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    Not gonna comment on the Halo: Reach stuff or all the game progress bars but I do have time for a little bit of Final Fantasy input as you correctly assumed. It sounds like you already have a schedule for the mainline games, although you're going to hit a roadblock right out of the gate again. If you found Final Fantasy I to be boring and couldn't complete it, you're in for a world of hurt with Final Fantasy II. It's more of the same, but with a worse battle system. III reverts those changes while adding the job system, so I think that will be the light at the end of the tunnel for you on the NES classics. Are you playing the originals or updated ports/remakes? If you're playing anything from the PS1 ports and beyond, then most bugs are fixed and your experience may be smoother than mine was.

    I read through your massive wall of text while walking the dog and agree with most of the games you like/dislike/aren't sure about although it sounds like I may have experience with a few more of them so I hope that I can assist a bit in the decision making process as you work your way through. We've talked plenty about VIII and I made an FF VIII thread so if we want to gush any further on that topic there is a place for it. FFIX is a very close 2nd for me with VII being a few percentage points lower but still a top-tier FF.

    Since you asked for recommendations for your spin-off slots (you already know what's coming): Final Fantasy Tactics

    It's easily the best spin-off and in my opinion better than most mainline games as well.

    While I won't fault you for not completing XI and XIV, you should at least try them as you pass through those points on your list. I had a blast with XI back in the day and it's hella cheap to pick up now w/ all expansions. There are private servers we could play on together for free as well, perhaps we could record it and share a few shennanigans on XI with the forum and then check it off your list when the time comes? Just a thought.
    "Out of the ground, raze all greenery with flame! Fire2!"
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    It deals with a demon virus that transforms people into freaky looking fuckers

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    -belches loudly and flips discussion table-

    So what about that RE3 remake?
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaronOfStuff View Post
    -belches loudly and flips discussion table-

    So what about that RE3 remake?
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    It looks pretty darn good.

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    Think I'll respond to the previous replies tomorrow, but I can say that Resident Evil is on the table. I've been meaning to do another playthrough for several years now. I'd rather tackle them all at once when I've cleared the games I'm currently focused on. I played Shenmue for a while today. I managed to win Hang-On for the Sega Saturn at the Tomato Store. That game can be hard as all fuck. I could never get far growing up. I've been practising for when I attempt to finish it at the arcades. Since this minigame is its own retail game, I can add that to my list.

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       80% Hang-On


    I got right near the end. I actually want to blame myself for my failings, but while there is a pattern to learn in the stages, a lot of it is determined by RNG. That is, the amount of dudebros on bikes that will surround you and may knock you off the track is completely random. One try, roads may be surprisingly empty. The next they'll be swarming with these wankers. If you fuck up once and hit an obstacle it's almost a guaranteed fail.

    I'd say I've got the hang of (er, no pun intended) the game, so it's mostly down to persistence now. I just want the completion prize at the arcade. I was never good at Space Harrier (the other retro game in Shenmue) so that may be harder than Hang-On.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
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    Don't worry my friend, as an AMERICAN who drives a CAR I know exactly how to handle cyclists who are using too much of MY GOD GIVEN road:

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    "Out of the ground, raze all greenery with flame! Fire2!"
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    It deals with a demon virus that transforms people into freaky looking fuckers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    Don't worry my friend, as an AMERICAN who drives a CAR I know exactly how to handle cyclists who are using too much of MY GOD GIVEN road
    I can get Cloud using his buster sword on a bike (at least, within video game logic) but how are you meant to in a car? I guess you only have one option, and luckily for you it's far more American:

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    Gene: "Have faith in me guys, enjoy the ride—you're in good hands. I can handle this. I can do it!"
    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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    Probably warrants its own thread, but whatever:
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    Do your thing, nerds.

    I have :V
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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    I'm a pretty big fan of RetroAchievements. I use it with RetroArch. I haven't actually tried the version of RetroArch for the classic Xbox (I use other emulators and it works great considering its old CPU) but if it works, I'll be playing my modded Xbox a lot more.

    Maybe I mentioned RetroAchievements once before. It modernises retro games in a nice way. Having achievements adds a lot of longevity to those games of our youth. What I like most is that it discourages the use of bullshit features like savestates. If you disable those (hardcore mode) you get double the achievement points.

    Baron probably knows all that already but RetroAchievements is really overlooked. Not every retro game has achievements (obviously they're community submissions) but most of the good ones do.

    Anyhow, I was playing more Hang-On in the Shenmue arcade the other day. It's still kicking my ass but I'm not giving up until I get that prize.

    Edit: I tried the last Xbox build of RetroArch which unfortunately doesn't include RetroAchievements support. Oh well, sometimes I emulate using Windows.

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    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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    Completed Halo: Reach with Starwind55 tonight. Like I wrote in the OP, after completing games I'll write mini reviews. These will be no longer than two paragraphs. Keep in mind that unlike with retro games, with games like Reach it can be difficult to cram a review into two paragraphs but I'll try! I'm also going to update the OP with a better layout. (And next time I'll add all the potential upcoming games or game series.) So, without further ado...

       100% Halo: Reach


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    Halo: Reach is a prequel to the original game from 2010. It's aged well fortunately and the recent Steam port is well done. There were few hiccups during co-op play, even without the best latency. This is the fourth game in the Halo series and the last game by the series' original creator, Bungie. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite live up to the original trilogy. The gameplay is pretty solid, but it's clear that there was some influence from games like Call of Duty which was probably not Bungie's decision. Like most Halo games, its campaign is ten missions long and takes around 7-10 hours to beat on the Heroic difficulty that is standard for most FPS players.

    Unneeded implementations include armour abilities (sprint, jetpacks, holograms, etc.) and loadouts in multiplayer. The single player mode focuses on a team of Spartans (humanity's last best hope against the alien Covenant race) rather than the lone wolf style of prior Halo games. The story is quite solid, but existing fans may be disappointed by how they retconned the original Halo book, The Fall of Reach. The campaign mechanics are generally decent and the AI is smart, but teammates can get in the way sometimes. Multiplayer (competitive) is a mixed bag. It can be unbalanced and like the campaign pales in comparison to the trilogy. One pro of Bungie's Halo games is the soundtrack by Marty O'Donnel. (I think game music is usually overlooked in favour of gameplay and graphics.) Reach's music does not disappoint.

    Verdict: 6/10 - a fun game that runs well on PC that unfortunately falls a little short in gameplay, its flawed storyline and unbalanced multiplayer



    With all that said, I look forward to continuing Halo as Microsoft ports the games to Steam. While Halo 4 is an exception (it's one I never played and I'm not particularly interested... and I don't know if I'll ever touch Halo 5) I think Halo always seemed to get an unfortunate and mistaken bad rap by some crowds. It's also become a scapegoat for the claimed decline of FPS by PC gamers.

    I more or less made a complete switch from console to PC in 2012 and I've never regretted it, but I was already a PC gamer to some extent. I loved playing PC games back in the day on my old Pentium, especially first-person shooters. While I've always enjoyed FPS mechanics seen in games like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom (you may know that I once led a semi-popular Doom clan), Duke Nukem 3D as well as Half-Life (and more) I'll admit that PC gamers can at times be among the most elitist. This is coming from somebody who can be pretty critical of some console games and fanboys.

    Just as a disclaimer, this isn't directed at Starwind55 as he gave Reach a try and does look forward to determining whether Combat Evolved lived up to its hype. In my opinion it absolutely did. I know that were this a PC gaming community this would land me on a lot of hit lists, but I honestly think a lot of Halo's criticism was down to jealousy.

    Imagine... you've just blown over $500 on the newest GPU, not to mention your PC itself. Now all these measly console gamers are talking about this "Halo" which you PLAY WITH A CONTROLLER on a console that only costs $200! To add insult to injury, Halo is the most cutting-edge FPS around! Without even playing the game, you look for petty reasons to bash the game. "Two weapons at once!!", you cry. Could I count the amount of petty reasons without writing a far longer post than it already is? Probably not.

    Halo: Combat Evolved still holds up and for its time it was an extremely sophisticated game. As much as it must have stung PC gamers, it really was the best at the time. Those graphics blew me away. The gameplay felt foreign to me at first. It sure took some getting used to. Two weapons felt so weird, but I soon found that it added a whole new layer of strategy. Those limitations made you approach combat situations uniquely. Instead of carrying the mother lode, you had to learn the ins and out of each weapon. I don't actually think the two-weapon system was a result of the game being for consoles. It's probably something PC gamers liked to peddle.

    Somehow, Halo got labelled as a game for jocks or normies. That kind of elitism and alienation didn't help geeky/nerdy stereotyping of PC gamers, which is something they still carried until PC gaming entered the mainstream. It was a shame to see at the time as somebody who enjoyed most formats. Here's the thing, though. In a hypothetical scenario where Bill Gates bought Halo exclusivity to release it on Windows (without making the Xbox) to prevent a potential Mac killer app, but had it made just like it was for the Xbox, I know damn well that PC gamers would have sung its praises.
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    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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