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    Quote Originally Posted by Karifean View Post
    Curious to see how long it'll take before we get to a game I've played ^^
    While I don't know what you have played over the years, I can verify that you have played #76 on my list.

    I'll have the next entry up in a little bit.

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    Gotta Catch em All... Pokemon!
    Oh man this game always takes me back. I was too old to be playing it when it originally came out but I still loved playing this with my high school buddies and chatting about the latest episodes of the anime. Looking back now, the anime was kind of garbage barring the bumbling Team Rocket but this game is still pretty fun to go through, which I learned last summer when I started up an old file last Summer during the Pokemon GO craze.


    I've tried to play later installments, but none of them really grab me as much as the Gen 1 games did. I still remember choosing Charmander and getting to Brock and being like "well that sucked" and then reaching Misty and openly cursing about it. You always remember your first time I guess.


    I think this game holds a special place for me less because of its design as much as its a game that takes me back to a period of my life that makes me smile a bit despite being a bit embarrassing in hindsight. Even then, I still like the core game and this entry still has my favorite collection of Mons in the series as well as the only entry where I feel all three starters are genuinely awesome. Mewtwo is still one of my favorite super Pokemon and I've liked the Psychic and Fire Types since this entry.


    I think my only real shame has been the fact I've never acquired all 150 Pokemon, largely because its hard to ind anyone anymore that has both a working copy of the game and the GameBoy to play it on. Course I own both Red and Blue, so perhaps I just need to find a GameBoy...

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    Pokémon Blue and Yellow were the only mainline Pokémon games that I played. Fond memories of taking my Gameboy to school and whipping out those link cables for some battles

    I need to get back around to Mass Effect at some point because I'm only at the beginning. Feels a bit slow but I guess it takes time to get in to.
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    Just caught up with this and wanted to say that I agree entirely that Mass Effect's gun overheat mechanic was far more interesting than the sequels. In fact I remember commenting on it on my Mass Effect Adventures thread when I started ME2...

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    I'm not sure I care for the new ammo system. I suppose it makes sense but I actually really liked the overheat system on the original. I'd not seen that in any other game and I thought it was quite unique. I mean, there seems to be loads of ammo but it's still something I need to stress about, along with remembering to reload. I DON'T LIKE CHANGE.

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    If you're like me and grew up in the late 80s and early 90s, you probably watched a lot of cheesy action films, and I'm sure most of us watched Aliens, Terminator, and Predator at least once before our parents realized the type of bloody horror those films entailed on our precious little minds. Well Konami must have banked on it because they seem to have built an awesome side-scrolling action game that capitalizes on this possibility.


    I was a fan of the original Contra on the NES, and even vaguely remember Contra 2, but my heart goes out to Contra III, the closest thing we ever got to an actual Aliens game on the SNES. I sadly never owned the title as my parents knew better, but luckily my friends had neglectful parents who bought them anything they wanted to shut them off so I had lots of great sleepovers growing up trying to conquer this blistering shooter.


    It controls better than the original, had better bosses, and was one of the first games to really show off the cinematic potential of gaming to me outside of the arcade scene. While there have been a lot of games that pull the whole "final boss chases you up a shaft and will murder you if you don't reach safety first" concept, Contra III was the game I will always remember when I see that trope. In hindsight, I'm surprised Konami wasn't sued for all the blatant rips off from Aliens and Terminator.


    This is still one of those games I'm looking for to add to my collection. Sad to say that when I was making this list, it only showed that despite my love for the SNES, I don't actually own as many of the games I love for it as I wanted since it kind of fell out of fashion by the time I was old enough to buy my own trout. Still, it gives me a fun hobby to try and find all of these treasures at used and retro game stores.

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    Contra 3 is an awesome game (which I own).

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    Remember how I said back at the Galaga entry that I had two retro arcade games that I will almost always stop and play if I find them? Yeah, well this is the other one. Pac-Man has always been a favorite of mine ever since my father introduced it to me as a wee lad, and this is simply one of those games where despite how much time has come and technology has changed I can't help but feel the gameplay is timeless.


    Seriously, I've debated about putting this on my phone or computer but no damn well I would never stop playing it if I did so. It';s the same reason why Tetris is restricted to just my GameBoy copy. It's just an addicting game and I totally understand when historians point out how it helped start the arcade craze of the late 70s and early 80s.


    That's probably the other reason why this game is here as well because it just has a really cool history and I always find out something cool about it whenever I do research for it. Besides, what other games can you think of that had a top 40 hit in the 80s and is also the subject of one of my favorite running gags in Penny Arcade.



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    Released in the final years of Square's Golden Age. Legend of Mana has the distinction of being the second Mana game I ever played, seeing how I missed out on Final Fantasy Adventure due to getting a GameBoy late in the systems life and I only vaguely knew about Seiken Densetsu 3. To say it was a jarring experience coming into it from Secret of Mana is an understatement.


    Still I ended up really liking this hidden gem of a title and I'm always a bit sad that it seems to be passed over by Square-Enix and the fanbase when discussing the franchise. It was a really trippy title that surprisingly influenced several later titles SE made so I feel its a real important part of the Square's history.


    Legend of Mana is the very definition of Crapssachirine World in that behind the games absolutely gorgeous background art and sprite work that makes you feel like you stepped into a children's cartoon, you'll quickly discover this world is kind of a crappy place an even scarier, it used to be worse. The game doesn't make it obvious but you're basically a silent protagonist charged with restoring the world of Fa'Diel which lost the Mana Tree nine hundred years prior to the story and resulted in a terrible war over the power of Mana that ended up destroying the world and reducing former civilizations and peoples to be trapped in magic artifacts in order to survive.


    You find these artifacts and plant them on the map to restore the world piece by piece, and the "main plot" so to speak is rather three major stories that take place over several lands in addition to dozens of other smaller stories you can participate in. Basically Square made a modern open world game before it was actually a thing as you basically jump from one location you unlock after another ad follow behind the stories of other characters. The three main scenarios involve a colorful cast of people including: two members of the Jumi Tribe, humanoid beings whose life force is attached to a precious gem that grows on their body, trying to track down a Jewel Thief/Serial Killer who is murdering members of the tribe for their gems; an incredibly complicated love story involving a half demon, a holy woman, a smug knight, and the mutual friend trying to stop everyone from killing each other; and finally two sibling Dragoons serving their dragonmasters and their various plots to rule the world.


    Yeah, as I said, the game's looks don't match the rather dark stories, but its not all doom and gloom and there are some really fun and colorful vistas to explore and people to meet that make this game feel really distinct from the rest of the franchise. Even better is the game's various shout outs to the rest of the franchise like the save statues being the Sprite from SoM2 and the Dark Dragon being implied to be the Dragon Emperor from SD3. The game is also scored by the always impressive Yoko Shimomura whom as you can tell from the oening I linked, composed a great score with a very world music vibe to it. The game also has co-op, though not as cool as SoM2s, though the game unlocks new difficulty modes once its been beaten.


    Overall, if you see this game for cheap, I highly recommend checking it out as its really one of many lost gems from one of the most creative eras is Square's history and frankly its considered by many fans to be the last good entry in the series, though it still has a bit of a black sheep stigma to it.

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    Oh I love that game! So creative

    Some of the maps though...

    *shivers*

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    I love the mix of old school and new school in here. I really like half the games you've already mentioned and have been meaning to play SO2 and LoM (they are both loaded on my PSP somewhere).

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    Now to gush about my love affair with Rhythm Games. Amplitude is the sequel to another PS2 game called Frequency (get the title joke yet?) but I love Amplitude a little more because it has the way better song selection. I could bore you with explaining how the game works but I feel it will be easier if I simply show it to you.


    So yeah, each track represents a different instrument/vocal piece and the point of the game is to keep the song going until its complete. Its a super fun game which reintroduced me to some great music from artists I like such as Garbage and David Bowie, as well as introducing me to bands like Quarashi and Freezepop.


    If the gameplay looks a bit familiar to any of you, its because this game was done by Harmonix and serves as the predecessor for the companies bigger gaming hits like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. They made a new version of the game on PS4 which I just discovered from doing an image search so I know what game is going to be in my future.


    While the controls a re a bit murder on your hands, I recommend the games for its fun gameplay and pretty great music selection.

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    Nothing I've played yet, besides Pacman of course.

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    Not even Galaga?

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    Wolf, have you played Thumper on PS4 yet? I haven't got around to it myself yet, but it's something that I've been wanting to try for a while. If you like Amplitude then I'm sure you'll like it (I haven't played Amplitude either but Thumper looks like it's taken inspiration from it with it's own twist).
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    Quote Originally Posted by fat_moogle View Post
    Wolf, have you played Thumper on PS4 yet? I haven't got around to it myself yet, but it's something that I've been wanting to try for a while. If you like Amplitude then I'm sure you'll like it (I haven't played Amplitude either but Thumper looks like it's taken inspiration from it with it's own twist).
    No I haven't tried it or even heard of it, but color me intrigued. I actually pulled out Amplitude this afternoon and did a few rounds for nostalgia's sake. I'll definitely check it out the next time I boot up the PS4.

    @Karifean - I don't know how much you've ventured into RPGs outside of the FF franchise and Visual Novels, but I know that I have roughly seven to eight game on this list I know for certain you've played and I believe liked.

    I'll say right now that there are only about seven Final Fantasy titles on this list, and two of them are spin-offs. So have fun guessing which ones they are though it shouldn't be terribly hard.

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