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Brickroad
03-01-2009, 12:50 AM
Believe it or not, Talking Time isn't the only place on the internet that does LPs (shock! amaze!). I thought we could use a thread for discussion great LPs we've found elsewhere.

I found this extremely hilarious one on Youtube tonight that you might enjoy if you like old crappy movie tie-in NES games: Jeremy Plays Home Alone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqY4twYCCmg).

Kishi
03-01-2009, 02:33 AM
Leovinus's Final Fantasy VIII (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/FF8/) LP is one everyone should read, to the degree that I've done so multiple times. There is one instance where the narrator demands a certain character to "save [her] sexy metaphors for Lesbian hell."


All of The Dark Id's Resident Evil (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/#R) LPs are great at investing the reader in how absurd those games are, and in many cases, I'd prefer them to playing the games myself.


Slowbeef's Metal Gear 2 "strategy guide (http://www.slowbeef.com/MG2/index.html)" was an LP before LPs, and has the same appeal as The Dark Id in its careful account of Kojima's cutting-edge insanity. Another one I've read several times.



As for video LPs, I have only one recommendation to make, but I can't make it enough: Over the Gun's "How to Successfully Fail (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?p=264452#post264452)" series.

OTG is a man of contradictions: he seems kind of slow-headed until he surprises you with his insight, and he's humble except when he gets that elusive headshot -- at which point you will probably hear the phrase "P R zero." All in all, he's just incredibly entertaining to listen to (the Yorkshire accent can't hurt). I'm pretty sure his run through Resident Evil 4 comes in well over twelve hours, but I gladly listened to every minute of it.

He can also do some clever things with editing, such as this synopsis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY73W0bVExI&fmt=18) of the second loop of Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts.

Makkara
03-01-2009, 02:42 AM
I found this extremely hilarious one on Youtube tonight that you might enjoy if you like old crappy movie tie-in NES games: Jeremy Plays Home Alone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqY4twYCCmg).

It's pretty good, but damn that guy is shrill.

SpoonyBardOL
03-01-2009, 09:06 AM
The Spoony One (no relation) has a pretty funny Let's Play-ish walkthrough of Phantasmagoria 2 (http://www.spoonyexperiment.com/category/phantasmagoria/). It's broken up into 5 hour-long segments, so watch this one in chunks. It does get really funny into the second hour.

He's also in the middle of a Final Fantasy VIII review/rant (http://www.spoonyexperiment.com/category/final-fantasy-viii/) which he started over a year ago, took nearly a year off and finally returned to following the end of the Phantasmagoria 2 review.

MCBanjoMike
03-01-2009, 09:16 AM
All of The Dark Id's Resident Evil (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/#R) LPs are great at investing the reader in how absurd those games are, and in many cases, I'd prefer them to playing the games myself.

I read about half of the Resident Evil 4 LP and it was so entertaining that I actually started playing the game again (despite not liking it very much). Also, on that same list, you'll find the Flashback LP that was written by Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation fame, which is pretty funny.

Kirin
03-01-2009, 09:46 AM
Everyone's probably heard of it by now, but over at the lparchive, the Dwarf Fortress saga of Boatmurdered is pretty damn epic. Since it's a rotating LP, some sections are much better done than others, though.

KCar
03-01-2009, 10:44 AM
The Spoony One (no relation) has a pretty funny Let's Play-ish walkthrough of Phantasmagoria 2 (http://www.spoonyexperiment.com/category/phantasmagoria/). It's broken up into 5 hour-long segments, so watch this one in chunks. It does get really funny into the second hour.

He's also in the middle of a Final Fantasy VIII review/rant (http://www.spoonyexperiment.com/category/final-fantasy-viii/) which he started over a year ago, took nearly a year off and finally returned to following the end of the Phantasmagoria 2 review.

I'm enjoying the Phantasmagoria one, but I couldn't help but notice: the dude has a single bed underneath his Highlander posters.

I think that speaks to a certain something.

Gredlen
03-01-2009, 11:34 AM
The Animal Crossing (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Animal%20Crossing/index.html) LP is amazing for making Animal Crossing a dramatic experience.

The Sprung (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Sprung-Brett/) LP is funny, partly because of the writing and partly because the game itself is so ridiculous.

Jurassic Park: Trespasser (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Trespasser/) is not a very good game, but it is pretty interesting and the guy who LPed it has a great voice.

Siren (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Siren/) and Siren 2 (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Siren2/) are creepy and I'm glad I got to watch someone else play through them, because I am a wuss.

SlimJimm
03-01-2009, 11:42 AM
Everyone's probably heard of it by now, but over at the lparchive, the Dwarf Fortress saga of Boatmurdered is pretty damn epic. Since it's a rotating LP, some sections are much better done than others, though.


WELCOME TO FUCKING BOATMURDERED!
http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Boatmurdered/Thread%201/Update%2016/ScreenHunter_48.jpg
Hope you like miasma!

Pseudonym
03-01-2009, 11:52 AM
I'm pretty fond of RedChocobo's Pokemon ones. Pokemon Emerald (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Pokemon%20Emerald/), Pokemon Crystal (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Pokemon%20Crystal/), and Pokemon Fire Red (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Pokemon%20FireRed/). Also can't be missed is Zorak's Pokemon Quartz (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Pokemon%20Quartz/), a crazy Rom hack.

Rai
03-01-2009, 12:05 PM
I really enjoy watching DeceasedCrab (http://www.youtube.com/user/DeceasedCrab) do his thing. He's got a few more in the archive as well, such as War With the Evil Power Master (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Power%20Master/). His La Mulana play throughs are long, but I've never seen such an indepth playthrough of the game. He even beats Hell Temple.

From (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Silent%20Hill/) Earth's (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Silent%20Hill%202/) Silent (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Silent%20Hill%203/) Hill (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Silent%20Hill%204/) series is also pretty good.

DemoWeasel
03-01-2009, 12:43 PM
Also can't be missed is Zorak's Pokemon Quartz (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Pokemon%20Quartz/), a crazy Rom hack.

http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Pokemon%20Quartz/Update%203/4-pkquartzfull_06.pnghttp://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Pokemon%20Quartz/Update%206/38-pkquartzfull_45.pnghttp://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Pokemon%20Quartz/Update%207/105-pkquartzfull_111.png

=)

The Dread Cthulhu
03-01-2009, 01:52 PM
Cybershell's Half Life (2) LP is my favourite. The Silent Hill ones are excellent.

Violentvixen
03-01-2009, 02:29 PM
I found this extremely hilarious one on Youtube tonight that you might enjoy if you like old crappy movie tie-in NES games: Jeremy Plays Home Alone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqY4twYCCmg).

Ugh, I remember that game. It was amusing to see that the ending wasn't worth it at all!

Also, yeah, that guy is impossible to listen to.

Phantoon
03-01-2009, 02:47 PM
What is this... "outside"?

spineshark
03-01-2009, 03:28 PM
I really enjoy watching DeceasedCrab (http://www.youtube.com/user/DeceasedCrab) do his thing. He's got a few more in the archive as well, such as War With the Evil Power Master (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Power%20Master/). His La Mulana play throughs are long, but I've never seen such an indepth playthrough of the game. He even beats Hell Temple.
I don't really like listening to video LP's usually since they're usually really rambling and long, but the Hell part of La Mulana was too horrifying for me to not watch.
Leovinus's Final Fantasy VIII (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/FF8/) LP
There's a lot of great parts here, though it helps a lot that the game is so absurd in the first place. I also used a couple croppings of this drawing for avatars for a really, really long time. It's so amazing!
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll136/spine_shark/QuistisCerberus.jpg

BEAT
03-01-2009, 03:58 PM
The Animal Crossing (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Animal%20Crossing/index.html) LP is amazing for making Animal Crossing a dramatic experience.This one. Right here.

From the same writer is The Oregon Trail (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/OregonTrail/), which must be read to be believed.

http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/OregonTrail/Update%201/2-2-08-08.jpg

Mazian
03-01-2009, 06:53 PM
That FF8 writeup is what introduced me to the whole concept of Let's Plays. Yes, I consider that piece of writing a classic of the field.

La Pucelle: Tactics (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/LaPucelle/) is a great example of combining screenshots and video. The text portions cover the game's plot and an overview level of gameplay with suitably snarky commentary (from other NIS characters), and are both enjoyable and complete by themselves. The videos, which are all narrated, showcase the gameplay in more depth. It's a clever, well-executed way to split up a SRPG LP for both casual and dedicated audiences.

Freespace 2 (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Freespace2/) starts off good but not exceptional. However, about 1/3 of the way through, it switches to a different author who really knows the ins and outs of the game, and - critically! - a good eye for pretty screenshots.

Brickroad
03-01-2009, 06:59 PM
From the same writer is The Oregon Trail (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/OregonTrail/), which must be read to be believed.

Oh god, it's so good.

Willm
03-02-2009, 01:04 AM
All of The Dark Id's Resident Evil (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/#R) LPs are great at investing the reader in how absurd those games are, and in many cases, I'd prefer them to playing the games myself.


Those may very well be my favorite LPs ever. Also, The Dark Id created an LP of another survival horror game, Clock Tower 3 (lparchive.org/LetsPlay/ClockTower3). If anything, it shows how the RE series isn't the most insanely absurd survival horror series out there.

gogglezombie
03-02-2009, 06:07 AM
Docfuture did a pretty fun lp of Sonic1 (ttp://www.viddler.com/explore/docfuture/videos/28/) easy mode. DeceasedCrabs Iji lp (http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=C8247C784807CFDE) was entertaining too. kungfujesus has a couple of torturus but strangely compelling lps of Kingdom Hearts 2 and Sonic2006 (http://proteankungfu.com/video/).

fanboymaster
03-02-2009, 09:04 AM
I'm enjoying the Phantasmagoria one, but I couldn't help but notice: the dude has a single bed underneath his Highlander posters.

I think that speaks to a certain something.

Something not lost on him if you watch some of his other reviews.

TK Flash
03-02-2009, 09:45 AM
That Oregon Trail one was like the best thing I've ever read. This thread=victory.

Zef
03-02-2009, 01:28 PM
I'm pretty fond of RedChocobo's Pokemon ones. Pokemon Emerald (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Pokemon%20Emerald/), Pokemon Crystal (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Pokemon%20Crystal/), and Pokemon Fire Red (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Pokemon%20FireRed/). Also can't be missed is Zorak's Pokemon Quartz (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Pokemon%20Quartz/), a crazy Rom hack.

They're the very reason I started playing Pokemon in the first place! :) RedChocobo's illustrations (and some of the audience's fanart) are amazing.

Those may very well be my favorite LPs ever. Also, The Dark Id created an LP of another survival horror game, Clock Tower 3 (lparchive.org/LetsPlay/ClockTower3). If anything, it shows how the RE series isn't the most insanely absurd survival horror series out there.

I loved that one, especially for his (and the SA audience's) reactions to the more batshit insane concepts. Did he ever pick up Dirge of Cerberus again? I was following that one (as well as Leo's unfinished FF7 LP) but it kinda... stopped and I lost track of it.

The Princess Maker 2 LP (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Princess%20Maker%202/) has to be seen to be believed. Shame the archive doesn't keep comments from the peanut gallery, though.

This Final Fantasy Tactics (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2922895) one had a great gimmick, was outrageously funny, and had lots of potential... but the author was unable to continue due to circumstances beyond his control.

Brer
03-02-2009, 02:32 PM
I'll second Spoony's videos (I started with his run-through of The Thing), Research Indicates' Trespasser LP (that game looks like it had SUCH potential, really), and the Animal Crossing LP mentioned earlier, and add this guy's Earthworm Jim 2 LP (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/EWJ2/), also from the SomethingAwful archive.

Brer
03-02-2009, 02:34 PM
Something not lost on him if you watch some of his other reviews.

He has the good sense not to take himself too seriously and make a great many jokes at his own expense.

nunix
03-02-2009, 04:00 PM
Spent about two hours reading the Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri LP, as that's one of my favourite games evar.

It was a pretty satisfying read!

Adrenaline
03-04-2009, 11:42 AM
The Animal Crossing and Oregon Trail ones are like twin thunderbolts of genius from heaven.

Knight
03-04-2009, 12:05 PM
I'm loving that Dwarf Fortress LP, I just finished reading StarkRavingMad's run of it, and he had me laughing so hard.

Kirin
03-05-2009, 08:36 AM
Man, I got sucked into that Pokemon Quartz LP. Insanity. Please give me my several hours back.

Brickroad
03-08-2009, 04:37 PM
I watch a lot of LPs on Youtube but it's gonna be damned hard to ever top this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrU9DyStczE&playnext_from=PL&feature=PlayList&p=E4FD54CE50528F2F&index=2).

Gredlen
03-08-2009, 06:27 PM
Speaking of LPs on Youtube, I like this guy's (http://www.youtube.com/user/Cybershell13) Sonic LP (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2888872). He played through Sonic 1 and 2 and he's nearly done with Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
I like the version on Viddler (http://www.viddler.com/explore/Cybershell/videos/1/) better, though, if for no reason other than the fact that you can actually see the flickering effects on that version.

One note: If you thought Alixsar had a foul mouth (and didn't find it amusing), you won't like this LP.

McClain
03-12-2009, 12:25 PM
I haven't watched very much of it yet, but the mere concept of a video I Wanna Be The Guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3Xd21u3UDE)LP makes me smile. 30 seconds into the first video he got farther than me (about three or four screens), and it looks like there's 70 videos. Holy F-ing Ess

Bongo Bill
03-12-2009, 01:12 PM
I haven't watched very much of it yet, but the mere concept of a video I Wanna Be The Guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3Xd21u3UDE)LP makes me smile. 30 seconds into the first video he got farther than me (about three or four screens), and it looks like there's 70 videos. Holy F-ing Ess

One of the IWBTG video series on Youtube was done by the creator himself. (It's not the best one.) There's one with no commentary that just demonstrates getting from save point to save point, with all the unsuccessful runs omitted, made by one of the alpha testers.

McClain
03-12-2009, 01:31 PM
I kind of like this one because he DOES die a lot, and he is surprised a lot, but he still makes progress. It gets a little tedious at times, but I enjoyed the first three videos.

Kishi
03-12-2009, 02:27 PM
I haven't watched very much of it yet, but the mere concept of a video I Wanna Be The Guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3Xd21u3UDE)LP makes me smile.

OTG has (http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=BE8E38868985794F) that covered (http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=B0D4400C8B21BA2C).

McClain
03-12-2009, 04:58 PM
Huh, so which IWTBTG LP should I be watching?

Brickroad
03-12-2009, 05:28 PM
Huh, so which IWTBTG LP should I be watching?

OTG's is best in my opinion. He also recently did an IWBTG spin-off called I Wanna Be The Fangame, which was every bit as entertaining.

PapillonReel
03-31-2009, 08:08 AM
I've been reading through some of the LPs on the SA Archive over the past few days, and I've found a few good ones that I wanted to share.

First off is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team. (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/PMD/) I'm sure you're all aware of the typical SA style humour - you know, crude jokes, scathing sarcasm, jokes revolving around rape? Take all of that stuff and throw it out the window, as PMD has absolutely nothing to do with that shit. Instead, toss in some of the most light-hearted and optimistic writing I've seen come out of the site (bordering on cheesy, even), couple it with some fanfiction and in-depth knowledge of the game's mechanics, and you've got a solid LP all-around. Sadly, the guy writing it burns out near the end, but everything leading up to it is pretty good.

The other one is the Let's Play of Persona 3 (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Persona3/), which I've been looking through for reasons that should be obvious come this Sunday. Instead of taking the normal route of LPing the game, the guy instead takes a more creative route and writes about the game in the same manner of a livejournal, as updated by the MC over the course of the game. It's pretty cleverly done overall, and is worth checking out even if for the off-the-wall choice of story-telling.

Other than that, I'll have to echo the sentiment of Leovinus's FFVIII LP (and his FFVII one as well, which I'm waiting to be archives so I can read it in full), as well as RedChocobo's PokéThreads. They're good stuff.

Kishi
03-31-2009, 08:13 AM
I forgot to mention it originally, but this Blade Runner (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/BladeRunner/) LP is another of my all-time favorites. It analyzes not only the game but the original novel and film, as well as their treatment of their common themes and what they owe to one another. It's also just an in-depth look at a surprisingly complex and big-budget game that went largely overlooked in its day.

Loki
04-12-2009, 09:23 AM
I just discovered this Final Fantasy VIII (http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=428367) Let's Play/ Fan Fiction written as entries from Squall’s diary. Not only is it a great read but it's really insightful and provides much needed back story and context. It plays with assumptions and reads as a "behind the scenes" or "this-is-how-it-really-happened" story. What this does is makes the real game better.

Highly recommended, especially if you hate FFVIII.

PapillonReel
04-12-2009, 06:57 PM
I just found this LP of a ROM-hack called Pokémon Ruby Destiny: Reign of Legends (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2754984&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1) while browsing the SA LP forums today, and ohh man. It seems fairly benign at first, but once the plot kicks in and the antagonists (called - I shit you not - Royal Darkness and Luminous Cenaries) the writing gets so, so bad. It's by Zorak (who, fittingly, also LPed Pokémon Quartz) so it's all good.

Thraeg
04-14-2009, 05:06 PM
From the same writer is The Oregon Trail (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/OregonTrail/), which must be read to be believed.


Oh man, you're not kidding. That was indescribably epic.

soulD
04-15-2009, 05:06 AM
It's not a LP per se, but Creepy's Naked Alucard run of SotN (http://www.mgcomics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16707) is close enough and still one of the funniest things I've ever read on the internet.


And I knew what I had to do.

I got my nudist ass behind him the moment the battle started, and pounded his head until he fell down.

Thank you Galamoth. You have truly prepared me for the end of the game, giving me the tools I will need to take down Dracula once and for all. You have reminded me of who I am, and what things like honor and pride should mean to me.

Fuck pride. I'm Naked Alucard, I have no pride.

Kirin
04-16-2009, 08:43 AM
Argh, Naked Alucard stole hours of my day. Pity there's no pictures, though I suppose the game isn't faithful enough to really do it justice.

Oathbreaker
04-16-2009, 02:56 PM
I just discovered this Final Fantasy VIII (http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=428367) Let's Play/ Fan Fiction written as entries from Squall’s diary. Not only is it a great read but it's really insightful and provides much needed back story and context. It plays with assumptions and reads as a "behind the scenes" or "this-is-how-it-really-happened" story. What this does is makes the real game better.

Highly recommended, especially if you hate FFVIII.

This has got to be one of the best LPs ever. I wish so hard that it was finished so I didn't have to wait for the updates. It's even more addicting than the other great LPs I've read thus far.

Kishi
04-18-2009, 01:24 AM
The Dark Id has covered Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Dirge%20of%20Cerberus/index.html).


http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e200/grokyou/thedarkid-dirge-c048ss028.jpg
Before Yuffie can be absorbed by Super AIDS or whatever was going on there, a light shines out in the darkness.

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e200/grokyou/thedarkid-dirge-c048ss029.jpg
Cutscene Vincent always has a few new tricks up his sleeve. This time:

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e200/grokyou/thedarkid-dirge-c048ss030.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e200/grokyou/thedarkid-dirge-c048ss031.jpg
Super Huggles.

Kishi
04-26-2009, 06:12 PM
OTG's run of Street Fighter IV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5kzBnaBedo&fmt=18) is the best guide I've seen both to explaining the game's mechanics and demonstrating its appeal.

Tavir
04-28-2009, 12:17 AM
Here's a silly Let's Play of Glee Club from Rhythm Heaven (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TymuY3PxYKA)

Shagohod
05-08-2009, 07:18 PM
My favorite one i've seen so far is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in6RZzdGki8 It's an LP of some new york sounding guy playing super mario forever. I find his voice to be hilarious

Kishi
05-08-2009, 08:16 PM
He's not the person playing it; he just found the video and dubbed his own Wacky Commentary over it. Compared to the original version, I find it kind of insufferable!

TK Flash
05-12-2009, 05:56 PM
That Dirge of Cerberus LP has stolen my hours but that's okay. Holy shit that game looks bad. Highly recommended!

Gredlen
05-29-2009, 01:46 PM
The Sonic 2006 LP (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Sonic2006/) is 47 videos of pure suffering and agony and I love it. The fact that it is a terrible game is quickly revealed, but the kind of pain you can expect from the LP really comes halfway into the second video. I laughed out loud for a while at that part. It's fantastic.

Spikey
05-29-2009, 05:13 PM
The guys who did the Sonic 2006 videos are now going through Sonic Unleashed. (http://www.viddler.com/explore/pokecapn/videos/)

JohnB
06-02-2009, 07:19 PM
I just discovered this Final Fantasy VIII (http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=428367) Let's Play/ Fan Fiction written as entries from Squall’s diary. Not only is it a great read but it's really insightful and provides much needed back story and context. It plays with assumptions and reads as a "behind the scenes" or "this-is-how-it-really-happened" story. What this does is makes the real game better.

Highly recommended, especially if you hate FFVIII.

Fucking. Brilliant.

blitzchamp
06-03-2009, 05:14 PM
I personally am really fond of Slowbeef's LPs of Snatcher (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Snatcher/) and SD Snatcher (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/SDSnatcher/). Slowbeef's LP of Policenauts (http://forums.junkerhq.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1889) was another one I enjoyed even though it is incomplete.

Pajaro Pete
06-04-2009, 01:27 PM
VoidBurger's romps through Silent Hill are fantastic (http://www.viddler.com/explore/VoidBurger/videos/3/).

MCBanjoMike
06-04-2009, 02:48 PM
So Kishi, when you linked the FF VIII LP in that other thread, were you trying to imply that it was written by Milky? I was a bit confused.

Kishi
06-04-2009, 02:59 PM
No, it was written by some goon named Leovinus (who has my eternal respect for doing so). I linked it from the Mielke thing (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=486197&postcount=2) because "I've always gotta be doing somethin' BIG!" is a (ridiculous) FFVIII quote, and that LP is my go-to example for pointing out all the ridiculous crap in FFVIII.

blitzchamp
06-04-2009, 03:16 PM
Speaking of LPs on Youtube, I like this guy's (http://www.youtube.com/user/Cybershell13) Sonic LP (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2888872). He played through Sonic 1 and 2 and he's nearly done with Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
I like the version on Viddler (http://www.viddler.com/explore/Cybershell/videos/1/) better, though, if for no reason other than the fact that you can actually see the flickering effects on that version.

One note: If you thought Alixsar had a foul mouth (and didn't find it amusing), you won't like this LP.

Thanks for sharing that LP, I also found them to be very entertaining. He's has some funny mood swings where he goes from levels being the best thing ever to everything being a cunt. He's also somewhat interactive with the audience like in his Ice Cap Zone video where he makes the audience listen to the super sonic theme instead of the Ice Cap Zone which he claims people love (honestly I liked that zones music too).

Posaune
06-04-2009, 07:43 PM
I liked that LP a lot other than the use of the word cunt so much. I've gotten old and wussy since my younger years when all cusses were fair game. Though I am kind of partial to his cunt-o-meter or whatever it was. Man am I inconsistent!

UnChocolate
06-08-2009, 11:17 PM
The Ecoquest 2 LP (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Ecoquest2/index.html) had me in stitches at points. Though that might just be because I remember playing this forsaken thing when I was six or something.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the Tsukihime LP (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Tsukihime/). I've read the whole damn thing and he does quite a good job with it, hitting upon a bunch of the well-known Bad Ends and providing quips at the right moments.

Merus
06-22-2009, 04:00 AM
I don't know if anyone's mentioned this LP of I Wanna Be The Guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l-kBGr-tB8&feature=related). It's middling, but it's by the creator of the game and there's a perverse pleasure in watching him play his own creation.

Thraeg
06-24-2009, 12:23 PM
There's a pretty funny LP of Morrowind just starting up over at Rock Paper Shotgun. Part 1. (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2009/06/23/a-fool-in-morrowind-day-1-trousers/) Part 2. (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2009/06/24/a-fool-in-morrowind-day-2-granny/)

WildVulture
06-24-2009, 07:32 PM
He can also do some clever things with editing, such as this synopsis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY73W0bVExI&fmt=18) of the second loop of Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts.

I decided to read this thread from the beginning and check out some LPs. While many are impressive, this video is absolutely awesome, and almost makes up for the years of soul crushing frustration I experienced from Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts.

Sapper Gopher
06-27-2009, 01:01 PM
There's a bunch of old walkthroughs of Origin and Looking Glass (or similar) games here (http://www.it-he.org/), along with funny things you can do by exploiting bugs. You kinda have to have played the games though to appreciate all the screwy things he describes. My favorite part of the Deus Ex page is setting mines so that a squad of enemies who are teleported in are instantly vaporized. Also, from the end of the Deus Ex page:

Ignore him and go back to the booth in Sector 3: it's Jesus Time.
Soon you will have power-over-all, and Bob Page will have bugger-all.
As a cyborg, you are destined to rule the world in wisdom and benevolence..

Naah. Black Helicopter, take me to Washington. I have an accession speech to make to my subjects.

Netbrian
07-03-2009, 03:52 PM
I've been really enjoying the SA LPs of Might and Magic 1 and 2. Within me there's a soft spot for old RPGs like this, but I've decided I derive more enjoyment from watching these than playing them.

(On the other hand, I have played Heroes of Might and Magic games to death and still want more.)

Becksworth
07-09-2009, 06:55 PM
I hesitate calling this a "Great LP," but nevertheless...

For those out the loop, I've canceled my Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes LP due to the sheer awfulness of it.

Fortunately(Unfortunately?), the team behind this fan project already have a Video LP (http://www.youtube.com/user/CEMemorial) of a new game plus run through by one of the testers. Now you can see the project in action, without me crying myself to sleep at night.

In all honesty, for all the bad mouthing I've been doing over the imbalanced gameplay, horrible story, etc., I thought it did have some interesting ideas and some impressive modding buried deep in there. Gawk in horror where appropriate, but give these amatuer developers at least a little credit where it is due.

blitzchamp
07-09-2009, 08:30 PM
I hesitate calling this a "Great LP," but nevertheless...

For those out the loop, I've canceled my Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes LP due to the sheer awfulness of it.

Fortunately(Unfortunately?), the team behind this fan project already have a Video LP (http://www.youtube.com/user/CEMemorial) of a new game plus run through by one of the testers. Now you can see the project in action, without me crying myself to sleep at night.

In all honesty, for all the bad mouthing I've been doing over the imbalanced gameplay, horrible story, etc., I thought it did have some interesting ideas and some impressive modding buried deep in there. Gawk in horror where appropriate, but give these amatuer developers at least a little credit where it is due.

Cool, a new LP for me to watch :)

blinkpen
08-06-2009, 07:01 PM
Leovinus's Final Fantasy VIII (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/FF8/) LP is one everyone should read, to the degree that I've done so multiple times. There is one instance where the narrator demands a certain character to "save [her] sexy metaphors for Lesbian hell."

http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/FF8/Update%201-18/ePSXe%202006-04-19%2015-51-53-64.jpg

Thank you. Thank you so much.

Atrus93
08-13-2009, 08:41 AM
There's an LP of Victoria in which the guy decides to play as Texas. He takes the Republic of Texas all the way to the end and makes it one of the greatest nations in the world: http://208.82.101.233/~danimone/Texas/Update%2001/index.html

For the record, this game is Civilization on crack. It's like somebody set out to create the most realistic nation sim possible without any regard for playability or user interface. It's absurd.

Taeryn
08-20-2009, 07:47 AM
There's an LP of Victoria in which the guy decides to play as Texas. He takes the Republic of Texas all the way to the end and makes it one of the greatest nations in the world: http://208.82.101.233/~danimone/Texas/Update%2001/index.html

For the record, this game is Civilization on crack. It's like somebody set out to create the most realistic nation sim possible without any regard for playability or user interface. It's absurd.


I have this game as well as the others in the serries, Europa Universalis 3, and Hearts of Iron II and their expansions. I don't have crusader kings. If you go to Paradox Interactive forums, they have things called After Action Reports that are like LPs, but usually shorter and texty.

Speaking of Civilization, go visit the CivFanatics Forum. There is a sticky on the strategy and tips in the Civ4 forums that has a list of their LP style threads. Here's the link: http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=258697 I specifically suggest the All Leaders Challenge

Bongo Bill
09-02-2009, 01:57 AM
Once I watched all eight hours of Grim Fandango: The Movie (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/GrimTheMovie/) instead of sleeping. It's a video Let's Play with minimal editing and no narration, and it's just fantastic.

DANoWAR
09-02-2009, 04:56 AM
Once I watched all eight hours of Grim Fandango: The Movie (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/GrimTheMovie/) instead of sleeping. It's a video Let's Play with minimal editing and no narration, and it's just fantastic.

Which is now dead linkage :-(

EDIT: Well, the smaller scene downloads anyway.

Parish
09-02-2009, 08:45 AM
I'm enjoying Captain Capitalism's Final Fantasy Tactics LP (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3183558) as an amusing, lightweight counterpart to our own crunchier take on the game. Ramza as an idiot savant works surprisingly well.

Kishi
09-07-2009, 04:10 AM
Everyone would benefit from watching Alastair Campbell's low-percent speed run (http://speeddemosarchive.com/MetroidPrime2.html#secretworlds17p) of Metroid Prime 2. As you'd expect from a Metroid Prime speed run, he makes use of all sorts of crazy glitches and time-saving exploits, but the audio commentary actually allows the casual observer to comprehend and appreciate the sheer ingenuity of everything he's doing. Plus, he's an eloquent, laid-back guy with an English accent, so listening to him talk is soothing in itself.

Eddie
09-23-2009, 08:31 PM
I'm a big sucker for horror-themed LPs (perhaps making up for my inability to play them without sobbing and shivering). There's an LP for a pretty unique Russian game called Pathologic going on in the SA forums (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3033830&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1). It's a pretty unique game, so check it out if you have the time!

- Eddie

Gredlen
09-23-2009, 08:44 PM
I'm a big sucker for horror-themed LPs (perhaps making up for my inability to play them without sobbing and shivering). There's an LP for a pretty unique Russian game called Pathologic going on in the SA forums (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3033830&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1). It's a pretty unique game, so check it out if you have the time!

- Eddie

If you haven't already:
Siren (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Siren/) and Siren 2 (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Siren2/) are creepy and I'm glad I got to watch someone else play through them, because I am a wuss.

These are both really great LPs.

Netbrian
09-26-2009, 02:12 PM
I have this game as well as the others in the serries, Europa Universalis 3, and Hearts of Iron II and their expansions. I don't have crusader kings. If you go to Paradox Interactive forums, they have things called After Action Reports that are like LPs, but usually shorter and texty.

Speaking of Civilization, go visit the CivFanatics Forum. There is a sticky on the strategy and tips in the Civ4 forums that has a list of their LP style threads. Here's the link: http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=258697 I specifically suggest the All Leaders Challenge

I've been enjoying those, especially when they actually lose. It's always amusing for some reason.

Lucas
10-28-2009, 02:23 PM
There's a new Dwarf Fortress LP on the SA archive, called Headshoots. They started out in a haunted area and the first thing they did was mine for adamantine. At least 30% more horrifying than Boatmurdered, and shows just what sort of pulsating, mangled-but-living organism a Fortress can become. Several players actually try to purposefully destroy the Fortress and fail.

blinkpen
11-16-2009, 12:53 AM
All of The Dark Id's Resident Evil (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/#R) LPs are great at investing the reader in how absurd those games are, and in many cases, I'd prefer them to playing the games myself.

While I have great affection for the Resident Evil series it is decidedly far greater that I am reading through these in chronological order than playing through them all again myself.

blinkpen
11-16-2009, 04:17 AM
http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/RECV/Update%203/mailcall.jpg

KCar
11-17-2009, 06:17 AM
There's a new Dwarf Fortress LP on the SA archive, called Headshoots. They started out in a haunted area and the first thing they did was mine for adamantine. At least 30% more horrifying than Boatmurdered, and shows just what sort of pulsating, mangled-but-living organism a Fortress can become. Several players actually try to purposefully destroy the Fortress and fail.

I'm on page 42 of this thing, and it's pretty fucking epic. I definitely laughed more than a few times, and reading about the moments that lead up to the fan artwork is a lot of fun. I'm going to second the recommendation.

About where I am in the thread, someone has started a "side" LP where they are taking characters through the abandoned fortress in Adventurer mode. It's really given a senes of context to every evil dungeon I've ever encountered in an RPG. Seems like a succession of devious SA Goons are more than equal to the auspices of evil gods as far creating places of pure evil.

WreckTheLaw
11-22-2009, 03:18 PM
My favorite LP since Boatmurdered is happening over on SA right now:

King of Dragon Pass: Epic Fantasy means fantasy about cows. (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3211884&userid=0)

It's massive, 138 pages as of right now, and worth every second. I'm just saying, eventually you'll get fan made images like this, and you'll thank me:

http://i50.tinypic.com/34nh9bn.png

nunix
11-22-2009, 03:19 PM
Wow, people actually playing King of Dragon Pass. That's a pretty damn obscure game.

WreckTheLaw
11-22-2009, 03:22 PM
The game's creator apparently linked to it recently, somewhere. Mystic Mongol is also in the new DF LP over there, and did the great Way of the Samurai 2 one that is lost to the archives forever/until I pony up and buy an SA account and then archive forums access. Also, I think he was in Scott Sharkey's City of Heroes group back in the day on 1up? Maybe?

teg
11-25-2009, 09:41 AM
The Animal Crossing (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Animal%20Crossing/index.html) LP is amazing for making Animal Crossing a dramatic experience.I realize that I am outlandishly LTTP, but I stayed up until 1 last night reading this and listening to Neptune (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSJub1A1aIk&feature=related). Best thing I've ever read.

Silent Noise
12-30-2009, 01:58 PM
Decesed Crab has a LP of a game called Peasant's Quest,

One of the puzzles is solved by typing "deploy baby".

To progress you have to STINK like a peasant,

DRESS like a peasant and be ON FIRE like a peasant.

All to get revenge on the dragon who BURINATED your house.

It's actually spelled like that in the game.

Falselogic
12-30-2009, 02:02 PM
Decesed Crab has a LP of a game called Peasant's Quest,

One of the puzzles is solved by typing "deploy baby".

To progress you have to STINK like a peasant,

DRESS like a peasant and be ON FIRE like a peasant.

All to get revenge on the dragon who BURINATED your house.

It's actually spelled like that in the game.

How do you not know about Homestarrunner.com and Trogdar?

Kirin
12-30-2009, 02:09 PM
It's still a typo - look closer.
(I'm pretty sure it's missing an 'n'.)

Silent Noise
12-30-2009, 03:51 PM
How do you not know about Homestarrunner.com and Trogdar?

Very carefully.

Really though I just don't play PC games.

nunix
12-31-2009, 01:17 AM
So apparently Japan invented Let's Plays (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_World_RPG#Replays).

Brickroad
01-03-2010, 05:16 AM
I thought this one (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Nancy%20Drew-White%20Wolf/index.html) was pretty hilarious.

Pajaro Pete
01-03-2010, 04:26 PM
Hey, Sassy Detective!

SpoonyGundam
01-04-2010, 12:10 AM
Guy plays through Mega Man X4 using X and gets no items, uses no weapons* and takes no damage. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_Eka9R4tfA)

I can do the first two restrictions, but damn. It's pretty neat to see him do a lot of the same things that I figured out on my own when I do no stuff runs, though. Then he goes on to do X5 and X6 the same way.

He records commentary after he records the video, but it's completely understandable when you consider the amount of concentration that this kind of thing would take.

*Except when absolutely necessary.

EDIT: And then the guy goes through X1-X3 with the same limitations, then adds "No dashing" to the list. fffffffffffffffffffff

Brickroad
01-04-2010, 01:41 AM
I can't wait to watch that guy's MMX stuff when I get home. Is it tool-assisted?

SpoonyGundam
01-04-2010, 01:53 AM
I can't wait to watch that guy's MMX stuff when I get home. Is it tool-assisted?

Nope. It's all done the old-fashioned way, so it's a hell of a lot more impressive to me.

Tanto
01-04-2010, 10:44 AM
Hey, he managed to vocalize my feelings on Jet Stingray's stage almost precisely. Why oh why does that place have the best music in the game?

Aleanil
01-06-2010, 03:24 PM
I just noticed that Altimate's FF8 LP (http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=491345) went off of hiatus! Several new posts already, seeming about one post a day. It was recommended earlier in the thread, and it's good to see it resumed again.

Silent Noise
01-07-2010, 08:53 PM
This one cracks me up. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0dFpa79OUo)

poetfox
01-10-2010, 09:45 PM
I don't know if you've seen this, but oh my goodness, I've been watching this (http://v.lp.prinny.co.uk/mercenaries-2) let's play of Mercs 2 today? And I have been laughing SO HARD. You should give it a try. It gets so crazy and silly with the co-op action. Excitement.
http://v.lp.prinny.co.uk/images/mercs2/logo.png?1258835451

Sky Render
01-10-2010, 10:21 PM
I know the Something Awful LP Archive has been mentioned here before, but I thought I should mention that they have what may be the only engrossing SimCity 2000 LP I've ever seen.

SimCity 2000 LP by Moon Slayer (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/SimCity%202000/)

Gotta give credit where credit's due: the SA forum goons are often very good at creative writing.

Torgo
01-16-2010, 12:24 AM
I know the Something Awful LP Archive has been mentioned here before, but I thought I should mention that they have what may be the only engrossing SimCity 2000 LP I've ever seen.

SimCity 2000 LP by Moon Slayer (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/SimCity%202000/)

Gotta give credit where credit's due: the SA forum goons are often very good at creative writing.
I enjoyed that very much. Thanks for the link.

Silent Noise
01-23-2010, 06:52 PM
CAN YOU JUMP IT? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpR3PWXEqBs)

Gredlen
01-27-2010, 01:09 AM
I may have regurgitated with pleasure/excitement and soiled my pants with fear while watching the ILLBLEED LP (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3222410).
Warning: the second playthrough (parts 27 and above) get way into NSFW territory.

Gredlen
01-31-2010, 09:03 PM
I love the narrator. The best parts are when the text scrolls up faster than he reads, so at the end he has to start rushing out the lines to keep up.

Gredlen
01-31-2010, 09:29 PM
Oh. I guess I didn't notice that so much, then. I think the only time it started bothering me was in Killerman, and he only did it there to underscore how ridiculous the mystery ended up being.

MarsDragon
02-15-2010, 11:57 AM
This currently running Final Fantasy II LP (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3261422) is pretty good. It's by a guy who knows the game inside and out, and he explains a lot of useful things about how to play the game without beating up on your own characters constantly. Honestly, once you know what's going on FFII doesn't seem that bad compared to other RPGs of the era.

Ereror
02-21-2010, 07:02 PM
The Left 4 Dead LP on Something Awful (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3241456) is pretty hilarious. I'm often surprised that they manage to get through while having such bad teamwork.

Tanto
02-27-2010, 02:24 PM
The Dark Id takes on Drakengard (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Drakengard/index.html). The game is rife with, as the goons say, "What the Christ!?"-ness, and thus suits him perfectly.

Mr Bean
03-01-2010, 08:48 PM
The Dark Id takes on Drakengard (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Drakengard/index.html). The game is rife with, as the goons say, "What the Christ!?"-ness, and thus suits him perfectly.

Ok, I thought Dirge of Cerberus (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Dirge%20of%20Cerberus/) was bad, but I just read through that whole LP and I think the end officially broke me. I seriously have no words for it. Drakengard!

Brickroad
03-06-2010, 09:13 PM
I can't link to it from work, but OverTheGun's new LP of Braid is really entertaining. It's over on them You-Tubes.

Thraeg
03-18-2010, 11:51 AM
Not sure if they technically count as LPs or not, given that they're on a "real site" rather than a forum, but Rock, Paper, Shotgun has two excellent (and massive) chronicles of multiplayer grand strategy games played over a period of weeks. Each of the players takes turns explaining their actions and thought processes at each stage of the game, and it makes for a fascinating narrative full of intricate plots and backstabbing.

Solium Infernum (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/01/25/the-complete-gameboys-from-hell/)

Neptune's Pride (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/03/18/the-complete-pride-and-falls/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+RockPaperShotgun+(Rock,+Paper,+ Shotgun))

Alpha Werewolf
03-19-2010, 05:36 AM
Solium Infernum (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/01/25/the-complete-gameboys-from-hell/)

This is the best LP.

Aeonus
03-19-2010, 06:08 AM
There's a new Dwarf Fortress LP up at the archive: Syrupleaf. (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Syrupleaf/) It's a sequel to Headshoots!

Sky Render
03-19-2010, 10:42 AM
I dunno why, but Headshoots and Syrupleaf both bored me. Probably because they both forced the game to adapt to their story, whereas Boatmurdered adapted the story based on what the game threw at them.

In outside-LP-related news, The Spoony One did another video LP a while back. This time he tackled Ripper (http://spoonyexperiment.com/category/ripper/page/3/), another old FMV game. It stars Christopher Walken. Need I say more?

Tanto
03-20-2010, 10:19 AM
Are you in a Pokemony mood with the release of HG/SS?

Well, maybe a new RedChocobo LP would be up your alley (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3281820).

Kirin
03-20-2010, 03:30 PM
Oh heck yes. Though I prefer reading them archived, so I'll probably wait.

PapillonReel
03-20-2010, 07:54 PM
Are you in a Pokemony mood with the release of HG/SS?

Well, maybe a new RedChocobo LP would be up your alley (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3281820).

Aw yeah.

SpoonyGundam
03-22-2010, 03:54 PM
Dart, are you responsible for RAW HORSE POWER, or is there another Zaidyer out there on the internet that wants to ruin Raocow's day?

Spikey
04-05-2010, 01:09 AM
If there's one video that sums up the New Super Mario Bros. Wii experience, This is it. (http://www.viddler.com/explore/Maxwell_Adams/videos/448/)

Fredly81
04-18-2010, 07:56 PM
With all due respect to lakupo, THE definitive Metroid II Let's Play is happening on SA.

Epic Stuff (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3293318&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1)

I only wish Super Metroid used some of the innovations and creative sequence breaks found in there...

Healy
04-20-2010, 12:51 AM
Has anyone heard of this FF2 LP at SA? (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3261422&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1) It is actually pretty good! To be honest it's gotten me to soften up towards FF2.

Thraeg
04-22-2010, 11:36 AM
This short, fully illustrated Dwarf Fortress chronicle (http://www.nzfortress.co.nz/forum/showthread.php?t=20768)is pretty great.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2691/4536607100_b99e237c3f_o.jpg

Brickroad
04-22-2010, 12:15 PM
That was awesome.

I love a good Dwarf Fortress LP.

mr_bungle700
04-23-2010, 05:03 AM
That was so good that it made me finally look into Dwarf Fortress.

I am now afraid of Dwarf Fortress.

Sky Render
04-30-2010, 07:27 PM
It's not exactly an LP, but it is very Toastyfrog-esque: I was inspired recently to do a Thumbnail Theater (remember those?) of Vagrant Story. Here it is, if you're curious. (http://www.skyrender.net/tt/vs_tt.html) This might not be the best spot to link to it, but I can't really think of anywhere else that would be appropriate since Thumbnail Theater was one of the precursors to Let's Plays.

Kirin
05-02-2010, 01:18 PM
Sweet. I don't have time to read the whole thing right now, but I'll definitely do so later.

widdershins
05-09-2010, 03:36 PM
With all due respect to lakupo, THE definitive Metroid II Let's Play is happening on SA.

Epic Stuff (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3293318&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1)

I only wish Super Metroid used some of the innovations and creative sequence breaks found in there...

That's... that's... wonderful. And I'm not even a Metroid guy, really.

(I like how long it takes some folks to catch on)

Nobuyuki
05-09-2010, 11:19 PM
If you love bad games as much as I do you might want to check out this series of videos on the absolute worst shovelware (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3202156). If nothing else it's a great reminder that Sony UK has absolutely no standards.

Onomarchus
05-10-2010, 06:29 PM
Those crazy kids at the Giant Bomb (http://www.giantbomb.com/) are running not one, but two Endurance Runs playing through Deadly Premonition.

Alpha Werewolf
06-05-2010, 11:04 AM
Let's fuck up Pokemon Blue to hilarious results! (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3289342&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1)(Seriously read this it's the funniest LP since that last one)

EDIT: If you don't have the archive upgrade for SA, here's the archived version: http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/BreakingBlue/

Mr Bean
06-27-2010, 09:14 AM
Ever wonder what would happen if goons tried to conquer the world? RISK! (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Risk/)

Brickroad
07-14-2010, 07:47 AM
One of my best buds is doing an LP of the new Bionic Commando (http://kefkafloyd.blip.tv/file/3878496/).

(Don't worry, I already yelled at him for sitting on the title screen too long.)

dosboot
07-14-2010, 06:05 PM
May I humbly submit HCBailly (http://www.youtube.com/user/HCBailly#g/p)? He's got a bunch of video LPs of rpgs. No special gimmicks, but he's enjoyable to listen to and the games are good. I'm underway watching Link's Awakening and Terranigma, both recommended (not to upstage Beat here).

PapillonReel
07-31-2010, 05:21 PM
Let's fuck up Pokemon Blue to hilarious results! (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3289342&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1)(Seriously read this it's the funniest LP since that last one)

The screaming horrors (http://www.viddler.com/explore/Metroixer/videos/70/) that serenade you (http://www.viddler.com/explore/Metroixer/videos/71/) that he recorded when he breaks Pokémon Yellow literally floored me. Just... wow.

mr_bungle700
08-06-2010, 12:32 AM
One of my best buds is doing an LP of the new Bionic Commando (http://kefkafloyd.blip.tv/file/3878496/).

(Don't worry, I already yelled at him for sitting on the title screen too long.)

Oh yeah, I figure I should mention that I've been watching this LP and it's really good! You should tell this dude that he is a good dude.

kefkafloyd
08-06-2010, 07:45 PM
Oh yeah, I figure I should mention that I've been watching this LP and it's really good! You should tell this dude that he is a good dude.

Thanks, it's much appreciated. :) I hope you enjoy the rest of it!

mr_bungle700
08-06-2010, 09:49 PM
I have no reason to believe that I won't!

Captain Keene
10-01-2010, 11:11 PM
I never played beyond the first couple of hours of Breath of Fire IV, but this LP (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3296453&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1) makes me wish that I did. It may not beat out Dragon Quarter for the best in the series, but it makes a damn close second.

wheepenpen
10-10-2010, 05:16 PM
Here's a good Fatal Frame 2 video LP (http://www.youtube.com/user/Toegoff#g/c/5002074D07786A4D) that I liked.

78 parts

Heffenfeffer
11-20-2010, 06:11 PM
I liked reading through this guy's Galactic Civilizations playthroughs on PC Gamer - even though these types of games aren't my cup of tea, his writing style coupled with his insane plans that somehow end up working are comedy gold.

Especially funny is his second playthrough, where he attempts to unite everyone in the largest possible galaxy through peace - and fails miserably.

Day 1: This is a diary of my attempt to conquer this new size of galaxy, without resorting to violence. This time I'm going for peace.

Day 10: You know, I think this might actually work. I just took out the Korath - a race whose special ability is called "Super Annihilator". There can't be many races less susceptible to good TV shows and fine wines than that.

Day 27: God, look at me. This was supposed to be my quest for peace, and I've become addicted to destroying suns.

Destroying a sun. It's my answer to everything. How did I try to mend relations with the Terrans? I destroyed a sun. How did I vanquish the Dread Lords? I destroyed their sun. How did I tackle the volatile Drengin? Destroyed all their suns. Drath relations dodgy? Gear up to destroy some suns.

It was spreading to real life, too. Deputy Editor Tim called just now to ask how this diary was coming along, and all I could say was "It's taking a while. Couldn't we just destroy the sun?"


Playthrough 1 (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=161570&site=pcg)

Playthrough 2 (Part 1) (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=195920)

Playthrough 2 (Part 2) (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=198344&site=pcg)

FSS
11-20-2010, 07:07 PM
One of my best buds is doing an LP of the new Bionic Commando (http://kefkafloyd.blip.tv/file/3878496/).

(Don't worry, I already yelled at him for sitting on the title screen too long.)

Now I want this game. Any game with grappling is automatically awesome.

boot101
11-20-2010, 09:42 PM
Awesome Gal Civ II LP

That was frigging hilarious! Great writing, I was lolin the whole time!

Kirin
11-21-2010, 12:28 PM
Now I want this game. Any game with grappling is automatically awesome.

Wow, you've been on this forum for a solid year now, and you're just now being exposed to Bionic Commando? And you're a fan of Umihara Kawase too. How very odd. But yes, you should probably play it.


Edit: Oh wait, we're talking about the new Bionic Commando. Less bewildering. Still, odd that it passed you by if you're such a fan of grappling. Perhaps you'll be able to overlook the reportedly stupid and childhood-raping story. (Haven't played it myself.)

Toothache42
11-21-2010, 12:44 PM
I highly recommend checking out AccountingNightmare's take on the first 3 Devil (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/DMC/) May (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/DMC2/) Cry (http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/DMC3/) games' LPs. Very informative, not so much silly but still entertaining for me. Plus its good to see more female LPers. Can't wait for the 4th game.

FSS
11-21-2010, 04:31 PM
Wow, you've been on this forum for a solid year now, and you're just now being exposed to Bionic Commando? And you're a fan of Umihara Kawase too. How very odd. But yes, you should probably play it.


Edit: Oh wait, we're talking about the new Bionic Commando. Less bewildering. Still, odd that it passed you by if you're such a fan of grappling. Perhaps you'll be able to overlook the reportedly stupid and childhood-raping story. (Haven't played it myself.)

I did see brickroad and a few others play it, but as I'm so young I've been spoiled and have to at least settle for SNES generation gameplay. I'm also very cheap, so I hardly ever play anything next gen unless it's on the PC. The end result is me caught between playing generally old games and freeware games. But yeah, I don't know why the new Bionic Commando is getting such a bad rep either. It seems very polished to me. Then again, I've also never played it myself.

TirMcDohl
01-10-2011, 06:22 AM
Francois, aka ZedPower over at the Brontos is doing a great LP of Shin Megami Tensei. (http://brontoforum.us/index.php?topic=5679.0) The original, I'd assume.

Nobuyuki
01-18-2011, 10:06 PM
The Dark Id has started an LP of Nier (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3382650) on the SA boards, which is sure to be great. He's already done an incredible LPs of Drakengard and others (http://lparchive.org/search/The%20Dark%20Id#results).

Thraeg
01-26-2011, 01:56 PM
There's an absolutely hilarious LP of Tokimeki Memorial going on now over at Qt3 (http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk/showthread.php?t=63246).

Azzizzle
01-30-2011, 06:01 AM
I recommend anything done by The Freelance Astronauts (http://freelanceastronauts.com) but more specifically Maxwell Adams as he plays the majority of games.

Trynant
02-05-2011, 06:47 PM
First off, this is the best and only Let's Play you should ever watch ever. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyd-0_ZZ8qc)

SA has three very good Demon's Souls LPs. (http://lparchive.org/Demons-Souls/) Squint does a straight runthrough of the game, Weaponboy plays bunch of New Game + stuff, and Punchyfist, well he plays through using only fist weapons.

Honestly the Punchyfist run is somewhat repetitive, but all is redeemed thanks to this video. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAntLE7Jr5U)

Chip Cheezum and General Ironicus (http://chipandironicus.com/index.html) have a bunch of good LPs.

There have been some IWBTG LPs recommended, and while I do like the one done by the creator of the game, I think this LP over at the Penny Arcade forums (http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=66434) does it right. The same LP'er also did VVVVVV. (http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=123004)

And Retsupurae (http://www.youtube.com/user/retsupurae) should probably be mentioned in this thread.

Pajaro Pete
02-07-2011, 01:10 PM
THIS IS NOT THE PROPER ORDER IN WHICH TO DO THE EVENTS OF LINK's AWAKENING (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3387459)

Mr. J
02-07-2011, 01:30 PM
THIS IS NOT THE PROPER ORDER IN WHICH TO DO THE EVENTS OF LINK's AWAKENING (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3387459)

Oh man that's so great. Can't wait for the rest of them.

Issun
02-16-2011, 10:26 PM
I finally watched Brick's Super Metroid LP, and when he mentioned that you can do a reverse boss order run, I had to see it.

So there's this here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws1S-yWlutc). It's a pretty informative video, and the guy's laconic narration style really works. He's even kind enough to put in skip boxes for the stretches when nothing really happens.

It's not fantastically entertaining, but it's often interesting.

Serephine
02-28-2011, 03:13 AM
THIS IS NOT THE PROPER ORDER IN WHICH TO DO THE EVENTS OF LINK's AWAKENING (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3387459)Man, they keep locking off the LP forum for people that don't have accounts, and I can't remember what e-mail and password I used for mine. >.> This guy breaks the game so well you'd think it was meant to be done that way, and we're all mutants for going through it 'the normal way'.

I just finished watching Jamesman's Yakuza 1 LP (http://lparchive.org/Yakuza/) and I enjoyed so thoroughly I wanted to bring it to the attention of others. It drew me in like a good anime does honestly, where I'd keep trying to go to sleep but FUCK I GOTTA SEE WHAT COMES NEXT. He does a great job of talking the viewer through the game without relying on stupid gimmicky bullshit to keep his commentary flowing, knows when to shut up, and splits off the optional stuff into separate videos so you can keep focused on the story if thats your thing.

Lucas
02-28-2011, 10:57 AM
Man, they keep locking off the LP forum for people that don't have accounts, and I can't remember what e-mail and password I used for mine. >.>

Fortunately the guy uses the same name on youtube so I was able to find and finish enjoying the LP that way.

Phenwah
03-11-2011, 04:37 PM
I'm not sure about "great", but I've been told to recommend my own off-site LP of Red Steel 2 (http://lparchive.org/Red-Steel-2/), featuring Lobst and DemoWeasel.

Enjoy! I hope.

Aaron M
03-11-2011, 08:55 PM
I'm not sure about "great", but I've been told to recommend my own off-site LP of Red Steel 2 (http://lparchive.org/Red-Steel-2/), featuring Lobst and DemoWeasel.

I watched the first couple of these; they're pretty good! Then I got in my car and put on the newest Retronauts Live, and DemoWeasel was the first caller. Now I'm concerned he's following me.

Healy
04-09-2011, 07:44 PM
Check out this LP of Executive Suite (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3396989), the 80's-est game ever concieved of.

Meditative_Zebra
04-10-2011, 11:20 AM
THIS IS NOT THE PROPER ORDER IN WHICH TO DO THE EVENTS OF LINK's AWAKENING (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3387459)

I've never even played Link's Awakening and this blows my mind.

McClain
04-23-2011, 12:42 PM
Holly crap, I just started watching our new friend Golbeeze's solo Rosa FFIV LP (http://www.youtube.com/user/Golbeeze#p/c/C68EA59795AF5397/0/qyoeaXSLLJ8) and it's blowing my mind. Way more interesting than the solo Cecil run I tried a while back.

Aaron M
04-24-2011, 09:56 AM
Holly crap, I just started watching our new friend Golbeeze's solo Rosa FFIV LP (http://www.youtube.com/user/Golbeeze#p/c/C68EA59795AF5397/0/qyoeaXSLLJ8) and it's blowing my mind.

Challenge runs of FFs 4-6 and I Wanna Be The Guy, plus... a normal run of Mystic Quest. I like the cut of this guy's jib.

Mr Bean
05-21-2011, 03:20 PM
I've been enjoying this Assasin's Creed (http://lparchive.org/Assassins-Creed/) LP over at the SA archive. I like the Assassin's Creed 2 series but never bothered to play the original since I don't think I could deal with the loss of all the quality of life improvements they put into the sequel so it's fun seeing the backstory that only gets summarized later.

Plus, it's chock full of HISTORY where the LP'er explains what was actually going on during the 3rd crusade.

Walliard
05-21-2011, 04:20 PM
Do you like Mario 64? Have you ever wondered if it could be played using only one's feet?

Turns out it can (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3397681).

Kala
06-05-2011, 03:05 AM
Gotta love the Irish. (http://lparchive.org/Saboteur-The/)

Also, shout out to Phenwah for signing into Xbox live in the middle of a big shoot-out, while TyrantSabre was recording. :3

Smiler
06-06-2011, 01:03 AM
Nakar's LPs of Ultima 4-7 are pretty good. It starts out informative, but then it grows into probably my favorite screenshot LP. Also if you have played Ultima before you can probably relate to the playstyle the LP takes (completely breaking the game).

4-6 (http://lparchive.org/Ultima-4-5-and-6/)
Martian Dreams (http://lparchive.org/Martian-Dreams/)
Ultima 7 Part 1 (http://lparchive.org/Ultima-VII-The-Black-Gate/)
Ultima 7 Part 2 (http://lparchive.org/Ultima-VII-Part-2-Serpent-Isle/)

KCar
06-06-2011, 02:52 AM
Can anyone recommend an entertaining LP of Gears of War to me? I have reasons for watching the game without playing it, and ideally I'd like something kind of funny to make the whole thing go down smoothly.

Spikey
06-10-2011, 08:32 AM
You'd think that a bunch of spreadsheets would make for a pretty boring LP.

You'd be wrong. (http://lparchive.org/Gazillionaire-Deluxe/)

Zef
07-10-2011, 10:08 PM
On the one hand...

TheDarkID's Nier LP at Something Awful is now old enough to require Archives access :( A shame, since the entire point of the LP was to read the audience reactions (making the LP Archive (http://lparchive.org/) useless,) and I had only just gotten up to the beginning of Path B... which, in itself, was the point of reading audience reactions!

On the other...

His Drakengard 2 LP is still available to the public (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3411336), and he just started a Xenogears LP. (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3422682)

Fair trade?

Pajaro Pete
07-12-2011, 03:38 PM
Zef do you want an archives upgrade?

eternaljwh
07-12-2011, 04:14 PM
If you love horrible translation issues, SA has Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3422844) despite otherwise blanket-banning new Pokémon LPs.

What do you get when the protagonist picks up a potion after being put through three bootleg translations (J->Chinese->V->English)? "Terry! Drug bag fuck!"

The other highlight of the (ongoing) thread is the recipes and pictures of results for some of the language that the game churns out, including "VOLCANO BAKEMEAT" and "ANGRY BREAD".

It's all very surreal.

Smiler
07-18-2011, 04:02 PM
Bionic Commando DOS (http://lparchive.org/Bionic-Commando-DOS/)

Refa
07-20-2011, 09:23 PM
Guy plays through Mega Man X4 using X and gets no items, uses no weapons* and takes no damage. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_Eka9R4tfA)

I can do the first two restrictions, but damn. It's pretty neat to see him do a lot of the same things that I figured out on my own when I do no stuff runs, though. Then he goes on to do X5 and X6 the same way.

He records commentary after he records the video, but it's completely understandable when you consider the amount of concentration that this kind of thing would take.

*Except when absolutely necessary.

EDIT: And then the guy goes through X1-X3 with the same limitations, then adds "No dashing" to the list. fffffffffffffffffffff

Just want to second this guy's LPs. He's also recently done playthroughs (not LPs, no audio commentary, it's all in the description below) of the romhack Rockman 2000 and another cool challenge run of Mega Man 7.

EDIT Also, this Animal Crossing LP is genius.

http://lparchive.org/Animal-Crossing/

Mr. J
08-10-2011, 10:50 PM
Great set of video LPs on katamari damacy

http://www.youtube.com/user/NakaTeleeli#p/c/169FCB2D6BA1ACF4/0/yYl3TaUv5-E

Fredly81
08-19-2011, 11:25 PM
For all of us Americans who can't buy it, there's a playthrough (no commentary, for good or bad) of Xenoblade Chronicles going on here (http://www.youtube.com/user/Gyoru#p/c/24C244CD474E2340/0/5-3qjZrUqjA). I want to play this game now.

Alpha Werewolf
09-24-2011, 02:53 PM
seorin's excellent Fate/Stay Night LP (http://fsn.seorinwastaken.com/archive/index.html) (Let's Read?) was finally archived (admittedly, on his own site rather than the lparchive); I was reading along when he ran it, and I highly recommend it.

Gwrrrk
09-25-2011, 09:58 AM
AccountingNightmare has started her DMC4 LP (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3431308)!

Inactive Blacksmith
10-08-2011, 09:39 PM
I saw Alpha's post and figured since Fate/Zero is airing, why not I read the LP since I haven't seen the anime in a while? I heard it's got some H-scenes but they can't be too bad.

Boy was I wrong.

Darrel Odin
10-14-2011, 02:29 PM
For all of us Americans who can't buy it, there's a playthrough (no commentary, for good or bad) of Xenoblade Chronicles going on here (http://www.youtube.com/user/Gyoru#p/c/24C244CD474E2340/0/5-3qjZrUqjA). I want to play this game now.

And if you want commentary, the Hellfirecomms gruop has done a commentary on the game as well. It's on their site.

blinkpen
10-19-2011, 12:05 AM
AccountingNightmare has started her DMC4 LP (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3431308)!

!!!!!

Also, have you good folks heard about this Xenogears LP (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3422682)? It is fabulous. Though Something Awful seems to have a bewildering profanity filter (why???) that really awkwards up a lot of the posts. Nevertheless it's great:

http://i.imgur.com/NpjmO.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/uCbk5.jpg

Smiler
10-19-2011, 10:42 PM
The profanity filter is only there if you aren't logged in.

Kala
10-19-2011, 11:32 PM
The filter is also much funnier... and downright required for their Sims 3 thread. -_-;

Speaking of which, the Sims Medieval thread is looking pretty good right now.

Adam
10-19-2011, 11:33 PM
I noticed all the filters when I didn't have an account, but I haven't noticed any unfiltered swears since registering.

On a related note, what is "GBS thread" a filter for?

Pajaro Pete
10-19-2011, 11:44 PM
"Shitting"

MCBanjoMike
10-27-2011, 02:12 PM
Also, have you good folks heard about this Xenogears LP (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3422682)? It is fabulous.

I've been reading this and it really is super great. As someone who had almost no prior knowledge of Xenogears, watching someone go through the game, it almost looks like it would be...fun?? I'm half tempted to try playing it for myself, but everything I've heard about it leads me to believe that I would eventually come to regret that decision if I did.

ultimatt
10-27-2011, 04:49 PM
I think I'm going to stick it on my PSP and replay it. It has its flaws but I think it's worthwhile to (re)visit.
And if you don't like it you can just read the LP!
One concern is that the LP doesn't really show how frequent the random battles are. They can really become a pain.

kaisel
10-27-2011, 04:52 PM
I've been reading this and it really is super great. As someone who had almost no prior knowledge of Xenogears, watching someone go through the game, it almost looks like it would be...fun?? I'm half tempted to try playing it for myself, but everything I've heard about it leads me to believe that I would eventually come to regret that decision if I did.

Xenogears is an ambitious trainwreck. It tried a bunch of different things, and has a great soundtrack and a pretty fun battle system and manages to hold together for three quarters of a disc, and then it just shatters.

I recommend it if you can get it for cheap, even if it is kinda terribly flawed.

Dubin
10-27-2011, 05:07 PM
God help you if you try to do the Kislev sewers without a map. I played it at just the right age to not realize how painful it is to look at the same one tile for hours on end, but I still couldn't muster the will to come back to it after getting all the way up to the sewer boss with one Zetasol and no saves since the start of that in-game day at the latest. Hint: Carrying no revive items in your inventory is generally a bad idea against a boss who can randomly decide to spam his one-hit kill against your entire party.

I remember wondering how much game my brother had to blow through to hop from boss to boss so relatively quickly in Disc 2. I had no idea that it was literally one wall of text after the other except for the, like, two dungeons that the dev team actually completed. http://www.the-weaving.com/images/temp/emot-gonk.gif

Refa
10-28-2011, 05:13 PM
So I was reading the Xenogears Let's Play and after trying to go to the next page, it prompted me to get an SA account. :( Well, I guess I'll have to wait until (if) it gets put up on the LP archive before reading it.

Kala
10-28-2011, 05:17 PM
Oh no, not again... Something Awful blocks off non-members for about a fortnight every so often, and it always takes me days to get caught up afterward. T_T

Right when there were so many good ones going, too...

Kalir
10-28-2011, 07:03 PM
BUT THE GHOST TRICK LP

WHAT ABOUT GHOST TRICK

Kala
10-28-2011, 08:10 PM
...Oh God.

I miss Missile already. :(

Adam
10-28-2011, 08:54 PM
The last time they went pay, thedarkid (the Xenogears LP'er) had gone offline because a hurricane hit his island. I had to pay up just to see if he was still alive. Okay that's a lie, I just asked Turnip, but he guilted me into paying.

ultimatt
10-28-2011, 09:01 PM
nooooooooooooooooooo

Loki
10-29-2011, 12:54 AM
Just pay the ten bucks seash.

Kala
10-29-2011, 12:58 AM
But they don't accept Paypal... and not everyone has access to the few credit cards SA accepts, you know.

Seriously, I would gladly pay double if I could. :/

Pajaro Pete
10-29-2011, 06:18 PM
Adding insult to injury for the folks that are locked out: Someone's doing a Final Fantasy Tactics 1.3 (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3445832&pagenumber=1) let's play. FFT1.3 is a romhack of FFT for advanced players that makes the game more challenging. In other words, it's full of horrible bullshit. The player compares it to Kaizo Mario World.

Kala
10-29-2011, 06:26 PM
...Sane people would not touch that game with a ten-foot pole, despite the item's many uses.

But if it's halfway as entertaining as Colon V's Chocolate Secret LP, I might give it a look. Could be Schadenfreude-licious.

Zef
10-29-2011, 07:40 PM
Just pay the ten bucks seash.

But doesn't a paid membership remove the loving swear filter?

Dubin
10-29-2011, 08:45 PM
Adding insult to injury for the folks that are locked out: Someone's doing a Final Fantasy Tactics 1.3 (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3445832&pagenumber=1) let's play. FFT1.3 is a romhack of FFT for advanced players that makes the game more challenging. In other words, it's full of horrible bullshit. The player compares it to Kaizo Mario World.
Entire Deep Dungeon floors filled with nothing but Divine Knights. Hasted, Protect/Shelled, all 13 slots etc. etc. Also that one version with the E N D battle that was literally impossible because the Arc Witch had a forced first turn.

Hahahahahaha

Although the normal battle tweaks in theory looked to be no worse than just throwing the same ridiculous (S)SCC tactics back at the community that has been using them for years to crush FFT. Then again, we are talking about a group of people who casually say
A 1.6% chance to win? Pffft; SSCCers can manage that in their sleep.

Mogri
10-31-2011, 12:14 AM
The best part of 1.3 is listening to people defend it.

Dubin
10-31-2011, 12:31 AM
It's funny, I love FFL2 to pieces but also know enough to break it six ways from Sunday with four robots or justabout-TAS it with four monsters, so I figured Amuseum's tweaks would make it fresh and challenging again. I didn't even make it to the Baby Wyrm before I hopped back to OG FFL2. The same thing happened when I tried FFT 1.3 after the umpteenth SSCC--even though in theory I should have relished the opportunity to have to fight for my life for the first time again, there was just some intangible absence of an essential something that made me drop it after meeting Algus.

Forget bullshit difficulty; romhacks suck because they suck the soul out of beautiful games.

Refa
10-31-2011, 09:31 AM
It's because they're made by people who've played the hell out of the original games, so they're either Kaizo Mario hard or a venue for people to make their own not so original games. Shame too, because something like FFT 1.3 sounds like such a good idea on the surface.

Sky Render
10-31-2011, 10:21 AM
To be more exact, ROMhacks just add more tedium to the experience. Like the old-school difficulty levels in video games, they just up the numbers and don't change any of the existing AI or scripting. Modern difficulty settings (at least when they're done competently) instead adjust enemy AI routines and by and large leave the raw numbers alone (maybe a small adjusting up or down based on difficulty level, but nothing to the level of excess that you see in ROMhacks). What these hackers fail to grasp is that the numbers were set where they were because they were the right values for the AI scripting used. Tweaking with them simply unbalances (or in the case of some games, properly balances) the challenge, but doesn't actually adjust it.

SpoonyGundam
11-06-2011, 09:40 AM
Speaking of RomHacks, HideofBeast just did another thing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBOdc_mx5Vk). Unfortunately, the commentary he wrote was too long for the videos, so he just threw it on pastebin instead of recording it.

The difficulty of the hack itself is still pretty silly at times, but it does do some neat things with its level design.

Sky Render
11-06-2011, 10:44 AM
Other than the dick move rainbow beams, and the pointlessly 10-times-too-strong crusher robot that was otherwise not even a threat, that stage was actually pretty interesting. I chuckled pretty heartily at the Kirby Lolo/Lala-inspired part.

SpoonyGundam
11-06-2011, 11:13 AM
Yeah, those crusher robots are pretty ridiculous. The only thing I can think of is that some subweapon completely schools them, because damn.

The hack isn't completely finished yet, but he plays through all of what's there. It's still missing Cossack 4, Wily 3, and Wily 4 at the moment.

Cossack 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqZKfHBZHvY) is pretty neat in that it manages to actually make the Yellow Devil interesting again while still feeling sufficiently Yellow Devilly. It loses some points for the stupidly overlong midboss, though. That's definitely something that's better on paper than in practice.

Sky Render
11-06-2011, 12:18 PM
Yeah, that bubble fight was pretty much an extended session of bad game design in practice. It reminded me a lot of Clive Barker's Jericho, actually: if a fight is interesting, clearly the best solution is to make the player do it again under slightly harder circumstances! And then again with the challenge upped a bit more! Not that the player's tactics have to change in the least, it's just more tedium.

Game Design 101: the more unique experiences you give the player, the better. Because while the experience may in fact be novel, interesting, and generally quite cool the first time, it's going to be significantly less so for each and every time it happens afterward.

Gwrrrk
11-12-2011, 06:41 AM
Shadow CatBoy finally has put his epic (5+ years in the making) Planescape:Torment review up on the LParchive (http://lparchive.org/Planescape-Torment/) if you are ever looking for something to read.

MCBanjoMike
11-15-2011, 12:28 PM
I've been reading this and it really is super great. As someone who had almost no prior knowledge of Xenogears, watching someone go through the game, it almost looks like it would be...fun?? I'm half tempted to try playing it for myself, but everything I've heard about it leads me to believe that I would eventually come to regret that decision if I did.

I finally broke down and bought this last night - pray for me. I played about 2 hours, and I actually enjoyed it! Except for the encounter rate in dungeons, ouch. Anyway, the SA forums are once again open to the public, so everyone should return to reading this fantastic LP.

Glass Knuckle
11-15-2011, 12:55 PM
That Xenogears LP is pretty much the only thing keeping me interested in finishing the game. I've gone from reading just behind my own progress in the game to avoid spoilers, to just ahead of my progress so I'll have something more entertaining to think about when I see the vanilla version of events.

Meditative_Zebra
11-17-2011, 02:26 AM
THIS IS NOT THE PROPER ORDER IN WHICH TO DO THE EVENTS OF LINK's AWAKENING (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3387459)

Oh man that's so great. Can't wait for the rest of them.

I've never even played Link's Awakening and this blows my mind.

I was just trying to show this series of videos to a friend. Sadly, the link Turnip posted goes to the Something Awful forums and is blocked for anyone who hasn't ponied up cash monies to have an account with their site.

Thankfully the videos of this dude's LP are out on Youtube and can be found here (http://www.youtube.com/user/MeccaPrime#p/c/1479B8D9B9D9F9A3/0/S3uzz1xlaqU). It's a pretty great LP!

Refa
11-19-2011, 05:56 PM
BTW, in regards to the FFT romhacks, in that LP there was mention of LFT (another FFT romhack). The mission statement is a lot more inspiring than FFT 1.3, to say the least.

http://www.rpgdl.com/forums/index.php?topic=2452.0

Anyone else hear anything about it?

Mogri
11-19-2011, 08:52 PM
I've seen someone LP it informally. It's FFT, but bigger and flashier. It's not so much a challenge patch as it is a rebalance patch, and I think most things got adjusted up. The LPer really enjoyed it, as someone who's beaten vanilla probably a dozen times.

poetfox
11-29-2011, 05:53 PM
Pigeon Dating Sim (http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk/showthread.php?t=67529).

KCar
12-04-2011, 11:47 PM
Pigeon Dating Sim (http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk/showthread.php?t=67529).

I got a friend of mine with more of a tolerance for Weird Asian Things to play this and liveblog it on facebook. She didn't reveal as much of the underlying weirdness in the back story as Ms. Gallant has been able to.

I remember her playthrough of a DS dating sim - was it a tokimeki? In any case, seconding the recommendation.

Pajaro Pete
12-10-2011, 03:42 PM
The best part of 1.3 is listening to people defend it.

Archael finally appeared in that thread, presumably after some goober showed up and started whining about how you don't have to grind in FFT 1.3.


Hi

I am the editor of Final Fantasy Tactics 1.3.

If you need verification that this is the real Archael, feel free to go to http://www.insanedifficulty.com (the site 1.3 is hosted on and where I work on it and other hard type mods) and make a post asking if the guy posting as Archael on SA is for real.

I found this thread because someone linked me to it on romhacking.net, trying to express the sentiment that 1.3 is a bad mod because it gets shot down here by people saying that it's unfair, difficult in the wrong ways, lame, boring, tedious, or whatever else.

I'm going to try to explain why some people are either off base, wrong, not getting it, need to learn to play, or why the mod isn't for them and they need to go play Bejeweled instead.


I feel that this will best be done in a Q/A format and it'll save space too. Here you go:

Q1: Wow the editor of 1.3 must be insane / masochistic / has asperger's / didn't know what he was doing!
A1: Actually, I'm just a guy that has played FFT since release and felt that the original game had great gameplay, but was way too easy.


Q2: This is bad design. This is the wrong way of doing "difficulty" in FFT. What he should have done is balance everything perfectly, then tweak the AI so that it is smarter, harder to beat, and/or is on even footing with the player but can challenge players more than Vanilla:
A2: You have no idea how many limitations hacking / modding FFT has currently. It is IMPOSSIBLE to tweak the game's AI enough right now where you can release a hard type mod where enemies are on a perfectly balanced ruleset with the player and the player can still be challenged. Gaming has not evolved to that point yet. Gaming AI isn't at that point yet, and Hacking / Modding is not at that point yet.

If you want to be on perfect even footing with an enemy and want to be challenged. by skill alone, play Chess. A modded game, or any video game at all, is not for you.


Q3: FFT1.3 only makes me need to grind more!!! This isnt difficulty, its just more tedium!!
A3: You can grind levels, XP, and JP if you wish. But the game WILL adjust its difficulty to take this into account. Enemies will match their level with yours, and their gear will scale accordingly. Whether or not you "grind" in 1.3 is up to the player, but the game certainly does not encourage it, nor demand it.

One thing is certain: Grinding is a much less viable strategy in 1.3 than it was in Vanilla. You can do it, but don't expect a jail out of free card. Grinding too high is NOT recommended for newbies of 1.3 because enemies will scale far too sharply for them to be able to manage. Usually, this forces them to start over and keep their levels in check.

There is no way out of difficulty in 1.3. Sooner or later, no matter what you do, you will have to learn to play by the game's mechanics. And yes, it is a hard type mod, and yes, it does rebalance things more than it did in Vanilla.



Q4: I was pro at FFT! I am a FFT VET! HOW DARE YOU MAKE THIS THING WHICH CHALLENGES ME AND DOESNT LET ME /FACEROLL THROUGH IT?
A4: The simple fact is, if you find 1.3 hard, you were never that good at FFT to begin with. Or, you abused overpowered mechanics which let you create immortal units or wipe out the entire map's worth of enemies in a single turn.


Q5: You're lying. No one plays 1.3 and has an easy time with it. 1.3 is impossible.
A5: You are wrong. There's many 1.3 LP's / Walkthroughs on Youtube that can help you out, done by people better than you, more knowledgeable at the game than you, and generally more patient than you.


Q6: ARRGGH. YOU MAKE ME ANGRY!! WHY CANT I JUST BLAME THE GAME / MOD / THE CREATOR?

A6: Calm down. 1.3 is a difficulty mod. What were you expecting? Pink Candy Pony Land? You will never get better at it without patience. If you want an easy game, why are you playing a Difficulty Mod? It doesn't make sense.


Q7: Archael, you used falsed advertising. 1.3 isn't just a rebalance mod, it is a hard type mod.

A7: I never tried to hide the fact that 1.3 GREATLY increases difficulty. It is usually the first line in any 1.3-related description I put out. 1.3 is a DIFFICULTY, rebalance, and content modification of Final Fantasy Tactics.



Q8: You are a bad modder / hacker / game designer. Your mod sucks.

A8: Then don't play it. I am not perfect, and neither are any of my projects. But by that same logic, you are not perfect either, and if you tried 1.3 thinking you could manage it and failed, stop blaming the game or its design for your own inability to adapt or figure out the obstacles it presents. Tons of people beat 1.3 already. Why can't you? If you spent 5% of the time and energy you did formulating arguments against its design in figuring out how to beat the enemy in 1.3, you'd have finished it by now.

Summary: A lot of you aren't very good at FFT, and by extension, 1.3. There's people out there who feel 1.3 is TOO EASY. Mind Boggling, huh? They are just like you, except they are much better at FFT's mechanics.

Learn to play, and if you don't like hard mods, why did you go through the trouble of downloading / patching / playing one?



I'll hang around this thread for awhile, because these 9 answers are probably going to generate even more questions.

- Archael

Mogri
12-10-2011, 04:07 PM
Archael is a regular of the GameFAQs FFT board. He is way more of a jerk there than in this document.

Alpha Werewolf
12-10-2011, 04:55 PM
Yeah, he's a jerk. But as a long-time fan of his channel, I can tell you that he's also right about a lot of things, including how 1.3 was always supposed to make the game much harder, and the fact that some people feel like it's too easy.

SpoonyGundam
12-11-2011, 10:03 AM
Archael finally appeared in that thread, presumably after some goober showed up and started whining about how you don't have to grind in FFT 1.3.

I can't decide whether the best part is when Archael decided to take some of the criticism to heart and try to make a more balanced alternate version of the hack, or when he tried to backpedal out of making said alternate version within a few hours of announcing it.

MrChris
12-11-2011, 11:10 AM
I can't decide whether the best part is when Archael decided to take some of the criticism to heart and try to make a more balanced alternate version of the hack, or when he tried to backpedal out of making said alternate version within a few hours of announcing it.

I think the absolute best is that Archael has since started a thread for his own Let's Play of vanilla FFT. It's a solo archer challenge. In video format. The original post inititally included a link to over 20 videos on Youtube, most of which appear to be between one and two hours long.

Have you ever wanted to spend 40 hours watching Ramza slowly plinking enemies to death as an archer? Oh boy, does Archael ever have an LP for you!

Pajaro Pete
12-11-2011, 11:36 AM
God that whole clusterfuck was brilliant.

MrChris
12-11-2011, 02:01 PM
There's a chapter in Al Franken's Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot where he describes listening to the Rush Limbaugh show for the first time. He tunes in to hear Limbaugh talking about a line of ties that he's marketing; he expounds at length on how great the ties are, how other people are lying about the ties, how the ties aren't as conservative as people are saying, how none of the ties have stripes. Franken is baffled and switches to a different station for fifteen minutes; when he switches back to Limbaugh's show, he's still talking about the ties.

Watching this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHVku2CTy_8&list=PLABC99DFCF99E3B81&index=13&feature=plpp_video) is the Let's Play equivalent of that experience. SPOILER WARNING: the first five minutes of video consists of a video feed of a forum thread, and a dude reading the messages in the thread while periodically trying to make Final Fantasy Tactics sound effects into his microphrone.

The other thing that's odd about the video is how quickly it becomes apparent that, for a guy who loves to talk about how his ROMhack is only for the most elite pro FFT players, Archael is actually a pretty lousy player. I actually watched the first battle in that video just to see how one plays a solo archer challenge, but all I learned is that if you a) concentrate your attacks on the slowest enemies who will never catch up to your character anyway and b) somehow contrive to move your single archer in such a way that the enemies are outside his bow's attack range while he's still within their melee range, you'll probably lose the battle.

All of which is to say that Turnip is correct, and that Final Fantasy 1.3 has been a brilliant godsend to the world of Let's Plays.

Giampi
12-11-2011, 03:32 PM
The best part is where he boasts about how he's going to destroy a particular set of enemies, and then immediately starts screaming that enemies are going to rape him, like, two seconds later.

Kjara
12-11-2011, 10:24 PM
Looks like he actually ended up releasing an easier version (he ended up actually releasing it when someone called him on the backpedaling). If anyone actually wanted to try out the class reworks and such but didn't enjoy suffering through the difficulty, you have the chance now (not to say that the random battles won't still be a pain at times but at least they usually contain less bs than the storyline battles).

The drama is hilarious though.

On a related note, LFT, one of the other romhacks mentioned in that thread is actually quite good so far (just hit chapter 4 in it).

SpoonyGundam
12-11-2011, 11:04 PM
I'm seriously a bit impressed with him for actually putting that hack together. Dude is still kind of an ass, but it's definitely a step in the right direction to stop being such an ass.

MrChris
12-12-2011, 11:30 AM
I'm also impressed, and somewhat surprised; the dude works fast. That is now the only Let's Play I've seen which has directly resulted in an update to the game being LP'd. I'd say that qualifies as pretty great.

dosboot
12-14-2011, 09:36 PM
OK - gamercal (http://www.youtube.com/user/gamercal101) here is an LP'er I'd like to share.

He has a great knack for explaining mechanics and he's a good player to watch play on top of that. Seriously, check out his Super Mario Kart LP videos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4nD58Pva2M&feature=channel_video_title) (4 videos at the moment, but oddly only 3 in the playlist) - half of everything I presently know about Mario Kart on the SNES comes from these videos. Along the same lines, I also liked the mechanics commentary woven into his co-op Mario 3 LP and his (live!) Touhou videos.

And one more thing! An interesting stand alone video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHUBUhJKkno) from a co-op super mario world hack. Admittedly it is just a 30 minute long puzzle level (starts around 1:45) which may or may not be anything new to you. The co-op commentary makes it more compelling than most though, and they encounter more than one unexpected surprise.

jpm84
12-29-2011, 01:09 PM
I don't know if any of you already saw this "Let's Break FF6" (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3429573&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1) before, it's been running for a little while. It concluded yesterday, and it blew my damn mind. I can't spoil it, even if you could probably predict the ending yourself.

I don't post on Talking Time much, and it's been a long time since I've posted here, but I immediately thought of you guys.

Kishi
12-29-2011, 04:22 PM
http://i.imgur.com/uzSrB.png


http://i.imgur.com/3LbII.png



This is pretty great.

Googleshng
12-29-2011, 05:51 PM
I don't know if any of you already saw this "Let's Break FF6" (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3429573&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1) before, it's been running for a little while. It concluded yesterday, and it blew my damn mind. I can't spoil it, even if you could probably predict the ending yourself.

I don't post on Talking Time much, and it's been a long time since I've posted here, but I immediately thought of you guys.

Well wow. That was just wonderful that was. Wasted entirely too much time with it, but still.

Sanagi
12-30-2011, 01:24 AM
Oh cool, I've been waiting for an update on that glitch, which was found ages ago but dropped out of sight for some reason. Thanks, jpm84.

Yay, a new reason to replay FF6! Last time it was to beat it with just Edgar, Setzer, and Kutan.

Kahran042
12-30-2011, 02:24 PM
Just about anything by these (http://www.youtube.com/user/MegaLazygamer) two (http://www.youtube.com/user/yunakitty2/), at least in my not-so-humble opinion. Also, I'm not sure if they've been mentioned yet, but Nakar's Ultima LPs and Thuryl's Might & Magic and Phantasy Star LPs on the LP Archive.

McClain
12-30-2011, 06:09 PM
What the heck did he just do to FF6? I just read the first update and my mind is already blown.

I need to check this thread more often.

Brickroad
01-02-2012, 06:30 AM
4-player Battletoads race starring ProtonJon and three guys who are not ProtonJon. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pERNUuCRdJ8)

Aaron M
01-04-2012, 07:56 AM
Speaking of Battletoads races, here's Psychedelic Eyeball's race (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Yh6mYf80FY) from 2008. Without infinite lives.

narcodis
01-12-2012, 08:00 PM
Rock band soundtracks a live playthrough of megaman 2 on stage in front of hundreds of people (http://youtu.be/GnQ7bDGhOLI). Which is just about the coolest idea I've ever heard.

Mogri
01-12-2012, 09:18 PM
Rock band soundtracks a live playthrough of megaman 2 on stage in front of hundreds of people (http://youtu.be/GnQ7bDGhOLI). Which is just about the coolest idea I've ever heard.

He played it on Normal. Respect: lost

ais523
01-15-2012, 12:52 PM
Hey, I think I can combine those!

Speeddemosarchive's charity speedrun marathon last year (http://speeddemosarchive.com/marathon/old/2011/AGDQ/schedule/) featured a live Battletoads race, where instead of using the game soundtrack, someone played it on piano in the background (http://www.archive.org/download/AwesomeGamesDoneQuick/AwesomeGamesDoneQuick_part23_Battletoads.mp4). Sadly, the recording of what happened doesn't seem to be working right now, but hopefully it'll have cleared up by the time you read this.

poetfox
02-19-2012, 03:31 PM
If you are like me, you did not get enough pigeon dating sim last time around. Luckily, the full game is now out and there is more pigeon dating (http://brokenforum.com/index.php?threads/hatoful-boyfriend-the-search-for-fat-birds-good-end.1028/) for you to experience!

Gwrrrk
02-22-2012, 03:52 PM
I've been really enjoying this LP of the PSP game Dangan Ronpa (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3447397).

The game is part adventure game, part Phoenix Wright, and part... light gun shooter?

It's a weird game.

Refa
02-28-2012, 03:50 AM
Sounds like Snatcher to me.

Also the Let's Play isn't over yet? How could you do such a cruel thing? This will haunt me until I can find out what the ending is....Dammit, when's XSeed announcing this for the US, I need to play it ASAP.

Dubin
02-28-2012, 06:06 PM
http://i.imgur.com/y6NpI.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/wY58V.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ksWCk.png
Are librarians always purple in anime?

Hey wait.
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t317/zodiac13serpent/yuuko1.jpg
NOPE, EVEN IN KATAWA SHOUJO

Sky Render
02-28-2012, 06:31 PM
I didn't think that game actually existed... But it does and even has a translation? Fascinating...

Dubin
02-28-2012, 06:50 PM
I didn't think that game actually existed... But it does and even has a translation? Fascinating...
Oh man, you missed the party. (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?t=7835&highlight=katawa+shoujo&page=2) The original language is English in the first place because it's a 4chan Americans who took 4chan up on their dare original.
Or maybe not all of them Americans. But peoples who writes in English as their primary language nonetheless.
If Japan actually made it themselves, they wouldn't have called it "Katawa" because that's the Japanese derogatory for cripples I'm sorry, I mean persons with disabilities. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ableism)

Note: (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=1231789&postcount=93) I do not actually think it is anything but blameworthy to bully people with disabilities for having disabilities. I just find the subtle, unconscious bullying (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=1239958&postcount=389) of over-anxious, self-righteous language from non-disabled, rich, privileged white elites to be more offensive than the explicit kind.

Refa
02-28-2012, 08:08 PM
Why are you talking about some crappy* dating sim that 4chan made.

When you could be talking about Dangan Ronpa (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3447397).

No dating here, just social links and Phoenix Wright!

*May not actually be crappy, but it's a dating sim, so...interest level lowers

Sky Render
02-28-2012, 11:07 PM
Out of morbid curiosity, I decided to see what the fuss was about with Katawa Shoujo. It's... well, I suppose I can safely say I've never played any game quite like it before. Never really been interested in dating sims, to be honest. Though I do rather like how it doesn't pull any punches when it comes to disabilities and how people deal with them. Also, Kenji is hilarious.

aubergine
03-01-2012, 06:04 AM
Out of morbid curiosity, I decided to see what the fuss was about with Katawa Shoujo. It's... well, I suppose I can safely say I've never played any game quite like it before. Never really been interested in dating sims, to be honest. Though I do rather like how it doesn't pull any punches when it comes to disabilities and how people deal with them. Also, Kenji is hilarious.

Yep, it's actually quite a good game and very appropriate with its subject matter.

MCBanjoMike
03-05-2012, 12:25 PM
4-player Battletoads race starring ProtonJon and three guys who are not ProtonJon. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pERNUuCRdJ8)

That was really great at first and then kinda painful for the last 3 (!!) hours. But still really interesting, and Jon's addition of achievements was a great touch that made the whole thing a lot more fun to watch.

Also, Brick, if you end up coming to PAX East, we should totally do something cool like that.