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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
I've finally mustered the courage to re-start on Switch after playing 1/3 of this on Wii-u at launch.

Updated about 5 months ago

Turned the aim sensitivity down to four on the X axis for a more Doom 64 feel.

Updated about 1 year ago

Diablo III: Eternal Collection
I'm couch co-oping Act II with Danoodle and possibly warming up to all this skill tree action RPG business.

Updated about 2 years ago


LavaSpike's Status

(U) Unfinished ?No significant accomplishments.     (B) Beaten ?The main objective has been accomplished. Usually marked by the defeat of a final boss and/or viewing of credits.     (C) Completed ?For games which are 100% done. All extras and modes have been unlocked and finished. All significant items have been collected.
51 (U)
47 (B)
10 (C)
Wishlist  0 ?         Top-Rated  28 ?????         Master Runs  0 (M)
PlayStation 5 BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
PC 1 (U) 2 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
Nintendo Switch 15 (U) 8 (B) 5 (C) 41 Total
Nintendo 3DS 2 (U) 0 (B) 1 (C) 4 Total
Wii 4 (U) 5 (B) 1 (C) 16 Total
GameCube 6 (U) 2 (B) 0 (C) 18 Total
Game Boy Advance 4 (U) 6 (B) 0 (C) 12 Total
Game Boy/Color 1 (U) 3 (B) 1 (C) 5 Total
Nintendo 64 3 (U) 7 (B) 0 (C) 10 Total
PlayStation 4 2 (U) 3 (B) 0 (C) 8 Total
PlayStation 3 C O M P L E T E ! 1 Total
PlayStation 2 4 (U) 2 (B) 0 (C) 7 Total
PlayStation BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Xbox 360 4 (U) 4 (B) 1 (C) 10 Total
Xbox 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 4 (U) 3 (B) 0 (C) 9 Total
All Games 148 Total
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about 8 months ago

Backlog Beaten: September 22, 2008
Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I do know that NTSC consoles may appear in black and white if played on a PAL60 video system when using composite or S-video - not sure if that's a possible culprit, but if we're just talking NTSC on NTSC screens or PAL on PAL screens, then yeah it sounds like there is a problem. Unfortunately, it's tough to recommend a repair service because some of the best are so busy that I don't know if they're available, and it's actually been a while since I needed anything done, so I'm not sure who to recommend at the moment. I wish I could be more help, but I'm sure you can find some more info searching around the internet. Just be sure you see pictures of their work and check plenty of reviews to be sure they are trusted!
about 1 year ago (edited)

Backlog Beaten: September 22, 2008
Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Well, you'll get some of my thoughts on the game in our annual "The Games We Played in 2021," but sadly both Coury and I don't have the most enthusiastic feelings on Metroid Dread. That's not to say we dislike it, but really just that we don't feel much of anything at all about it. It plays great and there's not much of anything wrong with it (although I thought the game's breezy friction-free flow made exploration a bit less involved than I'd like). There's nothing majorly wrong with it that the devs could've done anything to fix, but the problem is outside their control. The problem is me and the oversaturation of the genre.

Basically, the problem is that I still like Metroidvania-type games, but I'm also kinda burned out on them. There are sooo many "tributes" to Super Metroid and Symphony of the Night out there, and sometimes they'll resonate with me just right and other times I just feel like the world itself never made an impression. You look at something like Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, which is a less impressive game than Metroid Dread for sure, and not as well-received, but something about it connected with me more than Metroid Dread. Maybe they could've been reversed for me if I'd played either of them a different week or a different month. I enjoyed playing Metroid Dread, but what I really live for in Metroid-style games is the feeling of getting to know the world and for whatever reason that just didn't happen for me this time. It's not gonna stop me from playing this type of game, because you never know when I WILL love it.

Oh, and as for rankings, I don't have a strong ranking of the Metroid games to be honest, but I do place Prime 1 in the first place spot. Not sure if that's controversial or not.
about 1 year ago

Backlog Beaten: October 2, 2006
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
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