Originally Posted by Aaron_Henderson
A lot of JRPG talk I missed, but all I really want to comment is that Xenogears has been on my "must play" list for so many years, and for some reason, have just never gotten around to it. One of my friends in public school, I'd guess around Grade 5 or 6, was always telling me it was the best JRPG he ever played, and he his parents were well off and bought him nearly every JRPG that came out, so I always took his recommendations seriously. Suikoden is another one I have on my "must play" list but have just never gotten around to it. One day I'll buy both, in no rush though, lots to play in the meantime. Though I really need to make a point in looking for both games when I am out and about. I've yet to dive into the Dragon Quest series either. though I have Dragon Warrior and Dragon Quest VIII.
Also, somewhat related to painting my shelves and reorganizing my game stuff...I swapped out the 19" CRT I was using for a 27" (still no component though, but component looks pretty good on my LCD). And picked up a few more input switch boxes and surge protectors, which I am hoping to integrate into my console unit a little nicer than it is currently. The one input box I got has S-Video, so I can use that for my Gamecube. And am about to order a Dreamcast VGA cable, which my Dreamcast will then be hooked up the LCD TV, as well as the component consoles (PS2 and Xbox right now). Also, grabbed an 18' HDMI cable so I can finally run my main PC to my LCD TV as well. Oh, and some new speaker cable. So lots to do tomorrow
Might take a few days.
I remember playing most of the Genesis games I picked up recently, except for Asterix and Taz Mania. The rest I remember though. I played both X-Men games a lot when I used to babysit a friend's two little cousins. They had both and we played all the time. Then re-enacted it and got in trouble from time to time for one of them getting hurt lol I don't think we ever beat either of them though. Mortal Kombat is a guilty pleasure of mine...up until Ultimate MK3, anyway. And yeah, it is Stimpy's Invention, the Ren and Stimpy game, which I did beat and remember quite well lol There were a couple of Genesis games though, that Fire Dogs one or something was not so great. They had Super Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition, I wasn't sure what was better so I grabbed the former. Also...I think you might know Neurotix that I am a bit of a dinosaur guy, and thus, Jurassic Park...I like the SNES Jurassic Park game a lot more then this one (or Rampage Edition or whatever it was), but both are really good, IMO. And both are very hard, IMO. I have beat the SNES one, but not the Genesis. Anyway...I am going to go read through some of the posts I missed in the thread and then probably toss Mortal Kombat 2 on before bed
Xenogears is one of my favorite games of all time. And I've finished a lot, including some really difficult ones, so you should take my opinion the same way too
It's nothing like PSII in terms of difficulty, it is actually balanced quite well. There are some difficult boss battles towards the end of the game, but most of them rely on gimmicks you have to figure out, and if you get stuck look at a boss FAQ or something and they will spell out the strategy. You can make your characters very powerful on foot quite early as I mentioned, however, that doesn't carry over to Gear battles (battles in the giant mecha), and most of the tough fights at the end of the game are Gear-only. As long as you have the best Gear parts you can buy, you will be ok with the proper strategy. The one bad thing about the game may be the random encounter rate, it can be quite high in places, but usually running will succeed pretty often. It can get annoying in some spots, especially with some of the more gimmicky, annoying normal enemies, but overall isn't too bad. One small (kind of) spoiler: for some reason the final boss is a total pushover. He only has 65000 HP but at that point in the game your gears can potentially do 19998 dmg a round. It is possible to beat him in two rounds. Oh well, at least the final boss music is outstanding ("Awakening"). As far as I know, the game only has one optional superboss and he can be cheesed out fairly easily (so he can't even hit you). He is also a story battle about midway through Disc 2, so you have to fight him, and you don't even have the best Gear equips yet...so once you're at the end, the final boss is really all that's left to do. Anyway, I think you might even find the game a cakewalk, but the story and characters and music are really the biggest draw of this game. Just be prepared for lots and lots of reading and unskippable dialogue. You should definitely play this when you get the chance. (Sorry, I could write a dissertation on this game.)
Oh and Suikoden is also one I need to play. I know I tried it briefly at one point. (I think). I know FOR SURE that I played Suikoden 2 because it's praised so highly and a lot of people I knew online back then recommended it. I basically ended up hating it solely because of the poor balance in battles. I got stuck on an early boss fight and could not figure out how to win. Grinding didn't work. I didn't care for the rest of it either, it seemed really generic and the translation was poor. I had other stuff I wanted to play so I just decided it sucked and moved on. But this is coming from someone who despises SMT and the Persona series, when I'm really supposed to love it, so who knows. Oh, and I also need to try Vandal Hearts for the PSX too. Known about it for a while and still haven't tried it.
I'm not even sure on the size of my CRT but I think it's a 27". However, it does have composite on the front, composite on the back, as well as component and S-video on the back. The Dreamcast can also be hooked up in S-video, which is how I hook mine up now, though I don't know if it does 60hz or 30hz (interlaced). I can't really tell the difference and the picture looks phenomenal so I'm happy with it. The S-video cables are cheaper, too. The Saturn can also be hooked up through S-video, which I do as well, and afaik it is basically the best quality stock video you can get from the unit. Stuff really looks fantastic on it (especially the plethora of 2D games like many RPGs, fighting games and shmups.) I think that next to RGB modding a Saturn, S-video is as good as it gets. I also hook my PS2 up through S-video and it looks equally amazing. I would like to eventually S-video (or RGB) mod my Genesis, since it has absolute garbage composite quality. The SNES and my PC Engine actually have acceptable composite quality to my eye, sure the colors can be a little blurry but these systems had quite good quality components inside and great video encoders for the time. So I'm ok with those staying on composite.
Asterix is essentially trash, I tried it and hated it, and I own it too. Seems to be recommended mainly be Europeans who have fond memories of it. I think it's based on a French comic strip. I really just didn't see the appeal and thought the game was bad. Would much rather play Sonic or Shinobi.
I also loved Mortal Kombat as a kid but more for the comedy factor than the gameplay. Being a competitive Street Fighter player and also having played Mortal Kombat, I can pretty easily say that Mortal Kombat is trash as a fighting game compared to SF. At least the early ones were. UMK3 was the best classic one, not just in character roster but also in mechanics. There's a lot of glitch combos and such that you can do that really break the game. And I also stopped caring about MK after UMK3. Though I hear from people that play them (people from Milwaukee I used to play fighting games with at tournaments) that MK9 and MKX are actually properly deep and solid fighters.