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Memories of 1996 - Super Mario 64, Twisted Metal 2, NiGHTs: Into Dreams...
[35/120 stars] [4/12 characters] [COMPLETE] - All these games may be worthy of five stars.

Updated about 5 hours ago

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Saturn
Shining the Holy Ark JPN
Alright, no more delays. This is gonna be great!

Updated about 24 hours ago

(B)
Switch
Lode Runner Legacy
[Extra 05/20] [Puzzle 12/50] [Classic 009/150] Adventure mode finished, but I'm definitely not done with this incredible game!

Updated about 5 days ago

☆★★★★ eShop Download
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3DS
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux
Why isn't this considered a hidden gem by GameStop? Is it because they tend to not know what is classified as a hidden gem?

Updated about 6 days ago

Prophallus's Status

(U) Unfinished ?No significant accomplishments.     (B) Beaten ?The main objective has been accomplished. Usually marked by the defeat of a final boss and/or viewing of credits.     (C) Completed ?For games which are 100% done. All extras and modes have been unlocked and finished. All significant items have been collected.
41 (U)
6.4%
279 (B)
43.9%
316 (C)
49.7%
Wishlist  0 ?         Top-Rated  16 ?????         Master Runs  1 (M)
Miscellaneous 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
NES 15 (U) 49 (B) 109 (C) 227 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 2 (U) 33 (B) 61 (C) 102 Total
Sega CD 1 (U) 6 (B) 9 (C) 16 Total
Saturn 5 (U) 2 (B) 11 (C) 21 Total
SNES BEAT 23 (B) 40 (C) 66 Total
Game Boy/Color BEAT 15 (B) 22 (C) 39 Total
Game Boy Advance BEAT 22 (B) 9 (C) 34 Total
Nintendo DS BEAT 28 (B) 7 (C) 43 Total
Nintendo 3DS 1 (U) 11 (B) 3 (C) 16 Total
PlayStation 12 (U) 16 (B) 12 (C) 45 Total
PlayStation 2 1 (U) 27 (B) 5 (C) 36 Total
PlayStation 4 4 (U) 5 (B) 0 (C) 9 Total
Wii U BEAT 2 (B) 2 (C) 5 Total
Virtual Console (WiiU) BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Nintendo Switch BEAT 2 (B) 2 (C) 4 Total
Wii BEAT 11 (B) 5 (C) 16 Total
Virtual Console (Wii) BEAT 7 (B) 14 (C) 23 Total
WiiWare BEAT 8 (B) 3 (C) 11 Total
GameCube BEAT 11 (B) 2 (C) 14 Total
Nintendo 64 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 7 Total
All Games 737 Total
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about 36 minutes ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
With Bubsy? What could possibly go right??
about 2 days ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I also seem to remember getting a crash and an odd looking enemy, but I don't remember which of my Saturns that was on. It may have been the modded one, in which case, a crash is very much to be expected. If it wasn't though, I played through the rest of the game and all the way through Guardian Heroes and Die Hard Arcade without a single issue. Not that I recommend trying very hard on a game that's crashed on you twice in the same dungeon, especially if they were close together in timing. Other than that, I've definitely gotten crashes on Myst, like maybe half a dozen...but I've decided that's probably just due to the game's coding being ported from PC (I did some reading, and it seems it had some problems on PC, wouldn't surprise me if they never fixed them), but I was eventually able to that

Still really sucks, cause it's a fine game. At least you already played the best parts, and were (I think?) able to skip some of the super annoying bosses.
about 2 days ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
I have officially dropped Albert Odyssey for a very good reason. Because the game decided to be a dick and crash on me twice in the North Tower, the second to last area in the game, and they were both into going into random battles. The first time was on the first floor, and then the second time was ON THE WAY DOWN AFTER I BEAT THE BOSS! I'm not going through it again, I'm done.

Strange though, I did notice that an enemy appeared to look very weird. A creature that appeared with hellhounds (or whatever variant, the two headed dogs.) It looked kinda glitchy. I wonder if it's connected?

The game was playing fine up to this point, but yeah, I'm done. I really hope it was my copy and not my Saturn. Disc doesn't even look that bad, although I do see that it is a little scratched.

Sigh. Well, time to think of my next Saturn game.

EDIT: I've played NiGHTS for over an hour and it seems fine, so hopefully it really is just the game.
about 3 days ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
I still don't know what mission that was meant to be. I got a mission from a lady who wanted me to find a cat who ate her ring, not her own cat. And yes, I found a man in the same mission who wanted an energy drink and had no problem giving it to him, thanks to your help.

My biggest problem was each time I felt like I was getting close to being done, something else came up. The endgame felt extremely padded and those sewers, my GOD. Extremely frustrating. Perhaps I missed something but all the random battles that popped up just got irritating, especially without a way to run from them or avoid them. The final boss was one of the hardest fights I ever had to fight. Without save states, I would have been driven mad by him. The hit detection was bad, he seemed pretty much immune to the weapon and he was overwhelmingly big and powerful. It was difficult to jump over his attacks or even over him without being hit, due to how big the hitboxes are. It requires pixel perfect jumping. I eventually managed to get a strategy down to take him out but it took a lot of work and patience. Sobou was watching me fight him and saw how hard it was as well.

I really liked the style of Rent a Hero but it hasn't aged well. Limited inventory space, no way to avoid the random battles, rather cryptic puzzles with no clear indication of what to do, no easy way of doing fast travel, unable to escape the random battles...it's definitely a 90s action RPG but even for its time, I feel like it could have been better.

The family feud mission was pretty funny. I agree with the 'dance' mission but I also found a lot of amusement in two grown men behaving like babies and their mom wanting help in getting them to be friends.
about 4 days ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Guess I should've thought of that... it was the year of the Dreamcast, after all: 9/9/99. I love the console, but didn't own one until much later, when my dad's friend gave me his, along with his entire collection - most of which was shovelware/sports titles, but there was some gold mixed in, being E.G.G. and Skies of Arcadia. Toy Commander was the first Dreamcast game I think I ever played.

Be sure to tell me what you think of the changes made to Redux. I've heard of improvements made to the atmosphere, but some negative ones as well, such as Kankeo's art being scrapped.

The Majin Tensei series is almost like the predecessor to the Devil Survivor games. 2 is being worked on by Tom/DDSTrans, and Aeon Genesis has had the original on hiatus for years now. It's MegaTen, yeah.

Hmm. I suppose that makes sense, with it being an online platform and whatnot. Just nothing there appeals to me, personally. You're referring to the Switch eShop? Saturn and Dreamcast games on the go sounds like a pipe dream, but Saturn emulation already exists on Samsung phones. We're not too far from it being a possibility on Switch.
about 6 days ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Tropical Freeze is probably definitely worth it if you liked DKC Returns. I've only played a bit of Returns, but Tropical Freeze is pretty good, and the Switch version has Funky Mode if you find the whole 2 hits thing in most DKC games too unforgiving, or are just not super good at platformers, but still want to play the game.

I haven't gotten to Owlboy yet, I'll let you know my thoughts when I do, but I've heard it's pretty great. Yooka Laylee is underwhelming for me...but that's probably because I was expecting it to use Kazooie as its inspiration rather than Tooie. I didn't really care for DK64 either, mainly because of all the minigames (in Tooie too), and haven't played Conker...but if you liked DK64, you probably have a better chance of liking Yooka Laylee than I did.

So far, SMT4A is pretty good, but I don't think I'm very far at all yet. I just got to Fairy Forest, but I ended up getting like 2-3 demons to join me automatically just by saying certain things, like I didn't have to give them anything.

I did get Strange Journey, but not sure if I want to play it right away alongside SMT4A and Digital Devil Saga...might be an SMT overload? I dunno. I definitely have a lot of SMT to get through, especially since so many of the spinoffs have been getting translated recently.
about 6 days ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
That's a wonderful idea, and I have a suggestion; perhaps you could also determine your game of each year, at least out of that lot. Add in a '99 selection of games, too, and at the end of it all, decide which year of that era you're the most fond of. For me, it was 1998 with the release of Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil 2 and most important to me, MediEvil. I admittedly didn't play Ocarina of Time until almost ten years later, since I didn't have an N64.

So glad to see a new mainline SMT release... it's been a while, even if it's a port with Kaneko's art removed.

Good news: [Link]
about 7 days ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
AH HA HA HA HA HA HA!

(Glad there's another South Park fan around here. )
about 7 days ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Ah good! I thought I was the only one in that boat. This is the only SMT game I haven't played besides 2 and Jack Bros so I'm extremely excited!!
about 7 days ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Ugh you're lucky! I'm still waiting for Strange Journey Redux to become available on the eShop for me.
about 1 week ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Thanks!

Probably gonna use frameskip a little bit with this one. I've sort of vicariously played through it with my brother in a sense (he's played it well over 20 times on an emulator and he talks about it a lot) so the music and graphics are already burned into my memory (the town theme's been stuck in my head for the past 18 or so years!) He's told me stuff like "Wait as long as you can before promoting" and that Mithril is sometimes hidden on random floor tiles.

Probably not going to use a guide here but feel free to drop hints and stuff! I prefer that to using a guide anyway. When I eventually replay it on Ouch! and do the hidden post-credits battle I might use a guide. I recall the RPGClassics shrine was decent (plus, it'd be nice to go back to my old stomping grounds)

I've completed a Shining game prior (The Sword of Hayja), so I know that Egress is sometimes the best option.
about 1 week ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Rainbow Bell Adventure was such a treat to play. Great animations, lovely colors that pop-out, superb soundtrack and over-the-top gameplay.
about 1 week ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Probably gonna get started on that next. That's one of my brother's all time favourite games after all.
about 1 week ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I'd argue Magic of Scheherazade sort of did dual-tech type things first (the command battles allowed special moves if your team had the right "formation", but you're right.
about 2 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I understand how you feel, I'm also really looking forward to Deep Strange Journey. Sadly it releases even later in europe.
about 2 weeks ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Five more days until Strange Journey Redux! The anticipation for a new or newish Shin Megami Tensei is always torture.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Are we only talking Street Fighter II, or can Turbo be included? As the previous comments stated, the SNES version is overall the better option, and I prefer the music over Genesis.

The best console port overall, though? I've heard great things of the Dreamcast version, which I haven't played; however, the 3DO version is my favorite. It's the closest to being arcade perfect - still way better than even HD Remix. The CD quality music is really good, too.

It's really surprising just how good the 3DO version is, considering how janky the framerate is for most games on the console. Highly recommend it. Only problem, is the 3DO's controller... its d-pad isn't the best for fighting games, but I'm pretty sure there are either SNES or Genesis controller adapters.

Did you ever play the Anniversary Collection on PS2? I'm curious if that surpasses the DC or 3DO versions.

That 1996 marathon has probably slowed your Albert Odyssey progress considerably, but what are your early impressions, so far? I feel as if I'm at about the halfway point. It's such a standard and generic RPG, albeit with a great localization that you're sadly missing out on. Playing it now was perfect timing, since I haven't played a console RPG in so long.

Twisted Metal 2. Tournament mode is pretty damn tough, isn't it?
about 2 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I'm reminded of why I fell in love with the 16 bit era of JRPGs in the first place. I got familiar feelings of RPG goodness that reminded me of Wild Arms in some places, Lunar in others, all with that charming 16 bit Genesis aesthetic that I'm kind of sorry I missed in its prime.

Easily the best RPG on the Genesis and one of the best of the era.

I had only played the first game and a good portion of the second, so while I was familiar with the mythos of the games, I wasn't too invested in it. This game really pulled me in though. I liked the world. I liked seeing how much Motavia had changed and reverted back to its, err, roots?

But more than anything, I liked every character here. I was expecting it to fall into Star Ocean territory where half of the characters would be grating archetypes, but every character was likable, charming, and believable. The Dezolians/Dezorians crack me up, especially with the way more than one NPC expresses concern about losing their hat to the strong winds. It's silly, yes, but this sort of charm is why I'm a retro gamer.

The game wasn't nearly as grindy as I was expecting, either, and it was a pretty sizable quest. I didn't once resort to frameskip or savestates, which is saying a LOT for a classic RPG being played by a guy with less and less time on his hands.

It had an interesting "pacing" too. It seemed you do a few "natural" dungeons, then you'd be exploring a few "technology" dungeons, and then all of a sudden you were fighting demons and "fantasy" villains. Again, really made me think of the Wild Arms games, particularly the 3rd one, which did something similar (albeit nearly a decade after Phantasy Star IV)

The soundtrack was fantastic. I remember the first thing that jumped out at me when I played the 2nd game was the music. This game's music was even better.

I accidentally stumbled into the last boss and lasted pretty long until he started using Megid. Next time I came prepared and handled him pretty well. Thanks for your tips by the way: I managed to do all the Guild quests!

All in all, I'm really happy I played it, and I will probably play it again someday, though maybe with frameskip. I suppose I should finish the other two someday. I hear the third one is terrible (from a Phantasy Star loving internet friend of mine from way, way back), but I've got weird tastes so I might enjoy it.

You're worth a lot of EXP, by the way. :D
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Overall Street Fighter II was better on Super Nintendo in all the right places when comparing it to the Arcade Original. Visually, Sound, and by default the SNES has a 6 button layout when compared to the Genesis's 3 Button Layout. Yes the Genesis did have a 6 Button controller which in theory is more practical than the SNES's layout for SFII. But it is somewhat uncommon to have the 6 Button Genesis controller even for the time.

Genesis vs SNES: [Link]

Arcade vs SNES: [Link]

Genesis vs Arcade: [Link]
about 2 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Depends on what variant of the SNES game you are talking about. Nothing tops Turbo for the SNES in my opinion but the Genesis SFII. is probably better than The World Warrior by virtue of having playable bosses.
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