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Postby raekuul » 1 month ago

I've completed my second island in Pokemon Moon. Also the Aether Paradise interlude between islands 2 and 3 would have worked so much better if the opening cinematics didn't include Lillie escaping from a place that looks like Aether Paradise.
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Leet wrote: I was in a community when I was young that totally accepted this as canon, and that the Lumas throwing themselves into the black hole was to sacrifice their lives to birth a new universe (makes sense since we know that lumas become galaxies). Mario Galaxy 2 also begins with the Star Festival again, which only happens once every hundred years, so it can't be the same one - so SMG2 is what happens instead of Galaxy after the universe was recreated.
That's what I also thought regarding the lumas flying into the black hole. I didn't remember that SMG2 starts at the star festival, but I guess the only problem with that part of the theory is that the star festival only happens once every 100 years specifically because Rosalina visits the galaxy every 100 years. So unless there's also time shenanigans going on, it doesn't make sense for her to come back immediately after, right?
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Spelunky 2 dropped on Steam yesterday. The levels feel larger but I think that's more because the sections are smaller (Spelunky 1 each level is a 4x4 grid of sections, I haven't taken a close look at the overall constructions yet but it feels like Spelunky 2 has a 5x5 grid). The traps are less immediately lethal, but the creatures are far more dangerous. Also the changes to how webs work makes the web gun completely worthless. Pick it up once for the journal entry and never use it again (at least in Spelunky 1 you could use it as discount Climbing Gloves)

GOG had the Jazz Jackrabbit collection on sale today. I picked it up on the cheap and am having a blast playing through the series again. It does bother me a little that the weapons are only different in their utility - the basic infinite-ammo Blaster deals the same damage as the faster-larger Toaster, so you end up using the basic infinite-ammo Blaster for everything. Especially if you're prone to dying, since you lose all your ammo on death.

I'm finally in Chapter 2 of Neverwinter Nights: The Wailing Death with a Human Fighter 4/Rogue 4. My stream game - a pure fighter half orc - is basically on hold until I've played through the rest of the game and know what to expect. It turns out I do not enjoy streaming stuff blind.

I'm also starting a new game of Persona 4 Golden on Steam. Looking forward to seeing the differences between the original and Golden (I don't like Chie's voice in Golden, but that's because her original actress voiced her like some girls I crushed on in real-life-High-School)
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Been playing Jedi Fallen Order the past couple days. I bought it a few months ago when it was on sale for 50% off, but didn't get around to playing it until now. I've been having fun with it, it's basically an Uncharted game with Dark Souls inspired combat (and level design to some extent, in that you have meditation points that are basically bonfires and you unlock shortcuts to get around maps quicker). It controls pretty well, there's some fun obstacles and puzzles, and the voice acting is pretty impressive too.

I find it funny that you can collect lightsaber parts that just change the look of your lightsaber, there's like 5 different types of parts to swap even though it's mostly in the handle which is like 4 pixels on the screen at any given time. The only thing that makes an actual noticeable difference is the color of the saber
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i beat virtua fighter satunr as jeffry

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Beat Ys V. It's alright and I don't think it deserves the near universal hate it apparently got on release and the hate it continues to get to this day. I liked the graphics and music, the gameplay was ok, and the plot was interesting albeit predictable (which isn't inherently bad imo) I guess it just was released at a bad time and in a series where people really care about their red-haired swordsman fighting in a particular way. And it being SNES exclusive (for a while) when its previous releases were on a bunch of Japanese PCs probably didn't help
So then I started Ys VI. I don't know if I'm just crazy, or if it's because I was just playing Ys V and that's messing with me or what, but Adol feels somewhat sluggish compared to Oath and Origin. I don't particularly like how magic is implemented and now realize that the magic mechanics in Oath and Origin are a definite improvement to Napishtim's magic mechanics.
Also played some Slayers on the SNES. I was initially planning on powering through it after I finished Ys SEVEN but it's a lot longer than I thought so I think I'll just play it intermittently, it's a mediocre Dragon Quest clone where its only redeeming factor is that it's a Slayers game. Maybe its plot gets really good or something, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
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Ashan wrote: Been playing Jedi Fallen Order the past couple days. I bought it a few months ago when it was on sale for 50% off, but didn't get around to playing it until now. I've been having fun with it, it's basically an Uncharted game with Dark Souls inspired combat (and level design to some extent, in that you have meditation points that are basically bonfires and you unlock shortcuts to get around maps quicker). It controls pretty well, there's some fun obstacles and puzzles, and the voice acting is pretty impressive too.

I find it funny that you can collect lightsaber parts that just change the look of your lightsaber, there's like 5 different types of parts to swap even though it's mostly in the handle which is like 4 pixels on the screen at any given time. The only thing that makes an actual noticeable difference is the color of the saber
Is it true that it has some Metroidvania vibes going for it? I've heard that elsewhere.

Cleared the Dead Money DLC in Fallout New Vegas. It was a lot harder than I anticipated, even at my level (started in the low 30s). I think having such an emphasis on creatures that can only be killed by severing their limbs was very counterintuitive to my character's combat build, which is entirely gun based. But I see the merits of it. And I liked the challenge of trying to stay alive through the Cloud. Still, my high Luck meant I could clean out the Casino and I can now afford to buy a few GRA-grade speacial weapons because of all the Pre-War Money I have (

Also squirreled away as many gold bars as I could carry from the Sierra Madre Vault

).

Plus I liked the story. It's an interesting parable on being able to give up on things, to move on from the past, perhaps a broader metaphor for forgiveness. Something that's lost these days. It was also good at being intertextual, setting up some of the later DLCs. I just wished that it was a little clearer

that you had to placate Dean's ego to not kill him

and

they added some explicit connection to Christine and Veronica, since it's heavily implied Christine was Veronica's lover before Elijah split them up

. The writing was exceptionally solid with this.

Anyway, general plan from this point: Casino quests, Honest Hearts, NCR/Legion shenanigans, Old World Blues, endgame, Lonesome Road.
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I've reached Po Town in Pokemon Moon. This is gonna be interesting. (Pikachu/Gyarados/Salazzle/Dugtrio/Gumshoos/Decidueye)

Spelunky 2 continues to fascinate me. I've decided that I'm better at the Volcano branch than at the Jungle branch. The 2nd shortcut is completely worthless to me since I get forced into the Empress's Domain doing that, but I need to go through there to get the next shortcut ready.
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Oh man, beat DonPachi on the Saturn.

I had to use a large amount of continues, bombs and easy mode as I was unfamiliar with the latter half of the game (Stage 4&5, latter half of 3). Also used the green helicopter. It felt faster than the blue fighter? Not sure if that was just me.

Pretty eh game, not as good as the later DoDonPachi entries (except for maybe DDPII? never played it but people say it's subpar as it's not by CAVE) or its spiritual predecessors, Batsugun and Recca.

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me on discord wrote:people who are like "people who play touhou on easy are scrubs" shoudl play some cave shit
before having the gall to criticize people for wanting to have an easier time
HatKid wrote:Beat Ys V. It's alright and I don't think it deserves the near universal hate it apparently got on release and the hate it continues to get to this day. I liked the graphics and music, the gameplay was ok, and the plot was interesting albeit predictable (which isn't inherently bad imo) I guess it just was released at a bad time and in a series where people really care about their red-haired swordsman fighting in a particular way. And it being SNES exclusive (for a while) when its previous releases were on a bunch of Japanese PCs probably didn't help
I looked it up and according to ゲームカタログ@wiki, a wiki I sometimes lurk, the issue seems to be on jank controls (attacking and jumping is four cardinal directions, despite being able to walk on eight), occasional freezing, the high price for low amount of quantity (12800 yen, which is circa $127 in today's money, for 10 hours of gameplay) and a rather poorly thought out magic system (obfuscates results, most magic feels worthless apart from Avalanche Rock, levelling it is a chore).

The release of an improved Expert version with bug fixes and extra dungeons just three months later in March 96, much like the two versions of Super Puyo Puyo Tsuu, didn't help as people saw it as a complete ripoff, especially with much better titles as Tenchi Souzou/Terranigma (11800 yen) and Seiken Densetsu 3/Trials of Mana (11400 yen) released in the months prior.

Aside from me yeeting myself between two barrels and softlocking myself with the jump at the very start of the game, I didn't really have an issue with any of these and didn't encounter freezing. oh well

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thatguyif wrote: Is it true that it has some Metroidvania vibes going for it? I've heard that elsewhere.
I suppose you could look at it that way, yeah, there has been a fair amount of going back to earlier areas with new abilities to gain access to new paths in those areas. But the game does have a persistent marker on the map telling you where to go next which you may consider to defeat some of the typical metroidvania exploration. But the marker only shows you the exact point to go to, not how to get there
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KobaBeach wrote: Ys V stuff
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Aside from me yeeting myself between two barrels and softlocking myself with the jump at the very start of the game, I didn't really have an issue with any of these and didn't encounter freezing. oh well
I see, thanks for the information. I hadn't even thought about price. I didn't really care for the magic system. I leveled Adol's magic a few times but I pretty much just ignored it. I knew about the Expert version but I didn't realize just how soon after it was released. I suppose at that point, the damage had been done in the eyes of the fans.

Lol. That sounds like something I'd do. I didn't encounter any freezing either but I did run into some odd graphical bugs that I'm fairly certain were because of the translation patch.

My brother and I played a Co-Op campaign in Left 4 Dead 2 last night (among other things) and I didn't realize there was a super big update released for it that added a ton of stuff that was unsurprisingly community-made. It's super weird to me that this happened at all, but I suppose it wouldn't be the first time community content was added to L4D2 in an official update. Also, 100 achievements for the game now. Dang. I would never get all of them because lol multiplayer achievements anyway.
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Beat Vectorman the other day, in the medium difficulty, whatever it's called (too lazy to check right now). While I was kinda into it on the first few levels, I was ready for it to end about 3 levels before the final boss. It got pretty repetitive towards the end. Also the final boss itself is hot garbo. It's not a bad game, it's kinda fun, but I don't know how eager I am to replay it anytime soon.

Also finished Doraemon 3 today, and I regret to inform that it, just like the other two games, is also just ok

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Gave Super Mario Bros. 35 a shot and actually won a round on my first night. I'd imagine it'd be even more hectic if I had unlocked more stages beforehand, but it was fun going in fresh and recording a winning run about a half hour after I started. Guess that's going in the same camp as Fall Guys as a game I've technically beat that you can't really beat since it's just an online competition deal.

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I'm on the final boss in Oath in Felghana, but I'm going to take another break because it's so hard. I'll beat this game eventually, but not today.

I have started playing Holy Umbrella for the SNES. It wasn't released outside of Japan, but there's a solid translation patch. It's a silly, colourful action-platformer rpg a little similar to Popful Mail I suppose. You're a boy in the real world who finds an umbrella, gets transported to a fantasy world, and has to use the umbrella to beat the evil Emperor Dondera. Wackiness ensues. A bit on the easy side, but that's exactly the change of pace I was looking for as a followup to YUMP 2 and Oath in Felghana.

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Bean wrote: Gave Super Mario Bros. 35 a shot and actually won a round on my first night. I'd imagine it'd be even more hectic if I had unlocked more stages beforehand, but it was fun going in fresh and recording a winning run about a half hour after I started. Guess that's going in the same camp as Fall Guys as a game I've technically beat that you can't really beat since it's just an online competition deal.
I played a bit of SM35 too and this was how my second ever round ended:
https://twitter.com/Ashanmaril/status/1 ... 4576544769

I don't know if it changes as you go up in levels but it seemed like the rounds were like everyone getting pegged off in the first minute and then the top 8 players slowly fall off one by one for like 10 minutes
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I've reached Poni Island in Pokemon Moon. Is it just me, or is Guzma's Golisopod super strong? He's 3 for 3 on giving me a hard time - my Pikachu couldn't withstand First Impression even with Eviolite, and my Gyarados only fights it to a draw. I've had to rely on burning my Salazzle early on with Toxic (he won't use First Impression against her so I at least get to do something) and then stalling out with my Gyarados.
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Started Ys I on the PC-88 back in the 5th. Only played for a few minutes on the first day, then grinded a bit, fought Jenocres and went through the first two Solomon Shrine basement floors afterwards. In the 7th and the wee hours of the 8th, I went through the rest of the Solomon Shrine, fought Nygtilger, went through the Abandoned Mine, fought Vagullion, got the Silver Equipment, gave back the Silver Harmonica to Reah and I died right before fighting Pictimos when getting the Silver Shield back. So I'm leaving Darm Tower for tomorrow

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Ashan wrote: I don't know if it changes as you go up in levels but it seemed like the rounds were like everyone getting pegged off in the first minute and then the top 8 players slowly fall off one by one for like 10 minutes
In the games I was playing the other night, it seemed like there would always be 2-3 people that fell to the first Goomba. Obviously, the harder levels you get, the more trouble will be there on screen. I think Lakitu is by far the worst once they start showing up in groups because they can overload the screen fast. Nothing comes close to that, and if you or the other person has a POW block or Star, it's going to get nuts.

I guess I decided to go for the platinum in Streets of Rage 4 because I've done all the solo runs and only have a few goals left now that involve hard mode or my overall score.

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Beat Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen. It was a ton of fun but then Darm Tower came in all hard and dry like a one night stand with a queer trucker and I'm not just talking about the sex. The enemies just piled on you and tossed you around like my dog tosses his stuffed toys it's like Boo! Also Pictimos, Khonsclard and Yogleks + Omulgun are fucking dumb when you're running at like extremely choppy movements with 48 KB of VRAM (for Pict and YogOmu) or the ability to only move in the four main cardinal directions with unpredictable patterns (for Khons). At least Dark Fact was cool.

Man.

Shows how much we take for granted with the remakes.
It's not bad it's just. Yowza

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I'm in Vast Poni Canyon in Pokemon Moon (just past Murkrow Bridge). Either I've been playing wrong this whole time or Poni Island is a major step up in difficulty, as I'm consistently higher than trainer levels and still having trouble winning cleanly. Please note that these are not mutually exclusive.

I've also picked up the original Final Fantasy Tactics. I hope I can beat it, at least.

On the PC side of things, restartitis has struck me again - I'll be starting up Baldur's Gate again, with the intent of making a Fighter/Thief that specializes in piercing through illusions. I'm not sure if I want to do my standard dual-class shenanigans (which will let me get grandmastery in a weapon at the cost of one-or-the-other class's progression) or if I want to go with a straight-up multiclass (worse weapon skills but both classes progress through to the end)
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Beat Ys VI. I had a great time with it! The music was pretty great, the gameplay was nice, though Origin would improve the magic system. The game felt like a pretty decent difficulty on Normal, though being able to use recovery items during boss fights definitely did help make it feel easier :D
I didn't fight Majunun because G R I N D I N G. And I don't really like to do superbosses anyway. Especially Digital Devil Saga Demi-Fiend style superbosses where victory is pure luck. Not that Majunun is anywhere near that but still. Superboss. Onto Ys SEVEN which I played a little. It's very obvious it was a PSP game lol and the PC version is a very straight port of it. I'm not a huge fan of the art style tbh. Then after SEVEN, a break from Ys. also because I don't own ys viii
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Finished up Jedi Fallen Order. Overall good experience! I was impressed with the relatively small amount of hand holding from a AAA game considering how rare that is. Story was bland at best and a bit silly at times, but what can you expect from a franchise that's been milked as hard as Star Wars? It especially suffers from the classic prequel issue where they're trying to accomplish something that would completely change the point of later things that happen (in this case, the first Star Wars movie) so obviously it's not gonna turn out as planned. And also in the last like 10% of the game they introduce this character that stands out as the one bad voice actor in the game, and also she joins your crew but contributes basically nothing to your mission even though she has insane magic powers that would probably benefit your party greatly and it makes you wonder why she's there at all. And they had to hamfist in Star Wars Character You Know™ literally right at the end for no reason other than fanservice.

But I'm doing a lot of complaining -- it's a good game. Solid mechanics, platforming is fun, puzzles make you think occasionally, and fights are a pretty good Souls clone. It actually feels more like Sekiro than anything else, which is interesting because it didn't come out THAT long after Sekiro, not enough time for me to think they could overhaul the fight mechanics to copy it, anyway. Would recommend!
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Played a bit of Suikoden yesterday. Forced myself awake to try and finish the Milich arc, but I was too tired and I was basically hurting myself over bragging rights (beating a ton of games in one year).

Recruited Gon, Fu Su Lu, Lorelai, Apple, Hellion, Gen, Kamandol, Kimberly and Tesla. Fu Su Lu (replace the lu with ya and you get FuSoYa, fun fact) is already part of my main party for strength and cuteness <3. Gonna skip going out of my way to recruit ones like Lotte and Jabba because I don't wanna grind in Suikoden lol

Did the war on Garan, and failed the war on Scarletitia Castle (one of those no-win scenarios you see in RPGs). Upgraded the boat on Rikon to get past the Dunan rapids and upgraded a few weapons a bit with the Potch I had. Heading to Soniere Prison for today.

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Gameplay journal, early afternoon edition!

Went through Soniere Prison in Suikoden and

recruited Milich out of feeling sad for him for simply following Barbarossa and Windy's orders and being manipulated into engineering the man-eating spores that, tragically, killed Gremio

. I then had to face off against

Teo

after Stallion warned the army. Sadly,

Pahn

stayed behind to stall him after a

failed war (no-win scenario)

and

I didn't train him or equip him well enough beforehand because I forgot and I didn't have a chance after recruiting Milich. He died

.

I'm thinking of only going for the 108 stars I can easily get, the dream for the true ending

and bringing Gremio back to the world of the living

died along with my

killing of Kwanda that I didn't know was avoidable

.

To take a small break, I also started Dragon Quest for the second time this year. Famicom version this time. So far I'm at Kol/Maira. Level 6 at the time of death and my equipment is Leather Clothes/Leather Shield/Copper Sword. Gonna grind a bit more and get some better equipment before heading to Rimuldar for Magic Keys. Gonna use savestates instead of passwords, bless the Spell of Restoration, I'm just too lazy for passwords.

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Boy howdy 🤠

Today was a somewhat eventful day, but sadly I didn't really do much progress... I was feeling a bit fatigued from Suikoden's length (though it's actually one of the shorter on the PlayStation, I've just been taking forever in the game haha), so I decided to play something else.

Both of the games I played today had their versions hail from the NEC PC-88, much like Ys, which I beat a few days ago. We have Final Crisis: Terrestrial Defense Police by Group R204, published by Techno Grard. And Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu, published and developed by Nihon Falcom.

First off was Final Crisis. A sublime shmup with smooth animation on the ship and fluid speed. Challenge level wasn't too high but I only made it to stage 2: Plant, before quitting. The options flanking the ship on top and underneath reminded me of Zero Wing (a game I really don't care about, memes or not) but thankfully it plays much better. One of the hidden gems in the J-PC sphere.

Xanadu was a Computer RPG by Nihon Falcom that helped inspire a lot of early JRPGs. Its gameplay opens in a village where you train your stats, then you head to the underground, solve the Copy Protection puzzle (iirc head to the bottom, turn left until the ladder is offscreen then turn right. Rightwards is an item store and leftwards is the entrance of the first area), and then it's off to Level 1 you go.

You basically do what you'd do in any RPG, walk around killing enemies and gathering experience and money. You can buy weapons and armor, but guides advise to save money for food, healing and keys to explore the towers, which are the game's main dungeons, as enemies are limited. Leveling up is used by storing experience in Temples, but you have to be careful about Karma, else Temples won't accept you.

A good starting set of stats is roughly, 80 Strength, 100 Charisma (for low prices) and the rest can just be 10 or 20. So far I couldn't find where to buy keys but if a picture of the Saturn version I saw was right, it seems to be the guild. I guess keysmith wouldn't fit on the sign (game is in English) and "key" was too obvious.


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