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(B)
PS2
Wild Arms Alter Code: F
All characters at level 100! 28/30 Puzzle Boxes and 10/25 EX File Keys. Doing more sidequests tomorrow. I think 11 hours in one day is enough.

Updated about 18 hours ago

☆★★★★
(B)
PS2
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
100% Dragon History, all characters and stages unlocked. Focusing on Dragon Sim and Mission 100. Also finally watching Super on the side and loving it

Updated about 5 days ago

★★★★★ This game is like every Dragon Ball fan's dream. You can choose between over 100 different characters, and while it is still missing a few, it has nearly any character you can think of. Whereas the Budokai games are more technical fighting games, the combat here is the closest you'll get to feeling like an actual DBZ fight. I'm still partial to Tenkaichi 2, as it was my favorite and most sentimental DBZ game, (and has the better OST) but this is objectively the better game.
(U)
PS2
Ratchet & Clank
Jowai Resort. Got the Thrusterpack and O2 Mask. I think I'm at about the halfway point now.

Updated about 2 weeks ago

☆☆★★★
(U)
PS2
Midway Arcade Treasures 2: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Mortal Kombat II kicked my ass, but I'm willing to give this a fair shot. I like playing as Sheeva, so far.

Updated about 2 weeks ago

(U)
PS2
Switch (Panic!) JPN
Saw Digital Foundry playing this with Tim Rogers on a YouTube stream. Had no idea this Sega CD game ever got a PS2 port. Japan only, though.

Updated about 4 weeks ago

☆☆★★★
(U)
PCDL
SCP-087-B
I wonder how far I can get without having a heart attack. (floor 25, so far.) This game is an asshole.

Updated about 4 weeks ago

(B)
PS2
Taito Legends 2: Darius Gaiden
Played on PS2 with Qanba Drone. Good stuff. Ended the game on Zone X. Wish I remember the rest of the route I took.

Updated about 4 weeks ago

☆★★★★
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PS2
Siren
Completed the first loop, whatever that means. I like the Sightjack mechanic, but the guide dammit moments are a huge turnoff.

Updated about 1 month ago

☆☆★★★ Likely going to wind up watching the rest of this on YouTube. Lots of bullshit and trial-and-error in this game, but I can't help but like it for the unique mechanics and design it has. Fun game to play, and actually terrifying at times, but a frustrating one to complete. Null'd.
(U)
SNES
Pilotwings
Made it up to stage 5. I'm going to hate these helicopter levels.

Updated about 2 months ago

(u)
Steam
Yakuza 4
Soon...

Updated about 2 months ago

(M)
PS
Wild Arms 2
[Replay / Disc 1] Urartu Station. Tried condensing my Now Playing a little.

Updated about 2 months ago

★★★★★ (:M: Status: Did solo character challenges against Ragu O Ragula and Angolmois.)
(U)
Steam
Destroy All Humans!
Mission: Teenage Zombies From Outer Space

Updated about 3 months ago

☆★★★★
(U)
Steam
Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye
Took me forever to figure out exactly how to even "access" the DLC itself, but... holy shit, that is cool.

Updated about 4 months ago

(U)
PC
Final Fantasy VII: New Threat Mod
I left Midgar! Early impressions: this is fucking incredible, and feels like a whole new game so far. Can't wait to see where it goes from here.

Updated about 5 months ago

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about 7 hours ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Thank you! And Godspeed, sir. You are in for some fucked up shit
about 3 days ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Work and family stuff have been keeping me occupied. I'm going to be "in the weeds" at work until at least March probably as our busiest period is during the winter months.

I kinda wonder if making Jack weaker like that was an intentional narrative choice of him never actually using his sword. It's interesting, but frustrating, yeah.

When I replay the game, I'll have to try Active! I recall the Wild ARMs 4 EX File saying something like "Lock-On Destroy isn't very helpful in Alter Code F but here it makes <redacted> unstoppable", but I've never really tried that.

The save import gives you an accessory that makes the main character's ARM more powerful (derived from Rudy's ARM's stats) and adds an extra effect to a certain character's Lock On, and it makes a number of treasure chests you can only get in the endgame available early. It's a nice bonus.

Alter Code F actually took its sweet time getting over here and was NOT going to be localized (the game released in 2003 in Japan but we didn't get it until late 2005, mere months before WA4!). I actually remember being on the Agetec forums with others advising the localization staff not to change character names like "Zed" to "Jet". Xseed then picked up the series.

If I recall correctly, you only need 50% of the Bestiary to get the key, which is at least do-able. Mind you, if you play Wild ARMs 4, the game is actually bugged in a way that two of the enemies in the Bestiary are dummied out of the game so there's no way to get a complete EX File unless you Gameshark the entries in (which is what I had to resort to for completion. I actually had to figure out the code myself since all that was listed was an Action Replay fix!). Not fun, haha.
about 4 days ago (edited)

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I actually went with the "Power" version of the upgraded Lock-On. I didn't realize until you mentioned it here, but Active is probably the best one. What's interesting to note is that the skill you choose carries over into Wild ARMs 4 if you import your save (but it doesn't have too much bearing on the game for reasons I'll keep secret)

I didn't want to post this earlier so as not to break the game, but since you're nearing the endgame anyway: there is a ridiculously easy Gella making trick with Jane and her Pickpocket ability. You can steal a skill from Rat Monkey enemies that, while is their rare item, sells for 999,999 gella. It can help make the endgame (and bonus content) easier, though I still wouldn't say 'trivial'.

Warning in advance: use a guide for the Abyss if you choose to do it. Preferably, Split Infinity's guide. I'm warning you.

Also, don't do what I did and get all the EX File Keys (and 100% bestiary) twice.
about 1 week ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Yeah! And did you see all the krazy Konami kameos? Sparkster, some guys from a Game Boy RPG (they came from "The world of Phantom" or something, I actually saw a copy not too long ago and was like "Oh, well that explains everything." ), Winbee, Sparkster, Gillian Seed (or "Jillian Seed" as one guy in a Retsupurae video called it), and, of course... Castlevania.
about 2 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: April 24, 2022
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Yeah, replaying Super Metroid was one of the first games that I went back and replayed. I played it initially when I got my Super Nintendo, which was around college for me. I liked it, but I didn't think much of it. I finally replayed it a few years ago, almost 15 years after I had initially played it and I grew to like it even more. I thought that speedrunning to get the quickest ending would be hard, but it wasn't too bad. Wall jumping was a bit of a pain, but its never game breaking as it just makes the game a bit easier.

I actually really enjoyed Wild Arms 4. Wild Arms 3 is actually my least favorite out of the first three games. I liked the characters, but the game repeated itself way too much. Story, Dungeon, Boss, Story, Dungeon, Boss... And I know most JRPG's are like that, but it is much worse in Wild Arms 3. In Wild Arms 4, they at least changed up the battle system where it was unique enough and it had at least some roaming around in towns and on the world map. It was different, but I liked the new approach.

Yeah, you mentioned all of the best aspects about Shadow Hearts. I LOOOVE the atmosphere and setting. It was very unique and very different for a JRPG. The ring system is also fantastic. It never got too hard, except for status effects that made it blind, then it was hard. I wish the end game was a bit better. The game kept upping the ante, but your characters never grew as powerful as the game was becoming. I am very curious to try the second game as I have heard that is the best in the series.
about 2 weeks ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
So what do I think about Tengai Makyou Zero, DocLink?

Definitely B-tier. Not as good as Phantasy Star IV or Final Fantasy III US, but belongs in the same category as Lufia 1 or Breath of Fire 1. Good news is that it does enough to make it stand out and you should play it! Fingers crossed that Super Shell Monsters Story 1 and 2 will be good, if not better.
about 3 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Syvalion! One of those "I truly want to play but actually never did" kind of games!
Cool!
about 3 weeks ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Thanks for the birthday wishes! Yeah I just stumbled onto it at a local store for a really good price. Happy to have snagged it up.
about 1 week ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
We're lucky to have gotten the PS1 Doom soundtrack at all. There's an interview with Aubrey Hodges where he talks about how he did attempt to recreate the feel of Doom's original soundtrack, but just couldn't make it work with the PlayStation hardware; it always sounded like crap. Then one day he started royally screwing around with the sounds and samples that he had, realized it sounded like a demonic orgy, and went to town with it. Could have easily been a very different timeline...

It so happens Uncle Derek put out a video on PlayStation Doom just the other day (I'm surprised it took this long) [Link]
"If you know anything about PlayStation Doom, it's probably the music. And I'm sitting here trying to think of how to even describe it. It sounds like Hell. It sounds like anxiety." That's probably the most succinct description you could make.

Fun fact, if you speed up "Breath of Horror" (E2M1 / E4M2), it's one giant in-joke easter egg that I would love to know the story behind. Unfortunately, my first time hearing the track was in a Digital Foundry video demonstrating it, so no matter how hard I try I can't not hear it, and thus can't take it seriously. T_T

The move... went. It took incalculably longer than it should have because only one elevator was working for the last two weeks we were in there, and two other people were moving out on the same days we were. Meanwhile the rest of the building was trying to use the lift as usual. Miserable for everyone involved. (Oh and my brother had and still has COVID.) But hey, house now.

Maaan, I remember SCP-087-B. Never did finish it. (Does anyone finish it?)
Took a look at a video of the "SCP-087" version, and I definitely prefer its look over the "B" version.
If you like those, I recommend giving Containment Breach a try, not even necessarily to beat it. There's a nicer looking Unity version out now, but I dunno, I almost prefer the original's janky engine and potato look, hard to explain.

Edit: Good luck with Mortal Kombat's bullshit AI. I only recently beat MK3 for the first time last year, and it's one of my original SNES games (and one of my first games period). The AI in II and 3 is so broken because, rather than reacting to what your fighter does, it reacts to your controller inputs, so it's like fighting... well, a machine.
about 4 weeks ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
First impressions: Great! The real time clock feature makes it stand out in some way. Zero could indicate that it's a prequel. I honestly didn't know there's more than one!

I actually never heard of it until recently. SamuraiSam mentioned some Super NES Hudson Soft RPG being great and it was either Tengai or Shell Monsters 1 or 2. I saw them so I got all three! I love Hudson Soft! If I liked tattoos I'd get a tattoo of deh bee.

"Metroid hack", and, and, don't forget Rogue Dawn.
about 4 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
'Tis the season for horror game stuff. This year I went with a "madness" theme. 'Hellblade' is a sensory overload. Psychological terror disguised as a Norse action fantasy. Highly recommended.

I found 'American McGee's Alice' to be very hit and miss. The jumping, platforming, combat needed some work. The sequel seems to improve on these a lot.

I see you've completed the 'Clock Tower' series. I enjoyed the first 2 and will probably play the rest in future Halloween challenges.
about 1 month ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
You never watched it? Well you're in luck, because there are now giant compilation Homestar videos. Almost ten hours of all the regular toons and one that's sbemails 1-200 that's also really long plus some of the others that aren't as giant. When you're playing a long game or something, consider putting them on! I'm probably going to when I get down with Super Shell Monsters Story, Far East of Eden, and Super Shell Monsters Story 2 within the next two months. Or, you know, any other RPG I got recently.

Is IMSCARED [read as im scared] a new game? You don't think the Doki Doki Panic Restaurant Literature Clue Club style of messing with the game has been done to death by this point? Or does it mess with youse in different ways?
about 1 month ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Tiny handed Strong Bad: HORRORSHOW!!
Narrator Strong Bad: Burped Strong Bad
Homestar: Such a fright!
Narrator Strong Bad: Squelched The Homestar Runner, and he lay down and died.
about 1 month ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Now that I notice... This month is a perfect time for Horror games marathon, eh? That asides, Kuon is one of my horror favourite on PS2. Not too many people know about it, though, I think.
about 1 month ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Oh yea, Alien Isolation is really good at building up the suspense.
about 1 month ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
The Medical room. That was like the first encounter with the Alien wasn't it.
about 1 month 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
Thanks for the add, I wasn't active for many years and wanted uniformity across my platforms. I do remember you from "back in the day" lol
about 1 month ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Thanks.

Nice job either way.
I think I suggested these in the past, but in case I haven't, if you want to get into overhaul mods for Super Metroid, my top three so far are Super Zeromission, Hyper Metroid, and Redesign.
They're even better if you use a flash cart; they feel so much more legit.
Redesign though, as cool as it is, it a little TOO huge, and the way you get into Tourian is just obnoxious.
about 2 months ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
[Link] 5:37 - 5:47 Bet they were real proud of that line!
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
Sleep: Not playing anything
Long Live the Axe is... Hm... I hesitate to say it's like if Yume Nikki were a Platformer and almost completely linear, but that's a good start. It reminds me more of something like Adventures of Star Saver for the Game Boy; you just keep getting deeper and deeper into this weird, ever-changing winter night. Weapons are all temporary, but there's no real read on the durability, so you'll suddenly be unarmed, but you also find weapons EVERYWHERE. It's free, so I'd say to just give it a try; it takes a bit to figure out the controls, but I'm enjoying it so far.

Did you play the North American version or the Japanese Jerry Boy? If you're up for another go, I'd recommend the latter, because there are little towns in each world, and they are SO charming. There's also a prototype sequel called Jelly Boy 2, which is fully functional, and pretty damn interesting. There is also a Jelly Boy for the SNES, but it's totally unrelated; it's kinda like a clay version of Vectorman? It's alright; they front-loaded most of the interesting stuff.

You're ahead of me, then; I still haven't played much of the retranslation, and being a biology nerd, I'm excited to see what some of these translations were actually supposed to be. I know a few of them, but I'm curious about a lot of the rest; some of them are REALLY obviously Japanese. Which bird secret? There are debatably 2 of them. I'm also curious as to what kind of creature you had at the end, because there are a couple of secrets you might've missed there, too. The one I really want to know about is the back door, though. If you check your completed save, you'll notice that it's at 23/27 or something like that. The copy I bought was from Blockbuster and had some saves already on it, and one of those had a higher number; when I loaded it up, there was a map marker at the top of the mountain where the final stage takes place, and when you chose it, you'd start right at the room before the final boss, almost like you'd come in from the elevator beneath it. No idea how that was unlocked, because I've never been able to get it to show up in any of my playthroughs. That also left a few other uncompleted stages, so I'd love to know what those are, too.

Not sure I even remember the sky; all I remember is blood and grit. Guess that's the GRIMDARK Web? Deathwave? I mean, if The Gothsicles can call themselves death pop, then deathwave can be a thing, too.
Faster and faster. And for a long time, you wouldn't feel anything. And then you'd burst into fire. Forever...