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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Sarge Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:38 pm

I still like Castlevania II, mainly because I like exploration action games like this. I think starting with Zelda II as my first NES game pretty much cemented this. Unlike a lot of other poorly-made games in the genre, CVII plays very well, even with its myriad flaws. I'll always have a soft spot for it, methinks.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Exhuminator Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:43 pm

Castlevania 2 is the best NES game in the series. It's better than 1 and it's better than 3. The original is fun but simple and short compared to 2, the third has drastically bad background graphics, wonky stair climbing physics, and is a bit too sadistic towards the player. No one will agree with me but I'm fine with that.
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by marurun Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:07 pm

I agree with you guys. I love Zelda II and I love CV II. I mean, look at how directly CV II influenced the creation of Symphony of the Night and derivatives. Without CV II, I don't think any of those later games would have ever come into existence.
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by BogusMeatFactory Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:15 pm

marurun wrote:I agree with you guys. I love Zelda II and I love CV II. I mean, look at how directly CV II influenced the creation of Symphony of the Night and derivatives. Without CV II, I don't think any of those later games would have ever come into existence.


I keep seeing Civilization II. I was like, how does Civilization II influence Symphony of the Night?! :lol:
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Xeogred Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:16 pm

Zelda II is the bomb. Most of those tracks should have been remixed into the newer games.
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by MrPopo Sun Apr 05, 2015 12:01 am

CV2 does have an amazing soundtrack.

Castlevania keeps distracting me. I booted up Rondo and got to Death before I screwed up too many times and decided to take a break. And Maria is OP.
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by MrPopo Sun Apr 05, 2015 2:53 pm

1. Painkiller - PC
2. Front Mission 4 - PS2
3. Wasteland 2 - PC
4. Arcanum - PC
5. X-COM Terror from the Deep - PC
6. Military Madness - TurboGrafx-16
7. Unreal - PC
8. Shadowrun - SNES
9. Warcraft III - PC
10. Dungeon Keeper - PC
11. Final Fantasy X-2 HD - PS3
12. Descent - PC
13. Quake Mission Pack 2 - Dissolution of Eternity - PC
14. Quake 2 Mission Pack 2 - Ground Zero - PC
15. Sokobond - PC
16. Hybrid Heaven - N64
17. Sonic the Hedgehog - Genesis
18. Castlevania - NES
19. Super Castlevania IV - SNES
20. Castlevania III - NES
21. Castlevania II - NES
22. Castlevania Rondo of Blood - Turbo CD

And now Bloodlines is the only console Classicvania I have to beat. Very solid game with some awesome graphics, though Maria is a massive game breaker. And that's before you learn her special move that does a shitton of damage. The biggest problem I had with the game is your total lack of invincibility time when you take a hit. This is most noticeable when you fight the giant eyeball; if you get caught in a corner when he uses his flame attack that's going to take you from full to dead before you can react because you end up in a constant chain of hits.

The game gives you a bunch of branching paths that extend what was done in CV3 and adds a save system so that you can more easily go back and unlock those paths. I did everything and got 100% on my file, and it was interesting seeing the different stages. One thing I thought was cool is that there are several points where you fall in a pit and instead of dying you get to a different part of the level. It's a nice touch that makes the stages feel more like real locations rather than video game locations.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by marurun Sun Apr 05, 2015 4:32 pm

IMO, Akumajou Dracula X is truly the single best classic-formula Castlevania game made. I love 3 a lot as well, but X has such attention to detail and such personality, not to mention enemy designs and animations that would be kept and copied well into the post SoTN era.
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by MrPopo Sun Apr 05, 2015 4:49 pm

I'd played it a touch before, but now that I've experienced most of the Classicvania I realize that the opening stage has a section that's a massive homage to CV2's towns; it even has the same style boundaries at the edge of the screen.
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by Erik_Twice Sun Apr 05, 2015 5:17 pm

I don't think it's actually that great of a game, but I loved Akumajou Dracula X and I wrote waay too favourably about it back in the day. I think it has one of the strongest opening sequences in video games and generally feels retro enough that all its flashiness seems genuine.
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