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I'm beginning to reverse my position on patching console games. Up until recently, I've been adamantly opposed to consoles being allowed to patch their software. I've worried about the slippery slope between gameplay updates and releasing software that is just plain unfinished. Well, this week's bout with Viewtiful Joe has nearly changed my mind about the whole issue. Here is a game nigh perfect in every way, but the ways in which it is imperfect nearly render it unenjoyable.

The game is hard. That's fine with me. But you just can't couple a hard game with only a handful of save points. I feel like I'm a kid again being yelled at to come upstairs for dinner. I have to tell my wife, "I'll be right there! I just need to save my game!" The fact that so much of your accomplishments can be wiped away before your eyes is downright maddening in a game this much fun. I won't even bother complaining about not being able to skip cutscenes (including the very long intro). That's just a given in this day and age. I truly begin to wish Capcom could simply give us a patch to clear up these minor issues and turn Viewtiful Joe into the game it really deserves to be.

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I'm sure you've all seen it, but still funny:

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I agree Viewtiful Joe is difficult, but I think the lack of save points adds to the experience.  Just make sure you play it on "kids" difficulty.  I think a lot of people go right to the "adults" level and then get really frustrated.  Kids = normal, adults = really hard.

I believe the "Z" button skips cut scenes there Sway. Not sure what the problem with save points is, I didn't feel like they were too far apart at all.

You playing at Adult difficulty or have you gotten old and slow?

Yeah, I was playing it on Adult. I was hoping the cutscenes would feature more cursing and swimwear. I'm pissed if the Z-button skips the cutscenes. Who is that button for? I forget that thing even exists. It's just unusable for me.



Maybe the saves weren't too far apart. Maybe it just set you back too far in the level whenever you died. I felt like I replayed some areas waaaay too much.

>>But you just can't couple a hard game with only a handful of save points. I feel like I'm a kid again being yelled at to come upstairs for dinner. I have to tell my wife, "I'll be right there! I just need to save my game!" <<

I don't care how good a game is.  I've come to the point where I refuse to buy and play a game that does this.  That may go a long way toward explaining why I have so few console games and so many PC games. 

You could always just leave it paused.

That's ingenious!  We'll call it the electricity tax.

PG&E should get into games.

>>You could always just leave it paused.<<

OR, developers could stop being bullheaded jackasses about it. 

- Elysium

I'm currently playing through it again (yes again) on V-rated with Joe (must unlock Alastor) and through normal with Sylvia.

I have to say the saves didn't really bother me till I started playing in V-rated mode.  Now in that,  I've gotten so close to the save only to lose all my Joes.