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xplojin. Apr 25, 2013 (edited Apr 25, 2013)

Earthbound (SNES)

Dude. You totally take out an extraterrestrial entity (Giygas) with a baseball bat. Word.

Either those extraterrestrials are p---y ass, or you're just one really bad ass pre-teen.

If that's not an empowerment message, I don't know what is.

XLord007 May 12, 2013

I finished Bioshock Infinite (wildly overrated) and am now playing the original Bioshock which is a much better game. I also tried three more demos:

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (360)
-Solid FPS action set in the world of cheesy 80s sci-fi. It's decent.

Ys Origins (PC)
-Super fast. Super fun. Ys!

Monaco: What's Yours is Mine (360)
-Fun heist game. Think a top-down MGS-style "sneaking" game with less combat and snazzy caper music.

PerfectZer0 May 12, 2013

XLord007 wrote:

Ys Origins (PC)
-Super fast. Super fun. Ys!

Ys Origins has an awesome soundtrack.

Crash May 13, 2013

I just finished a second playthrough of Dishonored.  All in all, it was decent.  It was short, but I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if it was longer.  The first playthrough was spent exploring every square inch I could (and killing hundreds of people), while the second was trying to get through without being noticed the entire game.  I had thought that I would have disliked the second method, but it did make things considerably less complicated, and I found myself getting far less frustrated than on the first.

xplojin. May 13, 2013

Super Mario RPG

Culex is almost impossible to defeat if your characters don't have their ultimate weapons and armor; I don't think level even matters all that much - so long as you're in the mid-to-late twenties (max level being 30) - so long as you have that equipment. Otherwise, he's killing you in 1-2 hits if you don't have it.

Secret of Mana

The final boss, the Mana Beast, is pretty damn cheap, if you ask me. He's got 99,999 HP, you can't hit him with magic if you can't prevent him from casting "Wall" (which is also pretty much impossible to prevent), and you can only hit for 999 HP of damage max at a time...assuming you can get the Mana Sword to work, and actually land a blow. Oh, and let's not forget that he can hit you 3-4 times in a row, for about a 1/3 of HP, and you can't dodge those hits.

XLord007 May 19, 2013 (edited May 19, 2013)

I've made some serious progress in Bioshock 1 and hope to finish it soon. Enjoying it so much more than Infinite. I also tried two more games:

Tank! Tank! Tank! (Wii U)
-Very basic arcadey microtransaction driven game. Avoid.

Super Metroid (Wii U)
-Still one of the best games ever made. Watching the young'ins struggle with it is part of the fun: http://kotaku.com/the-kids-of-today-see … -507848662

Amazingu May 19, 2013

Wanderer wrote:
XLord007 wrote:

Watching the young'ins struggle with it is part of the fun: http://kotaku.com/the-kids-of-today-see … -507848662

Wow. That physically hurts me.

I'm pretty sure a lot of people got stuck there when the game was still new; it's just that there was no Internet around for people to complain (or ask) about it.

Just wait until they reach that ridiculously long wall jump section.
Super Metroid has the most horribly implemented wall jump in any video game ever.

LiquidAcid Jun 1, 2013

I decided to replay Half-Life 2, HL2 Episode One and HL2 Episode Two after Valve ported them to Linux (all three are still marked as beta). At first this was merely a debugging session to see how the open graphics drivers would work with the Source engine. In fact I didn't experience any severe issues at all (apart from some sporadic crashes-to-desktop).

I quickly forgot that I wanted to test the drivers and indulged into the game itself. One of the titles which has retained all of its charm over the years. The story, while relatively simple, is told in a fascinating way. The game also shows how good voice acting can really enhanced the whole experience.

Thinking of replaying the original Half-Life (maybe with the expansion packs) too.

XLord007 Jun 1, 2013

Tried three more games:

Chasing Aurora (Wii U)
-A perfect example of how not to make a demo, Broken Rules gives you very little to try or do and makes you hate their game very quickly. No thanks.

Bioshock 2 (PS3)
-Having finished the two Irrational-developed Bioshock games, I thought I might as well finish the trilogy, so I'm currently working my way through this one. Much maligned when it was released for being an unnecessary sequel, I'm enjoying it on the whole. Sure, it's pretty much the same exact game as the original with some annoyances removed and some new ones added, but it's pretty good in its own right.

007 Legends (PS3)
-Every review said this one would be garbage, but my curiosity could not be contained, so I had to pick it up on the cheap before it disappears (Activision no longer holds the Bond license). I played through the Goldfinger missions, and the reviews are pretty much spot on: this is a rushed, utterly mediocre insult to the Bond franchise. Activision has now destroyed two formerly excellent European game studios by forcing them to make rushed James Bond games that didn't sell, and that saddens me. The Bond franchise can make for excellent video games when time and care is allowed (see the original GoldenEye and Everything or Nothing), but publishers just don't allow it most of the time.

Pellasos Jun 1, 2013

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen PS3

great game. probably the best battle system together with Demon's/Dark Souls for these types of games. highly recommended.

Soul Sacrifice Vita

a Monser Hunter type game? jump into arenas and fight bosses right away. small monsters like to intervene, but they're only a threat if they sneak up on you.

both games come highly recommended.

PerfectZer0 Jun 1, 2013 (edited Jun 1, 2013)

Pellasos wrote:

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen PS3

great game. probably the best battle system together with Demon's/Dark Souls for these types of games. highly recommended.

I'm with Pellasos been playing the hell out of Dark Arisen but on 360.  I got my character to lv. 128.  Back in December my game save got messed up so I had to start over.  So ever since then I was power leveling my character until the release of Dark Arisen (because you can transfer your character over to Dark Arisen).....And it paid off, lower level characters will get destroyed in the Bitter Black Isle expansion of Dragon's Dogma.  This game is even more amazing now.  Love it.  And yes it has the best combat system of any RPG ever.

XLord007 Jun 2, 2013

Tried three more games:

Tingle's Balloon Fight (DS)
-This Japanese Club Nintendo exclusive is essentially Balloon Fight reskinned with Tingle and rupees. Neat thing to try.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
-I was never a big fan of the GameCube original, but this felt pretty fun. I might pick it up at some point down the line.

Mario Tennis Open (3DS)
-The N64 and VB entries in this series are still my favorites. I didn't see anything special about this one, and I was a bit annoyed that the 3D effect is disabled in the behind the shoulder camera since that was one of the coolest parts of the VB game.

XLord007 Jun 7, 2013

Tried two more games:

Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition (Wii U)
-Fun puzzle/platformer with catchy music.

Pushmo (3DS)
-Enjoyable puzzler with nice use of the 3D effect.

LiquidAcid Jun 27, 2013

I decided to drop Final Fantasy XII and to play part VII again, which I played last when it came out as PC version in Germany. So yeah, that is now 15 years ago -- quite some time.

So why did I drop XII? Maybe some of you know this 'effect' for books. You get some book, recommended by a friend, which you then start reading. But after the first 50 pages you don't really get what should be so great about it -- it just doesn't spark your interest. You mention this to your friend, and he reassures you that the book takes some time to develop things, etc. and that I should just keep at it. So you do, but even after reaching the middle of the book, this special feeling, the urge to keep on to find out how the stories unfold, this feeling just doesn't come. However you are now at the point where it would be a waste of time to drop it, you tell yourself. So you struggle yourself through the pages, frantically trying to find at least something you can appreciate. Most of the times I then reach I point where I say to myself: "Maybe I should just put it away for a week or some. Maybe I'm just not in the right mood for this kind of thing." I put it away, and do something else.

So I gave XII more than a month time... the urge to come back to it however never came. I don't even remember clearly where I was in the game. I think I just entered the Pharos at Ridorana area. The one thing I do remember, and also in a positive way, is the battle system which I found very interesting. Indeed I focused more on mark hunting than anything else. The system can be used in a pretty sophisticated way, making it possible to even beat overpowered opponents. It was some fun exploring this system, but eventually you get fed up with it and want to return what the FF series is all about, a grand epic story. And that's where I quit.

I think the biggest problem I had was that the story feels like a political drama, with the fantasy component just "surface mounted". You don't need nethecite, magic, etc. for the story to work. Also I couldn't relate to any of the characters. Vann wants to be a sky pirate, so what? Ashe wants revenge / back her political power... ok... The only character that I found remotely interesting was Fran and her conflict with the home that she has forsaken. However also this part feels very underdeveloped. I always felt like that they cut things short just when it got interesting.

The visuals itself are impressive (for PS2 standards), with lots of large areas with many details. Even though I sometimes had the impression that areas were lifeless and sterile.

For me this is a perfect example why graphics are heavily overrated. Well, at least in RPGs. Even though the graphics of the much older VII is severely constrained by the technical limitations of the PS1, the game still pulled me into the story in virtually no time. And yes, I'm currently playing the original PS1 UK version of the game on an emulator with no graphics enhancements -- this is a vanilla experience so to speak, raw and unbiased... smile

XLord007 Jul 1, 2013

I finished Bioshock 2 and its Minerva's Den DLC (enjoyed both quite a bit) and 007 Legends (garbage) and then went through The Walking Dead (the TellTale one). It's not much of a video game, but it's a hell of an interactive TV show, and worth playing for the story alone. It's pretty cheap on most download services these days and there's new DLC coming out soon, so check it out if you want to experience an intense story. I also tried out two more games:

NiGHTS Intro Dreams (360)
-Yes, I also tried this years ago for the Saturn, but I never really understood what the hell was going on. Sega put it on sale recently for the 360, and I'm starting to figure it out a bit. It's kind of interesting, and worth the $5 so far.

Giana Sisters: Twsited Dreams (PS3)
-Pretty solid platformer where you control two sisters across two dimensions with different skills. One sister is tied to the light world and has one skill while the other is tied to the dark world with her own skill. As you switch between them, the world switches as well, and this mechanic factors heavily into the gameplay. I don't know if I'll buy it, but I enjoyed the demo.

XLord007 Jul 3, 2013

Picked up Animal Crossing: New Leaf and enjoying it so far. Also went through The Walking Dead: 400 Days tonight. I'm not sure if it will have any relevance to the upcoming Season 2 or not, but it's a decent set of vignettes.

TerraEpon Jul 3, 2013

XLord007 wrote:

Giana Sisters: Twsited Dreams (PS3)
-Pretty solid platformer where you control two sisters across two dimensions with different skills. One sister is tied to the light world and has one skill while the other is tied to the dark world with her own skill. As you switch between them, the world switches as well, and this mechanic factors heavily into the gameplay. I don't know if I'll buy it, but I enjoyed the demo.

It boggles me that everyone seems to make this mistake. It's ONE sister and she shifts between cute mode and punk mode -- the other sister is the one being rescued (this is very clear from the opening cinematic and first level).

But anyway, it's one of my favorite games. It really hooked me, even though it can get pretty damn hard later. And if you didn't know, Chris Huelsbeck did much of the music with Machinae Supremacy providing the punk side remixes.

XLord007 Jul 5, 2013

TerraEpon wrote:

It boggles me that everyone seems to make this mistake. It's ONE sister and she shifts between cute mode and punk mode -- the other sister is the one being rescued (this is very clear from the opening cinematic and first level).

Ha, thanks for the correction. I would argue that it's not very clear if everyone keeps making the same mistake.

XLord007 Jul 7, 2013

Been trying to keep up with my town in Animal Crossing and getting frustrated by NiGHTs (you die at a boss and then have to play the entire world again? WTF?). Also tried the following:

Quantum Conundrum (360)
-Decent first person puzzle game. Sort of like Portal, but much less interesting from a narrative perspective. The platforming bits can be quite frustrating, and it's just not that much fun. I finished the first world, but I have little interest in continuing to play it.

Marvel Pinball 3D (3DS)
-The voice over is beyond terrible, and sometimes it's hard to see the ball on the 3DS screen, but otherwise it's is ok.

Harmo Knight (3DS)
-Tough, but fun rhythm game. Always nice to see GameFreak get to make something other than Pokemon.

2 Fast 4 Gnomz (3DS)
-Mediocre runner with a goofy premise.

Qui-Gon Joe Jul 7, 2013

XLord007 wrote:

Harmo Knight (3DS)
-Tough, but fun rhythm game. Always nice to see GameFreak get to make something other than Pokemon.

Finished playing through that a couple weeks ago (and by that I mean FINISHED - I got golds on everything, even the double time versions).  Absolutely LOVED the game, but it is quite challenging in the later bits!  I picked up about 500 streetpass people in Japan and NOT A SINGLE ONE had this as their most recently played.  It's good to hear that someone else actually bought it!

XLord007 Jul 15, 2013

Qui-Gon Joe wrote:

It's good to hear that someone else actually bought it!

Sorry to disappoint you, but I was playing the demo. I may buy it if they put it on sale in the future, though.

XLord007 Jul 21, 2013

Tried four more games:

Donkey Kong (Wii U)
-Same as it ever was. Worth $0.30 I guess.

Rad Raygun (360)
-Artistically, great. It's a homage to the 80s in the form of Mega Man clone where your player character is an old school Game Boy named Gunpei who must defeat the Soviets. The whole game looks like a pea soup GB game with a slightly higher resolution. Unfortunately, it's very sloppy mechanically which makes it hard to recommend, even for $1.

Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (360)
-The shift to polygonal graphics and an unnecessarily polished presentation has stripped this series of its charm. The core gameplay is still fun, but the original had more of an impact.

Zombie Strippers Stole My Heart Then Ate My Brains (360)
-Another barely playable wave FPS on the indie channel, but at least this one has a fun title.

XLord007 Jul 26, 2013

Tried the demo for Storm (PS3) the other day. It's a puzzle game where you control the elements to move a seed from a tree to piece of fertile ground. Pretty average.

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