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YoshiFlutterJump

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I haven't really played many story-heavy games but...the ending of Kirby's Return to Dream Land just shocked me. Kirby's Adventure ending too.
 

ZelenPixel

hey rayman were in minecraft
same for not really playing any story heavy games also this thread is making me realise the type of games i play is extremely limited
i think mario odyssey has a neat one with how bowser keeps affecting everything! though its basic. rayman 3s story is nothnig special either but its pretty funny at least
 

Revali

Koops, King of cowards.
yay you get to keep the money
Well I am simply shocked.

Anyway, ahem...

As I had just clarified very recently in the "I just beat_" thread, I feel like Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, while not my favorite game in the series, and believe me I wanna like it more but there's issues that kinda get in the way, but nonetheless, this game easily has THE strongest story I've ever seen this series pull off. Very early in its days and Kaga was already making the series take the riskiest of moves with its story, and the writing is just amazing, down to the characters, the world itself, and mainly that one event in the game that everyone knows about. It really seemed like Kaga went all out with this one.

Outside of Fire Emblem, some Mario stories have managed to... entertain, but it's never anything on the level of actually being something I could compare to a "best story" in any video game, or even within the franchise itself. I do like Metroid's stories, tho. I haven't played all that much of the series so far, only being about halfway through Super Metroid, but one thing I am noticing is how the world itself tells the story. It's a perfect example of show, not tell. Just laying eyes on the desolate, parasite-filled areas, the corpses being eaten away by space maggots, the natural repopulation of a land that clearly used to be brimming with civilization... if feel like playing Super Metroid is just like reading its story.

I have started playing Tales of Symphonia a while back but I haven't been playing it for some time now, but something tells me I may find a good story in there too, based on BLoF's observation.
 

Ray Trace

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I haven't played all that much of the series so far, only being about halfway through Super Metroid, but one thing I am noticing is how the world itself tells the story. It's a perfect example of show, not tell. Just laying eyes on the desolate, parasite-filled areas, the corpses being eaten away by space maggots, the natural repopulation of a land that clearly used to be brimming with civilization... if feel like playing Super Metroid is just like reading its story.
That's telling story by lore, and Metroid isn't the only game that does this well, I've mentioned Metro in my post as well. I love games that tell story through environment rather than exposition, Luigi's Mansion 3 does this too when you see the remains of your friends' rooms and it tells you what kind of characters they are!

I have started playing Tales of Symphonia a while back but I haven't been playing it for some time now, but something tells me I may find a good story in there too, based on BLoF's observation.
You should find time to play it again at some point. My memory's very rusty on story details but I think the game provides you with a story summary (and also a guidance of where to go next) in its menus.
 

ZelenPixel

hey rayman were in minecraft
day 22 - a game sequel which disappointed you! ok i will use this opportunity to write a HUGE callout post on harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban on pc. i loved it the most out of the hp games as a kid but i had bad taste i guess. took me a bit til i realised chamber of secrets, the previous game, was just better!
|poa is just kinda sad. apparently it was rushed out the door and that actually explains a lot about this game dangit ea!
|the spell challenges in poa dont seem to be as cool as in cos and also the spells themselves that you learn are insanely specific! past their challenges theyre only used in a few story missions And That Is It.. cos had a nice sense of progression if that makes sense? as you unlock each of the four new spells you get access to more secrets within hogwarts itself and its just so COOL and i love it SO MUCH. poa doesnt do that sadly you can get all the secrets as Soon as you even get to explore hogwarts
|speaking of which the game wont even let you do that for a while! after the intro sequence you are punted straight into some cutscenes and immediately start the first challenge without letting you explore hogwarts at all. lemme get to it myself like cos let you ughhh!!! sure ill keep putting it off to find more secrets or play the minigames or whatever but please!
|the secrets themselves are just sorta. eh? theres one in the castle grounds thats pretty neat, mostly because i never could get it as a kid but i did manage to do it on my recent playthroughs, but thats about it. its a sort of little minigame where you gotta memorize each buttons placement and then push whatever the sign shows you
|speaking of the minigames.. cos had quiddich and duels which are super cool but poa has an entirely different set.. just shoving quiddich into a cutscene unlike the previous two games. even as a kid i found that weird. anyway the minigames in poa include the hippogriff one which is kinda neat but doesnt let you have any freedom, the pixies one where you gotta defeat an increasing amount of pixies and it just gets super tedious, and the monster book of monsters one which is pretty much exactly like the pixies one (and also reuses the fight from the book in the intro sequence).. Yea
|worse yet. you thought they were optional so you could just skip the tedious parts? well TOO BAD cause theyre mandatory for beating the game!!! Wow i almost forgot about that one but this really stinks! the game has this lil checklist where you gotta complete every task before it lets you view the ending cutscene and now that im remembering about it. i think you gotta do good in every challenge too and the only thing that isnt required is getting all the cards? so basically near 100% the game for it to clarify as you beating it! cos doesnt do that! even if you do awful in all challenges, miss every house point ceremony, and completely skip all duels and quidditch matches (besides the ones that the story forces you into) it still lets you beat the game!
|also this is a somewhat minor complaint but it still upsets me. after beating the game poa just saves right there and renders the save file useless besides making it for viewing the ending cutscene, and i love returning to my completed savefiles so i really dont like that! cos doesnt do that, the file tecnically remains in the "i should go to the final ceremony" state even after actually going there if that makes any sense
|also its just not as pretty. poa can be pretty at times and seems pretty good at making overcast weather enviroments but its so dull in comparison..

|i will admit it still has good things about it though! like the shop system is kinda neat and the portraits you unlock with passwords are pretty neat too even if they all amount to just. getting even MORE collectables. and the new music is pretty good too!
|ok so basically poa is just average on its own but cos is SO GOOD
well that was rambly
 

YoshiFlutterJump

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A disappointing game sequel? First ones that come to mind:

-Super Mario USA
-Super Paper Mario
-Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
-Mario Party: The Top 100
-Mario Kart Tour (if it counts)
 

Ray Trace

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Super Mario Galaxy 2

All 3D Mario games up to this game have been rather imaginative and took chances to deliver something new and exciting to their audiences. Super Mario 64 was revolutionary and kick-started an era of 3D platformers, and all 3D Mario games past it took cues from it. Even Super Mario Sunshine, however unpolished it was, at least had some inspiration and passion behind the scenes and the developers actually wanted to make a great game that stood out compared to other titles. Super Mario Galaxy was phenomenal, filled with so many fresh ideas and a unique setting, space, filled with planet-hopping and a fun soundtrack.

So, what did we get after Super Mario Galaxy? A sequel that isn't inspirational, nor creative, nor effortful. It serves as a pointless retread of the first game, and while it does have some clever new ideas dotted here and there, a lot of its success of level design is merely bunny-hopped off the first one. Like, the first boss? A dinosaur that requires you to hit its ass end. It has two levels that mix fire and ice together, both Shiverburn and the frozen lake galaxy being far less memorable than FreezeFlame Galaxy, even just ripping music off of it. Fluffy Bluff Galaxy? Pretty much a rip-off of Gusty Garden, including its music, which is again, a worse version and therefore forgettable due to how derivative it is. The game also shed a good chunk of its spacey theme in favor of sky, which makes it seem like a space adventure and just another game with nonsequitur floating worlds. Many of the galaxies in World Star are either rip-offs of galaxies from the first one (Stone Cyclone Galaxy, Mario Squared Galaxy) or are wholly uninspired levels (two galaxies are just enemy gauntlets, why...? It's like they ran out of ideas in the end of the game, and the game barely even has a reason to exist to begin with). It also has a bunch of 2.5D levels, sometimes forgetting what kind of game it is. And its power-ups aside from the Cloud Flower are under-utilized, and Yoshi is through and through, an extremely mediocre power-up that deservedly doesn't get much appearances in the game, for something that's overhyped. And worst of it all, is, the game retains much of the flaws the first game has. You've got your repetitive chore missions from Gearmo or the Chimp's mediocre challenges. The game has lackluster filler star content with an annoying alarm. You've got your gimmicky motion control bs (like the rolling ball and Fluzzard levels). The bosses in this game are pathetic and unmemorable, especially with how they return the mandibug stack as a boss and just returned old bosses from the first that had no business of returning. And then, the power-ups that were fun to use and were under-utilized from the first didn't return here (Red Star, Ice Flower).

People who didn't play the first game may enjoy this game as a lot of my critiques are based off someone who has played the first one first. But, this is Mario we're talking about. The series that refined platforming. The series that is the king of 3D platformers. The series with a lot of imagination, and it shows with the first Galaxy, as it was bursting with creativity. Super Mario Galaxy 2? It's a stagnant, indolent, tepid effort from the game developers that we've come to expect much from. This game is certainly not their best work, being forgettable and will forever be overshadowed by the first game (much references in future Mario games refer to the first Galaxy for a reason), and it shouldn't be the standard of what they're capable of, which thankfully, we eventually got Odyssey, which served as an excellent display of the capability of the developers.
 

Revali

Koops, King of cowards.
Super Mario Galaxy 2

All 3D Mario games up to this game have been rather imaginative and took chances to deliver something new and exciting to their audiences. Super Mario 64 was revolutionary and kick-started an era of 3D platformers, and all 3D Mario games past it took cues from it. Even Super Mario Sunshine, however unpolished it was, at least had some inspiration and passion behind the scenes and the developers actually wanted to make a great game that stood out compared to other titles. Super Mario Galaxy was phenomenal, filled with so many fresh ideas and a unique setting, space, filled with planet-hopping and a fun soundtrack.

So, what did we get after Super Mario Galaxy? A sequel that isn't inspirational, nor creative, nor effortful. It serves as a pointless retread of the first game, and while it does have some clever new ideas dotted here and there, a lot of its success of level design is merely bunny-hopped off the first one. Like, the first boss? A dinosaur that requires you to hit its ass end. It has two levels that mix fire and ice together, both Shiverburn and the frozen lake galaxy being far less memorable than FreezeFlame Galaxy, even just ripping music off of it. Fluffy Bluff Galaxy? Pretty much a rip-off of Gusty Garden, including its music, which is again, a worse version and therefore forgettable due to how derivative it is. The game also shed a good chunk of its spacey theme in favor of sky, which makes it seem like a space adventure and just another game with nonsequitur floating worlds. Many of the galaxies in World Star are either rip-offs of galaxies from the first one (Stone Cyclone Galaxy, Mario Squared Galaxy) or are wholly uninspired levels (two galaxies are just enemy gauntlets, why...? It's like they ran out of ideas in the end of the game, and the game barely even has a reason to exist to begin with). It also has a bunch of 2.5D levels, sometimes forgetting what kind of game it is. And its power-ups aside from the Cloud Flower are under-utilized, and Yoshi is through and through, an extremely mediocre power-up that deservedly doesn't get much appearances in the game, for something that's overhyped. And worst of it all, is, the game retains much of the flaws the first game has. You've got your repetitive chore missions from Gearmo or the Chimp's mediocre challenges. The game has lackluster filler star content with an annoying alarm. You've got your gimmicky motion control bs (like the rolling ball and Fluzzard levels). The bosses in this game are pathetic and unmemorable, especially with how they return the mandibug stack as a boss and just returned old bosses from the first that had no business of returning. And then, the power-ups that were fun to use and were under-utilized from the first didn't return here (Red Star, Ice Flower).

People who didn't play the first game may enjoy this game as a lot of my critiques are based off someone who has played the first one first. But, this is Mario we're talking about. The series that refined platforming. The series that is the king of 3D platformers. The series with a lot of imagination, and it shows with the first Galaxy, as it was bursting with creativity. Super Mario Galaxy 2? It's a stagnant, indolent, tepid effort from the game developers that we've come to expect much from. This game is certainly not their best work, being forgettable and will forever be overshadowed by the first game (much references in future Mario games refer to the first Galaxy for a reason), and it shouldn't be the standard of what they're capable of, which thankfully, we eventually got Odyssey, which served as an excellent display of the capability of the developers.
Yes
 

Dusk Lobber

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Not sure if I'm allowed to say Sticker Star and Colour Splash as I haven't played them but I'm almost 100% certain I will like them MUCH less than their predecessors.

If I'm not, I'll say 3D World not because I dislike it by any stretch, but because I feel that coming of Galaxy 2, Nintendo could have done something better with the Wii U.
 

Nostalgia Critic

I remember it so you don't have too
Team Sonic Racing, it's Transformed without the crossover aspect, or the same level of depth in the mechanics. All of the new tracks are worse then the ones in Transformed, the game controls worse, and it's brought down further by the fact that the game is built around team mechanics, to the detriment of playing the game by yourself.

also Mario Kart 7
 

Cream

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Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon-Felt more like an expansion pack to the original Sun and Moon, with many new Z-moves and a few new Pokémon to boot.

Mario Party: The Top 100- pales in comparison to other Mario Party games due to its lack of content. Also, some of the minigames aren’t as good as they were in their original form, and unlike most people expected, there wasn’t 10 minigames per game. 8 and 10 got the shaft, while too many people loved 4 and 5 and gave it too many minigames.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash: pales in comparison to other Mario Tennis games due to its lack of content. No tournament mode, The main mode revolves around a gimmick(Mega Mushrooms), the mode that does replace tournaments is very repetitive, only one minigame, and a lack of polish. I’m glad they stepped it up more than a notch with Aces.
 

Fawfulthegreat64

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Day 21- Game with the best story
I'm going to place my bet with all the money in the world that both FawfultheGreat and MiracleDinner will answer this question with "Super Paper Mario".
Pro gambler right here.

Day 22- A game sequel which disappointed you

Saying Sticker Star disappointed me is an understatement. After the amazing direction the series' stories were taking with the last two games, releasing Sticker Star was just an insult. You simply can't call SS's story a sequel or even a successor to TTYD's or SPM's, or really even PM64's as it was still a massive downgrade. Every new Mario RPG after it, aside from Dream Team (and the remakes), has also disappointed me as each time I'm hoping for something that brings Paper Mario back to what it was before SS, and instead we get Paper Jam and Color Splash, both of which take after Sticker Star faaar more than any Paper Mario before it.
 

Ray Trace

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Day 23 - Game you think had the best graphics or art style.



Plenty of today's games have amazing graphics that it's hard to say which one has THE best, because technology gets improved and you get better polys and better texture resolution with every new console. You've got Crysis 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, Metro Exodus, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Witcher 3, GTA V, Burnout Paradise Remastered, Forza Horizon 4, Doom Eternal, and so much more.



As for art style, again, many games meet the criteria, and again, our latest games should fit this. LittleBigPlanet 3 has a delightfully cutesy art-style made in crafts, taken from earlier LittleBigPlanet entries, almost reminding me of how Kirby's Epic Yarn would look if it was made in today's hardware, though we do have Kirby & the Rainbow Curse. Borderlands 3, like all previous Borderlands games, has a neat cel-shaded art style and stylized characters that people are familiar with and 3 is more upgraded than the prior installments.



As for 2D games, we've got the Metal Slug games with beautiful spritework. Rayman Legends has a very good painted scenery. Plenty of indie titles such as Ori and the Blind Forest, Hollow Knight, and Dust: An Elysian Tale.

If you noticed how many of those are PC games aside from a few, well, it takes powerful specs to render better graphics, and powerful specs help plenty, even with art style rather than just raw power, to stand out. PC typically has the most powerful specs, and Nintendo games typically have the weakest, and while their games certainly are presentable, I don't think they would rank among the best because they are limited by their hardware.
 

Dusk Lobber

sugar makes me so hyper? totes
I think it depends on whether we're talking pure vanilla or if custom graphics are allowed. Wii games for instance are limited to 480 but Dolphin can go way higher.

If we're including custom graphics I'd probably say Minecraft, my pc isn't good enough to do anything on this level but look at this:
There was also going to be the Super Duper Graphics Pack for Bedrock Edition, but that unfortunately got cancelled. I use ESBE 2.0, but it's not as good as Super Duper likely would have been.

If we're not counting custom graphics, Super Mario 3D World.
 

Ray Trace

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If we're including custom graphics I'd probably say Minecraft, my pc isn't good enough to do anything on this level but look at this:
There was also going to be the Super Duper Graphics Pack for Bedrock Edition, but that unfortunately got cancelled. I use ESBE 2.0, but it's not as good as Super Duper likely would have been.
This requires an RTX 2080Ti to pull this off alongside its sky-high frame rate? Christ.
 

ZelenPixel

hey rayman were in minecraft
i have No idea which ones the best looking games but i can gush about what games i find beautiful!! mario odyssey still kinda impresses me for one
harry potter and the chamber of secrets (fitting with the rpevious post lmao) is also one i find unreasonably pretty as ive metioned a few times already. here be pics
rayman 3 also be realey pretty at times (ill second rayman legends while im at it) and also rayman origins



and the

none of these are the Best graphics but whatever
 

Ray Trace

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I don't think that sort of power really is required for most PC games anyway, even the one I have, my GTX 960, can run most things today despite its age getting more dated with every passing generation. That RTX 2080Ti costs $1000+, and if you play plenty of graphic intensive games and use graphic intense hardware like 3D rendering, may have a decent bang for your buck but if you're a limited PC gamer, you're better off with an affordable one.
 

Revali

Koops, King of cowards.
I remember I was completely blown away when I first booted up Zelda BotW so I'll go with that.

Epic Mickey's also got a pretty interesting art direction. It mixes various Disney things with darker color schemes and whatnot. MickeyJunk Mountain is a location that's always intrigued me, it's basically a place ingame where they just throw away all the forgotten merch, and it is... a sight to behold, for sure. Really creepy place, but I love it for this reason alone.
 

YoshiFlutterJump

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Day 24 - Favorite Classic Game

Kinda depends on what "classic" means. Assuming we're using the same rules as Mario Awards (GCN/GBA and older)...I think it might actually be Super Mario Sunshine. F.L.U.D.D. is very fun to use and complements the level design perfectly, and the game is probably the most challenging 3D Mario there is.
 

ZelenPixel

hey rayman were in minecraft
day 24 - favorite classic game OH I GOT NINJAD HDRTYJLTYFHKGVL
what counts as classic?? does like, 2002 count as classic? in that case i am here to gush about harry potter and the chamber of secrets once more! i have no idea why i love this game as much as i do but its seriously well designed and just fun. i did literally just play it though funny enough
beofre that? heck if i know i liked yoshis island a lot when i played it months back but really havent replayed any of it since then so im not entirely sure on my thoughts on it.. still its charming and realey nice looking
 

Ray Trace

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Day 24 - Favorite Classic Game

For me, the word classic applies to pretty much anything in the bit era before the N64, maybe just because I'm an old fart. Anyway, I didn't have experience with much games in the era, but one game that did compel me was Dynamite Headdy.


It's a cute little 2D platform game with only one entry, but it's a very creative game with no other game quite like it. The main gimmick of it is the main character's ability to detach his head, and he is able to use multiple heads in the level to take multiple paths, and there's a lot of heads to use that change the game up. The game, however, focuses on the boss fights and every single boss fight is memorable and fun to fight against, and you have plenty of methods to take on how to defeat them (just avoid the iron Head Trip at all costs!)
 
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