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  1. I wouldn't bank on too many new characters. In my personal opinion, though, if they did add to the playable roster, they should stick to the Naughty Dog-era characters that aren't already playable.
  2. I would rather see a complete remake of the Sly trilogy, considering the PS3 ports were...hit or miss if you ask me. I still think the PS2 is the best way to play the games if you don't mind grainier visuals on modern displays, so if they did a complete remake, I'd be down with that. If they did a port ala the Sly Trilogy, I wouldn't want them to slap together a port of the PS3 versions and call it good, myself, but that's the most realistic thing I can see, sadly.
  3. Pretty much. I do feel a bit better that the odds of it passing have been hurt for sure, but I'll feel even better than that if it dies entirely. I'll keep doing what I can in the meantime.
  4. I look at a good chunk of my old writing as of late, and almost everything I see is something that makes me go "that could have been done better" or "why did I think that scenario was a good idea to force in." I just mostly see things I want to fix.

    1. DanJ86

      DanJ86

      Maybe that's a sign that you've improved. You notice things that you didn't several years ago.

    2. NegaMetallix

      NegaMetallix

      @SurrealBrain I know that feeling all too well.

    3. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      That's me everytime a week passes pretty much

    4. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      You bet your butt that's me in a nutshell.

    5. Kiah

      Kiah

      No one gets it right off the bat. A reflection like that indicates that you’ve improved or can even mean you’ve done something that you regret. Think we’ve all been there.

      Either way consider it a learning experience. Just make adjustments and move forward but most importantly keep writing. 

    6. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      Who bets a butt?

      That's something you'll regret in a week for real

    7. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Well, if I'm betting my butt, I might as well bet my toilet as I sure as hell won't be needing it.

    8. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      Let's go for a more serious answer - 

      One of the things I feel that will always be confirmed in life is this - you're going to look back at yourself, or your work and wonder just what the hell you were thinking. Unless you're an egotist who thinks their perfect in every single way, which none of us are - all humans are flawed - you're going to always improve. And when you improve, and then look back at things you've written in the past, especially fan-works, you're likely going to facepalm, shake your head, possibly chringe a little, and wonder just what the hell you were thinking writing this.

      And it's not just stories, and it's not just you, everyone will go through this at one stage or another. I always feel like I'm writing something good one day, because I've improved elsewhere in an area...only to return to it months later and think this is so bad and why did I write this.

      It's just kind of human nature, it's the lower point of the fact we all tend to improve over time. We always keep learning through new experiences, and we tend to take those new experiences into new ventures, especially written works as you begin to get a better idea of plot structure, character moments, better character writing, etc etc.

      The beauty of story-telling and writing is that you'll constantly evolve throughout it, and the slight downside of that is you'll return to past works and judge yourself on your new standards. But even then, you shouldn't judge yourself too harshly on your past work. Alright, sure it might not be amazing, especially if you're coming back to it a year later, but it was a stepping stone for bringing your writing skill and ability up to where it is now. If you hadn't have done that, then maybe your writing today just wouldn't be up to your current level today. So that lost moment back then could be a good method of improvement today. After all, if you didn't make the mistake in the first place, you wouldn't have been able to learn from it and make use of your newfound knowledge of that mistake in all future works so they can reach their fullest potential.

    9. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Well,  that's just one thing of life that's always going to come your way. But think of it as a reflection of your own growth,  and it doesn't necessarily mean that what you wrote in the past is all bad. 

      It's like practicing a game or sport, looking back at footage when you were more of a beginner compared to now,  learning from it, appreciating how you've improved and continuing to get even better @SurrealBrain! :D

  5. A part of me wants to be excited for this, but another part of me has been burned by concepts I was down with too many times, so naturally, I'm gonna be a bit skeptical. This one goes into my "wait for the reviews" list.
  6. They say the best way to experience One Piece is to experience the manga due to the fact that the anime has some pacing issues that don't exist in the manga, but any filler arcs that are still worth a watch, at least? Or at the very least, any manga arcs the anime expanded in a good way?

    1. Ferno

      Ferno

      The G8 arc was a filler arc that was so good that it may as well have been canon. Also in recent memory the Zou arc of the anime was very well done.

    2. Adamabba

      Adamabba

      It's not until Thriller Bark which is about 320 episodes in that the anime gets really bad with pacing, either way yea the manga is still better. I'd definitely recommend at least watching Water 7 in the anime tho

    3. Ferno

      Ferno

      I feel like it was also around the time of Thriller Bark that the anime moved away from the consistency of having simplistic-yet-functional animation in each episode, to every other episode or two having 10/10 animation in certain scenes, leaving other scenes or entire episodes to look noticibly lacking by comparison as an unintended side effect.

    4. The Deleter

      The Deleter

      I typically advocate the anime for the added atmosphere and VAs (sub only tho I'm sorry ferno I tried but I can't handle the dub forgive me) but I recently rewatched the first dozen arcs of the series, and basically:

      - The pacing and progression of the start is waaay different than the Manga, and while I thought it was great the first time I watched it, it also gave off the impression that Coby was far more important to the story than he really was, which kinda sets it up wrong. I liked the slow burn effect of the backstories for Luffy and Zoro, but honestly it can go either way imo. Pacing is just as fast, so really you can't go wrong with either

      - Orangetown is good in the anime. Fights slow down a bit, but overall it's just as fast as the Manga, and where the series starts to find its footing

      - Syrup village has great storytelling for the time, and Ussop is Ussop so of course the anime is the way to go, but fights start to drag out here; could have been handled better, but a solid adaption that's probably worth watching over the manga

      - Baratie starts off great, but as soon as the crew starts fighting, the pacing drops off a cliff. Honestly this is the start of all the series' problems, from dragging out fights, adding unnecessary commentary, reusing animation, butchering the pacing, and reducing the impact of basically everything that happens. Honestly once you reach the fighting, immediately skip to the end of the arc, and just read the action, even if it's through the scanlations sites. Anythings better than this one.

      - Arlong Park is where the anime thoroughly peaks, though, imo. I almost feel like Baratie was so poor because of Toei preparing for this arc, because hot dang. Animation gets an upgrade in quality, pacing is thoroughly perfect until the last few fights, and the way every episode begins and ends feels expertly crafted compared to the rest of the show, almost tailor made for the TV show model. There's nothing cut, nothing butchered, nothing lost in translation, and everything added through the show is just... So good. Watch this in the anime, by all means. It's worth it. Well, by the standards of the show, at least.

      - lougetown is great, no problems there

      - Warship island is an anime only filler arc, and personally, I loved it about as much as the rest of the stories when I first watched it. After going through the entire series, it's a biiiit long in the tooth with too little going on in comparison, but it is more adventures with luffy and the crew, which is more than can be said for

      - The buggy and Coby filler episodes somewhere around here. They are alright I guess, but when you just want to see more of the straw hats, they feel pretty pointless, and work a lot better as the cover stories in the Manga. Skip imo, unless you're fond of either two

      - Reverse mountain is okay. No pacing problems

      - Whisky peak is okay

      - Little garden is slightly poor with the Climax pacing but worth it for the two new character VAs 

      - Drum island has all kind of pacing problems, as this is where the show really abuses the flashbacks every other episode... But it's wierd because I did like that about it at first. Maybe the pacing was lost on me after I already know what happened, I dunno. Could be worth watching, could not, I can't tell.

      - Aaaaand then there's alabasta. If you haven't given up on the anime by this point, it'll be the make or break point where A) you love the voice actors, ost, and animation enough to tread through the longer arcs without much issue, or B) you get burnt out and Switch to the Manga, or lose all interest in the first place from the burnout itself

      The getting through the arc is crazy satisfying once it's done, and you'll love it regardless of format by that point, but the format choice could make or break whether you can make it through in the first place. If you want to play it safe and enjoy it regardless, read the Manga, but if you feel it's worth it, the anime is just as great in a lot of ways. It just suffers from a lot of the same problems with the previous arcs, but over the span of 100+ episodes rather than 30 or so.

      That's it, though. Never made it past Alabasta again yet, and I dunno if it'd be worth it when I know exactly how it goes. Pacing is important, yo

       

      G8 is great, though. If you ever read past Skypeia in the Manga, Switch over to the arc immediately after. It really adds to the series, imo

  7. I did hear Panzer Dragoon: Orta had the original as an unlockable, but I don't think the sequel ever had that much, so I definitely look forward to this, especially if they're as expensive as people say. I do hope the remakes are solid enough, at least.
  8. The trophy girls probably won't be removed if Tawna remained in N. Sane. We might see a toned down redesign, but probably not an all out removal.
  9. I do kinda sorta look forward to this. It looks good, I like that they're using the N. Sane engine, and I hope it works well, and I hope the Switch version all fits on a cartridge (which, considering all of N. Sane could, there's no excuse not to be the same here). But since Activision is still publishing? I'm wondering if there will be a catch to this. I can't help but feel I should wait and see how this turns out. If there's no catch, I might buy it day 1. But I'm gonna play the wait and see game, and see how that goes.
  10. Every time I think Fallout 76 can't look any more unappealing, Bethesda finds a way to do just that. Like, holy moly, what is even going on there right now?

    1. Bloxxerboy

      Bloxxerboy

      I’ve seen just how shitty it is, but somehow my friends still enjoy it. Maybe I should give it a chance, but I’m not so sure.

  11. I look at the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood rerelease...yeah, I don't care how much better it might be compared to the old Funimation Blu-Rays, you cannot convince me it's so much better to be worth jacking up the price that high. But what do you expect out of Aniplex USA?

  12. I wouldn't bank on it anytime soon. Not gonna say it'll never happen again, but given Chronicles' reputation has been on a downturn and the legal issues the game caused...might take a while before anyone even attempts it again. In fact, it might be a while before anyone within Sega expresses so much as an interest in the idea, let alone puts it into action.
  13. It seems the general consensus is that it's solid. I know I want it. Sounds like something you'd play not to challenge yourself, but something to relax with after a game that put you to the test. Nothing wrong with that at all, I don't think.
  14. The last one did look like it was made on a low budget as well; most likely, the people buying it out of curiosity, cluelessness, nostalgia and/or memes contributed.
  15. Well, I was already at the point with Smash Ultimate where they could have literally stopped revealing characters before the direct, and I would have been happy with the roster, so the new additions come off more as a bonus to me.

    1. Blacklightning

      Blacklightning

      I feel like they could have stood to reveal characters a little out of sequence here. K.Rool or the Belmonts would have been a much better note to go out on than a Pokemon, an echo and a fucking pot plant.

    2. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      Dark Pit was all we really needed anyway

    3. SurrealBrain

      SurrealBrain

      @Blacklightning True, true, I do agree with that now that I think about it. I'm still pretty happy with the roster all around, but I do admit you have a point there.

    4. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      @Strickerx5

      Well, everyone does need two armpits, I suppose.

    5. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      You're right

      and i need two angels

      i would've liked two hedgehogs

      but the main guy on the top floor was like "lol u see the shit that's happening right now? y'all don't deserve all that"

  16. Welp. We got another Bubsy game. Bubsy's return is why I say other developers no longer have an excuse to keep their series dormant forever; if Bubsy of all series can come back, then so can another dormant series.
  17. So am I, but I'm not holding my breath. Worse comes to worst, there's always the bargain bin, and since it will have the entirety of Spyro 1 on there, I can get the PS1 versions of Spyro 2 and 3 if I want complete physical copies. It's not that I'm never gonna buy this, but the matter has made me decide it's best to wait for the bargain bin for this one.
  18. Honestly, barring the disc versions of Spyro 2 and 3 consisting of everything from the PS1 versions at the barest minumum, it looks like the disc will be bargain bin material for me. I gotta agree, these companies trying to force something a lot people aren't ready for yet. On the plus side, it's $40 that can go into replacing some DVDs that need to be replaced badly.
  19. There is a time to play it safe, and there is a time to take risks. The point is to establish a formula before taking risks. If you're "shaking up the status quo" every game, however, well, as one put it, it's no longer shaking up the status quo; it is the status quo. You have to establish a formula to shake up, or else it comes off as not knowing what you want out of it. It is essential you have a general idea of what you want, and failure to have that just makes you look clueless. There may be growing pains; that's gonna be a natural part of the process, but if you really are convinced it's the direction you wanna go, then look at what works, and what could use refining, and who knows? Maybe it'll find its footing.
  20. IDW Sonic did take some time, but I feel like it's starting to grow its beard, if it hasn't already. Enough so that I'm glad I stuck with it. That said, while I've been enjoying the ride and been getting more or less what I expected, I do see why some think it's a bit slow to really get started, the more I think about it. Again, I got what I expected and am satisfied, but this is stuff I thought about. That said, I heard extremely conflicting reports on its sales figures, so only time will tell if it's going to continue.
  21. I do feel that if it was on two discs, well, personally, it'd be acceptable, but I can see how some might worry. I don't mind fiddling with more than one disc; been doing that for years. I said from the beginning separate discs would have been acceptable, and hey, I'd rather it be this than have only one game on disc and download the rest.
  22. The Game Over screens in DKC 2 and 3 freaked me out as a kid, and I would reset the game whenever I got a game over in those two. DKC3 did get a bit harder to take seriously when I realized what Dixie and Kiddy were in, and you could play around with the music blocks in the SNES version, but the doors opening and closing still freak me out. Ironically, DKC1's game over screen doesn't freak me out as much. Probably because I played that one much, much later. Banjo-Kazooie's Game Over screen also had this effect on me, with me being afraid of Tooty, and yes, even Grunty for some reason. Banjo-Tooie, I heard would have had a nightmarish game over screen had they not run out of time to implement it. But they did, meaning a game over was just a piece of text over the sceen before carrying on. A downgrade, maybe, but one my childhood self was very thankful for at the time. Some games had such creepy failure screens, I looked away without even looking at the actual Game Over screens. I was an odd kid.
  23. I honestly do feel like it at least partly came from Sonic Team simply needing a break. I still maintain following on Mania's success shouldn't be a permanent solution, but I would not complain if Mania went on to form a trilogy to give Sonic Team time to recharge their batteries. I'm not saying Sonic Team should step away permanently; they are still capable of coming up with good ideas for the series in my opinion, just that the execution can leave some things to be desired. Granted, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric was one Sonic Team had little to do with, the development handled by Big Red Button. It sounded more like a team who had things fighting against them the entire time, and in hindsight, I still can't believe it's been four years since I tried and failed to defend that one...and I do mean failed, hoo boy, I must have been desperate to find anything remotely joyous about that one, though the likely reasons why are best suited for another topic entirely.
  24. I stil enjoy many Sonic soundtrack, though I will admit, at first I didn't care much for the Genesis tracks outside a select few. Now I love them. The more rock heavy ones in the late 90s/early to mid 2000s? They're still enjoyable tracks to me, but I can see why others might think time may not have been kind to them; personal enjoyment aside, they are very much products of their time. Okay, technically, everything is a product of its time, but this is especially noticeable. I'd say Sonic Adventure's soundtrack aged the best out of the bunch, but that's just me. And the soundtracks from Unleashed to today? Can't help but love them. Unleashed's tracks were unique among Sonic sountracks at the time, and while others have taken at least a few cues from it since then, I think it still holds up on its own even today. Sonic Mania's songs deliberately emulate the sound of the Sega CD/Sega Saturn games, and it does so fantastically. I can actually see this one holding up, but it's hard to tell. As for the cartoons, if we can include those? The SatAM theme song is a product of its time as well, but it's so 90s, I love it. The Sonic OVA, I'm a sucker for 90s anime songs, but others may disagree. Sonic X had the soundtrack from the games...unless you're watching the 4kids version, in which case it had the Gotta Go Fast theme and 4kids generic orchestra that wouldn't sound out of place in other 4kids dubs. The generic orchestra on its own is acceptable if forgettable, but it was a symptom of dubbing practices of the day. But from a purely objective standpoint, there is a lot that, personal feelings aside, do kinda show their age, and whether that's for good or ill, I'm not sure. For myself, however, that's part of the fun of most of these, and I'm gonna stand by that.
  25. I've had my eye on this game for a while, and Star Fox comyent gets me interested. However, the Switch version apparently says someting about an extra download for physical releases, and I'm not clear on what that entails, and heard conflicting reports on how big it is. Might still get it anyways one of these days, but my birthday is coming anyways, so it won't be day 1 at any rate.
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