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mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
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I played the shit out of it on WiiU and absolutely loved it, and after the long slog through Xenoblade 2, I needed Captain Toad as a nice in-between game before something else really long. They've changed some things up from the first one. I haven't gotten to the Odyssey stuff yet. I know you can access it with amiibo, but you can also do it via unlocking in the game, so I'm attempting to 100% the game right now.
I did 100% the WiiU version and like you said, I loved it! I’m really really lookin to double dip on the switch honestly.
 
omg, so the movie [ROOM] has apparently been entirely misleading. I never caught reviews or talk of it, other than its great, but holy fuck.
The posters for this movie have been the mother and her son smiling happily to each other in a grassy field.


Color me fucking shocked when I see it on netflix and the synopsis details kidnapping, imprisonment, rape, torture, impregnation, etc. What the fuck, total mislead! Hell, the only places those words are ok is in my tag list when I'm browsing hentai.
 

Karkashan

Married to Chrom
Got another Switch game in today from Super Rare Games (Shelter Generations). They do good stuff. Gonna save this one cause it definitely looks like a fall/winter playthrough kind of game.

Also managed to snag a sealed Virtual Boy game and a sealed Famicom Disk System game. Breaking both of those seals and crossing those systems off my "break the factory fresh seal" bucket list was niiiice.

praisegrima
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
omg, so the movie [ROOM] has apparently been entirely misleading. I never caught reviews or talk of it, other than its great, but holy fuck.
The posters for this movie have been the mother and her son smiling happily to each other in a grassy field.


Color me fucking shocked when I see it on netflix and the synopsis details kidnapping, imprisonment, rape, torture, impregnation, etc. What the fuck, total mislead! Hell, the only places those words are ok is in my tag list when I'm browsing hentai.
but they are in a room ON that poster, look at the upper left hand corner of it
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
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I'm one boss away from beating Hollow Knight. (For the "bad" ending.)

If this game were just the art, just the exploration, just the story, just the mood, just the music, just the lore...it'd be the best game of its type since Super Metroid.

But...yeeeeeeeeeah...
 

simplyTravis

Lamer Gamers Podcast Co-Host
I'm one boss away from beating Hollow Knight. (For the "bad" ending.)

If this game were just the art, just the exploration, just the story, just the mood, just the music, just the lore...it'd be the best game of its type since Super Metroid.

But...yeeeeeeeeeah...
The bosses are something else in this game so far. Tough as nails. I am getting tired of backtracking to my corpse.

That being said, it's all of what you said. I normally don't care for Metroidvanias but this has been my favorite since Guacamelee.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
Been watching a few octopath traveler videos... Am I the only one playing the game in japanese? I mean for cripes sake what is wrong with people English dubs allways fucking suck. . And tons of the problems people are bitching about are directly related to the English voice acting.... Play it in fucking Japanese people
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
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The bosses are something else in this game so far. Tough as nails. I am getting tired of backtracking to my corpse.

That being said, it's all of what you said. I normally don't care for Metroidvanias but this has been my favorite since Guacamelee.
Oh, the bosses get worse. Way worse. RNG-garbage worse.

I just beat it. This game is seriously one update away from being in the pantheon with Super and SotN. But that one update - ever so slightly toning down the difficulty of the bosses (and a bit more clarity for the endgame) - is enough that I imagine some people will play this game and have it go from a 10 to a 5. The swing is that severe at the end.
 
idk, the pretty shots have me worried. like its a pretty shot, then 40 minutes of that girl from Bates Motel monologuing.
that said, I didnt like the last movie and I ended up watching it like 5 times. what a mark i am.
 
This Godzilla looks fun as hell. Did you watch the last Japanese one?
Shin Godzilla or the Netflix animes? I watched Shin and the first Netflix one (only found out the 2nd Netflix one was out yesterday so I'll watch it the weekend)

I really enjoyed Shin, thought they captured the feeling of the original '54 one quite well. The soundtrack was fantastic as well, but the new orchestral tunes did clash a bit with remixes of the old themes. Still, one scene in particular stands out in my mind.

The Netflix one was enjoyable too. The ending made me laugh but it wasn't suppose to be funny. It was entertaining overall but not a masterpiece or my favorite.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
so I had some entrepreneurial ideas, and felt like I should challenge myself and put them out in public since I would never actually do anything with them

1. Disney Eats - so a lot of the reason people still like Disneyland as an adult is the food... from the giant turkey legs to the dole whips... so my idea is to make a much smaller version of a disneyland... like half the size of a mall... no entrance fee... make it like a big food court, with a Disney store as well... some costumed characters like mickey. it wouldn't JUST be a food court, there would be like a play area for kids.. soemthing like the ones they often have at fast food places.. but a magnitude larger, and all disney themed... open them up at places that are far away from actual disney parks so that it doesn't cut much into the appeal of saving that stuff for the parks themselves... they could even have a theater built in that shows disney movies.. all you really need is 1 screen, and disney constantly has movies out, so they could cycle them... the movies would be charged, but entrance to the place wouldn't... the food prices WOULD be higher, but that wouldn't hurt them at all as parents would see it as an affordable and more frequent alternative to going tot he actual parks.... they could perhaps have a discount for season pass holders to the parks, and sell the passes there as well.

2. Non-Spanish Tapas - another food idea... but this one would basically be a tapas restaurant but with other foods... you could order tiny servings of all kinds of meals that would normally come in larger plates, which would allow you to try multiple things... how about some Sauerbraten, some gyoza, and a quiche.... all in very small servings, very different types of foods but all eaten together.

3. Netflix 1 - so this would be an extension to the existing netflix service... a live channel that you can stream through any of the apps, it just plays netflix content but has an optional twitter feed that plays on it, and occasional will run ads for netflix shows between programs... part of the appeal would be a community experience over series premieres, they could adjust release times and perhaps show daredevil season 3 on Netflix 1 at like 9pm eastern instead of midnight... it would be up to watch in the regular way then as well, but if you watch on netflix 1 you are watching simultaneously (EXACTLY) as everyone else. You can watch it with a stream of twitter comments marked with the hashtag #netflix1 (optional), and it is live... BUT you can pause it, as if you have a dvr, and the twitter stream would pause too, allowing you to continue enjoying it, but not be spoiled... In addition, at any point you can stop watching and it will give you the option of adding the show to your queue and marking your place so you can watch it the regular netflix way and pick up exactly where you left off. I found this to be somewhat a necessary thing because I always live tweet the debuts of netflix marvel shows... and the last couple times it has been hard to start right away, I kept shutting the app down and reopening it and the show just woyuldn't show up, I finally grabbed my mom's tablet and it was there, so I was able to cast it that way... but it was annoying and my live tweeting was off by like 10 minutes... It would be so much easier just to tune in to Netflix 1 at like 11:50, turn on the twitter stream, and open my phone up to netflix.... but Netflix 1 would just be the start... they could offer it as an actual TV channel to cable companies, and they could expand it with stuff like Netflix Kids, a 24 hour kid friendly version, or genre specific ones that could even have hosted movies instead of just content after content.

I have more, I'll add them as they come back to me
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
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Shin Godzilla or the Netflix animes? I watched Shin and the first Netflix one (only found out the 2nd Netflix one was out yesterday so I'll watch it the weekend)

I really enjoyed Shin, thought they captured the feeling of the original '54 one quite well. The soundtrack was fantastic as well, but the new orchestral tunes did clash a bit with remixes of the old themes. Still, one scene in particular stands out in my mind.

The Netflix one was enjoyable too. The ending made me laugh but it wasn't suppose to be funny. It was entertaining overall but not a masterpiece or my favorite.
I meant Shin Godzilla, directed by Hideaki Anno. I'm mostly interested because I was an Evangelion fanboy, which he created.


Glad to hear it's good, I'll watch it soon.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
So my TV recommendation for all of you at this moment is Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits and Monsters on TruTV

It is a hilarious weekly anthology series in the vain of Twilight Zone or Black Mirror, but with Goldthwait's twisted sense of humor

 
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There's a not-bad SMT mobile game out now for anyone interested. F2P, with some microtransactions that I've yet to see bother me thus far. It's neat, it's also got an AR feature that makes the demons waaaay too big, like so



Uuuuuh.
Anyway it's aight. If anyone jumps on, here's my friend code: FWQ94XDS, which ties into some new battle mechanics.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
There's a not-bad SMT mobile game out now for anyone interested. F2P, with some microtransactions that I've yet to see bother me thus far. It's neat, it's also got an AR feature that makes the demons waaaay too big, like so



Uuuuuh.
Anyway it's aight. If anyone jumps on, here's my friend code: FWQ94XDS, which ties into some new battle mechanics.
Wait, are you trying to get the community here hooked on a freemium gatcha game? Do you have that much malice in your heart?
 
I'm trying to get people into SMT's battle system before the game drops next spring.
and its not a gatcha game, at least I dont see any system like that in the game, all demons can be fused.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
There's a not-bad SMT mobile game out now for anyone interested. F2P, with some microtransactions that I've yet to see bother me thus far. It's neat, it's also got an AR feature that makes the demons waaaay too big, like so



Uuuuuh.
Anyway it's aight. If anyone jumps on, here's my friend code: FWQ94XDS, which ties into some new battle mechanics.
SMT is one of Steve2's favorite series. He downloaded the mobile game last night.
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
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How is movie pass working for you? I am about to cancel, every Damn showing of every Damn movie had peak pricing that adds $6,and the app barely works now

For me, it's the most money I've taken from a "growth economy" corp since the early days of Netflix. Back in those days, I was renting three DVDs almost as often as was possible. I would get three DVDs in the mail, watch them in a day, and return them the next morning. That added up to about 15 DVDs in a month. With MoviePass, because of a local film club that accepts MoviePass (Austin Film Society), I'm also watching 15 movies a month on average, but they are usually 35mm film showings at a theater. These are often movies that can't be found online easily, too, so that's added value. Of course I'm also watching some newer movies at regular theaters.

I might fish out all the tickets I have in my bin to show you the ridiculousness of it.

If you can find a similar film club in your area (I realize driving to LA would be prohibitively expensive), I would definitely recommend it. Either way, why not add to the value you get out of it by writing film reviews for The Total Screen? I was planning on doing that with newer movies (they seem easier to review than classics, where my ignorance is exposed). Maybe we could pick some movies to review together or do short podcasts on.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
For me, it's the most money I've taken from a "growth economy" corp since the early days of Netflix. Back in those days, I was renting three DVDs almost as often as was possible. I would get three DVDs in the mail, watch them in a day, and return them the next morning. That added up to about 15 DVDs in a month. With MoviePass, because of a local film club that accepts MoviePass (Austin Film Society), I'm also watching 15 movies a month on average, but they are usually 35mm film showings at a theater. These are often movies that can't be found online easily, too, so that's added value. Of course I'm also watching some newer movies at regular theaters.

I might fish out all the tickets I have in my bin to show you the ridiculousness of it.

If you can find a similar film club in your area (I realize driving to LA would be prohibitively expensive), I would definitely recommend it. Either way, why not add to the value you get out of it by writing film reviews for The Total Screen? I was planning on doing that with newer movies (they seem easier to review than classics, where my ignorance is exposed). Maybe we could pick some movies to review together or do short podcasts on.
So you aren't getting the peak pricing bs? Because I can't get away from it, it is petty much every movie at every showtime, every day
 

Aki

Well-Known Member
Pro tip: open up a business, buy stuff, write it off on taxes. Believe it or not, very few things I own are actually in my name. Only suckers do that who don’t understand that we live in a country that’s operated like a business.
 

Socar

Active Member
In other news.. I FINALLY GOT THE SWITCH BABY!!!!!!!!

So far I'm loving it especially how well the Joy Cons are designed. Guess the only issue I have is how the battery drains very fast and I have to charge it like almost everyday. Guess I have to get that Power Bank.

As for Super Mario Odyssey....

I loved Super Mario 64 and I always thought that a sequel to that game would have been a blessing from the gods. Long story short, it happened, I got hyped and got the Switch a year later.

So let's get on with the review!

Story: 4/5

Skies above Peach's castle, Mario and Bowser do a head to head combat on an airship but this time Bowser wears a wedding outfit and what seems to be a marriage in plan(see where this is coming?) By having Peach captive alongside a crown that looks lively. Bowser manages to get Mario out of the ship and crushes his hat leaving with an evil laugh...oh and Mario's hat gets all torn down. Now that part is kinda edgy for a Mario plot.

Anyways, Mario lands on an unknown area only to find a strange ghost called Cappy who also has a thing for Bowser as he has kidnapped Cappy's sister Tiara(the lively crown Peach recently wore.) Obviously, Bowser shouldn't marry Princess Peach so the two decide to stop him by powering up Cappy's ship called the Odyssey and start their journey.

The plot overall is nice and almost on par with Super Mario Galaxy. I say almost because as unimportant the plot is to the overall game, there are some flaws to it.

For one, Bowser is never seen until very late of the game. In the 3D Mario games(well ok except Sunshine but that's more of a surprise), you always get to see him and face him time to time. He's Bowser the main villain of the game and you don't see him appear that much in the game. Sure, he wrecks havoc on areas that you visit but you don't actually encounter him in those places.

And then the characters in the game don't have enough backstories to reveal their pasts although some of them have their charms like the Sphynx for example. It would have been nice if they had the same feel like how Super Mario Galaxy was done.

But overall, a nice plot for a Mario game

Graphics: 5/5

Platform games always tend to have vibrant colors and solid animations to make them look stunning and this game is no exception. Words cannot express how gorgeous this game looks and I honestly can't find anything that looks bland in this. Mario's animations are also top notch and he has idle animations that he does depending on where he is. If he is in a cold area, he'll freeze but if he's in a hot place, he'll sweat and that is something that is so deep that has ever happened in a Mario game.

Even the classic parts of the game are so authentic that they capture the nostalgia parts of Mario's legacy enough to make you smile. And to top it all, the game runs at smooth 60 frames per second. Sure, there's some mild hiccups but who cares? Its still polish looking.

Overall, a fantastic looking game

Audio: 5/5

Before this game, Super Mario games always had Audio that just couldn't be on par with the music coming from the Sonic games because Sonic games always experimented the music more frequently than Mario's who was always stuck with tunes that are just small and catchy...that is until this once showed up and boy I love every single track of this game.

Every song in this game is catchy, pleasant and memorable to the point that Mario is now on par with Sonic interms of music. There are even songs that are based on Mario's past games that are remixed well enough here.

I really love Jump Up Super Star as it is some of the best songs ever written for a Super Mario game. Overall, a game with great Music.

Gameplay: 4.5/5

And now we head into the ultimate slice of the game..which is its gameplay. As of the title of the review states, it is the true sequel of Super Mario 64.

For those of you who haven't played Super Mario 64, I'll explain it as briefly as possible. Instead of going to a flag pole to complete a level in any 2-D Mario game, you get a Star by finding it on the area that you venture into. You move Mario freely in a 3-D environment by doing jumps and tricks that you can't do in 2-D Mario games and using that, you get the Star thus completing the level which is more or less an objective. You will encounter some roadblocks occasionally that require you to collect more Stars or Shine Sprites inorder to make further progress.

Odyssey pretty much follows that except with some few things to note. For starters, Mario now has Cappy who can be thrown so that he can attack enemies, can be held so that Mario can jump on him for extra height while midair or can capture an enemy to control it on some occasions while using the enemy's ability and then release the enemy. The good thing about this is that with some minor exceptions, there is no limit on how long the capture lasts so you can use them as long as you want.

Then comes the collectables and there are of three types. Coins, Regional Coins and Power Moons. Coins are this game's life meter. You heard that correctly, there are no lives in this game. So everytime Mario's health reaches zero or goes offscreen, you lose only 10 coins and then you respawn from the last point. You also use them to buy various things like Heart booster, Power Moons and various costumes which range from cheap to being quite costly.

Regional coins serve no purpose other than to purchase certain costumes that are required to get certain Power Moons.

And lastly, the Power Moons which are this game's main collectable and are required to collect inorder to make progress. There come in very large quantities and are hidden somewhere in every kingdom. Every Moon has an objective that must be completed. Some are straightforward that you can easily see them, some are found by doing fetch quests which often require you to find a certain item and bring it back to either owner or to plant a seed into a flower pot, Some display an art that describes where the power moon is within the art, some are found in challenging levels, some are found through a course of minigames and of course, some are obtained by beating the boss which usually gives you three of them.

With this, you can tell that there is a lot of variety of how the power moons are obtained. Now this may seem scary due to how massive the levels in this game are, but there are things that compensate this.

The levels in this game are brilliantly designed in the sense that getting power moons can be done in a matter of minutes. So for example, if you start in a brand new kingdom, it won't take you very long to get 20 power moons if you time is one hour per playtime because the game's open ended level design naturally lets you to collect more than what you initially thought you can obtain.

If this somehow doesn't work out, there is a parrot called Talkatoo and a Blue toad who give you hints on where the Power Moons lie. The Parrot tells you the objective of the Power Moon while the Blue Toad gives you the destination of where the Power Moon is. Navigation is also easier because you can always warp through checkpoints upon landing on them once.

I should also stress that if for some reason, you can't seem to play the game right, there is the assist mode which helps to make it easier for you to make progress although it ruins the challenge of the game. There is no downside to using this only except that every power moon you collect, the assist mode label is seen.

Each Kingdom offers a ton of variety that makes it unique. The first kingdom for instance lets you capture an actual Dinosaur! There is one Kingdom that lets you ride a scooter as well! Its because of this that makes each kingdom fun and memorable. Everything about the game is simply fun that it does enough to satisfy both the core fans and new comers.

So with that said, why is it not a perfect score? As amazing of a game as it is, it sadly has some flaws.

For one thing, the game constantly advertises the use of motion controls. Now this would not be a problem if the game actually makes use of it and in truth some abilities do require them but they are not required for the overall experience of the game and are almost not required to 100% the game even and even so, only about 2% of them require it and that's it. This just keeps being annoying everytime you start the game.

Then comes its replay value which is a mix bag. Once you get a certain amount of power moons and beat the main game once, you can still venture for more because new paths get unlocked which allows you to find for more power moons. This is a flaw because you have this open world to explore but you do a roadblock of it and force the player to complete the main game first. This kind of limits your freedom as only once you beat the main game, that's when you get the true freedom the game has to offer.

Then you get to a certain point that you unlock everything that the game has to offer and after you complete it, if you decide to still 100% the game after that, the game sadly does not reward you enough in doing so. Some may argue that its the experience and the journey that counts more than the reward but considering that this game has so many things to collect, it kind of hurts that you almost get nothing out of it. Atleast in previous 3D games, there were less to collect despite giving a similar experience than this. I get where they are coming with this because you have this game worth of 60$ so you have to have content to justify that price and it does do that but then on the other hand, there is no incentive unless you enjoyed the game enough for what it offered you at first hand. I mean, I personally found some of these power moons cryptic and some are tedious to get but to each their own I guess.

And finally comes the difficulty. This is slightly easier than Galaxy 2 simply because there are no powerups with limits and despite health being almost scarce, its easy to obtain in shops and in hidden areas. The bosses are terribly easy even the final one at that since they don't have much of challenge to them. And on top of this, even if you lose all the coins, the game doesn't punish you enough making it all the more easy.

But darn it, it comes so close to being on par with Super Mario 64 and for that reason, its still a very solid platform game just like any other Super Mario game out there. The other issues I have with it are just nitpicks that aren't even worth mentioning it here in this review.

Overall: 4.5/5

It is a must have. It is worth every penny and it is in my opinion, the true sequel to Super Mario 64. The only real problem here is that it will take Nintendo another 20 more years to make a game like Super Mario Odyssey. But let's hope that we get another 3D Mario game like this one now shall we?
 

Juegos

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The only real problem here is that it will take Nintendo another 20 more years to make a game like Super Mario Odyssey. But let's hope that we get another 3D Mario game like this one now shall we?
This is exactly how some of us felt about Breath of the Wild. At least there's Prime 4 in the next year or two.
 

Aki

Well-Known Member
What kind of suggestions?
thanks in advance for answering... i guess my first question is what is it like compared to mh3u? I briefly played that one on wii / 3ds / wii u and two things that somewhat bothered me about it where the super dated graphics and the lack of dialogue. plus, i always felt the controls were a bit clunky. my second question is what's the optimization like? this is a big one as i'm currently using my spare video card, 4gb rx 560. my cpu is i7 6700k, i run my games off of a 7200 rpm hdd and i have 8gb ram which is gonna be 16 very soon. my main display is 1080p, but sometimes i play on my 4k tv.
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
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Congrats, @Socar on the Switch. Happy to hear you've enjoyed it thus far.
This is exactly how some of us felt about Breath of the Wild. At least there's Prime 4 in the next year or two.
Prime 4 would have to be some truly unprecedented stuff to get on the level of what BotW did for me.

[I'm optimistic that the new team will do good work. But to either reinvent the wheel again, or to really expand upon BotW's ideas? Tall order.]
 

Socar

Active Member
Paranoia time...

So is it fine if I plug a power surge to the UPS and charge my Switch? Will the Switch get bricked if I charge it while playing in handheld mode?

EDIT: Also..why is my image not animating after making it a gif?!?!?
 
Paranoia time...

So is it fine if I plug a power surge to the UPS and charge my Switch? Will the Switch get bricked if I charge it while playing in handheld mode?

EDIT: Also..why is my image not animating after making it a gif?!?!?
If you mean a surge protector, that should be fine. So long as you are using the official Nintendo charger I doubt there will be any issues.

As for the gif, TNE Avatars are not compatible with animated images, sadly.
 
it should be fine. I dont use nintendo chargers all the time when playing handheld.

The bricking issue is due to playing docked with 3rd party docks or using unofficial charge cable in the dock. Playing undocked/handheld with anything you'll be fine, I'm pretty sure. Nothing happened to me at least.
 
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