Sunday, December 30, 2012

Voice Battle Network

Uh, so this is a thing. Voicing over while playing Battle Network 4 with added bits in between. I couldn't possibly sit through any of it but it's getting quite popular.

The latest episode can be seen below, but you can catch the previous two here.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Chrono X Demo 4 Out: My Review

As avid followers of Chrono X may know, Demo 4 was recently released. I took this time to finally try out the game which I had only seen from time to time. They wanted a really well-made logo, so I'm expecting a well-made game. It sounded like a big deal, so why not.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

MegaMan 6: Start to Finish!

Finally, the last of the MegaMan NES games: MegaMan 6. I heard a lot about hos different this game was, and I was not surprised. The game overall felt very different from the previous games, I guess in an effort to differentiate more and try out different things. Well I liked the efforts. The suits are an interesting feature which show up later in the series and the difficulty was greatly reduced. It worked for me and it's definitely more enjoyable for me because of that.

The final Wily boss has 3 forms, so that must mean something about how it's one last hurrah. It felt too easy at some points but the jet suit is really fun. I relied on it a lot. Overall, looking back at the NES MegaMan games, I think my most favorite and enjoyable games, from greatest to least goes like this: 6, 3, 5, 4, 2, 1.

6 seems more complete and feels like a much more evolved game. 3 was also very fun in that it didn't feel exceedingly hard at too many points. It's probably the last game I could tolerate no charging. And MegaMan 1 I certainly would never play again. It's just not very fun at all and very unrefined. The useless score feature, resetting after every game over, and the Yellow Devil boss, which is still the toughest in the series so far, makes it very unenjoyable, looking back. I played it and finished it and that's all I needed to do with it. 2 is okay, but the others are better. Still a little too vanilla for me.

That wraps up NES. If it's one thing they all got right it's controls. They just feel right and even though some of the games get tough, it's nothing I think I couldn't beat. It says a lot that these are some of the NES games I'd consider "passable". I don't know too much about the other must-plays but the MegaMan games had a great deal of polish and detail. It would be hard to top that.

Up next is MegaMan 7, so stick around to watch me play it live or wait for the YouTube uploads.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MegaMan 5 Completed!

After the progress I made in the Winter Festival LP, I went on my own and completed the game. It took close to 2 hours for the remaining part. The last stages were a little tougher than before and it's still easier that the previous game. Watch the play below.

Check out 31:50 on the second video. That felt like my greatest moves up to that point. It's too bad I don't actually win that battle. I still beat the game, so that leaves only one game in the NES line to beat. I think I'll like MegaMan 6, despite what everyone else says.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Prof 9 Beats Akuma

Today on TREZ's Winter Festival stream, Prof. 9 beat Akuma in Street Fighter x MegaMan. He's clearly much better than I.

So bravo. Also demoed the Zero 4 Speed Run challenge he's prepared. It's interesting in concept but far too difficult for me. Also, Chrono X should be participating in this year's Winter Festival presumably by talking about their latest demo. I finally tried out their game after watching from the sidelines for too long. I'll post a review soon.

Friday, December 21, 2012

TREZ Winter Festival 2012 Day 1: Let's Play MegaMan 5

In case you missed the crazy antics, you can rewatch Day 1 of my stream below. It was a blast with everyone on the stream. Would like to do again. More coming tomorrow.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Capcom Survey

So Capcom recently announced a survey in which they ask fans which digital releases they want. I think it's a great way to find JUST what people want without making bad guesses. During the survey, lofty prospects of a Battle network digital re-release, collection, or HD remake appears. It's quite a tease but either one of those sound awesome. I'd especially like to see a Battle Network game made on a higher budget or with more time, and definitely with online play. Instead of releasing lots of games in a short timespan, I want to see one really well-made game. Make it happen, Capcom!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MegaMan 4 Completed!

I just picked up the game and went for the finish. After getting stuck on the pre-final boss for too long, I had to waste 5 energy tanks to win. Actual final boss was significantly easier so I wonder why it was so poorly balanced like that.

I don't care what people say, MegaMan 4 was more consistently fun, more than 2. MegaMan 3 seems perfect so far, in terms of difficulty and fun. I will be playing MegaMan 5 on the Let's Play portion of this year's Winter Festival - and with voiced commentating from me and others. Should be lots of fun.

Monday, December 17, 2012

MegaMan 25th Anniversary

As this day comes to an end, it marked the 25th Anniversary of the MegaMan series. Capcom has been very enthusiastic about it. Most importantly, the Capcom-supported fangame Street Fighter x MegaMan was released through Capcom-Unity. I was able to finish the game after more than 6 hours. You can watch the last 50 minutes which includes the last level on my YouTube or below.
Slightly imbalanced, very difficult at times, but some kind of fun.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

MegaMan 4 Playthrough Continues!

Today I was finally able to fix my streaming problems. This means I could finally continue MegaMan 4 on my stream. Unfortunately, I was not able to finish it.

I got stuck on the bosses part, as I was expecting. I wasn't expecting that many game overs on a single boss though. Hopefully the next part shows me with a little more skill.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

VirtualDub Tutorial Updated

If you're like me, then you like to get a simple recording up on YouTube or anywhere else without the hassle of a fully-featured video editor. So recently I've updated my VirtualDub tutorial on TREZ which you can find at the link below.

The awesome part is how I'm now using H264. Before, I didn't trust the quality since on my Windows 7 installation, I didn't use VLC and WMP distorted the video. H264 is a powerful, modern codec for video that performs really well. The output video file I got is actually incredibly small and looks great. Basically any bitrates between 800 and 1600 produce decent picture quality and file sizes. I think on average, the x264vfw codec creates files ~30% smaller than what the old xvid codec I was using did. When using VirtualDub, I would definitely recommend this compression. Seriously, give it a shot!

Here is a video I recently recorded and compressed with H264. It turned out to be 18.5 MB!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Star Force MegaMan Sprites

You know what time I think it's for? A repost of the Star Force MegaMan sprite from EXE OSS. As you may recall, he's playable in the game and has a myriad of animations to accommodate old BN1 attacks. Some of the frames are also based on MegaMan's BN6 sprite, which Sol Cross MegaMan was retroactively based off of too.

Anyways, you can download the sprite sheet, the original sprite file, and the modified file that fits BN5/6 animations.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Winter Festival 2012 Schedule

The schedule of events for this year's TREZ Winter Festival is now available. You can find the post on the forums.

Check that out and get ready for the kick-off.This year's festival is going to be really exciting and I can't wait to start!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Brace Yourselves, the Winter Festival is Coming

All sorts of events are planned. Stay tuned for more!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

MegaMan x Street Fighter Announced

In case you haven't heard already, the biggest news of the day today is Capcom's announcement of MegaMan x Street Fighter. Turns out this is actually a fan game that Capcom has decided to publically release as a free PC download on December 17th.
Also coming on the 17th, news about the MegaMan series's future. All I know is this has gotten me really excited about the upcoming events. This game looks like a very peculiar mashup and should be fun to play. Hopefully after finals week is over, I'll have some time to really have some time to enjoy it. Probably even stream as well. Which also reminds me, my stream link has been added to the sidebar.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Some new backgrounds

I've made some new backgrounds again. This time it's 2 original designs plus an interesting crop of one of the new designs.

Like before, they're free to use. You may let me know if you'll use them for anything public. I'd like to see how they get used.