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  1. I'm not sure why the fuck I'm bothering to do Demyx's data-rematch in KH2HD, it's complete bullshit. Which is a consistent complaint I'm having with the boss fights in this series.

    Seriously, Kingdom Hearts has some of the worst action RPG design I've ever seen. I would only use it as a guide on how not to design an action RPG (and also a guide on how not to design action RPG boss fights).

    1. Rusty Spy
    2. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      Sounds to me like you're just REALLY bad at KH2. lol

      Protip: Don't do full combos on the water clones. Do just enough damage to evaporate them or turn them into notes and use the reaction command. Also, Wisdom Form + Fire is your friend.

      Don't give up. you can do it. Demyx isn't even close to being the hardest of the Data Battles.

    3. Rusty Spy

      Rusty Spy

      Demyx very much is the hardest due to the strict time limit on the water clones.

    4. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      Nah, Demyx is just annoying. As long as you've got a good setup and use your moves properly, you can breeze through his clones easy save for the 99 group. I personally found Vexen and Zexion way harder to deal with the first time I played back in 2007. Now, not so much, but that's because I've been playing it since 2007. lol

    5. Candescence


      Oh, trust me, I've been using fire on the clones, and the fight is still a massive pain in the ass. It's the last wave that's seemingly impossible.

  2. Okay, real talk, how the fuck am I supposed to deal with Xigbar's ultimate attack in KHII? Dude just spams bullets that are basically impossible to dodge or block or deflect or anything, it's complete bullshit.

    No mistake, Kingdom Hearts is pretty okay generally, but good lord does this series have some absolutely bullshit boss fights.

    1. JayRaR


      iirc, you either run in a circle or spam reflect. dont think you can block it

    2. Candescence


      Okay, finally beat him, but it basically was a bit of a battle of attrition. I never was able to avoid the arrows even via the recommended circle-running trick. Also, abusing Limit Form to get back health.

    3. Wraith


      You can run around to avoid the entire thing but just having reflect on deck is easier 

    4. Ryannumber1gamer


      The ultimate attack where you’re on a square small platform with him. Been awhile but generally just run like absolute hell around the edges of the arena. You can’t reflect them, you can’t block them. IIRC, glide also works better than running as the speed is higher on glide.

  3. Fuck me I can't wait to be done with the PS2/PSP/3DS Kingdom Hearts games already, the textured facial expressions are creeping me the fuck out. I wish the HD collection used the fully modeled faces all the time instead of textures.

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry



    2. Candescence


      Seriously, it's almost arbitrary with whether they're using the fully-modeled faces or not. I'm fairly certain it's not really a polygon budget thing and more to do with not having the time and budget to animate all the facial expressions properly.

      Fortunately, 2.9 Prologue and KHIII seem to have finally gotten over this hurdle thanks to not having PS2-level graphics.

  4. Okay, finished Kingdom Hearts 1.5 with all secret bosses beaten and Ultima Weapon acquired. I think that's enough for me. Also, started RE:Chain of Memories and remembered that I really was never a fan of the card system, so I'm just gonna skip it and watch the actual story on youtube. And apparently 358/2 Days is just one big cinematic so I don't have to bother actually playing it, which is a relief.

  5. Playing through Kingdom Hearts 1 HD, getting close to finishing it, Ansem!Riku is complete bullshit. Recovers in the middle of your combos to smack you in the face, for starters. And it's obvious you're meant to be using block to deflect his attacks and leave him open but even that strategy isn't consistent. KH1 really didn't age all that all as far as action RPGs go, even if it's still an okay game.

    1. Perkilator


      Trust me, I know how you feel. It took me what I believe to be a a hundred tries to beat him. And I STILL haven’t finished the game, cause I’m still on the Ansem before…well, I won’t spoil it, but it’s just as bad as Riku!Ansem if not just barely an improvement.

    2. Noodle Panda

      Noodle Panda

      I used to have a very hard time with him when I was younger. I eventually realised it was because I was holding back too much.

      Just going for him at every conceivable opportunity with as many abilities equipped as possible makes it much easier, as well as much more satisfying.

    3. Candescence


      Also, when you parry, he often slides out of your sword range. It is super fucking infuriating.

      KH1 has some really poor combat design.

    4. Candescence


      Finally beat him, I ended up discovering that the most reliable strategy I could find was, well, basically ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK. Minimal defense, just attacking non-stop and only stopping when I need to re-Aero or heal. Or use an elixir. Of course, the fact that he could basically make himself invincible in the last phase to do his bullshit dash attack (which I can glide over, thankfully) complicated things significantly, but...

    5. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      Yeah, the funny thing about the Ansem-Riku fight is that the game basically wants you to go full ham and be up in his face as much as possible while just block and dodging quickly when necessary. It's really just a balls-to-the-wall version of the Riku fight on Destiny Islands. When you approach it that way, it suddenly becomes a piece of cake.

  6. So I accidentally found a Crash Team Racing exploit that lets you use specific customization options that you haven't unlocked yet - start online matchmaking, and while you're waiting for a lobby to be created, put your 'cursor' over a specific locked option, and wait for the game to automatically boot you to the lobby screen. You'll have that specific customization active, the game doesn't reset back to what you previously had applied.

    Seriously. I dunno if it's just a weird one-time thing, but I'm currently using the Champion body right now despite it being almost impossible to unlock for most players. And it's my first day playing this game.

    1. Plasme


      I'm going to try that now!

    2. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Huh. So they didn't patch that yet. Interesting.

      I take it you have the Xbox One version of the game.

    3. Candescence


      @Jovahexeon Ogilvie Maurice Nope, PS4. And I guess that's already a known exploit, then? Huh.

  7. I know CTR Nitro-Fueled is a remake of an old game, but good grief I'm not sure how the hell I'm supposed to play this game. I hope the adventure mode has a tutorial, because the driving feels significantly less intuitive than, say, Mario Kart.

    Also, had to use REM4P to make the controls less ridiculous. Putting item use on the circle button and hop/drift on the fucking bumpers, are you serious, Activision? Neither of the available control schemes are remotely optimal.

    1. Candescence


      Also, a timed collectathon level in a fucking kart racer are you kidding me

    2. Vertical Snoop [D.K.]

      Vertical Snoop [D.K.]

      The only reason the control scheme is as fucked as it is is because they're copying the control scheme from the original version - you know, the kart racer from 20 years ago which in and of itself was using the original Mario Kart from 25 years ago as reference for a four-button control scheme - verbatim. The fact that there's absolutely no option to use the modern style that Mario Kart established is ridiculous.

  8. Jojo Part 5 anime is finally done, and hoo boy, Girono takes after his dad in the best way possible.

    1. TCB


      I know exactly what you're talking about and I cant help but smile like an idiot for it

  9. Oh hell yes, River City Girls is a thing, it's being made by Wayforward, and it looks dope as hell:


  10. Holy shit, the Hong Kong protestors just hung the old British colonial flag in the legislative chamber. On the very anniversary of the handover. The balls on these people - it's the biggest possible "fuck you" to China they could've done.

  11. So I just found out that Chivalry II was announced as an EGS exclusive... But Mordhau already exists on Steam and has that market on lockdown with better mechanics than Chivalry, so...

  12. That was... Surprisingly good. They completely fucking wasted a Smash DLC slot with the DQ rep, though.

    1. KHCast


      It was to market the franchise to the west, and give japan a character they like for once. Nintendo with smash typically prioritize western popular characters 

  13. Star Wars: Fallen Order looks incredibly disappointing. All they had to do was make a spiritual sequel to Jedi Academy, for pete's sake, and yet this doesn't even remotely reach that bar.

    1. Perkilator


      More like Fallen Stock amirite

  14. It seems MS' upcoming press conference is leakier than a sinking boat.

    1. PublicEnemy1


      What else leaked?

    2. 8ther


      What was leaked?

  15. I had to look up what the TSR teams were and I was reminded that Team Vector is such a baffling assemblage (Vector, Silver and Blaze? Really?) that I still can't comprehend why they put those three characters together. Vector already has the Chaotix, and I really don't get Sega's insistence on pairing Blaze and Silver whenever the opportunity arises (the only time those two have ever had any kind of chemistry is in that one story in the IDW Annual, even if I disregard the fact that the pairing reminds me of the garbage fire that was Sonic 06 and how it derailed Blaze's backstory for a while).

    1. mayday2592


      Atleast it gives us a reason to see certain characters interact when they normally wouldn't.

    2. Ellipsis-Ultima


      Some of the team choices were questionable really.

  16. Crazy idea: Sonic and The Black Knight except everyone all the story characters are their Fate counterparts, Merlina inherits Fou from her grandfather, Modred is an ally (I think she and Sonic would actually get along), and the titular black knight is actually real but it's Alter Lancer!Arturia who then switches to Saber Alter mode for the second phase of the climactic battle, and both Sonic and Mordred have to team up to beat her. The credits sequence involves a DMC/Bayonetta-style interactive duel with Mordred.

  17. Wait, we're talking about Penders again? What'd he do this ti-

    Oh. Oh noooooooooooooo.

  18. So I just received my 8bitdo M30 controller from Playasia and it turns out I had ordered the 2.4g version (aka the wireless MG/Genesis version), when I actually wanted the Bluetooth version. I didn't even realize there was two versions. FML. At least they're happy with refunding it if I send it back.

  19. So nobody is talking about the fact that Nintendo let an indie dev make a Zelda game?

    1. KHCast


      We were talking about it a bunch this morning 

  20. Hilarious idea: Sonic Riders 4, guest starring Warframes using K-Drives, complete with a track based on Fortuna and a story involving Eggman and Nef Anyo competing for the villain role throughout. Will probably never happen but it would be all sorts of amazing.

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Hilarious Idea:                                           Sonic Riders 4

  21. I decided to just spoil myself on KHIII's story (because I likely won't be getting it for ages and I usually don't care about being spoiled anyway), and oh wow it's even more of a convoluted trash fire than I expected, to be honest.

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    2. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Being convoluted and having bad writing aren't mutually exclusive.

    3. Wraith


      Kingdom Hearts 3 shouldn't feel obligated to catch people up. 

    4. KHCast


      Metal gear is convoluted yet is able to have fun stories usually positively received. You can do convoluted right, but KH3 doesn’t even come off as that convoluted after previous titles stretched that trend thin. Just badly written, paced, and full of unexplained shit. 

      @Wraith I’d have preferred they didn’t, but they went the route of trying to integrate catching people up into the narrative, and it doesn’t work 

    5. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      @Wraith That's the least of that convoluted story's problems.

    6. Wraith


      I didnt get the impression that they were trying to catch people up at all. 

    7. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Then why bring that up then?

    8. Wraith


      Khcast says "it’s just those things usually require prior understanding of the games, and it does a shit job at catching people up even when the plot awkwardly attempts to explain stuff " in the first comment of this status.

    9. KHCast


      Goofy and Donald attempting to explain the gist of re:coded, lea and isa’s Friendship just happening and isa explaining what he’s done, 3Ds events, Riku and Mickey explaining what happened to terra, something that should have been a no braineer, Axel randomly brining up that he and Ven met that one time, etc

    10. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Oh, yeah that's really not an excuse for KH3.

    11. Wraith


      Those are more reminders to the people who have played these already because a lot of things have happened to these characters in 20 years. In general I don't think the story really tries to accommodate for newcomers at all.

    12. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      I don't think @KHCast is saying that it needed to, but more like one its flaws was trying to do it but poorly.

    13. Wraith


      And I'm saying that's not what they were trying to do. 

    14. Balding Spider

      Balding Spider

      So, speaking of story, can anyone explain that ending?

    15. KHCast


      @Wraith I mean they did have the memory archive, so it’s clear Square wanted the game to reach more than just kh fans, so it certainly felt with how awkwardly those moments just happened, shoehorned in to let newcomers know what happened. Whether it was or not the intention doesn’t change to me that these moments regardless felt forced in to reference a past game 

    16. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon
    17. Balding Spider

      Balding Spider

      @Jovahexeon Fitzroy The secret one. I was scratching my head hard at that, like was that an ad for something?

    18. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      It pretty much was.


      Verus Rex shown earlier in Toy Box is real.


    19. Balding Spider

      Balding Spider

      .... I forgot all about that TBH. God, I feel like Fry trying to understand Blurnsball with this.

    20. Ryannumber1gamer


      I would’ve been disappointed as hell if Lea didn’t address Ventus. Certainly wouldn’t consider it as a dropped point for catch up. It makes sense for Axel to ponder if the kid who was a keyblade welder and world traveller all of those years ago even remembered him. I thought it was pretty heartwarming now to establish he was remembered.

    21. KHCast


      I wish they would have broght it up at least once in the year+ time he and roxas were hanging out then, whether it be like in a secret report or in a conversation between him and saix. This being the first time he legit brings it up in the games just felt so unbelievable 

    22. Ryannumber1gamer



      The one point of contemption I have is I still find the video game world in Toy Box being real as absolutely idiotic, and an obviously bad attempt to shove KH with Nomura’s vision of Vs. XIII.

      Whats worse is I could maybe excuse the lack of FF stuff if you wanted to focus on the KH stuff. I think it’s a big loss, but I can see it. Disney is more engrained than FF at least and for the finale to this chapter, I could see them deciding they wanted to keep the Final Fantasy cast away for this one.

      When it looks dubious is when you rid it of the FF cast, and then throw in your expy cast in exchange because they’re totes better than the real thing.

    23. Wraith


      "I'm just gonna put dumb shit I like in Kingdom Hearts" is literally the premise of Kingdom Hearts

      Also Noctis and his friends got butchered by square so I can understand why Nomura's been put off by the idea of using them. We can see what his original intent was and I'm interested in that. 

    24. KHCast


      Nomura seemed really on and off regarding FF’s characters inclusion, I recall him going back and forth in interview on if they’d show up, so wouldn’t surprise me if in a dlc expansion, we see them show up in their own contained story for 3(or at least Cloud and sephiroth’s arc getting closure. With maybe Zack showing up.)

    25. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Well in that case, the moral of the story is to wait for Final Mix rather then have hopes in the base game.

    26. Wraith


      Nomura only seems like he's contradicting himself in interviews because of how many things likely got left on the cutting room floor when it came down to releasing the game on time. It's very rare for a dev to come out and say we had to cut something for time for w/e reason. I'm guessing they aren't allowed to divulge that insight or are heavily encouraged not to by their bosses, but that's just me speculating. 

      Either way I suspect a lot of things that seem 'off' about Kingdom Hearts 3 just come down to the game releasing too early. It's frustrating but nothing new for...games, to be honest. I'm glad this is one of the few series that have a history of going back and adding the shit they couldn't fit in the first time though because we'll probably see a fully fleshed out version of 3 in a year or two.

  22. Ugh I want this keyboard so bad but it's expensive and mechanical keys are loud https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07771GCBS?th=1

  23. Good lord Jump Force looks even more like trash than I expected. Disgraceful.

    1. Jango


      Called it

  24. Just one page in to issue #13, and we get the image of Knuckles being suspicious of some birds near the Master Emerald. Never change, Knux.

    1. Kuzu


      Nice to know Mania Adventures ran with that joke

  25. In a theoretical "Nintendoverse", which I imagine could take all sorts of shapes, I can imagine one constant - Kirby is everyone's friend. No exceptions.

    Like, I can imagine a potential Shadow The Hedgehog adaptation where Shadow just breaks down after a day of absolutely no solid answers, and almost takes it out on Kirby, who takes a chilli dog, and hands half of it to Shadow to try and cheer him up at least a little. It works, somehow.

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      And then, just as Shadow had turned away from him...




    2. Ferno


      inb4 Illumination Entertainment uses the Mario movie to launch the NCU

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