Humans! I am away from home and work and, god willing, the Internet through Wednesday evening. I was presented with the opportunity to stay in a really nice hotel in the Sonoma area for free for a few days, and it seemed like a welcome opportunity to escape from all this “real life” nonsense for a little while — some much-needed downtime between the madness of GDC and E3. Don’t expect to hear from me for a while, and be nice to the other posters in my absence.
I notice that my Rhythm Heaven review has gone live over at 1UP. This is one of those cases where I’m choking back my urge to apologize for an article so people won’t grip about empty self-deprecation — but I really am a bit unhappy with how it turned out, even after revising and rewriting it several times. I blame Nintendo for not having the decency to release the original GBA Rhythm Heaven in the U.S., because if they had I wouldn’t have had to spend so much time explaining why the DS version is a mild disappointment. Everyone would have played the GBA game and would therefore realize how and why the sequel falls slightly short. Instead, I had to waste a lot of space explaining the difference between the two versions and breaking down a complaint leveled at a somewhat intangible failing, and now it seems like the review veers dangerously close to import elitist snobbery. But it’s not! It’s just that, having experienced the other version, I can’t knowingly brush off this version’s stumbles.
Actually, I guess I’ll just blame Kurt Kalata, since HG101’s critique of the game pretty much covered all the bases ahead of me, forcing me to write something different. Thanks for nothing!
That being said, it’s a quality game and you should buy it. So please do.