Dragovian Comments

  • Will Nintendo meet its Wii U sales target?

  • Dragovian 30/11/2012

    I'd be more excited if it was more powerful technology. For all I know it's well worth the money, but I can't shake the feeling I'd be paying for the GamePad (which is something I'm indifferent to). I'm sorry, I'm genuinely a Nintendo fan but I really feel it should be comfortably more powerful than the Xbox 360. Yes, I'm sure Nintendo's own games will be great, and I do understand it has different architecture, but to see how weak the CPU is (or seems) is particularly disappointing. Reply +4
  • Saturday Soapbox: Death of the MMORPG

  • Dragovian 18/11/2012

    I just want more single-player RPGs. To me, RPGs are about story, immersion, atmosphere... the best ones can be an amazing experience, but the important thing is that I can play it in my my own time, at my own pace, without needing an internet connection the whole time. Yes, the internet is great, but we're making it a rod for our backs.

    If you look at Dragon Quest X, that supposedly has around 400k subscribers in Japan at the moment, but if it was an offline game it could have sold millions. I know publishers think they can make more money that way, but I hope they are proven wrong... fast. I don't want MMOs to disappear, I just want publishers to stop forcing the model onto games that don't suit it.
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  • Saturday Soapbox: Vita signs of life

  • Dragovian 04/11/2012

    I've always wanted a Vita and I really want it to succeed, but I'm waiting for more Japanese RPGs, adventures, that sort of thing. At the moment Nintendo has Zelda (obviously) and Dragon Quest, which are my two favourite series. More games like that on Vita and I won't be able to buy one fast enough. Reply -1
  • Crippled by Nostalgia: The Fraud of Retro Gaming

  • Dragovian 12/09/2012

    Actually being a collector is not for me, but I very much enjoy retro gaming. I'm quite happy to have non-physical copies as they often benefit from things like "Restore Points", which have very much helped me complete certain NES titles. It's not just about nostalgia - old games (2D Metroid and 2D Zelda come to mind) follow different rules to their 3D counterparts, no matter how excellent the latter may be. Furthermore, I get just as much of a thrill (if not more so) from wholly modern 2D games that use the old rules but benefit from modern bells & whistles. Reply +2
  • What would happen if Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony got together to make one console?

  • Dragovian 08/08/2012

    I honestly think there is such thing as a "right" console (for the record, something like the Xbox 360), and as such, I wouldn't mind a single platform. Perhaps competition is important, but I don't think there need to be three different consoles. Maybe two, but not three (SNES and Megadrive days were perfect). A set standard (like they did with DVD and BluRay) every 5-10 years would be fine by me.

    Also, I can't help but think some of the innovations like motion control and tablet controllers are done to differentiate rather than truly improve gaming. Or at least, they aren't needed for many genres. With a single format, perhaps motion control could be left to things like Wii Sports, and games like Zelda go back to traditional controls.
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  • Nintendo: 3DS XL pixel size increase won't look "awkward"

  • Dragovian 23/07/2012

    I thought the DSi XL was excellent, and this should have a slightly higher PPI than that. At the end of the day, PPI is very important, but resolution is set when a handheld launches. We were never going to get a higher-res 3DS, but that's no excuse not to release one with a bigger screen. Can't wait for mine. Reply +6
  • Sega sacrificing Euro/Oz operations to focus on four core IPs

  • Dragovian 01/07/2012

    I used to play some fantastic games on Sega consoles - Landstalker, Story of Thor 2 (Beyond Oasis) and Wonder Boy in Monster World, to name three. I'm sure any of those could be developed into true Zelda rivals, but that's modern gaming for you. Reply 0
  • Warren Spector: "The ultraviolence has to stop"

  • Dragovian 14/06/2012

    I don't agree with those who say the only thing has changed is the graphical fidelity. If someone wanted to show gratuitous violence in the past, they could do that easily enough with 8- and 16-bit technology. There were always a few games sold on gratuitous violence like Barbarian, Splatterhouse, Mortal Kombat etc. More "normal" games like Streets of Rage and Golden Axe were violent but not really gratuitous and nor would they be if you improved the graphics. What I'm missing, personally, are the games that were neither gratuitous nor "kiddie" like Virtua Fighter, Daytona, Metroid Prime, F-Zero, Twilight Princess. I always thought that sort of tone was the best for video games. Reply +17
  • Was E3 2012 the grisliest games show ever?

  • Dragovian 08/06/2012

    Even Nintendo's show was quite violent, with all the blood in Ninja Gaiden. Thought it was pathetic, personally. Reply +1
  • Miyamoto: Zelda Wii U still in research phase

  • Dragovian 08/06/2012

    I'm glad they're having doubts about motion controls, but rather alarmed they are still trying to make Zelda "accessible". It's not like it was ever that complicated. I hope for the best, I really do, but I don't think I'll buy a Wii U until Zelda is available and on shop shelves. Reply +1
  • Nintendo's E3 2012 Conference

  • Dragovian 06/06/2012

    What a load of rubbish. No Metroid, Zelda, F-Zero, Star Fox or 3D Mario. Nothing to show off the graphics. No reason to buy the Wii U. Reply 0
  • Quantic Dreams Come True, Wii U and Gaffer-Taped VR Headsets: What We're Excited About At E3

  • Dragovian 04/06/2012

    I'm really hoping to see Zelda, Metroid and F-Zero on Wii U. Reply 0
  • Now Mario is an annual series, how long until the Mushroom Pass?

  • Dragovian 01/05/2012

    My only "complaint" - and it's a very minor one - is that I'd like the 2D games to be fully 2D (sprites, fixed-plane, d-pad) and the 3D games to be fully 3D (polygons, dual-analogue and into-the-screen gameplay). The 2.5D "New Super Mario Bros" games are good, but not as crisp or fun as Super Mario World on the SNES. Reply 0
  • Ni no Kuni Preview: Spirited Away

  • Dragovian 17/04/2012

    I'm going to buy a PS3 just for this, as Dragon Quest VIII is my favourite RPG and I really want to see what Level-5 can do with more powerful hardware (than the PS2). Looks gorgeous. Reply +2
  • Level-5 isn't trying to "protect" the JRPG with the "very Japanese" Ni no Kuni

  • Dragovian 17/04/2012

    I'm still waiting for the RPG that matches Dragon Quest VIII. Level-5 are the best developers of their kind, so hopefully this is even a little bit as good. Reply +3
  • Nintendo begins selling 3DS video content

  • Dragovian 16/04/2012

    Is this to download or to stream? I won't pay to stream, but there are some videos I would spend 90p or so to download, such as the Zelda orchestra videos. And yes, Shaun the Sheep is brilliant! Reply 0
  • Retrospective: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

  • Dragovian 16/04/2012

    This is probably the most insightful article about Wind Waker I've ever read. The author seems to really understand every aspect of the game's appeal.

    For what it's worth, Wind Waker is my favourite game of all time and so far ahead of the other Zeldas it's unreal (and that's from someone who's loved them since Link to the Past). The game is full of exploration and mystery, just little touches like (as the article says) the spooky grottoes and the abandoned cabana. The set pieces are just outstanding, such as the isolated statues making the Tower rise from the sea and anything involving Ganondorf, Valoo or the Helmarok King. Add to that the technical brilliance of the Day & Night cycle, the Moon cycle, NPC routines on Windfall Island and the way you could approach islands from any direction and land on them seamlessly. Thanks to the GameCube pad, I would also say the controls are the best in the series.

    Let's hope we see its like again.
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