Old Game Plus
Discussion and play-along of Final Fantasy VI, with perspectives from both long-time fans and a brand new player.
info_outline Dark Souls, Episode 8 07/15/2019
Dark Souls, Episode 8 The final boss, and closing thoughts on Dark Souls! The story and endings, player challenges, and subsequent games. Also, revisiting old WoW achievements and Final Fantasy 7 spoilers. Links: The final 15min of Jay's no-death run, including a bit of an AI loop on Gwyn Happyhob's clear of all 3 Souls games with no hits taken
info_outline Dark Souls, Episode 3 05/06/2019
Dark Souls, Episode 3 We spend most of this episode traversing the infamous Blighttown, with its perilous ledges and poison snipers. Also some talk about the approach to learning combat and bosses in this game. Next episode, in two weeks, should go approximately through the famous boss fight against Ornstein and Smough. Links: Game director Miyazaki quote about creature design A Basilisk. Note the tiny eyes just above the mouth.
info_outline Dark Souls, Episode 2 04/22/2019
Dark Souls, Episode 2 As we go from Undead Parish to the Depths, we focus more on the game's levels and early enemies. Also the humanity of rats, and how all games are variants of DDR. Next episode, in two weeks, should take us through ringing the second Bell or slightly beyond.
info_outline Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Episode 4 03/25/2019
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Episode 4 Discussing the remainder of the game's second act, some of its most notable bosses, and our overall critiques of this level and the game as a whole. And of course, re-announcing our next game!
info_outline Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 01/29/2019
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Our next project is a beloved classic that gave its name to the now-familiar "Metroidvania" game genre. As an added twist, this the first game on Old Game Plus that none of the three hosts as played before! Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is available: The original CD on Playstation 1/2/3 On the PS online store, for PS3/PSP/Vita On XBLA for Xbox360 A recent rerelease as part of Castlevania Requiem on PS4 We will begin our discussion on Feb. 11! Because we're not familiar with the game, we can't give good guidance on exactly what our stopping point will be, but we will play for a few hours and discuss our experiences.
info_outline Final Fantasy Tactics, Episode 7 01/28/2019
Final Fantasy Tactics, Episode 7 Many topics in our final episode on Final Fantasy Tactics: briefly revisiting the comparison to Into the Breach, the closing battles of Chapter 4, the ending, the resolution of the major characters, mentioning the side quests, and a bit about player-made challenges. And, in a twist--announcing our next two games!
info_outline Final Fantasy Tactics, Episode 6 01/14/2019
Final Fantasy Tactics, Episode 6 Brief discussion of the 2018 tactical game Into the Breach, then the bulk of Chapter 4--Limberry Castle and sealing Elmdor's gear, the brothers reunite at Igros Castle, and everyone proceeds towards a showdown at Mullonde. The Calculator, Samurai, and Ninja jobs, the pacing and encounter design of chapter 4 as a whole, some of the game's more obscure ways of obtaining items.
info_outline Final Fantasy Tactics, Episode 5 12/31/2018
Final Fantasy Tactics, Episode 5 Meeting Rafa and Malak, diving into the events and battles at Riovanes Castle, and meeting up with the legendary fighter Orlandu. Also some discussion of the stats and mechanics of the game, and builds that overpower the late game.
info_outline Final Fantasy Tactics, Episode 4 12/17/2018
Final Fantasy Tactics, Episode 4 Meeting a Zodiac Demon, meeting Cid, meeting Olan/Orran, and setting up our upcoming discussion of the dramatic but notorious sequence of battles at Riovanes Castle. Also some talk about the challenges of exploring the job system as a newcomer. Ramza's face upon seeing the Aries stone speak to Wiegraf. Twitter thread about game design choices that are hidden from players.
info_outline Final Fantasy Tactics, Episode 3 12/03/2018
Final Fantasy Tactics, Episode 3 Chapter 2 brings some of the most memorable characters (Agrias and Mustadio), battles (Golgorand Execution Site), and mid-game jobs to discuss (Thief, Monk, Time Mage). Also, the Zodiac compatibility, and what happens when game developers copy and paste data. Our next episode, in two weeks, will cover most of chapter 3 (up to, but not including, the notorious duel scene at Riovanes Castle). Special note for anyone playing along--make sure you keep a separate save file before entering Riovanes Castle. This battle sequence is an infamous killer of FFT runs if you don't have a way to back out and change things.
info_outline Final Fantasy Tactics, Episode 2 11/12/2018
Final Fantasy Tactics, Episode 2 We finish chapter 1, discussing the plot and themes of the story so far (the conflict between the classes and the relationship between Ramza and Delita), as well as some of the mechanics that emerge in the early game (Gained JP UP, and early jobs like Knight and Wizard).
info_outline Final Fantasy Tactics 09/25/2018
Final Fantasy Tactics For our next game, we go to a much-loved PS1 classic: Final Fantasy Tactics! For those wanting to play along: You can play the original PS1 version on a PS1 or PS2, or download it from the online store for PS3, PSP, or Vita. You can download a remaster from the online store for PSP or Vita. You can also play the remaster on iOS. Note: Due to the length of the game and complexity of the story, we may not cover the entire game in full detail. Further updates once we get through the first part of the game.
info_outline King's Quest VI, Episode 3 09/24/2018
King's Quest VI, Episode 3 We have a guest! Jay's sister Sabrina, who is a huge fan of this game. We discuss the remainder of the game, including both branches and the ending variants. And of course, we announce our next game! Links: Google Books on Ali Zebu The Girl in the Tower
info_outline King's Quest VI, Episode 2 09/11/2018
King's Quest VI, Episode 2 We progress past the Catacombs and into the "long path" branch of the game, where Alexander uses spells to travel to new areas of the Land of the Green Isles. The Guidebook once again, since we discuss it more in this episode.
info_outline King's Quest VI, Episode 1 08/27/2018
King's Quest VI, Episode 1 We begin our adventure in the Land of the Green Isles. Meeting the major characters, beginning to learn our way around the four islands, and collecting items to prepare for a major set piece of the game: the Catacombs. Links: The "Guidebook to the Land of the Green Isles", necessary for some parts of the game. TvTropes not only has an entry for games where you can get into an "Unwinnable" state, but has a sub-page specific to Sierra games. Getting help when you were stuck in a game in 1988.
info_outline Super Mario Bros. 2, Episode 2 08/12/2018
Super Mario Bros. 2, Episode 2 The second half of the game, including the extremely hard 7-1 and 7-2, difficulty in old games in general, the concept of limited lives, and other topics. And we announce our next game, to begin discussion in two weeks!
info_outline Super Mario Bros. 2 07/03/2018
Super Mario Bros. 2 Our next episode, On July 30 (note the 1-episode break), will begin discussion of Super Mario Bros. 2! The game is available on NES (and NES Classic), on SNES in the form of Super Mario All-Stars, and on Game Boy Advance in the form of Super Mario Advance. This will be short run (1-2 episodes), so we expect to have finished the game by the time we discuss it.
info_outline Metal Gear Solid, Episode 6 07/02/2018
Metal Gear Solid, Episode 6 The final encounters and ending of Metal Gear Solid, discussion of the story and ending, and the series as a whole. Also: The Selfish Gene, the mystery of Gulf War Syndrome, and something called the Super Baby Method. And, announcement of our next game! Discussion will begin in our next episode in four weeks. Links: Localization analysis of FF6 Steamed Hams but it's MGS Video with some history about the game
info_outline Metal Gear Solid, Episode 5 06/18/2018
Metal Gear Solid, Episode 5 The beginning of the final sequence: the underground base with Metal Gear REX, the PAL key, various story revelations, and the titular boss fight. The next episode, in two weeks, will complete the game! (The remaining segment of gameplay is very short).