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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Juan Aguacate Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:23 am

Ack wrote:
TSTR wrote:@Juan - Good to know about Hell Yeah! - WOTDR. I got that in some bundle and never gave it a second thought. Might have to change that.

As I recall, Gamerforlife was also a big fan of it back when he was still coming around. I also own it on Steam. I'll get to it someday...


Yeah, it's a neat game. Just brought back memories of old Sega games and Earthworm Jim when I was playing it. There's even a little Mortal Kombat influence here with the enemy fatalities, one of them even references the old "Toasty!" thing. Definitely a game aimed at the kind of retro crowd that frequents this site

Sadly, I think the developers disbanded or went out of business a few years ago. They released a small number of titles on PSN, Steam, Xbox Live Indie Games and the Nintendo DS before that happened though, and I think Hell Yeah was their last game.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:47 am

Markies wrote:I do own Phantasy Star III & IV. I have heard great things about both, so I am very excited to play them in the future!

You're in for a good time, especially with IV. When it comes to the 8 & 16-bit JRPGs, for me it will always be PS > FF.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by noiseredux Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:49 am

Phantasy Star <3
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:18 pm

I will also sing Phantasy Star IV's praises. Gameplay is basically sci-fi Dragon Quest, and it's awesome. It definitely stands among the best of the 16-bit era, and has aged quite well.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by MrPopo Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:18 pm

Yeah, PSIV is great. I really enjoyed it when I played it last year.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Ack Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:59 pm

1. Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide (PC)(Action)
2. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (SNES)(Fighting)

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is Mortal Kombat 3 but now Ultimate because it adds back in missing characters and Endurance matches. While not all of this content made it into the SNES version, this particular port brought us the Brutality...which the AI was quite happy to show to me early on as I started playing it. There's also at least one character still cut, dropped sound effects, and various cut corners to make things easier on by-then aging hardware.

That said, it's still Mortal Kombat. The Mortal Kombat games are not about fighting with honor; they're about cheese, exploits, cheapness, and punishing mistakes. UMK3 is no different from its predecessors, though it thankfully still plays like Mortal Kombat 3. We haven't gone back to MK2's ridiculous jumping supermen AI. Still, many of the same old tricks apply, and since UMK3 brings back in my mainstay Scorpion, well, I was more than happy to spear my fair share of opponents.

This also means that many of the SNES port of MK3's flaws are still present in UMK3. For instance, your first opponent generally stands there and lets you beat them into a pulp, but the next opponent will put on their game face and end you like a bag of potato chips at fat camp. Feed in a new credit, and now that opponent who just smashed your hopes and crushed your dreams basically stands there and lets you win. They're not totally defenseless...but they don't really start trying to fight back until they've got 1/4 of their health left, and even then, it's not by much. And bosses? You jumpkick those, just like last time.

Some interesting quirks also popped up along the way. First, either Scorpion's hitbox while throwing the spear is massively enormous, or the sweep kick has a range like a mother, because opponents would sometimes duck when I chucked a spear and knock me off my feet despite the edge of their toes being a couple of meters from me. The mid-air directional input trick still works, so you can jump, put in the directional command for a special move, and then execute with the final attack button as soon as you hit the ground, often letting you catch a completely off-guard opponent. And there are apparently some terrible wonderful ways to chain combos, though I didn't get the hang of it.

Frankly, I just don't have any desire to return to the good old days of Mortal Kombat anymore, and this wraps up the series on the SNES for me. I'm glad it's over with as I have many other SNES titles to get to. Gotta knock out some RPGs at some point this year!

As of now, I'm down to three NTSC-U fighters on the SNES left to beat before I can say I've taken them all down, and two of them are highly questionable as fighters:

King of the Monsters
King of the Monsters 2
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by TSTR Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:03 pm

Playing old school MK vs the CPU is basically an endurance test to see how much bullshit you can take in a single sitting.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Ack Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:06 pm

Or how much bullshit you can dish out. I learned years ago how to dish out bullshit in fighters when necessary after playing a ton of Soul Calibur against a guy who knew all of Sophitia's launchers so well he could do infinite juggles. After I got used to people with that kind of playstyle, I got into cheese and got a lot better at the likes of Mortal Kombat.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by TSTR Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:10 pm

Oh yeah, that's the only way to win.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Markies Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:50 pm

1. Phantasy Star II (GEN)
2. Guitar Hero (PS2)

I beat Guitar Hero on the Playstation 2 this afternoon!

Back when this game was mega popular, I used to play this and Rock Band at several friend's houses. I have also played it at several parties as well. It was a cultural phenomenon for a long while and it is a game that I always wanted to play. I got introduced to Harmonix by Amplitude and I then played its prequel of Frequency. With those two out of the way, it was finally time for me to play Guitar Hero.

After playing Frequency and Amplitude, it was very easy for me to get into Guitar Hero. All I had to do was get used to the controller and I was quickly able to get 5 stars on several songs. I really liked the song selection as some of the songs are some of my favorites. It was fun to play those and sing along to the lyrics that I know so well. It really is very enjoyable to play the game.

It is also really PAINFUL! My finger is rather number because of the raised indentation on the middle fret. Also, some of the later songs were just getting rather brutal. I love playing the game, but holy hell does it hurt! Also, all of the songs are covers and once you realize that fact, it's hard to miss it. Some of them are pretty bad and very obvious that they are not the real song.

Besides that, there is not much to say. Guitar Hero is a game I think everybody has played. I'm not good at music games, but I absolutely love playing them. Guitar Hero is quite an iconic game and I can see why it is!

More Importantly, I am now under 100 Unfinished Games on my Backlog! I finally reached my goal!!
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