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Castlevania turned out to be surprisingly forgiving, with short levels and plentiful power ups. I did make use of the NES Classic Mini save states to save a little time (particularly with Dracula), but a successful play through for a player who knew what they were doing would definitely be quick. Metroid seems like the next logical port of call, and I've done my background reading this time, so I know it can be beaten in less than an hour.

 

At the other end of the age spectrum, Forza Horizon 3 Blizzard Mountain is breezing by quickly too, although I'll be leaving the 27 championships until last, as they're the one time-consuming bit... Other than the ski-jump record achievement with the Group 4 Lancia Stratos. That's really difficult and I might not bother if I don't start getting close soon.

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I finished System Shock 2. I played with a controller the whole way, just about, switching to the mouse for convenience when I hacked stuff mainly.

 

But yeah, the final battle with the game's interface... and yeah Shodan, M&KB wasn't optional. It was awful. Did it with 1hp left.

 

The final section of The Body of the many was also AWFUL. I can believe that having that Psi power to just be outright invisible to enemies must be amazing to have in the last half hour of the game, I went completely no Psi and it was a battle of attrition I don't know if I could ever go through that again.

 

It took me about 15 hours, I'd say the first 14 hours was one of the best games I have ever played, and the last hour was a bit of a sour note to it, unfortunately I feel that's such a common thing with games, the ending being the worst part of it by far. 

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7 minutes ago, hybridial said:

I finished System Shock 2. I played with a controller the whole way, just about, switching to the mouse for convenience when I hacked stuff mainly.

 

But yeah, the final battle with the game's interface... and yeah Shodan, M&KB wasn't optional. It was awful. Did it with 1hp left.

 

The final section of The Body of the many was also AWFUL. I can believe that having that Psi power to just be outright invisible to enemies must be amazing to have in the last half hour of the game, I went completely no Psi and it was a battle of attrition I don't know if I could ever go through that again.

 

It took me about 15 hours, I'd say the first 14 hours was one of the best games I have ever played, and the last hour was a bit of a sour note to it, unfortunately I feel that's such a common thing with games, the ending being the worst part of it by far. 

 

SS2 is at its best before you leave the facility, after that it goes south really fucking bad. Seems your experience of the final part was essentially the same as mine, I, too, struggled to go through it with barely any health, I started savescumming intensely at that point. And the Shodan boss fight... no thank you.

 

Good news is, since SS2 are doing it a remaster, we're probably going to have a much better game to play in the future. Ugh, but I don't know if I can do it again, the sound design of some enemies is just too good, even for something as simply as these blue spiders - I am still unsure whether I do suffer from arachnophobia or not, but these spiders really made me shit bricks -_- . I'm not interested in reliving that experience, nu-uh.

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9 minutes ago, seed said:

SS2 is at its best before you leave the facility, after that it goes south really fucking bad. Seems your experience of the final part was essentially the same as mine, I, too, struggled to go through it with barely any health, I started savescumming intensely at that point. And the Shodan boss fight... no thank you.

 

Good news is, since SS2 are doing it a remaster, we're probably going to have a much better game to play in the future.

 

I mean as bad as those boss fights were, I guess they didn't take me many tries, I think 3 for the Body of the Many and 4 for SHODAN, but I admit if I didn't have 29 hit points left it may simply have not been possible. I may in fact have been too conservative in the game considering I had a lot of nanites left and probably could have thrown modules at skills that might have helped, though I read the exotic weapons aren't great it still would have been more ammo I could have utilised, and also the worm heart implant would have likely helped. If I do it a second time I'd definitely change some things about my approach, including probably buying all the stims I could at the last vendor that actually sells them, because some chucklefuck decided to not make them available at any point that late in the game. 

 

As for the remaster, I'd love to see someone rejig the balance of the game but wouldn't that likely be out of the scope of a remaster? 

 

*edit* I checked to see if the game has cheats, it does. I think in future I will utilise them for the end of the game, and no, no shame. No shame at all. Better to do it and feel like I could replay the game in future without worrying too much about that trashy end. Kinda like mouse aiming the Icon of Sin. 

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6 minutes ago, hybridial said:

I mean as bad as those boss fights were, I guess they didn't take me many tries, I think 3 for the Body of the Many and 4 for SHODAN, but I admit if I didn't have 29 hit points left it may simply have not been possible. I may in fact have been too conservative in the game considering I had a lot of nanites left and probably could have thrown modules at skills that might have helped, though I read the exotic weapons aren't great it still would have been more ammo I could have utilised, and also the worm heart implant would have likely helped. If I do it a second time I'd definitely change some things about my approach, including probably buying all the stims I could at the last vendor that actually sells them, because some chucklefuck decided to not make them available at any point that late in the game. 

 

As for the remaster, I'd love to see someone rejig the balance of the game but wouldn't that likely be out of the scope of a remaster? 

 

I don't think it is, they admitted the "ending always sucked" too, so I guess that remains to be seen. My guess is, we're going to see some redesigns and some fine tuning.

 

Yeah, the exotic weapons are dogshit. I actually invested quite a bit on the combat side back when I played the game and it isn't worth it, the combat in SS2 is just too much of an afterthought to be worth the investment. It still helps, but it never gets to the point where it actually is good or at least decent, it's serviceable at best.

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I'm playing Plutonia (Crispy Doom) again this time on UV and maxing all the maps from pistol start. It's kicking my ass but it feels good when I finally beat a map.

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I'm playing STALKER: Anomaly for a few days now and it's great, it runs and looks surprisingly well on low settings even when I'm playing this with a crappy Intel Celeron laptop. I started my first playthrough as an Ecologist since everyone but Bandits and Monolith are neutral with you, making many places like the military checkpoint in Cordon safe to walk through. Right now I'm at Darkscape right now with some good equipment (Monolith SEVA suit, Mosin-Nagant and an SMG that I forgot the name of)  and I got ambushed by a pack of annoying Cats that almost killed me, I'm glad I was in a field of gravitational anomalies that slowed them down or else I would have been worm food already.

 

The cats in this mod can rip your ass apart because of their insane speed which makes aiming difficult, I sometimes just resort to spraying my gun in hopes that it kills them. I really hate them.

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A friend of mine gave me a Steam code for Bleed 2, an adorable bullet hell platformer with a two-player mode. I've been playing it with my son and the excitement on his face when we clear a difficult level is worth all the grinding and failed attempts.

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Just finished Black Mesa a couple days ago. Was alright, but the Half-Life series has never really captured me. Xen dragged on for way too long. Platforming sucked.

Fell off Dragon Quest IX for no real particular reason, I was enjoying it but I guess I got distracted. Playing through Shadow Warrior Classic Redux right now as well as Heretic.

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I'm going through my first ever play through of DOOM 2 soon. I just finished Quake 1.

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AM2R 2016

 

The unofficial Metroid II Remake.

I still can't believe how well it has been done,- I enjoyed it more often than the original one. Mission Accomplished! 

 

Kudos to DoctorM64 and his team! 

 

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I got to the end of the Forza Horizon 3: Blizzard Mountain DLC and have started the Hot Wheels one. The 27 championships I mentioned above kind of wore out their welcome, as the whole thing is about driving in snowy and icy conditions. Wonderful backdrop and scenery, although I missed the Aurora Borealis sky effect that the Forza Horizon 4 Fortune Island DLC had. First impressions of the Hot Wheels DLC is that the concept makes for spectacular tracks and the mixture of themes from the main Australia setting and the giant roller-coaster setup is a lot of fun. The speed boosters mess with handling pretty badly though, and the physics is probably leaning a little too towards simulation to be forgiving in some of the more exciting track stunts. I've not finished a race yet, just enjoying the exploration and ticking off the simpler objectives.

 

The tournament structure would benefit significantly from not being imposed after I've already got a giant garage of all sorts of cars though. They start you in the middle of the performance rankings, but I've got a range of cars at the top of that rank that should give me a pretty clear edge once I'm used to the track.

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I just played through Star Trek Elite Force II. I should note the game uses Id Tech 3 and released 1 year prior to Doom 3. Even from the initial game menu you can notice certain similarities. While lacking in all the lighting effects and interactive screens, it doesn't rely on making everything horrendously dark and knows when to use total darkness effectively, the night vision mode is a bit better than the flashlight(even if gas clouds become solid blobs and it's all a green mess) and the weapons feel more effective. Wall console healing stations only give what you need instead of 10 units at a time regardless, but the near lack of health pickups can get annoying(they only show up in 1 level). The first main level on the USS Dallas manages to do horror right- you know you're in trouble when, on arrival, you find gravity off, corpses floating around, and a hole in the ship as a result of some unknown enemy eating its way into the ship from the outside. It takes some time before you encounter these things.

 

The secret item hunt is something I opted not to bother with because it requires going extremely out of your way to find them just to unlock some bonus levels. Missing out on the exploration mode from EF1 is a shame as none of the movies allowed us a real good look at the Enterprise E, so getting to walk around it to check it out more than the limited space we get to see would have been nice. The game opts to be a long episode of the TV series so some levels are just an interactive story rather than gameplay, but not as obnoxious as "it's a movie with some gameplay levels tacked on" Mass Effect did. The shoehorned romance subplot doesn't really add anything either(there are 2 female characters you interact with, dialog choices determine some extra ending scene) and was likely responsible for removing the player gender choices that EF1 had.

 

The return of Trek actors is sparser here- while EF1 had the main Voyager cast(Jeri Ryan was unavailable for the initial release but got patched in with the expansion pack) and some recurring, EF2 gets Picard, Tuvok and Barclay(a random crewman looks like Geordi, so I suspect LeVar Burton was planned but backed out last minute, replacing him with Barclay as chief engineer and the skin recycled) while Jeffrey Combs(Weyoun, Brunt, others), JG Hertzler(Martok), Tony Todd(Kurn, elderly Jake Sisko) and Robert O'Reilly(Gowron) also voice a few new characters.

 

Weapons though work on gameplay principles instead of TV series rules so the basic phaser has no working instant stun setting, the alt-fire disintegration can take sustained fire and to balance around an "infinite ammo" weapon it has a short battery that recharges when not firing. However it's not a totally useless weapon you'll ignore and you can run out of other ammo quickly, so it can be reliable at times.

 

The game is decently long but not to the point of being boring. It builds on typical Star Trek lore while also feeling like it took some heavy inspiration from Doom(fast-paced gameplay), Daikatana(albeit with an NPC ally system that actually WORKS PROPERLY so maybe more "inspired to fix what was broken") Quake & Serious Sam(some of the level design) and definitely Metroid Prime(most of the Exomorph enemies you fight feel like they'd belong there).

 

While it has its own share of "obnoxious BS" sections- a few tricky platform areas, that horrendously difficult flight bridge with flickering random segments- the quicksave/quickload ability coupled with fast load times at least mitigates the frustration in playing these parts.

 

EDIT- one bit of high praise I will give the game is the sniper rifle. It's an effective 1-shot kill on small targets and powerful on the boss monsters and best of all it does not need to be zoomed in to be effective. A lot of FPS from 2000 onward had an annoying habit of the sniper rifle being super powerful when zoomed but suddenly as effective as lobbing baseballs when not zoomed. Damage would magically be cut by 90% for some moronic reason. The fact this does not happen is a sign the devs were smarter than most.

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Skyrim VR. I used to play pc games but the latest one was skyrim through virtual reality and it's much more interesting for me. I am an experienced gamer and not I enjoy only vr or ar games. It was interesting for me so I've checked the vr company to look for new games. Hope I will get some of them soon 

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I am playing various games on and off, probably looking to finish Amid Evil for the first time, given I've finished 4 out of 7 worlds. The only issue I have with the game is the occlusion culling being a bit noticeable and distracting at times but I love the game. I also think its one of the two prettiest games ever made (the other one is Dragons Crown), and its no slouch when it comes to creative level design, The Arcane Expanse just had many wow parts to it.

 

I also probably need to actually go back to Dusk, Ion Fury, Forsaken and Overload and finish them. I also plan to finally get through Planescape Torment and Fallout 2 sometime in the near future.

 

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I decided to continue playing Destiny 2, last time I stopped playing it after finishing the few early quests because I didn't know what else to do and felt like my progress came to halt, this time I've gotten into it properly and figured out how to actually ignore the side-distractions and start the campaigns. I really like the story and the lore, and how varied the environments can look, very gorgeous.

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After cloning my HDD to a WD Blue overnight, I finally got Skyrim Legendary Edition installed. Been having fun with that, the combat and menus are vastly improved over Oblivion and it feels like I need fewer "fix" mods out of the gate to add a few helpful features.

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I bought The 13th Doll today. It's a fan-made sequel to The 7th Guest. Which I loved when I was a kid, even though it gave me nightmares. Because I was 7, and ghosts freaked me out.

 

So far, I'm on the fence about it, I've only done three puzzles, and tried a fourth, but they seem oddly obtuse. The first one was a word puzzle with the clue 1-2-3. So I kept trying to eliminate letters by using 1 2 3, first letter, then the second letter, then the third letter, and kept failing. The answer was to just select letters that appeared 3 times in the puzzle. The second puzzle was one with a dollhouse, and you had to get the figures out of the house without them killing each other. Some had swords, some had shields, one had two swords and one had two shields, and the last didn't have any weapons or defenses. It made sense after solving it, but not while I was doing it. The next puzzle was a Chess puzzle where you had to swap the places of two white and two black knights on a 3x3 grid. Which made sense, but I still think the Chess puzzles from the 7th Guest were a weak spot. 

 

And now I'm stuck on a spiderweb puzzle, where you have to move the spider through various webs, and there are numbered spots on them that you have to stop on. Ranging from 1-4. I figured if you landed on a 1, you would be able to move one more space. If you land on a 4, you can move 4 more spaces. That doesn't seem to be the case. It still seems arbitrary how many spaces  you can move in the puzzle, sometimes I'm on a 4 space, and I can only move 1 space. Sometimes it's the otherway round.

 

It's not bad, I'm enjoying it quite a bit; the atmosphere and music are great. But the puzzles, so far, seem to lack reasoning. And the voice acting and FMV's aren't anything to call home about, even compared to the original 7th Guest.  I'm hoping it gets better. For $13 on a GOG sale it'll probably be worth it, but the $30 Steam price tag seems way too high. We'll see if it improves. I hope it does.

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On 2/2/2020 at 11:58 AM, 4everDoomed said:

AM2R 2016

 

The unofficial Metroid II Remake.

I still can't believe how well it has been done,- I enjoyed it more often than the original one. Mission Accomplished! 

 

Kudos to DoctorM64 and his team! 

 

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Do you have a link to the download?

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4 hours ago, Yourfacedotcom said:

 

Do you have a link to the download?

 

 

I uploaded the file myself. Damn. It seems I don't have the latest update yet, it should be something around 1.4.X. It's only version 1.1 

But it worked fine, never had any trouble with bugs. Simply unzip it and run the .exe file from the extracted content. Happy hunting !

Edited by 4everDoomed : removed link, didn't work

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Well, the next round goes to Castlevania: The Lecard Chronicles 2....

I'm not the biggest Castlevania expert, I only got in touch with CVII NES+GB, Super CV IV SNES; Circle of the Moon GBA, CV N64 (->a fuckin' short disappointment) , Symphony of the night PSX and Order of Ecclesia NDS.....

 

CV LC2 is another fan-made game. Beautiful graphics, awesome soundtrack, lovely details, RPG elements, some smart riddles here and there and a veeeery lot to explore and discover. Although it's a classic 2D side-scroller game, it doesn't feel too linear or dumb at all. 

 

I'm going to give it a 10 out of 10....

 

 

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Last summer (2018 to 2019) i started collecting as much JRPGs in old consoles (NES,SNES, MASTER SYSTEM, GENESIS, GB, GBC, GBA, NDS) as i can, why? Because i like to spend a good time with good stories. Strangely, i found in a long research thru specialized books about rpgs, forgotten pages, and unknow and undiscovered wikis, that, aside of the more popular entries (Dragon Quest serie, Final Fantasy, serie, Megami Tensei serie, Persona serie, Pokemon serie, etc.) there isn't much to play.
THERE ARE SOME REALLY OBSCURE GAMES, but nothing too amazing to mention.
During all the collecting, i played an indie RPG made in RPG Maker called '' The Way'' divided in 6 chapters. I highly recommend to everyone to play it, and don't get fooled by the cluncky and weird approach of the first two chapters. If one persist with it, you will find that this is probably the most wonderful indie RPG EVER made to this day, and i don't say this because just i liked it a lot.

Its a game full of ''humanity'' to put it in a simple word, something i see a lot of RPGs lacks or try to overuse sometimes, resulting in the opposite effect. With ''humanity'' i mean problems of everyday and the struggles of normal people but in a fantasy setting (the setting is probably one of the most amazing concepts that i found in a game) with a lot of humor, quests, gorier scenes, and getting more and more dark with the approach of the last chapter. Also, the game is pretty philosophycal too, something that i only found in games like Xenogear, Chrono Cross and Vagrant Story (Final Fantasy Tactics is satyrical comment on religion an fanatism). The 6 chapter is almost a whole game on its own. I spent, roughly, 40 hours in this game, with 15 hours solely playing the chapter 6.
Again, do yourself a favor and play this amazing game.


Right now i'm playin one of the weirdest entries of all the game i found during my research, its is calles ''Great Greed'' and it was released for the original Gamo Boy. Its pretty funny, with character's name that refferences diferent foods, like cabbage, candy, cookie, salt, and soo on. And its somehow about making aware of the problems of pollution and toxic hazzards. Its good, not amazing, but enjoyable soo far.
I really like to get into the first Final Fantasy Legend for the original Gameboy, later rereleased with its original name, Makatouishi SaGa and with a few enhancement for WonderSwan Color, but i played it until the middle, and then i get distracted.
My problem is that i get distracted pretty easily while playing anything, distracted with urges to play Doom, and that a shame because i played it more than anything else and i want to play more RPG that i couldn't play during my chillhood.

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2 hours ago, 4everDoomed said:

 

http://www.mediafire.com/file/1kqxls60h1jw9zf/am2r-another-metroid-2-remake-1-1.zip/file

I uploaded the file myself. Damn. It seems I don't have the latest update yet, it should be something around 1.4.X. It's only version 1.1 

But it worked fine, never had any trouble with bugs. Simply unzip it and run the .exe file from the extracted content. Happy hunting !

 

Thank you!

 

EDIT: Actually seems the download isnt working. Has some DMCA copyright issue. :(

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38 minutes ago, Yourfacedotcom said:

 

Thank you!

 

EDIT: Actually seems the download isnt working. Has some DMCA copyright issue. :(

 

Yeah, shit. Author got into trouble with Nintendo....they couldn't accept any "rivals" out there. Nobody earned money with that.

Instead of being flattered, kill 'em of. What a bunch of arrogant idiots. 

try that....or find it elsewhere. I'm sure it's not completely offline.

https://am2r-another-metroid-2-remake.de.uptodown.com/windows/download

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