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  1. Been playing Kingdom Hearts for the first time thanks to the new collection and I'm just working through the original game right now. I'm don't think I want to hear the Alice In Wonderland music ever again, had to turn the tv sound off before I was done with the world.

    1. Boomer


      Well now I know what music to play when I'm next in Glasgow!

    2. Ernest-Panda


      Weirdly, the music is the only part of the world I DIDN'T grow to hate.

  2. In fairness, Generations never had the shield monitor so that's interesting they've gone and added it. I'm surprised it wasn't included last time.
  3. Just about the graphics again: If stuff like this had been our first look at..."X Hill Zone" then I think people would've definitely been far more in favour of the visual style than how things played out. Is it just me or is the camera pulled out a bit further than it was back in Generations? It zooms in at points but during platforming sections I swear there's more of the environment on show than in Generations' Green Hill.
  4. With regards to the whole "momentum" thing when bouncing on enemies. While it looks like the fixed rebound height from Generations is still here, keep in mind that Generations actually did have some areas that required the use of the badnik bounce to gain enough height and distance to access. I remember one section in Seaside hill which made you time your initial jump when the chopper badniks were at the peak of their jump so that you could bounce off both to land on a tiny collapsing platform and then use the momentum you're carrying to jump once more into a cannon. I appreciate that this isn't as open to playing around as the massive badnik bounce/ using the water shield in the classics but I'd be surprised if there aren't a couple examples of that back again this time.
  5. I mean I don't see the issue there honestly. I'd put something like Dessert Ruins Act 2 from Lost World in the same boat. I don't know, I could just as easily call it easygoing, playful, cheery whatever. Honestly I don't think the original Green Hill is far removed from it's tone. I can see why this isn't to everybody's taste though, even those who are generally fine with this more innocent sounding songs. The instrumentation is definitely questionable I can't deny that.
  6. Gotta be honest, I really liked the music for the cutes-y, upbeat tune it's trying to be! The level's looking a bit linear by classic standards although it does seem to open up a bit more in the second half. While we know the detail's been simplified a bit, I can definitely see the improvement in lighting diversity depending on where Sonic is. It definitely feels more dynamic than Generations. Speaking of Generations, I expected it but yeah, the signpost is a 1:1 rip with animation and all. I mean there's not much you can do with it so fair enough but a new pose for the Sonic side would've been nice.
  7. No promises just yet until I can see for sure I can make a reliable setup for it but would anybody be interested in a weekly Pixar marathon? I'm due for another runthrough anyway and figured it might be fun to make it a bit more social this time.

  8. Bit premature to say with only two episodes but Doctor Who's doing pretty well with itself this season. It's definitely feels a bit freshened up.

  9. Really though, Inside Out World for Kingdom Hearts 3. Go on, you know you want to!

    1. Boomer


      That alone would get you to buy the game.

      And a certain other someone...

    2. Kool Kirb

      Kool Kirb

      That would be cool! I hope there's a Wreck-It Ralph world but that would be a nightmare to make happen with all the royalties Square would have to pay for.

    3. KHCast


      It's not Toy Story so eh

    4. Tara


      Would you have access to the entire swear word database? 

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    Hmm, I wonder which film got suggested for the list... ;)

    1. Celestia


      Heh, I get it


      You suggested Wreck-It Ralph, right

  11. I'm biased of course, but I'd absolutely suggest putting Inside Out (2015, Pete Docter) on the list. While it covers all the basics of generally being a good film with likeable characters, engaging plot and good humour it's also, in my eyes one of the most creatively clever animated films to come out of the 2010's so far. The way they managed to not only visualise human emotions, but also characterise them so well as to be able to stand alongside all the other classic Pixar characters is absolutely amazing. It's even had a positive change on how we can try to understand each other's feelings with some child psychiatrists even making use of pictures or figures of the characters to allow kids to more easily explain how they're feeling. I think it's one of those films that truly is as equally intended for adults (more so arguably) as it is for children.
  12. The new Smurfs movie actually wasn't bad at all. I don't think it's gonna be on anybody's Must-Watch list but it's animated well, it's got heart and the characters are likeable. Smurfette is awesome!

  13. Whichever mod ends up coming here in the end will almost certainly put this far more succinctly than me but I figured I'd jump in to help you get some forum info just a little bit quicker. There is already an entire 'Marketplace' sub-forum to discuss a wide range of topics in this particular area. If my memory serves me right, you may not actually be able to see this yet due to a minimum post number requirement needed to access it which prevents people from joining the forum simply to try and flog a bunch of stuff. The Status Updates can be found on the homepage of the forum on the right-hand side (assuming you're on a PC or laptop) and it's a quick way to get your voice out on whatever you're thinking at a particular time. People can comment on status updates so it's definitely possible to get conversations going there. It's definitely the most sociable part of the forum when not talking in one of the Sonic topics. To get you going, here's the direct link but remember you can just make these from the homepage for convenience! There's nothing wrong with your topics so far, just that there's already existing threads that literally do the same job so it makes sense to divert any duplicates to those instead. I can see you've already posted in the Introduction Topic so definitely keep looking around in the Personal Discussion section of the Chit-Chat forum for more topics to interact with people in a more personal context.
  14. "Everything ends, and it's always sad. But everything begins again too, and that's always happy. Be happy."

  15. Finally finished Zelda and I'm gearing up for my next challenge so I figured I'd give you guys the input. As someone who's a fan of platformers but hasn't delved massively into the RPG territory: Yooka-Laylee or the Kingdom Hearts collection? Very different games I know so we just talking the overall fun angle.

    1. KHCast


      KH. You'll get more bang for your buck, and it has KH2 one of the best games ever