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  1. Well, I guess the NHS was fun while it lasted...

  2. It's been years since I've played SRB2 properly. It's still great, but I'm never going to agree that a keyboard and mouse with a mouse-controlled camera is the best way to play any 3D platformer, let alone a Sonic one. 

    1. Joy

      Joy

      I wouldn't ordinarily advise building a new game with it in mind but I think it's a good fit in SRB2's particular case. I map the jump and spin to the mouse buttons and it makes things a lot nicer. I'm surprised how accurate you can get with the setup.

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      I do the same. But for something high speed (and the newer builds seem much more designed for speed), it's just too messy and cumbersome.

  3. There's over 34 unavoidable auto heals in SwSh's main story, and 11 of these are after you reach the final city, in what you'd expect to be the most difficult part of the game. Is there even any point in trying Nuzlockes?

     

    1. Thigolf

      Thigolf

      We gotta invent Reverse Nuzlocks, where you try to get every of your Pokemon get killed

    2. Enderwoman

      Enderwoman

      stop paying attention to baby game if you are big boy

    3. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      The game's fun. It's riddled with problems, but it's fun.

    4. Lord-Dreamerz

      Lord-Dreamerz

      I almost expect in the next Pokemon game for your team to be auto-healed after EVERY battle. Also for half of the Pokemon in the game to be pay-walled because SwSh shows that the games will sell great despite half of the fans being upset with it, and other half will defend anything the company does no matter what.

    5. TCB

      TCB

      I didn't even notice it was that excessive.

  4. World of Illusion is so laughably short. You can easily complete all the of the separate campaigns (Mickey, Donald and Co-op) in little over an hour.

    Still a lovely  game that I have oodles of nostalgia for though. But lol at the fact that my siblings and I used to spend all day in it, getting game overs repeatedly and scribbling down the passwords for continues.

  5. Just got the Mega Drive Mini. This thing is lovely!

    1. TheOcelot
    2. Stasis

      Stasis

      It's a thing of beauty

  6. A little known fact about Pokémon SwSh is that Leon is bad with directions. This may go unnoticed because it never actually influences the story or gameplay in any way, but if you play close attention you might notice it mentioned by NPCs on a small number of occasions.

    1. Soniman

      Soniman

      It's just a character quirk. They don't really need to play a major part in the narrative 

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Is it a character quirk though? Like, really? You never see it! Characters just ham-fist in almost every cutscene where he's mentioned or present, but it's never shown. In fact, the opposite is shown; Leon finds his way every time without fail, even when it's in the notoriously foggy and maze-like Slumbering Weald. All they needed to do was, on one of the many occasions where you're supposed to meet up with him, have him show up late. Maybe when he says he's going to Hammerlocke, have him walk off in the wrong direction, pause and then turn back to the right direction. It's simple stuff. It doesn't need to be a major part of the narrative. SwSh are all about tellling and not showing.

  7. Beta Carnival Night sounds so much better than than the final that is really annoying that it got changed. Especially act 2.

    1. Sean

      Sean

      Carnival Night is the one PC track I think is way better than the Genesis version across the board. I prefer Launch Base PC over Genny but think the latter is still a good song, while PC Icecap isn't as good but has a charming Ristar-like quality to it. I'm pretty indifferent to the rest of the PC tracks (the credits, Knuckles' theme, competition menu) except for the unused theme which I think fits Super Sonic in S3C very well.

    2. Thigolf

      Thigolf

      "Let's take this pretty basic theme and just...remove instruments to make it even more basic"

      Great idea

    3. Tarnish

      Tarnish

      While the beta songs are cool, I still think the songs that made it into the final Mega Drive game fit the  stage better: a dark, kinda creepy, ominous carnival. The beta tracks are way too upbeat and would change the entire mood of the stage. That's why I never liked the PC variants either, they change the entire mood of the stage.

    4. TheOcelot

      TheOcelot

      I also prefer beta CN music over the final.

      I guess SEGA felt the MJ music sounded better.

  8. The 35th President of the USA has arrived in SEGA Heroes 

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    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      FWIW, my game loaded with corrupted text and graphics. Didn't get a chance to look at much else before it crashed and rebooted normally. This was just a particularly funny coincidence.

  9. I know that opinions were mixed, but I unabashedly love the "Can You Feel the Sunshine" by Tee and Mariana Lopes. It's fun, it's chill and it's jazzy. If I didn't have nostalgia out the wazoo for Sonic R then I might now feel the same. But still, fun track. I look forward to seeing what Tee delivers next. 

    1. Sean

      Sean

      I liked it too, it's a cute cover

  10. It's funny to see how robust the nickname filter is in SwSh. For every naughty word/phase that you're not allowed, you can always find at least one widely recognised alternative.

    1. Tracker_TD

      Tracker_TD

      I was very surprised Git was allowed, honestly 

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Git? Really? Well that's a break from from the immersive British theme. 

  11. Can't find any people to play Max Raid Battles with because Game Freaks online is literally straight out of 2003? I hope you like losing to artificial difficulty!

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Isn't Nintendo's online in general still straight outta 2003? Or are they at least a consistent 2006?

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Nintendo's online is functional generally. Outdated and lacking features that are now standard, but it's functional.

      Game Freaks system with SwSh is hilariously bad. To go into multiplayer max raid battles, you have two choices.

      1) Find a den in the Wild Area, and select "invite other people". A lobby is opened for three minutes for anyone else playing the game to join. Chances are nobody will join you, because...

      2) You join a lobby that someone has opened. You can't search for lobbies, you have to hope that your game randomly receives an in game stamp from someone who's looking. Stamps are refreshed at God knows what random intervals, so 90% of the time why you try to join a lobby, you'll find that it's already closed. A closed lobby won't disappear from the list until the game refreshes several minutes later. You can't manually refresh it.

    3. Thigolf

      Thigolf

      It's so fucking dumb. I quite enjoy Max raid battles and I just can't play them because they don't fucking let me.

    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      They should be legitimately fun. But instead the only reliable way to play them is with an AI Magikarp.

    5. Thigolf

      Thigolf

      That is the most amazing part. Okay, fine, my lobby didn't get filled - but instead of giving you at least something somewhat competent, they throw in a fucking Magikarp or some unevolved Eeevee that does nothing but tiny stat boosts that help jack shit. Or some pokemon spamming the same not-effective move on a Pokemon.

      Shit is kinda funny on a one or two star Pokemon, but nah, let's dump those into the 5-star raids too! Fun!

  12. I love the fact that the sound effects for some moves in Pokémon, such as Psychic, Screech and Hyper Beam, are still based on the originals from Gen 1.

    1. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      ...is this genuine love or sarcasm? It’s hard to tell with you these days lmao

    2. TCB

      TCB

      I think this is genuine BB in this status.

    3. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Genuine. It's a cute nod to the series past with some sounds that are somewhat iconic. When they remade all of the past Pokémon cries in Gen 6, a lot of them lost the distinctive sounds and changed to sound so much worse. The fact that these recognisable move sounds still remain is nice. I understand that people found the 8bit sounds to be jarring, and I have no problem with the cries being updated. I just have an issue with the final result. And also people keep asking for Pokémon to say there names... Gross
       

      As for the sarcastic comments, they tend to be pretty outlandish, I think. Like "my favourite part about player customisation is when the game frequently forces you to wear an outfit you didn't pick". But sarcasm doesn't convey well to text, so I appreciate it's never as clear to other people as it is to the writer. If it's not clear if something is our isn't sarcasm, then chances are that it's not big deal if it's misinterpreted. You can always ask though.

    4. Your Vest Friend

      Your Vest Friend

      Pikachu being made to say its name in the games was terrible. 

    5. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      @Your Vest Friend I agree, but I'll grant them Pikachu because it's voice is recognised on a global scale. Eevee just about edges in too because it made sense thematically for the Let's Go games, although I wish it didn't stick in SwSh. It would have been  nice if only a special event Pikachu (/one transferred from Yellow) said it's name. Or worst case, you could get a special, original cry Pikachu instead.

    6. Soniman

      Soniman

      I infinitely prefer voiced Pikachu to the Gameboy screeches. It's kind of a iconic voice that stretches far outside even the anime so putting it the games was such a no brainer......

      I just don't see what's better about random screeching then something Instantly recognizable to the character and easier on the ears anyway 

    7. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      While I’m often very critical of the “pokemon saying its own name” thing, Pikachu is one of the few times where I’m okay with it because of how iconic it is.

  13. Sonic Boom was riddled with problems. The animation was often stunted with limited scenery too, plots often felt rushed and it was seriously lacking in musical cues or ambient sounds that had the show feeling awkwardly quiet most of the time. But its humour was on point constantly.

     

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Sounds like its the polar oppoisite of Sonic X's dub where it degrades the music there into Fairly Odd Parents stings.

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      I swear X had like 3 background music samples in the dub and made sure that one of them was playing at all times. There was the action sound whenever Sonic did a spin, the casual one and the "sexy" sax whenever Rouge was on screen.

      Like seriously, Rouge's musical cue is one of the most memorable things about that show, purely because it was drilled into my mind by how often it played.

      X did made great use of her character. The show wasn't all bad. Mostly bad though.

       

    3. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      “The animation was often stunted”

      Isn’t all television CGI animation stunted?

    4. Ferno

      Ferno

      On a similar note, I've admittedly been spoiled by the deep lighting used in big budget Disney/Pixar films and even other Sonic media like Unleashed for that matter, to the point that the almost complete lack of global illumination especially around the 2nd season always made Boom look flat/ unfinished to me.

      Heck even the Boom game had better lighting at points

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    5. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      @Noodle Panda Usually yes, but that's no excuse. 

    6. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      It kind of is though. No CGI TV shows have the budget to make flawless animation yet. They can’t help it.

    7. Monkey Destruction Switch

      Monkey Destruction Switch

      That might be a reason to not use CGI for TV.

    8. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      @Noodle PandaNo, it's really not. If you're doing an action a orientated show, you don't pick an animation style that's going to hinder it. Even in the non-action parts of the show it feels incredibly cheap. You don't make make a cake without any sugar and then blame oven because it tastes like crap; you use a different recipe.

    9. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Sure, CGI in animated films in done to death and all, but we still can cut the majority of them some slack because they're actual capable of producing good animation.

       

      How so many cartoons choose to delve into a medium that still very difficult to afford and to work on without high experience vs the much more cost efficient and easier 2D animation, is beyond me. Even Flash cartoons, as frowned upon they are, arguably more so than CG toons, are still cheaper to do. Hand drawn series needed several years to go from using them same assets and run cycles again and again to the large variety of fluidity and settings it has today. 

      As far as I know, CG series are still in their Hannah Barbara phase.

    10. Ryannumber1Santa

      Ryannumber1Santa

      I mean, TMNT 2012 was a CGI show and that had some really nice lighting, action, and set-pieces.

       

    11. PC the Hedgehog

      PC the Hedgehog

      The biggest thing that bugged me about Sonic Boom was the way it animated liquid. The liquids always looked more like some kind of thick sludge.

      That, and the awkward way the characters would eat food.

    12. Miragnarok

      Miragnarok

      Even BEAST WARS/MACHINES had memorable lighting and fight sequences in TV CGI. In the mid 90s to 2001.

  14. If Game Freak wanted to hand pick a sample of less than half of all existing Pokémon to appear in SwSh, how on Earth did they end up choosing the likes of Qwilfish and Maractus?

    1. Your Vest Friend

      Your Vest Friend

      I think Maractus might be a personal fave of someone on the team since a lot of people who worked on B/W are in higher positions for this game. 

      I dunno about Qwilfish. 

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Hmm. I haven't looked at the numbers, but yeah I think there's actually quite a lot of Gen 5 Pokémon in there compared to the rest. That would make sense.

    3. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      All of the Gen V legendaries are among the “not in the dex but still available via transfer” list too for some reason.

    4. Jingilator

      Jingilator

      @Noodle Panda Speaking of which, isn't it weird how the Swords of Justice or coded in the game, yet NONE OF THEM are at least a side story?

    5. Diogenes

      Diogenes

      because...they're cool? a dopey little porcupine fish and a dancing cactus, those are good 'mons

    6. Your Vest Friend

      Your Vest Friend

      maractus sucks

    7. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      The thing is, both are amongst the most forgettable Pokémon out there. And whilst I can understand something like Stunfisk returning with a new form, Qwilfish and Maractus don't get any spotlight. No significant trainers use, they don't get evolutions or Gigantamax/Galarian forms and they go don't really full any niche either. It seems odd to bring them back and miss out on any potential to make them stand out more.

  15.  

    1. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      Random fact: Victreebel’s voice was initially dubbed over in its first appearance (saying its name in a deep voice)

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      How did it ever end up just being a horrified scream though? 

  16. "Adventure to your heart's content! The Galar Region is yours to explore!

    Please note: Strictly no exploration allowed. All attempts to explore Galar will be met with invisible walls and disappointment.

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    1. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      Holy cow that’s bad.

    2. Thigolf

      Thigolf

      Just as in Sonic, I just love straight lines in my Pokemon games

    3. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      @Thigolf I'm pretty sure that Route 5 was actually made by Sonic Team.

    4. Thigolf

      Thigolf

      Seriously though, I long for the days where I would at least feel like I could get lost somewhere. Even the caves in SwSh are just straight lines. No multiple levels, no big areas with multiple paths, just straight lines - until they feel SUPER adventurous and you get to choose a *gasp* fork in the road! Truly amazing stuff.

    5. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      I love how the game gives you an infinite-use Escape Rope and absolutely no reason to ever use it. It can only be used in two straight line cave and the Glimwood Tangle, all of which are tiny and have Pokémon Centres at either exit. The map design is just awful. I honestly thought Unova was bad back in BW, and it's true that it's linear with little navigation left up to the player. But at least each of its individual routes, caves, cites etc is large and interesting. Galar looks interesting and has no substance to back it up.

    6. Thigolf

      Thigolf

      Galar is full of beautiful scenery and interesting landmarks that you just see in the background and do nothing with as they guide you through samey straight paths.

      I also love how the game probably has the best surf solution in the series, it's great - and then you use it on - you guessed it! - a straight water path! Wowee!

    7. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Oh Christ they water route was so tiny. Major disappointment. I think there's like one area you can go back to surf on after getting the ability (next to Magnolias house), and that's it. No exploration allowed!

    8. Tornado

      Tornado

      It's a digital recreation of post-Brexit UK.

    9. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      The increasingly small routes is definitely a bummer. I hate it lmao.

  17. Found a Shiny Butterfree during a Mac Raid battle, but failed to catch it because it broke out of the ball. That's kind of annoying... Oh well. I'm actually more annoyed about the fact that you can't run from Max Raid battles. I can understand why you cant run from online battles, but when you're in single player? That's pants.

    1. Soniman

      Soniman

      I just kill my teammates to make it end faster 

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Oh, smart idea. Still, it's just begs the question about why is that way. You go into max raids with full health and can select any Pokémon from your box, so it's already separate from regular battling rules.

    3. Soniman

      Soniman

      Especially considering how long they can be, when it's obvious you're not gonna win you just wanna quit but you can't lol.

    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Yeah. Exactly!

  18. The more I play through SwSh, the more it's dawning on me that Galar might just be the smallest region ever in terms in terms of gameplay. It's 99% window dressing. You can't go anywhere.

    1. Ferno

      Ferno

      Gen 4 wasn't my favorite but I wish we got another region as huge and sprawling.

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      The only downside to exploring Sinnoh was its multitude of required HMs. And that's just a QoL issue that it's relatively easy to solve. In terms of content, there's just so much to Sinnoh. Optional areas like Turnback Cave, the entire route and cave underneath cycling road, caves that you can return to later to explore more fully, the ironworks, Solaceon Ruins... It's a pretty long list. I felt like BW really lacked in that front and felt like a step backwards, but if wad still more involved than literally anything that's come since. Based on XY to SuMo to SwSh, I don't think that Game Freak is actually capable of creating a large world in 3D. They still design their games like theyre on the GameBoy. I can't tell you how annoying it is that you can't walk up or down steps shallower than a kerb in the Wild Area...

    3. Soniman

      Soniman

      Looots of invisible walls I noticed. And I don't think there are any optional Dungeon areas which is really disappointing. I guess because there's no optional legendaries so there's no reason to make them lol

    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      It's not just invisible walls either. On your way to Turffield, the first gym town, one of annoying gameplay interrupting cutscenes points out an energy factory in background that you never go to. And speaking of Turffield, the town is literally just the gym and a Pokémon Centre. It looks huge, but there's nothing to it. I was really disappointed in how little there is going on in Motostoke and Hammerlocke, because they looked like such cool and fun ideas and there's nothing there. The whole game is window dressing.

    5. Soniman

      Soniman

      Turfield is a giant circle thst you can only explore half of. Spikemuth isn't even a town it'd basically just the gym

    6. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Spikemuth is an absolute joke. It's just a straight line, with a Pokémon Centre at one end and the gym leader at the other. It's basically the Olivine Gym. And that gym is notorious for being kind of sucky.

      Most of the routes also fall into this category. There are a few more intricate ones, but they're still incredibly short and straightforward.

      Props to them for putting Falinks at Hadirans Wall though. That was cute.

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    1. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      “Give me a hug”

    2. The Tenth Doctor

      The Tenth Doctor

      Is this the Sonic Battle Racers board game? Let me check mine... Oh man it is XD

    3. Jingilator
    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      @The Tenth Doctor Could you just have a look at your Big and Wave figures as well (assuming you have them, cause I'm not sure which are expansions). Big's nose and the underside of Wave's beak are white and purple respectively on mine.

    5. The Tenth Doctor

      The Tenth Doctor

      Yup on both accounts, Big has a white nose and Wave's beak is purple on the bottom.

    6. Indigo Rush
  20. My favourite part about trainer customisation in SwSh is being forced to wear pyjamas and an oversized helmet whenever I want to ride the bike, which is always. The only time I don't ride a bike is during the gym challenges, when my character is instead forced to wear an ugly football kit. Being given the illusion of options and then having them stripped away from you is what I play Pokémon for!

    1. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      Just like when you’re forced to wear ride gear in SuMo?

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Yeah, it was so cool being able to choose your outfit (from a small selection of version specific colours) and then having it not matter because you dressed up as a reject Power Ranger 99% of the time anyway. It's great when games undermine their own mechanics like that. Having the fun sucked out of features is great, and Game Freak are always inventing new ways to do just that.

    3. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      Stop being lazy and walk.

    4. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Remember kids, always wear a helmet when riding bikes to chase killer monsters. 

       

       

      Safety first!

  21. Incredibly minor spoiler about a single Pokémon line that's not in SwSh:

     

    Literally the first thing seen in the SwSh reveal trailer is a wind vane shaped like a Fletchling, but it's not found in the games. This bothers me unreasonably.

    1. Pawn

      Pawn

      Yeah, that was a weird choice. It would have been right at home, too...

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      It's not the only case. There's a similar case on the walls behind the baths in Circhester.

      Before people know what would and wouldn't be in the Galar Dex, that Pokémon was always guessed to be in simply because... Well because why wouldn't it be? Lol 

    3. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      Is it Snubbul?

    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      It's the same Pokémon I mentioned in the op

    5. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      Oh.

      ...well they still should’ve had Snubbul.

  22. It's really disappointing that Charizard only got a single Gigantamax form in SwSh. I was hoping that it would get at least 2 like with the Megas, along with variants for each of the past seven regions. Charizard always gets the shaft. 

    1. Ferno

      Ferno

      justice for charizard

    2. Harkofthewaa

      Harkofthewaa

      So if you switch in Dynamaxed Charizard while rocks are up does it still lose half of it's health? Cause if so than hahahaha.

    3. Adamabba

      Adamabba

      They have to keep putting Charizard in these games, it's Little Timmy's favorite Pokemon

    4. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      For a split sec, I thought you were serious

  23. Why is it impossible to select certain text within a quote box and to add new text after a quote box on mobile? My latest post in the SwSh is fucked up as a result. 

  24. Pokémon Refresh and Amie were both pretty rubbish. Especially Refresh cause it lacked mini games. But Camp? I like Camp.

  25. Was the goal behind Gigantamax Pokémon to make them as unlikeable as possible? Cause if so, Game Freak did the job really well.

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