Game Progress Topic Alpha 2
CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(06/23/07 1:02 AM)

With Fable defeated, I decided to work on FF6 Advance for a while, reaching South Figaro with Locke, Terra, and Edgar. I still change Edgar to Kain and Locke to Cecil like I did the first time I played the game. The names default to proper capitalization now if anyone besides me cares.

Somewhat to my surprise, I'm actually not bored with this RPG I've already completed more times than any other. And for the most part, this is a good port.

Many lines of the original translation are word for word intact. They don't seem to have messed with Kefka's lines much at all. Some bits of dialogue have been rewritten for greater clarity or expanded upon a little, and a few have been changed just because. Son of a submariner is now Son of a sandworm. Like the other Advance remakes, there are Amano art character portraits during dialogue, same ones as in the menus of the SNES version. Important characters like Kefka have them, too. The translators for this version are fond of using "Ghestalian Empire" as opposed to just "The Empire". Kefka is mentioned as serving as Ghestah's Court Mage.

I've noticed occasional graphical issues. Mode 7 on the Chocobo seemed to cause the system to struggle and when you dash (which you no longer need the relic for, btw) the scrolling is not as smooth. Combat seems fine compared to the Anthology port and there's no cursor issues like FF4A had.

The music doesn't seem to be as low quality as I feared. I find that the DS is too quiet, so I use headphones which are also kind of quiet.

There's a bestiary, which is nice, but I wish they would go the extra step and add descriptions for the monsters, comical or serious.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(06/23/07 2:59 AM)

Played up to the Returner Hideout. For Shadow, it no longer says he'd slit his momma's throat for a nickel. Now it says he'd kill his best friend for enough money. For Sabin, Pummel is now Raging Fist. Terra says he looked like a bear, as opposed to a body builder in the original version. Sabre Mountain Range, not Sabil.





Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(06/23/07 5:50 AM)

It seems like the only things that they should bother changing in these remakes is the names of moves and spells. Everything else is a downgrade.

EDIT: Oh wait, I meant to do a game update...

Star Fox: Assault - Unlocked Simple Map 5 in Multiplayer. The best Simple Map yet, a major improvement over the bundle of suck that was Simple Map 4.




Psycho Penguin
Posts: 162
(06/23/07 10:35 AM)

I would play FF6A, but I have too many games to play through as it is. I've beaten FF6 like 10 times, great game and all but like I said, too many new titles to play. And I'm still hurting over losing my FF4A and FF5A files. Maybe one day.. I really love FF6 and I want to try the new dungeon.

Suikoden 2 is pretty good but it hasn't "hooked" me like the first one has yet. I'll chalk that up to emulator lag and be patient with it, since it is still a great game.

Just played some Arkista's Ring for NES and got to stage 25 before getting my first game over.Almost done already. :)

I'm really considering starting Star Ocean 2 again sometime. I loved that game, and I never beat it. Got to the final boss. It'll give me an excuse to play it again and I can count it on my goal of 52 new games to beat this year. :)





Crawl and 1OOO
Posts: 8693
(06/23/07 9:49 PM)

I know I haven't posted any gaming in these threads for a while, but I did play a little recently.

I replayed River City Ransom for the sake of getting passwords for the Notes section of my site. After getting a password after beating the Dragon Twins ...

Well, for the first thing after that, I beat the game. But I did one thing differently. I didn't just attack Simon / Slick right away. I waited to for all his dialogue to appear. For the other bosses, I think it's possible the fight doesn't even start (or end, maybe) until you've seen all the dialogue, but not Slick. I wouldn't have even known that he had dialogue if not for Diefwolf's "pedantry" article on the game.

So, for once, I remembered to do that.

The second thing, after getting that password, was getting one last password. I boosted all my stats to their maximum, and also earned over 600 gold, which isn't the maximum, but it's plenty. I didn't get all the abilities, but there's enough money there to more than earn what's left.

I don't have time to scan and post those tonight, but I should have plenty of time tomorrow.

I don't know what I'll do next, but I'd like to get passwords for Guardian Legend sometime, since I lost my originals (probably). I'd also like to get passwords for Castlevania II.




MaskedSheik
Posts: 208
(06/23/07 10:31 PM)

Started Fire Emblem (7). And Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones. At the same time! (well not the exact same time...) I've already beaten FE7, and it's one of my favorite modern games. Though, FE:SS doesn't seem to be faring so well, so far.....I cannot speak for its gameplay beyond the first few chapters, but the characters are a lot blander, sadly. My least favorite characters from the first game were Eliwood and Lyn (mostly Eliwood), because they were built in a bland, "kind but strong" personality mold. Seems like ever player character in FE:SS so far is that way.




Psycho Penguin
Posts: 162
(06/24/07 4:30 PM)

Started a new file in Final Fantasy 2: DOS and got killed within 15 minutes. I forgot there's powerful enemies if you stray too far from the lake. And I did not save. Oh well. Lesson learned.

Suikoden 2 progressed some more, I'm a little over 4 hours in now. Sindar Ruins. Didn't know how to progress so I saved, I'll figure it out later.

I just played a random NES game again. Snow Brothers. It's kind of like Bubble Bobble but only 50 stages, you use snow instead of bubbles, it seems less tricky, and there's bosses/bonus round every 10 stages. I got to level 30 the first time, not too bad becauise I did not know what I was doing for a while and the bosses constantly killed me. I got a high score of 430,360. I tried again, got to the first boss, kept dying again, and turned it off. I'll try again later probably.




Crawl and 1OOO
Posts: 8693
(06/24/07 10:22 PM)

Yeah, I didn't scan and post those River City Ransom passwords. I guess this takes laziness to a whole new level.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(06/25/07 12:31 AM)

Working until midnight wasn't bad. I ended up sleeping until about 2PM today and went in at 4:00. I do have to be back at 11:00AM and I don't know if I'll be able to sleep much tonight, though. I also foolishly volunteered to take the opening shift in a couple of weeks (open 6AM) which will probably completely kill me.

In FF6A, I fought Ultros on the Lethe (new spelling) river and he actually killed Banon the first time. I reloaded and put Terra and him in the back row and it was an easy battle. I decided to do Sabin's scenario first and Shadow split right after the river poisoning scene. This is one of the earliest times it's ever happened to me. Maybe I'll recruit a ghost for the train, I can't remember if they suck or not. I'm actually really into this game again. It's got me in one of those moods where I'm tempted to say it's my all-time favorite game.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(06/25/07 2:49 AM)

I got a Shiny LV100 Arceus from a trainer named Hitler in Pokemon today. I shit you not.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(06/25/07 3:21 AM)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - I am in the middle of the third day of investigations. I'm starting to use the Luminol from Ema.

I have to admit, sparying this stuff around can be kinda fun.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(06/25/07 3:24 AM)

http://www.cb007.com/images/clue.JPG




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(06/25/07 3:26 AM)

The speed at which you prepared that VGCats picture is just plain disturbing. (But I thank you for not including the next panel.)




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(06/25/07 3:29 AM)

Ha, I honestly didn't have that saved in advance, I just went to the comic archive and looked up Phoenix Wright.




Psycho Penguin
Posts: 162
(06/25/07 11:56 AM)

I just beat Guerilla War for NES.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(06/25/07 12:06 PM)

I don't get that comic, actually. I think I have an idea, and knowing VGCats it's probably right, but it doesn't make much sense why "it" would on the side of the monitor.

(I know I'm vague here, but if I'm right, just say "Yes")




Psycho Penguin
Posts: 162
(06/25/07 2:46 PM)

I just beat Snow Brothers for NES.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(06/25/07 3:43 PM)

Captain Ladd Spencer wrote: I don't get that comic, actually. I think I have an idea, and knowing VGCats it's probably right, but it doesn't make much sense why "it" would on the side of the monitor.

(I know I'm vague here, but if I'm right, just say "Yes")


Yes. Very yes.

I'd rather not know why it was on the side of the monitor, but that's what they are implying.
In fact, when I got the spray, I made sure to go to Phoenix's office to see if there was anything there.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(06/26/07 12:31 AM)

Lawyerman's super soaker is ultra powerful. :O




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(06/27/07 1:49 AM)

I tried F-Zero X on the Virtual Console. I noticed some things I don't remember from the N64. Certain tracks have this weird graphical glitch where you see small white particles or something appear and disappear at random. There aren't enough of them to be a heavy distraction, but it's there. I've also noticed occasional slowdown when in my head the original game was always perfectly smooth. It just seems weird that free emulators don't seem to have those two problems.

In FF6, I finished the Phantom Train and I'm ready to make the jump that will have me end up at the Veldt. I think my levels are lower than on a typical playthrough. I could be wrong, but I thought I had Sabin's fire Blitz earlier than this.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(06/27/07 3:36 AM)

Man, I love F-Zero X. When I played GX it was technically fine, but just didn't seem to have any soul. Probably because heartless Sega was involved.

I also just took the plunge back into the world of overwhelming new releases and self imposed deadlines by rejoining Gamefly. I wasn't sure until they said they now have shipping centers on this side of the country. I give it 2 months until I'm burned out, but we can hope for better. It's the only way I can afford to play the upcoming surge of major releases in any case, considering I spent so much money on all the damned hardware that I can't keep up with the games themselves.




Brigade Delbrack
Posts: 659
(06/27/07 12:11 PM)

I beat Star Soldier Vanishing Earth on N64. It sucked.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(06/27/07 5:17 PM)

I got a Shiny Ghastly in Pokemon Diamond!




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(06/27/07 5:54 PM)

SWEET! I've never gotten a legit Shiny. :(


I'm still playing EO, but mostly leveling to 70 then using retire and leveling back up to prep for the Dragon Trio and 6th Stratum. Gonna play Lawyerman in a lil while though.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(06/27/07 6:15 PM)

This is my first non-Red-Gyarados Shiny. Ever.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(06/27/07 6:33 PM)

Remember, if something smells, it's probably the Butz.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(06/27/07 6:38 PM)

That G/S Gyardos doesn't count as "catching a shiny", IMO, since its a freebie.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(06/28/07 2:00 AM)

Ha, this FF6A line made me cringe... "We can't let the Emperor continue to amass weapons of magitek destruction!"

Okay, so in that game, I just finished the battle of the Esper in Narshe. I made two decent parties and one horrendous one that I never used. The first party was Terra, Edgar, and Cyan. Edgar used the crossbow, Terra was the mage, and Cyan just fought and took damage. The second party was just Sabin and Celes, but Sabin obliterated everything with the Rising Phoenix Blitz. I used this party to fight Kefka with Sabin using blitzes and Celes absorbing the magic attacks. I'm ready to take Figaro Castle west for the first time.

Earlier, I got through Locke's scenario in what seemed like record time. There's really nothing to it at all when you know the proper order of things.

In F-Zero X, I've finished the Jack, Queen, and King cups on Standard difficulty and unlocked Joker Cup. On the N64, I was able to beat the third difficulty, but the fourth unlockable setting seemed impossible.

Gametap shipped The Darkness for PS3. I might've gotten the 360 version for the achivements had I known it wasn't a PS3 exclusive. But at least the PS3 is quiet and it's an excuse to use the poor dusty thing. I had wanted the new Harry Potter game too, because it sounded like a kind of sandbox game inside Hogwarts, but they didn't send it like they promised and now it says low availability. I might have to settle for Wario Ware for Wii.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(06/28/07 3:17 AM)

I caught a Shiny once. It was that raccoon-looking one.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - I am getting close to finishing up this game. I think there's another day of investigations.

I see what everyone meant by this chapter having a lot of typos. It's not to the point of annoying, but it's one of those things that takes me out of the game for a second.

Star Fox: Assault - I collected all five flags on the Fichina stage.




SolidChocobo
Posts: 987
(06/28/07 4:48 AM)

TWEETER911 wrote: I'm still playing EO, but mostly leveling to 70 then using retire and leveling back up to prep for the Dragon Trio and 6th Stratum. Gonna play Lawyerman in a lil while though.

The hardest part of the 6th stratum is mapping out some of those areas. Get to floor 27 and you'll see what I mean.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(06/28/07 9:32 AM)

TWEETER911 wrote: I got a Shiny LV100 Arceus from a trainer named Hitler in Pokemon today. I shit you not.

I just now saw this. Is it EV trained?




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(06/28/07 3:47 PM)

I'm perdy sure it is.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(06/29/07 2:05 AM)

In FF6, I just finished the mine cart battle and escape from Vector. I saved after Terra rejoined following the flashback to her birth. Not much to say, really. Although, the opera was quite different.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohp9KQ7KcLE

Here's the new lyrics:

O my hero, my beloved,
Shall we still be made to part,

Though promises of perennial love,
Yet sing here in my heart?

I'm the darkness,
you're the starlight
Shining brightly from afar.

Through hours of despair,
I offer this prayer,
To you, my evening star.

Must my final vows exchanged
Be with him and not with you?

Were you only here
To quiet my fear...
O Speak! Guide me anew.

I am thankful, my beloved,
For your tenderness and grace.

I see in your eyes,
so gentle and wise,
All doubts and fears erased!

Through the hours take no notice
Of what fate might have in store,

Our love, come what may,
Will never age a day.
I'll wait forevermore!




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(06/30/07 12:10 AM)

This board is completely dead lately.

In FF6, I finished the banquet with the Emperor and I think I got the best possible items. The phrasing is slightly different, but I still remember the best answers from a Nintendo Power issue from ages ago. Ready to go to Crescent Island, 7 hours of play. Average level about 21.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(06/30/07 4:15 AM)

I like that the new lyrics rhyme and are easier to sing along with, but they totally eliminated the Locke/Rachel undertones that the original had.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - I almost typed that "iPhone Wright." Anyway, I did my final day of investigations. I've got the last trial to do, and then I've got a 100% on this game. I'm definitely picking up "Justice For All" as soon as I see it.




SolidChocobo
Posts: 987
(06/30/07 4:42 AM)

The synthesized voices during the opera scene in FFVIA sound way better than they did on the SNES, I think.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/01/07 12:33 AM)

Just finished the burning house in Thamasa and finding the Espers in the cave. I don't remember if this was as blatant in the original translation... when the party regroups after Leo's funeral, Edgar says to Relm something like, "Not even a lady yet. Here's hoping you're still around in eight years, kid." A slight oddity that I can't tell if it was intentional or not... Strago and Relm have exactly the same dialogue exchanged both times she wants to join the group. It goes something like, "Not likely, young lady". Then Relm convinces them and Strago replies, "Fine, it's not like you stay at home when you're told, anyway". It was weird to see the same exchange twice in half an hour. Generally, I like the way the game is written here, though. Part of it might just be that the lack of complete familiarity makes the story more interesting again after playing so many times. But I think there were enough slight improvements for the cumulative effect to be pretty positive. It seems to have a more serious tone at times.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/02/07 3:33 AM)

Legend of Zelda (Wii VC) - I got the blue ring. I also got the flute a while back. I'm glad Crawl told me about the walls, because that was just plain ridiculous.

Wii Sports - Got Bowling Pro status back!




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/02/07 5:05 AM)

Just finished the Floating Continent and saved in the WoR with Celes. FC is a really fun dungeon. And this time I didn't cheat my way through by using the Phantom Esper... except for that one monster-in-a-box (Gigantos?) that likes to murderize you in the blink of an eye. I'm wondering if they changed the difficulty for the Atma Weapon fight (now named Ultima Weapon). I coasted through the FC, but I had more trouble with Ultima than on any other playthrough. It seemed like he was constantly hitting me with new kinds of attacks, some that were doing massively high damage, even for two healers to keep up with. Fun, though. I ended up getting to the end of the timed portion with 4 minutes to spare, so I got a little bored waiting for Shadow and watched TV. And now I have to decide how much effort I feel like putting into Cid's health.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(07/02/07 6:19 AM)

Phantom esper? cheat? what say you...?




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/02/07 9:40 AM)

It's not technically cheating, but the enemies there use mainly physical attacks, so it's a pretty simple matter to have that esper keep all your characters in a vanished state, invincible to 50-75% of all attacks.




James FP
Posts: 2677
(07/02/07 12:03 PM)

I'm trying to get all 96 goals in Super Mario World. You know, I never actually got past the second level of the Special World before. Lol. It seemed a whole lot easier last night than it did years ago. The rest of them were much easier. Well, except that forest stage which I gave up on and flew over with the cape.




sethrashnoo
Posts: 2216
(07/02/07 12:28 PM)

Well, I got past the first level of Wizards & Warriors: Fortress of Fear, but other than that, I've just been playing through some missions in Tactics Ogre. This series has never really held my attention very well but I thought I'd give it another shot.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/02/07 7:16 PM)

My Internet had been conked out the past few days, and in that time I decided to finally bite the bullet and play Final Fantasy 7. I'm up to Costa del Sol, which according to GameFAQs is halfway (!?!?) through the first disc. I guess I'm feeling the same way about it that anyone else who played an RPG before feels about it - underwhelmed.

Did this game come before or after Metal Gear Solid? Because I chose to go into Shinra HQ the quiet way and had to run up about five or six screens of ten to fifteen flights of stairs each.

The "hit the buttons at the same time", the CPR on the drowning girl, and the soldier presentation are among the dumbest and most annoying minigames ever. The motorcycle ride, apart from the intro being laughable, was needlessly annoying because I couldn't hit the enemies.

Some parts of this game aren't well translated. There's the famous "This guy are sick" but at first I couldn't make rhyme or reason out of the scene before the boss fight after Red XIII attacks Hojo - at first it sounded like Hojo offered to team up with us to fight Red XIII, then Red XIII offering to team up with us to fight Hojo when HE was the one mauling him. People also like to respond to others with comments that have nothing to do with anything. And when Aeris asks me what I think of her, the responses are "I dunno" and "I don't think much of you." which practically mean the same thing.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/03/07 4:09 AM)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Beat it. I was a little disappointed that the screwdriver didn't play a bigger role in the whole thing. In fact, 31 pieces of evidence - almost like combining all of the evidence from the past four cases - seems a little like overkill. Each one played one or two roles, but it seemed like after a certain point I probably could have discarded half of the stuff. Anyway, the screwdriver. I would think that Phoenix wouldn't be THAT thick; they were seriously hinting that it was the same screwdriver from a previous case.

I didn't spoiler-mark that in this case because it's such a small - and overall worthless - part of the picture. Trust me, I spoiled little. I'll need to run through the final chapter's last part again, though, because I messed up on my presentation to Edgeworth after the trial. Guess which piece of evidence I used?

Legend of Zelda - I got the second sword and found out where the final dungeon is located. Cool; now I just have to find the 6 before it and I'm golden.

Wii Sports - I received two silver medals for training exercises. My dad got two gold and a bronze.

EDIT: Forgot the Wii Sports update.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/03/07 4:27 AM)

which according to GameFAQs is halfway (!?!?) through the first disc.

If you're concerned that the game is going to be super long, I think that disc 2 is considerably shorter and disc 3 is just the final dungeon. I could be wrong, but that's what I recall.

In FF6, Cid died. It's a depressing series of scenes, but catching the right fish was taking too long and irritating me. And it does seem like the natural course for the story to follow, anyway. I recruited Sabin and visited Terra, but the fight with Humbaba seems a little iffy right now, so I might skip this diversion and find Edgar.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(07/03/07 6:06 AM)

DON'T YOU MEAN GERAD?




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/03/07 7:58 AM)

CLOUDBOND007 wrote: If you're concerned that the game is going to be super long, I think that disc 2 is considerably shorter and disc 3 is just the final dungeon. I could be wrong, but that's what I recall.

Guess I would have seen that if I had scrolled down that FAQ just a little more, but you're right. That's a relief.




Magnus CROWE
Posts: 819
(07/03/07 12:13 PM)

Why does it need three disks? Is the final dungeon that large or is it a lot of FMV?

I finished Dragon Warrior 3. Too bad this version doesn't have the extra bosses and bonus dungeons like the GBC one does. It was a great game though. My favorite of the DW games so far.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/03/07 1:05 PM)

Probably a lot of FMV. Or maybe they wanted to fool people into thinking the game was that long.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/03/07 8:29 PM)

The final dungeon is just normal. The ending FMV sequences are long, but I expect desire to have as many discs as possible might have been a factor. People used to equate that with depth.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/03/07 9:35 PM)

Used to? Well, maybe not number of discs since most games are on one these days, but certainly overall length.

I did Cosmo Canyon, which according to GameFAQs is about 3/4 of Disc 1.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/03/07 9:42 PM)

I just remember people refusing to even try certain RPG's because they were only one disc.

Somewhat related, the new RPG for 360, Blue Dragon, is supposed to be on multiple DVD's.




Crawl and 1OOO
Posts: 8693
(07/03/07 10:49 PM)

I don't think there were many multi-disc games before FF7 (though FO pointed out that Wing Commander for the 3DO was older and had FOUR CDs), so I don't think that attitude was around much BEFORE FF7 (and thus influenced FF7).




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/03/07 11:45 PM)

Yeah, guess that's true. What a stupid trend that was, though. That whole thing with Blue Dragon having multiple DVD's makes me wonder why everyone always says the Blu-Ray storage capacity is such a big deal. Two DVD's is what, 16 Gigs? Blu-Ray is something like 50, but I wonder if that much will ever be used for anything productive.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/04/07 2:00 AM)

Legend of Zelda - I got the blue paper (read: prescription) from the old man; wow, he was hidden well. My remark about the entire kingdom of Hyrule being a bizarre retirement home still stands; I've paid out about 60 rupees today alone for "breaking the door."




Flying Omelette
Posts: 15375
(07/04/07 2:40 AM)

CLOUDBOND007 wrote: Somewhat related, the new RPG for 360, Blue Dragon, is supposed to be on multiple DVD's.

On the first DVD, you'll have to find your lost brother who ran away for absolutely no reason at all. The second DVD will contain will contain tons of FMVs of things happening in the sky. On the third DVD, everyone will have new names and on the fourth and final, birds will be different.




Crawl and 1OOO
Posts: 8693
(07/04/07 10:32 AM)

Just to wrap up an earlier post, Codie asked if FF7 came before or after MGS. It came before. The night I got my Playstation, the two games I picked up with it were FF7 and SotN. It came with a demo disc that included a demo of MGS, which was released several months later, as I recall.

I guess the point of all those things -- the stealth sections, the Golden Saucer minigames, the motorcycle escape from Midgar, the submarine bit -- are supposed to provide variety past typical RPG gameplay. But honestly, I prefer pure RPG gameplay.

Metal Gear Solid is another game whose CDs are misleading. It has two CDs, but you don't switch to disc 2 until you're about 90 or 95% through the game.




Flying Omelette
Posts: 15375
(07/04/07 11:04 AM)

Koudelka is a very short game, but it's at least 3 CDs (possibly 4, haven't played it in awhile) long because of all the FMV. Panzer Dragoon Saga also isn't all that long and it's four CDs.

I think D might have been two discs, too, but I can't quite remember, but that game's really short, too.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/04/07 1:13 PM)

The Saturn version of D is two discs, and I think an eBay auction said the 3DO version was too.

Minigames would be fine if they weren't as anal as this game's.

I got Cid and when I saved it said I was in the Wutai (?) area, which according to GameFAQs is an optional area. I forgot to mention that by a possible fluke I found Yuffie without even trying (she was the first thing to attack when I went wandering into a forest).




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/04/07 1:22 PM)

I think you end up running into Yuffie pretty frequently at random places until you get her to join. Isn't there some conversation that you have to get right once you meet her?




da dick
Posts: 896
(07/04/07 2:34 PM)

harvest moon:
married with 2nd baby on the way, but i still went and made all the other girls love me and bake me cake. oh well. this is getting boring. can't wait for winter to be over so i can talk to my turnips. then when i finally complete this game, i'm just gonna plant corn. ah heck. i miss civilization iv. maybe i should save up for a real 3D card so my game doesn't randomly get corrupted.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/04/07 3:34 PM)

In FF6, I finished saving Figaro Castle and took it to the west. It could just be faulty memory, but I don't remember the SNES version explaining that everyone inside was running out of oxygen. In this version, it's mentioned by a townsperson in South Figaro or somewhere that if they castle is trapped underground, everyone is probably already dead from lack of oxygen. And when you talk to the people that have collapsed inside the castle, they say something like "...Need...Air".

So Setzer has now joined and it's off to the tomb that for some reason is full of monsters and puzzles.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/04/07 6:59 PM)

Got the Growth Egg and the Falcon. One previously serious line was changed earlier in the game. New version is: "If Kefka should destroy our town with the Light of Judgement 100 times, we'll rebuild it 200 times! Wait... does that even make sense?!"

There have been some new people added to the game to tell you about various additions to the Advace version. One guy talks about seeing a shape in the water while on a ship... reference to Leviathan boss now in the game. Another person said something about a giant Cactuar that I don't remember from before. Mention was made that four espers escaped the research facility before the party reached it and are out in the world.

From what I've read online, it sounds like there are two main new additions to this game aside from new espers and spells... a new dungeon, and a place where you fight a sequence of many difficult battles without interruption. Don't know more than that yet.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(07/04/07 8:14 PM)

Go get raped up the arse by Gilgamesh already, you know you want too! D:




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/04/07 8:41 PM)

I did the stuff with Yuffie in Wutai. I can't beat the boss to get Leviathan, so I guess I'll get back on track for now.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/04/07 9:25 PM)

Go get raped up the arse by Gilgamesh already, you know you want too! D:

Busy having Sabin hunt dinosaurs, fool.

http://www.cb007.com/images/dinosaurs.JPG




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/05/07 12:00 AM)

Here's a pretty major gameplay change, or maybe fix is a better word. Part of this is just my theory, but I'm pretty sure about it. In the original SNES version, the Evade stat didn't function and hit or miss was determined by MBlock. I recall the Mount Zozo dungeon being pretty uneventful before (that's where you find Cyan in the World of Ruin). But now I got a warning that the enemies there are quick and hard to hit, and that I should equip the sniper shot relic. Apparently, these enemies have super high evade stats meaning that you'll miss more than 75% of the time with physical attacks. This aspect of the dungeon makes it stand out much more than it originally did.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/05/07 2:42 AM)

Played a little bit of Order of the Phoenix (Gamefly rental) today. They've done an excellent job giving you an explorable version of Hogwarts. They've based it on the film version of the school, supposedly going to great lengths to make sure things matched up perfectly. In terms of actual gameplay, there hasn't been much yet. I learned some basic spells, which have you moving the right analog stick in different ways to wave your wand. You can use the PS3 controller's motion sensing, but it's off by default. I guess on the Wii version, it's probably the only option. I think this'll be a game that's mainly exploration, collecting, and some mild puzzle solving. But I think I may be able to lose myself in it at least for a short while. The graphics seem to vary between PS2 quality and about next-gen quality depending on the situation. They've got some of the original voice actors and some sound-alikes, but it seems like everyone's doing a decent job.

Since the school is impossibly large, you can select a destination from the map screen and footprints will appear on the ground that you can follow. It's a little hard to see them sometimes, which is annoying.

---Next day's progress---

In FF6, I've had Cyan and Terra rejoin and I've done a little bit of leveling up. The dinosaurs are fast kills but on the dangerous side, while the Tumbleweed things give better experience but take a fairly long time to beat at my current levels.

In Harry Potter, I've got around 18% completion. Currently running around doing tasks for people and telling them about the Dumbledore's Army meeting.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/06/07 12:32 AM)

Uploaded the long overdue GPT Omega 1 to the archive. It starts normally enough and then BAM... all Pokemon. If only we had a translator.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/06/07 3:43 AM)

Phoenix Wright: Justice For All - Beat the first episode tonight. I don't like the new music as much as I liked the songs from the first. Maybe it'll grow on me.

Trauma Center: Second Opinion - Completed two levels on Normal difficulty and one on Hard. I think the only difference in difficulty levels is that they cut back on the bonuses, making it harder to earn points. I'm sure that you have more stringent requirements, too, but I did simpler operations so issues didn't arise.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/07/07 8:22 PM)

14 hours into FF6A. The average level of my main party (Terra, Celes, Edgar, Sabin) is in the 40's. I haven't gotten back all the characters yet because I want the averaging to be such that they'll be at decent levels when they rejoin. I got the master scroll (which I guess used to be the offering) so I can do the 8-hit attacks now. Phantom Rush blitz is still the best move I have, though. 9999 to basically anything.

I got the Odin esper and I know there's a way to change it to Raiden but I couldn't find the spot or remember exactly what you do. I also wasn't sure if Raiden was necessarily better to have anyway, so I'll come back later if needed. I did pick up Shadow at one point, and those people in the Veldt cave have new dialogue. Remember the part where they talked about a fierce dragon, and how nobody could defeat it, but how free they would be if someone could? Now they just say that there's fiece dinosaurs in the northern forest. That no human could defeat them, but it sure would be something to brag about if you could.

I think the next thing I do will be Cyan's quest that you start by sleeping in Doma. I'll level him up to 40 real quick, then take him along instead of Edgar. I'm in no rush to get Relm, but I should get that esper that teaches Curaga.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/08/07 5:02 AM)

Legend of Zelda - I got the raft, beat another dungeon, and am now going to try and find the treasure within said dungeon. It's the one shaped like a Z. I have an idea where it may be, but I need to figure out how to get there.

Phoenix Wright: Justice For All - I didn't mention this last night, but I did get through the first part of Chapter 2. I didn't expect to see a certain character returning, but I guess that was to be expected.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(07/08/07 4:27 PM)

Killed a big red Wyrm.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/08/07 5:12 PM)

Raiden is the only Esper that teaches Quick, which I thought was useless unless you have an Economizer.

I was out of town the past few days and started Phoenix Wright 2, and I'm up to finding a contradiction in a photograph in the second chapter. I don't like the writing as much as the first one.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/08/07 5:18 PM)

I liked the parts of PW2 that had Maya with you for the investigation. Her comments are always my favorites. I think my favorite cases were the circus one because of the story and atmosphere and the last one because it was so complicated and over the top, but I don't remember precisely what the other two were about.

Something else I've been meaning to mention is that I like how on FF6 Advance, playing on the portable systems allows you to see little details in the enemy sprites that can be hard to make out from far away.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/08/07 5:21 PM)

The first one is the cop who got pushed off a cliff by a nearsighted preppy guy.

The second one is Maya went in for a channeling with some Doctor, there was some shooting, and the Doctor is dead.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/08/07 5:22 PM)

Thanks, that brings it all back. Yeah, that first one was nothing special and the channeling one was my least favorite case.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/08/07 5:50 PM)

Another thing I like about the final case of that game, but it's a critical spoiler, so finish it first. Highlight to read:

For the first time, Phoenix is faced with defending a man he knows to be guilty and has no choice but to do so in order to save Maya's life.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/09/07 3:03 AM)

Phoenix Wright: Justice For All - Up to day 1 of the trial. I got stuck during the last part of Gumshoe's testimony where he's describing the struggle. I'll see something soon, I'm sure. After all, wouldn't it be a paradox if I didn't given the previous case. The new prosecuting attorney is... interesting. I also like Pearl a lot.

And I second that Maya's commentary makes some cases all the more enjoyable. Turnabout Samurai would not have been the same without her tagging along.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/09/07 7:24 AM)

I finished that trial, then the investigation, and now I'm to the second trial. At the risk of spoiling something for Bomberguy (or maybe saving him a headache) I was so caught up on the absense of blood on the cleavage when it's all over that area of the clothes in that photo that it took me a while to notice something else was missing.

I guess I should get back on FF7 before I start forgetting where I am.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/09/07 2:35 PM)

I guess I should get back on FF7 before I start forgetting where I am.

Probably following the man in black with silver hair.

I called out sick today partly because I've been having terrible sinus problems and partly because I just didn't feel like working. I'm more than halfway through Half-Blood Prince, which is probably about where I stopped reading it two years ago. It's more enjoyable this time after having a little break from that universe. Back then, I had been reading all the books at once and got burned out on it. Not to mention real life being more than a little distraction.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/09/07 6:08 PM)

In FF7 I'm up to Aeris going to the City of the Ancients to stop Sephiroth. I'm aiming to get her killed by the end of the day.

For optional stuff, I got Vincient and the Odin and Leviathan summons. Bahamut is technically optional, but the story takes you to it and it's even bouncing right in front of you, wheras I almost missed Ramuh because I initially didn't see it.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/09/07 11:31 PM)

Finished Half-Blood Prince. Guess I'll make some effort to avoid sites that might post spoilers for the new one.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/09/07 11:35 PM)

Aeris died and Red XIII finding out about his father was 100x more emotional.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/09/07 11:51 PM)

The best of both our worlds:

http://halfbloodsoldier.ytmnd.com/

(Contains Half-Blood Prince, FF7 spoilers everyone already knows)




Crawl and 1OOO
Posts: 8693
(07/10/07 12:19 AM)

Even though that Count of Monte Cristo is supposedly abridged, it is still about 700 pages long. During some down time, I managed to read about 130 pages into it. It's very fast moving, and in that space alone, a lot of the famous details of the story have already occurred. I've just gotten past the part where Dantes has escaped, so the whole business about being falsely imprisoned, meeting another prisoner, learning about the treasure, etc., has already happened.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/10/07 8:13 AM)

CLOUDBOND007 wrote: The best of both our worlds:

http://halfbloodsoldier.ytmnd.com/

(Contains Half-Blood Prince, FF7 spoilers everyone already knows)


Didn't FacilityPro make a post describing that before Half-Blood Prince was released? FO made it Post of the Day and a bunch of site readers didn't realize it was a joke and got mad over the "spoiler"?




da dick
Posts: 896
(07/10/07 1:30 PM)

harry potter is an antisocial post-nazi?!?!

MUSHA: still can't get pass level 2. i suck. but dman i love the metal music.

thinking of buying Arx Fatalis 'cause some store is selling it for 10 bucks and because it's suppose to be the unofficial sequel to ultima underworld ii. but after reading a few reviews, it sounds more like a revamped underworld i with more linear gameplay and annoying spell-casting system. definitely feel like re-installing civilization iv, even though i have no time to play it.

breath of fire 2: ok. i'm suppose to look for some cat but all i'm doing is wandering around until i get killed by random monsters. i hate the savegame system.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(07/10/07 4:52 PM)

I beat up some children. Then I stole their candy.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/10/07 6:21 PM)

FF7 - Cloud went berserk, then became retarded, then I got the Huge Materia from the train and Ft. Condor as well as the Ultima and Phoenix Materias, fought Weapon, then I was about ten minutes into Tifa running around Cloud's subconscious when a thunderstorm caused a 1/10 second power failure, which wasn't long enough to reset any of the clocks, just my game and send me back to Ft. Condor. Then it happened again during the reboot, and I realized it was a bad idea to play this until the weather got better, so I moved on to...

Phoenix Wright 2 - Finished Chapter 2. That was a bizzare twist. So, I'm at the circus one. Hey, I know why Maximillion Galactica is so popular - he looks like Sephiroth with pink hair.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/10/07 10:16 PM)

i hate the savegame system.

Is that because you have to save in towns?




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/11/07 2:17 AM)

Phoenix Wright: Justice For All - Finished Trial, Day 1. Looks like I've got to be more careful reading this thread; someone else is a good bit ahead of me. I think I know what's going on, though. At least, I have a pretty good idea.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/11/07 2:53 AM)

So, the Order of the Phoenix game. Well, let's just say that this bit of audio could be directed to the team that made the game:

http://www.cb007.com/audio/harrypottergame.mp3

Seriously, it's like they got the school right but didn't bother to make a game to go with it. All you do is follow the footprints to guide you around, talk to people, and do simple tasks for them that usually involve spending 5 to 10 minutes travelling to the opposite side of the school. I think I'm about done bothering with it.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/11/07 7:47 AM)

Would Bomberguy like for me to black out anything that might be a spoiler, whether gameplay or plot?




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/11/07 3:40 PM)

Okay, I'm officially done with the Harry Potter game. A disgusting number of major publications gave this game high scores. It's a Hogwarts exploration simulator, that's it. Oh, and if you have the Wii version, you can pretend to be a wizard waving his wand around.

In FF6A, I finished Cyan's soul. The stooges were super easy, but I was having more trouble with Wrexsoul. I started out fighting him the proper way, with killing each party member off to see which one he had posessed. But I was making little headway and I noticed that I had the X-Zone spell (now called Banish or something) and it was too tempting to avoid ending the battle instantly.

My replacement copy of The Darkness came today and I might start it. Was planning to see Harry Potter, but I'm feeling too lazy to go outside.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(07/11/07 6:40 PM)

I bought some movie Transformers toys and transformed them a few times. I found a cheap, more basic Starscream for $9, and a Blackout (the pave low chopper) for $17. There is another, better, more complicated, more detailed, and more articulated Starscream for the $17 range, but I'm satisfied with the cheaper one, I guess. They are now sitting on one my upper shelf above my TV, next to a 5 inch Grevious and Anakin figuress from Ep 3, five various Japanese Megaman figures I got like 10 years ago, a small stuffed Jawa, a beat up plush orca I've had since I was a kid, and my cute Japanese devil girl I got last Christmas. My top shelf is a monument to my nerdiness.


I also Retired like 5 people in EO, but I didn't retire them into their own class. I retired a spare Troubadour into my Survivalist for a Luck Bonus, Survivalist into Medic for Agility Bonus, and other stuff. The bonus stat isn't huge, but it will be helpful. I've releveled the Medic to 32, and she has most of her actual healing skills now, and I've starting putting points into ATK UP. Medics can be surprisingly POWAHFUL in EO. I also killed the 3rd Stratum boss with just a sword landshark and a hexer.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/11/07 7:09 PM)

I'm to the third disc, and thus final dungeon of FF7, but I'm going after Knights of the Round and Omnislash first. I can't help but smile when Cid wants to ride the chocobo, but it depresses me when that fucking black chocobo shows up on him, and just irritates me with Cloud.

I guess the reason FF7 needed three discs was because of all the stuff that had to be duplicated. Disc 3 doesn't just hold the final dungeon, but the overworld and all the current optional events.

I don't get Vincent. I've been using him just for the sake of getting to know him since I do plan to play Dirge of Cerberus (not for a while, though), but his attitude towards everything is "Yeah, whatever" which is probably what everyone considers so badass about him. He got a little more colorful when I stumbled into the cave with his Level 4 Limit Break, but for the most part he's made no impact on me. Why couldn't they have made a spinoff game about Cid?




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/11/07 7:36 PM)

Well, the game itself hardly takes up anything, I'd imagine. I think you can actually run the whole game with any disc in the system until you get to a movie. It's just the FMV's that take up most of each disc.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/11/07 7:47 PM)

Probably.

I wonder how much of Legend of Dragoon, FF8 and 9, and some other four-disc games (at least I think FF8 and 9 are four discs) are movies.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/11/07 8:11 PM)

You might be able to put the disc in your PC and explore it that way. Or maybe you'd need certain software to actually see what files are what.

I started The Darkness. It's an FPS about a mobster posessed by this evil demon power that he can use to kill enemies and explore.

Very gory and such.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Cr-mu4wEg0Q




Flying Omelette
Posts: 15376
(07/11/07 8:13 PM)

My site keeps getting hits from people trying to figure out how to beat the final boss of that game.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/11/07 9:30 PM)

Guess most people don't know about places like Gamefaqs.

I think Phoenix Wright 3 might be the best game ever:

http://www.cb007.com/images/phoenix3.JPG




Crawl and 1OOO
Posts: 8693
(07/11/07 9:45 PM)

TWEETER911 wrote: I bought some movie Transformers toys ...

I think the coolest Transformers toys that are available now are the "classics" that are based on the original cartoon characters, but look more like the cartoons than the original toys did.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(07/11/07 11:16 PM)

Yeah, but those are like, really hard to find and stuff. At least around here, that is. If I could, I'd so buy the Megatron. Even if he does looks like a nerf gun.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/11/07 11:46 PM)

Flying Omelette wrote: My site keeps getting hits from people trying to figure out how to beat the final boss of that game.

The Darkness or FF7?
I played FF7 almost nonstop since my last post and finally got that damn Gold Chocobo and Knights of the Round, and I feel like I could pass out.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/11/07 11:48 PM)

Strategy for beating FF7:

1. Hold attack button.
2. Win.

Alternate strategy

1. Use KOTR
2. Win.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/12/07 2:19 AM)

Phoenix Wright: Justice For All - I finished the second day of investigations. It got a little touchy with the Psyche-Locks (especially Pearl's), but I managed to break all of them.

That screenshot makes me think the "precious UUUUURRRRN" is probably going to be the same urn I'm thinking of. After all, these games make a habit of returning objects and characters.




Flying Omelette
Posts: 15376
(07/12/07 6:16 AM)

Captain Ladd Spencer wrote: The Darkness or FF7?

The Darkness




lighthouseboy
Posts: 366
(07/12/07 10:14 AM)

CloudBond007 wrote:

Strategy for beating FF7:

1. Hold attack button.
2. Win.

Alternate strategy

1. Use KOTR
2. Win.


So true. Anyway....

Beat Ar Tonelico. Game was SUPER easy. It wasfun enough (storywise) though to warrant be buying a sequel...but just barely.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/12/07 6:12 PM)

I beat FF7 some time ago, but the Internet had been knocked out again.

I didn't bother with Omnislash.

Anyway, maybe I got careless because of how easy everyone says he is, but Sephiroth did come somewhat close to killing me. He confused Cloud who killed Cid, then he used the Heartless Angel spell that sends everyone to 1 HP, but also brought Cloud out of confusion and thankfully I left the W-Item on Vincent so was able to revive Cid then Megaelixir. Well, Cloud's Meteorain finished him off after that.

Part of me would like to go through and do it without KOTR, but the show for that Supernova attack is, like, three minutes. I'm not sitting through it again.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/12/07 7:59 PM)

Oh yeah - what the crap was going on in the ending? Sure, it was pretty, but total nonsense.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/12/07 8:11 PM)

Holy was fighting Meteor and destroying Midgar in the process, I think. I forget how Advent Children ended up explaning it or whether the movie had everyone survive. In the game, I assumed everyone in the city would be killed.

In FF6, I completed the Phoenix Cave except for the dragon, and got Mog and Strago. Got the cursed ring and Ragnarok Sword, which I traded in for Lightbringer (Illumina). I'm strength-training Locke so he can use UItima Weapon and Lightbringer well by leveling with the esper strength +2 bonus. I think you can actually fight the last battle over and over in this version, stealing as many Lightbringers as you want.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/12/07 8:53 PM)

Well, that part I could figure out. But what was the Lifestream gibberish? Holy was losing (or helping Meteor as Red XIII implied), so Lifestream came to help?

I don't have Advent Children with me, so I guess I'll have to wait for the answers until whenever I get back home.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(07/12/07 10:16 PM)

CLOUDBOND007 wrote: I'm strength-training Cecil so he can use UItima Weapon and Lightbringer well by leveling with the esper strength +2 bonus.

Come again?




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/12/07 10:21 PM)

First off, I meant Locke, I always rename them and I sometimes forget to change it when I'm posting. Secondly, I'm using the level-up bonuses that some espers have to increase the strength stat. Hitting an enemy 8 times is nice, but when the hits only do 1000 damage, it's not that amazing. I used to ignore the level-up bonuses completely. Some people actually play a low-level game, staying at level 6 for almost half the game, so that they can gain all those additional levels with the bonuses attached. These people are freaks and should be feared.

PS- I also got a second Growth Egg by betting the Tintinabularabulatabulum or whatever it's called.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4273
(07/12/07 11:45 PM)

I know about all that other stuff but....CECIL? You rename Locke to Cecil?!


Go on. I'm interested.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/12/07 11:52 PM)

I'm sure I mentioned this somewhere, but when I first played the game right after it came out, I renamed Locke and Edgar to Cecil and Kain because I didn't care much for their original names. I was just a wee lad then. I just got so used to the Cecil and Kain from playing it that way the first time that it feels weird to look at anything else, so I continue to rename them.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8272
(07/13/07 12:20 AM)

Go get raped up the arse by Gilgamesh already, you know you want too! D:

He's cool, first of the new bosses I've attempted. His blade dance thing is like having the Gengi Glove/Offering used against you. Now I'm dead AND have no gil.




da dick
Posts: 896
(07/13/07 5:50 AM)

yes, i hate being only able to save in towns and i haven't found another town yet. and as gay as everyone looked in most FFs, cecil is just not very charming of a name for a rogue.
===

deus ex:
kinda went in expecting an rpg game in 1st person perspective, just because it boasts that every problem in the game can be handled in a non-violent way. what the hell was i thinking. you almost always kill lots of things in rpgs! anyways, it feel more like a shooter game. the 1st mission looks a hell lot like level 2 of syphon filter. and after completing and exploring the whole of the mission area, i think it's impossible to complete the mission without killing(or just knock 'em out) at least a few people. killing enemies using stealth is also a hell lot more dangerous since you have to use short range weapons, explosive charges(which are hard to get), and close combat.most enemiess have at least handguns. probably a lot more easier to just shoot them all from a distance. too bad i decided to train my character in low-tech/close combat and heavy weapons(hard to find ammo). i almost lost both legs in the 1st mission and i was playing easy for combat difficulty. i don't think i'll be starting a new game with a "sniper" character and a normal difficulty. the 1st mission already took me hours to complete, and the game scolds you for not completing all sub-quests. dman game hangs on me even though my system is more thean enough to handle it. my PC hanged 3 times in mission 2 when i get hit by a flamethrower. one more i have to mention is that hiding from enemies is ridiculously easy if they're boxes nearby. you can carry a box right in front of your face while sneaking towards the enemy and he would never notice you! and while crouching down, enemies take up a few seconds to notice you're right in front of them, UNLESS an alarm is raised or you shoot at them first. also hate how you can't check how much money you have in the inventory.

arx fatalis:
no manual. what the hell. the starting of the game seems to be a built-in tutorial. it's pretty,but the character faces are as ugly as the ones in deus ex. otherwise looks a like brand new ultima underworld. the save games are much smaller than deus ex. just a few hundred KBs while the savegames in deus are at least a few MBs. from that, i guess this game is less likely to hang when someone tries to light my fire. i've decided to be a stealth fighter since i read there's specialised stealth armour in it. i guess i will regret it. in the original underworld games, it's much easier to play as a tanker sorta character. haven't completed the tutorial since i got addicted to deus ex. guess i won't be completing earthbound this year either.
===

oh and i played battle blaze(SNES). the special moves are useless. all you really need to do and press forward and attack as fast as you can.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/13/07 6:02 AM)

Legend of Zelda - I beat the 7th dungeon and now have all the treasures except for the red ring and silver arrows. I had to look up the locations of dungeons, but I know that I wouldn't have found them anyway on my own. I still managed to stumble on the final dungeon's location by myself, so it's not like I am totally riding the help guides.

I'm still working on the 8th dungeon. I hate Red Bubbles. :(




James FP
Posts: 2677
(07/13/07 12:31 PM)

I got all the goals in Super Mario World. Okay, the graphical changes are kind of cute and funny, but the problem is that now I'd have to play through the whole game again to appreciate all of them. It would've been nice if a harder mode could have been unlocked along with those changes.

Other than that, I was just playing Zelda 2 for awhile and had just gotten to where you fall into the hole past the King's Tomb. That reminded me of how much in older games you often weren't told specifically what to do, but you'd find what you needed to as a natural result of exploring the world.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4274
(07/13/07 12:32 PM)

CLOUDBOND007 wrote: He's cool, first of the new bosses I've attempted. His blade dance thing is like having the Gengi Glove/Offering used against you. Now I'm dead AND have no gil.

Just as planned.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c96/brainfoodlunch/other/deathnote-strikefear.jpg

*cough*




perothecat
Posts: 464
(07/13/07 2:43 PM)

Wow. A lot changed here in my absense. It's all Yuku-crazy now. Well, I haven't been playing a whole lot,but here are some things I did. I just recently finished Final Fantasy IV Advance and loved it. I never could get into the series much past the first Final Fantasy but I think playing some other RPGs has helped me finally achieve a long enough attention span. Also beat Metal Gear Solid 3 recently and that's now my favorite in the series.

For older games I replayed Metroid and realized how the one trick that can pretty much haul you through the entire game is just knowing to bomb the floors and walls when you reach a dead end. Then keep going until you get the end and you'll eventually find a boss. The world is so labyrinthine that it really does make me feel like I'm getting lost deep in some caversn and I sometimes worried about finding my way back (although the quick game over is a way out if I ever truly got lost, but I never really did.)

I also played some Halo 2 with people I know IRL but Goldeneye was the only FPS I was ever really able to get into and maybe to a lesser extent Perfect Dark. I kept thinking the whole time that I'd rather be playing the Goldenye multiplayer except that we sort of played it to death back in the day.

I started the Ocarina of Time Master Quest but only did the first two dungeons. I wax nostalgic more for that game than any other because I always associate it with the first time I got on the internet and I think it defined a period of my life moreso than any single game from my earlier youth. Mario 3 and Mega Man 2 (and the NES in general) still hold a lot of high importance, too.

Boy, I'm rambling. I haven't been around much since Hurricane Katrina although it didn't really affect me as I had luckily moved north a few years earlier.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/13/07 4:50 PM)

I downloaded the Advent Children version of One Winged Angel from Blue Laguna. Some parts are good, other parts are just loud. One part makes me laugh. They changed the Latin in the song, but the corresponding part of the game version is the part that goes "Veni veni venias, no me mori facias" and repeats eight times (it starts are about 5:11 if you download it). Here, whatever it is, it sounds like "MEATY MEATY BURGER KING! VERY VERY KINKY KING!"

Other than that, I've picked back up on Futurama, and I'm on Volume 4. I've only watched the first disc, but some of these episodes are really dumb. Like the one about the creme that causes superpowers, and Leela tells her parents. Her father then blabs to his fishing partners because, as FO would put it, he read the script.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/14/07 2:17 AM)

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life - I picked this game up... again... and am working through days once more. I'm just gathering weird hybrid fruits while I care for my animals. Red bananas (Appages), orange peaches (Phurum), purple peaches (Jurum), and normal fruits as well.

At this point, I have no idea what career my kid's going to have. There's evidence for just about anything now. For a game with so many dialog errors, they sure have a complex child system.




da dick
Posts: 897
(07/14/07 1:32 PM)

deus ex:
jumping around rooftops in the 3rd mission area is making this feel too much like a platform game. i'm currently only using my baton and cattle prod weapons to knock out allies just to steal their stuff. finding it ridiculous that enemies always aim for my legs and hitting them even though i'm standing behind a parapet. the shotgun is suppose to be for close combat, but so far i'm using it to blast automated turrets and sniping. its reloading speed is way too slow for a firefight.

i forgot one important thing about PC games. they always need a patch or 2. my copy of arx fatalis seems to be patched and has an FAQ of the latest patch on the CD. but none of the files in it seem to be from 2003 when the latest patch was created. weird. downloaded the patch for it anyway. can't seem to find a single-player patch for deus ex, which doesn't require me to register with some website. annoying. the multiplayer patch is also too large for me to download with a dial-up connection.

edit: ok. the patch at download.com seems to be corrupted. eidos apparently doesn't support the 1st deus ex game anymore. downloaded the wrong patch which doesn't work on my very old version (1002). the one on fileplanet is now making me wait 18 minutes in queue. this sucks. i think i'll buy less buggy european games next time! oh yeah... noticed a fatal bug in unpatched deus ex where you throw an object into a corner and it disappears but the game still thinks you holding something.. permanently.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/14/07 7:21 PM)

I wrapped up Season 4 of Futurama. With a couple of exceptions, that season was terrible. The Bend Her episode was beyond creepy.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/15/07 2:41 AM)

Phoenix Wright: Justice For All - Beat Chapter 2. Saw those twists coming a mile away, I'm afraid. I do admit the method used in catching Ini in her lie was quite brilliant, though. I like it when it's not so straightforward.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8273
(07/15/07 3:57 AM)

I'm also not finding The Darkness to be that enjoyable. You're frequently thrown out into the city with only vague directions about how to reach your destination, and enemies constantly attacking you from so far away that you can barely tell where you're being shot from until you're dead. Being exposed to light weakens you, so you're supposed to always be shooting out street lights and whatever other sources are around you. You can use your snake-like demon creatures to attack, but they have limited range that's hard to judge and seem to fail whenver they get near any light. You're constantly either in almost total darkness or being blinded by light due to the gameplay mechanics. It's not pleasant after the novelty wears off. The narrative is alright and I liked the voice acting, but I'm not feeling like putting more time into this.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/15/07 12:01 PM)

I watched the entire first season of Robot Chicken and could puke.




Crawl and 1OOO
Posts: 8695
(07/15/07 12:13 PM)

I wrapped up Season 4 of Futurama. With a couple of exceptions, that season was terrible. The Bend Her episode was beyond creepy.

This is why I find it difficult to buy DVD sets sight-unseen.

I actually have enjoyed some episodes of Futurama, but what set to get? I don't know.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/15/07 12:26 PM)

1, 2, and 3 are good. Of course they all have some weak episodes, but I don't know what was going on with the fourth season. I wonder if they tried to save it at the third season but FOX was still bent on cancelling it, so they just gave up on Season 4.

It's 18 episodes, and the only decent episodes were Jurassic Bark, the bee one, and the final one with the Robot Devil. Maybe Leela's Homeworld and the reversing age one (they're mediocre at worst). Most of them were dumb, the pregnant Kif one was just gross, and I thought Less Than Hero, Spanish Fry, and Bend Her were the three worst episodes in the entire series.




elfqueenvik
Posts: 15
(07/15/07 6:58 PM)

Well I beat Arc The Lad Twilight of Spirits, Im at Godbird Island in Dragon Quest 8. Im getting my ass powened by some weird guy in MK Armagedon. I Played a bit of Valkyre Profile and Odin Sphere at a freinds house.




Crawl and 1OOO
Posts: 8695
(07/15/07 7:30 PM)

As for Futurama, I'm not sure if I've heard anyone say before that Season 4 sucked. Hmm...




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8273
(07/16/07 12:31 AM)

Based on the listing of episodes on Amazon.com for volume 4, I found a lot of really good shows, some of them ranking in my top favorite episodes.

- Jurassic Bark, Crimes of the Hot, Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles, The Why of Fry, The Sting, Obsoletely Fabulous, The Farnsworth Parabox, Three Hundred Big Boys, and The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings

I haven't been playing much, but in FF6, I learned how to get more Growth Eggs. You have to bet an elixer to win a rename card and bet that to win miracle shoes, and bet those to win tintinabulum which can be bet for a growth egg.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/16/07 3:18 AM)

Phoenix Wright: Justice For All -

Legend of Zelda - I'm to the final dungeon. This one is... interesting. I still hate Red Bubbles.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/16/07 3:21 AM)

Phoenix Wright: Justice For All - I have started into Turnabout Big Top. I've heard good things about this chapter on the net, and I've had a few good chuckles at a joke or two.

Legend of Zelda - I'm to the final dungeon. This one is... interesting. I still hate Red Bubbles. No treasures yet.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8273
(07/16/07 3:35 AM)

I think that chapter also has a YTMND reference if I'm not mistaken. Or else it's intended to be a Finding Forrester reference, which would seem less likely.




da dick
Posts: 897
(07/16/07 5:19 AM)

deus ex:
i meant i used the shotgun to blast explosive barrels and crates so they would destroy gun turrets.the game doesn't seem to remember that i dropped a modified assault rifle in my own office for latter use. wasted 2 mods that way. the 3rd mission area made it impossible to get out of the warehouse area to complete subquests ater you complete the main one. 4th(maybe 6th if i count the molepeople place and the secret lab bu i think the weapons FAQ and the Goals tab defines this as the 3rd mission) mission area in some airfield now and hating robots. not enough rockets to kill 'em all. i think i'll go straight to killing the jojo guy instead of finding the last vaccine which probably has more damn robots near it. according to an in-depth articale on nuwen(or some other placve i don't remember), you can kill a robot by whacking it 200 times with a baton. but i tried killing it a sniper rifle and then a shotgun, and got killed pretty quickly.




perothecat
Posts: 464
(07/16/07 7:49 AM)

Red Bubbles fooled me into thinking I lost my sword forever the first time I played Zelda and got hit by one but they didn't really scare me much more after I realized that a room with blue bubbles always comes shortly afterwards.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/16/07 8:06 AM)

CLOUDBOND007 wrote: Based on the listing of episodes on Amazon.com for volume 4, I found a lot of really good shows, some of them ranking in my top favorite episodes.

- Jurassic Bark, Crimes of the Hot, Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles, The Why of Fry, The Sting, Obsoletely Fabulous, The Farnsworth Parabox, Three Hundred Big Boys, and The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings



A lot of those left me scratching my head, wondering what the point was.

Maybe I'm being a little harsh on Season 4, but watching Bender get a sex change was probably worse than watching Homer make out with himself. And Less Than Hero and Spanish Fry hinged on somebody blabbing something because they read the script.




perothecat
Posts: 464
(07/16/07 9:36 AM)

Oh and I also finished Jabu-Jabu and the Forest Temple dungeon in Master Quest. The forest temple took me all day Sunday and I felt burned out a little afterwards.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4274
(07/16/07 3:54 PM)

Got to Episode 4 in the first Lawyerman Game. Karma is like a Scary Satanic Vampire Jack McCoy. :(




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/16/07 4:01 PM)

And I'm to Episode 4 of the second Lawyerman Game.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4274
(07/16/07 4:13 PM)

http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/2300/manfredvonkarmadt0.jpg

http://www.quickscribble.com/jackmccoy.html

If the made a live action Phoenix Right movie, Sam Waterston would be the only choice for Von Karma!




Flying Omelette
Posts: 15376
(07/16/07 5:53 PM)

Over Horizon looks, sounds, and plays beautifully on the big screen. The sound quality on that game is out-of-sight.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/16/07 5:58 PM)

^^ That sort of looks like the guy who plays Magneto.

I wish just once a Phoenix Wright case could be about something besides a murder. It's a little depressing, and you have to wonder what always being the defense attourney in a murder case does to poor Phoenix.




Flying Omelette
Posts: 15376
(07/16/07 7:17 PM)

Mother and Final Fantasy 3 work beautifully, too and Secret of Mana's battery appears to work fine.

Now that I can officially vouch for this guy's work, I'm going to link his site on my links page.




Flying Omelette
Posts: 15376
(07/17/07 6:42 AM)

I'm not sure if I mentioned this before because I know I played the beginning scenario of Earthbound 0 to make that mp3 on my site, but there's very little direction at the beginning of the game as compared to SNES Earthbound. In the SNES game, Ness wakes up because a meteor lands near his house. We know the reason weird things start happening and why you have to collect songs in the sound stone because of what Buzz Buzz (who arrived with the meteor) tells you. But in EB0, you suddenly get attacked by two lamps in your house, there's no explanation for it, you memorize a song in a music box for no explained reason, then you just start wandering around outside your house with no particular goal.

The music (particularly the overworld and battle themes) is pretty good. The Hippie's theme is better on the SNES, though. This game is very, VERY Dragon Warrior-ish. So is the SNES EB, but this one even says "(Name of enemy) draws near". It also seems like it will have a lot of those quirky battle moments. A Hippie tried to make me run from battle by saying "Your mother is calling you", and it actually increased my offense.

I also tested Final Fantasy 3. It has some good music, too, like the overworld theme. It's funny how I'm recognizing a lot of it from hearing midis of it. I beat the first boss (a Landturtle whose name I thought for a brief moment was "Landturd") very easily.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/17/07 7:51 AM)

I made it up to the (first?) trial in Episode 4. If Tweeter made a Phoenix Wright movie, would he cast Hugh Jackman as Will Powers?

http://hg101.classicgaming.gamespy.com/phoenixwright/powers.png

http://wolverine.x-knights.com/fullsize/wolverine107.jpg




Lord Vyce
Posts: 694
(07/17/07 12:05 PM)

That looks like it was done on purpose. Only Wolverine looks like that.




TWEETER911
Posts: 4275
(07/17/07 4:41 PM)


That goes without saying!




Gengarian Junus
Posts: 680
(07/18/07 12:03 PM)

Saw Harry Potter 5. Rented and saw How Stella Got Her Groove Back. And beat Donkey Kong Country 3.




da dick
Posts: 900
(07/18/07 12:30 PM)

crazy asss... quick reply isn't working...

arx fatalis:
more difficult than i thought. maybe i should have made a good old fashioned paladin or boring fighter.hardly got a chance to use stealth and backstab goblins. and never
succeed at backstabbing any of them. created a new fighter character for fun, but it was too unbalanced with too much strength and not enough consitution(sp?). but i did find out that i could make an apple pie with flour,water, apple, a rolling pin and a fire. don't feel like backtracking with my stealth killer just to get a rolling pin, too much food in my inventory already. currently backtracking to the troll area to deliver a boring ol' message for help. this game feels more linear than underworld 2 and maybe even more than deus ex. it's pretty though. wished it had some music.game still died on me once after i set the graphics to medium. the ambient sounds might be the problem but the game does lag whenever i kill something. maybe it's just not made for winXP. the speech audio is f$cked up. sometimes it's very loud, sometimes it's like whispering.

deus ex:
killed NSF boss after hearing him out. i'm an asshole and i was afraid i might not get paid for the mission if i don't whack him.i also had to blow up anna whatshername so she won't kill the boss before i could hear his conspiracy theory. get 200 skill points for listening to him. don't think i could have shot her down. too tough. she as powerful as a bot and faster. the cattle prod doesn't work on her either. i think i'm gonna avoid killing tracer wong for the next mission since he seems pretty damn important for sticking it to the man. but since i know he makes a come-back in invisible war(deus ex 2), i guess the game will let him live. not sure. the info for invisible war says paul is in it, though it says he can be killed in deus ex 1.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/18/07 12:38 PM)

I think I'm nearing the end of the investigation after the trial in chapter 4, and I'm talking with Edgeworth about what a Prosecutor and a Lawyer are after Psyche-Locking Matt. Oh my.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8273
(07/19/07 1:47 AM)

I started playing Elebits, Gamefly rental, and it's pretty vile so far. You move with the nunchuck analog, which is fine, but have to move the remote to turn the camera to navigate properly. It's kind of like playing an FPS with either dual analog or keyboard and mouse, only it feels like a chore to get anywhere.

This game is a little hard to explain. The remote basically acts as a tractor beam for moving objects, opening doors, etc. You press a button to send out a beam and lock on to something, then move the remote to guide the object around the room. It's also used for zapping and collecting stupid annoying creatures called Elebits to build up electrical power. They're often hiding behind or inisde of the above mentioned shit that you have to zap and move out of the way. Once you build up enough electrical power, you'll be able to turn on appliances. This releases another kind of elebit that powers up your tractor beam, letting you move heavier shit to find more of the damned regular Elebits to turn on more appliance to find still more fucking Elebits. Once you build up enough electrical power, you clear a stage.

As the kid at the beginning of the story says, I HATE ELEBITS! This game is so freaking pointless so far, I'd rather play Katamari Damacy.




Bomberguy221
Posts: 1830
(07/19/07 4:48 AM)

Phoenix Wright: Justice For All - I'm up to Ben's testimony. Fun chapter so far.




da dick
Posts: 900
(07/19/07 5:14 AM)

arx fatalis: i think i'm falling asleep just backtracking. or maybe i shouldn't be playing game while having insufficient sleep. maybe i should bake more bread. maybe trolls like bread! na...

deus ex:
i think killing anna actually changed the 3rd mission into a mission to rescue paul instead of the hong kong assassination mission. in the end of that mission, i chose to fight it out with UNATCO and govy agents with paul instead of making a run for it. end up getting killed, but instead of having to reload a game, i ended up in a cell of the secret society "majestic 12". after getting my stuff back from the armoury, i found out the walker bot takes about 2 GEP rockets to take out, and that the plasma gun is just as bulky as the flamethrower and doesn't work on bots. i'm not using that space hog. decide to replace my modified sawed off shotgun with a new assault shotgun. it's faster and has a larger clip, making it much more useful for close combat. its recoil is worse than the sawed off so i won't be using it for sniping. too bad i wasted the recoil mods on the sawed off. training my medical skill to advanced is well worth it. now i can heal 75% per medikit. i feel bloody invincible as long as i have medikits. found some colourful mutant animals in the MJ12 lab. mistakenly released some of them though i don't need to, since i already killed all the guards for that area. good thing i have the security grid login/password. but turning the turrets on the animals hanged the game. maybe i shouldn't be killing so many things. the guards here are much tougher and well-armed than the NSF and UNATCO.




James FP
Posts: 2677
(07/19/07 12:10 PM)

Back to Might & Magic - I restarted over on my cartridge. I've left Sorpigal, explored outside the area and got the Merchant's Pass again, and I'm at the cave where I have to encounter the 13 monster parties to win a prize. I've learned a few tricks that've helped me progress a little faster than I did when I first started playing it on an emulator. I have to run back to town to sell stuff often.




Captain Ladd Spencer
Posts: 1013
(07/19/07 2:34 PM)

Well, I beat Phoenix Wright 2. It was a nice outcome, but I thought the "final boss fight" with von Karma with Edgeworth on the stand was a lot neater.

Also, where was the "Well, excuuuuuse me, princess" line? I guess it came from pressing somebody for something I didn't press them over.

Irrelevent as it is, I can't help but wonder (spoiler) what happened to Matt's face? I guess it's implied he clawed it up himself, but that's lame, especially making that deep a scar with your fingernails.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8273
(07/19/07 2:51 PM)

Also, where was the "Well, excuuuuuse me, princess" line? I guess it came from pressing somebody for something I didn't press them over.

Hmm, I don't remember, but I did always press everyone on everything to see all the responses unless I wasn't allowed to.




sethrashnoo
Posts: 2216
(07/20/07 12:20 PM)

I just got to the first stage where you storm a castle in Ogre Battle 64. Hooray for flying units!

I also restarted Banjo-Kazooie and I already cleared out Mumbo's Mountain and Treasure Trove Cove. This game's graphics are still fantastic. Very bright and colorful. No fog.




da dick
Posts: 900
(07/22/07 3:43 PM)

deus ex and arx fatalis is like the dark-side of new age bloom-ed games. i wandering in the shadows like 80% of the time.

arrrh. no manual of arx fatalis online. and since it was never popular, no one botheredto write in-depth FAQS for it which don't have spoilers. crap. http://arx.rpgdot.com/ is nice, but for some reason, i would rather read an over-sized PDF file.

deus ex: in hong kong and i have a sword! yay. right now i'm in a rather weird situation. i was invited to the hotel suite of some woman who turned out to be a majestic12 droog. i found out by snooping around her apartment instead of going straight to the living room to talk to her. this snooping around seems to have made the maid and (and useless cat) hostile. so right after i talk to the chick, the maid sounds the alarm and i'm surrounded by MJ12 commandos. bad. if reload my game and don't talk to her, i can blow both of them up before either of them can sound the alarm. but if i don't talk to her, i can't get the security number for some police storage which may contain the f%ckin' light saber(dragon tooth sword). i think i'll just cheat and write down the number on paper then reload my game and kill them. then go back to the rooftop and try to kill all the MJ12 commandos 'cause i'm trigger-happy.




TaroSH
Posts: 1416
(07/22/07 9:00 PM)

I watched My Neighbor Totoro. Am I just slow, or did the movie really have no point?

Okay, it's got giant cat-bunnies and the coloring is nice, but...

Also, Mauru from Waku Waku 7 was so totally based on one of these. His ultimate attack is even to take in a deep, chest-inflating breath and let out a roar, ala the giant Totoro calling the catbus.




Crawl and 1OOO
Posts: 8695
(07/22/07 11:58 PM)

I got the last Harry Potter book yesterday, and read about 200 pages that day.

Today, we went on several walks and had a cook out, but we took a break in a lodge and I read about another 200 pages. I was able to periodically take breaks from reading to see the lake, which was nice.

And when I got home, I read about another hundred pages before getting ready for sleep.

I don't want to go into any detail about the story, since I think it's still time to avoid spoilers, well, hell, I'll black this out even though it's in no way a spoiler -- but certain parts between the start and where I am now seemed to not have much going on. However, almost exactly at page 500 the story becomes much more compelling.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8273
(07/23/07 12:34 AM)

Confession time- part of that book produced some tears. And it had nothing to do with any character deaths. You might know the part when you reach it, but it's fairly near the end.




DEATHAMSTER
Posts: 1304
(07/23/07 12:09 PM)

I beat Gradius V on Normal Mode in one credit.




CLOUDBOND007
Posts: 8273
(07/24/07 12:03 AM)

Haven't played anything because of tiredness and time spent reading Harry Potter. I've got my Elebits rental that I might mess around with a little more, but I doubt I'll complete it. It's too annoying and will probably be more so in later stages. I've returned The Darkness in hopes of my next rental being FF1 for PSP or Elite Beat Agents for DS. I was also considering Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords and whatever that Tales of... game is for PSP.
Beat one more stage of Elebits. Holy shit is this game bad. I'm sending it back, too. I'm 0 for 3 with the rentals so far.




da dick
Posts: 900
(07/24/07 12:06 AM)

deus ex:
no, those weren't MJ12 commandos. my bad. just regular troopers/fodder but still tougher than the NSF or UNATCO fodder and one of them had an annoying(by that i mean it kills me with 1 shot) plasma weapon. the MJ12 commandos are the ones who look like alien cyborgs who later attacked me in the lucky money club. but they didn't last long against the triad members and my dragon tooth sword. found the DTS right inside some hidden place in that woman's(maggie) suite. i didn't need to raid the police station at all. in fact i have no bloody idea why she would think it's a good idea for me to raid it, since all the "evidence" in there were police orders to raid maggie's apartment. some nice equipment and weapons in there too. oh yeah, and for no real purpose at all, i paid for the club entrance fee for for 2 aussie hos, hired a pink-haired ho who talked like a stereotypical vietnamese ho, scared some russian sailors and killed 'em all with my sexy lightsaber/DTS. with advanced low-tech weaponry skill, that thing is almost as powerful as a sniper rifle, which means instant kills when i whack 'em on the head and sometimes on the chest. still need to blow up bots with my rockets, of course. and guys with rockets, flamethrowers or plasma weapons can still kill me as fast as i kill them. i think i'm gonna save up my skill points to master my low-tech just to feel like a jedi knight. totally unnecessary. should finally bother to learn computer hacking. hmm...those colourful mutant crocodile dogs can take quite a few hits from my DTS before they die. i dunno how the hell those doggies ended up in a flooded tunnel. i gotta stop posting and go infiltrate versalife , so that all the triads can gain the secret of the lightsaber...what? why the f%ck would i want that!?!??! argh. i don't feel like completing this goal/mission.




TaroSH
Posts: 1416
(07/24/07 1:06 PM)

I started Okami.

This goes back to something Crawl once said, about how no matter how good a game looks eventually the graphics are going to find themselves in the back of the player's head without something to reignite them. It's neat how any given angle looks 2D, and there's actually color, and there's even a texture that makes the game looks like it's on paper, but nothing's really changed in the three-ish hours I've been playing and wake up calls have been weak and few and far between.

So far I've just been running errands, feeding animals, and crap. There haven't been many puzzles, and the few there have been I've been spoonfed the answers to.

Combat amounts to button mashing the enemies until they turn gray, then pressing R1 and drawing a line through them.




Flying Omelette
Posts: 15376
(07/24/07 5:12 PM)

TaroSH wrote: I watched My Neighbor Totoro. Am I just slow, or did the movie really have no point?

Okay, it's got giant cat-bunnies and the coloring is nice, but...

Also, Mauru from Waku Waku 7 was so totally based on one of these. His ultimate attack is even to take in a deep, chest-inflating breath and let out a roar, ala the giant Totoro calling the catbus.


I'm not sure if the movie has a point in the sense of there being a moral or connecting theme, but maybe the point of it is just to make you wonder about the mystery of the Totoros - are they real or are they just created by the kids' imaginations?

It certainly seems like they're real but there are subtle clues that they could just be imagined:

Mae catches one of the smallest ones in her hand, but when she unclasps them, there's nothing but soot.

Mae tries to catch the white one, but can't.

Mae falls asleep on the giant Totoro inside the tree, but is later found sleeping outside of the forest.

The big Totoro only shows up at the bus stop when everyone else besides Satsuki and Mae are gone.

The kids are the only ones who ever actually see them. Despite the fact that the Catbus flies over a lot of people, no one seems to notice it.

The corn cob at the end is the biggest wrench in the mystery. Somehow, it got there. It was established that the hospital was pretty far away. But the girls had already run about halfway there on foot. Could they have gone the rest of the way on their own, or did something assist them?