Game Progress Topic #22
CLOUDBOND007
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(2/16/05 10:40 pm)
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Game Progress Topic 22: Because Wario Loves Garlic!

I really feel like I'm getting somewhere with Minish Cap. Looks like CB007 might be well on his way to finishing another game. But maybe it's bad luck to get ahead of myself like that.

Once I got my Ocarina, I used to warp to the general area of the next dungeon, which of course, I have to go through some tedious series of events to access.
I found out that I had to talk to some Minish guy in the Hyrule library. But oh no! These are tiny people living on a bookshelf, and the books that you need to climb up have all been checked out!

Whatever will Link do now? The answer... track down the three library books by going through a ton of unnecessary shrinking/wandering around within Hyrule town and elsewhere. The end result of all this nonsense is that I got an item that lets you push items, even when small. I also obtained the flippers, the key to getting to the next dungeon. I also ended up with a couple more heart container pieces, a bottle, and probably some other stuff.

Speaking of the bottle, Link is a very honest guy. The person said Link could have the bottle if only he gave the dog food inside of it to his pet. Which, for some reason, is all by itself in a faraway place. Instead of just stealing the bottle, Link has to do his duty and feed the animal first. Imagine if this were like KOTOR...
(Do as he asks?)
(Say you'll do the task, but just take the bottle) <---
*Dark Side points gained.*

So I guess I'm able to do the next dungeon whenever I want.




Liontamer
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(2/17/05 12:27 am)
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Quote: Speaking of the bottle, Link is a very honest guy.

Yeah, but he could be dishonest in Link's Awakening. You could steal from the shops in that one.




Volgin
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(2/17/05 12:47 am)
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Chaos Legion. Leveled Thanatos to adult aka force lv 3. Leveled Ignorant Masses, his time stopping energy shooting pwn the enemeies assist, to lv 3 also. Attack and Defenese are at 7 each. 900K more exp and I'll level his attack to 8. Whee.
...
I'm not leveling him up to force level 4, cuz it takes 50 milion exp, and I don't need it...
I've done it before though. It is just unfair to most enemies in the game after you do, though.




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(2/17/05 1:00 am)
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Spent all night redoing a lot of my Albert Odyssey mp3s in stereo. At this point, I'm only missing three songs I want. The normal boss music, Valerian's Castle, and Balan's Fort. I'll need to play a little into the game to get all three, but at least Balan's Fort is as far as I have to go. I don't actually have to complete it again.




pOrn Sigma
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(2/17/05 1:05 am)
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Did you get that cable I told you about, or did you find something else?




Flying Omelette
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(2/17/05 1:13 am)
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Crawl found one that records in stereo.




Some Guy
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(2/17/05 10:55 am)
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I'm about ready to do the Sunken Desert sidequest now on Chrono Trigger.

I just found out that if you charm the hands of Zeal's second form, you can get a Prism Helm and Prism Dress. No kidding about that one. Sweet deal.




SETZERtheGREAT
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(2/17/05 10:58 am)
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I made it to Giza's Palace on Dragon View last night, but I had to back out and save because I'm taking far too much damage from the enemies. I've had this game for years and never actually finished it. Farthest I ever got before was the second dragon temple but I couldn't figure out how to enter it.




James FP
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(2/17/05 12:01 pm)
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I got stuck somewhere in Alundra and haven't played it for a few nights. This game is harder than Alundra 2, but a part of me thinks I liked Alundra 2 more. Alundra 2 had better play control and not as much wandering around lost.

I did, however, unlock Diekbeck in Arc the Lad 4. I'm thinking of replaying the game so I can get to the end of it with the two hidden characters. This time, I'm going to level up more in the tournaments so that I won't have such a hard time with that final boss.




Volgin
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(2/17/05 4:39 pm)
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Beat Chaos Legion. Again.
God...the credits have such crappy music. >_<

I forgot that only the second part of the last 3 battles was the only one that was really that hard. Heh.

What to do know......h'rmm.




James FP
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(2/17/05 5:03 pm)
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Oh, and I forgot to mention that I made it to Level 5 of Abadox. Damn, that Level 2 is a real bitch! Especially if you die halfway through and have to start from the midpoint. I pretty much had to reset the game and start again if that happened.




New Generation Reploid Axl
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(2/17/05 6:20 pm)
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Quote: I made it to Giza's Palace on Dragon View last night, but I had to back out and save because I'm taking far too much damage from the enemies. I've had this game for years and never actually finished it. Farthest I ever got before was the second dragon temple but I couldn't figure out how to enter it.

Those wiggling floors in Giza's fortress suck hard. I spent almost two hours trying to get past one of them, which, thankfully, was the last one.

The final boss was ridiculously easy for some reason. I guess the programmers decided to do that because those floors just before him were so irritating.




Some Guy
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(2/17/05 11:23 pm)
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Beat Zeal for the first of three times at the Black Omen (in 1000 AD). Yayness.




Flying Omelette
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(2/17/05 11:42 pm)
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I would just wait for the floors to quit moving and then go during the few seconds they're completely still and in focus.


I got the rest of my Albert Odyssey mp3's redone. I just found out something - the Kagero mp3's are gonna be Mono no matter what because they're only in Mono on the disc.




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/17/05 11:58 pm)
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Minish Cap is... GOOD!

I'm at Final Dungeon now... I played so much Minish Cap since my last post that it's hard to remember everything I accomplished.

With the flippers, I was able to reach and complete the Temple of Droplets. I actually did part of that yesterday, and finished up today. The boss spit out these boulders at you... you had to deflect them back with your sword. Then he'd freeze the whole room, and you'd have to use the lantern to hurt him. I can't remember too much of the dungeon, since I played another one after it, and my memory about these things isn't that remarkable. There was a lot of slow travel on the water by lily pad, and blocks to push around to clear a path. Blocks were often made of ice, and it reminded me of similar puzzles in Ocarina of Time. There were sections where you had to melt ice by letting sunlight shine through from above, like in that LttP dungeon where you had to expose the boss by getting sunlight on him. Splitting Link up into multiples is becoming more and more frequent in terms of puzzles... I guess this is a way of tying in to that Four Swords stuff.

After that, I had to go to this haunted area. There was a simple forest maze there that I used my FAQ on. Was a case of misunderstanding the simple directions. I believe that's four times total that I checked a guide... mostly for trivial stuff, and there were no cases of checking for help within dungeons.

After this, I had to go through this sky area. There was a lot of gliding around to find items... it was pretty boring, but not as bad as that library book nonsense.

Then, the largest dungeon in the game... this place was massive. I got an item to let Link jump at will, which was pretty neat. Lots of jumping involved in the dungeon design, therefore. While there were many puzzles, this place definitely seemed to be more focused on action elements. The game seems to be doing less and less shrinking... falling back on the traditional stuff that really makes the Zelda games fun.

The boss of this place was flying creatures that you had to attack. You had to divide Link up into multiples of himself, while avoiding attacks, then hit the creature's eyeballs with your sword. There was some jumping involved, and an easier creature to attack, too. This battle was pretty intense, and I got a Game Over the first time. I thought Fairies in bottles gave you full health. They most certainly do not. The second attempt, there was no need for Fairies or potions, or anything. I won easily.

After this, I got the Four Sword. See, it is related. If you charge this sword up all the way for a spin attack, it shoots a beam in addition to the spin. The beam looks just like the one in LttP. The normal beam that you can use with full hearts is much narrower, like the one in Zelda 1.

Now I'm at the last dungeon... Dark Hyrule Castle.

I love when Minish Cap reuses music from classic Zelda games. It makes me want to play those old favorites again, which I'll probably do soon. Link to the Past on GBA, perhaps! I've become such a fan of portable gaming since I got my DS.

I'm going to make an attempt to finish the game up tonight. I have to say that I'm having a really fun time. Minish Cap definitely surpassed my expectations and I consider it one of the better Zelda games I've played. It'll be ranked fourth. LttP>Ocarina>Original>Minish Cap>Zelda 2>Link's Awakening>Wind Waker




Facilitypro
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(2/18/05 2:05 am)
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I'm tired of reading anything by PW.
(In response to deleted PW posts and my responses ~CB007)

And you have Minish Cap in there twice, snappie.




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/18/05 1:19 am)
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Fixed. You know what game it was supposed to be :)
It was also supposed to say one of the better Zelda games I've played, not best.




Volgin
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(2/18/05 3:47 am)
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I think we should beat him up (PW) for posting something like that in a GAME PROGRESS TOPIC.
Gwaarrr!!!

*drinks blue koolaid*




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/18/05 4:34 am)
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Finished Minish Cap!

The last dungeon wasn't that tough... a little on the repetitive side, actually. It has a neat version of the Hyrule Castle music (the one that plays in LttP). It was slower and a little weird, to match the evilness that had taken over everything.

The last boss wasn't that tough, even though it went on for a log time. Link duplication was a huge part of the battle. And the last phase made you shrink down to Minish size to destroy the boss' arms.

The ending was pretty good. Could've been a little longer, and I don't quite understand why the Triforce was never mentioned by name. But in any case, I recommend the game, and a review will be coming sooner or later. Probably sooner.

Now for Nocturne...




(Missing posts here?)

SolidChocobo
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(2/19/05 12:10 am)
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Majora's Mask was on the Zelda disc that you could get with a new GameCube (Or from registering two specific games on Nintendo's website, or subscribing to Nintendo Power).




Flying Omelette
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(2/19/05 12:13 am)
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Heh. I guess I got the two confused. Sorry about that.

If I ever decide to ditch Dr. Mario from my Top 100, I might replace it with Samurai Shodown...depends on how well the game holds my interest over the coming week. But tonight was the most fun I've had with a game in a long time (not counting all my fooling around with Arc 4 since I beat it.)




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/19/05 12:17 am)
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Quote: Majora's Mask was on the Zelda disc that you could get with a new GameCube

That's neat. At least it exists, and therefore can be tracked down on ebay (or maybe even Gamefly) later on.




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/19/05 12:18 am)
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Yeah, at Gamefly, they have it available to ship.




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/18/05 11:21 pm)
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Actually, screw renting. This is worthy of an Ebay purchase. It's got almost every Zelda console game.




SolidChocobo
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(2/19/05 12:23 am)
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The ebay prices for it are kinda nuts, though, considering it was practically free.




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/19/05 12:29 am)
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It is now mine :)




BeamYosho
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(2/19/05 12:32 am)
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Currantly, at Marluxa(sp?) on Kingdom Heart: Chain of Memories.

...Tough son of a bitch....




SolidChocobo
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(2/19/05 12:49 am)
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Quote: It is now mine

Wow, that was quick.




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/19/05 12:53 am)
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Yep, found a decent Buy it Now price immediately.

By decent, I mean a price I can pay without being disgusted by the decision later on. Under $40.00.




SolidChocobo
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(2/19/05 1:14 am)
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I hope by under $40 you don't mean $39.99! ;D




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/19/05 1:20 am)
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Heh. It was 36 or 37, I think. Plus the shipping, of course.
Hey, it's better than those guys who pay $200.00 for Suikoden II.




Facilitypro
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(2/19/05 1:23 am)
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I subscribed to NP for that game. What a great deal that was.




Liontamer
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(2/19/05 1:25 am)
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Over 30 bucks for a free game? Ouch. Well, at least you got it cheaper than it is selling for used at EB and Gamestop (something like $45). I actually got two of those Zelda discs for free from the Big N (1 for registering games and 1 for resubscribing to NP).




Crawl and 1OOO
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(2/19/05 1:44 am)
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I think I may have seen that Zelda disc for nearly $60 at some game stores... :/ Or maybe it was the Wind Waker preorder disc. (Which has a remixed OoT, rather than Majora's Mask) Either way, it struck me as insane.

I almost considered trying to get a second copy of the Zelda disc when they had that offer (I think you could get one by registering a Game Cube), but I let the opportunity pass.



Anyway, game progress:

More Ratchet and Clank. I just got the O2 mask, and went back to two earlier worlds to get golden bolts.

I now have every golden bolt in every world I can currently visit in my New Game + file, with two exceptions: One world I wasn't able to explore with Ratchet before I got the mask. I'll look for the golden bolts there the next time I play.

Oddly, the other one is the 2nd world. I did look for the golden bolts there, but couldn't find them all.

I'm doing worse with skill points. I only have 8. I think there's 30 total. Well, that's not too bad a fraction, but this game's stingier about rewarding you for skill points than Going Commando. You need 15 before you unlock anything, and you don't unlock anything else until you get ALL the skill points.

In case you have no idea what skill points are: After you beat the game, a list of titles is unlocked. They might have inscrutable titles, like "Any Ten". But you're told what world those titles correspond to. They might function as clues for something to do. For example, maybe there are ships flying in the background, and if you use rockets to destroy ten of them, you'll get the "skill point". The tasks that you need to do are pretty diverse, and the biggest problem is figuring out what to do to begin with.

The only other things to unlock require ALL the golden weapons.

Last time, I said I needed 5 times as much money to afford the RYNO. Now, I'm close to only needing twice as much money! The RYNO costs 150,000 bolts. Several gold weapons cost 60,000. So, it'll be a while before I have enough money to buy everything.


I think I probably do like R&C1 more than R&C2 (though there might be a chance I just feel that way since being with R&C1 right now has refreshed my memories; we'll see how I feel when I replay R&C2). It seems there's more memorable moments in R&C1, both little and small.

The only real new play style R&C2 added was the hang glider, and that's only used in about 2 areas.

I have many more fond memories of the grind boots in R&C1; the game got a lot of use out of them. They're kind of like a 3D analogue to the minecart stages in DKC2 (which were some of my favorite stages in that game).

Tonight, I also got past the part where you right a platform over some water as fish leap out to attack you, and I had some fond memories of even that short part of the game (though the vacuum cannon makes easy work of it).

I'd definitely recommend someone play R&C1 before R&C2 in any case.




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/19/05 3:10 am)
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Quote: Over 30 bucks for a free game? Ouch. Well, at least you got it cheaper than it is selling for used at EB and Gamestop (something like $45).

Well, that makes me feel better about it. And the good thing is, it's supposed to be complete with case and instructions. Maybe it'll actually go up in value over time. Stranger things have happened.

But I think Nintendo should release it as a regular game now instead of a promo. As a budget title for $19.95. I'm sure there's a market for it.

I wonder what kind of promotion they're planning for the next GCN Zelda game.

It's supposed to be a sequel to Wind Waker despite the realistic graphics, so I'll have to play that game through sometime between now and then.




SolidChocobo
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(2/19/05 4:23 am)
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There's definately a market for it considering the prices it fetches on Ebay. I believe that's why Square re-released FF Anthology and Chronicles as Greatest Hits, because they were going for $40+ on Ebay.

Problem is, now that two of the games on the collector's edition are available for $20 each on the GBA, I can't see Nintendo ever re-releasing it (Especially not at a budget price).




Liontamer
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(2/19/05 8:16 am)
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Quote: Hey, it's better than those guys who pay $200.00 for Suikoden II.

The prices people pay for Suikoden 1 & 2 stagger me. I bought them new for only $10 each back before PS1 became a dead system.

Quote: Square re-released FF Anthology and Chronicles as Greatest Hits

They re-released Xenogears and Vagrant Story as Greatest Hits titles around the same time. However, for some reason I see the two GH FF ones in stores all the time and the Xenogears GH occasionally while I've only ever seen the GH Vagrant Story once (and at at a local game store at that). Didn't the original release of FF Anthology come with a music CD? I wonder if the GH version comes with the music CD too.

Quote: Problem is, now that two of the games on the collector's edition are available for $20 each on the GBA, I can't see Nintendo ever re-releasing it (Especially not at a budget price).

That is exactly why I don't think Nintendo will be putting out any big compilations any time soon (budget priced or otherwise). They're too content making money off of all the individual re-releases.




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I was waiting for Crawl to finish what he was doing on the computer last night so that I could post more about what I did in Samurai Shodown, but I fell asleep before he finished...which wasn't until around 2:30 am!!

Anyway, I beat the game again last with Kyoshiro. I had a hard time with Amakusa. I had to use a completely different strategy for beating him than I normally use. I usually use a jump-in attack with other characters, but Kyoshiro's jumping and striking ranges were inadequate to be very effective. So, basically, I had to stay on the ground for most of the fight and try to rush Amakusa with Kyoshiro's spear. One thing about Amakusa is that if he disappears out of his clothes and then reappears, he'll laugh for a few seconds, during which time he's invulnerable, but if you time it *just right* you can hit him just as he becomes vulnerable again but before he has a chance to do anything.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(2/19/05 8:52 am)
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The price for Suikoden 1 is what's baffling. It was rereleased near the end of the Playstation's life and stayed near $15 for over a year.

Personally, I paid only $20 for Suikoden 2 new, but I got lucky. I just happened to find it in a bargin bin one day. I never saw a copy after that, though, and hadn't seen a copy before that for months. It was on shelves for just a couple of weeks and then completely disappeared. And there was never a price drop (not counting the bargin bin). So, I'm not surprised it's rare. If it sold out in only a couple of weeks, though, I am surprised Konami didn't print more copies.




TaroSH
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(2/19/05 1:37 pm)
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Wasn't Panzer Dragoon Saga only $20 when it first came out?




Crawl and 1OOO
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(2/19/05 2:08 pm)
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Quote: If it sold out in only a couple of weeks, though, I am surprised Konami didn't print more copies

It occurred to me that perhaps it did NOT sell out in a couple of weeks; maybe it didn't sell at all and Konami recalled it, and that's why it disappeared. Who knows.




Flying Omelette
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(2/19/05 6:15 pm)
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I beat Samurai Shodown on a harder setting with Jubei again, and I got a perfect on my second round with Amakusa!




Flying Omelette
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(2/19/05 7:25 pm)
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Beat it with Kyoshiro and got a perfect on the second round against Amakusa!

DayQuil making me feel weird...




Some Guy
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(2/19/05 7:01 pm)
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Quote: Beat it with Kyoshiro and got a perfect on the second round against Amakusa!

BTW, you are playing this on Super Nintendo, correct? I'm just making sure, since you didn't say anything. And yes, I did read your game collection.

Quote: DayQuil making me feel weird...

I thought that stuff was supposed to be non-drowsy. Shows how dumb I am.

Anyway, I beat Zeal again, this time in 600 A.D. Got another PrismDress and Prism Helm from her second form, too. That way, when I do another New Game +, I can fight Lavos and get the Dream Team ending with ease. Since I whupped Lavos at 1000 A.D., I obviously didn't have to do the boss rush thing again.

I'm going to go to the Black Omen at 10,000 B.C. again and get a third set of said charm items. If you're wondering about my levels, here they are:

Crono: LVL 68
Robo: LVL 64
Magus: LVL 58 (he's way behind the rest)
Marle, Lucca, Ayla, and Frog: Somewhere between LVL 64 and LVL 66

If anybody's ever beaten the game on regular New Game mode with Crono below LVL 48, post that. I want to see if there's anybody who's good at beating the Lavos Core.




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/19/05 8:07 pm)
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You just feel weird, as opposed to feeling weird AND tired.




Flying Omelette
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(2/19/05 8:16 pm)
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The NyQuil was a lot worse. I couldn't keep my hands centered on the keyboard correctly. I'd be one letter to the left, so if I wanted to type "s", I'd get "a", and I kept having to correct and readjust my hands. And on top of that, everything looked blurry.

Now, I just feel a little weird, but I'm sick of choking on mucus. I needed some relief.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(2/19/05 8:36 pm)
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I started Up Your Arsenal. It starts with a big Aliens reference. First, a cowardly robot soldier says, "Game Over!", but that could have just been a coincidence. Then, someone says, "Stay Frosty!" Finally, someone paraphrases the "They're going out of the walls!" line.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(2/19/05 10:39 pm)
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"Coming out of the walls", not "going out the walls".

Anyway, one thing I like about Up Your Arsenal so far is that its story has gone back to the style of the original Ratchet and Clank, with lots of funny cinemas.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(2/19/05 10:58 pm)
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A couple more comments:

The president sounds like he's doing a Bill Clinton impersonation. It could just be a coincidence. I'll pay attention for anything that could seem to be a quote or more direct reference.

I've played a couple of Qwark's 2D stages. Unfortunately, they have Atari 2600 style music rather than NES. I hope this isn't supposed to be some sign that Insomniac thinks 2D games had "bleep bloop" music.




Flying Omelette
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Quote: The president sounds like he's doing a Bill Clinton impersonation. It could just be a coincidence. I'll pay attention for anything that could seem to be a quote or more direct reference.

I thought I did hear him make either a direct Bill Clinton quote or a paraphrase of a Bill Clinton quote, but now I can't remember what it was.

Quote: I've played a couple of Qwark's 2D stages. Unfortunately, they have Atari 2600 style music rather than NES. I hope this isn't supposed to be some sign that Insomniac thinks 2D games had "bleep bloop" music.

One thing that was nice about Earthbound is that it had that NES-style song when you fought the first part of the Giygas battle, but it was a really good NES-style song.

As for my game progress, I beat Samurai Shodown on a harder difficulty setting with Kyoshiro. Damn, Amakusa is one tough bastard with Kyoshiro! I can pretty much only use one attack against Amakusa with Kyoshiro to any effect, but I had to have really impeccable timing with it, plus do my best to block or avoid his own attacks. It would usually mean I'd have to hit Amakusa 7 times to take him down, so with each round, I'd count how many times I hit him.




Some Guy
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(2/20/05 12:40 am)
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Quote: One thing that was nice about Earthbound is that it had that NES-style song when you fought the first part of the Giygas battle, but it was a really good NES-style song.

Funny...when I first heard it on GamingFM, I thought it was a song from another game. I knew it was NES-style, I just couldn't tell what it was.

Can you make MP3s of Earthbound music, especially some of the "ambient noise" sounding stuff? That game's music is the best I've heard from a game I've never even played.

And yes, that "Tomas" thing is true. Thanks for asking.




The Great Dark Lord
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(2/20/05 12:41 am)
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No, that guy was definatly doing a Clinton Impression.
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Damn, I still need to finish that game......aargh!




Flying Omelette
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(2/20/05 12:42 am)
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I thought maybe that song was from Mother (Earthbound 0), but I listened to the .nsf of that game, and it's not on there. Therefore, I don't think it's a song from another game. It was just done as a tribute to the NES.

Do you have the ability to play SPC's? Because I would just recommend downloading the EarthBound SPC set. I prefer not to make MP3's of anything that's available in SPC format, and even if I do, I'm not keeping them on the server forever.




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/20/05 2:37 pm)
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Nocturne Again, Some Luigi's Mansion training

I played a little bit of Nocturne yesterday, just to try and get back into it again after that break I took to play Minish Cap. I left the hospital area and reached the overworld area, or whatever you'd call it in this game.

I found a place that had been taken over by Fairies (I asked the Fairy that joined the party at the beginning of the game to stay rather than leaving the party there), and went further south to find an area with an underground mall for buying stuff. It also has a save point, a place to fuse your demons, and a place to pay for healing. It's got random encounters too, but that's a small price to pay for those other things. The Fairy turned into a more powerful High Fairy. I'm assuming it's related to level when the Fairy transformations happen, but who knows with this game...

Now, I think I'm supposed to go to this Club next, since the Fairy place was blocked off and I can't think of anyplace else to check.


I also gave Luigi's Mansion a try, more to make sure that it worked okay than anything else. I just watched the little bit of a story at the beginning, went through some training, and saved.




Some Guy
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(2/20/05 1:40 pm)
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I finally broke down and played Journey to Silius yesterday. I've already made it to the final stage (the auto-scrolling) one, which can be aggravating if you don't know what to do.

Don't get me wrong, I actually liked Journey to Silius. It's a great game. Yet the difficulty reminds me of Gremlins 2 every single time I play it now...and I wouldn't change it a bit.




Blue Lightning Flik
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(2/20/05 3:34 pm)
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Quote: Problem is, now that two of the games on the collector's edition are available for $20 each on the GBA, I can't see Nintendo ever re-releasing it (Especially not at a budget price).

I had forgotten all about those NES Classics things, or whatever they're called. Yeah, that pretty much rules out any good compilations aside from special promotions.

While Nintendo seems to be working on another cooperative Zelda game for DS, I'm still very much expecting there to be a "The Legend of Zelda DS", which would be Ocarina of Time with some minor graphical enhancements, like Mario 64 DS. And if Nintendo was feeling extremely generous, they might put Majora's Mask on there, too. This would be a $30 to $35 thing, too.

The sad thing is, I'd buy it.




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/20/05 7:40 pm)
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I really like Luigi's Mansion so far. It's easy so far, but the controls work well, and it manages (as the description says) to be a little bit creepy and a little bit funny at the same time. Plus, it's Luigi in a game of his own. As for progress, I just fought the ghost baby and won easily.




Some Guy
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(2/20/05 7:59 pm)
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Quote: Plus, it's Luigi in a game of his own.

So Mario is Missing! doesn't exist in your world?

Anyway, beat Lavos again. But I did with Ayla in place of Lucca. Jeebus...knocking out the Lavos Core was a lot faster than usual!

Crono: Rainbow, Prism Helm, Moon Armor, FrenzyBand
Marle: Valkerye, Prism Helm, PrismDress, Gold Stud
Ayla: Fist, Prism Helm, PrismDress, Gold Stud

All I had to do was use Ayla's Triple Kick on the left pod. And if ran like clockwork from there. The only attack the center bit did was the random spell, and since the Prism Helms protected my party from status abnormalities, the Center Bit got the thrashing of its life. And when the right pod dropped defense, I kept Triple Kicking the life out of it, while hitting both the center and right pods with spells. The Core fell in twelve minutes. That's a new record!

Now I'm going to get more of the endings...especially that Dream Team ending where you meet the programmers.




New Generation Reploid Axl
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(2/20/05 8:03 pm)
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Quote: So Mario is Missing! doesn't exist in your world?

Anyone who considers that a real video game needs to be drug out into the street and beaten with fried green tomatoes.




(I think there are at least a few missing posts here because there's no Luigi's Mansion progress between the start and the final boss ~CB007)

CLOUDBOND007
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(2/22/05 11:05 pm)
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I'm at the final boss in Luigi's Mansion. I guess I shouldn't spoil what it is, but it's the most challenging thing I've seen in the game. I'm going to give it another try in a minute. I think I should be able to beat it pretty soon...




Flying Omelette
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(2/22/05 11:25 pm)
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Beat Samurai Shodown with Ha-Oh Maru, but I'm pretty sure I've done that in the past. I guess the reason Gen-An's ending didn't make much sense is because it's a direct spoof of Ha-Oh Maru's ending. (Not that much of anything in this game makes sense...most of these characters are just fighting each other for no real reaon, and no one seems to really give a crap about the final boss.)




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/22/05 11:38 pm)
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FINISHED LUIGI'S MANSION!

Wow, actually completed another game. I only got E rank... I guess it's determined by how much money you find in the mansion. I caught about 45 of the 50 Boos. I'm done with the game, though, I don't feel like doing anything else with it. Fun, though.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(2/22/05 11:11 pm)
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Hot DAMN, Timesplitters 2 on Normal is much more difficult than Easy.

I left off where I was on Easy, and just restarted the first stage on Normal. It's not just that enemies are faster and stronger (though they are). It's like a totally different stage. There's easily twice as many things you have to do, and the new things are all much more challenging. Plus, you don't even know what the new things will be. Unlike Goldeneye or Perfect Dark, all your missions are not revealed to you at the beginning of the stage. More missions are added as new events come up. For example, when a biological experiment goes wrong and mutants appear, you get a new mission to kill all the mutants.

This game is rated T while Halo is rated M. I've said before that I didn't think Halo needed an M. In this game, you shoot zombies heads off like melons. I think that alone could deserve an M. When the zombies come to life, it actually is kind of scary -- an impression helped by the gameplay. You can only kill a zombie if you get a direct head shot. Plus, while they sometimes shuffle, they do lunge, which makes them unpredictable. So, fighting them can be kind of intense.

One weird thing about this game, which I can't recall in any other FPS, is that your bullets don't always go where the reticule indicates they should go. The game seems to treat the graphical image of your gun as an actual gun that bullets come directly out of, so you have to consider whether there's anything obstructing the path to your target (in any other FPS, it seems that if you have a clear view to your target, you can assume your gun does as well). If you're firing from behind cover, there's a chance all your bullets will hit the wall in front of you.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(2/23/05 12:28 am)
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Okay, I finally beat that stage. It ended in a boss fight. (My brother usually thinks that boss fights in FPS's are pretty strange. An example he gives is some recent WWII or Vietnam computer game that has a normal human as a final boss... only it's a normal human that can take 4 rocket rounds).

I think there's a chance this game could at least end up as good as Perfect Dark.

The nearly baby Easy mode might be more justified in this game than in others (assuming all of Normal, not just the first stage, is a more worthwhile experience). It does take time to get used to this game's controls; just a couple of easy stages probably wouldn't be enough. (By the way, I'm using the "Digital" control set up, so I walk and sidestep with the D-pad) Also, it gives you some familiarity with the stages. They're not just a bunch of Perfect Dark-style mazes (thank goodness), but it can help to know where to go or what to do at certain times.

Also, it's short enough that you probably won't get bored with it despite its easiness. And if you do get bored with the easiness, you can start again on Normal without needing to make a new file.




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(2/23/05 2:57 pm)
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I made it a little farther into the volcano in Alundra, but aside from that, my game progress is zip. Still can't beat Level 6 of Abadox, either.




CRAWLand1000
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(2/23/05 3:26 pm)
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I think I'll try to give up gaming for the next week or so. I have other things to do, and I'm having trouble focusing.

If I absolutely can't resist for some reason, maybe I'll replay a game I've already beaten, like Castlevania III, so I'll be done in an hour and be able to go back to other things.




DOVEBLOB
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(2/23/05 3:52 pm)
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For the past few days, I've been trying to get through the Castle of Baramos in Dragon Warrior 3, but I've had no such luck in surviving long enough to meet the boss. I'm guessing once our levels are high enough, we'll get there.




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(2/23/05 4:49 pm)
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Rain Man and Nocturne

Rain Man was on TV late last night. I never seem to catch the entire movie, but with combined viewings, I think I've seen every part of it. It's really excellent... I wanted to get to sleep but couldn't resist watching it through to the very end.

In Nocturne, I'm in the middle of the Amala Network. It's a fairly interesting dungeon, and I like that it has easy access to a save point and free healing. Would be good for level building, except that gaining levels seems to be a rather time consuming process in Nocturne, and not something you're supposed to be stopping to do. The focus is supposed to be on strategy in battle, I guess.

I do have fun while I'm playing, but unlike Minish Cap and Luigi's Mansion, it's hard to get myself motivated to start.




Nixxy Blayde
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(2/23/05 5:33 pm)
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Made it past the damn ice world in Blaster Master: EB, but got stuck in another repeating screen maze.

I'm beginning to think this game sucks. The NES Blaster Master was so much better. No stupid repeating screen mazes, better control, and Jason can walk diagonally.




TaroSH
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(2/23/05 6:55 pm)
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In that repeating screen maze in the fire area, look at the number and positions of cuts in that central island. I don't remember exactly what you're supposed to do, but I know that's how you tell where you are.

I always thought of Enemy Below as a game to play when you had to kill time, not when you had time to kill. I played it all the time on a plane trip, and a little on a bus in that same trip. I actually once got to the Fire area without dying. While not as good as the original, I felt it had its moments.

And the final area is absolutely NUTS. Especially the boss catacomb. Its long, its difficultly designed, and if you didn't find the Shotgun the boss is virtually impossible.

Gave Blasto a shot last night. Blasto sounds exactly like Troy McClure. And yes, I know he's voiced by the late Phil Hartman.

This has GOT to be the ugliest Playstation game I've played yet. And the first stage takes place on some linear pathway floating in space.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(2/23/05 10:10 pm)
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I saw Rainman in theaters. So, that means I would have been about 10 years old at the time, and can't really say how much I liked it (or would like it, if I saw it again).




Flying Omelette
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(2/24/05 12:10 am)
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I think that repeating screen maze in the fire area is where I left off on that game, too.

Beat Samurai Shodown again with Galford and Charlotte.

Love this game! Lots of great characters (the only real crap character is Earthquake, but I suppose every fighting game needs one big stupid walking punching bag guy), good control, good final boss, interesting weapons system, easy-to-perform special moves, and good power balance. I like that projectiles don't take off massive amounts of damage. The only thing I wish is that you could skip the Amakusa cutscenes. They're nice and all, but I get tired of seeing them after awhile, but they only last a few seconds, thank goodness.

Another thing is that Samurai Shodown could not be correctly called a "button-masher". It takes a lot of skill to beat most of these characters, especially on the higher difficulty settings, and I've had to work out specific strategies for each (especially characters like Nakoruru, Ha-Oh Maru, and Hattori Hanzo), and then modify the strategy depending on who I'm playing as.




Volgin
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(2/24/05 12:13 am)
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Samurai Showdown is one of the best series ever because it doesn't take flashy 30 hit combos to win. All it takes is skill and THINKING.
SS is like a cool version of chess....or something.




CLOUDBOND007
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(2/23/05 11:51 pm)
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Quote: I saw Rainman in theaters. So, that means I would have been about 10 years old at the time, and can't really say how much I liked it (or would like it, if I saw it again).

Amazon.com has a 50% discount on Rain Man, and so that's why I bought it today. Comes to only $7.50 new on DVD. Really looking forward to watching it in it's entirety.




ShadOtterdan
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(2/24/05 5:38 am)
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I started playing F-Zero GX again. Even though I can't beat hard mode on mission 7 (or was it 8? ), I managed to beat very hard mode on missions 2, 3, 5, and 6. As such I now have a new bunch of characters to play as.

I also continued on Ogre Battle 64. I'm going through pretty nicely. I liberate almost every single town instead of capturing them, and they haven't been recaptured more than 3 times. I'm only at Gunther Piedmont though.




James FP
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(2/24/05 10:40 am)
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Alundra Progress: Made it to the dragon boss in the volcano and beat it. That was actually one of the easier bosses in the game so far.

Abadox Progress: Still can't beat Level 6, but I'm making it past the mid-boss more often.

Crystal Castles: 15th Round.




TaroSH
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(2/24/05 6:12 pm)
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The only Blaster Master I've never beaten a hard copy of is 2, which I've only beaten using an emulator and a helluva lot of savestates.

Didn't play anything last night - spent almost four hours working on a history assignment, until my brain finally said "ENOUGH!".




Facilitypro
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(2/24/05 7:15 pm)
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I finished DMC on Hard last night. Mundus 2 kicked my ass repeatedly--6 or 7 times--before I beat him. I didn't use any items, however. I still think that's a pretty good boss fight.

Started DMD mode, and died on Phantom.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(2/24/05 8:02 pm)
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Even if it's only been two days, I've been pretty good about not playing any games.

Solved a physics problem today. Sadly, I had to use insight and physical reasoning to simplify the problem. Otherwise, the algebra was a nightmare, and my calculators didn't help much.