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post #1691 of 1977
My brother would play Jurassic Park all of the time. He was way better than me. You are right, there is no saving in the game. You're stuck doing a full playthrough in one sitting! It's also the only game from that era that I could remember that did that first person view and then back to the overhead view.

Clay Fighter for the SNES/Genesis is the way to go, and only when played with another person. The computer is insanely difficult, even in the first round. As soon as you start winning, the computer ramps it up and beats the snot out of you. Btw, there is an N64 version that is highly collectible because I believe it was only released to Blockbuster. I could be wrong, though.

I never owned Super Mario Bros 2 as a kid. We had the first and the third (arguably, one of the best games of all time). So, I would make my dad rent SMB2 quite often because I was the only one that really liked it. Illusion of Gaia is definitely in the style of A Link to the Past when it comes to the style of "action RPG". It's definitely not your typical Chrono Trigger-style game. Almost a cross between A Link to the Past and Secret of Mana.

3D Zelda games are a blast. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I think Majora's Mask is better than Ocarina of Time, simply because it has all of the elements of Ocarina of Time, but also the fact that you have to do almost a "Groundhog Day" style of playthrough with the 3 day time limit that is imposed on you. I highly recommend playing at least Majora's Mask! thumb.gif

Phantasy Star IV is a great game. From my understanding, it isn't as tough as PS2 but it is still plenty difficult. Probably more difficult than its SNES counterpart.

I'm not sure that I'm going to enjoy Traysia, I bought it because it is collectible, it was a great price, and I never see it at retro stores, especially with the clamshell case. If you've played the Ultima series on NES, you'll probably like Traysia. It is a very in-depth RPG. Apparently the pacing is sub par for a lot of people.
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You're totally right about Clayfighter, I used to rent it as a kid, and I had no one to play it with, so I had to fight the computer. After the first fight it's basically impossible. It turns into a counter bot that counters everything you do perfectly. Yeah, screw that game, I hate it. Damn Blue Suede Goo...

Illusion of Gaia is pretty cool, you're right, it's somewhere between SoM and Zelda. It was developed by Quintet and they went on to make two more games in the series, Soul Blazer and Terranigma. Soul Blazer is not too expensive and got a US release. Terranigma (probably the best game in the series) never got a US release but it was released in English in Europe, so you can play this ROM easily or get a repro cart. I'd highly recommend this one, it's quite good.

Phantasy Star IV for $20 is a great deal. That's half what it goes for online. Before you start playing you may want to change the battery. Yes, it is harder than Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy but it is not unfair and not unmanageable. At least it doesn't have the staircase mazes of PSII. The best advice I can give on this game for a newcomer is to always fill your inventory with Mates before the next dungeon (Monomate, Dimate etc.) You'll need them. Save TP for boss battles, so try not to use healing spells at all. Also, if you're taking a lot of damage, upgrade your armor if you can. The enemies in each dungeon are balanced towards you having the best armor available. Sell your old stuff and upgrade. Also, when you get a little ways into the game, look up combination techs. They are very useful. About 1/3rd of the way through the game, look up how to beat Sandworms (the big ones). This is around the point you get to Ladea tower. You can take them down with water magic. Massive exp for doing so. Finally, Deban and Barrier at the start of every boss fight.
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You're totally right about Clayfighter, I used to rent it as a kid, and I had no one to play it with, so I had to fight the computer. After the first fight it's basically impossible. It turns into a counter bot that counters everything you do perfectly. Yeah, screw that game, I hate it. Damn Blue Suede Goo...

Illusion of Gaia is pretty cool, you're right, it's somewhere between SoM and Zelda. It was developed by Quintet and they went on to make two more games in the series, Soul Blazer and Terranigma. Soul Blazer is not too expensive and got a US release. Terranigma (probably the best game in the series) never got a US release but it was released in English in Europe, so you can play this ROM easily or get a repro cart. I'd highly recommend this one, it's quite good.

Phantasy Star IV for $20 is a great deal. That's half what it goes for online. Before you start playing you may want to change the battery. Yes, it is harder than Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy but it is not unfair and not unmanageable. At least it doesn't have the staircase mazes of PSII. The best advice I can give on this game for a newcomer is to always fill your inventory with Mates before the next dungeon (Monomate, Dimate etc.) You'll need them. Save TP for boss battles, so try not to use healing spells at all. Also, if you're taking a lot of damage, upgrade your armor if you can. The enemies in each dungeon are balanced towards you having the best armor available. Sell your old stuff and upgrade. Also, when you get a little ways into the game, look up combination techs. They are very useful. About 1/3rd of the way through the game, look up how to beat Sandworms (the big ones). This is around the point you get to Ladea tower. You can take them down with water magic. Massive exp for doing so. Finally, Deban and Barrier at the start of every boss fight.
Thank you for the recommendations on Terranigma and Soul Blazer! I'll have to check them out.

And, thank you for the advice on Phantasy Star IV. I've been trying my best to keep up on the armor and weapons. The thing I don't like is that it doesn't tell you if you already own the armor or weapons so I have to make sure I go into the menu and look before I buy.
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post #1694 of 1977
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Thank you for the recommendations on Terranigma and Soul Blazer! I'll have to check them out.

And, thank you for the advice on Phantasy Star IV. I've been trying my best to keep up on the armor and weapons. The thing I don't like is that it doesn't tell you if you already own the armor or weapons so I have to make sure I go into the menu and look before I buy.

Terranigma repro carts are fairly cheap. It's an awesome game too. Action RPG just like Illusion of Gaia, but you do get a lot more moves. And you get to revive the world! (as in, our world, Earth.) In your endless dumbassery you basically open Pandora's Box, freezing every person in the world into a block of stone. The different areas of the Earth all decay, and even the continents disappear. You are underground at the beginning for some reason, in a bizarre mini world. You have to go through 5 towers and each one you go through restores a continent (North America, etc.) Once you restore them you have to go through them and complete dungeons and beat bosses to restore life to townspeople and fix other wrongs as a result of you opening the box. Pretty cool idea and it's executed well.

PSIV doesn't tell you if you already have the armor and weapons yeah, but many games back then didn't either.

Make sure you figure out how to do combination techs (use the macro system). They look really cool and they're powerful.
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You're really making me want to get Terranigma!! It sounds really interesting.
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I remember getting hooked on Terranigma when I used to mess with emulators a lot more than I do now. Definitely a cool game!
     
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I wanna post a video or review of it but I can't really find anything good that's not long and drawn out, or by a foreigner.

Clan of the Gray Wolf's review is good but has a lot of lollygagging and lame jokes and facepalm real life sequences. I'd suggest watching it but it's a 3 part series.

http://www.ocdreproductions.com/Terranigma/p1560736_7415357.aspx

It's pricey and will take longer to get but ocdreproductions makes extremely good quality repros. I got my Tales of Phantasia and Bahamut Lagoon from them. They do high quality work and the labels look nice. The PCBs are super clean too. If you buy from them you will get a much better quality cartridge than if you get it from Hong Kong or China on ebay (and it will probably arrive faster too). They take a little time to get from him because he actually makes each order individually.

If you guys want I can take pictures of ToP and Bahamut Lagoon including the PCBs. If you're undecided if it's worth it or not.
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post #1698 of 1977
And there it is, finally completed Phantasy Star 2 -

     
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post #1699 of 1977
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Originally Posted by Aaron_Henderson View Post

And there it is, finally completed Phantasy Star 2 -



Congratulations! Did you like the ending?

I can only think of a couple JRPGs I've finished that are harder than that game, and none of them are harder regarding dungeon layouts (e.g. PSII has some of the most confusing dungeons I've encountered outside of something like Wizardry). Romancing Saga: Minstrel Song on PS2 is definitely harder than PSII but I can't think of any others offhand.
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post #1700 of 1977

Here is a screenshot from one of my favourite games. 

 

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It's a shame they never brought it to PC.

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