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Pulstar Discussion
boogiepop
Kazuya_UK wrote:
FUCK YEA! Spent ages repeatedly playing stage 5 so I could perfect my tactics on it. Finally I think I have it all sorted out, so I'm pretty much ok with the first 5 stages now. The boss on stage 5 is actually really easy compared to the rest of the stage, the only difficult part (provided you are fully powered up) is the weird green sperm type lasers (!) it fires at you. Other than that, just keep blasting and it's not too bad at all.

The only part about this game that I dislike (and I'm starting to remember this now), is that it's quite unbalanced when you die. If you can keep going without dying, and keep all your power ups, then the game is a lot easier (of course, it's still a massive challenge though!). If you die and restart from a checkpoint however, it can be absolute hell to get past certain parts with a totally bog standard ship.I wish that they had at least started you up with the smaller shield or something after dying, because it would still be a challenge, just less frustrating. You have to completely alter your tactics when you die sometimes...

Kaz


Good to hear you're mastering it!

I definitely know what you mean about the frustration of starting with no power ups. The respawn spot I just couldn't get by was right before the little waterfalls that drop the vertical shooting guys on level 2. Impossible as far as I'm concerned.

By the way, I noticed this game came out in 95. 95! I can't believe how beautiful it is when compared to games that came out in the years following, nevermind at the same time. And as far as I'm concerned, it's probably the best music on the Neo. Damn it's insane difficulty though!
Edited by boogiepop on 06. February 2008 16:18
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Kazuya_UK
I know exactly the part you mean on stage 2, and yeah it is very hard, it's do-able though! Smile I remember nearly throwing the Neo stick out of the window there amongst others, but seeing as it cost a fair bit more than my other controllers I refrained and just practiced like hell. I do still find myself dying at the most stupid parts though, and getting past the hard ones! Smile

You're right about the graphics and music. How many games of this genre have been any better on the Neo Geo? A lot of time and care was definitely spent on this!

Kaz
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candycab
One of my faveorite games on any system even though its maddeningly hard on its easiest setting.

I was always an R-Type fan so the simmilarity never bothered me much, I know thats been an issue for others. I cant say much more than its a game I have always enjoyed and probably will for a long time to come, impossible difficulty or not Wink
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Kazuya_UK
Just tried to see how far I could get on one life and made it to stage 4, almost to the end. Died at a ridiculous point as usual, an easy bit where I just made a mistake, and as is usual with Pulstar when you make a tiny mistake, I died!

Kaz
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Raiken
I should sit down and play this too. Been way too long since I had a go at it. I just love the intro for this game. How many speedups do you guys get to obtain that perfect speed?
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Kazuya_UK
Can't remember how many the max is actually for full speed. 3 or 4 is it?

I managed to find a way to record from an emulator with sound, which enabled me to make this:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s4-Hbe8Qkg[/youtube]

Done on level 4 difficulty, stage 2 completed on 1 life. Not my best run through and nearly died a couple of times, but let me know what you think! Grin

Trying to figure out if I can improve the quality a little by playing with the settings, I'm damn sure I can, but need a bit more time to mess with it. If there is any interest in them, I will make more videos like this, although I'm not the most expert of players! Grin

Kaz
Edited by Kazuya_UK on 07. February 2008 13:38
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Goemon
Ok fellas, i played through this only about 5 months ago but here goes...

Nice GOTW thread once again kaz Thumbs Up
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boogiepop
That was a pretty good run there Kaz! I bow to your superior shmup skills.

By the way, mind letting me in on exactly how you managed to record that? I wouldn't mind tossing up a "Faces of Death" collection of me playing.
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cthulhu
Well, that's a whole lot better than I could ever do...I'm not that great at memorizing stuff, except for useless trivia. Nice vid!!!
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Kazuya_UK
Thanks guys Smile

The vid was recorded with Final Burn Alpha, which has an option to record in whatever video format you like, for instance xvid, divx and a few others, and you can play with quality settings (which I need to do a little). That vid turned out at 60mb though, so it took a little while to upload to Youtube Smile

Attached the emu to this post! Thumbs Up

Kaz
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Kazuya_UK
Thanks guys Smile

The vid was recorded with Final Burn Alpha, which has an option to record in whatever video format you like, for instance xvid, divx and a few others, and you can play with quality settings (which I need to do a little). That vid turned out at 60mb though, so it took a little while to upload to Youtube Smile

Attached the emu to this post! Thumbs Up

Kaz
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Kazuya_UK
Thanks guys Smile

The vid was recorded with Final Burn Alpha, which has an option to record in whatever video format you like, for instance xvid, divx and a few others, and you can play with quality settings (which I need to do a little). That vid turned out at 60mb though, so it took a little while to upload to Youtube Smile

Attached the emu to this post! Thumbs Up

Kaz
Kazuya_UK attached the following file:
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Goemon
Nice video kaz. I finished this a couple days ago then forgot to post about it. Still as great as i remembered. Blazing Star might be prettier; more comedic, but i certianly prefer this game.
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Kazuya_UK
Thanks man. And I have to say that over time, I have started to agree. At one time I preferred Blazing Star, but over time that opinion changed a little. It's a close one, but Pulstar has more replay value in my opinion.

Kaz
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NEO-GEO man
One of the best shooters EVER.

Everything about it is awesome, with the exception of no 2 player mode.

Its easily better than Blazing Star, even though that game is so awesome.

I have finished it way back in the day, but its bullshit hard to do.
 
RiKo
Pulstar is such a beautiful game. Looks, plays and sounds amazing. The only negative thing for me is that since it was made by many of the people who made R-Type (I'm sure this has been confirmed now) it's disappointing the power up system isn't as good and they didn't really do anything special with the nose attachment beyond it being a bullet-shield.

I do still prefer Blazing Star, I prefer the faster action and it's more fun and less frustrating to play. They are very different styles of shooter so it's what you prefer I guess.
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