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Dectilon
Aug 15, 2008

Remember that thou wast a servant in the land of LP, and that the Lord thy Master brought thee out thence through mighty balls and a stretched out dive.
Dectilon 5:15

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'Betus had me and Phiggle on his podcast a little while ago

:siren:Get MMD here!:siren:

:siren:In our continuing series 'Dectilon makes Phiggle play': Maldita Castilla:siren:

:siren:And now also Rockman: Minus Infinity:siren:

Have you ever played a game that kicked your rear end? Kicked your rear end so badly youd grimace and swear at an inanimate object? Or one where completing it gave you a sense of accomplishment that most games just don't do? In this thread were going to showcase hard games. Both the terrible, baffling ones that seems to chisel at your soul until you, in pure confusion and frustration, give up. And the excellent, where thought and strategy is rewarded; the kinds that make you feel awesome when you master them.

This thread will be kind of a group effort. Each person involved will contribute an LP. The people currently involved are:

Charkie Silver Surfer
Chip Cheezum Incredible Crisis
Dectilon Gradius 5 (scroll down slightly)
Diabetus
GuidoAnchovies Shadow of the Beast
Phiggle VVVVVV
Psychedelic Eyeball Street Fighter 2010
Slowbeef Contra 3 Revenge of Shinobi
Violen
Thevoiceofdog Star Tropics Star Tropics II




But some additional ones might be added soon!

Feel free to contribute one-off videos and such! As long as its not completely terrible Ill add it to the the second post.

I will start things off with...



Few genres have as strong a reputation for difficulty as the shoot em ups. To do well you need a focus and precision rarely seen in other genres of games which can be intimidating. The worst of them are simply a repetitive grey sauce of rote memorization and luck, whereas the best are a crescendo of impressive set pieces and inventive visuals that keeps teaching and testing the player, and pushes the boundaries of what the player thinks is possible.

Gradius is probably the most famous shoot em up series, and Gradius 5 is unquestionably the best. It puts more control in the hands of the player without greatly increasing the complexity. It keeps the level of difficulty high while reducing frustration and making it easier to learn. I hope I can manage to convey just how much I like this game, and why its an excellent example of a hard game done right.

Intro
Level 1 - UNIVERSE
Boss timeout - Looping Core

Level 2 - BATTLESHIP
Boss timeout - Death
Boss timeout - Tetran
Boss timeout - Big Core
Boss timeout - Big Core Mk.2

Level 3 - FORTRESS

Level 4 - CELL

LEVEL 5 - METEOR

LEVEL 6 - SOMETHING GREEN
Boss timeout - Rotating Core
Boss timeout - Spherical Core
Boss timeout - Big Core Mk.3
Boss timeout - Covered Core

LEVEL 7 - IMPREGNABLE FORTRESS
Boss timeout - Beacon
Boss timeout - Keeper Core

LEVEL 8 - FINAL ENEMY

Dectilon fucked around with this message at 10:10 on May 16, 2013

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