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#1 Posted by Icemael (6364 posts) -

I'm having a lot of fun with the first Senko no Ronde, which I bought recently. DUO seems like a huge improvement (faster battles, more characters, the addition of assist characters et cetera), but given the first game's reception in the West, a localization seems unlikely.  So I was wondering: is the Japanese Xbox 360 version region free? It's a versus game, so it's not like I actually have to understand Japanese to appreciate it (I don't give a rat's ass about the story, and I'm sure there are online guides explaining how all the new systems and mechanics work).

#2 Posted by Icemael (6364 posts) -

Get Resident Evil 4 (preferably the Wii version; the controls are fucking sublime), unlock H.U.N.K. and Wesker in Mercenaries, and let the anger flow. There are few things as satisfying as chaining neck snaps and sending slews of zombies flying with super-powered punches, and Mercenaries has practically limitless replayability.

#3 Posted by Icemael (6364 posts) -

The game was never a GOTY contender for me. Hell, it was topped before it was even released, by Bayonetta.

And at this point, I honestly think there's a good chance it won't even make my top ten list.

#4 Posted by Icemael (6364 posts) -
@Zithe said:

" @Icemael said:

" Only someone who doesn't value his life -- someone who has lost all hope (at least all hope related to this life -- one might hope for a nice afterlife, or second life, or whatever one believes happens after death) -- would stay calm and collected in a situation like that. "
This is partially true, but I don't think you made the point you meant to make. In my final minutes, I will indeed have lost all hope. It would be silly not to. After all, to understand that death is unavoidable is to understand that there is no hope of avoiding it.
 
However, this does not mean I wouldn't value my life. I would still have the will to live. If remaining alive were an option, I would surely choose it. It's not.  I don't know why I keep coming back and responding to these. We will only keep going in circles as long as you refuse to admit that it's possible to simultaneously accept death and wish you didn't have to. "
I did indeed not make the point I meant to make. It should be "someone who doesn't value his life -- or someone who has lost all hope".  

I'm not saying it's impossible to accept death without wanting it. I'm saying that as long as you enjoy life and have any hope of living longer (and it is only in very rare situations one believes, with every bone in one's body, that one faces absolutely certain death, with no chance of delay), you will not accept it -- you might not have any hope of avoiding it completely, but you do have hope of delaying it.
#5 Posted by Icemael (6364 posts) -
@Zithe said:
" But if you take away those variables and imagine simply being on your death bed in a hospital somewhere when you begin to feel weak and lose consciousness, that does not seem scary at all. Maybe you disagree. "
I do. If I started losing consciousness and thought it was because I was about to die, I would desperately try to call a nurse (the key word being desperately). Only someone who doesn't value his life -- someone who has lost all hope (at least all hope related to this life -- one might hope for a nice afterlife, or second life, or whatever one believes happens after death) -- would stay calm and collected in a situation like that.
#6 Edited by Icemael (6364 posts) -
@HandsomeDead: "Besides the gravity stuff". The "gravity stuff" is kind of an important part, you know. Kind of like how the "cover stuff" is a pretty important part of Gears of War.

And everyone loves it because it's fun. Tight controls, varied, imaginative level design, great graphics, great music... nostalgia has very little to do with it. Aside from the one level built specifically to be nostalgic, I never felt any nostalgia -- and I seriously doubt others did.
#7 Posted by Icemael (6364 posts) -
@HandsomeDead said:
" @Icemael said:
" @HandsomeDead said:
" @YoctoYotta said:
" @HandsomeDead said:
" Mario peaked at 64. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is uninspired and too segmented. I'm not being Armond White here, I just think the planet system kills a lot of the charm and the space theme just makes me wonder why they don't do Star Fox games anymore. "
I loved SM64 and Sunshine, but I'll take the superb, focused game play over big open levels any day. To call either Galaxy uninspired is a real unfortunate use of words. That's like calling the latest greatest car "uninspired" for continuing to use wheels and an engine. "
But no one is going to call the greatest car 'the most innovative car of all time' without taking into account that no one makes that kind of car anymore anyway. "
They will. Especially if it provides a better driving experience than almost every other contemporary car. "
Show me the contemporary platformers that Super Mario Galaxy 2 has outperformed. "
When I said contemporary cars I meant contemporary games. So what if almost nobody makes platformers anymore? I (and the reviewers) had more fun with Mario Galaxy 2 than I've with almost all other current-gen games I've played -- shooters, racing games, beat 'em ups et cetera.

And that's the point I was trying to make. If an innovative steam car came out and provided a better driving experience than the gas-driven ones that currently dominate the market, people would call it innovative and give it glowing reviews -- and that's how it should be.
#8 Posted by Icemael (6364 posts) -
@HandsomeDead said:
" @YoctoYotta said:
" @HandsomeDead said:
" Mario peaked at 64. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is uninspired and too segmented. I'm not being Armond White here, I just think the planet system kills a lot of the charm and the space theme just makes me wonder why they don't do Star Fox games anymore. "
I loved SM64 and Sunshine, but I'll take the superb, focused game play over big open levels any day. To call either Galaxy uninspired is a real unfortunate use of words. That's like calling the latest greatest car "uninspired" for continuing to use wheels and an engine. "
But no one is going to call the greatest car 'the most innovative car of all time' without taking into account that no one makes that kind of car anymore anyway. "
They will. Especially if it provides a better driving experience than almost every other contemporary car.
#9 Posted by Icemael (6364 posts) -
@ch13696 said:
" @Icemael said:
" Well, this one time I found a used copy of Project Zero III: The Tormented -- which I'd been looking for for months -- in practically perfect condition. That was pretty nice. "
Wait. I just looked up that game. Isn't it Fatal Frame III? What region is Project Zero III? "
Europe and Australia.
#10 Posted by Icemael (6364 posts) -

God of War III, Resident Evil 5, Wario Land: The Shake Dimension, WipEout Pulse and Valkyria Chronicles II.