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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: May 11, 2017 (01:20 PM)
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Notes: Itís well worth mentioning - as has become dangerously obligatory as of later - that reviews that did not make the cut were still ridiculously good. The main reason they got edged out in this weekís edition (made slightly late as the day I sat down to type all this nonsense up, the site was down) was because the three that placed dripped with enthusiasm. Itís an alien emotion to me, but itís fun to read about when pulled off right. It was nailed this week.

Hasty was unlucky; heís ditched his template and struck out into the rambling wilderness to good effect in a review I enjoyed. I played a lot of Awesomenauts back on its console release, so the PC shenanigans were interesting to read about, and written in a way that never became overbearing. The Masters Comeback Tour 2017 continues with a review of a saucy VN (that Iíll have the world know he personally requested) which is both humorous and startlingly honest about the source material. Jason just missed out mainly because his Tumbleseed review felt too apologetic for not enjoying a game he didnít like (I played the game a little at your bequest, and I do get it, but, still!) and you also call it Tumblestone in your last paragraph - fire your copy editor! Thereís nothing wrong with his Kamico review, but, compared to the love-ins submitted this week, it does feel like a piece just going through the motions. All worthy additions to the site - good job, all.




THIRD Shinobi III [PC] by Pickhut


Pick obviously likes this game. Thatís cool; me too. The best thing about this review is how it gives me the chance to boast about beating all the 16bit Shinobi games. As such, a lot of the descriptions in this review bring back fond memories. Itís amazing how SEGA had the guts to stick Joe on a bloody surfboard and still manage to keep the shark completely unjumped. I mean, the literal set up is right freaking there!

I appreciate the paragraph where you talk about some of the better graphical set pieces, because most of us would have just lobbed in a throwaway line at the end and called it a day. Itís a real love letter review, giving a genuine classic a slice of well deserved love.

The second best thing about this review? Tricking Rob into admitting heís not manly enough to get past the first stage.


SECOND Super Meat Boy [PC] Rob ďRobĒ Robbington


Humbled, perhaps by admitting that he can't do ninjaing right, Rob tries to convince us heís a decent platformer instead. Super Meat Boyís a decent platform to try and convince people over this and while trying to prove heís a worthwhile player might be a step too far, he certainly helps prop up the game.

Iíve played a decent chunk of Meat Boy and Iíve read a fair few reviews, the majority of which just point out that the game is hard and throws rapid fire lives at you. Itís a big part of the game, so Rob rightly spends some focus there, but he also talks about it as a game with something to offer those who are unable to reach the very highest difficulty tier SMB has to offer. Iím aware that some people arenít Velocibox-tier twitch players, so itís a good plan to include them.

It was tricky placing this review - it was tricky placing any of them; even the stuff that didnít rank was quality writing, and yours and Pickís unbridled enthusiasm for your chosen games carried you through. You get the slight nod about Pick because pity your review seemed to work towards a bigger picture. Seriously, though, the pair of you: really good stuff.


WIN! Little Nightmares [PC] by Philip Kendall


The majority of the top three gained their place through unbridled enthusiasm. The Little Nightmares review has plenty of that (though perhaps not as much as the other two), but has toned it down in favour of describing the creepy locations the game uses. It feels like the right choice: for one, the other two games are presented as almost flawless in what they set out to while, while Little Nightmares suffers more. The balance between the talk of the fantastic setting and the sometimes clumsy mechanics is well ordered, neither making the game sound so grand that these faults are nitpicks, nor making the frustration borne from these issues sound like something that might make you shelve the game completely. Itís a difficult thing to do in such an even handed way, but here we are.

Some of the descriptions are worth a mention, too, like the bulging eyes of the hotelís guests, but the best line for me was the one near the end about being driven onward through morbid curiosity at what might come next. I think weíve all let that drive us through games at one time or another.


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Author: pickhut
Posted: May 11, 2017 (02:44 PM)
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That entire surfboard sequence is wonderfully ridiculous. I think the fact that everything in the game is played incredibly straight and treated as legit threats, even the silly aspects, is what help make those moments better than they have any right being.

Thanks for the third placement; it was another good week, and as I said in another RotW topic, I don't envy you having to choose who gets what. Congrats to everyone putting in solid effort, OD for his placement, and to PK for the RotW.


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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: May 11, 2017 (03:00 PM)
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Thanks for the placement! Wasn't sure how I'd do this week, as the reviews I read were really good. Not surprised Little Nightmares won. That review was good enough to make me look up info on the game (particularly a YouTube "watch the deaths" compilation. Not my preferred genre of game, but I loved the visuals. Properly grotesque, they were.

Now, FOR THE RECORD!!! I did get past the first level of Shinobi III. I just never played beyond it. Pick alluded to it in his response; that in the Sonic's Ultimate Sega Collection compilation, you only have to play 1 level to unlock an arcade game. While you have to play 3 levels of Alien Storm. I hated playing three full levels of that game. But I endured it just to unlock Alien Syndrome, which I played for a full two minutes.

In fact, now that I think of it, I bought that compilation, played a couple games to unlock others, messed with Sonic 1 for a bit and played through a couple dungeons of Phantasy Star 3 and then put it up. And, much like my two PS2 Mega Man/MMX compilations, whenever it's time to put a new game into that system, other stuff in my backlog always seems to take precedence. I NEED MORE FREE TIME!!!


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Viva la muerte, that's my goddamn principle

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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: May 11, 2017 (05:35 PM)
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If you see me make an obvious mistake like the TumbleStone one in the future, feel free to correct it. I'd rather not see that sort of error remain on the site. TumbleStone and TumbleSeed obviously have very different titles, and while I know they're quite different games, my brain always wants to toss in the former in those instances when I mean the latter. It's a miracle I didn't make the mistake more often.


"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 on secret doors to another world

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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: May 11, 2017 (05:53 PM)
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THIS JUST IN! Site EiC demands staff edit away his errors to improve his chances of RotW success.

The thought crossed my mind, but I needed an excuse, no matter how flimsy, to nudge you out of the running.


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: May 11, 2017 (06:45 PM)
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Heh heh. I'm happy when I place in RotW, of course, but it's not my primary motivation for writing. I always like the site to put its best foot forward. So you're welcome to edit away such obvious errors, and note that you've done so when you tell me why I didn't make the top three. ;-)


"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 on secret doors to another world

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