The lights are on
This year's Super Replay Showdown ended with an unexpected dance-off between Ben Reeves and I. Even more unexpected was my fleet-footed rise to victory, but my triumph comes at a terrible toll; I now have to grind my way through the original NES installment of Ninja Gaiden, an infuriatingly challenging platformer whose unrelenting annoyances are matched only by the stupid cackling of GI's resident clown, Dan Ryckert.
Will I be able to overcome the multistage boss battle waiting for us at the end of Ninja Gaiden's long and treacherous road? Will I be able to resist the constant urge to bludgeon Dan to death with my microphone? We can only take it one episode at a time, but I'm putting the odds for both at 50/50.
Join Andrew Reiner, Bryan Vore, Dan Ryckert, and I for the inaugural episode of what may very well be the first never-ending Super Replay.
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Wow, Jeff continues to impress. His ninja skills are kicking into high gear.
And the end of Silent Hill 2 (one of them anyway) makes me tear up. I must have played that game half a dozen times and it always gets me.
good progress and good episode.
Hooray! nothing like a new replay episode to take the edge off my Monday at work.
Your skills are most impressive Jeff, good luck with the final boss!
I have never cried during a game but I did get choked up at the end of Portal 2, Mass Effect 2 and The Walking Dead. I just got so attached to the characters in each of those games.
Does it reset you back to 6-1 at the final boss? That would be awful.
Well, I can't agree that I cried with a game like all you other pansies, but I used to be scared sh*tless from the cutscenes of Jaquio when they would show him. I was like 6 or 7, & was afraid of havin to fight him or maybe something scarier, lol. This totally prevented me from playing the rest of the game. This game is eerie as heck!
The challenge with old games in a Super Replay format is the repetition of what is happening on screen. I zoned out at one point, and the audio alone was fine to get the effect of camaraderie and humor. I think this would have been a great Replay, but as a Super Replay it just is not fitting like I was worried. Also, from the start I've wondered if the final boss could be beaten by Jeff. Given these levels I have serious doubts. Impressive if he endures and does not, not sure that will keep my interest for the three hours plus it could easily take.
I know I shouldn't but sometimes I feel bad for ryckert and his limited brain capacity. It must be terrifying to be able to be outsmarted by even the dumbest animals yikes
I don't know, it looks like they're making some pretty good progress with this one. I'll be it'll be done in another 2-3 weeks time. Not the hardest Replay by far, especially if you count trying to beat Punch-Out! and Mike Tyson. I wanna finally see Joe try his hand with that one.
I have beaten this game so many times and yet I still always enjoys seeing people play it. I would love to do a run through of it for you guys.
I have to hand it to you, Fava. You are really, really good at this game. It's impressive that you can keep your concentration and coordination with Dan pestering you all the time. Props!
Just finished Episode 1 of this and I am super stoked about the rest of the Super Replay. Jeff is hilarious and I am glad he won now. Dan was annoying for Jeff and the rest of them but it adds some comedy to the show for me. My favorite part was where Jeff said "Don't touch my face, you f***!" I seriously died laughing. Ninja Gaiden was a great choice now that I think of it. I really enjoyed it and everyone who was in the first episode. I was a Shinobi fan for the Genesis. I loved that game but never got into this series. Keep up the good work guys! Good luck Jeff!
Finished Episode 2 and was amazed at how very little progress seemed like so much just because of how difficult the levels are. Jeff, keep the good work up, hopefully this game will be beaten soon. I am loving this Super Replay. I have always enjoyed the Retro Super Replays then the others. Keep the cast as well. On to episode 3!
I think I cried at the end of FFX, too. Although, I didn't play the game. I watched someone else basically play the entirety of the game. So it was sort of the equivalent of watching a movie. But it was still really sad. I also cried the first time I saw Avatar. Powerful stuff.
That phone conversation between Bryan and Phil was great. Also, I'm playing Megaman 3 right now on 3DS and I'm stuck on that blob guy. It's so tough to read his pattern/get a few hits in before he moves to the other side of the screen.
Episode 3 was rough, but hysterical. I'm still laughing.
episode 3 is pure gold :D