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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by nullPointer Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:59 pm

Dudes. We've hit page 138 of the thread. In October. This is just too perfect. I hereby propose that page 138 be dedicated to some of the timeless masters of horror.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEtnKeaLZDE

Or not. Whatever works! :mrgreen:

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29. Silent Hill 2 [PC/Win] [Together Retro: Golden Age of Survival Horror - 10/2018]
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In my restless dreams,
I see that town.
Silent Hill.
You promised you'd take me
there again someday.
… But you never did.

Well I'm alone there now …
In our 'special place' …
Waiting for you.


If you've played Silent Hill 2 before, you know these words well. Heck, if you're a superfan you can probably recite them from memory. It is with these words that James Sunderland receives his 'call to adventure', in the form of a letter - purportedly from his dead wife, Mary. "A dead person can't write a letter," right? "Mary died of that damn disease three years ago … so then why am I looking for her?" And so it is that James (and by proxy, you the player) will spend a great deal of your time in Silent Hill pondering that very question. Silent Hill 2 absolutely shines in this aspect; it's a multilayered narrative that runs as deep as you wish to look. Nearly every aspect of the story is steeped in symbolism and metaphor. There's the literal meaning of onscreen events … and then there's the implied meaning behind those events.

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The effectiveness of this multi-layered story is largely attributable to fact that James serves as an unreliable narrator in his own story. Throughout much of the game you'll hear and see James' interpretation of events. But the farther you get into it, the more you realize that you may not be able to fully trust that version of events. James may not be the person you thought he was. For that matter James might not be the person he thinks he is. This is the nature of his journey. There are certainly other games that have utilized the device of an unreliable narrator, both before and after Silent Hill 2, but I would argue that very few if any have done so with the same level of sophistication and maturity.

In light of James' role as an unreliable narrator, it is left up to the player to decide the proper interpretation of the narrative. As retro-gamers we often talk about a certain propensity in modern games to 'hold the players hand'. Everything is explicitly spelled out for the player in the form of tutorials, 'helper' characters, training segments and so forth. In some ways this robs the player of autonomy to play the game on their own terms. When we talk about this, we often talk about it in terms of gameplay elements. Silent Hill 2 makes no attempt to hold the players hand from a gameplay perspective. But crucially it also makes no attempt to hold the players hand from a narrative perspective either. It's up to you to figure out the details of the story, some of which are merely hinted at or implied. Some details only become clear upon multiple playthroughs.

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And so it goes that Silent Hill 2 absolutely nails this feeling of 'dream logic' (or nightmare logic as the case may be). If it wasn't clear already, Silent Hill 2 often flirts with, and in some cases fully crosses the line into, the realm of surrealism. Logical progression of events and even spatial relationships are both fair game for distortion when viewed through the lens of Silent Hill. And yet Silent Hill 2 handily avoids some of the common pitfalls of 'surrealism as narrative device'. Silent Hill 2 is never 'weird for weirdness sake' (okay the 'joke endings' are debatable here, lol … but those certainly aren't considered as canon any more than they are in the other Silent Hill games). It's a game that understands the use of surrealism as a tool rather than as an end to a means.

What I'm saying is that Team Silent had a deep understanding of the story they were creating, and executed it almost without flaw. It's not uncommon in games seeking to weave a complex story that the thread of the narrative is lost or obscured over the course of a game. Large development teams, long development cycles, and corporate oversight all seem to play a part here. Silent Hill 2 is not like that. It feels like a singular vision that was executed without compromise. If you thrive on story and atmosphere in games, Silent Hill 2 is a masterpiece in this regard.

Is it a perfect game, then? Well no, Silent Hill 2 is not fully without flaws though I'd argue that the severity of those flaws will largely come down to personal preference. So I'll stop gushing about the story elements (for now!) and talk about the actual gameplay for a bit. Silent Hill 2 adheres to the 'old-school' design philosophy of survival horror. Fixed camera angles, 'tank-style' controls, and careful management of inventory all play their part here. While Team Silent were expanding upon what could be done within the framework of survival horror, they were not trying to reinvent that framework. Survival horror veterans will feel right at home in Silent Hill 2. There are no surprises, as far as that goes (though I'd contend that Silent Hill 2 is a bit more generous with resources than other games in this genre).

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Graphics and sound hold up quite nicely, though I need to make a clarification at this point. Part of the reason I'm playing Silent Hill 2 this year, a game that I've played several times before, is that I was very curious to check out the Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition mod pack for PC. I had never played the PC version of the game, and I'd certainly never tried the mod pack. Long story short, I've had it installed for a few months, but had been saving it up for October which traditionally serves as my 'month of horror gaming'. At any rate, the mod pack is fantastic, and if you're playing the game in a modern setting, I'd even go so far as to say that it's the best way to play the game, outside of the original Greatest Hits release for PS2. The mod pack goes a long way towards fixing the problems found in the official HD collection, which was marred by several unfortunate compromises. This is one of those 'labor of love' mod packs, and it really shows. It's not so much that it vastly improves upon the source material, but the modern 'quality of life' improvements (HD widescreen resolution), in addition to the restorative content (full controller support, fog effects, CD quality sound) are seamlessly implemented in a way that brings out the best in the game. I need to make special mention of the sound design in Silent Hill 2. Although it was excellent to begin with, the sound quality in the mod pack really adds an extra layer of (unsettling) sheen.

As this wall of text indicates, I can rattle on at great length on the subject of Silent Hill 2. I'd say it's easily one of my top 3 favorite games of all time. So it's with an admitted lack of editorial objectivity that I give this game my highest recommendation. It's darkly meditative and occasionally depressing. There are moments that make you feel a bit uncomfortable. It's a total mindfuck. And it's glorious. In my restless dreams, I see that town …
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Note Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:41 pm

Finally tried Growl on Sega Genesis. Heard a lot about this game, but had never played it. Finally tried it Saturday morning, and managed to finish it on my first playthrough of the game. Really enjoyed this game! The graphics, music, and controls were all awesome. Especially liked the tunes. The unique concept, level design, and variety of weapons throughout the game were a plus. It was also cool that some of the animals help you against the enemies. Lol.

I can see why this game had gotten praise before. It's a bummer it's not a co-op game, but still a great time.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by noiseredux Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:04 pm

Great write up, null. Thanks for that.

Also, as a HUGE Misits fan... thank you.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by PartridgeSenpai Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:08 pm

Partridge Senpai's 2018 Beaten Games:
Previously: 2016 2017
* indicates a repeat

1-20


21-40

41. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Expansion Pass DLC (Switch)
42. Battle Block Theater (Xbox 360) *
43. Magicka (Steam) *
44. La-Mulana 2 (Steam)
45. Yooka-Laylee (Steam)
46. Snipper-Clips: Cut it Out Together! (Switch)
47. Magicka: Dungeons and Gargoyles (Steam)
48. Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project (PC)
49. Timespinner (PS4)
50. Hollow Knight (PC)
51. Wuppo (PC)
52. Super Mario Party (Switch)
53. Party Hard (Steam)
54. The Final Station (Steam)
55. GARAGE: Bad Trip (Steam)

56. Mr Shifty (Steam)

Next (and likely last) up on my TinyBuild marathon is Mr Shifty, a game most people have called Hotline Miami with teleportation mechanics. They're right to do that, because that's exactly what it is :lol: . Mind you, a copycat isn't necessarily a bad thing, and this game is great fun!

The teleportation mechanic makes the arcadey Hotline Miami formula that much more hectic as you teleport around to get behind bad guys with guns and punch them up while trying to avoid their friends who also have guns. Tricking enemies into doing friendly fire, throwing items you find at them (or clobbering them over the head with them), and getting around/into walls are all things totally required to get through this admittedly fairly short game (it took me about 3 hours).

The story is silly and campy, with the literally silent Mr Shifty getting instructions from his female operator over his headpiece and the enigmatic and boastful Chairman Stone taunting you the entire game. There was more than one line from Stone that was just so campy it made me genuinely laugh out loud, so in my mind the story did exactly what it needed to. It's not trying to be some mysterious grandiose statement about something or other, it's just fun window dressing for a game about teleporting around bad guys and punching them.

Verdict: Highly Recommended. The $15 price tag is gonna turn some people away from a 3 hour game, but if you look at it like a $10 movie ticket, this is pretty good value in my mind. It's a fantastic arcadey brawler that's a very fun way to burn away an afternoon (or two) with. :D
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by nullPointer Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:56 pm

noiseredux wrote:Great write up, null. Thanks for that.

Also, as a HUGE Misits fan... thank you.

Thank YOU for reading my good sir! I truly appreciate anyone who takes time to read my obnoxious walls of text. :mrgreen:

Oh noes here comes another one! :shock:

... And with that, my review backlog has finally caught up with my current gaming progress! Yay!

The List So Far:
1. To the Moon [PC/Steam]
2. Super Mario All-Stars: Super Mario Bros. 3 [SNES]
3. The Goonies [Famicom] [Together Retro - 01/2018]
4. Disney's Kim Possible: Revenge of Monkey Fist [GBA] [Together Retro - 01/2018]
5. The Addams Family [SNES] [Together Retro - 01/2018]
6. The Adventures of Batman & Robin [SNES] [Together Retro - 01/2018]
7. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy: Justice for All [3DS]
8. Mickey Mousecapade [NES] [Together Retro - 01/2018]
9. Assassin's Creed II: Discovery [NDS]
10. Half-Life: Source [PC/Steam]
11. The Great Giana Sisters [Amiga] [Together Retro - 03/2018]
12. The Colonel's Bequest [PC/GOG] [Together Retro - 03/2018]
13. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions [PSP] [Together Retro - 02/2018]
14. The Guardian Legend [NES] [Together Retro - 03/2018]
15. Rush'n Attack [NES]
16. A Fork in the Tale [PC/Win9X] [Together Retro - 04/2018]
17. Formula One: Built to Win [NES]
18. Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus: Salamander [PSX]
19. The Dame Was Loaded [PC/GOG] [Together Retro - 04/2018]
20. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 [GEN]
21. Kyūyaku Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei [SFC][Translation: DDSTranslation] [Together Retro - 05/2018]
22. Operation C [GB]
23. Call of Duty: Finest Hour [PS2]
24. Battletoads [NES] [Together Retro - 08/2018]
25. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy: Trials and Tribulations [3DS]
26. Gunstar Heroes [GEN] [Together Retro - 09/2018]
27. Koudelka [PSX] [Sacnoth September]
28. Castlevania: Dracula X [SNES] [October Horror]
29. Silent Hill 2 [PC/Win] [Together Retro - 10/2018]

30. Splatterhouse [TG16] [October Horror]
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Ah … Splatterhouse. After the intensely cerebral 'thinking man's horror' experience of Silent Hill 2, perhaps I just needed to step into the big, dumb shoes of an unthinking brute, a primal force who solves problems by means of beating the ever-loving piss out of them with a 2x4. I recently described this game as being '80's Death Metal: The Game', and I'll be sticking with that assessment though much of this review. Because much like the savage, pounding brutality found in those early death metal albums, Splatterhouse satisfies in largely the same way. Is it a great game? Well … maybe not … but when it hits, it hits hard … with a 2x4.

So let's talk about those good aspects first. At the time of its release, Splatterhouse was rather remarkable for a horror title. Earlier horror themed games had largely skirted the horror tastes of their time. They had either focused on earlier (and by and large tamer) interpretations of horror (as seen in the gothic stylings of Castlevania), or portrayed horror elements through a cartoon styled lens (Ghosts 'n Goblins). Splatterhouse was having none of that. Instead, it explicitly drew inspiration from the slasher films that were en vogue at the time of its release and in doing so it was a very modern feeling game. It's no great secret that the character design for Rick was a shameless rip-off of Jason Voorhees to the point that the iconic mask had to be re-colored in the North American release (it was white in Japan, red in North America). So was this an example of selling shock value for its own sake? Oh, undoubtedly, but to deny that would also be to miss the point. Much like the death metal of the time (which was arguably drawing from many of the same inspirations), the brutality and shock value here were part and parcel of the experience. That part either resonated with you or it didn't.

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And for its part, Splatterhouse does a fine job of portraying its shock and awe. Your strikes feel solid, and most enemies are dispatched in a satisfying spray of splatter and viscera. You won't find an endless variety of weapon pick-ups here, but the few that are available all feature similar levels of brutality. The enemy designs are another highlight of the game. Despite the derivative look of the player character, many of the enemies look simply superb (with Biggy Man (pictured below) being a particular standout in my mind). Of course none of these highlights would have been possible without some nice graphical execution, and I feel like that's the real star here. The shock value which Splatterhouse was banking on would not have been possible without some strong graphics to back it up, and it largely hits the mark here. Splatterhouse creates a unique look and atmosphere which would help to insure its continuation as a series. The music and sound design also do wonders to perpetuate this atmosphere. The sound effects are satisfying and the bass-y in-game music is simultaneously menacing and catchy.

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It's at this point that we need to mention the elephant rotting corpse in the room ... which is the gameplay itself. You'll notice I've rather strategically avoided mentioning it up to this point. And I mean … it's fine … I guess, but in order to fully embrace it, you're going to have to take the age of the game into account. Movement is a bit sluggish. Your melee moves require a quirky sense of timing due to the frames of animation employed. The limited occurrences of platforming feel downright clumsy (though nothing approaching Double Dragon levels of jank). The game also features several instances of auto-scrolling sections that are distinctly at odds with your slow movement. And I mean … I get it … the character moves slowly just like his sole source of inspiration, Jason Voorhees. But that doesn't necessarily translate into great feeling gameplay. It's not that this makes the game feel impossible by any means (I beat it and I'm pretty middling where it comes to beat 'em ups), it's just that the gameplay can feel a bit like a slog; like it would be so much better if only it were a bit more responsive. Like I said it's a product of its time, but even then I can name a handful of other beat 'em ups from this time that feel more responsive than this.

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What we're left with then is a somewhat uneven feeling game. A game in which its fantastic elements of presentation are somewhat at odds with its lackluster gameplay. If you're a diehard horror buff, and particularly if you enjoy the slasher genre, (or you're just a fan of death metal!) you should probably check out Splatterhouse. It's a lovingly brutal homage to its inspirations. If you're looking for an unbeatable beat 'em up experience, well … you might be best advised to pack up your 2x4 and look elsewhere. Thankfully the Splatterhouse franchise would continue on in titles that largely outshine this initial outing.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by noiseredux Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:06 pm

Agreed with every word!
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Copious use of the slide kick fixes his slow walking speed.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by pook99 Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:47 pm

289. Mega Man 11

My hype meter for Mega Man 11 was through the roof, anyone who has been following this thread has probably noticed the amount of mega man games I played in anticipation of this games release. This year I played through all 10 megaman games, ,mega man x3 for the first time, network transmission, and a bunch of fan games including the absolutely phenomenal mega man unlimited

With my hype meter and expectations as high as they were, combined with the enromous amount of mega man games and clones I played this year, I was almost setting myself up for failure. How could any game meet the intense hype that I had for it? How could it surpass the greatness of classics like MM2 and 9? Is capcom even capable of making a game that approaches the greatness of MM unlimited?? (and just on a side note, if you love mega man and never played evolution you absolutely need to)

I tried to unhype myself and temper my expectations, knowing that no game could live up to the standards I had, but I am glad to say I was wrong. Mega Man 11 was everything I wanted it to be, I'm still too high on the game to declare it the best mm game of all time, but I could say without question, it is easily one of the best games in the series, and exceeded my expectations in every possible way.

Lets start with the graphics and feel of the game. The one concern I had was the game would not feel as smooth as the classic mm games, although I did enjoy 7, 8, and mm and bass, they all had upgraded graphics, and control that was slightly off compared to the classics. I was worried that 11 would share the same fate but it did not. Despite the awesome new graphics, this game feels like classic mega man. The controls are tight and responsive, plus they added several quality of life changes such as assigning rush to the face buttons and being able to change weapons with the analog sticks. Not only does the control feel tight, the new sound effects are all just very satisfying, the mega buster feels good and is very visually appealing. The sound effects when picking up health is new but as satisfying as picking up the energy pellets of the old game, and your shots have a real feeling of impactfulness that I really enjoyed.

The level design is fantastic. Every level was fun to play(yes, even bounce man, that level gets way too much undeserved hate), every level has a unique gimmick, and the challenge is just right. I read a lot of reviews that said the game is too hard, but I don't feel that was the case here. Although it was a challenge it was not as hard as 9 or evolution, and deaths never felt cheap. Plus the upgrade system exists and after a few deaths you should have enough bolts to buy extra lives and e-tanks that will make the levels far easier to get through.

I loved the bosses in this game, some were hard(block man is fucking nuts), some were easy(bounce man was a joke), but they all felt so much more dynamic and alive than the bosses in the old games. The graphical and sound upgrades really benefitted these guys as they yell out their moves and go into overdrive when they initiate their double gear attacks. I had a ton of fun fighting these guys and there was not a single boss in the game that I disliked fighting.

Of course beating these bosses gives you their weapons, and the weapons in this game are easily in contender for the best weapons of any game in the series. Every weapon has its uses and they all hit in different angles which gives each weapon a good deal of utility. The screen clearing tundra tornado was probably my favorite but every weapon had its moments and I was constantly switching through different weapons to deal with different scenarios. it made the levels and combat very dynamic and fun.

This of course brings me to the double gear system, which is a very welome additon to the series. Having mega man use, what is essentially bullet time, may seem like a gimmick but it adds a lot of depth to the levels and knowing when to use it will make all the difference between defeat and victory. The power gear was slighly less useful but it still comes into play a good deal of the time, especially when using powered up versions of the boss weapons.

MM 11 met and exceeded all of my expectations, which is quite a feat given how high my hopes were for this game. I literally loved everything about this game and I hope that it sells well enough for capcom to churn out a few more sequels
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by PartridgeSenpai Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:11 am

Partridge Senpai's 2018 Beaten Games:
Previously: 2016 2017
* indicates a repeat

1-20


21-40

41. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Expansion Pass DLC (Switch)
42. Battle Block Theater (Xbox 360) *
43. Magicka (Steam) *
44. La-Mulana 2 (Steam)
45. Yooka-Laylee (Steam)
46. Snipper-Clips: Cut it Out Together! (Switch)
47. Magicka: Dungeons and Gargoyles (Steam)
48. Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project (PC)
49. Timespinner (PS4)
50. Hollow Knight (PC)
51. Wuppo (PC)
52. Super Mario Party (Switch)
53. Party Hard (Steam)
54. The Final Station (Steam)
55. GARAGE: Bad Trip (Steam)
56. Mr Shifty (Steam)

57. LISA (Steam)

I had heard this game was a pretty heavy game with a weird whimsy to how it handles things, and that's pretty close to the truth. LISA is like if Mad Max were a JRPG with an Earthbound-like whimsy to it. It's a really fun, albeit a little unconventional, JRPG that I enjoyed a lot ^w^. I beat it twice. Once on normal mode with the "Joyful" ending, and then again on Pain Mode. The first time through took me about 13 hours, and the 2nd took me about 7 hours.

Pain mode can be activated (a bit too easily, imo) by picking a choice at the beginning of the game, but it's not exactly hard mode. It just adds a couple extra (and not very hard) mini-bosses as well as making each save point only usable once. It adds an interesting level of planning to the game as well as challenge of just "don't die, lol", but it honestly doesn't change the overall game enough to realllly warrant it for most people, and the 1-use save points make it too hard to make it really recommendable to ever do on your first playthrough.

The story of LISA has you in the shoes of Brad, a man living in the post-apocalyptic land of Olathe after some catastrophe has led to the disappearance of all women and a society of only men dreading their eventual extinction. Fates change when Brad happens upon an infant lying in a field, and upon bringing it back to his camp of friends discovers that it is indeed a baby girl. Brad decides to raise the child as his own adopted daughter, as his friends help keep her a secret living in a cave below their tent. Years pass as she grows into adolescence in total secret. Then one day, Brad returns to see that his friends have been murdered and the girl has been stolen away, and Brad sets off on a mission of revenge to get her back. This is an extreme simplification of these events, but LISA's story takes a series of turns that get the story to a pretty dark place. I'm not quite sure I'd compare it to Undertale (not just because Undertale came out nearly a year later), as the path of the story is linear and doesn't have that level of choice-making, but by the end of the game you will certainly begin to question whether Brad is/has been doing the right thing. I'm leaving it really vague as to not to spoil, but I personally really enjoyed the story and how it deals with themes of 'what it really means to sacrifice for someone else' as well as 'when justice becomes injustice.' I do feel it's worth specifying very clearly, though, that LISA deals implicitly and/or explicitly with themes of violence, emotional/sexual abuse, and sexual violence, so if those aren't the kinds of things you can handle, playing through LISA is probably not a good choice for you.

The gameplay is fairly standard JRPG, but not that typical in some ways. The game has very few areas where you could actually grind for EXP. Most enemies you fight are single-battle enemies or mini-bosses who die when you beat them, so you can't re-fight them. There are some fields of snakes or trash men at certain points, as well as a wrestling ring you can get to later that you can use to grind for EXP, but they're the exception rather than the rule. Random battles are not something LISA has many of.

There are a TON, like 25, playable party members, all with fairly varying styles of how they play. Brad, for instance, is one of few characters who can use combos of the WASD keys to both do 5 regular attacks, or chain them together to activate one of his special moves (a very tiny bit like Sabin in FF6, but your D-pad inputs do damage as well in addition to the moves taking from a mana pool). There are a few more standard spell-users, a couple more combo-users, but you also have characters who need TP (which is basically a "rage" mechanic) where they get MP by both taking damage and dealing damage with their normal attacks. Out of the 25, there are some team compositions that are better than others, of course, but there are very few party members who are straight-up awful. Members who are very powerful often aren't very flexible, and vice-versa. And those who are fairly powerful and flexible strategically are often addicts and that's something else entirely.

Brad is a recovering drug addict from the drug Joy (and if you don't take any or give any to other party members, you get a secret ending on normal mode). Several party members come already addicted to Joy, and if they don't take it they go through withdrawal. Taking a Joy gets you the Joyful status effect which makes all your hits crits for like 1-5 turns (which can be very powerful on a character like Brad who effectively can get 4-5 standard attacks + a special move off all in one round). Being in withdrawal basically sets your attack power to 0 as well as tanking your speed, defense, and max HP, so it REALLY sucks. Your special attack doesn't decrease though, so you can still do special moves to hurt stuff, but it's nothing like not being in withdrawal. You can either get out of withdrawal by taking Joy, of which you cannot buy and have a very limited supply of the stuff you can find (there is a hard limit in the game of the stuff, so you NEED to conserve), or go through however many turns of combat (usually around 10, but it could be way less or even more than that) and it will eventually go away until it comes back again sometime while you're wandering the overworld. Addiction adds a whole new level to how you strategize the boss fights, but the game is very beatable without it if you find a team that works for you. (I personally really liked using Nern, Fly, and then either Jack or Carp).

One of the last things I'll mention is that there are SO many party members (all but 3 of which are optional and need to be hunted down, and most of them aren't too hard to find) is that there are some things that will permanently kill party members. Mostly it's story choices or optional bosses, but how because them permanantly dying IS a thing that can happen, that's why something like Pain Mode with limited saves would be so ill advised on your first runthrough. Because EXP grinding isn't easy to do to grind up a new character, losing a team-mate REALLY sucks if you aren't expecting it, so save-scumming is something that is basically mandatory to conserve your sanity XD

Verdict: Highly Recommended. LISA is a fantastic JRPG that is pretty far off the beaten path as far as a typical narrative or mechanics go. I even didn't mind immediately replaying through a fairly long game because the character variety is so great and the world is just so cool. This is a great game totally worth picking up if you want something to make you think a bit but not too far from the mechanics you're familiar with in a JRPG.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Markies Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:22 pm

Markies' Games Beat List Of 2018!
*Denotes Replay For Completion*

1. The Granstream Saga (PS1)
2. Perfect Dark (N64)
*3. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete (PS1)*
4. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (XBOX)
5. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
*6. Pikmin (GCN)*
*7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time (N64)*
8. Shining Force II (GEN)
*9. X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (PS1)*
*10. Mafia (XBOX)*
11. James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire (GCN)
12. ChuChu Rocket! (SDC)
*13. Super Metroid (SNES)*
14. Final Fantasy II (NES)
15. Devil May Cry (PS2)
16. Mega Man: The Wily Wars (GEN)
17. Secret of Evermore (SNES)
18. Test Drive: Eve of Destruction (PS2)
19. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (GCN)
*20. Paper Mario (N64)*
21. Grandia II (SDC)
22. Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PS2)
23. Bomberman Hero (N64)
24. OutRun (GEN)
25. Dragon Warrior IV (NES)
26. Super Monkey Ball (GCN)
27. Mischief Makers (N64)
28. Dragon Valor (PS1)
*29. Beyond Good & Evil (XBX)*
30. Tokyo Xtreme Racer (SDC)
31. Black (PS2)
*32. Street Fighter II (SNES)*
33. Koudelka (PS1)

34. Bad News Baseball (NES)

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I beat Bad News Baseball for the Nintendo Entertainment System this afternoon!

I actually did not grow up as a nerd. With older brothers, I actually grew up around sports being everywhere in our house. I was never any good and I always stuck to video games. But, my brothers would buy and play sports video games. Since those were sometimes the only things around the house, I kind of grew up playing them. Because of that, I have a rather huge nostalgia for NES sports titles. They were a perfect blend of action and sim like depth. Last year, my nostalgia hit me rather hard and I went looking for some undiscovered Baseball games. I stumbled upon Bad News Baseball and after a surprisingly long search, I finally found it and eventually played.

Baseball on the NES has two different styles. There is the behind the pitcher view, ala Bases Loaded, that adds a third dimension to the game. Otherwise, you have the above the plate view, like in RBI Baseball. I much prefer the RBI view as it is easier to see the ball coming across the plate and makes the game much less complex. Bad News Baseball takes this view and like the good NES baseball games runs with it. The game is not very different from many other games in the genre. It doesn't have special abilities or an in depth roster to make it stand out. Bad News Baseball just plays extremely well and probably the most enjoyable NES baseball game to play. I would say it also adds a good amount of realism to the game. The pitches have Hit Points as a way to gauge their strength. As they throw more pitches, they got more tired and they need rest between games which is a very good touch of authenticity. Also, the hitting is rather realistic as well. You will hit a lot of lazy pop flys or outs directly at fielder's position. But, as the pitcher tires and your players come up another time, you begin to hit it harder for more homeruns. I never scored over ten runs as most of my scores were in the 7-4 territory. RBI Baseball was very easy in that way while Bad News Baseball made every game more exciting.

Overall, I absolutely loved my experience with Bad News Baseball. I haven't even explored the other part of the game where the rosters are completely new and I would get to play as females. With Bunny Umpires that shout their calls, I would say this is one of the better NES baseball games out there. Not a ton of depth or variety, but just a blast to play.
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