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  1. Sonic Battle: Oh, I'm in agreement with some here. I enjoyed Sonic Battle. It had simple controls and was easy to pick up and play, it brought back Gamma and Chaos, it had a deep and engaging story, a new and cool looking art style. Also it had some rockin' music, who can forget this jazzy number? Sonic and the Black Knight: Yes, Sonic and the Black Knight also has a special place in my heart and it's not only because I was one of the artists featured in the European fan art collection. I also loved the story, (And the fact you could change from English to Japanese voice actors.) it had cool music from past Sonic games, the story was fantastic and I understood the motivation behind the antagonists actions, it also had a new art style for the cut scenes and it almost goes without saying that the music was awesome. Who can forget this jazzy number? Sonic 3d Flickies' Island (PAL) Blast (NTSC) Sega Saturn: Only two major differences exist compared to the Saturn version and the Megadrive (Genesis) version, if I'm remembering correctly. The visuals and the music. The visuals made a big impact on me. The increased feeling of creepiness at Rusty Ruins. The heightened sense of heat and cold you get from Volcano Vally and Diamond Dust respectively. I also loved the fast paced music and visuals that came from the version specific Special Stages. Yep, the music was still cool....who can forget this jazzy number?
  2. I usually don't update with unfinished or just started work but over the past couple of days, I've been hit by a severe case of inspiration which resulted in four different developing ideas at the same time. I had to map them out as soon as possible or risk forgetting one of them later. Theme: Fighting Sisters A nagging voice kept insisting that I should have Uni fire while standing on one knee. But I didn't want one sister standing over the other, so Noire was changed to an action pose too. This new setup means I can also add injured monsters to the foreground. So this is the beginning of the second draft... Theme: Master & Servant A reference to a running gag which often depicts Etna in promotional art, sitting on a Prinny like a chair. Though it might be hard to tell from this draft, Hero Prinny is the chair this time. Theme: Despair It's not often I draw something with a dark tone, but this one will be heavy with it. It....kinda makes me sad just looking at it, but it's far from finished... Theme: Four Swords Don't let the theme fool you. This has no connection to The Legend of Zelda. It is the first that has a cross over element though. What they all have in common is that they wield swords. Now the fourth character is clearly Kirby and some might think, why choose Kirby when Meta-Knight seems like the more obvious option? Well....theirs a reason for that... Stay tuned for further developments on these and many others...
  3. What the?! Oh yeah, I never uploaded the Bomberman picture here. I just showed it in a status... Intergalactic Hero An action shot and a celebration of his return to the gaming world. Sure, the game wasn't perfect gameplay wise but I do like the visual style, humour and light hearted message at the end credits. This picture is not an attempt to emulate the new visual style, more like an attempt to draw him with a realistic lighting effect. This picture represents a rare occurrence too. I never drew any lines to create the picture. I used the different shape tools available with Clip Studio Paint instead. Ultra Selfie Girls Surprised myself with this one for several reasons. If you've seen my statuses over the past week then you might've seen the progress of this picture. I was inspired by Komaru's Birthday and thought it would only take a couple of days to make. As you know, it took longer than that... My first idea was to draw Komaru fixing Toko's hair but I've seen fan art from another artist that was eerily similar to that idea. (And freakin' adorable. If you want to see it yourself, I'll show a link in a status I will write once I've finished writing this post.) Komaru is a cheerful girl and somewhat of a trend follower, so if she had her own phone that can take pictures, I can imagine she'd try to take one of those "selfies" all the vain people are obsessed with these days. The black border is usually what shows up when you take a picture with those new fangled modern phones and the position of Komaru's arm is supposed to suggest she is holding it and taking the picture. (Catching Toko by surprise.) My second surprise has never occurred before... You see, when an idea comes to me, I usually see the picture in my head. An imaginary reference to give a physical form. The final product almost never looks like the picture in my head. But this...? This somehow turned out better than the picture in my head. I think this happened because I was experimenting with what was available with Clip Studio Paint and used what I thought would give the picture some extra depth.
  4. I was intrigued by the possibility of a game that shares the charm of the good Paper Mario games, so I gave it a try...(Specifically because of what you said. ) I do like the hand painted visuals and I'm finding it much more challenging than I expected. And I totally love the righting too. Annoying Carlos at the very beginning into such a state that he challenges you to a fight...I probably enjoyed that more than I should have. Although I am finding the mission objectives to be a little vague. Around the beginning, it tells you to find the underground tunnel....but to find it, you have - Now I have to acquire a "Chop Ticket" and I'm seeing other Yums holding them like they are taunting me...I haven't grown tired of it yet, though. ^^;
  5. I can see most of the gifs except one of Ryan's (I can see Batman.) and one of Failins in the signature. I also noticed that some gif avatars weren't always loading. Sometimes Hamtaro freezes, that's not cool! *grabs pitchfork*
  6. I'm not surprised Maxi is baxi, with Kilik and Xia confirmed in the game, Maxi had to be in too. The three are really close friends if I recall correctly. Anyway, I also bring new art of Yoshimitsu and Maxi for those that want to see 'em. Yoshimitsu: Maxi: Legends never die!
  7. Heh...I was actually avoiding this topic because of how much V bugged me. I just happened to come across character art that instantly told me the proper cast was back. Wanna see the official art of some of the announced characters? (If you haven't already.) Zasalamel: (I'm putting him first because he's so awesome and I'm glad he's back. Anybody that wields a Scythe with ease like he does is cool. That's a fact!) Taki: Sophitia: Siegfried: Nightmare: Kilik: Ivy: Mitsurugi: Xianghua: Now for the newbies... Geralt of Rivia: Groh: Never actually played that Witcher game but I am aware that Geralt is the protag, making him this instalments guest character. As of typing this, Yoshi art has not been shown yet at the website where I found these. (I hope those links work.)
  8. I recently got the Platinum Trophy for Shadow of the Colossus. I probably wont play the game again until it's remade for the third time on the PS5. It's pretty amazing to see the comparison screenshots though. Having played the original on the PS2, I can't really register the graphical difference until they are put together. Now playing through Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Huh? So the games I've been playing recently, aren't even new? Neptunia VIIR comes out tomorrow, I plan to get that and it ain't a brand new title either... Anyway, back to DK. I kinda wish you could choose to play through the levels as Diddy, Cranky or Dixie on their own normally. I also find Funky to be a fun addition. I'm still discovering things I didn't think he's be able to do, like stomp on those pesky sharks. I'm usually avoiding them when I accidentally landed on one as Funky. It's a pity they didn't change the intro CG of the story to include him though...
  9. Team Adventure 1. Also, Gamma can fly. Does that mean Chaos would've been Speed? He's always been pretty slow though... But it's already been said. The power, flight and speed mechanic might not have been set when they considered these options. Although most of them do stay close to that pattern, maybe coincidentally? Rouge could work as a power type considering her rivalry with Knuckles and her deadly kicks. *shrug*
  10. Hmm? After a while, the link to my images seem to fail. I haven't removed the images from the host website so I assume it's a fault of that website or this one....? Anyway...after a long hiatus, I am attempting to get back into the creative arts once again! Stress, depression, environment...it all plays a part in why I lose focus. It creates frustration and results in even more stress, creating more depression and so on... First, I want to share the first of a series of pictures I'm making, featuring my mascots characters. These pictures act as a personal reminder to myself and a handy self help type reference for anyone else. Over the past month, I've been given a list of unhelpful thinking styles, it contains 10 in total. Here's the full list. Mental Filter Jumping to Conclusions Personalisation Catastrophizing Black & White Thinking Shouldering & Mustering Overgeneralisation Labelling Emotional Reasoning Magnification & Minimisation First up is Black & White Thinking. I'm guilty of using this thinking style sometimes. As the information says, it's focusing on one extreme or the other and not seeing any potential middle ground. When you stop to think about it, nothing in the world should be thought of in that way. Thinking outside the box is a necessary skill, you'll always have options out there and things are never hopeless. This is the first of the 10 completed so far... Next up is something random, it's kinda cute though, so I felt like sharing it with everyone. Even though it was created as an in joke. The following quote originated from @Ryannumber1gamer and inspired me to draw this. The thing that Kirby is "saying" is a quote from Stephen Hawking, I felt compelled to add a dedication to him. The colouring style was inspired by the visuals of Kirby's Dream Land 3. Also, even though I clearly drew Classic Sonic and Tails, Tails is using his translator from Sonic Colours. XD (And yes, Kirby is holding a pipe.) Last up is a reworking of a sprite I attempted to edit. I wasn't sure if it looked right and had consulted fellow members to see if we could identify the problem. So while the above two images are 100% my own work, this is me working on an official source to create something new. To recap, check the spoiler tag... When you look closer at the official portrait sprites, you can see little imperfections. Varying width of line art. You could tell it was hand drawn. My desire for perfection was a hindrance in this process. So I focused on the Line Art and tones, redoing them to turn my new edited sprite into this. Mukuru Ikusaba. As she actually looks. (If your familiar with Danganronpa, then you'll understand.) I'm much happier with this version and finally consider it, complete. Now I have to give the same treatment to her other poses.
  11. He can feel the pressure... I remember playing it back in the day. It had a rather unique approach to platforming, if I recall correctly. It would certainly be nice to see the little fellow again. I wonder if the consideration of his revival has something to do with the new rise in platforming mascots we are currently experiencing? The N64 had a lot of those type of games and to this day, platforming is still my favourite game genre. I shouldn't get my hopes up, Glover isn't a major player in the field of gaming icons. It'll just be a nice nostalgia trip, I guess...
  12. "Wow.......awesome!!" Refine? I sure hope that means HD Sprites and other visual and game play improvements. I've always enjoyed Takehito Harada's art style and character designs, but seeing the original cast redrawn as they originally appeared would be nice. His style has gotten even more colourful over the years. Although I wonder if they'd redo the dialogue for/if it gets a western release. Flonne's second dub actress has got nothing on her original. If they wanted to remake all the disgaea games for Switch, I wouldn't complain. They can skip over two though...guh, I can't freakin' stand Adell. (On a related note, I'd also love to see Makai Kingdom, La Pucelle and Soul Nomad get some more modern love.)
  13. Well, we have trailers for the trio and one of Marx, so I figured I'd link one of the last guy mentioned in this batch. Gooey. He can literally give the enemy a tongue lashing. I'll probably end up using these new characters, I still feel compelled to play the game despite already doing most of it. Just got to find the random blue puzzle pieces to complete the rest of the pictures and succeed at the hardiest boss rush difficulty. Not sure how much I'm willing to do. This title isn't as fun as past Kirby games and feels shorter too. I hadn't noticed until it was pointed out in a youtube video, but a yellow and red butterfly has been appearing in cut-scenes since at least the Wii title, Kirby's Return to Dream Land/Kirby's Adventure. I'll link the video in question but be warned. It's one of those videos that has a spoiler on the thumbnail preview, before playing it, bit...the spoiler is about a secret boss in Star Allies, so be careful if you don't wish to see it.
  14. You can turn the hints off in the options menu, but the abilities you need are always close by... Even though you can mix abilities, it doesn't seem as varied as Kirby 64 was, at least to me. On a side note, art is featured an awful lot in Kirby games.
  15. Looking good and very interesting. You've captured Failin's characters pretty well too. There is one tiny little thing I feel the need to say for some compulsive reason... ^-^; It's nothing major, I just don't think Neptune would ever openly insult somebody. She tends to joke around, tease, give playful nicknames or just pronounce names wrong, but she never openly insults anybody. Not even the bad guys. At least, I don't think so...
  16. Uni was frantically looking through information of her Rogue class. "R-Right, than I shall take out this monster with my.....small....daggers??" She ultimately finds what weapon her character has equipped and can't hide her disappointment. Reeling from it, Noire tries to take over by having her character attack with it's bow. "Leave this to me, I won't miss." Rolling her dice, she gets a flimsy 1 and does miss, her characters hologram arrow flies over everybody and would've smashed a light bulb in the Command Room if it was real. "Calm down everyone. This is about teamwork, remember?" Alisa points out while considering her options, Hero Prinny wouldn't have any of that nonsense. "Screw that! I'm coming for some delicious experience points, dood!" Hero Prinny commands his character to charge, but his dice roll, indicated that he trips and falls face first. Getting knocked out in the process. Mikan then arrives as a Cleric. "I-I-I am here f-for support. S-So....w-where are t-the shoots and l-ladders?"
  17. "HAHAHAHAHAA! Dood. Lord Kuma? What a stupid name, dood." Hero Prinny laughs out loud at the name of the antagonist. He totally failed to notice that he is technically working with somebody that had a similar name. Alisa felt something must've happened for there to be so few people around. "We should talk to that man and find out what's happening around her." She calmly suggests to the others. Noire nods in agreement. "Right, it would be foolish to rush into a fight with no idea what we'd be getting into." Hero Prinny was still snickering. "Heeheehee....Sausage King, dood!"
  18. Alisa gently pats Kirumi on her back in an attempt to comfort her. "Don't let her bother you. It says here that a bard can use "Divine Magic" just like a Cleric. If you ask me, it compliments Dark Magic from a Warlock." Despite Marine's arrival, Tron and Mikan hadn't arrived yet, Marine must've hurried on ahead and left them both behind. Noire makes a reluctant choice, finally. "I guess I'll be a Ranger." She made the choice on her own, what she doesn't know is that Rangers often live in isolation. A fact that Neptune would've been more than happy to divulge to her.
  19. Nicole could just about see Hero Prinny, in his seat, playing with two character figures rather roughly. "A horse wiener? Anything but that!? Noooo!! Dood." He was playing pretend, until he spots Nicole glaring at him. "Eh? oh right...fine, dood!" He puts the figures back with the others while sulking, until he spots one that looks like him. Or a generic Prinny at least. "Wow. Can I really be the hero, dood?" Noire was looking through the class list. "Hmm, lets see...Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer, Warlock and Wizard." Uni chimes in. "I wanna be a Rogue! Do they get guns too?" "I think a Paladin suits me best, and you, Prinny. You can be a Warlock." Alisa says while she takes Hero Prinnys figure and adds it to the board with her own and Uni's. "What? I ain't playing this nerd game, dood!" He objects but gets totally ignored. "What class are you going to be, Noire?" Asks her sister. It looked like she was finding it difficult to decide.
  20. Still unsure what to do, but seeing Marine looking lost had spurred Mikan on to make a decision. She turns to face Tron. @Jovahexeon Ghost Trick "O-Okay, l-lets go p-play this game. It sounds l-like fun and it w-will be safe. W-We can also show our n-new arrival t-the way t-to the HQ." Mikan walks over to Marine and kneels down to her eye level. She was talking to her softly, not really aware of how boisterous the racoon can be. "It's alright, m-me and m-m-my g-g-girl....f-f-friend, will sh-show you the w-way." She got to say it for the first time. She felt really nervous and her face was still red as ever. But she felt a surge of happiness when she admitted it to somebody.
  21. With Skylanders gathering around the table, Alisa arrives, sharing the elevator with Hero Prinny, surprisingly. But he was only here to escape from the cold. "Brr! D-Doesn't t-this s-stupid island k-know about s-spring, a-autumn and s-s-s-summer, d-d-d-d-d-d-dood!?" He grumbles as he steals a seat at the table. Alisa was moving more urgently while she talks to the Skylanders that are here. "Thank goodness I've found somebody. I found something that could potentially be a prob" - "AAAHaahaahaa! Look, Noire, look!" Alisa sentence was suddenly interrupted by and overexcited Uni. She had just found a figure of Noire and was showing to her big sister with glee. Her outburst causes Alisa to lose her focus as her attention was drawn to the table top game. "...So, this could help with team co-operation and tactics? Sounds like a highly beneficial exercise." She joins in by finding a seat too. Having forgotten the main reason she came here. Alisa has always been interested in knowledge and is happy and willing to learn now things that can help her friends and her mission.
  22. Bomberman walks back over to the couple while still holding Tron's coat, his face suggesting he had seen strange things. "...I have no personal experience with parties but....it was pretty strange in there....." Mikan stares at Tron, trying to smile bravely. "I-I-I d-don't mind what w-we do, as long as w-we are t-together." She was nervously fidgeting but still holding Tron's arm. ==== Meanwhile, at some point, Noire and Uni had left the mine and have just entered the HQ, feeling curious about this table top game. Uni quickly spots Alter-Ego up and about again. @Failinhearts "Hey! You're alright. I'm glad....err...I-I mean....I w-wasn't worried about you or anything like that...." With Uni in denial, Noire steps forward too. "So...how does this table top game work?" She asks Nicole. @Polkadi
  23. Mikan takes one look at the Ottsel themed decorations. While it was an old mine, it has been cleaned up pretty well, but Mikan still felt nervous about the place. She'd unconsciously wrapped both her arms around Trons left arm, the one she was holding at the time. "I...I'm not so s-sure a-about this....b-but as long as I'm w-with you, I-I think I'll b-be okay..." "......I guess....although partying isn't really part of my programming..." While Bomberman wasn't sure, he enters the mine regardless, holding Tron's coat like his life depended on it. Because it probably did. To his surprise, the first thing Bomberman saw when he entered the mine was Orpheus pushing a mine cart around with Futaba sitting inside. "Woohoo! C'mon, faster! This is awesome!" Kotone giggles while the young girl playing with Orpheus. "Eh....if this is a party for that love thing you guys like to talk about, I think I'll pass, dood. Love is nothing but a taboo to us demons, dood." Although he was worried about the snow, a party about Valentines Day just didn't appeal to the criminal spirit. Meanwhile, Alisa was looking for somebody, anybody who might know about an incident at that igloo she saw. "The HQ? I remember that place. Seems to be a good place to start." Alisa starts to run with a destination in mind.
  24. Hero Prinny watches the group leave. His "borrowed" DEUS worked on a different frequency. If it was still working, he wouldn't have gotten the notification anyway. Regardless, he couldn't be sure if he made the right move and that DEUS was his only method of updating Etna and opening portals freely. He couldn't possibly ask the Skylanders to find Etna. She's technically an enemy of these people... "Guess all I can do now is wonder around, aimlessly, dood." He walks in the opposite direction with no location set. Mikan walks side by side, hand in hand with Tron. The cold wasn't really bothering her. If anything, the heat from her blushing face kept her at a reasonable temperature. She didn't know what to expect at this party and she didn't know what to say in this situation. Bomberman felt the same but for a totally different reason. He'd suddenly been roped into being some kind of bus boy for Tron. It hadn't hit the White Bomber yet, but he'd had some seriously heavy hits in the missions he joined in on. His health bar must've been less than half right now. He might need some maintenance when this is all over. The power ups he usually uses to repair any damage he sustains, don't seem to appear on this planet.
  25. Noire and Uni stand nervously inside the Naughty Ottsel. Not being official Skylanders, they don't have a DEUS. They just happened to be passing by and noticed several other Skylanders going somewhere. Curiosity demanded that they check out what the fuss was about. It didn't really seem like the kind of place that they'd usually hang around at. They did notice Marine arrive, though. "Wow, after everything she's been through, that Marine still has a lot of energy. She reminds me of Rom and Ram." Uni admits while she watches Marine dart around the mine. Noire shrugs and roles her eyes. "...And Neptune." Meanwhile, Futaba had climbed into an empty mine cart that was left in a corner. "Hey, Hey! Kotone! Push me, push me! I'll be like the ape in that game." She seemed to be enjoying herself, but not because of anything set up by Daxter. Kotone just smiles while Futaba plays around. Not many people had arrived yet, so the Phantom Thief felt calm so far...
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