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i played front mission 3 and destrega. the former is pretty good but nowhere near as fun as front mision 1, but better than 4. destrega is a hilarious game to paly when it's 1999 and you're well drunk but as a "serious" fighter it's grossly unbalanced and kinda shit really.

&U HAEV MY AXE LOL (Will M.), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 21:37 (twelve years ago) link

jumping flash: loved the huge jumps when I first played it, but I recently bought it on psn and it's not so good. It's really ugly and it has tank controls.

abanana, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 22:29 (twelve years ago) link

Jumping flash and Jumping flash 2 are probably my all-time favorite personal cult games! JF2 is way better than the first one.

Some other great games I don't see here yet:
-Ape Escape
-Bust-A-Move (don't know which version we had, prob. '99)
-Resident Evil 3, which has gotten a bad rap, historically, I think. The initial reviews were really positive, and I had more fun playing it than either parts 1 or 2. I especially liked the survival mode that unlocked after you beat it.
-Tenchu 2, which was much better than the first one.

I never actually got to play Vib-Ribbon but I always wanted to.

Dan I., Wednesday, 21 January 2009 05:40 (twelve years ago) link

a giant cube made out of styrofoam filled with dead flies

burt_stanton, Wednesday, 21 January 2009 06:11 (twelve years ago) link

it really is incredible that you have a hard time getting girls to date you, burt

spells don't effect me, just hit em for the xp (Lamp), Wednesday, 21 January 2009 12:41 (twelve years ago) link

get it? PS1 the arts center? Hilarious.

burt_stanton, Wednesday, 21 January 2009 15:08 (twelve years ago) link

according to your posts your the one not getting it

spells don't effect me, just hit em for the xp (Lamp), Wednesday, 21 January 2009 15:19 (twelve years ago) link

I have an easy time getting girls to date me, I have a hard time not being a righteous fruitcake and screwing it up. I stand by my lame gag, btw.

burt_stanton, Wednesday, 21 January 2009 15:29 (twelve years ago) link


it's freaking hard

Tracer Hand, Monday, 2 February 2009 21:39 (twelve years ago) link

ooh nice!

I got gitaroo man, it's also freakin hard

cozwn, Monday, 2 February 2009 22:31 (twelve years ago) link

haha Brave Fencer Musashi!

I can't remember if I told this story on this board elsewhere before, but when I was in first year university I had a roommate who would play video games in this windowless room with gray-painted walls for hours and hours and hours at a time (36 hours on Ocarina of Time entirely uninterrupted, except, one hopes, by bathroom breaks). He would become just completely demented after awhile. In the middle of one of these binges, I overheard him on the phone, calling Slocki, desperate and deranged, at god knows what time: "HELLO MARK HAVE YOU HEARD ANYTHING ON THE INTERNET ABOUT BRAVE FENCER MUSASHI?"

antexit, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 00:13 (twelve years ago) link

curious - anyone play Poy Poy? I haven't but heard its a great multiplayer game.

CaptainLorax, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 00:13 (twelve years ago) link

I recently found an old stockpile of PS1 RPGs. Give me an honest assessment of which of these games are actually worth revisiting in the year of two thousand ought nine:

Chrono Cross
Persona 1
Vagrant Story
Valkyrie Profile

― Nhex, Friday, January 9, 2009 11:17 AM (3 weeks ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Chrono Cross - I remember liking it when it came out, it tried to do something different and had some things going for it, iirc (great music, an abundance of extraneous characters but a lot of them were actually p. compelling, esp compared with much less fleshed out PCs from games with smaller casts, like ff9, kinda sloppy overall and it admits asmuch by the end, when [i remember j parish pointing this out] [lol] it assembles some toddler versions of the main characters around the portal to the last boss and employs them as expository devices that explain the entire convoluted plot to u) - not really sure i could recommend it, but fool around with it for a couple hours and you'll probably have an idea of how much you'll dig it

Valkyrie Profile - idk

Vagrant Story - top 50 all time, any platform

Xenogears - the worst JRPG ever released in north america (keith olbermann voice)

actually went back and beat xenogears in 07 or 08, as i was cleaning up old games that i'd never beaten and my save before the final dungeon had remained untouched since 99 or 00 - there's a nice element of strategy to the gear fighting, since your attacks all draw from a limited supply of fuel and if you run out you are fucked, but the gears themselves are so powerful that you're really never in any danger. one of the most persistently irritating/infuriating random encounter systems ever, one that would famously interrupt you mid-jump during some of the game's ill-advised platforming sections. you play a guy with a ponytail, who is often naked for no reason you can discern, and whose best bud is another guy with a ponytail. filled with insidious pedophile pandering bullshit (not as bad as xenosaga in this regard). hideous sprite based characters. every smidgen of action is bracketed by hours of goopy bullshit like this:

Krelian:And what if that 'Will' itself was predetermined? What then? Oh what
folly!? Humans
are just primitive life forms that have no such thing as free will... Mankind
has merely been
allowed to live in an imperfect state... "as is", "as will be"... It is for
this very
reason... because humans have this wretched 'will' or whatnot... that humans
must experience
sadness and loss. For someone to gain something means another must lose it...
It is impossible
to make humankind share limited "things" and "affections"... So I came to the
conclusion that
everything must be reverted back to where it all began. To go back to when all
was one...
waves, and nothing else... It is not my -Human's- ego... It is the will of the
'Waves' ...
the will of -god-...

that's some verbatim dialogue, dogg

positives: music, one subplot towards the end of the game references 'soylent green'

brave fencer musashi is a game that is basically made to 'sell' u on the gay lifestyle idk how else to describe it

welcome to the own zone population you (cankles), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 00:16 (twelve years ago) link

Thanks for the opinions, guys! I definitely fear Xenogears but want to give it a shot for at least Mitsuda's score. Cool that Vagrant Story seems to really be liked, I was very unsure about that one.

I still haven't really gotten into these yet, since my knowledge is really spotty on PS1 emulation. I have to boot into Windows and use ePSXe or just PSX, and get distracted by the kajillion other games I can play. Anyone know a working PS1 emulator for Mac OS X? I've looked into it but couldn't find one that has been developed since the transition to Intel.

Nhex, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 01:54 (twelve years ago) link

you can get a real one for 18 pounds:

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 12:27 (twelve years ago) link

I'll sell you one, or

cozwn, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 12:39 (twelve years ago) link

I've tried that one, sadly I haven't gotten it to work.

Nhex, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 13:43 (twelve years ago) link

just played the first couple of tomb raider levels again, PS1 version - such a great game

i tried the TR1 remake (legend, or something?) which looked fantastic but which was RUBBISH

Tracer Hand, Monday, 9 February 2009 13:40 (twelve years ago) link

It was anniversary, which I thought was pretty good, one interminable sequence aside.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 9 February 2009 16:14 (twelve years ago) link

ten years pass...

It was suggested that I bump this over here, hello!

Laugh and Peace - Vib-Ribbon OST

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 11:11 (one year ago) link

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