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Author: bloomer
Posted: February 26, 2010 (04:14 AM)
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Have you played the first Wii game? The review doesn't say. I get the impression you haven't, but for people who have, I think you should say that you haven't, otherwise we're reading along thinking 'this sounds basically the same as the first game' - but without the qualifying statement.

> The most obvious problem is that Wii isn't a graphical powerhouse. I can't imagine that my aunt or parents would care when playing the game, but that's only because they haven't yet been spoiled by truly high-definition gaming.

Have you been in the ocean lately? It's blurry in there! And the wii still looks better ;)


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: February 26, 2010 (12:25 PM)
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I live on the Pacific Coast, bloomer, a quarter-mile or less from the ocean and within easy access of an underwater aquarium or two (which I've visited recently). My complaint was that the animals and sea life and underwater landscape all could have benefited from more textural detail and the animals could have done with the same.

And no, I haven't played the first game. I probably won't, either, seeing as how the last time I priced it online, it was in "over $100" territory.


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Author: bloomer
Posted: February 26, 2010 (07:01 PM)
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Yeah, I mean... say in the review that you haven't played the first game. My opinion is that would be just one line which suddenly adds a lot of value to the review.


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: February 26, 2010 (09:05 PM)
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I hope that I didn't come across as defensive. I'm actually considering your feedback and right now I'm leaning toward adding just such a line. Thanks for the feedback. It was most welcome, as always.


"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy on reality

"What if everything you see is more than what you see--the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." - Shigeru Miyamoto


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: February 27, 2010 (12:17 AM)
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Alright, slight updates have been made to the review. The review will surely be ten times better now. :-D


"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy on reality

"What if everything you see is more than what you see--the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." - Shigeru Miyamoto


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: February 27, 2010 (01:29 PM)
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I find this review a little bit hard to take seriously when you throw in lines like "I named my character Sassypants" or "my dolphin, mr. Frecklesworth." In another review, such things would probably be funny. Here, though, while you're trying to explain the magical beauty of the game, it feels out of place.

Otherwise, it seems like one of those tough reviews where a reviewer is not sure whether to talk about this as a game or as an experience. I'm having similar difficulties with my Heavy Rain review, though I think I'm going to go the "experience" route because obviously that's what the developers of Heavy Rain were trying to do.

Similarly, I think the developers of Endless Ocean are looking to present an experience more than a game. In the case of your review, you do a nice job of getting to this and showing where, when it falls back on being a game, everything goes to hell.

Nice job.


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Author: radicaldreamer
Posted: February 27, 2010 (02:33 PM)
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Jason does those things because he is a strange individual.


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