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Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:30 pm
by PartridgeSenpai
I find the 2D games and 3D games so different that they're hard to compare, so I'm gonna make a list for each (and just lists of what I'm confident in discussing, as it's been a few years since I've played some of them). (Spoilered to conserve size)

2D Zeldas:

#1. Oracle of Seasons. While I do love Link's Awakening a LOT, that game took me 4 tries to actually finish growing up because it has such serious signposting problems of where you're actually supposed to go next. At least 2 playthroughs died in the last dungeon alone. Oracle of Seasons has all the tighter world design, great bosses, fun dungeons, of the other 2D games before it and puts it all into the best package yet. Link's Awakening is good, but its formula was improved upon. I have beaten Oracle of Ages, but it was quite some time ago and I don't really feel comfortable ranking it here because while I grew up with Seasons (although I played it after Awakening), I got Ages WAY later.

#2. Minish Cap. The writing, the art design, the combat, the dungeons, this is juuuuust barely below Oracle of Seasons and could easily be #1 on its own. It's just such a damn well designed Zelda game, it's probably one of the best GBA games period. Looking for rupees, the charms you match up with people, exploring the town, solving puzzles as you get new items. The world has such an air of mystery and exploration to it that's so rewarding that just typing about it here makes me wanna boot up my 3DS and play through it again :lol:

#3. Link to the Past. One of my favorites growing up, and I'm willing to admit a lot of the love for this /may/ be nostalgia goggles talking. 2D Zelda was definitely improved after this, but this is a really great 2nd step for the top-down 2D Zelda games. The music and atmosphere, especially in the dark world is just SO good. It was legit SO scary to me that there were no towns, nowhere to hide safely in the dark world when I was younger, and that's a memory that's too fond to really neglect for me. Lastly, it may not be fair, but I'd specifically say the GBA port of LTTP, if only because I have so many fond memories of playing Four Swords on link-cable with my cousin because that mode rocks~

#4. Legend of Zelda (original). I really wasn't a fan of the first Zelda until I got it through the 3DS Ambassador program, and then I really fell in love with it. Having no narrative really made it hard to sit down at my NES and give it the time to play through it, but just having a little action adventure game to play when I had some free time was SO fun for me that it was one of the first games to bring to my attention just how much more I preferred some games to be portable rather than on console.

I think a lot of the reason I don't wanna put them on the same list is that I just generally prefer 2D action adventure games to 3D action adventure games, but regardless here are the 3D ones :lol:

3D Zeldas:

#1: Majora's Mask. This is one that nostalgia also might have some bearing on, but it's just a game world I love so much. All the different side stories, character quests, those are what made me fall in love with this game to the point where I pushed through to beat it without realizing that the slowing-down-time song was even a thing :lol: . I enjoyed Ocarina of Time a lot when I was younger, and was so excited for the 3DS remake that I even have the standee for that from Gamestop in my room (it looks freaking awesome), but I just don't think it holds up as well because of the weaker narrative, at least as far as I enjoyed it.

#2. Breath of the Wild. This game has a surprising amount of Majora's Mask DNA in its design philosophy as far as all the extra stuff that you can use to make the later game be easier goes, and I think that may've been why I liked it so much. The shrines are really fun, and while none of the bosses are particularly difficult, this is a game where the journey was definitely more important than the destination. The cutscenes were also done really well for me. I had the Japanese voice acting on, and Zelda's VA is REALLY good in Japanese. That on top of how well the lore is done for the Gorons and especially the Garudo really just made me fall in love with the world as well. It's not the best written Zelda game, but it's up there.

#3. Wind Waker. I haven't played this one in a while, so perhaps I don't like it as much these days, but I definitely have very fond memories of Wind Waker on Gamecube. The bosses are well designed, exploring new islands is really fun an exciting, and the narrative is well done. It certainly drags in some places (like the stealth section in the beginning or finding the triforce pieces later on), but I still say that the good really outweigh the bad here.

#4. Skyward Sword. This is a bit of a hard one to put on here, but there's a reason that Skyward Sword is my most favorite game I didn't really enjoy playing. Skyward Sword has a BIG laundry list of problems, but the narrative really isn't one of them. I remember the narrative so fondly that this game makes this list if anything because if I had to choose whether to replay Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, or Skyward Sword right now, I'd probably pick Skyward Sword because its storytelling is so well done compared to the other two.

As some final notes, I will put forward that I'm basically the only person I know who really enjoyed the DS game, it seems :lol: . The only Zelda game I genuinely do not like and wouldn't want to play again is Zelda II. The game's combat is just too hard for me to enjoy the other aspects of the game like the towns or exploration, because they're all punctuated with the ever so frustrating combat. That alongside how the game's world really isn't engaging enough (unlike Skyward Sword) for me to really want to bother trying to muddle through the combat enough to see the end of the game.


As for what I've been playing, I'm gonna try and get through Tales of Destiny: Director's Cut on the PS2 so I can start the sequel next month for that month's TR. I have definitely given it enough time to sit, because where I was kinda burned out on Tales the last time I played this, I'm totally up for it now. I got SUCH a fun party member (whom I hope I get back TwT later), Kongman (whom I also assume has a different name in English) and he is SO funny :lol: . I really love the showboating muscle-head archetype in anime, and he is just so much of one of those it always make me giggle when he does his fight-end dialogue. 見せてやろう!このキンニク!(Check 'em out! THESE MUSCLES!!!) had me absolutely in stitches :lol:

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:29 am
by noiseredux
got home late last night, but played some LTTP before bed. Got the flippers. Got the mirror. Got the moon stone. Turned into a bunny. Beat the third palace; that jerk boss that can knock you down to the floor below kept doing so. Jerk. Got the Master Sword. Was too tired to continue any further.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:02 pm
by alienjesus
I finished up my randomised run of ALTTP.

I finished 215/216 treasure found apparently. No idea where the last one was, but it's annoying because it contains a bottle, the last item I need to complete the run 100%.

I enjoy ALTTP in it's original state, but I actually think I might prefer this randomised run. It makes you think outside the box and explore very thoroughly.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:30 pm
by pierrot
First of all, the best Zelda game of all time is the original Dragon Slayer. Nothing after it compares. Beyond that, I tend to like:

- Link's Awakening
- Wind Waker
- Majora's Mask
- Minish Cap

LTTP is pretty okay too, but I don't really love it. Most of the other Zelda games aren't so great, in my opinion. I don't know if it's a subconscious thing, or just a coincidence, but almost any time I have to "Save the Princess," I'm not really invested in the game at all.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:20 pm
by pook99
I am not a zelda fan at all, I have tried a vast majority of games in the series and they seldom capture my attention long enough to finish them. The only 3d zelda games that hooked me to the end are wind waker and breath of the wild, I never gave twilight princess a fair shake so that is on my bucket list.

I loved the original zelda as a kid but have not played it since I was a kid and dont really have a desire to, same with link to the past. I did enjoy zelda 2 as a kid and want to replay it at some point because I love hard games. I played most of the handheld zelda games and got bored with them before I could finish them.

My brother is the biggest zelda fan in the world, he has sealed copies and open copies of every zelda game ever made(even the cd-i ones) and every version of the respective games. He also has an entire room filled with zelda memoribilla that would make your head spin, he has some incredibly rare and obscure items that most people probably never heard of, and for halloween he dresses as link, his wife dresses as zelda, and my niece will usually dress up as some supporting character, I think she was that annoying green fairy looking dude last year. Zelda related games are literally the only games he plays and just goes back and forth replaying each game to absolute completion.

I've always been much more of a mario guy, so to change course, what is everyones top 5 mario games?

It is really hard for me to choose since I love every game in the series so much but if I had to choose it would probably be:

1) Super Mario World,
2) Mario Odyssey, I know its still new, but this game was just amazing and I already have a desire to replay it which is very rare for me.
3) Mario 3
4) Mario 64, objectively this game is probably not as good as the galaxy games but this game has so much more nostalgia attached that I have to include this over the galaxy series
5) Mario 2...thats right, I love Mario 2 and think it is the hands down the most under rated game of all time.

The only notable mario game I never played was mario 3d world due to not having a wiiu, I am really really hoping nintendo brings this game to the switch because I played a few levels at a friends house and loved it, plus mario 3d land on 3ds was amazing.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:39 pm
by laurenhiya21
When I have a spare moment, I've been playing Blue Reflection (PS4). It's a pretty simple game, but it's very chill and I really like the characters. I think I'm getting close to the end of the game I think but I'm not 100% sure.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:38 am
by SuperDerpBro
I've been really enjoying Alice Madness Returns on the 360 last couple days. Pretty sure i'm close to the end (For anyone who's played, i just went into a doll's butthole LOL). It's pretty basic in all regards but i love it, heh

Saw it digital for $5 so i bought it. Anyone want to sell me a physical? Toomuchee on :D

EDIT: Wait a min... is that a butthole.. or..


Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:27 pm
by BoneSnapDeez
Bought and played a bit of Battle Princess of Arcadias. Anyone ever heard of this? It's a side-scrolling ARPG / beat 'em up type game. Though released four years ago I didn't know it existed until yesterday. Seems to be a PS3 PSN exclusive.

It's alright. It's by NIS so it has that air of weeby cheapness, but the core mechanics are pretty solid.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:11 am
by noiseredux
I had a lot going on over the weekend - wake and funeral for instance. But I managed to play a bit of LTTP last night. I'm on the ice dungeon; tackling them in numerical order - nothing fancy. If I can keep pace I should be able to knock this one out in time to start playing Oracle Of Seasons for TR on time.

Re: What are you playing?

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:10 am
by prfsnl_gmr
BoneSnapDeez wrote:Image
Bought and played a bit of Battle Princess of Arcadias. Anyone ever heard of this? It's a side-scrolling ARPG / beat 'em up type game. Though released four years ago I didn't know it existed until yesterday. Seems to be a PS3 PSN exclusive.

It's alright. It's by NIS so it has that air of weeby cheapness, but the core mechanics are pretty solid.

I have it because it went on sale once and, really, how could I resist that sweet, sweet discount. :lol: I played it for about 10 minutes; was not impressed; and put it aside. I didn’t really give it a fair shake, though, and I’m curious to find out what you think of it.


Since I beat two games yesterday, I find myself in the rare situation of not having any active games at the moment. Moreover, my pick for next month’s TR - Time Soldiers - probably won’t take that long. Accordingly, I need to figure out something to play next. I can go with:

Games I’ve Started but Not Finished (Affordable Space Adventures, Alto’s Adventure, and Rush)

The Next Chapter in the Wonder Boy Saga (The Dynastic Hero)

Chris’ Adventure (Resident Evil Deadly Silence - Chris Redfield scenario)

Game Gear Double Dragon and Fantasy Zone Games (the title pretty much says it)

Another From Software FPARPG (Eternal Ring or Shadow Tower Abyss)

Detective Pikachu (because, why not?)

Help me decide!!!