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 Post subject: PO'ed
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:51 pm 
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So I've finally popped this game in for a proper playthrough (while still continuing with Flashback). What can I say? It's awesome!

Okay, I don't like how your character moves like he's on ice, but it's not hard to adjust to and even on medium difficulty, I've found the game isn't even half as hard as it's said to be. The ship's graphics look more amazing than I'd have thought any 3D game could look on the 3DO, the action is intense and fun, and the level design is utterly unpredictable and sprawling.

Just out of curiosity, how many levels does PO'ed have? There don't seem to be any walkthroughs for the game out there.

Also, any thoughts on whether the 3DO or PlayStation version is better? Ewhac argued in favor of the 3DO version due to the texturing, but I read a contemporary review which says the game is much easier to control with the PlayStation controller, and given how most actions require a button combination in the 3DO version, I suspect the reviewer is right.


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 Post subject: Re: PO'ed
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:42 am 
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Awesome game, I'm a big fan. The colors and textures are better on the 3DO, on the Playstation they're appear a little washed out. I don't remember how many levels, but there's many and some of them are HUGE.

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 Post subject: Re: PO'ed
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:14 am 
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30 levels if i remember right, i got stuck inside a wall on level 28 i think.

I have both PS1 and 3DO versions, 3DO is better from memory.

Controls on PS1 still require combos of buttons.

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 Post subject: Re: PO'ed
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:23 am 
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The sluggish nature in this one at points makes me want to puke.

I'm convinced I am too used to more fluid PC first person shooters.

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 Post subject: Re: PO'ed
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:52 pm 
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30 levels, phew... Not too shabby. It gives me a lot to look forward to.

I haven't made much progress since my last post. Two reasons for this. One is that, at one point during "Jump" (level 2), I pushed the button to confirm a save, and instead of saving it booted me back to the title screen. When I opened up the load menu, I found (and confirmed via the 3DO Game Guru's memory manager) that my save had been erased! :shock: That is one nasty glitch. So in addition to having to replay the game from the beginning, I've been backing up my saves with a compressed file using the Game Guru in order to save my progress in case this happens again. Anyone know if this is a rare, likely one-time glitch, or a common problem?

The second reason is that I can't figure out how to get up into the rafters in "Jump", and I'm reluctant to leave the level without doing so, especially since I already did it once by accident (before my save got erased).

I really do like "Jump". It's unreal how well the game runs even with such a wide open area. The draw distance is so long that aiming is actually a challenge - how many early first person shooters can you say that about? It's nice to finally have a gun, though both the frying pan and the kitchen knives were hilarious fun while they lasted. I like managing ammunition, and that little electric zap is quite satisfying. The Amazons are cool-looking villains, reminding me a little of the Spider Mastermind from Doom. Most of all, though, the puzzle where you activate holograms and shoot them is frickin' brilliant. When I first started seeing them I thought the holograms were a graphical glitch. I had a wonderful "Ah ha!" moment when I finally figured it out. :D


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 Post subject: Re: PO'ed
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:21 am 
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Now I'm really cooking with this game! (Pun not intended but welcome nonetheless. :) ) I cheated a bit and consulted ewhac's Let's Play to see how to get to the top of "Jump", though I figured out how to get the jetpack from there on my own. Blitzed through another six levels and loving it.

"Sponge" took a bit of adjusting to, but it's enjoyable and not difficult once you get the hang of using the jetpack. Finding the hidden flamethrower was fun, though I'm disappointed that they put it in an area where it's not at all useful.

"Core" seemed like a huge jump in difficulty at first: swarms of enemies everywhere, no place to hide, and precious few health pickups in sight. However, after a dozen or so attempts I got the level figured out. If you just avoid certain enemies, take out the others in as small bunches as possible, and get the goodies from the secret wall niches it's not too bad at all. The long central pit design is pretty unique for the time, and makes a great place to play with the jetpack. Getting into the core itself for the first time was a real trip, too.

"Shuttle" was a quickie but a goodie. A neat little design, and some fun in-the-air combat with the Wailer ripping through enemy wings.

"Tombs" was... weird. But not in a bad way. After navigating through the strange aerial maze and blasting through the Amazons I nearly ran right into the exit, but I was concerned that there were all these rockets lying around but no rocket launcher yet. I checked the map, realized I had yet to explore a whole two thirds of the level :shock: , and suddenly remembered those two teleports near the beginning of the level that I hadn't gotten around to using. After fun blasting aplenty, I had my nice new rocket launcher, which is pretty sweet, even though the rocket launcher seems a lot less useful in PO'ed than in other first person shooters due to the generally wide open levels.

Next came "Spiral", which is labeled "secret level" though I'm stumped as to how it can be secret when I got there through the only exit from "Tombs" that I could find. Has anyone managed to complete the game without accessing this level? Either way, it's easily my least favorite level thus far. I've said it many times before, but first person platforming does not work, and this level is particularly strong proof of that. At least I got an amazing double-ammo-and-fuel upgrade out of it.

And "Power Plant" made up for "Spiral" to a large extent. The setup is excellent, and I honestly wasn't expecting to find myself in a boss fight despite the level being an ideal boss arena. I'm a big fan of boss fights, so taking on Arnie was very satisfying. I love how beating him opens up a stackload of goodies near the level exit. Also, taking on a replicating slime with a rocket launcher is quite an experience.

I've only just started "Pompous Medium Rare", but already it seems annoyingly hard. I found the first room of "Pompous" to be an inordinately difficult place to start the game, and this has turned up the heat a few notches with those dangerous new Rovers. Wish me luck.


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 Post subject: Re: PO'ed
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:39 pm 
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Its been years since i played this, but i do remember a few things. I found the flame thrower good for getting rid of the green slime enemies.

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 Post subject: Re: PO'ed
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:49 am 
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CasetheCorvetteman wrote:
Its been years since i played this, but i do remember a few things. I found the flame thrower good for getting rid of the green slime enemies.


Really? I had instinctively thought the same thing, but when I tried it out it didn't seem to work too well. Maybe I misjudged how tough the slimes are.

I got through "Pompous Medium Rare" very quickly. Once I frantically fought my way through the initial rooms and into the hospital, it occurred to me that I had no reason to explore this level since the pickups seemed to be exactly the same as the original "Pompous" (i.e. nothing but health). In other words, now that I had accessed the infinite health, the only thing left to do around the place is to risk my life and waste ammunition. So I just ran past the rovers and rocketed into the level exit.

I'm wondering now if that wasn't a mistake, since "Soleri" is loaded with meatball ammunition and I have yet to acquire the meatball launcher. Could it have been hidden in "Pompous Medium Rare"? To boot, getting out of "Soleri" is proving to be a real brain teaser. Not that I'm complaining; once I got the hang of this level, I've found it a very enjoyable place to cruise around while I mull over how to open up the exit. Rocketing in a leisurely circle around the level's main structure, while the multitude of aliens on the ground shoot at me in vain, I experienced one of those moments where you almost forget that you're playing a video game. It feels more like a few dreams I've had.


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 Post subject: Re: PO'ed
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:31 am 
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Pompous Tartar is about the same again, just a bit more difficult.

Not sure if there was another weapon hidden in Medium Rare, did you look down where you find the meat cleaver in Pompous?

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 Post subject: Re: PO'ed
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:48 pm 
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PO'ed has always been one of my favorite games for the 3DO. Just an all around bizarre FPS in the first place. Weird enemies and weird over all stuff going on. I got pretty far back in the day, and getting the jet pack was so fun. Some of the levels are beyond massive though. Oh, and I also personally prefer the 3DO version to the Playstation one. Another example of the ports not quite feeling right on other consoles.

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 Post subject: Re: PO'ed
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:38 am 
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Just need to be careful where you save on later levels too, i manged to end up saved in a room with no exit, quite late in the game. Spent hours trying to get out, couldnt. Had to restart.

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