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Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
"Junessic Land?" I think we know where this is going.

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BurgerTime (NES) - 50450, Galaga (NES) - 74270, Columns (GG) - 3021

Updated about 3 days ago

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Prophallus's Status

(U) Unfinished ?No significant accomplishments.     (B) Beaten ?The main objective has been accomplished. Usually marked by the defeat of a final boss and/or viewing of credits.     (C) Completed ?For games which are 100% done. All extras and modes have been unlocked and finished. All significant items have been collected.
16 (U)
3.1%
199 (B)
38.6%
300 (C)
58.3%
Wishlist  0 ?         Top-Rated  27 ?????         Master Runs  1 (M)
Miscellaneous 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
NES 4 (U) 35 (B) 124 (C) 210 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive BEAT 26 (B) 58 (C) 89 Total
Sega CD 1 (U) 6 (B) 9 (C) 16 Total
Saturn 2 (U) 3 (B) 12 (C) 21 Total
SNES 2 (U) 20 (B) 33 (C) 56 Total
Game Boy/Color 2 (U) 11 (B) 21 (C) 35 Total
Game Boy Advance BEAT 14 (B) 8 (C) 24 Total
Nintendo DS BEAT 15 (B) 4 (C) 24 Total
Nintendo 3DS 1 (U) 8 (B) 4 (C) 15 Total
PlayStation 1 (U) 14 (B) 13 (C) 36 Total
PlayStation 2 BEAT 17 (B) 6 (C) 26 Total
PlayStation 4 BEAT 8 (B) 0 (C) 9 Total
Wii U BEAT 1 (B) 2 (C) 4 Total
Nintendo Switch 3 (U) 5 (B) 4 (C) 13 Total
Wii BEAT 8 (B) 1 (C) 9 Total
GameCube BEAT 8 (B) 1 (C) 9 Total
Nintendo 64 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 3 Total
All Games 600 Total
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about 7 hours ago

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
By all means keep commenting.

Regarding 'Dragon Warrior III', I didn't know about how the experience points were distributed. I just figured it was like 'Final Fantasy 1' and took all 4 characters from the start. It still works out.

Wizards in 'DW3' are crappy because their most powerful attack spells generally miss more than they should. Their "attack all" magic is underpowered and only works against weaker, time-wasting enemies.
The only savior is their boost spells (as those don't miss). Basically "BiKill" and... well... just that.
Their physical attacks are terrible too. Even those miss a lot. I was already too invested in my party to start over but I really should have just gone with 3 fighter types and 1 healer.

I'm only playing it for completionist sake (the NES games). I have no real patience for "math RPGs".
If only the wizards in DW3 were treated more like the ones in 'Shining Force' games. Now that's a series that respects attack magic.
about 16 hours ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I'm sort of astonished at how much fun I'm having with Golden Axe Warrior. The Master System had some real lost treasures, didn't it?
about 1 day ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I've only ever played the NES game a couple of short times, I was facinated by it enough to eventually get a copy for myself! It is weird indeed, but of the good sort. It seems to be a game that's either hit or miss for most folks, it probably helps I'm a David Crane fan.

Never played the GB game, but when I start grabbing some for the collection, I'll definitely pick it up. Keeping notes is a thing I do during a game like this, it helps a lot in the end.
about 2 days ago (edited)

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Indeed. It was a small project and it spreaded in few days like wildfire (you know, sometimes stuff like this still happen).
Nintendo didn't wait to strike, pretty much like they did with the Metroid 2 Remake. Real question is: Will Nintendo now make their own Mario Battle Royale? Ehehe
Anyway now they changed the sprites, is a fun little game to kill time.
about 2 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Thanks. I still remember the day I first joined and lined my games up on my bed as I was adding them for each system.
about 2 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Ah, Beavis & Butthead on the Genesis... It's not brilliant, but I like the concept of a platformer with point & click elements. I'll probably play it again in another 8 years.
about 2 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Sleep: Not playing anything
I'd probably regret it. It seems every time I did sell/trade off something in the past, it would double in price the next day. I did slow down in buying games, though (Only 4 this year so far, all digital), compared to my past buying habits (~120 in 2015 ).
about 2 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Four Job Fiesta is an annual event based on an FF5 challenge. A Twitter bot assigns you a job for each crystal, and you have to complete the game using only those jobs. It's not quite as hard as it sounds, but I wouldn't recommend doing the challenge if it's your first time playing through the game.

A lot of people stream their runs and/or get others to sponsor them. Others make pledges based on how much progress they're able to make. This year I haven't pledged anything, but I'll probably donate at the end of my run. Players don't have to donate anything if they don't want to. All payments go to the Child's Play charity. You can read more here: [Link]
about 3 days ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Oh, I'm only familiar with Shining In The Darkness afterwards. I think EO's map system has me spoiled because I could not work without a map. I'd say I'm pretty decent if it's EO, but I'd be struggling in the deep end for anything else.
about 5 days ago

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Backlog Beaten: October 13, 2018
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
THERE WAS AN ANIME?!
about 1 week ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Perhaps you make a point, but part of the fun is getting the longtime jokes when you understand the series better, ha ha. Besides, I still have SMT IV Apocalypse AND Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux on my backburner.
about 1 week ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
What usually motivates a company to make games is potential profit to be made from sales. I'm not sure about Japan, but Grandia 3 received middling reviews in America and many fans of the series found the game to be disappointing. Some just outright call it bad and advise people to avoid it. They didn't even bother to release it (or Xtreme) in Europe after the poor performance in America. The terrible story is often cited as the reason that the game flopped. Takeshi Miyaji wasn't involved with Grandia 3, only the first two. We then had to wait 4 years for the atrocious Grandia Online to go through its development Hell and that's pretty much where the series died. GungHo had already bought Game Arts at that point, and they said in an interview a few years ago that the reason they haven't asked Game Arts to make any more Grandia games is that they don't feel that the current staff are able to make one that's up to the standard of quality that the fans would expect. There's also the issue that nobody seems willing and able to take up the Director role, apparently.

Now to answer your question - Yes, I do personally feel that the poor quality of the characters and story hurt Grandia 3 as an overall product. There were reviews that suggested as much. [Link] The villains had a kind of Tri-Ace feel to them that I didn't like... Weren't they created by the character designer for Valkyrie Profile? I don't think Tri-Ace style characters mesh well with the tone of the Grandia series.

Those aren't necessarily the games I want to see (I don't like Metroid Prime and never cared for the SMT series, though admittedly Bayonetta 3 would interest me). These are the games that I've seen Switch fans foaming at the mouth for over the past couple of years. These are the biggest, most hyped Switch exclusives that are supposed to make me want to buy the system. And they weren't there. Again.

That old Shiggsy quote about delays doesn't really fly in the age of patches. Grandia Online was delayed and it sucked pretty damn hard when it showed up. Duke Nukem Forever didn't fare too well either. Or No Man's Sky. Gran Turismo 5 was delayed for ages and still had far less content at launch than the Forza games, which had much shorter development cycles.

Masterpiece, huh? I thought TP was a huge steaming pile. But hey, that's just my opinion! I bet any game ever made has been called a "masterpiece" by somebody. Apart from Evil Knievel
about 2 weeks ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Honestly, the fan translation of Mother 3 is so good that I don't think Nintendo could ever make a better one, anyway. I'd be far more happy to see EarthBound 64 finally recovered, since I'm sure at least one prototype copy exists somewhere in the world.

Two of Ritual of the Night's credits include Koji Igarashi (one of SotN's directors) and Michiru Yamane. (SotN composer) So, if any modern "Metroidvania" counts as Symphony of the Night's spiritual successor, (I prefer the term MotherKojiro has used in the past, Platventure) it would be Ritual of the Night. Curse of the Moon was actually composed by someone originally from Capcom, I believe.
about 2 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
I like the silly interactions between characters best, actually. The chapter in Disgaea 1 where everyone just goes on a picnic had me grinning like an idiot.

The story in this game does take itself somewhat seriously. The problem is that they way it's delivered is so bloated. This game has 16 chapters, broken up into about 5 missions each. Each one of those missions has a cutscene before it starts and sometimes another cutscene after it finishes. The game strictly adheres to this scheduling and suffers for it in my opinion. A lot of times it just feels like no meaningful information is conveyed during these scenes. Like a very big chunk of them could fairly summarized as 5 minutes of establishing that the cast in moving through the world, that they had some inconsequential encounter with the boss of the chapter, and that some enemies were summoned.
about 2 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: October 13, 2018
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Nay, main series. I may get Swords if I can find it at a decent price. And I'm trying some of the originals...kinda. The only one I don't have direct access to at all is 4 and Burr recommended I get the DS remake. IDK, I like sprites and sometimes I like hurting myself.

I listed the marathon in my profile, by the way. Bear actually owns carts for the Super Famicom games (and their FC remakes) and I picked up the 3/DS games for myself.
about 2 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: October 13, 2018
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Took them long enough, that's for sure! But I'm glad it finally happened. Now I just need a Switch.
about 2 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
I actually haven't played Persona Q. Feel I don't know enough about the spinoff series to really get the best out of it, but I have had curiosity and heard it was a lot like EO.
about 2 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: May 29th, 2009
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Nostalgia is a hell of a thing and I was waiting for the early polygon retraux games to make their appearance. It's going hand-in-hand with how the nostalgia is hitting hard for N64 players and GCN/PS2/Xbox are now "retro" so their costs are inflating.

I love Viewtiful Joe. We need number 3.

And yes, the cycle will never end, so long as game development and nostalgia are both things. But it's weird as hell to think about someone making a Halo CE inspired game because that was their childhood nostalgia.

It's also weird as hell that Halo 1 is 18 years old.
about 2 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Good gameplay, bad everything else (apart from like 2 pieces of music). Miranda was the best character, but she's gone within the first 5 hours and you're stuck with the insufferable Alfina, who never stops whining and crying for the whole game. The story is extremely clich├ęd and yet still manages to be full of plot holes. I think Grandia 3 was the pinnacle of the battle system, but the ridiculous difficulty spike at Melck Crystals was around the time when the game forced you to either do a ton of grinding or to make your characters broken with overpowered magic.

As for Nintendo's E3 Direct, I was unimpressed. Animal Crossing fans finally got their game mentioned.. but only to say that it had been delayed. Where was Metroid Prime 4? Bayonetta 3? SMT V? Not even so much as a whiff of a screenshot or a mention that they're still in development. I also noticed that most of the games shown appeared to have frame rate issues and/or a distinct lack of animation (character models just sliding along the ground like they were frozen). Astral Chain both looked and ran much better than anything else that was shown, but we already saw that ages ago. The two newly-announced games that did stand out to me are both going to be available on other platforms, where they'll have better technical performance and most likely be cheaper. Banjo-Kazooie being added to Smash Bros. is nice, but it wouldn't convince me to buy another game in a series that I got bored of years ago, plus the fact that I would have to pay extra to use those characters is off-putting. BTW, why was K. Rool sleeping in Donkey Kong's treehouse? Who let him in there? Why would he even want to be there? It didn't make any sense. But still, yes, it was probably the best E3 presentation Nintendo have done in years. Unfortunately.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Is it me or was this Nintendo's best E3 in years?

Also, no Mother 3, darn the luck.
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