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Re: What are you playing?

by strangenova Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:55 am

I have not seen that no, but I can spare 10 minutes for something that awesome. Yeah it's one that you can always come back to and chip away at. I love all the weapon synergies you can build and just do crazy things with
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Re: What are you playing?

by pierrot Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:15 pm

Xeogred wrote:I finally played and beat Revenge of Shinobi myself last year. Not going to lie though, I used some save states and eventually looked up how to finish the last level because it got infuriating haha. Final boss was tough as nails too.

So, I actually finished The Revenge of Shinobi. Kept with just the 50 "shurikins." Over the weekend, I realized that I could farm lives in stage 3-2, after figuring out that the "1up" buried in some of the containers was actually a 2up. After doing that for a while (I think I stopped somewhere around 13, or 14 lives in stock), I moved on, and was able to get to stage 7 without too much trouble, but oh man! That jump in stage 7 is pure bull crap. I lost all of my lives (even going through all my continues) just trying to 1) get to that jump, and 2) make it over that jump. I don't know why they did this again. There's a jump like it in Shinobi for the Master System, too, and it's one of the main reasons I've not gone back to that game at all (that and Madara). I eventually, on the final life of my final continue, realized that I needed to actually run at the jump. Before that I had even been trying to use the fuushin jutsu, but was still coming up short. So I made that jump on my last possible attempt. I think I picked up an extra life via points, in stage 7-2, and made it to the boss, which is unfortunately where I found out that my copy of the game is the last revision of it. I had two cracks at the boss, but no dice.

I let a day or two pass, and came back to it with the knowledge that another "1up" at the beginning of stage 5-2, that I was initially very confused by when I had found it, was also a 2up. That one's a lot faster to farm, so I grabbed a few extra lives in 3-2, then got I-don't-even-know-how-many extra lives in stock from 5-2. It was plenty. I didn't really die all that much, this time around, and was able to clear the jump in 7-1 on my first attempt, somehow. Was also able to beat the boss of stage 7 pretty easily, and 8-1 was not even all that difficult, either, even though I hadn't seen it before. Stage 8-2 was a little annoying, but at least the areas were numbered, and after 20 minutes or so, I was able to finish it. The actual route is really pretty simple, but figuring it out was the really tough part. It was the point where I really wish the game had a dash mechanic, like Shinobi III, because a lot of the time, I was just walking back through empty areas that I had already cleared of enemies. I was able to find a secret room full of nice stuff along the way, anyway. Final boss was a jerk. I ended up using a fair number of mijin jutsu against him, but got the bad ending, apparently. Still had nine or more lives in stock, though. Was not too pleased to find out I had completely missed a fairly subtle component of that last fight, that's actually pretty important within the context of the game. It's a weirdly abrupt ending regardless, though.

I kind of like the game, overall, but I feel like it's partly out of Stockholm Syndrome. It's honestly not terribly difficult, after learning it, but learning the game is really frustrating.

Xeogred wrote:IHave you played Shadow Dancer? Though you can only take one hit in that one, I found it to be a little easier and breezy.

I've tried it out when testing the copy that I have, but not really, no. I've kind of prevented myself from playing Shadow Dancer or Shinobi III, fully, before finishing Revenge of Shinobi. So, now that it's out of the way (and I was really unsure about whether or not it ever would be), I intend to play Shadow Dance, and Shinobi III. I'm really looking forward to playing more of Shinobi III, but hopefully Shadow Dancer is also really good.


In other news, I'm also up to Stage 9 of Shijou Saidai Soukoban. I'm not sure if I'll actually stick with this version of Soukoban through the 25 stages, just because it requires finishing a certain number (seems to be between six and ten, in my experience) of the ten floors of the stage, before moving on to the next stage, and getting a password. Some of the floors at this point take a lot of time to finish, even if the solutions aren't all that difficult. When I actually have to think about the solution, particularly on the larger floors, it's a lot of time to invest when there are a handful more floors needed before I can get a password, and stop. I usually don't think much about the time, but I also don't want to be up until 4am working on Soukoban puzzles all the time, because I could easily make the mistake of continuing on with the next stage, and throw away two hours without even really thinking about it.
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Re: What are you playing?

by Kowalski Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:29 pm

Farming the fire spirit stones in Lineage Classic. Kinda chilling gameplay.

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Re: What are you playing?

by PartridgeSenpai Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:44 pm

Tried out Titanfall 2 and Viva Pinata in the past couple days. Both good games, but not ones in genres that I particularly care for (FPS and farming sims). I'd probably enjoy both more if I played them on PC, tbh, but I chose to just put them down. They just weren't really grabbing me.

What I started playing today which has grabbed me is Katamari Forever! This game is a remix of the best stages from the previous 4 Katamari games, and it's great fun so far. It's really nice to play the old Katamari 1 levels, especially, as the better physics in this really make those SO much more playable than they were on the original. At the very least, the much faster load times and inclusion of some of the DLC levels from the Xbox 360 game make this an easy recommendation so far, as it doesn't really have truly original content from what I can tell.
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Re: What are you playing?

by korvd Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:05 pm

Kowalski wrote:Farming the fire spirit stones in Lineage Classic. Kinda chilling gameplay.

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How do you farm them, are there any special rates at the Skelth during the Christmas holidays?
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Re: What are you playing?

by Arenegeth Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:14 pm

For the last few days, I took a bit of a break from Shenmue and started the original Spyro the Dragon on the PS1.

I'm already about 56% complete, and I complete a world a day on average, so I should be done within the next three days.

Spyro is one of those 3D platformers that allows you to 100% a stage from the first visit, since there's no power upgrades like with games like Banjo-Kazooie, so no backtracking is necessary. And with my experience with the genre the game seems awfully easy so far and I doubt that's going to change. But I'm still loving it, I have a soft spot for 3D platformers from that era, and I've been meaning to play this game and its sequels since they were released, so I'm glad I got a chance to do it before I croaked.

But last night I returned to Shenmue. My break wasn't just because I was tired or so I could start Spyro, it was also because I was procrastinating about the Warehouse choice, which I ended up doing in three different ways.

First, and as I already said, I did it without failure, though that wasn't my original intention. But I quickly realized the next day, that my money had dropped to pitifully low levels, to the point that I couldn't afford to go to Lapis (well technically I could but I think the game doesn't let Ryo drop under 500 Yen).

Then I went back and did the Warehouse again, only this time I spend as much time as possible to get the complete map and all the scenes, thinking that the allowance from those days would solve my money problems forever. Well, the game is smart enough to subtract the bus fares to and from the Harbor every time, so instead of 500 Yen a day you got 180 Yen per lost day. So that ended up not really worth it, since I did get a less than expected boost in funds, but at a great price, since I wasted a week of in-game time.

So I decided to go for the middle route, I went back again and missed the minimum days necessary to get the complete map, that way I kept some days, and got a little money boost to see me through the immediate Lapis entries, and I can live with missing the two short bum scenes. This also allowed me to keep the days before Christmas, which I was planning to use for the Raffle at Abe's.

Speaking of which, I am a proud owner of a shinny new Dural Gold!

It took 198 attempts by trading the 5 winning cans I save scummed in the previous two days over and over again. That was in the 24th of December. And yes it was the exact 198th can that got me the Dural Gold, I was actually writing them down as I was trading them, since the odds are officially supposed to be 1/400, but someone at the Shenmue Dojo after some testing says they are supposed to be 1/600 so I was only going to try for 300 trades on the 24th and go for 300 more on the 25th to see if I hit the average.

Hopefully, I won't have to revert to an older save again and have to deal with those odds all over again, but as far as I know, and ignoring the two bum Warehouse scenes, there's nothing I missed including minor scenes or Notebook entries, so if I do restart, it will be to trim down my total time, but hopefully that won't be necessary.

pierrot wrote:Have you gotten into slot house grinding yet?

Not yet, though I will be getting to it soon. I forgot about the whole bank deposit money thing you get for the Hong Kong ticket at the end of Disc 2. With that money I should be able to cover a lot of issues, and the 777's should be save scummable, which might cost me in real-life time but not in-game.

So other than Shenmue and Spyro, I finally installed Harvester on my PC and set it up on Dosbox properly, which wasn't that easy. I could always fall back to the GOG version, which is also running on Dosbox but is already optimized, but unless I get an issue on Disc swap or later down the line, I'm good to go.

Though I'm not sure when I'll be starting the game, this is one of those Adventure games that could benefit from multiple playthroughs, so I'll probably wait until I'm done with Shenmue I or at least the Dreamcast version, before I start.
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Re: What are you playing?

by pierrot Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:54 pm

Arenegeth wrote:Speaking of which, I am a proud owner of a shinny new Dural Gold!

You lucky son of a.... Congrats on the Gold Dural!

Yeah, the slots are save scumable, but I find that it can't quite be done in one or two in-game days. With your luck, maybe that's not as much of an issue. By the way, did you get one of each of the Yukawa figures to encounter him in the restaurant on Christmas? I can't remember if that was removed for the Western releases or not. I remember reading that if you have more than one of each, he doesn't appear, or has a lower chance of showing up, or something like that, though.
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Re: What are you playing?

by Kowalski Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:30 pm

korvd wrote:
Kowalski wrote:Farming the fire spirit stones in Lineage Classic. Kinda chilling gameplay.

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How do you farm them, are there any special rates at the Skelth during the Christmas holidays?


No special rates, location is pretty unpopulated during winter holidays, so it's a good chance to bite off more than you can chew.
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Re: What are you playing?

by pook99 Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:34 pm

Currently playing God of War on PS4 again, in the past I could not get into the game at all but decided to give it another go and I am really enjoying it. I am not sure what changed, I bought the game day one(which is rare for me) and was super hyped for it. Played it for a bit but never enjoyed it, I would go back every couple of weeks and play for a short time, disliking it each time I played.

Decided to fire it up one last time on New Years day and I got super into it, I don't know why I didnt like it in the past but I'm glad I gave it another chance.
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Re: What are you playing?

by BogusMeatFactory Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:41 pm

pook99 wrote:Currently playing God of War on PS4 again, in the past I could not get into the game at all but decided to give it another go and I am really enjoying it. I am not sure what changed, I bought the game day one(which is rare for me) and was super hyped for it. Played it for a bit but never enjoyed it, I would go back every couple of weeks and play for a short time, disliking it each time I played.

Decided to fire it up one last time on New Years day and I got super into it, I don't know why I didnt like it in the past but I'm glad I gave it another chance.


Most times, I find that the environment around me just isn't conducive to a specific game. My mind is distracted, I can't dedicate time to it or there are other real-world issues pressing on me. Sometimes it is just personal desire, where you were hyped and then kind of burnt out by the time it got in your hands. A lot of folks never get to the second stage of the retry and it is a shame. We act like our experiences are some rigid, set in stone, unchanging moment when in reality, our perspectives shift and change and things we may not have liked, could turn into some of our most favorite moments.

I know that was the case for me with Shenmue. Fun fact folks, I hated that game when I first played it. I found it dull and unplayable. Now it is seriously my second most favorite game of all time. The same can be applied to other games like Samba De Amigo, Space Channel 5, Final Fantasy IX and Metal Gear Solid. All games that I just despised at first and did not click with me in the least and later become some of my personal favorites. So I salute you Pook for giving it another shot and finding entertainment in it. I hear that God of War is an absolutely spectacular game and one I hope to play when I finally get a PS4.
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