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Post by Deschain13 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:16 pm

Bubble Bobble is an ok game. I don’t know anyone who loves it so much that it warrants being on best of all time lists and getting a spot on the NES Classic and in the upcoming Switch Streaming service.
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Post by Torgo » Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:19 pm

Thief wrote:I was also surprised by Bubble Booble. I never played that game a lot, so I don't think I can judge it fairly, but if it were up to me, I would've had Punch-Out! up there. I also would've like to see Metroid a bit higher.
Same here. Also, best typo ever. ;)
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Post by Kenji » Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:37 pm

Thief wrote: I never got into Ninja Gaiden III. Played it a bit, but I don't even know if I ever finished it. To be honest, I really liked the way the story played on the second one. The cut-scenes were excellent, and I really didn't mind the shadow clones. If anything, I saw it as yet another challenge in a game that was already extremely challenging ("Damn eagles!!")
The biggest problem with Ninja Gaiden III is that Act III is really hard for such an early stage. I've gotten to the final stage once. Maybe I should just swallow my pride and play the easier Japanese version.

I'd list off my NES top 10 but comparing different games from different genres always trips me up. Here's top 10 action platformers:

10. Power Blade
9. Little Samson
8. Contra / Super C
7. Vice Project Doom
6. Darkwing Duck
5. Mega Man
4. Batman
3. Castlevania
2. Journey to Silius
1. Ninja Gaiden

Only Ninja Gaiden and Journey to Silius are a lock. Darkwing Duck looks a little high but I honestly like it quite a bit. I wish I could get into Shatterhand because it always looks really cool.
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Post by Thief » Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:48 pm

Kenji wrote:
The biggest problem with Ninja Gaiden III is that Act III is really hard for such an early stage. I've gotten to the final stage once. Maybe I should just swallow my pride and play the easier Japanese version.

I'd list off my NES top 10 but comparing different games from different genres always trips me up. Here's top 10 action platformers:

10. Power Blade
9. Little Samson
8. Contra / Super C
7. Vice Project Doom
6. Darkwing Duck
5. Mega Man
4. Batman
3. Castlevania III
2. Journey to Silius
1. Ninja Gaiden

Only Ninja Gaiden and Journey to Silius are a lock. Darkwing Duck looks a little high but I honestly like it quite a bit. I wish I could get into Shatterhand because it always looks really cool.
That's a pretty solid list. I love the mentions of Journey to Silius, Vice Project Dom, and Power Blade; all relatively obscure and underrated games.

EDIT: This would probably be a rough Top 10 from me.

1. Mega Man 2
2. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!
3. Crystalis
4. StarTropics
5. Metal Gear
6. Castlevania
7. Mega Man 3
8. The Legend of Zelda
9. Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse
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Post by Bandy Greensacks » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:34 pm

Super Mario Bros 3, River City Ransom, Punch-Out and Bionic Commando were probably my favorite games on NES. I feel like River City Ransom, in particular, doesn't get enough credit for how ahead of its time it was.
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Post by Kenji » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:45 pm

Maniac Mansion, Jackal, Gremlins II, and Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! come to mind when I think of my favorite non-platformer NES games.
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Post by Beau » Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:01 pm

I was too young for the NES era and missed out on most of the classics. I never even really had a NES. I had a Chinese clone called the Family Game, which came with about 100 versions of Mario with different surfaces and physics. It's the first taste I ever got of mods, I guess. And on consoles. Weird.

Anyway, point is, back then, I never knew stuff like Metroid and Zelda even existed. And this carried into the SNES, because none of my friends were playing them. So I got the SNES mini a year ago just to play all the classics I never got to. And I mean seminal stuff such as Link to the Past, Final Fantasy III (or VI), Secret of Mana, Earthbound, and Yoshi's Island. I emulated Super Metroid a while ago, but now I'm itching to play it again with the SNES controller. (Keyboard on Super Metroid was a hassle, let me tell you.)

Right now I'm going through Link to the Past. I figured that after about 130 hours of Breath of the Wild, I needed to get back to some more traditional, dungeon-focused Zelda adventuring. And it's awesome. First two dungeons in Link to the Past were kind of boring, I have to say, but now that I'm in the dark world, the more advanced dungeons are seriously involving. And the items! Along with BotW's paraglider, some of these items are surely among the most significant, gameplay-altering items in Zelda history. Every time you get one of them, it really affects how you play. They're not useful for, like, three in-dungeon puzzles and then you're done with them. No, you start using them as part of your regular arsenal to deal with overworld enemies and the such, and it makes the game much easier. (It's never Dark Souls, exactly, but you definitely have to be on your toes during the initial stretches, when every single fiend in the map is after you and you don't have that much to defend yourself with.)
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Post by Beau » Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:09 pm

Also, I'm playing Celeste on the Switch, and it's glorious. I like the optional difficulty angle. You can beat a level and it may be somewhat difficult, but the real challenge is getting those out-of-the-way fruits in secret rooms. And they usually require serious strategy and reflexes. The mechanics and moves at your disposal are simple enough. Yet using them to navigate the levels requires finesse and skill. When you pull off an acrobatic manoeuvre, it's extremely gratifying. I like that it's almost like a puzzle platformer, too. You don't have to just be quick, you need to plan your route. It's like R-Type, in that sense.
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Beau wrote:I was too young for the NES era and missed out on most of the classics. I never even really had a NES. I had a Chinese clone called the Family Game, which came with about 100 versions of Mario with different surfaces and physics. It's the first taste I ever got of mods, I guess. And on consoles. Weird.

Anyway, point is, back then, I never knew stuff like Metroid and Zelda even existed. And this carried into the SNES, because none of my friends were playing them. So I got the SNES mini a year ago just to play all the classics I never got to. And I mean seminal stuff such as Link to the Past, Final Fantasy III (or VI), Secret of Mana, Earthbound, and Yoshi's Island. I emulated Super Metroid a while ago, but now I'm itching to play it again with the SNES controller. (Keyboard on Super Metroid was a hassle, let me tell you.)

Right now I'm going through Link to the Past. I figured that after about 130 hours of Breath of the Wild, I needed to get back to some more traditional, dungeon-focused Zelda adventuring. And it's awesome. First two dungeons in Link to the Past were kind of boring, I have to say, but now that I'm in the dark world, the more advanced dungeons are seriously involving. And the items! Along with BotW's paraglider, some of these items are surely among the most significant, gameplay-altering items in Zelda history. Every time you get one of them, it really affects how you play. They're not useful for, like, three in-dungeon puzzles and then you're done with them. No, you start using them as part of your regular arsenal to deal with overworld enemies and the such, and it makes the game much easier. (It's never Dark Souls, exactly, but you definitely have to be on your toes during the initial stretches, when every single fiend in the map is after you and you don't have that much to defend yourself with.)
I use a USB gamepad when using emulators. Way easier than using the keyboard.

As for A Link to the Past, it is probably my favorite video game across all platforms. Granted, I've never gotten into the newer consoles (Playstation, Xbox, etc.) but out of the ones I played with (Atari, NES, SNES, Arcade, PC), that's my top one.
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Thief wrote:
I use a USB gamepad when using emulators. Way easier than using the keyboard.

As for A Link to the Past, it is probably my favorite video game across all platforms. Granted, I've never gotten into the newer consoles (Playstation, Xbox, etc.) but out of the ones I played with (Atari, NES, SNES, Arcade, PC), that's my top one.
Yeah, I use the USB gamepad too, but I didn't back when I emulated Super Metroid, eons ago. And, besides, an XBOX controller (which is the USB gamepad I have) isn't quite the same as the original SNES controller for SNES games.
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Post by Ace » Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:41 am

I still need to beat A link to the Past it's just sitting there on my SNES Classic and my WiiU. :(
I also started Windwaker but I got stuck on the section with the leaves that blow you upwards.
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Post by Bandy Greensacks » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:38 am

LTTP is the fucking best.
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Post by Popcorn Reviews » Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:10 am

Kenji wrote:I wish that Playdead would just make a walking simulator, though. Why even have the typical crate pushing, lever pulling tasks? They add nothing to the game.
Since the game requires you to pay attention to very minor details in order to decipher the reason everything is happening in the game (such as the part where the pig with the worm sticking in its rectum chases you around), I feel like the puzzles are necessary as, since they require you to interact with the game, they draw your attention to the various set pieces more. By doing so, it makes it easier to interpret the game. I feel like it would be easier to miss these hints if you could just walk by them, so I didn't mind the puzzles.
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Post by Smoke Bomb » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:54 am

Hollow Knight fucks
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Post by Deschain13 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:28 am

Smoke Bomb wrote:Hollow Knight fucks
Been hearing real good things and only $15 on Switch it’s hard to to argue against being my next purchase. Convince me.
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Deschain13 wrote: Been hearing real good things and only $15 on Switch it’s hard to to argue against being my next purchase. Convince me.
It’s the gameplay of a Metroidvania with the storytelling and self-loathing of Dark Souls.
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Post by Wooley » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:52 pm

Finally finished Prey. Almost EIGHTY-EIGHT HOURS!
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Post by Torgo » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:03 pm

My late and ordinary top 10 NES list:

Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers
Crystalis
Dr. Mario
DuckTales
The Goonies 2
The Legend of Zelda
Mega Man 2
Metroid
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out
Super Mario Bros. 3

Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers is a good single player game, but it's a great two-player game. It's oddly satisfying to be able to pick up and throw the other player.
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Torgo wrote:My late and ordinary top 10 NES list:

Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers
Crystalis
Dr. Mario
DuckTales
The Goonies 2
The Legend of Zelda
Mega Man 2
Metroid
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out
Super Mario Bros. 3

Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers is a good single player game, but it's a great two-player game. It's oddly satisfying to be able to pick up and throw the other player.
Goonies 2 and Dr. Mario aside (both of which I never played that much), this is a solid list.
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This looks great:

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Post by The Guy in the Trenchcoat » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:32 pm

Anyone playing Dead Cells. It calls to me.
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Post by The Nameless One » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:36 pm

The Guy in the Trenchcoat wrote:Anyone playing Dead Cells. It calls to me.
It's brilliant, I've been playing it since it hit early access. Still haven't completed it, but it's the most mechanically satisfying platformer maybe ever, everything about it feels good
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Post by Deschain13 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:16 pm

Smoke Bomb wrote:Hollow Knight fucks
I’m a little over halfway through and it does indeed fuck.
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Post by Wooley » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:57 am

Would you recommend this game for someone who really doesn't like to waste time on a so-so game?. I been lookin' for something new to play.
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Wooley wrote: Would you recommend this game for someone who really doesn't like to waste time on a so-so game?. I been lookin' for something new to play.
It won't come out for another 2 days :P That being said, I wasn't planning in playing it when it does anyway, since I don't really play any games anymore (just watch other people play 'em on Youtube, like The Game Grumps), but the critics seem to like it pretty well so far, especially the XBox One version, seeing as how it's sitting on an 83 overall average on Metacritic, so it seems like a safe bet.
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I recommend Spider-Man for the PS4 for anyone who's a Spidey fan. The web-swinging is so good. And the story isn't half bad either.
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/shutup&takemymoneymeme
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Post by Deschain13 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:42 pm

I love my NES and SNES minis but I’m not feeling the PlayStation one. Maybe if I saw the full list of games. But even then I can’t think of too many that would get me excited to buy it since most of the original PS games I love are still easily accessible.
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Post by Wooley » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:43 pm

Stu wrote:

/shutup&takemymoneymeme
That's funny, though, not one of the games in the trailer is one of the ones I played on Playstation.
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Post by Wooley » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:45 pm

Also, I started Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the first DE game I have played.
Holy shit, did this game take a long time to get going. After watching a 12-minute video to get caught up I then had a short, sort-of-tutorial level with a bad ending and since then there's been more dialogue than gameplay. I'm about 3 hours in and am just getting to the point where the game feels like it's starting.
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Post by Torgo » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:39 pm

Does anyone know any good RPGs for Android devices, specifically Diablo or Baldur's Gate-style action/strategy RPGs? I'm going to be alone in a hotel room a lot next week and I don't have a laptop.
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Isn't Torchlight available for Android?
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Post by Spencie Returns » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:54 am

After ages of only having a couple of games installed on my PS4 at a time due to it's meager storage capacity, I finally bought an external hard drive and dedicated it to game storage, making these huge-ass PS4 games available to play at once. It's freeing to say the least.

I've also been loving the shit out of Spider-Man. The combat system is fantastic, and the storytelling is strongly reminiscent of the Arkham games, rich with Spider-Man lore that blends inspiration from all things Spider-Man. I haven't been this immersed with a game in a long time. Pull back on the hand-holdy, "observe the shit on this table" missions and I might even say it was perfect.
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There's one really great sneaking mission involving Miles. I platinumed the game. I even got the secret suit. Cant wait for the DLC.
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Ace wrote:There's one really great sneaking mission involving Miles. I platinumed the game. I even got the secret suit. Cant wait for the DLC.
Are you talking about the initial Miles mission after the award ceremony? That sequence was intense, and surprisingly dark.
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Spencie Returns wrote:
Are you talking about the initial Miles mission after the award ceremony? That sequence was intense, and surprisingly dark.
That one was good. But theree's another one in the 3rd act. You'll know it when you play it.
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Post by Torgo » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:56 pm

I made it to the final boss of Dark Souls, Gwyn Lord of Cinder, but I can't beat him after several, i.e. 5 hours worth, attempts. I got incredibly close two times, but I can't seal the deal. The parrying strategy seems to be as reliable as flipping a coin and the strategy of circling him around one of the rock outcroppings starts well, but like my repeated attempts in general due to stress and/or my hands gettings sore, it becomes more difficult to maintain as it goes on.

This is more of a rant than anything, but any advice is appreciated.
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Torgo wrote:I made it to the final boss of Dark Souls, Gwyn Lord of Cinder, but I can't beat him after several, i.e. 5 hours worth, attempts. I got incredibly close two times, but I can't seal the deal. The parrying strategy seems to be as reliable as flipping a coin and the strategy of circling him around one of the rock outcroppings starts well, but like my repeated attempts in general due to stress and/or my hands gettings sore, it becomes more difficult to maintain as it goes on.

This is more of a rant than anything, but any advice is appreciated.
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Post by Torgo » Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:34 pm

Smoke Bomb wrote:
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This must have worked because I beat him!

If anyone else is having trouble, try doing the following:

-Use fire-resistant armor, like the Black Knight armor and the Black Knight Shield
-Wear Havel's Ring (since the Black Knight armor is heavy) and the Ring of Steel Protection
-Attack him after he kicks, does a grab or completes a four-hit combo because it takes a second for him to recover
-Use a weapon with a long reach, like a spear
-If you want to try parrying, do it during the second or third attack of his combo at the moment when his sword is behind his head
-When you need to heal, do it while hiding behind pillars/outcroppings and, if possible, while Gwyn is distracted
-Know where everything is in the room and use the entirety of it during the fight. If you try to stay in one place, those are brain cells you're not using to stay in the fight!
-Do NOT let him grab you!
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Torgo wrote:This must have worked because I beat him!

If anyone else is having trouble, try doing the following:

-Use fire-resistant armor, like the Black Knight armor, the Black Knight Shield
-Wear Havel's Ring (since the Black Knight armor is heavy) and the Ring of Steel Protection
-Attack him after he kicks, does a grab or completes a four-hit combo because it takes a second for him to recover
-Use a weapon with a long reach, like a spear
-If you want to try parrying, do it during the second or third attack of his combo at the moment when his sword is behind his head
-When you need to heal, do it while hiding behind pillars/outcroppings and, if possible, while Gwyn is distracted
-Know where everything is in the room and use the entirety of it during the fight. If you try to stay in one place, those are brain cells you're not using to stay in the fight!
-Do NOT let him grab you!
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Post by Macrology » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:17 pm

I wrote an essay about The Legend of Zelda and its ties to folklore, and the lovely people over at First Person Scholar published it, if anyone is interested.
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Neat.
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Post by Wooley » Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:07 pm

I've been playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for kind of a long time now and I actually can't tell if I'm anywhere near the end or not.
It's not a great game but it's just engaging enough to keep me playing (I did almost quit about 20 hours ago).
I am surprised, though that one of the big complaints was that it was too short, I've really been at it quite a long time.
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Post by Wooley » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:31 am

I'm kinda looking forward to it, but it seems so daunting I feel like I actually have to get my work and other ducks in a row before I get involved with it.
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