His all time favorite console is the Saturn. His Genres of choice or Shmups and Fighters. He HATES Nintendo.
His Holiness Pope the Rev The 28th. Is a gamer, Philosopher, Psychologist, Guilty Gear XX #Reload GOD and former cult You Tube Personality. Today he rambles on Destructoid. Forgive his spelling and Grammer, he doesn't have time to send everything he writes to his proof readers.
For the last week I've been very sick with one of the nastiest colds I have ever had to endure. I swear I left half my lungs in a Five guys bathroom. So yesterday I felt I was on the mend enough to do some gaming and for some reason I found myself playing Cave's Ketsui.
A few months back I picked Ketsui up for the ungodly price of $80 off of NCSX the importer I buy from when Play-Asia takes too damn long. It is a Danmaku or BULLET HELL game and unlike the likes of Dodonpachi,Espgaluda and Mushimesama Futari it's relatively forgiving. The game is also 12 years old, but only this summer released on PS3. Most people think of the 360 as the Shmups system but thanks to a few indie games, and PS1 backwords compatibility the PS3 has a wider variety of Shmups to choose from than just the Danmaku that end up on the 360. I mostly consider Ketsui to be Cave's best game and it being the only Cave game on the PS3 (unless you have a Japanese PSN Account WINK WINK) is not a bad thing. But playing it I started to realize it's scoring system is REALLY a complete convoluted mess.
In Ketsui you score by basically going Kamikaze the closer you are to your enemies the large the cube they drop will be and this is your score multiplier this is of course easier said than done as pink and blue bullets are raining down upon you. You do have screen clearing bombs BUT BUT here's the the kicker. You want the true ending and the true final boss? This floating thing called doom? WELL FUCK USING BOMBS CUZ 1 bomb means NO URA LOOP FOR YOU! Yes to reach the true final boss Doom and get the true ending You can't die OR use bombs. There is an alternate 2nd loop and here's where it gets convoluted even more to get this Tsuujou-Loop You can die and you can use bombs but the total sum of bombs used and lives can't total more than 6 or no Tsuujou-Loop for you. WHO THINKS OF THIS SHIT? So to even master a game like ketsui you either have to be Autistic, Asian, or put in a dedicated amount of time that is equivalent to getting a Ph.D in Psychology. WHAT THE FUCK CAVE?
OH wait there is more, the Home ports of Ketsui have an alternate mode called X-Mode (probably since it first showed up on the 360) the scoring system in X-mode is totally different as your multiplier is decided by how close you are to the Pink ships that throw Pink bullets at you, Now holding down the fire button is a laser and the laser cancels those pink bullets out, but blue is DEATH! Canceling out pink bullets and shooting down pink ships is the key to a high score in X-mode which has an excellent Arranged soundtrack.
Dodonpachi Resurrection is even worse This one has alternate stage paths and fuck if I know how to get those, let alone a true ending.
I know it sounds daunting, those who want to enter the world of cave can do so pretty cheaply as Deathsmiles and Akai Katana are pretty cheap these days. But those wanting more simple shmups, you best have a PS3, Shienryu, Sonic wing special, Gaia Seed, Zanac X Zanac and indie shmups like Soldner X and Gundemonium collection can all be found as either PSN Classics or regular downloadable PSN games all of which are less of a giant cluster fuck of WTF logic than any of cave's entires. You can also get Under Defeat HD on disc it is a game simular to Ketsui but not as hellish. Mamarukun Curse is also on US PSN and that is a good entry level Danmaku shooter.
So don't be put off it's not impossible to get into gaming's oldest genre, but starting with Cave is not in your best interest. Since NONE OF US will ever see Ketsui's true final boss Doom, Here's a video:
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So my laptop finally took a shit and died, Windows update when it misbehaves can make you do desperate things. THIS is why I don't game on PC. Too much shit can go wrong. Anyways I have a list of things I wish to accomplish while I'm without my own computer.
-score 100k in Galaga
- Get at least halfway through Ketsui without dying.
- 1cc Shenryu
- Pick a fighting game pick it apart and get GOD LIKE at it.
The last one I'm getting alot of support for... CEPT THIS ONE GUY. It's not like he should be taken seriously he says he's a console gamer, but doesn't play on anything BUT PC and with most fighters on Consoles nothing he says should be taken seriously anyway.He's dead set against single player in fighting games lets ignore that Soul Calibur 1 and 2 have amazing single player as does Street Fighter Alpha 3's World tour mode or that that AI in Tekken Tag 2 higher levels is pretty brutal and as good as anyone I've fought on line then again...he can't play tag 2 since he only has a PC. He also doesn't think 6 months is enough to get Godlike at something. Uh? if you play nothing but 1 game for 6 months for 10 hours a day I'm pretty sure you'll get awesome and my SFIV skills aren't bad.
I challenged this guy to do one thing ONE THING to prove what he's saying is bullshit. Play Art of Fighting 2 on the highest difficulty and beat it with no continues. Doing that makes you a god amongst gamers AOF2 is HARD, HARD yo. He refuses becuase it's "useless" He knows nothing about the systems in fighters either. So I'm gonna have to label this guy annoying poser.
Anyways I'm picking up a Qanba Q4 black (and modding it with girly colored buttons because I think it'll actually look pretty bad ass) so I can swap between 360 and PS3 fighters. I moved almost all my fighters over from 360 to PS3. I only kept DOA4 and VF5 on 360 the rest I'm rebuying for PS3.
Blazblue Chronophantasma hits next month and I am PUMPED for that. Also Jojo's is looking pretty promising and I'm going to be sure to nab a copy off amazon before the scalpers steal them all.
As far as what fighter to get Godlike at. I'm leaning towards Guilty Gear AC+ as I have skills in that already and SSFIV AE as that has a pretty easy learning curve and Combos aren't essential to being Godlike it seems.
So that's the latest. I'll post again when I feel like it. Till Next time, don't be a fighter snob.
I get terrible writers block my great grandmother predicted I'd be a great writer one day. But I can't write. I hate writing I tried screen writing for about a 10 year span and just got nothing. Only thing I can write is wrestling scripts and unless Triple H is doing internet searches on Semi fictional promotions I highly doubt I will ever be writing Raw and having Daneil Bryan and CM Punk Trade the WWE title for the rest of their lives. So with that said I'm just going to muse about gaming for a few paragraphs. The Subject has nothing to do with what I am going to talk about.
I need to renew my PSN+ soon I got 3 months to give it a test drive see if I enjoyed it. I LOVE IT a subscription service that lets you sample games for an hour, or until you beat it is a great idea. I also love that PSN doesn't hide features behind a pay wall. Mircosoft would want you to think that XBOX Live over flows with value but... no to get the most out of the 360 or XBONE... $60 a year go fuck yourself if you don't pay. No XBOX live? you're lucky you can even play games on our box. You Tube and Netflix? not pay walled on PSN and they won't be on PS4. My XBOX Live gold is up in March I won't renew. I only have 5 more games I really want for 360. 4 are shmups the 5th is Mighty No 9 which I'm also getting ON PS3. I only chipped $5 into Mighty No 9 so I want to buy it for every platform I have.
Next topic I have a theory about Mega Man, a few weeks back I talked about how Capcom probably doesn't know what to do with the Blue Bomber. That may be true but Duck Tales remastered made me think something. What if Giving Way Forward Duck Tails, and giving Double Helix Strider is a test run and which ever game turns out better that Developer gets to do a New Mega Man game? Hmm..... How awesome would a Way Forward made Mega Man be?
I've been playing alot of DOA 5U as most of you that read my blog here know and with only a few lisa and Lei Fang outlits left to unlock I'm starting to get bored with it. My friend Liam only has core fighters so it's play mindless CPU Battles or spend hours fighting Ayane. So the other day I played some Aquapazza great game and when it comes state side GET IT it's ExAmu's best game to date all their other games have been too complicated, but not Aquapazza. But also yesterday I popped Castlevania Chronicles into my PS3 The origianal mode is SO unforgiving VERY VERY Unforgiving and i thought to myself, "We love these games but they are so brutally difficult I don't know why." I cam to the conclusion that our insticnts and skills deep with in us to adapt and learn based on our surroundings are in the best games of high difficulty put full use. We play a game we learn the stages then we adapt to them. A GOOD well designed game is HARD BUT always makes it so that our skills and instincts as humans adapt and learn and also quick thinking. Take the beams in Quick Man's stage in Mega Man 2 for Example you could bring it down to luck and try to clear the beams or you could clear a few beams then flash stopper that bitch. BUT you say Quick Man is weak to the Time stopper. OH He is...but he's weaker to the Crash bomb. In fact in Mega Man 2 and 3 and this just shows the genius of these games Each Robot Master is in fact weak to two weapons. Usually the Metal blade and something else. In Mega Man 3 it's their primary weakness and their own Weapon, each boss will fall in 7 hits of their own weapon in Mega Man 3. Mega Man 7 mocks this by having Freeze man Taunt you if you hit him with his own weapon. It's a testament to how well thought out Mega Man was. In A fan game like Mega Man unlmited success is not determined by learning and adapting, It's pure luck. Rainbow Man's stage is a great example of, no skill, just luck. LUCK does not make for good Level Design. Classics like Mega Man, Castlevania, Mario, Ninja Gaiden, Zelda, these games all have set patterns and obsticles, We LEARN them then over come them then when we memorize them, bend them over whip our E dicks out and make them our bitch. A Good HARD GAME is hard, but nothing you can't over come if you keep at it. \
Yeah so I had a dream the other night Kasumi was real. That is how much DOA I've been playing. The things you do to keep yourself sane.
See last week I was editing video for my revival of an old show I did on You Tube when I hear this load crack/POP the Hinge onmy laptop split it had been wobbly all day and I thought nothing of it UNTIL IT BROKE. Now the computer worked and all but I thought it best to take it to my peeps and have it repaired as I don't have the money for a new Laptop or any computer for that matter right now. My Money is tied up in school and other things.
Thankfully I have this huge ass backlog of PS3 games I gathered up over the Summer. Mostly though I've been unlocked costumes in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate and beating people to a pulp in ranked matches with either Hitomi or Christie. That's what makes having a dream about Kasumi being real so weird. She's not my Main Hitomi and Christie are. On top of that my Facebook friends are getting annoyed that all my posts are, what I'm doing in DOA5U.
I figured I needed a break today though so I've been alternating between Under Defeat HD and Aquapazza. Those who don't import but buy animu games anyway will be in for a treat when the English bersion of Aquapazza drops.
I was also thrilled to find out tonight that the Retron5 is up for preorder. GOOD BYE EMULATION Hello playing the Real thing.
one step closer to not needing a laptop for anything other than video editing.
Ketsui, DOA 5 Ultimate (There will be bitching) The Classic Wipeout XL and the REAL version of Mega Man 8.
Ketsui is Ketsui it's Cave's Best shmup. It's HARD though harder than I remember the Arcade version being. X Mode is even Harder a remixed mode with a different scoring system that changes how the game is played. If you ever played the Psyvariar Series on the PS2 or Dreamcast and Dodonpachi mush those two together to get Ketsui. The best way to a high score is upclose and personal with your enemies. Great music, great sprite work and hard as I was when I woke up this morning.
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: ON DISC DLC? YOU FUCKIN KIDDING ME? YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? YES ALL the Bikinis all the really hot outfits...they are on the disc but you have to have either had them for DOA 5 or you have to buy the outfits again in a $40 DLC pack BUT they are on disc. Now I have these costumes... ON MY 360 so I have to at least buy the bikinis all over again. FUCK YOU TECMO FUCK YOU. Oh and by the way...this game keeps getting an M Raiting... MAKE IT COUNT give us some wardrobe malfunctions next time. Aside from that great social media integration as a preview of Next Gen and the new characters are OK nothing amazing though.
Wipeout XL: I was never good in the Wipeout games I was always all over the track. Wipeout XL I find controls easier than it's prequel AND Sequel. But the real reason I got it? The legendary 90s techno soundtrack. Prodigy, Crystal Method, Future Sound of London Takes me back. I think there's a 2nd soundtrack with some VERY early Daft Punk too.
Rockman 8: Yes the legendary Saturn version FINALLY mine, the Manual is beat up the case it came it was fucked up and I had to put it in a replacement case but it was one of those 1 mm thicker cases you can't find ANYWHERE but everything fit in that jewel case just fine. NOW YES the voice acting isn't too bad in Rockman 8 BUT the Western Voice Actors are a good sound match for the Japense ones. Also in this version Jump Jump Slide slide is a less annoying Jampu Jampu Sah leye do Sah leye do. I prefer the US Opening song and I prefer the Playstation version of Tengu Man's theme. THis version is also maybe 15% harder (Don't ask where I get that figure from) than the Anniversary/Playstation version. I ordered this shortly before my birthday so Mighty No 9 wasn't even known to us... perhaps the cosmos were trying to tell me something with my timing of getting this. I really hope Mighty No 9 plays more like Rockman 7 and 8 than the 8-bit games. I'm kind of tired of 8-bit Mega Man. Also tired of halfassed Fan games with people who think Mega Man level design is "Make it hard as balls"