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about 6 hours ago

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Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
thanks for having me here! if it's ok for me to ask, do you ever feel like you want to play your 1 on a day other than wednesday? does that keep you from fully enjoying your games?
I'm really sorry for asking this randomly but I'd also like to have some sort of guidelines to follow so that I can beat my backlog, but I wonder how would that affect my enjoyment of the games I play. I'd like to read an opinion or two about that...
thank you once again, I really like your profile ^^
about 1 week ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Mechs and confusing stories? I'm in!

Jokes apart, thank you for all the information. When I mentioned Phantasy Star, I was thinking of the most recent titles, with action-based combat (such as PS0, PSO, PSP, and PSU). I didn't play PS1~6 that much so I often forget the series' combat style was different. I still have to give Xenogears a try, but considering what you've said, I'll definitely check Xenosaga 1 if I like it
about 1 week ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
I've been interested in the Xenosaga series for quite some time, and you seem like the right person to ask about it! What should I expect from it? How similar is it to Star Ocean or Phantasy Star?
about 3 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I beat The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction on the Nintendo GameCube this evening!

Growing up, the only Super Heroes I really loved were the X-Men. I did love Comic Books in my preteen years, so I knew of the Hulk and of the Avengers. But, I just loved the X-Men cartoon show, so that made me love the Comics even more. I also remember my friend having a Hulk game on the Sega Genesis that was fairly terrible. Fast forward to my college days and I remember watching X-Play talk about The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and giving it a glowing review. They called it the perfect Hulk game where all you do is destroy things throughout the game. That seemed enjoyable enough, so while walking around a local convention, I decided to pick it up while it was still rather cheap.

I can confirm that you destroy many things in Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. After like the third stage, the game gets crazy and it just gets crazier throughout the entire game. Besides boss battles, you are going against the Army at all times and they are throwing tanks, missiles, jets and helicopters at you. It is 100% pure insanity and the most amount of destruction I have ever seen in a video game. Every second, you are destroying something while getting shot at. There is an extensive move list that has to go like 60 moves deep, so if you know what you are doing, you look very impressive. For me, I stuck to standard moves and was able to do well.

I wouldn't say the story is all that exciting. You are trying to collect items to build a machine to help Bruce Banner, but in the end, it really doesn't do anything. Besides a few stages, you are mostly fighting the same army enemies throughout the entire game. Also, some of these levels are insanely hard and can get very frustrating. I only won some because of dumb luck, but I had to do missions several times just to beat it. And because the game is so insane, you feel exhausted and spent when you do complete a mission.

Overall, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is a game that relieved stress, but also caused some as well. It is the most intense and action filled game I have ever played in my life. I felt drained after each mission, but I keep wanted to go back. There is something enjoyable about throwing tanks at helicopters, jumping entire city blocks and destroying an entire army chasing you. If you love intense action, this game is for you!
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I beat Blast Corps on the Nintendo 64 this evening!

Like many kids my age, I remember renting Blast Corps and then stopping once I reached a Dump Truck level. I loved playing the game and the other vehicles, but the Dump Truck was the worst vehicle I had ever played. However, I still had fond memories of destroying all of the buildings with many different weapons. Fast forward to Adult Markies and I found a copy at a local game store several years ago. With nostalgia brimming, I decided to pick it up to play. Once again, I stopped at a Dump Truck level and then put the game on the shelf. Recently, on the Racketboy Forums, somebody wrote a review after beating the game. He talked about the game and how the Dump Truck levels were doable with time and patience. Deciding to finally put the game to the test, I decided to try and beat Blast Corps.

Blast Corps is a rather short game as there are only about 20 Levels before you technically beat the game. To unlock more levels, you have to go back and collect all of the gold medals. However, playing through it once is a breeze at the start. You are wrecking everything in sight. All of the vehicles feeling amazing and you are surrounded by pure destruction. Along with chaos around you, the game has a surprisingly good soundtrack with some pretty catch tunes. The controls aren't perfect, but the game is generous enough where it doesn't feel too bad.

And then you reach the final five levels or so. Three of them involve solely the Dump Truck while another two require such precision and timing that you have to memorize the levels. Eventually, I learned to get past the Dump Truck Levels. The controls were never perfect, but I could at least manage and the game is very generous with the time limit. Each of these final levels took me about an hour each which padded my run time with the game in double. Once the difficulty went up, the frustrating controls began to become more apparent. Most of the time, the vehicles never do exactly what you want them to do and you begin to loose precious seconds. You know what to do, but you are hindered in your execution.

Overall, I mostly enjoyed myself with Blast Corps. I was able to beat the frustrating levels, so it wasn't like they were impossible. Obviously, the earlier part of the game was much more enjoyable than the latter. It's a very short romp unless you are going for complete. Much like most Rare games, fun but frustrating!
about 1 month ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
My first (only), experience with Mr. Driller was on the DS. It was, as you said, the perfect mix of action and puzzle. Add touchscreen and include new modes (I think they even had boss levels), and that was a really surprising game that I enjoyed.
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I beat Mr. Driller on the Sega Dreamcast this afternoon!

Mr. Driller was a game I knew about, but I had never actually played it before. I remember watching a review of the GBA sequel and it always struck me as an incredibly interesting game. One night, I was browsing through the arcade MAME machine at my Pinball place when I saw they had the arcade version of the original Mr. Driller. I must have played that game for an hour straight and continuously for over a month. I was completely hooked and I was ecstatic there was a console version. I purchased the game as it has the honor of being the first game I ever ordered at my new house. With my Random and Chosen Dreamcast game being removed earlier in the year, I wanted to beat at least one Dreamcast game this year and I figured Mr. Driller would be a safe bet.

It was. Mr. Driller is an action puzzle game where you are drilling down through colored boxes to get to the bottom. You constantly need to collect air pellets to breathe, colored blocks latch onto other same colored box and will disappear when they reach four or higher. The constant loosing of your air is the ticking timer in the game as you constantly feel the pressure of the clock. However, if you go to fast, you screw up and have a higher chance of block falling on your head and squishing you. So, you have to go slow to collect the air pellets as well, but if you go too slow, you'll eventually die. It's an amazing balance of twitchy arcade action with a feeling of brain teasing puzzle goodness that make the game so wonderful to play. It's a perfect example of a game that just begs to be played one more time. With runs lasting all of 7 minutes, I cannot tell you how many times I just did it one more time. With cute visuals and presentation along with a touch of that Katamari Damacy music weirdness, the game has its own identity and begs you to keep coming back for more.

Overall, I really enjoyed my weekend of Mr. Driller. For the expert mode, the final few stages can be quite mean and you have to stockpile guys to beat the game, but it wasn't too tough that caused me to quit the game. It was just hard enough to make you feel like you need a few more tries to beat the game. The game is a one trick pony, so I wouldn't spend too much on it, but that one trick is a great feeling. If you love fast puzzle action and that addictive arcade feeling mixed with some general cuteness, Mr. Driller is an excellent choice.
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I beat Flatout 2 on the Sony Playstation 2 this evening!

I discovered the Flatout series through my local Pinball Arcade. Somebody had modded a sit down racing unit and had put in several racing games on it to play. Since I used to go up there every two weeks, I decided to play through many of the games. One of the games I discovered was Flatout 2. It was an intensely addictive destructive racing game that was incredibly fun to play. Wanting to try it out for myself, I first bought the prequel. The game had some flaws, but it was still fun to race around in. After finding the sequel and wanting a break for my many RPG's that I have played this year, I decided it was time for some mindless racing fun.

At the beginning, I got exactly what I wanted out of Flatout 2. I got my car and then I just started winning cups all over the place. Debris was flying everywhere. I was hitting cars left and right as I watched them crash all over the place. Enemy cars were hitting each other and also crashing out when they would take the turns to fast or to sharp. I loved watching the driver fly out the window when you would hit them hard enough. I was getting into some of the tracks of the soundtrack, though some of the songs were from bands I would never like. But, I was really enjoying myself for the first 75% of the game. It was exactly what I wanted and needed at the moment.

And then I reached the final races in the last few cups. In the first Flatout, the game had no rubber band effect. So, each race was decided in the first 30 seconds when the giant crash happened. You were either ahead of it and then won, or you were behind it and you reset. In Flatout 2, the rubber band is very real at the end of the game. Suddenly, every driver is gunning for you and ramming you while other racers are flying by you like you are driving a go-kart. In the end, you are fighting against your car, the track, other racers and the debris on the road just to stay in these narrow lanes. Thankfully, you only need to get in the top 3 to move on.

Overall, though it was frustrating at times, I still really enjoyed my time with Flatout 2. It was exactly the action packed racing experience that I needed at the moment. I enjoyed the beginning much more, but there were enough crashes and fun to be had. If you enjoy arcade racing full of destruction, Flatout 2 is one of the better games in the genre!
about 1 month ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Final Fantasy III was also my last FF game, at least not counting spin-offs and sequels. Revisiting it was amazing! I turned out to love it a bit more than the DS version. I can get behind the 8-bit visuals more than that chibi style 3D Square-Enix was going for. I love the sense of adventure in this game; it feels like they took everything they learned making the first two games, and made it much more expansive. You can get a chocobo fairly early on, and circle around the entire world, seeing places of interest in the distance. They did so much with the world that they could barely fit a story in there, but the job system more than makes up for it. It holds up so well for an NES RPG. I can't wait to play the Maeson Mix hack! [Link]

Recently started up Final Fantasy IV Golbez Edition, so I'm revisiting that in a new way, too.

I've heard mixed things about Valkyrie Profile 2, but I'll at least watch it and see what I think from there. The first game is absolutely brilliant! I wound up getting the B and C endings, so I'll pick it up again this year to go for that best ending. I heard there's a big payoff that makes it worth the dedication it takes to get it. I don't even know what you're supposed to do to get it, haha. Definitely using a guide.

Hope you have a good day, man! Sorry I haven't been on much. Work's been pretty brutal, but I try to get game time in when I can. Keep enjoying Wild Arms, it's amazing.
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