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marc^o^
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(08-07-2013, 11:24 PM)
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Full review from The Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/technolog...eo-game-review

If Pikmin 3, Nintendo's great summer hope for its beleaguered Wii U console, has you directing a herd of miniature helpers, The Wonderful 101, the company's leftfield, summer sleeper-hit-in-waiting, puts you in control of an angry mob. In both games you sweep through the landscape as a hustling cluster of bodies. In both games you use this crowd's wisdom and strength to create pathways to your objectives, and to eliminate the foes and obstacles in your way.

But only in The Wonderful 101 can you, with a delicate swipe of the finger, arrange your swarm into a giant pink spiked whip used to tear the armour from your opponents, or a pea green handgun used to launch your minions as a kind of fleshy ammunition, or even a Soviet hammer that pounds the concrete in a thick Russian accent. If Pikmin 3 is the Gardener's World of ponderous strategy games, The Wonderful 101 is police helicopter footage of a sweltering Los Angeles riot.

[...]

The premise and styling is as wild-eyed as anything to come from Platinum Games, the most boisterous of Japan's contemporary video-game developers. The titular 101 is a group of topflight superheroes plucked from each of the world's nations. Each individual has his or her own unique styling and ability, but this is a game about the power of co-operation, not individual might. The swarm might be composed of individuals, but it must act as a single entity. Using either the Wii U pad's touchscreen or one of its stiff analogue sticks, you can shepherd your mob into esoteric tools and weapons by tracing shapes. The larger the shape you draw, the greater the number of superheroes who add their bodies to its formation.

[...]

Platinum's talent for the set piece is brought to the fore by way of the game's chosen style, that of the 'Tokusatsu' – the genre of special effect-heavy Japanese TV shows and films that include Godzilla and Kamen Rider. In this way, play is routinely interrupted for an outrageous and delightfully inventive gameplay intermission as you, for example, fire giant baseballs into an alien's face on a baseball field, or use your mob to tickle a 50-foot robot's underarm, or morph into a giant hang-glider and tear through the whipping wind collecting upgrade tokens.

It's in these moments that Platinum displays a mastery of the Wii U hardware hitherto unseen, even in Nintendo's homegrown titles. One especially memorable section has you controlling a giant spacecraft on the television screen by marshalling the 101 onto directional pressure pads in a cockpit that's rendered on the Wii U pad's screen. If this weren't enough to juggle, you must simultaneously battle enemies in both the cockpit on the pad and in the skies on the TV screen. It is a genuinely novel gameplay invention and gives a true taste of the Wii U's untapped potential and promise.

But all of this unbridled creativity comes at the cost of some refinement. The scrappiness of the action extends upwards and outwards throughout the entire game, which struggles to marshal its ambitions and ideas into a perfectly coherent whole. An alchemy system allows you to create new items from collected pieces of fruit, although its workings are left unexplained; each of the 101 you collect can be levelled up individually, although its unclear what benefits this brings to the whole. New moves and attacks unlock seemingly at random and the means of exposing the game's intermittent in-situ bonus levels is opaque.

Finally, the game's tall difficulty belies its accessible aesthetic: make no mistake, this is a far more demanding proposition than its Pikmin cousin. And yet, these are the hallmarks that make Platinum's output some of the most exciting work in contemporary video games: scruffy invention in a playpen that allows for player mastery. In the midst of this riot of ideas and unrefined energy we can perceive some of the Wii U system's idiosyncratic wonder. It may not be a game to sell a system, but The Wonderful 101 provides ample justification for Nintendo's eccentric hardware.

No mention of the multiplayer mode, and I still have tons of questions after reading that :) Next ND is Friday, fame is out in about 2 weeks in Europe, I can'twait!
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OminoMichelin
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(08-07-2013, 11:26 PM)
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Can't wait for it.
Hot Coldman
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(08-07-2013, 11:27 PM)
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Oh man, Simon Parkin wrote this. Game confirmed to be legit as fuck.
Riki
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(08-07-2013, 11:27 PM)
I need this game so badly.
Mileena
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(08-07-2013, 11:27 PM)
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And it's still not out for over a month. I can't do this.
Hoo-doo
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(08-07-2013, 11:28 PM)
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You were so excited that you posted two threads? :)
VertPin
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(08-07-2013, 11:28 PM)
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Nice!
Two topics? :lol
Creaking
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(08-07-2013, 11:28 PM)
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It's sure to be great, but Two Topics Great®?
Miker
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(08-07-2013, 11:28 PM)
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...morph into a giant hang-glider and tear through the whipping wind collecting upgrade tokens.

Sounds like an earnest but ultimately shitty shoot-'em-up style section. Like in, y'know, Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe, and Bayonetta.

100% kamiya CONFIRMED.
Sn4ke_911
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(08-07-2013, 11:29 PM)
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piratepwnsninja
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(08-07-2013, 11:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by Hoo-doo

You were so excited that you posted two threads? :)

And quoted the entire review!

Sounds great though. Busy month and a half games wise.
Jinfash
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(08-07-2013, 11:29 PM)
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Dude that title is shady. They're complementing Platinum's entire output, not just this game.
Gamerloid
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(08-07-2013, 11:30 PM)
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Now I'm even more excited for the 101's Nintendo Direct!
El_Fenomeno
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(08-07-2013, 11:30 PM)
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Hopefully my friend purchases, most likely rents, this. I'm dying to try it out.
Takeda Kenshi
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(08-07-2013, 11:30 PM)
Been eagerly awaiting this ever since it was dubbed Project P-100. Absolute masterpiece I declared then; seems to be becoming just that.
Sn4ke_911
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(08-07-2013, 11:31 PM)
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Where is the score? I don't read reviews, i just look at the result.
Creaking
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(08-07-2013, 11:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by Jinfash

Dude that title is shady. They're complementing Platinum's entire output, not just this game.

I vote that this thread lives. It possesses an air of more mystery and intrigue.

By Jove!
Kevtones
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(08-07-2013, 11:31 PM)
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But all of this unbridled creativity comes at the cost of some refinement. The scrappiness of the action extends upwards and outwards throughout the entire game, which struggles to marshal its ambitions and ideas into a perfectly coherent whole.

Sounds like PG. Fine with me :)


An alchemy system allows you to create new items from collected pieces of fruit, although its workings are left unexplained; each of the 101 you collect can be levelled up individually, although its unclear what benefits this brings to the whole. New moves and attacks unlock seemingly at random and the means of exposing the game's intermittent in-situ bonus levels is opaque.


This actually makes me more interested.




Sooooo fucking sold.
Hoo-doo
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(08-07-2013, 11:31 PM)
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Indeed, the quote has no direct relation to W101 at all. A strange choice to pick as thread title.
Dragon
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(08-07-2013, 11:31 PM)
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I don't understand the sleeper tag. It may not sell that much but it's been mentioned by Nintendo since before the launch of the console.
Alistair Roo
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(08-07-2013, 11:32 PM)
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And yet... I'm not interested in the slightest =/
DashReindeer
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(08-07-2013, 11:33 PM)
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Oh shit, it's finally really happening! I wonder if that means Andre at GameXplain is getting a copy in the next few weeks. Looks like I'm gonna have to swing by the old offices sometime soon!
Outtrigger888
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(08-07-2013, 11:33 PM)
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One especially memorable section has you controlling a giant spacecraft on the television screen by marshalling the 101 onto directional pressure pads in a cockpit that's rendered on the Wii U pad's screen. If this weren't enough to juggle, you must simultaneously battle enemies in both the cockpit on the pad and in the skies on the TV screen. It is a genuinely novel gameplay invention and gives a true taste of the Wii U's untapped potential and promise.

I had a feeling thered be more clever gamepad uses.
Crimsonclaw111
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(08-07-2013, 11:34 PM)
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The game should be bundled with a Platinum colored Wii U, and I'd buy the bundle in a heartbeat.
ViewtifulJC
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(08-07-2013, 11:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by Hot Coldman

Oh man, Simon Parkin wrote this. Game confirmed to be legit as fuck for a beat'em'up game I guess

fixed for greenscar's terrible opinons
10k
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(08-07-2013, 11:34 PM)
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My my, my Wii U is going to be working hard the rest of the year.

August:

Pikmin 3
Splinter Cell

September:

Rayman Legends
TW101
Deus Ex

October:

Sonic Lost World
WINDWAKER HD

November:

Watch Dogs
Donkey Kong

December:

Super Mario 3D World
jaypah
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(08-07-2013, 11:34 PM)
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There probably wont be a demo for this, right? I want to buy it blind but I really hate doing that.
Echoenigma
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(08-07-2013, 11:35 PM)
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This gane looks soooo good. I cant wait until I pick up a wii U.
ViewtifulJC
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(08-07-2013, 11:35 PM)
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the alchemy system sounds like that witch crafting thing nobody used in Bayonetta because who fuckin' used items in Bayonetta
JDSN
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(08-07-2013, 11:35 PM)
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The alchemy system seems interesting, still is there a point to comparing this game to Pikmin? I thought he was going to do it to establish that such comparison is wrong but the rest of the review implied that this is essentially Pikmin on crack. Ill wait for a real writer to review this.
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Hot Coldman
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(08-07-2013, 11:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by ViewtifulJC

fixed for greenscar's terrible opinons

Beat-em-ups are 2D dood
Chamber
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(08-07-2013, 11:36 PM)
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Well, of course the game is great. It's a Hideki Kamiya game.
axisofweevils
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(08-07-2013, 11:36 PM)
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Amazing review.

It's in these moments that Platinum displays a mastery of the Wii U hardware hitherto unseen, even in Nintendo's homegrown titles. One especially memorable section has you controlling a giant spacecraft on the television screen by marshalling the 101 onto directional pressure pads in a cockpit that's rendered on the Wii U pad's screen. If this weren't enough to juggle, you must simultaneously battle enemies in both the cockpit on the pad and in the skies on the TV screen. It is a genuinely novel gameplay invention and gives a true taste of the Wii U's untapped potential and promise.

I'd say the Gamepad is justified now....
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Grakl
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(08-07-2013, 11:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by Alistair Roo

And yet... I'm not interested in the slightest =/

too bad for you
Archaix
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(08-07-2013, 11:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by Dragon

I don't understand the sleeper tag. It may not sell that much but it's been mentioned by Nintendo since before the launch of the console.


I think it was last mentioned by Nintendo before the launch of the console.
SteeloDMZ
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(08-07-2013, 11:37 PM)

Originally Posted by Alistair Roo

And yet... I'm not interested in the slightest =/

Oh you are. Why are you here then?
Nibel
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(08-07-2013, 11:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by ViewtifulJC

the alchemy system sounds like that witch crafting thing nobody used in Bayonetta because who fuckin' used items in Bayonetta

Gamers who played on a higher difficulty than Easy Mode
Hot Coldman
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(08-07-2013, 11:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nibel

Gamers who played on a higher difficulty than Easy Mode

So not JC, then.
Tenki
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(08-07-2013, 11:38 PM)
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I thought this was going to be the GOTY. Then I played it and confirmed it. :P
ViewtifulJC
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(08-07-2013, 11:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nibel

Gamers who played on a higher difficulty than Easy Mode

I'm gonna guess you confused items with accessories.
Chanser
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(08-07-2013, 11:38 PM)
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Killer app?
BlackJace
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(08-07-2013, 11:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nibel

Gamers who played on a higher difficulty than Easy Mode

Originally Posted by Hot Coldman

So not JC, then.

JC, you gonna go like that?
JoeFenix
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(08-07-2013, 11:38 PM)
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This is going to be so incredible, it's getting really close!
ThoughtsOfSpeaking
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(08-07-2013, 11:39 PM)
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An alchemy system allows you to create new items from collected pieces of fruit, although its workings are left unexplained; each of the 101 you collect can be levelled up individually, although its unclear what benefits this brings to the whole. New moves and attacks unlock seemingly at random and the means of exposing the game's intermittent in-situ bonus levels is opaque.







Sometimes Kamiya gets away with doing the same thing over again TOO much.
Tucah
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(08-07-2013, 11:39 PM)
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Kind of misleading thread title, he was referring to Platinum's work in general not just this game.

Anyway, looking forward to playing this whenever I decide to get a Wii U, Platinum rarely disappoints.
Oersted
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(08-07-2013, 11:39 PM)
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It's in these moments that Platinum displays a mastery of the Wii U hardware hitherto unseen, even in Nintendo's homegrown titles. One especially memorable section has you controlling a giant spacecraft on the television screen by marshalling the 101 onto directional pressure pads in a cockpit that's rendered on the Wii U pad's screen. If this weren't enough to juggle, you must simultaneously battle enemies in both the cockpit on the pad and in the skies on the TV screen. It is a genuinely novel gameplay invention and gives a true taste of the Wii U's untapped potential and promise.

Yummy
Hoo-doo
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(08-07-2013, 11:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by Chanser

Killer app?

Killer bomb, probably. GOTY contender but no-one will buy it.
Nibel
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(08-07-2013, 11:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by ViewtifulJC

I'm gonna guess you confused items with accessories.

Huh? Didn't you mean those attack/defense buff items? They're really important on higher difficulties
dimb
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(08-07-2013, 11:40 PM)
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This review is painful to read. I am astounded that someone was paid to write this.
Magic Mushroom
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(08-07-2013, 11:41 PM)
Kamiya, you legend!

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