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Title: Sibling gaming rambling
Posted: March 21, 2010 (07:42 AM)
My nine years younger-than-me sister dropped by today. I had to help her with some work, but then we got onto some minor gaming. She brought SimAnimals and MySims Kingdom for Wii over with her. She told me that she thought SimAnimals was pretty crap, thus I could check it out or even have it if I wanted. I said I thought it would be poor use of my hand-arm resources to go trying out a game that both she and the Internet had largely pooh-poohed.

While she is not the kind who will ever write a review, she is a savvy judge of games. I once loaned her The Simpsons Game, which I had decided was poor, thinking (stupidly) that she might either enjoy it, or at least hang onto it so that I wouldn't have to see it again or go to the trouble of selling it on eBay. She returned it briskly and told me it was crap.

I also loaned her MySims around that time, knowing she would dig it (we're both huge Animal Crossing fans), and she did. Thus she was disappointed with the besmirching of the good MySims name that SimAnimals effected. I tried to restore her illusions by telling her that it was probably programmed by someone other than the guys who made MySims, MySims Kingdom and the pending-and-we-hope-it's-good MySims Agents, which she's waiting on.

So we put on MySims Kingdom and she back seat-drove me through the introductory levels. I agreed it was cute and charming. Unfortunately it's probably too RSI-y for me to persist with at this time, otherwise I would.

Then I showed her the Wii 'remake' of C64 classic Impossible Mission, which I got cheap and used the other day. I used to play this game with her on the Apple II when we were younger. My beef with the Wii version is simply that you can't hold the Wiimote sideways when you play it. You guide your man with the thumb pad and have to press the A button situated beneath it to jump not very handy, and a symptom of late sloppiness in moving this game from where it was originally going to have been (the Nintendo DS, I hear) to the Wii without tweaking or polishing it at all.

Finally my sister wanted to play Um Jammer Lammy, so I hauled out of the old box in the cupboard and booted it on the PS2 for her.

sashananUser: sashanan
Posted: March 22, 2010 (12:00 PM)
Didn't know Impossible Mission had had a Wii remake. Its DS remake was quite playable, but still left me unfilfilled when it made one of the most sadistic games from my youth into a kitten.

bloomerUser: bloomer
Posted: March 22, 2010 (07:27 PM)
Hm... well, the Wii version comes with 3 modes.

1. Classic - The c64 version. The graphics are still slightly different, and they've added music, but the game was definitely the same,

2. Merged - The c64 game, with slightly updated graphics.

3. New - A new game, where you can choose from 3 different characters (don't think it makes any difference except visually). Brand new graphics and presumably a new arrangement.

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