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Winter Voices: Avalanche Review

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Guinevere 24th September 2010, 12:02 Quote
Oh come on, don't pussy foot around... tell us if we should but it!
Flibblebot 24th September 2010, 12:14 Quote
I'm guessing the score of 3 represents a resounding "No!"...;)
Memnoch-fr 24th September 2010, 12:16 Quote
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It is constantly spewing out pseudo-philosophical, pseudo-poetical nonsense in vast quantity

Well this is a French game, which unfortunatly means I'm not surprised. You have to understand that the French love their philosophy (Sartre withdrawl syndrome I guess) most people have to study it as soon as you are in 6th form.

I'm just suprised the game doesn't go on strike :(
CardJoe 24th September 2010, 12:20 Quote
Hell, I love my philosophy too, but this is just drivel.

"The docile elipses of stars in suicide?" My arse.
Hovis 24th September 2010, 12:26 Quote
‘Go to the woodmill on the far side of town, have a flashback, survive for 30 turns and then come back to the priest’

I would have thought it was pretty obvious that this is exactly what is meant by the phrase, "Get some air." You've got to read between the lines a bit is all.
Fizzban 24th September 2010, 12:35 Quote
3..aahhahaha. You need a 'Pile of Dung' award.:D
liratheal 24th September 2010, 13:26 Quote
"...it has a strain of literary diarrhoea which usually affects young goths. It is constantly spewing out pseudo-philosophical, pseudo-poetical nonsense in vast quantity and to very little effect, in other words. Never has there been a game more in need of a visit from the red pen."

One of my favourite things to read.

Possibly of all time.
capnPedro 24th September 2010, 15:06 Quote
Art games. Blegh. Give me a shotgun and some mindless violence instead, thanks.

Joe, were you playing it in French too, or were those screenshots provided by the developer? Maybe the crap poetry is just a bad translation...?
CardJoe 24th September 2010, 15:11 Quote
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Art games. Blegh. Give me a shotgun and some mindless violence instead, thanks.

Joe, were you playing it in French too, or were those screenshots provided by the developer? Maybe the crap poetry is just a bad translation...?

Playing it in English, but the translation didn't seem that bad, just the writing.
capnPedro 24th September 2010, 15:14 Quote
That's a shame. It could have been the new Zero Wing.

http://www.tbhccs.com/mother/zerowing-ani-18.gif
CardJoe 24th September 2010, 15:39 Quote
"You zig every zag, like the long winters spent on the lake in your childhood, fishing with your father. He was silent back then, like a concrete block or some other sort of stone. He never said much. Was usually quiet. It was cold then, in winter, on the lake. Snow fell from the sky, falling in drifts across the ground around the lake as you fished there, with your dad, who was always quiet, in the cold, which it was. All this happened in the town in the mountains, near the lake, where you once fished with your dad. He never said much, your dad - probably because it was too cold.

One time, in the cold, by the lake, your dad leaned over and said something....he said 'All your base are belong to us, in the cold.'"
perplekks45 24th September 2010, 15:51 Quote
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That's a shame. It could have been the new Zero Wing.

http://www.tbhccs.com/mother/zerowing-ani-18.gif

Epic WIN!
Bauul 24th September 2010, 18:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
"You zig every zag, like the long winters spent on the lake in your childhood, fishing with your father. He was silent back then, like a concrete block or some other sort of stone. He never said much. Was usually quiet. It was cold then, in winter, on the lake. Snow fell from the sky, falling in drifts across the ground around the lake as you fished there, with your dad, who was always quiet, in the cold, which it was. All this happened in the town in the mountains, near the lake, where you once fished with your dad. He never said much, your dad - probably because it was too cold.

One time, in the cold, by the lake, your dad leaned over and said something....he said 'All your base are belong to us, in the cold.'"

You made me genuinely lol.
Bad_cancer 24th September 2010, 18:27 Quote
Is the first part a real extract from the game joe? If it is.....Good GOD!!!!
CardJoe 24th September 2010, 18:58 Quote
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Is the first part a real extract from the game joe? If it is.....Good GOD!!!!

No, no it's not from the game. I paraphrased it down.
paisa666 24th September 2010, 22:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
"You zig every zag, like the long winters spent on the lake in your childhood, fishing with your father. He was silent back then, like a concrete block or some other sort of stone. He never said much. Was usually quiet. It was cold then, in winter, on the lake. Snow fell from the sky, falling in drifts across the ground around the lake as you fished there, with your dad, who was always quiet, in the cold, which it was. All this happened in the town in the mountains, near the lake, where you once fished with your dad. He never said much, your dad - probably because it was too cold.

One time, in the cold, by the lake, your dad leaned over and said something....he said 'All your base are belong to us, in the cold.'"

I actually LOL'd xD
Burdman27911 28th September 2010, 04:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bad_cancer
Is the first part a real extract from the game joe? If it is.....Good GOD!!!!

No, no it's not from the game. I paraphrased it down.

For shame... I was hoping that was the real deal.
perplekks45 28th September 2010, 08:29 Quote
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For shame... I was hoping that was the real deal.
Same here.
capnPedro 28th September 2010, 13:00 Quote
Realising it was made up leaves me cold.
CardJoe 28th September 2010, 13:04 Quote
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cold.

By a lake? In a town in the mountains? Fishing?
hazzah77 1st November 2010, 10:45 Quote
Wow..

You're really not too constructive, are you? All you do is rip on the game with the types of phrases you'd expect to hear in an entertainment segment on a television show.

Seriously though.. I have the prologue and it's not that bad. For what it's worth, I agree with some of the points you've made. But attacking the story when, by your own admission, you failed to follow it..? I don't see the logic there.

The story actually does pretty well, from what I've played. And yes, the gameplay is very slow paced, and I too see this as a flaw.. However it's not really fair to attack a game for being too slow when the whole point of the plot is to be soothing and emotional.

In any case, you do raise some good points and this game definitely isn't as good as it could have been.. It's just frustrating to see people fail to look at the whole product when criticising it as these types of reviews are the ones which give indie gaming a bad name.
Cytokine 1st December 2010, 12:16 Quote
This review is extremely constructive. The game was terrible, if you played it and didn't think so props to you. I searched for this review to see if the game changed later on. I spent 1-2 hours trying to Get Some Air as well, so every criticism is constructive. The idea is make quests that ping where you have to go, or distinctly tell you where to go. Instead of go talk to everyone you see the Goal should be: Look for X in Wood Cutter place.

That said the story so far has been so linear and dull, and the story is lost in the terribly slow interface and movement. Even the animation so far has been extremely boring, I've played rogue-like games with better attack animations. I play a lot of text based games as well that have a general great story, this doesn't have a fantastic story so far. The slow game play makes players spam the click button.

As for the part about giving indie games a bad name, you are overlooking the fact that the reviewer is reviewing one terrible game. The game itself gives indie games a bad name. It is incomplete, the translation from French to English is terrible. They could have hired a high school French class to do a better job. So what gives indie games a bad name as incomplete, unpolished, and generally bad games are the games themselves not the reviewers who give them the time of day.
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