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Now, you're probably thinking "Big freakin' deal!" but trust me when I say this game is really freakin' tough even on easy mode! Even on easy mode, one mistake can mean death in about three seconds if you're not careful.
I was trying as hard as I could this afternoon to beat the game on medium. You see, when I first starting beating the game, I thought it would be totally fine to move up to the medium difficulty. "Oh I can handle it, no problem! I've done easy mode so many times I can handle whatever they throw at me!"
But I couldn't handle it, because when I arrived to level 2, I died in TWO HITS! One enemy took me right out of the mission. That prompted me to give up on medium mode right then and there.
A year later, and I'm back, and more focused. And I did it!
Oh, and get this- the areas on easy mode that gave me the most trouble (such as the second part of Level 4 with those big monsters and their guns) were actually easier on medium mode, because for some reason, none of those enemies were even there! What's up with that? I was walking down empty hallways that are supposed to be loaded with tougher bad guys. So in a way, easy mode is kind of harder. Strange.
I think I'm gonna cry. I just beat the game on hard mode about two hours ago.
This game really is remarkable. I'll be honest- I give up very easily when something is too hard, or when the going gets tough. I've always hated myself for that. It makes me feel like a real sack of monkey crap.
But this game completely changes *that* stinky way of thinking. I've learned that with time and patience I can be just as good as all the other video game masters on the internet. Well, maybe not as good as all of them (everyone can beat me easily when it comes to RPGs).
I went from almost throwing Quake II in the trashcan last year when I couldn't beat level 2 on easy mode after numerous tries, to beating medium last week, and now hard mode this afternoon. I can't believe how close I was to throwing this game away. Something told me to just give it a couple more chances, and that's when my luck turned around.
So, I learned something. Whenever something seems too hard, or the odds feel like they're stacked against me, there's probably a way to play the game that just needs lots and lots of patience, or I'm just overlooking something dumb.
I don't wanna act like a video game has changed my life (that would be silly) but beating Quake II on hard mode HAS helped me realize I should never give up so easily. For now on I won't be doing that crap no more. :)
Now that I've beaten the game a couple more times on hard, I can honestly say, wow, I was doing some lucking out the first time through :)
Some of those areas are really freakin' hard. Why in the heck are some of the mini levels in level 3 harder than the ones in level 4? Makes NO sense!
Congrats on your rapid improvements on the game.
Were you ever in a situation where you thought a game was impossible, and with tons of practice you improved dramatically? It's such a perfect feeling! :)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo. Crappy PS2 Gundam game with a ridiculously hard final level. Couldn't get past the halfway mark of the level (which would be the end mark for the other levels) and gave up for a month. Picked it up for some reason and managed to beat it in one try. I never played it again.
yeah I know what those kind of games can be like- you just wanna pull your hair out and strangle your baby brother with it across his throat. there's some games from the NES days I've come so close to beating, but never managed to do it, thanks to many of those games throwing unfair things in your face, such as 20 bullets heading towards you at once and you're expected to dodge every one of them (Contra!)
I have never beaten Dragon Quest 8, mainly because its 80 hours long and its a pain to level up after level 32.
I've played those "level up" games before. it gets to the point where you're so powerful that killing enemies doesn't give you any points (usually one point, or even zero) but you're not strong enough to attempt the next part of the game. I don't know how many of those kind of games were on the NES, but probably not many. the NES was usually about dodging an insane amount of activity.