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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: Today at 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.)

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:40:14 PM »
Pfff, what are you talking about. It's easily one of the best games in the series. A bold, visionary title that, among other things, laid the groundwork for Symphony of the Night.

Much like Zelda II, I appreciated it for taking the series in a bold new direction, and for laying the groundwork for Symphony of the Night, as you said, I just didn't have much fun playing it. Maybe because I used a guide (which is what I heard was recommended) or because I'm playing it 30 years later? I'm glad you enjoyed it, though.

New sub-topic: What's the worst game you think is amazing/significant? :troll:

Uhhh... MGS2 for me maybe? I'll have to think on this more, because aside from the alienating story elements it's a pretty objectively impressive game.

Ah, MGS2. I hated it the first time through, and loved it the second time. And it turned out to be quite prescient, what with the metadata gathering by the NSA.

I guess some works of art are just too good to be appreciated by philistines like you guys. :iva:

We just don't have your refined palate. :void:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 23, 2018, 07:13:09 PM »
I finished Simon's Quest last Thursday. It was okay; nothing to write home about. It wasn't nearly as bad as some critics made it out to be, but it wasn't amazing, either.

I started playing Ninja Gaiden on the 3DS Virtual Console today. I'm on Act III and doing okay, but I've heard it gets insanely hard the further in you go.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 17, 2018, 06:00:38 PM »
Damn, beat it before I could even warn you! Did you use save states though or play it on something other than a regulation NES machine, Billy Mitchell!? In any case, that's impressive because the original Yellow Devil is a pain in the ass, as is the rest of MM1. MM2 and 3 are the class of the series, but they may seem a little easy to you after that one.

I played it on my 3DS, but I didn't use save states. I basically paused the game when shutting down the system and restarted where I left off (had I been playing on an NES, I probably would've needed to leave it paused over several days). I was very tempted to use a save state right before the Yellow Devil, since I was getting tired of making my way through Dr. Wily stage 1 so many times, but I didn't. That bastard was terrible, but after fighting it over and over and over again, I finally nailed the pattern and put it out of its misery (or vice versa?).

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:11:39 PM »
I just beat Mega Man. I didn't use the pause trick on Yellow Devil, either. :badbone: Much like Castlevania, I'm so glad I gave this series another try. I had such a great time playing this game. I can't wait to play the second and third one, which I've heard are the best of the NES games.

Next up for mobile gaming is Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. After reading a bunch of mixed reviews, I'm going to give it a shot and see what I think. I'll probably use a guide for most of it, since the localization is notoriously bad.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:35:22 PM »
I finished Sonic 3 & Knuckles over the weekend. I'm so glad I decided to play the original Sonic games. I had a great time with every one, but I think Sonic 3 & Knuckles was my favorite. The graphics were amazing for their time, the boss fights were enjoyable and there was a lot of extra stuff to do.

I started playing Final Fantasy II over the weekend and Castlevania while on the bus and at work (which I beat on the bus to work this morning). It's too soon to give an opinion on Final Fantasy II, but I don't mind the EXP system so far, and that appears to be the main gripe with this entry. Castlevania was awesome. I gave up on it last year when I couldn't get past the hallway before you fight Death, but I gave it another try and only struggled with Dracula himself. I'm probably going to skip Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and play Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse when I get to it on my list.

The next game I'm going to play on the bus and at work is Mega Man. I've heard I'm in for a challenge. :magni:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 07, 2018, 01:19:44 PM »
Once your finished? Oh, I see, TOP SECRET, huh? :carcus:

(I guess I could just check the lists you cited and do the math on the sequels =)

I wouldn't go that far. Simply incomplete. :void:

You should at least play through Dune II: The Battle for Arrakis (first real RTS as we define them), Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, Red Alert, and Warcraft 2 and 3 (especially as a WoW fan). Oh and before all of these you should play Populous. Just add them to the list. :iva:

I hate to say it, but I've lost interest with RTS games over the years, although as a Dune fan, I've always wanted to play Dune II.

Populous sounds really interesting; I may have to check it out. :serpico:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 06, 2018, 02:18:37 PM »
So you actually have "the list" written out already? Well now you gotta publish that with the completed titles crossed out. :guts:

Yep! I've been deleting the ones I've already played, but I'd be happy to post the full list once I'm finished with it. I still work on it now and again in my free time (usually on the bus or on my breaks at work).

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 02, 2018, 04:46:47 PM »
The List! :magni:

What games AREN'T on the list, like because you played them growing up or you're just not interested? :guts:

A lot of N64, PSX and PS2 games, though there are still a bunch on there. I played and re-played so many of the Final Fantasy games during my late teens all the way through college, then it was only World of Warcraft for years, so I missed out on most of the great games that have come out during the 90s, 2000s and 2010s.

Edit: I compiled the list of games I want to play by looking at IGN's Top 100 Games of All Time list from a few years ago, Wikipedia's list of the "greatest video games of all time" and Metacritic's top video games list. For every title on the list that happened to be a sequel, I went back and added all the critically acclaimed titles to come before it in its series, as well as all of the critically acclaimed games that came after. The only titles I skipped were RTS games, arcade-only titles and games I've already played and have no interest in replaying. Needless to say, the list is quite long, but I'm having a lot of fun working my way through it. :serpico:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 31, 2018, 11:40:44 PM »
The digital edition just went live on Hakusensha-E  for about $3:

It looks gooooooood  :beast:

It really does. Those two-page spreads are gorgeous.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 31, 2018, 01:12:44 PM »
If you liked DKC, and want to try something more substantial and challenging then after Sonic 3 give Donkey Kong Country 2 a try. It's the best of the... bunch. :badbone:

Hehe, I plan on it. It's on...the list. :badbone:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 30, 2018, 02:12:02 PM »
I beat Donkey Kong Country earlier this week. I enjoyed it a lot, but it was shorter than I expected. I still remember the first time I played it as a kid. They had a kiosk set up at the local video game store (I miss those...) where you could play it before it came out. I remember how amazing the graphics were at the time, and I still think it holds up.

Next up: Sonic 3 & Knuckles on Steam! :ubik:

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