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Blaster Master Zero 2
This is neat. Some interesting ideas and new visual environments. Seems a fair bit more difficult than the first one, too.

Updated about 1 day ago

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Horizon Chase Turbo
World Tour beaten and 96% completed

Updated about 3 weeks ago

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Sega Genesis Classics: Landstalker: The Treasures of King Noll
The controls are a little frustrating (moreso on the Switch), but I love Dark Savior so much that I can't really be mad at this.

Updated about 1 month ago

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Sega Genesis Classics
Playing through games chronologically (for the most part!)

Updated about 2 months ago

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Sega Genesis Classics: Galaxy Force II
Between this, Space Harrier II, and Super Thunder Blade, there sure are a lot of rail shooters in the early Genesis collection

Updated about 2 months ago

raritycatchme'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.
514 (U)
  459 Unplayed  
89.3% of Unfinished
31.8% of Total
35.6%
210 (B)
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719 (C)
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Wishlist  4 ?         Top-Rated  155 ?????         Master Runs  8 (M)
Xbox One 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Atari 2600 C O M P L E T E ! 1 Total
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Game Boy BEAT 2 (B) 24 (C) 28 Total
SNES 1 (U) 18 (B) 58 (C) 77 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 2 (U) 6 (B) 16 (C) 24 Total
Nintendo 64 1 (U) 10 (B) 28 (C) 42 Total
Saturn BEAT 1 (B) 10 (C) 11 Total
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PlayStation 1 (U) 6 (B) 28 (C) 35 Total
PlayStation 2 2 (U) 4 (B) 27 (C) 35 Total
Game Boy Advance 2 (U) 2 (B) 12 (C) 16 Total
GameCube 8 (U) 3 (B) 13 (C) 36 Total
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Nintendo DS 19 (U) 9 (B) 18 (C) 49 Total
Xbox 360 19 (U) 18 (B) 62 (C) 119 Total
XbxGoD 6 (U) 5 (B) 2 (C) 16 Total
Xbox LIVE Arcade 9 (U) 20 (B) 31 (C) 70 Total
XNA Indie Games BEAT 1 (B) 5 (C) 7 Total
Dreamcast 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
PlayStation Portable 2 (U) 3 (B) 11 (C) 18 Total
Wii 11 (U) 6 (B) 9 (C) 34 Total
WiiWare 1 (U) 0 (B) 5 (C) 6 Total
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Nintendo 3DS C O M P L E T E ! 10 Total
3DS Downloads 5 (U) 14 (B) 28 (C) 51 Total
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OUYA BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Wii U 3 (U) 3 (B) 6 (C) 12 Total
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Virtual Console (WiiU) 14 (U) 12 (B) 24 (C) 72 Total
PlayStation 3 2 (U) 1 (B) 2 (C) 12 Total
PlayStation Network 1 (U) 1 (B) 4 (C) 8 Total
PSOne Classics 6 (U) 0 (B) 2 (C) 18 Total
PS2 Classics 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
GOG.com 177 (U) 5 (B) 64 (C) 270 Total
Steam 103 (U) 12 (B) 35 (C) 220 Total
PC 6 (U) 3 (B) 9 (C) 18 Total
Android C O M P L E T E ! 7 Total
Nintendo Switch 2 (U) 3 (B) 2 (C) 7 Total
Switch Downloads 66 (U) 19 (B) 20 (C) 144 Total
itch.io 1 (U) 0 (B) 1 (C) 2 Total
Browser C O M P L E T E ! 1 Total
PlayStation 4 2 (U) 3 (B) 2 (C) 9 Total
Xbox One Downloads 22 (U) 0 (B) 1 (C) 32 Total
Miscellaneous 8 (U) 3 (B) 3 (C) 55 Total
All Games 1784 Total
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about 4 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Ha, Blaster Master Zero 2 doesn’t even sound like a real game. You were probably confused when you read that, weren’t you?

Yeah, it came out of nowhere.
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
Hmmm... I don’t remember Pinball Land being particularly difficult. But it has been a while since I’ve ran through it.

Have you ever played Kirby Block Ball on Game Boy? It’s this weird breakout hybrid thing that works pretty well.
about 2 weeks ago

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
It's not just you. I found it hard to actually finish too. I remember clearing Poppy and Kracko easily and then being stuck on Whispy for an hour, it was pissing me off. I eventually manage.

It's a damn good pinball game but man. And sometimes the launchers seem like they won't work.

Just seems like it relies on luck.
about 2 weeks ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
To anyone who has played Kirby's Pinball Land:

Is it just me, or is this, by far, the hardest Kirby game to beat? Am I missing something?
about 2 weeks ago

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
So I JUST finished Thimbleweed Park and realized a couple of things:

1. "Annoying in-jokes" in the options menu actually means references to old games Ron Gilbert worked on. In Ransome's flashback, I disabled it and the characters from Maniac Mansion were gone. I still don't for the life of me know what "toilet paper over" means.

2. Ron Gilbert, who worked on this game, ACTUALLY worked on the other Lucasfilm Games adventure games! This isn't just a group of people making a love letter to those games of old, but rather this was a project lead by the creator of Maniac Mansion itself! Amazing.

Honestly, this should've been more obvious, but eh, whatever.

I really enjoyed the game. Everyone should play it.
about 3 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
You mean the sprites that are made of microwaved boxes of crayons? Yeah, those look like ass; I've always hated the SAIX2 filters. Final Fantasy 2 has some neat things, but it is an absolute chore to actually play. I just saw Star Wars Episode 7 last night, and I also miss imposing villains...

About a year ago, I took a week off from work; I got up for work Tuesday morning, which was my last day before vacation. Next time I went to bed was the following Saturday at 2:00am. Sometimes, I just do shit like that. Doesn't help that my dreams are so damn vivid that sometimes, I get no sleep while sleeping; I've gone 8 straight days with no sleep several times already, and I still get up and go to work, no matter how many pink leprechauns are chasing me. My OCD can invent goals for me, and I can't really stop until I've met them.

There are a lot of people who'd think that we aren't even a couple, since we don't do that many things together, but we're both kind anti-social and have not quite wildly different interests, so we just do our own thing most nights. We were marveling a few months ago that we were actually eating dinner together at the kitchen table; that doesn't even necessarily happen once a year. Well, not just the 2 of us; when we host Fucksgiving (our own made up holiday) or Dinner for Bitches (our own made up charity event), we all eat at the table together. But, I mean, you have a Hindu-Buddhist-flavored pansexual, a Cherokee shaman who has no idea what her orientation is, an atheist who is repulsed by the human body, a Jewish stripper, and George Takei's social media manager (who I once got to scream "I don't know how to explain your existence!" at me); when you have that much of a living "walked into a bar" joke, you have to all sit at the same table. [Link] That's a new term to me.

Reality is for the real world; leave it there. I want to have my basketball games filled with flaming helicopter dunks over the collective heads of Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, and Sub-fucking-Zero; not just playing something I could watch on TV, if I had cable and/or gave a fuck about sports. Give me something I can't do on my own... yet. Good to know, though; I grabbed Saints Row 2 from GOG for free a while back, so I'm sure to have fun with that someday. And yes, "realism". Unless you're in the middle of a rainstorm in one of the shittier parts of China, reality is not that fucking brown.
about 3 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
So, now you've gotten the old wind bag started. Replayability is a bullshit excuse, and here's why: if a game is good, you're going to replay it. That's it. Mega Man didn't get people to replay it because they could choose a different order of robot masters; you could, but you played it again because it was fun. Reasons to replay a game do not need to be manufactured if the core product is solid. I feel the same about minigames: you don't need bullshit distractions from your core game, if the core game is actually good; if you do need them, then your core game isn't good, and you need to work on that, rather than putting some clown-coated duct tape all over it. Huh. I kept it shorter than usual... Just pretend it was gale force, would you? I also hated that about New Super Mario Bros. Wii in addition to the fact that the shit you had to do to get them was ridiculous; that was what killed Super Mario 64 for me. Oh, and fucking Sunshine; don't mention lily pads... 🤬😡😤⚡🔥

Yeah, that's a neat thing about them; Planescape: Torment kinda BLEW MY FUCKING MIND, though it also kinda ruined most WRPGs for me, because it's really hard to measure up to something like that. 2 and New Vegas are the only other ones I really want to play, because I've heard about how unbelievably fucking stupid the basic plot is for 4. Oh, PLEASE tell me you made a Randolph the Magic Key.

Those seem so pointless to me: why would I want to watch you make a machine play a game? If you're going to show it off, use your own skills. Well, unless it's something beautiful that's worth seeing, but too fucking torturous to play, like that Dorio Challenge hack of Super Mario Bros. 3. I do watch longplays (they have no commentary) if it's something I don't want to actually play, but want to experience, so I'm with you on that. You will have the OCCASIONAL commentator with something interesting to say, but that's one hell of a rarity; even people whose videos I really enjoy don't make Let's Plays that I can stomach. QueenofRabites (formerly SupaPixelGirl) is a good example; I just DEVOUR all of her content (or I did when she was still putting it out), because I love her sense of humor and her general attitude, but I just couldn't get into her Let's Plays. I am wired in such a way that I can't hear words and read words at the same time, so that's not an option for me; I listen to my VGM collection at work, just because it's strictly instrumental.
about 3 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
A lot of older games are like that: they suck when you start out, but once you build resources and buy some better shit, they become really good. Ginga Denshou on the Famicom Disk System is like that, Deadly Towers is like that, basically every JRPG is like that, and even the original Zelda is like that. Yet, people shit on Deadly Towers, because it doesn't have the prestige of a Zelda, so no one wants to give it the time of day. If I hadn't been such a fucking misanthrope in my younger days, I'd say that hits close to home, but I never gave a flying fuck about fitting in. But yes, I really enjoyed TMNT, Bible Buffet, Spiritual Warfare, NES Ghostbusters, Milon's Secret Castle, Super Pitfall, both Bugs Bunny games, GodZ: Monster of Monsters (love it, actually), Hydlide, and I even have a soft spot for Mario is Missing. Actually, I have a really weird memory of playing Mario is Missing late one Summer evening, and while it was still kinda light out, stopping in the middle (I was in the Japan stage), and going swimming in my underwear, which was just about this exact shade of brown/maroon: [Link] No idea why I remember that so vividly (it was CHILLY). No idea why I did it, either; I was at home, so my bathing suits were right there. Anyway, I'm of the opinion that the entirety of Metal Gear is highly overrated.

Nostalgia is what it is a misguided attempt to capture the awesome feeling of experiencing new things by doing the same old shit over and over again, and I suppose it's not the worst thing to like something, but I do draw a hard line at using it to give a game a positive review; it has absolutely no place there. My sister and I always loved StarTropics; we used to play that on snowy days when we couldn't leave the house. The sequel had so much more, and yet, it isn't quite as special, despite the fact that I've always loved games that take you through different eras. Secret of Evermore left me wanting something even more than just 4 eras, and Live-A-Live is still my favorite game ever.

Is it weird that as I'm reading this, my playlist went from Sonic to Space Harrier? Also that Space Harrier was in the most recent Yakuza game I played, and I'm close to starting another one? Anyway, I'm not quite so sure I've heard of Blazing Chrome. I can say that Catherine isn't my thing, though; it's half Visual Novel and half - how did my sister describe it? - Q*Bert from Hell, I believe.
about 3 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
Horizon Chase Turbo looks really cool. Are you liking it?
about 3 weeks ago (edited)

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
I just looked up that there racing game and it does sound exciting. Is there a non-Limited Run physical coming in May or something? It'd be tough to choose between this or Team Sonic Racing, because it does sound exciting. Or would this be something that'd be a must have via digital download?

Still need to play 2/3 of WipEout Omega Collection.

Now that I think about it, didn't Monsta Boy make a reference to Double Dragon? When you got your dragon form, Zeke said that they should call themselves the "Double Dragons?" But that didn't seem so bad. And, no doubt the references to the old WBs were amazing. I could stare at those window panes at the Sanctuary all day.
about 4 weeks ago (edited)

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Okay, so we're both playing Thimbleweed Park, and we've both noticed all the references to Maniac Mansion. It makes me wonder: where does one draw the line in terms of how many references can there be before something becomes annoying? Is it the implementations of references, or is it a matter of something being so full of references that it's aggravating, like in Ready Player One?

I'd like to think that this game may perhaps do the references right, and so far it only seems to limit itself to point and click adventure games. But wait, what about the games that make references to super well known games like Mario, Sonic, Zelda, Metroid, EarthBound, Chrono Trigger, etc.? Like High Strangeness (something I'm sure was overlooked) making EarthBound and Metroid references ("Justin Bailey" ) or Cosmic Star Heroine making Chrono Trigger references? For some weird reason, indie games just love to reference or allude to EarthBound. The recent YIIK proved that.

I mean... you know, there's never an opportunity to reference Maniac Mansion of all things, so that's pretty cool.
about 4 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I DID THAT! I found remakes of all the Final Fantasy games from 1-7 in my last round, and played through them all! Well, except my Final Fantasy 6 hack crapped out on me, and I abandoned the Final Fantasy 2 remake, because that game is, and has always been garbage. At least Kawazu eventually got it right with SaGa Frontier. If they'd remake 2 with Frontier's mechanics (even if just for stat building), I'd play the SHIT out of that! Other than that, it's just straight-up willpower resisting the urge. I have too much new shit to check out right now.

Age has certainly robbed me of time, despite the absurdly late hours that I keep, but endurance? Not so much on my end. Of course, I've been surviving on 4 hours of sleep (when my dreams actually let me; I can go anywhere from 3-8 days without sleep before totally crashing) every night for the last decade, at least. I have this theory that I'm already dead, but I'm too damn stubborn to drop over. My lady and I have been living together for well over a decade, and most nights go like this: she watches Netflix; I play games in between cooking or whatever else. What's a neet, besides a town from Legend of Dragoon?

You know, I was kicking around the idea of playing it, because I love dress-up and class systems more than anything, but... yeah, fuck it.

I haven't played them, but you bet your ASS I want some of that wonderful shark gun action! I have the second one, but I haven't gotten the chance to play it just yet. Some day... But yes, having collectibles actually mean something more than some tiresome OCD-fest (made all the worse if you actually have OCD; can confirm) is the mark of good game design. I get why they made Mario 64 the way that they did, and in that aspect, it's fine, but Banjo-Kazooie just takes it in the wrong direction, though I will someday force myself through them. That said, it wasn't designed in a vacuum; even 2D Platformers from way back in the day often had a "You finished the level, but you missed 3 coins and a magic button, so fuck you; do better" message at the end of every major accomplishment; that was just the 3D evolution of that. Anyway, I do hope that Darksiders 3 goes back to that, because Darksiders 2 was less Banjo of War and more Diablo of War. Hell, I'll even settle for "Best 3D Castlevania in years".
about 4 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I am. People seem to forget that RPGs have gameplay. I think that the best RPGs are the ones that do well in marrying story and gameplay, which I will say is not easy to do. Planescape: Torment, for example, made the story into the gameplay, because beating the shit out of people and leveling up wasn't the primary goal. Fallout does a good job with that, too; you can talk your way out of almost anything... though getting a subwoofer kick in the chest every time I fire one of those damn high-level pistols is QUITE appealing! Anyway, I think that SaGa Frontier does it well, too; each story is broken into self-sustaining chunks, so you finish a story bit, and it's not torture to grind before the next one. But half-hour cutscenes? You better damn well be the ending.

Yeah, I mean, using them now and again as placeholders, quick saves, or even mild save scumming for the occasional bullshit part is just fine by me, but for fuck's sake, I don't know why anyone would want to put themselves through one of those hacks that expect heavy save-scumming just for basic survival. Maybe that's fun to some people? I get the impression that they're mostly made for big YouTube stars for their scream-a-longs (I think the kids call them Let's Plays), and for wannabe YouTube stars to pretend they have the clout of the bigger ones by imitating them. I've played a few AVGN games and quite enjoyed them, both before and after seeing them on his show (I still maintain that Deadly Towers is good, once you get yourself established, which was common back in the day), but to play all of them? No fucking way; I'm not putting myself through Atari Jaguar Hell.

I'm not one for nostalgia, myself (that is a multi-article-length rant in an of itself), but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have memories of sitting on the '70s-as-fuck orange shag carpet in the waning hours of late Spring evenings, trying to push my way through World 5. That and late night, trying to finally beat Bowser's castle. I've become something of a human walkthrough, myself.

So, I'm going to comment creep a little and tell you that Shining Soul is tedious bullshit, but Shining Soul 2 is a damn masterpiece; one of the best games on the GBA. It's kinda like Diablo, but has more the movement of a Zelda (i.e. not slow and garbage), and it has a map that functions as a stage select, so it's also kinda arcade-style. Every class is a fucking BLAST to play, except for the boring human warrior.
about 4 weeks ago (edited)

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
I can certainly echo everything you've said about the latest Wonder Boy game, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. I can't believe how much work has gone into this game (four years in development, according to the instruction booklet you get which you get in a physical copy.) All that work has seemingly paid off, as it's one of this generation's greatest side scrolling adventure games. While there were moments that seemed obnoxiously difficult (like the volcano), it's one of the rare games I've had the pleasure of giving five stars (released in present day no less.)

The whole subgenre of side-scrolling adventure games (not gonna use... THAT term...) in this day and age is a dime a dozen, and of the ones I've played, this game stands above the rest. Monster Boy not only played naturally and has amazing visuals and play mechanics, the game has this sense of wonder (boy) that you would have seen in games of the past, which the makers have actually managed to capture. It also had some neat surprises that people who have played the previous Wonder Boy games would certainly get a kick out of (such as what you've stated in the spoiler tags.) This game's better than the Shantae games and Axiom Verge, although it may not be fair to compare them to this, considering it's part of a long running series plucked from one of gaming's biggest companies. Nonethless, it may sound like I'm overselling it and I'm just blindly praising it, but coming from someone who has high standards in terms of new "classic-inspired" games, this, I feel, really was one of the best one. If one loves video games, this is not one to miss.
about 1 month ago (edited)

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Oh, I forgot aboot Shinobi 3DS. That was a while ago. Yeah, do play that.

I do think the first SF was both Climax and Sonic/Camelot.

Uh, yeah, I think beginning with Shining Soul, they made some action adventure games in the vein of Diablo, in terms of fighting style. Neo is pretty hard and may cheese you off, but it's doable. EXA is more balanced than Neo.

I thought Shining Soul II was decent. It still felt Shining-esque (even has a cameo from SF1's Jogurt.) Much moreso than Refrain.
about 1 month ago

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
So, okay, you're playing LandStalker, a game that I randomly got as a Christmas gift in first grade. Couldn't get into it at that age, but revisited it in high school and enjoyed it.

Did you notice it has the same graphic style and audio as the Shining james? That's pretty cool. I've tried playing Shining Resonance and am severely disappointed by its presentation. The playful fairy tale fantasy aesthetic of the 16-bit era has long since been replaced by a generic anime RPG presentation, and it's derivative and doesn't stand out. I think it's been that way since Shining Tears.

I will say Shining Force Neo and EXA had pretty good gameplay, despite their flaws. Do check 'em out.
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I've been thinking about buying the Shining Force 2 on the Nintendo eShop, have you tried that yet?
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Congrats on finishing SF2!

I still need to pick that series up.
about 1 month ago

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
You weren't jokin'. I now need to figure out how to slam down lava geysers without taking damage. It's always something
about 1 month ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
And 15 years too late, by my reckoning; I think those haven't been popular since... shit, I had dial-up, whenever that was. We have enough bullshit JRPGs yanking the controller out of your hands to play itself for half-hour goddamn cutscenes that nobody has any reason to care about; why make entire stages like that? Especially because they don't even have anything interesting to show you on the big, gay boat ride. ⛵🏳‍🌈

I don't mind using states (the only emulator I've ever used with a rewind feature is SNES9X, and the fucking thing doesn't even work), but if you have to save scum your way through the whole fucking thing, I agree: that just isn't fun. I did drag my sorry ass through I Wanna be the Guy, and had fun with it now and again, but I've proven myself - that's done; Battletoads is done - I don't really need to put myself through that on a routine basis. But there are those who insist that a game isn't fun unless it's torturously difficult, so they can have fun with it; I like shit easy sometimes.

AND one of the best goddamn songs in video game music history: [Link] Well, part of it, at least. My favorite rooms are the ones that flip back and forth between purple and... cyan, probably; you REALLY gotta be on top of your shit to survive those.

It's neat that it allows SO much to be done with it, because of all of the unrealized potential that it has. I'm not really sure which is my favorite Mario Platformer, but it was World for a damn long time. I'd thought that 3 was overrated from the day I got World, but I've come to realize what makes 3 so special: it's too fucking big for its own good. No, really: the lack of save feature meant that you could use warp whistles and wind up who the fuck knows where and see all kinds of weird shit; you'd wake up the next morning and wonder if it was all some crazy fever dream that you ran along diagonally-striped cloudy skies or FELL THROUGH THE GODDAMN ABYSS OF PIPE GRAVEYARDS into some underground... oasis... THING with all sorts of crazy colors and shit, but it was dark, but the grass was super bright and WHAT THE FUCK EVEN WAS IT!? It gave the whole experience this magical, dreamlike feel that can't really be repeated now that we can blast through the whole thing in one shot. Super Mario World doesn't have that, or even more than one song, really.
All the tired horses in the sun, how'm I supposed to get any riding done?