Game Progress Topic #9
TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
you insolent fool!
(8/12/04 2:11 am)
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....Game Progress Topic...#9!

Its about time for a new one ain't it?
The other one is almost at 200 posts.
....
Yes, it is time!



I started a new game of Kingdom Hearts recently.

I am 9 hours in, and I'm now all the way to Agrabah, one of my least favorite areas.
Aladdin was a cool movie and all, but, this place is pretty boring, and so are all the turban clad heartless with scimtars.

My team currently consists of Sora, Donald, and Aladdin....Goofy is currently a benchwarmer.


Yeah.




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(8/12/04 2:14 am)
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Re: ....Game Progress Topic...#9!

Noooooooo!!!!!!!!! This.... isn't.... happening!!!!!!!!
Wait, yeah, I guess it is about time. :)

You forgot the ever so pointless links to the other ones, though:

A Classic Game Progress Topic

Game Progress Topic #1

Game Progress Topic #2

Game Progress Topic #3

Game Progress Topic #4

Game Progress Topic #5

Game Progress Topic #6

Game Progress Topic #7

Game Progress Topic #8




TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
you insolent fool!
(8/12/04 2:15 am)
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I didn't forget, I just knew you'd provide the links for them.
: )




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(8/12/04 2:18 am)
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Hmm... the first one has been moved or pushed off the board. It's my duty to track it down :)




Mercury Crusader
Kore ga Saikyo-ryuu da!
(8/12/04 2:21 am)
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...

Currently playing Ninja Gaiden. More specifically, the Hurricane Pack expansion. I'm participating in the Second Ninja Master Tournament. Am I aiming for glory? No! I'm aiming at being the bottom 100 players of the tournament, so I can get a T-shirt that says "Ninja Dog" on it! Wee!




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(8/12/04 2:30 am)
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Most ridiculous thing ever...

I'm so bored tonight, and I can't believe I did this:

The first Game Progress Topic still lives elsewhere:

Progress Topic 1 Archived




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(8/12/04 3:01 am)
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No Progress

But seriously, in terms of game progress, I'm not sure what I'm going to be doing.

KOTOR is alright, but keeping interested in it for the fourth time might be a little tough. And FF5... there's no realistic way I can stick with that one.

I think I should search for some used Xbox titles again, or perhaps try some more reasonable PC game demos. I should probably play some more Soul Calibur 2, also.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
you insolent fool!
(8/12/04 3:53 am)
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Re: No Progress

Do own the psx version of FF5 or do you run the rom?
If you own the game, why don't you sell it, since you seem to despise it so....




Red Clawbot
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(8/12/04 3:58 am)
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Re: No Progress

Quote: I'm so bored tonight, and I can't believe I did this:



Ya, I just beat Mystery Quest the whole way through. I had to suffer 3 evil "you're not good enough" endings before getting the fourth "you're good enough" ending.

And was it worth beating 4 times in a row??

Fuck no.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
you insolent fool!
(8/12/04 4:06 am)
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Re: No Progress

Hey now, don't go knocking the BEST RPG EVER.
:(




Red Clawbot
Pirate
(8/12/04 4:17 am)
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Re: No Progress

Don't worry, your beloved Mystic Quest is fine, I'd certainly like to play that game again. =)

But Mystery Quest belongs in a barf bag...with barf in it.




Raistlin
Pirate
(8/12/04 4:46 am)
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I always figure I'll finish FF5 eventually... I once reached the last boss, you know. But I lost to him and never made it that far on any attempted replays.

Mystic Quest... now there's an idea :)
I actually had a really good time with that one when I replayed it last year.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
you insolent fool!
(8/12/04 5:21 am)
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OH.
I read that wrong.
I was wondering what you meant by other endings.
xD
eh hehehehehe

WE ARE MANY
WE ARE ONE




Flying Omelette
Sleeping in the Rain
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(8/12/04 6:45 am)
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You didn't have to go through that much trouble, CB007, it still exists on the first page of the "Greatest Topics" forum:

p197.ezboard.com/fflyingo...=413.topic

I didn't play anything last night because I was way too tired after work.




James FP
Schmendrick's Nose
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(8/12/04 9:33 am)
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DH and I played through Metal Slug X together last night. The ending was really funny!




CRAWLand1000
The Fuzzy Physicist
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(8/12/04 9:45 am)
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I LOVE FO!

I got two more morning pre-work Super Mario 64 stars today, both from Hazy Maze Cave.

The first was Navigating the Toxic Maze. I saw this star way before I earned it -- It's visible (but a fence blocks it) from the elevator that leads to the underground lake. It seemed like that if I'd be heading towards that star (from the lake elevator) I'd be moving towards the maze itself, so I reckoned that was the star the clue was refering to.

When I looked at the map (of the entire stage; the map of the maze area wasn't as helpful), it did indeed seem to have two exits (in addition to the useless exit), one of which seemed to lead to the area where the star was.

One of those exits must have been the A-Maze-ing Exit. I could see that exit from the floor of the maze. Accoring to the map, the other exit should be nearby. I couldn't see that one from the floor of the maze, but when I was near the other one, I got off to the side a little and used the first person mode to spot the other one.


The next star was Look Out for Rolling Rocks. Well, there was only part of that stage that had rolling rocks, so I went right there. Then, a combination of looking around and remember what I did to get the final red coins in Wet/Dry World earned me the star right away. While I didn't have any trouble earning that star, I have to admit I might not have found it without the "clue" (That is, the description of star).


At this point, I think some praise is due ... to myself! When I started this game, it didn't really wow me, and I didn't think it was all that intuitive. But I stuck with it, and have now not only beaten it, but have earned 20 extra stars on top of that. Yeah... I really am a great guy.




James FP
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(8/12/04 9:51 am)
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The star that annoyed me the most in that game was the one in Wet-Dry World where you have to take an elevator up to it. It's really difficult to get to the top of that world with the water drained and then I had a hard time "outrunning" the elevator.

Did you know that if you get Mario up really close to the paintings in some of the first rooms of the castle, then rotate the camera around, you can see a big red letter "F" lying on its side floating around behind the wall?




Iron Ball of Destruction
(8/12/04 1:36 pm)
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I'm about to beat Harmony of Dissonance.




sethrashnoo
I Look Like an Egg
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(8/12/04 2:03 pm)
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I'm up to 112 stars in Super Mario 64. The funny thing is, I've stuck with a single course as much as possible up until I got to the last three (Tick Tock Clock, Rainbow Ride, Wing Mario Over the Rainbow). In other words, I completely cleared Bob-Omb Battlefied before moving on to another world, then I completely cleared Whomp's Fortress, then Jolly Roger Bay up until the one I needed the Metal Cap for, etc. But now that I'm at the two hardest stages in the game, I've been going back and forth.




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(8/12/04 2:05 pm)
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Heh. Thanks, FO. I thought there might be another archive, but it wasn't right next to the others so I didn't see it. It doesn't really matter anyway, I was just joking around.

But it's funny that you can find so much stuff archived at that site... I never thought they would go so far as to save the actual topics from that far back.




CodieKitty
Ship Captain
(8/12/04 4:01 pm)
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I LOVE OMELETTES! ESPECIALLY WITH JUST CHEESE AND BACON!

In waiting for Albert Odyssey, Legend of Oasis, and In the Hunt to arrive, I've had my Saturn hooked up. I've played the following games since I hooked it up...

Rise 2: Ressurection - A very irritating button mashing fighter about a bunch of robots. I've tried the "Hadouken" combo a bunch of times with all the buttons, and nothing's come up. There's no move lists, and the manual only lists two moves for each robot. At least Galaxy Fight was fairly responsive and had simple combos. Plus, Gunter's ten times more awesome than all the robots in this game combined. Actually, most of the Galaxy Fight characters were ten times more interesting than all the robots in this game combined (I don't like G.Dome nor Roomi).

Darius Gaiden - I likes. This is one of the prettiest Saturn games I've played so far (well, I think it's colorful). I only made it to the second stage, chose Section C, and got my butt kicked.

I've also been doing a Shining the Holy Ark overhaul lately. I got the mansion in the woods, but didn't know how to get in. I didn't want to look up an FAQ, so I asked a guy at VGF about it. He didn't know. So, I looked up the FAQ, and as it turns out there was a puzzle in the Enrich Castle Dungeon I hadn't completed. I solved it, and made it a point to write down everything the skeleton told me. I then did some work in the mansion and found Basso in the hallway. I think I'm overleveled. He was at Lv. 10, and Arthur, Rodi, and Melody are all at Lv. 16.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
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you insolent fool!
(8/12/04 7:42 pm)
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hwa jai r00ls yuuu eh

Kingdom Hearts.
Finished with godawful Agrabah, unless I want to fight the super hard optional boss later in the game.

You half to fight Jafar, of course...and he has two forms...yay.
Neither are hard, just really annoying.

His first form is normal old Jafar.
This is the most annoying boss in the whole game....Jafar spends most of the time flying around casting easy to avoid spells, while you can't hit him unless he gets near a platform, then you can air combo his cowardly vizier hide..


After I beat him I learned the Air combo+1 ability...would've been useful during that fight.


The second form is Genie-Jafar.
Not hard at all, still kinda annoying.
You don't attack him directly, you beat the shit out of his bird, Iago, aka GILBERT GODFRIED.
Iago flies around holding the lamp, while Genie-Jafar throws lava boulders at you.
Joke of a fight, right.

Since Gilbert Godfreid the parrot flies around, the extra Air Combo hit comes in handy.

Goofy learned MP Gift and Donald learned Second Chance, two extremly handy abilities.

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WE ARE ONE



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TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
you insolent fool!
(8/12/04 9:33 pm)
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Kingdom Hearts still

Cleared Monstro...yes, the whale from Pinnochio.
Kinda confusing area, pretty fun though.

You fight the boss twice...its the first boss in the game that actually hurts you, too!
; )

The first time it just flails its arms about, doing good damage.

The second time you fight it, it spits green cloudy...stuff.... and hurts!
I mostly stay on upper platforms, casting fire down upon it.
When I'm out of MP, I have to run into the midst of the fray and combo until my MP refills or Goofy gives me some.
I relied upon Donald and Goofy to most of my healing, too.

A tourny is being held at the Coliseum.
That means I can go trash Squall and Yuffie like I trashed Cloud!
Wheeee.




Crawl and 1OOO
The Fuzzy Physicist
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(8/13/04 12:06 am)
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I LOVE FO!

Actually, I thought tonight's Super Mario 64 experience was pretty good. But I'll get to the better stars in a minute...

First, I got a star from Toad near Hazy Maze Cave. It's almost hard to believe I missed this before (despite that I normally just run toward the cave and jump in, and to find Toad you have to... well, you know) I said before that I had only one star unaccounted for in the castle... Well, that's it (I still have to actually earn the stars from Bowser in the Sky and Wing Mario over the Rainbow)

I got the 8 red coins from Bowser in the Fireworld. It's mostly the last two that are tricky.

I got 100 coins from Hazy Maze Cave. I had to try that one a couple of times. The time before I finally got it, I earned 100 coins... on the way to the star for A-Maze-ing Emergency Exit. The star appeared above the "monkey bars" there, and I couldn't reach it.



The two best stars I earned tonight, however, were "Wall Kicks Will Work" from Cool Cool Mountain and Big Boo's Balcony from Big Boo's House.

Of course, those are earlier stages in the game, meaning I tried going for them a few times, but couldn't figure them out and moved on.

It's hard for me to reconstruct my thought process exactly as I earned the Big Boo Balcony star. I think what I was doing was going into first person mode a lot in different rooms in the mansion, as well as looking for two walls close to each other where I could wall jump up. One bookcase was very close to a wall, and I tried wall jumping between them... it didn't work, but I thought I caught a glimpse of something in the attempt. I went into first person mode, and sure enough...

(Here's a red herring I wasted a minute or two on. There's one pit you fall through, and it takes you to the basement, where the "carousel" is. On the way down, I could have sworn I saw another room. After falling a couple of more times, I thought I saw a red coin, but I couldn't swear to that. Besides, I couldn't remember a red coin in a room that looked like that. Well, I never was able to hit that middle room on the decent -- Mario can't control himself in the air like in the other games. But I eventually did recognize it as a room I saw before).

Anyway, what really made this one of the most memorable stars was that after I beat Big Boo, the star floated way out of reach. I can't remember any other star doing that in this game. (Well, not to this degree... I did think it was slightly harder to find where the star appeared in Tiny/Huge Island for the Tiny Little Secrets than it was to find the secrets themselves) After I finally figured the technique needed to get on the path to the star, I had to contend with the viewpoint. You have absolutely no control over the Lakitu camera there (it won't respond to rotation or zooming commands) and you have to walk an extremely narrow path at an odd angle. I briefly used the Mario camera (the only time I used that camera for anything useful) to zoom in.


After finding that secret room, it was extremely easy to get the other star from Big Boo's House.


I also had been putting off Wall Kicks Will Work for a while. Granted, I've only picked up this game again since Sunday, but since there's only so much to Cool Cool Mountain to explore, I wasn't sure what else I could do to look for it.

What I was looking for was totally different than what the solution was.

I was looking for two walls close to each other, just like, well, virtually every other star I've used wall kicks to earn. However, I could only find one point in the stage that matched that description: The area where you find the hard-to-reach red coin has an ice pillar that holds up a bridge above. I was able to wall kick off the pillar to an adjacent wall. However, it didn't do anything. I couldn't see a star from first person view, but, what do I know? Maybe wall kicks could destroy the ice pillar and unlock a star. Well, nothing like that happened.

I don't know what possessed me to do what I did tonight. Maybe desperation. Or maybe I was just trying to explore in a bizarre way. In any case, I jumped off the top of the stage. I fell to my death, but the interesting thing was that, on my way down, I saw an area of the stage I don't think I saw before. In particular, I saw an arrow made of coins that I was almost positive I never saw before. (I wasn't 100% certain because I had earned a couple of stars in this world a few months ago) Anyway, after that, I made an effort to find that part of the stage and found the star soon after.

In retrospect, I suppose I could have found that area the same way I eventually reached it (with the cannon). You can see the area you need to launch yourself to (well, assuming you use the cannon... FO tells me that she uses a different method). For some reason, I must have assumed I had already reached that part of the stage. Maybe because, from that position, you don't see any obvious signs, like a big coin arrow.

I actually think now that, despite being only the 4th stage in the game, that Cool, Cool Mountain was the hardest stage to clear out. It had two of the hardest stars to find (The Wall Kicks, and also the 8 red coins), while others have had maybe one at the most (like the Big Boo Balcony).




I have now completely cleared out:

Bo-Bomb Battlefield, Thwomp's Fortress, Jolly Roger Bay, Cool Cool Mountain, Big Boo's House, Hazy Maze Cave, and Wet/Dry World.

I think the only stages I still more than 2 stars missing in are Snowman Land, Tick Tock Clock and Rainbow ride.

I have 96 stars, or 4/5 or 80% of all of them.




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(8/13/04 12:38 am)
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KOTOR... I love this game

I played some more KOTOR today and it's starting to draw me in again afterall. I've been helping out the people on Taris with unfair bounties, gaining lots of lightside points. I also won the first two optional duels, gaining some extra credits. I won't be able to finish this out, since you get darkside points for the last match, but the rewards are still good.




cuttersDCut
He don't say nothin'
He just keeps meltin'
(8/13/04 9:26 am)
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For whatever reason, I started playing the Wind Wanker today, but only to get more figurines by taking pictures.




James FP
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(8/13/04 11:16 am)
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Played through Super Mario Bros. 2 last night. I beat every world as Toad. Now I'm going to try to beat it as only Luigi, which I'm suspecting will be harder, since I have a tough time controlling him, especially on ice. I worked a little bit more on the review of that game that I'm writing with Junus.

Overall, I'm not playing that much right now. I won't be able to pick up on Paladin's Quest again until I go home.




CRAWLand1000
The Fuzzy Physicist
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(8/13/04 11:33 am)
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I LOVE FO!

Two more stars: Pit and the Pendulums in Tick Tock Clock, Through the Jet Stream in Dire Dire Docks (Now, I just need 100 coins to clear that level).

Briefly going back to the Princess's slide and cheapness... Well, there is a sign there that says if you really fast, you earn the star. The other star is earned whether you go really fast or not. But the sign also makes it sound like there's only one star. So, I really don't know. I think it's at least possible I earned that star based on the clue, but I can't be sure because it's been too long.


Part of me wants to say that Through the Jet Stream was really easy in Dire Dire Docks, because when I went after it this last time, I figured out what to do in a couple of minutes, and actually pulling it off takes no skill. On the other hand, I have tried that star at least a couple of times before and couldn't figure out what to do, so it had that going for it. But on the third hand, I think the reason I didn't know what to do was (again) because it had been so long since I played this game before. Then, I had already earned several stars from that stage, but when I restarted the game recently, I forgot almost everything I had done.

When I tried for the star before, I thought it'd be just like in Jolly Roger Bay: Just get the metal cap, and walk to the jetstream. Instead, a number 1 appeared. I thought that meant that this was a star based on getting 5 secrets (like in Tiny Huge Island or Wet Dry World), and one of the secrets was the jet stream, but who knows what the other 4 could have been. I tried swimming through the middle of the coin rings at the beginning of the stage, but that didn't do anything.

So, anyway, when I played recently, I decided, for no particular reason, to chase after the manta ray for a little bit. After I swam through a few of the loops (noting the numbers that appeared when I did so), I went after the star. As soon as I entered the room with the jet stream after being reminded in that way, I immediately thought, "OH! THAT'S what I need to do!"


Anyway, time for more general comments.

If I were writing a review for this game, a good thesis might be that the game has the qualities that are ascribed to it, but not in the quantities that are ascribed to it. (Well, actually, I wouldn't use that thesis as is, because after my disaster of a Contra review, I have vowed to never even acknowledge the "majority" opinion of a game in a formal review, let alone rebut it). Yes, it's a game that has some creativity... but it's not nearly the most creative game ever, as some have called it.

Maybe more on that later.


I do think that Goldeneye has a better reward structure than this game. For one thing, beating SM64 is really all that satisfying. Not only is it not all that challenging, but it lacks the definite full stop that is needed for a cathartic experience. When I beat the game, rather than thinking, "I DID IT! I DID IT!", my thoughts were more like, "Well, now I have to earn 50 more stars". Beating the game is just a minor little milestone on the way to really finishing the game.

And you don't really even get anything from it (other than seeing the ending). It might have been nice to get one star from that (it could have been taken from an obvious Toad), so you couldn't get 120 stars without beating the game. I'm not even sure if beating the game has any effect at all. (?) Do you need to both have 120 stars AND beat the game to get Yoshi? Or just get 120 stars? (I won't be able to check this without starting the whole game over from the beginning) None of the Toads' comments have changed after beating the game -- They still say I have to beat Bowser.

Also, while the goal of 70 stars was probably to keep the game from being "frustrating" to people who might not have wanted to dedicate themselves to earning all of them, it's really a pretty low standard. There are still plenty of easy to earn stars after you've gotten 70.

Anyway, even though beating (agent in) Goldeneye is just a first step, it feels more like a real accomplishment, and you get more reward for it: The difficulty levels in the earlier stages can be played out of order. You unlock a bunch of new characters to play in multiplayer. And you earn the magnum cheat.

Another thing about Super Mario 64 is that even if you do consider seeing the ending to be enough of a reward, there really are no more rewards until you get all 120 stars. Goldeneye keeps rewarding you as you play. There are more cheats to earn, more stages to unlock (like Aztec).

I think even Yoshi's Island has a better reward structure than SM64. In that game, you can also just play through all the levels to beat the game, but then if you go back to earn 100% in every world, you unlock a new bonus stage for ever world you complete.

On the other hand, it is sort of nice to have all the stages in SM64 available to me now. When I first played SM64, I seem to remember thinking, "When can I finally unlock another stage?? I'm sick to death of Bob-Omb Battlefield!" [or some other stage]


Actually, it seems pretty apt to compare this game to Yoshi's Island, because SM64 seems more like YI than any other Mario game. Their pacing seems more similar. SM64 is more like a 3D analogue of YI's control than of SMB3's. They both put emphasis on finding secrets and "getting 100%".

Also, if I continue at the rate I'm going, I'm on pace to get 100% in SM64 in about the same amount of time it took me in YI.



One thing that's a little funny about this game (SM64) is how small the levels are. It's funny because they don't seem small at first; some seem confusing or overwhelming. Or maybe they just seem larger because of their 3D nature. But then you explore them a bit and they seem to shrink. I mean, Dire Dire Docks is only two rooms large.

This isn't necessary such a bad thing -- Donkey Kong 64's levels were MUCH bigger, but they often felt shapeless.




I was thinking about my earlier experiences with SM64, and I might have another idea with why the game can be a little hard to get into. They REALLY overload you with moves at the beginning of the game. It's hard to just keep them all straight and remember how to do them all. But the funny thing is, there are some that are totally unnecessary. I don't think I have EVER used that running triple jump. In fact, I can't imagine how that could be used precisely. If it had to be, it'd probably be impossible to pull off (unless the location of all three jumps was cued). I also have never used the turn-around-and-flip jump for anything worthwhile. I think the only purpose of the running triple jump is for when you're running around outside the castle. It's "fun". I think the only purpose of the turn-around-and-flip jump is either with the modern obsession with giving a character more moves than you ever need, or as misdirection (you think you might need it, but you don't).




James FP
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(8/13/04 11:42 am)
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Dire Dire Docks is the smallest "full" level in that game, I think (by "full", I mean ones you get 7 stars from, not the ones like the secret aquarium or "Wing Mario Over the Rainbow" or the cap course where you only get one.) But I found it difficult to get the stars from the first room without being sucked into the whirlpool.

"Well, actually, I wouldn't use that thesis as is, because after my disaster of a Contra review, I have vowed to never even acknowledge the "majority" opinion of a game in a formal review, let alone rebut it)"

What makes you say that? I thuoght that review was great! And I totally agree that Contra is nowhere near as hard as people make it out to be. I once looped it 5 times in a row, without using the 30-life code, and then I just turned it off.




CodieKitty
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(8/13/04 11:59 am)
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I was never able to get into Contra. Contra 3, on the other hand, left a pleasant taste in my mouth. It's just that thanks to Les Miserables, I haven't had as much time for video games as I once had.

Although I'm on page 1210! Just... 250 or so pages to go and three days to do it! GO ME!




sethrashnoo
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(8/13/04 2:48 pm)
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Right now, the only stars I'm missing from Super Mario 64 are the 8 Red Coin star in "Bowser in the Sky", the 8 Red Coin Star in "Wing Mario Over the Rainbow", and the 100 Coin Star for "Tick Tock Clock". Last night, I cleared out the rest of Tick Tock Clock and Rainbow Ride. I used to think I didn't like Rainbow Ride that much because it was so easy to fall off the stage, but after replaying it, I like it a lot more now. If you're really good at it, it's fun to run right through some of the long platform stretches that don't require you to sit still on a moving block.

I'm with FO. I wish there was more to do in the floating house. =(

Oh, I also played more Earthbound Zero. I got the key to the basement and then got the diary. I'm now heading south to find the girl's lost puppy in the town.




Mercury Crusader
Kore ga Saikyo-ryuu da!
(8/13/04 3:09 pm)
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...

I'm almost through level four in the Hurricane Pack version of Ninja Gaiden. The Hurricane Pack download made the game helluva harder than it originally did, thanks to them replacing the ninjas in the fourth level with these weird cat woman demons that are about a million times faster than I am. I used up all of my elixers in one battle aganist five of them... And I just know there are more ahead.

The general rule in this game is found in this formula:

Enemy Ninjas > Ryu Hayabusa > Everything Else

It's a paper-rock-scissors effect that kicks my ass every time...




Flying Omelette
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(8/13/04 6:02 pm)
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I played a Genesis shooter called Insector-X last night up to what I believe was the final level on "Easy" difficulty. The game certainly has it's tough spots, but overall, it feels kind of blah. I thought it was going to be really good, considering how difficult some areas were, but then there are times when your weapon gets so powered-up that all you have to do is sit back and hold down the fire button, and your weapon will cut right through everything in its path.

Also, you have to try to get over the fact that instead of having a spaceship you play as a really stupid-looking fairy in a Power Ranger suit with a camcorder attached to his helmet.

On the plus side, it's still a helluva lot better than Hang On.




Flying Omelette
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If you're really good at it, it's fun to run right through some of the long platform stretches that don't require you to sit still on a moving block.

A long time ago, I was so good at Tick Tock Clock, that one time I ran all the way through it, from bottom to highest point (which I think is the Thwomp) without stopping. And the clock's mechanisms were stopped, so I had to pull off that well-time wall-kick in one shot, and I did it. I wasn't in-practice enough to pull that off on my recent replay, though.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I LOVE FO! 102 stars, or 85% complete.

Let's see if I can remember what I got... I got 100 coins in Dire Dire Docks, which completes that level. There seems to be just barely enough coins to get it. (There might be 103 or something total, but I left a few near the drain to the moat, since I got sucked into that on the previous attempt).

It seems that you can only do the Bowser's Submarine star once. That sucks.

I got the 8 red coins from Bowser in the Sky. The only Castle Secret star I need now is wing Mario over the rainbow.

FO thinks Bowser in the Fire Sea is harder. Hmm... I'm not sure. The second to last red coin in Fire Sea takes more timing than anything in Bowser in the Sky. But it seems more red coins are hidden out of sight in the Sky.

I got two stars in Rainbow Ride. One was something like Tricky Triangle Jumps. The other was ... Swaying in the Breeze? Anyway, both of them are reachable through a shortcut from the beginning of the stage.

While I didn't get the red coins from Wing Mario Over the Rainbow, I did activate the cannon.




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(8/13/04 9:29 pm)
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ARG!

Damn it, I'm on level six! And it sucks! Those cat demon things I talked about earlier? They are EVERYWHERE! If it was a one-on-one situation, I wouldn't have a problem, but the fact that there are always three at a time, it poses major problems. I'd evade one, attack it, and the next thing you know, the other two attack me, taking out more than half my health. I may also be a blocking champ, but unforunately, blocking does jack crap against grabs and throws, and those things tend to use them a whole lot.

I need to improve on my reflexes.




Flying Omelette
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I beat Insector-X on both Easy and Normal. This game definitely has its hard parts. On Easy, it probably took me close to 50 tries to get past the last part of the final stage. Maybe even more than that, but I lost count. The final boss is really easy, though. Actually, all the bosses of this game are easy. For the second boss, all you have to do is sit right in front of him and shoot, and he can't do anything to you.

Anyway, the funny thing is, on Normal mode, I didn't have as much trouble with the last part of the final stage, but I did have a harder time with the area just before the last part.

I'm not sure what to think of this game. It does have some really tough and exciting parts, but the boss fights are too easy and the parts that aren't exciting are really dull. And the graphics kind of suck. Taito should have at least used parallax scrolling to add some life to it. And at only 5 stages, the game is a little short.

BTW, I'm positive that face in the final level is a "cameo" of some kind, because although the rest of the floor pattern of dead bugs repeats until the end of the level, there is only one of those faces. I just wish I knew for certain if it is Arale.




Crawl and 1OOO
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Two more stars: I got 100 coins in Lethal Lava Land (clearing the world) and I got In the Igloo in Snowman Land.

The 100 coin one for Lethal Lava Land presented a few problems. However, I earlier decided I could easily get 20 coins from inside the volcano (and there are a few more than that, if needed), so I only needed 80 from outside. I ended up getting 91 from outside. And there were still about 5 or 6 more I couldn't get, because they were right on the lava.

I'm sure there must be a turtle shell in that stage somewhere (there's a clue for one), but I haven't found it.




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There's a comic book shop near the psychology building, so I stopped in to have a look. I was hoping they'd have the Devil May Cry comic book, and they did. I'm surprised at how comics have changed over the last decade or so. (Not unlike baseball cards, but I don't know if the practice of comic collecting has gone downhill like baseball card "collecting" has.) They're very artsy and glossy; the thin paper and three color printing are gone. They seem shorter. That might be a result of the increased art and paper quality. (Of course, they're also 3-4 bucks as opposed to 75 cents when I used to buy GI Joe and Transformers.)

Maybe there are some similarities to the baseball card industry:

In 1987, baseball cards used to be about 50 -75 cents for a pack of 15-17 cards. Now it's like 4 bucks for a pack of 5 or 6.

Baseball card collecting got difficult because it got to the point where each manufacturer made like 4 sets of cards, each with subsets. Then subsets had subsets. From 1987 to 1991, I collected 50 different Mark McGwire cards; in 1998 alone, there were over 70 Mark McGwire cards issued.

There used to be one Transformers comic a month. I checked out the Transformers comics, and they had Transformers Beast Wars, and Transofmers Energon, and Transformers and GI Joe, etc. There were like 6 of them. Same with GI Joe. At 4 bucks a pop that can get kind of expensive as a monthly thing.

As far as the DMC comic, it was the second of four. The third might be coming out soon. It followed the videogame almost to a tee, and filled in some blanks. But it covered Dante killing Phantom and ened up with one of his meetings with Nelo Angelo. Not too exciting, but it could have been worse. I don't really like how Dante was drawn, though.




CodieKitty
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I saw I, Robot yesterday. I thought it was good, although at the beginning the plot was seemingly kind of jumbly. Although they did explain everything eventually.




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I got up to the last level of Insector-X on hard, but couldn't beat it before I ran out of continues.

I have really mixed feelings on this game. I had mixed feelings about Sword Master, but I did like that game. I don't really like Insector-X too much. I admire that some parts are really difficult, but sometimes you can "luck" past them if you get the right powerups. And the main reason the game is difficult at all is because of the strange shape of your fairy character. It's hard to dodge in and out of bullets with something that is a huge "Z" shape.




CLOUDBOND007
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KOTOR and Quake III

In KOTOR, I reached the Under City on Taris, and I'll have to go through the sewers soon on a rescue mission. I still have some sidequests left to finish, but I'm waiting, since I have to go back to that part of Taris for the main quest later anyway.

Just to pass some time, I started a new single player game of Quake III Arena. Finished the introduction and Tier 1 on the second difficulty setting (of five). Third difficulty is the best I was ever able to do consistantly, but I'm out of practice now.




Flying Omelette
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I beat Insector X on Hard difficulty.

This is only the third Genesis game I've finished. The other two were NBA Jam and Two Crude Dudes. This game is definitely the best of those three, but I'm still not that fond of it. I'm thinking 2 1/2 stars. There are some parts of the game that are good enough to make it a 3 star game, but the dull parts drag it back down. I should probably play recommended Genesis games.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I LOVE FO!

108 stars.

The most recent one I got was from Tick Tock Clock. Uh.. I forget the description for it (it wasn't the one I was "supposed" to earn). In any case, it was another one that's in a "cage".

I cleared out both Tall, Tall Mountain and Tiny Huge Island by getting 100 coins there. Both were probably easier than I thought they'd be (though at least they took a few tries).

For Tiny Huge Island, I was saving the coins near the Wiggler for last, because I don't think you can get back out of there. However, I earned more than enough stars before I went in there.

Likewise for Tall, Tall Mountain, I didn't have to get the red coins on the mushrooms.

I also beat the Wiggler. The bosses in this game kind of suck.... Overall, this game might be better than Donkey Kong 64, but that's another thing DK64 has over SM64.




Facilitypro
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Made it to the final boss of GigaWing 2, but I was on my last life with no bombs and died quickly. Still didn't beat my high score.




Crawl and 1OOO
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113 stars.

I got Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow and House in the Sky from Rainbow Ride.

At that point, any stage I was missing stars from I needed 2 more stars... except Snowman Land, from which I was still missing 3!

I went back to that world and succeeded in something on my first (for the morning) try that I failed at several times before: Using the cannon to shoot myself to where the shell is. Before, I wasn't even sure if using the cannon for that would be successful. And it's hard to correct the trajectory, because you don't really know if you're going too high or low.

Anyway, that instantly got me "Whirl Over the Frozen Pond" star. (I imagine the clue refers to bouncing off and spinning from those flower enemies, but I couldn't get that to work). Then I also got 8 red coins right away. But rather than grabbing that star, I went on and got 100 red coins on the same attempt.

So, that clears out Snowman Land.

So, I said I needed two more stars from each of the other noncompleted stages. Two stages, of course, are Tick Tock Clock and Rainbow Ride. Surprisingly, maybe, is that the other stage is still Shifting Sand Land!

Oh, one other thing I did in Rainbow Ride was activate the cannon, but so far I don't even think I've seen it.




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Quote: I should probably play recommended Genesis games.



Phantasy Star IV is the best Genesis game I've played so far, and also one of my favorite games period. It's actually kind of easy, but it's got a well-written plot, good music (although it's a little scratchy at times) and a fun battle system where the characters can combine attacks to make them lethal, although it's executed differently than Chrono Trigger (and the attacks actually do quite a bit more damage than if you just used the attacks seperately, granted they're used on the right enemies. Blizzard + Sand Worm = JOY!)

Phantasy Star II was also enjoyable, but not quite as much as it's little brother IV. The dungeons will either drive you nuts, or make you get a walkthrough. It came with a player's guide for a reason.

Stay the hell away from III, though.

Some other Genesis games I like:

- Elemental Master.
- Gaiares
- Lightening Force




Crawl and 1OOO
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I LOVE FO!

I got the Stomp on the Thwomp star from Tick Tock Clock.

I currently have 6 red coins in Wing Mario Over the Rainbow. But we have some errands to do now, so I'm just leaving it paused in that state.




Crawl and 1OOO
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When I returned to the game, I tried to get the red coin in what I call the "storm cloud" (the grey cloud that you can't land on) but I kept missing it. What eventually killed me (well, kicked me out of the stage; you can't die there) was that I tried a little triple skip off the starting cloud so as not to overshoot the cannon platform, but I ended up not making it off the starting cloud.

The next time, I tried getting the storm cloud coin first. I got it right away, and got the other coins fairly easy. The final coin was a low one, so I had to take a cannon back to the starting cloud. I got a little hasty when I approached the cannon platform, and buttslammed before it was fully under me. (That's something that's very easy to misjudge, in my opinion). So, that knocked me out again.

On my next try, I got all 8 red coins and collected the star.

So, that's the last castle secret star.

I was talking to FO about the flight controls. She said that she can't believe that anyone thinks the flight controls are easy.

I didn't have too much trouble getting the 8 red coins in that stage, so I made an analogy. It might be kind of abstract, and maybe even not very appropriate, but I said that the flying controls kind of reminded me of the controls in the Tony Hawk games, in an abstract way. They're perfect when used perfectly. It is possible to fly straight towards the coins, and that, naturally, is the best thing to do to get them. But if you miss them (say, the storm cloud coin, which is the easiest to miss, for me), it is almost impossible to maneuver in any way to turn yourself around. The best thing to do is probably go back to a cannon and try again.

I guess the reason I thought of the Tony Hawk games is that it's possible to create really huge combos, just driving all around a stage, grinding on everything, doing tricks everywhere, and the control feels perfect. Then, when you have to do something simple, like just turn yourself around, it can be kind of awkward.

Ah, it's not a very good comparison. Oh, well.




Another general comment:

One issue relevant to SM64 is game length. One thing I wrote about in a Lunar review draft was that game length has no inherent quality. It is an intensifier. A great game that is long becomes greater by giving more. A bad game that is long makes itself more of a chore.

But what I hadn't thought about before is, what about a game my feelings are more moderate towards?

Well, one fact is that I picked this game up again in earnest last Sunday, so I've been playing it for about a week. So, it has given me over a week's worth of entertainment. I don't think I've ever dreaded returning to it (lately, anyway), and have often looked forward to it (as the work day drew to a close).

So, that's all to the good. Also, just playing the game so much breeds a lot of familiarity. Whether a game's control is perfect or not, if you play it this much you're bound to get used to it. And when you play a game that lasts for a while, parts of it might start to seep into you. I can visualize almost all the stages in my head. I have some memorizes of the harder to earn stars.


One downside, though, is that I'm looking forward to the game wrapping up. After playing the game for so long, I'm getting near to overdosing on it (I'm not there yet -- and can even imagine replaying it -- but I'm glad there's not another 30 stars to earn).

Also, the game never really got much better after any point. My rate of earning stars has seemed pretty much constant. Of course, I still have a few more stars to earn, but I've earned several in the final stages with not much more effort that I put into earning earlier stars.

I said that part of the reason Donkey Kong 64 was addictive was because you knew if you played a little more, you'd make a little more progress. That seemed true for SM64.

I still think SM64 is at least a little better than DK64, though. DK64 is mostly about exploration (ie., just run around a stage and you're bound to pick up tons of bananas and stuff that's just lying around) while SM64 is more about puzzle solving (ie., How do I get to that platform with the shell in Snowman Land?) I think I used my brain a little more in SM64.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I LOVE FO! 116 stars! Only four more to go!

I got "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from Rainbow Ride.

The experience kind of reminded me of getting 8 red coins from Bowser in the Sky. I made it to the end of that stage once with 7 red coins, and, when I couldn't find any more, believe it or not, gave up and quit the level! (Next time, of course, I looked more carefully)

I had a similar screw up on this stage. I made it to the Cruiser at the end of the stage, and could see the rainbow circle that must have been what the clue referenced, but couldn't see how to reach it. I tried jumping off the ship into the wind (hoping that it would carry me like in Tiny Huge Island).

So, the next time I made it to the Cruiser, I climbed to the Eagle's Nest and looked around, and could see the cannon, and felt pretty dumb for what I did before.

This is it for tonight.




TWEETER911
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(8/16/04 3:52 am)
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Kingdom Hearts:

Not much. Messed around a little of...uh...the underwater place...the little mermaid level...forget its name.
I hate this place....blah.


Samurai Warriors/SENGOKU MUSOU:
Releveled and maxed out everyone but Nobunaga's wife.
O_o




Crawl and 1OOO
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More morning Mario: 100 coins from Rainbow Ride.

It was easier than I thought it would be. I thought you might needed to have earned all the blue coins near the pink bomb. If you did, it'd be more difficult. Of course, I have reached the pink bomb, but to get the blue coins in time you have to do it on your first try, which I haven't done.

The first time I failed the blue coins, I started the stage over. The second time I failed to get them... I almost restarted the stage, but decided to keep going, to see how many coins I'd need.

I ended up exploring almost all the stage. After getting the 8 red coins, I took the route to the cruiser. I've gotten down from there before by using a donut lift, so I did the same today. Then I took the route to the house in the sky. I was very close at that point -- something like 88 coins -- but I wasn't sure how I'd get back down. I left the house and went on the long platform outside it, with the intention of scoping out a place where I could safely jump down. Instead, I unexpectedly warped! So, that solved that problem.

Then I started going towards the route that you can take a shortcut to from the beginning of the stage. I killed the shyguy, picked up some coins, and a Goomba fell from overhead, getting me an extra coin. I finished off the 100 on a platform that swings back and forth.

That finishes off that stage. All that's left is 100 coins from Tick Tock Clock, and 100 coins and 5 Secrets from Shifting Sand Land.




sethrashnoo
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I have every star except that "Wing Mario Over the Rainbow" one. I already beat Bowser once. IIRC, the only thing that changes when you beat Bowser with all 120 stars is his dialogue after he's been defeated.




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I LOVE FO!

I found an older "Game Progress" thread.




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There are probably even more than that. I seem to recall some that James and FO had started, too.




CodieKitty
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After finishing Les Miserables, I decided to play Shining the Holy Ark until my ears bled. I completed the mansion. How odd that aboutt six hours into the game you fight the Reaper, the first boss. Ten hours later, you fight the Time Warrior, and in about twenty minutes you fight the Vampire. And the vampire doesn't even have a little clip when you engage in battle with it, like the Reaper and the Time Warrior do.

There was a boy in the villiage who told me his dad went to the mansion. I've searched everything, and he's not in there.




Crawl and 1OOO
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100 coins in Tick Tock Clock.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I did it: 120 Stars in Super Mario 64. The last two were 100 coins and the 5 pyramid secrets in Shifting Sand Land.

I made the 100 coins much harder than it needed to be. I earned virtually every coin outside the pyramid (the only exception is that I didn't kill two of the flying shy guys that aren't near safe ground). I ended up with something like 66 coins outside the pyramid. Anyway, inside, I missed all the blue coins (I totally forgot where they were) and nevertheless managed to get 114 coins. This is probably one of the most coin rich levels.


I died several times outside. One part that got me a couple of times was a stretch of coins on a side of the pyramid. There's a shyguy there, and he hit me with fire a few times, which made me go out of control and into the sand. In retrospect, I could have probably just skipped those coins, but of course I didn't know that then.



The 5 secrets was easier than I thought it would be.

I already had gotten two of the secrets (the ones on the sand trough) on earlier attempts. I thought I had to get the remaining ones after entering the pyramid from the top. On the ride down (to "Bongo Bongo") I saw other coins that I reckoned must have been the secrets, but I didn't see how I could grab them fast enough to return to the elevator to get the others.

Well, tonight, when I was in the elevator, and saw a coin right outside of it, I thought, "To hell with it!" and jumped toward the coin. I wasn't able to get back on the elevator... but I realized I wasn't anywhere special... I was just where you'd be to get the star at the top of the inside of the pyramid! I actually missed the other coins on my way down, but I simply climbed back up again (earning 100 coins on the way) and then jumped down a little more carefully and got them all.




I don't know... It might be a bit of a letdown...




CLOUDBOND007
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(8/16/04 9:49 pm)
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Nice job, Crawl. I never got all the stars when I played.

I linked to that older progress topic.

Actually, there were probably several more that I had started in the past that got deleted with all my other topics.

I haven't been playing much lately. Not enough time or motivation, I guess. Did work on single player Quake III some more... finished a couple more tiers.

Downloaded the patch for Elite Force 2 so I'll have it ready when the game arrives.




TWEETER911
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(8/16/04 11:26 pm)
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Why are you so obsessed with linking to old topics...?




CLOUDBOND007
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I'm just sitting here looking for ways to pass time. Since nothing entertaining has occured to me yet, anything that'll pass a few minutes will do.




CLOUDBOND007
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(8/16/04 11:37 pm)
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I'd actually like to play Quake III online some more, but it's tough to find regular games these days that are fun and don't use modifications.

They had this thing where some of the online matches automatically compensate for lag from dialup users, giving everyone an equal chance. That was a lot of fun, but it doesn't seem to be used much.




TWEETER911
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You could always work out to pass the time!
O_o



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CLOUDBOND007
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(8/17/04 1:25 am)
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Tweeter, what are your images from (besides the Laharl one)?

I started a new game of Final Fantasy 1. I don't know how much of it I'll play, but like I said, I was bored.

Decided to make a different kind of party: Black Belt, Thief, Red Mage, White Mage. I've never actually finished the game with a Thief, and I'd like to see what the Ninja class looks like in battle.

I think Red Mages are better than Black Mages, since they're useful for more than boss battles. You don't have to waste their MP on regular enemies to do damage, and they survive longer in dungeons since they can wear some kinds of armor.

I fought Garland at level 2 and won easily, of course.




TWEETER911
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Specificly, from Melty Blood Re.ACT a Japanese PC fighting game..
.....
Fighting game sequel to the...ahem...visual novel Tsukihime.
Dun dun dunn?
....
Shiki Tohno is the main protagonist.
He's really from the Nanaya family, but they are all dead, so he was adopted into the Tohnos......

The Tohno clan also had a son named Shiki, but he goes insane in his youth due to the family's demonic blood awaking in him, and he is locked away only to become the next (and last) reincarnation of the evil vampire named Roa...

During the confrontation between Shiki1 and Roa, he tells him "I'll show you what it means to kill things", thus the line in my sig.

There's a lot more, but its rather quite deep, complicated, and crazy....
Unless you wanna hear about it, I'm stopping all the backstory for now.
~_^'


Melty Blood Re.ACT is my second favorite fighter ever, right after Garou Mark of Wolves...

O_o'

Whew, didn't mean to make such a bloody long post.




Mercury Crusader
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Heh, yeah, Tweeter there got me hooked on Melty Blood Re.ACT also. It's in my top five fighting games ever now, right along with Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Art of Fighting 3, King of Fighters '98, and Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon S. Hooray for insane combos and crazy characters!

My favorite character/s from that game is/are Hisui & Kohaku, because you can either play them individually, or as an insane team that, unfortunately, share the same health bar... Whatever.



Cute yet creepy... And yet, they have nothing on Ami Mizuno... Not at all.




James FP
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I finished the underground ruins in Paladin's Quest. I made it back to Rasturk and I recruited Hawk and Peppi. After that, I took the Ropeway Station to Reiyold.




Flying Omelette
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I tried playing Joe Montant's NFL Football for the Sega CD.

Man, what a crappy game.

It's like Sega tried to emulate Mode 7 style graphics, but it looks like crap and it's almost impossible to tell what's going on.

That handheld electronic football game was much more fun than this.




TWEETER911
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Maids of dooom are greater than a Sailor Moon chick!
Rarrrgh.
Does Ami have a sword-broom, or can she pulls chairs and other furniture out of no where?
Nope! Hahaha!
......
....uh....
Anyways...Sengoku Musou / Samurai Warriors.
......
7:16 pm
Tuesday August 17th
Keiji Maeda slays Lu Bu and throws down the body of his battered foe.
...Victory at last.....

Simply GETTING to Lu Bu in Samurai Warriors is hard enough.
Lu Bu can kill you in a few hits, even if you have health...
But, I smote the legendgary warrior from China...and I had less than half of my lifebar left when I reached him...




sethrashnoo
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Finally got the last star in Super Mario 64 and beat Bowser again. I've gotten a lot better at landing him on the bombs from far away. Now, I can put that game aside and concentrate more on Earthbound 0.




DEATHAMSTER
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I beat TMNT3 and Kid Niki. I cheesed my way through 90% of TMNT3 just by using Raph's drill move over and over and over again.

Kid Niki was shorter, but a little bit harder. I'd still say it's an easy game overall, though. I mostly just got stuck on the last level because of that final boss's randomly-spewed fireballs.




bjstrykes
Who's going to stop me?
You? Oh, please don't
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I haven't been playing games lately. I need some recommendations.




Kairobi King
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(8/18/04 3:00 pm)
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I'm currently playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the NES. I've made it as far as Area 3, but defusing those bombs in Area 2 is a real pain in the ass! I wish this game had some sort of password system so I wouldn't have to go through that every time I run out of continues.

Area 3's pretty big, but it doesn't seem all that hard so far. My main problem is getting lost, and then getting hit by a steamroller just as it comes around the corner.




SETZERtheGREAT
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(8/18/04 4:00 pm)
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I finished Tales of Symphonia. Truly the best RPG to come out in a long time. I'm gonna start on Disgaea next.




TWEETER911
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More Kingdom Hearts goodness...

Went through bothersome Atlantica.

I switched over a to weapon that gave me more MP, because spellcasting is more useful than swinging the keyblade around in this level.

The enemies are pretty annoying here...or maybe its the bloody underwater coontrols that make them annoying.
They arn't very intertesting enemies, either....well, except the sharks.

Since this is the Little Mermaid level, you can have Arial as an ally...she's not too useful to me though, so I stick with Donald and Goofy.

And of course, Ursala is the boss here.
Like Jafar, she has two forms.

The first one she has some sort of protection, and you need to target the...glowing...thing....in the middle of the floor with magic to stun here, then swim over and smack her until she recovers and spins around the room... Interesting fight, at least.

Second form, she grows to 40 feet tall, and becomes one of the hardest bosses in the game. Her attacks hurt A LOT and she has a lot of HP. Before the fight, I changed back to a weapon that was better for melee action, as magic isn't as useful in this fight....

As with every other level, you get a new weapon to choose from after you finish it...I forget that the weapon you get here is a mix of the last two I've been using...its good for both melee and magic.
...
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Well, now on to the greatest level in the game....
HALLOWEEN TOWN!
Jack Skellington the pumpkin king!
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Crawl and 1OOO
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(8/18/04 11:18 pm)
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I LOVE FO!

When I checked out Hearts in Atlantis, I also got Black House. I had it for a couple of weeks, and couldn't get past the first three pages. Those are incredibly tedious, highly description, plotless passages detailing a small town. There are so many details that it becomes, paradoxically, impossible to imagine.

I finally decided to try to push past that part, and indeed, in a couple of days I got about 150 pages in. However, I still can't exactly say it's gotten "good". There was one part where a murderer teleports from a bathroom stall to his victim that I thought was ridiculous.

I read The Talisman a long time ago, so long ago that I don't remember much about it. I do remember generally not liking it, though, and thinking a lot of things that happened in it seemed arbitrary (It's a fantasy book, so I guess anything is supposed to go).

Oh, well. I don't see myself ever picking up any book Peter Straub wrote on his own, since I don't seem to care for his collaborations with King.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(8/18/04 11:23 pm)
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Oh, and I was looking through Amazon.com reviews of that book, and noticed one reviewer said that it seemed at one point the book confuses the character "Dale" with "Fred". I noticed that, too. (A woman, who is married to Fred and has a son named Tyler, thinks about how Tyler and "Dale" are not at home)




Crawl and 1OOO
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(8/19/04 7:44 pm)
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I just thought of something else for me to dislike about Black House (it was probably something I disliked about The Talisman, too).

I hate -- HATE -- being told to like someone in a story. This book comes right out and calls Jack Sawyer a hero... I'm really not doing that section justice, because he's given the bravura introduction suited for a god come to earth. And most of the characters act in sheer awe of him.

And the thing is, of course, that whenever he's actually on center stage, rather than being discussed in reverent tones, he doesn't seem very special.

This is one reason I hated the Lion King, too. And why, when I was younger, I almost always rooted for the bad guys in fiction.




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I tried playing Cannon Spike on the Dreamcast tonight. It has an unusual control scheme, so I played in on Baby difficulty to try to get used to it. I beat Baby with Mega Man and B.B. Hood. Crawl and I mentioned on the Cameos Database that this game has lots of different Capcom characters (Vega/Balrog, Charlie, B.B. Hood, Mega Man, Arthur, Cammy, to name a few), but what we didn't mention is that one level of this game is clearly a Resident Evil homage.

The game plays like a Smash TV clone, but the action and story are a bunch of random nonsense. There's some brief mention in the opening sequence about how it's the future and people use stupid flying boots or something, then the nonsense begins. Of course, on Baby difficulty, the game isn't that good, but I'm trying to imagine how it could possibly get better. It's like a bunch of bullet-hell shooter boss battles in a row without the shooter stages in-between.

I guess only time will tell...




CLOUDBOND007
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(8/20/04 12:10 am)
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Final Fantasy 1

Final Fantasy... I reached level 4 and made it to the town with the Pirates (Pravoka?)


This party is so terrible, at least right now. The Thief can hardly hit anything, and damage is minimal when he does. Black Belt... well, it's too early in the game for him to be useful. Does more damage than Thief, but misses about as often. Red Mage is the best character right now... decent damage and spells are always good to have. White Mage was dealing decent damage with the Iron Hammer, actually. But now that I'm fighting tougher stuff than Imps and Wolves, it's becoming kinda useless to have her attack.




James FP
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I got the boat in Paladin's Quest and met Chezni's mother. Then I got sent back into the past. I visited Sophie and got the better Kormu equipment. I also visited the town of Lennus in the past and learned the truth behind Gabnid and his tower, then beat him in a boss fight.




Mercury Crusader
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(8/20/04 12:34 pm)
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Hey, Tweeter, Ami may not have a sword-broom thing, or pull furniture out of thin air, but she does have rockin' high-tech gear that she seems to pull out of nowhere... Okay, it's just a mini-computer and her visors that seem to materialize out of nowhere, but still... The only thing she really has over those two is that she has massive battle experience, even if it is only throwing water-elemental attacks. Hell, I wish I could launch water-elemental attack, mainly because fire is overrated.

I gave up on the Ninja Gaiden Second Master Ninja Tournament. I got stuck on level six, and the frustration factor just kicked into overdrive. Those damn cat demons are just too fast. And since then, I've been playing Mega Man Anniversary Collection.

Status:
Mega Man - Defeated Guts Man, Cut Man, Fire Man, and Bomb Man
Mega Man 2 - N/A
Mega Man 3 - Completed
Mega Man 4 - N/A
Mega Man 5 - N/A
Mega Man 6 - N/A
Mega Man 7 - Got through first part
Mega Man 8 - Got through first part

Mega Man 3 was really easy for me. I think it's because I played that more than any other Mega Man game, so I knew what I was doing. The original always pissed me off, though, because Ice Man's stage was just too frustrating.




sethrashnoo
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I continued playing Earthbound 0 some more. I went south to Podunk (strange...that's the same name as the town in Secret of Evermore...), and bought the Canary. I went north to the Canary Village and gave the baby Canary to the mother Canary and she sang the second melody. So, you collect melodies in this game, too, but so far, I've gotten them much quicker and easier. They also seem to come from random objects as opposed to set locations on the earth.




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Did some more Shining the Holy Ark. I got to Far East villiage. So far there's only been four bosses (about one for each four hours of game, even though I've fought three of them in about four hours), and the only one that was all that difficult was the Reaper-thing (The Reapers are the names of the cloaked things with scythes you see all over the mansion. I don't know if that was the name of the boss "Reaper" or not).

Strangely, three of these four bosses had a little cutscene of the boss appearing. The Reaper thing, the Time Warrior, and the Head Viper (or whatever it was called) had cutscenes, but not the Vampire, even though the Vampire also had the boss music.




DEATHAMSTER
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I continued playing EVO some more and I finally beat it. I might try giving that game a review next, as I have some things I want to say about it. I also beat a two-player game of Life Force with James last night and we didn't use the 30-life code.




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I LOVE FO!

I played EVO at FO's (so that must have been over 2 years ago), but left off at the bird palace.




Flying Omelette
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I beat Cannon Spike on Baby difficulty with B.B. Hood, Simone, Shiba, and Cammy. I have to beat it again with Mega Man because I forgot to save after I did that last night. I unlocked an art gallery.

Cammy saves a kitty in her ending!




CodieKitty
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(8/20/04 8:26 pm)
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I dunno why, but I've been playing Final Fantasy Legend II lately. I hadn't played the game in a while, so I didn't know what to do. So I ran around a bunch, killing a bunch of things, getting a couple of HP and Strength boosts, and feeding my Imp/Whatever it turned into a bunch of meat. However, I was kind of going around aimlessly. I looked up an FAQ, and I don't recall anybody telling me about that...




Crawl and 1OOO
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I LOVE FO!

I just started a game of KOTOR. I played for about 45 minutes so far, which was just enough to get through the first (tutorial) mission. So, I can't really say too much about the game yet. Some of the dark side choices seem kind of silly at this point (in that they're so obviously evil). I guess it's kind of hard to judge the dialogue yet, since so far it's mostly been "To get me to open the door, switch me to your party leader using the Black Button."




CLOUDBOND007
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(8/20/04 8:54 pm)
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Many of the things a darkside character can do in the game are more like the actions of a common criminal. Truly interesting evil choices do exist, though.

Its really more fun, the first time at least, not forcing yourself to be fully lightside or darkside, and instead either handle situations the way you yourself would, or as you would imagine a Sith Lord or Jedi in the films might.

Anyway, if you find the game at least okay before gaining access to force powers on your main character, that's a good sign.




CLOUDBOND007
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(8/20/04 9:44 pm)
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Unreal Tournament 2003

Unreal Tournament 2003 is really fun so far. I had to lower the graphics settings quite a bit still, but it runs a lot better than the UT 2004 demo did. The single player game seems a lot more detailed than the one in Quake III Arena. I finished the qualifiying levels, and I have to pick a team for the tournament now. I think I should've picked a higher difficulty level though.

The gameplay is fast and pretty exciting... the Unreal series, from what I've played of the demos and this game has a much different feel from Quake III, even though there are many similarities.




Flying Omelette
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I've beaten Cannon Spike on Baby difficulty with everyone, so that includes Arthur, Charlie, and Mega Man (again).

Arthur's ending was kind of funny, but I still like Cammy's ending the best.




James FP
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I made it to the Crystal Labyrinth in Paladin's Quest, but I keep getting ejected by Doth.




CLOUDBOND007
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(8/21/04 10:27 pm)
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Unreal Tournament 2003

I finished the Team Deathmatch part of the UT 2003 tournament. Pretty fun, but I'm not a huge fan of the team aspect in these games, since the computer controlled characters make more mistakes than me. Next part of the game is a variation where your team has to control two parts of each level at the same time, for at least ten seconds to score a point. I finished the first of these and it was neat once I got used to it.

The game is a little sluggish with some of the huge maps, but otherwise, it runs alright.




Flying Omelette
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(8/21/04 11:36 pm)
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I beat Child difficulty of Cannon Spike in one credit, but only with Mega Man so far. I beat it with some of the other characters, but I had to use a continue with all of them.

I wonder if it would be more advantageous at this point to determine which character works best for me and try to beat the rest of the difficulty settings by practicing with just that character? I seem to do best with Mega Man and Simone, but B.B. Hood sometimes works well, too. I totally creamed the Baby difficulty with Arthur, but he doesn't work as well on Child because he's such a huge target and he's slow.




Flying Omelette
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One thing about Cannon Spike...the order in which you do the first few stages is totally random and changes with every game. The difficulty of the bosses changes depending on what order you do the stages in. The Japanese stage has a boss battle that consists of three armed robots. If I don't get this stage as the first or second stage, then I'm almost certain not to be able to complete the game in one credit, as these three guys will totally kick my ass. If this stage comes first, then they can each be taken out with one super hit. But if it comes later, I get my ass kicked the whole time I'm fighting them and I haven't figured out a good strategy for them outside of just using super-bombs over and over.

I got that stage first when I played as Mega Man, so maybe that's why I was able to beat it in one credit with him, but not with any of the other characters so far.

Charlie kinda sucks in this game. But he looks so much like Egon, and because he's on rollerblades, I keep thinking of that episode of the Real Ghostbusters where they were chasing an animal demon on rocket-powered rollerblades.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(8/22/04 10:22 am)
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I LOVE FO!

Cannon Spike has some of the most annoying music I've heard in a game.




CodieKitty
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Been playing a lot of Final Fantasy Legend II lately. Damn, this game is addictive. I just beat Venus, really having no difficulty. Even a game with a leveling system like this one can't seem to keep a cap on the strength of my characters. My Human Male (named "Ladd") already has 999 HP (for some reason, the computer kept adding 30 HP almost every other battle), a Strength rating that causes him to inflict about 700 damage on almost anything with the Flame Sword (okay, he has about seven Power Magi attached, but even then I shouldn't be doing 700 to a boss), the Defense of a block of Steel, and fairly high agility. Yeah, he only has a Mana rating of 4, but it's not like I'm ever going to use a spell with him. I think if this guy were brought into the real world, he's be pretty damn intimidating.

The rest of my characters seem to be where they should be in terms of Power. I don't know what caused my main character to get so pumped. I don't know how far I am into the game, though. Considering this was a somewhat early GB game, I'm sure I'm at least halfway through.




Flying Omelette
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I beat Final Fantasy Legend II a long time ago. I remember it being a really long game.


Yes, Cannon Spike's music is really bad. Sometimes it's annoying, sometimes it's neither good nor bad but just sorta "there", and other times it's so awful that I think the only way it could possibly be that awful is if was done on purpose. (Examples: The terrible, terrible ending credits theme, which I think is a really fu><0r3d-up easy-listening version of the Super Ghouls n Ghosts end credits theme, and the music in the stage right before you fight Balrog (Vega) for the second time.)

I have some more comments to make about Cannon Spike, but bear in mind I've only complete the game on the two lowest possible difficulty settings so far...

First of all, I'm tired of the attitude of "the idea of this game is to beat it in one credit". This seems to be an excuse for lazy game design. Beating a game in one credit is a goal you make when you really like a game and want to master it. It should never be a goal from the start of the game, and here are my reasons why:

1. Because why can't this rule be applied to ANY game? Example: "You can't say Castlevania IV is too easy unless you beat it in one life!"

2. Because the number of total lives you get varies per game. For example, in DoDonPachi, you can change the number of lives in reserve to five (or something), but what if a game only gives you three? Or in Cannon Spike, you only get one life (though you have a life meter)? Beating a game in one credit has less meaning if you one game gives you 3 lives to do it, another gives you 10, another gives you 5, and another gives you only 1, etc.


Other thoughts I have on Cannon Spike include:

The graphics are really bland. The swamp looks like it was lifted directly from the swamp areas in Dreamcast Record of Lodoss War.

Okay, so Cannon Spike's gameplay isn't so great. Neither is its music or graphics. So, what does that leave us with? The fun of playing as different Capcom characters. The problem here is that the enemies they fight are all from the Psykio universe (except Vega/Balrog), and the Psykio universe is really bland...So, while the idea of seeing Mega Man or B.B. Hood or Arthur or Cammy (etc.) in situations they normally wouldn't be in and fighting enemies they normally wouldn't fight would seem fun, it isn't when all the enemies are Boring Psykio Mech Design #2498.

And if the idea of this game was to be nonsensical and funny, then it needs to go over-the-top with it, and it doesn't. About the funniest thing is a dune buggy driven by ninjas called the "Hayabusa Buggy", but even that's not as funny as it could be.

Case in Point: When you fight the final boss, of course after you deplete his energy meter, he has a second form. What frightening second form could this boss possibly have? Wow! It turns YELLOW! That idea has been old since Dragon Ball Z, Psykio!!




Crawl and 1OOO
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(8/22/04 10:35 pm)
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Yesterday, my brother was over, and the three of us (FO, too) played some games together. We all played Mario Kart 64 and Star Fox 64. SF64 is supposed to suck as a multiplayer game. Well, I don't think anyone would ever plan on getting together just to play that game, but it's not too awful to have a single impromptu group game. The biggest problem is that there's no draw distance at all. The only way I could see anyone was with the radar. Also, I think there's only two multiplayer arenas...

Then my brother and I played a little Goldeneye by ourselves.




Tonight, I tried some Soul Calibur 2. I was curious to see if I could unlock a demonstration (like what was in Soul Calibur 1) with just a little bit of play. I didn't.

Anyway.... My first impression of this game isn't very positive.

I know I said of SC1 that I didn't think that game's graphics would age very well, and then changed my mind. But I'm going out on a limb and saying the same thing for SC2. There's a lot of detail, but nothing really impresses me much. I thought the SC1 opening video was much better, and I liked how they used it to show off the game's graphics engine (SC2's is FMV).

I also don't know if I like the character designs much. And Ivy's alternate outfit makes her look like George Washington. WTF?

I haven't heard any songs that caught my ear.

CB007 complained about the dungeons in this game. I think I found out what he means. The first dungeon I went through wasn't so bad. It was just a few different fights.

The second one, though, was 20 fights in a row, all against the same enemy! Argh! Who, I'd like to know, thought that was a good idea?! That was almost terrible.

In a dungeon, the fights are all represented by blocks on a grid, and after you unlock so many fights, it starts to look like a map or a maze. I ended up fighting every block in the dungeon. You might think that I should avoid doing that to keep the game from being too repetitive, but you can't really do that, because some normal blocks (as opposed to the boss block/battle) unlock things when you win, too, and there's no way of knowing if that'll happen until you actually fight and win.

I went back to KOTOR after that.



Oh, one other SC2 complaint... They went with English voices for this game, and they seem pretty bad to me. Plus, the dialogue itself is very cheesy. So are the new battle/arena introductions. One is "A hero seeks a sword. A sword seeks truth!" That's just nonsense.




CLOUDBOND007
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Yeah, those dungeons in SC2 are the worst. I'm just glad there aren't more of them. I wasn't sure if the unlocking items thing was completely random or not... that would mean I'd have to do them all over again to make sure I didn't miss anything.

In Final Fantasy, my near useless characters beat the Pirates and got the ship. I got some new equipment (Gloves, and a Scimitar for the Thief) before heading down to the Elf town. Then I had to buy another weapon for Thief. Scimitar was made obsolete within about 15 minutes of buying it.

I removed the Black Belt's weapon early this time... I'm hoping the chance of doing more than one hit each time outweighs the frequency of missing and the lower damage dealt per hit.

I'm at level 5 right now.

In Unreal Tournament 2003, Average Difficulty, I've made lots of progress. Team Deathmatch and Domination modes are finished. I've made lots of progress with Capture the Flag, and I did the first stage of the other game (you have to get a... thing.... and take it to the enemy base... somewhat like Capture the Flag only the thing is in neutral territory).




perothecat
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Completed Weapon Master Mode in Soul Calibur 2 with Mitsurugi. I beat the Castle of the Damned and unlocked Assassin.

I've also been playing a lot of Gran Turismo 3.




ErniePants
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I beat Spyro Season of Ice. It sucked.




CodieKitty
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Last night, I got the 76th Magi , then Apollo took them all. Since I was getting beaten by the monsters in the Final Dungeon (I never died, but I did get some major bruises), I decided to just wander around the outside of town and gain some stats. Ladd and Rika (My female mutant) got lots of Speed Boosts, Rika a few Mana boos, and Ladd a couple of Strength Boosts (since his Strength is already really high, I've been focusing more on his Speed). I really don't understand how to increase defense without equipping a bunch of stuff. I once had Ladd go through an entire Gold Shield and he didn't gain a single Defense boost.

I think if the HP went over 999, Ladd would have 1500 by now.

Albert Odyssey finally arrived (the one with Legend of Oasis.) I played some of it. Wow, this game is so awesome, I bet it'll be the best Saturn game I'll ever play. WOOTNESS!

*ahem*

Seriously, as far as I can tell, the only thing this game'll have over Shining the Holy Ark is the graphics. Now, the claymation monsters in Holy Ark look great. But the claymation humans look AWFUL. Also, since I don't doubt at all what FO and Sethra and everybody else (sorry, I don't remember everybody who's commented on this game), Shining the Holy Ark is a lot less run-of-the-mill than Albert Odyssey.

Oh, and of course humor. The "Give him the money/Give him the finger" selection with that guy in the town was hilarious.




Flying Omelette
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Well, I think Dark Savior is a better game than Albert Odyssey, anyway. I do like its music, though.




CodieKitty
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I was joking on the "Best Saturn Game" comment. Mainly because of how long I've been waiting to experience this game. I know I'm not going to like this as much as Holy Ark.

By the way, I don't think the loading times are that bad in AO. The PSX Final Fantasy 6 had worse loading times, but 3D Lemmings takes the cake with its piss poor loading times.




CLOUDBOND007
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Star Trek Elite Force

Well, I did make a lot of progress with Star Trek Elite Force 2. I stopped playing UT 2003 so I could focus on it for a while.

I've finished three main levels now (A Borg Sphere, an abandoned starship, and a space station under attack), with some exploration of Starfleet and the Enterprise E, as well as training sequences inbetween.

It's not an easy game at all on Average difficulty, but you can save whenever you want. It's pretty typical FPS stuff for the most part, with lots of aliens to fight and traps to hurt you, but the overall story is decent so far... and there is a tiny bit of exploration/puzzle solving in each main level... it's not just nonstop action like Quake or UT.

Graphics are amazing considering my PC's specs, and the voice acting is satisfactory. Sounds like they got Patrick Stewart to voice Picard in this one.

I think it's a better game than Halo so far... so is UT 2003 for that matter. So is just about every other FPS I've played.




bjstrykes
Who's going to stop me?
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Albert Odyssey was just an average RPG from what I remember of it. I did like its graphics and some of its music, and the translation was humorous and well-done, but that's about all that stood out to me...That, and one boss that took like a half an hour to kill.




CodieKitty
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Beat Final Fantasy Legend II. I didn't want to, but I had to look up an FAQ on how to beat Apollo. I also didn't realize there was an Excalibur weapon in the game, so I used the FAQ to find it. I gave it to Ladd. I then gave Dad and Rika Heal Rods, went back to Apollo and then...

..that was really gross...

Excalibur came in extreme handy. Combined with Ladd's strength, Infinite uses, and the occasional (and somewhat frequent) Strength boosts it gives, he could kill an entire team of damn near almost anything with it (I think the Paladins and the Musashis were the only thing he couldn't OHKO with it). But thanks to his terrible Mana rating (only 15 or something), the final boss took him down shortly after the Smasher Beam mode. The only person standing was Rika, because the Smasher Beam wasn't doing a damn thing to her and her 74 Mana rating.

I'll probably replay this game, dumping the Robot (Robo) for a Mutant Male, perhaps. And I'm pondering whether to keep the Monster (I chose the Imp, so I named him "Grem". Probably would have called him "Giz" had I thought about it). I'd like to have a Team that I can raise "normally", plus run around and power up (I personally LIKED fighting a lot in this game, except in the Final Dungeon)




Vampyrus
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I ate a bowl of cornflakes.




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(8/27/04 5:52 pm)
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Elite Force 2

I made quite a bit of progress with Elite Force 2, and had a lot of fun with it. Not sure why this game didn't become as popular as the original, considering that it's better in every aspect aside from online multiplayer.

I finished a lengthy on-planet level with spider-like aliens among other things, a level where you have to defend the ship from invaders, a level where you fight outside the ship, meaning zero gravity combat. And then a kind of a boss fight/mini-game where you control the ship's weapons directly. And now I'm starting another planet level.




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(8/28/04 4:42 pm)
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Finished the next level... it was fun overall, but I didn't like the setting. Too predictable for the genre... there was a sewer and a sort of a factory, and some stuff with an elevator.

Anyway, the next mission is on kind of a swamp world. I have no idea where I am in terms of the overall game. 25% finished... 50%... or maybe I'm on the next to last level. Kind of fun not knowing.




CodieKitty
Ship Captain
(8/28/04 5:19 pm)
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Re: Elite Force 2

Since I vowed not to put my Saturn away until I completed any one Saturn game, I decided to get back on Shining the Holy Ark. I'm at the South Shrine, and it is LONG. I got fairly deep into it, but because I don't really believe in healing items, I had to haul out of there with Arthur's Return spell after just barely beating a Turtle Dragon enemy. I then sold off some junk (you can sell "Rare" items in this game, even though they normally bring in little money) bought a crapload of Potions, then saved and turned it off.

Oh yeah, and I did try out Legend of Oasis a couple nights ago. Every screenshot I've ever seen of this game showed it as really grainy and pixellated. Words can't express how amazed I was when I turned it on to see a perfectly crisp and clear game. Leon is also fluidly animated. The only time the game gets pixellated is when Leon grabs a Giant Ginger or I run into some "enlarged" enemy. I worked up to the Efreet spirit. I was stuck on the door to him for about twenty minutes, trying to extinguish those giant flames outside the door to the Ogre Tank with Dytto, only to find it doing nothing. I eventually wandered around, finding a ledge I hadn't jumped to, and got a key. I died once to the Ogre Tank, but the second time I didn't even use the Health Potion I had.




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(8/29/04 3:40 pm)
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Elite Force 2= Complete

Yeah, I guess I didn't have that much left to do, but I did play quite a bit yesterday. Can't remember everything, but there was an old space station with references to the original series, a mostly stealth mission, and the volcanic final planet that took forever to get through... probably other levels that I'm forgetting, too.

The last bosses were pretty tough... giant aliens with some impressive attacks... just when I thought one thing was the final boss, there would be more to deal with. It got kind of tedious, but I eventually reached the last one... and it was the easiest of all. You really couldn't lose if you were careful, since there were health restoration points appearing at different places around the room.

It was a good game, 4/5 for Trek fans and 3.5/5 for someone looking for an action game to pass some time.




CodieKitty
Ship Captain
(8/29/04 8:18 pm)
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Friday I finally watched Alien. I just finished watching Aliens. While they were both good movies, I liked Aliens more, primarily because the first felt more on the cheesy side than the scary side. Yeah, it was 1979. Amazing how in seven years they gained the technology to make the aliens look real instead of obviously a guy in a costume.

...unless I accidently hit the Special Edition, but I swear I watched the original...

I'll probably have to wait until Tuesday to watch Alien 3.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
you insolent fool!
(8/31/04 12:13 am)
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
DON'T WATCH ALIEN 3 FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T.
............
Uhm...I mean.........wait.....yeah I do mean that after all...
:|




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(8/31/04 4:21 am)
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I haven't been playing the game very much, but I downloaded the extras for UT 2003. There's a lot of new maps, new game modes, etc. Pretty cool, but those files were almost as large as downloading an entire game demo.




James FP
Schmendrick's Nose
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(8/31/04 1:12 pm)
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Beat Paladin's Quest.

Made it to the Desert Area in Panzer Dragoon Saga. I really like the graphics and music of this game, and the battle system is certainly interesting, but the game's pacing seems a little slow..the story is taking it's time getting started, too. I did beat one big huge butterfly-like boss, though.




CodieKitty
Ship Captain
(8/31/04 4:54 pm)
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Quote: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
DON'T WATCH ALIEN 3 FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T.
............
Uhm...I mean.........wait.....yeah I do mean that after all...


Sadly, yes, I will watch 3 and Ressurection. Yeah, I'm sure I'll like them about as much as everybody else does, but I have them and want to know why everyone hates them.

As for games, I completed the South Shrine in Shining the Holy Ark. It ends with this REALLY nasty puzzle where you have to divide seven precious/semiprecious stones into two groups of equal value. I solved it by writing down all the clues as mathematical equations, assigning the number "1" to the Black Onyx, then working form there.

Last night I just did some Pixie Hunting. Gained a Pixie, a Leprechaun, and an Incubus.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
you insolent fool!
(8/31/04 5:22 pm)
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Some things are best left unknown!




CodieKitty
Ship Captain
(8/31/04 5:29 pm)
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I'm nosy.

Plus, I'll be able to make fun of it with the rest of you guys once I see it.

Is that a legit enough reason for your permission to watch it?




TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
you insolent fool!
(8/31/04 5:36 pm)
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I'm just warning you, you'll wanna poke your eyes out during that movie.......
:(




CodieKitty
Ship Captain
(8/31/04 6:21 pm)
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I once sat through a five hour policital thing where NOTHING happened in some really uncomfortable seats. I think I can sit thought a 2 hour suckfest without poking my eyes out.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
you insolent fool!
(8/31/04 6:45 pm)
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You sat though 5 hours of politics?
....G-Whiz Christ, you are tougher than I thought....
xD




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(9/1/04 2:53 am)
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UT 2003

I played a little more of UT 2003, finishing two more of the maps from the single player game. One was really tough, since my computer controlled teammated are useless. Maybe there's a way to give them specific commands that I can try. I think I'm getting fairly close to completing the main single player mode, unless there are lots of "hidden" stages, like the Wily stages in the Mega Man games.

Aside from that, I checked out some of the new game modes from the download. Seems like good stuff, even playing against the computer.

I did try online play, but it just didn't seem that interesting, at least without a broadband connection. I did halfway decent I guess considering, but I'd rather just play offline.




CodieKitty
Ship Captain
(9/1/04 5:22 pm)
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Re: UT 2003

Okay, I watched Alien 3. Since I'm typing, I obviously haven't poked my eyes out. But it was still a bad movie.

The whole movie felt like somebody pulled a plot out of their ass and made a movie out of it. Would somebody mind explaining where those facehuggers came from? Yes, the queen attached herself to the ship when Bishop took off, but she didn't have her egg sack to lay any eggs.

They said the f-word way too much.




James FP
Schmendrick's Nose
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(9/2/04 9:24 am)
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Re: UT 2003

I made it to the end of the desert in Panzer Dragoon Saga, but I got wiped out by this huge Manta Ray boss. I'll probably need to level up as I could barely damage it and it was causing a lot of damage to me.




sethrashnoo
I Look Like an Egg
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(9/2/04 2:12 pm)
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Re: UT 2003

Even if she could have laid one more egg without her eggsac, the Queen was never up in that room of the ship. It really didn't make any sense.

I played some more Earthbound Zero, but haven't touched it for a few nights. I like the game, but not as much as the Super NES EB. The gameplay is similar, but Super NES was funnier and had a better story.




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(9/3/04 1:06 am)
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Stuff

I'm nearly finished with UT2003's single player ladder section... at least the main stages. I think I only have two more to do before the boss stuff or whatever this game has.

This is a situation like Soul Calibur 2 though, where all the stuff to make the game seem like it has depth is just not entertaining to me. I prefer to just setup an instant action match with everything customized how I like it, including the opponents and level characteristics. That makes it feel more like Quake III, and I don't have to deal with having stupid computerized teammates.

I've also been playing some Final Fantasy 6. Up to the three scenarios, did Sabin's first, and now I'm up to the Phantom Forest. Only took a couple hours to reach that part.

Reading 8-bit Theater has made me feel like continuing my game of FF1, though. I left off in the Elf town, IIRC.




James FP
Schmendrick's Nose
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(9/3/04 9:42 am)
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I beat that Manta Ray boss in PDS, but just barely. My dragon can now change forms.




perothecat
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(9/3/04 11:41 am)
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I haven't been playing much except for Soul Calibur 2 and Gran Turismo 3 off and on. I tried replaying Kinghts of Justice, but I'm wondering how I was able to get through that game in the first place. I really hate that you can't leave the screen until you've defeated all the enemies in the area, and my two backup knights always get killed really easily.




ErniePants
Omni-Wonder
of the Universe
(9/3/04 1:13 pm)
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The problem I'm having with Populous is that it sometimes seems like the luck of the draw. If you get a really tough world and there's no flat land in the immediate area around where you start, your people die right away.

I am having more fun with this game lately than most others I've played, though, so that has to count for something.




CodieKitty
Ship Captain
(9/3/04 1:25 pm)
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Re: UT 2003

The queen had to have laid four eggs without her egg sack. One for Ripley, one for Newt, one for Hicks, and one for the dog.

I did some work in the West Shrine in Shining the Holy Ark. I found the clue where I'm supposed to ram a wall. I then used Return to get out, healed up, saved, then quit.

I also found the forest with the third spirit in Legend of Oasis, but I'm going in circles. Actually, I have this thing about going in a circle three or four times, making a slight shift, then going in the new circle three or four times, rinse and repeat. Although I found that badass giant sword.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
you insolent fool!
(9/4/04 6:36 am)
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PARTY ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

.........
Anyways.
I now have
STAR
OCEAN
3
!
I'm over 20 hours in and I just got Adray. Beau Billingslea does his voice....it was very unexpected to here that deepish voice from a 56 (?) year old man....

I also have unlocked the second color options for battle use.
Both Cliff and Adray's skin turn black, and they have white hair. o_O'




Flying Omelette
SNUGGA!!!
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(9/4/04 7:57 am)
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Re: PARTY ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

There were only two facehuggers - the one that got Ripley and the one that got the dog/ox (depending on what version of the movie you saw). It was proven in the autopsy that Newt died from drowning and did not have an alien inside of her and Hicks died from part of the ship crashing into his cryo-tube.

But still, it didn't make any sense where the eggs came from. I agree with that.




CodieKitty
Postcard from Lemmingland
(9/4/04 10:28 am)
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Huh. I thought in the intro it showed one attaching to Newt. Oh well.

Allergy season's kicked in around here, so I spent about half of yesterday sleeping. But around three I got up and played Legend of Oasis. I did eventually solve the forest dungeon. I didn't think I was going to like Bawu, but he kicks major butt. He can eat enemies whole and talks like Tarzan! I got to the Sound Dungeon, worked in there until I got to the room with the Healing Pad, Save Point, and that pad with the hearts in it. Saved there and quit.

I watched half an hour of Alien Ressurection. I turned it off because my family wanted to go eat. I didn't have a problem turning it off. I was up to the point where Ripley was playing with that one chick's knife. So far, this movie's been worse than Alien 3. Alien 3 felt pulled out of somebody's ass. This movie felt like that same person delved deeper into their rectum and pulled this out.




Flying Omelette
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(9/4/04 11:08 am)
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Re: PARTY ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

"I thought in the intro it showed one attaching to Newt."

That was Ripley it was attached to. That's how she got the Queen inside of her.




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(9/4/04 4:14 pm)
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I did continue my FF1 game a little, going from level 5 to 6. This party is finally starting to become at least a bit useable. What I really need is the Silver Sword for Red Mage (4000 Gold), a couple of multi target black magic spells for him (1500 each), a cure poison spell for white mage (probably 1500), and I think harm 2 is here, too.

Lots of stuff to buy... but since I probably need at least a few levels for this group to make it through Marsh Cave anyway, it's alright.

In FF6, I made it through the Train on Sabin's scenario, got Gau to join, and now I have to go to get the helmet thing that he has hidden.




The Joyful kun
Fairy
(9/5/04 4:41 pm)
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Thor ~Seireiohkiden~ (Sega Saturn)

Today I was playing a Japanese Sega Saturn game called Thor: Seireiohkiden. I completed the Water Shrine and obtained Dytto, and I have made my way to the middle of Fire Shrine where I saved my game into the system memory. Thor ~Seireiohkiden~ is also known as Legend of Oasis here in North America.

Edit: I continued progress and completed the Fire Shrine when I got Efreet.




CodieKitty
Postcard from Lemmingland
(9/6/04 5:25 pm)
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Re: Thor ~Seireiohkiden~ (Sega Saturn)

Hey, I'm playing Legend of Oasis (on and off with Shining the Holy Ark) too!

Speaking of Holy Ark, I completed the West Shrine and got Lisa at the end of it. I looked at the manual, and realized I was supposed to obtaine Akane, Rodi's sister, before I got Lisa. So, I trekked back to Far East Villiage, went back to the elder, got a cutscene, as well as Akane. But she's about ten levels below everybody else! ACK!




Flying Omelette
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(9/6/04 10:36 pm)
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Re: Thor ~Seireiohkiden~ (Sega Saturn)

I've mostly been playing Cannon Spike, but the more I play it, the more I dislike it. I'm about to toss it aside and move onto something else.

The thing that annoys me the most about the reviews for this game is that a lot of people tout it as an "oldschool" game. This game is anything but "oldschool" and I find that as offensive as people calling Dreamcast's Record of Lodoss War a "hardcore oldschool action challenge". Things like being designed to be beaten in one credit, no level design aside from bullet-hell pattern dodging, lock-on targeting, and the order in which you do the first sets of levels being completely random (not to mention that the graphics are STILL polygonal, not sprite-based) are all new-age approaches to action gaming. This is not what "oldschool" games were like and it's not what they were about.




CLOUDBOND007
Fated Swordsman
(9/6/04 11:29 pm)
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I was just thinking that the Black Wizard in FF1 had a neat sprite... but they never reused it in another FF game that I'm aware of, or even anything close!

He looked far more powerful in battle than the Black Mage class, yet in future games, original Black Mage with pointy hat is the standard. They even use the Black Mage design, with slight alterations, to represent Black Wizard in the remakes, as far as I'm aware.




Flying Omelette
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(9/7/04 6:39 am)
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Re: Thor ~Seireiohkiden~ (Sega Saturn)

I think Baigan in Final Fantasy 4 looks like the Black Wizard.