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Saturn is basically ridiculous to collect for at this point, even common stuff goes for more than it should. I still love my Saturn though, and do one day plan to own most of the good stuff one day. Nothing against backups, Everdrive, or emulators...but one day I hope to have enough money to buy these things, considering I'll probably remain single for the rest of my life means I probably will at one point tongue.gif

Also, been going through some stuff, so haven't been on here much, mostly just lurking (I know Neurotix is waiting for me to start Phantasy Star 2 redface.gif). I have almost mastered Alisia Dragoon now though...can get to the final stage without losing a life. Just need to figure out the final boss now!
     
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Saturn is basically ridiculous to collect for at this point, even common stuff goes for more than it should. I still love my Saturn though, and do one day plan to own most of the good stuff one day. Nothing against backups, Everdrive, or emulators...but one day I hope to have enough money to buy these things, considering I'll probably remain single for the rest of my life means I probably will at one point tongue.gif

Also, been going through some stuff, so haven't been on here much, mostly just lurking (I know Neurotix is waiting for me to start Phantasy Star 2 redface.gif). I have almost mastered Alisia Dragoon now though...can get to the final stage without losing a life. Just need to figure out the final boss now!

That's just awesome man. I really can't think of very many action games, retro or current, that I can even clear let alone do it without dying at all.

I suppose back in the day I was really good at Shinobi III on Genesis and was able to clear it. I couldn't do it without dying though, and had to put it on easy for 9 lives and then cheese the game at points by using the ninja magic that costs 1 life to use but refills your health bar. It's still a pretty tough game on easy though. Same for Revenge of Shinobi. I think I might be able to get really far in Shinobi III on normal (e.g. 3 lives to start) because I know where all the hidden 1-ups are. As far as clearing it, the last stage is REALLY tough. Shinobi III might be doable but Revenge of Shinobi, no way.
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I used to be able to clear Contra on the NES without dying back in the day, I loved that game. Probably wouldn't be able to do it now without a lot of practice though.
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I used to be able to clear Contra on the NES without dying back in the day, I loved that game. Probably wouldn't be able to do it now without a lot of practice though.

Did you use the "konami code"? Either way. Impressive.
 
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Did you use the "konami code"? Either way. Impressive.

I'm gonna bet he doesn't use the code, it's not very impressive if you do lol...
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Yeah, I don't think beating a game using cheats is going to be brag worthy for anyone lol Contra is another one I remember being especially tough when I was young...guess I might have to see if I can beat that one as well cause I know I definitely didn't when I was a kid. And definitely not without losing any lives. Not really retro, but the game I most proud of completing is STALKER with Misery mod. I am not sure if patches took out some difficulty, but the early version I used was one tough playthrough.
     
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Contra and Super C are definitely doable without the code, I've seen it.

Not easy though.
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Well, it might be awhile before I beat it without dying, but I finally finished Alisia Dragoon. I can still make it to the last stage, stage 8, without dying, but then it's basically three boss fights in a row...with no health or anything in between. It's definitely still doable though, and probably try it again at some point...and then record it like I keep saying I will do. I did take a quick video with my camera of a bit of the ending and the rating screen, just to prove I did beat it tongue.gif I am pretty sure you even get a crappy ending if you use cheats, but I didn't use any cheats or even walkthroughs or anything. I think I found a fair bit of the secrets hidden in the game too. Pretty much mastered it, like I said...except the last damn level. It takes about an hour of pretty non-stop, intense gameplay, and by the time you get there, you're just getting careless...so this time I paused it when I got the Stage 8, took a break, came back and then got it on my last continue (like lives in the this game...and you start with no continues). Alisia Dragoon turned out to be a far better game than I expected though...possibly one of my favourites on the Genesis. Actually, it definitely is.



Also, I think the Japanese version has some pretty sweet art that we didn't get over here...perhaps the Japanese version would be cheaper as well? If you ever wanted to get this game again Neurotix, that might be the way to go since the story doesn't really matter at all and there really isn't much text anyway. Can you even play Japanese carts on a North American Genesis?









Anyway...on to Phantasy Star 2 thumb.gif

     
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Japanese versions of games always get the cool artwork. We get stuck with stuff like the original Mega Man box art, LOL.

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Did you use the "konami code"? Either way. Impressive.

When we first got the game I used the code, just to be able to finish it. After that just kept playing it until I eventually could 1 CC it. The key (besides memorization and good reflexes) was keeping the spread shot and not accidentally picking up any of the other weapon power-ups, there were a couple of parts were it's really hard to stay alive without the spread shot (one part I remember is on the snow level).
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Congrats on finishing it Aaron, I hope you like PSII!

(If it wasn't clear to everyone, I traded Aaron Alisia Dragoon and Phantasy Star II for a Ducky OCN edition mechanical keyboard...)

And apparently the JP Mega Drive version of the game is crazy expensive, I saw a complete copy for $185 and some guy was selling just the box + insert for $200. =/

Yes, you can play Mega Drive games on a Genesis either with an adapter or with a Game Genie, I bought a Genesis Game Genie for this purpose because a Japanese friend said he'd send me Bare Knuckle 3 but never did. I ended up getting a translated repro cart of Bare Knuckle 3 for $35 anyway. There isn't much else I'd want to play that's an import besides Eliminate Down and Gleylancer (too expensive!), and maybe Musha if the JP version isn't as expensive. I believe you need a specific region bypass code for the Game Genie and the game will work, if not then the Game Genie's software just allows you to bypass the region lock and it's plug and play. Considering I never ended up getting any JP Mega Drive games I have no way to be certain.

I think if I play Alisia again I'll just do it on my modded Xbox for now. If I ever want to play Eliminate Down, Musha, Gleylancer or any of the other expensive shooters I do it that way.

Anyway, glad you enjoyed it so much. Let me know if you get stuck on PSII or need advice. I can look up what the magic does for example, since it all has weird names, and my complete PSII with the map has a magic chart on the back of the map.
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