Now Playing #2
Flying Omelette
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(9/20/03 6:49 pm)
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I figured I'd start a new "Now Playing" topic since the old one had over 100 posts and got bumped down a page.


I'm playing Alien 3 for the Super NES. I'm surprised, but so far it seems like a pretty decent game! It's like Super Metroid in some ways, and like the Super NES Jurassic Park in others. The game world is set up sort of like Super Metroid, but it's mission-based like JP.

The people who made this game did their homework. It incorporates various aspects of Aliens and Alien 3, as far as weapons and types of aliens go. (You even have a motion detector, though it seems to be there more for show than actually being very useful, but it's a nice touch.) It's kind of a shame that this game wasn't based on Aliens since it uses elements from both Aliens and Alien 3, so it would've been nice if it was based on the better movie.

There's even a room that looks like the hive that the marines stumble into in Aliens. That looks really neat!

I hope the Alien Queen is in here somewhere as a boss.




Bomberguy221
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(9/20/03 7:11 pm)
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There is a God. Queenie has moved. I need to send Zoe a thank-you card for helping with that little trick.

I forgot if I explained this, because it should be beneficial for those with Animal Crossing who want to get rid of those pesky neighbors they dislike. Turns out the least talked-to person is most likely to move via train (when you visit another town). Since I have yet to take a train trip anywhere, Queenie never moved. The second least talked-to person moves on their own (every 10 days in a perfect town, someone old moves away and someone new moves in). So, by ignoring Zoe and communicating with the demonic Queenie, I no longer have an ugly feather duster polluting my village.

Robin's rude, too, but I'm counting my blessings.

I also got FF:TA. Wow, this game is fun. Addictive, too. My clan is to a good size, and I just gave my white monk a new job as a bishop. I seriously need to get some quest items, though.




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(9/20/03 10:31 pm)
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Well, I have fought a "Mother Alien", but it just looks like a normal alien enlarged twice the size. It doesn't really look like the Queen from Aliens. Oh well.

But this game does seem really good so far. I've made it to Mission 3, but I've gotten 3 game overs on it. I might need to plot out a strategy for this one.




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(9/21/03 9:17 am)
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I'd also like to mention some things about Alien 3's graphic style.

For one thing, it's very well-animated. The animation of Ripley is similar to that of Flashback or Out of This World. When she moves hand-over-hand across "monkey bars", for example, the animation is so good that you can actually see her reaching and grabbing the bars realistically as her weapon dangles over her shoulder by its strap.

There are some parts where you go out onto the surface of the planet, and the scene looks a lot like the opening scene of Alien 3 where you see the planet's surface and you see what looks like a half-sun and maybe another sun or moon or some other planet in the sky.

(This page has a couple of pictures of that scene: http://members.tripod.com/~thedaarkone/a3_pictures.html

The backgrouds, again, are reminiscent of Out of This World, but more detailed than that game. It looks really neat...surreal in a sense. The interior areas of the planet look more static. I would've liked to have seen an entire game done in the style of the surface areas.




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(9/21/03 9:33 am)
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The uncut remastered edition of Aliens 1 is going to be released in theaters soon.

Edit: Oh yeah, lately I've been playing a bunch of my favorite SNES games on my iBook since Snes9X for Mac was updated fairly recently. It runs a lot better than the previous Snes9X and it has much more features. Anyway, the games I've been playing with it is Super Castlevania 4, Super Metroid, Actraiser, Ogre Battle, Live-A-Live, Yoshi's Island and Demon's Crest. Super Castlevania 4 still gives me goosebumps, its that good.




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(9/21/03 9:51 am)
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If they re-released Aliens in theaters, I'd definitely go to see it. I'd love to see that movie on the big screen.




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(9/21/03 10:20 am)
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I picked up Shining Force II yesterday. I got to that battle where you're supposed to save a guy who got lost while they were tearing up the boat. I left the room to answer the phone, and when I came back the game was frozen (I think one of my cats had bumped the cartridge as it went by). Stupid here decides to see if tapping the cartridge will unfreeze it, but all it does is make srange beeping noises. So, I turn the game off, back on...

"Woops! File 1 has vanished!"

No, I didn't throw the game back onto the shelf in anger, never to be touched again. It's the only thing the game has done to piss me off so far, and I wasn't all that far in the game anyway. I got back to where I was before I started (the church by the kitchen you come out of after Slade frees you from the dungeon) again later that day.

I've also been playing Strider 2 on the PSX off and on. I really wish they had put in a save system, 'cause this game may be easy, but it's LONG.

I finished Strider on the PSX. I could never get past the Third Moon on the Genesis (the furthest I ever got on the Genesis was that part where you have to fight a robotic gorilla and then the "roborex" from the fourth stage on one life). And I don't think the Genesis lets you pick out different costumes for Hiryu after you beat it ;)

My brother lent me Metal Gear Solid, so I've been playing that occasionally too. I think I've died about thirty times in that game so far, and I just beat Revolver Ocelot.

I really want to play Nightshade, but I'm not for a very strange reason. The drawer I store my NES and SNES games in doesn't stay closed very well (I think I need to put a brick in there), and now that it's closed, I don't really want to open it again.




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(9/21/03 1:16 pm)
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Shining Force 2 kicks so much ass. The turtle, Kiwi, is the cutest little thing! I love his attack. (plays some SF2 mp3s)




CodieKitty
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(9/21/03 2:26 pm)
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The worst part of the game has been better than my favorite moment of the first one. So far, I noticed the graphics and sound both took a flying leap. Even though the characters still look look stubby and some of the effects are still lame (The way the Gizmo leaves King Grandseal's body, the way everybody "faints", and it STILL has the "walking in place" thing), everybody's mugshots are so CUTE (and I'm a sucker for cute). And the music is a helluva lot better (SF had music that made me want to toss the controller into the screen. SF2 has music that puts me into a trance).

My only real problem so far? Slade can't stay alive!

I picked up Nightshade again. I got all four mystic objects domed, the Staff of Ra assembled (which I personally have to do to dome all the objects), and the Ninja Boss defeated. I challenged the English Boss, he KO'd me. Then I accidently ran into the Bouncer Boss on my last life >_<




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I've never played it, but has some nice info about it from Club Nintendo Extra.

Alien 3 won the award for Best Videogame soundtrack 1993. It was in Club Nintendo Extra because some Dutch guy (Jeroen Tel) did composed it. He also did the music and sound effects for Lethal Weapon 3, Bram Stoker's Dracula, RoboCop 3 and TechnoCop.

You could also order a CD from his band or something (Maniacs of Noise), never order it though.




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(9/22/03 12:18 pm)
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I beat Illusion of Gaia. It took me quite a few tries to demolish the final boss, but overall, I do think the game got easier as it went along. Babel's Tower was very easy, and what confirmed it was my ability to beat the Vampires in the rehash fight with impunity. I'm going to replay the game, now, though. This time, I'm following FO's Red Jewel guide because I want to fight the special boss.




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I'm playing Ninja Gaiden. This game rules the wiggedy-word, but I can't get past that boss that leaps back and forth across the room and shoots three bullets out horizontally. I have a hard enough time just getting to him.




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(9/23/03 5:04 pm)
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Got a little further in Nighthshade two nights ago. I got both the Ninja and Rat bosses down, but then lost my last life against the English boss. I wasted one of my lives when I got both pieces of the Staff of Ra, forgot to put the damn thing together, and tried to dome the Diamond (when you try to dome the Diamond, a mummy comes at you. One shot from the Staff of Ra KOs it, but I have no clue how to defeat it without the Staff of Ra).




Facilitypro
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(9/24/03 12:38 am)
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I haven't played anything in a week.

Beat Zizzy with Max and Doc tonight. Max took me two tries, doc one. I kind of want to start Dragon Warrior 7, but I don't like playing RPGs during the semester. I can go a week without having a chance to play, so I forget what I was doing.

Maybe I'll play some Mars Matrix instead.




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(9/24/03 11:53 am)
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Crawl and I have been watching movies, so I haven't played much in the past few days, however, I tried Alien 3 again last night, and I'm STILL stuck on Level 3. And I'm playing the game on Easy (it also has Normal and Hard modes). It looks like this game could get really challenging...




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(9/24/03 3:05 pm)
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I haven't played much, but next time I get some free time I'll try to replay Thunder Force II. Actually, I did try to replay it not too long ago, and I realized I totally forgot what to do in stage 7. However, before I finished playing on that occasion, I figured the stage out again.




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(9/25/03 10:19 am)
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I'm replaying Ogre Battle, hoping to get a better ending. I do have all of the Zodiac Stones so far, but I'm following a guide to get them. I'm at the battle of Shangri-La right now.




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(9/25/03 10:54 am)
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I was playing Plok on the Super NES, but I've only gotten as far as Venge Thicket. It's a surprisingly hard game, and I'm only playing on the "Child's Play" mode.




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(9/26/03 9:15 am)
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I LOVE FO!

I didbeat Thunder Force II again yesterday morning. I still think it's a pretty good game. It's recommended to Genesis owners.

This time was a little more suspenseful than my first time. I was a little more out of practice, so I had fewer lives going into the final stage. I was on my very last life, and my invincibility was about to run out, when the screen went white, indicating I had won.




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I made a little bit of progress in Nightshade the other night. Got my previous status, and finally beat the Gentleman boss. I also beat up the Anubis statues guarding Sutekh's hideout, as well as a pair hanging out in some building. Oddly, I didn't lose a single life until the Gentleman Boss. I lost one on him, then beat him on the rematch. Then I wandered over to where Goliath hangs out... and lost the rest of my lives to him. I don't know why, but in this fight, Nightshade doesn't seem to want to jump when I tell him to.




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(9/27/03 10:53 pm)
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I spent the day with my brother, and he wanted to play a two player game, so we played Metal Slug X. Our first choice was Mars Matrix, but I quickly realized I must have lost it. Well, I'm sure it's in my collection, but I'll probably have to reorganize it (which is a daunting task) to locate the game again.




Flying Omelette
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(9/28/03 12:22 am)
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I'm up to Stage 5 in Alien 3. This is the best game I've played in awhile.




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I beat Ninja Gaiden 2 yesterday. My attempt to beat Ninja Gaiden 3 failed- ran out of continues on the final stage...so annoying.




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They should have given you unlimited continues in NES Ninja Gaiden 3. Why they didn't will always befuddle me.

I'm up to Stage 6 in Alien 3.

I really do like this game, and I think it's the best game I've played in awhile, but one problem I'm starting to see with it is that the levels are a bit too "samey". Each stage takes place on a separate map. The map consists of a maze of corridors and tunnels with doors to different rooms. There is always a Medic Lab, a Weapons Room, a Mining Area, a Waste Area, a Surface Area, an Alien Nest, an Assembly hall, a Washroom, and a Cell Block. Sometimes, there is a Furnace area, too, and sometimes there can be more than one of these areas (ie, one stage has two Cell Blocks, one had two Surface areas, etc.) You have to complete a number of missions in each level, and once you do, you get a password and move to the next level. The missions usually require you to do one of the following:

1. Free a bunch of prisoners.
2. Find and repair broken equipment (such as pipes and fuse boxes).
3. Destroy a bunch of eggs or a Mother Alien.
4. Get a computer terminal on-line by finding a power pack in one room and bringing it to a terminal in another.

The layout of each stage changes the farther you go, and they get harder because new types of Aliens appear and they get stronger and smarter. For example, the Facehuggers don't actually try to leap on you in the first couple of levels, but after that, they do. And at first, they only travel horizontally on floors, but eventually you'll find ones that travel vertically along ladders, too. Also, more types of aliens show up in the pipes connecting corridors, like fast-moving Dog-Aliens.

But even though the layout changes and the Aliens get harder, the fact that the game keeps giving you the same types of missions to complete over and over again makes it feel like there's no sense of progression and that the game could basically end when the designers either didn't feel like mixing up the maps anymore or ran out of ideas for Alien types.

Which makes me wonder if games should have a three-act structure the way movies do.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(9/28/03 5:30 pm)
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Games absolutely should have a three-act structure... even moreso than movies. This probably deserves a topic of its own.




CodieKitty
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(9/29/03 7:50 pm)
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I beat Nightshade the other night. I tried something new with Goliath (jumping straight up instead of trying to run and jump over him), and beat him while taking minimal damage. I still lost two lives; one to the Ninja Mistress, one to Lord Muck/Gentleman Boss.

Sutekh was pretty easy, and the ending kind of sucked (although it was pretty good for back then, a certain somebody was visually missing from the entire thing...). But Sutekh's hilarious battle introduction more than made up for the poor ending.

While playing this game, I realized something; I swear Nintendo did not censor this game. We've got blatant alcohol references, English bashing, some dialogue can be taken in a wrong way, Bible references (the name of the Bouncer boss is "Goliath"), and some scenes in the intro are questionable. You can even open a curtain on a dressing woman in a clothes shop :\ . And while it wasn't anywhere near as big a thing back then, we've even got anthrax! Yet it's perfectly legit NES game.




Flying Omelette
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(9/29/03 9:21 pm)
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I beat Alien 3 on Easy mode. I was right. This game just came to an end without any real climax. I'll have to start the Normal mode to see what the differences between the difficulty settings are.




Dire 51
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Yume Penguin Monogatari for me!




Flying Omelette
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(9/29/03 9:43 pm)
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Eh...Actually, I beat it on Normal. I didn't realize that the passwords aren't exclusive to the difficulty settings. You have to go in and choose your setting before you enter your password, and I only changed it to easy the very first time I played. O_O

So, I guess that's all there really is to this game. It's a bit of a letdown, I suppose. It seemed like it was really good for awhile, but it just didn't pick up any steam.

So, I guess Ninja Boy is still the best game I've played in awhile.

One thing about Alien 3 the game, though: It's much more fun than the movie! :lol




Crawl and 1OOO
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(9/29/03 11:18 pm)
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I LOVE FO!

Tonight, I thought I was in the mood to play Zelda II. I made it to the 3rd palace.

I don't like to complain about minor flaws like this (as opposed to major flaws, like not being as challenging as R-Type, which I love to complain about), but I must: The need to gain experience levels in this game makes its momentum grind to a halt. (No sense pointing out that the game has sort of a New Game + feature - that shifts the balance in the opposite direction, and makes the first few palaces pointlessly easy. Plus, I just wanted to start the game from the beginning anyway) During the times I didn't need to build levels, I was enjoying the game, and there are other things I like about it, too.




Facilitypro
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(9/29/03 11:48 pm)
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Played more DW 7. Did a small volcano dungeon with nothing but random encounters and a couple branching paths. The boss was easy.

Figured out the battle system a little better. At first I thought that your allies only auto-acted, but you can switch them to manual, which is more useful for boss fights. You can adjust your allies AI to do certain things, and they follow pretty well. I like the auto AI, because it saves quite a bit of time during random battles, where you're pretty much only attacking anyway.

EDIT: I played the Genesis Alien 3, and I thought it was lousy because of bad control. Riley's attacks were delayed, so you almost have to attack before the enemies pounce. I don't know if it's the same game as the SNES version, though.




Flying Omelette
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(9/30/03 6:37 am)
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"EDIT: I played the Genesis Alien 3, and I thought it was lousy because of bad control. Riley's attacks were delayed, so you almost have to attack before the enemies pounce. I don't know if it's the same game as the SNES version, though. "

Whoah. It's not like that on the SNES version at all. The control is actually pretty good. The only problem I really had with it was that it's hard to run and aim down at the facehuggers on the floor, so I spent a lot of time walking in a crouch so that I'd be able to hit them with my weapons.




Bomberguy221
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(10/1/03 6:27 pm)
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I've broken the second crystal in FF:TA. I'm trying to make it so that I have a character with every second-level job, but that would be physically impossible. I'll get close, though.

Robin moved out in Animal Crossing. In her place is now Bitty, a pink hippo who just sent me a really expensive sofa and is actually the most polite "rude" person I've yet to meet. I think she has a crush on me. O_o;;




Facilitypro
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(10/2/03 10:05 pm)
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Nothing exciting has happened in DW VII in awhile. I think I'm playing slowly, as is my habit with RPGs. I'm 14 hours in and just got my 4th party member. I got the monster book, too. It was a very intense 60 seconds as I flipped through it and relived all the battles I was in. It'll probably take me 100 hours to finish this thing.




PenguinMan26
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I've started getting back into shumps, thanks to Ikaruga, so I've started playing Gradius and Gradius III some more, and I've been playing the always zany Parodius series. It's almost TOO crazy for my liking, but you have to love a game where you can control a flying penguin. :D




SETZERtheGREAT
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(10/3/03 1:44 pm)
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I just recently finished Pikmin. Fun game, but a bit too short. I'm trying to decide what I want to play next.




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I hadn't played at all last night or the night before, but tonight I've returned to Zelda 2.

I had a bit of an adventure. I had paused the game where I left off, but when I returned to it I found that the game had locked up. So I hit reset and resumed from my last save. The last thing I did before quitting three nights ago was rescue the child from maze island. So, I tried picking up from there when I loaded my save. I found that I also lost the fire magic, as well as the upper thrust. Oh, well, I just went back and reearned them. Then I beat the palace of Maze Island, and then went after the Sea Palace.

By freak chance, after that I looked at my pause screen and noticed it claimed I had one more jewel than I should have had. I went through the number of palaces in my mind, and confirmed that, indeed, I should have had one less jewel. So, I went back to all the palaces and checked that they were turned to stone.

(Speaking of which, I had a friend who thought it would have been nice if you would be able to re-enter palaces after you completely cleared them out, as you can in most other Zelda games {At the time, he compared it to the first one}. My situation is perhaps one reason why it might be good that you can't. Otherwise, I'd probably have to go through the entire dungeon to find if the boss had been defeated. Another reason this might not be such a bad thing is that I rarely actually do reenter dungeons even in games where I'm allowed. )

Well, the first palace was stone. You don't need to make the trip to the second palace to see it; it's visible from the southern most point of the area where you begin the game. It was stone, too. The third palace, however, was not! Apparently what happened was that I last saved the game after getting the raft there, but before I beat the palace. Since I was able to go to east Hyrule when I loaded my save, I assumed that was my next destination.

Having to beat that dungeon isn't such a bad thing, really. It's almost like I'm getting a free level. You're given a free level whenever you beat a palace, and beating it now rather than earlier means I'm getting more experience for free, since I now need more experience to gain a level.

I mentioned the need to gain experience earlier in this thread. So far, it seems to have mostly affect the beginning of the game - starting just after the first palace. At this point, I think I'm at level 7 for life, and 6 for magic and attack. Experience maxes out at 8, I believe, so that means I only have 5 more levels to gain. This *may* mean I'll have to do a little bit of dedicated level building at the very end of the game, to gain the last couple of levels (this might be another reason it'd be nice to be able to reenter palaces, as it seems easier to gain experience there)




Flying Omelette
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I'm replaying Alien 3 on Hard, and I just made it to Level 3.

So far, the only difference I've noticed is that you regain less energy from health power-ups than you do on Normal. Although this might force you to be a better player, it could also lead to more running back and forth to areas with health kits...




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/5/03 10:52 pm)
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I finished Zelda 2 tonight, probably within the past hour and a half.

I noticed that Miyamoto's name appeared nowhere in the credits. It's pretty common knowledge that he took less active roles with some recent Zelda games, but it doesn't seem like common knowledge that he apparently had nothing to do with Zelda 2. Koji Kondo also wasn't credited for composing this game's music.

I wondered if it would ever be possible to play through the Great Palace more than once (since the game normally sends you to the New Game + after you beat it). It is - just hit Reset when the game tells you to press Start to play again.

One of my favorite things about this game is the Downward Thrust. It almost gives the game a sort of Mario feel, since you can then kill enemies by jumping on them. Aside from that, it also is sort of like Zelda 2's Screw Attack. Well, it's not that powerful, but I do use it the same way - by sort of jumping at, and then almost through enemies. Even if I don't kill the enemy (say it's an enemy with a shield defending the upper part of its body, or maybe an enemy that can only be damaged with fire), I'll be unharmed as I bounce off and past it. You can sometimes use this as a quick way of evading enemies; it's sort of fun to do that.

Ultimately, I'd say this most recent play-through of this game hasn't affected my opinion of the game much at all. I started playing the game really being in the mood to play it, and I mostly did enjoy the game. However, I was eventually reminded of why I don't love the game more.




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(10/6/03 1:35 am)
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I'm playing Dragon Warrior III for the Game Boy Color. Let's just leave it at that.




SETZERtheGREAT
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(10/6/03 9:56 am)
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Sometimes I wonder if I should try finishing Dragon Warrior 2, but I always hate thinking about the Caves of Rhone.




Facilitypro
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(10/10/03 11:18 pm)
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Still playing DW 7. Now that I've been changing jobs, I'm learning all sorts of skills that I won't use whatsoever.

Let's see...I've got Tackle, and Psyche Up, and Fish Net, [go on for about 20 other skills]...I think I'll have my main character ATTACK! Then my second character ATTACK. And my third character use MAGIC.

I sure can't wait to learn more skills!! This game is so deep!!




Bomberguy221
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(10/11/03 8:45 pm)
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I'm about to destroy the third crystal in FFTA. This boss (or rather, the gang of dragons he employs) is really difficult. I have to use an antilaw card right off the bat to allow Holy abilities. Oh yeah, and I'm making white mage hybrids. White mages are my favorite (but it's a shame there's no white mage moogles). Nu mous rule, too.

Rocco the Rhino moved into my town in AC. Other than that, Monday is Explorer's Day. I don't know exactly what I'm supposed to get as a gift, or if anything special will happen that day.




Flying Omelette
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I'm up to the last stage of Alien 3 on the Hard Mode. I'm sort of just "eeking" by the missions. I have about half my health and barely enough weapons. I may have to find a way to stock up, but it's not so easy to do on the Hard Mode, because you have to expend so much ammo to get to where the ammo refills are.

Overall, the game is not really any better on Hard. I actually think I died more often on Normal, and that was because of bad plotting and strategy (or accidentally falling into the lava in the furnace rooms, which is irrelevant to the difficulty level.)




CataTonic9
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(10/13/03 11:56 am)
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I've been playing Breath of Fire 2, and I've just reached the part where you get the giant frog in your party, and I found my first set of Dragon Transformation spells. I'm a little disappointed that the spells don't work the same way as they did in Breath of Fire. Instead of turning into a dragon for the duration of the battle, you summon a dragon for one attack. Lame. But other than that, the game seems pretty good so far. It's more difficult than the first Breath of Fire.




Iron Ball of Destruction
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Haha, Facility. Eventually, you can get skills which basically render regular attacks useless (SwordDance) as well as magic attacks (Whitefire). Just remember that EvilHit doesn't suck as much as you might think...




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Facilitypro
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Dragon Warrior VII is amazing. A typical example of DW VII events:

I went to the past, and saved a town. In the present, the town was still destroyed. My party said "Let's go back to the past and see what happened!"

I went to the past and saved the town again. I went to the present. The town was still destroyed. My party said "Let's go to the past and see what happened!"

I went back to the past and saved the fucking town again. Then it was there in the present.

I'm not making this up. The whole game is like this.




Bomberguy221
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(10/17/03 8:13 pm)
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No update on FFTA (I've had a busy week), but I did manage to get a bottled ship from Tortimer on Monday, and Nook is selling candy for Halloween now. I look forward to the holiday, as it will be my first play-through.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/21/03 6:54 pm)
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I've been playing Super Monkey Ball. I don't want to be too enthusiastic yet since I haven't been playing it that long (I think I just made it to stage 29 in Advanced Mode), but so far the game seems very good and promising.

I'll be more specific after I've played a bit more.




Flying Omelette
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I beat Alien 3 on the Hard Mode. I plan to review it in the near future, but I want to review Ninja Boy first.

Other than that, I've just been playing Atari 2600 Breakout. I've been having some trouble with it. After I clear the field twice in the same game, a new set of blocks doesn't appear. The ball just bounces around endlessly until I miss it. I haven't played this game in years...Is that what's supposed to happen, or is something wrong with the game?




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/21/03 11:56 pm)
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I think most of my time since my last post was spent playing Monkey Bowling, but I did make it to stage 26 of Advanced mode in one credit. (I had early beaten Beginner Mode in one life)

As for promising things about Super Monkey Ball:

Firstly and obviously, it's a very original game (I've heard comparisions to Marble Madness, but I don't think they're very apt). Aside from the intellectual appreciation of originality in games, this also means the game demands some unusual skills.

The game is extremely easy to get into. There is a ten stage Beginners mode that lets you get the hang of the game right away. It's just the right length for this purpose (ten stages): Once you do have the hang of the game, beginner's mode is over, and you move on to more challenging things.


And the game does seem to have some challenge going for it. The first particularly difficult stage (which for this game I define as: A stage I didn't first beat in the main game, but had to practice it several times in practice mode) for me was stage 15. The layout of the stage looks straight forward, but the track near the turns curves downward. If you take your turns too wide there, you'll roll off the track.

More generally, there are a lot of parts that demand precision. You'll have to maneuver your monkey ball over very narrow routes, which twist and turn. And you have to navigate those turns with quickness and confidence, because the stages all have time limits.

Other stages (I haven't seen so many of these yet, but I have seen a couple of examples already in Expert Mode, which I only tried briefly) almost have a minor intellectual feeling to their challenges. In contrast to situations where it's obvious what needs to be done, even if a steady hand is necessary to execute it, these are situations where it's not even clear what, exactly, you need to do. I love figuring stuff like that out.

And also on the subject of challenge: While I try to avoid game spoilers, I have heard that there is at least one extra diffculty mode in addition to the three that are available at the beginning of the game. If this game's difficulty curve is well crafted, the game should be very challenging by that point.

Stages that you've reached (even if you haven't beaten them) become available in Practice mode. So, even when you run out of continues and are set back to the beginning of the game, you can feel like you're making definite progress.

The game even seems to have a physical effect on me (the "gamer's high"). Part of it may be the challenge (though since I've only played the game for about a day, that can't be all of it). Part of it may be the vertiginous nature of the game. This would be a nerve wracking game for those with a fear of heights, I'm sure; like with MDK2, I almost cringe when I see my character fall in this game. That the entire playfield twists around (supposedly, you are directly tilting the play field, rather than ordering your monkey to move) adds to the dizzying effect.

What are some concerns? One might be whether the difficulty increases monotonically. I said stage 15 was more difficult than the stages before, and there are stages afterwards that are more difficult, but there are also stages afterwards that are easy. Hopefully, all of Expert mode will be challenging.

This isn't a problem with SMkB itself, but I don't like the Gamecube controller very much. It seems like it was made for someone whose hands are smaller than mine. I've said before that when I hold an NES or SNES controller, I hold it lightly by the sides, with my palms a distance away from the controller. These new controllers all have grips, which force you to hold them in your palms. Then the analogue stick is near the edge of the controller, which gives me no room for my cramped thumb. Hopefully, I'll just be able to get over this.




JWilkinson8
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(10/22/03 12:22 am)
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Super Monkey Ball is my favorite game barring Contra!

Advanced 15 is always the first bump in the road for players, then Expert 7. I would say Advanced is as much a primer for Expert as Beginner was for Advanced. Perfect learning curve. Don't forget, there are extra stages if you can go through a difficulty level in one life (or in expert's case, one credit).




Spam King COCOPUFFS
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(10/22/03 1:53 am)
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the most recent game that ive been playing is Final Fantasy 10, though i really havent gotten very far on it as of right now.




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(10/22/03 10:51 am)
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Alien 3 on the Hard Mode was an odd experience. The game really isn't much harder. It just requires you to refill your health more often since you get less HP back from the first aid kits. The weapon room and med lab in the final level were practically useless because they were so infested with Aliens, I'd use more weapons and health getting to and from the refills than I got back from them. So, instead, I had to plan a strategy that would allow me to loop through two other rooms to pick up the refills in them. I also did some of the missions out-of-order because there were two that were particularly difficult, and when I tried doing them in the suggested order, I'd inevitably run out of energy and/or weapons on the way back to the computer.




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(10/22/03 11:05 am)
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Now I think it's possible that what I earlier described as "gamer's high" may have in fact been "physicist's high" (or possibly "graduate student high"), the excited and anxious feeling one experiences when a lot of projects are being worked on and coming due at once. This feeling may be intensified by procrastinating by playing videogames.

We'll see.




Facilitypro
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(10/22/03 11:13 am)
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Or when you're analyzing data and about to find out whether they're consistent with your predictions or not.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/26/03 2:41 pm)
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I finally got enough free time to pick up Super Monkey Ball again for a little bit today. After practicing it several times in practice mode, I was finally able to beat Advanced Mode's stage 30. Then, with a couple of tries, I was able to beat it in normal mode.

I also figured out how to take the biggest shortcut (to stage 25) in advanced mode's 18th stage.




Dire 51
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(10/26/03 4:38 pm)
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Castlevania: Lament Of Innocence and Ninja Gaiden (SMS) for me!




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(10/26/03 5:46 pm)
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Lightening Force/Thunder Force IV has been eating up quite a bit of my time lately. My Gamecube is hooked up, and I'm constantly swapping among Mega Man Network Transmission (FINALLY beat the damned Bank scenario an hour ago), Viewtiful Joe, and Eternal Darkness (which I'm making VERY slow progress on. It's not that I don't like it; it's my weak heart and overprotective mother keeping me from playing this game as much as I'd like to).

I've been playing Strider Returns occasionally. I honestly didn't think the graphics/sound were all that bad (I really think all that time I wasted on Phantasy Star III greatly lowered my standards for Genesis music and graphics), although the horrid recoil factor is bothering me.

I've been swapping out the games in my Super Nintendo, but I never really turn the system on.




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(10/26/03 7:59 pm)
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Been playing Diablo 2 on and off.




NESRoyalRanger
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(10/26/03 8:59 pm)
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I just rented Kirby Air Ride the other day, and thank god I only rented it. After playing it for twenty minutes, I had already hated it, and I'm not one to usually do that, especially not with a game that I had any kind of expectations for like I did this one. I kept crashing into walls all the time. There's only ONE button to use on the controller. And the courses were so completely uninspired.

I've been playing quite a few GBA games lately. Mega Man Battle Network 3: Blue has been a lot of fun, albeit frustrating at certain points (the undernet). It's too long, though, and there are too many pointless sidequests that get rather annoying. I'm on the aforementioned Undernet now.

Golden Sun is another RPG I've been playing. It's a lot of fun, but just like MMBN3, has too many pointless sidequests that get annoying. I forgot how far I am into it, but it's been consuming most of my time.

If you're one to frequent The Jaded Gamer, then you know I've been playing Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland and you also know how I feel about it. It's a remake of one of my all-time favorite games, Kirby's Adventure for the NES. Unfortunately, this is one of the shoddiest remakes I've yet seen. They unnecessarily changed one too many elements. Even though the game has gorgeous graphics, nothing at all stands out, which makes me like them even less than the graphics of the original. And as if the original Kirby's Adventure wasn't easy or short enough, Nightmare in Dreamland felt even easier and shorter. I felt like I was being rushed through the entire game. Kirby's Adventure also had, in my opinion, a couple of really cool final boss battles and one of the best endings on the NES. In the remake, the ending was like a joke and the final boss battles were laughable. They were twice as easy as they were on the NES. And the Fountain of Dreams in the GBA version is UGLY with a capital EVERYTHING.




Flying Omelette
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(10/26/03 9:00 pm)
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As I mentioned in another topic, I beat The Ninja Warriors (Super NES) on both Normal and Hard today. I've never played it before.

I'm going to replay Castlevania 2 (NES) next. I've never gotten the best ending (although I saw it once when Crawl got it), but I'm not really making it a goal to get it. I don't particularly care about the ending. I just want to play the game again.




CRAWLand1000
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(10/30/03 1:04 pm)
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I haven't been playing anything, sadly... I've been too busy with "real life" concerns. For now I'll have to leave it to people who have more free time to keep the gaming conversation alive. I'm still currently planning on a Castlevania marathon for Friday, at least.




Flying Omelette
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(10/30/03 6:27 pm)
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I'm probably going to play Hell again tonight. How do I even explain my progress? I talked to the Dennis Hopper character, he sent me to Hell. I killed a demon in Hell during a battle sequence that I seemed to have little control over, and then returned. Now Dennis Hopper wants to send us on a new mission. I stopped and saved the game there last night.




sethrashnoo
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(10/31/03 11:30 am)
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I'm replaying Super Ninja Boy, and I'm at the ghost town. It's a shame Super Ninja Boy isn't as good as Little Ninja Bros, but it's okay.




Kairobi King
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(10/31/03 1:13 pm)
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In the spirit of Halloween, I've been playing Castlevania 3. I've already beaten the easiest route with Grant as my spirit partner, and now I'm taking a different route with Alucard.




Flying Omelette
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I swear I put 2 hours into Hell last night, and it was ALL talking, and talking, and talking. Did the developers just decide to hell with the gameplay aspect and make one big long FMV?

My god this game is shit.




Bomberguy221
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(11/1/03 5:18 pm)
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I celebrated Halloween playing AC. It was actually a pretty fun holiday. Everyone dressed up like this out-of-towner named Jack (pumpkin head, purple cloak), and you had to find the REAL Jack and give him candy for some special furniture. If you bumped into the wrong person, you had to give up your candy or get a trick played on you. The tricks weren't that bad, though. You either got your outfit turned into a patched shirt (which didn't look too bad), or you got two different pieces of furniture (which both looked kinda neat).

Considering it was snowing later that night, I made the correct Halloween celebratory choice.




Flying Omelette
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(11/1/03 11:00 pm)
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I talked to a bunch of people in Hell. There was this guy who was making beer bottles fly out of a refrigerator, and I figured out how to get past him. I killed these two guys that were torturing patients at an insane asylum. I got hired by a demon to do a porno movie, with the plan being to blow up his studio with an explosive once his back was turned, but it turned out that the studio was inside a virutal reality world and the system crashed before much happened. An Australian hunter bailed us out. (I swear I'm not making any of this up.) I rescued some girl from being held hostage by mobsters. Talked to a guy in a virtual reality room. He tried to make it look like a parking garage, but it wasn't finished, so some of the cars were half-wireframe. Then I had to solve a number puzzles, but it didn't make any friggin' sense to me, and even after I cheated and looked up the solution, it still doesn't make any sense to me. Either I'm just not getting it, or their code is corrupt. I wouldn't be surprised if the latter is true.

I saved that guy from being killed by the hitman, so now he's a party member. I had some guy translate some Latin phrases for us. Bugged a limousine, but later found out that someone found and removed the bug, so that plan failed. I think it was supposed to fail, storywise...it would've seemed to early to off the second-in-command villain, who happens to be Grace Jones (no, I'm not making that up, either.) We also discovered the big secret behind "Hell", which of course the gamer can see coming long before the game's characters do (Crawl has only seen parts of this game, and even he figured it out.) Broke into some guy's computer and got lots of information on things, but some files are inaccessible, and I don't know what the passwords are yet.

I think that's about all I can remember doing, though I know there was a lot more...




Sotenga
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(11/1/03 11:09 pm)
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CV: Lament of Innocence has a balls hold on me. I can just barely tear myself away to post on here. Seriously, I still have to beat the game several times to unlock everything. God Bless KCET! >D




Flying Omelette
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Last night, I got to a really interesting part of Hell. I had to rescue six people who were trapped in torture chambers in Hell. This was the best part of the game so far because it involved a lot of puzzle-solving. I rescued three people last night, and freed the other three this morning. For one the puzzles, I knew the solution had to do with the nerve gas, but I using it incorrectly. One of the puzzles was a "Musical Doorway" puzzle, which Crawl and I worked on together to solve. It wasn't your typical musical note puzzle, it had a really cryptic clue that went along with it. One thing that was really funny was this one puzzle in which you had to let a skeletal dog escape from a cage. The dog was animated like something out of Monty Python.

This game is really not for anyone who is squeamish. Although I think that, for the most part, the depictions of Hell and monsters and stuff is rather tame and cartoony, there was one particularly disturbing torture chamber where a guy is being drilled by a demon dentist.




Camira Breen
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(11/4/03 1:56 pm)
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I've been playing a lot of F-Zero X lately. It's a fun game, though I still like Mario Kart more. Well, they're both racing games, but I don't really think they're all that comparable. F-Zero X is a completely different experience than the Super NES F-Zero or either Mario Kart game.




CodieKitty
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(11/4/03 9:21 pm)
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My favorite F-Zero is Maximum Velocity. It's the only F-Zero where I was able to figure out how to make sharp turns without drastically slowing down the car, or losing control of it.




Flying Omelette
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I'm back up to where I was in Hell before the time limit expired on my old file. I'm a couple of game weeks away from that limit, so I hope I have enough time to complete the game...




Facilitypro
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(11/6/03 12:32 am)
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I haven't had much time for gameing; I've played bits of things here and there.

Tonight I played a credit worth of R-Type Delta on Normal, and made it to stage 5. I was disappointed to see that I only have 55 hours on my file. I thought I had more. It's going to take me forever to get the 100 hour note.

I also played Space Channel 5 last weekend! I tried this game once way back when I first got it. When rifling through my games to see if anything struck me, I saw it and decided to give it another go. It's actually sort of fun. I mean, it's no MDK 2, but for the 5 bucks I paid for it (new), it's a nice little diversion from grad school stress.

It's pretty much like Simon Says, except you have to get the rhythm correct in addition to the moves. Maybe it's because I was really into rhythm when taking a course in music theory, but I sort of like hitting the buttons to the beat.

Perhaps I'm praising it because I expected this game to be totally stupid, and I was pleasantly surprised.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(11/6/03 11:40 pm)
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I finally had a little bit of time to play a game tonight. I assumed (probably correctly) that I didn't have enough time to make any progress in Super Monkey Ball, so I played Wario Ware instead.

I finally "beat" Thrilling Mode. It can last indefinitely, but if you clear 15 rounds, you unlock Hard Mode. I'm not sure whether Hard or Thrilling is supposed to be more difficult. Hard mode seems to be faster, but you have lives and thus margin for error; you lose when you die once in Thrilling. Easy and Thrilling promised something if you beat so many rounds; Hard does not, so there's probably no reward for playing it.

I didn't spend much time trying to earn medals tonight, just trying to unlock minigames. I had previously earned medals in all the minigames in the first two levels. As of tonight, I unlocked all the minigames in the first five levels. I think I need to unlock somewhere between 2 to 5 minigames in each of the remaining (4?) levels. I *think* the appearance of minigames is random in Quest mode, so there's no telling how long you'll have to endure before you unlock the last minigame. It usually seems like a long time (say, at least two boss loops), and maybe it's that way on purpose. You can, however, also unlock minigames in (for example) Thrilling mode, but that's probably even harder to do, since they come from all levels. If you're missing a minigame from one level, it probably makes sense just to play that level.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(11/7/03 12:55 am)
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I played a little more. Now, I only have three more minigames to unlock, all in Wario's final level.




Flying Omelette
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(11/7/03 11:53 pm)
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Conker's Bad Fur Day:

I returned the hive to the Queen Bee.
I gave all the cheese to the rat.
I beat the pitchfork boss.
I won the bullfight.
I got the bee to pollinate the flower.
I learned how to use the frying pan and slingshot, and I learned how to dive underwater.