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What a weird week I had. Suffice it to say that family will always be a mixed bag for me, but I'm glad I have it at all. Let's chat about a videogame for a minute or something.

NES Remix 2 is a real 50/50 game. Half the time I'm bored, half the time smiling at nostalgia. I see that some of the challenges are basically trying to teach you the minutiae of the games, but for someone who's played them forever these are just obstacles to getting more stars, to unlock remixes. It gets tedious fairly quickly for some games. Some games lend themselves better to the challenges, but it still feels like they weren't as fleshed out as they could be. I think more speedrunning would be appreciated here, for example.
The majority of gameplay feels like busywork to get to the good stuff.  The remixes are mostly fun mix-ups of the games, and the stamps are pretty fun to use on Miiverse.  Super Luigi Bros. is really nice to have, though. Luigi's slidy feet and high jumps opens the game up for some new tricks. Going left is honestly not that weird, although I did miss hitting a couple of blocks I know have stuff in them. The game is also where Remix's only 2-player feature shows up, with both of you playing as weegees.
For a game I've played a billion times, it's still fun with a little tweak.
Overall, NES Remix 2 is a big MEH for me. Not bad, but not worth the $15 maybe. If feels like Nintendo knows they're onto something, and put out a sequel while they could.

Let's chat about CAPS now.



P - Radio Destructoid episode 35, totally acutally sponsored by Disney World. Also, a 7-year-old reviews Goat Simulator. That's cool.

S - The short half of OpiumHerz's 2-parter on Stick of Truth censorship.





T - Does price factor into how much you enjoy a bad game? TheDustinThomas makes a case for cheap crap.

V - HyrbidRain asks if Call of Duty will be a more "serious" game again at some point in the future.

D -  Guy Gamer has a little mod tip to make Dark Souls II on PC even prettier. Prays the son.

F - Spazzh20 reviews The Grand Buhdapest Hotel. That's not a videogame, although I think I would love to see Wes Anderson do a game.






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Overstuffed

Is there a holiday or time of the year more indulgent than Thanksgiving? I mean, we cook a turkey that weighs as much as three newborn babies, whip up about a billion sides consisting mostly of carbs and butter, and top the whole thing off with nine different pies, all featuring the main ingredient of "excess." It's equal parts disgusting and awesome, and is definitely my second favorite holiday behind our dearly departed Halloween.

But we were so occupied with whether we could eat six pounds of food in one sitting, that we didn't stop to think if we should. That brings us to November's Bloggers Wanted prompt: Overstuffed.

Playing through Horizon Zero Dawn really got me thinking on this topic. Don't get me wrong, the game has a really cool and fairly unique sci-fi story, the combat is fun and engaging, and the art direction uses vibrant color - a concept that largely died out near the end of the PS2 era, but man, is it long. The map is huge and stuffed with nooks, crannies and collectibles, and boy, by the time I wrapped the story and collected my Platinum trophy the game had really worn out its welcome. It's a shame really, as I truly enjoyed the game for its main components; but by the time I had picked off my ten-thousandth evil villager and performed my ten-billionth stealth kill on a Ravager, I found myself wishing the game would end soon.

I got this feeling about 3/4 of the way into the game. That is not good.

Modern gaming is great in that developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. Modern gaming is also horrible because developers tend to pack in a metric shit-ton of things to do in their games. This tendency to overstuff their games with content is often overwhelming and can cause an otherwise excellent experience to drag. It was less of a problem when I was 18 and had all the time in the world; at 30 with a day job and a family, it's a complete game-changer.

So, beloved Destructoid Community, tell of us a time you felt overstuffed from gaming! It can be from a game you enjoyed that just felt too long like above, a time you binged on all thirty-two Kingdom Hearts titles, a particularly meaty haul of games you got at a yard sale - anything at all that celebrates or at least discusses your Thanksgiving-like excesses in gaming!

Write a blog with "Overstuffed:" and then your subject in the title, and let the world know of your girthy gaming experiences! We love promoting blogs to the front page here at Dtoid, and Bloggers Wanted is a great way to get noticed *wink wink nudge nudge hip thrust*

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