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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
I'm burning out trying to "beat" arcade games with no ending. Just going to go for a high score on each and move on unless there's an end screen.

Updated about 1 week ago

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Sega Genesis Classics: The Revenge of Shinobi
Let's try this again.

Updated about 1 week ago

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GOG
The Last Express
In the mood for an adventure game again. Let's try this one.

Updated about 3 weeks ago

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NSDL
Sega Genesis Classics
All Challenges and Achievements done. Now I just have to finish the games!

Updated about 6 months ago

raritycatchme'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.
490 (U)
  438 Unplayed  
89.4% of Unfinished
30.7% of Total
34.3%
216 (B)
15.1%
721 (C)
50.5%
Wishlist  4 ?         Top-Rated  155 ?????         Master Runs  7 (M)
Xbox One 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Atari 2600 C O M P L E T E ! 1 Total
NES BEAT 7 (B) 107 (C) 120 Total
Game Boy BEAT 2 (B) 24 (C) 28 Total
SNES 1 (U) 18 (B) 58 (C) 77 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 2 (U) 6 (B) 16 (C) 24 Total
Nintendo 64 BEAT 10 (B) 27 (C) 40 Total
Saturn BEAT 1 (B) 10 (C) 11 Total
Game Boy/Color BEAT 2 (B) 5 (C) 7 Total
PlayStation 1 (U) 6 (B) 28 (C) 35 Total
PlayStation 2 2 (U) 4 (B) 27 (C) 35 Total
Game Boy Advance 2 (U) 2 (B) 12 (C) 16 Total
GameCube 1 (U) 1 (B) 9 (C) 17 Total
TurboGrafx-16 C O M P L E T E ! 2 Total
Nintendo DS 19 (U) 9 (B) 18 (C) 49 Total
Xbox 360 12 (U) 18 (B) 63 (C) 118 Total
XbxGoD 4 (U) 4 (B) 2 (C) 13 Total
Xbox LIVE Arcade 9 (U) 20 (B) 31 (C) 70 Total
XNA Indie Games BEAT 1 (B) 5 (C) 7 Total
PlayStation Portable 2 (U) 3 (B) 11 (C) 18 Total
Wii 11 (U) 6 (B) 9 (C) 34 Total
WiiWare 1 (U) 0 (B) 5 (C) 6 Total
Virtual Console (Wii) 2 (U) 0 (B) 2 (C) 8 Total
Nintendo 3DS C O M P L E T E ! 10 Total
3DS Downloads 5 (U) 14 (B) 28 (C) 51 Total
Virtual Console (3DS) 2 (U) 1 (B) 16 (C) 39 Total
DSiWare 1 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 3 Total
Wii U 3 (U) 3 (B) 6 (C) 12 Total
Wii U Downloads 4 (U) 5 (B) 8 (C) 25 Total
Virtual Console (WiiU) 14 (U) 12 (B) 24 (C) 72 Total
PlayStation 3 2 (U) 1 (B) 2 (C) 12 Total
PlayStation Network 1 (U) 1 (B) 4 (C) 8 Total
PSOne Classics 6 (U) 0 (B) 2 (C) 18 Total
PS2 Classics 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
GOG.com 183 (U) 5 (B) 64 (C) 276 Total
Steam 94 (U) 12 (B) 35 (C) 220 Total
PC 7 (U) 3 (B) 9 (C) 19 Total
Android C O M P L E T E ! 7 Total
Nintendo Switch 2 (U) 3 (B) 2 (C) 7 Total
Switch Downloads 63 (U) 28 (B) 26 (C) 184 Total
itch.io 1 (U) 0 (B) 1 (C) 2 Total
Browser C O M P L E T E ! 1 Total
PlayStation 4 2 (U) 3 (B) 2 (C) 9 Total
Xbox One Downloads 22 (U) 0 (B) 1 (C) 32 Total
Miscellaneous 7 (U) 4 (B) 3 (C) 55 Total
All Games 1803 Total
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about 19 hours ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
I can appreciate that they made a version the Psycho Soldier theme in English, although it was before the whole "US vocals suck! Japanese version only!" shtick. It is also surprising that the one who did the JP version was a pop star.

I think these loop lever games are better suited with two players. Imagine how more fun it'd be to play Ikari Warriors with another person instead of by yourself. Same goes for Pyscho Soldier. Hey you know, it may be fun to recreate Pyscho Soldier for SMM2. That could be a fun multiplayer course.

I'm glad you liked my courses, by the way. I've made more since then and I'm currently making couple more, so be sure to play them when you have the time. Also, if you're able to, do share my course ID in other places. This being the only site I go to, my courses need all the traction they can get.
about 2 days ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Thanks buddy! I will take a look at those games!
The melee charas was so fun to use btw, great game! Lets hope the best to the new contra!
about 4 days ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
The music definitely made it weird; the boss music in particular goes in my top 3 non-boss-sounding boss musics, the other 2 being Guacamelee and Lufia, the first. Phantasy Star 2's boss music didn't even sound like a fight; it sounded like one of those weird planetarium-like rooms that they'd project some cheesy movie filled with neon colors and geometry, like you're taking a flight through the world inside a Trapper Keeper cover. Like music for while you're doing that, usually at the beginning of a film strip. That's not to say that I don't like it, but I don't think it's coincidence that there are only 4 boss fights in the whole game. As for your take on it, I agree; it's a situation like the suburbs in the US, where everything seems so perfect and pristine; on the surface, it's all avocados and sunshine, but if you look deeper - not even all that much deeper - you start to see how things are really fucked up, and how everyone is completely blind to it, and you're not even sure if it's a willful blindness or they're just that dense. I partially agree with you on poor localizations; I don't know that I like all of them, but some do it very well. I'm thinking specifically Final Fantasy 4; there's a wonderful charm to its stilted prose. In either case, it's not something that's ever really bothered me, even as a linguist; it's one of those things we just used to take for granted, like how a plumber can crawl into a pipe and warp to Boo-Boo Land, where he saves a mushroom princess from an evil fire-breathing turtle. These days, the kids rage in forums over these nuances that I find to be microscopic-to-nonexistent, even as a linguist who's done translation work.

Over the course of its life, SEGA is a really neat and underrated company, and I'm not just saying that as a newly-christened Yakuza fangirl. Just think about the Master System: Nintendo fucked them out of third-party support, so what did they do? They BUILT AN ENTIRE FUCKING SYSTEM LIBRARY, mostly by themselves. Even if masterpieces are hard to come by in that era, and even though there are a lot of Arcade ports on the system, it's pretty impressive that they managed to make not only so many games, but support the system with an incredible variety of genres, AND put out remarkable shit like Phantasy Star in 198fucking7. It ain't just Sonic and in-your-face commercials, ya know?
about 4 days ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
Am I that fucking old that I have no idea what you're talking about right now? I don't think I've played a Final Fantasy game with that attack before, or even heard of one. But yes, the fire of the Apocalypse should be powerful, I'd say. They really went all out with some of those old documents, a lot of which had their own original artwork. I could play Dragon Warrior blindfolded, but I made it a point to get that player's guide just because I loved the artwork so much. You can find it here: [Link] The Magic Armor; the impractical, yet beautiful design of the Flame Sword; that gradient effect on the Dragon's Scale; just exquisite.

Or in the case of Phantasy Star 3, actually reaching those dungeons, because they're absurdly short. Resource management is neat sometimes, but I find puzzles to be a more engaging and less tedious way to give purpose to a dungeon. I do love not being able to finish dungeons in one go, and having to warp out and get a little further, collecting a little more treasure each time, but I always think of the first Final Fantasy, where healing spells are shit, and potions are more shit, so you have to go through the tedium of clicking people up like 8 fucking times after each battle, and then manually buying 99 potions every so often; that SUCKED. That said, I do also have fun in RPGs where you're healed fully after every encounter, BUT each one is a fight for your life to keep things engaging; lots of slow, easy battles that gradually wear you down makes things much more of a slog.

So many people seem to forget that; I cringe a little every time someone tells me that the original Final Fantasy doesn't have a plot. It does have a plot; it just doesn't jam it down your throat, so you have to talk to people to learn about it! A rather poignant one at that, which serves as a cautionary tale about heavily relying on rapidly advancing technology. But yes, it's neat to see that the cracks between the world show its true nature: a technological marvel.

My sister and I were quite a few years apart, and she really only wanted to play sometimes to be like me. Poor thing; I was a pretty shitty role model, especially back then. Anyway, that age gap was more than enough that the household thought of all of the systems as mine, aside from the Game Boy that she eventually got.
about 7 days ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
ESPECIALLY SINCE you're likely just constantly dying and pumping out credits anyway.

I played Vanguard 2600 on Console Classix back in 2005. Who knew that was SNK?

As much as I like Crystalis, I'd honestly rather play it on my NES, but I should at least go through it once.

Not diggin' Athena, even the arcade version. I remember seeing the NES version on Seanbaby's Top 20 Worst NES Games Ever back in 2002 (probably posted in 2001.) It was also a game I checked out on Console Classix. Honestly, so far I'd say the arcade and NES versions are about the same.

That opening statement made by that face statue in Ikari Warriors II was probably one of the most '80s things I've heard in a while. The voice they gave him combined with the dialogue just screams "Saturday Morning Cartoon."

This "Loop Lever" they talk about in the museum was clearly a huge deal. To me, playing games like Guerrilla War just remind me of Robotron or Smash TV, but then I see the loop lever itself and it appears to be a rotary knob, like Pong or Tempest. Now that sounds retro.
about 1 week ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
Phantasy Star 2 did have a neat atmosphere and music, as most futuristic things are dystopian, I've found; video games need a problem to fix, and in the future, dystopia just seems like the best easy way out for something like that. Phantasy Star 2 boldly did that sort of Sonic CD "Good Future" thing, which was something you'd occasionally get a glimpse of in some cartoons... I want to say in the '80s; the music reminded me of the '80s, anyway. I think we're maybe trying to say the same thing, but in different languages; I speak a language heavily based on my fucked up brain.

They did a damn good job with that, didn't they? I could see myself replaying 3, also, but I love that cheesy mid-'90s cloudy kinda aesthetic that you only see now and again, and 3 is one of the few examples I have of that. 4 is the champion of the show, though; it's one of those few popular opinions where I actually agree with the masses.

The only one I really remember is Megid, and that's because it's based on the island of Megiddo, where legend has it that the Apocalypse will start. Also, it's a spell in the Shin Megami Tensei series. I think the -res spells are healing? But yeah, between that, Megaten, Lennus, and Rudra no Hihou, it's really hard to keep them all straight. Well, Rudra no Hihou does use some Latin roots, so that helps.

You're absolutely not wrong; it has that sort of Ocarina of Time dungeon problem, where it's fine, if you don't stray from the path, but need to get anywhere specific at any different time, and it can be a problem. I'm pretty sure I used the hell out of the maps at RPG Classics to get through it all.

OK, then the thing I was referring to was the mechanical tunnels between the domes. I thought that was such a cool idea, and you had no idea what they were at first, other than maybe some old ruins or something. It was a neat sort of misdirection that only Phantasy Star had built up the right kind of lore to pull off.

You know, I kinda did that same thing, like "OH! That's where Orakio got his name!" I would've loved Phantasy Star back in the day, but stubbornly refused to buy it, because I didn't trust the Genesis to have quality RPGs. I should've known I was stupid, because I'd thought the same thing about the SNES when it first came out.
about 2 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Hard Corps Uprising was awesome. I played the demo a lot, and sooner or later I'm gonna get it!
It is indeed an "hidden gem" and I never got why it didnt had the Contra nami, since is under Konami.
Anyway, I just beated Blazing Chrome and unlocked some neat stuff, I'm gonna replay it several time
about 2 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Is indeed Good! I'm having fun with it!
It is probably be a better "Contra" than the upcoming, official, one showed at E3
about 2 weeks ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Watch this video of a Twitch streamer trying to play a hard MM level when you get a chance.

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This level wasn't played before. You should look up the course ID (shown around the beginning) and see what happened.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Sleep: Not playing anything
Maybe down the road and if the price drops then maybw I'll eventually pick up a Switch Lite. But now is not the time sinxe the Switch is portable already
You try Dr. Mario World yet? Not roo bad so far. Im kind of liking it.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
"I got the princess Kara!"

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And hey, how 'bout those game covers for PSIII? I can't decide which is better:

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about 2 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
I didn't start exploring the series until 2003 or so, when I played the first one on SMS, and I was completely blown away. After that, I HAD to play the others. Couldn't get past 2. It took me 3 or 4 playthroughs to even drag myself through the first few dungeons. I couldn't believe that the game I'd imagined all those years just didn't exist! Turns out that it did, but it was called Phantasy Star 4; that was the game I'd thought 2 would be. And I totally agree: I like the visuals, the music, and even what I remember of the story (stupid fucking ending notwithstanding), but the battle system was a total mess. 3's battle system is like they took that mess and tried to fix it, and they fixed it enough that it didn't drive me crazy. It was still nice that 4 went back to ripping of Dragon Warrior, like all good little RPGs do before bedtime.

3 just had some really neat things that you don't see anywhere else. For one thing, the overworld battlefields take place in grassy fields, like every fucking other RPG out there, but the grass is super tall, and the skies are cloudy; you just don't see things like that very often. There's another neat thing that I like, but I don't know how far into the story you are, or more importantly, how much you know about the world, so I'm going to keep my damn mouth shut for now.
about 3 weeks ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
You didn't like II? That's my second favorite of the four.
about 3 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Focus: Only playing one game
I'd love to hear your thoughts on Phantasy Star 3 once you've finished it; it's kind of a black sheep, but I loved the atmosphere, the cheesy music, and most of all, the stellar character designs, especially in the portraits. Of course, I imagine you'll have guessed that last one by the time you've finished. People love to give it shit, but honestly, I thought 2 was the bad one.
about 3 weeks ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
I don't think the routes are drastically different. While I have finished the game with the four different princes, I don't think they were all that different. However, you can choose which skills you want the last prince to have depending on which route you chose. You may end up having a prince with restorative techs, for example.
about 3 weeks ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
It's not a bad game by any means. However, it is slightly different from the other three. It gets points for having unique enemy design as well as trying to have different stories with the branching path system (although I think they lead to somewhat similar endings.)
about 3 weeks ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Happy Canada Day, for you guys up north

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about 3 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadian Backloggery friends.

Unfortunately, I have to work today despite it being a holiday. Ah well.
about 3 weeks ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
I'll be posting them!

The watermark is kind of a bad move, but whatever, I guess it's there now. Takosuke's memorial has been vandalized with a watermark. The damage is done.

But I guess it's better than nothing, especially that era when images were being replaced with a "limit reached" image.
about 3 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
To anyone using Photobucket for their Backloggery avatars: there's a noticeable watermark on images now. It looks kinda cool on my avatar, actually.
All the tired horses in the sun, how'm I supposed to get any riding done?