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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
foducool
2 years ago

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

EMMachine
EMMachine
2 years ago

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

EMMachine
EMMachine
2 years ago
Reply to  Tim

My comment has nothing to do with the AI.
But after there was an article yesterday that switch owners have problems (that the character is moving even when the joystick isn’t touched at all), called “Joy-Con drift” I thought maybe the controller is broken if the character is bumping into the wall the entire time.

Ashi
Ashi
2 years ago
Reply to  EMMachine

In this case, it’s probably more “Look at the age of the player.”

Scortch
Scortch
2 years ago

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
WolfGod
2 years ago
Reply to  Scortch

I look forward to that day

Scortch
Scortch
2 years ago
Reply to  WolfGod

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
KaoGen
2 years ago

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
PjX313
2 years ago

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
Ven
2 years ago

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

trappski
trappski
2 years ago

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
Chuk
2 years ago
Reply to  trappski

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
Leon
2 years ago

X-Men = uber fail

Stew
Stew
2 years ago

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Kevin
Kevin
2 years ago

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
Bernie Margolis
2 years ago

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
MacLeod
2 years ago

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.

Mu5tan6
Mu5tan6
2 years ago

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
The rAt
2 years ago

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
Kix Acelot
2 years ago

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

derHinek
derHinek
2 years ago

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
Far
2 years ago

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

MasterofBalance
MasterofBalance
5 months ago

No no, no, AI are da smertest evah! *Drool*