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avatar! Dec 17, 2016

Idolores wrote:
avatar! wrote:
Idolores wrote:

If I had to guess, I'd charitably say 3000 hrs, though its probably more. It's an incredible game.

Yowza! you know, that's over 4 months of your life...
not judging at all! Just saying (scientists are always converting from one unit to another, it's in our blood smile
ps 4 months you *could* be reviewing your physics big_smile

Honestly, I could have had at least a damn Bachelors with the time I've spent playing that one single game. Ugh.

It is really good, though. Mastering the physics of how a FWD handles in comparison to a RWD or an MR is mind blowing for a gearhead like me. Still having trouble with AWD though. I just can't get used to using e-brake exclusively for turns.

Well, I'm neither one to judge nor tell other what to do. But, if you want to get a degree in physics, I would advise you to start pounding the books smile
Physics (be it astrophysics or other) is brutal. Getting a bachelors can be difficult enough, but getting into a good graduate program is intense. Only about 10% of applicants are accepted every year. Not that you can't do it if you have the mindset, but yeah it's very competitive -totally worth it though!

Zane Dec 24, 2016

I've been playing Wind Waker for the first time in about 6 years, and have been really enjoying it. I made it to the final boss, but left the dungeon to continue exploring the world and finding more secrets. Today, I used a treasure chart to find an underwater chest that had a chart in it to show me where I can find more charts.

avatar! Dec 24, 2016

Zane wrote:

Today, I used a treasure chart to find an underwater chest that had a chart in it to show me where I can find more charts.

Are the charts reproducing uncontrollably? yikes

Well, I WAS playing Witcher on my PS4, until the controller stopped working!!! Honestly, I have NEVER had a single Sony product that doesn't crash and burn at some point. PSX -yup. In fact, they lost a class-action lawsuit about this. PS2 -yup. PS3 -lasted a good time before I had to send it to repairs. PS4 -two years, now controller does not work at all. Well, let's be fair, let me count the number of times my Nintendo consoles have crapped out. ZERO. Oh well, gee, maybe one company produces better hardware hmm
Damn Sony... now I'm pissed. Finally, when I can rest for a bit and devote some time to finishing the game, the console breaks. Planned obsolescence on Sony's part, sure seems like it (or just horrible hardware design)

Jodo Kast Dec 25, 2016

I played King of Fighters '95 for a few hours last night and I'm starting to feel comfortable playing without thumbs. Part of the challenge with the Neo Geo is the fact that is doesn't use the same type of controller that other systems use.

The two platformers I have for the console, Magician Lord and Blue's Journey, are very challenging because of the controller. I bought a SFC controller on ebay that had been modified to work with the Neo Geo and it did not work. The seller accepted my return, so I'm going to have to figure out how to play these games with a joystick.

Magician Lord is just as brutal as everyone says. Blue's Journey is as close as one get to Super Mario Bros. on the Neo Geo; some of the gameplay was clearly taken straight from SMB 2.

avatar! Dec 27, 2016

Jodo Kast wrote:

I played King of Fighters '95 for a few hours last night and I'm starting to feel comfortable playing without thumbs.

Hope it didn't hurt much when you lost them tongue

Crash Jan 3, 2017

As for gaming time, I know I've hit 400 hours on the original Disgaea, and I think I may have reached that mark twice, with separate save files. I don't think I topped 160 hours on any of the sequels. I know I topped 400 hours in Oblivion, and probably got around 200 in Skyrim (across all my characters).

Back on topic, I got my TurboDuo modded a few months ago, and I've been buying up a lot of PC Engine and SuperGrafx games since then. I got them all in late last month. I've been playing Magical Chase the last week, and been pleasantly surprised. I don't have hardcore shooter skills, and this game is just my speed, and I love the soundtrack and the cutesy graphics. It's actually a really fun game, but probably not worth the cost of a Japanese copy (and almost certainly not worth the cost for an American copy).

I also tried out Coryoon, which is another cutesy shooter with a comparable cost...and had far less fun playing it. It's just SO HARD to see what is going on.

Zane Feb 12, 2017

A few weeks ago I got my lowest in-game time for RE4 (2:19:40). This was my 20th completed save for the game, so after twelve years of playing this game my memory card is completely full and won't allow me to save a new game without overwriting a previous playthrough. Based on my final times for all 20 saves, I have spent 172 hours, 6 minutes, and 27 seconds playing the main campaign, which does not include many miscellaneous no-save fun runs, Assignment Ada, Mercenaries, etc. How am I not sick of this game yet?

I just wrapped up a 120 shine run in Mario Sunshine this morning. That game is an absolute BEAST. It's a total nightmare for casual playing, and is a terrible general follow-up to Mario 64, but it became almost meditative and helped me practice patience as I played through. I had to use a guide for the blue coins, because there is literally zero chance of anyone finding those on their own based on their episode-based "secret" locations. (Just watch the two blue coins queued up in this video to see what I mean. How the hell is anyone supposed to find those without a guide? Just randomly spray everything in every level? Brutal!)

That said, while I love this game not despite, but for, it's faults, it's a great clinic on how to not make a video game. The camera is terrible, the shine episodes throughout each level get repetitive (red coins, secrets, Shadow Mario, etc.), the blue coins (that are 100% necessary to get all 120 shines) are frustrating and nearly impossible to track, and some of the shines that you need to beat to complete the game are simply not fun and sloppy. But. But! Re-playing this after years has been an extremely rewarding experience, and I'll likely end up doing more 120 runs in the months/years to come.

vert1 Feb 18, 2017 (edited Feb 18, 2017)

Still playing Splatoon. Send me a message if you want to add me before March comes around,

I recently downloaded Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water. I wish it had gotten a physical release in the US. The game is fairly good. I don't have any issues with the controls. Having rigid paths in the woods ended up bothering me as I backtracked. Made the game feel grid-like.

Gotta finish up quite a lot of games in the backlog. Sometimes I like leaving certain games "undefeated".

Crash Feb 19, 2017

I recently got an Analogue NT Mini, and that's caused me to dust off my collection of NES and Famicom games. It's funny how games that I thought were great as a child have features that I just find annoying today. For example, I was playing Kid Icarus, and the extra shuffle-step he takes after you let go of the D-pad makes the platforming frustrating. I guess that I value having good control more than anything else these days. I had a lot of fun playing Ninja Gaiden and the original Goonies because they controlled so well.

I also just set up a Japanese PSN account to download some of the PSOne and PC Engine games that never made it to the US on my Vita. So far, I've picked up:

Harmful Park
The Adventures of Little Ralph
Zanac x Zanac
Strider Hiryu 1 and 2
Cotton 100%
Devil's Crash
Gunners Heaven
Super Pang Collection

I'll probably pick up Dungeon Explorer II, Winds of Thunder, and Gate of Thunder in the future as well.

Qui-Gon Joe Feb 19, 2017

Crash wrote:

Dungeon Explorer II

THAT EXISTS AS A DOWNLOAD????  *rushes off to create a Japanese PSN account*

Crash Feb 19, 2017

Yep, for 823 yen. If you don't already have a Japanese PSN account, you'll need a new memory card for the Vita or be willing to format your current one. You can transfer your save data over to your PC first, and I've heard you can move the saves back to your Vita afterwards to your Japanese account. You'll also need to buy Japanese PSN store codes from a place like Play-Asia to fund your account.

In the PSN store, go to Game Archives, then PC Engine Archives. Other PC Engine games available include the Ys series, Bonk series, Gradius, Gradius II, Salamander, Blazing Lazers, Super Star Soldier, Soldier Blade, and a few SuperGrafx games. It's 617 yen for the HuCard games, 823 yen for the CD games.

A more complete list of PS Store titles can be found here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_P … tore_games

XLord007 Feb 20, 2017

I recently wrapped up Steamworld Heist which was a very solid side-scrolling turn-based strategy game and am now 2/3 of the way through Telltale's Game of Thrones which is a nice companion to the TV show. 11 days till Zelda.

Zane Mar 27, 2017

Still on my casual Gamecube kick. Started Prime again tonight, and am still amazed by how much more fun the game is if you get Space Jump early. The game flows better, has more branching paths to explore, and is just generally more enjoyable if you're able to sequence break. Can't play it normally.

Ashley Winchester Mar 27, 2017

Zane wrote:

Still on my casual Gamecube kick. Started Prime again tonight, and am still amazed by how much more fun the game is if you get Space Jump early. The game flows better, has more branching paths to explore, and is just generally more enjoyable if you're able to sequence break. Can't play it normally.

Speaking of Prime, am I the only one that likes the first one the most? 2 and 3 are good, but I can pick them apart these days - especially Prime 3. Some people think the first one is too traditional in structure which gives the sequels the edge but I kind of like first game's sense of familiarity despite the switch in perspective.

Also, am I the only one who has a love/hate relationship with "Lava Caves"? I kind of hate this reprise but then I kind of like it.

Also, "Phazon Mines" for the win. But seriously, that track is too damn short outside the scope of the game.

Qui-Gon Joe Mar 28, 2017

Ashley Winchester wrote:

Speaking of Prime, am I the only one that likes the first one the most? 2 and 3 are good, but I can pick them apart these days - especially Prime 3. Some people think the first one is too traditional in structure which gives the sequels the edge but I kind of like first game's sense of familiarity despite the switch in perspective.

Nah, the first game is still the best for me, too.  The second one is kind of the black sheep in my opinion.  1 had a cohesive vision and felt like everything fit together despite the varied environments, while 2 felt like a sequel cobbled together with material left on the cutting room floor from 1.  It also felt horridly unbalanced, comparatively - I remember some bosses were SUPER easy and some bosses were SUPER hard.  3 seemed to rebalance and the game managed to create its own identity, but it didn't quite reach the amazing levels that 1 did for me.

Zane Mar 28, 2017

Qui-Gon Joe wrote:
Ashley Winchester wrote:

Speaking of Prime, am I the only one that likes the first one the most? 2 and 3 are good, but I can pick them apart these days - especially Prime 3. Some people think the first one is too traditional in structure which gives the sequels the edge but I kind of like first game's sense of familiarity despite the switch in perspective.

Nah, the first game is still the best for me, too.  The second one is kind of the black sheep in my opinion.  1 had a cohesive vision and felt like everything fit together despite the varied environments, while 2 felt like a sequel cobbled together with material left on the cutting room floor from 1.  It also felt horridly unbalanced, comparatively - I remember some bosses were SUPER easy and some bosses were SUPER hard.  3 seemed to rebalance and the game managed to create its own identity, but it didn't quite reach the amazing levels that 1 did for me.

For me, Echoes is the more cohesive and streamlined game of the two. The backtracking doesn't feel as laborious as it did in the first, and you're constantly feeling more powerful and strong as the game goes on instead of just getting cool items that let you reach ledges or open doors you couldn't before. The gradual progression from being very susceptible to damage on Dark Aether to becoming invulnerable and armed to the teeth with Dark, Light, and Annihilator Beams was executed so well. That said, it's definitely more unbalanced than Prime 1 and has a different type of exploratory feel. In Prime 1 it feels like you're truly stranded, but with Prime 2 there are some other recurring characters kicking around that can make it feel less isolating. BUT Prime 2 is still easily my favorite between the two.

I can't even compare Corruption to the first two. It feels like a Halo dev team tried to take the things that people liked about the first two Primes and cram them into an average shooter with crappy (and forced) motion controls. The boss battles didn't do anything for me overall, the corruption angle was basically "Hey, inject this Energy Tank or you're going to die in a firefight", and I just didn't really get wrapped up into the world like I did with the first two. Hard pass.

Ashley Winchester Mar 28, 2017

Zane wrote:

I can't even compare Corruption to the first two. It feels like a Halo dev team tried to take the things that people liked about the first two Primes and cram them into an average shooter with crappy (and forced) motion controls.

I kind of look at Prime 3 like this. Did it prove motion controls could work: mostly. Does that mean I want to play it with motion controls? No.

Additionally, considering three games were building up to it, I didn't find Prime 3's finale that rewarding.

Zane Mar 28, 2017

Ashley Winchester wrote:

Additionally, considering three games were building up to it, I didn't find Prime 3's finale that rewarding.

Also, this.

One other thing I forgot to mention is that Prime 2's scanning mechanic is much more easily defined than the first. It's so easy to miss scans in the first one if you don't know what you're looking for; 2's encourages selective scanning based on the color-coding instead of just an orange or red symbol.

Ashley Winchester Mar 28, 2017

Speaking of controls in Prime, the first two games on the Gamecube I played (in 2015) were Prime and Luigi's Mansion. I remember thinking the Gamecube's controller was a freaking monstrosity when I bought the console but that quickly  changed after playing those two games. I can honestly see why you'd want to play something like Prime 3 with a Gamecube controller, it's like the damn thing was made for the Prime trilogy.

I remember being like "there's no way I'm going to have to use all these buttons" but damn it you do and it's perfect.

Amazingu Mar 29, 2017

The Gamecube controller was a weird thing.
If you judge it only on its looks, it should not have worked or even been comfortable in any way, and yet it worked great.

I think serious Smash players still swear by it?

raynebc Mar 29, 2017

Yep.  I got the GC controller adapter for Wii U so I could play the latest Smash Brothers the "right way."

student41269 Mar 30, 2017

I finished The Last Guardian a few days ago, and it has been on my mind non-stop ever since: it's very special indeed, and every bit the worthy successor to ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus. Anyone who has played those games knows this is not a recommendation you make lightly.

Everything you've heard about the frustrating camera and clumsy controls is true, make no mistake, but I can't say that mattered at all to a game with this much artistry on display. Beautiful world, subtle and non-patronising story, clever context-appropriate puzzles, and a perfectly fitting soundtrack. It takes a simple premise - man and beast helping each other escape - and absolutely soars. A few games have had me close to tears, but the final hours of this one took me over the edge... Not just for the ending to the story, but for the fact a game like this can still be made, even after years of troubled development.

Precisely the antidote I needed for my disappointment in a certain other game ten years in the making.

XLord007 Apr 1, 2017

Ashley Winchester wrote:

Speaking of Prime, am I the only one that likes the first one the most?

Agreed. Prime 1 is far and away the best in the series. Prime 2 was patently un-fun, and Prime 3 was good, but not as good as Prime 1. The less said about the spin-off prime games, the better.

Ashley Winchester Apr 1, 2017

XLord007 wrote:

Prime 2 was patently un-fun

To be honest, if you asked me what I thought of Prime 2 I don't know what I say. I certainly don't like it as much as the original, and I don't like the Ing as an enemy force but I certainly don't think I wasted my time by playing it. At the very least it's not a carbon copy of the first game which is a positive even though it plays the same. Still, I found Prime 3 more irksome than 2 but 2 still had it's moments.

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