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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:06 pm

Perhaps the second-best RPG on the SNES in Final Fantasy III/VI. It's 10/10, too. And if you like Zelda, give Lufia II a try, it incorporates a lot of the puzzle-solving of it (and likely somewhat inspired Wild ARMs as well).

Secret of Mana is pretty much just "wait until you hit 100% before attacking". You can also charge up as you get weapon levels, but it takes a bit too long for the highest levels. Kind of like Cyan's SwordTech stuff, as you'll find out in FFIII. :lol:
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Ack Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:09 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Oh man Blu has no idea what's ahead of him.

I feel like I've now played all the "classic" JRPGs and have to dive into obscurity for my next fix.

About time we hit up Inindo.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:11 pm

Don't do it!

(Actually, I own it, and I remember Game Informer giving it a glowing review for whatever reason back in the day.)
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Flake Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:17 pm

3/19: Sonic Generations (3DS)
3/22: Sonic Colors (Wii)
4/10: Sonic Adventure DX (GCN)
4/17: Knuckles in Sonic 2 (SG/WiiVC)
6/15: Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (PSP/PSTV)
8/4: Metal Slug (Arcade/PS4)
8/5: Metal Slug 2 (Arcade/PS4)
8/5: Metal Slug X (Arcade/PS4)
8/5: Metal Slug 3 (Arcade/PS4)
8/22: Megaman X (SNES/GCN)
8/29: Megaman X2 (SNES/GCN)
9/3: Megaman X3 (SNES/GCN)
9/3: Megaman X4 (PSX/GCN)
9/4: Megaman X5 (PSX/GCN)
9/5: Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PSN/PS3)
9/6: Street Fighter V (PS4)
9/10: Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (PSX)
9/17: Dragonball Xenoverse (PS4)
10/1: Metal Gear Solid (PSX/PS3)
10/09: Marvel vs Capcom 2 (Dreamcast)
10/11: Metal Gear Solid 2 HD (PS3)
10/18: Metal Gear Solid 3 HD (PS3)


My Metal Gear run through continues! Metal Gear Solid 2 in HD is kind of a yawn. The enhanced resolution does not really add that much to the game. MGS3 in HD, however, is amazing. I have really hard times distinguishing shades of green and having higher resolution + a larger TV made this game so much more playable for me. I think I enjoyed it for more than just the story for the first time ever!
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:18 pm

Blu wrote:I have Final Fantasy 3 (6) and Secret of Mana queued up next.


NOICE. Only problem is that you're starting at the top. It's all downhill after this. :lol:

Sarge wrote:Perhaps the second-best RPG on the SNES in Final Fantasy III/VI.


I'd put this at #1 and Chrono Trigger at #2. Chrono Trigger is mechanically much more sound, but the aesthetics of FFVI push it over the edge for me. It's absurdly gorgeous.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by MrPopo Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:17 am

Sarge wrote:Secret of Mana is pretty much just "wait until you hit 100% before attacking". You can also charge up as you get weapon levels, but it takes a bit too long for the highest levels. Kind of like Cyan's SwordTech stuff, as you'll find out in FFIII. :lol:

After watching a SoM speedrun at a GDQ I'm now convinced that charging is amazing, as long as you're willing to abuse a rollover bug.

I'll second the Lufia II recommendation; I think it's one of the best lesser known RPGs on the system. My personal top three are a tie between FF6 and CT, with Earthbound as a close third.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:41 am

It should be okay, though. I started at or near the top (Final Fantasy III), and wasn't turned off of other 16-bit JRPGs. :)

We'll just make CT and FFIII 1a) and 1b), 'kay? 8)
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by BoneSnapDeez Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:59 am

Don't skip Brandish and The 7th Saga.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:29 pm

January:
1) Bonk's Adventure (NES)
2) Little Samson (NES)
3) Holy Diver (NES)
4) Holy Diver (NES) (legit!)
5) Mitsume Ga Tooru (NES)
6) TMNT II: The Arcade Game (NES)
7) Mighty Final Fight (NES)
8] Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES)
9) Monster In My Pocket (NES)
10) Battle of Olympus (NES)
11) Gunstar Heroes (GEN) (repeat)
12) Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4)
13) Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trespasser (PS4)
14) Captain America and the Avengers (NES)
15) StarTropics (NES)
16) Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) (save states)
17) Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) (legit)
18) Crisis Force (NES)
19) Esper Dream 2 (NES)
20) Felix the Cat (NES)
21) Moon Crystal (NES)
22) Panic Restaurant (NES)
23) Frankenstein (NES)
24) Crystalis (NES)
25) Nekketsu Kakutou Densetsu (NES)

February:
26) Killer Instinct (GB)
27) Mashin Hero Wataru Gaiden (NES)
28) Sly Spy (ARC)
29) The Red Star (unreleased XBOX, also on PS2)
30) Adventure Island 4 (NES)
31) Cocoron (NES)
32) Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)
33) Xeodrifter (VITA)
34) Doom 2 (PC)
35) Brandish: The Dark Revenant (PSP)
36) Magical Pop'n (SNES)
37) The Ninja Warriors (SNES)
38) Phantasy Star (SMS)
39) Phantasy Star III (GEN)
40) Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (3DS)
41) Brandish: The Dark Revenant (Dela Mode)

March:
42) Freedom Planet (Milla, 82 lives lost) (PC)
43) Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (PC)
44) Lara Croft Go (AND)
45) Oniken (PC)
46) Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS)
47) Batman: The Video Game (GB)
48) Batman: The Video Game (NES)
49) Super Spy Hunter

April:
50) Mega Man 2 (NES)
51) Mega Man 4 (NES)
52) Mission: Impossible (NES)
53) Mega Man 6 (NES)
54) Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
55) Sword Master (NES)
56) DuckTales 2 (NES)
57) Rush'n Attack (NES)
58) Mega Man 3 (NES)
59) Mega Man 5 (NES)
60) Mega Man (NES)
61) S.C.A.T. - Special Cybernetic Attack Team (NES)
62) TaleSpin (NES)
63) Double Dragon III (NES)
64) Donkey Kong (NES)
65) Astyanax (NES)

May:
66) Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu (NES)
67) The New Ghostbusters II (NES, proto)
68) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PSP, via Dracula X Chronicles)
69) Revenge of Shinobi (GEN)
70) Shinobi III (GEN)
71) Shadow Dancer (GEN)
72) El Viento (GEN)
73) Earnest Evans (GEN)
74) One Must Fall 2097 (PC)
75) A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)
76) Hebereke (NES)
77) Contra (NES)
78) Wario Land: Shake It! (WII)
79) Gimmick! (NES)
80) Ninja Gaiden (GG)
81) Wai Wai World 2 (NES)
82) Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (NES)
83) Uncharted: Golden Abyss (VITA)
84) Double Dragon (SMS)

June:
85) Astra Superstars (SAT)
86) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (360)
87) Star Wars: Dark Forces 2 - Jedi Knight (PC)
88) Star Wars: Dark Forces (PC)
89) VVVVVV (PC)
90) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (GEN)
91) Broforce (PS4)
92) Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight (PC)
93) The Terminator (SCD)
94) Aban Hawkins and the 1001 Spikes (PC)
95) Electronic Super Joy (PC)
96) Golden Axe (GEN)
97) Double Dragon (GB)
98) Double Dragon II (GB)
99) Double Dragon III (GB)
100) Super Mario Land (GB)
101) Kirby's Dream Land (GB)

July:
102) Vapor Trail (GEN)
103) King Colossus (GEN)
104) Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)
105) Curse of Issyos (PC)
106) Alisia Dragoon (GEN)
107) Curse of the Crescent Isle DX (PC)
108) Tales of Hearts R (VITA)
109) Flashback (SCD)
110) Rayman Legends (VITA)
111) Wonder Boy in Monster World (GEN) (via 360)
112) Altered Beast (ARC)
113) Altered Beast (GEN)
114) Song of the Deep (PS4)

August:
115) Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (WII)
116) Another Metroid 2 Remake (AM2R) (PC)
117) Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (GEN)
118) Streets of Rage (GEN)
119) Technobabylon (PC)
120) Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB)
121) Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (GG)

September:
122) Xenoblade Chronicles X
123) Final Fight (ARC) (via Final Fight: Double Impact)
124) Magic Sword (ARC) (via Final Fight: Double Impact)
125) Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
126) Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty
127) X-Men (ARC)
128) Vanguard (ARC)
129) Trio the Punch (ARC)
130) Street Fighter 2': Special Champion Edition (GEN)
131) Snake Rattle 'n' Roll (NES)
132) Rad Racer (NES)
133) Super Mario Bros. (NES)

October:

134) JAWS (NES)
135) Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus
136) Double Dragon II: The Revenge (PCE CD)

I've always wanted to finish this one, y'all. I love DDII on NES, but this one... well, it's just not as good.

First, the good: it looks nice. It's got some really cool anime cutscenes, and the sprites are pretty nice, too. A decent amount of variation in areas as well, like the NES version.

Now, the bad:
- It doesn't feel as solid. The NES games have a meaty feel to them that this one doesn't quite have. It's still good, but it feels a little more like Super Double Dragon than the NES games, but I like that game a lot more than this, too.
- The moveset is here, but it's not nearly as effective or satisfying. The hyper knee is easier to pull, though, for what it's worth, but all the super moves' effectiveness has been toned down.
- The soundtrack is... well, it's just not very good. The NES version had a great one, moody, driving, and triumphant in equal measure. This has some pretty cheesy-sounding redbook audio that sounds in a few instances like it might have been some sort of easy-listening junk. Blah.
- There's still some platforming here, but most areas have been shortened and simplified quite a bit. I'm surprised they kept the jumping sequence in the temple stage, but it's much easier to clear them. This might be the one area that is a bit improved, because some of the platforming challenges in the NES version required amazing precision. This one just requires decent skill, but it still feels kinda cheap in comparison.

I should have known to jack up the difficulty for the true ending: it pulls the same thing as DDII on NES, but at least it actually lets you fight the very last boss this time. I'm not going through it again, because it pales in comparison to the NES version. It's merely competent. 5/10.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by PartridgeSenpai Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:44 am

I would say my best two SNES JRPG's are also FFVI followed by Chrono Trigger, but I'd have Lufia II as my next one down. For a SNES JRPG not made by Square, it has a really good translation, and really well written characters. The general plot has its problems, feeling too hamfistedly linear, lack of musical cues ruining touching moments, but I think the game powers through them really well, and is a truly fantastic blend of Dragon Quest-style combat and Zelda-style puzzles. (for the record, even though it isn't a SNES game such as a Super Famicom game, I would put DQ5 as #4 on that list).
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