*sigh* Dammit, Nintendo. Every time... oh, wait. The rant comes afterwards.
Ok, so a couple weeks ago, Nintendo released four new games for the 3DS's Mii Plaza.
This is actually my favorite game, but I haven't played it as much as Warrior's Way (will talk about that later). Mii Force is a space shoot 'em up that relies on Miis you gather via Street Pass to play as your options (little weapon pods). The weapons you get are dependent on the color of the Miis' shirts. You can position three at the front of your ship, and one in the back and you can add extras to any of the three front alignments to increase their power. You can rotate their positions at will, and even swap them out whenever you want. I've enjoyed the gameplay and bosses so far, but I just wish I could get a whole bunch of Street Passes at once so that I could have a lot of strong weapons going on.
This is a flower growing game. Basically, you just take a seed, plant it and it gets watered by Miis who Street Pass you. After the flower's grown enough, it will bloom and then a Mii might come along with its own plant and cross pollenation will occur, producing new seeds. You can sell seeds and plants to get more money, or you could also do jobs that have you growing specific plants. There's also a garden you can decorate, but the options are rather limited. I liked it at first, but it failed to hold my interest.
This is another fun game, but the fact that I keep StreetPassing the same colored Miis is making it boring. So, whenever you StreetPass someone, you're given a floor piece. It's a Tetris-like block that you have to place somewhere on the floor of the mansion, and a room is created. Within the rooms might contain treasure chests or ghosts to do battle with. You have these energy guns you use that rely on batteries. Out of juice? Out of luck. I'd have kept playing but as I said before, getting nothing but the same color is making the game less interesting.
Ok, so I guess this is where the rant will begin, but first, I'll explain the game. Warrior's Way is all about building a massive army and conquering the world. In order to build your army, you can try to invade countries, or you can battle people who you StreetPass with. If they don't have the game, you basically just however many men that person has Miis in their Street Plaza. The game plays like Rock Paper Scissor. Calvary > Archers > Infantry > Calvary. It's a best two out of three. If you're at a disadvantage, you'll lose half of the number of troops in that unit. Equal footing wins by whoever has the largest number during battle.
I've been enjoying the game, but now I'm starting to hate it severely. I've reached the final country and its emperor is impossible for me to beat. There are new rules when fighting him. Instead of troops being split in three units, they all attack at once, in five turns, each turn being composed solely of one type. For the past five or so days, I've lost. I'm unable to beat the game because I literally have the worst luck, and I HATE that. It doesn't matter how many men I have, and there's no way to form any kind of strategy. You can quit a battle once per day without being penalized with a loss of men, but I haven't been able to be patient anymore. I fought him several times today and have lost close to 100k men. It took me days to get where I was!
So this is where the game is broken. I have a co-worker who has the game, and he has shot far, far ahead of me now, and he has so many men, there's no possible way that I can ever beat him now. Losing so many of my own guys has only made it more difficult. When you meet a monarch (someone who has the game, those who don't are generals and automatically give you their guys) via StreetPass, your only options are to greet peacefully or attack. You rely on these Street Passes to gain men, but how in the hell can you do that if you encounter people who have such large armies? If you lose, you lose 10 percent of your troops, but if you beat someone, you don't even get 10 percent of their guys! It's such an uphill battle for those with smaller armies and it's not even a proper reward for when you win. There's also no option to simply donate some of your men to the monarch you Street Passed. Sure, you can use play coins to hire troops, but that requires you to fortify your castle, and that costs many men to do so. If you try to build your army through play coins alone, you will die of old age before you ever get to the millions.
This pisses me right the fvck off. The game is so inherently flawed. If you want to build your army through Street Passes, you're fvcked if everyone who passes you has larger armies. If you want to build it through play coins, you're fvcked because you can only earn 10 a day with a maxium 300 at any time. The game's designed for players living in densly populated areas where many people have 3DSes they carry like wallets, I.E. JAPAN!
Oh, but didn't Nintendo just do an update that turned Nintendo Zone hotspots into Street Pass Relay spots? So, it should be easier to get Street Passes then, right?
So, here's how it works. Whoever happens to pass by a Nintendo Zone with their 3DS in sleep mode intiates a Street Pass with the hotspot. If there's information previously stored, their 3DS will be tagged and they'll meet a Mii of the person who tagged that hotspot before they did. Then, whoever passes by that spot after you gets your Mii. But, you only get ONE pass at that relay point. ONE! Not only do you have to make an effort to go out and find a hotspot, but when you do, you only get ONE! Why not just get everyone who passed by that day? How the hell is that supposed to make it easier to get Street Passes? It's a flawed system!
God dammit, Nintendo! Why must you do everything either half-assed or ass backwards? You totally are a fvcking out of touch company who just doesn't understand anything. By the way, these four Mii Plaza games? They cost five dollars each! Well, if you choose to buy all four at once, you get it them for 15, but you're still paying MONEY to play a game that you can only play a couple time a day, three or four time at most, if you're fortunate enough to be in an area with other people who will seldom carry their 3DSes with them. Or, if you're made of patience, you could just keep saving those play coins until you get 300, so then you could play one of the games for more than 15 minutes straight.
Christ, I'm so pissed off with Warrior's Way now. I'm pissed off with Nintendo for not getting rid of the cap. If you're promoting healty activity by having your 3DS act as a pedometer, why the FVCK are you putting a cap on how many coins you can earn?! Why would you do that?! What kind of sense does that make?! Why only limit Street Plass Relay Points to just the previous person?! WE'RE NOT FVCKING JAPAN, NINTENDO! IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY IN THE STATES! God dammit, no other company pisses me off more than Nintendo when it comes to backwards ass thinking, except Microsoft and the Xbox One debacle, but at least they made an attempt to try to fix things.
So anyway... don't buy these games unless you live in an area where you know you get a crapload of passes every day. They just aren't worth it.