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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:07 pm

January:
1) The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (PC) (8.5) (1/1) (~5.5 hours)
2) ActRaiser (SNES) (8.0) (1/2) (~4 hours)
3) Bonk's Revenge (GB) (6.0) (1/3) (~1 hour)
4) Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs' Big Break (GB) (6.5) (1/3) (~1 hour)
5) Blackwell Legacy (PC) (7.0) (1/5) (2.6 hours)
6) Blackwell Unbound (PC) (7.5) (1/7) (2.2 hours)
7) Blackwell Convergence (PC) (8.0) (1/7) (2.4 hours)
8) Blackwell Deception (PC) (8.0) (1/8) (4.7 hours)
9) Blackwell Epiphany (PC) (9.0) (1/9) (6.5 hours)
10) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4) (8.0) (1/22) (~55 hours)
11) Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (360) (8.0) (1/28) (~.5 hours)
12) Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck (SMS) (6.5) (1/31) (~1 hour)

I bought this not too long ago on Game Gear, but decided to play the SMS version. Not sure which version is better. I've heard the GG version plays a bit more smoothly, but it also suffers from tighter screen borders.

It's actually a nice-looking game, lots of good spritework. It's all undone by some serious slowdown, in a game that already moves at a slow pace. It's not bad, but given the pace, it wouldn't surprise me if it did work better on GG.

There's also some weird physics that will catch you unaware from time to time. And don't expect to react quickly to much of anything. Still, I've played a lot worse.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by alienjesus Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:48 pm

Sarge wrote:
I bought this not too long ago on Game Gear, but decided to play the SMS version. Not sure which version is better. I've heard the GG version plays a bit more smoothly, but it also suffers from tighter screen borders.

It's actually a nice-looking game, lots of good spritework. It's all undone by some serious slowdown, in a game that already moves at a slow pace. It's not bad, but given the pace, it wouldn't surprise me if it did work better on GG.

There's also some weird physics that will catch you unaware from time to time. And don't expect to react quickly to much of anything. Still, I've played a lot worse.

I played this about 2 years back on Game Gear. Not played the SMS version, but the slowdown was still very very prevalent on Game Gear, especially on chase segments.

It's not a bad game, but I prefer the previous 8 bit Donald game on Sega consoles - The Lucky Dime Caper. It's fairly solid. Although it's less ambitious then Deep Duck Trouble, the simpler gameplay is just more consistent and is better handled by the system.

If you want some truly great 8-bit Sega Disney games though, try all the Illusion games on Game Gear and Master System. Castle of Illusion is totally different to the Mega Drive version, and Land of Illusion and Legend of Illusion build on it in really impressive ways. Legend of Illusion in particular is an absolute graphical tour-de-force on Game Gear, it blew me away when I played it, despite it being rather short and easy.

If you're looking for similar fun 8 bit Sega platformers, give Asterix and Asterix and the Secret Mission for Master System a go too - those are a lot of fun. Avoid Asterix and the Great Rescue though, that one is pretty bad.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:01 pm

I'll give those a shot, I'm kinda in the mood for some 8-bit gaming again after all the open-world stuff I've been doing.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by alienjesus Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:23 pm

Sarge wrote:I'll give those a shot, I'm kinda in the mood for some 8-bit gaming again after all the open-world stuff I've been doing.


If possible, I'd try to play the SMS version of all of them besides Legend of Illusion, which was designed primarily for Game Gear. The SMS version of that game is a Brazilian TecToy port, so I dunno how well it holds up.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by darsparx Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:43 pm

1.) Final Fantasy I - Yes I finally beat it. Pain in my butt all the way to the end. Got DoS version beginning of the month and on and off for the past week and a half I've been slogging away at it. Even without excalibur, haste and a slew of other things that I probably should've bought in game. Now that one can finally rest and I'm not reattempting that or the game+ anytime soon...
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by TSTR Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:52 pm

darsparx wrote:1.) Final Fantasy I - Yes I finally beat it. Pain in my butt all the way to the end. Got DoS version beginning of the month and on and off for the past week and a half I've been slogging away at it. Even without excalibur, haste and a slew of other things that I probably should've bought in game. Now that one can finally rest and I'm not reattempting that or the game+ anytime soon...

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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by PartridgeSenpai Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:03 pm

Partridge Senpai's 2017 Beaten Games:

1. Tales of Hearts R (Vita)
2. UPPERS (Vita)
3. Volume (Vita)
4. Overlord: Minions (DS)
5. Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)
6. Overlord II (PS3)
7. Overlord: Dark Legend (Wii)

8. La-Mulana (Remake) (PC)

This is a game I've never beaten before, but it has a lot of nastolgia for me, so I will open this review with a bit of backstory on my history with this game. I will hide it here as well as the backstory to this version's release to save some space for those who don't care.
Wayyyyyy back in 2008 (so I would've been 12), I had just discovered DeceasedCrab's Youtube channel, and these magical things called Let's Plays. His playthrough of the original La-Mulana absolutely wowed me back then, with how clever this new video format was, combined with just what a crazy game this was. Now, almost 10 years later, I have FINALLY beaten La-Mulana myself. I played through on hard-mode (activated it as soon as I could, and beat all bosses with it), and finished in a little under 14 hours in game time, but more like 25 or 30 hours according to Steam time. I also used a wireless 360 controller to play it with, which I highly recommend over using the keyboard for simply ergonomic reasons (plus this version was designed explicitly to be played with a controller (It even has rumble support!)).

The original La-Mulana was made as a love letter to MSX-era action RPG's, especially Castlevania (where La-Mulana gets its whipping, sub weapons, and buying items) and Galius Maze (where it gets its idea for all of the puzzles, passive items, and sprawling overworld). There were also a TON of copyrighted references, as a big part of the collectibles in the game were collecting MSX cartriges, and one of the main character's main tools was his MSX which he used to interpret the runes in the ruins (as well as several other puzzle and secret-related things). As a result a LOT of the original game is making maps by hand, taking down notes on tons of NPC dialogue and tablets you find (physically, as at least a clue if not the outright answer to every puzzle is somewhere, just usually not close by), and solving mind-bending puzzles. It was a very old-school level of hard in the puzzle category, as well as having fairly difficult action segments. At its core, it accomplished exactly what it wanted to do, in my opinion.

Some time later, Nigoro (the guys who made it, who'd only made flash games until then) got a green light to do a remake for Wii Ware, which sat in a very sad development limbo for AGES while they got the game super optimized for the Wii. Changing all of the graphics, the graphical style (as the original game was 8-bit, and this was not), change several puzzles to have them make sense/be possible without a keyboard (which the original game used extensively, like Galius Maze did), as well as removing all copyrighted material and references were an undertaking that took much longer than originally planned, but it eventually happened, and everyone rejoiced! You can't buy points for the Wii shop anymore, but that version, with some minor improvements based on player feedback, was ported to PC soon after the Wii release.

NOW THAT THAT'S OUT OF THE WAY, to my experience with the game. It's a 2D platformer action adventure game. I hesitate to call it an Action RPG because there's no actual leveling up, but there's so much other shit that it's like the most RPG-ish action adventure game that isn't an RPG ever.

It really lived up to its name in terms of the puzzle department. I got about halfway through the game before I just totally ran out of ideas on what to do or where to go. I wasn't taking notes at all, and if you're just trying to remember everything, you're gonna be SOL eventually. Especially the Gate of Illusion and everything connected to it, I wouldn't hold it against anyone for using a guide for the rest of the game once you hit that point (as I did). Though the game is huge, there's really not that much that's optional, as you'll have to do just about everything eventually whether its to progress the story or to get an item to make life easier (like the one that makes you immune to bats(!!!)).

My favorite part of the game by far is the bosses though. They're all apparently designed to be beatable with JUST your normal weapons, but I wasn't nearly crazy enough to try to do that (especially on hard mode). The sub-weapons really make life a lot easier, especially the shurikens. You even have a kind of emergency item for super hard bosses in the form of the pistol, which is a very powerful instant-travel-time projectile weapon, however, ammo for it is VERY expensive (however farming money isn't that hard if you know what to do). The bosses are all fucking great, and are very reminiscent of old Castlevania (although more-so Galius Maze) bosses. They're a fantastic upgrade to the old version of La-Mulana's bosses to work in a 60 fps environment, and they look great.

Speaking of looking great, this is a damn pretty game. The graphics are colorful and lush, and each environment really looks different. The OST is fanTASTIC as well, and a very large chunk of it now rests on my mp3 player as a testament to that.

And in case the normal platforming isn't hard enough, there's always the Hell Temple as well if you just hate yourself that much. I miiight go through it, but I don't know. It's pretty freaking hard enough on normal mode XD

Verdict: Recommended. I hesitate to highly recommend a game like this, just because I didn't go into it blind, and pretty much everyone here would be (and the other game I recommend like that seems to get negative attention whenever I mention it on here XD). If you like old school action adventure games, I'd say it's worth a try, especially if you have it from a Humble Bundle (which I think is where my Steam version is from) or can get it cheap on a Steam sale or something. It's pretty damn hard though, so it's not for the feint of heart, or those who are either unwilling to ever use a walkthrough or spend ages taking notes or testing how to solve puzzles. I love this game though, and now I've finally beaten it :D

Note: If you want a game that is much more like a spiritual successor to Galius Maze without all of the fuck-crazy puzzles like La-Mulana, Hydra Castle Labyrinth is a fantastic freeware game you can get online. It didn't have an English translation when I played it years ago, but it's just an action adventure game, and the only text is just telling you what items do, so language skills are totally optional :)
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by noiseredux Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:06 pm

Darsparx! Yes!
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:59 pm

darsparx wrote:1.) Final Fantasy I - Yes I finally beat it. Pain in my butt all the way to the end. Got DoS version beginning of the month and on and off for the past week and a half I've been slogging away at it. Even without excalibur, haste and a slew of other things that I probably should've bought in game. Now that one can finally rest and I'm not reattempting that or the game+ anytime soon...


NOICE.

Oh by the way...
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by darsparx Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:03 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Oh by the way...
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1.) Not that version
2.) I still need to track down a physical version of that
3.) I'm not sure at this point at least not in that capacity I'm questioning it at this point...may go for gba and then go back to gbc I'm not sure.
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