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Old 07-27-2018, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Games You Like but Can't Play

I like Battletoads franchise quite a bit. I own the Genesis version and the Battletoads Double Dragon version as well as trying out the SNES and NES ones on here. The coin op version though, is one of my favorite games on RU. I thoroughly enjoy it. Despite all of my playing and practicing, I cannot get past the first mission without losing a life to those stupid rats right before the boss. Or maybe one of those pigs with the mace.

Right now, it almost feels like I'm bashing my head against the wall, but I'm sure eventually I will get a handle on it.

Same thing with Final Fight. I can go almost untouched up to the first boss, but I am guaranteed to lose a life while fighting him and his henchmen. And I've been plugging at that quite a bit lately on the Capcom Classics Collection.

So what are some of the games that you like for whatever reason and yet cannot seem to get it together when playing?
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Old 07-28-2018, 12:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great post. There's a ton of games I'm average to decent at, but I wish I was much better, but the ones I enjoy playing the most, but where I just can't "get it" and suck:

1. Frogger - I'm decent for a couple of levels, but it all falls apart really quickly. It's such a simple, pleasant game to play - great physics, bright colors, but I kill off frogs pretty fast after about 20k

2. Q*Bert - I love the concept, it was different for its day, and the potential marathon scores make me want to be sooooo good at this, but I suck, suck, suck, and always have. I just can't seem to process the spatial relations well enough to be very good. Once I get to levels where cubes need to be changed 3 or more times, and things start coming in sideways, I'm screwed. My frustration here is much like it is on Bubble Bobble. Just don't "Get" that game.

3. Gorf - I can hold my own for a few levels, but this ground-breaking game gets cruel in a hurry, and for most of us mere mortals, it's a lesson in humility. I always loved this era of Midway, with the Gorf Flagship level, the other cool Gorf levels, the speech synth, and Wizard of Wor was in the same arcade at the same time. I learned that one fast, though I'm woefully inept at The Pit.

4. Zookeeper - Another underrated game that gets too hard too quickly, almost absurdly so, with the number of animals, the time remaining, the lack of safe space, all counterbalanced by legendary jumps worth hundreds of thousands (if not more) points. Not as complex and ground-breaking as some of these others, but one in which I wish I could have been better, but seem to have hit a plateau I just can't clear.

Joust - I could do the pteradactyl trick and roll the game at 10 million, then kill off 255 lives, but I couldn't play straight up very well. Get me to level after level of those dark blue bastards, and I'm toast. It's a great game concept and play, with questionable mechanics, but still, I wanted to be good at this one SO BADLY, but . . . no.

Qix - One of my favorite concept games, I just could never play it AT ALL. 1 level, maybe 2. Before I die, I plan on picking this one up again, since i haven't touched it since I was probably 11 or 12. You'd think with the shapes, speed, math, strats, I'd be good at it. You'd think.

Ah, the hall of famer for me - Defender. When my arcade got its Defender, everything changed. You could hear those awesomely-cool Williams sounds all day and night. The game looked fantastic - lights colors, the dark, the radar, even the backstory. Success was possible - I'd seen people do this game very well. I, however, just couldn't master the complex controls and never will. I can do this one better in MAME or on RU, but stand-up? No. Miserable failure.

Most everything else I was either decent and good at (Xevious, Two Tigers, Scramble, Mr. Do!, Donkey Kong and Jr., Pac and Ms. Pac, and on a few things I was world class. My mom would drive me a half hour each Saturday and Sunday morning to the nearest Aladdin's Castle, for a full day's worth of 4-player Track and Field and Hypersports, with dudes twice my age and size. Even though I'm pushing back against father time (I'm 47), those are the games at which I still excel - pushing buttons super fast. And Time Pilot. I could play that to infinity back in the day.
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Re: Games You Like but Can't Play

Any classic cRPG - namely 80's / early 90's Dungeons & Dragons type game. Eye of the Beholder, Bard's Tale, Wizardry, etcetera. I love, love, love the concept and would love to actually sit down and spend a few hours lost in the world but by god I can't do it. I need some form of mapping system even if it's not an automap and more of just a general thing.
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Any classic cRPG - namely 80's / early 90's Dungeons & Dragons type game. Eye of the Beholder, Bard's Tale, Wizardry, etcetera. I love, love, love the concept and would love to actually sit down and spend a few hours lost in the world but by god I can't do it. I need some form of mapping system even if it's not an automap and more of just a general thing.
I'm with you on that. These games are right up my alley but they're just so cumbersome. I played
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Old 07-28-2018, 05:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Put me in that boat aswell.

Otherwise, Fighting games I'm better than average but the higher levels of play are so far beyond my grasp I could never imagine evolving my play any further.

In general games that have a lot of depth to them I'm not very good at. I tend to only be able to grasp a few concepts at first and then very slowly learn the remaining elements, loooong after others have. It's good in some ways occasionally because the game will continue to get more enjoyable as I learn.
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I hear that. I quit playing the Bard's Tale after I lost my maps I had been working on. Quit DnD Eternal Sun and sold my copy when I realized I would have to map that too. It is just too much work going from paper to screen and back to paper.

I love fighting games like Killer Instinct, Street Fighter, Tekken and DoA. I get good. But I never get great at them. So many other games to play, I don't want to spend all my time on one just to try to be the best, or at least my best.

I finally got through the first level consistently on Final Fight without dying. Now, to try to not lose 2 lives on that subway. Battletoads is still eluding me for now.
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