Game Progress Topic #6
CLOUDBOND007
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(5/29/04 4:34 pm)
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Here it is... Game Progress Topic #6

Having finished KOTOR, Halo, and Prince of Persia, I'm not really sure what to do next. I've been reading a lot of sci-fi lately, when not playing games. And that's been a good inexpensive passtime.

I might consider playing a SNES game, but I haven't had much luck getting through them recently. I seem to get bored too easily, these days.



Here's some links to the previous progress topics just for reference, until they eventually get moved to another forum...

Game Progress Topic #1

Game Progress Topic #2

Game Progress Topic #3

Game Progress Topic #4

Game Progress Topic #5



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TWEETER911
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(5/29/04 6:07 pm)
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I reset everyone's stats in Samurai Warriors, as I'm about to go on a 2 week vaction, and releveling them will give me somethin to do when I return.
=]






FlowingMindspin
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(5/29/04 7:29 pm)
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I've been playing Shining Force II on and off for about a week, and I'm on the infamous chessboard battle (quite possibly the hardest battle in the entire game). I've lost on it quite a few times, and now I'm regretting promoting all of my characters except for Chester so early (I'm still waiting to get the Pegasus Ball so I can promote him to Pegasus Knight rather than Paladin).

I'm sure luck will be on my side eventually, though.





FlowingMindspin
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(5/29/04 10:15 pm)
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I hate to double post, but I progressed quite a ways since my last post. I beat the chessboard battle on my first try immediately following my last post, then proceeded to fight my way out of the desktop kingdom, cure the sick dwarven boy, obtain the dynamite, and now I'm leveling up outside of New Granseal before I use the dynamite to move north. It turns out I missed an entire level of equipment in a town, and that's why I was having so much trouble with the chessboard battle-- when I finally beat it, I did so by killing the King as quickly as I could. I didn't get full experience from the battle, but now I can catch up at a leisurely pace.




Iron Ball of Destruction
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(5/30/04 2:49 am)
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I'm playing Bangai-o (DC). It's basically renewed my faith in humanity. I think I'm on Level 23 (that one where all those Robots rain on you in an insane batch of insanity).




The Joyful kun
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(5/30/04 11:30 am)
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Yesterday I have been playing SaGa 2 (GameBoy), the Japanese version of Final Fantasy Legend II on my Super Game Boy 2 of the Super Famicom. I have managed to beat the Rhino at Ashura's Base and obtained three more Magis. Now I have to head over to Pillar of the Sky.





Facilitypro
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(5/30/04 11:51 am)
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I've been reading "Phoenix: The Fall and Rise of Videogames."

It's informative, but very dry. I can't read more than a few pages at a time because I'll start skimming. Everything's reads like, "Atari released the 5200 in 19XX. It had non centering joysticks that players didn't like. With an adaptor, it could play 2600 games. Atari used this fact to claim that the 5200 had the biggest game library of any system."

It should have been called "The Big Book of Videogame Facts." The Ultimate History of Videogames is a much better read. I like how it has all sorts of anecdotes about and quotes from key players in the industry.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I LOVE FO!

I've hardly got any gaming in this past week, but today I did play some Goldeneye, and beat Caverns and Cradle on 00 Agent.




Iron Ball of Destruction
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FM: I give the Pegasus Ball to Eric, actually (you can get him along with those other mansion folks much later in the game).




FlowingMindspin
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Yeah, I broke down and promoted Chester. I'll probably use the Pegasus Ball on Eric after I get the sky orb later on. On my first visit to the mansion I always pick Karna, since I play very defensively and MMNKs are very badass and go up in levels quickly thanks to the cheap heal-nothing-and-get-10-EXP tactic. :D

As for progress, I'm trying to get my average party level to 8 (after promotion), though Chester is lagging pretty far behind the rest. I'm also actually using Rohde quite a bit-- since I play defensively, his low MOV doesn't make him fall all that far behind.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I LOVE FO!

Playing Goldeneye put me in the mood for Perfect Dark. I left off on that game at Area 51 on Special Agent, and I just beat that stage.

A refresher of my Perfect Dark history to date:

Most of Agent difficulty left me rather unimpressed. I thought the game's level design didn't seem as good as Goldeneye; in particular, I thought too many stages were big mazes (often made of tunnels). But, a) now having played Halo, I think it's better than that game. There's one point of comparison that's easy to make: Both games were supposed to have put a lot of emphasis on their AI, and I think Perfect Dark's is better. What I've read of the AI in Halo reviews -- descriptions of enemies taking cover, or seeming to use their own strategies -- actually seems to apply more to Perfect Dark than to Halo. Enemies in Perfect Dark also take a lot more evasive maneuvers than in Goldeneye: They jump around a lot, run erratically, and otherwise act crazy. Personally, I think it may be more fun to fight enemies in Goldeneye -- in PD, it's sometimes like you're trying to shoot flies -- but I have to admit PD's AI can make the game more challenging.


And, b), the final stage of Perfect Dark was really good. Because the enemies at that part of the game are aliens, it allowed PD to have a more traditional final boss battle as compared to GE007. (Not that it's necessarily better, just more traditional)


Anyway, I'm not even halfway through Special Agent yet. So far, the game does seem better than it did on Agent, but, for the most part, only slightly. The only stage which was drastically better on Special Agent was (if I'm correctly remember its number) stage 3. It almost brought to mind the experience of playing R-Type Delta without a force, where you know really notice just how subtle and meticulous enemy placement is.

In the case of PD, what you notice is how carefully placed the first few enemies in the stage are, the ones that you fight while the lights are off.


Area 51 (the stage I just beat) was also a pretty good stage, and probably the second hardest SA stage I've beaten so far. But it was also one of the better stages even on Agent.

The secrets of my success for this stage tonight were 1) Not bothering to attack the first gun turret. 2) Using the mag-gun's (or whatever it's called) triple attack on the other gun turrets, to destroy it quicker. 3) Using the Falcon whenever possible on normal enemies (that gun has far more stopping power than the mag-gun). 4) Throwing a grenade on the mined area. Then grabbing the rocket launcher and the shield. 5) Using the targeting rocket launcher on the drone. 6)... then waiting under cover. It takes some time for the homing rocket to actually hit the drone. At first, it just circles around it. 7) Destroying the laser beams in the bunker, so I could easily escape after placing the explosives. (This is one thing I imagine you'd have to sacrifice doing to earn the cheat)


This stage took me 16 minutes to beat. The target time for the cheat is about 5 minutes.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I played a few of PD's combat simulator challenges, and unlocked the "Felicity" stage for multiplayer.

It's basically the Facility from GE007, but with a few changes: The graphics are done with PD's textures (it looks like the Carrington institute); the gas tanks have been replaced with weird things; it's easier to get up into the tunnels above the toilets; and those tunnels have another exit, in a hallway outside the bathroom. There are various other miscellaneous changes (no doors on the toilet stalls, for instance).




FlowingMindspin
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I'm at the battle inside Mitula's Shrine; I haven't actually fought it yet, but that's what's next. My average party level is about 10, and Rohde is kicking more and more ass. I don't see why people don't like him... I didn't even give him anything to boost his movement or agility ratings and he's still doing just fine. Odd.

I'm starting to hate Rick more and more, though I don't really have anyone I want to replace him with at the moment. I guess I'll just wait it out until I get some fresh meat for the party. Until then, Rick is going to be charging ahead of everyone to lure the enemy, soak up damage, and die. Hooray for using a crappy paladin as bait.




bjstrykes
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(5/31/04 10:35 am)
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I actually finished Equinox. I couldn't believe it. I never thought I'd be able to beat that game because of the isometric view, but I got used to it after awhile. The two things that held me up the longest were both in the final dungeon - one was a key at the top of the room, which I had *no* idea how to reach. I thought its presence up there might've been a glitch, because it seemed impossible to jump high enough to get to it. Eventually, after about 100 or so tries, I made the jump and got it. Surprised myself when I did.

The second thing that got me stuck was the final boss, although I beat her in less tries than it took me to get that key.

I started Lufia 2. Everyone always says if you haven't already played Lufia 1, start with Lufia 2 so the story won't be spoiled, so that's what I did.

I dunno. I like the game's puzzles, but the battle system is dull. Maybe I've just played too many RPGs at this point and I wouldn't have found it so dull if I had played it before Final Fantasy 4, 6, or Chrono Trigger. Even Earthbound's battle system was more exciting. This one just seems like it's all point at enemy - attack, point at enemy - attack, heal when necessary. Nothing special except the item system, which is a nice innovation, but not as fun to work with as CT's tech attacks and FF6's espers.




FlowingMindspin
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I'm now on my way to Moun. I believe I only fought 2 battles: the one at Mitula's Shrine, and one back at Pacolon (I think that's the town's name). Neither one posed much of a threat, though Jaha did die in both of them (I never noticed how low his HP were until now). I picked up Taya and replaced Rick with her, so now i have two SORC in the party to majorly whoop up on the baddies. She just needs to learn more spells and then she'll be right up on the front line with Kazin.

My average party level is about 12 now, though there are a couple of stragglers back at 9 and 10. I'm sure I'll even that out soon enough, though (probably by repeating the battle I'm currently engaged in until everyone is level 13 or higher... wooooo!).




DEATHAMSTER
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(6/1/04 9:39 am)
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I quit NES Shinobi. As funny as the flying hostages were, that game sucked. Do all NES games from Tengen go on and on and on and on forever, repeating the exact same type of gameplay per every level? (Gauntlet, Shinobi, Rolling Thunder, Temple of Doom...etc.?)


I recently started playing Super Mario Kart again. So far I've earned the Gold Cup on all the 50cc course, and the Mushroom and Flower courses on 100cc.




Magnus CROWE
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(6/1/04 12:32 pm)
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I've been playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater since my brother bought it a couple of weeks ago. Um...don't know really how to explain game progress in something like this.

I gave up on SaGa Frontier for now. Couldn't figure out how to beat Riki's quest.

CodieKitty
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Do all NES games from Tengen go on and on and on and on forever, repeating the exact same type of gameplay per every level? (Gauntlet, Shinobi, Rolling Thunder, Temple of Doom...etc.?)

I could be wrong, but wasn't Tengen Atari under a different name? If so, that'd explain a lot.





FlowingMindspin
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(6/1/04 6:05 pm)
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I won the battle at Moun, but not before a few things inconvenienced me...

When I got to Moun, Frayja decided to join my party, and so he fought in the battle with me. The only problem is, he automatically replaced Taya, and I didn't want that. So naturally, I cast the Egress spell as soon as Bowie's turn came up, and I was transported to the town of Hassan... which is about as far south as you can go in this game. The town I was in was very far north. Rather than trudge all the way back north, I restarted and fought it out with Frayja... man does he suck. He's a VICR, which means he's not much better off than your run-of-the-mill PRST, though he did keep Gerhalt alive with a Heal 2 spell one time.

As for the battle, it wasn't so bad. At the beginning I took some big damage from the initial line of enemies, but once I took time to regroup my force, I overwhelmed the enemies by going on a full-on offensive. I believe Chester is the only member who died, and I don't see myself keeping him in much longer since I picked up Gyan and Zynk. We'll see, though.

I also gained quite a few levels during that battle, which means I'm still behind the curve (my party is about level 14, average-wise). I'll be damned if I want to repeat battles over and over again though... I'm in the homestretch and I want to get this game beaten.




Shykid
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(6/1/04 9:28 pm)
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I'm thinking of playing FF3j again. I really wish they'd make a fricking remake for that already. Geez -_- From what I've read on it, it seems really good.

And what game are YOU playing, FM o_o





CodieKitty
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My expansion pak came today. So, I plugged it in and tried out Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine. The game is considerably clearer now. Now I can actually what I'm doing and comment on the actual game.

This game is SLOW!

When you go into that "look around" mode, Indy moves around extremely slowly. Strangely, in the actual game Indy turns and moves quite a bit faster.

The controls are a little weird.

I admit I still haven't played much, but the only thing I've killed so far was a rattlesnake. Now, I'm not expecting commies right now, but the rattle snake just felt like the programmers were thinking "Let's give the player something to shoot" when they stuck it in.

The VA sounds nothing like Harrison Ford.

Your weapons are assigned to C buttons, like in Ocarina of Time. This is probably my problem, because I got so used to using the buttons to turn the camera in Rocket. I frequently hit a button to turn the camera, but wind up making Indy put away a weapon, then take out another one.

These graphics are really blocky. This is the first game I've seen enhanced with the expansion pak, and my first impression toward the device is a low one. If this is the best the N64 can put out even with the pak, it was a good thing Eternal Darkness got moved to the GCN instead of the N64 as it was orignally slated (heck, if it was put on the 64, it would have sold even worse than it already did). I don't think I would have found it frightening at all watching the flesh coating of a humanoid robot rotting away during the level or a Lego-man screaming and flailing on the floor because of an evil force ripping through his body. And I can't imagine what the Ancients would have looked like as Tinker Toys.




Flying Omelette
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I've heard that Shadow Man is almost impossible to see without the expansion pak in some areas, and although I can't really confirm that because I only played with the expansion pak, I can believe it because some areas are really dark even with it.

I still thought that game had a lot of interesting artwork. And from what I've heard, the N64 and DC versions were huge improvements over the PS1 Shadow Man (which is one of those avoid-at-all-costs games).




Crawl and 1OOO
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I LOVE FO!

I played a little more of Perfect Dark.

First, I earned the gold medal for the Far Sight in the shooting gallery. As with some of the other gold medals, I first thought it was impossible to earn (you have to destroy 6 targets in 20 seconds, AND get a minimum of 40 points -- bullseyes are worth 10 points -- and you only have three shots). While the targets don't line up easily, it is nevertheless possible to fire diagonal shots to destroy multiple targets at once.

While I have earned the lion's share of the shooting range's gold medals, I STILL have only earned three weapons from Goldeneye.


I only beat one stage on SA tonight: The second of the Area 51 stages (the one where you have to steal the uniform, and find the alien in the autopsy area). I first practiced on Agent, to try to remind myself what I needed to do. Even among the goals that overlapped, there were some differences. For instance, on Agent, apparently the guy who's carrying the uniform you need is right in front of the wall you blow up, so the uniform will just be there on the ground waiting for you. On SA, you need to go to the showers to steal it from a person who's still conscious.


Anyway, as of now, the most useful cheats I have are:

-Jo's Shields: It's obvious why this is useful. You start a stage will full shields (body armor).

-The Phoenix: This is an alien weapon. As far as I can tell, the first mode of operation of this weapon is worthless. The second mode of operation is "explosive shells". Those will kill any human enemy on contact, and in fact if you hit anything solid even close enough to a human, the explosion will be fatal. You can often take out a batch of enemies this way. Explosive shells don't even cost more rounds of ammunition than the first mode, so I can't imagine why you'd use that.

-Slow motion: Actually, this can either be helpful or totally annoying. It did help me figure out what I needed to do against the final boss. But the slow motion is always active, so even mundane things, such as walking down long hallways, can become irritating.





CodieKitty
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I saw the PSX Shadow Man at Hastings for $10 the other day. I would have bought it, except my mother was with me. Now I guess that was a blessing in disguise?






Facilitypro
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(6/2/04 12:25 am)
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What's wrong with your mother?

Codie rides in a boaty.

Christ, I haven't played anything lately.

Flying Omelette
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I saw the PSX Shadow Man at Hastings for $10 the other day. I would have bought it, except my mother was with me. Now I guess that was a blessing in disguise?

Everything I've read about Shadow Man says the PS1 version is terrible. I can't remember all the specifics of all the problems, except that it's glitchy, and the glitches might prevent you from being able to finish the game. The Dreamcast version is supposedly the best version, but the N64 version that I played was good, too.




Camira Breen
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(6/2/04 9:56 am)
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I've started a game of Willow for the NES, and I've made it as far as the dragon, Matanda's cave. The problem is that I can get to the dragon and complete what I need to do in the cave, but then I run out of energy on the way out. I'm then sent to a continue point somewhere before the cave, so I have to do everything all over again. I suppose this means I have to level up.




CodieKitty
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What's wrong with your mother?

It's an M-rated game with a rather nasty picture on the cover (okay, if you just glance at it, it ain't all that bad. But when you start looking at all the details...) Not only would she have told me to put it back, she probably would have chewed me out about it when we got home.




CRAWLand1000
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I LOVE FO!

My mother discourages my brother from having M rated games, but he does have Fallout, Quake 3 for DC (but she might not know it's M), and he's allowed to get Unreal Tournament 2004 for his birthday.




Nixxy Blayde
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I've reached the desert in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. The monsters here are a little tougher to deal with than most things have been so far. (I still don't think this game is bad, though.)





FlowingMindspin
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(6/2/04 1:19 pm)
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"And what game are YOU playing, FM o_o"

Shining Force 2 for the Genny. Though, sadly, I don't have anything to update you folks on at the moment. I'm sure I'll get back into it at some point today. :)




Camira Breen
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(6/2/04 4:03 pm)
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I leveled up and beat the Dragon Cave in Willow. Now I need to get the keys to free Madmartigan. I made it as far north as the Tavern of the Traveler.



--Pepto-Dash!!
CodieKitty
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I just go off of Rocket. I got fourty tickets and thought I could finally punch Jojo's face in because the repair robot (don't remember his name) said the Grappler was my last upgrade. But it turns out there's even MORE stages. I don't like the Arabian stage and haven't gotten any tickets for it yet. Don't think I'm going to unless I can miss some. But I do like the Pyramid and Candy Factory ones.

What's really neat about the Pyramid one is it's not set up like an Egyptian pyramid; it's set up like an Aztec one. I thought that was neat, because dang near any time I find a pyramid in a video game it's Egyptian.






Crawl and 1OOO
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Perfect Dark: I got the gold medal for the Rocket Launcher. That earned me another GE007 weapon. I forget the name, but it's the type that the enemies in the Cradle have. I then tried earning the gold for some weapon that had a permanent zoom mode (not the sniper rifle), but my game locked up while playing!

I also beat the last of the Area 51 missions on SA. I think this one was called Escape. I don't know if there's anything notable to say about it. Well, you have to work with your partner, Johnathan, on that level, and his AI is terrible! He doesn't follow close enough, he's next to worthless in a firefight, and he stupidly died a couple of times, failing my mission for me.

The stage can end a few different ways, because you, John, and Elvis all have to escape Area 51, but Elvis's space ship can only hold two people. This time, John and Elvis escaped together, and I got out on the hoverbike. The funny thing is, until last night, I didn't know how to ride the bike (you have to get close to it and press the B button twice. Previously, I had only been pressing it once, which has a weird effect). While the game has a lot of tutorials built into it, I can't recall ever being told how to do that.


I tried the next stage on SA, and have almost beaten it. It's a weird little stage. It doesn't have much action; it's more about espionage. You have to steal a steward's uniform to get into an airport unnoticed (I don't think it's a Datadyne airport, but it does have Datadyne guards, who will recognize you despite your uniform). You can use a little robot drone to drug enemies while you're elsewhere and safe. Anyway, the point is, for most of the stage, you're just sneaking around, and you only openly fight enemies at the end of the stage.





Crawl and 1OOO
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(6/3/04 12:17 am)
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Okay, I did beat that PD espionage SA stage.

I also earned my first PD time-based cheat! Unfortunately, it's pretty much useless!

I got it from the third stage on Agent. You have to take the flying sunglasses from the ground floor of a skyscraper to the roof, to make your escape by helicopter. The lights are out on the ground floor, so you have to use night vision.

Anyway, just running through this floor (in the same way you might while trying to earn a GE007 cheat) isn't much of a problem, in and of itself. The problem is, if you just run past all the enemies and leave Dr. Carrol (the flying sunglasses) behind, the enemies will probably destroy him. So, I had to run and at least shoot a few of them. I believe it's particularly important to shoot the last two that are in front of the elevator, because I always take that without Dr. Carrol (it's rather like beating a stage in GE007 with Natalyia -- she doesn't need to be with you when you clear the stage, she just needs to remain alive). When I just simply ran through the first floor, Dr. Carrol ended up dying while I was elsewhere, and I assume he died waiting for the elevator.

After that, the only tough part was killing all the guards. The only difficult thing about that is making sure all the guards are dead, while not wasting time on overkilling them. There are two things that might complicate this. First, it sometimes seems like PD enemies prematurely go through death spasms. They might kind of freak out, but they're not dead yet. (On the last few SA stages I've played, this became a bigger problem. For some reason, the enemies had an extremely high chance of dropping their weapons, which in GE007 is a sign they're really dead. Here, they will then often bend down and pick their weapons up again).

Another complication is that you get one shot with a rocket in this stage. You can take out multiple guards at the end with one shot, but which ones die seems unpredictable. I shot at two close guards on the lower level. They both got knocked down, but one apparently survived. But the blast unexpectedly killed a guard directly above on the higher level.



The earned cheat was Hurricane Fists. It's probably even less useful than it sounds. "Hurricane" is really an exaggeration; compared to normal, you punch maybe twice as fast, not some mindblowing multiple.





Agisuro
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Playing Gradius 3 on the Super NES. I've gotten to the boss of the Prominence stage on Easy Mode, but I can't beat him yet. It's that twin-headed dragon. I know part of the trick is to get inside the coils, but I either get hit by his fire, breath, or I destroy him and get nailed by one of his flying pieces.





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I'm taking a little break from Shining Force II today since I got Castlevania: Lament of Innocence in the mail today. I rented and beat this game the week it came out but never reviewed it, so now's my chance for redemption, I guess.

All those days of playing SFII must have dulled my senses, because I played through about half of the House of Sacred Remains and almost died quite a few times. Either I'm getting slow in my old age, or I just need more sleep. Probably the latter.




Crawl and 1OOO
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Another day, another Perfect Dark special agent stage.

This one was Air Force One, where you have to find the president, convince him of a conspiracy, and get him off the plane when enemies with alien technology attack.

Like the previous stage, this one was rather short, and there's not much action until the second half of the stage. (I've said before that too many of PD's stages are huge mazes, but neither this stage nor the previous one qualify as such. Of course, I probably blew through these short little stages, and was probably stuck longer on the maze stages, which thus made a bigger impression)

This stage was mostly easy (My opinion that SA is only slightly better than Agent remains firm). The biggest problem for me was that the President is an idiot. I've heard complaints about Natalyia in GE007, but I haven't had many problems with her. (In the Jungle, she's even capable of defending herself)

If the President were smart, he would stay behind me as I cleared the way of enemies. He did do that for most of the stage. However, right before he could be safely removed from the plane, he heedlessly ran ahead, into a small area with an enemy I couldn't have yet eliminated. Plus, the area was so cramped, it really wasn't possible to get a clear shot at the enemy through the President before the President would be killed.

That happened at least twice.

Anyway, the solution to that was pretty simple. You're given "combat boost" drug doses for this mission, so I used one right at that part of the stage to get the drop on that enemy before the president could run into him.

So, anyway, while that was a minor problem, as I said, this stage was fairly easy.





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I received the copies of Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters and Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy in the mail today. They came from the same eBay seller.

First I tried out Menace 2 the Galaxy. I never played a hard copy of the game before, only a ROM. And that was so long ago that while I remembered that it was a lousy game, I totally forgot how ugly this game is as well as why it was a lousy game. Jim barely looks like Jim. His suit is totally white and really scrawny looking. It almost looks like they were making a totally different game but needed a way to sell it, so they elongated the character's head and called it an Earthworm Jim game. Basically, you run around poorly designed levels collecting coins. I don't know which is worse; this, or the old GB port of the original. The port is practically unplayable. This game is playable, just terrible.

I didn't play enough of Myths and Monsters to get a real impression of it.






Kairobi King
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Heh. I beat E.T. on the first two difficulty settings. This game really isn't impossible. In fact, the easiest setting was too easy. But the third setting is driving me crazy. Stupid FBI Agent follows me everywhere and steals my stuff.





Magnus CROWE
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I beat that damned boss in Riki's quest that gets bored with your combos, or whatever, and then, to my surprise, that was not the final boss. Actually, I don't know why that should surprise me. The final bosses of this game all seem to come out of completely nowhere. That one actually had a sequence build up to it. But now I'm at what I think is the last boss, but I got totally screwed over because you lose Mei-Ling before the fight! I have to level up one of my other characters in her stead.

BTW, I know I've heard people talk about it here before, but was the ending to Blue's Quest really just "THE END" on a blank screen? Or did I do something wrong? (There was a bunch of credits that rolled after I beat Red, but with no music.)




CLOUDBOND007
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I haven't really played anything else yet. I tried a few different older games, a few minutes at a time. But nothing has yet been interesting enough to make any progress replaying. I was interested in Breath of Fire, but that game starts out pretty slowly... and I can't get motivated.

Maybe I'll have to look for something new, afterall.





Magical Yard Gnome
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I played Street Fighter 2010 earlier and got up to the eyeball.




FlowingMindspin
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I haven't been able to focus on games very much due to some major personal problems going on at the moment, but I'm slowly making progress through Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. I beat the House of Sacred Remains and am working on the Dark Palace of Waterfalls.




Flying Omelette
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Broke 1,600,000 in Kirby's Pinball Land. That was good enough to get me into 2nd place of my high-score table. One "Minerva" gone, four more to go. I also had beaten Kracko and the Poppy Bros. I got to Wispy Woods a few times, but couldn't beat him.

I think a good strategy is to go after Kracko first, since he's the hardest to beat.




CodieKitty
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Those five Genesis games I bought came yesterday. I only had time for two of them.

Lemmings 2: The Tribes
If this is a perfect port of the PC game, then the SNES version's face life was a wonderful thing.

There aren't any backgrounds, like the mountains in the Highland Tribe. Instead, we get a solid, rather painful to look at color.

You know that evil sun in the Beach Tribe? It does this ;) in this version, although not at that speed.

The passwords are a whopping 22 characters long, and you have to input one of these baddies for every tribe. Appearantly, it has to save what level you're on as well as how many lemmings you had at the end of each level.

BFHDLKNNCPHJMMGODLJPNA - This monster is just to get to the fourth Highland tribe with 50 lemmings. And I'm not even 100% sure I copied it correctly.

Why didn't they just include a Save system like they did with the SNES version? Clearly the Genesis was capable of battery backed saves. One reason I never played Scheherezade much is because I never seemed to copy those massive passwords correctly.

By the way, while some of the levels may be exactly the same, somehow you can use a different solution in the SNES verison. For example, in the Highland stage "Quit Your Ticklin, Jock!", you can just build a series of bridges to the trampoline just under that brick that's diagonally up-right to the entrance a short distance. Here, they'll hit their head against the ceiling if you try that method. You have to alter it some.

Earthworm Jim

I think the Special Edition is a port of this version of the game, basically with a CD Quality Soundtrack and the Big Bruty level thrown in. Jim makes noises like in the Special Edition, such as the "Oh yeah!" when he hits a Continue spot.

"Down the Tubes" and "Tube Race" (which is also called "Down the Tubes" in this version) have this interesting effect that wasn't in the SNES version where the actual level bends, like a water current distorting the picture.

I don't know if the Intestinal Distress level was added to the Genesis version or removed from the SNES version. Either was, it was better gone. It's a really short level, and all it really adds is a few headaches because of all the slime boulders that you really can't dodge. Although the boss of the level is interesting - if you just run in there, guns ablazing, you're going to get your rear end handed to you. Of course, if you know what to do, he's rather easy.

I like the "Use Your Head" song in this version better. Although, of course, the Special Edition's version of this creams the other two versions.






CLOUDBOND007
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I played some of the original Star Fox... and I was more impressed by the game than I ever was in the past. The graphics are amazing for a SNES game. Not just the levels, but the scenes after you beat certain bosses. And of course, the ending sequence looks fantastic.

The stage designs too, are a lot better than I recalled. Some tough spots, but nothing unfair. I went through the easy and normal paths, finishing them without too much trouble. I remember when I played path 3 years ago how challenging it got... and I never finished it. But maybe I'll try again soon.






FlowingMindspin
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I played Castlevania: Lament of Innocence some more last night. I beat the Dark Palace of Waterfalls, and then beat the Garden Forgotten By Time. I even found the ice and lightning whips (which I didn't find when I played the game back when it came out). Only two more main areas to go!




CodieKitty
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Krusty's Super Fun House
Out of this entire set of five games, minus Earthworm Jim, this is my favorite. And I'm loving it so far. The music is pretty good, and I love the puzzles. I completed the first two worlds in one sitting.

Pirates of Dark Water
A typical side scroller with boring music. The controls could use some work - I was once trying to leap onto a platform in the middle of a spike pit, but kept overshooting it and falling into the spike pit.

Garfield: Caught in the Act
I never played the Genesis version before, but I did own the PC version. I remember beating it, but it was so dang long ago that I totally forgot how lousy the controls were. I died several times to Count Slobula, mainly because of controls. Garfield needs to exercise or something, because he can't move. On the plus side, the characters actually look like the characters, unlike the upcoming Garfield movie.






FlowingMindspin
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Beat the Anti-Soul Mysteries Lab in one sitting (I'd forgotten how awesome the music in that section is), and even found the Wolf's Foot relic (which I also didn't get on my first playthrough). The only area I have to beat now is the Ghostly Theatre, then it's on to the last section of the game. Some complain the game is too short... I've spent about 5:30 on it so far. That means I should have it finished at around the 7:30 mark (if I keep going at this pace). I admittedly play slower than most people, but still, I don't think 5 or 6 hours is necessarily short when the game is so enjoyable.

After I beat this game (which might happen tonight), I'm going to try Siren (PS2) one more time. I rented it yesterday and tried to get into it, but I found it very frustrating right off the bat.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I have a feeling a lot of people don't read game progress posts, so I wanted to put this first: The Perfect Dark player's guide has some comics in it, and one thing I found amusing was a part where Agent Dark finds a bunch of clones datadyne has made of important people. One was of "Senator Schwarzenegger". It was sort of funny that they predicted his entry into politics (wrong office, though). But they also predicted one of the spice girls becoming Prime Minister of England, which seems a long shot to me.

I haven't made much progress in anything lately. The stage I'm currently at in PD is sort of like that game's version of GE007's Surface: It's big, easy to get lost in ... and it's covered in snow.

It seems like this stage is even easier to get lost in than the Surface. At least the Surface has trails leading through it to somewhat organize the stage. At first, the PD stage is fairly simple (if you move forward, you'll reach the President's escape pod and be able to activate the beacon; if you move the other way, you'll eventually reach a log over a chasm, which leads to Elvis and his ship), but eventually there are large open spaces, and it's difficult to keep your bearings there. The caves are also incredibly confusing.

I've been trying to simply memorize this stage, mostly by playing on Agent, but I haven't had much luck so far. I think I've found most of the goals, but I have been unable to refind the president's clone.


In vaguely related news, I had a dream about Goldeneye last night. Except that the Aztec stage had been replaced with some strange Factory stage. The graphics there seemed to be a cross between GE007's and Wolfenstein's, but a lot "busier" (because of all the factory equipment), and there were also some giant robots patrolling the stage.





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Totally smoked Power Blade on normal difficulty over the weekend. I'm now trying to beat it on hard, but it's much harder because you get knocked backwards when you take a hit. I've only been able to beat the first two stages so far.

I also think it's hilarious the way this guy runs on his tip-toes and wildly flails his arms as he's running.






CLOUDBOND007
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"I have a feeling a lot of people don't read game progress posts"

I try to read through them when I can. They often turn out to be pretty interesting for some reason.

Anyway, I tried the third path on Star Fox, but once I lost a ship on Fortuna, I quit. Didn't feel like trying again without the powerups.

I also started a new game of KOTOR... I don't know why. But I put it on easy mode so I could enjoy the story without having to try very hard. I'm still at the beginning of Taris, but I made some progress in the dueling arena.




CodieKitty
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http://www.smbhq.com/users/snss/Avatars/NovaRun.gif
^^

I just happened to have this on my server. I'm thinking of using it as an avatar at VGF.





Gengarian Junus
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I beat Castlevania 1, but only got as far as the Grim Reaper in the 2nd quest before I quit and moved onto something else. So, I've mostly been playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and random NES games, like Dragon Spirit, in which I made it as far as the Cave Road with the jagged edges that closes in on you, and TMNT, in which I got to the 3rd area and became profoundly lost.




CodieKitty
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I was in the mood for NES gaming after my Gargoyle's Quest II and Xevious arrived. I found a nasty suprise in my front loader, aside from it not working. Appearantly a cockroach had taken residence in the thing, but had access to neither food nor an exit. While I was hooking it up, its dried out husk fell to the front and when I opened the door...

I cleaned him up, and found the system doens't work. So, I pulled out my toploader.

Onto the games.

Xevious - Hooboy, Nintendo's porting this to the GBA? They better put in some serious upgrades to this one. The scenery looks like something out of the Atari (the actual ship is more detailed), and the music is about five notes looping forever. The ship is REALLY slow, . Meh.

Gargoyle's Quest II - It looks like Nemo, it sounds like Nemo, it controls like Nemo. Of course, they were both made by Capcom, so I guess it makes sense. I wouldn't be surprised if Capcom reused the coding in one of the games (I don't know which one is older)

By the way, one thing I could never figure out with Demon's Crest (and now Gargoyle's Quest II) - How do I get the passwords?

Power Blade - Vampyrus' post put me in the mood for this. Man, I forgot how nasty Expert mode was.

Legendary Wings - Another Capcom "Hey, this smells like...". Basically, it's half Dragon Spirit and half Section Z. You're playing as some kind of angel guy with a gun who looks like he's naked except for a pair of boots. The overhead mode reeks of Dragon Spirit (shoot, gain powerups, drop bombs) The side-scrolling things are Seciton Z with an angel guy instead of a space ranger person, and the inability to shoot right (not that you ever really need to, unless you miss an enemy). He flies, but can also go on the ground and walk.





BOGUS666
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I'm going to make it my goal to finally beat Azure Dreams on the Playstation. I've only made it about as far as floor 15.




CRAWLand1000
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Huh? I don't think there was ever any problem with getting passwords in Demon's Crest. On the other hand, because I never had a problem with it, I don't recall exactly what you need to do. Have you simply tried running out of lives?

In Gargoyle's Quest 1, you had to speak to someone in the town to get a password.




CLOUDBOND007
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I played a little more of KOTOR. I made it to the lower city after getting the disguise. The game is somewhat enjoyable, but I'm not sure if I can play through it all again or not. I really want to... there are certain things I want to see again, and some stuff I want to do differently. But it's hard to decide if it's worth going through other parts of the game a third time to do so.

I hope the sequel turns out well, as it's something I'm really looking forward to. It's made by a different developer than KOTOR, but they've apparently made other good RPG's before. And they're using the engine from the first game. That should allow for a lot of focus on making a good story and adding some new twists to the gameplay. Initial information about the game has been promising, at least. And via a series of questions or something, you can tell it how you played through the first game (what side you were on, etc.) and have it influence the story of the sequel.




CodieKitty
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I guess I've never died in the right spot, because I appearantly had infinite lives in that town with the skeleton with the giant sword for a hand.

By the way, I had my directions mixed up. It's left you can't shoot in Legendary Wings.
<- This way.




FlowingMindspin
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In Castlevania: Lament of Innocence I beat the Ghostly Theatre last night and got to the second floor of the Pagoda of the Misty Moon; in other words, I'm in the home stretch.

I tried to play Siren once again, but once again was frustrated beyond belief. This game relies so much on trial and error that it's just not fun.:thumbsdown




Ultimate Chicken
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Completed the catacombs level in Brave Fencer Musashi (the one below the restaurant). I guess maybe Musashi should have let them get overrun by Thirstquencher, since the town's full of useless twits and the castle folk are...disturbing beyond description (Scribe Shanky and Soldier Hanky Flanky, anyone? :lol )




Crawl and 1OOO
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Believe it or not, but I'm pretty close to memorizing that PD stage. I still don't know my way around the deep caves, where you actually need to use night vision goggles to see anything, but hopefully I won't need to go there. Without going into them, it's possible to activate the homing beacon, find and rescue the president, and assassinate the imposter president. And, for that matter, destroy the skedar ship, though that must be a Perfect Agent objective.

The thing is, I still have no idea where the Presidental Medical Scanner (the only extra objective added to SA) is. I don't even know what it's supposed to look like. At first, I was playing the stage on Agent to help memorize it, but I have a feeling it's not even possible to find that item on Agent. It may be something you start the stage with on that difficulty (if it is what I think it is).

Nuts. I hope that item isn't in the caves.



Anyway, on my off time from that game, I've been playing Goldeneye. Mostly, I've been playing Aztec a lot, which is truly an awesome stage. I also deleted an old file, and used it to replay Agent mode a few days ago (which only took about an hour). I also got all the Agent cheats. Most I got on my first try. I did, however, have to replay the Jungle a few times to get that cheat. I may have gotten a new person record for the Cradle; if so, that'd suck, because I don't plan to keep that file permanently. After beating Agent, I started going through Secret Agent, but I haven't played much of that on that file yet.




CLOUDBOND007
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I was just watching Rocky III again. I've seen it many times before, but it's been a while now, and it's really quite entertaining. I thought there was a topic about the movie around here somewhere, but I don't know what happened to it.





Magnus CROWE
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BTW, I've been calling that character "Red", but it's actually "Rouge". Red is one of the characters you can choose to play as from the start. Rouge is Blue's rival, although you can recruit him as a team member. And that's how I finally beat that last boss of Riki's quest - I leveled up Rouge until he had about the same amount of special attacks as the other characters in my party, which were Gen, Lute, T260G, and some other guy I forget the name of.




CodieKitty
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I did a few things yesterday, despite my aching face.

Played some Wizards and Warriors 3. I got to the castle and found a goblet, but had no real idea what to do after that. Eventually turned it off and hooked up my PSX.

I beat Lomax in one sitting. Got the same ending. I'm now convinced this game only has one ending, it sucks, and those two songs are completely unused. Guess it's time to shelve it. Okay, there's still "Beat the game without dying". But no way in HELL I'm I going to try that, considering how disgustingly difficult it is to do that thanks to the Evil Ed stages (I entered the third one with 27 lives, got to Ed with about 12).

I started up a game of Final Fantasy on Final Fantasy Origins. I got everybody to Lv. 3, fought Garland... and totally wasted him. Smashed him in two turns. I love the version of the battle song in this game, as well as how they added another song for a boss fight.





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Pokemon Leaf Green [GBA] - Beaten the 5th gym leader, and gained access to Saffron City.





FlowingMindspin
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I finally beat Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. As for what I'm going to play next, I haven't a clue.:shrug




Crawl and 1OOO
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I beat two stages in Perfect Dark.

First was that out door, snowy exploration stage. I finally found the presidental scanner, and it was not in the caves. Actually, it was in an area that I had been to many times before, but somehow missed it. Well, I guess it's not really a big mystery why I missed it: It's gray (a suitcase), and it's on top of white snow. The first time I found it, I didn't even see it; I was just walking around in that area, and the words "Objective 1 Completed" appeared on the screen. So, I hit reset so the next time I'd find it, I'd know what I was looking for.

After that, finishing the stage was straightforward. I had already learned the rest of the stage.




The next stage - the Pelagic II - I beat on my first try. Granted, it was a 50 minute try (the cheat is for 7:07). And, I probably couldn't have even survived one more hit. And, I used a shield. But anyway.

This is one of the game's many mazelike stages. I think I finally got a handle on it, though. What probably took me the longest in this stage was finding Elvis (supposedly, he goes off on his own mission while you do yours, and you rendezvous at the end, but it sure seemed like I did all the work). I eventually convinced myself that I had, at some point or another, explored the entire ship. Therefore, Elvis must have materialized in some part I had previously been to, after I completed an objective. After I realized that, I finished the stage quickly.

When you find Elvis, he leads you to the end of the stage. The tunnels you travel through are populated with a fair amount of enemies, and a lot of boxes for cover; this part of the stage is vaguely reminescent of, say, the Train from Goldeneye (I, personally, took much less cover in this stage, though. I found it very helpful to shoot at enemies through the glass in the doors. They won't shoot back through it -- they'll try to get to the door and open, which is pretty easy to prevent).

By the time I found Elvis, I had already killed every enemy in the stage (something like 84 kills). But I wonder if I found him earlier if he could have helped me clear out that section.



So, I have now finished 13 out of 17 normal special agent missions, meaning I'm about 3/4 of the way through that difficulty. I still don't think it is, on the whole, much of a different experience than agent.




Crawl and 1OOO
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...and I must be getting faster at Goldeneye without specifically practicing it. When I beat Surface 1 on Secret Agent on my replay file, I beat the cheat time by almost a minute. I checked my original file, and there I beat the cheat time only by a matter of seconds.




Magnus CROWE
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I've started the robot's quest in SaGa Frontier, and I've just gotten to a point where it seems like the story has died away, and I can go anywhere I want again. I think I might do Omble first this time, because I sick of that light mirror puzzle.

What's kind of strange about this game is that there are parts of the stories that are really good and interesting, like the beginnings of Riki's and the Robot's quest, and the last part of Blue's quest before the dumb ending. But then the story just dies away for awhile (or in the case of Blue's quest, doesn't resolve it.) But I guess it doesn't bother me as much as it might some RPGamers because I'm sort of used to playing less story-based games with the Might & Magic series.




CLOUDBOND007
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I recently watched Rocky II. I used to think it was a better movie in general than Rocky III, but I'm not so sure now. Maybe it's because I've seen them all so many times, and Rocky III is just more suited to repeated viewing.

In Rocky II, there are a lot of slow parts early on, some interesting stuff, but much of it goes on for far too long. And while the fight itself at the end is really excellent, I'm not sure it makes up for everything else. Rocky III was interesting almost all the way through, and the fights were still pretty good.

Maybe I'll watch the amusing Rocky IV next.




CLOUDBOND007
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I did watch Rocky IV, and it was okay. Not much to say about it really, except that even despite how ridiculous it is, it manages to be many times better than Rocky V.

Now, as far as Rocky V... I watched the fight at the end since I couldn't motivate myself to actually go through the movie again, and I continued watching through end credits (with clips from all five movies... pretty nicely done).

But like many people, I think I'll just pretend that Rocky V doesn't exist :)





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I started playing through Lament of Innocence using Joachim this time... and it's a lot different. Not being able to acquire/use items is really making the game challenging; I can't even beat the boss of the House of Sacred Remains. I'll keep trying, though.

Also, I picked up Final Fantasy Chronicles today and started a game of Final Fantasy IV. I've tried to get into this game numerous times in years past, but I never was able to, but as of right now I'm a little over 3 hours in and I'm hooked. I'm about to start crossing Mount Hobbs to get to Fabul, I believe it was called. And I'm so glad that Square kept the "YOU SPOONY BARD!" line in when they fixed up the translation... it's classic.




CLOUDBOND007
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I continued playing KOTOR, and had more fun than I expected. I'm really taking my time, even more so than I the first two times I played the game. Listening to all the spoken dialogue, doing every side quest I can find, etc. Still keeping the game on easy mode though, as it's more relaxing. I've been playing for about 3 hours total so far and actually looking forward to going through the rest of the game a third time.




FlowingMindspin
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Well, I covered a lot of ground today. I got Porom & Palom, Tellah remembered his spells, Cecil's a Paladin, and Yang sucks really bad. Seriously, I hate him.

I'm currently about to sneak into Baron to steal an airship, but I'm spending some time leveling Cecil up (since he goes back to level 1 when he becomes a Paladin).




CodieKitty
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My dog died this morning. He was an old dog and was pretty obese. My mom went out to pour some water with a little bleach on his backside because he got some feces on that part of him and he stunk pretty bad. I went out there with her, and we both noticed he wasn't breathing. I went around to his face, he didn't blink, put his head up, or anything and had his toungue out. I patted him, and sure enough, stiff, cold, dead.

My mom and I just finished burying him. My dad and brother are out of town. Nice timing.

We haven't had an animal die for about... seven years now. The last animal we lost was a border collie to cancer. I threw a fit when she died. Today's been kind of sad around the house, but nobody's really crying or anything.

I wasn't much in the mood for gaming today, although I did get some Game Boy Bionic Commando in. I think I got done with the missile area.




Flying Omelette
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I ***FINALLY*** finished debugging the new version of my site. After I got everything uploaded, I had to go through and check every page and link to make sure everything was working. Everything that was coded incorrectly has been fixed. (I noticed a lot of typos in the Cameos Database, but I'll fix things like that when I next update it.)




FlowingMindspin
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Surprise surprise... more Final Fantasy IV. I covered a lot more ground since my last post... a few more characters died, a few older characters came back, and I just finished up in the underworld and am on my way to Baron. My party is about level 30-ish, and I'm kicking everything's butt pretty severely. I'm surprised how much fun this game is; up until this playthrough, I always found it too slow and boring and never stuck with it.




Facilitypro
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sorry to hear that codie




Flying Omelette
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I started playing Panzer Dragoon Saga. I beat the first boss (a huge moth/spider thing), and now I'm in the destroyed village of Cainas.

Holy smokes, does this game's opening story rip off Final Fantasy 6! A war with monsters has decimated the world (War of the Magi). An evil empire has gained power by using advanced technology (Gestahl). They are now trying to revive ancient magical beings (Espers) to conquer the world. The empire has set up a research lab to study these ancient monsters and their powers (Vector's Magitek Factory). A beast is discovered in a mine (Narshe & the Tritoch) and the empire comes to get it (Vicks & Wedge). A strange woman is discovered in the mine and her powers are used to wipe out a city (Terra wiping out an entire platoon of the Empire's troops). Then, a guy wearing clown makeup starts killing people for no reason and laughing maniacally about it (Kefka).

But at least so far this game seems more enjoyable than Panzer Dragoon. It's going to take a bit for me to get fully used to the battle system. Although, already I'm getting a little annoyed at the frequency that you're attacked from behind.




CLOUDBOND007
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Yeah, sorry to hear that, Codie. A depressing thing to go through.

The FF4 posts in here are almost making me want to play it again. I wish the Dark Knight class had been available longer. Paladin was nice, but not as interesting.

In KOTOR, I played a whole lot last night, completely finishing Taris and every sidequest on it. On easy mode, battles are no problem, and so I'm a little more free to try different party members and abilities without worrying about making myself too weak. The story has been really enjoyable so far. The voice actors did a wonderful job with this game. Too bad the alien language spoken dialogue repeats itself constantly... I usually always skip past that.

I reached Dantooine, and became a Jedi. Been playing for more than 6 hours now, I think.




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I got to and beat another boss in Panzer Dragoon Saga. This one, a giant flying manta ray in a desert. Saved a baby worm from drowing in quicksand and that seemed to open up the next area.

Now the story is starting to sound like a Secret of Mana rip-off. The empire was defeated long ago by a single dragon (Mana Beast). Now the empire is trying to revive ancient ruins (Mana Palaces), but in doing so, they could possibly awaken a great evil that could destroy the world (Mana Fortress, Mana Beast).


Sega really has no right to sue anyone for ripping off Crazy Taxi.




PenguinMan26
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Well, I don't know how many people have heard of this game, since I haven't seen it being mentioned on this forum, but I'm playing through Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness right now.

I think I'm near the end, Chapter 12 or 13, The Second Part of the Battle for the Netherworld, and I'm just trying to level my guys up, since this next stage has some really tough guys. I'm mostly just going to Prinny Land, so I can finally Transmigrate my Prinnys to the General level (since you have to kill multiple kinds of the same monster to bring the mana cost of making one down to a reasonable price).




ErniePants
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I made it to Level 4 in Hammerin' Harry for the NES. I still haven't finished this game. Everyone I knew in school was always making fun of me for playing this game for some reason.




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I'm at the Dungeon of Infinity in Breath of Fire 2. I just passed Nina's test. It's taking me awhile to get through this part. The enemies are tough as nails and you get attacked every couple of steps.




CLOUDBOND007
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"Well, I don't know how many people have heard of this game, since I haven't seen it being mentioned on this forum, but I'm playing through Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness right now."

A few people here have played it. The story was really funny, and the battle system was pretty good. I just grew tired of the repetitition of the combat after a while. No game of this kind aside from FF Tactics has done the best job of holding my interest for long. Very well made game, though.

In KOTOR, I finished everything on Dantooine. The sidequests there aren't bad, but it's a little confusing to find everything due to the unusual layout. I've played about 10 hours, now.




CodieKitty
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Thanks Facility and Cloud.

Today I played some Skyblazer. Beat the fire temple thing, then turned it off. I also played some Lost Vikings. I completed the Spikes stage the one after that. Oh man, the Spikes one took me so many tries to complete, and I solved it on accident. It took me so many tries, I got Thor yelling at the trio about what pathetic excuses for vikings they are. It gave me a much needed laugh. And the accident was that after I lowered the block then impaled Erik on the spikes, I accidently fired off an arrow as Baleog... and it hit the chain, cut it, and the block landed on the switch, lowering the spikes and turning off the fire trap... wow, where randomly pressing buttons in a jam will get you in this game.




FlowingMindspin
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I beat Asura in the Land of Summons, but upon trying to beat Leviatan I got royally spanked. So I took off for the Sealed Cave, got the crystal, and I just can't seem to beat EvilWall before he crushes my party to death. He starts with 28,000 HP (or is it 24,000? I forget), and I can't get him more than halfway dead before he's right in my face and killing my party members one by one with one hit. It's very frustrating.

Maybe I need to go back and try to beat Leviatan again... I assume he'll give Rydia a summon as Asura did, and hopefully it's an offensive one. Whee!




PenguinMan26
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I finally beat Kurtis and Carter's Angel army today. After finally transmigrating my Prinnies to General level, I decided the best way to handle the Kurtis battle was to have my thief steal a couple of guns from the soldiers (since they were annoying because they put you to sleep), and just had my most powerful guys focus on the soldiers with the light sabers. Just as long as I didn't let them kill my healer, I would be fine.

The Angel battle was even easier than the first stage in that world. I only had one person die and that was because I forgot to heal before they countered.




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Another way that PDS rips off FF6 - The first character that "joins" you is a thief who doesn't like to be called a thief. (He prefers to be called a "seeker".) Locke Cole, anyone?

I didn't make much progress tonight. Just explored a bit, leveled up and got some items. I went back to an earlier area and found it had become inhabited by lots of white birds. I shot at one of them, and then they all flew away. My dragon automatically followed after them and they led him right into a hidden area, where I found some item I don't know what to do with yet.

I also played Maniac Mansion on an emulator. I realized there was one ending I hadn't yet seen...the one for when you kill off all three characters (and not by blowing up the house.) I killed Bernard by microwaving the radioactive water. I killed Dave by drowning him in the pool and Razor by giving the exploded hamster to Weird Ed. (Actually, in retrospect, I think I went through too much trouble - I should have just fried all three of them via the microwave and water.) I figured the only possibility of that unused music track being in the game would be for this ending, because I've seen all the others and it's not in any of them...but it wasn't here, either. So I guess it truly is an unused track.




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I just tried out the GBA Earthworm Jim. I've finally come to a conclusion after playing it...

EARTHWORM JIM DOES NOT BELONG ON A HANDHELD

Let's look at the three EWJ handheld games I've played so far. I believe these are all the EWJ handheld games.

Earthworm Jim GB - Damn near unplayable
Menace 2 the Galaxy - Playable, just awful
Earthworm Jim GBA - Stinks

Jim himself is HUGE. He's so damn big that you can barely see anything in the level around him. And the camera moves around him extremely fast. So fast that everything just becomes a blur and has you reaching for a dramamime.

Jim's animation is extremely slow and jerky.

The levels have been slaughtered.

The Andy Asteroid race was VERY poorly ported. Rather than you being able to look up the tunnel and see the rocks, bubbles, and boosts coming, the rocks and stuff fly at you from the side.

I don't know if this is doing what the GB version did and only allow one hit every few seconds, because the trash can boss took WAY too many hits to destroy.




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I've been playing so much KOTOR lately. I'm having as much fun as I was my first time through... if only I could find more games like this one. I've been using different party members, handling situations differently... and there were so many side missions that I haven't done before. Sometimes, it feels almost like a new game. As far as advancing the main quest, Tatooine is finished. I did everything aside from the final area on Manaan. And I've started working on Kashyyyk for a change of pace. This time, I'm saving Korriban for last to see if anything is different.




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"Everyone I knew in school was always making fun of me for playing this game for some reason. "

Probably because they felt it was too "kiddy", like, you know, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.




FlowingMindspin
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I got to the moon in FF4, and I entered the wrong damn cave. I fought clear to the end of Bahamut Cave and the old dude told me I have not been summoned yet, etc. etc. But hey, I racked up some nice experience, and it enabled me to go back and beat Leviatan. Then I got greedy and tried to beat Odin and got my ass handed to me. Damn.

So right now I'm not sure of where to go. I know I need to go SOMEWHERE on the moon, and I'm probably missing something obvious. I'll go back to it once I'm more alert.




CLOUDBOND007
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I'm getting closer to finishing KOTOR again, but I've still got a bit to do. Korriban has the only remaining Star Map I need. I've finished all the other planets and did all the sidequests that were available. Manaan wasn't so boring when you do other things besides the main quest there. I liked it much more this time around. I didn't like Kashyyyk much at all, though. You have to do a lot of walking back and forth, and you have to keep a certain person in the party almost the whole time, whether you like it or not.

The events on the... ship... were pretty fun. I started it with Jolee this time for a change and it was interesting to see a some different dialogue.

I think, as far as total hours played, I'll have spend more time on this replay than on either of my first two times through the game. A lot of that comes from listening to all the voice acting instead of skipping past it (just reading the text).




FlowingMindspin
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So yeah, I cleared some more sidequests, made it to the final boss, and he wiped out my party in 2 hits. :D

My average level is about 50. I don't want to level up.

...dammit.




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I beat another boss in Panzer Dragoon Saga.

I wish I could say more about it, but there's really not a heck of a lot of stuff going on at this point.




CodieKitty
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Oh dear...

I played Menace 2 the Galaxy some more...

This game isn't as bad as I remember it being...

In fact, I'm kind of LIKING it now...

Somebody hug me...

But on a more pleasant note, I've made progress in Mario vs. Donkey Kong and CIMA: The Enemy.

I also changed the connector in a front-loader I had (my fingers are still sore. Damn, Nintendo put those screws in tight. I wish I had thought about the pliers sooner), so I have a fully functioning front-loader in my room. I played some Gargoyle's Quest 2 on it.




CLOUDBOND007
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KOTOR progress... I completed Korriban. There are indeed some dialogue differences if you do this planet last... I guess that's true of any planet, really. But there was some really funny and interesting stuff that I hadn't seen before.

After this, I went through the last planet of the game, again doing things differently than before. It isn't really all that exciting no matter how you go through it. Although the confrontation at the end of the main area is pretty exciting, in terms of story.

Now it's on to the game's final area once again. I'll be finished quite soon, probably today. And I was right about the game taking longer than before. I'm already at more than 27 hours. The first time I played, the whole game took about 26. And the second time, about 24.

This game has probably passed Suikoden II in terms of being my favorite RPG. But maybe that's just because it's been so long since I played Suikoden II and I'm just not remembering the best aspects of it now.




PenguinMan26
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I think I'm getting close to the end of Disgaea. I just beat some uber-demons or something that Vulcanus summoned, who, despite being on average about 27 levels higher than me, weren't that bad. I was going to continue, but X-Play came on.




BOGUS666
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I've made it to Floor 20 of the Azure Dreams Tower. I've been using Kewne, Noise, and Griffin.




CLOUDBOND007
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Completed KOTOR for the third time. It was very easy to beat the last boss, but I did have it on easy mode afterall.

I may play the game again sometime, as there are still a lot of untried variations of things I could do.




FlowingMindspin
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Wandered around the Lunar Subterrain last night for an hour or so and got my party to about level 55, and even found the Ragnarok on accident. Hooray for ultimate weapons!

I figure once I get to level 60 I'll give the final boss another shot.




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Yay! Beat another boss in Panzer Dragoon Saga! This one was a dual-boss that seemed to be based on the first and second bosses of the original Panzer Dragoon.

I dunno what to think of this game at this point. I'm hoping it gets better, but aside from the novelty of riding on the back of a dragon for almost the entire game, it's actually kind of...dull...

It still seems like the battle system has potential to be more complex and challenging, though, so I'll wait until I've confronted a few more bosses to pass further judgment.




PenguinMan26
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(6/17/04 10:29 pm)
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Man, in Disgaea, I'm finally at the battle where I fight Vulcanus, but I have to make it through about a hundred of his Angel guards (not really, but there are many more than the past battles). I lost the first time, but that's only because I decided to use only the story characters and a healer (for some stupid reason). I'm going to use my good guys next time.




Facilitypro
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(6/18/04 12:31 am)
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I haven't been playing (much less writing or thinking about)much of any game lately due to some pressing matters, but over the last week I've gotten up to Jungle on Secret Agent.




James FP
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I cleared out the first world of Soul Blazer. I'm now working on the Greenwood Forest with all the animals. I love this game's graphics and story so far! The gameplay (at this point) has been really easy, though I did take a few tries to beat the first boss (which is the same as the hidden boss in Illusion of Gaia.)

But even so, I still like it a lot. It's like a combination of the city scenes in ActRaiser and the action scenes of Illusion of Gaia. It's a shame that Soul Blazer 2 was never completed. Gaia is a good game, but this one seems more unique.




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I'm replaying Earthbound. I just rescued Paula and moved onto the Zombie-fied Threed, but I realized I forgot to get the second shining spot. I'll have to do it later because I can't go back through the tunnel right now. I've also kind of forgotten what to do here. I haven't played this game in years, and I had to resort to the guide for Threed, but I'm trying to remember it without having to do that.




CodieKitty
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I made some more progress on CIMA. I beat the dragon boss. Oh man, I hated the first two bosses (the snow beast thing, and the two flowers). But the dragon was AWESOME. And so was its music.




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I beat the first loop of Low G Man. I'm now working on the second.




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PenguinMan26
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Finally beat Vulcanus & Co., so now I'm at the final battle with the Seraph.

And I got whipped the first time I tried it. Bad.




CodieKitty
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I got in a few other things last night.

Dragon's Lair (NES) - Did I pay for this? I know I got it from Gamestop, and I got the SNES Dragon's Lair for free in the Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale. But if I paid for this, I need somebody to give me a swift kick. This game is borderline unplayable. You have five lives, no continues, and the moron knight can take a whopping one hit before turning into a skeleton and falling apart. You start out on a drawbridge where one part of it collapses when you walk on it. So, you have to memorize which spot it is and jump over it, where a dragon then proceeds to break out of the area right in front of your and start spitting fire. You then have to jump back, crawl over the far left hopefully all this before a fireball makes the knight (I know he has a name as I read it in VG history a book. I just forgot it and I can't be bothered to look it up) crumble. Amazingly, I killed the dragon and got inside the castle, where I proceeded to be slaughtered by people in jail cells throwing pebbles at me. That armor must suck, and those pebbles must be radioactive or something, as one little tap at the feet results in a skeleton. After I died here, I wanted to smash the game with a sledgehammer.

I unhooked my NES and hooked up my Genesis.

Lemmings 2: The Tribes - Actually, the only reason I plugged this in was because my speakers have trouble with the Genesis AV Cables. I plugged it in because I knew there was continuing music on the title. Sure enough, they weren't plugged in right and I had to fiddle with them. I played the Beach Tribe some, and got really frustrated with the third level. I nuked it about eight times before I finally quit.

Gunstar Heroes - Lots of booming here! I hated the boss to the mine. Five "bosses" on one life? Yeah, I got the point where I could do the running enemy without getting hit, and the "dog" and the "spiky wheel" were both fairly easy. But that snake-like thing sucked. Strange - sometimes I got this "eagle" thing, but on the time I finally beat the boss I didn't get the "eagle".

Gaiares - I actually like this game. Although the first boss annoyed me until I realized I could speed up the ship just by pressing a button. Why didn't I remember this from Thunder Force? After a few tries, I could start the game and do the first level without dying. But the second level slaughtered me. I actually made some progress on my last life, then of course got a Game Over and turned it off, but I didn't rip it out and throw it (like I wanted to do with Dragon's Lair). I felt fairly satisfied with what I played.




CLOUDBOND007
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I started playing Morrowind: GOTY, but only a little bit. I made a custom character who should be okay at both combat and magic. And then I walked around town a little bit, trying to get a feel for the game again. The PC version does look better, even on a lower end system I think, and with all the menus, I miss using the mouse. But the Xbox version should be more stable, at least for those with newer systems, and I do like the Xbox controller.




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The Dragon's Lair hero is Dirk Daring.

Well, I'm leveling up right now in Panzer Dragoon Saga. I'm cutting some of these boss fights a little too close for comfort. But maybe it's just me, but right now I fail to see the advatange of switching to a different Dragon form. You have five different forms: Attack, Defense, Spirtual (Magic), Agility, and Normal. Each one (except Normal) raises the namesake stat of your dragon, while decreasing all the others. (Normal is balanced between the four stats.) The problem is, switching to one doesn't really raise it significantly enough to justify lowering the others. I couldn't do much more damage to enemies in Attack mode than I could in normal. And defense mode failed to keep me from taking that much less damage.




CodieKitty
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I knew it was something like that, but my mind kept pulling up "Dick Dastardly", but he's the guy from that old Hanna Barbara cartoon, Krazy Racers.




Flying Omelette
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Wacky Races. Krazy Racers is a Konami GBA game. (Wai Wai Racing in Japan).




CodieKitty
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Yep, it's official. I'm dyslexic (I wouldn't be surprised if I have that word wrong too).




Bomberguy221
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Gee, I thought summer meant I got to play MORE games. :\

I went to my island in Animal Crossing and gave Bliss some furniture. She now has a jukebox that plays K.K. Etude. Really brings the room together, IMO.




Facilitypro
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In Perfect Dark, just finished the mission in area 51 where you have to use the disguse to get into the lab. I failed several times because I didn't realize you had to manually don the disguse. The timer starts when you pick it up, which threw me off. At first, I thought I failed because I had a gun. I thought maybe if I disarmed I wouldn't be recognized as hostile.

I've gotten golds in every firing range gun I've gotten, save for the AR34. Is it just me, or is that gold really hard to get? First off, you have to get 500 points which I haven't even come close to in the 30 seconds. Second, the gun is very inacurate. It's not only hard to hit the bullseye, but the spray of the gun makes it very easy to miss the target entirely, even when you're centered on the bullseye! The requirement is 100% accuracy, so if one bullet misses the target, you're done.




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I'm missing 5 gold medals: The AR34, the Devastator, the Reaper, the Tranquilizer, and the grenades.




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I'm learning how to get better at fighting battles in Panzer Dragoon Saga. I've now reached a point where I don't have my dragon, but instead, I'm flying around on this hovercraft thing. This area is very maze-like.

This game has some of the most abstract graphic designs I've ever seen. The boss right before the last boss that I beat (which was like this dual-machine thing) had a very bizarre shape, as do a lot of the enemies and background images.

Although the game is interesting enough to hold my attention, it still isn't all that exciting. I wasn't expecting it to be the best RPG ever, but at this point, it still doesn't seem like a contender for even the lower portion of my Top 100. Honestly, I think I like SaGa Frontier more (though it took awhile for that game to "grow" on me...)