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It’s A Low Bar To Clear

July 24, 2019 by Tim

Boy, I’m realling selling this game, huh?

Jokes aside, I do actually like Ultimate Alliance 3. The camera is my biggest gripe, but otherwise it’s a really fun game. And it can be pretty challenging… the AI isn’t always terrible, but there are a lot of times simple coordination and grouping can make a big difference. I find my button-mashing three-year-old to be at least on par, if not better than the computer controlled teammates at this point.  I can somewhat corral him into the general direction we’re trying to be, which is more than I can say for the AI.

Technically the game is too advanced for him (and oftentimes too advanced for my five-year-old as well). Some of the boss fights require a bit of complex strategy, and pulling off the synergy moves requires some coordination they don’t quite have yet. I joked with my wife about just leaving the little one’s controller disconnected, and he probably wouldn’t know the difference. But, they love the characters, they love mashing the buttons, and I really enjoy playing with them. So we do what we can together, and then my wife and I move our save game past the harder bosses after they go to bed.


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foducool
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foducool

ahaha I was spot on with my comment in the previous page

EMMachine
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Hm … problems with the game or is it the “Joy-Con drift”

Scortch
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Scortch

I did that once or twice, where I left the controller unplugged. My kids didn’t notice the difference. As they got older, we all played the multiplayer Mario games, which was like some ungodly hard mode just trying to keep them alive. These days, I’m thrilled because I’ll play them in Mario kart, and I seriously have to try and beat them, there is no more throwing a match to make them feel good.

WolfGod
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WolfGod

I look forward to that day

Scortch
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Scortch

It takes a lot of patience and encouragement, similar to what Tim displayed here. But man it is so worth it when they come into their own.

KaoGen
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KaoGen

A few years back, I played a lot of Co-op with a friend i made through friends of my parents, but it turns out that his sense of direction in games was basically zero. Or less than zero. Admittedly he was only like ten at the time, but it was always funny because i’d do most of the work and then try to get him to follow me. Id be like “Hey, hey, turn right to look at me. Further, further, too far, okay there. See me? Go this way” and he’d be like “Aight!” before promptly turning ninety degrees… Read more »

PjX313
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PjX313

So as birthday gifts my 5-year old and I will love it is what you’re saying? We have two copies so maybe individual screens will help or that was my hope at least.

Ven
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Ven

From such tiny acorns, great oaks grow. I have a feeling that you are raising a pair of video game champions there.

trappski
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trappski

Leaving the controller unplugged made wonders when you had a little brother that wanted to play as well. Give him the unplugged controller and play on.

Chuk
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Chuk

Yeah, our youngest two both played for at least a year or so with unplugged controllers and didn’t find out until they were older.

Leon
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Leon

X-Men = uber fail

Stew
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Stew

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Kevin
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Kevin

I let my three year old have a controller while I play FIFA or No Mans Sky. She loves it, even though she’s not really doing anything. (Granted, I’m not often playing games while she’s awake)

Bernie Margolis
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Bernie Margolis

I often feel like I’m looking fifteen years into my past when reading these comics. Just to give Tim a heads up, in about 10 years his kids are going to be the ones expressing frustration at his ineptness. By then, he won’t care as much because he will have burned out on console games after being compelled to replay his favorite one about 20 times in a row. I don’t know which game that will be. For me, that game was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

MacLeod
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MacLeod

On the harder games, we DO leave my nephews controller disconnected and he doesn’t know the dif. He’s the same age as your youngest. He thinks he’s playing, gets to hang with us.. its a win.

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Mu5tan6

I’m going through the same thing playing Lego Marvel Super Heroes with my three year old. I look forward to the days when he can hold his own and even show me up.

The rAt
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The rAt

I can’t wait for this stage. I remind myself she’s growing to be her own person. I try to remember that as she gets older, she’ll develop her own interests, that she might not like anime or fantasy books or 2-player with her old man. But, dang it, I intend to get some serious bonding time in that stage where she’s old enough to be interested in what daddy is up to, but not so old that she wants to do her own thing. Also, what are the prospects of an entire comic about the adventures of a derpy Spider-Gwen?… Read more »

Kix Acelot
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Kix Acelot

My 3-year thinks she is AWESOME at Super Smash Brothers Ultimate—her joy con is deactivated.

derHinek
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derHinek

Reminds me of playing Secret of Mana on the SNES way back with a friend of mine. We gave his little brother the third controller and told him to keep running away from the bad guys. That worked better than the AI which kept on (self)killing the third party member and draining our revive ressources…

Far
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Far

First problem first: how do you get your wife into playing vid games?