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River City Beatdown!

Welcome my lovely Painkillers! Another Friday is here, and since we are still in November, it means another post for No Save November. So to recap, I covered a great game in Golden Axe, an extremely hard game in The Revenge of the Shinobi, and a what the fuck game in Metal Gear. Now it seems like a good time to bust out another classic game, let’s talk about River City Ransom.

This classic NES game can best be described as an action role playing beat ’em up. You play as either Alex or Ryan, high school students that have to make their way through River City, and make it the high school to defeat a villain named Slick, and to rescue Ryan’s girlfriend Cyndi. Along the way you cross into different gang’s territories. You take them out, and the gang’s leaders act as boss fights.

Overall this is a great game. The moment and fighting are really well done. The weapon selection throughout the game is good. My favorite weapon in the game are gang members. Yes, you read that correctly. Just like the other weapons that you can pick up and throw, or hold to beat down the enemies, you can do the same thing with a gang member in your hands. Once you defeat an enemy, they will drop money, that you can use to buy items to increase your stats, and to improve your fighting skills.

The big issue with this game, is that it becomes one big grinding session. Since most enemies tend to drop only a few cents to a dollar at most,and the gang leaders tend to drop a bit more, you find yourself leaving an area, just to go right back into it, to beat down the gang leader so you can get more cash quickly. You start off with $20, and it’s helpful for grabbing a cup a tea or a hamburger, but it doesn’t mean crap when two of the basics combat books are $26 and change. Happy grinding.

Just like the other games that have been writing about for No Save November, this game doesn’t use a save feature, even though it should. Instead it uses a password feature. Like most of these passwords, it is long and annoying.

OK quick rant, Zelda came out in 1986, and they figured out how to save, and it works really well. Hell, I can go to my grandmother’s house now pop in the game, and play a save file on it from the late 80’s or early 90s. So I don’t know why any NES game that came out after 1986 doesn’t have that or any other save function, that is not this password bullshit is beyond me. Fuck the Chairman, for making me relive all this bullshit, and Fuck No Save November!


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It’s Metal Gear!

Happy Friday my little Painkillers. Are you excited for the weekend? No, why not? Nothing to do Eh? Well then, you’re lucky that it is still No Save November, because you my friend are about to sit down and enjoy a long classic game. So go warm up your NES, cause it’s time to play the original Metal Gear.

That’s right, the OG Metal Gear. You play as Foxhound rookie, Solid Snake, yep before he became the legend that we all know and love. This is the famous mission that we all heard about, but many didn’t get the chance to experience. The mission, infiltrate Outer Heaven, and destroy Metal Gear. Seems simple enough right, ha!

The gameplay is okay, but sometimes Snake feels a bit hard to control at some points. Many of the screens look the same, so it is very easy to get lost, so you definitely need to pay attention. Getting into the back of the truck, could mess you up as well, since some trucks will move to a different location. I’m so glad that the games for the PS1 and beyond fixed the door card system. I don’t know how many times I was either shot to death or crushed to death by a rolling log, because I kept switching through the key cards, since I had no idea which card worked for what door.

The rank system was a good and bad thing. How it works is, when you rescue five hostages, you go up one in rank, the max is four. Your rank affects your health and carrying capacity, so the higher your rank, the more health and ammo you have. Now here is the kicker, if you accidentally kill a hostage, you drop down in rank, which in turn, lowers your health and carrying capacity. This can fuck you in the later parts of the game, cause you might not have enough health or ammo to beat some of the bosses to continue.

This version of the game doesn’t have a normal save function, like other versions, instead it uses a password system. Depending on the password that you put in, the game will start you off at a certain location, health, gear, and rank. But let’s face it, the password system is nothing more than cheat codes. Hell there is currently a website out there where you can select your rank, items you have, and a bunch of other things, and it will generate a working password for you. I’m not going to give you the site, I think that it will be more fun for you guys to find it yourselves. Happy hunting Painkillers, and until next time.


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Toad Power!

Are you ready? No, I said are you ready? Nope, because it’s Monday once again. Just like no one is ready for Asuka, no one is ready for Mondays. Fear not my little Painkillers, the Captain is here to make your Monday, a bit more bearable. So like always, it time to grab a buddy, and you choose if you want to hook up either your NES or your Sega Genesis (I’ll be talking about the Genesis copy, since that’s the one I played, and they are both the same.), and it’s time to play some Battletoads!

Those of you that are familiar with this game, already know that I could have easily wrote this for our No Save November series going on this month, due to the extreme difficulty of this game, and of course not using a save or password feature. Crazy part is, the Sega Genesis version of the game, is said to be less difficult than the NES version, and I still found it hard as hell. Depending on your skill level as a gamer, these 13 levels can either be a cake walk, or your never ending nightmare.

The plot of the game, maybe the only simple thing in this game. Pimple (one of the battletoads) and Princess Angelica have been kidnapped by the Dark Queen, and it’s up to Rash, and Zitz to rescue them. You play as either Rash or Zitz, depending on if you are player one or player two, and play through 13 of the craziest levels in gaming. It’s not only the fact that most of the levels are crazy hard, it doesn’t help matters that you are able to accidentally hit your ally (or on purpose if you are a real jerk). Also, say if one of you happens to die, and needs to continue, well now you are both screwed, because you now both have to restart the entire level over. Yeah, have fun with that.

Overall, Battletoads is a fun and good game. It will not only put all of your gaming skills to the test, it will also put your friendship to the test as well. Will you and your friend survive the Battletoad onslaught, or will your friendship be ruined over this, like other friendships have been over that classic board game did. You know which one I’m talking about. The one with the old guy with the top hat and the monocle.


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Time to Test Your Jitsu

So here we are again! It’s Friday, you just got home from work, and you are trying to avoid the few friends that you have, because they still want to go out and eat and drink pumpkin flavored bullshit. So what now? Do you want to play a game that is hard as hell, and you wished had a save feature? You do? Great, go grab your Genesis, and prepare yourself for the fuckery know as Revenge of the Shinobi. Thanks, a lot No Save November!
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The Barbarian, The Amazon and The Dwarf

Hello November! Here at the HBCL, we love our themes. So this month’s theme is No Saves November ( I see what you did there Chairman!). So, any post that falls under this theme, will be about games that don’t have a normal save function, or someone broked, up the save options. Therefore, for my first post for No Save November, I figured that I would start off with something that many people would know. Now, let’s dive head first into Golden Axe for the Sega Genesis.
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Its No-Save November!

Good evening Leaguelettes!

It is now the first and with Halloween put to bed, the future lay before us and we here at the HBCL are taking it head on!

Every month, as you may well know; will be celebrated with its own theme for our content to focus on. This month is No-Save November, where we take a close look at beloved titles that featured no form of recording your progress!

well–    Maybe we’ll allow games that used a password system at best but beyond that NOTHING! Rogue-likes and retro classics will dominate this months spread so keep your eyes and ears ready for the fun!

Got any suggested titles for us to play or discuss? Drop us a line and we’ll take a crack at whatever you throw our way!

Until next time, Leaguelettes.

We’re adjourned~