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Forums > Contributor Zone > RotW -- July 28 to Aug. 3, 2013

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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: August 09, 2013 (01:21 PM)
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Looks like only three people this time, so we talk about you all, I guess. And be "we", I mean me and my extremely large ego, which I constantly have to prevent from taking over and levying insult after insult at the lot of you!



ThoughtFool1: Alex Kidd in Miracle World (SMS) by…uh…ThoughtFool1

Of your two reviews, I liked this one more. It was more comprehensive (although if Shinobi World is just a 15-20 minute game, it's understandable why you might have less to say) and really gave some good in-depth explanation as to how this game works in comparison to other well-known platforming series. Around here, the sectioned review isn't commonly used unless someone wants to "gimmick up" their review, but when there's so much well-written information about a game placed in those sections, that's nothing to complain about. If I were to give any advice/criticism, it might be to better organize the "design" area. You gave it a 9/10 on that front, but then immediately go into a lengthy paragraph criticizing the rock-paper-scissors game and how some key items are really tough to find. At least in my mind, it might be better to accentuate the positive before bringing up the negatives, as it's kind of jarring to see a high score following by a long discussion of flaws. Still, an enjoyable review that taught me a lot about a game I knew of by reputation, but had never experienced myself.

aschultz: Bikkuriman World: Gekitou Sei Senshi (NES) by…you guessed it! aschultz

This might be one of the more interesting reviews I've read in some time, being that it's a review of a non-translated Japanese RPG from the perspective of a person who doesn't know the language and relied on online walkthroughs and YouTube videos to overcome that language barrier. Leading to a situation where the reader gets this impression that you may not have necessarily had a clue as to what you were doing part of the time, but were still enjoying yourself greatly. 'Twas a fun read, especially when you mentioned how, despite the language barrier, you got the hang of the game and were doing well on your own to the point where you had more fun here than with actual English games.

pickhut: DARK (XBox 360) by You Should Be Able To Figure It Out By Now!

Good (lukewarm) defense of a title that apparently has been horribly bashed. Where you illustrate that it's not a bad game, but a decent one marred by forgettable characters and your ability to completely overpower the enemy as you get more powerful, because they can't keep up with your advances. You do a good job painting how this is more of a disappointing title (due to a quality premise hurt by those things you mentioned), as opposed to a simply flat-out bad game. I laughed at your first paragraph about instruction books, since I've noticed that, too. I was SHOCKED a couple days ago when I bought a couple games and saw that Record of Agarest War has a huge, comprehensive book that goes above and beyond…we're talking on the same level as the better SNES/PS1 era books.



In the end, I give this win to Pickhut. Did a good job explaining that a perceived horrible game isn't really all that bad and did so in a way that actually makes me kind of interested in trying it out.


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Author: aschultz
Posted: August 09, 2013 (04:47 PM)
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Thanks! I'm glad I was able to get through despite the barrier. I wasn't sure what to try--I have to say, I recommend trying this sort of thing at least once to anyone who plays JRPGs or thinks about it. It's interesting to see how you figure things out--how you rely on stuff like the first letter in a name and begin to piece things together. You get an idea of what it must be like to be illiterate, but without as much pain and frustration.

I have to admit, I didn't have as full a handle on the game as I do now--I will want to tweak things. Getting a writeup like this is nice encouragement.

Congrats to the other two mentioned here.


My principal said, 'Emo, Emo, Emo.'
I said 'I'm the one in the middle, you lousy drunk!'
-- Emo Phillips


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: August 09, 2013 (04:58 PM)
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Congrats to everyone who participated this week. We don't have quite the volume going through that we once did, but there are still a lot of great games that need covering and we still have some of the best writers on the Internet gathering to do precisely that. I'm trying to do a better job promoting your reviews around the Internet, too, so hopefully your audience will continue to grow and you'll also have some extra competition in topics such as this one in the future! *fingers crossed*


"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: aschultz
Posted: August 09, 2013 (07:42 PM)
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Yeah, wish I had the time and ideas to write more reviews. But I don't want to just rehash what I said. Plus, writing my own text adventures takes a huge chunk out of this...nevertheless, I have some ideas and I want to try and share them.

My other big time sink has been watching episodes of shows I always meant to. Even at double speed with subtitles, this takes a lot of time. So much I've missed and want to see.


My principal said, 'Emo, Emo, Emo.'
I said 'I'm the one in the middle, you lousy drunk!'
-- Emo Phillips


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Author: pickhut
Posted: August 09, 2013 (10:25 PM)
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This might have been another small week, but it was still solid and full of surprises. A new reviewer, ThoughtFool! Aschultz returning! And my RotW! Appreciate the pick, and I'm glad you enjoyed and understood what I was attempting to convey. Thanks.

I have Record of Agarest War, too, but I don't remember the manual being detailed. It's been years since I've played it, though. It was very time consuming, and I couldn't commit to that the time.


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Author: ThoughtFool1
Posted: August 17, 2013 (11:27 AM)
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Hey, I just read this, thank you for your input. I'll look at potentially breaking down the design section a little bit more or re-ordering the pros / cons paragraphs in future reviews. Perhaps I'll revisit the review to highlight a little bit more on the positives and how much I feel they outweigh some of the design flaws I felt the game had. I use the structured format probably because it was what I grew up reading (and what I wrote in my younger years).

Anyways, I really appreciate the feedback thank you! :)


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