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Everything posted by Glen-i

  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Online Thread

    Stamina matches tonight at 8pm.
  2. Online gaming happened. Constant player engagement has become a seriously big thing for online multiplayer games. It's not good enough that a game sells well, it has to keep people playing long after it's released. It was pretty obvious they were going this route when it became apparent that Daisy, Miss Mario Spin Off herself, wasn't playable.
  3. Your Gaming Diary 2022

    Righty-o. A couple of games for me to add. It's brilliant. Why? That would spoil it. You'll just have to trust me. NEO: The World Ends With You is the sequel to the DS title The World Ends With You. It's developed by three different groups, including h.a.n.d, and published by Square Enix. It was quite the surprise when it was announced because, well, the original didn't exactly set the world on fire. It's an action RPG with a... interesting take on battles, more on that in a bit. The game is set in Shibuya and follows Rindo Kanade and his best friend, Tosai Furesawa (Or "Fret") as they get involved in a road accident. Soon after, they find themselves in the "Reapers Game", a game that consists of making teams with other "players" and completing missions to collect points. The game lasts 7 days, and you probably don't want to be last. Much like the first game, there are all sorts of twists and turns that keep the plot engaging, even if some details will fly over your head if you didn't play the original game (annoyingly, some details from the non DS re-release are relevant as well, so I was pretty confused at a couple of moments). The battle system takes place in real time, tasking you with taking control of every character at once. Each character is equipped with a "Pin", which determines what attack they use when the corresponding button is pressed. Everyone on your team shares the same health bar, so if one person gets hit, the whole team loses health. This sounds like a disaster, but there's a few details that prevent this. Firstly, if you're not pressing a character's button, then the AI handles their movement, and thankfully, they will dodge almost every attack with near perfect timing (Some wide ranging attacks might still catch them though). Because of this, you're only ever controlling the character whose button you're pressing. Some people might be a bit upset that the whole dual-screen mechanic of simultaneous battles are gone, but it's a neccessary compromise, because as the re-releases show, it does not work on a single screen. All the other cool features of the original game are thankfully present in the sequel. You see, most of the pins are gotten from enemies dropping them, but there are a wide variety of ways to increase the likelihood of this, whether it be lowering your level, equipping certain clothes, or chaining multiple battles in a row. The game even has a screen that shows you the odds of an enemy dropping a pin, so you can plan on how to get what you want. It's this kind of accesibility that makes chasing 100% completion quite doable, despite the number of collectibles to get. The only real wall you might run into are the optional post game bosses, which are no joke! But it all makes for a relatively fun time. Well, fun enough for me to chase it. The game has a proper great soundtrack with a wide variety of music genres! This coincides quite well with the artstyle. NEO: TWEWY has a great street art vibe thing going on that I just adore. It's a very stylish game. It's a shame this game didn't live up to Square's expectations, because it deserves success, but I put it down to the absolutely shoddy PR the game got in the run up to its release. But that's Square Enix for you...
  4. Thanks to @Dcubed for this logo, and @RedShell for the original design! It's the N-Europe Mario Kart League Get Together! With the upcoming Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Pass dropping in less then a week, I'm sure those of us getting it would love an excuse to put it to use, and what better excuse then to play online with other N-Europe members? The idea is that once a week, we'll get together to have some good old fashioned races, and some battles now and again. Unlike the previous League, scores will not be kept track of, so you're free to take part without worrying about your performance. For obvious reasons, you will need a Nintendo Switch Online account to take part. However, you do not need the expansion pack. You also do not need the MK8DX Booster Pass to take part, as only one person in the room needs it (I have it). As of today, it's not certain whether people without the pass can vote for any of the new tracks it has. I will update the thread once we get that information. You also need to add me and BowserBasher as a friend on your Switch, if you haven't already. Friend Codes are as follows: Glen-i - 3034-9087-7910 Simon (BowserBasher) - 8313-9234-5620 A few general rules to keep in mind: Unless stated otherwise, each session will take place on Thursday at 8pm, GMT. Each session will consist of 12 seperate races/battles. This normally takes around 45-60 minutes, so take that into account. Players Choice Nights will allow everyone to vote for whatever track they want to race on. The format will be 150cc, Normal Items. For the sake of variety, avoid voting for a track that the group has already raced on that night. No-one wants to do Baby Park 12 times. Every 3-4 weeks, I will impose a "Theme Night", where everyone must stick to the tracks that have been pre-selected. The cc format and item pool may be changed as well. I will post a graphic showing this information before hand. Discord group for voice chatting purposes.
  5. N-E Mario Kart 8 DX Get Together

    Imagine my horror when I tell @BowserBasher "Don't you dare pick Big Blue" on the final race, only for @S.C.G to pick it. Funny coincidence, until I turn on my phone's screen only to see him there in the chat! That is some proper advanced strats! @viceview51 there, employing the ol' "Give Glen a heart attack" tactic.
  6. N-E Mario Kart 8 DX Get Together

    Let's try that again. Pick Paris Promenade please.
  7. N-E Mario Kart 8 DX Get Together

    Room's open. I'll be on the discord voice chat in about 5 minutes if anyone is interested in me shouting at them.
  8. N-E Mario Kart 8 DX Get Together

    Player's Choice tonight at 8pm.
  9. Have you ever been working on something, only to realise midway through, that you are utterly boned in regards to completing it? So yeah, anyone here with Sword/Shield that got the single Type:Null in the game, and hasn't evolved it yet? EDIT: Yep, @Ugh first aid's laziness has saved me! She just got me to do a tradeback with my Silvally back when we were completing the Pokedex, so I just used hers! Back on track!
  10. Worst console design

    On the other hand, I assumed all 80's VCR's were a shade of gray. Granted, my only reference is the intro to The Goldbergs.
  11. General Switch Discussion

    This became surprisingly apparent to me when I took my WiiU to the local community centre and let a bunch of kids play Smash. A lot of them gravitated toward the Wii Remote and the Wii Classic Controller, while the ones aged over 10 would use the WiiU Pro Controller or GameCube Controller. That whole thing about games that don't require the shoulder buttons is true too. Apart from Smash (which can be fun even if you don't use shield or dodge), I started focusing on games that avoided them, because young kids didn't grasp it as well as older people. Quick multiplayer games like Runbow and Towerfall became quick non-Smash favourites because of this, as well as New Super Mario Bros U for more co-operative shenanigans.
  12. NEO: The World Ends With You

    The Yearlong Ensemble pins are pretty much the only way I could pull off the last 5% or so. This game's great. Had a lot more fun then the DS game! If this was last year, I would've put it somewhere in my GotY list. Will give more detailed thoughts in the Gaming Diary thread later.
  13. New Super Mario Bros. Wii

    I haven't watched that movie in years, and I can still hear that Gilbert Gottfried delivery as if I'm watching it now! That said, I think it's an interesting discussion to see how people feel about utilising glitches and where their line would lie. Take other famously glitchy N64 game, Ocarina of Time. There's a little bug where if you perform a jump slash, then perform a crouch stab (Holding R, then pressing B while not Z targeting), the crouch stab does double the damage than it should. I use that trick loads, I think it makes the game more fun. I also walk backwards across Hyrule Field all the time, because it's much quicker. Does that count as a glitch? While I love watching all sorts of speedruns, I normally don't like actually using big glitches that involve going "out of bounds", because I don't find it engaging. I enjoy watching it though, because it involves a lot of high level execution and memorisation to pull off. (They tend to look silly too, which is a bonus.) Hell, what about that infamous exploit in Zelda 2's final boss? Who here hasn't used that!?
  14. New Super Mario Bros. Wii

    Not sure I agree with this line of thinking. First of all, loads of games have a separated "No Major Glitches" category for speedrun records, precisely for those speedrunners who want to play a game as intended. Even in a famously glitchy game like Super Mario 64. Secondly, you're giving the impression that a speedrun that involves glitches doesn't require consistent high level gameplay? In a lot of cases, these kind of glitches are harder to pull off then playing the game in a more standard way. Not always, but most of the time. I played through Super Mario 64 on NSO when it dropped, but because I played it on 3D All-Stars quite recently, I didn't want to go through all of it, so I went for a 16 star run, which involves pulling off a few glitches to skip some star doors. It was a fun way to play through the game in a way I don't normally try. It kept things fresh.
  15. Your Gaming Diary 2022

    Kirby 64 is the last time we saw the more easy going, Dream Land style before the series went all in on the Sakurai style action game. There's no doubting that it was the right decision, though. Modern Kirby is so liked because of that style. Those emulation softlocks are really bad though. N64 NSO might have had it's fair share of emulation issues, but you could always at least play through each game!
  16. Is Resident Evil 4 without the silly even Resident Evil 4? If I don't get a completely out of nowhere laser grid acrobatic sequence, then what's even the point? But yeah, HD development these days pretty much kills the viability of having all the set pieces the original had. Things are gonna have to be cut.
  17. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Online Thread

    You're a stronger dude then me then. I need me some free-for-all madness in a Smash session.
  18. Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (24th June)

    I get the feeling that some more important characters like Byleth and the house leaders might have a class and moveset all of their own that no-one else can use. It'd be weird if just any schmo could use that whippy sword, y'know?
  19. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Online Thread

    That's fair. It would just be us two anyway seeing as @BowserBasher can't make it. I mean 1v1 is fine and all, but two hours of nothing but would be a bit much.
  20. Well, that's definitely getting patched before Pokémon Snap drops. That's certainly not a thing in the original game.
  21. N-E Mario Kart 8 DX Get Together

    That one in the orange has a really stupid face.
  22. N-E Mario Kart 8 DX Get Together

    Not my fault your crummy outward drifting kart had to release the drift early and boost right into my shell. It totally was my fault, I know the shortcomings of outward drift so well.
  23. N-E Mario Kart 8 DX Get Together

    Got a good laugh at @viceview51 and I trying to pass the blue shell off on each other only for @S.C.G to blitz past us both and take the blue shell immediately after doing so.
  24. N-E Mario Kart 8 DX Get Together

    Oh, @Ike, you are so dead for that Water Park finish!
  25. Pokémon Legends: Arceus

    OK, first, that's for Sword/Shield. And second, you can get a Shiny Shellder from that, so it's not completely pointless.