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    Failinhearts reacted to Ryannumber1gamer in Yuji has apparently left Square Enix   
    As blunt as it is, I can't really say I'm surprised by this. As the creator of Sonic, he had a stigma that opened up a lot more doors than other creators might have gotten. As easy as it is to blame Square for some of Balan's faults, the truth of the matter is - we don't know how much, if anything they attributed. 
    The game wasn't rushed out, the game clearly wasn't under budgetary constraints, and it clearly had creative freedom, since Square was treating it as a one off experiment - hell - if you look at some of the material floating around, Square's influence bettered the game in some areas, as Naka originally fully intended to just have blah in-game cutscenes in the game, until Square's CG team lobbied to make full-blown CG cutscenes for it, and that is actively the best part of the entire game.
    Balan Wonderworld at it's core is a game built on a faulty structure, with a very flawed core coming from an outdated methodology of game design. Yuji Naka came in with a vision of the game and apparently didn't compromise on it. He wanted a one button system for everything for "simplicity", despite the fact that the game suffers for it in basic areas as a result, and make the simplest of tasks even slightly more annoying for the player (EG - even the menus only work on ONE button, meaning you can't just hit circle to go back, you need to scroll to a specific menu option). 
    This is kind of what I mean. Naka apparently didn't stop to consider about how game design has progressed from a point in time. He decided he needed to reinvent the wheel and fix something that was never broken. Why do we need to go by a one button design for the full game, despite it's determent? The Genesis Sonic games did that. Why couldn't the player be able to jump and use a costume ability? Because then it wouldn't operate on one button like Sonic, etc.
    Naka was so furiously hell bent on this ass-backwards simplicity nonsense that he didn't stop to consider if it would be an active downfall of the game, and frustrate the player. Having jumping tied to specific costumes meaning that in life or death situations, you might need to frantically swap to another costume to jump, only to not be able to do it in time. Switching costumes in of itself drags the pace of the game to a halt as even on PS5, you have to wait for the costume to load in, and this directly contributes to the disaster that is the Switch port.
    The Tims system is like this too - the discount Chao Garden. Instead of being like Sonic Adventure 2 where the player had agency and could treat the Chao however they pleased, picking them up, micro-managing which Chao uses which item, and so on, this game leaves it down to the AI, not only making the experience boring, but frustrating - as you have to literally rely on the AI to do everything, even though 9 out of 10 times, it'll disobey you. Tims won't eat, Tims won't follow you, they won't do what you want. It's annoying, and it's blatant at that.
    Even Naka seemed uninterested in compromising on his vision. It's now infamous that he did an interview talking about the controversial costume system, in which he stated he wanted 80 costumes in the game, but realistically - he thinks he could only pull off 40 at most, because of how limited the idea would be...
    ...except the final game has 80+ costumes anyways, and they are exactly what Naka himself knew and acknowledged - they are blatantly pointless and worthless. Costumes and their abilities overlap heavily, some costumes are literally just one costume but better, while other costumes are quite literally the same. exact. thing. Then you have other garbage like Balan's Bout, awful QTEs that are literally only present to pad out game time.
    Even the game's garbage-fire story is a cause by Naka, he didn't want story to matter, and when given 40 scenarios for the game, he also intentionally picked the 12 "lightest" scenarios, despite the fact the game is literally a Persona 5 styled story where people are being dragged into Wonderworld due to having awful events befall them, causing them turmoil and despair, and it leads to ridiculous levels of tonal dissonance throughout the scenarios.
    You have very serious scenarios like a girl nearly being drown to death and developing a phobia of her hobby as a result, and a girl losing her parents and locking herself off from everyone else in her life to goofy bullshit like a dude who's just a sore loser after losing at chess, or a clown who can't work up the guts to ask someone out. 
    To get even an inkling of the game's plot, you need to buy a fucking tie-in novel, which is written by someone else and is attempting their damnest to make head or tails out of Naka's random story concepts, to the point that he had to add a lot more tragic backstories to the scenarios in an attempt to justify how badly they're falling into despair. This isn't a good way to tell a story, guys - and that's literally all on Naka.
    Usually, I'm all for cutting devs a break and blaming it on the publisher, and as I say - Square-Enix probably has had some hand in the cookie jar at some point, but the truth of the matter is Balan's failures aren't Square's decisions. Naka was given freedom to make his vision. He was given a budget, and he was given more than enough time, and Balan as a finished product shows that.
    There's nothing cheap about the game, the game's visuals and music, and CG work are the highlights of the game. The designs are fantastic and apart from the awful dance sequences at the end of each world, it's consistent. There's no major glitches I've noticed either, it's a polished game.
    But that's where it stops for me - it's a game. A game by Yuji Naka. He's the game's director. He was the one making the decisions behind the video game itself, he's the one who decided on the gameplay concepts, he's the one who decided on this weird ass one-button design methodology, he's the one who wanted little to no story in the game itself, he's the one who directed how the game itself was made. And that's where the game falls apart - plain and simple - it fails as a game, because the game was built on a bad and faulty core design philosophy, one that was long since outdated, created by a man who clearly didn't want to adapt to modern game design sensibilities, or change how he did things, even when it clearly made the experience much worse.
    And all that to say, I can't be surprised by this at all. Naka was warned this was his one shot. Square don't do platformers, especially platformers with Balan's style and tone. But this was the creator of Sonic. This is a man who has experience with platformers. This is a mastermind who made one of the most iconic characters of all time, surely he knows what he's doing, right? If you're going to put a bet down on someone, Yuji Naka's the man, right?
    And that's just what it boils down to, at the end of the day unfortunately. Yuji Naka had a name for himself. He had been flaunted as the man who made Sonic, he had the reputation to get the budget, the time, and the creative freedom to do the game that he wanted, and for better or for worse - Balan Wonderworld is that game. He was given a shot, and he missed it for a number of reasons, and at the end of the day, that's kind of on him.
    You can argue perhaps Arzest had a role, and hell - they probably did, at the very least, the level design might've been a bit better if another team was behind it, but at the end of the day, I don't think any development team could've made this work. Naka's gameplay basis is so flimsy and outdated that I don't see how any development studio was going to make it work. The simplistic design, the 80 costumes, the one button control scheme, those were all Naka decisions for the game, and unless he was willing to compromise on them, which was unlikely - not a lot could've been done to fix it. 
    You can't make a house of cards on top of a bowl of Jelly and expect it to remain stable and unmoving. It doesn't matter who built the house of cards, or how good they are at balancing the cards, or structuring them, it's always uneven because the base the card house is sitting on is completely flimsy and unstable. That's Balan Wonderworld to me, a game that has all of it's issues running deep into it's core, baked right, straight into the concept itself, a concept Naka clearly wasn't planning to budge on, given how he knew several things were a bad idea and he still did it anyway because it was what he wanted. He had one shot, and he missed it.
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from CrystalMaelStorm in The Return of Cosmo   
    Depends on the canon you're talking about here. If this is about the game universe, well... Cosmo can't return if she never existed.
    In the context of Sonic X... well, I guess it's somewhat possible but when is Sega ever going to even acknowledge Sonic X again that isn't a "Gotta Go Fast" meme?
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    A little side-story as I take a quick break from the main plot!
    MINI-MISSION 1: CASE OF THE MISSING PUDDING
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    CHAPTER 16: WATCH YOUR STEP
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from SgtBloxx in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    CHAPTER 16: WATCH YOUR STEP
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in Failin's Reviews! [Youtube Series]   
    Taking another shot at this whole "movie" thing, the Defenders of Earthrealm are back in Mortal Kombat! Does this video game adaptation score a flawless victory, or should you perform a Quitality after the first 7 minutes? Only one way to find out!
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from SgtBloxx in Failin's Reviews! [Youtube Series]   
    Taking another shot at this whole "movie" thing, the Defenders of Earthrealm are back in Mortal Kombat! Does this video game adaptation score a flawless victory, or should you perform a Quitality after the first 7 minutes? Only one way to find out!
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    The fan hits further, my dudes.
    CHAPTER 15: DECISIONS
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from SgtBloxx in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    The fan hits further, my dudes.
    CHAPTER 15: DECISIONS
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from SgtBloxx in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    The next chapter is here, and it's time for maybe just a weeeee look into the lives of the opposing faction: The Metarex!
    CHAPTER 11: DISMISSED
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from SgtBloxx in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    Sorry for the delay! School, amirite fellas?
    CHAPTER 12: THE GOLDEN SKYLANDS
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from SgtBloxx in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    SCHOOL, AMIRITE FELLAS?
    CHAPTER 13: THE NON-BELIEVER
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from SgtBloxx in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    The meta shit's really boutta hit the fan.
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    The meta shit's really boutta hit the fan.
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    SCHOOL, AMIRITE FELLAS?
    CHAPTER 13: THE NON-BELIEVER
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in Failin's Reviews! [Youtube Series]   
    It's been a year... but the MCU is finally back with its weirdest project yet! A... sitcom? How can a sitcom starring two Avengers even work? Honey, let me tell you.
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    Failinhearts reacted to Angyu in Failin's Reviews! [Youtube Series]   
    My co-worker told me it was great and I should watch it, but everyone on YouTube keeps saying it was bad. xD Hmm. Who to believe.
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in Failin's Reviews! [Youtube Series]   
    Releasing on theaters and HBO Max is Warner Bros' latest attempt to bring their classic cartoons to the big screen... and small screen. At the same time. Look, you get my point. It's Tom and Jerry.
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from GrammyGram in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    Sorry for the delay! School, amirite fellas?
    CHAPTER 12: THE GOLDEN SKYLANDS
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    The next chapter is here, and it's time for maybe just a weeeee look into the lives of the opposing faction: The Metarex!
    CHAPTER 11: DISMISSED
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    A new Disciples chapter is here! Meet Sentinel Tails and his trusty ship, the Dreamcast!
    CHAPTER 10: IT'S THINKING
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in [Fanfiction] The Disciples   
    Sorry for the delay! School, amirite fellas?
    CHAPTER 12: THE GOLDEN SKYLANDS
     
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    Failinhearts reacted to Emperor Robrainiac in ARTWORK: Robrainiac's topic of mostly OC art, with a some Fanart   
    I did not realize I never posted these images before... Well, many of you in the Skylanders RP may recognize these characters from a story we did last year, so I figured, why not finally post them for viewing?
    These are characters from a Concept I've made a long time ago known as "Heroes of Comicopolis," a story that focuses on many heroes, anti-heroes, and villains that live within the same city, "Comicopolis." Some of these heroes are up and comers, some experienced. These are just a few of many characters that live in this universe:

    Pixels, a pangolin rookie of Comicopolis! Pixels grew up admiring the many heroes of Comicopolis, and dreams of one day becoming a might superhero. Unfortunately, his attempts to be taken seriously have been for naught, as he and his siblings (Particularly Mouseboy) End up humiliating themselves. Despite the embarrassments, Pixels is not afraid of going all out when he needs to. 
    Pixels is very athletic and skilled with Parkour, and his favorite way to travel is hopping form building to building. His main power is to generate blocks of energy, some of which can be used as floating platforms. Pixels favorite gadget are his goggles, which have a video game-like hud display, so the pangolin can keep track of his energy, stamina, status, and inventory.

    Theodore T Rodenn, also known by his hero name Mouseboy, is a fun loving, self-proclaimed "sidekick" and foster brother of Pixels. Like Pixels Mouseboy dreams of becoming a superhero. Mouse is very clumsy and always gets him and his siblings into trouble... but he's always around when his friends or family need someone to talk to, and always does his best to cheer them up.
    Theo's power is to shrink down, as a result, taking the shape of a mouse-like creature, hence his hero name, "Mouseboy."

    Suzan Rodenn, aka Techno Witch, is a technological expert, and the eldest sister of Mouseboy and Pixels. Suzan is rarely ever seen without her mask, and tends to be very shy without it. With it, however, she's a lot more outgoing and sarcastic. When it comes to dangerous missions, Suzan is always up for it, (Much to the stress of Mouseboy and Pixels). Her more hotheaded personality tends to conflict with Mouseboy's coolheadedness, often leading them to argue a lot. Despite this, Suzan cares for her younger brothers and is always there protect them, whether it be from bullies or strong supervillains.
    Despite not having any powers, Suzan is very intelligent and builds all of her and Pixels gadgets. This techno wiz's favorite weapons of choice is a glove that can blast fire, a motorcycle, and her LED mask that works similar to Pixel's goggles.

    Robrainiac, an infamous villain who has nearly succeeded in taking over Comicopolis. Equipped with two brains, one organic and one mechanical, This mad genius built an army of deadly robots he affectionately calls his "henchminions." Robrainiac seems to have problem with authority, which motivates him to take over the city of Comicopolis and eventually, the world. Along with his intellect, Robrainiac also has brute strength, and if the situation gets to dire, this robotic reptile will not be afraid to fight with his steel fists.
    Robrainiac has a huge ego, and has a very short temper... despite this, he cares for his many creations, saving their memories in order to rebuild their bodies. And despite his villainous status, Robrainiac also has a honorable side to him, and has lines he doesn't dare cross. 

    Glitch is mischievous pangolin created by Robrainiac to go up against Pixels. Unfortunately for Robrainiac, he ended up getting a super rebellious, edgy, teenage soldier who is eager to cause mayhem towards not only those in Comicopolis, but to Robrainiac as well. Glitch is easily bored and will do anything to sate that boredom. One of her favorite hobbies is competing with Pixels and finding ways to annoy her heroic foil. This edgy pangolin is a wild card, and will team up with anyone she deems to be fun, whether they be on the side of good or evil.
    Glitch has powers similar to Pixels, but is much glitchier, being able to distort objects and freeze people into a "T-Pose." Along with that, she wields a trusty katana chainsaw... her reason being "it's the edgiest weapon she could get her claws on."

    Action Ronan, aka Ron, is a man trapped in the body of a modified action figure. What was once a toy of a beloved heroic icon is now an over the top shooting, slicing, snarky, bounty hunter who will work for anyone if the pay is good enough. Being a soul trapped in a toy, and losing his senses, save for sight and hearing, Ron has gone a little mad, making him quite the dangerous foe.
    Being made from mostly unbreakable plastic, his arms equipped with guns and swords, having a seemingly endless supply of bullets from his scarflike ammo belt, and standing at a very short height, Action Ronan is quite the force to be reckoned with.

    Ghost Doctor, a mysterious nocturnal superhero with ghostly powers and surrounded in mystery. The only thing known about her, is that she seems very sickly, and the only thing keeping her alive seems to be her cloak made from shadow.  Ghost Doctor works mostly in shadows, using the darkness and shadows to travel, and fight criminals. If needed during the day, she can store some of the "darkness" from her cloak into a glass bottle to turn the environment dark, giving her the advantage. Along with ghost's powers, she also seems to have the power to heal others. This along with her always sickly state inspired her Plague Doctor theme. 
    Ghost Doctor is very stoic and sarcastic always seemingly unphased by anything. despite her strong powers, the thing that hinders her is the sick state she's in, always feeling nauseous and if she stays out for too long, she could either vomit or fall unconcious. While her illness is not contagious, many fellow superheroes keep their distance from her, and criminals/supervillains fear catching her fever.

    Nevermore... perky goth girl by day, perky harpy hero by night! Nevermore is a nocturnal superhero with a very playful side to her, taking joy in scaring evil during her patrols at night. Nevermore can transform into a Harpy during the night, which doubles her strength and gives her razor sharp wings. 
    While Nevermore is skillful in the art of scaring, she's quite friendly once you get to know her. Even Mouseboy has admitted to having a bit of a crush on her, and trying to ask her out on a date is one of the few things that makes him anxious. This harpy is also aware of Ghost Doctor's similar bird theme, and has tried befriending the sickly doctor... without much success unfortunately, but Nevermore figures the Ghost will warm up to her eventually.

    Dr. Boxen, a notorious mechanical menace in Comicopolis who seems to have a burning hatred for mankind. Hero, Villain, this malfunctioning robot was once a robot designed to be an artificial superhero... Unfortunately, being the first of his kind, this did not turn out well, as Boxen began to see all the negativity and darkness of the world, warping him into one of the deadliest criminal masterminds in Comicopolis.
    Boxen is a robot with some odd quirks and hobbies, and can even be a bit goofy at times. However, this robot is determined to destroy everyone in the world, and will stop at nothing to wipe out the darkness that is Earth. His crimes have never succeeded so far, and some of them seemingly ended up in his demise...
    ...but somehow, he always finds a way to come back, and always a bit more unhinged than he was before...

    Brand Victor, the Mayor of Comicopolis and one of the founding members of "Guardians of Justice" superhero organization, Brand left to become his own superhero. This resulted in him becoming so famous, he was elected Mayor of Comicopolis for many terms, and started up his own heroic organization. This organization has no name, but many refer to it as "They" after the many posters warning criminals that "They are watching." Brand was once known to be a stealthy hero during his time with the "Guardians" but has recently taken a more hands on approach to crime fighting, and has shown many superpowers when doing so.    
    Brand is a very shady individual, doing all that he can to stay on top. Some say he's responsible for less than legal experiementations involving artificial superhero experiments and artificial powers... Some even say he has ties to the criminal underworld and many supervillains. It's unknown if these are true or not, but those who have met with him face to face sense something very offputting with this superhero turned mayor.
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    Failinhearts reacted to GrammyGram in The Inspiring Superheroes Of the Magical Reverse Marvel Universe! (Volume #1)   
    Days of Future alternate
                   (Tales beyond the worlds #1)
     
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    Failinhearts got a reaction from LeviTheGreat in The life lessons of Sonic the hedgehog   
    Ah, Conner The Waffle. Your videos never cease to wow me on a deep emotional level.

    This is a great video as it resonates with me because of my bullied past, as well as having Sonic. I like Sonic.
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