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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by noiseredux Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:16 am

@null: YEAH! I replayed SMW earlier this month, and yup - it's still my favorite of those early 2D games. By far.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by PresidentLeever Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:40 am

SMW has tighter controls though - breaking and acceleration is faster, you have more mid-air control, block carrying/throwing is more advanced and the spin attack is better. I actually think they're a bit too good for the difficulty level of the game.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by prfsnl_gmr Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:19 am

1. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary (NDS)
2. Reigns (iOS)
3. Castlevania: The Adventure (GB)


I somewhat unexpectedly rolled the credits in Reigns (iOS) yesterday. (I got the bad ending where my soul burns in hell for eternity... :lol: ) It is a virtual card game where you play as a ruler and make decisions about your kingdom by swiping left or right. For a game with such simple mechanics, it is remarkably deep, and you do everything from uncovering conspiracies to crawling through dungeons and fighting duels. Mostly though, you just make a lot of decisions - Should I marry the princess? Should I support a coup in the western territories? - to stay in power as long as possible. (My personal best was 66 years in power.) You stay in power by keeping four gauges (the church, the people, the army, and the treasury) in balance. Your decisions affect them, and if any of them get too high or too low, you’re overthrown. The game moves very quickly, and it is also very funny and charming. I enjoyed it a lot, and I will likely get the sequel soon.

I take back what I wrote about Castlevania: The Adventure (GB) in another thread. While the protagonist still moves way, way too slowly, like he’s wading through water, it actually controls pretty well. I know this because, starting at the third level, the difficulty spikes way, way up, and Konami basically swaps out standard Castlevania levels for something out of a hardcore platform we like 1001 Spikes or Super Meat Boy. Instant death spike are everywhere, walls close in on you, enemy placement is designed to cause instant death. Basically...it’s awesome, and I loved the “aching joints, sweating hands” feeling I had when I finished up the third level. (The first two levels are too easy. The last level was kind of a slog, and the last boss is annoying. The third level is definitely the game’s highlight.) Also, the music rules, especially the music at the end credits. Since I’m about to beat it too, however, I recognize that the sequel improves on this game in every way, and I can only recommend Castlevania: The Adventure hesitantly.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by noiseredux Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:36 am

I love Castlevania: The Adventure, though I realize that nostalgia is a powerful drug.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:41 am

Man Super Mario World is just so damn addictive. I shoot for that *96 every time I play.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by nullPointer Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:17 pm

noiseredux wrote:@null: YEAH! I replayed SMW earlier this month, and yup - it's still my favorite of those early 2D games. By far.

I saw that! And what's funny is that I had already mentally earmarked SMW as my first game of the year when I saw that you had beaten it. Great minds thinking alike and all that.

PresidentLeever wrote:SMW has tighter controls though - breaking and acceleration is faster, you have more mid-air control, block carrying/throwing is more advanced and the spin attack is better. I actually think they're a bit too good for the difficulty level of the game.

I've certainly seen justification on both sides of this debate. I'm sure there is some objective truth to be had somewhere, but what that might be I honestly have no idea :) (nor am I sure what metric one would apply to determine). Ultimately I think it comes down to which control set feels better to you, and for me SMB3 takes a slight edge as far as that goes. I feel like SMW has more fluid feeling controls, but that doesn't necessarily translate as feeling tighter to me. The moveset (as well as the plentiful availablity powerups) in SMW definitely border on being OP though. If you have Yoshi and a cape, a combination that's relatively easy to aquire, you're nigh on unstoppable! :D

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Man Super Mario World is just so damn addictive. I shoot for that *96 every time I play.

Heck yeah man! Somehow I missed a couple of exits this time around though. I wasn't quite as methodical in my approach.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by ElkinFencer10 Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:53 pm

I'm so behind on these reviews....

Games Beaten in 2019 So Far - 3
* denotes a replay

January (3 Games Beaten)
1. Army Men 3D - PlayStation - January 1*
2. Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished - NES - January 4
3. Mega Man - NES - January 6


3. Mega Man - NES - January 6

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Mega Man is for Capcom what Mario is for Nintendo, what Sonic is for Sega, and what a blinking red ring is for Microsoft. He's their most recognizable and iconic image, and while that image is more than a little disturbing on the box art for the series' first release on NES in North America, the game itself holds up surprisingly well today. It's not without its bullshit to be sure, but it's still a good time for those who enjoy action platformers.

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Mega Man is, at its core, an action platformer. This first game in the series is an extremely unbalanced action platformer, but the gameplay itself is simple - make your way across a level, shoot the bad guys, avoid the traps, and then beat the boss. Each boss has a special weapon that it drops upon being defeated, and each boss has a specific boss weapon to which it's weak. The levels can be played in any order (except for the last area), but given that the bosses are WAY easier if you exploit those weaknesses, there is a "best" order in which to play the game's levels.

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The biggest issue I had with Mega Man was the balance. Some levels would seem brutally difficult only to be capped with a total pushover boss. Other levels would be a breeze but end with a boss that left me wanting to snap my controller. There would be abrupt difficulty spikes in the levels followed by a return to a more normal difficulty. Maybe I just need to git gud (I definitely do), but it seemed like the balance and enemy placements could have used just a little more tweaking. From what I've read and heard from other fans, though, it seems like the first game is pretty widely known for being rough around the edges with regards to balance, a mistake that later entries don't make.

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Mega Man definitely isn't a perfect game, but it definitely is a good game, and the series that it spawned is truly fantastic (for the most part). The difficulty balance could use a bit of work as parts of the game are down right inhumane, but all in all, it's a solid action platformer. The original NES cartridge is somewhat valuable (though not nearly as much so as the latter releases), but it's readily available on just about every system under the sun in one form or another given how many collections it's been included with, and I absolutely recommend playing this one however you can.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by prfsnl_gmr Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:16 pm

I LOVE Mega Man, and I really like the first game. IMO, it is better than every Mega Man game in the NES except 2 and 3.

Just yesterday, I downloaded all of the Gameboy Mega Man games to my Nintendo 3DS. With the exception of Wily Wars and Mega Man 11, I’ve played all of the console games to death, and I really need a new Mega Man challenge. Although I’ve already beaten the first two, I’m really looking forward to running through them, and I may follow them up with the Game Gear game (and, if unless someone talks me down, the DOS games).
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by PresidentLeever Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:46 pm

nullPointer wrote:I've certainly seen justification on both sides of this debate. I'm sure there is some objective truth to be had somewhere, but what that might be I honestly have no idea :) (nor am I sure what metric one would apply to determine). Ultimately I think it comes down to which control set feels better to you, and for me SMB3 takes a slight edge as far as that goes. I feel like SMW has more fluid feeling controls, but that doesn't necessarily translate as feeling tighter to me. The moveset (as well as the plentiful availablity powerups) in SMW definitely border on being OP though. If you have Yoshi and a cape, a combination that's relatively easy to aquire, you're nigh on unstoppable! :D


I remember reading or hearing somewhere that All-Stars is 30 fps while NES SMB3 is 60, but I couldn't find anything on that now. Maybe that would make a difference for you.

Yeah the cape is crazy good. Well, there are some tough hacks around if one feels like really testing themselves, or you can speedrun the original. :)
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:13 pm

I still can't beat the original Mega Man. :oops:

1. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (Famicom)
2. Dragon Scroll: Yomigaerishi Maryuu (Famicom)
3. Ninja-kun: Majou no Bouken (Famicom)
4. Hello Kitty World (Famicom)
5. Galaxian (Famicom)
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Taito's Space Invaders was quite the revelation when it launched in 1978. Not only did it revolutionize the arcade scene (and, later, the home console scene), but the game also spawned a legion of single-screen shooting imitators. Truth be told, I've never been head over heels in love with Space Invaders -- those barriers are as much of a curse as they are a blessing, and I find myself tapping out quickly as the alien hive inevitably crushes my hapless ship by stage two or three. Come 1979 Namco crafted their own arcade shooter, known as Galaxian, which soon found itself a heavily-ported smash hit. One such port, for the Famicom (Namco cart #1), arrived in 1984. Oddly enough, despite the game's popularity, a North American NES cart was never released. I can only guess that by the time Nintendo's debut system launched in America games like Galaxian were considered to be a generation behind, too primitive for the fledgling hardware (on a similar note, Space Invaders also never made the leap from Fami to NES).
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The basics of Galaxian can be understood within minutes, with subsequent hours, days, and years spent chasing high scores. Gameplay is simple. The player controls a ship, the Galaxip, which can only move left and right and fire upward. The upper area of each screen is filled with an assortment of hostile aliens, sporadically firing downward. Unlike Space Invaders, the aliens of Galaxian occasionally break formation, veering off in kamikaze dives towards the Galaxip. Avoid the swooping aliens, and they'll loop from screen bottom back to top. A stage is completed when all enemies are vanquished, whereupon the player is whisked away to a similar environment with progressively more hostile foes.

It's a simple formula, executed quite brilliantly. There's some subtle strategy to the game. Only one player bullet can appear on the screen at once, so button-mashing must be eschewed in favor of well-timed shots. It's surprisingly easy to miss the aliens - even when a new stage has begun and the screen is full of 'em - as bullets can travel through the tiny gaps between each enemy column. The swooping aliens can be tough to contend with as well, especially in later stages, and one has to quickly decide whether to attempt a shoot-down, or quickly dodge the oncoming assault and wait until foes reappear at the screen's top. "Getting good" at Galaxian is really a matter of steady practice -- eventually it becomes easier to judge the speed of oncoming foes and the attack patterns begin to feel predictable. For the most part.
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All of the console ports of Galaxian turned out surprisingly well, this one included. This Famicom version feels very close to the arcade original, with the most obvious difference being that of aspect ratio. The graphics here are simplistic, but competent, with a fantastic looking array of alien baddies. The scrolling starfield (revolutionary for the time) is a nice touch, as are the flag icons used to represent the current stage. There isn't much "music" to speak of, but the sound effects are nostalgic gold.

Galaxian is a game that does one thing, and does it well. As there are seemingly countless available North American variations available today I wouldn't say that this specific Famicom release is absolutely essential. But anyone exploring the early days of the console (that pre-SMB era) should give this one a spin.
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