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Jay Oct 27, 2013

Is that the same as the 3DS one or am I getting the names mixed up? I tried the demo of the 3DS one but really didn't like a single thing about it.

I'm currently replaying Zelda Oracle of Seasons and it really is a lovely little Zelda game. Loads of charm and some great dungeons. I do wish the music had been more varied, especially coming from Link's Awakening so that the game had even more of its own identity but a lovely game nonetheless.

Also still playing Animal Crossing. I dread to think how many hours I have put into it.

Ashley Winchester Oct 27, 2013

Jay wrote:

Is that the same as the 3DS one or am I getting the names mixed up? I tried the demo of the 3DS one but really didn't like a single thing about it.

Yeah, same game, only in HD. I didn't quite add the "3" to DS in my last post. The transfer to HD for that game was only natural however as when it was made it was originally made in HD and then retrofitted for the 3DS.

I was going to buy the Lord of Shadow Collection that is coming out in a few days because Mirror of Fate HD is included... but the only thing on the disc is vanilla Lord of Shadows which I already have on disc. Mirror HD and the two Lord of Shadow DLC packs are vouchers. I'm sure they'll put Mirror of Fate on a disc when they get fed up with trying to sell it, or when they eventually bundle all three LoS games together well after Lords of Shadow 2 next year.

Still, I do plan on picking up a copy of this collection for my brother-in-law as a Christmas gift.

Wanderer Oct 27, 2013

Replaying the first Ace Attorney. Very enjoyable. Even the much-maligned third case seemed more palatable this time around. I'm on case four now and relishing the mystery (as I can't remember how it turns out).

TerraEpon Oct 28, 2013

Ashley Winchester wrote:

Mirror HD and the two Lord of Shadow DLC packs are vouchers.


I hate it when they do this, and I have to imagine it gives resellers a lot of headaches too.

Echo Oct 28, 2013

I have somehow managed to find PC gaming again. I got Crysis (Maximum edition) from a friend and have been playing it for a few hours. It manages to still look very good, at least in my books and my 2009 system can handle it pretty well.

I love playing it on hard, so that it forces me to think about how to approach each situation and confrontation with the enemies. Sometimes I've found it best to just sneak by the patrolling enemies through the bushes! I also like how the game doesn't hold your hand: it just gives you the objective and the rest is up to you to figure out. Very refreshing compared to some modern games. The physics engine is also nice: no hiding behind wooden crates and the explosives really feel powerful. The score by Inon Zur also complements the game nicely; nothing particularly memorable about it, but it creates an eerie and exciting atmosphere nonetheless.

On PS3 I'm still working on Ni No Kuni, despite getting it some six months ago already. Hisaishi's score is marvelous. Plot and characters are not very interesting in my opinion, maybe a bit too childish/simple? I have some 20 hours in to the game, so maybe they will develop later in the game.

Gameplay is pretty basic JRPG fare, altough well executed. I just wish the side missions would be more than simple errands (go there, kill an enemy or go there to pick up an item).

TerraEpon Oct 28, 2013

Been playing FFXIII myself. I can see a lot of the complaints about linearity (I *just* got to the spot where it 'opens up') but there's something...streamlined about it. And though complains about not being able to talk to people, it kinda makes sense, you don't just walk up to everyone in a town IRL but you will hear them talking if near by...

Battle system is fantastic though, and anyone who says it's easy is lying (I could see boring but, especially if you want five stars, it's NOT just "press X to win").

And it's utterly beautiful, with perfect music. It's too bad the story is so....silly....but I don't think it's hugely horrible, especially given you get a book to read to help.

Ashley Winchester Oct 28, 2013

TerraEpon wrote:
Ashley Winchester wrote:

Mirror HD and the two Lord of Shadow DLC packs are vouchers.

I hate it when they do this, and I have to imagine it gives resellers a lot of headaches too.

Actually, I was pretty annoyed as well... I think it's a little sad they can't at least put LoS DLC packs on the disc considering that game is at least two-three years old and Mercury Steam even admitted the DLC was "a mistake"... but this was probably a decision under the control of Konami. Other games often release the DLC on the "game of the year addition" disc about a year/year and a half after the original release.

Mirror HD I understand a little more... I mean it only came out in March on the 3DS where it bombed. I swear, I must be the only person that liked that game.

Capcom also kind of annoyed me with this. If Mega Man 10 wasn't a voucher in the Capcom Essentials bundle I might have - sadly - forked over the $60. They didn't so that just saved me money.

Still, Capcom got $120 out of me this weekend when I ordered the Rockman X Soundtrack Box. Now that's annoying considering I already legitimately own 80% of the music on it already... but what I won't do to help bolster my various Mega Man collections.

GoldfishX Oct 28, 2013

I watched some videos of Mirror and frankly, I didn't see much action going on. Glad to see it was 2D and all, but was lacking that spark of classic Castlevania (pre-Symphony), although I did get a fanboy boner when they were talking about the CV3 cast. I did watch the ending sequence, I can live without playing it...or any further Castlevania titles. Unless they magically create the true successor to CV3, with multiple characters, great platforming, branching paths, killer music and that sweet atmosphere (and CV4 movement, of course).

RIP CV.

Ashley Winchester Oct 28, 2013

GoldfishX wrote:

RIP CV.

Not to be an jerk... but I think it's a little too early to consider CV dead. If you don't like what Mercury Steam has done with the series that's fine (I'm kind of in between) but they have said that Lord of Shadows 2 will be their last game for the franchise. That means Konami will probably have to reboot the series again so we might get something that is more accommodating to all CV fans in a few years time.

Still, while I wasn't a real fan of the first Lord of Shadows (it was good enough for what it was) I don't think making Metroidvania after Metroidvania was what the series really needed. By the same token copying God of War wasn't real inspiring either but I thought it became a little more interesting with Mirror.

Anyways, I'm still on my Handheld kick when it comes to games. For the measly $5.95 it cost I actually got a LOT of Donkey Kong Land III even though some of the time trails seem impossible. There are two I can't seem to beat and that's the last 1% I need to reach 103%. Would totally pick up the first two games if I came across them. However to some the GBA SNES ports may hurt these games retroactively.

After that I switch to first person handheld action with Doom and Doom II. These carts are a little uncommon and if you aren't a huge Doom fan I wouldn't suggest them. Unfortunately the first game is the better of the two as the second game, while containing all the levels - most in their original configuration - has some slight control issues. It is really easy to miss your target when turning to the left or right because the control is just a tad too rigid. I'm going to have to fiddle around with options and see if sensitivity option can help mend that.

GoldfishX Oct 28, 2013 (edited Oct 28, 2013)

It's been dead for about 10 years for me, when I started getting sick of Metrovanias (not to mention the horror that was to follow...aka Judgement). Symphony and Circle were okay, but even then, at no point did I consider them a replacement for the 8/16 bit style of games. Then more followed. Then it just kind of went to hell from that point (no pun intended). The only thing I'm grateful for is Iga is no longer involved with the series. The MS games look way better than any previous 3D attempt, but nothing I'm even remotely interested in. When I watched the Mirrors ending, it was a fine cutscene, but I quickly reminded myself cutscenes aren't what made Castlevania memorable.

To me, Konami is too out of touch with what originally worked in the series to ever go back to it (Rebirth aside). Hence, it's dead to me until further notice.

Back on topic...Was playing some Batman on the NES. Both sad and glad I missed this game back in the day, I'm having a ball with it now. What a wonderful pain in the ass this game is.

Also booted up SNK vs Capcom Cardfighters Clash 2 (Neo Geo Pocket, english translated ROM...sort of). Played for about 3 hours solid, is basically the same as the original (which I played more than 12 years ago) with some refinements and some cheap additions (equivalent of Instants from Magic). Nice to get back to it, just need to some better cards than what I started with. I keep getting duplicates of all the crappy ones.

Qui-Gon Joe Oct 28, 2013

GoldfishX, did you happen to try out Order of Ecclesia?  It felt like a breath of fresh air after the Metroid-vanias were getting stale.  Definitely much more difficult than anything else in the IGA lineup, too. 

(Also EXTREMELY frustrated that the OST is FREAKING IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND, since I really want it and it was only part of the limited edition of the game from Konami Japan's website...)

GoldfishX Oct 28, 2013

Six deep into portable Metrovanias, I didn't go anywhere near it. I might throw it on my flashcart sometime, but I doubt it's what I'm looking for. Thanks though.

Qui-Gon Joe Oct 29, 2013

Yeah, if you're looking for a return to classic CV, it's probably not gonna do it for ya (though it's probably the closest the Iga stuff gets??).  Might be worth a shot, though.  I don't recall if you've mentioned this before or not - have you played Castlevania Rebirth for Wii eshop or whatever?

GoldfishX Oct 29, 2013

GoldfishX, a few posts up wrote:

To me, Konami is too out of touch with what originally worked in the series to ever go back to it (Rebirth aside). Hence, it's dead to me until further notice.

Got it. smile

Ashley Winchester Oct 30, 2013

Finished Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow after which I discovered the copy I had was a damn bootleg (seriously, hate the GBA because of this) and then went into Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance which is just as odd as I remember it being three years ago.

Then I continued with the handheld games with Donkey Kong Land III which was actually very good... but these games are worth next to nothing on the second hand market (probably due to the SNES trilogy being available on the GBA) so I scooped up the first one because of that.

I went back to the GBA and played Doom and Doom II which are actually pretty good ports yet despite their positives they both kind of shoot themselves in the foot. Doom II is especially disappointing... all that work to make it an impressive port but the turning/aiming controls just don't do their job very well.

Then I played Ren & Stimpy: Veediots which is just as shallow as I remember it from my childhood. No fooling, you can beat the entire game in a mere fifteen minutes. If I had spent it's original retail price on it today I'd be rather angry.

Also, a little off topic, but how do I make my type come out in bold. I take it doing the HTML tags doesn't work...?

GoldfishX Oct 30, 2013

I finally finished Batman. There was zero honor involved though...gratuitous abuse of save states and about 25 continues later, I was able to finish off the last stage and Firebug/Joker. Have a nice feel for the game though and the length is perfect. I can see myself staying with it and speedrunning it down the road.

Idolores Oct 30, 2013

Weird little thing happened. My daughter was looking at my PS1 games on the shelf, just kind of looking on in what I assume was curiosity. It inspired me to sit down with her and show her some of them. I dug out my old PS1 and hooked it up. She and I love going through Megaman Legends, and lately she's been interested in Alundra (which is an awesome overlooked game).

Amazingu Oct 30, 2013 (edited Oct 30, 2013)

Idolores wrote:

Weird little thing happened. My daughter was looking at my PS1 games on the shelf, just kind of looking on in what I assume was curiosity. It inspired me to sit down with her and show her some of them. I dug out my old PS1 and hooked it up. She and I love going through Megaman Legends, and lately she's been interested in Alundra (which is an awesome overlooked game).

Alundra is lovely, but it gets pretty hard in some spots.
Later bosses seem to take millions of hits too.

Great soundtrack though!

Ashley Winchester Oct 30, 2013 (edited Oct 30, 2013)

Amazingu wrote:
Idolores wrote:

Weird little thing happened. My daughter was looking at my PS1 games on the shelf, just kind of looking on in what I assume was curiosity. It inspired me to sit down with her and show her some of them. I dug out my old PS1 and hooked it up. She and I love going through Megaman Legends, and lately she's been interested in Alundra (which is an awesome overlooked game).

Alundra is lovely, but it gets pretty hard in some spots.
Later bosses seem to take millions of hits too.

Great soundtrack though!

Actually, I have to admit I've overlooked Alundra myself... I've had the thing twice (first time was a freebie from someone that got annoyed at it and the second time I bought it) but I had the first stolen and I sold the second one off to... Idolores. Hmmm... kind of funny how things turn out...

Edit:

Also, started up DKC2 on the GBA. Glad to see I'm enjoying this more than the original DKC. I mean I've always liked DKC2 more than the original, but the last time I played DKC there was something about it that felt "off" about it even though it was still a fine game. I had a feeling the sequels would fair better with me certain things like the bonus areas being more streamlined.

...also glad to see some competent sound programming with these ports. The music was a big part of these games and I'm glad to see it's not a complete hack job like some GBA games. Doom II was so bad I actually turned the music off.

GoldfishX Oct 30, 2013

Ashley Winchester wrote:

Actually, I have to admit I've overlooked Alundra myself... I've had the thing twice (first time was a freebie from someone that got annoyed at it and the second time I bought it) but I had the first stolen and I sold the second one off to... Idolores. Hmmm... kind of funny how things turn out...

I had a similar experience with Chrono Cross. I bought it the first time and sold it after about 10 hours in (when I realized it wasn't going to match my expectations of a CT sequel). The next year, I picked it up a GH copy on the cheap because I read about some of the links to CT that reveal themselves later on. This time, got about 15 hours in and stopped again and it sat around for the longest time. Then one day, I was talking to my friend and we were talking about disappointing sequels and I brought up CC. He asked me about the game (he had missed the PS1 RPG era for the most part), so I went to my shelf, got the game and threw it at him. "Merry Christmas. It's yours. Get it out of my sight".

Idolores Oct 30, 2013 (edited Oct 30, 2013)

Ashley Winchester wrote:

I sold the second one off to... Idolores.

I had honestly forgotten where I got it!

EDIT: It is a little difficult. It's refreshing in a way, though. So many AAA titles hold you hand with silly shit like regenerating health, cover-based shooting, conveniently placed checkpoints, easy-as-hell puzzles (like we were all lobotomized between genres), and other nuances. Alundra had me stranded away from the village with no healing items, no directions back, and these sword-wielding lizards beating the hell out of me like a disobedient child.

I miss not knowing where the hell to go. I miss somewhat vague objectives. I miss having to physically draw my own maps, I miss difficult combat and mind-bending puzzles.

Ashley Winchester Oct 31, 2013 (edited Oct 31, 2013)

Idolores wrote:
Ashley Winchester wrote:

I sold the second one off to... Idolores.

I had honestly forgotten where I got it!

This probably won't reflect on me too well but I ALWAYS remember things like this... you know, instead of using that brainpower for... yeah...

Edit:

Anyways, I'm glad to see it got some use... if I had it it would probably still be unplayed.

Ashley Winchester Oct 31, 2013 (edited Nov 1, 2013)

Okay, I was having fun with DKC2 on the GBA... until the game threw a new, utterly craptastic boss as me. I mostly understood every change made to this port to this point but this (the added story scenes were pretty pointless) this is just ungraceful. There was no need to do this.... I mean I knew the SNES version was superior but now...

Edit:

Oh, and screw the new level after that...

Idolores Nov 1, 2013 (edited Nov 1, 2013)

Ashley Winchester wrote:
Idolores wrote:
Ashley Winchester wrote:

I sold the second one off to... Idolores.

I had honestly forgotten where I got it!

This probably won't reflect on me too well but I ALWAYS remember things like this... you know, instead of using that brainpower for... yeah...

It's hard to keep track. I've bought so much stuff from you over the years I honestly think I should assume half of it belonged to you at some point. tongue

Also: So after reading about modding my Saturn so it can do S-Video, I've become really interested in attaining the highest picture quality possible for my games. And since I won't be keeping up with any new consoles after the current gen has run it's course, I figure it won't be worth it to buy a humongous flat screen when the only console I have that would benefit is the 360.

So I dug around and apparently there is a pretty decent amount of people who swear by HD CRTs. I have one myself, a gigantic 47' Toshiba. The thing is unwieldy and the convergence chips are shot to hell, so I'm going to do my level best to find the latest model Sony Trinitron that I possibly can and ditch the Toshiba.

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