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There is nothing quite like hitting quad 9 damage with Ayla's crits.
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Given that shmups tend to be an order of magnitude harder than other games, it might be Thunder Force IV. There are a few shield items throughout the game, but the enemy will chew through those in no time unless you know what you're doing (and you'll want to use up some of those free hits to plow through certain walls hiding point items). It's easy to die in the blink of an eye.This makes me wonder (and I'll pose the question to the entire thread): what is the hardest game you've beaten without dying?
I have yet to complete a no-miss clear of Super Castlevania IV for this reason. The last few stages in particular are rife with pits and instant-death spikes, and the game is so long (and so easy at the beginning) that I only feel up to attempting it once in a while. The furthest I've reached is getting bonked into a pit by this skeleton knight in the penultimate stage. My most recent attempt ended at the disappearing bridge at the end of the fourth-to-last stage—which speed runners tell me is in fact one hundred percent random in how it disappears.Some games like Super Castlevania 4 or Super Mario World are considered "easy", but the possibility of instant death makes a no-death playthrough unlikely to happen accidently (and somewhat annoying as a challenge, I bet).
Darius II, hands down. It's one of the few shmups for which the tired cliché that "if you lose a life you might as well quit" is 100% true. It's vicious and 'unforgiving' in a way that is completely beyond the expected nastiness of other shmups of the period. The rank flies off the handle at the slightest provocation, bosses are erratic and capricious (some of them randomly selecting their attacks so that you can never rest on your knowledge), enemies love to use cross-ups of fixed attacks and aimed/tracking shots, and if you die beyond the first couple of stages there just won't be enough resources along your path for you to power back up sufficiently. The best you can hope for is that you die only once to Grand Octopus and manage to limp your way through the final stage, but that's extremely unlikely, since the final stretch your first time around is probably going to be the hail of haphazard shots coming at you against a searing orange background in Zone V, followed by a boss that will seem invincible. Darius II is a game you should only beat without dying.This makes me wonder (and I'll pose the question to the entire thread): what is the hardest game you've beaten without dying?
I've done a 1cc of Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X, but never deathless. (Eff you, Boobeam Trap!)Mega Man 2 is a good one. I feel like a lot of people here have a Mega Man or Mega Man X game that they've probably done deathless.
I didn't put it in my list, because it feels less-impressive than some of the other stuff there, but just beating Contra III on Hard without any cheats felt like an achievement for me.Contra III on Hard is up there, too. Everything is sped up drastically, with enemies charging in from the edges of the screen and snipers who shoot so fast you need to kill them the instant they're scrolled on-screen. Even the sand that spins you around in the second overhead stage is faster, forcing you to double-tap the shoulder button to counter-spin fast enough to hold your aim (a mechanic you might not even know about because it's not needed on Easy or Normal).
The Famicom cart version of 'Vania adds an Easy Mode that only tweaks a couple things, but made it a super easy 1cc for me. (No knockback, keep your triple shot when changing weapons and/or dying.)I'm sure I've beaten Castlevania without dying but it's not always consistent. Even with triple holy water.
Probably the easiest way to pull off the Boobeam Trap is to use the pause trick to avoid the shots. Super difficult to do otherwise, though, I'd think.I've done a 1cc of Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X, but never deathless. (Eff you, Boobeam Trap!)
I didn't put it in my list, because it feels less-impressive than some of the other stuff there, but just beating Contra III on Hard without any cheats felt like an achievement for me.
I love that feeling when you hit a one-in-a-million shot. I had one where I blind-fired a rocket across a stage in Halo 2, and just managed to get my buddy who was flying my way in a vehicle. It was ridiculous, and we all died laughing at how ridiculous it was.One time I blind fired a grenade into an air duct in Splinter Cell and got the spy I hoped was in there
These are two white whales for me. On TMNT, I've made it as far as the Technodrome, and got totally destroyed and humiliated in that meat-grinding final corridor with all of the flying laser guys. Since then I've seen some good videos and techniques on how to get through there unscathed, or lightly scathed, and I've done some Game Genie-assisted practice, but I haven't done a real run. It's a long and daunting game.For me the most memorable one was the ONE time as a kid when I finished the OG Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on NES. I'd tried for about 2 years since launch and when it happened I almost didn't believe it. It will also definitely not happen again.
- *Edit to include: Finishing Double Dragon & Double Dragon III on NES. Also finished II but don't remember that one being quite as brutal.
One time I blind fired a grenade into an air duct in Splinter Cell and got the spy I hoped was in there
Was playing Halo (CE or 2) with a few friends, decided to chuck a plasma grenade across the map and actually stuck one of them. Had no idea he was there and don't normally do that sort of thing.I love that feeling when you hit a one-in-a-million shot. I had one where I blind-fired a rocket across a stage in Halo 2, and just managed to get my buddy who was flying my way in a vehicle. It was ridiculous, and we all died laughing at how ridiculous it was.
As with Yellow Devil, I did it ONCE without pausing. But even WITH pausing, you can still run out of Crash Bombs (as I did in this race with MCBanjoMike), which means you must take a death on purpose and farm weapon energy, which I absolutely hate.Probably the easiest way to pull off the Boobeam Trap is to use the pause trick to avoid the shots. Super difficult to do otherwise, though, I'd think.
Yep, especially for Mega Man. Game is no joke if you're playing legit.Does it count for this thread if I don't even know how to do the pause tricks in NES Mega Man? I've only beaten MM1 once, but, yeah. And I've run out of Crash Bombs against the Boobeams and it's fucking awful. MM2's Wily stages I absolutely loath, for the most part.
Huh. I've beaten both of these games without any pause tricks (because I didn't know they were a thing). Now I kinda want to go back and try it!Yep, especially for Mega Man. Game is no joke if you're playing legit.
If you don't know the pause trick for Mega Man 2, it actually manifests in two ways that I know of: against the Boobeam shots, if you rapidly pause the game, the shots will pass through you as you teleport in. I don't know if this works with other projectiles, or if this is just something due to the speed of the shots there. The other way to employ it is to stretch out your jumps. When you warp back in, it decreases your downward speed, so you can leap further. One place I sometimes use this is in Metal Man's stage, the big jump at the top of the screen with the E-Tank alcove underneath. It can also help if you misjudge your jump going for said E-Tank when leaving the alcove.
Congratulations! It's been a long time for me but I remember banging my head on the nearest object many times on the way to 120 stars. I'll be doing it again soon in 3D All-Stars, but I'm already shuddering at the thought of doing some of that late-game stuff again. (And I'm about ready to cry thinking about doing a 100% run on Galaxy again...)I DONE THE THING
It was hard, but I ran circles around baby Drac's weak skills. Also I fell off a clock a million times and I cursed the day the Wing Cap was invented. But it was all worth it!!!!
Respect.Probably beating Thumper. That game is one of the most fuckass hard games I've ever played in my life, without it ever feeling legitimately unfair. It genuinely doesn't want you to beat it.