Hey guys - been a while :)
Just popping in to big up Dirty Bomb!
This time it's f2p, PC exclusive (yey), and they've dropped id Tech in favour of the Unreal engine (yey).
Yeah - I thought it was ok. Everything felt like a side quest and it didn't really draw me in, though. Seiken Densetsu 3 was better, but still not a patch on SoM. It's a shame that Squaresoft never really settled on a formula with the Mana games, especially after getting it so right with SoM...
The mechanics seem sound - not missing skill trees - but i'm not getting on with the cartoony aesthetic. It doesn't have the stark opressive feel of the previous games. Otherwise everything seems all good :)
There is a disturbing lack of Secret of Mana in this thread. If this isn't an accidental omission you must make this your first port of call, Snake. It is the greatest JRPG :)
I'm enjoying Ys: The Oath of Felghana on steam at the mo btw - worth checking out.
Pilot Wings was good, if short. I'm sure the new Mario will be excellent and the usual cast of Zelda, Metroid etc etc will be too. And to be fair - the new Monkey Ball was balls. A remake of the original would have been great.
I've got no problem with remakes - good for fans and great for...
Sadly i'm more excited by the prospect of revisiting Star Fox than most new releases. I certainly enjoyed playing OoT again more than most games in recent years. The N64 is home to many great gamers games which make for a nice change to the gritty cinematic experiences that hold your hand from...
I haven't played L&G recently, but a few months ago there were a few completely lag free dedicated servers with regular players. The difference this makes compared to the laggy player hosted crap we got before is huge.