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Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
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☆★★★★ Easy, yes, but it's hard enough on hard mode to be good.
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Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix
Beat Story Mode on Hard, now starting Very Hard

Updated about 3 months ago

This is a really cool DDR spinoff. It's a shame that it's so easy, that kinda leaves its potential unfulfilled.

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about 8 hours ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Focus: Only playing one game
Thoughts on FE4:

Now that I've finished Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, it's time to give my full opinion of it. First, lemme get the cons outta the way.

- Inventory system. You can't even trade with other units, you instead have to sell it at the pawn shop for others to buy with their funds. Okay, fine. However, this leads to this: if you pass down a special item you can't sell to your child, you can't use it or get rid of it, and you're stuck with it forever. The high priest married the thunder magician and gave birth to a Mage, which he became a Mage Knight, so he had the stave which revives, unable to use. What a farce.

- The random number generator. Even for FE, it seemed finicky. 81% hit rate missing twice? Come on!

- Even when the game's set to fast with animations off, it still felt like it all dragged on. We get thirty or so dracoriders moving, attacking Julia with her Nosferatu spell, and it takes forever.

- The arena, while incredibly useful, proves to be very tedious as you go through every individual character with it.

- Could've used more variety in the scenery. You're outside all the time, and there was snow in one chapter, but still. I guess there was some desert patches too, but it could've used caves, ruins, or castle grounds...

- And of course, permadeath, which lead countless L+R+Start+Select inputs.

That being said, the way the game was set up hooked me in. Maybe it's because the chapters were so long, but I couldn't stop playing it. There were three instances where I was playing until 5AM, and then you go through withdrawal when you're away from it for a while. You know a game is good when that occurs, and this game could very well be one of the finest entries in the series.

I was lucky enough to pair up characters like they did. The myrmidon twins were amazing, and they were MVPs. It took a while for everyone to start being great, most of them getting promoted by chapter 10, and you can really see their improvements. I had a much easier time getting through chapter 10 than I did 9, which was so irritating with all the armored soldiers and then the dragon riders.

In short, it was terrific despite its annoyances. It was also pretty difficult. I'd hate to see how Thracia (thray-shuh?) 776 compares in terms of difficulty.
about 1 week ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Woah, Contra Rebirth, huh? What's it like using WiiWare in 2017?
about 2 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Focus: Only playing one game
I got Ayra, and she's amazing. I got her paired up with the male myrmidon, whom I acquired on accident. They're gonna have one hell of a child. Here's who else I got:

Sword Knight/Princess
Pegasus Knight/Bard
Dancer/Mage
Archer/Priest

Trying to pair them up does force you to retain from going all out, however. Hopefully, you won't have to worry about pairing up anymore later on.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Focus: Only playing one game
I do recall that. I'm glad the site is popular enough without being trendy. Well, trendy as in being seen/mentioned everywhere and having companies that make food make their own BLs. (Imagine seeing the BL logo on a box of Triscuit crackers), or being mentioned on advertisements for shows and films that appeal to the lowest common denominator (like Transformers films and whatever currently popular reality shows are playing right now.) It probably helps that the Backloggery isn't social media in any way, but that thought is pretty scary.

I'm having my dad try out Echos. He's been playing it the past couple of hours, so it must be making a good first impression on him. I remember him not like Awakening that much. Maybe the more basic approach is helping him get into it easier.

Currently playing FE4. Compared to the ones we're more used to since the first localized one, it feels a lot deeper. I'm only on chapter 1, but it still feels like I've been playing for at least three game hours. It doesn't help that there's all the stuff to do st the beginning of the map, such as doing arenas with each character you're using (I'm ditching the Cavaliers and am using the Axe and Lance Knights instead.) This isn't a game I'll be blazing through right away.
about 3 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Focus: Only playing one game
Well, don't forget that it's a remake of what was supposedly the black sheep of the series. It definitely shows. I wonder what was changed from the original game? I heard they wanted the game to be as faithful to the original game as possible.

Holy smokes, it's your ring day.

Mario Kart 64 announcer: Congratulations!
about 3 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Focus: Only playing one game
So, how are you liking the new Fire Emblem? I think it's amazing. A bunch of little battles instead of long-lasting battles, some dungeon exploration with encounters, and compared to Arc the Lad II, it does the SRPG with encounters thing right.

I'm doing Hard/Casual. I chose Hard because it said it was for experienced players. I'm assuming there's a mode more difficult than Hard for the serious FE players. I chose Casual because I honestly detest permadeath. Ever since I played Fire Emblem on GBA and actually got far with some lost units, only to screw myself and had to force myself to restart. Eh. That's just my opinion. I'm sure lots of people like the permadeath feature, because, as I've heard once, you get so attached to the characters.
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Focus: Only playing one game
Much thanks for birthday wishes. And, I wouldn't mind hearing your nitpicks of the list. Get it off your chest.
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Focus: Only playing one game
Shadow Complex. That was that game that Howard Phillips worked on, yes? I wonder if it's any good.

Getting your Fire Emblem on, I see. You must be getting ready for Echos. I skipped the last 3DS one(s), but I'll definitely be getting Echos. Can't wait. I'll also be playing through FE4 soon. Maybe I can have one file be for autosaving and another be for normal saving. Does coupling work just like support conversations? Does it pay to have a really strong unit guard your castle? Any other weird shtick I should know before I look at a walkthrough when I start?

about 2 months ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Having played through most of the FE series, at no other point do I feel like the difficulty ramps up as much like it does on that chapter. Difficulty spikes are a common issue this game has, in my opinion. Like that one chapter by the sea where the Black Knight just pops out of a house without warning and gets to move on the same turn, and insta-kills anything he touches. Never have I had to restart a chapter that many times, and I'm not one for restarting chapters. I think my play style is very different from most people, since I take things so incredibly slow, which might be one of the reasons I struggle so much with that chapter 8. You do recruit Ilyana though, right? Or do you choose to ignore her? Because that would change things significantly.
about 2 months ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Focus: Only playing one game
FE4 first impressions:

I'm confused. Who's the leader? Sigmund, the guy on horseback? There's no already-promoted unit I can use as a shield? Why does this first map feel so large and crowded with enemies? Hopefully it'll all make sense.

Anyway, hopefully the remake of Fire Emblem 2 will be good. I'm glad I decided against getting a copy of the original game.
about 2 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Oh, dammit; I was thinking of Adventure of Rad Gravity! Why do I always get those 2 mixed up?! That said, my glorious chin comment is apparently still valid; it's just now relegated to the box art.
about 2 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Some crappy game with a cool title starring a man with a glorious chin. I found Dash Galaxy to be a fairly decent game - you could do better; you could do worse - if you're into Metroid-style games, but the final boss is a monument to frustration.
about 2 months ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Oh God, chapter 8, what a nightmarishly brutal chapter. My most hated chapter in all of FE. Every time I replay Path of Radiance now, I give up a few turns into chapter 8, realizing that recruiting Ilyana without sacrificing another unit is impossible. I haven't got a clue how I managed to do it the first time I played it. And that was all on normal... On hard, I don't even wanna imagine... Good luck, though it doesn't sound like you'll need it. What's your secret?

Also, hiya!
about 2 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
You're right on the money; I tend to prefer the 2D variety. I bought Soul Calibur 5 just to play dress-up, and when I heard that 4 had more weapon options, I got that, too and... kinda abandoned it, because the overall options are far fewer, though I do acknowledge that as an actual game, it's better and has more content; it's just not what I was looking for. My first experience with the series was the Arcade version of Soul Edge, which I beat with Siegfried just spamming that dashing thrust move, where he sounds like he says, "FISSSSSHHHHHH!" over and over again, and thought, "That was cool; Street Fighter with weapons." Sure, I'd played Samurai Shodown before (and kicked some college boys' asses pretty badly, much to their chagrin), but weapons weren't that common in Fighters back in the day, unless it was some kind of special move. I'd never really cared to own one until I saw 5's character creator and thought, "Well, Soul Calibur doesn't have bad fighting; I think I could enjoy the game part of the actual game."

And I may be missing something, but I feel that what's commonly billed as a 3D Fighter is really more 2.5D, in the Kirby 64 sense, more than the Doom sense. There aren't any 2D sprites, but all that makes it "3D" is the fact that the camera rotates; you're still locked into a 2D plane while you're actually fighting. Soul Calibur 4 sorta lets you move around in terms of depth, but you can't jump, so with height removed, it's still really only 2.5D. Yeah, there are jump attacks, but you can't strictly just jump. The only 2 that I've played that really struck me as 3D were Castlevania: Judgment and the Dissidia games; the former was okay, but just a bit too loose for a duel, and the latter had better lock-on options, but in my opinion were just terrible games overall.
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Man, it's been years since I played it, but all I can say is the more you play the more addicted you become! That's seriously what happened to me. When I first started playing I felt I was in over my head a bit, and then didn't find it that fun... but the more I played the more I couldn't put it down and became obsessive in my campaigns.

I'd recommend doing Wein's campaign first. All-around troop types get added. If you pick someone like Gongos you're stuck with beastmen for a long time - too one dimensional. Choose Wein and vary your team up with all kinds of troops to keep things fresh: soliders, mages, beastmen, ninjas, harpies, dragons, archers, etc.

When it comes to attacking, the command where you spread your army out to the top and bottom of the screen as they advance works best. When they get closer to the enemies troops or commander have them close in from the top and bottom and annihilate!
about 3 months ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Ov Corpse... I was kidding.
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Nice collection pics!
about 3 months ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
You got too many games dude!
about 3 months ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
So here's new collection pictures, now featured in my new game room for the first time: [Link]

There are still many improvements and additions to be made to the game room. Most notably, I need to get a series of big matching shelves. But still, as it stands, it's already The Greatest Room in the World™.
about 3 months ago (edited)

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
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Greetings, Som-oo-rye Sam. How fare you?

There's about to be a local classic gaming convention. I've been replaying the seventh Fire Emblem game and now I vie for a new console Fire Emblem. Say, out of the entire Super Famicom trilogy, which one reigns supreme? I only ask because unless I was a super fan, which I'm not, I'd care to play all three. (Though I'd imagine I'd eventually play all three anyway which would make that statement moot point.) Really, I'm not a super fan. It's an alright franchise. I've actually gotten rid of several in my collection (and got a decent amount of credit from them since they were complete.) The problem with the series is how samey a good chunk of them are. So I narrowed it down to owning the remake of 1, the 2003 GBA game, and the GameCube one. Heck, I even skipped the latest one on the 3DS, what does that tell you?

Where was I? Oh, right. Which SF one is the best one? It's gotta be Thracia 776, right? I'd imagine since how late it came out on the system that it'd be the most refined, complete of the three, right? Or is that not the case? Hard to believe that Pokémania was sweeping the nation at the time of its release.

I suppose one could make the same argument with Shining Force. There are nine games and one remake. Though with the Saturn trilogy, they pulled out all the stops, going as far as giving the characters full movement on the grid and even ripping off FEs weapon triangle system, and on top of that, making the combat the most polished and refined of the series (and those special moves the characters do are fantastic, being as cool as the criticals in FE.) FE really hasn't evolved much, but you can tell they care a lot by making sure it's more about survival. I guess they pull out all the stops in that department.
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