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General Castlevania Discussion / Re: Castlevania Advance Collection
« Last post by Mysterii on October 13, 2021, 05:45:54 AM »
So far in my playing of this collection, I have beaten both Dracula X and HoD, both with the good endings. Currently I am trying to get all souls in Aria, with my file having 71-74% of all souls collected. The lack of soul rarity in the bestiaries makes it hard to tell if the soul I am trying to obtain is rare or not, especially since I am also trying to grind for money to buy the Soul Eater Ring, even with the Tsuchinoko soul bringing it down to $240K.
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Hardcore Gaming 101 / Re: Metroid: Dread
« Last post by X on October 12, 2021, 10:54:02 PM »
I just picked up Dread earlier on today.

They did it again. -_-;

MercurySteam doesn't know when to leave the analogue stick alone for 2.5D games. To add insult to injury we can't set the controls. Just like before. Fortunately however, using the stick on the Switch compared to the 3DS is far more forgiving. I've gotten rather comfortable with it and haven't been suffering too much. But I'd still rather use the D-pad for these types of games as that's what it's for.

The interview from Nintendo stated that they wanted to give the players a feeling of suspense with these EMMI robots. However that's not what's happening with me. All they're doing is annoying the piss outta me. Fusion did a better job of this and it wasn't nearly as irritating. At the very least, once they've been dealt with I don't have to worry about them anymore. This is probably where the game's difficulty is coming from; dealing with these f@#king EMMI bots. I've destroyed three so far and have defeated two bosses. I'll pick up my save file tomorrow and see what else awaits me.

Overall the game's not bad. It's shaping up to be better then Samus Returns, but it could've been better in some areas.
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Hardcore Gaming 101 / Re: Metroid: Dread
« Last post by Highwind Dragoon on October 12, 2021, 08:30:04 PM »
You can sequence break almost any metroidvania, though. (Hollow knight, Axiom Verge 1 & 2, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and  Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth are just several examples.)

All of the games that I listed are not only cheaper, with a lower return on investment (and more enjoyable, IMO) than dread, they have several levels of difficulty for different playstyles. 

Also, Crowsworn is coming (eventually):

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1614330/Crowsworn/
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Off Topic / Castlevania Games for sale (New)
« Last post by zangetsu468 on October 12, 2021, 04:46:52 PM »
Hey all,

Got some Castlevania collectibles that I’m open to parting with at fair prices, all brand new, sealed and PAL(EUR):

- Curse of darkness PS2
- Lament of Innocence PS2
- Portrait of Ruin DS
- Dawn of Sorrow DS
- Lords of Shadow 2

Please feel free to reach out or drop me a query. Would rather let the lot go as one (at a better price) but totally understand this won’t necessarily suit most.

I do also have some other older, vintage and rarer titles for the OG’s, so don’t be a stranger.

Cheers,

Z

EDIT: I uploaded images but it doesn’t like the file type for whatever reason. The items can be viewed here https://www.instagram.com/p/CU8pyjYBYNL/?utm_medium=copy_link
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General Castlevania Discussion / Re: Castlevania Advance Collection
« Last post by Belmontoya on October 12, 2021, 12:54:48 PM »
Hell yeah I was subscribed to EGM back in the day too.

One part I don't really like about circle of the moon is constantly double tapping to sprint. I remember getting a blister on my thumb from that.

Here's my version of sinking old sanctuary. I can never get enough of that song. The bloodlines version is far better than circle's though imo. https ://youtu.be/tOQlemW-UAc

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General Castlevania Discussion / Re: Castlevania Advance Collection
« Last post by JR on October 12, 2021, 11:53:53 AM »
Playing through Magican Mode now. It's my last trophy to get. It seems hard on the surface, but it's so exploitable. Having trouble with a boss? Spam the thunderbird summon. Low on health? Spam the unicorn summon. Damage output sucks? Use Venus+Thunderbird or Venus+serpent (depending on how far along in tje game you are). Not complaining at all, though. It's fun having a strong magic base to work from.

One thing that's been driving me nuts is hearing Circle's version of The Sinking Old Sanctuary CONSTANTLY. It's decent, but I'm really tired of hearing it at this point. That will be one thing I won't miss once this playthrough is done.
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General Castlevania Discussion / Re: Castlevania Advance Collection
« Last post by VladOfWallachia on October 12, 2021, 11:46:19 AM »
I've got another old-skool story about these games.

First, I'm going to use "metroidvania" the way it was used back then - to refer to the CASTLEVANIA games that were modeled after Super Metroid, distinct from the Castlevania games that follow the linear action focused template of the original Castlevania.

SotN was not my first metroidvania, it was CotM, which I got near launch. I was already a fan of the series and of RPGs, so seeing elements from both combined with the focus on exploration was something quite new to me. I had never played through Super Metroid, so CotM was my first experience with this style of game. I loved CotM so much that I immediately began trying to find a copy of SotN. Back then, I was a kid that wasn't old enough to work, or own a credit card, so getting my hands on SotN wasn't going to be straightforward.

I ended up lucking out - it's hard to believe the following trade happened, but I remember it well. I had just gotten a copy of issue #150 of Electronic Gaming Monthly, it was a really special issue with their top 100 games of all time, along with Seanbaby's worst games of all time, and many other features celebrating the milestone. I took the magazine with me to school, and a friend of a friend saw it, and begged me to borrow it. A few days later, I asked him to return the magazine, but said he didn't want to - that he would trade me something for it instead. He had suggested to trade me his copy of SotN, disc only, for the magazine I let him borrow. I couldn't believe what I was hearing, but he was being serious- the next day he brought me the lone disc, not in the best condition and missing the original case and manual, but I took the disc home and it worked perfectly. I played the HELL out of SotN after that, and still my favorite metroidvania of the series.

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Later, when I saw those first screenshots of Harmony in the latest EGM and a website called Madman(madmens?) Cafe, I could not be more hyped. I was excited about the return of Iga to the series, and the super bright, colorful, sort of psychedelic color palette was a welcome change after playing CotM on that original GBA model with no backlight. The color palette was one of that game's defining features, and it was interesting to see the colors swing from one end to the other between CotM and HoD.

Good times. I really think the GBA might have been my favorite era of Castlevania.
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Hardcore Gaming 101 / Re: Metroid: Dread
« Last post by KaZudra on October 12, 2021, 10:57:39 AM »
Metroid Dread.

The game you're casually presented to is not what represents this game.



Oh I really hate to do this but I gotta give this game it's justice now.

If you hate or find this game disappointing or mediocre, you're not alone. You're simply playing the game wrong and you're not alone.

Metroid Dread is a Masterpiece that has hidden itself in plain sight and if you find it and do the challenge to get to it early (HINT HINT).
The game wants you to break the rules, get stuff early, try everything on bosses, that platforming challenge that looks hard, go for it now not later.
I went for early Gravity Suit and it completely altered the second half of the game, the route was so much better and the pacing... top shelf.

Seriously, play the game again; looks up Early item guides, do the challenges to get them and you'll see it too. It really as if this game is really two games and how you're willing to play is which one you'll be playing.
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General Castlevania Discussion / Re: Castlevania Advance Collection
« Last post by X on October 12, 2021, 10:01:30 AM »
Well in all fairness Curse of the Moon is in its own right a hard game. I've not finished it either.

Lumi Kløvstad@

I rely on the use of sub weapons in boss fights and it seems to work out well enough. The cross boomerang is my choice of weapon as it can chew through enemies and bosses and is a bit stronger then Nathan's Hunter whip.
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Hardcore Gaming 101 / Re: Metroid: Dread
« Last post by Highwind Dragoon on October 11, 2021, 07:51:01 PM »
Not really impressed with this.

Sure, it's better than Samus Returns, but Axiom Verge 1 & 2 are not only WAY BETTER, but better priced, as well. ($19.99 each)
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