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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 20, 2018, 05:50:34 PM »
THANK GOD.  :ubik: I was really worried about you headed down the PS3 path, and potentially missing out on PS4, which is still pretty great (I played through it on Virtual Console on Wii a few years ago).

Oh, I was never gonna miss out on PS4. It's the one I've been aiming for with this series. I'm glad I played PS1 and PS2, though. While primitive by today's standards, I thought they were fun and worth experiencing.

Sometimes the consensus is the consensus because it's absolutely correct. Despite what some say, and that it's an enthusiasts journalism, I actually find gaming to be relatively easy to objectively judge in that if everyone thinks it's a fun example of whichever gaming form it is, it probably is and vice versa (and it's easy enough to separate mechanics, one's personal tastes, and more subjective aspects like story elements). Except Horizon: Zero Dawn. :troll:

Yeah, so far the games I've played that are considered classics and some of the best of all time have been great. My current method is to add it to the list based on video game critic and journalist reviews, but I'm more than fine moving on if I'm not having fun, since that's the whole point. Plus, I've got way too many games on my list to sit with one that isn't fun to play.

This was/is my dad's favorite series, of which I've only really played Privateer all the way through. If I recall from his efforts to get all the medals etc, the final missions, particularly the WCI & II expansions, get pretty crazy, at least if you're going for perfection. Great games though, and way ahead of their time in many respects. Good luck, Blair.

Nice! I've enjoyed the ones I've played. I've heard the expansions get a little narly, and that they're a lot more difficult than the original campaigns. That being said, I'm not too worried about it. I'm not going for perfection; I'll be satisfied winning the campaigns, even if I don't get all the medals and kill all the Kilrathi aces.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 20, 2018, 02:26:02 PM »
I'm taking a (possibly permanent) break from Phantasy Star III. I'm just bored with it. The story (what little there is so far) has been decent for a 1990 RPG, but the gameplay, graphics and overall quality of the game isn't great. I read several reviews before I started playing it, all of which described it as the black sheep of the Phantasy Star family, but I figured I'd play it for myself and see. I hate to say it, but all of them were pretty spot-on. Oh, well. I read through the rest of the plot and I'm comfortable with moving on to Phantasy Star IV, the gem of the series.

Right now, though, I'm playing Wing Commander. I played the crap out of this game when I was a kid, but I don't recall ever beating it or its first sequel. I'm almost through the first campaign, and I intend on playing the Secret Missions afterwards. I'm at work right now, but damn do I wish I was at home in a dogfight with the Kilrathi. :void:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 09, 2018, 05:04:16 PM »
For some reason, I just have a gut feeling that a member of the God Hand is going to show up during this switch to Griffith's POV. Miura always has something exciting planned whenever a POV shifts in the series, and I can't wait to see what he has in store for us this time.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 02, 2018, 02:12:31 PM »
BTW, the translation of that game always seemed weird and off. Is it bad?

It's not great, but it's better than the 16-bit RPGs on SNES with their short turnarounds and limited space for English letters. The PC version cleaned up some of the rougher areas, but it's still not perfect.

Me too, yet I also find people that feel that strongly about their consoles today obnoxious. It's not the same as Nintendo/Sega!

Oh, yeah. Nowadays, it's annoying if someone refuses to play one console or the other. Today, it's about the games, man! :badbone:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 01, 2018, 05:09:44 PM »
The commercials for it were AWESOME. I don't even want to look them up because I'm sure they'd seem quaint and cheesy now but at the time they were most effective at making it seem like this amazing, otherworldly experience.

I watched them a few years ago, and they don't hold up that well in my opinion. I'd stay away if you want to maintain your memories of them.

I love the old console war propaganda mixed in there too, "Cartridges are for LOSERS!"

Part of me misses the console wars. Even today, when I see a Sega and Nintendo crossover, it feels weird to me. :ganishka:

I'm delighted to hear you like my proposition; I'll only require a "Created By" credit and a small, small percentage. :carcus:

But of course. :void:

I distinctly remember seeing a Junon Cannon billboard in Atlanta around 1998, and it was fucking surreal. For me, FF7 was just a cult kind of thing, and very special to me. Prior to its release, I can't remember ever being more invested in a single game. This hype was mostly because I was a huge fan of FF6 (still my favorite game), and the fact that Square was riding the crest of their career. Everything they sent stateside had been solid gold for years.

I had followed its release closer than any other game (to this day). In an age when game news sites didn't update every day, I would still check extremely frequently. Square would regularly release CG stills of environments, and also character info / designs in a trickle fashion up until the Japanese release (I remember Sephiroth was the last). I would print out pictures and tape them to my goddamned wall like some kind of serial killer. I ended up importing the game at the Japanese launch, and modifying my PS to play it — a hardwired solution, not the disc swap. I played through most of the game blind at first, and then with a guide. I also ended up memorizing a few kanji and hiragana/katakana just to navigate the menus and spells. But by the time the US version hit, and the FULL scope of the story had settled into my teenage brain, it really didn't live up to my expectations. What possibly could? I had ruined my experience with the game by treating it like it was supposed to be a transcendental experience.

That was my experience with Final Fantasy IX. I had a PS2 by then, so it was the first one I could play shortly after it came out. It's probably the best of the PSX Final Fantasy games, but at the time I felt it was over-hyped. I enjoyed it a lot more the second time around.

For anyone who lived through that time, this is an incredible article on the game's creation and the people and personalities behind it:

Thanks, Walter! I'll have to check it out. I didn't follow FF7's release as closely as you did, since I was an N64 kid at the time, but I remember the tremendous amount of advertisements in EGM and Game Pro.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 31, 2018, 04:11:30 PM »
Shit man, that brings back memories. I got super sucked in and pulled an all-nighter getting out of Midgar and by the time you do you're so used to the parameters of world of the game up until that point, and already had a game's worth of narrative, that I basically felt like that was the climax right there, to the point I didn't even know what I was looking at when I saw the World Map screen, like, "WUUUUT?" Yeah, that was a great aha moment.

Right? I remember seeing commercials for it at the movie theater talking about how it was on three discs and no cartridge could handle such an experience. Which made downloading it in less than five minutes when it was released on the PlayStation Network feel really weird the first time.

Definitely play Mario RPG when you can, it's classic Square and Nintendo working directly together, and it lives up to those expectations.

Oh, I will. It, Star Fox and Yoshi's Island are the main reasons I bought the SNES Classic Edition.

I like how self-aware this endeaver has become. You should probably be doing a Youtube show on these first-time classic playthroughs. =)

That's not a bad idea. I'll think about it. :serpico:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:08:12 PM »
Oooh, that's a pretty big one for your first outing.

It was, but I loved it. I first played it at my friend's house, since he owned a PSX and I owned an N64. I remember getting through Midgar and making it to the world map, with him telling me I'd barely made it into the first disc. I was pretty astounded.

I think mine that I played to completion was actually Mario RPG followed by FF6, FF7, and Chrono Trigger in some order

Nice! I played all of those, aside from Mario RPG, a little later in life. (Mario RPG is on the list, though!)

Edit: I beat Sonic Mania, which was a fun blast from the past that's based on and will remind you every classic 2D Sonic game, so 1-3 & CD, but which actually has largely new and original level designs. It'll start as a classic Zone, but after the familiar opening they're pretty much brand new... there's some others I'd have probably included like Casino Night, but they actually have another spin on the concept. Anyway, a cool new game that feels like a bunch of old games but is actually much bigger and deeper (a lot of Acts will take you almost the total 10 minute timer to complete if you dick around). Now I'm either going to go back in for Chaos Emeralds or not bothering because the bonus stages from Sega CD are too hard/annoying (like all Sonic bonus stages; inexplicably more challenging than the main game =).

I've heard nothing but good things about that game. I'm sure I'll get around to playing it in the next ten years or so. :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 27, 2018, 06:02:40 PM »
My very first RPG back then and my favourite Phantasy Star (with the fourth).

Cool! My first was Final Fantasy VII.

I don't know if you have played it but you should try Sword of Vermilion.

I haven't. I'll have to check it out one day.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 23, 2018, 08:54:15 PM »
I finished Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse and Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos over the weekend.

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse might be the hardest game I've ever played. Block 9 filled me with such hopelessness that I abandoned the US version of the game and played an emulated version of the Japanese game, Akumajou Densetsu.

Akumajou Densetsu was a lot more balanced and forgiving, without being a cakewalk. It still took me forever to beat Block 9, and many, many attempts to beat Dracula. I don't know how anyone beat the US version, but I bow to those that did.

I'd heard that Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos was a little bit easier than the first game, but I found it to be significantly easier. I beat it in less than a day, and it took almost a week of near non-stop playing to beat Ninja Gaiden. I enjoyed it, but felt more satisfied when I beat the first game. (I plan on skipping the third one, unless I can find an emulated version of the Japanese game.)

Next up is Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: July 17, 2018, 07:54:53 PM »
My summer reading project is all the Frank Herbert Dune books. Of course, I've read the first book several times and love it. But the second book, Dune Messiah, has repeatedly pushed me away from continuing with the series every time I try (it is a rough read, especially following on the heels of the greatness of Dune). This time though, I won't give up. I've read such good things about the later books, particularly God Emperor of Dune, that I feel like it's overdue for me to give the full series my attention. I feel like a real hypocrite, because I've proselytized Dune on so many occasions, calling it my favorite scifi novel, and yet I've never "finished" the story.  :ganishka: So currently, I'm near the end of Dune Messiah. Eagerly awaiting the conclusion so I can move on   :daiba:

Awesome! I hope you enjoy them, Walter. The first time I read Dune Messiah was rough, but I appreciated it much more the second time around. It gives the reader an insight into Paul's mind and how his prescience actually works. Even if you don't like it that much, I think you'll really enjoy Children of Dune. God Emperor of Dune is my personal favorite, after the first book. Can't wait to hear your takes on these.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: July 17, 2018, 02:09:44 PM »
Finally getting around to reading Giganto Maxia

Nice! I think you'll like it.

Personally, I hope Miura returns to that universe when he finishes Berserk.

I finished The Dragonbone Chair on Sunday and started reading the next book in the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series: Stone of Farewell.

I really enjoyed The Dragonbone Chair. It's easy to see where George R. R. Martin was influenced (he cites Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn as the series that inspired him to write A Song of Ice and Fire), but I have to say I'm enjoying Tad Williams' story a lot more than Martin's. Williams takes his time, for sure, but it all pays off in the end. I have to thank my wife for introducing me to his books; she read most of them when she was in high school.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 16, 2018, 02:34:12 PM »
Have you played Wizardry: Forsaken Lands on the PS2?

I haven't. Is it worth playing?

I finished The Revenge of Shinobi yesterday morning. I had a great time playing it. For an early 16-bit side-scroller, it was pretty cool.

Next up is Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 12, 2018, 04:27:54 PM »
The ability to break the game and fuck yourself, for one. I just talked to a co-worker the other day how I almost prematurely ended my Bloodborne run, and DID in Demon's Souls, and he relayed a story of wiping out an enemy village in the middle of Ultima III that he ultima-tely needed to broker peace with to finish the game! He even called Origin to ask if there was anything he could do and they basically told him the same, "You're fucked." :ganishka:

That kind of thing happened to me once, but in the strangest way. I was playing Final Fantasy VII for the umpteenth time in college. I saved right before fighting Diamond Weapon, but when I exited the menu it started the fight immediately (I must've entered the menu while still moving slightly towards the enemy character). During the fight, the game froze (I was playing it on a PS2), so I restarted the system and loaded my save file, only to discover that Diamond Weapon was no longer on the screen. In other words, there was no way to progress in the game, so I had to start over. I called Sony about it and the support person I spoke to said he'd never heard of this happening before. We laughed about it a bit, then I started from the beginning.

What you're doing is pretty remarkable, Rhombaad, particularly playing earlier iterations in series just to have the proper foundation for "the good one!" :isidro:

Thank you, Griff! It's just how my brain works. It'd feel "wrong" to just play the "good" ones (I've had fun playing the previous iterations, so far). :serpico:

Play 'em all for me, Rhommy! :ubik:

Will do! Though if I'm not enjoying playing one, I'm pretty quick to move on to the next game on the list. After all, I have a lot left to play. :void:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 12, 2018, 02:21:53 PM »
My god man, I can't believe you are braving through something like PS2 in this day and age, and NOT for nostalgia reasons. This little trip you're on has become pretty profound. Honestly, you should write up your overall experiences of this trip back in time through one of gaming's glory days, not specifically each game, but the overall feel of these games. What have we lost that these games have, or conversely, what have we gained that these games lacked? I think that'd be a pretty good read.  :daiba:

Yeah, when I initially started doing this, I was just going back and playing the games I'd heard of when I was a kid and never got to play (or play all the way through). It eventually evolved into me hunting down most of the best-reviewed games of all time and creating a list of them to play that is currently hundreds of titles long. (When I told one of my best friends about this, he said "You will die unfulfilled.") :ganishka:

The main reason I played through PS1 and PS2 (and will play through PS3) is to get to PS4, which is considered one of the best 16-bit RPGs ever made (at least by critics).

I think once I make it past all the 8- and 16-bit titles on my list, I'll write a piece like you suggested. I've been really enjoying this process and it's given me renewed appreciation for the art and design of these older games.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 10, 2018, 06:11:15 PM »
I finished Phantasy Star II yesterday morning. It was very impressive for being an RPG from 1989, although the battle mechanics weren't my favorite. The story was decent for the time, and I enjoyed the "twist" at the end. I'm looking forward to playing the rest of the series at some point.

Now, it's time to play The Revenge of Shinobi!

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: June 11, 2018, 06:06:44 PM »

In recent reprints, Dark Horse has changed its translation of the Sovereign of the Flower Storm from "Hanafubuku King" to "Flower Storm Monarch." Good on them for correcting that half-translated mess.

Wow. I'm impressed they cared enough to do that. Good for them.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: June 11, 2018, 06:03:48 PM »
So here's the thing... I suck at Bionic Commando. Like...a lot. Also, I've really been itching to take a shot at Mega Man 2 on Difficult, so I abandoned Bionic Commando yesterday and started playing Mega Man 2 again...and I finished it about three or four hours later. It goes without saying, but it was much more satisfying beating the game on the normal Japanese difficulty.

The next game I plan on playing is Phantasy Star II. I loved the first one, so I'm really looking forward to its sequel. I'll get back to Bionic Commando one day, since its mechanics are really cool, but I just wasn't having fun with it this time around.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: June 04, 2018, 03:24:17 PM »
I finished Phantasy Star over the weekend, and I plan on playing Bionic Commando next.

Phantasy Star is one of the best 8-bit RPGs I've ever played; I can't wait to experience the rest of the series.

I've heard nothing but good things about Bionic Commando and its unique platforming system, so I'm looking forward to checking it out.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:05:25 PM »
You beat MM1 and Ninja Gaiden and then played MM2 on Normal Easy mode!? This is an injustice, sir! Well, a shame at least; I should have warned you but after doing 1 so easily I figured you'd default to the Japanese difficulty on 2 (it's easier anyway and you can do it in a few hours if you like; I have fond memories of afternoons and late nights of Mega Man 2 and beer =). Anyway, you may move on, but know you haven't actually played the all-time classic, Mega Man 2, yet. :carcus:

It's funny that you say that. I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and I plan on going back and playing Mega Man 2 on Difficult (the normal Japanese mode, as you said) one day soon. I felt very unsatisfied beating it on Normal, although the final gauntlet was challenging. I think after playing Ninja Gaiden, I just wanted an easy game to play, but now I regret that decision. I'll make it right. :void:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 14, 2018, 04:02:00 PM »
I finished Final Fantasy II on Saturday. Man, I'm glad that's over. I appreciate the attempt at innovation with the EXP system (or lack thereof), but it just didn't work. That being said, the game was a decent amount of fun and I'm glad I gave it a shot.

I started playing Phantasy Star on Sunday. I already like it more than Final Fantasy II, but that wasn't too high of a bar to reach. It's very unique so far, and I'm really enjoying myself. I even played for about 45 minutes before going to work today. It's nice being able to save anywhere in the world, and I love the fact that I need to take notes and draw out the dungeon maps like in the good old days.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:35:33 PM »
Translation, courtesy of Puella: "I've finished my manuscripts. Now I'll go watch Pacific Rim!!"

I hope he means the first one. :void:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 01, 2018, 06:23:05 PM »
I beat Mega Man 2 yesterday afternoon. It was a lot of fun to play, but on Normal difficulty it was pretty easy after beating Ninja Gaiden. I'll probably go back some day and try to beat it on Difficult (the Japanese default), but for now I'm moving on. I'm sticking with playing Final Fantasy II until I beat it. After that, I'm not sure what'll be next. I'm adding a bunch of games from the Sega Master System to my list, so what I think I might play next may not be. :void:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:46:26 PM »
Fantastic game! If you're playing on 3DS you should have access to save states, which will dramatically lessen the frustration. The game's legendary difficulty is mostly related to the fact that if you die once in one of the later stages, you're pushed allllll the way back to the start of a really long sequence, involving multiple bosses. It's just really poor planning on the game developer's part. They didn't think it through, and so we must SUFFER.

I'm loving it so far. I'm not using save states, though, since it gives me unlimited continues. I'm on stage 6-2 right now and my right arm and hand really hurt, but I've almost got it. One more stage and the final boss to go!

Give Ninja Gaiden 2 a shot after you finish 1, even if you don't go all the way through it, there are some great moments (and music).

I plan on it, but not right away. I need to regain the use of my thumbs. :ganishka:

Edit: Just beat Ninja Gaiden!!!! Thank God that's over. I loved almost every minute of that game, but I don't ever want to play it again, haha. Next up: Mega Man 2. Can't wait! :guts:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 24, 2018, 02:08:06 PM »
Pretty sure I found it by chance, but you should know it took me what felt like a year to finish the game at the time. Objectively a harrowing experience, but it gave me time to appreciate the game to its full extent. I didn't speak English at the time either, so I didn't know what the NPCs were saying anyway. I think we had some shitty translations in the box, and there may have been some clues there, but can't remember.

Damn. Good for you. :ubik:

Is it bad i actually enjoyed playing zelda 2 more than zelda 1?
Yes. Very bad. :azan:


Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 23, 2018, 09:15:35 PM »

A guide! And here I thought you were pursuing a laudable endeavor. But you're cheating! :iva:
(Just kidding, but I enjoy playing the irate old man way too much for my own good, I should probably keep myself in check before I start yelling at kids that they're having too much fun at the park)

I know, I know. Bad Rhombaad. :sad:

If I could do it over, I wouldn't have used one (except when I got really stumped). Oh well; too late now. I'm doing my best not to use guides for any of the games, but I read so many reviews of Simon's Quest that said you needed to because of the poor localization. How were you able to figure out the tornado trick without a guide? Schoolyard talk? (I'm assuming you played the game when it originally came out; please correct me if I'm wrong.)

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