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  1. 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. Ryannumber1Santa


      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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. Jingilator


      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. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      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.

  5. Just a quick FYI, the PC versions of the Reignited Trilogy and the Crash N. Sane Trilogy are available right now on Humble Monthly. Subscribe now, and you can get both games (and a Call of Duty game I guess but who cares) for like, well, $12. That's a fantastic deal, all things considered. You guys have until the end of November to subscribe if you want these games on PC (I jumped on this deal immediately, the minor porting issues are a small price to pay for uncapped framerates). Edit: Okay, I've actually played some of the first game for a bit, and I can finally give my thoughts. Frankly, the Reignited version of Spyro 1, at least, is significantly better than the original. I played the first two games years ago, and neither of them really hooked me, the first game especially. I distinctly remember Spyro 1's environments being uninspired, the gameplay just okay, and Spyro himself was a cocky brat who wasn't likable. Spyro 2 actually seemed to adjust Spyro's character considerably, the environments were a bit better, but the gameplay was still fairly okay as far as collectathon platformers went. The first game in Reignited benefits significantly from the addition of more style injected into the visual direction, as well as what I'm fairly certain is re-written dialogue, because Spyro feels a lot less obnoxious than he did in the original. There's simply a lot more personality in the game, which is helped by the current-gen visual makeover. It's still a relatively decent platformer, but now I feel like I want to complete it. Also, I'm using a PS3 Navigation Controller + Mouse combo, mainly putting jump on the trigger. It's a nice mix of the best of both worlds.
  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. Well, I finally got my hands on this game, partly because of the new Spyro grand prix stuff, and I've heard this game is pretty good. That being said... I really have no idea what to think of this game. Either I've played way too much Mario Kart 8, or this is one of the most unintuitive kart racers I've ever played. Neither control set is nearly as comfortable as they should be (I actually have to use REM4P to make something comfortable for me), and the handling and drifting is rather tricky. It's not bad by any means, but I'm having a significantly harder time getting into this game than I was expecting. Also, bloody hell, timed collectathon levels in a racing game sounds like the worst kind of idea. I had a miserable time trying to complete the first area's in adventure mode. I mean, I'll probably beat adventure mode, unlock Spyro and try to experience most of what this game has to offer, but I likely won't bother to 100% it or anything.
  8. 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.

  9. 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

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


  11. 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.

  12. As someone who has actual game development experience and prior knowledge of what Game Freak has already done in 3D... I'm gonna echo Stricker and Blue Blood here, I cannot fathom any reason why there isn't a National Dex. The models, textures and animations already exist. Other data can also be imported with some coding for specific things like where special effects start. And they're workable for the Switch - hell, they were significantly overkill for the 3DS. We even know Sword & Shield already has imported animations from the 3DS games. This reeks of complacency biting Game Freak in the ass, or laziness, or incompetence, or any/all of the above. And considering Game Freak have stated they have no intention of rectifying this mistake going forward, I'm going to say all of the above, because fucking hell. There shouldn't be any reason why they wouldn't port everything over, unless their development toolset is that terrible, and that implies an incredible amount of incompetence. If development of an entire roster of Pokemon is a problem, then get a separate studio dedicated to handling the problem (which would also allow Game Freak and other devs access to a library of Pokemon assets of consistent quality). I'm pretty sure that was Creatures Inc.'s job with X&Y, at least, make them do it, for fuck's sake. Seriously, I'm really getting fed up with Game Freak's whims. Their previous shit such as not carrying over cool features between games was one thing, but this is the straw that breaks the camel's back. Also, I have to roll my eyes at the defense force that's sprung up, because God forbid that Game Freak actually fucks up.
  13. Seriously, the number of candidates is ridiculous. At least half of them should know better than to even try. It's a repeat of the 2016 GOP primaries, but at least here the frontrunners aren't complete garbage. Except Biden. I know voters are into him because Obama, but Hillary was working for Obama, too, and guess how that turned out.
  14. 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...

  15. 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 

  16. They'd also be picking a really bad time to release in the US without reworking how the F2P elements work, because of the anti-loot box bill on its way through Congress. Though, the licensing stuff isn't gonna be that much of an issue if the Phantasy Star Portable games managed to do it. I'm really just interested in the Fate cosmetics, and they made into the Portables just fine. Though, I'm wondering if there's gonna be JP account transfers or do we have to start all over again.
  17. 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. Jingilator


      More like Fallen Stock amirite

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

    1. PublicEnemy1


      What else leaked?

    2. 8ther


      What was leaked?

  19. So this probably is of most interest to a gaming-focused forum like this, so... The text of the anti-loot box bill proposed by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is available online. It is being co-sponsored by two Democrats. This could be tightened up just a little, but analysis so far basically confirms that this bill, if it passes, will basically kill loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions outright. The intent is to prevent exposure of loot boxes to kids, but in practice it'll force games with loot boxes to have an adults-only rating, which is a kiss of death for games outside of Steam these days - when push comes to shove, I expect that devs and pubs will junk loot boxes and P2W stuff rather than risk losing a big chunk of their audience. If this passes, this will basically force a fuckton of games, especially most of the free-to-play market, to completely change their monetization strategies. Asia-only games will continue to have gacha and such until Japan follows the US' lead.
  20. Amash apparently breaks rank regularly, so his colleagues really shouldn't be surprised. He may be a piece of shit libertarian, but he's a principled piece of shit libertarian, and his analysis of the Mueller Report is spot on. He was the only Republican who actually used his time during the Cohen hearings to actually ask him relevant questions rather than grandstand about nonsense bullshit. What happens next is gonna be the fun part. Amash is from Michigan, in a seat that isn't solidly red, so anyone trying to challenge him from the right might honestly be making it harder for themselves to retain that seat for the GOP if they somehow win the primary.
  21. 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. Winter Spirit Ultima

      Winter Spirit Ultima

      Some of the team choices were questionable really.

  22. Yeah, I consider them canon, but they could literally take places in virtually any point in the "continuity", for what worth that word has with Sonic these days. It's implied that Sonic might've taken on the role of Aladdin in Secret Rings, and he definitely took on the role of King Arthur in Black Knight, but they could be roles he unknowingly filled during his adventures rather than really becoming the characters themselves. Though, in the case of the latter, it's only fitting that he leaves the world of the story at the end, because that's literally what King Arthur does - returning Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake and disappearing from the world until the time comes again for him to return to save it.
  23. Yeah, it seems weirdly puzzling logic to try and push the Storybook games out of continuity with. I for one enjoyed the reference, and I do open it leaves the door open for additional opportunities, such as, well, revisiting the Storybook worlds. I would actually be down for Sonic seeking non-scientific solutions to the problem of the Zombot plague if Tails can't cure it in time, such as using the World Rings to empower a wish by Shahra or using the power of Excalibur's scabbard to purge the infection, and perhaps using the World Rings/Excalibur to combat Eggman with the Chaos Emeralds if needed. (And yes, Exalibur's scabbard is depicted as a corrupting influence in Black Knight, but that aspect is honestly out of step with the Arthurian mythos and the vast majority of depictions of the scabbard in general, and the titular Black Knight isn't the 'real' King Arthur anyway, so it's probably that said corruption is really just misuse of its power driven through temptation by unworthy individuals, since Excalibur and its scabbard was meant to be owned by the true Once and Future King, aka Sonic.)
  24. 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.

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

    Oh. Oh noooooooooooooo.

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