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Re: What is the hardest/most difficult game you have ever played?
Posted on: 2016/8/29 7:56
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Benjamin Stevens wrote:
Yeah, if you're doing it on a Famicom, I'm pretty sure that you'll have to leave the system on the whole time, in order for it to keep your stars. I did it on an emulator, so I could save the state and resume later, as if I had never turned the system off.


Wow, yeah that's gonna be tough. Mine is on the NES, Uncle Tusk had the Famicom version on a NES cart, I had to get it =P I guess it means when I attempt that my NES will be on for a while! I can't imagine doing it all in one day.
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#12
Re: What is the hardest/most difficult game you have ever played?
Posted on: 2016/9/4 23:47
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Well, I managed to beat Castlevania for the first time. While it did offer a good challenge, I have to say that I'm surprised to see it on some sites' top 10 lists of hardest games for the NES. When one can completely memorize a game and still not be able to beat it reliably, such as with Adventure Island, that definitely qualifies it as an extremely hard game. With Castlevania, though, once one memorizes all of the attacks and patterns of the enemies as well as the best special weapon to have in hand for a particular area, it can be reliably beaten again and again with not too much difficulty (without requiring near-flawless execution). After a solid night of learning the game, I managed to beat the game the first time through without losing a continue, and then I beat it the second time through (on the harder difficulty level) by continuing only once. Perhaps with a little more time, I can fully master that game. It definitely seems that they made the stopwatch and the holy water almost way too powerful, because using those items at the right times makes certain parts of the game, which would otherwise be extremely ridiculous, a breeze. Without those items, though, the game would, indeed, be ridiculous. Great game overall! I don't think I ever owned it for the NES during my childhood, but I do remember playing the arcade version at certain stores. Perhaps the arcade version is harder, and maybe the special items aren't as powerful in it.
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#13
Re: What is the hardest/most difficult game you have ever played?
Posted on: 2016/9/5 3:41
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I'm going to have to say Gimmick! is the hardest game I have actually beaten 100%. It took me weeks of practice just to get past level 4, to say nothing of the others. Well, except for that last level, which is cake aside from the true final boss.
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Re: What is the hardest/most difficult game you have ever played?
Posted on: 2016/9/5 22:22
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RetroDan wrote:
I'm going to have to say Gimmick! is the hardest game I have actually beaten 100%. It took me weeks of practice just to get past level 4, to say nothing of the others. Well, except for that last level, which is cake aside from the true final boss.


Thanks for the recommendation! I had never really heard of this one before. It took me about 3 hours and who knows how many continues to "beat" the game poorly the first time, but the odd ending made me realize that there must be more to the game than what I had found the first time. Thanks to teh internetz, I now learn that in addition to what I just did, I must also find a hidden area in all 6 stages, get all 6 magic items in said hidden areas, beat some secret stage with its extra boss, and all that without using a single continue, in order to truly beat the game in full, getting the best ending?! Dang! This is really going to be an amazingly hard challenge!
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Re: What is the hardest/most difficult game you have ever played?
Posted on: 2016/9/6 3:47
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I did it! I saved the girl from her nefarious toys! Thankfully, the game did let me continue after I made it to the final secret area. I was afraid that I'd have to start all over again when the last, true boss defeated me. It took me one continue and all of that continue's lives to beat him. I love how they made use of the star as both a weapon and a necessary means to reach faraway areas; it's certainly more than just a clever gimmick! What a unique and great game! I must say that it is one of the funnest platformers I have ever played. Too bad they didn't release it for Virtual Console. After all, they released Sunsoft's Ufouria; why the heck not Mr. Gimmick?
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Re: What is the hardest/most difficult game you have ever played?
Posted on: 2016/9/6 5:51
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Now how in the hell did you beat it so fast? I've had Gimmick for like a year now and I still haven't been able to beat it the proper way yet! I just somehow need to get better =P
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#17
Re: What is the hardest/most difficult game you have ever played?
Posted on: 2016/9/6 19:10
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speedyink wrote:
Now how in the hell did you beat it so fast? I've had Gimmick for like a year now and I still haven't been able to beat it the proper way yet! I just somehow need to get better =P


Probably the way I eventually beat it - by mainlining Monster Energy Drinks, Coca-Cola, and a ten-hour marathon run of the game until my entire being was channeling the spirit of Yumetaro.

And then I crashed for nineteen hours and had caffeine withdrawal so strongly that the migraine that resulted blinded me for twenty four hours. Still worth it.
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Re: What is the hardest/most difficult game you have ever played?
Posted on: 2016/9/10 5:45
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speedyink wrote:
Now how in the hell did you beat it so fast? I've had Gimmick for like a year now and I still haven't been able to beat it the proper way yet! I just somehow need to get better =P


I did spend a lot of my Labor Day off from work playing it. It was probably a total of 7 to 8 hours of playing the game (3 to 4 hours to beat it the first time with the poor ending and then another 3 to 4 hours to get the good ending) before I found all of the secret areas, got all of the secret items, and then made it into the final area to beat the true, final boss. The first part of that boss actually reminded me a lot of the Dracula fight in Castlevania!
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#19
Re: What is the hardest/most difficult game you have ever played?
Posted on: 2016/9/13 12:43
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Interesting story about Adventure Island- I absolutely would have given up within an hour! I don't have the fortitude to persevere with games like that. A lot of NES games seemed way too hard, like they were overcompensating for the general simplicity to make the experience take longer.

I'd have to look through my collection to see what I've done, but I know I've beaten all the Mega Man X games up to X7 the honest way. Some of the later ones were pretty brutal IMO. With the X4-X6 range, the change in style was really distracting for me. The games themselves were hard enough, but something about the voices, Japanese weapon names, etc. made those games feel more like chores to complete.

This is kind of sad, but a lot of Mortal Kombat games seem overly challenging too. UMK3 is the only Saturn game I don't have packed away and I've been playing it to test my homemade wireless controller. I should be excited to have it finished, but the game just gets so cheap and unfair after the first opponent in 1P mode...most times I get pissed off and say "screw it". Admittedly I rarely play for extended periods, but I know enough moves that 'Very Easy' mode shouldn't be kicking my ass almost immediately.

Does anyone else have that trouble? I swear the opponent can sweep/throw me when they're CLEARLY a foot or more out of range. Plus when we're both standing at the ready, I can repeatedly tap the left/right button and see the opponent match every step the moment I move. It seems like their AI algorithm is stuck in quarter-eating arcade mode.

The first video game I ever owned was Kirby's Dreamland on the GameBoy, which I must have beaten 12 times on the first day :)
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#20
Re: What is the hardest/most difficult game you have ever played?
Posted on: 2016/9/27 1:15
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I managed to beat Double Dragon 3 for NES for the first time. Yes, it's a very hard game, but not as impossible as a lot of internet reviews make it out to be. The strategy to use is much like what you have to do for Double Dragon for the Atari 2600, which a lot of people also say is an incredibly hard game. It is: Get out of the enemy's plane and let the enemy come into your plane as you are attacking. Do that for pretty much the entire game, and you can beat it!
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