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Re: April Together Retro: 1980s Genesis

Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:55 am
by BoneSnapDeez
So last night I did something I rarely do these days. I stayed up very late gaming............. and beat Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle.

Very disappointing game. The hit detection ruins it completely, as does the baffling inclusion of rock-paper-scissors battles. A shame, as the stage backgrounds are pretty charming.

I'm going balls out now; I'm gonna play Sword of Vermilion. 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Re: April Together Retro: 1980s Genesis

Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:34 pm
by Note
BoneSnapDeez wrote:So last night I did something I rarely do these days. I stayed up very late gaming............. and beat Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle.

Very disappointing game. The hit detection ruins it completely, as does the baffling inclusion of rock-paper-scissors battles. A shame, as the stage backgrounds are pretty charming.

I'm going balls out now; I'm gonna play Sword of Vermilion. 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)


I tried out Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle on the Genesis mini a few months ago, but couldn't get into it. Salute to you for getting through it. The mechanics felt off, it just didn't click for me.

Lol, good luck with Sword of Vermilion!

Re: April Together Retro: 1980s Genesis

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:56 am
by BoneSnapDeez
Sword of Vermilion is kinda cool. Though an ARPG (loosely speaking), it has that same kinda "slow" melancholic gloomy atmosphere seen in Phantasy Star III and The 7th Saga (two other RPGs I enjoy). The grinding is a bit out of control though.

Re: April Together Retro: 1980s Genesis

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:20 am
by nightrnr
I don't remember grinding a ton, but then I don't mind it if I like the atmosphere and am enjoying myself.

I was actually overleveled by the end of the game, but I won't tell you why until you are done with it.

Gives me hope for Phantasy Star III if it has a similar vibe. I haven't ever even started a game yet. Thinking of playing it on either GBA (after I finish the 1st one) or PSP.

Phantasy Star II, I've played through twice, I think, and PSIV was my 1st, so I'm all over the place on that series.

Re: April Together Retro: 1980s Genesis

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:34 am
by PartridgeSenpai
Booted up the PS3 Genesis collection today and discovered, much to my chagrin, that Revenge of Shinobi isn't on it! (it actually isn't on the PS2 collection either, not that I even own it anymore). So my plan to play that game went down the tubes ^^;

I messed around with some other games on the collection though. The only one that would apply for this that I played was Super Thunder Blade which I played for all of about 3 minutes before I was too bored and frustrated to bother carrying on :lol:

I think I'll give Golden Axe another whack over the next few days, even though that's never been a particular favorite of mine either. I doubt I'll finish it, either way, but at least I can say I tried to participate this month if nothing else ^^;

Re: April Together Retro: 1980s Genesis

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:49 pm
by pook99
@Bonesnap: the rock-paper-scissor thing was the dumbest thing I have ever seen in a game, I mean you guess wrong and lose a life?? WTF were they thinking? The game is mediocre either way but I may have slogged through it if not for that horrible design decision.

Re: April Together Retro: 1980s Genesis

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:22 am
by nightrnr
One of my favorite things playing a platformer is Boss fights. I've always thought that Alex Kidd cheapened the experience greatly by replacing these sacred events with janken.

@PartridgeSenpai
Yeah, Revenge of Shinobi was left out of most later collections. One of the reasons I keep my 6-pack cart around and even still boot up Sega Smash pack on Dreamcast sometimes (atrocious as the porting is). Oddly not a game I ever play on standard emulation.

Re: April Together Retro: 1980s Genesis

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:24 am
by opa
I did try Sword of Vermillion and it is way too slow for me to slog through. (I really did want to like it though; music sounds pretty good).

There's a curious change in Golden Axe on the PSP collection. They took out the female death screams. Now whenever a female dies they give the deep man "AGH!" upon fading away. Maybe they felt that was too violent but you're hitting people with a sword/axe anyway so that doesn't justify censoring a game that was already old at the time of the collections release.

Re: April Together Retro: 1980s Genesis

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:53 am
by Ack
It probably sounded too erotic. A lot of female wounding or death screams in games can also sound close to sexual moans if taken out of context.

Re: April Together Retro: 1980s Genesis

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:50 pm
by BoneSnapDeez
opa wrote:I did try Sword of Vermillion and it is way too slow for me to slog through. (I really did want to like it though; music sounds pretty good).


Despite being an action RPG, it does have pacing similar to that of the original Dragon Quest.

There are some cool tunes. I like this inn theme:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dARf5rq ... D3&index=7