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    Never played 'em but this is quite fast paced and somewhat deep. Not too deep but enough in terms of modifications, alterations and such.

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    Recently, I've been playing my Saturn and NES quite a bit, these 4 games in particular.

    Guardian Heroes (Saturn)
    I played through the story mode of this one the other day for the first time in years. It's still as great an experience as it was back in the day with an indepth story, solid gameplay and beautiful graphics. The colors and animations are exquisite.

    That said, I am not a fan of the multi-plain set up. It is similar to Fatal Fury in that you can only fight on several depth plains, and you and your enemies have to jump between them. I would much prefer having free movement about the entire screen, but I realize that they probably had to program the game this way in order to have so many large sprites on the screen at once without any flicker or slowdown. Regardless, while I'm not crazy about it, you get used it and the game is still awesome.

    Also, based in the decisions you make in conversations between levels, there are numerous possible outcomes and levels that you can play, so I plan on going for another round soon.


    X-Men: Children of the Atom (Saturn)
    A local shop had a complete copy of this one a couple weeks back for a good price, so I snatched it up. While I played both the arcade and Saturn port back in the 90s, I hadn't played it since, so this was basically a new experience for me.

    This is another gorgeous game on the Saturn with vivid colors and smooth animations. And while there aren't a ton of playable characters like in the later "Vs" games that would pop up on the system, the lineup is solid with 10 characters from the comic series, and presumably some unlockable characters later on after beating the bosses. But I haven't gotten that good yet. Hahahaha
    I think it's cool that they actually included a Sentinel as a playable character because they are massive and take up a lot of screen.

    The game is fun as heck, a great 2D fighter which focuses mostly on timing and reversals as opposed to special moves and combos. While the latter two features are in the game, they are minimal in their implementation. And that is fine for me, as it makes the game much more pick up and play instead of having to memorize tons of button combinations. However, the game gets tough as nails once you get a few foes deep, so it takes time to master. It has all of the standard difficulty and speed adjustments, but I just play it on default settings.


    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
    While I'd beaten this game a few times over the years (I've owned a copy since I was a kid), it had been years since I gave it a good go, so I decided to fire it up. I'll add that I have been trying to beat Ninja Gaiden on and off since the end of December, and I wanted a change of pace for a bit.

    TMNT is often derided by people on the internet for some reason, but I've always loved the game. There's no denying that it's hard as nails when you get deep into the game though. It took me about 4 or 5 days of putting an hour or more into it before I finally cracked it last week.

    A helpful tip I'll throw out there is when you get a scroll weapon, change turtles and save that baby for when you really need it. The problem is that even if you don't have your special weapon selected, when you're fighting through a slog of enemies, often new weapon icons will drop and you'll pick it up unwittingly, losing your scroll in the process. It's quite frustrating.

    That said, I actually ended up defeating Shredder the second time I faced him with the boomerang as I didn't have the scroll. His pattern is fairly easy to learn, and I stayed on the top right step and just jumped and fired the boomerang at him between his attacks. So, there you go.

    The process of getting to him though, yeesh. The brutal Technodrome level and the seemingly endless maze through the airfield... it's definitely a test of endurance with trial and error. But when you finally get there and take him down, well, it's damn satisfying.


    Ninja Gaiden (NES)
    As previously mentioned, I've been working at Ninja Gaiden on and off since the last week of December. Probably 3-4 play sessions a week over that time. Having a wife and kids, I've learned that I'm not capable of playing this game casually with them in the room with me. For me, NG requires complete focus. I've made it to the last level several times, but have yet to get over the hump. But dang, I keep coming back for more because the game is just so addictive. I'll get there eventually. Let it be known that I hate those effing birds and those flying ninjas that drop stars on you. Oooh, those bastards!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SegataS View Post
    Doom. 2016.

    Damn fine game so far.
    Loved Doom 2016. You have to keep your head on a constant swivel in that game, and the action can get seriously intense at times. All the while trying to solve puzzles and navigate your way through the maze levels. For all of its modern graphics and physics, the core gameplay still feels very much old school Doom, perhaps moreso than the modern sequels of the previous two generations. I want to play through it again now as I haven't played it since it was new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by profholt82 View Post


    Ninja Gaiden (NES)
    As previously mentioned, I've been working at Ninja Gaiden on and off since the last week of December. Probably 3-4 play sessions a week over that time. Having a wife and kids, I've learned that I'm not capable of playing this game casually with them in the room with me. For me, NG requires complete focus. I've made it to the last level several times, but have yet to get over the hump. But dang, I keep coming back for more because the game is just so addictive. I'll get there eventually. Let it be known that I hate those effing birds and those flying ninjas that drop stars on you. Oooh, those bastards!
    I also just recently put in Ninja Gaiden and started plugging away at it. Iíve never beaten it, despite multiple attempts. Nowís the time.

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    Japanese Persona 5 Scramble Demo.

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    Darksiders Genesis.

    Hmm..gameplay itself kinda feels like a cross between Darksiders and Diablo. That is fun. The map layouts tho...leaves somewhat to be desired. Holding me back from loving this game. The combat keeps me playing but I don't know for how long. Starting to think this series peaked with the first 2. I have not disliked DSIII or Genesis so far but I'm not as high on them as I was with 1 and 2. The music tho is quite good. Performance could be better but those things don't usually bother me that much. Controls are a little complex but I guess getting these games to fit on a controller has always been a challenge. Diablo III is still the best experience I've had on a console with games like this. Finished or not this game is getting put down for VanQusih on Tuesday. So hyped to play that again! Now where is out Binary Domain remaster on PS4?

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    Playing with the lights off... like a big boy...


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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyb View Post
    Playing with the lights off... like a big boy...

    That takes guts man

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    Finished VanQuish but replaying missions to find the statues. I found 75 so far. Also, flip-flopping to Bulletstorm again as well. It's the gameplay that keeps me coming back. They are just so fun. I do have some things I wish they could change in a potential sequel. Playing VanQuish also makes me really yearn for a Binary Domain remaster on PS4. It's on PC but it hades Nvidia cards. On 2 laptops the game will not work. It also has issues with controllers on PC when it did work. So please SEGA bring it to PS4.

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    Dragon Quest Heroes II. They made this one, not a tower defense/ escort mission game which is a plus. Tho some charm is missing. I will say this sorta just feels like a DQ game with action combat. It's an alright spinoff so far. Sucks it only has midi sound tho. Looks nice and runs at 1080P 60FPS. I'd say if you like DQ and find it for cheap it's fine. I wouldn't recommend it for non-DQ fans.

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    I played the FFVIIR demo
    It has a very slick production value I cannot deny that. It looks fantastic. Cutscene to gameplay is seamless. (I remember Lost Odyssey Promising this ) that said. Combat is just...okay. It can easily turn into a mash fest. Barretts VA is awful. Like truly awful. One holdover from the PS1 era RPGs huh? Once you get past the nostalgia and slick presentation. I still feel it's up in the air. Only a demo but the combat just didn't wow me much.

    Barrets attacks you can just hold the square button. No limit. Infinite bullets no reload animation. Nothing. It has some of the best production values I have ever seen in a game with what seems to be some average gameplay. Seems to be the MO of Square last decade or so.

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    In a very nostalgic mood. Playing Genesis collection on PS4 then some other compilations on Switch. Mega Man,Mana,SNK and more. On PC I fired up some Neo Geo stuff, atm Turf Masters. Only golf game I ever liked.

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    Gale Racer (Saturn)

    After hitting up an arcade for the first time in ages recently, and enjoying the heck out of racing games, I became nostalgic for an old Sega arcade from when I was a kid called Rad Mobile. I haven't come across the game since the early 90s, but I loved it back then and it has stayed with me over the years. Well, after doing a little research, I discovered that the game was ported to the Saturn as a Japan only release called Gale Racer. Well, spit! I hit the ebays and found a seller who seemed reputable and had a good looking copy with plenty of pics, and I ordered it, along with another game.

    I finally got the chance to sit down and play it last evening, and I had nearly as much fun with it as I recall having as a kid. What a great game. And the Saturn port seems to be a faithful reputation of the arcade original.

    The gist of the game is that you have to race a bunch of cars across the United States. About 20ish different cities are represented, each with its own track that sometimes resembles it (and sometimes not so much, hahaha, as in the Chicago skyline is in the distance, but you drive along a palm tree dotted shoreline for instance). The tracks are challenging, and aside from your fellow racers, there are also many random cars that inhabit each one making quick reflexes with the steering wheel and brake a must. Furthermore, some tracks are in the night requiring you to turn on the headlights, and some in the rain requiring you to turn on the wipers, not that you couldn't drive without these tools, but it will certainly be quite difficult without them.

    And the game is chock full of character. For example, in one stage, a semi truck was jack-knifed on the road in front of me, so I dodged to the left to avoid crashing, and ended up on a set of train tracks. Lo and behold, a train showed up in my rearview mirror and I had to drive like heck before finding an opening to get back on the road and avoid being squashed. And in another stage, a fleet of police cars attempt to race you down and force you to crash. It all makes for one heck of a ride. The racing maintains an Outrun-esque feel at its core, but with a solid helping of Mad Max dumped on top. And the graphics are fabulous for the time. It was a super scaler game by the AM3 team.

    The game was released to arcades in February 1991 according to the interwebs, and this is notable because dangling from the rearview mirror of you or car is not a pair of fuzzy dice or even a pine tree air freshener, but a little blue Sonic the Hedgehog. This may actually be his first appearance in a video game, but a Sega scholar would have to confirm that.

    Anyway, while the Saturn port seems to have mixed reviews across the internet, I effing loved it and had a lot of fun with it, and will be playing much more of it in the coming days. Sad that this one only got a Japan release and had the name changed to Gale Racer, as had it come out in the US as Rad Mobile, I certainly would have bought it many many years ago. But as it is, I'm happy to have made this discovery. Better late than never.

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