3D sonic experience - and would go to Woolworths in the town I lived in as a kid to watch the unplayable demo loop. (Perhaps fortunately) never did own that or the console.
  7. Report a Bug! [Read OP first]

    It's quite difficult to say when I haven't seen it myself. It sounds a bit like the SSL certificate is playing up, but without seeing it firsthand and debugging it as it happens, it's hard to offer more info. For what it's worth, links to anything with abode/ at least aren't malicious, they're other things on the server that are somehow being defaulted to when links break. The big picture here really is that it's an outdated php site on a very outdated CMS and it needs a huge overhaul. And yeah it could do with better hosting, but hosting isn't cheap, and N-E weighs in at a hefty 9GB. It used to also get a crazy amount of traffic which meant only my work server - which we get hosting on for free and is a proper decent dedicated server as opposed to a big shared platform - was all that could handle it. Nowadays that might not be so true, or sites can be built in ways that are far less resource intensive, but it'll still have a cost to go anywhere else (we already pay hosting for the forum, but iirc there's no room left on that server). Also it doesn't make sense to start a new CMS and not redesign the site, but that's another thing I've not been able to get off the ground (not really my expertise anymore). Maybe what I've been doing with the redesign is wrong, maybe I should stick closer to what we have now, but just expand/modernise it a bit... browsing it now it's not as bad as I remember Otherwise - if anyone knows a designer who will work for the sheer love of Nintendo - let them know we're looking if I had a design, it'd probably give me the kick I needed to rebuild it.
  8. Persona 4: The Golden

    When my other half played P4G, she got the Risette dialogue trophy in her first playthrough without trying just putting that out there. (It took me a long time and a big checklist)
  9. I have registered but I am not able to post in any section of your forum

    1. Hassan


      Can you please update?

  10. I thought I was the same basically til PS5 came along. Now that multiple games let you quickly switch between, it feels like night and day. The most obvious are Control and this game. When you turn off 60fps and reload something you just did (because Spidey reloads the last auto-save), it's such a surprise, to me at least. Suddenly rotating the camera is a blurry mess and everything feels like it's struggling to keep up. This one I absolutely had to play in 60fps. That said, a lot of the magic had waned from my first playthrough. I kinda regret buying the Ultimate Edition. I thought I would really want to re-immerse myself in that awesome feeling of this game, but it didn't actually come back. In the end I didn't even use the code for the first game
  11. Questions

    The reason we held off is that lots of custom themes were created and I'm worried how many of them will break. We could perhaps look into it though, what were the big changes?
  12. Questions

    Deferring to @Ashley who I believe put some restrictions on new signups recently to try and scupper bots. I think the intention was to prevent new accounts making threads - not replies.
  13. Kotaku's feedback is absolutely glowing, maybe I'll pick this up sooner rather than later after all. I understand not wanting to give a company your money but remember that real, good people work for them and work hard.
  14. Super Mario 3D All-Stars (RIP)

    Nintendo doesn't dip prices, they have an image as a premium, quality product that doesn't do flash sales and cash-in bargains. The world is not as black and white as "Activision does it, why can't Nintendo?" They don't want to give the impression of "here's three old games at cheap prices" they want to say "here's a lovely, well organised, well treated collection of absolutely sublime games that you know will have been ported perfectly and look better than ever". Activision also supplements a huge amount of their income from shifty practices like loot crates, pay to win and microtransactions, for one thing. If we wan't to talk bizarre decisions, it's the crazy choice to provide this in limited physical supply. Which will just lead to loads of NES-Classic style scalping.
  15. After their track record, this definitely isn't the kind of game I'd preorder. It's got a good chance of being great, but an even better chance of them totally messing it up somehow. Got my eye on it though!