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Posted on Feb 19th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Ketsui, Shoot the Corecast, shmup, podcast, STG, shooter, shooting game, Cave, danmaku, bullet hell


Here's the direct link to listen to the podcast on the site, or download the MP3 for later:
http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2020-02-15_stcc_episode_020_-_ketsui.mp3

Check us out and subscribe (and rate!) on Apple Podcasts!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shoot-the-core-cast/id1432819542?mt=2

We're listed on Google Play - subscribe and review the podcast over there!
https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iih3vrijcro4yno3yrkeawnx6nu

We're on Stitcher Podcasts now, as well, so if you use that service, have a listen to the show from there!
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/shoot-the-corecast

We also have a presence on SoundCloud now, though it's just the most current episode at this time:
https://soundcloud.com/user-992886896/


Continue reading Shoot the Core-cast Episode 020 - Ketsui



Posted on Feb 17th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Liar Princess and the Blind Prince, Co op, Platforming, puzzle, PS4, Switch, oh shoot the game is bugged oh wait no, the prince is hidden behind a tree


-All images from Nintendo.com-

I have a few friends, including my own Beloved, who enjoy watching certain (usually story-focused) games while I play.  I figured I'd pick one to highlight for Valentine's Day, and it turns out I just finished Liar Princess and the Blind Prince.  While the game does fit into such a mold and might make a great experience for a couple (although the game is not necessarily romantic in theme) there are a handful of caveats that should be highlighted that keep this game from being a perfectly polished hidden gem.


Continue reading A Valentine Suggestion: The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince



Posted on Feb 15th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under nes, retro, video game, super mario, zelda, contra, top 20



As something fun for 2020, I will be looking at the best 20 games from a variety of systems, with the lists being the culmulative votes from RFGen members. In January, we looked at the NES, and the end result showed just how ecclectic that system's library is. Nine lists were submitted (including my own, made before any votes were taken), and on those lists a whopping 98 games received at least one vote, and 6 different games got a 1st place vote.

Thanks to all who participated, and hopefully we'll get even more submissions for next month's list: SNES.

Lists submitted:

EZ Racer
Singlebanana
MetalFro
Lendelin
Crabmaster2000
Disposed Hero
Normatron
Mr_Stubbes
Douglie007


Continue reading RFGen Top 20 Games for the NES



Posted on Feb 13th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under news, Fund Drive, Thank you, Playthrough, Shmup Club, submissions, February, fundraiser


We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you the February 2019 edition of RF Generation's Site News! In this issue, we provide an update to our annual site fundraiser and reveal the raffle prizes, announce our March Community Playtrough game, unveil the next game for our site shoot 'em up club, tell you about a new feature on our front page, and of course, thank those members who sent in submissions to our site and registered approvals last month. Thanks for keeping it on Channel 3!

REMEMBER: If you have any news about upcoming events or topics that you think the site needs to hear about, please PM singlebanana and put "RFG Site News" in the subject line.  Who knows, maybe your news will make our front page!


Continue reading February 2020 Site News & RF Generation Fund Drive Update #1



Posted on Feb 11th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, snes


I somehow managed to go through my whole life never playing a Metroid game... until now. Today I'm talking about Super Metroid. It does some things really well, but there are some things I think could be better, or are unfriendly to new players.



Posted on Feb 9th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Xenoblade Chronicles X, Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Wii U, JRPG, MMO, science fiction


Image shamelessly linked from Nintendo UK

I'm not a big RPG guy, but I've enjoyed a few over the years. I always struggle to finish them, once I start, however. Notoriously, I started Final Fantasy VII a number of times, between when I bought it in 1999, and when I finally beat it well over a decade later. I played through the main story of Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete on the PlayStation, but my characters weren't leveled up enough to run the gauntlet of the epilogue. A decade plus later, I played through it again on PSP, and finally did just that. And I've started Final Fantasy Legend for GameBoy more than once, intending to finish it. One of these days, I'll actually do that.

I wanted to get Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii, but slept on the preorder, so I missed out on the special red controller, and a first print run of the game. After that, the price skyrocketed, and I didn't expect to ever be able to play it. Thankfully, GameStop commissioned a second print run, since it was their exclusive, and I was able to obtain one. I didn't get terribly far, but it's a beautiful game with an amazing soundtrack, and I had fun with what I played. When its sequel came out, despite wanting to finish the first game before diving in, I couldn't resist, and bought Xenoblade Chronicles X. I put the original aside, and dove headfirst into the new game, marveling at the amazing graphics, immersive, expansive world, and all the cool stuff the game offered the player. I put about 80 hours into it. Then, the Nintendo Switch dropped.


Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles X - Final Wii U Masterpiece?



Posted on Feb 7th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (russlyman)
Posted under DIY, nintendo,custom,controller,diy


Mega Man is as classic as it gets when it comes to Nintendo. I was contacted by someone who also shared the love that I have for Mega Man, and wanted a custom NES controller showcasing that.
With this design I wanted to push my creativity. I was going for a mechanical/robotic look on the controller, adding real bolts, screws, and exposed circuitboards.
I think the end result speaks for itself. Also not only did I make this controller, but I made Two Mega Man custom controllers, each a little different.




Posted on Feb 5th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Shoot the Corecast Gaiden, Shmup Club, top 5, game list, top games, game ranking, shooting games, STG, shooter, shoot em up


We played a lot of games during 2019, and some of them are bound to stand out from the pack. We decided to each rank the top 5 we played during the last year, and briefly discuss why we think these games each stand out to us. Some of our picks overlap, and some do not. Is your favorite shmup from last year on the list? Listen and find out, and then let us know what YOUR favorite shmup was, that you played last year!

Here's the direct link to listen to the podcast on the site, or download the MP3 for later:
http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2020-01-30_stcc_gaiden_ep_002_-_top_5_of_2019.mp3

Check us out and subscribe (and rate!) on Apple Podcasts!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shoot-the-core-cast/id1432819542?mt=2

We're listed on Google Play - subscribe and review the podcast over there!
https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iih3vrijcro4yno3yrkeawnx6nu

We're on Stitcher Podcasts now, as well, so if you use that service, have a listen to the show from there!
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/shoot-the-corecast

We also have a presence on SoundCloud now, though it's just the most current episode at this time:
https://soundcloud.com/user-992886896/

We have t-shirts! Help support the podcast, and rep the shmup community by buying a Shoot the Core-cast tee - now with Gaiden design!
https://www.redbubble.com/people/jdieckmann/works/34582606-shoot-the-core-cast-podcast?asc=u&p=t-shirt

Thanks for listening, for any reviews, ratings, or feedback you offer - it's very much appreciated!





Posted on Feb 3rd 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under SMS, Wonderboy, Sega Master System


I thought for once I should do an article on a remake of a retro classic.  Okay, so that is pretty much all I've done as of late (save Yo-kai Watch), and truth be told I was holding out for a new(er) game, but it just didn't happen.  Anyway, I just happened to look at my Switch wishlist and saw Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap on sale for $9.99 USD and picked it up.  Looking back, I think I just needed something new to play and this seemed about right.  It was a remake and mostly modern looking, so I though maybe it would scratch that itch, and boy did it ever.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap was developed by Lizardcube and published in 2017 by Dotemu for a variety of platforms.  It is a remake of the Sega Master System classic, Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap released in 1989, and lets you live the exploits of Wonder Boy, who one day going to defeat his nemesis and picks up a nasty little curse that changes his life.  In a nutshell, that is The Dragon's Trap.  However, there is just so much more going on in the remake that doesn't really take anything from the original game.  I don't know about you, that not only sounds appealing, but also quite magical.


Continue reading Wonder Boy - The Dragon's Trap



Posted on Feb 1st 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Bad Games



As I often do I was playing my NES a few days ago. The game of the day was The Legend of Kage. If you're not familiar, it's an arcade port in which you control a ninja running through some scrolling stages battling other ninjas and wizards to save a princess. All of that sounds great, but in reality it's a pretty bad game. The controls are not up to the standards of the time, it looks pretty generic, the sound is awful, enemy spawns are seemingly random, lots of cheap deaths, and there is no real depth to the game beyond the typical arcade fair of "play until you die". My wife watched for a few minutes and saw me reset the first level a dozen times as I just tried to learn how the game operated and made a comment that went something this "I'm frustrated just watching you play. I don't understand how you can find enjoyment in this." I've often thought there is some value in a person getting outside their comfort zone even in their hobbies, so I'm going to try and finally put that into words here.


Continue reading Bad Games Are Good For You



Posted on Jan 30th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under fundraiser, fund drive, 2019, donations


On February 1st, we officially kick off our annual RF Generation Community Donation Drive (though all donations today also count toward our total raised!).  Our goal again this year is to raise at least $1500 by February 29, 2020. This money will be used to pay server costs. We hope that you will consider contributing to keep RF Generation a free, fun, and useful site for yourself, other members, and those who haven't been fortunate enough to find us yet. We only ask that you donate what you can and even a small amount, like a few bucks, goes a long way and is very appreciated.

Donations are accepted via PayPal and you can donate through the following link:  http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?action=paypalPLEASE be sure to PM me (singlebanana) your RF Generation handle and the email address you used to donate (or include your screen name with your donation via PayPal) so that we can thank you on the front page and determine your number of raffle tickets; only your handle will be used and all donation amounts are private. 

Raffle tickets you ask? For those of you who donate at least $10, you will be entered into a raffle for some fantastic prize lots.  We currently have several items donated by some of our generous members (prize lots to be posted soon).  We are still accepting donations for prize lots, so if you have any items to donate, please reach out to singlebanana via PM.  Rules for this raffle are listed below. 

Thank you for your donations to the site and we hope that RF Generation will remain your #1 choice for tracking your collection for years to come!


Continue reading 2020 RF Generation Fund Drive Starts Tomorrow!



Posted on Jan 28th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, playthrough, Wii, light guns, December, Best of 2019


This month, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) are joined by a pair of prominent playthrough participants (say that 3 times fast), Doug (douglie007) and Kelsy (Crabmaster2000) to discuss the December RF Generation Wii Light Gun Competition and rank their favorite playthroughs of 2019. The Concertcast features a tribute to our favorite albums of 2019 and of the decade, and Shawn's honorable mentions for the best of 2019. Which of the three light gun games we played are worth your time, and what others do the guys recommend? What titles were we most pleasantly surprised by and which ones disappointed us the most? We discuss our favorite NES game of the site challenge, and pick our best game of the decade. What will it be? Tune in to this fun-filled, 69th episode of the RF Generation Playcast to find out!   

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on the games we play on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss these games more. Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes and/or Podbean to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen, we hope you enjoy the show!

Episode 69 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=19261.0

Get the show on Podbean:  http://www.rfgplaycast.com/
On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/...ion-playcast/id1038953364
On Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/p...ation-playcast?refid=stpr
And follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rfgenplaythroughs
And on Twitter: @thesinglebanana & @RFGPlayCast


Continue reading Episode 69 - RF Generation Playcast



Posted on Jan 26th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Square Enix, Squaresoft, JRPG


Being a big fan of JRPGs and the Final Fantasy series in particular since the 16-bit era, both Final Fantasy IV and VI (or II and III as we knew them at the time) are two of my all-time favorite games. Little did I (or pretty much anyone else in the west) know at the time that there was a whole other Final Fantasy game released for the SNES that we missed out on and wouldn't officially get for several years. I eventually played Final Fantasy V via the Final Fantasy Anthology collection for the PlayStation, but this was nearly 20 years ago, and I remember virtually nothing from that playthrough. It has been nagging at me for years that I should revisit this game, so I finally fired up the GBA release and replayed what was considered a missing link in the Final Fantasy series for years.


Continue reading Final Fantasy V



Posted on Jan 24th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (NeoMagicWarrior)
Posted under PC


Take a look at all four "X's" with Neo's "A Brief Look At" series!

This month, we check out (very poorly) Sid Meier's Civilization V for PC.

Check out more of Neo, and the rest of the RFGeneration stream team at http://Twitch.tv/RFGeneration



Posted on Jan 22nd 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (SirPsycho)
Posted under konami, nintendo ds, castlevania, handheld, action, platform, rpg


In 2008, Konami released the newest game in their long running Castlevania franchise, Order of Ecclesia, for the Nintendo DS. This series is one of the last remaining relics of the 8-bit era that is still receiving new entries in a similar style to its original games. Castlevania started as a 2D side scrolling action platformer, and with Order or Ecclesia that same bedrock foundation is still present.

Since the release of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night in 1997, the series has been adding elements borrowed from role playing games, such as experience, levels, equipment, enemy drops, and some form of a secondary progression system. This formula was wildly successful early on. After the release of Symphony of the Night, similar games would primarily release on Nintendo's handheld consoles, with three Castlevania games each releasing for the Game Boy Advance and DS. A couple of 3D experiments with the formula were tried on the Playstation 2, but these did not have the same level of polish or fun factor the handheld games had. Order of Ecclesia would be the penultimate game in this style from Konami, and the last of its fully single player games in this 2D style. All of this ends up making Order of Ecclesia the swan song for one of Castlevania's two major eras.


Continue reading Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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