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about 7 hours ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
It's been a long time coming, but I've finally changed my Backloggery theme and colors:
Welcome to My Pad 🎮
about 3 weeks ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
No worries! I tend to be slow with my response time, as well.

I played Fighters Megamix before Vipers. I really should give Vipers a shot, though, 'cause I like the characters from what I played in Megamix.

I'm not typically into those old-school hard point-and-click games, but Discworld seems interesting. Maybe a bit ambitious. Having to wait up to half a minute just to save is pretty crazy, haha.

Gex was a competent platformer for its time, yeah. Not sure how much the 3D games hold up, though. Haven't played those since the days of PS1 demo discs.

Finally got around to Saturnday II. Another excellent article! I like that you explore the Saturn BIOS itself a little bit at the start. I love how it has that spaceship theme going on.

Croc was one of the first games I ever played, and loved. I never did get to play the Saturn version, so it's cool reading more about it! I honestly don't think I knew there was any connection between Croc and Vortex on the SNES, in terms of the people involved. That also kind of sucks about the image cropping and the missing music, but the Saturn did have its limitations, I guess. I liked Croc 2 a lot as a kid, but I was like 5 when I last played it, so I don't remember much. I do still have my copy, though. There was a Croc game on Game Boy Color, but I'm unsure if that came out before or after Croc 2.

I quite liked the first Clockwork Knight, so the second game is definitely on my to-do list.

I never knew about those Sonic 3D Blast special zones and how they compare to Sonic Mania, so that's kind of mind-blowing. I knew they were going for a Saturn aesthetic, but I hadn't realized it was a direct reference to that. That's cool. If I ever do play 3D Blast, it will certainly be this version.

The rest of the games you talked about were interesting, too. Even Bug is something I'd be willing to at least try out at some point. I can vouch for Panzer Dragoon being a damn good Saturn game, and the sequels only get better. Zwei is one of the best rail shooters I've ever played, and Saga is one of the most unique JRPGs I've ever played; although, you may have to burn a copy of the latter seeing those eBay prices.

Let me know if you do another Saturnday! Hope you have a good day, too.
about 2 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Sleep: Not playing anything
It was lovely! I was hoping for a rainy day to read it, since that's usually the best atmosphere for these kinds of things, but oh well; ya can't control the weather. It's interesting wordplay, too, since that's what Saturday was named after; I know this (and all 6 others) because I'm a mythology dork.

I take it that's one of the expensive ones; I have no idea what anything costs these days, except that games like Shantae, Little Samson, and Panzer Dragoon Saga are just absurd... and my factory sealed copy of Ocarina of Time isn't worth nearly what I figured it would be. I looked into the Saturn library several years ago, just to see what was there, and not much really caught my eye; Legend of Oasis and Super Tempo were the only ones that seemed like must-plays to me, and there were maybe a dozen others I'd like to try. I do have the Panzer Dragoon remake that I'll get to eventually, but I'd like to try that before jumping into any Saturn version, just because I'm iffy on Rail Shooters. I could probably also get into... oh what was it called... Something Something Rainbow Town, I think? It's basically Picross, and I'm always down for that; wouldn't be the first one I played that was entirely in Japanese.

about 2 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Sleep: Not playing anything
Damn nice banner, first off; the sphere in the Saturn logo really looks great! I also echo your thoughts on Super Mario 64; I always say it's one of those things that's fun to play, but not to . I do understand what you're saying about the tank controls, but I still don't feel that it's a good solution. First off, there are plenty of 3D games that play very well with just the D-Pad, some as recent as Metroid: Other M. Granted, there is plenty about Other M that is completely indefensible, but running around in 3D worked just fine, and it was a more action-heavy game than many others in the series. As far as the camera goes, there were games that used this kind of 3D movement with a D-pad, and did change camera angles, but when it switched, your direction didn't automatically change; you would keep going along the same path unless you stopped (kinda like wall/ceiling running in Blaster Master), and I think that works best. Now, I've also been told that the path through a Tomb Raider game is more methodical than something like a Mario, and if the level design unfold more like a puzzle like that, I think that's fine; 3D Zelda basically did that with its level design, and while I am of the opinion that 3D Zelda doesn't usually feel good (aside from Wind Waker, which doesn't completely lock you down like that), it is a valid type of design.

As for the rest, it was neat to see Sonic 3D Blast; I'd thought that I was the only one who liked that on the Genesis, and in my opinion, it might even have a better soundtrack than Sonic 3&K; COMPLETELY underrated! If I ever get into Saturn, I might consider picking that up, especially if the overall layout is the same. The only recommendation I'd have to look at is Super Tempo; pretty standard 2D Platformer, but it's weird and colorful, like the 32X original could be at spot, but never quite lived up to.
about 3 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Sleep: Not playing anything
Thanks! And you're quite welcome; I do genuinely appreciate your journey.
about 5 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Sleep: Not playing anything
I'm very glad that you did; I've been dancing around the Saturn for years, trying to find some kind of a hook. I'm very interested in Legend of Oasis because Beyond Oasis is one of my all-time favorites, and Super Tempo because it seems like the Tempo game I've always wanted, but I can't think of much else for it that interests me. There's Panzer Dragoon, I guess, but I already have the remake waiting for me in its digital shrink wrap. For stuff like this, it's better to read something like your article that talks about "These are some games I have; this is what they're like," rather than "Top 10 Saturn games you NEED to play!!!!" that are the same 10 games your 90-year-old blind grandmother even knows about; you find a lot more neat hidden treasures that way.

Beyond that, I also appreciated the journey. It's so rare to get a new console and actually be really interested in it, rather than, "It's the new console, so if I want to keep playing new games, I'm obligated to get one." The last several consoles I got were kind of like that; I'm more on PC now, but if I werent, there'd probably be some of that pressure. The Switch seems like it might be kinda neat, but most of what interests me are indies, and a lot of them I have already. I'm rambling. Anyway, I did really enjoy the personal narrative of it all, so thanks; it was a good read!
about 5 months ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Awesome article. I'm glad you enjoyed your introduction to the Saturn! Fighting Vipers would be a good investment. I'd almost recommend Fighters Megamix more, because of the sheer amount of content you get with that game. Definitely play both, if you can. I like how you went into how Clockwork Knight was supposedly inspired by Mickey Mania. I never knew about that. Oh, and Discworld is pretty interesting. I consider myself a big PS1 fan, but I haven't heard of it. Those load times sound absolutely brutal, though.

Solar Eclipse is a little familiar to me. I actually happen to own its predecessor Total Eclipse on the 3DO! I remember that was a neat little game, if a bit difficult. You're honestly not missing out on much, though. I'll have to give Solar a try at some point. (HyperZone is freakin' awesome, by the way)

Gex was another competent platformer. I beat that game on 3DO, a while back. Love the television theme it had going on.

"I think Tomb Raider is superior to the Nintendo 64 launch title Super Mario 64"
I agree! I actually have more fun going back and playing Tomb Raider, and I can even attest to that, because I only beat the PS1 version of Tomb Raider last year. I played it on PS2 via Component on a Wega, so it looked about as good as it could possibly get, outside of RGB on a PVM, maybe. I think the visuals are still quite great for the time. The atmosphere was just simply unmatched, too; there wasn't anything like this in '96. I don't know if I'm in the minority when saying this, but I think the first game is the pinnacle of the series, from what I've played. Tomb Raider 2 and 3 didn't exactly have that same feeling of isolation, exploring ancient ruins and tombs. The reboots, while great in their own right, feel more like an Uncharted game than classic Tomb Raider. You can't beat the original game. I hear Last Revelation was a lot more like the original in terms of atmosphere, so I'll have to try that out, someday. Pretty sure it was on both PS1 and Dreamcast.

I always assumed those spongey things in the Saturn cases were for holding the disc in place. In case it falls out, or something.

"I saw somewhere that apparently with an Action Replay Plus cart you can bypass the region block, and if that's true that is quite tempting to consider"
They call it PseudoSaturn. I highly recommend getting one set up, if you're willing to follow the steps online. Not only can you use it for imports, but you can also play backups.
about 5 months ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Sounds awesome! I'm down for a good Saturn write-up. I've checked out your blog a couple of times in the past, and you have a pretty cool site going there. I'll try to give it a read tomorrow and let you know what I think when I do. I can already tell we have a couple of games in common, such as Astal and Clockwork Knight.
about 6 months ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Tomb Raider on Saturn! Now, that's an uncommon one. I've played that port off a CD-R copy, and you can definitely tell it predated the PS1 version. It's pretty charming in its own way, though. Feels almost like playing a prototype, if you're already used to the other versions. I'd like to get more into that one, someday. Hope you see it all the way through!
about 7 months ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
[covers mouth, disguising voice] Shining Force III.

What? Who said that?
about 10 months ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
I need to get Hoppin' Mappy myself but I'm waiting until they inevitably put Dragon Spirit or Saber up so I can get both for $20.
about 10 months ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Belated, but Happy Anniversary!
about 10 months ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Happy BLversary
about 10 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Sleep: Not playing anything
Happy anniversary!
about 10 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Today marks my twelve years on Backloggery
about 11 months ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Thank you!

I hope you wind up enjoying Metroid Dread. I thought it was great.
about 1 year ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Sleep: Not playing anything
Thank you! This year, as usual, I wound up not playing anything, but worked on a ton more color variations for my avatar.
about 1 year ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Sleep: Not playing anything
I did really enjoy 3D Blast, believe it or not; it controls like an ice skater on Valium, but it's the kind of jank I can get used to, and the worlds were an absolute joy to explore. They were smart enough to know that platforming doesn't work all that well in an isometric perspective (lookin' at you, Landstaker), so there isn't much of it there, at least not in a way that doesn't work well. And the MUSIC. I remember having one of the tunes pop into my head one day at work, and for the life of me, I could not figure out which of the Sonic trilogy it came from... until I went through them in my head and realized it couldn't have been any of them. Eventually, I realized that it was from 3D Blast, and I discovered a lot of music I'd overlooked; I'm usually too absorbed in a good game to really appreciate its soundtrack at first. Diamond Dust is easily my favorite. I do even like the isometric aesthetic; I guess I have a thing for simple geometry, but it almost always looks good to me. As for the alliteration, Mega Bomberman does that, too, even if in a really weirdly '90s way, with Vexin' Volcano, Crankin' Castle, and my personal favorite, Slammin' Sea.
about 1 year ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Sleep: Not playing anything
I did like the review; I thought it did a good job of covering everything that Sonic CD entails. I would certainly fit into "To each their own" category, though; I've tried to get into Sonic CD quite a few times (even just a few days ago), and I just can't. I like the music and the visuals, but I found the hidden elements to be unnecessarily stressful in that Bubble Bobble sort of way, where if you miss it, you're screwed for the entire rest of the run. Sonic's general level design isn't really conducive to exploration, in my opinion, either, and I found the time traveling mechanics to be really janky. But hey, I'm not the type to say, "This game is bad, and nobody should like it," even when I'm completely baffled as to why it's popular, like Shadow of Colossus. Enjoyable read, as always, Starboy.
about 1 year ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Assuming they still have passwords in the port, do this: Enter BCDF (the first four letters on the password screen) and go to the bonus level. After that you'll go to level one, but by getting some bazookas from the bonus level, you'll be able to find the bonus level item in level 1 so you'll be able to go back and stock up on more items and 1UPs.

There's an important item later on that'll prove extremely useful to a certain boss: the flamethrower. It's in one of the castle levels later on. I forget which, but with this information, you'll be able to pinpoint it when the time comes. (Note that it will be hidden, as it will be hiding behind a column.)
To each their own; be kind to one another