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Announcements and Feedback / Re: Frontend
November 12, 2017, 15:07:54 PM
Quote from: TrekMD on November 10, 2017, 03:48:25 AM
You're not the only one!  We still have to do some work on them but they are back.  :)  I have actually written quite a few more reviews as I've been sending feedback to some podcasts and I can convert those for use here.

Do you guys need me to resubmit pictures for those games? I noticed that the screenshots for my reviews were offline. I still have the screenshots saved on my PC, so it wouldn't be much trouble to zip them up and send them your way if needed.
Quote from: katastrophic88 on November 11, 2017, 03:45:56 AM
I just added all of Impression Games' city-builders to my collection: Pharaoh, Zeus and Caesar. Nostalgia led me to buy them, and I still enjoy the hell out of them 20 years later.

Nice. That's the idea: When it comes to the best retro games, usually we find that whatever we liked about them 10 or 20 years ago still holds up today. By the way, welcome! If this is your first time here, why don't you leave us an Introduction? Good to meet you, Katastrophic.
I may be in the minority as far as this forum is concerned. I love Final Fantasy VII. It was easily one of the most important games of my youth and shaped my expectations for years to come.
Retro News & Chat / Re: TrekMD's Collection
November 10, 2017, 03:35:20 AM
In case I hadn't commented about your PS2 purchase somewhere else, I'm happy to see that you've acquired a PS2. The Xbox and PS2 consoles are where I think the transition to current-gen was set in motion: Since then, console gaming has sort of been developing along the same lines. If you decide to really dig into the PS2 library, which is immense, I would love to send some recommendations your way. You'd probably do well to pick up the Silent Hill games, especially SH2 and 3, and possibly some Fatal Frame games. I'm just a little late in the year to make the Halloween tie-in, but they're fantastic to play year-round and really set the tone for what the PS2 was capable of in its prime. The PS2 was home to some great RPGs, too. You've got Kingdom Hearts already, but check out Final Fantasy X, Dragon Quest VIII, and games from the Persona, Suikoden, and Xenosaga series.

The PS2 had many successful franchises that spawned several sequels. Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, Grand Theft Auto, God of War, Metal Gear Solid, Sly Cooper, Onimusha, and Devil May Cry are all important franchises that helped push the PS2 to the forefront. And, last but not least, I don't think I could make a list of PS2 recommendations without mentioning Shadow of the Colossus and Okami, which are purely amazing and need to be played at least once. Both games are routinely mentioned among the best games for the console. Happy collecting!
It's been a while since I've been able to report a new retro purchase, but I just bought Gun.Smoke for the NES. It's a top-down vertically scrolling shoot-'em-up by Capcom based on the American Wild West. Given that the genre is mostly dominated by space shooters, I like to find the outliers that find ways to apply familiar shoot-'em-up mechanics to atypical settings. Once I get some game time under my belt, I'll come back with my first impressions.
Announcements and Feedback / Re: Frontend
November 10, 2017, 03:06:28 AM
I sort of missed the classic layout. And the reviews are all back! Nice. I'm going to enjoy rereading these. Thanks, Zap!  8)
Retro News & Chat / Re: Hardest games you've played
November 08, 2017, 16:28:50 PM
You can still buy the game even though you suspect you'll never finish it. ;) Most of the shoot-'em-up games I own will never be completed by me in my lifetime, but I do like to collect them. Games like Hellfire and Wings of Wor--forget about it! Now that I think about it, I realized I left out several Genesis/Mega Drive games that are quite difficult, like X-Men and Sub-Terrania, but neglected to mention in my post. I think it's just an expectation for any Genesis owner: Many of these games were based on the tried-and-true arcade formula of making the game difficult to keep the quarters flowing. If I get flattened by a mini-boss halfway through a level and have to start from the beginning, I hardly give it a second thought because I'm expecting it to happen anyway. As someone said earlier, repetition is the key to conquering these games. The more you play, the more you learn from your mistakes and it elevates your play.
Retro News & Chat / Re: Hardest games you've played
November 07, 2017, 23:33:19 PM
Wow, this thread was before my time!  ;D Some of the most difficult games for me are the R-Type, Gradius, and Thunder Force style shoot-'em-ups. I liken the gameplay to being a running back in the NFL and trying to punch through the defensive line. Shoot-'em-ups, especially the "bullet hell" ones, like to set a wall of death in front of you and make you wriggle your way around it. Despite this, I love shoot-'em-up games for their simplicity of gameplay and the attractive, anime-inspired art styles. Of course, I've played the Contras, Castlevanias, Mega Mans, et al., and remember those games being very challenging as well.

On the RPG side of things, I do remember having some trouble with Phantasy Star II. One of the most annoying mechanics was that each party member would join your squad at level 1 regardless of how late in the game you acquired them. You'd always have to backtrack to get their level up to quota because some of the enemy encounters are absolutely brutal. Also, The 7th Saga for the SNES was fairly difficult in the sense that, at any given time, one unbalanced enemy encounter could almost guarantee death. There is a (somewhat infamous within the 7th Saga fan community) YouTube video detailing this balancing issue where the player can't even survive one of the first random encounters in the game. Even if he spends a lot of money on potions, he barely has enough of them to offset the damage sustained from one battle. My experience with the game has been different--possibly because I picked a different starting character and I persevered till I was able to add another character to the party. But for that initial first third of the game where you have to fight solo, it's a grind. It was satisfying to beat.
Retro News & Chat / Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2017
November 05, 2017, 20:16:55 PM
Awesome! It's too bad I couldn't delay my trip to Portland this year till October. I went in April from my wife's commencement at her (online) university and enjoyed seeing the city for the short time we were there. I'll have to look through your album to see what I missed! Glad you enjoyed your stay.
Very nice. It looks like we're (pretty much) back in business.
Nintendo Chat / Re: DOOM 64-My trek through it
January 12, 2017, 00:23:35 AM
I wrote a Doom 64 review for RVG a little while back. I gave it a pretty good score, if I remember correctly, and I think the game's strengths do outweigh its weaknesses. I've never played through the game start-to-finish in one sitting like that, though, so I'm impressed! I have seen some speed runs of the game on Twitch and AGDQ and it's always very entertaining to watch. It'd probably be a lot of fun to learn if you're interested in taking your games to that level.
Nintendo Chat / Re: The Rarest SNES Games Ever Released
November 21, 2016, 15:43:28 PM
I can't imagine trying to track down these games. There are a few holes in my SNES collection, but some of the best games also fetch the highest price, so I'm slowly trying to build my library up. Despite that, I'm fairly happy with what I've been able to collect over the years.
Retro News & Chat / Re: Let's Compare - Shinobi
November 19, 2016, 02:22:20 AM
I love the Shinobi games on the Genesis, but I've never played any of the coin-op versions, so I found the comparison to be interesting. Thanks for sharing!
Retro News & Chat / Re: Mini NES
November 16, 2016, 17:02:45 PM
The NES Classic is actually a smash retail hit, which is somewhat surprising. There was a lot of interest generated among longtime players and this is possibly the most success Nintendo has had with a home console (not handheld) release since the original Wii. Now, they're unveiling the Nintendo Switch, and let's hope that Nintendo continues their commitment to classic gaming by expanding their catalog of downloadable retro titles for the next generation of consoles.
Introductions / Re: Howdy
July 14, 2016, 06:22:46 AM
Welcome Stevie! Thank you for your contributions to the retro gaming community.