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 Post subject: Re: What [not shmup] game are you playing now?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:55 am 


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awesome Eldricht Horror (voiced by the late Tony Jay <3)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4GuHcZW2cc :shock:
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:55 am 


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Wow. So my latest discovery of underrated classic titles is none other than Startropics...

Yeah, everyone knows about this one. It's one of the most common NES carts out there, and one has even been sitting in my collection for at least 15 years without getting played. I remember seeing it as a kid and being kinda fascinated with it, but later on I would just dismiss it as a subpar Zelda clone, never actually playing it myself.

But picking it up last weekend I'm really surprised just how competent this game is. Except the overworld of course, which is beyond crappy, but man, the dungeon gameplay is really, really well done. If nothing else, then at least in how much it's unlike anything else!

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Looks like the Zelda concept in principle, which I guess it is, but the unique tile-based control scheme (which is really hard to pick up on just from seeing videos of the game) makes it play much more like a fast paced, tactical puzzle game. The dungeon puzzles and themes are extremely creative and incredibly varied, and the enemy patterns and AI is really well designed all around, with a strong focus on how they impact gameplay and the rooms they are placed in. On top of that, the game is challenging as hell, and the controls are some of the most solid I have ever seen in an 8-bit game, with every input being bufferable to constantly keep you on top of things and enforcing the aforementioned tactical gameplay. So far I've had to replay most dungeons at least a few times, and every time has been fun due to learning more about how to properly master the game.

This is, in my opinion, a way better game than the first Zelda for the same platform. Though a direct comparison is a bit unfair as this came out four years later, not long before A Link Before Past. But I'd say it's definitely a must-have title for the NES if only for the unique way it plays.


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I just finished Until Dawn after getting it for free on PS+. It was ok, glad I didn't pay for it. Fairly easy as well, only had one person die and that seemed into be pure bad luck. It was one of those "run" or "hide" sequences. Who knew. Sure is a fine walking simulator.

I won't be playing it again.
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Returning to Monster Hunter Generations on 3DS, my dodging skills are shitty. I'm trying Dual Blades now, until i get materials to build a decent Insect Glaive.
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Drill Dozer [GBA].
Pretty damn cool and I'm still a bit amazed I haven't picked it up before now.

I also started Mega Man Zero [GBA] but it's pissing me off in general [namely, the buster sucks ass and continues to prove itself much more of a situational weapon... but your sword feels so short and stubby now compared to in X].
also the way it handles lives is pretty obnoxious for a portable game
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Just got the evil ending in Star Crawlers.

It's like they crossed Etrian Odyssey with the Genesis version of Shadowrun. I mean the latter in both the good and the bad ways. It's a bottomless cyberpunk mission generator if you want it to be.

Interestingly, the combat mechanics became more interesting the higher my levels because the numbers generated for equipment made heavy armor worth it compared to the early game where the time penalty of heavy armor isn't worth the 2 extra points of damage mitigation. I suspect the real life of this game lies in the new game+ with the level caps removed.

My one complaint is this game has a huge menagerie of enemy types, but keeps them segregated by mission type. You're never going to see pirates fighting alongside corporate security drones and while that makes sense from a lore perspective it makes the battles more repetitive within a single mission.

Gonna start a goody-two-shoes party next. I suspect the game has four endings, maybe five.


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Wasn't going to post so soon, but I started playing Mega Man Battle Network [GBA].
It's fun. Didn't really know anything about the series going in, but I like the fairly action-oriented pace of things.
I'm not too far in. I think I'm about halfway through dealing with the attack on the blackboards right now.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:15 am 


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I also started Mega Man Zero [GBA] but it's pissing me off in general [namely, the buster sucks ass and continues to prove itself much more of a situational weapon... but your sword feels so short and stubby now compared to in X].
also the way it handles lives is pretty obnoxious for a portable game


Uh, what about the Triple Rod, then? The Shield Boomer may be regarded as a playful frisbee, but the rod is our friend. It goes all 8 ways and is extendable two times the size. Not trying to sound too Freud here, but man-o-man that's a manly weapon. Oh boy.
I'm in the planning stage of doing an all out run with my friend th 'rod (and maybe we skip afterwards).
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