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What games are you playing at the moment?

Posted: 20th August 2018 21:16

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...and now I am wearing a fish shirt, dyed green, with a steel rose in my hair, while riding a giant metallic bunny and being followed around by small flying minotaur, waving a bug net around to catch walking goldfish.

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Posted: 21st August 2018 16:25

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Picked up Megaman X Legacy Collection on Steam. I beat the 1st game easily enough, and then started up X2.

Boy, I've forgotten how insanely frustrating the X games started to get as the sequels continued to be made. I seem to recall reading somewhere about how the guy behind it was kind of frustrated that he was asked to make sequels, as he really intended the 1st game to be a stand-alone story on its own. I wonder if he decided to take his frustration out on the players, or something, because...

X2 starts out the same way as X1, with an intro stage that sort of shows you the ropes, with the added bonus of allowing X to dash automatically, instead of making you wait for the upgrade later. But from there, it starts to get a little convoluted.

After you've defeated two Mavericks (I traditionally choose Flame Stag first and then go on to Morph Moth), the X-Hunters descend into various stages that are selected based on an algorithm (I'm guessing it changes depending on which Mavericks you've already defeated). If you don't defeat them (and they are somewhat irritating to deal with), you lose the ability to recover Zero's parts.

It is kind of manipulative, in a way. The player (let's use childhood me as an example) cares about the 'best friend' character Zero enough to go after the parts, and taking away the chance to get them if you don't perform up to the game's expectations in defeating the X-Hunters makes the player feel like they have failed somehow.

In the end, however, all it really amounts to is that you face Zero as a boss right before Sigma, and he isn't terribly hard, and the game turns out the same way whether you recovered all the parts or not. The ending doesn't really change one way or the other. Zero still goes to destroy the main system and you still end up having to fight Sigma.

Now, on to other matters. The sub-bosses in the middle of levels in this game are basically way more of a pain in the butt than a sub-boss deserves to be. I recall, yesterday, playing through it and remembering the tooth-grinding frustration of dealing with them. In Morph Moth's stage there are these Reploid Insects that take over other Reploids, and you end up fighting two sub-bosses where one of them takes over a Junked Reploid. If you don't pump enough shots into them before they decide to dig back under the garbage pile for another Junked Reploid, they continue to get another one until they are destroyed during the short window where they are jumping around. Frustrating. Another annoying one is the Reploid that scans your abilities before you fight him in Magna Centipede's stage. I eventually figured out that if you just dash under the falling blocks quickly enough, you don't have to deal with your abilities being imparted to it, but even then, it's kind of an exercise in tedium dealing with the thing, as its animation frames seem keyed just so to where you are unlikely to see the shots coming until you have fought it and memorized the timing many times. I could go on about the sub-bosses, but you have limited time to read, I imagine, reader.

The stage gimmicks are irritating as well. In Magna Centipede's stage, there are these Searchlight things that sound an alarm if you touch them. I get that Metal Gear Solid was about to come out and everyone was obsessed with stealth gameplay, but in the endgame it just turns into an exercise in frustration. I feel like the connection that was forged with X as a character at the end of the first game is being exploited by the programmers to make you feel irritated every time he takes a hit, which happens many, many times.

Another stage gimmick that I found irritating was the Fish Reploid in Bubble Crab's stage. It is basically just there to get in the way and screw up your progression through the level, and it takes 40 bajillion shots at about 5-6 different sweet spots to take it down. The Giga Crush wipes it out in an instant, but that's another thing:

The Giga Crush is a really stupid weapon with very few practical applications. To charge it, you have to take damage from a projectile. So, get hit on purpose, basically, but it can't be a hit that results from colliding with an enemy (for some reason), it has to be a projectile.

I really feel like these features were put in the game simply to irritate the player, and I imagine they caused my family all kinds of grief from listening to me scream and swear at it, back when I was a kid (I wonder why they never thought to simply confiscate the cartridge from me as a punishment, but, you know, looney lefters, who knows).

As a final note, screw Wire Sponge's stage forever. That sub-tank is the most annoying hidden thing in the history of everything.

X3's music isn't as good as the first two, either, but the Intro Stage's theme gets my blood pumping every time. It's a shame the rest of the soundtrack doesn't hold up as well.

And X4? Well...you know.

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Posted: 27th August 2018 16:55

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My personal favorite soundtrack from the first five X games is X3, actually.

I personally found X2 to be the most difficult of the first three X games (i.e. the SNES ones), and X1 to be the easiest.

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Posted: 7th September 2018 20:52
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Finally finally entered New Vegas and now I'm in the big leagues! Got the presidential suite in the Lucky 38 and grabbed up all my former companions so I could stick 'em in there and now I'm getting caught up in all these faction politics as I chuck and maneuver my way into becoming God King of the Mojave. I gotta admit, there is a certain charm to the bump in scope this game gives ya once you pass that gate.

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Posted: 8th September 2018 21:52

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I finished my replay of Final Fantasy X! I put 65 hours into it, which is about half the time of my last playthrough. I was a bit uncertain I'd be able to do the final boss as I hadn't grinded for auto-haste and auro-phoenix, but a friend assured me it was possible without those. I did end up grinding for Auto-life and Auron's zombie attack, both of which were helpful.

I started X-2 the next night. This is my first time playing it. The feminist in me LOVES that the party is three women, but hates Rikku's default outfit (a string bikini and micro-skirt). I had problems with the game early on; there's a jumping puzzle (timed!) And I rather suck at those. You get about 5 minutes to do it, but it took me 40 because I just couldn't figure out where to go. Meh.

I also have a quibble with the order to do events. Naturally, I was attracted to hot spots, as I figured that's where the game wanted me to go next. But the second got spot is in Zanarkand, and I got wiped on my first encounter there. So I had to look up a walkthrough, which basically said to ignore the hotspot for now and retrace Yuna's pilgrimage. So I'm doing that now, and things are going well. Still in Chapter 1, but have completed 11% of the game so far.

I'm hoping to finish the game this month so I can start a play through of the Kingdom Hearts franchise. I've only played half its games, and I'd really like to finish them all by the time KH3 drops. I'll be busy these next few months!
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Posted: 10th September 2018 08:16

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After beating Metroid Prime 2 on Hard, took a look at the save file and realized it was only a little slower than my Normal clear. So I'm intermittently going back from time to time to blaze a trail through normal with the goal of knocking off a few hours. Everything dies so fast... Something new I learned is that Bomb Guardian has a unique attack it only uses if you're in morph ball form. Guess that's why none of the guides mention it. It's painful too, taking off about 60-70 energy (out a max possible 199).

Anyways, really getting into Mana Khemia. As in enough to want to write a guide that covers some answers I'm not finding on GameFAQs. Even considering writing a bare bones walkthrough since the few guides are rather, um, busy. First impression may be of high school anime (though I haven't watched enough to tell) but the gameplay is enjoyable enough. The item crafting is my favorite part of it. Combat is really basic for the first three chapters of the game. Not many skills yet and they are expensive so just spamming attack with a heal spell when needed. More party members show up and the combat mechanics become deeper. It takes a bit of effort to not use fighting game lingo when describing battling with a larger party size.

At some point, I'll post more about my experiences with the game beyond the warmup period.
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Posted: 17th September 2018 15:23

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I was playing League of Legends constantly but now I'm in dire need of a break from it! I'm sitting on Bioshock (not yet finished) and The Last of Us (not yet played... for shame)

I've been into an Android game called Summoners War for the last six months. And after months of not working I've started a Youtube channel as a little creative outlet for myself. It's a long shot but if anyone was interested the channel is called: "GeraldTGiraffe"
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Posted: 17th September 2018 15:37

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I'll sub. Why not? I'm a fellow "content creator".

Man, I hate euphemistic corporate-speak. I feel like, while it makes ideas clear, it does so in a uniformly un-poetic, dehumanizing way.

Besides, "content" can mean anything, when you think about it. The word's literal meaning is "a thing or things that are inside a container." In your case, YouTube.

Anyway. Have a subscriber. Cheers!

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Posted: 17th September 2018 20:58

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I finished Chapter 1 of Final Fantasy X-2. I was enjoying the game, but then I got distracted with making Kefka and didn't play for a few days. That killed my momentum. I sat down to play it the other night, and according to the walkthrough I was following I had a quest to do next, and I just didn't wanna. So I turned it off. I'll go back to it again someday.

I went ahead and started [B]Kingom Hearts Final Mix[/B ]on the PS4 this weekend, as it was my birthday and I wanted to play a beloved game. Holy cow, is it gorgeous on the PS4! Very glad I spent the money to buy the game. I'm currently stuck on the Trickmaster in Wonderland. I have no potions left. sad.gif so I might revert to an earlier save and acquire more potions, then replay Wonderland.
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Posted: 19th September 2018 04:03

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wanting to get into Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy.

It's a dungeon-crawler game.

I have a hunch that I'm wanting to play this because I actually want to play Soul Worker, the action MMO game, but I don't want to play an MMO game because I have had multiple experiences that basically taught me that MMOs are basically just giant lists of tasks that don't inspire immersion, even despite cool-looking anime art. So instead I picked up (while it was on sale) some other dark-urban-sci-fi-anime game I had my sights set on.

Also eventually I'll probably try to get my hands on Pokémon Crystal Clear (the open-world romhack) when I restart my catch-'em-all journey again. (First attempt ended unceremoniously with a lost save file.)

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Posted: Yesterday at 11:42

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I'm feeling a need to get back into Skyrim again - heavily modded of course, but there's just something about the game and the world it's set in that always sticks with you.
I've been reading Prequel (a webcomic about a Khajiit down on her luck in Cyrodiil) and that's made me want to revisit the Elder Scrolls universe. I might even go back and try Oblivion for nostalgias sake

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