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  1. So, perhaps a slightly controversial opinion: I think the non-environmental aesthetics of Minecraft are hot garbage. Like... Absolutely unappealing. The environmental stuff is okay, I guess, but the characters and monsters all look like crap.

  2. Playing Sonic Chrono Adventure again (fangame by LakeFepard, third in the Before/After The Sequel trilogy), this game actually figured out how to make a sword compliment Sonic's regular moves by making the sword have larger attack range, able to hit harder, be able to hit without risking contact damage against enemies with spikes or any kind of contact damage that can damage Sonic even when he's spinning, and hit enemies that are normally invincible all the time or invincible in certain attack states, all but at the cost of 1) not being able to just jump on enemies while the sword is out, making Sonic vulnerable to contact damage even when jumping (providing a risk/reward dynamic compared to regular spinning), and 2) you can't spin-dash (or spin period) while the sword is out, meaning you have to put it away to have access to one of Sonic's core mobility tools. It legit works really well.

    1. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      You really think so? I tried Chrono Adventure back when it first game out and ditched it within about an hour and a half after finding the sword stuff just unfun and irritating. It ruined the fun flow of what makes Sonic, well, "Sonic" and didn't really feel like it had a well made purpose. To me, it was like Black Knight done horribly wrong since slicing through enemies quickly and then still moving fast was easy to do in that game as long as you actually knew what you were doing.

  3. So Ian Flynn, now that the Transformers/MLP crossover is official and he's on the writing team, has officially said he's totally down for a Sonic/MLP crossover:


    1. Rusty Spy

      Rusty Spy


      he's totally down for a Sonic/MLP crossover


    2. Miragnarok


      As long as they don't address Cozy Glow... meh. I hope she does finally get a redemption, if STARLIGHT GLIMMER also got one.

    3. blueblur98
    4. shdowhunt60
    5. Big Panda

      Big Panda

      I’d be up for it, if only because I have a major soft spot for insane crossover premises.

    6. Monkey Destruction Switch

      Monkey Destruction Switch

      It's not that long ago that I'd be all for this... which is crazy to think about now.

    7. Spin Attaxx

      Spin Attaxx

      Wake me up when we get Sonic/Transformers.

    8. Wonderworld Ultima

      Wonderworld Ultima

      What about a crossover with Usagi Yojimbo

  4. Been on a Usagi Yojimbo binge. Goddamn, this is one of my favorite comic series ever, Stan Sakai consistently knows his shit, and he knows restraint, even knowing how to utilize entire pages (or even entire issues) without dialogue. It's violent and there's blood, but the latter is in limited quantities and battles are often swift and decisive. There's a reason why the late Stan Lee spoke so highly of him.

    And just a reminder, Usagi is now being published by IDW alongside Sonic and the TMNT.

    1. Zaysho


      Huh, had no idea IDW picked up Usagi, thought it was still with Dark Horse. I know they did that TMNT crossover recently, though I assumed that was a collaboration like with the Batman crossovers.

      Usagi Yojimbo's been on my "to read" list for a while though; I've always had a passing interest in it because of the connection the series had to TMNT's history and how it's practically been a part of nearly every continuity.

    2. Candescence


      @Zaysho Yeah, they picked up Usagi early last year. Aside from the normal run, they also plan to remaster the older comics in full color - issue one of "Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics" is gonna be released on the 29th.

      If you want the best value for money at the moment for reading digitally, the entire Fantagraphics run is in a special edition omnibus on sale on Comixology right now (though the entire run is available for free via Comixology Unlimited, apparently, but that's not available outside of the US). After that, you can get almost the entire Dark Horse run in the Usagi Yojimbo Saga set for significantly better value than buying the the regular volumes, though those don't include Vol. 33, "The Hidden", which is available by itself with the regular Dark Horse collected editions. Also, speaking of which, said collected editions include a complete collection of Usagi's crossovers with the TMNT up until 2018.

  5. So if there's one big issue I have with Spyro Reignited, is that the walking speed is literally only 8 directions even with an analog stick. Like, WTF? This wouldn't be too bad if the direction for going forward wasn't extremely precise and extremely hard to not move diagonally, and even when moving to full tilt this can screw up your direction and mess up stuff where moving precisely forward is necessary.

    This is probably where having a keyboard is actually advantageous over a gamepad (I own a Cooler Master MK850, it's a really dope as fuck keyboard with analog keys). There's no ambiguity with the inputs, and having an analog keyboard allows me to move Spyro into a direction quickly and precisely without moving him very far without having to worry about stick input precision.

  6. Wait, some people actually dislike the visual style of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy? The graphics and visual direction were one of the parts of the original trilogy that aged the worst by far. (Also, I don't have any nostalgia for the PS1 games, so I have little issue saying that.)

    Well, there is one thing from the PS1 games that aged nearly as poorly - Spyro 1's "boss battles". Gnasty Gnorc is probably the most pathetic and cowardly final boss of all time, all he does is shoot projectiles and then run away like a pansy for the rest of the "fight".

    1. TheOcelot


      I think the Reignited trilogy looks fantastic. I love the creative design given to the dragons in Spyro 1.

      Yeah the boss fights were less than steller in Spyro 1. The stages they are in are more challenging than the actually fights with the boss.

    2. Jango


      What, no?! Who said that. Easily one of the top 5 best looking platformers of this generation. 

    3. Dejimon11


      The only negative I have with art style are the enemies. 

  7. So while the modding scene for Spyro Reginited is pretty small, what is there is actually pretty impressive. I've played level mods of Savannah Citadel Night from Unleashed and Half Life 2: Lost Coast.

    Also there are mods for putting boobs on Elora and Bianca (complete with physics), but that's not surprising to anyone.

    1. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      All mods in good favor of course. 

  8. So I discovered that My Sweet Passion works really well in eurobeat form:


  9. So some mad genius is making a Spyro mod for Half-Life that is literally Half-Life but a Spyro game: https://www.moddb.com/mods/year-of-the-dragon

  10. The Dragalia Lost crossover with Mega Man would be perfect if it wasn't for the complete lack of story content. Megs himself doesn't get any lines! Huge disappointment, really.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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. Big Panda

      Big 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

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


  20. 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.

  21. 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...

  22. 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 

  23. 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

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

    1. PublicEnemy1


      What else leaked?

    2. 8ther


      What was leaked?

  25. 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. Wonderworld Ultima

      Wonderworld Ultima

      Some of the team choices were questionable really.

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