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about 1 day ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
"It is possible to still advance with a 5-2 record and a good enough strength-of-schedule tiebreaker. Going into this week I was tied for the strongest value in that regard."

Forgive me if I am reading this wrong, but does this mean that out of everyone in this tourney you've had the roughest draw so far? That's a tough break if true, we need to get you a few cans these next couple of weeks to balance things out.

Congrats on the 100%! I don't know much about Shadow Warrior 2, but I assume that if you bothered to 100% it that you must have liked it a good deal. Me, I go and do silly things like 100% Steins;Gate because I make poor life choices

Speaking of such, I think I'm spending the next month or so just going through random bundle games so expect my spot on your multitap to just be a barrage of strangeness for the next little while.

JRPG EDIT: FWIW Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter ain't bad, but that is an overlooked PS2 jrpg, not PS1. Still, same series.

I would comment more beyond that but Moon: Remix RPG Adventure is finally getting a translation in the near future to go along with an official stateside release and that will be what it takes for me to go revisit a PS1 era jrpg so... hopefully that goes better for me >_>

MAGIC NUMBER EDIT: I got in late, but I tuned in just in time to see you have a very nice post race interview...

I remember when I had to take my licensing exam for my job it was a computerized test. The thing was that the test you got was determined by how well you did early on. If you started great you were basically given harder questions throughout (with the potential for a very high final score). If you started poorly you then got a lot of easier questions but your final score could only go so high. I think you've stumbled into a similar scenario, so my takeaway is how well you must have started to end up in this meatgrinder

COLOSSAL EDIT: You reminded me how long I was stuck on that final battle in NuWolf 2. I eventually broke and made a quick save midway through it in order to spare my sanity.

4-3 EDIT: I'm writing this while you stepped out of the tower to go dig up the boots and you finally caught a break in terms of the matchups! I missed the beginning of the race but oneup sorta had a repeatedly stepping on rakes kinda run, but hey a win is a win and congrats on finishing with a winning record
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Congrats on your win! You... got a little bit lucky at the end there but that other guy seemed very good and the fact that you were right there with him the whole run to be able to benefit from a lucky break speaks volumes. Also as I told you before... based on personal experience I'm pretty sure you are unbeatable at these spoiler races

EDIT: ...like I said, he seemed pretty good Seriously though, his boss battle execution kinda smoked yours but also anyone else I've seen you matched up against so I'm not shocked to hear that he is a "somebody". Also because you two finished so closely I learned how the original SNES runs ever so slightly faster than an emulator by watching both credits rolls at the same time, so it was educational to boot!

Also I fixed Witcher 1 to the degree I can continue as whatever the bug was, while it consistently affected that save file it did not do so to every save file. I was annoyed dying to the thing before it so I made a "safety save" to bypass a long dialogue section in case I died again, so I accidentally did something highly productive that saved myself a lot of time, effort and misery. I am the happy blind squirrel with a nut.

Also glad that Demon's Souls will live once more... a bit concerned by the team they got to do it and the stylistic changes they've made so far, and the rumor I heard but can't confirm (something something broken archstone) is I don't even know, but if that is the price for servers to live once more and others to get a chance to play it then so be it.

GOOD LUCK CHARM EDIT: There is almost no chance I'll be around online Saturday at 1PM, so good luck and if you lose and I never see it IMO it doesn't count

OH WELL EDIT: I got to my PC around 2:20 which was just enough time to see... one of you still playing. Seemed pretty close still and this also means I haven't seen you lose a spoiler race yet as I only saw one person playing

OH WELL EDIT #2: So like... 3-2 is still pretty good! It looked like you did pretty well with no obvious screw ups, the other guy just seemed, you know, better.
about 1 month ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I know you have wondered at times, well hell let me just C&P from your own page: "what do I even play and am I even having fun blah blah etc." You seem to have a better grasp on it now, but if it is something that still worries you you can take my route, pick up that itch.io "740+ games for $5" bundle and literally set fire to any dreams of making backlog headway

BTW since you mentioned it only one area of that Witcher swamp is that bad thanks to modding the game to walk faster than any enemy can follow

Also I've never seen you lose a spoiler race so I'm pretty sure that means you never will~

EDIT: One, it was a charity bundle with a few games I intended to pick up for a while now (see: Quadrilateral Cowboy). Two, whenever I look up the Genesis games I am worried by either the lack of saves or continues, I am old and can only "get good" every so often anymore. Three, most of those random games I downloaded are seemingly about an hour or two long (the two I beat took about a half hour combined) and I'm fine with trying random interesting looking things as long as they are short enough, even if they are terribly flawed I won't have to worry about it within a day or so. Four, I make bad life choices all the time

For a 16 bit jrpg I would just abuse save states if that was an option so you don't have to justify your choices to me

GENEDIT: It does seem to have save states (the reviews also suggest the emulator itself is rough, we'll ignore that for now) which is intriguing, I got a couple of the games on it for free via various giveaways so perhaps one year I'll see if it makes Revenge of Shinobi somewhat achievable. Probably not this year though, that bundle is now over 1400 games and it's gonna take forever to even check through it for hidden gems.

Also I check the Steam new release list every day and worry about the absolute flood of games coming out and what worthwhile ones will just never be found, so being given a massive slice of them to have a chance to try is a blessing aimed particularly at me. Even if the quality on average is perhaps not as high it is the right kind of adventure for me, the kid who used to pick up "1000 PC games on a single CD" disks and spend weeks exploring

I HAVE THIS MANY CHARACTERS LEFT EDIT: I literally only have Revenge of Shinobi and Streets of Rage 2 for it and already played a ton of the latter years ago with a buddy so yeah, at least it will let me see what state the emulator is in.
about 1 month ago

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Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I mean you can check for new guns in your inventory mid-mission, but take your time inspecting your gems after the mission, farm them up. Later on just go ooga booga with the combos and wreck everything
about 1 month ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Good luck with your spoiler tournament thing, whatever that is. I was bored last night and caught a SM/LTTP randomizer tourney match on twitch (they keep popping up on my recommended channels list now) and you weren't lying, your match-ups may have been unusually close as at the very least this one was never in doubt from seemingly early on as one guy found a key item early in a less common spot that the other person didn't bother to check.

EDIT: I've always heard... let's say mixed things about Witcher, but I picked up a copy on sale ages ago for a couple bucks and figured it is probably better to try it before trying the other better received entries. If it goes south I ain't committed to having to finish it, but so far while a bit odd it isn't that bad. My main concern is that it feels mechanically thin in a way that I am unsure if it can support a 35-40 hour experience, but that is a concern for another day. Worst case (aside from just dropping it) there are mods that let you adjust the difficulty level as you go, so I can always push it down to easy and just blitz through. All that said while the story has a fairly typical start the delivery has been stronger than I'd have guessed, so maybe I'll get lucky and it'll actually be alright.

BTW my twitch sidebar is now always recommending me various Metroid or Zelda races, got to see part of one combo race where the person basically walked past an important check, realized it later when progress seemed cut off and had to backtrack through everything. How'd you go out in the first round of this tourney again?

QUICK EDIT: I forgot to mention that aside from bug/stability mods there is only one actual one I installed: the one that ups my walking speed by 25%. I was warned of backtracking and planned accordingly

Also in your race you took a calculated gamble and had it blow up in your face, I think that guy just neglected to talk to someone he was in the room with who held a progression item. That feels like something I would do if I raced...

GG EDIT: Congrats on your win earlier and remaining undefeated, now anything less than winning the whole thing will seem like a letdown
about 2 months ago

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
You know, I was 50-50 on if mentioning your perhaps inexperience with tourian glitches was a good idea or not, but it was literally the only thing I could add to the discussion and, you know, the true fans would have seen your first race against ace anyways. Next time I could mention how you may not know how to do the weird bomb glitch to walk on water in the water dungeon

The randomizer certainly is an interesting way to mix the games together. I don't think I ever caught the first half hour of any of your races so I am a bit curious as to how they start and how the branching off that default path plays out (without the commentators I'd have been rather lost), and I do sorta wonder if a one or three race sample size is enough to determine who is better given how big a factor randomness is, but I can definitely see how one could get really into it and have fun figuring it all out.

My Deus Ex run has been... well let me put it this way. On a random gaming forum's "what are you playing now" thread I've been writing up some of the things that have happened to me in the game and at least one person has dubbed my run through the game as a "clown shoe" one (I also got a ton of likes which rarely happens). Rather than me screwing up myself I seem to have a gift of pressing the game at just the right point to knock the whole thing off balance and turn it all into a slapstick comedy of errors starring nonviolent mutant dogs, suicidal secretaries, scientists running through windows to say hi to me, gun turrets that can't hit anything and poison gas that stays in one spot and no one seems to mind. It has been fairly calm for the last couple stages so maybe it'll be relatively smooth sailing, and the game has still been fairly good so far, but I feel like in all the years of hype no one ever mentioned the whole "game can easily go completely mad at the drop of a hat" thing to me. Then again, maybe it is just me and most people have fairly sane runs through.
about 2 months ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
So I "me'd" Deus Ex already

I'm to the point where Paul gives you the option of betraying UNATCO. I thought about it and told him no, which he accepted and we decided to go our separate ways. I couldn't figure out how to proceed from this as the primary objective was stuck on me changing my mind and broadcasting the enemy signal, so I decided to just kill Paul to force the issue. Paul is either invincible or have more HP than I can fathom as he took every explosive round I had without slowing down. I couldn't get to the subway train due to a code box I couldn't hack and accidentally blew up a lady trying to blow the door down. I then went online and looked up the passcode to the door, got on the subway and had a bunch of my allies running at me yet being unable to talk to them.

My looking around sort of suggests that even though you can choose to tell Paul that you aren't gonna betray UNATCO you have to anyways. Either that or the way you do it is something I managed to not figure out or be able to look up online. Regardless, that was the better part of an hour spent running in circles.

It's just... everyone spent years telling me how this is THE game when it comes to walking the path less traveled and how even if you do something unanticipated the game will roll with it, and I of course walk right into perhaps the one hard linear path in the game disguised as an either/or choice like it was a rake on the ground.

Oh yeah, I spent an extra hour trying to figure out how to blow up the generator in the second mission as when I first shot the exploding barrel next to it the generator did not explode, so I assumed the barrels were just there to help kill the enemies down there. It turns out it was just a bug and it should have blown up.


I may legit be cursed.

LTSMTP EDIT: I only caught a bit of your race, shame you lost but truly the greatest shame is that no one ever saves those poor animals from the exploding planet
about 3 months ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Congrats on your victory today! I caught much of it and it was nice to see a run where you were actually ahead for most of the time Granted it got worryingly closer at the end (you probably have to work on your SM tourian run glitches, you lost an easy 60-90 seconds on that alone and if ace didn't miss the baby one...) but hey, a win is a win!

BTW your voice is so much like my uncles that it was momentarily disconcerting >_>

They did add in an alternate chapter 13 at some point (I chose not to take it) but they also apparently patched the main bit of chapter 13 after a few weeks to make it much less absurd the ring you have as a weapon does actual damage as opposed to very little, the enemies are now easier to fight off and in general it seems like it was made markedly less of a slog but it is very much a genre shift and probably at least 20% longer than it really needed to be. I didn't really mind it in its current state (the original version sounds bad) but at the very least they fixed it to not be an absolute car crash. The main story and character bits don't really bug me but like... I never really expected a ton from them and hence all I have is the dialogue between the band of boys being stronger than I expected and everything else being about as expected.

I'm now at the heavily labeled point of no return so I may be safe from shoe drops now

GAME MANAGING EDIT: I do like that your version of "kinda crappy" at Super Metroid is still an order of magnitude better at the game than I am. Also two of the glitches you'd have to get down are during cutscenes, surely they can't be too bad, right?

Also I ended up liking FF XV a lot, who knew? I can definitely see why people wouldn't enjoy it as much, but I have a soft spot for ambitious messes and this is definitely one of those. For me the... "fractured" narrative worked as irl a lot of things happen without you being involved or knowing about it, but surely that'll drive certain people nuts. One of my favorite "traditional" jrpgs is Xenogears, people should never listen to me when it comes to them >_>

OCD EDIT: Why would you pick up de Blob 2 before/over de Blob 1 and why does it bother me so?

SMLTTP EDIT: Had to step out of the race a bit early, you did really good until the ice rod did you in.
about 3 months ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I spent a few seconds wondering how I missed an Assassin's Creed/Syndicate crossover game before remembering that yeah, there was that weird year they released two at the same time. Then I remembered that no, that one was called Rogue. Then I had to go to wikipedia to see what exactly was going on with the AC series once I stopped paying attention.

Anyways I hope the game I didn't remember is memorable!

EDIT: " I would have won today's community race, except my PC crashed 2 minutes before defeating Ganon."

You've truly taken "Live by the rando, die by the rando" to heart.

EDIT 2: Congrats on your victory! I think peaking at what is likely the mid-point between the actual big tournaments is exactly the kind of outside the box thinking that will launch you straight to the top!

EDIT XV: I know that there is... something around chapter 12 or 13 that is considered to be... something, but I tried to avoid spoilers back then on the off chance I got to the game (also I just didn't read much about it in general), but if you haven't seen the cup of noodle dialogue/side quest you should because it is brazenly shameless.

I am legit enjoying the game without reservation now BTW. I won't be surprised if it at some point just jumps entirely off the rails as it makes a bunch of odd choices and while the main narrative works fine in the background at some point it will become a bigger focus, but for now it is smooth sailing.

AC EDIT: Congrats on beating Syndicate and how did you manage to beat an AC game in 21 hours? I think even the shortest of them took me like twice that long (well maybe not the first one).

FFXV 2.0 EDIT: The game never actually pointed out I could change my clothes at any time, so I spent a long time wishing I could get a different color outfit... Also, I mentioned to someone else I was playing FF XV and they also mentioned chapter 13, but they also said it has apparently been patched to make it less whatever it is. I must admit that I am now curious as to what it entails (I'm in chapter 8 but these chapters vary wildly in length).
about 4 months ago (edited)

Badges
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
If I nulled games in the same way you do (I just use nulls for games without an ending) I would do it for Tomb Raider II. I am a stubborn man, you see how once a game gets listed as now playing on my page I almost always beat it, but I think it has just broken me. I still think the original game is good (I played it when it was already aged) but this is just a disaster that I simply can't handle. The original had rather good and interesting level design and iffy combat that was not a major focus, this has shockingly poor levels built around the awful combat and trying to be "cinematic", which the tank controls don't really work well with.

I remember trying STALKER and having to quit it within the first day, but I put up an update saying that on my page. The game I picked up after was the first Metro game, which I seemingly beat in 2015. That's almost five years since a game went so bad I dropped out. Stupid Tomb Raider Time to go wash the taste out of my mouth with... oh no, a different Tomb Raider


EDIT: "Something that occurred to me a few hours after writing the above, you are using the save-anywhere functionality, right?"

...

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Actually yes, I started saving after everything that could have possibly killed me after a certain point. For whatever reason that is the one tidbit I remembered about the game from the reviews decades back, my mind works in mysterious ways. I also cheated the last stage and used the code to give me every weapon with full ammo and 50 of each healing item to minimize the combat (which is bad), it didn't help nearly enough! I honestly have no idea how the team that made the first game (which was legit good) made this one.

Also if Rise of the Tomb Raider is at least functional I'll probably end up loving it based on what it is following >_>

EDIT 2: Stunningly generic feels a bit harsh, but between the in media res "2 weeks earlier" start and her dad literally looking for the same thing Indiana Jones' dad was it was a very... very by the book start.
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