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  • Avatar for Hoolo Hoolo A month ago

    My favourite sequel is, and it pains me to say this, one I never actually finished. I finished the (much-maligned) remake of the sequel, but not the original game, even though it has such good characters and monsters.

    It's Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals. The original Lufia was a fine game, not particularly noteworthy in any way, just an enjoyable romp with enjoyable characters... usually. No mechanics that were unique to it, nothing really.
    Enter Lufia II. The best thing is clearly the puzzle dungeons. It's like a Zelda game with real RPG battles. But then you also get Capsule Monsters! Foomy Punch is the most wholesome thing to come out of an SNES game, I think. The Ancient Cave! Of course! That has become a staple of Lufia games, even in the Game Boy and GBA games, and also the NDS remake. Speaking of which, that ending. Such a sad ending, though you can earn your happy ending in the remake by finishing the game in NG+ and beating a new boss in Curse of the Sinistrals. I never was able to do that because I lost my save halfway through the NG+. ._."

    Also, Dekar. Ride out of Hell on a whale? Heck yes.

    Some other titles that are arguably sequels:
    Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime - even if we never got the first game on GBA, this is still a goo-reat game in its own right and a sequel.

    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - the enhanced remake of the Gen IV PMD games, this is my favourite of the entire bunch, sporting a great story, great music, and some of the best mechanics... though Super Mystery Dungeons improves the mechanics and UI a bit more still.

    Virtue's Last Reward - arguably even better than 999, this Uchikoshi game is just amazing in most every aspect.

    Final Fantasy IV: The After Years - Yes, I went there. Possibly the most controversial choice, but I like it, dammit. Plus that PSP presentation is the gold standard of 2D Final Fantasy games.

    Toki Tori 2 - the obligatory Dutch entry, this kinda puzzle-platformer is kinda a Metroidvania? It's pretty cool all around, even though it didn't set the charts on fire.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What's Your Favorite Video Game Sequel?

  • Avatar for Hoolo Hoolo A month ago

    I bought Etrian Odyssey IV because I could get a discount with My Nintendo. My first time through, it wasn't a big success because I had no idea what I was doing.

    Cue the start of September. I had just finished Super Mario 3D Land (I'm working on my backlog, I know it's old) when I had a space of a week without a game on my 3DS before Samus Returns hit. I needed something I could put away at any time when the new Metroid arrived for me.
    By the time that game released, I had hit the third land in EOIV. I had started over, thinking a bit more about what I needed, and had a much easier time. I was playing on Casual, sure, but as a newcomer I feel like I might be forgiven for doing that. I beat Samus Returns in a weekend and went right back to exploring the Yggdrasil. I finished it last week, defeating even the final superboss in the game (with the injection compound, mind. I'm not that crazy). I got both the enemy encyclopædia and the item compendium full. My guild card looked pretty good.

    I knew Etrian Odyssey V was going to hit stores on Tuesday, but Europe won't get it physically for another two weeks. Even then, I don't know if it will be the launch edition North America received. If so, well, that'd settle it. Gotta support more Etrian Odyssey. In the meantime, I'm not playing EOV. I'm not even playing the demo. I like to start fresh in the game for some Gog-forsaken reason - gotta remember the story, what little there is of that to begin with. I could have started on Untold. I liked the demo, and the story mode seems nice (although I already want to throw Grimoire Stones in a pit, never to be seen again).

    I didn't start on Untold.

    I started on the original NDS game.
    It was pretty brutal at the start, although I'm starting to get better at it. I just hit 9F, dodging the Wyvern, and now that my TP pool is getting larger I can actually use skills somewhat more, helping me survive some more. I highly doubt I'll finish it before V hits, but that's okay. I'll take my Etrian Odysseys one at a time.

    If only the game would let me put more than 20 Notes on a single floor.

    Posted in Etrian Odyssey 5 is the Best Hardcore RPG You Don't Know About

  • Avatar for Hoolo Hoolo 2 months ago

    At some point in the near future I will probably try to get into tactical RPGs like Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, and Disgaea. Not yet though, I've been busy breaking into map-drawing games.

    Well, just one series, really. Etrian Odyssey is so much fun, even on casual (I'll have to take a shot at Normal mode at some point, really). Drawing maps is very nice.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What New Genre of Games Are You Trying to Get Into?

  • Avatar for Hoolo Hoolo 2 months ago

    Some more niche titles, but I am very, very, very disappointed (though not surprised) Lufia II did not make the SNES Classic. Such a good game, and still no impetus to finally finish it. I want to, dammit, but I'd have to pull an emulator out of the dust because it's not available on Virtual Console. At least some other mentions like ActRaiser and Ogre Battle are available on either Wii or Wii U VC, that's something.

    Another title would be The Lost Vikings, which I feel also doesn't get enough love, but is actually really fun? Puzzle platformers all the way, man.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: Which Additional Game Do You Want on the SNES Classic Edition?

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    As always, Picross excites me so much. I have like 10 Picross games on 3DS, which I think is all of them... and then I've played a bunch of mobile and PC as well. When I finally get a Switch, this will be the first thing I purchase on the eShop, that's for sure! The top left corner of my 3DS touchscreen is permanently smudged with stylus scratches from switching between blocks and crosses, though... hope that won't happen on Switch.

    I hope there will be multiple save files so I can go through the puzzles myself, and maybe also play cooperatively with some people to introduce them to the goodness that is Picross without showing them the puzzle solution before starting the puzzle or deleting my save just so they're not spoiled.
    ...not that I have any idea who I could introduce to Picross, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.Edited September 2017 by Unknown

    Posted in The Switch Is Getting a New Picross Game Next Week, and It Has Co-Op

  • Avatar for Hoolo Hoolo 2 months ago

    Alliance Alive is looking good, and I was glad to see it being name-dropped in the European Direct as well. I've heard the game by the Legend of Legacy devs is better than that game, which is already a game I like... most of the time. So that's looking good there. Plus the music, I'm sure that will also be great. I'm buying relatively many limited editions these past few years, but these things are just looking *so* good.

    And then there's EO V, of course. I've got the demo downloading now, though I'll probably start with a new team when the game releases and I finally get going on it. I've been playing IV recently, mostly to tide me over with a game I can just put away when I would want to until Samus Returns released... and it's got me hooked. Currently in the third land (Casual mode though... I'm new to this), and I just don't want to stop. Drawing maps is so addicting.

    @Gamer-Law At least they reprinted it at some point, although they still didn't release it in Europe. Looking forward to this remake, though I don't yet know whether I will go physical or digital - that depends on whether or not Deep Silver is giving us the limited edition as well.Edited September 2017 by Unknown

    Posted in Nintendo Direct Recap: DOOM on the Switch, New Switch Bundles, and More

  • Avatar for Hoolo Hoolo 3 months ago

    Talking about Final Fantasy and mods, this summer I finally played Final Fantasy VIII on Steam and it was good, I used like half a dozen mods to do things like update the textures a bit, change the music, overhaul the entire UI, and change the controller button images. So good.

    With Xenoblade, the way every Driver has their own companion weapon person thingy reminds me a lot of what I've read of Tales of Destiny, where a bunch of main characters have their own (elemental) Swordian companions. Haven't played either of the games myself, but it sounds like there's some overlap in the ideas and mechanics.

    Posted in Axe of the Blood God: We Pick the Fall 2017 RPGs We're Looking Forward to Most

  • Avatar for Hoolo Hoolo 3 months ago

    I wouldn't say they came entirely out of nowhere, but most games that became part of my favourites are puzzle games. For some godforsaken reason, I just really love the things. I'd never played a Hitman game when I got Hitman GO... I think from one of the Square Enix Holiday Surprise bundles they have at the end of the year, and it was so good. So, so, so good. In fact, the entire GO series is *chef's kiss*.

    A title I didn't expect to like was RIVE (and that's not Dutch pride talking), but after playtesting it at Two Tribes twice I really loved the game. I saw the words "twin-stick shooter" and was like nah, but actually playing it was a lot of fun. Definitely a great game.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What Game Came Out of Nowhere to Become a Favorite?

  • Avatar for Hoolo Hoolo 3 months ago

    The game looks fine, guys. The real problem here is the names: Primm and Popoi will always be Purim and Popoie in my mind. Nothing anybody can do about it.

    Honestly though, this is some really great news! I'm glad it's coming, I'm more glad it's also coming to Steam, and I'm overjoyed at the possibility there is a very real chance we'll see an official release of Seiken Densetsu 3 in our remaining lifespans. It's a victory all around.

    Now all that remains is to get Adventures of Mana on Steam as well, and then get all these Mana remakes on Switch. I'll double- or even triple-dip if that's what it takes for SD3 to get remade and released in the West.

    Posted in Secret of Mana Gets a Remake on PS4, Vita, and PC