Game Progress Topic #13
TWEETER911
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(11/6/04 1:21 am)
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Game Progress Topic 13 will lower your blood pressure!

Since the other one is now at 130 posts, time for a new one, I suppose!

Started replaying Fatal Frame 2, a game I bought and beat almost a year ago, but have since forgetten a lot about...


I've made it to chapter four in about two hours. Chapter one is easy, and so is two. Three was annoying though, as there is a ghost that can kill you in one hit and you can't hurt it...you have to run back by it to find a key for the locked area ahead. After you run back you have to fight two ghosts in a rather small room for the key, then you have to run past the one hit kill ghost yet again with the key to open the area. Chapter 4 starts after you open it up...but it starts with an easy ghost, then a relativly easy sliding puzzle. Saved and stopped after that.




Mercury Crusader
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(11/6/04 2:43 am)
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Damn it! I purchased several Xbox games this weekend, but haven't played them all that much. I bought Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2 for $20, Midway Arcade Treasures for $20, Sudeki for $15, Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus for $5, and The Great Escape for $5. And the week prior, I bought Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

So I guess I'll start with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. I'm having more fun doing random crap than I am doing the missions. My "Muscle" stat is maxed out, and I'm currently working on the "Stamina" stat. I was thinking about making my guy as fat as possible, but I went against it because that would make running away from potential problems a lot more difficult.

I also started playing Sudeki. It's an alright game, and I only paid $15 for it. Didn't get far. Beat one boss, which was an ogre who was predictable as all hell. Next.

The Great Escape... Okay, I love the movie, but the game is gonna take some time to get used to. Didn't get far. Next.

Midway Arcade Treasure. It's all about Smash TV! Woo! I could play that all day!

Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus is an alright fighting game, but there is better out there. Let's just say Tao Feng is a post-launch exclusive that looked promising since former Mortal Kombat co-creator John Tobias worked on it. While it was unique, for a post-launch exclusive title, it was sad. Dead or Alive 3 beat it on all accounts, and that was a launch title in of itself.

I fear for my life with PSO. While the first two months are free, I still don't like paying a monthy fee, especially since I've already paid $50 for a year subscription to Xbox Live.




SolidChocobo
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(11/6/04 7:37 am)
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I just figured out how to make Mayonayse in Harvest Moon GBA.

What a game.




James FP
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(11/6/04 9:50 am)
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I beat the insect queen in Arc the Lad 4. I see what FO means about Darc...At first, I thought he was a really interesting character, but the farther the story goes on, the more he just acts like a big jerk and it's starting to annoy me. But I like everyone else in his party.

On Kharg's side, I liberated Sulfas from the evil empire and now I'm supposed to upgrade the airship or something.




Sotenga
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(11/6/04 1:00 pm)
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I unlocked every friggin' koffin in the Mortal Kombat: Deception Krypt. Go me. Whoo-hoo. Raiden still owns you.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(11/6/04 7:37 pm)
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I only played a few minutes of Shinobi, but I did go over the manual. Probably the most helpful technique I found in there was the "double jump, then shuriken to attack everyone". The manual also specifically suggested using the dash move to deal with blocking enemies.

After that, I got as far as the second tank in stage 3-A. That's it, though!

I don't think I was "crusing" until I got to the ninja dogs. My timer was at 3 hours by the time I got to stage 3!




Crawl and 1OOO
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(11/6/04 8:42 pm)
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...but it's also entirely possible the timer was up so high because I have a bad habit of leaving a game on, but paused. Some games don't add that to the timer, but some do. That's how I was able to get a Devil May Cry file to 8 hours by start of the second stage.


Anyway, I just made it to the boss of 3-A.

I'm kind of wavering on my first impression of this game. Sometimes, I'm thinking, "I totally don't get this." Other times I think, "Man, this game totally rocks!" But I guess that's a good sign at this point, since I expect I'll drift more towards the second opinion as time goes by and I get more and more accustomed to the game.

I also have 3 of those circular symbols so far.


Anyway, the boss is surrounded by a bunch of ninja dogs. Both he and the dogs can be affected by the shurikens. So, I plan to get them to congregate, and then TATE the boss. Wish me luck.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(11/6/04 9:12 pm)
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I beat the boss. But TATE-ing it seemed to be the completely wrong strategy for it. I got all the dogs near the boss and paralyzed them, but he kept teleporting away before I could get him. It seemed like if I was just a *little* faster I could get it to work, but then I got the idea that he'd teleport as soon as he recovered from his paralysis. So, I lured the dogs to the middle of the chamber, so I'd paralyze them but leave him alone. But that didn't work, either. It seemed like two things would get him to teleport: If he was attacked, or if all the dogs were killed.

I did try just hitting him, and running to where he'd teleport, but that didn't seem like it'd work. But then a couple of things helped. First, I noticed the dogs would all instantly disappear if he'd teleport. So, I could purely focus on hitting the boss.

The other was that one time I used ninjitsu magic, and took off maybe 9/10 of the boss's life. So, I figured with that as a head start, I could run around and eventually wear off the rest (the problem with doing that without the head start is that the boss can heal himself).

A few times, though, the magic only took off about a quarter of the boss's life. I'm not 100% sure what the difference was, but I tried killing (or stunning, whatever, since they don't really die until the TATE meter runs out) a few of the dogs, on assumption that, since that boosts my sword's power, it might also boost the magic's power. And I tried standing as close to the boss as possible when I used the magic.


I only played against the boss until I died a few times. But whenever I sensed my strategy going sour (like if I figured on using shurikens, which you only get one shot at), I'd restart. And failing and restarting repeatedly in a game is one of my favorite things about a game; it gets you into a good groove.

And this game has quite a few moments when you really feel like shouting out, "YES!" It's really cool when your sword is almost about to drain your life, and you're fighting a ton of enemies, and everything seems hopeless, and then ... you get a TATE, and all the enemies fall to pieces.




Facilitypro
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(11/6/04 9:35 pm)
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Out of all the times I've played Shinobi, I don't know whether powering up your sword powers up your magic. It powers your shuriken bursts, though.

I do know that where (and in some cases, when) you hit an ememy affects the damage you inflict.

One thing I like about Shinobi is that it's one of those games where you can just strategize about ways to get past certain parts. Some games don't offer you the opportunity to do that; namely because they're too easy.

I also like its simplicity. You have a pretty small moveset (compared to most action games these days), but a number of ways and situations in which they're useful. So success depends more your timing and approach than just finding a button combo that works and doing it over and over (e.g., Ninja Gaiden).




Crawl and 1OOO
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(11/6/04 10:11 pm)
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I can't believe it, but I think I may already be stuck in Shinobi.

I got to a room that's locked, and you need to hit those pillars to unlock it. It's a room with three spider generators.

Anyway, one pillar was easy to see, and a little harder to get to (you have to run around the walls, and there are a few gaps you have to jump past), but I did get it. But the door didn't open! And I couldn't find another pillar anywhere! There was one alcove on the upper level that I couldn't see inside. I finally found a way to get into it, but it was completely empty.

My sword sucked my life away from me there twice. The second time, I tried to keep the spider generators alive so I could refill my sword, but eventually I thought maybe destroying the generators would make the pillar appear in the alcove. It didn't (in fact, that probably doesn't even make sense within the rules of the game, but sometimes I try crazy things).

I guess I can try again and just keep looking (now that I had a few minutes away from the game, I'm wondering if I adequetly looked at the middle of the room. I thought I did. But I know I didn't look around the room from the platform where the first pillar is).




Crawl and 1OOO
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(11/6/04 11:05 pm)
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Well, don't I feel stupid. There was another alcove that was on the way to the pillar I had gotten. But because of path you take to get it, you can overlook that one of platforms you land on leads back into the wall.

But I guess I shouldn't feel that stupid, because that was the final room before the boss. So, maybe that was supposed to be the main challenge of 3-B. The enemies actually didn't pose much of a problem. They were mostly spiders that could be killed with one or two hits, they weren't very aggressive, and they couldn't block.

I also beat the boss. This was one of those weird cases where I'm still not sure I get everything. It seemed like the boss's weak spot was it's center, but it also seemed like sometimes I'd hit that, and it would still block.

Anyway, if I got all the spiders, and then hit the boss, it'd take off about 1/3, or at least 1/4, of its health. So, I figured I could do that a few times. Once, though, I got him really low, and it started climbing up the wall, and I could reach it to damage it. Another time, I foolishly used magic on it, which destroyed the spider generators nearby, and I could therefore no longer come close to a tate.

When I finally really did kill the boss, it completely surprised me, because actually got him with a TATE. That was even enough to get me an S rank.




ShadOtterdan
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(11/7/04 12:54 am)
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I beat the last episode of Ultimate Doom.




CodieKitty
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(11/7/04 2:30 pm)
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My Paper Mario arrived. Man, it's been so long since I've played this game that totally forgot just how UGLY it is. And before anybody says "Well, what do you expect from the N64", let me say this; if the N64 can handle something like Super Mario 64 or Star Fox 64, it can handle sprites on 3D backgrounds.

Graphics aside, it's still a lot better than Thousand-Year Door. Although Mario & Luigi still creams them both.

I just beat up the Koopa Bros.




Magical Yard Gnome
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(11/7/04 2:43 pm)
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I loved the graphics in Paper Mario. =/




CodieKitty
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(11/7/04 2:52 pm)
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So, I'm the only one who finds Goombario's talking animation scary as hell?

It's not just that. The sprites are grainy, and some of the sceneries appear too dull. Now, it's understandable for the Koopa Bros Fortress. But the forest by Goomba Town didn't occur to me as something that should have looked like it had a piece of thin gray film placed over the top of it.




Liontamer
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(11/7/04 9:39 pm)
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After some leveling up, I finally beat the Elite Four and League Champion in Pokemon Leaf Green.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(11/7/04 10:49 pm)
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Back to Shinobi. I made it to the boss of 4-A. It seems like it'll be pretty tough, so I'm taking a little break to think it over.




Crawl and 1OOO
The Fuzzy Physicist
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(11/8/04 12:15 am)
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I gave up on the 4-A boss for tonight, and went back to stage 1. I found all three medallions in 1-A (I previously had only one) and the two medallions of 1-B (I previously had neither).

I'm still not that great at the 1-B boss. In fact, when I beat him this past time, I used magic, and it just so happened to take off almost all of his life.




Flying Omelette
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(11/8/04 12:29 am)
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I unlocked Choco in Darc's quest, but I'll have to re-fight Droguza's final form and redo the Milmarna/Peisus sequence in Kharg's quest in order to force her into the endgame. It's really not that big a deal. I just feel silly for having forgotten to unlock her before I fought Ultimate Droguza.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
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(11/8/04 12:53 am)
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I thought you said you'd never get this "Choco" ever again?
<_<




Flying Omelette
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(11/8/04 7:34 am)
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I must be a masochist.




James FP
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(11/8/04 12:41 pm)
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I completed that Kharg chapter (nice Deus Ex Machina ending on that one) and I made it as far as where Darc has to fight two dragon bosses alone in his, but they whooped my ass badly. I guess I'll have to level Darc up a bit.




CodieKitty
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(11/8/04 6:08 pm)
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The dialogue of Guilty Gear X2's story mode was written by a drunken hobo.

Ky: Hey, you're that runaway, aren't you?
Anji: Who, me? Yeah.
Ky: There's something I want to ask you.
Anji: You want to take me in, huh Mr. Police Officer Punkass? Well, you gotta catch me first!
Ky: What? No, I...
*SOCK*
Anji: Now I'm going to continue along my way, even though I have no idea how this started, and probably wasn't going anywhere to begin with!
Ky: Hey, wait!
May: Hey, pops!
Anji: I'm not your father.
May: I know. Anybody but Johnny is "pops" to me!
Anji: ...
May: Just live with it, pops. I wanna ask you something.
Anji: You wanna take me in, huh Mrs. Pirate Punkass? Well, you have to watch me dance, first!
*SOCK*
May: Okay, now can I ask you my question?
Anji: Uh, sure, I guess...
May: What's "Japanese" mean?
Anji: Well, it's a continent that was destroyed during the Crusade. Now I'll be along my way.
Bidgette: Hey, pops!
Anji: AAAARGGH!
Me: My thoughts exactly, Anji.

I'm finally getting the hang of Katamari Damacy's controls. I rolled over a puppy!




Flying Omelette
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(11/8/04 8:49 pm)
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Besides, if I didn't get Choco, I wouldn't be able to create an all-female party in the last chapter. (There are exactly six males and six females.)

When I first got to that Darc/Dragons battle in Arc 4, I admit that I won by luck. By the end of the battle, if Darc took another hit, he would've been dead, and I had no way to heal. Luckily, he dodged the dragon's attack, and then I took the dragon out with my next attack. If he hadn't dodged, I would've lost.




CLOUDBOND007
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(11/9/04 1:56 am)
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Lord of the Rings: The Third Age

LOTR: The Third Age... This game is interesting. It's definitely the most "traditional" RPG I've played in a really long time... but it's Lord of the Rings, and that's just strange at first. You control fairly unimportant characters compared to the heroes in the books/movies, and go through the events of the same time period.

Combat is as basic as it gets. You encounter enemies randomly, it seems, and there's a screen transition as it goes to battle mode. You and the enemy take turns attacking eachother with stuff selected from old fashioned menus (the font looks like it was borrowed from another game). I can't remember when I played an RPG that wasn't trying to do something innovative with the battle system. No ATB here either, form what I can see. Everything I picked, the character would do immediately. I don't know if some other attacks may take more than one turn.

They modeled things heavily after the newer FF games in terms of visuals... most attacks are very elaborate for this early in the game. I can imagine Knights of The Round type spells later on. Enemy and character detail in battle is wonderful. Graphics outside of combat are also excellent, but there's a good deal of slowdown, and I don't like the camera rotation system.

You have special attacks that you have to use more and more often to learn new special attacks. There seems to be limit breaks too (possibly called Perfect Attacks), but I haven't reached the point where I can use one yet.

Lots of LOTR movie footage... really, a lot. Good quality stuff too, especially compared to Star Wars Battlefront. Voice acting is good enough, and music seems mostly taken from the films.

In conclusion, it's better than Sonic Heroes.




Flying Omelette
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(11/9/04 7:40 pm)
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Made it over Mt. Lamda in Arc 4. I'm now beyond where I left off before when I had to restart and redo some of the game to force in Choco.




CLOUDBOND007
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(11/10/04 8:06 am)
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I've played some more LOTR and it's a pretty fun game. Most of the interest for me is in leveling character abilities (the game is easy, but I get a lot of fun from that in RPG's) and finding new equipment because it changes character appearance both in and out of battle.

The story is setup a bit strangely, focusing much more on the events of the movies than on your party. I've got three characters now, though, and I'm in the most interesting area yet. Some large ruins.

I think I fully understand everything about the battle and skill systems now. I'm playing on medium difficulty, since it seemed the safest option.




Flying Omelette
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(11/10/04 8:13 am)
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I need to level up Kharg's party a bit. Ganz and Tatjana are WAY behind. I started taking everyone through the tournaments in Lamda. I got to the very last fight in the 30-round tourney and was about to win the item that lets you cast spells without using magic, but I was using Maru and he got slaughtered by the "boss". *sigh*

At least when you lose in the tournaments you don't get a "Game Over", so I didn't do all that work for nothing. You just don't win your prize.




bjstrykes
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(11/10/04 10:22 am)
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I finished Final Fantasy 6 and I picked up on that game of Breath of Fire 2 that I had going awhile back. Honestly, the difference in quality between these two games couldn't be more stark. Breath of Fire 2 is mostly just leveling up. The story is interesting, but it suffers from a really awkward translation. As for my actual progress, I believe I am at the final dungeon ("Infinity Dungeon" or something like that it's called), but it's taking awhile to clear the floors.




Kairobi King
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(11/10/04 12:11 pm)
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I finished Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. The game is a lot of fun, but I think it might be a tad overrated. It's a little short and easy (but still much better than I would've thought judging from past experience with the Prince of Persia series).




Flying Omelette
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(11/11/04 12:13 am)
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Kharg, Paulette, & Maru = Level 50 in Lamda Tournament.

I'm trying to level up Ganz now.

Earlier, Maru killed three ninjas with one arrow. That just plain rocked.

Still haven't won the Romantic Stone because Ganz crapped out against the Alien-headed robots.




Facilitypro
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(11/11/04 12:41 am)
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I managed to get lost in Vagrant Story. Then I cleared out the first floor of the Iron Maiden.

I got my second game over tonight, as a Lich hit me with a level 2 earth spell while I was holding a two-handed weapon (i.e., I had no shield). Each part of my body took like 80 damage. I got totally wasted.

Now I'm in the middle of teleporting to a room where I just got a key to. My map is at 60%; I think 80% is the max for the first playthrough.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(11/11/04 8:43 am)
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85%.




Kairobi King
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(11/11/04 10:40 am)
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I decided to replay Super Mario World. Last night I cleared out Yoshi's Island and the Donut Plains and started on the Vanilla Dome.




Magnus CROWE
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(11/11/04 12:13 pm)
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I'm at Fossil Roo or something like that in Final Fantasy 9. I got stuck on a boss in Chrono Cross, and I've completed 5 of the 7 characters in SaGa Frontier. I just have the rabbit/squirrel thing and Blue's quest to complete.




CodieKitty
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(11/11/04 12:20 pm)
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I was trying to play Mega Man 2 on Mega Man Anniversary Collection. Who the hell designed some of the elements of this game? Five Wily stages on one set of Weapon energy? Bosses that can only be hit by one friggin' weapon? I noticed it was set to Normal instead of Easy. I set it to easy, but didn't bother to try again. I was too infuriated.

I rolled up a record number of humans in Katamari Damacy. My sadistic laughters got so evil it spooked my cat.

Mega Man X7 actually isn't all that bad. Sure, it doesn't compare to X4 (or even X6, for that matter), but it's far from unplayable. Although, two things seriously annoy me about it:

- The voiceovers. Yeah, everyone complains about these, I know. But they are pretty damn bad. Axl's supposed to be a teenager, obviously a teenager in the peak of puberty (I asked this before, but I'll ask it agian - do robots go trough puberty?), X also has a fairly whiney voice (I'd honestly rather have the "Guhley Ehcs" voice from X4)
- Bosses have a ridiculous amount of health. I was fighting Tornado Tonion and Vanishing Gungaroo for about eight minutes after I proved to the game I knew their patterns, and any damage taken was from a control slip. And Snipe Anteator [sic] has this annoying attack where he lets out a bunch of laser cannons that can't be destoryed, and almost always hit you. I've only beaten Tonion and Gungaroo so far.

But aside from those, it's actually kind of fun.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(11/11/04 7:56 pm)
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Shinobi: Went back to 2-A, got the missing medalion there. It wasn't too hard to find. And that stage was much easier using shurikens effectively. I still only got a C rank, though... Maybe because I used magic to kill one of the bosses. I tated the other one, though.


I still have no idea what to do against the boss of stage 4-A. If the enemies there only took one hit to kill... but they don't. I think that killing enemies continuously across a gap would be the necessary skill, but it's not easy to practice that, as the only part that comes into play in 4-A is at the very, very end.




Flying Omelette
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(11/12/04 1:26 am)
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Ganz = Level 50 in Lamda Tournament! And I won the Romantic Stone, which lets the wearer cast magic without using magic stones. I'm going to equip that on Tatjana and have her kick ass from here to San Antonio.

I just need to bring up Diekbeck and Tatjana's levels and I'll be ready to go to Maluise Tower.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(11/12/04 1:43 am)
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It seemed to me like I hadn't been spending enough time with my favorite games lately, so I pulled out Goldeneye.

Mostly, I just did mixed things with it, but I think I may have refined a bit of my Aztec strategy.




Flying Omelette
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(11/12/04 6:52 am)
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I was perusing some Japanese Arc the Lad sites last night and I noticed that some sites claim that the Divine Rule created Bebedora by giving the marionette the soul of a departed child. I'm guessing this was explained in either the Japanese version of the game or its manual, because it's not anywhere in the American version.

I'm not sure I particularly care that bit of information was left out of the American version. It's interesting and it certainly would explain a lot, but I kind of like thinking she's weird just because that's how she is. And even though she's weird, there isn't anything about her that doesn't particularly make sense even without an explanation like that.

The American version of this game has one of the suckiest manuals I've ever seen...Whatever happened to the days when manuals had lots of art and character descriptions??




James FP
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(11/12/04 12:15 pm)
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I finished the Cave of Truth on Cragh Island. You weren't kidding about that being depressing. It's strange to have such a depressing chapter right after the ultra-hilarious Bebedora chapter. I guess the game wanted to wake you back up to reality or something.

I have to share time on the PS2 with DH so that's why I'm not making that much progress right now. Gradius V looks awesome, but I think I agree with Crawl about the speed-up system.




CodieKitty
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(11/12/04 1:05 pm)
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I like Mega Man X7! Although Flame Hyenard sucks eggs right out of the ostrich's ass.




bebedora
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(11/12/04 12:15 pm)
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"I guess the game wanted to wake you back up to reality or something."

As nonsensical as it was, there's a lot of "reality" in Bebedora's chapter, too, though. The effects it will have on events to come may not seem apparent right now, but they will later on. It's really a brilliant little story sequence.

Which is another reason I may not like that explanation of her origins - it would mean she has a human soul, and that would be too easy of an explanation for her actions in that sequence.

(Now if only the game didn't have an ending that someone just pulled out of their ass and slapped on at the last possible minute.)




James FP
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(11/12/04 1:34 pm)
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Yeah, I know. What I meant was that it had to wake you back to the "reality" of how bad the Dilzweld Empire really is. With all the nonsense and comedy going on, it's easy to lose sight of that. Especially since it's been pretty much non-stop in Darc's story ever since Camellia joined up.




CodieKitty
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(11/12/04 9:45 pm)
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Finished Mega Man X7 with Axl. I don't think I'm going to bother doing it with any of the other two. It's not that I hated the game, it's just that Zero's nigh impossible to use, and X has a personality that makes me want to shoot a steel rod through his head.

This version of Sigma is a huge improvement over the X6 one (of course, I don't know if that's saying much. Has anyone else here ever seen the X6 Sigma?), and at least he sounded like the translators translated him.

Axl's Grenade Launcher made both versions of Sigma a big joke. Well, I dunno if it was that, or the fact that I played through about 95% of the game as Axl and had him uberly powered up.

The first half of the ending wasn't bad, but the second half (which I think it determined by which character you delivered the final blow to Sigma with) stunk. If I can't switch out when Axl's gotten Sigma down to his last few hits and see the other person's ending, I'm just going to go read them at the MMHP.

Overall, I didn't think this game was anywhere near as bad as everyone said it was. I actually kind of like it more than X6, but it doesn't hold a candle to X, X2, or X4.




ShadOtterdan
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Playing Ogre Battle on an emulator and Ogre battle 64 on my n64. I've gotten up to the ruined city in OG and up to the Zenobian Border in OG64




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Busy with site updates, so I haven't played anything tonight.




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Tatjana started the tournament at Level 30. She's now at Level 45. She went up 15 levels in about a half an hour. All thanks to the Romantic Stone (Unlimited Magic use) and the King Statuette (doubles experience).

Diekbeck's still a bit behind, but I have him fighting alongside her in Cathena right now. I love the big flower that pops out of his head when he levels-up. ^^




Starscream
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I beat Star Fox Adventures. Itís a rather entertaining game if you get past the kiddieness of it. It is an extremely easy game...anyone can beat it if they have the time and the sanity. The ending was a big twist from the story but I was expecting it. The characters werenít all that great...reminded me of some Saturday morning cartoon characters...and the voice acting was...bad. The Dinosaur language had to much of an American accent...and allot of the characters talked funny. But those were the only things bad I could find about the game. The graphics are great (especially the water) and its easy enough to make you want to play it a 2nd time just for the heck of it (like Megaman 2). On a scale from 1-5 I will give it a 3.9




CLOUDBOND007
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In LOTR: 3rd Age, I'm almost to Moria. I've got four party members now... in battle, you have three at a time, but you can switch one for another at any time, and apparently with no penalty. Then everybody gains experience. MANY aspects of this game were borrowed from FFX... it sometimes feels like I'm playing that game. It's been fun so far, and now that I'm finished with the Dark Tower novels (which I miss already) I'll have more time to play it.

I'm looking forward to trying Halo 2, and I'm wondering if I might not get it in the mail tomorrow. If so, I'll probably divide my time between the two games. Every review I've seen of Halo 2 has been close to a perfect score, and yet many of the fans are disappointed. Yet these are the same fans who said the first game was one of the best of all time... not people who's opinions I'd really trust in any case. Maybe the game is actually good and that's why these guys don't like it :up




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I was gonna try beating Kirby's dream land without continues and post how many I ended up, but I managed to beat it without continues with a score of 333460. Now to just beat with at least one extra life.




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I was at a friends birthday party earlier tonight, where a couple of X-Boxes were set up with Halo 2. It was a lot of fun with all those people, but it seems like it'd probably be a little boring single player.

The real fun began when I played Action 52 on one of the modded X-Boxes while half drunk. I think it is the only way I could possibly bear playing through Cheetahmen (Which I finally beat, and with only minimal useage of save states).

Best night of my life? Quite possibly.




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I finished the Peisus Library and Milmarna areas last night in Arc the Lad 4. I then went back to the Lamda Temple, but got totally caugh off-guard by that part where Maru has to fight a bunch of guys on his own. I did manage to beat it, but only just barely. It's a good thing Maru had an accuracy leaf in his inventory because he kept missing, but then using that made him hit more often. I was also lucky that I was able to keep him way back and attack from a distance.

This game's battle system really is like a much-much improved version of Aidyn Chronicles. Moving everybody around in a 3D space within a set range. Attacking from behind causes more damage. Both short and long-range attacks and ability to use items or cast a spell. Spells having ranges that can affect one or more enemies, depending on the type of spell and how close together the targeted enemies are.

The main differences are:

Arc 4's battles run MUCH faster. And the animation is much better. When characters get hit, it actually looks like they're getting hit. Aidyn looks "pantomimed".

Arc 4's battles have dual-attacks.

Arc 4's battles have voice acting (which can be turned off, but it's a LOT better than Star Ocean 2's voice acting.)

It also seems like in Arc 4, you earn experience just for attacking and also for each time you use a spell, even if it's a healing spell or attribute-change spell (like Def/Attack-up or something). Whereas in Aidyn I'm pretty sure you earn experience only per enemy killed.




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"It also seems like in Arc 4, you earn experience just for attacking and also for each time you use a spell, even if it's a healing spell or attribute-change spell (like Def/Attack-up or something)."

It's like that in Kartia, too. Arc 4's battles really are like a cross between Aidyn and Kartia. I hear that the older Arc games' battles are similar, too, except they're grid-based (But Kartia is grid-based, too.)

Tatjana went up one more level after I made that post and I beat the 25-round tournament with her and Diekbeck. Won me another pair of Romantic Earrings with cut magic use by 1/3 for the wearer.




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I beat Mega Man 2 on Mega Man Anniversary Collection after setting the game to Easy and restarting. And I beat it in about an hour, while Normal was taking me forever and a day, and pissing me off to the center of the earth.




bebedora
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I wonder if that was Capcom's answer to everyone complaining that Mega Man 2 is too easy?




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Hell, if you thought the NES Mega Man 2 was too easy, you can turn on an option where Roll will contact you every so often (ala Mega Man X5-7 and Blaster Master: Blasting Again) and give you hints, as well as as a flashing arrow with Beat telling you where to go (I'm not kidding on that last one). I turned it on just because I wanted to see what it was like (I already knew everything). On a neat side, on top of the hints, it also gives the weapon select menu a Mega Man 8 look, as well as the energy meters.

Strangely, you know how in Mega Man 2, the Metal Blade destroyed Metal Man in a single hit? Well, here on Easy it only knocks off, like, 3/4 of his meter.




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LOTR... I've gone into Moria and fought that giant water dwelling creature from the movie twice. Once right outside, and once in the dungeon. It's only vulnerable to long range attacks, so the battles took longer than most.

When I reached one of the Save Points inside Moria (with is Chapter 2 of the overall game) I found out that part 1 of Evil Mode was unlocked. This lets you control various enemies from throughout the game and fight your own party with them. It's really just a series of battles, you don't do exploring or anything, but it's an interesting change of pace. It also unlocks new items that your regular party can use.

I can also now use the Save Points to travel to other locations in the game world, so if I missed a quest in Chapter 1 (which I didn't) I could go back and do it.




TWEETER911
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..Ssaay....

What is the 99 for?




Bomberguy221
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I forgot to mention that I've started a game in Secret of Mana. I just picked up Salamando and am trying to decide if I want to take on the Fire Palace or the Ice Castle first.




CLOUDBOND007
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Quote: What is the 99 for?

The original Master Ghaleon account, lost and forgotten over the years:

http://p197.ezboard.com/bflyingomelettespalace.showUserPublicProfile?gid=masterghaleon

There actually was a reason for the 99, but I can't remember exactly. I think maybe somebody already had the name Master Ghaleon at NSIDER and I wanted to have the same name both on ezboard and when using the NSIDER message center thing, so I added on a 99 for both.




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Tatjana = Level 50 in Cathena Tournament!

Diekbeck = Level 40

10 more levels on Diekbeck and I'll tackle the Maluise Tower. (It won't take very long with the King Statuette equipped on him.)




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I made lots of progress in LOTR, but I'm still in Moria. This area is a MAJOR part of the game, apparently. Lots of different areas to check out and treasure to find (this game is a lot less linear in terms of dungeon exploration than FFX, which is pretty cool). I'm now officially at the beginning of Chapter 3. Can't remember how many there are, but it's not a ton. Between 8 and 12, I'd guess. I've got 4 or 5 hours into the game so far.

Battles are exciting and easy, but not mindlessly simple as I feared. Character building is really fun... there are so many skills to learn, and finding new equipment is a pretty exciting event. There are no shops, so all the good stuff is discovered in chests and during battles.

I did another round of Evil Mode battles, and got some new items for it.

There are a total of 120 movie scenes you get to watch throughout the game, and new narration by Gandalf speaking about current events, your party, or whatever. I've unlocked about 30 so far.




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I think Diekbeck was either Level 45 or 46 when I left off. Everyone else is at 50, except Paulette who is 51.

I'm not quite sure why Diekbeck is considered this ultra-powerful character. My Maru and Paulette kick his ass in just about every aspect. Maru's faster (almost twice as fast, he sometimes gets two turns in a row, which is rare for this game), higher attack rating, has a longer range, and his defense is better. Paulette's range may not be as good as Diek's, but she has the best defense of anyone in my party.

Strangely enough, Tatjana has the best avoid rating. She dodges about 75% of the time. I wouldn't think someone dressed like that would be such a swift dodger. 0]




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I restarted my Mega Man X7 (if you save when prompted to after the credits, then load up the save, it takes you back to the beginning of the game with X, his Glide Armor if you got it, and any chip upgrades you gave to anyone. But you lose all special weapons, heart tank upgrades, etc.), and decided I'm just going to let Axl have everything. His voice may make me shudder (Axl's VA clearly tried to sound real, unlike X's VA who sounds like he's just reading a script, and a halfassly written one at that. The VA just needed to lay off the helium), but he's actually quite fun to play as.




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Diekbeck hit Level 50 in the Lamda Tournament, so I turned my attention to the Maluise Tower. I completed that area, beat Darkham, and then I chose to play as Darc in the final chapter since I played as Kharg the last time. It doesn't change the final outcome of anything, but you just get to see a few extra dialogue scenes that you wouldn't have seen using Kharg (and, conversely, if you play as Kharg, you see a few scenes you don't see as Darc.)

It's kind of funny that when I play that part where you have to fight each other, I always have to take out my favorite character first. I had to take out Bebedora first the last time because I didn't want her casting "Mind Control" on us. And I had to take out Maru first this time because he started using his Poison Arrow attack on us. It's not good to be poisoned in this game because it takes off a LOT of hit points.

I played through the Flying Castle clear past the part where you fight the Altimas boss. That battle was nowhere NEAR as difficult as it was the last time. I'm seriously over-leveled. Camellia and Tatjana are actually doing a lot of damage with their normal attacks this time. On my last game, they'd only do like 1 HP of damage. Now it's between 80-100.




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I beat the second round of Mega Man X7. I saved all 128 reploids, and had all the powerups on Axl.

Looking at the credits, I realized why Axl sounds so stuffed up and high pitched (aside from the fact he's a teenage robot going through puberty). He's played by a woman, so we got a major Ash Ketchum effect. Or else a twelve-year-old with a femenine name (hey, I have a boy's name). I don't remember what it was exactly, but it was something like "Leeane".




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One thing that's nice about Arc 4's voice acting is that although they didn't get child actors, they got actors who can sound convincingly like children for Maru and Bebedora.

I'm currently on the Wind Floor of the Flying Castle (last floor before the final bosses).




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This may sound really silly, but one thing that's nice about playing as Darc in the final chapter is that his footsteps are nowhere near as loud as Kharg's. Damn Kharg and his noisy boots!

I'm ready to fight the final bosses...I'm going to attempt it with a team of:

Bebedora, Kharg, Maru, Darc, Delma, Paulette

That's almost the same as last time, except I had to substitute Volk in for Bebedora. My ideal would be to be able to beat this game with any possible party combination, but I don't know how it'd even be possible without at least having Maru in there.




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I beat Arc 4 again with the exact party I stated above. It was much easier this time. No one died even once. I think this game should have had a level cap around 50. I beat the game in the 30's before, and this time I had everyone around 50. There's really no reason to level yourself up beyond that.


I still think this game has a mediocre ending. I swear, Kharg and Darc have Tic-Tacs-for-brains. And the English version of the end credits song is very weak. The Japanese version that was on my CD soundtrack is much fuller-sounding.




CLOUDBOND007
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Quote: Game Progress Topic 13 will lower your blood pressure!


Tweeter's progress topics are far too healthy to be enjoyable.

In LOTR, I finally finished with Moria. There were all sorts of things to fight, and it wasn't always that easy, actually. And then there was this fight with the Balrog from the movie.

This is probably the first time the game actually alters events in the movie... your party helps Gandalf fight the thing. Of course, they get destroyed after the first or second attack and Gandalf does all the work anyway. He's a temporary controllable character with a ton of HP and ability points. His attacks take off about 6000 HP from the Balrog (compared to my most powerful character's attack of 1000 HP). The battle really consisted of using Gandalf by himself, healing and restoring AP when necessary. I had to use some of my best items, which was annoying, but I didn't see another obvious strategy.

There was one technique I thought about trying, but the battle was close, and I didn't want to have to start from the last save point, so I continued as I was.

After this, I started the next chapter of the game. You have to rescue some elves, fight enemies, and other miscellaneous stuff.

I got an interesting item which lets a character learn Shadow Magic (or something along those lines). Once they learn each spell in this category, they keep it for good, but can only cast it while equipped with the item. So I can have one Shadow Magic caster at a time.




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"but I don't know how it'd even be possible without at least having Maru in there."

Actually, I do see a way that it's possible, but it would only be possible at the extremely high levels my party is at. And it would take much longer. I think at levels 30-40, you absolutely must have Maru in your party.

(And speaking of which, I was telling Crawl that it seems like Maru and Bebedora really are the "true" heroes of this story, for many, many reasons. Unlike Darc and Kharg, who seem to have learned very little by the end of the game, their sub-story is very complete.)




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Finished Maximo: Ghosts to Glory! Now I just have to decide what I want to play next.




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I made it to the top of the Maluise Tower in Arc the Lad 4 and beat Darkham. I guess I'm getting close to the end now, but man, this game was rather short, but then again, I've been playing it non-stop every chance I get. I am at about the 20-hour mark, but it just doesn't really seem like it's been that long.

I'm guessing both parties are going to meet here, so things are about to get interesting...




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I had been playing a lot of Aztec in Goldeneye. I'm still refining my strategy.

On the subject of how to make a challenging stage fun rather than frustrating, I think maybe a good idea is to have something challenging right at the very beginning, rather than have you wade through 10 minutes of easy stuff, then get hit with one really hard part.

And that relates to Aztec as I think (on 00 agent, anyway) that the first room is the first big challenge. If I can get past that room without taking a hit, then I feel like I've made some real headway towards beating the stage.

What I do now is peak my head out to the left, and take aimed shots at the guards there, then back up and wait for the guard on the right, and take shots at him.

For the room where you use the smart card, I've now taken to trying to lure the guards out. Sometimes one guard won't be lured, so I bum rush him.

Believe it or not, I just recently realized that, after the rocket destroys that room, you can go back into it and sometimes snipe a guard waiting by the terminal. Previously, I had just waited for the guards to appear in the hallway.

I'm also changing how I deal with the last few enemies in the autogun room. I've decided I can't hit the last autogun from the enclave, so I run out and into the little area where the ladder is. However, this still isn't a great way of dealing with the snipers with lasers. I'm still thinking of how to deal with them.

And, all of this stuff I'm describing is really just strategy refinement. This is above and beyond the strategic considerations needed to beat, for example, agent.

Anyway, since I had been playing so much on 00 Agent, I thought my strategy had improved to the point where earning the cheat on Secret Agent should be a piece of cake. And it was. I got it with more than a minute to spare, and quite a bit of life left.




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Restarted Toxa's quest in Kartia. I want to play up to the first battle that has the one song that's missing from the PSF set so that I can make an mp3 of it. I think it comes sooner in Toxa's quest than it does in Lacryma's. I saved at the Battle of Three Leaves Pond.




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LOTR and Halo

Played a little bit of each game today.

In LOTR, I was just doing miscellaneous quests... finding some people, getting treasure, beating a monster, etc. This chapter is about 70% complete, so it's much shorter than the first two.

In Halo 2, I finished the first main level, a space station.




ShadOtterdan
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I finished Ogre Battle, I got the world ending.




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I chose to play as Kharg in the final chapter. As much as I hated having to fight against Bebedora, I was a little worried about what would happen if Darc won. Well, it looks as though it doesn't really matter who you choose, though...Seems the outcome would've been the same.

Continued through the dark castle and, gee, I guess it's good I got used to the idea of fighting against Bebedora earlier. She's currently handing my ass to me on a silver and gold platter. This is NOT going to be easy to win...hmmm....




Crawl and 1OOO
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I just figured out another trick for Aztec. By ducking, it's possible to see a guard at the beginning of the stage while it can't see you. This allows you to get an easy head shot, and from there it's not to diffcult to head shot the guard next to him. Then, you can just swing to the right and shoot the other guard.

This makes the beginning of the stage much easier than trying to get all three head shots while under fire.

It's kind of funny: I had never used the duck in any strategy prior to now. (In fact, I might not even have known that move existed if not for Perfect Dark, which emphasizes that move a bit more) It reminds me of Punch-Out!!: In that game, you don't need the rapid return from a dodge move until Mr. Dream, and in fact I wasn't really sure how it worked until I fought Mr. Dream.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I beat Aztec on 00 Agent, Egypt on Agent.

Ducking in the autogun room was the main other trick I used.

It's possible to shoot three of the four autoguns from the vent. From there, I ran out and around to where the ladder was. Then I ducked and snuck back amongst the crates for cover to shoot the three snipers with lasers. Even that doesn't guarantee you won't take a hit, but it does lessen the chances considerably.

A few different strategies seem to work against Jaws. For one thing, a simple bum rush can work. If you're right up against Jaws, it seems as though when he holds his guns out, they'll straddle you and completely miss. The trick for that, though, is getting that close to him without getting hit to begin with, and also to do this while no other enemies can attack you. Nevertheless, I have succeeded in killing Jaws in this manner, even on 00 Agent.

This time, though, I had him run around the square room next to the autogun room. At one point, he stopped running, apparently forgetting that I was even in the room at all. In any case, it seems the trick here is not to shoot him as he runs around, but get him to shoot (which will make him stop moving), move out of the way, and then counterattack. Believe it or not, I've never killed Jaws this way before.

What I really loved about that stage was that you have to have a water-tight strategy for each part of the stage (and there are a lot of parts). At first, you might luck past the first couple of parts. But the cumulative challenge of the stage forces you to be really good at early parts (and eventually middle parts, and then the whole stage) to reliably make it to the end. Ultimately, I think Aztec is one of the best stages I've seen in a videogame.

I think FacilityPro once said that GE007 on 00 Agent was harder than MDK2. I might agree. I think beating Aztec on 00 Agent might be harder than beating Zizzy Balooba (with any character. Actually, I suppose beating Aztec at all, say on Agent, might be harder than beating Zizzy with Doc). Zizzy takes about a half hour per attempt, while Aztec for me averaged about 15 minutes per attempt. Zizzy is a lengthier commitment, but both are long enough that, after you fail, you might feel more inclined to think the challenge over rather than try again right away. But in any case, I'm sure I made a lot more tries on Aztec than MDK2 before I was successful.


Word oddity: Apparently snuck is a nonstandard word, the original form being "sneaked". But that article also says "snuck" has been used since the 19th century in America.




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Quote: I think FacilityPro once said that GE007 on 00 Agent was harder than MDK2


I've never played MDK2, but completing 00 Agent mode on Goldeneye is possibly the toughest thing I've done in a videogame.

And while I'll never be the kind of gamer who constantly seeks out challenging gameplay over other factors, it's still one of my most memorable gaming moments, certainly.

Oddly enough, I had more trouble with Control Center than with Aztec, even though from a design standpoint, Aztec seemed more difficult.




Crawl and 1OOO
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One thing I like in games is where I first discover a strategy that takes a lot of skill, and then I refine it and refine it, until I get a strategy that was based more on planning than skill.

And Aztec was a stage where I just continuously refined my strategy. I think it's good enough now that I shouldn't have too much trouble replaying the stage.

On the other hand, for Control, even on 00 Agent I mostly kept my Agent strategy (the exception being how I dealt with the autoguns at the beginning, as they weren't there on Agent). I just had to pull it off with more skill.

So, I think if I replayed Control now on 00 Agent, it could still be a very stressful, intense experience.

So, I might understand why your experience with those stages was like that.




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Crap. I hope I didn't doom that Save File in Arc the Lad 4. I can't get past Bebedora to save my life. I do have an earlier file from the Maluise Tower that I could just restart from, but there's gotta be SOME way to beat her at my current levels...

I wonder...Is it possible to beat the dragons before taking out Bebedora? Because it doesn't seem like she moves or does anything at all, but Tatjana keeps insisting we have to take her out first...but the dragons always block our path and take us out when we approach her.




bebedora
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"I wonder...Is it possible to beat the dragons before taking out Bebedora?"

The only thing I'll tell you is to try whatever you think might work. I fought that battle about 5 or 6 times before I hit on a strategy that worked. (The final boss took me about 20 tries.)

(And get a box of Kleenex ready for when you beat that battle.)




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I haven't played enough of Fable or Morrowind to post much about them yet, but I did play more of Populous. I'm so close to winning that game, I just know it. But I got to a Cake Land that I couldn't beat. Stupid mice!




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I've been working on a 1% game on Metroid Fusion. I beat the spider boss and got the space jump. I thought it was gonna get easy after that boss battle. Then I found out that Keyhunters take off a full energy tank.




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I started playing Alundra and I just cleared the boat that gets shipwrecked and completed Tarn's Manor. I can see room for this game to get really challenging, but I'm not too fond of the play control.




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I beat Bebedora.

(And get a box of Kleenex ready for when you beat that battle.)

Darc really needs to have the living snot beat outta him. If it wasn't bad enough the way he acted when his mother died, and then again on Cragh Island with Kharg, and the way he treated the Orcons for listening to Lilia's songs, but he REALLY pissed me off when he yelled at Maru in that scene. That was the last straw! Thank goodness things turned out okay, though, but I had a feeling they would.

I made it to the final boss, but I had everyone in the middle killing off the little eyeball things, then the main boss let out this really powerful attack that killed everyone in one hit. WTF???? I was using Kharg, Paulette, Camellia, Maru, Volk, and Bebedora.

Before that, it took me two tries to get past the Lilia Getmann boss. The first time I concentrated only on the boss and not the pink lizards, but that didn't work. Then I figured out a better strategy.

I really hate that you can't skip the cinema scenes because it seems I have to sit through them every time I lose to either Lilia Getmann or the final boss...




bebedora
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In defense of Darc...

"If it wasn't bad enough the way he acted when his mother died,"

This scene, believe it or not, actually caused a bit of discussion between me and Crawl. Personally, I don't think Darc really wanted to kill his mother. He's only 17, remember, and he's had an extremely difficult life. He seemed genuinely upset when he realized she really was dead. His biggest problem is that he thought his mother had abandoned him and he had all those feelings pent up inside of him all those years that he wanted to get out. And it's not entirely his fault. Why didn't Windalf ever tell him anything about his mother? It makes no sense to me.

"and then again on Cragh Island with Kharg,"

Kharg is partially to blame for that, too.

"and the way he treated the Orcons for listening to Lilia's songs,"

Okay, that I'll give you. He was just being a jackass in that part.

"but he REALLY pissed me off when he yelled at Maru in that scene."

Yes, it was incredibly insensitive, but it's just the way he's been taught. Remember in the beginning, when Delma told him that Deimos don't mourn the dead, they get revenge. And, to his credit, he was really happy and actually smiled when things turned out okay after all.




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I know that, basically, underneath the tough-guy persona, Darc is a good...whatever...but he just doesn't have to be such a blatant jerk all the time about things. A few moments later, when he thinks Lilia is dead, isn't he all touching his birthmark and acting sad about it? If I was Maru, I'd tell him, "Stop that! We don't have time for that now!" I know how he was treated by others all his life, but I thought his whole purpose was to unite everyone and change them so that they wouldn't treat people that way. Now, he's just as bad as everyone else.

And on Cragh Island, at least Kharg seemed like he was trying to be reasonable, but got pushed overboard by Darc's stubbornness.




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I'm really glad you decided to play this game because I'm happy to have the opportunity to discuss it with someone else around here. (I wouldn't bother discussing it at Arc the Lad boards elsewhere, since just about every discussion I've seen amounts to "This game sucks compared to Arc the Lad 2".)

Anyway, two questions:

1. Would things be as interesting if every character in the game was as goody-goody as most stereotypical RPG heroes are?

2. Do you think that maybe part of the point of this game's story is that people often give up their humanity to accomplish their goals? Think about how Maru and Bebedora both had a purpose, but both gave up that purpose because they didn't want others to suffer because of it. Think about what Darkham said in his speech after you beat him. Considering what he went through, he had every right to want to accomplish that goal, but look what he had to do and become to get as far as he did. (And I don't think it's coincidence on the writer's part that Darkham's name is almost a port-man-tu (sp?) of "Darc" and "Kharg".)

However, I will say that there are times when everyone, sans Maru and Bebedora, act like they have Cheese-for-Brains, especially in the ending, but I can't discuss that more until you beat the game.




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Quote: but I'm not too fond of the play control.


If you hate Alundra's play control, try Landstalker's.

I'm finding myself quite addicted to Dragon View. I quit playing a long time ago because I couldn't find the mountain pass out of that area you start in, but then I started it up a few days ago, and found the mountain about two minutes after wandering.

I just beat that ice demon, powered up the Ice Ring, then went back to town and saved (Alex is at Lv. 20)

I'm amazed at how a couple of levels in this game makes Alex much stronger. I had to hit those Ice Robots about a hundred times to kill them (I eventually did realize the Fire Ring kills them in one shot), two or three levels later, one blow was knocking them down to half.




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Yeah, Dragon View is an awesome game. I'm surprised I don't see it get mentioned more often, but then again, I guess I'm guilty of not mentioning it much either, huh?

I agree with you on a lot of things, FO, but I still think Darc is a jerk. Even if he's purposefully written that way to prove a point, it still makes him a jerk.

I might play Alundra or Alundra 2 next. Probably Alundra 2 since I'm more in a "comedy" mood right now.




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We went out to see Richard III last night. I started reading the play today, too.




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I have Dragon View on my Top 100, but it's been a few years since I've played it. I did like it a lot, though.

Yes, Darc can be a jerk at times, and it annoyed me somewhat when the plot required him to purposefully make the wrong decisions, but I still feel sympathetic towards him. And even though his reaction in that scene was callous, it's not inappropriate for his character. Consider the scene in Illusion of Gaia where Neil's parents die right before his eyes and Will's response is completely and totally inappropriate. I also like how there's a lot of symbolism involved with Darc...for example, he loses his wings right around the time he goes from being this completely good-hearted soul who only wanted to make others happy to being a power-hungry, cold-hearted conqueror.

Tonight I tried continuing my game of Kartia. I lost once at the Battle of Three Leaves Pond. Misty got nailed with three fire spells in a row and that did her in. So I had to try again. I saved halfway through the battle this time, and then I won, but I didn't save afterwards. Then, of all things to happen, the game FROZE during a story sequence!! I've NEVER seen Kartia freeze before! I didn't feel like redoing that battle (even though I have a save midway through it, it's still a lot of fighting), so instead I watched some more of my Garfield & Friends DVD's. But then I had problems with those disks freezing and skipping, too.

I hope there isn't something wrong with my PS2...(The Garfiled DVD was a bit dirty, though.)




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Weird coincidences time!

I was thinking about Kartia and Arc the Lad 4, mostly because I've been playing them both a lot lately, and because they have a lot in common. They're similar games. And they have my favorite characters of all RPGs I've played.

Okay, so here's the weird coincidence:

In Kartia, you have two teams of 5 people each with their separate quest: Toxa's and Lacryma's.

Toxa's team is made up of two males (Toxa, Duran) and three females (Alana, Posha, Misty).

Lacryma's team is made up of three males (Kun, Troy, Bachstail) and two females (Lacryma, Ele).

In Arc the Lad 4, you have two teams of 5 people each (NOT counting the hidden special characters): Darc's and Kharg's.

Darc's team is made up of two males (Darc, Volk) and three females (Delma, Camellia, Bebedora), just like Toxa's team.

Kharg's team is made up of three males (Kharg, Maru, Ganz) and two females (Paulette, Tatjana), just like Lacryma's team.

And then Toxa's team eventually gets a fourth female when Karis joins near the end (like how Darc's team gets a fourth female if you unlock Choco).

The only other character who sometimes fights with you in Kartia is Rimzan, but he's one of those ultra-powerful characters you never get to keep for very long and he appears in both quests.




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I just cleared the Pyramid (I can't be bothered to look up its name), and I had little trouble against that Jester at the end (I'm probably overleveled. I think I was at Lv. 27 when I fought him).

It's weird where mindlessly wandering around will get you in this game. Some sorceresses told me to find the pyramid but none told me where to get it, and I found it by playing the horn in front of one of those lion statues. Speaking of the horn, a woman told me to go north and offer myself to the Gold Sandworm, so I wandered around some, and eventually ran into a Sandworm that was light brown instead of dark brown. I didn't understand it at all, but when I killed it, it left the horn. Yay!




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I finally beat Chrono Cross last night... that was one hell of a game. Now I only have 10 more endings to get.:yay

And I've been playing Final Fantasy VIII on and off for awhile now, and I'm stuck at the Adel fight at the start of disc four. I've fought her for what seems like an eternity, but she just won't die. I pound on her with physical attacks, use limits when I can (Quistis's limits hit her for 9999 damage sometimes, even!), and she just doesn't die. It's getting quite frustrating... I'm starting to think I might not see the end of the game.




CodieKitty
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(11/21/04 11:24 am)
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Oookay, I'm officially lost in Dragon View. I got to the Swamp temple... only there's a moat surrounding it, no bridge, and nobody will tell me how to get in. I've tried using my mirror in front of it, I've tried the Lightning Ring, I've even tried using my friggin' arrows!

...wait, I realized I didn't use my Ice Ring...

I was able to succeed in that man's bet to slay the 100 demons, hoping that would give me what I needed to enter to temple but only got a friggin' HP Capacity (they're nice, but right now I'd rather have an MP Capacity), as well as obtaining a few a few powerups from those Triforce things on the ground.

It appears I'm missing something before the horn. I have a feeling nobody remembers how to do it, but if somebody could just nudge me in the right direction (I don't want to go to GameFAQs, or else I'll end up reading all the answers to the end of the game), many thanks.




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It's been too many years since I've played that game, but I think that once you perform the necessary steps, a bridge should automatically appear. You're missing something somewhere, but I don't know what it could possibly be...

Maybe I could pull out my old save file and take a look...




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Okay, I used an old save file and, just as I thought, as I approached Sektra Temple a light bridge automatically appeared and moved me across. There's some other quest you haven't accomplished yet, but it's been so long since I've played this game, I can't remember what it could possibly be.




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"I agree with you on a lot of things, FO, but I still think Darc is a jerk. Even if he's purposefully written that way to prove a point, it still makes him a jerk."

Besides, I think this makes up for Darc's earlier insensitivity:

Not only does he consider Bebedora a friend, but he allows her to be free. Not bad for a power-hungry conqueror, don't you think?

In Kartia, I finished the Three Leaves Pond battle (again) and this time the game didn't freeze. I started the next battle where Toxa's team attacks the fortress without him but I'm only about halfway through it.




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Hmm... I asked FO if it wasn't called the battle of Three Leaves in Kill Bill, but she said there it was called Two Pines.




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I don't remember a "Three Leaves" battle in Kill Bill, but the wedding shootout was called "The Massacre at Two Pines". The reason it's called the Battle of Three Leaves Pond in Kartia is because the ponds are literally shaped like three leaves together on a stem. It's also the first battle in Toxa's quest that takes place in an area with water.




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Halo 2 = Complete!

That was a pretty fun game, actually. Not the best of all time, and it doesn't change gaming forever, or anything silly like that.

But going in with low expectations really helped make it a fun experience. I'll post in some more detail in the Halo 2 thread later on.

I think I'll rent a GBA game next... I should get the DS by the 23rd, and the next rental wouldn't arrive until several days after that anyway.

And I've got to work on finishing LOTR... I had stopped playing it in order to complete Halo 2.




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Hm, maybe I should trek back to that dragon temple (why do these places have to have such weird names?!) in the ice area and see if anybody has any information (okay, I confess, it was going on 11 pm and I thought about it, but was too tired to bother.




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Did you find a place in the Swampy Area called Neil Village? There's something you have to do there, but I can't remember if that part comes before or after Sektra Temple...




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...no I didn't. I found a mine filled with black lizardmen who would have kicked my butt if they weren't weak to the Ice Ring (well, that and most of them were in rooms that didn't lock until I beat everyone in there, so I could just run). But I wandered around for a couple hours and found no villiage. Guess I'll have to do a little more wandering (the villiage isn't on the map).




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It's in ruins. Maybe that's why it doesn't show on the map...I hope I'm not giving away too many spoilers. That may not even be where you need to go...

You DID talk to the four Dragon Gods at the Ortah Temple, right?




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Of course I talked to the Dragons in Ortah Temple.

By "Ruins", do you mean the Jade Mine?




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No, not the Jade Mine. There is a place called "Ruins of Neil Village" somewhere around the swampy area. I think it's somewhere southeast of the Sektra Temple, but I'm not sure...

Maybe I'll try my save file again...




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Quote: On what difficulty?

Normal difficulty. I know some people like it better on Heroic and Legendary, but that's not for me. Plus, it's a rental, and I don't want to keep it for weeks or anything trying to beat those modes. Maybe if there was an in-game reward, but there's not.




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Um...actually, now I'm not even sure the Ruins of Neil Village are in the Swampy area. I continued east past the Sektra Temple until I was clear off the map and came to the town of Orusort. Have you been there?

I'll keep searching for Neil...but it's possible that comes later.

Edit: Okay, nevermind about Neil. I found out where it was, and I don't think you're supposed to be there yet. You probably haven't gotten that far yet.




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Okay, the Massacre at Two Pines was the church.

But when she killed O-Ren Ishii, it was Showdown at the House of Blue Leaves.

So, it was close, kinda, but not the same.




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Tried to avoid getting too far away from Shinobi stuff for now by trying out Nightshade. It seems much slower paced (well, the real pacing might only be slightly slower, but it has the psychological impact being much less exciting), but maybe more accessible and/or easier. [There's a tutorial mode, plus two difficulties below normal (I'm still playing on normal)] So far, I beat the first two or three stages.

Nightshade has some of the worst dialogue I've ever heard in a game. The main character's "catch phrase" seems to be (at least she says it in nearly every cinema) "This is really not my day." That really is not such a great line of dialogue that we need to hear it every ten minutes.




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Dammit! I beat the night battle at Count Shinon's Estate but the game froze AGAIN!!

Okay, I'm convinced this is because of the new model PS2 overheating. Kartia has never, ever frozen on me before, and for it to freeze twice like this, it just can't be the game. The PS2 did feel really hot underneath. I'll probably have to play with it standing up.




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I think I'm nearing the end of Metal Gear Solid 3. I like the MGS series as a whole, but I'd say MGS3's the first one I've played that I genuinely love. I'm really wishing I didn't buy it when I knew I had a nasty History exam coming up, though.

I'll post some impressions later, perhaps.




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Okay, I figured out what you had to do. Neil isn't in the swamp, it's over by that mountain in the southeast of the continent. I hadn't found Orusort, and I had to go there and talk to some chick who wanted her husband to come back from the Jade Mine (I wish I had known this BEFORE going into the mine, as I went through it at least eight times and still didn't figure out what to do), and after I got him to snap out of his Jade greed thing and beat the palette swap of the Fire Cave boss (I seriously think I'm overleveled. I took down this boss in four hits), there was a machine I had to activate... but what the heck? The dude said to hit them in the order Red, Blue, Green, but when I got in there all the switches were the same color!

After activating the switch, then the light bridge appeared. Hoo boy, that temple was irritating. It was easy, but I took WAY more damage from deep water than from enemies.




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Fucking BEAT Arc the Lad 4!! I counted. It took me 22 tries to beat the final boss and the fight where I finally beat him lasted about 45 minutes. I figured out early on that you had to keep everyone to the sides to avoid the "Return to Darkness" attack, but boy oh boy, did I have a helluva time damaging him and outlasting him. My team was:

Left side of the room:

Maru
Kharg
Bebedora

Right side of the room:
Volk
Camellia
Paulette

It seems you can keep Maru and Camellia *just* out-of-range of the boss's attacks, yet *just* within range of hitting the boss. Plus, their extensive range helped take out the smaller eyeballs while the boss was protected with his cloud shield.

Okay, I totally agree with FO about the ending. WTF?? This is only strengthening my argument for Darc being a total jerk.




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Nightshade isn't even "disappointing" because it doesn't live up to Shinobi; it's just disappointing as a game, much like DMC 2. I can't think of ONE area where Nightshade improves upon Shinobi.

(And Hibana never stops saying that, either. Although sometimes she says "This isn't your day.")




CLOUDBOND007
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Oh well, another game for my unfinished list... decided not to complete LOTR: Third Age. I was having fun with it, but then I stopped working on it to play Halo 2. And when I try LOTR again, I just don't find it so interesting anymore. I said I recommended it to traditional RPG fans... and I guess I still do. It's just... maybe I'm not a traditional RPG fan myself anymore.




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I beat Super NES Jurassic Park with some help from FO's Strategy Guide! I was amazed that I was actually able to do it. I would've chalked that one up to "unfinishable" if it hadn't been for that guide. I spent the longest time lost in the Raptor's Nest, but I did eventually get through it. Took maybe an hour for me to get through that part alone, but that's almost the end of the game anyway.




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Nightshade may well be disappointing, but one reason I tried it was to see if it'd give me any ideas for when I go back to Shinobi. And I think it has, actually. It seems you only need to make contact (as opposed to kill) when you slash an airborne enemy to jump or dash again. And you can kind of practice that in stage 4 of Nightshade, and can in fact even use that ability to climb into the air, using nothing but vertically stacked enemies as steps of a sort.

I still think targeting might present a problem... I can't figure out what advantage the player is supposed to have from making him walk extremely slowly when targeting is active. Maybe it's supposed to encourage dashing, but that's still more of a penalty than an advantage.




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(11/22/04 7:45 pm)
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Hmmm...interesting. Moving slowly while targeting never bothered me (here or in DMC). I rarely target when I'm moving on the ground. I manuever myself for an attack, then target right before I execute whatver I'm planning on doing. If I'm attacking an airborne enemy, for instance, I won't target until I jump. I often break targeting whie attacking airborne enemies as well if I want to change the direction I'm moving in. (In fact, in the EX stages, you are required to do that.)

And I think your jump only recharges in Nightshade. In Shinobi, the only thing to recharge when you slash an enemy is your dash.




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Quote:

Left side of the room:

Maru
Kharg
Bebedora

Right side of the room:
Volk
Camellia
Paulette



Your left side team is identical to mine. Your right side team is totally different, though. I use Darc, Paulette, and Delma.


Quote: Okay, I totally agree with FO about the ending. WTF??


I think I'm in agreement with Crawl that if something has an inconclusive ending, I just make up my own. I also don't think the game makes a very good case for why Deimos are worse off without magic than the humans. Humans need the magic to power their machines. But Deimos only use it to cast spells. The Deimos don't use machines, they only want to live with nature. So, doesn't this put the humans at more of a disadvantage? It's because the writers tried to make the story be about the end of magic in the world at the last moment, but that isn't what it was really about.




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Yay, me! I beat 4-A in Shinobi. I still had a hell of a time killing any enemies over lava pits.

What I tried to do was get a camera angle where I could see as much of the arena as possible, so I'd know both where all the minor enemies would be, and where the boss would be once I took care of all of them.

I tried a whole bunch of other strategy considerations (one thing that didn't seem to work was throwing a shuriken at him -- to try to guarantee my hit -- after the other enemies were stunned). Eventually, though, the battle ended pretty quickly. I didn't quite TATE him, but I did come close. When the meter ran out, I only had to hit him one more time to kill him.




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Making steady progress through Toxa's quest in Kartia. I think I'm only one or two battles away from getting that song that I want. I'm at the Battle of Eden where you fight Asty and Cross.




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Quote: I still had a hell of a time killing any enemies over lava pits.


Have fun in 4-B. (And even more fun when the floor disappears completely.)


Quote: one thing that didn't seem to work was throwing a shuriken at him


Really? That's what I do for that boss, because he tends to teleport when you get near him. Stunning him not only allows me to hit him, but if I'm close enough, I can get around him and back attack him for double damage. (I don't think back attacking is covered in the manual, but it does double damage. There are other ways to increase base damage, as well.)




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It may have been because, by the time it took me to reach him after killing the other enemies, there was barely any time left in the combo limit, and using a shuriken used up the last of that time.

But I generally could hit him three times before he'd teleport.


I also got both medals in that stage. I'm still missing a medal in 3-A and B.




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Started a new game of The 7th Saga as Esuna Busy. Just made it to the first cave.




James FP
Schmendrick's Nose
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(11/23/04 1:20 pm)
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"I think I'm in agreement with Crawl that if something has an inconclusive ending, I just make up my own."

I'm curious to know what ending you "made up" for this one.

"I also don't think the game makes a very good case for why Deimos are worse off without magic than the humans."

I think Darc got what he deserved. If he'd actually done what the spirits and his father told him to do, maybe that wouldn't have happened. Serves him and everyone else who was fighting over those damn spirit stones right. (And I guess that's what you mean by everyone except Maru and Bebedora having walnuts-for-brains because it seems they're the only two who couldn't care less about spirit stones or whether someone is human or Deimos.)


I started Alundra 2 on Normal difficulty and I just got to Mephisto's cat boss. I lost to it twice and then beat it on the third try. I can certainly see potential for this game being good. It's not enough to be powered-up and attack the enemies head-on. Dodging is just as important, and I like that you have to dodge by hitting the run button to get out of the way, so there's a lot of timing and pattern memorization involved.




bebedora
Are You My Enemy?
(11/23/04 1:35 pm)
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"I'm curious to know what ending you "made up" for this one."

Maybe I'll explain it later, I don't have time right now.

"(And I guess that's what you mean by everyone except Maru and Bebedora having walnuts-for-brains because it seems they're the only two who couldn't care less about spirit stones or whether someone is human or Deimos.)"

Bingo. They both have some screws loose upstairs, but they're intelligent where it really counts.




Lord Vyce
Lord of Women's Lingerie
(11/24/04 2:40 pm)
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Damn, everything I've heard about Arc the Lad 4 said it was the worst in the series, but now I'm having second thoughts. I hated Arc the Lad 1 and only played through half of 2. You guys make it sound like 4 is at least better than 1.




bebedora
Are You My Enemy?
(11/24/04 10:34 pm)
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"Damn, everything I've heard about Arc the Lad 4 said it was the worst in the series,"

I think Arc the Lad: Generation is going to be getting that honor, soon, if it's as...mediocre...as I've heard.

"but now I'm having second thoughts. I hated Arc the Lad 1"

Wow! You're the only person I've heard say that. What I keep hearing is:

Arc the Lad 1 = Good
Arc the Lad 2 = Great
Everything after that = slowly downhill

Care to elaborate on why you hated it?

"and only played through half of 2."

Did it seem good? A lot of people say it's the best one in the series.

"You guys make it sound like 4 is at least better than 1."

I haven't played any of the others so I can't really make a proper judgment, but it wouldn't surprise me if it is.