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  • i made a twitter and it recommends to me some very influential social-political figures!!

    weird, idk why any of these 3 are there, I didn't put anything political in my interests ^ w ^
    Ray Trace
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    If I was influential, Baby Luigi would have been elected a member of congress and I would decree every school to have Russian classes (yes I'm still salty over my local community college not offering Russian).
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    Full fartwork of my fartavar, indulging in wonton commercialism before the dead turkey day.



    Oh fudgebuckets, imgur jpegsized it -_-

    (and I mispelled "wanton" as "wonton" but I'm not correcting myself for being part Chinese)
    Is there another game series that made their instruction manuals as amazing as WarioWare's?
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    I dont think ther is, but Cranky narrates some of DKC manual is a little funny

    I'm happy to see there's others out there who appreciate the Warioware manuals, they are a true treasure to behold~


    An image I spent the past few days working on. All I had was a pencil, paper, and GIMP. I'm going to post progress in my next posts in this thread.
    You're the one I need!
    The way back home is always long!
    But if you're close to me I'm holding on!!
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    So I learn to cook and finally lose my kitchen phobia
    So I've got the arms to cuddle in when there's a ghost or a muse
    That brings insomnia
    To buy more thongs
    And write more happy songs
    It always takes a little help from someone
    What was the last bird you saw today?
    I've posted my Wario over Knuckles WiP on GameBanana because I figured it would be a popular mod that would get some interest in it. I'm still relatively new to SA2 modding, and playing with its quirks that I'm aware of is hell.


    Voices are my next thing. In-game uses at least 50 clips or so, so that'll be fun. No idea how I should tackle everything else.
    Update: Wario's Wario World model is a mess of duplicate polygons but other than that, I've adjusted his model to fit the rig. Now time to attach his polys onto Knuckles's model...
    Ray Trace
    Ray Trace
    I fixed it by deleting duplicate polygons and merging the mesh together, and then Vertex Welding it. Had 3DS Max crash at least twice during the welding process because derp.
    Give this profile post a Like if you want to see me attempt to mod Wario over Knuckles in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle.
    I've dreaded revisiting Security Hall in Sonic Adventure 2 since that stage I found the most difficult to clear in Story Mode and lost the most lives, back when I played it on a GameCube.

    I've tried it again, and I...actually cleared it with an A rank in my first try with at least a minute left over, then I actually replayed it some other times and also got A-ranks. ....wow, I think I have vastly improved than when I first played that level.

    Also, cleared all stages in Death Chamber with an A rank. Still really like the stage. Pumpkin Hill is also warming up to me as I'm starting to learn where the pieces are typically hidden in. Meteor Herd too. I think Aquatic Mine would soon be my least favorite but I still don't think it's that bad of a stage.

    Tails/Eggman stages are pretty mindless as far as this game goes if you're getting good ranks. Just shoot a lot of people, spin your vehicle in a 360 angle to get everyone in sight and blast through the level. I don't mind it too much, actually but it is pretty shallow. Gotten easy A-ranks for this simple strategy.

    Sonic/Shadow stages, they're okay. Not my favorite though, as I have the most difficult time with them and...idk I don't think I can get quite the groove to speed through things as them as it's...simply not as satisfying to me as other Sonic fans enjoy these levels. I did A rank the story stage of the jungle level though.
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    @Peepa Yeah it is. But the thing is, all stages have a time limit variant of them in their 4th stage, only Security Hall has a time limit in its story stage. Also, getting A-ranks in the gem hunting kinda prepares you for Security Hall since you're also required to find them as fast as you can too if you want that rank, at least under five minutes. The thing I didn't like about Security Hall is that you can open only one level of safes at a time, and that's really annoying. Back then, I didn't know how to open the safes so I died quite some times because at least one of them is always hidden in a safe, it took me luck to find them all I could.

    @Maria Renard Was thinking about getting Sonic Adventure 1 but I'd like to finish this game first. I really don't want to A-rank the kart racing missions though. Those two levels I can confidentially say are the worst in the game. The car controls are stiff and they just plain suck.
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    Though tbf the hack that causes all three gems to light up rather than just one at a time is a major quality of life improvement.
    Ray Trace
    Ray Trace
    Even without the hack I think I can manage, as the hack doesn't help digging the emeralds out (since your character can't pinpoint it with an ! pop up). The general idea is to patrol one area, and then move on to the next if there's nothing, since all three emeralds are always in a set location and aren't truly random (though not always in order). The hint computers also help immensely if you know the level's layout, even the first one tells you a lot.
    I'm replaying Sonic Adventure 2 on PC for teh mods.

    Idk if my opinion is unpopular but I like treasure hunting, even more when you understand the map layout. And Death Chamber is my favorite Knuckles stage.

    Also, there's a cheat that makes all emeralds active on the radar (though it's still hard to dig them as the ! doesn't show up), and that's a huge QoL improvement in my eyes.
    Hibiki Tachibana
    Hibiki Tachibana
    treasure hunting is fun once you get used to it and knuckles is one of the only two characters i've A-ranked every mission with (eggman is the other)
    Ray Trace
    Ray Trace
    Yeah, at first, it's a bit disheartening to take a long time in your first time getting familiar at the map and getting an E ranking because you took a long time, but once you learn all of the rooms and all of the fun little secrets (and then understand what the hint computers are trying to say), it's pretty fun to find them. I also like how the emeralds/keys change their layouts, and there's a lot of different ways they can be hidden in any single map. Even the first levels like Dry Lagoon and Wild Canyon have lots of ways to hide the emeralds.

    I like Death Chamber, because I think it complements Knuckles's ability to run really fast (it's very fun running around rooms with him!), and there's a lot of landmarks that are properly tagged so that you're not completely lost. I think the only reason people may dislike it is because the hidden rooms screw with your radar but that's about it, and once you know what the hint computers are referring to, even the first hint is very useful at knowing which one is in a hidden room. I'm not the biggest fan of the large roaming maps (Pumpkin Hill and Meteor Herd come to mind) but perhaps I'll grow more appreciation of them if I play them more. Aquatic Mine does have annoying dripping sound effects that ruin what I think is an all right stage.

    I think the treasure hunting is an acquired taste thing. I think they're types of levels that are more fun when you replay them than when you first encounter them. I really like the large and detailed maps, filled with landmarks and secrets.
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    Hibiki Tachibana
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    i like Pumpkin Hill because yeah, it's a large roaming map, but it's open. you can just glide across the whole thing with ease and check it out. meteor herd doesn't have the same because of being generally level terrain so i feel you there

    as for rogue levels, favorite are security hall, and despite its nonsense mad space is always really fun to me. egg quarters is Eh because the scarab imo throws off the whole "run around and search" deal
    *insert Shakira music here*
    Huh? *Plays the smash ultimate theme* What?
    Ray Trace
    Ray Trace
    Lifelight sucks and would get bulldozed by Krypteria, Nightwish, and Epica any day of the week.
    ZelenPixel
    ZelenPixel
    a guy on a discord i used to be active on quoted lifelights lyrics constantly with no provocation to the point where he mighta ruined the song for me. or not. im just indifferent on it honestly
    Ray Trace
    Ray Trace
    I don't like how Lifelight is used, like 60 different times in the game. Yes, I had counted. I don't even think it's that good, the lyrics are far too cheesy in a song that you're supposed to take "seriously". If I wanted to listen to music in its genre, I'd just listen to symphonic metal, like the aforementioned bands I've listed.
    Have you heard of the Ukrainian game "You Are Empty"? (likely not but I'm bringing it up because it seems like a very BLOF-core game)

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    Of course I haven't heard of the game because it's really obscure but I've decided to check out the video because Soviet Union stuff, of course! My first impressions are...the first cutscene looks really good, actually. It had a lot of artistic style and atmosphere, and I was surprised it actually set the pace for the rest of the game, because I was wondering if the game itself really was bad. I also agree with that the reviewer said in the middle in the video about Pokemon, about the whole handholding stuff, and it's actually a strong and consistent issue I have with Luigi's Mansion 3 recently: so many points in Luigi's Mansion 3 the game forces and railroads you (and nags you with E. Gadd bringing up dialogue boxes constantly to get you to get to another location) that it really could have done without it, I wanted to explore the mansion, not follow the scripted events.

    I've also decided to check out one of the scathing reviews from GameSpot, and the author claimed to not know what was going on...when I knew what was going on by watching the cutscene alone. It confused me. This is the review I'm talking about, whose title you're in for a ride, comparing playing a bad video game to the horrendous living conditions of the gulag:


    Much of the criticisms the reviewer had playing the game was unfounded. He critiqued the game for the lack of multiplayer for one, that made a "this review was totally written in the late 2000's vibe where people want phoned in multiplayer despite not fitting with what the devs aim to achieve" vibe. He claimed that the creatures in the game are lifted from other games when I don't think I've seen the helicopter baddies appear anywhere else or the giant bird chicken thing. The game wasn't trying to be a Serious Sam/Doom/Painkiller clone, but something else, and he came into the game expecting it to be one of them.

    However, I think this following review is more fair to the game and was more constructive on what they didn't like about it (despite also being negative) and worth a read from someone who has played the game and understood what it was trying to do:

    Striker Mario
    Striker Mario
    I agree; that soviet gulag joke was made in really poor taste.
    Woke at 6:00 am, posted garbage, getting tired again, going back to sleep. See you at 12:00pm.
    Terrible things about the Santa Ana winds:

    1. They make it extremely hot. In the middle of October.
    2. They exacerbate wildfire conditions.
    3. They blow the extremely loud sounds of construction at 1:00 AM in the morning towards our direction
    you were one of the biggest supporters iirc so i thought you'd want to know the Pico article is out to read now
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    Yesssss I like his vehicle the most out of the original 4 vehicles (that I knew about thanks to Smash and how it out of four vehicles appears in Mute City SNES) and it's even named after a type of bird.

    Is it a coincidence that he looks like a turtle and drives the most durable vehicle in the game? He even plays like Bowser in being the guy who shoves people around. Like, his intial appearance doesn't even look turtle-like until...is it F-Zero GX? Wonder why they decided to make him look more like a turtle.
    Hibiki Tachibana
    Hibiki Tachibana
    They make him more turtly when he got redesigned for F-Zero X, he was only the lizardy version for the SNES game. Dunno why, X also gave some redesigns to the other three (for example, Falcon actually looks quite a bit different outfit-wise), but Pico was the one who got the biggest changeover.

    Trust me when I say you're not the only one who noticed Pico and Bowser's similarities ;D

    Also this segues nicely into a trivia fact that hasn't come up in MSM yet: The cars actually weren't numbered in SNES. 07, 05, 03, and 06 were all only added to the original four cars with the roster mega-expansion of X
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