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Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!



Near the end of 2003 Capcom released Gotcha Force, an arena shooter exclusively for the Nintendo Gamecube. Based around squads of toy-sized robots fighting, the game boasts of having 200 characters to collect and battle with. The large number of borg combinations lends the game a lot of replay value, and I'd like to show you as much of it as I can.

The story so far:
Chapter 1:
After the destruction of his home world Mega Borg by the evil Death Force, the Gotcha Borg G-Red comes to Earth and teams up with a young boy named Kou in order to prevent the planet from falling into their hands.

Chapter 2:
After defeating the Flame Dragon, the Galactic Emperor personally taunts Kou and G-Red. Additionally, two mysterious kids have made an appearance. What does this mean for the newly formed Gotcha Force?

Chapter 3:
The recovery of G-Red's missing data and a new young commander serve to strengthen the Gotcha Force, but Sho and Orochi have found allies to their causes, making themselves even more of a threat.

Chapter 4:
After the Gotcha Force collects the Death Crystals and successfully assaults the Sky Fortress, the Death Force gears up for another invasion of Safari Town.

Chapter 5:
Although the Gotcha Force defeated the Cyber Death Dragon, the Galactic Emperor has managed to gather enough GF Energy to use his ultimate attack, the same power that destroyed Mega Borg. Can the Gotcha Force stop history from repeating itself on Earth?

How this goes:
I'll be taking tribe suggestions in thread, in order to show off what the people want to see. Most tribes are varied enough to allow for repeat selection, but I'll mix in some related borgs to keep things from getting stale if nessecary.

Tribe List:
Ninja - Fast attackers, work best at mid to close range
Gun - Long distance specialists, weak in melee
Knight - Close range powerhouses, often carry shields to block attacks
Girl - Well balanced borgs, comfortable in melee or at range
Machine - The most varied tribe, includes robots and transformers
Dragon - Powerful but slow, with high damage projectiles and beams
Musha (Includes Demon) - Sacrifices Knight borg defense for extra offensive ability
Knuckle - Work best in melee range, often have special tricks to get there safely
Wizard (Includes Nurse and Idol) - Have special abilities either to help allies or hinder opponents
Hero (Includes Bug) - Small but varied tribe, mostly focused on changing states
Wing (Includes Demon) - Capable of flight, giving them an advantage over ground bound borgs
Angel - Combines Wing borg flight with Wizard borg abilities
Tank (Includes Vehicle) - Ground based vehicles, focused on heavy damage at range
Air - Aerial vehicles, focused on hit and run tactics
Fortress - Floating armaments, heavily armed and armored

Notes:

While the game's narrative isn't particularly strong, I'd appreciate not posting story spoilers until they happen in the videos. Gotcha Borgs that haven't been seen yet are ok to talk about, just not commanders or their relationships.

Videos
Chapter 1: The Arrival
Episode 1: The name is G-Red (Cleaned Up Audio Version)
Episode 2: So you want to make a Gotcha Force
Episode 3: Robot Girl Fights

Chapter 2: Gotcha Force Assemble
Episode 4: Hero Time
Episode 5: The Air Up There
Episode 6: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Of The Round
Episode 7: Flying on Wings of Bolts
Episode 8: Knuckle Dusting
Episode 9: Re-march of the Machines
Episode 10: Wizards of Safari Town

Chapter 3: All Force Expansion
Episode 11: Ninja Zone Revisited
Episode 12: Gunman Style
Episode 13: Tank Girl: The Video Game
Episode 14: A Machine for Dragons
Episode 15: Knight of Fire
Episode 16: Tanks for everything!
Episode 17: Musha Madness
Episode 18: Triple Tribead
Episode 18B: Where Kou had been

Chapter 4: Time to Get Serious
Episode 19: Rush and Kou
Episode 20: DragoTime
Episode 21: Fortress Follies
Episode 22: Machine Mania
Episode 23: The Dragon King and Pals
Episode 24: Death vs. Death Part 1
Episode 25: Death vs. Death Part 2
Episode 26: Weapons of Choice Part 1
Episode 27: Weapons of choice Part 2
Episode 28: Boost up for Dragon Buster
Episode 29: It's time for Dragon Buster

Chapter 5: Endgame
Episode 30: The Beginning of the End
Episode 31: Operation Take Down
Episode 32: Mop Up Video
Episode 33: Kou's Last Stand
Gotcha Force Episode 34: Final Rush

Aftermath:
Gotcha Force Episode 35: A Very Special Gotcha Force
Final Thoughts on Gotcha Force

Agent Rush fucked around with this message at 01:48 on Sep 28, 2016

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Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!

Unseen Tribes:
None!

Incomplete Tribes:
None!

Complete Tribes:
All!

Challenge Mode
A run through the Insane course, featuring Dirien as Player 2.
Gotcha Force Challenge Mode: Battles 1 - 5
Gotcha Force Challenge Mode: Battles 6 - 10
Gotcha Force Challenge Mode: Battles 11 - 15

Versus Mode
Some versus mode matches to demonstrate how various borgs function in competitive multiplayer.
1P = Agent Rush, 2P = Dirien, 3P = Kaze, 4P = Superbleeder
Gotcha Force Versus Mode: Round 1
Gotcha Force Versus Mode: Round 2
Cyber Machine Match 1
Cyber Machine Match 2


Know Your Borg
Short videos detailing Borgs I find particularly interesting or noteworthy.

Know Your Borg 1: G Red
Know Your Borg 2: Star Hero
Know Your Borg 3: Flying Saucer
Know Your Borg 4: Blade Wing
Know Your Borg 5: Copy Man
Know Your Borg 6: Death Borg Omicron
Know Your Borg 7: Garuda
Know Your Borg 8: Neo G Red
Know Your Borg 9: ICBM Tank
Know Your Borg 10: Fused Dragons
Know Your Borg 11: Ultimate Cannon
Know Your Borg 12: Cyber Machine Seiryu
Know Your Borg 13: Victory Machine
Pop Honey & Ultimate Cannon: Best Friends Forever
Know Your Borg 14: Cyber Machine Genbu
Know Your Borg 15: Victory King
Know Your Borg 16: Cyber Machine Byakko
Know Your Borg 17: Cyber Machine Suzaku
Know Your Borg 18: G Black

How Not To Use
Quick videos of embarrassing or entertaining failure.

How not to use Jet Hero

Arena Watch
Brief looks at the various stages of the game.

Arena Watch 1: Little Hill
Arena Watch 2: Kakeru's House
Arena Watch 3: Mana's Room
Arena Watch 4: Sunnyside Park
Arena Watch 5: Safaritown Marketplace
Arena Watch 6: Stone River
Arena Watch 7: Neo Elementary
Arena Watch 8: Construction Yard
Arena Watch 9: Your Room
Arena Watch 10: The Pit
Arena Watch 11: Red & Blue Death Lair
Arena Watch 12: Serenity Street
Arena Watch 13: Death Base
Arena Watch 14: Sky Fortress
Arena Watch 15: Greater Tricity Area
Arena Watch 16: Stratosphere

Agent Rush fucked around with this message at 01:22 on Sep 11, 2015

Gumshoe12
Jan 11, 2012


I remember seeing this game in rental stores and passing it. This game reminds me a lot of Custom Robo. But somewhat more interesting in its presentation. Shame that game case and title is so... bland/awful. I would have played it in the Gamecube's heyday.

Kelsing
Oct 24, 2010

Did you see that, Zach?

This game is pretty great, if only for the terrible fantastic voice work. I played it to death years ago, but I never got close to getting all of the borgs due to how goddamn many there were, so I'll be interested in seeing some that I never got to see.

Agent Rush posted:

Tribe List:
Machine - The most varied tribe, includes robots and transformers

I'd be interested in seeing these in particular, because you can't go wrong with robots and transformers.

letmun
May 8, 2013


looks like a gundam fighting game

Nuebot
Feb 18, 2013

The developer of Brigador is a secret chud, don't give him money

Funny enough, I started replaying this the other day because I loving love this game. To what degree are we allowed to discuss specific dudes? Are names/recommendations considered spoilers at this point?

Honest Davion
Jul 25, 2006
I buy Joel Nerf Guns

This is seriously the best game for Gamecube that nobody played. The combat really works great, with big stuff feeling hefty, and floaty people really having to play to their speed advantages and it's got that Pokemon collecting all the mans thing going on. I loved that most of the units felt right and that so many have their own unique mechanics. Some examples for the impatient of unconvinced:

Big drill robot looks like he's straight from Megaman and can literally tunnel underground to move in and attack from underneath.

A huge spaceship thing that has tons of health, kill things in a few shots and generally can win at almost everything.

A ninja who has big sweeping attacks because he's shooting goddamn fire from his dragon hands.


There's tons of others like joining units like Power Rangers and it's amazing. There are so many fun options in this game that I still don't believe it didn't do better. Also can I ask you to get some multiplayer going, so you can mess around with the weird mechanics. Me and a friend got a kick from doing stuff like making giant slow bullets that can kill almost everything in a shot or making already big units take up the whole level.

Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!

Gumshoe12 posted:

I remember seeing this game in rental stores and passing it. This game reminds me a lot of Custom Robo. But somewhat more interesting in its presentation. Shame that game case and title is so... bland/awful. I would have played it in the Gamecube's heyday.

I imagine Custom Robo was one of the inspirations for this game alongside Gatchapon battling. I know what you're saying about that cover, if my brother hadn't gotten it for his birthday one year I certainly wouldn't have given it a second glance.


Nuebot posted:

Funny enough, I started replaying this the other day because I loving love this game. To what degree are we allowed to discuss specific dudes? Are names/recommendations considered spoilers at this point?

Please don't talk about what happens to G-Red or any human characters that haven't appeared in a video yet, specific Borg recommendations are fine otherwise.


Honest Davion posted:

... Also can I ask you to get some multiplayer going, so you can mess around with the weird mechanics. Me and a friend got a kick from doing stuff like making giant slow bullets that can kill almost everything in a shot or making already big units take up the whole level.

I intend to show both co-op and competitive multiplayer, though they'll come later in the LP.

The next update will most likely be up later this week to leave some time for tribe voting.

Agent Rush fucked around with this message at 01:57 on Jun 18, 2013

Lobster_Horde
Dec 21, 2012

FEEDING FRENZY


Your game audio is being picked up by your recording device and duplicated. You'll want to wear headphones when recording. Also you have a lot of background noise.

You might want to check out the tech support fort as the OP alone will probably give you considerably more info than I ever could on that sort of thing.

Also if you haven't already, it's recommended to post in the LP sandcastle for feedback and to spot recording problems like that.

Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!

Lobster_Horde posted:

Your game audio is being picked up by your recording device and duplicated. You'll want to wear headphones when recording. Also you have a lot of background noise.

You might want to check out the tech support fort as the OP alone will probably give you considerably more info than I ever could on that sort of thing.

Also if you haven't already, it's recommended to post in the LP sandcastle for feedback and to spot recording problems like that.

Really? I posted these in both the TSF and the Sandcastle and nobody brought either of those up.

Sankara
Jul 18, 2008




Gotta love Girl Borgs. Barrier Girl supremacy!

Lobster_Horde
Dec 21, 2012

FEEDING FRENZY


Agent Rush posted:

Really? I posted these in both the TSF and the Sandcastle and nobody brought either of those up.

I've only watched the first video, but you can hear a fan or something very clearly in the beginning, and during the first battle about five minutes in, some of the grunts are doubled up, as well as the win quote. I think There are other doublings, but that one's the easiest to notice first one I came across while skipping back through the first video to find examples. It also shows up in the intro story and pretty much every battle and result screen.

I still have no idea how nobody in either the sandcastle or support fort caught this, but whatever it was does seem to be gone from episode two onwards. Anyway, this is a pretty interesting game and the commentary's not bad now that it's recorded correctly, so I think I'll keep watching.

Lobster_Horde fucked around with this message at 04:17 on Jun 24, 2013

Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!

Here's a little something for the thread while Episode 3 is being finished up.

Know Your Borg Episode 1: G Red

Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!

And here's the episode:

Episode 3: Robot Girl Fights

Remember to vote if you want to see a specific tribe/borg in action.

John Murdoch
May 19, 2009

I have special eyes.

Just think of all the cool stuff I can see.


Honest Davion posted:

This is seriously the best game for Gamecube that nobody played.

It also seems to be the hardest to get an LP finished of. I think this is the third.


Throwing in a vote for Bug borgs. I never got a chance to really fiddle with their unique gimmicks.

NAME REDACTED
Dec 22, 2010


John Murdoch posted:

It also seems to be the hardest to get an LP finished of. I think this is the third.

We never even really got started. We made some test posts, but never managed to get enough footage filmed to be able to commit to a thread. I'm interested to see how you deal with some of the "tuff stuff" battles; there's one coming up I assume next episode which after a combined 8 playthroughs between us we've never managed to beat without cheesing. Although I only really stick to air and fortress borgs for the most parts, with a few exceptions, my friend can run circles around me with death borg lambda and a team of ninjas. If you can dodge well enough, death borg lambda can destroy pretty much any death force battle, and most of the early mission battles.

Have you got a full encyclopedia? There're a couple of borgs we've never gotten round to grinding enough to collect enough crystals for. Ugh, who decided it was a good idea to have 5-part borgs that only appear in one battle?

I'm putting in a vote for Air borgs, but especially Eagle Jet, because Eagle Jet is the best.

EDIT: I noticed you call it "Power Burst". Seems a reasonable enough name, but it's worth pointing out that it never in the game or manual gets an actual name.

John Murdoch
May 19, 2009

I have special eyes.

Just think of all the cool stuff I can see.


NAME REDACTED posted:

We never even really got started. We made some test posts, but never managed to get enough footage filmed to be able to commit to a thread.

Make that four, then.

The previous two that made it to thread I believe started from scratch. Using a NG+ file is going to make things so much smoother.

John Murdoch fucked around with this message at 21:18 on Jun 21, 2013

AngryOlScotchCup
Dec 6, 2008



Looking down, watching the world's progress.


Glad to see that someone is finally giving this game the love it deserves. I played the game so much that I ended up wearing out one of my discs. I'll be watching with great interest.

I'm gonna vote for showing off Hero Borgs as well as Knuckle Borgs.

AngryOlScotchCup fucked around with this message at 01:18 on Jun 22, 2013

Kaislioc
Feb 14, 2008


NAME REDACTED posted:

I'm putting in a vote for Air borgs, but especially Eagle Jet, because Eagle Jet is the best.

Throwing in a second vote for Air borgs.

Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!

NAME REDACTED posted:

We never even really got started. We made some test posts, but never managed to get enough footage filmed to be able to commit to a thread. I'm interested to see how you deal with some of the "tuff stuff" battles; there's one coming up I assume next episode which after a combined 8 playthroughs between us we've never managed to beat without cheesing. Although I only really stick to air and fortress borgs for the most parts, with a few exceptions, my friend can run circles around me with death borg lambda and a team of ninjas. If you can dodge well enough, death borg lambda can destroy pretty much any death force battle, and most of the early mission battles.

Have you got a full encyclopedia? There're a couple of borgs we've never gotten round to grinding enough to collect enough crystals for. Ugh, who decided it was a good idea to have 5-part borgs that only appear in one battle?

I'm putting in a vote for Air borgs, but especially Eagle Jet, because Eagle Jet is the best.

EDIT: I noticed you call it "Power Burst". Seems a reasonable enough name, but it's worth pointing out that it never in the game or manual gets an actual name.

I don't have a full collection yet, but I've got most of the interesting borgs and am working on getting a few more in between videos. Hopefully I'll have them before the LP's end.

My friends and I used to just call it "Hyper Mode", I saw Power Burst used on a Gotcha Force fan site and thought it fit better. I've misplaced my copy of the manual, I can't remember if they tell you about it at all.

John Murdoch posted:

Make that four, then.

The previous two that made it to thread I believe started from scratch. Using a NG+ file is going to make things so much smoother.

The fun of the game comes from using all the different borgs. Not only do you start building forces with only three borgs on a new game, it's harder to earn certain borgs as prizes. That said, I'll be showing off some of the differences between a new game and later playthroughs.


AngryOlScotchCup posted:

Glad to see that someone is finally giving this game the love it deserves. I played the game so much that I ended up wearing out one of my discs. I'll be watching with great interest.

I'm gonna vote for showing off Hero Borgs as well as Knuckle Borgs.

One vote per person per update, please. Did you want this one to count for the Hero or Knuckle tribe?

AngryOlScotchCup
Dec 6, 2008



Looking down, watching the world's progress.


I'll take Hero then.

Ashsaber
Oct 24, 2010

Deploying Swordbreakers!

College Slice

Voting for Bug/Hero. I've never played this, but was interested in it thanks to Nintendo Power.

Also, Accelleration Ninja lives up to its name, holy poo poo!

E: there was stuff about clarification here, but I apparently was like 3 seconds away from hearing that its new game+.

Ashsaber fucked around with this message at 02:57 on Jun 22, 2013

Sankara
Jul 18, 2008




All you need for Tuff Stuff battles is Ruby Knight, pretty much. Dude is Sick Nasty.

Chilblain
Oct 20, 2012

"You used some rude language towards me."
For that reason alone, I'll drop you into hell.

I'd like to see some Knight borgs, because I didn't use them very often when I played through the game and I'm interested in how well they can do when player-controlled.

Truxton
Oct 31, 2012


Oh man, I love this game. The funny thing is, the reason I picked it up to begin with was because of the last failed attempt to LP it here. I still replay it a few times every year or so. Kind of a shame it's so hard to get at a reasonable price now, I didn't pay much for what I think was a sealed copy a few years ago, complete with manual. Now used copies cost as much as a new game, or even more! I still wish Capcom would make a sequel or even just a remake for the 3DS or something. The fast-paced battles and frequent save opportunities would be great for handhelds.

letmun posted:

looks like a gundam fighting game

Well Capcom made both this and the Gundam Vs. series, and it really shows. I'm pretty sure Gotcha Force even uses the same engine as the early Gundam Vs. games. Of course, those games are way more profitable (In Japan, anyway), which I suspect is one of the reasons we may never get a sequel.

Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!

Truxton posted:

Oh man, I love this game. The funny thing is, the reason I picked it up to begin with was because of the last failed attempt to LP it here. I still replay it a few times every year or so. Kind of a shame it's so hard to get at a reasonable price now, I didn't pay much for what I think was a sealed copy a few years ago, complete with manual. Now used copies cost as much as a new game, or even more! I still wish Capcom would make a sequel or even just a remake for the 3DS or something. The fast-paced battles and frequent save opportunities would be great for handhelds.
...

Capcom apparently likes this game, seeing as they issued a reprint in Japan last year and are using characters from it in their new social games (in the first picture, look near the top above Phoenix Wright). It's too bad people in the US will probably never see those though.

Sankara
Jul 18, 2008




Excellent choice, Usagi is the best.

Truxton
Oct 31, 2012


Doctor Reynolds posted:

Excellent choice, Usagi is the best.

Yeah, I pretty much always use her if I'm not soloing a stage throughout most of the game, though I hate when her AI screws up with the Quick Valkyrie the game gives her later on. In fact, I hate playing with Mana in general because the AI is just really bad about accidentally throwing support effects at the enemy and pelting with you friendly fire for a second. The second video has a pretty mild example of this during the Tetsuya and Met fight.

Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!

Episode 4 has been recorded, The Hero/Bug tribe won the vote. Here's something to laugh at while the update is being edited and commentated.

How not to use Jet Hero

Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!

Sorry this took so long, stuff came up. Here's Episode 4, tell me if the transitions are too distracting.

Episode 4: Hero Time

Tribes shown so far:
Ninja(Default)
Machine: Robots
Girl
Hero/Bug

Don't forget to vote!

Agent Rush fucked around with this message at 11:53 on Jul 7, 2013

NAME REDACTED
Dec 22, 2010


I'm very impressed you managed to find a way to beat that first Sho battle without spamming piercing attacks from behind cover. Fighting Ruby and Sapphire Knight are some of the most irritating enemies to fight, though the larger force sizes makes it much easier to beat them. Pop honey is irritating for a different reason; though if I'm not mistaken, planes and fortresses are practically immune, so they're pretty much helpless against those borgs.

I'm also glad that my suspicion is true; insect borgs are generally worthless. Slow moving, very little in the way of auto-aim like the plane borgs, attacks that are generally high-risk high-reward at best... Alien insect's the best, and that's not saying much. Never used them more than once.

Hero borgs, on the other hand, are pretty great, though each have a pretty big Achilles heel. Planet hero's basically useless when not in big mode, metal hero has no real ranged attacks outside of one that has a reaallly long setup... If you can work around them, though, they're all but broken.

Doopliss
Nov 3, 2012


Wow, I need to play this game again.

Let's see some Air Borgs. They're always really varied and interesting.

Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!

NAME REDACTED posted:

I'm very impressed you managed to find a way to beat that first Sho battle without spamming piercing attacks from behind cover. Fighting Ruby and Sapphire Knight are some of the most irritating enemies to fight, though the larger force sizes makes it much easier to beat them. Pop honey is irritating for a different reason; though if I'm not mistaken, planes and fortresses are practically immune, so they're pretty much helpless against those borgs.

I'm also glad that my suspicion is true; insect borgs are generally worthless. Slow moving, very little in the way of auto-aim like the plane borgs, attacks that are generally high-risk high-reward at best... Alien insect's the best, and that's not saying much. Never used them more than once.

Hero borgs, on the other hand, are pretty great, though each have a pretty big Achilles heel. Planet hero's basically useless when not in big mode, metal hero has no real ranged attacks outside of one that has a reaallly long setup... If you can work around them, though, they're all but broken.

I've never seen an Air Borg hit by Pop Honey's Mr. Reverse Bolt, so I don't know what happens. Fortresses and other Giant Borgs are immune to it and other transformations though.

Planet Hero (and Star Hero to a lesser extent) are actually pretty good when normal sized, getting big just makes them better. Spot on about Metal Hero's problem. Overall, Hero Borgs are pretty awesome. There's a reason they get showdown battles all to themselves.

NAME REDACTED
Dec 22, 2010


Agent Rush posted:

I've never seen an Air Borg hit by Pop Honey's Mr. Reverse Bolt, so I don't know what happens.

If I recall correctly, they do get affected by Mr. Reverse Bolt, but because very few air borgs have attacks that require aiming beyond "Be roughly above the enemy", it doesn't make a difference overall.

Sankara
Jul 18, 2008




Yeah, they spin around in place, but it doesn't really bother them any.

Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!

Here's a little stage review for the thread, the next episode will be recorded later this week.

Arena Watch 1: Little Hill

Agent Rush
Aug 30, 2008

You looked, Junker!

Hey, something's come up and I'm not sure when the next video will be done. I'll leave the thread open for now and update when I can.

Rigged Death Trap
Feb 13, 2012

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP



Just got into the thread.
This really looks like an awesome game. It sure makes up for all those un localized giant mecha games.

Ambassador Hell
Oct 31, 2012


This game is awesome. I have played through it like 8 times (and lost that memory card) and still can have fun coming back to it. I am happy to see it lped so I don't have to take up that task. I look forward to seeing some of the late game borgs that I could never seem to get.

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Sankara
Jul 18, 2008




I was always a big fan of Claw Robot. Use that all the time.

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