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Forums > Contributor Zone > RotW: May 6-12, 2012 -- The "quickly done because I'm super-busy at work" edition.

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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: May 16, 2012 (01:48 PM)
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Swamped at work; trying to get this done so it's not obnoxiously late; don't know if I'll succeed. Let's go. Short and sweet! Even if you don't make it easy. EVERYTHING was pretty damn kick-ass this week, so it was tough to pick just three and then pick their order.




THIRD PLACE: Brave Fencer Musashi (PS) by pickhut

I used to own this game, but eventually traded it in. I occasionally wish I hadn't with some of those games, as I haven't reviewed them and that would be the perfect justification for a "trip down memory lane" sort of visit. Sadly, I cannot with this one unless I buy it again. This review kind of makes me want to, as it wonderfully touches on those things I loved most about it. The depth, exploration and comedy all worked together. I only remember getting frustrated towards the end when you replaced the exploration with pure action sequences with tough foes followed up by tough fights with the bumbling idiot squad of bosses. Good review.

SECOND PLACE: NIER (PS3) by holdthephone

I really liked this review. I'd heard people debating the pros and cons of this game, but you kind of did it all really good, in that you really got into why it does and doesn't work. Mentioning the slow start and going off into how the characters develop and the game works to make up for that start. And the off-beat mini-game dungeon styles and things like that. I think I know more about this game than ever before just from this review. Which is kind of a nice thing for a review to accomplish.

OVERDRIVE PLACE: Akai Katana (360) by EmP

This wins mainly because it was the most vividly written to me. You did a great job of describing that first boss — so good that it could carry a review. It's the sort of thing that a person not familiar with Cave and their bullet hells knows just how crazy this stuff is, both in the intensity and just how over-the-top the presentation can be. If we were using the old GamePro magazine ratings, I'd give you the big happy face rating for fun factor in reading this review. And that is the worst metaphor ever.




That's that for this! Time to see if I can find some free time to do stuff I like. Such as trying to get another 20 medals in Trials Evolution so I can unlock the final series of tracks. Even if the next-to-last series is hard to the "why aren't I playing the fun and easy early and mid-range levels" range of sadism.


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Author: wolfqueen001
Posted: May 16, 2012 (04:01 PM)
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Thanks for the swift work, OD. This week did have a lot of good writers in it, so I'm quite alright with not placing this time. (I say writers because I haven't actually read the reviews yet, but plan to at least read the placers this week.)

Congrats to EmP for winning and pickhut for placing! And especially congrats to holdthephone who appears to be on a roll with placing in RotWs.


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Author: Masters (Mod)
Posted: May 16, 2012 (04:38 PM)
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Wow, Emp winning a RotW? So strange...


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Author: JoeTheDestroyer
Posted: May 16, 2012 (05:24 PM)
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Congrats to EmP for winning and Joe for placing!

But... I didn't place ;_;

Anyway, congrats to those who did place/win: EmP, pickhut and HTP!


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: May 17, 2012 (10:11 AM)
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Fine choice, OD. I will return the key to your drink's cabinet shortly.

Nice work, everyone else. 'twas a fine week for talking about videogames.


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Author: Masters (Mod)
Posted: May 17, 2012 (11:40 AM)
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Wow, Leslie. Such a dick move.


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Author: JoeTheDestroyer
Posted: May 17, 2012 (12:47 PM)
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Yes, my feelings are crushed. I don't think I'll ever recover.

Seriously, it's all good. I was mostly teasing. :D


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Author: pickhut
Posted: May 17, 2012 (01:20 PM)
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*reads whole topic*

Umm....errmm...

Anyway, thanks for the kind words, OD! Yeah, the final segment of the game was pretty tough with all the bosses and stuff you have to fight with a limited stock of items. Congrats, EmP, on the win for that shoot-em-up review, and good job to holdthephone, too!


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Author: Masters (Mod)
Posted: May 17, 2012 (05:38 PM)
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Whoa. Leslie, I was obviously kidding! Well, I guess it wasn't as obvious as I thought. =T


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Author: holdthephone
Posted: May 19, 2012 (08:08 PM)
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Thanks for the placement! I had no business writing that review during my finals week, but I couldn't focus on work with the game on my mind. I felt it was a pretty spoilerly review but when you're recommending Nier you can't just say, "it gets better, trust me!"

Grats to EMP and pickhut. Had no ideas those games existed, haha.


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: May 20, 2012 (01:14 AM)
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Whoa. Leslie, I was obviously kidding! Well, I guess it wasn't as obvious as I thought. =T

This happens to me all the time T_T


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: May 20, 2012 (01:45 PM)
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Anything said to WQ, at any time, is blown out of context and taken as a direct insult. Years of suffering has taught me that.

Speaking of insults, when did this topic steer away from EmP praise? EmP is not pleased!


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Author: JoeTheDestroyer
Posted: May 20, 2012 (01:48 PM)
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[Account since banned due to insolence and power abuse]


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Author: wolfqueen001
Posted: May 20, 2012 (04:02 PM)
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Anything said to WQ, at any time, is blown out of context and taken as a direct insult. Years of suffering has taught me that.

.... Oh, screw you. Haha.
I won't say anything else, otherwise I'll just be proving your point, God forbid.


What espiga does in his free time
[Eating EmP's brain] probably isn't a good idea. I mean... He's British, which means his brain's wired for PAL and your eyes are NTSC. - Will


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: May 20, 2012 (04:45 PM)
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EmP, I really loved your review of Brave Fencer Musashi this week! I'm glad to see that it won. It's just maybe the best EmP review ever and I'm impressed that (a) I didn't see any spelling or grammar errors and (b) that's you managed to capture a totally different voice than you usually do! Nice work, man.


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