daven000

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  1. I was under the impression they still sold print editions since the magazine reboot? Unless my mind is playing tricks on me I know I've seen it in newsstands at some point within the last 2-3 years. I remember because I thought to myself how sad it looked and when I flipped through the magazine it was only 1/2 or 1/3 of its former size in pages. Maybe I'm confusing it with something else but I could've sworn it was EGM.
  2. I don't think the downfall of Final Fantasy is so much the result of ditching medieval fantasy as it is the overemphasis on cinematic cutscenes, extreme linearity, and abandoning the turn-based combat system. The new games are totally unrecognizable gameplay-wise. That, and the endless spin-offs and side games have really watered down the brand name. Did we really need a Final Fantasy fighting game, rhythm-based music game, basketball game, Mario Kart clone, etc., etc.? Remember when Squaresoft used to constantly have new IPs like Bushido Blade, Parasite Eve, Einhander, Tobal No.1, and didn't run the Final Fantasy brand into the ground?
  3. At this point it would be easier to just forego the subscription and manually buy copies yourself from a bookstore that still sells a decent variety of magazines. Sad to see one of the greats go out like this, pissing on their most loyal fans. I'd rather the owners mercy-killed it like Nintendo Power or any other 90s mag that has since vanished.
  4. Alundra's puzzles can be insanely difficult if you're not prepared for it. The main problem is that they can be fairly counter-intuitive on your first playthrough. A lot of times you'll actually correctly guess the solution to a given situation, but you don't try it because you assume that it would never work. Example: one such puzzle has you climbing up past several falling spiked boulder traps by slowly shimmying along a near 1 pixel edge of the tile where the spiked boulders don't touch. It's made especially bad by the less-than-perfect hitbox around your character where sometimes it can be difficult to tell when an attack connects or not. The idea to give it a try may occur to you, but you dismiss it initially as nonsense because it looks like what in other games would be a glitch to exploit. Picture if Metroid required you to do sequence-breaking tricks and glitches like the wallkick and bomb jump in order to beat the game and you get the picture. Once you get the hang of it though then the game is pretty cool. It's a flawed game, but if you hunger for more 2D Zeldalikes that aren't ridiculously easy to beat then it's a real treat. The graphics are also some of the best 2D pixel art outside of maybe the arcades.
  5. If I could take back one stupid mistake only it would definitely be getting rid of all my old game stuff. NES, SNES, PSX, tons of games, tons of RPGs, tons of issues of Nintendo Power, EGM, Game Players, etc. I figured I wouldn't care about them anymore and that it would be stupid to cling to old stuff when I could be playing next gen games. Little did I know that I would grow to have a large disinterest in the direction that the gaming industry took itself in, and that I would have a better time sticking to the classics. If I could just isolate one especially stupid moment it would be selling Chrono Trigger CIB to a friend for only $30 back in 1996 so I could afford a new console.
  6. 1. Super Mario Bros 3 2. Kirby's Adventure 3. Castlevania 2 4. Metroid 5. Final Fantasy 6. Dragon Warrior 3 7. Zelda 8. Mega Man 6 9. Mother/Earthbound Zero 10. Crystalis Honorable mentions: Magic of Scheherazade, Faxanadu, TMNT 3, almost anything by Capcom, Castlevania 1 and 3, Punch-Out, the rest of the Dragon Warriors, and Zelda 2.
  7. 1. Metal Gear Solid 2. Final Fantasy VII 3. Breath of Fire III 4. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 4. Grandia 5. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 6. Grand Theft Auto 7. Omega Boost 8. Tomb Raider 9. Medal of Honor 10. Driver RPGs totally dominated most of what I played on the PSX back in the day, so I'll rate those as well. 1. Final Fantasy VII 2. Breath of Fire III 3. Grandia 4. Chrono Cross 5. Dragon Warrior VII 6. Xenogears 7. Wild Arms 8. Alundra 9. Jade Cocoon 10. Star Ocean: The Second Story
  8. I'm new to the forums, but have been visiting the site sporadically for the past few years. I prefer classic gaming over what the modern games industry has turned into, and for me the magazines were a huge part of the experience. I started out with a Nintendo Power subscription back in the early 90s and spent the rest of the decade collecting various others. Game Players and later EGM were my favorite.
  9. I have no idea why this game was hated when it came out. It is at the very least as good as Secret of Mana was. The graphics are certainly better than Mana's and most people back then were graphics-whores anyway (the ad itself in the OP even makes it a note to mention that the game has 'rendered graphics' as a feature).
  10. Game Players was my favorite magazine as a kid. I'm just posting to let it be known that there is interest out there to see these preserved. I wish I could help out with editing myself, but I lack photoshop unfortunately.
  11. Out of the list that's there I picked EGM, but I would love to see Game Player's finished. Game Players/UGP ended in '99 so it should be a lot easier than either of those other ones.
  12. Hello daven000, Welcome to the Retromags Community!