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Re: Underrated Games
« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2019, 08:07:04 am »
It's possible that the translation patch didn't update the EDC/ECC checksums and Mednafen's on-the-fly error correction is wreaking havoc.

Quote from: Mednafen changelog
   Removed the warning in the documentation about error correction of raw data track rips, as Mednafen will now perform simple correction
   using the EDC and L-EC data(since 0.8.4-rc3).  This could conceivably cause problems with naive hacks/translations/patches that neglect to update
   the EDC and L-EC data, so it can be disabled by setting the setting "cdrom.lec_eval" to 0.
   L-EC correction is based off code from dvdisaster(

The setting mentioned above was removed ages ago, though. But you could try fixing the checksums by extracting and reinserting modified files using something like CDmage. Just an educated guess, but worth a shot. Unless it's a bona fide emulation issue with Mednafen. Then you're better off posting about this in their forums.


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Re: Underrated Games
« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2019, 01:16:33 pm »
I know that the ECC thing does all sorts of things to Beetle PSX.  For most of it, a run through ECC Regen is all that is required.


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Re: Underrated Games
« Reply #42 on: February 12, 2019, 08:51:23 pm »
Thanks, I guess I'll be picking up the discounted MagicEngine bundle at the end of the month then.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Underrated Games
« Reply #43 on: February 16, 2019, 02:35:02 pm »
I know that the ECC thing does all sorts of things to Beetle PSX.  For most of it, a run through ECC Regen is all that is required.
I'll try that, uhhh btw, how does one go about getting a copy of ECC Regen?
It looks like the place it was hosted has long since been sold off.

nvm Hot damn, looks like it's finally up and running! I just used CDmage > action > Scan for corruption > rebuild sector fields.
It's running fine under Bizhawk now sans a few crackles here and there, it also doesn't seem to need the audio dumped either.

I think I'll probably still pick up MagicEngine anyway, I could probably use a dedicated PCE emu, BizHawk is also throwing off video subtitles too.
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Re: Underrated Games
« Reply #44 on: February 20, 2019, 04:31:47 am »
Zoids Legacy for the GBA is another one of those rare gems that's not widely known. It features a story line that combines those of the different Zoids anime series into one. It has a lot of characters and Zoid machines to choose from which can also be customized and equipped with different weapons as well as other equipment. There's a lot of interesting tournament style battles some of which have different restrictions and requirements. It's a very fun game to play overall, with good music and graphics. The only downside unfortunately is that the actual translation itself is not best. It's still better than that of Breath of Fire II was on the SNES, but it could definitely use some script polishing.

Shogo: Mobile Armor Division for the PC also deserves more credit than it's given. Up to this day, I still think that it's the best FPS out there and I don't even like these types of games. Shogo is the only one that I was ever able to get into as an RPG gamer. Featuring anime style graphics, great music and levels, along with two modes of play: on foot and in a giant mecha robot, what's not to love? It's way better than all the other FPS games out there. And yes, I've tried the so called "popular" ones and didn't like them in the least bit.

And last, but certainly not least, the Gothic and Risen series also for the PC (and a few consoles as well) is a wonderful, but horribly underrated and overlooked series. They're both amazing open world series of games that were made well before Skyrim (which took many elements from them) yet are not half as well known in the gaming world. There's also different factions, classes, equipment, spells, quests and options to choose from. It's honestly a shame how many great German and Japanese titles go unnoticed in the U.S.

Edit: I might as well mention Robopon 2 and Medabots, both for the GBA:
Both games are great and often overlooked. They both feature interesting 3 on 3 turn based battles with lots of different customization options for the robots used by the player. And by the way, Robopon 2 is much better than the first one was. It kind of reminds me of Robotrek/Slapstick for the SNES mixed with a bit of Pokémon.
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Re: Underrated Games
« Reply #45 on: February 20, 2019, 01:02:08 pm »
Unfortunate that Robopon 1 does not seem to have saving correctly emulated.
A bit hesitant to trust original batteries in an actual cart. But at the least it seems that Robopon 1 used a special cart that actually allowed the battery to be easily removed (perhaps because the alarm feature probably drained the battery much faster than normal. Wish Pokemon Gen 2 would've thought of that. :P )
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