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#13859509 The Quest to Find a Nintendo Switch Thread

Posted by Strength&defiance on 24 October 2017 - 03:35 PM in Switch

There's an ad on craigslist where I live of a guy selling a Switch with Zelda for $275. That was the most tempted I've been to buying one so far, but I'm determined to wait for a bundle with two games included for $300 or a ridiculous exclusive bundle like Metroid Prime 4. 


I'm willing to be patient. 

#13859506 Super NT - Upcoming Retro SNES

Posted by Strength&defiance on 24 October 2017 - 03:33 PM in Retro

The Super NT appeals to me as someone who is interested in playing old games on modern TVs with as little lag as possible. There are many routes you can take with software or hardware emulation, and the Super NT is a good example of highly precise (and expensive) hardware emulation. 


I think if I ever got serious about wanting to play old NES and SNES games I'd make a Rasberry Pi or other device. 

#13831580 Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End

Posted by Strength&defiance on 14 September 2017 - 03:54 PM in PS3 and PS4

I recently replayed through 1-3 of the series and while I'm really looking forward to 4, I think I'll wait until there's a sub $30 bundle of the main game and the stand-alone entry that came out recently. You know it's going to happen. 

#13831578 Dragon's Crown for PS3 (49.99) and Vita (39.99) - 8/6/2013

Posted by Strength&defiance on 14 September 2017 - 03:53 PM in PS3 and PS4

I'd love to pick up Dragon's Crown, but Masamune on Vita is still a smoldering check on my gaming pile of shame list that I haven't played yet. 

#13805564 Nintendo 3DS - General Discussion Thread

Posted by Strength&defiance on 14 August 2017 - 03:43 PM in 3DS/DS/GBA

Monster Hunter Generations is on clearance at Best Buy for $16.49 or less with GCU (which I don't have). 


Any opinions if this is probably the lowest it will go while being this easily accessible to get?  

Maybe considering if it's likely to actually become scarce soon.

That seems like a good price, though I'll admit, for whatever reason I haven't gotten into the monster hunter series. I tried a bit of the Wii one a friend bought me, and a bit of the 3DS demo but it didn't click for me. Maybe I should give it another shot if another demo or something comes along 

#13801507 What's a game you've played multiple times?

Posted by Strength&defiance on 09 August 2017 - 07:06 PM in General Gaming & News

Its usually games that have an amazing story more than anything else that I wind up playing multiple times. Here are a few of the top of my head that I have played multiple times:


Day of the Tentacle

The Dig

Monket Island 1 & 2

Zal McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Flight of the Amazon Queen

The Longest Journey

Baldur's Gate I & II

Icewind Dale I & II

Ultima IV Quest of the Avatar

Warcraft 3

DIablo II

Dragons Age Origins

Half Life 1 & 2

Mass Effect Trilogy

Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2

Batman Arkham Asylum & Arkham City

Red Dead Redemption

GTA Vice City

Halo 1-4

Shadow Complex

Dues Ex


If you include HD remasters and definitive editions then my list would also include:



Final Fantasy X

Borderlands 2

Resident Evil

Stae of Decay 

Grim Fandango

Gears of War

Indigo Prophecy

Metro Redux

Hitman Trilogy

SIlent Hill Collection

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

Splinter Cell Trilogy

Prince of Persia Trilogy

Tomb Raider Trilogy

The Sly Collection 

Beyond Good and Evil

Jak and Daxter Collection

Resident Evil Code Veronica

Residen Evil 

You sir, have good taste in games. Objectively.


I replay games a lot, 1) to re-experience them and see how my thoughts about them change, and 2) because I'm a cheap ass and at this point I have a big back catalog of games. Every year I replay Super Metroid and Link to the Past to be reminded of what a masterpiece is. I also do the same for Orwell's Animal Farm.

#13801504 Stupid question about the nintendo switch

Posted by Strength&defiance on 09 August 2017 - 07:03 PM in Switch

I'm in the same boat as you bud, waiting for a good deal on a Switch, but if the supply and demand have been any indication, I don't think we'll see any price cuts or good bundles for some time. It's still printing Nintendo money faster than they can make them. 

#13800352 Zelda Breath of the Wild - gameplay discussion

Posted by Strength&defiance on 08 August 2017 - 03:40 PM in Wii U and Wii

That would be awesome.  I dunno about you guys, but it's really hard for me to go back and enjoy Wii graphics.  I'm not even a graphical snob either.   But man those games look jagged. 

I know what you mean, I recently dug up my Wii and have been replaying some of the greats (Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, Metroid Prime Trilogy, House of the Dead Overkill, etc). I'm playing these on a 4k TV, but I was surprised how well the art style holds up on a lot of the Nintendo Wii games. Super the polygon count and resolution leaves a lot to be desired, but the simple charm of Super Mario Galaxy and the bloom lighting and vistas of MP are as impressive today as they were ten years ago. At least to me, just my two cents. 

#13799510 Zelda Breath of the Wild - gameplay discussion

Posted by Strength&defiance on 07 August 2017 - 02:38 PM in Wii U and Wii

I feel like SS's only major weakness were the waggle controls. If it wasn't for the many annoying bits that required waggle, it would have been in the top tier of Zelda games for me. 


I was hoping that SS got ported to the Wii U for full HD visuals, but (since that's def not happening) I'm thinking maybe Switch would be better and they couldn't force waggle controls. But I also wonder if anyone will want to go back to the old non-Skyrim Zelda format. 

Hard to say, though so far Nintendo remastered Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, so I wouldn't be too surprised if Skyward Sword gets one on the Switch as well. We can dream!

#13797399 Zelda Breath of the Wild - gameplay discussion

Posted by Strength&defiance on 04 August 2017 - 02:59 PM in Wii U and Wii

So I think I'm putting the game down. I beat the game just over a week ago and have been exploring the world since. Overall, it's a great game.... but also felt a bit disappointed. I love the Zelda series so I guess there were certain things I was expecting (going through a dungeon, finding that big reward at the end) but I guess the series is headed in a new direction. The shines and 4 dungeons (not sure I count the last place is a dungeon) were pretty weak and the entire experience felt a bit cheapened by the lack of any real feeling of being rewarded (mostly caused by the "breaking weapons" aspect of the game). Also, the story and character development felt like a huge missed opportunity. I loved the storytelling in SS but this game was a complete dud. 


EDIT* Put 80 hrs into it... by far the most I put into any Zelda game. 

Thanks for your thoughts! Since this game's release I've tried to avoid as much video coverage/reviews. With games or movies that I know I'm going to buy, I try to not spoil as much as possible before seeing it. I've been replaying Skyward Sword on my Wii and enjoying it, but I'd be curious to see how that compares to SS as I agree with you, the dungeon/reward aspects of Zelda are generally some of my favorite. 

#13795780 The CAG Backlog Support Group.

Posted by Strength&defiance on 02 August 2017 - 02:42 PM in General Gaming & News

I'll admit, it does feel like that at first, even huge Persona fans like myself find it a bit slow in the beginning. But you really have to take your time with this game, they even tell you during the loading screens. For me, I didn't really get into it until around the 2nd dungeon when you have a group of 4. And it took me till around the 3rd or 4th dungeon to fall in love with it. By the time I reached the half way point, I already thought it was the greatest RPG I've ever played.


It's definitely an experience I recommend though, it's unlike any other series out there. Playing through it will change you as a gamer, and mature you as a person. In terms of gaming, it's an experience like climbing Mount Everest in the Himalayas, or walking along The Great Wall of China, or graduating college and getting your diploma. It's a game that will reshape your ways of thinking, and months after you completed it, the characters, story, music will still linger in your mind.


No, I do not work at Atlus, and I am not a spokesperson. It's just a really captivating game, that's all. Take your time and enjoy!

I'm excited to play Persona 5, particularly given your high praise. I can think of few games that were as impact full as P5 was to you, though Final Fantasy X and the Last of Us would rank among them.

#13791555 Nintendo Switch - General Discussion Thread

Posted by Strength&defiance on 28 July 2017 - 03:20 PM in Switch

I'd be very interested in getting a Switch, but as I've said elsewhere on this forum, I think I'll wait til a really killer bundle. I've been dying to play Zelda, Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon 2. Just upgraded my PS4 to a PS4 Pro so I think I'll wait a bit and enjoy Ratchet & Clank. 

#13791551 Official Mass Effect: Andromeda Discussion (Hype/Speculation/Anticipation)

Posted by Strength&defiance on 28 July 2017 - 03:17 PM in Xbox One & Xbox 360

Right I believe he was stating you might have a different perspective on it after you played Andromeda as many times as either Mass Effect - and nobody is saying you must in order for it to be what you've expected (I hope you understand what I'm trying to say lol). I was thinking about it tonight while I was staring up at the stars while walking my dog, god I love space. Maybe that's just it, I don't care that this isn't Bioware's magnum opus, it's a hell of a thing to be able to experience traveling and exploring a whole new galaxy - with all the lore and species I loved from the originals. Oh the team members haven't really grown on fans of the trilogy and I can understand that, some of them were in three games which originated a decade ago, yeah a decade.


I think I played Mass Effect 8 times as well, there was a reason to play multiple playthroughs even so when each ME2 and ME3 were over and you wanted to go through it from inception.

I'm fine with Andromeda being a spin off and existing as its own thing.


#13789119 Official Mass Effect: Andromeda Discussion (Hype/Speculation/Anticipation)

Posted by Strength&defiance on 26 July 2017 - 02:20 PM in Xbox One & Xbox 360

Man, I wish I felt the same way.  I don't even know what the high points for me were in this game.  Wait!  It was Drack's loyalty mission.  That was my favorite.  Followed by Vetra's.  And those were like "just okay" missions from ME3, if I were to compare.  No, I take that back.  Not one mission in Andromeda can live up to the original trilogy.  God, I hate being negative, but I really hate Mass Effect Andromeda. 

Man what a bummer to hear you say that not a single mission in ME:A is of the same caliber as previous entries in the game. I *might* play the remaining five hours of the trial just to see if it gets better, but I get the sneaking suspicion this game will be relegated to the dustbin of history for me.  

#13789115 The CAG Backlog Support Group.

Posted by Strength&defiance on 26 July 2017 - 02:18 PM in General Gaming & News

Crisis Core for PSP is one of my favorite games of all time, not just for the PSP but all gaming in general. I would recommend you play the PSP and DS games 1st, especially if you collect trophies, since most of the older games will probably seem pretty dated.


Another approach would be to just mix them up, and it might feel a bit fresh playing games on different platforms at the same time.


Either way, I highly recommend Crisis Core, it might not be that amazing though years after, and if you have previously played FF7. But it's still a great showcase for what the PSP could do. The battle system reminded me a bit of Lightning Returns and is pretty fun. Story might get a bit long though, and you already know what happens if you've played FF7 or watched Advent Children before. I would recommend not getting to much into the side quests, especially since there's no trophies in this one, and focus mainly on the story. 

Thanks for the advice, I remember being very excited to play CC:FFVII when it first came out and then I never even put it in my system! With the remake coming out in the next 2+ years, now might be the right time for a stroll down memory lane. 

#13788251 is psp vita really dead?

Posted by Strength&defiance on 25 July 2017 - 04:40 PM in Vita / PSP

To quote the bard, "In me thou sees the twilight of such day, as after sunset fadeth in the west." The Vita may not be dead, but its sun has set and only the faint glow over the horizon remains.

#13788249 Official Mass Effect: Andromeda Discussion (Hype/Speculation/Anticipation)

Posted by Strength&defiance on 25 July 2017 - 04:38 PM in Xbox One & Xbox 360

I downloaded ME: A for the free 10 hour trail and I couldn't get five hours in. The opening was bland and uninspired, the characters uninteresting. The gameplay, particularly the car in the open-world sections on planets just wasn't fun for me.

Not sure I would pick this up even for free. How we have fallen from ME:2

#13788247 gamecube is nintendo second best console

Posted by Strength&defiance on 25 July 2017 - 04:36 PM in GameCube

My Wii recently bit the dust after 11 years. I sent it to the shop so we'll see, but I was thinking the other day of what a shame that there are so many great GCN games that the further we go out and as Gamecube's become more rare, will likely be shuffled into the dustbin of gaming history. I wish wish wish that one day Nintendo makes a master Virtual Console that can emulate most if not all games from its library.

#13788112 The CAG Backlog Support Group.

Posted by Strength&defiance on 25 July 2017 - 02:32 PM in General Gaming & News

Since everyone else is weighing in, I'll say play Ghost Trick first. It is relatively short, simple, but well written and really uses the DS. Perhaps my favorite DS game.


I'd also say Zero Escape, but that's assuming you've played 999 (preferably on the DS - perhaps my *2nd* favorite DS game).  Otherwise, play/watch 999 (whole title now Zero Escape: Nine Persons, Nine Hours, Nine Doors)  first.

So I probably got about half-way through Ghost Trick when it first came out, and even though I was really enjoying it I think I got lost in a puzzle somewhere and let it drift to the back of the game shelf. I recently played one of the phoenix wright games and really enjoyed that, and it reminded me a lot of Ghost Trick. I'll let you know what it's like the second time around.


Thanks for the advice to watch/play 999, I've heard that the story is pretty important to this series, though I was planning on just jumping into Zero Escape. I think I'll youtube the series this weekend, thanks 

#13787526 The CAG Backlog Support Group.

Posted by Strength&defiance on 24 July 2017 - 08:33 PM in General Gaming & News

Some excellent games on that list. 


Dishonored 2, Tactics Ogre would be at top of list. Jeanne D'Arc is perhaps the biggest sleeper SRPG ever made. 

Thanks man! I agree Jeanne D'Arc is criminally not well known. It's like a pre-French revolution take on Final Fantasy Tactics or Tactics Ogre. 

#13787363 The CAG Backlog Support Group.

Posted by Strength&defiance on 24 July 2017 - 06:08 PM in General Gaming & News

I made a list this weekend of games that I own but that I want to go back to. Many of them I never finished, and I'm at the point where I think I won't buy new games until I make headway on this list. Thought I'd share!
* Chrono Trigger (1995, 2008)
* Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (2011)
* New Super Mario Bros. (2006) 
* Bravely Second: End Layer (2016)
* Fire Emblem Fates (2015)
* The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998, 2011)
* Luigi's Manion: Dark Moon (2013)
* New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012)
* Pushmo (2011)
* Shovel Knight (2014)
* Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
* Child of Light (2014)
* Dishonored 2 (2016)
* Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD (2001, 2003; 2015)
* Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 
* Uncharted 2 & 3 (2009, 2011; 2015)
* Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (2008)
* Jeanne d'Arc (2007)
* Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (2010)
* Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010)
* Tactics Ogre: Let us Cling Together (1995, 2011)
* Day of the Tentacle (1993, 2016)
* Muramasa: The Demon Blade (2009, 2013)
* Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (2013)
* Sound Shapes (2012) 
* The Unfinished Swan (2014) 
* Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (2012)

#13782847 Nintendo 3DS - General Discussion Thread

Posted by Strength&defiance on 19 July 2017 - 03:07 PM in 3DS/DS/GBA

I buy fire emblem games for my kids all time. I have bought my own 3ds but getting awakening and the newer ones are hard to find new at a normal price for physical copies. Is there a way to get the digital copies cheaper? Does the e shop ever have a sale of the games? I figure if i combine that with when best buy sells points discounted I could be good. 

The eShop occasionally has deals on games, the biggest discounts I've seen are generally 30-50%. I generally look at IGN's Daily Deals and a few other places for news on price drops on games. I've been able to get very good deals on Nintendo games this way, though sometimes you have to be patient. Hope this helps!

#13782842 PlayStation 4 - General Discussion Thread

Posted by Strength&defiance on 19 July 2017 - 03:04 PM in PS3 and PS4

My point is that Sony is becoming too homogenized in their lineup and complacency is what got them in trouble the first time. I love their games, but variety is the spice of life.

This. All of this. Diversity generally leads to risk when it comes to business decisions, and it's not hard to understand why Sony seems reluctant to spend tens if not hundreds of millions on a bet that may not pay off. I'm thinking of your points earlier with The Last Guardian for example. Sony is likely in the red for that product due to it's long development time, and as you said, it not hitting the mark with the audience. In a modern gaming world where games take dozens if not hundreds of developers working for 2+ years, innovation is a risk and risks are expensive. Just my two cents.


In some ways I think a healthy Nintendo is exactly what this industry needs; it needs a company that marches to the beat of its own drummer and providing (perhaps smaller) gaming experiences that more people can enjoy. Not disposable/generic entertainment, but gaming that gives you that feeling of Oh this is something new.

#13782836 In what game world would like to be and who will accompany you?

Posted by Strength&defiance on 19 July 2017 - 02:56 PM in General Gaming & News

I think I'd like to live in FFX's world post Sin. I can imagine beach life with Yuna and Lulu would be a lot of fun.

#13782834 2016 Completed Games Tab

Posted by Strength&defiance on 19 July 2017 - 02:55 PM in General Gaming & News

Last years list of games that I managed to beat (all on PC);
The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human
Oh... Sir! The Insult Simulator
Not A Hero
Never Alone
Runespell: Overture
6180 The Moon
Bloodrayne Betrayal
Blues and Bullets Episode 1
The Book of Unwritten Tales
Braveland: Wizard
The Cat and the Coup
Corpse of Discovery
Crypt of the Necrodancer
DLC Quest
Enter the Gungeon
Evil Dead: Regeneration
FEAR 2 Project Origin
Gone Home
Gravity Ghost
The Guild of Dungeoneering
Joe's Diner
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
Kane & Lynch 2: The Dog Days
Life is Strange – Episode 1
Mad Max
The Marvellous Miss Take
Poker Night at the Inventory
Poker Night 2
Pony Island
Q.U.B.E – Directors Cut
Quantum Conundrum
The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief
Read Only Memories
Shadow Warrior (2013)
Shovel Knight
Slender: The Arrival
Small World 2
Star Realms
The Swindle
Tales from the Borderlands
Titan Souls
Tiny Bang Story
Torchlight 2
Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries

That's a spicy meatball (of games)!