Game Progress Topic #15
Some Guy
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(12/6/04 3:01 pm)
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Game Progress Topic #15. Because of something.

Anyway, I've rescued 88 hostages in X7 (which sucks, BTW), unlocked X, and defeated two out of eight Mavericks.




CodieKitty
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(12/6/04 5:46 pm)
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Am I the only person in the world who liked Mega Man X7 (except I think UC liked it...)? Who are you playing as exactly? I admit I found X and Zero pretty much unplayable.

Axl's fun to use in Command Mission. His Action Trigger has you punch in a series of buttons, and depending on the combination he turns into a boss (except... in X7 he specifically said he could only turn into reploids that were his size. While Wild Jango and Mach Jentra are in that ball park, Heavy Nautillus and Silver Horn are MUCH larger than Axl). It works kind of like the level selection in Darius Gaiden. You started out at Level 1, then you could chose level 2 or 3. 2 let you go to 4 or 5, and 3 let you go to 5 or 6, and so on. The boss you end at is the one Axl turns into. If you fail to punch in a combination on time (or end up on a boss you have not defeated yet) he just does a roll and shoots for pretty pathetic damage, but now I've got it down fairly good.

And I hurt my palm by using Cinnamon's Special Trigger. You spin the right control stick as fast as you can, and I always end up using my palm. I did this with Mario Party and it eventually started giving me blisters...

I beat Shadow and returned the pixaxes to the correct robots. My favorite party consists of Axl, Spider, and alternating Cinnamon, Zero, and Massino (I started taking a liking to him). I only use Marino and X when desperate. I just don't like Marino, and X is flatout dull.

I also watched a video cassette my mother gave me containing that Star Trek "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode. I loved it!




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/7/04 2:19 am)
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Sword of Mana finished... finally

NO MORE SWORD OF MANA FOR ME!!!

I finished the stupid game, finally... took about 11 hours. So easy I felt like I was playing with cheat codes activated most of the time... you guys wouldn't believe how boring that game got near the end.




lighthouseboy
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(12/7/04 3:02 am)
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Re: Sword of Mana finished... finally

I just got all the ancient book treasures in Star Ocean:till the end of time. The guide says there is supposed to be a new scene opened in in Suffurio, but of course there isn't, and the guide proves itself useless yet again.....




ShadOtterdan
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(12/7/04 11:11 am)
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Beat Contra the second time through with no continues, and I also beat Castlevania:Harmony of Dissonance with all of the item drops, max ups, and items bought from the shops. I also got the good ending and beat all of the boss rush modes with Simon Belmont.




bjstrykes
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(12/7/04 11:24 am)
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I finally beat that damned Reptilicus Maximus boss in Alundra! It must've taken me close to 70 tries. I'm not exaggerating. I returned to Inoa Village and entered Giles's nightmare. I'm stuck on a floor switch puzzle, but it probably won't take me too long to figure out. (Can't be anywhere near as hard as that reptile boss, anyway.)




Smorgasbord!!
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(12/7/04 12:14 pm)
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I made it to Jupiter on Gyruss (PSX Konami Arcade Classics version). Two more planets and I'm home free!




FlowingMindspin
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(12/7/04 1:43 pm)
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I had a pretty good time with X7. It's a great rental, IMO.

As for game progress... uh... replaying Chrono Cross (not very far), STILL STUCK ON THAT DAMN SORCERESS IN FF8 (going to break the game soon), and trudging through Crusader of Centy for the Genesis. I've never beaten it, though I did rent it a lot when I was younger. It's a neat game.




CodieKitty
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(12/7/04 6:02 pm)
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...

NOOOOOOO!!!!

MAJOR Command Misson spoiler. Don't highlight if you plan on playing the game anytime soon.





Spider went and blew himself up! I beat that Ashura boss, and in order to escape Spider blew "Ashura" and himself up! Why, Spider?

I almost cried. Couldn't somebody worthless have blown themselves up, like Marino? Or better yet, Zero? I mean, the guy's like Kenny. You destroy him, and he's revived the next game.

One of the many things I like so much about Axl is we seem to be on the same wavelenth on a lot of things. I talked to him after getting back to base, and he said something like "Why do all the good guys have to die? It's not fair." My thoughts exactly, Axl.








FlowingMindspin
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(12/7/04 10:29 pm)
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All this Sword of Mana talk from Cloudbond inspired me to start another campaign. I chose the male character and I just made it to Topple. I'm tired, so I'll pick it up tomorrow when I'm more alert.




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(12/7/04 10:45 pm)
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Blinx tires me out very quickly. I think it's because of how washed out the graphics look and all the damn stupid lighting effects. I got all but two Cat Medals in the entire ice world. I'm guessing that the two I'm missing are behind the two 16-ton weights in Stage 3. I tried fighting the boss, but it actually is rather tough. You're practically forced to do this battle with a full stock of 10 pauses. And even then, I don't know how to avoid his final attack. I could stock a FFWD to give myself a barrier for that attack, but then I'd only be going on 9 pauses. I'd have to make that last shot count...




Liontamer
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(12/8/04 1:48 am)
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Quote: NO MORE SWORD OF MANA FOR ME!!!

I finished the stupid game, finally... took about 11 hours. So easy I felt like I was playing with cheat codes activated most of the time... you guys wouldn't believe how boring that game got near the end.



Gee, way to build up a game and make me feel good about a recent purchase, CB007. At least I only paid ~$13 for it new.
I played the first couple scenarios in Fire Emblem and tried to download the bonus items from the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! bonus disc into my game, but I think I must not have done it right. Has anyone here done the d/l from the bonus disc into Fire Emblem before?




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/8/04 1:49 am)
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Heh. Well, now maybe you'll go in with low expecations and get more out of it than I did.




James FP
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(12/8/04 10:07 am)
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I figured out those two rooms in Alundra 2. I don't remember what I did in the one room, but in the other with the sign I mentioned before, what I didn't realize is that your ring could be used to do what I had to do to escape that part.

So, um, yeah, then I followed the Children of the Crown to Varuna City and got landed in jail. Escaped the jail, but now the Baron sent me off to the Seagull Ruins. I'm currently stuck on a puzzle in there.




TWEETER911
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(12/9/04 12:51 am)
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I've been busy playing VJ2....I WOULD have made the topic but...eh...oh well.

I beat it, and I'm ready to play it again.
Final Boss is the best fight in the game, and has really catchy music.



I bought FF1 for GBA. Yeah, it has ff2 also, but who the fuck cares about FF2?!
I killed Lich and then the...uh..fire feind whose name escapes me.
My party consists of Fighter (not warrior!) Red Mage, White Mage, and Theif.
I forget where the hell you go next...I'll wander around till I find something. ^_^




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/9/04 12:26 am)
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Tactics Advance, Mario Vs. DK

I played a little bit more of Mario vs. Donkey Kong. This is an interesting game, and I can see some people finding it amazing. But I doubt I'm going to finish it... just not my kind of game.

Also played some more of FF Tactics Advance. I like it more than I expected, but certain things are a little too difficult. For example, buying equipment can be a lot of work, since there's no screen showing if what you get is an improvement or not. And you have to factor in that the equipment is the way of learning abilities, like in FF9, so the thing with the best defense or attack might not be the best item to buy.

Battles are enjoyable so far, though. I get the feeling it's going to be a much better experience than Sword of Mana, anyway.




Flying Omelette
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(12/9/04 1:29 am)
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I updated the Cameos Database. No game progress tonight.




GaveUp
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(12/9/04 1:39 am)
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Lunar Legend

Well seeing as I have a nice case of the flu during finals time (as I have for so many years in a row) I have been playing Lunar Legend instead of doing all the papers I should be doing. Right now I'm up to just after I goto visit the Red Dragon and my balloon crashes. I must say that I'm finding this game really fun. I played a little bit of the first one before it killed my psone and all the movies in it drove me nuts ... I mean sometimes I just want to play! Lunar Legend just lets you do that so, YAY! :)




ShadOtterdan
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(12/9/04 12:53 pm)
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I got an ISO of Megaman X6, I just had to get it after hearing about drunken hobo sigma. I've beaten two levels already.




Magnus CROWE
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(12/9/04 1:10 pm)
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I beat that Virgil boss of Riki's quest and then realized something...I did beat her once before but totally forgot that I did. What happens is that you're then sent to the last boss, and the last time I got here I got screwed over because you lose one character from your party. Since I had forgotten all about this, I naturally lost AGAIN and had to re-fight Virgil, but this time I prepared by leveling up another character to replace the one you lose first. Then I beat Virgil again and then beat the final boss of that quest.

I'll get back to SaGa Frontier in awhile. Right now, I want to finish Chrono Cross and get some more endings.




Flying Omelette
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(12/10/04 12:45 am)
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A funny thing happened in Blinx tonight. I was missing the last two Cat Medals in the last ice world. I got one from behind the 16-Ton Weights, but I couldn't find the other. As I was about to leave the stage, it seemed like there was another part of the stage down below me that I hadn't been to before, and I pondered if that's where the other Cat Medal was missing. I figured I didn't have enough time to check it out now and I just wanted to leave the stage with the medal I had. But as fate would have it, I slipped off the edge and landed down there anyway. With less than a minute to go in the stage, I quickly looked for a way back up, and on the way, I found the other Cat Medal. I did manage to get back up and to the exit before the time ran out. So I'd gotten all the Cat Medals in the game to that point.


Then I fought the boss again. This boss was actually the best thing about the game so far. The thing with this boss is that after you hit him, he causes the part of the floor that you're standing on to fall away. So I had to plan out a strategy to make him only destroy certain parts of the floor. Otherwise, I'd end up getting trapped. I did beat him after maybe 4 tries.

I started the next stage (a factory setting) but I reached a room that I don't know how to deal with yet. There's this bolt in the middle of the room emitting electricity and about 4 enemies in there. It's impossible to do anything in there without taking a hit. I wonder if it's possible to destroy the bolt...

BTW, every stage in this game after the first two looks totally ripped off of a Donkey Kong Country level. You have caves, jungle, temple, mines, ice, and now factory. And pre-rendered backgrounds used for the level select look like they were taken right out of a DKC game.




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/10/04 2:56 am)
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More Tactics Advance

FF Tactics Advance is still entertaining, though I'm still in the early stages. I can imagine this game becoming very easy, too. But unlike Sword of Mana, I don't think it'd be enough to destroy the game's fun factor completely.

The game has an interesting mission setup. Those who played Tactics on the PSOne probably remember those where you'd send one party member out, and they'd return later to report success or failure. Those are still there, and as uninteresting as ever, but now you also get missions from pubs that have your main party travel to different areas for standard battles. It seems, at least at this point in the game, that the critical story missions for advancing the game are also taken here.

The game has just introduced something new, the Clan system. You and your party members represent a clan, and each clan wants to control a certain area for better prices on things, respect, etc. It's basically a way to implement random battles and have them be slightly more interesting than usual... at least, that's my best guess. I think if you mess around with this, you actually will get discounts and such.

At any rate, I think this will be the first time I can do optional battles to level up characters and get ability points.


Right now, I've cleared about 8 missions. The battle objectives have always been to defeat all enemies for one reason or another. The only exception was where I had to destroy a magic weather generation machine of some sort. I defeated all the enemies anyway, since I wanted the experience at that early point in the game.




sethrashnoo
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(12/10/04 11:13 am)
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I finished Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. And last night, I beat BJ in 8/10 rounds of Air-Sea Battle for Atari 2600. :grin




CodieKitty
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(12/10/04 12:43 pm)
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On Command Mission, I got the Tornado Tonion-Byte (Mega Man X3 for those who are wondering) lovechild telling me what a jerk I am, then asking me to come fight him. I actually saved and quit, and tried to play the Mega Man X8 demo.

How sad that this is the main reason I chose the PS2 version of Command Mission over the GCN version. It's virtually unplayable. The reason for this isn't the game's mechanics (it shows lots of promise); it's because the dash is assigned to the Circle button, the one on the far right of the controller face, and it can't be changed.

Why has Capcom still not figured out that this does not work? Since the first Mega Man X, they have had it automatically assigned the dash awkwardly to the button on the far right of the controller face ("A" for the SNES and "Circle" for the PSX/PS2) and I have had to manually go in and change the Dash to the right shoulder button (R1 in the case of PSX/PS2). And in the SNES Mega Man X's, there's nothing to save this configuration so you have to change it every time you start up the game. Not only is it a million times more efficient (I'm beginning to wonder if all the complaints of X7 control problems is a result of nobody having the intelligence to change the dash to the R1 button), but it's not like I ever use the *cough*"Quick" weapon select (or whatever the hell X7 used R1 for). What's so quick about it? I have to dodge enemy shots while trying to figure out which weapon is which? Has ANYBODY ever actually used that function?

And I hope they use the same VA's for the full American version of X8 as they did for Command Mission, because Axl sounds even more femenine in this demo (the voice acting in Japanese) than he did in X7. In fact, if this were the first time I ever saw and heard Axl, I'd probably think he was a woman and was on steroids during Command Mission. He's not super deep in Command Mission, but if the Command Mission VA got over his cold in time for the voice recording for X8, they'll have finally hit the bullseye.




Flying Omelette
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(12/11/04 1:27 pm)
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I beat that stage in Blinx and got two of the Cat Medals along the way. (One medal can't even be avoided.) I tried the stage again and found the other medal, but I died before I reached the end of it.

Generally, that stage isn't as hard as I had thought it would be. It's actually a really short stage. The room with the bolt is the only tough thing about it and there are ways to make that easier...(though you can't destroy the bolt as I had hoped).




CodieKitty
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(12/11/04 3:59 pm)
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I beat up Botos in Command Mission. He was kind of irritating. He had two little helpers who healed, but thankfully they seemed to focus more on healing each other than Botos, or just attacking with fire. Axl's Hyper Mode also came in handy. Sure, it may be boring (he just turns into a blue silhouette of himself. Spider's is the exact same, except black), but when Axl (and Spider) is in Hyper Mode, he not only gets a major attack boost, but he's completely invincible. That's right. He can get slapped, nuked, laser beamed, set aflame, thunderbolted, pile driven, spiked, or maybe even all of these in one turn, but the damage reading will always be 0. But it doesn't last long (which is why I give him any Build Hypers I get) and he can't be healed while in Hyper Mode. Then again, he's not taking damage, so he really doesn't need it. And since I have him heading the team Botos and his buddies seemed to focus on him, even though their attacks went right through him. When I got back to base I made a few deployments, went to the Teleport Center and into the Ulfat Factory, came back, got some goodies, redeployed, saved, then quit.

I had to go take my ACT this morning. Eh, it could have been worse. Much worse.




Some Guy
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(12/11/04 5:21 pm)
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Quote: I had to go take my ACT this morning. Eh, it could have been worse. Much worse.

Anyway, if you pass the English part with more than a 30, I'll be surprised.




CodieKitty
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(12/11/04 5:24 pm)
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I'll be surprised if I pass the English part with more than a 30. English is far from my forte.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(12/11/04 5:35 pm)
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I would have thought that writing on message boards would improve people's English (so long as they're not writing in "l33t" speak).




Magical Yard Gnome
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(12/11/04 11:24 pm)
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I got up to level 9 in Zanac. One day I'll beat this game.

I've noticed that level 4 is the "make or break" level for me. If I can get through it without dying more than once I'll probably get pretty far in the game, otherwise I'm screwed.




Flying Omelette
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(12/12/04 12:27 am)
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I believe Level 4 is the level I could never get past when I first bought that game years ago. I didn't get past it until recently when I started playing the game more and eventually beat it.




Flying Omelette
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(12/12/04 1:57 am)
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Got that Cat Medal in Blinx. Was unable to beat the next stage. There's one part where you have to scale a couple of gears, and if you don't pause them at a very exact moment, it's impossible to scale them.




Flying Omelette
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I beat that stage in Blinx and got one of the medals from it. I know where the other two are and how to get them, but I failed on my last attempt. It would seem there's no way to get the first medal in that stage without sacrificing two hits. The other one will require precise use of the Pause function.

I attempted the next stage and made it to the end, with two Cat Medals in tow, but there's a lava-covered platform you need to traverse to make it to the goal, and I couldn't figure out how to get across it. =/




Facilitypro
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(12/12/04 1:18 pm)
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I'm home for christmas, which means I ought to get quite a bit of gaming done.

I started with some R-Type Final (gained 2 new ships) and Shinobi (stages 1-4), then I decided to try a new game. I chose Tron 2.0 for XBox.

First, I must say that some of the text in this game is impossible to read. It's gotta be some of the smallest text I've ever seen in a game.

Anyway, I just watched the openeing scene and did some of the tutorial stuff. The opening scene had a funny moment. In the Tron movie, Alan is pissed after discovering he is locked out, and one of his coworkers goes "Alan, do you think I can have some of your popcorn?" In the game, they did a scene based on that moment.

The controls are similar to halo. However, the sound your footsteps make is annoying. It sounds like they tried to recreate the footstep sound from the movie, but it sounds retarded--as if it's singsongy. I keep getting these "Jaws" theme sounds. Moreover, your footsteps are always at the same rate, whether you're running or walking. So you're inching forward, and your footsteps are rapidly hammering along, which makes it seem like you're merrily tiptoeing down the lane.

I haven't really gotten to any gameplay stuff yet, but I'll keep you posted.




Crawl and 1OOO
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Back to Shinobi for me.

I went back to 3-B and 3-A and picked up the medals I was missing in those stages.

I almost think that 3-A is a harder stage than 3-B. However, by now I figured out enough tricks for it.

The 3-B medal was almost in plain sight. I know it I saw it even the first time I beat the stage, though I skipped it. At first, I thought it might have been necessary to run along a wall, jump to an object that's floating in the air (and which keeps the next "door" locked), slash it, and then use your recharged dash to make it to the medal. If that would have been the case, then I would have had to have restarted the stage, because I already slashed that object. But that's not necessary. You can run along a wall, jump off it, try to jump towards the wall the original wall was perpendicular to, and then dash towards it, and from there can simply run to the medal.


The medal in 3-A was, depending on how you look at it, both easier and harder to get than the one in 3-B. It's not hidden in plain view, and I in fact played to the end of the stage at least 3 times and still missed it. In the final (non-boss) room of the stage, I finally discovered that it's possible to slash those "garage doors". After that, it was easy to find. Also, there was a health recharge hidden behind another door, so that also made the stage easier to survive.

I wonder if I could S rank that stage (or at least improve my rank at all). When I beat the boss after getting the medal, I used magic just so I could save the medal. But I came close to getting him in one Tate before I did that.



I'm only missing one medal from an earlier stage now: The middle one from 4-B. I think that one was also in plain view, sort of, but it was floating high in the air, so I'd have to plan a way of reaching it.




CodieKitty
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(12/12/04 2:42 pm)
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More work with Command Mission. I figured out what the Eternal Forest in Gaudile's lab is. It's a long string of fights, each one with enemies more powerful than the last, and the more you complete the better items you get. The first time, I got through these four Preons, one had a move where it sat there and would do as much damage to one of my characters as I did to it (but hey, there's four other enemies, so once I figured out what it did I just ignored it when in "Absorb" mode), the other had a conehead. I got some Build items. I went though a secone time and bit off WAY more than I could chew. I ran into these annoying enemies with flowers who make annoying noises and recover HP every round. I had to reset.

I used deployment to reap some more goodies. I'm trying to unlock the cutscene where Axl joins the group so I can record it and post it so you all can hear what an improvement it is.




Mercury Crusader
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(12/12/04 4:26 pm)
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...

I've played nothing but World of Warcraft since it's retail release. I'm addicted to this game. Currently a level 31 Human Rogue on the Dragonmaw server. I go by the name "Mercurius". I dual-wield a dagger main hand and usually a sword off-hand, and I favor guns as my ranged weapon of choice. I use Alchemy/Herbalism professions as well, and tend to sell lesser potions to newbies for fun. Yeah, I'm a sad individual.

I never really liked MMORPGs, either, but this game seems different. I have no idea why, but I can't stop playing it, thus my absense in message boards and instant messenger programs as of late.




TWEETER911
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(12/12/04 4:40 pm)
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NO MY HAT!

Played Metal Gear Solid all the way until disc 2.....and disc 2 don't work.
Gotta exchange it...I still have the receipt so...they better gimme a new disc 2!

Also played MGS3.
Made it to the boss who fights...with BEES.
I tranqed the guy who fights you with bees to death, and he was super easy. Best/worst fight ever.
zOMG NOT BEES! AAAHH.

After playing both of these games I have realized that.....
Ocelot is one the greatest (possibly) gay charaters ever.
"MreEEEEEow" indeed.


Played up the 4th or 5th world in Rcahet and Clank 3. I hate the hovership controls.
Other than that, everything is fine....except new weapons are too expensive.

Haven't played more FF1. D'oh.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(12/12/04 5:13 pm)
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Quote: the guy who fights you with bees to death



I can't believe that people take these games so seriously.




TWEETER911
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(12/12/04 5:21 pm)
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Indeed.

The bee guy actually SPITS bees at you, too.
Its either the best fight ever, or the worst.
Still can't decide.




Mercury Crusader
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(12/12/04 5:23 pm)
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It's official. Hideo Kojima has officially run out of ideas.




TWEETER911
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(12/12/04 5:26 pm)
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The bee guy also occasionly twirls like a ballet dancer in a failed attempt to dodge your shots.
....
I'm not making this up, either.
Its really that good/bad.




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/12/04 5:31 pm)
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I watched Master and Commander on DVD. Excellent movie, I liked it more than Alien. Although even comparing them in a vague way is pretty ridiculous.

I've also rented Wizard of Oz on DVD, mainly to see the extra features. It was on tv the other day, and I became interested in it again.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(12/12/04 5:33 pm)
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I like Alien more than Master and Commander, but, still, Master and Commander might have been the best movie FO and I saw in theaters last year.




Flying Omelette
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I got those last two cat medals in that stage of Blinx. I only have one more stage to complete in this world and then the boss.

I looked up some information on Blinx because I was really beginning to wonder when this game would end...and I found out the LAST thing I wanted to hear about it - the 9th world (I'm currently at the 8th) is a BOSS REHASH STAGE!!! This is the last game I'd want to have a boss rehash stage in. Not only because boss rehash stages are usually lame as hell, but the bosses in this game take so damn long to beat!

I've heard some people say the final boss is "impossible", so I'm hoping it'll be good.


Still won't save this game from much more than 2-star score from me, though.




CodieKitty
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Quote: The bee guy actually SPITS bees at you, too.
Its either the best fight ever, or the worst.
Still can't decide.


If he were actually a dog, then a Simpsons ripoff would be undeniable.




TWEETER911
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(12/12/04 6:43 pm)
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...Did I mention his name is "The Pain" and he randomly yells out "GRENADE!" but almost never throws a grenade?

I can't wait to fight the next HELLUVA wacky boss.
I bet it'll be that guy who ran on water.

I should probly get back to actualy playing Snake Eater instead of describing its sheer hilarity....




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/12/04 6:44 pm)
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Quote: The bee guy actually SPITS bees at you, too.



* Will rent this game *




TWEETER911
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(12/12/04 6:46 pm)
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I'd recommend Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater to everyone simply because of that boss!




Flying Omelette
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(12/12/04 6:49 pm)
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Too bad Tweeter doesn't have a capture card...




Crawl and 1OOO
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(12/12/04 6:52 pm)
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I got the medal from 4-B, and even got an A rank when I beat the boss! That's all the medals from the stages I've already beaten. It wasn't difficult to reach the medal. I just had to jump, dash, and then use my double jump.

I also got a really big tate in that stage, about 10 enemies worth.


I also went back to 3-A, and got an S rank there.




TWEETER911
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(12/12/04 7:01 pm)
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...MY HAT!

" Too bad Tweeter doesn't have a capture card..."
Yeah...
;_;




Facilitypro
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(12/12/04 9:55 pm)
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Quote: It's official. Hideo Kojima has officially run out of ideas.


Yeah, about 3 years ago.

I think I'll pass on Tron 2.0 for now. That game just doesn't seem worthwhile to me right now. It just seems...cheaply made. Everything about it just says "low budget." Got into some combat, and it was more or less a WTF moment. You can barely see the enemies' projectiles, you can never tell if you're damaging an enemy, and other times you're just getting hammered on from behind without knowing it. I may have to play it again to make sure what the hell was going on. Everything in that game is so fucking small, I may be missing something. The menus' interfaces are crap, too.

I decided to try Armed and Dangerous, and it made a good first impression. It's got a sense of humor, that's for sure. I'll have to play a little more before I give more details.

As for Shinobi, falling off a ledge does indeed count as a jump. Now I think I'll play more Shinobi tonight. I was doing some cool charge attack stuff last night. (Like killing four enemies in one charge to get a tate.)




Crawl and 1OOO
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I went back to R-Type Final for a little bit (after MONTHS away), and beat the game without dying tonight.

It's probably too late for Shinobi so I might play a little more R-Type Final to unlock some more ships. I just unlocked one by playing with the Charon (and I just noticed that that ship's beam weapon is different depending on whether you have the pod attached), which brings me up to 65.

If I wanted to get all the notes (probably impossible, as I cannot fathom getting the "Played For 1000 Hours" one. I'm just barely over 30 now!!), I'd still have all of the AI tournament to do.




TWEETER911
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(12/12/04 11:04 pm)
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I just killed "The Fear"....an annoying double jointed bastard with stealth, a crossbow, and a long tongue that hops...he around in the treetops putting arrows in your hide while being invisable.
....
Its like fighting the predator, only slightly less dangerous, I guess.
....

If I had found thermal goggles this fight would of been much easier...that would've let me see past the silly invisability act...but I missed them. >_<'

He shoots arrows. Each arrow has to be treated, too....I've almost run out of medicene now....%#%#@.

This guy is almost impossible to tranq to death (you can beat bosses 2 ways, normal killing of the life by shooting them up, or using tranquilizers to deplete stamina and get a special item), as he eats food when he stamina gets low...so I killed his lifebar instead.
If you lower his stamina below 50%, his stealth turns off. He jumps on the ground and kills one of the many animals around to eat & refill it, then goes back into stealth.



At least he was a LOT harder than the stupid bee guy.




Flying Omelette
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Attempted the final stage of World 8 in Blinx several times. Failed on each try. I now know what to do to get past that lava platform, but it's not going to be easy. It's pretty much a one-shot deal and if I miss, it's all over.

I'm not looking forward to that boss rehash, but I'm glad I know about it so I can prepare myself...(I don't mean gameplay-wise, I mean mentally.)




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/13/04 12:09 am)
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There's a ton of extra content on the Wizard of Oz DVD. I've had a great time going through it. My favorite so far was a deleted scene they just had the sound recording for... for video, they just used test shots and things. Anyway, it was Dorothy and all returning triumphantly after melting the wicked witch, with a reprise of Ding Dong The Witch is Dead being sung by the Emerald City citizens. I heard about that scene before, but assumed that all traces of it had been lost or destroyed years ago.

And as for KOTOR II, well I know from the tracking number that it's arriving tomorrow. Now, it was supposed to be a Christmas gift, but I may have to check it out early...




Crawl and 1OOO
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With our Wizard of Oz DVD, we couldn't get the extras to work in the Playstation 2. Maybe we could try FO's new PS2.

I'm kind of surprised I haven't bought KOTOR 2 myself, but it's not like I'm not occupied now anyway. I guess I'll get it after the holidays.




Crawl and 1OOO
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For progress, I now have 69 ships in R-Type Final.


It's hard for me to decide what to do with the game at this point. There are no more notes to earn. I tried replaying the game in full a few times with different ships, but that's not much fun because stage 1 is boring. I also did some score attack, mostly in F-C. That was okay, and maybe the most worthwhile thing to do now. But there is still at least a little problem, as I'm more interested in unlocking ships than really score attacking, and the ships I need to play with to unlock new ships are not necessarily the ships that are best suited to that stage or getting a highscore. (I didn't unlock any new ships while score attacking tonight, but I think I did once a few months ago, so it should be possible..)




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/13/04 1:13 am)
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Well, newer PS2's do have updated drivers, and IIRC, the DVD kit can update drivers on an old PS2. So getting it to work might be possible.




SolidChocobo
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(12/13/04 2:03 am)
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I remember being able to get the Fear to eat some poisonous foods the first time I fought him, but I can't remember if that depleted his life or his stamina.

He was still kind of tough even with the thermal goggles because of how fast he moves, though.

I really wanna replay MGS3, but I just haven't had the time. D:




TWEETER911
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(12/13/04 7:49 am)
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I didn't have any poison and or rotton food.
I had some rotton gator meat but I threw it all away long before I fought him....
;[

I've just sorta been murdering commie scientests and troops inside the lab.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(12/13/04 7:54 am)
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You can just throw food at an enemy in MGS3 and they'll eat it? The hell?

When I was playing R-Type Final last night, I used some ships that are similar to what's in Image Fight. So, despite that it's easy to complain about the game, it's also hard for a person that's been an R-Type or Irem fan to not have some fondness for it. I wouldn't be surprised if R-Type Final was better at incorporating things from past games than Arc the Lad Generation ;)




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Quote: I wouldn't be surprised if R-Type Final was better at incorporating things from past games than Arc the Lad Generation


Every sequel to every game ever has been better at incorporating things from past games than Arc the Lad: Generation.




TWEETER911
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(12/13/04 8:29 am)
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Quote: You can just throw food at an enemy in MGS3 and they'll eat it? The hell?


Would you expect less from those COMMUNIST PIGS?!
.........
.....*cough*......
.......
I think only the Fear is the only enemy to eat things, though.
I'm probly wrong though.




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I cleared the sunken ship and the Seagull Ruins in Alundra 2. Then I spent all night trying to catch a dumbass bird in Eden Village. That was even worse than trying to catch the Firble in Arc 4.

But on the plus side, I'm really loving this game's boss battles. It took me about 5 tries before I even figured out how to damage that boss that looks like an ActRaiser Anubis statue. But he was easy once I figured it out. And the shark boss was really interesting, too. I beat him in 3 tries.

The puzzles are really inventive and challenging, too. This game is much, MUCH harder than Ocarina of Time.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(12/13/04 10:35 am)
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I had an early morning game of R-Type Final before work, and played through Human again. I unlocked two ships in the process: Another Image Fight-type ship, and another R-13 ship (the Hades), which is what I eventually finished off the game with. I believe I have one more ship in each of those families to earn.

So, I now have 71 ships. If I earned the other ships that currently have an empty rectangle, I'd be up to 86.


Here's a question for people who've played the game: It seems to me that sometimes the miniboss of stage 5 (the mech that also appears in stage 1, and in 5 is accompanied by Cancers) just doesn't show up. Any idea what causes that?




TWEETER911
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(12/13/04 4:36 pm)
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Went by EB and exchanged my disc 2 for one that works.
Quickly rekilled Sniper Wolf via the remote controled missles, then found the body aromor in the furnace.


Then I fought Vulcan Raven. Took 3 tries, mostly because I was extremly careless with my claymore mine setting...
^_^"


In REX's room now, second floor.
Snake says its too quiet...I concur!




ErniePants
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I haven't been playing much of anything lately, but I just got MGS3, so I guess I'll see all those insane bosses soon.




CRAWLand1000
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Quote: Quickly rekilled Sniper Wolf via the remote controled missles,
Then I fought Vulcan Raven. Took 3 tries, mostly because I was extremly careless with my claymore mine



I seem to recall using the sniper rifle against Sniper Wolf (beating her at her own game) and the remote missiles against Vulcan Raven. Strange. I don't remember if the game somehow suggested that I use those weapons, or if that's what I came up with.




TWEETER911
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(12/13/04 5:26 pm)
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The first time you fight her you MUST use the rifle.
The second time, you can hide behind the hill on the right side near the parachute and use the missles....
Much less annoying.


I DID use one or two missles against Raven but I mostly used the mines.
...
*runs back and forth with PAL KEY*
...
This part is stupid!




Flying Omelette
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Quote: That was even worse than trying to catch the Firble in Arc 4.


I thought the Firble was worse and that's actually the one part of Arc 4 that drives me nuts. Thank goodness that's the only time you do something like that. For one thing, in Alundra 2, you have to run to catch the bird. Running is a lot more bearable than SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOWLY sneaking up on something only to have it run away from you.




CodieKitty
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(12/13/04 6:41 pm)
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I completed the Melda Factory scenario in Command Mission. The beginning pissed me off. I kept taking pictures of it through the peephole, and Gaudile kept saying he didn't know what it was. After about three pictures, I said "It's gotta be a missile." Eight photographs, and Gaudile was still clueless as to what it was. Finally, after the ninth, Gaudile finally says "Oh... OH NO! It's a missle!". I actually yelled "I could have told you that!"

Ferham was a joke. A complete joke. I didn't take me more than eight minutes to take care of her, and I actually spent way more time chasing Botos around. I think what Capcom thought was going to make it so hard was because flying enemies have high evasion to melee weapons, like Massimo's axe. But it's no problem hitting her with things that shoot bullets.

Axl didn't seem to get a DNA sample when I beat her. Of course, that'd be a little... odd using it in Axl's DNA change Action Trigger.

The cutscene with Ferham and Botos afterward was depressing. Botos sucks. I'm glad (SPOILER) Scarface tore him apart. That scene with Botos jumping backward on his butt like he's going to make a warm puddle on the ground like that scientist in Metal Gear Solid was the most awesome thing I've seen in a while.

I then beat up Scarface. He was even easier than Ferham. And what gives with the dialogue in this game? I fought Scarface with Axl, Zero, and X, and he went down in about three minutes with Axl dealing out most of the damage. Then when I get back to base everybody's asking X if he's okay, and even Axl was talking like it's X doing everything (Axl's always on my party. I usually have Cinnamon, and the third person is usually Massimo or Zero, occasionally X. Marino can kiss my ass.)

I unlocked what's supposed to be Axl's theme in the sound test. I listened to it, but... it's more suitable for Cinnamon, as it's rather childish.




TWEETER911
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(12/13/04 7:55 pm)
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Beat Metal Gear Solid.

The final 3 segments were rather tough...

O_o'




TWEETER911
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(12/13/04 10:51 pm)
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Snake Eater.
Beat a 100 year old sniper named" The End".
I can't put this fight to words....other than....long.




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/13/04 11:17 pm)
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Okay, so what am I doing lately...

Putting FF Tactics on hold for now. Just no time for it.

Playing KOTOR II now... still on the mining station where the game starts. Not bad at all so far, though. I'm a little more hopeful now than I was during the prologue that it'll be a good game. I got to answer questions to tell the game what happened regarding your character from the first game, and whether that character was a man or woman.

Arc 4 has been shipped from Gamefly. Will be playing some of that once I get it, since I don't want to lose money being slower than I have to with rentals. But whether I focus on it extensively or not depends on how much Sith Lords draws me in during the next couple days.

Going to watch Wizard of Oz on DVD from start to finish when I have time. I've looked at all the extra features that interested me by now.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(12/14/04 12:27 am)
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I just wasted tonight. I played a stupid amount of R-Type Final, about 2.5 hours, and didn't unlock one damn ship.




lighthouseboy
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(12/14/04 1:43 am)
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Just got off Elicoor in Star Ocean 3. The people on that back water planet took the idea of alien civilizations and the fact that their entire religious beliefs could be proven false by the mere fact of the existence of said civilizations pretty well. Hokey ass crap. I got a bad feeling where this story is going. Call it a hunch based on a book I've been reading. Has anyone ever read "Otherworld" by Tad Williams? God let my hunch be wrong.




Facilitypro
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The closest I've come to beating R-Type Final in one life this trip home was dying in Stage 6. Unlike poor Crawl, I've unlocked about 10 ships in the last 2 days. I have about 90 now. I think. (The first batch of Bydo ships was really easy to earn, and their incarnations are not that much tougher.)

I beat Shinobi tonight. I had some trouble on the final boss, but that was my only sticking point. I got an S on every stage except 2-A. That's the second time I've missed an all S-game. But last time I used Moritsune, and this time I used Hotsuma. (Not that I was going for one this time--it just so happened that I got 15/16 S's.)

Armed and Dangerous has turned out to be a good game. It's strength is its humor. It's probably the funniest game I've ever played. (Of course, it's probably the only game I've played that seems to focus on humor.)

Gameplay wise, it's similar to MDK 2. Other than the interface, it controls just like MDK 2. The camera is always at your back. You also have a machine gun, sniper rifle, and later on you get a jet boost pack that glides you down after you jump. (Each of them controls a little different than MDK 2, but it's reminiscent.) You also have secondary items that have a goofy theme, like a land shark gun and a topsy turvy gun. Oh...there's a balck hole bomb, too.

Essentially, you go through missions where you have an objective or two. Objectives are things like blow up some targets, set some time bombs, kill all the snipers, etc.

It has a weird difficulty curve. The "kill the snipers" mission was early in the game, but by far the hardest thus far. It probably took me six tries (and it's a fairly long mission). The mission or two after that also gave me a game over or two. Later missions have been pretty easy. I've beaten the last 4 on my first try. I'm hoping it gets a tougher, beause everything about the game is good except for the fact that it looked like it was going to be challenging, and it kind of had a fasle start in that regard.

I haven't fought any obsses yet, so I don't know if there's boss battles.

but still, worth the 20 bucks I paid, and then some.

I also tried Gradius 5, but I haven't played enough to comment yet.




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Cleared the Eden Ruins last night in Alundra 2 and made it to the boss, but I'm unable to beat the bastard right now. It's another Anubis statue (this one with an eagle's head) and there's only ridiculously short window of time you have to hit him and I can hardly ever even get up to where his head is to do so.

There was this one puzzle in the Eden Ruins that took me almost an hour to solve. I couldn't figure it out if my life had depended on it at first, and I thought it would be impossible. There were these yellow statues lined up and a rock that can break them. You had to line the statues up just right so that you could leap across them to a treasure chest.




CRAWLand1000
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(12/14/04 1:33 pm)
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Hmm, Armed and Dangerous is by the makers of Giants: Citizen Kubodo, which we got at a game sale because it's supposedly the videogame version of Citizen Kane.


Speaking of playing R-Type Final with one life, last night I had played quite a ways into the game without dying... when I purposefully backed into an enemy because I thought my pod was there, when it was really on my front.

Generally, I don't think beating games in one life is the best standard by which to judge a game's challenge. The challenge of that is mostly a product of how hard it is to pass each part of the game (or the stretches between checkpoints) (I'd call this the game's inherent difficulty, and is revealed by what I consider to be the better challenge standard, simply how challenging is it to beat the game) and a factor basically independent of the game except for how long it is (which takes into account things like how likely you are to lose concentration after playing for such a period of time).

Sure, being able to maintain concentration for a long period of time might be a nice skill to develop, but I think it's only worth doing with games you really like to begin with. (Though there's some extra incentive with Final)

With R-Type Final, I did die a few times while going for a the "cleared in one life" note, but it was always in different places.

Personally, I think I'd rather try beating F-C in score attack mode on progressively higher difficulties than trying the same with 1-life-ing. That stage is reasonably good from the beginning, unlike the full game. Though (especially since I didn't unlock anything last night) I'm still not 100% sure playing score attack counts towards unlocking ships.




perothecat
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(12/14/04 2:15 pm)
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Beat Katamari Damacy.

Should've rented Katamari Damacy. I could've beaten it in a rental period. =/




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/14/04 5:11 pm)
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Wizard of Oz on PS2

I tested the Wizard of Oz disc on the PS2 I just got, and was able to get into the extra features section without any trouble. I selected outtakes/deleted scenes, and watched the one I mentioned earlier. There didn't seem to be any issues, so perhaps a newer PS2 or updated drivers on an old one actually will work for you.

Then again, sometimes updated drivers make movies stop working, too... maybe I just got the lucky version that plays Wizard of Oz properly.

Should also be noted that I didn't test anything else besides that one section of the disc.

In KOTOR II, I'm exploring a ship while Sith unloak from nowhere and attack me. It's good fun, especially for this early point in the game. Really feels like I'm playing the original again.




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Hoo boy, this newest dungeon in Command Mission is a pain. A real pain. There's these lasers I have to run into the make an enemy appear, then when I win it deactivates. However, there may be multiple lasers in the room, and I have to deactivate them all before they reactivate.

After getting to like him, Massimo's been slowly falling back to hate. Shortly after hitting "neutral", he fell like a rock, crashed, and burned after something he said. I talked to him in the lobby at some time, and know what he said? "Wow, X. You're amazing! Taking on Scarface one-on-one and winning and all."

...

I also unlocked an interesting cutscene. I didn't see the first half of this when it originally showed in the game. It was after the Mach Jentra fight, when the waves of Preons start attacking. After telling whoever it was I told to deal the final blow, I left the room to go clip off a hangnail that was beginning to irritate me because I was expecting another wave when I got back. When I got back, there was a cutscene with X was blasting at Dubour.

I thought I didn't miss much, but after unlocking it I became aware I had missed the major part of it. At the beginning, the three maverick hunters are totally overwhelmed by the robots Dobour is spitting out. Axl suddenly jumps into the middle of it (what gives with Zero's comment? Does he not trust even Axl after the Shadow incident?), turns into Mach Jentra, and calls off Dobour and all the crazed mechaniloids it's shooting out. With their guards down, X and Zero smash Dobour (I walked in just as X was shooting at it. I missed everything from the beginning to Zero leaping and slashing), which causes Dobour to go boom all the robots it shot out to short.

Axl's transformation thing confuses me. Sometimes he has his normal voice, sometimes he has the voice of whoever he's copying (one reason I never use the Mad Nautillus transormation, on top of being useless, it's because just before he shoots a bunch of lasers that occasionally inflict a random status ailment on the foe, he shouts "INSECTS!" which really creeps me out), in X7 he said he could only transform into reploids his own size, but in Command Mission he can transform into Silver Horn, Mad Nautillus, and Incentas, all of whom are MUCH larger than Axl. I guess the former is explained in X7's ending. (SPOILER) Remember that picture I posted of of Sigma tentacle raping Red? Well, that's actually not Red. It's Axl in disguise. Axl's letting himself be tentacle raped to save X and Zero. Okay, actually what's happening is Sigma's trying to download himself into what he thinks is Red. But just before Sigma can download, Axl shouts "Oh, with this power, I'll NEVER LOSE!" and blasts Sigma in the head, sending him out the window and falling about three hundred feet to the ground. As he says "power, I'll", his voice blends from Red's to his own. Although that still doesn't explain why he was yelling "Dobour! Stop the attack!" in his own voice...




Crawl and 1OOO
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Time-unlocking things in games is stupid. (That was something I hated about Capcom vs SNK as well)

If I recall correctly, only one thing in R-Type Delta needed to be time-unlocked (a gallery picture). Everything else was skill-unlocked. You unlocked the stage select by beating the game with all three original ships. You unlocked the POW armor by beating the game on normal. You unlocked the bottom row of gallery pictures by beating the game on Hard difficulty with each ship.

Other notes didn't unlock anything (because they were considered fully optional), but there wasn't anything else to unlock.


R-Type Final's notes still don't unlock anything special, but now there actually are things to unlock! Why not have beating the game without a force unlock ships? Why not have beating the game on one credit (and one life) unlock ships? Heck, they could have even had one for beating the game on one credit on different difficulties. But just playing the game to mindlessly log hours...

Wouldn't it have sucked in Goldeneye if cheats were unlocked just by forcing you to play for hours in older stages with no new goals to complete, rather than doing something to have earned them?




Facilitypro
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(12/14/04 11:31 pm)
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Beat a few more missions in Armed and Dangerous. There was an Aliens reference in one of the cutscenes :D I noticed the similarity right off the bat, but I wondered whether it was really a reference or not. Then another line came, but it still could have been coincedence. I kept waiting for the clincher line, and it finally came. The game even made a good joke out of it. There were also 2 Star Wars references.

In R-Type Final, I score attacked F-C until I beat it, then tried it in a real game and was successful. (I used one of the RX clones.) I also got the 2 Bydo Lab notes.




Crawl and 1OOO
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Okay, now I am 100% sure that score attacking can unlock ships, because I finally unlocked two more ships tonight (in score attack).

One was another Image Fight ship. There's one more ship left in that family.

The other was the R-13 Charon (not to be confused with the Chiron, which I mistakenly called Charon earlier). (This clears out the R-13 family)

MAN, it seemed like I played for three hours with the R-13 Hades before unlocking the Charon!

It might have been worth it, though. I did get a new high score in F-C Kids score attack (exactly 3 points shy of 220,000).

Before I got that score, my Kids high score was 150,000 (approx.). It has been months since I played that stage, so I forgot how long it really was. I had forgotten the part with the "worms" (from stage 2 in the original R-Type; from stage 6.0 in this game) and everything after that. So, after I made it to that part, I was just playing on instinct.

That really is one of the better parts of this game. And since it's approximately as long as 4 stages, it's almost a little game unto itself.

Going back to the issue of time-unlocking: Mars Matrix also has an unlocking system where no real goals are specified. You could, in principle, just keep score attacking 4-B over and over, and hold the R trigger, and not even bother to dodge, making about 100 million points per run, and eventually (after a VERY long time) earn everything. But because it's possible to earn points much faster in that game with skillful play, it does encourage and reward improvement.

So, it might have been nice in Final, if for some reason the time-unlocking system was judged as necessary, if it was possible to at least decrease the time needed.

I suppose a defense for the time-unlocking system in Final could be that it forces you to have at least some experience with every ship. Also (rather obviously), forcing you to play with the weaker ships first means you'll probably have to have some familiarity/skill with the game, rather than just using mega-ships to plow your way through everything.

I still don't think this was the best way of achieving that, though.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(12/15/04 12:42 am)
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I just remembered something else about my R-Type Final experience to night.

I accidentally pressed one of the L shoulder buttons, and noticed I had it set to autofire. So, I tried playing the game one handed for a while.

I guess it's nice to know that if I ever had my arm hacked off, I could still play R-Type games. Well, if it was my right arm, anyway.




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I finally beat that boss in Alundra 2! Took me even more tries than the final boss of Arc 4, I think. I lost count after awhile.

Damn, was that thing hard! Maybe I should've played the game on "Normal" instead of "Hard".




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/15/04 2:15 pm)
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Arc 4, Sith Lords

No time to play now, work to do, but I received Arc 4 today. It shouldn't be any problem going back and forth between this game and KOTOR II. I hope Sith Lords doesn't make Arc 4 look bad in comparison though, as it's getting better and better lately.

I'm definitely going to start Arc 4 today, it's just a question of how much time I have to put into it.

In KOTOR II, I'm at another space station, this time orbiting what I think is a "playable" planet. Some interesting stuff has happened. I have two party members so far, one really fascinating who's teaching my character stuff about the force.

So many dialogue options here.

Quote: Time-unlocking things in games is stupid. (That was something I hated about Capcom vs SNK as well)


I think Panzer Dragoon Orta let you do it either way... if you did whatever challenge the game set, you'd unlock stuff early. If you couldn't complete the challenge, the game would give it to you anyway once you passed a certain number of hours playing.




sethrashnoo
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Started a new game of Yoshi's Island. I got 100% on every stage of the first world except for the bonus stage. That is the freakin' hardest bonus stage in the game.

I would start Arc 4, except that I'm beginning to feel like I've already played it.




bebedora
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(12/15/04 5:37 pm)
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Well, I wouldn't be hurt if you don't like it, but I just implore you to stick with it until you at least get to the part where Bebedora infiltrates Yewbell Village. It just has to be seen to be appreciated.

Actually, now that I think about it, Arc 4 is a pretty decent rental game because it's easy to get into and it's very fast-paced. You can get to the end boss in about 20 hours.

Beating the end boss might be tough if you don't level up a lot, though...




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/15/04 5:46 pm)
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Heh. Well, if I finished Sword of Mana, I can probably finish this one even if I didn't enjoy it a whole lot.

Even if that was the case, I'd probably go through the whole game just to say I beat it. But I'm more optimistic than that.

As a FF Tactics party member would say, "I got a good feeling"




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If you can't beat the end boss before you have to return it, I'll tell you the ending. It's not like anything is resolved in the ending, so you aren't missing much.




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/15/04 6:55 pm)
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Well, I don't have to return it by a certain time, but with the montly fee, it's not cost effective to keep one game for a ridiculously long time.

Is the last boss really that challenging compared to everything else?

Anyway, the game does make a good first impression. Maybe it's just because I've been playing American RPG's for so long and wanted something that doesn't take itself as seriously.




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Is the last boss really that challenging compared to everything else?

That's like asking if Bebedora really is strange. Yes, it's more difficult than everything else in the rest of the game combined.




CodieKitty
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I finally reached the final area of this newest dungeon. After saving, I treked ahead to see what was in there, and I fought Scarface again. But I didn't actually fight him. I reset, got Axl a levelup (he was almost there, anyway), saved again, and turned it off to watch Leno.

I just realized something... Axl has the slowest leveling out of all six people. One time he gained a level right before Cinnamon. The next, he gained a level right after Cinnamon. I can't wait to get whatever that "Claim all EXP for yourself" Force Metal is called.




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/16/04 12:33 am)
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I didn't put much time into Arc 4 tonight, at least not yet. I saw the scene with the spirit, went to the Scrappe Plateau, and fought the Squirrels. I knew the game didn't have traditional RPG battles, but in my head, I had pictured something closer to FF Tactics. I think this may be better. And I like how the camera shows it close-up when you attack, or take damage.

The voices are okay so far (I generally enjoy RPG voice acting in battles regardless of quality or strangeness), and the translation seems fine, for the most part. Divine Ruler reminds me of Dark Lord, though. :shrug

Graphics are, I don't know, traditional. Between Fable, KOTOR, and Morrowind, I've really come to miss this style.



In KOTOR II, I've reached the planet surface of Telos. I'm having fun, and there's plenty to do for lightside and darkside characters. I'm still getting the hang of the influence system, though.

All in all, the game isn't as good as the original at this point, but it's definitely got the potential to improve further.




Bomberguy221
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(12/16/04 4:45 am)
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I'm at the furthest point possible without beating Secret of Mana. I've got the max orb level for the spear, bow, boomerang, and half of the axe. I also maxed out Undine for the girl. I also have special outfits for the boy and girl, special hats for the girl and sprite, and special rings for all three. (I got a ton of Amulet Rings.)




Flying Omelette
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"The voices are okay so far (I generally enjoy RPG voice acting in battles regardless of quality or strangeness),"

This game and Alundra 2 have the best voice acting I've heard so far, although some of the battle dialogue itself is really cheesy. But it's funny, so I didn't mind it. (And still nowhere near as cringe-inducing as Soul Calibur 2's dialogue.) At first, I thought I was going to have to turn the battle voices off, but I only ended up doing that when I was specifically leveling up because it was just too entertaining.

"and the translation seems fine, for the most part."

I didn't notice any problems with the translation at all. Except that one important detail about the Divine Ruler was left out that I found on Sony's official site, but that was probably explained in a previous Arc game.

"Divine Ruler reminds me of Dark Lord, though."

At least everyone in this game knows the Divine Ruler was evil.




James FP
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Quote: I knew the game didn't have traditional RPG battles, but in my head, I had pictured something closer to FF Tactics. I think this may be better.


Oh, Final Fantasy Tactics is definitely the better game, in my ever-so-humble opinion, but let's face it - it'd take a LOT to surpass that game in my book.

I know Arc 4's battle system was supposedly based on the older Arc games, but it feels more like someone lifted the Aidyn Chronicles battle system and fixed everything that was wrong with it while adding a few new things (dual-attacks, blocking, voices). For one thing, the older Arc games were grid-based. Arc 4 and Aidyn aren't. If you played Aidyn, you'd no doubt notice the similarities right away.




DEATHAMSTER
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Playing through a 2-player game of Little Ninja Brothers with James. We got as far as where you have to fight Blu Boltar, but we can't beat him yet. We skipped ahead to the next town to level up some more and buy some better equipment.

Even with Talisman-Y, he's still able to stun us quite frequently.




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(12/16/04 2:34 pm)
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I've reached another dead-end in Alundra. I've gotten to where it appears you have to make some leaps across sinking log platforms, but it seems impossible to make the last few jumps.

I really don't like this game's play control. Alundra needs to get some cleats!




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Beat a few more missions in Armed and Dangerous. It's finally gotten hard. However, in one mission I had no idea what to do. It was one of those "protect" missions that I don't like, where you had to stop houses from being destroyed. I had no idea what ended the level. Destroying all the enemy zeppelins? Killing all the soldiers? Timing the level out? I swear, it took me like 20 tries to figure it out. The other levels I've played lately have been more legitimately challenging.

The cutscenes in this game are great--it may be the first game ever in which my main motivation to beat a stage is to see the next cutscene. This game is frigging hilarious. I've never laughed out loud so many times at a game. The voice acting awesome, too.

Went for the 1 life note in R-Type Final last night. I died once at the first snake in stage 6, becuase I wasn't low enough for its tail to pass over me. Lame. I did unlock the Charon, though. Crawl may be right when he said he played for 3 hours to unlock it. The last ship in each family usually has the longest time requirement--2 hours. Adding in slowdown and dead time, it very well may be 3 real-world hours. I have 94 ships now. Thirty-five hours on the clock.

Gradius 5: I'm not sure what to think of this game. I've only made it to stage 3 so far. I've never liked the "die once and you're screwed" tone of Gradius. Plus, there are seriously tiny bullets in G5 that are not only hard to see themselves, but easily get lost in all the explosions. From what I've seen, the level design is OK (in stage 3, it seems like there's more going on than in the usual gradius game), and the boss battles so far have been decent. I like the stage 2 boss.

Started a new game of Shinobi on Hard using Hotsuma. I've never played though on hard with him. I only played far enough to get 30 coins, which unlocks Moritsune. I'm up to 4-B. The 4-A boss was notably tougher than normal, as he tended to teleport whenever you got near him. I still managed to 1-hit kill him, though.




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/16/04 3:07 pm)
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Oh, well I meant that I thought the battle system in Arc 4 was going to be grid based, and I wasn't really looking forward to that. Was happy to see that I was wrong, but didn't really mean to imply that the game overall would be better than FF Tactics, as very few are. And even if it were, half an hour is not enough time to know. I'll play some more later today.

I played a ridiculous amount of KOTOR II recently. It's one of those games where you play for a while and check the clock, and you can't believe how much time has gone by. I've finally reached the point where you can go to any planet in whatever order you like.

It's a really solid game, but it feels like something is missing compared to the original. I think it's that even though the story is more detailed and more serious than the first game, the characters just aren't that interesting to me right now. The best one is your mysterious mentor, and I'm really curious how Revan may play into the story.

Regarding party members, I'm never sure what to tell them in conversation. I want to get influence points with them so that they'll be darksiders too for this playthrough, but that also means getting lightside points and acting out of character to make them more friendly. They should have options for this like they do in other conversations.

If anybody had a problem with how much dialogue there was in the first game, then the sequel might not be a good purchase for them... I like it, most of the time, but I can see how people might be tempted to skip past a lot of it.




bjstrykes
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(12/16/04 3:23 pm)
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I should replay Final Fantasy Tactics. I need something else to play once I get too frustrated with Alundra.




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I beat the boss of World 8 in Blinx and I got all the Cat Medals in the game. A funny thing happened on the last cat medal. I was trying to form a bridge across the lava to it by shooting stuff out of my timesweeper, but one of the things I shot out hit the medal and sent it flying. I didn't see where it landed. By pure luck, it landed on a platform much, much higher up in the stage. It was very easy to get it from there. Much easier than trying to cross the lava to it. I guess I just got lucky on that one.




CLOUDBOND007
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(12/17/04 2:28 am)
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KOTOR II...

I really should've put some time into Arc 4 today, but KOTOR II has been so much fun that I just couldn't put the controller down long enough to play another game.

For more detail on the game, see this thread:
http://p197.ezboard.com/fflyingomelettespalacefrm20.showMessage?topicID=426.topic

But as far as progress, I've finished Korriban (several repeated areas from the first game, but lots of new stuff, too)

I'm now on the moon, Nar Shadda, searching for an important person.

I'm so glad the sequel didn't turn out to be a disaster.




Bomberguy221
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(12/17/04 5:18 am)
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Ninjas Like Chocolate

I'm still puttering along in Secret of Mana. I now have orbs for the whip and half of the glove (since I need to get 2 orbs for both the axe and glove). However, I'm noticing that I get two items frequently ever since I started this project.

I manage to defeat a lot of Tsunamis and Dark Stalkers. Tsunamis only seem to give me Amulet Rings (which have made me a millionaire several times over), and the Dark Stalkers only give me chocolate. I always happen to have chocolate with me, so it's a waste.

Why are ninja guys carrying chocolate anyway? Do they commit seppuku after having one last Hershey's? Are they diabetic ninjas and will die unless they regularly chew on a sugary 250 HP morsel? *sigh* I'm just tired of reading "Chocolate won't fit!" Just venting. Ignore me.

Oh yes, and another fun glitch: If I use the whip to jump over a chasm, and an enemy is on the other side of said chasm, my two party members start backing away as they charge up post-landing. They apparently don't notice that they back up into nothing, and end up getting stuck in the abyss. It's easily corrected when I step next to the pole where I cross via whip. However, it's a little annoying that a 3-person battle suddenly turns into a solo jaunt.




ShadOtterdan
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(12/17/04 5:40 am)
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I've been playing Might and Magic 2: Gates to another world, I've completed the class quests with all of my characters thanks to the wonders of hex editing. I'm about to enter the elemental planes and get the talons, as well as decode the red messages.




Flying Omelette
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Quote: I really should've put some time into Arc 4 today, but KOTOR II has been so much fun that I just couldn't put the controller down long enough to play another game.


It'd probably be better to play it when you're done with KOTOR II so you can concentrate on it more.

The final stage of Blinx IS a boss rehash. A boss rehash stage in this game is even more pointless than in most because you can refight the bosses anytime you want anyway.




Facilitypro
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Finished Armed and Dangerous. The ending came abruptly; the last stage wasn't even one of the normal 3rd person stages. I could tell the game was approaching the end, but it was more or less victory out of nowhere. The last couple of scenes and the ending weren't as funny as usual, but it didn't detract from the experience.

95 Ships in R-Type Final.

8-A on Hard Shinobi w/Hotsuma. The 7A boss was much tougher than on Normal.




cuttersDCut
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I just got Carmellia in Arc the Lad 4. I've been neglecting this game as of late.




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Last night I swore I would only play Shinobi for a half hour, I guess because I wanted to do some other stuff, too. I think I actually went 40 minutes, but still didn't beat the 6-B boss. I think I've now realized I have to at least try a few things differently. I tried starting the stage on the bridge, dodging the big white balls by jumping (as opposed to starting it at the wall opposite the boss, and dodging the balls by jumping back and forth). I still have trouble with this game's camera, though.

I beat stage 4 in Nightshade. Eh.

I tried out Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter. I can't say whether this game will be good or not yet, but I can say I think that whenever I put more time into it, it'll have to be when I can be dedicated to it exclusively. I'm not entirely sure how the game's restart system works, but it seems you do not keep your experience when you restart; you only keep your "party experience" (a fraction of the experience you earn falls into this category). It's useless until you give it to a specific party member, but after you do, you can't restart with it anymore. So, I guess you could 1) restart the game a billion times until you have so much party experience that you can blow through the game (probably not a viable option). 2) Gain enough party experience to make it past some difficult part, but then to lock that progress in, you'll have to do something else (maybe find a really useful item and store that). In any case, it seems like this game won't just be a matter of lots and lots of leveling.



Tried Shadowgate on Game Boy Color again. Made exactly zero progress. I've been stuck at the same spot for something like two years. Now that I think about it, I believe I made some slight progress a year ago: I found a room... and then couldn't figure out what to do there.


So, I was really surprised when I went back to Zelda: Oracle of Ages and made some progress, almost right away! I had made it to the 6th dungeon, and beat the miniboss, but then got stuck. I seems there was a simple matter of throwing a bomb to destroy a block across a gap. It wasn't very difficult to do. I don't remember why I gave up when I last played (which would have been quite a while ago).

I then quickly made it to another puzzle in that dungeon that stumped me (at least temporarily; I haven't given it much thought yet).




Magical Yard Gnome
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I made it to level 12 in Zanac. I lost of ton of lives in level 9 but then recovered pretty well in level 10. In level 11 I lost most of my lives in the section with 2 minibosses and lots of ground turrets, when I beat the boss I was on my last life. I got one extra life from beating the boss and another one shortly into level 12. I died very quickly when I got to the section with the red ships that launch missiles, though.

I noticed that weapon 0 can be powered up to the point where it destroys bullets (you need to power it up 5 times, I think). This makes you practically invincible but it also sends the A.I. off the scale.




SolidChocobo
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I finished a Leon A/ Claire B game of Resident Evil 2. I guess the game was fresher in my mind than I thought it would be, because I was able to play through as both characters in a combined total of about 6 hours.

I still think it's the best game in the series, and one of my all time favorites in general, but I was really missing the quick turn move they implimented in RE3. It's amazing how such a small addition made the game so much more playable. I wonder if the GameCube release of RE2 added it in?




Bomberguy221
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(12/18/04 2:28 am)
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Quote: The final stage of Blinx IS a boss rehash. A boss rehash stage in this game is even more pointless than in most because you can refight the bosses anytime you want anyway.

Kinda like Donkey Kong 64, where you could replay boss stages but they had two bosses reappear later. While you did something different with one, the other was more or less the same fight.

I'm almost done levelling up the boy's weapons and the sprite's magic in Secret of Mana. The sprite's magic is so much easier to level up (thanks to his MP drain spell), but the girl takes forever! Oh yeah, and I am still looking for three more weapon orbs.