Nintendo Heartcast Episode 046: The Bitter End

Evan and Noah debate how important it is to finish every game we get, and whether reviewers hold back too much.

By M. Noah Ward. Posted 02/06/2013 09:00 5 Comments     ShareThis

Nintendo Heartcast Episode 046: The Bitter End

Nintendo Heartcast Episode 046: The Bitter End

Evan and Noah debate whether every game should be played to the end, and if game reviewers too often hold back crucial details.

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Recording Date
January 28, 2013

Evan and Noah

Show Contents
00:00:00 Introduction
00:01:47 Player Input: Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Trine 2
00:28:23 Debating Finishing Games & Game Reviews Disclosure
00:56:22 Conclusion
00:59:23 Credits & Game Night Reminder
01:01:02 Total Length


5 Responses to “Nintendo Heartcast Episode 046: The Bitter End”

  • 1244 points
    lukas85 says...

    i loooove kirbys epic yarn, the art style, the graphics, the music and also the gameplay are very well done, i got 100 % on that game and did everything you could possibly do, including furniture stuff. 10/10 for me.

    I believe you should end your games, and if you can get 100% even better, i just got five shiny stars in mario 3d land, and i only have one challenge left in new super mario bros u to finish it 100% ( and as of now im 76 hours into that game). I played 106 hours of xenoblade until i see the ending, got all the 100 skulltulas in ocarina of time, 242 stars in galaxy 2 and so on. But i also have like 15-20 games i haven’t finished yet, including, wii, wiiU, ps3, GBA, Nes, psone and 3ds games, and like evan its one of my new year resolutions to finish them BEFORE i buy another game, so i guess i’ll be waiting till next year to buy the big games that are gonna be launched in this year, then buy them at a lower price ( noah’s aproach) instead of paying 60 bucks for games that im not gonna be playing until who knows when.

  • 1244 points
    lukas85 says...

    woohooo i’m brown belt 1 now, i wonder how many ninja points do you need to be black belt 3!

  • 261 points
    JasonMaivia says...

    I think that it’s okay to stop playing a game when it no longer is fun, and maybe you’ll look at it differently when you return to it after some time has passed. Some people return to an old game once they’ve done a bit of research as to how to get the most out your game time with it. A few tips here and there can turn turds into decent games.

    If after a few tries and you still can’t get into the game, go ahead and dump it. The game should have hooked you in, and it failed to do so. It could be a flawed game, or just something that you’re not going to like, even if it’s well-made.

    I love the Densha de Go series, and think they’re super awesome and provide me with a unique experience that can be rarely found with any other game and game franchises. Even though I love it to bits, many will probably give up on it after just a few minutes, since it’s not easy to pick up and understand without clear instructions.

    For professional reviewers:
    If you’re going to review a game, please be honest. Try to play the game to completion. Don’t try to rush through just to say that you’ve made it far.

    Consumers spend their money on these things, so they want to know if they’re going to have a good time through to the end — not just at the beginning. Every gameplay mode should be explored, and bugs and glitches should also be mentioned. It doesn’t have to be 100% completed, but most of the game should be good enough.

    A problem with many Wii’s multiplatform games was that they were lumped together with Xbox 360 and PS3 games on most websites and commercials, and no one truly knew just how much different or terrible the Wii versions were. It’s also bad to see that a lot of popular websites and magazines no longer cared to do reviews of many Wii games at all!

    Where’s my Wave Race sequel?

  • 132 points
    gekslupis says...

    I will constantly play games I don’t enjoy just to have the triumph of beating it. I try to avoid spoilers for awhile but if I am really far behind I will deal with the spoilers from other people. It seems there is always something else in a game when I think I beat them.

  • 201 points
    NintendoDad says...

    I don’t think a reviewer has to play to completion, but if they don’t, that should lead off their review. If you are basing a review off 2 levels of an 8 level game, that should be made known. I listen to several podcasts and on one in particular I remember a podcaster making the remark that he was currently playing a game and was about half way through. This was a game he had already reviewed on the website and never mentioned that fact in his review. It’s for this reason I don’t take reviews too seriously.

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