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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-04 06:40:32 Reply

At 2/1/13 01:26 PM, Auz wrote:
When I hear that I'm mostly thinking 8-bit 16-bit era and to some degree PS1 and N64, but I guess it's a very dynamic and loosely defined term.

I guess it doesn't really hit you that the N64 was released in 1996.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-04 07:09:52 Reply

At 2/4/13 06:40 AM, Cootie wrote:
At 2/1/13 01:26 PM, Auz wrote: When I hear that I'm mostly thinking 8-bit 16-bit era and to some degree PS1 and N64, but I guess it's a very dynamic and loosely defined term.
I guess it doesn't really hit you that the N64 was released in 1996.

Yeah I know when it was released and I realise it was a long time ago (I got mine in 1997).

Like I said, I'm mostly thinking about the 8- and 16-bit era when I hear someone talking about retro games. However, I can imagine someone else might think everything up to the PS2/Gamecube/XBox, which may be more correct technically. I don't know. It's just my personal association.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-04 09:02:41 Reply

I just realised how idiotic I've been. I always feel like I never have enough free time to play video games any more which is quite frankly ridiculous because I'm only at uni 2 days a week just now. I've been trying to figure out how much of my free time should be spent doing uni work and if I put aside 12 hours for that (which seems like a reasonable about) each week, I'm left with about 48 hours of free time that I could spend gaming.

How can I have so much free time and still feel like it would be pointless to get started on some 70+ hour RPG? I could probably complete it in about 2 or 3 weeks. I decided to try and put together some kind of timetable to organise my free time. It's probably something that I'll never stick to but if I can stick to it, there's no reason that I wouldn't be able to start gaming again. Plus there's the added benefit of me actually setting a dedicated time aside to do work.

Really hope I can stick with this because I have a couple of uncommon or reasonably expensive games coming; The Story of Thor 1 & 2. The first is a MegaDrive game and the other is a Saturn game. In the US I think they were called Beyond Oasis and The Legend of Oasis. They look like decent action RPGs for a Sega console. Not really a genre they're famous for. Also got a couple of more modern games on the way. Darksiders 2 and Tales of Vesperia, both of which I've been wating to play for a long time. Tales of Vesperia in particular. I've never actually played and of the Tales games but the graphics on this title look amazing, in my opinion.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-04 15:05:11 Reply

I'm trying to beat Morrowind for the first time and I'm quite liking it. My main gripe mainly has to do with the lack of a quest compass or mounts, besides that it's a brilliant RPG with some really neat areas to explore.

It deserves an HD remake.

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-04 18:32:25 Reply

At 2/4/13 03:05 PM, Shade wrote: I'm trying to beat Morrowind for the first time and I'm quite liking it. My main gripe mainly has to do with the lack of a quest compass or mounts, besides that it's a brilliant RPG with some really neat areas to explore.

It deserves an HD remake.

I've picked it up again since yesterday and I feel like I'm nearing the end of the game now.

I agree that a quest compass would've been nice. The game gives some pretty vague directions sometimes and especially in some caves and buildings it's quite hard to find your way around. A better quest journal interface definitely would've helped too. It sometimes takes me quite a while to find a particular quest that I want to do and then find the directions from there.

As for mounts, I don't really miss them as much, but for the beginning parts of the game they would've been great. I needed to get my speed stat up to 80+ before I finally felt like my character had a decent running speed. At least there's plenty of transportation methods though.

Anyway, the game is very good in my opinion but I still prefer Oblivion.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-05 01:18:10 Reply

At 1/28/13 09:23 AM, Dean wrote:
So yea, any of you guys still buy gaming magazines?

I subscribed to GamePro Magazine for most of the 00s and let the subscription run out right before the magazine stopped being published. I still regret not getting the last few issues of that magazine.

Also, yesterday when I was out, I saw a sealed copy of Conker's Bad Fur Day on the N64 with a pricetag of 300 dollars attached to it. I was blown away. Have any of you dudes seen anything like that (Games over 100 dollars in stores) before? That seemed insanely pricey to me.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-05 01:41:36 Reply

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-05 06:41:42 Reply

At 2/5/13 01:18 AM, ZJ wrote: Also, yesterday when I was out, I saw a sealed copy of Conker's Bad Fur Day on the N64 with a pricetag of 300 dollars attached to it. I was blown away. Have any of you dudes seen anything like that (Games over 100 dollars in stores) before? That seemed insanely pricey to me.

I think a boxed copy of Conker's Bad Fur day can sell for about £100 in the UK. Even the loose carts probably sell for around £50. Sealed copies of collectable games shouldn't really be given a price tag because there isn't really a set value for them. They're worth whatever a collector is willing to pay for it, which can be an insane amount. There are probably people out there who'd consider $300 a bargain, assuming it is a legit sealed copy. Some stores might re-seal games themselves and list it as "sealed" because technically, it is.

Despite being a collector I don't think I'd ever get into the habit of buying sealed games, even if I had the money. I buy games to play them and to add them to my library of games, not so they can act as display pieces. If I was super rich I'd probably buy sealed games, open them and then play them. At least then it would be a similar experience to that of buying the game when it was released.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-05 07:01:39 Reply

Meant to include this in my last post but forgot.

Today is a great day. There's a copy of The Story of Thor sitting in my Mega Drive!

I haven't played a huge number of Mega Drive games. I've maybe played about 50 and most of them were on the Mega Drive compilation for Xbox 360. Of all the games I have played though, The Story of Thor (or Beyond Oasis if you're American) is by far my favourite. I'd say that this is probably the Mega Drive's equivalent of A Link to the Past. It really is a great game and it has really nice, colourful graphics too. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who's looking for an old-school action RPG.

So pleased to finally have a copy of this game!

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-05 08:44:35 Reply

At 2/5/13 07:01 AM, Dean wrote:
Meant to include this in my last post but forgot.
Today is a great day. There's a copy of The Story of Thor sitting in my Mega Drive!

I haven't played a huge number of Mega Drive games. I've maybe played about 50 and most of them were on the Mega Drive compilation for Xbox 360. Of all the games I have played though, The Story of Thor (or Beyond Oasis if you're American) is by far my favourite. I'd say that this is probably the Mega Drive's equivalent of A Link to the Past. It really is a great game and it has really nice, colourful graphics too. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who's looking for an old-school action RPG.

So pleased to finally have a copy of this game!

Get The Lion King. It's Nintendo Hard.

I bought Halo 4 recently, but I'm having trouble playing it, I keep going back to GTA IV where I just fuck about on the swings. My housemate is going to buy an Xbox, he wants a JTAG'd one, but he'll settle for buying a stock one and just flashing the drive himself in order to save a fair share of money (but missing out on Homebrew and the like), so I don't imagine I'll actually have to buy a lot of games, other than those that I think deserve my money and I can get rid of a lovefilm subscription assuming he's cool with me using his Xbox (he works nights so...).

I'm so gutted about GTA V getting pushed back, but I don't want a TDKR experience again (getting it, thinking it's the best shit ever and then when I really think about it, it has a lot of faults and could have been a lot better), I definetly prefer a better game than an earlier game for sure.

Has anyone been following The Last of Us? It looks to be amazing, kind of like I Am Alive but not rushed and awful. It's your basic End-of-the-World kind of game (it has a vibe really similar to The Road if you've ever seen that) and you (A man named Joel) basically are escorting a teenage girl (14 year old Ellie) out of the city. You've got 2 types of enemies really, you've got other survivors who'll kill you for your stuff (and I seriously imagine the possibility of raping Ellie), the combat looks to be very realistic, you can pistol whip and throw punches, but it all just looks so natural. You can hold up enemies and take hostages with guns, and you can make weapons and tools like a Molotov Cocktails if you have the right ingredients. The second type of enemy are the "Infected", people who have been infected with a virus or fungus that is somewhat similar to the horrifying Cordyceps Unilateralis, the basic infected just attack as a person would (although they're not really themselves anymore), but they tend to cough a lot which is dangerous if you're too close. Then you get "The Clickers", these bastards have been infected for about a year now, over the years the fungus has deformed their heads horribly, first escaping from your eyes, which makes them blind, but they make a clicking sound, in order to track prey with some form of echolocation. These things are found in the dark, and it is shit scary.

The game just looks awesome, check out the gameplay videos.

Gameplay 1 - This mostly shows off some of the puzzle mechanics in the first quarter and then human enemies after that.
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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-05 10:40:19 Reply

At 2/5/13 08:44 AM, iMini wrote: Get The Lion King. It's Nintendo Hard.

See, I don't really like games that are intentionally hard. I have a few platformers on the Master System and Mega Drive that I'll probably never beat because I can never be bothered to keep replaying the same levels after every game over.

Today really has been an awesome day for me though. Because it was snowing here this morning I didn't bother travelling up to Edinburgh to go to uni, so I took the day off. Then the postman arrived carrying everything that I ordered from eBay over the weekend which was a surprise.

The Story of Thor arrived, as you could tell by my previous post, along with The Story of Thor 2 on Sega Saturn, Darksiders II and Tales of Vesperia. I've probably mentioned them in a previous post at some point. Been playing Story of Thor and it's great. Definitely my favourite Mega Drive game. Also really can't wait to get into Tales of Vesperia because it just looks so pretty.

But yea, more pics from me. People should post pics of their gaming related stuff more often. I like seeing pics.

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-07 06:15:20 Reply

Got Borderlands (The First). Even with friends, the game is mind-numbingly boring. I don't get why people like it so much.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-07 07:52:15 Reply

At 2/5/13 10:40 AM, Dean wrote:
At 2/5/13 08:44 AM, iMini wrote: Get The Lion King. It's Nintendo Hard.
See, I don't really like games that are intentionally hard. I have a few platformers on the Master System and Mega Drive that I'll probably never beat because I can never be bothered to keep replaying the same levels after every game over.

I managed to beat The Lion King as a kid, even if it was frustrating as hell.

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-07 09:45:55 Reply

At 2/5/13 10:40 AM, Dean wrote: But yea, more pics from me. People should post pics of their gaming related stuff more often. I like seeing pics.

k.

My PS2 games collection is drawing closer to completion. Just nine games left to get. Unfortunately four or five of them are pretty expensive (compared to what I'm used to paying), so it might be a while before I pick those ones up. Not that I need them mind. According to backloggery, I've still got 105 games that are either un-completed or un-played. Wow.

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-07 09:55:17 Reply

At 2/7/13 07:52 AM, Bahamut wrote:
At 2/5/13 10:40 AM, Dean wrote:
At 2/5/13 08:44 AM, iMini wrote: Get The Lion King. It's Nintendo Hard.
See, I don't really like games that are intentionally hard. I have a few platformers on the Master System and Mega Drive that I'll probably never beat because I can never be bothered to keep replaying the same levels after every game over.
I managed to beat The Lion King as a kid, even if it was frustrating as hell.

I remember that game. I had it on PC.

I could never get passed the second level where you had to growl at monkeys so they would throw you in certain directions. Perhaps I had a demo or a broken version though, because when I look at a let's play now I'm sure I've reached the end of the level several times. For some reason I always got dropped in the water.

Anyway, yeah it was a very challenging game from what I remember.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-07 11:10:08 Reply

At 2/7/13 09:45 AM, DannyIsOnFire wrote: My PS2 games collection is drawing closer to completion. Just nine games left to get.

Limiting yourself is a bad idea in my experience. You'll inevitably find out about something else you want, or your tastes will change.

Nice collection too, but regular shelves have ten times more swag.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-07 11:31:50 Reply

Pics were requested, so here's what I got in the last day or two.

The one I'm most interested in is Sweet Home (the capcom game in the middle), it's a horror-RPG based on some probably lame japanese horror film, but it's often credited as the first true horror game and the inspiration for Resident Evil. Some even go as far as to say Resi is a remake of Sweet Home. Cost me a little more than I'd have liked but it could've been worse, the cartridge alone often goes for $25 or more.

I only gave Shin Megami Tensei II a quick go to check it was working but I could already tell it's going to be a tough game, and it has fucking awesome music. Never played an SMT game before so I'm looking forward to that.

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-07 13:48:30 Reply

At 2/7/13 09:45 AM, DannyIsOnFire wrote: My PS2 games collection is drawing closer to completion. Just nine games left to get.

Out of curiosity, what are the games you're still needing?

Also, how do you find those DVD racks? I was going to buy some of those but my brother has some and he said that they were bad from leaving scratch marks on the box's plastic sleeves. I know that's nothing major but I hate any kind of unnecessary damage to things. Still, it'd never be as bad as the time I scratched my near mint Majora's Mask box :(


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-08 10:39:05 Reply

At 2/7/13 11:10 AM, Jackho wrote: Limiting yourself is a bad idea in my experience. You'll inevitably find out about something else you want, or your tastes will change.

Chances are it won't stay that way. My last limit was 100 but I found a few more games I wanted, bought another shelf and the new limit was 150. If it happens again I'll just buy another one and go up to 200.

At 2/7/13 01:48 PM, Dean wrote: Out of curiosity, what are the games you're still needing?

Off the top of my head, Contra: Shattered Soldier, Obscure, Fahrenheit, Pyschonauts, Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance, Ape Escape 2, God Hand, Spyro: Enter The Dragonfly and Crash Bandicoot: Wrath Of Cortex (the last two are purely for nostalgic purposes).

Also, how do you find those DVD racks?

I like them. The ones I have aren't tight enough to cause any damage to the case, my only real criticism would be that the odd one comes bent slightly meaning a couple of games don't fit as well as the rest. Other than that they look cool, display the games nicely and prove ample storage.

At 2/7/13 11:10 AM, Jackho wrote: Nice collection too, but regular shelves have ten times more swag.

My "normal" shelves already have a pretty important purpose :P

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-08 11:06:53 Reply

At 2/8/13 10:39 AM, DannyIsOnFire wrote: Pyschonauts, Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance

Those two right there are must haves for any collector.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-08 19:48:17 Reply

At 2/7/13 09:55 AM, Auz wrote:
I could never get passed the second level where you had to growl at monkeys so they would throw you in certain directions. Perhaps I had a demo or a broken version though, because when I look at a let's play now I'm sure I've reached the end of the level several times. For some reason I always got dropped in the water.

I completely forgot about those monkeys, I had so much trouble with that part as well. I managed to eventually get past it but it took many lives.

This also reminds me of an incident in 102 Dalmatians for the PSX. It was the second level in the toy store and I reached the end of the level numerous times but it wouldn't register as complete. I figured that there was something that I was missing but not when I checked online, I think I must have received a bad copy of the game or maybe there was some error in a certain batch of discs. I don't know.

At 2/7/13 11:31 AM, Jackho wrote: Pics were requested, so here's what I got in the last day or two.

The one I'm most interested in is Sweet Home (the capcom game in the middle), it's a horror-RPG based on some probably lame japanese horror film, but it's often credited as the first true horror game and the inspiration for Resident Evil. Some even go as far as to say Resi is a remake of Sweet Home. Cost me a little more than I'd have liked but it could've been worse, the cartridge alone often goes for $25 or more.

I've heard a lot of good things about Sweet Home, keep us posted on how it plays.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-08 20:56:20 Reply

So, recently I've got this urge to save munnies and get my slim PS2 fixed...and I'm looking to get some awesome/underrated games.

So far I got Persona 3 and 4, and the original Kingdom Hearts.

Any suggestions?

don't include or suggest special edition versions of the game since Malaysia is the worst place to find authentic PS2 games
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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-09 06:34:12 Reply

At 2/8/13 08:56 PM, Yoshiii343 wrote: Any suggestions?

If you like RPGs you'll probably want to throw Dragon Quest VIII on your list of games to look out for. I've still not got around to playing it yet but it seems to be known as a great game.

If I have a quick look through my PS2 collection, there's a few other games I'd say are worth looking out for:

Deus Ex
Grandia II
Star Ocean: Till The End of Time
Ys: The Ark of Napishtim

There are more, but those a few few of the better games that probably weren't so mainstream.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-09 09:19:50 Reply

Coolio. I don't know why but lately I'm into J-RPGs than anything else...speaking of which I'm looking to get some "Tales of..." games. Any specific titles I should be looking at?

Deus Ex
Grandia II
Star Ocean: Till The End of Time
Ys: The Ark of Napishtim

Thanks for the suggestions!

There are more, but those a few few of the better games that probably weren't so mainstream.

Strangely enough, I don't know much good mainstream games for the PS2.

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At 2/8/13 10:39 AM, DannyIsOnFire wrote: Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance

Yes... yessssss!!! Best game for the PS2.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-09 11:06:29 Reply

At 2/9/13 09:19 AM, Yoshiii343 wrote: Coolio. I don't know why but lately I'm into J-RPGs than anything else...speaking of which I'm looking to get some "Tales of..." games. Any specific titles I should be looking at?

I've only played one Tales game and that was Tales of Eternia on the PSP (also on PSX if I remember correctly) but I thought it was great so I'd definitely recommend giving it a shot.

As for other JRPGs, if you're interested in tactics I'd advise looking at the Front Mission 3 and the Disgaea series of games.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-09 11:21:17 Reply

At 2/9/13 09:19 AM, Yoshiii343 wrote: Coolio. I don't know why but lately I'm into J-RPGs than anything else...speaking of which I'm looking to get some "Tales of..." games. Any specific titles I should be looking at?

Well, I'm playing Tales of Vesperia right now on Xbox 360 and it's great. If the PS2 Tales games were available in your region then I say they'd definitely be worth checking out. Unfortunately, I don't think the UK got any of the PS2 games games. We got Tales of Symphonia on the GameCube.

Strangely enough, I don't know much good mainstream games for the PS2.

There are loads:

Bully, Devil May Cry 1-3, Final Fantasy X & XII, God of War series, Grand Theft Auto series, Hitman series, Max Payne series, Metal Gear Solid series, Red Faction, Scarface, Silpheed, The Getaway, The Godfather, The Warriors and Timesplitters series to name a few.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2013-02-09 12:44:41 Reply

At 2/9/13 06:34 AM, Dean wrote: Deus Ex

Don't be silly dean, it's hard enough for new players to get into Deus Ex on the PC, never mind the version that looks and plays like total rubbish. You can play the PS2 version with a keyboard and mouse, but it's still very dodgy.

Bully, Devil May Cry 1-3, Final Fantasy X & XII, God of War series, Grand Theft Auto series, Hitman series, Max Payne series, Metal Gear Solid series, Red Faction, Scarface, Silpheed, The Getaway, The Godfather, The Warriors and Timesplitters series to name a few.

To add to this list:
Maximo, Resident Evil 4, Ratchet & Clank, Tomb Raider Legend, Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Alien Hominid, Cold Fear, Zone of the Enders, Drakengard, Gun Grave, Haunting Ground, Katamari Damacy, Killer 7, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, Silent Hill 2, Viewtiful Joe, Tekken, Psychonauts.


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