[The video game thread]

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Re: [The video game thread]

Post by ganon578 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:17 pm

Tantrum wrote:
Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:49 pm
I'm almost done replaying Twilight Princess.
I started a run on that one last year (the HD version on the Wii U). Fun game, but you're right, the pacing can be awful. The beginning of the game is notoriously slow paced. I never finished my run this time around, since I thought I was close to done but wasn't. I believe I made it to the City in the Sky and lost interest. I know that's fairly close to the end, but I just couldn't make it at the time.

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The real reason I got FPWW is the large community that creates wrestlers to download. Though the game itself is branded with New Japan wrestlers, the community has created wrestlers from all promotions and eras. Getting the wrestlers into the game is a bit clunky, but it's free. I've added about 300 wrestlers from WWF/WWE, WCW, ECW, NXT, TNA, and AEW. If I didn't do any sorting of the available characters and items (mats, aprons, etc.) there's ~70K things available. It's awesome!

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Re: [The video game thread]

Post by Tantrum » Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:14 am

I finished the dungeon with the Sols. It turns out part of my issue was the enemy approaching music for that dungeon gets on my nerves. I think they were going for disorienting, but ended up with annoying. Anyway, I turned the volume way down on my stereo, and had a much easier time of it.
ganon578 wrote:
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I started a run on that one last year (the HD version on the Wii U). Fun game, but you're right, the pacing can be awful. The beginning of the game is notoriously slow paced. I never finished my run this time around, since I thought I was close to done but wasn't. I believe I made it to the City in the Sky and lost interest. I know that's fairly close to the end, but I just couldn't make it at the time.
Yeah, you're on dungeon 7 of 9. All that's left in the overworld after this is a single heart container piece you can get with that dungeon's item. Then, it's the Twilight Realm, which sounds like a large, LttP-esque Dark World, but is actually the smallish 8th dungeon, which has really irritating enemy approaching music. Then, Hyrule Castle, which I believe is a much larger, and more enjoyable dungeon. Have you ever finished that game?

I was hoping replaying TP would keep me busy this winter until it's warm enough to go outside again, but I'll probably finish it up this weekend. I could look for more bugs and poes, but all they give you is more rupees. I already have more than I need, and I always forget to use the magic armor.

I could do the Cave of Ordeals, but I hate the 10 levels of ice enemies. I beat the first 10 levels to get a fairy spring, but the next 30 just give you more fairy springs. The last 10 let you get more of that potion that refills your hearts and doubles your attack. But, I've never used the one I got for beating 20 Poes.

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Re: [The video game thread]

Post by Warcry » Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:38 am

Tantrum wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:14 am
I could do the Cave of Ordeals
When I was talking about this game with a friend a while back, I think I called this the "Cave of Mild Inconveniences". It really doesn't feel like an ordeal, except in the sense of being super time consuming and kind of boring. Beating it really should feel like an accomplishment, but almost nothing in this game (except for those damned hands chasing you while you have the Sols!) is actually difficult, so instead of a test of endurance and fighting skill it feels more like a test of patience.

I love the atmosphere of Twilight Princess, but I think I'd have a hard time convincing myself to play it again any time soon because there's just no challenge there. I know Zelda isn't supposed to be Dark Souls, but I should at least have to worry about whether I've got enough fairies and potions when I go into a boss fight.

After a bit of a layoff, I jumped into Portal 2. It doesn't quite reach the heights of the short, sweet, simple original, but it's still good fun. The expanded game mechanics keep it from getting boring, but I also feel like it keeps them from ever being quite as brilliant with the level design as they were the first time around, where they really had to go nuts with just a handful of building blocks to make the final levels really tough. But to be honest it would be worth playing just to hear J.K. Simmons ranting like a crazy man. That's usually worth the price of admission on its own.

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Re: [The video game thread]

Post by StoneCold Skywarp » Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:00 am

Warcry wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:38 am
After a bit of a layoff, I jumped into Portal 2. It doesn't quite reach the heights of the short, sweet, simple original, but it's still good fun. The expanded game mechanics keep it from getting boring, but I also feel like it keeps them from ever being quite as brilliant with the level design as they were the first time around, where they really had to go nuts with just a handful of building blocks to make the final levels really tough. But to be honest it would be worth playing just to hear J.K. Simmons ranting like a crazy man. That's usually worth the price of admission on its own.
I think portal 2 accomplishes something that portal 1 didn't. It gives you a reason to care about the characters. The reveals and revelations of the characters, their actions and reactions drew me in as much as the gameplay. Especially on a recent play through.

J. K Simmons is inspired casting though. When life gives you lemons...
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Re: [The video game thread]

Post by ganon578 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:27 pm

Tantrum wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:14 am
Have you ever finished that game?
Yes, back when it was released on the Wii during the launch period. I was lucky in that I had gone to a KMart on release night and they did a raffle (not for $) for the Wii units. Got one of those and TP. Between that and Wii Sports I was busy for months. I don't remember all the details from that first playthrough, just that it was enjoyable at the time. Forgot how long the ending can take.
Warcry wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:38 am
I love the atmosphere of Twilight Princess, but I think I'd have a hard time convincing myself to play it again any time soon because there's just no challenge there. I know Zelda isn't supposed to be Dark Souls, but I should at least have to worry about whether I've got enough fairies and potions when I go into a boss fight.
I thought the same when fighting the boss in the Arbiter's Grounds. For some reason I remember it being tougher on the first play, but this time around I blew through it with no problem. Same goes for many of the other bosses.

This weekend I was at a local game shop to kill some time and picked up Super Return of the Jedi on the SNES and Joe Montana's Sports Talk Football '93 on the Genesis!!! Not sure if they'll be worth it in the long run (how much I will play them) but it was fun to revisit some games from my childhood. The Super SW games are brutally difficult but I love the pixel art and sounds. Great overall game! JMSTF '93 was one I bought from a flea market when I was in middle school. Played THE CRAP out of that game back then. I'm not as good at it anymore, but it's still fun. The play-by-play is pretty amazing (if basic) for a game that came out nearly 30 years ago. It was $2, so why not?

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Re: [The video game thread]

Post by Tantrum » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:03 am

Warcry wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:38 am
I love the atmosphere of Twilight Princess, but I think I'd have a hard time convincing myself to play it again any time soon because there's just no challenge there. I know Zelda isn't supposed to be Dark Souls, but I should at least have to worry about whether I've got enough fairies and potions when I go into a boss fight.
I finished TP last weekend, and one room of Hyrule Castle made me think of this comment. There's bunch of blocks that fall away when you jump on them, so there's only one way to safely make it across the pits. There's some creepy ghost knights that you can only see with your wolf senses, like the ones in the graveyard just outside the castle, that point the way. So what does the game do when you enter that room?

Sic you with a bunch of those little bugs from Arbiter's Grounds that make you walk slow, and you can only see with your wolf senses. This ensures that you transform into a wolf, turn on your wolf senses, and see the first knight.

I remembered to use the Magic Armor when fighting the Darknuts in the castle, so I didn't use any of the potions or fairies I brought. And, I actually needed the silver rupees in the castle. I didn't use the Magic Armor during the fight with Ganon, because Link shouldn't look like a doofus when fighting Ganon.

I have the NES Zelda games on the Gamecube special edition, but don't particularly like them, and only finished them on the NES with a Game Genie. My SNES is dead, so I can't play any of those games. The only other Gamecube games I have are:
* a NASCAR game that came with it and holds no interest for me
* Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy which kept my interest just long enough to justify the $3 I spent on it
* Majora's Mask, which I dislike
* OOT Master Quest, which has the same overworld as regular OOT, which I just finished. Plus, when I try to play another 3D Zelda soon after finishing TP, I keep trying to do the sword moves.

I have my parents' old Wii in my garage, but don't care for Wii Sports or the whole flail your arms to control the game idea in general. I just keep it as a backup Gamecube. So, unless I feel like busting out the Atari 2600, I'm probably taking a break from video games for a while.

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Re: [The video game thread]

Post by HeavyArms » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:47 pm

Dragon Ball Xenoverse & Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - Bought off eBay quite cheaply.

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Re: [The video game thread]

Post by ganon578 » Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:55 pm

I was impressed with a wireless 8bitdo controller for my TG16 Mini, so I went ahead and ordered ones for my SNES Mini (but bought the rainbow buttoned Super Famicom version) and my Genesis Mini. Both are well made and work exceptionally well, just like the TG16 one. I'll be picking up one for my NES Classic Mini as well from a local shop.

I've you've never explored 8bitdo controllers for retro stuff, I would highly recommend them!

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