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Steam
G-MODEアーカイブス+ 女神転生外伝 新約ラストバイブル (Last Bible)
Alice joined the party! (Interestingly enough the game actively informs the player about the new member's equipment) [Compendium: 14%]

Updated about 4 days ago

This is... fascinating Ok, now we're talking... it has a bestiary! TT A bit of a convoluted one but still...
(U)
Steam
Capcom Arcade Stadium: Ghosts 'n Goblins
I simply can't get past the two Satans with the shield... Maybe that's it for me.

Updated about 1 week ago

Oh, despite the better frame rate at times it's stickier than the Famicom port I grew with. Devilish thing indeed. Poor souls who had to drop actual coins on this TT Created a save file [3] before Satans' battle to practice and it took me like 40 tries. That on top of the regular level failures and I simply can't take it anymore. Maybe I'll be back someday, we'll see.
(U)
Steam
Cats Organized Neatly
Ok, now the grid expands further. This wasn't supposed to be this annoying o.o' Chapter 4/8. Achievements: 8 / 20 (40%)

Updated about 2 weeks ago

☆☆★★★
(U)
Steam
Capcom Arcade Stadium: VULGUS
Man, it's tough... and rough. But we can see where 1942 came from--including the beepy soundtrack.

Updated about 2 months ago

☆☆☆★★ Now I know why it's objectively bad: it's such a poor risk/reward ratio--not score-wise, but the actual exchanges themselves. Your ship can barely outmaneuver/peashoot regular enemies, let alone coping up with managing formations for score-that-amounts-to-1ups (same goes for barely useful power-ups). I'm betting the JPN version lends the player's ship a bit of an edge on speed... It just feels lighter. It takes me an average of 2 dozen tries to get through level 1 without dying.
(B)
Steam
Mighty No. 9
Review up! https://themagnificent7s.blogspot.com/2023/12/mighty-no-9.html Achievements: 19 / 70 (27%)

Updated about 5 months ago

☆☆★★★ I swear it looks better with low graphics specs :P I know this may sound ironic... But a bit of polish would make this a very interesting game. Once you get the hang of the rhythm it's intended to be played it feels pretty good. The build-buffs risk-reward system may be on to something... The "hint" system is a neat way to integrate the plot to level design and gameplay. Some levels/bosses have cool gimicry too, but mostly outstay their welcome and are poorly/cheaply executed.
(U)
VCH
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
Going for a :C: run on https://www.twitch.tv/julianozuca

Updated about 8 months ago

★★★★★ Oh, how sweet it is to revisit this... The Photo Booth is awesome.
(U)
Steam
Ys I and II Chronicles+: Ys I
Uh, got back to the game after almost a year and triggered an interesting achievement! Achievements: 2 / 17 (12%)

Updated about 3 years ago

Despite always drooling over the screenshots in mags at the time I never tried a game in the series. It looks (and specially sounds) fantastic. Equipment/levels really make a difference--feels rewarding, but encourages grinding all the same. Well, the twin trees are intact. Now gotta find a place for that key?

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about 6 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Thank you! I've found the capsule reviews to be one of the most fun parts of this backlogging thing...
about 2 weeks ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
You're in for a treat at the end of New Testament 1. I hope you enjoy it.
about 2 months ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Oh my god, yes! Thank you!

I'm so happy to finally play Boktai the way it was meant to be! I ADORE this series! It's really cool getting to experiment with the Solar Sensor for puzzles in real life! One of my favorite puzzles with it so far was one I didn't even put any real thought into with the ROM I used to play it before. There's a side dungeon with a small sealed-off cave where a Bok slowly moves towards a pit that it'll walk into and die. On the other side of the pit, there's a weight switch, and if sunlight hits the sensor, it'll create a light bridge across the pit! It'll also create a skylight, though which also instantly kills the Bok, so you've got to cover and uncover the sensor with the right timing to activate the switch with the Bok! Your reward for doing so is the 2nd tier of the Lance Frames, the Spear, and it's so much stronger than everything else you'll have by that point!

Aside from that, one thing in the game that has me giggling like an idiot is whenever a skylight is available and a few Sun-weak enemies are in the room with me! I knock on the wall where the skylight is, cover the sensor, lure everything there, and then uncover and watch everything instantly die! It's super fun! If you ever get to play any of the GBA entries physically, absolutely do so! I'm loving it to bits! The side dungeons are the perfect length for quick bits of exposure to the sun if that's a concern, and the game's pacing is still as great as ever!
Starting a new blog on video games history preservation: vgvisualvault.blogspot.com