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Everything posted by Solly

  1. I remember when people who never played a Dragon Quest game were arguing that "Erdrick" would be a Robin clone/derivative because they use a sword and magic spells. Then we got arguably one of the most unique characters in the entire series, with more special moves than any other fighter. Disappointed that some are actually taking the "hat Ken" memes seriously.
  2. Better still, you should be able to add its danger zones to custom stages in stage builder. Neither Smash 4 or Ultimate allowed that, and it feels like such a missed opportunity.
  3. Jake Kaufman isn't returning for this game, unfortunately. I wonder why? He's been with the series from the very beginning, and his compositions for it have always been great, so this is a pretty disappointing loss. At least he's still doing the music for Shovel Knight Dig.
  4. Regarding those rankings, read this twitter thread. This is even less concrete than the usual fan polls. TF2 is one of my favorite games of all time and I love it to death but there is absolutely no way the Heavy is one of the top picks in any region, as amazing as that would be.
  5. Honestly psyched for this. It seems more like a spin-off than a sequel but it looks like a lot of fun and I've got full confidence in just about anything Yacht Club has their name on. Love the spritework too. Music is also amazing, but that's hardly a surprise with Jake Kaufman composing.
  6. ...On one hand, you're completely right and this was a topic the community discussed to death, so I'm gonna have to concede there. But I swear there are pockets of the internet where the Hero is still being referred to as "Erdrick."
  7. I disagree. That's just what the protagonists in Dragon Quest are referred to as, both in the games and in the fan discussion surrounding them. It's kind of an important word in the series, and even the characters who were given dubiously canon names are usually colloquially referenced as the "hero from X game" (something not made obvious by Smash discussion), which can't be said about "Dragon Warrior." Generic though it may be, "Hero" is the name actual DQ fans are going to recognize and connect with, and if the character isn't being made for them, then who is he for?
  8. I was originally thinking August, but then Nintendo released this video. The title for this video was changed. It originally read "Fan-Favorites & New Releases- July" So either July was wrong or they're covering their tracks. The other two games (Marvel and Fire Emblem) are releasing this month. We'll have to wait and see. Part of me wants him to come out this week/next week, and part of me is dreading the thought of splitting my free time between Smash, Dragon Quest Builders and Fire Emblem.
  9. This is more or less a perfect summary of where I'm at. Nothing about Shantae is outright "bad," it just feels like there's some obvious room for improvement. I hope that Wayforward continues to experiment and innovate on the formula going forward, and that "Shantae 5" doesn't feel like yet another "celebration" of the first game that ends up wallowing in its traditions.
  10. Rarely does it feel like there are any options for the player to think through, though. If you have to climb something, you turn into the monkey. If you have to break something, you turn into the elephant. If you have to go underwater, you turn into the crab, etc. For everything else, you're just plain old Shantae, because the levels were designed around her, and every other form either has no viable attack, poor mobility, or a combination thereof. They could honestly make the dancing itself take half as long as it does in Half-Genie Hero without addressing the core of what's wrong with it as a mechanic, IMO.
  11. Wario Man is the only old Final Smash I miss. Most of the other ones are marked improvements overall. With that said, they do feel kinda samey now. I'm not sure I follow the logic here. Is there some rumor going around that I'm not aware of?
  12. I wouldn't really call it political, but you're right, Smash discussion can definitely be toxic. Some people online are way too invested in whether or not "their" character gets in and feel the need to criticize other people's picks that are perceived as a threat to their wishlist being realized: See Banjo vs. Steve, Shantae vs. Shovel Knight, Dragon Quest vs basically every other Square property. This thread (and forum in general) has been pretty tame though, IMO, even though I've seen a few people act like babies in status messages. We were seeing a bit of Resident Evil vs. Ace Attorney on the last page but it's been civil.
  13. Could be, but IIRC the trouble people had accessing game servers when Joker launched was actually the result of him dropping between maintenance periods, and not from too many people trying to play at once. Extremely unlikely. Between how long it's taking them to release 5 challenger packs, and everything Sakurai had to say about DLC in his book I'm all but certain we're only getting one Fighter's Pass. I actually like the idea of more ATs getting promoted into fully-fledged fighters, but that seems like something they'd reserve for a sequel, unfortunately, and it's way too early to be thinking about Smash 6.
  14. I will always stan Phoenix Wright. Say what you want, we don't have any lawyers in Smash. Capcom's library of memorable characters and franchises is second only to Nintendo-- if even that. I wouldn't mind if the next game got turned into NvC. This would absolutely infuriate some people, but I'd be down with him too. And not just because Dragalia Lost has been monopolizing my phone's battery for the past 6 months.
  15. next smash fighter leaked


  16. Richter is an echo fighter, not an alternate costume. This sounds like splitting hairs when echo fighters are already very similar, but alt costumes don't even have different taunts. It's hard for me to imagine Leon and Claire having 1:1 animations in absolutely everything they do. Especially when they're different heights, body types, etc. Yes it could happen anyway, but it strikes me as unlikely. Olimar and Alph work as alt costumes because they aren't really that expressive in their own games (outside of the captain's logs) and because the Pikmin themselves feel like the real stars of the show, on top of being the basis for the entire moveset. The Koopalings are admittedly more distinct from each other in their home series than they are in Smash, but they strike me as being a sort of "package deal" where they were either going to be included as costumes or not at all, and you could argue that their moves are based primarily on the clown car anyway. Not a fan of how they're portrayed, personally, but it works for most people.
  17. I don't think Resident Evil lends itself to a composite character the way Dragon Quest does. The heroes in DQ are all pretty interchangeable blank slates, but the RE protagonists are a lot more distinct. They each have different personalities, signature martial arts, and even weapons (although I don't think Smash would care about whether or not Leon has used a grenade launcher in his games).
  18. Not judging anyone who likes Gaming Youtubers™ and it's fine if they're how you like to follow video game discussion, but I'm pretty tired of seeing people all over the goddamn internet expecting me to watch videos from channels like BillyBo10k or PapaGenos, or even GameXplain (who usually get a pass from me because they can go very in-depth) that could be anywhere between 5-45 minutes long, instead of citing their sources, which often amounts to ~30 seconds of reading. 

    1. Jango


      I mostly watch comedic gaming Youtubers, such as Caddicarus, AntDude, Dunkey.

    2. Solly


      I'm mostly talking about the guys who are trying to be informative/report on rumors and news--- infotainment, essentially. 

    3. Jango


      Yeah, I don't care much for those, I rather read on some websites I follow instead.

    4. Won't Stop, Just Go

      Won't Stop, Just Go

      News channels just like to bait for clicks and pass for time. Not to mention they'll report any garbage rumor they come across to make a story out of and keep the lights on. No thanks.


      I always look for a text source. 

    5. Speederino


      This has become a problem with online discussions in general. Nobody feels the need to explain their viewpoints or arguments when they can just link to a 45 minute long video that goes way too damn in-depth for its own good. Some people also seem to think that having their viewpoint outlined in a video somehow makes their opinion more valid than everyone else's, it's dumb.

  19. I want Banjo as much as the next guy but people ought to temper their expectations. It's true that Grant doesn't work at RARE anymore, and that he wouldn't need to be informed about whether or not they made it into the game. But just because he wouldn't need to hear about it doesn't mean he couldn't hear about it. We know he's still got friends at the company, and it's not unthinkable for info to have made its way down the grapevine to him. "FrieNDAs" are very much a thing. Personally, I'm inclined to take Grant's "don't hold your breath" comment at face value and say that he's just giving his own opinion, and I do still think Banjo has a shot. I just think all of the "this means nothing" comments are being too dismissive.
  20. Sonic's got gloves in the teaser image. Are they really going to take away his gross little RAT HANDS? How dare they? In all seriousness though, it's good that they're taking their time with it and that revising the design doesn't (necessarily) mean horrible crunch periods for the VFX artists. Also this is quite the movie for Valentine's Day. I wonder if cute couples will get in free.
  21. This question was answered in the game's first video ad, which happened to be the second red flag. I think it only took a few hours for this to be pulled. It's a real mystery how something marketed like this could possibly fail.
  22. I'm not sure if it's possible to understate what a weird pick Artorias would be. Franchises with playable fighters in Smash are usually represented by the main protagonists of at least one of the series' games. It's usually only when the game has no main character (Duck Hunt, Wii Fit) that we get someone else first. Why include him above one of the player characters? Yes, his lore is interesting and he has his own place in the world of Dark Souls 1, but when it comes down to it he really is just a DLC boss. He's a really cool DLC boss, mind you, but he's not your proxy that you experience the game world through, nor was he even memed into relevance like Solaire. And if you're one of the many people I've seen today who read a wiki article on the character and decided "yeah, he seems important enough to be playable" then it's worth pointing out that the lore in Souls games is dense enough that you could write that much about half the bosses in the series. I'd love it if he got in but he feels like too much of a dark horse pick for me to even buy this rumor.
  23. I see this sentiment a lot. It sounds nice but has no basis in reality. If this teaser for L4D3 is real (it probably isn't) then I don't see how it could be done in response to any of Epic's recent exclusive deals, because the game would probably have been in development for a while. And they're not going to change their approach to curation (which has also been slowly evolving over time) because of them either. If Epic moneyhats a big title, that's the end of it; Valve has no recourse but to do the same thing themselves, or make Steam more attractive for publishers so that Epic store exclusivity isn't worth it. Consumers are going to go where the games they want to play are. Valve already offers the better service, so even if they did the things you're mentioning and removed shovelware from the store it wouldn't matter. On the topic of the teaser; it's very well-made but the real-life brands, like Pepsi and Life cereal are red flags to me. It also doesn't look like it's outside the realm of what a fan is capable of faking--there's little in the way of animation. It's mostly just a camera panning through a gas station. I guess we'll see.
  24. General direct, maybe. I think Smash will get a direct (or at least some sort of presentation) by the end of this month. It's hard to imagine them stealth-dropping Joker and the 3.0 update which we know are coming in April.
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