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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 13, 2019, 04:40:48 PM »
Snow and ice have been keeping me from work until today, so I finished Secret of Mana and Castlevania: Rondo of Blood between Friday and today.

I'm so glad I decided to give Secret of Mana another chance on the SNES Classic. Playing it on my iPhone a year or two ago just didn't do it for me, but I had a blast playing it on the big screen. The story wasn't much, but the gameplay was amazing, as were the graphics and sound. I can see why so many people loved this game as kids and still feel such a strong nostalgia towards it.

Rondo of Blood was awesome, too. I'd heard over the years that it was the best "classic" Castlevania game, and it didn't disappoint. I still think Super Castlevania IV is my favorite so far, but Rondo of Blood is a very close second. I can't wait to play its more famous sequel, Symphony of the Night.

Right now, I'm playing the last NES Mega Man game, Mega Man 6. So far so good. It's a Mega Man game, after all. :serpico:

Vagabond / Re: Vagabond Statue
« on: January 31, 2019, 08:37:46 PM »
Amazing! I love it. Just wish I had the money... :sad:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 09, 2019, 10:19:15 PM »
Wow, switching between platforms like some kind of maniac!  :ubik: Your X-Wing experience is also mine. I've unfortunately never gotten into those games because of the confusing controls. Games like Colony Wars on PS1 are my brand of space sim.

That's me! I'm sticking to chronology vs. systems, so I'm going to be all over the place for the duration of this massive project of mine.

The core mechanics in SoM are solid. Charging up and then unleashing feels great.

I got the sense of that when I was playing it on my iPhone, but the controls were so terrible I never felt like I truly played the game.

But the game has a rough/unfinished quality to it, mostly the story, and that's because it IS a slightly unfinished (was a CD game converted to cartridge at last minute). So don't let that hold you back. The combat, visuals, and interplay between teammates is what makes that game awesome.

Cool! I'm looking forward to it. I'm hoping my wife can join me if she feels like it. She's never played an RPG before (she didn't grow up playing video games, but she's starting to get into them), so I'm not sure how it'll go over. She mainly likes watching me play.

Swapping between a bunch of stuff, myself. Obra Dinn for PC, FF12 on PS4, and I just got the new Pokemon game for my son.

Nice! I may give FFXII a shot on the PS4 again, but I haven't decided yet. Even if I do, it'll be a while. :void:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 09, 2019, 08:39:18 PM »
I beat Alone in the Dark in a matter of hours, but it was fun seeing where the survival horror genre got its start. Despite the dated visuals, I really enjoyed the experience. I just wish they'd made good sequels to it so I could give them a shot.

I managed to finish Course 2 in Star Fox, but Course 3 is giving me a hard time. I'll beat it eventually, but it may take a some time.

I tried playing Star Wars: X-Wing, but I didn't have a very good time. The controls seemed needlessly complicated, and the game just wasn't very much fun after playing Wing Commander I and II.

I played and beat Kirby's Adventure on Monday. It was a little more challenging than the first Kirby game, but not by much. I was very impressed with its graphics and gameplay, though, especially considering it was an 8-bit NES title. They squeezed a lot of juice out of that little machine by the time it was winding down.

I'm currently playing Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master. It's not as difficult as The Revenge of Shinobi, but it's still a lot of fun.

After that, I'll be playing Secret of Mana again; this time on my SNES Classic. I can't wait. :serpico:

Site & Forum News / Re: BERSERK emoticons!
« on: January 04, 2019, 05:24:50 PM »
Good work! :ubik:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 02, 2019, 05:47:12 PM »
Seeing (and hearing) Corneria for the first time was one of my most memorable gaming moments. PC flight sims had done laps around Starfox by that point in gaming, but I wasn't exposed to those games, so it looked and felt incredible. Now, not so much!  :ganishka: I did finish Starfox 2 last year though on the SNES Classic. It really wasn't bad. Super easy by comparison though...

Same here! My friend and I were huge Star Wars fans (I still am), so that made it even better with all it's little SW references.

The graphics don't hold up, but I don't mind them, since it's still fun to play.

I'm looking forward to playing Star Fox 2, as well. :void:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 02, 2019, 05:18:20 PM »
Star Fox was an important game when I was a kid. I remember my buddy, Matt, circling the date it was going to be released on his calendar. We both salivated in anticipation of the release date, and when he finally got it, we must've played that game for 10 hours straight.

However, neither he or I could get past Stage 4. But yesterday, after 25 years, I finally beat Star Fox on the normal difficulty. It was glorious. Then, I was promptly destroyed after attempting the harder difficulty setting, so I think I'm going to play Alone in the Dark between future re-attempts. :guts:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 31, 2018, 09:49:10 PM »
I've been wanting to get a PS Vita for a long time now because I fancy my PSP so much, but I never got around to it, and now they're going extinct. Good call from your wife.

She's the best! :guts:

I finished playing Final Fantasy V. Man, that might've been the toughest FF game I've played. Omega and Shinryu were hard as hell, but Neo Ex-Death was something else. I loved the job system and wouldn't mind playing the game again at some point in the future, if only to try out new combinations.

Next up is Star Fox!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 28, 2018, 11:49:45 PM »
Is Xenogears on your list? It's legit the greatest series that never was.

It is. :void:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 28, 2018, 06:38:38 PM »
My wife got me a PS Vita for Christmas so I can play all of the PS1 games on my list when I get to them. I couldn't wait to try it out, though, so I played a lot of Rayman last night (the first PS1 game on my list, which is about 40 games away, hehe). It was a lot of fun, so I'm really glad I was able to get a PS Vita before they eventually become unavailable.

Hope everyone else enjoyed their holiday!

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: December 26, 2018, 02:14:26 PM »
No episode 11/01 in Young Animal.

Thanks for the update, Heiji.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 26, 2018, 02:13:54 PM »
I hope all the Christmas revelers are enjoying time with friends and family today! I opened my gift from Rhombaad, and it was the Dragon Quest Illustrations book that I'd been wanting! I can't wait to take a trip down memory lane with all those illustrations! Thanks friend!

You're most welcome! I hope you enjoy looking through it, and I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday. :serpico:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 13, 2018, 06:35:42 PM »
Speaking of presents, I received my gift from Rhombaad for this year! In the spirit of Christmas, Iíll be waiting to reveal my gift until the 25th! Thank you Rhomby, I canít wait to see what you picked out. :serpico:

Nice! Youíre welcome! Hope you enjoy it!

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:40:11 PM »
No episode 28/12 in Young Animal.

Damn. There goes my bet. Oh, well!

Thanks for the update, as always!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:39:32 PM »
Man I remember when I first watched Spirited away mostly I was disturbed through most of the movie being how young I was. Mostly the old lady with the big head gave me some nightmare fuel Though "End Of Evangelion" and "Berserk" made me realize it was not that disturbing of a movie after all at least compared to those.

Yeah, I can see it being disturbing for younger viewers initially, what with her parents being turned into pigs and being left all alone in a scary place. It reminded me a lot of the Disney films I grew up watching in that respect. I didn't care for Spirited Away all that much the first time I saw it, but it's grown on me immensely over the years. Princess Mononoke is probably my favorite Miyazaki film, but Spirited Away is a very close second.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 11, 2018, 04:45:44 PM »
Oh, just wait until Mega Man VI, even Dr. Wily is phoning it in at that point. =) The X series eventually goes through the same thing too, and then offshoots to the Zero series, etc.



Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 10, 2018, 02:52:24 PM »
I have fond memories of MM5, lots of silly fun ideas, and it nerfs the Mega Buster so you can't keep it charged through damage, which I think is for the best, but it also marks when they basically ran out of gas on the main series. After that they're pretty mediocre for a while, and even the SNES version, when X really took the mantle. It wasn't until MM9 that the main series got interesting to me again.

That sums it up perfectly. I've read a lot about Mega Man, and that seems to be the general consensus for the main series. Mega Man X took things in a better direction (can't wait to play it), and then they did some fun, innovative things with the Legends games (can't wait to play those, either). I enjoyed Mega Man 5, just not as much as the others, and you could tell their hearts just weren't in it anymore.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 09, 2018, 02:08:15 PM »
I finished Mega Man 5 on Friday. It was a lot less difficult than the previous MM games, but I still enjoyed it. It was more MM, after all. :guts:

Next up: Final Fantasy V!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 09, 2018, 02:07:19 PM »
I received my gifts from IncantatioN the other day:

Thank you so much, Piraan! My wife and I watched Spirited Away yesterday afternoon. We'd only seen it once 17 years ago when it first came out on DVD. I think we enjoyed it even more this time around. Thank you for helping us move one step closer to a complete Miyazaki collection. Thank you for the Berserk figurines, as well. That was very generous of you. They're now swarming my movie shelf. :void:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 30, 2018, 04:34:33 PM »
I finished Gargoyle's Quest II on my second break at work yesterday. Both it and the previous entry are nice little platforming gems, and I'm glad I stumbled upon them.

Up next is Super Castlevania IV! I played it once before on my 3DS, but it was murky and hard to see, so I'm playing it again on my SNES Classic. I played a little bit of it this morning and it's much easier to navigate, now that I'm not squinting. Plus, it's an amazingly detailed game that's held up very well over the years.

Edit: I finished Super Castlevania IV and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Master System). Super Castlevania IV was even better this time around. It's such a well-designed game. I've become a major Castlevania fan-boy, too.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was difficult, but after several tries I ended up collecting all of the Chaos Emeralds, opening up the final stage and "real" ending. For a Master System game, it was pretty damn good.

Next up is Mega Man 5!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 27, 2018, 06:57:07 PM »
Same, though I only got a few hours of games in.

Well, you do have a kid. It's just me and the missus. :void:

I'd put it on my personal Top 10, and the sequel is also good (Seiken Densetsu 3) with a translation patch. I actually loaded up SD3 on my SNES classic as well. Playing that game in English on a TV has been pretty much a lifelong dream of mine.

Nice! Seiken Densetsu 3 is on my list, as well. I'm looking forward to playing it, since it's supposed to be a more complete game than Secret of Mana. I know they had to cut out a lot of stuff since it was originally going to be a disc-based game for what ended up becoming the PlayStation.

BTW, I also picked up a new PS4, though not a Pro. I'm not made of money, either. :serpico: The old PS3 was finally starting to burn out. I think the cooling gel is starting to wear off; the fan is going almost full-blast all the time. It's nice to have a nice, quiet console again.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 26, 2018, 04:34:49 PM »
Wow tearing through games one after the other, you're a monster  :zodd:

Hehe, well, it helps that I had most of last week off from work. But yeah, I think it's going well so far. :badbone:

What's beeen your biggest disappointment so far, in terms of how much you expected to enjoy a game, versus how it had aged?

Hmmm, probably Secret of Mana. However, I think a lot of that had to do with playing it on my phone. I've since purchased the SNES Classic, so I'm going to play it again on that and see if being able to control the characters a little better helps with the experience, since I've heard the game is one of the best ever.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Tsume-Berserk
« on: November 25, 2018, 04:07:24 PM »
It looks cool, but it's way too expensive for my wife and I to afford. Not sure where we'd put it anyway. :void:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 25, 2018, 04:05:44 PM »
I wasn't able to complete Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade! because of the same slow-down issues as before, so I watched half of it on YouTube to see the story. After that, I beat Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi, but I wasn't able to beat the last mission of the first expansion, Special Operations 1, so I watched the ending on YouTube, as well. However, I was able to beat Special Operations 2 pretty easily this morning after beating Kirby's Dream Land in about 25 minutes yesterday evening. It's been a video game-heavy Thanksgiving vacation, that's for damn sure.

I really enjoyed Wing Commander II. It was a pretty big step up from the first game, with a lot more focus on the story. The missions were a lot of fun to play, though, and I especially enjoyed the ones with torpedo runs.

Kirby's Dream Land was fun, too, but it was way too easy and way too short.

Next up is Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 14, 2018, 12:45:24 PM »
I beat Sonic and Mega Man 4. I think Iím turning into a Mega Man fanboy. Iíd heard Mega Man 4 wasnít as good as the first three because of the addition of the Mega Buster, but I loved it. I continue to be amazed at what companies were able to do on an 8-bit system.

Next up is Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade!

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